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OLTL Recap – June 20 – June 24th

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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Jessica’s horrified to learn that she doesn’t have custody of her own son. She’s forced to leave Ryder in Aubrey’s care a little longer when Brody informs her of the situation with Clint and she goes to the hospital. Aubrey learns that Jess came home to find Brody in bed with Natalie and commiserates with Brody since she, too, may be the victim of the bad timing of Jessica’s return. Indeed, Joey comes home and tells Aubrey they’re over for good now that Jessica has come home to take care of her son. Ford enlists James’ help to track down Tess. James suggests Tess was only using Ford to break her out of St. Ann’s, but Ford insists he and Tess are in love. Having checked everywhere else, Ford shows up at Llanfair where he comes face to face with Jessica. Blair follows Tomas to a New York hotel where he is supposedly meeting a man from an art gallery. Calmar catches Blair and warns her to go home or he’ll tell Tomas she was tailing him. Blair agrees, but doesn’t honor the agreement, sneaking back in time to hear Tomas’ raised voice and smashing glass from inside the room. Seeing Tomas storm off, Blair sneaks into the room and noses around but is caught a beautiful woman who tells Blair she’s Tomas’ wife. Starr and James meet at LU to register for a summer class they’ll be taking together. When James is called away by Ford, Starr has a phone conversation with Langston. Starr moves off to a hallway for privacy, leaving behind some items. When she returns, she finds an enigmatic young man listening to her iPod. The man with Todd’s original face shows Kent the wedding photo of him and Blair, says it’s what they’re looking for. Sam drops a tray of food, surprised by the situation. He killed Kent.  Sam asks if he is a bad man too and he replies that he’s not sure.

Natalie is caught in the middle of Clint and Rex’s war. Natalie and Viki confront Clint over his tactics. Todd and Téa defend Jack from John. Todd takes Jack home but John promises he’ll be seeing the kid real soon. Ford learns that Jessica has sent Tess packing and retaken control. Jessica makes it clear that she is not going anywhere, but he is – she wants no part of him and won’t stand for him to take part in Ryder’s life. Ford refuses to give up on Ryder or Tess. Blair is surprised to find out that Tomas isn’t visiting New York to meet with a gallery owner – he’s meeting with his wife, Yvette. Tomas arrives and admits this is true but quickly explains to Blair that he and Yvette have been over years, despite her refusal to sign divorce papers – a divorce he sought when he discovered her affair that landed her pregnant with her lover’s baby. Yvette turns Tomas’s world upside down when she tells him that her son is actually Tomas’s. Meanwhile, Starr meets a brash young newcomer with sophisticated taste in music. Starr takes issue when he monkeys around with her iPod, but grudgingly cops to some interest in his music. The young man introduces himself as Sebastian, but she can call him Baz – just as we’re learning that Yvette and Tomas’s son is named Sebastian, and missing from his NYC hotel room.

Tomas and Blair and Yvette have spent the night looking for Sebastian, who finally returns and admits he went to Llanview to check it out. Yvette tells Tomas he has to take Sebastian now if he wants her to sign the divorce papers, which Tomas does. Yvette leaves, first giving Blair another veiled warning about Tomas. Blair entices Sebastian to go stay with his father by promising access to the equipment at Capricorn, and he agrees. Starr tells James about the strange guy who disapproved of her music and put his own on her MP3 player. James insists he’s not jealous, even though Starr wants to hold on to the music. Tea gives Rex the bad news that she can’t find a way to marry him and Gigi at this point. Echo appears and they deal with the issue that Rex now knows Echo knew Charlie wasn’t Rex’s father. Todd and Jack argue over Jack’s behavior. They nearly come to blows after Jack pushes Todd’s buttons. Tea arrives and keeps Todd from slugging Jack. John gets the forensics report and he and Brody arrive and arrest Jack. Earlier, John notes Brody looks like hell and Brody tells him he’s moved into the Angel Square. John learns Jessica is back and is puzzled as to what’s up between Brody and her, but doesn’t pursue. Jessica and Natalie argue and Natalie finally lashes out at Jessica for abandoning Brody. Jessica points out she didn’t sleep with Natalie’s fiancé, although maybe she should change her ways. Dorian and David arrive from CA, fighting over an actress whose bra Dorian found in David’s dressing room. He appeases her but then an envelope arrives with incriminating sexy pictures of David and Ionia, the actress. Dorian has a fit but David explains the actress threw herself at him and he kicked her out. Dorian finally accepts the explanation but both wonder who took those pictures, and why. Meanwhile Echo thanks the messenger for delivering the pictures to Dorian.

Meanwhile, John presents his evidence to Jack, Tea and Todd. David arrives to see visit his family. Deanna tries to calm him. Rick Powers, the porn movie maker, shows up and tells Deanna that he heard what Nate did to the commissioner’s son. He wants her to be in a movie in exchange for her silence. James and Ford rescue her and toss Rick out. Tomas intros Dani to Baz. Baz, eager to get away from Tomas, invites himself along to Nate’s graduation. Baz and Starr come face-to-face again. Blair tells Starr about Tomas’s son. Later, she calls Tomas to see how things are going with Sebastian. Tomas admits his son couldn’t get away from him fast enough. Blair shows up to comfort him, telling Tomas that his ex-wife said something that suggested Tomas was lying when he said he found that photo of Todd and Blair (from which he painted her portrait) at the flea market. The man with Todd Manning’s original face tries to put together this puzzle of the apparent Todd Manning’s life Clint expects to be prepped for surgery when he is informed him the surgery is off. Clint prepares his family for a final goodbye. Todd gets Brad’s father alone and makes the unemployed man an offer he can’t refuse. Nate is horrified by Deanna’s news that Rick knows about Nick’s responsibility for hurting Matt. He’s further horrified when he learns that Rick will keep silent about it if he and Deanna appear in one of his films. Dani is twigged by seeing Nick and Deanna with their heads together. The graduation ceremony begins, preempting further conversations. Starr is stunned to learn that Baz is Tomas’s son and will be staying in Llanview. James isn’t thrilled when he comes upon Starr and Baz discussing music and the possibility of collaborating on a song.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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THE BACHELOR: Matt Picks His Final Four for ‘Hometowns’ Which Includes Now Controversial Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell

Monday night’s airing of ABC’s The Bachelor was its first since last week’s controversial behind-the-scenes shake-up and attention-grabbing headlines.

Since the season of the reality-dating competition had been previously filmed, it did not change any of the proceedings of what viewers actually saw on-air.

And it was a pivotal episode, where ‘Bachelor’ Matt James had to whittle down the contestants to his final four in preparation to meet their families in the ‘hometowns’ next week.  So, just who did Matt choose to still be the running for the final rose?

 

Here’s what went down: first was the business of Heather Martin, bestie of ex-‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown, and a previous contestant from Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, crashing the series to meet Matt.  When she finally makes her destination, the other women’s claws come out (and we though we got rid of the ‘mean girls” last week!).  After Heather busts up a conversation between Matt and Pieper, she tell him she wants to get to know him.  Matt at first appears conflicted whether to throw her into the jungle of the contestants, but ultimately sends her back home as she drives out in her own car, in tears, of course, over not getting a chance at love with Matt.  When Matt tells the other women that he sent Heather home, they were not only relieved, but professed how much it turned them on.

In the rose ceremony that followed, Matt also sent home Serena C. and Chelsea.  Leaving the remaining women up in arms on who would get the two one-on-one dates, and who would be put in the group date.  Abigail, who never got a one-on-one and who received the first impression rose was shown to the door by Matt, when she confessed her frustration and how much she was falling for him. He admitted that he did not feel the same and felt stronger connections with the other women.

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However, Matt did go on a one-on-one with Jessenia where they go on a “dangerous” obstacle course in a race car, complete with swirling and twirling driving skills to get their heart rates up, which Matt loved as he admitted he is “adrenaline junkie”as was Jessenia as it turns out.  However, on their dinner date afterwards, while dangling a rose in front of her face, he also sends Jessenia packing!

Feisty Kit decided she needs to speak privately to Matt, and tells him she isn’t there yet relationship-wise, and does not think its fair to him to still consider her for the hometowns or the final rose.  Kit said: “It’s a rest-of-your-life sort of situation. And you deserve somebody who is 100 percent sure about you getting down on one knee tomorrow and that’s not me.”  Next thing you know, Kit is eliminated by her own valiation.

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The controversial Rachel Kirkconnell, who last week had a social media frenzy surround her when a video came to light that claimed Kirkconnell had “liked” posts with the Confederate flag on it and shared QAnon conspiracy theories, as well as a photo that surfaced on Redditt of Kirkconnell in 2018 attending an “Old South” plantation-themed college party, received another one-on-one with Matt on last night’s episode.

Amid the controversy, Rachael then posted her response on her Instagram which included: “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

During their date it seemed like Rachael is a clear frontrunner making this situation all the more awkward, especially after seeing the promo for the ‘hometowns ‘that followed the episode, which featured her parents questioning Rachael hard about Matt.  With Rachael getting a rose, so too did Serena, who hated their yoga date, and seemed a bit standoffish, but Matt gave her a rose anyway.

In the final rose ceremony of the episode, Bri and Michelle got the last two roses, while Pieper was out of the competition.

So, who do you think will get a proposal from Matt …Bri, Michelle, Rachael or Serena? Comment below.  But first check. out the promo for next week’s ‘hometown’ episode.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

She has been a polarizing character since her arrival in Salem, with some fans screaming Gwen is sucking up too much airtime.  HOWEVER, the performances by Emily O’Brien (Gwen) show an actress on top of her craft who can play, as Gwen called herself, “A miserable, vindictive bitch”, or a young woman so deeply-emotionally wounded that you might just come around and eventually feel some empathy for her.

Last week, while the soaps were pre-empted for most of the week due to the senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, DAYS posted all of its weekly episodes online on NBC.com, the NBC app, or on the Peacock streaming platform, and O’Brien’s work was a standout.

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It all came to a boiling point when Laura (Jaime Lyn Bauer) and Gwen have the long-awaited confrontation in Gwen’s room at the Salem Inn, where O’Brien goes from Gwen baiting Laura to tell her dirty secret of her long-ago affair with Jack (Matthew Ashford), to her utter anger at how because of it, Laura trashed Gwen’s entire life.

 

Laura reveals the guilt she felt for sleeping with Jack, so much so, that she would do anything to save Jennifer (Cady McClain) and Jack’s marriage.  In delight at getting to the root of the truth, Gwen responds: “You slept with Jack? That is just perfect! My father slept with his mother-in-law!”

Then, Laura shares how it happened.  They were both at the “Meadows” finding their ‘truest selves’ and they were both using other names – she, Monica and he, Clark, and Laura had never seen a photo of Jack before to know it was him!  Gwen wants to burst out in hysterical laughter, but then she becomes filled with rage knowing that if Laura hadn’t bought off her birth mother, Tiffany, her own life would have been very different.  She goes on to say that she and Abigail (Marci Miller) might even be close as sisters, but instead of “borrowing her clothes, she borrowed her husband” alluding to sleeping with Chad (Billy Flynn).  Next, Gwen wants to make Laura pay and lets Laura know that, “All the damage that you did, can’t be undone.” When Laura tries to leave, Gwen stops her and says in no uncertain terms, “I want revenge, because you ruined my life and you’re not going to get away with it!”

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Next, we see that there had been a struggle with Laura dead on the floor bleeding out of her head.  A freaked-out Gwen does not know what to do.  She realizes she will be accused of murder.  With no one in town to call, she decides to call her father, Jack.  When he shows up at the Salem Inn, Jack is shocked, and grief-stricken to see his mother-in-law, dead.  Gwen swears to Jack this was an accident and that she did not kill Laura, and that he has to believe her.  Jack decides he will stand by his daughter.  Gwen wants to get rid of the body, Jack says he can’t be involved in a cover-up, so he calls Rafe (Galen Gering).  When Rafe arrives at the crime scene he is very suspicious of Gwen, and takes her down to the station.

Scene after scene, O’Brien layered her performances with venomous and ominous undertones, illustrating a woman with so much emotional baggage who becomes desperate to save herself.  For all these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Emily’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Emily O’Brien’s key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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