Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
EJ goes to Rafe’s office. Rafe asks what the hell he’s doing here. EJ responds that Rafe has something of his and he wants it back.
Xander argues that Gwen told him that she was going to tell Jack the truth. Gwen says she was going to tell Jack the whole truth but then she imagined his reaction and she just couldn’t do it, so she had to think fast and used Xander’s idea. Gwen talks about how understanding Jack was. Xander calls it a good story. Gwen says at least she remains on good terms with Jack. Xander adds that now he’s back on good terms with Jack too, so now they both know where they stand with Jack. Xander declares the only question is where they stand with each other. Gwen asks what he means and says they are friends. Xander asks if that’s all they are.
Victor asks Brady if they have a deal and if he will try to take Chloe away from Philip or not. Chloe then walks in and says she’d like to know the answer to that question herself. Brady tells Chloe that it’s not what it sounded like, but Victor says it is.
Philip goes to see Ava and says he was surprised to get her text as he asks her what’s up. Ava thought he would like to know in advance that Gabi is plotting against him. Philip asks how. Ava informs him that Gabi and Jake are planning to oust him from Titan and take over themselves.
Gabi and Jake walk in to the DiMera Mansion, surprised to see Abigail. Gabi didn’t know she was back in town. Abigail says she just got back this morning and asks what they are doing here since Chad told her they moved out. Gabi responds that she’ll be the first to hear the good news that they are moving back in. Chad walks in and says over his dead body.
Rafe asks if EJ is talking about Sami then he hasn’t heard from her since she left. EJ says neither has he and he doesn’t care. EJ clarifies that he’s talking about the one million dollars that he seized from the Bonnie Lockhart case. EJ states that it’s his and he wants it back. Rafe says that’s funny since Bonnie said she stole it from Xander and Xander said it was his, while EJ’s name never came up. EJ argues that it was money that Xander agreed to pay him for legal services. Rafe calls that a hell of an hourly wait. EJ notes that it wasn’t easy getting Xander’s charges dropped. Rafe says it sounds like he had to bribe a judge. EJ doesn’t appreciate his insinuation while Rafe calls him a crook. Rafe informs EJ that he’s not the only one with eyes on that money as the district attorney expressed concern about it. Rafe says that until the Lockhart case is resolved, which won’t be anytime soon, he’s not getting that money back.
Gwen says maybe she’s misjudged Xander but he doesn’t strike her as a guy who wants to talk about the nature of their relationship. Xander explains that Jack wanted to know what his intentions were with her which Gwen laughs about. Xander adds that Gwen interrupted before he could give an answer. Xander understands that Jack is just worried about her and doesn’t want her to get hurt again as he’s very protective of her. Gwen admits she’s not used to that. Gwen talks about all Xander has done for her. Gwen tells him that she is so grateful to him for everything that he’s done. Xander goes back to talking about them and asks how she feels.
Gabi argues that Chad is not being very welcoming. Chad says that she’s not welcome here and they don’t want them back. Gabi reminds him that it doesn’t matter because she inherited the house from Stefan, so she only let him stay there. Gabi then orders Chad to pack his crap and get out now.
EJ questions the district attorney expressing concern. EJ accuses Rafe of just holding his money hostage because he dislikes him. Rafe argues that the money is evidence and that’s why he’s not getting it back. Rafe tells EJ that he can talk to Melinda Trask directly, but she doesn’t like him any more than he does. Rafe finds it odd why EJ is hung up on it. EJ calls it a matter of principle which Rafe mocks. EJ complains about Sami using his money to use Xander to expose another cheater. Rafe realizes Nicole was right then. Rafe tells EJ that if he wants revenge, he’ll have to figure out another way because there’s nothing more he can do for him. Rafe tells EJ that he has work to do, so EJ then exits the office.
Gwen tells Xander that no one has asked her how she feels since she was a child. Xander says he’s asking her now. Gwen asks why he cares how she feels. Xander thinks he needs to know in order to answer Jack’s question. Gwen goes over their history, saying she jumped in to bed with him to forget how she felt. Gwen talks about trying to forget how she feels for a long time. Gwen says she learned early on to forget about how she feels about life in order to survive it. Xander relates and asks if Gwen was ever serious about any men. Gwen says Jake was her longest relationship but that was dysfunctional from the get go. Xander remarks that Jake is no big loss. Gwen brings up being replaced by Gabi. Xander thinks it was just because Gabi had money. Gwen says in Jake’s eyes, Gabi was the chosen one.
Victor complains about Chloe once again putting herself in the middle of this family and says that he and Brady were discussing how best to handle her. Brady puts it on Victor but Victor says that Brady came to him. Victor informs Chloe that Brady said she is clouding Philip’s judgment and he says since he’s chasing after Chloe, he has no judgment. Chloe questions being good enough for Brady. Victor remarks that Kristen set the bar for that so low that even Chloe can crawl over it.
Philip asks Ava how she knows Gabi and Jake are plotting against him. Ava says she overheard them. Philip questions her calling him over to tell him out of the goodness of her heart. Ava admits that Gabi has been trying to cause trouble for her and Rafe. Philip thanks her and asks if that’s all. Ava adds that there is one string with the information.
Chad questions why Gabi is doing this now. Gabi says she wanted Chad out the minute he took Jake’s job at DiMera, but Jake didn’t want to live here. Gabi adds that now they have figured out it’s the right time to make the move. Gabi asks if he really thought she’d let him live here indefinitely. Abigail argues that their kids have already been through so much and this is where they live and feel safe. Gabi clarifies that Abigail and the kids are more than welcome to stay, just not Chad.
Xander tells Gwen that he’s only been in love once and that was with Sarah, as he never felt like that for his whole life. Xander was sure she felt the same but in the end, she felt she belonged with someone else more suitable. Gwen express hatred towards Sarah for how hurt Xander was by her. Gwen says that’s why it’s best not to talk about feelings and not have any all. Gwen declares that perhaps they should part ways before things start to get messy. Xander says that may be safest and smartest thing. Gwen suggests she should just go right now, but the problem is she really doesn’t want to. Gwen and Xander then end up kissing.
After Victor leaves the room, Chloe mocks him giving her and Brady his blessing and asks if she’s supposed to call him grandpa. Chloe remarks that of all the things Kristen did, she can understand stabbing Victor. Chloe calls Victor not human. Brady assures her that everything that he was talking about was from Victor, not him. Chloe questions it just coming out of the blue and asks what he came to talk to Victor about. Brady admits he came to tell him that he thought Philip was losing focus. Chloe questions if Brady wanted Victor to fire him. Chloe declares that Brady wasn’t plotting to steal Philip’s girlfriend, just his job, and asks how that’s any better.
Philip tells Ava that he appreciates the heads up but he didn’t ask for it and doesn’t appreciate adding strings to it after the fact. Ava informs him that she’s just asking him to keep her in mind if a job opens up at Titan. Philip thought she wanted to be a chef at Julie’s Place but Ava says not anymore because she called to check on her resume, but Doug blew her off and cursed at her. Philip wonders what’s gotten in to Doug. Ava says she doesn’t care and doesn’t want to work for crazy people. Philip jokes that it rules out Titan. Ava says she has limited options. Philip questions if she’s looking for a job in accounting or collections. Ava argues that he’s the CEO so he could think of something. Philip asks how he would explain to Victor that he hired the woman who blackmailed him and nearly got him killed by the mob. Ava is surprised that he still answers to Victor as she thought he was in charge. Ava knows he will have job openings because he’s going to have to fire Gabi and Jake. Ava brings up her fashion sense. Philip responds that he can’t fire Gabi unless he wants to lose Gabi Chic which is a profitable division. Ava questions if he’s just going to sit there and let Gabi and Jake plot to destroy him. Philip says if it’s true, they won’t get away with it. Rafe comes home. Ava notes that he’s home early. Rafe didn’t expect to see Philip in his home and asks to what they owe the pleasure.
Abigail questions her and the kids being able to stay but Chad having to go. Gabi doesn’t blame Abigail for Chad and EJ. Jake adds that Abigail is his friend so he would never kick her out. Abigail questions him being willing to kick his husband out on his ass. Jake remarks that Chad isn’t much of a husband. Gabi argues that Abigail left the state to get away from Chad and only came back because he begged her to. Gabi points out that they are sleeping in different bedrooms on opposite sides of the house, so now it will just be on opposite sides of the town like her heart desires. Abigail questions where she got that from. Chad blames Harold. Gabi asks Chad if he’s going to uproot his hungry children and fragile wife or if he will just go, because one way or another he’s going. Chad decides he’s not going to cause a scene in front of their children. Chad agrees to go but says he’ll be back. Gabi says they’ll see about that as Chad walks out.
Philip tells Rafe that he will let Ava explain as he’s running late. Philip tells Ava that they will talk as he exits. Rafe asks Ava what that was all about. Ava informs him that she was asking Philip for a job at Titan. Rafe questions a job interview in his kitchen instead of Philip’s office. Ava claims that Philip was in the area and just decided to come on by. Rafe still doesn’t get why Philip would ever hire Ava given their history. Ava understands why he’d wonder that since she did blackmail Philip and force him to launder money. Rafe knows that but notes that she isn’t answering his question. Rafe asks again why Philip would ever want to work with her.
Brady claims to Chloe that he’s not trying to get Philip fired for any reason other than he’s putting Titan at risk. Brady says that Gabi and Jake came to him yesterday, concerned about his behavior and lack of focus on the job. Chloe questions Brady running right to Victor and not thinking they had ulterior motives. Brady knows that Gabi and Jake want more power at Titan, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Brady adds that he doesn’t want Philip’s job as he is happy with his own job. Brady doesn’t even want Philip fired. Chloe asks if he wanted Victor to tell Philip to stop obsessing over her and get back to work. Brady says he never thought Victor would suggests that he try to steal her away from Philip. Chloe remarks that at least Victor think she’s the lesser of two evils compared to Kristen.
Xander and Gwen lay in bed together after having sex. Gwen says that was fun. Xander questions there still being no feelings. Gwen admits there are some. Xander talks about having an excuse to keep things superficial before. Gwen agrees that now there is nothing in the way of them getting together. Xander says except that he could get sent back to prison at any moment.
Abigail says she hates this. Gabi remarks that she’s more than welcome to leave if she wants to. Chad comes back with his bag packed and says he won’t do that to the kids. Chad says it’s fine and they will be okay. EJ walks in and questions what the hell is going on here. Jake declares they are back. Gabi informs EJ that they just kicked Chad out of the house and he’s next. EJ says this will be so much more fun than he first thought. Gabi states that it’s her house and she wants him out. EJ responds that what she wants doesn’t matter as he opens his briefcase and pulls out a paper. EJ holds the paper up and declares that he now owns the house, shocking Gabi.
Brady asks Chloe if she’s going to tell Philip about this. Chloe says no because he would go justifiably nuts. Chloe tells Brady about Philip taking her to the river bank they went to in high school. Brady calls that adorable and remarks that he took her to the stump of the tree that he chopped down in a jealous rage. Chloe explains that they planted a new tree and one day they will carve their initials in that. Chloe assures that she and Philip are in it for the long haul. Brady points out that it’s not the first time she’s said that. Chloe tells Brady to back off and complains about how he treats and talks about Philip. Chloe acknowledges that Philip is not perfect but neither is Brady. Chloe argues that Philip is at least trying to change and not being condescending and arrogant like Brady. Brady says he never said he was perfect. Chloe remarks that Brady is turning in to Victor. Brady says what bugs him about Philip is that he gets crazy around her. Philip then walks in and greets Brady, asking what he’s doing there.
Ava tells Rafe that why Philip would hire her is a good question but maybe he believes that she’s changed and wants to give her a chance. Rafe says that doesn’t sound like Philip to him. Ava suggests maybe Philip has changed. Ava adds that she was going to call Rafe to let him know what’s going on with Jake and Gabi. Ava reminds him that they were staying here temporarily but that’s over because they are gone.
Chad questions how EJ managed the deed to the house. EJ talks about how the situation didn’t sit right with him since he got back to Salem. EJ argues that Gabi was married to Stefan for a nano second. Gabi argues that this can’t be legal. Chad asks if EJ bought the bank. EJ says they can discuss details later but the point is, the mansion is now his so he decides who stays and who goes. EJ asks Abigail to help Chad unpack his bag which pleases Chad. EJ then tells Gabi and Jake to get the hell out.
Brady claims he was just visiting Victor and asks if Philip has a problem with that. Philip says of course not and asks why he would. Philip hopes he makes a habit of it since Victor’s been kind of down since Maggie’s been gone. Brady doesn’t think he can cheer him up though since Victor mentioned having a party and not inviting him because he’s working for the enemy now. Philip says that Victor will never admit he’s wrong that Brady had every reason to leave, but he misses and loves him, so he’s sure that Victor would love for Brady to stay for dinner. Philip asks if Brady is free.
Gabi threatens to call her lawyer. EJ says she’ll have to leave first since she is trespassing. Gabi goes to Abigail and says she was nice to her. Abigail points out that then she tried to throw her husband out on his ass. Gabi argues that Abigail doesn’t want him anyway. Chad offers to throw Gabi out on her ass. Jake says they are not worth it so they should go. Jake and Gabi then storm out of the mansion. EJ declares that he was right that it would be fun.
Rafe asks Ava if she got in another fight with Gabi and Gabi moved out again. Rafe asks where she went but Ava says she did not say. Ava mentions that Gabi was in the middle of cooking tamales so she asks if Rafe is hungry. Rafe says he’s starving but then gets a text and says he has to deal with this and he doesn’t know when he’ll be back as it could take awhile. Rafe tells Ava to go ahead and eat without him as he exits the house.
Gwen knows that EJ was trying to get the charges against Xander reinstated but he has done nothing wrong. Gwen says she can get Jack to swear to that and she will too. Xander doesn’t want Gwen to get on the stand to lie about being a prostitute. Gwen refuses to let Xander go to prison. Gwen argues that EJ already got the judge to drop the charges and asks how they can bring that up again. Gwen thinks EJ would’ve done it by now if he was going to. Xander brings up that EJ did call the judge yesterday, so it’s possible he could’ve changed his mind by beating him up a bit. Gwen realizes that EJ is the one who gave Xander the split lip. Xander claims he got the better of him. Gwen thinks instead of changing EJ’s mind, he probably pissed him off even more. Gwen laughs as she knows Xander doesn’t beg for mercy. Xander compares that to her. Gwen comments that at least EJ didn’t put him out of service and asks if he’s still hurt. Xander confirms that he does so Gwen kisses him to make it better.
Philip asks Brady to stay for dinner. Brady agrees to but notes that he’s a little surprised he wants him to. Philip informs him that he found out today that he was out of line with him as he now knows that Brady didn’t put the key logger on his laptop as he found out who actually did, so he apologizes to Brady. Brady tells him it’s forgotten. Philip is glad and says he’ll tell Henderson to set another plate then he will tell Victor that Brady is staying for dinner. Chloe tells Brady that she told him that he was wrong about Philip. Brady says they’ll see.
Gabi and Jake return to Rafe’s house and tell Ava to get her hands off of Gabi’s tamales. Ava questions what they are doing here. Gabi responds that they decided they are not moving out after all and they are here for good. Gabi admits that she doesn’t see this working out well and that the tamales will be for her, Jake, and Rafe.
Abigail thanks EJ. Chad remarks that EJ did it all behind his back and asks if he didn’t think he would be interested. EJ figured Chad had a lot on his mind and it was something he could do to take care of the family. Chad complains that EJ now owns the family house. EJ says it’s better than being beholden to Gabi. Chad asks if he’s implying that he’s now beholden to him. Abigail interrupts and suggests not picking a fight tonight. Abigail tells Chad to go upstairs and put his things away, then bring the kids down for dinner. Chad thanks EJ and then heads upstairs. Abigail admits that EJ did kind of spring that on Chad, but she’s grateful to not have to uproot the kids. Abigail invites EJ to join them for dinner but EJ says he’ll take a tray to his room because he’s waiting on a call. Abigail asks if everything is okay. EJ responds that if someone tries to take something that belongs to him, they usually end up regretting it. Abigail assumes that would be Gabi. EJ responds that there is more fun to be had as he exits and heads upstairs.
Gwen comments to Xander about ordering room service. Xander mentions being worried at every knock at the door that it’s the cops. Gwen points out that EJ called the judge yesterday and nothing happened, so she doesn’t think anything is going to happen. Xander remarks that maybe EJ isn’t as powerful as he thinks he is. Gwen feels it’s about time they had some good luck for a change. There’s a knock at the door which they assume is room service but Xander answers the door to see Rafe. Rafe informs Xander that he’s there on police business as the charges against him have been reinstated. Rafe arrests Xander and reads him his rights.