Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
Chad insists that the best thing Kate can do for Lucas is to pretend they never had this conversation. Kate doesn’t think she can keep quiet about this. EJ then walks in and questions keeping quiet about what. EJ says he’d be very interested to know. Chad asks what EJ is doing here since he doesn’t work here anymore. EJ responds that he will answer Chad’s question when Chad answers his. EJ notes that Chad seems very anxious for Kate to keep something to herself and he expects Kate to tell him what that is.
At the DiMera Mansion, Xander finishes telling Abigail everything he knows about the day Sarah left Salem. Abigail thanks him and says she will walk him out but Xander insists on helping her find Sarah. Abigail is unsure given the circumstances.
Jack reminds Gwen that even if Xander tracks Sarah down, she’s made it clear that she has no interest in him. Gwen thanks him for reminding her. Jennifer stops Gwen and says she has something very important to say to her before she goes.
Paulina finds Chanel in the town square with a wedding present. Chanel complains that Paulina has already given them 37 gifts. Paulina says it’s just been 12. Chanel tells her that she’s going to too much trouble but she and Johnny appreciate her support. Paulina declares that she’s going to throw them a wedding bash.
John takes care of Marlena at home. Marlena assures that she’s fine. There’s a knock at the door. Marlena promises John that the nightmare is behind them and The Devil is not coming back. Marlena then answers the door to see Johnny.
Gwen asks what Jennifer wants to say. Jennifer states that she’s so glad Gwen and Jack worked things out because Jack loves all three of his children and she knows how much it means to him to have Gwen in his life. Gwen says it means a lot to her too. Jennifer knows it might not be easy but she hoped Gwen could stay on good terms with Abigail. Gwen agrees to try. Jennifer suggests it could be easier if she and Gwen got to know each other and says they never really got to work through what Laura did to Gwen all those years ago and what happened in Laura’s room on the day she died. Gwen argues that Jennifer was just setting her up and that she just wants to know if she killed Laura.
EJ questions if Chad will enlighten him but guesses not since he told Kate to remain silent, so Kate will have to spill the beans. Kate responds that she will tell him and that it’s about Lucas.
Marlena tells Johnny it’s good to see him and invites him inside, asking what they owe the pleasure to. Johnny says he had to see how Marlena was doing. John says everyone wants to know how she’s doing. Marlena doesn’t think she has seen him since Christmas. Johnny notes that it wasn’t exactly a fun day. John encourages that it’s a new year and that horrible ordeal is behind them now. Johnny thinks back to the Devil possessing him. Marlena asks if something is wrong.
Xander understands Abigail not liking the idea of him and Gwen being together. Abigail says she doesn’t give a damn about that as his personal life isn’t her business. Xander questions her saying that him helping her find Sarah is a bad idea then. Xander asks what she’s not telling him. Abigail informs him that she just came from her parents’ house and Gwen was there when she mentioned looking in to Sarah’s disappearance. Abigail informs Xander that Gwen accused her of trying to create trouble for them instead of being concerned for her cousin
Jack assures Gwen that Jennifer is not accusing her of doing anything to cause Laura’s death. Gwen says she told the police everything that happened that day. Jennifer points out that Gwen never told her. Jennifer says she didn’t mean to put her on the defensive, she just wants to hear what she told the police. Gwen admits she was in quite a state when she found out that Laura paid off her mother to disappear as that decision completely changed the course of her life. Gwen adds that she was quite displeased when Laura showed up at her door and they did argue quite a bit, but swears that Laura getting hurt and killed was an accident as she never intended any harm on her. Gwen hopes that Jennifer can believe her.
Marlena asks if Johnny is alright. Johnny claims he’s fine and just been a little off since getting back from Italy. Marlena doesn’t think recovering from jet lag should take that long. John asks about Johnny taking that trip with his girlfriend. Johnny reveals to John and Marlena that he and Chanel got married. John thinks it’s kind of sudden. Johnny says they really love each other and it seemed romantic to tie the knot in Italy. Marlena congratulates him. John mentions that Allie keeps telling them what a fantastic person Chanel is. Johnny says he’s very lucky to have found her. Marlena hugs Johnny and says she’s so happy for him. Marlena wishes them a lifetime of happiness. Johnny thanks them for being great about this. John asks why they wouldn’t be. Johnny informs them that his parents didn’t exactly have the same reaction.
Chanel tells Paulina that she doesn’t have to throw her and Johnny a party. Paulina insists on celebrating her marriage. Chanel feels she’s already been so generous. Paulina points out that she wasn’t at the wedding so she wants to give the reception. Paulina suggests doing it tonight and wants to call Sami but Chanel informs her that Sami left town with Allie’s dad. Paulina still doesn’t understand Johnny’s family tree. Paulina decides she’ll call EJ but Chanel says he already has a lot on his plate. Paulina questions what could be more important than celebrating his son’s marriage to a beautiful woman. Chanel then reveals that EJ is facing kidnapping charges.
EJ questions this being about Lucas. Kate says that EJ is not going to like it. EJ responds that he already knows from Nicole, which Kate and Chad question. EJ clarifies that Allie told Nicole that Lucas and Sami left town together. Kate claims that Chad was just trying to delay the inevitable. EJ questions Chad thinking he’d find that news upsetting. Chad asks if he was wrong. EJ admits he was not amused to find out that his wife skipped town with her ex-husband but he’s perplexed as to why Chad didn’t want him to find out. EJ says not to tell him that he’s trying to spare his feelings.
Xander explains to Abigail that she’s not the one that Gwen is upset with, it’s him as she’s unhappy that he’s trying to figure out what happened to Sarah even though he assured that it’s over between he and Sarah. Xander says he just wants to know that Sarah is alright for Maggie’s sake since Maggie already lost one daughter this past year. Xander claims that’s the only reason he’s looking for Sarah. Abigail asks if he’s sure. Xander confirms that he’s with Gwen now and he’s going to make her see it. Abigail says he has his work cut out for him. Xander says that’s his problem. Xander asks if Abigail is going to let him help her. Abigail admits she could use someone doing the leg work since she has a paper to run. Xander asks how to start. Abigail says that she wants to know how Sarah left and where she went since Maggie said Sarah’s car is still parked in the Kiriakis garage. Xander brings up that Sarah did have frequent flyer miles at three different airports since they were planning a honeymoon. Abigali suggests looking at her trip history if they had her username and passwords. Xander reveals that he has them on his phone.
Gwen remarks that Jennifer’s silence speaks volumes. Jennifer stops Gwen and says she just needed a minute because it’s hard to hear about the end of her mother’s life. Jennifer tells Gwen that she does believe her. Gwen thanks her. Gwen says regardless of how she felt about Laura, Jennifer loved her, and she knows that must have been a hideous way to lose her. Jennifer acknowledges that Laura wasn’t perfect as she struggled with mental illness when she was young. Jennifer adds that her and Jack’s marriage was on shaky ground when Gwen’s mother showed up which was really upsetting for Laura. Jennifer states that Laura told her that she lied to Gwen’s mother because she wanted her and Jack to be happy. Jennifer assures that Gwen is not to blame for that and it’s no excuse for how she treated her, so she is so sorry for that.
Chad claims to EJ that he had a very good reason to keep him from finding out about Sami and Lucas. EJ thinks he would revel in his unhappiness. Chad says he’ll always do what’s best for the company since last time Sami cheated on him with Lucas, he kidnapped her, so God knows what he’ll do next. EJ swears that he did not have Sami kidnapped and informs him that the person who did is Lucas. Kate questions where the hell that comes from. EJ admits he doesn’t have any proof yet but he knows Lucas kidnapped Sami and framed him for it. EJ adds that Chad is taking advantage of that to remain in charge of the company. EJ reminds Kate that he gave her job to her here and asks how long it will be before Chad sacks everyone he hired. EJ advises Kate not let Chad get away with that.
Marlena asks Johnny about telling Sami about his elopement. John guesses Sami wasn’t real happy about it. Johnny hopes Sami and Lucas stay gone long enough for Sami to cool off. Johnny adds that he still has to deal with EJ. Marlena guesses that EJ didn’t congratulate him and welcome his wife in to the family. Johnny says after what EJ did to Sami, he could care less what he thinks. Marlena asks if he thinks EJ kidnapped Sami. Johnny questions if Marlena doesn’t think so. Marlena admits it looks bad. Johnny insists that he did it. John points out that EJ will go to prison if he’s found guilty. Johnny says that’s good as he doesn’t want anything to do with EJ or his money. Johnny adds that he’s giving back everything EJ sunk in to his movie so he will have nothing to do with that either. John questions Johnny still thinking about making that movie. Johnny flashes back to being possessed by the Devil.
Xander and Abigail check Sarah’s frequent flyer miles but find nothing. Abigail concludes that Sarah did not fly from the Salem airport while Xander says all they really know is that she didn’t use her frequent flyer miles to purchase the ticket. Abigail suggests she could’ve taken an airport bus but if she paid cash, there’s no way to track her. Abigail wonders if Sarah rented a car. Xander suggests getting a passenger list for the day but Abigail doesn’t think she could make a case for getting one. Abigail asks Xander if there was anything off about Sarah the day before their wedding. Xander says she was as happy as he was and he wishes he hadn’t let her talk him in to sleeping at the Salem Inn that night. Xander says Sarah was superstitious about him not seeing the wedding dress, then the next morning it was like she was another person. Abigail says she’s at a loss. Abigail brings up another way to track her if she chartered a private plane but that doesn’t sound like Sarah. Xander agrees but repeats that she was another person that day.
Jennifer talks to Gwen about when Gwen’s mom came here and she wonders what would’ve happened if she answered the door instead of Laura. Gwen questions if she would’ve invited Jack’s bastard child in to her home. Jennifer can’t say for sure but she’d like to believe that she would have thought about it rationally and realized that regardless of Jack’s behavior, Gwen was not to blame for any of it, so she’d like to think they would have talked and made Gwen part of their lives. Gwen says it’s pretty to think so. Jennifer says what she couldn’t do, she can do now. Jennifer tells Gwen that when they come back, she is always welcome in this house. Gwen thanks her. Jack assures that Jennifer doesn’t say what she doesn’t mean. Jennifer tells Gwen to let them know if she needs anything while they are in Boston. Gwen thanks her for what she said. Jack hugs Gwen goodbye
EJ argues that Kate must have some loyalty to him and brings up how he ousted Jake from the company after he broke her heart. Kate points out that he ousted him by one vote which was her vote. EJ argues that he rewarded Kate with a position that allowed her to demonstrate her worth to the company. EJ says that if Kate can prove that Lucas framed him, he can convince Mr. Shin to put him back in charge and Kate’s position will be more secure than it is now. Chad says that’s not true as he and Kate go way back. Chad declares that as long as he’s here, Kate will have a job here. Kate tells EJ that she’s sorry but she knows her son and Lucas is not capable of kidnapping the mother of his children and keeping her imprisoned for months. Kate adds that Chad has no reason to do it, so that leaves the only person capable of doing that as EJ.
Paulina tells Chanel that she saw the headlines about EJ getting arrested but figured it was a white collar crime or something. Chanel calls it DiMera payback. Paulina asks what Chanel thinks about that. Chanel remarks that her in-laws aren’t the only dysfunctional family in Salem. Paulina feels both families need to host this party. Paulina points out that EJ is out on bail. Chanel reminds her that EJ didn’t exactly open her into his family with open arms. Paulina declares that she’ll get EJ straight as it’s clear how Johnny feels about her, so EJ better get on board if he doesn’t want to lose his son.
John questions if Johnny is still planning on making that movie. Johnny says no and claims there is no way he would make it now. Marlena asks how far he had gone with. Johnny says it was just in the planning stages and he had a deal with a studio to distribute it but he’ll just tell them that he’s shelving the project. Johnny brings up that he said he wouldn’t make the movie without Marlena’s blessing and when she gave it to him, she wasn’t exactly her. Marlena hates to see him have to give up on his dreams. Johnny says he’ll just find another story to tell. Johnny declares that the demonic possession story is officially dead and buried…
Abigail tells Xander that if Sarah did charter a private plane, it would make her harder to find but maybe that’s what she wanted. Xander adds that she did lie to Maggie about where she was for a year. Xander brings up the airfield where Victor keeps the company jet and says there’s a bunch of private hangars there. Abigail points out that DiMera uses the same airfield so she could interview both crews. Xander wonders about some of those pilots taking you where ever you wanna go, no questions asked. Abigail decides to head to DiMera to talk to the travel departments and to see what information she can get. Xander knows he’s not her favorite person and that she’s only doing this to help Maggie and Sarah, not him, but he still wants to thank her. Abigail tells Xander that all he has to do is help her find Sarah.
After Gwen leaves, Jennifer tells Jack that it was really good they cleared the air before they leave. Jack says Jennifer deserved to hear Gwen’s version of what happened to Laura and that she was incredibly decent about it. Jennifer mentions Laura’s death being ruled an accident but only Laura and Gwen know the truth, so she just has to trust that Gwen isn’t hiding something from her. Jack points out that it’s getting late and they have one more stop to make. Jennifer cries that she’s dreading that already.
Paulina tells Chanel not to worry as by the time she’s through with EJ, he will be as excited about the reception she is. Paulina encourages Chanel to go put on her prettiest dress. Chanel argues that she knows EJ better than she does and he hates the idea of them being married. Chanel adds that EJ is used to getting his way. Paulina remarks that she is too and she’s tangled with the Devil, so compared to him, EJ is a pussycat. Paulina offers Chanel a ride home. Chanel says that Johnny is picking her up but Paulina insists because she’s itching to talk to EJ face to face.
EJ is disappointed with Kate as he doesn’t know if she’s being a mercenary or just stupid. EJ warns that he won’t forget this betrayal anytime soon. Chad questions what EJ is doing here and threatens to call security. EJ says he has a right to remove his personal possessions. Chad informs EJ that they have been boxed up and are waiting for him at the front desk. Chad then hands EJ his CEO title from the desk. EJ warns Chad to enjoy it while he can, because he’ll be back behind that desk before he knows it. EJ then exits the office. Kate tells Chad that it could’ve been worse. Chad admits he worried that Kate was going to tell EJ the truth for a minute. Kate admits she considered it but then thought about what EJ would do if he found out that Chad and Lucas conspired to frame him. Chad assures that Kate did the right thing. Kate doesn’t know about that but says somewhere out there in the universe, Stefano is looking down at Chad and saying “that’s my boy.” Kate then exits the office.
Jack and Jennifer leave Julie’s Place after saying goodbye to Doug and Julie. Jack says it’s been a hell of a day for Jennifer. Jennifer admits she lost track of how much she loves this town and every person in it. Jack encourages that this isn’t forever as they will get the paper up and running and come right back. Jack adds that it’s just a three hour flight away. Jennifer cries that this is her home and it’s always so hard to say goodbye.
Marlena tells Johnny that she’s lucky to have such an understanding grandson. Johnny says he’s the lucky one and he’s really glad she’s feeling better. Johnny gets a text from Chanel that she is on her way home, so he has to go. Johnny talks about liking calling Chanel his wife. Johnny thanks John and Marlena for being happy for him. Johnny hugs Marlena. Marlena wants him to promise to see a doctor if he doesn’t start feeling better. Johnny insists that he’s just a little tired. John tells Johnny to get some rest as he exits.
Xander returns to his hotel room where Gwen is. Xander asks about her going out. Gwen says she went to Jack’s house as he wanted to straighten things out before he left town. Xander mentions bumping in to Jack and Jennifer at Steve’s house and says he put in a good word. Gwen asks if Steve is going to look for Sarah. Xander informs her that he can’t as he already took on another big case. Gwen says she’s sorry and asks what he will do now. Xander says it turns out there’s another person who wants to find Sarah just as much as he does. Gwen guesses that’s Abigail.
Abigail calls to have all of the contact information for DiMera pilots and asks if they have to clear flying someone from outside the company. Abigail says she will be down in awhile to pick up whatever they have. Abigail hangs up and then heads in to the office to see Chad. Chad calls it a nice surprise as Abigail said she wanted to see how his first day without EJ was going. Chad informs her that EJ showed up to get his stuff. Abigail jokes about Chad not missing having someone to share the workload with. Chad responds that it turns out he might be able to count on Kate.
Kate finds Jack and Jennifer outside in tears and asks who died. Jennifer explains that they are heading to the airport to run a local newspaper in Boston. Kate says it’s too bad she didn’t get here earlier so they could get caught up over coffee. Jennifer remarks that she’s sorry she missed that. Kate asks if Jennifer is still angry over the little fling she and Jack had. Jennifer asks how she could be angry over something so insignificant. Kate tells them to have a nice flight and heads on in to Julie’s Place. Jennifer tells Jack that she couldn’t help herself as they walk away.
EJ goes home to the DiMera Mansion and tells the portrait of Stefano that he’s sure Chad got to Kate and they are all conspiring against him. EJ remarks that it seems he has no other choice but to take them all down. Paulina walks in and asks if she’s interrupting. EJ says not at all and that it’s lovely to see her again. EJ remarks that he was just talking to his father. Paulina comments that it looks like he’s giving him the silent treatment. Paulina is sorry to cut his conversation short but they have work to do on throwing a wedding reception since Johnny and Chanel never had one. EJ asks if she has a venue in mind. Paulina declares they are going to have it right here in the DiMera Mansion.
Johnny looks in the mirror in his room. The Devil tells Johnny to stop fighting him as they have so much to do together. The Devil tells Johnny to give in to him and he’ll make him a star like he wants. The Devil declares that this will be so much fun as Chanel then enters his room.
John brings Marlena more tea and comments that it was nice of Johnny to stop by. Marlena brings up Johnny being a married man and says he just didn’t seem like himself today.
Chanel asks if Johnny is okay. Johnny claims he’s fine. Chanel hopes he means it because Paulina has decided to throw them a wedding reception tonight. Chanel knows Johnny hasn’t been feeling great. Johnny says he’s feeling much better and thinks a party in their honor sounds like all the fun in the world.