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Xander enters the Kiriakis Mansion and is shocked to see “Sarah” with Maggie. Xander can’t believe she is there and says thank God she’s alright as he grabs her and hugs her while Maggie smiles.

Abigail remains at the Brady Pub as Kate walks in. Abigail greets her and senses something is wrong, so she asks if she got bad news about Philip. Kate says there’s nothing on that front. Kate asks Abigail if she’s ever gone about her business and suddenly found herself face to face with two of the people you despise the most in the world. Abigail says it hasn’t happened in awhile and asks if she knows these people. Kate confirms they definitely damaged her life so Abigail correctly guesses she means Jake and Gabi.

Gabi and Jake walk through the town square as Jake thanks Gabi for saving his life by pulling him out of the way or else Kate would have walked right through him. Gabi brings up Jake dumping Kate and tells him to watch out because she might still have the hots for him. Jake then brings up Johnny having the hots for Gabi.

Devil Johnny sits at the chess table in the DiMera Mansion. The Devil remarks that EJ had to be sacrificed for the greater evil.

EJ’s trial continues in the court room. Judge Barnes asks Melinda if Jason Smith was her last witness. EJ complains that his testimony should be stricken from the record. The judge warns EJ about having another outburst. Melinda presents the judge with a sworn deposition from Sami. He notes that it’s unfortunate that Sami didn’t testify in person. Belle argues that means she had no chance to cross examine. Melinda explains that Sami didn’t feel safe enough to be present with her kidnapper. Melinda declares that the prosecution rests.

Abigail knows how much Jake and Gabi hurt Kate, but says it all worked out for the best since Kate is with Roman now. Kate admits that she is happy. Abigail says that all is well that ends well. Kate remarks that Hortons always say that. Kate adds that she obviously doesn’t forgive betrayal as easily as Abigail does. Abigail points out that Kate got even by voting with EJ and Chad to fire Jake from DiMera. Kate asks what Abigail is doing here anyways and not covering EJ’s trial. Abigail informs her that she’s actually working on another story about her cousin, Sarah. Kate asks what’s up with Sarah and why she acted like she was with Rex this whole time. Abigail says that’s what she is trying to find out as she promised Maggie since she’s really worried after not knowing where her daughter was for the past year. Abigail adds that Xander is really upset too so they are working together. Kate calls that quite an odd couple. Abigail says they have one very important thing in common in that they both care about Sarah and are very determined to find out where she has been.

“Sarah” pushes Xander off of her and calls him a creep. Maggie argues that Xander has been as worried about her as she was. “Sarah” says that Xander can see that she’s fine so he can go back where he came from. Xander refuses to budge until they talk. “Sarah” says this is why she didn’t want anyone to know where she was so Xander couldn’t come drag her back to his cave. Maggie knows she changed her mind about marrying Xander but also that she was very in love with him at one time and he was terribly distraught when she left, so the least she can do is give him ten minutes of her time. “Sarah” agrees to ten minutes. Xander asks Maggie if they can have that ten minutes alone. Maggie suggests they talk about this in the hall and takes Xander out of the room. Gwen tells herself to keep it together as she fooled Maggie, so she can fool Xander too.

Chad enters the living room of the DiMera Mansion and pours a drink as he greets Johnny and asks what he’s up to. Johnny says he was just playing chess against himself and asks if he knows what happened to Stefano’s chess set. Chad responds that he replaced it with one that Abigail bought and says it’s great. Johnny questions Chad not thinking that’s disrespectful. Chad calls it a game. Johnny argues that it’s part of who Stefano was. Chad talks about not finding out that Stefano was his father until he was in college, so he didn’t grow up hearing about the whole legacy thing like he did. Johnny asks if that’s why Chad had no problem selling EJ down the river in court.

Judge Barnes asks if the defense is prepared to present it’s case. Belle complains that they were not offered the opportunity to cross-examine Sami while her deposition offered no direct evidence between EJ and the kidnapping. The judge agrees to take that under advisement. Belle thanks him and contends that the prosecution failed to make a case against EJ, so she requests the case be dismissed for lack of evidence. Belle confirms she’s not calling any witnesses but EJ stands up and declares that he will be testifying. Belle says she needs a moment with her client so the judge tells her to make it brief. Belle turns to EJ and asks if he’s out of his mind. EJ argues that Jason Smith said under oath that he was taking orders from him and then Chad’s testimony needs to be reviewed. EJ says that if he can’t sway the judge, then he’s going to find him guilty. Belle warns EJ that if he testifies, Melinda will cross-examine him and she will bring up every terrible thing he has ever done. EJ insists that he needs to testify on his own behalf. Belle advises him not to do that. Melinda asks if they can get on with this. Judge Barnes asks if they’ve reached a decision. Belle responds that they have and calls EJ to the stand.

Chad tells Johnny that EJ swore to him that he was innocent and he believed him but then he found out that every word out of EJ’s mouth is a damn lie because he forced himself on his wife in the witness room at the courthouse which he walked in on. Johnny thinks back to that moment and suggests maybe it wasn’t what it seemed and the feeling was mutual. Chad says there’s no chance as Abigail was sick to her stomach. Johnny brings up Abigail and EJ’s previous affair. Chad assures that he hasn’t forgotten about that but yesterday was all EJ and it made him realize that EJ has been playing him on every level since he got back.

Jake can’t believe Johnny hit on Gabi. Gabi says guys hit on her all the time. Jake complains that Johnny did it right in front of him. Gabi wants to figure out how to use it to their advantage since Johnny has EJ’s shares and is a heavy hitter now. Jake agrees that it gives them leverage to get Victor on the DiMera board. Gabi says they will cruise their way to a double takeover where Jake runs DiMera and she’ll run Titan. Jake says she makes it sound easy. Gabi points out that Maggie is behind them which Jake is still surprised by. Gabi explains that Maggie wants Victor to slow down, so she won’t stand in the way of a good idea.

Maggie and Xander return to the living room. Maggie decides to let Xander and “Sarah” speak privately. She questions leaving her alone with him. Maggie says she has to speak with Henderson about getting her room ready but “Sarah” says she’s not staying as she got a room at the Salem Inn and then has a flight later today. Maggie points out that she just got here. “Sarah” responds that her patients need her. Maggie questions where she’s working and living. “Sarah” doesn’t want to say in front of Xander and says she came back so Maggie wouldn’t worry and now she doesn’t have to. Maggie starts to cry as she realizes this is goodbye. Maggie orders “Sarah” to call her regularly from now on a she hugs her. Maggie then exits the room. Xander questions “Sarah” not spending one more day with Maggie when she misses her so much. “Sarah” remarks that Xander is only thinking of himself. Xander says that’s not true. “Sarah” tells him to just say what he came to say. Xander brings up when Sarah left him that day and says she sounded like a woman he didn’t even know and she still does. Xander questions why that is.

Jake asks Gabi how she thinks they are going to get Johnny on their side. Gabi says she’ll flirt with him and make him think she has the hots for him too. Jake says no way but Gabi insists that she’ll have him wrapped around her finger before he knows it and then she will be calling the shots. Jake questions if Gabi is saying that she’s going to sleep with Johnny to get his vote.

Chad tells Johnny that he’s telling him the truth about EJ. Johnny knows it isn’t the first time EJ crossed a line he shouldn’t have crossed. Chad adds that Abigail had to push him off of her. Johnny apologizes for saying that about Chad and Abigail as he knows they love each other very much and he shouldn’t have implied that Abigail was fine with what EJ was doing. Chad says it’s fine as long as he doesn’t still think that. Johnny says EJ had him thinking he was the real victim here. Johnny adds that EJ told him that Lucas kidnapped Sami and Chad was framing him for it. Johnny guesses EJ wasn’t just lying to Chad, but to him too.

Belle asks EJ if he had Sami kidnapped. EJ says he did not. Belle reminds him that he’s under oath which EJ says he is aware of. Belle asks EJ to tell the court about the day Sami went missing. EJ recalls confronting Sami with evidence that she had been cheating on him and she denied it at first but then she admitted it. EJ admits he was angry and couldn’t see past her betrayal, but she’s the mother of his children, so no matter what she did to him, he never would’ve made her his prisoner or separated her from her children. Belle decides there are no further questions. Judge Barnes then calls upon Melinda. Melinda brings up EJ swearing that he would never chloroform his wife or separate her from her children. Melinda asks if it slipped his mind that he’s already done both of those things.

“Sarah” tells Xander that she’s the same person she always was but Xander says something is off. Xander brings up kissing her goodnight on the day before their wedding and she told him how much she loved him, but by the morning, she was with Rex. “Sarah” claims that she came to her senses and Rex happened to be there. Xander brings up how she told everyone that she was running off with Rex, but she didn’t, and she turned on him too. “Sarah” says she realized she’s in no shape to be with any man, so she told Rex that she needed time to figure herself out on her own. Xander argues that she lied to Maggie too. “Sarah” says she wanted to be alone and was afraid that Maggie would tell Xander where she was since she was trying to avoid this. Xander questions her hating her now. “Sarah” brings up how Xander switched her and Kristen’s babies. Xander says it took time, but she got past that. “Sarah” claims she only said she did and wanted it to be true, but no mother can ever get over something like that. She asks why he can’t get that through his head.

Abigail tells Kate about Ned flying Sarah out of town on a DiMera jet but he won’t tell them more unless they pay him off. Kate questions how someone like Sarah could commandeer a DiMera plane. Abigail explains that Ned was freelancing and had access to an old DiMera jet. Abigail mentions that Xander did suspect that Kristen had something to do with Sarah disappearing but he dismissed it. Kate questions why he would do that when it’s exactly what Kristen did to her. Abigail says that Xander mentioned that recently and talks about how Kristen pretended to be Susan to trick Kate in to leaving town. Kate explains how Vivian ordered Kristen to break up her and Jake, so she pretended to be Susan, but she found out and then Kristen knocked her out and stuck her in the tunnels. Kate adds that Kristen put on her Kate mask to break up with Jake. Kate calls Jake an idiot for falling for that when they were perfectly happy and going on vacation. Kate says that Kristen stuffed her in a giant suitcase to ship her out of town. Abigail recalls Ned mentioning “Sarah” having a large suitcase as well. Abigail questions how Kate managed to escape. Maggie then enters the Pub and greets them. Abigail asks where Xander is and if she brought the money. Maggie questions what money. Abigail explains that they found the pilot who flew Sarah out of town but he won’t talk unless they pay him off, so Xander was going to see if Maggie would put up the cash. Maggie reveals that Xander never got around to that because he’s now with “Sarah” at the moment.

“Sarah” complains about what Xander and Victor did to her and Kristen. Xander brings up Kristen being the one who told him about Sarah and Rex. Xander asks if Kristen got to her and talked her in to walking out on him. “Sarah” calls that her decision and says now that she answered his questions, she has to go check out at the Salem Inn. Xander questions how long she’s going to disappear for this time. “Sarah” calls it none of his business. Xander points out that she didn’t even say goodbye to Maggie and asks if she doesn’t care that she’s breaking her heart. “Sarah” claims that she came back to put Maggie’s mind at ease. Xander brings up “Sarah’s” half sister dying last year and how Maggie had to go through that without her. “Sarah” says she will do better with keeping in touch and tells Xander to quit obsessing over her and move on with his life. “Sarah” tells him to go be with Gwen. Xander then questions how she knew that he’s with Gwen.

Johnny tells Chad that it seems pretty clear that he needs to rethink his relationship with EJ. Johnny brings up EJ giving him control of his shares in the company. Johnny admits the original plan was to combine their shares to stop Chad from derailing EJ’s agenda. Chad asks if he’s still thinking about that. Johnny responds that maybe he lined up with the wrong guy and maybe he should be working with Chad.

Melinda brings up EJ chloroforming Sami so he could leave the country with his children. EJ explains that he believed his children were in danger and calls it a tense situation as Sami shot him in the head and left him to die. Melinda asks if they’ve always had such a violent relationship. Melinda asks EJ again if he chloroformed his wife. EJ says he was trying to protect his children and calls it an act of love, not revenge. Melinda argues that EJ turned to chloroform before and asks him to tell the court about the first time he chloroformed his wife and kidnapped her.

Gabi tells Jake to stop acting like a jealous idiot and assures that she’s not going to sleep with Johnny. Jake asks what she’s going to do then. Gabi says she will lead him on like she did with Stefan to get control of the company. Jake points out that she ended up in bed and in love with Stefan. Gabi insists that she’s with Jake now, the love of her life, not some kid in Johnny. Gabi decides she’s going to the DiMera Mansion to feel Johnny out. Jake feels anxious but Gabi assures that she’s got this.

Johnny tells Chad that if EJ goes to prison, it will be a disaster for DiMera. Chad bets that Gabi and Jake will try to make a power play. Johnny says that’s why they should start working together and asks what Chad says. Chad is all for alliances but he doesn’t want to get burned again. Johnny questions Chad not trusting him. Chad says trust has to be earned and he barely knows him. Chad remarks that the closest Johnny has come to running DiMera is sitting on his dad’s lap. Johnny assures that he’s going to prove himself. Chad says he better as he finishes his drink and exits. The Devil remarks that he can’t blame Chad for being cautious since he was just about to make a deal with the Devil.

EJ says he has no idea what Melinda is talking about. Melinda talks about EJ chloroforming a pregnant Sami and brought her to a warehouse where his brother Andre was waiting to extract stem cells from his unborn child. Melinda questions that slipping his memory. EJ invokes his rights under the fifth amendment which Melinda calls his first smart move and says there are no further questions. Belle decides to redirect. Belle says no matter what may or may not have happened in the past, they are talking about August 11. Belle asks if EJ ordered Sami be kidnapped on that date. Melinda argues that the question was already asked and answered. Belle says no further questions, so the judge allows EJ to step down. Belle tells EJ that she tried to tell him and declares that the defense rests. Judge Barnes announces they will move on to closing arguments.

Abigail can’t believe after all this time that Sarah would just show up out of the blue. Maggie can’t believe it either. Abigail asks if she’s okay. Maggie says she seems a bit distant but otherwise fine. Kate remarks that she’s glad breaking Rex’s heart isn’t weighing too heavily on her. Abigail asks if Sarah said anything about where she has been all this time. Maggie says she won’t tell her and she couldn’t press the issue because Xander showed up and wanted to talk to her alone. Abigail suggests she can get answers when she goes back, but Maggie is not sure she will still be there since “Sarah” told her that she is taking a flight out tonight and didn’t say where she was going. Maggie repeats that she’s very distant. Abigail finds it really odd. Maggie agrees but says she was just so relieved to see Sarah in the flesh, so she could stop worrying that anything awful had happened, but her visit did not put her completely at ease. Maggie states that “Sarah” just isn’t herself.

Xander argues that Sarah doesn’t know Gwen, so he questions how she could know she’s with him. “Sarah” claims that Maggie told her right before he came in and that they are very happy together and in love. “Sarah” asks Xander if that’s not true or if he’s not in love with Gwen. Xander responds that after what Sarah did to him, he didn’t think he could ever love anyone again and he didn’t want to, but then Gwen came along. Xander confirms that he loves her. “Sarah” tells him to go be with Gwen then and leave her the hell alone as she walks out of the mansion, leaving Xander disappointed. Xander looks sadly at a framed photo of Sarah on the mantle and flashes back to when he and Sarah got engaged.

Kate tells Abigail that the mystery is solved as nothing disastrous happened to Sarah other than seemingly turning in to a bitch. Kate offers Abigail a drink. Abigail agrees to a glass of wine so Kate goes to the bar. Abigail thinks back to Kate telling her about Kristen putting on a Kate mask to break up with Jake. Abigail then recalls Xander telling her about Kristen having all these masks to make her look like whoever she wants to be. Abigail thinks back to Maggie saying she saw Sarah in the flesh but that she wasn’t herself. Abigail then comes to a realization and rushes out of the Pub as Kate calls out to her, asking where she’s going.

Gabi goes to the DiMera Mansion and enters the living room, asking if anyone is home. Johnny comes in and calls this a surprise, noting that she looks beautiful. Johnny mentions that he just got done practicing fencing. Gabi notes that he’s sweating when it’s cold outside. Johnny calls it hot as Hell for him as he removes his shirt and asks Gabi what brings her by. Gabi says she thought he’d never ask.

Melinda tells EJ that his fate is in the judge’s hands now. Melinda thanks him for making her job so easy. EJ tells her to go to Hell. Melinda then exits the court room. EJ tells Belle that it was a disaster. Belle blames EJ and calls him an arrogant jerk. EJ thought if he was a surprise witness, Melinda wouldn’t have time to dig up dirt on him. Belle reminds EJ that Melinda has been after him for years. EJ says she’s made her point. EJ asks what his chances are. Belle says she tried to do as much damage control as she could. EJ thanks her for trying as he’s aware that he behaved idiotically and made her job more difficult. Belle says he still has one thing going for him as there really is no direct evidence of his guilt. EJ says there can’t be since he’s innocent. Melinda returns and announces they are about to find out if that’s true since the judge is going to rule from the bench. Belle didn’t expect the decision for weeks but Melinda reveals he’s apparently already reached a verdict. EJ asks Belle what she thinks this means. Belle informs him that a fast verdict usually favors the defendant. Chad walks in so EJ questions what the hell he’s doing here. Chad says he heard there was a verdict, so he decided he wanted to witness EJ’s downfall in person. EJ has no idea why Chad changed his testimony. Chad says he knows what he did but EJ assures he has no idea. Judge Barnes returns and announces he’s ready to deliver his verdict. He says he’s sure they are all surprised at how quickly he came to this decision, but after reviewing the testimony, it was clear. Judge Barnes announces he finds EJ guilty as charged. Belle requests that EJ get to remain in his home until sentencing. Melinda objects, arguing that EJ is a huge flight risk. Judge Barnes agrees and orders EJ to immediately report to a holding cell where he will await transfer to prison.

Gabi tells Johnny that she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about their conversation about having interests in common, so she wanted to talk to him about what their partnership might look like. Johnny responds that he’s been giving that a lot of thought and says he was thinking it might look something like this, as Johnny then grabs Gabi and kisses her.

Maggie returns to the Kiriakis Mansion and asks Xander how it went with “Sarah”. Xander says she made it quite clear that she still hates him. Maggie asks if he at least understands what caused her change of heart. Xander says no and that she said the same thing she said a year ago. Xander doesn’t understand it as he was so sure that there was more to the story.

“Sarah” walks through the town square with her bags packed. Abigail stops her and says they need to talk. “Sarah” says she’s sorry but she’s going to miss her flight if she doesn’t leave now. Abigail asks her to answer one question as she then asks if she’s not really Sarah.

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