Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
Ray tells Paulina that she doesn’t own this town and he still has business with Johnny DiMera, so he’s not going anywhere until it’s settled. Paulina tells him to stay out of her way and warns him about going anywhere near her family. Lani then arrives with the twins in a stroller and asks if everything is okay. Paulina says she didn’t see her there. Lani asks what’s going on. Paulina says nothing but Lani says it sounded like they were arguing. Ray declares that Paulina was trying to chase him out of town. Lani asks why she would do that and who he is.
Devil Johnny calls Judge Barnes and says he knows he’s not supposed to call him directly, especially on the day of EJ’s sentencing, but he thinks he made the right decision because what EJ did completely traumatized Sami. Johnny is glad he found EJ guilty and hopes he puts him behind bars for a very long time. Johnny thanks him for listening and then hangs up. The Devil says that oughta do it.
Belle brings EJ clothes for his sentencing and asks where Johnny is. EJ says he hasn’t heard from him all day and doesn’t think he’s coming. Belle was counting on Johnny to speak on his behalf at the sentencing. EJ says he’ll send him another message but he thinks he’s avoiding him. Belle asks if there’s anyone else who can vouch for him. EJ says they can cross Chad off the list so he doesn’t get a second chance to stab him in the back.
Chad sits at home in the living room of the DiMera Mansion. He texts Abigail, asking how Boston is. Chad gets a response that everything is good and she’s sorry she had to leave like that. Chad says he was worried, but he gets that her parents need her and he misses her.
Gwen has Abigail’s phone and texts Chad back that she misses him too.
Kristen DiMera is dragging the bag with Abigail in to a house, remarking that Ava and Gwen both owe her.
Johnny enters the living room as Chad pours a drink. Johnny is sure Chad saw that EJ’s sentencing hearing is about to start. Chad wonders how hard the judge will be on him. Johnny responds that if he cares about justice, he’ll give him the max. Chad asks if he means that. Johnny says that’s what he deserves for kidnapping Sami and forcing himself on Abigail. Johnny still can’t believe he’d do something like that right there in the court house and asks what kind of monster acts that way. Johnny assumes that Abigail is keeping her distance. Chad informs him that she left town actually, noting that she left last night without saying goodbye to him or the kids. Chad admits he was worried but she finally texted him. Johnny asks if everything is okay. Chad says she had to go to Boston to help her parents with a paper emergency. Johnny comments that he hopes she comes back soon, because he’s going to need her when production begins which Chad questions. Johnny calls it a big plot twist as “Possessed: The Marlena Evans Story” is making a comeback.
Paulina tells Lani that Ray is just Johnny DiMera’s business associate, so she was just voicing her opinion about her soon to be ex-son in law. Ray notes that she’s not a fan. Lani says she’s not either. Paulina tells Ray that’s two people telling him not to get involved with Johnny. Paulina wants to go but Ray says he never got introduced to Lani. He introduces himself as Terrell Raymond Coates and says everyone calls him T.R. as he asks who Lani is.
Belle tells EJ that she’s really sorry things turned out this way as she feels like she let him down. EJ says it’s not her fault as she warned him not to take the witness stand, but he was too arrogant to listen. Belle understands he just wanted to get his side of the story out there. EJ comments on how well that went and says if he took her advice, he might not be in this position. Belle jokes that she usually is right. EJ calls her a good lawyer and he doesn’t know if anyone could have done a better job. EJ thanks her for believing in him when even his own family doesn’t. EJ guesses it’s time to face the music. Belle fixes his tie and then they exit the room.
Chad questions Johnny still making his movie after what Marlena just went through. Johnny explains that he has no choice because the producer showed up this morning and said if he didn’t give him the movie he promised, he would ruin his career. Chad asks who this guy is. Johnny informs him that his name is T.R. Coates, a big power player in the industry and not someone you want to cross. Chad says it sounds like he’s playing hard ball.
Lani introduces herself to TR as Lani Price Grant. He recognizes the Price name but Paulina interrupts and claims that Lani is her niece. He says he can see the resemblance. Paulina reminds him to keep his distance from her family. Lani thinks that is a little harsh which Ray agrees with. He says he means no harm and is just here to make a great movie with Johnny. Paulina tells him to go on then and leave her family out of it. Paulina then hurries Lani away.
Gwen calls Ava and informs her that she just texted Chad and still has him convinced that Abigail is in Boston. Gwen knows that Chad is going to figure it out eventually, she’s just trying to buy them time to figure out what to do next. Gwen says they didn’t plan on Abigail seeing Ava in the Sarah mask but they got lucky that Ned agreed to fly her to Kristen. Gwen then hangs up as Xander comes home to their room. Xander says he didn’t mean to interrupt her phone call. Gwen says she was just wrapping up. Xander thought he heard her mention Kristen’s name and questions why she’s talking about her.
Kristen complains that she needs to hire someone to do this work since it’s been happening so often. After dragging the bag in to a house, Kristen opens the bag to discover Abigail, unconscious, inside. Kristen lays Abigail onto the couch. Abigail wakes up holding her head and wonders where the hell she is. Kristen welcomes her to Fantasy Island.
Gwen claims to Xander that she just read an article about Kristen today in the Spectator. Xander asks what about her. Gwen tells him that allegedly, Kristen called Abigail and denied having anything to do with Philip’s disappearance. Xander asks who she was talking to. Gwen claims it was Claire as she thought she would have some insight since she and Philip are family. Xander remarks that he wouldn’t take Kristen’s word as gospel since she’s not exactly known as a truth teller. Gwen asks where Xander was today. Xander informs her that he was out shopping for a gift for her which he then surprises her with. Gwen opens it to find a snow globe of London. Xander knows it’s not the same as going there in person, but says it’s the best he could do. Gwen calls it beautiful. Xander apologizes for canceling their plans to go search for Sarah, who it turns out is doing just fine. Gwen says it’s fine but Xander feels he hurt her so he’s truly sorry.
Paulina goes home with Lani and the twins. Lani says she didn’t need to walk them home. Paulina says she wanted to make sure that man didn’t harass her. Lani asks why he would do that. Paulina says she’s a good judge of character and got a bad vibe from him. Lani responds that he didn’t seem that bad to her. Paulina talks about how aggressive he was but Lani says she was the aggressive one. Lani asks why Paulina flipped out on him anyways. Paulina says you have to stand your ground with men like TR. Paulina adds that any friend of Johnny DiMera is an enemy of hers. Lani asks if she’s sure it’s not more than that. Paulina asks what else it would be. Lani points out that she told him that she was her niece, so she questions why she wouldn’t want him to know that she was her daughter.
Johnny tells Chad that he doesn’t blame TR for wanting to make the movie since it’s a great script and he signed a contract. Chad argues that was before The Devil came back to Salem. Johnny says that TR wasn’t here for that and he really seems genuinely excited about the movie and even sees it as a trilogy. Chad questions the sequels. Johnny says part two would be about Marlena’s most recent possession and they’ll figure out a third one. Chad doesn’t think this is a great idea but says he is happy for Johnny and his career. Johnny thanks him and says that’s nice of him to say. Chad comments that it sounds like he won’t have a lot of time for DiMera going forward, so if he wants, he can talk to the lawyers about transferring he and EJ’s shares to him. Johnny says that won’t be necessary as he still plans to be involved in DiMera Enterprises. Chad points out that Johnny’s making movies and it’s a lot of work. Johnny insists that he can do both. Chad calls this his big break, so he doesn’t want him to leave anything in the field. Johnny promises he can be both at the same time. Johnny adds that he’s up for the challenge and ready to make his mark on the world.
EJ and Belle return from the sentencing. Belle asks how he’s holding up. EJ screams in frustration. EJ says he knew bad news was coming. Belle encourages him not to give up as they’re going to file an appeal right away. EJ argues that they know that’s a long shot as his fate has been sealed. EJ declares that he’s innocent but he’s going to be rotting away in prison for the next ten years.
Lani puts the kids to sleep and then asks Paulina again, why she didn’t want TR to know who she was. Paulina claims that she wasn’t sure she was comfortable being introduced as her daughter yet and points out that she only called her mom once. Lani argues that she had no problem telling everyone at Chanel’s party that she was her daughter. Paulina says that was among family while this man is a complete stranger so they are none of his business. Lani doesn’t see what difference it would make since they aren’t hiding anything anymore. Paulina says she’s trying to protect her. Lani asks how and from what. Paulina brings up TR doing the movie with Johnny. Paulina adds that Chanel is planning on taking Johnny to the cleaners. Lani questions what their divorce has to do with TR. Paulina asks how he’s going to feel with Chanel taking half the movie profits. Paulina suggests that TR could blame them and come after them. Paulina remarks that men like that destroy everything they touch, so it’s just better if he doesn’t know that she has another daughter. Lani feels like it’s a stretch. Paulina admits she’s being cautious. Lani questions if she’s being cautious or not telling her the whole story.
Gwen tells Xander that he doesn’t have to apologize. Xander feels he was incredibly unfair as she had to give up the holidays in London so he could run around playing detective. Gwen understands that he thought Sarah was in danger and she was very important to him. Xander says that Sarah wasn’t in danger and just wanted to get away from him which he still didn’t want to accept. Gwen knows how hard it is to realize when someone you care about doesn’t feel the same way. Xander didn’t realize how much Sarah hated him until he saw her again. Xander remarks that Gwen should’ve been there. Gwen then flashes back to pretending to be Sarah. Xander says she wouldn’t believe how angry she was. Gwen responds that she could only imagine.
Abigail questions what Kristen is doing here, what she is doing here, and what this place is. Kristen explains that it’s an old DiMera property on a deserted island. Kristen adds that it hasn’t been kept up as well as it should be but it serves it’s purpose. Abigail asks what the purpose is. Kristen offers her a fruit juice drink but Abigail says she’ll pass. Kristen assumed she’d be dehydrated after her flight which she questions. Kristen adds that the drink will also flush out all the sedatives that she was given. Abigail says she’s getting the hell out of here but Kristen reminds her it’s a deserted island and asks where she’s going to go. Abigail wants to give it a shot anyways. Kristen responds that if she can’t make her stay, maybe this will, as she then pulls a gun on Abigail.
Johnny asks Chad if Abigail is still game to play Marlena in his movie even though she’s busy with the newspaper. Chad doesn’t know and says he’ll have to ask her when she gets back to town. Johnny feels she will say yes and talks about how excited Abigail was for it. Johnny adds that he can’t blame her and asks what’s more fun than acting like you have the Devil in you. Chad isn’t sure he’d call it fun, but he’s sure Abigail is up for the challenge. Johnny adds that now that EJ is going away, he’ll need to find a new leading man. Johnny asks Chad if he’s still interested in playing John Black, reminding him that he pitched the idea before. Chad says he has a lot more on his plate now, but he’ll think about it. Johnny remarks that he can’t imagine he’d want to watch someone else have sex with his wife. Chad points out that it’d be fake sex. Johnny thinks it’d be another good way to stick it to EJ. Chad asks if he really thinks EJ cares about that. Johnny thinks EJ cares about everything when it comes to Chad, pointing out that EJ tried to steal the company and this role from Chad while now Chad gets both. Chad acknowledges that EJ has done a lot of horrible things, but he’s about to pay dearly for his crimes, so he’s not about to dance on his grave. Johnny asks if he thinks EJ wouldn’t do the same to him. Chad points out that EJ is still his brother and Johnny’s father and he’s about to have his whole life taken away.
Belle is sure the news of EJ’s sentencing has already hit the press, so there’s going to be a swarm of reporters. Belle says she will go coordinate with the courthouse to see if they can sneak out back to the prison van. EJ tells her not to worry as she’s done her job. Belle says he’s still her client. EJ says the best thing she can do for him now is to leave and go home to Shawn. Belle does not want to abandon him. EJ assures he’ll be fine and says he just needs some time to himself before they take him away. Belle offers to give him time and wait outside in the corridor. EJ says he told her to go home. Belle questions why he’s trying to get rid of her. Belle then asks if he’s planning to escape. EJ advises her not to ask questions that she doesn’t want to know the answer to. Belle realizes that he really is planning an escape. EJ tells her again to just go. Belle questions if he’s studying Kristen’s playbook. EJ asks what she wants him to say. Belle asks if he’s meeting Kristen somewhere or if she’s in on this. EJ responds that the less she knows, the better, because he doesn’t want her implicated. Belle tells EJ that he can’t do this. EJ says he can’t go to prison for ten years for a crime he didn’t commit. Belle worries that he will only make this so much worse. EJ argues nothing can be worse than that. EJ asks for one good reason why he shouldn’t get the hell out of here while he still can. Belle reminds him of his children, Sydney and Johnny, warning that if he runs, he will never see them again.
Chad gets a text that the judge just gave EJ ten years. Chad says he can’t even imagine. Johnny questions if Chad is actually feeling sorry for EJ. Chad asks if Johnny’s not. Johnny brings up EJ kidnapping Sami and holding her prisoner for months. Johnny says whatever happens, he did to himself. Johnny knows he’s supposed to feel sympathetic but he feels relief. Johnny declares that justice was served and now they can move on. Chad questions it being just like that. Johnny talks about having a movie to pull together. He tells Chad to think about his offer and call Abigail to tell her that he needs her back in Salem. Johnny then exits the room.
Abigail asks if Kristen is going to shoot her. Kristen laughs and says if she has to. Abigail then asks how she ended up here. Kristen asks what she last remembers. Abigail recalls heading to the airfield, looking for her cousin Sarah, because she suspected it wasn’t Sarah, but Kristen in a mask. Kristen calls that a solid theory. Abigail continues that it turned out that it was a mask but the person under it was Ava Vitali. Kristen jokes that the plot thickens. Abigail asks if she put Ava up to it since they are friends. Kristen says they do go way back. Kristen asks what happened when Abigail figured all this out. Abigail says she was about to call Rafe when someone came up and hit her from behind. Abigail thinks she knows who it was.
Xander hopes that Gwen really forgives him. Gwen assures that she does, as long as he can forgive her too for acting like an insecure child and doubting him. Xander says she has nothing to be sorry for but Gwen feels she does. Gwen says she completely overreacted to him obsessing over Sarah. Gwen cries that Xander is all she has since Jack moved away while she and Abigail can hardly be in the same room together. Gwen declares that if she lost him, she would be completely alone. Xander assures her that she will not lose him ever as they kiss.
Paulina assures Lani that if she and Chanel go to war with TR, he will exploit every vulnerability. Lani argues that she doesn’t even know him. Paulina says working with Johnny tells her a lot. Paulina adds that she knows his type of being charming on the surface but something else underneath. Lani questions how she can tell that from one conversation. Paulina says like Lani is good at sniffing out criminals, she has a nose for users. Paulina argues that you don’t get to be a big time movie producer without being cut throat. Paulina says she’s trying to protect Lani and her children. Lani thinks she’s being paranoid. Paulina asks Lani to run in the opposite direction if she ever comes across TR Coates again, because she doesn’t want her having anything to do with him.
TR sits in the town square and uses his phone to search Lani’s name.
Kristen asks Abigail who she thinks knocked her out. Abigail says she has to assume it was probably Kristen, since she woke up to Kristen hovering over her. Kristen says she can’t confirm or deny that. Abigail says they’ll keep playing her games. Kristen tells her that all she needs to know is that the reason she’s here is because she was sticking her nose where it didn’t belong. Abigail guesses she was getting too close to the truth about what actually happened to Sarah. Kristen asks what truth that is. Abigail states that Sarah didn’t just decide to leave Salem on her own last year and asks if Kristen did something to her.
Gwen and Xander lay in bed together. Gwen says he makes everything feel better and all her problems float away. Xander hopes he can always do that for her. Xander knows this is not the ideal time to bring up Sarah but he has one last thing to say about her. Xander tells Gwen that before “Sarah” left, she gave him some really good advice; to stop obsessing about their breakup, get on with his life, and focus on Gwen. Xander declares that’s what he is going to do from now on and look towards the future with Gwen. Gwen asks if he really means that. Xander responds that he knows exactly how to prove it.
EJ gives in and tells Belle that he will stay and call off the extraction. Belle encourages that he’s doing the right thing. EJ is not so sure about that but he is putting his trust in Belle. Belle promises not to let him down and says she will clear his name.
Lani still thinks Paulina is overreacting but agrees to stay clear of TR if it makes her feel better. Paulina insists it’s for the best. Lani then gets a work call and steps out of the room to answer it. Paulina worries that it was a close call but she will keep Lani and her kids safe. Paulina declares that she will make damn sure that TR will never find out that Lani is his daughter.
Johnny meets TR in the town square and says he has good news as he just met with Marlena and she understands he was in a tough position, so they are good to go. Johnny declares that they are bringing the Devil back to Salem as he and TR shake hands.
Chad calls Jennifer and says he’s trying to reach Abigail but she’s not picking up, so he asks if she’s around. Jennifer reveals that Abigail is not there so Chad questions where she is.
Kristen asks Abigail what exactly she’s accusing her of. Abigail brings up how they all know what she did to Kate last year which Kristen laughs about. Kristen asks why they are talking about that. Abigail thinks she did the exact same thing to Sarah. Kristen asks why she would do that. Abigail guesses it was the same reason as Kate, to shut her up. Kristen says she has interesting theories. Abigail guesses that she’s right and asks what she did to Sarah and where she is.
Sarah stands in a bedroom staring at a window.
Xander gets out of bed and says he knows he doesn’t deserve a woman as strong, beautiful, and loyal as Gwen. Xander asks Gwen to take pity on him as he proposes to her.
Sarah turns away from the window as she remains locked up.