Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
Nicole and Rafe have champagne to celebrate. Rafe brings up the last time they were in the kitchen when he was arrested and he asked what she thought about starting a relationship and she never really answered him. Nicole says there was a lot going on. Rafe points out that now here they are back in the kitchen, so he’s going to ask her again, what she thinks about them. Nicole puts down their glasses of champagne and kisses Rafe until Ava comes out of the bedroom and says “how adorable”. Rafe questions how she got in. Ava reminds him that she has a key. Rafe orders her to put it down and get out. Ava asks if he thinks he can get rid of her that easy.
Sonny goes to see Chad at the DiMera Mansion and tells him that Will had to go back to Arizona on a big story. Sonny assures that the plan to run Leo out of town is still on as he’s not giving up until Craig realizes that Leo is using him. Sonny asks if Leo bought Chad’s staged fight with Abigail. Chad says that he seemed to but you never really know with Leo.
Leo and Craig are in Craig’s room at the Salem Inn. Craig gets an e-mail from the hospital HR department that looks like a job offer. Leo gets excited and asks if he should call him chief of staff. Craig says no, so Leo gets upset and says nobody double crosses him and gets away with it.
Marlena meets with Kayla in her office at the hospital. They talk about what Belle is going through. Kayla is glad she is okay. Marlena thought this whole mess was behind them but it’s not even close. Kayla asks how Marlena is doing. Marlena says it’s been awful seeing Belle through this. Kayla agrees to keep it to herself. The hospital administrator Seth Burns enters and says he needs to talk to Kayla, adding that it concerns Marlena too. Seth insists that Kayla fire Marlena immediately.
Craig tells Leo that nobody double crossed him. Leo argues that double crossing Craig is the same as doing it to him. Leo asks if they are kidding offering Craig a staff position. Craig explains that Seth Burns wasn’t in his office when he went to the hospital, but he ran in to Kayla so he had to tell her something, so he said he was looking for a job even if it was entry level. Leo argues that he just said that to throw her off and didn’t actually mean it. Craig didn’t realize they were tag teaming the job search. Leo complains that they are low balling him on money with his degrees. Craig thought he didn’t care about the money. Leo says it’s not everything, but Craig is so smart and talented that he deserves a better job. Craig tells Leo that if he takes a job like this, they can stay in Salem like they planned and the stress would be cut in half while he goes back to patient care. Leo brings up all the people that worked under him as chief of staff and asks if he cares about them. Leo tells Craig to tell Seth Burns that he’s rejecting that offer and only accepting the job as Chief of Staff.
Kayla tells Seth Burns that she has no intention of firing Marlena. Seth warns that the pressure is building from the board members and the community, who are worried about Marlena having been possessed by the Devil and now rumors about her daughter. Marlena thinks she has a way to resolve the situation. Marlena then offers to resign.
Steve goes to the hospital and greets Tripp. Tripp asks if he’s here to see him or Kayla. Steve says it’s him as he got some news about his mom. Tripp remembers Steve having a theory of where Ava was. Steve reveals that he tracked her down to a motel this morning but by the time he got there, she took off. Tripp asks where she went. Steve has a feeling that she will be back.
Nicole warns Ava that it wasn’t smart of her to come here. Ava claims she had to congratulate Rafe after seeing the verdict on TV. Nicole reminds Ava that the police are looking for her. Ava argues that Rafe is no longer on the police force so he can’t really do anything about it. Rafe reveals that he can, because he just got a text from the mayor that he’s been reinstated as police commissioner since he beat those bogus charges. Rafe guesses his first official act will be to place Ava under arrest.
Tripp tells Steve that he really thinks Ava has changed and he can’t see why she would involved in kidnapping Abigail when she doesn’t even know her. Steve doesn’t understand her motive either but she was at the air strip right before Abigail got knocked out and flown to the DiMera private island. Tripp argues that Abigail is home safe now, so he asks if they will drop this since there is no proof that Ava was involved. Steve reveals it might not be the only crime that Ava is involved in.
Ava mocks Rafe not having handcuffs on him. Rafe warns that going to jail is no joke. Ava calls him a joke and asks what exactly he’d be arresting her for. Rafe brings up her leaving the police station while in custody. Ava argues that no one said she couldn’t leave. Nicole questions hiring a phony lawyer to smuggle her out of the station. Ava argues that leaving the station isn’t a crime. Rafe reminds her that the crime was being an accessory to Abigail’s kidnapping.
Sonny assures Chad that Leo is still in to him. Chad argues that he’s not gay so he’s sure that one fight wasn’t enough to convince Leo that he’s on the market. Sonny asks if Abigail will be willing to crank it up a notch. Abigail walks in and jokes that she might if he asks nicely. Abigail and Chad kiss but Sonny says no PDAs until Leo is gone. Abigail asks how long this scheme is going to take since they have other things going on. Abigail informs Chad that tomorrow they are going to see Dr. Rolf to see if he can do anything for Sarah. Sonny asks how it’s going with Sarah. Abigail says Sarah got the same drug that Gwen gave her but it was a much stronger dose, so the damage to her brain is pretty severe and they aren’t sure they can reverse it. Abigail hopes that Dr. Rolf has some answers. Sonny questions them both having to go. Chad knows getting Leo is important to him but Abigail was kidnapped and now she’s going to visit Dr. Rolf because of Sarah, so he’s not going to leave her alone this time. Sonny apologizes and says this thing with Leo has just became an obsession for him and now he’s dragged them in to it. Sonny wonders if he should just give up on ending Leo. Abigail suggests he could just get it done tonight.
Craig finishes a call, telling them to have Seth Burns call him at his earliest opportunity. Craig hangs up and informs Leo that Seth’s assistant said he’s out of the office on a personal matter. Leo assures that he’s making sure Kayla is giving Marlena the axe. Craig tells Leo to just be patient and see what happens.
Kayla argues that Marlena won’t be bullied in to quitting when she’s a senior member of the staff. Seth suggests retirement as an option. Kayla brings up all the times that Marlena was voted Doctor of the Year. Kayla adds that her situation has been resolved and it was beyond Marlena’s control. Seth thinks Kayla should be more loyal to the hospital than her friend and warns her to reconsider her decision. Seth says he will be back and exits the office.
Steve reminds Tripp about the charges against Rafe. Tripp mentions just reading that Rafe was found innocent. Steve says that’s because there was too many questions about the evidence against him and Rafe thinks that Ava used her criminal ties to reach out to some of her old friends in Philly to persuade them to lie under oath. Tripp argues that she left that life behind and asks why she would do that to Rafe when she’s totally in love with him. Steve reveals that Rafe and Nicole are more than friends and were lying to Ava about it. Tripp realizes that the person she loves and her best friend were sneaking around behind her back. Tripp laments that he knows how that feels.
Ava questions Rafe calling her an accessory to kidnapping. Rafe brings up Abigail finding out that Ava was pretending to be Sarah Horton. Ava calls it a prank. Rafe reminds her that she was at the air strip where Abigail was kidnapped, so she witnessed whoever knocked her out and instead of coming to the police, she left town. Ava says now she’s back, so Rafe asks why.
Marlena tells Kayla that Seth has a point. Kayla argues that Marlena did nothing wrong. Marlena warns Kayla that if she doesn’t fire her, they will replace her with someone who will and she doesn’t want her out of a job. Kayla argues that she won’t lose her job and it’s not Marlena’s fault anyways. Kayla feels that firing Marlena sends a message that a personal problem is a firable offense. Kayla declares that she’s the chief of staff and if she can’t control the staffing, she might as well not have the job. Kayla refuses to let Seth Burns bully either of them.
Craig and Leo walk through the town square to meet Seth Burns. Craig introduces Seth to Leo as his boyfriend. Seth asks why Leo’s name sounds familiar to him. Leo guesses he has seen his art work. Craig talks about missing Salem and wanting to be closer to his daughter. Seth asks him about looking for a staffing position. Leo says that’s any position available. Craig asks Seth about replacing the current chief of staff and says if that’s the case, he’s very interested. Leo brings up what Craig did for the bottom line of the hospital and increased profits by running a tight ship. Seth informs Craig that he hasn’t fired Kayla yet. Craig knows how difficult it can be to replace someone at the top. Leo points out that Craig is ready and praises him as the complete package.
Sonny talks to Chloe on the phone and says he’s counting on her because the timing has to be perfect. Sonny hangs up and informs Chad and Abigail that Brady and Chloe will make sure Craig doesn’t walk in on Chad and Leo too early or too late. Chad says it has to be right on cue or the whole thing is over and that’s assuming he can even get Leo in to bed. Sonny doesn’t think that will be a problem. Abigail guesses it’s time for her to go trash their marriage then and tells them to wish her luck.
Ava responds to Rafe that she had to come back because all her stuff is here. Rafe says he will pack it up and send it to her as he asks for his key. Ava asks if he’s going to give it to Nicole while she watches. Rafe says no as he will be changing the locks. Ava doesn’t understand why he’s being so hostile because it was them having sex on the conference table and lying to her about it for months. Ava adds that they falsely accused her of getting Rafe falsely accused of a crime. Nicole insists that Ava set Rafe up and that’s why he was acquitted. Ava repeats that she just came back to pack up her things and to congratulate them, but if she knew they’d be so nasty then she wouldn’t have even bothered. Ava tells Rafe that she’ll send him her forwarding address, assuming he’s not going to arrest her. Ava tells Rafe and Nicole to have a wonderful life for as long as it lasts. Ava then exits the house. Nicole remarks that Ava knows how to make an exit.
Tripp tells Steve that Ava said something to him that is starting to make sense now, as she was kind of warning him about trusting in love. Tripp points out that Ava was totally right about him and Allie. Steve is sorry that didn’t work out. Tripp guesses it’s better to find out now, but he gave Allie so many chances to tell him that she and Chanel were more than friends but he had to find out from Johnny. Tripp adds that he was even trying to think of Chanel as his friend which makes it a lot worse. Steve asks how he’s holding up with all this. Tripp admits he misses Allie and Henry a lot. Steve knows it will take awhile to get over this but he’s here for him. Tripp says he appreciates that as they hug.
Sonny pours drinks for he and Chad and toasts to Leo finally getting his. Chad asks if he’s sure they are doing the right thing. Sonny asks if Chad is getting cold feet.
Abigail goes to Craig and Leo’s room at the Salem Inn. Leo answers the door, so Abigail asks if he’s alone. Leo asks what she’s doing here. Abigail hoped they could talk as it won’t take long so Leo invites her in and asks what he can do for her. Abigail says she just has to know what exactly happened in Phoenix between he and Chad. Abigail claims that yesterday she found Chad dressing up in women’s’ clothes. Leo remarks that it takes way more than a weekend in Phoenix to make that happen. Abigail says something happened between them. Leo asks if she’s wondering about the time they ended up in bed together which Abigail questions.
Chad assures Sonny that he will help but he’s remembering everything that Gwen did to he and Abigail to come between them. Sonny calls that completely different. Chad feels he’s still busting up a relationship. Sonny argues that he’s saving Craig from a world of hurt down the road. Chad asks if Craig will see it that way.
Abigail questions Leo being in bed with Chad. Leo assures nothing happened and that it was a misunderstanding. Abigail remarks that it had a lasting effect on Chad since he keeps bringing it up and going on about what a great time that he had. Abigail says they had a huge argument last night and then she heard Chad saying Leo’s name in his sleep. Leo says maybe he was talking about another Leo but Abigail says it’s obvious that Chad is attracted to him. Abigail says she saw the way they were looking at each other. Leo claims he checks every guy out. Abigail thought their marriage was in a good place but they have two kids, so she’s begging Leo not to sleep with Chad again, no matter how bad he wants him to.
Kayla tells Marlena that now that Belle is herself again, this should all just blow over. Marlena hopes she’s right. Seth returns and assumes that Kayla hasn’t changed her mind which she confirms. Seth reveals that he will have to take that decision out of Kayla’s hands. Kayla argues that Seth can’t fire Marlena without giving her a hearing in front of the board. Seth then announces he’s not firing Marlena, he’s firing Kayla.
Rafe tells Nicole that he’s cleared, Ava’s gone, and they are together, so it’s over. Nicole says she’d like to believe that but she can’t stop thinking about Ava telling them to have a wonderful life for however long it lasts. Rafe feels Ava was just trying to get the last word in. Nicole worries about what Ava could have meant and if she’s putting a mob hit out on them. Rafe says he’s not worried about Ava. Nicole points out that they lied to Ava for way too long. Rafe agrees. Nicole says Ava went out of her way to get back at him and it didn’t work, so she’s afraid that Ava is out for blood. Nicole worries that Ava could have been telling them that she’s not done with them.
Ava goes to the hospital and sees Tripp and Steve hugging, commenting that the world is full of love today. Tripp questions where she has been since he’s been worried. Ava says she just needed to get away for awhile. Steve points out that the police are looking for her. Ava says she’s aware and she just saw Rafe, who for some reason didn’t take her in. Ava guesses he had more important plans with Nicole. Steve asks Ava what she knows about what happened to Abigail. Ava responds that she’s under no obligation to answer his questions as she came to take Tripp out to dinner since they have a lot to catch up on. Ava asks when Tripp gets off. Tripp says he got off half an hour ago. Tripp tells Steve that he will see him soon as he then exits with Ava.
Marlena argues that if Seth can’t fire her, he shouldn’t be able to fire Kayla. Seth explains that the laws state that the physician hires a hearing prior to termination while the Chief of Staff can be fired by the board due to cause which they have. Kayla guesses he will need her to stay while he searches for a replacement but Seth reveals he already found her replacement. Seth orders Kayla to clear out her office, because he’d like Dr. Wesley to start as soon as possible. Seth then exits, leaving Kayla and Marlena in shock.
Chad argues that Craig knows exactly who Leo is and doesn’t care. Sonny argues that Craig thinks he knows but he’s new to this game and the longer it goes, the worse it’s going to be when Leo stabs him in the back. Sonny insists that Leo will drain Craig for every cent he can get. Sonny adds that what Gwen put Chad through is nothing like this. Chad remarks that Sonny doesn’t know that because he wasn’t here. Sonny goes over Gwen making Chad believe that Abigail was cheating on him when she really wasn’t. Sonny apologizes for freaking out but says they are just giving Leo a chance to show his true colors and he doesn’t have to take the bait. Sonny declares that how this turns out is entirely up to him.
Leo tells Abigail that he’s in a relationship and he’s happy for the first time in his life, so he wouldn’t do anything to ruin that, not even for a guy as hot as Chad. Abigail asks if he wouldn’t even entertain the idea. Leo assures that he wouldn’t and she has nothing to worry about. Abigail thanks him and says she has to go before Chad wonders where she is. Abigail then hurries out. Abigail pulls out her phone and calls Chad, saying she did her best to lay the groundwork so now he’s on.
Rafe promises Nicole that he’s going to get to the bottom of Abigail’s kidnapping and Ava’s involvement in it. Nicole says that’s good but Rafe feels she doesn’t believe him. Nicole says she’s just never been in a relationship with a cop before and it’s kind of nice. Rafe responds that he’s never been in a relationship with someone like her before but it’s also nice. Rafe feels they’ve waited a long time to be in this relationship, so he feels like they have some catching up to do. Rafe invites Nicole to take a bath with him which she agrees to as they then kiss.
Tripp and Ava sit together in the town square. Tripp informs her that Steve told him about Rafe and Nicole and he’s sorry that happened to her. Ava says part of her knew about it. Tripp adds that she was right about Allie too which Ava questions. Tripp reveals that Allie cheated on him with Chanel and they are through. Ava tells him that she’s so sorry. Tripp thanks her for giving him her grandma’s ring but says he won’t be needing it anymore. Ava says she’ll just hold on to it until he meets the right woman. Ava encourages that she’s out there somewhere and she will be so lucky to find him.
Steve makes a call to have someone keep an eye on Ava in case she tries to flee jurisdiction again. Steve hangs up and sees Marlena. Steve asks if Kayla is in her office. Marlena confirms that she is, but she’s sorry to tell him that Kayla was just fired.
Craig goes to Kayla’s office at the hospital where Kayla questions if he sucked up to her because he didn’t want her to suspect that he was going to steal her job or if he wanted her to give him a job if his grand scheme didn’t work out. Craig says he has mixed feelings about the whole situation, but he didn’t create it, she did when she put her friend above the responsibilities of the hospital. Kayla guesses that Craig told Seth Burns that he’s going to fire Marlena. Craig mocks Marlena claiming that she’s been possessed by the Devil. Craig declares he will do what has to be done. Kayla asks if Leo put him up to this and says it worked. Kayla tells Craig that the office is all his and wishes him luck with the job as she gathers her things and exits. Craig sits down at the desk and pulls out his phone to call Leo. Craig informs Leo that he’s at the hospital and he’s going to be there for awhile. Leo asks if that means he got the job. Craig confirms that Kayla was just fired, so he’s starting immediately which excites Leo. Craig thanks Leo for believing in him. Craig thinks things are going to get busy very soon, so he might not see Leo a lot for the next couple of weeks. Leo encourages that it will all be worth it.
Abigail returns home to the DiMera Mansion where Sonny asks how it went with Leo. Abigail says she gave it everything she had but hates the idea of her husband coming on to the guy. Sonny thanks Abigail for being such a good sport. Abigail jokes that it’s good practice for her budding career as an actress. Abigail says that if Leo’s really in to Chad, then the sooner he’s gone, the better.
Leo finishes eating in he and Craig’s room. Chad then shows up at the door and tells Leo that he needed to see him. Chad asks if he can come in.