Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
Steve, Ava, and Kayla check on Tripp in the hospital. Kayla announces that her latest test results show that Tripp is almost completely recovered. Tripp asks if he can go home soon. Kayla says he might be tomorrow. Ava is surprised it’s so soon. Tripp assures that he feels really good. Kayla knows how it seems but insists that Tripp’s body is almost completely healed. Ava then asks for a word with Kayla in private.
Gabi and Mr. Shin continue having drinks at the Bistro. Gabi toasts to Kristen DiMera while Shin toasts to Gabi herself. Gabi says not to forget Jake as they couldn’t have done it without him. Jake then arrives and asks if somebody said his name.
Rafe surprises Nicole with another Duke teddy bear. Rafe then has Nicole check the bear’s pocket where she is shocked to find a ring inside. Rafe then gets down on one knee and proposes to Nicole.
Ava and Kayla exit Tripp’s hospital room. Kayla asks what was so important that she couldn’t say in front of Steve and Tripp. Ava reveals that she wanted to tell her how sorry she is for how she reacted when she thought she lost her son as she said some really hurtful things. Kayla tells her it’s okay and she doesn’t have to do this as they were all really upset, but thankfully Tripp is going to be okay and they can move forward. Ava insists that she needs to say this so Kayla agrees to listen.
Rafe asks Nicole for an answer to his proposal. Nicole tells Rafe that she loves him. Rafe guesses she’s turning him down. Nicole says she didn’t say that but Rafe says he can see it all over her face. Nicole says she doesn’t hate the idea. Rafe asks what the problem is then.
Gabi questions what Jake is doing there as she thought he was working late. Jake says he is finalizing plans on the Gabi Chic/Basic Black collaboration and he needed her signature. Gabi questions that it couldn’t wait until the morning. Gabi quickly signs it and tells Jake he can go now. Mr. Shin questions what the rush is since Gabi said herself that this is Jake’s victory as much as their victory. He then invites Jake to join them. Gabi claims she doesn’t mind. Jake thanks Mr. Shin but says he’s going to pass and he’ll head home. Gabi remarks that he wouldn’t want to keep Ava waiting. Jake tells them to enjoy their evening and exits.
Ava tells Kayla that she waited so long to have Tripp back in her life and then to hear him pronounced dead right in front of her made her lose her mind. Kayla understands since he is her child. Ava knows how much Kayla has come to care for Tripp. Kayla understands that Ava was in pain. Ava admits she wanted to make sure everyone else hurt as much as she did and she was way out of line. Ava tells Kayla that in spite of everything between them, she knows Kayla did everything in her power to save Tripp. Kayla assures that she tried her best but she thinks in this case, they owe it to a higher power. Ava says she is thankful to God but also to Kayla. Ava calls her a wonderful doctor, who Tripp has followed in the footsteps of. Ava thanks Kayla for being gracious since this isn’t her strong suit but she’s working on it and trying to be better. Ava jokes that Kayla is inspiring her too. Kayla asks if she wants to go back to Tripp’s room. Ava says she actually has to get going so she tells Kayla to let Tripp know that she will be back in the morning. Ava thanks Kayla again as she then exits the hospital.
Rafe asks Nicole if she doesn’t want to get engaged because she’s worried about Ava freaking out. Nicole says she hasn’t given Ava a second thought and doesn’t even think she’s an issue between them anymore. Nicole adds that she wouldn’t let Ava stand in the way of them moving forward anyway. Rafe points out that Nicole didn’t say yes, so he asks what’s going on. Nicole responds that maybe she should ask him the same question. Rafe asks what that means. Nicole says they never really talked about marriage and suddenly, he’s proposing, so she asks what that’s about. Rafe thought she would be happy. Nicole says she is happy but very surprised and that’s the only reason she’s hesitant. Nicole doesn’t give a damn what Ava or anyone thinks. Rafe asks if she’s sure there isn’t someone else giving her pause as he then asks if it’s Eric.
Eric comes downstairs at the Brady Pub where Roman and Kate greet him at the counter. Roman asks how Sarah is doing. Eric responds that she cried herself to sleep. Roman hates that she’s going through this and reliving the loss of their baby. Kate mentions seeing Xander tear through here earlier and asks if someone happened upstairs. Eric points out that Xander isn’t exactly happy that Sarah is staying with him. Kate didn’t think the church would be either. Eric assures there’s nothing inappropriate as nothing is going on and he’s just trying to help an old friend come to terms with her grief. Eric clarifies that he is sleeping on the floor. Roman doubts that the Catholic church is watching Eric that closely. Eric then gets a call from the Vatican.
Kayla returns to Tripp’s hospital room. Tripp asks about Ava. Kayla says she had to go somewhere but said to tell him she’ll be back first thing in the morning. Steve asks if they should be concerned about their conversation. Kayla reveals they actually had a very nice conversation as Ava wanted to apologize for lashing out at her when they thought they lost Tripp. Tripp had no idea. Kayla says it doesn’t matter as she didn’t mean any of it and was just a mother overcome with grief, so she guesses they are good now. Steve questions Ava apologizing to her which Kayla confirms that she did.
Jake goes home where Ava notes his bad mood and asks what’s wrong. Jake responds that he tried to help Gabi out with one little thing for work but says to forget it as he’s not getting in to it. Ava encourages that he’s home now so he can relax now and forget all about Gabi. Jake asks Ava about Tripp. Ava responds that he’s expected to make a full recovery. Jake calls that incredible. Ava says she will spend the rest of her life thanking God every day for saving him. Ava calls believing that Tripp was dead the most horrible experience of her life. Ava notes how kind Jake was and says she never would have gotten through it without him. Jake is glad Tripp is making a full recovery and that he could be there for Ava when she needed him.
Eric says he understands and he’s sorry too as he finishes his call with the Vatican. Roman asks if everything is okay. Eric reveals it was one of the American Cardinals in Rome, who said they had a meeting and was calling to tell him that the church is taking steps to remove him from the priesthood.
Nicole asks Rafe what exactly concerns him about Eric. Rafe says nothing. Nicole says if that was true, he wouldn’t have brought Eric up. Nicole tells Rafe that she and Eric are divorced and that Eric went back in to the priesthood so he’s loyal to God while she is loyal to Rafe. Nicole assures Rafe that she’s not sitting around, pining for Father Brady.
Roman questions why Eric is being removed from the priesthood. Kate guesses it’s the Sarah thing but Eric says it’s not. Roman asks what he could have possibly done wrong then. Eric declares that he performed two unauthorized exorcisms. Kate questions needing permission to remove The Devil from someone’s body. Eric says there is a specific way they want things to happen. Eric admits the church gave him a slap on the wrist for the exorcism on Marlena but they just found out he did it a second time so he gave them no other choice but to remove him. Roman asks how they found out. Eric declares it doesn’t matter as he’s not going to be a priest anymore. Roman suggests appealing it but Eric states that it’s a done deal and he was just letting him know. Roman calls it a damn shame and the church’s loss. Roman tells Eric that he’s so sorry. Kate suggests there’s a silver lining since he’s no longer a priest, so maybe he can get back together with Nicole.
Mr. Shin toasts to a peaceful work environment because he couldn’t help but notice the tension between Gabi and Jake. Gabi claims there is no tension and she just didn’t like him interrupting them, but now he’s gone. Mr. Shin says Jake may have declined joining them tonight but he did accept Gabi’s offer to rejoin DiMera, so she’ll be seeing him at the office every day. Gabi asks if that’s a problem. Gabi assures that he has nothing to worry about. Shin talks about seeing people who used to date try to co-exist at the office and it not going well while he’s also seen colleagues get together, break up, and get back together. Gabi insists that she and Jake are over for good. Mr. Shin remarks that not everybody can keep their personal and professional lives separate. Gabi says she can which he says is good to know. Gabi asks if they should order another bottle of champagne. Shin says they could, or they could go back to his hotel room for a night cap.
Steve asks Tripp if he’s had any other visitors. Tripp informs them that Johnny and Chanel stopped by and Allie before them. Kayla asks how that went. Tripp admits it didn’t go exactly as he hoped. Tripp brings up still being in love with Allie, so he told Allie that. Steve asks how she responded. Tripp admits that Allie said she loved him too which would be a good thing, except she also admitting to loving Chanel. Kayla asks how he feels about that. Tripp responds that he will always care about Allie and he wants to stay in her and Henry’s life, but he wants to be with someone that is only in love with him. Steve and Kayla don’t think that’s too much to ask for. Tripp adds that Allie gets it and they will just be friends. Kayla says she’s sorry. Tripp says that what’s important is that Allie is okay. Tripp suggests they go eat since it’s getting late. Steve doesn’t want to leave him and says they can hang out but Tripp says it’s okay and he’s just going to watch TV and then sleep. Kayla mentions having a few things to do and then she’ll be ready to go. Steve tells Tripp that he loves him. Kayla encourages Tripp to rest as she and Steve then exit the room. Tripp comments to himself about being just friends with Allie and then turns on the TV.
Eric questions Kate suggesting he get back with Nicole just because he can’t spend his days serving God anymore. Roman thinks Kate is just trying to get him to look at the bright side. Eric questions what the bright side is. Roman says before that phone call, Eric had one wonderful thing to do in his life and now he can do more, he can still help people and if the opportunity arises, he could still have another chance with the love of his life.
Rafe admits to Nicole that having Eric back in town has been a little unnerving. Nicole asks if this is about him seeing them hugging earlier. Rafe says no but when he sees them together, they have a connection. Nicole says that connection is just two people with a long history. Nicole assures that Eric is her past. Nicole admits she will always care about Eric, but she’s not in love with him. Nicole asks if Rafe believes that. Nicole brings up Eric telling them that he’s staying in Salem to help Sarah at the Pub. Nicole asks if Rafe proposed just to make sure Eric didn’t come between them. Rafe says no and adds that he got the ring awhile back,so he was just waiting for what he thought was the right time to give it to her. Rafe then admits that Eric not going back to Africa may have gave him a little push, but he proposed because he loves her and wants to spend his life with her. Rafe decides that if it’s too soon and she doesn’t want to get married, then they will just forget about it and keep things the way they are.
Ava and Jake eat together at home. Jake calls the food perfect, just like the company. Ava jokes that he better stop the compliments or she’ll get used to it but that might not be such a bad thing. Jake and Ava then start kissing.
Mr. Shin tells Gabi to forgive him as he assumed what she said about keeping professional and personal lives separate applied to them, but he was being way too forward. Gabi says not at all. Mr. Shin tells Gabi that he’s intrigued by her as a business partner and as a woman that he finds incredibly attractive. He hopes the feeling is mutual. Gabi says that it is. He asks her about the night cap. Gabi then calls for the check.
Steve asks Kayla if she’s ready to go from the hospital and offers to call Roman to keep the Pub open for a late dinner. Steve notes that Kayla is distracted and asks what it is. Kayla says she’s just been thinking about Tripp. Steve knows he’s pretty sad about Allie. Kayla thinks Tripp is heartbroken and now he’s stuck here all alone. Steve asks if she could spring him early. Kayla responds that she has a better idea.
Roman tells Eric that nobody is pushing him. Kate says they are simply saying that if Eric was interested in exploring a reunion with Nicole, he could. Roman says they just want him to be happy. Eric says he’d be happy if they stopped playing matchmaker and allow him to process this because Nicole has moved on. Kate suggests Nicole doesn’t know she has other options. Eric repeats that Nicole has moved on with another man. Kate wonders if her feelings would change if she knew that Eric was available.
Nicole stops Rafe from putting the ring away and decides that he’s right about everything. Nicole declares they love each other, so she’s ready. Rafe argues that she just said he blindsided her. Nicole says that she was just surprised but now that she thinks about it, it makes total sense. Nicole calls Rafe a wonderful man, who makes her feel special, needed, and valued. Nicole says she knows and trusts Rafe, adding that Holly adores him too. Nicole tells Rafe that she’s in love with him and this is everything she ever wanted. Nicole wants Rafe to ask her the question again. Rafe proposes again and Nicole says yes, assuring that she’s ready. Nicole says she can’t wait to be his wife as they kiss. Rafe then places the ring on Nicole’s finger. Rafe calls himself the luckiest man in the world as they continue kissing. Nicole tells him that he’s about to get even luckier as Rafe then picks her up and carries her to the bedroom.
Mr. Shin and Gabi go to his hotel room. He toasts to the great and lasting success of DiMera Enterprises with Gabi at the helm. Gabi then kisses him.
Jake apologizes for kissing Ava and says he shouldn’t have done that but Ava says she wanted him to since the first night she stayed here. Jake asks if she’s good with this then. Ava reminds him that it almost happened yesterday before they were interrupted. Ava and Jake then continue kissing.
Gabi and Mr. Shin kiss and she starts to take his jacket off but she stops and says they have to talk about his dad being the head of the board for the company she runs and he’s on the board. Shin tells her not to worry about a balance of power as they are colleagues and equals. Gabi worries about people talking. He says she never struck him as the type to worry about office gossip. Gabi then says to let them talk and they continue kissing.
Jake and Ava undress each other as they continue kissing.
Gabi and Mr. Shin undress each other as they continue kissing and then they move on to the bed.
Ava and Jake kiss onto their bed.
Eric knows Roman and Kate are coming from a good place. Roman agrees that Eric doesn’t need them to badger him about his future. Roman decides it’s time to say goodnight. Kate says they’ll talk about it tomorrow and heads upstairs. Eric calls Kate relentless. Roman encourages that Eric is a good man as they hug. Roman then heads upstairs while Eric decides he will lockup the Pub.
Steve and Kayla return to Tripp’s hospital room, surprising him with a pizza and they all eat together.
Gabi and Mr. Shin lay in bed together.
Jake and Ava kiss as they lay in bed together.
Rafe and Nicole kiss in bed.
Eric walks alone in the Pub and then takes a seat at the bar in frustration.