Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
Nicole goes to see EJ at the DiMera Mansion which he calls a surprise. Nicole remarks that it’s been a while since he kicked her to the curb while trying to get Sami back and asks how that worked out for him. EJ asks if she came by to say she told him so. Nicole says actually she needs a favor. Nicole reminds EJ that he filed his divorce papers when she split from Eric and asks if he has a copy of those because she can’t find hers anywhere. EJ is sure he has a copy somewhere and asks if there’s a problem. Nicole says no, so EJ asks why she needs the papers. Nicole then reveals that she and Rafe are engaged.
Ciara brings baby Bo to see Rafe at his office in the police station. Rafe calls him beautiful and is glad they were able to bring him home safe and sound. Ciara says after everything they have been through, it’s really nice to focus on the sweet things. Ciara says now they are introducing him to the most important people in his life. Rafe is flattered he made the list. Ciara says he was at the top of the list. Ciara then asks if Rafe would consider being Bo’s Godfather.
Jan sits at home reading as Ben walks in. Jan immediately questions how he got in. Ben apologizes for startling her and asks if Shawn is around. Jan says he’s still at work but is just a phone call away. Ben asks Jan to let Shawn know that he stopped by since he wanted to talk to he and Ciara about something. Ben goes to leave but then Jan realizes he is Ben Weston and asks him not to go. Jan apologizes for being cold and says you can’t be too careful. Ben says he’ll speak with Shawn later. Jan informs Ben that Shawn called about her. Jan introduces herself and tells Ben that she would love to babysit their precious angel.
Shawn says he can’t believe this while Belle says he can’t be surprised. Belle clarifies that they aren’t divorce papers but she wants a legal separation. Shawn feels that she’s jumping the gun and they need to discuss this. Belle says that everything she needs to say is in that document. Shawn knows things have been difficult. Belle argues that they’ve been impossible. Belle thinks a legal separation will bring them both some clarity. Shawn argues that Jan is going to have the baby and then go back to prison while Belle moves back home. Belle questions if she’s supposed to raise Jan’s baby with him.
Ben questions Jan wanting to babysit his son. Jan brings up that she and Shawn are about to have a baby so her and Ben’s children will be cousins. Jan says she really needs to practice taking care of a baby before their baby arrives, so she thought they could keep it all in the family. Ben says that he and Ciara aren’t in the market for a babysitter at the moment. Jan asks if they won’t need quality time alone or a date night out. Ben says maybe eventually but right now they love spending time with their little boy and he sleeps a lot, so they have plenty of quality time together. Jan points out that she wouldn’t be alone with the baby since Shawn would be there every second. Ben thanks her for offering but they’re good right now and he’ll let her know if they change their minds. Jan questions him saying their minds when he hasn’t even asked Ciara how she’d feel about it. Ben says he’s quite sure that Ciara won’t like the idea.
Rafe tells Ciara that he’s honored to be the Godfather of Bo and asks if she’s sure and what about Shawn. Ciara points out that Shawn has his hands full with his own baby coming and that’s complicated. Ciara adds that Rafe was always number one choice anyway, joking that they get a Godfather and a baseball coach all in one. Rafe guesses they want to get him baptized by Eric before he goes back to Africa. Ciara then reveals to Rafe that Roman told them that Eric is no longer a priest.
Marlena, John, Brady, and Eric sit together in the town square. Brady questions how the Vatican could expel Eric while John argues that they have no reason to justify that decision. Eric responds that they actually have two unauthorized exorcisms as being enough. John complains that he was doing that for family and he saved Marlena and Allie’s lives. John asks if they were supposed to let The Devil win. Marlena then declares it’s all her fault.
EJ questions Nicole marrying Rafe which she confirms. Nicole knows EJ hates Rafe but Rafe hates him too and that doesn’t change how she feels about Rafe. EJ respects her choice but he’s curious if Father Eric knows. Nicole reveals that he’s no longer Father Eric as he was expelled from the priesthood. EJ realizes she found out about that after she accepted Rafe’s proposal so he can’t help but wonder. Nicole assures him that even if she knew Eric was out of the priesthood, she absolutely still would have accepted Rafe’s proposal.
Rafe is surprised to learn Eric is not a priest anymore. Ciara didn’t expect the news to hit him so hard. Rafe says he’s just surprised as it’s big news. Rafe informs Ciara that he has some big news of his own. Rafe then announces he and Nicole got engaged. Ciara hugs him and say she’s so happy for him while Rafe looks worried.
Jan asks Ben if he thinks Ciara wouldn’t be comfortable with her babysitting her son. Ben says it’s nothing personal but Jan says she takes it very personal. Ben says he’s going to leave now but Jan asks if he is scared to have her watch his son. Ben assures that it’s not that they are scared of her. Jan remarks that Ben of all people shouldn’t be after what he has done and the pain he’s caused, but everyone accepted, forgave, and embraced him. Ben says that’s not what happened at all. Jan says that’s what it looks like to her. Ben doesn’t give a damn but tells her that not everybody just accepted and forgave her as there are still plenty of people in town who haven’t. Ben adds that he worked his ass off on becoming a better person and he’s still working on it. Jan claims that she’s also trying to be a better person. Jan questions why can’t everybody just show her some compassion and understanding. Ben tells her that he’s sorry as he’s been where she is, so he gets it. Jan asks if she’s still too scary to be around his son. Jan argues that if Ben hadn’t been forgiven for what he did, he wouldn’t even have a son but he’s happy, married, with a baby and a perfect life. Jan questions why Ben gets to have that but not her.
Belle asks if Shawn seriously expects her to raise Jan’s baby. Shawn argues that it would be his baby too. Belle argues that Jan will still be involved in the baby’s life. Shawn says they can control that. Belle complains that they aren’t controlling anything right now since he’s turning her office into a nursery. Belle says nothing is ever going to be normal about their life ever again. Belle declares it’s not getting easier, but harder every day. Shawn admits he’s handled this baby and that he lies awake at night hating himself for what he’s put her through, but he never meant to hurt her. Belle cries that she cannot go on this way and thinks the best thing for them is to draw this line. Shawn asks if Belle can honestly tell him that it’s only about them. Belle asks what else it would be about. Shawn responds that it’s not about what else, but who else. Belle questions what he’s saying. Shawn feels that EJ has a lot to do with this.
Ben thinks some of Jan’s anger is coming from the fear and stress of bringing her child in to this world. Ben relates to going through a lot of anxiety worrying about his child and what possible problem genes he might inherit of his. Jan asks how he got over that. Ben says Ciara showed him that being a good parent, loving and supporting their baby, is what matters most and is more important than whatever genes he may inherit. Ben tells Jan that as long as she loves the baby and devotes herself to it, she can be a good mom even without any practice. Ben reminds her that he’s doing it. Jan asks how he got there. Ben admits it was a lot of work on himsefl. Ben thinks what helped him the most was his therapy with Marlena as he had a lot of things to come to terms with. Ben says that eventually he was able to learn from the terrible things that he did and then he was able to realize that in order to truly redeem himself, he had to become a better person. Jan wants that too, to be a better person for her baby. Jan asks Ben if he will ask Marlena if she will help her too.
Eric assures Marlena that it’s not her fault. Marlena knows he doesn’t want her to feel guilty but says this wouldn’t have happened if not for her because she was the one that The Devil came looking for. Eric knew the risks he was taking without getting permission from the proper channels and he made that choice. Marlena argues that he did it for her. Eric says it would’ve taken months to get permission from the Vatican and they didn’t have time. Brady argues that Eric saved Marlena’s life. John says everybody in town is grateful. Eric adds that if he had to do it all over again, he would without hesitation. Marlena thanks him but she’s sorry that he sacrificed the priesthood for her. Eric says it wasn’t a sacrifice as it was all worth it.
Nicole tells EJ that Eric leaving the priesthood doesn’t change a thing between her and Rafe. Nicole questions EJ being concerned about her relationship, thinking he’d be more focused on whatever woman is in his life now. EJ claims there is no one. Nicole questions there being no one since Sami ran off with Lucas. Nicole says it’s not like him to be alone for long so she asks who he has his eye on. EJ repeats that there isn’t anyone. Nicole reminds him that she could always tell when he’s lying or evading. EJ asks her to stop looking at him with those ex-wife eyes. Nicole says not until he answers the question honestly. EJ then responds that he’s been spending a bit of time with Belle. Nicole is shocked and questions him seeing Belle. EJ clarifies that they aren’t seeing each other but they became close while she was representing him and have now become friends. Nicole questions EJ pursuing a happily married woman. EJ says he is not pursuing her and she’s not happily married as her marriage is falling apart.
Belle asks Shawn if he knows how insulting it is that he thinks she wants him to enter in to a separation agreement because of EJ. Shawn argues that EJ is a lawyer so this could be his idea. Belle reminds him that she’s a lawyer too and can assess the situation on her own. Belle assures him that this is not about EJ, it’s about one person and that’s Jan Spears. Shawn says he hates this so much. Shawn then angrily signs the document and hands it back to her. Belle didn’t want things to turn out like this. Shawn says he didn’t either but it’s clear that she feels this isn’t working out. Belle then exits the police station.
Rafe and Ciara talk about Rafe and Nicole setting a date. Rafe says they can’t wait long as he’s not patient when it comes to that. Rafe jokes that Eric won’t be performing the ceremony. Ciara then asks if the news about Eric will affect Rafe and Nicole in any way. Rafe claims he doesn’t, insisting that they are strong, happy, and excited because they finally figured out they are meant to be together. Ciara calls it amazing and only hopes they are as happy as she and Ben are. Ciara then hugs Rafe.
Ben tells Jan that if she wants Marlena to treat her, she will have to ask her, herself. Jan says that she did once before and Marlena blew her off, so she needs Ben to ask for her. Ben says he can’t do that. Ben adds that if Jan wants to become a better person, this is where it starts. Jan agrees and decides she’ll muster up the courage eventually and if Marlena rejects her, she’ll deal with it. Ben says that’s the spirit. Jan says she will fight hard and courageously for her baby. Jan declares that she wants this child to be raised by both parents so she will do whatever it takes to make Shawn realize that they are meant to be together, just like Ben and Ciara. Jan says they made a perfect baby and will be a perfect family too. Ben knows they just met so he’s in no position to be giving her advice but tells her that Ciara was able to help him with his father issues because they both wanted a child so much, while Jan snuck in to Shawn’s bed and pretended to be Belle so this baby is a complete surprise to Shawn and not a happy one. Jan claims that’s ancient history and that Shawn couldn’t be more excited now. Ben says that Shawn is a good guy, trying to do right by her and the baby but this whole happy scenario is not real. Jan argues that she is carrying Shawn’s baby and living with him, so it can’t get any more real than that. Ben points out that Shawn is married to somebody else. Jan remarks that he won’t be for long since Belle moved out and she doesn’t expect her to move back in anytime soon..
Nicole asks EJ if Sami has any idea of what good friends he and Belle have become. EJ responds that Sami’s feelings are no longer his concern and she made that very clear. Nicole says now that she thinks about it, the real silver lining of her divorce from Eric is that neither of them have to give a damn about Sami’s feelings. Nicole declares that if Belle’s marriage is over, EJ is in to her, and if she’s in to him, then she says he should go for it. Belle then arrives in the doorway. Belle hopes she’s not interrupting. EJ assures that he’s not and that he was just helping Nicole with something which is now done. Nicole thanks EJ. Belle tells Nicole that it was nice to see her. Nicole calls it unexpected. Belle says she and EJ are just discussing business. Nicole decides to leave them to it then and exits. Belle asks EJ if he’s sure she wasn’t interrupting something. EJ says they were just discussing a minor legal matter as Nicole and Rafe are getting married, so she needed a copy of her divorce papers from Eric and he was the one who filed them for her so that’s why she stopped by. Belle responds that it’s kind of why she is here too, as she has legal papers of her own that she hoped EJ could file for. Belle hands him the separation agreement which surprises EJ as Belle reveals that Shawn just signed it.
Ciara brings baby Bo over to Shawn at the police station. Ciara excitedly informs Shawn that Rafe just said yes to being Bo’s Godfather. Ciara hopes that Shawn isn’t upset about them not asking him. Shawn asks why she would want her trainwreck brother to be the Godfather and says they need someone who has their act together like Rafe. Ciara apologizes for hurting his feelings and says it just seemed like Shawn has a lot on his plate right now. Shawn apologizes and says something happened earlier and he was just taking it out on her. Shawn admits that he thinks Ciara made the right decision as Rafe would be a good role model for baby Bo and someone for him to look up to. Ciara encourages that he’s going to look up to Shawn too and he’ll be an incredibly awesome uncle. Shawn remarks that he just destroyed his entire life and marriage.
Jan thanks Ben for giving her Marlena’s number and apologizes for blowing up at him before. Ben repeats that he gets it as he’s been there before. Ben hopes Marlena is able to help her like she helped him. Ben tells Jan to take care of herself and the baby as he then exits. Jan then sits down and calls Marlena from Shawn’s house phone. Marlena answers expecting Shawn but it’s Jan, who tells Marlena that she needs help. Marlena asks what she needs help with. Jan says she’d rather discuss this in person and she’s under house arrest so she will have to come there. Jan apologizes for asking her to make a house call like this but assures it’s very important. Marlena agrees to be right there. Jan thanks her so much and says she’ll see her soon then. Marlena hangs up and says Jan wants to see her. John questions what it’s about. Marlena says she won’t really know until she gets there. John stops her and doesn’t want her walking in there by herself. John says it’s not negotiable. Marlena tells Eric to call if he needs anything. John and Marlena then walk off together while Eric and Brady sit together. Brady tells Eric that he doesn’t like the Vatican’s decision but the bright side is that they get to keep him around town a little longer, so for the people who love him, it’s a silver lining. Nicole then approaches their table and greets them. Brady notices her ring and asks if that means what he thinks. Nicole confirms that she and Rafe are engaged. Brady congratulates her and hugs her. Eric says he’s already congratulated her but tells Nicole that he’s happy for her and Rafe. Eric wishes them both happiness as they deserve it. Nicole says that means a lot coming from both of them. Nicole says she’ll see them soon and walks away. Brady asks Eric if Nicole knows that he’s not a priest anymore. Eric confirms that she does. Brady feels that Eric can’t be okay with Nicole marrying Rafe. Eric assures him that he and Nicole agreed to always be friends and that he’s not romantically interested in her anymore.
Marlena and John go to see Jan. Jan remarks that it’s a party as she wasn’t expecting John. John responds that he wasn’t about to let Marlena be alone with her. Jan didn’t realize Marlena needed a bodyguard for her therapy sessions. John says she can say anything to Marlena in front of him. Marlena points out that Jan is not her patient and this it not a therapy session, so there’s nothing here that John can’t hear. Jan says that’s what she wanted to talk about. Jan mentions speaking to Ben and she knows he’s committed murder and been in a mental hospital like her, but he told her that he turned his life around by being in therapy with her. Marlena states that Ben worked very hard. Jan says she can too and promises she will. Jan then asks Marlena if she will take her on as a patient.
Shawn informs Ciara that he and Belle are separated, formally and legally as she had him sign a document. Ciara says she’s so sorry. Shawn decides that since she’s here, he might as well talk to her about what he wanted to talk to her and Ben about. Shawn informs Ciara that Jan asked to babysit Bo. Ciara immediately says no over and over. Shawn figured that would be her initial reaction. Ciara calls it her final reaction. Shawn asks her to hear him out and says that Jan would never be alone with the baby as he would be there the entire time. Ciara questions him actually expecting her to trust Jan with her baby. Shawn says it’s important to him that Jan learn something about taking care of a baby before his is born. Ciara understands that but says no. Ciara suggests a doll from a birthing class but she’s not letting Jan lay one finger on her baby. Ciara adds that she’s not crazy about Jan spending time with Shawn either. Shawn asks if she thinks he wanted this or that he didn’t fight. Ciara says it only shows how devious Jan really is. Ciara calls Jan crazy like a fox and warns Shawn to be careful and not to let her screw up what he has with Belle.
EJ agrees to file Belle’s separation agreement for her but he’s a little surprised she took this step since he didn’t say anything about it earlier. Belle says that Jan sent her box of things so she realized that Jan is never going to stop trying to come between her and Shawn, so she realized that a formal separation is something she needed to do for her own sake. EJ understands and thinks she’s made a wise choice. EJ invites Belle to stay for dinner as she looks like she could use a bottle of wine and relaxing.
Brady reminds Eric that he had a front row seat to the Nicole and Eric drama for a long time now. Eric calls that a drama that’s finally come to an end. Brady points out that he’s not a priest anymore so he asks if it’s never crossed his mind that they might have another chance. Eric insists that it hasn’t but Brady accuses him of lying to himself.
Nicole goes to see Rafe in his office and says she’s sorry to bother him at work. Rafe says she could never bother him but he senses she has something important to say. Nicole says they told Holly they would get marry soon but that’s a little vague. Rafe brings up that Ciara was just teasing him about that. Nicole decides they need an actual date. Rafe asks if she has one in mind. Nicole suggests next week which surprises Rafe.
Ciara and Ben are together back home. Ciara tells Ben about Rafe being so excited to be Rafe’s Godfather. Ben mentions going by Shawn’s to ask him what he wanted to talk to them about but he wasn’t there and Jan was. Ben informs her that Jan wants to babysit Bo. Ciara reveals that she stopped by the station and heard from Shawn, but she told him it’s not going to happen ever because they did not save their baby Bo from the Devil to hand him off to Jan’s diabolical grasps. Ciara says it has nothing to do with Jan’s mental illness as she’s very aware that people can get better like Ben did, but underneath her mental illness, she’s still a greedy, manipulative woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Ciara adds that Jan has been trying to get in between Shawn and Belle for years. Ben says that’s the impression he got. Ciara declares that this time, she’s afraid Jan might be succeeding.
Shawn goes home and asks what’s going on as he finds John and Marlena there. Jan explains that she just asked Marlena to be her therapist because she wants to be a better person for him and their baby. Jan knows it’s a lot of work but she’s willing to do it. Jan tells Marlena that she can’t wait. Marlena says she’d have to check her schedule and she’d have to do it here since Jan is under house arrest which would be a big time issue for her. Shawn asks if she’d be willing to do that. Marlena says she can’t promise that but she’ll get back to them on that. Marlena asks Shawn if he would consider marriage counseling for he and Belle as she could recommend someone for them. Shawn doesn’t think Belle would be interested in doing that as she wants a formal separation. Marlena is surprised since Belle didn’t mention that. John says he’s sorry and can’t believe Belle would give up on their marriage. Shawn reveals that he just signed the papers as Jan tries to hide her smile.
Belle tells EJ that she appreciates his very kind offer. EJ wants her to say yes. Belle says the idea of staying here and relaxing with a meal and a bottle of wine is very tempting. EJ adds that dinner can be served in minutes. Belle doesn’t think it’s a good idea tonight so she has to go. Belle thanks EJ for filing the document and then exits the mansion.