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Shawn goes to the police station and meets Jada. Shawn welcomes her to the police department. Jada mentions knowing they were short staffed since Eli and Lani left. Jada asks what Shawn is doing here since she thought he had a couple more weeks of paternity leave with the baby at home. Shawn reveals that it turned out the baby wasn’t his.

Belle works on her computer at John and Marlena’s. Brady brings her a cup of coffee and comments on her not moving from that spot since she’s been up and asks if she’s almost finished with what she’s working on. Belle says not really as ever since Jake died, DiMera Enterprises is in complete turmoil…

Li Shin wakes up in bed as Gabi is pacing in the room. Li questions what’s on her mind. Gabi says it’s Ava. Li acknowledges that Ava dropped quite a bombshell last night by moving in to the DiMera Mansion. Gabi doesn’t like it one bit.

EJ sits in the living room of the DiMera Mansion and tells the portrait of Stefano that this is hardly the first time they’ve had to pick up the pieces after one of his children married an unsuitable partner. EJ complains that Stefan’s marriage to Gabi set them up with problems for years while Jake’s union with Ava could prove even worse. EJ assures that he will make this work to their advantage. EJ declares that Stefano can count on him to keep the family and company together. EJ wonders what’s keeping Ava and hopes she hasn’t decided not to move in. The doorbell then rings, so EJ decides it’s showtime.

Kristen joins Dr. Rolf in his lab. Kristen questions where Jake’s body went and if he performed the procedure. Dr. Rolf confirms that he removed Jake’s heart and transplanted it in to Stefan’s body. Kristen then asks if something went wrong.

EJ brings Ava in to the living room. EJ says she should’ve called to tell him that she was ready so he could have sent someone for her things. Ava responds that she likes to travel light. Ava comments on things looking different since the last time she lived here as John’s guest. EJ trusts her experience this time will be better. EJ states that Ava is his brother’s widow which makes her family and means she’s entitled to the full DiMera experience. EJ tells her that while she stays here, her wish is Harold’s command as her comfort is his top priority. Ava thinks he’s laying it on thick as they both know why he invited her to live here. Ava remarks that he’s keeping her close and keeping Jake’s shares closer until he gets rid of her so that he can take them over for himself.

Li questions Gabi not trusting Ava. Gabi talks about being afraid that Ava would poison her while she lived with Rafe. Li acknowledges that Ava has a colorful past. Gabi calls Ava a straight up killer and a mob boss. Li brings up that Ava has claimed to have reformed. Gabi worries that Ava is probably thinking of the best way to stab her in the back. Li questions why she would do that when Gabi holds all the cards and could reveal the truth that Ava didn’t marry Jake. Gabi wonders if Ava is smart and stable enough to realize that. Li assures that Ava is ambitious and remarks that Gabi knows the power that comes with being a DiMera widow.

Kristen questions if Dr. Rolf is telling her that both her brothers are dead now. He tells her to relax and assures he has everything under control. She questions what that means. Dr. Rolf responds that he returned Jake’s body to the morgue and no one will ever know his heart is missing while his remains will be in the DiMera Crypt. Kristen asks about Stefan so Dr. Rolf pulls back the curtain, revealing Stefan in his hospital bed and declares that Jake’s heart now beats in Stefan’s chest.

Brady asks Belle if all her working isn’t just to get her mind off the whole scenario with Jan’s baby. Belle questions Brady knowing about that. Brady confirms that Marlena told him the baby isn’t Shawn’s and asks what this means in regards to Belle and Shawn. Belle responds that Shawn came to her yesterday, helping she could stop Evan from taking the baby but he had a court order and paternity tests. Brady asks if Shawn just had to hand the baby over to that lunatic. Belle confirms that she was there and it was just as awful as he would imagine since Shawn had no warning or time to prepare. Brady knows that Shawn was really starting to bond with that baby. Belle states that Evan is now on his way to New Zealand with the baby and Shawn may never see him again, so she could see that Shawn’s heart was broken.

Shawn informs Jada that the baby’s father just showed up, took the baby, and left. Jada asks if Shawn needs more time off. Shawn assures that staying busy is the best thing for him. Jada relates to that. Shawn asks how her first week has been. Jada says they threw her in to the deep end as she came across an armed robbery the other day and had to discharge her weapon and the perp didn’t survive. Shawn apologizes as he didn’t know. Jada says she had no choice. Shawn knows taking a life is never easy even if it’s justified. Shawn asks if Jada doesn’t need a few days off. Jada assures that she will deal with what happened and keep moving forward. Rafe steps in and adds that Jada didn’t tell Shawn that she’s a hero for what she did that day because she saved Ava’s life.

EJ claims to Ava that his only goal is to protect his family and Gabi is a threat which is why he needs Ava to vote Gabi out at the next shareholders meeting. Ava appreciates him letting her stay here but she can’t promise him her vote. EJ questions why not. Ava says she knows that Jake was on Gabi’s side and she wants to honor his wishes. EJ argues that Jake had a complicated relationship wtih Gabi at best, so she doesn’t owe her. Ava then reveals that Gabi also offered her a job at DiMera. EJ calls that clever of her and notes that he would offer her the same thing if he became CEO. EJ tells Ava to think about it and promises not to rush her. EJ offers to show Ava to her room.

Gabi tells Li that her gut tells her that Ava moving in to the DiMera Mansion is not good news for her. Li asks if she thinks they are going to form some sort of partnership against her. Gabi argues that EJ doesn’t do anything that doesn’t further his own cause. Li suggests using the situation to her advantage by using her leverage over Ava to make her keep an eye on EJ for her. Gabi questions trusting Ava to tell her the truth. Li asks what choice she has since if Ava crosses her, Gabi will blow the truth about her and Jake’s fake marriage. Gabi agrees that nothing earns loyalty like a little blackmail. Li believes Ava will do ask she is asked. Gabi hopes he’s right. Li then asks if Gabi will do as she is asked when he asks her to come back to bed with him as they start kissing.

Rafe has no doubt that if Jada hadn’t fired her gun when she did, Ava Vitali would be dead right now. Shawn credits Jada’s quick thinking. Jada says she was just doing her training. Rafe assures that he saw her in action and they are lucky to have her on the force. Shawn is excited to work with her. Jada thanks him and mentions hearing a lot of good things about him too. Rafe calls Shawn one of the best detectives they have. Rafe tells Shawn that he’s glad he’s back because they could use the man power on the force right now. Shawn notes the heavy case load. Rafe suggests Jada and Shawn could work together and asks what they think about being partners.

Belle tells Brady that she was with Shawn after Evan took the baby and she didn’t know what to say as she could see he was hurting, but this baby is the reason their marriage fell apart. Brady points out that Jan was the reason. Belle says it’s not that she doesn’t feel for what he’s going through .Brady asks if there’s a chance they will get back together since there’s no baby in the way now. Belle decides she should get back to DiMera. Brady accuses her of avoiding. Belle then leaves as Chloe arrives. Chloe comments on her being in a hurry. Brady jokes that Belle got tired of answering his questions about her and Shawn. Chloe asks if she’s okay. Brady assures that she will be. Brady guesses Chloe is here because she’s wondering why he’s not at work. Brady insists that he won’t leave her alone at the office with Kristen, so if she’s ready to go, he’s ready. Chloe then reveals that she’s already been to the office and there was no sign of Kristen.

Dr. Rolf repeats to Kristen that he performed the transfer so Stefan’s heart is beating and he’s breathing on his own. Kristen asks if the surgery was a success then. Dr. Rolf says yes, but…

Li and Gabi lay in bed after having sex. Gabi comments on being more relaxed thanks to him. Li asks if this means she’s feeling better about the situation at DiMera. Gabi decides she has nothing to worry about since she’s the one holding the cards. Li declares that as long as Ava is in her control, there’s no way that EJ can ever bring her down. Gabi likes the way he thinks. Li responds that he likes the way she does everything. Li kisses her and decides to go take a shower.

EJ shows Ava to her bedroom but Ava identifies it as the room that Abigail was murdered in, which EJ confirms. Ava questions him wanting to sleep in the bed where Abigail was murdered. EJ comments that she doesn’t strike him as the superstitious type. Ava argues that it’s not superstition, it’s just grim. EJ calls it one of the loveliest rooms in the house. Ava asks what Chad would think. EJ tells her that Chad doesn’t live here anymore and the staff will help make it her own. EJ jokingly asks what are the odds that a second beautiful woman would be killed in here. EJ says if it’s important for her to feel safe, that should make her feel better. EJ then exits the room. EJ heads downstairs where he finds Belle waiting in the living room.

Shawn questions Rafe wanting he and Jada to be partners. Jada points out that they just met five minutes ago. Rafe notes how well they are already getting along. Rafe comments that Shawn has been a lone wolf for quite awhile now and he thinks Jada would benefit heavily from somebody who knows the town so well. Rafe asks what they say. Shawn and Jada agree that it sounds good. Rafe then pronounces them partners, so they shake hands.

Chloe tells Brady that she finds it weird that Kristen made this dramatic declaration about how they answer to her now and she’s going to make her life hell, but ever since then, there’s been nothing. Chloe asks if Brady has heard from her. Brady says he hasn’t heard a word. Chloe adds that Kristen made it a point that sticking it to her and worming her way back in to Brady’s life was the only reason she came back. Chloe questions why she would suddenly step away. Brady suggests maybe something more important came up…

Kristen questions why Dr. Rolf is being so cryptic about the surgery and asks if there’s a problem. Dr. Rolf responds that Stefan’s heart is functioning but they don’t know how complete his recovery will be until he wakes up. Kristen asks if he will wake up. Dr. Rolf hopes that will be the case and soon he’ll be the Stefan she remembers. Kristen then orders Dr. Rolf to wake Stefan up now.

Brady tells Chloe that maybe Kristen is just caught back up in the DiMera family drama since her brother just died. Chloe points out that Kristen barely knew Jake. Brady says every time a DiMera dies, there’s a mad scramble for the influence and stock that was left behind. They wonder if Kristen is trying to take back power at DiMera. Brady says even though Kristen wasn’t close with Jake, he bets she has strong feelings about him being shot in cold blood. Chloe feels Kristen would be too wrapped up in her own obsessions to care about her dead brother.

Kristen asks Dr. Rolf what he’s waiting for and orders him to wake Stefan up. Dr. Rolf argues that they can’t rush this and he needs to give him more time before bringing him back to consciousness. Kristen argues that he’s been resting for years. Dr. Rolf says there are a number of unknowns as there’s possible brain damage and they don’t know how easily Stefan’s body will accept the new organ. Kristen points out that Dr. Rolf was awfully confident before the procedure. Dr. Rolf says they just need to let the heart get settled in it’s new home. Dr. Rolf argues that 48 hours ago, she didn’t even know Stefan was alive so he’s on top of the situation and it doesn’t help to have her pressuring him. Dr. Rolf asks if she doesn’t have other things to do, reminding her that she’s in charge of Basic Black and she’s trying to get Chloe out of Brady’s life. Kristen questions him suddenly being interested in her love life. Dr. Rolf responds that he’s interested in doing what’s best for the DiMera legacy. Dr. Rolf tells Kristen to focus on what she can control and let him do his job. Kristen complains that her brother is hanging in the balance, so she needs to know if she can trust him.

Ava gets a call from Gabi, who asks how her new home is. Ava informs her that EJ put her in Abigail and Chad’s room. Gabi suggests that if she doesn’t like living there, she should just move out and get a room at the Salem Inn. Ava says she’s trying to put down roots here and this is Jake’s family home, so it is hers now too. Gabi reminds Ava that Jake was not her husband and that’s not her family. Ava asks if this is where Gabi starts turning the screws again. Gabi argues that Ava is already on her side, no matter how much EJ tries to win her over with the family nonsense. Ava comments that Gabi sounds paranoid. Gabi warns Ava that if she stabs her in the back, she will tell EJ that her marriage to Jake is a fraud. Ava says she knows, so Gabi says they understand each other. Ava asks about the job that she promised her and the seat on the board. Gabi informs her that Li won’t agree to a seat on the board, so Ava says she’ll just take the job. Gabi agrees to talk to him. Ava warns that she better. Gabi wants to make sure that she finds the best position for her to succeed. Ava repeats that she better as she hangs up.

Rafe tells Shawn and Jada that he’ll let them get better acquainted. Rafe adds that there a lot of cases to solve but right now, Abigail DiMera’s murder is their top priority. Shawn assures that they are on it as Rafe exits. Shawn asks Jada what brought her to Salem. Jada explains that her father lived here and told her good and bad things but overall he said it was a good community. Shawn is surprised to learn that Marcus Hunter was her dad. Shawn talks about how Marcus was friends with his dad and he used to hang out with Marcus and Steve when he was a kid. Shawn calls him a good man and says he’s sorry he died. Shawn thinks he has pictures of them all fishing and says he will show them to her at some point. Jada suggests they get back to work. Shawn asks her to catch him up on where they stand on the Abigail DiMera case. When Shawn picks up the case file, Jada notices his wedding ring and questions him being married, noting that when he talked about the child that wasn’t his, he didn’t mention his wife. Shawn calls it complicated.

Belle tells EJ that she pulled together all the paper work that he requested as quickly as she could. EJ stops her and says before they talk business, he’s been thinking about her a lot since she decided to end things. EJ wonders how she is. Belle says she’s fine and just working a lot. EJ asks about her and Shawn. Belle says in a crazy turn of events, she just learned that Jan’s baby was never Shawn’s which surprises EJ. Belle adds that Jan was just trying to trap Shawn as usual. EJ questions Shawn, a detective, falling for a scam like that but he knows it must have been hard for Shawn to hear the truth which Belle confirms. EJ asks if this revelation removed the stumbling blocks between them and if they are getting back together. Belle admits she doesn’t know. Belle then says she’d just like to get back to business. EJ asks if she’s determined whether or not Jake had a will. Belle says she looked everywhere and couldn’t find one. Ava walks in and remarks that he must be so disappointed.

Chloe complains that she hates waiting for the other shoe to drop with Kristen. Brady tells her not to give her another thought and pretend she doesn’t exist then. Chloe mocks that being easy. Brady offers to help her and jokes that there will be a penalty every time she says Kristen. Chloe feels it will be impossible to go an entire day without mentioning Kristen. Brady kisses her and says that’s her penalty that will happen every time she says Kristen. Brady and Chloe then continue kissing. Chloe stops to ask if anyone else is home. Brady says no and suggests they take this to his room and take the rest of the day off.

Dr. Rolf tells Kristen that her father trusted him with his life, so she can do the same. Kristen argues that she doesn’t know with him and asks what if this is a new experiment and he’s using both her brothers as guinea pigs. Dr. Rolf admits his research has given him purpose since losing Stefano but declares that the most important task of his life is to carry out the visions of the man he devoted his life to serving. Kristen questions him doing this in Stefano’s name. Dr. Rolf insists that Stefano would’ve wanted him to save his son and namesake, so that’s what he intends to do. Kristen declares that no one will know that Stefan is alive until the time is right. Dr. Rolf tells her that Stefan will be woken up in a couple hours. Kristen tells him to let her know if anything changes and she’ll be back. He questions where she is going. Kristen responds that she has something she has to take care of as she then exits.

Rafe shows up at Gabi’s room at the Salem Inn and says he was in the neighborhood so he thought he’d deliver her mail. Gabi invites him in and notes that it’s a lot of mail. Rafe points out that’s because she hasn’t been home in weeks since she’s been shacking up with this Shin dude since Arianna went back to camp. Li then comes out of the bathroom and says he wouldn’t call it shacking up. Gabi introduces Li to Rafe. They say it’s nice to meet each other. Li wishes he could spend a little more time getting to know Gabi’s brother but he was on his way out. Rafe suggests they set something up soon as he and his wife would love to have him over for dinner. Li says it was great to finally meet him. Li kisses Gabi and then exits. Rafe asks how Gabi is doing. Gabi says she’s good. Gabi admits she loved Jake so it’s very sad that he died but they obviously moved on. Rafe mentions hearing that Jake married Ava which surprised him. Gabi claims it surprised her too.

EJ tells Ava that he’s not disappointed that Jake didn’t have a will and that he just consulted with Belle to make sure Jake’s final wishes were carried out. Ava asks what happens to Jake’s shares if there’s no will or obvious heir. Belle confirms everything goes to the spouse which EJ points out is Ava. Ava is sure that’s what Jake would’ve wanted. Belle is glad she ran in to Ava and hands her a document that formalizes the transfer of Jake’s stock to Ava, his widow. Ava then signs the document. Belle notes that she signed it as Ava DiMera and questions her changing her name. Ava responds that she wanted to take her husband’s name to honor his memory which EJ rolls his eyes at. Ava asks if there’s anything else. Belle hands her the stock certificates and advises putting them somewhere safe. Belle adds that she’s sorry for her loss. EJ thanks Belle for stopping by and tells her to take care as Belle then exits the mansion. EJ offers to put Ava’s certificates in the safe for her. Ava says she appreciates that but decides to hold onto them as she then heads upstairs, frustrating EJ.

Jada promises Shawn that she won’t pry anymore and says she shouldn’t have been asking questions about his personal life. Shawn says they are partners so they will be learning a lot about each other. Belle then arrives and greets Shawn, asking if she’s interrupting. Shawn says no and introduces Belle to his new partner, Jada.

Chloe tells Brady that she would love to just say screw work but they do have important business to take care of today. They kiss and agree to go back to work. They go to leave right as Kristen arrives at the door.

EJ opens a bottle of champagne as Ava returns to the living room. EJ pours her a glass so she asks what they are celebrating. EJ says he just wanted to say welcome to her new home and he hopes she’ll be very happy here. Ava responds that she’s sure she will be.

Rafe comments on Gabi moving on and questions what the story is with her and Li, asking if it’s serious. Gabi responds that she likes him and the feeling is definitely mutual. Rafe says it’s good that he makes her happy. Gabi says they have no expectations and are just seeing where it goes. Rafe points out that she’s basically living with him. Gabi wouldn’t go that far and says they are just spending time together. Rafe asks if Gabi loves him. Gabi questions if this is a police interrogation. Rafe argues that her big brother is allowed to ask questions. Gabi admits they haven’t said I love you yet. Rafe asks if she does love him. Gabi responds that she likes him, but the last time she was in love, it didn’t end well so she’s not sure that’s something she is looking for. Rafe understands she’s afraid of getting hurt again. Gabi says it’s not about getting hurt but that Stefan was the great love of her life, so she doesn’t think anybody could take his place.

Dr. Rolf looks over Stefan and hears the door, so he calls out that he told Kristen he has everything under control. Rolf is then shocked when it’s Li Shin entering his lab, who declares that he’s not Kristen.

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