Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
At Titan, Sonny asks Alex if he looked at the business proposal that Victor flagged as priority. Alex responds that he approved it this morning. Sonny notices Alex is on his phone and questions who he’s texting. Alex says Stephanie which upsets Sonny. Sonny angrily reminds him that Stephanie works for Titan now which means he can’t hit on her. Alex questions him being serious about that.
Stephanie sits in the town square when she gets a text from Alex, saying he’s excited about their new partnership and invites her over to his place to celebrate with champagne and relaxing in the hot tub. Stephanie remarks that she’s all for celebrating but not with Alex. Stephanie then uses her laptop to search places to have a decent cosmo in Salem.
Leo is at the Bistro having a drink when he comes across an article in The Intruder with an update on Abigail’s case, titled “Leo Fingers Gwen”. Leo remarks that he would never, but he did.
Gwen paces in her holding cell, complaining that she can’t believe Leo did this and swears about getting her hands on him until Chad walks in and questions what she’s going to do, kill Leo like she did his wife?
John and Steve sit with Roman in the closed Brady Pub. Steve asks what Roman told Abe and Paulina. Roman says he told them that they had to shut the party down as Kate called and said she was feeling sick so he had to go get things ready for her. Steve says that’s good because Orpheus left a note, warning them not to tell anyone that he has Marlena and Kayla. Roman adds that now the son of a bitch has Kate too. Steve thought they would’ve heard from Orpheus by now. There is then a knock at the door so John grabs his gun and goes to check but sees no one is there. John opens the door and finds a box left a the door and guesses it’s from Orpheus.
Orpheus returns to his warehouse where he has Kate, Kayla, and Marlena tied up and gagged. Orpheus removes their gags. Kayla warns that they are prepping his cell in prison. Marlena questions how long he’s going to keep them there. Kate swears he will pay for this. Orpheus reveals that he dropped by to let them know that one way or another, this all ends tonight.
Sonny tells Alex’s phone and questions his text to Stephanie. Sonny complains that he promised Stephanie that he would keep things professional. Alex calls it team building exercises and reminds Sonny that he told him that he should settle down with someone. Sonny points out that he meant someone that can stand him. Alex argues that Stephanie doesn’t even know him yet and that in time, he will win her over. Sonny says he wouldn’t sound so confident if he heard Stephanie talking about him. Alex compares it to Will wanting nothing to do with Sonny when they first met. Sonny explains that was different because Will just wasn’t ready to be with a guy yet, so he backed off but eventually Will came around and that’s the only reason it worked out. Alex calls that too risky for him because Stephanie is the woman of his dreams, so he’s not going to let her slip through his fingers.
Stephanie goes to the Bistro where she meets Leo. They compliment each others’ style and Leo invites her to his table and offers to buy her cosmo which she accepts. Stephanie introduces herself and Leo introduces himself as “Matt”. Leo asks if she’s new here because he hasn’t seen her around. Stephanie clarifies that she grew up here but had been living in Seattle and just moved back for work and family as her parents still live here. Stephanie says she was looking forward to spending time with her parents but then her mom disappeared.
Kayla questions what Orpheus means by saying this ends tonight. Kate asks if it’s an implied threat. Orpheus says if he explained it all, that would spoil the surprise. Kate warns that he will really regret doing this to them. Marlena argues that John and Steve are going to rescue them and asks if he really thinks he’s going to win. Orpheus responds that they will find out soon enough who the winners and losers are in this game. Orpheus tells them to enjoy their evening and exits.
John, Steve, and Roman open the box and find a video to play on a computer. The video shows Orpheus telling them to let the games begin. Orpheus goes over having Kate, Kayla, and Marlena hidden somewhere but he’s going to give them a chance to save them and to do so, they’ll have to solve a series of puzzles which will give them clues to discover the location. Orpheus warns that they will have to work quickly because if they fail to complete their mission within an hour, then something very unfortunate will befall the women they love. Steve questions what the hell that means. John declares that they are on a time limit because Orpheus is telling them that he has a bomb. They continue watching the video where Orpheus says they are in a high pressure situation now and must be thinking how meaningless their lives will be if they fail, which he relates to. Orpheus is confident they will rise to the occasion, especially since he’s already given them everything they need to determine the location and eliminate the threat. Orpheus wishes them luck and declares that their hour begins now. The video then shows Marlena, Kayla, and Kate tied up. Roman asks if they notice anything in the room that gives away their location. John declares that they have no choice but to roll up their sleeves and play his lousy game.
Kayla doesn’t get why Kate is here. Kate responds that she was at the Pub when Orpheus showed up, so he must have realized that she and Roman are back together again which surprises Marlena. Kate adds that Orpheus holds Roman responsible for the death of his wife, so he must have taken her to get back at him. Kate explains that she had just left Roman’s birthday party to get a cake when someone grabbed her from behind with a chloroform cloth over her mouth. Marlena remarks on that being the same way Lucas kidnapped Sami. Kayla guesses it was a bad time for Roman to forgive Kate. Kate says maybe it was but she’s glad he did anyway. Kate adds that she is hoping Marlena will be able to forgive her too.
Alex tells Sonny that he’s going to head out. Sonny mocks Alex going on and on about Stephanie. Alex points out that she still hasn’t texted him back yet and guesses it’s back to his original plan of going out for drinks with Allie and Chanel. Alex invites Sonny to come with him but he says he can’t because he has too much work. Alex asks why he didn’t tell him so he could help him out. Sonny says he has to do it himself as Stephanie wants a list of things that he wants her to focus on. Alex asks if he made the cut which Sonny laughs at. Alex knows they don’t always see eye to eye but says he’s really glad they are working together. Sonny says he is too. Alex tells Sonny that he loves him as he then exits.
Stephanie and Leo have drinks as Stephanie tells Leo about how her ex disappeared from her and she never heard from him again after she thought things were getting serious until he stopped responding. Stephanie admits she was heartbroken and spent a lot of time listening to Adele and Olivia Rodrigo which Leo relates to. Leo comments that Stephanie reminds him of his best friend and says they used to have so many good times together but they recently had a falling out that was his fault. Stephanie says she’s sorry and suggests maybe she’ll come around. Leo doubts it as he really screwed her over.
Gwen pleads with Chad to hear her out. Chad states that when the cops asked him who might have a motive to kill his wife, Gwen popped in to his head because he remembered they had a big fight that day but he convinced himself that Gwen wouldn’t be able to break out of prison, commit a murder, and then break back in, but once again he underestimated her. Chad says he should’ve known Gwen would get her revenge. Gwen insists that she didn’t kill Abigail. Chad screams at her questioning why she admitted it to Leo then. Gwen shouts that she didn’t do that either and that Leo just lied to get himself off the hook. Gwen argues that Chad has to believe her. Gwen swears that she told Rafe the truth but Chad screams that she’s not capable of telling the truth. Chad questions Gwen going through all the trouble of breaking out of prison and putting on the Sarah mask just to scare Abigail. Gwen admits she did that but she didn’t want to hurt her, she just wanted to frame Sarah. Chad screams at her asking why. Gwen explains that she wanted Sarah locked away so she wouldn’t be around Xander anymore. Chad says that doesn’t put her in a better light. Gwen swears it is the truth.
Stephanie asks what Leo did to his friend. Leo suggests they order another round of drinks. Stephanie says she wants details after as Leo then goes to get drinks. Alex then enters the Bistro, on the phone with Chanel. Alex tries convincing Chanel and Allie to come out for drinks but then he sees Stephanie is there and tells Chanel that he’ll let her know how it goes and quickly hangs up. Alex then greets Stephanie and asks if she got his text. Stephanie responds that she did and then deleted it. Alex points out that they are both here now and offers to buy her a drink but Stephanie says she’s with someone. Alex thought she said she was too busy to date. Stephanie says she made an exception. Alex suggests she make another exception and hang out with him instead. Alex promises she won’t regret it. Stephanie repeats that she’s just not in to him at all. Leo returns and upon seeing Alex, asks if Stephanie is out of her mind.
Marlena questions if Kate really thinks this is a good time to iron out their own personal differences. Kate doesn’t know why not since they are stuck here. Kayla argues that they could still find a way out. Kate complains that they’ve been trying to find a way out for hours and they are still stuck here, so she thinks it is a good time to iron things out. Kate doesn’t know if it will make any difference but she did take responsibility for her actions by turning herself in to the police and she got charged with accessory after the fact. Kayla questions why she isn’t in prison then. Kate explains that she’s on probation, paid a very big fine, and has to do 200 hours of community service. Kayla calls that a slap on the wrist. Kate says the point is that she made amends to the community and to Roman. Kate then asks Kayla to tell Marlena that she should forgive her but Kayla refuses, because she doesn’t think that Marlena should.
John and Steve look through the rest of the box and find a letter from Orpheus, saying “To find the women you love, think back to when our story began.” Roman recalls partnering up with Orpheus on a mission that went wrong before the 80s and that was the beginning of everything as it was a very intense, dangerous operation where they were tracking some very dangerous people. Roman says one night he heard someone and he told them to identify themselves but they didn’t and it turned out to be Rebecca. Roman says he said it three times and threatened to shoot but there was nothing so he fired in the direction and they know the rest. Roman insists the year Orpheus is talking about is 1979. John points out the lockbox that was inside and needs a 4 digit combination. John asks if they should try 1979. Steve worries about if they’re wrong and if they won’t get another shot. Roman says three women’s lives are at stake and Orpheus is playing it like an escape room. Roman tells John to put 1979 in the lockbox to see if it opens. John puts it in and successfully opens the box, praising Roman for figuring it out. Steve points out that they still don’t know where their wives are or what kind of bomb they are dealing with and they have less than an hour. John pulls out the note from the lockbox, where Orpheus says because of them three, he lost valuable time with the people he loves the most, so they can count on the same happening to them if they fail to decipher this puzzle; “All roads lead back to those broken bonds.” Steve says they people he’s talking about is his wife Rebecca and his kids Zoey and Evan but they need to know what to do with that information. John points out that there’s nothing else to go on. Roman thinks the key word is count as in they need to convert the letters of his loved ones names into numbers. John agrees and they start to work on it.
Kate questions Kayla but then decides it’s up to Marlena anyway. Kate remarks that Kayla never liked her but she thought she and Marlena were friends. Kayla clarifies that she’s never disliked Kate even though she had several reasons to, like framing Sami for the death penalty, blackmailing Tripp, and keeping quiet when Steve was Stefano. Kate argues that in the end, she tried to do the right thing, just like now. Kate declares that no one is perfect, not even the two of them. Marlena agrees which Kayla questions. Marlena decides that if Roman can forgive Kate, she guesses she can too. Kate thanks Marlena then thanks Kayla for nothing.
Leo questions how Stephanie could not be in to Alex. Alex questions Leo being her date, which she confirms. Alex tells Leo that he looks familiar which he questions. Stephanie introduces Leo as “Matt” but Alex recognizes him as Leo Stark. Leo tries to claim he has him confused with someone else but Alex grabs Leo and questions what he’s trying to pull. Stephanie tells Alex to let him go. Alex asks if she has any idea what this creep has done. Leo says if he’s talking about Abigail’s murder, he was exonerated. Stephanie can’t believe Leo was a suspect in her cousin’s murder. Leo repeats that he was exonerated and is not guilty. Alex reveals his little brother is Sonny and that Leo was not exonerated for drugging Sonny and taking filthy pictures of which shocks Stephanie. Alex threatens to beat Leo’s ass but Stephanie pleads with him to just let Leo go for his own sake. Alex tells Leo to get out of his sight and warns that if he sees him again, he’s going to kill him. Leo tries to argue that he just paid for his drink but Alex tells him to get out. Leo then exits.
Gwen doesn’t deny being furious with Abigail that day since she asked her for a simple favor, to deliver a birthday present to their father, but instead Abigail smashed it. Chad brings up that Gwen convinced Jack that Abigail was responsible for her miscarriage, so he thinks that’s worse. Gwen admits it was, but cries that she never wanted to hurt Abigail and would never take her own sister’s life. Chad questions her having standards now. Gwen says she’s never killed anyone. Chad asks what about Abigail’s grandmother, Laura. Gwen insists that she didn’t do that and that she only told Abigail that she did because she was angry. Chad calls her a monster. Gwen tells Chad that she tried to pass herself off as Sarah but Abigail saw through it and ripped her mask off, so she begged Abigail to just let her go back to prison and she’d never bother her again which Abigail agreed to. Chad questions why Abigail would do that. Gwen says that’s just Abigail and as awful as she was to her, she still gave her another chance. Chad says that he does believe. Gwen tells Chad that when she left their room that day, Abigail was still alive. Chad questions why Leo would tell Rafe that Gwen admitted to it. Gwen says she has no idea as the last time they spoke, Leo said he was going to have his lawyer represent her but instead he told that stupid lie and sold her out. Gwen wonders if his lawyer convinced him to go against her. Chad asks why she would think that. Gwen tells Chad that Melinda made it no secret that she wanted to charge her and Leo as co-conspirators, so maybe his lawyer convinced Leo that giving evidence against her was his only way out. Gwen suggests Leo was so afraid that the truth would come out if he didn’t set her up and that truth is that Leo killed Abigail.
Leo goes to Titan and in to Sonny’s office. Sonny questions how the hell he got past security. Leo reminds him that he used to work here, so he knows all the ins and outs. Sonny asks what the hell he wants. Leo informs him that he just had a run-in with Alex and he was afraid that he was going to rip his head off. Sonny asks if he can blame him after everything Leo did to him and Will. Leo argues that Sonny got more than even by breaking up him and Craig, so he doesn’t think Alex should be attacking him in public. Leo adds that he was making a new friend and Alex ruined that too. Sonny asks what he expects him to do. Leo asks him to have Alex back off and maybe not kill him like he threatened to. Sonny questions why he would help him when Leo won’t even admit to drugging him, let alone apologize for it. Leo responds that if he had drugged him, he would admit that would not be a very nice thing to do. Leo says he was lost without Craig and all he could do was think about getting back at the people who took Craig from him, but after Abigail died, he realized that revenge is not all it’s cracked up to be. Leo declares that life is too short to hold a grudge, so he hoped they could be friends and asks Sonny if he thinks that’s possible.
Stephanie admits she was impressed how Alex stood up for Sonny. Stephanie can’t believe she was having drinks with the guy who did those things to Sonny. Stephanie actually thought she had made a friend and admits she lied about Leo being her date. Stephanie offers him a drink and says he earned it.
Kayla wishes she knew what kind of game Orpheus was playing. Orpheus’ voice comes in to the room and says he’s glad she asked. Orpheus updates them that earlier tonight, Roman, Steve, and John received a puzzle and if they succeed in solving it, they’ll end up there to save them before the bomb goes off. Orpheus reveals the bomb is in the electric panel to their right and he gave them a time limit but they aren’t here yet and time is growing short. Orpheus doesn’t think they are going to make it, so he wanted to wish them farewell and says it was fun while it lasted. Kayla shouts that he can’t do this to them. Orpheus hopes their men don’t feel too guilty about failing all of them, but he doesn’t see how they will avoid it. Kate worries that they are going to die here.
Steve, John, and Roman come up with 150. Roman wonders if it’s a building number or street address. John goes back over the riddle of “All the roads lead back to those broken bonds”. John realizes Orpheus is talking about the treasury bonds he was looking for in Stockholm. Steve asks if there’s a Stockholm Street in Salem. Roman confirms there is and it includes 150. John realizes they need to use Christian instead of Evan for Orpheus’ son given name. Steve comes up with 209 and they settle on 209 Stockholm Street. Roman points out they don’t have much time. Steve worries that all they have is his word so it could be a trap but John notes they don’t have a choice.
Gwen reminds Chad that they know Leo was camping out in his basement. Gwen admits that she told him how to get there but she didn’t think he was going to kill Abigail as he just had no money and no place to stay. Chad argues that Gwen knew Leo hated him, Abigail, and Sonny for breaking up him and Craig. Gwen admits that Leo came to see her in prison and asked her to help him come up with a plan. Gwen says she told him she’d think about it, but she didn’t think he would hurt anyone and now it’s obvious that he did want to do that. Gwen insists that Leo murdered Abigail as payback.
Sonny questions Leo wanting to be friends and calls that convenient. Sonny believes it’s an act in case the cops do decide he killed Abigail. Leo argues that he didn’t kill her and it was Gwen. Leo says he hated ratting out his best friend but he wasn’t going to go down for something he didn’t do. Leo declares that Gwen will never forgive him, but he’s hoping Sonny will. Leo tells Sonny that he’s truly sorry for everything he’s ever done to him. Sonny calls it too little, too late. Leo asks if they can at least not be enemies. Sonny then tells Leo that he forgives him, but he’ll never trust him, and that he won’t have to worry about Alex. Leo tells him to have a lovely evening then and jokes that he’ll always be his favorite ex-husband as he then exits the office.
Stephanie and Alex sit together at the Bistro. She tells him about her past as a race car driver. He jokes that he thought she couldn’t get any sexier. She tells him not to start. Alex says the offer still stands to relax in the hot tub with champagne. Stephanie asks if he’s kidding. Alex thought they were vibing. Stephanie says they are having a friendly, casual conversation but that doesn’t mean she’s suddenly in to him as she’s made it very clear where she stands. Alex thinks they are making progress but Stephanie tells him that he thought wrong.
Kate worries that they could blow up any second. They then hear gun shots outside. John, Steve, and Roman burst in to the room. Kayla directs them to the electrical panel on the wall to find the bomb. Steve uncovers it and finds that they have 35 seconds before the bomb goes off but he doesn’t know which colored wire to cut. Steve complains that Orpheus said he gave them everything they needed. John asks Marlena and Kayla if Orpheus said anything that referenced colors. Kayla points out that Orpheus called her blue eyes which he’s never done. Orpheus tries the blue wire but it does nothing and they have 22 seconds left. Kate points out that Orpheus called the guys white knights so she asks if there’s a white wire. Steve cuts the white wire but it does nothing with 15 seconds left. Marlena then suggests Black for John Black. Steve cuts the black wire with 1 second to go which successfully disarms the bomb, relieving everyone in the room. John, Steve, and Roman untie Marlena, Kayla, and Kate as they all embrace. John assures Marlena that it’s’ all over now. Orpheus remains watching on a screen and declares to himself that the games have just begun.
Stephanie tells Alex that she should get going since she has her first day on the new job tomorrow. Alex says she can be late and offers to write her a note. Stephanie tells him to give up since she’s not just going to fall in to his arms because he’s handsome, noting that might work on other women but not her as she then exits. Alex remarks that she thinks he’s handsome.
Chad questions Gwen thinking he’s going to take her word about Leo or anything when she lies for a living. Gwen insists it was Leo. Gwen brings up the list Leo made of all the people he wanted to get even with and he was obsessed with this list. Gwen informs Chad that Abigail, Chad, Sonny, Brady, and Chloe were all on it. Gwen says that if someone doesn’t go after Leo now, he’s going to keep checking names off that list so they should all be watching their backs.
Leo returns to Sonny’s office to ask him about the parking rates but he doesn’t see him. Leo then finds his hit list of enemies with Brady, Chloe, Chad, Sonny, and Abigail’s names on it and questions how it got there. Leo then notes there is blood on it. Leo then looks over and finds Sonny unconscious on the ground, bleeding with a knife in his back!