Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
Li proposes to Gabi. Gabi doesn’t know what to say which Li worries is not a good sign and unlike her. Gabi calls it unexpected since they haven’t even been dating that long and questions where this is coming from. Li thinks back to talking to Dr. Rolf about solidifying his love for Gabi so that she’ll want nothing to do with Stefan. Li tells Gabi that he loves her and he was afraid if he waited any longer to make her his wife, he’d miss his chance and that would be unbearable because he wants to spend the rest of his life with her and hopes that she feels the same.
In the living room of the DiMera Mansion, Tony complains to Anna about Gabi being in control of DiMera and now his own family turning against each other. Anna laughs it off as nothing new. Tony doesn’t understand why Johnny is so protective of Ava. Anna thinks it’s obvious that Johnny has a crush on Ava.
Johnny assures EJ that Ava can handle the memorial and that she’s a lot stronger than he gives her credit for. EJ asks if he’s sure about that since Ava seemed pretty shaken up when she thought she saw Jake the other day. Johnny argues that Ava realizes that was her imagination now. EJ asks what if this pushes her over the edge and makes her start seeing dead people again.
Ava enters the DiMera Crypt and sees Stefan inside, but believes that he is Jake. Ava asks if it really is him and questions how this is possible since he’s dead. Stefan responds not anymore.
Johnny argues that EJ would like for Ava to have some sort of breakdown, so he could make a play for her shares. EJ admits the idea has crossed his mind. EJ suggests the memorial isn’t such a good idea if he’s so concerned about Ava’s state of mind. Johnny tells EJ that Ava is fine with it and that nobody is forcing him to go as he just thought he’d want to pay respects to his brother. EJ remarks that he hardly knew Jake. Johnny argues that he’s still family and that meant something to Stefano. Johnny thought it meant something to EJ too but guesses he was wrong. Johnny then walks away.
Ava tells herself that this isn’t real and isn’t happening as it’s just like the time before when he came to the house. Stefan notes her looking pale and suggests she sit down. Ava continues telling herself this is in her head. Stefan isn’t sure what’s going on. Ava says she’s going crazy and repeats that this isn’t real and he’s not Jake as she runs out of the Crypt. Stefan wonders who the hell is Jake.
Brady answers the door of Chloe’s hotel room to see Kristen. Kristen is surprised to see Brady, who asks if she was expecting someone else. Kristen walks in and searches through the room, asking where the hell is he. Chloe questions who exactly she is looking for. Brady asks Kristen who else she thought was there. Kristen thinks back to ordering Stefan to get to Chloe’s room at the Salem Inn. Kristen then claims that she thought an intern that Chloe has been flirting with would be there. Kristen claims that she thought Chloe was cheating on Brady and that she would catch them getting it on. Kristen admits she was clearly mistaken so she’s going to get going. Chloe stops her and argues that they know damn well she didn’t come because she thought she was cheating on Brady. Chloe then asks Kristen what she is hiding.
Stefan sits in the Crypt and looks up at the plaques on the wall. Stefan sees Jake’s and wonders if it’s a coincidence that they have the same birthday. Stefan asks if Jake is maybe his twin brother and if that’s who this woman thinks he is.
Tony and Anna talk about how EJ will go ballistic if Johnny and Ava get involved. Tony worries that things are bad enough between EJ and Johnny. Anna argues that EJ needs to get over himself and stop trying to control everyone around him. Anna adds that if Johnny is interested in Ava, good for him. Johnny then walks in and asks if he heard his name. Anna greets him and says she was just saying how sweet it was of him to put this memorial together and adds that Ava must be very appreciative. Johnny hopes it brings Ava some peace. Ava then rushes in from outside, saying she saw him in the Crypt. Anna asks who she saw. Ava says never mind, but Tony guesses that she saw Jake. Ava then confirms that she saw him again.
Li asks Gabi what she’s thinking. Gabi tells Li that she’s sorry but she needs a moment to process everything. Li tells her to take her time. Li says he thought about proposing in a more romantic setting but he figured this is where they first connected, so it was appropriate in a way. Li asks if she’s still processing. Gabi didn’t even know he was thinking about marriage. Li admits he’s thought about it for awhile now as ever since he met her, he’s been captivated by her beauty, intelligence, strength, and determination. Li calls the last few months the happiest he’s ever been, so he doesn’t want that to end, but he’s beginning to feel he may have jumped the gun. Gabi then tells him he did not necessarily.
Ava explains that she wanted a moment alone before the memorial, so she went down to the Crypt and “Jake” was standing there right next to his plaque. Tony asks if she talked to him. Ava confirms they said a few words but she freaked out and came in. Ava knows it’s impossible but insists it seemed real. Ava asks if Johnny thinks she’s crazy. Johnny says he doesn’t and offers to go to the Crypt with her to get to the bottom of this. Ava thanks him and they exit.
Kristen claims she’s not hiding anything. Kristen expresses her regret on accusing Chloe of being a cheating whore. Brady tells Kristen to get out. Kristen agrees to let them get back to whatever they were doing and tells Brady that she will see him tomorrow in court. Kristen exits and Brady wonders what the hell that was about.
Tony tells Anna that EJ must be right that Ava is having a nervous breakdown. Anna argues that the Crypt is incredibly dark and creepy, so she can’t be blamed for thinking she saw a ghost down there. EJ walks in and asks if they are ready to go pay respects to his brother. Tony thought EJ wasn’t attending. EJ admits that Johnny shamed him in to it. Anna suggests they wait here a bit which EJ questions. Anna explains that Ava and Johnny are at the Crypt so she thinks it’s best that they don’t interrupt them. EJ questions what is going on. Tony then reveals that Ava thinks she saw Jake again which makes EJ smile.
Johnny and Ava go to the Crypt. Ava stops outside and says she needs a minute. Ava admits on one hand she’s afraid that Jake won’t be in there but on the other hand, she’s terrified that he will be and she’ll be the only one who can see him which would confirm she’s lost her mind. Johnny tells Ava that whatever happens, he will help her through it as they will figure it out together and he’s here for her. Ava then agrees to go in.
Gabi tells Li that when they first got together, she thought it would just be a fun little fling and that’s what she wanted, so she assumed he was fine with that but as time went by, she started to realize it wasn’t just a fun little fling and has grown in to something deeper. Gabi mentions having a conversation with Rafe about a month ago when she told him that she was done with love and that no one could take Stefan’s place in her heart. Gabi notes that it’s still true to an extent but Rafe also told her not to give up on love. Gabi is starting to realize that there is room for someone else in her heart, for Li. Gabi tells Li that if the offer still stands, she would be honored to be his wife as they kiss.
Johnny and Ava enter the Crypt and see no one is there. Ava talks about seeing “Jake” next to his plaque and he was wearing his favorite suit but decides it couldn’t have been real. Johnny brings up that his family does have a history of cheating death with Stefano, EJ, Tony, and Kristen all coming back from the dead, so maybe Jake did the same thing.
Li and Gabi say “I love you” to each other as Li then puts the ring on Gabi’s finger which she calls stunning. Gabi worries that it’s too extravagant but Li wants to give her the world. Li suggests they go celebrate and says he’ll book the DiMera Jet. Gabi reminds him that they’ll have to go after Jake’s memorial. Li admits he’s excited to see how EJ and the rest of the DiMeras will react to their engagement, guessing they won’t be too pleased that they have consolidated their power. Li hoped that wasn’t the only reason she accepted his proposal as they kiss again.
Kristen returns to Dr. Rolf’s lab asking if Stefan is there. Dr. Rolf thought he went to see Chloe but Kristen reveals that she just saw Chloe and Stefan clearly had not paid her a visit, so she questions where the hell he went.
Johnny tells Ava that they should go outside because Jake could have wandered off but Ava says no. Ava wants to believe Johnny is right and that Jake is alive but it doesn’t make any sense. Ava says if Jake was back and came back for her, he wouldn’t have let her walk out the door since they were in love. Johnny can’t explain it but says if they find him, they can ask him. Johnny doesn’t see any harm in trying but Ava worries about EJ trying to use it against her again. Ava states that if EJ finds out that they are out chasing ghosts, he will have her locked up. Ava cries that maybe Bayview is where she belongs because she’s obviously lost her mind. Johnny disagrees and assures there is a logical explanation. Johnny suggests going to get her checked out by a doctor but Ava says it doesn’t feel like hallucinations. Johnny says they can’t just assume she’s insane. Johnny wants to think about what could be going on here. Ava complains that she can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not and she can’t take it anymore. Ava declares that it’s too much and runs out of the Crypt. EJ then arrives and asks Johnny if Ava is alright.
Kristen doesn’t understand since she told Stefan to go to the Salem Inn and gave him Chloe’s room number so she questions how he could go and screw things up. Dr. Rolf reminds her that he warned her it was too soon to release Stefan out in to the world as he would have preferred another round of conditioning. Kristen questions if his brainwashing didn’t take. Dr. Rolf says he can’t say for sure and it worries him that he didn’t go straight for Chloe. Kristen complains that it’s ruining her day and possibly her entire future. Kristen declares that if Stefan wasn’t compelled to go straight to Chloe and if he’s still in love with Gabi, then this is on Dr. Rolf and he knows what that means.
Anna tells Tony that they better get down to the Crypt since EJ took off when they told him that Ava thought she saw Jake again. Tony hopes EJ won’t be too unkind to Ava. Li and Gabi then arrive. Gabi apologizes for being late. Tony asks if it was a busy day at the office. Gabi says you could say that as she announces she and Li are engaged. Anna hugs Gabi and congratulates them. Tony congratulates them, calling it a strategic merger on their parts. Li assures it has nothing to do with business as they are very much in love. Gabi asks if Johnny and Ava are at the Crypt already. Tony says they are and hopes Ava will be well enough to attend the memorial because she thinks she saw Jake again. Li is shocked and asks where. Tony explains that Ava says she saw him in the Crypt so Johnny went with her to take a look around. Gabi feels bad about Ava having hallucinations. Li suggests they go down there and make sure everything is okay.
Johnny assures EJ that Ava is fine and just feeling emotional about the memorial. EJ questions why since Tony and Anna just told him that Ava still thinks Jake’s alive. Johnny realizes EJ knows then. EJ says he’s been trying to tell Johnny that Ava is mentally unstable and asks if he believes him now. Johnny complains that it’s all going exactly how EJ planned it. EJ asks what the hell he’s talking about. Johnny accuses EJ of gaslighting Ava and trying to convince her that she’s insane so he can get his hands on her shares. EJ argues that Ava is making herself insane and doesn’t need any help from him. Johnny brings up that EJ told Ava it wouldn’t be long before she had another vision of Jake and then it happens, giving him the evidence he needs to take her shares. EJ questions how he would arrange that. Johnny suggests EJ put on a Jake mask. EJ responds that he must be confusing him with Kristen because he doesn’t do masks. Johnny suggests he could’ve hired a lookalike. EJ says Johnny is just being crazy. Johnny states that Jake has somehow turned up twice and he thinks EJ is behind it and trying to scare Ava. EJ argues that he’s not responsible for Ava’s hallucinations and complains that he’s sick and tired of him taking Ava’s side over his. Johnny argues that Ava is EJ’s sister in law. EJ remarks that you’d have to be an idiot to believe that Ava and Jake were actually married. EJ calls it more of Ava’s sinister lies as she’s an amoral woman with no conscience and that’s still the case no matter what she says to him. Johnny asks if that’s what EJ tells himself to justify his campaign against her. EJ argues that there is no campaign. EJ complains that Johnny defending this deranged woman is not only infuriating but downright sad. EJ calls Johnny gullible and naïve. Johnny responds that he’d rather be that than cold and cynical like EJ. Johnny declares that Ava is vulnerable and he will not let EJ push her over the edge. EJ says he’s not trying to. Johnny yells at EJ to stay away from Ava and leave her the hell alone. Johnny then storms out of the crypt.
Johnny goes to Ava’s room and finds her packing her bags. Johnny questions what she’s doing. Ava responds that she can’t stay here because the house is driving her insane. Johnny asks where she would go. Ava guesses she’ll go back to the garage. Johnny tells her not to do that because she shouldn’t be alone right now. Ava points out that she won’t be because Kristen is still staying there. Johnny argues that’s even worse because Kristen’s favorite game is getting people to question their sanity. Ava argues that she never belonged here and maybe that’s why she’s being punished. Johnny says she didn’t do anything. Ava says she’s done plenty of terrible things in her life so maybe it’s all coming back to haunt her literally. Johnny brings up what Stefano has done and he still has his portrait on the wall. Johnny says that Ava fought to overcome her past so she should be proud of all she has accomplished. Ava calls him sweet but says he’s giving her too much credit. Ava says she’s not the lovely person that he thinks she is and she’s losing her mind, so he shouldn’t have to deal with that. Johnny disagrees. Ava asks how else to explain what she thought she saw. Johnny admits he can’t but if she just stays, they can figure it out together. Johnny asks Ava not to go.
Dr. Rolf gets a text from Li that Ava thinks she saw Jake on the DiMera property again. Kristen guesses that means she saw Stefan again. Dr. Rolf says that would mean Stefan went back home instead of seeking out Chloe. Kristen argues that means he went to track down his wife. Kristen blames Dr. Rolf for not wiping out his love for Gabi after all.
EJ speaks to Gabi, Li, Tony, and Anna in the Crypt about how Johnny accused him of gaslighting Ava and complains that all Johnny does is assault him and doesn’t feel loyal to him. Gabi feels Johnny has reasons to be suspicious since EJ would do anything to get his hands on Ava’s shares. EJ insists he is in no way responsible for Ava’s decline and warns that he’s going to let Mr. Shin know about this latest incident in case they try to cover up for Ava again. Gabi calls EJ a creep. Anna reminds them that they are supposed to be here to pay their respects to Jake. Tony agrees and asks if they should begin the memorial. Anna says the less time spent in the Crypt, the better. Tony then begins the memorial, commenting that Jake has joined his twin Stefan in the great beyond…
Stefan enters the DiMera Mansion and asks if anyone is there. He looks around the living room and guesses not. Stefan then pours himself a drink and looks back at the portrait of Stefano, saying it’s good to see him again.
Kristen argues that Stefan was supposed to fall in love with Chloe and drive a wedge between her and Brady. Kristen shouts that her whole plan is going up in smoke because of Dr. Rolf. Rolf questions how it’s his fault when he told her that Stefan wasn’t ready. Kristen says he should’ve been more forceful with his concerns because now he’s ruined everything, her plans and Li’s as well. Kristen warns Dr. Rolf that if Stefan shows up to reclaim Gabi, Li Shin will make him pay with his life.
Anna compliments Tony on a lovely tribute to Jake. Jake thanks her but admits he found it hard to come up with cherished memories of a brother he hardly knew, but he did his best. Tony stops to ask if anyone invited Kristen. Anna says she didn’t. EJ says he didn’t as this whole thing was Johnny and then Johnny and Ava didn’t even have the courtesy to attend. Anna is sure Ava is grieving in her own way. Tony asks if they should get back to the house for cocktails. Li looks at Gabi, noticing that she is looking at Stefan’s plaque on the wall. EJ says not to let them keep them if there’s some place else they’d rather be. EJ exits. Li thanks Tony as drinks and food sounds lovely. Anna and Tony then exit the Crypt. Li asks if Gabi is alright. Gabi asks for a moment alone with Stefan as she would like to share their news with him and sort of ask for his blessing. Li says of course. Gabi says she won’t be long. Li kisses her and then exits.
Johnny pleads with Ava not to go. Ava says she has to because nobody wants her here. Johnny takes her hand and says he does. Johnny states that the house is a lot more bearable with her in it. Ava questions why he’s being so nice to her. Johnny responds that he likes having her around and he cares about her a lot. Johnny and Ava then start kissing.
EJ, Anna, and Tony return to the living room. EJ decides he’s going to look for Johnny. Anna suggests he wait a minute and give him more time, adding that he won’t want to miss the champagne toast as she reveals Gabi and Li are engaged which shocks EJ. EJ questions why the hell he would toast to that when they are just trying to consolidate their power at the family company. Tony admits he had the same thought. Anna asks Tony to help her pick out a bottle of champagne. Anna notices an empty glass there but Tony tells her not to worry as Harold will take care of it. Tony and Anna then exit together.
Gabi removes her old wedding ring and places it at Stefan’s plaque in the Crypt. Gabi says she never imagined she’d be telling Stefan about her feelings for another man and she hopes he understands that as wonderful as what they had was, she needed to make a new life for herself. Gabi adds that even though she and Li are engaged, Stefan is the love of her life and always will be, but she has to let him go. Gabi says goodbye to Stefan. Gabi then gets up to leave right as Stefan returns to the Crypt.