Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
Johnny and Wendy arrive at their hotel room in Jakarta, Indonesia. Johnny can’t believe they are here after a 36 hour flight. Wendy mentions being so tired. Johnny talks about bringing his film equipment and wanting to document his experience in Indonesia. Wendy reminds him that they aren’t here to make a movie, they are here to find out if EJ and Li brainwashed Stefan.
Gabi goes to the DiMera Enterprises office, looking for EJ but finds Stefan at the desk instead. Gabi questions what he’s doing there. Stefan explains that EJ is out of the office today, attending to a personal matter. Gabi responds that she’s here for a personal matter as well as she declares that she wants her company back.
Alex and Stephanie kiss at Allie’s apartment.
Paulina questions Sloan telling her that there was no mystery client that she was representing. Sloan confirms it was just her all along. Paulina asks if it was about the money. Sloan reveals that she wanted to make her suffer for revenge. Paulina questions why and asks who the hell Sloan is.
Allie questions Chanel admitting that she killed someone. Allie doesn’t buy that she would ever hurt anyone. Chanel responds that she did and she has lived with it for years. Allie points out that she never said anything. Chanel says she was going to tell her a couple weeks ago but she couldn’t. Chanel didn’t want her to know but now everyone is going to know. Chanel declares that the woman is dead because of her.
Stefan tells Gabi that this isn’t her company, reminding her that they kicked her out. Gabi says she’s talking about Gabi Chic. Stefan argues that Gabi Chic is now part of DiMera and questions why they would give it back. Gabi points out that they have Basic Black and questions why they need two fashion houses. Stefan responds that Gabi Chic makes them lots of money which they like. Gabi complains that it’s her company and concept that she built. Stefan remarks that she should’ve done a better job at retaining the rights. Stefan tells Gabi no and that she can go. Stefan adds that there’s nothing she can do to change his mind. Gabi attempts to slap Stefan but he catches her hand. Li then walks in and asks if he’s interrupting.
Johnny assures Wendy that he knows why they are here and she doesn’t have to bite his head off. Wendy apologizes and blames the jet lag, pointing out that she’s here to find out if her brother did something truly reprehensible and she’s starting to think that he did. Wendy says she doesn’t want to know but thinks maybe she has to. Johnny guesses he’s just used to everyone in his family being willing to do anything to get what they want. Johnny points out that if Li is involved, he did it because he loves Gabi while EJ just did it for power or force of habit since DiMeras have been taking over peoples’ brains for generations. Wendy calls him sweet. Wendy insists that EJ and Li are in this together and sent Dr. Rolf out of the country to cover their tracks, so now they have to figure out what he knows but first they have to find him. Johnny decides first he needs a shower, so he removes his shirt and heads to the shower.
Sloan believes Paulina stepped on a lot of people as she clawed her way to the top, so she’s not surprised that Paulina doesn’t know who she is. Paulina questions if she’s wronged her somehow. Sloan responds that Paulina and her daughter did. Paulina asks if she started digging for dirt, found out about the incident and ran with it. Sloan snaps back that it wasn’t an incident, it was a death, and she took it very personally.
Allie tells Chanel that she is going to love her no matter what. Chanel is not so sure about that but Allie assures her that she is. Chanel doesn’t want Allie to know this about her but decides that she deserves to know the truth.
Stefan informs Li that he and Gabi were just talking shop. Gabi tells Li to tell Stefan that she wants Gabi Chic returned to her ASAP. Stefan says there is no way in Hell that EJ will return it to her. Li tells Gabi that he will talk to EJ and see what they can work out. Stefan remarks that it looks like Li’s personal and professional life are on a major collision course as he’s caught between Gabi and EJ. Stefan comments that Gabi is so touchy and asks if she has pre wedding jitters. Li informs Stefan that he actually came looking for Wendy as she wasn’t in her office. Stefan responds that she is working remotely today which Li questions.
Johnny comes out of the shower in just a towel as Wendy is checking her work e-mails since people will be wondering why she’s not in the office. Wendy asks if Johnny is going to get dressed. Johnny asks if he’s distracting her. Wendy points out that he’s dripping water everywhere. Johnny says first he had a thought that he wanted to share with her. Johnny doesn’t think there is any way that Dr. Rolf would’ve ever agreed to come here unless EJ and Li set him up with a high tech lab. Wendy says that sounds like a good place to start.
Chad calls Stephanie and leaves a message, saying he wanted to give her a heads up that Sloan gave Gwen the file on Chanel. Chad says he convinced Gwen to sit on it and run the story on Melinda instead, but he thinks they should still get together and figure out how to move forward.
Alex and Stephanie continue kissing. Stephanie says that was nice. Alex is glad she approves. Stephanie suggests they should stop since Henry is in the other room and could wander back in. Alex doesn’t like it but agrees that they can’t traumatize him since Allie has enough to deal with as it is.
Chanel informs Allie that it all happened when she was living in London and still in college. Chanel adds that it was her senior year and she had an affair with one of her professors and his wife was the woman who died. Chanel says he was the very dreamy Dr. Nathan Bedford. Chanel explains that she was struggling in his class, so she thought that was why he was giving her extra attention and that he was trying to help her catch up in his classes. Chanel says she would go to his office because he would ask her to and he really seemed to care about what she thought. Chanel recalls him taking her to the rooftop of the English department to show her locations from the book they were reading. Chanel talks about it being beautiful and that’s when he kissed her which she calls thrilling to her and that was the start of the affair and the start of the worst thing that has ever happened to her.
Kate goes to see Chad at the Horton house. Chad asks how she is. Kate says she’s fine outside of being asked that. Chad reminds her that he and Roman both thought they were going to lose her. Kate understands they’ve been through a lot. Kate asks Chad about the Paulina situation. Chad responds that he and Stephanie have been on damage control since the story broke. Kate asks how that’s going, given how he feels about Stephanie. Chad is surprised she remembers that but reminds her that he also said he wasn’t ready for anything to happen between them. Kate asks if that’s still the case. Chad responds that it doesn’t matter as there’s no point since Stephanie is dating Alex Kiriakis.
Alex and Stephanie pick up Henry’s toys together. Alex brings up that it’s hard to believe that a couple weeks ago, she couldn’t stand him but now apparently she can. Stephanie points out that when they first met, he was very obnoxious. Stephanie adds that it wasn’t completely his fault since it was bad timing. Stephanie explains that the last guy she dated came on strong like he did and she really fell for it but then he just ghosted her. Stephanie says Alex was following the same playbook so she wasn’t about to let any man play her again.
Chanel tells Allie more about her relationship with Dr. Nathan Bedford and says it wasn’t just about the sex, but he would give her books to read and ask her questions about what she thought of them. Chanel says he made her feel like he listened and took what she said seriously and treated her like an adult. Allie argues that she was a kid and he was an adult that used his position and status. Allie then apologizes and tells her to go on. Chanel admits that she fell head over heels in love with him and thought she would marry him. Allie asks about the wife. Chanel explains that he told her the marriage was loveless and toxic and that he was just there for the kids. Allie asks how long they were together. Chanel says it was almost the whole semester and then one night, she got a text from him saying to meet him on the rooftop which was their special place, only when she got there, it wasn’t him. Allie guesses it was the wife which Chanel confirms.
Paulina questions how personal this vendetta of Sloan’s is. Sloan guesses it’s finally clicking in to place. Paulina says she didn’t see it before but now she sees a slight resemblance to Dr. Bedford’s wife, who Sloan notes that Chanel murdered.
Li tries calling Wendy but she doesn’t pick up, so he wonders where she is. Gabi suggests she’s at home. Li says he’ll see if he has her new address but Gabi reveals that she knows that Wendy is staying with Allie and Chanel. Li questions when that happened. Gabi informs him that Johnny set it up. Li guesses he’ll head there now and invites Gabi to come with him. Gabi says she’s going to get the Gabi Chic paperwork together so that when EJ gives her the OK, she can hit the ground running. Stefan jokes that if EJ gives her the OK, Hell will freeze over. Li asks Gabi to come with him then but Gabi decides she will stay and wait for him. Li questions her staying here with Stefan. Stefan repeats that he has work to do. Gabi mentions that she will wait for the wedding invitations to print and then they can go over them together. Li asks if she’s sure she wants to wait. Gabi says she’d like to get them approved as soon as possible. Li says he’ll be back as soon as he can and tells them to play nice as he exits.
Johnny gets dressed and asks Wendy if she had any luck. Wendy says she’s looked through the corporate expenses but can’t find anything to Jakarta. Johnny wonders if they are disguising the lease as a regular office space and points out that it would take a lot of power for a full lab compared to an office. Wendy decides to check electricity bills and finds something.
Chanel tells Allie that the wife must have read the text because she knew about the rooftop and set the whole thing up. Chanel adds that when she got there, the wife lost it and called her a homewrecker. Chanel says she should’ve just turned around and left but she was so stupid. Allie encourages that she was just young. Chanel says she tried to explain to her that he said he was unhappy with his wife and was going to get a divorce in order to marry her, but she just looked right at her and said “he’s mine” and then slapped her. Chanel adds that she then told her that he was lying and he would never leave her. Chanel recalls the wife charging her and she tried to push her away but she didn’t realize how close they were to the edge and she can still hear her scream. Chanel adds that she looked over the side and she was lying there in a pool of blood. Chanel cries that she killed her.
Sloan informs Paulina that her mother was the strongest and smartest woman she’s ever known and the reason she became a lawyer. Sloan says she was in law school when she got the call and they said she killed herself which didn’t make sense, but then her dad called and said it was true. Paulina questions what exactly he told her. Sloan explains that he said he wanted a divorce and she couldn’t take it, so she jumped off a building but it didn’t make sense since she was a fighter. Paulina asks if her father never told her about Chanel then. Sloan calls Chanel his side piece which Paulina warns her about. Sloan then confirms that her father never shared that part of the story with her and when he resigned his position, she thought it was because he was grieving but now she knows the truth. Sloan recalls that he started drinking himself to death. Paulina reveals that when Sloan first started blackmailing her, she looked in to things and found out that he died a couple years ago. Sloan reveals that as he was dying, her father told her that her mother did not commit suicide, so at his funeral, she decided to find out the truth which is when she found out that Chanel had killed her mother.
Allie asks Chanel what happened next. Chanel didn’t know what to do and just stood there frozen for a long time, then suddenly the campus police burst through the door and took her to their office to ask her what happened. Chanel says all she could hear was what the woman said to her, so she just blurted out that it was her fault and confessed that she was having an affair with the woman’s husband and that she had pushed her which she then signed as her statement. Allie doesn’t understand since there was no trial and no one seems to know about this, so she questions how Chanel kept it quiet.
Paulina questions if Sloan is interested in the truth or if she just wants to be a self righteous victim. Sloan argues that she knows the truth because she read Chanel’s statement where she admitted to pushing her mother. Paulina argues that Chanel admitted to pushing her only to protect herself because she didn’t lure her to the roof or lunge at her. Sloan asks if it was self defense then why did she cover it up and hide the evidence, the surveillance photos, and the hush money she paid the school. Paulina argues that Chanel had been through enough, while Sloan complains that she got off scot free. Sloan declares that Chanel seduced her father and killed her mother, then Paulina just went and covered it up.
Kate questions Chad about Stephanie dating Sonny’s brother. Chad clarifies that it was one date. Kate asks how he feels about that. Chad thinks she can do better, but says he’s going to support her because that’s what friends do. Kate asks what happens when he decides he wants to be more than friends. Chad admits he doesn’t know if or when he will be ready to move on or he might never move on with someone else ever again. Kate encourages him not to say that as she knows Abigail would want him to fall in love again. Kate just hopes he doesn’t wait too long. Chad says Stephanie and Alex may crash and burn by then while Kate points out that they could also fall madly in love.
Alex says he’s ashamed to admit that he’s ghosted his fair share of women, though he was upfront that he wasn’t looking for a love or a commitment and just a good time, but looking back he knows he was a crappy thing to do. Stephanie asks why he was so scared of love. Alex says he wasn’t scared, but averse to it. Alex reveals that he thinks it’s because of his mom, Anjelica, who always told him growing up that love was a trap full of misery and pain. Alex states that Anjelica was pretty bitter after Justin left her for Adrienne, so instead of getting hurt again, she just went from one meaningless fling to the next. Alex guesses that he followed her lead but admits that she wasn’t wrong that if you don’t care, you don’t get hurt. Alex points out that Anjelica went to live a very sad life and became kind of desperate. Stephanie guesses that must have been hard to watch. Alex says especially after Justin and Adrienne seemed to have it all. Alex says that all this time, he told himself he was just like his mom and he would never have what they did, but then he met Stephanie.
Gabi goes through papers while Stefan complains about her waiting for Li in his office. Stefan asks her to keep it down. Gabi’s phone then rings from the printer, so Stefan suggests she answer it in the hall. Gabi answers the call and mentions not having the proofs but says she’s in her old office so she will look for them. Gabi then starts digging through the desk all around Stefan, leaving him frustrated.
Li shows up at Allie’s apartment, looking for Wendy. Alex informs him that Allie told him that Wendy went out of town but didn’t say where she went. Li thanks him for his time. Alex says he’ll let him know if Allie says anything. Li says he’d appreciate that as Alex shuts the door. Li then makes a phone call, saying he needs to locate his sister.
Wendy tells Johnny that if they are right, Dr. Rolf’s lab should only be a few miles away. Johnny jokes that with Jakarta traffic, that should only take an hour. Wendy says they need to get a move on but Johnny reminds her that they don’t even have a plan. Johnny argues that even if they find Dr. Rolf, he’s not going to just admit to brainwashing someone. Wendy suggests that she’ll say she’s here on Li’s behalf and came to make sure he has everything he needs. Johnny adds that he’d say EJ sent him but Wendy says that’s too risky since she’s sure Dr. Rolf knows that Johnny’s been on the outs with EJ. Wendy feels it’s better if she goes alone and pretends she’s in on everything to trick Dr. Rolf in to confessing. Johnny worries that he’d just deny it and they need proof. Wendy suggests using her phone to record him. Johnny responds that he actually has a better idea.
Chanel explains to Allie that after the campus cops took her statement, she called Paulina and she was on the next plane to London. Chanel says telling Paulina what happened was the hardest thing she had to do, but she went in to mother bear mode and met with the President of the school and convinced him that it would be a huge scandal if the truth came out that a distinguished professor had an affair with a young, impressionable student. Chanel adds that Paulina offered a sizable donation to make it all go away, so they said that she committed suicide while the surveillance photos and her statement all just disappeared. Chanel states that as far as anyone else knew, she was never there that night. Allie questions how Sloan got all this evidence then. Chanel admits she has no idea.
Paulina questions how long Sloan has been plotting all this. Sloan says it’s been about a year. Sloan explains that she tracked them to Salem and set up her practice here using her mother’s maiden name, Peterson, so they wouldn’t see her coming and then she waited for her moment to do as much damage as possible right when Paulina was running for Governor in the public eye. Paulina admits that she’s very much like her mother, pointing out that after finding out that her father was a lying cheat, she went straight to blaming someone else with lies, threats, and blackmail without ever considering that there may be another side to the story and that her mother isn’t the feminist saint that she makes her out to be. Sloan warns her not to say another word about her mother. Paulina remarks that she’s just saying that she’s like her while Chanel is like her. Paulina compares this to being like Sloan luring her to the rooftop, threatening her, and thinking she has her in her clutches. Paulina repeats that she and Chanel are very alike, so if someone charges her, she shoves back hard. Paulina warns Sloan to think about where she might land.
Allie insists to Chanel that it was self defense and that the professor preyed on her. Chanel mentions never seeing him again as he was forced to resign. Chanel talks about the guilt and how she kept pushing it down, trying to deny it which is why she was in the party scene when they met. Chanel declares that it’s all come back because she never paid for what she did. Chanel states that she killed that woman and now she has to face the consequences.
Sloan tells Paulina that no matter what she says, Chanel is going to prison. Paulina disagrees and argues that it must be hard for Sloan to accept that her father was a drunken sex addict and that her mother lured a young woman to the rooftop that night to punish her, humiliate her, and make her pay. Paulina declares that she instigated the fight and Chanel was only defending herself, so she’s not going to let Sloan rewrite history to ruin her daughter’s life. Sloan argues that Chanel is going to get what’s coming to her and what she deserves. Sloan promises that Paulina will too ass she storms out.
Stephanie gets Chad’s message about Paulina’s situation so she decides she better go check in. Alex thanks her for coming by and helping with Henry. Alex asks if they could go on another date. Stephanie responds that she would look forward to that.
Chad tells Kate that he doesn’t want to hold Stephanie back when he can’t promise anything. Kate jokes that Chad is always having to be fair and do the right thing. Kate says she pushes him because she wants him to be happy again which Chad says he knows.
Gabi finds her notes and says she’ll be waiting for the e-mail as she finishes her call. Stefan tells her that it’s time to go but Gabi refuses. Stefan tells her to go wait somewhere else and tries dragging her out. Stefan says he wants her out now but Gabi refuses. Stefan grabs her and they get close.
Li walks through the town square and gets a call. Li answers and asks if they found his sister. Li is shocked and questions where she logged in from.
Johnny has Wendy lift her shirt so he can attach a wire to her with a mic to pick up everything Dr. Rolf says, while he will be right outside. Wendy guesses the film equipment came in handy after all. Johnny asks if he’s making her nervous as they get close.