Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
Justin and Bonnie walk to the Brady Pub and run in to Sarah. Bonnie invites her to join them for dinner. Sarah says she’d love to join them but is afraid she wouldn’t be much company since she’s wiped out after working nonstop trying to find the cure for Marlena. Justin asks if she’s had any luck. Sarah says no and they can’t do much without the Orchid, but assures they will keep trying. Bonnie says they are all praying for her. Sarah then tells Justin that she’s glad she ran in to him because there’s something she’d like to discuss. Sarah informs Justin that she’s going to divorce Xander and was wondering if he could help her.
Gwen goes to Xander’s motel room. Xander answers the door while drinking and says he’s delighted to see her because he’s in the middle of a crisis as he just ran out of scotch.
Will enters the Horton House and listens in from behind the wall as Leo talks to Sloan in the living room. Leo tells Sloan about how Will is already trying to prove to Sonny that he can’t be trusted. Sloan remarks that Leo only made that job so much easier with his latest stunt. Leo complains that Will would eat this up if the truth came out and he would lose Sonny’s friendship for good. Will smiles as he hears this.
Alex has a drink at the Kiriakis Mansion. Sonny walks in and asks how things went with Stephanie. Alex responds that it’s over as he just lost the best thing that has ever happened to him.
Stephanie is at home and calls Chad, who is walking through the town square. Stephanie asks if he’s busy or if it’s not a good time. Chad says he’s just running some errands and asks if she’s okay as it sounds like she’s crying. Stephanie admits things aren’t too great and asks him to come by because she could really use a friend. Chad says he’s on his way and hangs up.
Justin and Bonnie sit with Sarah in the Brady Pub as Justin tells Sarah that he would be happy to help her divorce Xander after what he did to Bonnie. Bonnie interrupts to say she thinks divorce might not be the best idea. Justin assures that the case is no problem to him since Xander showed no family loyalty. Bonnie explains that she knows it will sounds crazy but she honestly thinks Sarah should give Xander a second chance.
Xander complains to Gwen about needing more liquor. Xander says he’s only on his third bottle and then finds another which he says will keep him going until his delivery arrives. Gwen asks him what’s going on. Xander asks if she means besides his life blowing up and his family thinking he’s the scum of the earth and Sarah wanting to divorce him. Xander adds that then he’s probably going to prison but Gwen declares that he’s not if she has something to say about it.
Leo asks Sloan to represent him. Sloan says she will try her best but it’s not a slam dunk as it will take some serious legal creativity to get him out of this. Leo argues that Xander is the one who kidnapped Sonny’s stepmom and all he did was help him cover it up afterwards. Will smiles as he listens. Sloan warns Leo that it’s still a crime. Leo knows that if he doesn’t play his cards right, this could still blow up in his face.
Sarah can’t believe Bonnie of all people thinks she should work things out with Xander considering he kidnapped her and Susan. Bonnie assures that she was furious at him but now that she’s had a chance to process everything and she’s not seeing clowns everywhere, she realizes she’s been a hypocrite concerning Xander. Justin questions what she’s talking about. Bonnie brings up what she did to Adrienne and how it may have been worse than what Xander did but Justin found it in his heart to forgive her and now they are happy. Bonnie thinks that if Sarah can find it in her heart to forgive Xander, maybe they could be happy again too. Sarah argues that the big difference is that Bonnie didn’t cause Adrienne’s death while if Xander didn’t kidnap Susan, she might not have died in that horrible way. Sarah questions how she could get past that.
Gwen informs Xander that Rafe came by to offer her a deal that would keep her out of prison entirely, but only if she threw Xander under the bus. Xander asks what she told him. Gwen explains that Leo asked Sloan Peterson to represent them and that Leo thinks they’d both get off free if they turn on Xander. Gwen then informs Xander that she came to tell him that she will not cooperate with the police. Xander tells her to take the damn deal.
Will continues listening in as Leo complains that he never should’ve agreed to dress up as the clown, especially for what Gwen paid him. Sloan still can’t believe Leo was able to fool Bonnie in to thinking he was the clown that kidnapped her, joking that it must have been a hell of a bodysuit. Leo argues that it was his performance that sold it, but instead he’s going to land in prison. Sloan tells him to relax while Will sneaks upstairs.
Sonny tells Alex that he’s really sorry but he thinks it was important for him to come clean. Alex explains that he didn’t really get the chance because by the time he got there, Stephanie had already basically figured out that he was the reason she didn’t get to say goodbye to her mother. Sonny tells him to give himself a break. Sonny argues that it wasn’t cool what he did, but he didn’t know why Chad was calling. Alex says it doesn’t matter because Stephanie hates him. Sonny encourages him to give her time to process all of it. Alex argues that Stephanie is still going to hate him for depriving her of her last moments with her mother which is exactly what he did. Alex adds that Stephanie told him that she never wants to see him again and he thinks she meant it with every fiber of her being.
Chad goes to see Stephanie. Stephanie says she’s sorry for making him come back over but she needed to talk to someone and he was the first person to come to mind. Chad asks what’s going on and if it’s about her mother. Stephanie responds that it’s about her not getting to see her before she died and what Alex did. Chad reveals that Sonny told him that Alex turned her phone off because he knew Alex was coming over to confess. Stephanie says she was able to piece things together before Alex got there. Chad asks what happened when she confronted him. Stephanie says he tried to apologize, but what he did was unforgivable. Stephanie states that because of Alex, she missed the last chance to see her mom before she died. Stephanie then declares that her and Alex are done for good. Chad hugs her as she cries. Chad tells Stephanie that she has every reason to be mad as hell at Alex, but in his defense, he didn’t know why he was calling and just wanted to be alone with her. Stephanie doesn’t give a damn and argues that he had no right to turn off her phone, calling it a total violation. Chad says he gets it but Alex was already annoyed that they had spent the day together and he intruded on their romantic evening together on Christmas Eve, so it makes sense that Alex didn’t want him interrupting them again. Stephanie argues that he wouldn’t have been interrupting and she would’ve told Chad they were busy if it was about anything other than her mom, but Alex didn’t trust her to do that and took that choice away from her, so she missed her last chance to say goodbye to her mom before she died. Stephanie cries that it would’ve meant everything to them, but now because of Alex, it’s too late. Chad tells her that he’s sorry and asks how he can help.
Alex sits on the floor alone in the living room, drinking in front of the fireplace. Alex thinks back to being with Stephanie. Alex declares that he can’t stay here and decides to leave the Kiriakis Mansion.
Bonnie argues that Sarah isn’t being fair here since Susan’s death wasn’t Xander’s fault since in the end, he let her go. Bonnie is not condoning what Xander did but understands the position he was in as she’s been there before, stuck with something you don’t want to do but unable to get out. Sarah compares it to Stockholm Syndrome. Bonnie assures it’s not that and asks Justin if he knows what she’s talking about. Justin responds that Bonnie has one of the biggest hearts of anyone he knows and he believes she may be being too charitable in this case, but she may have a point. Bonnie tells Sarah that they are just trying to help her because they know how much she loves Xander and how great they are together. Justin encourages Sarah to take a little more time before really making the decision to end her marriage.
Gwen tells Xander that there is no way she will sell him out to the cops and nothing he can say will change her mind. Xander asks what Gwen wants in return. Gwen says not a thing. Xander questions if she’s sure because she’s told him more than once that he owes her one. Xander adds that he’s probably going back to prison, so if there is something she wants from him, now is the time to collect.
Leo asks Sloan how soon she can get him a deal to testify against Xander, anonymously. Sloan tells him that she’s afraid it’s not that simple since Xander has the legal right to know who his accuser is. Sloan says Leo can be anonymous to the people but Xander would have a right to know, adding that his lawyers are going to want to cross examine. Leo jokes that he could wear a diguise and alter his voice but Sloan thinks Xander would know exactly who he is. Leo asks if there’s any way to stop Xander from telling anyone else but Sloan says there is nothing to stop Xander from telling everyone that Leo is the one who turned on him. Leo worries that Sonny would still find out. Sloan points out that at least he wouldn’t be in prison. Leo complains that’s not good enough and repeats that he does not want Sonny finding out the truth.
Will goes to the hospital where Sonny runs up and hugs him. Sonny says he’s glad to see him and saw his bags at the house, so he figured he must have come here. Sonny asks if Will has been able to see Marlena yet. Will says not yet since they are only letting two people in at a time, but hopefully he will get in soon. Sonny tells him he’s sorry again about Kate. Sonny asks if Will has been able to spend time with the rest of his family. Will confirms that he has and that they are in the chapel as he just came back from dropping off Julie’s rosary. Sonny asks if he wants to go back to join them. Will responds that he’s actually glad they have a moment alone because there’s something he needs to tell him about Leo.
Sarah questions Justin siding against her too. Justin thinks Xander is a very troubled man, who has only a nodding acquaintance with the truth, but he also knows Xander has on occasion made Sarah very happy. Justin suggests she let the dust settle a bit before filing for divorce right away. Bonnie suggests couples therapy and relates that her sessions with Marlena did wonders for her PTSD. Sarah argues that Xander has lied to her and betrayed her so many times over the years, so she questions how to believe he’ll never do it again. Sarah adds that even if she could find a way to trust him again, it would all be a moot point if he ends up in prison.
Gwen admits that she does want something from Xander and that’s for him to stop being so defeatist and pull himself together. Xander asks what’s the point when Sarah is divorcing him and he’s going back to prison. Gwen orders him to stop whining and rolling over. She tells him to fight for his marriage and his freedom. Xander asks how. Gwen says they are going to sober him up and then come up with a gameplan. Gwen sends Xander to the shower to clean up.
Sloan thinks Leo should take the plea deal because if helps Melinda, he’d be off the hook. Leo would rather keep his mouth shut and take his chances, so Sonny won’t know what he did. Sloan questions him rather risking prison than have his friend know he did something shady. Sloan remarks that Leo must really have it bad for Sonny. Leo laughs it off and claims he’s not even his type. Leo then admits that Sonny is handsome, funny, kind, completely wonderful, and totally his type. Leo declares that he’s completely crushing on Sonny again.
Will informs Sonny about Leo knowing that Xander kidnapped Bonnie and Susan the whole time and then covering it up to get Xander off the hook. Will adds that Leo put on a bodysuit to pretend to be the clown. Sonny argues that Sarah was so sure that Gwen was behind all of it. Will then reveals that Gwen paid Leo to do it. Sonny can’t believe this and asks if he’s sure he didn’t misunderstand. Will assures that Leo laid out the whole thing to his attorney as he’s desperate for some kind of plea deal to keep Sonny from finding out. Sonny calls Leo a sneaky son of a bitch.
Leo tells Sloan that he’s been denying it to himself, but Sonny does make him weak in the knees. Sloan thinks it’s obvious that Leo has great appreciation for Sonny’s attributes, but he is married. Leo argues that they hit a rough patch and they live in separate cities so it wouldn’t take much. Sloan questions Leo thinking Sonny would just turn to him. Leo argues that he can hope and points out they were married once before. Leo adds that even if not, he still wants to be Sonny’s friend and to keep him in his life any way that he can.
Sonny asks Will if it’s okay to leave for a little bit. Will assures he’s fine. Sonny kisses him goodbye. Will tells Sonny to tell Leo that he says “hello, good riddance, go to Hell, and screw you”. Sonny agrees to pass that along as he exits the hospital.
Sloan finds Alex at the Bistro and questions him being solo, asking where his girlfriend is. Sloan mentions hearing Alex and Stephanie were attached at the hip. Sloan jokes about not getting a thank you note since she’s the reason they got together. Sloan figured that Stephanie was so grateful that Alex stole the file from her that she had to give him the time of day. Alex tells her that she’s not that far off, but in spite of that, it’s over now. Alex declares that it’s because he’s a total jerk, egotistical, dishonest, misogynistic, and arrogant. Alex states that he screwed up.
Chad makes spaghetti and meatballs for he and Stephanie. Stephanie asks if it’s an old DiMera recipe. Chad mentions that it was actually Kate who taught him how to make it. Stephanie mentions that she didn’t get to say before but she’s sorry about the loss of Kate as she knows Kate was like a mother to Chad. Chad thinks Kate probably understood him more than his own parents did. Chad says Kate was hard as Hell on him but she always lifted his spirits. Stephanie toasts to Kate and says she’s gone, but not forgotten.
After Gwen forces Xander to get in the shower, she asks if he feels better. Xander complains that now he’s just soaked and miserable. Gwen encourages that he can change out of wet clothes in to dry ones. Xander suggests she should get changed too. Gwen heads to the bathroom but looks back as Xander removes his shirt before heading in.
Leo goes to the Kiriakis Mansion, trying to tell himself that he could pull off a disguise in court. Sonny arrives so Leo greets him and mentions Will stopping by earlier. Sonny informs him that he just ran in to Will at the hospital. Leo asks if Sonny wants to have dinner but Sonny says there’s no need because they won’t be there for long. Sonny then orders Leo to pack his things and go. Leo questions what is going on and guesses it was Will going on about what a menace and loser he is. Sonny responds that he doesn’t want Leo anywhere near him. Leo asks what’s going on. Sonny informs Leo that he knows what he did and that he was involved in Bonnie’s kidnapping.
Stephanie thanks Chad for dinner and for the company, saying it was just what she needed. Chad says now they need dessert and offers to get some but Stephanie is sure they have something in the fridge. Stephanie checks and finds one of Kayla’s apple pies. Stephanie finds a note with it, saying she made it for her since she missed out on Christmas. Chad then hugs her as she starts to cry.
Sloan asks Alex if he got bored with Stephanie. Alex states that Stephanie’s mom died and she dumped him because she didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to her, which was entirely his fault. Sloan asks how. Alex explains that he was getting sick and tired of Chad hanging around and the night that Kayla died, he turned Stephanie’s phone off because he saw Chad calling again but Chad was calling because her mom was dying. Sloan remarks that he really did screw up. Alex sarcastically thanks her for confirming that. Alex asks if she thinks there’s any chance he could fix this. Sloan responds that there’s not a chance. Sloan brings up when her mom died and says she would’ve given anything to have a last chance to say goodbye to her and if any guy got in the way of her doing that, she’d hate him for the rest of her life. Alex admits that’s what he thought.
Leo tells Sonny that he has it all wrong but Sonny screams at him to knock it off. Sonny reveals that Will overheard Leo talking to Sloan. Leo questions if Will was stalking him. Sonny asks how Leo could do this to him and hurt his family like this after everything he did for him. Sonny argues that he helped Leo look for a job and put a roof over his head. Leo apologizes and argues that he needed the money and at the time it seemed like a harmless prank. Sonny complains that Bonnie was scared to death and had already been kidnapped once. Leo argues that technically he had nothing to do with the kidnapping. Sonny shouts that technically, he’s guilty as hell. Sonny complains that Leo lived in this house, knowing what Xander did, and said nothing. Sonny screams that Leo saw how traumatized Bonnie was and how concerned Justin was but he still said nothing. Leo admits he screwed up and apologizes. Leo knows he messed up and deeply regrets it. Leo asks Sonny to give him another chance, calling him the only true friend he’s ever had and the only person to ever believe in him. Leo promises to do better and make amends to everyone he hurt. Leo pleads with Sonny to forgive him but Sonny says he’s not making that mistake again. Sonny talks about vouching for him and getting in a huge fight with Will because he insisted that Leo changed. Leo insists that he’s becoming a better person for him. Sonny declares that Will was right that Leo is still just a despicable, selfish con-artist and always will be. Leo tells him not to say that. Sonny adds that the craziest part is he actually started to think they were friends. Leo says they are but Sonny declares that Leo is not his friend and is nothing to him. Sonny orders Leo to get out of the house before he has him thrown out.
Bonnie tells Justin that she feels bad for Sarah since she can tell underneath that Sarah still loves Xander. Bonnie thinks there may still be hope for them yet. Justin calls her incredible since Xander terrorized her yet she’s sticking up for him and rooting for him to save his marriage. Bonnie states that she’s been where Xander is and she feels for him. Justin declares that Bonnie has once again proven that she’s one of the best people he knows and he’s so lucky to have her. Bonnie tells him the same as they kiss.
Gwen comes out of the bathroom in the shirt that Xander gave her while Xander is struggling to get his pants on. There’s a knock at the door which Xander excitedly hopes is his liquor store delivery. Gwen decides he’s had enough and she will just tell them to get lost. Gwen answers the door to see Sarah, who comes in and questions what the hell this is.
Chad and Stephanie eat apple pie together. Chad calls it amazing and says knowing Kayla made it makes it that much more amazing. Chad is grateful to get to share it with her. Stephanie is glad that she found it as Kayla would’ve been disappointed if it went to waste. Stephanie thanks Chad for coming over as she doesn’t know if she could’ve gotten through the night without him. Chad says anytime.
Sloan comments on Alex really taking this hard. Alex mocks it being no big deal that the only woman he ever loved never wants to see him again. Alex asks how to not take it hard when you feel like your life is over and you don’t know how to get through the rest of the day. Sloan responds that Alex made the fatal mistake of getting emotionally involved and this is why no strings is always the way to go. Sloan tells Alex that she’s sorry as nothing is worse than a broken heart is what they say. Sloan then walks away.
Sonny calls Will and tells him that as soon as Leo is gone, he will meet him back at the hospital. Will tells Sonny to take his time as getting Leo out of their lives is their biggest priority. Sonny admits that Will was right about Leo and he should’ve listened to him. Will says he’s just sorry that Leo hurt him again. Sonny tells Will that he has to go and he loves him. Sonny hangs up as Leo returns with his bags packed. Leo asks Sonny if he’s going to tell the police about what he did. Sonny responds that he hasn’t decided yet. Leo tells Sonny there’s one thing he wants him to know before he goes and that’s that he really did care about him. Leo states that Sonny’s friendship means everything to him. Sonny argues that Leo was just playing him the entire time. Leo insists the bond they had was real, sweet, special, and great. Leo is certain that deep down, Sonny knows that is true. Leo repeats that he’s so very sorry for everything as he then exits the mansion.
Sarah remarks that she knew coming here was a huge mistake. Gwen tells her it’s not what she thinks. Xander tries to tell her that she has to let them explain but he falls to the floor and Sarah tells him to shut up. Sarah declares that they disgust her as she walks back out the door.