Days Update Tuesday, January 17, 2023

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Update written by Joseph

Brady is on the phone at the hospital with his son Tate, encouraging him about Marlena hanging in there. Brady thanks Tate for calling and tells him that he loves him. After he hangs up, Gabi arrives at the hospital and tells Brady that she needs to see Marlena now.

Li is in his hotel room, on the phone with his father. Li assures that he’s not proud of what he’s done but argues that he won’t go down for anything because the police can’t prove that he was working with Dr. Rolf and that’s how it’s going to stay. Li adds that his position as EJ’s second in command is completely in tact. Li acknowledges that he made an enemy of EJ’s brother Stefan, but assures that he can handle him. Li hangs up and then Stefan shows up at his door.

Stephanie lays on the couch at home in tears as she holds Kayla’s last note to her. Her brothers, Tripp and Joey then arrive and hug her.

Kristen comes downstairs at the DiMera Mansion as the doorbell rings. Kristen answers the door and is shocked to see Steve. Kristen tries to shut the door but he blocks it and chases her inside. Steve grabs Kristen and declares that it’s time for her to answer for what she did to Kayla.

Johnny comes downstairs at the Brady Pub and runs in to Wendy. Johnny hugs her and asks what brings her by. Wendy says she just came by for breakfast and thought he would be at the hospital. Johnny responds that he was there all night and just came by to check on Roman. Wendy is sure he appreciated that. Johnny says Roman lost his wife and his sister in the same day. Wendy calls it unimaginable and asks how Johnny is doing. Johnny claims he’s okay but Wendy notes that he doesn’t look okay and like he hasn’t slept. Johnny admits he doesn’t remember when he last ate. Wendy encourages him to take care of himself too. Johnny responds that he can’t stop thinking about Marlena. Wendy asks what the doctors are saying and if she made any improvement over night.

Brady tells Gabi that Marlena is in critical condition so visitation is strictly limited. Gabi argues that this is urgent and everything depends on it. Brady doesn’t understand. Gabi reminds Brady that he was at her wedding when she remembered Dr. Rolf telling her that Li brainwashed Stefan, and now Stefan wants it undone so she needs Marlena to make it happen. Brady questions this being about Gabi’s love life and asks if she’s out of her freaking mind.

Li tells Stefan that this might sound crazy but he’s glad he’s there as they have a lot to discuss. Li says that Stefan is clearly angry but he hopes they can be adults and hash this out with a conversation. Stefan doesn’t think so and responds by punching Li down.

Stephanie didn’t know Tripp and Joey were getting in so early or she would’ve picked them up. They assure it’s fine. Stephanie is glad they are both there as Steve really needs them all now. They ask where he is. Stephanie responds that he got up early and went out, so she thinks he just needs some time alone…

Kristen tells Steve that he doesn’t want to do this, that she feels for him and she’s so sorry about Kayla. Steve responds that sorry won’t bring his wife back. Steve argues that she knew those women would need boosters to survive and said nothing. Steve calls her a selfish pathetic psycho that couldn’t get Brady to love her, so she blackmailed him with three lives over his head while the virus was ticking away. Kristen argues that she did care but Steve shouts that she only cared about herself. Steve says if Kristen wasn’t so cold blooded and deranged then Marlena would be home while Kayla and Kate would be alive. Steve declares that Kristen took away the love of his life and the mother of his children, so now she needs to pay.

Stephanie tells Joey and Tripp that she’s never seen Steve like this before. She talks about Steve wanting to find a solution to make everything okay but he can’t this time. Joey says they have to take the stress off of Steve and let him know they will be okay. Joey says they will start as soon as Steve gets home. Tripp assures that he’s there for Steve but mentions that he also has to go see his mom since he’s all she has left and he can’t turn his back on her. Tripp says he won’t be long and then exits. Joey reads Stephanie’s note from Kayla. Stephanie cries that those were Kayla’s last words to her which Joey questions. Stephanie informs him that she didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to Kayla because someone robbed her of that chance.

Johnny tells Wendy that Marlena isn’t saying goodbye yet and is fighting with everything she has. Wendy encourages that she will win, reminding him that Marlena beat the Devil twice. Johnny acknowledges this is bad and that the doctors are trying but everything is experimental. Wendy tells him something will work. Johnny says that’s what he’s praying for. Johnny gets a text and says he has to go. Wendy tells him to go be with his family. Johnny remembers that last time he saw her, she was on her way to talk Gabi in to taking Li back and asks how that went. Wendy informs him that Stefan got there before her and told her everything, so Gabi tore in to her and threw her out. Johnny says at least she tried. Wendy states that Li and Gabi getting back together is not going to happen as there’s only one person Gabi wants to be with now.

Li guesses he deserves that punch but remarks that violence doesn’t seem like Stefan’s style. Stefan says it’s not but it felt extremely satisfying. Stefan tells him to relax as he won’t hit him again even though it’s tempting since it’s not every day you find out you were brainwashed. Li gets up and says if he tells anyone, he will deny it, but he’s sorry. Li explains that he was desperately in love with Gabi and terrified of losing her. Stefan acknowledges that love will have you do some crazy things and in Li’s case, it wasn’t just brainwashing but attempted murder. Stefan reveals that he knows Li turned off the machines that were keeping him alive. Stefan adds that he’s suddenly thinking maybe one punch wasn’t enough.

Gabi argues that this isn’t about her or her love life, but about Stefan. Brady tells her that he’s sorry but Stefan is not a priority right now. Gabi mocks him having no compassion for a brainwashed man and argues that Stefan wants his mind right after being brainwashed and she knows that Marlena would want to help him. Brady responds that what Marlena wants is to not die like the two women before her. Gabi doesn’t see the harm in just letting her ask. Brady can’t believe she’s serious since Marlena is hanging on by a thread to stay conscious. Brady asks if Gabi stopped to think how insane this is. Gabi reminds Brady that Stefan was also programmed to love Chloe. Brady calls her unbelievable. Gabi remarks that she thought that would make this urgent for him but guesses he doesn’t love Chloe anymore. Brady assures that he does love Chloe. Chloe then arrives at the hospital.

Wendy exits the Brady Pub and runs in to Tripp. They hug and she says she’s so happy to see him, asking when he got in. Tripp says it was just awhile ago. Wendy tells him that she’s so sorry about Kayla as she knows they were really close. Tripp says they never imagined she would relapse and he just wishes he had been there. Tripp asks how Wendy is doing. Wendy says she’s okay. Tripp mentions hearing some stuff about her brother and he wasn’t sure if it was true as it seemed pretty out there. Wendy confirms that it is. Tripp says he’s sorry as it sounds rough. Wendy responds that she learned a lesson to stay the hell out of people’s love lives.

Chloe greets Brady and Gabi, asking what they were talking about. Gabi remarks that it was nothing important to Brady. Chloe says she just came to check on Marlena and see if there’s anything she could do. Brady responds that it’s good that someone is here for the right reasons. Chloe asks if she’s missing something. Brady calls it just a wild display of selfishness on Gabi’s part. Gabi argues that it’s the opposite of selfish as she’s trying to help someone she cares about. Brady explains that Gabi wants Stefan back and she thinks the way to do that is to bug Marlena about it which is not going to happen. Gabi tells him to forget it and that she’s leaving. Gabi warns Chloe that Stefan wants to be deprogrammed and she will make it happen, so it’s not a matter of if he leaves her, but when. Chloe remarks that she’s awfully confident. Gabi declares that true love always wins as she then exits the hospital.

Stefan asks if Li’s not going to deny it. Li admits that he pulled the plug and he still can’t believe it but luckily Kristen showed up when she did. Li tells Stefan that he has to understand that he wasn’t in his right mind as all he could think about was losing the woman he loved. Li knows what he did was reprehensible but calls it a moment of madness. Li swears that it was temporary insanity and that he regrets all of it. Li wishes there was something he could do to make it up to him. Stefan responds that there is something. Stefan says that Marlena is in the hospital, dying, while he wants to undo what was done to him and there’s one person who can fix both. Stefan declares that if Li wants to make up for what he’s done, he will help him find Dr. Rolf. Li responds that he’s sorry but he has no idea where Dr. Rolf is and suggests he ask Kristen.

Kristen tells Steve that he’s scaring her and swears that she would’ve done anything to help those women. Steve asks why she didn’t come to them with the Orchid so they could’ve made more serum to save their lives then. Steve argues that she would’ve lost her leverage over Brady and calls her a spiteful bitch. Steve bets the orchid isn’t even stolen and that she has it hidden somewhere, waiting for Marlena to die. Steve says that Kristen loves having the power to take lives. Steve warns that Kristen has made so many innocent people suffer, so now it’s her turn. Steve tells Kristen to think about her family and future because it’s all going to slip away from her. Kristen tries to fight him off but Steve overpowers her. Kristen pleads with him not to do anything he’s going to regret as Steve begins choking her.

Stephanie informs Joey about Alex turning off his phone. Alex calls it so unbelievably wrong. Stephanie talks about how she could’ve been with Kayla to comfort her. Stephanie cries that she took it for granted when Kayla got better the first time. Joey encourages that it’s not her fault, but Alex’s, for her not being there. Stephanie wishes she never got involved with him. Joey admits he’s surprised she did since after the last guy, she said she wasn’t ready to get involved with anyone again. Stephanie says she wasn’t ready and she told Alex numerous times that she wasn’t interested in him. Joey asks what happened. Stephanie guesses he wore her down and was so damn persistent that she gave it a shot and look where that got her.

Steve chokes Kristen, asking how she thinks Kayla felt when she took her last breath. Johnny then runs in and pulls Steve off of Kristen.

Stefan asks Li why Kristen would know where Dr. Rolf is. Li responds that Kristen employed him for years. Stefan argues that Li set him up in Jakarta, so it would make sense that he would move him. Li responds that he was as surprised as anyone that he took off. Stefan guesses it must have been a huge relief that he was gone before the authorities showed up. Stefan bets he could tear the entire room up and not find a single piece of evidence linking Li to Dr. Rolf. Li assures that he doesn’t know where he is and he’s not in contact with him. Li asks if Stefan believes him. Stefan warns that if he finds out Li is lying, that punch he got will feel like a pat on the back compared to what’s coming his way. Stefan adds that Li’s going to want to clear his desk out at DiMera. Li responds that it’s not his call as only EJ can fire him. Stefan questions if he thinks EJ is going to let him stay on after what he’s done. Stefan declares that nothing is more important to EJ than family as he then exits the room. Li mutters that there’s nothing more important to EJ than covering his own ass. Li then grabs the phone and calls Dr. Rolf.

Brady tells Chloe about how Gabi thought she could just sail in to Marlena’s room and request that she undo Stefan’s brainwashing but he shot her down which is why she was nastier than usual. Chloe remarks that Gabi’s reason towards her was because she’s with the love of Gabi’s life. Brady calls that hard to forget. Chloe apologizes for how that came out. Brady asks if Chloe came to see Marlena. Chloe says she knows Brady is going through a lot, so she came to check on him too. Brady doesn’t want to make a fool of himself. Chloe assures that he’s not and assumes he wanted to ask if she changed her mind about him.

Stefan comes out of the Salem Inn and runs in to Gabi in the town square.

Joey guesses things between Stephanie and Alex got serious pretty quickly. Stephanie says that’s why what he did hurt so badly. They talk about Kayla being their constant rock. Stephanie declares that now they have to find a way to be okay without her as it’s just them now.

Johnny questions what Steve is trying to do and if he wants to go to prison. Johnny tells Steve that he needs to stay away from Kristen. Johnny checks on Kristen while Steve argues that she deserved it. Johnny tells Steve to go. Steve questions Johnny defending her. Steve tells Johnny to take care of the woman who killed his Aunt Kayla and Kate. Steve then reminds him that his grandmother Marlena might be next. Steve then walks out of the DiMera Mansion. Kristen thanks Johnny for saving her life. Johnny responds that he did it for Steve, not her.

Wendy asks Tripp how Steve is doing. Tripp says he hasn’t seen him yet since he wasn’t home when they got in, so he decided to come check on Roman and pay his respects. Wendy mentions that Johnny was just there checking on him. Tripp calls it the saddest trip to Salem ever since he’s going from here to Bayview to see his mom. Wendy offers to go with him but Tripp says he can handle it. Tripp notes that they might not even let him in as they said it depends on the state that she is in when he gets there. Tripp adds that Ava probably hasn’t had a single visitor which he understands since she did terrible things, but he can’t just abandon her. Wendy knows what he means as people will definitely judge her for standing by her brother after what he did, but she can’t desert him since she’s pretty much all he has left. Tripp asks if there’s anything he can do to help. Wendy thanks him but says this is Li’s mess and if he could clean it up, he would.

Li tells Dr. Rolf that he’s on a burner phone so no one can trace this call to his new location. Li says he’s sorry that he started to enjoy Jakarta but he needed to be moved. Li informs him that Stefan is starting to suspect he knows where he is, but he’s doing his best to convince him otherwise so Dr. Rolf needs to do his part too. Li reminds Rolf that if anyone shows up asking questions, he’s never heard of him.

Gabi asks if Stefan was visiting Chloe at the Salem Inn. Stefan informs her that he was in Li’s room, trying to find out where Dr. Rolf is as he is still on board with getting the brainwashing reversed. Stefan notes that Li was no help so he doesn’t know if it’s going to happen. Gabi assures that it will and reminds him that they make a great team. Stefan tells Gabi that he loves Chloe and she’s the woman he wants to be with. Stefan adds that whether or not they find Dr. Rolf, that’s not going to change. Gabi says they’ll see. Gabi mentions that she was working to find Rolf too at the hospital but complains that Brady banned her from seeing Marlena when she was only trying to ask her to deprogram Stefan so they can be together again. Stefan asks what the hell is wrong with her. Stefan argues that Marlena is dying and Gabi wants her to reprogram his brain so they can reconcile. Stefan questions how Gabi could be so heartless.

Brady tells Chloe that he’s not going to push since she asked for space but admits he felt like in the moment that she cared. Chloe says she does care but thanks to Kristen, she thought it was over for them. Brady reminds her that he told her he was being blackmailed and that breaking up with her was the last thing he wanted to do. Chloe cries that she knows it’s been really hard for him too but she spent a really long time in the dark about this and struggled to figure out how the man she was in love with could just abandon her. Chloe adds that Stefan came along and gave her a chance to let it all go and try to move on. Chloe cries that she started to feel a little normal again and then Gabi dropped her bombshell about Stefan being brainwashed. Chloe says it’s been one thing after another so she’s really confused and doesn’t know what to think or feel. Brady then grabs Chloe and kisses her.

Steve comes home to find Joey at the house. Steve hugs him and cries that he’s so glad he’s there. Steve asks where Tripp is. Joey responds that he had to run out and Stephanie did too, but they’ll be back in a bit. Joey mentions Stephanie saying Steve left early, so she thought he needed time alone. Steve admits he wasn’t alone as he went to see Kristen at the DiMera Mansion. Joey questions what he did. Steve reveals that he almost killed her.

Kristen complains to Johnny that Steve almost murdered her. Johnny argues that she’s fine now. Kristen questions if he’s okay with what he did. Johnny responds that what he’s not okay with is Steve going to prison because he’s the only parent his kids have left thanks to Kristen. Johnny adds that Roman is shattered and Marlena is in the hospital, clinging to life. Johnny declares that given all the damage she’s done to his family, he doesn’t give a damn if someone damages her. Kristen shouts that she didn’t want to hurt anyone. Kristen admits she hid the Orchid, knowing the women would need more doses of the serum, but swears she was never going to withhold it if they got sick because she never wanted them dead. Johnny says maybe not, but that’s what happened.

Brady and Chloe continue kissing until she pulls away. Brady apologizes and says he shouldn’t have done that. Chloe tells him not to apologize and says it wasn’t wrong but it wasn’t right. Chloe knows she’s not making any sense. Chloe tells Brady that she’s sorry, but she just can’t as she then rushes out of the hospital.

Li calls EJ and tells him that he’s on a burner phone because Stefan is on the warpath and thinks EJ is going to fire him because of what he did to him. Li tells EJ that they both know that’s not going to happen, unless he wants Stefan to find out about his betrayal and how he kept quiet about his brainwashing so he could take over DiMera. Li says that’s what he thought.

Gabi questions why Stefan is so angry. Stefan says what she did is disgusting. Gabi blames the programming for why he’s overreacting. Stefan argues that she imposed on a critically ill woman for her own stupid and selfish reasons. Gabi tells him that this is a very serious life changing issue that won’t undo itself. Gabi declares that Dr. Rolf is missing and they may never find him which leaves Marlena. Stefan repeats that Marlena is dying. Gabi says that’s why they need to move quickly. Gabi argues that Marlena is Stefan’s only hope, so she did this for him. Stefan tells her not to lie because the only person she was thinking about was herself. Stefan insists that Gabi did this for herself. Gabi complains that Stefan said this is what he wanted. Gabi asks how else they will access his real feelings. Stefan complains that she only cares about his feelings for her. Gabi insists it’s for them and talks about their love. Gabi thought they would spend their life together until he was shot and now they have a miracle. Gabi declares that they have to get in touch with how he really feels and nothing can get in the way of that. Stefan questions how she can be so cruel. Stefan remarks that he’s starting to think Li did him a favor by brainwashing him because it got him away from a bitch like her. Li comes out of the Salem Inn and intervenes, telling Stefan to leave Gabi the hell alone.

Johnny goes to the hospital and asks Brady about Marlena. Brady responds that there’s no change. Johnny asks if John is there. Brady says he made him go home to sleep but he just came back a couple minutes ago. Brady asks if Johnny got any rest. Johnny says there was a bit of a situation at his place. Brady asks what he means. Johnny explains that he walked in and Steve had his hands around Kristen’s throat, so he thinks he was trying to kill her. Brady remarks that he can’t say he blames him. Johnny says he sure doesn’t since Kristen has wronged so many people.

Kristen starts to go upstairs when the doorbell rings again. Kristen answers the door to see Chloe.

Joey questions Steve saying he almost killed Kristen. Steve tells him not to worry and reveals it was just an act. Steve explains that he purposely made a lot of noise, hoping someone would break it up and then Johnny did. Steve adds that while Johnny checked on Kristen, he planted a bug in the room so after Johnny kicked him out, everything they said went to his device. Steve says they had to release Kristen due to lack of evidence, but he will give Rafe everything he needs to make sure she goes down for murder. Steve then plays the recording of Kristen swearing she didn’t want to hurt Marlena or the other women and then admitting that she hid the Orchid but wasn’t going to withhold it. Steve declares that’s a confession.

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