Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
Allie and Chanel have an awkward morning of not speaking to each other. Chanel has enough and tells Allie that they need to talk about this. Allie tells Chanel to just admit that while her grandmother was dying, she was busy macking on her brother.
Tripp is on the phone, being told by the doctor at Bayview that he can’t come visit Ava. Tripp tells him to call him if anything changes. Tripp then hangs up and answers the door to see Johnny.
Gabi finishes a call with Will at home, saying she’s so sorry about Marlena and Kate too. Gabi says to let her know if she needs to pick up Arianna and hangs up. Wendy then shows up at the door with flowers, but Gabi answers the door and asks what the hell she wants.
At the DiMera Mansion, Stefan talks with the portrait of Stefano in the living room. Stefan knows Stefano doesn’t approve of him going after EJ, but argues that EJ struck first by not saying a word about what Li did to him. Stefan declares that Stefano wouldn’t approve of DiMera vs. DiMera, but that this DiMera deserves to pay. Nicole then opens the doors to the living room.
Li gets dressed in his hotel room when his phone rings. Li answers the call from Dr. Rolf and questions why the hell he’s calling him. Li says he’ll get him whatever he wants as long as he remembers their deal that if anyone asks, he had nothing to do with Stefan’s brainwashing. Li hangs up as EJ shows up at his door. Li says he was just on his way to the office. EJ responds that he’s saved him a trip then. Li doesn’t understand, so EJ informs him that he’s fired.
Johnny apologizes to Tripp for just dropping in and hopes he didn’t interrupt breakfast. Tripp says that Steve just went out with Stephanie and Joey to talk to the priest about Kayla’s funeral service. Tripp invites Johnny in. Johnny knows he has a lot going on and says he’ll make it quick. Johnny acknowledges that he said some unkind things last night about his mother which was unfair and uncalled for. Johnny says he knows whatever Ava did was not Tripp’s fault. Johnny admits he was just upset about Marlena and took it out on him. Johnny acknowledges that he was way out of line, so he just wanted to come say he’s sorry.
Stefan greets Nicole and offers her coffee which she accepts. Nicole then informs Stefan that she couldn’t help but notice he was talking to Stefano’s portrait about making a DiMera pay. Nicole questions which DiMera he was referring to. Stefan claims it was Kristen since she conspired with Li to have him brainwashed. Nicole points out that Kristen is already facing severe punishment as it’s almost certain she will be charged with the murders of Kate and Kayla. Stefan adds that next she will be charged with the murder of Marlena Evans, which shocks Nicole as she did not know. Stefan tells her it’s all over the news. Nicole mentions that she turned her alerts off and asks if he’s saying Marlena died. Stefan shows her the article on his tablet and confirms that she died last night.
Eric wakes up in bed with Sloan. Eric comments that she let him sleep in. Sloan figured he could use some rest after last night. Sloan talks about reading Marlena’s obituary. Sloan says it’s wild and says something about Marlena being a serial killer which she questions. Eric tells her that it’s all alright and kisses her.
Gabi questions why Wendy is here. Wendy knows she’s upset with her and has every right to be, but she just wanted to come by and apologize again for what Li did to Stefan. Wendy adds that she didn’t agree with it and was horrified by it. Gabi remarks that she must not have been too upset since she didn’t bother to tell her. Wendy swears that she wanted to and came close many times as keeping that secret was agonizing. Gabi responds that what’s agonizing is finding out the man she married is a criminal and the woman she asked to stand up for her is a liar. Wendy argues that Li begged her to keep quiet because he was so afraid of losing her. Wendy is glad it all came out and calls it a huge relief. Gabi asks what if it didn’t come out and she didn’t remember. Gabi questions if Wendy would’ve kept her in the dark forever. Wendy admits she doesn’t know. Wendy says she just wanted Li to be happy and Gabi made him happier than anyone ever has, so she couldn’t take that away from him. Wendy declares that Li is her big brother and she loves him but she knows that’s no excuse. Wendy states that she just came by to tell Gabi that she knows what she did was wrong.
Li tells EJ that they both know he can’t fire him. EJ asks why not since he is the CEO. Li reminds him that he was the one who got him the votes he needed to boot Gabi out and take back control of the company. EJ says on behalf of the entire DiMera family, he expresses his gratitude for Li’s years of service but he’s no longer needed. Li tells EJ that he’s going to remain in his position as his #2 unless he wants Stefan to find out about EJ’s role in his brainwashing. EJ then reveals that Stefan already knows as he told him everything and now Li no longer has anything to hold over him, so he’s out.
Allie accuses Chanel of kissing Johnny and tells her to just admit what she did so they can move on but Chanel denies it. Allie argues that when she got off the elevator, Chanel and Johnny sprung apart like they had been caught because they had. Chanel argues that she was comforting Johnny. Allie compares it to when she and Chanel had sex behind Tripp’s back. Chanel complains that it’s only what Allie thinks she saw. Allie tells her to stop trying to make her seem paranoid. Allie tells Chanel to admit what is obviously going on and tell her the truth that she and Johnny were about to kiss. Chanel then admits that they were. Allie states that Chanel finally admits that she did want to kiss Johnny. Chanel says she’s sorry but Allie tells her not to be because now she knows how she really feels. Chanel argues that it wasn’t like that and she was really comforting him. Chanel asks Allie to let her tell her what really happened. Chanel explains that she went to the hospital, looking for her and she ran in to Johnny so they started talking and then she got Allie’s text that she had left. Chanel says she was going to leave but John came to ask them to set up the rooftop. Allie says she already knows all of this. Chanel tells Allie about how the whole time they were on the roof, Johnny was trying to stay positive and then they saw Marlena and she could see how sad and scared Johnny was. Chanel adds that once they got downstairs, Johnny lost it so she hugged him and they talked about Marlena and John. Chanel claims after that, she doesn’t really remember what happened but Johnny leaned forward to kiss her. Allie questions if she’s blaming it on him now. Chanel says she’s not blaming anyone and is just telling her what happened. Chanel says that Johnny was a wreck, emotions were running high, and it just happened in the heat of the moment. Allie questions what that even means. Chanel says it means nothing and reminds Allie that she’s in love with her, she chose her, and only went to the hospital in the first place to be there for her. Chanel knows Allie is in pain and she needs support right now which she wants to give her. Chanel asks Allie if they can just forget about this. Allie says that depends since Chanel says she’s the one she wants to be with, that she chose her, and that what happened with Johnny was meaningless. Allie argues that almost kissing somebody means there’s attraction there. Allie then asks Chanel if she’s still attracted to her brother.
Tripp appreciates Johnny’s apology and says it means a lot. Tripp adds that he doesn’t blame him for being angry at Ava. Tripp says he loves Ava but is also very aware that she’s done truly terrible things. Tripp states that Ava is sick and he kicks himself every day for not being there and knowing how bad it was to get her the help she needed sooner. Johnny asks if Ava is in Bayview now. Tripp confirms that she’s not getting out anytime soon. Johnny says he’s sorry and acknowledges that Tripp is having a rough time between Ava and losing Kayla. Johnny admits that hitting him was not cool. Tripp tells him not to worry about it, pointing out that he took a swing at him first. Johnny decides he should get going and tells Tripp to give his family his condolences. Tripp says the same and agrees they are good as they shake hands as Johnny then exits.
Li says Stefan must be furious with EJ if he told him the truth. EJ responds that Stefan was actually very understanding which Li questions. EJ says that Stefan sees the bigger picture that he saved the company and preserved their legacy for generations to come. Li questions EJ saying that Stefan approved his betrayal. EJ says that he respected it and forgave him, so from now on they will be running the company as co-CEOs and it will be all in the family, as it should be. Li says it’s funny he should mention family. Li reminds EJ that his father is chairman of the board and he won’t like that he’s being dismissed, so he’ll never stand for it. EJ is not sure what he can do since Li tried to murder Stefan and then had him brainwashed by a mad scientist. Li argues there’s no evidence of that. EJ says not yet. EJ warns that Kristen could flip on Li to save her own ass. Li argues that they all have nothing on him, so his father will make the very strong case that unless he’s proven guilty of a crime, he deserves to remain right where he is. EJ points out that Wei Shin is not a DiMera, so his opinion will never carry the same weight as theirs. EJ declares that as CEO, he has every right in making this decision and he can always call on his voting block if he has to. EJ says Li going to prison may be an open question but whether he has a job is not. EJ wishes Li luck in his future endeavors. EJ warns Li to let this be a lesson that you don’t cross a DiMera and get away with it. EJ then exits the room.
Gabi tells Wendy that she accepts her apology which surprises her. Wendy thanks her and gives her flowers as a peace offering. Wendy comes in and asks what happens now with Stefan. Wendy asks if he’s going to be deprogrammed. Gabi says they could do that but Stefan is no longer interested. Wendy questions what happened. Gabi explains that after getting over the initial hurdle of this nightmare and Stefan believing he was brainwashed, he said he understood how horrible everything had been and apologized for hurting her. Gabi then adds that Stefan also told her his feelings for Chloe are real, so she told him that they should find Dr. Rolf to undo what he did, so he could decide if he still loves her. Gabi says that Stefan agreed until they found out that Dr. Rolf has disappeared, so her only option left was Marlena. Gabi says she went to see Marlena yesterday and she knows she was dying, but she had no other choice. Wendy asks what she said but Gabi reveals that Brady wouldn’t let her in. Gabi calls that a huge mistake since if anyone believes in the power of love, it’s Marlena. Gabi says if Marlena could have helped, she would have, but now it’s too late. Gabi explains that she thought it was what she and Stefan both wanted so they could be together, but when he found out that she tried to see Marlena, he was repulsed and said he never wants to see her face again.
Nicole can’t believe Marlena is gone. Stefan states that it did happen stunningly fast and comments on the impact of her loss. Stefan says every paper across the globe has picked up her obituary and her impact reached beyond her patients to her colleagues and friends. Nicole brings up Marlena’s children as well, so Stefan asks if she’s thinking about Eric. Nicole assures that she is thinking about of Marlena’s children including Eric, Sami, Belle, and Brady. Stefan wonders what’s keeping EJ. Nicole asks if he’s not at the office. Stefan says he asked EJ to take care of something for him first. Nicole worries that can’t be good, but Stefan says it’s a very good thing because he asked EJ to fire Li Shin. Nicole questions that being on his order. Stefan argues that it’s the least EJ could do considering he knew that Li brainwashed him and didn’t say a word for months. Nicole questions EJ knowing about that. Stefan informs her that EJ came clean last night. Nicole claims she had no idea but Stefan says nice try. Stefan tells her that he’s heard she’s a gifted liar but her acting could use work. Stefan declares that Nicole was clearly faking surprise about EJ, just like she was pretending not to care exclusively about Eric. Nicole responds that she has to go to work and exits the mansion.
Eric puts his clothes back on. Sloan questions not having a round two. Eric says he’d love to but he can’t since his family needs to arrange Marlena’s services, so he has to go home and help. Sloan reminds Eric that if he needs to work through anything, she’s there for him. Eric says he’ll remember that and kisses her. Sloan tells him not to be a stranger as Eric then exits the apartment.
Gabi tells Wendy that it’s like Stefan doesn’t know her at all, like she’s a cruel and selfish person. Wendy encourages that Stefan didn’t mean what he said. Gabi blames the brainwashing and says if he would just get deprogrammed, he would still love her but he hates her so he’s never going to get deprogrammed, so she’s stuck. Wendy remarks that it’s too bad she can’t make him do it. Gabi asks how she would force him. Wendy points out that she said Stefan isn’t in his right mind, so if she could have a mentally ill person committed, there must be a way to convince Stefan to have the brainwashing reversed. Gabi asks if she means get a court order. Wendy says maybe the best strategy would be a full court press and get everyone who knows and loves Stefan to convince him that he has to do this, like an intervention. Wendy encourages making it all about how it would give him back control of his feelings and life. Wendy says after that, he would choose to be with Gabi. Gabi feels even if Stefan gave his consent, she’d still be stuck because Marlena is gone and Dr. Rolf is missing so they have nobody to fix the damage. Gabi declares that she’s completely out of moves. Wendy decides she’s imposed on her long enough and gathers her things. Gabi asks if there’s anything else. Wendy guesses she’s just a little surprised because she’s seen how hard Gabi fights for what she wants, so she never expected Gabi Hernandez to give up. Wendy then exits the house. Gabi remarks that she doesn’t have a choice.
Wendy goes to see Tripp and says she just came by to see how he’s doing after last night. Wendy notes his black eye. Tripp says it looks worse than it is. Wendy still can’t believe Johnny hit him. Tripp informs him that Johnny actually just came by to apologize. Wendy says that’s good because he can’t just go around punching people. Tripp points out that he took a swing first. Wendy understands that was because Johnny said horrible things about his mother. Tripp notes that Johnny apologized for that as well, saying he was upset about Marlena and lashed out at him. Tripp admits he didn’t like it, but he gets that Johnny just lost somebody that he really loved.
Chanel questions Allie asking if she’s still attracted to Johnny. Allie says it sounds like there’s still chemistry there. Chanel questions Allie and Alex looking pretty cozy together when she came home and asks if she’s not attracted to him. Allie responds that they were talking. Chanel remarks that she’s thinking Allie wanted to do more than that, considering she asked for another threesome.
Gabi sits alone, thinking back to what Wendy said to her. Gabi declares that Wendy is right that she can’t just sit back and accept this, so she has to do something and she will.
EJ comes home to the DiMera Mansion and informs Stefan that it’s done. Stefan asks how Li took it. EJ says Li made a lot of noise about how there’s no proof and his dad is chairman of the board. EJ assures that Stefan doesn’t have to worry about Li anymore and as soon as the paperwork is finished, they will be co-CEOs like it should’ve been all along. EJ declares that with the DiMera Brothers back in charge, the sky’s the limit. Stefan suggests getting champagne to celebrate. EJ says he just has to e-mail the paperwork to the lawyers and he’ll be right back. EJ heads upstairs while Stefan pulls a vial out of his pocket and looks back at the portrait of Stefano.
Allie questions Chanel throwing the threesome comment back in her face when she knows she didn’t mean that. Chanel says she sounded pretty serious to her. Allie argues that she was making a point while Chanel complains that she was airing their private business in front of Alex and making him uncomfortable. Chanel calls it mean that Allie made it sound like she’s unfulfilled in their relationship. Allie says Chanel is not going to turn this around on her when she’s the one who almost kissed Johnny. Chanel tries to argue that Allie brought Alex home while Allie clarifies that Alex took her home after seeing how upset she was about Marlena and not wanting her to be alone. Chanel asks why Allie can’t understand what happened to her. Allie argues that Johnny is her ex-husband. Chanel insists on the ex part while Allie complains about Chanel comforting him. Chanel asks if Allie ever thought that maybe she needs some comforting too since she was recently arrested for murder. Allie points out that the charges were dropped. Chanel informs her that it’s not over since Sloan is suing her and Paulina in civil court and has made it clear she’s not going to stop until she ruins their lives, so she’s kind of having a hard time right now. Allie asks if she’s not when she lost both her grandmothers right before walking in on her twin brother about to shove his tongue down her girlfriend’s throat. Allie declares that she doesn’t want to talk about this anymore. Chanel asks if she’s just going to walk away. Allie tells her that she has to go work on Marlena’s arrangements, so she’s going to get Henry and then they are out.
Wendy asks Tripp if there’s any news on his mom. Tripp informs her that he just spoke to her doctors and they asked him to stay away because they think seeing him might trigger Ava. Tripp says he feels so helpless since he can’t go see his mom and he could’ve gone with his siblings and Steve to talk to the priest about Kayla’s service but that didn’t feel right. Wendy asks about him being close to Kayla. Tripp says she was like a second mom to him over the last few years, but at a time like this, he felt it was inappropriate to group himself in with Stephanie and Joey. Wendy is sure they wouldn’t mind. Tripp says he just doesn’t want to intrude. Tripp admits he doesn’t know what to do with himself and he’s lost. Wendy tells him that’s okay because there is no road map with grief and illness. Tripp asks how to find the way out of it. Wendy is not sure you ever do completely, but she thinks in time it gets better. Tripp asks what he should do for now. Wendy instructs him to stay calm, keep putting one foot in front of the other, and eventually, he will end up exactly where he belongs.
Nicole runs in to Eric outside the Brady Pub. Nicole tells him that she just heard about his mother and she’s so sorry. Eric thanks her. Nicole calls it such a terrible loss that is senseless and shocking. Nicole says she can’t imagine what he’s feeling. Eric responds that right now, he feels numb. Nicole says that makes sense. Eric says he has to get inside. Nicole starts to say something but says never mind. Eric tells her to just say it. Nicole then asks if it would be okay if she gave him a hug. Eric says of course. Nicole asks if he’s sure. Eric says yes, so Nicole hugs him. Sloan then approaches and says she didn’t mean to interrupt. Eric asks her if everything is okay. Sloan says everything is fine and reveals that Eric just left his phone in her bed, which annoys Nicole.
Johnny goes to Allie and Chanel’s apartment. Chanel answers the door and tells him that now is not a good time. Chanel adds that until everything settles down, they should probably stay away from each other. Johnny clarifies that he came to see Wendy. Chanel tells him that she’s sorry but Wendy isn’t there. Johnny asks where she is. Chanel says Wendy left pretty early, but she’s not sure where she went.
Wendy offers to get Tripp ice for his eye and says she’s just glad that Johnny apologized, noting that she’s also on a bit of an apology tour with Gabi. Tripp asks how that went. Wendy says she first thought Gabi was going to shut the door in her face, but then she heard her out and forgave her. Wendy wishes she could help Gabi with Stefan but he refuses to undo the brainwashing. Tripp asks why. Wendy says it’s a long story but even if Gabi could convince Stefan to do it, there’s no one that can undo it, so she’s stuck with him hating her. Tripp says that sucks. Wendy feels bad that there’s nothing Gabi can do…
Stefan opens the vial from his pocket and slips it into the drink he’s making EJ. Gabi sneaks in to the DiMera Mansion behind him. Stefan remarks that he hopes EJ enjoys his drink because after this, his judgment will become so impaired that the DiMera Board will have no choice but to remove him and he cannot wait. Gabi then grabs a nearby statue and uses it to hit Stefan in the back of the head, knocking him out.