Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
Brady comes home as Marlena is finishing a call with John. Marlena informs Brady that John wants them all to have dinner at Grandpa Tim’s new place. Brady calls that a great chance to celebrate because it looks like he might be getting his daughter back, thanks to Stefan and Gabi.
Stefan joins Gabi in their bedroom and tells her that Brady played Kristen perfectly and he got it all recorded. Stefan asks Gabi about Rachel. Gabi says she was perfect and she’s uploading the video on the computer now. Stefan questions her not seeming happy about it. Gabi worries about them stooping too low and relates to how she would feel if she was accused of abusing her daughter. Stefan agrees that this is low but says they need to focus on this being a means to an end and a strategy to get Kristen to give in to their demands, so they can finally oust EJ and be in control of the company. Stefan assures that the video will go no further than Kristen seeing it and realizing she has no choice but to sign over her shares. Stefan insists the video won’t go public and Rachel won’t be harmed by this. Gabi feels sorry for Rachel having a crazy mother. Stefan says that they are almost finished and when they are, Kristen’s shares are as good as theirs.
Kristen and EJ walk through the town square after their lunch together. EJ is glad they found the time. Kristen offers EJ a ride home but EJ first wondered if they could discuss an important business matter. Kristen says he finally stopped beating around the bush and guesses it’s about her company shares.
Someone watches through the window as Chad and Stephanie sit together at the Pub. Stephanie asks what exactly Steve said. Chad tells her that Steve said she made a commitment to him and the kids, and to Steve that means she’s ready for marriage sooner than later. Stephanie wishes her parents would back off and calls it embarrassing. Chad tells her that she doesn’t have to be embarrassed and asks if Steve is right. Stephanie then admits that he is. Chad questions why Stephanie didn’t tell him that she was ready to get married. Stephanie responds that she was embarrassed because he overheard her blurting it out to her mom, so she downplayed it. Stephanie feels Chad was relieved when she said it because he didn’t want to rush in to anything. Chad thought she felt the same way but Stephanie admits she was disappointed. Chad argues that she should’ve said something because they have to be able to talk about this stuff. Stephanie says she didn’t want to pressure him after everything he’s gone through. Stephanie knows he’s still mourning Abigail but says it’s all out in the open now, so she admits she’s a little confused and questions why Chad invited her to move in if he didn’t see marriage on the horizon. Chad calls it the next natural step. Stephanie asks what the next step is after that. Chad admits it’s marriage, eventually. Stephanie gets that there’s no set time table for this stuff but she can’t help wondering now that they’ve moved in together, if Chad is having second thoughts about them.
EJ is sure Kristen is aware that Stefan and Gabi are building a power base. Kristen confirms that she heard they somehow obtained Megan and Dimitri’s shares. EJ explains that they did it by threat of death after Vivian shot Dimitri as they refused to call an ambulance until he signed over the shares. Kristen jokes that she kind of respects that but admits it’s ruthless. EJ calls it out of control and warns that they could target any one of the DiMera shareholders next, including Kristen.
Stefan calls Gabi a brilliant director and editor. Gabi says the quicker they finish, the faster they can blackmail Kristen out of her shares. Stefan guesses EJ is probably already working on Kristen. Gabi worries that EJ could’ve already won at their lunch and Kristen could be signing over her shares as they speak. Stefan insists that Kristen wouldn’t do it without incentive which is what they have. Gabi argues that EJ is just as likely to blackmail Kristen and could be pulling a gun on her in a dark alley. Stefan encourages Gabi to work faster.
Brady informs Marlena that Stefan came by and filled him in on wanting him to provoke a fight with Kristen, so he did it in the town square and Stefan caught it all on video. Marlena questions what Brady has gotten himself into. Brady doesn’t think he should give her the details but Marlena demands to know. Brady then reveals that they are going to make it look like Kristen has been abusing Rachel which shocks Marlena.
Stefan praises Gabi for her work on the video of Rachel and admits it’s pretty disturbing, so Kristen is going to freak and she’s going to do everything she can to make sure the video doesn’t get in front of a judge because she would lose custody. Gabi still feels bad about framing Kristen for child abuse. Stefan encourages that no one will see it if Kristen signs over her shares. Gabi asks about Brady since he’s going to want his daughter back. Stefan admits he feels a little guilty about that, but says Brady is a big boy and if he wants custody of his daughter, he’ll find another way.
Marlena questions Brady. Brady knows it’s extreme but says he’s desperate and he doesn’t care because he wants his daughter back. Marlena argues that it’s a terrible lie. Marlena says she’s no fan of Kristen and thinks she can do unspeakably terrible things, but she does not believe Kristen would ever hurt her daughter. Brady agrees that she wouldn’t physically, but emotionally, they know her handiwork. Brady talks about Kristen turning Rachel against Chloe and argues that she’s going to turn her against him. Marlena urges Brady to use that and the truth in court. Brady doesn’t believe that will work and declares that what will work is the video that Stefan and Gabi are going to put together to make Kristen look like a terrible mother. Marlena can’t believe this and calls it unethical. Marlena argues that this is not who he is. Brady argues that Kristen plays dirty and told a judge that he killed Philip, knowing he didn’t. Marlena thought Brady and Belle would appeal in court now that Philip is alive. Brady says they decided against it since he did wave a gun at Kristen. Marlena asks how the judge will feel when finding out this is all fake and how Rachel will feel when she finds out that he framed her mother. Marlena warns Brady that he’s going to lose his little girl.
Kristen asks if EJ thinks Stefan and Gabi are going to shoot her and force her to sign over her shares. EJ responds that they are certainly capable of it. EJ admits that with Kristen’s help, he could get ahead of them, oust Stefan, and take control of the company with the family’s best interests. EJ states that his main concern is Kristen’s well-being and asks her to help him take the target off her back by transferring her shares to him, temporarily, to ensure her safety which Kristen laughs at.
In Kayla’s office, Steve tells Kayla that he told Chad that he needed to tell Stephanie if he’s not in it for the long haul because he doesn’t want to see their daughter get hurt again. Kayla says she doesn’t either but it’s not their place to interfere. Steve argues that he was just trying to get Chad to step up. Kayla worries that he might have made things worse. Steve says he hopes not. Steve wants to go back to the Pub but Kayla stops him and says the best thing he can do is butt out.
Chad tells Stephanie that he’s glad that he moved in with her and that he gets to wake up every morning to her beautiful face and that she’s there for his kids. Chad admits that he’s really caught off guard because he thought things were going well. Stephanie responds that a lot of it has been great, but on top of the marriage issue, there has been other tension between them lately and she can’t help but think maybe it ties back to the same problem of Abigail.
Kristen questions EJ seriously trying to convince her to hand over her shares for her own protection. EJ tells her to keep her shares then but she must help him neutralize Stefan. EJ says he will call a board meeting and if she votes with him, they can oust Stefan from the company. Kristen questions trusting EJ and says that hasn’t always worked out for her so well. EJ admits he has let Kristen down in the past but argues that it’s come to the point where she can no longer safely play both sides from the middle anymore and she’s going to have to make a choice. EJ knows they haven’t always seen eye to eye but points out that she knows him and has helped him before so why not again. EJ suggests Kristen take the olive branch he’s offering. Kristen supposes they can put their differences aside but says she needs time to think about this. EJ warns her not to take too much time because he feels Stefan is ready to make his move.
Steve tells Kayla that it won’t be easy for Stephanie to compete with the love that Chad and Abigail had. Kayla agrees and says when she thought she lost Steve all those years ago, she never got over it because her heart always belonged to him and that part of her died when he was taken away from them. Kayla flashes back to when she lost Steve years ago. Steve then hugs her.
Chad asks Stephanie if she’s upset that he brought up that she was wearing Abigail’s costume. Stephanie says she wasn’t upset but that he was. Stephanie adds that the look on his face drove home the point for her in a way that she can no longer ignore. Chad questions what point. Stephanie declares that she will never escape her cousin’s shadow. Chad is sorry he hurt her feelings but argues that she can’t expect him to never bring up Abigail’s name. Stephanie says she’s well aware that Abigail was the love of his life and she’s tried to respect that but he hasn’t made it easy. Chad asks what that means. Stephanie brings up Chad pulling away from her on Abigail’s birthday and excluding her from going to the cemetery. Chad thought they needed to do that as a family. Stephanie questions what she is then. Stephanie then says it hurts but she understands. Stephanie states that adding all this together feels like she’s not wanted in her home and like she doesn’t belong there. Chad insists that he never intended to make her feel that way. Chad tells Stephanie that he wants to build a life with her but he needs a little bit of leeway. Stephanie asks how much is enough because she’s been trying but it feels like she’s walking around on eggshells all the time. Stephanie says she’s trying to respect his feelings but doesn’t feel she’s getting the same in return. Chad remarks that she’s not the one who’s wife was brutally murdered.
Brady tells Marlena that Stefan and Gabi are going to make the video as real as possible. Marlena questions Brady putting so much faith in Stefan and Gabi. Brady responds that they seem highly motivated. Marlena argues that if it goes wrong, Brady is the one who will pay. Brady knows it’s risky but doesn’t know what else to do. Brady calls it the only way to regain his kid and says he needs to check in with Stefan so he calls him. Brady asks Stefan when he can expect the video. Stefan responds that they’re almost done and will be right over. Brady thanks Stefan and hangs up, then tells Marlena that they are on their way.
Stefan tells Gabi that he’s not sure how much longer they can put off Brady. Gabi says they should call Kristen then. Kristen then comes home and enters the living room. Stefan and Gabi ask about her lunch with EJ. Kristen admits that EJ talked her ear off at the end. Stefan guesses EJ wanted Kristen’s DiMera shares. Kristen confirms he made his pitch about why she should throw her lot in with him. Gabi thinks she should hear their pitch before she decides as she’s pretty sure it will be very persuasive. Gabi then opens her laptop and tells Kristen to have a look. Gabi plays the video of Rachel saying that Kristen gave her a black eye. Kristen questions what the hell that is and why her daughter has a black eye. Kristen warns them about laying a finger on her. Gabi tells her it’s makeup. Kristen questions why they would do this and if it’s a Halloween joke because having her daughter accuse her of hurting her is not funny at all. Stefan states that it is a very serious accusation. Kristen calls it ridiculous and says she would never hurt her child. Gabi asks if she’s sure about that. They then continue the video showing Kristen telling Brady that she will discipline Rachel however she sees fit. Kristen shouts that they set her up and questions why they are doing this to her. Stefan thinks she knows. Kristen calls him a son of a bitch.
Marlena warns Brady to put a stop to this. Brady knows she doesn’t approve and says he doesn’t like stooping to Kristen’s level, but he doesn’t know what else to do because he’s miserable without being able to see his little girl. Brady tells Marlena that Tate called him an absent father and he’s not wrong. Brady says that’s why he needs to make sure to do what’s right by Rachel and be there for her. Marlena encourages that he is there for her but Brady argues that Kristen has frozen him out of Rachel’s life. Marlena says she understands but this is not the way to fix it. Brady questions what he’s supposed to do when Rachel is down the road and he can’t see her. Brady asks when he’s supposed to be able to see her again and argues that Rachel won’t want to be part of his life by then. Marlena tries to encourage him but Brady shouts that he’s not going to let that happen and declares that to him, the ends justify the means.
Kristen demands Gabi and Stefan delete the video. Stefan responds that they will be happy to and that all Kristen has to do is sign over her shares, or else they will be forced to turn the video over to Brady. Kristen questions Brady being in on their twisted plan. Stefan says sort of but he’s under the impression that they are going to give him the video to give to the judge to get custody of Rachel. Gabi explains that Brady doesn’t know that they are giving Kristen a choice and the video can go away forever if she does what they want. Kristen realizes they are double crossing Brady. Gabi thinks she should be grateful to have a choice and tells her to take her time, then warns her not to take that long. Kristen argues that it’s obvious the video has been doctored and no judge will believe such a disgusting farce. Stefan points out that Kristen finally has everything she ever wanted and asks if she’s really willing to risk it all. Stefan asks what’s more important; her DiMera voting power or a long lasting healthy relationship with her daughter?
Steve tells Kayla that he hates that she and Stephanie were on their own for so many years and he’ll always regret not being there. Kayla admits it was hard, but then one miraculous day, he walked back in to her life and she counts her blessings every day because she honestly thought she would live her life, never feeling true love again. Steve asks what if the same is true for Chad and he can never get over Abigail. Kayla responds that they just have to let them figure it out for themselves and all they can do as Stephanie’s parents is be there for her no matter what happens.
Chad apologizes to Stephanie. Stephanie knows he’s suffered a great loss and she hates that she may be coming off as insecure or impatient, but she has her own baggage and it might not compare to his but she refuses to make herself small to be in this relationship. Chad argues that he’s not asking her to do that but she needs to tell him how she feels because he’s not psychic. Stephanie wants him to acknowledge that this isn’t easy for her either but says it doesn’t compare to what he’s gone through. Stephanie calls what happened to Abigail such a tragedy. Chad urges her to talk to him. Stephanie then brings up what happened with her ex in Seattle that ghosted her and says it seems terribly insensitive to seem like she’s feeling sorry for herself about that when nobody died and it was just hurtful. Chad understands it was obviously very painful for her. Stephanie admits that she thought things were going really well and she was falling hard for the guy and thought he felt the same, but then he suddenly disappeared on her. Stephanie guesses deep down, she’s worried that Chad will do the same thing. Chad assures that he would never do that to her. Stephanie explains that she got her heart broken before because she misread the situation, so she doesn’t want to do that again but it looks like she already has misread the situation because she thought Chad wanted to marry her. Chad insists that he does, eventually. Stephanie wishes she could believe that. Chad tells Stephanie that he loves her. Stephanie then remarks that he just doesn’t love her as much as his dead wife. Stephanie then storms out of the Pub and walks away as someone watches from the bushes.
Marlena tells Brady about how she tried to drop off a little Halloween bag for Rachel but Kristen wouldn’t let her visit with her. Brady points that out as Kristen being unreasonable. Brady says at least Tate got to spend a little time with Rachel and tried to talk him up to her but he doesn’t think it worked. Brady is sure that Kristen is already working on turning Rachel against her. Marlena doesn’t believe she would do that but Brady says she already is. Brady remarks that Kristen is going to warp Rachel’s mind the same way that Stefano warped Kristen’s and he’s not going to let that happen. Marlena remembers when Kristen first came to Salem and how Stefano had everyone believing that John was the evil one. Brady states that’s why he knows Marlena understands more than anyone that he needs to keep Rachel out of Kristen’s grasp. Marlena admits she understands but she hates what it’s doing to Brady because this is not who he is. Marlena gets a text from the hospital and has to go see a patient. Marlena tells Brady that she hopes he gets his daughter back, but this is not the way to do it as she then exits.
Kristen returns to the living room with her DiMera shares. Stefan thinks she’s making the right decision. Kristen thinks Dimitri had the right idea when he pulled a gun on them. Gabi claims that their intention was never to take Rachel away from her, they just wanted the shares. Stefan adds that they only care about the voting power. Stefan needs Kristen to remind Peter where he’s loyal to. Kristen reminds them that this won’t give them enough power. Stefan says not yet while Gabi notes it will stop EJ from ousting Stefan. Stefan says the sooner they get the shares signed over, the sooner they delete the videos. Gabi questions what the problem is. Kristen calls it too hard to swallow and says she wants to take her chances with the judge and tell them to go to Hell.
Kate returns to Chad and tells him that the kids finally found a suitable film in Roman’s collection, settling on Labyrinth. Kate then asks where Stephanie is. Chad responds that Stephanie is gone.
Stephanie goes home to her and Chad’s apartment. Someone approaches the door after she heads inside.
EJ joins Kristen in the living room. Kristen stops EJ and tells him that she doesn’t have her shares and that he lost because she signed her shares over to the demonic duo. EJ questions why she would do that. Kristen responds that she had no choice.
Stefan and Gabi go to see Brady. Brady asks where the video is but Gabi reveals it’s been deleted and it’s gone for good. Brady questions what they are talking about. Stefan explains that the video was never for him to use against Kristen, but for them to use against her. Brady asks if they double crossed him. Stefan calls it nothing personal. Gabi tells him it’s done. Brady tells them to get out and calls it unbelievable as they exit.
Kate asks Chad what happened. Chad responds that they weren’t on the same page and it turned in to a fight. Kate mentions that she sensed things were getting tense and asks what it was about. Chad admits it was about Abigail.
Stephanie calls Steve and says she knows he didn’t mean to cause any trouble. Steve can hear it in her voice that he did. Stephanie informs him that she and Chad had a long talk that didn’t go well. Steve asks if he and Kayla should come over. Stephanie says no as she thinks she just needs to be alone for awhile. Steve says he loves her and they will talk soon. Stephanie says she loves him too and hangs up as there’s a knock at the door. Stephanie assumes it’s trick or treaters and answers the door, but then drops her bowl of candy in shock.