Days Update Tuesday, December 19, 2023

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In the town square, Stephanie asks Alex and Chad how they are doing and if they finished their Christmas shopping. Both say they haven’t. Stephanie admits this is a bit awkward. Chad feels it doesn’t have to be since they are all going to run in to each other from time to time. Chad tells Stephanie that he just wants her to be happy. Everett approaches and wishes them a happy holidays. Everett tells Stephanie that he’s looking forward to hanging out later and mentions making a reservation at the Bistro.

Theresa walks past the Brady Pub with shopping bags and gets a call from Konstantin. She asks what he wants from her and says Maggie kicking him out is not her problem. Theresa adds that kidnapping babies is way more than she signed on to do. Theresa declares that she can’t do anything more for him and tells him to lose her number. Brady approaches and comments on Theresa rummaging through trash cans and now taking mysterious phone calls.

Stefan goes to the Bistro and tells Ava to give him a bottle of scotch. Ava says she’s afraid to ask. Stefan informs her that he got a call from the prison infirmary and found out that Gabi has a broken leg. Ava says she’s so sorry. Stefan says that obviously Clyde said he had a message. Stefan declares that their plan to get rid of Clyde needs to be ramped up because he needs to be stopped.

Brady asks Theresa who she was urging to lose her number. Theresa claims it was just spam. Brady warns her that she owes it to their son to stay out of trouble. Theresa argues that she’s the one who raised Tate while Brady was sleeping with all the women in Salem. Brady argues that they are raising their kid together, so they should be civil with each other to try and set an example for Tate. Theresa calls Brady a sex addict. Brady disagrees and argues that he’s been in several relationships and loved every one of them but it hasn’t all been based on sex. Brady decides he wants to end this conversation and tells her to have a really good day. Theresa sarcastically wishes him happy holidays as they walk off in opposite directions.

Stephanie tells Everett that she’s not that hungry as she had a big breakfast. Everett suggests they can just take a walk then but Stephanie decides she’d rather be alone right now. Stephanie tells them to take care and walks away. Everett goes after her as Chad tries to say that she wanted to be alone. Chad remarks that Everett must be a stalker and there’s something weird about him. Theresa then joins Alex and they kiss. Theresa mentions having to do something at Titan and needing to steal Alex away. Theresa wishes Chad a Merry Christmas and walks away with Alex.

Ava sits with Stefan and asks for more details on what exactly happened to Gabi. Stefan says she has a broken leg in two places after she supposedly slipped and fell but Stefan doesn’t believe it. Stefan says that Clyde must have heard about the returned shipment. Ava guesses he did this as a warning to them. Ava argues that Clyde has to know that it wasn’t their fault since the buyer was hauled off to jail before the shipment got there and the warehouse was shut down, but they got it back before the Feds even knew so Clyde should be thrilled. Stefan says it’s tens of thousands of product and they are running drugs through the Bistro. Stefan adds that Ava dating a cop is not going to help their situation and she knows it, unless they start using him for insider information. Ava refuses to use Harris in any way. Harris then arrives at the Bistro and asks if he’s interrupting. Stefan says they were just discussing boring business stuff but he thinks they have it all sorted out, so he then exits. Harris tells Ava that he hopes the opening is going well. Ava says it was great and very busy but everybody was thrilled that they were back up and running. Ava asks if Harris ended up finishing the book he was determined to finish. Harris reveals that he didn’t actually read last night because he ran in to Jada and Stephanie at the Pub. Harris says they insisted he join them for a drink, so he got pretty drunk and they were pretty wasted so it all went downhill from there. Ava asks so. Harris explains that Stephanie was in no shape to go anywhere and ended up crashing at his place. Harris adds that they were both drunk and they kissed. Harris assures it didn’t go any further, didn’t mean anything, and never will. Ava asks why he’s telling her all of this. Harris points out that they never said they were exclusive, but it felt wrong and he just wanted to be honest with her. Harris apologizes and hopes she can accept it. Ava tells Harris that she can’t.

Paulina is woken up on the couch by a knock at her door. She answers the door to see Abe with a present. Paulina says she wasn’t expecting him. Abe asks if it’s a bad time. Paulina says not at all and she was just resting as she didn’t sleep well last night. Paulina says she’s happy to see him and invites him in. Paulina wishes she knew he was coming as she would’ve put on something nicer. Abe tells her that she looks beautiful as always but senses that she’s not her usual lively self. Abe asks if everything is okay. Paulina claims everything is fine now that he’s here.

Chad goes to the Brady Pub and finds Stefan having a drink. Chad remarks that it must be 5:00 somewhere. Stefan says that’s what he’s counting on and calls for another drink. Chad asks him what’s wrong. Stefan asks if he can’t guess. Chad admits he probably can as he’s sure that it’s been hell with Gabi not around. Stefan argues that Gabi isn’t just not around, she’s in prison which is bad enough without a broken leg. Chad questions what happened. Stefan says he doesn’t want to know and he can’t know, so he tells Chad to leave him alone and go away as he shouts for another drink.

Stephanie sits in the park. Everett catches up to her and says he can tell she’s not okay which she confirms. Stephanie apologizes for saying they could have lunch and then canceling on him. Everett says he understands and asks if she can talk about what has her so upset. Stephanie says it’s nothing he will find surprising, but she and Chad ended things between them. Everett tells her that he’s sorry and it’s no wonder she’s having a tough time. Stephanie hopes he knows that just because she and Chad are over doesn’t mean anything. Everett assures he won’t assume anything other than that she’s hurting and will need time to heal and recover which she confirms. Stephanie decides that she needs to take a break from relationships. Everett says he gets that and asks what about friendships and if he can still be her bestie.

Theresa searches the Titan office for a receipt that she’s supposed to get to accounting. Alex reveals that he found it and they start to kiss until Brady arrives. Brady says he’s just checking on things since this is his first official day back. Alex gets a call and tells them to play nice as he steps out to answer it. Brady asks Theresa if Alex is under the impression that she’s completely reformed and that she can persuade him that being together will be drama free. Theresa asks why he cares. Brady responds that he cares about the messes that Theresa could get in to which may affect their son. Brady says he’s very concerned about what he heard from her on the phone because she was nervous and he knows it usually means there’s a Mexican drug lord involved or something. Theresa tells him that she’s sorry to disappoint him since he thrives on her failures, but claims that all is well and she’s fine. Theresa says she’s just preparing for the holidays and hopes all is well with him too. Theresa insists that she does feel happy when she knows he’s well because she does care about him. Theresa says she has very fond memories of their time together. Brady admits that he does too. Theresa says she has a few stops she has to make before the end of the day. Theresa tells Brady to just tell Alex that she will see him at home. Theresa tells Brady that she really does hope he has a wonderful Christmas. Brady says same to her. Theresa adds that he doesn’t have to worry about her because everything is fine. Theresa then exits the office. Brady wonders why he doesn’t believe her.

Stephanie tells Everett that she’s not giving up on friendships which relieves him. Stephanie repeats that she’s taking a break from romance. Everett says he gets that and if it makes her feel less uneasy around him, he is too. Everett doesn’t think he could feel romantic about anyone but her and comments on her finding his engagement ring. Everett decides that since Stephanie is not available in that way, he is also only interested in friendship for now. Stephanie is glad they are on the same page and admits he’s a really good listener. Everett credits it to being a reporter. Stephanie admits it’s really lifting her spirits just talking to him. Everett tells her that she is always lifting his spirits. Everett says he really likes living in Salem and his job, but more than any of it, he loves being her shoulder and her friend. Everett swears that there won’t be any pressure from him to be anything more.

Abe brought cookies that he made which impresses Paulina. Abe asks where Chanel is. Paulina says she is in her room, wrapping Christmas presents. Paulina mentions trying to come up with the Mayor’s Christmas Speech for her podcast, but she’s having serious writer’s block. Abe calls that hard to believe. Paulina asks if there’s any chance Abe could help her and be her writing partner.

Chad questions Stefan being unable to tell him how Gabi broke her leg and he wants him to go away. Chad says okay and moves to the next table over. Stefan apologizes for telling him to go away and tells him to come back but Chad declines. Stefan mocks him being so emotional. Stefan then asks how Chad and Stephanie are and if they have any fun holidays. Chad reveals that they broke up. Stefan thought they were happy. Chad responds that they were until they weren’t. Stefan says he knows how that goes and he’s very sorry. Chad tells Stefan that it’s his turn to open up, vent, and talk about what he wants to talk about to stop him from drinking. Stefan responds that no amount of venting or opening up will change the fact that his wife is in prison and in a lot of danger. Chad questions why she’s in a lot of danger and if she mouthed off to a guard or another inmate. Stefan then spills that it’s that son of a bitch Weston. Chad then gets up and questions if Clyde Weston is the one going after Stefan and Gabi. Chad demands an answer. Stefan tells him to leave it alone but Chad shouts that Clyde killed his wife as he continues to demand an answer. Stefan responds that there are some things happening that Clyde is unhappy about. Chad wants more but Stefan says he has to go. Chad tries to stop him but Stefan says no. Chad repeats that Clyde killed his wife as Stefan exits the Pub.

Paulina tells Abe that the challenge in her speech is to give people hope while also being honest about the limitations of what can be done. Abe encourages that she’ll meet that challenge. Abe calls her a spirited soulful woman with a heart of gold and says she has a wonderful way with words. Paulina calls that very kind of him. Abe says it’s the truth and calls her the Paulina that he’s getting to know again. Abe suggests putting pen to paper and getting this show on the road.

Alex returns to the Titan office and says they are all set and ready to go. Brady informs him that Theresa left and said she will see him at home. Alex guesses she’s finishing Christmas shopping. Brady warns Alex not to screw Theresa over because she’s the mother of his kid and he’s worried about her as he can see she’s stressed which can lead to a relapse. Brady says he has no idea if Theresa is doing the work or seeing her sponsor. Alex admits he doesn’t know either but says that Theresa has a great work ethic, is excited and motivated. Alex suggests just seeing how they do and taking it a day at a time. Alex tells him to have a good evening and exits the office.

Everett tells Stephanie that he’s a little worried about all the pressure she’s putting on herself. Stephanie isn’t sure what he means. Everett says it’s something he’s sensed. Everett calls her an amazing person but feels that she’s too hard on herself. Everett adds that being driven can be good but not if it’s undermining her sense of mind. Stephanie admits she is hard on herself and wants to have a good career, to be able to support herself, buy a house someday and have a family. Everett calls those reasonable goals but says she has time for that. Stephanie talks about women having less time to procreate than men. Stephanie says some of her friends have no problem waiting until their 40s to be a mom but says if she’s lucky enough to be a mom, she wants to be a young mom like her mom was. Stephanie talks about how Kayla had her in her 20s, still worked a great job, and now has it all including the perfect man for her. Everett encourages that she can have all of that too.

Harris questions Ava being unable to forgive him. Ava argues that the Bistro has to be her focus right now. Ava tells him that she has a lot to prove to everyone and she needs to protect herself from him. Ava argues that if he’s seeing somebody else, this is not going to work. Harris insists that he’s not. Ava argues that now that she knows he kissed Stephanie, she got an uncomfortable feeling that she had before with Rafe and Steve. Ava says she didn’t listen to that feeling before and got hurt really bad. Ava brings up her mental illness and worries that kind of pain could cause a relapse and she can’t have that. Ava declares that as much as she really likes Harris, she can’t risk that again. Harris repeats that the kiss with Stephanie was nothing. Ava calls it a dealbreaker. Harris apologizes but Ava says she can’t hear it. Harris asks if she’s saying it’s over and this is it. Ava confirms that this is it and asks Harris to leave. Harris then sadly exits the Bistro. Ava then starts to cry.

Stephanie tells Everett that she knows she has to stop being so co-dependent and needy and needs to feel like she likes and respects herself to feel like she’s okay on her own. Stephanie adds that she’s not ready for that relationship and repeats needing a break. Stephanie tells Everett that she’s really glad he is her friend and she’s here for him too. Everett hopes she finds what she’s looking for and that she comes to realize what an amazing person she is. Everett feels very lucky to know her. Stephanie says the same about him. Everett tells her to have a wonderful Christmas Eve and walks away.

Theresa walks through the park and gets a call from her brother Andrew. Theresa wishes him a Merry Christmas and is surprised to learn he is in Salem. Theresa says she was just heading home but agrees to meet him in the park.

Stefan returns to the Bistro. Ava asks how his call went. Stefan responds that he got a whole lot of nothing from the Warden other than the story that Gabi slipped and fell. Ava says she’s sorry. Stefan asks if she’s okay and what’s going on. Ava informs him that she just kicked a really great guy out of her life. Ava confirms that she and Harris are over. Ava adds that they couldn’t risk being found out by him, so as much as it really hurts now, she did what had to be done.

Chad walks through the town square and stops at the Christmas Tree in front of the Tom and Alice plaque. Chad recalls coming there so many times with Abigail over the years and how the plaque always made her smile because she loved her family very much. Chad knows it wasn’t easy for them all to accept him at first, but they did eventually and he knows that’s because they saw how much he loved Abigail and how much she loved him. Chad states that he was a better man because of her and her family’s strength and love. Chad declares that Clyde Weston took her away from him and his children. Chad promises to make Clyde pay.

Paulina finishes writing her speech and asks Abe to tell her what he thinks but then pulls it back. Abe is sure it’s perfect but says he’d rather hear it than read it, so he suggests she stand up and practice. Paulina stands up and begins reading her speech to Abe. Paulina finishes by wishing everyone a joyful holiday. Abe calls it perfect and wishes Paulina a Merry Christmas and they hug.

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