Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
At the DiMera Mansion, Stefan is on the phone with Gabi. Stefan says he’s sorry that she’s in so much pain. Stefan mentions that he planned to come visit her today but there was a fight in the prison so they put it on lockdown. Stefan assures that he will come see her soon and that they will have an important talk.
Chad goes to the Spectator where Everett is working. Everett says it might be midnight until he finishes and that he’s not sure he made any progress, but mentions a brief conversation with Chad’s brothers, EJ and Stefan as he found them huddled together at the loading dock behind the Bistro and it sounded like they were arguing. Everett says he has no idea what they were discussing but they kind of clammed up when they saw him and the fact that they were at the exact spot where Holly overdosed, it kind of aroused his suspicion.
Maggie joins Nicole in Holly’s hospital room and tells her that she’s terribly sorry.
Ava goes home to Tripp at the apartment. Ava notices Wendy’s suitcase is gone. Tripp confirms that she’s on her way to the airport. Ava says that’s too bad as she hoped to say goodbye to her. Tripp notes that Wendy left behind her favorite scarf. Ava points out that he can bring it to her when he joins her, but Tripp reveals that he’s not going and he’s decided not to move to China. Tripp assures that Wendy understands that he is going to be here for Ava. Ava tells him no but Tripp says he knows she said nothing is going on at the Bistro but he’s not convinced. Tripp tells Ava that he’s worried about her.
Stefan tells Gabi that this is not the time to have this talk when she’s in so much pain and that it needs to be face to face, but promises that it will be soon as he hangs up.
Maggie gives Nicole a blanket that she knitted. Maggie talks about knitting again since Victor passed and she’s sometimes unable to sleep. Nicole thanks her and assures that Holly will love it. Maggie says her heart aches for them and praises Holly. Maggie talks about Holly reminding her of her father Daniel, who they lost too soon. Maggie encourages that Holly is strong and will survive this. Nicole says she will never feel more grateful than she already does for Holly because they’ve recently been reminded of just how fragile life is. Nicole declares that they have to pay attention to the people they love and never take them for granted as Maggie hugs her.
Everett tells Chad that he found out in his research that EJ apparently has more than dabbled in the drug trade in recent years. Chad confirms that is in fact what almost got him killed but questions EJ getting involved in drugs again, pointing out that he seems to have gotten his act together and asks why else the mayor would make him district attorney. Everett says he hears that but from what he’s dug up so far, Salem’s drug central seems to be right behind the Bistro which Stefan owns. Chad feels selling drugs doesn’t seem to be Stefan’s thing either since he doesn’t need the money. Everett argues that money is not everybody’s motivation.
Ava reminds Tripp that she told him already there is nothing going on at the Bistro or for him to worry about but if he’s determined to stay in Salem and give up on the woman he loves, she can’t stop him. Ava says she is tired and going to bed but Tripp says not until she tells him why she was so happy that he was moving to Hong Kong. Ava questions if a mother can’t be happy for her son. Ava says that Wendy seems like a great girl and they were crazy about each other. Tripp argues that the Ava he knows would have tried to talk her son out of moving halfway across the world. Ava feels that would be selfish. Tripp insists that Ava wanted him out of the way of danger. Ava asks why he would stay if that’s the case. Tripp responds that he’s not going to walk away when she needs him. Tripp declares that she is his mother and he feels responsible for keeping her safe, so nothing and no one is going to keep him from doing that. Wendy then returns to the apartment, surprising them.
Everett tells Chad that it just struck him as strange that Stefan was at the loading docks since there weren’t any deliveries and wonders why he was with EJ. Everett asks if Chad has any thoughts on that. Chad says not at the moment but it’s hard for him to believe that his brothers are pedaling drugs. Stephanie arrives and greets them. Stephanie mentions not knowing Chad would be there but that she and Everett are having a PR meeting to focus on getting more eyes online. Chad says he has plans anyways and tells Everett to fill him in tomorrow as he then exits. Everett tells Stephanie that he’s sorry if it feels awkward. Stephanie assures that she and Chad are fine and have moved on.
Tripp hugs Wendy and questions what she’s doing here. Wendy explains that she got all the way to the gate and was looking at photos of them on her phone and she realized that she couldn’t go without him, so she’s staying in Salem if he hasn’t found another roommate. Tripp tells her that she makes him so happy and he loves her so much as he kisses her. Ava decides she will leave as she understands they thought they would be apart but now they are together. Ava says she is happy for them and wishes she wasn’t here to intrude on their moment. Ava adds that she will give them time alone. Tripp tells Ava that they will talk soon. Ava wishes them a Happy New Year and exits. Tripp tells Wendy how happy that she’s made him but asks about her parents and if she’s sure about this. Wendy assures that she belongs here with him.
Nicole brings up Maggie being an AA sponsor for years, so she wonders if Maggie saw any signs that Holly was having any issues. Maggie confirms that she didn’t but notes that addicts are really good at hiding the disease. Maggie adds that Holly might not be an addict and may have just been experimenting with a one time thing. Nicole calls it so sad, pointing out that now Tate has been arrested when they were two young people with their whole lives ahead of them. Maggie brings up EJ thinking Tate is responsible for supplying Holly with the drugs. Maggie asks if Nicole thinks that Tate is the one to blame.
Ava goes to the DiMera Mansion and greets Stefan, who says he wasn’t expecting her. Ava says she didn’t have anywhere else to go and asks if anything has changed with Holly. Stefan says he checked but no, she’s still in a coma. Stefan offers her a drink which Ava accepts, bringing up that Tripp and Wendy have decided not to move to Hong Kong so she has to keep an eye on them and be very careful about everything she says and does. Chad then walks in and apologizes for interrupting. Chad feels they seem surprised to see him. Stefan says he’s just not used to Chad coming around much since moving in with Doug and Julie. Chad reminds him that he still has his key and that Charlotte thought she left one of her favorite dolls. Chad asks what Ava is doing there.
Stephanie and Everett eat together at the Spectator office. They talk about their past. Stephanie says she admired how passionate he was about his job. Everett regrets the nights they missed together.
Wendy repeats to Tripp that this is where she belongs, with him and questions him not saying anything. Tripp says he already told her how happy he is that she decided to come back. Wendy argues that she can tell something is bothering him. Tripp admits that as thrilled and relieved as he is that she’s not moving 8000 miles away, he also feels really guilty and questions why his family is more important than her family and why him wanting to be here for his mom is more important than Wendy being there for her parents. Wendy insists that her parents have a whole village and she will still visit as often as she can. Wendy says that she is their only child now but they have aunts, uncles, and cousins while Ava only has Tripp. Wendy asks Tripp not to feel guilty because this is her choice and she knows it’s the right one. Tripp is so glad she feels that way but he can’t stop worrying about so many things. Tripp wishes them being together here was simpler. Wendy knows that he was excited and happy when she first came back, but now it seems that he’s having some sort of delayed reaction. Wendy tells him to just say if he’s disappointed that she’s coming back and questions if he was relieved that she was moving to Hong Kong.
Nicole tells Maggie that she doesn’t blame Tate as he’s just a kid. Nicole says she blames herself the most for not realizing that Holly was having issues and being too self-consumed intead of paying attention to her. Paulina arrives with an artificial plant. Paulina says she hopes she’s not interrupting but Abe told her that the room could use some perking up which Nicole thanks her for. Paulina says she’s so sorry this happened and assures that she’s doing everything she can to get the drugs under control so no more of their youth have to suffer. Nicole knows she’s doing everything she can. Paulina starts coughing so Maggie gets her some water.
Ava tells Chad that it’s lovely to see him too. Stefan states that he and Ava have things to go over for business. Chad questions why they are doing it here and who is running the Bistro. Ava argues that the staff are capable of covering for a few hours. Chad argues that it still doesn’t explain why Stefan is working in his family living room with Ava. Stefan asks Chad to just get what he came for because he and Ava have work to do which is none of his concern. Chad responds that it actually is because he owns the Spectator now and he’s tasked his star reporter with covering the drug trafficking in Salem. Chad asks Stefan if the DiMeras are involved in this and if they are investigating his own family.
Stephanie thinks it’s great that Chad is having Everett do this lead in to the drug trafficking in Salem. Everett says somebody has to get to the bottom of it and calls it such a tragedy. Everett adds that it’s triggering for him because he was covering the heroin epidemic in Seattle before they were together. Stephanie notes that he never told her about that. Everett reveals that a musician friend of his died from it and he was the one who found him, so it was shocking and traumatizing. Stephanie tells him that she’s so sorry. Everett guesses he didn’t tell her because he was determined to supress those feelings and memories to focus on the amazing woman that he was falling in love with.
Paulina tells Holly that they are all praying for her. The nurse comes in and says it’s time for Holly’s tests so Nicole says they will give her room and exits with Maggie and Paulina. Nicole thanks Paulina for coming. Paulina assures that she will get to the bottom of whoever is pedaling the drugs. Maggie reminds Paulina to take care of herself. Paulina thanks her for her concern and says she intends to make an appointment with her doctor today. Paulina tells Nicole that she’ll be praying for her and Holly. Nicole assures that she will be there for Holly with strength and optimism.
Tripp tells Wendy that he doesn’t want her to move to Hong Kong, especially without him. Wendy asks if it’s Ava that doesn’t want her there. Tripp assures that she loves her. Wendy asks if Ava keeps getting in to these messes to keep him in her clutches. Tripp calls that unfair. Wendy declares that she’s not letting anyone else dictate her decisions and that she’s staying whether he likes it or not. Tripp assures that he likes it a lot as they kiss.
Paulina tells Nicole and Maggie not to worry about her and to focus on Holly, assuring that she’ll be back soon. Nicole thanks her for coming again as she exits. Maggie comments that they all need to take care of themselves. Nicole insists that she will. The nurse comes over and says they can go back in so Nicole and Maggie head back to Holly’s room. Maggie encourages that Holly has so many people praying for her and for Tate as well.
Stefan tells Chad to save the questions for his star reporter since he will be showing up everywhere anyways. Chad feels that Everett doesn’t know how to read Stefan and Ava like he does. Chad brings up Ava’s well-documented history with the mafia where she learned drug trafficking. Ava says the same could be said about the DiMeras. Chad states that is why them working together makes him suspicious. Ava remarks that she just can’t stay away from DiMera men. Ava tells Stefan to just give it up because Chad’s on to them as she then grabs Stefan and kisses him.
Everett and Stephanie talk about being distractions for each other when they fell in love. Stephanie suggests drinking which Everett says he would love to do but thinks coffee is a better idea since he has to finish the job. Stephanie asks if he should put it off for tonight if it’s triggering him about his friend that overdosed. Everett assures that he can handle it, especially with her by his side.
Tripp asks Wendy if it’s settled then that she’s staying, which she confirms. Tripp asks if she’s told her family yet. Wendy admits she hasn’t and wouldn’t be surprised if her mom is waiting at the airport. Wendy decides there’s no time like the present and suggests Tripp leave the room for it, joking that he’ll still probably hear her mom sobbing all the way from Hong Kong.
Maggie tells Nicole that when Holly gets better, they should have a spa day. Maggie brings up Victor and gets emotional. Nicole declares that her New Year’s resolution is to spend more time with her daughter and she prays for the chance to make that stick.
Wendy calls her mom to tell her that she’s not coming. Wendy says she knows she promised, but sometimes promises can’t be followed. Wendy apologizes and says she will video call soon but her mom hangs up on her. Tripp guesses it didn’t go well which Wendy confirms and says she didn’t expect it to. Tripp hopes that deep down Wendy’s mom understands that she’s in love. Wendy states that her parents love each other but she’s not so sure they are in love. Tripp tells her that he’s very sure that just thinking about being separated from her and picturing her 8000 miles away to then her coming back in, he has no words to express how he’s feeling but Wendy encourages him to. Tripp tells Wendy that she lights up his life and worries about being corny but Wendy says it’s great. Tripp adds that she brightens every day and makes his heart skip beats. Tripp then tells Wendy that he’s more in love with her than ever. Wendy says he found all the right words. Tripp tells her that it’s her turn now. Wendy calls Tripp the man of her dreams and says she loves him with all her heart as they kiss.
Stephanie tells Everett that she might go to Seattle soon to visit her brother Joey. Stephanie asks if Everett will ever go back. Everett responds that he goes where the job takes him but he’s been thinking it’s time to put down some roots, so he doesn’t think he’d go back to Seattle unless there’s something to go back for. Stephanie points out the time and that he needs to file that piece tonight, so she’s going to get going. Stephanie says she will see him soon and then exits.
Ava informs Chad that she and Stefan are in a relationship. Chad responds that he’s not surprised and he doesn’t care. Chad warns Stefan that he hopes he’s not involved in the drug trade or else it will be a house of cards that comes crashing down around him. Chad then exits. Stefan questions Ava about what the hell that was. Ava tells him that they need to be the happy betrayers in front of Chad and Harris to keep them off their back. Stefan complains that he’s not comfortable with that. Ava tells him to get comfortable and that they need to do this if he’s interested in surviving. Stefan assures that he is interested so Ava tells him to get interested in this as she kisses him again.