Days of Our Lives Update
Update written by Joseph
Chanel and Paulina have breakfast in the town square. Paulina opens up her laptop and comments on Valentine’s Day being two weeks away and they have so much to do. Paulina says she made a spreadsheet of everything they need to accomplish for Chanel’s wedding. Paulina asks where Johnny is as she thought he was coming. Chanel informs her that Johnny said he would catch up with them later because he had something to take care of.
At the Horton House, Chad calls upstairs for the kids to get ready as they have to go to school. Johnny arrives and tells Chad that he hopes he’s not interrupting. Chad says he’s just getting the kids ready for school and heads upstairs to check on them.
Brady runs in to Alex in the park and asks how Theresa is. Alex responds that she’s hanging in and adds that she was going to leave town but he convinced her to stay. Brady is glad that Alex got through to her. Alex notes that she is staying with him and remarks that she sure as hell regrets kissing Brady. Brady questions why Alex would bring that up. Alex points out that Brady didn’t really apologize for his part in it. Brady argues that she kissed him, he didn’t kiss her and she made that clear, so he didn’t feel there was a reason to apologize. Alex questions if Brady didn’t want anything to do with that kiss.
Harris and Jada return to the police station, excited about a successful drug bust. Jada sends the other cops to book the dealers that they caught. Jada asks Harris if he has a minute since Rafe told her about him kissing Ava and then she slapped him. Jada questions what he was thinking. Harris says he clearly wasn’t. Jada tells Harris that she likes him, but she’s a little worried that he can’t get Ava out of his head. Jada remarks that Harris has got it bad for a woman who is bad news.
Xander goes to the DiMera Mansion wearing a hoodie. Stefan answers the door and questions what he’s doing there, asking if the hoodie is his new business attire. Xander says he’s looking for EJ and asks where he is. Stefan suggests he probably left for the courthouse and asks if he’s tried calling him. Xander says he needs to meet with EJ in person. Stefan asks what it’s about exactly. Xander responds that it’s about a very mysterious phone call.
Brady asks if Alex is kidding as he thought they were past this. Brady assures that he has no interest in getting back with Theresa, so she’s all his. Alex asks if he’s just supposed to dismiss the fact that he saw them kissing. Brady repeats that the kiss meant nothing and he just wants Theresa to be happy and healthy because they need to be united while Tate is going through the worst thing possible. Brady advises that Alex get over his jealousy because he’s going to be around if Alex is going to be with Theresa and his son, so he better get used to that.
Chad goes back downstairs and tells Johnny that the kids were fighting over a hair brush. Johnny talks about what worked for he and Allie when they were kids. Chad asks if Johnny wanted to talk. Johnny informs Chad that he and Chanel are engaged. Chad congratulates him. Johnny reveals that they are getting married on Valentine’s Day. Chad notes that’s 2 weeks away and very fast. Johnny tells him that Chanel and Paulina are madly planning. Chad says he’ll mark it on the calendar and that the kids will be very excited. Johnny then asks Chad to be his best man but notes his reaction is not what he was expecting. Chad says it’s one thing to attend and keep his mouth shut which Johnny questions. Chad explains that being his best man is like giving his blessing to bringing an innocent woman in to the DiMera family. Johnny asks what he’s talking about since he just married EJ and Nicole a few months ago. Chad points out how that turned out, noting that they lost a child and now EJ is trying to make the whole town pay. Chad adds that with Stefan, Gabi is in prison for murdering Li and just got her leg broken. Johnny gets that is all terrible but he still fails to see the DiMera connection. Chad argues that Johnny doesn’t get that when people marry in to the family, they end up hurt and at worst, dead like Abigail.
Stefan questions Xander about the mysterious phone call and says he has no idea where EJ is. Stefan offers to help if he wants to share and if he can’t, he’ll let EJ know. Xander decides he’d rather not run around town looking for EJ, so Stefan can relay the message. Xander then informs Stefan that he got a call from a blocked number and the person asked him to kill somebody.
Jada asks Harris how he thinks this is going to end. Harris doesn’t have an answer but he hopes that he and Ava can be together, but he doesn’t know if that’s possible. Jada questions if it’s really worth fighting over and risking his career for. Harris calls it complicated. Jada says she hates to see him go through this after getting his life back on track. Jada calls him a kick ass cop and says she’d hate to see him throw it all away on Ava. The other two cops come back so Harris offers breakfast on him to celebrate their victory which they agree to.
Chanel asks if Paulina is sure she’s okay to be out and about, worrying about her wedding plans when she was just in the hospital this morning. Paulina insists that she’s fine and loving every minute of helping her. Paulina adds that Chanel’s wedding dress is on the way but she’s worried about having time for the alterations. Chanel asks if she remembered her anti-anxiety pills which Paulina confirms she did. Paulina can’t wait for Chanel’s wedding, especially after missing her last one. Paulina wishes that Eli and Lani could be at the wedding. Chanel encourages that they will be there in spirit. Paulina shows Chanel her favorite option for her veil and says they can’t have her making her own wedding cake, so she shows one they could order. Paulina then suggests a bridal bouquet made out of pastries as a nod to Chanel being a baker.
Johnny thinks Chad is just missing his wife this morning. Chad admits that he does every minute of every day. Johnny understands but still doesn’t see the DiMera connection, reminding him that Clyde said Belle was his target that night and Abigail was at the wrong place and wrong time. Chad says Abigail was at the wrong place, the DiMera mansion, and if she wasn’t there, she’d still be alive. Chad brings up what happened in Johnny’s first marriage. Johnny argues that it had nothing to do with being a DiMera and if anything, had to do with his connection to Marlena. Johnny adds that he has nothing to do with the DiMera business since he’s an aspiring filmmaker. Johnny appreciates Chad wanting to be helpful but he thinks that Chad is overreacting. Chad asks if Johnny wants to be like him and be putting flowers on his wife’s grave because she was murdered in her own bed. Chad declares that becoming a DiMera is a dangerous thing as they are a spiteful, mean, vindictive group of people. Chad adds that he wasn’t even brought up as a DiMera but still got sucked in to it while Johnny was born in to it. Chad warns that if Johnny really loves Chanel, he’ll keep her as far away as possible.
Alex sarcastically asks if Brady is going to move in with he and Theresa. Brady assures that they will have their space but he’s going to be checking in on Theresa a lot because she’s the mother of his kid and she had a big slip and could easily have another one. Alex asks if he really thinks so because she’s started meetings, she’s focused on working at Bella, and looks on the road to recovery. Brady calls it a process and she’ll never be magically cured but it’s good that she is busy. Alex agrees that it’s been a whole lot of drama. Brady says he’ll catch him later. Alex stops him and says he’s been meaning to ask him something.
Stefan asks Xander who they wanted him to kill. Xander says they didn’t say and the voice was distorted and just that they would be in touch soon. Xander says he would’ve said no as he’s not an assassin for hire. Stefan brings up Xander trying to kill Eric and Nicole which Xander says was a long time ago. Xander brings up refusing to kill Susan for Ava and declares that he’s never killed anyone in cold blood. Stefan suggests it was a wrong number but Xander reveals that they asked for him by name, so they know who he is.
Harris, Jada and the other two cops go to the Brady Pub for breakfast. Roman greets them. Harris says they just pulled an all nighter on another drug bust. Jada says they are in need of a hot meal. Roman declares that nothing would making him happier than serving his brothers and sisters in blue, so it’s on him.
Johnny tells Chad that he and Chanel already lost each other once, so there is no way in hell that he’s going to lose her again ever, so they are getting married with or without Chad’s blessing. Johnny apologizes for coming and wasting Chad’s time. Chad stops him and says when has a tough morning like today, it hits him all over again how much he misses Abigail. Chad adds that the kids don’t talk to him about how much they miss her anymore, so when they act up, he knows it’s because Abigail isn’t there to guide them and they are angry that they don’t have her. Chad admits some days he’s fine and other days, it hits him like a tidal wave that she’s gone for good and it rips his heart out all over again. Johnny sits with Chad and states that Abigail was a special person and they all miss her so much. Johnny says he’s so sorry for what has happened to him, everything he’s been through, and for the kids. Johnny admits he was kind of hoping that Chad would get to a more solid place with Stephanie. Chad says he hoped the same thing but it wasn’t the right time as his heart still belongs to Abigail. Chad adds that he still believes in true love though, so if Johnny has that with Chanel, then he should hold onto it and keep it safe because that’s a very hard thing to do as a DiMera. Johnny asks if Chad really believes their whole family is cursed. Chad advises Johnny to run with Chanel back to Italy, get married, stay there and be happy so he stays as far away from the DiMera family as he can for he and Chanel’s safety.
Stefan doesn’t understand why Xander would think EJ is behind the crazy call he got. Xander tells Stefan to think about it, reminding him that EJ recently hired a hit woman to take out Ava, so he thought he’d come see what EJ had to say about it. Stefan questions Xander thinking EJ is the only person to hire a hit person and suggests he look a little closer to home. Stefan points out that the Kiriakis family has done as many nefarious things as the DiMeras and he doesn’t appreciate him coming after his family.
Brady asks Alex what’s on his mind. Alex asks for advice since he and Theresa have been together a short time but they are living together and it’s still new, so he’s trying to figure out if there’s anything else he needs to know about Theresa. Brady says it’s been a long time since he and Theresa lived together. Alex asks Brady what it was like being married to Theresa. Brady says it was only a couple months but Alex has to understand that he doesn’t even remember marrying her since he was wasted in Las Vegas. Brady then stops and questions if Alex is thinking about marrying Theresa.
Paulina suggests to Chanel that they talk about color schemes, noting that she likes sea foam. Chanel goes along with it but Paulina knows she hates it and the pastry bouquet. Chanel says she just wants Paulina to be happy even if it means pretending to like stuff she hates. Chanel acknowledges that Paulina missed their first wedding but Paulina argues that she’s just humoring her because of her cancer. Paulina doesn’t want her treating her differently because of it and tells her to speak up if she sees something she doesn’t like. Chanel then tells Paulina that she doesn’t want the centerpieces, what’s on her wedding cake, and the veil. Paulina pretends to cough because of that and jokes that she really likes the veil.
Johnny tells Chad that they are not going to run. Johnny declares that he and Chanel are getting married here and family is important to them, so he can’t just ask her to leave Paulina when she’s just diagnosed with cancer. Johnny says he’s not a kid anymore so he can’t just run from every problem as he is committed to Chanel, marrying her on Valentine’s Day, and starting a new life with her here in Salem. Chad acknowledges that he really grew up. Johnny says he didn’t have much choice. Chad then decides he’d be honored to be his best man. Johnny thanks him and says it means a lot to him as they hug. Johnny asks Chad if he knew everything that was going to happen, if he would still have married Abigail. Chad says he would’ve taken her and run for the hills as he would’ve done anything in his power to save her and have her with him now.
Alex tells Brady that he and Theresa are not even close to being married yet. Brady points out they are living together as roommates with benefits. Alex says with everything that has happened, it made things feel more serious and they are in a good place. Alex feels he needs to know more about Theresa before marriage is even on his radar. Brady calls that smart and says he should take it slow if he’s serious about her. Alex admits the whole relapse was a shock to him, so he’s worried that it could happen again or what else could throw him off. Brady tells Alex that Theresa can be wonderful, fun, and loving but she has a wicked side to her. Brady says he’s living proof that it’s hard not to follow Theresa down a destructive path and get sucked in to it. Brady thinks Alex has only started to scratch the surface of who Theresa really is.
Stefan tells Xander to stop and think, noting that he doesn’t have a reputation for being reliable and not completely falling apart in the face of pressure and humiliating himself. Stefan questions why EJ would hire Xander of all people to kill someone. Xander says he has absolutely no idea but he’s worked for the DiMeras before including Kristen and helped EJ through his recovery in Nashville. Xander says maybe EJ sees him as having a competent work ethic. Stefan apologizes for starting the conversation. Xander says he’s going to end it by saying he does believe EJ is behind the phone call or he put somebody else up to it. Xander warns that if so, he’s out of luck because he’s walking the straight and narrow now with his daughter and his newspaper. Xander tells Stefan to tell EJ that he will have to find another hitman because he’s not interested.
Roman tells the cops a story about when he was a cop and guarantees they will never forget their time on the force. Harris toasts to Roman’s decades of work on the force and paving the way for the next generation.
Chanel shows Paulina the wedding cake that she likes. Paulina agrees that it’s beautiful and jokes with her as Johnny approaches. Chanel says they were just going over the wedding cake. Paulina says she has Mayor duties to get to, so Chanel can show Johnny everything they went over. Paulina walks away as Chanel asks Johnny what he wants to see first. Johnny says whatever she wants to show him. Chanel asks if he’s feeling overwhelmed, encouraging that Paulina is helping a ton and she thinks they will be fine. Johnny admits he’s partly overwhelmed but he’s thinking maybe they should postpone the wedding.
Stefan tells Xander to get a grip as EJ is the new district attorney so he seriously doubts he’s behind this. Xander questions if Stefan is involved somehow and covering for him. Stefan assures that he knows nothing about this. Stefan thinks Xander cooked the whole thing up in his head and that he’s losing it. Stefan says he’s needed elsewhere. Xander says he’s leaving but not until they get one thing straight in case this ever comes up again.
Johnny tells Chanel about Chad saying they shouldn’t get married in Salem and that they should run for the hills. Johnny notes that Chad seemed super intense about being connected to the DiMeras being Hell on earth and that they should stay as far away from the family as possible. Chanel asks what Johnny thinks. Johnny thinks Chad is still grieving the loss of his wife as it comes and goes in waves. Johnny feels it’s more about what Chanel thinks since she’s apparently risking her life by marrying him. Chanel declares that she would risk her life a thousand times to be with him. Johnny feels the same as they kiss. Chanel asks if he’s sure he still wants Chad as his best man. Johnny confirms that he does and thinks it will be good for him. Chanel agrees and states that Johnny is not his father, his uncles, or Stefano but his own man, so their issues have nothing to do with them. Johnny thanks her for being the voice of reason as he needed to hear that. Johnny kisses her and says he loves her so much as they hug.
Alex admits that Brady gave him a lot to think about and thanks him for the advice or warning. Brady acknowledges that they are family so he will give it to him straight. Brady knows Alex is his own man and he will make the decisions that are best for him and he hopes it works out for him. Alex thanks him. Brady thanks Alex for keeping him updated on Theresa and tells him to call if he needs any more advice. Alex thinks he’s got it from here and says he’ll see him at the office as he walks away. Brady thinks back to Alex questioning if Brady didn’t want anything to do with kissing Theresa.
Harris offers to pay for breakfast but Roman reminds him that it’s on him and says he enjoyed the conversation. Harris asks about Lucas. Roman tells him that Kate is with him now and took him breakfast. Harris asks about his injuries. Roman says he’s recovering but the beating was pretty bad. Roman asks how long Harris plans on keeping Lucas here. Harris says as long as it takes or until they know that nobody is watching.
Xander tells Stefan that there was a time that he might have been desperate enough to become a murderer for hire but repeats that he’s a changed man with a wonderful daughter who means the world to him, so he’s not going to throw his life away. Xander declares that his time as a criminal is over because Victoria needs the best dad, so he won’t put her in a position to be looking at him behind bars or in a casket. Xander tells Stefan to understand that and make EJ understand it too. Stefan responds that he understands it loud and clear, but whatever is going on here, the DiMeras have nothing to do with it. Xander is not convinced so he tells Stefan to tell EJ to go to Hell. Xander adds that Stefan can go there too, but all the DiMeras are headed to Hell anyway in due time. Xander then storms out of the mansion.