Days Update Thursday, September 21, 2023

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John and Steve meet at the Brady Pub. Steve comments on John asking him here to talk and then not talking. John respond that he will but he doesn’t know where to start. Steve guesses it’s serious then and tells him to take his time. John then informs Steve that he and Marlena had a long talk with the John Doe at the hospital and reveals that the man is his father.

Chad calls Stephanie from the Titan office. Stephanie reminds him that Steve and Kayla are coming over for dinner. Chad assures that he’ll be there and says that work has just been crazy with Maggie on leave. Chad tells her that he just has one e-mail to send and then he’ll be home. Stephanie asks if she sounded like a nagging housewife because she feels like she did. Chad jokes with her and asks if she needs him to pick anything up on the way home. Stephanie says they are good. Chad tells her that he loves her as they hang up. Vivian then arrives at the Titan office. Chad questions what she is doing there. Vivian asks if that’s any way to talk to his new boss.

Maggie is with Julie at the Horton house. They talk about Maggie being put through the ringer. Maggie says she can’t thank her and Doug enough for letting her stay. Julie tells her that she’s family. Maggie notes that Julie looked a little grim when she came in. Julie reveals a registered letter from Vivian. Maggie asks what fresh hell this is.

In Greece, Theresa remains in the hotel room going through the letters from inside Victor’s briefcase. She then hears someone coming and scrambles to put the letters up and hides the briefcase under the bed. Alex and Brady then return. Theresa greets them and asks if they got any leads. Brady tells her to cut the act as they know what she’s been up to. Theresa says she can explain but Alex tells her not to bother because the guy at the front desk already told them that she ordered room service. Theresa realizes that’s what they meant. Alex complains about how much it cost. Theresa says she was hungry and argues that none of it would have happened if they just let her come with them. Brady complains that she hasn’t changed a bit. Theresa asks if they got any leads from Constantine and if they figured out what was happening with Victor before he died.

Maggie decides she has to know what Vivian is up to and opens the envelope. Maggie reads that Vivian is removing her from her position as CEO of Titan, effective immediately. Julie can’t believe Vivian is firing Maggie.

Chad questions Vivian saying she is his new boss. Vivian informs him that Maggie is out and Vivian Kiriakis is in. Vivian explains that her and Victor’s divorce was never finalized, so they were still married when Victor passed. Vivian adds that she is not only Victor’s widow, but his sole heir because he had his will destroyed before he died. Chad says he’s sorry for Maggie. Vivian then asks if Chad is going to be unemployed with Maggie or if he’s going to be her number two when she executes her new plans for Titan.

Steve questions the guy with memory loss not being Joseph Bell, but the real Timothy Robicheaux. John confirms that Yo Ling was Joseph Bell and he just switched dog tags with his dad. John adds that they served in Korea together and a direct hit caused Timothy’s brain injury and amnesia. Steve comments on switching the dog tags sounding like a Yo Ling move. They talk about it being an amazing and miraculous story. Steve goes over how Timothy just happened to come to Salem to get treated by Kayla and Marlena, who happened to be married to his son. John praises Timothy as a great guy and says they love having him with them. Steve says he’s so happy for him as he deserves a dad like that. John says it’s what Timothy deserves after all he’s been through so they’ve decided to spend as much time with him as possible. Steve can’t wait to meet John’s father and they toast to him.

Kayla joins Stephanie and they have a glass of wine. Kayla praises the apartment and asks about the kids. Stephanie says she already put them to sleep and asks about Steve. Kayla says he had to meet John but he’ll be coming. Stephanie notes that Chad got held up at work as well as he’s pretty much running Titan with Victor gone and Maggie on leave. Kayla says she can imagine. Kayla knows Victor’s funeral was a sad occasion but talks about how great it was to see Theresa. Kayla asks if she got to spend time with her before she went back to California. Stephanie reveals that Theresa actually is not going back to California and is staying in town. Kayla guesses that means she’s going after Brady again. Stephanie informs her that Theresa actually set her sights on Alex and assures that she would be totally cool if they started dating. Kayla asks if she’s sure about that because it can be pretty dicey when relatives date the same guy. Kayla notes that she can relate because she almost lost her relationship with Kimberly when she got involved with Shane after thinking that Steve had died. Stephanie calls that different because Shane is the love of Kimberly’s life while Alex is just her ex-boyfriend. Kayla points out that Stephanie still sees Alex quite a lot. Stephanie says that’s just because they are neighbors and reminds Kayla that she’s totally committed to Chad. Kayla wonders what totally committed means to her and if she sees herself marrying Chad.

Chad calls Maggie and asks if it’s true. Maggie confirms that she just received a registered letter firing her and Vivian is already at the office, not wasting any time. Chad says he’s so sorry and asks if there’s anything he can do for her. Maggie says no and that Julie is taking good care of her. Maggie instructs Chad to do what he has to do because working for Vivian doesn’t mean he’s betraying her, but maybe he could find out what she’s up to. Chad says he will do that and hangs up. Chad then turns to Vivian and welcomes her to Titan. Chad asks Vivian about her vision for the company. Vivian wants to honor Victor’s legacy and take Titan back to it’s roots by following in his footsteps. Chad calls that a good idea and tells her to go to Greece. Vivian asks how Victor got his empire and it’s capitol. Vivian tells him that it was shipping street drugs. Chad asks if her big plan for Titan is to start laundering drug money and calls that insane. Vivian declares that Titan is going back to selling illegal drugs and asks if Chad is on board or if she has to fire him. Chad responds that she doesn’t have to fire him because he quits. Chad then storms out of the office.

Julie reads that Vivian is only giving Maggie two weeks of severance pay and argues that she can’t get away with this. Julie offers to call Justin but Maggie says there is nothing he can do. Julie asks about the Titan board. Maggie reminds her that there wasn’t a will so Vivian is the sole heir, the majority shareholder, and has all the power to get rid of any board member who crosses her. Maggie declares that Vivian can do whatever the hell she wants with Victor’s company and there’s not a damn thing they can do to stop her.

John asks Steve how Tripp is holding up with Ava on the run. Steve says he’s worried of course but he’s hopeful that she will be brought back safely. John asks if Steve is planning to go track Ava and Harris down himself. Steve notes that Rafe asked him to sit this out because he’s too close to the situation but admits he’s itching to get out there. John brings up Brady and Alex being in Greece, looking in to Victor’s last days. Steve asks why John didn’t go since he’s the private detective. John responds that he figured they could handle this one on their own and remarks that they didn’t need a third wheel tagging along…

Brady tells Theresa that this is none of her business. Theresa argues that Victor’s legacy affects their son since Tate is a Kiriakis too. Alex points out there’s no secret so they might as well just tell her. Theresa thanks him. Brady tells Alex to go ahead then. Alex explains that Constantine said Victor seemed troubled and didn’t mention the will, but he did say something about a letter. Alex adds that Brady remembered Kayla went to Victor’s childhood home and saw a box full of letters in the wine cellar, so they checked it out but didn’t find any letters. Theresa then unveils the briefcase and says maybe they are in there. Brady recognizes it as Victor’s briefcase and asks why the hell she has that. Theresa informs them that Shane dropped it off. Brady questions Shane being there and she’s just now telling them. Theresa says she wanted to hear about their meeting first. Brady asks what Shane said and why he had the briefcase. Theresa explains that the ISA recovered it from the wreckage of the plane crash and thinks maybe Victor put the letters in there. Brady decides they will open it then but Theresa doesn’t think that’s a good idea.

Steve brings up hearing that Victor destroyed his will and that Vivian showed up, claiming to be his widow. Steve asks if John has any idea what Vivian is up to. John suggests she wants to suck every dime she can get out of Maggie’s inheritance. John wonders why Victor would have the will destroyed. Steve argues that he never would’ve done that if he thought he was still married to Vivian. Steve calls Vivian not only crazy, but dangerous. Vivian then appears at the Pub and warns them to watch what they say in public.

Stephanie asks Kayla where this is coming from since she and Chad just moved in together. Kayla points out that she also moved in with Chad’s kids. Stephanie asks what that has to do with marriage. Kayla thinks they just need to look at it from the kids’ point of view and asks if marriage isn’t the next logical step. Stephanie asks if she means the next step for them or for her. Stephanie comments on Kayla being Catholic and sounding like Grandma Caroline but Kayla assures it’s nothing to do with that. Kayla worries about loss for the kids and she wants her to be happy. Kayla asks if she doesn’t want to marry Chad. Stephanie assures that she does want to marry Chad, right as Chad comes home.

Brady doesn’t give a damn what Theresa thinks and takes the briefcase from her, arguing that it belongs to his grandfather so he’s opening it. Theresa clarifies that Shane specifically said for it to be delivered to Maggie because he thinks she should be the one to open it. Brady decides they’ll open it when they get back to Salem then. Brady says they are done and might as well go home so he’s going to pack. Alex points out that it’s already after midnight so there won’t be any flights until tomorrow morning. Brady says a couple hours shouldn’t make much difference and says goodnight. Theresa tells Alex that she’ll see him in the morning but Brady questions where she’s going. Theresa says she’s going with Brady to his room, but he refuses.

Chad greets Stephanie and Kayla and jokes that he can leave so they can finish their conversation. Stephanie says Kayla was just being her mom and notes that Steve will be there soon as she pours Chad a glass of wine and asks about his day. Chad responds that it was okay until Vivian Alamain showed up.

Vivian hugs John and says she’s so happy to see him even though he never came to visit her in prison. John responds that he would have but he didn’t want to. Steve jokes that he’d love to stay and catch up but he has to go because Stephanie and Kayla are probably wondering where he is. Steve congratulates John as he then exits. Vivian asks John if he’s surprised to see her. John informs her that he knew she was here and that she inherited Victor’s estate. Vivian calls it a wonderful surprise but John says not for Maggie. Vivian wants John to come work for her at Titan.

Julie tells Maggie that first Vivian stole her home and now wants to destroy her career. Julie encourages Maggie not to worry because she’s going to find a way to help her fight this. Julie adds that Maggie will always have a place to stay with her and Doug. Maggie appreciates that but feels she should start looking for a place of her own. Julie calls that nonsense and says Alice wouldn’t want Maggie to be alone at a time like this. Julie states that the Horton family is not rich, powerful, and nasty like the Kiriakis family but they stick together like glue. Maggie tells her how much that means to her. Julie asks if she’s heard from Brady and Alex. Maggie says no and guesses no news is good news. Maggie swears that if Victor’s will said he didn’t have a dime to his name, she would’ve laughed but hates the thought of Vivian claiming to be Victor’s widow, stealing everything he worked so hard for. Maggie hopes Brady and Alex find something to stop her.

Theresa tells Brady that she can’t stop with Alex when she barely knows him. Brady remarks that didn’t used to matter to her. Alex calls that a little below the belt. Theresa argues that they share a child, so they can share a room. Theresa then complains that she’s not interested in sleeping with him. Brady states that he just doesn’t want to be alone with her. Alex tells Brady to lighten up. Brady tells him to stay out of this. Brady tells Theresa that her delusions of them getting back together is not going to happen. Brady adds that she’s coming off desperate and tells her to stop. Brady then quickly exits the room. Alex asks if Theresa is alright. Theresa says not really and starts to cry as Alex hugs her.

Chad informs Stephanie and Kayla that Vivian fired Maggie and took over Titan. Chad adds that he then quit his job because Vivian’s new business plan is to start moving illegal drugs through Titan. Steve then arrives and apologizes for being late as he asks what’s going on since it looks like a morgue. Stephanie informs him that Chad just quit his job because Vivian is now in charge of Titan. Steve say no wonder she seemed so pleased with herself.

John questions Vivian wanting him to be her CEO. Vivian says she made a couple of suggestions about the direction she wanted to go but Chad just quit. Vivian adds that John was the first person she thought of to replace him. John points out that he has a job. Vivian argues that John is an adopted Alamain so he has grander things to do than be a private detective. John responds that he’s happy with the job he has. Vivian asks if she can change his mind. John tells her to give Maggie back her house as they both know Victor wanted Maggie to have it. Vivian remarks that Victor shouldn’t have destroyed his will then. John asks Vivian to do the right thing for once. Vivian responds that she would like to, but her lawyer said if she gives Maggie a dime then she will have access to Victor’s fortune and she can’t do it. John tells her that she will have to find another corporate stooge then. Vivian questions who.

Alex tells Theresa that it’s okay and that Brady didn’t mean what he said as he’s just jet lagged and worried about Maggie. Theresa cries that he just said what everyone else thinks about her and that she’s an awful, unlovable person. Alex insists that’s not true and that Brady is just off his game right now as he lost custody of his daughter, lost his grandfather, and now Vivian is making Maggie’s life hell so he’s just lashing out. Theresa cries that Brady said she was desperate and pathetic. Alex says he was wrong and praises Theresa as smart, brave, and beautiful. Theresa asks if he really thinks she’s beautiful. Alex tells her to look in the mirror. Theresa thanks him for being there as she doesn’t know what she would do if he wasn’t there. Theresa then kisses Alex.

Stephanie jokes about Vivian not keeping it under wraps that she wants to push illegal drugs. Chad remarks that Vivian sure thinks outside the box. Steve comments that he loves how Chad and Stephanie make each other laugh, noting there is no greater sign of compatibility. Steve then asks if they are thinking about getting married anytime soon.

Vivian goes to the Horton house. Julie questions who the hell let her in. Vivian says she rang the doorbell. Maggie asks what she wants. Vivian delivers a box of Maggie’s figurines and mocks her. Julie knows how much Vivian enjoyed throwing Maggie out of her own house and shouts that now it’s her turn to throw Vivian out of her house.

John leaves the Pub and gets a call from Brady. Brady tells John that he had no luck with Constantine but the ISA found Victor’s briefcase in the plane wreckage so Shane brought it to the hotel. John asks what was in it. Brady says he doesn’t know as Shane apparently wanted Maggie to open it and notes that he handed the briefcase off to somebody else.

Theresa and Alex continue kissing as Alex removes his shirt and they kiss on to the bed.

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Days Update Wednesday, September 20, 2023

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In their hotel in London, Harris prepares to sleep in the chair which Ava questions. Ava points out that they could be here for awhile. Harris responds that they only had enough for one room and one bed so there’s no choice. Ava says there is and tells Harris to sleep with her.

Rafe goes over Tripp telling him that Ava and Harris came to him for help and he turned them away. Rafe asks if he still wants to stick with that. Tripp questions where he got the passports. Rafe responds that Jada found them in the trash. Rafe remarks that it seems he was too focused on forged passports and not enough on the follow through. Rafe informs Tripp that he will charge him with obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting a felon unless he gives him the names on the passports.

EJ catches Wendy trying to hack in to his phone and asks if he can help her. Wendy claims she’s just fixing his mouse like he asked her to. EJ questions using his phone to do that. Wendy says she was just about to bring it to him because he left it as she hands it back to him. EJ notices that she punched in some numbers on his lock screen. Wendy claims her fingers must have hit it when she picked it up. EJ suggests she was trying to hack in to it. Wendy asks why she would do that. EJ says perhaps she was trying to find evidence that he tried to have Ava Vitali killed. Wendy asks if she would’ve found any if she was trying to do that.

Talia asks Jada why she would think that she slept with Shawn Brady. Jada informs her that she ran in to Eric downstairs and that Eric thanked her for giving Shawn a place to stay last night which she didn’t do. Talia tries to say Eric could have misunderstood. Jada points out that Talia answered her question with a question of her own, so she asks her again if she slept with Shawn.

Belle asks Shawn where he slept last night. Shawn says he had too many at the Pub, so he just slept it off upstairs. Belle points out that Eric didn’t mention him sleeping there. Shawn responds that is because he wasn’t with Eric. Belle asks where he slept then. Shawn informs her that it was in Jada’s room as she wasn’t there since she had an overnight shift at the station. Belle asks about Talia staying there too. Shawn states that she was working overnight at the hospital too. Belle guesses she’s just glad he found somewhere safe. Belle talks about how worried she was about him when he didn’t answer her calls or texts. Shawn is sorry he put her through that and for the things he said. Shawn admits that throwing her affair with EJ in her face was unfair and wrong. Shawn states that he doesn’t deserve her. Belle argues that they’ve both made mistakes and they will get through this together, but they can’t let anything or anyone get between them ever again.

Talia tells Jada that’s insane as she barely even knows Shawn. Jada reminds her that she’s a detective. Jada says that Eric told her that he saw Shawn coming downstairs and now Talia was changing the bed sheets. Jada then points out that Talia can’t even look her in the eyes and give her a straight answer. Talia then admits that she slept with Shawn and asks if she’s happy now.

Harris questions Ava wanting him to sleep with her. Ava says it’s just sleeping and she knows he’ll be a perfect gentleman. Harris says he appreciates the offer but he’d prefer the chair. Ava jokes about being insulted and tells him to suit himself. Harris tells Ava not to worry and that she’ll be safe.

EJ complains about walking in on his employee manhandling his phone and she turns it in to an inquisition about his behavior. Wendy questions EJ just assuming that she’s trying to prove he attempted murder. EJ reveals that he set up the trap and Wendy walked in to it. EJ notes that her questions about Ava’s disappearance wasn’t exactly subtle, so he left her alone with his phone and she hung herself. Wendy states that he is her boss so the last thing she wants to do is incur his wrath or ill will. EJ points out this wouldn’t be the first time she was caught snooping around his office. Wendy asks why she would even care if he had anything to do with Ava Vitali since she doesn’t even know her. EJ points out that she knows her son quite well, so he can only assume that Tripp put her up to this.

Tripp claims not to know about fake passports. Rafe warns him not to play games and says it’s obvious that Tripp and Wendy’s passports were used to make fake ones so that Harris and Ava could flee the country. Tripp wishes him luck proving that. Rafe assures that he will prove it and he will find Ava, so the only question is if Tripp is going to go down with her or if he’s going to tell him where the hell she is.

Jada tells Talia that she’s not happy that she slept with her partner. Jada questions what the hell she was thinking. Talia admits she wasn’t thinking as she was drunk. Jada doesn’t get it since at the hospital, she was so happy about her new job and with Chanel. Talia then reveals that was before Chanel dumped her to get back with Johnny DiMera.

Chanel comes home and finds roses set up inside. Johnny then shows up at the door with more roses.

Tripp asks Rafe how he knows Ava and Harris didn’t swipe their passports themselves. Rafe mocks the idea of them forging their own in an alley. Rafe thinks someone who had the tech savvy to forge passports happened to own one of the passports and that’s Wendy Shin. Tripp warns Rafe to leave Wendy out of this. Rafe says he can’t do that since Tripp can’t seem to stop obstructing his investigation, so he’s going to have to haul Wendy in and get the truth out of her.

Wendy guesses EJ is upset that she dumped his son for Tripp and now he’s going to punish her for it. EJ disagrees and thinks Johnny is lucky to be rid of her and remarks that Wendy left him for a man who can’t do his own dirty work. Wendy starts to tell EJ that Tripp didn’t even want her doing this. EJ takes that as her admitting what she was up to. Wendy suggests they put their cards on the table then. Wendy brings up EJ blaming Ava for Susan’s death and asks who else would hire a hitwoman to infiltrate Bayview as a nurse and attempt to commit murder. EJ asks if she knows how many enemies Ava has. Wendy argues that none of them are the lawyer representing the hitwoman. EJ argues that everyone is entitled to a defense. Wendy questions the assassin just happening to call EJ of all people. Wendy questions when EJ last practiced law. EJ informs her that he offered his services because the enemy of his enemy is his friend. Wendy tells EJ that no one believes he’s innocent in this. Wendy remarks that the past is no concern to her as she’s worried about the future. Wendy warns that if EJ still has a hit out on Ava, that’s a big mistake because nobody killed Susan. EJ asks what she’s talking about. Wendy responds that his mother is still alive.

Chanel asks Johnny if there’s a special occasion she doesn’t know about. Johnny reminds her of when he promised to take her to the rose garden the summer after they got married and says in the meantime, he figured he’d bring the rose garden to her. Chanel calls their time in Italy her favorite time. Chanel then starts sneezing so Johnny offers to get rid of the roses but Chanel says she’ll be fine. Johnny then presents Chanel with cannolis which Chanel notes were Talia’s specialty. Johnny asks if she’s okay after mentioning Talia and if she’s sure about this. Chanel assures that she wants to be with Johnny but feels like she blindsided Talia. Chanel remarks that Talia is known to go off the deep end so she is worried about her doing something rash or stupid…

Jada tells Talia that she’s really sorry to hear about her and Chanel, but she doesn’t understand who she ended up with Shawn since she hardly even knows him. Talia guesses that was the point as they ran in to each other downstairs and she was hurt about Chanel while he had gotten in a big fight with his wife. Talia explains that when the bartender cut them off, they came up here to continue drinking and one thing led to another. Talia adds that when Shawn woke up sober, he felt terrible and she did too. Jada complains that Shawn is married and his wife got Talia out of jail and took her on as a client when nobody else would. Talia says she remembers. Jada questions if Belle even crossed her mind when she was in bed with Shawn. Talia cries that all she wanted was to feel better. Talia admits she screwed up really badly and says sleeping with Shawn was stupid and destructive. Talia guesses that’s just a pattern with her as she makes horrible decisions and hurts good people and that’s never going to change.

Shawn tells Belle that he doesn’t know what to say but he keeps thinking he’s going to be better and then he just can’t seem to break the cycle. Belle reminds him that she told him what she thinks he should do but he doesn’t seem to want the help he needs. Belle asks where they go from here.

Ava asks Harris if he’s sure he’s okay sleeping in the chair. Harris reassures her. Ava can’t stop thinking that if it wasn’t for her, he wouldn’t be here right now. Harris jokes that he would just be in a mental hospital. Ava feels his life is now in danger because of her. Harris points out that nobody forced him to run with her. Ava guesses she’s just worried because it reminds her of when EJ’s brother Jake let her stay as his place and they also just had one bed so he slept on the floor but before long, they fell in love.

EJ laughs at Wendy saying his mother is alive and questions what she’s talking about. Wendy explains that Ava told them that she remembers seeing Susan get out of the car before the accident. EJ mocks Ava suddenly remembering after all these months. Wendy credits her therapy. EJ then questions when she learned of this and when she talked to Ava. EJ guesses that Wendy saw Ava after she escaped from Bayview and that she knows exactly where she is.

Tripp tells Rafe to leave Wendy out of this and claims that he stole her passport and she had nothing to do with this. Rafe questions him forging the new passports. Tripp claims that he watched a video on YouTube. Rafe tells him that he’s not after Wendy or him for that matter. Tripp argues that Rafe is after his mom because he still holds a grudge against her. Rafe states that he’s just trying to do his job. Rafe says that if Ava acted in self-defense and someone tried to kill her, then Tripp should want her brought in so he can help her get the treatment that she needs. Tripp argues that they both know EJ was behind it and that he won’t stop until Ava is dead. Rafe asks if he’s going to help him or not. Tripp says not until he knows Ava’s life is no longer in danger. Rafe asks if he’s saying he knows where she is. Tripp says he didn’t say that. Rafe decides he will have to contact Melinda Trask because he’s left him no choice but to send her after Wendy.

Johnny and Chanel watch a movie together until Chanel falls asleep in his arms.

Jada tells Talia not to talk like making a bad decision is a pattern. Jada says she’s not judging her and acknowledges that she was terribly hurt, was drinking, and did something very reckless but she obviously regrets it. Jada hopes it doesn’t happen again. Talia assures it won’t and that they were just using each other to lessen the pain they were both experiencing and it meant nothing. Talia says that’s why they decided to put it behind them and pretend it never happened.

Shawn tells Belle that he tried to get professional help. Belle argues that it was only for 24 hours and it helped. Shawn thought he could handle it on his own but he realizes Belle is right that it’s too big of a problem for him to handle by himself. Belle asks if that means he will get the help. Shawn states that he will go to AA. Belle argues that he said that before. Shawn asks if she doesn’t believe him. Belle cries that she wants to but she has to see it actually happening before she can believe anything is going to change.

Wendy claims to EJ that she has no idea where Ava is as she wasn’t going to tell her where she was headed. EJ calls Wendy very good at her job but says when an employee proves untrustworthy, that employee has to go. Wendy pleads with EJ not to ship her back to Fairbanks. EJ clarifies that she won’t be working for any DiMera office as he then tells her that she’s fired.

Rafe calls Melinda but Tripp pleads with him not to. Rafe asks if he’s having a change of heart. Tripp asks Rafe to promise to leave Wendy out of this if he tells him where Ava and Harris are. Rafe argues that he’s in no position to make demands, but if he’s honest and his tip pans out then he sees no reason to go after Wendy. Rafe hangs up the phone and asks Tripp where Ava and Harris are.

Johnny covers Chanel with a blanket on the couch as she fell asleep. Johnny goes to leave but Chanel wakes up and asks if she fell asleep. Johnny guesses she didn’t like the movie as much as he did. Chanel blames being up at 4 AM for the Bakery and taking an allergy pill. Johnny tells her it’s okay and she should sleep. Chanel points out that it’s early. Johnny promises he’s not offended. Chanel guesses this is not how he saw their date going. Johnny tells her that they have plenty more dates to go on and kisses her. Johnny tells her to get some sleep as he then exits.

Talia tells Jada that the worst thing about this that upsets her the most is that she keeps disappointing her and feels she’s making Jada ashamed of her. Jada assures she’s not ashamed of her and praises her. Jada adds that she’s so proud that Talia is a doctor, but she’s just disappointed that this is making her hurt. Jada admits she’s concerned about Shawn and Belle, but Talia is her sister and she will always be her main concern. Talia says she’s so lucky to have her. Jada says they’re lucky to have each other as they hug. Talia tells Jada that she should get some sleep and she’ll get out of here to let her have some peace and quiet. Jada encourages that Talia will find someone that loves her for who she is. Talia then exits.

Wendy goes to the hospital and runs in to Tripp. Tripp asks what she’s doing there as he thought she went to work. Wendy reveals that she did but then she got fired. Tripp asks why. Wendy acknowledges that he told her not to go after EJ but she thought she had the perfect opportunity to go through EJ’s phone but he set her up and caught her. Tripp says he’s so sorry. Wendy blames herself for not listening. Tripp hates that this happened but he knows that she’ll find another job where she’s not working for a murderous bastard and for someone who actually appreciates her talents. Wendy says she’ll worry about that later and then reveals to Tripp that she told EJ about Ava thinking Susan is still alive.

Harris assumes things didn’t end well between Ava and Jake DiMera. Ava informs him that the day they got engaged, Jake died. Harris tells her that he’s sorry. Ava adds that she did something incredibly stupid by letting Gabi persuade her into pretending that she and Jake were already married for business reasons so Gabi could take over DiMera, but when EJ found out, he was not pleased and tried to run her out of town. Ava adds that’s when she tried to pay him back by kidnapping his mother and that’s how she got in to this whole mess. Ava states that now she has dragged Harris in to it with her. Harris encourages that it’s going to be okay. Ava questions if it will be since he risked his entire life for her and she couldn’t handle it if something happened to him too.

Shawn tells Belle that he will prove to her that he’s serious about recovery. Shawn offers to call Brady about going to a meeting right now. Belle informs Shawn that Brady isn’t around as he and Alex went to Greece for information about Victor’s death. They talk about Shawn not being asked to go. Shawn acknowledges that his life is a big mess and he has to fix it. Shawn then asks Belle to go to a meeting with him right now which she agrees to. Belle thanks him for asking her. They start to walk off together but run in to Talia. Belle asks Talia how it went with Chanel and if she liked the flowers. Talia informs her that they are no longer seeing each other since Chanel decided to get back with Johnny. Belle worries that she made it worse by bringing it up and apologizes. Talia tells Belle that she’s the last person who should be sorry.

Chanel sits at home and texts Talia that she’s thinking of her and hopes she’s doing ok.

EJ joins Johnny in the living room of the DiMera Mansion. EJ thought Johnny had a date. Johnny says Chanel was tired so they called it early and asks EJ how work was. EJ responds that it was fantastic as he fired Wendy. Johnny questions that and argues that Wendy was his best employee so he hopes it didn’t have anything to do with him. EJ informs Johnny that he caught her snooping at Tripp’s behest just like she did for Johnny as she was trying to tie him to the events with Ava at Bayview which he claims to have nothing to do with. EJ adds that Wendy said that Ava is suddenly claiming that Susan is alive. Johnny asks if he thinks that could be true. EJ doesn’t see how that could be.

Wendy apologizes to Tripp as she knows she wasn’t supposed to say anything but she realized that if EJ knew Susan might still be alive, he might stop going after Ava. Tripp asks what he said. Wendy says that EJ didn’t believe her and she knows she should’ve run it by him first. Tripp says it’s okay as he was pretty close to telling Rafe when he was questioning him. Wendy asks about him being questioned again. Tripp explains that the cops apparently went through the trash and found the pages they ripped out of their passports. Wendy asks if they are in trouble. Tripp says he doesn’t think so because he gave Rafe what he wanted and told him where Ava and Harris are.

Rafe goes to Jada’s room and apologizes for waking her, but informs her that he has a strong lead on where Ava and Harris are. Rafe asks how Jada feels about going with him to London to check it out.

Harris assures Ava that he’s not going anywhere and when this is all over, they will go home and get their lives back. Ava says that’s assuming they don’t get caught by the cops or if EJ kills them. Harris tells Ava that tomorrow, they will look for Susan and get one step closer. Harris advises Ava to trust him which she agrees to do. They then hold hands and say goodnight to each other.

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EJ is in his office at DiMera Enterprises, on the phone with Joyce. He tells her to calm down and that she is safe as long as he’s representing her. EJ then finishes the call as Nicole arrives. Nicole says she needs to talk to him. EJ greets her with kisses and comments on the baby kicking. EJ guesses she got his message because he needs to talk to her as a consultant. EJ explains that he wants her to do some research before they make a big acquisition. Nicole responds that she can get right on that after he answers her question. Nicole then asks EJ if he tried to have Ava Vitali killed.

Ava and Harris are in their hotel room in London, England. Ava watches the TV and comments on there not being anything about them on there. Harris assures that no one is closing in on them. Ava worries about if anyone saw them or if anyone is staked outside the hotel. Harris encourages that they made it to London without anyone knowing where they are and tomorrow, they are going to start looking for Susan Banks. Ava complains that it’s a big city and they have no clue where to begin. Ava asks Harris what if they’ve made a huge mistake.

Wendy and Tripp talk at the hospital about Tripp not hearing from Ava yet. Wendy hopes that Ava can find Susan. Tripp responds that she’s going to have to or else she’s going to spend the rest of her life running from EJ. Tripp tells Wendy that he’ll never be able to repay her for coming up with the fake passports. Tripp points out that she took a big risk for someone she doesn’t even know. Wendy responds that she knows her son and that’s enough.

Belle meets Eric at the Brady Pub and says she got his message. Eric informs Belle that he and Sloan talked about still having a child and deciding that adoption may be their best option. Belle says she can understand that so Eric asks if she will help them through the process because they are going to need a lawyer and that’s why he asked her to meet. Belle agrees to represent him. Eric says he can see that something is wrong. Belle informs Eric that Shawn didn’t come home last night.

Shawn and Talia wake up in bed together. Talia begins to panic and questions what they have done. Shawn apologizes and blames himself but Talia says it was her too. Shawn grabs his phone and sees six messages and a voicemail from Belle, so he worries that she must think he’s dead in a ditch somewhere. Talia reminds Shawn that he said they got in to a big fight. Shawn doesn’t remember telling her that and asks what else he told her. Talia brings up that Belle cheated on Shawn in the past. Shawn acknowledges that he had never cheated on Belle but he guesses he can’t say that anymore. Shawn declares that he cannot believe this.

Eric asks Belle about Shawn seeing Marlena and coming out of this. Belle explains that Victor’s funeral happened and Shawn blames himself so he started drinking again and then he tried to go to work. Eric asks if he got suspended again. Belle clarifies that Rafe sent him home and he was clearly drunk. Belle admits she said some things she shouldn’t have said. Eric notes that this has been going on for a long time and understanding doesn’t seem to be the key with Shawn. Belle thinks she went too far by saying Shawn should go to rehab because that’s when things went off the rails. Belle adds that Shawn threw her affair with EJ in her face.

EJ asks Nicole why he would plot Ava’s murder. Nicole asks why wouldn’t he and brings up the news said that it looked like an attempted hit and no one hates Ava more than EJ does. EJ argues that Ava did the shooting and then escaped with Harris Michaels. Nicole brings up how the woman that Ava shot said she was a nurse but Bayview said they had never seen her there before. Nicole adds that the only person who knows this mystery person is her attorney, EJ, which leads her to believe that EJ hired her to avenge his mother by killing Ava.

Harris asks Ava what mistake they have made. Ava complains that they’ve barely had a moment to breathe since breaking out of Bayview and now they are in London with no clue what happens next. Harris encourages that they are going to figure it out. Ava cries that she is in EJ’s crosshairs and finding Susan is her only way out but they are in London based on a vision that she had. Harris asks what Ava is trying to say. Ava declares that he needs to take her back to Bayview because she’s clearly crazy.

Jada finishes a call at the police station as Rafe joins her and asks if there’s any news on the hunt for Ava. Jada shows him what she had and reveals that a neighbor thinks they may have seen Ava in the alley way outside of Tripp’s apartment. Jada wants to interview the neighbor but Rafe tells her that he will handle it because she is wearing the same clothes as yesterday and clearly needs to go home to rest. Jada jokes about Rafe being bossy as Rafe tells her to take off. Jada agrees to go but asks Rafe to promise to call if he finds anything big because she’s just as invested in finding Ava as he is. Rafe assures that she’s on speed dial as Jada then exits the station.

Tripp tells Wendy that he will let her know if he hears anything. Tripp then asks if Wendy is heading back to the apartment. Wendy responds that she was thinking of going to work. Tripp points out that her work is DiMera Enterprises. Tripp feels that she’s done enough and he doesn’t want her tangling with EJ. Wendy complains that Tripp’s mom is in trouble and the creep she works for may have sent an assassin to kill her. Tripp argues that only proves how dangerous EJ is. Wendy says she will just do some fishing and might find something useful while EJ won’t even know she’s there. Tripp asks her not to do this. Wendy jokes that if he didn’t want her involved, he shouldn’t have made her care about him so much. Wendy then walks away as Tripp gets a call from Rafe, who says he needs to see him down at the police station.

EJ informs Nicole that he’s representing Joyce because she was almost killed by the same woman who killed his mother. EJ says that he got to the hospital and she was being grilled by a police officer without counsel. Nicole asks why EJ even went to the hospital in the first place. EJ says he thought she might need an attorney and she did. Nicole argues that EJ hasn’t practiced law in many moons. EJ tells her that his law license is still active and he’s highly motivated because any enemy of Ava’s is automatically a friend of his. Nicole can’t tell if EJ is lying to her out of habit or to protect her. Nicole thinks EJ is defending Joyce because she knows something that he doesn’t want the cops to know. Nicole declares that since she’s having his baby in a couple months, she deserves to know what that is.

Belle informs Eric that she just got a notification that Shawn got her messages, so at least she knows he’s alive but she doesn’t know why he’s not calling her back and ghosting her. Eric suggests Shawn may be embarrassed over how he treated her and says he never should’ve brought up EJ. Belle acknowledges that it’s true that she cheated on him with EJ. Eric points out they were separated. Belle admits that she thought they had gotten past all of that. Belle worries that Shawn actually hasn’t forgiven her for her affair with EJ and if that’s part of the reason he’s drinking.

Talia tells Shawn that she’s not saying what they did was justified but she thinks he should give himself a break. Talia knows it must be hard for him to get rid of the mental image of his wife with another man and he’s obviously not over it. Shawn acknowledges that he threw it in Belle’s face and then went and got even more drunk. Shawn feels like he took advantage of Talia and apologizes. Talia asks him to stop apologizing, pointing out that she lost control too because she was hurt by Chanel breaking things off with her. Talia adds that she should feel bad because of all Belle did for her. Shawn points out that he is Belle’s husband and she’s waiting for a call from him. Shawn wonders what to say as he doesn’t even know how to tell her. They get out of bed and get dressed. Shawn tells Talia that he knows there’s a lot more to say but he has to tell Belle where he’s at. Shawn asks Talia not to say anything about last night until he figures out how to tell Belle. Talia agrees not to say a word. Shawn thanks her and figures he should get going. Shawn tells Talia to take care of herself. Talia wishes him luck. Shawn then exits the apartment.

Eric tells Belle to keep in mind that it was the alcohol talking, not Shawn. Belle says that’s unless he’s drinking again. Eric advises her not to engage and to tell Shawn that she won’t talk to him unless he’s sober as that’s the best thing she can do for him. Belle decides she will go get some air and hopes that Shawn will call soon. Belle then exits the Pub. Shawn comes downstairs and heads for the door but Eric spots him and questions where the hell he came from.

Harris states that Ava spent all that time going over what could go wrong. Ava questions what could go right when all they have to go on is her visions and they don’t know if she will get another one. Harris argues that Ava convinced him that her visions may be Susan really trying to reach her. Ava asks why her when she is the one who almost killed Susan. Harris says they were sent here so maybe they have to wait for a signal. Ava argues that Susan didn’t give her an address. Harris points out that they are here now and they are ahead of the cops so he has a good feeling that it’s going to work out. Ava guesses they’ll go on that then and complains that Susan better send her another sign soon before EJ comes to finish off the job.

EJ apologizes to Nicole for stonewalling her but says this is about protecting her. Nicole argues that they both know what’s going on here and complains about the idea of giving birth while EJ is in prison. EJ insists that he won’t be in prison because no one knows what he’s done. Nicole argues that he’s probably Rafe’s number one suspect because of what Ava did to Susan. EJ assures that Joyce won’t sell him out as long as he guarantees her safety. EJ vows that he would not put what they have at risk for anything. Wendy then arrives and says she has something for EJ to see. EJ tells her that he’s in a meeting but Nicole says it’s okay as she’s going to do that research. Nicole advises EJ to try not to freak out as she then exits. EJ asks what he can do for Wendy. Wendy responds that it shouldn’t take long as she just wants to make sure that she’s on track with something.

Tripp goes to the police station and meets with Rafe in the interrogation room. Rafe thanks him for coming and says it shouldn’t take long. Rafe apologizes for interrupting him with Wendy the night before. Tripp says it’s okay and that he needed to know what was going on with his mom. Tripp adds that he’s sorry he couldn’t be much help as he doesn’t know where she is. Rafe says that Tripp was actually very helpful and he hopes he can be again. Tripp responds that he just wants Ava to be okay. Rafe tells Tripp that they know for a fact that Ava was alive and well at 9 PM last night. Rafe reveals an eye witness spotted Ava and Harris. Tripp states that is good. Rafe adds that the funny thing is that they were spotted in the alley right behind Tripp’s apartment, so he has to ask if Tripp has seen Ava since they last talked. Tripp then admits that he has. Tripp tells Rafe that when he got home last night, Ava and Harris were there, they talked for awhile and then left. Rafe asks how they got in. Tripp admits it was the fire escape. Rafe acknowledges that it must have been hard and emotional to see his mom after someone tried to kill her. Tripp confirms that it was. Rafe asks if she asked for his help. Tripp responds that she knew he couldn’t do anything for her so they left. Rafe asks if he has any idea where they went. Tripp says he can’t say and adds that he hasn’t lied, so he asks if he can go now. Rafe tells Tripp to tell the hospital that he’s hung up because he’s not going anywhere. Tripp states that he has nothing more to say. Rafe warns Tripp to think about the obstruction charges he could be facing for failing to tell him that he saw Ava. Rafe then walks out of the room.

EJ goes over a folder that Wendy presented to him. Wendy says she was told to do a system upgrade and wanted him to see it because it could be really expensive. Wendy tells him to take his time while she’ll just read the Spectator. Wendy looks at it and comments on seeing Ava escaped last night. EJ responds that he knows. Wendy guesses that the police must have told EJ right away because of his unfortunate connection with Ava and what happened to his mother. EJ comments on his mother being a great person. Wendy reads that it says they don’t know where Ava is and remarks that it’s kind of scary considering everything she has done. Wendy guesses EJ has good security here and at his house. EJ tells Wendy that she’s going to have to stop talking if she wants him to give this his full attention.

Ava tries calling out to Susan and says she’d really appreciate another sign. Ava complains when nothing happens. Harris argues that Ava is just tired and punchy after the flight. Ava mocks Harris not being afraid of anything. Harris tells Ava to act like a Vitali. Ava complains about Harris sounding like a broken record as she storms in to the bathroom.

Eric tells Shawn that Belle was just there and worried about him. Shawn says he’s just trying to figure out what to say as they have a lot to talk about. Shawn assumes that Belle told Eric about their fight. Eric confirms that Belle said he didn’t come home last night. Shawn tells Eric that he ran in to Jada and told her about the fight, so Jada said he could crash here while she was working the late shift. Talia comes down the stairs but stops when she sees them talking. Eric then asks Shawn about Talia since she lives there too.

Belle walks through the town square and runs in to Nicole. Nicole asks about Shawn since she knows Victor’s funeral must have been hard on him. Belle confirms that Shawn’s not in great shape. Nicole says she’s sorry. Belle asks how Nicole is since she must be due soon. Nicole says she is due in January and is really excited. Belle bets EJ must be excited too. Nicole assures that EJ is really on board now there is no uncertainty as that was hard on EJ and Eric. Nicole adds that she’s really sorry about Eric and Sloan losing their baby. Nicole asks how Eric is doing. Belle mentions that she was just with him and that he and Sloan are now looking in to adoption. Nicole is surprised but says that’s great. Belle comments on Eric always wanting a kid and knowing he’ll be a great father which Nicole agrees with.

Shawn claims to Eric that Talia is working too at the hospital on the late shift and admits he drank a lot last night which kept him from going home. Talia goes and sneaks out the back. Shawn tells Eric that he’ll catch up with him later. Eric informs Shawn that Belle knows he saw her messages and she deserves to know that he’s going to be alright. Shawn responds that he’s going to go find her now. Talia then enters the Pub and says she hopes the coffee is fresh as she claims that she just got off the hospital night shift, so Eric goes to get her coffee. Shawn pretends to meet Talia for the first time and introduces himself, adding that Jada let him crash. Shawn then gets a text from Belle that she’s in the town square. Eric tells Shawn to just make it right as he then exits the Pub.

Jada returns to the police station. Rafe thought he told her to go home. Jada claims she was on her way home but her route took her by Tripp’s place, so on a hunch she decided to check it out. Rafe asks if she found something.

EJ tells Wendy that she did a good job and he’ll think about it before getting back to her. Wendy apologizes if she overstepped by talking about Ava and Susan as it’s none of her business. EJ says it’s nothing and adds that he’s due in a meeting. EJ tells Wendy that his computer mouse is messing up, so Wendy says she will take care of it. EJ then exits while Wendy sits at his desk and is amazed to discover that EJ forgot his phone.

Jada goes to the Brady Pub and sees Eric. Jada mentions hearing about Sloan’s miscarriage and says she’s so sorry. Eric thanks her and says he really appreciates her saying that. Eric adds that he also appreciates what she did for Shawn last night as she must have known he was drunk and that he didn’t want to go home after fighting with Belle so she let him crash there. Jada goes along with it and says she’s pretty beat so she’ll see him as she heads upstairs to her room.

Belle tells Nicole that she will tell Eric that she asked about him. Nicole tells her not to and says she’s just happy that Eric and Sloan got past what happened. Shawn arrives and greets them. Nicole tells him that she’s really sorry about Victor which Shawn says he appreciates. Nicole then walks away. Belle asks how Shawn is feeling. Shawn admits he’s hungover. Belle then asks where he slept last night.

Talia makes her bed as Jada comes home and says she’s got to be kidding her. Jada questions if Talia slept with Shawn Brady.

Rafe returns to Tripp in the interrogation room. Tripp talks about Rafe trying to scare him with the obstruction charges and asks what jury is going to convict him for trying to protect his own mother after a hitwoman tried to kill her. Rafe agrees and tells him to forget the obstruction because he didn’t need it. Rafe then warns Tripp that he could be facing a charge of aiding and abetting a felon. Rafe then reveals Tripp and Wendy’s passports.

Wendy tries searching through EJ’s phone but EJ returns and asks if he may help her.

Ava returns from the shower as Harris is getting undressed.

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Leo accuses Dimitri of cheating on him with his wife and complains that he just got an earful from Gwen about their sex lives. Leo demands the truth as he asks if Dimitri has been playing him this whole time.

Kristen questions Gwen already knowing that Dimitri was cheating on her with Leo. Gwen says of course she knew and brings up the lustful looks that Leo has been giving Dimitri. Gwen says she’d have to be braindead to not have noticed. Kristen questions if Gwen has been pretending to be in love with Dimitri while knowing all along that he was crazy in love with Leo. Gwen admits that in the beginning, she was a bit of a naïve fool when Dimitri proposed to her as she thought her luck had really turned around and she was going to marry the man of her dreams. Gwen is relieved to report that she has jumped off of cloud nine and landed safely, so she’s now back to being her cynical misanthropic self.

In Athens ,Greece, Alex and Brady ask about Constantine’s meeting with Victor before he died. Constantine questions Victor not telling them. Brady and Alex explain that Victor only told Maggie that he was going to visit Bo, who doesn’t live in Greece, which is why they were shocked when Victor’s plane went down in the Mediterranean. Brady says Victor must not have wanted anyone to know where he was and questions what he was doing in Greece.

Theresa waits on room service but is shocked when she opens the door to see her dad, Shane Donovan, has arrived and she hugs him.

Stefan tells Gabi that it feels pretty damn good to have Dimitri right where they want him, thanks to them uncovering his deep dark secret. Stefan declares that pretty soon, they will have DiMera in the palm of their hand. Gabi asks why stop there and suggests making Dimitri hand over the Von Leuschner money too.

Dimitri questions what Leo means. Leo repeats how Gwen went in detail about her and Dimitri’s sex life. Dimitri tells Leo that Gwen is lying as they have not been physically intimate. Leo says that doesn’t make any sense and asks why Gwen would lie.

Kristen asks Gwen when she figured all of this out. Gwen explains that when Leo showed up to her honeymoon, claiming he was there for a secret Madonna concert, is when she started getting suspicious as it was all too coincidental. Kristen asks if Gwen had no idea before that. Gwen admits she was a naïve fool but once her suspicions were aroused, she started to look back on all the little moments where she should’ve seen Dimitri and Leo for the lying snakes that they are.

Theresa tells Shane that it’s so good to see him. Shane tells her the same but questions what she’s doing here as he was told Alex and Brady were staying in these rooms. Theresa says they should be back soon. Shane says that doesn’t answer his question and guesses this is about Brady.

Constantine tells Alex and Brady that he didn’t plan to meet Victor but he just appeared and he could tell something was really wrong. Alex guesses it’s about his son, Bo. Constantine confirms that Victor had just come from visiting Bo and he could tell it was a very painful visit but he could tell that something other than his ailing son was on Victor’s mind.

Stefan questions Gabi wanting to go after Dimitri’s inheritance too. Gabi asks why not since they have him where they want him and if they get that money, they won’t have to share with any member of the family.

Gwen repeats to Kristen that when Leo showed up at her honeymoon with his Madonna excuses is when she started thinking back to the little moments. Kristen tells her to go on. Gwen starts when she and Dimitri first got engaged and she didn’t hear from him all day, then Leo said he was with him as they were planning a surprise for her for the wedding. Gwen recalls thinking it was strange but she told herself that she was being paranoid. Gwen brings up all the times that Dimitri wasn’t interested in making love to her.

Dimitri reminds Leo that Gwen believes they are in love so they would have to have sex sometimes. Leo says he gets it but hopes Dimitri is not enjoying it. Dimitri swears that he’s only sleeping with Gwen out of obligation but he’s sleeping with Leo because he loves him.

Stefan asks Gabi what incentive Dimitri has to keep quiet if they take everything from him as he has to have something to lose in order to be blackmailed. Gabi guesses he’s right but feels there must be something they can do to get a bigger payday out of this. Stefan loves the way her mind works but says in this instance, they can’t afford to be greedy.

Gwen tells Kristen that Dimitri was not interested in having sex with her and remembers that the first person she told was Leo. Gwen recalls walking in on Dimitri in his underwear with Leo and they claimed that he was trying on suits. Gwen says she knew Leo wasn’t being completely honest but she thought she knew why. Gwen guesses she was so stupid as she knows Leo always has crushes on straight men, but says she should’ve known when “Matthew Perry” came in to the picture which Kristen questions.

Leo questions Dimitri saying that he loves him. Dimitri confirms that he does and supposes he only realized it when Mr. Roth said he could see it so clearly. Dimitri talks about it going beyond attraction and lust. Dimitri says he misses him when he’s not around and he wants to share everything with him. Dimitri declares that he wants to make Leo happy and repeats that he loves him. Leo says he loves him too and they kiss.

Shane knew Theresa hadn’t really gotten over Brady but questions her chasing him all the way to Greece. Theresa admits she followed him but claims she’s helping Brady and Alex with their investigation. Shane argues that they apparently don’t want her help, otherwise she’d be out investigating with them now. Shane praises Theresa but hates to see her chasing someone who doesn’t appreciate her. Shane declares that if Brady can’t understand how wonderful she is, then he doesn’t deserve her.

Brady questions Constantine saying that Victor seemed worried about something other than Bo. Constantine adds that when he asked Victor about it, he got quiet. Brady talks about Victor having his will destroyed and asks if he mentioned anything about that. Constantine says he did not, but he did mention a letter. Alex asks what Victor said about this letter. Constantine says that Victor said it was of great importance to him, then shared a toast and left. Constantine steps away while Alex asks Brady if he really thinks Victor came all this way for a letter. Brady talks about when Victor sets his mind to something. Brady then remembers Kayla saying that she found a box full of old letters when Bo held her in Victor’s old home.

Theresa tells Shane that she knows she should move on and she’s tried with other boyfriends, but she can’t help comparing them to Brady and none of them measure up. Theresa swears that she’s trying to play it cool as Brady thinks she has a thing for Alex but she doesn’t. Shane points out that Alex is Brady’s cousin and asks how far she’s willing to take this deception. Theresa doesn’t know and acknowledges that Alex is really cool, handsome, and rich so it won’t be hard for her. Shane questions if she’s planning a fling with Alex to make Brady jealous. Theresa says she’s not really planning anything but she’s holding onto hope that if Brady spends time with her, he will realize she’s changed and maybe he’ll fall in love with her again.

Kristen questions Gwen about “Matthew Perry”. Gwen then explains how she found the initials MP in Leo’s phone and he claimed it was Matthew Perry but not the actor. Gwen says at that point, she stopped worrying about Dimitri even after Leo interrupted their wedding and then their honeymoon. Gwen adds that she believed Leo at first about the Madonna concert, but the more she thought about it, the crazier it seemed though she had no proof that anything was going on until the very next day when Leo came in her room, pretending to be torn up over Victor’s death so she went out to get him a snack but reveals that she came back and found them together without them knowing. Gwen then thought back to when she found Leo hiding someone in his room and Leo said it was a married man. Gwen declares that then she knew the truth and that “MP” stood for Magic Penis which Kristen laughs at.

Leo asks Dimitri what he means when he said they have trouble. Dimitri tells him to brace himself. Leo starts to worry that Gwen is pregnant and they will be bound together forever. Dimitri assures she is not so Leo asks what kind of trouble they have. Dimitri then reveals that Gabi and Stefan have discovered they are sleeping together and are using it as blackmail. Leo asks how that can be when they have been so careful. Dimitri says they apparently found the hotel receipt showing he paid for his room in Iceland and they got Rachel to confirm she saw them sleeping together.

Stefan tells Gabi that he covets the Von Leuschner money as much as she does, but he thinks they need to focus on their original plan because when Dimitri gives them he and Megan’s shares, they will have a huge block at DiMera and almost be guaranteed to be the deciding votes which means if Chad and EJ want any say, they will have to come to them. Gabi admits it does have a certain appeal and maybe eventually, they could run the whole company and then they kick EJ out on his ass.

Leo complains that there are far too many nosy, obnoxious children running around the DiMera Mansion. Dimitri adds that Gabi and Stefan are demanding he and Megan’s shares or else they will tell Gwen everything. Leo asks what they are going to do. Dimitri declares that there’s only one thing they can do and that’s kill them which Leo questions.

Gwen tells Kristen that after walking in on Dimitri and Leo on her honeymoon, that’s when she knew the truth and she didn’t know which one she was more angry at. Kristen comments on the flight home which Gwen calls definitely a challenge to be unable to strangle them for 10 hours. Gwen adds that as angry as she was, she couldn’t figure out why Dimitri wanted to marry her only to have an affair with a man right afterwards, until they came home and Dimitri sent her to unpack while he stayed here with Kristen. Gwen reveals that she decided to do some eavesdropping. Gwen asks Kristen about planning to split the Von Leuschner money with him all along. Kristen explains that she didn’t know Dimitri was betraying her to that extent because he only told her that he was just sleeping with Leo to keep him quiet. Gwen questions Kristen saying that Dimitri doesn’t have feelings for Leo and was just sleeping with him out of desperation. Kristen clarifies that is what she thought but Dimitri just told her that wasn’t the case and that what he and Leo have is the real thing as they are in love.

Leo questions Dimitri saying they have to kill Stefan and Gabi. Dimitri insists that he’s serious. Leo points out that Stefan is his uncle. Dimitri argues that he barely knows he and Gabi. Leo says it’s a serious crime and that he can’t be serious. Dimitri reminds Leo that he nearly took out half of Salem. Leo argues that was his world domination era but he’s moved on. Dimitri says that Leo doesn’t have to be any part of this but he’s not going to let two new relatives ruin everything for him, so he’s going to do everything he possibly can to make sure they don’t. Dimitri tells Leo that all he has to do is sit back and keep his mouth shut.

Gabi talks to Stefan about how if they get Dimitri’s shares, they won’t have to share anything. Stefan agrees it will all be theirs.

Alex asks Brady if he really thinks Victor came all this way for a box of letters when he’s sent hundreds of letters. Brady guesses these were really important to him and brings up the letters he sent to Caroline Brady, who sent them back to him. Alex realizes that Caroline was Bo’s mother and Victor had just coming from seeing Bo. Constantine comes back and tells them that Victor was family so they are too and they are welcome anytime and if there’s anything he can do for them. Brady brings up Victor’s childhood home and asks if he knows where that is. Constantine confirms he does as Victor liked him to keep an eye on things and says he would be happy to show them.

Theresa asks Shane about his briefcase. Shane explains that it was Victor’s as it was recovered in the wreckage and they said it didn’t have anything to do with the crash as it was just his personal belongings, papers, and legal documents so he thought maybe Alex and Brady would like to take it home to Maggie. Theresa says she’ll make sure they get it and invites Shane to stay for room service. Shane says he can’t but reminds her about what he said about finding a man who is worthy of her. Shane hugs her and says he loves her as he then exits. Theresa then begins to look over the briefcase.

Gabi tells Stefan that they’ve given Dimitri enough time to stew and suggests going in for the kill. Stefan agrees and texts Dimitri to ask if they are getting the shares.

Dimitri tells Leo that he better go see Gwen so she doesn’t get suspicious. Dimitri tells Leo that he’ll see him and kisses him goodbye as he exits.

Gwen tells Kristen that she’s going to confront her so called husband. Kristen stops her and thinks they should turn the tables around on Dimitri. Gwen asks if she’s saying they should join forces to get back at Leo and Dimitri for what they did to them. Gwen agrees and shakes hands with Kristen.

Constantine brings Alex and Brady to the wine cellar of Victor’s childhood home. Brady mentions Kayla referencing an old metal box that had the letters which Alex finds. Brady hopes it will give them all the answers they need as he prepares to open the box.

Theresa takes a knife and begins trying to break in to Victor’s briefcase.

Brady opens the metal box but finds it is empty.

Theresa gets Victor’s briefcase open and removes the stack of letters.

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Gabi wakes Stefan up in bed and tells him that they need to decide if they are going to burn down Dimitri’s house of cards by telling his wife that he’s having an affair with her gay best friend.

Kristen joins Dimitri in the living room of the DiMera Mansion. Kristen comments on Dimitri working up quite an appetite and asks if he was with Gwen or with Leo. Dimitri tells her to lower her voice. Kristen suggests he worry more about convincing the lawyer that he and Gwen are happily married. Dimitri tells Kristen not to concern herself with that. Kristen states that he needs to turn in an Oscar worthy performance. Dimitri tells her to hand him his trophy then. Kristen questions how he managed to convince Mr. Roth that he didn’t need to see Gwen in person. Dimitri asks who says he didn’t see her. Kristen questions how he arranged for Mr. Roth to meet with Gwen without telling Gwen about the money. Dimitri responds that he had a stand-in.

Leo remains dressed as Gwen in his room until Gwen shows up at his door.

Julie joins Maggie in the living room of the Kiriakis Mansion. Julie apologizes to Maggie for not coming to Victor’s service as Doug wasn’t feeling well. Maggie assures that she understands. Julie says Doug is better today and asks how everything went. Maggie responds that the service was lovely, but then they had an uninvited guest. Julie asks who. Vivian then enters the room and announces that would be her.

Alex and Brady arrive at the hotel in Athens, Greece. Alex comments on the long flight and jokes about the flight attendant giving him the look. Brady reminds him that they didn’t fly to Greece to chase tail. Alex hopes they didn’t come for nothing as he worries it’s a longshot that they find what Victor was up to before his plane went down. Brady says the burning question is why Victor destroyed his will but says it’s the only shot they’ve got. Alex brings up the lead from Andrew and suggests going to see Constantine which Brady agrees with. Brady says he’s jet lagged and going to take a shower, then they will head out. After Brady heads to the shower, Theresa then shows up at the door, surprising Alex. Alex asks what the hell she’s doing in Greece. Theresa reminded him that she offered to help find out what Victor was up to while Alex reminds her that he told her Brady would hate the idea. Theresa says she got her own flight and Brady is not their boss. Alex tells Theresa that she should not be there. Theresa responds that she is there and suggests Alex tell Brady that he doesn’t give a damn if he likes it or not and that he’s grateful that she came to help solve Victor’s mystery.

Julie thought Vivian was rotting away in prison. Vivian responds that she was released on good behavior. Julie complains about the justice system. Vivian brings up Lani still being in prison. Julie tells Maggie to ask Vivian to leave. Vivian asks Julie about her great grandchildren and says maybe she should pop over to Washington DC to get reacquainted with Lani and Eli’s twins.

Leo tells Gwen that he was just thinking about her and wondering how married life is treating her. Gwen responds that it’s been wonderful and couldn’t be better. Leo says he’s so glad to hear that. Gwen talks about being worried at first when they had to cut the honeymoon short but it hasn’t put a damper on the romance. Gwen adds that Dimitri seems more in love than ever as he can’t keep his hands off of her.

Stefan asks Gabi if they are 100% certain that Dimitri is sleeping with Leo. Gabi informs him that she and Rachel finished their game of 20 questions while Stefan was sleeping and Rachel admitted that she saw Dimitri and Leo in bed together. Stefan realizes that Dimitri really did just marry Gwen for the money. Gabi talks about Gwen strolling around like the happy newlywed while her husband is being a completely, slimy dirtbag. Gabi tells Stefan that they have to figure out how to use this fascinating information to their advantage.

Kristen questions Dimitri thinking he could convince Mr. Roth that Leo in drag was his wife. Dimitri acknowledges that it sounds like a bad SNL sketch, but it worked. Kristen asks how if he said Mr. Roth saw right through Leo’s disguise. Dimitri explains that when Mr. Roth realized that he and Leo have genuine feelings for each other, he felt empathy for them. Kristen argues that Dimitri convinced her that he was just stringing Leo along to keep it from Gwen. Kristen asks if Dimitri has gone soft for Leo. Dimitri then confirms that Leo is the man he loves.

Leo asks if Gwen is saying Dimitri can’t keep his hands off of her. Gwen assures that Dimitri has been in a great mood the last few days and he’s always in the mood. Gwen talks about Dimitri’s appetite. Leo claims he’s so happy for them. Gwen thanks him and talks about how she can barely keep up with Dimitri. Gwen jokes that Leo’s joke about Dimitri having a magic penis is quite accurate.

Alex tells Theresa that he wishes they could hang out but he has to go get ready because he and Brady are going to meet Constantine. Theresa teases him and then tells him to go shower. Alex tells Theresa to book herself a flight back home and that she can charge it to Basic Black. Alex goes to shower as Brady then returns to the room and questions what the hell Theresa is doing there. Theresa tells him that Alex is in the shower because he just worked up quite the sweat.

Julie calls Vivian despicable. Julie tells Maggie to just say the word and she will kick Vivian to the curb. Vivian doesn’t think Maggie will be able to do that. Julie asks what she means. Vivian explains that the house is not Julie’s or Maggie’s either. Julie calls her out of her mind. Vivian doesn’t understand what Maggie is doing there as Justin and Bonnie left last night, so she suggests Maggie and Julie leave as well. Julie questions Victor destroying his will and that he and Vivian never divorced. Julie asks if this is some kind of joke. Vivian calls it no laughing matter and states that when Victor passed away, he was her husband and not Maggie’s. Maggie doesn’t give a damn and shouts that Victor was her husband in every way that mattered. Vivian says except legally. Vivian adds that she has some errands to run, so if they are still there when she comes back, she will have to call the authorities. After Vivian leaves the mansion, Julie calls her a bitch.

Stefan tells Gabi that they have two options, either expose Dimitri or extort him for every share of DiMera Enterprises that belongs to him and his mom which Gabi prefers. Gabi suggests they get the ball rolling by going downstairs to have a chat with Dimitri. Gabi thinks they better get the show on the road, so they get up and leave the room together.

Brady complains about Theresa following him to Greece when he’s on an urgent family matter. Theresa reminds him that she is family too. Brady questions why she would come uninvited. Theresa claims that she was invited by Alex, who thought she could help with their mission. Brady accuses her of lying as Alex would not invite her on this trip. Theresa argues that maybe Alex sees something in her that Brady doesn’t. Brady tells Theresa not to try playing her mind games. Theresa asks if he’s jealous. Alex comes out of the shower and asks Brady what’s going on. Brady hoped Alex could tell him because Theresa says that he invited her, so he questions if that’s true.

Kristen questions Dimitri falling in love with Leo Stark. Dimitri asks what difference it makes since Roth believed they were soulmates and that was enough for him to release the funds. Kristen asks where her cut is then. Dimitri says that’s on hold because he only brought the first installment of the trust and he has certain expenses. Kristen reminds him that he’s paying her to keep silent on his sham of a marriage. Dimitri argues that it’s only a matter of time before he gets the full inheritance. Kristen warns that if he crosses her, she will tell Gwen everything. Gabi and Stefan walk in as Gabi questions telling Gwen everything about what.

Gwen jokes with Leo that Dimitri and his magic penis might be the death of her. Gwen talks about her sex with Dimitri until Leo yells at her to shut the hell up. Gwen asks what that was about. Leo claims he doesn’t know what came over him and apologizes. Gwen thought he was happy for them. Leo says he is but he was up late last night and then admits he’s really jealous because Gwen has a rich, gorgeous husband and he has no one. Gwen asks what happened to his married boyfriend “Matthew Perry”. Leo says they broke up because he decided to work things out with his wife. Gwen says she’s so sorry. Leo says it was his own fault for getting involved with someone in the closet. Gwen encourages him not to let it get him down. Gwen calls Leo a real catch, praising him as clever, witty, smart, and intelligent. Gwen knows that one day, Leo will meet someone as wonderful as Dimitri. Leo then hugs Gwen.

Stefan asks Kristen what exactly she plans on telling Gwen and why it has Dimitri looking like he saw a ghost. Vivian walks in and greets them. Stefan questions his mother being there. Gabi asks how she got out of prison. Vivian asks if anyone’s ever heard of good behavior. Vivian asks how Gabi got Stefan to remarry her. Stefan clarifies that Gabi didn’t have to get him to do anything as they are in love more than ever. Vivian warns him to tread carefully because Gabi was in love with Nick Fallon and that didn’t work out for him. Gabi argues that Nick was an abusive jerk that she had to defend herself from and compares it to Carly Manning and Vivian’s nephew Lawrence. Vivian asks how dare she bring that up. Gabi complains about Vivian insinuating that she’s not good enough for her son which Vivian calls a fact. Gabi argues that Vivian is the reason they lost years because Stefan took a bullet for her. Dimitri interrupts to ask who Vivian is and what her issue is with the Von Leuschners.

Alex assures Brady that he did not invite Theresa. Theresa blows it off and says she’s here now, so they should just make the most of it. Theresa thinks they should go solve the mystery of Victor’s final days. Brady tells Theresa that there is no way in hell that she’s coming with them. Theresa says she’ll just stay here and do some sight seeing then. Brady offers to drop her off at the airport and book her a ticket home. Theresa argues that she did not take the long flight just to go right back. Theresa talks about adversity and says she can’t wait to explore Greece. Alex states that she clearly has no intention of going back so he thinks maybe they should just relax about it. Brady tells Theresa not to get in any trouble and warns her against following them which she says she won’t do. Theresa claims jet lag and tells Alex that she will just take a nap. Brady says they’ve wasted enough time and then exits with Alex. Theresa then grabs the phone and orders room service.

Gwen tells Leo that she must be off because Dimitri bought her sexy new lingerie to try on and she doesn’t like being away from her husband for too long. Gwen tells Leo that she will see him later and then exits. Leo mocks everything Gwen told him about their sex life and questions what kind of game Dimitri is playing.

Vivian introduces herself to Dimitri and asks who he is. Kristen informs her that he is Megan’s son. Dimitri brings up Carly being his cousin, who Vivian buried alive. Vivian goes over Dimitri being related to Carly and a DiMera, making him a Von Leuschner. Dimitri states that it makes him her sworn enemy. Vivian thinks she better get going. Stefan stops her and says she did a lot of talking and made it clear she’s as bitter as ever, but she hadn’t told them what she’s doing in Salem.

Maggie tells Julie that she can’t believe this is happening as she could lose her home and everything that she and Victor built to Vivian. Julie refuses to believe it and argues there must be something Justin can do. Maggie confirms that Justin looked in to Vivian’s claim and found out that it’s legit that Vivian and Victor’s divorce was never properly finalized. Julie argues that Maggie can’t surrender and she has to fight. Julie declares that a problem like Vivian Alamain can’t be solved over tea. Julie invites Maggie to her house where they can calmly plan her next moves. Julie says Maggie would only be gone long enough to get her bearings and so she doesn’t give Vivian the satisfaction of throwing her out of Victor’s house. Julie says it will better if Maggie leaves on her own so they can come up with a plan to throw Vivian out onto the streets. Julie encourages that Maggie has to fight and she’s going to fight with her.

Vivian tells Stefan that she has a slight infestation at the mansion before she moves in and then quickly exits. Kristen complains about Vivian being on the loose and says she’s going to call Eli to warn him. Kristen suggest she and Dimitri go finish their conversation but Dimitri convinces her that it can wait. Kristen then exits. Dimitri says he should get going too but Gabi stops him and says her question wasn’t answered, so she asks again what Kristen was threatening to tell Gwen earlier. Stefan then tells Dimitri that they’ll save him the trouble of coming up with a lie because they know. Gabi then reveals that they know Dimitri is having an affair with Leo Stark and tells him not to deny it because Rachel saw them in bed together and they know that he got Leo’s hotel in Iceland. Stefan tells Dimitri not to look so rattled, because they are willing to keep his dirty affair a secret. Gabi adds that they do have conditions.

Brady and Alex meet with Constantine. Constantine asks if they are related to Victor. Alex confirms Victor was his uncle and Brady’s grandfather. Constantine says he’s very sorry for their loss as Victor was a great man. Alex and Brady ask about Constantine’s meeting with Victor before he died.

Theresa waits on room service but is shocked when she opens the door.

Vivian returns home and sees Maggie is still there, so she threatens to call the sheriff. Maggie assures that she and Julie are leaving. Vivian comments on never seeing Maggie as the Matriarch of the Kiriakis clan. Maggie states that Vivian may have won this round but warns that the war is just beginning as she exits.

Stefan and Gabi talk about the look on Dimitri’s face when they demanded his stocks. Gabi says so much for Megan’s plan because now they got Dimitri and their shares right where they want them.

Dimitri goes to see Leo and tells him that they have a big problem. Leo agrees and complains that he is two timing him with his wife.

Kristen returns to the living room where she finds Gwen. Gwen asks if she’s seen Dimitri around. Kristen says he was there earlier but must have went out. Gwen calls that a shame as they were supposed to have breakfast together. Kristen states that there is something she feels she has to tell Gwen. Kristen adds that she wouldn’t have said anything but Dimitri has forced her hand. Gwen asks what it is. Kristen responds that it has to do with Dimitri and Leo. Gwen asks what about them. Kristen then reveals to Gwen that Dimitri and Leo are having an affair. Gwen then surprises Kristen by revealing that she already knew that!

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Days Update Thursday, September 14, 2023

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Theresa shows up at Alex’s door and smiles when he answers wearing just a towel.

Brady informs Belle that he and Alex are flying to Greece tonight. Belle mentions hearing that’s where Victor was before his plane crashed. Brady explains that they are going to try to figure out what Victor was doing there and why he destroyed his will. Belle says it sounds like he has a lot on his plate so she won’t stand in his way. Brady notes that she sounds a little bummed and asks if she wants to talk. Belle doesn’t want to hold him up but Brady points out that his flight doesn’t leave for a couple hours, so he asks what’s going on. Belle informs him that she and Shawn just had a huge fight. Brady asks what about. Belle then reveals that Shawn is drinking again.

At the Brady Pub, Talia tells Shawn that he can join her but she doesn’t think she’d be great company as she’s trying to drown her sorrows. Shawn says that’s his plan too as he sits down. Shawn asks about her sorrows. Talia responds that it’s heartbreak and humiliation as she just got dumped tonight.

Chanel goes to the DiMera Mansion where Johnny says he wasn’t expecting to see her again tonight. Chanel says she decided to surprise him. Johnny says they have a lot to catch up on.

In Marlena’s office, John explains to his father Timothy how for awhile, he thought he was a priest but it was a lie. John says it’s been a hell of a ride not knowing who he was which Timothy can relate too. They laugh together as Marlena joins them. John can’t believe he’s actually having a conversation with his real father. Marlena is so glad they found each other which Timothy credits Marlena for. Timothy says most people would’ve tried to put his memory together with a few questions and then moved on but not Marlena. Timothy adds that he was a total stranger but she pieced his life back together. Marlena notes that John and Steve had a lot to do with it. Timothy says he’s grateful to both of them and notes that it’s getting late, so he asks if they want to drive him back to his VA hospital. John then declares that he’s not going anywhere because he’s coming home with them.

Theresa tells Alex that she probably should’ve called first but thought it’d be fun to surprise him. Alex says he loves a good surprise but questions how she knew where he lived. Theresa informs him that Stephanie told her and she also gave her his phone number. Alex questions her knowing Stephanie. Theresa then reveals that she’s her cousin. Theresa adds that Stephanie has no problem with them hanging out. Theresa says she came to nail down their dinner plans. Alex reminds her that he can’t do that yet because he’s leaving tonight with Brady to Greece and he’s not sure when they will be back. Theresa asks why they are going to Greece.

Belle explains to Brady that when she suggested Shawn get help, he lashed out and threw EJ in her face. Brady thought he was over that. Belle says he was just picking a fight and so angry that he just stormed off. Belle thought that Shawn was really committed to getting better and that they had turned a corner but now she doesn’t know what to do. Brady hugs her and tells her it’s okay.

Shawn questions what guy was stupid enough to dump Talia. Talia then reveals it actually wasn’t a guy. Shawn apologizes as he didn’t know. Talia says she didn’t either until she met Chanel and developed real feelings for her. Talia says it was scary at first but it ended up all feeling right. Shawn asks how long they were together. Talia says it was only a few weeks but she thought it was the start of something special until tonight when Chanel told her that she’s getting back with her ex.

Johnny asks Chanel how it went with Talia after he left. Chanel explains that she was honest with Talia that Johnny told her that he still had feelings for her and that Talia started to get the picture. Johnny knows it must have been hard because she cares about her. Chanel admits that she hated hurting her but she had to tell her the truth.

Timothy says he doesn’t want to impose. John and Marlena assure that they would love to have him. They add that Timothy will get to meet his grandchildren, Brady and Belle. John declares that it’s time for Timothy to meet the rest of his family.

Johnny asks how Talia took the news. Chanel says not well and that she tried to comfort her but she ran off before she could. Chanel acknowledges that Talia was totally blindsided.

Talia complains to Shawn that she shouldn’t be surprised that Chanel went back to Johnny and asks how she could’ve ever thought Chanel would want a future with her. Talia feels like an idiot. Shawn encourages that relationships can get messy and unpredictable. Shawn remarks that no matter how much you think you know someone, there are some things you don’t see coming. Shawn brings up having a big blow up with his wife which Talia asks about. Shawn explains that Belle doesn’t agree with his drinking and complains that she gives him no sympathy without trying to understand what he’s going through and just attacks him and wants him to go to rehab. Shawn knows Belle means well but says he doesn’t want her to fix him, he wants her to understand the guilt he feels. Shawn states that his grandfather is dead while his father is in a coma and may never wake up. Shawn feels that he’s responsible for that. Talia tells Shawn that she’s so sorry as that’s a lot to deal with. Shawn thanks her for being the first person to try to convince him that it’s not his fault and says that means a lot to him.

Belle tells Brady that she should’ve seen this coming. Brady notes that Shawn seemed fine this morning. Belle talks about Shawn being on edge as soon as they got to Victor’s funeral and how he didn’t even get up to say anything. Belle adds that after that, Shawn went to the Pub to pack Chelsea a lunch and she lost track of him. Belle asks how she could not know that Shawn was drinking. Brady encourages that she’s doing her best. Belle feels that she just completely ignored everything she knew was true. Belle says Shawn going back to work was too much, too soon and now he’s completely backslid and is pushing her away again. Marlena comes home and tells Belle that she’s glad she’s there as she was about to call her because there’s somebody they’d like her to meet. Marlena brings up telling them about the John Doe at the hospital who couldn’t remember who he was but John figured out that it was Timothy Robicheaux. Brady questions if Yo Ling is alive but Marlena informs him that man was an impostor. Belle questions what she means. John then enters with Timothy and welcomes him home. John announces that he would like Belle and Brady to meet their grandfather.

Theresa asks if Alex is going to Greece for work but Alex informs her that it’s because of Victor. Andrew Donovan then shows up at the door. Theresa is surprised and questions how her brother knew she was there but Andrew reveals that he didn’t and that he’s there to see Alex.

John explains to Brady and Belle how Timothy remembered Joseph Bell aka Yo Ling switched his dog tags and everything fell in to place. Belle calls it incredible. John calls it fate that brought him home to them. Brady doesn’t know where to begin as there is so much to catch up on. Timothy suggests starting from the beginning and asks Brady to tell him about himself. Brady responds that he runs a company that his dad started called Basic Black and he has two children, Tate and Rachel. Timothy asks about Belle. Belle informs him that she’s a lawyer and has a daughter, Claire, who lives in South Africa. Timothy asks if she’s married. Belle confirms that her husband Shawn is a detective. Timothy says he’d love to meet him. John suggests Belle get Shawn over but Belle states that he can’t get away right now.

Shawn tells Talia that he’s not looking to alleviate his guilt. Talia says she gets it and relates to Colin manipulating her in to doing things that she didn’t want to do but she did it anyway. Talia adds that she took responsibility for it. Shawn agrees and says he didn’t mean to shoot his dad but it doesn’t change the fact that he did it. Talia understands he has to own it. Shawn toasts to owning your mistakes. Shawn offers to order them another round. Talia suggests he call his wife to come pick him up and try to fix things. Shawn responds that is the last thing he wants to do right now.

Johnny tells Chanel that he feels kind of bad since if he kept his mouth shut, Chanel and Talia would still be happy. Chanel assures that she’s glad he told her how he feels or else she would’ve just kept denying what’s been in her heart. Chanel declares that she never stopped loving him. Johnny tells her the same as they kiss.

Andrew asks Theresa what she’s doing in Salem. Theresa says she came for Victor’s funeral which is where she met Alex and they hit it off. Andrew brings up that Theresa was all about Brady and wanting to get back together. Theresa says she floated that idea by Brady and he wasn’t in to it. Andrew questions if she let it go then and asks what she’s up to. Alex comes back from getting dressed and asks what Andrew wanted to see him about. Andrew brings up hearing that Alex and Brady were going to Greece so he wanted to remind him that Victor’s plane crash is still an active investigation so it would be best to let the ISA handle it. Alex assurse they aren’t looking to get in their way but just trying to find out why Victor took a detour to the old country without telling anybody and if it had anything to do with his will. Alex explains that Victor apparently called his lawyer from Greece and told him to destroy the will and then Vivian showed up, claiming her and Victor’s divorce was never final, making her the sole heir to Victor’s fortune. Alex adds that Justin looked in to it and it’s true. Theresa worries for Maggie. Alex gives Andrew his word that he and Brady will stay out of the ISA’s way but if he can tell him anything about why Victor was in Greece, that would be very much appreciated.

Brady can’t believe the timing of all this as he laid one grandfather to rest this morning while now he and Belle are reunited with another grandfather. Timothy asks Belle if Victor was her grandfather too. Belle says no and that he was her father-in-law briefly but that’s another story for another day. Timothy asks about John having a third child. John tells him about Paul and how he was baseball player. Timothy asks if Paul is in Salem. Marlena says he’s in San Francisco. John hopes that Timothy will get to meet him one day. Paul then arrives and surprises everyone.

Andrew repeats that the plane crash is an ongoing investigation so he can’t say much. Theresa urges Andrew to clue Alex in and tells him to do it for Tate since Victor was his great grandfather. Theresa adds that he can’t let Vivian screw over Maggie. Andrew reveals that Victor met with a man named Constantine who owns a restaurant in Athens. Andrew says he wasn’t very helpful to them but he might be of use to Alex. Alex thanks him. Andrew advises him to stay out of trouble. Theresa asks if Andrew came all the way from DC just to give Alex a warning. Andrew responds that he came to see his boyfriend. Theresa questions Paul being in town. Andrew confirms he’s here to see his family.

John hugs Paul and questions what he’s doing there. Paul jokes about being told he has a new grandfather and being on the first flight out. Paul introduces himself to Timothy. Paul talks about coaching now and how he used to be a baseball player. Paul assumes he was told about Yo Ling, who Joseph Bell became. Brady calls him one messed up dude. Paul recalls John being kidnapped for his blood as Yo Ling claimed he had a rare disease that needed a transfusion. John adds that Paul was also kidnapped to be brainwashed but he broke free and found him in a lab. John credits Marlena and Steve coming in the nick of time. Timothy is sorry John had to go through that and wishes he could’ve saved him. John declares that the important thing is that they are all together now. Belle states that they are finally reunited and so grateful that Timothy is there.

Talia questions Shawn not wanting to work things out with Belle. Shawn says there’s a lot that Talia doesn’t know. Shawn acknowledges that Belle is an excellent lawyer, but as a wife she’s made plenty of mistakes and the most recent was with EJ DiMera. Talia questions what he means. Shawn informs Talia that Belle cheated on him with EJ. Shawn says they were legally separated but she’s still his wife and it’s not the first time she cheated. Talia says she’s so sorry as he must be in a lot of pain but it obviously didn’t break him since they are still together. Talia encourages that it says a lot. Shawn feels that after everything Belle has put him through, it’s only fair that she gives him space to fall apart a little bit and let him feel what he feels.

Johnny asks if Chanel wants to go up to his room. Chanel tells him to go easy since they just got back together. Johnny says he just didn’t want anyone to walk in on them kissing, then admits that he was hoping they could make love but only because he’s afraid to believe this is real and he wants to do everything he could to keep her from changing her mind. Chanel assures that he is what she wants.

Alex thanks Theresa for backing him up with Andrew and notes that he probably never would have given him the lead about Constantine without her. Theresa says she likes being useful. Alex tells her that he’s going to treat her to a special dinner as soon as he gets back. Theresa asks why wait and suggests she could be useful to he and Brady in Greece, so she asks to tag along. Alex questions her wanting to go to Greece with them. Theresa points out that she could call in favors with the ISA and she’s excellent at solving puzzles. Alex says he would love for her to come but he doesn’t think Brady would like that, so he suggests they stick to the original plan and he’ll take her to dinner when he gets back. Theresa accepts that and wishes him luck, guessing she’ll see him when he gets back. Alex thanks her and hugs her.

Johnny asks Chanel if they are definitely not taking it any further tonight. Chanel confirms that they are not, so Johnny asks what they should do instead. Chanel suggests they watch a movie. Johnny suggests “What’s Up Doc” and tells her it’s a love story which Chanel agrees to.

Shawn remarks that Talia must think he’s a terrible husband. Talia says she’s the last person to judge and points out that she’s been in one serious relationship in her entire life. Shawn says that’s because she was busy becoming a brilliant doctor. Talia jokes that she is damaged goods. Shawn disagrees and calls her human.

Brady, John, Paul, and Timothy joke together while Marlena notices Belle is turned away and quiet. Marlena asks Belle if something is wrong with Shawn. Belle confirms that he got drunk again. Marlena says she’s sorry. Belle thinks that Victor’s funeral was just too much for him and it’s clear that his behavior is showing he needs more help which she told him, so he got really mad and stormed off. Marlena offers to reach out to him but Belle says he’s not responding, so she thinks she needs to give him time to cool off. Belle says she will look for him later and for now will just try to have a good time with everybody. John talks about not meeting Paul until he was an adult so he missed out on raising him. Paul says they definitely made up for lost time and he couldn’t have asked for a more loving and supportive father. Paul mentions John coming to support him for gay pride last year. Timothy asks if Paul is married. Paul says no, but he does have a boyfriend, as Andrew then arrives. Paul introduces Andrew to Timothy. Andrew says it’s an honor and talks about how excited Paul was to meet him. Timothy jokes that he hopes he lived up to the hype. Paul assures he did. Brady adds that they couldn’t ask for a better addition to their family. Belle states that they are so blessed to have him in their lives. Timothy is overwhelmed by their kindness and generosity. Timothy talks about being alone for a long time and now after all this time, he’s surrounded by so many loving faces has overwhelmed him. John tells him to get used to it because with this family, that love is just going to keep on coming. Andrew suggests they all get in for a first full family photo which they do.

Belle goes to the Brady Pub and says she thought for sure that Shawn would be there. Belle tries calling Shawn.

Shawn ignores Belle’s call as he is with Talia in her room. Talia talks about how she can’t believe they got kicked out by the bartender when it’s his family’s pub as they continue drinking. Shawn asks Talia about her sister living here too. Talia jokes that it’s her place. Shawn hopes she won’t mind that they are going to have a little party as he wouldn’t want to piss off his partner. Talia tells him there’s no worry because Jada is pulling an all nighter at work which means they have the place to themselves. Shawn and Talia then begin kissing and move on to the bed.

Johnny and Chanel start to watch What’s Up Doc. Johnny assures Chanel that it has a happy ending as they kiss.

Paul and Andrew kiss in the town square. They say they have missed each other. Andrew is glad they could meet up in Salem. Paul asks how it went with Alex. Andrew says it was fine but when he showed up at his place, his sister Theresa was there as apparently they hit it off at Victor’s funeral. Paul questions them just hanging out. Andrew says she made it seem that way but he feels she has a hidden agenda, because she always does. Paul and Andrew then walk off together.

Alex and Brady leave Alex’s apartment together. Alex mentions Andrew stopping by earlier. Brady says he was just with him. Alex adds that Andrew gave him a lead and he will fill him in on the way. After they walk off together, Theresa appears and follows after them.

John and Timothy have a beer together. Marlena says she will join them after getting Timothy’s room ready. Timothy says it’s been nice meeting everybody but he knows John has things to do and obligations so he doesn’t want to pull him away. John assures that there’s nothing he’d like more than to get to know him better. Timothy relates that there’s no place he’d rather be than with his family. John asks to call him dad. Timothy says he wouldn’t have it any other way as they hug.

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Days Update Wednesday, September 13, 2023

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Talia walks through the town square with flowers and runs in to Belle. They greet each other and Belle asks about the flowers. Talia responds that they are for someone very special and she doesn’t know how she got this lucky..

Chanel’s phone lies nearby with a missed call from Talia as Chanel and Johnny kiss. Johnny talks about being taken by surprised and says he was determined to get her back after talking to EJ. Chanel jokes that he was heading for the door and she had to drag him back. Johnny admits he wasn’t sure how this was going to go and he misread her signals. Johnny talks about things being complicated for them which is why he thought she was telling him that she wanted to be with Talia. Chanel assures that it’s Johnny that she wants to be with as they continue kissing.

At the hospital, Jada questions Joyce about who hired her to kill Ava Vitali. Joyce swears that no one hired her and claims that she is a nurse and was there to treat Ava. Jada doesn’t believe her and warns that she can either go down for attempted murder or she can roll on whoever is paying her and maybe they can cut a deal but it’s her choice.

EJ talks to his contact at the hospital on the phone, questioning how long Jada has been in Joyce’s room. EJ tells him to make sure no one knows that he called him. EJ declares that it’s up to him now to shut her up.

Rafe and one of his cops go to the motel where Rafe explains that Harris was identified at the nearby pizza place from his photo and the desk clerk confirmed a man and woman in the room they approach. Rafe warns that Ava and Harris have both killed before, so he instructs him not to hesitate if he has to use deadly force. Rafe then kicks the door in and they enter with guns raised but find the room empty.

Tripp tells Wendy that he’s sorry they had to cut their night short. Wendy questions him apologizing when he just found out that someone tried to kill his mother. Tripp insists that he knows it was EJ and wonders where his mom is now. Tripp says he’s just going to drop his bag in his room and then go to the computer to see if there’s any news. Wendy says she will do the same and walks away. Tripp then heads in to this room and finds Ava and Harris inside.

Rafe and his cop search the room but find nothing. Rafe finds the pizza is still warm and remarks that it looks like Ava and Harris missed dinner and they missed them. Rafe finds their hospital ID bracelets and states that they cut them off and took off. Shawn then arrives so Rafe questions what he’s doing there.

Tripp hugs Ava and thanks God that she’s okay. Tripp asks her what happened. Ava explains that a nurse that she’s never seen came to inject her with something and she knows a hired gun when she sees one. Ava insists that EJ sent her. Wendy then comes in, shocked to see them. Tripp introduces Ava to Wendy and explains that Wendy was with him when they found out about them. Tripp adds that the police are hunting for them. Harris explains that they used the fire escape and the stairs to get in through the window. Tripp notes that they spoke to the police at the Salem Inn. Harris and Ava conclude that they should be safe for now.

Joyce claims to Jada that she doesn’t have a name to give her and that she’s never even held a gun. Jada brings up that Bayview has never heard of her and she’s not on the payroll. Joyce claims that she doesn’t work there as an agency sent her to cover for someone who was sick. Jada asks for the name of the agency. Joyce argues that Ava shot her and that her and Harris are in this together. Jada points out that they are on the run. Joyce argues that she has her all wrong and that she’s never seen Ava before in her life. Jada then brings up the burner phone they found on Joyce and reads the text message, asking if Ava is out of the picture yet. Jada then asks if Joyce is ready to talk.

Talia tells Belle that after all the bad stuff she did to Chanel, she feels so lucky to get a second chance. Belle says she’s happy for her. Talia says she’s been getting a lot of second chances lately and it all started when Belle became her lawyer. Talia talks about Marlena being great as her therapist and how Kayla got her a job at the hospital. Talia declares that now maybe her and Chanel have a future. Talia adds that she just called her about coming over but she hasn’t called back yet, so she’s trying to decide if she should wait or surprise her. Belle votes for surprise. Talia takes one of the roses and gives it to Belle to give to her husband. Talia thanks Belle for everything she’s done for her and walks on.

Rafe questions Shawn again what he’s doing here. Shawn says it’s a manhunt and he heard Rafe’s call for backup on the police scanner, so he figured he’d come see if he could help. Shawn asks about this being where Harris and Ava were holed up. Rafe informs him that the call for backup was for officers on duty and Shawn is off duty. Shawn argues that he’s here and they obviously came up empty, so he asks Rafe to give him an assignment. Rafe says he appreciates it but this is not a normal day for Shawn. Shawn remarks that nothing gets past him and questions what he’s supposed to do. Shawn complains that Victor is not coming back so he wants something to do. Rafe tells Shawn that it’s not a good idea because he’s drunk.

Johnny tells Chanel that he can’t believe he hasn’t been this happy in a long time. Chanel admits that she doesn’t know what she’s going to do about Talia because she really does like her, but it was never what they had. Johnny agrees that nothing has ever come close. Chanel says they are so lucky that this is happening now before things got serious with Talia. Chanel adds that she will have to let Talia down easy because she’s vulnerable right now. Talia then shows up at the door with roses.

Tripp assures Ava that she’s safe here for as long as she needs and anyone that comes to the door will have to go through him. Tripp asks how Harris figures in to this. Ava responds that if it wasn’t for Harris, she would be dead right now as he rushed the woman before she could get a shot off. Tripp recalls Harris showing up with an exploding pizza the last time he saw him. Wendy points out that the last time she saw him is when he showed up at Stefan and Gabi’s engagement party and tried to kill the groom. Harris states that he had been brainwashed and he’s just trying to move forward, so the only reason he’s here is to help Ava. Tripp asks if Ava really thinks going on the run is the smart idea. Ava then informs Tripp that EJ’s mother is alive.

Jada asks Joyce if the text message hit a nerve. Jada tells her to stop wasting her time and tell her who was behind the hit, then she will talk to the district attorney. Jada tells Joyce that all she has to do is tell her who ordered the hit on Ava Vitali. EJ then enters and instructs Joyce not to answer that question.

Shawn claims to Rafe that he’s not drunk. Rafe tells him that he can smell it on him. Shawn admits he had a couple drinks after the funeral but that won’t stop him from doing his job. Rafe orders Shawn to get out or he will take his badge and suspend him, warning that he’ll be out of a job. Shawn argues that he has a lot of nerve talking to him like that. Rafe reminds Shawn that he said he was going to get himself together. Rafe tells him to think about Belle and his daughter. Shawn agrees to go but Rafe points out that he’s in no shape to drive himself. Rafe then instructs the other officer to get Shawn home safely and says he has work to do.

Ava tells Tripp about her visions of Susan and how she was telling her that she wasn’t telling the truth about the accident. Ava says she didn’t understand until Harris had Marlena hypnotize her and she had a memory flash. Ava explains that she remembered before the crash, seeing Susan get out of the car and run away. Ava guesses she just blocked it out, but since remembering, she’s had more visions of Susan. Ava talks about Susan having strange psychic powers and appearing to her more than once. Ava thought it was a hallucination but now she’s convinced that it’s really Susan trying to reach out to her. Harris adds that they figured out from a reference Susan made that she might be in London. Ava says they need to go there to find Susan as it’s the only way to get EJ off her back. Tripp points out that she just escaped custody so he questions how she expects to get out of the country. Ava says that’s where Tripp comes in as he is her only hope.

Jada tells EJ that she was just having a little trouble convincing his friend to tell her who hired her to off Ava Vitali and suggests that he could help her with that. EJ asks if she’s implying that he’s her employer. Jada asks why else EJ would rush in to tell her to keep her mouth shut. EJ responds that he is her attorney.

Talia surprises Chanel with roses but then sees Johnny and says she didn’t mean to interrupt. Chanel says she’s not and that Johnny was just leaving. Johnny says he’ll see them around and exits. Talia excitedly tells Chanel about the flowers and guesses she missed her call, saying she wanted to come over because she just had to see her again because last night was so much fun. Talia suggests they could watch a movie or bake something together. Chanel stops her so Talia asks if something is wrong.

The cop escorts Shawn through the town square and says he was ordered to take Shawn home, but Shawn refuses to go and tells the cop to go away. Belle intervenes and tells the cop that she’s got this so he leaves. Belle tells Shawn that she didn’t know where he went and she tried calling him. Shawn explains that Harris and Ava escaped Bayview tonight and Rafe put out a call for backup, so he went to his location but Rafe told him to get lost. Belle questions Shawn wanting to work tonight like this. Shawn asks why everyone keeps saying that. Belle responds that it’s because he’s drunk.

Talia assumes Chanel already had plans and asks what it is. Chanel informs Talia that Johnny didn’t just stop by, he came to tell her that he still has feelings for her. Talia guesses it must not have been easy to let him down. Chanel reveals that she didn’t.

Shawn tells Belle that he’d like to just be able to have a couple drinks after a day like today without everybody freaking out. Belle argues that he knows why she and Rafe reacted this way since he’s been struggling and all the drinking isn’t helping anything but making it worse. Shawn tells Belle to try to understand what his life is like. Shawn complains about getting flashes of images of having a gun pointed at his dad and now he’s in a coma while his grandfather is dead. Belle gets that he blames himself but says that’s so wrong, sad, self destructive, and not true because he’s not to blame. Belle tells Shawn that if therapy isn’t working then maybe they should consider a residential facility. Shawn refuses and declares that he’s not an alcoholic. Belle wants him to be somewhere where he can work through this in a safe environment. Shawn questions if she’s saying he should be in a mental hospital. Belle cries that he needs more help than she can give him. Shawn argues that Belle can’t be honest with him.

Jada questions EJ being Joyce’s lawyer and says he has to be kidding. EJ says he’s a proud and active member of the BAR. Jada argues that he must be psychic because Joyce hasn’t been able to call a lawyer. EJ responds that he watches the news and he knows Joyce is a victim so he will stand by her in her time of need. EJ says the state chose to put Ava in a mental facility instead of prison after killing his mother and this shooting is the result of that. EJ says he doesn’t know why the police are harassing Joyce but promises to do everything in his power to get them off her back, if he has her trust.

Ava says they obviously need passports to get out of the country and can’t use their real names. Harris notes that he has contacts for that but it’s going to take awhile. Tripp agrees to be the person they deal with for that. Wendy asks what happens in the meantime. Ava says until they can get the passports, they need a place to hide out. Wendy calls that a problem since Li lives here too and he’s dating Melinda Trask. Harris agrees that’s a problem. Tripp adds that the cops will be asking questions so it’s not safe for them unless they can get the passports in the next couple of hours. Harris assures it will take longer than that. Wendy then declares that it won’t.

Jada asks Joyce if she’s going to take EJ’s generous offer. Joyce claims that she doesn’t know EJ but she’s in no position to be choosy so she asks EJ to get her out of this situation. EJ declares the interview is over and tells Jada to focus on Ava Vitali. Jada warns Joyce that she’s making a big mistake as she knows the holes in her story. Jada adds that the offer still stands in case EJ doesn’t have her best interests at heart. Jada then exits. Joyce tells EJ that Jada scares her. EJ says to leave Jada to him and assures that she did the right thing. EJ then asks Joyce to tell him why Ava Vitali is still breathing.

Wendy reveals that she can get the passports they need right here right now as she used to make fake IDs for underage teenagers. Harris points out that there’s a difference between drivers licenses and passports. Wendy responds that all she needs is an actual passport to doctor. Wendy and Tripp then reveal that they both have their passports. Tripp assures that if Wendy says she can do it, she can. Ava points out that they have no other options. Wendy asks them for names and settles on character names from her favorite movie. Wendy then takes pictures of Ava and Harris for their passports.

Talia guesses she walked in before Chanel could tell Johnny about them. Chanel says she did tell Johnny how she feels and she didn’t let him down. Talia starts to cry as Chanel explains that she wasn’t expecting any of this and she thought she and Johnny were just friends when she started seeing Talia. Talia guesses Chanel now wants to be more than friends with Johnny which she confirms. Chanel calls Talia a good person who has been through hell and still found a way to put her life back together. Talia tells her that she doesn’t have to give her a pep talk and that she should’ve known everything was going too well for her. Talia cries that it was too good to be true and she knows she doesn’t deserve Chanel. Chanel argues that she does deserve all the good things happening for her right now. Talia says just not Chanel. Chanel says she’s really sorry. Talia blames herself and remarks that she should’ve never told her how she felt as she storms out.

Belle asks Shawn when she lied to him. Shawn brings up Belle going to help Philip without even telling him that he was alive. Belle says that Chloe asked her to become Philip’s lawyer which meant she couldn’t tell anyone that he was back. Shawn complains that there are other lawyers but Philip wanted the one he slept with. Belle calls that ancient history. Shawn remarks that Belle cheats on him every time they have a problem and brings up the last person was EJ. Belle tells him not to do this. Shawn talks about how he’s supposed to get over Belle sleeping with EJ, just like putting Bo in a coma and his grandfather being dead. Belle asks if they can just go home but Shawn argues that she just said he should be a mental hospital. Shawn declares that he’s going somewhere where he won’t be judged for everything he does and feels as he storms off. Belle calls Shawn, leaving him a message to call her.

Talia goes to the Brady Pub and sits alone with a shot. Talia thinks back to her relationship with Chanel. Shawn enters and sees her drinking, so he asks to join her.

Johnny paces at the DiMera Mansion, telling himself that he knows what happened. Chanel then shows up at the door.

At the hospital, Jada tells Rafe about EJ showing up in Joyce’s room to say he’s her attorney. Rafe assumes she accepted which Jada confirms and that EJ told her to stop talking to her. Rafe questions when EJ ever did something nice for someone he didn’t know. Jada says they’ll get a warrant to check EJ’s phone to see if he sent the texts to the burner phone. Rafe says at least someone got somewhere tonight, since when he got to the motel, Ava and Harris were already gone. Jada states that they are going to be really hard to find as long as Ava still thinks she’s in danger from EJ. Rafe declares if they can’t find them, they’ll just have to track that bastard down themselves and he’s willing to work overtime on that.

Joyce informs EJ that Ava had help getting the gun from her as another patient got in the way. EJ acknowledges that other patient was Harris Michaels, a former Navy SEAL, so Joyce is lucky to be alive. EJ declares that if Ava thinks Harris will keep her safe from him, she’s in for a rude awakening.

Ava says this is not what she expected when they came here as Harris praises Wendy for the passports, calling them the best fakes he’s seen. Ava hates to say it but they should hit the road. Tripp points out the passports are great but they won’t help if EJ tracks them down. Tripp asks if they’re sure this is the right decision. Ava responds that she has to find Susan as everything changes once she does. Ava hugs Tripp and instructs him to tell the cops that he saw her but couldn’t stop her from leaving which is basically the truth. Tripp agrees to tell them that he has no idea where she is. Ava thanks Tripp and Wendy. Tripp tells Ava to come back safe. Ava assures that’s the plan and hugs him again. Ava and Tripp say I love you to each other. Ava thanks Wendy again. Wendy wishes her luck. Ava tells Harris that she’s ready as they then escape through the window.

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Update written by Joseph

Wendy and Tripp kiss in bed in their room at the Salem Inn. They talk about not even knowing what time it is and making up for the times they were interrupted. They continue kissing until Wendy asks if he’s sure this is okay to shut out the world and be alone here with her. Tripp assures that he’s more than sure. Tripp reminds her that he left his phone with Kayla and told her to only contact him if there’s an emergency and he hasn’t heard from her yet, so they continue kissing.

Paulina informs Chanel that Abe is taking her to the Bistro. Chanel guesses that means their second date went well. Paulina admits it went better than the first. Chanel notes that this is date number three so it’s a big one. Paulina talks about not moving too fast which is weird since Abe is her husband. Chanel jokes that if things go in that direction, she has her permission to go for it. Paulina says that’s enough about her love life and asks Chanel how it’s going with Talia

Jada finds Talia working at the hospital and tells her how excited she is to see her there as a doctor and adds that their dad would be so proud. Jada takes pictures of Talia in her uniform. Talia asks what brought Jada to the hospital. Jada informs her that she’s actually on the job as she came to question the woman who was shot by Ava Vitali.

Ava and Harris remain in the motel room they are hiding out in. Harris mentions that they are going to have to get some real food. Ava worries that it’s still not safe because EJ has people all over town. Harris asks if she’s sure it was EJ and not someone from her past. Ava assures that she got out of that life and there’s no doubt in her mind that it was EJ who sent that woman to murder her.

At the DiMera Mansion, EJ makes a phone call for an update on the woman who was shot at Bayview. He tells EJ that she’s still unconscious. EJ instructs the man to keep watch and call him when she opens her eyes. EJ then goes back to the article on his tablet and complains about Ava putting his hired gun in the hospital when she was supposed to put Ava in the morgue. Johnny then walks in and asks what has EJ so upset.

Wendy and Tripp get out of bed in robes and talk about waiting on room service. Instead, Rafe shows up at the door and says he’s sorry to interrupt but Kayla said he could find Tripp there. Tripp asks what it is. Rafe informs him that it’s about his mother.

Ava tells Harris that she knows EJ and one failed attempt won’t get him to call off his dogs and now the cops are looking for them too. Harris argues that they didn’t do anything. Ava points out that Rafe hates her and won’t believe a word she says. Harris suggests just calling EJ and telling him that his mother is alive but Ava worries that he won’t believe them as they have no proof that Susan survived the crash and her word means nothing to EJ. Ava declares the only way to get EJ to back off is to find Susan Banks and bring her home to him.

EJ tells Johnny that he was just reading an article about Ava escaping from Bayview and shooting someone in the process. EJ adds that none of this should surprise him since Ava is a dangerous criminal. Johnny argues that the judge sent Ava to Bayview for treatment. EJ says nothing can help her and that Johnny dodged a bullet by ending his association with her. Johnny asks where Ava is now. EJ informs him that she’s on the run and hopes that one of Rafe’s trigger happy minions will put her down like the rabid dog that she is.

Chanel tells Paulina that things with her and Talia are good with no complaints, but Johnny showed up and dropped a bomb on her by saying he still has romantic feelings for her and that he wants her back. Paulina jokes that Chanel is in demand. Paulina brings up that Chanel and Johnny were married so it’s not like just a crush. Paulina asks what Chanel said to Johnny. Chanel tells her that Talia came in before she had the chance to say anything. Paulina then asks what she would have said.

Talia informs Jada that the shooting victim is in critical but stable condition, though she has not regained consciousness yet. Talia offers to text Jada when she does Jada wants to wait. Talia notes that it could be awhile. Jada insists that she needs to be here as soon as she wakes up because she needs to find out who hired her to kill Ava Vitali.

Johnny hopes they can bring Ava in peacefully. EJ reminds him that Ava killed his grandmother and questions why he feels like Johnny is still defending Ava. Johnny argues that the judge ruled that Ava was not in control of her actions at the time of the accident. EJ argues that it wasn’t an accident and that the judge was delusional. Johnny states that he just hopes the police find Ava before anyone else gets hurt.

Rafe asks Tripp if he’s sure he has no idea where his mother is. Tripp says they have been here and he doesn’t have his phone. Tripp adds that he thought Ava was doing better after their last visit went so well but he can’t believe she shot someone. Rafe notes that they do have reason to believe it was in self-defense. Wendy questions if the person was trying to hurt Ava. Rafe explains that the person who was shot was dressed as a nurse but doesn’t work at Bayview. Tripp questions why. Rafe responds that the evidence suggests she went there to kill Ava.

Harris tells Ava that he’s going to see if he can get them some food, a burner phone, and maybe some other supplies, assuring that he’s good at moving around undetected. Ava notes that if he gets a phone, she can call Tripp as she’s sure he’s worried. Harris adds that it might be awhile before she can see Tripp again. Ava tells him to be careful and thanks him for saving her life and getting her out of Bayview when he could’ve left her to die because she’s not his problem. Harris responds that she’s not a problem at all and he’s just glad that he was there to help. Harris asks if she’s okay. Ava says it’s just the hero thing and tells Harris to be careful. Harris reminds Ava to lock the door and not open it for anybody as he then exits.

Jada brings Talia a coffee, which she says she could use to get through the rest of her shift. Talia acknowledges that not long ago, she almost threw away her career and her life. Jada encourages her doing what she loves. Talia adds that she’s also seeing someone new that she really likes. Jada asks if she and Chanel are a thing. Talia responds that it’s becoming one and it seems like they have another chance to have something really special.

Chanel reminds Paulina that she needs to get to dinner but Paulina wants an answer as to how Chanel feels about Johnny. Chanel admits she doesn’t know as she thought what they had was over, they had moved on, and even found a way to be friends. Paulina assures that she supports whatever decision she makes and that she’s willing to accept Talia even after what she did to her, her family, and the Bakery as she knows how hard she’s worked to turn her life around. Chanel guesses that Paulina would rather see her with Johnny. Paulina admits that she’s always had a soft spot for Johnny and she knows how happy he made her so part of her was rooting for them to find their way back, but this isn’t her decision. Paulina feels she’s still avoiding the question. Chanel says the whole thing kind of makes her mad and questions why Johnny had to drop this on her right when she’s starting a new relationship. Chanel knows it’s new but says she really likes being around Talia and adds that Johnny had said he wanted to be with Wendy. Paulina points out that Wendy chose Tripp. Chanel questions how she doesn’t know this is a rebound. Paulina says she doesn’t have to make a decision now but Chanel feels she does as she has had enough of being a part of a love triangle. Chanel adds that hanging isn’t fair to Talia or Johnny. Paulina asks what she’s going to do and who she is going to choose.

EJ tells Johnny that’s enough about Ava. EJ brings up that when they last spoke, he was going to tell Chanel about his feelings for her. Johnny confirms that he did so EJ asks what she said. Johnny says she actually said nothing since as soon as he told her, Talia showed up and he did not want to have the conversation in front of her, so he left. EJ questions what the hell he’s doing here then and instructs Johnny to go demand an answer from Chanel as to whether or not she wants to be with her. Johnny responds that he’s not going to do that.

Wendy tells Tripp to let her know if he needs her as she goes to get changed. Tripp asks Rafe about the woman that Ava shot. Rafe says she was taken in to surgery and survived but she’s been unconscious so they have not been able to question her. Tripp asks if Ava just slipped out of Bayview after. Rafe notes that she had some help from Harris Michaels as they saw him walking out on the security footage. Rafe adds that Ava escaping doesn’t help her case so he came to ask if he heard from her but clearly he hasn’t. Tripp agrees to let Rafe know if he hears anything and assumes that he’s already investigating who sent the woman to kill Ava. Rafe feels he sounds like he knows who it is. Tripp believes it’s obvious that it’s EJ DiMera.

Ava paces in her room, telling herself that Harris will be fine as he’s done this before and knows how to take care of himself. There’s then a knock at the door which startles Ava but when she opens it, no one is there. Ava then shuts the door and imagines Susan Banks inside with her, asking if she missed her. Ava questions if she’s dead or a ghost or really alive, but then her vision of Susan disappears. Ava then is startled when her vision of Susan reappears behind her. Ava talks about thinking she was hallucinating because she felt so much guilt over Susan’s death but now she knows she doesn’t need to feel guilty because she saw Susan stumble away from the burning car before the explosion. Ava questions if Susan is using her psychic powers to appear to her and asks where she is, so she can find her to keep EJ from trying to kill her again.

Rafe acknowledges the bad blood between Ava and EJ. Tripp insists it’s more than that since EJ blames Ava for his mother’s death. Tripp adds that he just ran in to EJ yesterday and told him that Ava was doing so much better that she might even be let out of Bayview which he was not thrilled by. Rafe asks if EJ made a direct threat. Tripp argues that EJ wouldn’t tell him that he’s hiring someone to kill Ava. Rafe hopes the woman wakes up soon so they can get answers from her. Tripp asks if he will go after EJ. Rafe promises that if there’s any evidence implicating EJ in a plot to kill Ava, they will find it.

EJ questions Johnny giving up. Johnny says he’d rather that than make a fool of himself. EJ assumes that he’s not that crazy about Chanel then. Johnny assures that he is. Johnny adds that he and Chanel would probably still be together now if the Devil didn’t come between them. EJ questions Johnny letting Chanel take her time in letting him know what she wants. Johnny states that he put himself out there and opened his heart to her, so if Chanel wants to give him another shot, she knows where to find him.

Talia tells Jada how thankful she is for second chances and acknowledges that she almost destroyed Chanel’s business and targeted her family, but she somehow seems to forgive her after all that. Jada asks if Talia is sure she’s ready to date again after Colin put her through hell. Talia talks about putting her life back together and she didn’t know she wanted to be with a woman, but now she has no doubts that she wants to be with Chanel and she feels so lucky that Chanel wants to be with her too.

EJ tells Johnny that Stefano would tell him that DiMeras don’t leave their fate up to others and they don’t leave things up to chance. EJ urges Johnny not to wait for Chanel to come to him. Johnny then gets a call from Chanel and says he was just thinking about her. Chanel asks him to come back over as she’s been thinking about what he said and he deserves a response in person. Johnny says he’ll be right there and hangs up. Johnny tells EJ that he’s going to find out if Chanel wants to be with him or with Talia. EJ tells Johnny to make his own luck as he exits the mansion.

Paulina hugs Chanel and goes to leave right as Johnny arrives. Paulina says it’s good to see him. Johnny notes that she looks nice. Paulina thanks him and says she has a date with her husband. Paulina adds that Abe may not remember her but the kind of love that they shared never really goes away. Johnny agrees and hopes it goes well. Paulina tells him to take care as she then exits. Chanel thanks Johnny for coming as she had some time to think about what he said. Johnny encourages her to take as much time as she needs since he knows he caught her off guard. Chanel brings up that she started seeing Talia and she really likes her. Chanel says before Johnny came over, she was really looking forward to seeing where things would go. Johnny asks what about now.

Jada tells Talia that she’s really proud of her and getting her life back. Talia gets paged that the patient is awake. Talia tells Jada to let the doctor check her out and then she can go get her answers.

EJ remarks that Ava better hope the police find her first, because one way or another, his mother will be avenged.

Ava complains to her vision of Susan that EJ sent a woman to kill her to avenge Susan’s death, only they know that Susan isn’t really dead. Ava asks her to tell her where she is so that she can prove it. “Susan” asks why she should help her when she drove her off the cliff. Ava apologizes and says she wasn’t well at the time but now they can help each other. Ava talks about Susan being a kind and compassionate person while her vision of Susan calls her one of the meanest people she knows. Ava promises that she just wants to reunite Susan with EJ so they can all just move on. Ava asks where she is. “Susan” responds that it’s not where she thinks. Harris then comes back and asks what Ava is doing. Ava tells him that Susan was there but her vision disappears.

Rafe gets a text that he has to go follow up on a lead. Rafe tells Tripp that if he hears from Ava or Harris, to tell them to turn themselves in. Rafe adds that they left Bayview with a gun which means his people have to consider them armed and dangerous. Rafe then exits the room.

Harris questions Ava believing that Susan projected herself in to her mind. Ava thinks Susan has been trying to reach out to her this whole time. Harris questions why Susan wouldn’t contact EJ or her family if she’s really out there. Ava asks who knows and says Susan is not logical. Ava adds that Susan kept saying she was stuck in the big smoke, but she saw her leave the car. Harris notes that Big Smoke is an old nickname for London so maybe Susan is trying to give her a clue as to where she is. Ava questions it but Harris says it’s all they have to go on. Ava questions if they were able to get to London without being caught, how they would find Susan in a big city. Harris says he has contacts with fake passports and travel arrangements, then they’ll just have to figure it out when they get there. Ava guesses they are going to London then, noting it’s too dangerous here as cops could be kicking down the door any minute.

Talia walks through the town square with flowers and calls Chanel, leaving a message that she went to the Bakery to see her but it’s closed so she was going to Paulina’s as she has something special for her.

Johnny guesses Chanel wants to give it a shot with Talia and says he understands. Chanel stops him and says she did want to see where things went from Talia, until Johnny said he wanted to see where things could go with them. Chanel talks about their connection and says she has suppressed her feelings for him for awhile because she wasn’t hopeful they would be returned. Chanel adds that so many things got in the way of them being able to make it work, but now those feelings are anything but suppressed. Johnny and Chanel then kiss. Chanel’s phone lies nearby with a missed call from Talia.

EJ pours a drink and toasts the portrait of Stefano to Johnny getting his heart’s desire. EJ then gets a phone call from his hospital contact, who informs him that his patient just woke up and the police are questioning her as they speak.

Jada enters Joyce’s hospital room and introduces herself, noting she’s glad that she made it through surgery. Joyce responds that she’s still a little out of it though. Jada states that she will let her rest as soon as she tells her who hired her to kill Ava Vitali.

Wendy tells Tripp that she can pack the food and they can eat on the way home. Tripp is not sure he can eat right now while worried about Ava. Wendy encourages that Ava is a survivor. Tripp is not sure who he’s more worried about finding her, EJ or the cops. Wendy points out that Ava has Harris Michaels with her, so he will protect her. Tripp is not so sure about that. Tripp brings up that not that long ago, Harris tried to kill his whole family with an exploding pizza.

Rafe and one of his cops go to the motel where Rafe explains that Harris was identified at the nearby pizza place from his photo and the desk clerk confirmed a man and woman in the room they approach. Rafe warns that Ava and Harris have both killed before, so he instructs him not to hesitate if he has to use deadly force. Rafe then kicks the door in and they enter with guns raised.

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Brady and Alex walk out of a restaurant through the town square. Alex complains about the waitress messing up their order and remarks that at this rate, all the guests at Victor’s memorial are going to be gone by the time they get back. Alex notes that may not be a bad thing as he doesn’t know how much longer it’s going to last. Brady adds that he can’t believe Theresa came to town to pay her respects to Victor. Alex asks if it’s really that terrible that she did. Brady suggests it’s time they have a little chat about Theresa.

Theresa walks past the Brady Pub and stops to think back to Brady turning her down. Stephanie then walks up, surprised to see her as she didn’t know she was back. Theresa says she just got back yesterday. Stephanie says she’s glad to see her. Theresa remarks that she’s probably the only person who is. Kayla then comes out of the Pub and says that’s not true as she hugs Theresa. Kayla asks what brought her to Salem. Theresa responds that she’s here for Victor’s funeral. Kayla brings up Theresa and Victor always hating each other. Theresa says no matter what, Victor always loved Tate. Stephanie guesses Brady must have really appreciated her being there. Theresa informs her that Brady actually treated her like dirt and accused her of crashing the somber occasion to get closer to him. Kayla then asks if he was right. Theresa admits maybe he was, but it didn’t matter because he made it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Kayla says she’s sorry to hear that but informs her that she saw Kate inside and found out that Theresa would not be the most vilified funeral crasher of the day as that would be Vivian Alamain.

After Vivian declares that she is inheriting everything from Victor, Bonnie asks if this is some kind of joke. Vivian reiterates that her and Victor’s divorce was never finalized. Justin argues that if it wasn’t, Victor could have never legally married Maggie which Vivian says proves her point. Maggie asks where her proof is. Vivian responds that she doesn’t have a divorce certificate. Bonnie accuses her of tearing it up but Vivian insists she never got it. Justin mocks taking Vivian’s word. Vivian says there is no choice. Maggie declares that she will fight her with everything she’s got and she will make her pay for desecrating Victor’s funeral.

Sarah holds her baby and thanks her for making her a mom again. Rex notes Sarah shivering. Chloe goes to get another blanket. Xander takes the baby and holds her. Sarah thinks back to telling Rex that the baby is Xander’s. Sarah starts to say there is something he should know. Xander notes that Sarah is really pale. Rex asks if Sarah is alright. Sarah responds that she doesn’t know and passes out. Xander asks what’s happening. Rex notes that her pulse is rapid and they have to get her to the hospital now. Chloe says she’ll call an ambulance but Rex says it will be faster to drive themselves. Rex sends Chloe to get his car. Xander encourages Sarah and she opens her eyes. Xander tells her to stay with them because her baby needs her. Sarah asks him not to let anything happen to her baby again. Xander says the baby is fine and it’s Sarah they are worried about now. Sarah tells Xander that if anything happens to her, make sure he takes care of their girl. Sarah then passes out again.

Brady questions if Alex was seriously thinking about going out to dinner with Theresa when she asked. Alex says no, then says maybe but not if Brady still has feelings for her. Brady assures that he and Theresa are history, so if Alex wants to go out with her, that’s his business, but there are some things he needs to tell him about her first.

Theresa questions Vivian being here and not in prison. Kayla reveals that she was apparently released. Theresa points out that Vivian wasn’t at the funeral. Kayla explains that Vivian showed up afterwards and that Kate said she came to see if she got anything from Victor’s will, as if he would leave anything to the woman who tried to kill his wife…

Justin tells Maggie that he will call the county clerk to get a copy of the divorce decree. Maggie tells Vivian that she can’t accept that Victor loathed her. Vivian argues that Maggie can’t accept that Victor destroyed his will and their divorce was never finalized. Maggie calls her delusional. Justin informs them that the call went to voicemail so he will go to the courthouse himself and then they will send Vivian packing. Vivian says they’ll see about that. Vivian questions where the food is. Maggie wonders where everyone is and decides she’s going to go find Sarah. Bonnie doesn’t want Maggie to leave her alone with Vivian. Chloe then comes back in and is shocked to see Vivian there. Maggie asks Chloe what’s wrong and where Sarah is. Chloe announces that Sarah is at the hospital as she went in to labor right outside and it all happened do fast. Chloe adds that she had a baby girl. Maggie asks if they are both okay. Chloe says the baby is fine but Sarah had some bleeding, so she will take Maggie to the hospital. Vivian remarks that she’ll pray for her as Maggie exits with Chloe. Vivian then starts talking about what she’s going to change in the mansion.

Rex and Xander arrive at the hospital with Sarah and the baby as Kayla asks what happened. Rex explains that Sarah went in to labor and it all happened fast so he delivered the baby right there. Rex adds that the baby is fine but Sarah was bleeding so Kayla sends him to get Sarah in a hospital room and says she’ll be there right after getting the baby in pediatrics.

Theresa and Stephanie sit together in the Brady Pub. Theresa mentions this being her second time in the Pub today after Brady told her not to come to the reception and to hang out with her own family which Stephanie calls rude. Stephanie says at least she missed all the chaos with Vivian. Theresa jokes that she likes chaos. Stephanie recalls a time they went to a Miley Cyrus show but didn’t have tickets. They talk about how much they’ve missed each other. Stephanie asks when she is going back to California. Theresa responds that she doesn’t know as she had a flight for tomorrow afternoon but she’s thinking about sticking around for awhile.

Brady tells Alex that he and Theresa love their son Tate, and admits that Theresa is a great mom as their son brings out the best in her but she has an incredible talent for finding trouble. Alex mentions that Theresa said something about that earlier. Alex says it’s fine with him as that’s something they both have in common.

Xander paces at the hospital and thinks back to being with Sarah in the hospital after she gave birth the first time. Kayla comes over, so Xander asks how Sarah is. Kayla says she can’t give him any medical information because he’s not family. Maggie and Chloe then arrive. Maggie tells Kayla that she is family and that Xander and Chloe can hear anything she has to tell her. Kayla reveals Sarah’s condition causing the placenta to not fully detatch after labor. Kayla explains that she was not in good shape when she came in but she has regained consciousness and thinks she will make a full recovery which relieves Maggie as she hugs Xander.

Stephanie is glad to hear that Theresa might be sticking around Salem. Theresa tells Stephanie about her plan to move on and mentions a really hot guy at the funeral who flirted with her. Theresa then reveals that it’s Alex Kiriakis which shocks Stephanie.

Brady tells Alex that his idea of trouble is like sleeping with Allie and busting up her relationship with Chanel while Theresa’s idea of trouble is hitting John over the head with a fireplace poker and nearly killing him or getting kidnapped in Mexico for 2 years with a Mexican druglord. Alex sees what he means. Brady notes that it’s better to stay on Theresa’s good side. Justin walks up so they greet him. Alex asks if he had given up on them yet and explains their order getting messed up. Brady mentions texting Maggie but not hearing back. Justin responds that Maggie is dealing with a situation. Justin reveals that Vivian Alamain got out of prison and showed up at the funeral reception. Brady is shocked and complains that it’s not what Maggie needs right now. Justin adds that Vivian was going on about what Victor would leave for her in his will but then he found out that Victor had his will destroyed. Justin assumes Victor meant to file a new one but died before he could. Alex asks what that means. Justin responds that Victor’s surviving spouse inherits everything. Alex jokes that at least Maggie wouldn’t let Brady get disinherited. Justin reveals it’s a little more complicated that as Vivian is claiming that Victor and Maggie’s marriage was invalid because Victor’s divorce from Vivian was never finalized. Brady asks what he’s saying. Justin responds that he doesn’t believe it’s true, but if it is, then Vivian Alamain will be the sole heir of the Kiriakis Empire.

Bonnie warns Vivian that she’s watching her and says she’s onto her as she knows what her con is. Bonnie talks about Vivian magically getting released from prison on the day of Victor’s funeral and shows up uninvited asking about the will which no one can find. Bonnie tells Vivian that Justin will find out what a greedy liar she really is. Vivian accuses Bonnie of using her resemblance to Justin’s dead wife to get a ring on her finger. Bonnie argues that she doesn’t care about Justin’s money and that she loves him, questioning why that’s so hard to understand. Vivian calls it the same way that she loved Victor. Vivian cries that she misses him terribly.

Rex announces that Sarah just got the okay to see visitors so she asked to see Maggie and the baby. Maggie tells him that Kayla just went to get the baby. Rex then takes Maggie to see Sarah. Chloe and Xander are relieved that Sarah is okay. Kayla brings the baby over and says she has a clean bill of health. Kayla gets paged to the ER so Xander offers to take the baby to Sarah which Kayla allows.

Rex brings Maggie in to see Sarah and asks if she’s in any pain. Sarah responds that she just wants to see her baby. Rex says he’s sure Kayla will be there any minute. Xander then enters and informs them that Kayla was called away to the ER, so he brings the baby to Sarah. Xander congratulates Rex and says he sees a little of Rex in the baby. Maggie calls her beautiful. Sarah thanks Xander. Xander says he’s just glad they are okay and goes to leave but Sarah stops him and says she has something important she wants to say. Sarah talks about the importance of family. Sarah wanted Xander to hear this because he knows how much Victor meant to him. Sarah talks about her and Rex coming up with names but she’d like to do something different which Rex says he’s fine with. Sarah names the baby Victoria Margaret after Victor and Maggie. Xander calls the name fit for a princess and says that Victor would be so honored. Maggie asks if that’s all Sarah wanted to say. Sarah confirms that’s all and says they are just going to sleep for a couple hours while she knows Maggie has the reception. Maggie says she really should get back, although God only knows what’s waiting for her.

Vivian complains that Bonnie probably thought she had no feelings but this is not the first time she cried over Victor. Bonnie talks about Victor having that effect on people. Bonnie and Vivian start to talk about their time in prison as Bonnie asks Vivian to catch her up with what’s been going on.

Theresa asks Stephanie if she knows Alex. Stephanie reveals that they sort of had a thing. Theresa apologizes if she’s still in to him but Stephanie assures they are just friends as she’s very happy with Chad now. Stephanie adds that her idea of staying here to move on with someone she doesn’t really know who happens to be Brady’s cousin. She asks if Theresa isn’t just doing it to make Brady jealous.

Brady and Alex sit together in the town square. Alex asks if he really thinks Victor’s marriage to Maggie was invalid. Brady argues that Vivian is always running some sort of scam so he’s sure Justin will figure it out. Brady doesn’t know why Victor would destroy the will. Alex suggests maybe he wanted to disinherit him, Shawn, or Xander. Brady talks about the mysterious trip Victor took and then calling his lawyer on his way makes him think they are related. Alex wishes there was a way they could find out more. Brady suggests maybe there is.

Theresa laughs off the idea of trying to make Brady jealous. Stephanie warns that Alex can be a lot. Theresa jokes that she can be too and asks for Alex’s number.

Brady tells Alex that nobody knows where Victor was headed when his plane went down in the Mediterranean and he was going to look in to it but had no idea where to start looking, but if his attorney talked to him then maybe he knows something. Brady decides he will call the attorney and find out.

Xander returns to Sarah’s room with a candle and says he knows Victoria’s too young for it but the gift shop was out of stuffed animals so he figures it’ll be more for Sarah. Sarah calls it lovely and thanks him. Xander adds that he remembered earlier Sarah said she had something to tell him before she passed out, so he asks what it was. Sarah responds that she doesn’t remember. Xander guesses it wasn’t important then. Sarah says she doesn’t think it was.

Maggie returns home to find Bonnie and Vivian laughing over their prison time together. Bonnie asks about the baby. Maggie confirms the Sarah and the baby are fine, adding that they named the baby Victoria. Vivian calls that lovely but remarks that baby Victoria will not be inheriting any of Victor’s money. Maggie tells Vivian to just go home. Justin then comes home and announces he can’t believe it but he double and triple checked it. Justin then confirms that Vivian is telling the truth that Victor and Maggie were never legally married. Vivian declares that she will inherit every penny that Victor ever made.

Brady finishes his phone call with the attorney which Alex notes wasn’t long. Brady says the attorney wouldn’t give him any information but he did share that Victor called from Greece. Alex knows the plane went down over the Mediterranean but Bo had already been moved from there, so he wonders what Victor was still doing in Greece. Brady suggests maybe they just need to go to Greece and figure this thing out themselves. Alex agrees but then gets a call from Theresa, who asks if they can set their dinner date. Alex says he would love to but he’s going out of town. Theresa notes that he didn’t mention that earlier. Alex calls it last minute as he reveals he’s going to Greece with Brady.

Xander returns to Chloe at the hospital. She asks if he’s okay as she knows he still cares about Sarah and today has been a lot. Xander admits he couldn’t stop thinking about what happened with baby Mackenzie and how he ruined everything for her. Chloe assures this is nothing like that. Xander agrees since Victoria is healthy with a long life ahead of her. Xander adds that this time there’s no question whose baby it is as she is definitely Rex and Sarah’s…

Rex tells Sarah that Victoria does look like her. Sarah worries about if she was the splitting image of Xander and jokes that they can’t really tell when she’s only a couple hours old. Rex admits he thought for a minute that Sarah was going to tell Xander that he was the father. Sarah confirms that she almost did as she was overwhelmed with gratitude and guilt but then all her memories flooded back and the pain of bonding with a child that wasn’t hers and never getting to say goodbye. Sarah knows that Xander was trying to do the right thing back then but he just made everything so much worse and that’s who he is. Sarah worries that if he knew Victoria was his, she’d be signing up for a lifetime of pain and she can’t put herself through that. Sarah thanks Rex for everything and says that Victoria is so lucky to have him. Rex responds that he’s so lucky to have the both of them, but asks if she’s sure she’s not second guessing any of this. Sarah assures that she’s not as she knows the agony of having a child ripped away and she would never do that to him. Sarah declares that’s why she knows she made the right choice.

Vivian guesses it’s settled. Maggie asks Justin if he’s sure. Justin responds that he’s sorry but there is no legal remedy to this. Vivian decides she won’t be leaving then and then tells them to pack their belongings and get the hell out of her house.

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Days Update Friday, September 8, 2023

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Marlena meets with the hospital John Doe in her office. He asks if she’s figured out the cause of his memory loss. She informs him that the MRI showed a past skull fracture but the good news is that he’s in excellent health. He guesses she can’t do anything for him. Marlena says she didn’t say that. He gets up and says he has a job to do as he has to find his son.

Outside the Kiriakis Mansion, Rex asks Sarah if she’s ready to go because Maggie is probably wondering where she is. Chloe tells Xander that they should get going as well. Sarah then stops and announces that her water just broke. Rex sits Sarah down and guesses they aren’t getting married before the baby is born. Xander thinks back to questioning Sarah about her pregnancy.

In the living room, Maggie tells Bonnie, Justin, Philip, and Kate how much it means to her that they are there for her. Bonnie says they will be there as long as she needs. Kate comments that out of all of Victor’s wives, she believes Maggie brought out the best in him. Kate calls Maggie the perfect match for Victor. Vivian Alamain then appears and remarks that it’s a matter of opinion, shocking the room. Maggie tells Vivian that she’s not welcome here. Kate adds that she’s not welcome anywhere. Maggie tells Vivian that she wants her out of her house now. Vivian responds that she is here to stay.

Marlena stops and tells the man that her husband John would like to talk to him because he’s been looking in to his background. Marlena asks him to wait. He complains that he feels he’s been waiting for an eternity already and he has no more time to waste. John then arrives. Marlena introduces him to John. He asks if John has any sign of his son. John says not yet, but he does know who Joseph Bell is. John explains that he and his partner just learned that he recently discharged himself from a VA hospital and the man in charge gave them his dogtags which John presents to him. He reads the name “Joseph Bell” and says if he says so. John acknowledges him having a hard time remembering but says he did come up with other information to jog his memory. John brings up Joseph serving in the Korean War. Joseph brings up Julie mentioning her uncle Tommy being in the Korean War and how that rang a bell. Marlena suggests they all sit down, so they do. Joseph asks John to tell him more. John talks about the platoon he was serving in Korea. John calls it an incredible coincidence but reveals that Joseph was in the same unit as his biological father, Timothy Robicheaux. He notes that it does sound familiar and asks to be told all about him.

Kate questions what the hell Vivian is doing here. Vivian responds that she came to pay respects to the love of her life. Justin argues that she is supposed to be in prison and assumes she was furloughed for the funeral. Maggie questions why since she isn’t family. Vivian calls Philip her son and hugs him. Kate argues that Vivian stole her embryo but that doesn’t mean Philip is her son. Vivian argues that Kate will never share the bond she and Philip have. Bonnie questions where Vivian’s guard or ankle monitor are if she was furloughed and guesses she must have escaped, so she instructs Maggie to call the police. Vivian declares that she was released on good behavior. Kate argues that she hasn’t gone a day in her life without breaking at least four laws. Vivian asks if they can just enjoy the good times for Victor’s sake. Maggie brings up Vivian trying to kill her and all her other crimes. Maggie says she should not be on the streets and she doesn’t want her in her home. Vivian felt they wouldn’t believe her so she shows the papers for her release. Justin confirms that it looks legit. Maggie tells Vivian that if Victor were here, he would say “get the hell out of my house, now”.

Rex checks on Sarah. Chloe offers to time her contractions. Xander says he will bring the car around to get her to the hospital. Sarah tells Rex that she feels like she needs to push now. Xander has a flashback to helping Sarah give birth in the past. Sarah then declares the baby is coming now.

Justin tells Maggie not to let Vivian get to her and that they will handle this. Vivian argues that Victor cherished hospitality, so Maggie is desecrating his memory. Bonnie says that Vivian is the one doing that. Vivian calls her “Adrienne”. Bonnie then clarifies who she is. Vivian calls Bonnie the gold digger who married Mickey Horton. Justin warns Vivian to watch how she talks to his wife. Vivian mocks Justin trading in Adrienne for a carbon copy. Maggie holds Bonnie back and argues that Vivian is the gold digger, who went after Victor three times. Vivian argues that they went after each other because they were soulmates. Vivian then flashes back to past arguments with Victor. Kate, Bonnie, and Maggie all agree that Vivian needs to go now but Vivian threatens to break one of Maggie’s figurines.

Rex sends Chloe to get his medical bag from his car. Xander worries about Sarah being too soon to give birth. Rex sends Xander to get towels and blankets. Sarah cries about her last birth while Rex promises that she’s with a real doctor and nothing will go wrong. Sarah worries about not being in a hospital. Sarah adds that she’s in so much pain and asks what if she slips and tells Xander that he’s the father.

John tells Joseph that he wishes he could tell him more about his father but he was adopted and spent most of his life not knowing who he was. John explains that eventually he learned that he was born John Robicheaux and that when he found his father, he had changed his name to Yo Ling and he was nothing but evil. Marlena asks if this is beginning to sound familiar. He repeats the name Timothy and has flashbacks to the war. He recalls being injured by an explosion and thinking another man was coming to help him but he stole his dog tags. John says he’s sorry about that. He tells him not to be sorry since they are helping him now. John asks if he has any idea why the other man went off with his dog tags. Marlena asks if he knows what happened next.

Rex encourages Sarah that she’s not going to slip up and tell Xander that he’s the father unless that’s what she wants. Sarah flashes back to Xander helping her give birth to her previous baby. Sarah acknowledges that Xander did everything he could to help Mackenzie then and he’s a good person, except for when he’s not. Xander then returns with towels and reminds Sarah of the birthing classes they did together, telling her to squeeze his hand as he flashes back to her previous giving birth.

Justin says there’s no reason for bloodshed this morning. Bonnie thinks Victor would approve. Philip asks Vivian to just go. Vivian refuses to leave until she gives her eulogy. Justin informs her that the funeral ended an hour ago which Vivian complains about. Kate threatens to throw her out. Vivian refuses to leave before the reading of the will. Maggie says that’s why she’s really here. Vivian claims that Victor’s money means nothing to her and that she’s only there for the interest of Philip. Kate repeats that he is not her son. Vivian argues that Philip could’ve been presumed dead when Victor’s will was last updated. Justin insists that he was the executor of the will and he’s confident that Philip is well taken care of while Vivian is not one of the inheritors. Vivian asks if she doesn’t even get something sentimental to remember Victor by. Justin states that they have not scheduled the reading of the will yet. Kate tells Vivian that they will call her but Vivian still refuses to leave. Justin decides that he will pull out the will now and prove that Vivian is not inheriting anything, so she will have no reason to ever come back again. Vivian asks Philip to get her a mimosa for the road. Justin then discovers that Victor’s will is gone.

The man recalls thinking he was going to die in the war, but he didn’t. John suggests maybe his father helped him after all. He remembers the other man leaving his own dog tags with him so that if he died, they would think it was him while he argued that his wife was pregnant and going to have a son. John realizes that means the dog tags found on him were not his own, so he is not Joseph Bell. John then removes his own tags from his neck and presents them, revealing that the John Doe is actually Timothy Robicheaux and he was right about having a son. John declares that all this time he’s been searching and now he has found him as John reveals that he is his son.

Kate asks Justin if he’s sure. Justin assures that Victor showed him the will before he went to Greece, so it has to be somewhere. Justin goes to call Victor’s estate attorneys. Kate tells Philip that neither of them are in the will but Victor had a secret trust fund for Philip while he was away in Europe. Philip says they can go then. Kate tells everyone else that she’s sure the will is going to be found and she wishes she could see the look on Vivian’s face when she finds out she’s not in it but she and Philip have to go. Kate apologizes for abandoning Maggie while Bonnie assures that they’ll be her backup. Vivian calls out to Philip that she’s glad he’s not dead as he exits with Kate. Justin finishes his call and announces that apparently, Victor called his estate attorneys while he was away and told them to destroy the will.

Timothy and John talk about searching for each other for their entire life. Marlena explains that he got stuck in the VA system after being wounded in the war and they don’t know a lot about John’s background, but they know that John was born on a rural farm in Louisiana. John notes that he was born after Timothy disappeared. Timothy says he must have had such a hard life without a father. John declares that all that matters is that he’s here now.

Rex, Xander, and Chloe guide Sarah through giving birth. Rex encourages that the baby is almost there as Sarah gives one last push. Sarah successfully gives birth and Rex announces that it’s a girl. Sarah holds her baby and talks about being afraid that it would be like replacing her previous child but says it’s just so much love. Sarah admits she was scared of something going wrong again but she’s perfect.

Philip and Kate go to the Brady Pub. Kate wonders how the funeral reception is going. Philip notes it wasn’t much of a party even before Vivian got there. Kate thought that Rex and Sarah might come back to the house before they left. Philip guesses they decided to skip it since neither of them knew Victor very well. Kate is glad Sarah was there for Maggie and relates to how she felt having both of her sons there for the first time in a long time. Kate tells Philip that he gave a lovely eulogy and asks if he’s alright. Philip guesses it hadn’t really sank in until the funeral that this time really is goodbye. Philip always thought he’d have a chance to redeem himself in Victor’s eyes before he died and live up to what he thought he could be. Philip flashes back to an emotional conversation with Victor before he left Salem. Kate assures Philip that Victor loved him unconditionally and would’ve done anything for him. Kate adds that she was adamant about Philip not coming home, but she knows Victor would be so glad he’s here and she is too.

Maggie questions Victor asking his estate lawyer to destroy the will. Justin adds that Victor did not create a new one either. Maggie asks what happens now. Justin states that if there is no will, everything goes to the surviving spouse, so Maggie inherits the entire estate. Vivian reveals that’s not really true.

Timothy asks John about his adoption. John says it’s complicated and he doesn’t even know the whole story. Timothy asks about his wife. John says she passed a few years ago. Timothy talks about being so determined to find him because he loved her so much. Marlena knows this is a lot to take in. Timothy declares that the man who helped him find his son turned out to be his son, which he calls a miracle.

Kate tells Philip that she’s glad they had this time together and adds that he was right to get them out of there. Kate admits that she would’ve loved to have seen the look on Vivian’s face when she finds out she’s inheriting nothing…

Maggie questions what Vivian means. Bonnie argues that Vivian is just trying to rile her as she’s been in prison and doesn’t know anything. Vivian declares that she is Victor’s surviving spouse. Justin questions how she figures that. Maggie points out that they have been divorced for over a decade. Vivian reveals that the papers were never properly filed so they never got an official divorce decree, so Maggie and Victor’s marriage is null and void. Vivian declares that she is the widow Kiriakis and she inherits everything.

Sarah holds her baby and thanks her for making her a mom again. Rex notes Sarah shivering. Chloe goes to get another blanket. Xander takes the baby and holds her. Sarah starts to say there is something he should know. Xander notes that Sarah is really pale. Rex asks if Sarah is alright. Sarah responds that she doesn’t know and passes out.

Timothy says that when he dreamed his son was nearby, that was fate guiding his hand. Marlena asks John if he’s okay. John talks about wanting to know who he was and where he came from. John says when he found out he wasn’t Roman Brady, every answer he got after that was worse than the one before it from the Alamains to the DiMeras to Yo Ling. John calls it hard to believe he could’ve been a good person with that bad blood in him and there were times he wasn’t a good person. Marlena encourages that what Stefano did to him was not his fault as he made himself the man he is and she’s so proud of him. John declares that Marlena made him that man. John tells Timothy that he made him that man. John can’t believe that he has found thee Timothy Robicheaux. Timothy can’t believe it either and credits Marlena for making it happen. Timothy tells John they’ll make sure they don’t lose each other again as they hug.

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Days Update Thursday, September 7, 2023

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Alex arrives outside the Kiriakis Mansion for Victor’s funeral. Alex talks about how he can’t believe Victor is actually gone and how he keeps thinking he will come back. Alex states that Victor and Maggie had a love stronger than space and time that never dies. Bo’s daughter, Chelsea Brady arrives and says she couldn’t agree more. Alex mentions hearing that she was flying in as Chelsea introduces herself to him.

Kate sits at the Pub, reading an article about Victor’s funeral. Kate declares that Victor will be missed despite it all. Philip enters and greets her. Kate remarks that he finally remembered he has a mother.

Brady gets a call from Theresa and questions what she wants. Theresa asks if he wants to go to Victor’s funeral together as a family. Brady responds that they may be co-parents but they are definitely not family and never will be. Brady then hangs up as Belle and Shawn arrive.

Justin and Bonnie enter the living room of the Kiriakis Mansion. Justin talks about always expecting to see Victor when he walks in the room. Sonny joins them and talks about how Victor did care for them all in his own weird way. They then toast to Victor. Xander walks in and says if they are celebrating Victor’s demise, they can count him in.

Maggie sits in her room with her and Victor’s wedding photo, asking how she can ever say goodbye to him. Sarah enters and hugs her. Sarah says she’s sorry Melissa couldn’t be there. Maggie mentions having a video call with her this morning along with Nathan and Melanie. Sarah is glad she got to speak to them. Maggie comments that they are going to have a house full of Kiriakis’ to honor Victor.

Sonny tells Xander that they are toasting to Victor’s memory, not celebrating his demise. Xander says that’s what he meant and that he misspoke. Sonny doesn’t want to hear it and argues that he’s so glad that Sarah left him and is with Rex now. Sonny declares thank God that Sarah is having Rex’s baby and not Xander’s. Bonnie slips up and says that’s not true.

Kate complains about Philip coming back to town after she begged him not to and he didn’t even have the guts to tell her that he was there. Kate reminds him that she put her own freedom at risk to make sure he was safe and sound, away from the authorities. Philip informs Kate that Brady agreed not to press charges, so there’s no worries. Kate argues that it’s just like when he was 16 and he thought he could get out of any trouble. Kate questions where Philip was all this time. Philip informs her that he went to see Lucas in prison. Kate is glad but notes that he couldn’t have been there the whole time. Philip then admits that he was with Chloe.

Rex runs into Chloe in the town square and jokes with her about having to face a bunch of grieving Kiriakis family members. Rex congratulates Chloe on her engagement and says he wishes them the best. Chloe remarks that she bets he does because her engagement keeps Xander away from Sarah and the baby she’s carrying.

Xander and Sonny question Bonnie saying that’s not true. Bonnie claims that she means Sonny calling Xander a horror show is not true. Sonny questions if she’s seriously defending Xander, reminding her that he locked her and Susan in the gardening shed. Bonnie says he feels really bad about it. Sonny questions all being forgiven and blames Xander for Susan being dead. Sonny brings up Gwen and Leo being in Xander’s scheme. Xander explains that Sonny can’t stand the sight of him because he ruined his affair with Leo. Justin gets in between them and says that’s enough as this is the last thing Maggie needs today.

Sarah suggests a necklace for Maggie to wear. Maggie cries about Victor getting it for their anniversary. Sarah encourages that Victor and Maggie had something so special. Maggie knows at some point, she’ll be grateful for all the time that she had with Victor, but right now all she feels is longing for him. Sarah reminds Maggie that she always has her and so many people around her that love her, so she’s not alone and never will be as she hugs her.

Brady asks how Shawn is holding up. Shawn responds that he’s a lot better since he’s been seeing Marlena. Brady encourages that Marlena can help him. Brady’s phone goes off and complains that Theresa will not take no for an answer. Belle asks what she wants. Brady informs them that Theresa wants to get back together.

Alex apologizes for not recognizing Chelsea. Chelsea says she knows who Alex is from seeing his photo online in various publications. Chelsea understands Alex not recognizing her because they didn’t grow up together and adds that she didn’t even know Bo was her dad until high school. Alex tells her that he’s really sorry about her dad. Chelsea thanks him and says she’s still hoping he pulls through. Chelsea adds that being without Victor doesn’t seem right. Alex agrees that he had a huge presence on all of them. Chelsea says she’s been living in London for the past decade, so she feels guilty for not coming home more to see Victor. Theresa then arrives and greets Chelsea as they hug. Chelsea asks about her son Tate. Theresa explains not taking him out of school, so she’s representing both of them and is there for Brady as well. Theresa tells Chelsea that she’s so sorry about Victor and asks about Bo. Chelsea says there’s been no improvement. Chelsea introduces Theresa and Alex, explaining that Alex is her cousin on the Kiriakis side while Theresa is her cousin on the Brady side. Alex and Theresa meet, acknowledging that they are not related. Chelsea says it was great to see them both, but she’s going inside to see Victor before the funeral starts. Alex says they will catch up after the service. Alex tells Theresa that it’s nice to finally meet her. Theresa guesses he’s heard a lot about her but insists that she’s a wonderful person with a soft heart. Theresa hopes Brady will see her that way too. Alex asks if she’s hoping for a redo with him. Theresa confirms that she hoped Victor’s passing would bring them closer. Theresa adds that she and Brady will always have a lifelong connection because of their son but this really brings it home. Alex asks what Brady thinks about her being back. Theresa responds that he’s fine with it, except he wants nothing to do with her.

Belle asks what Brady said when Theresa suggested getting back together. Brady responds that he said in no uncertain terms that they will never ever get back together. Belle questions if Brady would never consider it. Brady reminds Belle of the hell that Theresa put him through and assures that he learned his lesson from Rachel’s custody case that some women are irredeemable. Shawn questions comparing Theresa to Kristen. Brady knows Theresa hasn’t reached Kristen’s treachery levels, but says to give her time.

Chloe tells Rex that he has to admit that he was tremendously relieved to find out that Xander had moved on. Rex insists that he’s just happy for her. Chloe admits she was kind of freaked out when she found out Sarah was pregnant, because if the baby turned out to be Xander’s then her engagement would’ve blown up before it even started.

Justin asks Sonny to let this go since Victor would not want them at each others’ throats today. Sonny remarks that Victor did always love a good family brawl which Xander agrees with. Bonnie points out that Maggie also wouldn’t like this and the last thing she needs is for them to come to blows. Bonnie says she will go check with Henderson to make sure everything is set up. Bonnie instructs them to behave which they agree to do for Maggie. Bonnie then exits.

Sarah asks Maggie if she’s ready to go downstairs. Maggie says she will be in a minute. Maggie then tells Sarah that it’s not too late to tell Xander the truth.

Philip tells Kate that he couldn’t have lived with himself if he didn’t say goodbye to Victor since they had so much unfinished business. Kate knows that Victor was hard on him, but assures that he did love him with all his heart. Philip suggests they should get to the mansion. Kate stops him and asks about him being with Chloe before coming here. Kate wonders if he went to see Chloe because he still loves her.

Rex admits to Chloe that her and Xander being engaged is not the worst thing to happen to his relationship with Sarah. Chloe jokes that he’s being honest for once. Rex then says that they are being forthcoming, so he asks how Chloe felt when Philip showed up at her door, alive and well. Chloe admits she was shocked to know that he was alive and to learn the horrible things he did to Brady. Rex points out that Philip was not in his right mind. Chloe acknowledges that and she’s glad he got the help he needed. Chloe adds that maybe one day they could be friends again. Rex says he’s sure Philip would like that. Chloe says she has to get going and she will see him at Victor’s memorial.

Kate tells Philip that he doesn’t have to answer because she can see in his eyes that he is as in love with Chloe as he was in high school. Philip argues that how he feels about Chloe doesn’t matter because she’s engaged to Xander. Philip suggests they go pay tribute to his father now. Kate warns him that this conversation has not ended as they exit the Pub together.

Brady thinks he deserves a nice, calm relationship with a decent woman after all he’s been through and he doesn’t think that applies to Theresa. Shawn acknowledges that his cousin Theresa can be a handful. Belle suggests they get going so they aren’t late for the service, so they exit together.

Alex asks Theresa what makes her so sure that Brady isn’t in to her. Theresa responds that he told her straight out and then treated her like something on the bottom of his shoe. Alex calls that interesting because the old Alex would encourage her to pursue Brady non stop while the new Alex would tell her that she probably has to take Brady’s word and back the hell off. Theresa jokes that she likes the old him better. Alex says he got in to a lot of trouble then. Theresa responds that she happens to like all sorts of trouble.

Sarah knows Maggie means well but her emotions are all over the place right now. Maggie argues that not telling Xander that he’s the father of her baby is not fair and not right. Sarah argues that they have been over this and says she has to trust her that no good would come out of this particular truth coming out. Chelsea then enters and asks what truth that would be. Maggie is thrilled to see her and excitedly hugs her. Chelsea says she had to come for Victor and for Maggie. Maggie thanks her. Maggie then introduces Chelsea to Sarah. Sarah mentions hearing so much about her and says it’s so good to finally meet her. Maggie wishes Bo and Hope could be there but she understands why they can’t be. Sarah mentions Ciara sending a beautiful bouquet. Chelsea says they all loved Victor and he will always have a special place in her heart. Sarah gets a text that the service is starting soon and says they should get going. Maggie says she’ll be right there. Sarah hugs her and says she will see her there as Sarah and Chelsea then exit the room. Maggie goes back to her and Victor’s wedding photo and cries before exiting the room.

The family gather outside for Victor’s memorial. Justin, Maggie, and Brady are seated in front with an open seat. Theresa approaches the seat next to Brady but then stops and sits next to Alex in the second row instead. Sarah and Rex then arrive with Sarah taking a seat next to Maggie. Shawn and Belle arrive and Chelsea arrives behind, surprising them and they hug. Shawn calls it unfortunate that Ben and Ciara couldn’t be there. Belle asks how Chelsea and Max are doing being no parents. Chelsea says it’s been great but she wishes they lived closer so they could see everybody more often. Chelsea then goes over and hugs Kate, saying it’s so good to see her. Justin stands and decides to begin the service. Justin talks about Victor wanting a small and informal ceremony. Justin calls on anyone who wants to offer a remembrance. Justin acknowledges that Chelsea wanted to start. Chelsea stands and asks what do you say about a guy like Victor Kiriakis. Chelsea calls Victor larger than life. Chelsea talks about Bo not finding out Victor was his father until he was a grown up and how he struggled with his identity as a Kiriakis and a Brady. Chelsea says no matter the strain Bo had with Victor, she always felt that Victor really loved her, her siblings, and all their kids. Chelsea declares the one thing she will remember about Victor is how loved she always felt whenever she was with him. Sonny stands next and jokes about how Victor could’ve taught King Lear and Zeus about family in-fighting but there was another side to Victor that was caring and loving that they didn’t see a lot until Victor found out he had a daughter, Isabella, who was the first to chip away at Victor’s heart but certainly wasn’t the last as that was Maggie. Sonny states that Maggie somehow convinced the powerful Victor Kiriakis to make his family a priority and not a power play. Sonny adds that Victor was so lucky to have Maggie and the whole family is better because of her. Sonny tells Maggie that he loves her as he finishes. Justin then stands and talks about the look on Victor’s face when he would tell him how to live his life, joking that had a very unique style of meddling. Justin says he hated it but he always knew that Victor did it because he loved him so deeply and that he would lay down his life for him and the people he loved. Justin cries that he will miss his dear Uncle Vic, now and forever. Xander stands next and says he may just be the bastard Kiriakis but he always found that he and Victor were cut from similar cloth. Xander says he understood what drove Victor and why he was so often driven in ways that proved to be calamitous. Xander thinks they all know that Victor loved ferociously and fought very hard to make sure that Maggie and his children had the best lives possible. Xander intends to emulate his Uncle Vic and do the same, if God ever blesses him with children. Philip stands and says he was the only one of Victor’s children who had the distinction and sometimes burden of being raised by him, so when he looks back, he remembers how proud Victor was when he did something to please him which wasn’t often enough. Philip recalls Victor’s looks of disappointment when he let him down which was way too often. Philip hopes that Victor can see that he’s still trying to be the man worthy of his love and respect. Belle gets up and helps Philip to his seat as he breaks down crying. Brady stands and talks about how his grandfather was their patriarch. Brady says that Victor always taught them lessons and he will miss that about him until they fly together again. Belle asks if Shawn doesn’t want to say anything. Shawn responds that there’s no point. Justin stands to close the service by reading a poem from one of Victor’s favorite poets to a montage of memories of Victor.

Brady and Alex walk through the town square where they run in to Theresa, who comments on the lovely service. Brady questions if she followed him. Theresa explains that Bonnie told her that they came to pick up food so she thought she could help and she’s starving. Brady tells her that she can go to the Brady Pub. Alex feels that’s no way for Brady to treat his kid’s mom. Brady asks Alex to stay out of it. Theresa remarks that at least someone in the family still has manners. Theresa adds that she’d love to get to know Alex better and suggests they have dinner this weekend. Brady thought she was going back to California but Theresa reveals that she’s thinking about sticking around for a little while. Theresa tells Alex to let her know about dinner and walks away.

Belle and Chelsea hug outside the Pub. Belle can’t believe that Chelsea is leaving already. Chelsea wishes she could stay longer. Belle talks about how her and Shawn always talk about wanting to visit in London. Chelsea encourages that they should and asks where Shawn is. Belle says that Shawn went in to the Pub to pack her a lunch, but notes that he has been awhile so she wonders what’s keeping him.

Shawn packs a lunch for Chelsea at the Pub but ends up behind the bar where he grabs a bottle of alcohol and takes a drink.

Rex asks Sarah if she’s ready to go because Maggie is probably wondering where she is. Chloe tells Xander that they should get going as well. Sarah then stops and announces that her water just broke.

In the living room, Maggie tells Bonnie, Justin, Philip, and Kate how much it means to her that they are there for her. Bonnie says they will be there as long as she needs. Kate comments that out of all of Victor’s wives, she believes Maggie brought out the best in him. Kate calls Maggie the perfect match for Victor. Vivian Alamain then appears and remarks that it’s a matter of opinion, leaving the room shocked.

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Chanel is at home with Talia and asks if she wants wine or champagne to celebrate. Talia says either is fine but asks what they are celebrating. Chanel points out that they just killed it at the bowling alley. Talia jokes that it was all Chanel. Talia asks if she’s sure this is okay with Paulina. Chanel tells her not to worry as Paulina is out to dinner with Abe since they are getting to know each other again from scratch. Chanel tells Talia that they have the place all to themselves.

Jada joins Rafe in his office and comments on him looking comfortable at his desk. Rafe says he’s getting there. Jada thought he was happy to be back. Rafe assures that he is but notes that it’s just been a whirlwind since Rawlings fired him and then Rawlings got fired and now he’s back. Jada acknowledges that it’s a lot. Rafe notes that she seems a little down. Jada brings up that Rafe told Paulina that she should’ve given her the commissioner job and she turned it down, but she’s starting to think maybe that was a mistake.

At the hospital, Kayla runs in to Tripp, who asks about the John Doe. Kayla explains that John and Steve are trying to figure out his identity to reunite him with his son. Tripp mentions knowing from experience that Steve is excellent at that. Kayla says she will sign off on Tripp’s charts. Tripp asks Kayla for help on one more thing that’s kind of an emergency.

At the DiMera Mansion, EJ complains about hiring an assassin that won’t return his texts. He sends a text to the woman he hired, Joyce, asking why he hasn’t heard back from her and if Ava is out of the picture yet. EJ shouts that he wants to know that it’s done. Johnny then walks in and asks what he’s talking about. EJ thinks back to hiring Joyce.

Joyce declares this is where it ends but Harris grabs her, causing her to drop the gun. As they struggle with one another, Ava picks up the gun and pulls the trigger, shooting Joyce. Joyce calls Ava a bitch and then falls onto the hospital bed.

Rafe questions Jada if she’s saying she actually does want to be commissioner. Jada points out that she’s definitely qualified as Rafe said himself. Jada assures that Rafe and his career matter to her very much, but he told her the position and job is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Rafe says he gets it. Jada says if that’s true, she thinks he’s sitting in her chair. Rafe is confused until Jada reveals that she was just messing with him.

Tripp tells Kayla that about he and Wendy being interrupted twice but they are seeing each other again tonight, so he’s trying to think ahead so nothing goes wrong this time. Kayla understands and tells Tripp that they can have their place tonight.

EJ tells Johnny that he didn’t know he was home. Johnny feels he caught him in the middle of a pretty heated text conversation and asks what got him so angry. EJ claims he was just frustrated because he had to take his sports car to the shop after Gabi side swiped it. Johnny mocks that being his most prized possession. EJ says it’s bad enough that he has to watch Gabi parade around the house like it’s her own. Johnny gets that EJ is pissed but says it’s not like it’s a matter of life and death…

Harris notes that Joyce is still breathing. A security officer then bursts in with his gun and orders Ava to drop the weapon as he calls for backup, saying they have a patient with a gun. Ava says he doesn’t understand. He says he understands she just shot this woman. Ava responds that she didn’t have a choice as she attacked her and was going to kill both of them. The officer demands she drop the gun. Harris tells Ava to just do it and drop the gun.

Kayla tells Tripp that she will call Steve now to let him know to vacate the place tonight. Tripp thanks her for the offer but informs her that he and Wendy already have a reservation at the Salem Inn. Kayla asks how she can help then. Tripp explains that he’s done everything he can think of to make sure there are no interruptions, so he asks Kayla to take his phone for the night. Tripp knows he could just turn it off but if it’s there, he could be tempted. Tripp adds that if there’s an actual emergency, she can call their room #304. Kayla tells Tripp to just focus on having a good time tonight as he then exits the hospital.

EJ and Johnny head in to the living room. EJ keeps checking his phone while Johnny finds a book of Nicole’s on the couch, open to a chapter on labor and delivery. EJ guesses Nicole forgot it when she just went up to bed. Johnny asks how she’s feeling. EJ says she’s fine and doing well. Johnny asks how EJ is feeling with his new baby brother or sister on the way. EJ says he’s thrilled. EJ admits he wasn’t expecting to become a father again but he couldn’t be happier. Johnny says it must be an incredible feeling, though not one he’s ready for. EJ asks if Johnny thought about parenthood while married or if he’s thinking of what it might be like with Chanel. Johnny guesses he’s been talking to Nicole. EJ says they just want what’s best for him. EJ asks if he took Nicole’s advice and told Chanel how he feels. Johnny confirms that he was about to, but they got interrupted and in hindsight, he’s glad they did which EJ questions. Johnny informs him that the person who interrupted them was Talia Hunter, who was meeting Chanel for a date. EJ brings up Talia poisoning the biscuits and getting Chanel’s bakery shut down, so he questions why Chanel would want to get involved with her. EJ asks if it’s serious. Johnny asks if it matters since there’s obviously something going on between them, so he decided to keep his mouth shut and back off. EJ calls that stupid.

Talia praises Chanel’s bowling skills. Talia tells her that she had a really good time tonight. Chanel says she did too. Talia thanks her for not hating her as most people would not speak to her again after what she did, so she knows how big of a deal this is. Talia wants to let her know how much it means to her that she gave her a second chance. Chanel says she’s glad she did. Talia asks how she thinks it’s going so far. Chanel says pretty well. Talia asks if she has any ideas of how it could be better. Chanel says she has one and kisses Talia.

Jada and Rafe kiss in Rafe’s office. Rafe jokes about taking full advantage of the amended policy. They continue kissing until Rafe stops and agrees that Jada should be police commissioner since Paulina offered her the job, so if she wants it, she can take it. Jada assures that she doesn’t as Rafe is an outstanding cop and Paulina gave him his job back, so they can each keep doing what they love and they can keep doing this as they continue kissing. Jada says as much as she enjoys sharing this moment, she suggests going to Rafe’s house and sharing his bed. Rafe agrees to that but then gets a call and says he’s on his way. Rafe informs Jada that there’s been a shooting at Bayview so they head out together.

Harris pleads with Ava to put the gun down, but Ava says she can’t let the guard take her in after she just shot a woman. Harris points out that it was self defense. Ava feels they won’t believe her. The guard warns Ava that it’s her last chance to drop the weapon before he makes her drop it. Ava warns him to think twice about that. Harris questions what she is doing. Ava repeats that she’s not going to prison, so if she has to shoot this guy to get out of here, then that’s exactly what she’s going to do.

Chanel and Talia kiss until Talia gets a call from Kayla. Kayla says she knows it’s late but wondered if she could come by the hospital because she has some news to deliver in person. Talia agrees to be right there and hangs up. Chanel asks if everything is okay. Talia tells Chanel that Kayla wants to meet with her, so she’s guessing it’s about the job. Chanel says if the chief of staff is asking her to come in, it’s probably good news. Talia doubts it and worries that Kayla just doesn’t want to disappoint her over the phone. Talia feels it would be a PR nightmare for the board if they hired the “biscuit bandit”. Chanel thinks they want a great doctor which Talia is. Chanel encourages Talia and says she believes in her. Talia thanks her as Chanel tells her to let her know how it goes. Talia then exits.

Johnny questions if EJ called him stupid. EJ clarifies that he called his decision about Chanel stupid. Johnny asks if EJ is encouraging him to become the odd man out in yet another love triangle. EJ says he’s encouraging him to go after the woman he loves. Johnny responds that he’s not going to get in between Chanel and Talia because that would be stupid and disrespectful. EJ argues that relationship barely exists and that Chanel would be better off with Johnny. Johnny questions when EJ became team Chanel. EJ acknowledges that Chanel turned her life around, started a business and became a huge success, so he admits that he was wrong about her. EJ adds that no matter what flaws he thought Chanel had, they pale in comparison to Ava Vitali.

Harris tries to calm Ava down, pointing out that she did nothing wrong and they will explain what happened to the cops. Ava worries that Rafe hates her, so there’s no way he will listen to her. Harris insists that Rafe will listen to him, but she won’t want Rafe to see her waving the gun around. Ava argues that she has to do this as there’s no other choice. Harris promises there is and asks her to just give him the gun. Harris adds that nobody else needs to get hurt and asks her for the gun. Ava then slowly hands it over to Harris. Harris thanks her and then turns the gun back on the security guard, warning him not to move and to stay right there because they are leaving. Harris and Ava then escape together.

Tripp and Wendy meet at their room in the Salem Inn. Wendy says she talked to the manager to make sure everything goes smoothly. Tripp says he did the same and the manager confirmed no one else has access to the room. Wendy mentions turning her phone off while Tripp tells her that he gave his to Kayla. Wendy still feels like they are forgetting something. Tripp tells her not to worry as they got it all covered and tonight they will finally be together with no interruptions. They are then interrupted by a knock at the door from room service who brings in steak and champagne. Wendy says she figured they would be hungry. Tripp asks the worker to make sure they are not disturbed as he exits. Wendy puts the do not disturb sign on the door. Tripp offers to pop the champagne but Wendy says all she needs is him as they kiss.

Johnny questions EJ comparing Chanel to Ava Vitali, arguing that Chanel was his wife while Ava was just a blip on the radar. Johnny adds that he doesn’t want to sit here and listen to him trash Ava. EJ argues that Ava killed Johnny’s grandmother. Johnny acknowledges that Ava is mentally ill and says she doesn’t need to be punished, she needs help. EJ decides they will have to agree to disagree. Johnny asks if they can talk about something else. EJ says he has one more thing about Chanel. Johnny doesn’t need him to tell him what to do and says he’s got this. EJ states that if it were him, he would not pass up the chance to be with the woman he loves out of some misguided sense of decorum, he would be proactive and tell her how he feels.

Talia goes to the hospital to see Kayla, who thanks her for coming. Kayla informs Talia that she has some news to tell her in person. Talia assumes it’s about the job which Kayla confirms. Talia says the fact that she’d even considering hiring her was truly kind, but she knew the board would never go for it. Kayla informs her that spoke to Seth Burns, who basically said the same thing, but given her excellent qualifications, they agreed to hire her on a provisional basis and she can start tomorrow. Talia calls this incredible and excitedly thanks her, promising that she won’t let her down.

Rafe and Jada arrive at Bayview where the security guard and a nurse are checking on Joyce. Jada calls the ambulance again while Rafe asks what happened. The guard informs him that Ava Vitali shot her.

Ava and Harris escape Bayview. They talk about having no idea what’s going on or why Joyce attacked them. Harris says he got her out of there because if that woman has an accomplice, they could be anywhere. Ava asks where they are going since she’s not going to the police. Harris decides he has another idea.

Rafe and Jada go to the hospital. Jada mentions Kayla being with the victim now. Rafe calls in an APB on Ava and Harris, noting that they escaped Bayview about 30 minutes ago. Rafe adds to consider them armed and dangerous so they are to proceed with extreme caution. Rafe wants updates every hour. Kayla comes over and says the victim is not good, but the trauma team is trying to stabilize her for surgery. Jada asks if she’s going to make it. Kayla says it’s too soon to tell and asks if Ava really did this. Rafe says they don’t know for sure but they do know that Ava escaped Bayview with Harris Michaels. Rafe would like to question the victim but guesses that’s off the table for now. Kayla confirms they need to get her in to surgery right away, but says she will keep them posted.

Harris and Ava go to a motel room. Harris says this will be their base of operations as they need to regroup before making their next move. Harris says they first have to figure out who that woman was and why she came after her. Ava says she has no clue who it was. Harris points out that she obviously knew who Ava was because she was trying to kill her. Harris asks if she could think of anyone with a grudge from her past. Ava insists this wasn’t a mafia hit. Harris points out that it was a hit. Ava responds that she knows exactly who put it out.

Johnny goes to see Chanel and apologizes for just dropping by as he hopes it’s not a bad time. Chanel says it’s not and asks what’s going on. Johnny says he’s just going to say it. Johnny tells Chanel that he’s been wanting to tell her this for awhile and he tried a couple times, but the timing was off and now she’s with Talia so the last thing he wants to do is get in the middle of that, but he can’t keep quiet about this anymore. Johnny declares he had to come tell her how he feels. Johnny then tells Chanel that he’s still in love with her.

Tripp and Wendy kiss and begin to undress as they move on to the bed.

Rafe tells Jada that he found out the victim was not a nurse and didn’t work at Bayview. Jada brings up the phone that they found on her and that it’s a burner phone with no passcode. Jada sees there’s a ton of text messages all from one number. Rafe guesses it’s blocked. Jada reads the text message asking why they haven’t heard back from her and if Ava was out of the picture yet. Rafe wonders who the hell sent the text.

EJ pours a drink at home and then gets a breaking news alert on his phone about a shooting at Bayview, which he assumes means Ava was shot.

Ava tells Harris that it’s so obvious and it has to be EJ DiMera.

Kayla finishes a call about Rafe wanting to question the patient. Kayla wonders how Ava is involved with all of this. Kayla then looks at a photo of Tripp and Wendy on her phone, but decides it can wait.

Tripp and Wendy lay in bed together after having sex for the first time. They talk about how it happened with no interruptions. Wendy tells Tripp it was so worth the wait as they kiss.

Chanel doesn’t know what to say to Johnny. Talia then comes back and tells Chanel that she had to come back. Chanel asks if everything is okay. Talia says it’s better than okay and informs Chanel that she got the job. They hug as Chanel calls it amazing. Talia then sees Johnny inside and says she didn’t know she had company. Talia asks what’s going on. Johnny claims it’s nothing and he was just leaving. Talia says he doesn’t have to leave on her account. Johnny says he’s not and that he has somewhere to be. Johnny tells Chanel good night and congratulates Talia as he then exits. Talia asks if Chanel is okay. Chanel claims that she’s fine.

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Days Update Tuesday, September 5, 2023

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Rex joins Sarah in the living room of the Kiriakis Mansion and asks how she’s feeling. Sarah says she’s fine and no more Braxton-Hicks so it looks like the baby will stay in the oven a little longer before making their grand entrance in to the world. Rex is happy to hear that because he’s been thinking they should be married before the baby is born.

Xander comes across Theresa outside the Brady Pub and says he never thought he’d see her sorry ass in Salem again and questions what the hell she’s doing here.

Harris questions Ava telling him that Susan Banks is alive. Ava assures that she is, which means she is not responsible for the death of EJ DiMera’s mother.

EJ walks through the park and calls someone to meet him in the park right now. EJ declares that Ava Vitali killed his mother and before this day is done, he wants Ava dead too.

At the hospital, Eric informs Sloan that she is being discharged and asks if she’s ready go home. Sloan responds that there is something she needs to tell him. Eric asks what it is. Sloan says it’s about the baby. Sloan cries that she’s so sorry that she lost their child. Eric questions why she’s sorry when it wasn’t her fault. Sloan knows how much he wanted to be a father. Sloan says when she came in, they had so much to look forward to in starting a family together and being parents together. Eric assures that they still have each other and a lot of good things to look forward to. Eric is sure she’s pretty desperate for non-hospital food, so he offers to make her dinner at the Pub. Sloan says she’ll just meet him there after taking a walk to clear her head because she needs a little time for herself. Eric tells her to call him so he can make sure she’s okay as he then exits the room. Sloan cries to herself that it’s all her fault that Eric is not going to be a father to either one of his kids. Sloan thinks back to changing Nicole’s test results.

Theresa informs Xander that she came to pay respects to Victor. Xander questions if that’s why she is out here crying crocodile tears. Theresa calls him cynical and says she actually cared deeply about Victor. Xander mocks her. Theresa then admits the tears weren’t over Victor, but about Brady. Xander guesses Brady wasn’t thrilled to see her and told her to go to Hell. Theresa remarks that it’s the same as Sarah did to Xander.

Sarah tells Rex that she’s so grateful that he wants to be a father to her baby as after what Xander did to Susan, she doesn’t want him anywhere near their child but she questions if Rex is still sure he wants to do this. Rex says that Sarah made it clear that keeping Xander away is her primary motive for marrying him and he’s committed to her. Rex adds that he’s still committed to getting Sarah to fall back in love with him. Sarah really hopes he can do that. Rex asks if she’s sure about that because she hesitated when he brought up marriage. Sarah says it just doesn’t feel right to do it now, before Victor’s funeral. Rex agrees that makes sense. Sarah says she just wants to be present for Maggie as she’s burying her husband and none of Victor’s kids can be there since Bo is in a coma, Isabella is gone, and Philip can’t come home unless he’s going to face the consequences of what he did to Brady. Philip then walks in and announces that’s not true anymore, shocking Rex and Sarah.

Chloe goes to the DiMera Mansion and informs Nicole that Philip is alive and well and that he’s the one who framed Brady for his murder. Nicole is shocked and asks if Brady is going after him. Chloe reveals that Belle convinced Brady not to press charges, so Philip is in the clear. Nicole can’t believe it. Chloe explains that Philip has spent his time away at a psychiatric hospital but they released him. Nicole asks if he’s better now. Chloe says apparently so as he said he did a lot of work on himself and recognizes where everything went terribly wrong. Nicole calls that good news and the best part is, now Chloe doesn’t have to marry Xander.

EJ meets a woman in the park and asks if she’s sure she can get in to Bayview despite the heavy security which she assures that she can. EJ asks how she plans to do it but then decides he doesn’t want to know as long as Ava suffers the same fate as his dearly departed mother…

Harris asks Ava how she knows that Susan is alive. Ava explains that when Marlena hypnotized her, it was like she was back in that night. Harris asks what exactly she saw. Ava tells him that she was lying on the ground after the wreck and everything was on fire but as she was running, she looked back and saw Susan outside the car before it exploded. Harris questions why she didn’t just tell Marlena instead of lying. Ava says that when Marlena brought her out of hypnosis, she panicked and couldn’t bring herself to say it. Ava figured Marlena wouldn’t believe her since after all this time, she suddenly remembers that Susan is alive. Ava thinks Marlena would feel she’s making it up to get out of this place. Harris then asks if she is making it up. Ava assures that she’s not and that he knows her hallucinations are real. Ava states that when Marlena put her under, she saw it so clearly that Susan was alive before the car exploded. Harris asks if she’s absolutely sure that Susan was alive. Ava confirms that she is 100%. Harris then asks where Susan is now and where she’s been all this time.

The woman asks EJ if he’s sure about hiring her for this job. EJ assures that he’s always been happy with her work before. She appreciates the work but didn’t think EJ did this kind of thing anymore. EJ states that as a rule, he doesn’t but this is different and personal. She says she understands and he doesn’t need to worry as she will take care of Ava and it will never get back to him. EJ thanks her and adds that once she’s done, he wants her to see to it that Xander follows Ava to the grave because he’s just as responsible for Susan’s death as Ava.

Xander argues that Theresa doesn’t know anything about him and Sarah. Theresa goes over Sarah dumping Xander and leaving Salem because Xander put on a clown mask to kidnap and kill EJ’s mom. Xander argues that he did not kill Susan Banks. Theresa remarks that Sarah doesn’t see it that way. Xander says at least he’s not outside the Pub, crying his eyes out, because he moved on. Theresa questions what he’s moved on to and mocks him. Xander then informs her that he’s engaged to Chloe Lane. Theresa laughs but then realizes he’s serious. Xander decides this conversation is over but Theresa stops him and asks how on earth he got Chloe to give him the time of day after he left her with Mateo in Mexico, who she calls the only man on the planet who is a bigger piece of garbage than him.

Chloe asks Nicole what Philip being alive has anything to do with her marrying Xander. Nicole points out that Chloe was seeing Philip before he disappeared and now he’s back. Nicole says she is her friend and she wants what’s best for her and she knows that Chloe and Philip had a good thing going. Chloe argues that Philip didn’t just disappear, he framed his own death and framed Brady for murder, all because he couldn’t let her go. Nicole points out that Philip was sick but now he’s better so she asks if there’s a chance they could pick up where they left off.

Rex questions what Philip is doing here and if it’s safe. Philip confirms that Brady has graciously agreed to drop the charges against him which means he’s free to be in Salem and attend Victor’s funeral. Sarah asks if he’s clear of everything. Philip confirms that Belle worked hard to convince Brady that he deserved forgiveness. Rex congratulates him. Sarah tells Philip that she’s so sorry about his father. Rex assures that he’s there for him and whatever he needs. Philip thanks him and admits it’s kind of overwhelming to be back as he’s sure lots has changed since he left. Philip points out Sarah having a baby to start and asks who the father is. Rex claims that he’s the father and that they are so excited about the pregnancy and getting married soon. Philip says he did miss a lot as he had no idea they were even back together. Sarah goes along with it and says they’re so excited the baby will get a chance to know Philip. Sarah decides she’s going to lay down upstairs. Philip congratulates them on the baby and the engagement. Sarah welcomes Philip home as she then exits. Philip tells Rex that he’s happy for him as he knows that he never really stopped loving Sarah. Rex calls Sarah the love of his life. Philip guesses it all worked out, especially now that Xander is with Chloe. Philip then laughs at the idea of Chloe marrying Xander and questions what the hell she’s thinking. Rex then asks Philip to please tell him that he’s not still obsessed with Chloe.

Chloe tells Nicole that she will try to ignore that she’s not even acknowledging that she moved in with Xander by telling her that she’s not going to just pick up where she left off with Philip, questioning why she thinks that’s a brilliant idea. Nicole repeats that things were great between Chloe and Philip before things went off the rail and asks what if Philip is back to the guy that she fell in love with. Chloe says it doesn’t matter because she’s with someone else now. Nicole asks if they ever really move on from their first love and if part of her heart still belongs to the guy she fell madly in love with. Chloe questions if they are still talking about her, Xander, and Philip or if it’s about Nicole, Eric, and EJ.

EJ declares that he won’t rest until he avenges his mother and those that took her life will pay with their lives. Sloan then approaches EJ.

Ava tells Harris that she has no idea where Susan is as she thought she was in Heaven until a few hours ago. Harris argues that if Susan is alive, someone should be out there looking for her. Harris suggests talking to Marlena or contacting EJ. Ava says no. Harris points out that EJ is convinced that Ava killed his mother so he should know that’s not the case.

Sloan asks EJ if she’s interrupting as she thought she heard him talking to someone. EJ explains that he was just talking to an image of his mother, who died fairly recently. EJ adds that the people who took her life are walking around freely which has left him somewhat bitter. Sloan relates to the feeling all too well. EJ asks if it was her mother. Sloan says it was both her parents and that she and her brother Colin vowed to avenge them too but making promises like that leads down a very dark path…

Xander warns Theresa to watch herself. Theresa says she’s just stating the facts. Xander calls what happened in Mexico ancient history. Theresa brings up Susan Banks again. Xander argues that he’s changed and Chloe knows that or else she wouldn’t be with him. Theresa questions if he has, pointing out the wild look in his eyes and calls him still the same sadistic psycho that she’s always known. Xander argues that she doesn’t know him. Theresa says she knows plenty and that he hasn’t changed at all. Xander informs Theresa that someone just offered him a huge amount of money to do something terrible but he turned them down flat and said no. Theresa guesses he just wasn’t desperate enough, but the second he is, he will revert to form and she hopes it’s not too late for Chloe when he does. Xander insists that Chloe loves and trusts him. Theresa warns that when things get bad, she hopes Chloe sticks a knife in him like she did to El Fideo and remarks that no one would come back for his funeral. Xander grabs Theresa and warns her to shut her mouth before he shuts it for her. Eric then appears and grabs Xander, demanding he get his hands off of her.

Ava worries about EJ not believing her if she tells him about his mother when he already wants her dead for killing her. Harris points out that Susan’s not dead. The woman that EJ hired then enters the room dressed as a nurse with a syringe and announces that it’s time for Ava’s medication, leaving them confused. Ava argues that she’s never gotten a shot here, so she questions what medication that is. She claims that the doctor ordered something new which Ava questions while Harris asks for the name of the medication. She asks Harris to leave the room while she administers the injection. Harris tells her to hold on a second. She questions if he’s interfering with Ava’s treatment. Harris instructs Ava to call the doctor to confirm he ordered this. The woman questions Harris thinking she’s lying. Harris says no but that Ava has a right to know what drug she’s being given. The woman then pulls her gun out and says she was hoping to do this the easy way but Harris had to go play hero, so now they are both going to get a shot, only it’s not going to be from a needle.

Philip tells Rex that during his time away, he came to see that his love for Chloe turned in to an unhealthy addiction and he’s a lot better now. Rex asks if Philip would be able to control how he acts if he had romantic feelings for Chloe which Philip confirms. Philip then admits that he is still head over heels in love with Chloe Lane.

Nicole tells Chloe that her situation with EJ and Eric is not the same as Chloe’s with Xander and Philip. Chloe asks what is different. Nicole tries to explain it but then admits maybe it is sort of the same. Chloe complains that Nicole still wants her to dump Xander for Philip. Nicole apologizes for trying to steer her in any direction about her love life but argues that Chloe did the same by giving her grief over choosing EJ. Chloe says she did but eventually accepted it while Nicole continues giving it to her which she plans to ignore. Nicole argues that Chloe does have another option. Chloe repeats that what she had with Philip is in the past, just like what Nicole had with Eric. Nicole asks if she’s sure about her and Philip. Nicole asks what it was like when she saw Philip again. Chloe admits her heart skipped a beat when she saw him, but that’s only because she was shocked that he was alive. Nicole suggests it was her heart telling her that Philip is the one she’s supposed to be with right after dumping Xander on his sketchy ass.

Eric questions what Xander is doing. Xander responds that Theresa brings out the worst in him. Xander remarks that Brady had the right idea about her. Theresa tells him to get out of her sight so Xander walks away. Eric checks on Theresa and asks if Xander hurt her. Theresa says if Eric didn’t show up, she would’ve been the one hurting Xander. Eric asks what that was all about. Theresa says it was just Xander being Xander. Eric says it’s good to see her anyway and guesses she’s in town for Victor’s funeral which she confirms. Theresa says as much as they clashed, it felt wrong not being here. Eric comments that Victor’s been a big part of all their lives. Theresa tells Eric that it’s so good to see him and hugs him. Theresa adds that her mom told her that Eric and his girlfriend lost a baby and she’s so sorry. Theresa asks if she’s okay. Eric responds that she just got released from the hospital.

EJ questions if Sloan just came from the hospital as he sees her hospital bracelet. Sloan says she didn’t realize she still had it on. EJ mentions that Nicole told him that Sloan lost the baby and he’s very sorry. EJ adds that he can only imagine how devastated Eric is as he knows becoming an actual father was a lifelong dream of his. EJ imagines he and Nicole having a child must feel like salt in the wounds. Sloan remarks that EJ’s condolences meant nothing and asks if he’s actually enjoying knowing Eric is suffering. EJ disagrees and says as a father, he knows Eric’s pain. EJ remarks that maybe being a parent just isn’t in the cards for Eric. Sloan responds that maybe it is. EJ hopes she’s right that having a child is in the cards for Eric, but he’s very sorry that it can’t happen now. EJ calls losing a child a pain that no one deserves and says his heart goes out to both of them. Sloan thanks him for saying that as EJ then walks away.

Theresa asks Eric if he and Sloan are going to try again in a few months. Eric reveals they just learned that Sloan has a medical condition that prevents her from carrying a child to full term. Theresa says she’s so sorry. Eric is starting to think that maybe being a father isn’t a part of God’s plan. Theresa encourages that it could still happen someday and that she’s here to support him if he wants to hang out, talk, or anything because he’s always been a comfort to her. Eric tells her that he’d do anything for her. Theresa asks him to put in a good word with Brady for her. Eric questions if she’s interested in Brady since it didn’t end well. Theresa tells Eric to just forget she said anything. Theresa says she won’t pretend to know much about God and his plans, but she knows any kid that had Eric as a dad would be the luckiest kid on the planet. Theresa then hugs Eric.

Philip tells Rex that his feelings for Chloe are still strong but he’s not going to start chasing after her. Rex doesn’t want him to do anything that will jeopardize his recovery. Philip assures that he won’t do anything to break up Xander and Chloe which would free Xander up to pursue Sarah. Rex says he’s not worried about that. Philip asks why Xander would bother anyway now that Sarah is carrying Rex’s baby.

Chloe tells Nicole for the last time that she is with Xander now whether anyone likes it or not. Nicole begrudgingly accepts that. Chloe suggests a pact that they don’t get to choose who the other are with. Nicole agrees but tells her not to come crying to her when Xander shows his true colors and does something to make her regret ever laying eyes on him. Chloe tells her the same with EJ. Chloe and Nicole then laugh and hug.

Harris questions who sent the woman. Ava asks if it was EJ who sent her to kill her. She declares that the person holding the gun asks the questions and asks who wants the first bullet.

Theresa walks through the park, saying she doesn’t need Eric to put in a good word with Brady as she can do it herself. Theresa looks at her phone but then decides against looking too desperate on day 1. Theresa declares that she’s not giving up on Brady because she knows they belong together.

Philip runs in to Chloe in the town square and thanks her again for her help with Brady. Chloe says it was all Belle. Philip points out that Chloe could’ve stopped it but she stuck her neck out for him. Xander then joins Chloe and comments on Philip enjoying his freedom, asking if he ever thought he’d be just strolling in the town square again. Xander hopes he didn’t keep Chloe waiting too long and they walk off for dinner together.

Sarah returns to Rex in the living room. Rex assures that he didn’t tell Philip that the baby is Xander’s. Rex admits he doesn’t love lying to his brother but he knows it’s for the best. Rex adds that Philip is still in love with Chloe but he said he’s not going to pursue her and he hopes he’s telling the truth because Xander marrying Chloe is good for everyone, especially Sarah and her baby.

Sloan meets Eric at the Pub and asks if he still wants to be a father. Eric says of course, so Sloan asks what he says to them adopting a baby.

EJ goes home to Nicole in the living room of the DiMera Mansion. Nicole notices EJ checking his phone so she asks if something is wrong. EJ claims it’s just business as he’s waiting to hear from an associate that she’s closed a deal…

The woman EJ hired declares this is where it ends but Harris grabs her, causing her to drop the gun. As they struggle with one another, Ava picks up the gun and pulls the trigger.

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Days Update Monday, September 4, 2023

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Ava is in her room at Bayview when Harris comes in to visit. Harris notes missing her at breakfast and informs her that Marlena has agreed to help her. Harris adds that he thought Ava would be more excited about that. Ava says she appreciates him going to bat for her, but she changed her mind as she doesn’t want to talk about Susan Banks and wants to forget that Susan ever existed.

EJ has a dream about his mom Susan Banks coming back but then wakes up on the couch in the living room of the DiMera Mansion.

Theresa Donovan surprises Brady by showing up at his door. She starts talking about her flight but Brady says he doesn’t understand and questions what she is doing in Salem.

Marlena sits with John and Steve at the Pub. John asks her about the new case that she has for them. Marlena explains that she met an interesting man at the hospital who is in his 90s and he was found wandering on the side of the road. Marlena adds that his memory is almost non existent as he’s not sure of his own identity. Steve guesses she wants them to figure out who he is. Marlena confirms that and also finding out who his long lost son is.

Julie goes to the hospital and takes a seat next to the John Doe. Julie talks about being at the hospital because Doug stubbed his toe on the coffee table. He tells her that he’s waiting on test results. Julie decides they can keep each other company and introduces herself, but when she asks who he is, he says that seems to be the million dollar question and that everyone has been calling him Mr. Doe. Julie says she’s sorry to hear that he’s suffering from memory loss and asks if he has any idea what caused it. He notes that Kayla said it could be from a head injury as he apparently has a bad scar on the back of his head which he jokes about. Julie talks about him reminding her of her uncle Tommy, who also suffered from memory loss after having plastic surgery and not remembering who he was. He tells her that something about that story sounds familiar to him and jokes that maybe he is her Uncle Tommy.

Marlena tells John and Steve about the man trying to find his son and that he wasn’t sure where he came from but he had memories of a farm. John says they’d be happy to help but they don’t have a lot to go on. Marlena adds that the man remembered a lot of fighting going on when trying to get back to his son. John guesses that he could’ve been off fighting in a war.

Harris thought Ava wanted to talk to Marlena and questions what changed. Ava thinks it might all just be a huge waste of time. Ava points out that she hasn’t had a vision of Susan since yesterday so maybe it’s over. Ava then imagines Susan appearing behind her, urging her to tell the truth. Ava questions what “Susan” wants her to say. She tells Ava that she needs to tell the truth about the accident.

Xander calls Chloe and leaves a message, inviting her to dinner in the town square so they can start talking about their wedding. Xander adds that Philip is not invited as he hangs up. Xander then worries about sounding insecure about Philip. EJ then shows up at the door and pulls a gun on Xander.

Theresa comments on Brady not making her feel welcomed. Brady says he didn’t mean to sound unfriendly but he’s wondering why she is suddenly here at his door. Theresa responds that she came to pay her respects to Victor since he is their son’s great grandfather. Theresa adds that Tate had school so she came alone for the funeral. Brady questions why since Theresa and Victor were never really close at all. Theresa admits they had a scratchy relationship but says they had a tender breakthrough when she left with El Fideo to protect Brady and Tate. Theresa adds that when she finally escaped from Mexico, Victor wanted her and Brady to be together. Brady jokes that is because Victor would’ve preferred anyone over Eve. Brady adds that’s also why Victor advised her to keep quiet about Chloe when Theresa and Xander left her stranded in Mexico with El Fideo. Theresa argues that was all Xander’s decision and she had nothing to do with that. Theresa declares that Xander is the entire reason that she and Brady are not together and she will always hate him for that.

Xander questions EJ pulling a gun on him. EJ states that he’s been thinking about his mother a lot lately and what a wonderful, loving person she was and how much he misses her. EJ declares that for far too long, he’s allowed her murder to go unavenged. Xander understands it was a terrible tragedy but argues that it was not his fault, it was all Ava. Xander states that Ava drove Susan off the cliff so if anyone deserves to die, it’s Ava. EJ agrees with him and then offers his gun to Xander, declaring that is why he wants Xander to kill Ava.

Ava questions his vision of Susan wanting her to tell the truth about the night she drove off the road. Ava argues that she already told that truth and it’s not a secret. Harris asks if she’s seeing Susan again. Ava says yes but then her vision disappears. Harris asks what she said this time. Ava responds that she keeps telling her to tell the truth and that she’s lying about the night of the accident. Ava swears that she doesn’t know what she was talking about. Harris encourages that she cannot do this on her own and urges her to talk to Marlena. Harris tells her that he can call Marlena now if Ava says the word.

Steve thinks John may be onto something since if the man was fighting in a war, it could explain how he was separated from his son. John says the military would have his fingerprints on file if he served, so he suggests getting his prints and running them through the database. Marlena then gets a call from Harris and steps away to answer it. Marlena tells him to tell Ava that she will be right there and hangs up. Marlena then tells John and Steve that she has to go to Bayview. Marlena asks if she can tell Kayla that they might be willing to help Mr. Doe. Steve says he can talk to Kayla about that later but right now they might have another way to crack this thing. Marlena thanks them and expresses how much she’d like to help the man track down his son. John tells her not to worry as Black Patch is on the case.

Julie tells Mr. Doe that her Uncle Tommy passed away several years ago. He guesses the search for his identity will have to continue as well as the identity of his son. He talks about not remembering much and that he and his son never met, but he feels that he is somewhere nearby. Julie encourages that finding his son could help fill in a lot of these blanks. He mentions a lot of nice people around offering to help but he can’t wait to get out there and find his son himself. Julie tells him that she has pull at the hospital so she’ll go see if she can speed things up for him while checking on Doug. Julie walks away while Mr. Doe wonders why Tommy sounds so familiar. Julie wheels Doug back over and introduces him to Mr. Doe. Julie tells him that Kayla will be sending an orderly to escort him to the tests. He thanks her. Doug asks Mr. Doe if he is married. He responds that now that he mentions it, he is and declares that he has a wife.

Steve finishes a call with Brookville police and they have no missing persons matching the description. Steve and John talk about how the man could have been walking for a couple days. John wonders if he was a veteran, he could’ve been at a VA hospital. John calls the nearest VA and asks if any patients have come up missing in the last couple of days. They say they have so John asks what they can tell him about the patient.

Marlena visits Ava with Harris at Bayview. Ava tells Marlena that when she sees Susan, she tells her that she’s not telling the truth about the accident but she doesn’t know why because she feels like she’s told the whole truth. Marlena suggests it could be something deep in her subconscious and offers to try hypnosis if she wants. Ava agrees to give it a shot. Harris wishes Ava luck and exits the room.

Xander questions EJ wanting him to shoot Ava. EJ says it’s about justice and redemption as he’s giving him the opportunity to make up for what he did to Susan. EJ knows he’s asking a lot which is why he’s willing to pay handsomely for it. Xander tells EJ that he’s not comfortable with any of this. EJ writes down his money offer and asks if that alleviates his concerns.

Brady tells Theresa that he’s no fan of Xander but he doesn’t think it’s fair to blame him for their break up as she was not exactly honest with him. Theresa admits her lies damaged their relationship. Brady adds that she escalated things by suing for full custody of Tate, which is why Victor turned on her again. Theresa acknowledges that Victor could be mercurial, but bottom line is that Victor knew they were good together and they had something special. Brady agrees that they did but it was awhile ago. Theresa argues that after all these years apart, she still thinks about him and what could’ve been. Brady starts to say he doesn’t but Theresa grabs him and kisses him. Brady pulls away and says this is a bad idea. Theresa points out that she’s single and she hears that he’s not with Chloe or Kristen anymore. Theresa asks if there is someone else. Brady admits there’s not, so Theresa thinks maybe it’s the perfect timing to give their relationship another shot.

Doug questions Mr. Doe forgetting he has a wife. He says he can’t remember her name but he can picture her face. Julie explains that he’s suffering from memory loss. Doug relates to having trouble remembering things before but he was possessed by the Devil. Doug asks if his wife is looking for him. He says he hopes so as he thinks he loved her very much.

John and Steve meet with the man in charge at the VA, who thanks them for calling about Mr. Bell. He talks about him suffering memory loss from an old head injury suffered in the war. He identifies the man as Joseph Bell. Steve asks if he has any idea where he’s originally from. He tells them that they’ve been unable to track that down as he just transferred a couple months ago and they don’t know much about him. John asks about his military files. He says his entire life history is locked up in his brain and they don’t know how to reach it.

Marlena begins hypnotizing Ava, going back to the night that Susan died. Marlena asks what happened right before the car went off the road. Ava recalls trying to escape from EJ and speeding up. Ava remembers being unable to think straight while she was imagining her son Charlie telling her what to do next and Susan kept going about her lucky hat. Ava says EJ kept getting closer and she couldn’t shake him while her vision of Charlie kept taunting her about what to do next. Ava says the car went flying off the cliff and she barely got out in time before it hit, but she must have gotten knocked out because everything goes black. Marlena asks what happened when she regained consciousness. Ava remembers lying on the ground and she could see the car in smoke and flames. Ava knew it was going to explode so she forced herself to get up and run away. Marlena asks what happened to Susan.

Xander tells EJ to forget it as no amount of money is worth another death on his conscience. Xander talks about being plagued with horrible nightmares since Susan’s death. EJ says they have that in common which is why he’s doing this as he cannot rest easy until he avenges his mother’s death. Xander tells him that he feels terrible about what happened to Susan and he’s so sorry as she didn’t deserve it. EJ tells Xander to do something about it then because Susan will not be able to rest in peace until Ava pays for what she did. EJ declares that Xander owes it to Susan to help him. Xander argues that EJ wants him to get rid of Ava for him, so he can make sure that he takes the fall and takes out two birds with one stone. EJ says if Xander gives him what he wants, he’ll have no reason to double cross him. Xander feels he has plenty of reason to want him to pay and tells him to get the hell out. EJ warns that he’s let his mother’s death go unavenged for far too long, so it’s time for Xander and Ava to pay the price. EJ then exits.

Harris returns to Ava’s room as Marlena finishes hypnosis and asks how it went. Ava responds that she didn’t remember anything new. Marlena decides she will consult with Ava’s doctors to see if it can help her remember more. Marlena tells Ava that she’s sorry she couldn’t do more. Ava thanks her and says she appreciates her kindness. Harris then walks Marlena out.

Brady questions Theresa wanting to jump back in to a relationship with him, reminding her how toxic they were at times and how much they hurt each other. Theresa argues that the good times outweigh the bad. Theresa reminds him of their makeshift wedding in their bedroom that wasn’t official but was the most romantic night of her life. Brady tells Theresa that he does not want to go back down that road with her, now or ever. Brady then asks Theresa to just go, so she then exits.

The John Doe known as Joseph Bell comments on Doug and Julie being obviously in love. Doug notes they’ve been married over 50 years and they talk about their memories. Joseph talks about singing along to the radio. Doug sings “Tea For Two” which Joseph recognizes and says he used to dance with his wife to it. Joseph suggests they dance, so they do as the three of them sing together.

John assumes Joseph doesn’t have any family they can contact. Steve brings up that Joseph talked about trying to find his son. The man at the VA confirms he’s talked about it but was fuzzy on the details. John asks if there’s anything else he can share. He says he can’t share his medical information but gives a file on Joseph’s military history. John looks through it and sees that Joseph served in the Korean War. John then comes across something and says he doesn’t believe this.

Julie thanks Doug and Joseph for the song and dance, saying she can’t remember the last time she had so much fun. Joseph praises Doug’s voice. Doug tells him that his dancing was very entertaining. Julie says she does need to get Doug home. Joseph says he enjoyed meeting them. Doug and Julie hope he figures his name out and finds his son. Joseph thanks them and feels he will get some answers pretty soon.

John informs Steve that Joseph Bell served in the same unit as his biological father, Yo Ling. John talks about gathering as much information he could and it’s definitely the same unit. Steve calls it a coincidence and that they must have known each other. John guesses they are about to find out.

Brady tells himself that Theresa is out of her mind as they are not right for each other and never have been. Brady then thinks back to their makeshift wedding that she referenced.

Theresa sits outside the Brady Pub, crying over an old photo of her and Brady. Xander then walks by and is surprised to see her.

EJ walks through the park and makes a call, saying he has a job for them as he wants them to kill Ava Vitali.

Harris returns to Ava’s room and says he’s sorry that was a bust. Ava reveals it wasn’t a bust as she lied to Marlena. Harris questions what she’s talking about. Ava declares that she remembers everything now and that Susan Banks is alive!

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Days Update Friday, September 1, 2023

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Steve meets Abe in the town square and asks how his date with Paulina went. Abe calls it a disaster.

Paulina goes to see Rafe at Jada’s apartment and tells him to stop dragging his feet and accept her job offer. Paulina declares that she wants him as her police commissioner and she’s not leaving until he signs on the dotted line.

At the Brady Pub, Belle encourages Brady that she thinks it’s for the best. Brady remarks that Philip is just lucky the police department was in between police commissioners, otherwise Philip would be in jail after he left the note for Shawn. Brady apologizes as he knows she has compassion for Philip. Belle says she just knows he wasn’t in his right mind and needed help, so she is compassionate for that because of what’s going on with Shawn. Belle mentions not hearing from Shawn since Marlena put him on 24 hour hold and calls it the longest 24 hours of her life.

Shawn meets with Marlena in her office at the hospital. Marlena asks how he’s feeling. Shawn responds that he’s grateful that Marlena put him on the 24 hour hold but when he thinks about yesterday, it’s like he was a completely different person and he’s kind of embarrassed. Marlena understands he was in pain and says he did the right thing by asking for help. Shawn knows staying here last night was good for him, but he’d like to go home now.

Jada finds Kayla at the hospital and asks if she has a minute because an officer found an elderly man wandering on the side of the road. Jada notes that he seemed slightly confused and had some bumps and bruises, so she asks Kayla to take a look at him. The officer wheels the man in. Kayla greets him and asks for his name. He responds that he hoped she would tell him.

Shawn knows one night in the hospital didn’t cure him and he realizes quitting therapy was a big mistake. Shawn wants to get started again and promises to stick with it this time. Shawn thinks he will get better faster by being at home with Belle. Marlena knows Belle would like that too and says there’s no reason not to lift the hold. Shawn thanks her. Marlena says she will get the paper work started. Marlena asks Shawn to promise to get help if he starts feeling the way he did again.

Rafe tells Paulina that unless the city council amends it’s policy on supervisors dating subordinates, he’s not going back. Paulina assures that she filed an appeal first thing this morning, asking them to change the rules so that each relationship can be evaluated on a case by case basis, but they have to vote on it. Rafe argues that he knows how these things work and they can take weeks or months, so until then, he’s not going back to the job. Paulina suggests he could just stop seeing Jada.

Kayla questions the man at the hospital not knowing who he is. He explains that the officers told him that he was John Doe but he doesn’t remember his name and he doesn’t have an ID. Kayla says they need to take a look at him and make sure he’s alright. Kayla asks if it’s okay to admit him as John Doe to get things rolling. He jokes that he’s been called worse in the past but he can’t remember those either. He asks for the officer to keep him company but she says she has to get back to work. She tells him that it was nice meeting him. He thanks them for their help. Kayla then takes him to a hospital room.

Belle tells Brady that she has to get to the hospital. Brady tells her to keep him posted. John arrives and asks how Belle is holding up. Belle says as well as can be expected. John offers to buy them lunch but Belle says she was on her way to see Shawn. John assures that he has their support as Belle exits.

Shawn finds Jada at the hospital and says he’s glad he ran in to her, bringing up that Paulina relieved him of his duties as police commissioner and that she wanted to reinstate Rafe. Jada confirms that Paulina came by yesterday to ask Rafe to come back. Shawn says that’s great and that Rafe didn’t deserve what happened to him. Jada says she’ll tell him he said that. Shawn also wanted to ask Jada how she feels about being partners again since he knows things have been awkward between them and that he screwed up pretty badly. Jada assures that it would be great to work with him again. Shawn says that’s awesome and he can’t tell her how much that means to him. Shawn hopes Rafe feels the same way. Jada thinks he does but notes that Rafe hasn’t accepted the job yet and is seriously thinking about turning it down.

Rafe tells Paulina that they have already established that even if the city council change the decision, it could take a long time and he doesn’t want to be separated from Jada for even a day. Paulina sees in his eyes that she’s not going to change his mind which he confirms. Paulina understands since she’s been separated from Abe for months and it’s been killing her. Rafe asks if Abe has made any progress on getting his memory back. Paulina says no, though he did take her on a date. Rafe asks how it went. Paulina guesses that last night was the swan song to their marriage.

Steve encourages Abe that the date couldn’t have been that bad. Abe guesses it was okay at first, but then he asked Paulina to tell him how they met and she told him that she was planning to bulldoze the town square and to destroy his reputation to pull it off. Steve guesses that wasn’t her finest hour but points out that they got past it. Abe argues that lying seems to be Paulina’s modus operandi and he’s sick of being lied to. Abe declares that he’d much rather be alone than be lied to again.

Kayla checks on the man in the hospital and notes that he’s dehydrated so they are going to get him fluids. Kayla starts asking questions by asking what year it is. He confirms it’s 2023 and the year of the rabbit. Kayla asks if he knows who the President is but he says he tries to stay out of politics. Kayla asks how old he is. He jokes that he must be pretty old. He asks Kayla what the verdict is. Kayla thinks he did pretty well and decides that she will let him rest, then she will come back to reassess. He tells Kayla that he has to get out of here as soon as he can, because he’s on a very important mission.

Steve tells Abe that Paulina made some mistakes but she eventually owned up to them and she isn’t lying anymore. Abe questions why he would want to fall in love all over again with a woman like that. Steve suggests that the dude who fell in love with Paulina before wasn’t self righteous.

Rafe tells Paulina that he’s sorry things didn’t go well with Abe and asks if there’s anything he can do to help besides breaking up with Jada to accept the commissioner job. Paulina suggests Rafe could help her figure out who to hire because she needs someone as police commissioner ASAP. Jada then comes home, so Rafe asks what about her?

Belle goes to the hospital and finds Shawn, who says he was just texting her. Shawn informs her that Marlena is letting him go home and he’s just waiting on the paper work to go through. Belle asks if that means he’s feeling better. Shawn confirms he’s starting to feel like his old self. Belle says she is so glad because he really scared her last night. Shawn apologizes and promises it won’t happen again. Belle says she only cares that he’s okay and no matter how hard things get, he can always count on her and her whole family. Belle adds that John said to tell him that everyone loves him and is there for him as she hugs Shawn.

John tells Brady that he guesses he’s glad Philip is alive but complains about all that Philip put Brady through. John asks if Brady is sure he doesn’t want to press charges. Brady admits a big part of him does but Chloe and Belle are right that it’s not what Victor would’ve wanted and part of him is going to honor that man’s memory somehow. John gets that. Brady admits that he misses Victor and that it wasn’t easy being his grandson, but he knows Victor loved him and he loved Victor too. John states that Victor had a big heart and that they looked after each other after Brady’s mother died and even became friends. Brady brings up that they were once mortal enemies. John talks about Victor bringing him to Salem to be a pawn in his scheme but back then he was so messed up, suffering from memory loss, and didn’t even know who he was.

Kayla returns to John Doe’s hospital room with Marlena. He jokes about all the beautiful women around. Kayla then exits the room. He identifies that Marlena is a shrink which she confirms. He tells her that he’s not crazy. Marlena says they don’t think he is but she was wondering if she could spark his memory a bit. Marlena brings up Kayla saying he was found on the side of the road and asks if he knows how he got there. He said he was walking for a couple of days. Marlena calls that a long time. He jokes that it would be better if he had a car. Marlena asks if he recalls what his destination was. He tells her it was Salem. Marlena asks if he remembers why he came. He reveals that he came to Salem to find his son. Marlena questions his son living here in Salem. He says he’s been looking for him for years and a couple nights ago, he had a dream that he was nearby, so he started walking. Marlena asks what his son’s name is but he says he doesn’t know as he’s never met him, but thanks to his dream, he’s sure that he is right in this area. Marlena questions how he will know when he finds him then. He calls that a good question and asks if she thinks he’s crazy. Marlena understands there’s a very strong bond between parents and their children. He says his son need him and he needs him. He talks about wishing he was there for him growing up and recalls a lot of fighting at home. Marlena asks what he remembers about home. He remembers a farm. Marlena suggests he could be from Brookville but he says that doesn’t ring a bell nor does being a farmer. He declares that all he knows is that he has to find his son if it’s the last thing he ever does.

John asks how Brady is holding up since it’s been a rough couple months losing Victor and losing custody of Rachel. Brady adds Chloe being engaged to Xander and admits it’s been no walk on the beach but he’s hanging in there. John asks if there’s any chance he could talk Chloe out of marrying Xander. Brady admits he tried but thinks it’s a lost cause so it’s just something he will have to suck up, deal with, and move on from as he needs to focus on getting Rachel back anyway. John encourages Brady not to give up on love completely. Brady says maybe it’s just not in the cards for him. John disagrees and argues that he never knows what tomorrow is going to bring. John is sure that there’s a woman out there for him eventually.

Shawn tells Belle that maybe he should go to an AA meeting with Brady like she wanted. Shawn doesn’t think he’s an alcoholic but acknowledges that he’s been drinking too much and that needs to stop. Belle thinks Brady would be more than happy to go to a meeting with him as long as it’s his idea. Shawn asks even after he called Brady’s life a hot mess. Belle doesn’t think Brady will hold it against him. Shawn feels he still owes him an apology. Shawn mentions that he ran in to Jada earlier and they cleared the air which Belle is glad to hear. Shawn adds that Jada said she was fine being partners again, so if the new commissioner doesn’t have a problem with it then that means he can go back to work. Belle doesn’t think that’s a very good idea.

Jada asks what’s going on as Rafe explains that Paulina needs a new police commissioner and since they haven’t changed the policy on dating, he was recommending Jada. Rafe reminds Jada that they agreed she would be the perfect choice when Rawlings appointed Shawn. Rafe praises Jada to Paulina and adds that she’s respected by everyone. Paulina acknowledges that he makes a strong case and she’s all for supporting fellow women of color. Rafe assures that she won’t find anyone better than Jada and he can’t think of any reason not to hire her immediately, but Jada says she can think of one. Jada points out that Rafe would be prevented from coming back to the force and she’s not going to let him throw away his career because of her. Rafe argues that he won’t allow her to pass up a once in a lifetime opportunity. Jada thanks Rafe but says she’s going to have to decline. Paulina then gets a text and announces that the city council has agreed to amend the policy so there is nothing to stop Rafe from returning. Rafe asks what about Jada. Jada points out that now that the policy is changed, he can come back. Rafe and Jada go back and forth until Paulina announces that she has already made her decision.

Abe questions Steve thinking he’s self righteous. Steve apologizes and is just frustrated because Abe doesn’t remember how happy he was with Paulina. Abe admits that he’s scared and that Paulina gets to him. Abe states that he doesn’t even remember her, but she gets to him, so he’s scared. Steve understands love is scary and out of control. Steve knows Abe’s instincts tell him to run. Steve apologizes and says he’s really tired so he just popped off. Abe acknowledges that he told the truth.

Shawn questions Belle not thinking he should go back to work. Belle says not right now when he’s been going through so much, so she thinks he should take time off and not jump back in to such a high pressured job. Shawn swears he can handle it and that if things get to be too much, he’ll stop. Shawn adds that he’ll be seeing Marlena twice a week, so he really thinks he’ll be fine. Belle then agrees if that’s what he wants. Shawn thanks her and they hug.

John Doe tells Marlena that his gut tells him he’s closer to finding his son than ever before, but he can’t find him while stuck in a hospital bed. Marlena says nobody will keep him from finding his son, but she thinks it’d be best for him to rest here and get his strength back up. Marlena adds that she will try to put the pieces of his life back together and hopefully help find his son. Marlena brings up that her husband John is a private investigator and she’s sure he would be happy to take his case. He agrees that he needs all the help he can get. Marlena says they all do. He talks about everyone being so nice so maybe it was meant to be that he was brought here to Marlena. He declares that this could be the beginning of a real friendship. Marlena says she thinks he may be right.

Rafe returns to his office with Jada and places his police commissioner name plate back on the desk. Jada praises Paulina’s decision and tells Rafe that he belongs in that chair. Rafe says he doesn’t know about that but he’s happy to be back. Jada brings up all the nice things he said about her which Rafe says were all true. Jada says she really appreciated it and it meant a lot to her. Jada brings up Rafe telling her the other day that he was falling in love with her. Jada wants Rafe to know that she feels the same way as she’s falling in love with him too. Rafe and Jada then kiss.

Belle gets a text that Paulina put out a press release about Rafe being reinstated as police commissioner. Shawn says that’s great and if he can just get out of here, he can get back to her, his job and his life. Belle says she will go check on the paper work to see what’s taking so long. Belle adds that after that, he is coming home and taking the rest of the day off. Shawn says he won’t argue. Belle suggests she can make them lunch and they can binge watch a new murder mystery on Peacock. Belle thinks after that, they should get back in to a normal routine. Shawn says that sounds great as Belle walks away.

Abe stands at the Tom and Alice plaque and says he’s so glad their town square wasn’t torn down as they seem like very nice people. Paulina approaches and guesses he means unlike her. Paulina says she didn’t bother him as she knows he doesn’t want anything to do with her. Abe says that’s not true. Abe asks Paulina what she says to starting over again. Paulina responds that she likes that.

Steve joins John at the Pub. John hopes Abe and Paulina find their way back to each other because they deserve it. John and Steve toast to taking the rest of the day off and celebrating. Marlena enters and asks about them celebrating. Steve announces that they just wrapped their latest case. Marlena calls that wonderful because she has a new case for them that she thinks they will find very interesting.

Kayla informs John Doe that his CT scan is almost ready so someone will escort him to it. Kayla asks how things went with Marlena. He calls her an angel and says that her husband is going to help him find his son. Kayla mentions her husband being his partner and declares that if anyone can find his son, they can.

Brady is at home with a photo of Rachel when he is surprised by his ex Theresa Donovan showing up at the door. Theresa greets him and says it’s been awhile.

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Days Update Thursday, August 31, 2023

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Update written by Joseph

Belle is at the Brady Pub, on the phone with Marlena. Belle talks about the relief knowing that Shawn is getting help and agreed to the 24 hour hold, though she knows he won’t get past this in just a few hours. Belle finishes her call as Brady enters the Pub. Belle hugs him and thanks him for agreeing to meet. Brady says it sounded urgent and asks if it’s about reopening the custody suit. Belle informs him that it’s about Philip. Brady realizes that she knows that Philip is alive and well. Belle reveals that she knows lot more than that as she knows what he wants. Brady can’t believe that Belle took on Philip as a client and questions who conned her in to doing that.

Chloe sits at home and thinks back to Philip showing up at her door, Philip revealing what he had done, then asking Brady if he would have Philip arrested, and calling Belle to be Philip’s lawyer. Xander interrupts her by commenting that she’s a million miles away. Chloe claims she was just thinking about all she has to do at work. Xander suggests they should get to work but Chloe asks him to go ahead as she has a million things to do. Xander offers to help her but Chloe promises she’ll be fine and that it’s no big deal. Xander remarks that if he didn’t know any better, he’d say she was trying to get rid of him. They then hear a glass break and Xander comments that if he didn’t know any better, he’d also say they aren’t alone.

Stefan makes sure he and Gabi are alone in their room as they go over knowing now that Dimitri married Gwen to get his hands on the family fortune and also that he has a side piece. Gabi calls it risky behavior to be sneaking his side piece in to the DiMera Mansion. Stefan calls it stupid behavior because if Elliot finds out, his fortune is gone. They wonder when Dimitri would’ve met someone else anyways or why he wouldn’t just kick Gwen to the curb and marry the side piece instead. Gabi declares that the burning question is why Dimitri married Gwen instead of the side piece.

Dimitri argues that Leo can’t be serious about dressing up as Gwen to come meet the lawyer. Leo says he’s serious and all he asks for is the check he promised him. Leo points out that the act would have to be perfect and no one knows Gwen better than he does.

Gwen questions why Kristen would assume Dimitri told her everything and what she means. Kristen claims it’s nothing at all and that she just jumped to the wrong conclusion. Kristen tells Gwen to just forget she said anything. Gwen says she would like to but she can’t because it’s Kristen. Gwen states that she and Dimitri just got back from their honeymoon and they are madly in love, so she questions why Kristen would assume she’d be so angry that she’d want to hit him over the head. Kristen repeats that she jumped to the wrong conclusion. Gwen feels it’s not as random as she’d like her to believe. Gwen brings up Kristen saying she and Dimitri were discussing strategy for the DiMera board room and that Dimitri said they were going to partner up with another member of the family, but he didn’t say which family member. Gwen asks if she thought she would be so pissed off by it which Kristen goes along with, so Gwen questions who it is. Kristen says she’ll have to ask Dimitri. Gwen argues that she can see Kristen is dying to let the cat out of the bag. Kristen then agrees to tell her but adds that Gwen has to tell Dimitri that she forced her to give her the name. Kristen then tells Gwen that it’s Chad and that she told Dimitri she would be furious. Gwen responds that she’s not furious, but confused because everyone knows Chad hates her for coming between he and Abigail, and he’s not fond of Kristen, so she questions why Chad would want to partner up with her husband and Kristen.

Dimitri argues that the lawyer is no fool and would spot Leo in a second. Leo argues that he must not know drag and that he can make this work. Dimitri warns him about how much money would be riding on him. Leo brings up Dimitri pretending to be an ISA officer in his attempt to take over the world. Leo asks if Dimitri is saying yes.

Stefan wonders why Dimitri wouldn’t marry the side woman instead of Gwen. Gabi suggests she could be married or engaged but questions why he would marry Gwen when she has a worse reputation than herself. Gabi thinks there’s another reason he married Gwen and it’s big. Gabi complains that they need to figure this out today.

Brady questions Belle discussing legal strategy with Philip and Chloe to try to figure out how Philip won’t have to pay for his crimes. Belle insists that Philip is sorry for what he’s done. Brady guesses this is why Shawn didn’t call him back last night and explains that he went straight to Shawn’s office but he wasn’t there, so he left him a note to call him right away. Brady assumes that means Shawn is on Philip’s side. Belle then reveals to Brady that Shawn is no longer police commissioner since Paulina became mayor and decided Rafe should be in that job. Brady apologizes for shooting his mouth off. Belle informs Brady that Shawn is in a really bad place right now as he’s never going to forgive himself for shooting Bo and now he blames himself for Victor’s death, so she worried that Shawn could hurt himself or worse. Belle adds that Marlena got Shawn to commit himself to a 24 hour watch at the hospital, so he’s safe for now. Brady asks if there’s anything he can do. Belle says there’s only one thing and that’s not press charges against Philip.

Chloe reminds Xander that he said he wanted to get to the office. Xander questions ignoring the loud noise from her bedroom. Chloe tries to claim it was the neighbor’s apartment. Xander asks if it’s Brady and says now he knows why Chloe wanted him to go to the office without her. Xander guesses that Brady came by while he was in the shower and that she told him to hide in the room because he was still there. Chloe calls that ridiculous and says it’s not Brady. Xander asks who it is then. Chloe then calls for him to come on out, so Philip reveals himself, shocking Xander.

Gwen asks Kristen what Chad has to gain by working with her and Dimitri since he’s at Titan now. Kristen says he’s still a voting member of the DiMera board and nobody else has approached him yet, so she suggested that she and Dimitri try to entice him in to being a silent partner. Gwen tells Kristen to entice whoever she pleases and to leave her out of it. Gwen decides she wants to take a nap and exits the room.

Gabi tells Stefan that she’s going to search Dimitri’s room because there has to be something in there that will tell them what they want to know. Stefan then follows Gabi out.

Dimitri worries to Leo that this is all very risky. Leo swears that it’s not, pointing out that most of Gwen’s clothes are still in his room from when she lived there. Leo says he’s sneaking around behind his best friend’s back because he can’t resist Dimitri and he flew to Iceland because he couldn’t be without him. Leo assures that he would not put what they have in jeopardy if he wasn’t certain he could pull it off. Dimitri responds that he better get dressed then as they kiss.

Kristen calls Dimitri and says she made up a cover story which Gwen bought. Dimitri complains about having to pretend he’s working with his uncle Chad, who despises him. Kristen brings up that Dimitri said he would have no choice but to tell Gwen. Dimitri tells her that he has something in the works and he will keep her posted. Kristen warns that he damn well better solve his problem because she’s counting on that pay day as they hang up. Dimitri complains about Leo taking so long and worries that he’s doomed.

Brady tells Belle that he asked what he can do for her because of Shawn and tells her not to use that to guilt him in to letting Philip off the hook which she argues she is not doing. Belle says she’s just trying to make him understand that Philip was mentally ill, but he’s better now. Belle knows Brady believes in second chances and adds that Victor would’ve wanted them all to help Philip get his life back together. Belle pleads with Brady, noting that she knows he has no reason to forgive Philip but she also knows he has a big heart so she knows he can do this for him.

Xander questions Philip faking everything and framing Brady which he confirms. Xander remarks that people go on about how bad he is. Philip argues that he was out of his mind. Chloe points out that Philip can’t show his face in public or he could go to prison. Xander questions holing him up in their spare room and notes that he wouldn’t know if he didn’t knock over the lamp, so he questions how long Chloe planned on keeping him in the dark.

Stefan suggests to Gabi that they should make sure everyone is out of the house but Gabi worries that would give Dimitri time. Stefan decides to keep watch in the hall while Gabi sneaks in to Dimitri’s bedroom.

Elliot Roth is in his room at the Salem Inn, on the phone. He says he’s waiting on Dimitri and his wife now and he plans to leave Salem as soon as the meeting is over. Elliot says he hates being away from them too and he loves them as he hangs up when there’s a knock at the door. Elliot answers the door to see Dimitri. He asks where his wife is. Dimitri responds that she’s a little nervous and is checking her make up. Leo then arrives dressed in drag to pretend to be Gwen and tells Elliot that it’s such a pleasure to meet him.

Gabi searches Dimitri’s bedroom. Gwen runs in to Stefan in the hall and question what he’s doing lurking outside of her and Dimitri’s bedroom door. Stefan claims he just noticed the painting on the wall and how beautiful it is. Gwen says she’s going to lie down for a nap and orders Stefan to get out of her way but Stefan says he can’t let her go in there. Gwen questions why the hell not. Gwen asks if there’s a reason why he doesn’t want her to go in to her own bedroom. Stefan claims that he just saw Harold go in there to unpack her things. Gabi hears them from inside. Gwen informs him that she already unpacked herself. Stefan suggests Harold’s unpacking Dimitri’s stuff too and invites Gwen to go downstairs and have a drink where she can tell him all about the honeymoon. Gwen tells Stefan that he can ask Leo, since he’s such a good friend to her that he decided to show up to her honeymoon. Gwen asks Stefan to get away from the door, so he steps aside. Gwen then heads inside.

Dimitri asks Elliot what he needs to know about them. Elliot explains his relatives having concern that their marriage is just out of convenience for the terms of his trust fund. Dimitri remarks that his family are a bunch of cynics but he and Gwen know the truth. Elliot points out the timing of their wedding being suspect. Dimitri argues that he was ready to let the money go because the right woman hadn’t come along but then one day, Gwen walked in to his life and he knew immediately that they were destined for each other. Leo tells Elliot that he hasn’t heard half of their story and that he’s about to learn what a marriage made in Heaven is all about.

Belle comments on Brady getting quiet. Brady responds that he’s trying to think. Kristen enters the Pub and greets them. Brady asks what she wants. Kristen says she heard about Victor and she would say she’s sorry but that would be a lie. Brady asks about Rachel. Kristen says she came here to get food for Rachel. Brady warns Kristen not to get used to her custody.

Chloe apologizes to Xander for not telling him about Philip but says she didn’t want to put him in a position to have to cover for him. Chloe asks Xander to forgive her. Xander admits he can’t stay mad at her and tells Philip that it’s good for him that Chloe still cares about him. Philip acknowledges that Xander is the one Chloe is marrying and congratulates him, saying he’s a lucky guy. Philip adds that Chloe deserves whatever she wants and what she wants is apparently Xander.

Kristen reminds Brady that the judge concluded he was the threat to Rachel and he was right as she brings up what he did to Philip. Brady tells her not to say that he didn’t warn her. Kristen mocks him and exits the Pub. Belle guesses that exchange told her everything she needed to know and that Brady is pressing charges against Philip. Brady reveals that she’s wrong as she talked him out of it. Belle asks if he’s going to keep this quiet. Brady sees that when Philip shows his face in public, he’ll be cleared of all wrongful charges and admits that Philip going to prison doesn’t help him get what he wants which is getting his daughter back and away from Kristen’s clutches as soon as possible. Brady declares that he will not press charges against Philip. Belle doesn’t know how to thank him.

Xander goes over Philip being in major trouble and that he could go to prison but he decided to come back and risk all that just to go to Victor’s funeral. Philip admits that he was sick of hiding and when he heard about his father, he had to be here in hopes of saying a final goodbye and being with family. Chloe then gets a text from Belle.

Gwen enters her bedroom to find Gabi covering the bed with roses. Gwen asks if that’s supposed to be funny. Gabi claims that they heard her honeymoon got cut short so they were trying to make it up to her. Gwen tells her to give it up and admit that she was snooping. Gabi questions why she would do that. Gwen brings up the DiMera board meeting. Stefan tells Gabi there’s no sense in denying as Gwen caught them red handed. Gwen declares the room will be locked from now on and tells them to get the hell out. Gabi remarks that she should’ve known not to tangle with her. Gwen remarks that the DiMeras are all alike. Gabi points out that Gwen is a DiMera too now, for as long as the marriage lasts anyway. Stefan and Gabi then exit together.

Elliot is fascinated to hear about the marriage made in heaven. Dimitri tries to say his wife gets carried away but Leo says he’s eager to share. Leo says they didn’t even like each other when they first met but he realized that it was a defense mechanism because he was falling hard for him, but had no reason to believe anything would come of it. Leo says it feels like destiny now but at first there were too many obstacles. Leo adds that they were determined to push those obstacles out of the way and no one understands what they have. Leo remarks that losing a best friend used to seem unthinkable but questions giving up on a man who is so perfect for him. Elliot calls that very moving but the problem is, he’s not Gwen any more than he is.

Belle tells Brady that Chloe is so relieved and Philip will be too, so she can’t thank him enough. Brady assures that he needs the judge to know that he’s no killer, the sooner the better. Brady declares that he wants his daughter back and as long as that happens, Philip has no reason to fear him. Belle assures that Philip will be so grateful. Brady clarifies that he’s not doing it for Philip but for Victor, Belle, and Chloe.

Philip can’t believe that he can see his mother, go to his father’s funeral, and try to get his life back. Philip guesses all that’s left to say is thanks for everything. Philip apologizes for the intrusion. Chloe tells Philip that she’s really happy for him and tells him to take care of himself. Philip congratulates Xander again and tells him to be good to Chloe as he then exits their apartment.

Leo insists that he is Gwen but Elliot reveals that he’s done his homework and he’s also been to a few drag shows with his husband. Elliot says whoever he is, he’s good but not good enough. Elliot adds that the speech he gave about his feelings for Dimitri, he could tell was from the heart, so it’s obvious that they are in love. Dimitri then gets a call from Gwen but ignores it.

Gwen leaves Dimitri a message to call as soon as he can because she just caught Gabi in their room. Gwen says that Gabi and Stefan are on the warpath and trying to get something on him.

Gabi and Stefan go back to their room, talking about how gullible Gwen is to believe this is all about DiMera business. Stefan notes that now Gwen has her guard up but Gabi doesn’t think that will matter anymore. Gabi then reveals what she found before Gwen came in, a paper from Dimitri’s luggage. Stefan sees that Dimitri paid for two rooms. Gabi guesses that means Dimitri brought the other woman on his honeymoon. Stefan then reveals that Dimitri didn’t bring a woman, he brought Leo Stark which shocks Gabi.

Leo questions Elliot being able to tell they are in love. Elliot says it’s obvious and that they can’t act on it because of the homophobic legal document stipulating that Dimitri must marry a woman to be eligible for his inheritance. Elliot assures that he’s on their side but there’s limits to what he can do. Elliot says as far as he’s concerned, Dimitri has met the terms but others won’t see it that way. Elliot explains that the fund will be paid in payments and gives the first one, but notes that if he wants them to keep coming in, he will have to keep up appearances with Gwen and she cannot be aware of their relationship, nor can the rest of the world. Elliot hopes that someday in the future, they won’t have to hide their true feelings. Leo declares that he’ll go back to hiding his true feelings the minute they leave as he then kisses Dimitri.

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Days Update Wednesday, August 30, 2023

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Chad surprises Stephanie with a prepared breakfast at home. Stephanie says it looks amazing but she might need help working up an appetite as they start to kiss until the doorbell rings. Chad jokes that he will get rid of whoever that is as he then answers the door to see Alex.

Kristen talks on the phone with Elliot Roth, who says he wasn’t planning on being in Salem this long and asks if Dimitri has returned from his honeymoon as he’d like to settle the matter about his marriage so he can release the funds. Kristen informs him that Dimitri has not returned yet but she will have him get in touch as soon as he does. Kristen reminds Elliot that he could leave the funds with her but Elliot insists on meeting Dimitri and Gwen before any funds can be released. Kristen claims she’s just trying to help. Kristen reminds Elliot that it’s best they keep this between them and away from certain prying eyes in the house.

Stefan and Gabi kiss in their room until Gabi decides play time is over. Stefan says he has to agree if they are going to get to the bottom of what’s going on in the house, then they have no time to waste. Gabi suggests starting with the curious case of Elliot Roth. Gabi promises that once they get to the bottom of what Kristen is up to, they will shut their door and not come out for a month as they continue kissing.

Dimitri and Gwen return home to the living room of the DiMera Mansion where Kristen greets them and asks how the honeymoon was. Gwen responds that it was mostly great. Dimitri informs her that they had some unexpected company. Gwen reveals that Leo turned up. Kristen questions if Leo had a reason for showing up in Iceland. Dimitri tells her about the secret Madonna concert that Leo talked about. Kristen is surprised they are back home ahead of schedule and asks if it was because of Leo. Gwen responds that Kristen knows exactly why they are back ahead of schedule and she does too.

Leo walks through the town square, complaining that he’s going back to the Salem Inn alone while his best friend gets to be with his boyfriend. Leo is then surprised when he bumps in to Sonny. Leo comments on Sonny being back in Salem. Sonny wishes him luck with his bag. Leo stops him and asks when he got back and why he’s here. Sonny reminds Leo that his uncle Victor died. Leo says he’s so sorry. Sonny says sure he is and turns away.

Dimitri informs Kristen that he told Gwen that they needed to talk in person before the upcoming DiMera board vote so they can strategize. Kristen apologizes for interrupting their honeymoon. Kristen says she assumed Dimitri would fill Gwen in but didn’t know if he had a chance yet. Dimitri tells Gwen to go unpack as he and Kristen have a lot to discuss and the sooner he finishes, the sooner he can devote himself to Gwen. Gwen then heads upstairs. Kristen questions Dimitri about Leo. Dimitri says Leo’s presence had to be explained once Gwen found him at the hotel. Kristen thought Dimitri was just stringing Leo along to keep him quiet about the trust fund money, then questions why Dimitri invited Leo on his honeymoon, unless there is something real between them.

Rachel goes to Stefan’s room and greets him. Stefan calls her his favorite niece and tells her that he has a problem that only Rachel can help him with. Stefan explains that Gabi told him that they were playing 20 questions which he calls his favorite game. Stefan talks about Gabi trying to guess a secret and he loves secrets almost as much as the game. Stefan suggests they pick up where she and Gabi left off. Rachel asks if Gabi would be mad. Stefan says maybe a little but thinks it would be fun if they could guess the secret before Gabi. Rachel argues that’s not fun, but mean.

Gabi shows up at Elliot Roth’s room at the Salem Inn. Elliot asks if there’s something he can do for her. Gabi tells him that this visit is about what she can do for him. Elliot thinks back to Kristen telling him that Gabi was hellbent on sleeping her way to the top of DiMera and that she couldn’t know about Dimitri’s fortune. Elliot tells Gabi that it’s an intriguing offer but he’s in the middle of breakfast. Gabi says this won’t take long and wants to put her daughter in his school. Elliot says he’s not the person to speak to on that matter. Gabi asks for the name of who to talk to and she’ll call them now.

Stefan promises Rachel that playing the game with him would not be mean to Gabi because they are always trying to one up each other. Stefan adds that Gabi will probably try to recruit her to get back at him and it will be fun for everyone. Rachel asks if all married people are as weird as him and then agrees to play the game. Stefan tells her that it’s really important that nobody else knows they are playing since it’s about a secret. Stefan states that he has 19 questions to figure the secret out since Gabi asked one. Stefan goes over the secret being about someone in the house and asks if it’s Dimitri. Rachel admits that it is. Stefan asks if Kristen knows what the secret is which Rachel confirms. Stefan says the best secrets are about money and asks if Kristen and Dimitri are stealing money. Rachel shouts of course not so Stefan apologizes for letting his imagination get the best of him.

Dimitri claims to Kristen that he didn’t invite Leo and that he just showed up at their hotel room. Dimitri adds that he’s been gently stringing Leo along so that he doesn’t go chirping to Gwen and then he can get his prize. Kristen reminds Dimitri that it’s both of them getting the prize which will only happen if Dimitri convinces Elliot that his marriage is legit. Dimitri assures that he can handle him. Kristen warns that Elliot just called and was very eager to see them. Kristen asks how Dimitri is going to keep Gwen from finding out that he is the heir to a fortune when she has to meet the man who holds the purse strings first.

Chad tells Alex that Stephanie told him that she was with him when he got the news about Victor and he’s really sorry. Alex thanks him and says it’s been rough on everyone but he didn’t come to interrupt their breakfast but to ask a small favor. Alex brings up he and Stephanie having a meeting with Yuri soon about the Basic Black project and then asks Stephanie if she can handle it by herself. Chad reminds Alex that he meant it when he said he wasn’t going to try to keep them apart anymore. Alex says he appreciates that but that’s not why he’s asking. Stephanie asks if Alex has somewhere else to be. Alex admits he doesn’t. Chad points out that Alex is running Basic Black, so he should be there. Alex explains that he’s just not up for anything these days. Stephanie asks if it’s because of Victor. Alex states that the last time he saw Victor was when he moved out of the house after he gave Maggie the job that he thought he should have and he was petty about it. Alex says he was bitter and angry, so now he’s trying to find a way to live with that because he knows it hurt Victor even if he never showed it. Stephanie is sorry that he’s struggling with that and tells him not to worry about the meeting and take time for himself. Alex thanks her. Chad asks if Alex plans to just go back to his place and wallow in his guilt, questioning if that’s his solution.

Leo stops Sonny and tells him not to leave like that. Sonny tells Leo that he’s been on a plane for hours so he doesn’t have the time or energy to deal with Leo’s act. Leo questions Sonny thinking his sympathy is an act. Sonny argues that it’s like Leo has an ongoing act where nothing he says sounds sincere. Leo calls that unfair and says he got weepy over the news. Leo talks about his therapy sessions which Sonny mocks. Leo insists that he cried because he knew how sad this would make Sonny. Sonny points out that Leo didn’t reach out to him. Leo admits he’s bad about things like that and he’s sorry. Leo then says he knows Sonny is really upset with him because he helped Xander kidnap Bonnie. Leo wants to explain but Sonny says he already did. Sonny adds that he expects that kind of behavior from Xander but Leo kept talking about wanting to be a better person. Sonny argues that Leo just ends up hurting people, especially those that care about him, and it’s always about Leo, what he wants and needs and nobody else. Leo argues that he’s not a narcissist which Sonny laughs at. Leo insists he has a heart with feelings and emotions. Leo mentions volunteering at an animal shelter. Leo then asks if he only cared about himself, how he can explain how he’s fallen head over heels in love which Sonny questions. Leo tells Sonny that it’s quite serious as the guy is rich, gorgeous, and completely obsessed with him. Sonny mocks the idea as unbelievable. Leo claims his guy’s name is Matthew Perry. Sonny tells Leo to keep dreaming. Leo questions Sonny not believing him which he confirms. Leo decides he will prove it to Sonny by showing him a picture and asks what he has to say then.

Dimitri tells Kristen that he’s sure there’s a way to satisfy the lawyer without getting Gwen involved. Kristen wishes him luck with that since Elliot called this morning and specifically mentioned Gwen. Kristen decides she will leave Dimitri to figure out how to come clean with Gwen as she then exits the room.

Elliot tells Gabi that she’ll have to go through the school application process like everyone else. Gabi asks if things would be different if she had a son. Elliot responds that the school is open to all genders but Gabi reveals that the school is an all girls school, so she tells him that he can drop the façade and tell her who he really is.

Stefan asks Rachel if the secret has something to do with Dimitri and his new wife Gwen. Rachel says that Gwen doesn’t know anything about it. Stefan asks if that means Dimitri is having a play date with someone he should not be having a play date with. Rachel asks if sleepovers count. Stefan says they definitely do and asks if Dimitri is having a sleepover. Rachel says yes so Stefan asks who it was with but Rachel points out that’s not a yes or no question. Rachel tells Stefan that he has 9 questions left as Kristen walks in and questions what he has 9 left about. Stefan explains that they were just playing a fun game of 20 questions. Kristen asks Rachel what kind of questions she was being asked. Stefan says she can’t tell her because it would ruin the surprise which Rachel agrees with. Kristen sends Rachel to the kitchen to have cookies. Kristen guesses Stefan will have to live with the suspense and exits the room. Stefan hopes that Gabi is having better luck than him.

Gabi questions how the real headmaster of Martin Prep would feel to find out someone is impersonating him. Elliot then breaks down and admits he’s not the headmaster and that he’s an attorney who has come to Salem to make sure the terms of the Von Leuschner codicil are met. Gabi questions what the hell that is.

Leo asks Sonny if he’s proven his point. Sonny looks at the photo that Leo showed him which is just of a body without a face. Sonny asks why he’s still standing here. Leo tries to say they are friends. Sonny brings up Justin being a wreck when Bonnie was kidnapped and how Bonnie was a wreck as well and that’s his family. Sonny declares that Leo didn’t give a damn and betrayed their friendship and betrayed him. Sonny says that comes with a cost and walks away.

Gwen rejoins Dimitri in the living room and asks if it didn’t go well with Kristen. Dimitri claims it went fine but Gwen senses something is not right and asks what is troubling him. Gwen tells him that whatever it is, they can work it out together.

Alex tells Chad that he wasn’t planning on wallowing. Stephanie asks if that was really called for when Alex is in mourning. Chad explains that he’s not trying to be insensitive but he knows what it’s like to want to isolate and shut off from the world when grieving. Chad encourages Alex to move through it and points out that Alex said he hasn’t been home so he tells Alex that now is the time to go home and work things out with Maggie. Chad says burying the hatchet with Maggie will make amends to Victor and honor his memory. Alex agrees that Chad is right and thanks him. Alex decides he will head over there right now. Chad wishes Alex luck as he exits. Stephanie then kisses Chad and calls him a good man, noting that was exactly what Alex needed; a friend. Chad doesn’t think he’d call them friends as it’s a little too soon for that.

Leo goes to his room at the Salem Inn, complaining that if only Sonny could see Dimitri. Leo remarks that Dimitri is real and way hotter than Sonny and Alex.

Alex goes to the Kiriakis Mansion. Sonny then arrives and they hug. Sonny asks what Alex is doing there since Justin told him he moved out. Alex explains that he came to see Maggie but she’s taking a nap so he decided to wait around. Sonny is sure that Maggie will be thrilled to see him, but Alex is not so sure about that.

Dimitri starts to tell Gwen something but gets interrupted by a text from Leo. Dimitri tells Gwen that he’s sorry as he needs to take care of this and steps away to read the message from Leo, which states that he almost told someone about them but he didn’t because he knows how important it is to keep it hush hush and reminds Dimitri to fake it ’til you make it. Gwen asks if everything is alright. Dimitri responds that everything is fine and claims the text was from Kristen and they have to cut a deal with another shareholder. Gwen remarks that dealing with the DiMera family is like a minefield. Dimitri says he needs to go run an errand and clear his head a bit. Gwen tells Dimitri that he’s got this. Dimitri thanks her and kisses her then says he will see her soon. Gwen remarks that she can’t wait to hear how he figures this out. Dimitri then exits the mansion.

Gabi returns to Stefan in their room. Stefan explains that he and Rachel’s game got interrupted by Kristen but they were so close. Gabi tells him to forget all about that because she knows the secret.

Alex explains to Sonny that he came to try and make things right with Maggie. Sonny encourages that Maggie is going to need everyone’s help to get through this, so he’s really glad that Alex will be part of it. Alex and Sonny then find an old photo album of Victor and look through it.

Chad and Stephanie have breakfast as Stephanie says she hopes that Alex takes Chad’s advice, noting that it was caring and thoughtful. Stephanie adds that she’s really proud of Chad for extending himself to Alex like that. Chad remarks that it’s a good thing he didn’t listen to Kristen then, because she said he was making a huge mistake and that he shouldn’t trust Alex with Stephanie no matter what. Stephanie calls that cynical and no surprise coming from Kristen. Stephanie jokes that sometimes he thinks the DiMeras don’t know how to be happy unless they are stirring up drama which Chad agrees with.

Dimitri goes to Leo’s hotel room and tells him that they have a problem. Dimitri worries that if he can’t figure everything out fast, it’s all over.

Stefan asks Gabi if Elliot just came clean. Gabi explains that his incentive to keep quiet isn’t as strong as Kristen’s because he’s only here for a job. Gabi reveals that there’s a boatload of money out there for Dimitri and all he has to do is prove that his marriage to Gwen is real. Stefan feels this has Kristen all over it, so maybe Dimitri is cutting her a share or he has to. Gabi suggests Kristen is the one who knows who Dimitri is having sleepovers with. Stefan jokes that his nephew has a side piece. Gabi comments that all they have to do is find out what her name is and then they are in the driver’s seat..

Dimitri tells Leo how close he was to telling Gwen everything. Leo assures that Gwen would not take it well if she finds out that he’s been lying to her from the very beginning along with him. Dimitri states that Leo’s text earlier to fake it until you make it gave him an idea. Dimitri says his terms says he has to have a wife but it doesn’t have to be Gwen. Dimitri suggests finding someone to pose as Gwen and if he can pull this off, Elliot will leave satisfied, he’ll get the money, and Gwen will be none the wiser. Leo asks who he has in mind to impersonate Gwen, reminding him that he has to sell it to Elliot and it has to be someone he knows he can trust or else he could be blackmailed. Leo then suggest himself.

Gwen drops a glass that smashes on the floor. Kristen walks in and questions her being upset. Gwen asks why she wouldn’t be upset. Kristen then assumes that Dimitri told her everything. Gwen questions what she’s talking about.

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Days Update Tuesday, August 29, 2023

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Belle calls Shawn from Marlena’s office and leaves a message, asking him to call her back and says they don’t have to talk about anything, she just wants to hear his voice to know he’s okay. Belle complains to Marlena that Shawn isn’t answering and she’s tried calling, texting, and tracking his phone. Belle adds that she doesn’t know where he is.

Shawn sits in his office at the police station and sees 4 missed calls from Belle as well as 7 messages. Shawn declares that he’s sorry but he has nothing to say to Belle or anyone anymore as he picks up his gun.

Jada goes home and is surprised to see her place is cleaned. Rafe then comes out from the bathroom and says he was just finishing up. Jada is impressed as Rafe jokes that he can’t spend all his time lying around and watching Body and Soul.

Steve and Abe sit at home watching Body and Soul where they comment on one of the character’s sons being back from the dead…

Philip asks Chloe if this means she forgives him. Chloe states that she’s furious at him for what he did, but she’s also really glad that he’s alive. Philip says he is too, especially now that he’s back home in Salem. Philip knows Kate think it’s a mistake for him to be here as she told him not to come to his dad’s funeral, but he can’t spend the rest of his life hiding. Chloe asks what he’s going to do. Philip declares that he will take responsibility for what he did and let the chips fall where they may. Philip then goes to leave but comes face to face with Brady when he opens the door. Philip says it’s good to see him while Brady is in shock and hugs Philip, questioning him being alive.

Belle complains to Marlena that this is all her fault for trying to get Brady to take Shawn to AA and says she doesn’t know what she was thinking. Marlena understands she was concerned and was trying to be supportive. Belle states that she needs Marlena to tell her what Shawn told her in their sessions. Marlena argues that she can’t do that. Belle points out that he’s not her patient anymore. Marlena says she can’t break their confidentiality. Belle argues that if Shawn is in danger, she has legal duty to say so. Belle asks if Shawn is a danger to himself. Marlena says she can’t say for certain but admits that after seeing him today, she is concerned. Belle begs Marlena to tell her what Shawn told her so that she can help him. Marlena then agrees to do so.

Shawn holds his gun in his office until there’s a knock at the door, so he puts it away. Paulina enters and says she hopes she didn’t come at a bad time. Paulina adds that she can come back later if he’s too busy. Shawn says it’s fine and asks what he can do for her. Paulina hopes that he can understand that even though Clint Rawlings just put him in the chair, she’s here to take him out. Paulina then announces she is giving Rafe his job back.

Rafe and Jada drink margaritas at home. Rafe talks about how he used to run a nightclub and jokes about what Jada doesn’t know about him as they kiss.

Brady can’t believe Philip is alive and he’s okay. Philip says he’s glad to be home and that he missed all of them. Brady tells Chloe that they were right the whole time as obviously Kristen had to be behind it all and gone after Philip to get to him. Brady asks where Philip has been and if Kristen had locked him in a dungeon. Brady says this means they can appeal the custody case and he needs to call Belle. Brady goes on about how the judge will realize that Kristen is a nutcase and everything will be fine. Chloe stops Brady and tells him that Kristen didn’t do it. Brady argues that she did and she framed him for murder. Philip then reveals that he framed him. Brady asks what he’s talking about. Chloe suggests this isn’t the best time but Brady wants to hear it. Philip admits he was insanely jealous of them and thought they were having an affair behind his back, so he came up with a plan to make him pay. Philip adds that he’s deeply ashamed of all of it. Brady demands to know the plan. Philip explains that Brady was on the phone outside the Pub and he came up behind him, knocked him out, and dragged him to the park where he stole his credit card and charged a bunch of shots to it to make it look like Brady drank them by filling a syringe with alcohol and injecting it to Brady’s blood stream. Philip adds that he sent threatening text messages from Brady’s phone to his own, then drove Brady to the park and dropped his watch there to be found later. Philip continues that he dragged Brady to the river bank, where he took out a knife and cut himself, then smeared his blood all over them, tossed his prosthetic leg in to the water and disappeared. Philip declares that he framed Brady, not Kristen. Philip knows how wrong it was but back then he was out of his mind and lost his grip on reality as he felt humiliated and betrayed. Philip says he could only focus on punishing Chloe and Brady for making a fool of him. Philip declares that he is sorry for all of it and will be sorry for the rest of his life. Philip knows it’s unfair as he asks if Brady can forgive him. Brady responds by punching Philip.

Steve and Abe watch Body and Soul until Abe sees a commercial for a memory supplement which Steve worries might be a sensitive subject for Abe. Abe informs him that Kayla told him that the supplement isn’t for amnesia. Steve says he’s sorry as he knows how frustrated Abe is. Abe doesn’t know why nothing comes back to him. Abe says he doesn’t remember Paulina or anything about their life together.

Shawn tells Paulina that he’s glad Rawlings is gone and brings up that Rawlings ordered him to arrest Paulina after the press conference but he refused. Paulina says she appreciates that and calls Shawn a valued member of the force, which is why she wants him to stay on as a detective. Shawn questions stepping down immediately. Paulina knows it must be disappointing for him, but she thinks it’s the right call to reinstate Rafe.

Rafe and Jada kiss until she jokingly apologizes in advance for him making the bed all nice when they’re about to mess it all up as they continue kissing. After they finish, they joke about making the bed being a waste of time. Jada suggests they take a break by getting a burger and a beer at the Pub. Rafe agrees but says first they can make the bed a little messier as they continue kissing.

Steve and Abe’s viewing of Body and Soul gets interrupted by the announcement of Paulina being the new Mayor. Abe hopes Paulina can undo the damage that Clint Rawlings did and then once he’s in the rearview mirror, he wouldn’t be surprised by anything Paulina can do. Steve comments that it sounds like Abe has a lot of faith in his wife, as she does in him. Steve assures Abe that Paulina really loves him. Abe confirms he can see that in everything she does, so it kills him that he doesn’t remember how much he loves her. Steve knows Abe came to stay because he needed space from Paulina, but he thinks maybe it’s time that they got close again.

Shawn agrees with Paulina that Rafe should be running the police department. Paulina is surprised and appreciates how classy he’s being about this. Paulina decides she’s going to go find Rafe to tell him that Shawn graciously agreed to step down and that he fully supports Rafe’s return. Paulina gets up but stops to ask if Shawn is sure he’s okay. Shawn claims he’s fine. Paulina notes he seemed a bit unsettled. Shawn repeats that he’s fine and that he thinks Paulina will make a great mayor. Paulina thanks him and tells him to take care as she exits the office.

Belle talks to Marlena about how Shawn came to her for therapy voluntarily and she thought he was making real progress. Marlena says he was but he’s decided that it won’t help anymore because it won’t help Bo or bring Victor back. Belle worries that Shawn is giving up. Marlena feels he’s hitting rock bottom which everyone has to do before deciding to make things right. Belle asks what if he doesn’t decide to do that and keeps spiraling. Marlena states that he’s not in a position to do much as he’s drinking a lot and is full of guilt and grief. Belle brings up that the last time Shawn and Victor talked, Victor was very hard on him with no understanding or forgiveness. Marlena understands that’s why Shawn can’t forgive himself and why he’s in so much pain. Belle cries that she’s terrified of what Shawn might do to get rid of that pain.

Shawn looks at his police commissioner name plate and then tosses it in the trash. Shawn then pulls his gun back out of the drawer.

Brady tells Philip that he doesn’t forgive him and yells at him to get up so he can hit him again. Chloe tells him no. Brady shouts that Philip that he went to jail and that Philip could’ve killed him by injecting alcohol in to his veins. Chloe argues that Philip wasn’t in his right mind. Brady questions where Philip has been. Philip informs him that he was in a mental institution in Europe and he’s better now, but he still feels horrible about what he did and he’s committed to make amends. Philip declares that he knows it won’t be easy, but he has to find a way to make this right or he can’t go on. Brady pulls out his phone and announces that he’s calling the police because this bastard is going to jail. Chloe takes his phone and says Brady can’t call the police. Brady argues that Philip is guilty of 12 crimes, so he needs to be arrested. Chloe repeats that he was mentally ill. Brady says he can go to Bayview though as long as he’s locked up somewhere. Chloe tells Brady to have some compassion since Philip just lost his father and it’s the only reason he came back. Brady calls Philip a vindictive and psychotic coward. Brady adds that Victor would be proud. Philip then reveals that Victor did know as he and Kate are the ones who sent him to Europe because they knew he needed help. Brady mocks that his mom and dad fixed it for him. Brady shouts about his grandfather being okay with him going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Philip explains that Victor and Kate wanted to help them both which is why they signed the documents, declaring him legally dead, since without a body Melinda had no choice but to drop the charges against Brady. Brady brings up the agony that Chloe went through, not knowing if Philip was dead or alive, and the guilt he felt thinking Kristen was behind it. Brady adds that he hired Steve to investigate and then realizes that’s why Kate didn’t want him to, because she knew he was alive. Chloe argues that Kate was just trying to protect her son. Brady declares that Philip has to go down and pay for what he did to everyone as he takes his phone back from Chloe. Chloe tells Brady to stop and that Victor didn’t want his son to go to prison. Brady shouts that Victor won’t know now. Chloe argues that she knows Brady loved Victor and Victor wanted peace in his family. Chloe asks Brady to just let Philip try to make things right.

Abe complains that Steve is pressuring him about Paulina. Steve apologizes as he didn’t mean to do that. Steve then asks if Abe is attracted to Paulina. Abe admits she’s intelligent, strong, and beautiful but that doesn’t mean he wants to share a bed with her. Steve says nobody said that and he’s getting ahead of himself. Steve suggests instead of thinking about sleeping his wife, he should think about going back to the beginning and starting over again.

Rafe and Jada eat together at the Brady Pub. Jada comments on what they have going being great. Paulina then enters and tells Rafe that she’s sorry to interrupt but she’s glad she found him. Rafe asks what he can do for Salem’s new mayor. Paulina responds that he can go back to being police commissioner.

Belle wishes Shawn would talk to her or Marlena instead of pushing them away and beating himself up. Belle decides to go to the police station for help since they care about Shawn. Shawn then enters Marlena’s office. Belle tells him that they had been so worried about him. Shawn responds that he doesn’t want anyone else to worry about him anymore. Shawn pulls out his gun and says he needs Belle to take it away from him because he’s not in a good place right now as he places the gun down. Marlena asks if Shawn was thinking of hurting himself. Shawn admits he doesn’t know but he knows he needs help. Marlena tells him it’s alright as there is no shame in asking for help. Belle promises they will help him.

Chloe begs Brady not to call the police, arguing that the Kiriakis family is in mourning. Chloe tells Brady to think about Maggie and asks if he will have Philip arrested. Brady decides he doesn’t know and he’ll have to think about it as he storms out of the apartment. Philip thanks Chloe. Chloe feels Brady is just in shock and in time, he will realize that Philip is not responsible for what he did while he was sick. Philip worries that now that he’s out, the truth is going to come out and he’s going to need a lawyer. Chloe offers to call Belle but Philip points out that Belle is Brady’s lawyer and sister. Chloe argues that she is also his friend.

Marlena wants to put Shawn on a 24 hour hold to assess him and figure out the next step. Belle admits she’d feel a lot better if he agrees to that. Shawn agrees to whatever Marlena thinks is best. Marlena says they can talk for awhile. Belle assures they are in this together and will get through it. Shawn apologizes to Belle for letting her down. Belle says he didn’t and that she’s so proud of him coming to ask for help. Belle assures that everything will be okay as she kisses him. Belle then exits the office.

Rafe reminds Paulina that Shawn was just appointed commissioner. Paulina reveals that she just came from telling Shawn he’s out and he will stay on as a detective. Paulina asks if Rafe will accept the job. Rafe and Jada remind Paulina about the policy preventing them from dating. Paulina declares that as mayor, she will have no problem with colleagues dating as long as it doesn’t interfere with their work. Paulina adds that she will tell the city council as well. Paulina feels they need to start handling relationships on a case by case basis. Rafe says that’s great but he will hold off on making a decision until the policy is amended. Paulina questions if Rafe doesn’t want his job back. Rafe assures that he loves being a cop and police commissioner but he’s really enjoying spending time with Jada. Paulina acknowledges that and guesses she needs to hurry and get the policy changed because they need Rafe back in charge.

Abe appreciates Steve trying to help, but he doesn’t think he can since he has no idea what this is like. Steve responds that he actually does. Abe asks if he had amnesia. Steve confirms he did, courtesy of the DiMeras. Steve tells Abe that the short version is that a little more than 15 years ago, his brother Jack brought him back to town when Kayla thought he was dead, so she was ecstatic until finding out that he had no memory of her or their life together. Steve says his reaction was like Abe’s, questioning how he could be Kayla’s husband when he had no idea who she was but Kayla wouldn’t give up and eventually, something in his heart let him know that Kayla was his destiny, so he did his damndest to get those memories back and feel that love again and the rest is history. Abe asks if he thinks that could happen for him. Steve thinks it’s possible if he starts spending time with Paulina again. Steve says he doesn’t have to move back in right away but encourages taking her to dinner and talking to her. Steve adds that maybe he’ll remember or maybe he won’t, but he bets that Abe will fall in love with his wife all over again.

Jada thinks Rafe should take the police commissioner job. Rafe points out they’d have to stop seeing each other. Jada says that’s just until the policy changes. Jada feels Paulina is right that the city needs Rafe in charge and he loves that job. Rafe is not sure he wants to go back to the police department, but he is sure that he’s falling in love with Jada.

Paulina goes to Steve’s to let Abe know that she asked Rafe to take his job back and he’s considering it. Abe says that’s great and thanks her for letting him know. Paulina then tells Abe to have a good night and goes to leave but Abe stops her. Abe asks if Paulina would like to go on a date with him if she’s not too busy with her job. Paulina responds that she thinks she can make some time.

Shawn apologizes to Marlena for his behavior earlier. Marlena says he doesn’t have to apologize. Shawn understands she was just trying to help him, so speaking to her like he did and walking out was wrong. Shawn adds that quitting therapy was a big mistake, so he’s ready to get started again if she is. Marlena tells Shawn that he will be her patient and she will do everything she can to help him. Marlena then reminds Shawn that he is her family and she loves him beyond words. Shawn says he loves her too as they hug.

Belle goes to see Chloe. She stops outside the door and texts Shawn that she loves him and always will. Belle then knocks on the door. Chloe answers and thanks her for coming. Belle says she got her message and asks what’s going on. Chloe clarifies that needing a lawyer is not for her or Xander. Chloe then tells Belle to see for herself as she opens the door, revealing Philip. Belle is shocked as she rushes up to hug Philip. Belle can’t believe he’s alive and says she’s so happy to see him. Philip responds that he hopes she still feels that way after she hears what he’s done.

Brady goes to the police commissioner’s office, looking for Shawn but finds it’s empty. Brady then leaves a note on the desk to call him and storms back out.

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Brady meets Belle in the town square. Belle thanks him for agreeing to do this. Brady clarifies that he didn’t agree to do anything but to meet with her and he thinks they need to talk first but Belle says she doesn’t have time to talk because Shawn is falling apart in front of her. Belle talks about Shawn drinking himself sick last night. Shawn then arrives and questions what Brady is doing there since he thought they were having lunch. Belle explains that Brady is on his way to an AA meeting and offered to take Shawn with him. Shawn refuses but Belle tells him that he has to go.

At the Kiriakis Mansion, Xander asks what Sarah wanted to tell him. Sarah knows he came to see Maggie and she hates to interrupt, but Maggie made her see that she needs to be honest with him about her and Rex.

Rex surprises Kate at the Pub. Kate hugs him and admits that when Roman said her son was home, she was afraid it might be Philip.

Chloe answers her door at home and is shocked to see Philip. Chloe says this can’t be real but Philip assures that he’s alive and he’s come back to her. Chloe then faints in to Philip’s arms.

Kayla goes to Marlena’s office and says she wanted to see how she’s doing. Marlena says she’s fine but assumes Roman told her that they’ve decided the best way to help Eric is to accept Sloan in to the family. Marlena calls it her personal idea of Hell but notes that she volunteered to give the baby shower. Kayla then realizes that Marlena has been at Bayview and hasn’t talked to Roman, so she doesn’t know which Marlena then questions.

Rex doesn’t understand why Kate thought Philip was coming back. Kate explains that she had to call him about Victor. Rex realizes that Philip wants to be there for the funeral. Kate talks about Philip and Victor having such a complicated relationship but his father died and he never got to say goodbye, so he said he had to come home. Kate adds that she begged him not to until he agreed but she doesn’t know if she got through to him. Roman adds that if Philip does come home, everyone will know that he’s alive. Rex worries about Brady seeing him. Roman points out that if Brady doesn’t kill Philip, he’ll end up in prison, so they hope that Kate got through to him.

Philip sits Chloe down on her couch and apologizes for scaring her, explaining that he wanted to see her alone before whatever happens. Chloe doesn’t understand how he’s alive and questions where he’s been this whole time. Chloe asks if he’s hurt and about his leg. Philip says he’s good as new. Chloe asks if Philip was held hostage and hurt. Philip reveals that was one of a lot of lies. Chloe asks for the truth. Philip reveals that he’s been in Europe in a mental institution because he was out of his mind with jealousy. Philip states that back then, he felt if he couldn’t have her, he had to make sure Brady couldn’t, so he faked his death and framed Brady for his murder.

Shawn mocks Belle giving him a direct order to go to AA. Shawn questions Belle saying she would be by his side. Belle argues that she was by his side, watching him get sick all night and not knowing if she needed to call an ambulance. Belle cries that it’s killing her watching Shawn do this to himself as she loves him and doesn’t want to lose him. Shawn warns her that the only way she’s going to lose him is by trying to run his life. Shawn insists that he does not need AA and remarks that those meetings haven’t done Brady any good since his life is a hot mess. Shawn warns Belle not to send Maggie after him because he’s done with all this. Shawn then storms off as Brady holds Belle back and tells her to let him go.

Xander asks Sarah what about her and Rex. Sarah starts to respond but gets cramps. Xander asks if she thinks she might be in labor.

Kayla informs Marlena about Sloan losing the baby and apologizes as she thought she knew. Marlena feels she has to find Eric but Kayla asks her to give that a second since Sloan is taking tests and Eric is with her as she needs him. Marlena agrees to wait a while but questions how much Eric has to go through as Kayla hugs her. Shawn then arrives and asks to talk to Marlena.

Belle apologizes to Brady and says that Shawn has just been a wreck since Victor’s death. Brady remarks that when a drunk wants a drink, there’s always an excuse. Belle asks Brady not to call Shawn that but Brady says that’s what he is right now and that Shawn doesn’t need anyone feeling sorry for himself because he’s taking care of that himself. Brady explains that it’s what Maggie has told him over the years and he’s been where Shawn is. Brady feels there’s nothing Belle can do but be strong for herself. Belle hates that he’s right. Belle brings up how Brady is telling her that she can’t will Shawn in to doing what she wants, just like she was telling Brady the same about Chloe. Brady guesses they are in the same boat as he thinks Chloe marrying Xander is as self-destructive as Shawn’s drinking. Brady says she can’t talk to Shawn and he can’t talk to Chloe. Brady adds that he told Chloe that Xander was proposing because he can’t have Sarah and that she knows it. Brady complains that Chloe didn’t care and that she basically said she’s marrying Xander because she can’t have him because of Rachel and she can’t have Philip because he’s dead. Belle points out that they don’t know that for sure.

Chloe questions what Philip had done. Philip says he’s so sorry. Chloe argues that doesn’t quite catch it because he put them through Hell and let them believe he was dead. Chloe talks about how they mourned him and were sick for grief. Chloe goes over Brady being arrested, what Philip did to him, and what Brady’s life was like having everyone think he murdered Philip. Philip responds that he knows what he did and that there were days he thought he’d rather die than face what he had done to the people he loves. Philip mentions Kate and Victor sending him away, so Chloe stops and questions them knowing he was alive while letting them all think that he was dead. Chloe points out that Victor let his grandson go to jail while Philip notes that Victor made sure Brady was released. Chloe can’t believe this and tells Philip to stay away from her. Chloe asks how she knows he’s not still crazy and that they just let him out because he father died. Philip reveals they let him out awhile ago, so Chloe questions that he’s been free and still let them think he was dead. Philip argues that he couldn’t come home. Chloe complains that Philip never pays for what he’s done. Philip admits he’s had his mom and dad for his entire life, but now no matter the price, he had to come home for his dad and to see Chloe.

Kate informs Roman and Rex that she had a conversation with Chloe, who told her that Rex and Sarah are together again. Kate talks about Rex not saying a word to them about it. Roman suggests with their history, Rex wanted to wait and see if the relationship got more serious before saying anything. Rex confirms it has gotten more serious and that he was about to inform them that he and Sarah are getting married.

Sarah tells Xander that she is not in labor, reminding him that she is a doctor and it’s her body. Sarah insists that she’s not in labor but the cramps continue, so she admits maybe she is in labor but that it’s too soon. Xander decides to take her to the hospital.

Shawn apologizes as the door was unlocked. Kayla says she was just leaving anyway and adds that she’s sorry to hear about Victor as she can’t imagine a world without him. Kayla tells Marlena that she will let her know when Sloan’s tests are done as she exits. Marlena reminds Shawn that their appointment was for tomorrow but Shawn reveals that he’s here to cancel. Marlena points out that he could’ve called unless he wanted to talk to her in person. Shawn clarifies that he wanted to tell her in person that he’s quitting therapy for good.

Xander has Sarah set up in a hospital room and asks about her pain. Sarah admits it’s much better. Kayla enters and asks what she can do for her as she was surprised to see her name. Sarah explains that she was in town to visit Maggie. Kayla mentions that she planned to see her as well and tells Xander that she’s sorry about his uncle. Kayla notes that Sarah’s pulse is steady and adds that she didn’t know Sarah was pregnant, so she congratulates them. Xander clarifies that he’s not the father and it’s actually Rex’s. Kayla asks about Sarah’s contractions. Sarah says they haven’t been regular and have been very painful and close together but she thinks they are subsiding. Kayla notes Sarah’s blood pressure being a little elevated. Kayla assures they will take good care of her and asks Sarah how many weeks along she is. Sarah then fakes a pain to get Kayla to ask Xander to leave the room. After Xander leaves, Sarah says the pain is gone, so Kayla asks her again how many weeks pregnant she is.

Brady knows Belle cares about Philip, but points out that it’s been two years so he thinks Philip would’ve shown up by now if he was alive. Belle agrees and says it was weird when John called to tell her about Victor, she kept thinking about how hard it would be on Shawn, Brady, and Philip, so she realized she never really accepted that Philip is gone and she doesn’t know if she ever will.

Philip tells Chloe that when he got out of the bin, he wasn’t a threat anymore and wouldn’t hurt anyone but he also wasn’t really alive as it started to sink in what he had done. Philip feels he lost his father before he died because he stopped being his son and somewhere along the line, he stopped being the Philip who loved Chloe and became the Philip who wanted to own her. Philip states that he’ll never be able to prove to Victor that Philip is alive again but he’d like the chance to prove to Chloe. Philip clarifies that he’s not going to try to win her back, but he wants her to know that the Philip who got to know a goth girl and discovered the coolest person he’s ever met, is back.

Kate questions Rex saying that he and Sarah are getting married. Rex confirms that he proposed to Sarah and she told him yes last night over the phone which Kate mocks as being romantic. Rex explains that he got an early flight to surprise Sarah and pick up her favorite scone on the way to the Kiriakis Mansion. Roman congratulates Rex. Kate stops Rex and questions if he’s sure he’s not rushing this marriage. Rex responds that he is rushing it and asks why he wouldn’t since Sarah is pregnant with his kid. Rex then exits the Pub, leaving Kate and Roman shocked.

Xander returns to Sarah’s hospital room. Sarah informs him that she’s not in labor and it was just Braxton-Hicks which Kayla confirms. Xander asks how they can be sure the cramps won’t start up again. Kayla says she can’t be sure but if it starts again, she can come back. Kayla notes wanting to get Sarah some fluids because she’s a little dehydrated but after that, she can go home. Sarah thanks Kayla as she exits the room. Sarah then thanks Xander for bringing her since Kayla was very reassuring. Xander feels she has enough to worry about. Xander reminds Sarah that she said earlier that she had something to tell him about her and Rex.

Roman tells Kate that they are going to be grandparents again after all. Kate wonders when Sarah is due. Roman talks about Rex not giving them time to ask as he was out the door. Roman goes over how Eric lost a baby and now Rex is telling them that Sarah is pregnant. Roman can’t believe it. Kate says she can’t either and she just hopes that they aren’t in for any more surprises…

Chloe tells Philip that she’s been thinking about him a lot lately and she is glad that he’s alive, but informs him that she is engaged. Philip is not surprised since she and Brady always seemed to find their way back to each other. Chloe then reveals that she’s not engaged to Brady but to his cousin, Xander.

Sarah tells Xander that she doesn’t know how to say this but Rex rushes in and says he heard Sarah was in the hospital, so he asks if everything is okay. Sarah confirms it was just Braxton-Hicks and they are fine. Rex then questions what Xander is doing there. Sarah explains that Xander came to visit Maggie when the contractions started, so he took her to the hospital. Rex thanks Xander. Rex then talks to the baby and remarks that he and Sarah are old fashioned so they have to get married before the baby appears, which shocks Xander.

Kate tells Roman that she’s sorry as this is all too crazy. Kate says she talks to Rex once or twice a week and he barely even mentioned Sarah, much less that she’s pregnant with his child. Roman suggests that Rex might have thought she would interfere. Kate acknowledges that Rex has been pining for Sarah for ages while Roman points out that Rex cheated on her. Kate says they got past it, they’re both doctors, compatible, and mature so it looks good on paper. Roman asks what she is worried about then. Kate has no doubt that Rex is head over heels in love with Sarah, but she has great doubts about that feeling being reciprocated by Sarah.

Xander questions Sarah marrying Rex. Sarah says that’s what she was trying to tell him as she didn’t want him to find out from someone else. Xander says it’s great and shakes Rex’s hand as he congratulates him. Xander relates the feeling to when Chloe accepted his proposal last night, which surprises them as Rex remarks that he didn’t know Chloe lost her senses. Sarah tells Xander that she and Rex are very happy for he and Chloe. Xander says they are very happy for Sarah and Rex too. Xander comments on them all getting married and jokes that they won’t have a double wedding. Rex tells Xander that he can take it from here. Sarah thanks Xander for being there for her. Xander says he’s just glad all is well with her and the baby as he then exits the room. Rex calls Xander a jerk.

Marlena thinks Shawn leaving therapy is not a good idea right now since he’s made so much progress. Shawn asks why the first thing he did after finding out about Victor was get drunk out of his mind. Marlena says that tells her that he should continue therapy. Xander feels tired about talking about his life and how the bad things keep winning out. Marlena is not sure that’s true. Shawn complains that Belle thinks this is fixable too and she wants Brady to take him to AA, but he’s not an alcoholic. Marlena states that you don’t have to be an alcoholic to need help. Shawn argues that this is not fixable as he put his father in a coma and his grandfather in a grave. Shawn tells Marlena that she can’t fix this and walks out of her office.

Belle checks her phone and says there’s nothing from Shawn, so she just hopes he went to work. Brady feels in his state, maybe it’s best that he didn’t. Belle worries about Shawn being angry with her. Brady comments on treating the people they love the worst. Belle encourages Brady that Chloe does love him. Brady acknowledges that he hurt Chloe badly and he has no right to keep her away from Xander. Belle suggests Brady suck it up, apologize, and tell Chloe that he’s happy for her and Xander. Belle says that what she did eventually. Belle knows it’s hard but says when it all goes south, Chloe will need her friends. Brady agrees, so Belle tells him that he knows what he needs to do.

Philip questions Chloe being engaged to Xander. Chloe explains that they originally just decided to get an apartment together, but then they got close. Philip says it’s hard to process after everything Xander did to her. Chloe says he’s not the same person now and none of them are. Philip states that he just wants her to be happy, no matter who it’s with. Philip decides he should go. Chloe stops him and hugs him as she cries.

Belle goes to see Marlena in her office and asks if she’s okay. Marlena informs her that she just let Eric and reveals that Sloan lost the baby. Belle is shocked and asks if she should go see Eric. Marlena suggests giving him some time and asks how she is. Belle admits she’s not good and really worried about Shawn. Belle says she was trying to get through to him but thinks she pushed him too far, so she’s really worried about what he might do.

Shawn goes to his office at the police station and pulls out his gun.

Rex asks if Sarah is really okay. Sarah thinks it was just the stress of Maggie ripping in to her for not telling Xander about the baby and then when Xander showed up, she was on the verge of telling him but then the pains started. Sarah says she was on the verge of telling him again when Rex walked in, but then she just figured that if fate interrupted her twice, she should just stick with the original story. Sarah states that she agreed to marry Rex and calls it the perfect cover story for Xander. Rex asks if she’s sure that she wants to go through with this. Sarah says only if he does. Rex confirms he does and then presents her with a ring. Sarah tells him that he has no idea what it means to her that he’s willing to do this. Sarah admits that Xander being so concerned about her and the baby earlier made it easy to forget that he’s controlling, dangerous, and someone she doesn’t want anywhere near the baby. Sarah thanks Rex for helping her make sure that Xander never knows he’s the father of the child. Rex then puts the ring on Sarah’s finger.

Philip asks Chloe if this means she forgives him. Chloe states that she’s furious at him for what he did, but she’s also really glad that he’s alive. Philip says he is too, especially now that he’s back home in Salem. Philip knows Kate think it’s a mistake for him to be here as she told him not to come to his dad’s funeral, but he can’t spend the rest of his life hiding. Chloe asks what he’s going to do. Philip declares that he will take responsibility for what he did and let the chips fall where they may. Philip then goes to leave but comes face to face with Brady when he opens the door.

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Days Update Friday, August 25, 2023

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Sarah joins Maggie in the living room of the Kiriakis Mansion. Sarah hugs Maggie as she asks how she is doing. Maggie mentions that people sending cards has helped as she reads one from Victor’s barber that says Victor kept them laughing for 30 years. Sarah agrees that Victor was funny. Maggie adds that a lot of people have said nice things. Sarah credits Maggie for that and calls her the best thing to ever happen to Victor. Sarah feels that people felt if Maggie saw the good in Victor, it must be there. Maggie brings up that Xander said she was the one thing he and Victor had in common and that she brought them back together for a while. Maggie mentions that Xander plans to come by later and she knows Sarah doesn’t want to see him. Sarah then reveals that she actually already did which surprises Maggie.

Chloe comes home to Xander at their apartment. Xander informs her that he is cooking their engagement lunch. Chloe says before they eat, there is something she needs to tell him. Xander feels it’s something pretty serious. Chloe responds that it could change their whole future.

Eric apologizes on the phone to Roman for jumping all over him about the baby shower as Nicole listens in behind him. Roman says it seems that he called about it at the worst possible time. Eric says he will tell Sloan that they wanted to do it as it will mean a lot to her. Roman asks if there’s anything he can do for them. Eric says if he thinks of anything, he’ll let him know but he has to go be with Sloan. Roman tells him to tell Sloan how sorry that he and Marlena are which Eric agrees to do. Nicole comments to herself that it sounds like Sloan lost her baby.

Sloan tells Melinda that she had so many plans for her and Eric and their baby, but now it’s just going to be her and Eric. Sloan feels they have to start over with a clean slate, no secrets, so she’ made up her mind that she’s going to tell Eric that he is the father of Nicole’s baby. Melinda guesses it didn’t register the first time so she repeats that telling Eric that he’s the father of Nicole’s child is a terrible idea.

Maggie didn’t know Sarah saw Xander and asks how that happened. Sarah explains that Xander came by yesterday to see Maggie and found her instead. Sarah states that Xander was very shocked by how pregnant she is. Maggie asks what she told him. Sarah admits that she lied through her teeth.

Xander questions what Chloe has to tell him that’s going to affect their whole future. Xander asks if she’s breaking off their engagement and if it’s about his past, insisting that he’s learned his lesson. Chloe assures that she’s not breaking their engagement, but he may want to. Chloe informs Xander that she just found out that Sarah is pregnant. Xander asks who told her that. Chloe explains that she ran in to Henderson at the grocery store and he told her. Xander guesses Henderson was getting food for Victor’s funeral. Chloe questions why they are talking about Henderson instead of Sarah as she thought he would be shocked. Xander then reveals that he already knew as he found out yesterday.

Eric tells Roman that he really has to go but he’ll stop in later in the week to talk. Roman tells him to go be with Sloan. Roman knows how much Eric wanted this baby and says he’s so damn sorry. Eric thanks him for calling as they hang up. Nicole then approaches Eric and apologizes as she couldn’t help but hear what he was talking about and says it sounds like Sloan lost the baby which Eric confirms. Nicole tells Eric that she’s so sorry.

Sloan argues that Melinda doesn’t want her to tell Eric about Nicole’s baby because then she’ll have nothing to hold over her head and she’ll have to nail Li on her own. Melinda insists she’ll get him another way. Sloan questions why Melinda cares what she tells Eric. Melinda says she is speaking as her friend and warns that the clean slate that Sloan wants could blow up in her face. Melinda adds that if Eric and Nicole have the baby, he could decide that he wants them to be a family which means Sloan could lose Eric forever.

Maggie assumes that Sarah told Xander that the baby is Rex’s. Sarah confirms that she did, noting it was simple and made sense. Maggie asks how Rex feels about it. Sarah admits that Rex is crazy about the idea and wants to marry her.

Chloe questions Xander already knowing that Sarah was pregnant. Xander explains that he found out when he went to see Maggie but he ran in to Sarah and she was obviously with child. Chloe questions why Xander wouldn’t tell her that Sarah is pregnant.

Sloan questions Melinda wanting her to keep quiet about Nicole’s baby being Eric’s and expecting her to believe she’s doing it for her. Melinda questions Sloan thinking she can give Eric this huge news and it will all be fine. Sloan argues that Melinda doesn’t know how close they’ve become and brings up how he chose her side over his whole family. Melinda asks if she thinks it will still be that way if he finds out what she did. Sloan insists that Eric will forgive her. Melinda reminds Sloan that she said it would be okay if Eric knew about Nicole’s baby because she was carrying his baby too but that’s not true anymore. Sloan says that’s enough and tells her to leave her alone. Melinda refuses until she gets through to her, reminding Sloan that she said their baby would bond them together for life but now the only one carrying Eric’s baby is Nicole, so she rests her case.

Kate goes to the Brady Pub and brings Roman bags of everything he needs for the baby shower. Kate mentions not being a fan of Sloan either but she heard from Marlena that they wanted to throw a baby shower and smooth things over. Roman stops Kate and informs her that there is not going to be a baby shower because Sloan lost the baby.

Nicole tells Eric that this is so sudden since last time she talked to Sloan, she said everything was great. Eric says that it was and then Kayla discovered some kind of auto immune disorder that Sloan didn’t know she had which caused the miscarriage. Eric adds that Kayla also said it would be risky for Sloan to even get pregnant again. Nicole knows that must have been hard to hear, especially after what happened. Nicole reminds Eric that they told her that too so she encourages him not to give up hope. Eric feels it’s too soon for that. Nicole tells Eric that this is so unfair as she knows how much he wants a child and that he would make a wonderful father.

Kate tells Roman that Eric has to be devastated. Roman confirms that he was definitely blindsided. Roman feels he was useless on the phone just now. Kate encourages that Roman will help Eric through this as they all will. Kate then informs Roman that he was right about telling Philip that his father was dead, so she took his advice and called Philip to tell him.

Sloan hates it but admits that Melinda is right that if she tells Eric what she has done, he’ll never forgive her and without a baby, there’s no reason for him to stay with her. Melinda points out that then Sloan would be childless and single, but Eric won’t find out if she keeps her mouth shut. Sloan asks if Melinda is going to continue threatening her. Melinda says she couldn’t do that to her now. Sloan questions Melinda really only thinking of her. Melinda assures that she came as her friend, not a prosecutor. Melinda vows to not tell a soul what Sloan did or that she’s keeping it from Eric and she won’t use what she knows against her. Melinda suggests that even if Eric did know about Nicole’s baby, it might not change a thing since Nicole is engaged to EJ, who is rich and handsome and they both are delighted to have the baby together so Melinda asks what Nicole would need Eric for.

Eric asks if Nicole is at the hospital to see her OB. Nicole says she came to pick up a prescription. Eric supposes he should get back to Sloan. Nicole tells Eric that if he ever needs someone to talk to who gets it, he knows where she is. Eric thanks her and then notices Nicole’s engagement ring.

Maggie asks Sarah if she’s sure that Rex sincerely wants to marry her. Sarah responds that Rex told her that losing her was the biggest mistake of his life and that he never stopped loving her which he said when she was still with Xander. Sarah tells Maggie that this is her future and reveals that she called Rex last night to accept his proposal. Maggie reminds Sarah that Rex had an affair the last time they were engaged, so he’s not reliable. Sarah argues that Rex is a changed man and guesses that Maggie won’t give them her blessing. Maggie responds that she can’t because Rex has cheated on her. Maggie declares that Sarah cannot go in to this marriage with the father of her baby not knowing the truth. Sarah argues that she told Xander that Rex is the father and he totally bought it. Maggie calls it a lie and insists that the baby’s father deserves to be part of the baby’s life. Sarah questions why Xander deserves anything from her after what he did. Sarah can’t believe Maggie is on Xander’s side. Maggie says she’s on her side too but Sarah doesn’t feel that way. Maggie warns Sarah about what it’s going to be like having to lie to her child about who their father is and asks if she can really live like that. Maggie asks what if somehow the truth comes out and it all blows up in her face.

Xander promises Chloe that he was eventually going to tell her all about Sarah, but when she came home and accepted his proposal, he was so excited that it was all he could think about. Xander adds that this doesn’t change anything for them. Chloe argues that Xander’s ex-wife is pregnant with his child but Xander tells her that it’s not. Xander informs her that the father is Rex Brady. Chloe asks if he’s sure about that.

Sarah doesn’t want to fight with Maggie while she’s grieving the love of her life. Sarah knows Maggie wants her and Xander to be together and to raise the baby together, but says she can’t do that and it’s not a possibility for either of them at this point. Maggie asks what she’s talking about. Sarah informs her that Xander told her that he proposed to Chloe. Maggie hopes she doesn’t accept and argues that Xander is on the rebound. Maggie declares that Sarah is the only woman for Xander and she always will be. Sarah laughs at that and argues that Xander is incapable of being loyal. Sarah calls Xander a con artist who scams people and argues Maggie is fooling herself by thinking Xander is harmless or deserving of her forgiveness. Sarah brings up the things Xander said to her after they broke up. Maggie shouts they were both hurt and angry. Maggie feels they are now wasting time because they are too proud to admit the truth. Maggie tells Sarah that she’s right that she lost the love of her life, so she doesn’t want Sarah to lose hers.

Xander informs Chloe that Sarah told him that Rex is the father of her baby and argues that she wouldn’t lie about something like that. Chloe comments that Henderson said it looks like Sarah is in her final trimester. Chloe asks if Xander’s sure since she had to have gotten pregnant before leaving Salem. Xander reveals that Sarah slept with Rex before she left Salem, right after they broke up, which Chloe admits she did not know. Xander tells Chloe that Sarah and Rex are having a baby and Sarah says they really happy just like they are. Xander assures Chloe that she is the woman he wants to be with as they kiss.

Roman asks Kate how Philip took learning about his father’s death. Kate says like most of them, he thought Victor would live forever, so he was stunned and he wants to come back but she reminded him that he did everything to convince people he’s dead and that Brady killed him. Roman adds that it wouldn’t go unnoticed by the police, so Philip needs to grieve from a distance, not a jail cell. Kate says that’s what she told him but she couldn’t get through to him because he wants to honor his father and doesn’t care about the consequences. Roman worries that Philip will care when it gets real. Kate says she offered to send him some of Victor’s ashes which he agreed to consider. They hope he will realize she’s right. Roman wonders if Philip ever thought he’d have to leave Salem forever when he was setting Brady up. Kate complains that Philip was always obsessed with Chloe. Kate admits she feels so bad about trying to convince Philip not to come to his father’s funeral. Roman assures that she’s doing the right thing.

Nicole confirms to Eric that EJ proposed and she accepted, so EJ is picking up the marriage license now. Eric is surprised they are already planning the wedding. Nicole says it won’t be a big deal and probably just them and the kids. Eric asks if the wedding is happening soon. Nicole responds that it is.

Sloan asks how Melinda is so sure that Nicole and EJ are such a love match. Melinda clarifies that she never said that and it’s probably a business deal but for the moment, they are committed to each other so keeping her mouth shut is the practical thing to do. Melinda admits she would love for EJ to find out that Sloan played him and that EJ would spend the next 20 years raising another man’s child. Sloan jokes that Melinda must really hate EJ’s guts. Melinda says she hates EJ wiggling out of the rotten and illegal things he’s done. Melinda remarks that EJ will find out about this one day and will suffer in ways the legal system could only dream of, which Sloan did. Melinda decides that’s enough about EJ as she came to see Sloan. Melinda tells her that she’s so sorry about the baby. Sloan admits that she had started to tell Eric the truth, to the point that she told him she had to tell him something that would upset him but then she got the awful pains and that’s when she miscarried. Melinda guesses Eric probably forgot what she said before the trauma but Sloan reveals that he hasn’t forgotten because he asked her about it today. Sloan decides that if she’s not going to tell him about Nicole’s baby, she doesn’t know what the hell she’s going to say instead.

Eric wishes Nicole and EJ the best. Nicole thanks him and hopes that Eric and Sloan can work through this. Eric says he better go check on her and then heads to Sloan’s hospital room.

Sloan tells Melinda that she doesn’t know how to explain to Eric what she said and she is no place to come up with a strategy. Melinda responds that luckily, she is and she knows exactly what she can tell Eric.

Roman wonders if Eric would mind if he showed up at the hospital. Kate encourages that Eric has probably been by Sloan’s side since it happened, so he can bring him something to eat. Kate tells Roman to stay as long as he’d like and she will hold it down at the Pub. Roman calls her the best and hugs her.

Chloe apologizes to Xander for realizing that Scottish cuisine is not really her thing. Xander encourages that she has plenty of time to acquire the taste but feels bad for turning her stomach. Xander decides he should go see Maggie and that he will do the dishes when he gets home. Chloe says she will do the dishes and decides she will try the food. Xander and Chloe say I love you to each other and kiss as Xander then exits.

Sarah doesn’t want to argue with Maggie as she knows the kind of pain she’s in while grieving the loss of her husband. Sarah says she would do anything to comfort her but she cannot tell Xander about the baby because then they would be tied together forever and she does not want that. Sarah calls Xander two different people, the wonderful sweet man she fell in love with but also the scary man who kidnapped Bonnie and Susan, so she would never know which Xander they’d get. Sarah declares that she is marrying Rex. Maggie asks if she loves Rex the way she loved Xander. Sarah says not yet, but she will and he will be good to her and the baby. Sarah says they will be a happy family and Xander will find happiness but she doesn’t care. Maggie thanks her for being honest with her if that’s the way it has to be. Maggie then gets a text from Xander and tells Sarah that he is on his way.

Melinda exits Sloan’s hospital room and runs in to Nicole. Nicole tells Melinda that she’s pissed off because she knows that she tried to tell EJ there’s some reason he shouldn’t marry her. Melinda claims she was just playing with him. Nicole tells her to go play somewhere else because her relationship is none of her business. Melinda agrees and apologizes. Melinda understands they are expecting a child together and want to be married, so she hopes they have a long and happy life together. Nicole doesn’t believe her and remarks that Melinda wants everyone to be as miserable as she is. Melinda says it was nice chatting with her and quickly exits the hospital.

Eric returns to Sloan’s room and apologizes for taking so long as he was taking to Roman. Eric asks if Sloan is still in pain. Sloan says not really. Sloan brings up Eric asking what she was going to talk to him about last night. Eric says they don’t have to talk about that right now but Sloan says she wants to. Sloan informs Eric that what she was about to tell him is that before any of this happened, she woke up and felt like something was off but she didn’t know what and convinced herself it was nothing. Sloan says she didn’t call her doctor and that’s what she was about to tell him but then the pain started. Sloan cries that she should’ve done something, called her doctor, or gone to the ER and then maybe they’d still be pregnant. Eric encourages that Kayla said there’s nothing she could’ve done. Sloan cries that they may never have a baby and it’s all because of her. Eric urges her not to give up hope. Eric brings up Nicole being told that she could never carry a baby to term and he just saw her in the hallway and she said her pregnancy is going beautifully. Eric adds that Nicole also said to tell Sloan that she’s sorry. Sloan calls that sweet of her and asks Eric to hold her which he does.

Xander goes to see Maggie and tells her that he still can’t believe Victor is gone as he thought he would outlive them all. Maggie thought she would be with Victor at the end. Xander jokes about who’s going to give him hell now. Maggie states that Victor had a certain grudging respect for him. Xander thanks her for saying that even if it’s not true. Sarah then comes back in to the room and asks Xander if they can talk for a few minutes. Maggie says they can talk now as she was leaving. Maggie tells Xander not to be a stranger as they hug. Maggie then exits the room. Xander asks what Sarah didn’t say yesterday.

Kate sits at the Pub and toasts to Victor, commenting that there will never be another one like him. Roman returns. Kate thought he was going to the hospital. Roman responds that he is, but reveals that he just ran in to her son and Kate assumes he means Philip.

Chloe’s doorbell rings.

Kate asks Roman why Philip didn’t come in with him. Roman reveals it’s not Philip as Rex enters the Pub and surprises Kate.

Chloe says the doorbell was perfect timing for saving her from having to eat the Scottish food. Chloe says she loves whoever it is and answers the door, shocked to see Philip.

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Sloan is tossing and turning in her hospital bed. Eric wakes up from the chair next to her and asks if she’s having a bad dream. Sloan responds that she had the worst dream that she lost the baby. Eric sadly informs her that was not a dream and their baby is gone.

EJ has a nightmare about the night his mother died when Ava drove Susan off a cliff. EJ then wakes up in a panic.

Ava envisions Susan Banks in Bayview and screams, telling Harris that Susan has come back from the dead. Harris encourages her that it’s okay and it’s not Susan. Ava rushes up to the woman and says she didn’t mean for her to die. The woman remarks that Ava must be off her meds. Ava argues that she’s trying to trick them and shouts for Susan to leave her alone.

Roman and Marlena sit together at the Brady Pub, talking about how they still can’t believe Victor is gone. Roman questions if Marlena is mourning him. Marlena admits they had their issues as she flashes back to arguing with Victor in the past. Marlena knows that Victor caused a lot of chaos and difficulty in Salem but admits that he did make the place more interesting which Roman agrees with. Marlena adds that they are very close to a lot of people who did love Victor. Roman acknowledges that Victor and Kate share a son and they know the lifelong bond that creates. Roman asks how Brady is holding up. Marlena says he’s alright but it’s a little more complicated because of what’s going on with Kristen and Rachel. Marlena adds that Belle said her family is having a hard time too. Roman states that Victor was a big part of everyone’s life and a force to be reckoned with. Roman and Marlena toast their coffee to Victor and those who loved him. Marlena guesses Roman has heard that Eric is engaged. Roman says not to remind him. Marlena admits she wasn’t thrilled when he told her that Sloan is pregnant, but that would mean Eric is a dad and they’ll be grandparents. Marlena notes that regardless of how they feel about Sloan, they are going to get married.

Sloan asks why this happened to them when she was having a healthy pregnancy. Eric responds that he doesn’t know and they are running tests but the doctors said that sometimes this happens. Kayla comes in to ask how Sloan is feeling. Sloan asks how she thinks when her baby is dead, then apologizes for snapping at her. Kayla expresses being sorry for their loss. Sloan asks if they got their test results back because she needs to know why she lost her baby.

Melinda wakes up in bed with Li. Melinda slips out of bed while Li is asleep and says she’s going to look for the proof she needs that Li was behind Stefan’s attempted murder. Melinda searches the room and finds Li’s phone. Melinda begins to go through it when Li wakes up and questions what she thinks she’s doing. Melinda pretends that she thought it was her phone and jokes that they will have to get different cases as Li takes his phone back. They talk about the good time they had last night and this morning. Melinda states that she didn’t plan on coming over to sleep with him. Li guesses that he swept her off her feet. They start kissing again and Melinda says she really wants to but she has to get to the courthouse. Li jokes that this is so much more fun than putting bad guys behind bars. Melinda agrees but says she has to earn a living. Melinda then goes to take a shower. Li grabs his phone and wonders what exactly Melinda is up to.

Kayla asks Eric to give her and Sloan a moment alone but Sloan wants Eric to stay. Sloan gives Kayla permission to share everything with Eric since it was his baby too. Eric thanks her. Sloan asks what the tests revealed. Kayla reveals the test results show that Sloan has an auto immune disorder where her body mistakenly creates antibodies that attack healthy tissue which is most likely why she passed out. Kayla thinks that is probably what caused the miscarriage but encourages that there are effective treatments. Kayla says she will print out papers for them to read and understand more of what they are dealing with. Eric thanks Kayla as she says she’s so sorry for their loss. Kayla then exits the room. Eric tells Sloan that at least they know now why this happened. Sloan cries that she knows exactly why it happened and it has nothing to do with an auto immune disorder. Eric questions what she means. Sloan cries that she’s being punished for being who she is and the choices she’s made. Eric argues that God does not work that way. Sloan complains that God took their baby for the decisions she’s made.

Nicole joins EJ in the bedroom and asks if he’s okay. EJ says he’s fine and claims it’s nothing. Nicole worries that he looks like he’s seen a ghost. EJ responds that he has in a matter of speaking but it was just a nightmare. EJ calls it a series of memories of the night that Ava Vitali killed his mother.

Ava continues envisioning the patient Midge as Susan Banks and says she’s come back for revenge. Midge questions what she’s talking about while Harris says she’s just confused. Ava argues that Susan is standing right there and insists that she didn’t mean to kill her. Ava screams for her to leave her alone. Harris holds Ava and says it’s okay while Midge walks away. Ava cries that Susan came back for revenge to punish her and she deserves it. Ava repeats that she can’t handle it. Harris assures that he is there and that woman was not Susan. Ava then sees Midge and not Susan so she says she’s so sorry. Harris tells her it’s okay. Ava asks how it will ever be okay if she’s still seeing dead people which means she’s still psychotic and she’s never going to get out of here or be well again. Harris hugs Ava as she breaks down crying.

Nicole asks EJ how long he’s been having nightmares about Susan and Ava. EJ says ever since the night Susan died. Nicole questions why he didn’t tell her. EJ says it’s not every night and seems to occur when he’s under duress. Nicole asks if he’s talked to anyone but EJ says he doesn’t need anything like Marlena. EJ declares that it’s obvious that his loss is unresolved because he hasn’t been able to avenge his mother’s death. EJ argues that Ava faked a mental breakdown to get shipped off to a mental hospital and questions where the justice is in that. Nicole doesn’t think Ava is faking mental illness and attests that Ava is deranged. EJ complains that Ava is still alive and well while his mother was sent to an early grave so he feels the nightmares will continue to plague him until he makes sure Ava gets what she deserves.

Ava tells Harris that she thought she was getting better after her visit with Tripp. Harris tells Ava that he’s the last person to give advice on mental health but he’s learned that reclaiming your sanity is not a straight line as there will be good days and bad days. Harris suggests maybe she just needs to adjust her meds. Ava wonders if she’ll ever get better and asks what if the doctors see this as a major setback and isolate her without any visitors. Harris doesn’t think they will do that. Ava cries that she needs to see her son. Ava worries about if they see her as incurable and as always a threat to society. Harris encourages that he can get her a psychiatrist that will see her without judgment in Dr. Marlena Evans.

Marlena tells Roman that it would be nice to have a grandbaby to spoil again which he agrees with. Roman admits he misses it since Allie moved to New Zealand with Henry. Marlena suggests they have a baby shower for Sloan right here at the Pub. Roman asks if she’s serious. Marlena says it would be for Eric too but Roman says he’ll pass. Marlena thought he was looking forward to another grandchild. Roman argues that it doesn’t mean he has to throw a big party for Sloan Peterson. Roman complains that Sloan also insulted his clam chowder. Roman declares that Sloan might be carrying Eric’s baby and she might marry him one day but that doesn’t mean he has to feed or like her.

Eric doesn’t understand why Sloan is saying she deserves punishment and asks what she did. Sloan thinks back to altering Nicole’s test results. Sloan tells Eric that it’s all the terrible things she’s done. Eric feels she’s being way too hard on herself. Sloan cries about if he knew some of the things she’s done. Eric remembers her trying to tell him something before she collapsed and asks if that’s what this is about.

Kayla talks to Tripp on the phone. Tripp asks if she’s sure he doesn’t need to come in. Kayla assures him and encourages him to rest. Tripp asks about Sloan. Kayla calls it quite a blow for her and Eric. Tripp asks if Kayla has figured out what might have caused Sloan to miscarry right as Melinda walks in and questions Tripp about Sloan losing the baby. Tripp thanks Kayla for the update and hangs up. Melinda asks Tripp what happened but Tripp says he’s not at liberty to discuss patients. Melinda argues that she’s friends with Sloan, so Tripp tells her to talk to her. Melinda says she will then. Tripp tries to remind her that she’s not supposed to know but Melinda rushes out.

Eric asks Sloan what she was about to tell him before she got sick and passed out but they get interrupted by Kayla coming back in with the papers on what she found about Sloan’s auto immune disorder. Sloan asks if this condition means she will never be able to have a baby. Kayla says there is a medication that she can take to lessen chances of a miscarriage. Eric asks if it’s curable. Kayla responds that it’s treatable but not curable. Sloan realizes it’s something she will have to live with for the rest of her life.

Nicole tells EJ that when it comes to revenge schemes, she usually jumps in with both feet but says things are different now because they are having a baby. Nicole reminds EJ that there were casualties last time he went to war with Ava and they don’t want anything to happen to their baby. EJ assures he would never let anything happen to her or their baby. Nicole asks him to let this go then. EJ is afraid he can’t do that because as long as Ava is out there, she’s a threat to his family and so is anyone else willing to help her.

Ava asks Harris why Marlena would want to help her. Harris says that’s what she does. Ava says Harris doesn’t understand as she and Marlena have history. Ava acknowledges that she’s done really dirty things to the people Marlena cares about, including sleeping with her husband. Ava adds that John and Marlena are really good friends with Steve and Kayla and she made their lives hell when she first returned to Salem. Ava brings up Shawn Brady dying in a plane crash that she caused and Marlena being close with Susan. Ava then informs Harris that she also blew up the church at Susan’s funeral which Marlena was at. Harris admits that is a lot but that he’s also done terrible things to Marlena’s loved ones and she’s been helping him. Harris calls Marlena remarkably non-judgmental. Ava points out that Marlena did treat Ben Weston. Harris asks Ava to let him give Marlena a call so Ava tells him to knock himself out and go ahead to call Marlena. Harris goes to use the phone while Ava tries to approach Midge from before but she runs away from her.

Marlena gets the call from Harris and says he’ll be right there and see him soon. Roman asks if everything is okay. Marlena tells Roman that a patient needs to see her so she has to run. Roman appreciates the time they had. Marlena says she enjoyed it and asks Roman to call Eric to let him know they’ve decided to give them a baby shower. Roman questions why he still can’t say no to her. Marlena says she’ll be in touch with Kate about the details. Marlena hugs Roman and then exits the Pub. Roman feels he’s going to regret this as he picks up his phone to call Eric.

Sloan asks Kayla if she has to worry if she tries to get pregnant again. Kayla encourages that the doctors will keep an eye on it and there are medications. Sloan asks what kind of percentages they are talking about. Eric thinks they are getting ahead of themselves and need to focus on her recovery. Eric then gets a text from Roman to call him but says he’ll do it later. Sloan tells Eric to go ahead and call Eric as she admits she could use a moment alone to process everything. Kayla says she will be in her office if they need anything as she then exits. Eric asks Sloan if she’s sure she wants him to go. Sloan confirms that she’s sure so Eric says he’ll be right outside by the nurses station. Eric kisses Sloan and then exits the room. Melinda then enters and asks if Sloan is okay. Sloan questions what she’s doing there. Melinda says she heard about the baby. Sloan asks how. Melinda admits she overheard Tripp on the phone. Sloan complains about him saying it out in the open. Melinda repeats that she’s so sorry about the baby but Sloan questions if she is.

Li comes out of his room and asks Tripp where Melinda is. Tripp informs him that she left. Li asks if he should be offended that she didn’t say goodbye. Tripp says she said that she had to run. Li jokes that he hopes they didn’t disturb Tripp and Wendy last night or this morning. Tripp tells him it’s all good. Li says he was worried they might have been a bit too active. Tripp claims he didn’t even notice. Tripp guesses Li took his advice in giving Melinda another chance. Li says he could say that. Tripp asks if they are back together then. Li responds that they will see what happens. Tripp asks what that means. Li says it means they’ll see and he knows a lot of men would find it hard to get past a woman trying to trick them in to confessing to attempted murder. Tripp calls it good that he’s more forgiving. Li adds that it helps that Melinda is a fascinating woman. Tripp wishes him luck with that and says he’s going for a run so he’ll see him later. After Tripp exits, Li pulls out his phone.

Nicole asks EJ how Susan would feel about his plan to go after Ava. Nicole says she could hear Susan quoting a bible passage and the Susan that she knows would want EJ to turn the other cheek. EJ argues that Susan is not here now and Ava is the reason. Nicole says if the memory of Susan’s faith is not enough for him to drop this, she reminds EJ that they are getting married and calls it unattractive and distracting for him to be plotting revenge when they should be in the honeymoon phase and focused on each other. EJ insists that he can multi-task but then gives in and admits that the timing is not ideal. Nicole tells EJ that they are building a life together and vengeance plots don’t seem to fit in. Nicole then gets a text from her doctor who has refilled her prescription. EJ offers to give her a ride but Nicole says she will go while EJ goes to get the forms for their marriage license. EJ remembers not making it last time because he ran in to Melinda. EJ complains about Melinda implying a secret reason that he shouldn’t marry Nicole. Nicole argues that she’s not worried because for once, her conscience is clear and they are committed to each other and the baby. Nicole wonders what reason there could possibly be as they kiss.

Melinda insists to Sloan that she is sorry about her baby. Sloan complains that less than 24 hours ago, she was trying to blackmail her. Melinda says that was nothing personal. Sloan tells her to save her excuses as it doesn’t even matter now. Sloan declares that this is what she gets for lying to Eric; her baby is gone while Eric could still be a father. Melinda feels she shouldn’t worry about that right now. Sloan questions why Eric should suffer like she is and declares that she gets the message loud and clear. Sloan declares that she’s going to tell Eric that he’s the father of Nicole’s baby as soon as he gets back because she’s done with the lying. Melinda responds that she doesn’t think she should do that.

Eric calls Roman and asks him what’s up. Roman thanks him for getting back so quickly. Eric asks if something is going on. Roman explains that he and Marlena have decided they’d like to throw a baby shower for he and Sloan at the Pub. Roman acknowledges that he hasn’t been Sloan’s biggest fan but Marlena has convinced him that he needs to get over himself since Sloan is having Eric’s baby and no grandchild of his will go without a proper baby shower. Eric stops him and shouts that he doesn’t understand as Nicole arrives at the hospital behind him. Eric then declares that there can’t be a shower because Sloan lost the baby which Nicole overhears.

EJ walks through the town square with his forms for the marriage certificate as Tripp comes through on his run and runs right into EJ. EJ calls it a coincidence to run in to Tripp since just this morning he was thinking about how Tripp’s mother killed his. Tripp argues that Ava was suffering from a mental health relapse at the time which EJ helped exacerbate. EJ asks if he’s blaming him for Ava’s crimes. Tripp recalls being kidnapped by EJ’s goons. EJ remarks that lack of remorse must run in the Vitali bloodline. Tripp is sorry that EJ lost his mom and calls it a terrible tragedy. Tripp adds that his mom is finally getting the help she needs and is actually getting a lot better. EJ doubts that but Tripp calls it the truth and they hope one day she will fully recover and be released. Tripp declares that when that day comes, EJ will just have to deal with it. Tripp then continues his run. EJ remarks that they’ll see about that.

Marlena goes to Bayview. Harris thanks her for coming as Ava greets her. Marlena questions what is going on here. Harris asks if they can talk in private so he steps out with Marlena while Ava waits. Ava then imagines Susan appearing behind her and warning her that no one can help her until she starts telling the truth.

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At Bayview, Harris Michaels sees Ava reading a book and greets her. Harris notes that she seems to be in good spirits and guesses her visit with Tripp went well. Ava confirms it was incredible and thinks seeing Tripp was just what the doctor ordered.

Tripp and Wendy talk at home about not getting a lot of sleep last night because of Li and Melinda in the other room. Tripp comments on Li giving Melinda another chance. Tripp and Wendy joke about being a little envious.

Stefan and Gabi finish having sex. Gabi then gets an alert on her phone that Victor Kiriakis died in a plane crash which shocks them. Gabi calls it really sad. Stefan is taken aback by Gabi’s reaction since there’s no love lost between Gabi and Victor. Gabi says there wasn’t but he was Sonny’s uncle and always made sure to make Arianna feel like part of the family. Stefan admits Salem won’t be the same without Victor scheming and manipulating. Gabi then tells Stefan that they need to talk about Kristen because she’s up to something and they need to get to the bottom of it.

At the DiMera Mansion, Kristen reads the article on Victor’s death and comments that she tried her damndest to send him to his grave but he finally made it there without her help. Kristen thinks back to when she stabbed Victor. Kristen wishes Victor to rest in misery. The doorbell then rings so Kristen answers the door to see a man, who says he’s there to see Dimitri concerning an urgent business matter.

In Iceland, Dimitri does pushups in the hotel room as Gwen comes in and comments that it looks like he’s recovered and they kiss. Gwen brings up visiting the lava fields. Dimitri tells Gwen that he would be happy doing anything with her. Gwen responds that he knows how to melt her heart. Gwen suggests they go shower. Dimitri thinks back to being in bed with Leo. Dimitri then suggests to Gwen that they invite Leo.

Stefan asks Gabi when Kristen isn’t up to something. Gabi says this time is different as she heard Kristen and Rachel talking about a secret involving money and it has something to do with Dimitri.

Kristen tells the man that Dimitri is her nephew and invites him in. He asks if Dimitri is home. Kristen informs him that Dimitri is away on his honeymoon with the love of his life. He says that’s too bad and guesses he should’ve factored the honeymoon before coming all the way from Alamainia. Kristen assumes this has something to do with the Von Leuschner trust which he confirms. The man introduces himself as Elliot Roth and says he represents the Von Leuschner trust. He asks how Kristen found out about it’s existence. Kristen claims she and Dimitri are close, so they share everything. He then informs Kristen that he flew to the US to personally present Dimitri with the first installment of his funds. Kristen jokes that Santa has arrived early and says he can leave it with her but Elliot says not so fast.

Gwen questions Dimitri wanting Leo to come to the lava fields with them. Dimitri says that Leo is Gwen’s best friend and he seems so lonely traveling by himself, so he thought it would be nice to make him feel included. Gwen calls him such a wonderful man as she talks about Dimitri not being infuriated by Leo crashing their honeymoon, but inviting him to join them. Gwen asks what she did to deserve him. Dimitri says he knows how much Leo means to Gwen. Gwen remembers Leo talking about the Madonna concert last night, so he would be flying back to Salem as they speak. Leo then shows up at the door and is thankful that Gwen is there. Gwen asks him what’s wrong. Leo responds that he feels awful. Gwen asks why and tells him to talk to her. Dimitri shakes his head behind her back as Leo tells Gwen that there is something he has to tell her.

Tripp kisses Wendy and apologizes for leaving their night at the Salem inn. Wendy understands it wasn’t his fault since his mom called and asks how that went. Tripp calls it really encouraging since Ava has improved so much. Wendy calls that amazing. Tripp talks about Ava being like he got his mom back. Wendy says she’s so happy for her and for Tripp.

Ava reminds Harris about how she was worried that seeing Tripp might cause her hallucinations but it didn’t. Harris calls that great and says it sounds like her meds are working. Ava says she can feel it and feels like she’s healing just in time to face the consequences of what she’s done. Harris doesn’t know if she wants to worry about that right now since she’s getting better and encourages her to focus on the healing journey. Ava responds that part of her healing journey is being accountable for what she’s done. Ava acknowledges that a sweet, innocent woman is dead because of what she’s done so she has to own it that if she didn’t let her rage for EJ DiMera get the better of her, then his mother would still be alive.

Kristen repeats to Elliot that she and Dimitri are very close, so he would be fine if he left the check with her. Elliot says he understands but he has to make sure certain terms are met with Dimitri. Kristen brings up that Dimitri had to be married before the age of 40 which Elliot confirms. Kristen informs him that his job is done as she can personally attest that Dimitri has met all the conditions of his family’s trust since she was at the wedding and is an eye witness. Elliot argues that he can’t just take her word for it and remarks on how many people would commit fraud for this amount of money. Kristen comments on what a corrupt world they live in.

Stefan tells Gabi that it wouldn’t surprise him if Kristen and Dimitri were planning on embezzling from DiMera. Gabi insists that they will get to the bottom of this. Stefan talks about the DiMeras being chess champions and assures that Rachel has been taught to always protect her queen. Stefan wonders what role Dimitri plays in Kristen’s scheme, if he’s the king next to her or just another pawn.

Dimitri tries to interrupt while Gwen asks Leo what’s upset him. Leo then reveals that Victor Kiriakis is dead, who he calls his uncle. Gwen questions Leo crying over that. Leo argues that he was family as he was his uncle-in-law for a brief period. Gwen argues that Victor despised and belittled Leo. Leo claims they had a special bond and thinks back to the last Christmas they spent together at the family home where Victor threatened to throw him out. Leo thinks deep down, Victor actually liked him. Gwen hugs Leo and says she’s so sorry while Leo and Dimitri exchange looks at one another.

Harris tells Ava that he knows their stories aren’t the same but he gets what it feels like to become so lost and separated from reality that you end up hurting innocent people. Ava agrees that their stories aren’t the same at all since Megan brainwashed Harris so he wasn’t in his right mind when he hurt people. Harris argues that Ava wasn’t in her right mind when she went after Susan since she was grieving and didn’t have support. Harris knows she didn’t ask for his opinion, but he feels it sounds like EJ and Gabi used her as a pawn in their twisted family war.

Gabi tells Stefan that Kristen could be using Rachel as a red herring, knowing they would follow the scent. Stefan suggests slowing down and going with what they know and building off that. Gabi states that Dimitri is too smart and cunning to be Kristen’s pawn. Stefan says that’s unless she double crosses him. Gabi says they know that Kristen and Dimitri are in this together. Gabi tells Stefan that all she could get out of Rachel was that the secret about money involved someone in the house.

Kristen asks Elliot what would be happen to Dimitri’s money if the marriage doesn’t stand up to his scrutiny. Elliot explains that if he determines that Dimitri did not meet the terms or that the marriage is a fraud, the money would be divided among the remaining heirs of the Von Leuschner trust. Kristen notes that would be Carly Manning, Frankie Brady, and asks who else. Elliot acknowledges that Kristen has done her homework and he’s impressed. Kristen claims she just wants everyone to be treated fairly. Elliot says it appears that Katarina and Francois both renounced their claim to the fortune decades ago. Kristen asks who would get the money if it falls through for Dimitri. Elliot explains that Dimitri’s money would be divided among Katarina’s children, Dimitri’s cousins, Nicholas Alamain and Melanie Jonas. Elliot asks if she’s worried about Dimitri failing to meet the terms.

Leo says he doesn’t know where all this grief is coming from and talks about all the guys he’s passing by in Iceland. Leo cries about watching West Side Story. Gwen says she’s so sorry he’s feeling so sad and asks if there’s anything she can do to help him feel better. Leo mentions seeing an ice cream cone downstairs. Gwen declares that if Leo wants ice cream, that’s what he will have. Gwen asks Dimitri if she can get him anything but he declines. Gwen says she’ll be back and exits the room. Dimitri then questions Leo, complaining that he scared him to death as he looked like he was going to confess. Leo says he would never and that he really is sad. Leo then adds that a confession would’ve served him right after Dimitri suggested he take Gwen to a fictional Madonna concert. Leo says he was just acting for Gwen’s sake and playing the role of someone not having sex with her husband. Dimitri asks if he was acting now or if he really is sad about Victor. Leo says he really is sad. Dimitri tells him that everything is going to be okay and that he just got an idea to take his mind off things as they start kissing.

Wendy asks Tripp where he thinks Ava goes from here. Tripp says it’s hard to say and it’s great that she’s doing better, but she is still responsible for the death of Susan. Wendy thinks the court won’t hold her responsible for something she did while she wasn’t in her right mind. Tripp says that the only person who knows for sure if Ava will be prosecuted is in the other room with Li. Wendy suggests knocking on the door and asking Melinda right now.

Kristen assures Elliot that she’s not worried since Dimitri and Gwen are completely above board, said their vows, and they are deeply in love. Elliot appreciates her reassurance. Kristen insists that they are head over heels and can’t keep their hands off each other.

Leo and Dimitri continue kissing until Leo says he can’t do this and talks about how inappropriate it is. Dimitri calls him funny and says he always lifts his spirits with his humor which is why he’s crazy about him. Leo stops him and asks what if Gwen comes back and finds out he’s gay. Leo asks if he will tell her that he was just consoling him. Dimitri tells Leo that he’ll be quick and goes down on him.

Gabi tells Stefan that she would love to just stay in bed with him, but the sooner they get downstairs and find out what Kristen is really hiding, the better. Stefan tells Gabi how sexy she is when planning someone’s takedown as they exit their room together.

Dimitri and Leo continue kissing until his phone rings. Leo says he better answer that as it could be Gwen. Dimitri answers the call from Kristen, who tells him that the honeymoon is over and he needs to haul his ass back to Salem.

Harris tells Ava that it’s kind of crazy that his therapists are already helping him understand and process some childhood traumas and all that he endured in the Navy and how that made him more susceptible to mind control. Ava is glad he’s getting the help he needs. Ava knows that Harris was trying to ease her conscience earlier but says she was in control when Gabi asked her to pretend to be married to Jake as she could’ve said no but she chose to go along with the lie. Ava adds that when EJ found out the truth and banished her from Salem, she went to a really bad place but the treatment she is getting here is starting to help and she’s finally starting to see some light. Harris has faith that Ava could be walking out of here soon. Ava tells Harris the same for him.

Wendy and Tripp laugh about hearing that it sounds like Melinda and Li are not quite done. Tripp guesses he’ll have to wait to ask Melinda about Ava’s case. Wendy suggests that in the meantime, they could make a little noise of their own as they kiss.

Leo asks Dimitri about his phone call. Dimitri claims that Kristen is in Chicago for a few days but Leo says he can tell he’s lying to him. Leo asks what was so important that Kristen had to bother them on their honeymoon. Dimitri then admits that somebody showed up at the DiMera Mansion, representing the Von Leuschner trust with the first payment. Leo gets excited about the money. Dimitri reminds him that they can get the money when he and Gwen return to Salem to prove to this man that they are a legitimate married couple.

Elliot asks Kristen if she was able to get in touch with Dimitri. Stefan and Gabi then walk in as Gabi comments that she didn’t know they had company. Kristen tells Elliot that she will walk him to the door but Stefan questions if she’s not going to introduce them to her guest. Elliot starts to introduce himself but Kristen interrupts and claims that Elliot is the head master of Rachel’s new school. Gabi questions Kristen taking Rachel out of her current school. Kristen claims that Rachel needed a more challenging experience. Kristen then hurries Elliot out of the mansion. Gabi tells Stefan that she knew Kristen was up to something and that Elliot is not the head master of any school.

Kristen walks Elliot outside as he questions who Rachel is and why she was telling those people that he’s the head master of her school. Kristen explains that Rachel is her daughter and Stefan and Gabi are her brother and sister in law. Elliot still does not understand. Kristen calls Gabi an opportunistic fortune hunter who is hellbent on sleeping her way to the top and argues that Dimitri and Gwen don’t need Gabi knowing about the enormous fortune that he’s about to come in to. Elliot supposes that makes sense and asks when exactly Dimitri and Gwen are expected to return. Kristen says it will be very soon as the DiMera Jet is on the runway in Iceland. Elliot looks forward to concluding his business with Dimitri. Gabi listens in from the front door as Elliot tells Kristen to tell Dimitri that he’ll be staying at the Salem Inn. Kristen assures that she will make sure Dimitri comes to see him the moment he returns.

Leo questions Dimitri about Elliot until Gwen returns with ice cream. Gwen apologizes for taking so long and complains about the line. Gwen then asks them if everything is alright. Dimitri tells her that unfortunately they must say so long to Iceland for now, since he received a phone call and his presence is requested back in Salem. Gwen questions by who but Dimitri says he’ll tell her on the way but they have to get packing now.

Kristen goes back inside where Stefan asks her about Rachel’s new school. Kristen asks where Gabi is. Stefan responds that she had an errand to run.

Elliot goes to his room at the Salem Inn. Gabi sneaks around the corner and declares that now she’s going to get to the bottom of why Elliot Roth is really in Salem.

Tripp and Wendy kiss until Tripp stops and jokes that he didn’t envision their first time happening before a live studio audience. Tripp blames their lack of sleep affecting their decision making abilities. Wendy agrees that they deserve better. Wendy suggests they both get ready to work and then once they get home, they can make a solid plan on when and where they can finally be together. Tripp says that sounds good to him and that he’s going to take a cold shower.

Ava tells Harris that her doctors think the visit went so well that Tripp could come back soon. Ava speaks fondly of Tripp and declares that the only thing she’s proud of in life is being Tripp’s mom. Harris comments that her progress gives him hope. Ava declares that if Bayview can help her, it can help anyone. Ava knows it’s only been a couple days, but she feels like she’s really getting her life back. Ava jokes that she no longer sees dead people, but then she looks up and envisions Susan Banks and screams.

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Nicole is in the living room of the DiMera Mansion as Johnny comes in from a swim. Johnny talks about enjoying the last of summer and tells Nicole that the water’s great, so she should take a swim. Nicole asks if Johnny has any plans tonight. Johnny thinks back to overhearing Chanel and Talia planning a date. Johnny then tells Nicole that he’s free as a bird.

Chanel walks through the town square and gets a call from Talia, who says she heard a rumor that Paulina is the new mayor and Rawlings is out on his ass. Chanel confirms it to be true and says it’s great for Salem, especially for her because she can reopen the Bakery. Talia calls that amazing news and says she’s so happy for her. Chanel thanks her and guesses Paulina really did have a plan after all. Talia says she understands if she can’t make it to the concert tonight since she’ll have a lot to do to get the Bakery up and running again. Chanel says it shouldn’t take long and that she can still make their date. Talia says she’s been looking forward to it all day and offers to pick her up from the Bakery in about 30 minutes which Chanel calls perfect as they hang up.

Johnny tells Nicole that he heard on the radio that Victor Kiriakis died in a plane crash. Nicole calls it awful. Johnny asks Nicole about being married to Victor once upon a time. Nicole confirms that she was just thinking about their marriage and says it was miserable as they totally despised each other. Nicole admits at one point in her life, she probably would’ve danced on his grave but admits part of her is going to miss Victor. Nicole remarks that Victor was not her least favorite ex-husband. Johnny congratulates Nicole on her engagement to EJ and asks if they’ve set a date. Nicole says not yet but notes that EJ went to get the forms for their marriage license.

EJ walks past the Brady Pub and bumps in to Melinda Trask, who tells him to watch where he’s going. EJ says he could say the same but he will just apologize because he has to get going to get marriage forms for he and Nicole. Melinda stops him and asks if he’s sure he wants to do that. EJ questions what that is supposed to mean. Melinda claims she’s just trying to give him some friendly advice. EJ questions them being friends when she’s spent the past decade trying to put him behind bars. Melinda says that was nothing personal but she just thinks he should really make sure he wants to commit to Nicole. EJ responds that he wants nothing more. Melinda asks if that’s because she’s pregnant. EJ states that he is very happy that Nicole is having his child. Melinda warns that if that’s the only reason he’d like nothing more than to marry her, maybe he should reconsider, as she then walks away.

Eric asks Sloan what she needs to tell him. Sloan thinks back to Melinda warning her not to tell Eric about Nicole’s baby being his. Sloan then asks Eric if he loves her. Eric assures that he does and that he wouldn’t have asked her to marry him if he didn’t. Eric asks her again what is going on. Sloan responds that there’s something she hasn’t told him as she’s been keeping a secret and she’s really worried that he’s going to be angry but it can’t wait any longer, so she prays that he will understand.

Wendy comes home as Li is cooking. Li tells Wendy that she will have to satisfy her hunger somewhere else because this is a special dinner for he and date so he’s going to need her to disappear for the night. Wendy complains that she just worked a 14 hour shift so she doesn’t want to go out while Li argues that she’s the one always pushing him about his love life, so he would think she’d be happy for him and willing to do him the kindness. Wendy reluctantly agrees but first asks who the lucky lady is. Li admits it’s Melinda which shocks Wendy. Wendy hopes he will send her through a metal detector before coming in, reminding that he couldn’t trust her. Li reveals that they have decided to start over. Wendy questions what changed his mind. Li says it was nothing specific but he thinks dating Melinda is exactly what he needs.

EJ tells Melinda that Nicole being pregnant with his child is not the only reason he’s marrying her and he doesn’t view it as an obligation as he happens to love her very much. Melinda quotes Shakespeare, noting that the road to true love is never smooth. Melinda warns him about them being left in the dark when the sun sets. EJ tells her to stop speaking in riddles and says she clearly has something to say to him, so he tells her to spit it out. Melinda guesses he’ll hear about it soon enough anyway.

Eric tells Sloan that she can tell him whatever it is. Sloan states that never in her life has she cared about anybody the way she cares about him, which is why she’s so scared because it’s the first time she has so much to lose. Eric assures that he’s not going anywhere and that he loves her. Eric asks what is on her mind. Sloan worries that she should’ve told him this so much sooner. Sloan then gets a sudden pain in her stomach. Eric asks if she’s okay and what’s wrong. Sloan complains of a really sharp pain but says it’s okay. Eric suggests they sit down and offers to call the doctor but Sloan says the pain is gone now and she thinks she’s okay. Eric still thinks they should get it checked out. Sloan thinks it’s gone but then gets the pain again so Eric decides they need to get her to the hospital.

Talia runs in to Kayla at the hospital and mentions that she just finished a session with Marlena. Kayla asks how that is going. Talia says it’s going really well and she thinks she’s making a lot of progress. Talia calls it one of the best things she’s ever done for herself, even if it was court ordered. Kayla praises her effort. Talia assures that she’s taking it very seriously and that she’s determined to make up for her mistakes. Talia points out that none of it is financially rewarding and she can’t lean on her sister forever. Talia notes that the only job she had was at the Bakery and that didn’t end well, but she will have to find something soon and she doesn’t know what it is. Kayla suggests that Talia could work at the hospital.

Chanel walks through the town square and comes across Wendy, who asks how she is doing. Chanel responds that she’s great now that she gets to bake again because she’s happy to report the Bakery is reopening. Wendy congratulates her and calls it a relief. Chanel tells her to come by tomorrow and she’ll hook her up. Wendy mentions that she was heading to the Bistro and invites Chanel to join her. Chanel says she would love to but she already has plans. Wendy hoped Chanel could keep her company since she’s been banished from the apartment while Li romances Melinda Trask which surprises Chanel. Wendy mentions that Tripp seems to think Melinda is not so bad but says he sees the best in everyone. Wendy jokes that it can be annoying. Chanel asks how come Tripp isn’t taking her to the Bistro. Wendy says he’s at work. Chanel admits Tripp is a really great guy so she’s happy for them both. Wendy thanks her and says she’s happy too but she wishes Johnny hadn’t gotten hurt in the process. Chanel assures that Johnny will bounce back. Wendy thought maybe Chanel could be the one to help Johnny pick up the pieces.

Johnny asks Nicole if Sami knows she and EJ are getting married again. Nicole jokes that there’s no knife in her back, so she doesn’t know. Johnny jokes that she does live on another continent. Nicole admits that if the day had gone differently, Sami could’ve had a front row seat as EJ had the idea for them to fly to Italy to get married. Johnny asks what stopped them. Nicole informs him that Dimitri took the DiMera Jet to Iceland for his honeymoon. Johnny says that’s too bad and jokes that they could’ve just flown commercial. Johnny admits it was a nice idea, even if they did totally steal it from him. Nicole remembers that Johnny and Chanel did elope in Rome. Johnny calls that the best day of his life. Nicole says it sounds like he really loved her. Johnny admits that he still does.

Melinda tells EJ that if this were anyone else, she might feel bad but EJ is not a nice guy so she’s going to enjoy watching him process what she’s about to tell him. EJ asks what it is, but Melinda gets a call from Li, who informs her that he has a homecooked meal and a bottle of red wine, hoping she would grace him with her lovely presence for dinner now. Melinda calls it a late notice. Li says he did text her but he knows she’s a busy woman. Li adds that he’d really like to see her tonight and thought maybe she’d like to see him too, but he understands if she has something more important going on. Li asks if he should text her his address. Melinda admits that dinner sounds lovely, so she’ll be there soon and they hang up. EJ then questions why Melinda is hinting that he shouldn’t marry Nicole and if she’s cooking up some false charges against her. Melinda tells him to just forget she said anything. EJ asks if she’s kidding after all that. Melinda jokes that she’s glad they got to talk and then walks away, leaving EJ frustrated.

Nicole tells Johnny that she and EJ got divorced twice, but somehow they found their way back to each other, so maybe the same will happen for Johnny and Chanel. Johnny admits he was hoping for that and he was ready to tell Chanel how he felt, but Talia beat him to the punch. Johnny explains that he heard Talia and Chanel making plans to go on a date tonight, so he kept his mouth shut and left before they knew he was there. Nicole calls that crazy and questions why Chanel would agree to go out with Talia when she tried to destroy her life. Johnny says he has no clue but it seems like all is forgiven. Nicole calls that stupid after everything Talia did to Chanel and questions how she could be trusted again. Johnny doesn’t get it either but says he missed his chance, so he has to move on. Johnny jokes that maybe Li could set him up with his matchmaker. Nicole argues that he doesn’t need that and questions why he’s giving up so easily on Chanel. Nicole reminds Johnny that he is a DiMera. Johnny doesn’t know since Chanel seems pretty in to Talia. Nicole argues that’s only because she doesn’t know Johnny is an option. Nicole suggests Johnny throw his hat in the ring to let her know he’s available.

Chanel questions Wendy thinking she and Johnny should get back together. Wendy asks why not, pointing out that they were married once. Chanel feels that was a lifetime ago while Wendy says it’s obvious they still have a connection. Wendy adds that’s partly why she ended up choosing Tripp. Chanel questions what she’s talking about. Wendy is surprised that Johnny didn’t tell her. Chanel confirms that he didn’t say anything. Wendy explains that it seemed every time she turned around, Johnny was with Chanel and even though he claimed to want to be with her, it was clear that Chanel was his main priority. Chanel tells her that she’s so sorry as she never wanted to come between her and Johnny. Wendy says it’s fine and she knows it wasn’t intentional. Wendy adds that it helped her realize that Tripp is the man she wants to be with. Chanel is glad but thinks she misunderstood since Johnny was just being a good friend to her and nothing more. Wendy asks if she’s sure about that since she’s pretty sure Johnny has unresolved feelings for her. Wendy asks if Chanel still has feelings for Johnny.

Talia excitedly tells Kayla that she would love to work at the hospital and asks what positions she has open. Kayla brings up Talia having her medical degree and suggests she be a doctor. Talia is surprised that Kayla would want her to be a doctor despite knowing what she did. Kayla says she’s not saying her criminal record won’t be an issue and it’s not just her decision, but she’s working hard and she believes in second chances, so she will go to bat for her. Talia thanks her and promises to work her ass off if it happens. Kayla says she has no doubt. Talia says she won’t let her down. Kayla agrees to let her know what happens as she walks away. Eric then brings Sloan in. Talia asks what’s wrong with her as Sloan then passes out in Eric’s arms.

Melinda goes to Li’s apartment and tells herself to forget Sloan as she will get the goods on Li herself.

Li prepares for his date and says if he can sweep Melinda off her feet, maybe she won’t prosecute him, so he just has to turn up the charm. Melinda then knocks on the door so Li answers and invites her in. Li knows he didn’t give her much notice but he’s thrilled that she’s there. Li says she sounded like she was in the middle of something when he called. Melinda says it was nothing important as she had just run into EJ at the Pub. Li agrees that’s of little importance then. Melinda admits that EJ was pompous and testy, claiming that she was merely congratulating EJ on his engagement to Nicole.

Nicole urges Johnny to tell Chanel how he feels since they have so much history. Johnny points out that the whole love triangle thing hasn’t worked out for him since he lost Chanel to Allie and then lost Wendy to Tripp, so he doesn’t think his fragile ego could take a third strike. Nicole admits that rejection can be demoralizing and feels like she spent her whole life being second fiddle and a loser in love. Nicole encourages that he can’t give up as she didn’t. Johnny feels it would be best for everyone if he just backed off. Nicole reminds Johnny that he just said marrying Chanel was the best day of his life and asks if it’s not worth fighting for more days like that for love.

Chanel tells Wendy that earlier this year, she did feel a spark with Johnny but she was with Allie and didn’t want to cross any lines, then when things blew up with Allie anyway, Johnny was with Wendy, so she thinks they might have missed their moment. Wendy asks what about now since they are both free and moments can come back around. Chanel reveals that her plans tonight are actually with Talia and it’s their first official date which surprises Wendy. Chanel explains that Talia was being manipulated by her boyfriend and she’s truly sorry. Wendy says she doesn’t have to justify it as it’s cool and she’s happy for her, but she just thought there could be something with her and Johnny. Chanel thinks Wendy might be off base about Johnny’s feelings since he hasn’t said anything to her. Chanel suggests it may be best to move forward and not backward. Wendy hopes things work out with her and Talia. Chanel notes that Talia should be here by now, so she wonders what’s keeping her.

Talia checks on Sloan after she’s passed out and notes that she has no pulse and she’s not breathing. Eric screams for help as Talia mentions that she’s a doctor, so Eric asks Talia to please help her. Kayla rushes over and asks what’s going on. Eric explains that she was having a sharp pain so he brought her in, but then she just collapsed and she wasn’t breathing. Talia finds a pulse and tells Kayla that she’s sorry but there was no one else around. Kayla tells her not to apologize as saved Sloan’s life, but says she will take it from here as Eric thanks Talia.

EJ comes home as Nicole feels the baby kick for the first time. Nicole asks how it went at the courthouse but EJ reveals that they were closed by the time he got there, so he’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get those forms. Nicole says that’s too bad but she thought he left with plenty of time to spare. EJ explains that he did but then Melinda Trask turned up and they had the strangest encounter which Nicole asks about. EJ says he mentioned they were engaged and then Melinda implied that there was some reason he shouldn’t marry her.

Li and Melinda eat dinner. Melinda calls it lovely as she can’t remember the last time someone cooked for him. Li feels it’s the least he could do since she forgave him for literally running out on her. Melinda acknowledges that she can’t blame him since she did try to get him to confess to a crime he didn’t commit, so she thanks him for forgiving her for that. Li calls them even. Melinda admits that she sometimes has problems prioritizing as she focuses so much on her job that it gets in the way of her personal life. Li relates since his life revolved around DiMera Enterprises, but now that he’s stepped back, he finally feels free. Melinda wonders if she should do that too and concentrate on what really matters, like love. Li calls having dinner with him a step in the right direction. Melinda thinks it’s a little early to be calling this love. Li agrees and suggests a healthy attraction or a lustful desire. Melinda asks if he desires her then. Li questions if she has to ask and says he’ll fix that as he then kisses her.

Wendy tells Chanel that she has plenty of time to hang out, so she’ll keep her company until Talia gets there. Johnny then approaches and greets them. Wendy claims she was just leaving and says it’s good to see him as she then walks away. Johnny asks if it was something he said. Chanel says no and says nevermind. Johnny brings up hearing that Abe appointed Paulina as the new Mayor. Chanel confirms that means she gets to reopen the Bakery. Johnny guesses she must be busy getting things ready. Chanel informs him that she actually has a date and she knows he won’t approve. Johnny then reveals that he knows it’s with Talia since he went by her place and heard them making plans, but he didn’t want to interrupt the moment. Chanel calls that very considerate of him but she’s curious why he stopped by. Johnny reveals that he wanted to talk to her about something but Talia rushes up and interrupts them. Talia tells Chanel that she’s so sorry she’s late but she’s had a day. Chanel tells her not to worry as they can still make it before the concert starts if they hurry. Chanel reminds Johnny that he was about to say something but Johnny claims it was nothing important and tells them to go have a good time. Chanel thanks him and says they’ll talk later as she and Talia then walk away together.

Li and Melinda kiss until he asks if they should take this to the bedroom. Melinda asks if he doesn’t want to finish dinner. Li would rather get to this part of the evening, so Melinda rips open his shirt and agrees that it’s lustful desire as they continue kissing. They stop to grab the wine and then head to the bedroom.

Nicole asks EJ if Melinda said why he shouldn’t marry her. EJ says she was very cryptic about it and then she was called away and said he’d find out another time. Nicole calls that bizarre. EJ doesn’t suppose she has any idea what she was talking about. Nicole mentions that Melinda was pissed off when she caught her tampering with a witness during Rafe’s trial but that was over a year ago. EJ suggests it has nothing to do with her and that Melinda was just playing mind games. Nicole guesses Melinda wants them to be as miserable as she is and suggests forgetting about it which EJ agrees with and then they feel the baby kick again. Nicole still can’t believe this is happening for them. They say I love you to each other and kiss.

Eric and Kayla have Sloan checked out. Sloan says she’s fine but worried about the baby. Eric asks Kayla how it’s looking and if the baby is okay. Kayla responds that she’s sorry but there’s no heartbeat as she reveals the baby didn’t make it. Eric and Sloan then both begin to cry.

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Melinda shows up in a panic at Sloan’s door. Sloan comments on not expecting to see her while Melinda frantically asks if Eric is home. Sloan says he’s not so Melinda hurries inside and reminds Sloan that she said she would owe her a favor. Sloan calls it extortion. Melinda says she doesn’t care what she calls it and declares that her first payment is due today.

Nicole enters the living room of the DiMera Mansion where she notes an odd look on EJ’s face, so she asks what happened. EJ then informs Nicole that Victor is dead.

Shawn is drinking at the bar when Eric walks in and says he heard about Victor and he’s real sorry, guessing that Shawn has heard too.

Outside the Pub, Belle asks Chloe if she’s really considering accepting Xander’s proposal. Chloe confirms she told him that she needed time to think about it, but so far she hasn’t found a reason to say no. Brady then approaches so Chloe asks how long he’s been standing there. Brady says long enough.

Xander goes to the Kiriakis Mansion and enters the living room, looking for Maggie, but instead he finds Sarah, who turns around, revealing to Xander that she is pregnant which shocks him. Xander points out that she’s really pregnant and asks how he’s just finding out about this. Sarah states that she just got here to be there for her mom. Xander questions her not calling him or sending an e-mail. Sarah asks him to keep it down because Maggie is trying to rest and isn’t doing okay. Xander says he’s sorry and he knows how much Maggie loved Victor. Sarah acknowledges that he did too, so she’s really sorry for his loss. Xander asks if she’s kidding by offering him condolences and asks her to explain why she didn’t tell him that she’s having his baby.

Chloe questions Brady spying on her while Brady questions her needing time to consider marrying a kidnapping Neanderthal who left her with a drug lord. Belle offers to leave them but Chloe tells Brady that this is none of his business. Brady asks if Xander is drugging Chloe to get her to forget how he treats people. Brady complains that he went to see Xander to apologize for kissing her and he hit him because that’s who he is. Chloe points out that Xander didn’t know about that. Chloe argues that Victor is dead and all he could find to do was fight about her.

Eric asks Shawn why Belle isn’t here with him. Shawn argues that it doesn’t matter and that Victor is dead either way. Eric comments on Shawn not taking this well. Shawn blames himself which Eric questions. Shawn argues that Victor was on the plane because he put Bo in a coma and now he had to spend his last four months of his life miserable and now he’s dead because of him. Eric argues that it doesn’t make sense. Shawn asks who the hell asked him.

EJ apologizes to Nicole for blurting it out like that and admits he was pretty shocked himself. Nicole says it’s okay as she had to find out. Nicole asks what happened. EJ explains that he was flying back from Greece and his plane went down. Nicole calls that horrible and she can’t believe it’s hitting her so hard. EJ understands it’s shocking and acknowledges that Nicole was married to Victor, so he’s sure there were some good memories from that time. Nicole responds that there actually weren’t as they weren’t exactly a love match. Nicole then flashes back to her marriage to Victor. Nicole can’t believe the things Victor said to her still sting after all these years. EJ wonders if Victor and Stefano have caught up in the great beyond yet, joking that they can torment each other for eternity. Nicole comments that they loved to hate each other.

Melinda informs Sloan that Abe is going to reclaim his job as mayor. Sloan asks if Abe got his memory back. Melinda explains that it’s a scam as he’s going to reclaim the position long enough to appoint his successor; Paulina, which shocks Sloan. Sloan asks how the hell Paulina is qualified. Melinda has no idea but says it’s definitely happening. Melinda brings up that she went after Paulina and Chanel pretty hard for what happened to Sloan’s parents, so now she worries that Paulina is going to fire her because she hates her. Sloan remarks that payback’s a bitch and asks how she’s going to fight her off. Melinda says she’ll have a headlining grabbing case and a high profile defendant; the attempt on Stefan DiMera’s life and the man behind it: Li Shin. Sloan comments that it sounds surefire if she had any proof but she already failed at that. Melinda is not worried about no proof being the only thing standing in her way, because that’s where Sloan comes in.

Eric suggests to Shawn that they get some air instead of doing this in public, reminding him that he had just gotten suspended for drinking. Shawn points out that he came back from that and got promoted, so he jokes that if he keeps it up, maybe they’ll make him Mayor. Eric warns that if Shawn keeps this up, he could lose Belle. Shawn suggests Eric go see if Sloan has any cravings and get the hell out of here.

EJ asks Nicole if she has any cravings. Nicole jokes that she can’t drink so he’ll have to drink enough for both of them. Nicole remarks that Victor was such a son of a bitch who treated her worse than dirt, but like she deserved. Nicole then admits that she is going to miss Victor and she can’t think about Salem without him. EJ states that Victor was so damn alive. Nicole adds that Victor was funny and it’s infuriating because he would say something awful to her but she had to try not to laugh. Nicole admits she tried to say scathing things back to him but she was no match for him. Nicole adds that she’s sure EJ is really enjoying her talking about her ex-husband. EJ says he doesn’t mind her going on about anything and says he’s never close to bored with her. EJ suggests they get married now. Nicole asks why since they haven’t planned anything and don’t even know where they are getting married. EJ feels none of that matters and they should just get married and live every day like their last. EJ wants to use everything from their past failed marriages to make this work. EJ jokes that he’ll stop being an imperious jerk while Nicole stays exactly the same. EJ says they could have the time of their lives.

Sloan tells Melinda that she’s not a detective and asks how she’s supposed to dig up dirt on Li when she couldn’t. Melinda clarifies that she needs her talents as a lawyer, specifically to be Li’s lawyer. Sloan doesn’t understand how that would help her. Melinda admits that it won’t and tells Sloan to think it through. Sloan then realizes that Melinda wants her to help her convict her own client.

Brady tells Chloe that there was no fight and that they put it all aside when they started talking about Victor and they actually hugged, which he’s sure Victor got a good laugh about it. Brady asks Belle how Shawn is taking it. Belle admits he’s taking it pretty badly and is blaming himself. Belle wishes Shawn would’ve been with Brady and Xander, so they could’ve shown him how wrong he is.

Xander tells Sarah that he knows they are divorced, but that’s still his kid and she has no right to keep it from him. Xander asks if Victor hadn’t died, how long he would’ve had to wait or if she ever would’ve told him. Xander questions her not telling him that he’s going to be a father. Sarah then responds that he’s not going to be a father and it’s none of his business because the baby isn’t his, it’s Rex’s. Xander questions Rex getting her pregnant and argues that she looks like she’s ready to deliver and far enough along that she had to get pregnant before she left Salem. Sarah explains that they didn’t get involved until they went to Chicago but there was once in Salem before she moved. Xander continues to question it, pointing out that it was one time with Rex versus all the time they were together which Sarah says she’s trying to forget. Xander argues that the odds are overwhelming that he’s the father and asks how she can be so sure that he’s not.

Belle says she has something to take care of and tells Brady to stop badgering Chloe about Xander because it’s not productive. Brady promises to do so. Belle hugs Chloe and tells her to keep her posted as she walks away. Chloe guesses Brady won’t keep his promise. Brady asks how he can. Brady admits part of his reaction is jealousy but argues that he knows who Xander is and that he’s dangerous. Brady adds that Xander didn’t propose because he’s in love with her but because he can’t have Sarah. Chloe remarks that he says that like it’s a bad thing.

Eric tells Shawn that he’s not leaving without him and offers to drive him home. Shawn tells Eric to leave him the hell alone and continues drinking.

Melinda explains to Sloan that Li will need a lawyer and she’s represented him before so they already have the relationship. Melinda then says Sloan will pass on the information that she gets from Li to her. Sloan complains about the idea of losing her license and giving birth in prison. Melinda tells her not to be so melodramatic. Sloan argues that this is a felony and she’s the district attorney so they will throw the book at her. Melinda shouts that she has no choice and her back is against the wall. Melinda feels when she pulls this off, she’ll be all over the papers so Paulina can’t touch her and if she tries, it will be seen as an abuse of power. Sloan says she can’t be serious. Melinda worries if that if she doesn’t do this, she’ll be out on the street and everything she’s built will be gone. Melinda cries that she will have nothing. Sloan argues that there has to be another way because she can’t do this. Melinda guesses she’s okay with Eric finding out that Nicole is pregnant with his baby then.

Nicole questions EJ wanting to elope tonight. EJ brings up what Salem weddings are like. EJ says they want to be surrounded by people they love and trust, who are happy they are together, and that’s only themselves. Nicole asks if they trust each other. EJ encourages that it could be fun. EJ wants to start being the husband she deserves, tonight.

Sloan questions if Melinda would tell Eric the truth just because she won’t break 10 laws to help her. Melinda argues that she would be the one investigating so no one would find out. Sloan thought they were friends and says she knows Melinda’s back is against the wall but this is too much. Melinda argues that it’s all she needs but Sloan refuses to do it. Melinda asks if she’s going to call her bluff and if she thinks she won’t tell Eric. Sloan hopes that she won’t but feels even if she does, it won’t go her way because her and Eric are growing closer every day. Sloan adds that Nicole is not the only one carrying Eric’s baby, so he might be upset but he won’t leave her and they will work through it. Melinda understands she wants that to be true but questions if she’s willing to risk it.

Shawn and Eric get in to a shoving match until Belle arrives and questions what’s going on. Eric calls it a friendly disagreement and says now that Belle is there, he’ll get going. Shawn reminds Eric that he asked him to stop. Eric tells Shawn that he still owes him and walks out of the bar. Belle asks if Shawn is okay. Shawn complains that everyone keeps asking him that and questions what the hell she’s doing there. Shawn then guesses that Eric called her and calls him a nosy son of a bitch. Belle states that Eric called because he cares and that’s who he is, where if something is wrong, he’s going to try to make it right.

Nicole questions EJ again about wanting to elope now. EJ confirms that he can call the DiMera Jet to take them where ever. Nicole questions him wanting to fly to Italy tonight. EJ says she can bring her daughter Holly and notes that his daughter Sydney is there so they can be flower girls. Nicole points out that would be involving Sami. EJ jokes about rubbing Sami’s nose in it. EJ encourages her to think of how beautiful they could make it, with no distractions or interruptions as if Salem doesn’t exist. EJ asks if Nicole is a little bit tempted as they kiss. Nicole then tells EJ to call the damn plane.

Sarah tells Xander that Victor is dead and Maggie is an absolute wreck, so she doesn’t feel up to being grilled about something that has nothing to do with him. Xander asks again how she can be so sure. Sarah argues that weeks went by between her and Xander being together and her sleeping with Rex. Sarah claims that’s why she and Rex are together now because they decided it was fate and questions why Xander even cares since he’s with Chloe now and Maggie and Bonnie said it’s pretty serious. Xander confirms that he just asked Chloe to marry him.

Brady questions Chloe being okay with being Xander’s second choice. Chloe clarifies that Xander’s past with Sarah is part of who he is, just like her past with Brady and Philip being part of who she is. Chloe acknowledges that she’s not with Brady because of the mess with Rachel and she’s not with Philip because he’s gone, while Xander fell in love with who she is after that. Chloe declares that there is nothing standing in their way. Brady says except for him and warns that next time, he might punch Xander back. Brady argues that everything Chloe said sounds like a rationalization and calls that a hell of a way to start a lifetime commitment. Chloe calls that unfair. Brady argues that he just wants her to wake up and asks if she’s even thought about why she hasn’t been able to say yes yet. Brady tells Chloe there’s a reason and she can still say no. Chloe argues that she doesn’t have time for this and storms off.

Belle tells Shawn that she came because he lost his grandfather and because she’s so scared that he’s going to spiral down out of guilt again. Belle encourages him of the progress he’s made with Marlena and asks him not to throw that all away. Shawn complains that no therapy will change the fact that this is his fault. Belle doesn’t think drinking is going to help and that it will just hurt the people that love him. Shawn respond that he just doesn’t think he’s as strong as she and Eric think he is.

Sloan argues that Melinda doesn’t think Eric will forgive her because she doesn’t forgive anyone for anything but they are not alike. Sloan believes if she explains it, Eric will understand. Melinda warns that she’s making a mistake. Sloan tells Melinda to go. Sloan then announces that she is telling Eric as soon as he gets back, so Melinda will no longer have a hold over her. Melinda warns Sloan not to do it because she will lose him if she does. Sloan says that’s her problem, not Melinda’s as Melinda then leaves the apartment.

EJ tells Nicole he spoke too soon as he finds out that Dimitri took the DiMera Jet on his honeymoon to Iceland and it’s too late for a commercial flight. Nicole asks if that means eloping is off. EJ says it’s not and they will just elope to Salem. EJ tells her that he will go to City Hall to get the forms for the license and after that, they’ll get married as soon as he can make it happen as they kiss. EJ says he shall return and then exits the mansion.

Sarah questions Xander marrying Chloe and remarks that it was fast. Xander says not as fast as Sarah and Rex. Sarah responds that they had motivation. Sarah asks when the big day is. Xander admits that Chloe’s still thinking about it, but he’s certain that she’s going to say yes sooner than later because she loves him for who he is and is very understanding of everything he’s done. Sarah remarks that she must have no standards, then apologizes and says that was uncalled for. Sarah asks if they are done here and says she’ll tell Maggie that he stopped by but it’s been a long day and she’s exhausted. Xander wishes her and Rex all the best with the baby, then tells her to let him know if it pops out with a Scottish accent. Xander then exits the mansion.

Shawn tells Belle that she said what she came to say and he loves that she has so much faith in him, but he’s not going anywhere, so he asks her to just leave him in peace. Belle refuses to go anywhere because her place is with him. Belle says he can drink himself into oblivion if he needs, but he’s not going to do it alone.

Brady sits alone in the Brady Pub and thinks back to Victor instructing him to steal Chloe away from Philip. Brady remarks that Victor was wrong about Chloe, but he wishes he was still around so he could prove it to him.

Chloe goes home frustrated. Xander greets her inside. Chloe asks if he went to see Maggie. Xander says no because she was resting, so he’ll just go see her tomorrow. Chloe never thought Victor was good enough for Maggie, but admits they were crazy about each other and she was so devoted to him. Chloe adds that she’s been thinking a lot about Maggie and how in spite of Victor’s past and things she disapproved of, she took a chance and went ahead and married him. Xander points out that it worked out for them and they were very happy together. Xander asks if that’s inspired her. Chloe confirms that she has been inspired to emulate Maggie and say yes to Xander. Chloe declares that she can’t wait to be his wife as they kiss.

Sarah sits alone in the living room of the Kiriakis Mansion. She grabs her phone and calls Rex. She tells him it’s hard and that Maggie’s really struggling but that’s not why she’s calling. Sarah then says yes to Rex’s proposal and says the sooner, the better.

Xander puts the ring on Chloe’s finger and they continue kissing.

Nicole sits alone in the living room of the DiMera Mansion and thinks back to Victor pushing her out of a window. Nicole remarks that at least this time, it has to be better than that.

EJ walks past the Brady Pub and bumps in to Melinda Trask, who tells him to watch where he’s going. EJ says he could say the same but he will just apologize because he has to get going to get marriage forms for he and Nicole. Melinda stops him and asks if he’s sure he wants to do that. EJ questions what that is supposed to mean.

Eric goes home to Sloan’s apartment and asks if she has any wine open because he just squandered the last half hour trying to get Shawn to stop drinking, but now he’d kill for a drink. Eric adds that Belle is with him now, so maybe she’ll get through to him. Eric then asks Sloan what’s wrong and if something happened. Sloan responds that there is something she has to tell him.

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Update written by Joseph

At the Kiriakis Mansion, Justin looks at an old photo of himself and Victor. Justin pulls out his phone and calls his son Sonny. Justin says he hopes he didn’t wake him up but he’s afraid he has some bad news about his uncle Victor. Justin reveals there’s been an accident.

Belle finishes her call with John and then informs Shawn that John said they found the wreckage in the Mediterranean and recovered Victor’s body. Shawn argues that it can’t be true but Belle confirms that it is and says she’s so sorry. Shawn goes over that Victor was supposed to be home last night and he blew off the homecoming dinner because he didn’t want to see him, but now he’s never going to see him again.

At the Pub, Kate prepares to call Philip when Chloe approaches and says she’s so sorry to hear about Victor as it was such a shock. Chloe knows it’s been years since Kate and Victor were married, but they shared a child together and buried that child together, so she’s sure that now Kate is thinking about both Victor and Philip. Kate responds that Chloe has no idea.

Xander sits alone in his office and thinks back to his last conversation with Victor about his wedding to Sarah where Victor acknowledged Xander as a true Kiriakis. Xander then starts to cry. Brady then enters the office.

Maggie lays in bed crying. Julie enters her room and says she thought she could use a friend as they hug.

Kate tells Chloe that she’s right that Victor’s death did hit her harder than she thought it would. Chloe is not surprised since Kate, Victor, and Philip were a family once, so she imagines losing Victor is bringing back the pain of losing her son. Kate looks down at Philip’s number on her phone.

Shawn talks to Belle about figuring out why he was never as close to Victor as Philip, Brady, or Ciara. Shawn talks about his parents not naming him after Victor. Belle asks why he would go there now and says Shawn couldn’t have helped that. Shawn brings up Victor and Kate covered up Claire’s paternity and tried to pass her off as Philip’s. Shawn complains that Victor didn’t give a damn about how much that hurt them as he flashes back to arguing with Victor. Belle tells Shawn that was a long time ago and that he and Victor moved past that to have a really good relationship in the end. Shawn responds that he just doesn’t know.

Maggie tells Julie that she keeps trying to remember her and Victor’s final conversation in her mind, wondering what she last said to him. Julie assures that Victor knew she loved him and that he loved her so much. Maggie flashes back to her and Victor’s wedding. Maggie cries that Victor made her so happy as Julie hugs her.

Brady tells Xander that he’s sorry to interrupt, but he wanted to make sure he knew about Victor. Xander confirms that Justin told him and that he was just about to go see Maggie. Brady says he just came from there and Maggie wants to be alone. Xander decides he’ll try to see her later then. Xander asks if Brady wanted something else. Brady says it’s easy to forget they are family but they are family, so out of respect for Victor, he wanted to apologize to him for kissing Chloe. Xander gets upset and questions why he did that as Brady is surprised that Chloe didn’t tell him. Brady admits he wasn’t thinking and he was upset because he had just lost Rachel. Brady adds that he was trying to talk Chloe out of marrying Xander. Xander calls Brady an absolute bastard and punches him.

Kate questions why Chloe is being so nice to her, noting that it’s adding to her paranoia about the universe. Chloe brings up when she met Philip in high school and how Victor hating her was one of the few constants in her life. Chloe thinks back to Victor complaining about her to Maggie. Chloe can’t imagine what Victor would say about her and Xander. Kate asks what about her and Xander. Chloe thought everyone knew but informs Kate that she and Xander are in a relationship. Chloe says they originally moved in for convenience but things just progressed. Kate brings up how Brady must be handling that.

Xander apologizes to Brady and gets him ice, noting that he shouldn’t have lost his temper like that. Brady acknowledges that he probably deserved that. Brady informs Xander that Chloe shut him down and told him that she’s moving on and not looking back. Xander feels if that were really the case, she would’ve accepted his proposal by now. Brady argues that they haven’t been together that long. Xander complains that Brady and Philip were Victor’s golden ones and he doesn’t think Chloe will ever get over her feelings for them.

Justin wishes Sonny was there and encourages him to remember and be grateful for the time they had with Victor as Bonnie walks in. Justin tells Sonny that he loves him and hangs up. Bonnie knows Justin felt he had to be strong for Sonny, but he doesn’t for her. Bonnie then hugs Justin as he breaks down crying.

Belle argues that Shawn cannot possibly doubt Victor’s love for him, reminding him that Victor apologized and he forgave him. Shawn questions if Victor was ever going to forgive him for shooting Bo. Belle believes that Victor knows what happened was an accident. Shawn points out that Victor will never get to hug Bo again or hear his voice and that’s another reason he can’t forgive himself.

Julie tells Maggie that she was thinking about when they all first found out that Maggie and Victor were in love and how wrong they were to think it would never last because they were such different people. Julie encourages that it did last because Maggie was the only person that always told Victor the truth. Maggie jokes that she mostly kept him honest. Julie states that Maggie held Victor’s family and company together and brought out the best in him. Julie adds that Victor had an ornament on the Horton Christmas Tree because of her. Maggie responds that Victor brought out the best in her too. Maggie talks about being consumed with grief when she lost Mickey until Victor came along. Maggie flashes back to when her and Victor first got together. Maggie tells Julie that when she lost Mickey, she thought she would never fall in love again. Maggie flashes back to her wedding to Mickey. Julie understands that Maggie was trying to protect her heart from feeling that terrible grief again. Maggie states that Victor made her see it was worth it.

Bonnie comments on the old photo of Justin and Victor, joking that Victor didn’t change much over the years. Justin says he actually mellowed over the years. Justin recalls Victor really not liking Adrienne when they first got together, but in the end, he swallowed his pride and gave them his blessing. Justin flashes back to that time and asking Victor to be his best man. Justin tells Bonnie that Victor truly was like a father to him and the only father he had for most of his life. Justin cries that he’s really going to miss Victor.

Belle tells Shawn that he cannot blame himself as he’s making a lot of progress in therapy. Shawn complains that was when he thought Victor was eventually going to come around, but they hadn’t talked in months because he thought Victor hated him. Belle argues against that while Shawn says they’ll never get the chance and declares that the worst part is, Victor would never have been on that plane if it wasn’t for him.

Brady questions Xander thinking that he and Philip were Victor’s favorites. Brady points out how many times Victor fired him and argues that they had to deal with all the same things. Brady relates to being fired, kicked out of the mansion, and disowned as he thinks back to a past argument with Victor. Brady comments on Victor being involved with his own power and pitting them all against each other to bring out their competitive instincts and make them better at business. Xander acknowledges that they all hated it but they all fell in line. Brady declares that all they really wanted to do was please Victor. Xander adds that’s because they loved him. Brady then hugs Xander.

Chloe tells Kate that Brady definitely didn’t take it well when he found out that Xander proposed. Kate is shocked to learn that Xander proposed, but points out that Chloe isn’t wearing a ring. Chloe says she told him that she needed time to think about it. Kate guesses that’s because of her feelings for Brady. Chloe says that’s part of it but points out that Xander only proposed after Gwen married Dimitri and he found out that Sarah was back with Rex. Kate questions that as Rex never mentioned to her that they were back together. Chloe states that she’s just trying to get a handle on Xander’s feelings and her own. Chloe adds that her relationship with Brady ended so abruptly and admits there’s also Philip which Kate questions. Chloe says they had gotten so close before he died and now hearing about Victor’s passing brought back a flood of memories of all the good times that she and Philip had and how they truly loved each other once. Chloe can’t imagine how much Kate misses Philip and says she can’t imagine losing a child. Kate thinks back to telling Victor about Philip faking his own death. Kate then tearfully informs Chloe that she has something to tell her.

Julie tells Maggie that she know words are a cold comfort right now, but reminds her that she got past losing Mickey, so she will get past losing Victor because she’s strong and has so many things to live for like her children and grandchildren. Maggie agrees. Julie asks if she can call anyone for her. Maggie says no and mentions that she’s talked to Sarah and Melissa, but wishes they weren’t so far away. Julie brings up all the battles that Maggie has won over the years including learning to walk again and getting sober. Julie reminds Maggie of when she came back from the dead and jokes that she beat Bonnie at all her ridiculous games. Maggie thinks back to her past rivalry with Bonnie. Maggie jokingly asks who would’ve predicted that she and Bonnie would be living under the same roof again. Julie points out that Bonnie didn’t get her claws in to Victor while Maggie points out that it didn’t stop her from trying.

Bonnie talks to Justin about Victor allowing her to move in. Justin recalls them not getting off on the right foot. Bonnie flashes back to that and laughs. They then flash back to when they told Victor they were getting married. Bonnie states that Victor did give her a hard time but cries that she’s going to miss him as they hug.

Belle encourages Shawn to not blame himself. Shawn argues that Victor wouldn’t have been visiting Bo in some secret hospital if he hadn’t shot him. Belle argues that they don’t even know where Victor was going and he could’ve been on a business trip. Belle insists that Shawn is not in his right mind and this is just his grief talking but Shawn says he’s not crazy. Shawn adds that he’s not the only one blaming himself because everyone out there is blaming him too.

Kate starts to tell Chloe but stops and says she knows that Chloe really loved Philip and Brady, so she’s sorry for how much she suffered because of both of them. Kate adds that whatever her future is with Xander, she’s glad she is there for him because maybe she can help him heal and vice versa. Chloe agrees and wipes a tear.

Brady tells Xander that he should go and jokes about his punch. Brady assures Xander that he still can’t stand him and hopes Chloe comes to her senses about marrying him. Xander responds that he doesn’t care what he thinks. Brady then exits. Xander takes his briefcase and then leaves the office as well.

Maggie thanks Julie for lifting her spirits and making her laugh. Julie acknowledges that they went through a lot of things together. Maggie is so grateful to have Julie as a niece and as her dearest friend. Maggie calls Julie the sweetest and most generous friend that anyone could ever ask for. Julie responds that she wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Maggie as they flash back to Maggie rescuing Julie when she was caught on fire. Julie decides to let Maggie get some rest and asks if she can bring her anything. Maggie says no, but she could come back tomorrow. Julie says that Maggie’s memories of Victor and everything that makes her cry today will comfort her tomorrow and in years to come, it will give her joy. Maggie responds that Julie always says just the right thing. Maggie and Julie both feel blessed as they hug.

Belle asks why Shawn would think everyone blames him for Victor’s death when he hasn’t even talked to anyone. Shawn argues that his grandfather dies dramatically and unexpectedly in a plane crash and no one bothered to call him to let him know. Belle insists that everyone’s upset and confused while Shawn believes they all think he’s guilty because he is. Shawn complains that he’s angry and just has to get out of here. Belle suggests they go home but Shawn wants to be alone. Belle warns Shawn not to go to a bar because he can’t afford to get suspended again. Shawn tells Belle to just leave him alone and let him go as he storms out of his office.

Kate apologizes to Chloe for keeping her. Chloe says she just came to get Xander some food, but he just texted that he’s going to check on Maggie and she’s not really hungry. Kate guesses it was a waste of time then but Chloe disagrees and says it was actually really nice talking to her. Kate admits that she was just thinking the same thing and guesses there’s a first time for everything. Kate wishes Chloe luck and tells her to take care. Chloe thanks her and then exits the Pub. Kate goes back to her phone and calls Philip. Kate tells Philip that she has something to tell him and it’s sad news about his dad.

Julie goes to the living room where Justin greets her and asks how Maggie is doing. Julie responds that they had a good talk and she’s a strong woman. Julie asks how Justin is doing. Justin admits he’s a little numb. Julie thinks they all are since Victor seemed invincible but people didn’t realize how vulnerable the man was. Justin admits he never associated vulnerable with Victor. Julie tells Justin that if he walks her out, she will tell him stories of his uncle that no one has ever heard. Justin says he would love that as he walks Julie out of the mansion.

Bonnie goes to Maggie’s room. Maggie says she’s trying to get some rest. Bonnie mentions having tea that might help with that. Bonnie says she won’t say long and just wanted to bring her special sleep remedy that knocks her out when her mind is racing. Maggie thanks her and calls that very thoughtful. Bonnie hopes she had a nice visit with Julie. Maggie confirms that she did and that they had a long stroll down memory lane. Bonnie imagines her name came up. Bonnie says this might not be the right time to bring this up, but losing Victor reminds her of when Maggie lost Mickey. Bonnie tells Maggie that deep down, she knew she never had a chance with Mickey because his heart belonged to Maggie from the moment they met. Maggie flashes back to first meeting Mickey. Maggie declares that was 50 years ago and sometimes, it feels like yesterday.

Shawn sits at the bar with a drink. His phone rings, but he ignores it.

Belle runs in to Chloe outside the Pub. Chloe asks how she is. Belle doesn’t know if she heard. Chloe confirms she heard about Victor and asks how Shawn’s doing. Belle says that Shawn is devastated and blaming himself. Chloe asks how he could be responsible for a plane crash. Belle explains that it was because Victor was visiting Bo. Belle mentions that Shawn took off and she thought he might be here. Chloe says she hasn’t seen him but offers to help look for him. Belle says it’s okay since Shawn said he wanted to be alone, but she’s just really worried. Chloe says she’s there if she needs anything. Belle stops to apologize for being so negative about Xander proposing to her and she will support whatever Chloe decides. Chloe thanks her and says that means a lot as she reveals that she was actually thinking about saying yes, right as Brady walks up and hears her.

Xander goes to the Kiriakis Mansion and enters the living room, looking for Maggie, but instead he finds Sarah, who turns around, revealing to Xander that she is pregnant.

Happy 50th Anniversary Suzanne Rogers, ending with a montage of clips showcasing Maggie over the past 50 years.

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