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Nicole in "Days of Our Lives" 8/20/21

Belle goes to see Nicole at the Basic Black office and says she needs to discuss a legal matter. Nicole asks her to talk to Brady about it because she’s not in the best mood. Belle clarifies that it’s not business related, as she’s here on behalf of Eric for their divorce.

Johnny then comes up and surprises Allie. Allie gets up and excitedly hugs him, calling him her adorable older brother. Johnny says it’s great to see her too as Allie exclaims that she’s so happy he’s home.

Ciara in "Days of Our Lives" 8/20/21

Claire is surprised to see Ciara at her house. Ciara responds that she came straight to the cabin to see her. Claire mentions that Shawn told her that she got her memory back and she’s so happy for her. Claire says she would say she’s sorry for helping Ben kidnap her but she’s not because she truly believes she and Ben are meant to be together. Claire adds that she is sorry that Ben took her to the cabin because that could’ve been traumatic for her, so she understands if Ciara hates her. Ciara assures that she doesn’t hate her at all and is actually incredibly grateful, because without her she would’ve never remembered how much she loved Ben.

Ben returns home to his room on crutches. He looks at he and Ciara’s wedding photo with a smile, then reaches into his drawer for their wedding rings as he says “let’s do this”.

Allie questions Johnny not telling her that he was in town. Johnny jokes that he thought she would know through twin telepathy and he thought she liked surprises. Allie says she would’ve liked to welcome him home. Johnny says it’s the same old with EJ. Allie introduces Johnny to her son Henry and can’t believe it’s the first time that he’s meeting him. Johnny tells Allie that he’s so sorry for what Charlie did to her.

Ben goes to John and Marlena’s. They question what happened to put him on crutches. Ben says it’s nothing and that Ciara did it, right before she got her memory back which excites them. John mentions Belle calling last night with the good news. Ben still can’t believe it. Marlena says she’s so excited for them and she’s never seen Ben so happy. Ben confirms that he’s happier than he ever thought he would be again. Ben tells Marlena that they did it and he got her back.

Claire asks if Ciara is happy that she remembered her life with Ben because she wasn’t sure. Ciara knows she resisted it. Ciara acknowledges that Claire was brave and spent a night in jail so that Ben could have alone time with her. Claire feels she was selfish as she was hoping Ciara would remember their friendship too. Ciara confirms that she knows how much she loves her too. Ciara says it all came back to her and she’s so sorry for being horrible to her. Claire understands it’s not her fault as she was stuck in the past. Ciara tells her that she remembers now that they are in a good place and she forgave her for everything. Ciara declares that she wants them to be best friends again like they used to be. Claire responds that she would love nothing more as they hug. Shawn walks in and says it’s about time.

Nicole tells Belle that was fast. Belle says that Eric said he didn’t want to drag anything down and that nothing is being contested. Belle tells Nicole that if she signs, everything will go smoother for the both of them but advises that she should have a lawyer look at it first. Nicole says she doesn’t have a lawyer as she was trying to block it all out. Belle acknowledges that divorce is a painful process. Nicole thanks her for being diplomatic but says that she cheated on Belle’s brother with the worst person on the planet so she probably hates her. Belle says she’s the last person to judge anyone’s marriage. Belle adds that Eric did say he feels responsible too. Nicole reminds Belle that Sami also had a part of this. Belle says she figured Sami had a part in this but knows that Nicole got her back since Sami and EJ’s marriage is over now too. Belle feels that Sami probably got what she deserved because payback is a bitch. EJ then arrives and says that so is Sami.

Johnny tells Allie that he’s sorry for saying anything. Allie admits it’s painful to be reminded of how Henry came to be. Johnny apologizes for bringing up Charlie at all. Allie says it’s something that she has to learn to deal with, especially as Henry grows up since at some point, he will need to know who his father was. Johnny is sure that when the time comes, she will handle it like a pro. Johnny tells Allie that he’s proud of her for being such a great mom and moving past what happened. Allie thanks him and says it means a lot. Allie says that’s not enough about her life as she wants him to tell her everything about his life.

EJ tells Belle that he’s sorry for calling Sami a bitch. Belle acknowledges that she loves her sister but there’s a reason that everyone calls her Hurricane Sami, because she blows in, destroys everything, and then leaves a mess for everyone to clean up. Nicole asks if Sami asked Belle to do that this time. Belle says surprisingly no and that she got a text from Sami last night, saying she was leaving town because she needed time alone. EJ hopes Sami stays away forever. Belle says she has to run. Nicole tells her that she will get the paper work back to her as soon as she can. Belle tells them goodbye and exits the office. EJ asks Nicole about the paper work but Nicole says it’s none of his business. EJ reminds her that he’s CEO of her parent company. Nicole assures that it has nothing to do with Basic Black as it’s personal. Nicole asks EJ how she can help him. EJ responds that she already has helped him by telling him the truth about Sami and Lucas. EJ adds that his marriage was a farce and declares that thanks to her, he’s ended it and he’s very grateful.

Shawn tells Ciara and Claire how great it is to see them as best friends again. Shawn suggests a celebratory lunch. Ciara says she would love to but she has to go meet Ben at John and Marlena’s. Ciara hugs Claire and Shawn as she then exits. Shawn tells Claire that it seems like everything is back to normal again. Claire says not exactly because she didn’t want to say anything in front of Ciara since she was so happy. Belle then walks in and asks what’s going on. Shawn says it seems like Claire has something to tell them. Claire then announces to her parents that she is leaving Salem.

Allie asks Johnny what the latest is. Johnny informs her that he’s working on a new project, an independent film and he’s looking for investors. Allie calls that amazing. Johnny thanks her since some people think it’s a joke. Allie guesses he means his dad. Johnny confirms that EJ told him that no son of his would waste his time on something so frivolous. Johnny adds that EJ won’t happen, but he figured he’d ask Sami to back him but it looks like he just missed her. Johnny mentions hearing about EJ and Sami and calls it a mess. Allie says she went to see EJ to try to remind him of how much Sami loves him but he shut her down. Johnny thanks her for trying and asks where Sami is anyways. Allie admits that she’s not sure and she was worried but she got a text last night to let them know she was fine. Allie guesses that she just needed to get out of town. Johnny decides he’ll give her a call but Allie points out that Sami said she needed alone time. They agree that’s not like her at all. Allie relates to feeling overwhelmed and needing space, noting that Sami’s life was completely blown apart.

Nicole assumes that EJ spoke with Sami. EJ confirms that he told Sami that he never wants to see her again. Nicole guesses that must have been painful. EJ says not at all and it may be callous, but he feels liberated from living under the delusion that his wife still loved him. EJ adds that if Nicole didn’t give him the letter, he would’ve continued on clueless and Sami would’ve taken her dirty little secret to the grave. EJ says that Sami and Lucas might have continued their affair behind his back so he assures Nicole that he’s very happy the truth is out. Nicole says that’s a crock and he knows it.

Belle and Shawn question Claire moving to South Africa. Claire explains that she will be working for Theo and JJ. Belle asks if they just out of nowhere offered her a job. Claire informs them that their social media guy quit out of nowhere so she volunteered to step in because she lives for social media and she’s familiar with their brand. Claire thinks it will be fun and challenging so she’s really excited about it. Shawn admits that it does sound like a good fit but he doesn’t understand since she and Ciara just became friends again, which surprises Belle. Shawn adds that he walked in and they were hugging which was beautiful. Shawn reminds Claire that she waited a long time for that and he thought she would want more. Belle says they all do. Shawn asks if she can’t do the job remotely. Claire assures that she has to go to South Africa with Theo and she has to go today.

Ben in "Days of Our Lives" 8/20/21

Ciara joins Ben at John and Marlena’s. Marlena says they are so thrilled for the both of them. Ciara thanks Marlena for all the love and support she’s given Ben, since she was there for him when she couldn’t be. Marlena says it was her pleasure. Ciara knows Ben wanted to express his gratitude in person, but he should get home to rest his ankle. Ben says not yet as there is one thing he has to do first. Ben then hands his crutches to Marlena and gets down on one knee. Ben knows the last time he did this, he said it would be the only time, but he thanks God that he gets to do it again. Ben then proposes to Ciara. Ciara asks where he got the ring. Ben admits he swiped it from her purse when she wasn’t looking. Ciara says yes to his proposal so Ben puts the ring on her finger and they kiss. Ben tells Ciara that he loves her so much and reveals that Marlena agreed to do the ceremony. Ciara asks if they should go home and pick a date to start planning but Ben thought they could do it right now. Marlena agrees to whatever time they like. Ben asks Ciara if they want it right now. Ciara says they definitely do as they kiss.

Claire thought Shawn and Belle would be happy for her. Belle assures that they are as it could be a great opportunity but it’s a lot to take in. Shawn says they know how much she cares about Theo and how bad she feels that he was hurt. Shawn asks if she’s sure she’s not doing this out of guilt. Claire says she’s very sure that it’s time for her to commit to something she really cares about, and for once she doesn’t mean a guy or a beauty contest. Claire calls this a real job. Belle points out that it’s halfway around the world. Claire points out that Belle moved halfway around the world for work too which she admits. Belle asks if she’s really ready. Claire acknowledges that she used to be scared to be on her own and she’d worry about controlling her insecurities and jealousy, but she doesn’t feel like that anymore. Claire feels confident and making peace with Ciara has given her even more courage. Claire declares that she really wants to do this so she asks her parents to support her. Shawn says of course they can. Belle adds that they believe in her. Claire hugs them as they cry. Shawn says they will miss her. Claire wants to say goodbye to Marlena and John because this is all happening so quickly. Belle decides they will go with her. Shawn says they want to spend every second they can with her until she leaves.

EJ questions Nicole thinking his happiness is a crock. Nicole says she knows EJ as she was married to him and he hid how he really felt back then. EJ goes over it coming to his attention that his wife is a lying slut and he expressed relief at knowing the truth and ending his marriage, so he questions how that’s hiding how he really feels. Nicole says that’s not what she meant. EJ goes over Sami cheating on him, repeatedly with a man who never stopped lusting after her. EJ says that whore is done making a fool out of him and asks if that’s still hiding how he really feels. Nicole understands he’s angry but feels underneath that anger is pain. EJ says that’s enough of their session. Nicole thinks he’s deflecting or dodging because he thinks admitting that he’s suffering would make people see him as weak. EJ argues that he spent the last several years suffering and never tried to hide it. Nicole says he can’t hide the physical pain but he always hid emotional suffering behind his rage. Nicole adds that EJ seems like a very strong person on the outside but she knows there is pain inside. Nicole knows EJ would do anything to not have to deal with it, which she relates to. Nicole tells EJ that he should deal with it and face it head on, because if he doesn’t then it just might eat him up alive.

Ben asks John to be their witness. John says hell yeah so Ben decides they have everything they need. Ciara asks if they should meet at the church but Marlena says they can do it right here as she’s ready whenever they are. Ben and Ciara declare that they are ready so John says to get the show on the road. Claire, Belle, and Shawn arrive. Ciara says she is so happy they are here because she and Ben have some amazing news. Claire responds that she does too. Ben tells Claire to go first. Claire announces that she’s moving to South Africa to work for Theo and JJ. Ciara asks why she didn’t tell her earlier. Claire says she was so happy that she didn’t want to ruin the moment, but now it’s time for her to say goodbye. Marlena comes back in and questions goodbye. Belle explains that Claire is moving to South Africa. Claire says she got an amazing job opportunity. John doesn’t like that and asks when she’s leaving. Claire reveals soon as she packs her bags which surprises them. Ciara points out that she just got her back. Claire says she will miss them all so much, but she knows this is the right choice for her. Shawn agrees it’s definitely a positive choice so they support her all the way. John agrees but asks what he’s going to do without her. Claire says it’s not forever and not that far away. Marlena says they will visit. Claire apologizes to suddenly dump this on them and wishes there was a way to make this easier. Ciara says there is and asks Claire to take care of Theo for her because she feels horrible for hurting him and it would be really good for him to have a friend like her around. Ciara adds that she was thinking Claire could finally be her maid of honor. Claire says she would love that but doesn’t know if she would be able to fly back for the wedding. Ciara reveals there’s no need for that because they are getting married right now which Claire can’t believe. Ben says they are serious and would love for them all to stay. Belle says they would be honored as it’s so exciting. Ciara says Claire is already her BFF as she agrees to be her maid of honor and they hug.

Johnny and Allie in "Days of Our Lives" 8/20/21

Allie tells Johnny that he’s just as stubborn as EJ and there’s no way he can make him do something he doesn’t want to do. Allie wants to talk about what really matters; his love life. Johnny asks who says he has one. Allie knows he’s leaving a trail of broken hearts throughout Europe and asks if there’s anyone special. Johnny says he doesn’t have a girlfriend but he did just meet someone that he’s definitely interested in getting to know better. Allie asks who she is but then gets a call from Ben. Johnny freaks out, knowing Ben as the necktie killer and argues that he killed three people and strangled their brother. Allie assures he’s not like that anymore and tells him to just chill. Allie answers the call and it’s Ciara, who says she had to call from Ben’s phone because Allie still has her phone. Allie says she’s sorry about that. Ciara tells her it’s all fine and wonderful as things all turned out for the best. Allie mentions that Lucas told her that she got her memory back which Ciara confirms. Ciara says she will tell her all about that later but she needs her phone back so she asks her to come to Marlena’s to give it to her. Allie says she’ll be right over and hangs up. Johnny questions if Allie is going to see Ben. Allie tells him that was Ciara which confuses Johnny. Allie says she doesn’t have time to explain right now but they will catch up later because she wants to hear all about his girl. Johnny says there’s not much to tell at least yet. Allie jokes that regardless, she needs to let her know that she’s in big trouble.

EJ tells Nicole that what’s important to him is the company. EJ declares that the subject of his now defunct marriage is closed, so he’s turning his attention to DiMera. Nicole says she tried. EJ informs Nicole that his son Johnny is back in town, so he asked him to come work for him but Johnny asked him for money to finance his independent film instead of embracing his legacy. EJ suggests Nicole talk to Johnny since she was his stepmother and he was always fond of her. EJ wants her to tell him that this is a wonderful place to work. EJ believes that Nicole’s charms could do the trick. Nicole questions if EJ is trying to pimp her out to his son.

Johnny sees the coming soon sign for Sweet Bits Bakery and wonders what the heck a Sweet Bit is. Chanel then approaches and tells him not to knock it until he tries it.

Ciara and Claire in "Days of Our Lives" 8/20/21

Allie goes to John and Marlena’s with Henry and asks if they are having a family reunion. Ciara informs her that it’s actually a wedding. Allie is surprised and realizes that’s why Ciara needed her phone. Ben asks her to stay for the wedding. Allie asks if she should go home and change or find someone to watch Henry but they say no. Ciara jokes that the dress code is last minute anyways. Ben adds that they are getting married because of Allie and Claire going out on a limb to help him, so he thanks them both. Claire hopes Allie doesn’t think she’s taking her place as maid of honor. Allie assures that she’s just happy Claire and Ciara are friends again and that Ciara and Ben are back together as it just feels like everything is the way it’s supposed to be. Ben declares that everyone is here so they can get this party started.

EJ tells Nicole that he would never pimp her out to anyone and just thought that she’d have better luck with Johnny than he’s had. Nicole says she’s not interested in coming between he and his son. Nicole predicts that if EJ keeps telling Johnny not to pursue his dream, he will defy him and go after it with a vengeance. EJ admits he shouldn’t have asked her to get involved and says that he’s learned if he wants something done right, he has to do it himself. EJ declares that one way or another, he will get Johnny to come around.

Chanel informs Johnny that Sweet Bits Bakery is her bakery. Johnny jokes that he’d love to sample some of her sweet bits. Chanel notes that it’s not open yet so she suggests they have lunch first.

Marlena begins the wedding ceremony of Ben and Ciara, noting that Ben asked her to keep it short and sweet. Ben says with all due respect, they can get it on with it. Ciara agrees, noting that she remembers everything they said to each other last time. Ciara says when people are as connected as they are, they can get through anything. Ciara states that Ben never gave up on her. Ben says he never will and reminds Ciara that her love fixed him. Ben states that he was shattered while they were apart, but even on his darkest days, he felt her love and that gave him hope that she would one day come back to him and he would be whole again, then it happened. Ben declares that they are together again and he’s completely healed, except his ankle. Ben tells Marlena to take them home so Marlena continues the ceremony. Ciara and Ben say I do and then exchange the rings. Marlena then pronounces Ben and Ciara as husband and wife, so they kiss as everyone applauds.

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