Days Short Recap Wednesday January 26, 2022

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Recap written by Michele and Cheryl

Marlena apologized to Paulina for ruining her wedding. Paulina said it was her own fault that it happened. She said the devil did her wrong, but she was the reason why she lost Abe. Chanel ran into Abe. She apologized to him for ruining the wedding. A man name T.R. went to see Johnny. He wanted to make sure Johnny kept his word. He said he wanted to know about what was going on with the Marlena Evans’ Story. T.R. told Johnny that he wanted his movie. Johnny said he promised his grandmother he wouldn’t tell the story. Marlena asked Paulina if she thought she and Abe would get back together. Paulina said she opened up to her before and now she was single. Marlena apologized for betraying her confidence. Paulina said it wasn’t her. She said she knew Abe still loved her. She said he would never trust her again. Abe told Chanel what happened with him and Paulina wasn’t her fault. He said Paulina should have told him a long time ago. Chanel said it was her truth to tell. She said she saw how happy they were then and unhappy now. She thought the bad karma came back around and bit her. She said her husband dumped her out of the blue.

Nancy apologized to Craig for doubting him. He told her she didn’t have to apologize. She said she should have trusted him. She said she should have trusted them. He told her there was no reason for her to feel insecure. He said she was a wonderful person with a kind heart and a wicked sense of humor. He said that was one of the reasons why he loved her. She said she loved hearing that, but there was a part of her that still needed to know that he was attracted to her. He said that was his part. He said he loved her and was truly sorry. She said she was happy they could talk openly about it. She said she felt guilty. He told her not to feel guilty. When she walked out of the room, he looked nervous. Chanel told Abe that her relationship with Johnny wasn’t a fling. She said he humiliated her as if everything they felt was a lie. Abe said he couldn’t imagine how that felt. She said it was bad. She said that was why her mother thought they should take Johnny’s money. He asked if she wanted that. Marlena asked Paulina if she thought Abe would want to make amends. Marlena said she knew how happy she made Abe. Paulina asked if he told her that. Marlena said she hasn’t spoken to Abe after what happened. She said that was why she didn’t go to Johnny and Chanel’s party. Paulina said she knew she heard about the party. Marlena said she didn’t. Paulina said Johnny broke her daughter’s heart. T.R. was upset that Johnny didn’t want to write the movie. Johnny said his grandmother ended up possessed. T.R. said that was a good thing. He said they could have done sequels. Johnny said he had ideas. T.R. said it took more than ideas. Johnny picked up a weapon. T.R. said it was going to take a lot to make it in Hollywood. Abe comforted Chanel. He said he was glad that she had a friend to help her. He said he and Lani were closer. He said he hoped they would be closer too. Chanel said she wanted that too. Marlena told Paulina he didn’t understand why Johnny hurt Chanel. She said Johnny said he loved Chanel and wanted to be with her. Paulina said she was going to make Johnny pay for what he did to her daughter. T.R. asked if Johnny was willing to work to get what he wanted or was he going to rely on his father’s money. Johnny said he was right. He wanted to know what to tell his grandmother. T.R. said he would be the bad guy if it made him feel better.

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Days Short Recap Tuesday January 25, 2022

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Recap written by Michele and Cheryl

Ned wanted Xander to give him money for Sarah’s flight information. Xander said that he found her. He said the deal was off. Ned said he bought an expensive watch. He couldn’t return it because he loved it. Xander said that we lose things we love. Chad called Abby to find out where she was. Belle arrived at the DiMera mansion to get some things for EJ. Chad refused to do anything to help EJ after he forced himself on Abby. Belle didn’t think EJ would do that. Later on, Chad went to see Xander to look for Abby. He told Chad that Abby was working on a theory about Sarah. She said that she didn’t think she was the real Sarah. Xander thought the mask thing sounded crazy. He really thought that when Chad told him that Abby saw Gwen and Sarah at the same time. Abby was in for a shock when she took off the mask and saw Ava underneath it. Abby wanted to know why she was dressed up as Sarah. Ava said she was just having fun. Abby didn’t buy it and got her phone out to call Rafe. Ava hit her in the head with a rock. Gwen wanted to know what they were going to do now. Ava wanted to kill Abby. Gwen refused to kill her.

Ned walked by Ava and Gwen and offered to take Abby away if they paid the right price. Shawn brought EJ to the station to meet with Belle. Trask was happy to finally get a DiMera in jail. Shawn took EJ to the interrogation room when Belle showed up. Trask made fun of Belle for making the mistake of putting EJ on the stand. Shawn joined them. Shawn and Belle banded together to stand up to Trask. Later, Shawn debated with Trask about Rafe being a dirty cop. Shawn defended Rafe to Trask. She said crime went up since Rafe was in charge. She thought he made a lot of the arrests to take the heat off of him. Shawn told her that Rafe is a good cop. Trask wanted Shawn to look through Rafe’s files to look for a pattern. She wanted him to investigate the arrest Rafe made that night. Belle talked to EJ about what he did to Abby. He said he never left the courtroom. He told her that he was signing the papers giving his shares to Johnny. He told her that she could ask Johnny if she didn’t believe him. EJ insisted that Chad was setting him up. Belle thought it was crazy, but EJ said he didn’t touch Abby. Shawn went to Rafe’s place while he was with Nicole. He interrupted their time together. He told Rafe that his latest arrest proved that he planted evidence in the case. Shawn put the cuffs on Rafe.

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Days Transcript Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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Rafe: You know, the more i think about it, the more it makes sense. Ava didn’t tell me where she was or what she was up to. Maybe nothing came up. Maybe she was just planning on walking through that door in the hope of seeing…

Nicole: Seeing what?

Rafe: This.

[Dramatic electronic music]

Ned: How’d your meeting go? Oh. By the looks of things, not too well.

Xander: I’m sorry; did you want something?

Ned: Obviously. I want my money.

[Phone beeps]

Chad: Abby, what’s going on? Where are you? Johnny said–

[Doorbell rings] Belle.

Belle: Hey. I’m sorry to just show up without calling, but I wanted to pick up some toiletries for ej.

Chad: Oh, what, the shampoo in the lockup isn’t good enough for my brother?

Belle: I thought he would appreciate having some of his own things. Would you mind getting it for me?

Chad: Yeah, no, I’m not doing anything to help ej, not after what he did to my wife.

Belle: What did he do to abigail?

Abigail: I knew it! I knew it was… you? Ava vitali? What the hell?

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[Soft orchestration]

Belle: Ej did what?

Chad: He forced himself on my wife.

Belle: Are you sure?

Chad: Uh, yes, I’m sure. I saw him with my own eyes.

Belle: Where did this happen?

Chad: At the courthouse during the recess that the judge gave because of that coughing fit or whatever the hell it was. You remember–I ran into you in the hallway? We were about to walk inside, and then I had realized that i forgot my phone in the witness room, so I went to go get it, and there’s ej, attacking my wife.

Belle: What did he say when you walked in?

Chad: Well, after abigail slapped him across the face, I asked him what the hell he thought he was doing, and he wasn’t even the least bit apologetic. Just sat there, staring at me, smug as ever.

Belle: Oh, my god. I–I just can’t believe he would do something so disgusting.

Chad: I was gonna kill him. Abby asked me not to.

Belle: You know what? It really doesn’t make sense, though, because, I mean, you were about to get back on the stand, and you made it pretty clear that we would be pleased with your testimony, so why would ej sabotage himself like that?

Chad: Because ej is an arrogant bastard who thinks he can do whatever he wants, not to mention an entitled pig that thinks he can help himself to whatever he wants. Do you know what he said to my wife? He said that he was gonna take her on the conference table. Take her.

Belle: Ugh.

Chad: I mean, who knows what would’ve happened if I hadn’t shown up when I did?

Belle: God, well, no wonder you were so mad when you came back from that recess.

Chad: Yeah, well, he’s gonna be spending the next decade in prison, so maybe he’ll learn to keep his hands to himself.

Belle: I am so, so sorry for what abigail had to go through. I mean, there is no excuse for ej’s behavior. But he is still my client, and so if you could just point me to the bathroom, I’ll grab the stuff and go.

Melinda: Ah, mr. Dimera. We meet again. You’re looking a little bit, um, defeated.

Shawn: Look, we’d love to stay and chat, da trask, but ej’s got somewhere he needs to be.

Melinda: Oh, the only place he should be is downstairs, awaiting sentencing.

Shawn: He’s meeting with his lawyer.

Melinda: I hope not to discuss an appeal.

Ej: That’s between me and my attorney.

Melinda: Well, it’s your money, but I should warn you: It’s a waste of time.

Ej: We’ll see.

Melinda: You are so damn arrogant. All of you dimeras are. For years, I’ve tried to take one of you down, but you always seem to slither out of trouble. But at last, all my hard work has paid off, and I get the distinct pleasure of sending one of your kind directly where you belong: Statesville prison.

Xander: Your money?

Ned: Yeah, that’s where you’re headed, right? After the meeting I had with you and abigail dimera earlier today? You went to procure payment for our little exchange? You remember? Last spring, sarah horton needed somebody to fly her out of salem. I’m the guy who did the job. I told you I would tell you, but it was gonna cost you.

Xander: Yeah, right. Hi, ted.

Ned: Ned. Ned grainger.

Xander: I’ve got a lot on my mind now, so if you’ll excuse me, I–

Ned: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. What are you trying to pull?

Xander: I’m not sure what you mean.

Ned: You and mrs. Dimera were very anxious to get information out of me. You told me to sit tight, and you’d get my cash. Now it seems like you forgot the whole thing.

Xander: I didn’t forget. I went to ask sarah’s mum for the money.

Ned: So let’s have it. She did give it to you, didn’t she?

Xander: Actually, I didn’t get a chance to ask.

Ned: Well, I sure hope you have some other means of funds, because I’m not gonna tell you squat unless I get paid.

Xander: I don’t need you to tell me where you took sarah. I already found her myself.

Abigail: You’re the person who’s been wearing this mask? I–I mean, I knew it wasn’t really sarah, but I just thought the person masquerading as her was kristen or gwen. I never would’ve guessed that it was you.

Ava: Surprise.

Abigail: This just doesn’t make sense. I mean, do you even know who sarah is? What reason do you have to be impersonating her? What are you doing, ava? Why are you doing this?

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Xander: Sarah was at her mother’s house when I arrived.

Ned: So?

Xander: So I know where she is. Obviously, I don’t need you to tell me.

Ned: We had a deal.

Xander: Yeah, the deal’s off.

Ned: I was counting on that money. I just bought a watch. Cost me a small fortune.

Xander: Well, I guess you’re gonna have to take it back, eh?

Ned: I can’T.

Xander: Why not? Still in the box. You haven’t worn it, have you?

Ned: No, but I can’t take it back. I love this watch!

Xander: Unfortunately, ned, sometimes, no matter how much we love something, we still end up losing it.

[Dramatic music]

Melinda: Mrs. Brady. I heard you had a meeting with your client.

Belle: Ej was supposed to be brought up from holding.

Melinda: No need to file a complaint. Your hubby already brought him to the interrogation room. I’ll tell you what I already told mr. Dimera. This meeting is a waste of time.

Belle: Thanks for the input.

Melinda: He was found guilty, all right? And considering all the damning testimony against him, I don’t see how you’ll convince a judge to come to any other conclusion.

Belle: Why don’t you let me worry about that?

Melinda: Ooh, you must really be kicking yourself, huh, for letting him take the stand like that?

Belle: [Scoffs] Excuse me?

Melinda: Any first-year law student knows that a defense attorney never lets their client testify unless it’s absolutely necessary. I mean, whoo, when you opened that door for me, I was thrilled… but I was also shocked, because someone with your experience to make a rookie mistake like that? You must be mortified.

Shawn: Oh, let me guess. Our esteemed da is doing a little preening.

Belle: Oh, no, she’s just showing me all her insecurities. She’s a little nervous that I’m meeting with ej.

Melinda: [Laughs] I have nothing to be insecure or nervous about. I won.

Shawn: And is this the part where you say that you’re way more of a force than belle in the courtroom and that you’re a better attorney because you’re so damn tough?

Melinda: Seems like a reasonable position, considering someone has to have her husband fight her battles for her.

Belle: Oh, please.

Shawn: Listen, I can assure you that my wife is more than capable of defending herself.

Melinda: Yet here you are, riding to her rescue.

Shawn: Not at all. Actually, I just know that she’s had a really busy last few days, and I just wanted to give her a little break.

Belle: Aww.

[Soft music]

Nicole: Rafe… we have to stop.

Rafe: Yeah, I’m sorry. I s–I shouldn’t have done that. I…

Nicole: It’s okay. Obviously, I wanted to kiss you, too. But we can’t do this. You are with ava.

Rafe: I’m with ava. I know, I know. I’m sorry, and I don’T… I don’t know what I was thinking. I guess I just let my frustration get the best of me.

Nicole: Frustration because you don’t know if your girlfriend is playing you?

Rafe: Yeah. Yeah, like I said, ava’s been– she been acting weird the last few weeks, and–I don’t know. Maybe I’m just being paranoid because I feel guilty.

Nicole: Because we had sex behind her back.

Rafe: Which I still don’t understand how she would know about.

Nicole: She might not. She’s been pushing for the three of us to spend time together.

Rafe: Yeah, and what’s the end game with that?

Nicole: Being able to spend time with her friend and her boyfriend without being all weird.

Rafe: Uh-huh, right. Is it? Is it, or is she just playing nice? Meanwhile, she’s on a revenge rampage. Right? Started with her cutting the head off of duke, and then she’s setting me up to look like a dirty cop, and you said the other day that she was acting weird in your office.

Nicole: I know. No, but maybe–maybe I’m being paranoid too.

Rafe: Uh-huh, yeah? Okay, what about tonight, huh? What about that? She insists that we all have dinner? She’s not even here.

Nicole: Something came up.

Rafe: Did it? Did it, or is she just leaving us alone in the hopes to catch us doing something?

Nicole: Rafe, ava is my friend, and I would like to give her the benefit of the doubt, that if she knew what happened between us, she would be direct. But honestly, I don’t know. I don’t know.

Rafe: Yeah. So I guess I got tired of waiting for the other shoe to drop and took action. Let the chips fall where they may.

Nicole: I got it. I feel the same way.

Rafe: I don’t like being tested. And I don’t like playing games.

Nicole: Maybe that’s not what’s happening. For all we know, ava could be completely innocent.

Abigail: Let’s hear it, ava. Why are you running around town in a sarah horton mask? Why are you impersonating my cousin?

Ava: Eh. It was a prank.

Abigail: A prank.

Ava: Yeah. You know, just having a little harmless fun.

Abigail: Harmless? Are you joking? It’s bizarre, and it’s twisted, and it’s evil.

Ava: Oh, okay. Well, not all of us have lives as exciting as yours, abigail, so every once in a while, I like to spice things up.

Abigail: Do you seriously expect me to believe that? Okay, fine. Let’s see if you can come up with another explanation here for your boyfriend, the police commissioner, hmm. Let’s see if he’s available.

Ava: Abigail, you don’t have to do that.

Abigail: Oh, I think I do. What am I supposed to do, just let you walk away–

[Dramatic music]

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[Soft guitar music]

Shawn: If you’re here to gloat to my wife some more, I can give you a call as soon as she’s done with ej.

Melinda: I actually need to talk to you… about your boss.

Shawn: Rafe? Why, what’s going on?

Melinda: He’s under investigation for planting evidence in several cases.

Shawn: Uh, two cases, and it’s obvious that those perps are lying, so the whole thing is a joke.

Melinda: I don’t think so, and neither does internal affairs. They take police corruption very seriously.

Shawn: Come on. There’s no way that you can believe that rafe is corrupt.

Melinda: My opinion is irrelevant. But when these allegations are made, I have no choice but to investigate.

Shawn: And you’re gonna come up empty-handed, ’cause rafe’s record is spotless. What, all a sudden, what, he’s a dirty cop now? Why would he do that?

Melinda: My guess: Pressure. Under his leadership, this department has become a complete laughingstock.

Shawn: Oh, all right, you know what? I would not go that far. We’ve hit a few speed bumps here and there, but that’s about it.

Melinda: I read about it every day, how crime is up because salem pd won’t do anything to put the bad guys away. I think rafe needed to turn the heat down by any means necessary.

Shawn: He would not manufacture convictions. There’s no way that he would do this, because he’s a good cop, and he’s a good man.

Rafe: You’re right. Ava might be innocent in all of this. She might not be setting me up to look like a crooked cop. But what I’ve come to realize is… it doesn’t matter.

Nicole: You don’t care if ava’s trying to ruin your career?

Rafe: No, of course I do. Yeah, it’s just, whether she is innocent or not, it doesn’t change the way I feel about you. I can’t get you out of my head or my heart. I’m just thinking I need to– I need to end things with ava.

Nicole: Are you sure that’s something you really wanna do?

Rafe: Yes. Yes, because whether she is innocent or not, it doesn’t really matter. It’s not working. I mean… we can’t go on like this.

Nicole: Rafe, I don’T… I–I don’t think this is the best time to make a big decision like this. I think maybe you should wait until things settle down and the investigation is over.

Rafe: Okay, just hear me out. Either ava knows what’s going on, and she is trying to punish us, in which case, obviously, I can’t stay with her…

Nicole: Or she has no idea, and she’s coming from a totally genuine place.

Rafe: And if that’s the case, I still can’t be with her.

Nicole: Why not?

Rafe: Because it’s not fair to keep the woman that I am with in the dark about the woman that I want to be with.

[Soft music]

Xander: Gwen? Hmm. Maybe she’s in the shower.

[Knocking at door]

Chad: Hey, is abigail here?

Xander: No. No. Why, what’s going on?

Chad: She ran out of the house, looking for sarah.

Xander: I found her. I just came from uncle vic’S. Sarah turned up there. She went to see maggie… and made it very clear that she’s done with me for good.

Chad: Yeah, can’t say that i blame her.

Xander: Oh, well, this will make you happy. Abigail was investigating sarah’s disappearance for the “spectator,” and I was assisting, but now that sarah’s been found, my partnership with your wife is over. Wait, didn’t she tell you all this?

Chad: Yes, of course she did, but I thought she might’ve come here to see gwen.

Xander: Why?

Chad: Because she thinks that she doesn’t have the whole story yet. Look, she’s convinced that the woman you found with maggie isn’t the real sarah.

Ava: Gwen, how did you…

Gwen: I heard abigail attacking you over the phone. I figured you might need backup.

Ava: Thanks. Timing was perfect.

Gwen: Yeah, I can see that. So I suppose the jig is up.

Ava: Yeah, your little sis ripped that mask right off my face.

Gwen: Ah, damn it! I thought we’d thrown her off of sarah’s scent for good. What happened?

Ava: Oh, she goes talking about how something kept bothering her, how she knew that I wasn’t really sarah.

Gwen: Can’t believe this. You were right. My sister really is like a dog with a bone, and now that she’s seen you with the sarah mask, she’s never gonna stop looking for sarah. What do we do?

Ava: Treat her the same as you would any dog you can’t control. You put them down.

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Rafe: Breaking up with ava is the right thing to do for all three of us.

Nicole: She will be devastated.

Rafe: And I hate the idea of causing her pain. I do. That’s why I’ve stayed with her for so long. But I need to do this. I need to be honest with her and with myself. I wanna be with you, nicole.

Nicole: [Sighs] Are you sure that’s how you really feel?

Rafe: Yeah. Unless that’s not what you want.

Melinda: I have no interest in your personal feelings about commissioner hernandez.

Shawn: No, it’s not just me. Rafe has the respect of every officer in this department.

Melinda: Okay, being respected, liked, and even loved does not preclude you from having committed a crime. Your sister is married to a serial killer, is she not?

Shawn: Okay, you know, are we done here? Because you know what, I’ve got some work I need to get done.

Melinda: Look, my point is, I’m only interested in the facts, and it sounds like you are, too, which is why I want you to go through every recent arrest that rafe has signed off on with a fine-toothed comb. You know, anything with his signature on it. Just–I want details.

Shawn: Details?

Melinda: Yeah, review every report, page by page. Go talk to the people he’s arrested. See if you can uncover a pattern.

Shawn: Do I have a choice?

Melinda: Not if you don’t want me to think you’re covering for your boss. I’ll even get you started. Top one, perp came in last night. He’s still down in lockup. Why don’t you go down there, have a little chat with him, and see what you can find out?

[Melancholy guitar music]

Ej: Ow. Where the hell are you, belle? Oh, finally.

Belle: I would have been here sooner, but I had to get this logged. Your toiletries.

Ej: Thank god. I don’t know how I’d survive another night without my shea butter moisturizer. That was a joke.

Belle: Yeah, I’m not really in the mood.

Ej: Right. So shall we get down to business? What news of my appeal? What’s your plan to stop me from spending the next decade behind bars?

Belle: Before we get to any of that, I think there’s something you and I need to talk about.

Ej: Sounds serious.

Belle: It is. I just talked to chad. He told me what you did to abigail.

Xander: So let me get this straight. Abigail thought it wasn’t really sarah that I saw at uncle vic’s? It was someone in a sarah mask.

Chad: Yes. At first, abigail thought it was kristen because she had done the exact same thing to kate.

Xander: Right, right, that makes sense. Wait, what does this have to do with gwen?

Chad: Well, it wasn’t kristen, so abigail thought it was gwen.

Xander: I–I don’t get it. Why exactly?

Chad: Who has a motive to pose as sarah, right? Hey, think about it, xander. You’re in a relationship with gwen. Now, what happens to that relationship if you find out what really happened to the woman who was your fiancée, the woman who you love very much? So sarah–sorry, fake sarah– shows up, tells you she wants nothing to do with you, and that effectively ends you searching for her.

Xander: So abigail thinks that the woman I saw, the woman who broke my heart for a second time, was actually gwen?

Gwen: Put her down? You C… come on. You can’t be serious.

Ava: It would solve our problems.

Gwen: And it would create loads more for me– no, I’ve already been suspected of two murders in less than a year. I’m not gonna add another one to the list. Plus, she’s my sister!

Ava: Half-sister.

Gwen: That is not the point. Look, yes, I hate that she’s trying to get payback because i slept with her husband, and i hate that she’s trying to break up xander and I, but I don’t want her dead.

Ava: Okay, but you know we need to think of something, because she was about to call the cops when you knocked her out.

Gwen: Okay, how about, when she points the finger at us, we’ll just say she’s having another one of her delusions?

Ava: No, no, rafe’s never gonna believe that.

Gwen: Well, we’re not gonna know unless we try.

Ava: No. Okay? He thinks I’ve gone legit, and we need to keep it that way. I’ve set all these plans in motion against him, and I’m seeing them through. He needs to pay for cheating on me, sleeping with that slut nicole.

Gwen: Okay, what do you suggest that we do, then?

Ava: No… we could leave her here. No, maybe she won’t remember anything when she wakes up. I mean, you did hit her pretty hard.

Gwen: She’s already seen you in the sarah mask. I’d say that that’s quite difficult to forget, wouldn’t you?

Ava: [Sighs] Okay, then let’s figure out a plan later. Right now, we need to get her out of here.

Gwen: How exactly are we supposed to do that?

Ned: Evening, ladies.

[Dramatic music]

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Nicole: Rafe, it’s just that I’m barely divorced.

Rafe: I understand. I do. So we can take this as slowly as you want. Unless…

Nicole: Unless what

Rafe: Well, you had said that you wanted to get that giant conference table out of your office because it was a reminder of something you wanted to forget.

Nicole: I was trying to forget that we betrayed ava.

Rafe: Okay. But not what happened between us.

Nicole: No. That was pretty unforgettable.

Rafe: Okay. All right, so just to be clear, it’s not that we’re not together because we don’t wanna be, it’s because I’m with someone else.

Nicole: Someone that we care about.

Rafe: Yes. Someone that I want to end the relationship with.

Nicole: Oh, I– rafe, I just want you to really think about this.

Rafe: I have been. I have been for months, and now I finally wanna do something about it. I mean, don’t you? Aren’t you tired of holding back, and wouldn’t it be great to finally be out there with how you really feel? Stop hiding?

[Knocking at door]

[Softly] Oh, my… that?

[Knocking at door]

Nicole: You better get that.

[Dramatic music]

Ej: Chad said I did what?

Belle: He said you kissed abigail.

Ej: [Laughs] That’s insane.

Belle: He said he saw it with his own eyes.

Ej: When? Where?

Belle: At the courthouse, after he had that coughing fit. He said he walked into the witness room and saw you forcing yourself on his wife.

Ej: That’s impossible.

Belle: Well, something happened during the recess that made him furious with you.

Ej: It certainly wasn’t that I hit on abigail.

Belle: Then why the 180? Why would chad suddenly decide not to give testimony that would help us after he just implied that he would?

Ej: Maybe he was never intending to help us. He could’ve been toying with us the whole time.

Belle: No way. That’s not chad.

Ej: I’m telling you, I never left that courtroom.

Belle: You sure about that?

Ej: Absolutely. During that recess, I was with johnny, signing that agreement you advised me against. You were there.

Belle: No, actually, i wasn’T. Johnny asked me to give you some privacy, so I was out in the corridor, trying to find out when we would reconvene.

Ej: Oh. You didn’t see me leave, did you?

Belle: There are other exits. If you left a different way, how would I–

Ej: I didn’t! The only time I left my seat was when you called me up to the witness stand. If you don’t believe me, then ask my son.

Xander: So after abigail realized sarah wasn’t kristen in a mask, she thought she was gwen in a mask?

Chad: Right. Well, until gwen showed up.

Xander: What? Why didn’t you say that in the first place? Obviously, gwen wasn’t impersonating sarah!

Chad: I don’t know! I’m sorry! I–I don’t know what the hell is going on, either. I’m just trying to find my wife.

Xander: Well, did you try calling her?

Chad: Yes, of course I tried calling her. She’s not answering her phone, so I thought she came here following up on something.

Xander: But if abigail knows that gwen wasn’t impersonating sarah, ’cause she just saw them together, why would she come here to follow up?

Chad: Because she is not convinced that it was sarah.

Xander: Even though she’d just seen the proof right in front of her eyes?

Chad: My wife–she’s a reporter, right? She gets these instincts. Right now, she has an instinct that somebody’s running around salem in a mask.

Xander: Are we sure it’s the journalistic instincts talking and not the voices in her head?

Xander: Watch it.

Xander: Mate, look. The mystery is solved. Think you need to tell abigail to let it go.

Chad: I did. We were at home, having a relaxing night. I went to go check on dinner and came back, and she was gone. Johnny said that she flew out of the house, so I assumed she came here.

Xander: Well, she didn’T.

Chad: Great. Let me know if you see her, will you?

Xander: Yeah, sure thing, mate.

Ned: Now this is what I call serendipity.

Ava: Yeah? What are you talking about?

Ned: I overheard your dilemma. Here you are, trying to get rid of this woman, and here I am, about to fly my bird out of dodge.

Gwen: And you’d be willing to take her with you?

Ned: Sure… for a price. As a professional bull-rider

Belle: If you say you never left the courtroom, then why is chad so sure he saw you kissing abigail?

Ej: Isn’t it obvious? He’s lying.

Belle: Why? Why would he do that?

Ej: He’s out to get me, or did you not see him testify to a room full of people that i orchestrated my wife’s kidnapping?

Belle: Ej, before you made a pass at his wife, he was ready to exonerate you.

Ej: For the last time, I did not make a pass at his wife.

Belle: Okay, well, then, for the last time, why would chad say you did, then?

Ej: If you ask me, he’s being eaten alive by guilt.

Belle: Guilt?

Ej: For sending me away for something that I didn’t do. Chad knows full well that i wasn’t behind samantha’s kidnapping. He’s conspiring with that moron, lucas horton, to frame me. But if that ever got out, he would be fired from dimera, publicly disgraced, and end up going to prison himself, correct?

Belle: Possibly.

Ej: That reality must’ve set in during the recess, and so he decided that he would make sure that the truth would never come to light by giving false testimony that would guarantee i would end up in statesville. And the only way he could live with what he did was to somehow convince himself that I deserve it.

Belle: Hmm. By making up the story that you came on to his wife.

Ej: Chad has been so paranoid for so long about his brothers lusting after abigail, he may have found a reason to see things that aren’t really there.

Belle: Oh, so you’re saying he’s delusional?

Ej: I’m saying he committed a betrayal of the highest order. He doesn’t have the constitution for it, so he found a way to cope. He’s probably not even conscious that he did it.

Belle: Oh, my–now you sound like my mother.

Ej: He came up with something believable, didn’t he? I did take that role in johnny’s movie that involves sex scenes with abigail. It’s not a stretch that I would make a play for her.

Belle: But you didn’T.

Ej: Of course not. But if chad believed I did, then for the next decade, he could tell himself that I’m a low-life and he’s a good guy for doing the right thing.

Ej: Wow, that is very machiavellian of you.

Ej: Have you met my family?

Belle: Okay, well, listen. I seriously doubt that chad subconsciously is trying to alleviate his guilt, but let’s just say he is. Why would abigail go along with that, let him tell everyone that you were forcing yourself on her if it wasn’t true?

Ej: He’s her husband. She’s going to support him, no matter what.

Belle: Oh, god. Listen, ej, I know you’re upset, but what you’re saying is insane.

Ej: It’s the only plausible explanation, because I swear to god, I never laid a finger on abigail.

Ava: How much to fly her out of here?

Ned: I’m afraid I can’t offer much of a discount.

Gwen: Why not?

Ned: Well, I happen to know that’s abigail dimera, and i have to imagine that her very well-connected family is gonna wonder what happened to her.

Ava: Yeah. So what?

Ned: So that makes this a premium job.

Gwen: Meaning what?

Ned: I can’t just dump her in a field the next state over. The resources those people have? They’ll trace it back to me in a heartbeat. To make this lady disappear, really disappear, it takes some effort. It’s gonna cost you. Come on, wheels up in ten minutes, ladies. What’s it gonna be? You want me to fly your problem up, up, and away?

[Suspenseful percussive music]

Shawn: I’m sorry to interrupt your evening.

Nicole: It’s okay. Don’t–don’t worry about it.

Rafe: Uh, come on in, man. What’s up?

Shawn: Well, it’s trask. Right, she asked me to look into some recent arrests.

Rafe: Oh, which ones?

Shawn: All the ones that you signed off on.

Rafe: Okay, great. So let me guess: She wants to go over some cases and see if i have planted evidence.

Nicole: Oh, my god. This–this is ridiculous. Rafe didn’t do anything wrong. He’s c–this is so obvious that he’s being set up.

Shawn: I’m assuming that you two have discussed this.

Rafe: Mm-hmm.

Nicole: Yes, and this investigation is outrageous.

Shawn: I completely agree with you.

Nicole: So can’t you just go back and tell trask to–

Rafe: Nicole… it’s okay. Mm-hmm? I understand. She wants someone to go over all the cases, and, well, I’m just glad that it’s you.

Shawn: See, I told her that i think that you are completely innocent.

Rafe: Yes, and I am ready to prove my innocence, so whatever it is that you need to do.

Shawn: I spoke to a guy who was arrested last night.

Rafe: Wait, the b&e at the pawn shop down by the docks? Yeah, I signed off on that arrest. It was totally clean.

Shawn: Actually, he’s claiming that the evidence was planted, rafe.

Rafe: What?

Shawn: Yes, he’s claiming that, whatever the cops found at the scene it wasn’t his, he’s never seen it before, and it was planted there to make him look guilty.

Rafe: Okay, well, it’s a lie, right? I mean, obviously, this is all part of the frame-up. I mean, listen, trask knows that, right?

Shawn: I’m sorry, rafe, but trask actually sent me here to place you under arrest.

Nicole: Oh. Life’s been hard enough.

Melinda: Oh. Where’s your attorney?

Ej: My meeting’s over. I’m waiting for someone to escort me back to holding.

Melinda: Oh, don’t look so glum, mr. Dimera. You’re about to get some company.

Rafe: You’re here to arrest me?

Nicole: Shawn, you can’t do this.

Shawn: Listen, believe me, i do not want to, but I don’t have a choice.

Rafe: Oh, my god.

Ava: Oh, I am so sorry I’m late, but I brought desserts. What’s going on?

Shawn: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights as I’ve read them to you?

[Suspenseful music]

[Door lock beeps]

Xander: Oh, I was wondering where you went.

Gwen: Yeah, I just, um… popped out for some window shopping. What have you been up to?

Xander: Chad dimera was just here, telling me this crazy story about a mask. Honestly, I had a hard time believing it.

Gwen: A mask, eh? Tell me all about it.

Chad: Abby, where are you? Why aren’t you picking up?

[Doorbell rings] Abby, hey, look, I’m getting worried. Call me when you get this, okay?

Belle: Hey. I’m sorry to bother you again. Listen, I just saw ej, and i wanted you to know, he adamantly denied making any kind of pass at abigail.

Chad: That’s great. Anyway, belle, I don’t have time for this right now, okay?

Belle: Why? What’s going on?

Chad: I can’t find abigail.

Ned: So glad those ladies coughed up the cash, ’cause this is a lot of work, mrs. Dimera.

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Update written by Joseph

Rafe tells Nicole that the more he thinks about Ava not telling him where she was, it makes sense, so maybe nothing came up and she hoped on walking in and seeing this, as Rafe then grabs Nicole and kisses her.

Xander walks through the town square when the pilot Ned Grainger approaches and asks how his meeting went. Ned guesses it did not go well by the looks of it. Xander asks if he wanted something. Ned responds that he obviously wants his money.

At the DiMera Mansion, Chad calls Abigail to ask what’s going on and where she is. The doorbell rings and Belle arrives, saying she’s sorry to show up unannounced but she thought she’d get EJ some of his things. Belle asks Chad to get them for her but Chad says he’s not doing anything to help EJ after what he did to his wife. Belle asks what EJ did to Abigail.

Abigail successfully unmasks “Sarah” and says she knew it but is shocked to find out that it was Ava under the mask and asks what the hell.

Chad informs Belle that EJ forced himself on his wife. Belle asks if he’s sure. Chad says he saw it with his own eyes. Belle asks where this happened. Chad explains that it was at the courthouse during the recess after his coughing fit. Chad reminds Belle that he ran in to her in the hallway and they were about to go inside but he remembered that he forgot his phone in the witness room, so he went back to get it which is when he found EJ forcing himself on his wife. Belle asks what EJ said when he walked in. Chad responds that after Abigail slapped him, he asked what the hell he was doing and EJ wasn’t the least bit apologetic and just sat there, staring at him smugly. Belle can’t believe EJ would do something so disgusting. Chad says he was going to kill him but Abigail asked him not to. Belle argues that it doesn’t make sense since Chad was about to get back on the stand and he made it clear that they would be pleased with his testimony. Belle questions why EJ would sabotage himself like that. Chad declares that EJ is an arrogant bastard, who thinks he can do whatever he wants and an entitled pig that thinks he can help himself to whatever he wants. Chad adds that EJ told Abigail he was going to take her on the conference table. Belle understands now why Chad was so mad when he came back from the recess. Chad states that EJ will spend the next decade in prison so maybe he’ll learn to keep his hands to himself. Belle is sorry for what Abigail had to go through and says there’s no excuse for EJ’s behavior. Belle points out that EJ is still her client, so if Chad can point her to the bathroom, she will grab his stuff and go.

Shawn brings EJ in to the police station where they come across Melinda, who remarks that EJ is looking a bit defeated. Shawn says they’d love to stay and chat but EJ has somewhere he needs to be. Melinda comments that the only place EJ should be is downstairs awaiting sentencing. Shawn reveals that EJ is meeting with his lawyer. Melinda hopes they are not discussing an appeal. EJ says that’s between he and his attorney. Melinda says it’s his money but warns that it’s a waste of time. EJ says they will see. Melinda complains that all the DiMeras are so damn arrogant and for years she’s tried to take them down but they always seemed to slither out of trouble. Melinda declares that at last, all her hard work has paid off and she gets the pleasure of sending one of them to prison.

Ned reminds Xander that he left their meeting with Abigail to go get money to pay him. Xander says he has a lot on his mind. Ned questions what he’s trying to pull since he and Abigail were very anxious to get information out of him and told him to sit tight and he would get his cash but now it’s like he forgot the whole thing. Xander clarifies that he didn’t forget and went to ask Sarah’s mom for the money. Ned questions if she gave it to him. Xander reveals he didn’t get a chance to ask. Ned reminds him that he isn’t telling him squat unless he gets paid. Xander then informs Ned that he doesn’t need him to because he already found Sarah himself.

Abigail questions Ava being the one wearing the Sarah mask. Abigail knew it wasn’t Sarah but she thought it was Kristen or Gwen and never would’ve guessed it was Ava. Abigail says it doesn’t make sense and questions if she even knows who Sarah is. Abigail asks what reason Ava has to impersonate Sarah and why she’s doing this.

Xander tells Ned that Sarah was at her mother’s house when he arrived, so he doesn’t need Ned to tell him where she is. Ned argues that they had a deal. Xander tells him the deal is off. Ned complains that he was counting on that money as he just bought a watch for a small fortune. Xander tells him to take it back but Ned says he can’t because he loves it. Xander responds that unfortunately, sometimes no matter how much you love something, you still end up losing it. Ned then walks away.

Belle goes to the police station. Melinda mentions hearing that she had a meeting with his client. She informs Belle that Shawn already had EJ brought to the interrogation room. Melinda repeats that this is a waste of time because EJ was found guilty and with all the damning testimony against him, she can’t see any other conclusion. Belle says to let her worry about that. Melinda guesses that Belle must be kicking herself for letting EJ take the stand like he did because any first year law student knows a defense attorney never lets their client testify unless absolutely necessary. Melinda adds that she was thrilled when she opened that door for her. Melinda admits she was shocked that Belle would make a rookie mistake like that and says she must be mortified. Shawn interrupts. Belle calls Melinda insecure and nervous about her meeting with EJ. Melinda argues that she has nothing to be insecure or nervous about because she won. Melinda accuses Belle of having Shawn fight her battles for her. Shawn says he just wanted to give Belle a little break and kisses her as they then walk away.

Rafe and Nicole continue kissing until Nicole says they have to stop. Rafe apologizes and says he shouldn’t have done that. Nicole says it’s okay because obviously she wanted to kiss him too, but they can’t because he’s with Ava. Rafe agrees and apologizes again. Rafe doesn’t know what he was thinking and guesses he just let his frustration get the best of him because he doesn’t know if Ava is playing him. Rafe admits that Ava has been acting weird the last few weeks but maybe he’s just paranoid because he feels guilty about them having sex behind Ava’s back. Rafe still doesn’t understand how Ava would know about that. Nicole points out that she might not. Rafe questions what the end game of pushing them to spend time together is. Rafe wonders if Ava is just playing nice while being on a revenge rampage, starting with cutting the head off of Duke and then setting him up to look like a dirty cop. Rafe notes that Nicole also said Ava was acting weird in her office. Nicole suggests she could be being paranoid too. Rafe asks what about tonight since Ava insisted they all have dinner and she’s not even here. Nicole says something must have come up. Rafe asks if it did or if Ava’s just leaving them alone in hopes of catching them doing something. Nicole tells Rafe that Ava is her friend, so she would like to give her the benefit of the doubt that if she knew what happened between them, she would be direct. Nicole admits she doesn’t know. They agree on not waiting for the other shoe to drop and let the chips fall where they may. Rafe doesn’t like being tested or playing games. Nicole says maybe that’s not what is happening as Ava could be completely innocent…

Abigail questions why Ava is running around town in a Sarah Horton mask, impersonating her cousin. Ava calls it a prank and claims she was just having a little harmless fun. Abigail asks if she’s joking as she calls it bizarre, twisted, and evil. Ava jokes that not everyone has lives as exciting as Abigail’s so every once in awhile, they have to spice things up. Abigail doesn’t believe that and asks what explanation she will have for Rafe. Abigail threatens to call Rafe. Ava tells her that she doesn’t have to do that. Abigail thinks she does and questions if she’s just supposed to let her walk away as Gwen suddenly hits Abigail in the back of the head with a rock, knocking her out.

At the police station, Melinda tells Shawn that she needs to talk to him about Rafe because he’s under investigation for planting evidence in several cases. Shawn argues that it’s obvious they are lying so the whole thing is a joke. Melinda doesn’t think so and warns that internal affairs take police corruption very seriously. Shawn argues that she can’t believe Rafe is corrupt. Melinda says her opinion is irrelevant as she has no choice but to investigate. Shawn assures that Rafe’s record is spotless and questions why he would suddenly become a dirty cop. Melinda guesses it’s pressure because the police department has become a laughing stock under Rafe’s leadership. Shawn says they had a few speed bumps but that’s it. Melinda talks about reading every day that crime is up because Salem PD won’t do anything to put the bad guys away. Melinda thinks Rafe needed to turn the heat down by any means necessary. Shawn insists that there is no way Rafe would manufacture convictions because he’s a good cop and a good man.

Rafe tells Nicole that she’s right that Ava might be innocent in all of this and might not be setting him up to look like a crooked cop, but he’s come to realize it doesn’t matter. Rafe says whether Ava is innocent or not, it doesn’t change the way he feels about Nicole. Rafe tells Nicole that he can’t get her out of his head or his heart. Rafe thinks he needs to end things with Ava. Nicole asks if he’s sure that’s something he really wants to do. Rafe confirms that it is and says whether Ava’s innocent or not doesn’t really matter as it’s not working, so they can’t go on like this. Nicole doesn’t think this is the best time for a big decision like this and suggests he wait until things settle down and his investigation is over. Rafe states that either Ava knows what’s going on and is trying to punish them or she has no idea and she’s coming from a totally genuine place, but either way he can’t be with her because it’s not fair to keep the woman he’s with in the dark about the woman he wants to be with.

Xander goes home to his room at the Salem Inn and looks for Gwen but she’s not there. Chad then shows up at his door looking for Abigail but Xander tells him that she’s not there. Xander asks what’s going on. Chad informs him that Abigail ran out of the house looking for Sarah. Xander reveals to Chad that he found her at the Kiriakis Mansion where “Sarah” had gone to see Maggie and made it clear that she’s done with him for good. Chad can’t say that he blames her. Xander tells Chad that Abigail was investigating Sarah’s disappearance for the Spectator and he was assisting, but now that she’s been found, his partnership with Abigail is over. Chad confirms that Abigail told him all of that, but he thought she might have come here to see Gwen which Xander questions. Chad informs Xander that Abigail didn’t think she had the whole story yet as she’s convinced that the woman Xander found with Maggie is not the real Sarah.

Ava questions how Gwen knew. Gwen explains that she heard Abigail attacking her over the phone and figured she might need backup. Ava thanks her and notes that her timing was perfect. Ava informs Gwen that Abigail ripped the mask right off her face. Gwen thought they threw off the Sarah scent for good and asks what happened. Ava explains that Abigail said something kept bothering her and she knew it wasn’t really Sarah. Gwen worries that now Abigail will never stop looking for Sarah and asks what they do. Ava declares they must put Abigail down.

Rafe tells Nicole that breaking up with Ava is the right thing to do for all three of them. Nicole worries that Ava will be devastated. Rafe hates the idea of causing Ava pain and says that’s why he has stayed with her for so long, but he needs to be honest with her and himself. Rafe tells Nicole that he wants to be with her. Nicole asks if he’s sure that’s how he really feels. Rafe confirms that it is and asks if that’s not what Nicole wants.

Melinda tells Shawn that she has no interest in his personal feelings about Rafe. Shawn argues that Rafe has the respect of every officer in the department. Melinda argues that being respected doesn’t exclude him from a crime. Melinda brings up Ciara being married to a serial killer. Shawn asks if they are done because he has work to get done. Melinda tells Shawn that they are only interested in the facts so she wants him to go through every recent arrest that Rafe has signed off on because she wants details. Melinda orders Shawn to review every report and talk to people that Rafe has arrested to see if he can uncover a pattern. Melinda adds that he has no choice unless he wants her to think he’s covering for Rafe. Melinda gives him a folder to start with and notes that the top one is still in lockup, so she suggests Shawn go have a chat with him to see what he can find out.

EJ sits in the interrogation room, handcuffed to the table, as Belle arrives. EJ asks Belle about her appeal and what her plan is to prevent him from spending the next decade behind bars. Belle says before they get to that, they need to talk about something because she just talked to Chad, who told her what he did to Abigail.

Xander questions Abigail thinking that someone was in a Sarah mask. Chad explains that at first Abigail thought it was Kristen, but it wasn’t, so Abigail thought it was Gwen. Xander asks why. Chad asks who has a motive to pose as Sarah. Chad points out that Xander is in a relationship with Gwen and asks what happens to that relationship if he finds out what really happened to Sarah. Chad notes that then “Sarah” shows up and tells him that she wants nothing to do with him, effectively ending his search for her. Xander questions Abigail thinking that “Sarah” was actually Gwen.

Gwen tells Ava that she can’t be serious about putting Abigail down. Ava argues that it would solve their problems. Gwen worries that it would create loads more for her. Gwen notes that she’s already been suspected of two murders in less than a year so she’s not going to add another one to the list. Gwen adds that Abigail is her half sister too. Gwen hates that Abigail is trying to get payback and break up her and Xander but she doesn’t want her dead. Ava says that they have to think of something because she was about to call the cops. Gwen suggests blaming Abigail’s delusions. Ava says Rafe won’t believe that. Ava talks about all her plans in motion against Rafe and says she’s seeing them through because Rafe needs to pay for cheating on her with that slut, Nicole. Gwen asks what Ava suggests they do then. Ava says they could leave her here and hope that she doesn’t remember anything when she wakes up since Gwen hit her pretty hard. Gwen reminds Ava that Abigail already saw her in the Sarah mask. Ava decides that they can figure out a plan later but right now, they need to get Abigail out of here. Gwen questions how exactly they are supposed to do that. Ned Grainger then appears and greets them.

Nicole tells Rafe that she’s just barely divorced which Rafe says he understands. Rafe says they can take this as slowly as she wants. Rafe brings up Nicole wanting to get the conference table out of the office because it was a reminder of something she wanted to forget. Nicole clarifies that she was trying to forget that they betrayed Ava, not what happened between them, because that was pretty unforgettable. Rafe states that they aren’t together, not because they don’t want to be, but because he’s with someone else that they both care about. Rafe reiterates that he wants to end his relationship with Ava. Nicole urges him to really think about this. Rafe says he has been for months and now he finally wants to do something about it. Rafe asks if Nicole is tired of holding back and if it would be great to finally be out there with how they really feel and stop hiding. They are interrupted by a knock at the door. Rafe answers to see Shawn.

EJ questions Belle telling him that Chad said he kissed Abigail. EJ calls that insane. Belle explains that Chad said he saw it with his own eyes at the courthouse after his coughing fit in the witness room and said that he saw EJ forcing himself on his wife. EJ calls it impossible. Belle says something happened during the recess that made Chad furious with EJ. EJ says it certainly wasn’t that he hit on Abigail. Belle questions the 180 then and why Chad would suddenly decide not to give testimony that would help them after he just implied that he would. EJ suggests maybe Chad was never intending to help them and could’ve been toying with them the whole time. Belle says that’s not Chad. EJ insists that he never left the courtroom. Belle asks if he’s sure about that. EJ says absolutely. EJ brings up being with Johnny during that recess, signing the agreement that Belle advised him against. Belle recalls Johnny asking for privacy so she was out in the corridor. EJ points out that she didn’t see him leave. Belle argues that there are other exits. EJ insists that the only time he left his seat was when she called him to the stand and if she doesn’t believe him, she can ask Johnny.

Xander questions Abigail thinking that Gwen was in the Sarah mask. Chad says that was until Gwen showed up. Xander then asks why Chad didn’t say that in the first place and exclaims that obviously means Gwen wasn’t impersonating Sarah. Chad apologizes and says he doesn’t know what the hell is going on either and he’s just trying to find his wife. Chad notes that she didn’t answer her phone, so he thought maybe she came here to follow up on something. Xander ask if Abigail knows Gwen wasn’t impersonating Sarah, then why would she come here to follow up. Chad repeats that Abigail is not convinced it was Sarah. Xander argues that she had just seen the proof in front of her eyes. Chad talks about Abigail having a reporter’s instinct and it’s telling her that someone is running around Salem in a mask. Xander asks if they’re sure it’s not just the voices in her head. Chad warns him to watch it. Xander feels the mystery is solved so Abigail needs to let it go. Chad says he told her to and they were at home having a relaxing night and he went to check on dinner, but when he came back, she was gone and Johnny said she flew out of the house, so he assumed she came here. Xander tells him that she didn’t. Chad says to let him know if he sees her which Xander agrees to as Chad then exits the room.

Ned calls this serendipity as he overheard their dilemma about trying to get rid of this woman and here he is, about to fly his jet out. Gwen questions him being willing to take Abigail with him. Ned says sure, for a price.

Belle asks why Chad is so sure he saw EJ kissing Abigail, if EJ swears he never left the courtroom. EJ thinks it’s obvious that Chad is lying because he’s out to get him. Belle reminds EJ that Chad was ready to exonerate him and asks why Chad would say EJ made a pass at his wife if he didn’t. EJ thinks Chad is being eaten alive by guilt over sending him away for something he didn’t do since Chad knows full well that he wasn’t behind Sami’s kidnapping. EJ declares that Chad is conspiring with Lucas to frame him, but if that ever got out then Chad would be fired from DiMera, publicly disgraced, and end up going to prison himself. Belle admits that’s possible. EJ guesses that reality set in during the recess, so Chad decided to make sure the truth would never come to light by giving a false testimony that would guarantee he goes to prison. EJ adds that the only way Chad could live with it is to convince himself that he deserves it. Belle questions making up a story that he came onto his wife. EJ argues that Chad has been so paranoid for so long about his brothers lusting after Abigail that he may have found a reason to see things that aren’t there. Belle questions EJ saying Chad is delusional. EJ says that Chad found a way to cope with his betrayal and probably isn’t even conscious that he did it. EJ notes that Chad found something believable because he did take that role in Johnny’s movie that involved sex scenes with Abigail, so it’s not a stretch that he would make a play for her, but he didn’t. EJ adds that if Chad believed he did, then he can tell himself that he’s a good guy for doing the right thing. Belle seriously doubts that Chad is trying to alleviate his guilt, but questions why Abigail would go along with it and let Chad tell everyone that EJ was forcing himself on her if it wasn’t true. EJ says that Chad is her husband, so she’s going to support him no matter what. Belle knows EJ is upset, but calls what he’s saying insane. EJ calls it the only plausible explanation because he swears to God that he never laid a finger on Abigail.

Ava asks how much Ned wants to fly Abigail out. Ned says he can’t offer a discount because he knows that’s Abigail and her well-connected family is going to want to know what happened to her, so this is a premium job. Ned says he can’t just dump Abigail in a field the next state over because her family will trace it back to him. Ned declares that to make Abigail really disappear will take some effort, so it’s going to cost them. Ned gives them ten minutes and asks if they want him to fly their problem away.

Shawn tells Rafe that he’s sorry to interrupt their evening. Nicole tells him not to worry about it as Rafe invites Shawn in. Shawn explains that Melinda asked him to look in to all of Rafe’s recent arrests. Rafe guesses Melinda wants to go over some cases and see if he planted evidence. Nicole calls it ridiculous, insisting that Rafe didn’t do anything wrong and he’s obviously being setup. Shawn assumes they have discussed this. Nicole confirms that and calls the investigation outrageous. Shawn agrees. Rafe tells Nicole that it’s okay as he understands Melinda wants someone to go over the cases, so he’s glad it’s Shawn. Rafe says he’s ready to prove his innocence. Shawn reveals he spoke to a guy who was arrested last night. Rafe assures it was totally clean, but Shawn informs him that he’s claiming the evidence was planted to make him look guilty. Rafe argues that it’s a lie and all part of the frame up. Shawn informs Rafe that he’s sorry, but Melinda sent him here to place him under arrest.

Melinda enters the interrogation room and asks EJ where Belle is. EJ responds that his meeting is over, so he’s waiting for someone to escort him back to holding. Melinda tells him not to look so glum, because he’s about to get some company…

Rafe questions Shawn being here to arrest him. Nicole argues that he can’t do this. Shawn insists that he does not want to, but he doesn’t have a choice. Shawn pulls out his handcuffs as Ava comes home, apologizing for being late and says she brought desserts. Ava then asks what’s going on. Shawn reads Rafe his rights as he arrests him.

Gwen returns home to Xander in their room at the Salem Inn. Xander says he was wondering where she went. Gwen claims she just went out window shopping and asks what Xander has been up to. Xander informs her that Chad was just there, telling him a crazy story about a mask. Xander admits he had a hard time believing it. Gwen asks him to tell her all about it.

Chad goes home to the DiMera Mansion and calls Abigail, leaving a message asking where she is as he’s getting worried. Chad hangs up as the doorbell rings and Belle arrives. Belle tells Chad that she’s sorry to bother him again, but she just saw EJ and he adamantly denied making any kind of pass at Abigail. Chad says he doesn’t have time for this right now because he can’t find Abigail.

Ned stuffs Abigail in a bag and remarks that he’s so glad Gwen and Ava coughed up the cash, because this is a lot of work, as he then begins dragging her away.

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Gabi: What are you doing here?

Johnny: I wanted to see you again.

Gabi: How did you know I was here?

Johnny: Well, what can I tell you? When I want something, I always find a way to get it.

[Jazz music]

Chanel: I’m glad you’re here. I have something to tell you, and it’s kind of a big deal.

Allie: You look upset. What’s going on?

Chanel: [Sighs] My mother saw us together.

Allie: What do you mean together?

Chanel: I mean together in bed.

[Soft dramatic music]

Paulina: Ugh. Stay out of it. Stay out of it, paulina. No, no, oh. None of your damn business. It doesn’t concern you at all.

Tripp: Okay, great. Patient talking to herself. Please tell me you’re not gearing up to tell me off.

Rafe: Fine, I’d be more than happy to talk to internal affairs. The sooner the better.

[Knock at door] You’re not– you’re not listening, ms. Trask. I want them to investigate because if they investigate, they will see that i have been set up. Come in already! Yeah, and then they will find that I have nothing to feel guilty about.

Ava as sarah: Let go of me!

Abigail: Not until I see who’s underneath that mask. It is over, gwen. I’ve figured it out.

Gwen: What on earth are you doing, abigail?

Abigail: Gwen?

Gwen: Well, who else would it be? And why are you assaulting that woman?

[Dramatic music]

Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”

[Soft orchestration]

Gabi: That powerful last name, all the posh schools, all that time spent in italy, and you’re just another american clod.

Johnny: Scusi?

Gabi: Women just love to be called “something” and “it.”

Johnny: [Chuckles] Let me rephrase. When I find myself in a conversation with a charming, smart, drop dead gorgeous woman, I do whatever I can to… continue the conversation.

Gabi: Well said.

Johnny: [Chuckles] I love talking to you. I just love it. And since my sister so rudely interrupted us earlier, I decided to follow you here. I hope you don’t mind.

Gabi: I guess what I am is flattered.

Johnny: Well, I am very happy to hear that. What do you say we get out of here and go someplace more private?

Allie: Your mom saw us in bed together? Okay, okay, well, well, we’re best friends, and you had just been publicly humiliated, and you didn’t want to sleep alone, so I slept over.

Chanel: When she saw us, we weren’t sleeping.

Allie: You mean she saw us?

Chanel: Yeah.

Allie: [Sighs] Oh, my god, okay. I don’t feel so good. What, does she have, like, a spy cam in your room or something?

Chanel: Apparently, when she opened the door, neither of us saw her. We were busy.

Allie: Well, I need to talk to her. Is she here?

Chanel: No, no, she went to the hospital. She had a doctor’s appointment.

Allie: Oh, my god. What if she runs into tripp?

Paulina: Why would I be telling you off?

Tripp: ‘Cause you’ve been waiting here for way too long. I’m sorry. We’re swamped tonight.

Paulina: Oh, I can see that. I just didn’t think I was going to see you.

Tripp: Yeah, well, luck of the draw. So how is the ankle doing? Is it still tender?

Paulina: Not so fast! Okay.

Tripp: Excuse me. Is there a problem?

Paulina: Yeah. Yeah, there is. I want another doctor.

[Soft dramatic music]

Gwen: Ooh, don’t look now, abigail, your mouth’s hanging open.

Abigail: I don’t– I don’t understand.

Gwen: You don’t understand? Well, you– I’m used to you attacking me, but a total stranger?

Ava as sarah: Yeah, well, I’m not a stranger, but she did think I was you.

Gwen: Thought you were– we don’t look anything alike. Do we? I mean– you do look a bit like– I’m sorry. Are you sarah horton?

Ava as sarah: That’s right. Abigail’s cousin.

Gwen: Yes, I’ve seen you in photographs. I’m gwen rizczech.

Ava as sarah: Oh, that’s right. You’re xander’s new girlfriend. Yeah, my mom told me about you.

Gwen: Right, um, well–

Ava as sarah: Look, no, we don’t need to say it’s nice to meet you. It probably isn’T. But don’t worry. I only came back to salem so that I can show everyone that I’m fine. Also you should know that I told xander in no uncertain terms that it is over between us.

Gwen: Oh.

Ava as sarah: Yeah. So you are welcome to him. I just want the past to stay in the past.

Gwen: Well, thank you for telling me that.

Ava as sarah: And now one more thing. My mom knew who I was. The man that I lived with for over a year knew who I was, so now I’m hoping that you know that it is really me, sarah, and I am not wearing a mask. Right?

[Dramatic music]

For rob, it took years to find out

Rafe: I have to go. Always a pleasure.

[Phone beeps] Ugh, trask.

Nicole: Figured as much.

Rafe: Yeah.

Nicole: She’s not backing down?

Rafe: Oh, no. She’s having the time of her life.

Nicole: Oh, gosh, I’m so sorry.

Rafe: Yeah.

Nicole: I brought wine.

Rafe: Mm, thank you.

Nicole: Rafe, listen, I can’t stop thinking about what you said earlier. Do you really think that ava is the one who set you up? Oh, my god. Oh, my god, me and my big mouth.

Rafe: No, no, it’s okay she’s not even here.

Nicole: What do you mean she’s not here? She came to my office two hours ago and demanded that I show up here for dinner, and she’s not here?

Rafe: Yeah, I know.

Nicole: What? Well, what, is she playing games with us? Where is she?

Rafe: See, that’s the fun part. I have no idea.

Ava as sarah: Abigail, use your head. Do you really think that I’m gwen wearing a mask when she’s standing right there?

Abigail: [Sighs] No, I guess not.

Ava as sarah: Good.

Gwen: But no apology, right? No “sorry for assaulting you and grabbing your arm really hard and clawing at your face”?

Abigail: I– I am sorry, sarah, but I just–I– kristen tried to do the same thing to kate.

Gwen: Kristen? Kristen dimera? What does she have to do with this?

Ava as sarah: Gwen.

Gwen: I mean, really, you’ve lost your mind, abigail.

Ava as sarah: Gwen, let’s all–let’s all just calm down ’cause I’ve put my family through a lot of stress and worrying about me unnecessarily. Okay? I do have to go, but I really don’t want to leave with any bad feelings between us.

Abigail: Right, yeah, no, I’m sorry. I–I’ll let you go.

Ava as sarah: Okay. Abigail, you get some help. Okay.

[Soft dramatic music]

Gwen: Satisfied?

Abigail: Guess I have to be.

Gwen: Got that right.

Ava as sarah: That was close.

Gwen: Really, really close, but thank god you pulled that out of your hat, ava.

Allie: Tripp’s on duty. I mean, what if she sees him?

Chanel: It doesn’t matter. Mama wouldn’t say anything to anybody, especially not to tripp.

Allie: God, I hope that you’re right. It would just kill tripp if he found out.

Chanel: Yeah, I mean, that’s exactly what I was trying to tell you. I’m glad you finally figured it out for yourself.

Allie: I was face-to-face with him earlier, and…

[Sighs] The way he was looking at me, I mean, he was worried about me. He’s such a good guy. I really don’t deserve him.

Chanel: Oh, that is not true.

Allie: I just couldn’t hurt him. And yes, I did finally realize for myself that he cannot find out, especially because you know what happened between us is never ever going to happen again, right?

Tripp: Why would you want another doctor?

Paulina: Oh, it’s nothing personal

Tripp: Well, it kind of is. I mean, did you have a problem with the way I treated your ankle before?

Paulina: No, no, you did a great job.

Tripp: Okay, then why would you want to be seen by someone else?

Paulina: Actually, I don’T. I apologize–just go ahead. Go ahead, treat me. Go on, go on, doc. Whew. I’ll just sit here. I’ll sit here. I’ll just keep my big mouth shut.

Gabi: I don’t see why we can’t continue our conversation here.

Johnny: Well, we could. It’s just kind of loud in here. I want to make sure I don’t miss a word.

Gabi: [Chuckles]

Johnny: [Chuckles] Actually, it’s not that loud in here. Okay, I know. I just wanted to be alone with you.

Gabi: That sounds provocative. You want to show me your etchings?

Johnny: I don’t have any, but I do have a very sizeable block of dimera shares. I think that could be really useful to you.

Gabi: You want to be alone with me to talk business?

Johnny: Among other things. My sister interrupted us before, so why take the chance of someone else interrupting us?

Jake: Ah, you mean someone like me?

Is now a good time

for a flare-up?

Chad: Hey, better late than never.

Abigail: Sorry.

Chad: You want a drink before dinner? What can I get you?

Abigail: [Sighs] I’m fine.

Chad: You don’t sound fine.

Abigail: [Sighs] Sorry, it’s just something happened.

Chad: Okay. Are you all right?

Abigail: No, I’m fine, but something’s off, like, really off. I mean, I was proven wrong and everything, gwen was there. And then it wasn’t kristen because kristen called me, but then I just– I can’t figure–

Chad: Hold on, wait a second. So kristen called you? And you saw gwen? I’m sorry. I think I’m missing something here.

Abigail: No, it’s because I don’t even know what happened, but I just–I found sarah.

Chad: You found sarah? That’s fantastic.

Abigail: I mean, I didn’t find her. She came to town on her own just because she wanted to tell maggie not to worry about her?

Chad: Okay, so then that’s great, right? That’s good for maggie.

Abigail: I don’t know. I’m just not sure because I talked to sarah myself, and I’m not really sure that it’s her.

Gwen: So let me ask you this. How did abigail get the idea that it was me under that mask?

Ava: Well, she didn’t start there. At first, she thought that I was kristen. Then she wanted this whole song and dance about how I kidnapped kate, and then I wore a mask to break up with jake so jake wouldn’t follow her, and then she decided it was you with a sarah mask doing the same thing so xander wouldn’t follow sarah.

Gwen: Wow. Well, she got pretty bloody close to the truth, didn’t she?

Ava: Sure did.

Gwen: So then tell me. How did she… how did she go from thinking it was kristen to thinking it was me?

Ava: Oh. Well, kristen called right in the middle of her tirade.

[Chuckles] So it was clear that sarah was not kristen. And I tried to make her realize she was being absolutely ridiculous thinking that you were sarah, but she did correctly deduce that you are the one with the motive.

Gwen: [Sighs] Well, thank god you and i switched places after I was sarah, and I kicked xander in the teeth for the final time. Otherwise, this whole thing could’ve been an absolute disaster.

Tripp: Okay, so the swelling has gone down, but you should still ice it if it bothers you.

Paulina: Will do.

Tripp: Good news is that you won’t need the cane anymore.

Paulina: Oh! And she threw down her cane and walked! Hallelujah!

Tripp: Well, take it easy. Take it easy, all right. First, no 5ks or anything. All right?

Paulina: Oh, darn it.

Tripp: I’m sorry.

Paulina: Well, at least I’ll be able to make it from the living room to the kitchen. Chanel, she’ll be ecstatic. Won’t have to hear my clomping around in the morning.

Tripp: Yeah, how is chanel doing?

Paulina: Well, she was devastated at first, you know, johnny dumping her. Miserable little creep. But she’s doing a lot better thanks to allie.

Chanel: Of course, right. Never again. What happened between us, we agreed on it. I was just in really bad shape, and you comforted me. That’s all because you’re such a great friend. I just feel bad that I… that I made things weird between you and tripp.

Allie: It’s fine. Just don’t worry about it.

Chanel: Uh, so you never told me why you came by in the first place.

Allie: Oh, right, um… I tried to talk to johnny.

Chanel: Oh, and how did that go?

Allie: Not so great.

Chanel: What did he say?

Allie: It’s not– it’s not really what he said. Uh, look, I don’t know if I should be telling you this.

Chanel: Well, now you have to.

Allie: Okay. When I went over to that stupid mansion, I walked in on johnny kissing another woman.

Johnny: Uncle jake, how nice to see you. Gabi and I were just discussing a potential alliance. I still think we could be quite useful to each other.

Jake: Huh, you come up with any other ideas?

Johnny: One or two, but we got interrupted. That’s why I came here, to pick up where we left off at the mansion.

Jake: Mm, and what exactly were you talking about at the mansion?

Johnny: I wouldn’t mind starting with you.

Jake: So one of you gonna tell me?

Johnny: Sure.

Gabi: No, uh, let me.

[Jazz music]

Do you struggle with occasional nerve aches

Tripp: I’m glad allie was able to help chanel.

Paulina: Yeah, she was wonderful. She was wonderful. You know, made sure she got home, she got her in bed. Then she left right away. Uh-huh, that’s just what she did, she left right away. Oh, allie, she’s such a good friend, uh-huh, and chanel, she needs a good friend. That’s what she needs. That’s all she needs right now.

Tripp: Paulina, you seem a little nervous.

Paulina: Do I?

Tripp: And I think I know why.

Chanel: Oh, johnny didn’t waste any time, did he?

Allie: No, he didn’T.

Chanel: [Sighs] Who was it?

Allie: It doesn’t matter.

Chanel: Who was it, horton?

Allie: It was gabi hernandez. She lives with his uncle, jake.

Chanel: He was making moves on his uncle’s girlfriend?

Allie: I know. It’s gross. But I swear, when I tried to talk to him, too, it’s like he’s hit some new personal low.

Chanel: As always, my mother was right.

Allie: That johnny’s a jerk?

Chanel: A real jerk. Never loved me. God, lied to me.

Allie: Hey, good riddance to him, chanel, okay? He’s bad news.

Chanel: Then why does it hurt so much?

Allie: Hey.

Chanel: [Sobs softly]

Gabi: Well, johnny and i didn’t get to talk very much because his sister interrupted us at the mansion.

Johnny: Yeah, she’s mad at me for divorcing her best friend.

Jake: Mm, well, that’s unfair seeing as you, what, gave it your best for a week or two?

Johnny: Act in haste, repent at leisure.

Jake: Huh.

Gabi: Jake, why don’t you get us some drinks, and then we can tell johnny here all of our ideas and how we can all work together?

Johnny: Ooh, that sounds super fun.

Jake: Sure. Get you a beer?

Johnny: Actually, I will have a hot toddy.

Jake: Can I get you a shawl with that, johnny?

Johnny: [Chuckles]

Jake: Gabi?

Gabi: I’m fine.

Jake: You good?

Gabi: Mm-hmm.

Johnny: I noticed you didn’t tell your boyfriend that I kissed you. I take that to mean you’d like to keep that our little secret? And that you wouldn’t mind if it happened again.

Chad: So first you thought it was kristen, and then you thought it was gwen.

Abigail: Until kristen called me, and gwen walked out of the inn.

Chad: Sure, so doesn’t that mean that it was actually sarah?

Abigail: I know it seems that way, but I–

Chad: But what?

Abigail: I just can’t stop thinking about how kristen abducted kate, then wore a kate mask and went and broke up with jake. It just all feels so similar to what’s going on with sarah and xander.

Chad: Yeah, it is weird. I mean, first sarah dumped xander, and now xander is with gwen.

Abigail: It’s awkward. I mean, I just feel like– I felt like I was in some kind of a bad play.

Ava: I know that I got upset when you asked me to take over and put on that stupid mask again, but…

[Chuckles] Did it turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Gwen: Literally.

Ava: Whoa. What do you mean, you want me to play sarah again? You already got maggie to buy that her precious sarah is safe, and you dumped xander. Hard part’s done.

Gwen: No, no, I–I am done. I tell you, I almost had a complete freak out wearing this bloody mask. It is absolute bloody hell, and I’ve got abigail breathing down my neck.

Ava: What, so you want me to do it? You know, it’s not exactly my problem. I think I’ve already gone above and beyond here.

Gwen: I’m sorry, I can’T. I can’t do it. I walked in the room, and I saw her drinking tea.

Ava: Who, maggie?

Gwen: And then she saw me– no, she saw sarah. She saw her daughter, and she flew across the room, and she hugged me.

[Soft dramatic music]

In my entire life, my mother has never looked at me the way that she– the way that she looked at me.

[Sighs] And I tried to keep it together, but xander, when I could see it, he still–he still–

Ava: Okay, you need a drink.

Gwen: I need you. I need you– I need you to help me. Please, if I go out there as sarah, and I run into somebody who knew her, who loved her… I could lose it. And then all of this is gonna be for nothing.

[Sighs] I can’t do it. I can’T.

Ava: Well, lucky for you, I am such a nice person.

Gwen: I owe you. I do know how much I owe you.

Ava: Big time. But… you need to get going because sarah needs to get to the airstrip.

Gwen: No, couldn’t– couldn’t you do it please?

Ava: Uh-uh, I’m gonna have to say no this time, sweetheart. I’m having the dinner with rafe and nicole.

Gwen: You’re having dinner with them? You hate them.

Ava: Yeah, I know that. You know that. They don’T. Well, not yet.

Nicole: Well, this is fun. You must come to dinner. I won’t take no for an answer. It’ll just be the three of us, only I won’t be there.

Rafe: Oh, sit down. Have some wine.

Nicole: Rafe, you are the one who came to me and said you think ava got the perps to say that you were the one that planted evidence on them.

Rafe: Yeah, I know.

Nicole: And you think ava’s the one who cut poor duke’s head off.

Rafe: I thought, yeah, maybe.

Nicole: And she came to my office not just once, but twice to set up this dinner, and now she’s not here.

Rafe: You see, that’s why I shouldn’t have told you any of this because you’re all worked up.

Nicole: No, no, look, I already felt a little weird before you told me anything. All her friendliness. Oh, you and rafe are friends. You shouldn’t not see each other because of me. It just seemed forced. But now that I think about it, it’s not just forced. It’s calculated. Okay, rafe, this is your cue to jump in and tell me that I’m overreacting and my guilt has me paranoid.

Rafe: Yeah. Yeah, just I don’t know that you are.

[Dramatic music]

Honestly, I thought my floors were clean.

Gabi: I didn’t tell jake that you kissed me because I didn’t want him to beat the crap out of you.

Johnny: You know, gabi, I advise you to rethink your relationship with him. I mean, that kind of behavior doesn’t indicate mutual trust.

Gabi: [Chuckles] Yeah, johnny, keep on giving me relationship tips. How’s chanel these days?

Jake: Here’s your toddy, johnny. Hopefully the bartender didn’t get too trigger happy with the cinnamon sticks. So… let’s finally get down to business, huh?

[Jazz music]

Chad: Don’t you think maybe you just want this to be true?

Abigail: No, I want the person that I talked to to actually be sarah. I want sarah to be safe, and I want her to be making her own decisions. That’s what I want. I mean, think about it. What if this were kate? Okay, if kate had not gotten away from christian…

Chad: Mm-hmm.

Abigail: What does that look like? How does that play out, okay? We get periodic text messages that say, “hi, don’t worry about me, I’m fine.” Et cetera, and then her phone loses a connection, and we never see or hear from her ever again just like the text messages that maggie got and just how sarah’s phone got disconnected.

Chad: I see parallels.

Abigail: [Sighs] I am just worried that sarah is still in trouble or worse, and this is all some big charade to make us stop looking for her.

Chad: Well, kristen of the masks isn’t here, so it’s not kristen in the mask.

Abigail: And it wasn’t gwen. But I barely got off the phone with kristen, and then gwen comes out of the inn. It just all felt so staged.

Chad: Well, if it is, then there’s another actor involved.

Abigail: Maybe it was a fake call. Maybe it was gwen in a sarah mask, and then kristen calls me from the inn and then walks out in a gwen mask? Oh. My head hurts.

Chad: [Chuckles] I can see why.

Abigail: I’m really scared for sarah. Whoever the person is that I talked to, that sarah was on their way to the airstrip, so just means tonight is my last chance to get to the bottom of this.

Gwen: Oh, come on, you hate rafe and nicole so much. You’re throwing them a dinner party? Let me guess, you’re making penne out of strychnine?

Ava: I cannot let them know that I’m onto them. Not yet.

Gwen: Look, I just– just phone them or something and tell them that you’re running late. I–I can’t– I can’t take the chance of anyone seeing me as sarah. I–I’m not gonna be able to pull it off, and you’re– you’re really, really good at this, you are. You’re so good. Please. Please come. I won’t ever ask you for anything ever again.

[Soft dramatic music]

Nicole: I feel like I’m in “fatal attraction,” only, this time, the wife is glenn close.

Rafe: [Sighs] I’m sorry. I am. You know, maybe– maybe we’re just being paranoid.

[Phone rings] It’s her.

[Phone rings] Ava, are you all right?

Ava: Yeah, look, I’m so sorry. Something’s come up, but the salad is already made, so just put the eggplant parm in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.

Rafe: Oh, no, that’s okay. We’ll wait for you.

Ava: No, no, no, don’T. Um, I don’t know how long I’m gonna be.

Rafe: Ava, what’s going on? Is something wrong? Ava? She hung up.

Nicole: Well, did she say where she was or when she’s coming back?

Rafe: No.

Nicole: [Sighs] Oh, my god, rafe, do you think she left us here alone on purpose? People everywhere living with

Chad: Okay, abby, there are some weird parallels. But let’s think about this here. Maggie and xander both talked to this woman, yeah? Did either one of them express suspicions?

Abigail: Maggie did not, and I haven’t spoken to xander since he saw her.

Chad: Okay, he probably would’ve called you, though, if there were. I mean, you two have been working on this thing together. He knows as much as you do, and he thinks that’s sarah.

Abigail: I guess.

Chad: Okay, look, look, just–hey, just relax, okay? I’m gonna go read the kids a book, and then we can do dinner. Then, when I get back, pew, pew, pew. I’m gonna do everything in my power to take your mind off of this sarah.

[Soft dramatic music]

Paulina: Oh, oh, oh.

Tripp: Look, and I know that there was a point in time that chanel and allie were a little bit more than just friends.

Paulina: So you know about that?

Tripp: Yeah, allie doesn’t keep secrets from me.

Paulina: Is that right?

Tripp: And I know that they kissed a couple of times in the past and that it’s over. Allie loves me.

Paulina: Mm

Tripp: And that she and chanel are just really good friends.

Paulina: And the check is in the mail.

Tripp: I’m sorry. I didn’t catch that.

Paulina: Oh, no, I was– I said, “I’m so happy for you, dr. Johnson.”

Tripp: Oh, please, tripp.

Paulina: No, here in the hospital, you’re dr. Johnson. Here, oh, get my cane. Give it to somebody who can use it. Well, I’ll see you later. Oh.

Tripp: Well, you can kind of see where chanel came from.

[Chuckles]

Allie: I’m sorry. Ugh, I shouldn’t have just blurted that out. I just–I just thought you should know. That’s all.

Chanel: No, I– I’m glad you told me. It’s not your fault. I needed to know.

Allie: Just please don’t cry, okay? He’s so not worth it.

Chanel: Oh, you’ve been telling me that from the beginning, and I wouldn’t listen.

Allie: I didn’t want to be right, but I mean, the brother that I grew up with, my ally, my friend, he’s gone. I mean, I don’t know what happened, but he’s gone.

Chanel: Yeah, apparently.

Allie: Hey, want to talk about it?

Chanel: I will, but just not right now. Okay?

Allie: I got it. Okay, well, call me if you need anything, okay?

[Soft dramatic music]

Chanel: [Sighs]

[Sobs]

[Sighs]

Jake: So we’re thinking we pool our shares, and we work on getting a heavy-hitter on the board at dimera.

Johnny: Who do you have in mind?

Jake: I don’t know. Somebody like victor kiriakis.

Johnny: The competition?

Johnny: Why not? Think about it. We get him thinking we’re interested in an alliance, right? We bring him onboard, sic him on chad and ej, and when we get rid of them, we get rid of him.

Johnny: You know, I like the way you think, but I’m not sure that’s the move.

Jake: I don’t know. It could pay off big-time.

Johnny: And it could blow up in our faces. I need some time to think about this. Something or someone would really have to persuade me into thinking this is a good idea.

[Jazz music]

Jake: So… what are you not telling me, gabs? Like pulsing, electric shocks,

Rafe: You thi

Rafe: You think ava planned this?

Nicole: Maybe. Maybe she’s testing us. Or maybe she’s putting her money where her mouth is. She says she trusts us, and leaving us here just proves it.

Rafe: Or maybe she’s playing some sort of sick game. The more I think about that, the more it makes sense. Maybe nothing come up. Maybe she was just planning on walking in here in the hopes of seeing–

Nicole: Seeing what?

Rafe: This.

[Line trilling]

[Phone ringing]

Gwen: You’re there already?

Ava as sarah: Yeah, i just got here.

Gwen: Yes, and?

Ava as sarah: And I made sure that a couple people got a good look at me on the way. I’ll make sure that the security camera has a clear shot of me, and then I’ll get out of camera range and take off this damn mask and get home.

Gwen: [Sighs] I really can’t thank you enough.

Ava as sarah: Just remember that. You owe me.

Jake: He kissed you? That fricking snake.

Gabi: Relax. I slapped him across the face.

Jake: Doesn’t seem to have put him off much.

Gabi: Well, I didn’t want it to. The more I push him away, put him down, he tells himself I’m protesting too much. That inflated ego of his is putty in my hands.

Jake: I don’t like it.

Gabi: Well, you’re gonna love it once he puts victor on the board, and I know he will.

Jake: He doesn’t give you the creeps? Guy creeps the hell out of me.

Gabi: Okay, yes, fine, but women know how to compartmentalize their feelings, and now that he’s gone, I get to concentrate on you.

[Jazz music]

Allie: Hi.

Tripp: Hey, what are you doing here?

Allie: Well, I brought you chowder from the pub, and a slice of chanel’s pecan pie.

Tripp: Oh, my favorites. Thank you so much.

Allie: I didn’t want you to have to eat hospital food, and also mainly I missed you.

Tripp: I missed you too.

[Tender music]

Paulina: Hmm. No more cane!

[Laughs] And good riddance.

Chanel: Mama, that’s great. That’s really great.

[Soft dramatic music]

Paulina: Out with it, baby. What’s wrong?

Chanel: I’ve– I’ve been thinking about what you said before. You were right.

Paulina: Of course I am. About what?

Chanel: Johnny. Why should he be living the high life while i have to wake up at the crack of dawn to make a living? And mostly because of what he did to me, you said I should go after a divorce settlement, and that is exactly what I’m going to do. I’m going to take that little worm for everything that he’s worth.

Paulina: It’s always good to have goals in life.

Johnny: [Deep voice] Oh, gabi. You think you’re so smart, but you have no idea who you’re actually up against.

[Indistinct eerie whisper]

Chad: What are you doing here?

Johnny: [Voice normalizes] Not thrilled to see me?

Chad: Nah, it’s just that abi–abigail was just here. Where is she?

Johnny: She was just leaving as I got here. Drove off like a bat out of hell.

[Eerie dramatic music]

Abigail: I knew it. Oh, oh. I knew it wasn’t– I knew it was… you?

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Johnny approaches Gabi at the Bistro and says he wanted to see her again. Gabi asks how he knew she was there. Johnny responds that when he wants something, he always finds a way to get it.

Allie goes to see Chanel and says they need to talk. Chanel is glad she’s here because she has something to tell her and it’s kind of a big deal. Allie notes that she looks upset and asks what’s going on. Chanel then reveals that Paulina saw them together in bed.

Paulina sits in her hospital room to get checked out as she thinks back to seeing Chanel and Allie kissing in bed. Paulina tells herself to stay out of it as it’s none of her damn business and doesn’t concern her at all. Tripp then walks in and jokes about her talking to herself.

Rafe is at home, finishing a phone call with Melinda, saying he wants an investigation to prove he’s been set up so they will find he has nothing to feel guilty about. Nicole then arrives at Rafe’s house.

“Sarah” and Abigail fight in the town square as Abigail says it’s all over as she has figured her out. Gwen then appears in the town square and questions what Abigail is doing. Abigail is shocked to see Gwen, who questions why Abigail is assaulting that woman.

Gabi complains about Johnny referring to her as a “something” that he wants. Johnny calls her a drop dead gorgeous woman and says he does whatever he can to continue the conversation. Johnny tells Gabi that he just loves talking to her and since Allie interrupted them, he decided to follow her here. Gabi guesses that she’s flattered which Johnny is very happy to hear. Johnny suggests they go somewhere more private.

Allie tries to come up with an explanation for them being in bed together but Chanel clarifies that Paulina saw them making love in bed. Allie says she doesn’t feel so good as Chanel explains that they didn’t see Paulina. Allie wants to talk to her but Chanel says that Paulina went to the hospital for a doctor’s appointment. Allie worries that Paulina could run in to Tripp.

Tripp apologizes to Paulina for the wait. Paulina says she didn’t think she was going to see him. Tripp asks about her ankle. Paulina tells him not so fast, so Tripp asks if there’s a problem. Paulina responds that there is as she wants another doctor.

Abigail is confused between “Sarah” and Gwen. Gwen remarks that she’s used to Abigail attacking her, but not a total stranger. “Sarah” tells Gwen that Abigail thought she was here. Gwen argues that they don’t look anything alike and then pretends to recognize her as Sarah from photographs. Gwen introduces herself as “Sarah” acknowledges her as Xander’s new girlfriend. “Sarah” tells her that she only came back to Salem to show everyone that she’s fine and that she assured Xander it’s over between them, so she’s welcome to him and she just wants the past to stay in the past. Gwen thanks her. “Sarah” remarks that Maggie and Xander knew who she was, so now she hopes Abigail knows that it’s really her and she’s not wearing a mask.

Rafe tells Nicole about how Melinda is not backing down. Nicole says she’s so sorry. Nicole brought a bottle of wine. Nicole can’t stop thinking about what Rafe said earlier and asks if he really thinks that Ava is the one who set him up. Rafe informs Nicole that Ava’s not home. Nicole questions Ava showing up at her office to demand she come over for dinner and then she’s not here. Nicole asks if Ava is playing games with them and where she is. Rafe says the fun part is he has no idea…

“Sarah” questions Abigail thinking she’s Gwen wearing a mask when Gwen is standing right there. Abigail gives up on her belief and apologizes. Abigail explains that Kristen tried to do the same thing to Kate. Gwen questions what Kristen has to do with this and asks if Abigail has lost her mind. “Sarah” suggests they all calm down but she has to go and she doesn’t want to leave with bad feelings between them. Abigail apologizes and agrees to let her go. “Sarah” advises her to get some help as she then walks away. Gwen asks if Abigail is satisfied. Abigail guesses she has to be as she then walks away. “Sarah” then returns and tells Gwen that was close. Gwen is thankful she pulled that out of her hat, revealing that Ava was now under the Sarah mask.

Allie worries about Paulina seeing Tripp but Chanel assures that she won’t say anything to anyone. Allie complains that it would kill Tripp if he found out. Chanel is glad that Allie figured that out. Allie talks about seeing Tripp earlier and he was worried about her. Allie laments that he’s such a good guy and she doesn’t deserve him. Chanel says that’s not true. Allie declares that she couldn’t hurt him, so Tripp can’t find out, because what happened between her and Chanel is never ever going to happen again.

Tripp questions why Paulina would want another doctor. Paulina says it’s nothing personal but Tripp feels it kind of is and asks if she had a problem with his treatment before. Paulina says he did a great job so Tripp asks why she would want to see someone else. Paulina decides she doesn’t and tells him to just go ahead and treat her while she will keep her big mouth shut.

Gabi doesn’t see why they can’t continue their conversation here. Johnny claims it’s kind of loud in here and he doesn’t want to miss a word. Johnny then admits he just wanted to be alone with her. Gabi feels that sounds provocative. Johnny brings up his block of DiMera shares that could be really useful to her. Gabi questions him wanting to be alone with her to talk business. Johnny doesn’t want to take the chance of someone else interrupting them like Allie did. Jake then arrives and asks if he means someone like him.

Abigail goes home to the DiMera Mansion, where Chad is pouring a drink. Chad comments that she’s better late than never and offers her a drink but she says she’s fine. Chad notes that she doesn’t sound fine. Abigail tells him that something happened. Chad asks if she’s alright. Abigail says she’s fine but something is really off. Abigail talks about being proven wrong and that Gwen was there and it wasn’t Kristen because she called her. Chad questions Kristen calling her and then her seeing Gwen. Chad thinks he’s missing something here. Abigail doesn’t even know what happened but says she found Sarah which Chad says is fantastic. Abigail explains that Sarah actually came to town on her own to tell Maggie not to worry about her. Chad thinks that’s great for Maggie. Abigail remains unsure because she talked to “Sarah” and she’s not really sure it’s her.

Gwen goes back to her hotel room with Ava, who removes her Sarah mask. Gwen asks how Abigail got the idea that it was her under the mask. Ava explains that she first thought she was Kristen because of her kidnapping Kate and breaking up with Jake, but then decided it was Gwen doing the same thing to Xander. Gwen notes that she got pretty close to the truth. Gwen asks how Abigail went from thinking it was Kristen to thinking it was her. Ava reveals that Kristen called in the middle of her tirade so it was clear that “Sarah” wasn’t Kristen. Ava says she tried to make Abigail believe she was being ridiculous but she concluded that Gwen was the one with the motive. Gwen thanks God that they switched places after she was “Sarah” with Xander, otherwise this could’ve been an absolute disaster.

Tripp tells Paulina that the swelling on her ankle has gone down but she can still ice it if it bothers her. Tripp adds that she won’t need the cane anymore which Paulina is thrilled about. Paulina jokes that they can at least make it from the living room to the kitchen which Chanel will be happy about. Tripp asks how Chanel is doing. Paulina says she was devastated at first with Johnny dumping her, but she’s doing a lot better thanks to Allie…

Chanel agrees with Allie that what happened between them will never happen again as she was just in really bad shape and Allie comforted her like a really good friend. Chanel feels bad that she made things weird for her and Tripp. Allie tells her it’s fine and not to worry about it. Chanel asks Allie why she came by in the first place. Allie informs her that she tried to talk to Johnny but it didn’t go so great. Chanel asks what he said. Allie says it’s not really what he said. Allie doesn’t know if she should tell her but Chanel says now she has to. Allie then reveals that she went to the DiMera Mansion, she walked in on Johnny kissing another woman.

Johnny tells Jake that he and Gabi were just discussing a potential alliance as he still thinks they could be quite useful to each other. Jake asks if he came up with any other ideas. Johnny says one or two but they got interrupted, so he came here to pick up where they left off at the mansion. Jake asks what exactly they were talking about at the mansion. Johnny and Gabi think back to Johnny kissing her. Jake asks if they are going to tell him. Johnny says sure but Gabi says to let her.

Tripp is glad that Allie was able to help Chanel. Paulina talks about how wonderful Allie was and claims that Allie got Chanel home and in bed, then left right away. Paulina goes on about how Allie is such a good friend and Chanel needs a good friend. Tripp notes that she seems a little nervous and he thinks he knows why.

Chanel complains that Johnny didn’t waste any time and asks who he was kissing. Allie says it doesn’t matter but Chanel insists, so Allie reveals it was Gabi Hernandez who lives with his uncle Jake. Chanel questions Johnny making moves on his uncle’s girlfriend. Allie knows it’s gross. Allie swears it’s like Johnny has hit some new personal low. Chanel remarks that her mother was right as always that Johnny was a jerk, who never loved her and lied to her. Allie calls Johnny bad news. Chanel asks why it hurts so much as Allie hugs her.

Gabi tells Jake that she and Johnny didn’t get to talk much because his sister interrupted them. Johnny explains that Allie is mad at him for divorcing her best friend. Jake jokes that Johnny gave it his best for a week or two. Gabi suggests Jake get them some drinks and then they can tell Johnny all of their ideas on how they can all work together, so Jake heads to the bar. Johnny points out that Gabi didn’t tell Jake that he kissed her so he guesses she wants to keep that their little secret and that she wouldn’t mind if it happened again.

Chad questions Abigail first thinking “Sarah” was Kristen and then Gwen. Abigail informs him that was until Kristen called her and then Gwen walked out of the Salem Inn. Chad guesses that means it was actually Sarah. Abigail knows it seems that way but she can’t stop thinking about how Kristen abducted Kate, wore a Kate mask and broke up with Jake which all feels similar to what’s happening with Sarah and Xander. Abigail calls it awkward and she just felt like she was in a bad play.

Ava knows she got upset when Gwen asked her to take over and put on the mask again, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. They flash back to Gwen telling Ava that she couldn’t do it anymore after how bad she felt for fooling Maggie and Xander so Ava agreed to put the mask on. Gwen tells Ava that she knows how much she owes her. Ava tells Gwen that she needs to get going because Sarah needs to get to the airstrip. Gwen asks Ava to do it but Ava says she has to say no this time because she’s having dinner with Rafe and Nicole. Gwen questions Ava having dinner with them when she hates them. Ava points out that they know that, but Rafe and Nicole don’t yet.

Nicole complains about Ava insisting that she come to dinner and then she’s not there. Rafe encourages her to sit down and have some wine. Nicole points out that Rafe came to her, saying that he thought Ava was setting him up with the planted evidence and that he thought Ava cut Duke’s head off. Nicole adds that Ava came to her office twice to set up this dinner and now she’s not here. Rafe feels bad for getting her all worked up. Nicole says she already felt a little weird about Ava’s friendliness and how it seemed forced. Nicole adds that now that she thinks about it, it’s not just forced but calculated. Nicole wants Rafe to tell her that she’s overreacting and being paranoid but Rafe admits he doesn’t know if she is.

Gabi tells Johnny that she didn’t tell Jake that he kissed her because she didn’t want Jake to beat the crap out of him. Johnny advises her to rethink her relationship with Jake because that kind of behavior doesn’t indicate mutual trust. Gabi mocks him giving her relationship tips and asks how Chanel is these days. Jake returns with drinks and says for them to finally get down to business.

Chad asks if Abigail thinks she just wants this to be true. Abigail wants the person she talked with to actually be Sarah so that Sarah would be safe and making her own decisions. Abigail asks Chad what if it was Kate if she never got away from Kristen and how that would play out. Abigail says they would get periodic text messages saying not to worry and then her phone losses connection and they never hear from her ever again like what happened with Sarah and Maggie. Chad sees the parallels. Abigail worries that Sarah is still in trouble and this is all a big charade to get them to stop looking for her. Chad points out that Kristen is not here so it’s not her. Abigail adds that it wasn’t Gwen either. Abigail points out that she barely got off the phone with Kristen and then Gwen came out of the Salem Inn so it all felt staged. Abigail wonders if it was a fake call but says her head hurts trying to figure it out. Abigail is really scared for Sarah and says the person she talked to was on her way to the airstrip, so tonight is her last night to get to the bottom of this.

Gwen questions Ava hating Rafe and Nicole so much that she’s throwing them a dinner party. Ava explains that she can’t let them know she’s onto them yet. Gwen suggests calling and telling them that she’s running late because she can’t take the chance of anyone seeing her as “Sarah” because she won’t be able to pull it off, while Ava is so good at this. Gwen promises that she won’t ask her for anything ever again.

Nicole feels like she’s in Fatal Attraction. Rafe is sorry and suggests maybe they are just being paranoid. Rafe then gets a call from Ava. Rafe answers and asks if she’s alright. Ava says something has come up and tells them to go ahead and eat. Rafe says they will wait but Ava says she doesn’t know how long she’s going to be. Rafe asks what’s going on and if something is wrong but Ava hangs up. Nicole asks if Ava said where she was or when she’s coming back but Rafe says no. Nicole wonders if Ava left them here alone on purpose.

Chad acknowledges the weird parallels but points out that Maggie and Xander both talked to “Sarah” and didn’t express any doubts about her. Chad encourages Abigail to just relax. Chad says he’s going to read the kids a book and then they can have dinner. Chad says when he gets back, he’ll do everything in his power to take her mind off of Sarah.

Tripp tells Paulina that he knows there was a point in time that Allie and Chanel were a little more than friends because Allie doesn’t keep secrets from him, so he knows that they kissed a couple times in the past but that is over and Allie loves him. Tripp reiterates that Allie and Chanel are just really good friends. Paulina claims she’s so happy for him and gives back her cane as she exits the room.

Allie apologizes to Chanel for blurting that out but she thought she should know. Chanel is glad that she told her because she needed to know so it’s not her fault. Allie asks Chanel not to cry since Johnny is not worth it. Chanel says she didn’t listen when she’s been saying that from the start. Allie didn’t want to be right but says the brother that she grew up with is gone. Allie asks Chanel if she wants to talk about it. Chanel says not right now. Allie tells her to call if she needs anything as she then exits.

Jake tells Johnny if they pool their shares, they can work on getting a heavy hitter on the DiMera Board like Victor Kiriakis. Johnny calls Victor the competition. Jake says if they get Victor thinking they are interested in an alliance then bring him on board to sic him on Chad and EJ, then when they get rid of them, they get rid of Victor. Johnny likes the way he thinks but he’s not sure that’s the move. Jake thinks it could pay off big time while Johnny worries it could blow up in their faces. Johnny says he needs time to think about this. Johnny remarks that something, or someone, will really have to persuade him in to thinking this is a good idea as he then exits the Bistro. Jake then asks Gabi what she’s not telling him.

Rafe questions Nicole thinking that Ava planned this. Nicole suggests maybe she’s testing them or maybe she’s putting her money where her mouth is since she says she trusts them and this proves it. Rafe says maybe she’s playing a sick game so maybe nothing came up and she hoped on walking in and seeing this, as Rafe then grabs Nicole and kisses her.

Ava as “Sarah” heads to the airstrip and calls Gwen to let her know that she just got there and made sure a couple people saw her on the way and she’ll make sure the security camera has a good shot, then she will get out of range, take off the mask, and get home. Gwen says she can’t thank her enough. Ava reminds her that she owes her as they hang up. Abigail then appears and goes to tackle “Sarah”.

Gabi tells Jake about Johnny kissing her. Jake gets pissed and calls Johnny a snake. Gabi tells him to relax since she slapped Johnny across the face. Jake points out that it doesn’t seem to have put him off much. Gabi explains that she didn’t want it to as the more she pushes him away and put him down, he tells himself that she’s protesting too much so his inflated ego is in her hands. Jake doesn’t like it but Gabi says he’ll love it when he puts Victor on the board, which she knows he will. Jake is creeped out by Johnny. Gabi says now that Johnny is gone, she can just concentrate on Jake as they kiss.

Allie goes to the hospital to bring Tripp chowder from the Pub and a slice of Chanel’s pecan pie so he didn’t have to eat hospital food. Allie says she missed him as they hug.

Paulina goes home to Chanel and announces she no longer has her cane. Chanel says that’s really great but Paulina notices she’s upset and asks what’s wrong. Chanel says she’s been thinking about what Paulina said and she was right about Johnny. Chanel asks why Johnny should be living the high life while she has to wake up at the crack of dawn to make a living. Chanel decides that she is going after a divorce settlement and take Johnny for everything he’s worth. Paulina calls it always good to have goals in life.

Devil Johnny sits at home at the DiMera Mansion, remarking that Gabi thinks she’s so smart but she has no idea who she’s actually up against. Chad walks in and questions what he’s doing there. Johnny asks if he’s not thrilled to see him. Chad says that Abigail was just there and asks where she is. Johnny responds that Abigail was just leaving as he got there and that she drove off like a bat out of Hell…

Abigail successfully unmasks “Sarah” and says she knew it but is shocked to find out that it was Ava under the mask.

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Days Short Recap Monday January 24, 2022

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Recap written by Michele and Cheryl

Abby tried to take the mask off of Gwen. “Gwen” showed up and asked Abby what she was doing. Abby was shocked that Gwen was behind her. “Gwen” told Abby that she was used to her attacking her, but a stranger. She realized the person wasn’t a stranger. “Sarah” said she came back to town so she could let her family know she was okay. “Sarah” told “Gwen” that she could have Xander because she was through with him. Nicole went to Rafe’s house. Nicole asked Rafe if he thought Ava set him up. “Sarah” asked Abby if she still thought she was Gwen. Abby said she didn’t. When Abby left, Gwen told Ava that she was glad she pulled it off. Chanel told Allie that her mother saw them together the night they slept together. Allie was horrified that Paulina knows about them. Allie was afraid Paulina was going o ell people. Johnny told Gabi that he wanted to be alone with her. He said he had stock in DiMera which he knew she was interested in. Abby went home and told Chad that she found Sarah. She said she didn’t think it was Sarah. Ava and Gwen talked about Ava wearing the Gwen mask. Allie told Chanel that she talked to Johnny. Allie said she walked in on Johnny kissing another woman. Jake showed up while Gabi and Johnny were talking. Johnny said they were talking about joining together.

Chanel said Johnny didn’t waste any time. Allie said he didn’t. Chanel wanted to know who it was. Allie said it was Gabi. Chanel said he was making out with his uncle’s girlfriend. Allie told her to let him go because he was bad news. Chanel said it hurt. When Jake walked away to get drinks, Johnny told Gabi that he wanted her to kiss him again. Abby told Chad that it felt like Sarah was wearing a mask. Ava told Gwen that her wearing the mask turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Gwen told Ava that she owed her. Ava said she did. Ava said she had to leave. She said Sarah had to go to the airport. Gwen asked her to do it. Ava said she couldn’t because she had plans with Rafe and Nicole. Gwen said she thought she hated them. Ava said she did. Nicole was upset that Ava wasn’t at the dinner. She reminded him that he thought Ava was the one who set him up. He said he did. She thought Ava wanting to work on their relationship was true. Gabi told Johnny that she didn’t tell Jake he kissed her because he would beat the crap out of him. Johnny said that didn’t prove trust. Jake came back and wanted to get back to business. Chad asked Abby if she wanted it to be true. Abby said she wanted Sarah to be safe and making her own decision. She asked if it was Kate who was in the same situation as Sarah. She thought Sarah was still in danger. Gwen asked Ava why she was having dinner with Rafe and Nicole if she hated them. Ava said she couldn’t let on that she knew about them. Gwen told Ava that she was good at it. She said she couldn’t pull it off. Chad asked Abby if Maggie and Xander thought the same thing. He said Xander has been working with her and thought Sarah was herself.

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Abby confronted Sarah about not being who she said she was. She thought she was really Kristen. She denied it and tried to walk away, but Abby stopped her. She told her that Kristen kidnapped Sarah. “Sarah” mocked her while Kristen called her. Abby wanted to know who it was. Kristen said it was really her. She told her that she didn’t have anything to do with Philip’s disappearance. She said she was innocent and she wanted her to print that. She hung up the phone. “Sarah” tried to leave again, but Abby wouldn’t let her go. She said a voice on the phone wasn’t going to be enough to convince her that she wasn’t Kristen. She refused to admit anything. Abby thought back to a previous conversation and realized who she was. Abby realized Gwen was wearing the mask. She tried to walk away, but Abby wanted to take off her mask. Kayla was looking through the Reverend Mother’s desk when Kristen walked in with a gun. She started mocking Kayla so she didn’t want to hear what Kristen had to say. Kristen told her that Steve was dead. Kayla didn’t believe it was true. She thought Kristen was trying to throw her off balance. Kristen danced around it until Kayla believed her. She told Kristen that she killed Steve.

Gabi talked to Johnny about a partnership when he grabbed her and kissed her. She pushed him away and slapped him. Johnny seemed to like the idea that she drew blood. He said that he was reading the signals he was getting from her. She said that he ruined his marriage but she was in a committed relationship with Jake. He rolled his eyes and insulted him. He told her that she could have some fun on the side. She admitted that she was attracted to him, but she’s with Johnny. She said she wasn’t interested in an open relationship. He kissed her again just as Allie walked in the room. Gabi asked Allie not to say anything to Jake. She said she was at the bottom of her list of worries. Gabi walked out of the room. Allie yelled at Johnny for kissing Gabi. He thought she was jealous because he was flirting with Gabi. He said that Chanel loved her and not him. He teased her about them being together. He implied that they slept together. She was about to cry and told him that she hated him. She told him that she was done with him. She told him to be a good DiMera and realize that he lost his twin sister. He didn’t care that he lost her. Paulina talked to Chanel about taking Johnny to the cleaners. She said she was talking to attorneys about her situation. Chanel didn’t want to go after his money because she was a strong independent woman like her. Paulina still thought she deserved to get something after what he did to her. They talked about Allie. Paulina admitted that she saw Chanel with Allie. She tried to deny it, but she admitted they were together. She said she wasn’t ashamed that it happened. Paulina was fine with it, but she reminded her that she slept with her husband’s sister. She said that she slept with twins and that it was a sticky situation. She advised her to think about how she felt about both of them. Chanel admitted that she was attracted to Allie, but she was in love with Johnny.

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Days Short Recap Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Xander saw “Sarah” and hugged her. He was so glad she was okay. She told him to get off of her. She told him that she didn’t want anything to do with him. Xander asked Maggie for a minute alone with “Sarah.” Maggie took Xander into the hall. Gwen was afraid she wouldn’t be able to pull off being Sarah. Xander and Maggie came back and “Sarah” told them she was leaving in the morning. Maggie ended up crying. Maggie wanted her to call regularly. She hugged her. Maggie left the room so Xander wondered why “Sarah” didn’t sound like herself. He told her about her behavior with him, Rex and Maggie. She blamed him for the baby switch. She told him that she couldn’t forgive him for that. She wanted to check out of her room at the Salem Inn. He couldn’t believe what she was willing to do to her mother. He told her to do better. She told him to be with Gwen. He wanted to know how she knew about Gwen. He wanted to know how she knew about that. She said Maggie told her about it. She asked if it was true that he loved her? He told her that he didn’t think he could fall in love again, but he did. She told him to be with Gwen and leave her alone. She stormed out of the room. Abby saw Kate looking down. Abby asked her what happened and she told her that she saw Jake and Gabi. Abby said it ended well because she was with Roman. She said Jake was fired from DiMera. Kate wondered why she was there. She said she was covering a story about Sarah. She said she worked with Xander to find her. Abby told her about what happened.  Kate remembered when Kristen pretended to be her and shoved her in a suitcase to ship her out of town. That sparked an idea inside of Abby.

Maggie joined Kate and Abby at their table. She told them that Xander was with Sarah. Maggie was emotional as she talked about “Sarah’s” odd behavior. She said she wasn’t herself. Maggie left the table. Kate left the table to get a drink. Abby remembered what Kate said about Kristen’s mask and Sarah acting different. Abby reacted and walked out of the room. Xander looked at a picture of Sarah. He remembered proposing to her. Maggie returned and noticed Xander looked confused. He thought there would be more to the story. Abby found “Sarah” and told her that she wasn’t her cousin. Trask entered Sami’s deposition into evidence and was ready to rest her case. Belle wanted the case dismissed for lack of evidence. EJ was ready to testify. Belle didn’t think it was a good idea, but she called him to the stand. He said he didn’t do anything to keep Sami from her kids. Trask reminded him that he did it before. EJ said he chloroformed Sami after she shot him in his head. He said she left him to die. He wanted to protect his children. Trask questioned him about using chloroform on Sami when he wanted to get stem cells from her unborn baby. EJ pleaded the fifth. EJ felt defeated and left the stand. The judge was ready to hear closing arguments. Chad saw Johnny in the living room. They argued about EJ. Johnny goaded him about EJ and Abby having an affair before. He said EJ lied about Chad framing him for Sami’s kidnapping. Chad looked guilty as he said he had to rethink his relationship with his father. He thought he should be working with Chad. Chad didn’t trust him and didn’t want to get burned again. Johnny promised to prove himself to him. Belle told EJ that she did her best in her closing arguments. Chad showed up just as the judge was about to render a verdict. The judge found EJ guilty. He was immediately remanded to holding and would be transferred to Statesville.

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Days Weekly Best Lines January 17, 2022

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(to Trask)
Kate: You have a warrant to eavesdrop on our conversation?

The judge: I trust you are feeling better.
Chad: Yes your honor.
The judge: Good. Remember you’re under oath. Try not to choke this time.

(to EJ)
Chad: We’ll see you in 10 years or never. Never is better.

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Days Transcript Friday, January 21, 2022

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Abigail: Sarah? Thank god I caught you. We need to talk.

Ava as sarah: Abigail, I’m– I’m so sorry, but if I don’t leave right now I’m gonna miss my flight–

Abigail: Well, just answer one question.

Ava as sarah: What is it?

Abigail: You’re not really sarah, are you?

Ava as sarah: I beg your pardon?

Abigail: You heard me. You’re not my cousin, sarah horton. You’re kristen dimera.

[Suspenseful music]

[Phone ringing]

Kristen: Huh. Sorry, sweetness. Steve can’t come to the phone right now.

Kayla: Steve, call me back as soon as you get this. No, no, no. No, better yet, why don’t you get here. I’m in the reverend mother’s office but she could come back at any minute. I think if we want to find anything on kristen, it’s gonna take two of us.

Chloe: Hey, dad. It’s me again. Why haven’t you called me back? Mom is here and she’s a wreck. She’s convinced that you’re having an affair and I can’t talk her out of it, so we need to fix this now. Please call me.

[Sighs]

Craig: Why call when I can come in person?

Chloe: Daddy.

Craig: Better late than never, huh? Mm. Mm.

Gabi: Johnny, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about our conversation yesterday.

Johnny: When you said we had interests in common?

Gabi: Mm-hmm. Yeah. I wanted to talk to you about what our partnership might look like.

Johnny: You know, I’ve been giving that a lot of thought. And I was thinking that it might look something like this.

Gabi: Uh!

[Panting] Uh!

Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”

[Soft orchestration]

Chanel: Hey, mama. How’s your ankle?

Paulina: Never mind about that. We need to talk about the other night.

Johnny: You really pack a wallop. Made me bite my cheek. You drew blood.

Gabi: Is this some kind of an act?

Johnny: Oh, come on. I was reading your signals loud and clear.

Gabi: What signals? I am in a loving, committed relationship to your uncle, jake. Do you remember him?

Johnny: To be honest with you, the family tries very hard not to think about him.

Gabi: Ah, well, the family’s making a huge mistake.

Johnny: Teasing. Hey. C’mon, what’s the big deal? You got a boyfriend, jake. A hot second ago, I had a wife. Things change.

Gabi: You’re old enough to drink?

Johnny: Yeah. Can I make you one?

Gabi: No. No, thank you. You may have sabotaged your marriage, but I am in a loving, committed relationship to jake. You got it?

Johnny: Got it. You’re with the grease monkey. Doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun on the side.

Craig: I got your message, and I booked the first flight out.

Chloe: Oh, I miss you.

Craig: I miss you too, sweetheart.

Chloe: But you have to set mom straight.

Craig: [Laughs] She driving you crazy?

Chloe: Well, yeah, naturally. But I understand. She–she thinks you have some other woman on the side. And I’m trying to tell her she’s being ridiculous, but she won’t listen to me.

Craig: Thank you for your concern. And I’m sorry she dragged you into this.

Chloe: It’s okay, it’s not your fault. I know you’d never cheat on her.

Craig: [Sighs] Well. You know how your mother gets when she gets these things in her head, right?

Chloe: Yeah.

Nancy: It’s all in my head. Is that what you want chloe to believe?

Ava as sarah: You think that I’m kristen? Are you having another one of your episodes?

Abigail: My mental health has never been better, thank you.

Ava as sarah: Okay. I don’t know what’s going on here, but if you’re not sick, then this must be some sort of a mind game that I really don’t have time for, so.

Abigail: It all makes sense.

Ava as sarah: What makes sense?

Abigail: You kidnapped sarah horton, you stuffed her in a suitcase, and then you put on your sarah mask to make all of salem believe she left town of her own free will.

Ava as sarah: Are you just gonna say that with a straight face? Do you even hear how delusional that sounds?

Abigail: You tried to do the same thing to kate. She’s telling everyone who will listen to her that you abducted her, and then you put on a kate mask and you went and you broke up with jake.

Ava as sarah: I would start you on anti-psychotics, but I didn’t bring my prescription pad. So I’ve put up with you for as long as I’m going to.

[Phone ringing] Do you want to answer that? It might be a hot tip that amelia earhart running around in a jimmy hoffa mask.

Abigail: Do not move.

[Sighs] Abigail dimera. Hello? Who’s calling?

Kristen: It’s your sister-in-law, kristen dimera.

[Dramatic music]

It’s my 5:52 woke-up-like-this migraine medicine.

Brady: Xander, what are you doing here?

Xander: Drinking. Care to join me?

Brady: No, I–I don’t drink. As a matter of fact, I’m here to pick maggie up for an aa meeting.

Xander: Ah. Oh, yeah. Well, I think she’s upstairs. I figured she wouldn’t mind if I helped myself to some of uncle victor’s lovely scotch.

Brady: Okay. Well, I hope someone is giving you a ride home.

Xander: No. I’ll take a taxi. Brady, before you go fetch maggie, can I ask you a question?

Brady: Go for it.

Xander: How do you drown your sorrows?

Brady: What?

Xander: I mean, since you don’t drink.

Brady: Oh. Well, xander to be honest with you, I really don’t drown my sorrows at all anymore. I kind of allow myself to just experience them. I talk to people I trust about them. I vow to make better choices in the future to avoid having more sorrow, and eventually things seem to get better.

Xander: Yeah, well, that’s– that’s the problem right there, brady. I mean, I’m just not as patient as you. For me, eventually just isn’t soon enough for me. God, it sounds like an eternity.

Brady: I’m gonna see if I can find maggie.

Xander: Please tell her that I– you know, I admire her for not drowning her sorrows either, for facing them head on. You know, dealing with adversity with courage and fortitude and not even a drop of barley brew.

Brady: I’ll pass that along to her.

Xander: Bloody, bloody hell!

Brady: What is wrong?

Xander: [Scoffs] Sorry, brad. I hadn’t meant for you to hear that. Look, just– why don’t you just treat me like you normally treat me? Just ignore me or–

[Sighs] Just treat me like somebody you want disappear or just you wish would leave you alone. Trust me, I’ve been getting a big dose of that recently.

Brady: Xander, what– what are you talking about?

Xander: Sarah. The woman I thought was the answer to my prayers, the love of my life, she– she dumped me again.

Abigail: Who is this really?

Kristen: God. It’s me, of course. I understand you’re editing “the spectator” now. Well, I have a story for you.

Abigail: Go on.

Kristen: [Scoffs] Well, so much for gratitude. I could be giving the scoop to “the intruder,” you know.

Abigail: [Huffs] What sort of scoop are we talking about? Keep in mind you are speaking on the record.

Kristen: Fine by me. Here’s the gist. I had nothing to do with the disappearance of philip kiriakis. And I would never, ever frame brady black. He’s the father of my only child. I’m an innocent woman, and you can quote me on that.

Ava as sarah: I could hear who you were talking to. It was kristen, right? The person you keep insisting I am? It seems like somebody needs to brush up on their girl reporter skills. So as I said, I do have a plane to catch.

Abigail: I am not done with you yet.

Chanel: I was scared to death for you, mama, when I heard that that chandelier almost fell right on top of you. You could’ve died.

Paulina: But I didn’T. I just turned my ankle. That’s it. Lani took real good care of me. Baby, it’s you I’m worried about. I haven’t talked to you since the reception.

Chanel: Quite a party, huh? My new husband made a fool of me in front of both of our families.

Paulina: How are you holding up?

Chanel: How do you think?

Paulina: Mm, don’t you worry about that eurotrash little poser. We’re gonna make him pay, you best believe that.

Chanel: What do you have in mind?

Paulina: You just leave everything to me.

Chanel: Okay. Now I’m worried.

Paulina: You didn’t sign a prenup with him, did you?

Chanel: No, it didn’t even come up. Why?

Paulina: I am talking to one of the top divorce lawyers in the country. I hope johnny dimera is ready to be starched and pressed, because we are taking him to the cleaners.

Johnny: Well, I won’t tell if you won’t tell.

Gabi: Down, boy.

Johnny: Come on, gabi. You’re a hot, beautiful, smart woman. Are you really ready to limit your sex life to jake dimera for the rest of your life?

Gabi: I never said I wasn’t attracted to you, johnny.

Johnny: That’s right. You didn’T.

Gabi: But jake and i are committed to each other.

Johnny: Ever heard of an open relationship?

Gabi: [Laughs] That– that isn’t for us. Jake is very traditional.

Johnny: Hm. Well, I can think of a couple traditions I wouldn’t mind starting with you.

Allie: You two? Seriously?

To be a thriver with

metastatic breast cancer

Johnny: Hey, sis. Nobody told me you were stopping by.

Allie: No kidding.

Gabi: Johnny and i were just–

Johnny: Discussing the company’s quarterly report.

Allie: Mm. Must’ve been kind of hard to talk with his tongue down your throat. And since when do you give a rat’s ass about the family’s company?

Johnny: Well, since my dad signed his shares in it over to me.

Allie: Are you making that up?

Johnny: No.

Allie: So much for bragging about never turning corporate.

Johnny: Well, I realized it was time for me to step up, take my rightful place at dimera enterprises.

Allie: Hm. And, um– and you were just coming over to offer your congratulations?

Gabi: I’m gonna head out.

Allie: Good idea.

Johnny: We’ll continue this conversation some other time.

Gabi: Yeah. Allie, I’d really appreciate it if you didn’t go trotting to jake and tell him what you saw.

Allie: Trust me, you and jake are way down my list of priorities.

Johnny: What’s your problem?

Allie: My problem is that my brother is even more of a disgusting jerk than I thought.

Chanel: I don’t want you to go after johnny’s money.

Paulina: Why not?

Chanel: Because I’m a strong, independent woman, just like my mama.

Paulina: But–

Chanel: But nothing! Forget about johnny and his twisted family’s fortune.

Paulina: Okay. For now.

Chanel: I should’ve listened to horton when she tried to warn me about her brother. And I wouldn’t be in this mess now.

Paulina: Hm. I’m glad that you two– you two girls are such good friends. I saw the way allie ran after you when you left the reception.

Chanel: Yeah. Horton’s the best.

Paulina: I take it she was able to make you feel better?

Chanel: I– I wouldn’t have been able to get through that night without her.

Paulina: I already knew that.

Chanel: You did?

Paulina: I saw the two of you in bed.

Craig: What do I have to say to convince you there is no other woman?

Nancy: Well, you have to say, “I’m not having an affair, nancy,” and mean it. But you can’t, can you?

Craig: For the love of god.

Chloe: Guys, I’m getting a real dysfunctional family vibe–

Craig: You know, I can’t believe you brought her into this.

Nancy: She’s a grown woman. She has every right to know that her father is a lying, cheating womanizer.

Craig: Okay, that’s it. I give up!

Ava as sarah: How can I be kristen when you just hung up the phone with her?

Abigail: It was a phone call, not a video chat. If you can put on a mask and pretend to be sarah, I’m sure you can get a voice double for a phone call.

Ava as sarah: That’s really reaching, don’t you think?

Abigail: Who else would have a motive to come to town dressed as sarah just in order to break up with xander all over again?

Kayla: This should work. Why would a mother superior need to lock her drawer?

Kristen: Her cigarettes, maybe. Well, there’s no need for you to commit a mortal sin, sister. ‘Cause your search is over.

Kristen: Well, look at you. Huh? Oh, you seem to have found a true vocation. And here I thought you and steve were a love affair for the ages. Mm? I mean, are you really gonna give all that one-eyed passion to become a bride of christ?

Kayla: You can just save all the little peppy patter. You and I both know I’m no nun. I’m helping steve look for you.

Kristen: Oh. Why is that? Is it bring your wife to work day?

Kayla: Because I wasn’t gonna let him come and find you alone. And he thought that you would be hiding out here.

Kristen: [Chuckles] Why?

Kayla: Because it’s what you did before.

Kristen: Oh, gosh. I mean, I hate being predictable. But I am afraid that steve will not be able to bring me in this time.

Kayla: Where is he?

Kristen: You know the old saying–

[Laughs] “Curiosity killed the patch?”

Xander: She called me a creep, a neanderthal, and made it very clear to me, again, that she is absolutely done with me, wants nothing to do with me. And the only feeling that she has for me is disgust.

Brady: That sounds pretty brutal.

Xander: You know, I think I had it coming. I’ve hardly led an exemplary life, as well you know, brady. I’m a– I’m just a terrible person. I think maybe sarah finally realized that.

Brady: Xander, I know how much you loved her. And I know how devoted sarah was to you. Maggie would go on and on about it. She was really rooting for the two of you.

Xander: So you don’t think I got what I deserve?

Brady: Actually, in this case, I don’T. ‘Cause I think your feelings for her were genuine. And I know how much you wanted to marry her.

Xander: Yeah, but then instead of tying the knot with me, she jumps into bed with her ex, brady, on my wedding day, I mean– and then she turned around and dumped him shortly thereafter. Not that that softens the blow at all.

Brady: I’m sorry. I know better than anyone what it’s like to have a relationship just–

[Scoffs] Blow up in a spectacular fashion.

Xander: You and kristen?

Brady: Yeah. And now, I got steve johnson trying to hunt her down.

Chanel: Look I– I was so messed up after what johnny did. I didn’t want to be alone. And horton was cool enough to hang out with me until I fell asleep.

Paulina: Chanel? Remember when you were a little, bitty girl? What did I always say when you were scared to tell me something you thought might get you into trouble?

Chanel: That I could always tell you the truth.

Paulina: That’s right. I know I haven’t always lived up to that. But it still stands. You can tell me the truth about anything.

Chanel: But I am telling you the truth. Look, all we did was cuddle. I know it might look–

Paulina: Chanel. Chanel. Stop. J–just stop. Now when I say to you that I saw you two together, I mean I saw you together.

Allie: First, you dump chanel, and then I catch you trying to come on to gabi. I mean, what do you suppose will would think about you trying to hook up with arianna’s mom?

Johnny: I don’t know why he’d care. He obviously wasn’t that into her. You on the other hand–

Allie: Johnny, shut your mouth.

Johnny: Were you jealous?

Allie: Shut up!

Johnny: Lighten up. It was a joke.

[Sighs] You want something?

Allie: No. And when did you start knocking back booze in the middle of the day?

Johnny: You could stand to take the edge off too. Believe me.

Allie: Johnny, this isn’t funny.

Johnny: Well, it’s a little funny. You marching in here with your righteous indignation. You’re a joke.

Allie: And you’re a jackass.

Johnny: Mm. Always was, always will be– at least in your eyes. Don’t you ever get tired of running around passing judgement on everyone that you meet?

Allie: Thank god chanel is through with you.

Johnny: You warned her I’d hurt her. And you were right. Come on, doesn’t that make your day?

Allie: No. Okay? That’s not what I wanted. I was actually hoping for chanel’s sake that you would be different this time.

Johnny: Sorry.

Allie: No, you’re not. I always knew you were a player, but I’m realizing now that you’re also a soulless creep.

Ava as sarah: For the last time, I came back because I found out that xander was making my mom worried sick about me.

Abigail: But how did you find out? Because nobody knew how to reach sarah.

Ava as sarah: I have my ways.

Abigail: Tell me about ’em.

Ava as sarah: Look, abigail, I know that you want this to be a really big story so you can drive traffic to your newspaper’s website, but the truth is, I broke up with somebody that I shouldn’t have been with in the first place. That’s it. End of story. What do I have to do to convince you?

Gwen: Don’t you think that if sarah just wanted to be found by xander or anyone, she would have just turned up by now?

Abigail: Assuming that she’s able to.

Gwen: Now who sounds paranoid? Why can’t you just let the woman be, abigail? And why can’t you just let me have a tiny bit of happiness at this time in my life?

Abigail: You couldn’t convince me as yourself, so you’re trying to convince me as sarah.

Ava as sarah: What are you babbling about?

Abigail: You’re not kristen.

Ava as sarah: See. Finally.

Abigail: How did you get your hands on the mask, gwen? This is the sound of nature breathing.

Ava as sarah: You’re not gonna let this insanity go, are you? First I’m kristen, now I’m gwen. Who am I gonna be next? Grandma alice coming to get her cut of profits from donut sales?

Abigail: You can deny it all you want, but I’m onto you now. And I got to hand it to you, pretty resourceful.

Ava as sarah: Okay, I’m done with this.

Abigail: Okay, you push past me, and I will make a scene right here in this square that my great-grandparents built. I will say poor sarah’s having a breakdown, she needs to go to the er. You really want to risk that?

Ava as sarah: You’re the one having the breakdown. Wouldn’t be the first time.

Abigail: Who was it that told me to stop looking for sarah, hm? Wasn’t her mother. Wasn’t xander. It was you. You, and I ignored you. And I kept looking anyway. And I’m onto you now, and you know it. And you are so desperate to keep xander that you will do anything. Right, gwen?

Nancy: [Chuckling] Don’t you know, craig, that every cheating husband has used business trips, working late at the office as cover-ups for an affair? And I want to thank you for turning what I thought was a good marriage into a cliché.

Craig: Do you see what I have to deal with?

Nancy: Don’t talk about me like I’m not even in the room!

Chloe: Mom! No one can even talk to you ’cause we can’t get a word in edgewise. And I don’t know if you care, but I– I believe dad.

Nancy: You–you do? Really?

Chloe: Yes, I–I really do. And I know him really well. Wouldn’t you agree?

Nancy: Better than anyone.

Craig: Which is why chloe knows I’m telling you the truth. Nancy wesley, do you not know how much you mean to me? That there is no other woman in the world for me? Mm.

Nancy: [Crying]

Chanel: It–it just happened, mama. Okay? And–and I’m not ashamed.

Paulina: And I don’t want you to be ashamed. But baby, you– you went to bed with a brother and a sister– twins, no less. That’s a dicey situation.

Chanel: Well, you messed around with abe after you knew he’d already been with aunt tamara.

Paulina: Now hold on, baby girl, now, don’t you go getting yourself into grown folks’ business. For the record, there was thirty-odd years between my relationship with abraham and your aunt tamara. You, you hopped into bed with allie on that same night that your husband told you your marriage was over. How long has this been going on?

Chanel: It hasn’t been. Horton’s in love with tripp.

Paulina: Now, you and I both know that is not exactly the case. You and allie, you had a strong connection way before you ever laid eyes on johnny.

Chanel: Maybe. All right, but it never went beyond a couple of kisses.

Paulina: Until it did. Listen, dumpling, I know you believe that it wasn’t planned, but I think you need to take a step back, search your heart. Come to terms with how you feel about johnny and allie. The situation is already complicated enough. Don’t let it get completely out of hand.

Allie: Do you know how much you hurt chanel? She really loved you. She thought you were the one.

Johnny: The one?

[Laughs] Me? Don’t be ridiculous.

Allie: Excuse me?

Johnny: Oh, we both know who has the key to chanel’s heart. And it ain’t me.

Allie: What are you talking about?

Johnny: Well, I’m talking about you, alice caroline horton, my beloved sister. The one who always did like to ride the fence. She sits in judgement on her pious perch as a horton. All while quietly enjoying the fact that her mother married into dimera money. She runs around with her noble do-gooder, tripp johnson, the brother of her dead, rapist baby daddy, because he’s safe.

Allie: Do you enjoy doing this to me?

Johnny: And while tripp is off healing the sick, allie’s playing kissing games with her bff, chanel. And then when chanel up and marries allie’s brother, does that stop allie from lusting after chanel? No, it does not.

Allie: You’re a pig.

Johnny: And you’re a hypocrite. I saw you fly out of here after chanel took off. You couldn’t wait to console her. I bet you consoled her right out of her clothes and into bed, didn’t you?

Ava as sarah: You know, if the journalism thing doesn’t work out, you could try your hand writing those cheap thrillers– the ones that the plot doesn’t make any sense, ’cause that’s what this is.

Abigail: Insult me all you want, gwen. I’m still gonna prove that it’s you underneath that sarah mask.

Gwen: I don’t understand. How–how are you here?

Ava as sarah: Oh, well, I called the front desk and asked for xander cook’s room number. They were really quite accommodating.

Gwen: I–I didn’t– I didn’t mean that. I meant–

Ava as sarah: Oh, you meant how did I get off the desert island that kristen dimera stashed me on when I threatened to tell the cops that she was masquerading as susan banks? Which you already knew. Because that’s what kristen was using to blackmail you into helping her escape.

Gwen: Sarah, I–I–

Ava as sarah: I didn’T.

Gwen: What?

Ava as sarah: Sarah horton is still very much on that island.

Gwen: I–I don’t understand. That doesn’t make sense.

Ava as sarah: Oh, right. Sorry, I forgot.

Gwen: What on earth are you doing?

Ava as sarah: I’m really done with this. Goodbye, abigail. Let go of me!

Abigail: Sure. Right after I take a good look at that mask up close.

Chanel: I love horton as a friend. And I’m physically attracted to her. But I was in love with johnny. Really in love. And I thought he loved me too.

Paulina: Aww. I’m so sorry that monster, he treated you the way he did.

Chanel: I don’t even know that guy who stood up and told our families that we were through. My johnny, he held my hand and he showed me around rome. And one night, we were in this restaurant and some dude was talking in italian about johnny being white and me being black, and not in a good way. You should have seen johnny, mama. He shut that dude up. He didn’t want me to feel bad for one minute. I just–I just don’t even understand what happened.

Paulina: Baby, you’re gonna get through this. You’re gonna get through it. You are. You are. And you’re gonna find the perfect person to spend the rest of your life with.

Chanel: I wish I had your faith.

Paulina: Well, baby, until you do, I have got enough for the both of us.

Chanel: [Crying]

Paulina: Oh, baby. Well, you know, I’m– I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Baby, I hate to leave you. I hate to leave you like this, but I’ve got to– I’ve got to go. I’ve got a follow-up appointment at the hospital.

Chanel: You go. You–you make sure that that ankle is healing right. Even if my broken heart never does.

Allie: I actually hate you.

Johnny: Looks like I struck a nerve.

Allie: No, hate isn’t the right word. I hate the things you do, but really I feel sorry for you. You’re just as delusional as most of the twisted members of your dad’s side of the family.

Johnny: And the horton’s are so together–

Allie: I’m going to try and get this straight to you one last time. I am in love with tripp. And chanel is my best friend.

[Huffs] I thought I could come over here and try and talk to the johnny that I loved when we were kids. Maybe I could ask him why he did what he did to a wife who loved him. I was dumb enough to think that I could come over and talk some sense into you, get you to go over and apologize to her.

Johnny: Well, I’m never going to apologize for what I am. That’s not the dimera way.

Allie: Great, giovanni. Be a good little dimera. Make your crazy father and your precious nonno so proud. But while you do that, keep something in mind. You used to have a twin sister. You don’t anymore. I have one brother, and his name is will. You’re on your own.

Demon johnny: Oh, allie.

[Laughs] You don’t know the half of it.

Xander: You hired steve to track down kristen?

Brady: And bring her to justice, yeah.

Xander: Well, I hope to hell he finds her. I’m sure you know I’ve had my own share of miserable headaches thanks to kristen dimera. You know, honestly, for a while there I suspected that she might have had a hand in sarah’s disappearance.

Brady: I can understand why you’d think that.

Xander: You know, I actually hoped that she was involved for a while. It would have been a lot better for my ego. But no, it turned out that sarah left me of her own free will.

Brady: So what, she– she’s just leaving again?

Xander: Yeah. Bound and determined to get far away from salem and the likes of me. And since just the sight of me repulses her, there’s nothing I can do to stop her, nothing anybody can do.

Kayla: Steve is not dead. You’re just–you’re just trying to throw me off balance.

Kristen: Oh, please.

[Laughing] I have been one step ahead of you this entire time. I was watching when kindly father nichols brought poor, misplaced sister mary elizabeth in here. And see, while you were in here making a pathetic attempt to toss mother superior’s office, I was at your hotel room taking care of steve.

Kayla: Taking care of him? What does that mean?

Kristen: Well, I did what had to be done. Hm. Who do you think disconnected that phone call to him an hour or so ago?

Kayla: You killed him? My asthma felt anything but normal.

[Doorbell rings]

Chanel: Oh, mama must’ve forgotten her keys. Coming. Horton.

Allie: Hey, dupree. We need to talk.

Gabi: Hey, call me back when you get this. I mean it, jake. I have to tell you about this meeting I had with johnny. Apparently he’s more of an operator than I thought.

Johnny: Should my ears be burning?

Craig: Mm. You know what? Why don’t I take the both of you out for dinner and we can celebrate. Hm?

Nancy: Well, it sounds great.

Chloe: Yeah, it does. You know what? There’s a new place in town called the bistro, and it’s pretty good.

Craig: Let’s eat there.

Nancy: It’s a deal.

Craig: Okay.

Nancy: But I want to go back to hotel room and freshen up first.

Craig: Okay, sure. Chloe and I will meet you there in, what, about an hour or so?

Nancy: [Giggles] Again, it’s a deal. And craig, I hate repeating myself, but I’m so happy.

Craig: Bears repeating.

Nancy: Okay, one hour.

Chloe: Love you. See you soon.

Nancy: I love you too.

Craig: Bye, honey.

Chloe: [Sighs] I knew it. I–I knew that you wouldn’t cheat on mom, but she wouldn’t hear it from me. She had to hear it from you.

Craig: Yeah. Mm.

[Sighs]

Kayla: You killed him?

Kristen: What are you doing?

Kayla: You killed him? You bitch!

Kristen: Let go of me, you lunatic.

[Gun fires]

[Suspenseful music]

Ava as sarah: Let go of me.

Abigail: Not until I see who’s under that mask.

Ava as sarah: What?

Abigail: It’s all over, gwen. I have figured you out.

Gwen: What in god’s name are you doing, abigail?

[Dramatic music]

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“Sarah” walks through the town square with her bags packed. Abigail stops her and says they need to talk. “Sarah” says she’s sorry but she’s going to miss her flight if she doesn’t leave now. Abigail asks her to answer one question as she then asks if she’s not really Sarah. “Sarah” acts confused as Abigail then accuses her of being Kristen DiMera.

Kristen remains in the hotel room in Italy. Steve’s phone rings with a call from Kayla. Kristen ignores it and remarks that Steve can’t come to the phone right now.

Kayla leaves a message for Steve to meet her in the Mother Superior’s office because she thinks if they are going to find anything on Kristen, it’s going to take two of them.

Chloe is at Basic Black, calling her dad and leaving another message questioning why he hasn’t called her back. Chloe says her mom is there and she’s a wreck as she’s convinced he’s having an affair. Chloe says they need to fix this and tells him to call her back. As Chloe hangs up, her father Craig then arrives and asks why call when he can show up in person as they embrace.

Gabi tells Johnny that she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about their conversation about having interests in common, so she wanted to talk to him about what their partnership might look like. Johnny responds that he’s been giving that a lot of thought and says he was thinking it might look something like this, as Johnny then grabs Gabi and kisses her. Gabi pushes Johnny off and slaps him.

Chanel goes home and asks Paulina how her ankle is. Paulina says nevermind that, they need to talk about the other night.

Johnny comments on Gabi’s slap making him bleed. Gabi asks if this is some kind of an act. Johnny claims he was reading her signals loud and clear. Gabi reminds him that she’s in a loving relationship with his uncle Jake. Johnny jokes that the family doesn’t think about him. Johnny asks what the big deal is since he used to have a wife but things change. Johnny pours himself a drink which Gabi questions. Gabi says he may have sabotaged his marriage but she’s in a loving relationship with Jake. Johnny remarks that it doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun on the side.

Craig tells Chloe that he got her message and took the first flight out. Chloe says she misses him and they have to set mom straight. Craig asks if she’s driving her crazy. Chloe talks about how Nancy thinks Craig has some woman on the side and she’s trying to tell her she’s being ridiculous but she won’t listen. Craig thanks her for her concern and is sorry that she dragged her into this. Chloe says it’s not his fault as she knows he’d never cheat on her. Craig talks about how Nancy gets when she gets these things in her head. Nancy then appears and questions that being what he wants Chloe to believe.

“Sarah” questions Abigail thinking that she’s Kristen and says she doesn’t have time for this. Abigail says it all makes sense that Kristen kidnapped Sarah, put her in a suitcase, then put on her Sarah mask to make all of Salem believe she left on her own free will. “Sarah” calls her delusional. Abigail talks about Kristen doing the same thing to Kate. Abigail gets a call from an unknown caller and tells “Sarah” not to move as she answers the call which turns out to be from Kristen DiMera, shocking Abigail.

Brady enters the Kiriakis Mansion where he finds Xander drinking in the living room. Brady says he’s here to pick Maggie up for an AA meeting. Xander says she’s upstairs so he figured she wouldn’t mind if he helped himself to some of Victor’s scotch. Brady hopes someone is giving him a ride home. Xander says he’ll take a taxi. Xander stops Brady to ask how he drowns his sorrows since he doesn’t drink. Brady responds that he just allows himself to experience his sorrows now and he talks to people he trusts about them then vows to make better choices to avoid more sorrow until eventually things get better. Xander says he’s just not as patient so for him, eventually isn’t soon enough. Brady says he’s going to find Maggie. Xander mentions that he admires Maggie for not drowning her sorrows either and facing them head on with courage. Brady stops and asks Xander what is wrong. Xander tells him to just treat him like he normally does and ignore him. Brady questions what he’s talking about. Xander brings up Sarah and says that he thought she was the love of his life, but she dumped him again.

Abigail asks Kristen who is really on the phone. Kristen assures that it’s her and tells her that she has a story for her. Abigail tells her to go on and asks what kind of scoop they are talking about. Kristen informs Abigail that she had nothing to do with the disappearance of Philip and she would never frame Brady. Kristen declares that she’s an innocent woman and then hangs up. “Sarah” says she could hear that was Kristen and jokes that she needs to brush up on her reporter skills. “Sarah” says she has a plane to catch but Abigail stops her and says she’s not done with her yet.

Chanel tells Paulina how scared she was for her when she heard the chandelier almost fell on top of her and she could’ve died. Paulina points out that she didn’t and just turned her ankle while Lani took real good care of her. Paulina says it’s Chanel that she’s been worried about since she hasn’t talked to her since the reception. Chanel complains about Johnny making a fool of her in front of both of their families. Paulina declares that they will make him pay and says to just leave everything to her. Paulina reveals that she’s talking to one of the top divorce lawyers in the country because they are taking Johnny to the cleaners.

Johnny tells Gabi that he won’t tell if she won’t. Johnny calls Gabi a hot, beautiful, and smart woman. Johnny asks if she’s really ready to limit her sex life to Jake DiMera for the rest of her life. Gabi admits she never said she wasn’t attracted to him, but assures that her and Jake are committed to each other. Johnny brings up an open relationship. Gabi says that Jake is very traditional so that’s not for them. Johnny then grabs Gabi and kisses her again as Allie walks in and questions them. Gabi tries to explain as Johnny claims they were discussing DiMera marketing reports. Allie tells Gabi that it must’ve been hard to talk with Johnny’s tongue down her throat. Allie questions Johnny caring about the company. Johnny reveals that EJ signed his shares over to him which surprises Allie. Allie thought Johnny bragged about never turning corporate. Johnny claims he realized it was time to take his rightful place at DiMera. Allie asks if Gabi came to offer congratulations. Gabi decides to head out. Johnny tells her that they will continue this conversation some other time. Gabi asks Allie not to tell Jake what she saw. Allie assures that they are not on her list of priorities as Gabi then exits. Johnny asks what her problem is. Allie responds that he’s even more of a disgusting jerk than she thought.

Chanel doesn’t want Paulina to go after Johnny’s money. Paulina questions why not. Chanel says she’s a strong independent woman like her. Chanel tells her to forget about Johnny and his twisted family’s fortune. Paulina agrees for now. Chanel remarks that she should’ve listened to Allie when she tried to warn her about her brother then she wouldn’t be in this mess now. Paulina comments that she’s glad they are friends as she saw the way Allie ran after her when she left the reception. Chanel calls her the best. Paulina guesses that Allie made her feel better. Chanel confirms that she wouldn’t have been able to get through that night without her. Paulina responds that she already knew that. Paulina then reveals to Chanel that she saw her and Allie in bed.

Craig asks Nancy what he has to say to convince her that there is no other woman. Nancy asks him to tell her that he’s not having an affair and mean it, but guesses that he can’t. Chloe complains about the dysfunction. Craig can’t believe Nancy brought Chloe in to this. Nancy argues that Chloe has every right to know that her father is a lying, cheating womanizer. Craig declares that’s it and he gives up.

“Sarah” asks how she can be Kristen when Abigail just hung up with her. Abigail argues that it was a phone call, not a video chat. Abigail is sure Kristen could get a voice double like she did the mask. Abigail asks who else would have motive to come to town dressed as Sarah just to break up with Xander all over again.

Kayla tries to pick the lock to Mother Superior’s drawer and wonders why she would have to lock it. Kristen then walks in and tells Kayla that her search is over as she pulls a gun on her. Kristen mocks her and Steve. Kayla tells her to save it and admits she was helping Steve look for her because she wouldn’t let him come alone. Kayla mentions that Steve thought she would be here because it’s what she did before. Kristen states that Steve won’t be able to bring her in this time and remarks that curiosity killed the patch.

Xander complains to Brady about “Sarah” calling him a creep and making it very clear to him again that she’s absolutely done with him and wants nothing to do with him. Brady admits that sounds pretty brutal. Xander guesses he had it coming since he’s a terrible person, so he thinks maybe Sarah finally realized that. Brady knows how much Xander loved Sarah and how devoted Sarah was to him. Brady adds that Maggie would go on about it and was really rooting for them. Xander guesses they both think he got what he deserves. Brady reveals that in this case he doesn’t, because he thinks his feelings for Sarah were genuine. Xander complains about her jumping in to bed with Rex on his wedding day and then dumping Rex shortly after. Brady says he knows better than anyone what it’s like to have a relationship just blow up in spectacular fashion. Xander guesses he means his relationship with Kristen. Brady confirms he now has Steve trying to hunt her down.

Chanel tells Paulina that she was so messed up after what Johnny did that she didn’t want to be alone so Allie hung out with her until she fell asleep. Paulina reminds Chanel that she always told her to tell the truth. Chanel claims she is just telling the truth and that all they did was cuddle. Paulina stops her and reveals that she really saw them together.

Allie complains about Johnny dumping Chanel and now trying to come on to Gabi. Allie asks what Will would think about him trying to hook up with Arianna’s mom. Johnny doesn’t know why Will would care since he obviously wasn’t that in to her. Johnny says Allie on the other hand, but she tells him to shut his mouth. Johnny jokingly asks if she’s jealous. Allie questions Johnny drinking in the middle of the day. Johnny calls her a joke, while Allie calls him a jackass. Johnny acknowledges that he always will be to her and asks if she gets tired of judging everyone she meets. Allie thanks God that Chanel is through with him. Johnny says she warned her that he would hurt her and she was right, so that should make her day. Allie argues that she hoped for Chanel’s sake, that he would be different this time. Allie always knew he was a player but she realizes now that he’s also a soulless creep.

“Sarah” tells Abigail again that she came back because Xander was making Maggie worried about her. Abigail questions how she found out when no one could reach Sarah. “Sarah” claims she has her ways and says there’s no big story here. “Sarah” asks what she has to do to convince her. Abigail thinks back to arguing with Gwen about trying to find Sarah. Abigail then realizes she’s not Kristen and asks Gwen how she got her hands on the mask. “Sarah” guesses she won’t let this insanity go. Abigail says she can deny it all she wants but she’s onto her now. “Sarah” declares that she’s done with this. Abigail threatens to make a scene if she pushes past her and asks if she wants to risk that. Abigail asks who told her to stop looking for Sarah as it wasn’t Maggie or Xander, it was Gwen. Abigail says she ignored her and kept looking while now she’s on to her. Abigail declares that Gwen is so desperate to keep Xander that she will do anything.

Nancy complains about Craig covering up an affair. Nancy thanks him for turning a good marriage into a cliché. Craig tells Chloe that this is what he has to deal with. Chloe tells Nancy that she believes her father and she knows him better than anyone. Craig assures that Chloe knows he’s telling the truth. Craig tells Nancy how much she means to him and that there’s no other woman in the world for him as he hugs her.

Chanel tells Paulina that it just happened and she’s not ashamed. Paulina doesn’t want her to be ashamed. Paulina talks about Chanel going to bed with a brother and sister who are twins, so that’s a dicey situation. Chanel argues that Paulina messed around with Abe after she knew that he had been with Tamara. Paulina tells her not to get in to that business and argues that there were 30 years between her relationship with Abe and Tamara’s, while Chanel hopped in bed with Allie on the night her husband ended her marriage. Paulina asks how long this has been going on. Chanel insists that it hasn’t been since Allie is in love with Tripp. Paulina says they both know that is not the case. Paulina says Chanel and Allie had a strong connection way before she ever saw Johnny. Chanel insists that it never went beyond a couple of kisses. Paulina says that’s until it did. Paulina knows she believes it wasn’t planned, but suggests she take a step back, search her heart, and come to terms with how she feels about Johnny and Allie. Paulina tells her not to let the situation get completely out of hand.

Allie asks Johnny if he knows how much he hurt Chanel when she really loved him and thought he was the one. Johnny laughs at that and calls it ridiculous. Johnny remarks that they both know who has the key to Chanel’s heart and it ain’t him. Johnny mocks Allie’s life and says she enjoys being with Tripp because he’s safe. Johnny argues that him marrying Chanel didn’t stop her from lusting after her. Allie calls Johnny a pig. Johnny calls Allie a hypocrite and says he saw how she flew out of there to console Chanel. Johnny bets that Allie consoled her right out of her clothes and in to bed.

“Sarah” mocks Abigail’s journalism. Abigail tells her to insult her all she wants and says she’s still going to prove it’s Gwen under the Sarah mask. Gwen thinks back to Ava showing up at her door in the Sarah mask. “Sarah” tells Abigail that she’s done with this and tries to leave but Abigail grabs her and says she wants to take an up close look at that mask.

Chanel tells Paulina that she loves Allie as a friend and admits she is physically attracted to her, but cries that she was really in love with Johnny and she thought he loved her too. Paulina is sorry that Johnny treated her the way he did. Chanel doesn’t know that Johnny and talks about how her Johnny showed her around Rome. Chanel doesn’t understand what happened. Paulina encourages that she will get through this. Chanel wishes she had her faith. Paulina says she has enough for the both of them and hugs her as she cries. Paulina hates to leave her like this but says she has to go for a follow up appointment at the hospital. Chanel tells her to make sure her ankle is healing right, even if her broken heart never does.

Allie tells Johnny that she actually hates him. Allie clarifies she hates the things he does but mostly feels sorry for him and calls him just as delusional as most of the twisted members of EJ’s side of the family. Allie tells Johnny that she’s in love with Tripp while Chanel is her best friend. Allie thought she could come talk to the Johnny that she loved when they were kids and ask why he did what he did to Chanel. Allie says she was dumb enough to think that she could talk sense in to him and get him to go apologize to Chanel. Johnny declares that he will never apologize for what he is as that’s not the DiMera way. Allie tells him to be a good DiMera and make EJ and Stefano proud. Allie declares that he used to have a twin sister, but he does not anymore. Allie states that she has one brother and that’s Will. Allie tells Johnny that he’s on his own as she then storms out of the mansion. The Devil takes over Johnny and remarks that she doesn’t know the half of it.

Xander questions Brady hiring Steve to track down Kristen. Brady wants to bring her to justice. Xander hopes that he finds her. Xander brings up his own miserable headaches thanks to Kristen. Xander admits he suspected Kristen may have had a hand in Sarah’s disappearance. Brady understands why he would think that. Xander hoped she had been involved since it would be better for his ego, but it turns out Sarah left him on her own free will. Brady asks if Sarah is just leaving again. Xander confirms that she’s determined to get far away from Salem and him and there’s nothing he or anybody can do to stop her…

Kayla argues that Steve isn’t dead and that Kristen is just trying to throw her off. Kristen tells her that she’s been one step ahead of them this entire time and reveals that she was watching when they first arrived. Kristen then informs Kayla that while she was in this office, she was in her hotel room, taking care of Steve. Kayla asks what that means. Kristen remarks that she did what had to be done and reveals that she ignored her phone call an hour ago. Kayla is shocked and asks if Kristen killed Steve.

Allie goes to see Chanel and says they need to talk.

Gabi sits at the Bistro, leaving a message for Jake that she needs to talk about her meeting with Johnny as he’s apparently more of an operator than she thought. Johnny then appears behind her and asks if his ears should be burning.

Craig invites Nancy and Chloe out for dinner to celebrate. Chloe suggests the Bistro. Nancy wants to go back to her hotel to freshen up first so Craig says they will meet her there in an hour. Nancy tells him that she’s so happy as he kisses her. Nancy then exits. Chloe tells Craig that she knew he wouldn’t cheat on her but she had to hear it from him as they hug.

Kayla confronts Kristen for killing Steve and grabs her. They struggle over Kristen’s gun until the gun goes off.

“Sarah” and Abigail fight in the town square as Abigail says it’s all over as she has figured her out. “Gwen” then appears in the town square and questions what Abigail is doing, leaving Abigail confused in between “Sarah” and “Gwen”.

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Xander: Sarah. Can’t believe it. You’re really here.

Gwen as sarah: Well, yeah.

Xander: Oh, thank god you’re all right. Thank god! [Takes deep breath]

Xander: [Sighs]

Abigail: Kate.

Kate: What? Oh, hi.

Abigail: I see something’s wrong. Did you get bad news about philip?

Kate: No, actually. Nothing on that front. Have you ever been going about your business and suddenly find yourself face-to-face with two of the people you despise the most in the world?

Abigail: Hasn’t happened in a while. Do I know these people?

Kate: Yeah, well, um, they definitely did damage to your life.

Abigail: So it’s gotta be jake and gabi, right?

Kate: Give the woman a big cigar.

Jake: Did I remember to thank you for saving my life back there?

Gabi: I think so.

Jake: If you hadn’t pulled me off that curb, kate would’ve run right over me.

Gabi: Hell hath no fury.

Jake: No, I do not scorn her, okay? I just–

Gabi: Dumped her? Hey, listen. Watch yourself. She may still have the hots for you.

Jake: Okay, okay. I’ll watch myself if you promise to watch yourself.

Gabi: What does that mean?

Jake: My nephew, johnny, he’s got the hots for you.

Gabi: [Scoffing chuckle]

Demon johnny: Checkmate.

[Sighs] I’m sorry, elvis, but the king had to be sacrificed for the greater good, or in this case, the greater evil.

Judge: Jason smith is your last witness. Am I correct?

Ej: His testimony should be stricken from the record. Every word of it was a lie!

Judge: One more outburst from you, mr. Dimera, and I will cite you for contempt.

Ej: [Sighs]

Belle: He means it. Keep your mouth shut.

Ej: Okay.

Judge: Ms. Trask?

Melinda: I have a sworn deposition from the victim, samantha brady dimera, and i request that it be entered into evidence.

Judge: So ordered. It’s unfortunate that mrs. Dimera didn’t testify in person.

Belle: I would like it entered into the record that defense counsel had no chance to cross examine.

Melinda: Mrs. Dimera did not feel safe enough to be present, your honor. Not with her kidnapper being seated at the defense table.

Belle: Objection!

Judge: Sustained. Please refrain from commentary, ms. Trask. Any further witnesses?

Melinda: No, your honor. The prosecution rests.

Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”

[Soft orchestration]

Abigail: I know how much jake and gabi’ve hurt you, but, I mean, it’s all worked out for the best, right? You’re with roman now.

Kate: And I’m happy.

Abigail: So all’s well that ends well.

Kate: The hortons always say that.

Abigail: No. Actually, that was shakespeare, but.

Kate: Yeah, actually, I know that. My point is that obviously, I do not forgive betrayal as easily as you do.

Abigail: But you got even, though, right? I mean, you voted with ej and chad to fire jake from dimera.

Kate: What are you doing here, anyway? Shouldn’t you be covering ej’s trial?

Abigail: Well, I’m actually working on another story about my cousin, sarah.

Kate: Oh. So what’s up with her? Why did she act like she was with rex this whole time?

Abigail: That’s what I’m trying to find out. I promised maggie. She’s obviously really worried. She thought she knew where her daughter was for the last year and turns out she was wrong.

Kate: Yeah, well, that had to have been tough on maggie.

Abigail: Mm-hmm. And xander is actually really upset, too, so he and I are working together.

Kate: That’s quite an odd couple.

Abigail: Yeah.

[Chuckles] Yeah. But he and i have one very important thing in common, that we both care about sarah and we’re very determined to figure out where she’s been for the last year.

Gwen as sarah: Get off me, you creep!

Maggie: Sarah! Xander has been as worried about you as I have.

Gwen as sarah: Okay, yeah, well, now you can see that I am fine, so you can go back to wherever you came from.

Xander: I’m not budging until you and I talk.

Gwen as sarah: See? Now do you see why I didn’t want to even want him to know where I was? I was afraid this neanderthal would find me and drag me back to his cave.

Maggie: Sweetheart, I know that you changed your mind about marrying xander, but I also know that you were very much in love with him at one time. And he was terribly distraught when you left. The least you can do is give him ten minutes of your time.

Gwen as sarah: Fine. Ten minutes.

Xander: Like, I know I kind of just barged in on you two. Would you mind giving us that ten minutes alone?

Maggie: Um, why don’t we talk about this out in the hall? Don’t you go anywhere. Come on.

Gwen as sarah: [Blows air] Okay. [Takes deep breath] Keep it together, gwen. You fooled the mother. You can fool xander, too.

Chad: Hey.

Johnny: Hey.

Chad: What are yo up to?

Johnny: Oh, just playing some chess against myself. Do you know what happened to nonno’s set?

Chad: Yeah, I replaced it with the one abigail bought. It’s great, isn’t it?

Johnny: You don’t think that’s sort of disrespectful?

Chad: It’s a game.

Johnny: It’s part of who he was.

Chad: All right, look. I didn’t find out stefano was my father until I was in college, so I didn’t grow up hearing about the whole legacy thing like you did.

Johnny: Is that why you didn’t have any problems selling my father down the river in court?

Judge: Is the defense prepared to present its case?

Belle: Your honor, the defense was not offered an opportunity to cross-examine samantha brady dimera and mrs. Dimera’s deposition offered no direct evidence of any connection whatsoever between my client and the kidnapping.

Judge: I’ll take that under advisement.

Belle: Thank you, your honor. It is our contention that the prosecution failed to make a prima facie case against ej dimera, therefore we request that the case be dismissed for lack of evidence.

Judge: So you won’t be calling any witnesses?

Belle: That is correct.

Ej: No. It isn’T. I’ll be testifying. My asthma felt anything but normal.

Belle: Uh, your honor, I need a moment to confer with my client.

Judge: Make it brief.

Belle: Are you out of your mind? Everything is going well. Trask is not making her case.

Ej: Jason smith said under oath that he was taking orders from me and chad got on the stand and backed him up. Their testimony needs to be refuted. I can tell that this judge is not a fan of mine, but I really–

Belle: ‘Cause you keep shooting off your big mouth in this courtroom.

Ej: He holds my future in his hands. If I can’t sway him, then he’s going to find me guilty.

Belle: You are a lawyer. You know if you get up there and testify that trask’s gonna cross-examine you and she’s gonna bring up every terrible thing you have ever done.

Ej: I need to testify on my own behalf.

Belle: It is my professional advice that you not do that.

Melinda: Can we please get on with this? [Scoffs]

Judge: Has the defense reached a decision?

Belle: We have, your honor.

[Clears throat] The defense calls ej dimera.

Chad: Your father swore to me he was being set up, that he had nothing to do with sami’s kidnapping. I believed him. But yesterday, I found out that every word out of that man’s mouth is a damn lie.

Johnny: What do you mean?

Chad: He forced himself on my wife.

Johnny: What?

Chad: In the witness room at the courthouse. I walked in on him and he was slobbering all over her.

[Soft tense music]

Johnny: Maybe it wasn’t what it seemed.

Chad: You don’t think I know what kissing is?

Johnny: What I meant was maybe the feeling was mutual.

Chad: Not a chance. Abigail was appalled. She was sick to her stomach.

Johnny: I’m sorry, I guess I’m just remembering that affair they had back when I was a kid. Mom said they couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

Chad: Trust me, I haven’t forgotten about that. Yesterday, that was all ej. And it was in that moment that i realized that he’s been playing me on every level since the minute he came back here.

Jake: I still can’t believe johnny hit on you.

Gabi: Why not? Guys hit on me all the time.

Jake: Because the horny, little bastard did it right in front of me. And wait, what do you mean guys all the time?

Gabi: Doesn’t matter.

Jake: It does to me.

Gabi: Look, it’s very sweet, but if johnny has a thing for me, we need to figure out a way to use it to our advantage.

Jake: Why?

Gabi: Because he’s voting ej’s shares of dimera’s stock as well as his, so he’s a heavy hitter now.

Jake: Oh, yeah, all right. Look, I see what you’re saying. I don’t like it, but I see it. If johnny’s on our side, it gives us leverage to get victor on the dimera board.

Gabi: And then we’ll be cruising our way to a double takeover. You’ll run dimera and I’ll run titan.

Jake: You make it sound awfully easy.

Gabi: Maggie’s behind us.

Jake: Yeah. Still surprised about that, to be honest.

Gabi: Maggie wants victor to slow down. She’s no dummy. She’s not going to stand in the way of a good idea.

Gwen as sarah: [Sighs] You’re finally back.

Maggie: You know what? I think I’m gonna let you and xander talk privately.

Gwen as sarah: You’re gonna leave me alone with him?

Maggie: Well, I have to speak with henderson about getting your room ready.

Gwen as sarah: I’m not staying.

Maggie: Excuse me?

Gwen as sarah: I got in late last night, so I took a room at the salem inn.

Maggie: Well, you can’t stay there indefinitely.

Gwen as sarah: I’m not. I booked a flight for later today.

Maggie: You just got here.

Gwen as sarah: But… my patients. They need me.

Maggie: Where are you working? I don’t know– where are you living?

Gwen as sarah: I don’t want to say in front of him. I came back so that you wouldn’t worry and now you don’t have to.

Maggie: Then, um… this is goodbye.

Gwen as sarah: Yeah.

Maggie: Okay, then. You need to call me regularly from now on, is that clear?

[Soft tense music]

Xander: She misses you so much. You can’t even spend one more day with her?

Gwen as sarah: [Scoffs] You’re not thinking of her. You’re only thinking of yourself.

Xander: That’s not true, and you know it.

Gwen as sarah: Just say what you came to say. Clock’s ticking.

Xander: Fine. I will.

[Sighs] When you left me that day, I– you sounded like a woman I didn’t even know. And you still do. Why is that? This is the sound of nature breathing.

Jake: I hate to even ask this, but how do you suppose you’re gonna get johnny on our side?

Gabi: I’m gonna flirt with him. Make him think I have the hots for him, too.

Jake: No freakin’ way.

Gabi: He’s a kid.

Jake: He’s old enough.

Gabi: How am I gonna– I’ll have him wrapped around my finger before you know it. And then I’ll be calling the shots.

Jake: Can one of your shots be keep your damn hands off me?

Gabi: Once we have him on the hook, we don’t want to lose him.

Jake: Wait a minute. Are you–are you saying you’re gonna sleep with him to get his vote?

Chad: I’m telling you the truth about your dad. And I’m doing it for your sake. Swear to god.

Johnny: [Sighs] I know this isn’t the first time my dad’s crossed a line he shouldn’t have crossed.

Chad: Abby had to push him off of her.

Johnny: I’m sorry I said that about you guys. I know you guys love each other very much and i shouldn’t have implied that she was fine with what he was doing.

Chad: It’s fine. As long as you still don’t think that.

Johnny: [Chuckles] And my dad had me thinking that he was the real victim here.

Chad: Well, he’s good at that.

Johnny: Yeah. He told me that lucas kidnapped my mom and that you were framing him for it. I guess he wasn’t just lying to you. Sounds like he was doing it to me, too.

Belle: Did you have your wife kidnapped?

Ej: No, I did not.

Belle: You’re under oath, mr. Dimera.

Ej: I’m aware of that.

Belle: Tell the court about the day mrs. Dimera went missing.

Ej: I confronted samantha with evidence that she’d been cheating on me. She denied it at first, but then she admitted it. I’ll admit I was angry. I couldn’t see past her betrayal. But she’s the mother of my children. No matter what she did to me, I never would have chloroformed her and made her my prisoner. I would never separate her from our children, I swear.

Belle: No further questions.

Judge: Ms. Trask?

Melinda: Mr. Dimera, I was so hoping we’d have a chance to chat. You said in your sworn testimony, you stated that you would never chloroform your wife or separate her from her children. Is that correct?

Ej: It is.

Melinda: And has it slipped your mind that you’ve already done both of those things to mrs. Dimera?

Gwen as sarah: I’m the same person I always was.

Xander: No. Something’s off. I kissed you goodnight and the day before our wedding, you told me how much you loved me. But by the morning, you were shagging rex brady.

Gwen as sarah: Yeah. Because I came to my senses about you and he was there. It’s understandable. He’s my ex-husband.

Xander: And you told everyone that you’re running off with him, but you didn’T. You turned on him like you did on me.

Gwen as sarah: Yes, ’cause i realized that I’m in no shape to be with any man, so I told rex that I needed time to figure myself out on my own.

Xander: Well, maggie cares about you deeply. You lied to her about where you were.

Gwen as sarah: I wanted to be left alone and I was afraid that she’d tell you where I was. I was trying to avoid this.

Xander: Oh, so you hate me now?

Gwen as sarah: Yes! You put another woman’s baby in my arms and told me that it was mine! You let me fall in love with her and then you watched as she was taken away from me! How could I not hate you?

Xander: It took time, but you did get past her.

Gwen as sarah: Yeah. I said I did. I even wanted it to be true, but no mother can get over something like that. Not ever. So why can’t you get that through your thick head?

Kate: Okay, so after sarah told rex that she wasn’t going to go with him, this dimera pilot whisked her out of town?

Abigail: Apparently. I mean, he won’t talk to us unless xander or I pay him off. I mean, the guy’s a real operator.

Kate: Okay, but how could someone like sarah commandeer a dimera plane?

Abigail: Well, I think the pilot was freelancing and then he just happened to have access to another company’s old jets? I don’t actually think it had anything to do with dimera enterprises. Although xander did suspect that maybe kristen had something to do with sarah’s decision to leave town. But he dismissed it.

Kate: Why would he do that? I mean, that’s exactly what kristin did to me.

Abigail: Xander mentioned that recently. Okay, so kristin was pretending to be susan and she tried to trick you to leave town, right?

Kate: Oh, my god. All right, so vivian ordered her to break up jake and me. So under the pretext that it was susan, she told me she had a premonition and I should leave. But then when I found that susan was actually kristin, she knocked me out and stuck me down in the tunnels.

Abigail: Oh, good god.

Kate: And at the same time, she puts on a mask so she looks like me and breaks up with jake, who’s a complete idiot. I don’t know why he fell for that, ’cause we were perfectly happy. We were supposed to be going on a vacation.

Abigail: Okay, and so then, he just–he dumps you out of the blue?

Kate: Yeah, yeah. Total 180. Meanwhile, kristin stuffs me in a giant suitcase to ship me out of town.

Abigail: Wait. Did you just say giant suitcase?

Kate: [Laughing] Yeah. Pretty hard to believe, right?

Abigail: Actually, not that hard. My plaque psoriasis…

Abigail: So how did you manage to escape?

Maggie: Abigail, kate.

Kate: Hey. Hi.

Abigail: Where’s xander? Did you bring the money?

Maggie: What money?

Abigail: Well, we found the pilot that flew sarah out of town and he won’t talk to us unless we pay him off. And so xander was headed to your place to see if you’d put up the cash.

Maggie: Well, he never got around to asking me for any money.

Abigail: Well, why not?

Maggie: Well–[Chuckles] I guess it’s not necessary, because xander is now with sarah at the moment.

Gwen as sarah: What you and victor did to kristen and me is unforgivable.

Xander: Yeah, that’s why kristin took so much joy in telling me about you and rex. It was her, not susan banks like I told you.

Gwen as sarah: I couldn’t care less who it was.

Xander: Did kristin get to you? Did she talk you into walking out on me?

Gwen as sarah: That was my decision. So now I’ve answered all of your questions. I have to go check out at the inn.

Xander: Oh, so you can disappear again? How long for this time?

Gwen as sarah: It’s really none of your business!

Xander: You didn’t even say goodbye to maggie. Don’t you care that you’ve broken her heart?

Gwen as sarah: I’m sorry for making her suffer. It’s why I came back. To put her mind at ease.

Xander: Your half-sister died last year. She had to go through that without you.

Gwen as sarah: And I will do better at keeping in touch, so… now you’ve seen me. You can quit obsessing over me and move on with your life. Go be with gwen.

Xander: How’d you know I’m with gwen?

Johnny: [Sighs] Seems pretty clear I need to rethink my relationship with my father. I don’t know if you heard, but he gave me control over his shares at the company.

Chad: Shin told me.

Johnny: You should know that the original plan was to combine our shares and use them to stop you from derailing his agenda.

Chad: You still thinking about that?

Johnny: I’m thinking maybe I lined up with the wrong guy. Maybe I should be working with you.

Melinda: Isn’t it true that you chloroformed your wife, samantha, so that you could leave the country with your children? Your honor. [Scoffs]

Judge: Answer the question, mr. Dimera.

Melinda: Oh, may I remind you you are still under oath.

Ej: I believed my children were in danger.

Melinda: I’ll take that as a yes.

Ej: It was a tense situation to say the least. Samantha had shot me in the head and left me to die.

Melinda: Oh, have the two of you always been in such a violent relationship?

Belle: Objection, your honor.

Judge: Overruled. Answer the question.

Ej: Um… what–what was the question?

Melinda: Have you ever chloroformed your wife in order to take your children by force from her?

Ej: I was trying to protect them. It was an act of love, not revenge.

Melinda: You’ve turned to chloroform once before, haven’t you, hmm? Why don’t you please tell the court about the first time you chloroformed your wife and kidnapped her? Life’s been hard enough.

Jake: Eh.

Gabi: Would you stop acting like a jealous idiot? I’m not gonna sleep with johnny.

Jake: What are you gonna do?

Gabi: It’s called leading him on. I mean, I’ve done it before. I did it with stephen to get control of the company. Worked like a charm.

Jake: Yeah, it worked so well you fell into bed with him and in love.

Gabi: But I am with you now, the love of my life, not some kid. Johnny? Come on. You’re my big, studly, handsome man.

Jake: And don’t you forget it.

Gabi: All right, now that we’re on the same page, I’m gonna go over to the mansion, talk to johnny, feel him up–

Jake: What?

Gabi: Feel him out, feel him out.

Jake: You know what, gabi? This is starting to make me feel anxious.

Gabi: Well, don’T. It’s fine. I’m telling you. I got this.

Johnny: If my dad goes to prison, it’s gonna be a disaster for dimera.

Chad: Vultures like jake and gabi will try to make a power play. You can be on that.

Johnny: Which is why you and I should start working together. What do you say?

Chad: I’m all for alliances, but I don’t want to get burned again.

Johnny: Sounds like you don’t trust me.

Chad: Trust has to be earned, and I barely know you, kid.

Johnny: Look, I know I’m young, but–

Chad: The closest you’ve come to running dimera is sitting on your dad’s lap playing with the keyboard at his computer.

Johnny: I’ll prove myself. You’ll see.

Chad: I’d better.

Johnny: [Chuckles]

[Sighs]

Demon johnny: Eh, I can’t blame you for being cautious, chad. You were just about to make a deal with the devil.

Ej: I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Melinda: Allow me to refresh your memory. You once chloroformed a pregnant mrs. Dimera and brought her to a warehouse where your brother andre was waiting to extract stem cells from the umbilical cord of your unborn child. Or has that slipped your memory?

Ej: I respectfully invoke my rights under the fifth amendment.

Melinda: That is the first smart move you’ve made all day, mr. Dimera. [Clicks pen no further questions.

Judge: Would you care to redirect?

Belle: Definitely. No matter what may or may not have happened in the distant past, we are talking about the events of august 11th. On the day in question, did you order that your wife be chloroformed and kidnapped?

Melinda: Objection. Asked and answered.

Judge: Sustained.

Belle: No further questions.

Judge: You may step down, mr. Dimera.

[Soft dramatic music]

Belle: I tried to tell you.

Ej: [Sighs]

Judge: Anything further from the defense?

Belle: No, your honor. The defense rests.

Judge: Then we’ll move on to closing arguments.

Abigail: I just–I can’t believe after all this time, sarah just shows up out of the blue?

Maggie: Yeah, I can’t believe it, either.

Abigail: So is she okay?

Maggie: She–she seems a bit distant, I guess. But otherwise, fine.

Kate: Well, I’m glad that breaking rex’s heart isn’t weighing too heavily on her.

Abigail: So did she say anything about where she’s been all this time?

Maggie: She won’t tell me.

Abigail: What?

Maggie: I couldn’t press the issue because xander showed up and said she wanted to talk to her alone. And I agreed.

Abigail: [Sighs] Okay, well, then maybe you’ll get some answers when you go back to the house.

Maggie: Well, I don’t know if she’ll still be there.

Abigail: Why?

Maggie: She informed me that when she finishes talking to xander, she’s going to check out at the salem inn and take a flight out.

Abigail: [Sighs] Did she say where she’s going?

Maggie: No, she’s just, um… she’s just very distant. [Sighs]

Abigail: Okay, that’s really odd.

Maggie: Yeah, I agree. I was just so relieved to see sarah in the flesh. So then I could stop worrying that anything awful had happened to her. [Sighs] But it’s not like her visit put me completely at ease. She’s just–I don’t know. She’s not herself.

Xander: You don’t even know gwen. How could you know she’s with me?

Gwen as sarah: My mom told me right before you came in. She said you and this gwen person are very happy together and very much in love. Is that not true? Are you… not in love with gwen?

Xander: After what you did to me, I didn’t think I could ever love anyone again. Didn’t want to love anyone. Yeah, then… gwen came along and before I knew it, yeah, I love her.

Gwen as sarah: Great. Then go be with gwen. And leave me the hell alone. My asthma felt anything but normal.

[Soft dramatic music]

Xander: Cake? I ask you to marry me and you want cake?

Sarah: I want you to get me some cake.

Xander: Is this your gentle way of shooting me down?

Sarah: It’s my gentle way of asking you to get me some cake.

Xander: I’m on my knees, unemployed, apparently unengaged. I’m not really in a cake kind of place right now.

Sarah: Would you just open the damn box?

Xander: Oh, this is really weird.

Sarah: [Sighs]

Well? Will you?

Xander: Okay.

Sarah: [Chuckles]

Xander: I’ll have some cake.

Sarah: You jerk!

Xander: Of course I’ll marry you! Don’t you remember I was just on my knees trying to get you to marry me.

Sarah: I know, but I just wanted you to know that it was mutual. That I want this as much as you do.

Xander: Don’t think I’ve ever been this happy.

Sarah: [Chuckles] Me neither.

Kate: So mystery solved. Nothing disastrous happened to sarah, except she seems like she’s turned into sort of a bitch. [Chuckles] You want a drink?

Abigail: Oh, this time of day?

Kate: Oh, come on. It’s 5:00 somewhere in the world, right?

Abigail: Okay. I’ll have a glass of wine.

Kate: Yes. [Chuckles]

[Sighs] And at the same time, she puts on a mask so she looks like me and breaks up with jake, who’s a complete idiot. I don’t know why he fell for that, ’cause we were perfectly happy. We were supposed to be going on a vacation.

Xander: Rex’s mum, kate? She figured out that kristen was pretending to be susan, so kristen knocked her out and stuck her in that secret room in the tunnels. Kristen has all these masks that she can use to make her look like whoever she wants to be.

Maggie: I was just so relieved to see sarah in the flesh. So then I could stop worrying that anything awful had happened to her. But it’s not like her visit put me completely at ease. She’s just–I don’t know. She’s not herself.

Abigail: Oh, my god.

Kate: So red or white? Hey, where you going?

Gabi: Hello? Anybody home?

Johnny: What a surprise. You look beautiful.

Gabi: Thank you. And, uh, you look like you’ve been fencing.

Johnny: I was working with my instructor.

Gabi: Mm. Outside?

Johnny: That’s an intense workout.

Gabi: Guess so.

[Both chuckle] You’re sweating and it’s, like, 30 degrees outside.

Johnny: Well, hot as hell for me. So gabi, what brings you by?

Gabi: I thought you’d never ask.

Melinda: So your fate is in the judge’s hands now. Thank you for making my job so easy.

Ej: Go to hell.

[Ej sighs] Well, that was a disaster.

Belle: One of your own making. Arrogant jerk.

Ej: I thought if I was a surprise witness, trask wouldn’t have the time to dig up the dirt on me.

Belle: Oh, my god, ej. She has been after you for years. She prosecuted sami. She probably knows about every jaywalking ticket you’ve ever gotten.

Ej: Okay, made your point.

[Both sigh] Okay, what are my chances?

Belle: [Scoffs] Well, I tried to do as much damage control as I could in my closing trying to prove that this case was different than every other time you’ve chloroformed my sister, but–

Ej: Thank you for trying. I’m aware that I behaved idiotically and made your job more difficult.

Belle: Well, you still have one thing going for you. There really is no direct evidence of your guilt.

Ej: It can’t be. I’m innocent.

Melinda: Well, we’re about to find out if that’s true.

Belle: What does that mean?

Melinda: The judge is gonna rule from the bench.

Belle: [Scoffs] I didn’t expect to get that decision for weeks.

Melinda: Well, you thought wrong. Apparently, he’s already reached a verdict. It’s my 5:52 woke-up-like-this migraine medicine.

Ej: What do you think this means?

Belle: Well, I’m sure you know a fast verdict usually favors the defendant.

Ej: What the hell are you doing here?

Chad: Well, I heard there was a verdict. Decided I wanted to witness your downfall in person.

Ej: You changed your testimony and I have no idea why.

Chad: You know what you did.

Ej: I assure you, I have no idea–

Judge: I am ready to deliver my verdict. I’m sure you’re all surprised at how quickly I came to this decision, but after a review of the testimony I heard, it was clear. In the matter of people V. Elvis dimera, I find the defendant guilty as charged.

Melinda: Your honor, the people request remand.

Judge: Ms. Brady?

Belle: Your honor, the defendant is already out on bail. The defense requests that he get to remain in his home until sentencing.

Melinda: Your honor, the people object. The defendant has power and wealth at his command. He’s a huge flight risk.

Judge: I agree. Mr. Dimera, you are immediately remanded to salem pd holding where you will await transfer to statesville.

[Gavel impacts]

Gabi: I haven’t been able to stop thinking about our conversation yesterday.

Johnny: The one where you said we have interests in common, yeah?

Gabi: Yeah. I wanted to talk to you about what our partnership might look like.

Johnny: You know, I’ve actually been giving that a lot of thought.

Gabi: Hmm.

Johnny: And I was thinking that it might look something like this.

Maggie: Oh, so how did it go with sarah?

Xander: She made it quite clear that she still hates me.

Maggie: [Sighs] I’m sorry. Do you at least understand what caused her change of heart?

Xander: No. She said the same thing she said a year ago. I just don’t understand her, maggie. I was so sure that there was more to the story.

Abigail: Sarah? Thank god I caught you. Um, we need to talk.

Ava as sarah: Abigail, I’m so sorry, but if I don’t leave right now, I’m gonna miss my flight.

Abigail: Well, just answer one question.

Ava as sarah: What is it?

Abigail: You’re not really sarah, are you?

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Xander enters the Kiriakis Mansion and is shocked to see “Sarah” with Maggie. Xander can’t believe she is there and says thank God she’s alright as he grabs her and hugs her while Maggie smiles.

Abigail remains at the Brady Pub as Kate walks in. Abigail greets her and senses something is wrong, so she asks if she got bad news about Philip. Kate says there’s nothing on that front. Kate asks Abigail if she’s ever gone about her business and suddenly found herself face to face with two of the people you despise the most in the world. Abigail says it hasn’t happened in awhile and asks if she knows these people. Kate confirms they definitely damaged her life so Abigail correctly guesses she means Jake and Gabi.

Gabi and Jake walk through the town square as Jake thanks Gabi for saving his life by pulling him out of the way or else Kate would have walked right through him. Gabi brings up Jake dumping Kate and tells him to watch out because she might still have the hots for him. Jake then brings up Johnny having the hots for Gabi.

Devil Johnny sits at the chess table in the DiMera Mansion. The Devil remarks that EJ had to be sacrificed for the greater evil.

EJ’s trial continues in the court room. Judge Barnes asks Melinda if Jason Smith was her last witness. EJ complains that his testimony should be stricken from the record. The judge warns EJ about having another outburst. Melinda presents the judge with a sworn deposition from Sami. He notes that it’s unfortunate that Sami didn’t testify in person. Belle argues that means she had no chance to cross examine. Melinda explains that Sami didn’t feel safe enough to be present with her kidnapper. Melinda declares that the prosecution rests.

Abigail knows how much Jake and Gabi hurt Kate, but says it all worked out for the best since Kate is with Roman now. Kate admits that she is happy. Abigail says that all is well that ends well. Kate remarks that Hortons always say that. Kate adds that she obviously doesn’t forgive betrayal as easily as Abigail does. Abigail points out that Kate got even by voting with EJ and Chad to fire Jake from DiMera. Kate asks what Abigail is doing here anyways and not covering EJ’s trial. Abigail informs her that she’s actually working on another story about her cousin, Sarah. Kate asks what’s up with Sarah and why she acted like she was with Rex this whole time. Abigail says that’s what she is trying to find out as she promised Maggie since she’s really worried after not knowing where her daughter was for the past year. Abigail adds that Xander is really upset too so they are working together. Kate calls that quite an odd couple. Abigail says they have one very important thing in common in that they both care about Sarah and are very determined to find out where she has been.

“Sarah” pushes Xander off of her and calls him a creep. Maggie argues that Xander has been as worried about her as she was. “Sarah” says that Xander can see that she’s fine so he can go back where he came from. Xander refuses to budge until they talk. “Sarah” says this is why she didn’t want anyone to know where she was so Xander couldn’t come drag her back to his cave. Maggie knows she changed her mind about marrying Xander but also that she was very in love with him at one time and he was terribly distraught when she left, so the least she can do is give him ten minutes of her time. “Sarah” agrees to ten minutes. Xander asks Maggie if they can have that ten minutes alone. Maggie suggests they talk about this in the hall and takes Xander out of the room. Gwen tells herself to keep it together as she fooled Maggie, so she can fool Xander too.

Chad enters the living room of the DiMera Mansion and pours a drink as he greets Johnny and asks what he’s up to. Johnny says he was just playing chess against himself and asks if he knows what happened to Stefano’s chess set. Chad responds that he replaced it with one that Abigail bought and says it’s great. Johnny questions Chad not thinking that’s disrespectful. Chad calls it a game. Johnny argues that it’s part of who Stefano was. Chad talks about not finding out that Stefano was his father until he was in college, so he didn’t grow up hearing about the whole legacy thing like he did. Johnny asks if that’s why Chad had no problem selling EJ down the river in court.

Judge Barnes asks if the defense is prepared to present it’s case. Belle complains that they were not offered the opportunity to cross-examine Sami while her deposition offered no direct evidence between EJ and the kidnapping. The judge agrees to take that under advisement. Belle thanks him and contends that the prosecution failed to make a case against EJ, so she requests the case be dismissed for lack of evidence. Belle confirms she’s not calling any witnesses but EJ stands up and declares that he will be testifying. Belle says she needs a moment with her client so the judge tells her to make it brief. Belle turns to EJ and asks if he’s out of his mind. EJ argues that Jason Smith said under oath that he was taking orders from him and then Chad’s testimony needs to be reviewed. EJ says that if he can’t sway the judge, then he’s going to find him guilty. Belle warns EJ that if he testifies, Melinda will cross-examine him and she will bring up every terrible thing he has ever done. EJ insists that he needs to testify on his own behalf. Belle advises him not to do that. Melinda asks if they can get on with this. Judge Barnes asks if they’ve reached a decision. Belle responds that they have and calls EJ to the stand.

Chad tells Johnny that EJ swore to him that he was innocent and he believed him but then he found out that every word out of EJ’s mouth is a damn lie because he forced himself on his wife in the witness room at the courthouse which he walked in on. Johnny thinks back to that moment and suggests maybe it wasn’t what it seemed and the feeling was mutual. Chad says there’s no chance as Abigail was sick to her stomach. Johnny brings up Abigail and EJ’s previous affair. Chad assures that he hasn’t forgotten about that but yesterday was all EJ and it made him realize that EJ has been playing him on every level since he got back.

Jake can’t believe Johnny hit on Gabi. Gabi says guys hit on her all the time. Jake complains that Johnny did it right in front of him. Gabi wants to figure out how to use it to their advantage since Johnny has EJ’s shares and is a heavy hitter now. Jake agrees that it gives them leverage to get Victor on the DiMera board. Gabi says they will cruise their way to a double takeover where Jake runs DiMera and she’ll run Titan. Jake says she makes it sound easy. Gabi points out that Maggie is behind them which Jake is still surprised by. Gabi explains that Maggie wants Victor to slow down, so she won’t stand in the way of a good idea.

Maggie and Xander return to the living room. Maggie decides to let Xander and “Sarah” speak privately. She questions leaving her alone with him. Maggie says she has to speak with Henderson about getting her room ready but “Sarah” says she’s not staying as she got a room at the Salem Inn and then has a flight later today. Maggie points out that she just got here. “Sarah” responds that her patients need her. Maggie questions where she’s working and living. “Sarah” doesn’t want to say in front of Xander and says she came back so Maggie wouldn’t worry and now she doesn’t have to. Maggie starts to cry as she realizes this is goodbye. Maggie orders “Sarah” to call her regularly from now on a she hugs her. Maggie then exits the room. Xander questions “Sarah” not spending one more day with Maggie when she misses her so much. “Sarah” remarks that Xander is only thinking of himself. Xander says that’s not true. “Sarah” tells him to just say what he came to say. Xander brings up when Sarah left him that day and says she sounded like a woman he didn’t even know and she still does. Xander questions why that is.

Jake asks Gabi how she thinks they are going to get Johnny on their side. Gabi says she’ll flirt with him and make him think she has the hots for him too. Jake says no way but Gabi insists that she’ll have him wrapped around her finger before he knows it and then she will be calling the shots. Jake questions if Gabi is saying that she’s going to sleep with Johnny to get his vote.

Chad tells Johnny that he’s telling him the truth about EJ. Johnny knows it isn’t the first time EJ crossed a line he shouldn’t have crossed. Chad adds that Abigail had to push him off of her. Johnny apologizes for saying that about Chad and Abigail as he knows they love each other very much and he shouldn’t have implied that Abigail was fine with what EJ was doing. Chad says it’s fine as long as he doesn’t still think that. Johnny says EJ had him thinking he was the real victim here. Johnny adds that EJ told him that Lucas kidnapped Sami and Chad was framing him for it. Johnny guesses EJ wasn’t just lying to Chad, but to him too.

Belle asks EJ if he had Sami kidnapped. EJ says he did not. Belle reminds him that he’s under oath which EJ says he is aware of. Belle asks EJ to tell the court about the day Sami went missing. EJ recalls confronting Sami with evidence that she had been cheating on him and she denied it at first but then she admitted it. EJ admits he was angry and couldn’t see past her betrayal, but she’s the mother of his children, so no matter what she did to him, he never would’ve made her his prisoner or separated her from her children. Belle decides there are no further questions. Judge Barnes then calls upon Melinda. Melinda brings up EJ swearing that he would never chloroform his wife or separate her from her children. Melinda asks if it slipped his mind that he’s already done both of those things.

“Sarah” tells Xander that she’s the same person she always was but Xander says something is off. Xander brings up kissing her goodnight on the day before their wedding and she told him how much she loved him, but by the morning, she was with Rex. “Sarah” claims that she came to her senses and Rex happened to be there. Xander brings up how she told everyone that she was running off with Rex, but she didn’t, and she turned on him too. “Sarah” says she realized she’s in no shape to be with any man, so she told Rex that she needed time to figure herself out on her own. Xander argues that she lied to Maggie too. “Sarah” says she wanted to be alone and was afraid that Maggie would tell Xander where she was since she was trying to avoid this. Xander questions her hating her now. “Sarah” brings up how Xander switched her and Kristen’s babies. Xander says it took time, but she got past that. “Sarah” claims she only said she did and wanted it to be true, but no mother can ever get over something like that. She asks why he can’t get that through his head.

Abigail tells Kate about Ned flying Sarah out of town on a DiMera jet but he won’t tell them more unless they pay him off. Kate questions how someone like Sarah could commandeer a DiMera plane. Abigail explains that Ned was freelancing and had access to an old DiMera jet. Abigail mentions that Xander did suspect that Kristen had something to do with Sarah disappearing but he dismissed it. Kate questions why he would do that when it’s exactly what Kristen did to her. Abigail says that Xander mentioned that recently and talks about how Kristen pretended to be Susan to trick Kate in to leaving town. Kate explains how Vivian ordered Kristen to break up her and Jake, so she pretended to be Susan, but she found out and then Kristen knocked her out and stuck her in the tunnels. Kate adds that Kristen put on her Kate mask to break up with Jake. Kate calls Jake an idiot for falling for that when they were perfectly happy and going on vacation. Kate says that Kristen stuffed her in a giant suitcase to ship her out of town. Abigail recalls Ned mentioning “Sarah” having a large suitcase as well. Abigail questions how Kate managed to escape. Maggie then enters the Pub and greets them. Abigail asks where Xander is and if she brought the money. Maggie questions what money. Abigail explains that they found the pilot who flew Sarah out of town but he won’t talk unless they pay him off, so Xander was going to see if Maggie would put up the cash. Maggie reveals that Xander never got around to that because he’s now with “Sarah” at the moment.

“Sarah” complains about what Xander and Victor did to her and Kristen. Xander brings up Kristen being the one who told him about Sarah and Rex. Xander asks if Kristen got to her and talked her in to walking out on him. “Sarah” calls that her decision and says now that she answered his questions, she has to go check out at the Salem Inn. Xander questions how long she’s going to disappear for this time. “Sarah” calls it none of his business. Xander points out that she didn’t even say goodbye to Maggie and asks if she doesn’t care that she’s breaking her heart. “Sarah” claims that she came back to put Maggie’s mind at ease. Xander brings up “Sarah’s” half sister dying last year and how Maggie had to go through that without her. “Sarah” says she will do better with keeping in touch and tells Xander to quit obsessing over her and move on with his life. “Sarah” tells him to go be with Gwen. Xander then questions how she knew that he’s with Gwen.

Johnny tells Chad that it seems pretty clear that he needs to rethink his relationship with EJ. Johnny brings up EJ giving him control of his shares in the company. Johnny admits the original plan was to combine their shares to stop Chad from derailing EJ’s agenda. Chad asks if he’s still thinking about that. Johnny responds that maybe he lined up with the wrong guy and maybe he should be working with Chad.

Melinda brings up EJ chloroforming Sami so he could leave the country with his children. EJ explains that he believed his children were in danger and calls it a tense situation as Sami shot him in the head and left him to die. Melinda asks if they’ve always had such a violent relationship. Melinda asks EJ again if he chloroformed his wife. EJ says he was trying to protect his children and calls it an act of love, not revenge. Melinda argues that EJ turned to chloroform before and asks him to tell the court about the first time he chloroformed his wife and kidnapped her.

Gabi tells Jake to stop acting like a jealous idiot and assures that she’s not going to sleep with Johnny. Jake asks what she’s going to do then. Gabi says she will lead him on like she did with Stefan to get control of the company. Jake points out that she ended up in bed and in love with Stefan. Gabi insists that she’s with Jake now, the love of her life, not some kid in Johnny. Gabi decides she’s going to the DiMera Mansion to feel Johnny out. Jake feels anxious but Gabi assures that she’s got this.

Johnny tells Chad that if EJ goes to prison, it will be a disaster for DiMera. Chad bets that Gabi and Jake will try to make a power play. Johnny says that’s why they should start working together and asks what Chad says. Chad is all for alliances but he doesn’t want to get burned again. Johnny questions Chad not trusting him. Chad says trust has to be earned and he barely knows him. Chad remarks that the closest Johnny has come to running DiMera is sitting on his dad’s lap. Johnny assures that he’s going to prove himself. Chad says he better as he finishes his drink and exits. The Devil remarks that he can’t blame Chad for being cautious since he was just about to make a deal with the Devil.

EJ says he has no idea what Melinda is talking about. Melinda talks about EJ chloroforming a pregnant Sami and brought her to a warehouse where his brother Andre was waiting to extract stem cells from his unborn child. Melinda questions that slipping his memory. EJ invokes his rights under the fifth amendment which Melinda calls his first smart move and says there are no further questions. Belle decides to redirect. Belle says no matter what may or may not have happened in the past, they are talking about August 11. Belle asks if EJ ordered Sami be kidnapped on that date. Melinda argues that the question was already asked and answered. Belle says no further questions, so the judge allows EJ to step down. Belle tells EJ that she tried to tell him and declares that the defense rests. Judge Barnes announces they will move on to closing arguments.

Abigail can’t believe after all this time that Sarah would just show up out of the blue. Maggie can’t believe it either. Abigail asks if she’s okay. Maggie says she seems a bit distant but otherwise fine. Kate remarks that she’s glad breaking Rex’s heart isn’t weighing too heavily on her. Abigail asks if Sarah said anything about where she has been all this time. Maggie says she won’t tell her and she couldn’t press the issue because Xander showed up and wanted to talk to her alone. Abigail suggests she can get answers when she goes back, but Maggie is not sure she will still be there since “Sarah” told her that she is taking a flight out tonight and didn’t say where she was going. Maggie repeats that she’s very distant. Abigail finds it really odd. Maggie agrees but says she was just so relieved to see Sarah in the flesh, so she could stop worrying that anything awful had happened, but her visit did not put her completely at ease. Maggie states that “Sarah” just isn’t herself.

Xander argues that Sarah doesn’t know Gwen, so he questions how she could know she’s with him. “Sarah” claims that Maggie told her right before he came in and that they are very happy together and in love. “Sarah” asks Xander if that’s not true or if he’s not in love with Gwen. Xander responds that after what Sarah did to him, he didn’t think he could ever love anyone again and he didn’t want to, but then Gwen came along. Xander confirms that he loves her. “Sarah” tells him to go be with Gwen then and leave her the hell alone as she walks out of the mansion, leaving Xander disappointed. Xander looks sadly at a framed photo of Sarah on the mantle and flashes back to when he and Sarah got engaged.

Kate tells Abigail that the mystery is solved as nothing disastrous happened to Sarah other than seemingly turning in to a bitch. Kate offers Abigail a drink. Abigail agrees to a glass of wine so Kate goes to the bar. Abigail thinks back to Kate telling her about Kristen putting on a Kate mask to break up with Jake. Abigail then recalls Xander telling her about Kristen having all these masks to make her look like whoever she wants to be. Abigail thinks back to Maggie saying she saw Sarah in the flesh but that she wasn’t herself. Abigail then comes to a realization and rushes out of the Pub as Kate calls out to her, asking where she’s going.

Gabi goes to the DiMera Mansion and enters the living room, asking if anyone is home. Johnny comes in and calls this a surprise, noting that she looks beautiful. Johnny mentions that he just got done practicing fencing. Gabi notes that he’s sweating when it’s cold outside. Johnny calls it hot as Hell for him as he removes his shirt and asks Gabi what brings her by. Gabi says she thought he’d never ask.

Melinda tells EJ that his fate is in the judge’s hands now. Melinda thanks him for making her job so easy. EJ tells her to go to Hell. Melinda then exits the court room. EJ tells Belle that it was a disaster. Belle blames EJ and calls him an arrogant jerk. EJ thought if he was a surprise witness, Melinda wouldn’t have time to dig up dirt on him. Belle reminds EJ that Melinda has been after him for years. EJ says she’s made her point. EJ asks what his chances are. Belle says she tried to do as much damage control as she could. EJ thanks her for trying as he’s aware that he behaved idiotically and made her job more difficult. Belle says he still has one thing going for him as there really is no direct evidence of his guilt. EJ says there can’t be since he’s innocent. Melinda returns and announces they are about to find out if that’s true since the judge is going to rule from the bench. Belle didn’t expect the decision for weeks but Melinda reveals he’s apparently already reached a verdict. EJ asks Belle what she thinks this means. Belle informs him that a fast verdict usually favors the defendant. Chad walks in so EJ questions what the hell he’s doing here. Chad says he heard there was a verdict, so he decided he wanted to witness EJ’s downfall in person. EJ has no idea why Chad changed his testimony. Chad says he knows what he did but EJ assures he has no idea. Judge Barnes returns and announces he’s ready to deliver his verdict. He says he’s sure they are all surprised at how quickly he came to this decision, but after reviewing the testimony, it was clear. Judge Barnes announces he finds EJ guilty as charged. Belle requests that EJ get to remain in his home until sentencing. Melinda objects, arguing that EJ is a huge flight risk. Judge Barnes agrees and orders EJ to immediately report to a holding cell where he will await transfer to prison.

Gabi tells Johnny that she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about their conversation about having interests in common, so she wanted to talk to him about what their partnership might look like. Johnny responds that he’s been giving that a lot of thought and says he was thinking it might look something like this, as Johnny then grabs Gabi and kisses her.

Maggie returns to the Kiriakis Mansion and asks Xander how it went with “Sarah”. Xander says she made it quite clear that she still hates him. Maggie asks if he at least understands what caused her change of heart. Xander says no and that she said the same thing she said a year ago. Xander doesn’t understand it as he was so sure that there was more to the story.

“Sarah” walks through the town square with her bags packed. Abigail stops her and says they need to talk. “Sarah” says she’s sorry but she’s going to miss her flight if she doesn’t leave now. Abigail asks her to answer one question as she then asks if she’s not really Sarah.

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Nicole: [Grunts] Oh, my gosh, what is this made of, oak? Damn it!

Rafe: Need a hand? Mind if I ask what you’re doing?

[Dramatic music]

Kayla: Must have a roster or something or a softball team photo.

[Dramatic music]

Mother superior: Sister? May I ask just what you’re doing?

[Phone rings]

Steve: Yeah, brady? Listen, kayla’s on the inside. I really hope she’s okay in there. Right, I’ll keep you posted.

Kristen: Kayla will be just fine, father nichols.

Steve: Kristen?

Kristen: See, you’re the one who needs to pray for absolution.

Steve: Whoa, hold on.

Kristen: It is time you were given your last rites, patch. Are you having a moment of déj vu?

Steve: Is that what this is?

Kristen: Well, you caught me off guard, uh, at marlena’s all those months ago, so I’m just returning the favor.

[Tense music]

Abigail: We just have a few questions about a flight that you took last march. Um, do you happen to remember flying this woman out of salem?

Xander: Her name is sarah horton.

Ned: Pretty girl. Definitely not a face you’d ever forget.

Gwen: Ava, where the hell are you? I need your help. It turns out that abigail is not going to rest until she finds sarah, and when she does, it means it’s only a matter of time until I lose xander. Please, please, phone me back. Phone me back.

[Knocking on door] Coming.

[Gasps] Sarah?

Sarah: In the flesh.

Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”

[Soft orchestration]

Steve: You’re right. It has been a while. So, how have you been?

Kristen: Oh… well, I’ve been a little rankled, truth be told. So, I think it would be a very good idea if you try hard not to irritate me anymore than you already have.

Steve: Is it okay if I sit down?

Kristen: No. Instead of worrying about sister mary elizabeth’s safety, you should really be careful yourself.

Steve: I can see that now.

Kristen: Wow. [Laughs] Xander really wasted his money.

Steve: Xander?

Kristen: Mm-hmm.

Steve: What’s he got to do with this?

Kristen: He hired you to find me…

Steve: [Scoffs]

Kristen: And sadly, the only thing that anyone’s gonna find is a dead one-eyed priest.

Steve: No, no, no, no. Hang on, hang on. Xander did not hire me. So, you see, this is all one big misunderstanding.

Kristen: Huh.

Xander: So, you’re saying you do remember her?

Ned: No, I said she’s pretty. Look, I–I’ve flown so many people over the years. Just after a while, they turn into blurs.

Abigail: Okay, ned, well, allow me to de-blur this particular flight for you. It took place last spring, right before you abruptly quit your very lucrative job at dimera without even bothering to pick up your last check.

Ned: How did you–

Xander: How does she know that? That’s a good question. Abigail, you do seem to know rather a lot of information about this guy.

Abigail: Well, I do happen to be an investigative reporter, and coincidentally–well, coincidentally, my husband happens to be the ceo of dimera. So, I don’t have a lot of information, sort of just scratching the surface, but even though I haven’t begun to dig deeply, I do know I can find out everything there is to know about this particular flight, including who financed it and who profited.

Xander: Very impressive. So, um, sir, perhaps you’d like to take another look at this photo, and just concentrate a little bit harder this time?

Ned: Can I get a drink?

Xander: You’re not flying in the next eight hours, are you?

Ned: No.

Xander: Name your poison.

Ned: Beer me.

Xander: Waitress, can I get a beer for my mate? Cheers.

Abigail: I’m gonna ask you again, do you recognize that woman?

Ned: Now that I–I think of it, she does look a little familiar.

Gwen: I don’t understand, how–how are you here?

Sarah: Oh, well, I called the front desk and asked for xander cook’s room number. They were really quite accommodating.

Gwen: I–I didn’t–I didn’t mean that.

Sarah: Oh, you meant, how did I get off the desert island that kristen dimera stashed me on when I threatened to tell the cops that she was masquerading as susan banks? Which you already knew, because that’s what kristen was using to blackmail you into helping her escape.

Gwen: Sarah, I–I…

Sarah: I didn’T.

Gwen: What?

Sarah: Sarah horton’s still very much on that island.

Gwen: I–I–I don’t understand.

Sarah: [Chuckles] Sorry, I forgot.

Gwen: What on earth are you doing?

Ava: Relax. Gwen, it’s just me. This is the sound of nature breathing.

Mother superior: If you’re looking for something, all you had to do was ask.

Kayla: Well, I didn’t wanna bother you. I–I was looking for a bible. I’ve misplaced mine.

Mother superior: Well, isn’t that, uh, bible right there in front of you?

Kayla: Oh! So it is.

[Chuckles] My husband always tells me i need to get glasses, I’m so nearsighted.

Mother superior: Your husband?

Kristen: Don’t be cute, and don’t lie to me.

Steve: Well, guess the cute thing is out of my control, but I’m not lying. I’m not working for xander. He did try to hire me, but not to find you. He wanted me to track down sarah horton.

Kristen: The runaway bride?

Steve: Yeah. Unless you think that my finding her would lead to you.

[Tense music]

Nicole: What is it look like I’m doing? I’m trying to get this conference table out of here. I don’t even think you and i could get it out of here. You know what, I don’t even think the buccaneers offensive line could get it out of here.

[Grunts, sighs] And as you could imagine, it reminds me of something that i don’t–I don’t wanna remember. Something that should have never happened.

Rafe: I get it.

Nicole: Speaking of things that shouldn’t happen, what are you doing here?

Ava: You got any, uh, oh, lotion? This thing kinda chafed my neck.

Gwen: What in the actual hell? Ava, what is going on here?

Ava: [Chuckles] It was pretty mean, I know, I’m sorry. I just–I couldn’t resist. You should’ve seen your face.

[Mimics explosion]

Gwen: What is that thing?

Ava: Isn’t it obvious? It’s a sarah mask. Yeah, kristen sent it to me this morning.

Gwen: Why on earth would she send you that thing?

Ava: Well, she called me the other day, and apparently steve is looking for her, and she wanted to know if I sicced him on her.

Gwen: Steve’s found her?

Ava: No, no, no, no, and he won’t, not if kristen has anything to say about it.

Gwen: Okay, I still–I still don’t understand, why would kristen send you that mask?

Ava: Well, I–I told her that I had nothing to do with steve looking for her and that you and I do not want her found anymore than she wants to be found.

Gwen: [Sighs] Yeah, well, i would say that that’s obvious.

Ava: And I did end up admitting that xander had gone to steve.

Gwen: Yeah, but steve turned xander down. I told you that.

Ava: Maybe he changed his mind. Who knows. Anyway, I also told kristen that you were freaking out, because xander’s looking for sarah, and since we helped her break out of jail, she decided to return the favor and help us out.

Gwen: Not to mention the fact that she doesn’t want sarah found.

Ava: Yeah, well–[Chuckles]– That’s our kristen, isn’t it? Anyway, this showed up at my door. I think it’s the answer to your prayers.

[Ominous music]

Xander: Better?

Ned: [Exhales] Hits the spot.

Xander: You say you recognize this woman? That’s ’cause she’s the person that you flew out of town on the dimera jet.

Ned: I suppose it’s possible.

Abigail: No one has heard from this woman in nearly a year, so we’re going to need a little more than it’s possible. Surely you have some recollection of who was on that flight.

Xander: Hey, she’s in trouble, big trouble, and we– we have to help her. Did you fly this woman or not?

Ned: Yeah. I did.

[Dramatic music]

My asthma felt anything but normal.

Rafe: Listen, I don’t mean to bother you, okay? It’s just that something has come up at work.

Nicole: Oh, so, you wanna talk to me about police business? Shouldn’t you be talking to, I don’t know, this is just off the top of my head, but another cop?

Rafe: Uh, no, because it actually involves you.

Nicole: Me? What? How? Why?

Rafe: The other day, trask came to me with two different files, okay? Two different files that had the exact same complaint that I had planted evidence to make an arrest, and I think that there is more than a good chance that someone put them up to it.

Nicole: Damn it, rafe, i would never do that to you.

Rafe: No, I didn’t say you. I don’t think that it was you.

Nicole: Okay, but you said it had something to do with me.

Rafe: Yes, I did, because i think it was ava… because of us.

[Solemn music]

Ava: It’s pretty good, right?

Gwen: It’s a bit creepy. Uh…how is this supposed to be the answer to my prayers?

Ava: Well, kristen put a note in with the mask. And first, I need you to know that there were some pretty intense threats about what would happen to us if, uh, she was found.

Gwen: Why? We–we–we–we don’t want anybody to find sarah.

Ava: Yeah, that’s just kristen being kristen. You know, a letters not a letter without some threats. Anyway, she sent it so you could use it to get xander to stop looking for sarah.

Gwen: Me?

Ava: Yeah. Who else? You put the mask on, you go to xander, you tell him that you, sarah, don’t want anything to do with him anymore, and he needs to stop looking for you, and then bing, bang, boom, problem solved. He never wants to lay eyes on sarah again.

Abigail: So, sarah hired you to fly her on a dimera jet?

Ned: She approached me at the hangar, said she heard some of us pilots took on freelance gigs from time to time. She needed somebody to fly her out of salem.

Abigail: On a dimera jet?

Ned: Uh, I’m not the only one who does it, mrs. Dimera.

Abigail: I’m here for “the spectator,” not dimera enterprises. And so, you agreed?

Ned: I said I would do it for the right price. She definitely had the money. I can see how much she must have spent on her clothes.

Abigail: Are you an expert in couture?

Ned: Uh, no, luggage. I saw the size of the suitcase she had. I have never seen such a tiny woman with such a big suitcase.

Xander: Forget the luggage. Where’d you take her?

Ned: Can’t tell you that.

Xander: Why not?

Ned: It’s part of the deal. Look, I didn’t have to tell you that I flew her in the first place. I did it ’cause you said that she might be in danger.

Xander: She is, and if you don’t tell us where she is, we can’t help her.

Ned: Sorry I can’t be more forthcoming. But I get paid to be discreet. But I could also get paid to be indiscreet. So, if you wanna know where i took her, have to cough up some cash. And I don’t take checks.

[Soft instrumental music]

Kristen: If you were looking for sarah, there’s no way that would lead you to me.

Steve: Although, you know how they say that all roads lead to rome? In the past, a whole lot of mysterious disappearances have led to you.

Kristen: Oh, please. Use your head. Sarah went through hell, and she still gave me my baby back. Heck, we’re almost like sisters. So, why would I wanna disappear sarah horton?

Steve: God only knows why you do anything.

Kristen: Wow. May I remind you I have a gun?

Steve: Okay, that hasn’t slipped my mind, okay, but now that we have cleared up that I’m not working for xander, he’s not looking for you, why don’t you put the damn thing down?

Kristen: Because I still want answers, and if you are not working on xander’s behalf, then why are you here, hm? There’s not exactly a roman holiday for you and the misses to dress as clergy and her cloistered and you sleeping single in a double bed. No, I think–I think that you came here to flush me out of the convent, my spiritual home.

Steve: Your spiritual home when you’re facing prison time.

Kristen: Wow. Again, the gun, hm?

[Tense music]

Who paid you to come after me?

Steve: [Sighs]

Kristen: I mean it.

Steve: Brady.

Kristen: Why in the name of god would brady do that?

Steve: Because he wants to know if you’re the one who framed him for philip’s disappearance.

Kayla: Uh, did I say husband? I did, didn’t I? Did I say husband?

Mother superior: Yes, you did. I know some would say we’re a liberal order, but we still draw the line at husbands.

Kayla: I can explain.

Mother superior: I’m all ears.

Kayla: Um, you see, I–I come from a–a very strong irish-american family, and we take the teachings of the church quite literally. So, as I am a bride of christ, that would make him my husband, wouldn’t it?

Mother superior: A husband who nags you about glasses?

Kayla: Well, he talks to me about all my problems. He’s sort of like–like–like joan of arc.

Mother superior: And look how she ended up.

Kayla: A saint. She ended up a saint.

Mother superior: Uh, what we all aspire to. So, take the bible.

Kayla: Thank you, reverend mother.

Mother superior: And one last question, how are you going to read it given that you’re so nearsighted that you didn’t see it right there in front of you?

Kayla: Uh, well, I don’t–i don’t need to read it. I–I find comfort in its physical presence.

Mother superior: If it means that much to you, you–you must have–have all the important passages memorized.

Kayla: A lot of them, yeah.

Mother superior: Then how about you recite one for me?

Kayla: Um, I would be happy to, but I’m not sure I have them verbatim, and you shouldn’t improvise the word of god, should you?

Mother superior: Well, it’s all in translation, unless you memorized it in the original hebrew or aramaic.

Kayla: No, I never–never got the time for that.

[Chuckles]

Mother superior: So, just give it your best shot. [Laughs] I’m sure he’ll forgive you if you stumble over a word or two. He did say, “judge not lest he be judged.” Matthew 7, one through three.

Kayla: Um, well, uh, the christmas story’s always been one of my favorites. And, um, it came to pass that–

Mother superior: Lovely of course, but not, I feel, relevant to your situation. How about deuteronomy 31, 6? How does that go again?

Kayla: [Chuckles]

Kristen: You’re telling me that someone made it look like brady killed philip?

Steve: And they think that someone is you.

Kristen: Why would I do something like that to brady? He’s rachel’s father.

Steve: Yes, he’s also the man you loved who had the temerity to choose chloe over you.

Kristen: Uh, so what, to that end, I–I knocked him out and covered him in blood and then i left a weapon at the crime scene?

Steve: Uh, you have to admit, your plans, uh, tend to be a little serpentine.

Kristen: Right, but they’re always in my best interest. There’s no way I would ever send brady to prison for murder. I love him.

Steve: So, you’re telling me you don’t wanna get back at him and chloe for whatever it is you think they’re doing?

Kristen: I’ll admit it bothered me. Once again, that cow had her talons in him.

Steve: Mixed metaphors.

Kristen: Mm. And I wouldn’t have thought twice about framing chloe. But if you think I’d ever send brady to prison, then you don’t know me at all.

Steve: So, you didn’t kill philip?

Kristen: No, I did not kill philip.

Steve: All right then. No harm, no foul. I’ll report back to brady that this was a dead end and that we’re even. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Kristen: It’s a little late for that, don’t you think?

[Tense music]

Nicole: Don’t you think you’re being a little paranoid here thinking that ava is setting you up? We both know how much she loves you.

Rafe: She loved steve too. Look how that turned out.

Nicole: Is there something you’re not telling me?

Rafe: No, no, no, I have– there’s nothing concrete. It’s just I–I get this weird feeling that something is off.

Nicole: Well, I’d say framing you as a dirty cop is a little more than just off.

Rafe: Okay, nicole, think about–I mean, think about it, ava, she’s–she’s got the underworld connections to make it all happen, and I’ve–I’ve had this feeling before. I had this exact same feeling when I thought that she had decapitated duke.

Rafe: Wait, you think ava did that? No, come on, that–that doesn’t make any sense.

Rafe: Unless…

Nicole: Unless what?

Rafe: Unless she knows what we did on that table.

[Dramatic music]

Ava: So? You’re just gonna stare at it or what?

Gwen: I–I’m just–I’m a bit stunned by the likeness.

Ava: Yeah. It’s impressive as hell, i agree. The ghost of xander’s girlfriend past.

[Chuckles] And the idea that one of those could be made into any one of our faces. Oh, god, I would love, love to get my hands on a nicole mask and then just tell rafe that he is a two-timing jerk and, you know, he can go straight to hell.

Gwen: Okay, can we just stay on topic here? ‘Cause, I mean, what–what– what–what would you have me do with this thing?

Ava: I thought it was obvious. I’d have you wear it.

Gwen: [Sighs] And, I mean, you just wear it and–and I just, what, sort of breathe normally?

Ava: Oh, yeah, yeah. There were no breathing issues. There were no issues at all. Just–just the fun of making mischief.

Gwen: Making mischief?

Ava: Mm.

Gwen: Well, I’d say that that’s a slight understatement with what we are considering doing, don’t you?

Ava: Okay, gwen, do you want xander to leave you? Do you relish the thought of him telling you that, “hey, you know what, I’ve enjoyed your company, and, uh, thank you for the memories,” but you know his true love, the one that, uh–who’s a knockout, has a great career, that perfect bod, she’s back, so, buh-bye and have a nice life. I did not think so. But if, you know–if you’re feeling like you got stage freight and you can’t pull it off, well, then–then don’t worry about it.

Gwen: I didn’t say that.

Ava: Well, you seem awfully skeptical.

Gwen: I’m just–I’m lacking a bit of confidence. You–you really think that I can fool xander?

Ava: Ah, sweetie… there’s only one way to find out. And that is not by sitting around shooting the breeze. Come on, put the damn thing on already? What are you waiting for?

Gwen: [Sighs]

Xander: So, what are you waiting for? Pay the man.

Abigail: Me? Why me?

Xander: You have money. I don’T.

Abigail: [Sighs] Xander, I can’t do it.

Xander: Why? Did chad put you on an allowance or something?

Abigail: No, I’m a journalist. I represent “the spectator.” I can’t pay a source for information. It’s totally unethical.

Xander: Then don’t run the story. I mean, what do you care more about, selling papers or finding your cousin? My asthma felt anything but normal.

Steve: I don’t think it’s too late at all. I’ll just make it clear to brady that you had nothing to do with this.

Kristen: I’m still a wanted woman who broke out of prison. So what, you’re just going to go waltzing back into salem knowing my location? I mean, really? You’re even dumber than i thought you were.

Kayla: Deuteronomy 31-6. Of course. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified of them. For the lord your god goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Mother superior: You do know your bible.

Kayla: I told you it brings me great comfort.

Mother superior: I’ve always found it to do so. Actually, I–I just came in to get my rosary.

Kayla: Thanks, mom. All the ccd classes really paid off.

Mother superior: I usually keep this drawer locked. Um, thank you for calling my lapse to my attention.

[Tense music]

Nicole: [Groans] You–you think ava knows we slept together.

Rafe: It’s crossed my mind.

Nicole: [Chuckles] Well, wait a minute, this is– this is ava we’re talking about.

Rafe: Yeah.

Nicole: If she found out, she would’ve been in your face. She doesn’t exactly sit on her feelings.

Rafe: No, you’re right. You’re right, and–and when i told her about the perps, she was completely shocked, and she–she was totally–totally behind me.

Nicole: Okay, that’s a good sign.

Rafe: Yeah. Has she been acting strangely, though? She keeps telling me to invite you over for dinner. I–like, has she done anything weird or–or out of the ordinary?

Nicole: No–

Rafe: No?

Nicole: Oh, then now–now that you mention it…

Rafe: What?

Ava: Come on, gwen. Let’s have a look.

[Dynamic music]

Gwen: So? What do you think? Hey, I thought you said I’d sound just like sarah.

Ava: Don’t get your panties in a bunch. Here. Try this.

Sarah: Do you really think that–oh, my god, it works.

Ava: [Chuckles]

Sarah: I mean, this is what sarah sounds like…

Ava: Mm-hmm…

Sarah: Right?

Ava: Exactly. Exactly. So, now you look perfect. You sound perfect. Oh, xander’s gonna be completely taken in.

Sarah: I don’t know, I–I’m not so sure.

Ava: Well, I fooled you, didn’t I?

Sarah: Yeah, but I don’t know sarah. Xander knows everything about her.

Ava: So did rex, and kristen fooled them both.

Sarah: Yeah, but kristen knows sarah. I’m flying blind here. I don’t think I can fool anyone, let alone xander.

Ava: [Mumbles] Maybe you need to take a test run.

Abigail: This is not about selling papers. I–whether I run this story or not, I can’t give a source money.

Xander: Are you serious? You’re gonna let our only lead on sarah slip through your fingers, because what, it’s unethical?

Abigail: Okay, first of all, I’m not really sure how reliable this lead is…

Ned: Hey.

Abigail: Um, and second of all, I–it’s not about ethics. If anybody found out that I paid for information, whether I run the story or not, it could totally compromise “the spectator.” My folks left me in charge of the paper, and last thing i wanna do is run it into the ground just a few weeks after they’ve left town.

Xander: We both know I don’t have the money.

Ned: Okay, well, thanks for the beer.

Xander: Oh, no, no, yeah, you, uh–I’ll get it. I’ll, uh–I’ll get the money. You just keep him here.

Abigail: Where are you going?

Xander: To the first national bank of kiriakis.

[Solemn music]

It’s my 4:05, the-show-must-go-on,

Maggie: Mmm. Henderson, I love this tea! What is it?

Sarah: I don’t know. I’m not henderson.

Maggie: Oh, my god. Sarah?

[Gasps]

Sarah: [Chuckles]

Maggie: I can’t believe– I can’t believe it’s you.

Sarah: Me either.

[Tense music]

Steve: If you think that I’ll tell everyone where I found you, then there’s an easy fix.

Kristen: So, finally we both can agree.

Steve: Just move on. Take off. Find a convent in, uh, outer mongolia or somewhere.

Kristen: [Laughs] Mongolia, right. You–you think I should move?

Steve: Kristen, you’ve got safehouses all over the place where you can hide out. And I swear I won’t follow you. I got some zip ties here in this drawer.

Kristen: Hm.

Steve: Okay?

Kristen: Ooh. [Gasps] Are we looking for this? Huh? Yeah, see, I was here before, and that’s the first place i looked. Wow, for a P.I., You are very predictable.

[Tongue clicks] So, now I think it’s time for my easy fix.

Rafe: Nicole… ni–nicole, what is it? Hey, did ava say something to you?

Nicole: No, no. But it’s just like you were saying, I–I just got this weird feeling.

Rafe: When?

Nicole: The other day at the square, I–I saw you and ava together. You were hugging.

Rafe: Wait, you were– I didn’t see you.

Nicole: I know. But I think ava saw me. And she smiled at me, but it wasn’t a friendly smile. It was more knowing, like she was in on a secret. And afterward, I just felt very unsettled.

[Knocking on door]

Ava: Hey, nicole, you busy? I was just thinking that–oh… rafe, what a surprise.

Rafe: Yeah, I was just talking about you.

Ava: Yeah, you know, this is great, because now I don’t have to track you down too.

[Dramatic music]

Maggie: Oh, honey. Do you know what a relief it is to see you?

Sarah: I’m sorry I worried you.

Maggie: Why the radio silence? I mean, all this time we thought you were with rex, but when he showed up and he said you hadn’t left town with him, oh, honey, I mean, that was weeks and weeks ago. Ever since, I’ve been–I’ve been calling. Do you know that your phone is disconnected?

Sarah: I–I know, and I can explain.

Maggie: Okay… I’m listening.

Rafe: Track us down? What is that supposed to mean?

Ava: Well, it means that what I have to say concerns the three of us, and the two of you are so high-powered and important, you don’t answer your phones and you don’t return calls. So, if I want to speak to either one of you, I have to track you down and talk to you face to face. And don’t argue with me about that, because I was just here the other day trying to invite you over for dinner, and I knew then if it was gonna happen at all, I’d practically have to tie you down just to get you to agree to a date.

Nicole: It’s just that I–

Ava: No, no, no, no, no, I know, I know, I know. It’s okay. You’re so busy. I get that from him too, all the time. So, no more arguments, okay? The three of us are having dinner together at casa hernandez tonight.

Nicole: Oh, I–I don’t know, ’cause I–

Ava: No, no! [Rolls tongue] No, no, no, no. I am not listening to anymore excuses from either one of you. Make it happen, or you’ll incur the wrath of ava vitali. Seriously? The two of you have been moping around here like a couple of sad sacks. It’s really time the two of you just had some fun.

Nicole: [Chuckles]

Ava: Right?

Nicole: Yeah. Okay.

Rafe: Yeah.

Mother superior: Here you are, my dear.

Kayla: Thank you, mother.

Mother superior: Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go talk to sister marguerite about choir practice. But I’ll see you at dinner.

Kayla: Yes.

Mother superior: Good. You can lead the evening prayers.

[Soft music]

Kayla: “Steve, just had a close call. Still looking for kristen.”

[Phone beeping] Okay, good.

Kristen: “Keep me posted, sweetness.”

[Gags]

[Tense music]

Abigail: You know, you could make this a lot easier if you’d just tell us where you took sarah.

Ned: Easier for you. Uh, I’ll be back in an hour.

Abigail: Where are you going?

Ned: Stretch my legs. Maybe look for a new watch to buy with all that money I’m gonna earn.

Abigail: [Sighs]

Sarah: Mom?

Maggie: Hm?

Sarah: I’m sorry that i wasn’t completely honest with you. I would have told you everything if it hadn’t been for xander.

Maggie: So, you pretended to leave town with rex because of xander?

Sarah: He didn’t leave me a choice. I tried to break off the engagement, but he didn’t believe me.

Maggie: As I see it, you didn’t–you didn’t call off the engagement. You called off the wedding, at almost the last possible moment.

Sarah: Just…I wanted xander out of my life, and I had to make sure that he wouldn’t try to follow me.

Maggie: [Sighs] You were that desperate to get away from him? Why?

Sarah: You know, I don’t– I don’t wanna get into it right now, but let’s just say if i never see xander again, it will be too soon.

Xander: Maggie, I have a favor to ask.

Xander: Sarah?

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Nicole decides to try getting rid of the conference table but she can’t move it. Rafe then appears and asks if she needs a hand as he questions what she is doing.

Kayla looks through Mother Superior’s desk to try and find a list of names staying there. Mother Superior then returns to the room and questions what she is doing.

Steve goes back to his hotel and calls Brady to inform him that Kayla is on the inside and he will keep him posted. Kristen then arrives and tells Steve that Kayla will be just fine. Kristen then pulls a gun on Steve and declares it’s time for his last rites. Kristen asks if he’s having deja vu. Kristen brings up Steve catching her off guard at Marlena’s months ago, so now she’s returning the favor.

Abigail tells Ned Granger that they have a few questions about a flight he took last March. Abigail shows him Sarah’s photo and asks if he remembers flying her out of Salem. Ned calls her a pretty girl and not a face you’d ever forget.

Gwen calls Ava and leaves a message, asking where she is because she needs her help since Abigail is not going to rest until she finds Sarah. Gwen worries that it’s only a matter of time before she loses Xander. Gwen tells Ava to call her back as there’s a knock at the door. Gwen then answers the door and is shocked to see Sarah.

Steve tells Kristen that it’s been awhile and asks how she’s been. Kristen warns him not to irritate her more than he already has. Kristen says instead of worrying about Kayla’s safety, he should really be more careful himself. Kristen remarks that Xander really wasted his money. Steve questions what Xander has to do with this. Kristen believes Xander hired him to find her but all anyone’s going to find is a dead, one-eyed priest. Steve clarifies that Xander did not hire him so it’s all one big misunderstanding.

Xander asks if Ned remembers Sarah but he says no. Abigail explains that this flight was last spring right before Ned abruptly quit his lucrative job at DiMera without even bothering to pick up his last check. Ned questions how she knew that. Xander notes that Abigail does seem to know a lot of information about this guy. Abigail responds that she is an investigative reporter and her husband happens to be the CEO of DiMera, so she’s just scratching the surface and hasn’t begun to dig deep but she can find out everything there is to know about this flight including who financed it and who profited. Xander calls that very impressive. Xander asks Ned again about Sarah. Ned asks for a beer so Xander calls to the waitress. Abigail asks Ned again if he recognizes Sarah. Ned admits that she does look a little familiar.

Gwen doesn’t understand how Sarah is there. She says she called the front desk and asked for Xander’s room number, then brings up Kristen stashing her on a desert island. “Sarah” then removes her mask, revealing that it was just Ava wearing a Sarah mask like Kristen had.

Mother Superior tells Kayla that if she was looking for something, all she had to do was ask. Kayla says she didn’t want to bother her and claims she was looking for a bible because she misplaced hers. Mother Superior points out that her bible is right in front of her. Kayla then slips up and mentions her husband which Mother Superior questions.

Kristen tells Steve not to lie to her. Steve assures that he’s not working for Xander, though he did try to hire him but not to find her, to find Sarah Horton. Steve says that’s unless that him finding Sarah would lead to Kristen.

Nicole tells Rafe that she’s trying to get the conference table out of here but she doesn’t think anyone can. Nicole explains that it reminds her of something she doesn’t want to remember which shouldn’t have happened. Rafe says he gets it. Nicole asks what Rafe is doing here.

Gwen questions what in the hell Ava is doing. Ava laughs and admits it was pretty mean but she couldn’t resist. Ava jokes about Gwen’s reaction and explains that it’s a Sarah mask that Kristen sent to her this morning. Gwen asks why she would do that. Ava tells her that Steve is looking for her, so she wanted to know if Ava sent him after her. Gwen still doesn’t understand why Kristen would send her that mask. Ava explains that she assured Kristen that she had nothing to do with Steve and that they don’t want her to be found. Ava adds that she admitted that Xander had gone to Steve and that she mentioned Gwen was freaking out about Sarah. Ava reveals that since they helped Kristen break out of jail, she decided to help them out. Gwen notes that Kristen doesn’t want Sarah found either. Ava tells Gwen that she thinks the Sarah mask is the answer to her prayers.

Xander asks Ned about recognizing Sarah and if she’s the person that he flew out of town on the DiMera jet. Ned supposes it’s possible. Abigail says no one has heard from her in a year, so she demands more information. Xander adds that Sarah is in big trouble so they have to help her. Xander asks if Ned flew Sarah or not. Ned then admits that he did.

Rafe tells Nicole that he doesn’t mean to bother her, but something has come up at work. Nicole questions him wanting to talk to her about police business and suggests he should be talking to another cop. Rafe explains that it actually involves her which she questions. Rafe informs her that the other day, Melinda came to him with two different files with the exact same complaint that he planted evidence to make an arrest so he thinks there’s more than a good chance that someone put them up to it. Nicole tells Rafe that she would never do that to him. Rafe clarifies that he never said it was her. Nicole questions it having to do with her then. Rafe then reveals that he thinks it was Ava because of them.

Gwen calls the Sarah mask a bit creepy and asks how it’s supposed to be the answer to her prayers. Ava informs her that Kristen put a note with the mask with some pretty intense threats about what would happen to them if she was found but says that’s just Kristen being Kristen. Ava adds that Kristen sent the mask so Gwen could get Xander to stop looking for Sarah. Ava instructs Gwen to put the mask on and become Sarah to tell Xander that she wants nothing to do with him and that he needs to stop looking for her, then problem solved and Xander will never want to see Sarah again.

Abigail questions Ned about Sarah hiring him to fly her on a DiMera Jet. Ned confirms that she approached him at the hangar about a freelance gig and said she needed someone to fly her out of Salem. Ned says he agreed to do it for the right price and she definitely had the money. Ned mentions the size of the suitcase she had. Xander cuts him off and asks where he took her. Ned responds that he can’t tell him that because it’s part of the deal. Ned says he didn’t have to tell that he flew her in the first place, but he did because they said she might be in danger. Xander complains that if he doesn’t tell them where she is, they can’t help her. Ned says he’s sorry that he can’t be more forthcoming. Ned then tells them to cough up some cash if they want to know where he took Sarah.

Kristen argues that if Steve was looking for Sarah, there’s no way it would lead him to her. Steve remarks that all roads lead to Rome and in the past, a lot of disappearances have led to Kristen. Kristen tells him to use his head as Sarah went through Hell and still gave her baby back to her so they are almost like sisters. Kristen asks why she would want Sarah to disappear. Steve says God only knows why she does anything. Kristen reminds him that she has a gun. Steve says they have cleared up that he’s not working for Xander and he’s not looking for her, so he asks her to put the gun down. Kristen still wants answers as to why Steve is here if he’s not working for Xander. Kristen thinks Steve came to flush her out of the convent, which she calls her spiritual home. Steve brings up Kristen facing prison time. Kristen again reminds him of her gun. Kristen questions who paid him to come after her. Steve then reveals it was Brady. Kristen questions why in the name of God he would do that. Steve explains that Brady wants to know if she’s the one who framed him for Philip’s disappearance.

Mother Superior reminds Kayla that nuns can’t have husbands. Kayla tries to cover and claims she is a bride of Christ so Jesus is her husband. Mother Superior tells her to take the bible but questions how she is going to read it since she couldn’t see it right in front of her. Kayla claims that she doesn’t need to read it, but just finds comfort in it’s physical presence. Mother Superior guesses that she must have the important passages memorized and then asks Kayla to recite one for her. Kayla says she’d be happy to but she’s not sure she has them verbatim and she doesn’t want to improvise the word of God. Mother Superior says it’s all in translation and tells Kayla to give it her best shot. She then suggests a specific bible verse for Kayla to recite.

Kristen questions Steve telling her that someone made it look like Brady killed Philip. Kristen questions why she would do something like that to Brady when he’s Rachel’s father. Steve brings up Brady choosing Chloe over her and says her plans tend to be serpentine. Kristen says they are always in her best interest while there’s no way she would ever send Brady to prison for murder when she loves him. Steve asks if she doesn’t want to get back at Brady and Chloe. Kristen admits it bothered her that Chloe once again had her talons in Brady and she wouldn’t have thought twice about framing Chloe, but he doesn’t know her at all if he thinks she would ever send Brady to prison. Kristen assures that she did not kill Philip. Steve says alright then no harm, no foul and he will report back to Brady that this was a dead end and they are even. Steve apologizes for the misunderstanding but Kristen says it’s a little late for that.

Nicole thinks Rafe is being a little paranoid in thinking that Ava is setting him up when they both know how much she loves him. Rafe brings up how it turned out when Ava loved Steve too. Nicole asks if there’s something he’s not telling her. Rafe says he just has a weird feeling that something is off. Nicole thinks framing him would be more than just off. Rafe talks about Ava having the underworld connections to make it happen. Rafe adds that he had the same feeling when he thought Ava decapitated Duke. Nicole argues that makes no sense but Rafe says that’s unless she knows what they did on the conference table.

Ava asks if Gwen is just going to stare at the Sarah mask. Gwen is stunned by the likeness. Ava agrees that it’s impressive and brings up the idea that a mask could be made of anyone of their faces. Ava wishes she could get a Nicole mask to tell Rafe to go to Hell. Gwen questions what she is supposed to do with the Sarah mask. Ava tells her to wear it. Gwen asks if she’s just supposed to breathe normally. Ava assures there was no issues at all. Ava asks if Gwen wants Xander to leave her for Sarah. Ava tells her not to worry about it if she doesn’t think she can pull it off. Gwen says she’s just lacking confidence and asks if Ava really thinks she can fool Xander. Ava says there’s only one way to find out and instructs Gwen to put the mask on as she questions what she is waiting for.

Xander instructs Abigail to pay Ned since she has money and he doesn’t. Abigail responds that she can’t since she’s a journalist for the Spectator so it’s unethical to pay a source for information. Xander tells her not to run the story then. Xander questions if she cares more about selling papers or finding her cousin.

Steve tells Kristen that it’s not too late and he can just tell Brady that she had nothing to do with this. Kristen reminds him that she’s still a wanted woman who broke out of prison. Kristen asks if Steve is just going to go back to Salem, knowing her location, and calls him dumber than she thought.

Kayla successfully recites the passage of Deuteronomy, which impresses Mother Superior. She says that she just came back for her rosary and remembers to lock her drawer this time.

Nicole questions Rafe thinking that Ava knows they slept together. Rafe says it crossed his mind. Nicole argues that if Ava found out, she would’ve been in his face as she doesn’t sit on her feelings. Rafe agrees and says that she was completely shocked and behind him about the case against him. Rafe asks Nicole if Ava has been acting strange and brings up how Ava keeps telling him to invite Nicole over for dinner. Rafe asks if Ava has done anything weird or out of the ordinary. Nicole says no but then says now that he mentions it…

Gwen puts on the Sarah mask. Ava fixes it for her so that Gwen also sounds exactly like Sarah. Ava says that Xander will be completely taken in. Gwen remains unsure. Ava points out that she fooled her. Gwen points out that she doesn’t know Sarah while Xander knows everything about her. Ava remarks that Rex did too and Kristen fooled them both. Gwen argues that Kristen knows Sarah while she’s flying blind and doesn’t think she can fool anyone. Ava suggests she take a test run.

Abigail argues that this is not about selling papers as she can’t give a source money either way. Xander asks if she’s going to let their only lead slip through their fingers. Abigail is unsure how reliable this lead is and repeats that it’s not about ethics. Abigail worries that it could totally compromise the Spectator when her parents left her in charge of the paper, so she doesn’t want to run it in to the ground after only a few weeks. Xander notes that he doesn’t have the money but insists that he will get it. Xander instructs Abigail to keep Ned there as he exits the Pub.

Gwen as “Sarah” goes to the Kiriakis Mansion and shocks Maggie. Maggie hugs her and says she can’t believe it’s her.

Steve tells Kristen that if she thinks he’ll tell everyone where she is, she can just move on and find a convent in Mongolia or somewhere. Steve argues that she can hide out anywhere and swears that he won’t follow her. Steve mentions having zip ties in the drawer and opens it up but Kristen reveals that she had already stolen his gun from that drawer. Kristen remarks that he’s very predictable for a private investigator. Kristen declares that it’s time for her easy fix as she holds both guns on Steve.

Rafe asks Nicole if Ava said something to her. Nicole says it’s just like he was saying as she just got this weird feeling the other day in the town square as she saw Rafe and Ava hugging. Rafe notes that he didn’t see her. Nicole thinks Ava saw her and smiled at her but it wasn’t a friendly smile, but more like she was in on a secret. Nicole admits she felt very unsettled afterwards. Ava then arrives, asking if Nicole is busy and then sees Rafe and says what a surprise. Rafe responds that he was just talking about her. Ava says this is great as now she doesn’t have to track him down too.

Maggie tells “Sarah” what a relief it is to see her. “Sarah” apologizes for worrying her. Maggie questions the radio silence as they thought she was with Rex and then he showed up and said she hadn’t left town with him. Maggie says she’s been calling ever since for weeks and now her phone is disconnected. “Sarah” claims that she can explain, so Maggie says she’s listening.

Rafe asks Ava what she means by tracking them down. Ava responds that what she has to say concerns the three of them and complains that Rafe and Nicole aren’t answering their phones or returning calls, so she has to track them down to talk to them face to face. Ava adds that she was just there to invite Nicole over for dinner and she knew she’d have to tie her down to get her to agree. Ava knows Nicole is so busy and says she gets that from Rafe all the time too. Ava declares no more arguments, the three of them are having dinner together at Rafe’s house tonight. Nicole tries to speak but Ava says she’s not listening to any more excuses from either of them. Ava tells them to make it happen or they will incur the wrath of Ava Vitali. Ava argues that they have been moping around like two sad sacks, so it’s time they have some fun.

Mother Superior hands Kayla her bible and says she will see her at dinner, where she can lead the evening prayers. After Mother Superior exits, Kayla shuts the door and pulls out her phone to text Steve that she just had a close call and that she’s still looking for Kristen. Kayla gets a text back from Steve, saying all is good on his end.

Kristen has Steve’s phone and is wearing his eye patch as she texts Kayla. Kristen then looks down at Steve unconscious on the floor while the two guns lay nearby.

Abigail tells Ned that he could make this a lot easier if he just told them where he took Sarah. Ned says that would be easier for her. Ned decides he’ll be back in an hour as he’s going to stretch his legs and jokes about all the money he’s going to earn as he exits the Pub.

“Sarah” tells Maggie that she’s sorry for not being completely honest with her and that she would’ve told her everything if it wasn’t for Xander which Maggie questions. “Sarah” says Xander didn’t give her a choice and wouldn’t believe her breaking off the engagement. Maggie complains that she called off the wedding at the last possible moment. “Sarah” says she wanted Xander out of her life and had to make sure he wouldn’t try to follow her. Maggie questions why she was that desperate to get away from Xander. “Sarah” doesn’t want to get into it right now but says if she never sees Xander again, it would be too soon. Xander then enters the room and is shocked to see “Sarah”.

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[Both laugh]

Xander: That was–

Gwen: Oh, shh. No, no, no. Don’t talk. Don’t talk.

Xander: All right. Now?

Gwen: No. Not yet.

[Sighs] Okay, now.

Xander: Well, I was just gonna ask, are you finally convinced that I’m over sarah and totally committed to you?

Gwen: Oh, I don’t know. I might need a bit more convincing.

Xander: More? Really?

Gwen: Yeah, unless you don’t have it in you.

Xander: I’ll do whatever it takes. How about shower first?

Gwen: Yeah, go get it started. Nice and hot for me.

[Knock at door] Oh.

[Water running]

[Knock at door] Yes. Okay, fine, I’m coming. I’m coming.

[Sighs]

[Knock at door]

Kristen: Hello, brady. Did you miss me?

Steve: Oh, yeah. We got ourselves a bird’s-eye view of the convent from here. If kristen dimera is masquerading as one of the sisters, we’ll be able to spot her right away. Wat do you think, sweetness?

Kayla: Forgive me, father, for I have sinned. I’ve been having impure thoughts.

Nicole: Get it together, nicole. Get it together. When are you gonna forget about that night?

Rafe: I know I won’T.

[Sexy music]

Ava: Rafe. Rafe?

Duke: Rafe isn’t here. Looks like it’s just you and me, pilgrim.

Ava: Duke.

Duke: You murdered me, ava. Cut off my head with this pair of scissors. I’m here to do the same thing to you.

Ava: No.

[Screams]

Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”

[Soft orchestration]

Kayla: Steve?

Steve: Over here. How was your nap, sweetness?

Kayla: A little intense. I think that cacio de pepe I had for lunch gave me spicy dreams.

Nicole: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. We can’T.

Rafe: Sure we can.

Nicole: What about ava?

Rafe: I can’t stop thinking about you, and you can’t stop thinking about me. Why fight it?

Nicole: Let’s not.

Ava: You stay away from me. I’m warning you.

Duke: Nowhere to run, ava. Wonder how you’ll look stuffed.

Ava: Keep your filthy paws off me, you overstuffed beanie baby.

Duke: What’re you gonna do with that?

Ava: I will cut off something much worse than your head.

Duke: I’d like to see you try. Gotcha.

Ava: No.

[Screams]

Duke: Ahh! You’re gonna pay for that, goldilocks.

Rafe: Ava, are you okay?

Brady: Kristen, what are you doing here?

Kristen: I’m here to do to you what I did to philip.

Brady: So it was you. Did you hurt him? Did you kill him? What’d you do?

Kristen: [Laughs] What do you think, brady?

Brady: I think we need to talk about this.

Kristen: Ooh. Guess what? No more talking. Hmm? Mm-mm. You see, you cut out my heart, brady. And now I’m gonna cut out yours.

Gwen: Sarah?

Sarah: Hello, gwen.

Gwen: What are you doing here?

Sarah: [Laughs] You know what I’m doing here, bitch. I came to take back my man.

Xander: Sarah? You’re here.

Gwen: Xander. Xander, no. You said that you were totally committed to me.

[Gasps]

Xander: Gwen? What’s wrong? My asthma felt anything but normal.

Xander: Gwen, are you all right? What’s going on?

Gwen: Yeah, I’m fine. I’m fine. I just…had another nasty nightmare is all.

Xander: Oh. Called out my name. I hope I wasn’t the source of the nastiness. Do I need to apologize?

Gwen: No. I called out your name because, well, you’re the only person in this whole cruel, bitter world who knows how to make me feel better.

Xander: Oh, so I was the hero of the piece, eh?

Gwen: You’re always my hero.

Xander: Well, the way you bolted upright, it must have been a really scary dream.

Gwen: It was.

Xander: You’re the toughest person I know. I can’t imagine what would scare you. What was it about?

Gwen: I don’t really remember all the details. Honestly, I don’t really feel like revisiting it anyway, so…

Xander: Fair enough. Probably better to stick with reality. So what can I do to help make the dream go away?

Gwen: Well, for starters, you can chuck that towel away and make love to me.

Xander: Yes, ma’am.

[Knock at door]

Gwen: Oh, don’t– don’t answer it.

Xander: Aren’t you curious about who it could be?

Gwen: No. Doesn’t matter. Everything that we need is right here, isn’t it?

[Knock at door]

Xander: I don’t think whoever it is is gonna go away.

Gwen: Okay, fine. I’ll answer it. I’ll answer it.

Brady: Nicole? Nic. Nic. There you are. Hi.

Nicole: Brady. How long have you been standing there?

Brady: Said your name about three times.

Nicole: Really?

Brady: Yeah.

Nicole: I guess I didn’t hear you.

Brady: Well, you must have been laser focused on those marketing reports.

Nicole: No, actually, I was thinking about something else.

Brady: Must have been important.

Nicole: Not really. Anyway, it doesn’t matter.

Brady: Doesn’t matter? You seem a little flushed. Let me take a stab at this. Were you by chance thinking about the time that you and rafe had sex on that conference table?

Ava: Sorry. I was–bad dream.

Rafe: Oh, must’ve been a rough one.

Ava: Why do you say that?

Rafe: Well, for starters, when I came in, you were growling.

Ava: Growling?

Rafe. Yeah. Yeah, like a lion. And you’re still clutching a nail file.

Ava: Oh. I…

[Chuckles] I don’t remember. Oh. Oh, I didn’t hear you leave this morning.

Rafe: Well, you were sound asleep, so I decided to make a sweet bits run.

Ava: [Sighs] Cappuccino?

Rafe: Mm-hmm. And your favorite. Hmm? Bear claw.

Ava: I think I’ll just stick with the coffee for now.

Rafe: Okay. Okay.

Ava: So why were you up so early this morning?

Rafe: Couldn’t sleep.

Ava: Guilty conscience?

Rafe: What?

Ava: I’m kidding. Come on, what could a good catholic boy like you possibly have to feel guilty about?

Kayla: Um, is there anything to report on kristen?

Steve: Well, as a matter of fact, while you were sleeping off our sinfully delicious lunch, the mother superior called.

Kayla: Oh. With good news?

Steve: Yeah. Turns out our prayers have been answered. There’s room at the convent for sister mary elizabeth.

Kayla: That’s great.

Steve: So why don’t you get out of those clothes and into your habit?

Kayla: Yeah. Um…

Steve: Something wrong, baby?

Kayla: I think I just– I just need a moment or two.

[Knock at door]

Kristen: You wanted to see me, mother superior?

Mother superior: Yes, my child. I wanted to share some news with you.

Kristen: Oh. Good news, I hope?

Mother superior: Definitely. You see, just as we did for you, we’ve decided to provide sanctuary for sister mary elizabeth.

Kristen: Oh, hallelujah and praise the lord.

Mother superior: Well, you’re pleased.

Kristen: I’m overjoyed. It is blessed news, mother superior.

Mother superior: I’m glad you agree. I’d like you to help me begin to prepare for her arrival.

Kristen: It’d be my pleasure.

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Nicole: This conference table– I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Brady: Nicole, come on. I’m not being judgmental. Look, I’m just asking as a good friend.

Nicole: Well, it seems one of my other good friends has loose lips.

Brady: Don’t be mad at chloe, okay? She didn’t mean to let it slip out.

Nicole: Yeah, well, she did after I swore her to secrecy.

Brady: Well, she put up a good fight, but I kinda pried it out of her. I’m sorry, okay?

Nicole: It’s fine. It’s fine. It’s really marlena’s fault anyway.

Brady: Marlena’s?

Nicole: Well, the demon was inside of her, technically. When your stepmom was possessed by the devil, she brought deimos back from the dead to terrorize me.

Brady: That was not where I thought this story was going.

Nicole: You think I’m crazy.

Brady: No. Come on, marlena was possessed by the devil twice. At this point, there’s pretty much nothing that i won’t believe. You must have been terrified by that.

Nicole: Well, I-I thought I was losing my mind. So I called rafe, and he came over and he made me feel safe.

Brady: He comforted you.

Nicole: Well, it started out that way. And the next thing I knew, we were on the conference table tearing off each other’s clothes, and… well, you know the rest.

Rafe: You know, you’re not the only one who’s accused me of having something weighing on my conscience.

Ava: Really?

Rafe: Mm-hmm.

Ava: Who else?

Rafe: Well, the da and internal affairs have launched an investigation into my policing practices.

Ava: Okay, that’s crazy. What could they possibly suspect you of?

Rafe: Well, one perp has accused me of planting evidence.

Ava: Well, they’re obviously lying, right?

Rafe: Of course. Yeah. But there’s a second accusation. That perp is claiming that I framed him.

Ava: Okay. Why would all this be coming up right now at the same time? You think it’s a coincidence?

Rafe: Unlikely. No. So either these guys got together and decided that they wanna make me look like a bad cop, or…

Ava: Someone put them up to it.

Rafe: Yeah.

Ava: Yeah.

Rafe: Yeah.

Ava: But who would hate you so much that they would go through all the trouble to ruin your life?

Gwen: What do you want?

Abigail: It’s nice to see you too, gwen.

Gwen: What do you want?

Abigail: I’m here to speak with xander.

Gwen: Well, he’s a bit busy at the moment, so if you’d like to come back tomorrow–

Xander: Did you find something?

Abigail: I did. I tracked down our missing person. My plaque psoriasis…

Gwen: You found sarah?

Abigail: No. No. Not yet. But I did find ned grainger.

Gwen: Who is ned grainger?

Xander: He’s the pilot that flew a private jet out of salem the day that sarah disappeared.

Gwen: Xander, sarah didn’t disappear. She left.

Abigail: What’s the difference?

Gwen: The difference is that that sounds like something very nefarious happened to her. So she wanted to be alone. I mean, what sort of crime is being committed?

Abigail: Well, we’ll see what ned says. I’m meeting him at the pub in 30 minutes. So I’m gonna show him sarah’s picture and–

Gwen: Don’t you think that’s a waste of time, darling? I mean, what’s this ned person going to say anyway?

Xander: I’ll put on some clothes. I wanna come with you.

Gwen: Xander.

Xander: Gwen, I-I wanna speak to this pilot myself and make sure he’s telling the truth, okay?

Gwen: [Sighs] You’re really enjoying yourself, aren’t you?

Abigail: Excuse me?

Gwen: Oh, come on. I know exactly what you are doing. You want xander to find sarah so that he will leave me and go be with her.

Rafe: I have some ideas about who might be setting me up.

Ava: Wait, you don’t think that I did this to you, do you?

Rafe: Wait, what? Why would you say that?

Ava: Well, because you already accused me of mutilating that teddy bear that you and nicole share custody of, which was very hurtful, quite frankly.

Rafe: Okay, I’m sorry. I am sorry. You told me that you didn’t do it; I believe you.

Ava: Okay. I appreciate that.

Rafe: Yeah.

Ava: But I don’t know why I would possibly have any reason to be upset with you or nicole. I mean, you two are the ones I trust most in this world.

Nicole: Rafe and ava are together, and I accept that. And what happened between us was just a one-time thing.

Brady: You don’t have to explain that to me.

Nicole: I just want you to understand that I never meant for this to happen, and it won’t ever happen again, and we agreed to keep our distance.

Brady: You agreed. Is that what you want?

Nicole: What are you asking me?

Brady: Nicole, I’m asking you, do you wanna be with rafe or not?

Nicole: No.

Brady: No?

Nicole: Yes. No. I don’t know. I don’t–

Brady: Well, at least you’re sure about it, so that’s good.

Nicole: It’s not funny, okay? I feel like I’m going crazy.

Brady: You’re not. You’re not. I’m sorry. I can see you’re struggling with this.

Nicole: Brady, what is wrong with me? I can’t stop thinking about it. I had a dream this morning about rafe.

Brady: What kinda dream?

Nicole: That kinda dream.

Brady: Oh, that–okay.

Nicole: We were here on the conference table, and it was more intense than the first time, and it’s just the way he kissed me–

Brady: Okay, okay. I got it. I got it.

Nicole: Sorry. I’m sorry. I just got carried away ’cause–

Brady: I mean, I get it. It’s hard to let go sometimes. This morning, I had a dream about kristen.

Kayla: Okay. No more impure thoughts. You have a job to do, sister mary elizabeth. Oh. Oh, dear god.

Steve: Sorry, baby. Didn’t mean to startle you. Are you okay?

Kayla: Yeah. Yeah, no, I’m fine.

Steve: Are you having doubts about doing this?

Kayla: No. No, I-I–

Steve: Well, I have to tell you, I am.

Kayla: What?

Steve: Kristen dimera may be hiding in the convent, but some habits, pun intended, are hard to break.

Kayla: You still think she’s dangerous.

Steve: Mm-hmm. To paraphrase matthew 7:15, the woman is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Kayla: Wow. That’s impressive, father nichols.

Steve: If I’m gonna play the part, I have to get prepared. Which brings me to my point. You.

Kayla: What about me?

Steve: Sweetness, this is what I do. Okay? I am trained for this kinda thing.

Kayla: And I’m not.

Steve: No, you’re not. Baby, listen, I’m not doubting your bravery or your talents. I know what you’re capable of. But I also know what kristen is capable of.

Kayla: May I remind you that I just locked horns and lips with the devil himself.

Steve: No, no, please don’T.

Kayla: Well, I’m just saying that after being that close to evil, I’m not afraid of anybody on this planet. Not even kristen dimera.

Steve: Okay. Okay, baby, listen. If we’re gonna do this you have to promise me that when you’re inside, you’ll look for evidence that kristen is there, but you won’t look for her.

Kayla: What if I run across her?

Steve: Do not approach. Do not confront her. You get the hell out of there as fast as you can, preferably without her seeing you.

Kayla: Okay. You have my word. As your wife and as a woman of god.

Mother superior: Now then, is everything prepared for the arrival of our guest?

Kristen: It is. It is. I was just looking at some scripture and saying a prayer for father nichols and sister mary elizabeth.

Mother superior: Aww, how very kind. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.

Kristen: Well, I promise that I will move mountains to accommodate our new sister.

Mother superior: I know you will. Looking to get back in your type 2 diabetes zone?

Ava: I can’t even imagine how upsetting this must be for you. I mean, after all, it’s your reputation at stake.

Rafe: I’m gonna clear my name.

Ava: Yeah. I know you will. I want you to know that no matter what happens, I will always believe in you.

Rafe: Thanks for that.

Ava: Yeah. I mean, you believed in me when everyone else questioned my character. When the whole world saw me as a criminal and a thug, you moved me into your house and you made me feel loved. Nothing is more important to me than loyalty.

Rafe: Me neither. You haven’t touched your bear claw.

Ava: Well, I am in the mood for something sweet. But I don’t think that’s gonna satisfy me.

Rafe: Oh, no? What will?

Nicole: You had a sex dream about kristen?

Brady: Whoa, whoa. No, no. My dream was not as friendly as the one that you had about rafe.

Nicole: Oh, so you had a nightmare.

Brady: You could call it that, sure.

Nicole: Well, kristen’s a nightmare in real life. So there’s that.

Brady: Yeah, well, she’s always been my nightmare.

Nicole: Are you thinking about her again after everything she’s done?

Brady: She’s rachel’s mother, nicole, okay? I’m always going to– I’m always gonna love her.

Nicole: But you’re never going back to her again, right?

Brady: No, no. No, those days are over.

Nicole: Are you sure?

Brady: Yeah, I’m sure. I’m pretty certain she had me framed for philip’s murder. So that’s a deal breaker in my book.

Nicole: Well, I’m glad to hear it.

Brady: I even have steve looking for her. And hopefully, we can get to the truth as to what happened to philip.

Nicole: You know, in some way, I wish that she’d be gone forever. But I would like to see her brought to justice for what she did to me, for what she did to you and to philip and everyone else in this town.

Brady: We’ll see.

Nicole: Has steve had any luck tracking her down?

Brady: I talked to him last night, and he’s in italy.

Nicole: Italy?

Brady: Yeah. And he has a lead. So far, he has not found kristen.

Kayla: Thank you for taking me in on such short notice, mother superior.

Mother superior: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Steve: Psalm 46.

Kayla: Oh, one of my favorites.

Mother superior: Mine as well, sister.

Kayla: I was just telling father nichols that knowing our scripture prepares us for any and all of life’s challenges.

Mother superior: Amen, sister.

Kayla: Amen.

Steve: Amen indeed.

Abigail: Would you take it easy? Me helping xander find sarah has nothing to do with you. I already told you that.

Gwen: Yeah, you know, I didn’t believe you then, and I don’t believe you now.

Abigail: Believe what you want. I’m doing it for aunt maggie. She asked me to help her as a journalist. And yes, I do believe that there’s a story there.

Gwen: Really? So you’re, what, you’re doing this for your “journalistic integrity” to plant these seeds of this wild conspiracy into my boyfriend’s head?

Abigail: It’s not a conspiracy theory.

Gwen: Really? Are you saying that sarah was just taken from salem?

Abigail: What if she was?

Gwen: She wasn’t, abigail. She walked out on rex, just like she walked out on xander. She didn’t want anything to have to do with him, and now xander has moved on. But you are pulling him back in. You are dragging him all around bloody town talking to randos and getting him all worked up.

Abigail: Okay. Gwen, I’m sorry if this is inconvenient or upsetting for you. But it just so happens that the circumstances of sarah’s disappearance from salem have left people who care about her with a lot of questions.

Gwen: Questions?

Abigail: Yes, questions. And if you’re so sure she left of her own free will, then what does it matter to you if I find her anyway? She already told xander she doesn’t wanna be with him. Xander’s made it very clear that he does wanna be with you, right? So unless you have a reason to doubt that… it’s my 5:52 woke-up-like-this migraine medicine.

Gwen: Xander loves me. And there’s nothing you or anyone can do to stop that.

Abigail: Fine. I have no interest in changing that.

Gwen: Come on, abigail. Let’s just be honest with each other.

Abigail: Why the hell would i not be honest about this?

Gwen: Because you’re still not over me sleeping with chad.

Abigail: Chad and I are fine.

Gwen: But you and I aren’T. You claim that you accepted my apology, but you never did. You just stuffed it down and you waited for your time to get back at me.

Abigail: You sound paranoid, gwen.

Gwen: I’m just protective. Unlike you, I wasn’t handed everything in my life. I had to fight for all that I have.

Abigail: Well, let me assure you, there is no one trying to take anything from you. We are just trying to find sarah.

Gwen: Don’t you think that if sarah just wanted to be found by xander or anyone, she would have just turned up by now?

Abigail: Assuming that she’s able to.

Gwen: Now who sounds paranoid? Why can’t you just let the woman be, abigail? And why can’t you just let me have a tiny bit of happiness for the first time in my life?

Xander: Everything okay here?

Gwen: Peachy. Right. Why don’t you go dash off to find this ned grainger person, and then you and I can finish off what we started before we were rudely interrupted by my sister.

Xander: That sounds like a fantastic plan.

Gwen: It’s nice to see you, abigail.

Abigail: Lovely to see you too.

Mother superior: Father nichols, I appreciate your help in delivering sister mary elizabeth to us, but I’m afraid the time has come for you to leave.

Steve: Oh. Well, I thought–

Mother superior: Rules are rules, father.

Steve: All right. Well, thank you for all of your help, reverend mother. Okay, sweet– sweet child of god, please take care of yourself. Stay safe.

Kayla: I promise I will, father.

Mother superior: I’ll see you out.

Brady: Yeah, I pretty much accepted the fact that I’m gonna keep having these nightmares about kristen until steve finds her.

Nicole: Well, hopefully he’ll find philip too.

Brady: Hopefully.

Nicole: Yeah.

Brady: Unfortunately, I don’t see you not having these dreams about rafe anytime soon.

Nicole: Well, the good news is, I’m having trouble falling asleep anyway because of these memories. So no escaping.

[Both laugh] Oh, god.

Brady: You know you’re gonna have to come to terms with how you’re feeling about rafe sooner or later, right?

Nicole: I tried. I tried to move on with ej.

Brady: Yeah, that was a great idea.

Nicole: Okay. All right. It was a big mistake. One I will not make again.

Brady: Uh-huh. Are you sure you can’t just, you know, be with rafe?

Nicole: I care about rafe. And I care about ava. And I’m not gonna come between what they have. Just have to find a way to get him out of my head.

Rafe: You are making it really hard for me to get to work.

Ava: [Laughs] Then I’m doing my job.

Rafe: Yes. You know, it’s always great between us, but that was– I mean, you were–

Ava: Inspired.

Rafe: Yeah. Oh, and before I forget, there was a package came for you.

Ava: Yeah?

Rafe: Mm-hmm.

Ava: From who?

Rafe: I don’t know, okay? It’s on the kitchen table.

Ava: Well, thank you.

Rafe: Okay, what are you doing? What are you doing?

Ava: I’m gonna try to keep you from leaving.

Rafe: Okay. Oh, my god. No. I really have to go. I mean it. I gotta go.

Ava: No.

Both: Okay.

Ava: I understand.

Rafe: Okay.

Ava: You sure?

Rafe: Yeah.

Ava: Rafe.

Rafe: Yeah.

Ava: I know you’ll find out who’s trying to hurt you.

Rafe: I know I will.

Ava: The truth always has a way of coming out.

Rafe: Yeah. Woman: I have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

[Dramatic music]

Nicole: Ugh. I have got to get you out of this office.

[Grunting] Oh, my god. What is this thing made of, solid oak? Oh, my– damn it!

Rafe: Need a hand?

Kayla: You must have some kind of roster or softball team photo or something.

Steve: Yeah, brady. Okay, listen, kayla is on the inside. I really hope she’s okay in there. Yeah. Yeah, I’ll keep you posted.

Kristen: Kayla will be just fine, father nichols.

Steve: Kristen.

Kristen: You’re the one who needs to pray for absolution.

Steve: Whoa. Hold on.

Kristen: Uh-uh. It’s time. It’s time you’re given your last rights, patch.

Abigail: Are you sorry you couldn’t hire my uncle steve to help you find sarah?

Xander: Well, I’ll admit he was my first choice, but so far, I’m very impressed with my second choice.

Abigail: Well, I haven’t cost you a dime.

Xander: That’s the best bit.

Abigail: Gee, thanks, I think.

Xander: Do you really think this guy’s gonna show?

Ned: Abigail dimera?

Abigail: Mr. Grainger.

Ned: Ned.

Abigail: Ned. Thanks for coming down here, ned. This is xander cook.

Ned: Nice to meet you. So what’s this all about?

Abigail: Well, we just have a few questions about a flight that you took last march. Do you happen to remember flying this woman out of salem?

Xander: Her name is sarah horton.

Gwen: Ava, where the bloody hell are you? I need your help. Turns out that abigail is not going to rest until she finds sarah, and that means– well, that means that it’s only a matter of time until i lose xander. Please, please phone me back. Phone me back.

[Knock at door] Coming.

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Chloe: Mom? Uh, hi. It’s so weird, I was just talking about you.

Nancy: Why haven’t you returned my calls?

Chloe: You came here from new york to ask me that in person?

Nancy: I needed to talk to you.

Chloe: [Sighs] I know. I’m–I’m sorry. I just–I really don’t feel like talking about philip. There’s no news, and it just upsets me. All right?

Nancy: This is not about philip. It’s about your father.

Chloe: My–dad? Dad, what about him?

Nancy: I think he’s having an affair.

Chloe: Mom, I don’t understand.

Nancy: What’s not to understand? You heard me. Your father is cheating on me with another woman.

Lucas: So do i sound rehearsed? Because I feel like it sounds rehearsed.

Kate: Okay, just–

Lucas: I sound rehearsed–

Kate: Just relax. Relax.

Lucas: I’m dead. That’s it.

Kate: You’re not on trial here.

Lucas: Well, I might be, by the end of the day. If I had known that chad was gonna change his story on the stand–

Kate: Oh, what? Would you have left town?

Lucas: Well, I wouldn’t have left town; that would have made everyone more suspicious.

Kate: At the very least.

Lucas: Well, did you at least try to talk him out of it?

Kate: Okay. Listen. Don’t put this on me, okay? You could have thought twice before you kidnapped sami.

Lucas: Don’t judge me, all right, I got enough problems right now.

Kate: Lucas, I’m not judging you. I told you, I made chad swear that he wouldn’t implicate you in the frame-up.

Melinda: Did I hear someone say “frame-up?”

Abigail: What the hell are you talking about?

Evil ej: From the moment I came back to salem, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you.

Abigail: That’s insane. Just get away from me.

Evil ej: I know you’re married to my brother, and I’ve tried hard to push these feelings aside, but it’s impossible.

Abigail: Is this some kind of sick joke? I mean, you have a wife that you are obsessed with. And you were dating nicole.

Evil ej: Only to distract myself. I’ve been using them to try and get you out of my head, but it didn’t work.

Abigail: [Scoffs] You have totally lost it. Just go and get some help, would you?

Evil ej: Abigail, please. I am desperate to get close to you. That’s why I wanted to do johnny’s movie, but it didn’t happen.

Abigail: Will you–can you get out of my way?

Evil ej: How I have longed to ravage you. I never thought I’d get the chance, yet here we are alone, and there’s no time like the present.

Ej: What exactly did chad say to you when you ran into him just now?

Belle: Just that we would be pleased with the outcome of his testimony.

Ej: But he’s the chief material witness against me, and if I’m acquitted, he has to relinquish sole control of the company.

Belle: Both things are true.

Ej: Do you really think he’s on my side? The man used trumped-up evidence to get me ousted from dimera.

Belle: I don’t know. Maybe he realizes he took things too far. He is still your brother, ej. And despite all the bad blood, I think he’s gonna come through for you today.

Abigail: [Gasps]

Chad: What the hell are you doing?

Abigail: Get the hell away from me, you filthy pig!

Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”

[Soft orchestration]

Lucas: Excuse me.

Kate: Do you have a warrant to eavesdrop on our conversation, trask?

Melinda: You were talking freely in the middle of the hallway. Something about a frame-up?

Kate: Mm. Well, if you have to know, my son and I were discussing ej’s insistence that he was framed.

Melinda: What about it?

Kate: I think it’s baseless. Really the act of a desperate man.

Melinda: I happen to agree, and hopefully, lucas, you’ll help put ej dimera away for a very long time.

Lucas: Yeah. Yeah. That is the plan.

Melinda: I do wish sami were joining you in testifying.

Kate: Well, you have her deposition, right?

Melinda: Yes, but that’s not nearly as convincing as an in-person testimony would be.

Kate: Hm.

Lucas: You can’t really blame her for not wanting to be in the same room as the guy who kidnapped her, right?

Kate: Right, if I were sami, I would avoid contact at all costs.

Ej: I appreciate your optimism, belle, but let’s just say chad has had a change of heart. Would he really tell the truth on the witness stand?

Belle: You mean would he admit to framing you?

Ej: He could go to jail for that.

Belle: I don’t know. He was about to drop some big bombshell, right before his whole coughing fit, so–

Ej: You think that was his conscience bubbling up in his chest?

Belle: I don’t know what it was, but I’ve known chad a long time, and I think he’s a fundamentally good guy.

Ej: Are you implying I’m not?

Belle: All I’m saying is that, if you are innocent, and chad knows it, I think he’d have a really hard time lying on the stand.

Ej: Hm.

Abigail: You son of a bitch!

Chad: What do you think you’re doing kissing my wife against her will, huh?

Evil ej: How do you know it was against her will?

Abigail: What are you insinuating, you freak? It was more than against my will; it was an attack.

Chad: Listen, you want to come against me? Huh? You leave her out of it. You understand?

Evil ej: Not everything is about you, chad. You see, the truth is I could be going away for a lot of years, and I didn’t want to do that without feeling abigail’s sweet lips against mine, one more time.

Abigail: Stop–no, please. The bailiff’s right outside, and he is not worth it.

Chad: You’re right.

Evil ej: Well, I guess I’ll see you in court. Thanks for the kiss, abigail. I’ll treasure the memory… mm. Always.

[Tense music]

Melinda: I can’t imagine. Is she doing well?

Lucas: Yeah, yeah. She’s doing okay, considering, you know, what she’s been through. Sure, sure.

Johnny: That ought to get chad back on board. Now, he’s just dying to send his brother dearest to jail for a very long time. It’s my 3:10, no-exit-in-sight,

Chloe: Here you go.

Nancy: Thank you, sweetheart. Look, my hands are shaking.

Chloe: It’s okay, mom. Just take a deep breath, okay?

Brady: Yeah. Now–now, tell us, why do you think craig is having an affair?

Nancy: Well, first of all, he’s–he’s been staying late at the hospital now, for months.

Chloe: Yeah, but that’s not new. He’s been doing that for as long as I can remember.

Nancy: Not three times a week. Anyway, at first, I kind of thought maybe he was getting bored with me, which was hurtful enough until, when he came home from the medical conference in dallas, I found condoms in his briefcase.

Chloe: Uh, ew, mom. Okay. Ugh. I’m sorry, but did you confront him about it?

Nancy: I did. Oh, and he was so angry for me snooping, of course. But before he stormed out, he said, “they were giving away condoms at the safe sex seminar.” Part of a swag bag or whatever.

Brady: I suppose that’s– that’s possible, right?

Nancy: I–I just don’t know. Sweetheart, please be honest with me. Have you noticed your father behaving differently lately? I mean, has he said anything to you?

Chloe: Honestly, I haven’t really talked to him in a few weeks.

Nancy: Well, now that’s not right either, especially with everything you’re going through with philip.

[Sighs]

Chloe: No. It’s–it’s okay. Have you talked to joy about this?

Nancy: No. And I don’t want her to know. Grad school is hard enough. Obviously, um, parker’s in boarding school, so he has no idea, and–

Chloe: It’s–it’s okay. I won’t say anything to them, but, I don’t know, I just kind of find this hard to believe. I mean, you and dad have the best marriage I’ve ever seen, since forever.

Nancy: I used to think so too, but now I don’t know.

[Sighs]

Brady: Nancy, do you– do you have any other reason to suspect him?

Chloe: Mom?

Nancy: Well, I hate to admit it, but… I logged on to his credit card account, just to see if there were any suspicious purchases. I mean, I felt so sneaky. I mean, after snooping in his briefcase, but–

Brady: Did you find anything?

Nancy: It depends on whether you think $500 restaurant bills are normal business expenses.

Chloe: Um, well– well, where is he now?

Nancy: He’s in dallas, at another conference. I should have just confronted him before he got on the plane. In fact, I’m gonna go do it now.

Chloe: You want to fly to texas?

Nancy: I’ve got to know the truth, even if I end up in the middle of “craig wesley does dallas.” Oh, my god, why am i making stupid, lewd jokes? I guess because being serious is just too painful. I’m gonna let you two know how it goes.

Brady: Nancy, wait. I think you’d be making a big mistake.

Melinda: The judge should be calling us back any minute. Once I’m done with chad, you’ll be my next witness. Are you ready?

Lucas: Yeah. Yeah, I’m ready.

Melinda: You seem nervous. I can count on you to stay cool up there, right?

Lucas: Yeah. I’ll be fine. Really.

Kate: He’ll be fine. Really.

Lucas: What, was that completely necessary?

Kate: Was what necessary?

Lucas: Will you give it a break, okay? I saw the way you looked at me. I’m not gonna hurt sami. I would never do that.

Johnny: Are we talking about my mother?

Kate: Where the hell did you come from?

Johnny: Maybe I’ve been here all along. I hope you’re taking good care of my mom.

Kate: [Sighs] From my experience with sami, she doesn’t need anyone to take care of her.

Johnny: But still. Everything that poor woman has been through. I can’t imagine the terror of being kidnapped and then finding out that it was by somebody you loved, allegedly.

Lucas: Uh, nothing alleged about it.

Johnny: Well, my father says that he’s innocent, and I believe him. Anyway, I’m just so relieved to know that she’s safe and that she’s got you looking out for her.

[Tense music]

Gabi: I can’t believe ej is signing his shares of dimera over to johnny.

Jake: I guess he figures, if he’s going away, might as well give his shares to his son.

Gabi: Yeah, but johnny’s never been interested in dimera. He’s always wanted to be a filmmaker.

Jake: Right, but his film didn’t get made, thanks to a little devilish intervention. Everybody’s got to have a plan b, right?

Gabi: He is ej’s son.

Jake: Dimera after all.

Gabi: It just doesn’t make sense for ej to just give up.

Jake: Huh. Well, maybe he figures he’s going away for sure.

Gabi: Maybe his plan is to control johnny from prison. I mean, he’ll be behind bars, but he’ll still be pulling the strings.

Jake: I don’t know. I wouldn’t be so sure about that, because I talked to shin; according to the legal department, this whole thing was johnny’s idea.

Johnny: Hey, pops.

Ej: There you are. I was wondering where you’d gotten to.

Johnny: Sorry, I uh– I suddenly became very thirsty, and I wanted to make sure I got it taken care of before the trial resumed.

Ej: It’s good to see you.

Chad: Hey, hey. Are you okay?

Abigail: I’m fine. I’m just– I feel rattled. I’m– I was about to knee him in the groin when you came in.

Chad: I would have liked to have seen that.

Abigail: But I just don’t get it; why would he just come on to me, out of the blue like that?

Chad: He’s just trying to stir things up.

Abigail: But for what purpose? He’s been obsessed with sami ever since he got to salem. I mean, he’s loving her, and he’s hating her, and he’s loving her again, and–

Chad: Okay. Shh. Shh. It’s just he hates her again.

Abigail: But his future is in your hands. Why would he practically attack me when you are getting ready to take the stand?

Chad: Honestly, I don’t know, and I don’t care, okay? As long as he’s gone. Prison is too good for that son of a bitch.

Brady: Before you go off and do something you might regret, I want to share something that happened between chloe and me recently.

Chloe: Brady–

Nancy: What is it?

Brady: Well, before philip disappeared, he was convinced that chloe was cheating on him with me.

Nancy: Were you?

Chloe: No. Of course not.

Brady: And we tried to get philip to believe us, but he wouldn’T. We ended up going on a business trip. He followed us, and he burst into our motel room.

Nancy: Your motel room? Singular?

Brady: It was– it was the only room available. It was completely innocent.

Chloe: Yeah. I tried to get philip to see that, but he didn’t believe me. And then his jealousy just got so out of hand that I had to take a step back from him.

Nancy: Are you saying that I’m being irrationally jealous?

Brady: No, what we’re saying is I think you should be absolutely certain before doing something rash. Things aren’t always what they appear.

Gabi: All right, let’s just say johnny found a way to get his dad to sign over his company’s shares. He’s probably doing it to help ej out.

Jake: Mm, you know better than I do.

Gabi: I’ve known johnny since he was a kid. He may be an artist, but he worships ej. He’s gonna vote whatever way ej tells him.

Jake: Maybe.

Gabi: What does that mean?

Jake: It’s just that last time we held a vote at dimera, johnny was too young to vote his shares. Now he’s old enough, okay, that’s– that’s pretty heavy stuff.

Gabi: What, you think he’s trying to make a play on his own?

Jake: I’m just saying. His shares coupled with ej’s shares, it’s a pretty powerful voting bloc. Could do a lot of damage.

Gabi: It could also stop our plan in its tracks.

Jake: Yes, but– okay, hear me out. If johnny really is ej’s mini me, he’s all ambition, no scruples.

Gabi: Which could make him corruptible.

Jake: And an excellent ally for our cause. Hm?

Judge: Please be seated.

[Tense music]

Ej: What’s that about?

Belle: You tell me.

Judge: Mr. Dimera. I trust you’re feeling better.

Chad: Yes, your honor.

Judge: Good, and I remind you, you’re still under oath. Try not to choke this time.

Chad: Yes, your honor.

Judge: Before your dramatic coughing display, you were sharing details about how the defendant’s financial transactions came to light.

Chad: Yes. A few days before the kidnapping, a transaction was made from a private dimera account. An account that only three executives have access to. Me, kate roberts, and my brother. There is no doubt in my mind that my brother is as guilty as sin, and if I were you, I would lock him up and throw away the key.

[Dramatic music]

My asthma felt anything but normal.

Belle: Chad! I mean, mr. Dimera, you just told me–

Melinda: I’m sorry. Are you saying that counsel had an ex parte conversation with my witness?

Judge: Ms. Brady?

Belle: No, your honor.

[Clears throat] No further questions.

Judge: Ms. Trask, you wish to redirect?

Melinda: I don’t, your honor.

Judge: All right. Mr. Dimera, you may step down. We’ll take another brief recess and back with the prosecution’s next witness.

Bailiff: All rise.

[Tense music]

Johnny: Hey, what do you think you’re doing? You probably just sent my dad to prison for a decade. How can you call yourself a dimera, you traitor?

Chad: Why don’t you ask your father that question, after what he did to my wife.

Ej: What the hell are you talking about?

Chloe: Look, mom, I know that dad loves you. He really does, and you guys have such a great connection. You may be hurting right now, but I think that brady’s right. I think it would be a mistake to go confront dad if you’re not even sure that there is a problem.

Nancy: Yeah. I get what you’re saying, and I’m sorry, sweetheart, I– I know craig is your father, and you’re just being protective of him, and, well, I shouldn’t have involved you in this.

Chloe: No, no. You needed to talk about it, okay?

Nancy: Thank you, sweetheart, but I shouldn’t have dumped this mess in your lap, especially with everything you’ve gone through with philip.

Chloe: I’m fine, mom.

Nancy: Well, I just want you to know that, no matter what, I’m still here for you. And obviously brady is too.

Brady: Why’d you say it like that?

Nancy: Like what?

Brady: Nothing. I’m sorry. Nothing.

Nancy: No, no. What?

Brady: Well, it sounded like you were accusing us of a little something.

Nancy: No, no. No, I wasn’T.

Chloe: Just say it, mom.

Nancy: Well, I know you both said that you told philip that nothing was going on between you two, but from the looks of things, I can’t help wondering.

Chloe: Wondering what?

Nancy: If it’s just a matter of time before you guys get together again?

Chad: Don’T. Don’t you play innocent, you understand me? You know what you did.

Ej: What is this about?

Chad: Abby, let’s go. We don’t need to hear the verdict. We’ll see you in ten years– or never. Yeah. Never sounds good.

Ej: What the hell was that?

Johnny: Who knows? I guess chad just wanted you out of the way, like he always has.

Ej: He acted like I did something awful to him– to abigail, actually, and recently.

Johnny: Hasn’t that always been his mo? Paint you out as the villain, so he can play good guy.

Ej: I suppose so.

Johnny: Look, it’s a good thing that you signed your shares over to me. That way, I can protect the company. Which reminds me, I should probably get these documents over to the dimera lawyers to finalize the power of attorney transfer.

Ej: You’re leaving?

Belle: Now? Why? What’s the hurry?

Johnny: The sooner we make this official, the less damage chad can do. This hearing just proved that we can’t trust him.

Belle: Ej, listen, I am– I am so sorry I got your hopes up about chad’s testimony. I really thought that–

Ej: I know what you thought.

Belle: Listen, I don’t understand what happened up there. I really thought he was going to exonerate you.

Lucas: So much for chad clearing ej’s name.

Kate: [Sighs] Yeah. Well, obviously he did change his mind, but why?

Lucas: Oh, I don’t know. I don’t care. You’re not gonna hear me complaining about it. But now that that’s all over, you can go.

Kate: Why?

Lucas: What do you mean why? Trask is gonna call me to the stand next. I don’t want your beady eyes boring into me when I’m testifying.

Kate: Oh, really? Really? Or do you just not want me watching you while you lie up there?

Lucas: No, I don’t want you to see that.

Kate: No. That’s fine. I mostly came to support chad anyway.

Lucas: That’s all right. That’s what I thought.

Kate: You know I love you, no matter how much you mess up, all right? And good luck. Don’t leave town without telling me first.

Bailiff: All rise. Court is back in session.

Judge: Be seated. Ms. Trask, please call your next witness.

Melinda: The state calls lucas horton to the stand.

[Tense music]

Bailiff: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you god?

Lucas: I do. I’ve got moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

Chloe: Mom, there is nothing going on between me and brady.

Brady: Nothing at all. We’re just good friends.

Chloe: And we’re coworkers, so we spend a lot of time together.

Brady: Exactly.

Nancy: So you’re not living together?

Both: No.

Chloe: Why would you ask that?

Nancy: Well, if I leave your father, I’m gonna need someplace to stay. Will it be all right if I crash at your place?

Chloe: Okay, uh, let’s just take this one step at a time, all right?

Lucas: Yes. That’s him.

Melinda: Let the record show that mr. Horton has positively identified jason smith as the man that was holding ms. Dimera captive at the time that he found her. The same jason smith that was the recipient of cash payments from dimera enterprises, as per chad dimera’s testimony and accompanying evidence in the record.

Judge: Noted.

Melinda: Thank you. No further questions, your honor.

Judge: Thank you. Your witness, ms. Brady.

Belle: Mr. Horton, did jason smith ever state to you that he was hired by my client to kidnap sami dimera?

Lucas: No.

Belle: Hm. Did he imply it?

Lucas: No, we never discuss–

Belle: So you have no direct knowledge that my client had anything to do with the kidnapping of sami dimera.

Lucas: Direct knowledge? No. I suppose not.

Belle: You suppose not. Frankly, mr. Horton, I don’t know what you’re doing here.

Melinda: Objection!

Belle: Withdrawn. But since you are here, I’ll just ask you this. How do we know you didn’t kidnap sami dimera?

Abigail: I just can’t get over how dumb ej was to make that stupid, disgusting pass at me. I mean, here you were all set to let him off the hook.

Chad: He didn’t know that.

Abigail: But you hinted it to belle. Why would he antagonize you, right before you take the stand?

Chad: I–who knows why my– why my brother does anything? My wife’s the hottest woman on the planet. Maybe he just couldn’t help himself. Hm?

Abigail: What exactly were you planning to say today?

Chad: What difference does it make?

Abigail: I know you didn’t want me to know about it in advance, but I want to know now.

Chad: Why?

Abigail: Ej’s not innocent, is he?

Chad: Ej? Ej is anything but innocent.

Jake: You said you’ve known johnny since he was a little kid, right?

Gabi: That’s right.

Jake: Maybe you can help him see the benefit of joining team jabriela.

[Both laugh]

Gabi: I don’t think he’s gonna like that name.

Jake: But he is gonna like what we can offer him. A chance to get out from his father’s shadow, real power.

Gabi: We could consolidate his votes and ej’s with ours.

Jake: We’ll be running dimera in no time.

Gabi: You are good at this.

Jake: No, no, no. We are good at this, and if we got the kid on our side, we’d be unstoppable.

Gabi: We just have to figure out a way to make johnny see things our way.

Jake: Mm.

Johnny: It sounds like somebody’s taking my name in vain.

[Tense music]

Honestly, I thought I was getting my floors cleaned.

Nancy: So you don’t think I should fly to dallas and confront your father? What, I should just sit at home and knit him a sweater and pretend like everything is hunky-dory?

Chloe: No. Of course not. But I think that maybe you should first start by splashing some cold water on your face, and we’ll order something to eat and come up with a plan.

Nancy: This isn’t your responsibility.

Chloe: I love you, mom, and I love dad, and I’ll do whatever it takes to help this work out.

Nancy: Thank you, sweetheart. Now, would you get me something to drink, a little stronger than tea please?

Chloe: [Chuckles] You got it.

Brady: You okay?

Chloe: I don’t–I don’t know. I mean, I guess I’m just a little thrown.

Brady: Yeah.

Chloe: I mean, craig and nancy have always been known for their bickering, but I always felt like they were truly in love.

Brady: Yeah. Like my dad and marlena, the ultimate happy couple. Heck, they beat the devil– twice.

Chloe: I guess every marriage has bumps in the road.

Brady: Yeah. Let’s hope that’s all this is.

Chloe: Well, I guess there’s only one way to find out.

Johnny: If you’re gonna be talking about me behind my back, we should at least be properly introduced.

Gabi: Oh, I know you very well, johnny.

Johnny: But he doesn’T. As you’ve probably heard, I’m a man of wealth and taste. Johnny dimera, your nephew.

Jake: Ah, guess that makes me uncle jake.

Johnny: I can’t believe we haven’t met before now.

Jake: Yeah, well, I wasn’t really running with the dimera inner circle.

Johnny: And I haven’t seen you since I was running around in an eyepatch and your brother’s police vest.

Gabi: Now you’re all grown up.

Johnny: You’ve done some growing up yourself. So now that the introductions are all out of the way, why don’t you fill me in on what you were talking about?

Jake: [Laughs] You know, you’re not the only johnny in town, pal.

Johnny: No, but I’m the only one that matters to you. Let me guess. Shin told you that my father was giving me power of attorney to vote his shares.

Jake: Wow. Kid’s psychic.

Johnny: I just know what makes news, although I’m not quite sure how it concerns you, considering you’re no longer an employee of dimera.

Gabi: Oh, johnny. See, that’s where you’re wrong. We may not be employees, but jake still holds shares of dimera stock.

Jake: Yes, and gabi still holds your late uncle stefan’s shares, which means we still have a voice at the company.

Gabi: And we were thinking–

Jake: That it’s very possible our interests could align.

Chad: Ej’s lucky I didn’t tell the judge what he did to you today. They would have charged him with sexual assault. And with his history, they would have added years to his sentence.

Abigail: Yeah.

Chad: What? What’s wrong?

Abigail: I just–I cannot stop hearing ej say how he wanted to take me on the conference table. It didn’t even sound like–

Chad: Wait, what, he– he said that to you? Why didn’t you tell me?

Abigail: Because I knew you would kill him on the spot.

Chad: Yeah, he would have deserved it.

Abigail: It just all came so out of the blue. He came in, I thought he wanted to talk about the case, and then–

Chad: I swear to god, if they don’t lock him up for a very long time–

Abigail: After your testimony, they will.

Chad: Let’s just hope that neither one of us have to deal with him ever again.

Abigail: [Sighs] I think I’m gonna go upstairs, and I’m gonna check on the kids, and I’m gonna take a shower.

Chad: How would you feel if I joined you?

Abigail: I’d feel pretty good about that.

Chad: Yeah?

Abigail: Yeah.

[Soft dramatic music]

[Doorbell rings]

Chad: Hey.

Kate: Hey.

Chad: Is the trial over?

Kate: No, no. Lucas just wanted me to leave before he testified.

Chad: Why?

Kate: He said I make him nervous.

Chad: Because you know what he did to sami?

Kate: Yeah. Probably.

Chad: What are you doing here?

Kate: Well, I’m here because I wanted to know what happened to you up there on the stand. I thought you were going to ride to ej’s rescue.

Chad: That was before I walked in on him with his tongue down abigail’s throat.

Lucas: I had nothing to do with sami’s kidnapping. And you sound as desperate as your client. Grasping at straws, blaming everyone under the sun.

Belle: I’m only asking you.

Lucas: And I’m telling you that it’s ridiculous. All right, ej’s jealous because sami and i wound up together.

Belle: Oh. Well, just for the sake of putting this to bed, I’m sure you wouldn’t mind establishing for the court. Do you have an alibi for the time of sami dimera’s kidnapping?

Melinda: Objection. This is a fishing expedition.

Judge: I’ll allow it.

Lucas: When sami was kidnapped, I was with my brother, philip.

Belle: You were with philip kiriakis.

Lucas: Who, as you know, is unfortunately missing and presumed dead right now.

Belle: So you can’t prove where you were?

Lucas: I’m sorry that my alibi might be dead.

Belle: Pretty convenient, no?

Lucas: Wait, am I the one on trial here, right now?

Belle: No. You’re not.

Lucas: Good, because jason smith named ej the kidnapper. You know there was a paper trail to back it up–

Ej: Which you obviously helped my brother plant!

Judge: Mr. Dimera–

Ej: You are the one that should be on trial here! You kidnapped samantha!

Judge: That is enough.

Ej: And if you lay a finger on her–

Lucas: You’ll what?

Ej: I’ll kill you!

[Dramatic music]

This is the sound of nature breathing.

Brady: Don’t tell me you’re going to go to dallas and confront your dad.

Chloe: Well, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

[Phone ringing]

[Sighs] Voicemail.

[Message tone beeps] Hi, daddy. It’s me, chloe. Um, can you please call me back as soon as you can? Um, there’s something I want to discuss with you.

Judge: Order. Order in my courtroom. Ms. Brady, I’m going to pretend I didn’t just hear your client make a death threat in my courtroom, but you best muzzle him, ’cause I will hold him in contempt.

Lucas: May I step down now?

Judge: You don’t ask. I tell. You may step down. Court stays in recess for the rest of the day. Mr. Dimera, I suggest you get a good night’s sleep and come prepared to sit quietly tomorrow.

Bailiff: All rise.

Ej: You know he’s lying, right?

Melinda: It is not appropriate for you to talk to me unless you’re ready to take a plea deal.

Ej: He lied on the witness stand. You should charge him with perjury.

Lucas: The rant of a desperate, guilty man. I’ll be sure to tell sami how far you’ve fallen.

Melinda: I’ll see you tomorrow, mr. Dimera. You should enjoy your freedom while you still can.

Ej: Oh, he can’t get away with this.

Belle: That was not a smart–

Ej: I don’t care! Aren’t you worried that your sister is going to be with the man who kidnapped her?

Belle: We don’t know it was lucas.

Ej: If chad planted that evidence, he obviously got it from the real kidnapper. Who else could it have been?

Belle: We need to focus on beating these charges. I just did my best to impeach lucas’ testimony up there, and we’re just gonna have to hope that that’s enough. I want to know why chad changed his mind up there.

Ej: You really think he was planning on exonerating me?

Belle: I do, which means something happened in between to make him furious with you.

Ej: But what? I didn’t even see him.

Kate: Why the hell would he do something like that to abigail? I mean, I know they have a history, but it’s totally stupid and pointless, and frankly, disgusting.

Chad: My brother’s always been his own worst enemy.

Kate: Yeah, but chad, he’s not a fool. He had to know how you were going to react. It’s almost like he wanted you to send him to prison.

Johnny: I think this proposal has potential.

Gabi: You’re interested?

Johnny: Oh, I’m very… interested. Text me, and we’ll set up a time for me to hear your offer.

Jake: Or we could talk now.

Johnny: Can’T. Sorry. Got to dash. Things to do, you know. It was great seeing you again.

Jake: Is it me, or is that little punk hitting on you?

Gabi: No, he definitely was, but maybe– maybe we can use that to our advantage.

[Ominous music]

Demon johnny: [Sighs] Always thought she was hot, and soon she’ll be mine. [Chuckles] Doing the devil’s handiwork has so many fringe benefits.

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Gwen and Xander lay in bed after having sex. Xander asks if now she’s finally convinced that he’s over Sarah and totally committed to her. Gwen responds that she might need more convincing. Xander says he’ll do whatever it takes but suggests they shower first. Gwen tells him to go start it so he heads to the bathroom. While Xander turns the shower on, Gwen falls asleep. Gwen has a nightmare about Sarah Horton showing up at her and Xander’s hotel room.

Brady has a nightmare about Kristen showing up at his door.

Kayla dreams of her and Steve kissing in the convent, dressed as nun and priest.

Nicole has a dream about having sex with Rafe on the Basic Black conference table again.

Ava has a nightmare about a life-sized version of Duke the teddy bear confronting her and threatening to kill her with scissors like she did to him.

Kayla wakes up from her nap and calls out to Steve, who assures he’s right there and asks about her nap. Kayla responds that she just had an intense dream.

Nicole wakes up from her dream on the couch at home.

Ava wakes from her nightmare in a panic, only to see Rafe standing in the doorway. Rafe asks if she’s okay.

Brady wakes up from his nightmare in a panic just as Kristen was going to stab him with a knife.

Gwen wakes up from her nightmare about Sarah reuniting with Xander and she’s in a panic. Xander comes out from the shower and asks her what’s wrong. Xander asks what in the world is going on as Gwen tells him that she had another nasty nightmare. Xander points out that she called out his name. Gwen says that’s because he’s the only person in the world who knows how to make her feel better. Gwen calls him her hero. Xander says it must have been a really scary dream. Gwen confirms that it was. Xander can’t imagine what would scare her and asks what the dream was about. Gwen claims not to remember the details and doesn’t feel like revisiting it. Xander asks what he can do to help make the dream go away. Gwen suggests he make love to her so they kiss until there’s a knock at the door. Gwen tells Xander not to answer it because they have everything they need. Xander doesn’t think they will go away. Gwen decides she will answer it then. Gwen gets up to answer the door as she did in her nightmare, but is surprised to see Abigail.

Nicole goes to work at Basic Black. Brady arrives behind her and calls out to her three times until she turns around. Nicole guesses she didn’t hear him. Brady asks if she was focused on the marketing reports. Nicole admits she was thinking about something else. Brady guesses it was important but Nicole says not really and that it doesn’t matter. Brady notes she seems flushed and asks if she was thinking about the time that she and Rafe had sex on the conference table.

Ava tells Rafe that she’s sorry as she just had a bad dream. Rafe notes that it must have been a rough one and says she was growling like a lion when he came in and now she’s still clutching a nail file. Ava mentions not hearing him leave this morning. Rafe says she was sound asleep so he decided to go to the bakery and bring her a coffee. Ava asks why he was up so early this morning. Rafe says he couldn’t sleep. Ava jokingly asks if he had a guilty conscience, then asks what he could possibly have to feel guilty about.

Kayla asks Steve if there’s anything to report about Kristen. Steve informs her that Mother Superior called and it turns out there is room for her at the convent. Steve suggests she get dressed in her nun’s habit. Kayla hesitates with that, so Steve asks if something is wrong. Kayla says she just needs a minute.

Kristen goes to see Mother Superior, who informs her that they have decided to take in “Sister Mary Elizabeth”. Kristen acts thrilled about that and calls it blessed news. Mother Superior asks Kristen to help her prepare for her arrival which Kristen claims would be her pleasure.

Nicole claims not to know what Brady is talking about. Brady says he’s not being judgmental and is just asking as a friend. Nicole remarks that it seems her other friend has loose lips. Brady tells her not to be mad at Chloe as she didn’t mean to let it slip out. Nicole complains that she swore her to secrecy. Brady says he pryed it out of her and apologizes. Nicole says it’s fine as it’s really Marlena’s fault anyways from when the Devil was in her, since she brought Deimos back from the dead to terrorize her. Brady says that’s not where he thought the story was going. Nicole asks if he thinks she’s crazy. Brady says no and that after Marlena was possessed by the Devil twice, there’s pretty much nothing he won’t believe. Brady is sure that she must have been terrified. Nicole thought she was losing her mind, so she called Rafe and he came over to make her feel safe. Brady understands that Rafe comforted her. Nicole says it started out that way, but the next thing she knew, they were on the conference table and tearing off each others’ clothes and he knows the rest.

Rafe informs Ava that she’s not the only one who has accused him of having something weighing on his conscience since Melinda and internal affairs have launched an investigation in to his policing practicies. Ava calls that crazy and asks what they could possibly suspect him of. Rafe reveals that one perp has accused him of planting evidence. Ava says they are obviously lying. Rafe says of course, but there’s a second accusation claiming that he framed him. Ava asks why this would all be coming up now at the same time and if he thinks it’s a coincidence. Rafe calls that unlikely so either these guys got together to make him look like a bad cop or someone put them up to it. Ava wonders who would hate him so much to go through all the trouble to ruin his life.

Gwen asks Abigail what she wants. Abigail says it’s nice to see her too. Gwen asks her again so Abigail says she’s there to speak with Xander. Gwen tells her that Xander is busy so she can come back tomorrow. Xander asks Abigail if she found something. Abigail confirms that she did and declares that she has tracked down their missing person. Gwen questions if she found Sarah. Abigail comes in and says not yet, but she did find Ned Granger, the pilot who flew a private jet the day that Sarah disappeared. Gwen tells Xander that Sarah didn’t disappear, she left, so she sees no crime. Abigail says they will see what Ned says as she is meeting him at the Pub in 30 minutes so she can show him Sarah’s picture. Gwen thinks it’s a waste of time but Xander decides he’s going with her. Xander declares that he wants to speak to the pilot himself to make sure that he’s telling the truth. Xander goes to get dressed. Gwen accuses Abigail of really enjoying this as she knows exactly what she’s doing. Gwen thinks Abigail wants Xander to find Sarah so that he will leave her.

Rafe tells Ava that he has some ideas about who might be setting him up. Ava questions if he thinks she did this to him. Rafe asks why she would say that. Ava brings up how he accused her of mutilating the teddy bear. Rafe apologizes for that and says he believes she didn’t do that. Ava doesn’t know why she would have any reason to be upset with him or Nicole when they are the ones she trusts most in the world…

Nicole tells Brady that Rafe and Ava are together and she accepts that, so what happened with her and Rafe was a one time thing. Brady tells her that she doesn’t have to explain it to him. Nicole just wants him to understand that she never meant for it to happen and it won’t ever happen again as they agreed to keep their distance. Brady asks if that’s what she wants or if she wants to be with Rafe. Nicole says no and then yes but admits she doesn’t know. Nicole feels like she’s going crazy. Brady apologizes as he can see she’s struggling with this. Nicole asks what is wrong with her as she can’t stop thinking about it. Nicole tells him that she had a dream this morning about Rafe. Brady understands that it’s hard to let go sometimes. Brady then reveals that this morning, he had a dream about Kristen.

Kayla gets dressed in her nun’s habit and tells herself no more impure thoughts as she has a job to do. Steve comes out of the bathroom with his priest collar on, startling Kayla. Steve apologizes and asks if she’s okay. Kayla claims she’s fine. Steve asks if she’s having doubts about doing this. Kayla says she’s not. Steve then reveals that he is, because Kristen may be hiding in the convent but some habits are hard to break. Steve worries that Kristen could still be dangerous. Steve tells Kayla that this is what he does as he’s trained for this kind of thing while she is not. Steve doesn’t doubt her bravery or her talents as he knows what she’s capable of, but he also knows what Kristen is capable of. Kayla reminds him that she locked horns with the Devil himself. Kayla says after being that close to evil, she’s not afraid of anybody on the planet, even Kristen DiMera. Steve decides if they are going to do this, she has to promise to look for evidence that Kristen is there but she won’t look for her. Kayla asks what if she runs across Kristen. Steve orders her not to approach or confront her and get out of there as fast as she can, preferably without Kristen seeing her. Kayla gives him her word.

Kristen tells Mother Superior that everything is prepared for the arrival of their guest. Kristen promises to move mountains to accomodate their new sister. After Mother Superior leaves the room, Kristen opens her bible, revealing that she has a gun hidden inside.

Ava can’t imagine how upsetting this must be for Rafe since his reputation is at stake. Rafe assures that he will clear his name. Ava tells him that no matter what happens, she will always believe in him. Rafe thanks her. Ava points out that he believed in her, when everyone else questioned her character and saw her as a criminal. Ava says that Rafe moved her in to his house and made her feel loved. Ava adds that nothing is more important to her than loyalty. Rafe feels the same as they kiss onto the bed.

Nicole questions Brady having a dream about Kristen. Brady assures that it was not a sex dream and calls it a nightmare. Nicole calls Kristen a nightmare in real life. Brady responds that she’s always been his nightmare. Nicole questions if Brady is thinking about her again after everything she has done. Brady points out that Kristen is Rachel’s mother so he’s always going to love her, but assures that he’s never going back to her as those days are over. Brady believes Kristen had him framed for Philip’s murder so that’s a dealbreaker. Brady adds that he has Steve looking for Kristen in hopes that they can get the truth about what happened to Philip. Nicole wishes Kristen would be gone forever but she would like to see her brought to justice for what she’s done to everyone in town. Nicole asks if Steve has had any luck tracking her down. Brady informs her that Steve is in Italy with a lead but so far, he has not found Kristen.

Kayla and Steve go to thank Mother Superior to thank her for letting Kayla as “Sister Mary Elizabeth” stay at the convent.

Abigail tells Gwen to take it easy as her helping Xander find Sarah has nothing to do with her. Gwen doesn’t believe her. Abigail tells her to believe what she wants as she’s doing it for Maggie, who asked her to help. Abigail believes there is a story here. Gwen mocks her journalistic integrity and calls it a conspiracy theory. Gwen asks if Abigail thinks Sarah was just taken from Salem. Abigail asks what if she was. Gwen insists that she wasn’t as Sarah walked out on Rex and Xander while now Xander has moved on, but Abigail is dragging him back in and getting him all worked up. Abigail is sorry if it’s upsetting for her but it happens that the circumstances of Sarah’s disappearance have left people with a lot of questions. Abigail says if Gwen is so sure that Sarah left on her own, then it shouldn’t matter if she finds her. Abigail asks if Gwen has a reason to doubt that. Gwen assures that Xander loves her and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop that. Abigail says she has no interest in changing that. Gwen tells her to be honest. Gwen doesn’t believe Abigail is over her sleeping with Chad. Abigail says her and Chad are fine. Gwen says they are not and argues that Abigail never really accepted her apology and now just wants to get back at her. Abigail calls her paranoid. Gwen remarks that unlike Abigail, she wasn’t handed everything in life and had to work for everything she had. Abigail assures her that no one is trying to take anything from her. Abigail says they are just trying to find Sarah. Gwen thinks if Sarah wanted to be found, she would’ve just turned up by now. Abigail notes that’s assuming she’s able to. Gwen says now she sounds paranoid. Gwen asks why she can’t let Sarah be and let her have a tiny bit of happiness for the first time in her life. Xander comes back from the bathroom and asks if everything is okay. Gwen claims they are and tells Xander that after he’s done, they can continue what they started before being rudely interrupted by her sister. Xander agrees and kisses her. Gwen tells Abigail it was nice to see her. Abigail and Xander then exit.

Mother Superior tells Steve that it’s time for him to leave since “Sister Mary Elizabeth” will be staying at the convent. Steve thanks her for all of her help. Kayla promises to be safe. Mother Superior then walks Steve out.

Brady tells Nicole that he’s accepted that he’s going to keep having nightmares about Kristen until Steve finds her. Nicole hopes he finds Philip too. Brady doesn’t see Nicole not having dreams about Rafe anytime soon. Nicole says she’s having trouble falling asleep anyways so there’s no escaping. Brady advises her to come to terms with how she’s feeling about Rafe. Nicole brings up that she tried to move on with EJ but acknowledges that was a big mistake that she won’t make again. Brady asks if she’s sure she can’t just be with Rafe. Nicole says she cares about Rafe and Ava, so she’s not going to come between what they have and she’ll just have to find a way to get him out of her head.

Rafe gets dressed after having sex with Ava and jokes that she’s making it really hard to have to go to work. Rafe mentions a package came for her and it’s on the kitchen table. Ava kisses Rafe more and jokes that she doesn’t want him to go but Rafe says he really has to. Ava says she understands. Ava adds that she knows Rafe will find out who is trying to hurt him because the truth always has a way of coming out. Rafe agrees as he exits the room.

After Brady leaves, Nicole tries to go back to work but thinks about having sex with Rafe again. Nicole decides to try getting rid of the conference table but she can’t move it. Rafe then appears and asks if she needs a hand.

Kayla looks through Mother Superior’s desk to try and find a list of names staying there. Mother Superior then returns to the room.

Steve goes back to his hotel and calls Brady to inform him that Kayla is on the inside and he will keep him posted. Kristen then arrives and tells Steve that Kayla will be just fine. Kristen then pulls a gun on Steve and declares it’s time for his last rites.

Abigail and Xander sit together at the Brady Pub. Abigail asks if he’s sorry he couldn’t hire Steve to find Sarah. Xander admits Steve was his first choice, but so far he’s very impressed with Abigail and jokes that it hasn’t cost him anything. Ned Granger then arrives and meets them. Ned asks what this is all about. Abigail says they have a few questions about a flight he took last March. Abigail shows him Sarah’s photo and asks if he remembers flying her out of Salem.

Gwen calls Ava and leaves a message, asking where she is because she needs her help since Abigail is not going to rest until she finds Sarah. Gwen worries that it’s only a matter of time before she loses Xander. Gwen tells Ava to call her back as there’s a knock at the door. Gwen then answers the door to see Sarah.

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Chloe’s mom Nancy enters the Brady Pub, surprising Chloe, and questions why Chloe hasn’t been returning her calls when she needed to talk to her. Chloe apologizes and says she didn’t feel like talking about Philip because there’s no news and it just upsets her.  Nancy reveals that this is not about Philip but about her father, as she thinks he’s having an affair. Chloe doesn’t understand as her mom repeats that Chloe’s father is cheating on her with another woman.

Lucas and Kate go to the court. Lucas worries about sounding rehearsed. Kate reminds him that he’s not on trial here. Lucas remarks that he might be by the end of the day if he knew Chad was changing his story. Lucas asks if Kate tried to talk Chad out of it. Kate tells him not to put this on her as he could’ve thought twice before kidnapping Sami. Lucas tells her not to judge him as he has enough problems. Kate assures that she made Chad swear that he wouldn’t implicate Lucas in the frame up. Melinda then walks over and questions hearing someone say frame up.

Abigail questions what the hell “EJ” is talking about. He says he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her since the moment he came back to Salem. Abigail tells him that’s insane and to get away from her. He knows she’s married to his brother and he’s tried hard to push his feelings aside but it’s impossible. Abigail asks if this is a sick joke since he has a wife that he’s obsessed with and was with Nicole. He claims he’s been using them to get Abigail out of his head but it didn’t work. Abigail tells him to go get help. He claims he’s desperate to get close to her which is why he wanted to do Johnny’s movie. He says he’s longed to ravage her and now they are alone, so there’s no time like the present. Devil EJ then approaches Abigail.

In the courtroom, EJ asks Belle what exactly Chad said to her when she ran in to him. Belle says it was just that they would be pleased with the outcome of his testimony. EJ points out that Chad is the lead witness against him and if he gets acquitted, Chad has to relinquish sole control of the company. Belle says both those things are true. EJ questions Belle thinking Chad is on his side when he used up trumped up evidence to get him ousted from DiMera. Belle suggests Chad realizes he took things too far since he’s still his brother. Belle states that despite all the bad blood, she thinks Chad will come through for him today…

The Devil as “EJ” grabs Abigail and kisses her right as Chad walks in to the room and sees them. Chad questions what the hell he’s doing as Abigail pushes “EJ” off of her, slaps him, and calls him a filthy pig. Chad grabs “EJ” as he laughs.

Kate questions Melinda having a warrant to eavesdrop on their conversation. Melinda says they were talking freely in the hallway about a frame up. Kate says they were discussing EJ insisting that he was framed. Kate calls it baseless and the act of a desperate man. Melinda agrees and hopes that Lucas will help put EJ away for a very long time. Lucas confirms that’s the plan. Melinda wishes Sami was with him to testify as it would be more convincing than her deposition. Lucas remarks that they can’t blame her for not wanting to be in the same room as her kidnapper.

EJ appreciates Belle’s optimism but questions if Chad would really tell the truth on the witness stand when he could go to jail if he admits to framing him. Belle points out that Chad was about to drop a big bombshell before his coughing fit. Belle says she’s known Chad a long time and thinks he’s a fundamentally good guy. EJ asks if she’s implying that he’s not. Belle says that if EJ is innocent and Chad knows it, she thinks he’d have a really hard time lying on the stand.

Abigail holds Chad back as Chad questions what “EJ” thinks he’s doing by kissing his wife against her will. “EJ” asks who said it was against her will. Abigail calls it an attack. Chad says if “EJ” wants to come against him, he can leave Abigail out of it. “EJ” says not everything is about Chad as he could be going away for a lot of years and he didn’t want to do that without feeling Abigail’s lips against his one last time. Abigail tells Chad that he’s not worth it. “EJ” says he’ll see them in court and thanks Abigail for the kiss, saying he’ll always treasure the memory. Devil EJ then exits the room as Abigail holds Chad back. The Devil transforms back in to Johnny as he appears in the hallway where Lucas, Kate, and Melinda are talking. The Devil says to himself that he just got Chad back on board and now he’ll be dying to send EJ to jail for a very long time.

Chloe’s mom sits with Chloe and Brady at the Pub. Brady asks why she thinks Craig is having an affair. She responds that he’s been staying late at the hospital for months. Chloe argues that he’s been doing that for as long as she can remember. Nancy says not three times a week and talks about how she worried he was bored with her. Nancy then reveals that when Craig returned from a medical conference in Dallas, she found condoms in his briefcase. Chloe asks if she confronted him about it. She confirms that she did and he was so angry about her snooping, but he claimed they were giving away condoms at the safe sex seminar. Brady supposes that is possible. Nancy says she just doesn’t know. Nancy asks if Chloe has noticed her father behaving differently lately or if he’s said anything to her. Chloe says she hasn’t really talked to him in a few weeks. Nancy says that’s not right, especially with all she’s going through with Philip. Chloe asks if she’s talked to Joy about this. Nancy says no and she doesn’t want her to know as grad school is hard enough while Parker is in boarding school so he has no idea. Chloe says she won’t say anything to them but she finds this hard to believe since her parents have always had the best marriage she’s ever seen. Nancy says she used to think so, but now she doesn’t know. Brady asks if she has any other reason to suspect him. Nancy admits she logged on to his credit card account to look for suspicious purchases and found $500 restaurant bills. Chloe asks where he is now. She informs her that he’s in Dallas at another conference. Nancy laments that she should’ve confronted him again before he got on the plane and then decides she’s going to go do it now. Chloe questions her flying to Texas. Nancy declares she has to know the truth. Nancy cries that she will let them know how it goes. Brady stops her and says he thinks she’d be making a big mistake.

Melinda tells Lucas that the judge should be calling them back in any minute, so once she’s done with Chad, he will be her next witness. Melinda asks if he’s ready. Lucas says he is but Melinda worries that he seems nervous. Melinda asks if she can count on him to stay cool up there. Lucas insists he’ll be fine which Kate backs up as Melinda then heads back in to the courtroom. Lucas tells Kate that he saw the way she looked at him and assures he would never hurt Sami. Johnny comes over and asks if they are talking about his mother. Kate questions where he came from. Johnny responds that he may have been there all along. Johnny remarks that he hopes Lucas is taking good care of Sami. Kate says in her experience, Sami doesn’t need anyone to take care of her. Johnny talks about Sami being kidnapped and finding out it was someone she loved. Johnny adds that EJ says he’s innocent and he believes him. Johnny remarks that he’s relieved to know Sami is safe and that she has Lucas looking out for her as he then heads in to the courtroom.

In the town square, Gabi and Jake talk about EJ signing over his shares to Johnny. Gabi points out that Johnny had never been interested in DiMera. Jake brings up Johnny’s film not getting made, so he has to have a plan B. Gabi acknowledges that Johnny is EJ’s son. Gabi says it doesn’t make sense for EJ to just give up. Jake suggests EJ may figure he’s going away for sure. Gabi talks about how EJ could try to control Johnny from behind bars and continue pulling the strings. Jake informs Gabi that according to the legal department, this whole thing was Johnny’s idea.

Johnny enters the courtroom and greets EJ. EJ says he was wondering where he went to. Johnny claims he suddenly got thirsty and wanted to take care of it before the trial resumed.

Chad asks Abigail if she’s okay. Abigail says she’s fine, just rattled. Abigail doesn’t get why EJ would come onto her out of the blue since he’s been obsessed with Sami. Abigail points out that EJ’s future is in Chad’s hands and questions why he would attack her when Chad is getting ready to take the stand. Chad says he doesn’t know or care as long as he’s gone. Chad declares that prison is too good for that son of a bitch.

Brady tells Nancy that before she goes off and does something she might regret, he wants to share something that happened between he and Chloe recently. Brady explains to Nancy that before Philip disappeared, he was convinced that Chloe was cheating on him. Brady talks about how Philip wouldn’t believe they weren’t having an affair and then followed them on a business trip and burst in to their motel room but it was completely innocent. Chloe talks about Philip not believing her and his jealousy getting so out of hand that she had to take a step back from him. Nancy questions if she’s saying he’s being irrationally jealous. Brady suggests she be absolutely certain because things aren’t always what they appear.

Gabi tells Jake that Johnny is probably doing it to help EJ out, so he’ll vote whatever way EJ tells him. Jake says maybe, but last time they held a vote at DiMera, Johnny was too young to vote and now he’s old enough. Jake calls that pretty heavy. Gabi asks if he thinks Johnny is trying to make a play of his own. Jake points out that Johnny’s shares combined with EJ’s shares is a powerful voting block that could do a lot of damage. Gabi worries that it could also stop their plan in it’s tracks. Jake says if Johnny is really EJ’s mini-me then he’s all ambition which means he could be corruptible and an excellent ally for their cause.

Judge Barnes resumes the trial. An angry Chad returns to the courtroom with Abigail. Chad glares at EJ. EJ asks Belle what that’s about. Belle tells him to tell her. The judge asks Chad if he feels better which he confirms. He reminds Chad that he’s under oath and tells him to try not to choke this time. Chad then returns to the stand. Judge Barnes brings up that Chad was sharing details of how EJ’s financial transactions came to light. Chad now says that a few days before the kidnapping, a transaction was made from a private DiMera account that only three executives have access too which are himself, Kate, and EJ. Chad declares there is no doubt in his mind that EJ is guilty as sin, so he suggests locking him up and throwing away the key. Belle stands up and starts to bring up what Chad had just said to her, but Melinda interrupts to question Belle having an outside conversation with her witness, so Belle sits down. Judge Barnes allows Chad to step down and calls for another recess before the next witness is called. Johnny confronts Chad and says he probably just sent his dad to prison for a decade and questions how he can call himself a DiMera as he calls him a traitor. Chad tells Johnny to ask EJ after what he did to his wife. EJ questions what the hell he’s talking about.

Chloe assures her mom that her dad loves her and they have a great connection. Chloe thinks Brady is right that it would be a mistake to go confront him if she’s not even sure there’s a problem. Nancy gets what she’s saying and apologizes as she knows she’s just being protective of her father. Nancy says she shouldn’t have gotten her involved in this. Chloe understands she needed someone to talk to. Nancy thanks her but insists that she shouldn’t have dumped this on her with everything she has going on with Philip. Chloe assures that she’s fine. Nancy tells her that no matter what, she’s still there for her, and obviously Brady is too. Brady questions why she said it like she was accusing them of something. Nancy claims she wasn’t. Chloe tells her to just say it. Nancy brings up that they both said they told Philip that nothing was going on between them, but she can’t help wondering if it’s just a matter of time before they get together again.

Chad yells at EJ not to play innocent and says he knows what he did. EJ asks what this is about. Chad tells Abigail they are going. Chad tells EJ that they’ll see him in ten years or never. Chad then storms out with Abigail. EJ questions what the hell that was. Johnny guesses Chad just wanted EJ out of the way like he always has. EJ feels that Chad acted like he did something awful to him or Abigail recently. Johnny argues that Chad has always painted EJ as the villain so he could play the good guy. Johnny says it’s a good thing EJ signed his shares over to him, so he can protect the company. Johnny adds that he should get the documents to the DiMera lawyers to finalize the power of attorney transfer. EJ and Belle question Johnny leaving and what the hurry is. Johnny claims the sooner they make it official, the less damage Chad can do since this hearing just proved they can’t trust him. Johnny then exits. Belle tells EJ that she’s so sorry for getting his hopes up about Chad’s testimony as she doesn’t understand what happened since she really thought Chad was going to exonerate him. Lucas remarks to Kate that so much for Chad clearing EJ’s name. Kate states that Chad obviously changed his mind but wonders why. Lucas says he won’t complain about it, but now that it’s over, Kate can go which she questions. Lucas says Melinda is calling him to the stand next, so he doesn’t want Kate staring at him while he’s testifying. Kate guesses he doesn’t want her watching as he lies up there. Kate says that’s fine as she mostly came to support Chad anyway. Kate tells Lucas that she loves him no matter how much he messes up. Kate wishes Lucas luck and tells him not to leave town without telling her first. Kate then exits as Judge Barnes resumes the hearing. Melinda calls Lucas to the stand. Johnny listens from outside the door as Lucas swears in to tell the truth.

Chloe and Brady assure Nancy that there is nothing going on between them and they are just good friends. Chloe adds that they are co-workers so they spend a lot of time together. Nancy asks if they are not living together then. Chloe confirms that and asks why she would ask that. Nancy explains that if she leaves her father, she’s going to need a place to stay, so she asks if she can crash at Chloe’s place. Chloe says they will take this one step at a time.

Melinda shows Lucas a photo of Jason Smith, who Lucas confirms as the man holding Sami captive when he found her. Melinda brings up Jason Smith receiving payments from DiMera Enterprises as Chad’s testimony stated. Melinda finishes while Belle approaches Lucas. Belle asks Lucas if Jason Smith ever told him that he was hired by EJ to kidnap Sami. Lucas admits he didn’t. Belle argues that he has no direct knowledge that EJ had anything to do with the kidnapping then. Belle doesn’t know what Lucas is doing here but since he is here, she asks how they know he didn’t kidnap Sami.

Chad and Abigail go home to the DiMera Mansion. Abigail can’t believe how dumb “EJ” was to make that pass at her when Chad was about to let him off the hook. Chad points out that EJ didn’t know that. Abigail notes that he hinted it to Belle, so she questions why EJ would antagonize him right before taking the stand. Chad asks who knows why EJ does anything. Chad jokes that she’s the hottest woman on the planet so he couldn’t help himself as he kisses her. Abigail asks Chad what exactly he was originally planning to say today. Chad asks what difference it makes. Abigail knows he didn’t want her to know in advance, but she wants to know now. Abigail asks Chad if EJ’s innocent. Chad responds that EJ is anything but innocent.

Jake suggests Gabi could help Johnny see the benefit of joining their team as a chance to get out from his father’s shadow with real power. Jake says they’ll be running DiMera in no time and if they get Johnny on their side, they will be unstoppable. Gabi decides they just have to figure out a way to get Johnny to see things their way. Johnny then approaches their table and remarks that it sounds like someone is taking his name in vain.

Nancy asks if she’s just supposed to sit at home and pretend everything is okay instead of flying to Dallas to confront Craig. Chloe says of course not but suggests they order something to eat and come up with a plan. Nancy argues that it’s not Chloe’s responsibility. Chloe says she loves them so she’ll do whatever it takes to help this work out. Nancy hugs her and thanks her. Nancy asks Chloe to get her a drink which she agrees to do. Nancy heads to the bathroom while Brady asks if Chloe is okay. Chloe doesn’t know and guesses she’s a little thrown. Chloe says her parents are known for bickering but she always felt they were truly in love. Brady compares them to John and Marlena. Chloe guesses every marriage has bumps in the road. Brady hopes that’s all this is. Chloe declares there’s only one way to find out.

Johnny accuses Jake and Gabi of talking about him behind his back and says they should at least be properly introduced. Gabi says she knows him very well. Johnny points out that Jake doesn’t. Johnny brings up being a man of wealth and taste as he introduces himself to Jake as his nephew. Johnny can’t believe they haven’t met before now. Jake says he wasn’t really running with the DiMera inner circle. Johnny remarks that he hasn’t seen Gabi since he was running around with an eye patch in Rafe’s police vest. Gabi says now he’s all grown up. Johnny remarks that she’s done some growing up herself. Johnny asks what they were talking about. Jake argues that he’s not the only Johnny in town but Johnny argues that he’s the only one that matters to him. Johnny guesses that Mr. Shin told him that EJ was giving him power of attorney to vote his shares which Jake admits. Johnny is not sure how that concerns Jake since he’s no longer an employee at DiMera. Gabi explains that Jake still holds shares of DiMera stock. Jake adds that Gabi still holds Stefan’s shares which means they still have a voice in the company. They think their interests with Johnny’s could align.

Chad tells Abigail that EJ is lucky that he didn’t tell the judge what he did to her today because he would’ve got charged with sexual assault and with his history, it would’ve added years to his sentence. Abigail can’t stop hearing EJ say how he wanted to take her on the conference table and says it didn’t even sound like him. Chad can’t believe he said that. Abigail says it was all so out of the blue. Chad wants EJ locked up for a very long time. Abigail assures they will after his testimony. Chad hopes neither of them have to deal with EJ ever again. Abigail decides to go check on the kids upstairs and then take a shower. Chad says he’ll join her as they kiss. Abigail then heads upstairs as the doorbell rings. Chad answers the door to see Kate. Chad asks if the trial is over. Kate says no but Lucas wanted her to leave before he testified because she makes him nervous since she knows what he did to Sami. Chad asks what she’s doing here. Kate wanted to know what happened to Chad on the stand as she thought he was going to ride to EJ’s rescue. Chad responds that was before he walked in on him with his tongue down Abigail’s throat.

Lucas tells Belle that he had nothing to do with Sami’s kidnapping and remarks that she sounds as desperate as EJ, grasping at straws and blaming everyone. Belle says she’s only asking him. Lucas calls it ridiculous and says that EJ is jealous because he and Sami ended up together. Belle asks Lucas if he has an alibi for the time of Sami’s kidnapping. Melinda objects and accuses Belle of fishing but Judge Barnes allows it. Lucas states that when Sami was kidnapped, he was with his brother Philip, who is unfortunately missing and presumed dead right now. Belle points out that he can’t prove where he was then. Lucas says he’s sorry that his alibi might be dead. Belle calls it pretty convenient. Lucas asks if he’s the one on trial now. Lucas reminds Belle that Jason Smith named EJ as the kidnapper with a paper trail to back it up. EJ stands and screams that Lucas obviously helped Chad plant it and that he should be on trial because he kidnapped Sami. EJ then screams at Lucas that he will kill him which pleases Lucas and Melinda.

Brady asks Chloe if she’s going to Dallas to confront her dad. Chloe hopes it doesn’t come to that. Chloe calls her dad but it goes to voicemail. She leaves a message for him to call her back as soon as he can.

Judge Barnes calls for order in his court room and says he’s going to pretend he didn’t just hear EJ make a death threat or else he’ll hold him in contempt. The judge allows Lucas to step down and calls a recess. He orders EJ to get a good night sleep and come prepared to sit quietly tomorrow. EJ tells Melinda that he’s lying. Melinda says it’s not appropriate to talk to her unless he’s ready to take a plea deal. EJ argues that Lucas should be charged with perjury. Lucas calls him desperate and guilty, adding that he’ll tell Sami how far he’s fallen. Melinda tells EJ to enjoy his freedom while he still can as she exits the room. EJ tells Belle that he can’t get away with this. EJ warns Belle that Sami is going to be with the man who kidnapped her. EJ argues that if Chad planted the evidence, he obviously got it from the real kidnapper and asks who else it could’ve been. Belle says they need to focus on beating these charges so they will just have to hope it’s enough. Belle wants to know why Chad changed his mind up there as she really thinks he was going to exonerate him which means something happened in between to make him furious with EJ. EJ argues that he didn’t even see him.

Kate questions Chad why the hell EJ would do something like that to Abigail since it’s totally stupid, pointless, and disgusting. Chad states that EJ has always been his own worst enemy. Kate argues that EJ’s not a fool, so he had to know how Chad was going to react and it’s almost like he wanted him to send him to prison.

Johnny thinks Jake and Gabi’s proposal has potential and admits he’s very interested. Johnny tells Gabi to text him and they’ll set up a time for him to hear their offer. Jake suggests talking now but Johnny says he has things to do. Johnny tells Gabi that it was great seeing her as he walks away. Jake asks Gabi if Johnny was hitting on her. Gabi acknowledges that he definitely was but says maybe they can use that to their advantage.

Devil Johnny walks past the Brady Pub and remarks to himself that he always thought Gabi was hot, so soon she will be his. He declares that doing the Devil’s work has so many fringe benefits.

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Days Short Recap Monday, January 17, 2022

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Recap written by Michele and Cheryl

“EJ” told Abby that he wanted to ravage her. He said he has been waiting a long time to do it. Belle told EJ that Chad was going to help him. EJ wasn’t sure. “EJ” kissed Abby. Chad asked what he was doing. Chad hit EJ. Trask showed up while Kate and Lucas were talking. Trask said she wanted to make sure EJ paid for what he did. She said she wished Sami was there to testify. Chad asked “EJ” what he was doing kissing his wife against her will. “EJ” asked how he knew it was against her will. She said it was an attack. He said he wanted to kiss her one last time before he went to jail. The devil thought his plan to get EJ to kiss Abby would get Chad to send EJ to jail for a long time. Kate and Lucas continued to talk about what he did to Lucas. Nancy told Chloe and Brady that Craig was cheating on her. Nancy told them what she found that proved Craig was cheating. Nancy asked if Chloe noticed Craig was acting different. Chloe said she hadn’t talked to him in weeks. Nancy thought it was strange when she was going through her issues with Philip. Abby tried to calm Chad down about EJ. She said she didn’t know why EJ would kiss her when Chad was about to testify against him. Gabi and Jake talked about Johnny being able to vote with EJ’s shares. Jake thought Johnny and EJ’s shares could do a lot of damage. Gabi thought Johnny could stop their plan too. Jake thought Johnny could be an ally for their cause.

Chad showed up in the court. He told the judge he was ready to testify. He testified that EJ should have the book thrown at him. Belle told Chad that she talked to her. Trask asked if Belle had a private conversation with Chad. Belle said she didn’t. The judge asked if Trask wanted to redirect. She said she didn’t. The judge said they would be back with the next witness. The devil called Chad a traitor for what he did to his father. Chad told him to ask EJ about it. EJ asked what he was talking about. Brady told Nancy that Philip accused them of having an affair when they didn’t. Chloe told Nancy to talk to Craig. Nancy said she was still there for her no matter what. Chad told the devil that he was glad that EJ would be going away for 10 years. When he and Abby left, the devil told Johnny that he was glad that he got EJ’s shares. Lucas told Kate that Chad wasn’t helping EJ. He wanted her to leave so he could testify. Nancy asked if there was something going on between Chloe and Brady. They said there was nothing going on between them. Nancy said she needed a place to stay if she left Craig. Lucas testified that Jason on was the one who held Sami captive. She said he was the same one taking money from the DiMeras. Belle questioned Lucas about having direct knowledge that EJ kidnapped Sami. She asked how they knew he didn’t kidnap Sami. When Abby and Chad got home, she questioned why EJ would make a pass at her. Chad said no one knew what EJ would do. She wanted to know what he was going to say at the trial. She asked if EJ was innocent. Jake and Gabi schemed to get Johnny to join them. The devil showed up while they were talking. The devil told Jake and Gabi that they should be introduced if they were going to be talking about him. Johnny introduced himself to Jake. Johnny wanted to know why they were talking about DiMera when Jake didn’t work there. Gabi said he still had shares in DiMera. Jake and Gabi said they wanted him to help them get what they wanted. Lucas told Belle that he had nothing to do with Sami’s kidnapping. He said EJ was jealous that he and Sami were together. Belle asked if he had an alibi for Sami’s kidnapping. Trask objected to her question. Lucas said he was with his brother Philip when Sami was kidnapped. He said Philip is missing. Belle said he couldn’t prove he had an ally. While Lucas was testifying, EJ had an outburst. He threatened to kill Lucas.

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Days Weekly Best Lines January 10, 2022

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Nicole: EJ should not be representing himself.
Belle: I think EJ’s having the same revelation. Last night he asked me to represent him.
Nicole: Are you going to?
Belle: No! I turned him down.
Nicole: Why?
Belle: Well, I work for DiMera so it would be a professional conflict of interest not to mention a personal one.
Nicole: Meaning Sami would lose her mind if you took his case.
Belle: Exactly!
Nicole: Seems to me like a really good reason to do it.

(to Johnny)
EJ: Would you sit down! I feel like there’s a vulture circling around.

Johnny: I’m a changed man.
EJ: Don’t say you acting like a jerk.
Johnny: You don’t think I was?
EJ: Of course you were, but don’t admit it.

(to Tripp)
Ava: Poor Chanel. You know I’m a Vitalli and I think the DiMeras are cruel b*stards.
Tripp: Allie agrees with you.

EJ: I hope to see you in court. I will understand if you don’t want to disappoint your mother.
Johnny: It wouldn’t be the first time; it wouldn’t be the last time.

(to Kate about Chad)
Lucas: He is such a DiMera. He makes me sick. I knew he was going to say something.

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Days Transcript Friday, January 14, 2022

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Brady: Got it, steve. All right, thanks for the update.

Chloe: So what did he say?

Brady: He and kayla are in italy. They’ve gone undercover as a nun and priest to get inside a convent that kristen hid out in a couple years ago.

Chloe: So is that where she is now?

Brady: Well, they’re not sure. Kayla’s come up with this story that she needs to stay there. And if the convent goes for it, they’ll be able to start looking around.

Chloe: So, bottom line, we don’t know if philip is alive or dead?

Brady: Not yet.

[Tense music]

Kate: What the hell are you doing back in town?

Lucas: Well, it’s nice to see you, too, mom. I’m here because I got subpoenaed to testify, okay? I thought it would be a bad idea to blow it off.

Kate: Not if you want ej to go down for kidnapping sami.

Lucas: Oh, damn right I do. After what he did, holding her against her will for months and scared her to death, no, no. No, what he did was unforgivable. They need to throw the book at that guy, and you know it. What, what’s the matter now?

Kate: This righteous indignation of yours may work with sami, but not with me because I know for a fact you’re the one who had her kidnapped.

[Soft music]

Demon johnny: Taking possession of your precious little giovanni was a stroke of genius, don’t you think? Just you watch, we are gonna work his daddy like it’s nobody’s business. And, thanks to you, ej’s convinced that there is nothing’s more important than family. And he’s so desperate for his son’s love that he’ll sign over his shares to me, no questions asked. I’ll take over dimera, and your precious heir will rot in prison.

Melinda: This document was printed on december 31st from a dimera computer. Do you recognize it?

Chad: It’s an expense report.

Melinda: Who printed it?

Chad: I did.

Melinda: Why?

Chad: Because I was doing a quarterly audit and saw some payments I didn’t recognize.

Melinda: You’re referring to the large recurring payments made to one jason smith?

Chad: That’s right.

Melinda: The same jason smith who rented a cabin in greenwood, wisconsin, where samantha brady was held captive for several months?

Belle: Objection. Calls for speculation.

Judge: Sustained.

Melinda: Withdrawn. So you’re telling me you printed this expense report because you noticed some irregularities. Irregularities that would have implicated the defendant, your brother, elvis dimera, in the kidnapping of his wife?

Chad: I had some questions about the transactions.

Melinda: So do I. And I’d appreciate if you’d answer them.

Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”

[Soft orchestration]

Brady: Look, hey, I know how hard this is, but you’re just gonna have to hang in there a little longer, okay?

Chloe: But this is kristen that we’re talking about, and the more time that goes by–

Brady: I know, but, listen, no matter how angry she is, I can’t see her going as far as taking philip’s life just to get back at us.

Chloe: No. If he’s not dead, then where is he?

Brady: Chloe, hey, look at me, look at me. We’re gonna find him. We’re gonna get some answers, okay?

[Phone rings] Okay.

Chloe: [Sighs]

Brady: Who is that?

Chloe: Oh, it’s my mother. She just keeps calling me, and I don’t want to talk to her. She wants an update on philip.

Brady: Well, you’re gonna get one soon, okay?

Chloe: Yeah, well, right now, I just don’t want to talk about it. I don’t want to talk about phillip anymore because there’s no leads, there’s no sightings, there’s nothing. It’s like just philip just disappeared off the face of the earth.

Lucas: What the hell are you talking about? Ej’s trying to pin this kidnapping on me?

Kate: Okay. Just calm down, okay?

Lucas: I’m not gonna calm down. Ej makes up a bs story, and you choose to believe it? Thank you, thank you. I appreciate your support.

Kate: Lucas, I know that you put evidence against ej on the dimera computer. I know that, okay? You made it look like he was making payments to whoever kidnapped sami.

Lucas: So now I’m a hacker? I’m a computer hacker all of a sudden, wow, great.

Kate: You used my password, lucas.

Lucas: I don’t know your password. Even if I did, it doesn’t–

Kate: Chad told me.

Lucas: Make any difference.

Kate: Chad told me.

Lucas: He is such a dimera. That makes me sick; I knew he was gonna say something. You know what? It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. I know it’s bad, okay? I know it’s really bad, but I was desperate. Do you understand me? I am desperately in love with this woman, and she’s going to go back to ej? The way he’s mistreated her? Treated her like crap. Just taking advantage of her. You know what? I’m not gonna do it anymore. You know what, she was alone. She was in pain; she came to me because I make her happy. That’s what I do.

Kate: Okay, lucas, please–

Lucas: No, listen to me. Ej went ballistic when he found out that we were together, and he kicked sami out of the house. And now, she wanted to go back with him? What am I supposed to do? Let that happen again? I had to do something. Give me a break.

Kate: Okay, lucas, just stop. Listen to me.

Lucas: You listen to me. Sami must never find out what I did. If she finds out, I’m screwed.

Kate: Okay, listen, listen. I am trying to help you here.

Lucas: Oh, are you, really? How are trying to help me?

Kate: Yeah, I am.

Lucas: How are you doing that?

Kate: Right now, chad is at the courthouse. And when he testifies, he’s going to make sure that ej is not convicted.

Lucas: What?

Kate: [Sighs]

Melinda: Did your audit reveal that these payments to mr. Smith were laundered through company accounts?

Chad: Yes, but what I want–

Melinda: Let the record show that the witness responded in the affirmative.

Chad: Hey, wait, I wasn’t done answering–

Melinda: Moving on. And did your audit reveal that elvis dimera signed off on each and every one of these payments, directly linking him to jason smith? A simple yes or no will suffice.

Chad: There’s more to the story than that, your honor.

Melinda: Yes or no? Your honor.

Judge: Answer the question, sir. Now, mr. Dimera, or I will hold you in contempt. Serena: It’s my 3:10

Jake: Ah, where is this guy? Hey, how are you feeling by the way?

Gabi: My throat’s a little strained. Mind doing most of the talking?

Jake: Never.

Maggie: Ah, gabi, it’s been a while–jake.

Jake: Hi.

Maggie: Henderson said you were waiting; I thought you might like some tea.

Jake: Oh, wow, maggie, that’s really sweet. But we’re actually here to be with victor.

Gabi: Yeah, is he around?

Maggie: He isn’t available right now.

Jake: Oh, well, we’ll come back when he is. Thank you.

Maggie: If you’re here about your grand plans to run titan and dimera, I know all about them.

Gabi: You do?

Maggie: Of course. I’m victor’s wife. He keeps me informed. I mean, I’m well aware that you approached him with the idea of running titan. That’s the reason I’m taking this meeting.

Brady: Hey, hey, I know you care about philip. I care about you, too. So I want you to know, if there’s anything you don’t want to talk to your mom about, whether it’s how you’re feeling or what’s going on, you can talk to me. I’m here. I’m your friend first, okay?

Chloe: Thank you. And I really–I appreciate that. And you know you can always talk to me about anything, too, okay?

Brady: All right. Can I tell you what’s on my mind right now?

Chloe: Please.

Brady: Food. Can we please eat? I’m starving.

Chloe: Yeah, me too. I’m pretty hungry.

Brady: Then let’s get out of here and go get some lunch, okay? All right?

Lucas: Are you sure about this?

Kate: Yes. Chad had to do the right thing. He couldn’t let his brother go down with something that he’s innocent of.

Lucas: Innocent? Ej dimera innocent? That makes me sick. You know what? Maybe he didn’t do this particular crime, but he’s done so many other illegal things in the past. This was the perfect time to bust him.

Kate: Okay, chad sees it differently.

Lucas: No, he doesn’T. Chad agreed with me, he agreed. He knew it was time that ej got what he had coming. He said it was the perfect time to frame him. All that he had to do was go to the dimera board and give them the evidence, then he’d be running dimera solo. But, no, not chad. He doesn’t do that.

Kate: Okay, look, he was okay–he was okay with ej losing his job. But having his brother go to jail and to prison for a decade, believe me, it was a bridge too far.

Lucas: Right, so he just throws me under the bus. Doesn’t care about me, huh?

Kate: It’s not about you. It’s about his conscience.

Lucas: He doesn’t have a conscience. He’s a dimera; he’s ruthless, like they all are. They are all animals.

Kate: In business, yes. But this is personal, okay? And, unlike ej, chad does have lines that he will not cross. He has a good heart.

Lucas: Yeah.

Kate: Okay? He couldn’t live with himself if he hurt a member of his family.

Demon johnny: Well, I’ll have to do something about that.

Chad: I know that I’m under oath, your honor. And I’m doing my best to answer these questions. But I can’t answer them with a simple yes or no. It’s more complex than that.

Belle: I think chad is trying to help us.

Ej: How?

Belle: I don’t know. But I think there’s more he wants to say about those payments that trask doesn’t want us to hear.

Judge: Proceed, ms. Trask.

Melinda: I have no further questions at this time, your honor. But I reserve the right to redirect.

Judge: So noted. Your witness, counselor.

Belle: [Clears throat] Let’s go back to those expense reports. You said that you didn’t recognize these transactions. These were fund transfers, right? Money that was moved from the dimera account to the account of jason smith?

Chad: That’s right.

Belle: Okay. And when you were asked if my client authorized those payments, you said there was “more to the story.”

Chad: Because there is.

Belle: All right. Well, we’d love to hear it.

Melinda: I’d love to hear an actual question.

Judge: Quiet, ms. Trask.

Belle: Mr. Dimera, do you have additional information about those payments made to jason smith?

Chad: Yes, I do. But what I wanted everybody to know is–sorry, excuse me. What I wanted everybody to know was how the record of those payments got into the computer system at dimera in the first pla–

[Choking] I can’t breathe– my plaque psoriasis…

Abigail: Chad, are you okay? Can someone get him some water? Are you okay? Oh, my god, oh, my god! We got to get him some water! Come on, come on!

Judge: We’re in recess. Bailiff, help them to the witness room.

Lucas: I have to go to the courthouse.

Kate: Wait, wait, wait, wait.

Lucas: Listen, if the truth comes out, I’m going to prison. Either that, or sami is gonna kill me. Either way, I’m screwed.

Kate: Will you listen to me? Please, listen to me. Chad is not going to let anyone know that you were behind the kidnapping, okay? He’s going to say that he planted the evidence himself.

Lucas: What?

Kate: He is going to testify that he was the one who set up ej. You will not be implicated. No one will ever know that you’re guilty.

Brady: Guilty of what?

Maggie: Victor said that you dangled the carrot of a seat on the dimera board to him and that, in return, the two of you would be put in charge of titan. And, ultimately, titan would take over dimera.

Jake: Right, and in time, the three of us would run both companies.

Maggie: The three of you?

Jake: Yeah. It’s a team effort

[Whistles] All the way.

Maggie: Okay. So this so-called team, victor would be the veteran? The old guy who should’ve retired years ago? The geezer who you can put something over on?

Gabi: No, no, we don’t think that at all.

Maggie: Well, good. I’m glad to hear you say that because victor is as sharp and as savvy as he’s ever been. And there is no way I’m going to let anyone take advantage of him.

Gabi: That was never our intention.

Jake: Maggie, we have the utmost respect for victor, which is why we wanted to enter into this partnership in the first place. We want to create a strong, lasting partnership that’s gonna benefit all of us. Secure a legacy for our children. So, maggie, it would be a shame, a mistake, for you to shut us down without letting us talk to your husband first.

Maggie: Who said anything about shutting you down? I think it’s a perfectly fine idea. I just wanted to make sure that you can deliver on your promise.

Melinda: There is never a shortage of drama when the dimeras are involved. I’ll see you when we reconvene.

Ej: Are you okay?

Belle: Yeah. I just–I don’t know how that glass slipped out of my hand.

Johnny: Hey, dad, aunt belle.

Ej: Johnny. I’m so glad you’re here.

Johnny: I promised you I would be. I’m sorry I’m late. How’s it going?

Belle: We don’t know yet.

Ej: Belle was questioning chad when he started choking and gasping for air. He couldn’t even speak.

Johnny: That’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Belle: No, it was scary. I just hope he’s okay.

Johnny: Well, I think that uncle chad got exactly what he deserved for turning on his own brother. You know what the bible says about cain and abel: “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer, and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” This is the sound of nature breathing.

Brady: Come on, lucas. Fess up. What are you guilty of?

Lucas: Just not figuring things out sooner. You know, that ej was the one who kidnapped sami.

Chloe: Yeah. But she’s safe now. You rescued her.

Lucas: Yeah, I know, but if I had figured it out sooner, you know, I could have avoided the whole trauma of this situation. She wouldn’t have been held in that cabin against her will for months, so…

Brady: Yeah. She’s right, though. I mean, she’s safe now, and it’s primarily because of you, what you did. I assume you’re back in town to testify against ej, right? Then you’re gonna give that son of a bitch exactly what he deserves, yeah?

Lucas: Yes, you bet I will.

Brady: Kate, can I talk to you in private?

Kate: Sure.

Chloe: Are you okay?

Lucas: Yeah, why? I’m fine.

Chloe: I mean, you just seem a little bit, like, tense and worked up. What’s going on with you?

Abigail: Take it easy, chad. Not too fast. Hey, easy, just breathe. Should I call a doctor?

Chad: No, no, no.

Abigail: Are you sure?

Chad: Yes, I’m fine. I’m okay.

Abigail: Well, thank god. I mean, what happened in there?

Chad: I have no idea. One minute I was fine. The next I couldn’t breathe.

Abigail: Do you think it was stress? I mean, trask was really putting the pressure on you.

Chad: She’s relentless.

Abigail: I could tell that there was something that you wanted to say, but she wasn’t letting you. So what was it? What were you trying to say?

Jake: So you are on board with our plan?

Maggie: Like I said, yes, I think it’s a fine idea.

Jake: That’s great.

Gabi: We’re just surprised.

Jake: Yeah.

Maggie: You can’t be married to victor kiriakis all these years and not have some of his ambition rub off on you. I’m deeply invested in titan. And I care deeply about titan’s future.

Jake: And you see me and gabi as part of that future, huh?

Maggie: Well, victor’s dream has always been to hand over the reins of his company to a family member, but he has come to believe that it’s time to consider broadening that pool of potential executives.

Jake: Yeah, we discussed that the last time we were here. Victor seemed to accept the notion that the next ceo of titan will be an outsider. I mean, considering xander’s out of the picture, brady’s working for the competition, and, well, justin and sonny they are not interested, right?

Maggie: Well, most of all, it’s philip’s disappearance really upset victor. He needs something else to focus on, but, more importantly, he needs a win. The idea of bringing his biggest rival to its knees, ooh, that’s a big one.

Jake: We’re with him on that. I would love to see nothing more than my backstabbing brothers get exactly what’s coming to them.

Maggie: And now that ej might be going to prison, they’re vulnerable, and they are distracted. Seems like it might be a good time to strike.

Gabi: We’re ready.

Jake: And we assume victor is, too?

Maggie: Well, he is certainly enthusiastic about the prospect of crushing dimera. But, listen, before moving ahead, he wanted to make sure that i was in favor of teaming up with the two of you.

Gabi: Are you?

Ej: Last night, you said you hadn’t gotten religion.

Johnny: I haven’T.

Ej: Yet now you’re quoting the bible.

Johnny: Because it’s appropriate. Uncle chad is a judas. He came here to stab you in the back.

Belle: I’m actually not so sure about that. He was trying to say something out there that would help us, but trask kept cutting him off. Once I get him up there, I will give him another chance.

Johnny: Well, I don’t trust him at all. Which reminds me, dad, while you have a minute, I was hoping you could sign that document we discussed. I had one of the lawyers of the company draw it up.

Belle: What is this about?

Ej: Much to my delight, my son has realized that his rightful place is at dimera.

Belle: Oh, I thought your passion was making movies.

Johnny: Obviously, after what happened with grandma marlena, I’m not moving forward with the film. The whole experience actually made me realize it’s time for me to get serious about a real career.

Ej: And since I’m sidelined at the moment, johnny’s offered to be my eyes and ears inside the company. He wants to be there to protect my interests.

Johnny: Which I can’t do unless I have power. In case dad goes to prison, which we fervently hope that he doesn’t, of course, I need the ability to vote on his behalf. You understand, right, aunt belle?

Belle: How could I not.

Johnny: Well, then you understand why dad has agreed to transfer over ownership of his shares to me temporarily.

Belle: Ej, are you sure you want to do that?

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Abigail: Right before you took the stand, you said there was something that I needed to know. Was it about your testimony?

Chad: Yes.

Abigail: Look, I know you’re starting to think that ej is innocent. But you told me that you were not going to lie under oath to help him. Did you change your mind?

Chad: No.

Abigail: So what is it? What do you think I need to know? Look, whatever it is, you can tell me. I don’t want there to be any secrets between us.

Chad: I don’t want there to be any secrets either, but, in this case, I think it’s best that you don’t know. You’ll find out in court with everybody else. That way you’re not complicit.

Abigail: Complicit? Oh, my god, you’re scaring me.

Chad: Do you trust me?

Abigail: Of course I trust you, but you just had some mysterious choking attack, and now you’re being really cryptic, so I’m a little freaked out.

Chad: I know. It’s going to be okay. I’m okay, right? I promise you everything is gonna turn out fine.

Abigail: Can I help in any way?

Chad: You are helping me by being here. Seeing you out there will give me the strength I need to do what I have to do.

Abigail: And you’re sure about this?

Chad: Yes.

Abigail: I love you.

Chad: I love you, too. Now, I have to find belle and apologize for my charming display.

Abigail: Oof, yeah. And I actually owe “the spectator” a little update. So I’m gonna do that here, come to the courtroom when I’m done, but I promise I’ll be back in there before you take the stand.

Chad: Okay, sounds good.

Abigail: Oh, chad, just in case.

Brady: I just want you to know that I’m trying to find philip. I think kristen might have something to do with his disappearance. She may have staged this whole thing just to get back at me. And I hired steve johnson to look for her.

Kate: Yeah, I know. He mentioned it at new year’s eve.

Brady: Okay. Once she’s found, then we’ll be able to determine if she’s part of this thing.

Kate: Okay, well, you know that you’re no longer under suspicion, so there’s really no need for that, brady.

Brady: Kate, I’m not doing this to clear my name. I feel responsible for what kristen did.

Kate: Okay, well, you don’t know what kristen did.

Brady: No, I don’t, but I wanna find out. I need to find answers. I’m not gonna rest until I do. I mean, that’s what you want as well, right?

Kate: What I want is for you to call off this search.

Chloe: Answer me, lucas. Why are you so on edge? What’s going on?

Lucas: I’m worried about sami, you know. Leaving her alone. The outcome of this case is very important to her. So, you know…

Chloe: Yeah, but she’s supposed to be back in salem soon, right? When is she scheduled to appear in court?

Lucas: She’s not. I told her I didn’t think it was a good idea to be in the same room as the guy who kidnapped her.

Chloe: And you actually convinced her to stay away?

Lucas: Well, you know, you can’t convince sami of much, you know. That’s kind of hard to do, but she realized I was right, you know. She gave a deposition to trask. And that, in combination with my testimony, we’re hoping that’s enough to put ej behind bars for a very long time.

Belle: I think that this whole stock transfer is a little premature. I mean, you could be acquitted, in which case, this would all be completely unnecessary.

Johnny: I already talked to my father. Obviously, we’re all hoping that he gets off. But we need to be prepared in case he doesn’T.

Belle: Okay, well, I say we cross that bridge when we come to it.

Johnny: No, we can’T. If this thing doesn’t go our way, chad could act quickly to consolidate power. My dad would be completely shut out at dimera. We need to act now to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Ej: Remember, this agreement is only temporary.

Belle: Can I at least give it a thorough review?

Johnny: Aunt belle, I know that you are my father’s attorney. And I know that you’re general counsel for the company, but I am his son, and he trusts me. With all due respect, this is between us. So if you wouldn’t mind just leaving us alone for a minute?

Belle: Fine, I’ll go see when we’ll be under way again.

Johnny: Look, dad, I know that aunt belle is just trying to protect you. But you don’t need protection from me; you need protection from uncle chad. And that’s what I’m doing all of this for, to make sure that you don’t get hurt.

Ej: I appreciate that. It means so much to know that you’re looking out for me.

Johnny: Of course I am. I love you, dad. And I know that you have always been on my side. I want you to know that I will always be on yours.

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Maggie: I am all in on this plan if you two are successful in getting victor a seat on the dimera board.

Jake: We will be.

Maggie: You have the votes?

Gabi: We believe so.

Maggie: Believe? I’m afraid that’s not good enough. We need an ironclad guarantee. Then and only then will victor sign off on this deal. It was a pleasure doing business with you.

Jake: Well, that was unexpected I mean, yes, we’ve been in the game a long time now, but now we’re playing on a whole new level. You really think we can deliver on this?

Gabi: Hell yeah, let’s go lock down those votes.

Jake: Let’s do it.

Brady: You don’t wanna know what really happened to your son?

Kate: No one, and I mean no one, can know that philip’s alive. What I don’t want is to be told my son is dead. Because I want to hold onto hope for as long as I can.

Brady: Look, kate, I understand that, I do, but if steve can find kristen, kristen can lead us to philip. He could be alive and well somewhere.

Kate: Okay, victor has people who are searching, okay?

Brady: Right.

Kate: So steve is just gonna get in the way.

Brady: The more people that are searching, though, the better, right?

Kate: I’ve made my wishes known, brady.

Brady: Kate, I’ve also made a promise to chloe to find answers, okay, and she’s been in agony about this, and will continue to be until she finds the truth, so I’m sorry, I’m not gonna tell steve to back off.

Belle: Hey, the judge wants us back in five minutes. Are you feeling better?

Chad: Yeah, I feel fine now. Sorry about that. I have no idea what happened.

Belle: Melinda trask happened.

Chad: Yeah, she’s a little aggressive.

Belle: A little? Hey, chad, when you were up there, it seemed like you were trying to get something out, and she wouldn’t let you. So when you get back on the stand, I’ll give you a chance to say whatever it is you want to say.

Chad: Yeah. I–yeah, obviously, I can’t tell you what it is ahead of time, but I think you and ej will be pleased. Sorry, I think I forgot my phone in the witness room. Just give me a second. I’ll be right back.

Abigail: Ej, you shouldn’t be in here.

Evil ej: I won’t tell if you won’T. What are you working on?

Abigail: A story for the paper.

Evil ej: I’m glad I caught you alone. I need to talk to you about something.

Abigail: Look, I know you’re upset that chad’s testifying. But you have to understand, he has an obligation to tell the truth.

Evil ej: Oh, I do understand, better than you think. I, too, feel compelled to be honest.

Abigail: About what?

Evil ej: Something that’s been on my mind a very long time. I’ve tried hard to suppress my feelings, but I just can’t do that any longer. Abigail, I want you.

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Lucas: I’m actually gonna go to the courthouse ’cause I’m gonna be late.

Kate: Okay. I’m going with you.

Chloe: Okay, well, good luck, all right?

Lucas: Thank you.

Chloe: Okay. Well, I am starving. All right, what are we in the mood for? What do you think, burger? Maybe cobb salad, shrimp cocktail? What do you think? Should we split some–brady?

Brady: Yeah, what?

Chloe: Hey.

Brady: Sorry, what?

Chloe: Are you okay? You seemed really distracted. I just asked what you want to order.

Brady: Chloe, kate wants me to stop steve from looking for kristen.

Chloe: Why?

Brady: She’s not optimistic. She says that the fewer people looking for him means the less she has to worry about getting bad news.

Chloe: But what if it’s good news?

Brady: That’s what I said. You’d think that philip’s mother, of all people, would want to get to the bottom of this and find answers as soon as possible, right?

Chloe: Oh, I don’t know. She’s always been odd. I mean, phillip used to always say that his mother was an enigma. Whereas my mother, on the other hand, is just an open book. She wears her heart on her sleeve. And just says whatever–

Nancy: Chloe?

Chloe: Mom? Hi. It’s so weird I was just talking about you.

Nancy: Why haven’t you returned my calls?

Chloe: You came here from new york to ask me that in person?

Nancy: I needed to talk to you!

Chloe: I know, I’m sorry. I just–I really don’t feel like talking about philip. There’s no news, and it just upsets me, all right?

Nancy: This is not about philip! It’s about your father.

Chloe: My dad? What about him?

Nancy: I think he’s having an affair.

Jake: Yeah, that’s great. Keep us posted, and we’ll do the same.

Gabi: I just counted the votes. And without one more dimera on our side, we’re going to come up short.

Jake: Not necessarily.

Gabi: What do you mean?

Jake: Well, shin seems to think that ej’s shares might be in play after all.

Gabi: Wait, what–how?

Jake: Shin spoke to one of the dimera lawyers. Apparently, ej’s considering signing his shares over to his son johnny.

Abigail: What the hell are you talking about?

Evil ej: From the moment I came back to salem, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you.

Abigail: That’s insane. Just get away from me.

Evil ej: I know you’re married to my brother. And I’ve tried hard to push these feelings aside, but it’s impossible.

Abigail: Is this some kind of sick joke? I mean, you have a wife that you’re obsessed with. And you were dating nicole!

Evil ej: Only to distract myself, I’ve been using them to try and get you out of my head, but it didn’t work.

Abigail: You have totally lost it, just go and get some help, would you?

Evil ej: Abigail, please, I’m desperate to get close to you. That’s why I wanted to do johnny’s movie, but it didn’t happen.

Abigail: Will you–can you get out of my way?

Evil ej: Oh, how I longed to ravage you. I never thought I’d get the chance, yet here we are alone. And there’s no time like the present.

Ej: I signed the agreement. I know you advised against it and that you have my best interests at heart, but I believe my son does as well.

Belle: You are operating on emotion and not logic. And that is never a smart place to be when you’re making big decisions.

Ej: Johnny is trying to protect his family and his legacy. What’s illogical about wanting to support him in that?

Belle: You don’t find his sudden change of heart about his career and about you a little puzzling?

Ej: Are you saying that you think his intentions are less than honorable?

Abigail: I’m saying that you just handed over a hell of a lot of shares.

Ej: To my child. I never would have done it if I thought there was even the slightest chance he would undermine me.

Belle: Well, hopefully, this is all moot.

Ej: Meaning what?

Belle: Meaning I just talked to chad. Now, he didn’t tell me what he plans to say on the stand, but I get the distinct impression he’s actually on your side. You may just go free.

Ej: Here’s hoping. And while my brother is a wild card, my son is not. I trust that johnny is not only going to do what’s best for me, but also what’s best for the company.

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Days Update Friday, January 14, 2022

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Update written by Joseph

At Basic Black, Brady finishes his call with Steve and thanks him for the update. Chloe asks what Steve said. Brady informs her that Steve and Kayla are in Italy, undercover as a nun and priest to get inside of a convent that Kristen hid out in a couple years ago. Chloe asks if that’s where she is now. Brady explains that they’re not sure but Kayla came up with a story to stay there so they can start looking around. Chloe concludes that they don’t know if Philip is alive or dead.

Lucas returns to Salem and enters the Brady Pub. Kate questions what the hell he’s doing back in town. Lucas explains that he got a subpoena to testify and thought it would be a bad idea to blow it off. Kate says not if he wants EJ to go down for kidnapping Sami. Lucas talks about how what EJ did was unforgivable so they need to throw the book at him. Kate says that may work with Sami, but not her, because she knows for a fact that Lucas is the one who had Sami kidnapped.

Devil Johnny stands in the living room of the DiMera Mansion. The Devil tells the portrait of Stefano that it was genius to take possession of Johnny and says they are going to work EJ like it’s nobody’s business while EJ is convinced that nothing is more important than family and he’s so desperate for his son’s love that he will sign his shares over to him, no questions asked. The Devil declares that he will take over DiMera while EJ rots in prison.

Melinda presents Chad with an expense report and questions why he printed it. Chad says he was doing a quarterly audit and saw some payments he didn’t recognize. Melinda goes over how those payments were to Jason Smith at a cabin where Sami was held captive for months. Melinda asks if these reports would have implicated EJ in the kidnapping of his wife. Chad says he had some questions about those transactions. Melinda responds that she does too, so she’d appreciate if he answered them.

Brady tells Chloe that he knows how hard this is but they have to hang in there a little longer. Chloe worries about Kristen. Brady assures that no matter how angry Kristen is, he can’t see her going as far as to take Philip’s life just to get back at them. Chloe wonders where Philip is then if he’s not dead. Brady insists that they will find him and get answers. Chloe gets a call from her mother but ignores it. Chloe says she just wants an update on Philip so she doesn’t want to talk to her. Brady says they will get one. Chloe complains that she doesn’t want to talk about Philip anymore because there’s no sightings or updates and it’s like he just disappeared off the face of the earth.

Lucas asks Kate if EJ’s trying to pin this kidnapping on him. Kate informs him that she knows that Lucas put evidence against EJ on the DiMera computer to make it look like EJ was making payments to whoever kidnapped Sami. Kate adds that Lucas used her password but Lucas continues to deny it. Kate then reveals to Lucas that Chad told her. Lucas says he’s such a DiMera it makes him sick and he knew Chad was going to say something. Lucas argues that it doesn’t matter as he knows it’s bad but he was desperate and desperately in love with Sami. Lucas complains that Sami was going to go back to EJ after the way he mistreated her. Lucas declares that he’s not going to do it anymore as Sami was alone and in pain when she came to him because he makes her happy. Lucas goes over EJ kicking Sami out of the house so he couldn’t let her go back to him again, he had to do something. Lucas states that Sami must never find out what he did. Kate says she’s trying to help him and informs him that Chad is at the court house now and will testify to make sure that EJ is not convicted which Lucas questions. Devil Johnny is sitting at the table nearby with a hood on and overhears their conversation.

Melinda asks Chad about the money laundered through company accounts. Chad says yes but tries to explain but Melinda cuts him off and says she’s moving on. Melinda asks if the audit revealed that EJ signed off on the payments linking him directly to Jason Smith. Chad says there’s more to the story but Melinda asks for a yes or no. Judge Barnes orders Chad to answer the question or he will hold him in contempt.

Gabi and Jake go to the Kiriakis Mansion. Maggie enters and brings them some tea. Jake explains they are here to meet with Victor but Maggie says he isn’t available right now. Jake decides they will come back when he is. Maggie notes that if they are here about their grand plans to run Titan and DiMera, she knows all about them because Victor keeps her informed so she is well aware that they approached him about running Titan. Maggie then reveals that’s the reason that she is taking this meeting.

Brady knows Chloe cares about Philip and says he cares about her too, so he wants her to know if there’s anything she doesn’t want to talk to her mom about, she can talk to him because he’s her friend. Chloe thanks him and says she appreciates that. Chloe tells him the same. Brady suggests they get something to eat which Chloe agrees to.

Devil Johnny continues listening in as Kate informs Lucas that Chad had to do the right thing because he couldn’t let his brother go down for something he’s innocent of. Lucas complains that EJ being innocent makes him sick as maybe he didn’t do this particular crime but he’s done so many illegal things in the past that this was the perfect time to bust him. Kate tells him that Chad sees it differently. Lucas argues that Chad agreed with him and knew it was time that EJ got what he had coming and that it was the perfect time to frame him. Kate explains that Chad was okay with EJ losing his job, but having his brother go to prison for a decade was a bridge too far. Lucas questions just throwing him under the bus. Kate says it’s not about him, it’s about Chad’s conscience. Lucas complains that all DiMeras are ruthless animals. Kate says that’s only in business but unlike EJ, Chad does have a line he won’t cross and he has a good heart. Kate states that Chad couldn’t live with himself if he hurt a member of his family. The Devil whispers that he’ll have to do something about that as he gets up and leaves the Pub.

Chad argues that he knows he’s under oath and he’s doing his best to answer the questions but he can’t answer with a simple yes or no because it’s more complex than that. Belle tells EJ that she thinks Chad is trying to help them. EJ asks how. Belle says she doesn’t know but she thinks there’s more Chad wants to say about those payments that Melinda doesn’t want them to hear. Melinda decides she has no further questions at this time. Belle then takes over and asks Chad about the expense reports and the fund transfers he did not recognize. Belle wants to hear the more to the story that Chad said there was. Melinda complains that she wants to hear an actual question. Belle asks if Chad has additional information about the payments made to Jason Smith. Chad responds that he does, but what he wanted everybody to know is how those records got in to the computer system in the first place. Devil Johnny hides outside the door and uses his power to choke Chad, who begins coughing and unable to speak further. Abigail rushes to the stand to help Chad and calls for some water. Belle brings a glass but the Devil makes it drop to the ground and break. Judge Barnes orders a recess as Abigail rushes Chad out of the room while Devil Johnny watches on with a smile.

Lucas tells Kate that he has to get to the courthouse because if the truth comes out, he’s going to prison or Sami’s going to kill him so either way he’s screwed. Kate tells him that Chad won’t let anyone know that he was behind the kidnapping and he will say that he planted the evidence himself. Lucas is shocked as Kate clarifies that Chad is going to testify that he was the one who set up EJ, so Lucas will not be implicated and no one will ever know that he’s guilty. Brady and Chloe then arrive so Brady questions what he’d be guilty of.

Maggie talks to Gabi and Jake about how they dangled the carrot of a seat on the DiMera board to him and that in return, they would be put in charge of Titan and ultimately, Titan would take over DiMera. Jake says that in time the three of them would run both companies, claiming it’s a team effort all the way. Maggie questions Victor being the old guy of the team that they can put something over on. Gabi says they don’t think that at all. Maggie warns that Victor is as sharp and savvy as he’s ever been and there’s no way she’s going to let anyone take advantage of him. Gabi says that was never their intention. Jake adds that they have the utmost respect for Victor which is why they wanted this partnership in the first place. Jake says it would be a shame and a mistake for Maggie to shut them down without letting them talk to Victor first. Maggie asks who said anything about shutting them down as she thinks it’s a perfectly fine idea but she wanted to make sure they could deliver on their promise.

Melinda complains that there’s never a shortage of drama when the DiMeras are involved as she walks out of the court house. EJ asks if Belle is okay. Belle doesn’t know how the glass slipped out of her hand. Johnny then enters. EJ hugs him and says she’s so glad he’s there. Johnny reminds him that he promised he would be and apologizes for being late. Johnny asks how it’s going. Belle says they don’t know yet as EJ explains that Chad was on the stand when he started choking and couldn’t speak. Johnny asks if that’s a good thing. Belle calls it scary and hopes Chad is okay. Johnny thinks Chad got exactly what he deserved for turning on his own brother. Johnny brings up Cain and Abel in the bible.

Brady asks what Lucas is guilty of. Lucas claims that he just didn’t figure things out sooner that EJ kidnapped Sami. Chloe points out that Sami is safe now. Lucas says if he figured it out sooner, he could’ve avoided the whole trauma of the situation. Brady agrees that Sami is safe now because of him. Brady assumes Lucas is back in town to testify against EJ and to give him exactly what he deserves which Lucas confirms. Brady asks to speak to Kate in private so they step away. Chloe asks if Lucas is okay. Lucas says he’s fine. Chloe notes that he seems a little tense and worked up, so she asks what’s going on with him.

Abigail brings Chad to the witness room and encourages him to take it easy. Abigail asks if she should call a doctor but Chad says he’s okay. Abigail asks what happened in there. Chad says he has no idea as one minute he was fine and the next he couldn’t breathe. Abigali wonders if it was stress from Melinda pressuring him. Abigail could tell Chad wanted to say something but Melinda wasn’t letting him, so she asks what he was trying to say.

Jake asks if Maggie is on board with their plan. Maggie thinks it’s a fine idea. Jake says that’s great. Gabi adds that they are surprised. Maggie talks about Victor’s ambition rubbing off on her and says she’s deeply invested in Titan’s future. Jake asks if she sees them as part of that future. Maggie says that Victor’s dream has always been to hand over the reins of his company to a family member, but he has come to believe that it’s time to broaden that pool of potential executives. Jake thinks Victor seemed to accept the notion that the next CEO of Titan will be an outsider because Xander is out of the picture, Brady is working for the competition, while Justin and Sonny are not interested. Maggie says most of all it’s that Philip’s disappearance really upset Victor, so he needs something else to focus on and a win. Maggie states that the idea of bringing his biggest rival to it’s knees is a big one. Jake declares that he’d love to see nothing more than his backstabbing brothers get exactly what’s coming to them. Maggie points out that now that EJ may be going to prison, they are vulnerable and distracted so it might be a good time to strike. Gabi assures they are ready. Jake assumes Victor is too. Maggie tells them that Victor is certainly enthusiastic about the prospect of crushing DiMera, but before moving ahead he wanted to make sure she was in favor of teaming up with them. Gabi asks if she is.

EJ questions Johnny saying last night that he hadn’t got religion but now he’s quoting the bible. Johnny says it’s appropriate because Chad is a Judas that came here to stab EJ in the back. Belle is not sure as Chad was trying to say something that would help them but Melinda kept cutting him off. Belle vows to give him another chance when she gets him up there. Johnny doesn’t trust Chad at all and hopes that EJ could sign the document they discussed as he had a company lawyer draw it up. Belle asks what this is about. EJ informs her that Johnny has realized his rightful place is at DiMera. Belle thought his passion was making movies. Johnny says after what happened with Marlena, he’s not moving ahead with the film and it made him get serious about a real career. EJ explains that since he’s sidelined, Johnny offered to be his eyes and ears at the company to protect his interests. Johnny notes that he can’t do that without power, so in case EJ goes to prison, he needs the ability to vote on his behalf. Johnny reveals to Belle that EJ has agreed to transfer ownership of his shares to him, temporarily. Belle questions if EJ is sure he wants to do that.

Abigail reminds Chad that he said there was something she needed to know before he took the stand. Chad confirms it was about his testimony. Abigail knows he started thinking EJ was innocent but he told her that he would not lie under oath to help him. Abigail asks if he changed his mind. Chad assures he didn’t, so Abigail asks what he thinks she needs to know. Abigail insists that whatever it is, he can tell her, as she doesn’t want any secrets. Chad doesn’t want any secrets either but in this case, he thinks it’s best if she doesn’t know as she will find out in court with everybody else so she’s not complicit. Abigail says he’s scaring her. Chad promises everything will turn out fine. Abigail asks if she can help in any way. Chad says she’s helping by being there as that will give him the strength to do what he has to do. Abigail asks if he’s sure about this. Chad says that he is and that he loves her. Chad tells Abigail that he has to find Belle and apologize. Abigail adds that she owes the Spectator an update so she will do that here and promises to be back in the court room before he takes the stand. Chad says that sounds good as they kiss. Abigail gives Chad a water bottle just in case as he exits the room.

Brady tells Kate that he just wants her to know that he’s trying to find Philip and he thinks Kristen might have something to do with his disappearance to get back at him, so he hired Steve to look for her. Kate acknowledges that Steve mentioned that on New Year’s Eve. Brady states that once Kristen is found, they’ll be able to determine if she’s part of this thing. Kate reminds Brady that he’s no longer under suspicion so there’s no need for that. Brady explains that he’s not doing this to clear his name, but he feels responsible for what Kristen did. Kate points out that he doesn’t know what Kristen did. Brady wants to find out and won’t rest until he finds answers. Brady asks if that’s what Kate wants as well. Kate responds that she wants him to call off this search.

Chloe asks Lucas why he’s so on edge and what’s going on. Lucas says he’s worried about leaving Sami alone as the outcome of this case is very important to her. Chloe asks about Sami coming back to Salem but Lucas reveals that she won’t be appearing in court as he didn’t think it was a good idea for her to be in the same room as the guy who kidnapped her. Chloe is surprised he convinced Sami to stay away. Lucas explains that she gave a deposition to Melinda and that combined with his testimony has them hoping that it’s enough to put EJ behind bars for a very long time.

Belle thinks the whole stock transfer is premature since EJ could be acquitted and this would all be completely unnecessary. Johnny says he already talked to EJ and they all hope he gets off, but they need to be prepared if he doesn’t. Belle wants to cross that bridge when they come to it. Johnny argues that they can’t since if this thing doesn’t go their way, Chad could act quickly to consolidate power so EJ would be completely shut out at DiMera and they need to act now to make sure that doesn’t happen. EJ reminds that this agreement is only temporary. Belle asks to at least review the contract. Johnny grabs the paper away and says he knows Belle is EJ’s attorney, but he is his son and he trusts him so it’s between them. Johnny asks Belle to leave them alone for a minute. Belle says fine and goes to check on when the court will return. Johnny tells EJ that he knows Belle is trying to protect him, but he doesn’t need to be protected from him as he does from Chad. Johnny says he’s doing all of this to make sure EJ doesn’t get hurt. EJ appreciates that he’s looking out for him. Johnny tells EJ that he loves him and knows he’s always been on his side, so he will always be on his. EJ then takes the documents and signs them.

Maggie tells Jake and Gabi that she is all in on this plan, if they are successful in getting Victor a seat on the DiMera Board. Jake assures they will be. Maggie asks if they have the votes. Gabi says they believe so. Maggie questions believing so and says that’s not good enough as they need an ironclad guarantee. Maggie declares that’s the only way Victor will sign off on this deal. Maggie says it was a pleasure doing business with them and exits the room. Jake calls that unexpected and says they are playing on a whole new level now. Gabi wants to go lock down those votes now.

Brady questions Kate not wanting to know what really happened to her son. Kate thinks back to telling Lucas that no one can know that Philip is alive. Kate informs Brady that she doesn’t want to be told that her son is dead, so she can hold onto hope for as long as she can. Brady understands that but says if Steve can find Kristen and Kristen can lead them to Philip, then he could be alive and well somewhere. Kate tells him that Victor has people searching so Steve will just get in the way. Brady feels the more people searching, the better. Kate declares that she’s made her wishes known. Brady informs her that he promised Chloe that he will find answers as she’s been in agony about this and will continue to be until she finds the truth, so he’s sorry but he’s not going to tell Steve to back off.

Belle tells Chad that the judge wants them back in five minutes. Chad says he feels fine now and apologizes about that as he has no idea what happened. Belle blames Melinda. Chad agrees that she’s aggressive. Belle says it seemed like Chad was trying to get something out but Melinda wouldn’t let him, so she will give him a chance on the stand to say whatever it was. Chad thinks she and EJ will be pleased. Chad realizes he forgot his phone in the witness room so he has to go back to get it.

The Devil transforms in to EJ. Devil EJ enters the witness room where Abigail is typing up her story for the paper. Abigail tells him that he shouldn’t be in there. He says he’s glad he caught her alone as he needs to talk to her about something. Abigail knows he’s upset that Chad is testifying but he has an obligation to tell the truth. He says he understands better than she thinks as he also feels compelled to be honest about something that’s been on his mind a very long time. He says he’s tried hard to suppress his feelings but he can’t do that any longer. He then tells Abigail that he wants her.

Lucas says he’s late and has to get to the courthouse. Kate decides to go with him. Chloe wishes him luck as they exit. Chloe and Brady sit together. Chloe talks about what to eat but notices Brady is distracted. Brady informs her that Kate wants him to stop Steve from looking for Kristen because she’s not optimistic and says fewer people looking for Philip means the less she has to worry about bad news. Chloe asks what if it’s good news. Brady says that’s what he said and you’d think Philip’s mother of all people would want to get to the bottom of this and find answers as soon as possible. Chloe talks about Kate always being an odd enigma. Chloe jokes that her mother is the opposite, an open book with her heart on her sleeve. Chloe’s mom then enters the Pub and questions why Chloe hasn’t been returning her calls when she needed to talk to her. Chloe apologizes and says she didn’t feel like talking about Philip because there’s no news and it just upsets her. Chloe’s mom reveals that this is not about Philip but about her father, as she thinks he’s having an affair.

Jake and Gabi sit in the town square together. Jake finishes a call and says to keep them posted. Gabi counts the votes and says without one more DiMera on their side, they will come up short. Jake informs her that Mr. Shin seems to think EJ’s shares might be in play after all as apparently EJ is considering signing his shares over to his son Johnny.

Abigail questions what the hell “EJ” is talking about. He says he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her since the moment he came back to Salem. Abigail tells him that’s insane and to get away from her. He knows she’s married to his brother and he’s tried hard to push his feelings aside but it’s impossible. Abigail asks if this is a sick joke since he has a wife that he’s obsessed with and was dating Nicole. He claims he’s been using them to get Abigail out of his head but it didn’t work. Abigail tells him to go get help. He claims he’s desperate to get close to her which is why he wanted to do Johnny’s movie. He says he’s longed to ravage her and now they are alone, so there’s no time like the present. Devil EJ then approaches Abigail.

Belle returns to the courtroom where EJ reveals to her that he signed the agreement. EJ knows she advised against it but he believes Johnny has his best interest at heart. Belle complains that he’s operating on emotion and not logic which is not smart when making big decisions. EJ argues that Johnny is trying to protect his family and his legacy, so he wants to support him in that. Belle questoins EJ not finding Johnny’s sudden change of heart a bit puzzling. Belle warns EJ that he just handed over a hell of a lot of shares. EJ says he never would’ve done it if he thought there was the slighest chance that Johnny would undermine him. Belle informs him that she just spoke to Chad and she gets the impression that Chad is on EJ’s side, so he may just go free. EJ hopes so and notes that Chad is a wildcard but Johnny is not. EJ declares that he trusts Johnny will do what’s best for him and the company…

The Devil as “EJ” grabs Abigail and kisses her right as Chad walks in to the room and sees them.

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Days Short Recap Friday, January 14, 2022

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Recap written by Michele and Cheryl

Trask asked Chad questions about the evidence he found. Chad didn’t want to answer the questions. Trask demanded that he answer the question. The judge told him to answer or he would hold him in contempt. Kate talked to Lucas about framing EJ. Lucas denied framing EJ. She said Lucas used her password on her computer to do it. He said he didn’t know her password. She said Chad told her. He said he knew Chad was going to say something. Lucas said he loved Sami and would do anything for her. He said he did everything he did because he loved her. While he was talking to Kate, Johnny was listening. Kate told Lucas that Chad was going to tell the truth during the trial. Lucas said Chad was okay with EJ getting in trouble. She said he would have been okay with EJ losing his job, he didn’t want him to go to prison. She said he didn’t want his family to be hurt. Chad told the judge he couldn’t answer her questions. Trask didn’t have anymore questions for him. Belle asked him questions. When Belle asked him about the papers, Johnny made sure Chad couldn’t talk. Lucas said he was going to do something. Kate said Chad wasn’t going to implicate him for what happened. Brady and Chloe showed up and wanted to know what Kate was talking about. Jake and Gabi went to see Victor. Maggie let them know she knew why they wanted to see Victor. They thought she was going to make they didn’t get what they wanted. She told them she wanted to make sure they made good on their promise.

Lucas told Brady and Chloe that they were talking about him finding her sooner. Chloe said Sami was safe. Brady thought he was back in town to testify against EJ. Brady said he was going to give that s.o.b. a taste of his own money. Brady wanted to talk to Kate. Chloe asked if Lucas was okay. She said he acted as if something was wrong with him. Abby wanted to make sure Chad was okay. She asked what happened to him in the courtroom. She said she could tell he wanted to say something, but Trask wasn’t letting him. Maggie told Jake and Gabi that their plan was a fine idea. They said they were surprised. Maggie said she cared about Titan and its future. Jake asked if she thought they were good for Titan. Maggie said Victor always wanted family to run the company, but he changed his mind. Jake said no one else could run the company. Maggie said Victor wanted a win. Jake said he wanted nothing more than to see his brothers go down. She said Victor wanted to make sure she was willing to team up with them. Gabi asked if she was willing. Johnny showed up in the court. He told EJ and Belle that Chad was a backstabber. He said Chad was going to turn against the family. Belle said she didn’t think Chad was going to turn against him. She said Chad was about to say something, but Trask wouldn’t let him. She said she was going to ask him about it as soon as court reconvened. Johnny brought up EJ signing his rights over to him. Belle asked EJ if he was sure about doing that. Abby wanted to know what Chad was going to say. He didn’t want to say anything because he didn’t want her to be complicit. She said he was scaring her. He asked her to trust him. She said she did, but she was scared. They said they loved each other. Brady told Kate he was determined to find Philip in order to clear his name. She said she wanted him to call off the search. Lucas told Chloe that he wanted Sami to stay away from the case. Chloe asked if he would have been able to stop her. He said he did. Belle told Johnny and EJ that the stock transfer might be unnecessary if he is found not guilty. Johnny said it was necessary in case he was found guilty. He said the board was trying to get rid of EJ so he would be able to stop them from voting against him. EJ said it was only temporary. She wanted to look over the contract thoroughly first. Johnny told her he was his father. She went to find out when the case was going to convene. Johnny convinced EJ to sign the contract. Maggie said she was on board with Jake and Gabi if they could guarantee Victor a spot on the DiMera board. They said they thought they could get him a seat. Maggie said she would only go along with them if they could guarantee him a seat on the board. Brady asked Kate why she didn’t want to search for Philip. She said this would make her think Philip was dead. She said people were already looking for him. Brady said it would be better if more people were looking for him. He said he wasn’t going to give up searching for Philip because Chloe wanted him to be found. Belle talked to Chad about his testimony.

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