DAYS:Daily Episodes for the week of DECEMBER 18
A look at (Monday's) Episode
A young man learns what will become of his job. A father gets some terrible news. A mother daughter bonding time (not Marlena & Belle shame) a step mom and step son moment.
SORRY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
MONDAY 12/18 RECAP
Abe Vows to Get Justice After JJ’s Cleared and Theo’s Procedure Fails
Monday December 18, 2017: Chad deals with Kate, Ciara has something to tell Hope about Rafe, and Ciara and Claire clash.
At the DiMera mansion, Chad plays the recording of Kate’s admission. Steve issues a warning to Kate, then leaves.Kate-EJ-debate-parlor-Days-JJ Chad angrily tells Kate he assumed Andre was responsible for Theo being shot when it was her. Chad forces Kate to say it was her, then grimaces that whatever happens regarding Theo is all on her. Kate becomes emotional as Chad recounts how she stayed silent, tried to blackmail a kid, and threatened Kayla. He can only imagine what Stefano would have done to her. Kate asks, “What are you going to do to me?” They yell back and forth until Chad decides Kate will do what he tells her from now on. He won’t turn her in to spare Abe, and warns if JJ’s fired she’ll be responsible for that too. Chad will take Kate’s place as CEO – if she makes wrong one move she’ll be not only out of the company, but the family.
At the SPD, Lani tells Jennifer she hopes things go well for JJ. Jenn prays they all get good news today. Rafe-Abe-pointing-JJ-Days-JJIn the office, Rafe reveals to Abe and JJ that the Department of Internal Affairs has cleared JJ in Theo’s shooting. Abe spits that he’s getting away with it; it’s another whitewash. Rafe has recommended the DA not file charges, and tells Abe it’s over. Abe vows this will not stand! He’s floored when Rafe says IA is recommending reinstatement. Rafe defends the investigation. Abe has to go be with Theo, who is fighting for his life thanks to JJ. After, Rafe updates Jenn, Abigail, and Lani, who learn Abe didn’t take it well. She warns JJ it may take time for her dad to accept this. JJ can’t see them ever putting this behind them. Abigail and Jennifer hope Abe will forgive JJ if Theo recovers. Abby tells JJ he needs to forgive himself. Rafe returns JJ’s badge and weapon; he’ll put him with Eli. JJ agrees, but looks morose.
At the park, Ciara flashes to Rafe worrying about Hope finding out he had sex with Sami.Ciara-Hope-park-Days-JJ Hope appears and confronts her daughter about threatening to ruin Claire’s life. Ciara alludes to Claire deserving it. Hope wonders what’s going on with her. Ciara unloads about her troubles in life and snarks about Rafe. Hope reminds her she likes Rafe, and assures Ciara she will be happy again. They embrace. Talk returns to Claire. Ciara insists the blonde knows she only broke up with Theo because of what happened with Chase, now because of her, she may never be able to tell Theo how she feels. Hope insists Claire’s not responsible for Theo’s coma. Ciara gets angry, and has something to tell her about Rafe. Hope gets a call that JJ was reinstated and takes off after expressing her love to Ciara.
In the square, Tripp coaxes Claire to eat. She rants about Ciara acting like she’s doing something wrong for being his friend. “She has come back a total bitch!” Tripp confides that Ciara knows Claire and Theo fought the night he was shot. Claire gets paged to the hospital.
Kayla-Val-Abe-hospital-news-Days-JJAt the hospital, Kayla updates Theo’s family that Dr. Brett’s procedure didn’t work. Abe asks if there’s hope. Kayla remains positive, as Claire arrives and realizes what’s happened. Ciara appears. Claire fills her in on the failed procedure. Ciara turns hostile and insinuates that Tripp thinks he’s Claire’s new boyfriend. Claire notes that Ciara certainly didn’t grow up in Hong Kong. In Theo’s room, Abe muses about his son spending his life breaking the odds. His life matters, and if it’s the last thing he does, he’ll make sure no one forgets. Abe tells Theo JJ was cleared and he’ll do whatever it takes to get justice.
Kayla meets Steve at the square. He tells her Chad knows everything Kate did. Tripp listens as Steve insists Kate is scared now, with good reason. Kayla gets a message from Jennifer that JJ’s been cleared. They wonder how Abe will take it. Kayla makes nice with Tripp, who returns the sentiment. Steve smiles; they’ve come a long way.
At the DiMera house, Chad gets a call Theo’s procedure didn’t work. He asks Kate to pack her bags as Abigail arrives. She’s worried about JJ learning Theo’s procedure didn’t work.
At home, JJ isn’t feeling celebratory with Theo in a coma. Jenn hopes the specialist will help him. She notices JJ’s been reading his bible – she’s also been praying. JJ sets his gun on the bible and looks haunted. Jenn takes a call and tells JJ it’s not good news.
At the station, Hope reveals to Rafe that Ciara had something to tell her about him. “Any ideas what it could be?” Rafe flashes to Ciara asking him, “Was that Sami I just saw you with?”
On the next Days of our Lives:
Marlena receives a romantic gift.
- Candace Young
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DAYS TUESDAY 12/19 RECAP
Andre enters living room & overhears Kate telling someone on phone no longer CEO; K hangs up & A learns that Chad knows everything; A says they're married & C can't send her from house; A says C just angry; K says C won't forgive & doesn't blame him
Eve leaves message for Gabi; Brady comes into living rm shirtless & pissed off the water shut off for renovation & no one told him; Eve says B should be grateful-house overdue for makeover; John/Mar show at pub with gifts for everyone
Mar/John talk about what to get Brady & Paul; J says P only wants Sonny; Gabi sees Sonny in HTS bench who tells her old lady knocked him down to grab last doll that Ari wanted; G found doll at another store; S really happy G found doll
Sonny tells Gabi that Will moving into mansion today to give relationship another chance; Ari happy to have her daddy back for Christmas; Will packing bags; Paul rings bell at townhouse; W tells him hoped he'd get to see him again
Paul enters townhouse; Will glad P stopped by-wants to talk; P says there to talk to John about work; W says John shopping w/Mar; P sees W's bags & asks if he's going somewhere; W says moving in w/Sonny; Paul taken aback; Gabi tells Sonny about both offers for company
Sonny admits to Gabi that doesn't trust Eve; Eve tells Brady needs to accept the things he can not change; Justin enters living rm to break up their argument; Brady leaves room; J asks E why putting self thru all this; E says justice after what B & Vic did to her
Eve asks Justin to check contract for Basic Black; Eve asks Justin for 1 Kiriakis on her side-could use his friendship; Justin looks at Eve
Justin tells Eve, he's her friend but not ally in war she's created; Eve wants to just get Basic Black back on track; Justin says if Eve is sincere he'll support her; Justin says don't undermine Sonny or she'll answer to him, since Sonny CEO of Titan
Kate tells Andre what happened w/Steve & Chad; Kate tells Andre the procedure for Theo didn't work; Gabi enters living rm for her meeting w/Kate; Andre interrupts Kate who's about to say can't talk to her about deal for DiMera; Andre says Kate going to lock down deal
Sonny tells Justin, who sits w/him at HTS table all the gifts he got for Will; Sonny asks Justin if he thinks he's making a mistake, knowing Justin was always pro-Paul; Paul understands Sonny wants to work it out & Will admits remembers feeling something when they're together
Paul tells Will he hopes it all works out & starts to leave but Will takes his arm & asks him to wait
Justin tells Sonny likes Paul very much but not pro-Paul, he's pro-Sonny; Justin tells Sonny that Will may never get memory back & worried Sonny heading into the unknown; Sonny knows it's a risk-wants to help Will recapture what they had-worth the chance; Justin tells Sonny that he always led with heart
Sonny tells Justin - wonder where that came from; Will pulls hand away & apologizes-asks Paul if they could hang out; Paul says he's in love w/Sonny; Will says wants to be friends; Paul says good-Sonny deserves best; Will says could use friend; Paul says others will help Will
Paul tells Will since they have bad history w/Sonny won't be his friend-won't do that to Sonny; Vic tells Brady he has nothing under control, esp regards to Eve as B takes another drink & says has it under control
Andre pulls Kate out of the room & tells Kate already made deal-just closing it-tells Kate to trust him & will help w/Chad; Andre tells Gabi that he & Kate impressed w/what she did w/Gabi Chic; Andre & Kate compliment her business skills & elevating Gabi Chic
Andre assures Gabi that Chad will be CEO again; Andre tells Gabi that could go public & her shares would go up; G asks if he spoke to investment bankers; Andre hands Kate the contract & Eve barges in saying don't sign a thing
too much business crap today . I don't mind Justin/Eve but I would've been happier with just the triangle stuff(Justin/Sonny, Sonny/Gabi,Will/Paul) and J/M.
Sonny asks Justin if he got Adrienne's gift yet; Sonny glad they're back together; Justin says glad he & Adrienne worked it out; Sonny glad too; Sonny realizes Paul was his first love & part of him will always love Paul; Paul shows at HTS & sees Justin & Sonny
Kate tells Eve that she stepped down from CEO to work w/Gabi & culture fresh talent; Eve tells Gabi she'll have carte blanche at Basic Black; Kate/Andre try convince Gabi; Eve says don't listen to Morticia & Gomez; Kate/Eve both have contracts for Gabi
Andre tells Gabi she has big decision to make; Vic asks Brady about new plan he said he had; Brady says he had dirt on Eve w/aliases; Vic tells Brady he has nothing; Vic running out of patience; Brady blames Vic for letting Deimos in-cleaning up mess he started
Brady tells Vic he should help get rid of Eve
Will lifts his bag; Mar asks Will if has toothbrush, shave kit; W says he'll only be 15 mins away; Mar says she'll miss him; Will says she can invite him over once in a while; Mar says open invitation at home or office-asks him for brunch Sunday
Mar offers office visits cause misses grandson; Will says sounds like therapy; Mar knows Will will have lots of questions & wants to support him & promised Sami would watch him; Will wants to make good decisions & trusts no one more than Mar
Paul walks to Justin/Sonny table in HTS; Justin leaves; Paul says to Sonny looks like he raided stores; Sonny tells Paul has to tell him something; Paul says knows that Will giving relationship chance; Paul wants Sonny to be happy & hopes it works out; Sonny thanks Paul & apologizes again
Sonny going to pick up Will shortly; Gabi asks if need to make decision now; Andre says really no competition; Gabi tells Andre doesn't even like her; Andre says he does now; Kate calls Eve former hooker; Eve tells Kate she was too; Gabi decides sign w/Kate
Vic tells Brady makes good decisions as long as doesn't drink or get involved w/wrong women; Brady tells Vic he'll always pick Sonny over him-tells Vic that Eve right-Brady's real enemy is Vic; Vic practically rolls eyes
Paul joins John at pub; John offers Paul a beer before business but Paul all about cases-can't find them on his tablet; Paul clearly upset & tells John about learning Sonny/Will trying make it work; John suggests they blow off work & talk-feels sad for him;
Paul sees pic of him & Sonny & realizes they need to do this another time; John understands as Paul leaves pub; Will tells Mar Sonny should be there any minute & he's nervous; Will asks Mar if thinks too soon; Mar says just don't feel pressured
Will asks Mar if he was happy at wedding; Mar tells Will that he told her happiest day of his life; Sonny shows-hugs Mar; Sonny asks Will if having second thoughts; Will smiles "Let's do this"; Eve back at k-mans overhears Brady & Vic arguing; Vic tells Brady he's weak
Vic tells Brady he's a failure-wants Eve out; B sick of doing V's dirty work; Brafy says needs air & Eve walks back out of house & says "now that is something I can work with"
Kate/Andre/Gabi toast to their business relationship; Kate tells Gabi they'll make great team; Gabi goes to check up on Ari's sitter & leaves room; Kate thanks Andre; Andre totally supportive; Kate worried Chad won't change mind; Andre kisses Kate on cheek & says leave it up to him
John finds Paul outside pub crying & holds him as he cries; Sonny takes bags to car; Will says he'll catch up in minutes; Will thanks Mar for everything-couldn't have gone thru this w/out her; Mar says whether gets memory back or not, he's extraordinary man-has faith in him
Will tells Mar to wish him luck; Mar hugs Will & tells him he deserves to be happy; Will walks out; Mar teary watches him; Justin sees Eve outside house-tells him deal fell thru but new opportunity landed in her lap; Brady tells Vic pretty sure Eve heard everything-it worked
Brady/Vic flashback to asking Henderson to tell B when Eve comes back; Brady tells Vic "that bitch is about to fall right into our trap"; Vic smiling -
TUESDAY 12/19 RECAP
"Brady and Victor Work Together to Set up Eve"
Tuesday December 19, 2017: Kate follows Andre’s lead, Marlena sees Will off, and Paul breaks down.
At the DiMera mansion, Andre hears Kate on the phone saying she’s stepping down as CEO. After, Kate informs him that Chad knows she sent Theo into the warehouse and wants her out of the house. Andre is taken aback, but Kate feels Chad won’t forgive her and she doesn’t blame him. She updates Andre on the recording and Theo’s procedure failing.
At the Kiriakis mansion, Brady, angry the water was shut off, suggests Eve pack her bags and get out of town. Justin-Eve-pointing-the-finger-Days-JJEve mocks him, and they bicker until Justin interrupts. Brady asks Justin to inform Eve that no one wants her there. After, Eve sighs that Brady is right, and asks Justin to be her ally. He makes it clear his allegiance is to his family. Eve just wants to get Basic Black on track. Justin warns her not to undermine his son at Titan. Later, Brady grumbles to Victor that getting rid of Eve won’t be as easy as he thought. Victor snaps that his plan to take her down was an abysmal failure; he’s running out of patience. Brady counters that he’s trying to clean up the mess from Victor letting Deimos in. Brady then complains his grandfather has him doing the grunt work while Sonny keeps his hands clean; maybe Eve is right – Victor’s his enemy, not her.
In the Brady Pub, Marlena wants gift ideas for Brady, but John’s brain is fried from shopping. He mentions all Paul wants for Christmas is Sonny.
Gabi-Sonny-doll-Days-JJAt the square, Sonny tells Gabi he fought an old lady over the doll Arianna wants. Gabi reveals she got the doll, and adds Arianna will be thrilled to see Will. Sonny shares that Will is moving in. They discuss Gabi Chic; Sonny warns her not to trust Eve. Later, Justin joins Sonny, who enthuses about reuniting with Will. Justin cautions that Will is a different person now. Sonny feels it’s worth taking a chance. Talk turns to Justin and Adrienne getting it right this time. Sonny notes Paul was his first love – a part of him will always love him.
Will answers Marlena’s door to Paul. Will’s glad to see him again. Paul is looking for John, but Will reports he’s out. Paul looks shaken when Will says he’s moving in with Sonny. Will admits he feels something for Sonny that is worth exploring. Paul hopes it works out. He turns to leave, but Will stops him and hopes they can hang out. Paul retorts that he’s in love with Sonny. Will asks for Paul’s friendship, but Paul won’t do that to Sonny. Later, Marlena and Will say their farewells. He accepts her offer to stop by her office too, for therapy. He trusts her to provide guidance.
Gabi arrives at the DiMera mansion, where Andre stops Kate from telling Gabi she can’t make the deal. Andre drags Kate into the hall and advises her to lock this down and show Chad he can’t do without her. They rejoin Gabi and make a pitch. Kate asks her to sign on the dotted line as Eve bursts in and says, “Don’t sign.” Eve tells Gabi she’ll have carte blanche with Basic Black, as Kate notes the family is doing battle. Eve and Kate both hold out contracts. As Andre pushes for Gabi to sign with Kate, she snarks, “You don’t even like me.” Andre smoothly replies, “I do now.” Eve rolls her eyes, but Gabi ultimately signs with Kate. After Eve goes, they toast to making a great team. When Gabi steps out, Andre expresses admiration for Kate, kisses her cheek, and tells her to leave Chad to him.
Sonny-Paul-square-Days-JJPaul appears in the square by Sonny and Justin, who leaves after a greeting. Paul lets Sonny know he just saw Will, and is aware he’s moving in. Sonny accepts Paul’s well wishes, and leaves after apologizing for hurting him.
In Brady Pub, Paul meets John, who senses he’s upset. Paul vents about Will moving in with Sonny, and how awkward it was between them. After, John finds Paul crying and holds him.
Marlena tells Will his wedding to Sonny was the happiest day of his life as Sonny arrives at her house to pick Will up. Will tells him, “Let’s do this.” Sonny takes the bags, and Marlena embraces Will to whisper, “You deserve to be happy.”
Eve arrives at the Kiriakis mansion in time to hear Brady hollering at Victor about their deal to get rid of her. After Brady storms out, Eve muses, “Now that is something I can work with.” Justin appears and learns her deal fell through. Eve muses that a new opportunity just landed in her lap. Inside, Brady tells Victor he’s pretty sure Eve heard every word. “That bitch is about to fall right into our trap.”
On the next Days of our Lives:
JJ prepares to do something drastic.
- Candace Young
A look at tomorrow (Wednesday)
A young man who is some letters and gives stuff away and thinks about his loved ones.
Note: have tissues handy
DAYS WEDNESDAY 12/20 RECAP
Carolers in HTS as JJ walks by, head down; JJ puts all his money in his wallet in collection bucket; JJ see tribute to Theo & remembers the shooting; JJ walks away, returns to his room with a package in his hands
JJ takes writing tablet & envelopes out of bag, puts coat on unmade bed & takes out stack of envelopes, picks up pen & starts writing "Dear Theo
JJ tries writing letter of apology-starts again so not to make it about him; JJ's phone rings-it's Jen-he ignores it; JJ starts new letter to "Mom"; JJ writes didn't pick up phone on Christmas Eve-apologizes to Jen in letter
JJ remembers getting a call from Jen when at school in 2012 to say bad news about Jack; JJ recalls how bad he was when came back to Salem and how he made Jen's grieving worse-writes he was ass cause he let Jack down
JJ recalls coming home in 2011 & Jack asking what he's doing there; JJ says "surprise" to Jack
Jack asks JJ why home 3 wks before Christmas break; JJ says quit cause was flunking out; Jack hugs him & asks if partied too much or work too hard; Jack says JJ really his son; Jack tells JJ that he & Abby both better; JJ says maybe Abby, not him
Jack gives JJ his special pen when he finally succeeded & says giving it to him so he can know he can succeed-wants him to go back & give another try; Jack tells JJ his secret-he'll give him check to go back to London & won't tell anyone
JJ writes that Jack said had faith in him but didn't deserve it; Jack, JJ tease crying Jen as she finishes "It's a Wonderful Life"-talk briefly about theme of film; JJ says unlike George Bailey screwed up his second chances-leaves her Jack's special pen-puts let/pen in env
JJ writes "Mom" on envelope & releases breath thru tears
JJ walks out of bathroom in towel, clearly having just showered, picks up bag he had in HTS & takes out fresh razors; as he writes to Abby, talks about Jack teaching him how to shave, Jen teaching him how to drive, Abby teaching him how to fight
JJ wishes could've looked out for Abby like she looked out for him; JJ remembers he knew Chad was going to propose to Abby cause came to JJ to see him to ask for Abby's hand in marriage since Jack dead; Chad wants JJ on board; JJ said doesn't want to pretend okay
JJ told Chad will talk to Abby when she brings it up & told Chad if hurts her will answer to him; JJ recalls Spring 2016 supporting Abby who says she's like Grandma-mentally ill; JJ starts to blame Chad; Abby says don't blame C or himself-can't fix what's broken
JJ now clean shaven talks about how could make her laugh when little by singing dumb song-leaves guitar pick in letter so hopes someone can sing to Thomas cause he won't be there; writes Abigail on envelope
JJ leaves Abby's letter on top of Jen's
JJ's bed now perfectly made, places his dress uniform on bed-starts letter to Hope who remembers May 2016 getting commended by Roman, Abe, Hope on the PD; Hope realized JJ hadn't told Jen/Abby; JJ said not big deal; H says was big deal;
JJ remembers Roman to keep his impulsiveness in check-needs to know when to use it & when not to or could get in trouble; JJ writes to Hope Roman was right; JJ remembers being reprimanded in June 2016 for messing up for not following procedure
#DAYS JJ's next goodbye is to Hope. He has a FB. He's getting a medal from Hope, Abe and Roman are also in the FB
#DAYS JJ has a FB where a Roman is yelling at him for not following basic procedure
#DAYS JJ's FB, changes, he's talking to Hope in the Horton house and recalls their convo abt her killing Stefano. Hope tells JJ that she hopes he never has to live with killing someone one
JJ remembers March 2017, glad Hope back at their house celebrating being back on force; Hope tells JJ what she did was wrong even if really didn't kill Stefano; JJ leaves Hope his medal, thanking her for always being there for him
JJ asks Hope in letter to take care of Abby & Jen as he promised his dad he would when they scattered his ashes; writes Hope on envelope, sets it on top of pile & stares forward
JJ gathers a pile of his mail (looks like holiday cards) & dumps in trash except one from Gabi & Ari; JJ writes to Gabi-remembers Gabi asking about Paige; JJ remembers Paige's music-has thumb drive of songs that he'll give to Gabi - glad they were able to be friends
he says this is because Gabi and Paige were sisters.
[Gabi had once asked about Paige, whom Gabi had never met]
JJ knows hard for Gabi to stay friends w/Chad but walking away from those you love can be kindest thing; JJ remembers Jack telling him sometimes thinks would be better w/out him; JJ disagrees-they hug; JJ remembers telling Jen he was with Theresa when she overdosed
Jen reminded JJ saved Theresa-didn't leave her; JJ remembers Jen telling him didn't think he'd live when born but knows he has a purpose; JJ writes to Gabi that Ari lucky to have Gabi & he was lucky to have Gabi in his life; seals envelope "Gabi" - adds to pile-stares off again
JJ puts card from Gabi & Ari on bureau next to pic of him & his family; JJ remembers August 2012 Jen holding photo, saying thought Jack could cheat death again; Abby crying saying her fault; Jen comforting Abby; JJ steps to side & downs pills while tearing
#DAYS Jack and JJ - Jack talks abt his not being there for them thinking it was best, but JJ says it was always better when he was there.
#DAYS going back to the first FB, Jack is going to cover for JJ, has written a check and is now giving it to him to help him back to school, to London, before his mother finds out.
JJ starts crying, puts down photo, takes his PD badge, starts letter to Abe thru tears-wants to say sorry for doing something unforgivable-Abe taught him what the badge really means; JJ remembers Abe seeing him work undercover & encouraging him to apply to Academy
JJ writes to Abe that he was right to be angry when badge returned to him so JJ gives it back to Abe in his envelope-seals; JJ pulls gun out of his desk
JJ leaves PD cap on chair-he's now dressed in his uniform; JJ writes to Lani-got her tickets for Rihana & had plans for their future-leaves tickets in envelope-writes that does love her-couldn't stand to hurt her is why he broke it off; as JJ writes her name remembers
#DAYS JJ has dressed in his 'uniform dress' places cap on a nearby chair... writes to Lani
#DAYS JJ tells Lani the reason he broke up with her, was because he didn't want to hurt her anymore
JJ remembers after party w/Lani & how happy they were; JJ starts letter to Theo again-remembers seeing Theo outside Doug's & learning he screwed things up w/Claire-JJ told Theo to try to work things out; Theo says thinks if messes up won't have future w/Claire;
JJ remembers hugging Theo & wanting him to get all he wanted; JJ says can only pay for taking Theo's life by going to HTS & taking his own life w/same gun shot Theo; JJ tells Theo in letter has nothing to leave him but his life-seals letter in envelope
JJ leaves letters all together on desk, loads clip in gun & looks straight ahead-determined; show ends with a PSA post with Suicide Hot Line information
A look at tomorrow (Thursday)
An Aunt and niece cause a scene at a family gathering. A couple get a happy night together. A cop supports another. Some friends reach out to another.
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WEDNESDAY 12/20 RECAP
"JJ Writes Suicide Letters As He Plans to Take His Own Life"
Wednesday December 20, 2017: JJ flashes through memories and leaves something to each person as he writes final notes to his loved ones.
JJ passes by carolers and a Salvation Army volunteer in the square. He puts a large donation into the kettle, then flashes to Theo’s shooting before moving on.
In his suite, JJ places a newly purchased pad of paper and envelopes on the desk. After a moment, he starts writing a letter to Theo in which he expresses how sorry he is. JJ scribbles that out – he doesn’t want to make it about him. His phone rings.JJ-hug-Jack-Days-JJ JJ ignores the call from his mother, then starts a letter to her. He knows she wants him to be okay, but he can’t tell her that. JJ writes that she’s the best mother anyone could ask for, and he’s sorry she’s lost so much. He flashes to her calling to say his father died, and apologizes for making things more difficult because he was angry at himself for letting Jack down. He flashes to telling Jack (played by Matthew Ashford) he’d quit school, and his father being understanding – he did the same thing.Jennifer-cry-Jack-Days-JJ Jack gifted JJ with a pen his dad gave him when he finally graduated as a sign of his faith in him and paid his way back to school. JJ flashes to a memory of visiting with his parents, who cried over a Christmas movie. JJ writes that he screwed up every second chance he was given and asks her to keep the pen, and think of Jack when she uses it.
JJ-shirtless-disturbed-Days-JJAfter showering, JJ takes out old school razors to shave while his letter to Abigail runs through his mind. He wishes he could have looked out for her, the way she looked out for him. He reveals he already knew Chad had proposed to her when she shared the news. He flashes to Chad asking him for Abigail’s hand in marriage and warns him if he hurts her, he’ll answer to him. JJ then recalls a sad Abigail telling him sometimes you can’t fix what’s broken. He leaves her a guitar pick for Thomas and hopes someone will teach him to play guitar as he’d hoped to do.
After shaving, JJ takes the bravery pin from his uniform and writes to Hope his recollection of her being there, along with Abe, when he got it. He recalls Roman expressing admiration for his bravery and advising him to keep his impulses in check to avoid trouble. JJ thinks back to times when Hope stood by him, and writes that he’s leaving her his pin – standing up for him cost Hope her career. He asks her to take care of his mom and Abigail.
JJ opens a Christmas card from Gabi and remembers them getting to know each other, and discussing Paige. He leaves her the songs Paige wrote for him so she can know her sister. JJ’s sorry it didn’t work out between them, but is glad they’re friends. He reflects that sometimes leaving the ones you love is best. JJ flashes to Jack, in 2011, speaking of his absences…he thought they were better off without him. JJ remembers talking with Jennifer about Theresa’s death and reflects on great mothers as he finishes Gabi’s letter.
Abe-JJ-park-Days-JJHolding a photo of his family, JJ goes back in time to Jennifer holding the same photo as they grieved for Jack. JJ popped pills as Jennifer comforted Abigail. Still crying, JJ returns to the desk and pens a letter to Abe, wondering how he says he’s sorry for something unforgiveable. He recalls Abe urging him to apply to the police academy, then reflects on how angry Abe was to see him get his badge back. JJ thinks Abe was right, and is giving the badge back to him. JJ pulls his gun from the drawer.
Theo-JJ-flashback-Days-JJDressed now in his uniform, JJ writes to Lani about concert tickets he got her, and the plans he had for their future; he loves her. He hopes she’ll find someone who deserves her. JJ then starts a new letter to Theo, and flashes to a conversation they had when he was in an argument with Claire. JJ tells him he hopes he gets everything he wants, he deserves it. In the letter, JJ notes Theo now has nothing because of him. He sees now he can only pay for taking his life by taking his own. He’ll do it in the square, in the same spot he shot him, with the same gun. JJ laments he has nothing to give Theo…except his life.
On the next Days of our Lives:
Claire clashes with Ciara during the hanging of the Horton Christmas ornaments.
- Candace Young
A look at tomorrow (Thursday)
An Aunt and niece cause a scene at a family gathering. A couple get a happy night together. A cop supports another. Some friends reach out to another.
DAYS THURSDAYS 12/21
JJ stares at gun on his desk, then looks at pile of letters-remembers writing his final letter to Theo telling him his plan to shoot himself; JJ picks up gun; Abby/Chad at d-mans talking about gifts; Chad remembers Abby coming back to him previous year
Will at newly furbished k-mans; Mag asks Will if getting any memories back; Sonny comes in-glad Will back; Mag says Christmas about being w/ppl they love; Will half smiles; Sonny smiles
Eli talks to Gabi on phone about seeing her & Gabi stares at tribute to Theo in HTS & says has to go; Eli sees Lani at hospital & knows must be hard for them today; Jen tries calling JJ-wanting him to pick up; JJ looks at phone
Julie/Doug enter Theo's room; Abe/Val sitting at Theo's bedside; Abe says shouldn't you be at Jen's; Val tells them no change in Theo when they ask; Julie says no change yet; Julie/Doug invite them to Horton party; Abe says his place w/his son; JJ picks up call from Jen
JJ tells Jen he just wants quiet evening alone & was about to call her-he's just tired & will come by for Christmas morning & wishes Jen a Merry Christmas; Jen tells JJ loves him & he says it back; JJ thanks Jen "for being there; I've gotta go now";
JJ ready to leave with gun hidden under uniform jacket, picks up his cap & opens door to see Gabi there
Will asks Sonny/Mag how many Hortons will be at party; Sonny says will stand by his side in case he gets confused; Ari steps in room & whispers to Sonny; Sonny tells Mag/Will they have Christmas emergency; All smiling
Abby/Chad have fun fighting over Christmas cookies; Abby wants to have New Year's Eve party; Abby says hoping for Christmas miracle regarding Theo & JJ; JJ asks Gabi why there; G says happy he was cleared of charges-brings JJ gift Ari made for him
Gabi going to Horton's- says will go w/him; JJ says not going; Gabi says dress uniform only worn by Rafe for weddings & funerals; Gabi sees letters & grabs hers & opens it; Gabi tells JJ hopes not what she thinks it is-asks him to tell her not a suicide note; JJ looking broken
Julie tells Abe devastating for all-Carvers/Hortons friends forever-in this together; Abe says no, his son in the bed, Jen's son put him there; Doug walks to Abe & says they understand & tell Julie they'll give them space & tells Abe maybe next year; Julie says praying
Julie/Doug leave; Val kisses Abe on cheek & leaves room; Abe sits at Theo's side; Eli tells Lani heard JJ cleared & reinstated-knows Abe must not be happy; Lani tells Eli that Abe wants her to hate JJ but she doesn't; Eli offers to bring Lani to Jen's; Lani says needs be w/Abe
Eli wishes Lani Merry Christmas & wants her to wish Abe; Eli leaves; Gabi asks JJ to tell her truth; JJ tells her wish she wouldn't have come; JJ says shot unarmed man-need to pay for that; Gabi tells JJ he needs to forgive himself-knows where he is right now-when in prison
Gabi tells JJ she realized that ending her pain & guilt would cause more pain; JJ tells Gabi she shot Nick in fear; Gabi says when thought about ending it remembered family/friends/Ari's laugh; Gabi tells JJ he's one of her best friends & Ari loves him
Gabi thru tears begs JJ not to make Ari lose another person she knows; Ari offers Will her presents cause Santa might not know he moved there-tells Will she got him-hugs him; Will hugs her & suggests they share presents; Ari says awesome;
Mag takes Ari to get her coat; Sonny tells Will Ari is an amazing little girl; Will smiles "she's my amazing little girl"; Rafe with Ciara tells her that Hope told him she wanted to tell something about Rafe-asks what it is; Ciara remembers overhearing Rafe admit slept w/Sami
Rafe tells Ciara that Hope got sense what Ciara going to tell her wasn't good; many more show at Jen's interrupting Rafe/Ciara convo; JJ tells Gabi doesn't want to hurt Gabi, Ari, or anyone; Gabi says that's what you'll be doing; JJ says what about Abe-what about Theo-hooked to machines
JJ tells Gabi how can he have moments hanging ornaments/having fun when Theo won't; Abe tells Theo he'll open eyes & tell Abe it's okay; Abe crying wants to believe Theo will open eyes but can't--crying harder, head down on Theo's arm
Gabi tells JJ she can tell him what will happen to those who love him-reminds him how broken Jen was when thought Abby dead-he & Ab are Jen's heart & soul - it would kill her; Jen tells Abby that JJ told her didn't feel up to coming
Rafe asks Eli where Gabi is; Eli said should be here soon; Mag, Ari, Sonny, Will arrive; Will asks Sonny to stay close; Sonny says will always stand by his side; Claire with Hope-Abe told Claire to go to Hortons but will go back after hangs ornament
Crashing sound happens & Claire sees that Ciara shattered her ornament; Ciara says "oops"; Hope upset w/Ciara; Claire takes Ci's ornament and steps on it; Ciara says Claire will be sorry; Claire & Ciara in each other's faces
I keep hoping we'll see Shelle in the actual eppie even if they're not mentioned much. They're in one of the ornament hanging pics on Carolyn's page.
Vic apparently has a cold so Mag had told Ari there would be more sweets for them since he can't go to party
and here is Shelle:
Belle intervenes & pulls Claire away; Shawn not happy w/the girls arguing second year in a row; Doug/Julie begin ornament to say despite bad stuff happy together & glad Will back & Eli joining; Julie talks about all taking moment to appreciate all there & those gone
Julie asks Eli to hang first ornament; Eli smiles, humbled; Julie opens box & ornaments getting hung-top is Tom/Alice; Doug/Julie & Eli hangs his; Julie hangs David's; Mag hangs hers between Mickey & Victor
Sonny/Will hang theirs w/Ari's; Chad/Abby hang theirs; So many memories; Lucas's is there; Belle/Shawn; Rafe has one but Ciara hangs Bo's before Rafe can put his next to Hope's; Jen hangs hers & holds JJ's
JJ tells Gabi caused Jen heartbreak; G says Jen heartbreak when can't support him; JJ says can't do it anymore; Gabi begs JJ not to go; JJ pulls out gun-says same gun shot Theo & leaving; G stands in front of door-asks where going; JJ says to Square;
Jen tells Abby feels like should've forced JJ to come; Abby tells Jen he had to want to go; Jen takes purse & starts to head out; Val tells Lani she can go to Hortons; Lani says should be w/Abe; Val asks if talked to JJ; Lani tells about break-up; Val says Theo would want her happy
JJ asks Gabi to move; G says doesn't give up & starts reading the letters JJ wrote; JJ tells her to stop; Gabi keeps reading the letters; JJ's face saddened and filled w/pain; Gabi grabs Theo's letter; JJ says please stop; Gabi opens Ari's handmade gift-a pic of Ari in a frame
JJ crying as holds pic; Gabi says don't have to decide rest of life-just have to decide to get thru tonight; JJ crying puts gun down on desk; Gabi/JJ both crying as she hugs him tight;
Sonny/Will say good night at k-mans-Ari will be up early; Will asks Sonny not to go as heads to his room; Abby/Chad put final gifts under tree & Abby asks him to unwrap her & they head upstairs
Claire at hospital to sit w/Theo; Abe leaves room after hugging Claire & thanking her for being there for Theo; Cl wishes T a Merry Christmas; Jen says hello to Abe; Abe tells Jen has nothing to say to her; Jen says listen, she has something to say to him
JJ asks Gabi what to do now; G says they have to get out of this room; JJ says can't see anyone tonight; Gabi says will send text to Eli but not leaving JJ-will stay w/him as long as has to-will sleep on chair & borrow t-shirt; Gabi says they'll wake up, it'll be Christmas...
Gabi tells JJ "you'll still be there"; Eli got text from Gabi; Julie asks where Gabi is; Eli says Gabi said something came up as looks at Gabi's ornament & JJ's; Gabi in long t-shirt-in platonic way, sits w/him in bed & wish each other Merry Christmas & hug;
Lani walks into JJ's room-sees Gabi/JJ hug & looks upset/shocked/sad
THURSDAY 12/21 RECAP
"Ciara Shatters Claire's Christmas Ornament, While Gabi Talks JJ Down"
Thursday December 21, 2017: Gabi stops JJ from going through with his suicide plan, the Hortons gather to hang their ornaments, Claire and Ciara get into an ornament war, and Lani decides to fight for JJ.
At the DiMera mansion, Abby and Chad share a kiss. She proposes they throw a big New Year’s Eve party for all their family and friends.
In the Horton Square, Gabi talks to Eli on the phone about meeting at Jennifer’s. She notices the candlelight vigil to Theo and tells Eli she has to make a quick stop but will see him there.
Theo-coma-Days-XJJ At the hospital, Eli checks on Lani and invites her to come over to Jenn’s with him, but she needs to be here for her dad. Doug and Julie check on Theo, as Abe and Valerie sit by his bedside. Doug invites Abe and Valerie to join them at the Horton party, but Abe refuses to pretend this year is like any other. Doug hopes maybe they can attend next year, and Julie tells Abe they are praying for him and Theo. Doug and Julie leave, and Valerie gives Abe time alone with his son. In the hall, Valerie checks on Lani, and the two discuss JJ. Valerie knows Theo would want her to be happy, and she should fight for JJ.
JJ-Gabi-gun-Days-XJJ In JJ’s suite, he takes a call from Jenn and informs his mom that he is tired and needs a quiet evening alone, but will come by for Christmas morning. JJ puts his gun in his waistband and goes to leave, but finds Gabi at his door. She wonders why he’s in his dress uniform because Rafe only wears his for weddings and funerals. She notices the pile of letters on the desk, finds the one that has her name on it and opens it. She begs him to tell her this is not a suicide note. Gabi knows where he is because she’s been there too while in prison, but she realized suicide would only cause more pain and guilt for those she loved. He doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but he can’t fathom being happy and going on while Theo is stuck in a room hooked to machines for life. She can’t stop him from blaming himself for the shooting, but points out this will kill his mother. He thinks he’s only brought his mother heartbreak, and she needs to let him go because he can’t do it anymore. JJ pulls out his gun and says he is going to the square to end it, but Gabi refuses to let him. She opens up the letters he wrote to everyone and reads them all to him. She rips opens the gift Ari made him, a picture frame with her photo, and shoves it into JJ’s hands. JJ breaks down. He puts his gun away, and Gabi hugs him. She suggests they go to the Horton party, but he refuses to see anyone tonight. She offers to stay here with him then. She changes into a t-shirt, and he gets out of his dress blues. He thanks her, and she puts him into bed and joins him. As they hug, Lani slips in and sees them in bed together.
Bill-Julie-Xmas-Days-XJJ Chad-Abigail-ornaments-Days-XJJ Rafe and Ciara bring the ornaments down at the Horton house. He mentions that Hope said she had something to tell him. She remembers hearing Rafe and Sami discussing having sex. Before she can say anything, Belle, Shawn and Claire arrive. Hope, Jenn, Abby, Chad, Doug, Julie, Maggie, Sonny, Will and Arianna follow. Ciara-breaks-ornament-Days-XJJ Claire plans to go back to the hospital after she hangs her ornament, when suddenly Ciara accidently drops Claire’s ornament and it shatters. Claire grabs Ciara’s and shatters it in retaliation. Hope and Shawn pull the kids to separate corners, and Jenn suggests Doug make a speech. Doug reminds them they are lucky to have the family they do, and that Will is back in their lives. Julie also welcomes Eli into the family, and explains their family tradition of hanging their ornaments. One by one everyone hangs the ornaments on the tree. After, Jenn feels she should have forced JJ to come, and realizes there is something she needs to take care of. Later, Eli gets a text from Gabi saying she can’t make it because something came up.
Sonny and Will return to the mansion, and Sonny tells him that Ari will wake up ridiculously early, so they should get some sleep. Sonny goes to return to his room, but Will stops him.
Chad and Abby return to the DiMera mansion, put gifts under the tree, and then head to bed.
Claire returns to the hospital, and Abe thanks her for being here for his son. He gives her time with Theo. In the hall, Jenn approaches Abe, but he has nothing to say to her. She tells him to listen because she has something to say to him.
On the next Days of our Lives:
A shocking pair makes love.
- Dustin Cushman
A look at tomorrow (Friday) 12/22
Sexy times for a couple. While another couple talk about the past. A mother pleads her son's case to someone. A man moves forward to destroy someone.
DAYS FRIDAY 12/22 RECAP
"Sonny Reminds Will of Their Life Together, As Brady Kisses Eve"
Friday December 22, 2017: Jenn tries to get Abe to show JJ some compassion, Eli tells Lani about his feelings, and Gabi reminds him of what he has to live for.
In a hotel room, Will asks Sonny not to go. The Kiriakis assumes this means sex but Will just wants to get to know him better. He can't remember anything about their love. Sonny tells him about their awkward first meeting and their friendship. He remembers when Will came out to him. It was a few months before they had their first date. Sonny grabs a photo album and they flip though. That leads to a kiss. Sonny starts to stutter and get apologetic but Will says it was nice. They recall their wedding. Though Will remembers part of his vows, that is just because he knew them anyway. Sonny decides to leave him to get some rest.
Brady kisses Eve-DOOL-JJAt the mansion, Brady is impressed by Eve's talents for holiday decoration. She admits it was Maggie. They bicker and he suggests they put business aside for the holidays. She asks him about his fight with Victor. He flashes back to telling Victor their planned worked. Eve lectures him about the need to stop Sonny. She wants to beat Kate at her game and asks if he will work for her. He refuses but, after a little goading, gives in. She is shocked. They talk terms. When they shake on it, he points to the mistletoe and pulls her into a kiss. Eve awkwardly runs off. He congratulates himself on a great performance and pours a drink.
Jenn joins Abe at the hospital. She's stayed away out of respect, but her family is going through a lot too. JJ didn't shoot Theo intentionally and he is punishing himself. She says that her son needs his prayers and forgiveness. Abe can't do that. She reminds him of when he shot Brady. That nearly destroyed him. Luckily, Brady lived. After they go over that, she begs him again to understand what her son is going through. He offers to think it over but isn't making any promises. She thanks him and leaves.
Gabi comforts JJ-DOOL-JJLani sees JJ and Gabi hugging in bed at the hotel. She throws her hand over her mouth and runs. JJ thanks Gabi for saving his life. She wants him to see a therapist and insists on spending the night. He decides to sleep in a chair. Neither of them can sleep, so she continues reminding JJ of how loved he is. She understands why he broke up with Lani, but thinks he should give her another chance. Then, they can both start the new year with someone they love.
As Eli heads to his room, Lani rushes up in tears. They go in and drink. She tells him that JJ is sleeping with Gabi. He is about to run off and kill JJ when she stops him. She reminds him that JJ is a mess. He understands that but it doesn't mean he should be in bed with Gabi. Eli feels like Gabi has been using him. He admits that he wrote her off and fell for someone else… Lani. He says he would never walk away from her like that idiot JJ. They kiss. He apologizes. They are both hurting but the kissing makes her feel better so she asks for more. They strip down and have sex.
On the next Days of our Lives:
Salem has a Christmas miracle.
- Matt Purvis
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