Days of Our Lives recap: Ava manipulates EJ and grows closer to Johnny

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Tamara Brown

As of today days of our lives to sum up:

Family Council: Marlena is working in her office when Brady arrives for a visit. At that moment, Rachel rushes into the room to hug her mother-in-law. Brady asks Rachel to listen to music while he chats with Marlena. Brady wants to discuss whether or not he should give Kristen a chance to reconnect with Rachel. Brady says Kristen is different with Rachel – more consistent. He says Kristen hinted that she wanted to review the custody agreement. Brady thinks if he plays well he can control the situation.

Corporate Torture: Chloe presents Kristen with a report to Basic Black. Kristen tortures Chloe by telling her to redo the report she spent weeks preparing. Kristen thinks Chloe isn’t qualified for her job and wants her to leave. Chloe is furious and Kristen encourages her to quit if she doesn’t like her management style. Things go up a violent notch as Kristen grabs a letter opener. Before Kristen can attack Chloe, Brady calls to say he’s with Rachel at Marlena’s office.

Mad Scientist Manipulation: Gabi sits in the park and calls Li. She wants him to join her in the park, but he has a date. Just then, a knock on the door reveals that Dr. Rolf has arrived. Li is furious that Dr. Rolf showed up in public.

Dr. Rolf is furious because he thinks Li HAS TRIED TO KILL STEFANO’S SON! He is pissed that Li tried to end Stefan’s not-yet-resurrected life. Li thinks that Dr. Rolf only sees Stefan as a science project and not as Stefano’s son.

Dr. Rolf also worries about being forced to dodge Kristen. Li ignores Dr. Rolf and tells him that he wants Stefan to be immediately attracted to Chloe Lane when he wakes up. Dr. Rolf thinks this manipulation is about Gabi, but Li says it’s really about Chloe interfering with Kristen at Basic Black. Dr. Rolf isn’t sure he can do what is asked of him, but Li has the utmost confidence in him. He demands that he return to the lab and start working on Stefan.

Sympathy for the Devil: Gabi hangs up on Li when a shirtless, sweaty Johnny walks by. He backs off because he wants to apologize to her for the things he did while possessed by the devil.

Gabi wonders if he’s talking about how they almost had sex on DiMera’s desk. Johnny is annoyed that he can’t remember. He also worries that she broke up with Jake because of what he did. Gabi assures him that he did her a little favor because the situation made her realize that she wanted Jake to be Stefan – which didn’t bode well for them in the long run. Johnny gets confirmation that they are fine and wishes her the best.

EJ vs. Ava: EJ confronts Ava about helping Gwen get out of jail the night of Abigail’s murder. Ava doubles down and challenges him to call the police – if he really knows what he thinks he knows. She reminds him that all he could hear is hearsay.

EJ wants to trade his silence for Jake’s DiMera stock. Besides, Ava can continue to live in the mansion… she’s not impressed. She reminds him that Rafe hates him more than her. EJ agrees not to involve the police unless it turns out Leo has an airtight alibi for the night of Abigail’s murder. Besides, Jake would be turning in his grave if he knew she was considering giving those shares to EJ. Just as Ava tells EJ to go “straight to hell”, Johnny arrives wondering what’s going on.

EJ tells Johnny there’s nothing to see here. He and Ava just had a disagreement about DiMera and the actions she inherited from Jake. Johnny thinks nothing EJ did was try to take care of Jake’s widow. It was all about stocks. EJ doesn’t think Ava had anything to do with Jake’s disappearance, but he also doesn’t think she’s as grieved as everyone thinks.

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Frenemies: Chloe rushes to Gabi’s office and finds that she has returned from her lunch in the park. She says Kristen just tried to kill her with a letter opener. Gabi wonders why she didn’t call the police. Chloe says she’s stressed by Kristen’s presence. Gabi echoes Kristen and suggests she quit.

Chloe isn’t ready for this trip and just wants Gabi to help her. Gabi sympathizes, but reminds Chloe that she has no power over Kristen. They move on to talk about Stefan (a person I had forgotten they had in common).

Gabi reminds Chloe that she once blamed Stefan for his unfortunate incarceration, but she eventually figured out that he was the only man she really loved (poor Jake). Gabi starts crying and Chloe apologizes for turning Stefan into a weapon. Chloe says she was better off when her relationship with Stefan ended because she’s happy with Brady, and, besides, Vivian would have been her stepmother.

Gabi and Chloe come back to work and discuss Chloe’s report. Chloé explains that she mainly takes care of Goldi-Kristen because the first report was too short and this one too long… Gabi agrees to help her, but reminds her that Kristen will continue to torture her. Chloe is ready for the fight.

A medallion in Rachel’s pocket: Kristen arrives at Marlena’s office and is thrilled to see Rachel. She brings Rachel a locket with a picture of the two of them – with Brady – as family. Brady interrupts and sends Marlena off with Rachel for a snack while he talks to Kristen. (Has anyone else noticed that Kristen and Marlena have never looked at each other so much?)

Brady is annoyed that Kristen gave the locket to Rachel. He thinks the photo in the locket will make him think they will be a family again. He channels Taylor Swift and says they will never get back together. Brady thinks Kristen is using Rachel. Kristen is done with Brady’s madness. Brady goes to leave and says she can see Rachel again when she’s done playing games.

Purposes:

-Johnny goes up to see Ava, who is sitting on the bed where Abigail breathed her last. Ava explains that EJ was pressuring her for Jake’s shares in DiMera. Johnny explains that EJ currently has a single mind because he lost everything and everyone. She thinks it’s nice to care, but she’s a mafia princess. EJ doesn’t scare him. He also doesn’t get scared easily and sits next to her. She explains what her life was like for the past few years with all the loss and instability, culminating in Jake’s death. Johnny offers his, uh, ear, if she ever needs to talk, then hugs her… while EJ watches from the door. Johnny says he has to go to the showers and get out.

-Brady very quickly grabs Rachel and brings her back to DiMera to spend time with Chloe. Rachel shows him the locket and says she wants to be a family again with mom and dad.

-Marlena informs Kristen that Brady took Rachel to see Chloe. Kristen thinks she’s cruel. Marlena thinks she’s trying to be real with her.

-Li goes out after he and Dr. Rolf have finished their business. When he opens the door, Gabi stands in front of him and doesn’t understand what is happening.

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