Days Of Our Lives Recaps
DAYS Week of December 27, 2010
It was Christmas Eve in Salem. Besides spending their first Christmas without Alice and Mickey, the Horton clan tried to keep the Christmas spirits alive for Ciara, who desperately missed her parents. Nathan and Stephanie announced their impending move to Baltimore. Abe and Lexie made a visit and Theo cheered up Ciara. Unfortunately, the subject of Johnny’s health came up and tension erupted between Abe and Lexie over EJ’s decision to keep Johnny away from Sami on Christmas Eve. Julie suggested Maggie date Victor, and Maggie blanched at the idea. Julie reminded Maggie that Mickey wouldn’t want her to be lonely. Jennifer missed Jack and her kids, who couldn’t make it. Later, everyone discussed Bo and Hope’s disappearance. Julie phoned Victor and asked if he would keep her in the loop if he learned anything about Bo and Hope’s whereabouts. Victor promised he would and then asked Julie for a favor. He said, “Wish Maggie a Merry Christmas.” Julie, Doug, Jennifer, Maggie and Ciara decorated the Christmas tree with the traditional Horton ornaments. “Sweetheart, I think you pulled it off. You lifted everyone’s spirits...” Clasping Doug’s shoulder, Julie smiled, “I might have to channel Alice Horton more often.”
Nicole and Brady shared a stolen moment, but the two were worried about Vivian and their future together. Victor had it out with Vivian, telling her she would be all by her lonesome on Christmas. Kate arrived, and discovered that Vivian had a gift for her: a lump of coal. Later, Brady got drunk with Victor and Kate.
Rafe, dressed as Santa, delivered a gift to Johnny, while EJ was relieved to learn from Lexie that his son could go home. Sami phoned the hospital to check on Johnny and Stephanie answered. Worried that Stephanie was keeping something from her, Sami asserted, “Stephanie Johnson, I am your cousin. You tell me how Johnny is doing!” Sami was thrilled to learn that Johnny was being released from the hospital. EJ made arrangements to bring Johnny home. When Lexie expressed misgivings about Johnny being without his mother on Christmas Eve, EJ declared, “I’m the only parent that Johnny needs, and he’ll be fine. In fact, he’ll be more than fine. He’ll thrive.” Kate and Stefano had a chilly run in at the hospital. Later, Nicole proved her value in EJ and Stefano’s eyes in helping Johnny transition to life without Sami. Across town, Rafe tried to make Christmas special for Sami, who was touched by the handmade ornaments that Will and Gabi made. Sami and Rafe presented a surprise gift for each other. It was the same thing, keys from the safe house. “I can’t believe you still kept the key,” Sami quietly commented. “Of course, I did. It’s where we fell in love,” Rafe noted. The two reminisced about their time together at the safe house. Gabi and Will drew closer. At the DiMera mansion, Stefano phoned Chad, who had no interest in talking to him. Having slipped out of Christmas Eve Mass, Sami showed up and watched Johnny and Sydney through the window of the DiMera mansion, heartbroken that she was apart from them.
Sami cleaned up the wrapping paper from Christmas. Rafe admitted he was glad that Christmas was over and commended her for getting through it like she did. They discussed her sneaking out of Mass to watch Sydney and Johnny enjoying Christmas chez DiMera. Sami then told Rafe she was taking Allie to the hospital to have her eyes checked.
EJ came into the living room to find Nicole playing with Sydney. EJ told Nic he needed to bring Sydney to the doctor to make sure her eyes were okay, but he had an appointment and wondered if she could meet him with Syd at the hospital. She had a conflict because it was Parker’s christening. EJ was annoyed, noting that Sydney should be her first priority. A frustrated Nicole said she would call Chloe and cancel.
Stephanie and Caroline said good-bye before Steph prepped to go apartment hunting with Nathan in Baltimore. They discussed the paternity situation and noted that Kayla wouldn’t be happy that they never told the truth. Caroline pointed out that Kayla was half a world away, unaware that she had actually just landed at the Salem airport.
At the hospital, Melanie overheard Nathan discussing Baltimore with Maxine. She asked what was up. He revealed he and Steph were moving there. Melanie admitted she would miss him. They hugged, just as Steph walked in. Melanie said she had to leave for the christening.
Victor talked to Philip about the christening and Phil being named Parker’s godfather. Vic discussed the importance of the role and referenced his relationship with Daniel. Maggie came by to check on the catering. Philip took off. Vic and Maggie exchanged pleasantries.
Rafe joined Caroline and Roman at the pub, where they were discussing Bo. They asked how Sami was doing. Caroline voiced her hate for EJ and threatened to lace his clam chowder with rat poison. Rafe blabbed that Sami lurked around the DiMera manse the night before. Kayla entered and greeted her stunned family. They updated her about Bo and Hope’s situation, as well as Johnny’s surgery. The men took off; Caroline told Kayla that Steph was leaving for Baltimore. Kayla said it was okay because she wanted to talk to Caroline. Kayla asked how everyone reacted when the truth came out about Caroline switching the test. Caroline was evasive.
Sami arrived at the hospital with Allie and spied Nicole there with Sydney. Allie ran over to greet her sister. Sami did, too, and implored Nicole to let her hold the little girl. Nicole apologized, but said she couldn’t and hurried off. Allie asked why Nic wouldn’t let Sami hold Sydney. Sami explained that it was complicated. While the kids were getting tested, Sami and Nicole faced off. EJ, meanwhile, talked to Lexie in a room. She asked about his relationship with Nicole. He insisted his kids needed a mother figure and nothing else. Back outside, Nicole and Sami continued sniping at each other, which led to Sami punching Nicole. Nicole retaliated by hitting her with a stuffed animal and a fight ensued. EJ watched them from afar.
At the apartment, Daniel and Chloe got Parker ready for the baptism. Melanie and Philip arrived. Philip asked Carly if there was news on Bo; she put on a happy face and said no. Chloe needed help with Parker’s christening gown, so Carly and Melanie went in the other room to offer assistance. Once alone with Daniel, Philip thanked him for his discretion about the one-night stand and promised to be there for Parker. The women came out with the baby. Philip held Parker, who smiled at him.... Chloe wheeled Parker into the church, where she ran into Father Matt. The priest asked if Chloe had confessed to Daniel about Philip, but she said no. He noted that was why she hadn’t been to confession yet. She asked if he would still perform the baptism; the priest said yes. She was relieved.
Nicole and Sami got into a catfight at the hospital, which EJ watched unseen and amused. Two orderlies broke up the brawl. EJ overheard Sami say that she would rather die than let Nicole near her children and considered her words. He fetched Sydney and told Nicole that the little girl was just fine. Nicole was thrilled. EJ spied the bruise on Nic's face and asked what happened. "Sami," she replied, explaining that she told Sami about their new living arrangement and she went "postal". EJ urged her to press charges.
Caroline chided Kayla for her "moral authority" stance. Kayla retorted that Caroline taught her to be that way. Caroline noted that too many lives would have been destroyed by the truth, which made Kayla realize that nobody knew yet. A thunderstruck Kayla insisted the truth be told. Caroline warned her daughter not to meddle. Kayla explained that she needed to protect Stephanie. Adrienne came in and was thrilled to see her sister-in-law. Adrienne realized there was tension between mother and daughter. Kayla suggested they let Adrienne in on the secret, but Adrienne revealed she already knew. Kayla was shocked that she kept mum, too. More discussion ensued; Adrienne pointed out that Caroline would be implicated in the fallout. Caroline didn't understand why Kayla needed to interfere with the lives of two people she barely knew. Kayla explained that it was more important to tell the truth. Caroline said she had been at church every day, hoping God would forgive her. Kayla noted that if Caroline was honest, she wouldn't need to go to church every day. A vexed Caroline decided to go talk to God again.
Stephanie and Nathan enjoyed champagne on their First Class flight to Baltimore. During the flight, she thought about a conversation she had with her mother about the Nathan/Melanie situation. She and Nathan discussed Chloe and whether or not she'd be a good mother. Nathan didn't think so in light of the one-night stand debacle. Steph said Chloe loved the baby and thought she would be a great mom. Nathan ominously noted that lies are bad and the truth eventually catches up with you. Gulp went Stephanie's champagne.
At the church, everyone gathered for Parker's baptism. A beaming Daniel told Carly he felt blessed. Father Matt — who had been called away — phoned Chloe to say he'd be later than he thought.... Rafe called Victor to update him on Bo's case and said he knew Vic had his own men out looking for Bo. Victor refused to incriminate himself by admitting it was true and insisted he did nothing to abet Bo and Hope's escape. Rafe declared that he wanted to help Bo. Vic hung up, then filled in Maggie about the call.... Philip and Melanie discussed having a baby of their own. She said she wanted to name him Philip if it was a boy after the "best" man in the world.... Carly asked Maggie if Victor had heard from Bo. Maggie said he hadn't and asked Carly if she felt alone. A teary Carly said she had Melanie and felt close to Chloe and Daniel, too....A moved Victor, taking in the "Sunrise, Sunset" moment of it all, said he remembered holding Daniel at his christening and told Chloe that he felt as though Parker was his own grandson. Victor made amends with Chloe. She said it meant the world to Daniel and Chloe that he was even there, in light of what was going on with Bo and Hope. Father Matt arrived and the baptism commenced. Carly was named godmother and Philip the godfather. Caroline arrived in the vestibule, with Kayla on her heels. Caroline sighed that Kayla should go back to Africa. "I cannot forget what I know. You have got to tell everybody that Daniel is not the father of Chloe's baby!" Kayla exclaimed as the church doors swung open and everyone heard. Oops.
Sami was hauled into the station. Rafe was on the phone with Roman and heard Sami's angry voice. He hung up when Sami came in. Sami told him what happened at the hospital and insisted they had to do something. He tried to calm her down. Nicole entered to file a claim against Sami. Rafe noted that the orderlies didn't see who threw the first punch and it was a case of "she said, she said." When Rafe threatened to arrest Nicole, she backed down, but not without a warning to Sami that if she attacked her again, Sami would wind up in prison.
At the DiMera mansion, EJ reported into Stefano about the hospital happenings. Nicole returned to the manse and told EJ what went down at the station. EJ said he wasn't concerned about Sami, then asked Nicole to marry him.
The truth about Parker's paternity was finally revealed at the christening. Daniel asked Maggie to take Parker home and then calmly asked Caroline and Stephanie to explain why they said he wasn't Parker's dad. A distraught and guilt-ridden Caroline spilled everything — that Philip was Parker's biological dad, and how she switched the paternity test. After exchanging a glance with Philip, Daniel realized that Caroline was telling the truth. He lost his cool and attacked Philip. Daniel was the verge of seriously injuring Philip when Melanie and others intervened to tear him away. A quiet shock fell over the church as Caroline explained that she switched the results because she wanted to save several relationships. She also wanted to keep Parker out of the Kirakis family. Victor was appalled by Caroline's actions. Caroline blasted that she wished the truth had never been revealed about Bo being Victor's son. A moment later, Caroline collapsed, in the throes of a stroke. Kayla, Carly and Daniel switched gears and tried to administer medical assistance to Caroline, who was rushed to the hospital. Melanie, Daniel, Chloe and Philip stayed being, awkwardly left to deal with the fallout of Caroline's big reveal.
Nicole considered EJ's proposal, but wasn't happy that it came with a price. She shared the news with Brady, and after weighing all the options, Nicole announced she was accepting EJ's proposal. Earlier, Brady tried to derail Vivian in her attempt to ruin his and Nicole's secret relationship, but realized Vivian was steadfast in seeking revenge. Vivian finally presented the pictures of Nicole and Brady together, providing EJ with conclusive proof that they even pursued their tawdry affair in the DiMera mansion.
Vivian showed EJ the pictures of Nicole and Brady having sex in the DiMera mansion. EJ was reeling, but played it cool. Meanwhile, Nicole told Brady she is marrying EJ. She tried to explain her reasons and ultimately got Brady on board, thinking Vivian wouldn't strike for some time. Oops. Nicole headed home, where EJ confronted her about her ongoing relationship with Brady. A panicky Nicole denied they were secretly seeing each other, but EJ pressed her to tell the truth. After making Nicole squirm for a bit, EJ made it clear that it was just a demonstration of his power over her. Nevertheless, he forced Nicole to decide once and for all — Sydney or Brady?
Kate worried that Vivian was planning another attack and decided to take matters into her own hands. She met with Brady and they decided to take Vivian down together. They plotted to kidnap Viv.
A reeling Daniel and Melanie confronted Chloe and Philip over their deception. Philip and Chloe each tried to explain, to no avail.
At the same time, Kayla confronted Carly about her involvement in the DNA switcheroo. Kayla pointed out the illegality of what Carly has done, yet Carly sensed there was more to the story that Kayla was not sharing. After, Kayla left to check on Caroline. Carly went to see how Melanie was doing, then realized Mel wasn't too happy with her.
At the hospital, Victor filled in Maggie about everything that went down. He owned his role in what Caroline had done. Vic then spied Carly and demanded to know how she lived with herself. Carly defended her actions and insisted she had no idea that Chloe slept with Philip. Later, Philip went to see his son.... Melanie pointed out to Daniel that he is legally Parker's father, and suggested they fight to take the baby away from Chloe and Philip.