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The Celebrity Apprentice
Jul 06 2012, 10:00 AM by Christine Montgomery
Last week on Days of our Lives, Will Horton found out that freedom has a price. He’s cleared of murdering Stefano DiMera but at the cost of his privacy. The day after the charges were dropped Salem’s paper splashed the headline “Will Horton Stars in Gay Drama” across its front page. But how did his sexuality save him jail time? He was at The Spot, a gay bar, on the night of the murder. So in a way, coming out to his grandfather, Roman, freed him from the confines of both the law and the closet. Now his family knows his secret, and so does the rest of Salem. Will is proven not guilty, but in the shadow of Salem's judgement will he really feel innocent?
EJ meets with Stefano’s lawyer and is surprised when the lawyer tells him that he knows EJ is not actually Stefano’s son. Both act out of self-interest. EJ threatens him and Stefano’s lawyer promises to stay quiet and to not to execute Stefano’s wish to disinherit EJ from his last will and testament. With that, the DiMera Empire is officially EJ’s.
Showing sound medical judgement, Dr. Daniel Jonas and Nicole (who is secretly carrying EJ’s baby) have sex in his hospital office. And remember how Nicole switched her baby’s paternity tests so it looks like Rafe is the father? Well, Rafe confronts Nicole about the botched paternity tests. EJ interrupts their conversation, warning that he has just lost his father and his sister, and he will do anything to not lose his child.
Meanwhile, another DiMera is feeling the pressure. Like EJ, Chad lost Lexie and Stefano, but he also lost his girlfriend, Melanie. After receiving a terse e-mail, Chad is under the impression that Melanie fled to Europe after they fought. What he doesn't know is that Melanie is actually in a basement somewhere in Salem kidnapped by Gabi’s stalker-for-hire, Andrew. Meanwhile, Gabi is working and hoping hard for Chad to forget Melanie - though she too is oblivious of Melanie’s kidnapping/email fraud.
In Andrew’s “darkroom”, Melanie pleads to be released. She says she needs to be there for Chad in his time of need and that her grandfather has enough money to pay any ransom, but Andrew still refuses. Melanie than does what any awesome chick would do: kicks Andrew in the face and escapes - or at least appears to escape - in a well-executed action beat.
On the other side of town, Brady comes back from an intense workout - high as a kite from the drugs Ian laced in his protein powder - only to find an uncomfortable Madison James. Brady tries to put her mind at ease by letting her open the results of his drug test which just came back. Madison opens it and (surprise!) it’s positive. Finally the brawny-not-brainy Brady figures it out and runs to Ian threatening him in hopes he’ll admit he’s been slipping him drugs. Ian denies it with a smug smile on his face, knowing he has the upper-hand. Brady hurls Ian’s phone at the wall and vows he will be the one smiling when all is said and done.
Aside from Brady most of Salem is sad, not angry, as they attend Lexie’s memorial. Abe and friends (John, Marlena, Bo, Hope, Kayla, Jack, and Jennifer) share stories of Lexie to help Cameron know more about his newly found and newly departed sister. We revisit Lexie's life: the time Lexie was a vigilante called “the pacifier” while on the police force, the time she went to medical school, and when Lexie told Abe that she was pregnant, and other fond memories.Of course, Lexie stories aren’t the only thing being shared at the memorial. Kayla admits she will soon be single, surprising Bo and Hope at the memorial when they hear she wants to divorce Steve because he’s away working for the ISA: International Security Alliance.
At the memorial, EJ and Sami share an awkward moment. In memory of Lexie, EJ remembers she once said that he and Sami ould make each other truly happy if they could just stop trying to kill each other- EJ then EJ dismisses that as crazy while he and Sami both appear a little hot and bothered. But as if Lexie planned it, EJ and Sami end up dancing together after Abe announces that Lexie wanted her memorial to be a celebration, so dancing is mandatory for all. They resist the urge but Johnny insists mommy and daddy dance with everyone else. EJ and Sami can’t say no. Even Abe gets a partner when Kayla takes him onto the dance floor. Everyone gets closer.
Including Daniel and Nicole, who end their date at a restaurant nearby with a kiss.
Back at the memorial, EJ asks Celeste, Lexie’s mother, to use her second-sight to tell him if the man - and note he said man - who killed Stefano will ever be caught. She tells EJ that “something” tells her that EJ did not kill Stefano, but the truth will come out.
Have you figured it out?
Michael Fairman (Michael Fairman On Air/On Soaps) reports that Eileen Davidson will reprise her dual roles of Kristen DiMera and Susan Banks on Days of Our Lives. This follows her dismissal from The Young and the Restless some weeks ago. Apparently there was talk of her being on both shows at the same time. If anyone can do all three roles at the same time, it’s her.
Peter Reckell says goodbye to Days via Twitter giving much appreciated clarity to months of rumours. Though he is leaving, he does not discount the possibility of returning, stating:
“Days of Our Lives has been my home, my life, for almost 30 years. Bo is a character that developed from my soul, and has touched many lives, but none more than my own. I took my place in the hierarchy of the show, in the storyline, moving others aside, in the eighty’s. Now others have moved into the place I once held. I have been very fortunate to have had such a long, meaningful run. But now, with a torn heart, I have to say goodbye to the people, family, the character, that I love. You have to know this has not been easy. I do not want to give up Bo, and with luck, in the future, will be able to return to the character that I fought so hard to preserve. Thank you for being the most supportive, forgiving, loyal viewers there are. You have given me strength in difficult times. You are the reason DOOL is still standing and will continue for years to come. Thank you for all you have given me and the character I love!”
We miss you already, Peter.
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