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Friday, February 23, 2018

At the loft, Claire left her phone recording in the living room in the hopes that she would uncover Ciara's secret. While Tripp and Ciara talked alone, they mentioned the secret, but they did not spill anything. Rafe and Hope dropped by to inform Ciara that they had cancelled the rehearsal dinner. Hope explained that she wanted to go camping with Rafe on Smith Island instead. Ciara was relieved. "I thought you guys were going to tell me you were not going to get married," Ciara said. Hope raised a quizzical eyebrow. Hope told Ciara not to worry, they had cancelled the dinner because she wanted to skip to the fun part of the wedding.

Changing the subject, Hope asked Tripp about Steve. Tripp said that Steve was improving. Concerned, Hope asked Tripp if he was okay. Tripp noted that he had not expected to take another person's life. Rafe assured Tripp that he had done the right thing. Ciara complained about Claire, but she promised that she and Claire would be civil to one another at the wedding. Hope asked how Claire was doing after her trip to see Theo had been cancelled. With a dismissive sneer, Ciara explained that Claire had spent the morning complaining and then had gone to her room to nap. Ciara promised to tell Claire about the new wedding plans.

After Hope and Rafe left, Ciara said, "Man that was close. For a second there I thought my mom knew about the big secret. Although if she found out that Rafe had cheated on her with Sami, she wouldn't have shown up here, right?" Tripp assured Ciara that no one else knew the truth and that the secret was safe. Tripp asked Ciara if she was excited about the wedding. With a nod, Ciara said that she knew how much Hope and Rafe loved one another and that she was happy they were getting married.

Smiling, Tripp told Ciara that her mother seemed "pretty cool." Ciara talked about Bo and how much everyone had loved him too. "Your dad is [a great guy]. I'm glad you're going to have him around for a long time," Ciara said. Tripp and Ciara smiled at one another. After Ciara and Tripp left to get food, Claire rushed into the living room to grab her phone. "Let's see if you spilled your little secret," Claire muttered to herself.

Claire settled down on a stool and played the recording. Before Claire could get too far into the recording, Ciara and Tripp returned home. Suspicious, Ciara asked Claire what she was doing. Claire lied and said she had been listening to the song she had written for the wedding. Ciara asked Claire to play it. Claire refused. Claire said she would play it when it was finished. As the two women stared daggers at one another, Tripp excused himself to leave and meet Kayla. "Play nice," Tripp said as he walked out.

Ciara walked to the couch and picked up her laptop. Claire complained that she could not work on the song with Ciara in the living room. With a sigh, Ciara said she would work on her project at Julie's place. After Ciara left, Claire grabbed her phone and started the recording again. Claire seethed as she listened to Ciara make fun of Claire's scatting skills. When Tripp stuck up for Claire's voice, Ciara apologized and conceded that Claire was talented.

"I just wish she'd learn to let stuff go," Ciara said on the recording. Claire continued to listen to the recording. Claire was about to give up listening when she heard Ciara spill the secret about Rafe's affair. Claire's mouth dropped open in shock.

In Eve's room at the Kiriakis mansion, Brady told he that Maggie had not bad-mouthed her to him. Brady said that Maggie had ripped him to shreds instead. Brady said he needed to confess the truth to Eve. Brady said that after a string a bad luck, he had felt like a fool. Brady added that his pain was nothing compared to Eve's pain. Eve reminded Brady that there was no competition for their heartache. Eve suggested that Brady should focus on all the good things in his life.

"It doesn't matter how hurt I've been. It doesn't matter how humilated I've been. It doesn't justify what I've done to...Eric," Brady said. Brady said he had heard Eve tell Tate that his father was a good man. Shaking his head, Brady said he had done terrible things. Brady started to explain why he and Eric were tense with one another, but Eve told Brady she did not need to know. Shaking his head, Brady said there was more to the story than even Eric knew.

Brady told Eve that he had been angry when he had seen Eric and Nicole happy together. Brady said he had blackmailed Nicole to leave town and break Eric's heart. Curious, Eve asked what information Brady had to upset Nicole. Brady refused to tell Eve what he knew about Nicole. Angry, Eve asked Brady why he was protecting his ex. Brady shrugged. Eve argued that Brady had done the right thing standing up for himself.

"Eric and Nicole were happy. They were ready to go off in the damn sunset and I couldn't take it. Out of jealousy and spite, I ripped them apart, Eve. That's terrible. I knew it was a terrible thing to do and I did it anyway because I was angry and I was bitter and I felt like a loser," Brady said. Eve argued that Brady had every right to have felt that way. Brady said he should not have made Eric and Nicole as miserable as he had felt. Eric wondered aloud why he had not risen above the situation. "You know why I didn't? Because I'm not a good guy," Brady said.

Brady said he needed Eve to know what kind of man he was so that she could decide whether or not she wanted to be with him. Eve chuckled. "If what you did makes you a bad person then so am I because if I were walking in your shoes I would have done exactly the same thing," Eve said. Brady disagreed. Brady argued he had destroyed Eric. "Please, he wouldn't be off sharing muffins with Jennifer if he were still pining over his lost love," Eve said mockingly. Eve said Eric and Jennifer deserved one another. Brady warned Eve not to disparage Jennifer because she was his friend.

"Well now I think you're a bad person," Eve joked. Eve reasoned aloud that if Eric and Jennifer truly were happy together, Brady would not see his brother and have plenty of time to put the unpleasantness behind him. Relieved, Eve said she had been worried that Brady had planned to confess something worse to her. "I thought it was something about me!" Eve said with a laugh. "Why would you think that?" Brady asked with a twinge of guilt. Eve reminded Brady that he had attempted to frame her for Deimos's murder and then had warmed up to her very quickly.

"We played each other, right? Now I have to pinch myself to believe that you could actually be falling for me," Eve said. "Believe it," Brady said quietly. "I do," Eve whispered back. Brady gently kissed Eve, then left.

At the DiMera mansion, Gabi barged in to the living room to talk to Chad about her frustration. Chad promised Gabi that they would prove that Stefan had framed her. Upset, Gabi demanded to know what Chad had planned. Chad admitted that Stefan had learned about his theory blaming Stefan. Gabi was furious that Abigail had told Stefan. Chad urged Gabi to remain focused. With a sigh, Gabi said she refused to wait to be convicted. Gabi vowed to track down her missing coat and key card. Gabi suggested that they search Stefan's room. Chad warned Gabi not to rush in blindly.

"If he's willing to kill his own brother, imagine what he is going to do to you?" Chad asked. Gabi said she needed to make a plan and do something. Chad argued that the woman in the security footage was the key to the murder. Gabi asked how they could find the woman. With a shrug, Chad said he would need to look into Stefan's connections and find someone that Stefan would trust completely. Chad said Vivian was the only woman he could think of that Stefan would trust. With a groan, Chad said he had another suspect.

Chad informed Gabi that he had watched Melinda Trask mingle with Stefan at Doug's Place. Chad added that Trask had the same hair color and height as Gabi. With a furrowed brow, Gabi asked Chad why Trask would frame her for murder. Chad noted that the person that had framed Gabi had a personal grudge. Chad suggested that Trask could have helped Stefan in return for campaign contributions.

"Maybe. It seems like a stretch, even for her," Gabi said. Chad said he had no clue about any other women in Stefan's life. Chad promised to keep looking for the woman and to search Stefan's room himself. When Gabi reminded Chad that he had said it was too dangerous to search Stefan's room, Chad said he knew Stefan's schedule. Chad promised to be careful.

Upstairs, Abigail, in her alternate personality Gabby, confronted a half-naked Stefan in his room. "I know you're sick and you need help," Stefan said. Gabby disagreed. Gabby warned Stefan not to tell Abigail about her. "What are you talking about? You're Abigail," Stefan noted. "I'm Gabby. Because Abigail has left the building," Gabby growled. Stefan asked if Abigail would return. Gabby shrugged.

"Oh my God, you really think you're two separate people," Stefan said in disbelief. "Yeah, because we're two separate people, moron," Gabby snapped. Gabby explained that Abigail had no memory of Gabby's actions. Curious, Stefan asked how Gabby knew what he had said to Abigail. With a shrug, Gabby said she had been out on the terrace and had overheard him. Gabby warned Stefan not to tell Abigail anything because she would tell Chad everything.

"If I go down, you're going down with me," Gabby purred. Stefan protested that he had not killed anyone. With a raised eyebrow, Gabby asked Stefan why he and Vivian had been standing over Andre's body. Stefan asked Gabby how she would know that if she had not been at the scene of the crime. Gabby scowled. Stefan noted that they were at a stalemate. Gabby asked for the murder weapon back because she did not trust Stefan. He refused.

"Are you sure there is nothing I could do to make you change your mind?" Gabby whispered as she seductively stood close to Stefan. Backing up a step, Stefan noted that Gabby had a boyfriend. "Eli didn't put a ring on it. He's just my boyfriend. Practically single," Gabby said. When Stefan mentioned that Abigail had told him that she hated him, Gabby scoffed at the idea.

"The girl loves herself a handsome Dimera. Any DiMera will do. She only said that because she's afraid Chad would take your head off like he said he would," Gabby said. Stefan stared at Gabby, thinking. When Gabby called Abigail crazy, Stefan warned her not to say that about Abigail. "Oh so you can call Abigail crazy but I can't? I can make you forget about her like that!" Gabby said with a finger snap as she sidled up close to Stefan. Uncomfortable, Stefan backed away and told Gabby to stop. Gabby pursued him across the room. "You worried you're going to give in to how you really feel?" Gabby asked.

Stefan gently took Gabby's hand off of him and asked her again to stop. Smiling, Gabby said she had lied earlier. Gabby said Abigail would never want to be with anyone other than Chad. Gabby warned Stefan that Chad and Abigail would pin the murder on Stefan.

"He believes that you used Andre so that you could get into the company and the you went and you got rid of him before he could rat you out. And now you're just trying to pin it all on me. Oh I cannot wait for Chad to bust you wide open. And then you're going to go to prison and you're going to be dying alone and you're going to still be dreaming about sweet little Abigail even though she would never give you the time of day," Gabby said. Stefan's complaints to Gabby to shut up went unheeded, so he grabbed her and kissed her. Stefan looked at Gabby, appearing to contemplate whether to escalate the situation, when Chad knocked on his bedroom door.

At the pub, Eric confided to Roman that he had worked things out with Jennifer. Chuckling, Roman promised to tell Anna the good news. Roman asked Eric if he was truly over Nicole. Eric admitted that Nicole had been his first love but that he wanted to move on with his life. Concerned, Roman asked Eric why he looked upset if he was so happy with Jennifer.

Eric told Roman about his run in with Brady in the square. Eric lamented that Brady held so much rage. Roman cautioned Eric not to blame himself. Shaking his head, Eric said he did not think he and Brady could repair their relationship. Roman urged Eric not to give up on Brady. "One of these days it will be too late," Roman said.

On Smith Island, a drenched Hope and Rafe raced through the rain into the Horton cabin. Rafe grumbled that the weather forecast had lied. "Everything's ruined," Hope said sadly. Rafe reminded Hope that they had food, shelter, and each other. "I had this whole vision in my head of us outside, under the stars, in each other's arms, all warm and cozy and in front of the fire and now we're here and we're inside, wet, and soggy, and cold," Hope complained. Rafe urged Hope to take a hot shower while he started a fire to warm up the cabin.

Frustrated, Hope noted that they had planned a trip to the island multiple times without success and when they had finally made it the island, it had rained. Hope suggested that they were jinxed. Rafe kissed Hope to calm her down. After her shower, Hope exited the bathroom to find that Rafe had set up a campsite in the living room and had strung lights from the ceiling to simulate a night sky. Taken aback, Hope gasped with joy. "I know it's not exactly camping camping but that is kind of our thing," Rafe joked.

Hope and Rafe agreed that everything would be perfect at the wedding and in their lives. With a glance at the kitchen, Hope said she wanted to make hot chocolate. Hope walked over to the kitchen and typed a message on her phone. Rafe asked if the hot chocolate was on her phone. Hope said she was checking in with the station. "I'm all yours now," Hope said as she finished texting her message.

Hope returned to the bathroom to dress while Rafe pulled a bottle of champagne out of the fridge. Outside, there was a rustle of leaves. Rafe grabbed his gun. When Rafe opened the door, there was a man outside. Rafe pulled the man inside and informed the man that he was a cop. The man explained that he was not a burglar. As Hope exited the bathroom, Rafe yelled that he had caught a creeper attempting to break in. "No, he's not trying to break in. He's here to marry us," Hope said.

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