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Gabi offers Abigail some advice
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Monday, July 16, 2018
by Mike

At the courthouse, Justin skeptically noted that J.J. had reportedly stopped dealing and using drugs years earlier. Brady agreed that J.J. was most likely just trying to take the fall for Theresa's latest lapse in judgment. J.J. stuck to his story, explaining to the judge, "Within the past year, I've dealt with some personal issues, and they got the better of me. [But] I swear to God, [Theresa] had no idea about my stash."

After the judge called for a brief recess, Theresa pulled J.J. aside and quietly pointed out that he could lose his job as a consequence of the lie he had just told the judge. "I can get another job, [but] you could lose your kid, and there's no way in hell I was gonna let Brady and Eve screw you out of what you should have," he countered, also whispering. She appreciated his help but hated knowing that he was going to end up as collateral damage in a matter that didn't really concern him. She thanked him with a hug then admitted with a sigh that she had never expected her opponents to stoop to such lows in an effort to win the custody battle.

Nearby, Justin watched Theresa and J.J. with obvious suspicion, unable to shake the feeling that something wasn't right. Brady, however, was no longer certain that J.J. was covering for Theresa, since Theresa had seemed genuinely convinced, prior to J.J.'s confession, that Brady had planted the bag of cocaine during a recent visit to J.J.'s studio apartment. "What do you think?" Brady asked Eve, who squirmed and stammered that Theresa was probably not back on drugs again. "Then the drugs have to be J.J.'s. How else does a bag of coke end up in his apartment?" Brady concluded with a shrug. "Good question," Justin replied, eyeing Eve.

Brady stepped aside to talk to Theresa, hoping to salvage the shared custody agreement. J.J. didn't like the idea of leaving Theresa alone with Brady but agreed to do so after she insisted that she would be fine on her own.

"You and I both know that those drugs aren't J.J.'s," Theresa told Brady after J.J. walked away. Confused, Brady reminded Theresa that J.J. had confessed to being the owner of the bag of cocaine. "He lied because you framed me, and he is not going to let you get away with it," Theresa clarified. Brady tried to convince Theresa that he wasn't responsible for the court's discovery, but she refused to believe him, since he had a history of framing people and couldn't offer a plausible alternative explanation for what had happened. Scowling, she vowed to do everything in her power to ensure that he would never get to see their son again.

Meanwhile, Justin quietly asked Eve if Victor had planted the bag of cocaine in J.J.'s apartment. "I don't know. He didn't tell me exactly what he was going to do," Eve admitted with a shrug, matching Justin's hushed tone. "Well, if he did, [then] his whole plan just blew up in his face -- and yours!" Justin grumbled. "I was just trying to help! [Theresa's] trying to paint Brady as some kind of murderer, [and] I couldn't just stand by and do absolutely nothing!" Eve defensively protested. "[So] you just had to go dirty?" Justin irritably concluded. "You better hope [that] there's still a chance [that Brady and Theresa] can resolve this amicably," Justin added.

When the hearing resumed, Theresa made one last plea for the judge to rule in her favor. Brady, in turn, made one last plea for the judge to rule in his favor. The judge summarized the pros and cons of each side then announced her decision: "As in all child custody cases, I must consider what is in the best interest of the child. Now, this was by no means an easy decision, but after careful consideration, it is in my view that sole custody be granted to...his mother, Theresa Donovan. However, Ms. Donovan, you may not, under any circumstances, stay with, or have any further contact with, Mr. Jack Patrick Deveraux..."

Brady fought back tears as the judge continued talking.

At the Salem Inn, Stefan let Chad into Kate's hotel room and delighted in watching Kate squirm while trying to explain the reason for Stefan's presence. Kate claimed that Stefan had been begging for her to return to DiMera Enterprises and help him take down Titan -- and that she had refused his offer. Stefan played along, musing with a shrug, "What a surprise -- Kate's love for all things DiMera doesn't extend to me."

After Stefan left, Chad spontaneously offered Kate a job at Titan, reasoning, "When it comes to business and revenge, there's no one better, [and] with you by my side, there's no way I can lose to Stefan." Kate doubted that Chad would be able to convince Victor to approve the job offer, but Chad was confident that Victor could be persuaded. Kate promised to consider the offer if Chad managed to make it a reality.

Satisfied, Chad changed the subject, wondering if Kate knew why Leo hadn't shown up for the first day of the sexual harassment trial. Kate shrugged and guessed that Leo had gotten spooked when unsavory details about his past had started being uncovered. Chad hoped that Leo would stay gone so the case would fizzle out before Sonny -- and, even worse, Abigail -- figured out that Chad and Kate were involved in it.

While passing through Horton Town Square, Stefan spotted Steve and Kayla, who were in the midst of a toast. "What's the occasion?" Stefan asked. "Not that it's any of your business, but I might be getting a shot at that bionic eye, after all," Steve irritably replied before telling Stefan to take a hike. Ignoring the order, Stefan argued that Steve should at least be willing to show a bit of gratitude to the person who had made the happy development a possibility in the first place. "My wife is the only one I need to thank. She's the one who made this happen," Steve countered. Stefan pointedly agreed that people often went to great lengths for loved ones.

Scoffing, Steve insisted that Stefan knew nothing about love. "Like your love is so pure, open, and honest," Stefan sarcastically replied. Kayla quickly intervened, dragging Steve away while shooting Stefan a glare.

Stefan soon received a phone call from Kate. Stefan was amused and delighted to hear that Chad had offered Kate a job at Titan. Kate dismissively insisted that Victor would never approve the job offer. Kate added that Stefan would have to find someone else to be his double agent either way, since she wasn't interested in betraying someone who was like a son to her, especially to help him, of all people. Stefan warned that if Kate didn't agree to help him take down Titan, he would happily go to the press with what he knew about her involvement in the sexual harassment lawsuit -- and would implicate his brother in the process.

Elsewhere, Abigail revealed to Gabi, with a gasp of horror, that the paternity test had named Stefan as the baby's father. "I am so sorry," Gabi replied as Abigail began panicking.

"I can't even bear the sight of [Stefan], so for me to go and have his baby -- it seems like the worst thing in the world!" Abigail fretted. "But...what if I didn't have it?" Abigail hesitantly added. "[I mean], I wasn't in my right mind when this baby was conceived -- I was ill -- and Stefan took advantage of that, so who would blame me if I chose not to have this baby?" Abigail reasoned.

Gabi conceded the point but was quick to add that she had considered having an abortion during her own pregnancy; however, she was grateful, every day, that she had decided not to go through with it. "[And I'm sure you're] telling yourself [that] you could always try again, [but what if] you can't?" she continued, adding that she was facing that very possibility as a result of the prison attack.

"Oh, my God! Gabi, I am so sorry! God, none of this would have happened if I hadn't framed you for Andre's murder! This is my fault!" Abigail said while giving Gabi a hug. Forcing a smile, Gabi insisted that Abigail wasn't responsible. "[I only] told you because I want you to know where I'm coming from [when I say] that you are so blessed to even be able to have another child, even if it's Stefan's," Gabi added.

"Who could have thought that I would have ever hoped that I had someone to change [paternity] test results?" Abigail mused, chuckling mirthlessly. "Where is Clyde Weston when you need him?" Gabi agreed with a nod. "I just want to [be able to] tell Chad that he's the father," Abigail grumbled. "[Then] pull a Clyde -- change the results. Nobody has to know it's Stefan's baby," Gabi pointed out, adding that the baby would certainly be better off with Chad for a father, anyway. Feeling conflicted, Abigail decided to give the matter some thought. Abigail walked away after thanking Gabi for listening -- and for being such a good friend.

As Abigail disappeared from view, Gabi smirked while recalling what had happened at Kayla's office earlier. "Of course! Of course Chad is the father! You get away with everything, don't you, Abigail?" Gabi had grumbled after taking a peek at the paternity test results. "Maybe not this time..." Gabi had eventually added, scowling.

On the next Days of our Lives...
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• Gabi lashes out at Stefan.

• J.J. suffers the consequences of his lie.

• Brady struggles to accept the judge's ruling.

• Abigail tries to decide how to handle her pregnancy.

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