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Monday, January 16, 2017
by Mike

Theo entered the Brady Pub as Claire was in the process of taking a selfie. He jumped into the shot, and she posted the resulting image online.

Keeping a firm grip on her cell phone, Claire informed Theo that Valerie was in the bathroom but had asked for a quiet spot for two a few minutes earlier. Claire was prepared to capture Valerie's mystery date on camera so Theo could show the image to Abe, but Theo expressed reservations about the idea. "I mean, Ciara's right -- I need to move on," he conceded, explaining that he had recently talked to Ciara about the matter, and she had helped him realize that spying on Valerie was a waste of his time.

When Theo began to praise Ciara's insight, Claire snapped, "She's not your girlfriend; I am." Taken aback, Theo wondered if Claire was upset with Ciara for some reason. Claire insisted that she loved Ciara. "I just don't think that she always knows what's best for you," she continued. "And you do?" he guessed. She reasoned that he had nothing to feel guilty about because he had simply been trying to protect his father from someone who had given him bad vibes -- and, in fact, if anything, he'd actually had a responsibility, as a devoted son, to listen to his instincts and investigate the matter for his father's sake.

Meanwhile, Valerie emerged from the bathroom and took a seat at the bar. Claire waited eagerly for Valerie's date to arrive, but, to her disappointment, the person who joined Valerie at the bar a short time later was Kayla. The women soon noticed Theo and Claire and walked over to their table to say hello. Kayla explained that she was meeting with Valerie in an effort to persuade her to accept a permanent job at the hospital. Valerie stressed, mainly for Theo's sake, that nothing was set in stone yet.

Valerie and Kayla soon excused themselves, guessing that Theo and Claire were on a date and would like some privacy, but once the coast was clear, Claire turned her attention not to Theo but instead to her cell phone. Annoyed, he made it clear that he didn't appreciate being ignored in favor of social media. "Well, I'm sorry, but [our picture has] a hundred and twenty-seven likes already!" she explained, urging him to check out the comments they were getting from her followers.

Theo wondered if that was all Claire cared about. She tried to argue that it felt good to get positive feedback from strangers, hoping to sway him with hints about the praise he was getting for his good looks, but he didn't seem interested. When she asked if he thought she was shallow, he hesitantly admitted that he did indeed feel that way about her sometimes. "I'm just being honest," he added when she started to get defensive. "Sometimes your idea of honesty is just plain mean!" she countered.

Theo started to excuse himself, realizing that he had just ruined his date with Claire, but she insisted that she wanted him to stay. He argued that there was no point in staying if she was just going to be glued to her cell phone the whole time, prompting her to promise that she wouldn't look at it again. She started to turn it off to prove that she was being serious, but in the process of doing so, she noticed one last comment, which she read aloud to Theo: "It makes me sick when people date out of their race. This is everything wrong with our country these days."

Furious, Theo asked for Claire's cell phone so he could respond to the "hater." Valerie, who had stuck around after her meeting with Kayla had ended, overheard and advised him not to do that. She explained that she had once been in an interracial relationship herself and had experienced some of the same backlash for it. "Whatever it is they're saying, it's got nothing to do with the two of you; it's about them. And sometimes the best response to ignorance is no response at all," she continued.

Theo argued that if he didn't respond to the comment, the person who had posted it would be given the impression that it was okay to say such things. Valerie conceded that she could understand the urge to retaliate. She advised Theo and Claire to at least take some time to think about what they wanted to say before posting a response. She added that the teens seemed like a sweet couple to her. "And if I've learned anything, then what I know for sure is that nothing knocks down hate better than love," she added.

After Valerie returned to the bar to retrieve her purse, Claire asked Theo if he agreed with the idea that love could fight hatred. " I'm...not sure..." he began to respond, hesitant to put a label on his feelings. Meanwhile, Valerie returned to say goodbye. Claire apologized for the way she and Theo had been treating Valerie, acknowledging, "I guess we're kind of haters, too." Valerie told Claire not to worry about it. Theo asked Claire to give him a minute alone with Valerie. After Claire left, Theo made it clear that although his opinion didn't really matter, he wasn't against the idea of Valerie staying in Salem. She was pleased to hear that.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sonny tried to calm Deimos down. Meanwhile, Nicole made her presence known, demanding to know what was going on. "Business," Deimos replied. "Your business is killing people?" Chloe asked incredulously. Surprised to see that Chloe was awake and out of the hospital, Deimos wondered what she was doing at the mansion. "She came here to see me," Nicole explained. Eyeing Chloe suspiciously, Deimos guessed that she and Nicole had a lot to talk about.

Chloe wondered if Deimos was really going to try to pretend that he hadn't just been caught threatening to murder someone. She pointed out that there were children in the mansion who could have heard the threats, but he dismissed the concern, insisting that she, of all people, had no right to lecture him about how to behave around children, given what she had done. Confused, Nicole demanded to know why Deimos was attacking Chloe. "Oh, she knows why," he tersely replied.

Nicole insisted on speaking to Deimos alone for a minute, so Chloe and Sonny went to the foyer and shut the living room door behind them. Once the coast was clear, Nicole reminded Deimos that Chloe had just emerged from a coma. "Well, then, maybe she should be in the hospital [instead of] here, attacking me!" he countered. Sighing, she decided to change the subject, demanding an explanation for his earlier threats. He told her about what Andre had done. "So now what? You destroy something of his? When does it end?" she asked. "When it's finished," he replied.

"Do you even hear what you sound like?" Nicole wondered. Forging ahead, she asked Deimos to clarify his earlier comments about Chloe's behavior. "Why don't you ask her?" he suggested. Shaking her head in disbelief, Nicole insisted that Deimos was spiraling out of control with his inexplicable attacks against her best friend and his shocking threats of violence. He unapologetically reminded her that she had known who he was before she had agreed to marry him. She conceded that she didn't expect him to be an angel, especially since she wasn't exactly an angel herself. She insisted, however, that breaking a few rules was different than committing murder.

Deimos assured Nicole that he had simply been venting earlier. She guessed that it would be difficult for him to convince Chloe that he wasn't capable of murder, but he dismissively insisted that he didn't care about Chloe's opinion. "Well, I do! She's my best friend, and if she decides to keep Parker and Holly away from me, Deimos --" Nicole began. He quickly interrupted, vowing that he wasn't going to let that happen. He added that he ultimately didn't care about anyone except Nicole, and he was going to do everything in his power to give her everything she had ever wanted.

"That's not gonna happen unless you promise not to hurt Andre. I have lost too many people that I love. I cannot have any more violence in my life!" Nicole insisted. Deimos hugged her and told her what she wanted to hear. Satisfied, she excused herself so she could check on Chloe, sighing as she admitted to him, "I just wish Chloe [hadn't witnessed your earlier outburst]. It's gonna be hard enough getting her to accept you [without that]." He suggested that Chloe might not be the kind of friend Nicole thought she was.

Brady was shocked when he entered the mansion and found Chloe standing in the foyer with Sonny. Sonny filled Brady in on what was happening in the living room then excused himself so he could get Arianna and remove her from the situation. After Sonny left, Brady wondered why Chloe was at the mansion. "I'm here to talk to Nicole," she explained. "About Holly?" he guessed. She confirmed the suspicion, claiming that she wanted to thank Nicole for helping her deliver and name Holly. "You woke up and snuck out of the hospital to say thanks?" he asked skeptically.

Chloe started to get defensive, and when Brady tried to calm her down, she collapsed in his arms. Brady carried Chloe into the living room and placed her on the couch then contacted Kayla to let her know what was going on. Meanwhile, Nicole asked Deimos to get a wet towel for Chloe. Kayla arrived a short time later and insisted on taking Chloe back to the hospital, making it clear that Chloe never should have left in the first place without a doctor's permission. Nicole wanted to ride to the hospital with Chloe in the ambulance that was already on its way to the mansion, but Kayla refused to allow that, having sensed that she had walked in on a tense situation.

Later, at the hospital, Nicole waited with Brady for news about Chloe's condition. Nicole fretted that she didn't want to be forced to choose between her best friend and her fiancé. Brady warned that it was going to be really hard to convince Chloe to let Parker and Holly anywhere near Deimos after what had happened earlier, but Nicole vowed to find a way to change Chloe's mind. Nicole started to ask Brady if he knew why Chloe had been determined to talk to her earlier, but as he was trying to dodge the question, Kayla interrupted to announce that Chloe needed plenty of rest but was going to be okay.

Nancy entered Chloe's room with Holly and demanded to know why Chloe had left the hospital without a doctor's permission. Chloe explained that she had been eager to tell Nicole the truth about Holly right away. "[But] I couldn't, and now I don't know if I ever can," she added with a sigh. Nicole soon poked her head in the room to check on Chloe, who asked Nancy for some privacy.

After Nancy left, Chloe agreed to let Nicole hold Holly. As Nicole cradled the child in her arms, she tried to get an explanation for Chloe's earlier visit to the Kiriakis mansion. Chloe seemed to be considering telling Nicole the truth, but before she could say anything, a text message from Deimos appeared on Nicole's cell phone, which Nicole had placed on Chloe's bed before picking up Holly. Chloe reported that Deimos was just apologizing for his earlier behavior. She then claimed that she had simply wanted to thank Nicole for helping her deliver and name Holly.

Nicole insisted that Chloe didn't owe her any thanks for that. Nicole then observed that Holly looked just like Parker. Sighing, Chloe started to tell Nicole that she was sorry. Unable to think of any other reason for the apology, Nicole assured Chloe that she understood why Nancy had kept Holly away from her while Chloe had been comatose. Chloe tried to say something about Deimos, but Nicole stopped her, not wanting to talk about him at that time. "Besides, I believe [that] eventually you will accept my marriage because you'll see how happy he makes me. And you want to know what else makes me happy? Talking to my best friend and holding the sweetest little girl in the whole wide world," Nicole continued, oblivious to Chloe's mounting guilt.

Sonny took Arianna to the Salem Inn to see Adrienne, who was with Justin. When Sonny revealed that things were tense at the Kiriakis mansion, Adrienne decided to take Arianna to the lobby for a cookie so Sonny and Justin could talk privately. After Adrienne left with Arianna, Sonny observed that it looked like Justin had been crying. Justin started to explain how he had gotten hot sauce in his eye while trying to help Adrienne make her food taste better, but he quickly gave up, admitting that the details weren't that important.

Before Sonny could explain what had happened at the Kiriakis mansion earlier, Justin received a phone call from Lucas. Sonny was surprised to hear the rivals having a civil conversation with each other. Justin explained that he and Lucas had realized that, at least for the time being, nothing was more important than Adrienne's health.

When Adrienne returned with Arianna a short time later, Sonny and Justin were in the process of talking about what had happened at the Kiriakis mansion earlier. Adrienne guessed that the matter had something to do with the Kiriakis ship that had sunk earlier that night, but Sonny and Justin insisted that they couldn't get into the details with her because she owned a newspaper and wasn't supposed to be dealing with unnecessary stress at that time. She argued that it was stressful to know that they were keeping secrets from her, but they maintained that she needed to drop the subject.

After Justin and Sonny left, Adrienne started to make some phone calls, hoping to find out exactly what was going on. She soon had to stop, though, because she was yawning too much to carry on a conversation with anyone. Justin returned a short time later and found her asleep on the couch, but she quickly woke up and claimed that she hadn't really been asleep. She was eager to get back to work, but he insisted that it was more important for her to get some rest. He agreed to stay with her for a while. After helping her get more comfortable on the couch, he took a seat on the bed and watched as she drifted off to sleep again.

Sonny returned to the Kiriakis mansion and told Deimos that Arianna was fortunately unaware of what had happened earlier. Deimos suggested that it might be best for Sonny to keep Arianna away from the mansion for a while, explaining, "I have a lot more to say that's not suited [for] young ears." Sonny tried to get Deimos to let the matter go, warning that vendettas could get ugly really quickly. Deimos dismissively countered that Sonny's generation was ambitious but weak. "I don't operate in half measures, Sonny. This isn't a negotiation; it's a war. And if this family is gonna survive, every one of us is gonna have to join the fight," he added.

On the next Days of our Lives...

• Brady gets another chance to talk to Chloe.

• Eduardo tries to repair his relationship with Kate.

• Gabi and Abigail decide to team up.

• Dario resorts to extreme measures.