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Days of our Lives Daily Recap for Thursday, April 19, 2018
Stefan and Gabby prepare to leave Salem
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
by Mike

Eli went to Statesville to see Gabi, who angrily insisted that she had nothing more to say to him.

"You can hate me all you want, but I'm gonna make sure that you're doing it from outside of these prison walls," Eli told Gabi, adding that he wasn't going to rest until her name had been cleared. "I don't want to be your cause. Actually, I don't want anything from you. Why don't you save it for Lani and your baby?" she countered.

Gabi declared that Eli's betrayal had hurt her almost as badly as Abigail's had. "How do the two of you sleep at night?" she wondered. "I don't know about Abigail, but I don't sleep much at all," he replied.

Unsympathetic, Gabi started to leave the visitor's lounge, but Eli stopped her. "Listen, I just got back from the Kiriakis house. I was talking to Justin about your appeal, and...he gave me this," Eli explained, handing Gabi an "I love you" drawing from Arianna. Fighting back tears, Gabi gushed that it was beautiful. Eli informed Gabi that Arianna had been at the Kiriakis mansion at the time of his visit. "She seems okay. She was wearing that little blue dress that you made for her. She told Sonny she's gonna wear it every day until you come home," Eli continued. Nodding, Gabi explained that Arianna still believed that her mother was simply on a business trip.

"When you've got a kid, it changes everything," Gabi tearfully concluded. "I'm beginning to see that," Eli admitted. "Especially since..." he started to add before letting his voice trail off. She tried to get him to continue, but he insisted that she didn't need to worry about his problems because she already had enough to worry about -- and that everything was fine, anyway. Softening a bit, she thanked him for delivering the drawing to her.

At Salem University Hospital, J.J., who was focused on an EMT manual, bumped into Lani while passing through the halls. After an awkward silence, she started to apologize, prompting him to acknowledge that the collision had actually been his fault. "How are you doing?" he asked before quickly withdrawing the question, knowing that her life wasn't his business anymore.

"[So], we can't even be friends?" Lani concluded. "That won't work -- not for me, at least," J.J. confirmed. She understood but was disappointed, since confiding in him had always felt right. When pressed, however, she realized that just being his friend wouldn't really work for her, either -- because, after all, it wasn't like they could just hang out together, the way friends did, and pretend that they had never meant more to each other.

J.J. started to walk away, believing that there was nothing more to say, but Lani stopped him and tearfully apologized for what she had done. He insisted that it was pointless for her to keep beating herself up about it, but she disagreed, arguing that the point was that she deserved to suffer. He countered that no one deserved to suffer. He added that, while he had been quite hard on her at first, the fact of the matter was that he had no right to judge her because he had told lies himself from time to time, and he knew how easily they could spiral out of control and end up causing unforeseen damage. "I still think you're a good person," he concluded.

Changing the subject, J.J. wondered if Lani was at the hospital because she had an appointment with her obstetrician that day. She nodded while fighting back fresh tears. He could tell that something was wrong, but she was reluctant to discuss the matter with him because she knew it wouldn't be fair to burden him with her problems. After he dismissed the concern, she hesitantly explained, "There's a possibility that...I could lose the baby." He understood the implications of her medical condition right away, thanks to his EMT training. "Is Kayla gonna put you on bed rest?" he asked before again acknowledging that such things weren't his business anymore.

"Where's Eli? Why the hell isn't he here with you?" J.J. wondered, clearly annoyed on Lani's behalf. Shrugging, she abruptly excused herself. "Do -- do -- do you want me to..." he began before letting his voice trail off. "Will you be okay?" he asked instead. She nodded in response then said goodbye to him and started to walk away.

After taking a few steps, Lani paused and turned to face J.J. again, realizing that she still needed to return her engagement ring to him. She retrieved it from her purse and sadly handed it over -- just as Eli arrived.

Eli explained his tardiness and confirmed, when asked, that Gabi was doing well, all things considered. As Lani walked away with Eli, J.J. stared numbly at the engagement ring, recalling every word of his proposal.

At the police station, Hope found Rafe in one of the conference rooms, closely inspecting still images of surveillance footage of the mystery woman that had been captured during her visit to Hong Kong. Rafe asked Hope to help him, but she insisted that she couldn't work with him -- especially while he was refusing to sign the annulment papers. "I don't want to sign the annulment papers right now; I want to focus on this!" he snapped, adding that it was wrong of her to punish his sister for his mistakes. She countered that he had her full support as the commissioner but didn't need her as a partner because he already had one of the best in the business.

"Yeah, Eli is good, but he's not as good as you -- and, for God's sake, you wrote the book on dealing with the DiMeras! Please...if you're not gonna forgive me, [at least] don't take it out on my sister," Rafe begged Hope. Sighing, she reluctantly examined the stack of still images, each of which only showed the mystery woman from behind. She guessed that Stefan had paid the hotel's employees to withhold footage from all other angles. She hoped that Shawn would be able to convince one of them to cooperate, but he soon called her back and reported that everyone was sticking to the story that all available footage had been turned over.

At the DiMera mansion, Gabby, safely hidden in Stefan's bedroom, used Abigail's cell phone to contact Chad, who was in the process of searching the place -- quite loudly -- for his wife. Stefan listened as Gabby convinced Chad that she had left early for her appointment with Marlena, who was going to help her figure out if she truly had been brainwashed. Chad had planned to attend the session, but Gabby insisted that wasn't necessary.

Meanwhile, in the living room, Kate argued with Vivian, who was upset that Kate had told a reporter that Gabi was being framed. After Vivian stormed off, Chad entered the living room and told Kate about Abigail's appointment with Marlena. Kate, in turn, told Chad why Vivian was upset. Chad insisted it was obvious that Vivian and Stefan were framing Gabi. "[And] the Abby I know would agree with me," Chad added. "The Abby you knew [would], but who is she now?" Kate replied. Chad gave Kate a shrug of uncertainty then excused himself, explaining that he was going to head to the police station to get an update on the case.

Gabby and Stefan were still in his bedroom, discussing their plan to run away together, when Vivian barged in, having overheard their conversation while passing through the halls. Vivian insisted that Stefan wasn't going anywhere -- with a "mental case" or anyone else, for that matter. Offended, Gabby countered that Vivian was the one who deserved to be labeled a mental case, since she was clearly jealous of her own son.

Vivian angrily slapped Gabby, but Stefan stepped in before things could escalate further. "We're leaving...and we're never coming back," Stefan informed Vivian, who refused to let that happen -- and warned that Abigail's family wouldn't allow it, either. "I gave you your name. I brought you here to take over DiMera Enterprises and this house. And you blithely talk about abandoning me?" Vivian asked Stefan incredulously. Turning to Gabby, Vivian added, "You take my son away from me, and you and Dr. Laura and Abigail will wish you'd never been born!"

Vivian stormed off without waiting for a response. Stefan stopped Gabby from chasing after Vivian, reasoning that he needed to be the one to handle his mother. Stefan followed Vivian downstairs, unaware that Kate was watching from the halls -- and had caught a glimpse of Gabby, whom she had recognized as the mystery woman. Kate quickly contacted Chad and left him a voicemail message, explaining that she had the mystery woman cornered in Stefan's bedroom. When Chad didn't return the call right away, Kate got impatient and started calling out to the mystery woman, threatening to break down the bedroom door if necessary in order to confront her.

Meanwhile, in the living room, Vivian maintained that Stefan couldn't leave her, especially since she had just found him. He refused to change his mind, insisting that she was simply going to have to accept his decision. "I'm sorry, my darling, but acceptance has never quite been my strong suit," she countered. She warned that if he went through with his plan, she would go to the police and tell them everything.

At the police station, Chad presented Hope and Rafe with a stack of documents, explaining that Stefan had been foolish enough to charge DiMera Enterprises for all the expenses from his trip to Hong Kong. Hope and Rafe promised to go over the expense report in detail to see if it contained anything that could help them identify the mystery woman. During the conversation, Chad casually revealed that Stefan had recently admitted to planting drugs on him. After Chad left, Hope and Rafe agreed that it was too bad that Chad hadn't been wearing a wire at the time of Stefan's confession. Hope and Rafe soon realized that they might be able to trick the hotel's employees into believing that a wire had been worn at some point during an interaction with one of them -- and that the ruse might be enough to get someone to flip on Stefan.

At the DiMera mansion, Stefan realized that Vivian wasn't making an idle threat. Sighing, he apologized to her then picked her up and carried her into the secret tunnels, insisting that no one was going to stop him from being with the woman he loved. Meanwhile, Kate continued calling out to the mystery woman -- and was stunned when Gabby opened the bedroom door and revealed herself.

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