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Thursday, May 25, 2017
by Mike

After a talk with Alyssa's father, Kayla summoned Joey to the hospital and informed him that Alyssa's account of their date had included an interesting conversation she'd had afterward with Jade. Joey was surprised that Jade had badmouthed him to Alyssa; he admitted, however, that he wasn't particularly upset because Alyssa wasn't really his type, anyway. "That's not the point," Kayla insisted.

Joey conceded that Jade was clearly out of control. Suspecting that Joey hadn't been firm enough with Jade in the past because of concerns about what she could reveal if pushed too far, Kayla advised that he nevertheless needed to find a way to make his ex-girlfriend understand that their relationship was over for good. Nodding, Joey assured Kayla that he would handle the matter.

While passing through Horton Town Square with Jade, Tripp shared the highlights of the recent stakeout Steve had allowed him to attend. Admitting that hanging out with his father that night had actually been quite fun, Tripp added, "He's really not such a bad guy -- well, except for covering up how my mom was murdered." Jade suggested that Steve might not have had a choice in that particular matter, given how bossy Kayla was with everyone -- including her husband and son, who both seemed afraid to stand up to her.

Tripp wanted to stand up to Kayla and force her to admit what she had done to his mother, but he suspected that if he tried, she would find a way to convince everyone that he was wrong about what had happened. "Behind-the-scenes manipulation isn't really my thing, but...you gotta do what you gotta do, [so] when I shadow her at the hospital, I'm gonna try to figure out a way to frame her for something illegal, and then -- bam!" he explained, adding that although she was clearly a very smart woman, he was simply going to have to be even smarter.

Jade loved the idea of Kayla working alongside Tripp and forming a bond with him while being completely unaware of his true intentions. "Soon, Jade. It'll all happen soon," Tripp promised, flashing a wicked grin.

A short time later, Joey spotted Jade while passing through the town square and decided to seize the opportunity to admonish her for badmouthing him to Alyssa. After dismissively insisting that she had simply told Alyssa the truth, Jade began complaining about how Kayla had ratted her out. Joey was quick to defend his mother, pointing out that she had done many nice things for Jade. "Yeah -- and then she ripped it all away," Jade bitterly countered. Shaking his head in disbelief, Joey admitted that he should have listened to his mother's warnings about Jade, adding, "[But] I didn't want to accept that you're this total nightmare [who lives to cause] trouble."

Tripp didn't like the way that Joey was talking to Jade, but he reluctantly agreed to step aside when Jade assured him that she would be fine alone with Joey. Once the coast was clear, Joey told Jade that she needed to let him go. Jade insisted that she couldn't just flip a switch and instantly shut off her feelings for Joey. "I still love you, and when you love someone, you don't want to see them get hurt," Jade continued.

Confused, Joey wondered what Jade was talking about. Pointing out that Joey valued his privacy and didn't appreciate having details of his personal life exposed on social media, Jade explained that she had only badmouthed him to Alyssa because she had caught Alyssa tweeting about him after their date. "Check her Twitter feed if you don't believe me," Jade added. Joey insisted that regardless of whether Jade's story was true or not, the bottom line was that she needed to mind her own business and stop interfering in his life. Hurt, Jade stormed off after admitting that she wished Joey would stop treating her like an enemy.

Tripp soon rejoined Joey and wondered how his conversation with Jade had gone. Joey was hopeful that Jade had finally gotten the message, but he admitted that his delivery had been a bit harsh. "Guess all the Johnson men have pretty short fuses, huh?" Tripp mused. Although Tripp was willing to acknowledge that Jade had some problems, he found it easy to understand why she acted the way she did, given everything her family had put her through over the years. Tripp guessed that it was probably harder for Joey to be patient with Jade because he didn't know what it was like to grow up in an unloving and unsupportive environment.

Jade was in a secluded section of the town square, fantasizing that Tripp would be able to help her get back together with Joey once Kayla was out of the picture, when Joey approached and offered her an apology, having realized during his talk with Tripp that she deserved a bit of slack. "It's okay to tell you how I feel, but [I shouldn't] be a jerk about it," Joey conceded. Jade accepted Joey's apology and assured him that he was forgiven for everything. Satisfied, Joey walked away, leaving Jade eager to find out what Tripp had said to prompt his brother's sudden change of heart.

Tripp reasoned that it didn't matter what he had said; the only thing that mattered was that Joey had apologized. "Big whoop. It's not like he got down on one knee or anything," Jade grumbled dismissively. "Give it time. I think he's getting there," Tripp assured Jade. Tripp added that if things went according to plan, Kayla wouldn't be around to set Joey up on blind dates much longer.

Although Kayla was having a romantic evening with Steve at the Salem Inn, she took the time to send Tripp a text message to let him know that he could start shadowing her as soon as he was ready. Tripp was pleased when he received the text message. "Destroying [Kayla] for killing my mom is going to be a lot easier than I ever thought," Tripp told Jade, flashing another wicked grin.

J.J., Lani, Sonny, Chad, and Gabi searched the villa for more evidence to use against Deimos but weren't able to find anything worth confiscating. They did, however, find some expensive bottles of Champagne, which they happily seized for an impromptu celebration. Eli soon joined them, having failed to locate Nicole and Eric.

Sonny eventually stepped outside to contact Victor, who sadly informed him that Brady wasn't doing well. Sonny filled Victor in on what had happened in Athens that night then seized the opportunity to lobby for a job as the new leader of Titan. Victor agreed to back Sonny's bid to take Deimos' place as the company's CEO. "You won't regret it," Sonny promised.

Later, Sonny joined Paul at an outdoor café and happily reported that he was about to be named Titan's newest CEO. Paul admitted that he wasn't sure how he felt about Sonny's lust for power. "My 'lust for power'? Paul, this is -- this is ambition! This is my drive to succeed, to prove myself to everyone. I mean, why do you have to make it sound so sinister?" Sonny asked incredulously.

Paul clarified, "Sonny, I don't think that it's sinister, and I'm not surprised that this is what you want. It's just...I'm not entirely comfortable seeing how much you want it." Sonny insisted that he couldn't show his family a single hint of weakness -- and because of that fact, his first order of business as CEO of Titan would be to fire every person Deimos had hired. Shocked, Paul protested that some of those employees really needed the job, but Sonny unapologetically maintained that everyone was expendable -- and easily replaceable, given how the marketplace was at that time. "[That's] leadership, Paul, and it's time my family sees what that is," Sonny added.

Meanwhile, back at the villa, J.J. tried to talk Gabi into taking the Kiriakis jet back to Salem, but she insisted that she would rather join Chad on the DiMera jet. After Chad and Gabi left, Lani wondered why J.J. was still trying to keep Gabi away from Chad despite the fact that Abigail had filed for divorce. J.J. once again assured Lani that he wasn't jealous, adding that he was simply worried about both Gabi and Abigail. J.J. continued that his desire to take things slowly with Lani didn't mean that he wasn't totally into her; it simply meant that he wanted to treat her the way she deserved to be treated. Lani seemed unconvinced but claimed that she understood.

Later, Gabi boarded the Kiriakis jet and wondered if there was still room for her. Eli didn't seem happy to see Gabi, but J.J. smiled as he assured her that she was still welcome on the flight. Lani took note of J.J.'s reaction but said nothing. Gabi was surprised when Chad followed her onto the jet and wondered if there was room for him, too.

Gabi quietly reminded Chad that she had decided not to take his jet back to Salem because the thought of being alone with him for such a long flight had made her a bit uncomfortable. Chad dismissively insisted that no longer mattered, since plenty of other people were with them on the Kiriakis jet. Chad added that the DiMera jet was once again inoperable.

Blaming the amulet, Gabi feared that something would happen to the Kiriakis jet next. It got off the ground without a problem, but once it was in the air, it started losing fuel. Paul told everyone to stay calm, assuring them that Sonny was an excellent pilot and could get them back on the ground safely. Sonny soon got on the intercom and announced, "I found a place to land, [but] it's coming up quick, [and] it's not perfect, so we'll bounce hard when we land. But I can do this!" Everyone braced for impact as the jet quickly descended toward the ground.

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