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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

In the hospital hallway, J.J. talked to Kayla about a patient. Dispatch called J.J. and ordered him to go to the DiMera mansion to attend to a head wound. Kayla worried aloud that the injured party was Abigail or Thomas. With a nod, J.J. rushed off to the scene.

Ciara went to the café in the square with Wyatt, which made a working Tripp jealous. Wyatt stepped away to take a phone call. "I thought you couldn't stand Wyatt," Tripp said. "I changed my mind. Like some people change their votes," Ciara snapped. Ciara announced that Wyatt had voted for her. With a smirk, Ciara demanded a table for her and Wyatt at the café.

Once seated, Wyatt apologized to Ciara for tricking her with Theo. Ciara told Wyatt she forgave him. When Wyatt stepped away to go to the bathroom, Tripp walked over and asked Ciara why she no longer hated Wyatt. Tripp asked Ciara if she wanted to make him jealous. Ciara shrugged off the question.

Tripp stressed that he did not have feelings for Claire. Ciara complained that Claire had cheated in the Bella contest. Tripp disagreed. Ciara noted that Tripp was incapable of pointing out Claire's faults. Frustrated, Tripp noted that Claire had attempted to cheat but had been unable to do it.

After Tripp told Ciara what had happened with Theo and Claire, Ciara noted that it was totally Tripp's fault for her loss, since his vote was the deciding factor. Tripp asked Ciara why she was willing to forgive Wyatt but not him. Wyatt returned to the table and asked Tripp for a burger. Tripp blew him off and went over to help Steve take a seat at a table. With an eyebrow raise, Steve asked Tripp what was wrong. Tripp confided that Ciara was eating at the café with Wyatt, the man that had caused her to leave town. Tripp told Steve about the contest and why Ciara was mad at him.

"You didn't vote for Claire because you still have feelings for her, did you?" Steve asked. Tripp said the vote had been platonic because he was with Ciara. Steve was surprised to hear that Tripp had been dating Ciara. With a shrug, Steve noted that Ciara was stubborn like her parents. Across the café. Wyatt confessed to Ciara that he had blown off his morning classes to hang out with her. Ciara said she wanted to see him again. As the two flirted, Tripp stewed nearby as he watched them.

At Doug's Place, Claire visited Julie to celebrate her contest win. Claire asked if Julie was still mad at her for telling Hope about Rafe's affair. Julie swore that she was not taking sides. Julie added, "I applaud you. It was the right thing to do. It was the brave thing to do." Relieved, Claire said that Ciara was still furious with her. Claire lamented that winning the contest had not made her feel better because no one had wanted to celebrate her win. When Claire mentioned that even Theo was mad at her, Julie asked why.

"I kind of asked Theo if he could rig the contest for me," Claire said. Claire noted that Theo had said no, and she had not cheated. Suspicious, Julie asked Claire if she was saying that she had surged unexpectedly without cheating. Claire thought about when she had run into Wyatt and had asked him to help her hack the contest. Wyatt had said he had not wanted to hurt Ciara. Smiling, Ciara had told Wyatt that Ciara was dating someone. Wyatt had appeared hurt. Shaking off the memory, Claire told Julie that her followers had shown up and voted.

Claire thought about her conversation with Wyatt again. Claire had told Wyatt that Tripp had been a placeholder for Wyatt, and eventually, Tripp would see that Ciara wanted to be with Wyatt. "What if Ciara had lost by one vote. Her boyfriend's vote. Wouldn't that be epic? Could you make that happen?" Claire asked. Wyatt said it was possible. Claire had told Wyatt that he would be able to be there for Ciara. "Then we would both get what we want," Claire had said.

Reluctantly, Wyatt had agreed to help Claire rig the contest.

In the present, Claire told Julie that she was not a hacker and could not have rigged the vote. With a nod, Julie told Claire that she had been a good friend to Ciara. "No. I haven't been," Claire said. When Julie asked how, Claire lied and said she had "tried to cheat." Claire said she wanted to focus on her singing career.

Julie advised Claire to remember that family and being a good person were all that mattered in life. Julie reminded Claire that she could also talk to her. With a smile, Julie congratulated Claire on being the new face of Bella. Claire texted Wyatt, "Hope everything's going well with Ciara."

At the café, Tripp approached Ciara's table after Wyatt left. Tripp grumbled that Wyatt had left his phone in the bathroom. As Tripp started to hand the phone to Ciara, he saw the text message from Claire.

In the park, Gabby called 9-1-1 to ask for an ambulance to go to the DiMera mansion. "I can't lose you. I cannot lose the man that I love," Gabby said to herself after ending the call. Nearby, Steve heard Abigail's voice as he walked by, and he called out to her. Gabby frowned. Steve walked over, but she turned away. "Who's that?" Steve asked. Gabby pretended to be Abigail and said she was upset. Steve offered Abigail an ear to listen.

Abigail said that Chad had been picking fights with her and upsetting Thomas. Steve said it sounded like Stefan was the cause of the fights. Abigail argued that Stefan was a good man. With a nod, Steve suggested that Chad had been cautious because Stefan was Stefano's son. Steve told Abigail that he loved her and that she was family. When Steve added that one could not break the bonds of family, Abigail's voice echoed. Gabby grabbed her head and shook it, hoping to quiet Abigail's voice in her head. Gabby rushed off.

A the DiMera mansion, Rafe pulled Chad off of Stefan as Chad kicked an unconscious Stefan on the floor. Hope confirmed that Stefan was barely alive, and she called for an ambulance. The operator reported that an ambulance was already en route. Chad confirmed that Abigail had already called the police. Confused, Hope asked what had happened. Chad shouted that he had found Abigail in Stefan's bed. On the floor, a groggy Stefan mumbled, "Gabby."

Chad said that Abigail had said she believed she was in love with Stefan and had clearly been brainwashed. Chad wanted to look for Abigail, but Hope said no. Rafe arrested Chad for aggravated assault. J.J. arrived, evaluated Stefan, and loaded him into the ambulance.

At the police station, Hope told Chad that she had no news on Abigail yet. Panicked, Chad asked Hope to keep looking. Hope asked about Chad's attorney, but he stated he did not want to bother with his attorney. With a nod, Hope quietly told Chad that she and Rafe had reviewed new footage from Hong Kong. Hope confirmed that the dark-haired woman in Hong Kong was Abigail in a wig. Chad said he had seen Abigail in the same wig in Stefan's room. "He told me that he brainwashed her!" Chad barked.

"He raped her. He raped my wife, Hope," Chad said haltingly. Hope vowed to make Stefan pay for whatever he had done to Abigail. Chad lamented that he did not know how long Abigail had been under Stefan's thrall. "She said that her name wasn't Abby!" Chad said. Hope asked Chad if he believed Stefano had been involved. Chad said it was solely Stefan's plan. With a groan, Chad told Hope about his game of chess with Stefan. Chad added that Abigail had been wearing Gabi Chic clothes for a while.

"He killed my brother, then what he did to my wife, and then make it look like she was the one who murdered him," Chad said. Worried, Hope called Marlena and Kate, but neither answered their phone. Angry, Chad yelled that Stefan had taken everything from him. "My family! My job! My wife!" Chad yelled. With a sigh, Chad noted that Abigail was distancing herself from everything that meant anything to her. After Hope talked to the hospital about Stefan's condition, she warned Chad that he could be charged with murder. Chad said he did not care. "I want my wife back," Chad said sadly.

At the hospital, J.J. rushed Stefan into an exam room. Rafe asked Kayla when he could question Stefan. Kayla said that with the brain injury, it was not a question of when Rafe could question Stefan but if Rafe could question him. In the corner, Gabby lurked. When J.J. returned to the hallway to talk to Rafe, Gabby eavesdropped. J.J. said he was worried about his sister. J.J. argued that Stefan had taken advantage of Abigail. Kayla joined them and said that Stefan had bleeding on his brain and that his chances of recovering were "less than 50/50."

Kayla asked about the next of kin, but Rafe and J.J. were stumped. Rafe told J.J. that Abigail was acting strangely and wearing a dark wig. Rafe added that he believed that Abigail had been the woman on the security tape the night of Andre's murder. J.J. shook his head. "I thought it was strange when she said Gabi had confessed to her, but I didn't think she was outright lying," J.J. said. Rafe said at least they had proof that Gabi was innocent. Rafe's phone rang. The prison called to tell him that Gabi had been injured in a fight.

Steve arrived at the hospital. Kayla told him about Stefan. When Kayla noted that Abigail was missing, Steve said he had just spoken to her in the park. In Stefan's room, Gabby sat next to his bed. "It's me, Gabby. I'm here, and I'm not going to leave you," Gabby said.

On the next Days of our Lives...
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• Ciara and Tripp confront Claire and Wyatt.

• Eve jumps to the wrong conclusion about Brady.

• Jennifer enjoys a romantic evening with Eric.

• Steve realizes that his blindness made it possible for someone to dupe him.

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