Tuesday, September 27, 2016
by Mike

Dr. Wright started to go into the technical details of the paternity test, but Deimos interrupted and impatiently urged him to get to the point. "Sir, you are not the father," Wright declared.

Refusing to believe that, Deimos demanded proof that the test results hadn't been falsified. Wright quickly produced a box, having anticipated Deimos' reaction. "The blood samples I used are in this refrigerated container. Have your own doctors or technicians review them as you wish, or they can even draw their own samples. I can assure you, though -- you are not the father," Wright reiterated as he handed the box to Deimos.

After Wright left the room, Philip wondered if Deimos was going to congratulate him. Fuming, Deimos insisted that Philip and Chloe weren't fooling him. Chloe innocently pointed out that there was no way to fake a blood test. Deimos still seemed skeptical, but Nicole pulled him aside and reminded him that he had promised her earlier that he would back off if the test results proved that he wasn't the unborn child's father. "I believed that you were telling the truth. Were you, or do I have to stop trusting you?" she asked. Without responding, Deimos gave Chloe and Philip one last glare then left the room. Nicole waved goodbye to Chloe then followed Deimos out.

When Deimos and Nicole returned to the Kiriakis mansion, a bottle of Champagne was chilling in the living room. "Obviously, I expected to have a celebration," Deimos bitterly explained. Deimos couldn't believe that Chloe had jumped into bed with Philip just a day or two after sleeping with him. "Well, I mean, Chloe was never a fan of monogamy," Nicole reported, describing Chloe as a wounded soul who'd had a tough childhood.

Deimos maintained that he wasn't going to accept the test results as gospel. "Deimos, I know what it's like to think that you're gonna get this beautiful baby soon, only to have it taken away from you. Every time I got pregnant -- every time... It's a pain that you can't describe, I know. You're not alone, okay? I went to the clinic to support Chloe, but I was also there for you, and I'm here now...for you," Nicole stressed.

Deimos said he needed Nicole to mean that -- in every way. "And please, please don't say something out of pity," he added. Nicole assured Deimos that she would never tell him something she didn't truly mean. She admitted, however, that while he meant a great deal to her, she couldn't help being a bit scared of him at times. "I've had my experience with dominant men, and it just didn't go so well for me," she continued.

Deimos said he couldn't change who he was. "All I have to offer you is my protection and my love. Do you have a place for me in your life? In your heart?" he asked Nicole, who confirmed that she did, then gave him a kiss. Satisfied, Deimos closed the living room doors, led Nicole over to the couch, and started to undress her.

Later, while Nicole was lying in his arms, Deimos mused, "Now, that's crazy -- finding out I don't have a son somehow brought us together." Nicole was surprised to learn that Deimos was confident that the child would have been a boy. Deimos admitted that he had even imagined raising the boy with Nicole at the mansion, knowing that she would make an amazing mother because he had seen how she was with Parker.

"I fantasized about throwing him birthday parties, me taking him to the office to show him the ropes, and you cheering him on at soccer games," Deimos continued. Nicole said she was sorry that Deimos would never get to see those dreams realized. "Don't be. I love you, Nicole -- more than you know. And you're all I need," he replied. Later, while they were sipping Champagne, Nicole finally agreed to move in with Deimos.

While Chloe and Philip were celebrating in Wright's office, Kate rushed in and apologized to them. As Chloe and Philip exchanged looks of confusion, Kate launched into a recap of her earlier ordeal with Clyde and Orpheus. Philip was glad to see that Kate seemed to be all right. "Yes, I'm all right, but you're not all right, because by the time I did get to the lab, the tests had already been taken, Dr. Wright picked up the results, and I couldn't do the switch," Kate replied.

"What are you talking about, Mom? The tests weren't switched? They were legit?" Philip asked incredulously. When Kate confirmed Philip's suspicion, he turned to Chloe in confusion and demanded an explanation. Chloe said she didn't know what was going on. Kate wondered what Philip and Chloe were talking about. "The test said Deimos isn't the baby's father," Philip explained.

"Oh, God, I should have known! You deceitful little witch! You were setting us up the entire time!" Kate spat at Chloe, shaking her head in disbelief. Chloe insisted that she was just as shocked as Philip and Kate were, adding that Deimos was the only man who could possibly be the child's father. "Bull! You are trapping [Philip] into playing daddy because he has money," Kate guessed. Chloe assured Philip that she would never lie to him because he was her friend, but Kate countered that lying was Chloe's default setting.

Philip asked Kate to leave, insisting that he needed to handle things with Chloe privately. After Kate left the room, Chloe started to thank Philip for sticking up for her, but he clarified that he had only gotten rid of Kate so he wouldn't have to hear her yelling anymore. "So. Just us. What are you trying to pull?" he demanded to know.

Chloe maintained that Deimos had to be the child's father, but Philip wasn't convinced. "I just turned my life upside down to help you because we used to have something. I thought maybe we still could, but if you're not gonna tell me the truth..." he said before pausing to give Chloe a chance to respond. She tearfully admitted that she had no other explanation for him. "Unbelievable. Damn it, I hate when my mom's right. What a fool I've been," he bitterly muttered before storming out of the room, slamming the door behind him.

When Philip arrived at the Martin mansion a short time later, Kate guessed that Chloe had slept around so much that she didn't even know who the real father was herself. "How many times do I have to tell you? The woman is a --" Kate continued, but Philip interrupted and told her not to act smug. "I'm hurting here," he added. Kate said she understood that Philip was feeling betrayed. "But at least [Chloe] doesn't have you eating out of her hands anymore. Now she's gonna have to deal with the mess on her own -- and believe me, when Deimos finds out that you're not the father, he's going to make her life hell," Kate predicted.

As Chloe paced Wright's office, she suddenly realized something. "Oh, my God. Could it be? Yeah, it has to be -- that's the only explanation," she muttered to herself.

At the escaped convicts' hideout, Orpheus patched himself up with some medical supplies Xander had stolen from a pharmacy. Xander reported that, thanks to the power outage, he'd had no trouble getting the items; in fact, other people had been in the midst of stealing things from the pharmacy at the time of his arrival.

Orpheus asked Clyde to hand him a shirt. "Get it yourself. You deserved to get shot," Clyde replied. Xander handed Orpheus the shirt and wondered what Clyde's problem was. "We had guns on three women, [and] not one of 'em's dead 'cause our supreme leader here just couldn't stop talkin'," Clyde complained. Orpheus pointed out that he wasn't the only one who had shown hesitation in the alley, but Clyde refused to take the blame for what had happened there. "You've had your fun -- left Steve Johnson dead on the living room floor -- but it is our turn now. I know Xander's itching for some payback, and so am I," Clyde added.

Orpheus asked Xander to check on Joey, who was in another room. After Xander left, Clyde continued, "I say we use the Johnson kid as bait. We tell the new D.A., Mr. Aiden Jennings, to show up with a big, fat ransom. He walks in, we mow him down like high grass, and we take the money." Orpheus mockingly wondered if Clyde had learned such deep strategies in "hillbilly school."

As Xander returned and reported that everything was fine in the other room, Orpheus insisted, "Joey Johnson will not be used as bait. When we dispose of the people we came here to kill, we're gonna need a hostage -- a human shield." Orpheus continued that the next step was to acquire a sufficient amount of money and some suitable transportation. Clyde said the quickest way to do that would be to get another hostage. "Well, now, that is the most intelligent thing you've said all day, Clyde," Orpheus admitted.

Orpheus pointed out that new disguises would be needed, and Clyde confirmed that he could find some easily enough. Xander suggested using Theresa and Nicole as hostages. "We could have fun torturing them before we trade them in for cash," he added. Orpheus agreed that the women would certainly yield a lot of cash from the Kiriakis family. "We trade for money and transport, we use the lad in there as a hostage -- a human shield -- and then we vanish," Orpheus proposed. Xander said there was a Kiriakis compound in Mykonos that could serve as a suitable safe house. "It's not like any of my family will be using it -- they'll all be dead," he added with a grin.

Later, while Clyde was searching for new disguises, Xander fed Joey some food then rejoined Orpheus and reported with a laugh that the kid had tried to talk his way out of his bindings so he could feed himself. "Actually thought I'd fall for it," Xander added, shaking his head in disbelief.

Orpheus took great pleasure in imagining what Kayla was going through, knowing that her precious son was in the hands of the men who had killed her precious Patch. Meanwhile, Clyde returned with the new disguises and shoved a tablet computer in Orpheus' face, explaining that he had stolen it from some punk on the streets. "Guess you're not the criminal mastermind you thought you were, huh?" Clyde mused as Orpheus stared at a news article that explained how Steve had survived his encounter with the escaped convicts.

At the police station, Abe reported that Salem Electric, with the help of a crew from Chicago, might be able to restore power to at least a few parts of Salem within the next twenty-four hours. Roman told Abe about what had happened in the alley earlier. Abe hoped that the gunshot wound Orpheus had suffered would slow him and the other criminals down. "Or make them more desperate. They're still holding Joey hostage," Hope pointed out.

After donning their disguises, Orpheus and Clyde prepared to leave the hideout in search of more hostages. Xander, who had been told to stay behind to keep an eye on Joey, wondered who the unlucky victims would be. Orpheus clarified that there would only be one victim. "And I know exactly how to extract her," he added.

Theo got one of Chad's security guards to drive him to the police station so he could talk to Abe, but just as their conversation was beginning, Abe was forced to step aside to take an important phone call. While waiting for Abe to return, Theo greeted Roman, who guessed that Lexie would have been proud of Theo for getting into Salem University. "Maybe," Theo replied. Roman abruptly excused himself after he, too, received a phone call.

When Abe returned a few minutes later, he informed Roman that a curfew was officially in effect for all of Salem from sunset to sunrise. Roman said he had talked to Theo earlier and had gotten the impression that he needed to talk to Abe about something. "Oh, right," Abe said as he looked around the room in search of Theo, who was nowhere to be found. "Where the hell did he go?" Abe wondered.

At the hospital, Theo entered his old therapy classroom and greeted a young boy who was trying to tie a shoelace. "Did you have a good session?" Theo wondered. The boy assumed that Theo was a teacher, but Theo clarified that he was just someone who had spent a lot of time in occupational and speech therapy sessions when he had been the boy's age.

The boy admitted that he hated being in therapy. "I hear you. But you gotta try. My mom passed away -- she got sick -- and people would tell me [that] when you miss someone who's not here, you go to the graveyard, and you feel closer [to them]. But...I didn't. I'd come here. I mean, this is the place where my mom told me to work my hardest, and -- I mean, if she didn't do that, I don't... Um... You gotta hang in there, all right?" Theo stressed. The boy nodded then walked away.

Later, Abe tracked Theo down in the therapy classroom and said he was sorry that their earlier conversation had been interrupted. Theo wondered how Abe had known where to find him. "Well, I -- when things go wrong, you start missing your mom, and she was with you here almost every day, so... You wanted to talk to me?" Abe replied.

Nodding, Theo regretfully admitted that he hadn't done a good job of taking care of Arianna and Thomas during the blackout. "They were upset, and I didn't do anything. I didn't do anything. I should've been like a good dad. I should've hugged them and told them, 'Hey, it's okay. I'm here, okay?' But, Dad -- but, Dad, I didn't do anything!" Theo fretted. Abe assured Theo that his presence had helped the kids more than he knew.

"Are you sure you're not saying that so I don't feel like a loser?" Theo asked. Abe insisted that Theo wasn't a loser; he was simply a person with challenges who had worked hard for many years to learn how to handle them. "I am very, very proud of you, and I know that your mom -- she's looking down at you, and she is very proud of you, too," Abe added before embracing Theo, who broke down in his arms.

At the police station, Rafe pulled Hope into an unoccupied conference room, produced some food, and urged her to take a break. Aiden walked past the conference room in time to catch Hope giving Rafe a kiss to thank him for always looking out for her. Aiden waited around for Hope and Rafe to finish eating, and when they emerged from the conference room, he insisted on talking to them about Stefano's murder.

Hope and Rafe reluctantly followed Aiden back into the conference room. Aiden pointed out that there was no proof that Andre had stolen Bo's gun with the intention of using it to kill Stefano and frame Hope for the crime. He also noted that it was odd that Andre had dumped Stefano's body in an abandoned building afterward. "That sounds like the work of someone who's trying to improvise, all right? We're talking about Andre DiMera -- an experienced criminal. Doesn't sound like something he would do, right?" Aiden reasoned before excusing himself to take a phone call, promising Hope and Rafe that he would return shortly to finish the conversation.

Once the coast was clear, Hope worriedly guessed that Aiden was going to keep digging until he figured out that she had killed Stefano. Rafe assured Hope that Aiden couldn't prove anything. Rafe and Hope pulled Roman into the room and told him about Aiden's suspicions. "Well, last time I looked, suspicion doesn't trump evidence. Our cover-up is solid," Roman confidently replied.

Aiden soon returned and conceded that he had nothing to take to a grand jury to justify his desire to reopen the investigation into Stefano's murder. "Case closed," he grudgingly added, forcing a smile. Satisfied, Roman, Hope, and Rafe quickly excused themselves so they could get back to work. Aiden waited until they were gone then retrieved an extra cell phone from a briefcase he had left behind when he had stepped out of the conference room to take a phone call. The device had recorded everything that had been said during his absence.

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On the next Days of our Lives...

• Gabi and Chad grow closer.
• Jennifer advises J.J. to move on.
• Sonny and Brady make a bold move.
• Orpheus contacts John.
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