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Stefan teases Abigail about Gabi
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sitting in Kayla's office, Lani told her that J.J. had overheard her talking to Kayla on the phone about terminating her pregnancy. Lani said that J.J. had assumed that he was the father. With a sigh, Lani said she had decided to keep the baby after seeing how happy the news had made J.J. Kayla reminded Lani that the paternity was a lie. Shaking her head, Lani said that J.J. was devoted to being a father. "Except the baby isn't his," Kayla said gently. "Well, maybe J.J. doesn't have to know," Lani said hopefully.

Kayla advised Lani to tell the truth, but Lani was hopeful that she could get away with the lie. Kayla added that Lani should prepare herself to spend every day for the rest of her life, lying to J.J. "You need to think of the long-term consequences here. If that child becomes ill," Kayla said with a shrug. Kayla added that the biological father also had a right to know.

Shaking her head, Lani said she was protecting both the men. Kayla said the long-term damage could be worse than telling the truth right away. "I'm just trying to do what's best for everyone," Lani cried out. Kayla urged Lani to take some time to think about whether to tell the truth.

At the pub, J.J. met with Eric for his therapy session. When Eric pointed out that J.J. appeared to be happy, J.J. shared the news about his impending fatherhood. J.J. then talked about looking for a new career to support his growing family. Eric asked about Lani. J.J. admitted that Lani had considered an abortion because she had worried about J.J.'s ability to be a parent. Eric asked J.J. if Lani had told him that. With a shrug, J.J. wondered aloud what other reason there could be for Lani to consider an abortion.

Eric reminded J.J. that it was important for both parents to be on the same page. J.J. insisted that Lani agreed with him and wanted to have a child together. Eric urged J.J. not to cling onto the idea of fatherhood to fill a void in his life. Shaking his head no, J.J. said he was certain that he wanted to be a father.

At Eli's apartment, Gabi and Eli made love. When Gabi got up to get ready for work, she noticed an earring on the floor. Sheepishly, Eli noted that the earring belonged to Lani. Eli explained that Lani had lost the earring the night that she had seen Gabi with J.J. With a nod, Gabi said that, like her and J.J., she understood that nothing had happened between Eli and Lani. Eli promised that Gabi was the only woman he wanted to be with.

In the square, Abe told Valerie that he had difficulty coming to terms with Theo's move to South Africa. Abe said he had considered resigning as mayor. When Valerie wondered aloud what she would do without Abe, Abe suggested she could join him in South Africa. Valerie noted that she wanted to stay with her son. With a nod, Abe said that Theo had made it clear that he did not want Abe to follow him to South Africa. Smiling, Valerie assured Abe that they would visit Theo as often as they could.

When Chad and Abigail went to visit Theo in the hospital, they were surprised to find Stefan playing chess with Theo. Stefan explained that he had wanted to meet Theo before he left town for rehab. Abigail asked for time alone with Theo, and Stefan said goodbye and left. When Chad warned Theo not to trust Stefan because he was the possible saboteur, Theo said he was unsure.

Theo noted that Stefan appeared to be a nice guy. Upset, Chad argued that Stefan was likely the reason that Theo had been shot. Abigail interjected that Stefan's involvement was only theoretical. Talk turned to the trial therapy, and Theo said that after researching the clinical trial, he was excited to be a part of it.

After Abigail left, Chad gave Theo a computer tablet so that they could keep in touch and play chess even a continent away. Theo started to talk about Stefan, but Chad cut him off. "Stefan is only interested in what is good for Stefan," Chad said. Chad and Theo hugged and said their goodbyes.

At DiMera Enterprises, Abigail dropped off the press release announcing Stefan's new appointment, placing it on his desk. Stefan apologized for surprising Abigail and Chad in Theo's room. Abigail talked about Chad's close relationship with Theo. With a smile, Stefan pointed out that Abigail lit up when she talked about her husband.

Defensive, Abigail argued that it was reasonable for her to love her husband. Stefan joked that Chad had not had difficulty moving on to another woman after Abigail's death. Abigail stressed that Stefan did not fully understand the situation with Gabi.

When Gabi entered the office, Stefan remarked that she was right on cue. Gabi thanked Stefan for the welcome flowers. Abigail said she needed to talk to Gabi about a press release in Gabi's office. After Gabi left, Stefan noted that Abigail was amazing for being so willing to be civil to the woman that had slept with her husband. Abigail reminded Stefan that her personal life was not part of her job. With a shrug, Stefan warned that Abigail's personal life would be difficult, working with her husband's ex-girlfriend.

"Are you convinced that she doesn't still have feelings for your husband?" Stefan asked. "Why are you trying to make trouble?" Abigail countered. Stefan said he wanted Abigail to be honest with herself about the situation. Abigail stressed that she and Chad had worked through their problems. "Chad came back for you and not just for the sake of the child?" Stefan asked.

Stirring the pot, Stefan added that Gabi had pitched a fit when she had learned she would not be working with Chad. Frustrated, Abigail told Stefan that he did not understand, and she walked out. Stefan noticed Abigail's ID tag on the floor. He stared at her photo.

Down the hallway, Gabi was in her office when Chad stopped by to visit. Chad congratulated Gabi on the sale of her company. Seeing the look on Chad's face, Gabi asked what was wrong. Chad said he had just said goodbye to Theo. Talk turned to Stefan, and Gabi admitted that she did not care for him.

"That idiot thinks I came to DiMera because I'm interested in you," Gabi said with a chuckle. Gabi said she had set Stefan straight about the friendship between her, Chad, and Abigail. Chad apologized for their rough history, and Gabi assured him that she was over the past. The two agreed to be friends for life and hugged as Abigail walked in.

Valerie stopped by Eli's apartment to give him a new suit. Eli chuckled about Valerie's mothering. When Valerie joked that Eli's girlfriend could take over for her, Eli commented that he had almost blown his relationship. "What did you do?" Valerie asked. Eli admitted that he had slept with Lani.

When J.J. stopped by the hospital to see Theo, he reported that he had quit the force. Theo asked J.J. if he was sure. J.J. said he was not interested in the job anymore. "Besides, I have better things in my future. More important," J.J. said. Theo confided that he was nervous about leaving Salem. Theo asked J.J. to watch over his sister, and J.J. agreed. With a smile, J.J. told Theo that he and Lani were expecting a "big change in our lives." Curious, Theo asked what had happened.

At the pub, Kayla talked to Eric over a cup of coffee. Eric mentioned his session with J.J., but he would not discuss specifics. Kayla said she understood how he felt.

At the hospital, J.J. spotted Lani as he exited Theo's room. Lani confirmed that the baby was healthy. Excited, J.J. admitted he had told Theo the news about the baby. Abe overheard as he arrived at the hospital.

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