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Tripp and Ciara set a trap for Claire
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
by Mike

Lucas went to the Kiriakis mansion to tell Maggie that Chloe had decided to turn down the job in Mexico -- and would be joining him for dinner later. Brady, who was looking forward to having dinner with Eve later, told Lucas that it seemed like they both had solid reasons to celebrate. "But no drinking," Lucas and Brady simultaneously assured Maggie, who said she hadn't been planning to go there, anyway. Lucas and Brady agreed that they were so happy that they didn't even want to drink anymore. Maggie was excited for both men. "[Just] be home by curfew," she jokingly warned them.

Later, Victor joined Maggie in the living room and observed that she seemed to be in a really good mood. "Well, I'm happy -- I'm happy for Brady. Eve has decided to give him a second chance," Maggie explained. "At...what, destroying his life?" Victor countered. Sighing, Maggie admitted that Eve certainly wasn't her favorite person in the world. Maggie added, however, that Eve made Brady happy, and that was all that really mattered. "He shouldn't be alone," Maggie insisted. "No -- better [to] be with Deimos' black widow," Victor sarcastically agreed.

"[Sure], Eve is not a saint, but at least she's not a train wreck -- [unlike] her sister..." Maggie pointed out, reminding Victor that Theresa was the one who had abandoned Brady and Tate in favor of a selfish and self-destructive life of substance abuse. "That's not exactly how it happened..." Victor muttered. Confused, Maggie wondered what Victor was talking about. "What's done is done," Victor evasively replied. Changing the subject, Victor hoped that Maggie was prepared to pick up the pieces after Brady's next inevitable heartbreak. Maggie somewhat irritably assured Victor that Brady was perfectly capable of taking care of himself.

After Maggie went to check on Tate, Victor contacted Shane and asked about Theresa. "I'm glad to hear that [she's] safe. That was quite a sacrifice that she made, leaving her family to go down to Mexico and be with that thug Mateo so he wouldn't harm Brady or Tate," Victor said after Shane finished talking. "I appreciate the update, Shane. I'm glad she has you to look after her," Victor added, unaware that Maggie had just returned.

"Who were you talking to?" Maggie asked Victor after he ended the call. "Just business," he replied. She skeptically noted that the part of the call she had overheard hadn't sounded like "just business" to her, but he maintained that it hadn't been about anything important. She concluded with a shrug that she was apparently hearing things, then -- just as she had earlier, when it had sounded like he was actually defending Theresa.

Outside Doug's Place, Claire ran into Eve, who advised her to consult with a lawyer before signing the mandatory Bella contract. "It's a big commitment, sweetheart, and I want to make sure that you know exactly what [you'll be signing] up to do," Eve explained, adding that there was a lot more to the job than just fun and games. Claire dismissively insisted that she was ready for all of it.

"[Maybe, but remember] -- you're on your way to being a celebrity [now, which means] you're gonna have millions of eyes on you...and you know how social media is these days. [I mean, just] one mistake, and it's goodbye [to your] career, goodbye [to] your contract, goodbye [to] your entire future! I mean, you will be defined by any foolish mistake that you make for the rest of your life," Eve warned.

Meanwhile, inside the club, Julie approached Chloe, who was busy clearing off one of the tables. "Chloe, don't bother with that -- [or] worry for a moment about leaving Doug and me in a bind. We're more than happy to run this club while you're away, making that wonderful opera engagement in Mexico... We might even buy you out! The important thing [is] that you follow your heart and your dreams -- even if they take you far, far away," Julie stressed. Smiling, Chloe thanked Julie for the support. "But I'm not going anywhere, because what my heart wants is here, in Salem," Chloe continued, causing Julie's own smile to fade.

Eve soon joined Chloe and Julie's conversation. Chloe admitted that it had been really hard to turn down such a tempting offer. "I'm sure it isn't too late to change your mind," Julie hopefully suggested. "Yeah, not gonna happen," Chloe replied. Surprised, Eve noted that it had always seemed like Chloe wanted nothing more than to star in her own opera. Chloe said that had indeed been a lifelong dream of hers.

"[But as I] started thinking more and more about my time in Vienna... [You know], it was really great to be appreciated as an artist, but...every night, after a show, I'd go back to a hotel by myself, and it was really lonely. It made me realize that I do want a relationship," Chloe explained. Julie soon rushed off, uninterested in hearing about Chloe's love life.

Chuckling, Eve observed that Julie clearly wasn't Chloe's biggest fan. Chloe hoped that Eve, unlike Julie and Kate, would be happy to hear that she was planning to stay in Salem. Eve confirmed that she had no intention of trying to talk her friend out of taking a chance on love -- especially since she had recently decided to do the same thing.

At the Martin mansion, Lani struggled to stay calm while listening to Eli's rambling assurances about the manageability of her medical condition. "We just need to go about this like we do anything else -- assess the facts, work the evidence, solve the case," he insisted before rushing off to make her something to eat. He returned a short time later with a big bowl of nachos -- loaded with cheese, chopped jalapeñ;os, and three kinds of meat.

"Eli, that's stakeout food!" Lani spat, suddenly losing her last ounce of patience. "We're not at work, and this baby isn't a case that I need to solve!" she added before rushing off to the bathroom, feeling nauseous.

Later, Lani emerged from the bathroom and stormed out of Eli's room -- just as Julie arrived with food from Doug's Place, having received a call for help from Eli earlier. Lani softened a bit as Julie presented a variety of foods that were known to be more appealing to pregnant women, including grilled salmon, sweet potatoes, and kale. After Lani started eating, Julie decided to leave, satisfied that Eli was no longer in the doghouse.

Julie paused at Eli's desk, where she had placed her keys earlier. "Is the baby okay?" Julie asked worriedly, noticing a stack of pamphlets about high-risk pregnancies. Eli and Lani vaguely assured Julie that everything was going to be fine. Still concerned, Julie mused, "You know, I couldn't think of any upside at all [to] Chloe not taking that job in Mexico, [but] if Doug and I aren't [always] busy at the club, I'll have more free time to help the two of you! [Lani, I'll be] available for you twenty-four-seven [and] call you every day [to] make sure you're getting the right things to eat, [and] getting plenty of rest, [and] obeying your doctor's orders... [And, you know, I should even] accompany you to all [your] medical appointments!" Eli and Lani carefully insisted that, while Julie's incredibly generous offer sounded great, it really wasn't necessary.

"I see where you get your control issues from," Lani told Eli after his grandmother left. They took turns apologizing to each other for their earlier behavior then went through the pamphlets together.

When Julie returned to Doug's Place, Eve was sitting at a table with Brady, and Chloe was sitting at a different table with Lucas. Both dates seemed to be going well -- so well that no one noticed when Miguel entered the club and joined Julie at the bar. "Sorry to bother you, but, uh...I'm a huge fan of Chloe Lane," Miguel told Julie, who was shocked to hear that Chloe had fans. Julie offered to introduce Miguel to Chloe, but he declined, claiming that he was incredibly shy and therefore preferred to admire the singer from afar. "So do I..." Julie muttered. Miguel asked Julie to present Chloe with a bottle of Champagne; he stressed, however, that he didn't want it to be presented as a gift from a fan. Julie was quick to warn Miguel that Chloe's date was a recovering alcoholic. Nodding, Miguel instructed Julie to add a glass of club soda to the order.

Julie prepared the drinks then went to the other end of the bar to get a decorative umbrella to add to the glass of club soda. While Julie was distracted, Miguel retrieved a vial of clear liquid from his jacket pocket and added the concoction to the club soda. Julie soon returned with the umbrella. Miguel watched as Julie carried the drinks over to Chloe and Lucas' table. Julie claimed, when asked, that the drinks were being provided, on the house, so Chloe and Lucas could toast to Chloe's decision to stay in Salem. Satisfied, Miguel exited the club. Seconds later, Chloe asked Julie for another round of drinks, having decided that it would be nice to share the moment with Eve and Brady. "They don't call 'em 'divas' for nothin'..." Julie grumbled before going to prepare a second glass of Champagne and a second glass of club soda.

At the Horton Town Square, Ciara admonished Tripp for reading the text message Wyatt had just received, insisting that it wasn't cool to invade a person's privacy like that. "Hmm. Yeah. So, I guess, you know, you wouldn't care that the message was about you [or] that it was sent by Claire..." Tripp replied before starting to walk away with Wyatt's cell phone.

Ciara chased after Tripp and demanded more details. Tripp read the text message aloud -- "Hope everything is going great with Ciara" -- then wondered when Ciara had mentioned to Claire that Wyatt was back in the picture. "Claire and I are barely speaking. She's the last person I'd ever share anything with," Ciara replied. "Oh, really? I thought that was me," Tripp countered before forging ahead, wondering how Claire had found out.

Eager to know the answer to that question, Ciara seized Wyatt's cell phone from Tripp and started entering likely passwords in an effort to unlock it. After a few failed attempts, Ciara remembered that Wyatt had mentioned that he would be celebrating a birthday the following week. "He wants to take me to some concert. He's so into me," Ciara tauntingly added. Unamused, Tripp irritably instructed Ciara to stop talking and try the date.

"Yes! We're in!" Ciara triumphantly shouted as Wyatt's cell phone accepted the entered combination of numbers. Ciara searched through Wyatt's old text messages but wasn't able to find any others from Claire. Tripp was ready to conclude that Claire had simply seen Wyatt with Ciara somewhere recently, but Ciara wasn't ready to give up just yet. "There's one more thing that I can try..." Ciara told Tripp.

Claire was alone in her apartment, performing for an audience of stuffed animals, when she received a text message from Wyatt's cell phone. Pleased to have confirmation that things were going well on Wyatt's end, Claire wrote back: "Looks like we both got what we wanted." Realizing the implication, Tripp took Wyatt's cell phone from Ciara and composed another text message: "I'm assuming you're talking about the contest." Claire confirmed: "Duh. We both know I'd never have won if it wasn't for you." Ciara was thrilled to have proof that Claire had gotten someone to rig the contest, but Tripp warned that they didn't really have definitive proof yet. Knowing that Tripp was right, Ciara took Wyatt's cell phone back from Tripp and sent Claire another text message: "Good thing I was able to fix the votes." Claire quickly replied: "Yep. Our little secret, right?"

"Wrong, Claire! You are so done! Your dirty little secret is about to come out," Ciara said aloud after reading the latest text message from Claire. Ciara couldn't wait to humiliate Claire the same way Claire had humiliated Hope, but Tripp thought it might be best for Ciara to just drop the matter instead. "You don't need this, Ciara. You don't need to be the new face of...whatever, okay? Let Claire have it. Let her live every day of her life with the guilt of knowing that she took something that she did not deserve," Tripp advised. Ciara hesitated, reluctant to let Claire win. "That's just it, okay? She didn't win. I know it, you know it...and, more importantly, Claire knows [it]. So, let her have the red-carpet events and the magazine covers, all right? She needs that way more than you do," Tripp maintained.

"And what do I have?" Ciara countered. "Me," Tripp replied with a shrug. Touched, she told him that she was sorry for her recent behavior and grateful that he was still willing to be there for her, even after everything she had done lately to push him away. He stressed that he would always be there for her, no matter what she decided to do with the information she had just learned about the contest.

"You mean that?" Ciara asked. "Yeah, I do," Tripp confirmed, flashing a smile. "I hope so...because there is no way I'm letting Claire get away with this," Ciara insisted.

Tripp sighed as Ciara pointed out that Claire was, after all, the person who had repeatedly lectured everyone on the importance of exposing the truth about Rafe's infidelity, even at the expense of Hope and Rafe's happiness. "Now that the truth is about her, why should it be any different?" Ciara reasoned with a shrug.

Meanwhile, Claire received a visit from Wyatt, who was looking for Ciara because he wanted to ask if she had his cell phone. Claire was horrified -- especially after another text message arrived from Wyatt's cell phone: "I know what u did, U CHEATING BITCH!!"

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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