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Friday, December 15, 2017

At the hospital, Abe and Claire sat with Theo. Claire admitted they she felt guilty about the fight she'd had with Theo before the shooting. With a warm pat on her arm, Abe assured Claire that Theo's coma was not her fault. Claire grumbled that Ciara disagreed. Claire hoped that Theo could hear her.

Outside Theo's room, Valerie and Lani hoped that the specialist that Chad had invited to examine Theo would make a difference. Valerie lamented that she had botched the surgery, but Lani assured Valerie that she and Abe believed that Valerie had done everything she'd been able to do to save Theo. When Valerie marveled that Lani and Abe had forgiven her, Lani wondered aloud why Abe had found it difficult to forgive J.J., as well.

Abe joined them, and he asked Lani if she was talking about J.J. With a shrug, Lani said it did not matter how she felt because she was no longer with J.J. The specialist, Dr. Britz, arrived and introduced himself to Valerie, Abe, Lani, and Claire. While Dr. Britz examined Theo with Valerie and Abe, Lani and Claire waited to hear the specialist's diagnosis.

After overhearing Rafe and Sami discuss their secret night together, Ciara approached Rafe when he was alone next to Bo's bike. Rafe asked Ciara if anything was wrong. Hesitant, Ciara said she wanted to get her motorcycle license. Rafe offered to supervise Ciara in a parking lot for practice, but Ciara was insistent that she could practice on her own. Ciara said Rafe did not need to tell Hope. Shaking his head, Rafe said he would not lie to Hope.

Shocked by the irony, Ciara raised her eyebrow, but she failed to tell Rafe that she had overheard him confess to sleeping with Sami. Noting the sour look on Ciara's face, Rafe again asked Ciara if anything was wrong. Ciara accused Rafe of stealing her mother's job. Rafe denied the charge, and he promised that Hope understood why he had taken the position. The station called Rafe, so he excused himself and left.

Frustrated, Ciara marched through the square and unloaded her anger onto Tripp when she ran into him working at the café. Ciara complained about Claire, and when she called Claire a "selfish, spoiled brat," Tripp stood up for Claire. Ciara realized that Tripp had a crush on Claire. When Ciara called Tripp out for his feelings, he insisted he was only friends with Claire. Ciara warned Tripp that Claire was a terrible flirt and would toss him aside once Theo was back in her arms.

"She is a selfish little bitch," Ciara said. Tripp asked Ciara why she was so angry. Ciara said that she had a history with Claire. Tripp told Ciara that he had been angry when he had arrived in town, and his desire to lash out had only hurt him. As Ciara started to soften, Tripp counseled Ciara to "give Claire a break." Furious, Ciara accused Tripp of thinking about Claire's feelings and not hers. Ciara told Tripp he was as bad a hypocrite as Rafe.

As Claire approached the two, Ciara asked Tripp why he was making a move on Theo's girlfriend. Claire said that nothing was going on with Tripp. Still angry, Ciara asked Claire why she was not with Theo but instead running to see Tripp. Sighing, Claire explained that a specialist was examining Theo, and she was getting something to eat. Tripp escorted Claire away from Ciara and into the café.

Still stewing, Ciara walked back to the park and gasped when she saw that Bo's bike was gone. Angry that Rafe had taken her bike, Ciara muttered that everyone in Salem was a lying hypocrite. Ciara called Hope and said she needed to talk to her mother.

At the Martin house, Abigail banged on J.J.'s door while he lay in bed, thinking of the shooting. Unfazed, Abigail continued to bang on the door until a disheveled J.J. answered. Abigail hugged her brother tightly then ordered him to shower and get dressed. J.J. said no. Abigail reasoned aloud that J.J. needed to get out of his apartment and get fresh air.

Before J.J. said no again, Rafe interrupted. Rafe informed J.J. that Internal Affairs had finished their report. The two men agreed to meet in Rafe's office in an hour to examine the verdict of the investigation. While J.J. showered, Abigail called Lani and told her that the IA report was ready.

At the police station, Lani told J.J. that she hoped the report would clear J.J. J.J. insisted that Lani stick with Abe until Theo woke up and that they should keep their distance. With a nod, Lani wished J.J. well and told him that he had her support. Jennifer arrived and hugged her son before he walked into Rafe's office. As Rafe held up the envelope with the report, Abe arrived. Rafe asked Abe to step out while he reviewed the report, but Abe refused. When Rafe noted it was against procedure, Abe still refused. Rafe opened the envelope.

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At the DiMera mansion, after meeting with the specialist, Chad told Kate that he needed to meet with Belle about legal matters involving Theo's break-in. Kate was curious but adamant that Andre had not been involved. Kate said that Andre would not hurt someone he cared about. With a nod, Chad stared at a message on his phone then left.

Outside the mansion, Chad met with Steve. Steve told Chad that he knew who had sent Theo to the warehouse the night of the break-in. Chad was eager to hear the name, but Steve asked Chad to trust him and follow his plan.

As Kate gathered her belongings to leave the house, Steve entered. Kate said she was not interested in talking. Steve told Kate that he had convinced Kayla not to tell anyone about Kate's connection to the shooting or the blackmail. "You won," Steve said plainly. Shaking his head, Steve called Kate selfish for thinking of herself first the night of Theo's shooting. Kate protested that she loved Theo, and it had been a mistake to send him to the warehouse. Setting her jaw, Kate ordered Steve to keep his mouth shut.

"Heard enough?" Steve asked. As Kate looked bewildered, Chad stepped into the room from the foyer. Chad held up his phone to show that he had recorded Kate's confession.

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