Days of Our Lives Weekly Preview: Laura Returns and Drops a Bomb on Her Family — Plus, Someone Is Poisoned!
It’s a week of big returns and revealing secrets.
In the Days of Our Lives weekly preview for February 1 – 5, Laura Horton is back in Salem, and she’s not the only one. Susan Banks returns with huge news, and Vivian Alamain resurfaces and daytime diva Linda Dano is taking over the role. Keep reading for all the juicy details!
Gwen, the devious DiMera nanny, finally spilled the beans that she was Jack’s long lost daughter that he threw away after a one night stand with her mother, and then paid her mum off for years to stay away. Jack didn’t deny he could have fathered Gwen but refuted her claims that he met with her mother later on and paid her to go away. This week, Laura is back and Jennifer fills her mother in on all the drama, including that Jack is going to get a paternity test done. We are guessing things don’t go well for him by Gwen’s reaction in the video when she returns the little gift that Abby gave her last week.
Laura tearfully opens up to Jennifer and Abigail about a huge secret she never expected to tell them. Just what does Laura have to do with nannygate? Meanwhile, Chad, who still hasn’t been forgiven by his wife, wastes no time putting Gwen on notice that he’ll move heaven and earth to be rid of her. Gwen, who is feeling mighty full of herself right now, decides to take on Julie of all people. That would be a mistake, and one Jack is forced to intervene in. Check out the video to find out how that one goes!
Elsewhere in Salem, Chloe was guilt-ridden over not listening to Brady about protecting Philip from the mob, which resulted in Brady getting shot. Well, it appears she’s moved on from that guilt and is moving on with someone surprising. As for Brady, he has a few choice words for Kristen, who is back in prison after breaking out to visit him.
Viewers were surprised to see Ciara alive and being held captive by one of Vincent’s henchmen in a creepy plexiglass cell decorated like a room from the Salem Inn. Back in Salem, Ben opened up to Claire that he feels Ciara is alive and has been making contact with him on a spiritual level. Little does he know he’s right, and someone surprising returns to Salem to confirm that Ciara is alive. She might not be for much longer though. Ciara makes an attempt to escape, but as the video shows, it doesn’t end well for her. Time could be running out for Ciara!
Finally, Eli and Lani have a huge lead on who took their twins, and it points straight to Lani’s nemesis Vivian Alamain. Vivian has long had it out for Lani after she accidentally shot and killed Vivian’s son Stefan. Vivian was later stunned when Jake turned up in Salem and learned that she had twins years ago and never knew it because Ivan hid one of the babies. With Lani just having given birth to twins it was probably too much for Vivian to handle. And speaking of her other son, Jake pays a visit to Gabi to discuss her proposal and finds himself tongue-tied at the sight of her in a towel. It appears Gabi was right to claim Jake might not be as over her as he says he is.
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<p>After entering a talent search in the early 1980s, Drake Hogestyn was among the 30 contestants out of 75,000 to be shortlisted for stardom. His breakout role? As one of the McFadden siblings on CBS’ short-lived adaptation of the 1954 musical <em>Seven Brides for Seven Brothers</em>, which also featured a young River Phoenix, former <em>General Hospital</em> heartthrob Richard Dean Anderson (ex-Jeff) and future <em>thirtysomething</em> star Peter Horton. Of course, bigger things were in store for Hogestyn…</p>
<p>Once the John Doe who’d arrived at <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ University Hospital was un-bandaged, Marlena Evans did what any person with perfect vision and an active libido would have and decided that the so-called John Black, aka the Pawn, was actually her “late” husband, Roman Brady. He wasn’t, but it pretty much didn’t matter. The “widow” was enamored, and so was the audience.</p>
<p>The fates proved fatal all too soon after “Roman” and Marlena said “I redo.” The bride was kidnapped by the supposed groom’s old enemy, Orpheus, and owing to Deidre Hall’s desire to focus on her primetime career, killed off. Which of course needed to be in quotation marks, because the deaths in Salem that actually take are fewer and farther between than the New Year’s resolutions to which we actually stuck.</p>
<p>Following Marlena’s “death” — see, those are the appropriate quotation marks — “Roman” — also in quotation marks; <em>so</em> many quotation marks! — not only fell for, he got engaged to Isabella Toscano. But it was right about then that Wayne Northrop returned as the Roman who didn’t need any quotation marks around his name — a rarity, obviously. In no time, not only was Roman’s identity ascertained, but Marlena was reunited with him, and John — who decided to just say “To hell with it!” and go with John — committed himself to Isabella.</p>
<p>As a matter of fact, John more than merely married Isabella, he started a family with her. Unfortunately, not long after she gave birth to their son Brady, she succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Which might explain why the teenage version of the character (Kyle Lowder, who later returned to the soap as Rex Brady) looks so glum here. You never stop missing your mom, even if you barely got to know her.</p>
<p>After Isabella’s demise, John, who had come to believe that he was Forrest Alamain, tried to deny his lingering feelings for the resurrected Marlena. It didn’t go well. Her earrings sparkled, for Pete Jannings’ sake! So she cheated on Roman with John and conceived their daughter, Belle… and also, in a way, set the stage for their lives for decades to come.</p>
<p>Judging from this photo, John and Marlena’s only child together — daughter Belle (originally Kirsten Storms, now Maxie Jones on <em>General Hospital</em>) — wasn’t scarred for life by the fact that shortly after she was born, she was almost given up for adoption. Not by her parents, it bears mentioning, but by her half sister, Sami, who had found out about John and Marlena’s affair and didn’t want an adorable reminder of it hanging around spitting up on everything.</p>
<p>A typical blended family was never really in the cards for John — not since that family included Roman and Marlena’s daughter, Sami, who grew from the kind of teenager that every parent fears theirs will be to… well, the kind of adult that every parent hopes their teenager <em>won’t</em> become. She was, is and always will be… a handful!</p>
<p>Regretting how many people his rendezvouses with Marlena had hurt, John gave moving on the old college try — with, of all people, Stefano DiMera’s daughter, Kristen Blake. But their relationship was no walk in the park. On top of the fact that she was revealed to be a grade-A conniver, John briefly believed himself to be a priest — and handily enough, the one padre who could exorcise possessed true love Marlena.</p>
<p>Following John and Marlena’s 1999 remarriage, they lived happily ever after. Just kidding. They only made it as far as their honeymoon before he vanished and, having been brainwashed by Stefano, aka the master of mind games, slept with Hope Brady, who at the time had been convinced that she was Princess Gina. It was a whole thing.</p>
<p>After the Salem Stalker was revealed to be Marlena — as if! — and she was “re-killed” trying to flee from the authorities, John hooked up with, of all people, Roman’s “widow,” Kate Roberts. The couple, of course, wound up breaking it off when all of the Salem Stalker’s victims turned out to be “dead,” not dead.</p>
<p>Speaking of “dead,” not dead… No sooner had John emerged from the coma into which he slipped after being shot by Stefano’s son, EJ, than he was hit by a car and died in Marlena’s arms. Sorry, “died.” He was actually alive and, well, newly reprogrammed as a super soldier by the Phoenix, whose half brother he’d come to believe he was. As you might imagine, John almost missed being in that coma.</p>
<p>After Marlena filed for divorce — if John couldn’t recall her, what was the point? — the amnesiac sought the help of Dr. Charlotte Taylor to regain his memory. He really should’ve looked her up on Angie’s List first, though, because she turned out to be more interested in keeping his mind a blank slate than rewriting his history on it. Worse, her botched attempt to kill Marlena wound up restoring John’s memory… but leaving him paralyzed. D’oh!</p>
<p>Instead of simply accept that they were lifers, John and Marlena split up again after he went so far as to try to seduce scheming old flame Kristen. Not for fun, mind you, but to get her away from Brady, into whom the vixen had sunk her claws so deeply, it was a wonder she hadn’t drawn blood. Later, John would get put in yet another coma while trying to separate Brady from yet another troublemaker, Theresa Donovan.</p>
<p>In 2015, John learned that he’d become a father again. That is, he had become one again some twenty-odd years earlier when Tori Narita had given birth to his son, Paul, a baseball player who upon arriving in Salem scored a home run with Pop’s grandson Will Horton, all but striking out his marriage to Sonny Kiriakis. Thus concludes our use of all the baseball euphemisms we know.</p>
<p>Three decades after arriving in Salem, John finally learned not only his given name — John Robicheaux — but also that his late father Timothy was, but of <em>course</em>, “dead,” not dead. It turned out that a tour of duty in the Korean War had left him so mentally shattered that he’d adopted a new identity and formed his own radical spy group called the Phantom <span style="text-decoration: line-through">Menace</span> Alliance. </p>
<p>At a time when John and Marlena should have been enjoying a relatively peaceful stretch of togetherness, they couldn’t, not really, because an aneurysm had turned him into an emotional wreck — and we don’t just mean that he cried at only <em>modestly</em> sad movies, either. He became so unstable that, whereas everyone else at what were supposed to be the nuptials of Belle and ex-husband Shawn Brady only <em>thought</em> about strangling wedding crasher Jan Spears, John actually <em>did</em> it!</p>
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