The Return of This Days of Our Lives Character Could Bring Anything But ‘Joy’ to Chloe
Nothing like a crisis to bring about a family reunion.
Though it’s not a hard and fast rule in daytime, whenever a character we haven’t seen in awhile is mentioned, it’s usually a decent tipoff that they might be popping up again sooner, rather than later. So when, on Days of Our Lives’ Thursday, January 27 episode, Nancy dropped an off-handed comment about Joy being in grad school, we couldn’t help but sit up and take notice!
Joy, of course, is Nancy and Craig’s daughter, conceived out of love — love for Chloe, that is. Back in 2002, the Wesley’s firstborn was stricken with leukemia and in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. Hoping to get it from a family member, Chloe went off in search of her father, only to learn that it was Craig.
This was more shocking than it seems right now, because Nancy had been certain that even though they were together back in high school, Craig was not Chloe’s father. (And in retrospect, if Craig is gay, we can kind of see why Nancy might have thought that.)
Craig wasn’t a match, but they thought that maybe if Chloe’s parents made a new baby, he or she might be. Craig and Nancy did just that, and the baby was born in 2003, saving Chloe’s life. Her family named her “Joy” because of how she made them feel, then when her parents left town two years later, she went with them and was never seen again.
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Apparently, though, Joy’s all grown up now and only mildly SORASed — and that’s probably leftover from when she was still in town in 2005. If she’d been allowed to age naturally, she’d only be turning 19 next month, which isn’t quite grad school age, but it’s not too far off.
Bringing Joy back while her parents are going through the upheaval of Craig’s coming out would make sense. Chloe didn’t meet her parents until she was a teenager, but Joy grew up with them. Of course she’d be so upset at their split that she’d come running to Salem. And shifting her up into her 20s, closer to Chloe’s age than a teenager, gives her the chance for adult storylines.
Adult storylines that could put her squarely in her big sister’s path.
As headwriter Ron Carlivati teased, Craig and Nancy’s troubles are going to be throwing Brady and Chloe closer together. But if Joy showed up in town and grew smitten with her big sis’ beau? She could give Chloe a whole new headache on top of her parents — especially if she arrived with a chip on her shoulder, feeling like she always lived in Chloe’s shadow.
Heck, when you’re conceived just to save your sister’s life, it seems like it would be tough not to feel that way! How could you live up to that? How could you prove yourself to your family that you’re not just the bonus kid?
One way might be by swiping your sister’s man for yourself, naturally! And if she takes after her parents (and let’s face it, Chloe) back in the day, then Joy could be quite the schemer.
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On the other hand, she’d be a lot closer in age to Johnny, Tripp, Chanel and Allie. If the latter two end up giving in to their attraction and ditching the boys for each other, there would be two eligible bachelors of Joy’s age on the market. A Johnny/Joy/Tripp triangle could be just what the doctor ordered to mend their broken hearts.
Of course, depending on when she shows up, one of them may still be possessed… but them’s the breaks.
Either way, there’s plenty of storyline opportunities waiting for Joy in Salem, and plenty of relationship opportunities as well. Since she’s not a Horton, Brady, DiMera or Kiriakis, the sky’s the limit when it comes to men.
While you’re pondering the possibilities, why not take revisit Chloe’s history in Salem with a gallery covering her life from her battle with Leukemia to her romance with Brady.
<p>When 15-year-old Chloe first came to Salem from the orphanage and moved in with mom Nancy, the local teens threw up some balloons and celebrated her arrival. Ha, no. Pretty much everyone but Belle and Shawn (then Jason Cook) called the new goth chick Ghoul Girl and left dead chickens on her doorstep. Those little scamps.</p>
<p>After Nancy got hit by a truck, Chloe sang her awake from a coma. (Yes, we mean that literally.) If only that hadn’t been <em>after </em>Chloe watched her mom get intimately acquainted with said truck and still run off with the money she stole. At least her guilt got the better of her. Eventually. </p>
<p>Ghoul Girl lasted until the Last Blast dance when Chloe started experimenting with — brace yourselves — color. Her fellow students agreed that she looked ravishing in red, so they tried adding a bucket of chicken blood to her outfit. Because <em>that’s</em> never gone wrong. In the end, Philip took the bloodbath meant for Chloe, and true love blossomed between them. Until she and Brady started making googly eyes.</p>
<p>Chloe’s leukemia diagnosis resulted in a search for a father that ended with the shocker that it was none other Nancy’s husband, Craig! With whom Chloe had been living since she moved to town. And with whom Nancy had apparently already slept when she got pregnant with Chloe back in high school. And… OK, this is getting less and less surprising.</p>
<p>After shaking her cancer, Chloe moved away to use her singing power for something more than coma victims. But we guess she really got into the drama of performing while she was gone, because when a horribly disfiguring car accident sent her back to Salem, she went all <em>Phantom of the Opera</em> with Brady (then Kyle Lowder).</p>
<p>Chloe and Brady soon married, and just to make sure her wedding had that extra drama, she waited until the big day to reveal her perfectly reconstructed face. Then the two ran off into the sunset, to live a life of eternal bliss! Wait, they split up off screen? Never mind.</p>
<p>Chloe returned to Salem to jump from Brady to Philip to Lucas, but the thought of being a mother sent her screaming (singing?) for the hills of the Kansas City Opera. Eventually, though, she figured “What the hell?” and came back (again) for a life in the woods with Lucas and Allie. </p>
<p>Eventually the stepmom thing got boring, and Chloe turned to Daniel — who was dating Lucas’ mom, Kate. Kate found out, took the whole thing in stride, and dealt with it calmly and maturely… is something that would never happen. She poisoned the hell out of Chloe, framed Daniel for attempted murder and laughed while their lives burned down.</p>
<p>Poisoning didn’t slow Chloe and her beau down, but Daniel’s daughter, Melanie, did. The new family addition sent Chloe spiraling, so she dealt with it by hopping into bed with Philip. Without protection. We guess she and Nancy never had “the talk.” The resulting baby got passed off as Daniel’s until Caroline admitted she had switched the paternity-test results. Whoops. </p>
<p>Chloe’s new fella, Quinn, turned out to be an enterprising small-businessman hired by Kate to ruin Chloe’s life. He pulled a reverse <em>Pretty Woman</em> and blackmailed her into prostitution. Though horrified at first, Chloe kept at it even after Quinn backed off. After all, a paycheck is a paycheck. Get it, girl.</p>
<p>When there was a prostitute serial killer on the loose in Salem — that is, a serial killer of prostitutes, not a prostitute who was also a serial killer — Chloe ran off again, only to return to tell Daniel that he really was Parker’s father! The paternity test had been… <em>double</em> switched? Fine, why not? Good for Daniel. </p>
<p>Chloe learned that hard way that all the crazy eyes in the world wouldn’t split Jennifer and Daniel up. Threatening to keep Parker away from him, though, would. But eventually the clock struck midnight, and it was time for Chloe to leave Salem before she turned into a pumpkin. Or whatever her reason was that time.</p>
<p>For Chloe’s next return, she got knocked up with Nicole and (the now-dead) Daniel’s baby through the magic of IVF, then won custody of the kid in court. But she handed the tot back to her real mom after Nicole proved she’d be a great parent by attacking Chloe and kidnapping the infant. It’s a low bar in Salem.</p>
<p>Next stop: New York! But obviously that place is a snoozefest, so Chloe returned to Salem to get mixed back up with Brady and kidnapped by a jealous Kristen. Her high school bully, Jan Spears, did “save” her, but she also seemed to think Chloe should kill Claire as a thank-you. Sure, Jan.</p>
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