Ciara Makes a Rash Decision About the Wedding After Another Charged Run-in With Ben — Plus, Julie Is Horrified to Find Gwen and Xander Desecrating Her Couch
Monday, July 12, 2021: Today on Days of Our Lives, Ciara and Ben face rejection, Bonnie has an important question for Justin, and Julie walks in on Gwen and Xander.
In need to talk, Bonnie rushes into the hospital to drag Kayla off for a drink at Julie’s Place. Bonnie asks Kayla if she’d be her matron of honor. Kayla wonders when Justin proposed. Bonnie breams as she says Justin didn’t. She’s going to be the one to propose to him. Kayla gives her a weak smile, wondering if it’s soon. Bonnie recounts how Justin comforted her and called her family after their disastrous double date. It was the first time she felt really loved and respected. Bonnie thinks it will give her relationship respectability if Kayla stands up for her. The town won’t think it’s a joke; they’ll know it’s real. Kayla gently suggests Bonnie ask her again when it’s official and Justin approves. Before she leaves, Kayla wishes Bonnie luck.
Jack meets with Steve at Brady’s Pub. He’s worried Gwen and Xander are hiding something. Jack needs to find out if he should worry about Gwen’s connection to Snyder. After confirming it’s off the record, Steve tells his brother about Dr. Snyder, the pills and how Gwen could be involved. Jack asks Steve to follow it wherever it leads.
Gwen pushes Xander away from their kiss at Horton House. She then decides to keep going and starts unbuttoning his shirt. Julie walks in as a shirtless Xander moves with Gwen to the couch. “Oh, for crying out loud. What’s going on here?” Xander stands up as they try to play innocent, but Julie rants about them desecrating her family heirloom of a couch — first with Xander’s deadbeat friend, now with sex. After Xander pushes back about her how disappointed her beloved grandparents would be over her poor hospitality, she backs off. However, she orders them to go upstairs if they’re going to fornicate.
After Julie stomps out, Xander moves in close to ask Gwen if she wants to take it upstairs. Though flustered, Gwen thinks it’s a bad idea. Frustrated, Xander puts his shirt back on and heads to the office. After Gwen leaves the room, Julie returns and sees the news article about Dr. Snyder. She recognizes his picture and says, “Oh my God! He’s the deadbeat.”
Theo enters the DiMera mansion as Chad pokes around in the fireplace. Chad’s thrilled to see his brother and embraces him. Chad explains he was just putting out the fire because after all their Ben drama, he and Abby are jumpy around flames. He then jumps up and embraces his brother when he learns Theo is engaged to Ciara. They sit down to play chess as Theo explains they still have to deal with her marriage to Ben. Chad thinks Ciara shouldn’t have a problem finding a lawyer to represent her considering Ben is a serial killer. Theo knows Ciara could still get her memory back though. Chad is convinced he has nothing to worry about because Ciara chose the better man. And if it keeps Ciara away from Ben, he hopes she never gets her memory back.
Ciara and Ben sit across the Kiriakis living room from each other as they wait for Justin. When he arrives, they say in unison, “I need a lawyer.” As they bicker, Ben reveals Justin represented him while he was on death row. Ciara scoffs. “And you expect me to stay married to you after that?” Justin backs up Ben’s story that Ciara was the one who proved his innocence. Ben implores her to understand all he’s trying to do is fight for their love, just like she did. Ciara won’t hear it and begs Justin to represent her. Ben wonders why she doesn’t ask her sister-in-law Belle to be her lawyer. She hesitates, leading him to conclude her family is against the divorce. When they ask Justin who he will take on as a client, Justin says it’s best to remove himself from the equation. He’ll have his assistant email them referrals and advises them to talk.
After Justin leaves, Ben points out Ciara should take two of her family members turning her down as a sign that they should stay together. He thinks instead of hiring lawyers they should be planning their lives together, especially in light of their upcoming anniversary. Ciara looks affected but declares she will find a lawyer and she will divorce him. Ben counters he will find a lawyer to stop her.
Later, Ben literally bumps into Chad in the park. Chad gloats over Theo and Ciara’s engagement. “Good news, don’t you think?” he says.
Ciara meets Theo in the Square. Despite not being able to find a lawyer, she’ll get her divorce. She wants to get married as soon as possible. In fact, she asks what Theo’s doing next Thursday.
Justin meets Bonnie at Julie’s Place. She takes a few deep breaths before telling him how happy he makes her. She says, “Justin Kiriakis, will you marry me?” Justin says, “No.”
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<p>As it turns out, yes… we are, in fact, having fun! Or at least Camila Banus (Gabi), Emily O’Brien (Gwen) and Marci Miller (Abigail) were while rehearsing what would prove to be very dramatic scenes on air. “We work incredibly fast,” Banus recently told Soaps.com, “but we still manage to have fun. You have to, right? Otherwise, we’d be stressed out all the time!” </p>
<p>Sometimes, when you see a behind-the-scenes photo like this, you really, really want to see the blooper reel in order to find out exactly what was said — and by whom — that elicited so hysterical a reaction! </p>
<p>Here’s a moment we’re not about to see happen on screen anytime soon, given that Abigail and Gwen are more likely to slap one another than present dad Jack (Matthew Ashford) with simultaneous kisses! </p>
<p>The gorgeous Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey took a break from filming Lani and Eli’s wedding in order to stage this rather unconventional version of a bouquet toss. </p>
<p>Mary Beth Evans’ Kayla seems to be saying, “Of course I’m a doctor. No one but a trained medical professional could get these gloves on — and without an assist, I might add!” </p>
<p>Hmmm… seems like someone might wanna give new mom Lani a few lessons in the proper way to hold her baby! </p>
<p>We’re not sure exactly what Archey is doing to that baby — perhaps giving him a pinch to grow on? — but all we can really focus on is that gorgeous smile his actions elicited from Stowers. </p>
<p>Apparently, nobody on set the day these scenes were taped could look one another in the eye without cracking up! If only actual childbirth was this much fun… right? </p>
<p>When the time came to take new cast photos, Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) and John Aniston (Victor) showed the younger set how it’s done. Meanwhile, how very “meta” is this… an unseen photographer taking a picture of another photographer taking a picture? </p>
<p>Billy Flynn and his leading lady were clearly distracted by something just off screen… Ooh, were there donuts? That would certainly have gotten <em>our</em> attention! </p>
<p>Based on the look Stowers is giving Archey — not to mention the hand gesture — we’re going to guess he just kicked off their photo shoot by telling the father of all “dad jokes.” </p>
<p>The cast photos were taken just before Banus brought Gabi roaring back into Salem. At the time, we assumed the fact that she posed with Brandon Barash’s Jake meant the on-screen exes would soon be reunited. While it took longer than expected — and won’t last, if Kate has anything to say about it — that’s how things eventually played out. </p>
<p>Guess when William Shatner (aka <em>Star Trek</em>‘s Captain Kirk) jokingly accused <em>Days of Our Lives </em>of having <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/news/595922/days-of-our-lives-paul-telfer-trolled-by-william-shatner-shirtless-scenes/" target="_blank">Paul Telfer run around shirtless</a> because the soap “doesn’t have a wardrobe budget,” he hadn’t caught a glimpse of Xander in his kilt… let alone the show he put on by cheekily showing off a bit of leg! </p>
<p>Talk about the oddest of friendships. Who could have imagined that Lani and Kristen, of all people, would wind up being gal pals? Guess spending time in wimples is a bonding experience! In any case, Stowers and Stacy Haiduk clearly bring out the best in one another! </p>
<p>OK, fine, he’s not a doctor, but Jon Lindstrom plays one on TV. When <em>Days of Our Lives </em>wanted Jennifer to share a passionate smooch with TV hubby Jack, they called in a lip double… portrayer Cady McClain’s real-life spouse, Jon Lindstrom, better known as Dr. Kevin Collins on <em>General Hospital</em>. </p>
<p>Before being bumped off, Salem baddie Charlie knocked mom Ava on the noggin. But because you can’t keep a bad-girl-gone-better-if-not-entirely-good down, Ava survived the attack… and portrayer Tamara Braun proved that sometimes, laying down on the job is all in a day’s work. </p>
<p>Hold up… something’s not quite right here. Ashford and TV son Casey Moss (ex-JJ) are mugging for the camera, but something’s missing. Or should we say some<em>one… </em>as in the owner of that extra set of hands… </p>
<p>Well now, <em>that </em>makes more sense! Somewhere, you know Gwen is fuming about not being part of this adorable family photo. And given how most of you feel about Gwen, we suspect the idea of her being miffed puts a big ol’ smile on your faces! </p>
<p>This photo might actually perfectly capture the approach Ciara’s two suitors are taking. While Cameron Johnson’s Theo has gone the sweet, romantic route, Robert Scott Wilson’s Ben is one step away from throwing Victoria Konefal’s alter ego over his shoulder and marching off. Far as we can tell, this is pretty much a win/win situation for the lucky girl in the middle! </p>
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