Chanel grins, as she clinks glasses with JoDevil. Days of Our Lives
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Roman and Kate ring in the New Year at the bar with Steve and Kayla. They toast to a better year for all of them. Kayla adds, “And to Philip being found.” Speaking of which, Roman wants to hire Black Patch to find Kate’s son. Kate doesn’t think that’s necessary, but Steve reveals Brady already hired him to track Kristen down. He and Chloe believe Kristen framed Brady for Philip’s murder. However, Steve thinks Kristen is just keeping Philip locked away somewhere. Upset, Kate asks to call it a night. Steve promises to bring Philip home to her if he’s alive.

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Sitting at a table in a bar, Roman and Kate laugh, as Steve and Kayla kiss. Patrons at tables behind them, raise their glasses. Days of Our Lives

After Steve and Kayla leave, Kate tells Roman the truth about Philip. Roman wonders how she’s okay with keeping this from everyone. Kate says Philip is her only concern. She’s sorry for not telling him sooner, but now they can go into the new year with no secrets. However, she needs him to keep quiet about it. Roman would do anything for her, but what about Brady? Kate assures him retracting Philip’s declaration of death is keeping Brady out of prison. Roman knows she’s just a mother trying to protect her son, so he promises to keep her secret.

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John and Marlena face each other, while sitting on their couch. Days of Our Lives

At home on the couch, John and Marlena kiss at midnight. John thinks this will be their best year ever. Marlena knows she wouldn’t be there without his love. He corrects her: She wouldn’t be there without the love of her entire family.

As the Blacks canoodle on the couch, Steve and Kayla stop by. They eagerly welcome in their friends. Marlena tears up as she apologizes for everything that happened. Kayla and Steve assure her there’s no need. However, Kayla says she was most shocked when Marlena kissed her. Marlena is rattled by the news and Steve makes a joke about it. Marlena ribs him for being immature, but assures him she and Kayla are just friends. John thanks Steve and Kayla for their love and support during their ordeal. Steve says, thankfully, the devil’s reign of terror is finally over.

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Kayla and Steve visit with John and Marlena in the Blacks' living room on Days of Our Lives

At Brady’s Pub, Sami assures Lucas she’s done with EJ for good. She wants to be with him, if he’ll have her. Lucas says of course he’ll have her. However, he needs assurances that this isn’t about payback for EJ kidnapping her. Sami kisses him and declares she loves and respects him. He’s her soul mate. He always has been. Lucas knows that, but worries she’ll go running back to EJ. Sami promises this time it’s different. She could never love someone who would lock her away from her family for months. Guilt washes over Lucas’ face, leading Sami to ask what’s wrong. Lucas says nothing is wrong because he’s been waiting for his moment. Sami suggests they leave town, so there are no distractions. Maybe Europe or Phoenix or they could buy a place out west. Lucas thinks this is about EJ and suggests they are moving too fast. Sami wonders what’s really bothering him.

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Lucas and Sami kiss in Brady's Pub on Days of Our Lives

As Lucas is about to confess something, Roman and Kate arrive. Lucas tells them he and Sami are back together and leaving Salem… tomorrow. Kate’s dismay leads Sami to ask her to be happy for them. Kate responds, if Lucas is happy. Roman says he’s happy for both of them.

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JoDevil wears his red suit, while looking in the mirror. His eyes are yellow. Days of Our Lives

In his room at the DiMera mansion, the devil, in Johnny’s body, smiles in the mirror. He wears a red suit and flashes yellow eyes. He says, ‘It’s going to be a hell of a year!” JoDevil flashes back to Marlena’s possession, revealing the devil jumped into Johnny’s body after being driven out of Marlena’s.

When Johnny doesn’t come down to ring in the new year, Chanel runs upstairs to check on her new husband. The devil retracts his yellow eyes when Chanel enters the room. Johnny’s back in control and says he’s sorry for losing track of time. He moves in to kiss her. Things get passionate until Chanel backs away reminding him Allie and Tripp are downstairs waiting for them. Johnny looks back at his room, confused, before following Chanel out.

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Allie, Tripp, Chanel and JoDevil raise glasses of champagne in the DiMera mansion. Days of Our Lives

Downstairs, Johnny and Chanel meet Allie and Tripp for a toast. They remark on the “sartorial statement” Johnny’s making with that suit. He apologizes for spacing on their toast, blaming jet lag. Johnny pours champagne as Allie toasts to her brother and best friend’s marriage. Chanel notes Johnny’s still a little off, but he insists he just needs some sleep. Allie and Tripp say their goodbyes and leave for a private celebration at home.

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JoDevil raises a glass to Stefano's portrait on Days of Our Lives

Johnny and Chanel toast to being a married couple. As Johnny takes a sip of champagne, he stumbles backward. He assures a worried Chanel he’s fine and says he’ll meet her upstairs in a minute. After she leaves the room, Johnny tries to collect himself. He looks at Stefano’s portrait and grabs a glass. His eyes turn yellow and his voice distorts. He says, “I promise you, your little Giovanni is going to make you very proud this year.”

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