After a Run-In With Eric, Nicole Suggests She and Rafe Fast-Track the Wedding — Plus, Ben Sparks an Idea In Jan
Wednesday, June 1, 2022: Today on Days of Our Lives, Brady calls Eric out, Jan turns to an unlikely source for help, Belle makes a drastic move, and Rafe accepts an honor.
Ciara brings Baby Bo to see Rafe in his office and asks him to be her son’s godfather. Rafe is honored and assumes they’ll want Eric to baptize him before he returns to Africa. Ciara tells a stunned Rafe that Eric is no longer a priest. He recovers and shares his engagement news. She’s thrilled for him, but asks if he thinks Eric will affect him and Nicole. Of course not, he says and looks off pensively.
In the Square, Eric tells Marlena, John, and Brady he’s no longer a priest because of the exorcisms. The men are aghast and Marlena declares it’s all her fault. Eric insists it was worth saving her life.
Ben startles Jan when he strolls into Shawn and Belle’s place. He’s looking for Shawn, but he’s not there. However, Jan relays that he did want to talk to him and Ciara about letting her babysit for practice. Ben scoffs, rejecting the idea. Jan reminds Ben everyone accepted him after the sins he committed. Ben corrects her. They didn’t just accept him. He worked hard on earning it. Jan insists that’s what she’s trying to do. Why does he get to have a perfect life, but she doesn’t?
Ben suggests as long as she loves the baby, she can be a good mom. What helped him the most was his therapy with Dr. Evans. She asks Ben to reach out to Dr. Evans on her behalf. He can’t do that for her. If she wants to be a better person, this is where it starts. She will do whatever it takes to make Shawn realize they are meant to be together and be a perfect family. Ben reminds Jan how she got pregnant, so Shawn probably isn’t on board with that. Besides he’s married. Jan isn’t worried about that.
At the station, Belle tells Shawn she filed for a legal separation. He knows he’s handled this terribly, but he never meant to hurt her. All Belle knows is she can’t go on this way. She thinks the best thing for them is to draw this line. He asks if EJ has anything to do with this. She’s insulted. It’s about one person and one person only — Jan Spears. He angrily signs the papers and she leaves in tears.
Nicole drops by the DiMera mansion to see EJ. Since he filed her divorce papers, she asks for a copy of them. He wonders why she needs them. She holds up her left hand to show him her engagement ring. After expressing disdain for Rafe, he wonders how Father Eric feels about it. She lets him know Eric is no longer a priest. He assumes she wouldn’t have accepted Rafe’s proposal if she knew that before saying yes. Nicole insists it wouldn’t have made a difference and then wonders who is in his life these days. He reluctantly admits he’s been spending time with Belle. He insists they’re just friends, but her marriage is falling apart. Nicole encourages him to go for it if that’s the case.
Belle shows up and EJ hurries out a smirking Nicole. Alone, Belle asks EJ to file her separation papers. EJ is understanding and invites her to stay for dinner and wine. Belle is tempted, but she doesn’t think it’s a good idea. At least not tonight.
Ciara rolls the baby stroller into the station and tells Shawn that Rafe is going to be Bo’s godfather. A surly Shawn understands why she wouldn’t want her trainwreck of a brother to step up. Ciara assumed he had a lot on his plate right now. Shawn apologizes for taking his stuff out on her. He thinks Rafe is a great role model for her son. Ciara knows Shawn will be an awesome uncle, but Shawn declares he just destroyed his entire life and marriage. After filling Ciara in on the separation, he tells his sister that Jan wants to babysit Bo. Ciara flatly refuses and urges him not to let Jan screw up what he has with Belle.
After he gives Jan Dr. Evans’ number, Ben leaves. Alone, Jan calls Marlena, who is still in the Square. Jan needs help and asks her to come see her. Marlena agrees. John won’t let her go alone, so he leaves with her. As Brady and Eric hang back to finish their coffee, Nicole approaches. Brady spots her engagement ring and she confirms she and Rafe are engaged. He stands to congratulate her. Eric rises and expresses how happy he is for her and Rafe. She deserves happiness. She appreciates that and departs. Brady assumes Eric can’t be okay with her marrying Rafe, but Eric insists he’s not romantically interested in her anymore. Brady thinks he’s lying to himself.
When Marlena and John come to the apartment, Jan asks Dr. Evans to help her like she helped Ben. Shawn comes home and Marlena awkwardly tells Jan she can’t promise anything, but she’ll get back to her. She suggests Shawn and Belle get marriage counseling as well. Shawn relays Belle wants a formal separation. John and Marlena are shocked, while Jan smirks.
Nicole visits Rafe at work to talk about setting a wedding date. She says, “How about next week?”
At home, Ben and Ciara discuss Jan. They agree they didn’t save their son from the devil just to send him into Jan Spears’ arms. However, Ciara worries that Jan is finally succeeding in coming between Shawn and Belle.
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<p>As children, Eric (originally Jensen Ackles) and Sami had been sent for schooling in Colorado — because you always learn better in the Rockies. Sami returned to Salem as a teen, but Eric stayed behind for a few years before coming home. He timed it just perfectly enough to blow up Sami’s wedding to Austin by revealing that Will was Lucas’ child and not the groom’s! </p>
<p>Eric met Nicole when she was a waitress at Java Cafe and decided she’d make a great model for Countess Wilhelmina where he was working as a photographer. Then he decided she’d make a great girlfriend, HR nightmare be damned.</p>
<p>Eric’s relationship with Nicole became strained due to issues from her past and Sami murdering her fiancé, Franco. (Typical Sami, right?) Granted, skinny dipping with with Greta Von Amberg probably didn’t help. Well, it probably helped <em>Eric</em>.</p>
<p>Nicole moved on to marry Lucas and Eric ramped up his affair with Greta, but that didn’t mean the two young lovers were done sleeping together! And how could they resist? Just look at those, er, bedroom eyes Eric was giving Nicole. Or maybe don’t. </p>
<p>The whole Greta/Nicole/Salem thing came crashing to an end when Eric got into a car accident at a railroad crossing. He then got a heavenly trial, was sent back to earth and decided he’d had enough. It was time to leave Salem. </p>
<p>Twelve years after the accident Nicole, was stunned to see that Eric (now played by Greg Vaughan) had returned to town — as a priest! That heavenly trial really must have gotten to him. He soon offered Nicole a job at his church and we started sensing another HR nightmare coming up…</p>
<p>Eric began experiencing nightmares due to terrible things he had witnessed while working as a photographer in Africa. Nicole helped him cope and their feelings for one another continually grew, though he wouldn’t break his vows. But Lord, they got close! </p>
<p>Kristen blamed Marlena for her break-up with Brady, so she took revenge by drugging Eric and raping him. As his memory gradually began to come back, he accused <em>Nicole</em> of raping him, but then Victor got hold of Kristen’s video and played it — just as she was about to marry Brady!</p>
<p>The church kicked Eric out after Kristen’s tape came out, and Nicole and Daniel worked to clear his name. Kind of. She found evidence that would allow him to re-enter the priesthood, but hid it from him when they became engaged. Que sera, sera! </p>
<p>Nicole was shocked, <em>shocked </em>when Eric accused her of lying to him. He was right of course, Jennifer told Eric the truth about her deception before she could convince him to elope… but she was still shocked! </p>
<p>Unable to forgive Nicole, Eric’s old love from Africa, Serena turned up and wanted to get back together. She also wanted some smuggled diamonds, but do we hear they’re a girl’s best friend. Alas, the whole scheme led to him declaring his love for Nicole and Serena falling victim to the Necktie Killer. </p>
<p>Eric was driven to drink after Serena died and Nicole chose to be with Daniel. He was driving under the influence and got into an accident that took Daniel’s life, hurt Jennifer, and nearly killed Brady. So… that wasn’t good. </p>
<p>A guilt-ridden Eric had a one-night-stand with Jennifer, who wound up addicted to painkillers following the accident. Shockingly, that didn’t fix everything, so he turned himself in and was sentenced to five years in prison.</p>
<p>Eric then went on a slew of good deeds that included stopping the Governor’s daughter from taking her own life, rescuing Hope when she escaped from prison and helping her to clear Hattie’s name. He got an official pardon and life was good! Ish. </p>
<p>Once back in Salem, Eric began dating Jennifer, but when she kept a secret about Nicole from him, he dropped her like a bad habit. Eric came to Nicole’s rescue a couple of times back in Xander’s bad days before she disappeared and was (wrongly) presumed dead.</p>
<p>Eric developed feelings for Sarah Horton, but then Nicole was discovered alive, and Sarah let Eric go. Next Sarah had his baby, which Nicole hid from him, but the tot turned out to be Brady and Kristen’s daughter. Xander had swapped the kid out for Eric and Sarah’s dead baby because love. Also, our heads hurt.</p>
<p>Once the whole baby debacle was over, Eric got down on one knee and proposed to Nicole. The two were <em>finally</em> married in a summer ceremony after nearly two decades of buildup… at which point he left for the Congo. For almost a <em>year</em>.</p>
<p>By the time Eric came back the following summer, Nicole had been left alone long enough to give into Xander’s considerable… charms. So this time we can’t blame him for fleeing town once more. Well, we can, since the fling probably wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t left the first time! </p>
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