The Most Unexpected Couple to Come Out of Jake’s Death on Days of Our Lives Could Be… Plus, Did Gwen *Actually* Kill Abigail?
Days of Our Lives’ big twist with Jake’s death ended up being pretty straightforward, but there still may be a few surprises in store. One of the biggest ones, though, might be that love is finally starting to blossom in Salem! But the big question this week is: Are we getting closer to finding out Abigail’s murder or are the waters just getting muddier?
One Twin, Two Twin, Dead Twin… New Twin?
I’ll readily admit my Stefano theory from last week was a long shot, but I was still hoping that the twist they had in store for us wasn’t the obvious one. It was. Jake’s out, Stefan’s in.
I think the biggest surprise with this “twist” is that there are no brain chips or “essence” or any crazy mystical explanation of how Jake’s being switched out for his brother. Yeah, there’s a strange blue, glowy Iron Man thing in Stefan’s chest, but at the end of the day, we’re basically dealing with a transplant story. Four years of unmonitored life support aside, that’s almost normal.
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What’s more interesting is what’s going on with the fallout from Jake. Though I can’t help but feel like Gabi’s relative callousness is more serving plot than anything else. Yeah, she’s being called out on it, but still, the point seems more to set her up for a Stefan reunion, than anything else. But I remember how hurt and angry Gabi was when she thought Jake betrayed her. Maybe Stefan is her true love, but her feelings for Jake were not shallow, so why is her reaction?
On the other hand, now that Jake’s toast, I’m kind of loving him and Ava together. Their relationship is more real dead than it ever was alive, and her mourning feels genuine. But she’s still shrewd and pragmatic enough to understand that she’s got to look out for her own best interests now that he’s gone. She’s acting more like how I feel Gabi should be acting.
Plus, getting to see the mafia princess tangle with the DiMeras should be fun. As she pointed out, their hands aren’t any cleaner than her own. And moving in to the DiMera mansion at EJ’s invitation? I smell a chemistry test coming up. The son of the Phoenix and daughter of a mob kingpin? If those two could put aside their enmity, they’ve got it in them to rule all of Salem — at the very least. Actually, they could make a fun love/hate couple enmity and all. If the show pulls it off, this could end up being the best thing to come out of the Jake/Stefan debacle.
And the Killer Is…
Xander and Sarah: Private Eyes is what I’ve been waiting for. OK, maybe I didn’t see them playing detective, but I am so here for it. The show finally got back to showing why fans fell in love with them to begin with. They’re so much fun together, even when dumpster diving. Actually, especially when dumpster diving. I cannot wait to see more of these old school screwball comedy scenes with them!
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As for Gwen: Really? That mask would be so easy to destroy. Shred it, cut it apart, melt it. I don’t care, just do better than a dumpster outside your hotel. Still, her casual way of disposing of it didn’t make it seem like murder evidence. Unless she’s that blasé about killing her own sister.
I think that Gwen was there the night of the murder, but I don’t buy that she did it. She may, though, have seen something, but having snuck out of prison and broken into the DiMera mansion in a Sarah mask, she can’t say anything without getting herself into trouble. Admittedly, though, I’m not sure what she would be doing there impersonating Sarah if not to frame her, but maybe she planned on killing Abigail but found someone else beat her to it?
Someone like Leo? He’s the last suspect left after Gwen… that we know of. But also, his confronting Gwen felt more like fishing to find out what she might know than anything else.
Master Plan or Dead In the Water?
What is Orpheus’ game? About all he seemed to accomplish in asking Marlena for help with Evan was riling John up. And that just seems like a bad move, seeing as how Steve’s trying to convince him to help murder Milo.
I’m hoping for his plan to tie somehow into Abigail’s death in a grand plot to… I don’t know. I’d really rather that than it be its own thing. But Orpheus isn’t Stefano, so I don’t know how much of a brilliant gamemaster he is. At one time, it almost seemed like Evan and Jan’s baby had something to do with the plan, but then Evan got his son and announced he was leaving, only for Orpheus to just get a little sad and act *gasp* human. Unless he’s the one who sent Jan to the docks…
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As for Shawn, I was dreading, but waiting for him to lash out at Belle. It was inevitable that he’d accuse her of getting exactly what she wanted after Evan took his son back. And I don’t think he’s wrong. There has to be at least a little part of Belle happy to have the living reminder of her and Shawn’s difficulties gone. But that doesn’t mean she’s not genuinely heartbroken at her husband’s pain.
Too bad Jan’s going to make sure this little saga isn’t over just yet. She’s not a fit mother, so now that she has Shawn Christian Maddox Frears Brady etc. and has vowed Salem will be seeing them again, Shawn and Belle may still get their chance to play parents someday — whether Belle wants to or not!
At least they might until Evan comes back. Unless that boy can’t even doggie paddle, he’s not dead.
• I loved Jada’s handling of Xander, especially with his Rex explanation. “Oh, he never really got over her, did he? And now he’s covering for her murder charge!”
• I was so happy to hear Alexander say that Adrienne was a mother to him too. And to find out he’s a devious Kiriakis through and through.
• That Thomas and Chad scene… Oof. That was heartbreakingly acted. It even makes up for the over-the-top drunk Chad scenes that started veering dangerously close to comedy.
• Paulina couldn’t listen to “Which twin should I choose” any longer so she considered plotting with Johnny to keep it going? What? Enough! Johnny, move on. Chanel, good for you, putting them on notice.
• Lucas changing his plea to “Guilty” is not a Friday cliffhanger.
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<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Reunited at long last. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> At the moment, his on-the-loose mother. Delusional as Sheila is, she somehow believes Finn and his wife will eventually carve out a place for her in their lives. Reality check? They actually simply want to carve her out, period. </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Over. Until the next reveal? <strong>Their biggest obstacle: </strong>Ridge doesn’t trust his wife. Upon learning that she called CPS over Douglas (she didn’t, Thomas framed her), Ridge went running back to Taylor and told Brooke it was over. Yeah, this’ll end well. </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Done. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> The two have been doing their little dance for years as Bill tried wooing Katie back and she held him at arm’s length. But they finally had an honest conversation and she told him they were through. So does that free him for…</p>
<p><strong>Current status: </strong>Friends. <strong>Their biggest obstacle: </strong>His ex. Bill loves nothing more than riding to the rescue of a distressed damsel, which means sparks could soon fly. But can he ever extinguish the torch he still carries for Katie? Maybe it’ll help now that <em>she’s </em>extinguished it for him. </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Oddly over. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> After all that huge buildup and Quinn’s dramatic wedding-crashing confession, their love lasted about 2.5 seconds until she left town and dumped Carter off-screen. What the what?</p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Friends and co-parents. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> When Finn “died,” we all feared these two would be drawn together again. But aside from her temporarily forgetting that they were no longer married, each remained loyal to their spouses and show no signs of straying. </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Engaged forever. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> They’re rivalling Pam and Charlie for longest engagement. Do they even have feelings for each other anymore? If they aren’t married by now, please let the answer be no.</p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Magnetic exes. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Brooke has made it clear Ridge is the guy for her (even if he hasn’t exactly given up the idea of being with Taylor). And Bill, when not getting to know Li, would like nothing more than to recapture the one who got away, Katie. </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> One big, happy family. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Thomas. With Douglas’ dad back in the picture and trying to reclaim the son he’s been letting Liam and his wife raise, we suspect trouble will soon follow. </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Over and done. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Carter ditched her at the altar the moment Quinn became available. It’s pretty hard to imagine this relationship ever bouncing back from that! </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Separated. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> They got far more years together than anyone could have predicted, but they finally gave in to their passions for others: Eric for Donna and Quinn for Carter. Er, before she skipped town. </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> In the past… for now. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> If they ever reunite: Bill! Also, Katie’s heating up with Carter. In the meantime, Wyatt is still engaged to Flo, but their relationship can’t hold a candle to the passion he shared with Katie!</p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Ask again later. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Although she’s determined to be with Ridge, Deacon has admitted to never loving anyone more. Now that Taylor has (for now) recaptured Ridge’s heart, might Brooke rebound straight into Deacon’s arms? (With Sheila secretly around? Not if Brooke wants to live.)</p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Friends and exes. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Zende seems more than happy to be her “rebound guy” after Carter, but that over-eagerness is what landed him in trouble with Paris the first time around!</p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Acquaintances. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Brooke and Ridge. Although Deacon and Taylor aren’t a couple, the sparks between them were, at one point, flying fast and furious… the latter of which is what Ridge and Brooke would be if these two dared to date! </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Left in the past. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Wyatt can never seem to win out over his brother. Hope wanted Liam, and since they now share a kid, Wyatt’s chances seem all but nonexistent!</p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Shacking up. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> How many times have they been here before? They’ve got passion aplenty but can she ever really morph into the next Forrester family matriarch? </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Permanently engaged. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Their own cold feet. We’ve seen dozens of characters tie (and untie) the knot since these two crazy kids fell in love. It’s time to stop stalling and make it official! </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Lovers. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Sheila is extreme even for Deacon. The two make a great scheme team, but her tendency to kill people doesn’t sit well with him. Still, that hasn’t stopped them from hopping into bed and developing reluctant feelings!</p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Friends and co-parents. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Hope’s still got a pretty strong marriage to Liam going and Thomas still has a pretty troubling history with her. Also, that Hope doll seems like a potential homewrecker. </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Reunited. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Ridge will always abandon Taylor for Brooke. <em>Always. </em>But hey, for the moment, he’s back to his beloved number two! Until, we’re sure, he learns Brooke <em>didn’t </em>call CPS…</p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Doner than done. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> When he wanted her, she wanted Zende. When she wanted him, he wanted Quinn. Face it: They just weren’t all that into each other.</p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Fork stuck in, they’re done. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Was it her willingness to push him off a cliff or his eagerness to retaliate by using her for target practice? Hard to say.</p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Ancient history. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> The love/hate relationship between Wyatt’s parents tends to veer toward hate. Also, Quinn left town for reasons unknown. So that doesn’t help. </p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> So far in the past, it doesn’t even irritate Brooke anymore. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Ridge misheard Beyonce and thought that if he liked it, he shoulda put a string on it. No, Ridge. Just no.</p>
<p><strong>Current status:</strong> Bygones. <strong>Their biggest obstacle:</strong> Surprisingly, it’s not the creep factor of her having already been with two of his sons, it’s the creep factor of him having macked on her during a fraught moment with then-husband Liam. That said, we’ll never forget just how hot they were together… and wonder if they could be again! </p>
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