Days of Our Lives recap: Robert Scott Wilson’s Alex Kiriakis returns and Jake dies
At the Pub, Justin meets Steve who shows him an online article about Orpheus being free. Steve wonders if he plans to sue Orpheus for killing Adrienne. Orpheus appears wondering the same thing. He sits down, explaining that he had no intention of hurting Adrienne. Justin reminds her that he ran her off the road and framed Maggie instead of calling for help. Orpheus is sorry for their loss, but now he must move on with his life. Should he expect reprisals from one or the other? Justin promises that Orpheus’ miserable life isn’t worth a second of his time away from the people he loves.
After: CBS villain problem not shared by One Days
After Justin leaves, Steve asks Orpheus how he got his pardon. Orpheus says he kept his nose clean and now he needs a job. He knows he caused a lot of pain, but it’s all behind him now. If Roman hires, he could just be short-lived cook Milo Harp instead of infamous villain Orpheus. Steve suggests he start over somewhere new. Orpheus says cryptically that he always wanted to go West. Maybe Seattle. He could watch Steve’s kids. Steve orders Orpheus to stay away from his children. Orpheus says if his move causes problems, then Steve wins. He will stay in Salem.
After: Robert Scott Wilson talks about joining the Kiriakis clan
At the mansion, Sonny asks the shirtless, dripping man in a bathing suit what he’s doing there, the man hugs him. “Is that a way to greet your big brother?” he wonders, laughing. Sonny breaks free from the grip of his brother, Alex, and again asks what he is doing there. Alex is sitting on the couch and resting his feet on the coffee table. He explains that he came for a visit, but the second he arrived, he felt right at home. Startled, Sonny takes off his tie and shirt which got wet from his brother’s bear hug. He thought he was locked up with the business in Arizona. Alex explains that the twins are in sync, but that’s not the case. He didn’t want their differing views to come between them, so he thought he had come to see his family.
After: The women who could welcome Alex to Salem
Bonnie enters. Alex introduces himself then spits: “You are the woman who killed my mother. When she expresses her confusion, Alex reminds her that she left her mother, Anjelica, for dead after having a heart attack. He menacingly wraps Sonny’s tie around his hands, wondering why he shouldn’t return the favor. Sonny stands in front of Adrienne, defending her. Bonnie cowers, apologizing for everything that’s happened. Alex breaks into a smile. ” What do I look like ? The tie killer? He’s joking. He knows his mother wasn’t innocent and Bonnie makes his father happy. And if Sonny can forgive her for what she did to her mother, so can he. He brings her in for a hug and Bonnie admires his abs. Justin walks home and Alex rushes over to hug his dad.
After: The hilarious and long-awaited confession of Judi Evans
Family sit together enjoying
from Henderson Arnold Palmers of Hendo. Justin is told why Alex is home and plans to be there all summer. Alex wants Sonny to show him around town, but Sonny says he’s busy in Titan. Alex offers to come and work with him. Sonny hesitates. Alex thinks Sonny always got it. The Kiriakis brothers working together again could be awesome. Sonny halfheartedly says okay while nodding slowly.
Outside the jewelry store, Jake walks up to the tattooed man with a gun, which explodes. Jake grabs his stomach and blood flows. He collapses to the ground as Ava holds him. Jake passes out. She searches for a pulse and screams for help. The tattooed gunman stares in shock, then points his gun at Ava as she pulls out her phone. It’s nothing personal, he told her. He just can’t have any witnesses.
After: The B&B Plot That Doesn’t Make ‘Cents’
After Eric takes Nicole to the hospital, Jada meets Rafe in the park. He updates her on the man who attacked Nicole, who is with her ex-husband in the hospital. Jada raises an eyebrow as Rafe learns of the gunshots.
Back at the jewelry store, Ava tries to reason with the tattooed gunman, but he can’t let her call the cops. He keeps his gun pointed at her, as Rafe and Jada come up behind him. Jada shoots him as he refuses to lower his gun. Rafe rushes over and declares the shooter dead and Ava reports that Jake has a weak pulse.
At the hospital, Eric waits with Nicole for Kayla to examine him. Kayla wraps her ankle and warns her of PTSD before getting paged for a gunshot victim.
Elsewhere at the hospital, Kayla encounters Ava, Rafe, and Jada as they arrive with Jake on a stretcher. Kayla leaves with Jake for surgery, leaving Rafe to assure Ava that he’s there if she needs him.
Rafe finds Nicole with Eric in the exam room. With Nicole on crutches, Rafe tells them that the man who attacked her was shot after shooting Jake. Rafe apologizes to Eric for the way he acted in the park and thanks him for bringing Nicole to the hospital. Eric leaves.
After: Stephen Nichols remembers Marcus Hunter’s portrayer, Richard Biggs
In the hospital lobby, Jada finds Ava, whose hands are still bloody. She tries to reassure her and offers to listen to her if she wants to talk. A defensive Ava softens, explaining that she thought for the first time in her life that she could hold on to the person she loves, but…she catches herself and declares that she won’t be weak. Jada assures her that she is not weak and leaves to find her food.
Eric finds Jada in a break room, as she tries to come to terms with the fact that she killed a man. He thinks she should be proud of herself. She saved someone’s life today.
After: Jake is dead, but is Brandon Barash gone for good?
Kayla returns to Ava to tell her that Jake’s heart stopped on the way to the operating room and he could not be revived. “I’m sorry,” she said, “but Jake didn’t survive.”
Next on days of our lives: Gabi proposes a surprising alliance, and Chad issues an ultimatum to EJ.
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