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Hattie toys with Marlena's loved ones
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Friday, September 21, 2018
by Mike

After leaving the police station, Lucas reluctantly headed over to the Kiriakis mansion to talk to Adrienne. The exes greeted each other awkwardly.

Adrienne was quick to assume that Lucas wanted to talk about Will's recent breakthrough. Lucas happily confirmed that it was nice to truly have Will back at last. "I just want you to know [that] as far as Will and Sonny are concerned, I am completely behind whatever decision they make. I know [that] with Paul being in the hospital, it's difficult for them right now, but --" Adrienne began to stress. Interrupting, Lucas clarified, "I'm not here to talk about them right now. [I'm here because] I really could use your help." Intrigued, Adrienne nodded and tried to offer Lucas an appropriate drink, still feeling a bit awkward. Lucas declined and urged Adrienne to relax.

"Sorry. What can I do to help you?" Adrienne asked. "I really need to talk to you...um, about Bonnie Lockhart. [See], Bonnie can't go back to prison. I need you to drop the charges," Lucas reluctantly explained. Adrienne was stunned to hear that Lucas had conceived a child with Bonnie back when Bonnie had been posing as Adrienne -- and that Bonnie was essentially holding the child hostage. Although sympathetic to Lucas' plight, Adrienne wasn't willing to give Bonnie a free pass. "[After what she] did to my life, I will not feel safe with her on the streets! [And] what about the other people she hurt, [like] Victor and Maggie?" Adrienne fretted, clearly upset.

"And me. [Bonnie] broke my heart -- twice," Lucas pointed out. "And I know you think I owe you for that --" Adrienne began to reply. Interrupting, Lucas clarified, "I'm not saying you 'owe' me for that; I'm just saying maybe this would be a good time for us to...you know, even up. [And] this is not about me, [anyway]. I don't care about me, [but] what's that baby gonna do [if] her mom's in jail and her dad doesn't know where she is? What kind of life is that baby gonna have?" Sighing, Adrienne grumbled that Lucas wasn't playing fair. "You have to know what you're asking me to do!" Adrienne added with a hint of bitterness.

Lucas apologized for having put Adrienne in such a difficult position. Still conflicted, Adrienne fearfully admitted that the only thing that was keeping the nightmares at bay was the knowledge that Bonnie was behind bars.

Armed with cookies, Chloe went to the Salem Inn to check on Brady, having heard about Marlena's recent recovery as well as Paul's devastating diagnosis. Chloe soon admitted there was another reason for the visit -- a more selfish reason. "I would like some relationship advice," Chloe hesitantly began. "I don't know if I'm the [best person to turn to for that]. I mean, come on -- look at the mess I've made of my relationships in the last couple years," Brady pointed out. "Well, that's exactly why I'm here. You're my favorite walking disaster," Chloe jokingly countered. Brady chose to take the dig as a compliment, and Chloe confirmed that it had been meant as one.

Chloe filled Brady in on what was happening with Lucas. Groaning, Brady desperately tried to forget the mental image of Lucas and Bonnie conceiving a child together -- and the mental image of Bonnie in labor, which was even worse. Forging ahead, Chloe explained to Brady, "Lucas hasn't been sober for very long, and I just want to be able to give him the support that he needs right now." Nodding, Brady guessed that Chloe was worried that the unexpected development might cause Lucas to suffer a setback. Chloe admitted that wasn't the only concern. "I want to be supportive, [but this isn't] what I signed up for. [I mean], my life is complicated enough as it is, and Parker's been having a hard time lately, and I'm just doing my best [to try to] give him a stable home, and to bring another baby into that -- especially [one] with a mother like Bonnie Lockhart..." Chloe continued, sighing.

Brady promised to keep an eye on Lucas as a fellow addict and to offer support when needed. Chloe gratefully accepted the help then changed the subject, wanting to know how Brady and Eve were dealing with Kristen's recent return to Salem. Brady admitted to feeling responsible for Kristen's latest reign of terror. "I mean, everybody -- everybody -- warned me [a few years ago to stay away from her], and I couldn't, and now she won't let go. [And] she's just one of the bad choices I've made in the past [few] years. I mean, think of the [other] train wrecks that I've gotten myself involved with -- [there's] Theresa, who took my son away, [and] Nicole, who was in love with my brother all along..." Brady noted. Nodding, Chloe guessed that no one would have ever predicted that Brady's most stable relationship in recent years would end up being with Eve, of all people.

At the Horton house, Jennifer received an unexpected visit from Eve, who feared that Jennifer was still planning to tell Eric the truth about Nicole -- perhaps soon, since Marlena was finally on the mend. Jennifer confirmed that Eve was right, adding that Eric was actually going to be dropping by later. Eve dismissively predicted that Jennifer would get cold feet once again when Eric arrived, but Jennifer insisted that wasn't going to happen.

"Jennifer, in your heart of hearts, you know [that] as soon as Eric finds out that Nicole still loves him, [he's gonna run after her] so fast, he's gonna leave skid marks. [I mean], you think [you're] gonna help him by telling him the truth, [but even though] you're no prize, [he] is a hell of a lot better off with you," Eve argued, hoping to change Jennifer's mind. Scoffing, Jennifer countered that Eve was only raising concerns about Eric because of a selfish desire to maintain control of the situation. Jennifer insisted that Brady deserved to know the truth about Eve, just like Eric deserved to know the truth about Nicole.

"And then what?" Eve asked. "You know how long it's taken [Eric and Brady] to get close again. You really want to destroy that -- [especially] when Eric's mother's in the hospital, and Brady's other brother's struggling to get his life back?" Eve continued. Sighing, Jennifer conceded that Eve was right. "Maybe I just need to face [the] reality [that] being honest can hurt people unnecessarily. [So]...I will keep my mouth shut," Jennifer promised.

Pleasantly surprised, Eve rushed off, cheerfully declaring that Jennifer had made the right decision and was never going to regret it. Jennifer didn't seem quite as confident.

At Doug's Place, Lucas greeted Chloe and revealed that Adrienne had reluctantly agreed to drop the charges against Bonnie. Still conflicted, Chloe forced a smile and gave Lucas a nod.

At the Horton house, Jennifer greeted Eric, who was in a really good mood because Marlena was finally out of the woods. Eric's mood got even better when Jennifer revealed that the house was unusually quiet because everyone else was gone -- and none of them would be back anytime soon. Eric wanted to take advantage of the privacy, but Jennifer guiltily dodged his advances and insisted that they needed to talk about something important. "I have been lying to you..." Jennifer hesitantly began. Meanwhile, at the Salem Inn, Eve celebrated with Brady, assuring him that they were going to be fine from that point forward.

At the hospital, John offered Marlena words of encouragement as Kayla did a few routine tests. "Any change?" John asked Kayla hopefully. "Well, her vitals are [still] strong. [But] we tried to wean her off the ventilator a little while ago, [and] she wasn't ready to breathe on her own yet," Kayla reported. John took that as confirmation that enlisting Hattie's help had been the only way to save Marlena's life.

"[But] the last thing in the world [that] I want is for [Hattie to be] parading around town as Marlena. That's just too dangerous," John noted. "Well, I'll stall as long as I can, but we have to hope that Marlena comes out of this soon, [because] Hattie's perfectly healthy, and someone's gonna notice [that eventually]," Kayla replied. Just then, Roman joined John and Kayla and reported that Hattie was demanding food from the Brady Pub as an incentive to keep up the charade. Roman added that Belle had decided to visit Marlena while Will was keeping Paul company at physical therapy. Sighing, John rushed off to handle the matter.

Meanwhile, in Marlena's room, Belle offered up a bouquet of flowers as an apology of sorts. "Did you ask for the 'Sorry I Almost Killed My Mom' bouquet? [I guess not, 'cause] that would have been bigger -- and brighter -- considering that, you know, I almost died [because of you]," Hattie grumbled. "I...got the...best flowers in the gift shop..." Belle hesitantly explained, hurt and also somewhat confused. "Next time, get me gladioli. They're not just Dame Edna's favorite flower; they're also mine," Hattie revealed. "Your favorite flowers are lilacs," Belle countered, suddenly even more confused.

"What is going on with you?" Belle asked suspiciously. "Getting shot and nearly dying can change your perspective on the world," Hattie explained with a shrug. "And change your favorite flower?" Belle skeptically countered. Sighing, Hattie softened a bit and asked for a closer look at the bouquet. Belle handed it over to Hattie, who sniffed the flowers and immediately sneezed. "Ugh! Take your guilty flowers away!" Hattie demanded.

Hattie accused Belle of having ordered the ventilator to be shut off in an effort to hasten the receipt of an inheritance. Hattie vowed to take Belle out of the will then told Belle to leave and never return.

Just then, John arrived and started doing damage control, guessing that Marlena's medication was still causing out-of-character outbursts. Hattie insisted that wasn't the case -- and received an angry look from John in response. "Fine," Hattie conceded, forcing a smile. "When I signed that paperwork, I guess I wasn't really clear [on] exactly what it meant. I mean, I didn't realize that it meant that I was going to lose my family, lose my...children..." Hattie continued. The smile suddenly turned mischievous as Hattie concluded, "Lose the man that I couldn't wait to marry." Belle was relieved to know that Marlena wasn't really holding a grudge.

John was pleased with Hattie's performance -- until Hattie, still grinning mischievously, asked John for a kiss. "I don't think this is the right time," John evasively replied. "The right time? We should have been on our honeymoon right now!" Hattie countered. "[You know], there I was, about to become Mrs. John Black...when a bullet went right through my heart, like Cupid's arrow," Hattie continued, acting wistful.

"You know what? I don't want to wait [any longer]. Why don't we get married -- right here, right now?" Hattie concluded, delighting Belle and annoying John.

On the next Days of our Lives...
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• Brady receives upsetting news.

• Shawn and Rafe decide to work together.

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