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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

At Julie's Place, Doug complained to Jack and Jennifer about how difficult it had been to see Hope handcuffed in the police station. "The way she spoke to us with such contempt, I hardly recognized her," Doug said. "That was not Hope," Jennifer stressed. Doug lamented that he had not realized sooner that Gina had been masquerading as his daughter.

Jack encouraged Doug not to give up hope, because it had taken Jack a long time to recover his memories. "We need Rolf. He is the one who did this to her, and we know from experience that he can undo it," Jennifer said. Jennifer informed Doug that Shane was working on a lead. Jennifer stepped aside to take a call from Lucas. After the call, Jennifer informed Doug and Jack that Bill had died.

"He had a heart attack in his sleep," Jennifer explained. Jennifer said her father's death was not a shock because of his health, but she was still surprised. Jack recalled their time with Bill in Africa. "Your father was such a good man," Doug said. With a sigh, Doug noted it had been 50 years since he had met Bill. Jennifer asked Doug to tell her some stories about her father.

"You've come to the right guy," Doug said with a grin. Doug told Jack and Jennifer that he had once been a con man named Brent Douglas. "But Bill Horton was the exact opposite of a hardened criminal," Doug said. Doug talked about a time in prison when he had saved Bill's life from a stabbing.

"I may have saved Bill that day, but in the big picture, he was the one who saved me," Doug said. Doug explained that he had arrived in Salem with the intention of bilking Susan Martin out of her fortune. "I met Julie, and so I set my sights on her instead," Doug said. Doug admitted that his history would have been very different if he had not moved to Salem.

"In a way, I owe who I am, and everything I've become, to Bill Horton," Doug said. With a chuckle, Jennifer said she could not imagine seeing Bill in a prison. Doug noted that Bill had learned from his regrets. "I think that's what drew him to a life of service," Jennifer said. "Watching Bill work as a volunteer doctor in Africa, that was pretty incredible," Jack added. Jennifer said she loved seeing Bill spend time with her kids, but it had made her realize how much she had wished Bill had spent more time with her as a child.

"When he showed up at our wedding, it made my whole world," Jennifer said. Jennifer thought about when Bill had talked to her before her wedding. "No matter what I did or didn't do, I've always loved you, Jennifer. I see you today, and see what an incredible, beautiful woman you've become. Maybe I don't have the right, but I'm still proud," Bill had told her. Bill had given Jennifer her mother's pearl necklace for the ceremony because Laura had not been able to attend the wedding.

"It was the most beautiful day," Jennifer said. Doug lamented that the family gathered for more funerals than weddings lately.

At the wedding in the town square, Julie groaned in pain and collapsed onto a chair. "If you ever loved me even a little bit, just give me the phone!" Eli demanded. On the stage, Gabi clutched her phone tightly and shook her head no.

"She may love you, [Eli], but not as much as she hates me," Lani said. "And me. Go on, Gabi. Kill me. Kill me. If all I had to do to kill you was push a button, I would do it!" Julie yelled. Eli warned Julie to be quiet, but she continued to yell at Gabi. "On every given day of my life, I've had more love than you're going to have in your whole life!" Julie continued. When Julie yelled that Gabi would be alone, an emotional Gabi pushed the button on her phone. Julie passed out on the chair.

Rafe walked over to Gabi, and he said, "What have you done?" Eli pleaded with Julie to wake up. When Julie was unresponsive, Valerie checked Julie's vital signs. "Her pulse is steady and strong," Valerie said with surprise. J.J. smirked. When Eli asked what was wrong with Julie, Julie opened her eyes and smiled. "Nothing," Julie said.

At the stage, Gabi fiddled with her phone and wondered aloud why it was not working. Chad rushed over and grabbed Gabi's phone. With a grin, Julie told Gabi, "I was faking, and you fell for it. Surprise!" Lani smiled, too. "You don't control her anymore," Lani said. Julie explained that the app on Gabi's phone no longer worked. Confused, Abigail asked what was going on.

"When Gabi found out that Julie needed a replacement pacemaker, she went back to her little DiMera minion, and told him to rig the new one so she could still have control over Julie's heart," J.J. explained. "But we foiled your plan," Julie said. Abigail asked how J.J. had learned about the tech guy, Chris. J.J. explained that he had run into Chris at the hospital, and he had remembered that the man had a criminal past. J.J. said he had told Julie's doctor about his concerns, and the doctor had replaced Julie's pacemaker.

"And you were in on this, too?" Gabi asked Rafe. As Rafe shrugged, J.J. said he had not wanted to involve Rafe in an effort to expose Gabi as an attempted murderer. "But she's been a successful murderer. Remember, she shot Nick," Julie said. Frustrated, Gabi yelled at Julie to stop talking. J.J. announced that Chris had refused to give up any information, and J.J. had been forced to employ the scheme at the wedding to expose Gabi. Lani explained that Theo had sent Gabi a text informing her that the device was active.

"Which made [Gabi] think she had succeeded and let her guard down," Lani said. J.J. added that on the way to the wedding, he had told Julie about the situation. "When I got over the shock, I was all in. I apologize to everybody if I upset you, but the plan worked. Gabi fell for it. Hook, line, and sink her," Julie said.

"Damn you! If anything, I've been way too nice to all of you! I don't even know what I was thinking!" Gabi yelled. Lani said that Gabi's efforts had run down the battery in Julie's pacemaker years earlier than planned and had freed everyone in the process. "What the hell is wrong with you?" Eli cried out. Gabi said she was sorry, but Eli refused to believe her.

"Was this all about stealing me from Lani? I mean from the first moment that you told me that you loved me, was it all about revenge?" Eli asked. Gabi shook her head no. Gabi said their relationship had started as revenge, but she had fallen in love with him. "I wanted to stop all of this, but I was just afraid of what you would do if you found out the truth," Gabi said. Eli noted that when he had begged Gabi not to hurt Julie, she had continued to adjust the app on her phone.

"Was that out of love?" Eli asked. "I was desperate! I didn't want to lose you," Gabi said. "Well you just did," Eli growled. Lani added, "You are about to lose everything." Gabi turned to J.J. "I thought you were my friend," Gabi said. "I thought you were mine," J.J. countered. "This is how you thank me for saving your life?" Gabi asked quietly.

"And to think I was grateful to you for saving my life. I praised you to the skies, endlessly saying what an angel you were because you gave me Stefan's heart. My God, I was ready to welcome you into my family, to marry you to my precious grandson because I really believed you had changed. Well, you are still the mendacious little bitch you always were," Julie said. "Shut up for once in your life!" Gabi barked. Julie said she wanted to praise Lani for sacrificing everything to save her. Lani told Julie that she had nothing to apologize for to her.

Chad stepped forward and reminded Gabi that she had manipulated Abigail into believing that her mental illness had returned. "You tried to destroy my family over and over. She could have pressed charges, but she didn't," Chad said. "I thought you had suffered enough," Abigail added. Abigail said she had no compassion for Gabi.

"I know. I went to prison for a crime I didn't commit because of you. I was beaten so badly that I cannot have another child, and the one that I did have hated me the entire time!" Gabi said. Abigail argued that she had protected Gabi from the legal consequences of what Gabi had done to her. Abigail added that she regretted that she had not pressed charges against Gabi because Gabi would not have had the opportunity to have hurt everyone.

"Don't you dare blame yourself for anything, Abigail," Julie said. Julie said the only one to blame was Gabi. Lani asked Rafe to arrest Gabi. Rafe read Gabi her Miranda rights. "I'm sorry," Gabi said to Eli. "So am I," Eli whispered. Rafe lead Gabi away. Julie left with Chad and Abigail to meet up with Doug.

"I'm just so sorry for what you've been through. I really wish that you had confided in me," Abe told Lani. Lani told Abe that she was back in Salem to stay. Lani noticed J.J., and she walked over to thank him. As Lani hugged J.J., he noticed her glance over at Eli. "What are you waiting for? Go talk to him," J.J. said. Overwhelmed, Eli walked away.

In the park, Eli removed his wedding ring. Lani walked into the clearing. "Why didn't you tell me?" Eli asked. "I wanted to, so much that it physically hurt, but I couldn't take that risk," Lani said. Lani pointed out that her instinct had been right that Gabi had not been bluffing about using the app against Julie. "You told J.J.," Eli said. Eli asked why Lani had confided in J.J. instead of him. Lani explained that she had not planned to tell J.J., but he had pried the truth out of her.

"As thankful as I was for [J.J.'s] help, I was petrified that it would backfire," Lani said. Lani said she was relieved that the truth was out so that she could tell Eli that she still loved him. "I never stopped. Not for one second. I joined that convent because I knew that I could never love anyone the same," Lani said. Lani added that the only man she would ever want was him. Lani said she had decided to fight for Eli when she had learned that Eli had been with Gabi.

"I am so glad I did," Lani said. "So am I," Eli said. Lani told Eli that he had deserved to know the truth. "And you deserve to know how grateful I am," Eli said. Lani and Eli kissed.

In the interrogation room at the police station, Gabi sat alone, handcuffed to a chair. Gabi dabbed at the tears in her eyes. Rafe walked in. "I don't even know what to say," Rafe said. "You don't understand," Gabi started. Rafe asked Gabi why.

"Do you know how long I've waited to find love? Real love, Rafe," Gabi said. Gabi explained that she had never believed she would find real love until she had found Stefan. "And just like that, he was gone. All our plans, hopes, future for family, everything just over. I needed somebody to blame. Do you understand that?" Gabi asked. Rafe argued that it was not Lani's fault that Stefan had died.

"So, you're going to take her side?" Gabi asked. Rafe argued that he was not taking sides. Gabi said that after Lani had shot Stefan, the whole Horton family had each individually asked her to save Julie's life. "After they had treated me like the biggest bitch there ever was. I couldn't take it anymore," Gabi said. "You wanted payback?" Rafe asked. Gabi nodded yes. Gabi said that when she'd learned that Julie had needed a pacemaker, she had recognized it as a way "to make those people hurt as much as I have hurt."

Gabi complained that Eli had been her boyfriend before Lani had stolen him away. "She didn't mean to!" Rafe objected. "No one means to! Not trigger-happy Lani, or Saint Abigail with her merry band of alters. No, they wreck my life, and it is never their fault. I'm the victim here. I'm the one that pays," Gabi said. Rafe yelled that Gabi had committed multiple crimes.

"Do you not even realize that?" Rafe asked. Gabi asked Rafe how she would explain to her daughter that she was returning to prison. "Little late to think of that now, isn't it?" Rafe countered. Gabi lamented that she had confessed in front of so many witnesses. With a nod, Rafe noted that even with Gabi's DiMera resources, he did not think she would be able to get out of the situation.

At Doug's Place, Julie, Chad, and Abigail told Doug, Jack, and Jennifer what had happened at the wedding. "Gabi could have killed you," Doug said. Julie stressed that she was safe. "Rafe arrested her," Chad added. Julie said she was satisfied that Gabi would get what she deserved.

When J.J. arrived, he asked why everyone looked sad. Julie explained that they had been talking about Hope's condition. "We are going to get her back," Julie exclaimed. Doug agreed. Doug added that he had bad news to share. Jennifer told Abigail and J.J. that Bill had died. "Oh, no!" Julie cried out. Jack explained that he and Jennifer were flying to Africa. J.J. and Abigail asked to join them. When Chad volunteered to make the travel arrangements, Abigail said, "I don't want you to come with me."

Abigail explained to Chad that she wanted him to stay behind to watch the kids. Chad hugged Abigail as she cried. Julie told Jennifer that Bill had been one in a million. "We were all blessed to have him in our lives," Julie said.

Jack took J.J. aside to talk. "I'm sorry we're going to another funeral, but you've got to know that your grandfather lived a long, full life," Jack said. Jack said that he was amazed that despite all that J.J. had suffered in the past year, J.J. had been able to help Lani save Julie. "Just doing what had to be done," J.J. said. "It took courage. I am so proud of you," Jack said. Jack hugged J.J. "Let's go," Jack said.

At the DiMera mansion, Abigail packed her bags and gave Chad instructions about the kids. "Everything is going to be fine, except that I'm going to miss you. Madly," Chad said. Abigail thanked Chad for being her rock.

After everyone left, Doug marveled at how close he had been to losing Julie. "You're not going to lose me," Julie stressed. Doug told Julie that he had realized that he never would have met her if he had not met Bill Horton in prison.

"Fifty years, Doug! What a wonderful ride you've had," Julie exclaimed. "From con man to mayor of Salem. Golden-voiced singer. Proprietor of a night club that everybody loved and everybody came to. World-traveler extraordinaire. Father. Grandfather. Husband. And the love of my life. Thank you for every minute. For a thousand passionate kisses. For the long road we've been on to come to this moment. Now, I can't imagine my life without you in it," Julie said. Julie thought about a string of moments in her life with Doug.

"Sweetheart, nor can I imagine my life without you," Doug said. Doug and Julie slow danced together and kissed. Across the screen were the words, "Happy 50th Anniversary, Bill Hayes!"

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