Days of Our Lives Update Friday 7/16/21

Days of Our Lives Update Friday 7/16/21

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Marlena working in her office

John goes to Marlena's office at the hospital and asks if she's ready to go to the party, but Marlena is unaware of a party.

Brady asks Chloe if she wants to go with him to Eric and Nicole's anniversary party. Chloe reminds him that she's seeing Philip.

Philip asks Lucas what if EJ sees the letter, but Sami has no idea that it ever came from Lucas. Lucas says he's listening. Philip tells Lucas that if he wants Sami back, he has to fight dirty like EJ. Philip encourages Lucas to get the letter in EJ's hands and reclaim the woman he loves but make sure that it can never be traced back to him. Lucas asks if he means getting someone else to deliver Kristen's letter to EJ. Philip doesn't think there will be a shortage of volunteers since a ton of people in this town can't stand Sami DiMera.

Nicole says it's one thing to swoop in and surprise her on their anniversary, but asks if Eric is back for good. Nicole says she needs to know if this is a short trip and he's back on a trip to Africa or if her husband is back for good.

Belle goes to see EJ at the DiMera Office and hugs him. EJ didn't expect such a warm welcome. Belle knows how difficult things have been for he and Sami over the last couple years, but now he's better and back in Salem while Sami is so happy, so she just wants to be happy for them. EJ says he's never been better thanks to Sami and he has a lot to be grateful for. EJ commends Belle for agreeing to do legal work for DiMera. Belle mentions just going over Chad's contract with him. EJ guesses he wanted to make sure he's not getting paid more than him. Belle asks if they are not getting along. EJ says that Chad doesn't totally trust him. Belle relates to her and Sami having the same kind of relationship.

Sami goes to see Xander in the interrogation room and complains that she went to get his money but then he gets arrested. Xander informs her that he assaulted a police officer but says he can still make the tape about his night of passion with Nicole right here. Sami says that won't be good enough. Xander argues that it's perfect and says if she gives him the money, he will give her an insurance policy to keep Nicole's mouth shut about her affair. Sami informs Xander that there's been a change of plans as Xander is not making a tap, but he will blow Eric and Nicole's marriage out of the water live.

Eric reveals to Nicole that he has to go back to Africa tomorrow which disappoints Nicole. Eric reminds her that he agreed to a three month extension. Nicole gets that he's going back. Eric says he's just finishing up the extension for a few more weeks and then after that, he'll be home for good. Nicole is happy to hear that and kisses him.

Brady tells Chloe that he knows all about her relationship with Philip and says that this is not a date as they would just be walking in together. Brady wants to celebrate two people that he cares about and wants Chloe to come with him to support Nicole. Chloe admits it would be nice to see her happy. Brady suggests they just be adults and arrive at the party together, so Chloe agrees to go.

Lucas asks Philip who would be willing to deliver EJ's letter. Philip suggests Kristen since she obviously wants EJ to know. Lucas points out that he doesn't know where she is. Philip suggests he just drop it in the mailbox himself but Lucas feels that's too risky as someone might intercept it again, so he has to make sure it lands directly in EJ's hands. Lucas says he needs someone who won't mind sticking it to that jerk. Roman then comes over and asks what jerk.

John questions Marlena not getting his text. Marlena informs him that she was with a patient so she didn't check her phone. John is excited to give her the good news in person and announces that Eric is home to surprise Nicole for their anniversary and Roman is throwing them a big bash at the Pub right now. Marlena is thrilled and calls it great news as she can't wait to see him, but she wonders what it means. John says they get to celebrate. Marlena wonders if it means Eric is coming home for good.

Nicole asks Eric if she's dreaming. Eric assures that he will be away for a few weeks and then back to stay. Nicole can't believe it and asks what about the people in Africa. Eric says he will always care about them, but Nicole is the most important thing in the world to him and he's done a terrible job of proving that to her, so he's going to show her how much he loves her every day. Nicole asks if he really wants to be home. Eric assures that he wants to be a good husband and father. Eric wants to get in bed with her every night and wake up every morning to her beautiful face. Eric says he wants to be right by her side every day and from now on, he will show her how much he loves her.

Belle and EJ

Belle tells EJ that she loves Sami but she does make things more difficult. EJ knows she's butted heads with her. Belle says one minute Sami is cooperative and the next minute she goes rogue, so the unpredictability can be maddening. EJ blames himself for that since for months, Sami dedicated her life to caring for him while he treated her terribly. Belle understands he was suffering. EJ says that's no excuse as Sami was trying to help and he pushed her away. EJ adds that it sounds to him like she took her frustrations with him out on her family here in Salem, so he apologizes for that. Belle says that's nice of him but Sami is an adult who can make her own choices. EJ feels it could've been influenced by their hurtful situation, so he's extremely grateful that she stuck by him through everything as he would not be here today if not for her. Belle says it sounds like they are in a really good place. EJ declares they are as close as they've ever been. Belle says they will have more to celebrate then at the party today. EJ questions what party. Belle thought Sami would have called him by now.

Sami informs Xander that she just found out Eric is back in town to surprise Nicole for their anniversary. Xander questions how he's supposed to break out of the police station as he'd be a fugitive and doesn't want to take that risk. Xander is sure he'll be out tomorrow but Sami complains that the anniversary party is today. Sami complains that Nicole had Eric call her to tell her that she had to be happy and supportive or else she wouldn't be welcome. Sami declares that Nicole won't be welcome when everyone finds out the truth and she can't wait to see the look on everyone's face when Xander tells them about their disgusting little tryst. Xander asks what if Nicole retaliates by telling everyone about Sami and Lucas. Sami says no one will believe Nicole as she has no proof so everyone will know she's just trying to divert attention from what a slut she is. Xander understands she is determined but argues that he can't go to a party while under arrest. Xander tells Sami to sit tight and assures that Eric will kick Nicole to the curb if he tells him tomorrow when he's released. Sami repeats that tomorrow is not good enough as Eric could be back in Africa tomorrow. Xander asks what she expects when he's under arrest and handcuffed. Sami declares that as usual, if she wants something done right, she has do it herself.

Roman asks who the jerk is. Philip claims they were talking about Jake so Lucas goes along with it and says they were talking about what Jake did to Kate. Roman brings up that he told Kate that Jake wasn't good enough for her and he's sorry she got hurt. Philip says they were trying to figure out how to get payback. Roman tells them to take the conversation elsewhere as he's throwing a party for Eric. Lucas is surprised to learn Eric is home. Roman reveals that it's Eric and Nicole's wedding anniversary and Eric texted him to set up the party for family only. Lucas understands and says they'll clear out. Lucas invites Philip upstairs to continue their conversation. Philip tells Roman to tell Eric they said welcome home. Chloe then arrives with Brady. Philip asks if they are taking a break from work and mentions that Roman is closing the place down for a private party, so he offers to take Chloe home. Brady clarifies that Chloe isn't going home because she's going to the party with him. Philip is confused and questions that. Chloe explains that it's not a date as they just came from the office and she just wants to be there for Nicole. Chloe suggests Philip stay too but Brady points out that Philip isn't close with Eric or Nicole, so he wouldn't want him to be uncomfortable. Philip responds that he wouldn't be with Chloe by his side, reminding Brady that they lived together. Brady remarks that this is a family party. Philip argues that he's family because Nicole used to be his stepmother, so he'd love to wish her a happy anniversary. Philip tells Chloe that he'd be delighted to stay, which annoys Brady.

Nicole tells Eric that she wants everything he just said, but sometimes she thinks she doesn't deserve him. Eric tells her to stop talking like that and calls her a wonderful person and a great mother. Eric says in his opinion, she's perfect. Eric feels like the luckiest man in the world to have her in his life. Nicole says she's the lucky one. Eric tells her that they have waited for this time for their entire life, to be married and be a family, because they belong together as they kiss.

Belle informs EJ that Eric is home and the whole family got a text to get to the Pub for he and Nicole's anniversary party. Belle says it's so weird that Sami didn't call EJ. EJ is sure she got caught up doing something else.

Sami is annoyed with Xander

Sami returns to the interrogation room and reveals to Xander that he made bail, but says she took it out of his 1 million, though he'll get it back if he doesn't jump bail. Sami explains to Xander that she will go to the party and pretend to be happy for Eric and Nicole, then Xander will show up in half an hour to blow their marriage up by announcing that while Eric was around the world helping people, Nicole was here having sex with him. Xander is not sure he wants to do this.

Nicole tells Eric that coming home to him was the best anniversary gift she could get. Eric calls her the woman of his dreams and kisses her. Eric calls their wedding the happiest day of his life and says from now on, every day will be as happy as that. They kiss and then they head out to get to their party.

Sami argues that she got Xander out on bail and asks what the problem is. Xander wants to go to Eric privately since doing it her way will infuriate Nicole, make everyone in Salem despise him even more, and he will lose his job. Sami argues that she'll pay him enough money to hold him over until his next job. Xander wants a steady income, not a one time payoff. Sami tells him that she's going through with this and it's happening whether it's with Xander or someone else, so then Eric will dump Nicole and Nicole will fire Xander. Sami argues that he's losing his job either way, so he might as well take the money. Sami then gets a call from EJ, who asks if she cares to tell him what the hell is going on. Sami asks if he's angry at her. EJ informs her that he's at the office and just learned about Eric's party from Belle. Sami claims that she can't believe she forgot to call him as she's just going through her closet, trying to figure out what to wear. EJ says he will come pick her up if she's at home but Sami says it's so out of his way that she'll just meet him at the Pub. EJ decides he and Belle will head to the Pub now then. Sami says she'll see him there and hangs up. Sami tells Xander that she has to go and he knows what to do, so she warns him not to screw it up. Xander reminds her to pay him. Sami wants to pay him half upfront and the other half after he does the job but Xander demands all of it now, or the deal is off. Sami argues that no sane person would pay upfront before the job is done. Xander says fine as he wasn't enthusiastic about doing this in the first place. Sami complains that he can't back out on her now. Xander says she secured his freedom so he can do whatever he likes now. Sami then gives in and gives Xander all of the money. Xander says it was a pleasure doing business with her then and he'll see her at the party.

John and Marlena go to the Brady Pub for the party. Marlena can't think of a better place to celebrate Eric and Nicole's anniversary. Roman mentions it being where they got married. Marlena asks if this was planned. Roman says no as Eric just texted him to put something together. EJ and Belle then arrive. Belle notes that she doesn't see Sami. EJ is sure she'll be there soon and goes to get drinks. Brady is showing Chloe pictures of his daughter Rachel. Philip remarks that he's sure Chloe would rather enjoy the party then stare at his phone. Belle and EJ come over and greet them. Brady and Chloe go to greet John and Marlena. Philip asks EJ how DiMera is going since he took over. EJ says he just took his rightful position as CEO of his father's company. Philip reminds him that's co-CEO with Chad. Belle suggests not talking work at the party. EJ agrees and goes to get them drinks. Belle reminds Philip that this is a party, not a high school reunion. Lucas comes downstairs and runs in to EJ, who says he wanted to talk to him. EJ wants to know what Lucas is doing here since this is a party for Eric and Nicole's family and he's not family. Lucas calls EJ an arrogant jerk and says he told Roman that he would honor Roman's request but he wanted to talk to Philip to finish their conversation from earlier but his timing isn't too good. EJ says it gives them a chance to clear the air. Lucas suggests they just not talk. EJ asks even if it's about Sami. Lucas asks what he wants to say. EJ says he knows Sami and Lucas got close recently while supporting Allie after what Charlie did to her in London. EJ adds that Allie is doing much better so there is no need for Lucas to call, come by, or have anything at all to do with Sami. Lucas argues that he and Sami have kids and grandkids together so he doesn't need his permission to talk to her. EJ says it's about respect. Lucas argues that EJ treated Sami like garbage for years and now wants to lecture about respect. EJ says that Sami has a very full life that no longer involves him, so he needs to accept that and begin his own life. EJ adds that earlier Lucas said he had something for him that he called a smoking gun before Kate interrupted them. EJ asks Lucas to give it to him now.

EJ and Sami chat with Eric

Sami then arrives and greets EJ and Lucas. EJ kisses Sami and notes that she's still wearing the necklace he bought her. Sami asks why Lucas is so tense. Lucas says he's fine and just leaving as he doesn't want to crash the party so he walks away. Sami asks what's up with Lucas. EJ says that earlier today, he came by the office to give something to him but Kate interrupted so he never found out and guesses it wasn't important. Philip angrily watches Brady with Chloe and starts to approach them but Eric and Nicole arrive, so everyone applauds. Eric says he missed them all so much. Marlena and Roman hug Eric. Nicole thanks Roman for putting this together. Eric is sorry for the short notice. Roman says the Pub is all about family. John hugs Eric and welcomes him home. Marlena wishes them a happy anniversary. John asks Eric if he's staying in Salem. Nicole confirms that he is but he does have to go back to Africa to wrap things up. Roman knows Nicole is over the moon. Brady and Chloe come over to wish them a Happy Anniversary. Chloe says it's nice to see them together. Brady hugs Eric and apologizes for missing their wedding. Brady and Chloe call Nicole one of their favorite people. Eric goes to get drinks. Roman suggests they get the party started. Brady tells Nicole that she's not alone on her anniversary after all. Nicole thanks him and calls him a wonderful friend as she walks away. Sami hugs Eric and says it's so good to see him. Nicole comes over and comments on EJ being back, noting he looks to be doing well. EJ says they both have come a long way since Nashville. Nicole tells EJ that she's glad to see he is happy now. Eric adds that he's happy to be home with his wife. Sami is sure Nicole is thrilled to be back with her husband. Nicole says she's sure Sami feels the same having EJ back with her. Chloe comes over and takes Nicole to get food. Eric tells EJ and Sami that he's happy to see them doing well as he prayed for them every day and he knows EJ had a long road back. EJ admits he wanted to give up many days but Sami wouldn't let him and her love got him through. Eric says it's good to have her in your in corner. Eric remarks that when there's something Sami wants, she'll find a way to make it happen. Philip starts to go towards Chloe but Brady stops him and tells him to leave her alone, because she's here to spend time with Nicole, not them. Brady says Chloe works with him so he sees her all the time at the office. Philip points out that she comes home to him every night. Nicole thanks Chloe for the save. Chloe says she wasn't going to let Sami ruin this for her. Nicole declares that no one could and she still can't believe that her husband is home. Chloe says that she's glowing. Nicole talks about being apart for so long and being worried about her marriage and future, but now she thinks she's happier than she's ever been in her entire life. Chloe says she deserves this. Roman calls on John to get everyone's attention. Roman begins his toast and hopes this becomes a tradition to last many years to come. Marlena speaks next about Eric being overseas doing amazing work. Marlena toasts to being glad to have him home. Sami checks EJ's watch so EJ questions if she's bored. Sami says of course not but EJ points out that she's checked his watch three times and keeps glancing at the door, so he asks if she's expecting someone. Sami laughs it off and says no.

Sami watches the fallout with a smile

Roman wants to hear from Eric and Nicole. Sami claims not to know what EJ is talking about as she's not expecting anyone. EJ questions her checking the time and the door. Sami says it's just how she feels about Nicole so she's not thrilled to be here. Sami says she just wants time alone with Eric since it's been so long since she's seen him. EJ says Eric is looking well. Sami jokes that it's because he's been away from Nicole. EJ suggests it could be being back with her. Sami admits she's glad he's happy. EJ wants them to join the party. Sami points out that Nicole is about to make some teary toast so she wants to stay by the door in case she has to puke. EJ says that's the Sami he knows he loves and kisses her. Nicole thanks everybody for coming on short notice to help her and Eric celebrate their one year anniversary. Nicole admits living apart for so long was a real challenge but she thanks everyone for their friendship and support. Nicole says she's incredibly proud of Eric and his work that it makes her love and miss him so much more. Nicole says one year ago was the happiest day of her life and it means the world to her to share this happiness with people who love Eric as much as she does. Nicole remembers saying that no matter what life threw at them, they would get through it together and they have. Nicole and Eric say I love you and kiss. Eric talks about how good it is to be home with his wife, surrounded by family and friends. Eric admits their separation was very hard and he takes full responsibility as he knows what she went through with him being so far away. Eric tells Nicole that one year ago, he told her it took him 20 years to realize he can't live without her and he never wants to live without her as they kiss. Eric calls for everyone to toast to Nicole, so they do. Xander then walks in to the Pub and declares that he wonders if Eric would feel the same way if he knew that while he was sweating away in Africa, she was screwing around behind his back, which shocks everyone but makes Sami smile.

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