Drop that ring!
Two couples bite the dust thanks to Chad’s wedding “gift” to Gabi and Nick.
Our Days wedding countdown to disaster begins on Thursday 4 February. Will Father Eric (Greg Vaughan) even get to the part where he asks if anyone objects to Gabi and Nick’s (Camila Banus and Blake Berris) marriage? With a pregnant bride, an ex-con, gay-hating groom, a gay secret babydaddy and a disgruntled DiMera with an axe to grind all crowding into St Luke’s church, we’d advise the caterer to ice and decorate a cardboard box – nobody’s going to be cutting the cake. “When I read the whole script, I was, like, ‘This is fantastic because everybody is waiting for the climax of the wedding,’” says Blake.
Chad (Casey Deidrick) seems to have gotten over his seething resentment of Gabi for ruining his relationship with Melanie (Molly Burnett) last year. While he’s suiting up for the wedding, he tells his pal Sonny (Freddie Smith), “It’s the biggest day of their lives. If we can’t be happy for them, then, you know, we never will, so…” But what good is a chic suit to a DiMera if you don’t have a little something up your sleeve?
As Eric says, “We ask if anybody objects to these two joining in marriage. Speak now or forever hold your peace,” Chad stands up to ask: “If this marriage is about love and truth, then shouldn’t Gabi be marrying the real father of her baby?” The fallout is swift and terrible on Friday 5 February. As Rafe (Galen Gering) tries to force Chad out of the church, Chad yells, “Your sister’s a lying slut!” But it looks like somebody’s not quite ready to fill those DiMera big-boy boots just yet. Chad tells Hope (Kristian Alfonso) that Nick was behind bars when Gabi got pregnant, so he assumes that her babydaddy has to be… Gabi’s partner in Melaniestalking crime Andrew Stark (Caleb Hunt)! Will would be off the hook but this is when he cracks and admits the real truth, “Nick’s not the father of Gabi’s baby… I am.”
THREE BIRDS WITH ONE STONE
With that, the biggest upset isn’t even between the bride and groom anymore. Will begs forgiveness for keeping the baby’s paternity a secret. “Sonny. I’m sorry that I lied to you. I don’t want this to change anything between us.” And Sonny snaps back as he storms off, “On what planet? This changes everything!” And when Sami (Alison Sweeney) finds out that Nick and Gabi were prepared to “hide” her son Will’s baby, she goes insane, telling Gabi. “You are a manipulative, lying little b***h.” Whoops. Now Rafe’s angry! “Anybody who is a fan knows that she is not going to take that lying down,” says Alison.
So how does the wedding rate on the Salem scale? Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston) tells his grandson Sonny, “As wedding disasters go, I’d say this one was about a seven. Nobody was blackmailed at the altar. Nobody was shot on the terrace… although Chad probably should watch his back on the way home. It wasn’t as bad as the one that Carrie (Christie Clark) broke up when she found out Sami was lying about Will’s paternity (in 1997 on US screens). It was ironic to watch Sami’s reaction… history repeating itself.”
Gabi, Father Eric and Nick wait for an objection…
Hope and Rafe try to stop Chad’s wedding