Black is back

John Black re­turns to Salem but quickly out­stays his wel­come.

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Nor­mally we’d be thrilled to see John Black (Drake Ho­gestyn) and his in­fa­mous cocked eye­brow back on the streets of Salem. But shortly af­ter his ar­rival on Tues­day 2 May, John warns his son Brady (Eric Mart­solf) that he’s been fol­low­ing him and he knows that Brady’s drink­ing too much. Then he has bad news for Hope (Kris­tian Al­fonso) on Wed­nes­day 3 May be­fore strolling off to pick a fight with his for­mer true lover Mar­lena (Dei­dre Hall) on Fri­day 5 May. Wow, no­body likes a party pooper, John!

BAD NEWS BLACK

John tells Hope that her hus­band Bo (Peter Reck­ell) is now work­ing un­der­cover in Europe. “It all started out be­ing di­rected at the DiMeras, but then it kind of spun into a whole dif­fer­ent case. And now it in­volves an even larger in­ter­na­tional crime syn­di­cate,” John re­veals, adding that the new case will keep Bo out of Salem for a year or longer, dur­ing which Hope won’t know if he’s dead or alive. He then hands Hope a let­ter from Bo in which Bo lov­ingly apol­o­gises but claims to have had no choice. Hope doesn’t agree at all – to her mind, Bo has cho­sen his ca­reer over his fam­ily. Well, that’s not John’s fault so we’re not shoot­ing the mes­sen­ger.

JOHN vs DOC

But when John meets Mar­lena, the con­ver­sa­tion turns ugly. Not only is his “Doc” only num­ber three on his list of peo­ple to talk to, in­stead of try­ing to mend fences he im­me­di­ately gets stuck into how Mar­lena ru­ined both Brady and Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) lives by play­ing that scan­dalous record­ing and Brady and Kris­ten’s (Eileen David­son) wed­ding on Mon­day 9 Jan­uary. John cru­elly tells Mar­lena, “Must be rather rough liv­ing with the fact that you de­stroyed your son.” Drake adds, “He isn’t real pleased with Mar­lena’s par­tic­u­lar po­si­tion on what hap­pened with Brady. And right now, from Mar­lena’s point, she prob­a­bly wants to slap John – and he would like her to do that. Then they can start from there.”

Mar­lena and John in hap­pier times. It’s not a friendly hello for ex-lovers John and Mar­lena.

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