2018 Year In Review
Stefano and Vivian’s son, Stefan, took over DiMera Enterprises and moved into the mansion over Chad’s objections. Stefan immediately fell for Abigail, despite her marriage to Chad. When Andre was murdered, Gabi — whom he had just fired — became the prime suspect. But it eventually was revealed that the real killer was Gabby… an alternate personality Abby had developed! Having fallen for Gabby, Stefan not only kept the truth under wraps but helped her frame Gabi! When Abby started to realize something was seriously wrong with her, another persona — Dr. Laura — emerged to prevent the host personality from putting the pieces together. Gabby — posing as Abigail — took the stand and testified that Gabi had confessed to murdering
Andre! Sent to prison, Gabi underwent severe beatings. Finding Stefan and Gabby in bed together, Chad beat his brother to within an inch of his life. Abby agreed not to press rape charges against Stefan if he, in turn, didn’t have her husband arrested for assault. Finally released when the truth about Abigail and her alters came to light, Gabi was set free.
Gabi Sought Revenge!
Estranged from her daughter and, thanks to the beatings, unable to have another baby, Gabi set out to destroy Abigail, who had confessed to the murder. Instead of prison, Abby got psychiatric help which integrated her personalities. Learning she was pregnant, she didn’t know if Stefan or Chad was the father. Gabi took advantage of this by switching the paternity test results so it appeared that Stefan was the pop. After a distraught Chad left Abigail, Gabi made it appear that Gabby was back to keep their marriage in shreds. Gabi advised Chad to have a “violent” Abigail committed. Concerned that someone was gaslighting her, Abigail took the desperate step of marrying Stefan. Eventually, Gabi’s schemes were revealed, and Chad helped Abigail — whom he’d kidnapped! — deliver her baby.
Steve Was Arrested!
Rogue ISA agent Pamela blackmailed John into slipping Steve drugs which slowly blinded him. Billie helped take down Pamela at the ISA, and Steve — who eventually forgave John — was given the antidote. Pam held Tripp and Ciara hostage in an effort to force John to kill Steve. Instead, Tripp killed Pamela. Steve wound up losing his eyesight, forcing a desperate Kayla to make a secret deal with Stefan for a bionic eye one of his companies was developing. When Steve was suddenly arrested, Kayla was horrified to realize that his new eye had been reporting classified information to Stefan, who’d sold it!
Ciara Fell For Ben!
Tripp tried to move his relationship with Ciara forward but learned that being raped by Chase had left her afraid of intimacy. Claire used the opportunity to make her move on Tripp, but Ciara caught them together and angrily took off on her motorcycle. She wrecked the bike and was rescued by newly-released former serial killer Ben. He nursed Ciara back to health in the same cabin where he’d once held Abigail hostage. When the cabin caught fire while Ben was getting his meds refilled, Hope and Rafe found Ciara just in time. Ben swore he hadn’t started the fire, but Hope believed him guilty. While the concerned mom looked for proof, Ben moved in with Ciara, Tripp and Claire! Denying her feelings for Ben, Ciara reunited with Tripp, with whom she finally made love. Claire and Ben plotted to come between Tripp and Ciara. But in the end, it was Ciara’s inability to deny her feelings for Ben that caused her relationship with Tripp to implode.
Eve Dumped Brady!
Brady seduced Eve as a part of a plot he and Victor had cooked up, only to actually fall in love with her. Eve was all set to marry Brady but instead dumped him on their wedding day after finding out what he’d been up to. The pair continued working together, with Brady determined to win her back. Meanwhile, Chloe was kidnapped by an opera-loving drug kingpin who also happened to be holding Theresa hostage and employing Xander! Theresa and Xander escaped but left Chloe behind. The baddie nearly killed John and Lucas before being offed by Chloe. Theresa returned to Salem and sued Brady for custody of Tate. Winning
the case — despite some nasty tricks played by Eve and Victor — Theresa packed up her son and moved to California to tend to an ailing Kimberly.
Marlena Nearly Died!
As John and Marlena were about to exchange vows, Sami stopped the ceremony to say they were all in danger. Kristen appeared, handed Sami a gun and promised to reunite her with a very-much-alive EJ if she killed Marlena. In the resulting confusion, Marlena was shot, Kristen took off, and Sami was arrested. Marlena wound up on life support, but Belle reluctantly said they had to pull the plug per her mother’s written wishes. John, Kayla and Roman put doppelgänger Hattie in Marlena’s place until they could bring Doc out of her coma. Hattie used the secret to force John to marry her just before Marlena woke up. It turned out Xander had shot Marlena in a failed attempt to do away with rival Eric. Meanwhile, Brady slept with a still-besotted Kristen in order to save Eve’s life. Brady skipped town with Kristen, although he was actually playing her in order to find out the truth about the mystery man she was keeping in a warehouse. Kristen and Nicole both died when the warehouse exploded. Once the mystery man was confirmed to be EJ, Sami and Susan buried the hatchet and took the guy they loved to a burn clinic in Italy.
Will Got His Memory Back!
Kissing Paul on New Year’s Eve prompted Will to end his marriage to Sonny and begin dating Paul. A depressed Sonny was targeted by Leo, who at Vivian’s behest got hired by Sonny and then accused him of sexual harassment. Having hired Paul to find out the truth, Kate confronted longtime foe Vivian and “accidentally” shot her dead… or so she thought. In reality, Vivian was revived by someone at the morgue and presumably hustled out of town. Kate took over the plot against Titan and began sleeping with Leo’s lawyer, Ted. Leo offered to drop the suit if Sonny married him, but the troublemaker instead took a fatal fall. Will and Sonny hid the body, but it went missing. Worse, Ted began blackmailing the pair, at least until Kate drove her lover out of town at gunpoint! Will had himself injected with a reconstructed version of Dr. Rolf’s serum and eventually got his memory back! Despite sharing this news (and many kisses) with Sonny, Will stayed by Paul’s side after his beau was paralyzed when he fell out of a window during a scuffle with Kristen. But once Paul realized with whom Will’s heart truly lay, he left town, clearing the path for a potential reunion between Will and Sonny.
Hope and Rafe wed privately at the Smith
Island cabin. They returned to share the news with everyone gathered for the big wedding Julie had planned; however, having overheard Ciara telling Tripp about Rafe’s indiscretion with Sami, a concerned Claire blurted it out to her grandmother. Devastated by Rafe’s betrayal, Hope left town and had annulment papers drawn up, although she and her husband later reconciled. Once a few misconceptions were cleared up, Eric and Jennifer began dating again. She found out from Eve that Nicole had killed Deimos and that Brady had used the info to blackmail her into dumping Eric. Although engaged to Eric, Jen eventually told him the truth and returned his ring. Eric chased after Nicole, only to discover she’d been blackmailed into marrying Xander! Nicole’s plot to free herself by murdering Xander backfired, resulting in her own tragic death, leaving Eric to consider raising Holly. Lani decided to let JJ think the baby she’d conceived with Eli was his. Alas, the big secret came out when Lani testified during Gabi’s murder trial. Valerie took a job out of town, but she and Abe — who was setting off sparks with Sheila — agreed to try and sustain a long-distance relationship.
It’s all fun and games until your alter kills a man with the urn containing his dead brother’s ashes.
“Chad, it’s not the way it looks! Okay, it totally is, but… ”
Eve should have been suspicious when Brady suggested their first dance be to “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”
“Is Ben underdressed, Tripp? Or are you overdressed? Think about that!”
After getting his memory back, Will proved he’d never forgotten how to make out.
One thing we’ll say for Sami: She knows how to liven up any occasion!
After pondering whether she could forgive Rafe, Hope decided to leave him at the altar.