DAYS: Sami Reunites With EJ
■ Sami gets the DNA results back and discovers that the mystery patient is, indeed, her presumed-dead hubby, EJ.
“Ali Sweeney is not sure that it’s actually EJ, but Sami is never one to hesitate,” notes Sami’s portrayer. “She’s decided it’s EJ. All the circumstantial evidence points to that. I think she’s thinking a lot of things at once, obviously relief and validation after all this hard work and all this searching. It’s already a tough road ahead of what she has to do to help him even get out of the circumstance he’s in. It’s not just all like, ‘Oh, thank God; it’s all better now!’ She feels just a million different things. And, of course, heartache for what he’s been through and how he is right now and burned.”
Sami admits to Belle that she isn’t ready to let Susan in on the news. “Susan is not super-rational or helpful,” points out Sweeney. “Susan’s complicated and she doesn’t want to deal with it. She wants to do it her way. Sami feels that she knows what’s best. Susan obviously shows some lack of judgment when it comes to the people that Sami cares about — the little episode with Will is certainly fresh in Sami’s mind. I don’t know that she feels super-compassionate toward Susan right now.”
Nevertheless, Susan discovers the truth and kidnaps her son. With help from Will and Paul, Sami manages to track Susan down, but she pulls a scalpel on Sami. “She’s got EJ hidden in the morgue, and it is not safe for EJ to even be out of his room,” says Sweeney. “Sami’s freaking out about that and sort of pointing out to Susan like, ‘This is exactly why I didn’t tell you. You’re making selfish decisions about EJ.’ She tries to reason with Susan, and Susan acts very emotionally.” Sami apologizes and the women make peace.
After, Sami attends John and Marlena’s nups, which is a much happier occasion than the first attempt. “I think Sami feels completely vindicated,” notes the actress. “She wasn’t trying to ruin the wedding, she was trying to help her mom, and she did in the long run. And she’s not the one who shot her. In some ways, I think it’s all’s well that ends well and she’s happy to sort of full circle it out and be there for the real wedding. But I think Sami always is going to have an inferiority complex in that family. No matter how much she can rationalize it or her brain tells her, ‘It’s over, you’re not that kid anymore,’ I don’t think she’s ever gonna feel 100 percent like she fits into that family.”
After the “I do’s,” Sami and Susan take EJ to a private facility in Europe where he can hopefully recover.
Sharp Objects: Susan (Stacy Haiduk, l.) tries to keep Sami (Sweeney) from getting near EJ.