Days of Our Lives Recap: Sarah and Xander Connect Ava to Gwen in Abigail’s Murder

In the morning, Sonny brings Chad a green smoothie in the Kiriakis mansion. Chad is hungover and apologizes for his behavior. Sonny remembers the job helping him when he thought Will was dead and offers Chad a job as vice president. Alex walks in and says the position has been filled. After Sonny introduces his brother to Chad, Alex explains that Uncle Vic hired him. Sonny is furious that Victor didn’t consult him, but says they’ll talk about it later.

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After Alex leaves for the office, Sonny complains about Victor going behind his back – and to everyone’s Alex. He remembers idolizing Alex, but now he resents his brother for thinking he’s responsible for him. After more talks with Alex, Sonny suggests Chad talk to someone about his grief. Chad just needs to talk to his son and leaves.

In the Kiriakis living room, Chad watches Alex and Sonny argue

Outside of Sweet Bits, Allie brings Chanel floral delivery. Allie fumes, assuming they’re from Johnny, but Chanel finds out they’re from her mother. Allie looks at the card that says “I’m sorry” and wonders what it is. Chanel reluctantly explains that Paulina briefly thought about helping Johnny win her back. Allie stomps to confront her brother.

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In nothing but a towel, Johnny breaks into Chad’s room looking for shampoo, but finds Ava dancing around with headphones on. Her dress falls as she turns to see him. He turns as she covers up and pulls out her headphones. She explains that EJ invited her to move in after she married Johnny’s uncle. Johnny is furious to believe she married Chad, but she corrects him – her uncle Jake. He offers his condolences for her loss and welcomes her to the family, but suggests that she hire a taster. As he heads to the bathroom for the shampoo, his towel falls. He says he’s sorry about that, but not Ava.

Later, Allie breaks into the DiMera mansion and yells at Johnny about Chanel. Ava walks into the living room and scolds Allie for breaking Tripp’s heart. Allie tells Ava that they have to be careful with each other. She wants her to be a part of Henry’s life, but she won’t be if she keeps talking to him like that. She turns to Johnny, who promises he’s done with Chanel. Allie orders her brother to back off or else she’ll go all out with Brady.

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After Allie leaves, Ava asks if Johnny is really above Chanel. He says languishing isn’t his style, but he’s not good at letting things go. He thanks her for supporting him and apologizes for earlier. She says it is forgotten. He smiled and said, “Really?” Ava smiled back, “Mostly.”

Outside of Sweet Bits, Chanel smiles as Alex shakes hands with Allie

As he crosses the square, Alex is amused by the name Sweet Bits. Chanel tells her she made it up and gives her a free sample. He turns on the charm by introducing himself. He asks her to help reorient him to Salem, but she says she can’t. He assumes she has a boyfriend, but she corrects him as Allie approaches.

Alex introduces himself as a Kiriakis and Chanel explains that he was hitting on her. Alex says he didn’t realize they were gay. Allie clarifies that she’s bi and Chanel says, “I’m…me.” He then proposes that they all go out together, his treat. He would like to have a sexy couple like them on his arm. Chanel is in for a four star party. Alex says, five stars. Allie agrees. Chanel admires him as he leaves and then asks how things went with Johnny. Allie tells him that Tripp’s mother was there.

Gwen knocks on Ava’s apartment door and is surprised when Kristen opens it. Kristen explains that Ava is now at the DiMera mansion and is asking for land to oust Ava from Kristen’s rightful place. Gwen turns him down, but Kristen reminds her of what she did for her. She warns that she might ask for something in return one of these days. Before Gwen leaves, she tells Kristen that the DiMera Mansion isn’t so great anyway, declaring it a mausoleum. Kristen assures her that she will redecorate it soon enough. After Gwen leaves, Kristen calls Rolf to ask him to wake up Stefan.

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Gwen arrives at the DiMera mansion as Johnny leaves Ava in the living room. Gwen notices Ava’s engagement ring, which was hers. She puts her rage aside to implore Ava not to tell anyone that she helped her get out of Statesville the day Abigail was killed. Ava asks, “Is it because you killed her?” Gwen insists no, but thinks they both had better keep quiet. Ava assures Gwen that her secret is safe.

Johnny returns to Ava’s room with the shampoo and smiles at the sight of her bathrobe.

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Xander wears a priest's collar as he stands in front of a woman at a desk in Statesville

In a priest’s collar, Alex comes to the Statesville manager’s office. He says something about a literacy program, as the director is called. Sarah arrives after calling a non-existent prisoner altercation. She slips a thumb drive into the director’s tablet to upload the files to Gwen. While they wait, Sarah is turned on by Alex’s sexy priest outfit. They kiss when the guardian returns. Sarah slyly takes out the USB key while Alex is making up nonsense to the director. They make a quick getaway.

In his priest's outfit, Xander kisses Sarah in the Statesville office.

Back in their room, Sarah and Xander go through the files on Gwen. Sarah discovers that she was missing for several hours the night Abigail was murdered. They also find out that Leo and Ava visited her the next day. They find Ava’s visit strange, given that she sold Gwen on the river. Sarah also discovers that Gwen made two calls on the day of the murder. One to Leo and the other to Ava. Since Leo is her friend and Ava has mob ties, they deduce that Ava is the key to proving that Gwen killed Abigail.

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At the Salem Inn, Xander and Sarah smile as they look at a tablet on the desk.

Next on days of our lives: Thomas shocks Chad, and EJ surprises Gwen and Ava.

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