Days of Our Lives recap: Jan steals Evan’s baby and Rolf plots Stefan’s heart transplant

Belle comes to see Shawn at home and finds out that Evan really is Shawn Christian’s father. He implores her to fight this so Evan doesn’t take her child from her. Belle knows how much she loves the baby, but she has no legal rights to it. There is nothing she can do.

At The Bistro, Evan tells Orpheus that he was confirmed as the baby’s father. Now he is going to New Zealand to be with Zoe and David. He will not fight with his sister for David’s custody, but he wants to be with him and for his children to meet. He got a job on a houseboat in Chicago and will make the rest of the way when he’s ready. He is not in a hurry. He invites his father over, but Orpheus has unfinished business there. Evan tells him that he will change the boy’s name to Maddox and goes to find his son.

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Orpheus and Evan have a beer at the Bistro

As Shawn tells the baby that he will always love him, Evan arrives. He has a court order to take his son, Maddox. Shawn’s face falls upon hearing of Evan’s plans to take the boy to New Zealand. Belle asks Evan to give Shawn time, but Evan demands Shawn’s son now. A distraught Shawn bids his “sweet boy” farewell and hands him over to Evan.

At home, Shawn and Belle look at a smiling Evan.

After Evan leaves, Belle tries to comfort Shawn, but he shrugs it off. This is what she wanted all along. She apologizes and then rants about Jan.

At the docks, Evan prepares to set sail with Evan, but Jan shows up. She explains that after falling into the water, she crawled to shore and hid on a yacht. She asks to hold her baby. He reluctantly hands the child over to her, and she kicks him into the water. She tells her son that they are going on a trip, but she swears that Salem hasn’t seen the last of Team Spears.

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Jan holds the baby on the docks and looks at Evan.

In her office, a panicked Gabi yells at her assistant to produce Ava and Jake’s marriage certificate, like now. She hangs up when Li arrives. She tries to cover up what she was ranting about, but he accuses her of trying to make Jake and Ava’s sudden marriage seem real. Ava tries to deny it, but Li puts all the pieces together. Except he thinks Ava was the mastermind behind the crazy plan. She spits out that she’s not crazy, and that it was all her idea.

After getting more details on how she pulled it off, Li compliments her on her ingenuity. But why did she keep him in the dark? She didn’t want to put him in a terrible position. Li replies that he likes all the positions she puts him in. He approves of her doing whatever it takes to keep DiMera number one. He knows that she goes after what she wants, even if it means lying and scheming along the way. He hugs her. Every inch of her. They kiss passionately and he asks, “Are we going to um…” She replies, “And we’re not going to apologize for that.” He presses a button on one of the DiMeras installed on the desk and the door to the office closes. He pushes Li across the desk.

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Stone-faced Ava opens the door for EJ

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At Ava’s apartment, EJ calls the county clerk to locate Jake and Ava’s marriage certificate. Panicking, Ava tries to get him off the phone until she gets a response. Her face falls and she says into her phone, “Oh, I see.” Ava tells him to get out of it. He apologizes for assuming the worst of her and welcomes her into his family. He tells her to just ask if there is anything he can do for her. She asks him to expedite her stock transfer so she can pay this month’s rent. He suggests that she move into the mansion in her place.

EJ makes fun of her garage apartment, assuming she prefers turndown service and a personal chef. He feels bad for her considering he didn’t want Jake under her roof. EJ would like the chance to make amends by treating her like Jake deserves to be treated. He also thinks a change of scenery would be to her benefit, but she doesn’t want to forget about Jake. He says that moving her would not help her forget, but rather help her heal. She cries. Jake’s death doesn’t seem real. He promises that he will get better. She accepts his invitation and they hug each other stiffly, both faces hardening.

After the sex at DiMera, Li hopes to repeat it later and leaves. Gabi gets a call from Ava who tells her about EJ’s visit. Now, she is moving into the mansion.

At the mansion, EJ tells his father’s portrait that he took a page from his book and keeps his family together, and the suitors closer.

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In his lab, Rolf looks at Kristen and opens a curtain, revealing Stefan hooked up to the machines.

In his lab, Rolf reveals Stefan hooked up to machines. He tells Kristen that he thought there was nothing to do after she shot Stefan, but then he realized that nothing is impossible. He modified his serum, but was unsuccessful until Gabi gave Julie her heart. He resurrected everything else, but Stefan now has no heart, in the most literal sense of the word. Kristen is relieved that Lani didn’t actually kill anyone, but she wonders how Rolf kept Stefan alive while he was in prison. He explains that as long as the power doesn’t go out, the machines don’t need supervision.

All they need now is a donor heart, so Jake’s death is the best possible scenario. Kristen marvels that he can bring Stefan back to life with Jake’s heart as if nothing ever happened. Rolf declares that they won’t know until they try, but he’s willing to do his best. He laughs that Stefan O. DiMera will rise again!

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Stefan hooked up to a breathing tube in Rolf's lab

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