"Like sands through the hourglass... so are the Days of Our Lives." These words, spoken by late cast member Macdonald Carey, open every episode of this daytime drama, chronicaling the trials and tribulations of the citizens of the fictional city of Salem.
Sonny has a painfully honest discussion with Paul about Will; Hope and Rafe learn they both expressed interest in the commissioner job; Eli runs into someone from his past; Bonnie tries to seduce Victor.
Andre and Kate set new ground rules for their fake marriage; Abigail gets ready at the church with Jennifer and J.J.; Paul asks John and Marlena for advice about his vows; a mysterious figure escapes from Bayview.
Maggie and Justin interrupt Bonnie and Victor's wedding; Kayla and Steve try to figure out what's causing Adrienne's bizarre behavior; Hope and Sami demand answers about Will from an old foe; Jennifer urges Eric to come back to Salem.
Justin, Steve and Kayla work to free Adrienne; Eli confides in Gabi about a regretful decision from his past; Hope enlists J.J. and Lani to uncover secrets regarding Will; Bonnie and Sheila prepare to flee Salem.
Eve has another unexpected revelation for Victor and Brady; Eric and Brady have a tense run-in; Kate presents Gabi with a lucrative opportunity; Eli and Rafe clash on their first day as partners at the police department.
Sami has a surprising request for Rafe; Eve desperately tries to extricate herself from Brady's trap; Chad confronts Andre about sabotaging the company; Chloe tries to get Lucas to stop drowning his sorrows.
John gets Roger to admit to Will that Susan has been lying to him; Paul thanks Sonny for defending him, but Sonny makes clear all is not forgiven; a familiar face visits Susan; Eve blasts Brady and Victor for trying to set her up.
Rafe is forced to hide when Hope shows up at Sami's hotel room; Will reunites with Belle, who inadvertently reveals an unpleasant incident from his past; Paul confides in John that he fears he's going to lose Sonny; Eve turns the tables on Brady.
Sami lashes out at Belle; Hope opens her heart to Rafe, who is wracked with guilt over sleeping with Sami; Sonny makes his decision about whether he wants to be with Paul or Will; Will flirts with Paul.
Sami urges Lucas to sober up and be there for his son; Eric appeals to Will to give his mother a chance; Brady asks Paul to dig up dirt on Eve; Maggie fights back when Eve asserts her authority in the Kiriakis household.
Will finds Hope's engagement ring in Sami's hotel room; J.J. offers to make an unexpected move on Hope's behalf; Eli and Rafe get new information about the night of Theo's shooting; Kayla and Steve confront Kate about blackmailing Tripp.
Sami and Rafe get stuck in an awkward situation with Hope; Abe questions Eli about the investigation into his son's shooting; Doug gives Rafe a stern warning; Eric tries to help J.J. deal with his guilt.
Vivian and Stefan secretly discuss their plans for DiMera; Kate and Andre's evening is interrupted by an unexpected adversary; J.J. pleads with Lani not to end her pregnancy; Eric is jealous when he sees Jennifer with another man.
Abigail accuses Stefan of trying to stir up trouble between her and Chad; Lani feels guilty as J.J. continues to think he's going to be a father; Abe learns surprising news; Gabi questions Eli when she finds Lani's earring in his room.
Chad continues his quest to find the dirt necessary to bury his brother; Stefan asks Gabi out to dinner; Vivian questions Stefan about his feelings for Abigail; Theo says goodbye to his family and friends.
Chad's suspicion of Andre grows, but Abigail comes to her brother-in-law's defense; Stefan is appalled when Vivian suggests they resort to extreme measures; Lucas asks Chloe out on a date; a murder rocks Salem.
Hope urges Roman not to get involved in the murder investigation; Sonny overhears an incriminating conversation between Brady and Eve; Will talks to Marlena about his attraction to Paul; Steve's dizzy spells continue.
While reviewing security footage from the night of Andre's murder, Eli and Rafe make a surprising discovery; Stefan assures Vivian her tracks have been covered; Lani confesses to Gabi; John and Steve investigate the origin of Anna's letter.
Steve tells Kayla about his dire health news; Will vows to help Paul find out about what is happening with John; Sonny doesn't want to hear Eve's relationship advice; Victor suggests how Brady can gain Eve's trust.
Will and Paul spy on John and discover his unsettling plans; Steve's condition worsens as he and Kayla race against time to find out what's wrong with him; Eli faces a difficult decision; Claire tries to get the truth out of Tripp.
Hope is curious about Carrie's reaction to her and Rafe's wedding invitation; while speaking with Rafe and Eli, Abigail implicates Gabi; Marlena questions John's behavior; Kate discovers a shocking scene at the DiMera Mausoleum.
Abigail and Stefan share a moment; John attempts to inject Steve with another dose; Kate is reunited with Billie, who has a mysterious reason for being in town; Claire confronts Ciara about the secret she shared with Tripp.
Kayla has grim news for Steve; Claire confides in Marlena about Rafe's infidelity; Hope and Rafe make a surprising decision about their nuptials; Vivian asks Victor to form an unconventional partnership.
Vivian's life is threatened during an unusual encounter; Gabi shares her fears of going to prison with Sonny; Valerie questions Eli's choice about letting J.J. raise his child; J.J. suggests he and Lani elope.
Hope is rocked when Rafe's secret is exposed; Ciara declares war on Claire; Eli makes a confession to Gabi; Jennifer and Eric end up on opposite sides as Jennifer blames Sami for Rafe and Hope's troubles.
Abigail is confused when Chad mentions an incident she doesn't remember; Gabi makes a shocking discovery; Tripp tries to talk Ciara out of getting revenge on Claire; Rafe is taken aback by Hope's surprising decision.
Abigail seeks help from Kayla; Chad searches Stefan's office and finds incriminating evidence; Gabi lays into Lani about her one-night stand with Eli; Valerie tries to talk J.J. out of marrying Lani until the baby arrives.
Chad and Stefan argue about Abigail traveling to Hong Kong with Stefan; Kayla vents to Marlena; Steve gets John to accept his forgiveness; Brady uses the New Face of Bella contest to spend time with Eve.
Will and Paul make love for the first time; Sonny goes on a date with Leo, who harbors a secret; Belle comes to Chad's rescue; Abigail freaks out when she suddenly realizes she's in another country with Stefan.
Steve suffers a major setback; Eve tries to get out of having to work with Brady; Chloe and Lucas are caught off guard when they find out who sent Chloe the flowers; Tripp fights with Ciara about the New Face of Bella contest.
Lani blasts Valerie for her role in revealing the true paternity of her child; Abe is angry with Valerie; Eli apologizes to J.J.; Gabi and Abigail face off over Abigail's testimony; Chad questions whether Abigail was telling the truth.
Marlena is appalled when she learns Stefan and Gabby are romantically involved; Hope returns home from Hong Kong and comforts Rafe after Gabi's sentencing; Brady makes a bet with Eve; Lucas tries to dissuade Chloe from considering Miguel's offer.
Stefan and Gabby go to extremes to make sure Marlena doesn't reveal their secret; John starts to worry when Marlena misses their dinner plans; Lucas confronts the person he thinks is behind Chloe's offer; Rafe is rocked by Hope's decision.
Adrienne has a surprising suggestion for Will's first Spectator article; Vivian urges Leo not to give up on the plan to take down Sonny; Rafe vows to fight for his marriage to Hope; Tripp makes an unexpected choice between Ciara and Claire.
Refusing to give up, Chad and Rafe work to prove Gabi's innocence; Abigail gets closer to the truth while trapped in her subconscious; John grills Gabby about Marlena's whereabouts; Marlena warns Stefan he's making a big mistake.
Ciara, Claire, Eve and Brady anxiously wait for the winner of the Bella contest to be revealed; Vivian realizes someone may be on to her plan; Chloe has a tense confrontation with Kate; Paul shares his suspicions about Leo with Will.
Chad's discovery sends him into a rage; Vivian and Kate lash out at each other; Gabi finds herself in danger when she encounters someone with an axe to grind; Will and Sonny come together for Arianna's sake.