Life has been rough for Lani on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but hopefully, things might finally be looking up for the beleaguered heroine! The character was introduced when actress Sal Stowers debuted on the soap as Lani Price in September of 2015. She departed in June of 2016, but then returned again in December of 2016 where she got wrapped up in the Salem drama once again!
Lani was first seen as a rookie officer in the Salem Police Department and took an interest in the mayor, Abe Carver. But not like that! Abe saw a photo of an old flame of his on Lani’s computer and questioned her about it. Lani admitted that she was the daughter of singer Tamara Price and that he was her father! He wanted to be careful about introducing her to her autistic brother, but Lani connected with Theo when she helped save his friend, Joey Johnson, who collapsed at a party.
After discovering that Ben Weston was the serial murderer nicknamed the Necktie Killer, Lani teamed up with fellow officer J.J. Deveraux to track him down and bring him to justice. Lani had been flirting with Rafe Hernandez, but backed off when she realized he was in love with Hope Brady. Lani fell for Hope’s son, Shawn-Douglas, but before they could take their relationship to the next level, he reunited with his estranged wife, Belle Black. It was at this point that Lani left Salem to move back to Miami.
Having been promoted to detective, Lani returned to Salem in December of 2016 to visit Abe, who had been shot. She also revealed to J.J. that she was the woman he’d slept with while he was blackout drunk in Miami. While they initially decided to just be friends, romance blossomed despite Abe’s disapproval. Lani risked her life going undercover to bust a drug dealing pimp named Snake, and struggled to detox from the drugs the villain forced on her.
Returning from Greece where she’d helped apprehend Deimos Kiriakis, Lani was stranded on a deserted island with some others after a plane crash. This was where she and J.J. finally consummated their relationship. However, after safely returning to Salem, J.J. was wracked with guilt when he accidentally shot Theo while on duty and he split up with Lani. When she went to see J.J. and found him with Gabi, Lani jumped to the wrong conclusions and confided in Eli Grant. When he confessed he’d fallen for her a long time ago, Eli and Lani slept together and she wound up pregnant.
Learning the truth about how Gabi had only been comforting a suicidal J.J., Lani got back together with him, but then discovered that her baby was Eli’s. Eventually, the truth came out and J.J. was devastated. Lani was diagnosed with placenta previa, which made her pregnancy high-risk, and when she went into early labor, Kayla was forced to deliver the child early and tragically, it did not survive. Grief brought Eli and Lani close together again, though he worried that she had become too attached to Peter, Jordan’s baby that Rafe was taking care of.
Lani eventually worked through her grief and accepted Eli’s marriage proposal. Unfortunately, shortly before the wedding, Lani accidentally shot and killed Stefan DiMera in the line of duty while trying to apprehend Vivian Alamain. Gabi agreed to donate Stefan’s heart to save Julie’s life, but only if Gabi begged her. Not only that but after the transplant, Gabi revealed she had control over Julie’s pacemaker and if Lani didn’t dump Eli at the altar she’d kill the poor woman!
Stay tuned to see how Lani’s story continues to unfold, and for more DAYS news, keep reading Soaps In Depth magazine!