Salem is full of shady characters, but Ted Laurent on DAYS OF OUR LIVES left fans wondering exactly what to make of the guy. Gilles Marini made his debut as the attorney back in June of 2018, and by the end of the year had been upgraded to contract status. However, despite appearing to have turned over a new leaf, Ted found himself caught up in one scheme after another, and ultimately met a tragic fate!
Ted first appeared in Salem when he was hired by Kate Roberts to represent Leo Stark in his sexual harassment case against Sonny Kiriakis. Although the case was a complete fabrication, Leo had done such a good job setting up the evidence against Sonny that Ted was happy to take the case, expecting a big payout. Ted also pursued Kate romantically, confiding that his wife had passed away from cancer.
Ted popped up again when Theresa Donovan hired him to represent her when she sued Brady Black for custody of their son, Tate. Again, Ted played dirty and managed to help Theresa get custody of her son. Ciara Brady also hired Ted to plead Ben Weston’s case when he was accused of arson. Kate and Ted’s affair came to an abrupt end when she learned that he was blackmailing Will Horton and Sonny, and she pulled a gun to threatened his life.
Ted disappeared for a while, but Kate hadn’t killed him. He was afraid for his life because Stefan DiMera was after him, and he begged Hope to help keep him safe. She did so, hoping that he might be able to help her bring down both Stefan and Ben, who were now working together, although it caused some friction in her marriage to Rafe, especially when he found them in a compromising position!
Although Hope continued to insist to Ted that she is happily married, he still managed to interfere in her marriage to Rafe and offered her a shoulder to lean on. He was also appointed district attorney by the new mayor, Jack Deveraux. It was revealed that Ted shares a history with Diana Colville, and he was startled when she revealed she’d seen his wife six months ago given that he claims the woman is dead! Ted inadvertently put himself in Kristen DiMera‘s crosshairs when he helped her (disguised as Nicole) and Xander fake Holly’s death. This got him locked in the DiMera basement alongside Kate, and the two fell into bed again! Unfortunately, although they escaped, when Ted tried to convince “Nicole” to help him stop Kristen, the DiMera revealed her true face and in a struggle with Tony DiMera over a gun, was shot dead!
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