Jake on DAYS OF OUR LIVES is a bit of a complicated character, but let’s run down what we know so far! The character is played by actor Brandon Barash, who previously played Stefan DiMera on the soap. But while Stefan died in October of 2019, Jake made his debut on April 23, 2020. When Barash announced his return to Salem, he was naturally coy about exactly what the storyline would entail.
Gabi Hernandez thought she saw Stefan reflected in the window of her boutique in Salem Plaza. But when she turned around, he was gone. Later, as Gabi laid flowers on Stefan’s grave, Ben Weston went to a garage to see about getting a job — and parts to fix Ciara’s bike — and was floored when the mechanic looked exactly like Stefan! Jake informed Ben he’d already taken the job, although he did admit he was a little overworked and offered to put in a word with his boss.
When Gabi saw Jake in the square, she fainted dead away, and he’d already gone by the time she came to. At work, Jake told Ben he could work there as his assistant, and opened up a little about his ex who he couldn’t get out of his system. Ciara came to check on Ben and was equally stunned by the sight of Jake. They filled the mechanic in on Stefan and how he died. As Ciara thought someone should warn Gabi, Stefan’s widow ran into Jake in the park! He offered his sympathy for her loss but Gabi insisted he was Stefan and slapped him, angrily demanding to know why he was lying to her. Later, Jake had been reading up on Gabi online when she stopped by the garage intent on proving he was really Stefan — by kissing him! Meanwhile, Ben was assaulted by a couple of thugs who mistook him for Jake demanding he hand something over.
Convinced Jake is really Stefan, Gabi went to visit Dr. Rolf in prison to get the truth. While he initially reminded her of how he wasn’t able to save Stefan’s life, the mad scientist ultimately admitted that he had and Jake was really Stefan. He also offered to restore Stefan’s memories if Gabi got him out of prison, so she was determined to do just that!
Keep watching DAYS to find out what happens next!