Ever since Lamon Archey joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Eli Grant back in February of 2017, some fans have been wondering where this guy came from and who he’s related to in Salem. So we thought we’d explain his past to help fill in some of the blanks and predict where he’ll go in the future!
Eli is the son of Valerie Grant and David Banning, although he was raised by his mother’s friend, Terrence, and never knew his real father. David Banning is Julie Williams’ son, and many years ago, after a massive falling out with his mother, he was taken in by the Grant family where he fell in love with Valerie. Their engagement was broken off when he had an affair with Trish Clayton and she became pregnant. But now it turns out that Valerie had also given birth to David’s child, although secretly!
David died off-screen in a motorcycle accident, and Eli showed up at the funeral where Valerie was shocked to see him. Although he grew up believing Terrence was his father, when Eli applied to join the FBI, tests were done that revealed there was no way that could be true. Putting two and two together, Eli realized David was his real father, and confronted his mother about lying to him.
Julie was surprised to learn she had another grandson, but Eli’s appearance in her life helped her deal with the grief of losing her son. She also threw a special lunch so that Eli could meet the Horton family and hear stories of their lives that he missed out on.
Eli was furious with his mother for never allowing him to know his father, and Valerie was devastated by the idea that she’d ruined her son’s life forever. Thankfully, after the intervention of friends and family, Eli began to warm towards Val and ultimately reconciled with her after returning from being stranded on a deserted island following a plane crash.
Working with the Salem PD, Eli has found himself caught up in plenty of drama since his arrival, including the murder of Deimos, which occurred in the Martin House, which he had just received as a gift from his grandmother, Julie!
The handsome detective didn’t have much luck in the romance department, with his relationship with Gabi Hernandez never really getting off the ground because he was convinced she still had feelings for JJ. He got closer to Lani Price and even slept with her after thinking Gabi had spent the night with JJ. He was horrified to later find out Gabi had been trying to keep JJ from killing himself, and things got even worse when Lani turned out to be pregnant! The truth about their one-night stand came out during Gabi’s murder trial and Eli stayed by Lani’s side during her difficult pregnancy, which tragically resulted in the loss of their unborn child.
Eli and Lani clearly still had feelings for each other but were reluctant to act on them so Sheila used her old friendship with Eli to make Lani jealous enough to push the pair together. Eli continued to keep the peace in Salem and worried about Lani’s connection to David, Jordan’s infant son. Her obsession over the boy caused Eli to dump her but they eventually reconciled and he popped the question.
Unfortunately, Lani dumped him at the altar and fled Salem, and after a year passed, Eli was working security for DiMera and dating Gabi! When Lani returned from the nunnery, she was shocked to find them together, and interrupted their wedding to reveal that the real reason she’d left Eli at the altar is that Gabi had threatened to kill Julie! Stunned, Eli got back together with Lani and they rejoined the Salem P.D.
Lani learned she was pregnant again, and she and Eli finally tied the knot. Then they learned that they were going to become parents to twins! Lani got upset with Eli when she asked him not to mention her pal Kristen DiMera was back in Salem but he still turned in the fugitive anyway. Things got even worse when the DA threatened to arrest Lani unless Eli got evidence proving Kristen stabbed Victor. After Eli convinced Kristen to confess, Lani was furious with her husband.
Thankfully, the couple was able to reconcile before the birth of their twins, Carver and Julia. And Eli and Lani were a united front when their babies were abducted and they teamed up to rescue them from Vivian Alamain! Eli joined Lani in welcoming her aunt, Paulina Price, to Salem, and although they were unsure, agreed to accept her blank check to help pay for the twins’ college education one day.
Stay tuned to DAYS to see how his storyline continues!