Ava on DAYS OF OUR LIVES has had quite the history in Salem so it’s understandable if some viewers might want a refresher! The character was first introduced in February 2008 when Tamara Braun joined the soap. She exited in August of that year, and after a run as a different character, Taylor Walker, in 2011, returned for another run as Ava in December 2015. But by March 2016, the mob princess was dead… not that death is particularly permanent on DAYS, as she came back in November 2020. In December 2022, Ava once again exited the canvas, though this time she was still alive, so it was less of a shock when she resurfaced again in August 2023!
Ava was introduced as a mysterious woman from Steve Johnson’s past who stalked his family while they were traveling in Ireland. She sabotaged their plane so they couldn’t leave, but that led to the plane crashing and the death of Shawn Brady. Ava followed Steve back to Salem where she kidnapped Hope Brady, believing she was his wife, Kayla Brady!
Steve managed to calm Ava and after everyone was safely rescued, it was revealed that the pills Ava had been taking were the cause of her dangerous behavior. After Ava was released on bail, her cousin, Angelo, confided that her father, Martino Vitali, had her drugged. After her father was killed by Bo Brady, Ava put her past behind her and started a relationship with John Black. However, when she was faced with criminal charges regarding the plane crash, Ava skipped bail and left the country!
Ava returned to Salem in 2015 and manipulated Joey Johnson into helping her reunite his parents as part of her revenge plan. As time went on, Joey developed feelings for Ava, but she rejected him, claiming she had leukemia and was dying. Kayla was horrified to find Joey and Ava together and warned him to stay away, but he refused.
When Joey finally confessed his feelings to his father, Steve filled him in on the horrible truth about Ava. Joey was shocked to hear her litany of crimes, as well as the fact that she may have given birth to Steve’s child. Ava knocked Kayla out and kidnapped her, threatening to kill her if Steve didn’t go to bed with her. Steve agreed in order to save Kayla, but Joey was appalled at his father’s decision. Learning that Ava had planned to frame his mother for attempted murder, a drunken Joey sneaked into Ava’s hospital room and smothered her in her sleep!
A year later, Steve learned that his son with Ava had not died as they’d been led to believe, and he brought Tripp Dalton back to Salem to be with his family. Steve also took the blame for Ava’s murder, claiming it was on ISA orders, but Tripp believed he was covering for someone. Unfortunately, he believed he was covering for Kayla, and set out to take revenge by killing her! Eventually, the truth was revealed, but now it turns out that Ava wasn’t as dead as everyone thought she was!
Ava tried to keep her resurrection under wraps, but that didn’t last long and she was arrested. Luckily, she struck a deal with Kayla to not press charges against Joey if she didn’t press charges against her. Ava then went into full mama bear mode protecting Tripp. Upset to learn that he’d been accused of raping Allie Horton, Ava then accused Charlie Dale of the crime, noting the DNA evidence — DNA he and Tripp share since they are brothers!
Ava pressed Charlie into confessing to the crime and wanted him to go to the cops to clear Tripp’s name, so he accused his mom of playing favorites. And fearing what she might do, Charlie knocked Ava out and abducted her! Rafe Hernandez rescued her and later invited her to move in with him for her own protection. When Charlie was murdered, Ava was one of the prime suspects, but while she was glad her son was dead, she was actually innocent of killing him.
Ava and Rafe eventually gave in to their feelings going on a date and later having sex. However, after helping Kristen DiMera escape police custody, Ava later lied to her new beau about it. She was also jealous of the continued connection between Rafe and Nicole, though he insisted he only had eyes for Ava. The former mob princess helped Philip blackmail Gabi Hernandez, then later found herself the target as Kristen blackmailed her into helping her escape prison. After Ava framed Rafe, he dumped her for Nicole. She also got mixed up with Gwen Rizczech, and after scheming together, the pair threatened to expose each other. When Ava found herself arrested, she offered up the dirt on Gwen in exchange for immunity.
Ava moved in with Jake DiMera, and while things started out platonically, they didn’t stay that way for long! Tragically, just after Jake popped the question, he was killed by a mugger over the ring. Gabi convinced Ava to pretend that she and Jake were already married at the time of his death so she could retain control of his DiMera stock. She then moved into the family mansion where she bonded with Johnny DiMera, who defended her against EJ DiMera. Ava thought she was losing her mind when she thought she saw Jake, but it turned out to be Stefan DiMera back from the dead. Thrown out of the mansion, Ava invited Johnny to move in with her. They kissed, but put on the brakes before things went any further. No sooner did the pair manage to get back into the DiMera estate than EJ found out the truth about Ava’s marriage to Jake and threw her out again, demanding she leave Salem or he’d call the police!
Experiencing hallucinations of Charlie egging her on, Ava enlisted Xander Kiriakis to help her kidnap EJ’s mother, Susan Banks. Unfortunately, that plan went sideways which led to Ava driving off a cliff with Susan in the car! Having leaped out of the vehicle before it crashed, Ava continued taunting EJ and planted a bomb at the church to detonate during Susan’s funeral. But after being seen by Tripp, Ava was delayed and still there when the bomb went off. She survived, but still seeing Charlie, was clearly disturbed and shipped off to Bayview for treatment.
In August 2023, Ava was startled to see Harris Michaels in the facility, and started calling him Charlie and refusing to let him get her. So clearly, she’s still got a ways to go yet.
Stay tuned to see what happens next!