|Sami Brady and EJ DiMera|
|Introduced by||Ken Corday
Elvis "EJ" Aron DiMera and Samantha "Sami" Jean Brady (also known by the portmanteau EJami for EJ and Sami) are fictional characters and a supercouple from the American soap opera Days of our Lives. Since 1993, the role of Sami Brady has been portrayed by actress Alison Sweeney. James Scott has portrayed the role of EJ DiMera since the character was introduced as an adult on the show on May 30, 2006.
EJ Wells, a famous European race car driver and entrepreneur, arrives in Salem and moves into the apartment across the hall from Sami Brady on 30 May 2006. The attraction between the handsome, charming Brit and Salem's resident bad girl is instantaneous and they quickly become good friends, despite her ongoing romantic relationship with Austin Reed at the time. Over that summer, EJ and Sami share a number of flirtatious exchanges and romantic moments. Ultimately, Sami is forced to leave Austin at the altar to satisfy the person blackmailing her. Se's also forced to give up custody of her son, Will, to her ex-fiance, Lucas Horton, EJ promises her that he will always be there for her and they share a kiss.
Shortly thereafter, Sami's secret is revealed when Lucas finds a blackmail note that was intended for Sami. As a result, Sami become estranged from her family, leaving Sami on her own. At the same time, EJ is revealed (to the audience) to be Patrick Lockhart's boss and the mastermind behind the so-called "gloved hand" crimes that have rocked Salem over the previous few months. The authorities are onto EJ. When EJ discovers that someone has searched his apartment, he realizes that Sami was involved. He goes over to Sami's apartment and kisses her. Sami pulls away and EJ's suspicions are confirmed. Lucas walks in before the situation can escalate further and warns EJ to stay away from Sami. EJ calls Sami a "tease" and tells her that he's seen her "true colors." A few days later, Sami meets EJ in the hall and he apologizes to her for his behavior. Sami forgives him. Sami later realizes that EJ is not who he says he is and that he is connected to her family's long-time enemy, Stefano DiMera. Sami learns that EJ is really Stefano's son and that the police believe that he is behind the "black glove" crimes, which have been perpetrated upon members of her family, the Brady's. She agrees to help the police set up a trap for EJ. She meets with EJ and makes plans to meet at an old boathouse outside of town on Boxing Day. EJ plays along with her, but when she leaves, it is clear that he is suspicious of her story and her motives."
EJ goes to the boathouse on Boxing Day, and shoots John Black, as per his father's orders, and flees. In the meantime, Sami drives out of town with Lucas on a ski trip. Their car breaks down on a lonely mountain road and they wind up in a cabin, where the roof collapses and traps Lucas underneath a heavy beam, which Sami is unable to move by herself. Sami returns to the road, desperate for help, and flags down an approaching car. Without seeing the driver, she jumps into the car and is alarmed to find that it's EJ. Sami attempts to bargain with EJ, offering to help him get through the roadblock if he helps her with Lucas. Sami gets EJ past the roadblock, and EJ stops threatening Sami with the gun. However, EJ declines to help Lucas and states that the only thing that would persuade him to delay his escape is if Sami has sex with him, explaining that one of his missions in Salem was to "plant the DiMera seed" in a Brady of his choosing. Sami agrees to EJ's bargain. EJ reciprocates by shifting the beam off Lucas before he disappears into the night and out of Salem.
EJ returns to Salem to clear his name and resume his former life. Sami pays him a visit at the police station to assure him that she's kept their secret. EJ is cleared of all charges due to insufficient evidence and released. He hires Sami's then boyfriend, Lucas, to work for his company. Sami realizes that she is pregnant and that she doesn't know who has fathered her baby - EJ or Lucas. Despite Sami's attempts to hide her pregnancy from EJ, he begins to suspect that she is pregnant. He gets confirmation and demands an amniocentesis to determine the paternity of the baby. Sami tries to fake an amnio result to show that Lucas is the father. Sami presents EJ with the fake test results, which name Lucas as the father of the her baby. EJ is very disappointed to find out that he is not the father of Sami's baby, but he still feels that they have a connection. EJ, familiar with Sami's history of tampering with paternity tests, breaks into the hospital lab and finds out that the test was not performed. The viewers start to see a gradual yet seemingly sincere change in EJ as he realizes the magnitude of what he did and the pain that he caused Sami. EJ apologizes for what he did on several occasions, and later refers to what he did as vile and inhuman. He does use the word "rape" in one of his apologies, finally acknowledging the truth of what happened that night. He does everything he can to earn back Sami’s trust and he saves her life on several occasions. Meanwhile, Sami, Lucas, and EJ find out that she's actually carrying twins.
Later, EJ and Sami scheme together, and it seems as though EJ is being redeemed. Sami is shown to trust him a little bit more than she did before, although she does not forgive him for what he did. The possibility that she may forgive him lingers. The origin of the DiMera vendetta against the Brady family, said to have begun with a forbidden affair between Santo DiMera and Colleen Brady, who, as fate would have it, look exactly like EJ and Sami respectively, begins to reveal itself. Once the terms for ending the DiMera vendetta are revealed, and that EJ and Sami must marry, EJ reminds Sami what is at stake if they don't marry. When Sami decides not to go through with the terms, EJ points out that her family is in danger. Sami calls EJ to come to the pub and, again, discuss their possible marriage and her annulment from Lucas. Shortly thereafter, while EJ is with Sami at the pub, Sami's stepfather, John, is killed in a hit-and-run. Sami assumes that John was killed because of her decision not to marry EJ. Sami quickly reverses her decision and agrees to divorce Lucas and marry EJ.
On October 23, 2007, Sami gives birth to her twins at her mother, Marlena Evans' house. After some convincing, Sami agrees to have a new DNA test done on the twins. While the DNA test is being performed, Sami leaves for Santo Domingo to divorce Lucas and leaves the twins with Steve Johnson and Kayla Brady. EJ learns, before Sami, that he is the father of the boy, John Roman. After Sami and Lucas return from Santo Domingo, EJ stops by Sami and Lucas' apartment and explains that he has made arrangements for he and Sami to marry the following night. Sami protests but eventually agrees. On November 8, 2007, Sami and EJ are married. As Father Kelly pronounces them "husband and wife", three gunshots are heard. EJ is struck in the back by one of the bullets and when he is able to speak, he weakly comments that he can not feel his legs. Sami holds vigil at the hospital with Stefano. Later, Stefano tells EJ that he is paralyzed and they don't know if it is permanent or not. EJ is devastated. Sami arrives at the hospital in time to silently witness EJ crying in Stefano's arms. Lucas reveals that he went to the church, got his gun, and shot EJ. On December 21st, Sami leaves EJ and tells him she wants a divorce, though EJ still wants to make things right. Lucas confesses and is sent to prison for shooting EJ. EJ makes a full recovery.
On January 11, EJ turns on his father when he tells Sami, Marlena, Bo and Hope that John is not dead but being held by Stefano. As a result, both EJ and Sami go into witness protection to hide from Stefano. Still married, EJ and Sami plan to get a divorce when EJ discovers that he might be deported back to England. Sami and EJ decide to move in together to prove to the immigrations officer that they are a loving family so that EJ will be able to stay in the country. Though it eventually comes to light that this was all an elaborate ruse orchestrated by EJ to maintain the status quo with Sami and the children, EJ is extremely moved to overhear Sami tell the imposter immigration officer that he would be lucky if he was ever able to find someone who "loves him half as much as EJ loves me." During this time, EJ, law degree in hand, and with a renewed interest in turning over a new leaf as a loving husband and father, joins Mickey Horton's firm. He takes on his first case, despite John and Sami’s objections, representing Sami’s longtime rival, Nicole Walker.
On May 15, 2008, EJ and Sami hash out their feelings over what happened the night Johnny was conceived after deciding to deal with the issues they’ve had between them in the past head-on. Sami declared that it was time that the slate between them should finally be wiped clean. EJ asks Sami if she can really put the night of Johnny’s conception behind them, and Sami firmly says that she can and will. After their conversation is interrupted by a very tipsy Nicole barging into the mansion and demanding to see EJ, jealousy rears its ugly head and, after physically throwing her romantic rival out the door, Sami pulls EJ into a fierce kiss. This inevitably leads to the couple making love on May 18th. Due to a misunderstanding, Lucas is released from prison early and, despite having told Sami that she should move on, is livid when he discovers her in bed with EJ.
Sami and EJ’s marriage is eventually annulled, but not before EJ begs Sami to be honest with him and finally admit that she has feelings for him. She tearfully admits that she does. Eventually, EJ tries to move on with Nicole, but it is clear from the start that his feelings for Sami. Nicole ends up pregnant, but Sami finds out she is also pregnant with EJ’s child, but decides to keep the information to herself, jealous of EJ and Nicole’s burgeoning relationship. Sami continues to keep her pregnancy a secret, despite Lucas insisting that Sami tell “the man she loves” that she’s going to have his baby.
Sami makes an attempt to tell EJ about her pregnancy on October 17th. While standing on the DiMera mansion’s doorstep, Sami spies EJ and Nicole together through the window. It is never made clear whether or not Sami would have actually gone ahead with telling EJ about the pregnancy despite seeing them together because moments later, Sami inadvertently witnesses Salem’s mayor being assassinated. Following the mayor’s assassination, EJ rescues Sami from a sniper, after which she reluctantly agrees to go into the Witness Protection program. Sami is devastated that she has to leave her children behind, and is heartbroken when she is told that, as a safety precaution, she isn’t allowed to even bring pictures of the kids with her. EJ, however, manages to slip pictures of Johnny and Allie into her luggage when no one is looking. Sami and EJ, despite being separated, still show signs of longing for each other.
After having a miscarriage, Nicole, having discovered that Sami is carrying EJ’s child, fakes the third trimester of her pregnancy by wearing a rubber baby belly to hold onto EJ. She makes a deal with Mia, a pregnant teenage girl, to take the infant once it’s born and raise it as her own. Nicole ends up making the decision to switch Mia’s baby with Sami’s. The baby switch is a success, with Sami bringing home baby Grace Rafaela, and Nicole bringing EJ and Sami’s daughter back to the mansion, naming her Sydney Anne DiMera. Sami is now involved with Rafe Hernandez, the FBI agent assigned to protect her. Grace is rushed to the hospital, and on June 9th, she dies from complications of meningitis. Sami, devastated by the death of the baby she believed was her biological daughter, lashes out at EJ, finally coming clean about hiding the pregnancy from him. Eventually, tensions begin to ease between the two with the help of a guilt-stricken Nicole. Sami finally begins to show some remorse for her actions, and EJ reveals to Lexie that he still has feelings for Sami, despite how she’s acted towards him.EJ asks Sami to visit Grace's grave with him. Sami shares her pregnancy story, and then apologizes to EJ about not telling him about Grace, asking him for forgiveness. After comforting each other at Grace’s graveside, EJ leaves Sami, but not before giving her a kiss on the cheek. Sami becomes flustered and blushes after the show of affection.
EJ and Sami soon find themselves on the same side when the details of the baby switch are finally revealed, and they discover that Nicole has had their biological daughter this entire time. When Nicole is granted bail after being arrested, she kidnaps Sydney and goes on the run. However, she's intercepted by Anna DiMera, EJ's sister-in-law, who kidnaps Sydney from her. It's later revealed that Anna was hired by EJ to kidnap Sydney. However, he later brings her back, looking like the hero to Sami. Sami and EJ grow closer over the summer of 2010. She and Rafe had grown distant over the course of the kidnapping ordeal. EJ officially proposes to Sami on July 30th, and, after much thought and consideration, Sami accepts his proposal. Throughout the summer, EJ goes to great lengths to keep the secret behind Sydney’s kidnapping safely hidden from Sami. Nicole ends up recording a conversation between EJ and Stefano during which he confesses to staging the kidnapping, and blackmails him with it. Rafe manages to get his hands on the CD containing EJ’s confession. Rafe shows up at the mansion in time to stop Sami and EJ’s wedding, and a heartbroken Sami leaves a devastated EJ at the altar, packing up the children and moving them all out of the mansion that same afternoon. When Sami finds out he was planning to take the children away, she goes to his house to confront him, and finds him passed out and drunk. She pulls a gun out of his hand and shoots him in the head with it.
EJ eventually recovers, shocking everyone by beginning to breathe on his own after he is taken off life support. On October 14th, EJ admits to Stefano that he still loves Sami, and that he believes that if she was indeed the one who shot him, he got what he deserved. Eventually, though, EJ sets out to prove that Sami was the shooter, as it becomes clear to him that it’s the only way that he will ever be able to see his children again. Rafe's sister, Arianna, manages to get a recording of Sami confessing to the shooting, but before she can bring it to EJ, she is killed by a hit-and-run driver. The recording ends up with her fiancé, Brady Black, and found by Nicole, who blackmails Rafe and Sami with it so she can spend more time with Sydney. However, she later brings it to EJ, asking for time with Sydney in return. EJ brings the recording to Sami, and blackmails her into giving up Johnny and Sydney on the day she marries Rafe. However, when Johnny is diagnosed with eye cancer, and has to have one of his eyes removed, EJ lets Sami be there and decides to let her be a part of the children's lives again after Johnny manages to recover.
After Johnny's surgery, EJ notices that he is very attached to Rafe, something that really irks him. He asks for Stefano's help in getting rid of that. When Rafe ends up unconscious after a car accident, he and Stefano switch him out with a surgically altered imposter to ruin Sami's marriage and get Rafe out of his children's lives for good. Sami attributes the changes in Rafe's behavior to the car accident and stays none the wiser. Meanwhile, EJ marries Nicole again, but realizes soon after that he's also fallen in love with her sister, Taylor. EJ and Taylor start sneaking around behind Nicole's back after Taylor moves into the DiMera mansion with EJ and Nicole. Nicole and Taylor's mother, Fay, also moves in, and finds out about the imposter Rafe. Unfortunately, soon after, Fay is killed by the imposter to keep a secret. EJ begins to doubt his plan to hire the imposter.
Sami eventually figures out the truth, and brings the real Rafe back, while locking up the imposter. Rafe initially has no memory of Sami, but is able to regain it. EJ has decided to leave Nicole for Taylor, but Nicole blackmails him with the fact that she knows what EJ and Stefano did to Rafe. EJ proposes to Taylor, but before things go any further, Stefano and EJ are both exposed & arrested for the imprisonment of Rafe, as well the murder of Fay Walker. Taylor finds out about EJ's involvement in her mother's death, breaks up with him, and mends her relationship with Nicole. After Johnny finds out that his dad and grandfather were arrested, he shuns EJ. When the imposter is killed, both Stefano & EJ are released, but EJ feels dejected over losing his children's love. Realizing the extent of the damage he has caused, EJ tries to make amends by giving up his parental rights, and giving full custody to Sami.
EJ decides to stay married to Nicole, and is also able to fix his relationship with his children and Sami. He decides to run for mayor against his brother-in-law, Abe Carver. However, he frames John Black for embezzlement, and when Sami tries to help her stepfather, she ends up getting caught in a shootout aimed at John with both Johnny and Sydney. Afterwards, Johnny disappears, and both EJ & Sami desperately try to find him. A report is broadcast, saying Johnny's body was found. In their grief and anger, EJ & Sami end up sleeping together. However, it's revealed the news report wasn't correct, and Johnny is found alive by Rafe, hiding out in the pub. EJ & Sami decide to keep their one-night-stand a secret. However, Will saw them together, and would hold it over their heads for months. When he tries to blackmail EJ, he turns the tables on Will, and reveals that he knows that Will, not Lucas, shot him at his wedding to Sami in 2007.
Will ends up working for EJ, to Sami's disapproval. Meanwhile, Rafe finds out about Sami & EJ sleeping together, and also reveals this to Nicole. Both couples file for divorce, as a result. EJ tries to fix his relationship with Nicole, while Sami begins confiding in Lucas. Meanwhile, Rafe and Nicole grow close, to Sami and EJ's dismay. When Nicole finds out she's pregnant, she decides not to tell EJ about the baby. However, EJ finds out, and Rafe claims he's the father to protect Nicole. Sami starts a relationship with Lucas when she finds out about the baby. She and Lucas also deal with the fact that Will is gay, and EJ also supports her and Will. However, that summer, Stefano is killed, and EJ becomes the primary suspect. Will ends up trying to prove his innocence, and Sami later joins in when she realizes EJ was framed. She and EJ go on the run as fugitives, and share a kiss while in hiding. EJ is later exonerated when it's revealed that Stefano is alive, and Ian McAllister framed EJ. Sami and EJ grow close, but Sami also begins making amends with Rafe. As the year draws to an end, Sami realizes she needs to make a decision between Rafe and EJ, and decides she wants to be with Rafe.
Sami keeps putting off telling EJ her decision, especially after EJ tells Sami he's fallen in love with her again. Meanwhile, Rafe's pregnant younger sister, Gabi, marries her boyfriend, Nick Fallon. Rafe & Sami are planning to have their wedding soon after. However, at the ceremony, it's revealed that Nick is not the father of Gabi's baby, as everyone assumed. Sami finds out that Will is actually the father, and thinks Gabi purposely tried to keep Will out of his child's life. Rafe defends his sister, while Sami defends Will, and the two break up. EJ finds out about this, and is waiting at Sami's home when she comes back, giving her a shoulder to lean on. Eventually, Sami comes clean to EJ about wanting to leave him for Rafe, but explains that she wants him back and is willing to wait for him. EJ wants to still be with her, and they reunite in early February.
Sami wants to make sure Will is part of his daughter's life, and starts getting into arguments with both Rafe and Gabi about this. Nick is furious with Sami. He demands Will sign away his rights to the baby or risk getting sent to jail along with his family. Will agrees, and Sami is heartbroken, as well as EJ, who has grown close to Will. The two of them decide to find a way to make the evidence disappear. Sami, desperate, decides to ask Stefano for help to make the evidence disappear. To this end, she and EJ move into the DiMera mansion with their children. EJ decides to propose to Sami, and in April, they get engaged. Soon after, Stefano agrees to get rid of the police evidence against Will, and Sami & EJ believe they are in the clear when they get rid of Nick's recording of Will's confession. However, Sami realizes that Stefano is double-crossing them, and she & EJ try to stop him.
Meanwhile, Gabi gives birth to Arianna Grace after Will rescues her and Nick from a vicious attack. However, Will is shot while trying to rescue Nick, but eventually recovers. Sami happens to witness a man trying to kill a comatose Rafe at the hospital, and shoots him to protect Rafe. The man is revealed to be Salem PD officer, but both EJ and Sami know the officer was actually Stefano's mole. The officer dies, and the weapon he was holding goes missing from the hospital room. With no evidence to back her claim, Sami is charged with the murder of an officer, and EJ tries desperately to find evidence to prove Sami's innocence.
Sami and EJ DiMera got married but in turn, Sami only married him for revenge as she finds out about his affair with Abigail Deveraux. She has known for weeks and has set EJ up to send him to prison for 10 years, denying bail for tax evasion. Sami is now co-CEO of DiMera Enterprises, teaming up with her associate, Kate Roberts to take out Stefano and EJ Dimera, while she alone will make Abigail's life miserable.
EJ and Sami's relationship has been recognized as a top couple to view by Sympatico/MSN/TV Guide. The pairing won Best Couple in Soap Opera Digest's Hot Off The Net poll, published the week of September 17, 2007, and their portrayers won the Best Actor and Best Actress honors in the same poll the week of September 10, 2007.
In a September 10, 2007 Soap Opera Weekly interview with Bryan Dattilo, portrayer of Days of our Lives' Lucas Roberts, the popularity and appeal of the EJ and Sami storyline was discussed. The interviewer stated that Soap Opera Weekly receives more fan mail from EJ and Sami fans than from Lucas and Sami fans. When asked if he would be okay if Sami and EJ became a supercouple, Dattilo responded, "Yeah. I think Sami and EJ have the ability to be a supercouple like Luke and Laura." EJ and Sami's popularity has proved formidable to rival couple Lucas and Sami.
There is debate among viewers over whether or not what EJ did to Sami in the December 29, 2006 episode (see above) could be considered rape. In a May 3, 2007 interview, actor James Scott, portrayer of EJ, was interviewed by Sympatico/MSN/TV Guide about the subject:
I don’t think they handled the rape very well, and I’ll tell you why. EJ raped Sami, and then afterwards, he’s hanging out in her house — alone with her. It’s irresponsible on so many levels. However, had it been handled well, I think it would have been an interesting story choice. Now the story focus has shifted to her pregnancy and the classic soap story of paternity. Having said that, I chose to believe that EJ is in love with Samantha — he just can’t communicate it.
In an article about the Santo DiMera/Colleen Brady storyline in the July 17, 2007 edition of Soap Opera Digest, Days of our Lives former Co-Executive Producer Stephen Wyman referred to the December 29, 2006 incident between EJ and Sami as rape. "Naturally, we don’t expect anyone to forget about the rape, nor do we expect anyone to take EJ’s rape of Sami lightly. However, we know life goes on. People can change," he said. "At some point, the issue of the rape is going to have to be dealt with in the fundamental way, but meanwhile, there is the audience that wants to see EJ and Sami together. [But] they aren’t forgetting about the rape, either." The article is about the Santo/Colleen storyline, in which the actors, Alison Sweeney and James Scott, portray two characters from the past falling in love. Soap Opera Digest noted, "this story provides an opportunity for the actors to work together romantically in a less controversial tale."
In June 2007, Soap Opera Weekly printed an opinion column that addressed concerns that rape is being portrayed as romantic on soap operas. The author opined that soap operas such as General Hospital, Guiding Light and Days of our Lives (citing EJ and Sami) are portraying rape as romantic because these soap operas are seen to be pairing or considering to pair a female character with a character who raped her or with a character some viewers believe raped her. "Sorry folks. If daytime's most famous couple [Luke and Laura from General Hospital] cannot escape the horror of the campus disco after 28 years, how could GL's and Days' non-couples hope to gloss over sexual assaults that aired just recently? Do the soaps think audiences can forgive and forget so quickly?" stated the author. She added that the "chemistry is a great thing," but that she did not believe it was enough to overcome the controversial scenes, even though a "unique formula" gave Luke and Laura a "free pass" to allow them to become one of the most popular supercouples on daytime television.