Abe Carver has been one of the most beloved characters on DAYS OF OUR LIVES for years. Which is why fans had a little moment of panic when he expressed his desire to accompany his son, Theo, to Africa while he undergoes therapy. Thankfully it appears he's not done with Salem quite yet, which is good, because Salem isn't done with him, either!
Abe first appeared on DAYS when James Reynolds joined the cast in October of 1981. Abe hoped to rid Salem of crime, including the villainous Stefano DiMera. He had failed relationships with Nikki Wade, Valerie Grant, and Tamara Price before finding love with Lexie Brooks. Unfortunately, Lexie discovered that her aunt Frankie was really her mother and her father was Stefano, which caused problems frequently throughout their marriage.
Next, Abe was caught up in the murder of Tony DiMera, and he and Lexie flew to Paris to rescue a kidnapped Marlena. However, they were forced to break Stefano out of jail because he had a drug that could save Roman’s life.
Lexie didn’t want to tell Abe the truth about their son. (Photo Credit: Jesse Grant/JPI)
Abe and Lexie were devastated when they learned that the little boy they’d adopted was actually Bo and Hope’s son who Stefano had switched at birth. Abe was furious that Lexie had discovered the truth and kept it from him so they could continue raising Isaac, but they ultimately reconciled.
A more complicated situation arose when Brandon Walker arrived in Salem with a grudge against Abe. During a weak moment, Lexi slept with Brandon and when she became pregnant, she didn’t know who the daddy was. Thankfully, Abe turned out to be the babydaddy. And in fact, it was later revealed that Brandon was Abe’s illegitimate son with Fay Walker!
Abe was just the first victim of many… (Photo Credit: Jesse Grant/JPI)
Tragically, on the day of his son, Theo’s, christening, Abe was shot dead, the first victim of the Salem serial killer. Months later, he and the other “murdered” residents of the town were discovered very much alive on a remote tropical island. Unfortunately, after reuniting with his family, Abe discovered he was going blind and suffered impotency issues. He accused Lexie of cheating on him with Tek, and when his eyesight was restored, he actually caught them in bed together. Still, Abe and Lexie were able to reconcile again, and they were together until she was presumed dead in a car accident.
His eyesight deteriorating again, Abe underwent another retina transplant, and Lexi was discovered being held hostage in the tunnels under Salem by Andre DiMera. The couple was reunited and became a family with Theo once more. Frustrated with the corruption at City Hall, Abe ran for mayor and was elected in 2008. Despite accusations of tampering, Abe was also re-elected in 2011.
Abe and Lexie’s love story game to a tragic end when she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Choosing to spend time with her loved ones over treatment, Lexi spent her remaining days with her friends and family and ultimately died in Abe’s arms as they sat together in the garden. Abe continued to raise Theo on his own and continued to work with the Salem PD on occasion. in 2015, Abe was asked to take over again as mayor and he agreed.
Abe was forced to say goodbye to his son, Theo. (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
Recently, Abe has found himself reconnecting with his former ex, Valerie, but after giving her a series of expensive gifts, he was arrested for being Dario’s silent accomplice in the counterfeit money scheme. Thankfully that was all just an elaborate sting to flush out the real criminals. JJ shooting Theo in the line of duty caused heated conflict between the Carvers and the Bradys, but with his son on the road to recovery, Abe has backed off. How will he adjust to life without his boy? Stay tuned to find out as his story continues!
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