‘Days Of Our Lives’ (DOOL) spoilers finds that when the big Stefano DiMera (formerly played by Joseph Mascolo) reveal came a few days ago, none were more surprised than I was. As a veteran fan of DOOL I remember back in the day when Patch, AKA Steve Johnson (Stephen Nichols) was part of the rambo squad actively against Stefano! I could see choosing one of his kids or maybe a rando neer-do-well that happened to stumble across one of the many DiMera rental properties all over, but Patch? So, that got the wheels in my head turning, what qualities did Patch possess that made Stefano choose him as his successor?
‘Days Of Our Lives’ Spoilers: Convenient!
First off, we have to remember that this is Stefano DiMera. Sure he is cold and calculating but he is also opportunistic. Patch could have been the nearest Salemite resident that served his purpose at the time and that is probably the explanation that makes the most sense. Patch was there and it was convenient. That might just be reason enough right there.
‘Days Of Our Lives’ Spoilers: Dr. Rolf was lazy
Besides it being convenient, it might just be that Patch was probably the only one around that had a working knowledge of Stefano so Dr. Wilhelm Rolf (William Utay) wouldn’t have to do much programming on the chip he was going to implant just enough so that Patch could take over where the original ‘Steffie’ had left off. Rolf is a doctor, not a computer programmer but even a non techie knows that there is only so much information a chip can hold, and maybe a chip like Stefano’s only works when the subject has a working knowledge of the Phoenix. Perhaps Princess Gina’s (Kristian Alfonso) programming wasn’t that intense. But Stefano Dimera (now played by Stephen Nichols) has a lot of memories and perhaps some of that only works when one has both sides of the story.
‘Days Of Our Lives’ Spoilers: Maybe it goes way back
Back in 1988, Patch and then wife Kayla Brady (Mary Beth Evans) adopted a little boy named Benjy Hawk (then played by Darrel Thomas Utley). His Mother, Ellen Hawk, had been killed by Stefano and as a result of the blast, Benjy himself had gone deaf. He hung around as Patch and Kayla’s (Mary Beth Evans) as their little boy until his Maternal Grandfather, Orion, was discovered living in Europe and he ended up living with him instead of growing up in Salem with Patch and Kayla, but he never forgot their kindness. In fact, when Patch and Kayla were sick from getting poisoned, Benjy (now played by Jim Lunsford) even came back to help them! Unfortunately it was during that time that Stefano and brother EJ DiMera (James Scott) bullied Benjy into giving Patch the devil Tarot card as a message from Stefano, or else they would kill his wife and child. Which brings me to my next point…
‘Days Of Our Lives’ Spoilers: Interesting choice. Now what?
What if whoever received the card was the one whom Stefano has chosen as his successor? That might explain some of his line of logic, but it doesn’t explain the why. However, since all of Stefano’s plans seem to have an element of poetry to them, maybe he chose Patch because he had adopted Benjy as a child and been a Father to him. Now, to a normal bad guy that might have been enough reason to leave him alone. However, not to Stefano. His schemes always have an element of ‘twisting the knife’ so to speak, so coming for someone who was a Dad to one of his kids would definitely twist the knife – at least for the kid involved.
‘Days Of Our Lives’ Spoilers: Maybe Patch wasn’t the first choice
Perhaps, Patch was not the actual first choice to take over the ‘role’ of the Phoenix by Stefano, and it was actually Benjy. Maybe a terrified Benjy contacted Patch for help. Like any good Dad, of course Patch would respond but perhaps he got in over his head. Or maybe it was a hostile situation in which Patch had to think quickly for the boy who had once called him Dad and offered himself up. Sounds plausible and not entirely out of the realm of possibility, right? Who knows. To see how the story of Steve-ano plays out we’ll just have to stay tuned!!!