So what do we think happened with the paternity test results?
What we saw onscreen showed that Clyde threatened the lab tech, Martin, into tampering with the test. But, Martin was called away before he could do it, and the other tech came back and did the test, supposedly correctly. (The first time in the history of Salem!) I haven’t watched today’s show yet, but I’m assuming that the test will come back negative for Chad, showing Ben is the father.
Could it really be that simple? I say, there’s no way in hell.
The test was sitting on the desk, unattended, after Martin left. The door was locked, but that hardly matters. Anyone could pick the lock, or bribe Anne, to get into the room. Another option is that both lab techs were threatened. Martin by Clyde, and the other one by someone else. Maybe that lab tech didn’t really have a lunch date. Maybe she arranged for Martin to be called away, so she could come back and tamper with the test results herself.
The other question, of course, is who did it? Could it be Stefano, angry at Chad’s insistence that he would tell Abby about the land in Ireland? Or for some other purpose? Ben himself? I know he seems clueless at the moment, but it would be a fun reveal to show that he and Clyde were both working, separately, to tamper with the test. How about Hope? She supposedly doesn’t know that the paternity of the baby is in question, but she’s a detective, after all. Jennifer? Or even Kayla? (I hate to think it, but it’s possible.)
Anyone else? Keep in mind that this is a show that had Caroline switching the results of Parker’s paternity test, from Phillip to Daniel. Why? Because she wanted to help her granddaughter, Stephanie, hold onto Nathan Horton. Because if Phillip learned that he was really the father of Parker, he might end his marriage to Melanie, who would then rush back to her ex, Nathan.
Makes sense, right??
But, you say, isn’t Parker Daniel’s son? Yup. A few years later, they undid all of the above by showing yet another person had already switched the test results, and Caroline switched it back.
So I think we can agree that just about anything could happen with the results of this test. Heck, maybe they’ll do a Murder on the Orient Express and show every person in Salem dropped by and switched the result, one after another. Because why not?
I’ve heard some wild speculation about this. One rumor is that Stefano actually impregnated Abby with EJ’s sperm the night she was at the Dimera mansion with Chad. (Ew!) This would be for the purpose of getting stem cells to revive EJ — or something (does Stefano really need a reason to do anything?). That would mean it was neither Chad’s baby nor Ben’s, but EJ’s. This test result, remember, won’t show positively that Ben is the father, only that Chad is not the father. I think that without James Scott on the show, this is unlikely.
Also, the show is clearly setting up Chad and Abby as True Love, and everyone knows true love = fastest sperm. But I expect many twists and reversals before that is revealed.
UPDATE: I just watched today’s show, and they made it much more obvious that we have no idea what the true result is. I guess I was wrong about the second lab tech. Sorry, second lab tech, for slandering you!
And holy flashbacks today! There must have been something cut from the episode, that they filled in with those. I kind of think they are dropping Rafe/Hope, so maybe parts of those scenes were cut.