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Lamon Archey’s arrival on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Eli Grant has left some fans wondering who this mysterious newcomer is, so we thought we’d run down what we know to help fill in some of the blanks!
Eli is the son of Valerie Grant and David Banning, although he was raised by his mother’s friend, Terrence, and never knew his real father. David Banning is Julie Williams’ son, and many years ago, after a massive falling out with his mother, he was taken in by the Grant family where he fell in love with Valerie. Their engagement was broken off when he had an affair with Trish Clayton and she became pregnant. But now it turns out that Valerie had also given birth to David’s child, although secretly!
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David died off-screen in a motorcycle accident, and Eli showed up at the funeral where Valerie was shocked to see him. Although he grew up believing Terrence was his father, when Eli applied to join the FBI, tests were done that revealed there was no way that could be true. Putting two and two together, Eli realized David was his real father, and confronted his mother about lying to him.
Vanessa Williams (Valerie), Lamon Archey (Eli), and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie). (Photo Credit: XJJohnson/jpistudios.com)
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Julie was surprised to learn she had another grandson, but Eli’s appearance in her life has helped her deal with the grief of losing her son. She also threw a special lunch so that Eli could meet the Horton family and hear stories of their lives that he missed out on.
But Eli is furious with his mother for never letting him know his father, and Valerie is devastated by the idea that she’s ruined her son’s life forever. Forgiveness will be hard for her to earn, but she’s going to try and make things right.
There are certainly more secrets to be revealed about Eli as he gets to know his family and the other residents of Salem, so stay tuned!
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