|Days Of Our Lives|
|Portrayed by||Brandon Barash|
|Current status||Present; Recurring|
|First appearance||April 23, 2020|
|Created by||Ron Carlivati|
|Introduced by|| Ken Corday |
Mob Employee (formerly)
|Residence|| DiMera Mansion|
Jake Lambert is a character from the soap opera Days of Our Lives, portrayed by Brandon Barash on April 23, 2020. Barash previously portrayed the character Stefan DiMera from March 20 to October 11, 2019.
On November 7, 2019, Soaps.com confirmed that Brandon Barash, who previously portrayed Stefan DiMera, would be making his way back to Days Of Our Lives. It was unknown if he would be portraying Stefan or someone new.
On April 14, 2020, it was revealed that Barash will return during the week of April 20 as a new character named Jake Lambert.
According to sources, Brandon considers Jake to be the exact opposite of his previous role, Stefan DiMera.
He made his first appearance on April 23, 2020.
A few years before coming to Salem, Jake lived in Philadelphia, where he worked for the mob. He met Gwen and the two of them became lovers.
When Jake came to town, everyone believed he was a resurrected Stefan DiMera with amnesia, due to looking exactly like him. However, in July 2020, a DNA test between Jake and Stefan confirmed that they are a complete match. However, on July 15, 2020, Vivian Alamain's closest ally Ivan Marais revealed that Jake isn't Stefan but his long lost identical twin brother, who was thought to have died at child birth, that not even Vivian knew about.
Jake seems to be a decent man as he befriends Ben Weston and hires him at his garage, though he's unaware of his criminal past. He's proven to be very much likeable. He is appalled by his late twin brother's widow Gabi Hernandez, especially after learning of all the atrocious crimes she committed.
Despite being Stefan's twin, he's not deluded or sick-minded as he was, he's fully aware of the kind of monster his brother was and became more horrified upon learning that Stefan sexually assaulted their sister-in-law, Abigail DiMera. He didn't mourn for Stefan as he admitted to Gabi that he wouldn't have liked him, given the abominable acts he committed.
On April 23, Ben Weston brought Ciara Brady to a mechanic shop. He called out for someone, and Jake emerged from the bottom of the car he was working on. Ben stares at Jake in shock, and Jake says Ben looks like he has seen a ghost. Jake learned about Stefan DiMera and snarks he must have been quite handsome. Jake assures Ben that his name is Jake and not Stefan, wondering what kind of name that even is.
Still in shock, Ben hands Jake the list of part he needs for the bike, and also is here to inquire about the mechanic job. Jake tells Ben he filled the position this morning, but says he'll talk to the owner since business is booming and he could use more help. Ben wonders why Jake would take a chance on him since he barely knows. Jake repeats that he needs all the help he can get, and reminds Ben that he isn't his old boss Stefan. Ben thanks Jake and leaves the shop.
Later, Jake walks by the window of GabiChic, just missing it's former owner and Stefan's grieving widow, Gabi Hernandez. A couple days later, Gabi spotted Jake and fainted because of his resemblance to Stefan. Jake went to check on Gabi, who briefly came to before fainting. Jake left once a crow of people gathered around.
Ben returned to the shop, and Jake said he got the part for Ciara's bike. Ben thanked him and asked about the job. Jake said if he can take apart the bike and put it back together, he'll hire him. As they worked, Ben asked Jake about his past
Jake ended up snapping at Ben and then apologized. He started taking about his ex, who drove him crazy to the point that he didn't know whether to strangle her or kiss her. Ciara came by and was also shocked by Jake's appearance. Jake learns that Stefan died after being shot in the neck and wondered if he was a bad guy. Ciara didn't think he was a good guy, but Ben defended Stefan for giving him a job.
Jake eventually learned more about Stefan, and resented him for raping Abigail Deveraux-DiMera. Jake eventually ran into Gabi, who slapped him thinking he was Stefan and has faked his death. Jake did his best to make Gabi realize he wasn't Stefan, but she was convinced he was Stefan and had amnesia.
Gabi showed up at Jake's garage where they continued to argue. As Jake tried to lead Gabi out, she slipped and fell on some grease in the garage. Jake took her upset and put a bandaid on her arm and then Gabi kissed him. Ben was attacked in the garage and found badly beaten by Ciara. The cops were called and Eli Grant was surprised by Jake's resemblance to Stefan.
Jake tried to call off the goons of his old boss, promising he would get them want they wanted. Ben demanded that Jake tell him what is going on, and when Jake refuses, he quits. Gabi jabs Jake with a syringe, claiming it will help him remember that he is Stefan. Gabi is arrested, and Jake finds out that she jabbed him with the stuff that was making Abigail mentally ill.
Gabi is napped by the thugs at Jake's apartment, so Jake goes to Ben and Ciara for help. He tells Ben that he used to work foe the mob and stole an important book for leverage. It was a first edition copy of Crime and Punishment, but their were names written that could bring down the organization. Jake got into a fight with his ex Gwen, and she stole all his stuff including the book and headed to Salem.
Ciara and Ben agreed to help Jake find Gwen, but it was Ciara's niece Claire Brady that knew where Gwen was. Claire had been in Bayview where Gwen was currently hiding out. When Ben and Marlena Evans went their, Gwen was gone. Jake, Ben and Ciara were forced to break into the Kiriakis mansion that belonged to Ciara's grandfather Victor Kiriakis where they found an exact copy of the book. They first had to wrestle the book away from Xander Kiriakis much to his confusion and anger.
- ↑ Stefan's gravestone as shown on April 27, 2020 shows he was born in 1974, he and Jake are twins.
- ↑ https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/comings-and-goings/549447/brandon-barash-exits-days-of-our-lives-stefan-o-dimera/
- ↑ https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/comings-and-goings/563425/brandon-barash-days-of-our-lives-return-date-revealed/