Days of Our Lives (DOOL) spoilers reveal that there’s one topic on many DOOL fans’ minds – and it involves Tripp Dalton (Lucas Adams). Did Tripp rape Allie Horton (Lindsay Arnold) or not? The show hasn’t confirmed the answer, but we’ve definitely got a serious case of “he said, she said” going on.
Allie is convinced that Tripp forced himself on her, but Tripp claims he never slept with Allie at all. So what’s the truth? Let’s consider what the actors in this storyline have said along with a reminder about how soaps usually operate.
For starters, Lindsay Arnold suggested to Dishin’ Days that she thought she knew who the father of Allie’s baby was, but she wasn’t so sure after later scripts came in. That implies that Tripp may not be the right culprit.
Lucas Adams backed that up in a recent interview with SOD. “He’s thinking, ‘All that happened is that I took her home and left,’” Adams said about Tripp’s mindset. “He’s thinking, ‘I have to know why someone is saying this about me because there’s no chance I would have done that.”
Adams also talked about “the rush of confusion” for Tripp and how “everyone’s angry with him for something he didn’t do.” The entire interview was done from the standpoint of Tripp being innocent – and on the topic of Allie’s baby, Adams argued that “it’s obviously not his.”
This fits with Tripp’s initial reaction to seeing Allie. He was pleasantly surprised and tried to catch up until Allie slapped him. Tripp was left wondering why Allie was being so hostile.
However, Days of Our Lives has been pushing another angle ever since Tripp found out Allie had a baby – and it’s one that makes Tripp look guilty.
Tripp’s been avoiding Steve Johnson (Stephen Nichols) and seemed to be dwelling on this whole baby idea. There’s practically a neon sign flashing over Tripp’s head about how guilty he is.
It looks like Steve will be one of the few people who’s remotely close to being in Tripp’s corner – and even Steve will have concerns after Tripp changes part of his story. So what does all this mean?
We’d argue that Days wouldn’t be working so hard to make Tripp look guilty if he actually was.
Evan Frears aka Christian Maddox (Brock Kelly) was incredibly guilty, but DOOL made him out to be the sweet, innocent nanny who cared about David Ridgeway (Kyler Ends) and wanted a future with Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith). Evan the good guy was later revealed to be a bad guy, not the other way around.
Likewise, Gabi Hernandez DiMera (Camila Banus) looked like the only possible person who had the means, motive and opportunity to drug Abigail DiMera (Marci Miller) – but it wasn’t Gabi at all in the end.
Days viewers now know it’s Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien) who targeted Abby. Soaps like to make you think one thing and twist it around to be something else later.
Of course, rape is a sensitive issue, but DOOL has never done a great job about handling stories involving nonconsensual encounters. There’s no reason to believe they’d start now.
The better story would be to have Tripp actually be guilty to promote believing victims, but that doesn’t seem to be the story Days is telling.
Instead, it seems likely another man appeared at Allie’s apartment after Tripp left, and she just doesn’t remember him yet. Adams was adamant that Tripp is genuinely upset and perplexed about why he’s being accused of this.
Naturally, there could be story changes along the way that shift things, but Adams and Arnold both seem to think Tripp’s in the clear based on their comments.
As other Days news and updates emerge, we’ll keep you posted. Days of Our Lives spoilers say some gripping material’s coming up, so don’t miss all the action. CDL’s your one-stop source for the latest Days of Our Lives spoilers, updates and news, so be sure to drop by frequently.