|Billy Flynn As Chad DiMera|
|Days of our Lives|
|Portrayed by|| Casey Deidrick (2009–13)|
Billy Flynn (2014–Present)
|Current status||Present; Regular (Contract)|
|First appearance||June 19, 2009|
|Created by||Dena Higley and Christopher Whitesell|
|Introduced by|| Ken Corday and Gary Tomlin (2009)|
Ken Corday, Lisa de Cazotte and Greg Meng (2014)
|Fullname||Chad Michael DiMera|
|Nickname(s)||Golden Boy 2.0 (by Andre)|
|Alias(es)|| Chad Peterson|
|Born||March 3, 1990|
|Occupation|| CEO of DiMera Enterprises |
Executive at DiMera Enterprises
Former owner of Club TBD
Former Website designer
|Residence||DiMera Mansion, 430 Lakeview Drive, Salem, Illinois, 06649|
|Casey Deidrick As Chad DiMera|
Chad: <----Comes Once In A Life Time."
- Abigail and Chad's "Once In A Life Time Vow"
Chad Michael DiMera is a fictional character from the NBC soap opera, Days of Our Lives. The role was originated by Casey Deidrick on June 19, 2009. Deidrick vacated the role in 2013. Billy Flynn currently portrays the role, making his first appearance on September 12, 2014.
Introduced by head writer Dena Higley and co-head writer Christopher Whitesell in 2009, Chad is the troubled ex-boyfriend of Mia McCormick and father to their daughter, Grace Brady. Chad factors into a romantic triangle between himself, Mia and her new boyfriend, Will Horton. After the baby story line, then executive producer Gary Tomlin fought to keep the actor and the character on canvas. In 2010, the series introduced Chad's parents, including his mother, Madeline Peterson Woods and Chad is revealed to be the illegitimate son of crime lord Stefano DiMera. Chad struggles to accept his new family but eventually forms strong bonds with his father, sister Lexie Carver and brother, EJ.
Chad is also known for his relationships with Abigail Deveraux and Melanie Jonas and his friendship with gay super couple, Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis. In 2012, Chad takes a dark turn when he feuds with Gabi Hernandez, blaming her for his failed engagement to Melanie. Chad later reconnects with Abigail and the romance develops into a triangle with Cameron Davis. The relationship ends when Chad lies about being terminally ill and the character is written out of the series in October 2013.
Chad returned in 2014, and immediately mixes it up in the business world, partnering with Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) and works secretly alongside his father. Following the deaths of Lexie, EJ, and Kristen, and the reckoned resurrection of André, he is the youngest surviving member in his generation of the DiMera family. He is one half of the supercouple Chad and Abigail DiMera also known as Chabby. In 2015, Chabby's son, Thomas was born. Abigail is Chad's soul mate, the love of his life.
The casting and character was announced in late May 2009. Casey Deidrick had joined the cast as Chad. Deidrick revealed in an interview that he originally auditioned for the role of Tad. Despite very positive feedback, Brendan Coughlin was cast in the role of Tad. Deidrick's audition caught the attention of casting director, Marnie Saitta and he was soon called back to audition for the newly created role of Chad. Deidrick tested opposite Taylor Spreitler, whom he had previously met through a mutual friend. Deidrick learned a few weeks later that he had won the role and signed the standard four year contract. In the spring of 2013, the series released a casting call for an actor matching Deidrick's description which led to speculation that the role of Chad was to be recast. At the time, Deidrick's screen time had declined dramatically and he had also booked several guest appearances in prime time. On June 20, 2013, Deidrick confirmed his departure from the series through Twitter and posted a picture of his final script. Deidrick's last air date was October 30, 2013. Michael Fairman revealed that Deidrick made the decision to leave the series earlier that year and also hinted at the possibility of the role being recast. Deidrick told Soap Opera Digest that he wouldn't be opposed to a decision to recast, if it happened. However, the actor also said he was open to return to the series for future guest stints. Of his departure, Deidrick said, "I basically wanted to pursue other opportunities." However, Deidrick was grateful for all he learned. In June 2014, a picture of a script autographed by the Days of our Lives cast members was auctioned off at a charity event, and Billy Flynn was one of the signatures. On August 12, 2014, the producers officially confirmed Flynn's casting to Soap Opera Digest. Flynn was cast in the role of Chad and his first airdate was September 12, 2014.
Deidrick had to come up with a lot of Chad's back story on his own because Chad was a brand new character. Deidrick initially described Chad as "confident, edgy" and "mysterious." He is very troubled, but because he means well, it is hard to decide if one hates him or loves him. He is also very persuasive and he is not easy to break. It is obvious that he has been through a lot. Deidrick hinted that Chad may suffer from abandonment issues. Deidrick who is in a metal rock band viewed the character of Chad as a rock star and notes the similarities between the character and the genre of music. Chad has a different way of thinking which sets him apart from the average person, similar to rock stars Deidrick revealed in an interview. Chad is a "bad boy" with a "care free" spirit. Chad puts on a hard exterior and acts as if he does not care what others think of him. However, Chad has another layer to him; he is "very sensitive" and all about romance which makes him all the more intriguing. Despite coming across as a bad guy, there is much more complexity to him.
The character of Chad's introduction would cause trouble for the romantic pairing of Will Horton (Dylan Patton) and Mia McCormick (Taylor Spreitler). According to the actor, Chad is extremely sincere about getting custody of the baby from Nicole which is why he turns down her sexual advances. He refuses to let Mia "whose been lying to him this whole time get in his way." However, Deidrick commented that when Chad turns down Nicole, he is not "acting [his] age." Though he suspects Mia and Nicole are hiding something, Deidrick explained that Chad is completely blindsided when he finds the specifics. Of Chad's reaction to the baby reveal Deidrick said, "There's nothing that can really prepare you for something like that." However, what hurts the most is that Chad has spent so much time trying to win Mia back, and his love for her is actually "sincere." According to Deidrick, it is a "slap in the face," to learn that Mia has been lying about such a huge part of their lives. For Chad, the revelation allows him to see Mia's true colors. Deidrick stated that "There's always going to be tension" between Chad and Mia but Deidrick maintained that despite her lies, Chad feels sorry what Mia has gone through and tries to stay by her side. "It's a very hard situation." Of his character during the story line, Deidrick described Chad as a "kid who doesn't know what to do and he's a fighting all these feelings." Deidrick previewed that the reveal about the baby switch would put everything "into place." The actor admitted that the baby story line kept him very isolated due to the significant age differences between himself and the rest of his teenage costars. When asked about a future love interest, Deidrick mentioned Gabriela Rodriguez who had recently been introduced to the canvas as Gabi Hernandez (Gabriela Rodriguez) but didn't believe a romantic pairing would work due to the age difference.
Chad's past and paternity reveal (2010)Edit
In July 2009, Chad was scripted as the son of Bill and Marsha Peterson. In June 2009 it was announced that David Leisure had been cast in the recurring role of D.A. Woods. In October 2009, the character's name was revised to Chad Peterson Woods when D.A. Woods was revealed to be his father. In February 2010 Soap Opera Digest reported that veteran soap actress, Jessica Tuck, known for her role as One Life to Live's Megan Gordon was cast in the role of Chad's mother. Deidrick explained that Chad goes to Kate for answers because she has been a "mother figure." Both the actor and executive producer Gary Tomlin enjoyed Chad's scenes with Koslow's Kate. Chad immediately confronts Madeline and he is "completely devastated" when she admits to being a former prostitute. Chad is fed up with his mother's lies and just wants everything out on the table. The revelation really impacts him in an "inexplicable" way. Deidrick described Chad's reaction as "flabbergasted" and wants to get away from her. When Chad witnesses Madeline's fall, he freezes for a moment because he is unable to "process" the situation. Such tragedy could have the potential to screw him up. Because Deidrick did not know the pain of losing a parent, let alone his own mother, the actor does his best to portray Chad during the scenes; Deidrick's first reaction as Chad is going into denial. Chad clings on to the little bit of courage he has left hoping to work things out with Charles in the future. According to Deidrick, the aftermath of his mother's death and his confrontation with Charles makes Chad a little "cuckoo crazy." Knowing Chad is all alone in the world Kate schemes to expose that Chad is Madeline's son with Kate's husband, Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo) born on March 3, 1990, making him a whole year older than was initially said to be. The story line showcased two very distinct sides to Chad's personality. According to Deidrick, during scenes with Kate, he intentionally emphasized Chad's vulnerabilities due to his mother's recent death; he is in desperate need of a mother figure at the moment, and Kate fills that void. Chad does not show that side of his personality too often for fear of getting hurt. On the other hand, Chad's relationship with his new found father Stefano appears to be a bit more volatile. The nature of the relationship is first displayed in November 2010 when Chad confronts Stefano with a knife and demands blood for a DNA test. Chad has no idea how to react to the DNA results. According to Deidrick, "[Chad] struggles to find the courage to be able to love [Stefano] who had a relationship with his mother and never knew he existed." Deidrick explained that Chad rejects Stefano based on instinct. It is all he knows thanks to D.A. Woods who always pushes him away when things get difficult. However, Stefano is not easily turned away. Deidrick expected the role to be short lived thinking the character was only to wrap up the baby switch story line. However, he accredited Gary Tomlin with fighting for the character and believing in him as an actor. Deidrick said that it was Tomlin's idea to attach him to a main family, "So they made [Chad] a DiMera."
Friendships with Will and SonnyEdit
In the spring of 2011, Entertainment Weekly announced that the series had plans for a Gay story line with one of the current characters. There was much speculation that Chandler Massey's Will Horton would be the character who turned out to be gay. Despite fan speculation about a romance, Chad and Will develop a great friendship. Deidrick revealed that "Chill" (Chad and Will) actually started off as a joke between himself and Massey. Deidrick admitted he would be open to the potential pairing if the writers were to go in that direction. However, the characters remain friends even after Will comes out about his sexuality. Deidrick revealed to Soaps In Depth that he was open to the story, if the writers were truly willing to take his character in that direction. Chad also develops a friendship with openly gay character, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith). Their relationship is so unique, not only because of Deidrick and Smith's real-life friendship, but also because Daytime rarely showcased a "best friend" type relationship between gay and straight characters. Deidrick stated that "Chad doesn't care" about Sonny's sexuality.
Early romance with Abigail (2011)Edit
In January 2011, Soap Opera Digest reported that Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) would be Chad's new love interest. Deidrick said he immediately connected to Mansi during her screen test. The writers teased the pairing throughout the spring of 2011 as Chad struggles to accept his new identity as a DiMera. According to Deidrick, Abigail is immediately turned off until she realizes that Chad is different from the rest of his family. Deidrick admitted that it was easy for him to work with Mansi due to the closeness in age. In an interview with TV Source Magazine from 2011, Mansi compared Chad and Abigail's dynamic to Romeo and Juliet. The duo shared an "instant attraction" but she distances herself because he is a DiMera knowing her mother Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves) does not approve. Mansi revealed that Stefano and Kate would also interfere in the romance forcing Chad and Abigail to "fight for their relationship," which makes them stronger. Deidrick said challenges were inevitable due to the relationship evolving so quickly. Mansi revealed in an interview that Chad "turns to her out of frustration from feeling the push and pull of wanting to be a part of the DiMera family but also not wanting to be apart of something that he feels is immoral." Deidrick explained that Chad can identify with Abigail because he also grew up with a father who neglected him which is why he and Jack don't really see eye to eye. Jack's disapproval of Chad's heritage also drives a wedge between Abigail and her father as she continues to defend Chad.
Romantic triangle and family troubles (2012)Edit
The relationship is continuously strained and matters are only made worse by Chad's growing closeness with Melanie Jonas (Molly Burnett). Deidrick said that Chad and Melanie's kiss is accidental on the part of his character, but explains that "Melanie makes Chad feel good, kind of like a kid," as opposed to Abigail who is dealing with her chaotic family life.
Deidrick said that Chad is so "love struck" over Melanie that he doesn't even notice Gabi's feelings. On other hand, Melanie wants to maintain a friendship with Chad to keep him from hurting Abigail any further. Though the feelings were very "unexpected," Chad agrees to Melanie's wishes. When Deidrick started dating his costar Molly Burnett, the duo discussed the possibility of being paired together onscreen. Deidrick said that their real life romance helped with the portrayal of their "real" romance; "For Melanie and Chad, the backstory was already there." While it doesn't always work for other couples, Deidrick and Burnett immediately "clicked" in their onscreen romance. Burnett said Melanie brings out the funnier side of Chad. As a couple, Chad and Melanie are very "playful" and that is how they express their love for one another. However, most of Chad and Melanie's relationship is plagued by the schemes of Chad's former flame, Gabi Hernandez (Camila Banus) who obsesses over Chad. In an interview with TV Guide, Banus explained that Gabi who is on the rebound after breaking up with Will falls for Chad after he comes to her rescue; "she looks at [Chad] as her hero." Though they are forced to work so closely together during their modeling career, Chad is "oblivious" to Gabi's feelings. Deidrick explained that Chad only takes on the modeling gig to make Gabi's life easier due to her split with Will. However when it comes to romance, Chad is focused on his budding romance with Melanie. Deidrick stated: "He cares about Gabi, but as far as he's concerned, things are going to stay completely platonic. Gabi has no idea about Melanie, so she thinks Chad's fair game." Though he won't admit it, Chad knows they have a chemistry during their photo shoots. The dynamic eventually develops into a triangle which leads to Gabi becoming "very manipulative" and a bit of a "psycho" in her quest for Chad's affections.
In the meantime, Chad feels pressured to embrace his family. Deidrick said that Chad "can't really turn away from family." When Stefano and Chad's brother, EJ DiMera (James Scott) have a falling out, and his sister Lexie Carver (Renée Jones) is on her death bed, Chad seems to be the only DiMera left standing. Meanwhile, Gabi's advances start to affect Chad and it looks as if he could reciprocate those feelings. Deidrick hinted that the triangle would turn "ugly." It is Lexie's passing and Stefano's presumed death that pushes Chad over the edge. For the first time, Deidrick allows for the character to cry. In an interview Soaps In Depth, Deidrick said that he used music to take Chad "into the darkness." The actor praised the writers for allowing him to flex his acting muscles by taking Chad to such unfamiliar territory.
Vendetta against Gabi (2012–13)Edit
In August 2012, Chad sees rescuing the kidnapped Melanie as his "last chance for a normal life" after the deaths of Lexie and Stefano. "Melanie has become his family", Deidrick said. He described Melanie and Chad's reunion as an "overpowering emotion for Chad". When he discovers that Gabi is behind Melanie's kidnapping, Chad is so shocked that "He doesn't really know what to do with the information". However, Chad rationalizes keeping Gabi's involvement from Melanie because he "doesn't want to make things worse", thinking she's been through enough. In the meantime Chad does everything to cut Gabi out of his life; "he pretty much exiles her", Deidrick said. Chad focuses all of his attention on Melanie and becomes extremely "protective". Chad feels the need to shelter Melanie. However it is Chad's lying that leads to their break. Though Chad seems overprotective, Deidrick said that Chad is overwhelmed after losing Lexie and Stefano and he reacts the way any normal person would. According to Deidrick, Chad reaches his boiling point and lashes out in anger. Chad sudden decision to ask Melanie to marry is his attempt to regain control of his life and his relationship. When she dumps him, Deidrick believed it is Chad's come-pence for trying to control everything. It takes time for Chad to sort through his feelings. Deidrick explained that Chad has dealt with just about everything since his introduction and those experiences have hardened him. After losing Melanie, Chad immediately sets his sights on revenge. However, when Chad is at the end of his rope, he has no choice but to turn to his family, which allows for the writers to develop Chad's relationship with EJ. Deidrick relishes in Chad's attempt to destroy Gabi's budding romance with Nick Fallon (Blake Berris). But Chad is kind of left in limbo after Burnett's departure. Though he trusts the writers, Deidrick realized that Chad needed to make a change. And suddenly, it started, as Deidrick found ways to challenge himself by portraying Chad's "pain and vulnerability" with everyone he comes in contact with. Chad has yet to understand that, "You have to let things go", said Deidrick, a motto that he lives by in his personal life.
Chad appeared in Salem on June 19, 2009 when he showed up at the Java Cafe looking for his ex-girlfriend, Mia. He wanted to reconcile with her, but Mia immediately refused. Not wanting to take no for an answer, Chad transferred high schools as well as got a job at the Java Cafe so he could spend more time with Mia, despite her discomfort over the entire situation.
Prior to his arrival, sometime in 2008, Chad and Mia had had a sexual relationship which produced a daughter born on January 26, 2009 (whom Mia gave to Nicole Walker to raise and whom Nicole subsequently switched with Sami Brady’s daughter thus Sami raised Mia’s baby named Grace, while Nicole raised Sami’s baby named Sydney). But, Chad had no idea that Mia was ever pregnant because his parents had sent him to military school because of his troublesome behavior which included drug use. When Chad returned and Mia rejected his reconciliation, he quickly became suspicious of the time they spent apart.
Chad went searching for answers. His friend Kinsey informed him that Mia was in rehab while he was away. Chad knew Mia wouldn’t do drugs as he had tried to coax into doing so on several occasions and she always turned him down. Mia lied and tried to assure him she was a recovering addict to ensure he didn’t find out about the baby, but he still held his doubt. On Mia’s behalf, Nicole posed as her sponsor and had a conversation with Chad. She warned him not to upset Mia as she was truly in recovery. Chad agreed to back off, but remained suspicious of Mia’s story.
By August, Chad decided to up his plan to get Mia back. He teamed up with Kinsey, who wanted Mia's boyfriend Will all to herself. But their plan break up Will and Mia did not work. Still, Chad knew that Mia was lying about the rehab story, so he stayed close to her in hopes of overhearing something that would let him in on the truth.
One day he overheard Mia talking to Brady Black about "the baby". Chad demanded that Mia tell him everything. She confirmed to him that she had a baby -- his baby -- and that baby was now living with Nicole and E.J. DiMera. Chad went to EJ and demanded his daughter back, but EJ refused. On many occasions afterward, Nicole attempted to convince Chad that “his” baby would be better with her and E.J. Mia also tried to convince Chad of that, but he wanted custody of his child.
Finally, after months of back and forth, the devastating truth was revealed – Nicole had switched the babies and the baby Chad had with Mia, Grace, was dead. Chad and Mia were both crushed as well as appalled by Nicole’s actions. Together, they mourned for their daughter, which drew them closer together.
Although still mourning for Grace, Chad became optimistic that he and Mia would reunite. Despite the fact she was still dating Will, Mia encouraged Chad’s hopes by accepting his invitation to Salem High’s 2009 winter dance. The problem was she had already accepted Will’s invitation too. Chad was upset when he learned the truth and decided to move on with his life, without Mia. He then began dating Gabi Hernandez.
Chad and Gabi would find little peace thanks to a jealous Mia. Ignoring his relationship with Gabi, Mia began to play dirty and tried to win Chad back, all the while lying to him that she and Will – who had become exclusive – were about to break up. Mia cited that Will was going through a hard time and she would dump him as soon as he was in a better place. Although he cared for Gabi, he loved Mia and broke things off with Gabi to pursue things with Mia once again. Gabi, however, knew Mia was lying, and soon Chad discovered that too. He promptly broke up with Mia.
Although not officially a couple, Chad and Gabi began to spend time with each other once again. Things became a little strained for them when Chad’s father, Charles, was attacked on the pier. Charles blamed Gabi’s brother Rafe, but she remained adamant he didn’t do it. When Chad questioned his father’s accusations Charles verbally tore into Chad, stating, among other insults, that he should have left him in boarding school. Chad was deeply hurt by his father’s harsh words, but was comforted by his mother, Madeline.
A short time later, Chad became intrigued by his mother’s connection to Kate Roberts-DiMera. He had noticed them exchanging heated glances, but Madeline tried to assure Chad she simply has contempt for the DiMeras, a family of lifelong criminals, and didn’t want his involvement with them to hurt the Petersen-Woods’s good name. Chad became more skeptical of his mother’s story when she acted irrationally towards him going to a study group at Will Horton’s, who was now living at the DiMera mansion. The group later met at the Java Café instead, and Chad and Will began to bond over the secret Kate and Madeline shared.
Unfortunately, Chad found out Madeline’s secret, but was hardly ready for what she told him. She turned to prostitution to pay her way through law school. He was furious with his mother and the two got into a heated argument on the pier. As Madeline tried to explain, Chad walked away. She followed him up the stairs, but, when he tried to get away from, she fell.
While barely clinging to life, Madeline told Chad that she lied for him – everything she did was for him. She was rushed to the hospital where she later died. As it turned out, Madeline suffered from hypertension as well as aneurysms and one in her brain had ruptured causing her death. Chad was a wreck with guilt and sadness, and it didn’t help that Charles blamed him. Kate, however, knew she held Chad’s future in her hands’ by holding the key to Madeline’s secret-that Stefano was Chad's biological father.
When Stefano and Chad found out about their relationship, Chad was skeptical to join the DiMera family. But, Stefano kept trying. Eventually, Chad took the job with DiMera Enterprises and moved into the DiMera mansion. Neither move went over well with his girlfriend, Abigail.
Eventually Chad got caught at the wrong place in the wrong time. During a feud between the DiMeras and the Kiriakises, Chad was shot in the chest. He recovered, but realized that being so close to the family was not a good idea. He quit his job and moved out of the mansion. He focused on Abigail and his friends, Sonny, Will, Melanie, and Gabi.
Chad, Will, and Sonny decided to start a website together that covered sports at their school - SalemSportsFan.com. The site was a big hit and soon they began discussing how to monetize it. However, one day Chad noticed some suspicious activity going on in the chat rooms. Someone was using their chat room to post odds for an illegal gambling ring. Worried that the could go to jail, the boys decided to shut down the website.
But, the men behind the gambling ring were not happy. They kidnapped Chad and Melanie and held them hostage until Will and Sonny got the site back up. Terrified that they were going to die, Chad and Melanie confessed their true feelings for each other and shared a kiss. When they were rescued, Melanie told Chad that it was a mistake and they couldn't hurt Abigail by being together.
But, the damage to the relationship had already been done. Abigail began to have feelings for someone else and Chad knew that his feelings for Melanie weren't going away. On New Year's Eve, Chad and Abigail mutually decided to end their relationship. Chad told Melanie about the break-up, but Melanie was still worried about how Abigail would feel. When Abigail saw Chad and Melanie talking, Abigail knew that something was going on between them and was furious with both of them. Melanie told Chad that they can't be together until Abigail forgave them. Abigail was angry for a while, but finally decided that Chad and Melanie would make a good match. Chad and Melanie started dating.
Chad also got some attention from another woman, Kate DiMera, who cast him as a model in one of her cosmetic ads. Gabi Hernandez appeared along side him in the pictures. Their close photo shoots led to Gabi developing feelings for Chad. Gabi schemed to get rid of Melanie by planting an earring in Chad's bed during a platonic visit to Chad's apartment. However, Chad asked Gabi to explain the earring to Melanie. Chad and Melanie continued on their happy relationship.
But, Gabi's obsession grew. She hired a photography assistant, Andrew, to pose as her stalker. Chad asked Gabi to move in with him and Melanie for Gabi's safety. But, Andrew spiraled out of control and kidnapped Melanie and held her hostage. When Gabi found out, she was horrified. But, she still believed that she could get Chad to fall for her. So, she told Andrew to keep Melanie.
Andrew sent an email to Chad from Mel's phone saying that she was going to visit her mom in Europe. Chad didn't think much of it. But, when Melanie didn't return Chad's calls, he got worried. Chad soon discovered that Mel didn't go to Europe. The police began looking for Melanie. They tracked her to Andrew's house. But, Gabi warned Andrew that the police were coming. So, Andrew hid with Melanie under the tunnels of Salem. When the police arrived and his house, Gabi faked like she had been drugged and the police assumed that Gabi was a victim too.
Melanie was able to get hold of Andrew's phone and call Chad. Gabi was standing right next to him and encouraged him to go down and look for her while she called the cops. Chad agreed. But, rather than call the police, Gabi went searching for Andrew too. She found him and Melanie first. Just as Andrew was going to tell Melanie about Gabi's involvement with the scheme, there was a huge explosion in the tunnels. Andrew seemed to get away. Melanie and Gabi were eventually connected with Chad and Brady and the four made it out of the tunnels.
Andrew was retrieved and brought to the hospital. With his dying breath, he promised Gabi that Chad would find out what she did. Chad overheard the conversation and ripped into Gabi. He didn't want to burden Melanie with the news that Gabi betrayed her, but he told Gabi to move out of the country and leave them alone. He turned his attention towards helping Melanie.
A few days later, Melanie learned that Nick Fallon, another of her former stalkers, was up for parole. Chad urged Melanie to testify against Nick. When Melanie couldn't bring herself to do so, Chad vowed to protect Melanie. He proposed to her and she accepted.
When Melanie learned that Nick would have to remain in Salem as a condition of his parole, Chad was horrified. Chad would worry if he couldn't get a hold of Melanie during the day. One day, Melanie met and talked with Nick, and the two made their peace. However, Melanie accidentally left her scarf behind. Nick put it in his pocket to give back to her later. And, Chad saw Nick with Melanie's scarf, Chad thought that Nick had done something to Melanie. Chad attacked and beat Nick.
Gabi broke up the fight. Horrified that Nick was hurt, Gabi confessed to Melanie that she hired Andrew to pretend to be Gabi's stalker. Gabi also told Melanie that Chad knew about it since Andrew's death and was keeping it from Melanie. Melanie ripped into Gabi and ordered her to leave. Then, Melanie turned her anger towards Chad. She broke up with him and decided to leave Salem. Additionally, Nick blackmailed Chad into singing a document that forbade Chad from testifying against Gabi's part in Melanie's kidnapping. If Chad were to talk, Nick would turn Chad in for assault.
Chad was furious with Gabi and went to E.J. to ask for help making her pay. Chad told E.J. the whole story. E.J. looked into getting the legal document that Chad signed voided, but was not successful. E.J. promised Chad that the time for revenge would come. Kristen, who had recently returned to town, echoed that sentiment as well. But, she urged Chad to wait until he could think a bit more logically about his revenge.
The time for revenge came when Chad overheard Gabi talking to her doctor about Nick not being the father of her baby. Because of his new relationship with Abigail, Gabi's maid of honor, Chad was invited to Nick and Gabi's wedding. Chad stood up during the ceremony and announced that Nick was not the father of Gabi's baby. Rafe tried to attack Chad for making Gabi upset. Hope arrested Chad for disturbing the peace and Chad was escorted out. Abigail was furious with Chad and ended their relationship.
What Chad didn't know was that Will was the father of Gabi's baby. Sonny asked Chad to explain the outburst at the wedding. Chad admitted that he had no idea that Will was the father, but that Chad had a score to settle with Gabi because of her role in masterminding a scheme that got Melanie kidnapped. Chad also told Sonny that Nick blackmailed Chad into never saying anything and asked Sonny to keep the secret. Sonny agreed. Chad also apologized to Will and the two began to rebuild their friendship.
With his friendships back in place, Chad focused his attention on rebuilding his relationship with Abigail. The task proved to be more difficult because Abigail had began dating Cameron, Lexie's maternal half-brother. Because of his respect for Lexie, Chad backed off. When Abigail came to Chad for help getting Cameron out of a jam, Chad agreed and helped. But the additional time they spent together made Chad's feelings grow stronger.
Chad was honest with Cameron about his feelings for Abigail. The two decided to let Abigail decide which one she wanted. Abigail was torn and spent time with both of them while trying to make her decision.
Chad was also building a relationship with his siblings, E.J. and Kristen. He was happy for E.J. when E.J. and Sami got engaged. One day he saw Sami getting into a fight with someone. He thought it was comical, so he video taped in thinking he could use it at a gag reel for her birthday. But, the man she was fighting with turned out to be Detective Bernardi, the man she would later shoot in defense of Rafe. Chad didn't know this and shared the video with E.J. and Sonny. E.J. was worried and asked the boys to keep it a secret. They agreed. But, Sonny forgot that he'd shared the video with Adreinne, who did not like Sami, nor the fact that Sonny was dating Will. Adreinne took the video to the police. They arrested Sami and charged her with first degree murder.
Abigail also happened to see the video while looking over Chad's shoulder. Chad convinced Abigail to keep quiet about it. Chad and Abigail kept spending time together, including the Fourth of July celebration. While swimming, Chad hit his head on a rock. Abigail and Cameron insisted that Chad get checked out. Cameron performed some tests and then sent Chad to a specialist. Chad told Cameron that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Chad ordered Cameron to keep quiet about it.
Chad moved forward with his life, including redecorating and rebranding the coffee shop he owned with Sonny to a new night club in town, Club TBD.
Due to Chad's "condition," Cameron backed off Abigail. Chad moved forward with her, taking her on several dates. When Abigail had trouble with her family, she leaned on Chad for support and their relationship became serious. They ended up sleeping together.
Cameron was upset when he found out. He thought that Chad should tell Abigail about the brain tumor. But, it turned out that Chad didn't have a brain tumor. He had used it as an excuse to get Cameron to back off. But Chad had to keep up the lie. So he researched treatments online and passed the information off as his own. E.J. discovered Chad's secret and used it to blackmail Chad into moving back into the mansion, but got Cameron to back off from asking any more questions about Chad's treatment.
On the night of Sami and E.J.'s engagement party, for which Chad served as best man, Marge Bernardi came into the party and tried to shoot E.J. Chad jumped in front of the gun and took the bullet. When Chad was rushed to surgery, E.J. was forced to tell Cameron that Chad didn't have a brain tumor and was not on any type of treatment drugs. Cameron was mad at Chad and urged him to tell Abigail the truth.
While Chad's surgery was a success, the doctors found an abnormality with Chad's heart that required immediate surgery. The best doctor was in Boston, so Stefano made plans to fly to Boston with Chad for the second surgery. Before he left Chad came clean with Abigail. She broke up with him, deciding that this wasn't the best time for them to be together. After his surgery, he called E.J. to tell him that the surgery was a success, but to let Abigail know that he wouldn't be coming back to Salem.
Chad returned to Salem in October 2014 after Sami sent him Will's article about her that mentioned EJ and Abby's affair. Chad punched EJ and held a gun on him. The gun was empty and it was just an attempt to scare EJ. Chad offered to team up with Kate against EJ, Sami, and Stefano. It was later revealed that Chad was working with Stefano, but that he might also be planning on double crossing him. Chad also confronted Abby for sleeping with EJ, and tried to cause problem for her new boyfriend Ben Rogers.
Chad started dating Ben's half sister, Jordan Ridgeway, and he told Stefano that it was all part of a plan to get under Ben's skin. Kate, who didn't like Jordan, interfered in their relationship and Jordan broke up with Chad. She left town soon after for a job offer, and Chad felt betrayed by Kate. When Stefano made his big power move, Chad sided with his father, and Stefano was reinstated as CEO of DiMera Enterprise. Stefano told Chad he would groom to eventually take over DiMera Enterprise.Chad found his feelings for Abby had resurfaced, despite all that had happened, and Abby started to feel the same way as Chad became the man she initially fell for. Stefano cheered his son on getting Abby back, and the two eventually slept together. However, once Chad found out Stefano knew too much about the intinate details of his relationship with Abby, he suspected his father had an ulterior motive, and purposely pushed her away. Stefano finally told Chad that he wanted to two control of the island that Abby had inherited from her nanny. Chad decided to tell Abby the truth and told her to go be happy with Ben. Stefano and Chad got into a huge argument, and Chad left the mansion.
It is revealed that Chad is the 1 suspect in the Serena, Paige and Will Horton murder cases. When Abby tries to help Chad try and remember something from those nights so he can have a defense, Ben tracks Abby down at The DiMera Estate and is angry. Abby keeps visiting Chad even though Ben is angry every time he see's them together. When Marlena is being strangled, Chad sees it and runs and then the strangler runs away because Marlena sees Chad and thinks he is the one who strangled her when he was just trying to help. To the police Chad is conformed the mu of Paige and Serena and the strangling of Marlena.Chad is not really the murderer but the police think so. Abby helps him hide until he can find someway to tell the police about his memories.
Chad remembered that he got into a fight with a homeless man the night Serena was murdered, and saw him again. He offered to pay him off to tell the police that Chad was with him around the night Serena was murdered. Chad went to the mansion to get some money out of Stefano's safe, and encountered the recently returned Andre DiMera. Stefano allows Chad to take the money, and Andre gave Chad an untraceable burner phone, so they could communicate if need be. When the police found Chad's locations, Andre contacted Chad and he returned to the DiMera mansion to hideout and wait for what to do next. On the night of Will's murder, Chad realized that Ben is murderer and has been framing him.
Chad confronted Ben about being the murdered and framing him, but Ben denied it. Chad lost his patience and attacked Ben. They got into a viscous fight that ended with Chad being knocked unconscious. He was hospitalized and slipped into a coma. Well in his coma. While Chad was in his coma, Andre told him it would be better for the family if he remained in the coma or died.
When Chad awoke from his coma, he was immediately arrested and taken to the GCPD. Chad couldn't remember what happened at first, but later regained enough of his mmemory to know about the murders. Andre told Chad that they were going to have someone killed, in order to get Chad free. Chad was resentful of Andre, and told him he heard that Andre said it would be better if he remained in the coma or died. After Andre left, Chad tried to warn the guards, but they wouldn't listen.
Chad was set free when Aiden Jennings, Chad's lawyer, had tried to kill Hope. Stefano welcomed his son home, and Andre also expressed joy, but Chad wasn't fooled. He told Stefano about Andre's visit and what he had said to him. Andre tried to brush it off, and Stefano ordered Andre to take him to his room.
Chad went to Abby and Ben's apartment and found Ben there. Ben was not happy to see Chad and managed to get him away. Abby phones Chad and tells him she is fine and happy with Ben. Chad senses Abby's in danger and she subtly confirms it. Chad goes to Rafe and says he thinks Abby is in trouble, but Rafe says they need more to go on, and Abby has stayed in touch. Chad got Andre and Stefano to rally the DiMera troops and search for Abby.
Chad eventually discovered Abby and Ben were at the Horton cabin, and busted in just as Ben was going to shoot Abby. Chad managed to talk Ben down, but Ben lost it when he saw the way Chad and Abby were looking at each other. Ben started raging at Abby, and Chad tried to grabbed the gun. Ben ended up knocking Chad out and then tried to strangle him to death but stopped because the baby wouldn't stop crying. Ben decided to tie Chad to the bed and then had Abby cuff herself to the bed. Ben set the cabin on fire and left with Colin. Chad and Abby were rescued by the police and Ben was apprehended.Chad found out where Ben had hidden Colin, and reunited Abby with her son. Chad and Abby were in bliss with her son who she renamed Thomas Deveraux, but Stefano and Andre wanted Chad to help them find Sami and get the DiMera fortune back. Andre suggested Chad seduce Sami's sister Belle Black, I order to find out where Sami had hidden the money, but Chad refused. While Chad was in a session with Marlena, Andre chloroformed her and drugged Chad while he was in a hypnotic trance. Andre then used Marlena's hypnosis, combined with showing Chad different images, and whispering in his ear about nothing being more important then family, to recondition Chad into doing his bidding.
Chad tried to resist the brainwashing, but eventually he became a slave to Andre's will, and started to target Belle. He broke up with Abby, and got close to Belle by saying he wanted to sue the DA's office for false imprisonment, and asked her to represent him. Chad made several advances towards Belle, but she kept turning him down. Chad and Belle almost slept together, but they were interrupted by Abby. Baby told Chad that Thomas was his son, and that revelation was enough to break Andre's hold over him.
On January 11, 2016, Chad proposes to Abigail and she accepts. Andre soon finds out Chad is no longer brainwashed and Chad disowns him and Stefano. When Stefano suddenly leaves Salem unexpectedly, and sends a text to Andre and Chad, claiming Hope figured out he had held Bo captive, which lead to us death from a brain tumor; Andre tells Chad he thinks Hope may have kidnapped Stefano to get a confession out of him. Chad refuses to believe Hope could do that, and tells Andre if Stefano did something to Bo, he deserves what he got. Chad later finds blood on a statue in the DiMera mansion.Chad was later shocked that his father has been murdered. Andre claims that Hope killed Stefano, and Rafe helped her cover it up. Chad doesn't believe Andre, and refuse to help him after he has been arrested for Stefano's murder. Weeks later, Chad buys the DiMera mansion, and he and Abby move in. Chad and Abby plan their wedding, but Chad then learns that Ben has escaped custody. On their wedding day, Abby sees Ben outside the window and lets out a blood curdling scream. After it's determined that Ben is nowhere on the property, Abby and Chad get married.
Ben eventually does show up at the DiMera mansion, and Abby tries to kill him by burning him alive. Chad stops Abby, and she is furious with him, believing that she will never get rid of Ben until he is dead. Chad becomes worried about Abby's mental state, and discusses putting her in a mental institution. Abby overhears, takes Thomas and flees. Chad and J.J. track Abby down, and convince her of return. After realizing she can't call Thomas down, but Chad does, Abby realizes she needs help. Chad drives her to the mental institution, and does her best to support her as she gets the hell she needs. Eventually, Abby stops Chad from visiting her, leaving Chad devastated. Ciara Brady is hired as Thomas's nanny, and eventually moves into the DiMera mansion, along with Claire Brady, to become Thomas's full time nanny.
Abby bans Chad from visiting her, and Chad starts to spiral into depression. He starts drinking, and Ciara cares for Thomas. A fire breaks out where Abby is, and she is hospitalized for burns. Abby says she still sees Ben, and Chad becomes irritated and starts to question how good the care is. Abby wants to leave, and Chad makes plan to break her out. Andre shows up at the mansion, and attempts to take money out of the safe. Chad rejects Andre, who claims he wants to make amends, but gives him the money from the safe. Andre suggest it will be easy to break Abby out since she is wearing a facial mask.Abby disappears, and Chad pools all his resources into finding her. JJ and Jen wonder if Chad broke Abby out, and is hiding her, but Chad swears he isn't. Andre offers to help if Chad bequeaths him an old safe house of Stefano's outside of town. Andre claim he found a letter. Chad reads the meter and becomes convinced Andre has Abby. Andre denies the accusation, but tells Chad he lied when he said that he found the letter. Andre says he saw Abby, and she gave him the letter. Chad still doesn't believe Andre, and leaves. Chad later decides to get close to Andre to find out if he does Abby. Andre claims Abby died in a plane crash, leaving Chad devastated.
As Chad spirals more and more out of control, Jen decides to for custody of Thomas, believing he can't take care of Thomas. Chad hires Belle as his attorney, but eventually realizes he is in no shape to take of Thomas while he is grieving Abby, so he decides to give up custody. Jennifer also realizes she can't take care of Thomas, so the both of them decide to let Thomas stay with Lucas and Adrienne.Wanting to leave his son a positive legacy, Chad sets about making DiMera Enterprises into a legit business. He recruited Kate to help him, and reluctantly hired Andre as well. Andre suggested they make a move on some territory owned by the Kiriakis family. Their business partners were scared because of the recent shootout on the docks between Kiriakis employees and the recently escaped convicts: Orpheus, Clyde Weston, and Xander Cook. Chad was hesitant because of his friendship with Sonny, and Sonny even begged him not to, but Kate told him DiMera Enterprises was on the verge of being bankrupt, and this was there only option, so Chad gave her and Andre the go ahead.
Chad came to trust Andre after he helped lure Clyde into a trap, and had him recaptured. A furious Clyde warned Chad that Andre would double cross him. Chad was bothered by his growing feelings for Gabi, and Andre told him it was guilt because he still loves Abby. Chad was angry when Andre tried to get Gabi to quit working as a model at DiMera Enterprises. On the night Chad and Gabi almost made love, Chad finds Abby in Thomas' nursery.Chad keeps his distance, but allows Abby to stay at the mansion, so Thomas can still have his mother. On New Years Eve,
Chad calls Andre to the Brady Pub on New Year Eve. Andre is happy Chad wants to ring in the New Year, but Chad blasts him for knowing Abby was still alive. Andre muses that Abby sold him out, and defends his actions as helping both Chad and Abby. Andre says he cares about them both encourages Chad to forgive Abby. Chad asks Andre why he should ever trust him again, and Andre tells him Stefano is most likely alive since the body buried in the grave doesn't match his DNA. Chad returns home, and later that night, Abby attempts to romance Chad, but fears they are moving too fast. After Thomas goes to sleep, Abby comes into the room. They talk things through, he also confides in Abby about Stefano being alive, and says he is tired of people lying to him. Out of the blue, they almost make love before they stop. Abby leaves, but thinks to herself how Chad still wants her.
On January 1st, Chad and Abigail took Thomas outside so they can have a little family time. Abigail was a bit afraid to come out in the open, but Chad encouraged her to be brave and to be at ease from all her issues. Abigail reminded Chad, she still is charged with having started a fire in the hospital she was in. But he comforted her knowing they will handle it together. Chad, Abigail, and Thomas sat in the café and worked to get Thomas to say "dada." Chad took out his phone to record the moment, and he cheered jubilantly when Thomas managed to say "dada." Abigail grew teary eyed. Abigail was sad that she had missed so many firsts in Thomas' life, and she was happy she had been there with Chad to hear Thomas' first word. Abigail marveled at how easily Thomas had accepted her. Chad said that Abigail was Thomas' mother, and it was a bond that could not be broken. Later on while Abigail was feeding Thomas her favorite food, Chad bumped into Gabi as she walked through the square, she awkwardly greeted Chad and Abigail. Chad asked Abigail if he could talk privately with Gabi. When Abigail stuttered a yes, Chad assured her that everything would be fine. Chad kissed Abigail's forehead, and he walked into the park with Gabi. Chad told Gabi that he cared about her feelings, but Gabi cautioned Chad to concentrate on his wife. Chad said that he'd meant what he had told Gabi about his feelings for her. Chad stressed that Gabi had woken him up from a waking sleep after his wife's "death." Gabi said that she had meant it when she had told Chad that she loved him, but the situation between them had changed. Chad agreed. They wished each other happiness. When Chad returned home to the DiMera mansion, he told Abigail that he was willing to commit to rebuilding their family. But he pointed out that it would take time to trust Abigail again.
Abigail informed Chad that Jennifer wanted to babysit Thomas overnight. Grinning, Chad asked Abigail if that was a plan for an evening together. Chuckling, Abigail said it was her mother's plan. Abigail said she was excited to go out on a date with Chad. At Club TBD, Abigail and Chad awkwardly chatted as they stared at the dinner menu. Chad wanted to call Jennifer about Thomas, and Abigail smiled. Chad admitted he had turned into an overprotective dad. When Abigail noted that Chad's reaction was normal for a single parent, Chad countered that Gabi was a single mom and not so overprotective. Chad apologized. Abigail said she did not resent that Chad had mentioned a friend who had helped him through a difficult time. Abigail told Chad not to walk on eggshells with her.
As Abigail and Chad smiled and looked into one another's eyes, Chad suggested they order wine. After drinks, Abigail and Chad ordered food. While Abigail slurped down oysters, Chad laughed. Abigail explained that oysters had been her favorite food as a kid, but she had not had any since she had eaten a bad batch years earlier. Abigail said that recently, she had decided to stop avoiding the things she loved in life simply because something bad might happen if she embraced them.
Abigail told Chad that she had done everything because she loved Chad and Thomas. Chad said that he loved Abigail, but he needed her to be herself. While Chad poured more wine, Abigail said she would never take anything for granted again. When their favorite song started playing, Chad asked Abigail to dance. Abigail and Chad danced slowly together, wrapped in one another's arms. Chad leaned his forehead against Abigail's and they both felt at peace for the first time in a long time.
After dinner, Abigail and Chad returned home, and he escorted her to her room. Abigail thanked Chad for the wonderful evening. Chad sat on his bed, staring at the wall. Chad later arrived, bothered by how Dario is at the company of his wife for he is angry at him for keeping his wife's presence in Salem a secret to him. I home, Abigail showed Chad the new clothes she bought for Thomas. She offered to cook for him and he happily agreed.DiMera Enterprises became involved in a three way war with TITAN, the company owned by the Kiriakis family, and GDR, a company recently founded by Dario, and his and Gabi's father, Eduardo Hernandez. Andre was in possession of some microchips that contained the data to create a world wide surveillance device called Orwell. He had stolen the data from Drew Donovan, and kept the microchips in a DiMera owned warehouse in China. GDR stole the microchips and had the data downloaded into a laptop that was later stolen by Deimos Kiriakis. Gabi called Chad to the mansion to break up a fight between Andre and Deimos. On January 18, Chad meets Gabi in the park, thanking her for helping him stop the argument between Deimos and Andre. Gabi's afraid somebody will get hurt. Chad asks her to stay away from it.
Chad arrives home to Abigail. He tells her he just saw Gabi and why. Abs says she doesn't think he needs to tell her when he sees Gabi, but doesn't look convinced of her own words.Later, she eavesdrops on him calling Sonny for a meeting about the shipping. They overhear Chad asking Dario to broker peace before there's a war between them. Dario's not sure he can trust them. They all agree that Andre's rogue and dangerous, which is why they want to put a leash on everyone. Dario learns how Sonny figured out that GDR was smuggling the microchips in the handbags. Dario refuses to share The Orwell technology with the other men. Dario says their buddy, Myron, will have it up and running in a month. Sonny reminds Dario they have the programming. Dario issues a veiled threat about getting that programming back. Sonny says the reason it was stolen was because Eduardo's an assassin and they didn't trust him. Dario takes offence and Chad tells Sonny to chill. Sonny doesn't like taking orders from Chad and all hell breaks loose. In anger, Chad takes off. Chad meets Kate at home. He's upset that she and Eduardo broke up over the Orwell device.
On January 25; Chad runs into Gabi at the Horton square. While Chad's coming from a meeting, Gabs says Ari can't sleep due to having bad dreams. Ari jumps into Chad's arms. He calls himself the 'bad dream banisher' and uses an invisible magic wand to banish bad dreams and bring on good ones with puppies and kitties. Chad tells Gabi about a woman in his meeting urging him to incorporate colour into his wardrobe. Gabi offers to help. He stays with the kid and she rushes off to buy him a grey shirt at Janet's Boutique for his meeting in the morning. They discuss family and how many people love Arianna. Chad tells her she and Ari are always welcomed in his house but Gabi says he has his own family.
Andre finds Chad at Mandalay. He tells his brother that Gabi and Abby are hanging out and that he and Abigail are on track. Andre's glad to hear. They get down to business. Chad's contact at Titan says tonight there's another shipment - something to do with the Orwell. They'll intercept. Andre gloats. Pier 119 at 10:00 PM. Chad says, "No bloodshed." They'll seize the ship quickly. Andre is proud of the way his brother is running the company and proud to be working with him. "And I'm proud that you are my brother," he says.
Later Andre takes a drink of champagne and drops it, then undoes his tie, gasping. Chad goes to him and he falls to the ground, poisoned.
Chad tends to him, calling for help. Paramedics arrive and take him to the hospital. Andre is wheeled in with Chad following. Chad calls Abby to meet him there. Once she arrives, he fills his wife in and wants to get to Deimos. Abigail refuses to let him. The doctor appears and confirms Andre's been poisoned. They pumped his stomach and hopefully got most of it. He goes and Chad cries, thinking it could have been Abigail. She calms him down. They disconnect and Chad finds her. She's shocked to hear about Andre's state and that Chad's accusing Deimos.
Chad goes to the Kiriakis mansion to confront Deimos, and sees that Gabi has broken into the safe. He sees the device in her hand and wants it. She refuses him.
Chad and Gabi hide in a closet at the Kiriakis mansion as Deimos walks in. When they think he is gone, they attempt to flee, but He surprises them at the door with a gun in hand. Deimos demands the Orwell. Gabi gives it back and he asks for the key. Chad and Gabi have no idea what he means. Deimos gets unhinged, and demands it. This goes on a while and Gabi unhooks her necklace and drops it on the floor as Deimos moves them to a sound-proof supply closet elsewhere. Once he gets the key, he'll let them go. He takes their phones and snaps a shot of them to prove they're alive. He locks them in and they scream and pound on the door. Later, Gabi tells him how she and Abigail have been reenacting scenes from "Scooby Doo," in the case of the Orwell device. Chad sighs. He fills her in on Andre's poisoning and Dario's beating. Gabi's in shock and pounds on the door, needing to get to her brother.
TV Source Magazine labeled Deidrick a fan favorite and described the character of Chad as "one of the soaps’ most popular younger characters of the late ’00s." Stephanie Sloane of Soap Opera Digest commented that Chad's paternity seemed to envelope the series, but applauded the writers for "wisely" connecting him to the DiMera clan. Sloane also disagreed with how long the story took to play out. She praised Deidrick for Chad's very brief interactions with his future family members, Stefano, Kate and EJ. Nelson Branco of TV Guide Canada refers to Deidrick's performance in May 2011 as "infectious." In June 2011, Deidrick ranked at #3 along with costar, Chandler Massey in the "Top Young Actors to Watch" category. In 2012, Deidrick earned an Emmy pre-nomation in the Outstanding Younger Actor category for his portrayal of Chad. Michael Fairman applauded Deidrick for his portrayal of Chad in January 2013 when the character took revenge on Gabi and Nick, by revealing that Nick is not the father of her baby. The ratings also spiked for the episode, giving the series its highest ratings in two years.
Omar Nobles praised Deidrick's portrayal and stated: "Deidrick’s enduring charm and emotional performances helped turn the tide in favor of the one-time bad boy" which would lead to his popularity. Upon the announcement of Deidrick's departure, Michael Fairman described the actor as "one of the best young actors on daytime." Jamey Giddens said "As much as I'm going to miss the tall, drink of DiMera, I can't say I blame Deidrick." Giddens attributed the decision to Chad's dramatic decline in screen time following Burnett's departure. Though sad about Deidrick's departure, Nobles said the actor had a great "future ahead of him." Fairman praised Deidrick for his portrayal of Chad's final scenes which aired on October 30, 2013.
Prior to the announcement about the gay story line fans and critics alike pushed for a romantic pairing between Chad and Will due to the chemistry between the actors. Errol Lewis of Soap Opera Network explained that the two would have great potential as a romantic pairing, due to their heritage alone; with Chad being a DiMera, and Will being a Brady, would solidify the pairing as "star-crossed lovers" because of the long-standing feud between their families being staple within the series for so long. Despite both characters being involved in romantic pairings with females at the time, the pairing had already established a large fan base. The two, however, remain friends even when Will does turn out to be gay. The pairing is referred to by fans by their portmanteau "Chill." Despite the joke between costars, fans immediately began pushing for the pairing. Deidrick said he would be open to the potential pairing if the writers were to go in that direction. In June 2011, the duo ranked at #2 in the "Top Dream Couples" category on TV Guide Canada's "Soapgeist". Critics praised the writers for maintaining Chad and Will's friendship, and developing his friendship with Sonny despite both characters being gay. However, fans also pushed for a Sonny/Chad pairing after Chad defends him to a gay bully in September 2011. In response Smith jokingly shot down the idea and said that Chad is a little too tall for Sonny. Greg Hernandez said it was Chad's friendship with Will and Sonny that endeared him to the character. Fans also spoke out when Chad's friendship with Will and Sonny started taking a back seat to other story lines.
The onscreen pairing of Chad and Abigail became very popular among fans and garnered the squish name, "Chabby". Jamey Giddens enjoyed Abigail and Chad's new dynamic displayed in their snooping around Cameron. Giddens said that while he wasn't a fan of their initial romance, "Abby and Chad’s scenes were fun, and made me wish I could see more".
Crimes and MisdeedsEdit
- Covered for Stefano DiMera (Aug 2011)
- Assaulted Nick Fallon (Sept 2012)
- Faked having a brain tumor to hold onto Abby Deveraux (2013)
- Punched and held a gun to EJ DiMera (Sept 2014)
- Assaulted Ben Weston (Sept 2015)
- Kidnapped and tortured Deimos Kiriakis (March 28, 2017).
Maladies and InjuriesEdit
- Shot in the shoulder by a Kiriakis hitman (Aug 2011)
- Shot in the chest by Marge Bernardi (Sept 2013)
- Assaulted by Ben Weston and slipped into a coma (Sept-Oct 2015)
- Tied up by Ben and locked in a cabin that he set on fire (Dec 7-8, 2015)
- Drugged and brainwashed by Andre DiMera (Dec 2015)
- Hit by Clyde with a gun (October 12, 2016).