Days of Our Lives' latest caper - featuring Gabi Hernandez DiMera (Camila Banus) rigging the pacemaker implanted inside Julie Williams (Susan Seaforth Hayes) - is ripped straight from (old) headlines, revealed head writer Ron Carlivati.
On Twitter, Carlivati dished that a 2013 news headline regarding former vice president Dick Cheney inspired the wonky pacemaker idea. First reported by SoapHub, the storyline is based on the fact that someone can actually tamper with a heart transplant or pacemaker.
In an interview, Cheney told CNN that his doctors made him a special pacemaker that terrorists couldn't hack. It was one whose technology enemies couldn't infiltrate to induce a heart attack. So it turns out Ron isn't drawing from a sci-fi idea, but from actual science! Who knew?