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[Tranquil music]


Ben: This is the way to honeymoon.

Ciara: I don’t know what is better, camping out under the stars or waking up to watch the sunrise.

Ben: What sunrise?

Ciara: The one that we just saw.

Ben: Oh, I must’ve missed it. I was too busy looking at my beautiful wife.

Gwen: “Despite overwhelming evidence that xander cook teamed up with a crooked doctor to sell stolen opioids, he is a free man. Despite disposing of the doctor’s corpse, he’s off the hook. How does a notorious thug facing multiple felony charges just walk away? Simple. He pays ej dimera, a gangster with a law license, to pull some strings. As citizens of salem, we must fight this brazen abuse of power. We must put cook behind bars. Until then, we must make sure shame follows him wherever he goes.” Oh god, poor xander. Publicly crucified for something he didn’t even do. I know we promised not to see each other, but–

Jack: Hey, gwen. Everything okay?

Gwen: I just read the hatchet job that you did on xander. How could you? That is for keeping my secret. That is for spending the night in jail. And this– this– this is for the million dollars.

[Rapid knocking at door]

Xander: She’s back. All right.

Ej: You made the paper.

Xander: Hmm. And jack wrote this?

Ej: It’s a complete hatchet job. He slammed me as well, which I understand. But I thought he was your friend.

Xander: Not anymore.

Ej: Well, you know what they say. Never trust a journalist.

Xander: I’m sure you didn’t come by just to warn me about the press.

Ej: No, I didn’T. I came to collect my million dollars.

Steve: Ooh. You’re still not feeling any better, sweetness?

Kayla: [Groaning]

Steve: Now that must’ve been some bachelorette party.

Kayla: What was I thinking letting bonnie talk me into doing shots? I should’ve been smart like you and justin.

Steve: Well, yeah, had a couple beers and smoked cigars?

Kayla: Yeah, I would have rather done that than this. I mean, throwing vodka down my throat, ugh.

Steve: Last night you said you had a great time.

Kayla: Well, last night, I was feeling no pain. I don’t think I can say the same for bonnie though.

Steve: What do you mean?

Kayla: I just thought that she would be bubbling over with excitement. She wasn’T. There was definitely something bothering her.

Justin: Morning, beautiful. See, you didn’t have to worry about those silly superstitions that say it’s bad luck for a bride and groom to see each other on their wedding day. We spent the night together and we’re waking up together. And nothing bad has happened.

[Door opening]

Bonnie: [Gasps]

Calista: I have something for you, bonnie.

Justin: Calista, what are you doing? This is our wedding day.

Calista: Oh, there’s not gonna be a wedding unless you want to marry a murderer.

Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”

[Soft orchestration]


Gwen: I can’t believe that you’d write such horrible things about him. I thought–I thought he was your friend.

Jack: Our friendship didn’t end because of me. Xander is the one who ruined it.

Gwen: What? So you just slam him in the newspaper then, completely destroy his reputation.

Jack: His reputation? He’s a career criminal.

Gwen: Okay. Look, you’re my father and I know you have strong feelings about all of this. But, jack, you should’ve handled this privately.

Jack: It’s my job to expose corruption. Xander is as corrupt as they come. He teamed up with that sleaze snyder to push pills on the street. And when snyder dropped dead, he dumped his partner’s body so that no one would make the connection.

Gwen: Jack, please–

Jack: You could’ve ended up dead or in jail, but not xander. No, no, no. He hired ej dimera to use his influence and connections to make it all go away. You think I should just ignore that?

Gwen: No, I don’T. But I do think that you could have hired a reporter to tell the public the story, and then that way they would’ve all just moved on and forgotten about it. But no, you had to scream on the editorial page and now everyone thinks that xander is some sort of monster. He does not deserve this.

Jack: He risked your life. Why the hell are you defending him?

Ej: I had all the charges against you dismissed. You could sue jack for libel. But I’m not doing you any more legal favors until I get my money back. Hand it over.

Xander: I will. After I get my job back at basic black.

Ej: You’ll have your contract today. But there had better not be one penny of that money missing or I’ll have those charges reinstated so fast it will make your head spin.

Xander: The money will be there.

Ej: I’ll be back.

Justin: What are you talking about?

Calista: Your little fiancée here murdered my husband.

Justin: I don’t believe you.

Calista: Well, then it’s a good thing I brought proof. I have the murder weapon right here in my bag and it has bonnie’s grubby little fingerprints all over it.

Justin: What the hell is that?

Calista: That is what blondie here used to kill my hubby.

Justin: Is this true?

Calista: Oh, I think the look on her face answers that.

Justin: You’re a killer? Oh, my god. I’m not marrying you.

Bonnie: No, no, no. I can explain.

Justin: Don’t bother. The wedding is off!

Bonnie: [Shrieking] No!

Justin: Bonnie, what–what– what’s going on? What’s wrong?

Bonnie: Oh, god, justin, it was horrible. Someone showed up out of nowhere and ruined our wedding.

Justin: Oh, sweetheart, it was a bad dream. Okay. Hey, hey, hey. Sweetheart, it was a bad dream. Everything’s going to be fine.

Bonnie: Okay.

Justin: Okay, our wedding’s going to be perfect. Okay?

Calista: I have something for you, bonnie. Your mission:

[Tender music]


Ben: Can I show you something?

Ciara: Of course. The poetry book that shawn gave us. What a lovely little wedding gift.

Ben: Yeah, I was going through it. And I found this one shakespeare sonnet that just totally hit home for me.

Ciara: How so?

Ben: It just reminds me of where I was in my life before I met you and where I am now because of you.

Steve: There you go, baby.

Kayla: Thank you.

Steve: Take those.

Kayla: I am never drinking vodka again.

Steve: Well, how do you think bonnie’s feeling this morning? I’m sure she knocked back her share too, huh?

Kayla: I know. I tried to warn her that she wouldn’t want a hangover on her wedding day, but she wouldn’t listen. There was–there was definitely something bothering her. I mean, she was determined to get smashed.

Steve: You don’t think she’s getting cold feet, do you?

Kayla: No. I think she can’t wait to marry justin. Thank you. No, there’s something bothering her, but all she would say is it had to do with calista lockhart.

Steve: Did you say calista flockhart?

Kayla: Lockhart.

Steve: Who the hell is that?

Calista: I have a present for you.

Bonnie: I don’t need any presents.

Calista: But it’s the perfect thing for your wedding day. It’s old, borrowed and blue.

Bonnie: No, no, please. Please. Please.

Calista: Well, easy, sister. Just want to give you this. It belonged to my late husband, harrison lord. Well, are you going to take it or not?

Bonnie: I really don’t need any presents, like I said. And that belonged to your late husband. I think he should keep it. And I already have something blue.

Calista: If you say so.

Justin: Well, we have a big day ahead of us. So I’m going to start getting ready. I’ll meet you downstairs for breakfast.

Calista: Where’s my money?

Bonnie: I don’t have it.

Calista: Why the hell not? I told you where to get it. From that xander guy at the salem inn. He’s sitting on a million bucks, which is just exactly what you owe me.

Xander: Ej better come through with that contract or he’s not getting a damn dime.

Nicole: Ej. I read jack’s editorial. It didn’t paint you in a very flattering light.

Ej: Oh, I’m not worried about that in the least. It’s better to be feared than respected. Huh?

[Laughs] Anyway, I’m not here for idle chitchat. I’ve come here to discuss a personnel matter.

Nicole: Okay.

Ej: I would like you to give xander his job back.

Nicole: Sure, yeah. That’ll happen over my dead body. To be a thriver

Ej: I’m the co-ceo of this corporation, and I’m telling you to hire xander back.

Nicole: Did chad sign off on this?

Ej: Forget chad. You answer to me.

[Nicole scoffs] I’ve drawn up a contract. Same terms as before. Sign it.

Nicole: No.

Ej: Excuse me?

Nicole: I know you’ve been out of the game for a while, ej. But perhaps you should familiarize yourself with the terms of my contract.

Ej: Why would I bother doing that?

Nicole: Because it includes a provision states that as the executives in charge of basic black, I.E., Brady and I, have full autonomy over all personnel decisions. And I’m quite confident that I can speak for my partner when I say there is no way in hell we are hiring xander.

Jack: Why would you defend xander after what he did to you?

Gwen: Have you gone completely mad? You just convinced my father that you’re totally responsible for crimes that I’ve committed.

Xander: Jack wanted to know why you went along with snyder on the drug deal. I knew you couldn’t explain that to him without… admitting that snyder was blackmailing you. And then jack would’ve wanted to know what he had on you. If jack ever finds out you lied about abigail being responsible for your miscarriage–

Gwen: [Sighs] I know. He wouldn’t want any part of me. I don’t understand that, wh– why did you cover for me?

Xander: Well, it’S… better for me to lose a friend than for you to lose your father.

Gwen: I already explained this to you the other day, jack. I sympathize with xander because I know what it’s like to be in his situation, to be desperate and destitute.

Jack: Because he’s broke, it’s okay to drag you into his criminal enterprise? Put everyone under this roof in danger! How can you excuse that?

Gwen: I’m not. I’m just saying that I understand it.

Jack: Well, I don’T. I don’t understand anything.

Gwen: What do you want me from me, jack?

Jack: The truth about you and xander.

Kayla: Calista is bonnie’s sister-in-law.

Steve: Never heard of her.

Kayla: Well, I don’t think that they had seen each other for a long time. And then calista showed up out of the blue and bonnie got carried away and invited her to the wedding.

Steve: And her name’s calista lockhart. Ha. Who’s she married to, harrison ford?

Kayla: No, harrison lord.

Steve: You’re kidding me.

Kayla: No, I’m not.

[Both laughing]

Steve: Come on.

Kayla: I’m not.

Steve: So who’s their kid? Ally mcsolo?

Kayla: You know, I have no idea. But all I know is that I think bonnie said that he’s dead.

Steve: So what’s this calista person like?

Kayla: I don’t know. She wasn’t there last night.

Steve: Okay. She came all the way to salem for the wedding and she didn’t go to the bachelorette party?

Kayla: I think there’s some kind of bad blood between them.

Steve: Maybe that’s why bonnie was so nervous last night.

Kayla: I don’t know. I mean, I just felt like she was dying to say it. She just wanted to unburden herself somehow.

Steve: But she obviously didn’T.

Kayla: No. In fact, every time I thought she was going to say something, she would just clam up and order another drink.

Steve: Wonder what that was about.

Calista: I told you yesterday I saw some hunk named xander walking into that hotel where you put me up carrying a briefcase with a million dollars in it.

Bonnie: I know.

Calista: So why didn’t you steal it?

Bonnie: [Huffs] I just– I couldn’T. Oh, come on. Look at me, all right? Look–look how far I’ve come. I can’t risk going back to prison. I’m marrying the most wonderful man I’ve ever met.

Calista: Yeah, obviously, he doesn’t know the real person he’s marrying.

Bonnie: Oh, believe me. Justin has seen the worst of me. He knows all about my past. And you know what? He believes I’ve changed. He believes I’ve turned my life around, and I have. And now, we’re in love. For crying out loud, it’s my wedding day! I got a lot on my mind. Can I just pay you later?

Calista: No. You screwed me once, sister. I’m not going to let it happen again. Oh, look at that. Better get crackin’. There’s only a couple of hours to take care of business before the wedding.

Bonnie: And what have i don’t?

Calista: Well, then, I will just show justin this little old gun, and your love story will be over.

Ciara: “When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state. And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries. And look upon myself and curse my fate.”

Ben: Outcast and alone. That was me when I first met you.

Ciara: Would you read some?

Ben: “Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising, happily, I think on thee. And then my state, like to the lark at break of day arising from sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate. For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings. That then I scorn to change my state with kings.” That, ciara, is exactly how I feel about you. Because when we are together… I wouldn’t trade places with anybody in the world.

Ciara: Neither would I.

[Stirring music]


We gave new zzzquil pure zzzs restorative herbal sleep

Nicole: Why would you want to hire xander, anyway? He’s a nightmare to work with. And he smells like patchouli.

Ej: So we’ll get him some new cologne.

Nicole: [Huffs] Trust me, ej, if I go along with this, you will live to regret it.

Ej: I won’t regret getting my money back.

Nicole: What money?

Ej: Samantha paid xander a million dollars to blow up your marriage.

Nicole: Oh, I knew it! I knew it even when you wouldn’t admit it before.

Ej: The point is, there’s no way in hell I’m letting either of them get away with it.

Nicole: Great, fine. Perfect. Just leave me out of it.

Ej: Xander won’t give me back my money unless I get him back his job.

Nicole: Well, I won’t work with him.

Ej: Xander was paid a small fortune to do what he did, and you’re okay with that.

Nicole: No. No, of course not, but think about what you’re asking me to do. How would you feel if I told you to hire lucas?

Ej: It’s not the same thing.

Nicole: Yeah, yeah, it’s a similar idea…okay? I’m not going to work with that– that person who destroyed my marriage.

Ej: We all have to put up with colleagues we don’t like.

Nicole: But I don’t dislike xander. I hate him with every fiber of my being. He is a living, breathing repulsive reminder of the worst mistake I’ve made in my life. And, you know what, to have to work with him every day– no. No, thank you. I’m not doing it. And you know, ej, do you really need the money?

Ej: It’s the principle. I can’t let samantha win.

Nicole: Well, I can’t let xander win, so…

Ej: Hmm. Suit yourself. But if you don’t sign this contract…you’re fired.

Calista: Well, hey, don’t you look handsome?

Justin: Thank you.

Calista: I hope you don’t mind–I just helped myself. Bonnie told me to make myself at home.

Justin: Of course.

Calista: And what a fabulous home it is.

Justin: Calista, please don’t take this the wrong way, but I have to say… I’m a little surprised that you’re here when bonnie’s never even mentioned you before.

Calista: Hmm. Well, you know, bonnie and I have not been in contact since my husband died. But I wouldn’t miss her wedding for the world.

Justin: Where is bonnie anyway? I thought we were supposed to have breakfast together.

Calista: She just left. Said she had an important errand to run.

Bonnie: Hi! Morning, sunshine.

Xander: What are doing here?

Bonnie: Oh–ha ha. I came to invite you to our wedding.

Xander: What?

Bonnie: Yeah, justin and i are getting married, and, uh, we would love the honor, um, no, the pleas– whatever–ha ha ha! We both want you there.

Xander: You’re getting married today, and you came here yourself to invite me?

Bonnie: Mm-hmm.

Xander: That’s a little weird even for you, bonnie.

Bonnie: Oh, come on. Just say yes.

Xander: Not until I figure out what’s really going on. Tell me, bonnie, what am I missing?

Gwen: The truth is xander’s not the terrible person that you think he is. You’re the one who told me to give him a chance.

Jack: That’s before he turned you into his drug mule.

Gwen: Yes. But you can’t just write him off, jack. Look at me. Look at all the horrible things that I did to you and your family. You forgave me, didn’t you?

Jack: You are my daughter. And you have proved that you’ve changed. Xander’s the same selfish, deceitful liar he’s always been.

Gwen: That is not true.

Jack: I am baffled. Honestly, I am–how can you– how can you be sorry for an amoral, unethical deviant?

Gwen: Because I told you I know what it’s like to do something terrible because you just feel like you have no choice.

Jack: If he’d really been in that much trouble, he could’ve come to me.

Gwen: I am sure that if he felt like being honest with you was an option, he would have done that.

Jack: And he didn’T. And now he’s compounded his deceit by– by flouting the law and manipulating the justice system, and I can’t stand for that!

Gwen: You’ve already skewered him in the papers, jack. I mean, what more could you possibly do?

Jack: That story is just the beginning. There’s a lot more to the story. I know a whole hell of a lot more. Between what I write and what my staff uncovers, we might be able to get the charges against xander reinstated, and he can go to prison where he belongs.

Gwen: No. No, please. Please, don’t do that.

Jack: Why not?

Gwen: Because I don’t want you to–to–to cross paths with the dimeras. They’re ruthless.

Jack: Chad dimera is my son-in-law.

Gwen: I’m talking about ej.

Jack: I’m not afraid of him! The bottom line is xander is guilty as sin, and he needs to pay.

Gwen: No, you’re wrong, jack. He is not guilty. I am the one who’s guilty. Is now a good time for a flare-up?

Ben: Being together like this…it is even more amazing now because you’re my wife again.

Ciara: I was just thinking the exact same thing.

Ben: Yeah?

Ciara: Mm.

Ben: Well, then maybe we should just stay like this forever.

Ciara: Yeah, as tempting as that may be, I, um…I’m really excited to show you new orleans.

Ben: Yeah?

Ciara: Yeah.

Ben: When was the last time you were there?

Ciara: When I was a kid. But even then I realized how amazing of a place it was. I mean the music, the architecture, the food. Oh my god, the food!

Ben: Oh my god. Now, I want to get there. I want to get there now too. Should we start packing?

Ciara: You know, actually talking about the food made me kinda hungry. Do you mind if we make breakfast first?

Nicole: That is the second time you have threatened to fire me since you’ve been back.

Ej: Is it?

Nicole: Yeah. After I gave you unsolicited advice about johnny, you threatened to shut down this division.

Ej: My apologies. I was a little…riled up. But I’m calmer now.

Nicole: But you’re still going to fire me over this.

Ej: No, I don’t want to, nicole. You happen to be very good at what you do.

Nicole: Well, how can I be good at what I do if I work with someone who I hate?

Ej: Hatred can be a very powerful motivator. Just use it to make xander’s life a living hell. Brady and chloe will side with you. I bet you could drive him to quit by year’s end.

Nicole: Wanna bet me a million bucks?

Ej: [Laughs] Just shut up and sign the contract.

[Ej chuckles]

Kayla: Ugh. My head is still pounding.

Steve: Are you sure you’re going to be okay for the wedding? Maybe you should call in sick.

Kayla: I couldn’t do that to bonnie. Besides she’s coming over here in a little bit to get ready.

Steve: Oh, okay. Well, I better get over to the house and see if justin has any last-minute requests for his best dude.

Kayla: Okay. I’ll see you in a bit.

Steve: Yeah. Me and the famous calista.

Justin: Hey, maybe you ought to slow down a little.

Calista: Hmm. Yeah, you’re probably right. I guess I’m just trying to chase away blues.

Justin: Um…are you upset about something?

Calista: I don’t want to be a downer on your wedding day, but it is so hard to be happy for other people who are just starting their lives together when–

Justin: No, I understand. I don’t know if bonnie told you, but, uh, I lost my wife.

Calista: Oh, I’m so sorry.

Justin: Thanks. So tell me about your husband, harrison, was it?

Calista: Harrison lord. He was taken from me far too soon. Murdered for his money. The person who killed him stole every penny he had, leaving me not just a widow, but a pauper too. And the worst part is they got away with it.

Justin: I remember you mentioned that.

Calista: You’re a lawyer. Don’t you think that a criminal like that should be brought to justice?

Bonnie: I was just on my way over to kayla’s and thought I’d pop by here first.

Xander: Did you run this by justin?

Bonnie: Oh, I know he’d want you to be there. You’re his cousin. So why don’t you just hop in the shower, put on your monkey suit and be at the house by 2:00 P.M.

Xander: Bonnie–

Bonnie: Nope. Not taking no for an answer.

Xander: Honestly, I’d feel quite awkward.

Bonnie: Oh, baloney. You–you’ll be the life of the party. And I always say the more, the merrier. Right?

Xander: Fine. I’ll be there.

Bonnie: Yay! Yippee. Okay, I’ll see you–oh, I see you soon.

Gwen: I’m the one who’s guilty.

Jack: We’ve been through this before, gwen–

Gwen: No, please, jack. Please. Let me just finish. Please.

[Exhales] Xander lied. He lied when that he said he was the one delivering drugs for snyder and that brought me into the operation. He just did that to cover for me.

Jack: But he told me that snyder was his business partner.

Gwen: Yes. It’s not true. It’s not true. Those two never worked together. It was snyder and me. I was the one delivering drugs for him, and I wanted to stop, but he wouldn’t let me. And so one day I was just completely fed up.

Jack: Meaning what?

Gwen: Meaning…

[Sighs] Meaning one day, he just turned up here with a package and I said to him that he needs to go find somebody else to do his dirty work. And then we just–we’re having this big, horrible row, and then xander walks in. And xander starts defending me. He stood up for me. He’s the one who was trying to get me out of this horrible mess that I’d gotten myself into.

[Exhales] And then…snyder just dropped dead…right in front of us.

[Sighs] And then that’s when things got really complicated. So I am not an innocent victim in this. I’m the one who got xander into this whole mess. I’m so sorry. You must think I’m a terrible person.

Jack: No, gwen. I’m confused. Why would you agree to run drugs for snyder in the first place? Are you tired of clean clothes that just don’t smell clean?

Jack: Okay. I get what’s going on here. You’re upset about my editorial, and you’re trying to get me to write a retraction.

Gwen: Would you?

Jack: Absolutely not! I don’t get this 180 that you’ve done on xander. And for the longest time, the two of you couldn’t stand each other. Oh, wait.

Gwen: Wait what–what?

Jack: Julie. Julie walked in on you and xander together on the couch. You told me it was a momentary lapse of judgment. Maybe it wasn’t so momentary.

Gwen: Yes, it was. It was. But I’m not talking about that right now. It’s beside the point. But yes, yes, judy is right. Xander did lie to you. He didn’t want you to know that I was running drugs because he didn’t want you to think less of me. He was trying to protect my relationship with you. He lied so that I wouldn’t have to tell the truth.

Jack: What is the truth… gwen? Why–why would you agree to run drugs for snyder?

Gwen: He forced me to.

Jack: How? How could he do that?

Gwen: He was blackmailing me.

Jack: With what? What was he holding over you?

Calista: We are talkin’ grand larceny and murder. Well, don’t you think the rich who commits those heinous crimes should pay?

Justin: I think anyone who’s proven guilty in a court of law should pay.

Calista: Well, they didn’T. And it makes my blood boil.

Justin: Mm-hmm. I can see that. But in time, the anger, the pain will be less acute, and you’ll find yourself less immersed in, uh, stewing about the past and more hopeful about the future.

Calista: Well, I’ll drink to that.

[Both chuckle]

Justin: Ah, that’s bonnie’s makeup bag.

Calista: Mm. She gonna need that! Ha ha.

Justin: Maybe you’d like to bring it to her. You can meet kayla, her matron of honor.

Calista: [Laughs] Well, you know, I am still a little tired from my trip. And I’ve had a couple of drinks. I don’t think I should drive.

Justin: Oh, actually, that’s a–that’s a good idea. All right. Well, I’ll just take care of it myself.

[Calista giggles]

[Beep beep]

Bonnie: Oh, thank the lord.

[Suspenseful music]


[Knock on door]

Ej: Xander, open up. Xander.

Ben: The eggs could use some hot sauce.

Ciara: I got it.

Ben: Thank you.

Ciara: Um…I have been so preoccupied with everything, I completely forgot.

Ben: What?

Ciara: I am out of birth control pills.

Ben: Well, I’m sure there’s a pharmacy in between here and new orleans. We’ll just have your doctor call in a prescription.

Ciara: Or…not.

Ben: [Coughs] I order my groceries online now.

Ben: I’m not sure what that means. Ha.

Ciara: What if I didn’t refill my prescription?

Ben: Are you saying you want to use a different kind of birth control?

Ciara: No. What I’m saying is…maybe we shouldn’t worry about that. What I’m saying is… what if we have a baby?

Steve: Yo, justin.

Calista: Justin’s not here. Mm! Well, hi, looks like it’s just you and me, big boy.

Justin: Hey.

Kayla: Justin, everything okay?

Justin: Never better. I just came by to give bonnie her makeup bag.

Kayla: She’s not here.

[Knocking continues]

Ej: Xander, are you in there?

Xander: Hold your horses man, I’m coming.

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