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Ben: I told you we should have brought an umbrella.

Ciara: [Laughs] How was I supposed to know that we were gonna get caught in a downpour on our way home from the jazz club? It was your idea, remember?

Ben: Yeah. Well, if beats waiting for a ride share. Besides, a little stroll in the rain never hurt anybody.

Ciara: Yeah. Go ahead and speak for yourself. I am an absolute mess right now.

Ben: Really? You look perfect to me.

Ciara: [Chuckles]

[Tender music]


Chanel: Sorry I’m late.

Johnny: No worries. Did you have second thoughts about coming over here tonight?

Chanel: Not at all. Just slightly nervous about watching “the exorcist” for the first time.

Johnny: Oh, I didn’t think you’d bail over a movie. I thought maybe my sister convinced you to ghost me.

Chanel: Johnny, we went over this. Allie said she apologized for calling you a player and that she was totally fine with it if I wanted to date you.

Johnny: And she meant it?

Chanel: Doesn’t matter. It’s my decision, and I have decided to allow you to bask in the pleasure of my company.

Johnny: [Chuckles] And for that, my dear lady, I’m very grateful.


Steve: Poor doug. Is he gonna be okay?

Kayla: Well, it’s too soon to tell, but he was resting comfortably when I left.

Steve: Do you have any idea why he collapsed?

Kayla: It’s a mystery actually. I mean, all the readouts were inconclusive.

Steve: How’s julie dealing with all this?

Kayla: Well, she’s rattled, as you can imagine.

Steve: You said she’s worried doug might have dementia?

Kayla: Yeah. And now this. What they’re going through, it just breaks my heart. And god forbid she loses doug. I don’t know what she’d do.

[Monitor beeping]

[Door opens]

Eli: Hey, grandma.

Julie: Oh, eli. Darling, I was just about to call you.

Eli: Hey, I’m so sorry I had to leave earlier. We did arrest a suspect, but this was as soon as I can get back.

Julie: Doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter. The important thing is you’re here now.

Eli: Yeah. How’s doug?

Julie: Well, stable. Doctors gave him a lot of sedatives so he could rest. Thank god.

Eli: Wait, sedatives? What happened?

Julie: I don’t know. The session with marlena went on and on and on, and I finally wanted to check on him so I opened the door and he was on the floor. I thought we’d lost him, eli.

Eli: Where was marlena?

Julie: There. I mean, she was standing right there, she was in shock. Took quite a while, she finally called for assistance. Eventually, she told me he’d collapsed. But getting an answer out of her was like pulling teeth.

Eli: I–then, I guess it’s like you said. She was in shock, but I mean, she has known you and doug forever, but…

Julie: Darling, to be perfectly honest, marlena was not herself.

[Eerie music]


Demon marlena: [Winces] You and I made quite a splash all those years ago, didn’t we, marlena? But mark my words. Salem ain’t seen nothing yet.

[Laughing maniacally]

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

[Soft orchestration]


[Gentle music]


Ciara: Hey, how about we get out of these wet clothes?

Ben: You are just full of these exceptional ideas tonight, aren’t you?

Ciara: [Laughs]

Ben: Mrs. Weston.

Ciara: Hmm.

Demon marlena: Ooh. What an absolute sight to behold! What’s it been? About 25 years? You look absolutely marvelous, marlena.

[Chuckles] Why, if I didn’t know better, I’d–I’d think you had made a deal with the…

[Laughs] With me. Oh, and speaking of deals, it’s a very good thing that you let me back in, because if you hadn’t, that old soul, doug would be paying the ultimate price.


John: Oh, geez. I’m sorry that took so long, doc. You know, I get all the way over there and they tell me that they mixed up our order and they– they mixed up our order and they gave our…food away. Doc, you all right?

[Ominous music]

Pool floaties are like whooping cough.

Paulina: [Chuckles] Oh, I still feel bad about not being in the mood tonight–to entertain.

Both: [Laugh]

Abe: Look, I told you. I understand. We’ll have john and marlena over another time.

Paulina: No, right, right. Of course.

Both: [Laugh]

[Mellow music]


Abe: [Sighs] I have to tell you. I really enjoy us being together. Just the two of us.

Steve: Abraham! Come on over.

Paulina: Well, so much for just the two of us.

Both: [Laugh]

Abe: Well, well, well. Hello there.

Steve: Hey, man.

Abe: Yeah.

Kayla: Abe, it’s so good to see you. And you must be paulina price.

Paulina: Oh. [Chuckles] That would be me.

Kayla: Oh, it’s so nice to meet you. We’ve heard so much about you.

Paulina: Oh, and you must be steve and kayla johnson.

Kayla: Yeah. Oh.

Steve: How do you know that?

Paulina: Because you are exactly as abe described you.

Steve: Ah, let me guess. He told you about the patch?

Paulina: [Chuckling] Oh, no. Abe showed me a photo that the two of you were in from a salem celebration. Now, as I saw it, you, kayla, are the beautiful blue-eyed blonde, and you, mr. Johnson, are the sexy pirate.

Steve: Oh.

Paulina: Oh, even more so in person actually–sexy, I mean.

Steve: Okay, okay. You’re gonna make me blush.

[Laughter] How about you guys join us for dinner?

Kayla: Yeah, do.

Paulina: That would be lovely.

Abe: That’s great, yes. Here you go, my dear.

Paulina: Mm, ah. And, ah–I sure do see the resemblance.

Steve: Resemblance?

Paulina: Mm-hmm. I do believe I’ve met another good-looking member of your family. Oh, yes, same color hair, same color eyes.

Steve: Must be talking about my son.

Paulina: Yep, who you must be so proud of, on his way to becoming a doctor.

Kayla: Well, we’re both so proud of him.

Paulina: Mm-hmm.

Steve: So how did you meet tripp?

Paulina: Oh, well, he’s an acquaintance of my daughter. Such a charming young man.


Johnny: Listen, I, uh… I kind of need you here.

Chanel: You need me? To watch a movie you’ve already seen a bunch of times?

Johnny: Yes. I’m doing research on my movie and I want your opinion.

Chanel: So you’re still planning to make the movie about your mom?

Johnny: Is that a problem?

Chanel: Uh, yes. Because didn’t your grandmother get possessed by the devil? And according to allie, your grandfather doesn’t want you dredging up the past.

Johnny: Eh, I’m sure he’ll come around. Now, will you do me a solid and watch this movie with me, please?

Chanel: And I have a feeling I am so gonna regret this, but sure.

Eli: Why would doug say he went into her? Who is he? And who is her?

Julie: I haven’t the faintest idea.

Eli: Maybe he was just confused and didn’t know what he was saying.

Julie: Yeah. Yeah, that’s the logical answer. I’m not sure it’s right.

Eli: Why is that?

Julie: When he had these experiences, when he locked me in the freezer, when he groped paulina, there was a look, an expression in his eyes unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Not like himself. Then a little while ago when he tried to talk to me, he was my precious doug again. He was not confused, and he was trying to tell me something.

Eli: Tell you what, grandma?

Julie: [Sighs] I have no idea.

Doug: [Muttering]

Julie: Oh, he’s waking up.

Eli: Maybe now we can get some answers.

John: Hey, doc.

[Chuckles] Did you just hear anything that I just said?

[Mystical music]


Marlena: Sorry. I was lost in thought about doug.

John: Oh. Any updates on his condition?

Marlena: Not since I left the hospital.

John: Hmm, I’m sure julie must be a wreck.

Marlena: Julie. Yeah. Julie is overwrought.

John: You look a little shaken yourself, honey. Probably for the best that abe and paulina canceled our dinner today.

Marlena: Yeah, I–I would not have been up for that.

John: Hey, sorry. I didn’t mean to leave this out.

Marlena: Why were you going through that?

John: Well, I dug it out of the closet after johnny left. He was–he was hoping to get an answer whether or not you and i were gonna finance his film.

Marlena: Oh, yes, the sami movie.

John: And… what happened to you.

Marlena: You can say it– when I was possessed by the devil.

John: I got it, I got it, I got it, I got it. I was just hoping that we would never have to think about that time in our lives again– that we had, you know, just put that horrific experience decades behind us. But, no, no, no. Here comes johnny. He’s just gonna dredge that old thing up. I gotta tell you. Got a bad feeling about that, doc. Is olay better than your clean beauty?

[Tender music]


Ciara: [Sighs]

[Thunder rumbling] Is new orleans the perfect place for a honeymoon or what? The music, the food…

Ben: The lovemaking.

Ciara: [Laughs] Well, maybe that is perfect everywhere we go.

Ben: Mm-hmm.

Ciara: And it’s definitely my favorite part of the honeymoon.

Ben: Mine too.

Ciara: Mm.


Ciara: But you know, if I had to choose something for second place, I really did enjoy being around oak alley. But not only because of what it meant for my parents, but because it was such a powe anth

Ben: Yeah, I agree.

Ciara: Yeah. I could tell that the experience really affected you too.

Ben: Yeah.

Ciara: You were really quiet after we left. Was there something on your mind?

Ben: Actually, yeah. Just something the tour guide said.

Ciara: Ashleigh? What did she say?

Ben: She said in order for us to move forward, you have to reckon with your past. And anything that was built on violence or ugliness will always be there underneath the surface. You can’t ignore it.

Ciara: Yeah. I remember her saying that too, but what does that have to do with you?

Ben: In a way, I felt like she was talking about me.

Chanel: What the– why is she walking like that? Oh, hell no, turn it off. Turn it off!

Johnny: Okay. Not a fan of the spider walking scene.

Chanel: A fan? Now I’m gonna have nightmares for months. How is a movie that’s almost 50 years old this scary?

Johnny: The director’s a fricking genius, that’s how. William friedkin. I mean, the way that he depicts regan’s possession and displays it on screen, that’s unmatched even today with all the cgi. I’ll be lucky if my movie turns out half as well. What? Why aren’t you saying anything?

Chanel: Johnny, don’t do it. Do not make your movie.

Paulina: Mmm, mmm, mm-mm-mm-mm-mm, mmm! Well, this is the juiciest burger I have ever chomped down on.

Kayla: My brother roman knows his way around a grill.

Paulina: Mmm. A man who can cook? In my book.

Abe: Well…

Steve: Judging by the smile on paulina’s face, I’d say you’ve been showing off your culinary skills to this lovely lady.

Paulina: He sure has. He’s a whiz in the kitchen.


Abe: Well, actually, I was going to cook dinner tonight.

Paulina: Oh, now come on. Don’t make me feel bad. Abe invited john and marlena over for dinner tonight, but I wasn’t up for, you know, entertaining, but I mean, abe tells me that john now has had a lot on his mind lately so I guess it’s worked out for the better anyway, right?

Abe: Hmm.

Steve: John okay?

Abe: Yeah, you know, he’s okay. It’S… he’s been ruminating a lot about the past lately.

Paulina: Mm-hmm, oh?

Steve: Well, he didn’t say anything to me about it. What’s going on?

Paulina: Come on, honey. Don’t just drop things like that then clam up. Tell us, tell us what the man was ruminating about.

Abe: Well, he’s been thinking a lot about the time when marlena was possessed by the devil.

Paulina: [Chokes, coughs]

Doug: [Groaning]

[Monitor beeping] Julie?

Julie: Yes, darling. Yes, I’m here, and so is eli.

Doug: [Laughs softly]

Julie: Sweetheart, you’re in the hospital. You had a little fall. You’re gonna be okay. Do you remember what happened to you?

Doug: Huh?

Julie: You were in a therapy session and you collapsed.

[Tense music]

Doug: Huh. Marlena.

Julie: Yes. Yes, marlena was with you.

Doug: H-help… marlena.

Marlena: So what did you say to johnny about the movie?

John: Well, I told him that I would have to finish discussing it with you and then I’d get back to him with an answer.

Marlena: Did he ask about possession?

John: No, not directly. In fact, when he came over, he hadn’t even read that part of his script yet. But obviously he has now because he sent allie over here to confirm that that story was true.

Marlena: Oh, and what did you tell her?

John: I lied to her, said it never happened. And then I started feeling guilty so I told her the truth, but I made sure she understood that in the end, good triumphed over evil.

Marlena: Right.

John: A little tricky explaining the exorcism, though–you know, how I performed it believing I was a priest at the time even though it turned out later I wasn’T.

Marlena: Certainly had me fooled about that.

John: Excuse me, what was that?

Marlena: Uh, nothing. I was, uh, just saying that none of us really understood it.

John: Well, thankfully, it didn’t matter if I wasn’t a priest because you were saved. And you know something? After all these years, going through that box has just reinforced my belief that it was our love that defeated the devil– well, that and of course, our faith in god.

Marlena: Put that– put that damn thing away!

Get ready. It’s time for

the savings event of the year.

[Thunder rumbling]

Ciara: Ben, I don’t think that what ashley said about oak alley applies to you.

Ben: No, I know that. But her words… still got to me.


Ciara: Yeah, but you haven’t been ignoring your past. Actually, you have been actively facing it.

[Soft dramatic music]

You have been going to therapy, you’ve been acknowledging the pain that you caused others, and you’re doing your best every day to try to make up for it.

Ben: Doesn’t change who I am. I was a man even capable of murder, and no matter how much I try to atone for what I did, for the lives I took, it’s always gonna be a part of me. For the rest of my life.

Paulina: [Coughing] Whew, that fry went down the wrong way.

Abe: Are you okay?

Paulina: [Coughing] Yeah. Except I thought I heard you say that marlena– dr. Marlena evans was possessed by the devil.

Abe: Yes. Yes. You did hear that, that’s why I didn’t wanna get into it.

Paulina: [Scoffs] Come on. He’s pulling my leg, right? I mean–oh, that can’t possibly be true.

Kayla: Oh, we certainly heard the stories.

Steve: Yeah, but we weren’t in town at the time.

Abe: Well, I was, and I can assure you that it really did happen.

Paulina: Oh, you– wait, come on, you’re telling me that the devil, also known as satan himself was here in salem?

Abe: Yeah. I mean, you know, you can imagine how horrifying that was for john and marlena– for everyone in this town, in fact.

Kayla: But that was decades ago. Why is john dwelling on that?

Abe: Because– now wait for it– johnny dimera is making a movie about sami’s life.

Steve: Wow, sounds ambitious.

Abe: Yet his ambitious and very disturbing since marlena’s possession is going to be part of it.

Johnny: It’s just a movie, chanel. The wonderful world of pretend.

Chanel: Was it pretend when it happened to your grandmother?

Johnny: We don’t know for sure that it did.

Chanel: Allie said your grandfather confirmed it.

Johnny: Look, if it’s a true story, even better. It’s gonna help me sell my movie.

Chanel: But–

Johnny: Trust me. There’s nothing to worry about. Now, can we finish watching this movie?

Chanel: [Sighs] I don’t know.

Johnny: If you get scared, just, uh, squeeze my hand.

Chanel: All right. But you’re paying for my therapy bills.

[Ominous music]


John: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Hey, hey, sweetheart, what’s going on? Why are you so upset?

Marlena: I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to snap at you. I can guess you’re right. I guess you’re right, you know, this–this whole conversation, all these bad memories, I guess I’m just a little bit on edge.

John: Well of course you are. I’m right there with you.

Marlena: Yeah. Why don’t you–why don’t you just put that back in the box and then–and maybe we can stop talking about it.

John: Yeah. You see what’s going on here? This is exactly why johnny shouldn’t be making a movie about any of this stuff here. You know, in a way, I just feel it’s inviting evil back into our lives.

Marlena: Yes. I think you could be right about that.

Doug: [Mumbling, grunting]

Julie: Honey, just calm down. Calm down, we’ll get you help. We’ll get you help. Just be calm, sweetheart. Sweetheart, eli–eli, please, I wanna get a nurse and let her know that he’s awake. Would you watch him? I’m gonna call marlena too just in case she can come down.

Eli: Yeah, sure.

Julie: Make him feel better.

Eli: Okay.

Julie: Okay.

Doug: Marlena. Marlena.

[Grunting] Marlena. Did you know faded, dingy, and rough fabrics

[Thunder rumbling]

[Soft dramatic music]


Ciara: Baby, I get that your history is something that you can’t change, but you do not have to let your past define you. Can’t you just focus on all the good? And how much progress you’ve made? On how you saved my life, on how happy you make me, or doesn’t that count for something?

Ben: Of course it does.

Ciara: Well then, please stop torturing yourself.

Ben: Just easier said than done right now. My past has been on my mind a lot lately.

Ciara: Why now?

Ben: Full confession. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since…

Ciara: Since what?

Ben: Since you said you wanted to have a baby.

Paulina: Excuse me. I’ve gotta use the little girl’s room.

[Laughs] Maybe say a few prayers while I’m in there.

Kayla: Always a good idea.

Paulina: I agree.

Kayla: [Laughs]

Paulina: Back in the minute.

Abe: Well, so what do you think of paulina?

Kayla: Oh, abe, she is terrific.

Steve: She’s great, man. And funny as hell.


Ben: I am so glad you all like her because if everything goes my way, well, you’re gonna be seeing a lot of her.

Steve: What do you mean if everything goes your way?

Abe: Tomorrow night, I’m going to propose.

Kayla: Oh, we are so happy for you.

Steve: Oh, man.

Abe: Thank you, thank you.

Steve: Great news. Great, sir.

Abe: Yes, sir, yes, sir. Ah.

[Chuckles] Well, I’ve gotta tell you, I have it all planned out. Lani’s gonna keep her busy and then I’m going to– I’m gonna make this surprise dinner.

Steve: Oh, you gotta make sure to make all of her favorites.

Abe: Oh, I’ve already made note of that. And then I only have one thing left to do and that is to get her daughter’s blessing.

Johnny: Ow. Ow. Ow! I said squeeze my hand, not break it into a million pieces.

Chanel: Sorry, but this exorcism scene is just too much. I can’t take anymore.

Johnny: It’s the best part.

Chanel: No, no, if her spinning her head around 360 degrees is the best part, I’m good.

Johnny: You at least have to see how it ends. I’ll fast forward.

Chanel: I hope you know I wouldn’t be putting myself through this for just anyone.

Johnny: Just anyone? What are you saying, chanel? That I’m special?

Chanel: I’m saying you owe me, big time.

John: Good. So you agree then that johnny shouldn’t be making this movie?

[Cell phone ringing]

Marlena: Excuse me.

John: [Sighs]

Marlena: Hello?

Julie: Marlena, I am so sorry to disturb you.

Marlena: Well, hi. Is everything okay? I hope doug hasn’t taken a turn for the worst.

Julie: No. In fact, he just woke up.

Marlena: He woke up? I thought he was heavily sedated.

Julie: Yeah, well, he’s pretty groggy, but he’s very agitated.

Marlena: Really? About what?

Julie: Well, it’s almost impossible for me to understand him, but one thing was clear. He keeps saying your name.

[Foreboding music]

What can I du with less asthma?

[Thunder rumbling]

[Soft dramatic music]


Ciara: Ben, what does having a baby have to do with your past?

Ben: What if that sickness that made me do those horrible things got passed on to our child? Ciara, an innocent baby. Mental illness can be hereditary.

Ciara: Yes. I guess in some cases it can be. Wait a minute. All those concerns you had about having a baby with me– the extra financial burden, the childcare, the wanting to spend more time with me– those were all just excuses?

Ben: They were not excuses. Those are all legitimate concerns, ciara. I mean, having a baby changes your entire life.

Ciara: No, of course. I know that. But at the heart of it all, you not wanting to pass down your bad genes to our baby– that’s the reason why you wanna put this off?

Ben: Yes.

Abe: [Sighs] Well, she’s not picking up, so I guess I’ll stop by the bakery tomorrow and talk to her then.

Kayla: Well, I can’t imagine paulina’s daughter not approving of her mom marrying you, the mayor of salem, not to mention the greatest man on earth.

Steve: Not to mention, anyone can see how in love you two are.

Abe: Wow. It’s that obvious, huh?

Steve: It’s that obvious.


Abe: Well, you know, this is crazy. I mean, I only met her earlier this year. Already, I can’t imagine living my life without her.

Kayla: You know, I think that she feels the same way. I mean, just the way she looks at you.

Steve: It’s so great that you’re getting married, man.

Kayla: We couldn’t be happier for you, abe.

Steve: Yeah.

Paulina: And why is that?

Marlena: It’s not a problem at all. I will. I’ll see you soon. Bye. I’m afraid I’ve gotta cut our evening short. Doug is asking to see me.

John: Oh, that’s all right. I understand. I’ll clean everything up here and put the leftovers away.

Marlena: Thank you.

John: Yeah. And please tell doug and julie I’m thinking about ’em.

Marlena: I will.

John: And I’ll say a prayer for ’em while you’re gone.

Marlena: How thoughtful of you.

John: Yeah. Bye, sweetheart.

[Foreboding music]


Demon marlena: I cannot have that bumbling old man telling people that I am back.

Doug: [Muttering]

Eli: Hey, a nurse came by to check doug’s vitals. He seems okay. Is marlena coming?

Julie: Yes. Darling.

Doug: What?

Julie: It’s your wife. I called marlena. She’s on her way. She’s coming to help you, sweetie.

Doug: No, no, no. Marlena, no.

Julie: What about marlena?

Doug: She needs help.

Julie: I don’t understand. Marlena is the one who needs help?

Doug: Yes.

Your mission:

[Thunder rumbling]

Ben: I’m sorry for not being upfront with you about my feelings, ciara. I just… I don’t ever want to disappoint you. And I know how much having a baby means to you.

Ciara: Means to us. Ben, can you just please be honest now, okay? If you’re saying that you don’t wanna pass down your genes to your baby, does that mean that you might never wanna have a baby with me?

Paulina: So why is it that you’re so happy for abe? Aside from the fact that he has such a fascinating dinner companion tonight.


Kayla: Oh, well, that’s it, actually. We’re just so happy that the two of you found each other.

Steve: Yeah. And we’re looking forward to seeing a lot more of you because we think that you are definitely a keeper.

Paulina: Oh. I knew I liked you, both of you.

[Laughter] Oh, I gotta say. Well, salem is just brimming with some wonderful people.

Abe: Well, you know what?

Paulina: Mm-hmm?

Abe: The brady pub here is brimming with wonderful desserts. So is anyone interested?

Paulina: Always. But no devil’s food cake, not after what you told me about marlena.

Steve: Yeah. Better avoid that.

Paulina: You know, I still can’t believe that woman was possessed. That kind of thing, it only happens in the movies.

Chanel: [Sighs]

Johnny: See? It all worked out in the end. The devil was banished.

Chanel: Yeah. And the two priests ended up dead. I’m not sure I’d call that a happy ending.

Johnny: Ah, yeah. But that’s what ups the dramatic stakes. I mean, that’s the kind stuff that gets the people in the seats, which is why I’m scrapping the rest of will’s screenplay…

Chanel: Oh, thank god.

Johnny: And I’m rewriting it. I’m gonna go bigger. I’m gonna go better. I’m gonna make my grandmother’s possession the sole focus of my movie.

[Elevator dings]

Marlena: Ah.

Eli: Hey.

Marlena: Oh, hi.

Julie: Marlena, thank you. Thank you. I’m so relieved that you’re here.

Marlena: Of course. So has doug said anything since you called?

Julie: Well, no. He’s been mostly asleep, but he did say one thing…

Eli: Yeah.

Julie: That we found strange.

Eli: Initially, we thought that he was asking for your help, but turns out that he was saying you were the one that needed help.

Marlena: Oh. Well…

[Chuckles] He’s clearly confused. Poor man is having a very hard time communicating.

Julie: Yes, yes. I’m sure that’s it, and I’m just praying that you can put him at ease.

Marlena: Well, you know I’ll do whatever I can. Oh, something else?

Julie: I thought I’d go with you.

Marlena: Oh. You know what? I think it’s best if I see him alone.

Julie: Of course. Again, thank you for being such a great friend.

Marlena: Yeah.

Julie: Thank god she’s here.


[Eerie music] =

John: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For thou art with me.”

Doug: [Grunting]

John: “Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the lord forever.”

Doug: [Grunts] Marlena.

Demon marlena: Doug, seems like you’ve been a little bit of a tattletale. I think we’ll just have to do something about that.

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