Days Transcript Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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Eli: Lani. Hey, you don’t have to do this.

Lani: I’m sorry, but I can’t lie anymore.

Chanel: Would you put down that camera?

Johnny: Oh, right.

Paulina: My sweet, sweet girl. I know. I know what you’re trying to do. She’s trying to take the burden off of me, but I did what I did and the truth is I would do it again.

Lani: Paulina, you don’t have to cover for me anymore. Dad, I’m telling the truth. Pulled the trigger. I’m the one who should suffer the consequences.

Julie: It doesn’t matter who pulled the trigger. The bastard got what he deserved.

Olivia: Amen.

Lani: [Sighs] Big mama, I know how much– how much ray hurt paulina…

Paulina: Yes, and he was about to hurt me again.

Lani: But his actions should have been decided by a court of law and not by me.

Abe: You know, if you were shooting him in self-defense or to defend your mother, then that’s a justifiable shooting.

Lani: That’s not how it went down that night at paulina’s apartment.

Paulina: Please, please, lani, stop.

Lani: I walked into the apartment just as ray was about to hit you. I looked over and I saw my father lying on the floor. You son of a bitch. I had just found out that tr shot my husband.

Tr: I can explain.

Lani: And all those things just came together at once. And the next thing I knew…

[Gunshot fires]

[Tense music]

Eli: Lani, you don’t have to say any more.

Lani: I do.

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

[Soft orchestration]

Lani: Paulina went to check on dad while I went to help ray, but it was too late. He was gone. And I realized that I killed my father.


Paulina: Here, here. Here, baby, here.

Lani: Ugh, ever since that moment, ray has been haunting me day and night because I have been carrying in the secret with me. And I didn’t want paulina to take the rap for me.

Abe: How did this happen?

Lani: That was the same night that ciara’s baby was kidnapped. Dispatch took forever to respond because half the force was on smith island.

Julie: I was so concerned that I sent steve over to paulina’s apartment to check on her.

Lani: When steve walked into the apartment, paulina just blurted it out. She said that she did it, that she shot ray.

Paulina: Look, please. Lani, don’t say anymore.

Lani: I tried. I tried to come clean there, but I was in such a daze. And I was so worried about you, dad. And then, paulina just said that I should keep my mouth shut and that I should just go to the hospital with you.

Abe: So she took– she took the heat for you.

Lani: Out of love. And now, I am telling the truth out of love for you. And the truth is I shot my father. I am guilty.


[Dramatic music]

Moderate to severe eczema

Lani: I’m sorry. I know you wanted me to keep this a secret.

Eli: We’ll figure it out.

Lani: Dad, paulina, I–I didn’t mean to do this in the middle of your wedding. I just–I couldn’t keep it inside any longer.

Johnny: Are you okay?

Allie: Of course she’s not. Lani, honey, we’ve got your back. We love you.

Abe: Yes, we do. All of us.

Kate: Maybe we shouldn’t be here.

Roman: We’re all in this together now.

Lani: No. Please, everyone. This is–this is supposed to be a celebration for my mom and dad’s marriage. Please just stay for them.

Paulina: But what are you going to do?

Lani: I’M… I’m gonna go down to the station and turn myself in.

Eli: I’ll take you down to the station myself.

Julie: No, you’re not.

Lani: Julie.

Julie: Not now. No, not ever. Darling, I know you’re doing this because you love your mother, but think, just think of your husband, of your children. Do you really want little jules and carver to be raised without their mother?

Lani: Of course I don’t, but–

Julie: Well, the first, most important thing a mother does is protect her children.

Paulina: And I can protect you from this. Now, let me do this for you, please.

Lani: I’ve already confessed.

Julie: Yes, just in front of us, just in front of your family. There were no outsiders here, and we all love you so much. And we love paulina and abraham, the whole family. And listen, you two just took a sacred vow. I propose that all of us take another vow.

Eli: We vow to keep this secret.

Julie: And to keep it our secret to our graves. All right. Who’s with me? Raise your hands.

Kate: Who would’ve thought honest abe?

[Tense music]

Lani: [Sobbing] Migraine hits hard, so u hit back with ubrelvy

Lani: I’m deciding for myself. Whatever tr did or didn’t do, I am an officer of the law and I shot an unarmed man. And I have to answer for that.

Julie: No, you don’T.

Lani: I love you. I love you all. And thank you for–

Olivia: And we love you, baby.

Lani: No, I love you. And thank you, everyone, for your offer… dad.

Abe: Sweetheart.

Lani: But coming clean today and speaking my truth is the first time that I have felt right since the night of that shooting. I love you guys. Baby, will you drive me to the station?

Eli: Yeah.

Lani: [Sniffles]

Abe: Sweetheart.

Paulina: Oh. I should go with them.

Abe: No, no, no. There’s nothing you can do right now. There’s nothing any of us can do.

Paulina: Oh, abe.

Allie: Hey.

Chanel: Hey.

Allie: Nobody touched the cake except for your mom and abe. Should we box it up? Bring it home in case they wanna celebrate later?

Chanel: Yeah, I think they would appreciate that. But the cake movers, they took the truck back to the bakery, so…

Allie: Okay. Well, that’s okay. We can do it ourselves.

Johnny: Uh, I can help. Whatever you guys need.

Allie: Great.

Eric: Hey.

Nicole: Hmm?

Eric: You okay?

Nicole: Yeah. Just thinking about lani. I grew up watching my father abuse my mother almost every single day. And that’s when abe came into my life. All those calls he took, coming to my house. And I know lani didn’t grow up watching that, but in the end, we both made the same decision.

Eric: Okay, but you didn’t kill your father.

Nicole: Yeah, but I willed him to die. And the only difference is I have no regrets.

Eric: So what happened here today brought up all those emotions.

Nicole: It did.

Paulina: I had to watch my baby girl grow up from a distance. I wasn’t there for her, not as a mother. Lani has to do the same thing if those babies are forced to grow up without her.

Julie: Oh, my word, the babies.

Olivia: They’re with the babysitter, aren’t they?

Julie: Well, yes, but the babysitter is expecting eli and lani to be back by now.

Theo: I’ll go relieve her. I’ll watch the kids for as long as they need me to.

Julie: Please let me go with you. I could use a little carver and jules time.

Abe: All right, thank you. Thank you both. Thank you.

Paulina: [Sighs] So how you doing, mama?

Olivia: I still have something to say about what you did.

Lani: Please have this typed up for me and then I’ll sign it. Why aren’t you saying anything?

Eli: Because I don’t know how to live without you.

Lani: Please don’T. Please don’t make this harder than it already is.

Eli: Am I making it harder on you? Good. Lani, once you sign that statement, there’s no going back. Look, maybe I don’t have the right to ask you this, but if you won’t to do it for paulina, will you do it for me? Will you do it for our kids? Baby, I can take this statement and I can rip it up right now. We can pretend that none of this ever happened. I have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

Roman: Okay, put that stuff in the corner there. Kate and I will take it back from the back there later.

Eric: You got it, dad.

Roman: Thanks for your help, nicole.

Nicole: Yeah, of course.

Eric: Hey, thank you for helping us take the leftovers to the shelter so it wouldn’t go to waste.

Nicole: It’s my pleasure. I used to go to st. Luke’s almost every day when I was a secretary there. Feels like six lifetimes ago.

Eric: Yeah, try two priesthoods ago for me.

Nicole: Well, at least you can joke about it after how things went down.

Eric: Yeah, well, I didn’t really have a choice but to accept it and move on. I keep reminding myself it was just god’s will.

Kate: Well… so abe and paulina have another wedding debacle.

Roman: Yeah, but at least they got to make it official before lani’s confession.

Kate: Yeah, I know. I feel for her, though. I mean, that’s an impossible situation: Facing prison or your mother does.

Roman: Yeah, those are two gutsy women.

Kate: So what do you think is going to happen to her?

Roman: To lani?

Kate: Mm-hmm.

Roman: I don’t know, but at the very least, it is gonna be hard for her to keep her badge. She did shoot an unarmed man and lied about it afterward.

Kate: Yeah. Yeah, but I mean, he was an abuser, a criminal.

Roman: Yeah, and that should mitigate the charge, but it all depends on whether trask wants to make an example of lying. I mean, nobody wants to look soft on police shootings.

Kate: No. You know, I understand it isn’t technically self-defense, but she just didn’t seem aware of what she was doing, you know, when she pulled that trigger. So wouldn’t that be considered exculpatory?

Roman: Exculpatory?

Kate: Yes. Yes. I mean, if someone is not in, you know, the right state of mind–say they’re under the influence– wouldn’t that indicate that they didn’t have intent?

Roman: Have you been secretly studying law books at bedtime?

Kate: You know exactly what I’ve been doing at bedtime.

Eric: So…

[Awkward laughter]

Nicole: Oh, well, I guess if that’s all, I should get going.

Eric: You know what? We didn’t eat. Why don’t you stay here with us and have lunch? You know, that is, if you don’t already have something planned.

Nicole: Well, I mean–

[Stomach growls]


Eric: Is that your stomach I hear rumbling?

Nicole: Maybe.

Eric: Then stay, eat.

Nicole: Okay. Yeah, I guess I could use a bowl of that clam chowder. Thank you.

Eric: All right.

Nicole: Yeah, of course.

Chanel: [Sighs] Okay, you could put it right on the table.

Johnny: Look, I’m really sorry about all this.

Chanel: Why? You had nothing to do with it.

Johnny: I mean, I’m the whole reason tr even came to town. If I hadn’t been working with him on my movie–

Chanel: You had no idea who he was. Nobody blames you.

Allie: Yeah, and nobody blames lani either. I mean, that’s why we were all so ready to keep that secret.

Chanel: I was so upset when I thought my mom might be going to prison, but now I don’t feel any better. It could be my sister.

Theo: Every time I thought they were going to sleep, the other one will wake ’em up.

Julie: Mm-hmm. Welcome to the wonderful world of twins.

Theo: [Chuckles] I don’t know how eli and lani do it. And how is he gonna manage on his own if lani goes to prison?

Julie: Darling, we all have to pray that lani’s gonna be exonerated. And if she isn’t, I think there are enough hands and hearts in this family to get the job done until our darling girl comes back to us.

Paulina: Mama, I know you have something to say about all of this, but I just can’t hear it right now.

Olivia: Oh, you will hear it. I have never been prouder of you.

Paulina: Proud?

Olivia: Yes. You made the biggest sacrifice a mother could make when lani was born. You gave her up to protect her.

Abe: And now–now you’ve done it all over again.

Olivia: I’m sure lani is proud to have you as a mother.

Paulina: That’s–that’s kind of you both to say, but it sure didn’t turn out to be the right thing now, did it? Oh, not to mention I lied to the police and to our family. And out of all the promises that I made to you that I would never lie to you again, I just left you completely in the dark.

Abe: I wasn’t exactly in the dark.

Lani: [Exhales sharply] If you tear up my statement, eli, you’ll be tampering with evidence.

Eli: I’m not worried about that right now.

Lani: If I– eli, if I keep going on with this lie, everyone at that wedding will have to lie for me.

Eli: Lani, they all raised their hands. They said that they would.

Lani: But even– even if I let them do that, eli, do you really think that there is any way in hell that this lie could stay a secret? I mean, with all those people knowing? And johnny dimera was recording it, for god’s sake. Eli, there’s no– there’s no turning back. I have to face the truth and deal with the consequences.

Paulina: What do you mean you weren’t in the dark?

Olivia: Honey. Honey, I’m gonna give you two a little alone time, okay?

Abe: When I woke up in the hospital, I knew that I remembered something that happened when I was semiconscious after– after tr’s attack. I heard you say, “what have you done?”

Paulina: Oh, I thought you were out.

Abe: Look, I just didn’t understand, but the more I thought about it, the more–the more I thought that lani was the one who really shot tr.

Paulina: So you knew all this time?

Abe: No. I talked to eli about my suspicions, and then he spoke to lani. And when he came back, he assured me that I was wrong, that lani was innocent. But you saw the way he acted today.

Paulina: Mm-hmm.

Abe: I think he knew.

Paulina: You think that lani told him the truth?

Abe: Yes. Yes, I do. That eli lied to me to protect his wife. And, well, I believed him because I didn’t want to imagine the outcome that–the outcome lani’s facing right now.

Eli: Baby, do you have any idea how long you can be locked up? How hard it can be for you inside as a cop?

Lani: Of course I know.

Eli: And do you know that by the time you get out, our children could be teenagers.

Lani: Part of the reason I am doing this is for jules and carver. You know, honey, I wanna be an example that they can be proud of.

Eli: You are, lani! You are! You don’t have to go to prison for that.

Lani: Eli, don’t you– don’t you see? Ever since the moment I pulled that trigger, I have been living in my own prison. Seeing tr everywhere that I looked. Hating myself.

Eli: You’ve told the truth to everyone that matters– your friends, your family.

Lani: And what about my responsibility to the badge?

Eli: [Sighs] Baby, we’re cops, but we’re human beings first. Sometimes the choices that we make are to put the people that we love above the law.

Lani: Mm. You’re talking about when I helped kristen.

Eli: Yeah. What’s the difference this time?

Lani: It was wrong for me to do it then, and it is wrong for me to do it now. Eli, I should have told the truth from the beginning. I–I wouldn’t have ruined another wedding, I wouldn’t have let another lie fester between my dad and paulina. I just–I hope that they can forgive me.

Johnny: What are you doing?

Allie: It’s tradition to freeze a piece of the wedding cake.

Johnny: For what?

Allie: So the bride and the groom can eat it on their first wedding anniversary. You never heard of this?

Johnny: Actually, no. No, I haven’T. Chanel, do you think they have that tradition in italy?

Chanel: I–I don’t know.

Allie: Why would you say that?

Johnny: Because, well, it just would’ve been nice to relive our wedding day one year later. We had our wedding dinner in this little osteria, and the owners were husband and wife. They’ve been together, like, 75 years. They made us this tiny cake. It was so delicious. You remember that?

Chanel: Mascarpone and lemon curd.

Johnny: Yeah, I wonder if they got a slice in the freezer somewhere with our names on it.

Roman: You know, one of the things that I appreciated about salem is that no matter how many wedding disasters we witness, hope springs eternal. We never give up on love, right?

Kate: Well, speaking of, there’s another salem wedding coming up, right? When’s a big day, nicole?

Nicole: Well, rafe and i were planning to get married this week, but we postponed it.

Kate: Really? Why?

Nicole: Because he’s leading the investigation into abigail’s murder.

Kate: Oh, god. Of course. That was so, so tragic. Has he zeroed in on any suspects?

Nicole: He hasn’t said anything to me yet. I don’t know.

Eric: Just doesn’t seem real.

Roman: I wish to god it weren’T.

Kate: Yeah. Well, maybe it’s just another reminder that life is short and you should be getting your happiness when it’s right in front of you.

Nicole: Well, rafe and i plan on rescheduling our wedding soon.

Kate: Hmm. Well, that wasn’t what I was getting at.

Roman: What were you getting at?

Kate: Well, eric, I’m sure you believe in signs.

Eric: Um, signs?

Kate: Yeah. You came back to salem, right, you were forced out of the priesthood, and then nicole postponed her wedding.

Roman: Kate, what are you doing?

Kate: I’m asking questions.

Roman: No, you’re not. You’re stirring the pot. We talked about this. It’s none of our business.

Kate: Well, actually, I’m just noting that when nicole accepted rafe’s proposal, she didn’t have all the facts, like the fact that eric is now back on the market.

Nicole: I am in love with rafe. We are very happy.

Kate: If you say so.

Nicole: You know, aside from the fact that this is embarrassing, I can’t believe you brought this up, kate. You’re presuming that eric wants to be with me, which he does not.

Kate: Well, how do you know that? Have you asked him?

Nicole: [Scoffs] We hit the bike trails every weekend

Nicole: Of course I haven’t asked eric that.

Kate: I’ll ask him.

Nicole: Oh, for god’s sake.

Kate: Eric, would you like to get back together with nicole?

Roman: Kate, stop it, all right? You’re embarrassing them both.

Kate: Okay. You haven’t given your answer.

Eric: Nicole’s capable of making her own decisions, and I’m sure she would appreciate if you would just drop this.

Nicole: Yes, I would. Thank you.

Kate: So you’re not going to answer the question. Duly noted.

Paulina: Big mama, you must be exhausted. Let’s get you back to my apartment.

Olivia: I don’t wanna go back to your apartment.

Paulina: Why not?

Olivia: For one thing, it’s your wedding night.

Abe: Oh, it’s still daytime.

Olivia: And there’s someplace else that we’re needed right now.

Johnny: Why are you giving me the patented allie horton death glare?

Allie: Because you’re being extremely annoying and insensitive. Reminding me that the two of you were this beautiful, married couple who was gonna be together for, like, 75 years?

Chanel: I don’t know about you two, but I am starving, and there is this giant cake just sitting here.

Allie: You want some cake?

Chanel: I don’t think my mom and abe would mind.

Johnny: It’s like you’re reading my mind.

Chanel: I’m gonna go grab some plates.

[Cell phone chimes]

Allie: What’s wrong?

Chanel: Uh, you two can stay as long as you want. Enjoy the red velvet, but I have to go.

Theo: I am so sorry about abigail. I mean, it’s just horrible, not only that she died but how she died.

Julie: It was shattering. That beautiful, young mother. I adored her.

Theo: If you wanna go be with your family, I’ll be fine. The kids are asleep.

Julie: No, darling. I would prefer to stay here and be useful, take my mind off things.

[Cell phone chimes]

Theo: Actually, would you mind if I stepped out for a little while? There’s somewhere I need to be.

Lani: I should have arrested tr. Instead, I went for my gun and I shot to kill, which not only makes me a murderer but a hypocrite. Do you know how many times I condemned trigger-happy cops for making us all look bad?

Eli: Baby, this is different. Tr hurt your family. Baby, he was about to do it again.

Lani: If I am serious about holding cops to a higher standard, making them accountable, then I need to do the same for myself.

Eli: Baby, you are a great cop. Look at me. Lani, look at me. You’re an even better mother, wife, daughter. We love you. We need you.

Lani: I don’t– I don’t want to be separated from you or the kids. But like I said, I…

[Sighs] I want jules and carver to be able to say that their mother did the right thing.

Eli: And you’re sure this is the right thing?

Lani: Yeah. That doesn’t mean that I’m not terrified. And the thought of being…

[Sighs] The thought of being away from you…

[Sniffles] I love you so much.

Eli: Come here.

Lani: [Sobbing]

Eli: I love you. I’ll be by your side the whole time. We’ll get through this together.

[Somber music]

Fishing helps ease my mind.

Nicole: Thank you for lunch, but I have to go pick up holly.

Eric: Hey, I’ll walk you out.

Nicole: Okay. Bye.

Roman: Bye.

Kate: Okay.

Roman: Kate, do you want to tell me what the hell that was all about?

Kate: What do you mean? Everything’s so gloom and doom these days. I just decided to try and be a matchmaker.

Roman: Okay, but why push my son to be with a woman you don’t even like?

Kate: Because it’s obvious he’s still in love with her.

Roman: How is it obvious?

Kate: Come on. It’s obvious to you. It’s obvious to me. And if nicole wasn’t trying to pretend, it would be damn well obvious to her too.

Eric: Nicole, I promise I did not put kate up to whatever that was she was doing, aside from being awkward and embarrassing.

Nicole: Okay, look, of course you didn’T. I know you well enough that you’d never stoop to that.

Eric: No. No, I wouldn’T. I mean, I would’ve never asked you to stay if I did.

Nicole: Well, I’m glad you did, you know, ’cause the chowder was amazing as usual.


Eric: Good. Hey, and thank you for helping us earlier.

Nicole: Any time. So I’ll, um– I’ll talk to you soon.

Eric: Soon. And I’ll look out for the wedding invite. Bye.

Allie: You might be losing your touch.

Johnny: I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Allie: Oh, come on, getting yourself hired as the videographer for the wedding and then inviting yourself over here.

Johnny: I was just helping you with the cake.

Allie: Yeah, and then you “helpfully” inserted some romantic memories of your beautiful, italian, fairytale wedding.

Johnny: So what, I’m not allowed to talk about our past?

Allie: What if I was constantly bringing up my past with chanel whom I’ve known a lot longer?

Johnny: It’s not about quantity.

Allie: All right, well, your quality isn’t so great either. She can see right through you.

Johnny: [Chuckles] You think she can’t see through you? “Oh, I wanna work in sweet bits again.” “Oh, let me bake your mom’s wedding cake.” I mean, come on, and the way– and the way you looked at her after she caught that bouquet.

Allie: Oh, that reminds me. I have to put this in the water.

Johnny: Mm-hmm. You know, I’m surprised you didn’t knock somebody over trying to catch that for yourself.

Allie: Why bother when chanel was motivated enough for the both of us? I mean, you notice how she talks about keeping her distance and taking things slow, but she did not hesitate to line up with the single ladies.

Johnny: You think that was all about her catching it so that she could marry you one day?

Allie: She’s a very superstitious person, okay? She doesn’t take that stuff lightly.

Johnny: Look, if chanel wants to marry anybody, it’s me. Again.

Allie: You tell yourself whatever you need to, johnny, but I’m gonna be cool and mature and not turn this into some juvenile competition. Okay? Whatever happens happens.

Johnny: I agree. And may the best twin win.

[Tense music]

Julie: [Sighs]

Lani: Are you gonna– are you gonna take it?

Eli: Rafe gave me the okay to escort you to booking myself.

Lani: Okay. Eli, thank you.

Eli: You’re ready to do this?

Lani: [Inhales deeply] As ready as I’ll ever be. What are you all doing here? Dad, mom, it’s your wedding day.

Paulina: We are where we all want to be. And big mama reminded me of what family does when the going gets tough– we cover you in love and in prayer, baby.

Chanel: We’ve got you, lani.

Abe: We all love you.

Lani: I’m so sorry.

[Chuckles weakly] This was supposed to be a day about celebration. Juneteenth. Your wedding. I know how much you were willing to sacrifice for me, paulina. Mama.

Paulina: Mm…

Lani: [Chuckles] I hope you don’t think that I just threw it all away.

Paulina: Mm-mm. Oh, no baby. No, I understand.

Olivia: We all do.

Abe: We are very, very proud of you.

Theo: You’re living your truth.

Olivia: Only way to live free.

Lani: That’s what you taught me, big mama. Thank you. All of you, thank you. I love you. I love you all so much. I love you so much, daddy.

Abe: Oh, yes.

Theo: I love you, sis.

Lani: I love you too. I love you, mama. Okay.

Paulina: Oh.

[Somber music]

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