Days of Our Lives Transcript
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Kayla: [Scoffs] Was yesterday get out of jail free day?
[Scoffs] Have you seen this? Have you seen what our r neearn’s’sone? Did you see who he pardoned?
Steve: What, you don’t think sociopathic murderers deserve a second chance?
Kayla: Kristen dimera and orpheus have already had 327 chances.
Steve: [Sighs] Well, I really don’t think we should be joking about this, baby. Because you can bet the one thing kristen and orpheus share is an overwhelming thirst for revenge.
Nicole: [Inhales deeply] Good morning. I’m back. Where’s brady? Ugh. [Sputters] Okay, you know what? If I can haul my butt out of bed this morning and catch the first flight out of new york, uh, you’d think he could get here before 10:00.
Nicole: ‘Cause it’s not like I don’t have good news or anything. Not only did I change schneider’s mind about pulling his business, I got him to double his order next quarter. We had a three-hour dinner at the soho house last night. It was great. You haven’t heard a word I said, have you?
Chloe: And obviously you haven’t heard the news.
Nicole: Well, I just told you. I’ve been on a plane since dawn, so what news?
Brady: Kristen called.
Chloe: What? What did she want? I’m sorry.
Brady: Same thing she always wants. She wants to see rachel.
Chloe: Mm. Well, I think we should make this a kristen-free evening. What do you say?
Brady: That’s a good idea.
Chloe: What do you want to watch?
Brady: Let’s just–
Chloe: Baseball or a movie?
Brady: I don’t care.
Chloe: Governor’s emergency press conference? Wonder what’s going on.
Mitchell: In addition, I am also issuing a full pardon to kristen dimera.
Brady: Look. I want you to double the security at the inn, at my parents’ house, and the office. Then hire more guards, damn it. Just a–
Eric: Hey. Hey, whoa! Brady, it’s just me.
Brady: Sorry. Listen, just call me when everything’s in place, okay? All right. Sorry.
Eric: Yeah. You don’t really think kristen’s gonna come at you like that, do you?
Brady: Eric, I don’t know what she’s going to do, but I know that I’m not gonna get a hell of a lot of warning.
Jake: [Groaning and wincing]
Ava: Oh, oh. Oh, ooh, ooh.
Jake: Ugh, damn it. Oh!
Ava: Jake, another spasm? Hey, hey, hey–
Jake: [Groans] This happens every time I sleep on this air mattress. Every damn time.
Kristen: Oh, get over your tired self. Try sleeping on a cot in statesville.
Ava: She’s up.
Kristen: [Yawning] Oh, my god. [Inhales deeply] You woke me up in the middle of such a lovely dream.
[Sighs] And thanks to the enlightened governor, I’m gonna make those dreams come true.
Jake: [Groaning sigh]
Shin: Okay. You know I love you too.
[Soft tense music]
Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”
Gabi: I hope you didn’t end that call on my account.
Shin: Oh, I’m sorry. Did I wake you? Some coffee?
Gabi: Sure. And then you can tell me who you were exchanging I love yous with.
Nicole: Pardoned? From the governor?
Chloe: That’s right.
Nicole: How the hell did she pull that off?
Chloe: [Sighs] I have no idea. Maybe she put on her governor mask and decided to hold a press conference.
Nicole: Oh, brady. Have you talked to him? Is he all right?
Brady: Look, I don’t– I don’t want to overreact.
Eric: I’m not sure it’s possible to overreact when it comes to kristen.
Brady: [Chuckles dryly]
Eric: Hey, what about rachel?
Brady: Rachel. That’s what worries me the most.
Chloe: A couple of hours before we found out about the pardon, kristen had called brady from statesville asking if he would bring rachel there to visit her, and he said “no.” And then–
Nicole: Oh. And then?
Chloe: Well, she just kept pushing him, and so he just finally told her that rachel’s still in california with theresa and tate.
Nicole: Oh. So now kristen knows where rachel is.
Brady: So I talked to theresa. And she’s going to talk to shane about security just in case kristen plans on going down there, but that might not be the first thing on her agenda.
Eric: Do you think you know what that might be?
Brady: [Sighs] Eric, the only thing that I am sure about is that I never know what the hell kristen’s thinking.
Nicole: So is brady beefing up security?
Chloe: Yeah, that’s what he’s doing right now. But, you know, we could have all the security in the world.
Nicole: And it’s kristen. Mm-hmm. And after everything she’s done, I mean, if she could still get a full pardon, who knows what else she could get away with?
Brady: [Groans and yawns] Excuse me. Yeah, I didn’t get much sleep last night.
Eric: I can imagine.
Brady: I was up all night just waiting for kristen to walk through that door. Course, that’s not her style though. She would love the idea of me just waiting up, knowing she’s loose, and not knowing where she is. It’s a very special kind of hell.
Kristen: Mmm! My god, ava. This coffee is absolutely out of this world. Mmm! Really, I might never leave. And ava, sweetheart, thank you. Thank you for the loaner. It’s milano, right? Ooh, incomparabile. [Laughs] You don’t know how it feels compared to the prison-issue polyester blend. Jake, fratello, a splash more cream, per piacere.
[Kristen laughs] This is such an indulgence! Oh!
Jake: [Groans] Damn it.
Kristen: Oh, you know what? I’m sorry about your back. You know, you don’t have to get the cream. Ava can get it for me.
Jake: You’re such a peach.
Kristen: Hmm. I’ve had many people tell me that. And although I feel very bad about commandeering your bed, on the other hand–
Jake: On the other hand–
[Groans] Gabi and i both owe you for your vote the last dimera board meeting.
Kristen: Oh, gee. I’d forgotten all about that.
Kristen: [Laughs] As if.
Jake: Oh, so what? We’re even now?
Kristen: [Laughing] God. No, jake. Not even close. Uh-uh. Ava, sweetheart, you know what? You didn’t have to sleep on the floor. No, I mean, you were right next to me when I drifted off last night.
Ava: Yeah. Well, don’t take this the wrong way, but you’re the biggest cover hog that I’ve ever slept with.
Kristen: Oh. Well, that’s funny. No one else I have been in bed with has ever complained about that. Or anything else for that matter.
Jake: Or maybe they were scared. Kidding.
Kristen: [Soft, fake chuckle] You know what? As fabulous as this bed and the coffee and the company is, lounging around is not part of the agenda. Mm! I am going to stir up the pot around here and there and everywhere.
Kayla: You know, if orpheus on the loose, maybe we shouldn’t even be out in public.
Steve: No worries, sweetness. I’ve got my ear to the ground. I’m not about to be surprised.
Steve: Jada? Hey, look at you. Oh! Why didn’t you tell me you were coming so soon?
Jada: It all happened so fast.
Steve: Kayla, this is jada hunter, marcus’ little girl all grown up.
Kayla: I really loved your dad, and he was a great doctor too.
Steve: A great man. My friend since the orphanage days. I still miss him.
Kayla: I was really sad to hear that he had passed away.
Jada: Thank you.
Steve: So when’s the interview?
Jada: Yesterday. I got the job.
Steve: That’s great. You know, I told you I recommended jada to rafe.
Kayla: That’s great.
Steve: When do you start?
Jada: Uh, yesterday. I hit the ground running. I didn’t even have time to call and thank you.
Steve: Rafe’s got you working already?
Jada: Yeah. He actually assigned me to your niece’s case.
Jada: As a matter of fact, you were my next call. Moderate to severe eczema still disrupts my skin.
Kayla: You were coming to see me? Why?
Jada: Sarah horton was brought in yesterday to answer some questions.
Kayla: Sarah? Why?
Jada: I can’t go into too much detail. I had questioned her about where she was the night of abigail dimera’s murder.
Steve: What reason would you have to question sarah?
Jada: I really can’t get into it. But I’m more concerned about her medical condition, her hallucinations.
Kayla: You don’t think that sarah–
Jada: I don’t “think” anything. I’m just trying to understand the situation, and in order to do that, I’m going to need to access dr. Horton’s medical records.
Kayla: I can’t just hand them over. I mean, there is such a thing as medical privacy.
Jada: And exceptions for law enforcement is also a thing.
Steve: I have an idea. Why don’t we talk this out at the pub over breakfast? My treat.
Eric: Listen, I get that you’re upset and how worried you are, but kristen is rachel’s mom, so maybe all she wants is contact.
Brady: [Scoffing] Yeah. That’s what kristen said on the phone yesterday.
Eric: Wait, wait, wait. You–you spoke to her?
Brady: Before I knew about the pardon. She wanted me to bring rachel to statesville to come visit her. Thank god that rachel’s in california. Gave me the perfect excuse not to do it. I don’t want rachel to have to go through a prison visit.
Eric: Yeah, but then–
Brady: Well, now that kristen’s out, I can’t stop her from going to california. Hell, I can’t even tell my daughter that she can’t see her mom.
Brady: I just–I need to find a way to control how and when she sees her.
Eric: Well, I’d get justin started on that as soon as possible.
Brady: Yeah, yeah. Well, it really bu–it really bugs me the way this whole thing started though.
Eric: Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait. Started?
Brady: When she got caught, I thought it was just because she got careless, because she was so desperate to see rachel. But eric, she got caught almost as soon as she got into town. Which makes me think, “did she plan that?” Right? And then, right–and now I sound paranoid, right?
Eric: Again, you are talking about kristen.
Brady: I just have a very, very bad feeling about all this.
[Soft dramatic music]
Kristen: Oh! Whoo! Well. [Laughs] That night on the air mattress really took it out of you.
Jake: What was your first clue?
Kristen: Uh, you know what? I’m gonna make it up to you. You’re gonna stay home, you’re gonna rest up in your little hovel, and i will make your excuses to gabi when I see her in the office.
Jake: Ah, you’re gonna go collect on that favor, huh?
Kristen: Yeah. I’m a quid pro quo kinda gal.
Jake: Okay. Just a heads up, gabi and shin aren’t gonna be as willing to give up their bed as we were.
Kristen: Mm. Well, I’m aiming a bit higher than a sleepover.
Jake: What’s that mean?
Kristen: Oh, my god. Think about it, jake.
[Chuckles] You know what? You’re my brother. You’re family. Gabi, blessedly, she means nothing to me. That makes my vote for her a sizable favor, and I think a sizable thank-you is in order.
Jake: So what exactly do you want from her, huh? Huh?
Kristen: Mm! Grr. [Laughs] Calm down, hmm? Don’t go all caveman about your little girlfriend.
Kristen: Of course. Whatever you say.
Ava: I say “ex-girlfriend.”
Kristen: Fine, whatever. Anyway, I’m sure gabi is gonna be thrilled to see me and be ready to do whatever it takes to get me back on my feet. And I’m sure she remembers all the support that she got when she was released from prison. Mmm. Mm-mm-mm. Hmm? Oh! I’m just giving her the chance to pay it forward. Ciao!
Jake: Well, that was fun.
Ava: Yeah, no. No, that was not fun.
Jake: [Groans] Ooh, hmm. Well, I’ll go take a shower. Long, long hot shower. See if I can unknot this thing, huh?
Jake: Hey, ava? You think I should call gabi, warn her?
Ava: Jake, if she reads the paper, she already knows that kristen’s coming.
Jake: Yeah. You’re right.
[Sighs] My god. What a morning.
Shin: Is that a hint of jealousy I hear in your voice? Maybe I should be flattered. But don’t worry. I was just talking to my mother.
Gabi: Your mother?
Shin: [Laughs] You sound surprised. I do have one, you know.
Gabi: Well, we’ve been dating for over a month now and this is the first time I hear of her.
Shin: Hmm. Well, that might be because my father has such a huge presence. He tends to dominate any conversation has to do with my parents. Should I call her back? Would that convince you?
Gabi: [Scoffs] Great. Then you’ll resent me for not trusting you. If you’re genuine, that is.
Shin: Sounds like a standoff.
Gabi: No, no. I was just–well, I realize that a month in, I might not know you as well as I thought.
Shin: Hmm. A little mystery is a good thing. Keeps it interesting.
Gabi: So you whispering sweet nothing into another woman’s ear while I sleep is interesting? Hmm. Meanwhile, I’m an open book.
Shin: Says the woman who has an unusually close working relationship with her most recent ex.
Gabi: Jake? Oh, please.
Shin: In the beginning, he was put off that we were together, but no longer. Maybe he knows something that I don’T.
Gabi: He doesn’t care. He’s with ava now.
Shin: Does that bother you?
Gabi: [Chuckles and sighs] Let me show you how little that bothers me.
My moderate to severe plaque psoriasis…
Nicole: Just remember, whatever kristen tries to pull, brady loves you. He knows what that lunatic is all about.
Chloe: Yeah, I know, I know. You’re right. I do trust brady. It’s just that the two of them have this weird bond.
Nicole: Tell me about it. Ugh.
Chloe: It’s like she still has this hold over him, even when he knew that she was bad for him. I think that maybe, like, she’s still kind of under his skin.
[Sighs] But I guess you know what I’m talking about, right? Sometimes when you’ve both moved on, but you still have this pull to another person.
Nicole: Yeah, quite a pull. And it worked out great for us.
Chloe: Oh, you’re talking about rafe.
Nicole: Of course I’m talking about rafe. Who else would I be talking– oh, come on. Not you too.
Eric: Been working really hard for those tips. It’s not really fair to just take it away like that, is it?
Greg: How do you know I wasn’t leaving a tip?
Eric: Because you were taking money out of it and not putting money in. Listen, we know what’s going on here, and it doesn’t have to be this bad.
Greg: Calling the cops?
Eric: Whoa, whoa. Hey, hey. Just hear me out. If you’re in a situation, if you need money, there’s people out there who can help. I can help. Let me just give you my card.
Greg: Shove your help, man!
Steve: Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa. Dude! What did we miss?
Ava: Don’t be an idiot. Do not be an idiot.
Jake: What’d I miss? Why are you suddenly an idiot?
Ava: That was a private conversation.
Jake: All right. Well, what is it you don’t want me to know?
Ava: That I– that–okay, I’m trying really, really hard not to be the same jealous idiot that I was that screwed up my last relationships.
Jake: Huh. You’re jealous?
Ava: I’m trying not to be.
Jake: Okay, I’ll bite. You’re jealous of who? Come on, not gabi.
Ava: Okay, listen. I know I sound crazy, but when kristen called her your girlfriend, you did not contradict her.
Jake: You beat me to it.
Ava: Yeah, I know, I know. But then you wanted to call her and warn her that kristen was coming. I’m sorry, but that got under my skin.
[Chuckles] And the irony of all of this is the reason I went after you in the first place was to get under her skin. And now I think I’m falling for you, jake. Look, I didn’t plan it… but there it is. I just don’t want to set myself up for disappointment if you’re still in love with gabi.
Gabi: I think I made us a little late this morning, but it’s definitely worth it.
Shin: Gabi, there’s something you should know.
Kristen: Morning, sleepyheads. Your mission: Stand up to moderate
Jada: Who was that guy? Everything okay here?
Eric: Yeah, yeah. Everything is fine. Just a misunderstanding.
Jada: Have you got cctvs? I can track him down.
Brady: You could? I’m sorry. Who are you?
Steve: This is jada hunter. Her dad was one of my oldest friends. She’s the newest member of the salem pd. Jada, this is brady black and eric brady.
Jada: So the brady pub is your place?
Eric: Ah, it’s my dad’S. Yeah.
Brady: It’s nice to meet you. Look, I gotta go. I got to make sure chloe’s okay.
Eric: Yeah, yeah.
Brady: Heard about the pardons? What the hell was he thinking?
Steve: I don’t know.
Kayla: Gabi heard about the pardons. Kristen and orpheus and the homicidal son.
Steve: It’s like the governor released a plague of locusts on us.
Gabi: What the hell?
Shin: As I was saying–
Gabi: Did you break out of statesville?
Gabi: Oh, you’re going right back. How stupid are you? You should hightail it to the border when you had the chance.
Shin: Gabi, wait.
Kristen: He’s trying to stop you from going off half-cocked and making a fool of yourself.
Shin: She was pardoned.
Gabi: What? Pardoned? They have enough on you to throw away the key.
Shin: The governor pardoned her yesterday.
Kristen: Ah. Kinda gives you faith in the political system, doesn’t it?
Gabi: Why would he do that? What did you–[Gasps] Did you– did you put one of his family members in your dungeon?
Kristen: Shh! Shh.
[Exhales deeply] We’re not going to talk about me, we are going to talk about business and how I can help you clean up the mess that you made of it.
Jake: You think I’m still in love with gabi?
Ava: I don’t know. But I do know that I have been second choice a couple of times, and I do not want to go down that road again. You know, with steve, it was always kayla hovering around, even when she wasn’t there. Rafe and nicole was the same thing. Deep down, I always knew. Ava vitali, also-ran. Consolation prize.
Jake: And you think that’s what you are to me?
Ava: I’m asking you if I am.
Jake: [Sighs] All right. When you said before that you got into this whole thing with me because you wanted to stick it to gabi, right? And if I’m being honest, it was the same for me. Probably not the best way to start a relationship, but… but I’m not steve. I’m not rafe. And you want to know the truth about me and gabi? I was an also-ran too.
Nicole: [Scoffs] Yet here I am, trying to tell you how happy rafe and I are, and you go there.
Chloe: I didn’t say that you don’t love rafe, but come on. You and eric?
Nicole: Okay, okay.
Chloe: All along, the both of you–
Nicole: You know what? I’ve already heard this from allie. What is it that I have to do, huh? Take out a billboard so everyone gets the message? Eric being here is irrelevant, collar or no collar. I am a happily married woman.
Brady: Chloe, you okay?
Chloe: Hey, yeah.
Brady: You’re okay. Okay.
Chloe: Oh, any news?
Brady: No. All is quiet on the western front so far.
Nicole: Hmm. Look how that turned out.
Brady: [Sighs] You’re back.
Nicole: Yes, and given what’s going on, maybe I should’ve stayed in new york.
Brady: [Sighs] Pool floaties are like whooping cough.
Kayla: So bo and roman are both my brothers.
Jada: Your father?
Kayla: Yeah, and they’re both cops. And shawn is bo’s son, and he’s a cop too. And this place has always been known as where the cops hang out as long as anybody can remember, right?
Eric: Yeah. You’ll feel pretty much at home.
Jada: You know, I’ve been here once before. I had a run-in with your dad’s short-order cook.
Steve: Oh, yeah. He’s a real charmer, isn’t he?
[All chuckle] Right at home in the hospitality industry.
Eric: My father believes in second chances.
Kayla: So how many miles did you run today?
Eric: None. I was on my way and I bumped into brady.
Jada: You’re a runner? Me too.
Eric: Well, yeah. There’s some great trails that wind through the park and, well, if you ever have any time, let me know. I’ll show you.
Jada: Thanks. I will.
Jada: So what do you do? Sorry, I didn’t mean to pry.
Eric: No, no. You’re not prying. It’s just that, um–
Kayla: Um, he’s sort of between things.
Eric: That’s the brady irish american way of saying I used to be a priest. Now, I’m just trying to figure out what to do next.
Nicole: I’m just kidding about the whole new york thing. Brady, you know that I have your back.
Brady: I know you have my back. I’m just worried about rachel. I mean, I was talking to eric this morning and–
Nicole: Oh, you saw eric?
Brady: Yeah, he was tearing out of the pub and headed for his morning run, and I was just–I was so on edge, I– I mean, I almost tackled him.
Nicole: Yeah, okay. Well, I’m sure you want to check in with theresa, and I’ll give you some privacy. I have an errand to run.
Brady: Hey, if you hear anything–
Brady: About kristen–
Nicole: I’ll let you know. Bye.
Brady: [Snaps fingers]
Brady: Are you okay?
Chloe: Well, now that you’re here, I am.
[Sighs] You need to redo these projections.
Kristen: Because they don’t account for inflation, and because… I told you to. I’d like you to remember why your name is on that door.
Gabi: I will never forget that it was you that made it happen, and I’m very, very grateful for that.
Kristen: Oh, as you should be, because if it wasn’t for me, you’d be out on the streets. You are intimately familiar with the bylaws, aren’t you? Now, correct me if I’m wrong. It’d be fairly easy to push gabi out, wouldn’t it? And all it would take would be another vote, one with slightly different results.
Jake: Look. Gabi had already found the one before I came into the picture. My twin brother stefan, okay? And the truth is, they’d still be together if he wasn’t dead. But that doesn’t mean that she didn’t love me and vice versa. But in the end, it was amazing how quickly, what we had, how it fell apart. Because we were all passion, all heat, nothing underneath. No foundation. So yeah, bottom line, we didn’t trust each other. And it hurt at the time, badly, but I realized that I wasn’t the love of her life, and she wasn’t mine. So if you’re asking if I’m still pining over gabi, I’m not. I’m over her. I have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
Ava: So you’re over gabi?
Jake: [Sighs] Yeah. Even her pawing all over shin doesn’t bother me that much. I got something better to think about. Wait a minute. Did you say you’re falling for me?
Ava: No, I–
Jake: Did I–
Ava: I-I-I think I said, “I think.”
Jake: Oh, you “think”?
Ava: Think I’m falling for you.
Jake: Okay. Well, I think that I’m falling for you. Scratch that. I know I am.
Jake: [Scoffs] You want me to count the ways?
Jake: All right, all right. I sit there at work and I stare at the clock counting down the time till I get to see you again. You know I got a speeding ticket the other day? Wasn’t paying attention. I just kept driving faster and faster the closer I got to home, to you.
Ava: Mm. I stare at the clock too, like a stupid little teenage girl just waiting for the phone to ring.
Jake: Hmm. Well… most people… they can’t see past that tough exterior you put up.
[Chuckles] But I? I see right through it. I see the woman who says what she means, means what she says. I’ve seen the real you. A woman who looks at you in a way like you’re looking at me right now. It makes you feel like you’ve won the damn lottery.
[Soft dramatic music]
Gabi: She can do that? She can force another round of votes?
[Chuckles] All right. Well, you want my job? Okay. Since you’re asking li about the bylaws, why don’t you also ask him what your chances are of getting voted to take my place? Because the odds are zero! Ej will never go for it and neither will chad.
Kristen: You’re right. They’d rather torch the place than hand it over to me, but that doesn’t mean I can’t throw all things dimera into utter chaos.
Kristen: Gabi, sweetheart, we got off to a tense start, hmm? I am happy to have you in charge. I come in peace only to cash in on a favor.
Gabi: So you don’t want my job? But you do want something, something that’s in my power to grant you.
Kristen: You are so perceptive.
Gabi: All right. I have two questions for you. What exactly is it that you want, and am I going to end up in prison for giving it to you?
Eric: It was nice meeting you, ms. Jada.
Jada: Have a good run.
Eric: I will. I’m sure you two are going to be showing her around town?
Steve: Well, we offered, but she’s too busy with work.
Jada: Yeah, which hasn’t made it easy to find a place. I mean, the salem inn is nice, but it’s not sustainable on a cop’s salary.
Eric: What? My dad, he rents rooms upstairs that are pretty reasonable, I mean, if you can get past your issues with the cook.
Jada: Oh, thanks. I’ll keep that in mind. And maybe I’ll see you on a run.
Eric: [Chuckles] Sounds good.
Greg: Your purse, lady! Now! My a1c stayed here,
Ava: I don’t know why we’re here. I mean, kristen finally left. We have the place to ourselves.
Jake: Yes, but this is where the jewelry store is.
Ava: What do you want with the jewelry store?
Jake: They sell rings there, don’t they?
Jake: [Sighs] Ava… I don’t like that you feel that I’m not serious about this relationship, and I really don’t want you feeling like an also-ran, because you’re not. I already told you gabi… is not the love of my life, and gwen certainly wasn’t either, but… maybe you could be. Maybe you are.
Ava: You’re saying you want to marry me?
Gabi: [Sighs] Well, that was something.
Shin: It could’ve been a lot worse.
Gabi: I had to give in what she wanted, but at least she’s someone else’s headache now.
Brady: So there’s no sign of her out there, right? Okay, good. Listen, theresa, please don’t say anything to rachel until I know exactly what kristen is planning.
Kristen: Well, that won’t be a long wait. So…who’s gonna get their new boss some coffee?
Jada: I should get going. About earlier, I know you’re loyal to your patient– your friend, and I’m not trying to make things tense. I just really want to see justice done for your niece.
Steve: Good luck today.
Jada: You think I’m gonna need it?
Steve: A salem cop needs luck every day of the year.
Nicole: You stay back. I have mace.
Greg: If you did, you would’ve hauled it out by now. I’m not telling you twice. Your purse.
Eric: Hey, let’s all take a breath.
Greg: You just back off!
Eric: Hey, hey. Nobody wants– nobody wants any trouble. This doesn’t have to end badly.
Eric: Whoa, whoa.
Nicole: Oh, oh!
Greg: I said back off, and I meant it.