Days Transcript Wednesday, August 3, 2022

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Shawn: Hey, shh. I just got him down.

Belle: Okay.

Shawn: Look, thank yoU. Thank you for coming.

Belle: Yeah, of course. What’s wrong? You sounded upset on your message.

Shawn: Evan got the court order.

Belle: For the paternity test?

Shawn: Yeah, we did it earlier this morning at the hospital. And evan was telling the truth. Shawn christian is his son.

Belle: Are you sure?

Shawn: Yeah, I had my aunt kayla oversee the testing herself, and she ran it three times.

Belle: Oh, my god. Shawn, I’m so sorry.

Shawn: Now, evan’s gonna take him away.

Evan: The results of the paternity test came back exactly as you said they would.

Orpheus: Congratulations, son. And don’t worrY. I’m gonna get you all set up. Soon as we’re done here, we’re gonna get a crib and a stroller and anything else you need.

Evan: Actually, dad, I don’t need any of that.

Orpheus: What? What are you talking about?

Evan: The reason I asked you here is to say goodbye.

Gabi: Jake and ava’s marriage certificate hasn’t been filed yet? What? So cut the damn line! Brenda, listen, you cannot follow the rules when you are committing a felony. Submitting phony paperwork is a misdemeanor? That’s a fun fact! Here’s another one. If ej finds out there is no certificate filed, he’s gonna know that jake and ava were never married, and I’m gonna be out of a job, and so are you.

Ej: I’m calling your bluff, avA. Getting city hall on the line right now.

Ava: What for? You just checked with them, and they told you that the paperwork for my marriage license hadn’t been filed yet, which makes sense. Between the backlog and the bureaucracy, things over there take forever, and jake and i were just married yesterday.

Ej: At the courthouse? That’s where you claimed to have wed my brother prior to his demise?

Ava: Yeah. That’s what I told you.

Ej: Then I’ll speak directly to the county clerk. He’ll be able to track down the paperwork…If it exists.

[Keypad clicks]

[Line trilling] Yes, hello. I would like you to track down a marriage certificate for me, please. Thank yoU. The names are jake dimera and ava vitali.

Kristen: Rolf, don’t you play with me. What are you talking about? You just said that you couldn’t bring jake back.

Rolf: That is correct. This young man’s life has been tragically cut short. He won’t be rising from the ashes today or any other day. His twin brother, stefan, however, is an entirely different story.

Kristen: Oh. Oh, my god.

Rolf: Not god. It was all me. How fortunate we are to have an heir and a spare. Behold, stefan O. Dimera.

[Monitor beeping]

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

[Soft orchestration]


Gabi: Brenda. Brenda, no, no, no, no, no. I pay you generously to perform tasks that my nine-year-old could do asleeP. How long does it take to file a damn piece of paper? I want it done yesterday!

[Sighs] Li.

Shin: Did your assistant mess up your coffee order again?

GabI: Oh no. There was just a little problem with the goldenberg contract. Some paperwork was filed incorrectly, so it’s holding up the signing, but it’s gonna get donE.

Shin: I signed that contract when it was executed last week.

Gabi: I–thank you. I didn’t know that. Thank you for telling me that.

Shin: No problem. Now, why don’t you tell me why you’re lying?

Ava: You’re wasting your time.

Ej: And your time is running out. Now’s your chance to admit what you’ve done. If you confess, I’ll be less inclined to include the authorities.

Ava: My husband’s body isn’t even cold yet, and here you are calling me a liar? Making threats? Begrudging me any small bequest?

Ej: My brother’s shares are no small bequest. You used his death to your advantage.

Ava: Oh, isn’t that what you’re doing here, ej, hmm? Trying to get your hands on jake’s shares so you can take over as ceo?

Ej: I’m not trying to take over anything. I am taking back what belongs to me. The company’s called dimera enterprises. I’m a dimera, and I will reclaim what’s rightfully mine.

Kristen: Is this really stefan?

Rolf: Yes. As you’ll recall, when he was shot, gabi begged me to revive him. However, after my evaluation, I concluded there was nothing that could be done.

Kristen: Not even your magic serum could bring him back?

Rolf: Sadly, stefan had lost the spark of life.

Kristen: So obviously it was too late.

Rolf: So it seemed. But then i told myself, nothing’s impossible, and it wasn’t!

Kristen: It wasn’t?

Rolf: Well, not exactly.

[Monitor beeping]

Belle: I don’t understand how evan could have gotten a court order this fast.

Shawn: I don’t know. I’m thinking it’s whoever strongarmed the governor into pardoning him made it happen.

Belle: I had every intention of trying to fight this.

Shawn: But, I mean, can’t you still? Belle, that’s the reason why I called you. I need you to stop this. We cannot let evan take my son.

Orpheus: What do you mean goodbye?

Evan: I can’t stay in salem. Everyone here thinks I’m a psycho.

Orpheus: Who cares?

Evan: I do, so I need to start fresh as far away from here as possible. I’m going to new zealand, and I’m gonna be with zoe and david.

Orpheus: What?

Evan: I talked to zoe about it. I told her that I understand she has full custody of david, and I won’t fight her on thaT. I want to get to know him. I want my kids to get to know each other, and I want to be there for theM.

Orpheus: Well, how are you gonna get to new zealand? You’re broke.

Evan: I got myself hired on a houseboat. Just to chicago. I’ll earn some cash and go the rest of the way when I’m ready. I’m in no rush. I just want to spend some time alone with my little guy and, you know, not be hunted down by shawn brady or jan spears.

Orpheus: Jan’s dead.

Evan: With her, you never know.

Orpheus: [Sighs] I finally get out of prison, and my whole family’s on the other side of the world.

Evan: You’re welcome to join us.

Orpheus: Yeah, maybe somedaY. I still have unfinished business in salem. No, I just made the mistake of asking brenda for that contract. Obviously, she had it all wrong. Forgive me. I’ve been off my game. It’s been 24 hours.

Shin: I’ll say. Ava vitali coincidentally married jake on the day he died. And suddenly, she has a legal claim to his dimera shares, which certainly benefits you.

Gabi: I’m sorry?

Shin: Ej’s trying to consolidate enough power to oust you as ceo. If he were to get his hands on jake’s shares, he’d be sitting in your chair in no time.

Gabi: Yeah, but that’s not gonna happen.

Shin: Provided you keep jake’s widow on your side since she’s now the beneficiary of those shares. I assume that’s why you left me a message, asking if I’d approve a position here for ava with a six-figure salary and a seat on the board. What are her qualifications again? Mob boss? Makes a mean baked ziti?

GabI: You want ej running this company?

Shin: NO.

Gabi: Well, that makes two of us, so it’s in both our interests to keep ava happy.

Shin: I’m still wondering about the paperwork you wanted filed. Heard you tell brenda you wanted it done yesterday.

GabI: Figure of speech.

Shin: Was it?

Gabi: Mm-hmm.

Shin: Or did it have something to do with making jake and ava’s sudden marriage seem real?

Ava: Your brother is dead, and all you can think about is your stupid company.

Ej: Yes, I’m still here. I seE. Thank you.

[Hangs up]

Ava: Oh, let me guess. They found the marriage certificate? Take your accusations and get the hell out.

Evan: What kind of unfinished business are you talking about?

Orpheus: Nothing you need to worry about, but as soon as it’s done, I’ll be visiting you and little shawn christian.

Evan: That’s not his name.

Orpheus: What?

Evan: I thought I’d keep christian, since it’s my real name, but I want him to be his own person, separate from me and all my mistakes.

Orpheus: Okay, well, what do I call my grandson?

Evan: Maddox frears.

Orpheus: Mm.

Evan: It’s got a nice ring, don’t you think?

Orpheus: Who’s that?

Evan: My lawyer. You can finish thiS. I’m going to claim my kid.

Shawn: Belle, you know this whole thing is shady as hell.

Belle: Shawn–

Shawn: No, we’ve got to fight. We’ve got to fight! I mean, clearly there’s something fishy with this court ordeR. Why don’t we start there? We could try to prove that it was illegally obtained.

Belle: Because even if we could, the paternity results would be the same. The fact is–

Shawn: I know I’m not the biological father. I know that, but, belle, I’ve been there since the day that he was born. I sat there in the nicu. I was praying that he would survive. I have been feeding him. I’ve been changing him. Look, I’ve been singing him to sleep every single nighT. I love the little guy. I love him with all my heart.

Belle: I know you do.

Shawn: So how am I supposed to just hand him over to evan frears, all right? The guy who killed his other son’s mother? I mean, he was planning to kill ciara. He held our daughter hostage at gunpoint. Why would a judge give a baby over to some psychopath?

Belle: Because unfortunately–outrageously– he’s been given a full pardoN. That means criminal record’s been wiped clean.

Shawn: Yeah, but we know that he is dangerous. He is clearly an unfit parent.

Belle: I know this, but there’s nothing that I can point to in a court of law that proves that. And he’s got those test results. You know how biology plays in a custody hearing. Shawn, I know how much you love this baby, but the bottom line is you– you don’t have a legal claim to him.

Shawn: He deserves so much better.

Belle: I know, and he was so lucky to have you. I wish I could help you hang on to him, shawn, but really, there’s just nothing I can dO.

Shawn: [Sighs]

Shawn: I know it was a lot to ask.

Belle: No, it’s not. I mean, you just want what’s best for this baby’s future, and I respect and admire thaT.

Shawn: So what am I supposed to do now? I just give up?

[Doorbell rings]

Belle: I’ll get it.

[Baby babbling]

Shawn: My sweet, little guy. I’ve loved you since the moment I saw you. I’m always gonna love you.

[Footsteps approaching]

Evan: I’m here for maddox.

Shawn: Who?

Evan: My son.

Rolf: I knew stefano would have wanted me to do everything possible to save his namesakE.

Kristen: You’re right about that.

Rolf: So I accepted the challenge and began to toil away in my laboratory, modifying my serum with the hope that it would be powerful enough to revive young stefan.

Kristen: And?

Rolf: Unfortunately, by the time I was ready, gabi had already donated his heart to julie williams, which made things a bit more difficult.

Kristen: Yeah, you don’t say.

Rolf: I was able to resurrect the rest of him, but your poor brother is heartless in the most literal sense of the word.

[Monitor beeping]

GabI: If you’re implying that ava faked her wedding to jake, that’s news to me.

Shin: Think about it, gabi. Jake was mortally wounded right in front of her– she almost died too– and still had the presence of mind to hatch a plan to grab jake’s shares? Even for ava, that’s–

Gabi: No, no, no, no, no. She’s as cold-blooded as they come. She tried to frame my brother as a dirty cop.

Shin: But she didn’t do it alone, right?

GabI: No, she used some of her slimebag friends from her past to help her out.

Shin: Accomplices, like she’d need to pull this off. While she played the grieving widow, she’d need to get someone to doctor the paperwork, someone to make sure it was filed yesterday.

Gabi: Are you implying that I helped her?

Shin: You were at the hospital last night when you called to tell me about jake’s death and the alleged marriage.

Gabi: Li, I went to pay my respects.

Shin: And while you were there, did ava ask you to help her make it look like she and jake got married yesterday?

Gabi: Ava and i hate each other. Why would you think I would help her?

Shin: That’s not an answer, gabi. Did ava vitali rope you into some crazy scheme to fake a wedding so she could help herself to jake’s shares.

GabI: First of all, it was not crazy, and second of all, it was all my idea.

Shin: Hmm.

Ava: You need to leavE.

Ej: Not until I’ve apologized to you. It was terribly insensitive of me to come to you while you’re in mourning and accuse you of using jake’s death to line your own pockets.

Ava: Yeah, it was.

Ej: What I should have done was offer you my condolences and welcome you to the family. I am truly sorry, and welcome to the familY.

Ava: Thanks, I guess.

Ej: My father would have been terribly disappointed in how I’ve conducted myself. He taught me a lot better than this. Family and respect were everything to him.

Ava: Yeah? Even when he was trying to put a bullet in your head? I’m just joking. My father was the same way.

Ej: Well, being the child of a powerful man, it’s complicated.

Ava: [Snorts] Yeah, that’s one word for it.

Ej: Well, if there’s anything I can do to make this time easy for you, just ask.

Ava: Oh, okay. That’s so nice. You know what? Now that you’re mentioned it, maybe you could speed up the transfer of those shares into my name so I could pay the rent here this month.

Ej: I have a better idea. There’s plenty of room at my housE. Why don’t you move in with me?

Shin: It was your idea to fake jake and ava’s marriage?

Gabi: Genius, right?

Shin: How did you–

GabI: Kate was here yesterday. She came to give me a heads-up that she and chad were just giving up their shares to ej.

Shin: So he’d have more ammo to come after you with.

GabI: And i told her I wasn’t scared of ej. And as I was walking her to the door, my brother called me, and that’s when he told me that jake was dead. And of course, we were in shock. We were sad. I know you were too.

Shin: I was very fond of him.

GabI: Then I realized I couldn’t sit around crying because ej sure wasn’t. He was going after jake’s shares, and then after my job.

Shin: How did you get from there to a phony wedding?

Gabi: Well, after that, I went to the hospital, and ava told me that jake was killed defending her from a thug that was trying to steal her engagement ring.

Shin: So they were actually engaged.

Gabi: Yeah, and she had a big, honking ring on her finger, and that’s when the lightbulb went off. If jake had a widow, she–not ej– would be his next of kin.

Shin: And inherit his shares.

Gabi: Mm-hmm. If ava and I worked together, she’d be set for life, and I would still be running the company. We’d both win.

Shin: But, as you said, you and ava despise each other. What makes you think you can trust her?

Gabi: Oh, I can’t trust her, but she’s not gonna double-cross me.

Shin: Because you know the marriage is a sham, and if you expose her, she’d be left with nothing.

Gabi: That’s right. Without those shares, she’s got no money, no job, no home. That skank needs me as much as I need her.

Ava: You want me to move into the dimera mansion?

Ej: It’s the family home, and as I’ve said, you’re family. You’re my sister-in-law. And I can tell you one thing– my father would be appalled to see any dimera living above a garage.

Ava: Hey, don’t knock it till you tried it.

Ej: Something tells me you prefer turndown service and a personal chef.

Ava: I don’t know, ej. Feels wrong considering you never wanted jake under your roof.

Ej: [Sighs] I regret that my brother and i weren’t on better terms before he died, and I’d appreciate it if you gave me the opportunity to make amends by treating you the way he deserved to be treated. So, sis, would you like to move in?

Kristen: So you’re telling me that stefan has been alive without a heart for four years?

Rolf: That depends on how you define “alive.”

Kristen: I don’t believe this. That means my best friend, lanI, didn’t kill him after all. I mean, she’s gonna be so relieved to hear that, not to mention that my brother here is the frickin’ tin man.

Rolf: I beg your pardon?

Kristen: Okay, just hold on. Let’s just go back. So stefan’s heart went to julie? And then?

Rolf: I appropriated his body. Meanwhile, gabi believed her husband had been cremated and his remains interred in the dimera crypT.

Kristen: Which obviously wasn’t truE. And then what happened?

Rolf: With stefan’s blood pumping through artificial means, I began the process of acquiring a new heart for him.

Kristen: What, like ordering one online? Shipping takes four to six weeks.

Rolf: It’s much more complex than that, I assure yoU. But my plans to make him whole again were rudely interrupted when I was sent to prisoN.

Kristen: Which begs the question–how did you keep him alive when you were gone?

Evan: You didn’t think I’d keep calling my son “shawn,” did you?

Shawn: That’s his namE.

Evan: That’s your name. And you’re nothing to him, so we’ll be going noW.

Belle: I’ll need to see a court order that gives you permission to take custody.

Evan: Read it and weep.

Shawn: Who’d your daddy threaten to make this happen, huh?

Evan: Back off, man.

Shawn: You should be in a cage.

Evan: Not according to the governor of this great state. Now, step asidE.

Shawn: This is nuts. I haven’t even had a chance to get his things together.

Evan: We don’t need much. We’ll be in a boat, traveling lighT.

Shawn: Boat?

Evan: Maddox and i are leaving. We’re starting over.

Shawn: To where?

Evan: New zealand, with my sister and his brother. I want him to grow up around family. Now, stop stalling and hand him over.

Belle: Okay, evan, just– can’t you have a heart? Just give shawn a few minutes with the baby.

Evan: No.

[Somber music]

[Baby sobbing]

Shawn: I’m so sorry about this, little guy.

[Sniffles] I’m gonna think about you every day.

Evan: Say goodbye.

Shawn: Goodbye, sweet boy.

Shin: Congratulations, gabi. Well played.

Gabi: I can’t tell if you mean that.


Shin: I’ve always admired your ingenuity. I just don’t understand why you kept me in the darK.

GabI: You’re on the dimera board. I mean, if I told you I was perpetuating a fraud, I’d be putting you in a terrible position, one that you are in right now.

Shin: Well, i like all of the positions you put me in.

Gabi: So you actually approve of me teaming up with ava vitali?

Shin: I approve of you doing whatever keeps dimera at number one. Gabi, you have my backing as ceo precisely because you’re capable of moves like this. I just need to know you’re making them. Next time, trust me.

Gabi: I will. I promise.

Ava: Ej, I’ve been through a lot these past couple of days, and I just–I don’t think that I can handle any more big changes.

Ej: Part of the reason we have extra room is that chad moved out. Being surrounded by memories of abigail was just too much for him to bear. Perhaps a change of scenery would be beneficial for you as welL.

Ava: But I don’t want to forget him.

Ej: Of course not. Moving wouldn’t be about that. It would be about helping you to heal, and that is very difficult to do when you’re on your owN.

Ava: [Scoffs] I can’t believe he’s actually gone. You know, none of this feels real.

Ej: I know, and it’s going to take some time, but I promise you it will get better.

Ava: [Sniffles]

[Monitor beeping]

Kristen: Don’t patients in his condition need round-the-clock care?

Rolf: Not if they are patients of mine.

Kristen: Oh, my god, rolf. I mean, you’re gooD. I know you’re good, but you’re not good enough to be in prison and looking after my unconscious brother, let alone for four years.

Rolf: That’s what all these machines are for! They tend to stefan’s every need. As long as the power doesn’t go out, it requires no supervision.

Kristen: Wow. Okay, that is seriously impressive. Well, I mean, you must be racking up a hell of an electric bill, but kudos. So what’s the next step?

Rolf: We need to acquire a donor heart.

Kristen: Oh, well, like you were saying, your search was interrupted when you went to prisoN.

Rolf: That is correct.

Kristen: Well, where are you on that? I mean, is it gonna be difficult to find a match?

Rolf: Mm, all that is required is that the donor and the recipient have the same blood type. Of course, there’s always the possibility of rejection… unless the donor and the recipient happen to be identical twins.

Kristen: Jake’s dying…

Rolf: Is the best possible scenario!

[Laughs] Not that anyone wished he would have an untimely demise.

Kristen: Okay, so you’re telling me that you can take jake’s heart, put it into stefan, bring him back to life as if nothing ever happened?

Rolf: We won’t know for certain until the deed is done, but I will, as they say, give it my best shot.

Belle: Here. Shawn, I wish I could have done something to stop this.

Shawn: No, you don’T. This is what you wanted all along.

Evan: Ready to hit the road, maddox? I guess I should say the river. It’s gonna be perfecT. Just you and me.

Jan: And mommy makes three.

Gabi: I’m sorry for not being upfront with you. Thank you for being so understanding.

Shin: Well, we’re still getting to know each other as romantic partners, but in business, I know exactly who you are.

Gabi: Is that right?

Shin: You’re an intelligent, dynamic, ambitious woman who goes after what she wants, and if that means lying, scheming, and making a few enemies along the way, then so be iT.

Gabi: Mmm, you really do know me.

Shin: I embrace it. I embrace you. Every inch of you.

[Sensual music]

Are we going to–

Gabi: And we’re not going to apologize about iT. Check this out. So one of the sleazy dimera brothers had this desk tricked out with a secret button.


Shin: All right.

Gabi: Mmm, now where were we?

Ava: [Chuckles] There goes my reputation for being tough.

Ej: You’ve had a terrible loss. You’re grieving, but I do think it’s wise for you to get out of here.

Ava: [Sighs] So do I.

Ej: Then it’s a yes?

Ava: Yes, I gratefully accept your invitation, but I do need to– I need to pack up my things.

Ej: I’ll alert harold, the butler, and just let any of us know when you’re readY.

Ava: You know, ej, you don’t really have the reputation of being such a nice guy, you know, but this is very generous of you. Thank you.

Ej: It’s the least I can do.

Shawn: The baby’s gone, and he’s never coming back. Are you happy now?

Belle: Happy? What? I’m devastated, for you and for that baby. This is not at all what I wanted.

Shawn: Look, I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t snap at you like that. I’m sorry.

Belle: No, I get it. You’re angry.

Shawn: But not at you. Look, I’m angry at evan and jan and the world, but mostly jan, okay? Why would she let me get attached to a baby that’s not even mine and make me believe that I’m the father?

Belle: Because she’s–

Shawn: Yeah, of course, because she thought it would get us closer together. But where did it get her? Got her dead in the water.

Evan: Jan? I thought–

Jan: What, that I was pushing up daisies? Not me, honeY. Too mean to die.

Evan: How did you–

Jan: Survive? Sheer will. You see, I wasn’t gonna let belle win, so after that bitch pushed me in the water, I kept saying to myself, “hang on, jan. All you have to do is pull yourself to shore and get to safetY.” And that’s exactly what I did.

Evan: But the coast guard dragged the river, and the search came up empty.

Jan: Well, maybe they should have looked in the yacht where I was stowed awaY. That’s it right there. The squidlife crisis. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been hiding out, working on my plan to see my son. I just happened to look out the window, when who walks by but the two of you? Fate, don’t you think?

Evan: You lied to me, jan. You kept my son from me.

Jan: It was nothing personal. I’ve missed my baby so much. May I please hold him?

Evan: Not a chance.

Jan: Just for a moment.

[Baby sobbing] Look, he hears my voice. He needs me. Oh, my gosh, I’m leaking. Evan, damn it, just hand him over.

[Chuckles] Aw, shawn christian.

Evan: His name is maddoX.

Jan: Maddox?

Evan: Okay, you held him. Now give him back.

Jan: I don’t think so.

[Water splashes]

[Baby babbles] And then there were two.

Belle: We don’t know that jan is dead.

Shawn: Well, her body was never found, and it’s been weekS. There’s been no trace of her.

Belle: Well, still, i think we’ve learned the hard way not to underestimate jan’s ability to resurface.

Shawn: Look, whether she does or not, doesn’t change the fact that evan frears is leaving salem right now with the son that I thought was mine.

Jan: See, mommy took self-defense classes while she was in prisoN. Yes, she did. Boy, did those come in handy. Am I right, my little angel? One kick to the solar plexus. Instant unconsciousness. And I know you want daddy shawn back in the picture as much as I do, but for now, it just has to be us. So you and mommy, we’re gonna be going on a little trip. But don’t you worry, my sweethearT. Salem hasn’t seen the last of team spears.

GabI: Now that you got your workout in, what’s next on the schedule?

Shin: I actually have to run to a meeting, but there’s no rule against working out twice in one day, is there?

Gabi: Not that I’m aware of.

Shin: Then, I look forward to repeating this later. Okay.

Gabi: Yeah.


[Phone ringing] What’s up?

Ava: Well, ej was just here, and he almost busted me. What the hell took you so long to file that marriage certificate? I was sweating bullets.

Gabi: Ava, if I told you I’m gonna do something, it’ll get done. Don’t worry about it.

Ava: Well, I’m just glad that ej’s gone.

GabI: Did he leave satisfied that you and jake were married?

Ava: Oh, so much so that he invited me to move into his house, you know, considering I’m family and all.

Gabi: What’d he say when you turned him down?

Ava: Oh, I didn’T.

[Eerie music]

Ej: I asked the widow dimera to move in here. I trust you approve, since I’m following your sage advice– keep your family close and the pretenders closer.

Kristen: Do you really think this is going to work?

Rolf: I am cautiously optimistic that when his heart is beating in his twin’s chest, stefan O. Dimera will rise again!

[Evil laughter]

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