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[Knocking at door]

Eric: Nicole.

Nicole: Eric. I– I can’t stop thinking about you.

Eric: You’re a married woman, nicole. What about rafe?

Nicole: Rafe who?

[Sultry music]

[Dramatic tone]

[Soft dramatic music]

[Knocking at door]

Eric: Nicole. I’m sorry, it’s just– I can’t stop thinking about you.

Nicole: But… I’m married and… what about jada?

Eric: Jada who?

[Sultry music]

Sonny: Hey alex, do you want a ride to the office?

Sloan: [Sighs]

Alex: Morning, bro. You remember sloan?

Sloan: [Laughs] I’m just surprised you remember. Nice to see you again, sonny.

Sonny: The feeling is not mutual. Get the hell out of my house.

[Dramatic jazz music]

[Phone ringing]

Melinda: Mr. Stark, you have a visitor.

Leo: Ah, yes, my attorney. The shark, who is going to chew you up and spit you out if you are dumb enough to charge me with abigail dimera’s murder.

Melinda: It’s not your attorney, it’s someone who’d like to rip you to shreds.

[Tense music]

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

[Soft orchestration]

Leo: What the hell is she doing here?

Melinda: Oh, is that any way to greet an old friend?

Leo: I’m not up for visitors.

Melinda: A social butterfly like you? Come on.

Leo: I’m waiting for my attorney to arrive. Until then, I have nothing to say.

Melinda: Well, I think you and ms. Rizczech have loads to talk about, considering I’m charging you both with first-degree murder.

Leo: But I’m innocent!

Gwen: So am I!

Melinda: You kids can deny it all you want, but I have enough evidence to convince a jury the two of you conspired to kill abigail dimera.

[Soft dramatic music]

[Knocking at door]

Eric: Jada. Hey.

Jada: Sorry if I woke you.

Eric: No, I was awake. Please. What’s going on?

Jada: I think the ac in my room is broken. It feels like a sauna in there.

Eric: Yeah. It’s pretty hot in here too.

[Soft dramatic music]

Rafe: Hope you’re hungry! I made my world-famous huevos rancheros. That. Just thought I’d do something romantic for my beautiful wife before I went to work. What’s wrong?

Alex: Bro, why are you being so rude?

Sonny: Because, bro, ms. Petersen here is leo stark’s attorney.

Alex: Who the hell is ms.–? You’re a lawyer?

Sloan: I told you that, like, six times.

Alex: Guess I was focused on other things.

Sloan: Yeah, you were.

Sonny: Alex! Hey! Focus on me! All right, hey, you know all the horrible things that leo has done to me. To my family, to the people that I care about. And now he’s accused of murdering my best friend’s wife!

Sloan: The key word here being “accused.”

Sonny: Your client, he is a conman, all right? He’s a gold digger and a disgusting piece of filth.

Sloan: Who, according to the united states constitution, is entitled to a defense.

Sonny: I don’t want the opportunistic snake who is representing him in my house! Oh, that must also mean you’re aware of the bogus sexual harassment lawsuit he brought against me that almost ruined my family. Hey, my career. And my family’s company.

Sloan: To my knowledge, that lawsuit went away.

Sonny: Yeah, but leo didn’t! He just chose some other innocent victim! And when I led the charge against him, he went on this revenge rampage! He took pictures of me and him in bed together. Then he sold some bogus story to “the intruder” about chad. And when that didn’t work, he murdered abigail.

Alex: All right. Look, my brother is right, the guy is garbage. I can’t continue sleeping with you if you’re gonna continue to represent him. You’re gonna have to dump him as a client, babe.

Sloan: Or we could just end this instead.

Alex: I guess that could be an option. It would not be good for my ego, but–

Sloan: Look, this has been fun, but my career comes first. I’m sure you get that.

Alex: I do.

Sloan: Mm.

Alex: Mm. Well, good luck, ms. Petersen.

Sloan: Thanks. I’ll just get my things and I’ll be on my way.

[Soft dramatic music]

Sonny: Really?

Melinda: You’re both scheduled to be arraigned this morning. Mr. Stark, we’ve already established that your attorney will be here soon. Ms. Rizczech, I understand that you have yet to retain counsel?

Gwen: Correct.

Melinda: Well, if it’s your strategy to throw yourself upon the mercy of the court, then I should let you know that I am going to remind said court of your complete absence of mercy you showed your sister abigail when she was being repeatedly and viciously stabbed to death. I’ll see you both in court.

Gwen: This is all your bloody fault, you bastard! I can’t believe you sold me out.

Leo: I had no choice! Clyde weston blabbed about me having abigail’s jewelry and then chad’s obnoxious little kid said he ran into me in the dimera tunnels the day she was killed!

Gwen: Oh, so you betrayed me just to save your own sorry little ass!

Leo: Gwendolyn, darling, I love you to pieces, but I am not doing life in lockup for a crime you committed!

Chad: So kayla’s mia too?

Stephanie: We made plans to have breakfast, but she’s not in her office and she’s not answering her phone.

Chad: Yeah, marlena’S… not either.

Stephanie: Well, I’m sure it’s no biggie. Last minute stuff comes up for doctors all the time. They’ll be in touch soon.

Chad: Yeah. Look, your mom is the one that… talked me into making an appointment with marlena in the first place. She made me realize that I wasn’T… handling abby’s death in the healthiest way possible. Can you just thank her for me?

Stephanie: Will do. Chad, wait. Since we both got stood up, what would you say to having breakfast with me?

Chad: Oh, okay.

[Soft dramatic music]

Rafe: What’s going on? You’re all flushed. Maybe you’re coming down with something. Oh, yeah, you do feel warm. Want me to get you some aspirin? Maybe some tea, something?

Nicole: I–I’m not sick.

Rafe: Okay.

Nicole: But there’s something I need to tell you.

[Soft dramatic music]

Jada: [Sighs] Well, I woke up in a sweat and looks like you did too. Is your ac broken?

Eric: No, it seems to be working just fine.

Jada: Well, mine’s definitely broken. I looked around for a fan, but I couldn’t find one.

Eric: I’m so sorry. I’ve been trying to get my dad to replace the old units with new ones. You know what? I can go take a look at it and see if I can fix it.

Jada: Oh, you can fix it?

Eric: Pretty handy with tools. Let me just throw something on, okay?

Jada: Maybe you can do that later.

[Dramatic music]

Moderate to severe eczema still disrupts my skin.

Stephanie: I think it’s great that you decided to start therapy.

Chad: Yeah, you know, I don’t know, I should– I probably should’ve done it sooner. It’s just– you know, with the kids and moving.

Stephanie: You’ve been kind of busy.

Chad: Yeah. I guess I just avoided dealing with the grief by being, you know, focused on just trying to find out who killed abby.

Stephanie: Well, you’re getting help now. That’s what matters. And, chad, I’m here if you ever want to talk.

Chad: I appreciate that.

Stephanie: I’ve been keeping up with abigail’s case. I know they have two people in custody.

Chad: Yeah, and neither one of them could’ve done it. Or, I don’t know, they were both working on it together.

Stephanie: I’m sure it’ll be a huge relief when they finally close the case.

Chad: Yeah. But… even if whoever did it is convicted, my wife is never coming back.

Gwen: You should’ve left well enough alone.

Leo: I’m up to my neck in this too, sweetheart. I couldn’t take the chance.

Gwen: That I would pin the murder on you? No, matty, you are the rat here, not me.

Leo: Bottom line, I asked you what happened the night abigail died, and you wouldn’t answer me.

Gwen: I did so.

Leo: No. You said there was nothing to tell, which left me concerned.

Gwen: Concerned, yes, right, about you. I tossed that mask away for a second time and then you fished it out for a second time, as insurance, and at the first opportunity, you used that to throw the suspicion off of you and pin it onto me.

Leo: Well, it sounds bad when you put it that way.

Gwen: Oh, yeah, it does, doesn’t it? How’s that little plan working out for you, judas? I know you were planning on parading out of here with your silly, cute little bum and leaving me here to fry, but now we are both here on the hook for murder together.

Sloan: I was hoping to have a word with my client before his arraignment.

Melinda: Be my guest. Mr. Stark is in the interrogation room, with his codefendant.

Sloan: You have gwen rizczech dead to rights on murder one and you’re going to risk that by tying her to my client?

Melinda: I don’t see any risk here. I see this as an opportunity to put two co-conspirators away for life.

Sloan: Why are you going after leo so hard? He led you to the mask, which implicates rizczech. Thanks to his cooperation, you were able to place her at the scene of the crime.

Melinda: I’ll see you at the courthouse.

[Tense music]

Sloan: Leo gave you half your case. He deserves consideration.

Melinda: What is it you want me to consider?

Sloan: Cutting him loose.

Sonny: Look, I’m– I’m sorry about sloan.

Alex: Don’t be. There’s plenty of fish in the sea. I have no problem casting a very wide net.

Sonny: Oh, yes, no, we’ve already established that. First, there was lisa. There was gabi.

Alex: Yeah. There’s a lot of beautiful women in this town. Including your sister-in-law allie. She’s smart, she’s beautiful.

Sonny: And taken.

Alex: Mm. I know. Chanel dupree, yeah. Sonny, I’m not in the business of breaking up happy couples. That’s why I offered to hang out with them both.

Sonny: [Coughs] “Hang out”? As in sleep with them?

Alex: Yes. But they turned me down.

Sonny: Yeah, of course, alex. You need to come with like a warning label or something.

Alex: Come on, so they didn’t go for the whole threesome idea. Maybe they change their mind. Who knows?

Jada: Sorry, I’m usually not this forward. I don’t know what I was doing. Sorry.

[Dramatic music]

Rafe: You can tell me anything. Whatever it is you need to say, just say it.

Nicole: What I need to tell you is… rafe hernandez, you are the sweetest, sexiest, most amazing husband a woman could ever have.

Rafe: Oh. Keep talking.

Nicole: [Laughs] But I’d rather do this.

[Soft dramatic music]

It’s started. Somewhere between a cuddle

Chad: I still can’t believe she’s gone. Abby was the love of my life. She always will be.

Stephanie: The love of your life. I can’t even imagine what that would feel like.

Chad: Why, because you’ve never been serious with anyone?

Stephanie: I was engaged to philip kiriakis, but that was a million years ago, and I was a totally different person then.

Chad: Yeah, well, what about after you left salem?

Stephanie: Mostly I’ve been focused on my career. I date here and there. And there was one guy last summer. I thought that might turn into something.

Chad: What happened?

Stephanie: When the summer was over, so was the relationship. I guess maybe he sensed that I wanted to get serious, and it scared him off. He never gave me an explanation.

Chad: That is very uncool.

Stephanie: Yeah. Well, I didn’t really need him to explain. I was–I was in denial for a while about it, but the signs were all there.

Chad: What signs?

Stephanie: That a commitment was the last thing he wanted. He was a womanizer, player.

Sonny: Okay, yes, look, I know that you love the idea of being a player–

Alex: Ooh, no, no, not a player, sonny. Players deceive people. They use them and they throw them away. That’s not me. I have the utmost respect for women.

Sonny: Oh, yes, yes, lots and lots of women.

Alex: Okay, well, if I’m up front about my intentions, what’s wrong with that?

Sonny: Nothing, I guess. I mean, as long as no one’s getting hurt, but–

Alex: That is the last thing that I want. So, to avoid any type of confusion or misunderstandings, I am up front with anybody that I get with and I let them know that I’m not looking or anything serious. And as soon as they start to steer that ship in a different direction, I’m out.

Sonny: I know that you see me as like this weird, old married guy, but I’m telling you, man, there’s something to be said about finding that special someone.

Alex: Hmm. To each his own. I’m not looking to settle down.

Sonny: Maybe not now. Fine. But someday I’m hoping you’ll realize there’s more to life than just random casual sex.

Eric: You okay? Why are you so quiet?

Jada: It’s because… I’m embarrassed.

Eric: Why?

Jada: I don’t know. I don’t really do this sort of thing. Actually, this is the first time I’ve slept with someone since my divorce.

Eric: Me too. I mean, it’s been a while for me too.

Jada: Well, if you were out of practice, I certainly couldn’t tell.

[Both laugh]

Eric: Likewise.

Jada: And listen, eric, when I knocked on your door, I had no idea that this was gonna happen. And when I saw you standing there–

Eric: There’s no complaints.

Jada: So, you haven’t slept with anyone since you were a priest?

Eric: Not since I was married to nicole.

[Soft dramatic music]

Rafe: Mmm. My god. I wish I could stay here like this all day, but I have to get ready for work.

Nicole: Okay.

Rafe: Okay. Okay.

Nicole: You know, I read last night that you’ve made some progress in abigail’s case.

Rafe: Yeah, both leo and gwen are being arraigned today.

Nicole: I can’t believe abigail’s very own sister would do something so horrible.

Rafe: Well, she admitted to being in the dimera mansion, but she denies killing abigail.

Nicole: Do you believe her?

Rafe: I have to say the evidence against her is quite damning and her story is totally far-fetched, but, yeah, my gut tells me she is telling the truth.

Gwen: I’m going to tell you the same thing as I told rafe when I gave my statement. Yes, I was in the dimera house that night. And, yes, I did see abigail. But I did not want to kill my sister. I wanted to get rid of sarah horton.

Leo: You lost me.

Gwen: Okay. I snuck up into abigail’s room wearing the mask and I acted as though sarah was having one of her hallucinations when she looks in front of her and sees the person as kristen dimera.

Leo: Why?

Gwen: Because… if sarah were to attack abigail with a syringe, then everybody would look at her like she’s crazy and dangerous and she’d need to be locked up.

Leo: And you’d be reunited with your scotty hottie.

Gwen: Yeah. But my plan went completely bust when abigail ripped that mask off my face and she threatened to call the police.

Leo: And that’s when you–?

Gwen: No. I convinced her to let me go back to statesville.

Leo: Why would she do that when you just tried to dope her up again?

Gwen: The syringe was filled with saline. I had no intention of hurting abigail. She was just a means to an end. And– oh, this whole thing is just so, so stupid.

Leo: So she just let you walk away?

Gwen: She said I had one hour to make it back to my cell before she turns me in. So… I ran out of there. I ran out of the house as fast as I could. But I’m telling you… when I left, abigail was alive.

Leo: The commissioner, does he believe this story of yours?

Gwen: I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t care. Matty, you are the only friend that I have right now in this whole horrible, miserable world. And I don’t care if the jury wants to convict me or if everybody hates my bloody guts. All I care about is that you believe me. Now… do you believe me?

[Tense music]

Melinda: You want me to release leo?

Sloan: He’s innocent.

Melinda: Well, gwen claims to be innocent too. Denies any involvement in her sister’s murder.

Sloan: Well, gwen can claim anything she wants. With the evidence you have against her, you could destroy her. She doesn’t even have a lawyer.

Melinda: Not yet. But as you know, this is a career-making case. Some hot shot defense attorney can show up any minute and cast doubt on her guilt and point the finger at someone else. Like, say, your client. Don’t forget, there’s a mountain of evidence against him too.

Sloan: We both know that the evidence against leo is purely circumstantial. The only case you have here is gwen.

Melinda: I think if i put them both on trial, it doubles my chances of getting a conviction. And make no mistake, I will at least get one. But that said, I do see a scenario where someone might be able to avoid trial all together.

Sloan: And what is that?

Melinda: If one of them were to flip on the other.

Sloan: Leo already did. He gave you the mask.

Melinda: It’s not enough. He needs to give me the nail to put in gwen’s coffin.

[Tense music]

Leo: I do. I do believe you, gwendolyn. And I am so sorry that I doubted you. Bring it in, girlfriend.

Gwen: Oh.

Leo: Wait.

Gwen: We can do this.

Leo: Yeah.

Gwen: Oh.

Leo: Oh.

Gwen: There we go.

Leo: All right, okay.

Gwen: Okay.

Leo: Now what do we do?

Gwen: Now we stick together. We remain a team. If we do that, they won’t have a case against us.

Leo: Okay. And to make up for throwing you under the bus, I’m gonna get my bad-ass attorney to represent you.

Gwen: Oh, god, I can’t bloody afford her.

Leo: Neither can I. But sp cannot put a price on the publicity she’s gonna get from repping both of us. I just had to promise her a cut of any future book deals and you can do the same thing.

Gwen: Definitely. Oh, my god, mattycakes, really, if you can get her to help me, I would– I would appreciate that so very much.

Leo: Of course and once all this is over, we can write a book. Which they will then adapt into a movie. You can be my date to the oscars.

Gwen: Absolutely I will. Can you imagine how glorious that will be when we win?

[Clears throat] On behalf of my collaborator leo stark and myself, I would like to show my profound appreciation to the academy for this incredible honor.

Leo: I’m gonna keep mine nice and simple. You like me! You really like me!

Gwen: [Laughs]

[Both laughing] Announcer: Type 2 diabetes?

Leo: Sloany-kins? I have amazing news. You have the chance to achieve fame and fortune beyond your wildest dreams. See, now, if you also represent gwen–

Sloan: Oh, forget it.

Leo: No, hear me out. If you also–

Sloan: You need to worry about yourself right now. I just spoke with trask. She’s determined to convict you.

Leo: She can’T. She doesn’t have enough.

Sloan: Only because she doesn’t know you were in abigail’s room with a knife the night she was killed.

Leo: So don’t tell her.

Sloan: This is beyond my control, leo. Half of the salem pd and the entire dimera family are out there, pouring out resources to try and solve this case. It’s only a matter of time before they find out. And when they do, they’ll have everything that they need to put you on death row. Is that what you want?

Leo: Of course not.

Sloan: Then you need to give trask something to tighten the noose around gwen’s neck.

Alex: I didn’t come to salem looking for mrs. Right. Came here to be with you, bro.

Sonny: Yes, and flirt with a lot of women.

Alex: What can I say? I’m a free spirit. But I also have a job, which I need to get dressed for and we need to head to the office.

Sonny: Just wait, okay? Look, you’re telling me you’ve never met some woman where you’re like… “oh, my god, this could be the one”?

Alex: Oh, my god, no, and I hope to god that never happens because the day that happens the fun is over, sonny.

Sonny: Spoken like a true romantic.

Alex: Romance ain’t my bag.

Sonny: What about love?

Alex: What about love? I’m not interested.

Sonny: [Stammers] Even, like, the most heartless sociopath is interested in love. It’s what makes the world go round, haven’t you heard?

Alex: No, I haven’T. I didn’t get that memo.

Sonny: No, I think you did. I think you got it and you just chose to ignore it. But one day… you are gonna meet some woman who just… knocks you off your feet. And then you are gonna fall just as hard and fast as the rest of us.

[Tense music]

Stephanie: Just when i started to think I might have a future with this guy, he totally ghosted me.

Chad: Well, it’s his loss.

Stephanie: Yeah. Well, like I said, the signs were all there. And maybe I was deluding myself in thinking that maybe he cared as much as I did. Anyway, when the right person comes along, it’ll be a totally different story. And until then, I’ve got my friends, my family, my career.

Chad: Get out of town, look at you. Sjpr.

Stephanie: That’s my firm.

Chad: Wow. I am not a dimera anymore, but if I ever get pulled back in, I will certainly need an image makeover.

[Phone beeps] Work?

Stephanie: Yeah. I–I just landed a new client. I can’t say who because they haven’t gone public yet, but I can say that this job is gonna keep me around in salem for a while.

Chad: Well, I’ll let you get to it.

Stephanie: Oh, it’s on me.

Chad: Thank you.

Stephanie: Any time. And I meant what I said. If you ever want to talk, I’m here.

Chad: That’s good to know. And I’m guessing you charge less than marlena.

Stephanie: [Laughs] I do, for good friends.

[Sentimental music]

Jada: I just didn’t expect it to go from zero to 60.

Eric: Neither did I.

[Both chuckle] I–I like you.

Jada: I like you too.

Eric: You know, sometimes things like this can just… happen, you know? It can just kind of take over.

Jada: I noticed that.

[Tense music]

[Phone beeps]

[Line ringing]

[Phone rings]

[Phone beeps]

Chloe: Hey, nicole. If this is about the merino contract, we’re all good. I got gabi to sign off on it.

Nicole: It’s not about the merino contract. It’s about me desperately needing to talk to someone.

Chloe: Oh. What’s going on?

Nicole: Okay, chloe, don’t say I told you so. Okay? I mean it.

Chloe: I won’T.

Nicole: Okay. I love rafe. He’s my husband and I don’t regret marrying him for a second. But–

Chloe: But what?

Nicole: I can’t stop thinking about eric. Time. It’s life’s most precious commodity,

Leo: I don’t– I don’t have anything to give to trask.

Sloan: Well, you’d better think of something before she finds out about you and the knife. Something that’s gonna make a jury believe that gwen killed her sister.

Leo: Are you asking me to lie?

Sloan: Quite the opposite. I’m asking you to help me do my job, which is to make all of this disappear. But in order to do that, I need you to be honest with me about gwen. No matter how much it hurts, no matter how hard it is, the truth, leo. The truth will set you free.

Chloe: So you had a dream about your ex.

Nicole: A sex dream. Clearly, I am having lingering desires that I shouldn’t have. Oh, god. Chloe, what are you thinking?

Chloe: Well, remember when you mistakenly thought that eric and jada went upstairs to have sex on their first date?

Nicole: Yeah, I was worried they were moving too fast and eric would get hurt.

Chloe: Right and I think that’s what the dream is really about. I mean, are you still concerned about that?

Nicole: Well, how can I not? I mean, five minutes after their first date, she was moving in down the hall. It’s just– it’s just– it’s just none of my damn business and I don’t even know why I’m even thinking about it. What is wrong with me?

Chloe: There’s nothing wrong with you. I mean, eric is your ex-husband, your first love. I think it’s normal to feel protective of him. But, you know, don’t go jumping to the wrong conclusion again. Just because they’re living under the same roof does not mean that they are sleeping together.

Eric: You know, we could go downstairs and grab some breakfast. Unless you have to go to work.

Jada: I actually have the morning off, so that sounds like a plan. But would you mind if I grab a quick shower first?

Eric: No, no, not at all. You know, why don’t you use mine? And I’ll go see if i can get your ac working.

Jada: I appreciate that. It’s gonna be a hot day.


Eric: Yeah.

Jada: Sorry.

Eric: I was–

[Both laugh

[Sentimental music]

Nicole: Thank you, chloe, for helping me try to figure this out. But I think maybe I should just go and talk to eric.

Chloe: Why would you do that?

Nicole: Well, so, you know, we can just get it all out in the open.

Chloe: Okay, honey, I am all for communication but I really think you should keep a lid on that one. I mean, after all, you are married.

Nicole: Maybe if I just go over there and tell eric about the dream–

Chloe: What? Your dream will come true?

Nicole: No! No! No. No, he’ll just tell me how ridiculous I am, we’ll get a good laugh out of it, and that’ll be that.

Chloe: Ooh, nicole, I think that’s a really bad idea.

Nicole: Well, when has that ever stopped me? After trying lots of things to manage her

Nicole: [Exhales] Okay, all right. Chloe’s wrong. Eric and I are friends. We can talk about this like mature adults.


[Soft dramatic music]

Rafe: Time to go.

Gwen: So is it a done deal?

Sloan: It is.

Gwen: Thank you. Thank you so much for agreeing to represent me.

Melinda: That isn’t the deal she made, ms. Rizczech.

Gwen: I don’t understand.

Leo: Gwen, I’m so sorry.

Gwen: Sorry? Sorry for what?

Leo: I tried. I really did. But I cannot lie for you anymore. I had to tell the truth.

Gwen: What truth? Matty, what did you do?

Leo: I told them what you told me– that you killed abigail.

[Dramatic music]

Stephanie: What the hell, dude? Watch where you’re going.

Sonny’s voice: You are gonna meet some woman who just knocks you off your feet. And then you are gonna fall just as hard and fast as the rest of us.

[Dreamy harp music]

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