Days of Our Lives Transcript
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Gabi: God, Will, that is such great news. Yes, I am so relieved. Oh, by the way, I only told Ari that he was sick ’cause I didn’t want to scare her. Yeah, will you– will you tell me when he’s ready for visitors? Okay. All right, send much love to Sonny, okay.
EJ: Need any help with the big words?
Gabi: Is there something you want?
EJ: No, I just stopped by to tell you that you’ve made a major mistake.
Gabi: Really? Because I’m not the one who went down in flames in front of the entire board.
EJ: No, but you are the one who gave Ava Vitali a job here.
Gabi: That’s right, yeah.
Gabi: Is something funny?
EJ: I’d say more ironic. [Clears throat] You see, I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out a way to get you out of that chair. And you went ahead and took care of it for me.
[Knock at door]
Johnny: Oh, I’m sorry. You look busy, I don’t–
Ava: No, not at all. How can I help you?
Johnny: I just wanted to check in with you, see how you’re doing after everything that went down with my dad.
Ava: Oh, you know, I think yesterday may have been harder on you than it was on me.
Johnny: Oh, come on, he went after you, not me.
Ava: Yeah, but he used you to do it. I mean, he attacked me, but he betrayed you.
Chloe: Hey, Rafe. Yeah, no, I’m just letting you know that I’m almost back at the Inn, and Brady’s still at work. Yeah, no, the security detail’s been incredible, thank you. Is there any word on Leo? It’s just not fun to think that that psychopath’s on the loose somewhere. All right, I won’t. I appreciate it I’ll talk to you soon.
Kristen: What the hell are you doing?
Chloe: Oh, that’s funny, I was just talking about psychopaths on the loose.
Kristen: Mm, I asked you what the hell you were doing.
Chloe: I’m going home.
Kristen: Home? I don’t think so. See, I dropped by the office to go over all your mistakes that you made on the projections you sent me, and they said you’d left, nearly two hours before the end of business.
Chloe: Well, that was Brady’s decision. You can take that up with him.
Kristen: Oh, what a surprise. So you persuaded Brady to knock off early. What’d you do, show him a little cleavage?
Chloe: For goodness’ sake. I didn’t do anything. Like I just said, it was Brady’s decision. He said he needed some time to prepare for the hearing tomorrow, in which he will be fighting you for full custody of Rachel.
Shin: So you are here.
Rolf: [Gasps] Mr. Shin. You startled me.
Shin: And you hung up on me over an hour ago, never called back.
Rolf: I was attending to my patient.
Shin: You mean your lab experiment. So who was your little visitor? Did Kristen decide to drop by? What is that? What is that? What are you doing?
Rolf: I need you to leave. You’re interrupting my work.
Shin: You’re scared.
Shin: Something’s wrong. Damn it, did you end up killing him?
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Anna: [Gasps] Oh, I hope you made a shakerful of whatever that is.
Tony: I made us a gallon of very dry martinis.
Anna: Ooh. Good. Let’s drink it all because I’m really looking forward to this evening.
Tony: A nice family dinner with a side of guerilla warfare.
Anna: Well, I take it that, since things are still relatively quiet, EJ isn’t home yet?
Tony: No, we still have that to look forward to. Pasta e fagiole with EJ and Johnny, and our housemate, Ava. Oh, help us with the parmesan and the cyanide.
Anna: [Laughs] Oh, I hope I’m not speaking out of turn, but you know, sometimes it seems that EJ doesn’t bounce back when things don’t go his way.
Tony: Oh, to say that things don’t go his way is a bit of an understatement. First Johnny voted against him at the board meeting and then defied his father when he tried to throw Ava out.
Anna: Yes, but don’t forget that EJ secretly taped Johnny and then played said tape to a room full of people. I don’t think EJ can be surprised if Johnny stood up to him.
Tony: Oh, he more than stood up to him. First, he backed Gabi over his father. And then his father had to back down over Ava. Two times in public.
Tony: Trust me. EJ’s not going to take any of this lying down.
Ava: Okay. I had no business saying that. I am sorry.
Johnny: Why? All you did was tell the truth, which is a refreshing change of pace around this house.
Ava: Yeah, but, Johnny, the last thing I want to do is make things even worse between you and your father.
Johnny: You didn’t do anything; it was him. I mean, you’re right. He recorded a private conversation that I had with him and then played it in public. He betrayed me.
Ava: Yeah, but, you know, he was trying to protect his family.
Johnny: He wasn’t trying to protect his family. He was trying to put himself back in charge. All he accomplished was proving once again that, you know, he cares more about himself than he does about me.
Johnny: No, it’s fine. It’s fine. It opened my eyes. And I promise you that I will never let him treat you like that again.
Ava: Oh. Look, you don’t have to protect me. You don’t have to worry about me. Actually, everything turned out the way it’s supposed to.
Johnny: Come on, you can’t mean that.
Ava: No, I do, I do. Actually, I am now working at DiMera.
Johnny: Wow, okay. When did that happen?
Ava: This morning, Gabi gave me a job.
EJ: You do know, don’t you, Chief Executive Officer Gabi, that the fact that you and Shin lied about Ava seeing her dead husband doesn’t mean that she didn’t see her dead husband and most likely will see him again. You’ve just hired a mafia princess who is in the process of losing her mind. What could possibly go wrong?
Gabi: She’s grieving, okay? She is fragile at the moment. You know what? She’s got a good business head. And she’s excellent at management and delegation.
EJ: You call, “Mario, go pop Tony the Tuna,” delegating?
Gabi: All right, you can go now.
EJ: You can spare me the corporate BS. Do you honestly expect me to believe that Ava got this job on her merit? You wouldn’t have hired her as janitor if you weren’t her co-conspirator.
Gabi: Excuse me?
EJ: It’s obvious that you two are working together. Thanks to Ava’s so-called marriage to my recently-departed brother, you think she can help you keep you in the job that you don’t deserve.
Gabi: So-called marriage?
EJ: Yeah, the marriage that conveniently happened just mere minutes before the groom was shot to death. It’s an obvious sham. And you can’t honestly say that you believe any differently.
Gabi: You know, it really doesn’t matter what I believe, or what you believe for that matter. See, I didn’t lose my job. But you lost your son. Well-played, EJ. Very well-played.
Rolf: He’s fine. He’s simply recuperating from the first cycle of his conditioning.
Shin: And when he wakes up, he’ll be in love with Chloe?
Rolf: I don’t know. Until I return him to full-consciousness, I’ll have no idea if he’ll need more cycles or not.
Shin: How many cycles might it take?
Rolf: [Scoffs] You know, you’re like a whiny schoolboy in back seat endlessly asking, “are we there yet?” It doesn’t speed anything up and really irritates the driver.
Shin: That didn’t answer my question.
Rolf: I can’t answer it. I’ve only begun. And I’d much rather be certain he’s totally over his feelings for Gabi before I return him to consciousness.
Shin: I agree with that.
Rolf: I feel so validated.
Shin: The last thing we need is for him to escape again– go after Gabi again. I still don’t understand how he managed to overpower you.
Rolf: It was the power of love.
Shin: Well, then I suggest you up your security. Last thing we need is him getting back to Gabi. Kristen and I are in complete agreement about that.
Kristen: You expect me to believe that Brady closed Basic Black on the account of the hearing?
Chloe: You don’t think that Brady would do everything in his power to keep Rachel? You clearly don’t know what kind of a man Brady is or what kind of a father.
Kristen: Don’t you dare tell me I don’t know what kind of a father he is. See, it’s you I don’t trust. And as long as you are in his orbit, I need to protect my daughter.
Chloe: Oh, please. This whole selfless act does not play with me. Do you really think that keeping Rachel away from me or her father is what’s best for her? I mean, listen, I know that you’ve been pardoned of your previous crimes, but you are still a violent sociopath. And I plan on telling the court exactly that tomorrow.
Kristen: Oh. And they’ll just take your word for it?
Chloe: Oh, well, I have some very vivid details about you threatening to stab me with that letter opener. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go work on my testimony.
Anna: The truth is, I can’t help feeling sorry for Ava.
Tony: You know, the issue is not about whether or not we feel sorry for Ava. The issue is whether or not she’s capable or competent enough to hold a seat on the board.
Anna: Well, you’re right, I guess. You know, she’s not sane and rational, like Kristen, who kidnapped half of Salem and put them on a desert island. And did EJ challenge her competency? No. He went after Ava, not because she was incompetent, but because she was vulnerable. And that was a mistake.
Tony: [Sighs] He may have lost the battle, but this war is not over.
Anna: I’m not talking about a business mistake. Tony… EJ kicked Ava when she was down. And he betrayed a confidence to Johnny to do so. So, yeah, he could still end up being the DiMera CEO, but I don’t know if Johnny will ever feel the same way about him again.
Johnny: [Chuckles] Ava, that’s great. I know that you are going to do a fantastic job.
Ava: [Chuckles] Well, I think you might be the only person who does, but yeah, thank you.
Johnny: Boy, would I like to be there when my father finds out.
Ava: Okay, Johnny, like I said, I really don’t want to come between you and your father. And as sweet as it was for you to stand up for me, maybe it would be easier for the two of you to work things out if I wasn’t here…
Ava: In a room down the hall.
Johnny: Ava, no, no. Somebody has to stand up to him. He can’t just keep treating people like dirt.
Ava: Okay, I know how angry you are, but I–
Johnny: Look, there’s something else that I wanted to talk to you about.
Johnny: Do you remember what my dad said yesterday about having a service for Jake in the family crypt?
Ava: Yeah. I didn’t think he was serious.
Johnny: No, probably not, but I’d still like to do it. I think it would be good for everyone, you know? Say goodbye to him as a family.
Ava: You mean, maybe it would help me lay his ghost to rest.
EJ: My relationship with my son is none of your business.
Gabi: Looks like I hit a nerve.
EJ: You know, I’m not interested in what you might guess. You may have been married to my brother, you may be CEO of this company, but that doesn’t make you a DiMera. What happens between me and my son is family business.
Gabi: Which you happened to make DiMera business when you brought that recording into the board meeting, which I’m glad you did, though. Not only did Johnny move over to my side to support me, but maybe he could finally be free of you. See, he doesn’t deserve a father like you. And you really don’t deserve a son like him.
[Knock at door]
Chloe: Oh, good, it’s you.
Brady: Who’d you think it might be?
Chloe: I just had a run-in with Kristen; I thought she might be ready for round two.
Rolf: All right. From the data I have been able to collect, you responded well to our initial session. Now we are going to continue to ensure that you feel nothing but hatred for Gabi Hernandez and instead will direct all your affections towards Chloe Lane.
Rolf: Your heartbeat is nice and steady. Good. The more relaxed you are, the better for our work.
Kristen: You need to wake him up, right now.
Gabi: [Sighs] Where have you been?
Shin: And a pleasant hello to you, too.
Gabi: I called you; your assistant said you were out.
Shin: I was taking my father to the airport.
Gabi: Oh, well, I hope he had a nice trip. But I’m not gonna miss him.
Shin: You seem to be in a bit of a mood.
Gabi: I am–I mean, I just finished a very uncomfortable conversation with EJ. He’s really mad that I hired Ava. [Sighs]
Ava: I think it would be lovely to say goodbye to Jake as a family. It’s very sweet of you to think of it.
EJ: Oh, didn’t take you long to move from Jake to his nephew.
Johnny: [Chuckles] Wow, Dad, and I thought you hit bottom last night.
EJ: Oh, I’m sorry. Am I supposed to forget who that is, how she operates? She wormed her way into this family and is using that access to get closer to you.
Johnny: You’ve got no proof that Ava did anything. And the harder you try, the worse you look. Oh, wait, did you come here to record another one of my private conversations?
EJ: I didn’t expect you to be here. I actually came because I wanted to have a talk with your aunt. Ava, might I have a word with you in private?
Johnny: I’m not going anywhere.
Ava: It’s okay, Johnny. I can take care of myself.
Ava: Okay, EJ, how can I help you?
Chloe: Ugh, I just let her get under my skin, so I ended up telling her that I’m testifying tomorrow. But I’m just so sick of her feeling free to just push me around whenever she wants. I wanted to wipe that smug look off her face.
Brady: Chloe, I’m really sorry you have to deal with her.
Chloe: It’s nothing compared to what you have to deal with.
Brady: One, I don’t think that’s true. Number two, it’s my fault. I got involved with her in the first place, didn’t I?
Chloe: That is true.
Chloe: Wait a minute, what are you doing here? I thought you were gonna have early dinner with Rachel before tomorrow.
Brady: Well, Nora Jane’s mom called and invited Rachel to sleep over, which is wonderful because that house right now is a little island of sanity for Rachel.
Chloe: Hm, well, she’s a very sweet woman for doing that.
Brady: Yeah. [Chuckles] Rachel, she’s handling all this with such a, you know, stiff upper lip.
Brady: It’s kind of breaking my heart a little bit ’cause I see how fragile this whole thing is making her.
Chloe: Is she still angry with me?
Brady: No, no.
Chloe: You’re such a bad liar. Come on, we have to be able to tell each other the truth.
Brady: All right. You’re right, you’re right, yes. The answer’s yes. She thinks that you are trying to break her parents up. I told her time and time again that our problems have nothing to do with you. And I think in time– in time, Rachel will understand that.
Chloe: Not if I testify tomorrow.
Rolf: You want me to wake him up now?
Kristen: That’s what I said.
Rolf: I was just telling Mr. Shin, he’s only had one cycle of conditioning. He’ll need more before we can be sure his allegiance has switched.
Kristen: I’m sure he’ll be fine. Wake him up.
Rolf: What about Mr. Shin?
Kristen: What about him?
Rolf: He’ll want to be here when he wakes up.
Kristen: Well, you don’t always get what you want.
Rolf: But he’s as invested in this process as you are.
Kristen: No, he is not. Shin sees him as a pawn, a means to an end. I see my brother. Family.
Rolf: I forgot how warm-hearted you are.
Kristen: Yup. That would be me. So, sleeping beauty, it’s time to wake up now.
Anna: Oh, Johnny, dear. Come in. Sit down. Talk to us. Are you all right?
Johnny: Uh, I guess, yeah.
Anna: Oh, well, we– we just hope that you weren’t traumatized by your father’s behavior.
Johnny: Yeah, no. Nothing he does really surprises me anymore.
Tony: Well, I think he was quite surprised with you yesterday.
Johnny: Well, he seems to have a hard time remembering that he can’t just steamroll over me.
Tony: Yes, well, I think he’s gonna remember yesterday for quite a while. But, Johnny, I know that you’re angry, so–
Johnny: Hey, listen, I actually came down here to talk to the two of you.
Anna: Really? Us?
Tony: About what?
Johnny: Uh, Uncle Jake. Ava and I are putting together a small memorial service for him at the crypt, and I was hoping the both of you would be there.
Tony: Oh, of course we will.
Johnny: I know Ava will really appreciate that.
Anna: Will it just be the four of us?
Johnny: Oh, no I’m inviting the whole family. In fact, I was about to call Gabi right now.
Shin: You hired Ava Vitali?
Gabi: Is that a problem?
Shin: I’m really not sure how my father’s going to feel about it.
Gabi: Well, from the way you’re making it seem, it’s– he’s not gonna be too happy. But maybe you can bring him around to the idea? Because after the board meeting yesterday, I didn’t have much of a choice. I need all the support I can get. I mean, look at this. These numbers are not what they should be.
Shin: Gabi, before you go back to work, there’s something I want to talk to you about.
[Cell phone rings]
Gabi: Oh, wait, hold that thought, one second. It’s Johnny DiMera.
Ava: What can I do for you, EJ?
EJ: Oh, I’d like to talk about you, your state of mind, how you’re using my son.
Ava: Your son has been nothing but kind to me ever since I moved in here. And I realize that you may not understand why someone would do such a thing without wanting anything in return, but he does.
EJ: He’s naive. He thinks you’re here as a grieving widow, but you and I know the truth.
Ava: What I know is that my husband is dead.
EJ: Do you?
Ava: And here we go again.
EJ: [Chuckles] Just the other day, you were convinced that he dropped by for a visit.
Ava: Oh, you really can’t let that go, can you? Huh? I mean, even after your little power play cost you your relationship with your son?
EJ: I’m not gonna let it go. Because I’m going to prove that you’re unstable.
Ava: Okay, well, good luck with that because I am as sane as you are.
EJ: Maybe right now. But it’s only a matter of time before you start seeing him again. And when you do, Mr. Shin will have no choice but to demand Gabi fire you. And then we’ll pack up all your things and ship you off to Bayview with all the other loonies.
Kristen: Why isn’t he coming to?
Rolf: We are not starting a car. It’ll take a few minutes for the sedative to wear off.
Kristen: Well, we don’t have time to waste. The sooner he wakes up, the sooner he can go find the woman he loves.
Stefan: The woman… I love.
Kristen: [Chuckles] Yes, yes, that’s right. Now you can go find the woman you love.
Rolf: Chloe. Do you know who that is?
Kristen: Okay, Stefan? Stefan. Hey, talk to me. Do you know where you are?
Stefan: Your lab. I woke up here.
Kristen: [Sighs] Okay. Yes, that is right. You’ve been here for some time.
Stefan: Four years. I died. Got a new heart.
Rolf: Exactly. Everyone thought you were dead. You ashes were even interred in the DiMera crypt.
Kristen: Who cares what happened when everyone thought he was dead. All that matters is he is alive. And now he can go home to his love. [Sighs]
Kristen: Yes, yes, yes, okay. Stefan, that’s right. That’s right. You and Chloe were together before you died. And now, now you can get up out of this bed, Stefan, and go climb into hers.
Ava: I’m not going to Bayview ’cause there’s nothing wrong with me.
EJ: [Chuckles] Oh, come on, Ava, do you think you can simply will yourself not to go crazy when you keep seeing your dead husband? I don’t actually have to lift a finger against you because you’re cracking up from the inside out.
Ava: Okay, you know? You can just go.
EJ: I actually think these apparitions are like Banquo’s Ghost. You’re not seeing Jake because you miss him. It’s guilt. You’re using his death for your personal gain. Add that to the strain of living here and having to pretend that you’re not thrilled that he got murdered– the strain of pushing down the impulse to shout out, “Hallelujah, I’m rich.”
Ava: Okay, you know what? Maybe I should call Johnny and have him escort you out of my room.
EJ: But I’m not telling you anything that you don’t know already, am I? You and I know that it will only be a matter of time before you see him again.
Ava: I need to get ready for my husband’s memorial service, which Johnny so graciously arranged.
EJ: Oh, little Johnny. He’s just so full of ideas, isn’t he? Oh, say hi to Jake for me next time you see him. Okay.
Gabi: Yeah, thank you, Johnny, I’ll be there.
Shin: Be where?
Gabi: Johnny is putting together a memorial service for Jake. I told him I’d go. I mean, I do want to pay my respects.
Gabi: But it’s in the DiMera crypt. And I haven’t been there since after Stefan died.
Shin: Gabi, if it’s too painful, you don’t have to go. Everyone would understand.
Gabi: Oh, I’m going. I’d just like you to go with me.
Brady: But you told Kristen you were going to testify.
Chloe: I did–I mean, Kristen’s been insulting me, barking orders at me, threatening me, and I just wanted to shut her up and push back. That’s why I told her I’m gonna take the stand. And the truth is, there’s a big part of me that really wants to–
Brady: Wants to fight back.
Chloe: Yeah, and I’m so sorry.
Brady: No, it’s o–no, no. Don’t, that’s crazy. I mean, how long has Kristen been terrorizing you? What, like– you know, belle seems to think that when she threatened you with that letter opener it was calculated. She’s been trying to rip us up as a couple. She wants to turn Rachel against you without any regard whatsoever what it does to her own daughter. Who does that? I say, get on the stand, testify, and make sure that she goes back Statesville where she belongs.
Kristen: [Sighs] Well, Stefan is changing into the suit I brought. I got it from Jake’s closet. I thought it would fit, given that they’re twins.
Rolf: Did he say anything else about Chloe?
Kristen: No. But your treatment obviously worked. He’s getting dressed right now to go find her.
Rolf: Or because you gave him no choice. I’ve told you many times, if there’s only one conditioning session, there’s no guarantee we’ve successfully weaned him from Gabi and moved him onto Chloe.
Kristen: But he didn’t seem to remember trying to get back to Gabi the other day. That’s a good sign, right? And I’m sure he can’t wait to sweep Chloe off her feet. Right?
Rolf: I’m sorry, Ms. DiMera, I’m just not sure this is going to work the way you want it to.
Chloe: Well, I’m glad that you got that out. But you do see that that’s exactly how Kristen wants you to behave in that court tomorrow?
Chloe: Just now, she provoked me on purpose ’cause she knew it would set you off. But we cannot play her games, all right? We have to do what’s right. We have to do what’s best for Rachel.
Brady: What’s best for Rachel, and that is?
Chloe: That is… I think that I should not testify tomorrow. I mean, Belle said that the worst-case scenario is that you will have to share custody. And if that happens, then we’ll have to live with that. And it’ll give Rachel the time and space she needs to heal from all this madness. Listen, you and I, we’re in it for the long game. And some day, Rachel will see how much I love her and you.
Brady: I love you, like, so much.
Chloe: I am pretty great, aren’t I?
Brady: You are pretty– you’re more than that. You are way more than that.
Shin: You want me to go with you? I mean, isn’t this service just for the family? I’m not sure the DiMeras would want me there.
Gabi: This DiMera wants you there. I mean, you and Jake were friends. And I need you by my side.
Shin: In that case, of course I’ll go. And.. I’m really glad to hear you feel that way.
Stefan: So aside from the hair, how do I look?
Kristen: Mm, perfect. Chloe is gonna be so happy to see you.
Stefan: Mm, Chloe.
Rolf: Stefan… You remember Chloe?
Stefan: Chloe. Lane.
Kristen: [Sighs] Right. And now you are ready to win her back. Now you need to get to the Salem Inn right now. Hm? This is her room number. You’re gonna go to the room, knock on the door, and you are gonna show her how much you love her.
Stefan: Right. Right.
Brady: You know, thanks to you, I’m feeling better about tomorrow.
Chloe: Just remember, we have to keep asking ourselves what’s best for Rachel.
[Knock at door] Really?
Kristen: [Gasps] Brady?
Brady: Yeah. Were you expecting someone else?
Gabi: You’re surprised I want you by my side?
Shin: I’m glad to know that you really care about me
Gabi: Of course I do, Li.
Shin: Good. Because, as I was saying before, there’s something I want to talk to you about.
Gabi: Li? Wha–oh. What are you doing?
Shin: I’m asking you to marry me.
Tony: Do you think EJ will go to the service?
Anna: Oh, I doubt it But he certainly should. After everything Johnny has been through this year, and how close EJ came to losing him, you’d– you would think they’d both realize how important family is.
Tony: The trouble is, too many outsiders have driven our family apart. And if EJ and Johnny keep butting heads over Ava, well, things are just not going to end well.
EJ: So I understand you planned a memorial service for Jake.
Johnny: I think everyone should have a chance to say goodbye to him.
EJ: Under normal circumstances, I’d agree. But I must say I am concerned about Ava.
Johnny: Yeah, yeah, I could see how much when you attacked her at the board meeting and then told her to move out of the house.
EJ: I’m not going to apologize for trying to protect you from her.
Johnny: She’s not a threat.
EJ: You know, you don’t see it, but when people are drowning, they very often end up dragging down the people who are trying to help them.
Johnny: Wow. You are unbelievable.
EJ: And you think you know all the answers. Are you sure this memorial service is a good idea? Are you sure Ava is strong enough to handle this? [Gasps] What if she cracks under the pressure?