Days of Our Lives Transcript
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Alex: Thank you, Dad. Send Sonny all my love, and tell him I’ll see him tomorrow. Bye. Great news. Sonny’s awake.
[cell phone beeps]
Stephanie: Oh, thank God. [Sighs]
Alex: Yeah, and your press release worked its intended magic. I checked Titan stock price at the bell and we rallied. We recovered all of our losses, and we closed the day at a half a point up.
Stephanie: Wow, congrats. Seems the public has a lot of trust in you.
Alex: Well, that’s thanks to you, queen of the spin. So what do you say we celebrate all this good news and grab some cosmos?
Ava: Why are you being so nice to me?
Johnny: Because I like having you around, and because I, uh… I care about you, Ava… a lot.
EJ: If you are here to help yourself to the free drinks and nibbles on our family’s dime, I’m afraid we don’t have much of a spread. Anna’s gone to get a bottle of champagne, but knowing her, it’ll be empty when she returns.
Shin: I don’t care about the drinks and nibbles, thank you. Just grateful to be invited to Jake’s memorial, since after all, I was closer to him, then most of the family.
EJ: Well, now that it’s over, feel free to make a tasteful yet hasty exit.
Shin: You’ll be free of me as soon as Gabi has finished saying her final goodbyes to Stefan.
Gabi: I never imagined I’d be telling you about my feelings for another man, and I, I hope you understand that as wonderful as what we had was, I needed… I needed to make a new life for myself. But, you know, even though Li and I are engaged, you are the love of my life, and always will be, but I have to let you go. Goodbye, Stefan. [sighs] Oh, my God.
Stefan: Hello, Gabi.
Like sands through the hourglass, these are the Days of Our Lives…
Pauline, Oh, Chanel. I, um–
Abe: What– what’s all this?
Chanel: 9,999 campaign cookies.
Allie: 98. Sorry. I needed a sugar boost. Um, it is the largest order we have ever done. We started at 3:00 AM to finally get it all done, so…
Chanel: So? Does it meet your quality standards?
Paulina: Mm, I’m sorry, baby. These just won’t do.
Ava: Oh, my God. We can’t do this.
Johnny: Oh, why not? It felt pretty great to me. Hmm?
Ava: Okay, well, all right, well, For starters, I–oh God, I am old enough to be your–God, I’d rather not say the M-word.
Johnny: Well, I have always been mature for my age.
Ava: Yeah, but, what about–what about your father, huh? He, he would–he would flip.
Johnny: Well, so what, who cares what he– I mean, after, after the way he treated you and me for that matter, I don’t know why we would– I, I don’t care what my dad thinks.
Ava: Okay. I don’t care either, all right? I really don’t. That ship has sailed, but– (sighs) I don’t wanna come between the two of you.
Johnny: Well, that’s great then, because, uh, he’s already done that by himself. You got nothing to worry about.
EJ: How long does it take to say goodbye to a guy who’s been dead for four years?
Shin: [Chuckles] Today was especially emotional for Gabi because, well, I proposed to her today.
EJ: Yes. I’m aware. Tony and Anna told me about your blissful announcement. Let me be the first to offer my condolences.
Shin: I’ll wait for Gabi outside.
EJ: Although, given that Gabi still wears her wedding ring around her neck, you must certainly must be aware that her heart still belongs to my dead brother.
Gabi: I– I can’t believe it. Ava was right. All the long shoot. She saw you. She’s not crazy. You’re alive. Jake, how would you survive–
Stefan: Why is everybody confusing me with this Jake person, huh? I see that we have the same birthday. So what, does that mean that this Jake is my twin brother?
Gabi: I don’t– I don’t under– I don’t understand. Are you saying–
Stefan: What I am saying is that I am not Jake. What I’m saying is that I’m Stefan DiMera.
Stephanie: First of all, only an amateur buys into his own PR.
Alex: Wait. So you’re saying I’m not really the next Bezos?
Stephanie: I’m saying you’re next in line to be canceled if you keep this up. So for the last time, our relationship does not and will not ever extend beyond business. Is that clear?
Alex: Yeah. In my defense, I was just offering to get you a drink as a thank you for a job well done. I wasn’t asking you to go to bed with me.
Stephanie: I started out on the racing circuit, okay? So I am very well-versed in handling men like you–
Stephanie: Who think they can have whatever and whoever they want. I’d suggest you read the Titan manual on sexual harassment, particularly whether it’s acceptable to ask a subordinate out on a date after receiving a firm no. No spoiler alert. It’s not.
Alex: All right, all right. Um, I am sorry if I overstepped.
Alex: I’m sorry. I overstepped, I just– I have never felt like this before about anyone
Stephanie: Feelings have to go both ways. You are aware of this, right?
Stephanie: And since I’m obviously not getting through to you. I will try yet again, to be clear. Your attempts at charming me into changing my mind about you are a waste of my time and yours, and frankly, dangerous for your career, because if you continue to overstep, we’re not gonna be able to work together. Understood? Say yes again, and mean it this time.
Chanel: You don’t like my cookies.
Allie: What’s wrong with them?
Paulina: Well, they say vote for Abe on them.
Chanel: Yeah, but that’s what you said. The order specifically said–
Paulina: I know, honey, and I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’ve been so busy. It must have slipped my mind to call you.
Abe: Ah, ah, you see, I’m no longer running for governor.
Paulina: I am.
Ava: Okay, fine. Fine. You don’t care what your dad thinks. All right, but we both know that you’re not over–
Johnny: Chanel made her choice. She’s with my sister now, and I need to move on.
Ava: Okay. Well, maybe I’m not ready to move on. Okay, my husband just died a few weeks ago.
Johnny: Wow. [Sighs] Wow, wow. Oh, I am so sorry. I– I’ve been insensitive. I– I look– I– I don’t wanna push you into doing anything you don’t wanna do, but I am attracted to you, and correct me if I’m wrong, but I think you’re attracted to me, too, no?
Ava: Johnny, it’s not– Look, it– I’m scared, okay? I- I am scared that I’m losing my mind.
Johnny: Ava, you’re not crazy. Look, you– you are not– no, look at me. Take my hand. Look at me. You are not crazy, I know it. Look, maybe my dad is behind all this. He’s got a history of gaslighting women. There’s gotta be an explanation for all this, for why you keep seeing Jake. But if you’re holding back to protect me, then please don’t.
Shin: I have no illusions about Gabi’s feelings for Stefan. Yes, he was the love of her life so far. But Gabi’s ready to move on.
EJ: Or at least she’s persuaded you, that she is.
Shin: And for some reason you feel threatened by her commitment to me. By her accepting my proposal of marriage.
EJ: Threatened? Not in the least. I’m just warning you that Gabi’s said commitment to you might not be so wholehearted.
Shin: And I’m warning you to mind your own damn business.
EJ: None of my business? Stefan was my brother, and you and Gabi are on a mission to consolidate power at DiMera. So it’s very much my business,
Shin: Gabi and I are not on any mission. We are deeply in love and soon to be married. Her heart belongs to me, damn it! Not your dead brother!
Gabi: Stefan? No, mm-hmm, that’s– that’s impossible because Stefan had his heart taken out of his chest, okay? I begged Dr. Wolf to– to help me, but he said Stefan was beyond help. I donated his heart! I donated his heart, and it is inside of Julie Williams’ chest right now.
Stefan: Dr. Rolf gave me a new heart.
Gabi: [exhales sharply]
Stefan: That’s right. And apparently he had me on ice for quite some time.
Gabi: For four years– for four years? How would that even– That’s– that is Jake’s suit. How would you– I know this. I know this because I bought that suit for him. How could you–
Stefan: My sister brought it to me.
Gabi: Your sister? You mean Kristen?
Gabi: Oh, my– she’s been living in Jake’s apartment. Does she know about this?
Stefan: What, that I’m alive? Of course she does. All right, but this suit? I don’t know if Kristen knows that it was my brother’s suit or not, but I can assure you, suit or no suit, I’m Stefan. That much, I’m sure of.
Gabi: So it was you– it was Stefan that Ava saw in here earlier, not Jake?
Stefan: Yeah. It was me.
Gabi: Stefan? You are alive? You’re– you’re back. You’re really– You’re back? Oh.
Alex: I promise I will never offer to celebrate anything with you ever again. Not even an office birthday.
Stephanie: Good. We’ll celebrate Titan’s successes separately as well.
Alex: Is that what you’re gonna go do right now? Celebrate separately?
Stephanie: Uh, no, I have another client to see.
Alex: Oh, all work and no play?
Stephanie: A recipe for success. I happen to love my job, Alex, most of the time. So we’re clear on where we stand?
Alex: Yeah. Crystal.
Chanel: Mama, you’re running for governor? Where did that even come from”
Paulina: [Laughs] Well, Abe and I had a meeting with Stephanie Johnson, our PR Wiz.
Abe: You see, she thinks that Paulina would be a stronger candidate.
Paulina: Well, that’s not exactly what she said, honey.
Abe: This was Paulina’s dream. It was hers all along. So we decided that she should go for it.
Paulina: And I hope I can count on your support.
Chanel: Of course.
Paulina: Rest assured, we will pay for all of these cookies–every single one of them. [Laughs] And I’d like to place an order for 10,000 more that say vote for Paulina.
Allie: Well, too paraphrase one of my brother’s favorite movie quotes– “We’re gonna need a bigger cookie.”
EJ: [Chuckles] Your defensiveness about Gabi’s devotion to you leads me to believe that you are not so sure of it yourself.
Shin: How about we limit our conversation to business matters
EJ: Like your latest hire and what an idiotic mistake that was?
Shin: Ava Vitali is as shrewd as they come.
EJ: Oh, she may be shrewd, but she’s also off her rocker, hallucinating her dead husband, or rather her dead boyfriend. Since it’s obvious to anyone with half a brain that that marriage never occurred.
Shin: [Chuckles] Gabi and I stand by Ava as does your son.
EJ: My son’s judgment is clouded by his libido.
Shin: You underestimate him, EJ, as you do anyone who isn’t blindly loyal to you. I should go check on the CEO of your father’s company. She and I have so much to celebrate.
Stefan: What the hell did you do that for?
Gabi: Stefan, what are you talking about? I’m your wife. You remembered my name. Don’t you remember me?
Stefan: Of course. Of course I remember.
Gabi: Then– then you remember how much I love you.
Stefan: Well, I don’t love you. In fact, I can barely stand the sight of you.
Ava: Mm, you are very persuasive, Johnny.
Ava: Not to mention sweet and supportive, and I really do like you.
Johnny: So does that mean–
Ava: No, no, no. You and me, Uh-uh, not gonna happen for many reasons, most of which I just told you, but mainly, it’s just because I want to, um… I need to heal, you know? Or at least try to…from losing Jake. I just think I need to keep my life as simple as possible right now. You understand, don’t you?
Johnny: Yeah, I’m trying to.
Ava: But I want you to know your defending me the way you did against your father, and the way you’ve been pursuing me, it’s– I gotta say, it, uh, definitely helped my ego.
Ava: It lifted my spirits and, um, you’re helping me heal.
[knock at door]
EJ: Johnny. Johnny, are you in there? You missed Jake’s service, you know? Which is very poor form, considering that you arranged it. Johnny–
Allie: Are we really going to go back into that bakery and make 10,000 more cookies?
Chanel: Well, I hope Mama understands that we’re gonna have to charge more for bigger cookies, but I’ll straighten that all out with her in the morning. In the meantime, we should probably figure out what–
Alex: Just the pair I was looking for.
Chanel: Hey, Alex.
Chanel: What’s up?
Alex: Well, I need your wisdom, guidance, relationship advice or– or better yet, lack of relationship advice.
Chanel: And what do you need all of that for?
Alex: You guys gotta help me get over Stephanie Johnson.
EJ: Get up, get dressed and get the hell outta my house–now! I was right all along.
Johnny: Dad, calm down. It’s not what it looks like–
EJ: Don’t you dad tell me it’s not what it looks like. I know exactly what it is. This woman, this– this scheming slut.
Johnny: Hey! Don’t talk about her that way.
EJ: Can’t you see what she’s doing? She’s using you to get to me.
Ava: No, please do not flatter yourself.
EJ: I questioned your so-called marriage to my brother, Jake, which for the record, I still don’t believe actually happened. I questioned your sanity and your ability to carry out your responsibilities at DiMera. So you took my son to bed for one reason, and one reason alone.
Johnny: You don’t understand.
Ava: No, no, he does.
EJ: Get out of my house now.
Ava: Yeah, I damn well will because the sight of you makes me sick.
Johnny: Yeah, me, too, and if she goes, I go.
EJ: Win, win.
Gabi: Stefan, what– what are you saying? No, listen, you have been through a trauma. You are confused, but please just try, try to remember how much we love each other.
Stefan: I, uh… I don’t feel that way. Not at all.
Gabi: So you have to remember, please. You have to.
Shin: Oh, my God.
Stephanie: I was able to book you a magazine interview for tomorrow. I have some materials here for your prep.
Paulina: Oh, wow. Someone does their homework. Well, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say. The only skeletons left in my closet now are Halloween decorations.
Stephanie: Excellent. and Mayor Carver, is it possible that you could also participate in the interview?
Abe: Oh, uh, I– I’m not running
Stephanie: Our polling shows that the main reason that Salemites were less keen on you running for governor was that they would lose you as mayor, meaning we can parlay your popularity into a huge asset for Paulina. Not that you’re not a strong enough candidate in your own right. But as one half of a political power couple…
Paulina: Ooh, I love the sound of that. A political power couple. Right? Right, Abe?
Abe: I– I– I don’t want this to be about me.
Paulina: Ha, not with me standing next to you. [Chuckles] Oh, I tease this man relentlessly, but lucky for me, he puts up with it.
Abe: Most of the time.
Paulina: Oh.. [Chuckles] You know, it wasn’t that long ago, I would’ve pushed you out that door, after hearing that I was only one half of the power couple.
Stephanie: Well, I’m glad you didn’t hire me then. May I ask why?
Paulina: Uh, when I was young–er, younger, I was trapped in a very painful relationship with my first daughter’s father. Then I met Chanel’s father, and I lost him. After that, I decided that I was just done with men. I didn’t need love, and I didn’t want the pain that it brought. You know, and I had my business. That was enough.
Stephanie: Well, I can certainly relate to that.
Paulina: Yes, until I met Abe. [Chuckles] Then I realized just how wrong I was.
Chanel: Why do you wanna get over Stephanie?
Allie: Yeah, I thought she was the woman of your dreams, love at first sight.
Alex: She is, and it was. But as she blatantly pointed out to me that those feelings have to go both ways, and she drove home that in this case, they don’t.
Chanel: Oh, dang, that’s rough.
Alex: Yeah, I guess there’s this new popular thing about respecting a woman’s boundaries and taking no for an answer. Y’all heard of that?
Allie: Mm-hmm, it rings a bell.
Alex: Uh, well, rung a bell to me, too, because I’m not a schmuck, and I understand that when a woman says, “no,” she means it. Just wasn’t really used to hearing that very often until recently, moving back here.
Chanel: Oh, poor baby.
Allie: Yeah, I mean, it’s really shocking, too, you know? ‘Cause you’re so charming, and handsome, and rich. I can’t even imagine how anyone could say no to you, like, you’re just such a catch.
Alex: All right. Get it outta your system; it’s okay. Just remember, I am a bit heartbroken right now, and I have no idea how I’m supposed to get over this incredible woman who thinks I’m a jerk. All I do know– I should have never listened to Sonny boy.
Chanel: You mean when he told you that you should find love and settle down?
Alex: Yup. And I told you about that. And I also told you that I completely rejected that idea. I was great. I was having a good time. I was having casual encounters with wonderful women that were all fine with it. There was no feelings to complicate things, you know? It was just good, old-fashioned, carnal, hot fun. But now. I’ve got all these feelings–
Alex: You know, for Stephanie, and this is a woman that I hardly know. She wants nothing to do with me. So I’m, like, how do I stop obsessing? How do I not feel so needy and pathetic?
Chanel: Well, maybe what you need is to go back to your old ways. You know, just a hookup. In other words, like, no strings attached, just fun, you know? No feelings. Just to get your mind off Stephanie.
Alex: Yeah, that might work. Actually…
Allie: Actually what?
Alex: Now, don’t take this the wrong way because you know how much I like you girls, and I know you didn’t exactly jump, the first time around, on this idea, but–
Alex: Is there any chance you two might wanna volunteer to help out your old friend, Alex, through a tough time? Some no-strings fun?
Shin: Jake, you’re alive?
Stefan: When the hell are people gonna stop calling me Jake?
Gabi: Um, Li, I know that this is unbelievable, but this is Stefan.
Shin: What? That’s impossible.
Gabi: Yeah, he told me that Rolf basically brought him back from the dead.
Stefan: Li, it’s been a long time. I take it you’re still with DiMera?
Shin: Yes, I am.
Stefan: Mm-hmm? Who’s the CEO this week?
Shin: Gabi is, and she’s doing an amazing job.
Stefan: That an engagement ring?
Shin: Yes, it is. Gabi and I are getting married.
EJ: Well, I see you’ve already started packing.
Ava: Oh, you’re damn right. Can’t wait to get out of this mausoleum.
Johnny: Me, neither.
EJ: Then good riddance to the both of you.
Johnny: [Sighs] I’m really sorry about that.
Ava: Nah, don’t be. It’s for the best. I’ll just, um, I’ll get a room at the Salem Inn, and, uh, what about you? Hmm? This is your family home. You sure that you–
Johnny: Oh, I’m very sure. Yeah. My father needs to realize he can’t just bully people and get away with it.
Ava: Okay. So what are you gonna do? Where are you gonna go?
Johnny: Well, I’ll go to the Salem Inn with you.
Ava: Johnny. We just met a couple of weeks ago.
Johnny: And had an immediate connection.
Ava: Yes, but you know that this cannot be.
Johnny: Look, it’s okay. All right. I–I–I’ll sleep on the floor. I’ll sleep on a cot, whatever, and it doesn’t have to be about sex; I mean that. But by the way, I– I kind love that my dad thinks it is.
Ava: Yeah. Me, too. But listen, still, Johnny, I don’t think that this is the right time for us to be movin’ in together. We know now–
Johnny: Look, you know, I didn’t mean– I didn’t mean move in together, move in together, it can be just one night to start, right? If that’s what you want.
Ava: To start–Mm-hmm
Johnny: Okay, look. Ava, I didn’t try to sleep with you to prove some point to my dad. I did it because, well, like I said, I– I really like. I really like you, Ava. You say I’ve helped you. Well, I’ve been a little bummed myself. You know, about Chanel, uh, about a lot of things, but, um, you helped me, too.
Ava: Well, I’m glad, and I just want you to know that, uh, our hanging out so much and getting close like we have, you know, now we know it’s just a friendship.
Ava: Like I wasn’t looking for revenge against your dad, okay? But if it’s a fringe benefit, then I guess I won’t complain.
Allie: What happened to that little thing you were telling us about, you know, respecting women’s boundaries, taking “no” for an answer”
Alex: But did you ever actually say the word, “No?”
Alex: Okay, all right. Just hear me out. This time around wouldn’t all be just fun. You’d actually be doing a pretty good deed for someone. You’d be helping me get Stephanie outta my system and helping your pal out through a difficult time. And you said I was handsome and charming. So what do you say?
Chanel: Well, Alex, you know, we like to have as good a time as anyone–
Alex: Okay. Wait, wait, wait, wait. Listen, speaking for myself, and hopefully for Chanel as well… Sure, yeah, having a fun, no-strings time will maybe get you out of your misery, temporarily, at least. But I think it would be a big mistake to banish this new semi-enlightened you, and look, just because Stephanie wants nothing to do with you, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find somebody out there to have a real relationship with who shares your feelings.
Alex: Yeah. You know, I actually– I agree with Allie, and you know what, maybe you could just consider this a bump in the road on your way to finding that special someone.
Allie: Yeah. And maybe, you know, instead of just jumping into the fun, and distracting yourself from how you’re feeling right now, which is rejected and pathetic, you could deal with those feelings. You could sit with them for a little while. It might be therapeutic, you know?
Alex: Maybe. Thank you girls for listening, and to be honest with you, I really respect the fact that you’re not into the whole threesome idea. After developing these feelings for Stephanie, I kind of understand what it’s like to just want to be with one person– be exclusive and in love with that one– like you guys. But in your case, it obviously goes both ways. Unfortunately, not both ways, both ways, but both ways. You know what I mean. You know what I mean. Hey, I’m envious.
Alex: Take care, ladies.
Allie: [Chuckles] Yeah.
Stephanie: So it was love at first sight for you two?
Paulina: Oh, good heavens no.
[Abe and Paulina chuckle]
Paulina: No, what I mean to say is, well, when I first met Abe, oh, I could see he was quite the catch, but I just told myself, “Not interested.” Like I said, my business was my life. And well, I just– eventually, I just couldn’t ignore what was standing right in front of me.
[Abe and Paulina chuckle]
Paulina: I just–I just opened up, and I gave in, and I’m so glad I did. Man, we’ve hit some potholes along the way, yes. But this man right here is the best thing that ever happened to me.
Abe: Oh, Paulina has made me happier than I ever thought possible.
Paulina: Bottom line, Stephanie, is sometimes you think, you know what you want and don’t want, but as it turns out, you don’t have a clue.
Paulina: Anything else that you want from me?
Stephanie: No, no, I think, I think if you share in the interview tomorrow, what you just told me, you’ll give a lot of people food for thought.
Stefan: Wow, congratulations. Gabi, I’m glad to see that you moved on, and I hope you too have a happy life together. I should go.
Gabi: Oh, Stefan, wait. I– I– I– I don’t know what Rolf has done to you, but we need to get you to a hospital. We have to get you checked out.
Stefan: No, no, I’m not going to a hospital. In fact, I’m not going anywhere with you.
Gabi: But you have to remember.
Stefan: No, no, I do remember, Gabi. You’re the one who needs reminding. I was living a happy life in a relationship with Chloe Lane, and you came along and ruined everything.
Johnny: If you need me, I will be at the Salem Inn with Ava.
EJ: What? You can’t seriously be moving in with that woman? She’s– she’s a cougar. She’s using you. My God, Johnny! This is wrong on so many levels!
Ava: Aw, thank you. Bye, EJ. [Hisses]
Paulina’s voice: Sometimes you think you know what you want and don’t want, but as it turns out, you don’t have a clue.
Alex: [Sighs] I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to– I didn’t even realize– I’m– I’m gonna go.
Stephanie: It’s a public place, Alex. You can– you’re allowed to be here.
Alex: No, it’s– it’s okay, really. I’m– I’m gonna go– I’ll go sit over there.
Stephanie: Wait. I know I said that we should celebrate separately, but since you’re here, and I’m here, I guess I don’t see why we can’t celebrate together. I mean, it’s just one drink, and it’s business, right?
Alex: It’s business. Of course. You sure, though?
Stephanie: Pull up a stool. I’m buying.
Allie: Do you think Alex learned anything?
Chanel: I think he learned that it’s a bummer to get hurt.
Allie: Do you think that he learned that we don’t need a man in the bedroom to have a good time?
Chanel: Um, yeah. I– I think you, I think you got through to him.
Allie: Chanel, I– I don’t wanna share you with anyone for any reason ever. Like, even for a night, I seriously could not handle that.
Chanel: Okay, well, then, you will never have to. And Allie, I don’t wanna share you, either.
Allie: Oh, look, who’s here.
Johnny: Hey, sis. Chanel. Uh, my– my dad kind of kicked us out, so we’re getting a room in the Inn.
Johnny: Yeah, why not? Well, uh, you guys have a great night. I know we will.
Gabi: I stole you from Chloe Lane? What the hell are you talking about?
Stefan: As I recall it, you tried to seduce me to get your foot in the door at DiMera.
Stefan: That seemed to be the theme of our whole relationship. I hope you come to your senses and soon. Good luck to you.
Gabi: Stefan, wait.
Shin: I’m so sorry, Gabi. This must be so disturbing for you–so painful. But I assure you, it’s gonna be okay. I’ll make it okay.