Days Transcript Wednesday, August 2, 2023

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Say what you will about Judge Bartlett, but she works fast, but slow. I know things didn’t go the way you’d hoped today, but it could be worse. How? My brother was just sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Oh yeah. What’s wrong? I just left the courthouse. Colin, um, he’s going to prison. For 20 years. You know what, I can’t say I’m sorry about that. Yeah, no, no, me neither. Then why are you so upset? Because when the hearing was over, and they were taking him away, he looked me straight in the eyes with so much hate and anger.

And, and then he said, Said, said what? I should be going to prison too. Because I’m just as guilty as he is.

And he’s right.

Dad. Hey, I didn’t know you were back. Hey, buddy. Hey, hey. Yeah, John and I got back from L. A. Where you nabbed the guy who helped that nurse fake Abe’s death. Mm. Definitely a worthwhile trip. You know, I worked with Whitley King. She always seemed perfectly normal. But this entire time, she was holding Abe hostage at her apartment, pretending to be his wife.

That is just… Insane. I know. But, Abe is alive. He’s safe. That’s what matters. Yeah, so, what’s the latest? How’s he doing? I’m happy to report Abe was discharged today. That’s fantastic. It’s a miracle. After everything that man’s been through, he’s healthy as a horse. Except, he can’t remember anything about his life.

Try to stay positive. I mean, that could start coming back to him at any time. Yeah. Well, Paulina should be getting him home just about now. Hopefully, It’ll start coming back to him as soon as he goes through that door.

That’s right, my love. Take it all in. And, um, Abe, you never did answer me. Does it, um, seem like home to you? Does any of it look familiar?

Like sand through the hourglass? So are the days of our lives.

So now that Ave is home with his wife surrounded by reminders of their life together, it could definitely trigger something. It could hopefully sooner rather than later, or their living situation could get a bit awkward. To say the least. Speaking of, How’s it been living with Wendy? Right, uh, I’ve actually been meaning to tell you.

Wendy and I, we’re uh, We’re together now. What? Last time I talked to you, you told me you were sure it was over between you two. You said that she asked you to leave the apartment so she could be alone with Johnny. She did. She did. She wanted some privacy to let him know that it wasn’t happening. So you’re telling me…

Yep. Wendy chose me.

Okay, here you go. Gin and tonic. Isn’t it a little early for happy hour? Well, I finished with work for the day, so I think it’s the perfect time. Besides, I figured a drink or two might get you talking. About what? The metaphors. No, I’m kidding, of course. I want to hear about your date from last night. You haven’t said a word, which I’m hoping means that it was awesome, and you just don’t want to jinx it.

Nope. Well then, please tell me it was at least better than the date from hell you had with Melinda Trask. Nope. Spill, who was this person? Oh, Connie. She was, uh, irritating and pushy and not very bright and didn’t stop talking. Ever. When she started telling me about the time she dressed up as a whoopee cushion for Halloween, I had to call it.

Man, you are 0 for 2. I think you need a new matchmaker. Maybe not. I think she may have gotten it right the first time.

I know Colin’s sentence hits you hard. Um, it’s one thing to lose a case. It’s another when it’s your own family. No, I, I knew there was no chance of acquittal. I just had hoped that I could convince the judge to show him some leniency. Bartlett’s notoriously tough. She threw the damn book at him. 20 years.

With the possibility of parole. Which I know is not much comfort. But, you’ll get through this. And I’d offer to take you for another drink. Non alcoholic, of course. But I have plans. Another date? Yes, ma’am. Oh, so I guess this matchmaker you hired did better the second time around. Ugh, hardly. Uh, the guy wouldn’t shut up about his ex.

I’d try to steer the conversation in another direction. He’d just steer it right back. It’s like he just couldn’t forget about her.

It’s a very, very nice apartment. Oh, well, the decor is more my style than yours. But you… You always seemed at home here. I’m sure I did. But I’m sorry, I…

I’m sorry. I don’t remember. Oh, well, it just might take a little time, that’s all. But there’s no pressure from me, none whatsoever. I’m all about being patient. I appreciate that. Mm hmm. We’re in this together, Abraham. We’re a team, and I’m going, I’m going to do everything I can to help you relax and settle in.

And when you start feeling more comfortable here, I just know the memories will start coming back to you, including how you feel about me. How happy we’ve been together.

Hey. Oh, hey. You, uh, getting something to eat? No, uh, Actually, I’m on my way to see Abe. I never, oh, I never thought I’d say that again. Such great news, right? Yeah. Well, listen, I, I, I gotta go, so I’ll, uh, I’ll give him a hug from you. Hey, do me a favor. Tell Pauline if she needs anything from the pharmacy, the store, whatever.

Just, I can get it for her and bring it by the apartment later. Their apartment? Yeah, I just talked to my dad. He said Abe was released today. Oh, that’s, that’s, that’s wonderful. I’ll head over there instead. I guess you didn’t get a chance to see Abe when you were at the hospital earlier. You knew I was at the hospital?

Sloan said she ran into you. Oh, yes, I was there to pick up the results of the genetic test that EJ had done, and it looks like that there’s no risk to the baby. Someone said you got good news. Yeah. It’s nice to hear that from you. I just still don’t understand how… She got my test results. What? Someone got your test results?

So you’re on a first date and this loser cannot shut up about his ex. Jeez, that must have been… awful. You haven’t had the pleasure? I mean, before Eric, I wasn’t, you know, really dating high, but I totally realized how it would suck to be sitting across from a guy and then realize he’s hung up on someone else.

Yeah, especially this guy. It was Alex Kyriakos. Oh, this just got good. Please, let me just take a shot in the dark here. He wouldn’t shut up about Stephanie Johnson. Bingo! And, you know, but at least he hired a matchmaker. He’s trying to get over her. So I take it there’s not going to be a second date? God, no.

So who’s the, who’s the lucky guy? lation. So, you ended up on another date with Melinda? Well, I mean, we didn’t plan it. We just happened to run into each other at the same bar where we were meeting our next matches. And I use that term, loosely. Well, did you see her date? Yeah, it was, um, Alex Kiriakis. Wow, that guy really gets around.

You two haven’t, uh… What? No. Never. But let’s just say I’ve heard he’s matched up with a lot of women. So I highly doubt he could choose just one. Wendy chose you. So happy for you, son. I was feeling pretty discouraged, but your pep talk really helped. You see, what’d I tell you? You’re a good young man with a lot to offer.

Be confident in that and good things will follow. Thanks, Dad. So, I guess your living situation isn’t so awkward after all. It’s actually kind of perfect right now. I mean, Wendy and I aren’t sharing a room or anything. Not yet, anyway. Oh. Take it slow. Have fun. Get to know each other. Yeah. Yeah. We, uh, We kind of tried to do that the other night, but Wendy’s brother walked in on us.

Well, that had to be awkward. It was. Yeah. And poor Lee, he was totally bummed. He had come home early from a date that didn’t really go so well. That might even be an understatement. I think it actually was a total disaster. Who was his date? District Attorney Melinda Trask.

After both our dates went south, Melinda and I ended up commiserating over a bottle of wine. We actually had a nice time. So, who knows? Maybe it’s a good thing the matchmaker picked such terrible second dates for us. Or, maybe that matchmaker knew exactly what she was doing. Meaning what? Meaning, she still thinks you and Melinda pair up well.

But since your first date went so badly, she knew she couldn’t convince you to give it another shot, so… She created another shot for you. You mean she sent us both out on second dates she knew ahead of time wouldn’t go well? What, you think it’s a coincidence that both your dates happened at the same place, same time?

I don’t. I think she was creating a rematch. I

s I suppose it’s a possibility. The way I hope it works out. By the look on your face, I’m guessing you don’t think it will. I’m just not sure you can trust someone who’s already burned you before.

Colin was not right. My God, you are not just as guilty as he is. I did everything that he asked me to. I broke into your mom’s office. I sent those threatening messages. I spiked those biscuits. You did some terrible things that you need to make up for. There is no question about that. But there’s a reason why you were sentenced to community service and not prison.

You were in an emotionally abusive relationship with a very sick and dangerous man who manipulated you into doing his dirty work. I just wish that I would have been strong enough to have said no. Well, you were plenty strong up on that roof. He was about to kill me and then my mother, but you, you, you risked your own life to stop him.

I still feel like a coward. You know what a coward is? A coward is the person who was going to make my mother watch while he shot me to death. The person who cracked an innocent man in the head with a rolling pin and then left him on the floor to die. That is a coward and a monster and that, that is not you.

Thank you for saying that. I’m saying it because it’s true. Unlike what Colin said to you in that courtroom today. Even on his way to prison, he is still trying to get inside of your head. Trying to make you feel just as bad about yourself as he does. Don’t let him tell ya. You just keep going forward with your therapy, with your life, and leave him in the dust.

Yeah. Speaking of living life, I heard the news about your stepfather. So this whole time that we thought he was dead, he was being held hostage by a crazy nurse? I still can’t believe it. You know, when I was handing out the missing person flyer, I actually went to that woman’s door. If I would have known that he was inside There’s no way that you could have.

Well, I know you’re happy that he’s alive. And I’m so happy for you and your mom. Thanks. Yeah, yeah, Abe, he, he’s doing really well. You know, he’s got a clean bill of health. Now, now he just needs to get his memory back.

Well, you know, Theo says you’ve been up since dawn, and you were cooking and cleaning and getting this place ready. You didn’t have to go to all that trouble. Trouble? Oh, are you kidding? Oh, I am, I am beyond thrilled to do whatever I can to make you feel at home. Because I’m also beyond thrilled to have you back, my love.

I know, you must be hungry. I made all your favorites. What are you in the mood for? Catfish nachos? Blueberry banana pancakes? Uh, you know, I just don’t have much of an appetite. Janelle gave me one of her bear claws when I was in the hospital. Oh. Uh. Maybe later. Maybe later. Sure. Well, whenever you’re ready.

Oh, well. What should we do now? I could put some music on. Yeah, I made you a playlist of all your favorite songs. Oh, well, how about we could watch a movie? A movie. Oh, yeah, everything’s on demand now. Comedies, dramas, documentaries, you name it. We could watch one of those superhero blockbusters, or a thriller.

Though I suppose, you know, that wouldn’t be very relaxing. Oh! I don’t know. How about an old movie? Something romantic, you know like a love story. We could have make some popcorn, dim all the lights, cause cozy, right? Up here on the couch.

What the hell? What the hell is going on? I, I, look, I, I, I apologize. I do. Uh, please forgive me. I, it’s just that I… You don’t have to explain. No, I do. I do. It’s, it’s, it’s just that… I, I, I, I’ve just spent weeks with this woman who, who, uh, just kept throwing herself at me. Do you think I’m like Whitney? She’s a delusional maniac!

I’m your wife! I know that. I know. But right now…

Right now when I look at you I…

You see a total stranger.

Yes. I get it.

I’m so sorry.

So am I.


now, now, now I need, oh, excuse me.

Mom is hoping once Abe’s home in a familiar place, that his memory will start to come back. I really hope that that works. Thanks. Um, well, I’m done at the bakery for today, so, um, I think I’m gonna give them some space. Take a long walk. Um, see you around.

Or, um, I can buy you dinner.

Need I remind you? That, on your last date with Melinda, she tried to record you admitting that you tried to kill Stefan DiMera? Don’t need reminding. Thanks. Look, okay, I know Tripp said to give her a second chance. I’m just cautioning you here. I appreciate that, Jing Wen. But Melinda’s little scheme wouldn’t have worked anyway, since I didn’t do it.

Right. I know that. But I’m just saying, for argument’s sake, it’s possible that she didn’t give up after the first try. And she’s, you know, playing the long game. You mean this is some kind of ploy? The woman’s nothing if not relentless. Okay, so what if she set this up with a matchmaker to make sure she’d end up alone with you again?

Then she uses the time to, I don’t know, Soften you up. You did say there was wine involved. So she keeps pouring. You keep talking. And eventually, she tries again to get you to confess to what she’s convinced you did. But since I didn’t do what she’s convinced I did, there’ll be no confession. Right, I know that.

But do you really want to get involved with someone who’s just trying to trick you? Even if that were the case, since I’m innocent, I have nothing to worry about, right?

So, sounds like Lee is really killing the mood over there, huh? Yeah, you could say that. How do I feel for the guy? I mean, his life’s been kind of a hot mess lately. Yeah, but having him live there with you and Wendy is not exactly conducive to romance. No, it is not. Yeah, and I’ve been working tons of overnights lately, and it’s been hard to find some time alone.

And when we finally do manage to, it’s, uh… Three’s a crowd. Yeah. So, are you working tonight? No, uh, no, for once. I just finished my shift. Well, still have your room at our house. Why don’t you invite Wendy over tonight? Thank you for the offer, dad. But, uh, knowing that you and Kayla are in the next room wouldn’t exactly be conducive to romance either.

Come on, dude. Give your dad a little credit. Kayla and I would go elsewhere and let you have a place to yourselves.

Well, the nurse gave Sloan my test results by mistake, so she knew my good news because she opened them before I did. Yeah, Sloan didn’t mention that part. I just assumed that you told her. No, no I didn’t. I guess that must have been the mix up. Look, all I care about is that I’m having a healthy baby and there’s no genetic…

Abnormalities on either EJ’s side or mine, which is a huge relief. Nicole, I’m really happy for you. So, here’s hoping that Sloane and I get the same great news about our baby.

Sloane didn’t get her test results? You

have another date with Lee Shen. Didn’t you try to record him confessing to an attempted murder? Therefore, doesn’t he, like, I don’t know, hate you? No, um, actually he doesn’t. I apologize to him and we’re trying to move past it. Wow, that is almost enough to make me believe in miracles. Hey, you should already believe in them.

I mean, isn’t having a baby kind of a miracle? No, no, no, kind of, yeah, it is. And I’m very happy. But… But what?

Nothing. Sloane, you have so much to look forward to. You can’t let your brother’s sentence diminish your happiness. No, it’s not that. Then what is it? What’s going on?

Can I tell you something in complete confidence? Of course.

But I mean it, Melinda, like, you cannot tell anybody, not a living soul, like, no matter what. Nobody. I won’t. I swear. What’s it about?

Nicole Walker.

No, Sloane’s test results weren’t ready yet. Hmm. That’s a little strange. I mean, if she… Went to the nurse’s desk to see if her results are ready and they said no, then why would they give her mine by mistake? I guess that was just part of the mix up. Yeah. I guess.

Hmm. Anyway, I hope that you and Sloane have a happy, healthy baby. Thank you. Well,

I should get going. Yeah, right. Give Abe my love.

Will do.

Nicole Walker? What, what about her?

As you may recall, she’s pregnant. Sorry.

Eric, hey. Hi. How’d it go at court? Can we talk about it later? I just, what’s up? Uh, it’s just that I’m at the pub and there’s something that I really want to talk to you about in person. Yeah, I was just on my way home. Can I meet you there? Um, of course. Yeah. See you soon. So, uh, Nicole’s pregnant and… Um, and I’m so sorry.

I have to go. Wait, Sloane, come on. You can’t just leave me hanging like that. What were you about to tell me? It was nothing. It was not nothing. When your phone rang, you practically jumped out of your skin. Enjoy your date.

You want to take me to dinner? Yeah, I mean, I was thinking Buddy’s Burger Barn. If you want, I mean, we can go someplace nicer, too. I mean, not too much nicer, because I’m currently unemployed. But definitely better than a drive thru. That is, if you want to. Don’t you have community service? I did it this morning, before the hearing.

And then I was gonna go home. A. K. A. my sister’s place. But I’m kinda in the same boat as you. Meaning? Rafe’s hanging out at Jada’s. So I kinda wanna give them some space, too. Okay, got it. Jena, I know we’ve reached, um, a detente, you know, back on Juneteenth. When I was hanging up the flyers outside the pub.

And I guess that kinda gave me the confidence to ask you to dinner and, to Thing is,

I miss you. But it’s okay, just forget about it, okay? Just act like I never said anything. It’s… Oh, Talia.

I, I was actually gonna say that I’m kinda starving. And I wouldn’t mind eating somewhere where you don’t have to order from a scarecrow’s mouth.

Here, you can finish mine. What, was it too strong? Not strong enough. No, it was perfect. But I think it would be bad for him to show up at dinner with a bus. Melinda and I have another date tonight, actually. So, if you wanted to have a romantic evening with your boyfriend, this would be a good night to do it.

Actually, Tripp and I are thinking we might want to wait. Don’t need to know the details, thank you. Whatever you decide to do tonight, have fun. And don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. Oh, can’t even imagine what that could be. Look,

I really appreciate you offering me and Wendy your place for the evening. But, uh… It’s not what you had in mind. Say no more.

Who is it?

Hey. Hey Abraham. What’s going on my friend?

Oh, perfect timing. I just got home. So, how’d it go today? Judge 20 years. Sloane, I’m, I’m so sorry. I can’t say I’m surprised. He committed some pretty serious crimes, but, uh, when that gavel came down, it, you know, I really just don’t want to dwell on it. What did you want to talk to me about? Well, I just ran into Nicole.

She said when she saw you earlier at the hospital that you ended up with her test results. Yeah. Yes, I did. How come you didn’t mention that?

You’ll go to dinner with me? Sure. That’s great. I was pretty sure you wouldn’t want to. The way I see it, holding grudges is exhausting. And not to mention that in the end, you did save my life. And my mother’s. Bless. I miss you too. You do? Truth is… Your replacement sucks. So you miss me as an employee? Yeah.

And… As a friend.

I’m sorry about before. I was trying to jog your memory and clearly I chose the wrong way to do it. Sorry. No, no, it was just too fast for you and I sincerely apologize. Oh, who could that be? Oh, Steve. Hey

Paulita. What brings you by? I just got a call from Abe.

When you were in the other room, I, I called Steve and asked him to come over. Oh. Um, okay, please. Come, come in.

Um, are you hungry? You know, I got enough food here to feed the entire town. No, no, no thanks. But Abe, uh. I’d love to know why you wanted to see me. What can I do for you, buddy? When, uh, you came by my hospital room earlier with, um, oh, Jim. Jim, was it? John. John. John Black. You said call if I needed anything.

Absolutely. Well, what I need. It’s a place to stay. What? I’m so sorry. It’s just, I’m just not comfortable here. Maybe I should step outside. No, no, no, no, no, no, Steve, please. Stay, stay and tell my husband that this is his home. It’s where he belongs, here with me. Yes, he’s frustrated and overwhelmed, but if he just gives it some time, he will remember.

Leaving will only set him back. Steve, um, you told me that you were one of my oldest and closest friends. And I assume… Friends can count on each other.

And right now I need to count on you for a place to stay.

Okay, but do you remember before John and I left the hospital, we assured you that you were in good hands with Paulina. She’s your wife. She loves you. Please.

Maybe just for now.

Well, she’ll… That’s what you want, Abe. It is.

I’ll, uh, I’ll give you a call later, okay? And you can talk to Kayla, too. Sure. It’s all gonna work out. Try not to worry, okay? Hey.

Hey. Is

that for me? Oh, that is actually for my brother, but I’d be happy to make you a fresh one. Where is Lee? Lee is out on a date with Melinda. Really? I thought you said that wasn’t going to happen again. Oh, it is. So? We have the whole place to ourselves. Maybe for a little while. But if Melinda tries to pull another fast one and Lee ends up coming home early…

Yeah, I guess you’re right. I suppose there’s no guarantee that won’t happen. Which is why… Why what? I booked us a room at the Salem Inn. I hope that wasn’t too presumptuous of me. I just thought we could have a nice dinner there, go up to the roof, look at the stars, and then… I’ll go pack a bag.

Hope I’m not late. I just got here myself. I took the liberty of ordering our favorite wine.

The woman’s nothing if not relentless. Okay, so what if she set this up with a matchmaker to make sure she’d end up alone with you again? And she uses the time to, I don’t know, soften you up. You did say there was wine involved. So she keeps pouring, you keep talking. And eventually, she tries again to get you to confess to what she’s convinced you did.

I’m sorry, I can’t stay. What? I just remembered. There’s something I have to take care of. Uh.

Mmm. This definitely beats Betty’s. Oh, for sure. Although my dad did love their catfish sandwich. Everything okay? Yeah. Yeah, it’s, it’s just you mentioned catfish and it made me think of my mom. That’s on the menu for Abe’s homecoming. I hope it’s going well. Oh. Oh. Hi. Uh, Nicole. Hi.

Oh, I’m

sorry to interrupt, but Eric told me that you brought Abe home. And I just wanted to come by and see him for myself. Oh, well, you’re gonna have to do it somewhere else. Hey, move down.

There we are. Home sweet home. Well, it’s lovely. It’s lovely. Steve, I want to apologize. I know Pauline is your friend and, well, that departure was a bit awkward. Don’t you worry about that, okay? Let’s just get you settled in. I’ve got a really nice guest room for you back there. Well, thank you. Thank you for letting me stay.

Sure, buddy. For as long as you need. So you got Nicole’s test results and you read them before she did. Why didn’t you mention that? It was a mistake. I asked the nurse for our results and she just handed me an envelope. You didn’t think to check the name on it? Why would I? That’s the nurse’s job. Eric, you know how anxious I’ve been about this whole thing.

I just wanted to make sure our baby was okay. And when the nurse handed me the envelope, I assumed it was mine, and I opened it up.

Okay, Nicole Walker. No genetic anomalies detected. Blah, blah, blah. Okay, we’re good. E. G. DiMera.

Not a genetic match. Dear God. The baby’s not EJ’s. It’s Eric’s.

You know, you told me you wanted to talk to me. This doesn’t feel like talking. It feels like you’re giving me a third degree. I was just curious.

Sorry. I, I’m just upset about my brother. It’s, it’s okay. I’m sorry. You know what? I shouldn’t have brought it up. It was very insensitive of me. Listen, I care about you.

Long ago, I was in a really dark place. Just a time that I didn’t, I didn’t trust anyone. Or have hope for anything. See, you, you changed all that. Now I have trust in you. I have hope for us, Sloan. For our future. Now that we’re, we’re having a baby. You and I are a family, right?

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