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Hey. Hey. Great weather today, huh? Wish it were like this all the time. Yeah, I know, right? I’ll see you. Uh, um, I almost forgot. I finished that book that you said you wanted to read. The one on time management. You can come by later and pick it up.

I want you to stop showing up at my doorstep without your shirt on. Stop bringing over dinner. Stop coming by to shoot the breeze. Just stop. That’s okay. I’ll probably never read it anyway. See ya. Oh. Okay. Guess I’ll see you later then.

Oh, get this. According to our friend Lady Whistleblower, Alex Kiriakis moved in across the hall from Stephanie and Chad. Seriously? Mm hmm. Crazy, right? Can you imagine? How awkward? Living across the hall from your ex. No, I mean, you’re seriously talking to me about a gossip column right now? Well, what should I be talking to you about?

I don’t know. How about the fact that… Acting Mayor Rawlings, Gage John Brady, your job.

Hmm. I’m so glad they lifted your suspension. But what are we, uh, doing in Rafe’s office? Actually, it’s not Rafe’s office anymore. It’s mine. What, what are you talking about? It’s official. I’m the new commissioner.

There you are. There I am. Just packing Rachel up so she can leave home for good. How soon before you have to go? About an hour. I’ve got to be at Kristen’s place where I’m supposed to drop her off. Sorry, kid. I still can’t believe that they gave that woman full custody. It’s a real nightmare. Not really, Dad, because in a nightmare, you usually wake up and things are back to normal, but because of that judge’s damn decision, nothing’s ever gonna be normal again.

Beautiful night, huh? That it is. And I have some wonderful news. Well, whatever it is, it can’t compete with my amazing news. Maybe it can. I asked Nicole to marry me. Nope. Can’t hold a candle to mine. You see, my precious daughter is coming home tonight to live with me for good.

You guys make these cards on your own? Yep. Yeah? Well, that is some very high level professional stuff. Hey. Oh, your, uh, your cousin Rachel’s gonna feel very welcome in her new home.

Oh, we made! Ooh! Let me see those. Wow! Stellar work, huh? There is no way you guys made these on your own. We did. Oh, my God. Well, I’m very impressed. They’re making them. They’re, um, gonna give them to Rachel. They’re having a sleepover. It’s her first night in the house. So Kristen got full custody, huh? Yeah.

Yeah. Yeah. It all works in mysterious ways, doesn’t it?

Why don’t you, uh, why don’t you kids go grab your stuff? We’ll leave here in, like, ten minutes, okay?

Poor Brady. Yeah.

Hey, have you seen Alex today? No, why? Well, I just ran into him in the hallway and he was kind of standoffish. More than standoffish. Actually. He totally blew me off. Any idea why,

like Sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.

Yeah. I, I I don’t know why Alex would blow you off. Yeah. Maybe just had a bad day at work. Hmm. Maybe. But it was weird. It was like he. It really didn’t want to engage. It barely looked at me.

Uh oh. Change of plans. Something wrong? No, it’s good. Actually, um, I’ve been asked to come pitch a marketing plan for a new venture. It’s a little last minute, but it would be a really big account to land. Go! Well, I really wanted to be at the house with you and the kids. No, we’ll be fine. We’ll see, see you back here once they’re settled.

Okay. Yeah? Yeah. You’re very understanding, which is one of the many reasons that you are an excellent boyfriend.

So, what are you gonna? You, are you gonna pretend that you think it’s a good thing for us to go off on a choice. There’s no way in hell I’m gonna make an enemy out of my sister.

Yeah, I could just see you were bursting at the seams with excitement that I’m getting full custody of my darling daughter. What did you do, blackmail the judge? No, I didn’t have to lift a finger. No, I hardly believe that. It’s the truth. You see, when Brady pulled that gun on me… Ah, I thought I got a shot at shared custody, but I won the jackpot.

Well, uh, congratulations, I suppose. Wait, were you being sincere? I’m a parent. And I will be again soon. I know how painful it is to be separated from your child. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Actually, I would. I just wouldn’t wish it on my own sister. Aw, thank you, E. J. I know that means a lot to me.

Plus, plus, you’d be that sanctimonious bastard at his own game. And that delights me to no end. Yes.

You know what I love most about being Rachel’s dad right now? Is that she’s so grown up in a lot of ways, dad. She’s, she’s reading these books, we should talk. But at the same time, she will not go anywhere without her dolly. You know? Yeah, I remember a time when she left it behind in a hotel room in Florida.

Oh yeah, I remember. I raced back. From the airport, and I had to dive into that dumpster to find her, and uh, Rachel was crying, but there she was. There she was. She, uh, I found little Lulu. It’s what we dads do. You’re damn, you’re damn right. That’s what we dads do. I’m sorry, kid. the one.

I’m the one that knows what her best interests are. I’m the one that knows what to do when she wakes up in the middle of the night. I know what to do when she’s scared and when she’s alone. I’m the one that knows how to soothe her, you know? No one tells how much you love your daughter. Except that judge.

She made a terrible mistake. Yeah, well, you know what? I made a mistake, too. Because I went over there with a gun, and I stuck it in Kristen’s face. And I gave the court every reason that they needed to give Rachel to Kristen. I know that you’re blaming yourself right now, but still, it’s just not fair. Dad, you’re, you’re, yeah.

Yeah, it’s not fair. How can anyone in the world think that Kristen’s influence would be good for any kid? And now there’s nothing I can… Do about it. They’ve backed you into a corner, and I’m sure that you would do almost anything to fix it, right? That’s right. Like, maybe buy a car online with an out of state registry so you can whisk your daughter out of town under the cover of darkness?

That’s a solid plan, Dad. I wish I’d thought of that one. Like you did. In fact, you’re going to put that plan in motion within an hour’s time. Wait, hold on, hold on. You think because I… No, I know this because you made a mistake and used the Wi Fi in this house to buy that car. What? What the hell are you even know, I should have warned you beforehand.

Because of my work with Blackpatch, this joint is wired with sophisticated software most people don’t even know about. Spyware and it’s programmed to send me an alert when there’s unusual activity. I’m buying a car in Texas and shipping it to Salem is unusual activity. Dad, you’re spying on me. I’m unintentionally not.

Okay. Well, you’re wa you’re off on this one, dad. Okay. You’re right. I was looking at a car. I’ve been looking, I’ve been looking for that car for a long time. Found it online. I jumped. Yeah. Right. And you had it delivered to a remote garage on the outskirts of town here instead of, well, let’s see. Here, where you live.

Now you’re following me. Dad, come on. So you’re gonna get a head start taking Rachel out of here in a car nobody knows about. You’re probably gonna be several states away before anybody figures out what’s going on here. You know, initially, it’s a pretty smart plan, I’ll give you

that. Not smart enough to fool you, though,

huh? Unlucky.

Alright, Dad, now that you know, are you gonna try to stop me?

Okay, um, I admit I was surprised when I found out that Rawlings gave Sean my job, but no one wants to hear me complain about it. You’re allowed to vent. You’re allowed to be upset. Vent? What am I going to vent about? I broke the rules. And Sean didn’t? His situation was totally different than mine. Well, except he is the reason why Rawlings even knew about you and I in the first place.

Yeah, but he didn’t do it intentionally. But still, he’s gotta hurt that he’s the one that got your job. Huh. Okay. Are you trying to make me snap right now? No, no, no, no. Listen, I am just trying to help you be more honest about your feelings. Okay. Okay. Okay. Alright, fine. I admit it. Alright? It stinks. A lot.

And I hate it. But, they were, I mean it was gonna suck, no matter who they gave my job to, they were always gonna give it to somebody. Yeah, but, why Sean? Well, who else should they have given it to? I don’t know. How about me?

Oh, I don’t understand. You’re the new commissioner? How? I came back to work today because my suspension was up, and, uh, next thing you know, I’ve got the acting mayor wanting me to take over for Rafe. And you just said yes? No, no, of course not. No, I, I, no, I turned him down. I even said that I think that Rafe is still the right man for the job.

Then he made it very clear that that’s never gonna happen, and then I suggested that Jada be the commissioner. And what did Rawlings say to that? He said that Jada was implicated just like Rafe was. And then he said if I don’t take the job, that he wouldn’t let me come back as detective. So, it’s either this or nothing.

Wait, do you think I should have walked away?

There is my favorite niece and nephew. They can’t be your favorites, they’re my favorites. They can be both of your favorites.

Yes, you Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming just tonight. I mean, Rachel’s gonna be so happy to see the two of you. When is she getting here? Well, she’s gonna get here very, very soon. And guess what I did? I remodeled the bedroom. And, uh, it has bunk beds. Would you two like to see it? Yes. Yeah? Yeah. All right, go ahead.

Report back to me, though, okay? Okay. All right, I’m gonna give you two the grand tour.

So, Kirsten got full custody, huh? Yes, and she swears she didn’t even bribe the judge. Go figure. Go figure. You know, um, Took your advice. Oh, yeah. Talked to Alex. You confronted him. I did. Told him in no uncertain terms to back off. And? And it’s painful.

It is good to see you again, my man. You too. Is Brady joining us? No, no, not tonight. He’s got some personal things he has to take care of. But I’m going to fill him in on everything later. He’s still on board with that, right? Totally. Yeah. Man, he’s a… Excited as I am about your collab with Basic Black. It’s finally nearing the launch date.

Okay, we’re gonna make some money together. I like the sound of that. But there are some important things that we have to have in place first. Such as? Marketing. PR. I’ve already thought about that. Um… You know, I think it would be prudent to bring on an outside consultant. Yeah, definitely. I mean, I’ll start looking for some candidates as well.

Oh, no, no, no. You don’t need to do that, actually. I took care of that already. I actually got the best in the business. She’s, uh, on her way. She’s on her way here? Yeah. Oh. Here she is now. Ah. Ah.

This is the project he wanted to see me about. Well, I told you we’d work on several projects, assuming that this one works out alright. Basic black. Basic black. You know, the two of you have worked together with great success in the past, and that gives me confidence. Yeah, well, um… I’d like you to oversee Stephanie’s role.

She’s the best in the business. You two don’t mind working closely together, do you? Of course not. It’ll be great. No. I’m sorry, this can’t happen.

I was firm, I was assertive, and uh, you know, I told Alex what’s what. WWSD. Well, no, I wouldn’t say I acted like a father, but he heard me, and he agreed to back off. He’s kept up his end of the agreement? Been some. Apparently Stephanie ran into him in the hallway and, uh, basically blew her off. Barely spoke to her.

How did she feel about that? She was confused. She’s unaware that you delivered the warning. I mean, I really don’t like, you know, keeping things from her, but in this case, I think it’s best. You know, soon he’ll be out of our lives, and she’ll barely know he’s gone. Thanks to my stellar advice. You’re welcome, brother.

Wow, leave it up to a couple of moronic men to come up with the worst plan ever. What are you talking about? What am I talking about? I heard what you did, Chad. And it is going to backfire on you spectacularly. You know that, right?

You wanted my job? No, I’m not saying that I wanted your job. I’m just saying that, if Rawlings was going to give it to somebody, why couldn’t it have been me? Right. Yeah. I hear you. Listen, you’re a great cop, and I’m sure you’d make an even better commissioner. Thank you for saying that. It’s true. Now that I think of it, I don’t understand why Rawlings didn’t offer you the job.

Well, I have an idea. What? Being a woman of color in this male dominated industry… You know, yet again, I have to see a flawed white guy just march up and get the job that I’m qualified for. And, and I’m not saying that Sean is not a great detective, and I’m not saying that he doesn’t have seniority over me.

But, but what I’m saying is that… I mean, the guy just got busted for drinking on the job. Yeah. Well, not to mention the fact that you’ve been in the center of our major investigations over the last six months. Exactly. And, and, and Sean just comes in and, and, and comes into his first new day on the job and where does he get?

He gets a shiny new job in a shiny new office. Looks like I’m not the one who needed to vent. Okay, I’ll stop. I sound bitter. I sound petty. No. No. You’re neither of those things.

It’s just… Did I tell you? Did I tell you how this happened at my last job? What, that you got passed up for a promotion? You know, they’ve never had a person of color in the higher echelon. And you know, that record is still intact. That is wrong in so many damn ways.

I mean, you know, it’s not Sean’s fault. It’s not, you know, I don’t blame him. He did actually decline the job and he even recommended me. But still, I just, I can’t help but just feel a bit upset that he, he comes in and he’s at the right place, the right time, the right skin tone.

I send it. Rafe was a really popular commissioner. Everyone really loved him. Yeah, he was a great boss. But, you didn’t answer my question. Do you think I should have turned it down? I think that even if Rafe wasn’t a part of this, that I would have some reservations about you taking this on. Why? Because, Sean, you’re still in a really fragile place, you know?

You’ve really been struggling with everything since what happened with your dad. Yeah, of course I’ve been struggling. I almost killed my own father. Okay, but you’re making great progress with my mom. But even you would have to admit there’s still a ways to go. So you think the job is too much for me? I think that you can handle anything that the world throws at you.

And I also think that you’re the strongest person I’ve ever met. I don’t want you to think that I’m doubting you. Listen, I get it, Belle. You’re afraid that I’m going to relapse. You’re afraid that I’m going to start drinking again. Yeah, I am. Well, I mean, I am too. But, but come on, I mean, isn’t that a good thing?

That means that I’m, I’m never gonna let my guard down. Not even for a second. Look, I understand the responsibilities that come with this job. I’ve had three family members serve in this office honorably. And they’re all going to be very proud of you. I know I am. But you have your doubts. And that is understandable.

I mean, believe me, I’ve, I’ve got mine too. Yeah, but what if this challenge is what I need to, to, to finally heal and to, to start believing in myself again?

Listen, you do not need to prove yourself to me. I hope you know that. I believe in you more than anyone else. Does that mean that you’re on board? I think that if you want to do this, you are going to be the best Commissioner Brady there ever was.

Son, I have a feeling that if I were to try to stop you, I would wind up unconscious on the floor here, and you would still take off with your daughter. Well, then it seems you understand how determined I am to protect my little girl. And I understand that there is only one person who can stop you from doing this on that issue.

You think I’m making a big mistake? Let me tell you how this works. You know, in the eyes of the cops here, You’re going to be a kidnapper, so they’re going to throw out an Amber Alert and all that kind of stuff. But what I’m most worried about is Kristen. You think she’s going to let you take off with her daughter?

She has unlimited resources. That means you will never not be on the run. I understand that. Do you really? Do you? Do you understand it’s going to be you and Rachel constantly looking over your shoulder or you won’t be able to settle down anywhere? That’s got to be better than doing nothing, Dad. I got to do something.

I got to, I got to act. Okay, so you’re backed into a corner. Think about the corner you’re gonna back Rachel into. She’ll never be able to see her friends again. She’ll never be able to see her family again. Dad, don’t, don’t, don’t! There’s no life for a little girl! What, you think she’s gonna thank you for that?

I’m telling you, son, her day’s gonna come… when she’s gonna hate you for

that. Dad, listen to me. Believe me. I’ve, I’ve, I’ve, I’ve thought about all of this. I’ve gone through every scenario in my head. It’s not going to be easy to be on the run. It is going to be a challenge to make Rachel understand. But think about the alternative, okay? I don’t like her living in that house any more than you do.

It’s not the house, Dad. It’s the fact that Kristen’s going to be poisoning her head every day. And she’s going to turn her against me, you, Marlena, everyone else. She’s smart. She knows that we love her. But how long is that going to last with Kristen being able to turn her against us every second of every day?

Dad, she needs me. Running isn’t the only option here. What you do is you stay here and you fight. I could lose. I don’t want to lose. You keep fighting. You fight until you get that judgment overturned. Listen, the time’s going to come. You’re going to be able to prove that you’re the better person, that you’re the better parent.

Yeah, but in the meantime, Kristen is just going to be pulling Rachel closer, and she’s going to be driving her away from me. I know this is hard, but if you take off running here, you defy that court order, it is all over. You’re never gonna be safe. Not from the law, not from Kristen, because when they find you, you’re gonna lose your daughter forever.

And Kristen is gonna win.

I am sorry for interrupting this meeting of the minds. You eavesdropping? No, you guys were speaking right out in the open. Sounded like you were so proud of the scheme you two cooked up. Don’t hardly call this a scheme. Well, not a good one, certainly. I mean, I expect this from you, EJ. Chad, you’re smarter than this.

I can’t tell which one of us she’s insulting more. You.

You’re really taking EJ’s relationship advice now? Look who’s talking. Look, Kristen, usually I would agree with you. Hey. Wait, but in this situation, he was right. I had a problem in my relationship, we came up with a solution, and so far it seems to be working. So far. Yeah, so what happens when Alex tells Stephanie how you went behind her back to scare off the competition?

Okay, first of all, Alex is not competition, and um, he’s not gonna say anything. Oh, of course he will. Why wouldn’t he? We have a gentleman’s agreement. Oh my god, come on. Even you don’t believe that.

Alex? You don’t want to work with me? No, it’s not that I don’t want to work with you, Steph. What’s going on here? Why don’t you want to work with her? She’s the best in the biz. I’m not saying she isn’t, but… But what? Yeah, Alex, but what? She already does PR for Titan. So? So, Basic Black is a subsidiary of DiMera.

DiMera and Titan are bitter rivals. And, I mean, she’s working closely with my Aunt Maggie. Who knows, maybe she might… Wait, what? Pass on confidential information? Yeah, maybe. I don’t know, not intentionally, but… So you’re saying I’m not disloyal, just stupid? No, Steph, I’m… Hey, I’m not saying either of those things.

It’s just… It’s just what? Alex, you really think I’d sandbag you like that? No, of course not. You of all people know you can trust me. I’m a professional. I do know that. Why the hell are you resisting this? Honestly, man, I’d rather not say. I don’t care what you’d rather not do. I’m just trying to do what I’m supposed to do.

Oh, supposed to? I don’t understand. Why don’t you ask Chad, okay? Chad. What the hell does he have to do with this? Um,

maybe you don’t understand what it’s all about. I know what it means. I just think it’s idiotic. Well, we disagree. So you think you’re safe because the guy who has a thing for your girlfriend agreed to make you not look foolish in her eyes? You’re putting a very negative spin on this. No, I am calling it like I see it.

I’m telling you, Alex said he would keep it to himself. And men never go back on their word, especially when an attractive woman is involved. Okay, you know what? I don’t think you understand how disruptive Alex was in our relationship, alright? Stephanie and I, we worked very hard to get where we’re at. Yes, and I sympathize with that.

But, I mean… This, this horrendous idea of EJ’s will backfire on you. And when it does, Stephanie is going to see Alex in a whole new light. Because you made him the victim. So nice work, dummies. Father would be so proud of you.

Okay, I’m done, Vinty. Sure, cause I could listen for an hour or two more if you need to. No, I’m good. Okay. Well, just for the record, I agree with everything you said. I just, I can’t believe that tomorrow morning I have to report to my new boss, who’s a drunk, and put his dad in a coma. I mean, I just can’t believe it.

It just doesn’t matter. You know what? Venting over. Done. Yeah. Mm hmm. John’s right behind me, isn’t he?

Hey there, boss.

What I meant to say, Steph, was that Chad doesn’t want your work at Titan to be put in jeopardy. And how’s Maggie gonna feel when she finds out you’re working for the competitor? Nice try, but that’s not what you meant. We don’t have to have this conversation right now, Steph. But we are gonna have this conversation right now.

You two have a very interesting relationship. It’s not a relationship. We’re not friends? I’m just trying to do the right thing, Steph. What the hell does that even mean? What is really going on, Alex? Tell me the truth.

Truth? The truth is Chad thinks I want you back and he warned me to stay away from you. He warned you? He told me to back off, or else.

Is this why you wouldn’t speak to me in the hallway?

It is.

Like I said, I’m just trying to do the right thing by you and Chad. Me and Chad. Well, now that it’s all out in the open, should we start over? Yeah, yeah, that sounds like a great idea. Hold on a minute. You don’t get out of this that easily. I need to just chat. Steph, wait, wait, wait. Wait, wait, wait, wait. You weren’t supposed to hear all that.

We had a gentleman’s agreement.

I don’t know what I was thinking. You’re not seriously listening to Kristen, are you? She’s just trying to cause trouble. Yeah, but she’s right, isn’t she? I made the whole thing worse. Yeah, you sure did. I mean, I didn’t trust Alex to be around Stephanie. I’m gonna, I’m gonna trust him to keep our arrangement quiet.

Well, that does sound like some shoddy reasoning. If she finds out I did this behind her back. When she finds out you did this behind her back. Tell the kids I’ll call them before bed. You’re leaving? Yeah, I have to go deal with this before my old wife explodes. Well, good luck. I’m glad I could help. This was all under control until you stuck your nose in.

Oh, that Oh, I’m sorry, did you say something? I mean, I see your gums flapping, but I can’t hear trying to sabotage this family? Ha ha, you know what, EJ? You can’t ruin my evening. Because Brady will be here with Rachel any minute, and that is all that matters to me. Nothing

else is My mind’s made up.

Didn’t you tell me that you regretted pulling the gun on Kristen? That you wished you could take that back? That was different, Dad. Not different? You explain to me right now, how is that different? You know, your impulsiveness cost you the first time. This time, it’s gonna cost you everything. It’s gonna cost you your daughter.

It’s gonna cost you your freedom. And what if she never forgives you for dragging her out of here? It’s a risk that I have to take. I gotta leave within the hour. I’m gonna miss my head start. I don’t want Kristen tracking me down before I hit the state line, alright? Dammit, Brady, you gotta think about this.

Your whole life, her whole life, depends upon this decision.

I love you.

Sean, what you heard, I was just venting. I know you are not a drunk and I know what happened with your dad was an accident. Well, it’s been a frustrating day. For everyone. Please, I feel awful. I am so sorry.

Look, I know, I know that you’re embarrassed. But I just walked in on that, but the truth is, I’m the one that should be embarrassed. Sorry. Oh, Rafe, I, look, after what I did to you, just to have the mayor turn around and hand me your job. You didn’t ask him for it. Still. I’m sorry. I think you don’t deserve this.

Look, I don’t… I don’t know what else to say.

Well, just do a good job. That’s all that matters in the end.

You know, I’ve had more business deals implode over the years than I can count, but it’s always about money. Uh, I’ve never seen this before. Yuri, please, not right now. Are you really that upset about how this went? Yes, yes, I am that upset. Did you not see how angry Steph was when she just blew out of here?

Angry about Chad DeMura? Yeah, and me. But mostly Chad DeMura. Are you really that crazy about this girl?

I am. You know, not that I really care so much about this domestic soap opera love triangle, what will you? The way I see it, your chances of stealing this girl back are about… 60 40. Maybe a little bit more. Congratulations.

A gentleman’s agreement.

You’re back earlier than I thought. Want a glass? Um, no thanks. I was, uh, I was hoping you’d be back by, uh, back from your meeting by now.

Um, is everything okay? Yeah. Um, I just sent the kids out. I think, uh, I think it’d be a good time for us to probably talk. What a coincidence. I was thinking the same thing.

What? You wanna talk? Sit the hell down. I’m going first.

Oh, come on, kid. Come to your senses before it’s too late.

Didn’t you say Brady would be here any minute? Mm hmm. He’s late. He must have hit traffic getting across town. Maybe. Maybe

he decided he can’t live with the judge’s decision. Brady wouldn’t just take Rachel and run. Would he?

It’s something I would do. If he’s on the run, he’s not going to answer his phone. Okay, I’m not calling Brady. I’m calling… Hello? Val, it’s Kristen. What do you want, Kristen? I need you to get on the phone to the judge. I need you to call every police jurisdiction between here and in the state line before it is too late.

Slow down. I have no idea what you’re talking about. I am talking about my daughter. What about Rachel? Your client has decided to go on the run with my daughter, and I will not stand for it! Oh, my God.

Oh, my God. Oh, my God,

my sweet little baby. Oh. Oh. Oh.

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