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 What in the hell was that for? One minute you’re offering me a glass of wine and the next minute you’re throwing it in my face? What’s going on? I know, Chad. You, you know what? I know you went behind my back and warned Alex to stay away from me.

Sorry, Chad. So much for a gentleman’s agreement. Good. You’re still here. Hey, Dad. What’s up? Oh, you weren’t answering your phone. But your office said that you were here for a meeting. Oh, so you’re tracking me down. It’s got to be urgent. It is. It’s about your Uncle Vic.


you have to do that here? Those tubes are unpleasant. The nail polish… I’m sorry, Maggie. I, I just, I thought you were out. I just got back from Chicago. Chicago? Mm hmm. I paid Sarah a quick visit. How, how, how was she when you saw her? There’s no need to dance around the pregnant elephant in the room, Bonnie. I know my daughter’s having a baby.

Your mom knows you’re pregnant? Mm hmm. She popped in for a surprise visit to find out why I hadn’t told her that you and I are back together, supposedly. Let me guess, we have Bonnie to thank for that one. We do indeed. Did Bonnie tell her everything? No, surprisingly. She kept the pregnancy to herself. My mom took one look at me and that was that.

What did you say? I tried to make her believe it was yours,

but she saw right through me. She knows the baby is Xander’s. Damn it, Rex. What am I going to do? Okay, look. I don’t know what you’re so worried about. You think she’s just going to run over there and tell him? No. I mean, she, she promised that she would keep my secret. But what if it just, what if she changes her mind?

What if it just slips out? Look, your mom said that she’d keep your secret. I’m sure you could trust her. Too many people know, Rex. It’s just a matter of time before somebody blabs to Xander, and once they do, then there’s nothing I can do to stop him from being a part of my child’s life. Actually, there is.

You can marry me.

Like sand through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.

No, dad. I just talked to Kristen. Yeah. Brady had to bring Rachel back to her just like the court ordered. I know. He must be really suffering. No, I’m not giving up on his case. Not by a long shot. Listen, we are gonna get through all of this like we always do, as a family. I love you, too. That sounded ominous.

Hey, you. Hey, sorry, I didn’t mean to eavesdrop. Oh, no, it’s okay. So, something going on with your family? Uh, yeah. Brady was forced to give Rachel back to Kristen.

Oh, cheer up, matey. Basic black stock price can’t be that bad, can it? Sandra, don’t take this the wrong way, but you are literally the last person I want to share oxygen with right now, okay? Oh. Pretty sure I know what this is about. Do you? Yeah. And, believe it or not, you have my sympathies. Really? Yeah. I mean, I don’t know how you’re even coping right now.

Must have been devastating for you to find out that Chloe and I are getting hitched.

I’m so sorry, Maggie. I really wanted to tell you about Sarah’s pregnancy, but she swore me to secrecy. Yeah, I’m sure she did. Look, I’m just glad she came clean with you finally. Well, she didn’t have a choice. I mean, I’m afraid the truth is obvious. She must be ready to pop by now, huh? Well, um, not quite. But this is good news, right?

Uh huh. I mean, another grandbaby for you and Victor? And I know he’s not your favorite person, but Rex will make a great daddy. Save it, Bonnie. When I said I know everything, I meant everything. Everything? Everything. Including Xander. Being the father of my unborn grandchild.

I mean, that is what you’re so obsessed about, right? You heard that I asked Chloe to marry me. No. No. Not why I’m upset. I’m upset because I lost custody of my daughter to Kristen. Oh, well. Well, that is a kick in the bollocks, isn’t it? Yeah, Xander, to put it mildly, it is. And by the way, please tell me you’re joking.

About what? You and Chloe. There’s no way she’s gonna marry you. Oh no, I’m dead serious about that. Yeah, I mean, might have jumped the gun a little bit on the announcement. Chloe’s mulling over my proposal. Mull? Okay, that means she didn’t say yes. I’m giving her space to decide. But I have no doubt, cousin, I fully intend to meet Chloe Lane, Chloe Cooke.

Oh my god, poor Brady. How is he doing? I mean, that’s a stupid question. He must be horrified. Yeah, he is. So, full custody? Full custody. I think he’s gonna need a lot of support dealing with all of this. I hope he can count on you. What do you mean, Belle? You know that… Brady and I aren’t together anymore, right?

What? Yeah, I mean, you guys are still friends, right? I mean, you’ve been in each other’s lives forever. Yeah, but I’m with Xander now, and Brady hasn’t exactly been supportive of our relationship. Well, can you blame him? I mean, no offense, but Xander’s a criminal and a total loser. Wow. Why would I take offense at that?

Oh, come on, Chloe. You know it’s true. You can’t compare what you had with my brother to whatever this is going on with Xander. You don’t know anything about our relationship. Well, I know that he’s not capable of making any type of real commitment. Oh, really? Is that why he just asked me to marry him?

You’re not serious. Us. Get married. Oh, I’ve already offered to parent this child. And look, if we’re married, I will legally be the father of him or her and I’ll automatically be on the birth certificate. Yeah, but a simple DNA test will prove that it’s Xander’s. Yeah, if it comes to that. Which it very well might.

Okay, so what if it is, what court in America is going to award Xander Cook parental rights? A convicted felon versus, versus two upstanding doctors? Rex, this isn’t about some hypothetical custody battle. Oh, look, you already said. That it might come to that. I think, well, We have to face the fact that Xander is eventually going to find out.

I mean, your mom is married to his uncle for one thing. Yeah,

that is going to be a part of this child’s life. And Bonnie, and Justin, they’re not just going to go away. And Sarah, can you really see yourself never coming back to Salem just to keep this child a secret from Xander?

No. No, Salem is my home. I want my child to know where we come from.

Rex, I’m just… I’m not sure that you and I getting married is the answer. It’s okay. Because I’m sure enough for the both of us.

Well, what do you have to say for yourself? Look, I was just… I was just coming… Okay, listen. I was just coming home to tell you myself. Easy to say now that you’re busted. Okay, you know what? If you would just let me explain. I mean, We had a gentleman’s agreement, first of all. A gentleman’s agreement? That’s what you’re upset about?

You’re actually pissed off at Alex? Steph. Alex isn’t the bad guy here, Chad. You are. Him and I, we had discussion. He promised not to say anything. And obviously he was lying so he could wait for the right moment to make me look bad, which he has. Oh, you don’t need anyone’s help to look bad. And for your information, Alex didn’t rat you out willingly, I had to drag it out of him.

Yeah, okay. It’s the truth, Chad. Alex kept making up excuses for why he and I couldn’t work together on Basic Black’s project with Yuri, until I finally forced him to admit that you told him to stay away from me, or else, whatever that means. He was willing to blow a business deal to protect you. God, Chad, where the hell do you get off making decisions about who I spend my time with?

Just let me explain myself for a minute. Explain what? You do realize that Alex’s jealousy over my friendship with you is what ruined our relationship? Yes. And now you’re doing the same thing. What’s next? You gonna start looking through my phone? Turning it off so that we’re not interrupted? No, stop. I would never do that, Stephanie.

I’m not so sure. Okay, look, I am sorry. I’m sorry. I was out of line. Okay, but I, I, I, and, and I should have never listened to EJ’s stupid advice. EJ? You’re listening to your brother’s advice on relationships? Yeah, okay, I’m sorry. I was frustrated and I was feeling insecure. Insecure? When have I ever made you feel insecure?

What the hell is going on with you, Chad?

Look, it’s, it’s one thing to pretend you’re the father to help me out of a jam with Bonnie, but… Merit? Rex, that is a lifelong commitment. That’s all I’ve heard.

What about Emily? Are you kidding me? She’s always begging Mimi and me to give her a sibling. I mean, she’d be thrilled to be a big sister.

What about you? Me? Yeah. How do you feel about this? Just turning your entire life upside down to help me out. Turning my whole life upside down? No. No, Sarah. I wouldn’t turn my life upside down at all. Being with you. Being married. To you. Nothing. Nothing would make me happier than that.

I’d never, never stop loving you. And I never will.

You’re delusional. Chloe’s never gonna marry a man like you, ever. You’re delusional to think that it can’t happen. Chloe and I are great together. We’re compatible in every conceivable way. Much more than you two ever were. You have no business saying that at all. You’ve known her for what, like five minutes?

Yeah, and I’ve already made her happier than you ever did. And besides, if Gwen can get married to Eurotrash Von Poser and Sarah can go back to Dr. Boring Rex Brady, what’s so preposterous about Chloe and me time now? Okay, so that’s what this is all about. What? You’re not rushing to propose to Chloe because you love her.

You want to marry my ex so you can stick it to yours.

Xander proposed to you? He did. Yes. And you turned him down flat, right? Actually, no. Chloe, seriously? But I told him we both need to think about whether marriage is the best next step for us. Spoiler alert. It’s not. And you’re so sure about that? Why? Oh my god, Chloe, are you really asking me that? Yeah, I’m asking you that.

Xander and I have gotten really close, and I care about him a lot. Chloe, you and I have known each other since high school, and you have made some really great decisions, but you have also made some really bad ones, and if you say yes to Xander Cook, this is definitely going to end up in that latter category.

You know, why are you being like this, Belle? I mean, if the man makes me happy, then Oh, no. I want you to be happy. You know that. But you’re talking about a huge commitment to a guy who is as screwed up and dishonorable as they come. Oh, always look at me. Look at me. Are you really telling me that you could actually see yourself as the future?

Mrs. Xander Cook.

So Aunt Maggie is throwing a welcome home party for Uncle Vic. Yes. He’s on his way back from visiting Bo. Hope you can make it. Does Aunt Maggie know that you’re inviting me? Yes. Mm-hmm. . She specifically said she wanted you to be there. And what about Uncle Vic? Is he gonna want me there? Why wouldn’t he? I mean, Daddy probably isn’t that happy right now that I’m working for Brady.

Basic blank is a subsidiary of DiMera. There’s nothing the old man hates quite as much as DiMera. Which means I am clearly a traitor. No, no, look, Uncle Dick is hurting. He got Bo back to only possibly lose him again. So tonight is all about coming together. Has a whole family for him. Brady’s been invited.

So I’m hoping the three of you can put aside your corporate warfare for one night. Where have I heard that before? Please son, do it for me. Your Uncle Vic is not getting any younger. All right. I’ll be there. I’m gonna kick out on you. Oh, I mean, hey, it’s gotta be better than going back to my place. At least I have a dinner at the house.

I won’t be having any random run ins with Chad. What’s going on with you and Chad? I didn’t mean to, but I think I may have just torpedoed his relationship with Stuffy.

Okay, you know what? The truth, Alex, has been getting under my skin for a long time now. By doing what? By doing what? Are you serious, Steph? I’m He’s always popping into our lives. He’s he’s joining us on our date. He’s always showing up to our damn door shirtless. Okay, if you were intending to give him hell, the way you apparently did, to basically exile him from our apartment and our lives, you should have talked to me about it.

How? I didn’t want to put you in a difficult position. So instead you went behind my back and tried to manipulate my life. Yeah. Okay, I realize that was a mistake now. It’s a little late, don’t you think? Steph, I’m sorry. I know that I was being a possessive jerk. And I know that you broke up with Alex because he did something just like that.

Can you forgive me?

Or are we done too?

I’m not breaking up with you, Chad. You and I made a commitment. Not just to each other, but to your kids.

There’s a limit to what I’ll put up with.

So I need to know that you trust me. And, if I ever give you any reason not to… You need to come to me and talk to me about it so that we can work through it together. And not go behind my back and try to control me. Do you think you can do that?

Okay, Henderson said Victor’s and loaded. Coke is hard at work at a traditional Greek menu. We’re all good. Well, thanks for checking on that for me. Of course, Maggie. Of course. But I have to say, you don’t seem like you’re much in a partying mood. Oh, Bonnie, I’m eager to welcome Victor home. Honest. I’m just thrown by Sarah’s pregnancy and her determination to keep it from Xander.

My God, he has a right to know that he’s gonna be a father. Yeah, the guy kidnapped me. Had me jumping at shadows for months, but even I agree. Justin, too. Justin knows about the baby. I didn’t mean to tell him, it just kind of slipped out. I’m not the best at keeping secrets. This is going to be one big powder keg.

He thinks Andrew’s going to go kaboom when he finds out his family knew about the baby and didn’t tell him about it, right? Oh, that’s the least of about my daughter and the baby. Nothing good ever comes from these kinds of lies.

I mean, I don’t know why it should surprise me, I mean, you told me that you still cared about me, I think a year ago? Yeah, yeah, it was the night that Abigail died. Right,

I just, uh, I just thought you got over me. Over you. No. Never. Sarah, ruining our marriage is… It’s one of the biggest regrets of my entire life, and… I know you, you… You weren’t exactly looking to get back together with me, but this baby… Our, our baby…

This is a chance for me to… To fix something that never should have been broken.

And to show you that you have my heart.

You always will.

That is, if you’ll let me.

Have you fallen off the wagon again, Brady? You’re not making any sense. No, I’m making perfect sense. I’ve never been more sober. I understand the only reason why you want to marry Chloe is because every other woman in your life… It’s had a good sense to run away from you. Oh, I’ll be sure to let Chloe know that you think that she’s too dumb to recognize when she’s being lied to.

I’m sure Chloe’s already on to you. Look, my proposal has nothing to do with Gwen or Sarah. I love Chloe. I want to marry her. Spend the rest of our lives together. Maybe even have a couple of kids together. No. Uh, no. She will never have kids with you. You know, this just sounds like the saddest of graves coming from you, Brady.

Probably because you’ve only ever succeeded in knocking up two women wholly unsuitable to be mothers. Hey, hey. Don’t talk about my children, Xander. I wasn’t talking about your children. I was talking about their mothers. Never disparage your kids or anyone else’s, but point taken. I’ll make sure that your name is left off the guest list.

Right, by the way, we should probably start heading over to the mansion for… Uncle Victor’s homecoming soirée.

You forgot, didn’t you? What a doting, devoted grandson. I’ve been a little preoccupied handing my daughter over to a sociopath, okay? Yeah, we all have our crosses to bear, I suppose. But hey! If Chloe accepts my proposal, maybe we can all celebrate Victor’s return home? And my pending nuptials.

Do I really need to rattle off all of Xander’s crimes for you to come to your senses? I am fully aware of who Xander is and what he’s done. Okay, great, so you’re just cool with the fact that he shot my mom? No, of course not! But that was a really long time ago. Oh. I didn’t know there was a statute of limitations on something like that.

Okay, well then let’s just stick to this more recent crime, shall we? Are we really doing this? What? You don’t want to talk about the fact that Xander’s responsible for Susan Banks death? Susan is dead because Ava Vitale drove them both off of a cliff. And Xander works for Ava. And kidnapped Susan and Bonnie.

And he feels horrible about that. He should feel horrible. He should also be in prison. You know, his guilty conscience isn’t going to bring EJ’s mom back. We’ve all done things that we’re not proud of. But Xander has changed. Wow. I wonder how many times he’s said that. You know, you should probably call Sarah Horton and ask her about Xander promising to be a better man.

Oh, wow. Okay, you know what, this conversation is over. No, wait, wait, wait. Just, listen. This is what best friends are for, okay? We’re supposed to tell each other the hard truths. And, you know what, sometimes best friends just stand by each other. Even when one of us knows the other one is making a huge mistake?

What about you? What about me? Didn’t I stand by you when you went off screwing EJ?

Are you sure you didn’t violate the terms of this so called gentleman’s agreement on purpose? I can see why you would think that, Dad, but no, I was really trying to keep this to myself. All right. Fine. So it wasn’t intentional. But… But what? Isn’t there a part of you that wants another chance with Stephanie?

I’d be lying to you if I told you I was completely over her, but… I really was trying to move on then. Except that you are now living across the hall from her. But you can’t be easy. No, no, no. And I admit I haven’t been the best about keeping my distance. Just at the dating scene here in Salem, Dad, it’s brutal.

It’s like everybody knows one another, or everybody’s afraid of being the next person at the lady whistleblower column, you know, some write up. I mean, yeah, I can call in like a late night sneaky link if I need to, but… Wait, what? Sneak a link? What’s

that? That, you know, Don’t worry about it. Never mind. Did you just… Okay, Boomer, I didn’t mean to do that. I didn’t. Just be happy you’re not single, alright? Trust me. I thank God every day for Bonnie. Yeah, well, you’re a lucky man. It’s a war out in that field. Don’t tell me you’re letting your ill fated evening with Melinda Trask discourage you from dating.

No, no, no, no, no. I just need to keep working on myself. You know, and then maybe, hopefully, attract the right kind of woman into my life. There you go. That’s all you can do. Yeah. Now, what do you say we go back home and get ready to welcome Uncle Vic back? Sure. I could use something to celebrate.

Steph, I swear to you that I will never, ever again go behind your back. And I will never, ever again try to handle you or control you in any way. Whoever you want to work with or be friends with is, is completely up to you. Not me. I know that. I honestly don’t even know what the hell I was thinking. You weren’t.

You were listening to EJ. Yeah. WWSD. What was that? EJ’s stupid advice. WWSD. What would, um, What would Steve not do? You’re not serious. I mean, paid it literally. Chad, by all accounts, your father was… I’m not somebody to emulate. Especially when it comes to relationships. Even Kristen knew it was all going to blow up in my face.

Then why didn’t you, Chad? I mean, I, I love what we’ve built together. You’re, you’re everything I could have asked for in a partner and, and I feel like I’ve been the same for you. Yeah, you have. And then some. So then why? Why be so petty? Why deceive me?

Because I was scared. Scared of Alex? No.

Scared of, uh, of losing you. And scared of you deciding that maybe all of this was just… Was too much me. My baggage to kids living together. Did I ever give you any reason to be scared? No.

Steph, you’re not just some random girlfriend. You’re the first woman I have let myself have feelings for since I have you. And I’m absolutely terrified of it all going away. Again.

So now you’re just trying to hurt me. No, I’m just pointing out that it’s very hypocritical of you to be so hard on Xander. So, I’m a hypocrite. You’re standing here throwing Xander’s sins in my face, and what about you? You left your marriage to go shack up with E. J. DiMera of all people. Okay. First of all, Sean and I were separated at the time, and you were very supportive when I told you that E.

J. and I were seeing each other. Yeah, because unlike you, I don’t judge my friends. Oh, my God. Chloe, I’m just trying to help you. I don’t want your help! Yeah, well… You wanna do this? Let’s do this. You talked about Xander shooting your mom. What about EJ? He shot your dad. And let’s not even mention all the awful things he did to your own sister.

Well, I am not here defending EJ. And I’m not here to defend Xander. But you’re considering marrying him. Chloe, I, uh, I am just trying to keep you from throwing your life away on a guy who doesn’t deserve you. Look, I, I appreciate your concern, but… I’m a grown ass woman. I can make my own decisions about my love life, and I would appreciate it if you were a friend, and you’d respect me as an adult.

Okay, you’re right. You’re right, Chloe. But if Xander steps out of line, even one time, you’re gonna be there to say I told you so? No. I’m gonna be there to help you kick his ass from here to Scotland. Okay, deal. Come here.

Listen, I do appreciate you caring about me, alright? Of course. I love you. I love you too. Okay, I gotta go. Right. Oh, and tell Sean congrats on the promotion to police commissioner. Yeah, will do. And if you happen to see Brady, will you tell him I’m so sorry about Rachel? I will.

Oh, Brady, I’m so sorry about Rachel. I can’t believe anyone would give full custody to Kristen. Yeah, me neither. I’m sure Maggie can understand that’s why I’m not really up for a big family gathering tonight. Are you sure? I mean, it might be nice to be around family. I just don’t need Grandfather reminding me of how I shouldn’t have been involved with Kristen in the first place.

Or Xander bragging about his possible engagement. Engagement? Xander? Yeah, you didn’t hear? Oh, Xander has proposed to Chloe. I’m here. Let the festivities commence. Uh, well, I should be going, Brady. Um, I’ll make your excuses to Victor. And listen, if you change your mind, um, we’re here. Good luck tonight.

The golden grandson isn’t attending? What a shame.

Rex, you know that I care about you, but… Marriage is a huge step. Yeah, one we’ve taken before. That ended well, didn’t it? Okay, yeah, but I think we’re a little older and wiser. Well, older at least. I think we both know what it takes to make a marriage work.

You’re serious about this, aren’t you? More serious than I’ve ever been in my life.

I don’t know what to say. I’ll help you out.

Dr. Sarah Horton, say that you’ll marry me. It may be the happiest husband and father to be on the planet.

Well, if it isn’t everyone’s least favorite clown. Hello Bonnie, lovely evening isn’t it? You seem chipper. Why wouldn’t I be? Love is in the air, Uncle Victor’s on his way home from far away adventures, like Odysseus himself. How’ve you been? Well, I haven’t seen any homicidal bozos lately, so that’s a plus.

Bygones, Bonnie, bygones.

Xander, I need to talk to you. Okay, what about? Um. Hello, Kiriakises! Hi! Hey, everybody. Hey, Justin, how’s my favorite cousin doing? No offense, Alex. None taken. You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna call the airfield because I think Victor’s plane should have landed by now. Okay. Hey, Auntie Meg. Hello, Alex. I’m glad you’re here.

I’m sure your uncle will be very pleased to see you. Yeah, Dad told me he’s been really down lately, just with everything going on with Bo. He has, yes, but I think with all the family here tonight, that’s gonna help. So, um, what do you say that you and I put aside our differences? For Victor. For Victor. Oh!

Thank you.

Chad, I’m not gonna lie. Our relationship does come with a lot of responsibility.

I mean, we have so much fun together. But I understand the stakes. I would never take lightly how important this is for you and for Thomas and Charlotte. I loved Abigail too. I wouldn’t have allowed myself to fall for you if I wasn’t in this for the long haul. I know. You should know that you are in no danger of losing me.

Not to Alex Kiriakis. Or any other rando who shows up at our door without a shirt on. You… You… Are the only man I want to be


So… You want me to make it up to you by… Making one of my famous dinners?

Maybe later.


Brady. Hey. Can I come in? Yeah, of course.

Listen, I heard about what happened with Rachel. I’m so sorry. Is there anything that I can do?

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