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Oh, Tate. Come on, I didn’t order croissants. What–

I thought he was working as a dishwasher.

Ah, he was, but Roman, bless his heart, put him on to-go duty.

[sighs] I think he may be screwing these orders up and hoping that he’ll just get fired.

I think he might have remembered that his grandmother likes croissants.

You think I’m being a hard-ass?

[exhales sharply] I think you’re holding him accountable, which is a good thing, and it would be normal for him just to rebel. But I think everybody– everybody–needs a little grace once in a while.

Agreed. I could be overparenting for trying to make up for lost time… for what I can’t give to Rachel right now. But that might be about to change.

Why? What do you mean?

[dramatic music]

Something’s come up, which may help me regain custody of Rachel and… a chance that Kristen may just lose this battle, big-time.

Hey. You haven’t seen Rachel, have you? She keeps disappearing.

Oh, it’s a big house. I’m sure she’ll turn up.

Well, I hope so. I just wanted to say goodbye to her before I leave.

Ah. Where are you going?

Well, EJ is taking me out to lunch at the Bistro. It should be nice to have some brother-sister bonding.

[chuckles softly] Okay, so let’s hear your brilliant idea. How are we going to get Kristen DiMera’s shares and throw EJ on his oh-so-British butt? Uh, brother-sister bonding, huh?

Yeah, you seem surprised.

Well, I just–I didn’t know that you and EJ were buddy-buddy these days.

[chuckles] Well, I am happy to say that we are putting aside our old grudges and getting closer all the time.

[sniffs] All right, Rachel, you have three questions left.

That’s not fair. I would have won yesterday if Holly hadn’t dragged me out for stupid math tutoring.

[chuckles] Okay. But you were this close, and I have no doubt you are going to get it right today.

Okay, okay. Can I have a hint?

Huh, okay. Um… uh, it is big, like, really, really big.

Is it a giraffe? Wait. A hot-air balloon.

Oh, my God! It is a giraffe in a hot air balloon! Ding, ding, ding, ding!

[imitates cheering] Somebody get this super-smart little lady a full ride to Harvard! Oh, and a Happy Meal, right?

What do I really get, Uncle Stefan?

Okay, all right. It is really, really, really cool.

Is it a JoJo Siwa picture with her autograph?

Uh, I don’t know what a JoJo Siwa is, but I have a feeling you’re very warm. So warm, in fact– Hey, somebody, turn on the AC in here, will ya? Hoo!

Is it Taylor Swift tickets?

How–what– who–how–this– Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! Yes! That’s exactly what it is!

How did you? Even Mommy can’t score Taylor tickets.

See, that’s the thing, Rachel. I didn’t do anything. You’re going to do the doing.

Wait, what?

There’s just one small condition that has to be met.


I’m sure Clyde would not appreciate you going behind his back to try to influence me.

Okay, okay, I’m sorry, okay? It’s just–look, I don’t want any part of this. Gil, please, I am begging you. There’s got to be another solution here.

You want your son to keep breathing? This is it. There is no other way.

Ava. You, uh–you seem upset. Is something–something wrong?

No. No, I’m fine. I’m fine.

Who’s this guy?

Oh, uh, this–this is Gil Carter. He’s the new owner of the Bistro… and now my new boss.

Oh, the eyeholes keep moving. Oh, I can’t see. And now I can’t breathe! Ugh! This is the worst Halloween costume since– since that Danish beefcake asked me to wear a Nixon mask and call him a terrible, naughty, no-good boy until he had tears streaming down his face. He could have used a friend.

Leo, might I remind you that this was your idea?

Well, I didn’t know it was going to trigger my heretofore latent claustrophobia.

Hmm. Well, if you can think of another way that we can stealthily access your Salem Inn room, grab some cash, and skip town like, you know, proper fugitives–

Believe me, I am eager to get my custom Italian suit, crocodile-skin loafers, but we don’t have another costume option. Ugh, I hope no one sees us wearing these sheets and thinks we forgot our pointy hats. That’d be a big fat yikes.

Relax. It’s a great idea. They’re going to just think we’re ghosts. This costume is–well, it’s as old as Halloween itself. But, hey, um, perhaps it’s not claustrophobia that you’re feeling. Perhaps you’re just, uh, a little bit nervous.

Why would I be nervous? Just because if we get recognized, my entire life becomes a dumpster fire?

Yeah. Yeah, that.

[chuckles] Listen to me, Leo. You do realize that you have an out here. Remember, I am the fugitive. You, my darling, you are just along for the ride.


I need you to ask yourself… is this really what I want to do? Because this might be the last chance you get to change your mind.

[soft orchestration] announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “Days of Our Lives.”

So Gabi says that she and Stefan are going to help you get your daughter back, and you didn’t ask how or why?

Mm. I’d rather not know any more than I need to. You know, plausible deniability and all that.

[laughing] Okay, that’s a strategy. But, you know, I’m–I’m– I’m fond of Gabi. But I can’t help but wonder if maybe there’s something in this for her.

I would guess that, most likely, Kristen probably pissed Gabi off. And as far as Stefan is concerned, we all know that as sure as the sun rises in the east, that one DiMera’s probably stabbing the other in the back. But, Marlena, I don’t care about any of that. I don’t want to be involved in it–all that palace intrigue. I… I just want my daughter back.

[dramatic music]

I call BS.

[gasps] Please don’t tell Mommy I said that.

I won’t say a word.

But I still call BS.

Look, kid, I’m just trying to help you here. I–

[sighs] All right, look…

[clears throat] I know how much you and Holly love Taylor Swift. And online the other day, I saw an ad for a Halloween costume contest. And the grand prize– front-row seats to the Taylor Swift concert. And my first thought was, bing! My niece, Rachel–she is so creative, she’s going to win this thing, hands down.

But my mom– she wouldn’t let me be a pirate wench. So now my costume’s so stupid.

Well, don’t you worry, my dear. You are in luck, because we have a fashion designer in residence. You got this in the bag.


Yes, well, EJ and I are on fine terms lately. He’s just so thrilled that his mother is alive that he wants to go out and celebrate.

With you?

Yes, with me.

[chuckles] Look, he was upset that Susan had to leave town, and, uh… well, apparently I remind him of her.

Oh, wow. Paging Dr. Freud.

All right, just, whatever the reason is, I’m just so happy that my brother and I have gotten close again. All right, well, if you’ll excuse me, I am going to continue my search for Rachel.


Okay, well, to state the obvious, Kristen’s not going to willingly sign those shares over to us, right?

Right. So how are we going to make that happen?

Through her Achilles’ heel, of course.

And what would that be?

Who would that be.

Oh, yes, Rachel, of course, the apple of her eye. You know, actually, I just remembered. Harold did say something about taking Rachel out to carve a pumpkin.

Oh. Well, that was very sweet of him.

Yeah, he’s crazy about her. I mean, who isn’t, right? Go, enjoy your lunch. I’ll tell her you said goodbye.

Okay. Thank you.

Well, uh, congratulations. I knew you’d get something, but I had no idea that you, uh, applied for the Bistro.

Right. Well, you know, you and I talked about how maybe I could find a job in the culinary arts, and this sort of just, uh– it sort of fell in my lap.


I’m sorry, and you are?

Oh, I-I’m sorry. This is my friend Harris Michaels.

And I’m Detective Jada Hunter, his partner.

You’re cops?

We are.

Well, it’s a pleasure to meet some of Salem’s finest. And thank you for everything that you do for our community.

You know, and I got to say, I just love your restaurant. So you will be seeing plenty of me.

[chuckles] And, hey, maybe you could consider putting the French onion soup back on the menu?

[scoffs] Of course, anything for the boys in blue.

And girls.

Right, and girls. Now, if you’ll excuse us, I was just about to give our newest team member a little tour of the kitchen.

If I was going to leave you, love of my life, high and dry, would I be here right now wearing these ridiculous sheets? Now, come on, you big handsome lug, let’s do this!

Wait, wait, hold on, hold on, hold on. I just–I got to– I got to get this out. Um, when you very bravely sprung me from that hospital, you didn’t exactly have a chance to pause and think all of this through. So let’s just– let’s just pause now. Okay, um…

[chuckles] Leo, not too long ago… you were promised a cut of the Von Leuschner fortune. And now here we are with $ and change and, uh… well, two bedsheets to our name. Darling, it’s not lost on me that this is not the deal that you signed up for.

It was never about the money, ever. It was about you making me happier than I’ve ever been.

I know, but–

There’s no buts. There’s no buts. Shut up. Now kiss me.


Good for Ava. That’s a plum job for someone fresh out of Bayview. Sorry, I didn’t mean–

No, no, no, I get it. I-I didn’t think Rafe would hire me either, so…

Oh, come on. You have a résumé, a skill set.

Yeah, Ava does, too, but–

But what?

I don’t know. Something with that guy Gil just felt off.


What do your instincts say?

I think you’re being protective of Ava. I mean, you cared about her enough to bust her out of Bayview and traveled halfway around the world to help her find Susan Banks.

Okay. So, in other words, you think I’m just– I’m just being overprotective.

Or maybe I want to give Gil the benefit of the doubt. I do like his restaurant.

Yeah. I’m probably just being overprotective.

[dramatic music]

Why didn’t you tell me you were tight with the cops?

You didn’t ask.

This is not good for business. Damn it, I don’t need law enforcement sniffing around this place.

Okay, let’s not forget– you and your boss, Clyde, strong-armed me into taking this job. If I cut ties with Harris now, how’s that going to look? Rather suspicious, no? So, if you want me, you’re stuck with him.

[gasps] Or here’s a great idea. Why don’t you find someone else to run your little drug-front operation? Then we can all live happily ever after.

Honey? Are you sure that… Gabi and Stefan aren’t doing something illegal here?

Oh, I don’t– Maybe. I don’t know. I don’t care. I’m–I’m–I’m desperate right now. I want my kid back, and that– that family-court judge– she–she had an ax to grind when she gave Kristen full custody of–of my kid. There’s nothing I can do about it. My only recourse is if–if Kristen goes off the rails and does something to jeopardize Rachel. That’s it. I don’t want her to do that, and she’s not going to do that. But you know her. She plays dirty. And if I want to fight her, I have to do the same. Right?

I don’t know. Are you sure the two of you can’t work out some sort of a-a co-parenting agreement?

A co–there’s no– We’re talking about Kristen. There’s no co-parenting. There’s no good faith. There’s none of that. I don’t care what Gabi and Stefan are up to. I know they have their own agenda, but as long as our interests align, I’m going to take whatever–whatever help I can get to get Rachel back.


Hey, where’s little Rachel? Do you have any updates?

Oh, yeah. You’ll be happy to hear she’s trying on concert outfits as we speak.

Okay, good. We can talk. Listen, our plan– we need to step it up. Kristen just told me EJ is taking her out to lunch to celebrate that his mother’s not dead, and we both know what the first topic of conversation is going to be.

Her DiMera shares.

Right. So we need to get sway over Kristen before EJ does, and we need to do it quickly.

Okay, well, Rachel’s game, so, uh, what are we waiting for?

Are you talking about me?

Hey! I was actually just telling Gabi what an incredible team you two are going to make. Why don’t I leave you ladies at it? Hmm?


Okay, so I want to be a vampire princess who’s also a pop star, like this girl I saw on TikTok.

Oh, well, you know what? I was thinking, yeah, something else.

But… Whoa.

Check this out. Oh, yeah.

[groans] Please be here! Please be…here!

What? No. This feels a little too–

Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy?


You know what this reminds me of? That time my writer friend Denise and I pitched this show to a big studio. Standing in front of all the big suits, and I say, it’s “Ghostbusters” meets– you’re not going to believe this–“Magic Mike.” You should have seen their jaws drop.

Huh. Well, I just can’t believe we waltzed right past Detective Hunter in the middle of the square, completely unnoticed. By the way, why was she with Harris Michaels?

Maybe they’re having a thing. Who cares? We just need to keep our wits about us and stay one step ahead of them.


All right, so what do you think– we head up to Stark’s room?

Yeah, I can imagine that the hotel management wants that crime-scene tape removed.

You think a fresh set of eyes is going to do some good, huh?

[sighs] Well, you have a history with the Von Leuschners, so you probably have an angle that we haven’t seen yet. And besides, Leo and Dimitri, they could be long gone from Salem by now. And if they fled our jurisdiction, then it’s on to the next case for us.


I assume you’re here regarding the plan.

I am. First, I need assurance that you’re in– like, inin.

Inin, yeah. I’m in, ,%. I’m compelled to ask you a question, though. Uh, should I be worried about what’s in this for you and Gabi?

No, not at all. I mean, it’s… it’s family stuff. I could get into the minutiae of it all, but that would bore you.

Yeah. All right, spare me the details. That’s fine. I do want to tell you I appreciate this, though… you helping me get my daughter back. I really do. And I know that you and I– we didn’t get off on the best foot after your… comeback.

Couldn’t agree more. Usually kidnapping and trying to un-brainwash me with an ice-cream scoop and a waffle iron would be a deal-breaker.


But if you hadn’t have done that, I wouldn’t have gotten my life back, so I’m grateful.

[dramatic music] Well, time is of the essence.

Right. Tell me what you need me to do.

Kristen’s on her way to the Bistro. I need you to intercept her.

Got it. Tell me more.

This is so much fun.

Isn’t it? But you have to make sure you keep your face very still. It’ll be worth it, I promise.


[chuckles] You know who you remind me of? You remind me of my little girl, Ari. She loves Halloween. I wonder if they celebrate Halloween in New Zealand. Well, anyway, you are finished, and I have to say, you look amazing.

I really do.


So… you think you can pull this off?

Are you kidding me? Pick a fight with Kristen and make it look real? I do that in my sleep. I can pull this off.

[dramatic music] You know Rachel loves me. You know she needs me in her life. You know that.

Brady, I know that. I know how you’re feeling right now.

[scoffs] I know what it feels like to be kept from our daughter.

Right, so, please…

Look, I’m not finished.

Tell the judge–

I’m not finished. I’m not finished. I’m not finished. I also know what it felt like to watch you try to replace me in Rachel’s life with Chloe Lane.

Oh, my God, Chloe– I did not do that.

Mm-hmm, mm-hmm, and uh, you and I don’t agree on much… but we do agree on what’s best for Rachel. Now… I listened to the judge lay out your case against you. And… as much as I-I once loved you… I had to agree with her. Now, I’m going to abide by her ruling.

Kristen, Kristen–

You’re going to listen to me now. I am going to abide by her ruling, and I hope that you do, too. And please do not worry. You will get to see your daughter.

[sighs] Your visits will have to be supervised, of course.

I’m not gonna have super–


Kristen. Kristen.

Oh, hello, Kristen.

Marlena, what are you doing here?

I-I brought a little Halloween goody bag for Rachel.


[chuckles] Well…

I’d like to give it to her myself.

Oh, well…

[sighs] She’s moved on from glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth, and I don’t allow her to eat candy. But it was very thoughtful of you.

Well, I– I came all this way. I’d like to see my granddaughter. I… I miss her.

Yeah. Well, she doesn’t miss you. Goodbye, Marlena.

Wow, it looks so real.

Yeah, that’s the point.


I can’t wait to show Mommy it.

Well, actually, I was thinking we could surprise Mommy. You know, one second. Let me just make sure that we did everything right to enter this contest. Oh, no!


Oh, it says here that you can’t have help with your costume from anybody but your parents.

Does that mean I can’t enter the contest? But I want those tickets!

I know, I know. Don’t worry, Rachel. It’s okay. There’s always a workaround, right?

Do you have your wallet?


Do you have your phone?

You know I don’t have my phone. You saw me toss it in the lake.

Slipped my mind. Do you have your keys?

Keys? Keys for what? We don’t own anything!

Good point. I have my estranged aunt’s debit card. This is for emergencies only… or if we want to have une soirée of high-society culinary delights, perhaps at the Café-du-Whatever on the Champs-Elysees.

That sounds lovely, darling, but we really have to go.

Okay, do I at least have time to use the bathroom before we become international fugitives?

Yes, but quickly, quickly. Go.

[object clatters

Do you see what happens when you rush people?

Quickly, Leo!


[exhales deeply]


When Clyde Weston pulls you in, the only way you’re getting out of the arrangement is in a body bag.

Okay. I will do my job. But I can’t do anything about Harris. Look, I mean, I can– I can tell him I don’t like to, uh… eat where I work, and that’s true.

You raise a good point.

About what?

The cops. Maybe this fraternization thing you’ve got going on isn’t such a bad thing after all. Maybe we can actually make it work in our favor.

Wait a minute. The crime-scene tape– it’s been tampered with.

Well, maybe housekeeping got impatient. Wait, you don’t think Leo would be stupid enough to show up here again, do you?

We’re about to find out.

[dramatic music]

[sighs] Damn it!

Was that pitcher there the last time you were here?

No, it wasn’t. Still damp. We must have just missed them.

Wait a minute. What about– what about those two ghosts, the ones we passed in the lobby a few minutes ago?

Let’s go.

Okay, we got to grab the burner phones, the SIM cards, and then we vamos!

Wait, wait. We need sustenance, too. I’m starving. And we have to get hair dye, remember.

Okay, okay.

Kristen, hi.


Uh, can I have a word?

Uh, yes, but I am on my way to lunch.

Well, it won’t take more than a minute. Promise.

All right.


Um, I want to say thank you for allowing Tate to see Rachel the other day. He said he had a great visit with her.

Well, I am so glad that he enjoyed it. Though if you’re asking to tag along next time, the answer’s no.

No, that’s–that’s okay. I actually–I wanted to talk to you about something else.

Okay, would you just please make it quick?

Sure, I’ll make it quick. Um, I got an email from Rachel’s teacher. Apparently Rachel has a D in math.

Yeah, and that’s why I got her a tutor.

Yeah, you got her Holly Jonas. No, don’t get me wrong. Holly Jonas is a– is a sweet girl, but is that the best you could do? Really?

Rachel just needs a little brushing up on some of her learning gaps.

Well, that’s because you put her in a mathematical level that she’s not ready for.

Okay, she’s too smart for regular math.

Kristen, she’s struggling in math.

Okay, so what are you saying? What are you saying? That our daughter isn’t smart?

No, of course I’m not saying that.

She takes after your side of the family. Just saying.


So now if we are through with this–

Hey! We’re not through yet.


All right. Are you ready, Freddy?

No. Where’s the rest of my costume? I can’t be a black-eyed pea without the pea part.

Right, yes, I have to sew it still. But I’m a great seamstress– very fast. You’re going to be the prettiest black-eyed pea in the whole wide world, okay? Okay, well, are you ready for your close-up? Great.

[camera shutter clicking]

Kristen, listen to me.

No, no, no, you listen to me. I have custody of Rachel now, not you. And I will make the decisions on her schooling. I thought you understood how this worked, Brady.

Jada! There.

Wow. Well, that was quick. You always so fickle?

I prefer to call it flexible.


But I’m not quite clear on your relationship with this Harris guy.

Makes two of us.

[grunts] But I get the impression you two are pretty tight, which means… we get the inside track on what’s going on at the Salem PD. And if their nose is all up in our business, you’ll know. You’ll make sure to know.

[dramatic music]

Word to the wise– Harris Michaels is a trained assassin. If I were you, I would tread very carefully.

Duly noted. Word to the wise to you– don’t go spilling your guts to your “cop/trained assassin” friend. Just remember… Clyde’s got eyes and ears everywhere.

Dimitri Von Leuschner and Leo Stark, you’re under arrest!





Oh, my God, Dimitri! We actually did it!

We did it! We did it! And you know why? Because you are brilliant, as I’ve always said– and fearless.

You are fearless, DVL, aka MP. Although I’m sad they were out of that hair dye. I was really looking forward to my Zac Efron moment.

Darling, you can have your Zac Efron moment. You can have your Jude Law moment. You can have whatever moment you want. It is all yours for the taking.

Ah, you know, I’m feeling a memoir coming on.


I can see it now. I’ll be a guest on “The Tonight Show,” Jimmy Fallon holding up a copy of “Overcoming Contempt, Disrespect, Ridicule, and Scorn with Chutzpah and Grace: The Ascent of Leo Stark.”

Except there is no contempt. There is no scorn. And why? Because we did it.

Uh, yeah, we did! Although I realize I was remiss just now.

How come?

Well, when I write my memoir, aside from attributing my ascent to–to my chutzpah and grace, I must also add the love and devotion of one Dimitri Von Leuschner, because you, my love, are the main reason for my revivification.

Oh. Is that so?

It is so. And it is about time I show you just how revived I am.

Look– Hey, listen, Kristen, listen. I-I know we’re not getting along lately, okay? And I know that we may hate each other’s guts right now, but we do have one thing in common, right? We want what’s best for Rachel. Now, you have full custody. But, remember, I was a single parent to her for many years. I was the one packing the lunches. I was the one taking her to the parent conferences. I was the one making sure she was early for ballet practice, minutes most of the time.

Brady, Brady, what is your point?

My point is, Tate– he told me that Rachel was very upset the other day. Apparently she didn’t want to do her homework, and you made her do, like, pages worth of extra problems or something.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Pages worth? Seriously?


Come on, Brady. She’s exaggerating.

No, I don’t think she is. And if you keep this up and keep punishing her like that, it’s not gonna go well.

Don’t–don’t–don’t– don’t accuse me of punishing my daughter! Jeez! There are consequences if she doesn’t do her homework.


I am a trained social worker. I know what I’m doing, Brady.

Oh– I don’t think you do.

What? Don’t– She’s my daughter! Which means I will discipline her in any way I see fit!

[softly] Perfect.

Rachel, tell me. So who did this to you? Who–who gave you that black eye?

My mommy did.

Are you sure?

Yes, I’m sure.

You wouldn’t make up something like that, would you?

No, never. How did I do?

You were perfect.

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