Days of Our Lives Transcript
THIS STILL NEEDS SOME EDITING!
Oh, it’s a great idea. He just walked in. I’ll tell him. Okay, honey. Love you too. Bye.
[phone beeps] That was John. He would like us all to have supper at Grandpa Tim’s, at his new place tonight.
Ah, that’s terrific. Yeah. That’ll give us a chance to celebrate.
Celebrate. Yeah, it looks like I may be getting my little girl back thanks to Stefan and Gabi.
Hey, how’d it go with Kristen? Did you get what we needed?
Oh, yeah. Brady played her perfectly. Got it all on video. How’d it go with Rachel?
Great. Kid gave a star performance. I’m uploading it to the computer now.
You don’t seem too happy about it.
Well, you know, I was gung-ho about making this video, and it never occurred to me that maybe we’d sunk too low. But now I’ve seen it. And, Stefan, I mean, if anybody ever accused me of abusing Arianna in any way, I would–
You would lose your mind. I get it. And if I’m being honest here, I agree with you. This–this is low.
[soft dramatic music] Gabi, here’s what we need to focus on. This whole thing– it’s just a means to an end, right? It’s just a strategy to get Kristen to give in to our demands, right, so we can finally oust EJ and be in control of our company. Now, these videos, they’re never gonna go any further than Kristen seeing them and realizing she has no other choice but to sign those shares over to us. Okay?
Yeah. Oh, I know. It’s never gonna go public.
No. No, no, no, no, no. It’s never gonna come to that, ever. And Rachel will not in any way be harmed by this.
Good. Because she’s just an innocent little girl. And I mean, I feel sorry for her because she’s got a crazy mother.
Let’s just focus on the positive here. And that is we’re almost done with this. And when we are, we will have achieved our goals. Because when Kristen gets a load of these videos, her shares are as good as ours.
Well, I did not realize how late it was. If we stayed any longer, we could have just made our lunch roll all the way over into dinner.
Mm-hmm. It’s been far too long since we have broken bread. I’m glad we could find the time.
Yeah, well, I’m gonna head home. Do you need a lift?
Actually, before you leave, I was wondering if we could discuss an important business matter.
[chuckles] You finally stopped beating around the bush. Oh, let me guess. This is about my company shares? Hmm?
Steph, talk to me.
What exactly did my dad say?
He just–he said that– he said that you made a commitment to me and my kids. And in his mind, that means you’re ready to get married sooner rather than later.
I wish my parents would just back off. God, this is so embarrassing.
You don’t have to be embarrassed, Steph.
[soft dramatic music] Is he right?
Yes, he is.
[soft orchestration] announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “Days of Our Lives.”
Steph, why didn’t you tell me you were ready to get married?
Because I was embarrassed, just like I am now. You overheard me blurting it out to my mom, so I downplayed it. And I was right to, obviously, since you looked so relieved when I did. And then you said that you liked the way things were, that you didn’t want to rush into anything.
Because I thought– I thought that you felt the same way.
Honestly, I was disappointed.
Then you should have said something. We have to be able to talk about this type of stuff, Stephanie.
I didn’t want to pressure you after everything you’ve gone through. I–I know that you’re still mourning Abigail, but–
Since it’s all out in the open now, Chad, I have to say, I’m– I’m a little confused. If you didn’t see marriage anywhere on the horizon, why did you invite me to move in with you and your kids?
[melancholy country music]
Because it–it– you know, it was the next natural step.
And what’s the next step after that?
Look, I get that there’s no set timetable for this stuff. But, Chad, I can’t– I can’t help wondering now that we’ve moved in together, are you having second thoughts about us?
I’m sure you’re aware Gabi and Stefan are building a power base.
Mm-hmm. Yes, I heard they somehow obtained Megan and Dimitri’s shares.
They did it by threat of death. After Vivian shot our nephew, those goons stood over his bleeding body– in our home, no less– and refused to call an ambulance until he signed over the shares.
I weirdly kind of respect that.
Okay, I’ll admit, it was pretty ruthless.
Ruthless and deceitful and out of control. And now that they have a taste for blood, who knows who they’ll target next? It could be any one of the DiMera shareholders, including you.
Wow. Not only are you a brilliant director, but you are a hell of an editor. Look out, Hollywood.
You married a woman with many talents.
Don’t I know it.
Hey, I gotta finish this. And the quicker I finish this, the quicker we can blackmail Kristen into handing over her shares.
You’re right. All right. EJ’s probably at it as we speak. And if he gains control before we do, we’ll be left out in the cold.
Yeah, and their little lunch date put our post-production into a rush. So what if he already won? What if she’s handing over her shares, or at the very least, deciding to vote with him?
No way. Kristen’s way too smart to give up anything without incentive. And this–this is incentive.
He’s just as likely to blackmail her. He could be pulling a gun on her in a dark alley.
Maybe you should work faster.
Oh, my God.
After you left, Stefan– he came by and filled me in.
I’m almost afraid to ask. What did he say?
He wanted me to provoke a fight with Kristen, so I did. I met her up at the square, and I riled her up. And Stefan caught it all on video.
What have you gotten yourself into?
I don’t think I should give you the details.
Okay. Okay. Okay. Okay.
[tense music] We’re gonna make it look like Kristen has been abusing Rachel.
Okay, what do you think?
Gabi, it is a cinematic masterpiece and… quite frankly, pretty disturbing.
[tense music] Kristen’s gonna freak. And she is gonna make sure she does anything and everything she can to make sure that doesn’t get in front of a judge because she would for sure lose custody.
I still feel a little uneasy about framing the woman for child abuse.
Well, that’s in her hands now. Okay? She gives in to our demands, no one loses their daughter.
What about Brady? I mean, he’s gonna want to show this to the judge. He wants his daughter too.
Okay, I do feel a little guilty about that. But Brady’s a big boy. If he wants custody of his daughter back, he’ll find another way.
Please tell me that I heard that wrong.
I know, I know, I know. It’s extreme. It’s extreme, but I’m desperate, and I don’t care. I don’t care. I want my girl back, so…
It’s a terrible lie. Look, I’m no fan of Kristen’s. You know that. And I think she can do unspeakably terrible things, but I do not believe she would ever hurt her daughter.
I agree, I don’t believe– I don’t believe she would hurt her physically. I agree with you. But emotionally? We know her handiwork. ,::, We do. We watched as she turned her against Chloe. And she’s slowly gonna turn her against me too. It’s gonna happen.
Then use that in court, the truth.
No, the truth, it doesn’t work. It’s not strong enough. It’s not strong enough. Okay? What will work is Gabi and Stefan are going to make this video of Kristen being Kristen with some other footage. And it’s gonna show that Kristen is a danger to her daughter. Period.
I don’t believe this. This is unethical. What’s more, it is not who you are.
Kristen plays dirty all the time. You know what she told that judge? She told that judge that I had killed Philip, knowing damn well that I was innocent of that.
And now that Philip is unequivocally alive, I thought you and Belle were gonna pursue that in court.
No, no, we can’t. I mean, there’s no point to it. It’s not a slam dunk anyway because the judge is not a fan of the fact that I, you know, stuck a gun in Kristen’s face and kidnapped my own daughter.
And how is the judge gonna feel when he finds out this is all a made-up story on your part? And how is your daughter gonna feel when she realizes you have framed her mother? Brady, Brady, you’re gonna lose your little girl, honey.
What are you saying, EJ? You think that Stefan and Gabi are gonna shoot me in the back and force me to sign over my shares?
They’re certainly capable of it. Look. I’ll admit that, with your help, I could get ahead of them, oust Stefan, and take control of the company– with the family’s best interests, of course. But my main concern right now is your well-being. Help me help you take the target off your back.
Transfer your shares to me, temporarily, of course, ensuring your safety.
And then I told Chad if he wasn’t in it for the long haul, he needed to tell Stephanie.
I don’t want to see our daughter get hurt again.
Neither do I, but it’s not our place to interfere.
I was just trying to get Chad to step up. That’s all.
Well, you possibly made things worse.
Well, I hope not. I should go back over there.
Wait, wait, wait. Are you–are you kidding me? No. The best thing you can do is butt out.
Listen to me.
[soft music] I am glad that I moved in with you. Okay, and I am glad that I get to wake up every single morning, and I get to see your beautiful face. And I’m glad that you’re there for my kids. They adore you. But I have to admit. I am– I’m really caught off guard here because I thought that– I thought that things were going well. Yes? No?
A lot of it’s been great, of course. But on top of this whole embarrassing marriage issue that– there’s been other tension between us lately. And I can’t help but think if maybe it all ties back to the same problem.
I don’t see what’s so funny.
Oh, my God. You are seriously trying to convince me to hand over my shares for my own protection? That’s pretty audacious, EJ, even for you.
Okay. Okay, fine. Keep your shares. But you must help me neutralize Stefan. I’ll call a shareholder meeting. And if you vote with me, we can remove our brother from the company.
Oh, God, and I’m supposed to trust you? If memory serves, that hasn’t always worked out for me so well.
I admit that I have let you down in the past. But it’s come to a point, Kristen, where you can no longer safely play both sides from the middle anymore. You are going to have to make a choice.
[tense music] Kristen, I know we haven’t always seen eye to eye, but you know me. And we have helped each other before. So why not again? I’m extending you an olive branch, Kristen. I suggest you take it.
All right. I guess we can put our differences aside.
So I have your vote?
Mm-mm. You have my ear. I need time to think about this.
Understood. Understood. But don’t take too much time. I have a feeling Stefan is ready to make his move.
The love Chad and Abigail had, it’s not gonna be easy for Stephanie to compete with that.
No, it’s not. Listen, when I thought that I lost you all those years ago, I don’t think I ever managed to get over it. And all those years went by, my heart always belonged to you. I think part of me died the day that you were taken away from us.
Thank you? Thank you for what?
Thank you for my life. I was nothing without you. You gave me everything.
I’d still give you everything. You listen to me. We’ve always gotten our strength from each other. Do you hear me? You take what you need. You take what you need from me.
[monitor beeping] I… I love you, sweetness.
I love you too. Shh.
[monitor flatlines] No.
Okay, are you upset about earlier that– that I brought up that you were wearing Abigail’s costume?
I wasn’t upset, Chad. You were. And just the look on your face, it drove home the point for me in a way that I can no longer ignore.
It drove what point home?
I’ll never escape my cousin’s shadow.
Okay, you know what? Look, I’m sorry that I hurt your feelings, okay? But you can’t expect me to never bring up Abigail’s name. All right? She was–
The love of your life. I’m well aware. And I’ve tried really hard to respect that. But to be honest, you haven’t made it easy.
What does that mean?
You pulled away from me on her birthday, and then you excluded me when you took the kids to the cemetery.
Because I thought that we needed to do that as a family.
And what am I, Chad? You know what? Never mind. I understand. It hurts, but I understand. But, Chad, it’s just– when you add all of this stuff together, it feels like I’m not wanted in my own home, like I don’t belong there.
What–that was never my intention to make you feel that way. I want to build a life with you. I just need–I just need a little bit of leeway.
How much is enough, Chad? Because I’ve been trying, but it feels like I’m walking around on eggshells all the time. And I’ve tried really hard to respect your feelings, but I’m just–I’m not getting the same consideration in return.
You’re not the one whose wife was brutally murdered.
The judge isn’t gonna figure it out. Because Gabi and Stefan, they said they’re gonna make the video as real as possible.
You’re putting a lot of faith in those two. Do you think that’s warranted?
They seem highly motivated to make this happen.
Well, good for them. Because the person who is going to lose here is you if this goes wrong.
I know–look, I know. I know it’s risky, okay? I do. I do. But I don’t know what to do, okay? This is the only way I’m going to regain custody of my kid. And I need to check with Stefan to see if everything’s running smoothly. Excuse me.
[phone line trilling]
[cell phone beeps]
Hey. I was just checking on the status of the video. When can I expect it?
We’re almost done. We’ll be right over.
Great. Thanks. It’s all good. They’re on their way.
Well, I’m not sure how much longer we can put off Brady.
Well, then we should call Kristen.
Did someone say my name?
Actually, yes, we were just talking about you and how you hadn’t returned yet from your lunch with EJ.
Yeah, but we thought maybe we’d have to go rescue you.
No, there’s no need. I had a very, very nice lunch. Although, he did talk my ear off at the end.
Let me guess. He wants to get his hands on your DiMera shares?
[laughs] To be honest, yes. He was worried you would beat him to the punch.
What’d you say?
Well, he made a very strong pitch as to why I should throw my lot in with him.
Oh, well, you know, before you make your decision, I think you should hear our pitch. Pretty sure it’s gonna be very persuasive. Why don’t you have a look?
Rachel, tell me, so who did this to you? Who gave you that black eye?
My mommy did.
Are you sure?
Yes, I’m sure.
What the hell is that?
Why does my daughter have a black eye? If either one of you have laid a finger on her–
Relax. It’s makeup.
Fine! But why? Why would you do this? I mean, is this just some kind of Halloween joke? Because I assure you, having my daughter accuse me of hurting her, that is not funny, not at all.
You’re right, Kristen. It’s a very serious accusation.
No, it is completely reprehensible, not to mention ridiculous. I would never hurt my child.
Are you sure about that?
She’s my daughter, which means I will discipline her any way I see fit. Oh, my God. Oh, my God! You guys set me up! I mean, you made it look like– Why are you doing this to me? Why are you doing this to me?
I think you know.
Oh, you son of a bitch.
Brady, look at me. You’ve got to put a stop to this.
I know you don’t approve. I know you don’t approve. I respect that. I do. And I don’t like stooping to Kristen’s level, but I don’t know what else to do. Do you understand that I’m miserable? I want to see my little girl. Do you know I have not been allowed to see my little girl since Kristen took custody? Do you know that?
I’m so sorry this is happening to you.
Do you know what Tate called me the other day? An absent father. “You’re an absent father.” You know what the worst part about it is he’s not wrong.
[soft music] He’s not wrong, and that’s why I need– I need to make sure that I do right by Rachel. I need to be there for her.
You are there for her.
Not anymore, I’m not. At least with Tate, I could call him every other day when he was in California. I could visit him when I could. But with Rachel, Kristen has frozen me out of her life.
I understand. But this is not the way to fix it.
Then what–then what am I supposed to do? My little girl is in town. She’s in arm’s reach. She’s right down the road. And I can’t see her, and I’m her father. When do I get to see her again, Marlena, when she’s , after Kristen’s polluted her mind to the point where she doesn’t even want to have anything to do with me anymore? She’s not gonna want to be a part of my life by then.
That’s not going to happen.
It isn’t gonna happen because I’m gonna fight like hell to make sure it doesn’t happen! I’m gonna get my little girl back. To me, the ends justify the means.
Delete this right now!
Kristen, we’re happy to. It’s no problem. All you have to do is sign over your shares. Otherwise, we’ll be forced to turn the video over to Brady.
Oh, my God. So he is in on your twisted plan?
Sort of. He’s under the impression that we’re going to give him the video, so he can take it to the judge and get custody of Rachel.
Yeah, but what he doesn’t know is that we’re giving you a choice. See, this video can go away forever if you do what we want.
Wow. You’re double crossing him?
I think you should be grateful. I am giving you an opportunity here.
How dare you.
Take your time. Or you know what, actually, I wouldn’t take that long if I were you.
Well, it’s obvious this video has been doctored. And what judge is going to believe such a disgusting farce?
Okay, Kristen. Kristen, look at me. You finally have everything you’ve always wanted. Are you really willing to risk it all? So ask yourself. What’s more important, your DiMera voting power or a long-lasting healthy, happy relationship with your daughter?
I hate that you and Stephanie were on your own for so many years.
[soft music] I’ll always regret not being there.
I know. And I’ll admit it was hard. But then one wonderful, miraculous day, you walked back into my life.
Excuse me, miss? You all right?
That voice. It can’t be. Steve? And I count my blessings every day that you came back to me. I honestly thought I would live the rest of my life with never knowing true love again.
What if the same is true for Chad? That he could never get over Abigail.
It’s impossible to answer. We just have to let them figure it out for themselves. And all we can do, as Stephanie’s parents, is be there for her, no matter what happens.
I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have said that.
I know you’ve suffered a great loss, Chad. And I hate that I may be coming off as insecure or impatient, but I have my own baggage. And while it may not compare to yours, I refuse to make myself small in order to be in this relationship.
I’m not asking you to do that. You need to tell me how you feel, though, Stephanie. I’m not psychic.
I’m not asking you to be. I just need you to acknowledge that this isn’t easy for me either, especially after… No, never mind.
What do you mean never mind? Tell me.
No. It just–it doesn’t compare to what you’ve gone through. What happened to Abigail, oh, my God, is such a tragedy for you, for the kids.
Steph, I don’t give a damn that it doesn’t compare, Stephanie. I need you to talk to me. I need you to tell me. Stephanie?
Mm. I was alluding to what happened with that guy in Seattle.
Okay. The guy that ghosted you?
Yeah. But like I said, it just–it seems terribly insensitive for me to seem like I’m feeling sorry for myself about that. Nobody died. It was just hurtful. And you’ve heard it before.
It’s not insensitive, Stephanie. It was obviously something that was very painful for you.
It was. I thought things were going really well. I was falling hard for him. And I thought he felt the same way. Just when things started to get serious, he suddenly disappeared on me. And I guess, deep down, I’m worried you’re going to do the same thing.
What? Stephanie, I would never do that to you.
I got my heart broken before because I misread the situation. I don’t want to make that same mistake again. But it looks like I already have misread the situation. I thought you wanted to marry me.
I do. Hey, Stephanie, I do, eventually.
I wish I could believe that.
You can believe that. Stephanie, I love you.
Yeah. Just not as much as your dead wife.
I tried to drop off a little Halloween bag for your daughter today, and Kristen wouldn’t let me visit with her.
See? She’s being unreasonable. At least my son got to spend a little time with Rachel the other day. And I think he tried to talk me up to her. I don’t think it worked, though. I’m sure Kristen’s already hard at work turning her against me.
She wouldn’t do that.
She’s already doing it. Do you understand that if I let Kristen raise Rachel, she’s gonna warp her mind the same way that Stefano warped Kristen’s? I am not gonna let that happen.
I remember when Kristen came to Salem. Stefano had everybody believing that– that John was the evil one.
That’s why I know you understand more than anyone why I need to keep my little girl out of Kristen’s grasp.
I do understand. And I hate what Kristen is doing right now. And I hate what it’s doing to you because this is not who you are.
[cell phone beeps] Oh, I’m sorry. It’s the hospital. I’ve got to get there. It’s a patient.
Brady? I hope you get your daughter back. But this is not the way to do it.
I think you’re making the right decision.
Oh, is that so?
I think Dimitri had the right idea when he tried to pump the two of you with lead.
Our intention was never to take Rachel away from you. We just want your shares.
Yeah, in fact, you can keep all the money from the dividends. We don’t care about that. All we care about is the voting power.
Yeah, you’ll still be able to support Rachel.
How generous of you.
Oh, one more thing. We need you to remind Peter where his loyalties lie.
Just so you know, this is not gonna give you enough power to control DiMera.
Yeah, and in the meantime, it’ll stop EJ from ousting Stefan.
All right. Let’s get this done, huh? The sooner we get those certificates signed over to us, the sooner we delete the videos.
What is the problem?
This is all just a bit too hard to swallow. You know, every fiber in my being just wants me to take my chances with the judge and tell the two of you to go to hell.
Okay, it took a while, but we finally found a suitable film for Charlotte and Thomas out of Roman’s vast array of Westerns and action films.
Yeah? Which one?
“Labyrinth.” It’s the ‘s movie with David Bowie, yeah?
Uh-huh, it’s like it’s a drive-in Saturday. So where’s Stephanie?
Ah, Kristen, there you are. Look, I don’t mean to press you for an answer but–
EJ, just stop. Just stop. I don’t have them.
What do you mean you don’t have–
You lost. You lost, EJ. I signed my shares over to the demonic duo.
Why would you do that?
Because I had no choice.
Okay, where’s the video?
Well, the video has been deleted.
What are you talk– deleted? What are you–un-delete it.
Well, no, we can’t. It’s gone for good.
How could you even let this happen? What are you talking about?
No, we made it happen. See, that video was never for you to use against Kristen. It was for us to use against her.
You double-crossed me? Is that what you did?
It’s nothing personal.
Hey, it’s nothing pers– it’s nothing personal.
No, Brady, Brady!
You son of a bitch. Stop, stop, stop. There’s no point now, no point. Done.
All right. Get out of here. Get out, both of you. Get out. Get out of here, man! Unbelievable!
You know, we weren’t on the same page. And it turned into a fight.
Okay. Well, I sensed when I walked the kids upstairs that things were getting tense. What was it about?
It’s okay, Papa. I know you didn’t mean to cause any trouble.
But I did. I can hear it in your voice.
Chad and I had a long talk. It didn’t go well.
[sighs] Should your mom and I come over there right now?
No, I’m–no. I think I just need to be alone for a while.
[knock at door] Papa, I have to go. I think we have some trick-or-treaters.
Okay, I love you, little sweetness. We’ll talk soon?
Yeah. Love you too.
[soft music] Oh, my God.