Days Short Recap Friday, December 29, 2023

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Recap written by Michele and Cheryl

Xander was taking care of Victoria when Sarah arrived. He thought she was going to a party. She wanted to check on them before she went. Sarah kissed Victoria and noticed that she was warm. Xander didn’t notice it before. They took care of Victoria together. Xander and Sarah were happy that her fever broke. Sarah decided not to go to the party. She wanted to stay there with them. Chanel and Johnny were at the town square. They were getting ready for the NYE party. She told him that she was worried about her mother. He said they would face what happened together. Chad bumped into Leo at the pub. Leo had a proposition for him. Chad told him to talk to Everett. He asked Chad if he had plans with Stephanie for NYE. He told him they broke up. He wanted to know more about what happened between them, but he walked away. Leo left to find Everett. Everyone got together for the NYE party. Stefan got an update about two kids from Salem that died because of overdose. Ava thought they were responsible for it. She let him know that she lied to Harris about them dating. Ava didn’t want Harris to suspect they were working together to sell drugs. He agreed to do it, but he didn’t like the idea of cheating on Gabi.

Holly was getting ready for the party and looked at her pills when Nicole showed up. She wondered if Nicole wanted her to stay home. Nicole let her know that she had a therapy session, and she was fine. She and EJ were going to stay home. The NYE party was under way. Stephanie went to the party with Everett and introduced him to people. Leo showed up at the party and spotted Everett. He talked to him about getting his job back. Everett agreed to give it to him. Holly showed Tate the pills she had. She thought they could have some fun. Tate wanted her to put the pills away. He reminded her that his parents were addicts and he refused to take drugs. She thought they would make him feel better. Holly left to go to the bathroom. It was midnight and Johnny and Chanel kissed each other. Stephanie and Everett kissed each other too. Chad saw them kissing each other. Tate looked for Holly. He finally found lying on the ground on the dock. She overdosed.

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Days Update Friday, December 29, 2023

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Update written by Joseph

Xander watches over Victoria in his apartment and says she should be waking up just in time to ring in the New Year and he’ll have a bottle ready. Sarah shows up at the door which Xander calls a nice surprise as he thought she was going to the big New Year’s Eve party. Sarah confirms that she is but wanted to stop in to give Victoria a new year’s kiss. Sarah then notes that Victoria’s head is warm.

Johnny and Chanel walk through the town square together. Johnny comments that he has the best looking girl in town on his arm. Chanel says they are both lucky but she feels bad about leaving Paulina at home. Johnny assures that Paulina wouldn’t let them stay home tonight. Chanel talks about going in to the New Year, worrying that Paulina has cancer. Johnny insists that if it is cancer, Paulina will kick it’s ass and whatever happens, they will get through it together.

Chad comes out of the Brady Pub and runs in to Leo. Leo calls him just the man he wanted to see as he has a very interesting proposition for him.

Stephanie goes to Everett’s room at the Salem Inn. Everett says he’s almost ready while Stephanie says she’s early. Everett talks about not being a fan of mixers with so many people. Stephanie encourages that as editor of the Spectator, it will be a great way for him to meet people. Everett feels he could just meet them on the job. Stephanie points out that this is the job as they aren’t going to party but to make connections, so it’s work for both of them.

Alex and Theresa run in to Brady and Tate in the New Year. They wish each other a Happy New Year. Tate mentions that he has to go. Theresa asks where to. Tate asks why she cares. Brady informs her that Tate is going to pick up Holly and asks why she can’t know. Theresa brings up Tate throwing Holly’s Christmas present in the trash last she knew. Tate responds that they worked things out. Tate tells Brady that he’s sorry his date fizzled out for tonight but he’ll see them later. Tate then walks away. Theresa questions Brady about his date. Brady explains that it was going to be his daughter Rachel, but Kristen took her out of town for the weekend. Brady tells them to have a good time and that he’s heading home but Theresa stops him and declares that he’s coming with them.

Stefan meets Ava outside the Bistro. Ava says she was just getting some air before the festivities begin. Stefan says judging by the reservation list, it’s going to be a hell of a night. Stefan credits Ava. Ava says she’s just glad they got the last shipment in and can now just focus on the party. Stefan then gets a news alert on his phone that two kids were found dead after overdosing on laced cocaine.

Holly puts on makeup in her room, then opens a drawer and pulls out a bag of pills. She then covers it up when Nicole enters the room.

Xander tells Sarah that he didn’t notice that Victoria was warm when he laid her down. Sarah notes that her temperature is elevated but nothing extreme. Sarah says she will make Xander a list of things needed for a baby and sends Xander to go get baby acetaminophen.

Chanel thinks Paulina insisted they go to the party so they can report back and be the eyes and ears of the Mayor for her. Johnny says he’s just happy to be there tonight, holding Chanel as they kiss.

Chad jokes with Leo that he’s not his type. Leo clarifies that his proposition has to do with the Spectator and talks about it bombing since he left. Leo suggests Chad bring back his Lady Whistleblower gossip column. Chad tells Leo that it’s not his job to give, so he’ll have to talk to the editor-in-chief.

Stephanie helps Everett with his cuff links and remembers giving them to him on Valentine’s Day. Everett notes they are his favorites.

Brady says he has no interest in being a third wheel so he’s just going home. Theresa tells him to stop being a party pooper and encourages that he could meet someone. Brady says he’s not interested. Theresa urges him to come for the food and laughter then. Theresa asks if Brady really wants to spend New Year’s Eve on his own. Brady reluctantly agrees to come but says he’s only staying for a little while. Theresa demands he stay until the ball drops and it’s officially the New Year. Brady figures it’s going to be just like the old year. Theresa tells him to stop being such a cynic and declares that the year will be amazing. Theresa remarks that there might even be a wedding proposal or marriage as they walk on. Alex comments that he wouldn’t rule that out.

Nicole asks Holly about going out with Tate tonight which she confirms. Holly asks if Nicole is sure she’s okay. Nicole mentions her therapy session and says she’s in a really good place, so her and EJ are having a quiet night in. Nicole says she’ll be happy knowing she’s having fun so she hopes that her and Tate have a good time tonight. Holly assures that she plans on it.

Ava worries and asks Stefan if he thinks the laced cocaine came from there. Stefan argues that all they know is that Clyde’s guys drop shipments off and another group picks them up while they don’t know where they come from, what’s in them, or where they go. Stefan shouts that they are not drug dealers. Ava tells him to keep telling himself that.

Johnny and Chanel are at the Bistro for the New Year’s party alongside Brady, Theresa, and Alex. Stephanie arrives with Everett and wishes everyone a Happy New Year. Stephanie notes that Alex already notes Everett and then introduces him to Johnny, Chanel, Brady, and Theresa. Stephanie says it’s nice to see them as she and Everett walk on. Theresa, Chanel, and Johnny go to get drinks. Brady comments on how much time is left while Alex encourages him to give the party a chance. Brady mentions going to check out the appetizers but Alex stops him and says there’s something he wants to talk to him about while Theresa is otherwise engaged.

Chad tells Leo that if he can get Everett to sign off on it, then he’s fine with it as long as he follows the rules. Chad warns that the Spectator is Abigail’s legacy so he will have final approval on everything. Leo agrees and says he already has some ideas. Leo asks if Chad has any big New Year’s Eve plans for he and Stephanie. Chad reveals they actually broke up. Leo says he’s so sorry and then thinks back to seeing Stephanie coming down the stairs at the Pub and wondering why she spent the night there. Leo then asks Chad when he and Stephanie called it quits. Chad tells him that it’s none of his business. Leo decides he must go find Everett Lynch then and walks off.

Sarah holds Victoria and talks about her life getting sweeter since she was born. Sarah notes that she’s still warm but she’s not crying so she’s not in pain. Sarah says as soon as Xander gets back, they will get her fever down.

Nicole helps Holly pick out a dress for the night. Holly asks about therapy. Nicole says it put her in a better place and she’s glad she went. Nicole vows to focus on her blessings this year like Holly. Nicole offers some things from her closet for Holly to try on but Holly refuses to wear a mom dress as they joke with each other.

Ava asks Stefan if things can get any worse. Stefan warns her not to tempt the Gods. Ava informs him that Tripp told her that he’s moving to Hong Kong with Wendy which might be the best since he’ll be out of Clyde’s reach. Stefan congratulates her but says he has no such luck with Gabi. Ava then informs Stefan that she told Harris that they were dating since he assumed it when he walked in on them, so she went along with it. Ava adds that it’s better that Harris suspect that then what’s really going on. Stefan guesses she’s right but he hates the idea of the public thinking he’s cheating on Gabi. Stefan then admits it is a good cover. Ava jokes that they are having an affair.

Tate arrives at the DiMera Mansion. Nicole answers the door and invites him in. Tate asks if Holly is ready to go. Nicole tells Holly to have fun and jokes about her being home by midnight, then tells her she can be home at 2 AM since it’s New Year’s. Nicole wishes them an almost Happy New Year’s. Nicole jokes about Holly wearing one of her dresses after all and then heads in to the living room. Tate asks Holly if she’s ready to go. Holly says almost and then kisses Tate, saying she wanted to go ahead and skip the awkwardness of whether or not to kiss at midnight. Holly says that they do and then exits as Tate says he can’t wait until midnight.

Xander returns home with the medicine for Victoria and apologizes for feeling like he messed up by not having it. Sarah says it’s okay as they have it now and hopefully it will help.

Chad goes to the DiMera Mansion and greets Nicole. They wish each other a Happy New Year as Chad hopes she doesn’t mind him dropping by unannounced. Nicole says not at all. Chad says he just wanted to thank EJ for letting him use the DiMera jet. Nicole says EJ has been upstairs on work calls all day but he’s welcome to wait which Chad accepts. Nicole asks about Chad taking the kids to Boston. Chad confirms that he just picked them up and they are going to ring in the New Year with Doug and Julie. Chad asks how Nicole and EJ are doing as he’s sure it must be rough, especially with the holidays. Nicole admits that it is. Chad tells her that he’s so sorry for her loss. Nicole thanks him. Chad asks if she has any New Year’s plans. Nicole says it will just be a quiet night at home as the last thing she wants to do is go to a party.

Tate and Holly arrive at the Bistro party where Johnny and Chanel greet them and wish them a Happy New Year. Chanel and Johnny encourage them to hit the buffet. Holly thanks them but says they are going to dance now. Stefan and Ava come in and comment on how the place is jumping. Ava tries to walk arm in arm with Stefan but Stefan argues that if they are supposed to be having an affair, it should be on the down low and not out in the open for the whole world to see. Ava remarks that it sounds like he’s speaking from experience. Stephanie comes over and greets them, then introduces them to Everett. Stephanie notes that Stefan is the CEO of DiMera Enterprises and also owns the Bistro while Ava is the general manager. Everett mentions being familiar with the DiMera and Vitali names as they have colorful family histories. Ava insists this is a legitimate business. Stephanie brings up that Salem has a history of surprise guests showing up on New Year’s Eve and asks if there’s any chance of that happening tonight. Stefan says not that he’s aware of.

Alex and Brady step outside the room as Brady tells Alex that he hopes he’s not going to give him a lecture since he and Theresa are actually getting along. Alex says it’s not that so Brady asks what it is. Alex tells Brady that at Christmas dinner, Maggie and company were all over him for putting in Theresa in charge of Bella Magazine. Alex notes that Brady didn’t take a stand but thinks Theresa could really use him in her corner. Alex adds that he’s told her what a great job she’s doing but thinks it would help coming from someone other than her boyfriend. Alex asks if Brady will help but Theresa interrupts and urges Alex to join her back on the dance floor. They head back in and are surprised to see Leo performing for the party. Stefan remarks to Ava that having the gossip queen around is not what they need while Brady and Alex agree that they can’t stand Leo. Leo praises Stefan and Ava for throwing the party. Stefan mocks Leo’s cape. Leo responds that capes are back and so is he.

Xander holds Victoria until she falls asleep. Sarah notes that he got her to calm down. Xander says maybe the medication kicked in and asks what they do now. Sarah says they will wait and hope her temperature goes down. Sarah decides she will text her friend to tell her that she’s not coming to the party. Xander asks if she’s sure. Sarah says her baby is sick so she’s not going to leave her as she is always her priority.

Nicole tells Chad that break ups can be tough as she knows. Nicole adds that she’s really sorry things didn’t work out between Chad and Stephanie. Chad thanks her but says he should’ve known he was moving too fast as it was too soon to move on from Abigail. Chad talks about Abigail redecorating the DiMera Mansion and says they had a lot of amazing memories there but a few really horrible ones. Chad thought he was ready to have another relationship but he obviously wasn’t. Nicole says she knows what he means, but says she was ready to be a mother again. Nicole declares that all too often, life catches them on the blind side.

Theresa greets Holly and Tate and asks if they are having a good time. Leo greets Everett and says he was looking for him as he wishes he and Stephanie a Happy New Year. Leo informs Everett that he has the power to bring the New Year in with a bang and bring the Spectator back to it’s glory days by reuniting the readers with Lady Whistleblower. Everett acknowledges that Leo’s column was always popular but at the moment they are emphasizing the investigative journalism side of the paper and not editorials. Leo brings up that Everett defended his column and adds that Chad is totally on board with him coming back if Everett signs off on it. Leo asks what good it is to aim the paper for the moon if no one is reading it. Everett then gives in and agrees to bring Leo back. Leo excitedly tells him that he won’t regret it for a second. Everett warns Leo that he wants impeccable sourcing. Leo assures that he will only get what is authentic and what he sees with his own two eyes.

Tate and Holly step outside. Holly tells Tate that she knows how they can make things even more fun. Holly then reveals the bag of pills from her purse and says she brought them a little something which shocks Tate.

Sarah checks Victoria’s temperature and finds that it is back to normal which relieves her and Xander. Xander points out that if Victoria is feeling better, maybe Sarah still has time to make it to the party. Sarah says she doesn’t care about the party as she’d much rather be here with her little girl and Xander.

Chad tells Nicole that he should get going as he told Doug and Julie that he’d be back soon. Nicole says she’ll tell EJ that he missed him. Nicole wishes Chad a Happy New Year as they hug. Chad says they deserve a midnight toast and tells Nicole to thank EJ for the jet for him. Chad hopes this coming year brings Nicole happiness as she deserves it. Nicole responds that they both do as they hug.

Alex goes to get drink refills for he and Theresa. Theresa comments to Brady that Tate is having a good time. Brady says just a week ago, he thought Tate and Holly were a bust and now they are the party together so it’s nice. Brady comments on Theresa being with Alex. Theresa acknowledges that Alex has been really great and supportive. Brady tells Theresa that he thinks Bella might be a great position for her and talks about how it was a big part of his portfolio. Brady adds that if Theresa has any questions about it, he’s there. Theresa gets offended and says she has no questions, especially from him. Theresa argues that she’s totally competent and overqualified for the job. Theresa says she’s not just rising to the occasion, she’s hitting it out of the park so she doesn’t need his condescending insult to offer her help. Theresa sarcastically thanks him for the vote of confidence and walks away.

Tate asks Holly if she’s crazy. She says she will be as Tate tells her to put the pills away. Theresa comes out and greets them. Tate asks her what’s wrong but Theresa says nothing and asks what they are up to and if they’re still having fun. Holly responds that it’s getting better and better. Theresa then walks away.

Everett and Stephanie decide they are done and agree to leave the party.

Tate warns Holly that someone could see them and Theresa almost did. Tate adds that his parents were both addicts so there’s no way he’s taking the pills and neither should she. Holly says they are just ADHD meds that she got from someone at school and that everyone is doing them. Tate says not him. Holly is surprised since she offered him weed the day they met. Tate argues that those are amphetamines, not weed. Holly argues that they are very mild ones. Holly says they just make her feel better and give her energy. Tate questions her needing to feel better and have more energy tonight when she’s with him. Holly insists that they’ll make things more fun for both of them. Tate says not for him and he’s out. Holly says fine and heads to the bathroom. Tate heads back inside the party asking if Johnny and Chanel have seen Holly. Chanel thinks she saw her go to the ladies room so Tate thanks her. Leo walks back over to Stefan, who comments on Leo still being there. Leo remarks to Stefan that he’s the only one at the party who truly understands him since both of their soulmates are locked up in prison, leaving them here to celebrate New Year’s all alone. Stefan argues that his soulmate is innocent while Leo’s is a slimy dirtbag. Leo reminds Stefan that’s his nephew that he’s talking about as he walks away. Leo calls out for Dimitri.

Nicole calls for EJ as she opens the bottle of champagne and notes that it’s almost midnight. Nicole says she is so ready for the year to be over and calls out to EJ to get off the phone as the ball is about to drop.

Johnny and Chanel walk through the park. Chanel gets a text from Paulina and says she can’t believe this. Chanel informs Johnny that Paulina said Abe came over for New Year’s Eve and told her not to come home which they laugh about. Chanel asks Johnny now where she’s supposed to go. Johnny thinks they can come up with something as they kiss.

Everett and Stephanie walk through the town square, talking about leaving the party as they did what they needed and didn’t need to stay with all the celebrating and kissing. Fireworks then start going off for New Year’s, so Everett and Stephanie begin kissing right as Chad walks into the town square and sees them.

Johnny and Chanel continue kissing in the park as fireworks go off for New Year’s.

Xander and Sarah watch the fireworks together and end up kissing.

Everybody at the party says Happy New Year as the clock strikes midnight. Ava and Stefan exchange kisses on the cheek. Theresa and Alex kiss as Brady watches and mutters a Happy New Year to everyone else who is alone tonight.

Tate goes searching for Holly and finds her on the ground outside, foaming at the mouth after having overdosed on her pills.

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Days Transcript Friday, December 29, 2023

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[sighs] OK, according to my schedule, which is actually your schedule, you should be waking up just in time to ring in the New Year. And I will have a bottle ready to pop.

[knock at door] Sarah, you look beautiful.

Thank you. You look like a new dad.

[sighs] Come in. Come in.


This is a nice surprise. I thought you were going to that big New Year’s Eve party.

I am, but I just wanted to stop in and give Victoria a New Year’s kiss. Do you mind?

Not at all.

Hi, angel. Are you having fun with your daddy? Yes?

[smooches] Her head’s warm.

[dramatic music]

Jeez, what, did I hit the jackpot or something? I got the best-looking girl in town on my arm for New Year’s Eve.

Yeah, we are both pretty lucky. I just–I wish I hadn’t left Mama all alone tonight.

You know that she wouldn’t have let us stay home tonight even if we wanted to, right?

I know. I know. It’s just, going into this New Year, worrying that she might have cancer–

Hey, hey, Paulina Price is a force to be reckoned with, OK? Let’s say, worst-case scenario, even if it is cancer, she is going to get treatment and kick its ass. I’m living proof, you can leave cancer in the rearview.

Yeah, you are.

And whatever happens, we are going to get through it together. Yeah?


Hi, Leo.


Bye, Leo.

No, no, no, no, no, wait. Ah, this must be kismet. You are just the man I wanted to see. CMDM, if I may call you that, I have a very interesting proposition for you.

Sorry, I’m almost ready.

No, you’re fine. I’m a little early.

Have I mentioned that I don’t like mixers that involve, you know, people?

Ev, you are the new editor in town. A lot of Salem’s movers and shakers will be there. This is a good way for you to meet them.

Can’t I just meet them on the job?

This is the job.

[chuckles] You’re not going for the party. You’re going to make connections. This is work for both of us.

And my date?

[groans] First of all, she called me a disgusting lothario was the word that she used, as I recall. And then she proceeds to punch me in my face and then barf all over me.


I’m not kidding. Like, blood and puke.


And it was the worst New Year’s Eve of my life.

Hey, guys.


Oh, hi. Hey, Tate, Brady. Happy New Year.

To you too.

Yeah, happy New Year, Mom, Alex.


And I got to go.

Where to?

Why do you care?

Just tell me.

He’s picking up Holly.

Thanks, Dad.

Why can’t she know that? It’s fine.

Holly, huh? OK. Well, last I heard, you were throwing her Christmas present in the trash.

Yeah, well, we worked things out.


Anyway, I’m sorry your date fizzled out for tonight, Dad.

It’s all right.

But I’ll see you guys later.

See you.

See you, son.


Your date?

Yes, my date was– was Rachel. But Kristin took her out of town for the weekend, so… Anyway, have a good night. Happy New Year to you. I’m gonna head home, so I’ll see you.

Wait a minute. Bup-bup-bup. Where do you think you’re going?

Theresa, I’m going home.

No, no, you’re not. You’re coming with us.



Hey, I’ve been looking for you.

Hey, yeah, I just– I needed to step outside and get some air before the festivities begin.

Hmm. Judging by the reservation list, it’s gonna be a hell of a night. And I got to hand it to you, looks good in there.



I’m just glad that was the last pickup, so now we can just concentrate on the party.


[phone ringing and buzzing] News alert?


[phone beeps]

Oh, two Salem kids were found dead.

[suspenseful music] OD’d… On cocaine laced with–


[tense music]

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


[thermometer beeping] I didn’t notice that she was warm when I laid her down. She OK?

Yeah, I mean, her temperature is elevated, but it’s nothing extreme yet. Would you grab me the baby acetaminophen?

Oh, I don’t have that.

Xander, there are things that every parent needs to have when they have a baby.

Obviously, I didn’t know about that one. Can you make me a list?

Yeah, I absolutely will.

OK, well, I’ll go get the… “acetaphinomin.”

Acetaminophen, baby acetaminophen.


[dramatic music]

You know, I think that the reason why Mama insisted that we go to the party tonight is so that we can report back, be the eyes and ears of the mayor ’cause she’s usually the one holding court in the center of it all.

Well, whatever the reason, I am just happy to be here tonight, holding you.

[tender music]

Proposition? We’ve gone over this, Leo. You’re not my type.

[sighs] This one has to do with “The Spectator.” One can’t help noting that since the departure of Salem’s favorite columnist, moi, circulation has gone from booming to bombing. And being the astute businessman that you are, you must know it would behoove you to bring Lady Whistleblower back, make that little rag go bing-bang-boom again.

[dramatic music]

I believe somewhere in all that babble was a request for your job back.


Mm. Isn’t mine to give. You’re gonna have to talk to the editor in chief.

Let me do it.

Oh. Thank you. Would you? I’m all thumbs, obviously.

[gasps] I gave these to you.

Yeah, you did, Valentine’s Day. They’re my favorites.

No, no, no, no. No, thank you. No, thank you. I have no interest in being a third wheel with you guys, so I’m just gonna go home; it’ll be fine.

Just stop being such a party pooper. Besides, you might even meet someone tonight.

Oh, not interested, thank you.

Really? No longer have any interest in women?

[chuckles] I’m not interested in meeting a woman tonight, Alex.

Oh, no?

OK, fine then, just come for the food and the laughs.

Food and the laughs? You think there’s gonna be laughter?


It’s gonna be fun?

It’s gonna be fun. There’s gonna be a lot of laughter. There’s gonna be a lot of funny people there, including me. I’m funny–ha-ha–aren’t I?


I never leave the house without a really good joke or a really witty remark, right?

Yeah, yeah.

Yeah. Yeah, so look, OK, fine, if you’re not coming for the laughs, just– you really want to spend New Year’s Eve on your own?

No. All right, I’ll come. I’ll come. I will come but just for a little while. I’m only staying for a little while.

No, you are gonna stay until the ball drops, until it is officially a New Year.

Theresa. You know, but it– this New Year’s probably gonna be just like the old year.


Can’t you just–

I don’t know.

Why are you such a cynic? Just snap out of it. This year is gonna be amazing. It’s gonna be mind-blowing, OK?


Because we’re gonna stop the war. We’re gonna find a cure for diseases and world hunger and stop climate change. I’m telling you. And I don’t know, I mean, maybe there might even be a wedding proposal or marriages or– I don’t know.


Go on.

I wouldn’t rule that out.

God, Mom, you scared me.

I’m sorry, I should have knocked. I got your text. So you’re going out with Tate tonight?

Yeah, to the Bistro. But if you need me to stay home–

No, no, why would I want you to stay home on New Year’s?

Are you sure you’re OK?

Yeah, I’m– I’m fine. I– I had a therapy session today, and I’m in a really good place. So EJ and I are having a quiet night in, just the two of us.

OK, well, I wouldn’t want to intrude on that.

You wouldn’t be intruding, but I’d be happy knowing that you’re having fun. So I hope you and Tate have a wonderful time tonight.

Oh, we will. I’m planning on it.



[tense music]

Laced? Laced cocaine? You think it came from here?

How the hell should I know, Ava? Look, all I know is, Clyde Weston’s guys, they pull up here. They drop shipments off. Then another group comes, and they take the shipments away, OK? We don’t know where the shipments come from, what’s in them, or where they’re going. We’re not drug dealers, all right?

OK, yeah, yeah, you keep telling yourself that.

[festive music]

[indistinct chatter]

[gasps] Happy New Year, everyone.

Hey, happy New Year to you too, Steph.

Hey, happy New Year.

Alex, you already know Everett, but, Chanel, Theresa, Brady, Johnny, I’d like to introduce Everett Lynch, “The Spectator’s” new editor in chief.

Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

Yeah, happy New Year.

Nice to meet you. Happy New Year. Happy New Year. Hi.

Happy New Year.

Oh, I spy a judge and the head of chamber of commerce. So good to see you guys.

Nice to meet you.

See you.

You too.

[sighs] OK, well, I think I’m gonna raid the buffet. Who’s with me?

Mm, me.


Come on, boo, let’s go.

Well, it’s only more hours and minutes until the New Year, so–

Oh, my God, come on, Brady, give the party a chance, would you?

Actually, I think I’m gonna give the appetizers a little chance myself.

Whoa, whoa, wait, wait, wait, please.

What? What is it?

There’s just something I want to talk to you about while Theresa is otherwise engaged.

OK, about what?

About her.

OK, you know what? Look.

[sighs] If you can get Everett to sign off on it, then I’m fine with it, provided–provided that you follow some rules. “The Spectator’s” my wife’s legacy, so I’m not gonna have you turn it into some crass gossip rag. So I will have final approval on everything that is printed, you understand?

Fine, fine, fine, no crassness. Well, minimal crassness, at least. I’ve already got some great ideas percolating.

Yeah, I bet you do.

So moving right along, any big New Year’s Eve plans for you and Stephanie?

No. Actually, we broke up.

Oh, Chadwick, I’m so sorry.

[dramatic music] Interesting. Why would Stephanie Johnson spend the night at the Brady Pub? So when did you and Stephanie call it quits?

It’s none of your business. In fact, you know what? None of my business is any of your business, you got it?

OK, potential future boss’ boss. Now I must go find Mr. E. Lynch.

Aw. Hello, my darling.

[sighs] From the moment you were born, my life got sweeter and sweeter. Do you know that? Hmm?

[soft music] You are still warm, but you’re not crying, so I know you’re not in any pain. And as soon as your daddy gets back, we are gonna get that fever down. OK, my precious girl?

Hmm, yeah, I vote no on that one.

Yeah, me too.

OK, next.



So how was therapy? You said it put you in a better place, right?

It did, and I’m really glad I went. And this year, I am gonna focus on all my blessings and my biggest one being you, my sweet girl.

[both chuckle]

OK, how about this?

Maybe. You know, I have some things in my closet you can try on if you want.

I’m not wearing a mom dress.

[gasps] Mom dress? What? I’m not that frumpy, am I?

Well, not yet.

[scoffs] Not yet?


You’re such a stinker.

Could things get any worse?

Don’t tempt the gods.

Hmm. You know Tripp told me that he’s moving to Hong Kong with Wendy? Yeah. You know, actually, it might be for the best since then he’ll be out of Clyde’s reach.

Congratulations. No such luck with Gabi, though.

Right. Stefan, speaking of your wife, there’s something that you need to know. I told Harris that you and I were dating.

[intriguing music]

Why would you do that?

Well, when he found us huddled together when we were hiding drugs, he assumed that we– I don’t know, he stumbled upon an intimate moment, and I just went along with it. It’s better that he thinks that than he suspects what’s really going on here.

Right. Guess you’re right, though I hate the idea of the public thinking I’m cheating on Gabi.

[sighs] But you’re right. It’s a good cover.

Yeah, so… guess we’re having an affair.

[doorbell rings]

I’ll get it.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, not too eager, honey.

OK. Gotcha.

[chuckles] Whoa, Tate, aren’t you looking dapper?

[chuckles] Thanks, Mrs. DiMera. Is Holly ready?

Yeah, come on in.

[soft music]

[all chuckle]

Wow. Wow.

Yes, you said that already.

Oh, yeah. So are you ready to go?

Well, listen, have fun at the party, and be home by midnight.

[chuckles] Just kidding. OK, you can be home at : a.m. since it’s New Year’s. Happy almost , you two.

You too, Mom.

And by the way, your mom’s outfit isn’t so frumpy after all, right?


Thank you. OK, have fun.

Love you.

So are you ready to go?

Almost. Just thought we’d skip the “do we, don’t we” weirdness at midnight. And just so you know, we do.

Can’t wait till midnight.




Hi. Did you get it?

I did. I had to go to three different stores. And the one that was open was a liquor store, but they had the baby aceta– what you said.

Yes, great. Thank you. I gave her a bath, but she’s still feverish.

Oh, I’m so sorry I messed up with the meds.

No, no, no, it’s OK. We have it now. And so hopefully, it’ll help.



Happy New Year, Chad.

Hey, yeah, happy New Year.

Good to see you.

Yeah, you too. I’m sorry, I hope you don’t mind me dropping by unannounced.

No, not at all.

Yeah, I just wanted to– to thank EJ for letting me use the jet.

Oh, you sure you don’t want to thank Stefan for that?

Mm, no, no, I would rather thank EJ.

Oh, well, he’s been upstairs on business calls, so you’re welcome to wait.

Is that OK?

Yeah, come on.


Why don’t you have a seat? So you were in Boston, huh, with the kids?

Yeah, just picked them up this morning. They’re gonna ring in the New Year with Doug and Julie.

Oh, lucky Doug and Julie.

Lucky kids.


[clears throat]

How are you? How are you and EJ doing? I’m sure it must be rough, especially with the holidays and all.

[sighs] Yes, it is.

[dramatic music]

I’m so sorry for your loss, Nicole.

Thank you.

Do you have any New Year’s plans?

Oh, God, no, no, just a quiet night at home. The last thing I want to do is go to a party.



[festive music]

[indistinct chatter]

Oh, hey. Holly, how’s it going? Tate, good to see you.

Yeah, you guys too.

Happy New Year. You guys look so festive.

So do you. Yeah, this party looks pretty lit.

Yeah, oh, and let me tell you, you have to hit the buffet. I know you just got here, but it’s amazing.

Especially the shrimp curry. You better hurry and get over there. It’s gonna be gone soon.

Nice, nice, yeah.

Thanks, but we’re gonna go dance now.


Look at that. This place is jumping.

Yeah, that’s one way to put it.

[both chuckle]

Oh, hey, what are you–

What? It’s not like I grabbed your ass or something.

Shh! What–

What is it–

We’re supposed to be having an affair. Don’t you think it’d be better if it was on the down low instead of out in the open for the whole world to see?

Oh, sounds like you’re speaking from experience here, huh?


Hey, Ava.


Stefan, happy New Year.

Yeah, same to you.

Have you met Everett Lynch, “The Spectator’s” new editor in chief?

No, I haven’t had the pleasure.

Nor have I.

Well, this is Ava Vitali and Stefan DiMera, who not only is the CEO of DiMera Enterprises; he also owns this establishment. And Ava Vitali is the general manager.

DiMera and Vitali, I’m familiar with those names. You both have quite the– you just–you both have the sort of…

[clears throat] Colorful family histories. But you’re a restaurateur now, which is so great. I love–I love rest– does your family frequent the restaurant, just out of curiosity?

It’s a legitimate business.

Right, right.

So Salem has a history of surprise guests showing up on New Year’s Eve.


Any chance of that happening tonight?

Not that I’m aware of.

[sighs] Look, man, I hope you’re not planning to give me some kind of a lecture or anything, ’cause, actually, Theresa and I are getting along right now just fine.

That’s not totally what I wanted to talk to you about.

What is it?


At Christmas dinner, Maggie and company were all over me for putting Theresa in charge of “Bella.” You didn’t take a stand, but I think Theresa could really benefit from you being in her corner right now. I mean, I keep telling her how great she’s doing, but I think she needs some confidence building from somebody other than her boyfriend, you know? So what do you say? Could you maybe show a little bit of support?

Alex, the dance floor’s hopping. You got to come out there, show me your dance moves. Come on.

All right.

[people cheering]

[quirky music]

[people gasping]

Oh, you got to be kidding me.

What the hell is that?

[cheers and applause]

[festive music]

Great, just what we need, that gossip queen poking his nose around here.

I can’t stand that little bastard.

You and me both.

[sighs] I must say, this is quite the shindig. Hats off for throwing a fabu party.


Leo, isn’t there a vampire convention you should be attending somewhere?

Ugh! You don’t like my cape? Shows how much you know about fashion. Despite the opinion of Edna Mode, capes are back, baby. So am I.

You got her to calm down.

Well, or maybe the medication is kicking in.

[dramatic music] So what do we– what do we do now?

We wait. Hopefully, her temperature will drop. I’m gonna text my friend and tell her that I’m not coming to the party.

You sure?

Yeah, of course I’m sure. My baby is sick. I’m not gonna leave her. She’s my priority, always.

[chuckles] Breakups can be tough. I ought to know.

[both chuckle] Chad, I’m really sorry things didn’t work out between you and Stephanie.

Thank you. Yeah, I should have known I was moving too fast, that it was too soon to… move on after Abigail. This house… You know she redecorated it? She’s the one that…


Gave it this little facelift.

[chuckles] A lot of amazing memories in this home… A few really horrible ones.


You know, I… thought I was ready to… have another relationship, and I obviously wasn’t.

I know what you mean.

[sighs] But for me… I was ready to be a mother again. But all too often, life catches us on the blind side.


Oh, hey, you guys. Are you having a good time?


[festive music]

Mr. Everett, just the man I was looking for. And before I launch into my very exciting pitch, happy New Year to both you and Ms. Johnson.

Mm, same to you, Leo.

Happy New Year, Leo. Happy New Year. What’s the exciting pitch?

OK, so as editor in chief, you have the power to bring in the New Year with a bang and to bring “The Spectator” back to its glory days by reuniting your readers with their beloved Lady Whistleblower.

[chuckles] Look, Leo, I– look, your column has always been extremely popular. It’s just, at the moment, we’re emphasizing the investigative journalism side of the paper, not the editorials.

I hear that, but you defended my column in your column, which I greatly appreciated. And Chad is totally on board with me coming back if you agree to it. Come on, what good is aiming your paper for the moon if there’s no one on the moon to read it?

Yeah, OK, we’ll have you back.

Ah! Yes! Yes! Yes! You will not regret this, not for a moment, not for a nanosecond.

But listen, I don’t want anything unprincipled, OK? I want impeccable sourcing.

OK, I hear that, boss. You will only be getting from me what is authentic and veracious, and that’s “veracious” with an E, not with an O, meaning… well, chock-full of veracity, also gripping, spellbinding. What I mean to say is only that that I see with my two eyes.

All right.

You having fun?

You have to ask?


And I know how we can make things even more fun.

Oh, yeah?

[tense music]

I brought us a little something.

[thermometer beeping]

Her temperature’s back to normal.

Oh, thank God.

[chuckles] Between the meds and your lullaby…

Oh, well, I doubt it anything to do with the latter, but she’s feeling better. Maybe you have time to nip over to your party now.

Oh, no, no, I don’t care about the party. I’d much rather be here with my little girl…


[dramatic music]

And you.

I should get going. I told Doug and Julie I’d be back soon.

OK. Well, I will tell EJ that he missed you. Well, happy New Year, Chad.



You two deserve a midnight toast. And thank him for the jet for me.

I will tell him.

I hope this coming year brings you happiness, Nicole. You deserve it.

Yeah, we both do.

[both chuckle]

Come here.

Well, I am going in for a refill. Anyone else?

I’ll take another cranberry soda.

You got it.


[festive music] So…


At least Tate’s having a good time.

Seems he is. I mean, just a week ago, I thought he and Holly were a bust, and now they’re here at a New Year’s Eve party. It’s nice.


And here you are with– with Alex.

Mm-hmm, yeah. He’s been really great, so supportive.

Mm. That’s good. I wanted to tell you that I think this “Bella” position might be good for you. Actually, I mean, “Bella” was a big part of my portfolio a while back. And look, Theresa, if you have– if you’re feeling insecure or you have any questions about it, I’m here.

[chuckles] No, I don’t have any questions and certainly not for you, and you know what? The last thing I am is insecure. You know why?

No, I–

Because, Brady, I don’t know, this might come as a total shock to you, but I am totally competent and so overly qualified for this job. In fact, I’m not even just rising to the occasion. I am hitting it out of the park and I’m knocking ’em dead. So really, the last thing I need from you is your condescending insult to offer me help. But hey, thanks for the vote of confidence, OK? See you, yeah.

Are you crazy?

No, but I will be soon.

Holly, put those away.

Hey, you guys.

Hi. Hi, Mom.


[clears throat]

What’s wrong?

Nothing. Everything’s fine. What are you guys up to? Still having fun?

It’s getting better and better.


[clears throat] I think I am schmoozed out.


I think I’m schmoozed out.

I am definitely schmoozed out.

OK, glad we’re in sync here. What do you say we make an exit?

Holly, someone might see us. My mom almost did. And by the way, my parents are both addicts, so there is no way I’m taking those, and neither should you.

Oh, come on, they’re just some ADHD meds I got from someone at school. Everyone does it.

Yeah, well, not me, and I didn’t think that you did either.

Really? Because I offered you weed, like, your first day in Salem.

That is not weed, Holly. Those are amphetamines.

Very mild ones. Look, they– they just make me feel better, OK? And they give me energy.

What, so you need to feel better and have more energy tonight when you’re with me?

Tate, you don’t understand. They’ll just– they’ll make things more fun for both of us.

Yeah, no, not for me. I’m out.

Fine, Mr. Goody Two-Shoes. I’m going to the bathroom.

[tense music]

[festive music]

[indistinct chatter]

Hey, Johnny, Chanel, have you guys seen Holly anywhere?

I think I saw her go to the ladies’ room a little while ago.

Yeah, thanks.

Leo, you’re still here. Thought you’d have taken off to rescue the citizens of Gotham City by now.

Ah, poke fun all you like, Stefan. I’m the only one at this party who truly understands you.

How’s that?

Well, both of our soul mates are locked up in prison cells, leaving you and I here to celebrate New Year’s Eve all alone.

Right, except my soul mate is innocent and yours is a slimy dirtbag.

Hey, that’s your nephew you’re talking about.

[sighs] Dimitri, Dimitri, wherefore art thou, Dimitri?


[sighs] EJ, come on, it’s almost midnight! Oh, I am so ready for this year to be over.

[sighs] EJ, get off the phone! The ball’s about to drop!

[cork pops] Whoo!


[dramatic music]


[phone beeps]

Oh, it’s Mama. I hope everything’s OK. Oh, my God, I can’t believe this.

What’s wrong?

Abe came over for New Year’s Eve, and she just texted me not to come home.

[chuckles] Oh, I see. So, what, did Abe– did he hang a tie on the doorknob?


Could be. So now what? Where am I supposed to go?

Well, I think we can come up with something.


It’s OK we left, right?

Oh, definitely. Yeah, there was no need to stay. We did all we needed to do. We didn’t need to stay, with all the celebrating and the kissing.


[fireworks booming]

[instrumental version of “Auld Lang Syne”]

[people cheering]

[party horns tooting]

[sighs] Happy New Year… to everybody else who’s alone tonight.

Oh, my God! Holly? Holly? Hey!

[tense music] What–Holly.

[panting] Hey, Holly, it’s gonna be– it’s gonna be OK. Just–

[panting] Holly.

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GH Short Recap Friday, December 29, 2023

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Recap written by Eva

Spencer finds out that Trina has been accepted into an art program at the Sorbonne in Paris and he accepts Trina’s invitation to go with her to Paris.

Esme goes to the prison to visit her mom Heather. Heather figures out that Esme has her memory back and advises her not to tell anyone for Ava’s sake. Esme goes to the waterfront to watch the fireworks and sees Spencer and Trina watching the fireworks together and doesn’t look happy to see them together.

Alexis and Gregory skydive together even though Alexis is very nervous about jumping out of a plane. When they finish the dive Alexis is glad she did it because it was beautiful to see Port Charles from the sky. Gregory kisses Alexis and then they watch the fireworks together.

Michael and Carly spend New Years Eve at the Savoy together and Ned and Carly argue because Carly wants to know why he turned her and Drew into the SEC. Ned almost tells Carly the truth but Michael stops him from doing it by reminding him about the ELQ shares he gave him.

Lois and Olivia are also at the Savoy and Lois figures out Nina turned Carly and Drew into the SEC. Olivia begs Lois not to say anything in order to keep peace in the family. Lois decides Sonny needs to know and she tells Sonny his family has been lying to him.

Cyrus tells Nina if she doesn’t tell Sonny the truth he will do it. Cyrus and Nina have a long talk and Nina decides that she should be the one to tell Sonny the truth.

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merci beaucoup. Je reviens tout de suite. Okay. You said thank you, and she said, um, something right away. Hey, there we go. Very good. Yes. She said that she would be back right away. That’s very good, trina. Thank you. You’re picking it up already. Thank you. Wow, this place is incredible. This is one of your favorite spots? So, actually, I have never been to this restaurant before because I wanted to try a place that was new to both of us as part of our new beginning together. Mm, I love that. I love everything about paris so far, except tonight, considering that you have completely left me in the dark about what you have in store for us. So let’s hear it, cassadine. Oh, what, and spoil the surprise? No. No, no, no, no.

[ Monitor beeping ]

[ Door closes ] He’s asleep again. I should have been here when he woke up. How are his vitals? The same, dr. Robinson. He’s been in and out. Why don’t you speak to him? Let him know that you’re here. Okay. Kevin, honey? It’s me. I’m here. I don’t know if you can hear me, but… I-I really need you to wake up. Can you do that? Can you open your eyes for me? Hi. Oh, thank you for coming back to me, sweetheart. Thank you. Hey. Port charles police. I’m detective falconeri. This is detective chase. We were told you were coming. Any updates? We’ve been monitoring the apartment for 24 hours. No one matching ms. Prince or the nanny’s description have exited. So the apartment’s still occupied? Well, thanks for holding off, waiting for us. This, uh, could be trouble. Police. Open up! Ben: Do you feel that? Yeah. Yeah, yeah, I felt a pinch. So far, so good. The surgery confirmed that your body is capable of healing from your injury. To what extent, we’ll find out. Yes, we will. So I’m guessing physical therapy is going to change now that I have feeling in my legs. Yes, but keep in mind, we still have a long road ahead. How long, exactly? Each patient is different, so it’s hard to say. Okay. Fair enough, fair enough. Why don’t we see if I can stand? Give it a shot? Oh, no, you won’T. Take it court is in recess? Finn: Diane just rested her case. So you’re up next. No, no, she already called me as a witness. My time on the stand is done. Sorry I’m late. How’d it go? Finn just told us that he was called as a witness for the plaintiff. And? Uh… that good. It was bumpy, but sam may have saved the day. Sam? Where is she? Chasing down more information. Pertaining to…? Muldoon saw an oncologist weeks before he came to see me. How can an oncologist miss late-stage cancer? He didn’T. To 50 years with my best friend and my soulmate.[Clanking]

[Gasping] Nooo… aya…

[ Alarm ringing ]

Theory is, after losinghis shirt in the market and cashing in a life insurance policy, muldoon finds out he has late-stage cancer, not much time left. Rather than bankrupting his family with medical bills, he goes after finn for malpractice. Total con job. What do you think? The reasoning is sound. What kind of circumstantial evidence did sam uncover? Proof that muldoon went to the medical pavilion where the oncologist had their office before he ever went to see finn. But there are other offices in that building. So it’s far from conclusive. And even if muldoon did set finn up, we don’t know if the wife had any knowledge of it. But isn’t it enough for the judge to just throw out the case? Correct me if I’m wrong. If we don’t have hard evidence of muldoon’s cancer diagnosis, we’ve got nothing. So put her back on the stand. Make her crack. Make the attempted fraud public record. Hello, ben. I-I am sorry to interrupt like this. Ms. Henry. As you see, we’re in the middle of a therapy session. Aunt stella, what are you doing here? Just peeping in since I was here at the hospital. Is this your first session since your surgery? You know good and well it is. Auntie, you don’t have to check on me. I got this. That’s what you’ve been saying since you were a little boy. Always getting ahead of yourself. I need to grab a few more towels. You don’t need to check on me, and you don’t need to worry. Oh, it’s too late for that. I’ve been doing that all your life. Do you remember when you insisted you could play basketball with the neighborhood teenagers? You were 8 years old. Yeah, I know that tommy made those kids let me play. Mm-hmm. And how many times did you limp home with a skinned knee or a bloody nose when a elbow went wide? Yeah, and you always patched me up, and I lived through it. Auntie, I didn’t give up then, and I’m not going to give up now. I just want to assess how the surgery went. And you need to do that today? Well, isn’t that the point of physical therapy, to get me to walking again?

[ Sighs ] And they call me stubborn. Uh, hey, ben? How long does it take you to get a couple of towels? You got enough yet? Yeah. Okay. Look, I — I can’t tell my nephew what to do, but please — um, that would be a first. Hush. Please tell us, isn’t it dangerous for curtis to try to push himself to stand so quickly? Since coq au vin is a classic, I think I’ll try that. What type of vin do you think we should drink with it? Rouge or blanc? Monsieur cassadine? I’m sorry? What’s on your mind? Oh, they have, um — they have black gold caviar here. When I was younger and a little bit more — cute? I was going to say pretentious, but I once went to a restaurant with my father, and they had black gold caviar, and I asked him if we could get it, and he said no. And so I asked if we could have it at home. And I asked, and I asked, and I asked, and I asked, and eventually he gave in, and he had it served, and I loved it. You had caviar? How young were you? Young enough to be served black beans and believe it was caviar.

[ Both laugh ] Um, I really hope that ace grows up a bit more grounded than I did. Well, I’m sure your father has learned a lot since you, maybe even from you. We don’t have to talk about them. I don’t want to ruin our night. What? You’re not ruining my night by telling me your feelings. I want to hear your stories, share your troubles. That’s what couples do. I guess I’m still getting used to being in a healthy relationship, so you’ll have to be patient with me. Of course. I love you. And I love you, mademoiselle robinson.

[ Chuckles ] Can you tell me where we are? Uh, general hospital. I assume on the 10th floor. That’s correct. And what about what year it is? 1912?

[ Laughs ] 2023 — no, ’24. Sorry. I’m still getting used to saying it.

[ Laughs ] Oh. Kevin, who did this to you? It was esme. Ms. Fitzgerald? What do you want? These are american law enforcement officers. They have questions for you. I don’t have to answer them. I’d cooperate if I were you. You’re an irish national, ms. Fitzgerald, not a canadian citizen. If american law enforcement’s looking for you — hello again, detective falconeri. Hey, maggie. Can we, uh, come in and talk to you for a minute? How’s your lovely lady friend? Oh, uh, sam. She’s, uh — yeah, she’s doing great. Um, thanks for asking. I’m doing well, too. Shortly after you came to see me in devon, I started a new position with a family here in toronto. Things have been quiet for me. I’d like to keep them that way. Well, we’ll make this quick, uh, maggie, and… we’re not here to cause you any trouble. We’re just looking for esme prince.

When we found youon the floor of alexis’ office, we assumed that it was esme. Is she in custody? No. No, esme is gone. But chase and dante got a lead that esme traveled to toronto. I guess she has an old nanny there that she was going to see. They’re looking for her now. Kevin, do you have any idea why she attacked you?

[ Sighs ] I found her in the office. We were talking. I thought I was getting through to her. We were seated. Then she started pacing when she was talking about her hopes for ace’s future. Then the world went black. Okay. And that’s probably enough for — for right now, you know? You should probably get your rest, right, portia? Actually, I’m kind of hungry. That’s a good sign. Oh? I’ll let the nurse know. Um, laura’s right, though. Get some rest. What else am I going to do in here?

[ Chuckles ] Don’t look so worried. It was so scary finding you on the floor like that, unconscious. And I couldn’t wake you. Well, I didn’t survive ryan all these years just to be done in by his daughter.

[ Chuckles ] But all that concern isn’t just for me, is it? I’m really upset about esme. I believed in her, you know? I-I really believed that her love for her baby ace was going to be the thing that gave her the strength to turn her life around. And it did. She was doing so well. She was a good mom. And then she got her memory back. You know, I think it’s almost that she didn’t have the opportunity to reconcile her two identities before nikolas came back, and he took her son. Ace is a very grounding force for esme. I think losing her son just pushed her over the edge. Love is a powerful motivator, both for good and ill. Are you in pain? Mm, oh, no. Uh… I’m bothered by the assumption that esme went to toronto to see her nanny. I think she’d go after nikolas. Yeah, I know. I know. Me, too, but I-I think she just doesn’t have anything to go on. She doesn’t have the resources, and toronto is not very far. It doesn’t put much strain on her credit card to travel there. Esme’s credit card? Yeah, I forgot to tell you. The pcpd found out that esme charged a bus ticket to toronto. Something’s off. Uh… it’s like something happened in alexis’ office that I can’t quite remember. You say you don’t want to cause trouble, but there are three police officers from two countries in my apartment. And what are those two doing? Uh, like I said, maggie, we’re not here for you. We’re looking for esme. Well, you’re looking in the wrong place.

[ Object clatters ] Don’t go throwing things about. Okay, wait. If you — if you’re saying esme isn’t here, you got to come clean. You got to tell us where she is. How would I know that? Because we have reason to believe that she came here to see you. That’s pure rubbish. I haven’t seen esme in years. I think I’ll try every coq au vin to see which one’s the best in paris. Mm. That’s a good idea. Considering the fact that I don’t know how to cook, I’m sure that we’ll be doing a fair amount of dining out. But if you only have coq au vin, then won’t you miss out on a lot of other fantastic french food? Yeah, but I think I’ll have plenty of opportunities to try other tasty dishes. Mm. There’ll be a lot more to this trip than just food, trina robinson. Like what? Studying? Sure. Yeah. Very important. Dancing? I’m sure that we’ll wander into a club or two, yeah. Starting tonight? Are you going to tell me what you have planned? Mm… well, you’ll certainly be getting the vip treatment. You’re enjoying the secrecy a little too much. Yeah, maybe. Okay, fine. I don’t mean to drag it out. I’ll tell you if you really want to know. No! And ruin the surprise? How dare you?

[ Laughs ] Well, you certainly keep me on my toes, trina robinson. Aunt stella, it won’t be dangerous. Ben is right here. I suppose there’s no harm in trying. I will be with him, and curtis will have the parallel bars to stabilize him. Alright. Let’s get it.

[ Curtis grunts ] Ben: Okay, okay. Now align your hands right above your hips and use your arms to push your weight up, okay? 3, 2, 1.

[ Grunts ]

[ Panting ] You’re good. You’re good. Back down. Hey. Great work, curtis. Good going. You wanted a gauge, and now we know. What do you say? Do you want to get back to work or…? No, that’ll be it for today. Are you sure? There’s still 20 minutes left in our session. Ben, can — can we have a moment, please? You were right, aunt stella. It was a mistake to try to stand so soon. Curtis? Did you make your slam dunk on the first try? No. So why did you think this was going to work on the first try? Alexis is right. At this point, the first step would be to compel the oncologist to disclose that muldoon had a cancer diagnosis prior to a visit with you. That would establish intent from muldoon. But to accuse his wife of complicity with circumstantial evidence, that’s risky. We got no way of proving she had prior knowledge of his condition. To point the finger at her and start ranting about fraud, that would be a complete hail mary on our part. But isn’t that what lawyers are supposed to do? Throw out alternative possibilities? At least if the accusation is out there, the G.H. Lawyers can run with it, especially if I have anything to say about it. Finn? What do you think? Uh… what will happen to mrs. Muldoon if we accuse her of fraud? Oh, who cares? Alexis: Tracy. I could use some water. Tracy, will you come with me? If you insist. In answer to your question, she’d be charged with fraud. If those charges are proven, she’d be looking at jail time. If she knew her husband was lying. That’s the question. But how do we know if mrs. Muldoon was in on the fraud or not? I got one idea.

so tuesday will be non-stop, but I think I can meet you for a quick dinner. Trina. Believe me, I would love to spend every single day with you if I could, but I understand that you’re here first and foremost for school, so if you need to prioritize your classes, that is okay. You don’t have to worry about me, alright? I’ll keep myself busy. How? Well, I’ve been giving that a lot of thought. Um, you know, you’re so passionate about art and the way that you talk about it and live your life for it. And I’d like to figure out what that is for me and what my passion is. And maybe I’ll figure that out here in paris. Well, there’s always le cordon bleu. Yeah, I don’t even think

they could help me with my cooking skills, but maybe. Maybe. It’s a good option. I think that there’s a lot of things here for me to explore, so we’ll just have to see. I just hate that I wasted so much time when I was here, you know, before, being angry with my father and planning to get back at ava and — well, you had help. Esme stoked your anger, and she did everything she could to manipulate you. Mm-hmm. Yeah, first esme, and then uncle victor. But I’m just very glad that we can finally put that all behind us. I’m very sorry that I dragged you into all of that. You didn’t deserve it. And neither did you. How do you do that? You’re so supportive. You’re so sweet. And you’re so hot.

[ Chuckles ] You make me want to be better. Well, I think you’re pretty amazing. Thank you, but I think that there’s still plenty of room for improvement. You’ll get there. Esme hasn’t reached out to you? Called you? Texted you? Mailed you a letter? I wrote her with my address here in toronto. But that was months ago. Esme never wrote back. I haven’t heard from her. Okay, we got a letter that you wrote to esme, inviting her to come here to see you. Did you have the handwriting analyzed? Because I never extended any such invitation. The family I work for now are very private, very security conscious. Esme’s a troubled girl with a criminal record. I feel terrible for her, but… I don’t want to jeopardize my current employment.

[ Sighs ] Writing letters is one thing. Seeing esme face to face? I’d never do it. There’s no sign of esme. Nothing to suggest that she has ever been here. Yep.

[ Sighs ] I know you’re disappointed, but you have got to be patient with yourself. I’ve been nothing but patient, auntie. I feel like I’ve been beating back this feeling of powerlessness forever. Doing everything I can to make things better. And — and, I mean, I was at that point of acceptance, but… this procedure, it’s renewed my hope. Now that it has, I want to move forward. But you are moving forward, baby. Just slower than you’d like. Yeah, so slow, I’m standing still. Oh, my bad, I can’t even stand.

[ Sighs ] Well, now you’re feeling sorry for yourself. And that’s not like you. Listen. Listen to me. You’re going to keep at it, and you’re going to get this one effort at a time. What — what’s the alternative? Giving up? Well, weren’t you the one saying that pushing was a bad idea? I’m always offering my two cents when it’s not needed. But the last thing I wanted was to undermine your belief in yourself. That wasn’t you. My legs did. No, you have always exceeded people’s expectations. Weren’t you the only freshman to make varsity basketball in high school? Yeah. Coach didn’t even want me to try out. Mm-hmm. But you proved him wrong, didn’t you? I guess all those skinned knees playing street ball eventually paid off, huh? You proved everybody wrong. What if my streak is over?

[ Sighs, chuckles ] It’s not, baby. You just need to pace yourself. You’ll get there. I believe that. And I believe in you. Stella. Stella, I’m glad you’re here, too. Kevin collins, he’s awake, and he’s doing better. Oh, praise be. Good news. Where’s ben? Is your physical therapy session over? Is it?

[ Sighs ] Ah, I needed this. Thanks. Anything for a friend. Is that what we are? Well, I only allow friends and family to manipulate me, so I guess so.

[ Laughs ] I really did need the water, but you have to admit, you weren’t exactly helping. Yes, I was. This is no time for finn to be noble or selfless. He’s losing patients because of this groundless lawsuit. And he’s such a good doctor. No argument here. I’m just glad finn has you on his side. My kids haven’t only lost a father. Dr. Finn has jeopardized their future. Without dennis, how am I going to pay for their schools, their college? I’m doing everything I can to win a settlement that will meet the needs of your children. Forgive me, ladies. Counselor, could I have a word? Of course. I’m going to go confer with mr. Grey. I will be right back. Take this moment for yourself. Do some deep breathing. It sounds trite, but believe me, it does help. And whatever you do, do not engage the defendant. What — what do you think? Should I let martin accuse mrs. Muldoon of fraud? Um, heads up. She’s coming. If you had a shred of decency, you would change your plea to guilty, and you would end this right now. Excuse me, mrs. Muldoon. You shouldn’t be speaking to dr. Finn — it’s okay. It’s okay. I want to hear what she has to say. Go ahead, mrs. Muldoon. Let’s talk about decency.

I’m just taking a break. Auntie, would you tell ben that I’m good to go, and we still have work to do? Be happy to.

[ Sighs ] What did I miss? I messed around and pushed too hard. But don’t worry. Um, nothing was hurt but my ego. Oh. I’m really glad that kevin’s okay. Uh, have you heard anything about esme? No. Nothing yet. I’m hoping that dante and chase find her in toronto, and they apprehend her and put her in prison where she belongs, because I’m done. I’m absolutely done with her. I never, ever want to have to worry about esme prince again. Well, uh, looks like she played us. She, uh, gave us a false lead.

[ Chuckles ] If esme didn’t come looking for maggie, then where did she go? Maggie, uh, I don’t know if you know, but esme has regained her memory, and she just assaulted a man and put him in the hospital and nearly killed him. So any insights into esme would be greatly appreciated — you know, places she would go, people she would want to see. I’ve been trying to tell you, I don’t know. I did my best by esme, tried to steer her right, but she — nothing would sway her. She was dead set on reuniting with her family. Her family. Maybe that’s the key. Bennett: So walk me through what happened when you arrived on the scene. I came into alexis davis’ office. Esme was already there. She was seated. She had her laptop open. And she startled when she realized I was there. It was — it was like she thought I caught her doing something. Kevin: Esme? Laura, you said that esme used her credit card to purchase travel to toronto. Her own credit card? Yeah. Then what was she doing with

the invader’s corporate card? She had it in her hand. I saw it when I came into the room. Uh, we better call alexis. Mm. I should get the check. I don’t want us to be late. Late for what? Oh, you’ll see. I would like to add someone to the witness list. It’s a little late in the game, counselor. It is. And I apologize for the short notice, but some new information has suddenly come to light. Who’s the witness? Dr. Powell. What, doesn’t ring a bell? No. Should it? Well, I guess you’ll find out. What are my children going to do?

[ Cellphone chimes ] We have to sell our home. Our futures were all planned. I have to deal with a minor emergency. My husband went to you… good luck. …And now he’s dead. Was he just another faceless patient to you? None of my patients are faceless. Not ever. I’m very sorry for your loss, mrs. Muldoon. But I did tell your husband he needed to do follow-up testing and… he failed to do that. That’s not dennis. You’re wrong. He would have taken proper steps if he would have understood that something was seriously wrong. He would never risk leaving me and the children. Even at the very end, all he could think about was the kids. That’s why he told me to sue. He wanted to make sure that his family was taken care of. So the malpractice suit was your husband’s idea? Yes. That’s how much he loved us. And when he was in terrible pain, he didn’t worry about himself. He was worried about his family. It’s just not right that a man that loving should die so young. No, it isn’T.

I can’t stop thinking about that parents’ night where dennis talked to you.No, no, no, no, no, no. God, I wish he hadn’t — no. I thought I asked you not to talk to dr. Finn. What did you say? Not much. Your client, however, said plenty. Okay. Let’s go. What’d she say to you, son? Yeah, I’d like to hear the answer to that question myself. A lot of accusations. Doesn’t matter. She’s in pain. Um, how’d it go with diane? Diane miller’s got the best poker face I’ve ever seen, but I honestly don’t think she had any idea why I’m calling a late witness. I mean, I mentioned the oncologist’s name, and there was nothing, no indication of recognition whatsoever. Did you mention that he was an oncologist? Do I look like an idiot? Well —

[ Clears throat ] I didn’t think that diane would be an accessory to fraud. I don’t think mrs. Muldoon is, either. I-I didn’t get the feeling she knew. Yeah, neither did I. That’s for her lawyer to prove. If mrs. Muldoon goes to prison, what will happen to her kids? Oh, I think the question you should be asking is, if you don’t win this case, what will happen to your kid? Sorry, maggie. Excuse us for just a minute. I — w-we got to explore the family aspect. What family? I mean, esme’s mother is in pentonville, and ever since she attacked her uncle kevin, that pretty much rules out any support she’d get from kevin and laura. Who else is left? Her son. Alexis should be here any moment now.

[ Cellphone ringing ] Oh. And this is dante right now. Dante, hi. I’m here with kevin and detective bennett, and you’re on speaker. Hey, kevin. How you doing? My head hurts. Otherwise, I’m okay. Oh, good to hear. Have you found anything in toronto? Uh, no. It’s a dead end. We think esme was just trying to buy some time. But we’re thinking, you know, maybe, uh — h-have you heard from nikolas? Uh, as far as I know, the last person to speak to him was spencer. Why? Well, we’re thinking maybe esme is trying to track down nikolas so she can reclaim ace before she goes into hiding. I’m sure that’s what she’d like to do, but she has no means of tracking nikolas. However, we might have a new lead on our end.

[ Knock on door ] Actually, oh, here. Alexis just walked in right now. Alexis, I have chase and dante on speakerphone from canada. Did you find anything? I had my assistant e-mail every charge made on the invader corporate credit card in the last 72 hours. Were you aware your corporate credit card was stolen? Alexis: No. But esme as my assistant had authority to use the card, and she routinely used it. Hold on one second. Ah, alright, here’s the e-mail right now. Give me a second. Whoa. Wow, what — what is this here? Et voil. Shall we go? Mais, oui. Merci, monsieur. Where are we off to? The rest of our lives. As much as I hate to say it, tracy has a point. If you don’t push this fraud angle, you could lose this case and your position at G.H. I could — I could always go back to research. Really? Here in port charles? Or would you and violet have to move away from everyone who loves you? Is that really what you want to do? No. No, of course not. But I-I don’t want to see mrs. Muldoon go to prison for fraud. I mean, those kids, those kids, they already lost their father. She’s all they have. And believe it or not, I can almost understand the desperation that dennis muldoon was feeling, alright? He was in an impossible situation, and he made the only choice he thought he could to take care of his family. Yeah, okay, I get that he was an impossible situation and he was just trying to help his family. But for mr. Muldoon to use you as a scapegoat, someone who was only trying to help him, and make you pay for his misfortune? Is it any better to throw a grieving widow under the bus? It seems like no matter what, someone’s going to get hurt.

good work today, curtis. Thanks for letting the session run over. Glad we got it all in. See you next thursday? You bet. Alright. Ladies? Thank you, ben. Looks like you got a pretty good workout in, huh? He sure did. Mm. His first step to a first step. I see what you did there, auntie. You know, I will be walking when trina comes back home from paris. Bailiff: Court will reconvene in five minutes! I’m going to go splash some water on my face. Okay. Are you sure you don’t know a dr. Powell? No. Alright. My assistant is drawing up the subpoena to have the oncologist testify. I’ve got the motion to add a late witness. Already? Well, if we’re going to do this, we got to get the ball rolling. Now, we got less than five minutes here. How would you like me to proceed? I’ll support whatever decision you make. I don’t want to risk mrs. Muldoon going to prison. Well, you may have to to clear your name. I need a word. My attorney advised me not to speak to dr. Finn or any of his supporters. That’s okay. I’ll do all the talking. Everyone please take your seats. Where did tracy go? Alright, doc. It’s go time. What are we doing? There’s an airline charge on the corporate credit card, and esme’s name is on the ticket. Ticket to where? Kevin: Paris. She was booking a flight to paris. He’s right. Esme’s ticket was to paris. Oh, my god. She’s going after spencer and trina. You are cute, you know that? You’re beautiful. Take it all in, trina. It’s all for us. I can’t believe that this is really happening.

[ Chuckles ] You’re so cute. Yeah, it’s happening. You ready for your next surprise? I don’t need a surprise. I’ve got you. That’s all I could ever need.

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Ah, Chanel, Paulina, I am so sorry. I was putting out a small fire.

Oh, and I understand that. I mean, you’re the chief of staff, for heaven’s sake. And I know you have a tremendous workload.

Well, yes, I do.

And so do I. Kayla, I have meetings. I am missing emails to answer, budget proposals to write. And I’ve already squandered half the day just sitting around here just twiddling my thumbs.

Mama is not a patient person.

So I noticed.

I admit that. I admit that. God knows patience is not my strong suit, especially not now, when I am mayor of this wonderful city, and I simply cannot afford to neglect my duties. So please, please, Kayla, just give me whatever prescriptions I need so I can get rid of whatever this lump thing is on my neck so I can just leave this hospital and get on with my life!


Nicole, I’m glad you made it in.

Thank you for taking the time to see me, Marlena.

It’s my pleasure. Why don’t you sit down?


Thanks. Have you been in therapy before?

Here and there. Not nearly as much as I probably should have been, considering my childhood. I mean, you know my– my father was abusive, and it led me to some self-destructive behaviors. And, uh…

[somber music] Right now, uh– oh, gosh, Marlena. I’m so nervous I can’t even think right now. Um… and I’m starting to get second thoughts about this. I’m not sure this was a good idea.

Why would that be?

Well, first of all, you’re Eric’s mother. Hmm.


He’s sound asleep.

After a few hundred laps around the square.

Yeah. Well, that’s one way to get a workout.

Well, how lucky am I, running into Salem’s perfect little family? Out for a day of fun, I assume?

Yes, Leo, we’re having some quality family time. So if you don’t mind.

What do you think of my new duds? They were under my Christmas tree. Oh, wait, I don’t have a Christmas tree, because I don’t have a proper home– yet. But I’m planning on buying one soon. Just looking for a nice little house, preferably a contemporary. Nothing too lavish, just in the K range. Anyway, I will admit, I was expecting coal under the tree this year. But Santa must have had a change of heart, because he was surprisingly nice to naughty old me.

[dramatic music]

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

[grunting, panting] Oh. Oh.

[groaning] Ahh! What’s happening?

[dramatic music]

[muffled screaming]



You know that everything we say today will be confidential? And I know you understand that I am completely impartial, but if you would rather see a different therapist, that’s completely fine.

Actually, no. No, I don’t. I–and I do know that you would be impartial, like you said. And I know you’re the best. I…

[sighs] I just wanted to address the elephant in the room. That’s all.

I understand.

And I do think you would be helpful, and not just because you’re a gifted therapist, but because I know through Eric that you– you went through what I went through. You lost an infant.

Yes, I lost my son to SIDS. Tell me how you feel about losing your child.



[somber music] I think the–the hardest thing about losing him… I just–there’s this urge I feel. Sometimes it hits me out of nowhere, and sometimes it wakes me up at night.

Talk about the urge.

It’s the urge to nurse my baby. You know, the milk came down after I gave birth to him, and he was–he was taken away so quickly. And–and it stopped pretty soon after that. But the urge, it’s still there. And I still, so badly– I want to hold my little boy and nurse him and love him. And does that feeling ever go away, Marlena, that– that urge, that need to love him?

Look, we’re trying to have a nice morning as a family.

And you will, as soon as your lovely wife and I have discussed some pressing business. She is my lawyer, as you know.

Eric, I’m so sorry. Do you mind just giving Leo and I a moment, please?

Yeah. You know what? I can get us some snacks and stuff. I must have left my wallet at home.


[clears throat] Here.

Thank you. I’ll be right over here.

[tense music]

Where’d you get that suit?

Ah, do you love it? I ordered it online from Bergdorf Goodman, fabulous department store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan immediately across town from where I used to live. Oh, how I do miss those Zabar’s bagels and Katz’s pastrami like you died and went to heaven.

You used my credit card, didn’t you?

Very impressed to find out that you have a $, limit.

My God, you can’t keep doing this. It’s costing me a fortune as it is just to put you up at the Salem Inn.

Oh, my suite, by the way– major upgrade from that dingy little room I used to share with Gwennie. Lovely view, very comfy king-sized bed.

Oh, my God, when is it going to end?

Honey, it ends whenever you’re ready to give up your baby, to give that precious little boy back to his real mother.


[door opens] Where am I?

[footsteps approaching]

[eerie music] Who’s there? Answer me!

[dramatic music] You.

Paulina, I understand you wanting to get on with your life. But before I can prescribe any prescription, I need to have an accurate diagnosis.

And how long will that take?

Mama, please just let Kayla explain.

Okay, okay. Go on, Kayla.

Well, first off, for today’s test, the doctor will numb the area, take a small tissue sample. The procedure only takes a couple of moments, and it’s usually tolerated very well. In the meantime, though, I did get the lab results back from the test that you took at Christmas Eve. And as I suspected, your thyroid hormone level is low and there are some anti-thyroid antibodies in your blood.

And what does that mean?

It means that your body is causing your thyroid gland to not work as efficiently as it should. And as I told you before, it’s a very common condition, especially for women over 50.

And, um, is that what’s caused this, uh, lump in my neck?

Possibly, yes.

Well, if that’s the case, and it’s not cancer, why do I need a biopsy?

[chuckles softly] When I found out I was pregnant with the baby I lost, I mean, it was, you know, such a surprise. You know, I was in a relationship with EJ, and I hadn’t used birth control in years, so I just thought I could never get pregnant. Well, turns out it wasn’t the case.

[chuckles softly]

But you were happy about the pregnancy?

No, no, not–not– not in the beginning. I was too scared to be happy. I was scared I was gonna have another stillbirth and…

[dramatic music] You know, I’ve never told anyone this up until now. But I even considered having an abortion, but only for a brief moment, because…



Because you know that Eric and I got together when we were high on those tainted biscuits. And until I knew for sure from the DNA test, I thought there was a chance that he could be the father too. I don’t know. I–so I put all my fears aside, and I continued with the pregnancy.

I’m not sure I understand.

With everything that Eric has been through, knowing how much he’s wanted to be a father, I was not going to deprive him of that.

So let’s see. The list, the list which I will email you once I get back to my suite– I would like three or four round trip flights, maybe five, depending on how busy I am. First class, of course, to New York for my Zabar’s bagels and Katz’s pastrami.

Okay, I’ve heard enough. This is–

Ooh, and I’m planning on learning the piano, so I’m going to need a Yamaha Genos -key digital workstation, which retails for about $,. I’ve done the research.

Damn it, Leo, I have no savings. I am still trying to pay off my law school loans. Do you really think I’d be living in a studio apartment in a crappy neighborhood if I was as wealthy as you seem to think that I am?

Hmm. Well, now I’m concerned about you, if you’re as destitute as you claim to be. But if you’re so hard up for cash, why not give the baby back to his filthy rich real parents?

Eric and I are his real parents.

[scoffs] Oh, okay. Well, then I guess you’ll have to get a smaller rental apartment in a crappier neighborhood so you can afford to support me in the manner to which I plan on becoming accustomed. Sorry, Toots, them’s the breaks.

You remember me?

Uh-huh. What do you want?

You were supposed to leave Salem weeks ago, as I recall. And I also recall telling you to stay the hell away from Maggie. But here you are, still lurking around, trying to worm your way back into her life.

That is not true. And not that you require an explanation, but I had every intention of leaving, going back to Greece, flying back on Christmas night. But as you can see, I am in no shape to travel in this condition.


Oh, you can sneer all you want, Mr. Johnson. But even you, with your one eye, can see that my ankle is bandaged and very swollen.


Ow! Not that I owe you any defense or explanation, but you owe me one! Why are you doing this? Why are you harassing me, subjecting me to such humiliation? What the hell did I do? What do you want?

Paulina, I understand your skepticism about the biopsy, given the likelihood that you probably have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis that can easily be treated with meds. But there is a possibility that thyroid cancer cells could coexist with this condition, and I’d like to rule that out before we make a diagnosis.

Okay, yeah, that makes sense.

Well, not to me, because I would know if I had cancer, Kayla. I would have symptoms, and I don’t. I’m just–all I am is tired because I don’t get enough sleep.

Okay, Mama, and that may be true. But will you just do the test for me, please? And wouldn’t it be nice to just have a peace of mind and know exactly 100% what’s going on?



[scoffs] All right, fine, I’ll do it.

Thank you, Mama. She’ll do it.

Okay, then I will get that biopsy scheduled.

Soon, please. I need to get out of here and get on with my life.

Okay, you said that already, Mama.

Yeah, well, it bears repeating. Oh, I do not have time to be sick.

[scoffs] So you plan to bankrupt me, huh? That’s your big–big plan?

No, my plan is for Leo Stark to finally live a charmed life. And not that I have any interest in settling your jangled nerves, but just so you know, I will soon be doing my part to supplement my income from the Peterson endowment.

What are you talking about, your part?

I am planning to– drum roll, please– go back to “The Spectator,” get my old job back, resume my Lady Whistleblower column. That way, I will a steady stream of income and a huge audience if ever there is a huge secret that needs to be blown sky high, which there will be. There always is. Anyway, I hear that Saxton is having a huge post-Christmas blowout sale, so I’ve got to get going. Hey, do this. Do this to your cheeks real quick. You might want to get a little color into them before your hubby gets back. You are looking positively cadaverous right now, pale as a sheet. Huh.

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Nicole, are you saying that the reason you decided not to terminate the pregnancy was because you didn’t want to deprive– you didn’t want to potentially deprive Eric of being a father?

That was the main reason.

But not the only reason?

[somber music]

No. Marlena, I–I love EJ. I do. But Eric, oh… I still care about him. And I miss him. And if I’m being honest with you and with myself… In my heart… I wanted that baby I lost to be Eric’s.


What I want is for you to leave Salem.

How is it your business where I go and what I do?

I’ll tell you how it’s my business. I care about Maggie. She’s family to me, and I won’t let you use her or lie to her anymore.

[tense music] You are gonna leave the country, and I never want to see you near Maggie Kiriakis again. You hear me?


Do you hear me?

I will not leave the country, and you can go to hell!

[soft music]

Hey, Chanel.


Mayor Price.

Oh, happy new year, Johnny. What brings you here?

Oh, I thought you guys might like a little home baking after a long day of waiting in the hospital.

Thank you, Johnny. That’s very sweet of you.

Very thoughtful of you. Oh, Johnny– but you know, I think I will wait until after my biopsy to indulge.

You’re having a biopsy?

Mm-hmm, and she is not happy about it.

Only because I think it’s not necessary.

Uh, Johnny, with your permission, is it okay if we share your experience?

Yeah, you mean what we talked about the other day? Yes, it’s totally fine.

Okay. Mama, Johnny is a cancer survivor.

Yeah, when I was a kid, I had retinoblastoma in my left eye.

And they had to remove it to save his life.

So this one is a prosthetic.

What? I would never know. Oh, but you have beautiful eyes, Johnny, both of them.

Well, thank you very much. But yeah, it was a– it was a tough time, especially for my parents ’cause I was honestly kind of too young to even understand what was going on. But what I do know is that having the cancer detected really early is what saved my life. So I’m very grateful.

Yeah, I’m sure you are. But uh, I still don’t understand what all this has to do with me.

Well, Mama, we all know that early detection of cancer is what makes it curable. And Johnny is a great example of someone who is perfectly healthy because they were able to treat the cancer before it spread.

Yeah, that’s true.

Yeah, well, thank God it was treated early and now Johnny is healthy and cancer-free. But as for me, well, even though I agreed to this biopsy, I just know that these test results are gonna show that this lump in my neck is not serious at all, and certainly not cancer.

Okay, and I too am optimistic that it isn’t cancer. But Mama, because you are important to me and to a whole lot of people, I think it’s best to be % sure, okay? Because we want you around for a very long time.

And I promise you, I will be. Paulina Price will not go gently into that good night.

[chuckles] Ooh, ooh, that you can be sure of, okay?

I mean, if EJ heard me say that– if–if he knew I wanted the baby to be Eric’s– I mean, just saying it out loud to you and admitting it to myself is–

[inhales deeply] Oh…

Tell me how you felt when you found out that the baby wasn’t Eric’s.

[sighs] Well, if I’m being honest– and that’s what I’m supposed to be here, right? I’m supposed to be honest with my feelings?

That is the only way this process works.

[somber music]

Then the truth is, I was disappointed that the baby wasn’t Eric’s, because I guess a part of me just thought it would have been a sign.

A sign?

A sign that we were meant to be together.

So if you had been given a sign, does that mean that you would have left EJ?

I, uh… well… oh, my God. Oh, my God. I’m supposed to say, “Of course not, definitely not.” But I…


But you can’t?

No, I can’t, because I– I don’t know– because maybe I’m not sure. Oh, my God, this is ridiculous. What am I doing? This was a while ago. And things have changed, and Eric is married to Sloan, and they have a child. And EJ and I are building a life together. And–and you should have seen how excited EJ was to get the DNA results, knowing now that– that he is the baby’s father. And he was looking so forward to raising this child with me. And that–that is when I stopped being disappointed and I started to– to focus on being a loving partner to EJ and to having a healthy baby and to listening to my doctor and taking all the precautions. And then I– I had my–my beautiful little miracle. And if it wasn’t– if it wasn’t for that car accident, my– my baby would be alive. EJ’s and my little boy would be alive.



Oh, here you are.

Yes, I am, with some healthy treats.


And I got you the granola bars you like.

[gasps] Oh, yes, yes, yes.

By the way, your credit card was declined.

Was it?

Yeah, but it’s not a big deal because the cashier was kind enough to let me take the granola bars without paying for them. But I said, “I’ll be back tomorrow with the $ that I owe you.”

Huh. Well, that’s weird. I don’t know why it would be declined. Maybe I missed a payment or something. I don’t know.

Oh, I must say, I am a huge proponent of retail therapy. I mean, who needs antidepressants when you can achieve the same goal spending a few K on a leather jacket, a Louis Vuitton backpack, and a couple of cashmere sweaters? Oh, my spirits are soaring.

Who the hell do you think you are? You can’t force me out of the country.

Well, that’s where you’re wrong. You see, because my friend and I have connections with the ISA. And we can definitely make that happen, and we will, so let’s move.


[dramatic music]


[tense music]

One week, that’s it.

And then you’re out of Maggie’s life, and Salem, for good.



Did your, uh, mom head off to get her biopsy?

She did. Um, Johnny, thank you for letting me share your experience. I think it gave her perspective, you know?

Good, I, uh– I hope so.

I just can’t wait to get these results back so that we can get on with the rest of our day.

Speaking of which, what did you have in mind for New Year’s Eve tonight? Did you want to do anything? I hear the Bistro is supposed to be having a super sweet party.

Uh, I think that, given everything that’s happened with Mama today, it’s best that we play it by ear for our evening plans.

Yeah, that’s fine by me. Hey, we could, um– we could just stay in, watch “It’s A Wonderful Life,” since we didn’t get to the other day.

I’d like that, actually.

Yeah, we could do a little wine, a little cuddling.

Yeah, that sounds perfect. And Johnny, thank you for being here with me today.

There’s nowhere else that I would rather be, okay? And Chanel, no matter what they find, your mom is a fighter, okay? She’s gonna be fine.

Yeah, yeah, she better be, because I cannot imagine my life without her.

Come here.

[soft music]

[sniffles] I’m sorry. Uh, you know, EJ and I have grown closer since the loss of the baby. I mean, he’s–he’s been so understanding and kind. And even when I– when I stole Eric and Sloan’s baby from the square and brought him home, he– he didn’t judge me. I mean, he urged me to do the right thing. And even Eric understood, and Sloan, not so much. But Eric found it in his heart to forgive me, and I’m grateful for that.

And have you found a way in your heart to forgive yourself?

[soft music]

[inhales deeply] Yeah, I have.

I’m glad. Nicole, what do you see next for yourself?

Well, uh, I know that not only am I blessed with a loving husband, but I have a–a wonderful daughter. And she’s so kind and smart, my precious Holly.

[laughs] And I know she’s had some– some difficulties in her childhood. She lost her father, and she moved around a lot. And now she’s grieving the loss of her little brother too and– and dealing with her mother’s sadness. But I want to focus on her, and I want to give her some stability.

[sobbing] And she’s– oh… I know soon that she’s gonna be moving out and living on her own. And I just– I just want to spend this time with her because Holly is my joy. She’s my joy. That’s what I want.


So I’ve been, uh, doing some thinking.


No, it’s all good thoughts. It’s–although it’s related to not so positive realizations.

Mm-hmm. And that is?

That is raising a kid is– it’s expensive. You know, with schools and lessons and saving up for college.

All right, baby, what are you getting at here? I’m thinking it’s time for me to make a career change, you know, setting up my photography full time.

Eric, you know I’ve always believed in your talent. Remember when we first started dating, and I was pushing you to get back into it, and we even went and looked at studios together?

We did. I just think now is the perfect time.

Definitely. I mean, we have grandparents to watch Jude when you and I both work.

Oh, my God, they’d be so thrilled. And you know, owning my own business, it would allow me to have more flexible hours.

Oh, honey, no, we’re gonna work all of that out together, though, as a family.

[sighs] And now I must drop all these off in my suite so I can move on to round two of my shopping spree. Or is it round three? Oh, is that Johnny DiMera I see in all his youthful glory? It is.

Not now, Leo.

Oh, come on, don’t be a party pooper. Listen, do you happen to have any juicy stories you care to share?

Uh, no. And even if I did, I sure as hell wouldn’t share them with you.

Oh, well, then how about sharing an evening with me?


I know it’s last minute, but it’s New Year’s Eve. Do you have any plans, you cute thing?


Nicole, I hope this session was helpful for you.

[soft music]

Yes, it was. And Marlena, I would like to continue seeing you if you could fit me in your schedule.

I’m glad. And there will always be time in my schedule for you.

Thank you. You know, talking about my feelings, I feel very hopeful that, uh… That I’m actually optimistic about my recovery and about the new year.

I’ve never felt so happy. I mean, I’ve always wanted to be a father, and it’s just now that it’s happened, it’s exceeded my expectations.

I feel the same way. I love you and our son so much, I– and I know that our love is just gonna continue to be deeper and stronger. Nothing’s ever gonna tear us apart.

[chuckles] Okay, wait. Let me get this straight. You can’t possibly be asking me out on a date, can you, for New Year’s Eve?

Why can’t I? I’m single. You’re single. Your twin sister’s bi, which means there’s a very good chance you are too.

Actually, I’m not bi. And even if I were bi or gay, you are the last person that I would want to go out with on New Year’s Eve, or any other night, for that matter. So what I recommend you do, Leo, is get on a dating site. I don’t know. might be a good one for you. You can find your date there, because I am spoken for. Happy New Year.

Hmm, we’ll see about that.

I was able to get a rush on the biopsy results, and they came back suspicious, unfortunately.

What does that mean?

Well, we’re not exactly sure yet, but the pathology report is showing similarities to cancer cells. We’re gonna need to run more tests to know exactly what we’re dealing with.

Oh. I understand. And well, whatever’s determined, I will deal with it. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a warrior.

Oh, I’ve noticed, and I think anybody who knows you knows it.

Yeah. Right. Also, I have so much support and love in my life. And I know–I know I’ll get through this, whatever it is.

Of course you will, Mama. Of course you will.


[dramatic music]

[panting] Those eyes. I know those eyes. Could it really be him?

All right, we’ve got to clean up and lock up.

Little basement sure came in handy.

Yeah. I’m gonna text Rico and thank him for letting us borrow it.

I hope we finally got through to Constantine. Slimy bastard, taking advantage of a grieving widow.

Yeah. That guy’s lower than scum.

He is. If we didn’t get through to him, we got no choice but to take this to the next level.

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Days Update Thursday, December 28, 2023

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Chanel and Paulina meet with Kayla at the hospital. Paulina complains about missing meetings and having work to do while already spending half her day here. Paulina admits that patience is not her strong suit and she cannot afford to neglect her duties as Mayor. Paulina asks Kayla to give her whatever prescriptions she needs so she can get rid of the lump on her neck, leave the hospital, and get on with her life.

Nicole meets with Marlena in her office at the hospital. Marlena is glad she came and Nicole thanks her for seeing her. Marlena asks if she’s been to therapy before. Nicole says she’s been here and there but not nearly as much as she probably should’ve been, considering her childhood with an abusive father that led to some self-destructive behaviors. Nicole admits that she’s so nervous she can’t even think and she’s starting to have second thoughts about this being a good idea. Marlena asks why that would be. Nicole points out that Marlena is Eric’s mother.

Eric and Sloan walk through the town square with baby Jude, who has fallen asleep in his stroller. As Eric and Sloan sit together, Leo approaches and comments on how lucky he is to run in to Salem’s perfect family. Sloan tells him that they are trying to enjoy some family time. Leo talks about not having a Christmas tree since he doesn’t have a home yet but he plans on buying one soon. Leo remarks that he wasn’t expecting coal this year but Santa must have had a change of heart and been nice to him as Sloan glares at him.

Konstantin walks through the park with a cane and sits down on a bench. Someone comes up behind him and injects him with a needle and pulls a hood over his head.

Marlena reminds Nicole that everything said today will remain confidential and she will be impartial but asks if she wants to see another therapist. Nicole says she doesn’t and she knows Marlena will be impartial and that she’s the best. Nicole just wanted to address the elephant in the room. Nicole thinks it would be helpful because she knows through Eric that Marlena went through what she did in losing an infant. Marlena asks how Nicole feels about losing her child. Nicole thinks the hardest thing about losing him is the urge she feels that sometimes hits out of nowhere or wakes her up at night. Marlena asks her about the urge. Nicole says it’s the urge to nurse her baby and she still so badly wants to hold her baby, nurse him, and love him. Nicole asks if that urge ever goes away.

Eric tells Leo that they are trying to have a nice morning as a family. Leo responds that they will as soon as he and Sloan discuss some pressing business since she is his lawyer. Sloan asks Eric to give them a moment, so Eric says he’ll go get them some snacks and walks away with Jude. Sloan complains that Leo can’t keep using her credit card as she can barely afford to keep putting him up at the Salem Inn. Leo calls it an upgrade from his previous room. Sloan asks when it’s going to end. Leo says whenever she’s ready to give up her baby back to his real mother.

Konstantin is tied up with a hood over his head, asking who is there. Steve appears and removes the hood, revealing his identity to Konstantin.

Kayla understands Paulina wants to get on with her life but says she has to get an accurate diagnosis before she can prescribe her anything. Kayla says today they will be take a tissue sample that usually only takes a couple moments. Kayla mentions getting the lab results from her previous test and her thyroid hormone level is low and there are some anti-thyroids in her blood causing her thyroid gland to not work as efficiently as it should. Kayla reminds Paulina that it’s a very common condition. Paulina asks if that’s what has caused the lump in her neck. Kayla says it’s possible. Paulina says that would mean it’s not cancer so she questions why she would need a biopsy.

Nicole tells Marlena that when she found out she was pregnant, it was such a surprise as she thought she could never get pregnant but that wasn’t the case. Marlena asks if she was happy about the pregnancy. Nicole admits she wasn’t in the beginning because she was too scared of having another stillbirth. Nicole reveals that she even considered an abortion briefly and talks about how she thought there was a chance that Eric was the father. Marlena doesn’t understand. Nicole explains that after everything Eric has been through and knowing how much he wanted to be a father, she was not going to deprive him of that.

Leo begins giving Sloan a list of his demands including 3 or 4 roundtrip flights to New York and he wants piano lessons. Sloan argues that she has no savings and is still trying to pay off her law school loans or else she wouldn’t be living in a studio apartment. Leo says he’s concerned about her then and questions if she’s so hard for cash, why not give the baby back to his rich real parents. Sloan argues that she and Eric are his real parents. Leo guesses she’ll have to get a smaller apartment then so she can support him in the manner he’s become accustomed to.

John joins Steve in the abduction of Konstantin. Konstantin questions what Steve wants. Steve brings up that Konstantin was supposed to leave Salem weeks ago and he told him to stay the hell away from Maggie, but he’s still lurking around and trying to worm his way back in to her life. Konstantin claims that’s not true and that he had every intention of going back to Greece on Christmas night, but he’s in no shape to travel in his condition. Konstantin argues that his ankle is bandaged and very swollen. Konstantin demands an explanation as to why Steve is harassing him and subjecting him to such humiliation. Konstantin questions what the hell he did and what he wants.

Kayla understands Paulina being skeptical about the biopsy since she likely has Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis that can be treated with medication but there is a possibility of thyroid cancer cells, so she would like to rule that out before making a diagnosis. Chanel feels that makes sense but Paulina disagrees. Paulina argues that she would know if she had cancer as she would have symptoms but she doesn’t and she’s just tired because she doesn’t get enough sleep. Chanel asks her to just do the test for her and adds that it would be nice to have peace of mind and know what is going on. Paulina then reluctantly agrees to do it. Chanel thanks her and Kayla decides to get the biopsy scheduled. Paulina says to do it soon because she needs to get out of here and get on her with life as she does not have time to be sick.

Sloan questions if Leo’s big plan is to bankrupt her. Leo argues that his plan is to finally live a charmed life. Leo says he will soon be doing his part to supplement his income because he’s planning on going back to the Spectator to get his old job back, so he will have a steady income and a huge audience if there’s ever a secret that needs to be blown sky high which there always is. Leo says he has to get going and comments on Sloan looking pale as he walks away.

Marlena asks if Nicole is saying that she decided not to terminate her pregnancy because she didn’t want to potentially deprive Eric of being a father. Nicole confirms that was the main reason, but not the only reason. Nicole tells Marlena that she loves EJ, but admits she still cares about Eric and misses him. Nicole cries that in her heart, she wanted her baby to be Eric’s.

Steve tells Konstantin that he wants him to leave Salem. Konstantin questions how it’s his business. Steve argues that he cares about Maggie as family, so he won’t let him use her or lie to her anymore. Steve orders Konstantin to leave the country and warns that he never wants to see him near Maggie again. Konstantin refuses to leave and tells Steve to go to Hell.

Johnny joins Chanel and Paulina at the hospital. Paulina wishes him a Happy New Year and asks what brings him by. Johnny says he thought they could use some home baking after a long day of waiting at the hospital. Chanel and Paulina call that sweet and thoughtful while Paulina decides she will wait until after her biopsy. Johnny questions the biopsy. Chanel notes that Paulina isn’t happy about it. Paulina calls it unnecessary. Chanel asks Johnny if she can share his experience which he allows. Chanel then informs Paulina that Johnny is a cancer survivor. Johnny confirms it was in his left eye and it had to removed to save his life. Paulina says she would never know and tells him that he has beautiful eyes. Johnny admits it was a tough time, especially for his parents since he was so young. Johnny notes that having the cancer detected early saved his life, so he’s very grateful. Paulina doesn’t understand what it has to do with her. Chanel points out that early detection of cancer is what makes it curable and now Johnny is completely healthy because they could treat the cancer before it spread. Paulina argues that she just knows her test results will show the lump in her neck is not serious and certainly not cancer. Chanel says she is optimistic too but because Paulina is important to her, it’s best to be 100% sure because they want her around for a very long time. Paulina promises she will not go gently in to that good night and she can be sure of that.

Nicole worries about if EJ heard her say that and knew that she wanted the baby to be Eric’s. Marlena asks how Nicole felt when she found out the baby wasn’t Eric’s. Nicole admits she was disappointed the baby wasn’t Eric’s because part of her just thought it would’ve been a sign that they were meant to be together. Marlena asks if that means she would’ve left EJ. Nicole stutters and feels she’s supposed to say of course not, but she can’t. Nicole asks what she’s even doing since this was a while ago and things have changed. Nicole cries that Eric and Sloan are married with a child while she and EJ are building a life together. Nicole talks about how excited EJ was to get the DNA results back confirming he was the father and he was so looking forward to raising the child with her. Nicole states that is when she stopped being disappointed and started focusing on being a loving partner to EJ and to having a healthy baby. Nicole cries that if it wasn’t for the car accident, their baby would still be alive as she breaks down crying.

Eric and Jude return to Sloan with snacks. Eric tells Sloan that her credit card was declined but the cashier let him have the snacks and he said he’ll come back with the $4. Sloan finds it weird that her card was declined, but then Leo returns with large shopping bags from Saxton’s. Leo talks about the big sale they had and how he spent thousands on a leather jacket, a backpack, and sweaters. Leo exclaims that his spirits are soaring as he walks on.

Konstantin questions who the hell Steve thinks he is and argues that he can’t force him out of the country. Steve warns him that he and John have connections in the ISA so they can definitely make that happen and they will. John then grabs Konstantin and pulls him up. They drag Konstantin back to the park where they took him from. Steve and John give Konstantin one week and then he’s out of Maggie’s life and Salem for good as they then walk away, leaving Konstantin on the park bench.

Johnny asks Chanel if Paulina headed off to get her biopsy. Chanel confirms that she did and thanks Johnny for letting her share his experience as she thinks it gave Paulina perspective. Chanel can’t wait to get the results back so they can get on with the rest of their day. Johnny asks what Chanel had in mind for New Year’s Eve tonight and if she wanted to do anything, mentioning a party at the Bistro. Chanel guesses they should play it by ear with everything going on. Johnny suggests they could just stay in and watch It’s a Wonderful Life since they didn’t get to on Christmas. Chanel agrees that sounds perfect and thanks him for being with her. Johnny responds that there’s no where else he’d rather be. Johnny adds that no matter what they find, Paulina is a fighter and she’s going to be fine. Chanel declares that she better be because she cannot imagine her life without her as Johnny hugs her.

Nicole tells Marlena that she and EJ have grown closer since the loss of the baby and that EJ has been so understanding and kind. Nicole adds that even when she stole Eric and Sloan’s baby from the town square and brought him home, EJ didn’t judge her and just urged her to do the right thing. Nicole says that Eric even understood and found it in his heart to forgive her which she’s grateful for. Marlena asks if Nicole has found a way to forgive herself. Nicole cries that she has. Marlena says she’s glad and asks what Nicole sees next for herself. Nicole knows she’s blessed with a loving husband and a wonderful daughter who is so kind and smart. Nicole knows Holly has had difficulties in her childhood like losing her father and moving a lot while now she’s grieving the loss of her little brother too and dealing with her sadness. Nicole wants to focus on Holly and give her some stability. Nicole knows Holly will soon be moving out and living on her own, so she just wants to spend this time with her because she is her joy.

Eric tells Sloan that he’s been thinking and realized raising a kid is expensive, so he’s thinking it’s time for him to make a career change in going full time with his photography. Sloan talks about always believing in his talent and pushing him to get back in to photography. Eric thinks now is the perfect time. Sloan says they have grandparents to watch Jude while they both work. Eric adds that his own business would allow him to have flexible hours.

Leo walks towards the Salem Inn and says it’s time to drop his shopping bags off and go back for round two or three of his shopping spree. Johnny walks by so Leo calls out to him. Leo asks if Johnny has any juicy stories to share. Johnny says no and if he did, he wouldn’t share with Leo. Leo asks Johnny to share an evening with him then, pointing out that it’s New Year’s Eve and calls him cute.

Marlena hopes the session was helpful for Nicole. Nicole confirms that it was and she would like to continue seeing her if she can fit her in her schedule. Marlena is glad and assures there will always be time in her schedule for her. Nicole thanks her and says after talking about her feelings, she feels very hopeful that she’s actually optimistic about her recovery and the new year.

Eric tells Sloan that he’s never felt so happy as he’s always wanted to be a father and now it’s exceeded his expectations. Sloan feels the same way as she loves Eric and their son so much. Sloan knows their love will continue to get deeper and stronger as nothing will ever tear them apart. Eric then kisses Sloan.

Johnny laughs at the idea of Leo asking him out on a date. Leo points out that they are both single and suggests Johnny could be bi. Johnny assures that he’s not but even if he was, Leo is the last person he’d want to go out with. Johnny sarcastically suggests Leo get on a dating site because he is spoken for. Johnny wishes him a Happy New Year and walks away. Leo says they’ll see about that.

Chanel and Paulina return to Kayla’s office. Kayla informs them that she put a rush on the biopsy results and they unfortunately came back suspicious. Paulina questions what that means. Kayla responds that they aren’t sure yet but the report is showing similarities to cancer cells. Kayla says they will have to run more tests to know exactly what they are dealing with. Paulina says she understands and whatever is determined, she will deal with it because she’s a warrior. Kayla thinks anyone who knows her knows that. Paulina adds that she has so much support and love in her life so she knows she will get through whatever it is.

Konstantin remains in the park and remarks that he knows John’s eyes as he thinks back to John coming face to face with him earlier. Konstantin wonders if it could really be him.

John and Steve clean up the basement where they held Konstantin. Steve hopes they finally got through to Konstantin, calling him a slimy bastard for taking advantage of a grieving widow. John calls him lower than scum. Steve declares that if they didn’t get through to him, they have no choice but to take this to the next level.

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Thomas: My sister’s just forcing the issue and she needs to back off.

Steffy: He just got a little worked up. He needs some time to cool off.

Thomas: If you have a problem with my relationship, you should keep it to yourself.

Finn: Or what, thomas? What are you gonna do?

Thomas: You know what, finn? This really doesn’t involve you.

Finn: See, when you speak to my wife that way, it does. I don’t stand for that.

[ Phone chiming ] A new patient at the office.

Thomas: You probably shouldn’t keep them waiting.

Finn: Are you okay?

Steffy: Yeah, I’m fine. I can handle it. Thank you. See you in a bit.

Hope: I understand that steffy just wants to protect her brother.

Ridge: And you understand why she might be concerned.

Hope: But steffy has nothing to worry about. My mom has nothing to worry about. You have nothing to worry about.

Ridge: But I do have something to worry about. I do worry. So, let me ask you a simple question: Do you see a future with my son?

Hope: All right, like father, like daughter. I guess I’m in the hot seat with you now, huh.

Ridge: Nah, I’m just asking a question.

Hope: What my intentions are?

Ridge: Yeah. Are you serious about my son? Because he’s serious about you and the last time he was serious about you, it caused a lot of problems for my family and for yours. And I would hate for history to repeat itself.

Steffy: Thank you, ahn. Yes, it is. It is wonderful news. Yeah, we’re very grateful that granddad is getting better. Mm-hmm. Yes, of course. We’ll talk to you soon. All right, bye bye.

Thomas: Silk supplier?

Steffy: Yeah. Granddad’s recovery is being celebrated all over the world.

Thomas: And hopefully, we’ll have even more to celebrate soon.

Steffy: But we still need to be patient. Granddad just got off the ventilator, so he has a long road ahead.

Thomas: Yeah, you know, it’s really amazing that that granddad has all this help and support around him.

Steffy: Yeah.

Thomas: From his friends and his family. You know, maybe you could take some of that care and concern that you have for me and my relationship with hope and focus is it on granddad instead.

Steffy: Okay.

Thomas: And if you could, just to be helpful, pass that message along to your husband, you know, the good doctor?

Steffy: Ha.

[ Knock on door ]

Finn: Come in.

Woman: Dr. Finnegan, your patient’s here.

Finn: All right. Right on time. Uh, xander… avant?

Xander: That’s right.

Finn: Right. I’m dr. Finnegan. Nice to meet you.

Hope: I’m telling you, everything is fine and there is nothing to worry about, but I– I don’t understand why people refuse to believe me.

Ridge: Everything is fine. You’re living in the moment right now. What happens after that?

Hope: We love being with each other. Why can’t that be enough?

Ridge: So, you don’t think it’s gonna last?

Hope: I did not say that.

Ridge: So, you think it will?

Hope: Are– are you asking me to give you a guarantee? To be completely certain, ridge? Because I– I can’t give you that. I thought I was going to be with liam for the rest of my life and I’m not. I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know what the future holds.

Ridge: Well, thomas thinks he knows what his future’s gonna be. He thinks it’s gonna be with you. Is that a possibility?

Hope: I get that you’re a concerned parent, but this? This is between thomas and me. Only thomas and me.

Thomas: Yeah, I forget that finn is an only child. Just doesn’t understand sibling energy.

Steffy: He doesn’t like the way you talk to me.

Thomas: Maybe I did come on a little strong.

Steffy: Ah, he’s just protective of me. Just like I’m trying to protect you with hope.

Thomas: You’re my little sister. I’m supposed to protect you too. I still want you to be supportive of me. Look at me. Happy, steff. I’ve earned this, haven’t I?

Steffy: Look, I don’t want to crush your feelings, okay?

Thomas: Why do we have to focus on the past? Look, I’ve done so many things that I regret. I wish I could go back and change them, right? But I’m done sitting in that remorse and that regret. I wanna move past that and hope has moved on. Why can’t you?

Steffy: I– I know you’ve made some changes. I just don’t want you to jeopardize them and when I see you and hope together and the way you talk about her, kind of feels that you are.

Thomas: Not to me. Look, I– I want you to be there for me. I want you to be my supportive sister. I mean, so many things are going so well in my life right now– our lives. I mean, the company is thriving, right? Douglas is also succeeding and yeah, I’m in love. You don’t have to fully support my relationship with hope if you really, really, really don’t want to, but please don’t undermine it. Please.

Finn: Don’t see any red flags in your medical history.

Xander: No, no. I’ll just mostly be coming in for annual checkups, that kind of thing.

Finn: Okay, I’ll order some labs, we’ll get a baseline and I see your doctor in london released your records, so.

Xander: Oh, great. Um, if it’s easier, I can get them from my last doctor in L.A.

Finn: Oh, did you used to live here?

Xander: Uh, yeah. Yeah, a few years ago.

Finn: Glad to be back?

Xander: Uh, we’ll see.

Finn: What took you to london? Work?

Ridge: You were involved with keeping baby beth a secret from everyone. It’s not a crime against society, it’s just a crime against my family. But I love my family. Don’t ever step foot in this building again. You’re terminated.

Xander: Uh… just– just got to the end of my road here, you know? Just needed some time. Regroup.

Finn: Well, that’s good. Glad you– you got some time. So, the exam room is just out the door to the right, so.

Xander: Oh, great. You said, uh… wait. Are you married to steffy forrester?

Steffy: Hey, any updates on granddad?

Ridge: Um, I’m waiting on finn to give me a call about the latest test results. Uh, I need to talk to you.

Steffy: Yeah, what’s going on?

Ridge: Hope was in here. Said you gave her an earful about thomas.

Steffy: I told her to back off and now she’s dragging you into it? Right, okay.

Ridge: She’s not dragging me into it. She just said that there’s an attitude about her relationship.

Steffy: Attitude? My attitude isn’t the problem. I– I told them that I am concerned about them and I am. Thomas has intense feelings for hope and that makes him vulnerable, but hope thinks it’s no big deal. She doesn’t want a future with him, you know that.

Ridge: I asked her about that.

Steffy: What did she say?

Ridge: She told me to mind my own business.

Steffy: Okay, okay. So, thomas is just like a open book. Actually, he’s more like a bright neon sign. No restraints, no reservations and I know he wants me to support him, but I can’T. Because this looks like it could be dangerous. This could end very badly for him.

Thomas: Sorry about my sister. She loves to lecture.

Hope: Mm, well I got one from your dad too.

Thomas: Hm. What is wrong with my family? It’s like, “okay, so granddad’s doing better, so what else can we stress out about?”

Hope: Well, I did kinda bring it on myself. I was, um… I was hoping ridge might tell steffy to lay off us a little bit.

Thomas: Okay, so I’m not the only eternal optimist in this relationship.

Hope: No. Um, but I also– I do understand where they’re coming from, thomas. They love you and they worry.

Thomas: Yeah, even when I told them not to worry.

Hope: Well, don’t you know? I mean, what we have is very, very, very confusing to them.

Thomas: Oh, very confusing. Even though it makes complete and total sense to us and that’s all that matters.

Hope: Mm. Can’t let them hear that though.

Thomas: They should be feeling the opposite, you know? For what you’ve shown me, your love, commitment and support, it’s helped me gain the strength to become a new man. The kind of man that the line deserves. The kind of man that douglas deserves as a father. That’s because of you. You’ve made me happier than I ever have been. Thank you for that.

Xander: You and steffy are married?

Finn: Do you know my wife?

Xander: Yeah. I was an intern at– at forrester.

Finn: Nice. All right, so you know steffy? You worked with her and the forresters?

Xander: Yeah, I worked with all the forresters. Even thomas.

Finn: Thomas?

Xander: Yeah, your brother-in-law?

Finn: Do you have some sort of history with him?

Xander: You really haven’t heard anything?

Finn: Uh, no, but, uh, the way you’re acting, I feel like I, uh, should have.

Thomas: You stop! You’re trying to make this simple, xander, and it’s not. We’re trying to tell you it’s not. Hope and liam, they’re gonna be fine and beth? She’s gonna be fine too.

Xander: Then what about emma? She is dead because of you. Because of this evil secret.

Thomas: Emma was reckless and selfish, which is what you’re being right now.

Xander: Is that a threat?

Zoe: No. Nobody is threatening anyone.

Xander: Oh, please. He’s working you, zoe! Praying on your fear, just like he’s praying on hope. You know, I heard her mother talking to donna and katie. She’s not happy about this engagement. She’s worried as hell because she knows that it’s wrong. What kind of marriage do you think you’re supposed to have with hope? It’s based on a lie. I mean, what– what kind of life do you think we’re supposed to have, huh? With this always hanging over our heads? But I don’t want him tempting fate, getting mixed up with hope. He put that dark chapter behind him.

Xander: You know what? I– I don’t want to be rude. I’m sure you’re a great doctor, but I just don’t think this is going to be a good fit, so I think maybe I should go.

Finn: Wait, I’m sorry. Because of what? My family. Okay, obviously, um, there is– there is something going on here that I don’t quite understand and you’re giving me the feeling that it involves thomas.

Xander: Thomas… thomas isn’t who you think he is.

Thomas: No one’s gonna take this away from us.

Hope: I don’t think that’s what they’re trying to do. But, I also don’t want to cause tension between you and your family, especially now with eric’s recovery. So, I just– I just think we should be grateful

Thomas: I am. I am so grateful to be right here, right now, holding you, kissing you.

[ Thomas sighing ] I love how close we are. So close that all I have to do is look at you and I know what you’re thinking. You don’t even have to tell me. I look beside me and there you are, always. You just– through the hard times, my grandfather’s illness. Also, the good times. You put your faith in me. You have trust in me to grow and become the kind of man you deserve by your side. Yeah, I’ve told you this before and I will tell you again, I am a one woman man and that woman for me is you, hope. I also know a little– a little boy who feels the exact same way. Loves us together. Always and forever. So, hope… will you make me the happiest man in the world? Hope logan… will you marry me?

[ Both chuckling ] Hope logan… will you marry me?

[ Both chuckling ]

Finn: Not who I think he is?

Xander: I don’t even know what to call someone with no conscience. No remorse. Look, doctor, I’m sorry. I know he’s your brother-in-law, but… but thomas did something just… evil. Um… to an innocent young girl.

[ Car skidding and crashing ] What if it wasn’t an accident, zoe?

Zoe: Sh. Xander.

Xander: I can’t stop thinking about it.

Zoe: We should be thinking about emma and her family, not what you think thomas may have done.

Thomas: Hey.

Xander: You can’t stop me.

Thomas: Go. But if you tell anyone about this–

Xander: What are you gonna do, huh? You gonna kill me like you killed emma? You gonna kill zoe? Um, I’m sorry. Have– have you ever heard the name emma barber?

Finn: Uh, no. What– what– did something happen to her?

Xander: Yeah. We were both interns. We were all hoping on hope for the future.

Finn: So, did she leave too? Did thomas make it difficult for her?

Xander: Difficult? No. No, much worse than difficult. I’m talking about murder.

Finn: Murder?

Thomas: Say yes, hope. We belong together. Please say you’ll marry me.

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Days Short Recap Thursday, December 28, 2023

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Nicole was nervous about her first therapy session with Marlena since she is Eric’s mother. Marlena reminded her of doctor-patient confidentiality. She asked Nicole about her feelings regarding losing the baby. Nicole said the hardest thing about losing the baby was the urge she felt. She said she felt the urge to nurse the baby. Nicole wondered if the urge to love him would ever go away. She admitted that she considered having an abortion when she found out she was pregnant. When she found out Eric was the potential father she decided not to do that to him. Nicole admitted that she loved EJ, but she still loved Eric. In her heart, she wanted the baby to be Eric’s. If the baby was Eric’s she hoped they would get back together. She said she and EJ have grown closer after losing the baby. He treated her with kindness after she kidnapped Jude. She decided to focus on Holly and give her a stable life. Marlena hoped the session went well for Nicole. Nicole said it did and wanted to see her again. She was optimistic about her recovery. Chanel and Paulina met with Kayla. Paulina said she wanted to get back to normal. She wanted answers about her condition. Kayla said she understood her situation. She said she needed an accurate diagnosis before she prescribed her medication. Kayla said the test results indicated Paulina’s body wasn’t allowing her thyroid gland to work the way it should. She said this condition happenes to women over 50.

Paulina asked why she needed a biopsy if the condition was common. Kayla said even though the condition was common, it could still be thyroid cancer. She said she wanted to rule it out. Paulina was apprehensive about doing the test, but Chanel said they should do it so they would understand what was going on. She agreed to take the test. Kayla scheduled the biopsy. Johnny showed up at the hospital. He found out about Paulina’s biopsy. She asked him about his cancer. He told her about his experience having a prosthetic eye as a child. Johnny said it was a difficult experience especially for his parents since he was too young to understand what was going on. Paulina was confident she didn’t have cancer. She said she would be around for a long time. Johnny assured Chanel that everything would be okay. When they met with Kayla again, she said the report showed Paulina showed similarities to cancer cells. While Eric, Sloan, and Jude were spending time together at the park, Leo showed up. When Leo talked about his new place, Eric told him to leave them alone. Leo said Sloan was his lawyer so he had a right to talk to her. Eric left so they could have privacy. Sloan confronted Leo about his spending habits. Leo said he controlled her spending habits until she gave the baby back to its real parents. Sloan said she and Eric were the real parents. Leo said she wasn’t the real parent. He said he was going to go back to the paper for a steady income. Leo left to go shopping. When Eric came back, he told Sloan her credit card declined. She said she missed a payment. Eric said they had a child now so he needed to make a career change. Konstantin was kidnapped while in the park. The kidnappers took him to an unknown location. His abductors turned out to be John and Steve. Steve reminded him that he was supposed to leave town and stop seeing Maggie. Konstantin explained that he tried to leave, but he had an accident with his foot which made it difficult to leave. He wanted to know why Steve was harassing him. Steve said it was simple. He wanted Konstantin to leave Salem. Konstantin said he wasn’t leaving. Steve said they had connections with the ISA and would make it happen. John and Steve took him back to the park and warned him that he had a week to leave or else. Konstantin said he saw John’s eyes before. Steve and John told Konstantin that they would have to take serious action if he didn’t stay away from Maggie.

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Days Short Recap Wednesday, December 27, 2023

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Harris ran into Stefan and Ava while they were waiting for a shipment. They said their reservations weren’t for an hour. Harris told them he was investigating suspicious activities. He told Ava he didn’t appreciate being lied to. Harris wanted to talk to her, but she refused to talk to him. He thought she lied to him about their break up. Harris accused her of being in a relationship with Stefan. She said she wasn’t in love with Stefan, but they were dating. Ava said Stefan reminded her of Jake. When Ava got a reminder about a dinner date with Tripp, she apologized for lying to him. Ava said he was a great guy and would always remember him. Harris warned Stefan not to mess with Ava. Stefan reminded him about Gabi being in prison. Holly went to see Tate so she could apologize for using him to get closer to Johnny. She said she regretted treating him the way she did. Holly said she got drunk earlier and called Johnny while he was with Chanel. She realized she and Johnny weren’t meant to be together. Tate said he threw her gift out but got it out of the garbage. She loved the gift and wanted to go out. He agreed to go out with her. While Rafe and Jada were in bed, they talked about Gabi. He promised to find Li’s killer. Jada reminded him that it was Christmas. She said he needed to be in a good place when he saw Gabi. They decided to play a trivia Christmas game. After the game, Rafe said he hoped Gabi would be home for Christmas.


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GH Short Recap Thursday, December 28, 2023

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Alexis and Sonny have a talk about their concern that Kristina may not be able to be so close to her biological child and allow Molly and TJ to raise the child. Alexis tells Sonny that she is scared that Kristina may change her mind and decide to keep the baby and not give the baby to Molly and TJ. Sonny and Alexis decide to step back and trust that Molly and Kristina know what they are doing and everything will be okay. TJ has a talk with Kristina because he needs to hear her say she will be comfortable being the aunt to her biological child. Kristina assures TJ that she doesn’t want children right now, because after she gives birth to the baby, she is going to concentrate on running the youth center. Kristina assures TJ she will be happy being the baby’s cool aunt.

Lucy and Scott begin their plan to take Tracy’s money by pretending to argue backstage of the Home and Heart channel before Sasha and Cody’s, appearance. Scott takes Tracy’s side in the argument and Lucy fires Scott as the lawyer for Deception.

Olivia tells Lois that Ned was not the person who turned Drew and Carly into the SEC but, she and Ned have decided to keep the identity of the person a secret in order to keep peace in the family.

Elizabeth helps Finn talk through his treatment of Mr. Muldoon and he remembers that Mr. Muldoon told him he had a second house in Beacher’s Corners and sometimes went to the doctor when he was there. Elizabeth calls some nurses she knows in Beacher’s Corners and finds out Mr. Muldoon saw a doctor their before he came to the hospital and saw him.

Felicia takes strands of Cody’s hair from the hairbrush the hairstylist used to comb his hair before his Home and Heart appearance. Sasha sees Felicia give the hair sample to a messenger and ask the person to take the sample to the hospital lab and tell them to put a rush on a DNA test.

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Y&R Transcript Thursday, December 28, 2023

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Kevin: Should I go with sinatra to get things started? Maybe something classical? Ooh, or poppy. Lots of energy, love in the air kind of deal.

Chloe: You know, I think that you will make the right choice in the moment because that’s just kind of how amazing you are.

Kevin: I am, aren’t I?

Gloria: You guys, you might ask my advice. After all, I planned your brother and lauren’s wedding all those years ago and it was flawless, if I do say so myself.

Kevin: You always do.

Gloria: I’m just– oh gosh, are those hellebores mixed in with those peonies?

Chloe: I uh– I don’t know.

Gloria: Just be very careful because the sap is toxic.

Kevin: Nobody knows toxic like my mother.

Gloria: I am only trying to help.

Kevin: If you want to help, mom just help.

Gloria: I am. I am multitasking. I’m a content creator now. And my followers want what they want and they can’t get enough of me.

Kevin: Oh, some of us have had more than enough.

Chloe: You know what? We’ve got everything under control. And I think everything looks gorgeous given the time that we had to put it all together. And I mean, isn’t it just so romantic? Lauren and michael renewing their vows on the stroke of midnight.

Kevin: Totally.

Gloria: Angel, when was the last time you did something romantic for chloe?

[ Kevin chuckling ]

Chloe: Oh, last night, he did the dishes.

Gloria: And what is romantic about that?

Chloe: He did it with his shirt off.

Kevin: It doesn’t get much more romantic than that.

Gloria: Oh, spare me.

Lauren: Ah, thank you, darling.

Michael: How is it that you’re even more beautiful than when we first walked into this place.

Lauren: It must be because I have the love of the most amazing man I’ve ever known.

Michael: Good answer.

Lauren: So, why didn’t we think to do this before?

Michael: Eating dinner?

Lauren: No, silly. Renewing our vows on new year’s eve?

Michael: Oh, well, at the stroke of midnight, you will be my one and only wife, all over again.

Lauren: It’s inspired.

Michael: You, me, new year’S. What more could you want?

Lauren: Absolutely nothing.

Michael: I can’t think of a more perfect way to spend the new year.

Danny: I can’t tell you how incredibly happy I am that I’m spending new year’s eve with you.

Christine: So am I. And I– I feel like I should apologize for earlier.

Danny: Why?

Christine: I– I– I just feel like I upset you when I asked you if there was a part of you still interested in phyllis?

Danny: Hey, I thought we settled that?

Christine: No, we did. We did. And– and you’re right. We’re in a really good place. I’m in a really good place and I have you to thank for that. When this year started, I, um, I couldn’t see past the sadness of my marriage ending. And now us reconnecting, I mean, it’s just, it’s something that I never expected and it means so much to me because you know, you’ve given me a sense of– of peace and– and hope that I never thought I’d have again. And I don’t know, things just feel right for the first time in a really long time.

Danny: The beautiful girl that I fell in love with a long time ago is– is right here in front of me. We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?

Christine: Yeah.

Danny: And I– I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Daniel: Oh, wow.

Danny: Oh, hey.

Daniel: Hey, hello.

Christine: Hey. Happy new year.

Daniel: Ah, happy new year. You know, I’d say that I hope I’m not interrupting, but I can see that I definitely am. Maybe we should go old school, do a little necktie on the doorknob action?

Danny: That’s a great idea.

Tucker: I think you might be right. I’ve been thinking genoa city is getting a little too suffocating for me. It might be time to kiss it goodbye.

Ashley: Of course. Things are getting difficult, so you have to run away.

Tucker: Maybe if we ignore her, she’ll go away.

Ashley: What about that sweet little boy? Dominic loves you.

Tucker: Yeah, well, he’s a party of one. It’s hard to stay in a place where everyone else can’t stand you.

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Ashley: Phyllis, would you mind excusing us? I have some business to discuss with mr. Mccall.

Phyllis: Sure. Happy new year.

Ashley: Happy new year. So, are you really leaving town?

Tucker: What would you care if I did?

Daniel: You know, why don’t I give you guys a little space? I’m gonna come back later.

Danny: No, no, no, no. Look, uh, cricket and I were just on our way to dinner, and, um, well, we got sidetracked.

Daniel: Yeah. No. I– I saw.

Christine: Hey, why don’t you join us for dinner?

Danny: Yeah.

Daniel: Thank you. Um, but no. Um, I actually have big plans for this evening.

Danny: Really?

Daniel: Mm-hmm. I’m gonna start the night off with a little video chat with lily. And then I was thinking about maybe watching a romcom or two or three and totally pigging out on junk food.

Christine: Ah, junk food and romcoms.

Daniel: Yeah, it’s the best. You gotta pair the right junk food with the right movie though. Like you– you would never do popcorn and moonstruck. No, that’s pizza territory. Otherwise…

Christine: It does sound kind of fun, so…

Daniel: Well, you’re welcome to stay. I mean, you’re standing there with my dad who happens to be an expert on the subject.

Christine: It’s your fault.

Danny: Hey, what can I say? New year’s eve gigs on the road. What? Eating junk food. Watching romcoms. This is like a romalotti tradition, right?

[ Knock on door ]

Daniel: Hang on. Hey, what is this?

Heather: Lucy mentioned you didn’t have plans.

Lucy: So, romcoms and junk food.

[ Daniel mouthing ]

Danny: I told you.

Christine: Yeah.

Michael: To my darling wife. You dazzle me more with the passing of every year.

Lauren: Ah, thank you, sweetie.

Michael: Don’t look now. This is our night.

Lauren: Yeah, but she is our friend. And in fact, daniel wanted us to talk to her.

Michael: You’re right. Phyllis!

Phyllis: Hey, you two look cozy.

Michael: Please, join us.

Phyllis: Well, you know, I don’t wanna intrude.

Michael: Come on.

Lauren: We want you to.

Phyllis: All right. Okay, then. Dirty martini, two olives. Two, two, two.

Lauren: So, are you ready to ring in the new year? I hope you’re free because we have some big–

Phyllis: I’m not doing the new year this year.

Michael: Well, I hate to tell you phyllis, but the new year’s coming, whether you participate or not.

Phyllis: Well, I disagree. What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna go to sleep and when I wake up, I’m gonna hope that 2024 was better than this year, for me.

Michael: You had a bad year. But yeah. Okay, you had a disastrous year, right?

Phyllis: Yeah. Uh-huh.

Michael: But that doesn’t mean you can’t ring in 2024 and raise a glass to better days ahead.

Phyllis: I don’t know. I don’t think that downing a glass of champagne or a bottle for that matter is gonna change the way I feel. So, I’m not gonna bother.

Lauren: So what happened to can do phyllis? You know, uplifting, positive, changing things for the better phyllis.

Phyllis: I’m still changing things for the better phyllis, that’s for sure. But sometimes, you know, you try and the universe just kicks you in the teeth.

Lauren: Are you talking about danny?

Phyllis: Um, why would you say that to me?

Michael: Daniel might have mentioned something.

Phyllis: Oh, did he? So, you guys are talking behind my back? ‘Cause that’s what friends do, right?

Lauren: Only when they’re concerned.

Phyllis: Okay. Well. Ah, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Mm-hmm. You don’t have to be concerned about me. So, what did my son tell you?

Michael: That he’s worried about you.

Phyllis: Well, it’s not me you should be worried about. It’s danny.

Michael: Daniel said you had a private talk with danny and I’m guessing from this mood of yours that it didn’t turn out well?

Phyllis: Why can’t danny see that christine isn’t right for him? You know, I mean, really, it’s embarrassing. She comes over, you know, knocking on his door, out of the blue, looking at him with these puppy dog eyes. I mean, it’s truly, truly pathetic.

Lauren: Wow. All this concern for danny.

Phyllis: Yeah.

Lauren: Yeah. You wouldn’t be interested in having him for yourself, would you?

Phyllis: I’m sorry, what? Why would you say that? We are– we are– we are just co-parents. We’re friends.

Michael: Are you sure you’re not falling into that awful habit of being competitive with christine?

Phyllis: I’m not competitive with christine. And why is it that all the time people think big bad phyllis is after scrawny, little, scrawny, skinny christine? Why do people think that? I mean, it’s ridiculous. Yes. Maybe danny is drawn into, you know, all these feelings for christine because it’s familiar. I mean, honestly, she has jumped from one, not even done marriage, to an ex.

Michael: Why? Why is it ridiculous? I mean, after all these years, if the flame is still there, there could be some real emotion between these two people–

Phyllis: Okay. There’s no flame. There’s no flame. Seriously? Real emotion? It’s nothing. Like I said, it’s familiar, you know? But it’s nothing romantic, nothing like what he could have.

Lauren: Honey, why are you pursuing this?

Phyllis: Well, who says I’m pursuing anything?

Ashley: Look, I don’t care what you do or where you go, but devon and dominic might.

Tucker: This again. What is it with you? You blew any chance I had of a relationship with devon the minute you decided to destroy my reputation.

Ashley: Do you ever take responsibility for the things you do, ever? Because you brought this on yourself and you know it. You were coming after jabot, and you– you left me no choice. Look, I get it. There’s no hope for us. But there is hope for you and devon and dominic unless you–

Tucker: You don’t know when to stop, do you?

Ashley: Listen…

Tucker: You talk this big game about being so concerned about my relationship with devon and then you dropped this bomb which has essentially destroyed my relationship with devon. So what makes you think you– that I could trust anything you say now? What makes you believe that you could talk me into sticking around this damn town? Want the power of 5 serum benefits in 1?

Ashley: Clearly, whether you stay in town or leave has nothing to do with me.

Tucker: Yeah, that’s right. Nothing I do from this point forward is going to have anything to do with you.

Ashley: I know that dominic and devon need your–

Tucker: Can you hear anything I’m saying to you?

Ashley: Yes, I’ve heard it all. I know devon wants nothing to do with you, but it doesn’t mean you just run away. You have to fight for the people you love. How do you not know that? You can’t just run. Unless being a father and a grandfather means nothing to you?

Tucker: Being a father and a grandfather means everything to me. But you took a match to it! You! Right after you broke my heart.

Ashley: So what are you gonna do?

Tucker: You destroyed everything that mattered to me.

Ashley: What are you gonna do, tucker? Are you gonna throw a glass of wine? Are you– are you gonna toss a chair? Are you gonna do that? Just like it’s gonna be paris all over again?

Tucker: What does that mean?

Ashley: You know what? When you stormed out of that restaurant, I promised myself I was never gonna let you frighten me again.

Tucker: I don’t want you to be frightened. What?

Ashley: You were fine with it that night, weren’t you?

Tucker: I would never be violent toward you, ashley.

Ashley: Oh, so you don’t think that throwing a chair and smashing a wine glass in a restaurant wasn’t violent?

Tucker: There was no smashing of wine glasses. I– I didn’t throw– what are you talking about?

Lucy: This scene is so goofy.

Daniel: Mm-hmm. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Lucy: No, I mean, well, unless we watched another movie.

Daniel: Yeah, we could do that.

Heather: A second one? You know your dad always falls asleep before the first movie is over.

Daniel: What? I do not.

Both: Yes, you do.

Lucy: And you snore.

Daniel: Wow. Wow. Thank you. I’m feeling a little outnumbered here.

Heather: Cheers to that.

Daniel: You know what? I’m gonna prove it to you. I’m gonna stay up for a second movie tonight. Yeah. No, it is. New year’s eve. We do have some ringing in to do, but I get to pick the movie. And since it was just christmas, we can watch my favorite christmas movie, die hard.

Heather: No, no, that’s not a christmas movie.

Daniel: Uh-uh. Christmas tree. Happy ending. Christmas movie.

Heather: Bombs and blood, not a christmas movie.

Daniel: Okay. Lucy, is die hard a christmas movie?

Lucy: Um, yeah. Total christmas movie.

Heather: Traitor.

Daniel: Yippee-ki-yay, darlin’.

Heather: Okay. Now, I am feeling outnumbered. But are you sure it’s not too, you know, scary?

Lucy: Mom. I was seven.

Heather: And insisting to sleep right between us and you wouldn’t move the entire night.

Phyllis: The only thing I’m going to be pursuing is a healthy relationship with the father of my child. Okay? I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but danny and I, since he’s been back in town, have become quite close. While everybody else here curses my name and walks the other way when they see me, he’s been loving and supportive and caring. He’s really given me a boost. I’m returning the favor. That’s all I’m doing.

Michael: Ah, save him from himself.

Phyllis: Or something much worse.

Christine: Danny, you okay?

Danny: Yeah, um… hey, um, why don’t we go somewhere else, huh?

Christine: Oh, not a chance.

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Tucker: Yeah, I yelled. I made a scene. No doubt about it, but violent? I think the most physical thing that happened was I– I tipped over a wine glass accidentally. And I may have pushed aside a chair as I left.

Ashley: Are you kidding me? This is how you’re choosing to remember it. Are you–

Tucker: That’s what happened.

Ashley: Okay. Well, maybe that’s why you’ve been such an ass since I came back from paris. You’re making nothing of it. I mean, you are– you are not acknowledging anything that you did.

Tucker: I’m not gonna acknowledge something that didn’t occur.

Ashley: This is unbelievable.

Tucker: And I apologize for what did occur. The yelling, the scene. Does that not count for anything?

Ashley: No. Not unless you’re gonna admit to the truth.

Tucker: What is this? Is this– is this another one of your games? Are you trying to drag my name further through the mud? Spread some lie that I’m violent?

Ashley: Everything I said about you is true. And you’re just pissed off because you can’t put your spin on it like you always do.

Tucker: You know what? We’re done. We’re done. Why don’t you run along to that family that means so damn much to you? I’m sure you have plans to toast my downfall.

Ashley: Don’t flatter yourself, tucker. We’re not gonna be thinking about you at all tonight.

Tucker: Fantastic. You have a nice life.

Ashley: Are you really gonna deny that you were that violent in paris? You’re gonna deny that? So, I’m the delusional one?

[ All chuckling ]

Lucy: That is so lily. I mean, when you were telling your dad jokes and she laughed so hard she got the hiccups.

Daniel: I’m sure she’ll love that you held on to that. Um, also just for the record my jokes aren’t dad jokes.

Lucy: Oh, they totally are.

Heather: They are. Ooh, ooh, ooh. Cease fire, cease fire. Popcorn is too delicious. Thank you. I’ll take it.

Lucy: I’ll get you back. So, how is lily? How’s mattie?

Daniel: Well, mattie has been through a lot. You know, she lost her mentor. She was almost hurt by that fire, so there’s just been a lot of trauma.

Lucy: Yeah, that’s awful.

Daniel: She’s gonna be withdrawing from school for the rest of the quarter. And lily, you know, she just wants to stay with her. She’d like her to get some professional help, but until then, she’s not gonna leave her side.

Heather: I don’t blame her. You know, that’s what moms do.

Daniel: And lily is the best. Right up there with present company.

Heather: Yeah. That was a nice save, huh?

Lucy: Yeah.

Heather: Well, I guess, uh, lily will probably be out west for a little while, huh?

Daniel: Mm-hmm. I’m actually gonna try and move some stuff around in my schedule so I can get out there and spend next weekend with them. Maybe even stay a little bit longer.

Heather: Oh, that’s– that’s wonderful.

Lucy: Come on. We’re gonna miss the best part.

Heather: You guys and the popcorn.

Christine: Happy new year.

Danny: Happy new year.

Michael: Happy new year to you too.

Lauren: Ooh, that bracelet is beautiful.

Christine: Oh, thank you. A christmas present from danny.

Lauren: You have very good taste.

Christine: He got me a similar one on our honeymoon in wailea, but I lost it years ago and he remembered how much I loved it and got me this one. So, do you have any special plans to ring in the new year?

Lauren: Actually, we do. We are gonna renew our vows at the stroke of midnight.

Christine: Oh, that’s a fantastic idea.

Danny: How romantic.

Phyllis: Wait, you– you didn’t tell me this.

Lauren: Well, I tried, but the conversation somehow got hijacked.

Michael: That’s why we asked what you were doing. We wanted you to join the festivities. No matter how much you hate the new year, we know you love us.

Lauren: So, come on, you gonna join us?

Phyllis: Well, I– I’d like to, but yeah, I have a date.

Michael: You said you weren’t doing anything?

Phyllis: No, I did not. I said that I was not going to ring in the new year. That doesn’t mean that, you know, I don’t have a non-new year date.

Christine: With who?

Phyllis: Um, him. Him. There he is now.

Lauren: Tucker?

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Phyllis: Yeah. Uh, tucker. Hey! Right here.

Tucker: Hey, what’s up? Hi.

Christine: Hi.

Tucker: Hi.

Phyllis: So, um, are– are we still on for later?

Tucker: Yes. Yeah, nothing’s changed on my end. But we didn’t work out. Am I picking you up or…

Phyllis: However you want. I mean, I could come to you.

Tucker: Perfect. Sounds like a plan.

Phyllis: All right. I’ll see you then.

Tucker: Oh, you look great.

Phyllis: Oh, thanks.

Tucker: I’m really looking forward to it.

Danny: We’re gonna go grab a drink in the lounge before dinner. And, uh, hey, it was so great seeing you all. And, uh, congratulations again on the vow renewal.

Christine: Oh, I’m so happy for you guys.

Michael: Thanks.

Lauren: Thank you.

Danny: We’ll see you, okay?

Lauren: What is wrong with you?

Michael: Please don’t tell us that you’re gonna spend new year’s eve with that low life instead of coming to your best friend’s vow renewal.

Lauren: Was that even real? Did you just orchestrate that whole thing to make danny jealous?

Phyllis: Why? Of course, it was real. Tucker has a business proposal and I’m going to hear him out.

Lauren: Wonderful. Do it tomorrow, during business hours.

Michael: And tell him there’s not a chance in hell that you would work with him. Because there isn’t, is there?

Phyllis: Of course… not.

Michael: Huh. Well, good. Now that we’ve got that cleared up, please don’t disappoint us by making a point with danny that you insist you’re not making.

Phyllis: Right. I– I will– I will try to come. You guys know I love you, right?

Michael: We do.

Lauren: Yes. And that is why we would like you to be there to share in our happiness.

Phyllis: I will try to be there. Like I said.

Lauren: Oh, honey, we have a vow renewal to get to. Hope to see you later.

Michael: We expect to see you there.

Heather: Well, you guys were totally right. It was definitely a christmas movie.

Lauren: Oh, my goodness. It’s gorgeous.

Michael: My god, you guys have outdone yourselves.

Gloria: Ah, it was nothing really. Although, I can’t vouch for the flowers.

Lauren: Oh, well. Thank you.

Chloe: We are just so thrilled for you and michael. And for us, that we could be a part of it.

Michael: Well done, brother. You’re the best.

Kevin: Oh, you. Back at you.

Gloria: I am just so happy for both of you. I mean, who would have thought that you two would have lasted all this time?

Michael: That’s so funny.

Gloria: And you look absolutely ravishing. Michael is lucky to have you.

Michael: That I am.

Lauren: I’m the lucky one.

Kevin: Okay. Okay. Save it for the ceremony.

Gloria: Is it too early for bubbles?

Kevin: Ah, yes, mother. Oh, and this particular bottle arrived just before you did. It’s from scotty who’s sorry he couldn’t be here.

Lauren: Ah, and finn and trey can’t be here either, but they send their love.

Kevin: Ah. Do you have the rings?

Michael: Oh, hold on. Yes. Yes.

Kevin: All right. Excellent. Okay. I’m gonna pick out some music, set the mood.

Gloria: And I’m going to help.

Chloe: Oh, and I will get your bouquet.

Lauren: Okay.

Michael: You okay?

Lauren: I think I’m nervous. Just like when we did this so long ago.

Michael: You’re even more radiant, if that’s possible. You ready to do this, mrs. Baldwin?

Lauren: I couldn’t be more ready, mr. Baldwin.

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Michael: You look beautiful.

Lauren: So do you.

Minister: We are here to celebrate with lauren and michael as they reaffirm their commitment to their vows.

Lauren: Michael, when we stood here the last time, I said to you. “I love you today, “I love you tomorrow and forever.” And we said these vows to each other without knowing what the future would hold. But what we did know is that we had each other. And back then you were, uh, how should I say this? Uh, something of a bad boy. But I knew under that edge was a magnificent heart that beats for everyone that you love.

Ashley: Hey, jack. Traci! Anybody! Hello! Where is everybody?

Tucker: I’m done. Goodbye, ashley. You go to hell!

Ashley: Okay.

Lauren: I’ve watched you put everything on the line. For your family, for your friends, and for me. Your strength, your belief in us has gotten us through the impossible. Your capacity for forgiveness. There were days when I did not think that we would make the happily ever after that we promised each other. But you did. You never gave up on me. And you didn’t let me give up. And I’m so glad you didn’T.

Tucker: I’m done. Goodbye, ashley. Go to hell.

Lauren: Honesty is hard. Trust is hard. And love isn’t a magic wand, but it is the miracle that makes honesty possible and trust a reality. And you taught me that.

[ Phone chiming ]

Tucker: We can still have that drink if you want?

Lauren: We have loved, we’ve lost. We have cried and laughed ’til our sides ached. And we’ve tangoed. And we’ve raised two extraordinary sons. Do you remember when I told you that I was pregnant with finn? And you were so worried that you weren’t going to be a good father? And you’re the best. You are exactly what he needed and they both love you so much.

Heather: Hm. Oh.

Daniel: Hey.

Heather: Hi.

Daniel: Sorry, I didn’t mean to wake you up.

Heather: No, I’m sorry. I didn’t– I didn’t– I didn’t even realize I fell asleep.

Daniel: Hm.

Lauren: Michael baldwin, you are the love of my life. And happily ever after starts every morning that I get to wake up with you. So, I will tell you again. I love you today, I love you tomorrow and forever.

Michael: Mm. That’s a hard act to follow. But I would follow this one anywhere. I once told you that I didn’t have as much faith in goodness as you did. I still doubt a great deal of what goes on in this universe, the goodness of it. But there is one thing that I have never doubted and that is our love for each other. Even on our darkest days, there was always love. I mean, we tested the hell out of it, but it just made us stronger. It made me love you more. I am in awe of your honesty and your courage. And your ability to see hope on every horizon. It’s because of you, your faith in us, that we are standing here, right now in this moment. You took a chance on a man who was too much at war with the world. And you showed me the kind of love that I never thought I’d have or deserve. You’ve given me a family, a safe space. And laughter. All the joy of you. Of us. It lights up every day of my life.

Minister: These rings are a symbol of your recommitment to your vows and to your love. You may kiss each other.

Kevin: Uh, ten, nine…

All: Eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one! Yay!

Announcer: Next week on the young and the restless…

Summer: I am wondering, um, are you in love with chance?

Danny: You’ve got your daughter playing matchmaker and the way that you and heather are looking at each other.

Victor: I didn’t walk out on you then and I will not now. You are the love of my life.

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What do you guys think? Too much or not enough? Oh, well, if my mom were here, she’d say there’s no such thing as “too much.” Yes, well, your viewers may not agree. So you think we should ease up on the cowboy props? I’m all for a little western flair, but I don’t want it to devolve into kitsch. Sasha, what do you think? I think the art department did a great job. Sure, it’s a little over-the-top, but isn’t that the point? We’re selling a fantasy, right? And if you’re lucky enough, sometimes fantasies come true. Usually with a lot of hard work and some money. Not that lucy coe would have any idea about that. She’s a spendthrift with the attention span of a gnat. My fantasy is you and lucy not going at each other’s throats. I’m just glad that I missed the fireworks. Though I’m so sorry I was late. Oh. It’s okay. You were there for most of the meeting. Sasha, you never told us where you were. I was with cody. We lost track of time. Really?! Has something changed between the two of you? Yes, I need you to ask for volunteers to work on new year’s eve and new year’s day. Hopefully we’ll get enough…people in that we don’t have to call anyone who asked for the time off. Yeah. What’s next on our list? Mmm! Something smells so good! Oh, yeah. I finally got around to making that post-christmas turkey soup, so… oh! I said I wanted to help you with that. Oh, that’s right. You did. I’m sorry, honey. It totally slipped my mind. I’m sorry. But you know what? It’s done. What’s done is done. So I — you know what? I actually got to make sure that it’s on the low burner. Livvy. Yeah? Why does it feel like you’ve been avoiding me since christmas? No, honey, honestly. I’m really — I’m happy to have you here in the house. Okay, if I’ve done something to upset you, I want to know. No, no, it’s not that. Honestly, honey, it’s not you. It’s me. I-I just — whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. What about you? It’s nothing. It’s — honestly, it’s not a thing, I just — I really — you know what? I do — I really have to check the soup on the — olivia! Not until you tell me what’s going on with you. Did I betray you when I married ned? What brings you by, alexis? I need a favor. You never ask me for favors. This is an exception. I need you to tell me I’m wrong.

[ Knock on door ] Hi, tj. Molly’s not with you? No. Uh, just me. Come in. Come in. This was actually molly’s idea. -To come over here by yourself? -Yeah. She thought it would be better if you and I talked privately. That sounds ominous. Wait. Is molly okay? Your sister’s fine. She just — she told me about the conversation that you two had with alexis. Oh. “Conversation.” It was more like a lecture. Legal ramifications and some obscure law that only applies to surrogacy with a donor egg. It made me realize that you and i need to set some things straight. Have you changed your mind about me? Okay. Okay. So, you remember the plan, right? Yes, yes — I pick a fight with you, tracy overhears. But it’s not much of a plan as far as I’m concerned. It’s just step one. Okay? Yeah, well, let’s circle back to the part where I marry tracy. What’s in it for me? Just shh! Keep your voice down. Just focus on the task at hand. We have to make tracy believe that you and I, we’ve had this huge falling-out so then she sees you as an ally, and you’ll get a chance to charm her pants off. Well, now, wait a minute. I’m not sir laurence olivier here. No, you’re not, so just focus on a goal, and the goal is our satisfaction when we knock tracy down, down to size, and we take her for everything she’s worth. I love when you get in full scheming mode! Yeah? Well, get ready — ’cause I’m just getting started.

We’ve known each other a long time. I don’t think you’ve ever asked me to disagree with you, but I’ll give it my best shot. Don’t get used to it. I assume this is about kristina. Are you aware that she is now going to be the egg donor as well as the surrogate? Kristina filled me in. Yeah. That’s it? What? That’s the reaction?

[ Stammers ] How can you be so calm? You don’t see how this could tear the girls apart? How so? Well, for starters, legally speaking, there is no contract between tj, molly, and kristina that’s legally binding, which means that kristina, at any given point, can change her mind after she becomes pregnant. And there’s no legal remedy because it’s her biological child. I talked to kristina. She thought long and hard about it. She knows it’s a huge responsibility. You think otherwise? Yes! I mean — yes! I do think otherwise. Because she has never been pregnant before. She doesn’t know what it’s like, and I’m concerned that it might be harder than she expects. Like it was hard for you to give up sam? Well, that’s vastly different circumstances… but yes. So this could not only be problematic between kristina and molly, but for the entire family, because it would put us in a position where we would have to pick sides, which is impossible. This could be a nightmare. Is this where you want me to tell you you’re wrong? Yes! I’ve underestimated kristina in the past. So tell me — am I doing it again?

[ Knock on door ] Yeah. Hey. Enter at your own risk. I saw you upstairs coming out of the O.R. Seemed to be in a mood. Something happen in surgery? No. Everything was by the numbers. No complications. Then why the mood? Why the mood? I guess it’s because dr. Juarez had to waste her valuable time watching over me. She didn’t assist me. She just stood there watching. Because apparently, after 25 years of doing this, I can’t operate without having someone supervise me. And I guess I’m just tired of having this lawsuit hanging over me. I know. And I know it’s beyond frustrating having your every move monitored. I have dedicated my entire professional life to medicine, to healing people, and amy just told me that three of my patients would like their files transferred to other doctors. We haven’t even gone to trial yet, haven’t a chance to defend myself, and already my reputation is taking a hit. Okay, but remember monica and the G.H. Board are behind you. I appreciate that. I do. If I lose this case… my insurance will pay out the damages and then they will drop me as a client. If that happens, I… I will be unable to get malpractice insurance elsewhere. And at that point, the hospital will have no choice but to let me go. Finn, you need to remember — you did nothing wrong. How do we make a jury believe that? Oh, come on, lucy! This is just a sales appearance! You don’t need the deception lawyer here. Besides, I’m very important. I got a lot of high-end clients. Oh, you’re so important! Stop! Look at you! You know what? I pay you a lot of money, and you come showing up in an outfit like that, all scruffy?! What’s wrong with this outfit? It’s kind of like business wrinkled! No, this is a whole fash– excuse me! Would you please…zip it! If you have to talk, modulate your voices. Try to act like professionals. Sasha. Cody. I can take you to your dressing rooms now. -Cool. -Okay. -Hi, honey! -Mom. What are you doing here? Oh, wait. Let me answer this e-mail really quick. Julie: Mr. Bell? Please follow me. Oh. Uh, yeah. Where on earth did that come from? I-I’m just sayin’. I knew that ned was your husband when I came to port charles, and I fell for him anyway. Yeah. That was like six years ago! You’ve been married most of that time. You broke up. You got back together. I mean, why is this coming up right now? Lois’ reluctance to leave doesn’t bother you? At all? Why would it? She’s my oldest friend. We grew up together. And it doesn’t bother her that you… married her former husband? Look, I know that you came to port charles because you read the article about brook lynn being fired from deception. And she’s your daughter, and that’s your priority. Yeah. Of course she is. But you’ve been here since before thanksgiving. I mean, that’s a long time. A-and you’re my best friend. And we’ve never talked about the fact that — that I married your ex-husband?! I mean, I gotta — I gotta wonder. Is there a reason for that? Are you asking me if I have thoughts about my best friend marrying my ex-husband? Yes. You bet I do!

Are you underestimating our daughter? Maybe. Maybe not. The way I see it is, I’m proud, uh, that kristina’s willing to carry her sister’s baby. And I think kristina’s proud. That’s even more important. All those years that we saw her struggling with her self-esteem. Makes sense because she has parents that are driven and successful. I mean, look, I always… I always felt that… kristina was kind of lost, personally and professionally. And I think things have changed now. You may be right. I mean, I-I have noticed that since she started developing the youth center that she is more focused and more mature. That’s because she’s gotten past the self-doubt that has held her back in the past. I think it’s wonderful that she has this newfound confidence. I do. And I — and I know that her intentions are good, but sometimes life has a way of upending your intentions. Look at us. I mean, it’s not like we planned on having a baby together. Plans change.

[ Sighs ] Right? No. I’m just saying. They change. Okay. That’s my point, though, you see? When she agreed to be the surrogate, I was concerned, but I thought, “okay. That’s doable.” But now that the baby is gonna be biologically hers, it just makes the whole thing a lot more complicated. Can you imagine a life without kristina? Regardless of how she got here? No. Of course I can’T. You know why? Because babies change everything. See, this is exactly what I was so afraid of. You never really wanted me to be the surrogate, not really. You only went along with this because it was what molly wanted and it was what my sister wanted. And now that my mother has announced that there’s no legally binding contract, you’re having second thoughts. Kristina, can you stop telling me what I think long enough for me to actually talk? Yes. Sorry. G-go on. Part of me loves the idea that if we use your egg, molly and I will both be biologically related to the baby. On top of that, it’s a huge relief that you and molly have reconciled and gotten past your differences. It makes me happy to see molly this happy. Okay, so then what’s the problem? Thank you. In many ways, you are the ideal egg donor. But alexis is right about the legal situation. So I need to hear for myself from your lips that molly and I will be the parents of this baby and you will be the aunt. Nothing more. Nothing less. Can you honestly live with that? You have been very distracted since you got that call from chase. Gregory was taken to the hospital. Why? What happened? He took a hot yoga class. So chase said they’re hoping it’s just dehydration. Maybe it’s his als. Gregory’s been admitted to the hospital. He’s spending the night. So they’re gonna check everything, make sure everything’s okay. Julie. Yeah. Hi. Can you, um, give the director a note from the deception team? Mm-hmm. When the models come out and are on stage, can you please tell him to make sure that the products are all featured in every camera angle? I know that sasha and cody are very good-looking people, but we are selling products, not models, okay? I’ll pass on the note. Thank you. Good note. Very astute. I appreciate the support, mom, but I also know you don’t stop by my work for no reason. Are you still on the… “cody is mac’s son” train? Maxie, I’m really proud of you. I think it’s great that “home & heart” booked deception as a repeat performance so soon after the last one. Our last appearance here, we sold out in 20 minutes, and I have a feeling this is gonna be just as good, if not better. I think it’s safe to say deception is back. Ah! Yes!

[ Laughs ] Felicia’s only hanging around because she’s suspicious of me. Or you could see it as felicia wanting the husband she loves to know that you’re his son. Yeah, I already told you why that can’t happen. Not only does mac deserve a better son than me, but I already signed a document saying that I’m taub’s son. It’s fraud and perjury. I can’t risk that coming out. Hey. Try not to worry. I promise I’m gonna help you keep an eye on felicia. Hairstylist: Cody? Uh, yeah? I’m ready to start working on your hair. Okay. Right here?

So…dennis muldoon. Mm-hmm. You guys were chatting at a school function. He mentioned he was having symptoms. You suggested he come see you as a patient. Yes, uh, mr. Muldoon had been a patient here at general hospital for several years. I think we’re in-network for his insurance. And before he came to see me, I went over his entire history, and he seemed overall in pretty good health. But the man had stage iv colon cancer. He must have had

some symptoms. Hm, we both know people that have ignored physical symptoms for months, right? I mean, sometimes it’s people that they’re — they’re too busy to see a doctor. Other times they’re too afraid to see a doctor. Unless he — unless muldoon saw a doctor out of network. You mean like when he was overseas? It’s possible. I was thinking maybe something closer to home. You know, I remember him mentioning something about having a vacation home in beechers corners. He used to try to juggle his schedule so he could spend at least a month there in may or june. Do you think he might have seen a doctor at beechers corners? Well, if he did and he paid for it out of — out of pocket, I mean, that — that wouldn’t show up in his chart here at G.H. And if he did see a doctor within two or three months of seeing me for the first time, that means there’s another doctor that didn’t detect the cancer, either. This isn’t a closed adoption where kristina is not gonna know what happened to the baby. She’s always gonna be in the child’s life as the aunt. She’s gonna watch that baby grow and thrive with terrific parents like tj and molly. And you and jordan. Don’t you think that would make things worse, possibly? I mean, how hard do you think it’ll be for kristina to stand on the sidelines and watch somebody else raise her biological child? And what if she doesn’t like the way molly and tj are parenting? Like how? Molly’s a vegan. Kristina is not. How long do you think it’ll be before she slips the kid a cheeseburger at charlie’s? What if i slip the kid a cheeseburger? I mean, biologically, I’m the grandfather, right? No, you’re not! That’s just my point! You’re not the grandfather. Y-you’d be the great-uncle. Because molly — you’re molly’s uncle. Right? You see how confusing this is? I mean, if it’s this confusing for us, think how confusing it’ll be for them! This is gonna tear the whole family apart. I love ned. He’s the father of my child. And we have been through so much together. But I am not… in love with ned. I haven’t been in love with ned for years. For years and years and years. And I only want what’s best for him. And you, my friend… you are the best. It does my heart good to see how happy you two are together. It does? Really? Yes. Of course it does. Thank god. I don’t — I don’t get it. I mean, you thought that I would have a problem with you being married to ned? That I, lois cerullo, who you have known your whole life, would sit on my feelings? Come on. Does that even sound like me? Okay, okay, I get — I don’t know what I was thinking. I was a big dummy. Alright. Okay. So then what happened at christmas that got you so freaked out? Tracy. Tracy. Mm-hmm. Of course it was tracy. What did tracy say? Well, it’s not so much what she said. She insinuated that I should be very eager for you to leave because of your history with ned.

[ Laughs ] Oh, olivia. Oh. Think about it. Come on. Of course tracy wants me out of this house, because, like oil and water, we do not mix. And we both have major differences of opinion about what’s best for brook lynn. I get it. Okay, okay. I know. I’m sorry. I can’t believe that I fell for all of tracy’s nonsense. Nah, nah, nah. Don’t beat yourself up about it. You know, tracy excels at getting into people’s heads. It’s a typical quartermaine trait. For what it’s worth… mm? …Honey, I’m so happy to have you here. And not just for brook lynn’s sake, but for me, too. Ohh, well, you know, you could just think about it like it’s payback. Well, you know, back in the day, growing up in the neighborhood, you were the coolest chick I knew. And when all of those mean girls started coming after me, you’re the one who had my back. Uh, that’s not exactly how I remember it. I remember you being plenty tough, and you learned very quickly how to take care of yourself. Ha! Yeah. Well, that is true. But you — you have always been way tougher than I’ve been. I mean, this — this proves it. You’re living with the quartermaines.

[ Scoffs ] I couldn’t do it. But, honey, you can. Hey, sasha, can I talk to you for a second? Sure. Yeah. What’s up? I just wanted to see how it was going working with cody. You guys look great together on camera, but I know it’s probably a strain for you working with him because you have feelings for him. Cody has been great. I really enjoy working with him. Maybe too much. That’s good. I know you’ve had a tough year. I trusted the wrong people. One more reason why I really need to work on myself before I can even think about starting a new relationship. But that’s for me and cody to figure out. Professionally, we’re great. Good. Because you guys are becoming one of deception’s biggest assets.

[ Chuckles ] Uh, where did your mom go? Alright. You’re ready to go. Appreciate it. Excuse me, but I heard the producer was looking for you. I’m sorry, cody. I lost track of felicia. Oh, I need to take care of something right now. Cody, sasha, we are ready for our spokesmodels. Yes. And, by the way, you look awesome, but… I don’t know. Something’s missing. Something’s not quite right. Okay. I got it. Ha ha! Kind sir, we will place that on your head — and voil. Look at that. You are definitely a romantic, rugged cowboy image we need. No, no, no. It’s all wrong. Casts a shadow on his face. You can’t see his beautiful eyes. I think tracy’s right about the cowboy hat.

[ Chuckling ] What? Really? Did I ask for your input? You’re the only one that’s allowed to have an opinion here? Well, you’re an attorney. What do you know about fashion?! Obviously. Well, I’m just trying to give you a guy’s point of view here, lucy. Well, obviously, scotty, you don’t know the female perspective. No wonder liesl dumped you.

So if another doctor or even multiple doctors missed muldoon’s colon cancer, then that could be good for your case. Martin stressed how difficult it is for juries to understand medical complexities in malpractice suits. You know, from the jury’s standpoint, this man came in with a simple stomach ailment and somehow ends up dying of cancer, leaving a family behind. Since I found the tapeworm but I didn’t discover the cancer until later… they assume that must be negligence on my part. So if we can prove to a jury that another doctor also missed the cancer… it might help them to understand how difficult it is to make a diagnosis based on muldoon’s symptoms. I don’t know. What do you think? I think this could work. Tj, I get why you’re asking these questions. I do have A… a well-earned reputation for leaping before I look. But I can assure you, I have really done a lot of soul searching about this, and I — I don’t want children of my own. At least not right now at this point in my life. You’re sure? I mean, I’m pretty sure. And I’m excited to be pregnant and to go on this journey, of course. And I’m going to love this baby. I mean, it’s a little more intense now that we’re using my egg, of course. But it’s gonna be special. And maybe i will even have a special connection to it, right? But once this baby is born, I am more than content to step back and let you and molly be parents so that I can just keep being a cool aunt. You have no idea how good it is to hear you say that. Look, I’m so happy that I can help you and molly finally have a baby. And I’m also happy, after the baby is born, to focus on running my center. I promise you, I know what I’m getting myself into. Lucy, I know that you can fight dirty, but this is an all-time low! You know what? I’m not gonna be your lawyer anymore. Find yourself another top-drawer attorney. I quit! Fine! Fine, fine! Good! I’m glad you quit! I’m just gonna find another attorney tomorrow! So…about the hat. I haven’t changed my mind about the hat. Neither have I. Um, if — if you don’t mind hearing from one of the models, I have an idea that might be able to make both lucy and tracy happy. What’s your idea? Okay, so how about — if I may — um, we start off the hat on… and then we take it off. Okey-dokey. I guess that might work. Let’s try it. Felicia. Are you enjoying yourself? Yes! [ Chuckles ] Being backstage is always so fascinating. So much goes into making a tv show. Rehearsal is starting soon. Do you want to watch?

[ Gasps ] Oh, absolutely. Yeah. Yeah. Life here is definitely more difficult with tracy in the house. Oh, you say it like she’s the exception. Quartermaines have been bickering about everything all the time — even my own brookie. Don’t tell her I said that to you. Oh, your secret is safe, but, you know, ned can be reasonable. Really? Unless he’s going against drew and michael, right? Yeah. True, true, true. Okay. To be clear… all of the quartermaines have their good points individually. I just hate to see what it does to ned when he’s around his family. You’re living in the past, lois. Ned has — ned has changed. He’s really become his own man now.

[ Chuckles ] Really? Yeah. Oh, olivia, I know he’s your husband and you have to defend him, but, I mean, can you really say that ned is his own man when he ratted out his own cousin to the sec? What did you say? What? Ned turned his family in to the sec. Okay. You don’t understand. Well, no. I understand that — that drew is ned’s cousin and that carly is michael’s mother. If somebody had turned my mother in to the sec, I’d never forgive them. So — so michael should forgive ned? No way. Okay. Ned is not the rat! Ned is allowing everyone to think the worst of him for the sake of the family.

Oh, hey, tracy. Glad you’re here. I thought you quit. Well, I did, but I-I wanted to apologize to you for the other night. You know, those horrible things I said about luke. I know that you really loved him, and it was very disrespectful of me. Thank you. I guess. Why the change of heart? Well, that stuff lucy said about my ex-girlfriend, liesl. It — it really hurt me. So I thought, you know, I probably did the same thing to you, and that’s why you threw that martini in my face. Yeah, well, apology accepted. But you do it again, I’ll do it again. Never. And you were right about that cowboy hat. I don’t think lucy pays attention to all the little — the little details. Not a good trait in the head of a company. No, no, but you’re here to keep her in line. I’ll catch you later, tracy. Say something. You raised two strong, intelligent women, not to mention compassionate. But I want them to stay that way. If kristina is not able to keep her promise to molly, molly will be devastated. And on the other hand, watching somebody raise your biological child might be too painful for kristina, and maybe she’ll just have to leave town. If this were court, you know the judge would overrule your speculation. I know that I’m worrying about things that haven’t happened yet. Tell me that I’m wrong. I’m not gonna say you’re wrong ’cause I’m — I’m a little worried, too. Lucy, does everything have to be a battle with tracy?

La la, la la I do not take behavior tips from a traitor. Fine. Lucy, this has to stop because I cannot take the constant fighting. I’m sorry. Okay. I will do better. I p– I promise. I-I’m sorry. I probably did overreact a little bit. I will. For you. I will be better with tracy. Okay. Good. Because none of us like it, but right now tracy is our cross to bear. Yeah, I just can’t wait till tracy gets what’s coming to her. Are you saying that ned wasn’t the one who turned in carly and drew to the sec? You know what, honey? Don’t listen to me, alright? I misspoke. It’s not a thing. It’s not a thing. And I didn’t know what I was talking about. So — so why — why — why is everyone saying that it’s ned?

[ Sighs ] You know what? Ned denied all the accusations at first. Then he had his accident and he turned into eddie. And eddie couldn’t have cared less. Eddie didn’t have any of ned’s memories, and eddie could not be bothered. So, wait.

[ Chuckles ] Are you saying that when ned got his memory back, he also remembered that he wasn’t the one who turned in carly and drew to the sec? Then — I mean, does he — does he know who the real rat is? I mean, why is he taking the rap for somebody else’s bad deeds? There’s got to be a reason! You got to remember — carly is my second best friend, but she did commit insider trading. She bought up all the aurora stock after michael told her that elq and aurora were gonna merge. No, no, no. But they didn’t merge. And the sec would have never gone after carly unless someone else provoked them. Let it go. Okay? Just let the sleeping dogs lie. So who turned in carly and drew to the sec?! Who are you protecting and why?!

No, I’m not gonna tell you who the real rat is. I don’t understand why you won’T. Because — because it was ned’s choice. And you’re not gonna explain to me why? The only thing that I can tell you is that ned and i both agreed that it was the best for the whole family for us to both keep the identity of the rat a secret. What could be more loyal than that? Whatever happened to telling it like it is? I would think that, by now, the two of us might have learned that sometimes it’s best to just keep our big mouths shut. You know? Sometimes the truth can hurt. And right now it would really hurt some of the people that we care the most about. And they’ve been through enough these last three years. I just don’t want another disaster, okay? Not right now when there is finally hope for a little bit of joy. Honey, please. Please promise me that you’re not gonna say anything. I don’t know anything! But fine. Fine. I vowed long ago to stay out of quartermaine business. Really? What? Why the hell were you pushing back so hard if you agree with me? You asked me to talk you off the ledge. I did my best. And all of a sudden you’re being cooperative? If it’s — if it’s hard for me to accept not being the grandfather, can you imagine how hard it is for kristina to accept not being able to feel like the baby’s mother? Yeah. So what are we gonna do about it? Well, there’s nothing we can do. She says she knows what she’s doing. I’m gonna take her word for it. Well, I don’t think she’s lying to us. I-I just worry that she’s lying to herself. You’re worried. I get it. But, ultimately, it’s — it’s kristina’s decision. We’re just gonna have to stand by and love her no matter what. Right. Because I’m so good at standing by. You did the right thing by not going to kristina and venting and coming to me and talking to me. Thank you. And thank you for being here so you could listen. Always. I appreciate you talking this out. Really. You wouldn’t be a good dad if you didn’t ask the tough questions. And I can already tell that you are going to be a fantastic father. Thank you. Thank you for loving my sister and for supporting her through all of this. I really — I-I admire both of you. Then it’s mutual because we both admire the hell out of you for doing this. You know, y-you’re making mine and molly’s dreams of becoming parents come true. Well, I love that I’m stepping up for her. She’s done it for me countless times. Can’t wait to see who your child grows up to be. We’ll see you then. Is your dad up for dinner with us? In his room? Yeah. Yeah. He — he pulled the old “I don’t want to be a burden.” But then he slowly came around. Are you at all concerned about violet seeing him in the hospital? Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that. I think I’m gonna tell her the literal truth, that grandpa overdid it in hot yoga. Never thought I’d say those words. And that he is staying in overnight so the doctors and nurses can keep an eye on him. Perfect explanation. And while we’re there, we can — we can celebrate. Celebrate what? Well, I reached out to a couple nurses I know in beechers corners, and it turns out muldoon did see a doctor there… about a month before he came to see you. So, how is it — being the male “face of deception”? Well, I-I still think I’m an odd choice as a spokesmodel, but, uh, you know, if it makes sasha happy, I’ll muddle through. You guys make a great team. I think so, too. Thank you for getting here so quickly. Make sure this goes straight to the lab. Expedited testing.

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As Ava and Stefan receive their shipment, Harris shows up behind them and questions what’s going on. Ava talks about things being rough since the Bistro reopened while Stefan notes that luckily, their shipment arrived just in time for the holidays. Harris asks if they are out here to pick it up. Ava responds that they had to make sure it was exactly what they ordered. Harris asks who is watching the Bistro then.

Tate sits at home frustrated. He pulls his gift for Holly, a book, from the trash but then puts it back. Holly shows up at the door and asks if she can come in.

Rafe and Jada wake up in bed together at Rafe’s. Rafe states that they have such great backups that he’s not even going to look at his phone. Jada agrees to taking a break all day. Rafe tells Jada that today he’s only going to focus on her as they kiss.

Tripp and Wendy sit together in the park. Wendy says getting out of the apartment was a really good idea as they kiss. Tripp mentions meeting Ava in a couple hours for an early Christmas dinner. Wendy remembers that she has to call her mom, which she’s dreading because of her mom wanting her to move to China. Tripp says he feels for her parents losing their only son, but questions if it’s really fair for them to ask her to upend her life instead of just visiting. Wendy wishes it was that simple but says with the death of her brother, she guesses having their only other living child close to them will be the only thing to give them comfort. Tripp says he gets that but worries about the thought of her moving so far away. Wendy says she hasn’t decided to do that yet. Tripp points out that she hasn’t decided against it either. Wendy admits she feels an obligation to try to ease her parents’ suffering but questions how she could leave the life she’s made for herself here and leave Tripp. Tripp hugs Wendy.

Holly asks Tate if she’s not interrupting his family dinner. Tate says definitely not since his grandparents are out and his parents are at the Kiriakis Mansion while he decided he’d rather stay home. Holly understands him wanting to be by himself without the drama. Tate asks why she’s here. Holly responds that she came to say she’s sorry.

Ava tells Harris that they aren’t worried about the Bistro as they don’t have any reservations for an hour and the staff has it covered. Stefan questions what Harris is doing out here anyway. Harris informs him that he’s investigating some suspicious activity. Stefan remarks that the only thing suspicious is Harris lurking around and asking questions. Stefan says he’s going to get some of the flour shipment inside and takes it. Ava comments to Harris that it’s freezing outside, so Harris removes his jacket and puts it on Ava. Ava points out that now he’s going to be cold but Harris says he doesn’t mind. Harris says what he does mind is being lied to.

Tripp tells Wendy that if she doesn’t want to move to China, she should be assertive about it and her mom would have to understand that she already has a life here. Wendy says that her mom is a good person and can be very empathetic, so she doesn’t think her mom would dream of asking her to give up her life here if her dad wasn’t suffering and they weren’t grieving but she’s desperate to find a way to comfort them. Tripp says as much as he wants her to stay in Salem, he will respect whatever decision she makes. Wendy thanks him for being understanding. Tripp notes how cold Wendy’s hands are and decides that he will go get some hot chocolate. After Tripp walks away, Melinda Trask approaches and greets Wendy, wishing her a Merry Christmas.

Rafe and Jada joke about the lighting in his bedroom and décor. Rafe tells Jada that Gabi and his mother decorated the house so he had nothing to do with it. Jada says she loves it, so they did a terrific job. Jada calls it very warm and inviting, commenting that it feels like home.

Holly repeats to Tate that she only came to apologize for treating him like crap since she knew he liked her and she feels terrible that only used him to get closer to Johnny. Holly calls it unfair and stupid of her because now she knows it was never going to work out for her and Johnny. Tate asks what made her realize that. Holly informs him that she was super depressed spending Christmas Eve and her birthday all alone, so she got wasted and almost drunk texted Johnny but then she got more trashed and called Johnny with a ridiculous tirade. Holly says to forget it as she doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. Tate asks where Johnny was when she called him. Holly explains that he was with Chanel, who was at the hospital with her mom and Johnny went to be supportive. Holly guesses Johnny was worried about her drinking so he rushed home and she says she was just so embarrassed. Tate tells Holly that he’s sorry as that’s a lot to go through on Christmas and her birthday. Holly says that made it even worse. Holly adds that since then, she’s been thinking about how much smarter Tate was about it and how he tried to warn her and she wished she listened. Tate questions why she was alone on Christmas Eve and her birthday. Holly explains that Nicole was having a tough time since losing the baby so EJ took her out of town for the night. Tate asks what she did by herself. Holly clarifies that she wasn’t alone the whole time since Johnny was there and even ordered her a cake when he realized it was her birthday but then Chanel called since her mom was in the hospital. Holly guesses she should’ve been more sympathetic but says she was just so pissed off that Chanel interrupted their time together. Holly admits she acted like a baby. Holly adds that before Johnny left, he told her that she should call Tate and she wishes she listened, but she was so focused on her fantasy that she couldn’t see what was right in front of her.

Rafe asks if Jada is hungry, explaining that tamales are a Christmas tradition in the Hernandez family from his Grandma. Rafe notes that Gabi has made them the last few years but she’s not here, so he took over and he’s not sure they will measure up. Jada is sure they will be great and says she’s so sorry that Gabi is not there for Christmas. Rafe says he’s going to visit her today and bring her some tamales even if he’s not sure they will let him give them to her, but he’s sure it will bring back memories. Jada calls Rafe a wonderful brother. Rafe thanks her but says he won’t believe that himself until he finds Li Shin’s real killer and Gabi is out of prison and back home.

Melinda sits with Wendy and talks about loving this spot in the park. Melinda says she can find a different bench if she prefers but Wendy says it’s fine and tells her to sit where she wants. Melinda tells Wendy that she’s so sorry about her brother. Wendy brings up Melinda saying that on the day he died. Melinda recalls running in to her in the town square that day. Melinda knows her relationship with Li started with a lot of games being played. Wendy argues that Melinda seduced Li to get a confession out of him. Melinda states that she’s not proud of that since that same day, she started to develop real feelings for him. Wendy argues that Li was a good man who made some terrible mistakes but only in the name of love. Wendy declares that Li’s love for Gabi drove him to some behavior that she knows he was ashamed of. Melinda calls that terribly sad but says in a way, she respects his passion for Gabi. Melinda asks what feeds the soul more than love and thinks they both know the answer. Melinda wishes she had more of that in her life and that she was less ambitious and more loving.

Harris tells Ava to just talk to him but she says she has nothing to stay to him. Harris wants her to tell him the truth. Harris argues that she says she broke up with him because he has a wandering eye but he believes that wasn’t the reason at all.

Tate questions Holly finally seeing what’s right in front of her. Holly jokes that it sounds like a line from a movie but she means it. Tate argues that she can’t possibly be talking about him as he didn’t even think she knew he existed. Holly assures that she is and brings up agreeing to a date and how he offered to take her to all these places. Tate points out that she chose the Bistro because she knew Johnny would be there. Holly acknowledges that Johnny is her stepbrother, who she had a stupid and pointless crush on, and says she doesn’t blame Tate for walking out on her. Tate says he just couldn’t take it anymore and he felt pathetic wanting to be with her while she was hung up on somebody else. Holly says she was the pathetic one as she had her head in the clouds and adds that if she was him, she’d never give her another chance. Tate questions if she’s asking for one.

Jada tells Rafe that she knows it’s really painful with his sister being in prison but it’s Christmas and he wants to be in a good place when he sees her, not angry, as she thinks it will be good for both of them. Rafe agrees but says it’s easier said than done to be in a good place. Jada suggests doing something fun. Rafe jokes that they’ve been doing that for most of the day. Jada says she means something silly and distracting like a Christmas trivia game. Jada starts by asking Rafe to name Santa’s reindeer. Rafe calls that so easy and names Dasher, Dancer, Comet, then mixes up with the seven dwarves. Jada says he loses that round and then tells Rafe it’s his turn to ask. Rafe says he has more of a request and asks Jada to sing the 12 Days of Christmas. Jada sings that her true love gave to her, tamales from his abuela’s recipe which impresses Rafe. They kiss and Rafe says he’ll be back as he gets out of bed.

Ava questions why she would lie to Harris when he cheated on her and she feels that’s reason enough to end things. Harris argues that he apologized, they were wasted, and he told her it would never happen again. Ava says maybe she didn’t believe him. Harris responds that maybe he doesn’t believe her, especially after how she and Stefan acted when he showed up. Ava claims that she was just startled. Harris suggests maybe it was because she doesn’t want him to know and then asks if Ava is in love with Stefan.

Tate asks Holly again if she’s asking for a second chance. Holly says not if he doesn’t want one and adds that she doesn’t think she deserves anything after how she treated him. Tate informs her that he bought her a gift, but then he threw it in the trash after their fight. Tate notes that it’s still there so he will get it out. Tate then pulls out the book, Pride & Prejudice, and says it’s a limited edition that he got off ebay. Holly tells him that she loves it as she loves Jane Austen. Holly thanks Tate and calls it the perfect gift. Tate is glad she likes it. Holly says she loves it and she didn’t think he’d want another chance but now she’s bravely going to ask if he wants that date with her.

Rafe brings Jada tamales. Jada tastes them and calls it perfect which relieves Rafe. Rafe says he was worried since Gabi usually makes them and hopes that next year, Gabi will be back home to make them. Jada says she looks forward to that. Rafe reveals that he made the tamales yesterday and reheated them, so they can be reheated again, as they start kissing.

Harris asks Ava if he’s right. Ava tells him that she’s not in love with Stefan, but then claims it hasn’t gotten that far yet but they are seeing each other. Harris says now it makes sense why she ended things because he knew it couldn’t just be what happened with Stephanie. Harris asks how long they’ve been seeing each other. Ava says not long and that it just kind of happened since Stefan reminds her so much of his brother Jake, who she hasn’t really gotten over. Ava claims that working with Stefan brought back all those feelings. Harris says he gets it but wishes she would’ve been honest with him. Ava says she wishes so too. Ava gets a phone reminder about her dinner with Tripp tonight. Harris tells her not to be late. Ava apologizes for deceiving him and says he doesn’t deserve it. Ava knows it will ring hollow but calls him a really great guy and says she will remember every moment they shared together. Ava tells Harris to take care of himself. Harris tells her the same as Ava then heads back in to the Bistro.

Wendy tells Melinda that she’s right about love being the most important thing feeding the soul. Wendy knows Melinda wishes she was more open to being loved, but says there’s obviously still time for that. Melinda says she supposes but admits that she didn’t really like herself very much lately so she doesn’t feel very deserving of love. Wendy calls that too bad. Melinda hopes that is not the case for Wendy because she is so young and beautiful. Melinda says she can tell Wendy has a great mind, a good heart, and integrity. Wendy calls that very kind of her but asks how she knows all that. Melinda calls herself an excellent judge of people. Wendy accepts her compliments and says she’ll even ask for her advice. Melinda tells her to go for it. Wendy explains that she’s torn between love and duty to her parents. Wendy adds that she came to the United States to escape her parents’ demands about how she should present herself to the world. Melinda imagines her parents are demanding more of her with Li gone. Wendy confirms that her father is in deep grief right now and her mother said he’s barely functional, so she wants her to move back to China to be there for them. Melinda asks if that’s what Wendy wants. Tripp then returns with hot chocolate, apologizing for taking so long because of the line. Tripp greets Melinda and asks if everything is okay. Wendy says it’s more than okay as Melinda holds back tears.

Stefan returns to bring more of the flour in to the Bistro but runs in to Harris. Harris tells Stefan that they need to talk about Ava because she told him the truth. Stefan starts to say that Ava is still delusional but Harris says he believes what she told him, so now he’s telling him not to screw with Ava because she’s a good woman who has been through a lot and doesn’t need to be dragged through it. Harris reminds Stefan that he has a wife in prison. Harris doesn’t think even Stefan can deny that Gabi’s involvement with him is part of the reason why she ended up there. Stefan asks where he’s going with this. Harris warns Stefan that he’s watching him and then walks away.

Rafe and Jada continue kissing in bed and joke about never getting out of bed. Jada admits she hasn’t felt like this in a long time. Rafe says he hasn’t either. Jada doesn’t think she’s ever felt like this before. Rafe asks not even with her ex, then says he doesn’t want to know. Jada says maybe he does want to know because the answer is not even with her ex. Jada tells Rafe that what they have is deeper and stronger as she feels safe with him. Rafe responds that he feels the same about her and he’s grateful that she is in his life as they continue kissing.

Tate jokes with Holly that it’s a tough question and he might need a few weeks to think about it, but says it wouldn’t be fair to keep her waiting. Tate then asks Holly how New Year’s Eve at the Bistro sounds. Holly appreciates him being so considerate and says she wouldn’t want him to wait either, so she agrees that it sounds great. Holly asks if he’s sure he doesn’t mind returning to the scene where he walked out on her. Tate declares that they will erase the bad stuff from their memories and do it right this time.

Ava meets Tripp and Wendy in the town square for dinner as they wish each other a Merry Christmas. Ava tells Wendy about how she usually makes a really big Christmas dinner so she feels bad that she didn’t do it this year because she couldn’t get away from the Bistro. Wendy tells her that she’s just glad they could all be together. Ava notes their reservations are in a few minutes so they might as well head on over. Tripp stops her and says they have something to tell her first. Ava asks if they are getting married and if it’s because Wendy is pregnant but they assure it’s not that so Ava asks what it is. Wendy then announces she is moving to China and Tripp announces that he’s moving with her, shocking Ava.

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[dramatic music]


What are you–what are you two doing out here?

Oh, well, you know, things have been kind of tough since the Bistro reopening, supply chain issues.

Luckily, our shipment got here just in time for the holidays.


Mm. And you guys are out here to pick it up?

Yeah, well, we had to make sure it’s exactly what we ordered.

Right. OK. So who’s minding the store?

[somber music]


[knock at door]

Hey, Tate.


So can I come in?


Good morning.

[soft music]

You mean good afternoon.



Well… either way, I think a kiss is in order. Mm. And, you know, since we have such great backups on Christmas Day…


I’m not even gonna look at my phone.

Me neither. I am going to take an all-day screen break.

As am I. You know what? Today I’m just gonna focus on one thing. That’s you in this bed, I mean, if you’re OK with that.

I am more than OK with that.

Yeah, see, aren’t you glad we ventured out on this beautiful, albeit brisk, afternoon?

[laughs] I am glad. Yeah, getting out of the apartment was a…really good idea. I’ve noticed you have a lot of them.

Hey, stick with me, kid.


Yeah. And in a couple hours, we’ll be meeting my mom for an early Christmas dinner. You OK with that, right?

Yeah, of course. Which reminds me, I have to call my mom, which I’m dreading ’cause I know she’ll just start up again about wanting me to move to China.

And, Wendy, I– you know, I feel for your mom and your dad, you know. I mean, losing their only son, my God, it’s just– I mean, is it really fair of them to ask you to upend your life? I mean, can’t you just go and visit them for a little while? Or what if they just came here and stayed here for a bit?

No, I wish it were that simple. But with the death of my brother…

[somber music] I guess having their only other child actually living close to them is the only thing that’ll give them comfort.

Right, I get that. And selfishly, you know, the thought of you moving so far away–

Well, I haven’t actually decided to do that yet.

No, but you haven’t decided against it either.

No, I haven’t, because– Look, I admit that I feel this sort of obligation, you know, to try to ease their suffering. But… How could I leave the life that I’ve made for myself here? How can I leave you?

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I’m not, like, interrupting your family dinner, am I?

Oh, no, definitely not. My grandparents went out, and my parents are over at my great-granddad’s.

Oh, how come you didn’t go with them?

No big reason. I just decided I’d rather stay here and vibe. That’s all.

And your parents were OK with that?

They weren’t at first, but they quickly realized that I wasn’t gonna cave, so they backed off.

Well, that’s good. I mean, I get it, you wanting to be by yourself. Who needs the drama, right?

Exactly, yeah. But what about– what about you? Why are you here?

I came to say I’m sorry.

[dramatic music]

Oh, yeah, we’re not worried about the Bistro. We don’t have reservations for another hour or so. And the staff’s got it covered.

OK. I–I’m sorry. What–what are you doing down here, Michaels?

I’m investigating some suspicious activity.

Suspicious? Nothing suspicious going on here except you lurking around, asking questions. All right, good talk. I’m gonna get some of this flour inside. Excuse me.


[sighs, chuckles] It’s freezing out here, huh? Oh, I–

Come here.

You know, now you’re gonna be cold.

Yeah, I don’t– I don’t mind being cold. What I do mind… is being lied to.

Wendy, if you’re conflicted about this– actually, it seems like you’re more than conflicted. Look, if you don’t want to move to China, you should just be, like, assertive about it or something. I mean, in a nice way, obviously. But I mean, surely your mom has to understand that you already have a life here.

[scoffs] Actually, she doesn’t.

[sighs] No, I mean– OK, she’s a good person. And she can be very empathetic. And if they weren’t grieving, if my dad wasn’t suffering so much, I don’t think my mom would– would dream of asking me to give up my life here. But she’s obviously desperate to try to find a way to comfort my father and herself.

Of course. And… as much as I want you to stay in Salem, you know I’ll respect whatever decision you make.

Thank you for being understanding.

Oh, my gosh. Your hands are so cold.


How about I go get us some hot chocolate to warm you up?

That’d be great. I’ll come with you.

No, no, no, no, no. You just sit and relax, listen to the carolers coming from the square, OK? I’ll be back.

[sniffles, sighs]

Hello, Wendy. Merry Christmas.



[grunts] Wow.


[soft music]

Is that an antique light fixture?

Oh, that? I don’t know. I’ve never noticed it before.

[chuckles] You’ve lived in this house how long, and you’ve never looked at the light fixture in your bedroom?

Yeah, well, you know, I’m not very observant when it comes to décor and furniture. I mean, if it’s comfortable and it lights up the room, then it’s good with me.

So then I can safely assume that you didn’t pick out most of the things in this lovely house, if anything?

Yes. Yes, you can safely assume that my mother and Gabi decorated and furnished this entire place and that I had zilch to do with it.

[chuckles] I really love it. Gabi and your mom did a terrific job.

Yeah, well, it’s kind of a mishmash.

Wonderful mishmash. It’s very warm and inviting. I love it the way it is. Feels like home.

Do you want a–do you want a drink or something, like a coffee or a soda?

No, but thanks for asking.

Yeah, well, I think being around my Grandma Marlena is kind of rubbing off on me, you know, ’cause she’s all about being a good hostess. So I think I’m trying to emulate her and be a good host.

And you’re succeeding. But–

But what?

Well, I’m not really a guest. I mean, I only came here to apologize to you for treating you like crap.


Tate, I knew you liked me. And I feel so horrible that I just used you to try to get closer to Johnny. It was not only unfair to you, but it was stupid of me, because now I know that it was never gonna work out for him and me anyways.

What–what made you realize that?

Well, I was super depressed last night, you know, spending Christmas Eve and my birthday all alone. So kind of got a little wasted, and I drunk-texted Johnny, sort of poured out my heart to him.

Oh, man.

Yeah. But I didn’t send the text, which was a relief. And then I got more trashed and called him and went on this ridiculous tirade. Forget it. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.

Yeah, I mean, I don’t– I don’t blame you. So where was–where was Johnny when you called him?

With Chanel, of course. She was at the hospital with her mom. And he went there to be, like, you know, supportive. But I guess he was worried about me drinking all alone, so he rushed home. And he was really nice about it all, but I just– I felt so embarrassed.

I’m sorry, Holly. That’s–that’s a lot to go through on Christmas and your birthday, so…

Yeah, that made it even worse. Anyway, since that happened, well, I’ve been thinking about how much smarter you were about it all than me, how you tried to warn me… How I wish I’d listened.

Wait a minute. Yesterday was your birthday, not to mention Christmas Eve. So why were you alone?

Well, my mom’s been having such a rough time with losing the baby, as you know. So EJ decided to take her out of town overnight.

So what did you– what did you do by yourself?

I wasn’t by myself the whole night. Johnny was there for a while. He even ordered me a cake when he realized it was my birthday. And then he got a call from Chanel, since she was in the hospital with her mom. I should have been more sympathetic, I guess. But I don’t know. I was just so pissed off that she interrupted our time together. Sensitive me, I acted like a baby. Wah, wah, wah.

[chuckles] Excellent– excellent baby imitation.

Thank you. Anyway, before Johnny left, he told me I should call you.

He did?

Yeah. And I wish to hell I’d listened. But I was so focused on my fantasy that I couldn’t see what was right in front of me.

[dramatic music]

So any chance you’re hungry?


Tamales. You see, they’re a Christmas tradition in the Hernandez family. Well, they’re actually a Hispanic tradition. But my abuela, my grandma, she had the best recipe in town. And then she handed it down to her kids and then her grandkids, and… Gabi’s been making them for the last few Christmases. But obviously, she’s not here, so I took over. And I’m not sure they’re gonna measure up, but–

I’m sure they’ll be great.


And I am so sorry that Gabi is not here for Christmas.

Yeah. Yeah, just picturing her in a prison hospital is– Anyway, I’m gonna go visit her today, and I’m gonna bring her some tamales. I’m not even sure if they’re gonna let me give them to her, but I’m gonna try. I know just the smell of ’em, I’m sure that’ll bring her some good memories.

You are a wonderful brother, Rafe.

Thanks. But I’m not gonna believe that about myself until– till I find Li Shin’s real killer and Gabi is out of prison and back home.

I do love this spot.

[chuckles] Little duck pond over there, watching the kids play. Although they’re obviously not there today. They’re at home, celebrating Christmas with their families. I can find a different bench if you’d prefer.

It’s fine. Sit where you want.

Wendy, I am so sorry about your brother.

Yeah, so you said… The day he died.

Right, that very tragic day that I ran into you in the square. Look, I know that my relationship with him started out with a whole lot of games being played.

It was more than games being played. You seduced him to get a confession out of him.

And I’m not proud of that, especially because, as I told you on that same day, I started to really care about him. Li was a good man. And he made some terrible mistakes but only in the name of love.

That’s true. His love for Gabi Hernandez was what… drove him to some behaviors that I know he was ashamed of.

And that’s terribly sad. But, you know, in a way, I respect his passion for her. I mean, what’s more important? What feeds the soul…

[chuckles] More than love?

Oh, is that a rhetorical question?

Actually, I think it is, because I think we both know the answer. How I wish I–

What? What do you wish?

That I had more of that in my life, that I’d been… less ambitious, more loving, more open to being loved.

Come on, Ava, just talk to me.

I have nothing to say to you. You know, I should go inside. Here.

No, no. I don’t want my coat back. No, I just want you to tell me the truth.

[tense music]

I don’t know what you mean.

You told me that you broke up with me because I have a wandering eye. But that wasn’t the reason at all, was it?

You finally see what’s right in front of you?

[chuckles] Sounds like a line out of a movie, right? Actually, wait, maybe it is. But whatever. I do mean it.

But, Holly, you can’t possibly be talking about me. I mean, I didn’t even think you knew I existed.

Of course I knew you existed, Tate. And I was a jerk to you. I promised you we’d go on a date. And when you offered to take me all these exotic places–

You had me take you to the Bistro because you knew Johnny DiMera would be there.

Yeah, my stepbrother, who I’ve had this stupid, pointless crush on and who I made a total fool of myself with. So hey, I don’t blame you for walking out on me.

Right. I just–I couldn’t take it anymore, Holly. I felt kind of pathetic wanting to be with you when you were hung up on someone else.

You weren’t pathetic, Tate. I was. I had my head in the clouds, and I treated you really badly. If I were you, I’d–I’d never give me another chance.

[dramatic music]

Are you asking for one?

Rafe, I know it’s really painful with your sister being in prison. But it’s Christmas, and you want to be in a good place when you see her. Not angry, you know?


I think It’ll be good for the both of you.

Yeah. I know. You’re right. It’s just… easier said than done to be in a good place, you know?

Well, so why don’t we do something fun?

Well, I thought that we’d been doing something fun for most of the day.

[laughs] No, not that kind of fun. I mean, like, silly fun, like distracting fun.

Like what?

Like, let’s play a trivia Christmas game.


OK, so you’ll get the first question.

All right, let’s have it.

Name Santa’s reindeer.

[laughing] What? Are you serious? That is so easy. I mean–OK, fine. Dasher, Dancer, Comet, Happy–

Wait, Happy?

Yeah, yeah. Doc, Dopey, Sleepy.

Those are the seven dwarfs.

Oh, wait. Oh, really?


OK, so, what, do I get some kind of demerit or something?

No, you just lose that round.


OK, it’s my turn. So now you ask me a question, Christmas-related, of course.

Oh, yeah, yeah, of course, right. Oh, OK. But it’s not really a question. It’s more of a request.

Go for it.

Sing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Psh, no problem.


OK, ready?



[clears throat] * On the first day of Christmas * * My true love gave to me * * Tamales from his abuela’s recipe *

Wow. What?


OK, I am–first of all, that rhymed. And I am super impressed. Wow.

Well, you know I am clever.

I know it now. Yes, I do. And also, was that a command?

Mm… yes.

It was. OK. Well, then command granted.

Mm. Ahora… y voy a la cocina para calentar los tamales.

Mm. Bueno, mi amor, porque tengo hambre.

Wow. Hablas muy bien español.

Two years in high school.

Wow. I’ll be back.

I’ll be waiting.


Why would I lie to you? You kind of cheated on me, right? And to me, that is enough reason to break up with someone.

Ava–Ava, I apologized. I’m sorry. She was wasted. I drank. It was a kiss. I told you it would never happen again.

OK, well, maybe I didn’t believe you.

Well, maybe I don’t believe you, especially how you and Stefan acted when I walked up.

I was startled. That’s all. What–


Or maybe it was because you didn’t want me to know.

Know what?

Are you in love with him?

Answer me, Holly. Are you asking for a second chance?

Not if you don’t want one. And like I said, if I were you–

But you’re not me.

Yeah, but I don’t think I deserve anything after how I treated you.

[dramatic music]

Not even a birthday-Christmas combo present?


I bought you a gift a little while back.

You did?

Yeah, but then I threw it in the trash after we had our fight.

Don’t blame you.

But since the cleaning service doesn’t come until the end of the week, it’s still there in the trash.


So I’ll go get it.


[sighs] Here.

Wow, “Pride and Prejudice.”

It’s a– it’s a first edition. I found it on eBay.

Tate, this is so great. I love it. I mean, I love Jane Austen. I just saw “Emma” for, like, the third time. Thank you. This is the perfect gift.

I’m glad you like it.

I love it. And, Tate, I know I avoided actually just coming out and telling you I was hoping you’d give me another chance. But that was only because I was afraid you didn’t want one.

Yeah, yeah, I figured that was why.

But now I’m willing to risk you telling me no.


I know, right?


So I will now bravely ask, do you want to have that date with me?

Y aqui, mi amor… tienes tamales calientes.

Mmm. Muchas gracias, mi amor.

[sniffs] Oh, and it smells so wonderful.

Yeah, well, you got to taste them before you give the review.

I will. I will. Mmm. My review: perfection.

They’re good? Oh, my God. Yes. I’m so relieved, because I was really worried, you know, ’cause Gabi normally makes them. And hopefully, next year, she will be back here at Christmas making them again at home.

I will look forward to that.

Yeah. And, you know, these tamales… They were made yesterday, and I reheated them.


Mm-hmm. So I don’t see any reason why they can’t be reheated again.

Neither do I. No reason at all.

Well? Am I right?

Am I in love with Stefan? No. I mean– I mean, it hasn’t gotten that far yet. But we are seeing each other.

[sighs] Right. Now it makes sense why you ended things. Because I knew it couldn’t just be what– what happened with Stephanie. How long?

Not–not long. It just– You know, it just– it kind of happened. He just–he reminds me so much of his brother Jake, and… he was my fiancé at the time. And I just–I haven’t really gotten over him, and… it’s just, working with Stefan, it just… brought back all those feelings, so I just–

[sighs] I get it. I just wish you would have been honest with me.

Yeah, I wish I would have been too.

[phone beeps]

Oh, it’s–it’s my alert. I’m having dinner with Tripp tonight.

Yeah, well, you don’t want to be late for that.

Harris. I’m so sorry for deceiving you. You don’t deserve it. And I know this is just gonna ring hollow right now, but… I think you’re a really great guy. And I’m gonna remember every moment that we shared together. Just take care of yourself, OK?

You too.


You’re right.


About love being the most important thing.


Feeding the soul, as you put it.


And I know you say you wish that you’d been more open to being loved, but… I mean, there’s still time for that, obviously.

Yeah. I suppose. Although…

Although what?

I admit that… haven’t really liked myself very much lately. So I don’t really feel very deserving of love.

That’s too bad.

Yeah, well, I hope that is not the case for you, Wendy, because you’re so young and so beautiful. And–and I can tell you have a great mind and a good heart. And–and you have integrity as well.

That’s–that’s very kind of you. But how do you know all that?

Well, I am an excellent judge of people.


Oh, I see.


Mm. Well, then I’ll accept your compliments and… Maybe even ask for your advice.

Go for it.

OK, so… I’m torn between love and duty to my parents.


And I came to the States to escape their demands.


You know, I resented being told how I should live my life, what I should wear, what career I should pursue, who I should date, how I should present myself to the world.

And with your brother being gone, I imagine that your mother and father are demanding more on you.

Yes, they are. And… I mean, my father is in deep grief right now, as is my mother. But according to her, he’s– He’s barely functional. And so she wants me to move back to China, you know, to be there for him mostly, but really… to be there for both of them.

Is that what you want?

Tripp, you’re back.

Yeah, sorry it took so long. There was a line halfway down the block. Hello, Melinda.


Is everything OK here?

Yeah. More than OK.

[dramatic music]

We need to talk.


Ava. She told me the truth.

OK. She’s still a little…

[whistles] Delusional. So I would take–

I believe what she told me. And now I’m telling you not to screw with her.

Not to–

She’s a good woman. She’s been through hell. The last thing she needs is to be dragged into something that she can’t get out of.


And I’m sure you don’t need reminding that you have a wife in prison. And I don’t even think you can deny that her involvement with you is part of the reason she ended up there.

Where you going with this, Michaels?

I’m watching you.


Mm. Who knew that tamales were an aphrodisiac?

Oh, yeah, they are, for sure. I mean, good thing you only took one bite. Imagine if you ate the whole thing.

Good thing I didn’t, ’cause we would never get out of this bed.

Oh. I don’t know if that’s such a bad thing. I mean, it’s not in my opinion.

[chuckles] You know, I haven’t felt like this in a long time.

Me neither.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt like this before.

Really? Not even with your ex? Hey, you know what? Never mind. I don’t want to know.

Well, maybe you do want to know, because the answer is no, not even with my ex. What we have, this is deeper, stronger. I feel safe with you.

I feel the same way about you. I’m so grateful you’re in my life.

Hmm, do I want to go on that date with you? Wow, that is–that is a tough question. In fact, I– I might need, I don’t know, maybe a few weeks to think about it.

Only a few weeks?

It could be years, even. But I don’t want to keep you waiting. You know, it wouldn’t be fair to me to keep you in limbo for years or weeks, even. So how’s–how’s New Year’s Eve at the Bistro sound?

[chuckles] Well, I do appreciate you being so considerate of me…


You know, not wanting to keep me on pins and needles forever. And of course, I wouldn’t want to do that to you either. So…yes, New Year’s Eve at the Bistro sounds great.


[chuckles] But are you sure you don’t mind returning to the scene of the crime, you know, where I was kind of a jerk to you and you walked out on me?

Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’m over it. We’ll–we’ll erase all the bad stuff from our memories, do it right this time.

Yeah, we will.

Hey, hey, hey, hey. Sorry, I’m late.

No worries, Mom.

Hey, Wendy.

Hi, Ava. Merry Christmas.

Aw, merry Christmas to you too. Look, I don’t know if Tripp told you, but I normally make a really big Christmas dinner. And I just–I feel bad that I wasn’t able to do it this year. It’s just, I couldn’t get away from the restaurant.

Oh, no worries. I’m just–I’m glad that we can all be together.

Mm, me too. And you know what? Our reservation’s in five minutes, so we might as well just head on over, yeah?

Well, actually, first, Wendy and I had some big news. And…

OK. What?

Mom, I hope you understand why we have to do this.


[holiday music] Get married? Is–is it because– Wendy, are you pregnant?

No. No, no, no, no, nothing like that.

Oh. OK, all right, so what is it, then? Tell me. Tell me what the big news is.

I’m moving to China.

And I’m moving with her.

[dramatic music]

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Thomas: Don’t do this.

Steffy: What? It’s a simple question. Do you love my brother or not?

Thomas: You don’t have to answer that. Steff. Why are you putting hope on the spot like that? Look, you have been completely open about your feelings. Don’t you think thomas deserves the same?

Thomas: Come on, steff.

Steffy: I’m not trying to upset hope, thomas. I’m just being a protective sister.

Thomas: Okay, well, you don’t need to be a protective little sister because I’m a grown ass man.

Steffy: You are a grown ass man who’s been crazy about hope for a very long time. But I don’t think she’s ever reciprocated the feelings. Until rome. Until you kissed him. And ever since then, you two have gotten closer. Your feelings have gotten stronger. So that’s why you need to be straight with him. Do you love thomas? Will you ever love thomas?

Finn: Hey. Yeah. I’m checking to see what the eta is on on those test results. Seriously? No, I– yes, I understand that they’re shorthanded. It just… okay, well see what you can do, okay? I need the results as soon as possible. All right. Thank you.

Ridge: It sounds like you’re slammed.

Finn: Ridge.

Ridge: I’ll come back when you’re less busy.

Finn: No. Honestly. I don’t know when that’s gonna be. It’s crazy around here all the time what can I do for you?

Ridge: Well, I came by to see dad, but apparently he’s having some tests.

Finn: Yeah, I ordered them. I was actually just checking to see when the results are gonna be ready. He’ll, uh, he’ll be back up in his room soon.

Ridge: How’s he doing?

Finn: How do you feel he’s doing?

Ridge: How do I– well, I don’t know. Um… I kind of was hoping that he’d have improved a little more and I know it takes time. I get all that but, uh, I just wanna make sure we get there.

Finn: Get there as in when is he gonna be eric forrester again?

Ridge: Yeah. I know you can’t look into the future. I– I know. But, um… I want to make sure we get the same guy back. Or is that asking too much?

Finn: You’re right. I– I can’t see into the future. All right. But what I can do is tell you where he is right now. Right? And where I hope he’ll be as eric’s doctor, in a month or two or longer.

Ridge: Understood.

Finn: Okay, first of all, ridge, look, you– you gotta understand. Eric’s met all his markers, right? He’s off the ventilator, he’s healing nicely from the surgery and that’s saying a lot for a man who’s been through what he’s been through.

>>Ridge: Yeah, we almost lost him. We did lose him.

Finn: Briefly, but he came back. Right? Eric came back to you and your family. That’s a family he gets a lot of strength from. Supporting him in recovery.

Ridge: I get that and his family will be here.

Finn: Always, right?

Ridge: Yeah.

Finn: But that same family been through a lot. Especially you, ridge. I mean, you have responsibilities of being eric’s medical power of attorney, all that. So, it– it put steffy through, the toll it took on her. I just can’t imagine what it was like for you.

Ridge: It almost seemed easy on paper, right? Give him what he wants. Let him go peacefully. No machines. And then you came up with, I still don’t know what it is but whatever you did and uh, so far so good.

Finn: So far. Yeah.

Ridge: Well that makes you the doctor, makes you the man that saved my dad. And I know I’ve been hard on you and I’m sorry about that, but I was a little scared but he’s here and I will always be grateful to you for that.

Thomas: You need to stop. Hope isn’t on trial, okay? You don’t get to come in here and–

Steffy: And ask if she’s leading you on? If she has genuine feelings for you?

Hope: Of course, I have feelings for thomas.

Steffy: But how deep are those feelings?

Thomas: I think it’s pretty obvious. You just pointed it out.

Steffy: What? That you two are lovers? Okay. Fine. But has she actually told you that she’s in love with you?

Thomas: You gotta stop, steff. I know what this is. You don’t like our relationship. You don’t actually want a relationship between us to succeed. But that’s okay because I know what I’m doing.

Steffy: But does hope know what she’s doing?

Hope: Steff, I don’t know what you want me to say.

Steffy: I’ve asked you a question and you haven’t answered it. You haven’t even been honest with thomas. Look, I have my doubts about whatever this is, but one thing I know is that you do not love my brother. I don’t think you’ll ever love my brother, so can you stop leading him on? Thomas has turned his life around and I will not let you undermine all the progress he’s made I won’t let you do that to him.

Finn: Honestly, I, um.. I don’t know what I would have done in your situation. And as a doctor, yeah, I believe in the power of medicine to heal and I– I took an oath, but there– there have been times when… yeah, it– it– it may have been kinder to let a patient go. You know, and not try to prolong a life that was probably ending anyway with– with machines and surgeries and everything, you know?

Ridge: And there’s the rub. My dad was done. He wanted to go. And then you offered the possibility of life. And I get it. Maybe not the life he had, but a life and… I had to decide if that was worth it.

Finn: I mean, you were in the middle. I mean, you had the responsibility of being eric’s medical power of attorney. Everything that comes with that. And then on the other hand–

Ridge: A family who didn’t want to let him go.

Finn: Yeah. I know steffy didn’t want to let him go.

Ridge: Steffy, donna, brooke, bridget. All of them. They made me change my mind.

Finn: And I realize that’s a decision you’re still second guessing yourself about.

Ridge: Yeah.

Finn: Yeah, one that you’re probably still gonna struggle with until you see some significant improvement from eric.

Ridge: And we will, right? I mean, look, if– if he comes back the same person, if– if everything is fine, if he can still play the piano and do whatever he likes to do, then we’re in great shape. But he– if he loses speed even just a little bit…

Finn: You feel responsible?

Ridge: Because I am responsible.

Finn: But look, eric’s alive. Right? He’s breathing on his own. He’s getting stronger every day. And ridge, I see potential for him to recover from this. I mean, he’s already in the holiday spirit.

Ridge: I know. You heard him, right? Merry christmas. Well, what a present that was.

Finn: Yeah, well it definitely was for steffy. You know, she’s been worried sick about– not that she still isn’T. But look, she’s seeing her granddad get progress every day

Ridge: And he’s getting better. You said his markers are good? Is that what you said?

Finn: Yeah. Yeah. And if these tests show what I need them to show. Again, but for now–

Ridge: For now, we celebrate. I hear you. That’s what we’re gonna do. That’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna celebrate.

Finn: Good, good.

Ridge: None of this could happen without you. A few days ago, I mean, I’m sitting in the waiting room and I’m– I’m trying to think how I’m gonna live my life without my dad. And now I don’t have to do that. So, I’m– I– I’m so grateful. My family is grateful.

Finn: Thanks. I– I mean, I’m just doing my job, but the fact that’s steffy’s grandfather is eric, it also…

Ridge: Yeah, you didn’t really have a choice, did you?

Finn: I wanted to. You’ve got a good family and the foresters are fiercely loving, protective. There’s nothing steffy wouldn’t do for her family.

Ridge: Thank you.

Finn: Yeah.

Thomas: Steff. I know you’re trying to look out for me, but hope has been honest about her feelings for me.

Steffy: Have you really? Have you been honest with yourself? You’ve asked yourself where this relationship is going? Do you actually want a future with him? Have you thought about douglas? What kind of message this is sending to him? I mean, all he wants is his mom and dad back together and it seems like you’re just stringing his father along.

Hope: Okay. I’m going to stop you right there, steffy. Honestly, it is none of your business. This is an intimate, private matter between your brother and me, between our family. I am not about to share that information with you.

Steffy: What about you, thomas? I hate to say it, but you’ve had problems in the past. Your obsessive feelings for hope. I know you regret it now, but that is because of your feelings for her.

Thomas: But you’ve said it before. People change.

Steffy: Do you see what you’re doing? Do you really see what you’re doing? You’re fanning the flames. Thomas is gonna end up heartbroken because you are unable to love him the way he wants to be loved. I really think what you’re doing is unfair.

Thomas: Hope. Can I have a moment alone with my sister?

Thomas: What the hell are you doing? Are you actively trying to ruin our relationship?

Ridge: Oh, hey. Oh, ridge. Hi. Are you, um, are you coming from the hospital?

Ridge: Yeah, I was just there.

Hope: How is eric doing? You know what? I didn’t get a chance to see him. He was having some tests done, but it gave me a chance to talk to finn and thank him for everything.

Hope: Yes, he is a remarkable doctor.

Ridge: Yes, he is.

Hope: I just wish steffy would focus on that. Sorry. I, um… I just think that we all have so much to be grateful for right now. Eric doing well and, um, I wish steffy would just stop giving thomas and me such a hard time.

Ridge: What are you talking about?

Hope: I actually came in here to escape the design office. I was in there with thomas and steffy came barging in and proceeded to put us on the spot, once again.

Ridge: On the spot? What was she doing? She was asking you how you feel about her brother or…

Hope: I mean, yes.

Ridge: And? How do you feel about him?

Steffy: I’m sorry, thomas. I don’t mean to upset you. I’m just concerned.

Thomas: So you’ve said, but I love hope.

Steffy: I know you love hope. You’ve loved hope for as long as I can remember. But does she love you?

Thomas: She was married before, steff, okay?

Steffy: Okay.

Thomas: We didn’t have that before because she was married to liam. But now she’s not, right? So, this is our chance.

Steffy: So you and hope? A future?

Thomas: Yes.

Steffy: You really think that’s possible?

Thomas: I know it’s possible.

Steffy: How do you know that? Has she said anything? Any kind of indication that she wants to marry you? Spend the rest of her life with you?

Thomas okay. Not directly. Right. But I’m willing to wait.

Steffy: You have been waiting a very long time. Shouldn’t that tell you something?

Thomas: Don’t look at me like that. You don’t understand how intimate hope and I have been.

Steffy: Oh, thomas. God.

Thomas: Steff. We’ve had a wonderful relationship and I know that you say you want me to be happy, so let us be happy together.

Ridge: Take it easy. I don’t want to pry, all right? That’s his love life. My son’s love life. That’s his business. And as long as he makes strong, healthy choices, I’m not gonna interfere.

Hope: That’s great. I just wish that steffy and everyone else got that memo.

Ridge: And I’m sorry this is causing friction between the two of you.

Hope: Me too. Honestly. But I– I don’t know. I just– I don’t know what to tell everyone. I don’t have an answer. I am just for once in my life trying to be present and live in the moment and see where my heart takes me. Something that my mother has done over the years and I don’t know, it seemed to have worked out pretty well. But, I just wish that people would have the decency to give us the space to figure it out for ourselves. Thomas and I, we have– we have a good thing going. And he’s happy. I’m happy. The kids are doing well. I don’t think it’s anybody’s business. And quite frankly, keeps pushing– keeps pushing thomas and violating our boundaries, I just– I worry it could lead to trouble.

Thomas: These past few months with hope, I can’t even explain how amazing they’ve been. How amazing she has made me feel. By her own admission, how amazing I’ve made her feel. Being together, intimately, holding her, touching her.

Steffy: Oh, please stop.

Thomas: I can’t stop loving her. I— don’t you get that by now?

Steffy: I– I do get that. I absolutely get it. And I’m trying to take you at your word that you’re not getting obsessed with hope again.

Thomas: Okay, you have told me that I am a changed man. You believe that I’m a changed man. So, why would you even insinuate that? It doesn’t make any sense. Steffy, look… I’m not getting obsessed with hope. But I love her. And yeah, maybe she hasn’t directly said, “I love you, thomas,” but you haven’t been there for the intimate conversations and you weren’t there for a conversation where she looked at me and said, “I do love you for that.” And yeah, I get it. It’s not the same, but you weren’t there. There was love there, steff.

Steffy: It’s not the same. It’s not the same as hope looking at you and saying, “I’m in love with you.” And you know that. You just don’t want to accept it and that worries me.

Thomas: Okay, that’s fine. You haven’t been there for the last few months. You haven’t been there for our intimacy. You weren’t there for that conversation. That doesn’t matter. That doesn’t stop you from being supportive of me and you don’t even have to do that. You don’t have to be supportive of me. Just don’t ruin my relationship. Don’t intentionally get in the middle of my relationship with hope because I’m not going to allow that, steff.

Steffy: This is so crazy.

Finn: That’s enough, thomas. You are out of line. I don’t care that she’s your sister, you don’t speak to her that way. You hear me? Thomas. Thomas! Do you hear me?

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Maxie (temporarily being played by Nicole Paggu) has a tough time running a meeting with Lucy and Tracy when they argue. Lucy thinks Tracy bought Deception because she is lonely since Luke died. Brook Lynn defends Tracy and Lucy stomps out of the meeting. Lucy tells Scott he is going to marry Tracy so they can take everything she has away from her.

Brook Lynn tells Chase Gregory asked her not to wait too long to get married because he wants to be at their wedding.

Finn is notified that his dad is in the hospital. Gregory tells Finn that he got dehydrated during his hot yoga class. The yoga instructor who came with Gregory tells Finn Gregory collapsed and was unconscious for a few minutes. Gregory’s doctor tells him he has to run tests to find out if his collapse is a symptom of his ALS. Chase tells Gregory that he and Brook Lynn will get married in the spring.

Alexis tells Molly that genetic surrogacy isn’t enforceable in the state of New York so Molly will need to adopt the baby after Kristina gives birth. Kristina and Molly tell Alexis they will look into it but they trust each other because they are sisters and nothing will come between them.

Sasha advises Cody to tell Felicia he is Mac’s son because she is investigating and will find out the truth. Cody tells Sasha he could go to jail for perjury since he signed an affidavit claiming to be the son of Leopold Taub when he was going to sue the WSB. Sasha tells Cody she will support him no matter what he decides to do.

Scott tells Felicia he is upset with Cody since he dropped the lawsuit against the WSB and Cody never got the expensive necklace that belonged to Leopold Taub. Felicia tells Robert she is very sure Cody is Mac’s son and she is going to prove it.

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Laura wonders why Bobbie hasn’t come home from Amsterdam but Carly tells Laura she spoke to her mom on the phone and Bobbie told her that Luke’s affairs are a mess but she is making headway.

Nina is at All Saints church. Nina thinks she is giving her confession to the priest she met earlier but the priest has been delayed. Cyrus sees Nina waiting for confessional and he takes the place of the priest and tells Nina he is ready to hear her confession. Nina tells Cyrus the SEC secret to Cyrus and he advises her to tell the truth so she can be free. Once Nina leaves the church, Cyrus decides that if Nina doesn’t tell the truth he will have to tell the truth for her. Nina heads to the hospital determined to tell Carly the truth. Nina apologizes to Carly because she blamed her for Bella’s death. Nina also apologizes to Carly because she didn’t tell her that Sonny had amnesia and was living in Nixon Falls. Nina is about to tell Carly that she was the one who turned her and Drew into the SEC, but Carly stops her and tells her she isn’t going to give her the gift of forgiveness because she has taken everything from her and she isn’t going to get forgiveness too.

Esme calls Spencer to tell him that her memory has returned but decides not to do it when she hears Trina talking to Spencer and decides not to tell Spencer the truth. Esme manages to get out of Windermere but she leaves behind one of her gloves and the glove is found by Dante and Laura. Esme goes to her dad Kevin’s grave to tell him that her memory has returned and she is not going to tell anyone because she likes her new life.

Sonny tells Ava she is moving in with him and Nina so he can protect her until they figure out who is stalking her.

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The residents of Genoa City celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Christine and Danny are happy about what the future holds for their rekindled relationship and they go out to dinner to ring in the new year.

Daniel spends New Year’s Eve with Heather and Lucy watching romantic comedies and eating junk food. Daniel tells Heather that Mattie is not going to college this quarter so she can get professional help to deal with the trauma of the fire and the death of her advisor.

Lucy wakes next morning snuggled up with her parents on the couch and she leaves her parents asleep on the couch.

Heather and Daniel wake up and Heather gives Daniel a kiss, and says Happy New Year.

Tucker and Ashley argue about what happened the day they broke up in Paris. Ashley tells Tucker that he yelled at her, broke a glass, and threw a chair on the floor in a public restaurant. Tucker tells Ashley he would never hurt her and he tells Ashley he put the glass down hard on the table and it broke. Tucker also tells Ashley that he knocked the chair down with his foot when he left but he was never violent with her. Ashley and Tucker spend New Year’s Eve drinking alone.

The Baldwin/Fisher family and a few friends join Michael and Lauren as they renew their vows with Kevin officiating the ceremony. Michael and Lauren say their vows to each other and kiss at midnight.

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Phyllis makes a move on Danny and they kiss. Then Danny tells Phyllis that he only thinks of her as a friend. Phyllis kisses Danny again and she promises to forget that the kiss happened between them.

Daniel tells Christine, Lauren, and Michael that he thinks his mom wants a romantic relationship with Danny again. Christine headed over to Danny’s apartment to have a talk. Christine arrives just as Phyllis is leaving and, once Phyllis is gone, Danny assures Christine that Phyllis isn’t an issue and she shouldn’t let Phyllis ruin their relationship.

The news about the scandal with the rock star and the underage girls hits the media and Devon is very upset because Tucker lied to him again. Devon tells Tucker he isn’t going to let him drop off presents for Dominic or spend time with him.

Kyle persuades Audra not to tell Tucker that he knew his dad was going to release the news about the scandal to the media. Tucker tells Phyllis that he is thinking of leaving Genoa City.

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Christine: Hey there, you two.

Lauren: Hi.

Michael: Christine. Look at you.

Lauren: Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you beam like that.

Christine: Really?

Michael: Ah, really?

[ Michael and lauren chuckling ] Look, I mean, you are definitely on the upswing. Uh, we haven’t had a chance to talk lately, but lauren’s filled me in on what’s been going on and look, I am so sorry that things turned out the way they did with paul.

Christine: Yeah, me too. It’s hard to accept that it’s really over. But I am starting to snap out of it. Get my footing again. And thankfully, I have a dear old friend who’s helping me get there.

Michael: Oh, well, let me guess. Is this dear old friend possibly, by any chance, danny romalotti?

Lauren: Given the very special christmas gift she gave him, I would say it’s much more than friendship right now. Am I right?

Danny: Well, isn’t this nice? My favorite son and his favorite mother?

Daniel: Might I point out that I’m your only son?

Phyllis: And I’m his only mother.

Danny: You see, that’s why you both are my favorites.

Phyllis: Mm. Yeah. Right.

Danny: Um, is everything okay, phyllis?

Phyllis: Mm-hmm. Yeah, everything’s great.

Danny: Oh, okay.

Phyllis: Great. Why would you ask? Actually, no. Everything is not okay, okay?

Daniel: Is there a problem here?

Phyllis: No, no. Why would you think that? Actually, um, will you excuse us for a moment? I’d like to talk to danny alone, if that’s okay with you?

Danny: Yeah. I think that’s probably a good idea.

Daniel: Okay. Sure. You know, I have to go to work anyway. You sure everything’s all right? I mean, you’re not about to make a scene, things aren’t about to get messy here, are they?

Phyllis: No. Why would you think that? No, I’m not gonna make a scene. I need to have a conversation with your father. It’s a long time coming.

Daniel: Okay. Mm-hmm?

Danny: Yeah. All right. So?

Phyllis: Sh. Can we please have a conversation in private?

Diane: Wow. Listen to this one. “Tucker mccall has been caught red-handed, knee-deep in a shameful cover-up of exploitation for the sake of commerce.”

[ Kyle chuckling ]

Kyle: How about this? “Though this incident may have happened years ago, there is no statute of limitations on deplorable behavior. Wrong is wrong forever, especially when it comes to the statutory rape of minors.”

Diane: Amen.

Kyle: Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Now, it’s time for the icing on the cake. The final blow. This is probably what we need to take tucker out for good.

Diane: You know, kyle, I’ve been thinking about that.

Kyle: Don’t tell me you want to leave it alone?

Diane: No, no. Actually, the opposite. What if our plan isn’t strong enough to stop him for good?

Tucker: Hey.

Devon: Hi. What are you doing there?

Tucker: Well, I was hoping maybe I could take you out to lunch, or coffee, or something. There’s a few things I’d like to discuss with you.

Devon: We can talk right here. What’s it about?

Tucker: Ah, you know, the whole scandal and cover-up at mccall. Um, I just think it’s been blown way out of proportion. I mean, what the guy did, absolutely horrifying. But in the end, you know, he didn’t– he didn’t get away with anything. He was arrested the second the tour ended and now he’s serving his time.

Devon: What about that time when he was on tour though? And you guys knew what he was up to, but before he got arrested? You didn’t stop him. I’m sure he had hundreds of girls throwing themselves at him every night. How many of them do you think were underage?

Tucker: I don’t know.

Devon: And how much trauma could you have prevented by speaking up?

Tucker: Yeah.

Devon: Yeah.

Tucker: And I certainly don’t condone my team’s decisions or their actions.

Devon: Well, you certainly didn’t expose your team either.

Tucker: No, I didn’T. And obviously, I’m not proud of that fact.

Devon: Yeah, I wouldn’t be proud of anything you’ve been doing lately.

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Clarence: Hey, all my gossip fans out there. Welcome to another edition getting the scoop with clarence. And boy, have I got a hot one for you today. It’s all about the elusive, exclusive billionaire businessman, tucker mccall of the now defunct mccall unlimited. Apparently, their hot rising star was using his concert tour to have sex with underaged girls. Statutory rape all day long. But that’s not the worst part. Mccall unlimited knew all about it and decided to keep it quiet until after they made grand theft dough off a child molester. That’s taking the pimp game to a whole new level. Now, some of the victims are talking class action, but who are they gonna sue? Because I hear that tucker mccall is not the only coverup culprit. Others have been implicated, big time. So, don’t sleep because it’s tea time and you know whatever I find out, I’ll be pouring and spilling all the tea.

Kyle: The plan is in play. Dad is fully on board, so just trust the process.

Diane: I do. But tucker never surrenders. He doesn’t know how. So we need to be ready when he keeps coming at us.

Kyle: Okay, possibly. But we have him on the ropes now, so just– we go step by step, okay?

Diane: Right. Right. And I’m– I’m sure we’ve already crushed any chance his elegant french perfume company will launch successfully. The stench of how he mismanaged mccall unlimited is all over it.

Kyle: It may be enough to make him walk away. But just in case, we’re ready.

Diane: You know what? I bet that the glacade board has lost complete faith in him. I mean, why would they be willing to keep investing money in someone whose poor judgment is such a proven liability? There is no way that company will last much longer.

Kyle: Okay, so what you’re saying is that tucker isn’t about to let some board of directors shut him down for good. If anything, he will move on without them. Or find other investors, or fund the company with his own money, if he has to.

Diane: So, that’s why you need to give him one of our supposedly stolen jabot products to launch, if he’s even willing to accept it at this point.

Kyle: Let me handle that.

Diane: But even then, will it be enough?

Kyle: I don’t think tucker can come back from a complete destruction of his credibility.

Diane: Kyle, we can crush his business and he will still keep coming after us. And when that happens, we need to keep fighting, right? Whatever it takes. Because I have had enough of that man getting in the way of this family’s happiness.

Kyle: Mom, we will take him down. We will take him down hard and you have my word on that.

Tucker: I acknowledge my mistake. It was a serious lapse in judgment. And all I can do is guarantee that nothing like that would ever happen again.

Devon: No, you can’T. You can’t guarantee anything like that to anybody. And the more I’ve learned about this cover-up, the more I’m starting to regret even letting you come see dominic for christmas.

Tucker: I hope you don’t mean that, really. Whatever you think of my actions in the corporate world, who I am in my personal life is an entirely different thing. I love that kid. And uh, you probably don’t want to hear it right now, but I love you too. And we’re family. Right? And something that happened years ago doesn’t change that. Nothing changes that.

Devon: See, that’s where you’re wrong. That’s not true at all. Because things can change real quick because family is about trust. And you’ve proven to me numerous times that you can’t be trusted. So, you’re not gonna negotiate your way out of this, tucker.

Christine: Neither of you is gonna let this go.

Lauren: Not until you tell us everything.

Michael: Spill everything that you know.

Christine: Okay. Okay. You’re right. We have been spending some time together and yes, he loved his present.

Lauren: That’s so wonderful.

Michael: Hear, hear. I’m just glad to see you smiling like that after everything you’ve been through.

Lauren: You know what they say? One door closes and another one opens. So, you know what? You just kick that door down and you go for it, girl.

Daniel: Hey. Hi guys.

Christine: Hi.

Lauren: Hey, daniel. How was christmas in your new place? You must be thrilled to have lucy with you.

Daniel: Yes. Yes, I am. It was the best. She, uh, she gives me a hard time, but, you know, tough, I can take it.

Christine: Yeah. And it was sweet. Your dad loved having you all together.

Lauren: How is danny? We keep talking about getting together and catching up. Call him, see if he’ll come over.

Daniel: He, uh, he’s actually with my mother right now. She wanted to have a private conversation with him.

Michael: Mm. Phyllis. Privately. Dare I ask? Should we be worried?

Phyllis: So, how was the rest of your christmas eve?

Danny: Oh, it was, um, it was very nice. Yeah, we, uh, yeah. Look, let’s just forgo the small talk and just tell me what’s on your mind. Ok, someone just did laundry…

Daniel: Um, you are going to have to be way more specific when it comes to talking about being worried about my mother.

Michael: There is often, and I say this with love, an ulterior motive when she’s involved.

Lauren: I do wonder what she’s up to.

Christine: What could be so important that she would have to talk to him privately?

[ Daniel sighing ]

Daniel: Okay. Look, to be honest, I feel like my mom has been giving off this vibe. I think that she might have some rekindled feelings for my dad. And I’m not the only one who’s noticed this.

Christine: Oh, of course. She wants danny, again.

Daniel: It also feels like she’s turning us into some weird competition between the two of you and I kind of feel like a traitor standing here even talking about this.

Lauren: Look, we all know and love your mother. Well, most of us. And we’re not saying anything she doesn’t deserve.

Daniel: She hasn’t been interested in him for as long as I can remember.

Christine: No, but she is now and I suspect you’re right. This is more about me than it is him.

Lauren: She’s always had a soft spot for danny, but the timing is suspect.

Christine: Thank you for the heads up, daniel. I’m not surprised. I assume your father isn’t either. Phyllis will do anything to undercut my happiness. Right down to making a move for danny as we speak.

Danny: Phyllis, what are you doing?

Phyllis: I’m doing what you’ve wanted me to do. There’s something different here. Something unexpected between us. I mean, but it makes sense.

Danny: Phyllis…

Phyllis: No. It’s like all of our history has melted away, danny. And it’s just us and there’s this warmth between us and I like it. It feels different. I know you like it too.

Danny: Look, I… yeah, I can’t deny there’s a change in our dynamic, but it’s because we’re getting along now as– as parents, as– as friends. And I– I– I can understand how it– it might seem like something more because of our complicated past and– and– and sometimes, even ugly.

Phyllis: Wait a sec. Are you saying this is friendship? Because I’ve felt friendship before and this definitely is not friendship.

Danny: But we can’t just erase all our rough history.

Phyllis: But that’s what I’m saying. All that history has melted away. And now, it’s just us. Don’t– don’t you want it to be better?

Danny: Surprisingly, I– I see that you’re a changed woman and I’m really proud of you.

Phyllis: Thank you. Feels good to be better. It feels good to be a changed woman and you helped me do that. Can’t you see that?

Danny: But you don’t need me around to do that.

Phyllis: I want you around to do that. You’ve helped me so much, danny. And you inspire me, your music inspires me. You know that? All of your music, oh… and then, there’s the way you look at me.

Kyle: What? No, audra. Wait, just open the door. We need to talk.

Audra: What do you want, kyle?

Kyle: Look, I know you’re upset.

Audra: Yeah. Damn right, I am. You know my whole life is hanging in the balance, okay? I have no idea what this fallout is gonna mean for me. You know, right now, the internet trolls are focused on tucker, but I just got a link from someone for– from a gossip blog insinuating that when all the facts come out, more heads are gonna roll.

Kyle: Okay. You may not be as badly affected as you think.

Audra: You know, my name is on those emails, kyle.

Kyle: And I–

Audra: Yes, I know you got it redacted, okay. But the emails are the evidence behind the story. Eventually, some overeager reporter is gonna zero in on them, do some digging and I’ll be exposed. Forever connected to this nightmare. And then what?

Kyle: Look. Look, I warned you not to hitch your wagon so closely to tucker mccall.

Audra: Yeah. Yeah. You warned me about that, okay? But what about warning me that your family was about to drop a bombshell and blow up my entire life?

Kyle: Audra, I had no idea my dad was going to play this card.

Audra: Oh, come on, kyle. That’s garbage and you know it. Why would jack keep something like that from you? Huh? Unless, of course, he already knew that you were colluding with tucker and me.

Kyle: No. I’m certain he hasn’t got a clue about that, but my dad and billy planned this privately. They’re getting tight. They’re leaving me out in the cold.

Audra: Okay. You’re his son. I highly doubt they cut you out completely.

Kyle: Yeah. One would think. But audra, it’s just another sign that my dad doesn’t think I’m worthy. He won’t let me in on all the upper-level corporate strategy at jabot. That is why I’m sticking with you and tucker. Which I assume you’ve talked to him since the news broke. Does he have a plan?

Audra: You– you have to do way better than that. You know, you didn’t come here because you’re concerned about me. You came here to pump me for more information.

Kyle: Oh, come on. Now, you’re just being paranoid.

Audra: And now, you’re gaslighting me. You know what? Just– just leave. Just get out. I have nothing more to say to you.

Kyle: Look, okay, you’re right. You’re right. My dad did tell me what he and billy were planning. But I didn’t warn you and tucker about what was going down because tucker would have made a move to stop it. Maybe gone as far as to talk to my dad and then he would have known for sure that you and I were working together and our plan would have been blown.

Audra: You were just using me. Stringing me along so I could reveal all of tucker’s plans.

Kyle: Okay. Just stop with the indignation for a minute and be honest. You had an agenda of your own. You were seducing me into whispering all of jabot’s secrets into your ear. So face it audra, we were using each other.

Tucker: I see. So, you’re just gonna shut me out because of a mistake I made years ago?

Devon: No, tucker. This is not just about one thing that you’ve done. You lie constantly. You’re always trying to get people to think that you’re this changed man. When you’re just the same self-serving person you’ve always been.

Tucker: All I have done since the moment I got back to town was try to prove to you and everybody else that I am not the same self-serving guy. That I have changed.

Devon: Okay. Well, you know what? Why– why don’t we break down how you’ve tried to prove that, shall we? Because you started by trying to take over this company. And then you tried to take over the abbott’s company. And when that all fell through, you rushed into a marriage with ashley that didn’t last past your honeymoon. And then, you threatened her family. And the latest thing you did was lie to me about mamie. And that’s just the stuff I know about.

Tucker: You are grossly misinterpreting my intentions.

Devon: Oh, please. You’re grossly misinterpreting my intelligence if you think I’m gonna buy whatever you’re selling me. And I’m getting really tired of always wondering what the hell are you gonna do next? It’s exhausting. So, you know what? How about we let this be the moment where we both decide that we’re not gonna have any communication. No contact. Can we do that?

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Tucker: Well, all I can say is… I’m really sorry it’s come to this.

Devon: Yeah. Me too.

Tucker: I realize you’re very angry. I hope that we can talk at some point when you’ve had a chance to cool down.

Devon: No. I’m gonna take a page out of your book and I’m not gonna change. I’m always gonna feel like this, just like you’ve always been the person that you are. And I am beyond done trying to make myself believe that you’re not. Why should I think that you’re gonna change, tucker? That’s a great answer. If you don’t mind, I have a lot of work to get done.

Danny: Look at you, phyllis. You’re smart, wickedly funny, and not to mention, too gorgeous for words. And when you shine your light on anyone, of course, you’re gonna feel a spark. But that’s not where I’m at. And whatever is going on between us, it’s– it’s not gonna end up the way you’re hoping.

Phyllis: Why not? Why are you so negative? There’s something between us, you know it. Danny, come on. We’ve lived long enough to know that feelings like this, they’re not common. I mean, they don’t come around easily, you know. And when we’re together, there’s a heat and there’s crackling.

[ Phyllis laughing ] Listen, I haven’t felt this way in a really long time. Danny. Ah, come on. I know you want it. I mean, what do you have to lose?

Ashley: Hi.

Diane: Hi. I– I assume you’ve seen the headlines about tucker.

Ashley: Yeah. It’s all over the media. Although, I haven’t heard from tucker since he came here to confront jack and me.

Diane: Yeah. He’s not a man who can tolerate not being a step ahead.

Ashley: Yeah. What have you heard? I mean, how effective was the press release?

Diane: Well, it’s impossible to know, but the story is so damaging and shameful, there’s no way he can survive it.

Ashley: Or, it could make him so angry that he’s emboldened to strike back even harder.

Diane: You’re right. And that’s why kyle and jack are still ready to do battle. They’ve had a small taste of victory and they are not about to back down now.

Kyle: Look, if I got in the way of your precious plan, you would have thrown me under the bus in a heartbeat, right? No, no. Don’t, no, don’t– don’t try to deny it.

Audra: So what, kyle? You know, your family proudly trashed my reputation and you let that happen and I don’t care why. I am done hearing your excuses. So, you wanna blame me, okay, for looking out for number one. You’re the same way.

Kyle: Good. You finally noticed.

Audra: What? That you’re a selfish jerk?

Kyle: No.

Audra: Congratulations, kyle.

Kyle: That someone finally got one over on you. Tucker mccall is not the only one you can consider your equal around here. I don’t want anything complicated or deep and neither do you, but we are alike and we want the same thing and you see now that I have a lot more to offer than you thought. So, if you’re smart, you’ll stick with me. Especially if this isn’t over yet.

[ Knock on door]

Tucker: Audra! Open the door.

Kyle: So, what’s it gonna be? Are you gonna rat me out or are you gonna play to win? We can play both sides of this war and both come out on top no matter which way it goes.

[ Audra groaning ] So, what’s it gonna be?

Tucker: Hey. There he is. The man of the hour. Our trusted man on the inside who would definitely warn us in advance if some damaging information were about to be released. I just– I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to say. Want luxury hair repair that doesn’t cost $50?

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Diane: So, how are you feeling? Any regrets over all that’s happened?

Ashley: What are you really asking me?

Diane: It’s a simple question.

Ashley: Is it simple?

Diane: Yeah.

Ashley: Uh-huh. Okay. Are you wondering if I have any regrets about ruining a man’s reputation? Are you wondering if I think tucker’s actions warranted such a forceful response on our part? Or are you curious– just kind of wondering how I’m handling the fact that my marriage blew up in front of my face on my honeymoon. Which is it? Really.

Diane: Wow. Um, I guess all I’m really asking is if you had to do it all over again, would you do anything differently?

Kyle: Relax, tucker. I haven’t betrayed you. I am just here, just trying to work with audra.

Tucker: So this– this knife in my back doesn’t have any of your fingerprints on it?

Kyle: Okay. For the record, I had no idea my dad was gonna make this play. Frankly, I’m pissed my family made this maneuver without telling me. They want to keep me on the outside? Fine. I’ll go where I’m wanted.

Tucker: And you expect us to believe that?

Kyle: Okay, you’re not the only one who was affected by this. My plan to get the co-ceo seat may have just gone up in smoke. So instead of wasting time, can we talk about a counterattack?

Tucker: He’s still trying to play that game.

Kyle: You laugh, but I have what you want, tucker. Jabot’s new fragrance for a 2025 launch. The chem charts, the formula, the marketing plan. I have it all. And whether you appreciate it or not, I came through for you, tucker. So the question is, do you still want to move forward? Or are you gonna keep licking your wounds and wave a white flag?

Danny: I have a lot to lose.

Phyllis: What do you have to lose? Christine?

Danny: Look, what we– I don’t even know really what it is yet. I– I– I do know that we are definitely connecting.

Phyllis: Well, it’ll never work because she’s ice. She’s ice cold. Why do you want to do that again?

Danny: You don’t know her. You haven’t wanted to know, her.

Phyllis: I know her. I know what I see. Listen, danny. With her, you’ll be going back and forth trying to rekindle some old– some old romance. Trying to fix problems that you’ve had from years ago. Come on. That’s not gonna work. But with me, it’s new and it’s exciting and there’s heat. Listen, I’m not gonna get into a competition with christine. That’s for sure.

Danny: Can we then forget this happened? And continue growing our friendship because I am really proud of you and I am so grateful for where we’re at. Truly, I am.

Phyllis: That’s sweet. Yeah. We can, um, forget this happened. Let’s do that.

Danny: Okay. Thank you.

[ Knock on door ]

Phyllis: You don’t know what you’re missing.

Danny: I– there’s someone at the door.

[ Knock on door ] -We’re done. -What about these?

Ashley: In answer to your question, diane, um, I think we’ve done a pretty damn good job of being civil to one another, don’t you? All things considered? But it doesn’t mean that I’m gonna be confiding in you about anything, including tucker. We are in-laws. We’re not friends, really, right?

Diane: You know, I– I guess I was just asking because I was thinking about my own relationship with jack and if I had to do it over, would I do anything differently?

Ashley: Mm. Trouble in paradise?

Diane: No, no. No, but like you and tucker, jack and I have a lot of battle scars from the past. And it’s– it’s a miracle that we’re together. And this thing we have is so precious that I can’t imagine losing it. It would– it would break me.

Ashley: Huh. Well, I’m not weak and I’m not vulnerable. That’s where you and I are different. The only thing I care about is that we’ve won and that we’ve beaten tucker at his own game and he won’t be coming after jabot anymore, right? Then, I can be rid of him.

Diane: Wow.

Tucker: I’m not familiar with the concept of surrender, kyle. I just haven’t decided what I’m gonna do yet. It’s too early to tell. And the fallout might not be as bad as your father hopes. But please do send me the information on the… what did you say? Fragrance? While I make up my mind.

Kyle: How about we play this the other way around? You decide what you wanna do and then I’ll decide if I still wanna share it or not.

Audra: You know, did you mean what you said? Are you still ready to fight or are you just stalling? You know, answer me, tucker. I need to know if this fight is played out. Are jack and ashley actually gonna end up on the winning side?

Phyllis: Hello, christine.

Christine: What are you doing here, phyllis?

Phyllis: Well, I was just having a chat with danny. That’s all. Talking about old times and stuff, right, danny?

Danny: We had a much needed talk. Phyllis, I– I hope it cleared things up for you.

Phyllis: Well, yes, it did. I hope it cleared things up for you. Thank you for our talk.

Danny: Thank you.

Phyllis: Thank you.

Christine: So… you want to tell me exactly why phyllis seems so pleased with herself? That grimy film on your teeth?

Danny: I think that satisfied smile was phyllis trying to save face. She told me that she wanted to pursue a relationship.

Christine: Oh, so your son was right. She is making a move on you to undermine me.

Danny: Oh, so it’s not about me? It’s all about you now?

Christine: No, no.

Danny: That was a joke.

Christine: Okay. It’s you. Look, who can resist your irresistible charm? But I mean, it’s phyllis. It is always about a competition. She’s gotta one-up her enemies. That’s who she is. And she cannot stand anyone else being happy. Especially me.

Danny: Yeah. I gotta admit, she’s not one to give up or give in.

Christine: So, you know, tell me this, truthfully.

Danny: Yeah?

Christine: Is there even a part of you that is attracted to the possibility of pursuing a relationship with phyllis again?

Michael: Well, this is hard. Do you feel as conflicted as I do?

Lauren: How could I not? I mean, phyllis and christine are both our dear friends who deserve to be happy. And they’ve both had so much heartache lately.

Michael: I know phyllis is a handful. But she’s also this– this wonderfully exciting, beautiful free spirit. It wouldn’t surprise me if– if danny were… well, if he felt himself pulled towards her. I mean, seduced by her many charms.

Daniel: No, no, no, no, no. Dad knows better than that. He has to know that this would be a mistake of epic proportions.

Lauren: Yeah. But how can you really be sure of that?

Daniel: Because I know my mom. And there is no way that she should go down this path. I mean, it’s only gonna end poorly for her. She’s not gonna listen to me no matter what I say. Maybe she’ll listen to you. I gotta run. But please, just do your dear friend a favor and talk her out of this.

Lauren: Looks like phyllis is digging herself a hole to fall into, again.

Danny: Look, there is way too much bad history to ever fall into that trap again. Could you– come sit down, please. Please.

Christine: Wait. Is that– is that the only issue? History? Because we have history.

Danny: But ours wasn’t all bad.

Christine: Danny, I don’t know. You just– you keep telling me how she’s making all these changes for the better.

Danny: Phyllis is not an issue, all right? Please don’t try to make it one. Look, if this is a competition, then we’re playing right into her hands. And– and I feel like what we have right now is– is– is wonderful. We’re on this amazing track. I’m just saying, let’s not mess it up. Because that’s exactly what phyllis would hope.

Tucker: Hiya, phyllis.

Phyllis: Hello.

Tucker: We keep running into each other, don’t we? It must mean something.

Phyllis: I think it means that this town isn’t big enough for the both of us.

Tucker: Mm. I think you might be right. I’ve been thinking genoa city’s getting a little too suffocating for me. Maybe time to kiss it goodbye.

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Hi. Well, there they are, my pride, and most of the time, my joy. Oh!

[ Laughs ] Come on in. Hand me your coat. Hi, mom. Thanks for coming. I know it’s early in the morning and you’re busy. Can I get you some coffee? Uh, no, thanks. I’ve already hit my limit today. Yeah. Me too. So, what is so important that you needed to see us before work? Yeah. Your voice sounded really tense on the phone. Come on in. Sit down. I’m really, uh, sorry tj couldn’t make it, but it’s probably best we speak first, just the three of us. Why do I feel like we’ve been called to the principal’s office? You’re not in any trouble. Yet.

The role of maxie jones is temporarily being played by nicole paggi. Where is that shot of the adorable little alpaca in the foreground? I love that shot. Lucy, do you do anything quietly? Tracy, would you like me to get you some coffee before our senior leadership meeting? Oh, you know what? I say let’s just dive right in. Oh, wait. We can’t because the leader of our leadership meeting isn’t here. I am sure brook lynn will be here any second. Hmm. Some company you and your granddaughter are “running.” Lucy, I lightened your workload by 51%. Which means you should have 51% more time to rifle through photo proofs and wrangle your spokesmodel. Hmm. Well, you shouldn’t even be in this office, much less breathing our rarefied deception air. And yet, here I am. As if I could miss you. Like most of port charles, I sure would love to try. If my grandmother finds out that the reason I am late for this leadership meeting is because I cannot find my — your bag’s over there. Oh, thank you, thank you. I’m just gonna grab a coffee on the way. Brewed in your travel mug. Are you a psychic? I don’t have to be. I know your routine. You’re the best. What do you have planned for your day off? I am trying to find wedding venues that can accommodate guests with mobility issues. I want my dad to have the time of his life at our wedding. Gregory: Time isn’t exactly on my side here. So… my christmas wish is that you and chase… don’t wait too long for the wedding. I want to live to see my son, who I cherish, marry the love of his life. You and me both.

[ Siren wails ] Oh. Dad. One of the nurses told me you were in here.

[ Sighs ] Okay. What — what’s going on? I’m fine. I just got a bit overheated. Dad, this is for aggressive fluid replacement. They don’t just give it to people that are “a bit overheated.” You want to tell me what’s going on? Just coffee. Thanks. Alright. Coffee only? Nothing to eat? I’m not — are you feeling okay? I’m not hungry. Oh, yeah. You’re probably full ’cause you already ate with diane. You didn’t bring me here to discuss my personal life. I didn’t know that was an option. Oh. You’re right. I’m sorry. We need to talk family. Oh. It’s mac? Something happened? No, mac is fine. But there is a mystery that I want solved before he comes back, and I need your help. Cody? You in here? Hey. Oh, hi. Uh, wow. You look like you had a busy morning. Oh, yeah. I was just hammering out one of comet’s bent horseshoes. I figured I’d save the q’s the farrier’s fee. Pretty sure the quartermaines can swing it. Yeah, yeah, t-that’s true. But comet likes me better. But I always have enough time for you. So what’s up? Thanks. You know, I wasn’t sure I would beat comet in a contest for your attention. You? Yeah, totally. Nobody else. What brings you by? I, um — I came to warn you. You’re in trouble.

Beth: Good morning. Hiya, beth. How are ya? So, I understand some people eat their feelings. I think I’m gonna be that guy ’cause I got a lot of feelings. Okay. What can I get you? Everything on the left side of the menu. Alright. Okay? And — and a cup of coffee. I’ll be at my table. You got it. Why are you still on about this cody bell thing? My instincts tell me that cody lied about those dna test results. If that’s the case, why is my brother saddled with this jerk? Mac has a right to know if cody is his son. I know cody is no choirboy.

[ Laughs ] You think? Come on. He hadn’t been in town five minutes and he almost drowned britt westbourne. Yeah, well, there wasn’t supposed to be somebody in that pool when he parachuted into it. Let’s say, for instance, that he came through the front door and proffered his hand and said hi, like a normal person would do. It was a publicity stunt, a job that he was contracted and paid for. It was reckless endangerment. And he got — he got arrested. He apologized to britt and she got over it. Why can’t you? Because I know a con man when I smell one. Which exactly proves the point that I was going to make. Cody came to our house over the holiday, and he brought all of these gifts for all of us. The kids adore him. He just fit right in. Did he bring receipts for the presents? Robert! Ah, sorry. He cares about our family. I could feel it. I-I could see it. And there’s this undeniable bond between him and mac and james. Let’s say I believe you. But if you’re right, why would cody lie about being a part of a family he’s come to care about? How am I in trouble? After spinelli made you leave mac and felicia’s on christmas — he didn’t make me leave. Hey, spinelli was rude, out of line, and just completely wrong. After you left, felicia said that she… hates not knowing the truth about you and mac. Yeah, but she knows the truth. I mean, it’s a truth. She was at the hospital when I got the dna results. I know. But you never showed her the printout, and she thought it was strange. Yeah. I mean, felicia is… pretty invested in me being a part of the family. I guess it makes sense that she wouldn’t accept the results. Cody, I don’t think it’s just a case of being disappointed. I think she’s genuinely skeptical. Yeah, I mean, she was a P.I. She’s married to a cop. She’s kind of conditioned to be suspicious. Well, maxie didn’t buy her theory, but you and I both know that she’s right. You did lie about the dna results. You are mac’s son. And now felicia is wondering why you would pretend to be the son of leopold taub. About the wedding. You haven’t changed your mind, have you? Not on your life. Then what’s up? Well, if we are going to do everything in our power to make sure that your dad has the best time on our special day, it’s gonna need to happen a little faster than we anticipated. I was doing hot yoga on an empty stomach. Dumb idea. Yes. Very dumb. Yes. Since when did you start doing hot yoga? You don’t need to hover. The fluids are already working. Okay, professor chase. What daredevil stunt did you get up to this time? Hot yoga. They don’t call it hot for nothing, obviously.

[ Laughs ] But I already have my next quest lined up. Ah, that’s great. Can’t wait to hear the details. And you shall. How are you, finn? Yeah. I’m fine, matt. I just want to make sure my dad’s okay. Well, I’m about to examine gregory right now, so if you’ll excuse us. Yeah, of course. I’ll be right outside, dad. No need. I’m fine. I just saw you come out of gregory chase’s room. Is he okay? Yeah. He’s, uh — he’s fine. I’m sorry. How do you know my dad? I’m his yoga instructor. I’m so glad he’s alright. I have never had anyone collapse in my class before. Mom, I can’t take any more bad news. You know it’s been a rough few months. I know that you’ve been through a lot, and this isn’t necessarily bad news. You know that I’m really happy for you that you and tj are soldiering on through this journey to have a baby. I know it’s what you really, really want. And, you, I mean, offering the most extraordinary, generous gift. And you know how grateful I am. Yeah, of course. I’m honored. I just wished that the commitment that you two have made to each other was legally binding. And it’s not. Your surrogacy arrangement presents what could be a really big legal problem.

I thought we agreed on a summer wedding. It’s not too far away, but it still gives us time to plan. Too much planning is overrated. Who says that we need this whole elaborate production? You did. You — you said that. Well, what do I know? Lois said you used to sketch your wedding gown in your school notebook. Well, dreams change. I don’t want to rush this. I had a quickie wedding once, and we know how that turned out. We both know why you had that quickie wedding with willow, and all those reasons have nothing to do with why we want to be together. I know. But I’m only doing this one more time. And I’m doing it with you. So I want it to be special. What’s going on, brook lynn?

[ Sighs ] When your dad pulled me aside on christmas eve, said his christmas wish was to see us get married. Well, doc? At the moment, your vitals look good. I’m not surprised. I’m feeling better already. And you do seem to be recovering from the dehydration. So I’m guessing your prescription for a full recovery is plenty of rest, lots of liquids. It is. And I’d like to admit you for observation.

[ Scoffs ] I know you two have done your homework on the medical side of things, and you’re clear about that. I just don’t know that you’re clear about the legal implications. Well, this baby’s mother is a brilliant lawyer, so… yes, she is, but she’s not a specialist in family law. True, but I know how to draw up a contract. And I can sign it. So, lawyer, contract — we’re good. I’m not certain that’s entirely true, because there is no binding agreement that you can sign that would make that baby molly’S. Everyone needs time to adjust to our new corporate reality. Reality, lucy. You know, the opposite of what’s going on in your head. But we do have to be professional. Oh, why start now, huh, lucy? You know, blackmail, I know that’s your go-to, but really, technically, blackmail is not professional. This is a critical time for deception. A lot is at stake for everyone who works here. For people who have rent and kids and have to go grocery shopping on the way home. Bottom line, we need to make this work. Maxie, you are so right. But you know what’s not working, is tracy’s powers of manipulation. ‘Cause judging from the fact that brook lynn’s not here, your powers are a big fat flop. You’re well acquainted with big fat flops, aren’t you, lucy? From marriages to business ventures. You just can’t seem to stick the landing.

[ Chuckles ] I know where I’d like to stick — okay, that’s enough! I cannot believe I have to talk to you like I do my children. But five minutes of silence, both of you. You don’t really care about deception at all. You are just bored and you need a distraction. Doesn’t work on my kids, either. I can think of a thousand distractions more appealing than listening to you. Well, none of them would work to distract you from the fact that you have nothing to live for since luke died.

I know the whole taub necklace scam wasn’t the only reason you lied about the dna results. Mac’s a good guy. He doesn’t deserve a son like me. That couldn’t be further from the truth, cody. But listen, felicia is a good P.I., And she is gonna dig and keep digging until she discovers the truth. And the fallout from that could be massive in ways you can’t possibly expect. Trust me, cody, I speak from personal experience. Oh, that — that whole nina reeves thing, right? Look, my situation was the complete opposite of yours. I was hired by valentin cassadine to claim that I was nina’s daughter. But looking back, I realized that I could have mitigated a lot of damage if I had just come clean. The fact that I stayed silent and I got busted made the fallout so much worse. Maybe I should just move to bolivia or some other country that doesn’t extradite americans. Because coming clean is not an option. And if felicia finds out that I’m mac’s son, I’m going to pentonville. I was hoping that you and your extraordinary skill set could help me figure out why cody would lie about those dna test results. Because you’re right. It doesn’t make any sense. Take some advice from the man with the extraordinary skill set and leave it alone. No, robert, if you think I can do that, then you understand me even less than you understand cody. Look, I understood all too well what kind of a grifter he was when I walked into britt’s office and found him fighting over taub’s necklace. What about leopold taub? This time last year, I went to seize taub’s necklace, the one that victor wanted. I go into britt’s office. They’re both there fighting over the necklace, both claiming ownership. Did they ever get it sorted out? No, I don’t think so. Well, not since it was destroyed. I wonder if cody ever contested taub’s other assets. Be a good question for a lawyer. Ah! Indeed it would. Indeed it would. I can see my dad would be worried about his stamina, but talking about death seems seriously premature. I’m just telling you what he told me. He doesn’t want us to wait too long. You think he’s holding something back? I don’t know. What are you doing? I’m gonna call the office. I’m gonna stay home with you today. I gave you a lot to deal with. No, you don’t have to do that. I-I’ll be fine. You should go to your meeting. The last thing we need is tracy coming around here looking for you. That’s a good point. Okay. Look, we’re gonna make sure that we do what’s best for everyone, okay? Promise. Yeah, whatever that is.

[ Sighs ]

[ Cellphone rings ]

[ Door closes ] Hey, I’m glad you called. Brook lynn just told me something, and — hey, look, uh, dad’s here at the hospital. I’m on my way. I should have known you’d have done your research on the child-parent security act. I’m familiar. I haven’t studied it. Well, because it’s new, which means it can be easily challenged. I’m aware, but the child-parent security act does allow surrogacy in the state of new york. It does, but the surrogate has to be using a third-party egg donor. Okay, does it really make a difference? A big difference, actually. In your case, you’re not using a third-party egg donor. You’re the donor and the surrogate. This is called a genetic surrogacy. And the contract for a genetic surrogacy is not enforceable in the state of new york. Okay. Well, I mean, if genetic surrogacy isn’t enforceable in the state of new york, then we’ll just get pregnant in a different state or we’ll find some other workaround. Right, molls? There are always loopholes. But as molly will tell you, regulations exist because there are precedents. Mom. Precedents and regulations and loopholes — you’re talking to us like we’re your court case and not your children. I’m talking to you this way because you are my children, and I want to make sure that your best interests are protected. I-is it for our best interests, mom? Or are you really just trying to protect molly from me?

Don’t you say luke’s name ever again.

[ Scoffs ] What? You don’t own luke’s name. Just like you never owned luke. Don’T.

[ Chuckles ] You know what? Luke had many, many women in his life, and you were just one of them. And you barely cracked the top 10. Lucy, don’t go there. Why? Why can’t I just tell the truth right to your face? You know what? Luke was your great, true love of your life. But you know who luke’s great, true love of his life was? Laura. In fact, you’re probably just an also-ran to holly. Where’d you do your research? Wikipedia? Are we just naming exes now? Because two can play that game. The great love of your life, kevin, so happily settled down with laura. Guess he doesn’t miss being burned by you. Well, I happen to be in love with martin now. I’m with martin. And you know what? None of my loves married me to extort me. And they didn’t stay married trying to escape from me all the time. The fact is, you and luke? You were in totally different countries when he died. You know what I need to know? I need to know why you have done all this! Why, tracy? Why did you steal deception? Is it because, you know you have more to look back on than to look forward to? Or because your family just barely tolerates you? And when you stand there looking around, you have nothing, nobody, you don’t see anything. Is that it? ‘Cause you can keep doing it. You can keep scheming and using your sarcasm as a distraction. But you know what? You’re gonna die just like you’ve lived, unloved and completely unlovable. Who the hell are you to speak to my grandmother that way? Hot yoga? Hot yoga is a challenge for people in the best of health. I did it once and it almost killed me. But you think there’s more to the story? Dad’s yoga instructor came with him to the hospital. She said he wasn’t just a little woozy. It seemed like he lost consciousness. Come on, doc, I know I overdid it, but is a hospital stay really necessary? Well, your collapse may have been the result of a simple temporary fluid loss. Or? Or this could be a new symptom of the disease. Even if mac could arrest you for lying about the dna results, I don’t believe that he would, cody. He wouldn’t have a choice. Thanks to the lawsuit that scott cooked up. Legally, I’m on the hook. Where you were suing the wsb for the value of taub’s necklace? I thought you dropped that lawsuit. I did, I did, but only after I’d been deposed and signed an affidavit swearing I was taub’s son. And that is considered fraud? Worse. That’s perjury. I could do time for that. But you may not. I mean, you broke the law for me, and that turned out okay. Yeah, I was willing to risk myself, but I can’t risk mac. The potential scandal could impact his reputation on the force. Mac’s a good guy. He doesn’t deserve what I’d do to his life. What do you think that mac would want for your life if he knew that he was your father? Hi, scott. Sorry to interrupt. Oh. Hi, felicia. Do you have a minute? Yes, I have a lot. Sit down, sit down, sit down. Your breakfast companions may not feel the same. What companions? I’m alone, as usual. Did you try again with liesl?

[ Sighs ] Yes, I-I did. I-I-I presented my heart to her and… she threw it right against the wall. Oh. So we’re done. Finished. I’m sorry. I respect you for trying. I think it was really brave of you to put yourself out there. Well, I won’t be making that mistake again. I don’t know what went wrong with liesl, but it was the last nail in the coffin of love for me. I’m really sorry to hear that. Yes. Well, I just wanted to ask you a question, and then I’ll leave you to, uh, whatever this is. It’s breakfast, felicia. And what is your question? Cody bell? Don’t bring up his name. Why? I thought the two of you had a great relationship. I have no problem with him. He just kind of goofed up my chances of, uh, getting back with liesl a little bit. How so? He cost me a big payday. I’m trying to look out for both of my daughters’ best interests. But really, you’re just focusing on the contract part of this, and that is because you think that someone is going to violate it, and “someone” being me. So, what, mom, do you just not trust me that I’m going to abide by the terms? Of course I trust you. I’m just trying to look at all the possible outcomes. Look, I appreciate you reminding me of the current statutes, but your concern really isn’t necessary. I’ve done research. You didn’t have to go to the trouble. It was no trouble at all, really. Did you know that you could avoid any potential legal conflict between you by establishing parenthood after birth via adoption? I’ll look into it. You don’t have to. I’ve already done it. The first step is for you to stipulate that you have no parental or proprietary interests — mom! What? She said she’d look into it. I can go over this. It’ll be so quick. No. No, not for nothing, but molly is the lawyer here, mom. Not you.

I have no idea what mac would want when it comes to me. I can guess. Mac is a good guy, and I can’t see any world where he wouldn’t forgive you, and he would never do anything to jeopardize your future. Yeah, well, what about mac’s brother, robert scorpio? The D.A.? Not a fan. That’s because he doesn’t know what I know. What’s that? How much has changed since you signed that affidavit. You put yourself on the line for me. And I know you hate to hear this, but I will forever be grateful. We’ve been over this. Gratitude, no. Friendship, yes. Okay, well, speaking of friendships, you’ve been a really good one to dante and sam. No, they’ve — they’ve been better to me. To maxie and all her kids, especially james. That little boy hero-worships you. He’s too young to know any better. Or maybe he knows you better than you know yourself. You’ve changed a lot, cody. And the only way to prove that is to come clean. Today. So, you and cody were going to sue the wsb over taub’s necklace? Yeah, but hush, hush, felicia. Nobody really knows about this, and I’m hoping he’s gonna change his mind. So it was cody who decided not to move forward? Yes. A-after all the legal filings and the depositions, all the dirty work was done. Why? I don’t know why exactly, but the wsb blew up his asset, and I felt that he should be compensated. So being taub’s son would pay off big for cody? Huge. Huge windfall. Why do you ask? You know nothing about my grandmother. You’re just sulking because not only did she take deception, but she’s running it way better than you ever did. Oh, and by the way, you are sadly misinformed. Tracy angelica quartermaine is greatly loved by her whole family, a love that you couldn’t possibly understand how we express, because you are nothing but a gold-digging outsider who managed to trap my great uncle into marriage for, what, 10 seconds? Hanging around for — for years, trading on your single share of elq? Which my grandmother managed to get from you, by the way. So now you are out on the street, exactly where you belong.

[ Scoffs ] You really have nothing to say. Oh. You have no — and by the way, luke spencer was the love of my grandmother’s life. She accepted him for exactly who he was, fought for him with everything she had, and stuck by him until the very end. Meanwhile, you, lucy, have thrown away every man who’s ever loved you with both hands. So do not lecture my grandmother on love, because she understands it way better than you ever will.

[ Scoffs ] You can hold this meeting without me. Brook lynn. Grandmother. Thank you. Meant every word. But you’re still late. So what was more important than the meeting we had scheduled? Something happened with chase’s father. Now, I want to run some tests overnight. It could be that you’re no longer getting nutrients from food and water intake alone, or the collapse could have been the result of your lung intake level falling below 50%, which an fvc test will show. If it has fallen below 50, we’ll have to discuss options. I’ll give you 24 hours to do anything you need, but I have plans for new year’s eve and nothing is going to stop me from making good on them. The yoga instructor isn’t a doctor. She doesn’t know what actually happened to dad. Okay, look, I just — I thought you should know, alright? I left you out of the loop once before, and I promised I’d never let it happen again. If dad believes that he overdid it, don’t you think that we should just trust that? Dad’s not a doctor, either. I know, and I get that facts are important, but so is faith. Yeah, I don’t remember seeing that on the curriculum in med school. Doesn’t a patient’s state of mind impact their health? Yeah, of course it does. Then a little positivity can’t hurt. Look. Why don’t you come on in with your dad and me? I have an update. Well, when you’re right, you’re right. It’s tough to know when to take off my legal hat and put on my mom hat. But either way, I will defend my daughters with everything that I’ve got. And that includes you. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to dismiss your legal expertise or your concern for your daughters. But you think I’m overstepping. It’s just that for tj and me, this whole journey has been about hope. And now, with kristina as our surrogate, it’s also one of implicit trust. The bond between krissy and me is stronger than all the legal protections in the world. We’re sisters. Nothing is gonna ever make us forget that, mom.

So, it looks like my concern for my daughters has been outmatched by their belief in each other. Well done. Congratulations. Just the truth. I’m not gonna say another word about it. And what I did say was not because I don’t believe in you, because I do. With all my heart. And I’m very proud of the way you two stuck up for each other, even against me. I love you both. And I love the way you love each other. Kristina: Come on.

[ Door opens ] What are you doing here? Finn called me and said that you were in the hospital. Where else would I be? Your brother didn’t need to call you. I’m fine. Is he, matt?

[ Sighs ] They’re going to admit me. They’re just gonna run a couple of tests. 24 hours. That’s it. And then I’m out of here. Doc, tell my boys not to worry. An overnight stay is just a precaution. Precautions are good. I’m — I’m all for precautions. Good. I’ll go check on your intake paperwork. Thanks, doc. Oh, and, uh, take good care of my dad. He promised my bride a dance at my wedding this spring.

[ Door opens ] Wait, y-you two decided on a date? We did. I didn’t think it would happen so soon. Brook lynn and I decided that we didn’t want to wait another minute to make it official in front of the whole family. I can’t wait to marry brook lynn. I’m so happy for you, chase. Thank you. Yeah. I just have to follow her orders and stay out of her way.

[ Laughter ] Got a call from the office. I got to go. Your conversation with baldwin, was it useful? And how. So you still think that cody is mac’s son? More than ever. Without giving me any details, just answer me this. If cody chose not to be the son of a man like mac scorpio, does mac need to know? Mac has a right to know. Well, what’s the plan? You’re gonna get cody to fess up to lying about the dna results? He’s held on to this secret for a long time. So…no. I’d move on. It’s gonna be hell to prove. Not for me. I can’t just come clean. Alright, well, I guess that is ultimately up to you. But if you do decide to admit that you are mac’s son, I’ll be right by your side. And if you don’t, I’ll keep your secret forever. Thank you. That doesn’t mean that the truth won’t come out. Yeah. Just won’t come from me.

[ Chuckles ] Oh, I gotta go. Uh, I am beyond late. I’m sure lucy’s having a full-on meltdown. I bet. Hey, sasha, um… thanks for being such a good friend. You deserve nothing less.

[ Door closes ] Is gregory alright? Yeah. Things are just complicated. So, given the circumstances, that is an acceptable excuse for your tardiness. But if you are going to take the helm here, you have to follow my example and act like a leader. If I’m gonna give you this company, you need to start taking it seriously. Oh, I am, granny. Very serious. Lucy: Keep that up and you won’t make it through the year. Ah, who cares? Oh, come on. Buck up. I have a way that both of us can end up on top. Well, that sounds physically impossible, but I’m willing to give it a shot. No. Stop. Focus. And not on these plates of food, please. What I– what is this all about? What do you want? Okay. [ Sighs ] I am proposing a plan where I am restored what I lost and you — you could land a big, fat chunk of change. I’m listening. We’re gonna be big winners in 2024. Big winners. And tracy quartermaine is gonna lose big-time. How do I fit in? As a groom. Could you repeat that?

[ Laughs ] Did you just say the word “groom”? Yes, I did. You’re gonna marry tracy, and then we are gonna take her for everything she’s got. <

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Days Update Tuesday, December 26, 2023

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Harris goes to the Brady Pub and sees Chad seated at a table. Harris notes that he wasn’t expecting to see him as they wish each other a Merry Christmas. Chad asks if he’s meeting someone but Harris says he was just about to request a table for one, so Chad invites Harris to join him. Harris asks what he’s doing here alone on Christmas. Chad says he just needed to get away and think about all the mistakes he’s made this year and the people he’s disappointed. Harris says he gets it but hopes Chad isn’t beating himself up too bad. Harris asks about his kids. Chad says they are at Doug and Julie’s. Chad asks what brings Harris here. Harris informs him that he has nowhere else to be as he planned to spend the holidays with Ava, but the universe had other plans.

Stefan meets Ava out back behind the Bistro. Ava complains about how cold it is and how long it takes to wait on a shipment. Ava remarks that this isn’t how she planned to spend her Christmas while Stefan points out that he didn’t plan to spend most of his Christmas in the prison infirmary. Ava asks how Gabi is doing. Stefan responds that he’s never seen Gabi so scared.

Justin goes to the Kiriakis Mansion and greets Sarah and Maggie as they wish him a Merry Christmas. Sarah mentions that they are sad that Bonnie isn’t joining him. Justin says Bonnie had to fly out to Chicago to see her daughter Mimi. Justin asks Sarah where her baby is. Xander then enters with Victoria as Sarah talks about how much she missed her. Xander talks about the night he had with Victoria. Justin comments that it looks like Xander has certainly taken to fatherhood. Xander confirms he has more than he ever could’ve imagined. Alex and Theresa then arrive. Alex wishes Justin a Merry Christmas as they hug and Theresa does the same. Maggie welcomes Alex and Theresa. Theresa and Maggie wish each other a Merry Christmas. Maggie tells Alex that she’s so glad he came. Alex brings up that he wasn’t going to, but out of respect for Victor, he decided it was the right thing to do. Maggie is glad that he did, especially since this is the first Christmas since Victor died and he would want all of his family together, so that’s the very important reason that she wanted Alex here to make peace.

Stefan tells Ava that Gabi is in pain and he can’t expect the prison infirmary to be like University Hospital. Ava asks if Gabi knows that what happened to her is because of them. Stefan confirms that she does and says it’s bad enough that she’s in prison for a crime she didn’t commit and he doesn’t want to imagine what could happen if he doesn’t get Gabi out soon. Ava remarks that they have to keep Clyde happy until he does.

Harris tells Chad that he wishes he could say this was his first Christmas breakup but tells a story of a few years ago he was dating a girl and things were going well until she gave him a breakup letter as a stocking stuffer. Chad calls that brutal. Harris notes that she didn’t even tell him what he did wrong. Chad states that breakups are always rough but worse around the holidays. Chad would like to think he learned from his mistakes but says he can pinpoint exactly why he deserved to be broken up with as he made a terrible mistake. Harris relates that he made a mistake as well and explains that it was with a good woman and they were both drinking a lot. Harris says nothing happened but they kissed and Ava can’t forgive it. Chad says that’s too bad. Harris asks Chad if there’s any chance he and Stephanie will work things out. Chad says unless there’s a Christmas miracle, he doesn’t think so. Everett then enters the Pub and greets Chad. They wish each other a Merry Christmas. Chad introduces Everett to Harris as the guy who replaced him in Stephanie’s life. Everett says that’s not exactly true as he and Stephanie are just friends as she made it clear that she’s taking a break from men and relationships. Chad invites Everett to pull up a chair then.

Maggie thanks Justin, Alex, Theresa, Sarah, and Xander for being there for Christmas in her and Victor’s home. Maggie says they are all family and hopes they can put their differences aside and work through those differences in the new year. Victoria starts to cry. Theresa offers to take Victoria to give Sarah a break. Sarah thanks her but declines, feeling like she just needs her mom. Xander explains that they have been hesitant to let her go or even let anyone hold her after the kidnapping which Theresa calls understandable. Brady then arrives. Theresa hugs him and they wish each other a Merry Christmas. Theresa mentions speaking to Tate earlier and it sounded like he and Brady had a great Christmas morning. Brady confirms it was but admits he missed his daughter. Theresa is sorry that Kristen wouldn’t let him see Rachel and calls that cruel. Theresa can’t imagine if she or Brady deprived each other from seeing Tate on Christmas. Theresa says they’ve been through a lot but she’s grateful it never came to that. Maggie presents Alex with a Christmas present that she thinks he would like to have. Alex opens it and it’s Victor’s watch. Maggie explains that Victor’s father passed it down to him, so she knows he would like Alex to have it. Alex thanks her and says it means a lot to him as he hugs her. Maggie, Brady, and Justin finish a video chat with Will, Sonny, and Arianna. Justin hopes next year they can all get together in person as they wish them a Merry Christmas. Maggie calls it great that family can be so far away and they can still have video chats. Maggie mentions getting flowers and call from Philip and a call from Hope, who said there’s no change with Bo as he doesn’t even know that Victor is gone. Konstantin arrives and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. Maggie invites him in. Konstantin says he hopes he’s not interrupting and tells Maggie that he came to give her a gift and to say goodbye as he has a flight out of Salem tonight, surprising Maggie.

Harris asks how Everett knows Stephanie. Everett says they worked together awhile back in Seattle. Chad calls it a bit more than a working relationship. Everett says he didn’t feel the need to get in to all that right now. Chad comments on Harris not knowing Stephanie so he might not know why he and Everett were so smitten by her. Chad calls her irresistible while Everett calls her a wonderful person. Harris changes the subject by asking Everett where he’s from and how he ended up in Salem. Everett responds that as a journalist, he’s much better at writing stories than he is telling his own, so he asks about Harris being a Navy SEAL instead. Harris says that was awhile ago. Everett calls it a hell of a skillset to bring to the police department. Harris says you would think so but it hasn’t been a help so far on the case he’s on right now.

Stefan tells Ava that he’s so desperate to get Gabi out of prison that he went to EJ to ask for help getting rid of Clyde. Ava asks if he’s crazy. Stefan confirms he told EJ everything. Ava worries about if EJ goes to the cops and blows things wide open. Stefan points out that EJ is also a DiMera and has beef with Clyde but it doesn’t matter since EJ turned him down.

Konstantin gives Maggie a gift of a tablecloth which he assures is 100% handmade from Greece. Maggie says she will cherish it but that he didn’t have to go through such expense. Konstantin assures that it was manageable thanks to her. Konstantin mentions that his flight doesn’t leave for several hours so Maggie invites him to stay for dinner. Konstantin says he couldn’t impose but Maggie insists that they have plenty of food. Maggie asks Theresa to have Henderson set another place at the table.

Chad jokes that it’s a lucky turn of events that three lonely guys showed up at the same place and same time on Christmas Day and that they should make it a tradition. Chad says it beats all the awkward drama of holiday dinners with family. Harris agrees since he doesn’t have a family and calls it a great distraction from work. Everett questions Harris working on Christmas and asks if he drew the short straw. Harris clarifies that he volunteered so that someone with a family could have off. Harris notes that fortunately, it’s been pretty quiet so far.

Ava questions what the hell Stefan was thinking by spilling his guts to the district attorney and worries that now they will have more than Clyde on their back. Stefan complains that Ava hasn’t done anything to get rid of their problem. Ava says turning against each other isn’t going to get Clyde off their backs and that it’s hard enough working together but will be nearly impossible if they try to do it on their own. Ava suggests they just focus on what’s going on here tonight. Stefan states that they are accepting a delivery with Clyde Weston’s drugs mixed in it. Stefan adds that since rejecting the last shipment resulted in Gabi getting a broken leg, he’s not even going to think about what would happen if they reject this one. Stefan declares that they can’t afford to piss off Clyde anymore.

Justin proposes a toast in Victor’s honor. Maggie suggests Konstantin start the toast in Greek, so they toast to Victor’s memory being eternal. Theresa exits the room. Konstantin comments on Sarah having a beautiful child and suggests bring her to visit Greece someday. Xander goes to get Victoria’s bottle. Konstantin comments on Xander being a loving father. Sarah confirms that he loves his daughter. Konstantin comments that Victoria is lucky to have two loving parents as he then steps out. Xander returns and tells Sarah that he’s glad that Konstantin is heading back to Greece tonight. Sarah admits part of her is too, even though he has been a comfort to Maggie so she does worry that Maggie will miss him.

Outside the living room, Konstantin tells Theresa that it’s a lovely Christmas. Theresa remarks that it’s not for her with him here. Konstantin questions where her Christmas spirit is. Theresa responds that it will be back when she knows he’s on his way back to Greece. Konstantin says he’s afraid it won’t be back then because he’s not giving up on Maggie and he’s not leaving town. Konstantin declares that he plans on being back in the house tonight.

Alex gets drink refills for himself, Sarah, and Xander.

Everett asks Harris what his current case is if he’s free to discuss it. Harris talks about drugs being a nationwide problem and there’s always been a drug related scene in Salem but there’s been an uptick lately with more potent product and they have no idea where it’s coming from or how it’s being distributed. Harris believes there’s a new player in town and the mayor and city council are breathing down Rafe’s neck, so Rafe is breathing down his neck. Everett comments that Harris and his jobs as a cop and a reporter aren’t that different as they both have to keep digging, follow all the leads, and leave no stone unturned. Harris says he intends to do all of that.

Ava asks Stefan how long they are supposed to stand out here and freeze. A black cat knocks over an empty bottle nearby and passes by them. Stefan is starting to think maybe Ava shouldn’t have broken up with Harris as it would’ve been nice to keep tabs on what the cops know and what they are doing. Ava calls it kind of infuriating that he kept telling her how dangerous it was for her to be involved with Harris and now he’s telling her it was a mistake to break up with him. Ava tells Stefan to make up his mind and clarifies that she didn’t break up with Harris because she was afraid of him finding out but to keep him from getting caught in the crosshairs if things go sideways. Stefan guesses she really cares about Harris. Ava says she’s not talking about it and declares it’s done between the two of them. Their shipment then arrives.

Alex complains about having to write all the Happy New Year e-mails to the Titan staff about how grateful he is to them, asking if the paycheck isn’t enough. Maggie calls that a terrible attitude and argues that Titan owes it’s success to their staff. Alex says he is grateful but doesn’t think he needs to kiss their asses. Maggie declares that she believes Victor wishes she would step back in to help Alex run Titan. Alex thinks Maggie is overreacting to what he said and says that he treats their employees very fondly, but doesn’t like sending phony e-mails. Maggie complains that Alex’s words showed how he feels about the staff. Xander chimes in that he thinks it’s a great idea for Maggie to step back in and help. Xander adds that he’s happy to help as well as a consultant or whatever Alex needs. Alex mocks the idea of taking advice from the ex-gardener. Xander argues that he was a better CEO of Titan than Alex will ever be.

Theresa tells Konstantin that she has no idea what he’s up to but begs him to go away. Konstantin tells her to watch his old trick as he cracks his ankle to pretend to be injured.

Alex calls Xander a pathetic CEO who didn’t have a clue. Xander argues that Alex doesn’t even have a clue how to be a decent human being. Justin tells them to stop. Xander calls Alex a child and a spoiled brat. Brady tries to argue that it’s Christmas. Alex brings up Xander posing as a clown and kidnapping two women. They then hear Konstantin scream from outside the room. Konstantin comes back in and claims he tripped on the stairs and hurt his ankle. Brady and Xander help Konstantin to the chair. Justin tells Alex that he’s not sure he believes this. Sarah checks on Konstantin and says she doesn’t think his ankle is broken but it is swollen so it might be a severe sprain. Sarah suggests he get an x-ray in the morning. Konstantin calls that impossible as he has a flight tonight. Sarah says he’ll have to postpone. Konstantin claims he does not want to be a burden. Maggie tells him that he’s not and says he’ll be set up in the guest room and will get an x-ray first thing in the morning as Theresa rolls her eyes. Konstantin claims he’s sorry about all of this. Brady whispers to Xander, asking if it’s possible for this family to have one uneventful dinner. Xander says there’s no chance with this family. Theresa asks Justin how he’s doing. Justin says it’s been difficult as Alex seems to think things are different between them and notes that tonight, he’s been especially distant which is sad for him. Theresa says she understands but she knows Alex really loves Justin as a father and it’s just the shock of not being his biological son is still taking a while to wear off. Theresa encourages that Justin is still the wonderful father to Alex that he’s always been so nothing has changed. Justin responds that everything has changed for Alex it seems, but not for him as his heart tells him that Alex is his son and always will be.

Ava tells Stefan that this has to be a new low to be making a drug deal on Christmas Day. Stefan remarks that addicts and dealers don’t take a day off but he hopes the marks do.

Chad decides he should check on his kids. Everett calls them very sweet. Chad calls the kids his proudest accomplishment. Chad starts to text Julie to check on the kids while Harris gets a call about a transaction happening now. Harris asks how reliable this is. Harris then says he’ll check it out and hangs up. Harris says he hates to cut the evening short but he has to go. Everett offers to go with him but Harris says not tonight and suggests he fill out all the paper work in case he gets himself killed. Everett gives Harris his business card and tells him to call him if there’s a development. Harris agrees to do so. Chad asks if he thinks this is it. Harris responds that it could be nothing or it could be the break he’s waiting for. Harris then exits the Pub.

Sarah wraps Konstantin’s ankle and advises him to stay off of it and keep it elevated. Maggie says she will make sure he follows her orders as Sarah rejoins Xander to check on Victoria. Xander suggests they take Victoria for a ride in the car since she’s crying. They say goodbye and exit while Brady decides to walk out with them. Alex decides he’s had enough family fun for the night and asks Theresa if he’s ready to go. Maggie questions them leaving so soon. Alex says they had a blast but they don’t want to wear out their welcome. Alex wishes Justin a Merry Christmas and thanks Maggie for having them as he and Theresa exit. Maggie sends Justin to get ice for Konstantin’s ankle. Maggie tells Konstantin that she was so hoping tonight would be about warmth and forgiveness and that they would all make peace. Konstantin calls that a noble aspiration and says she did her best, but families are so complicated. Konstantin calls family their greatest strength and weakness. Maggie calls that something Victor would say.

Everett tells Chad that the drug problem in Salem is pretty distressing. Chad agrees and says he’s been reading about the overdoses trending upwards but they’ve been pulling through so far. Everett felt from Harris that the situation is spiraling out of control. Chad admits the crack in this could be pretty big for the Spectator. Everett comments that some people who might not talk to a cop might talk to a reporter. Chad asks if he’s ready to earn his stripes.

Ava and Stefan note the shipment being a lot of pills. Stefan states they will get the crap inside when Harris shows up behind them and questions what’s going on.

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B&B Transcript Tuesday, December 26, 2023

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Steffy: I cannot thank you enough. All this time, I’ve been terrified that my grandfather was dying, but now he’s through the procedure, he’s off the ventilator and he’s getting better every day.

Finn: Hey, eric is definitely improving, but steffy, he’s got a long road ahead of him.

Steffy: I know that, but it’s all because of you. You saved my grandfather’s life.

Hope: I think that was a good way to start the day. Eric is getting better every time we see him.

Thomas: Yeah. No, he is. You know, I– I couldn’t go through the holidays without my granddad. I just can’t imagine that.

Hope: He’s fighting his way back to us.

Thomas: Yeah. It won’t be easy though. He’s not out of the woods yet. Right? But– but for now, it looks like he’s gonna make it.

Hope: I think we can finally start to breathe again.

Brooke: Are you disappointed eric was sleeping? You really didn’t get much time to spend with him.

Ridge: That’s okay. He needed to rest. Besides felicia, kristen, rick are there. The whole family is coming, so, uh, I don’t know. I’m just glad he’s back.

Brooke: Yeah, me too. We should have known better than to count eric out. Even for a second. He has so much more life left to live.

Ridge: I know. People love him, need him.

Brooke: You more than anybody.

Ridge: Yeah, I’ve grown attached to the old man, you know? He’s beaten the odds, hasn’t he? It’s a real christmas miracle.

Thomas: I don’t know where I’d be without your support, your presence.

Hope: We helped each other. And now look. Eric’s gonna make it. I can feel it. Yes and yes– yes, there will be some challenges ahead, but knowing eric and his determination, I know that he’s going to meet them head on and rise above.

Thomas: God, I love that man. You know, he is– he is our family support, our family’s center. I just think about my dad and what he’s had to go through. Holding his own father’s life in his hands. Having to make the decision of whether to pull the plug, in a way, like, especially knowing that granddad, he– he didn’t want to be kept alive by machines. But thankfully, thank god, the family got through to him.

[ Both chuckling ]

Ridge: Let me ask you something. Do you think dad wants to be here?

Brooke: Of course. Why wouldn’t he?

Ridge: Because he flatlined, he went over to whatever the other side is and what if he liked it there and we brought him back?

Brooke: Ridge, you’ve got to stop doing this. You need to remain positive. Your father came back to us. It seems like the experimental treatment is working. He’s alive. That means anything is possible, including getting him back to being his old self again. And we have finn to thank for that.

Steffy: I never want to let you go. I kind of wish we were at home right now so I could show you how much I appreciate you.

Finn: Well, I gotta come home at some point.

Steffy: Yes, you do. It’s just amazing. You found a way to keep my grandfather alive. You have no idea how much that means to me and my family. I’ve never wanted to make love to someone more than I do now. Did you know 80% of women are struggling with hair damage?

Brooke: When eric is fully back to himself and completely recovered, he is going to be so grateful for you.

Ridge: I– I think this is kind of dependent. If he comes back and he sits behind his desk and rules this empire that he’s created and he gets to go home and make love to donna and have dinner and a couple of cocktails and play the piano, then yes, he’s going to be grateful. But if he can’t do all of that, if he’s not that same person, he’s gonna hate me. And he should.

Brooke: Oh, my gosh, he’s not gonna hate you, ridge. There’s nobody more compassionate and understanding than eric. He’s gonna know that you acted out of love. And that you worked hard at giving him a second chance at life. And when he recovers and he will, fully, then we will have finn to thank. I mean, what he’s done is incredibly remarkable. How he’s been there for steffy and the whole family.

Steffy: We all love granddad so much. The thought of losing him was incomprehensible. And then when dad wanted to take him off life support, I just– I couldn’t handle it.

Finn: It’s– it’s one of the most difficult things a family could go through.

Steffy: Oh, my gosh, I know. It was awful and it was tearing dad apart. And I begged him not to go through with it, and then when granddad died in the recovery room. And then, he comes back on– on a ventilator. Like that’s when I really started to doubt myself. And I started to wonder if– if we did the right thing. And maybe we should have let him go peacefully like he asked. But, oh, my god, thank god, we didn’t do that. Thank god, we didn’t do that.

Finn: Yeah.

Steffy: I’m just– I’m so glad that we have you. And that you gave him a second chance.

Finn: Yeah, but honey, it’s exactly that. Okay? It’s a second chance. There’s still no guarantees. He’s got a long road ahead of him.

Steffy: Yeah, but he’s gonna fight to live his best life and we’re gonna help him. Thanks to you.

Finn: No, I don’t want to lose eric either. Look, I just– listen, don’t dwell on all this, okay? And don’t guilt yourself about everything. These are very stressful and challenging things for a family to go through.

Steffy: Yeah. It makes me worried about thomas.

Finn: Why? What– what’s going on?

Steffy: He just internalizes things when he’s just scared or he’s hurting. I am glad that he’s had someone to lean on. That hope’s been there for him.

Hope: I mean, I– I still can’t believe that finn has just been working behind the scenes this entire time to try to help save your grandfather’s life. I mean, he kind of has.

Thomas: I know and I’m so grateful. I just… I hope…

Hope: What? What?

Thomas: I just hope that granddad makes a full recovery.

Hope: Well, he is still here. And he is putting up one hell of a fight and I have to believe that he is going to come back to us better than ever. And again, a large part of that is thanks to finn. I mean, your sister, she must be– she must be pretty proud.

Thomas: Oh, yeah, 100%, right, and now he’s obviously got a fan in you.

>Hope: Well, I have always had a lot of respect for him and then he gives us this miracle and I just think that we should all be very grateful that he is a part of our lives.

Thomas: You know what I’m grateful for?

Hope: Hm?

Thomas: This woman that’s in my arms right now. Yeah, that one. Right here.

Hope: Oh, oh.

Thomas: I’m just so grateful for your love and your support.

Finn: I thought you weren’t thrilled about thomas and hope’s relationship.

Steffy: I’m not. It’s just– it’s no secret that thomas is head over heels in love with hope. And she’s not gonna return the feelings.

Finn: Honey, could you blame her? I mean, how could hope forget all the things thomas did?

Steffy: He’s come a long way since then.

Finn: True. But, honey, I hate to say it but beth wouldn’t be with hope if thomas had his way all those years ago.

Steffy: Yeah, but that was a long time ago, finn. Thomas was in a really dark place. Look, I– I’m just worried that hope being so cavalier with thomas’s feelings is gonna trigger him back. And yes, I am glad that he’s had a lifeline through this whole crisis with granddad, so I can’t be mad at hope for that, but…

[ Cell phone chimes ]

[ Steffy sighs ]

Finn: I gotta get back to the floor.

Steffy: I’m gonna head over to forrester. Thank you for being my little miracle worker. What would my family do without you?

Finn: You’ll never have to find out.

Ridge: This is important. You want this tube out of your mouth or not?

[ Eric gasps ] Dad. I know I made you a promise. And I wanted to honor it. But finn came up with an option and we took it. And I’m so glad we did.

Brooke: Where did you go?

Ridge: No, I’m– I’m sorry. I’m here. I’m– I was just thinking about bridget and finnegan and taking dad off the ventilator.

Brooke: Yeah, that was really scary. Not knowing if he was going to breathe on his own or not. But then, he heard stephanie’s bible verse and he did.

[ Brooke chuckles ] I was so happy in that moment. I’ll never forget it. He did. He was breathing and eric is back with us.

Ridge: Is he back with us? Does he want to be back with us? You saw him? He woke up and he– he looked at everybody. He looked at me. He wasn’t smiling and it didn’t seem angry, but he just seemed like a man who was in a place where he wanted to be and got pulled back into a hospital bed.

Brooke: Ridge, he was unconscious. He was trying to, you know, make the adjustment coming out of that.

Ridge: I just don’t know that he wants to be here.

Brooke: Well, I do know, we have proof. On christmas day, he started breathing again on his own.

Ridge: Okay.

Brooke: And for the record, I know that eric is happy to be back here with us. Especially with you. A son that he adores.

Thomas: Yes, he is off the ventilator and he’s fully conscious. I know, it’s amazing. I’ll keep you posted, okay, renee? All right, thanks. Bye. What?

Hope: It’s just really nice to see you so relieved. That smile.

[ Thomas laughs ]

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Brooke: It’s obvious how much you and your father love each other. You share so many beautiful memories together.

Ridge: I should never take any of that for granted.

Brooke: No, life is too fleeting. I mean, look around. You grew up here. You were playing on the floor. Your dad taught you so much. He turned you into this amazing designer and made you the man that you are today.

Ridge: Yeah, it’s true. I love that man. The smartest, the kindest man I know. And I would do anything for him. Except let him go. I couldn’t do that.

Brooke: Yeah, well, I always knew he was gonna make it.

Ridge: Did you?

Brooke: Mm-hmm.

Ridge: See, that’s why my dad loves you because you’re always so positive. He’s always been our champion, right? Always believed in our love.

Brooke: Our destiny.

Ridge: Our destiny. Smartest man I know. And thank you for always being my rock. Even through your own pain.

Brooke: I will always be whatever you need me to be.

Ridge: Same. I gotta say something because I don’t say it nearly enough. I am so glad I’m on this journey with you. I love you so much, logan.

Thomas: All the time we’ve spent together and how close we’ve become, it tells me everything I need to know about how you feel about me. And you obviously know how I feel about you. I’m here for you and only you. Hey, steff. Uh, any news about granddad?

Steffy: He’s doing a lot better. We still don’t know the prognosis, but he’s– he’s not backsliding.

Thomas: Thank god.

Hope: I’m so happy for you both. I know how much you love him.

Steffy: Yeah, you have, uh, you’ve been a huge support. I appreciate that.

Hope: I’m sensing a but.

Steffy: Yeah, there is. I mean, there’s no surprise I’m concerned about my brother.

Thomas: There’s no reason to be.

Steffy: Really? Are you sure about that? Considering the history between you and hope?

[ Thomas clears throat ] So, what is this? I’m curious. Is this a– is this a relationship now? Are you guys hooking up? You really think that’s a good idea?

Thomas: Steff, I told you, everything is under control.

Steffy: I’m not sure about that after what I just heard. Thomas, you are in love with hope. You’ve been in love with hope for a very long time and those feelings have taken you to very unfortunate places. Do not lead my brother on, hope. Do not toy with his emotions. He doesn’t deserve it. What he deserves is the truth. So, be honest with him. Do you love thomas or not?

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