Days Transcript Monday, December 11, 2023

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[tense music]

[indistinct chatter in distance] Well, well, well. If it isn’t the bastard who kidnapped my mother. Hi, Abe.

Uh… you’re Kate, right?

Yeah, that’s right.

Oh, well, it’s nice to see you again, and– but I’m afraid that Steve and Kayla aren’t home at the moment.

Okay, well, that’s not a problem, because actually, I’m here to see you.

[soft festive music]

Melinda Trask.

Mayor Price. Nice to see you. Oh, what do we have here? Presents for Abe? Oh, wait, sorry. He still doesn’t remember you, does he? I suppose it’s a lot like playing Secret Santa, except the Santa is never revealed.

Classy as ever, Ms. Trask. Making light of a good man’s memory issues. And I’ll tell you who the presents are for. They’re for– mind your damn business. But hey, at least I can afford to buy presents. Must be tough being unemployed during the holidays.

Oh, but I’m not. I’m building a very lucrative career, in fact, as an adoption attorney. Making couples’ dreams come true of a family is so rewarding.

Oh, an adoption attorney?

Mm-hmm, and it’s going swimmingly well, I’m pleased to say. I actually just helped a couple through the process. None other than Eric Brady and Sloan Petersen. I just got them the most beautiful baby boy.

It’s from the attorney that Melinda had to deal with.

[ominous music] He’s sorry for the adoption not going through. He said that we’re s– he’s sorry for us not getting the baby.

[phone beeps] What is he talking about? You know what? Never mind. I’m just gonna call him back and find out.

Oh, yeah, wait.

[line ringing]

[phone beeps]

[sighs] I know. I know what he’s talking about.

Please enlighten me.

Well, the truth is, I haven’t been entirely honest about the adoption.

Leo Stark, what the hell are you doing at my house?

I don’t know if I can keep this secret.

[tense music] And what about EJ and Nicole? They’re mourning a baby who’s alive.

Oh, no. Leo Stark is suddenly developing a conscience.

[sighs] And nobody is more surprised than I am. I came because I really need to speak to you. It’s about your baby.

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

Oh. Mmm. This cookie is delicious.

[both laughing]

They’re from Sweet Bits.

Ah, no wonder.

You know, as much as I enjoy your company, I can’t help but wonder, what are you doing here?

Well, I thought I would check in on you and see how you’re doing.

I appreciate that. Things are going well. Paulina and I celebrated Thanksgiving together.

That’s good. So how did it go?

It was a very nice evening. You know, I–I– I know why I wanted to marry her and why she had my heart.

[tense music] But I still have no memory of falling in love with her.

No, I’m happy for Eric. He’s–he’s a good man. He’s going to make a wonderful father. But Sloan Petersen, I wouldn’t trust that woman to raise a pet rock, let alone a human being.

Oh, that’s a bit harsh, don’t you think? I mean, sure, Sloan has made her fair share of mistakes, but who hasn’t, right?

Don’t you dare lump me together with that vile woman, because I don’t bat in her league as far as mistakes go. Not many do. And let me tell you, let me tell you. I feel damn sorry for that kid that you found for her, because though motherhood can certainly change a woman for the better, only thing that’ll change that sadistic witch is a lobotomy. Happy holidays.

What haven’t you been completely honest with me about, Sloan?

[tense music]

Well… there were some obstacles in the adoption process. Because of my reputation.

But look, we have our little boy here. I thought everything was going smoothly.

It did. And yes, we have our son. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. To us. But I didn’t mention to you that… Jude wasn’t the first baby that Melinda found for us. And that is what I believe the lawyer was calling about. The adoption that fell through.

I had no idea. I didn’t know where we were in the running for other babies.

I didn’t want you to get your hopes up. I didn’t want to tell you until I was sure, until I knew I was % certain that it was gonna happen. When the first mother changed her mind because of what she had learned about me, I mean, I was devastated. And also, I felt so guilty to think that you wouldn’t be a father because of me, because of my past. So I just–I didn’t have the words to tell you. I’m sorry. Truly, I am. Can you forgive me, Eric?

I don’t want to see you, Leo. Not now– not ever, for that matter.

I–I totally understand that.

Okay, you know what? If you’re here to apologize, I don’t want to hear it, because my baby, my son is dead, and there’s nothing you can say that will bring him back.

But what if that wasn’t true?

You know, sitting here, I– I can’t help remembering Roman and I coming to your wedding with Paulina. Well, actually, we came to both, but the first one was interrupted. But that second one, it was so–it was so beautiful. It was so romantic.

You know, the harder I try to remember, the further away those memories are pushed.

[soft music]

I don’t know. Maybe you shouldn’t keep trying to remember.

That’s what John and Steve told me. You know, but it makes me sad to see Paulina look at me, and–and she sees our whole life, and I just– I remember none of it.

Well, it’s not very often that I agree with John and Steve, but I do. One day at a time, my friend. One day at a time.

Lucas Horton, is it? Or should I refer to you by your inmate number?

I wouldn’t push it if I were you, pal.

I–I come in peace. Although, I will say that kidnapping is a bit of a strong word in this instance.

Really? It’s a strong word? You held my mom captive for months. You made everyone think she was dead.

True. Although, besides reeking of fish, your mother was perfectly fine and very well taken care of. In fact, I hosted a lavish dinner for her, and as I recall, she greatly enjoyed it. And then the cavalry came, and she was rescued, and all was fine–happy ending.

Happy ending my ass. But I am relieved that you’re in here finally. You’re exactly where you should be. You’re gonna love this place, really. This place has got a way of taking a man’s spirit. Just you wait.

[dramatic music]

Hey, come here. Come here. Hey. You have nothing to forgive, okay? Okay? Listen, if anyone should apologize, it’s me. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry that you had to go through all this alone.

[somber music]

No, really, it’s okay.

No, it’s not. And I–I appreciate you for being honest. I just want you to know you can tell me anything.


And I want you to just forget about those jerks who think you are an unfit mother. Because I think that you are a wonderful, kind, and loving mother. You know what? Jude and I, we are very blessed to have you with us. And we’re thankful you made us a family.

My baby is dead because of you and your monster of a boyfriend.

If you would just let me explain.

No, no, no! Get out of my sight! Just go!

What is going on here?

Leo, get–ugh!

What is– Stark, what the hell are you doing at my home?

Listen, I’m here–

Because he wants to talk about the baby.

No, you don’t. No way in hell.

Please, please. There is something important you need to know.

Stark, let me remind you that this time there is no police commissioner to separate us. So before this doesn’t work in your favor, get the hell out of my house.

Please, just–

We are both aware that the only reason you are a free man is because I wanted to put Dimitri away for good. But fair warning, if I ever catch you around this house or my wife again, I will make sure that you two spend the rest of your miserable life in a by cell.

But I need to let you know that–

Go now!

[dramatic music]

I have to admit that I am a hopeless romantic, and it is my fervent hope that you fall madly in love with Paulina all over again and you have a clean slate. And that’s something that I would envy, if the truth be told.

Now, why is that?

[soft music]

Because sometimes, I wish that– that Roman didn’t remember our history, you know? At least parts of it. I made some big mistakes.

Oh, well, we all make mistakes. You know, I– I don’t remember mine, but I’m sure I made plenty myself.

Yeah, I don’t think you were even batting in my league.

[both laughing] But us fallible folks, I think it’s just important that we find a romantic partner who accepts us for what we are. Warts and all, you know? Because that’s what love is about, right?

Yeah, I think it is.

I really enjoyed this, sitting with you. But I do need to get going, so…

Oh, well, I am so glad to see you again, and I–I really enjoyed your company.

Oh, I enjoyed yours too. And one thing, though, you have to promise me, you have to promise me that you will not give up hope. Oh.


You’re a sick, twisted bastard, you know that? Boy, I wish I was there. I wish I was there when the police busted you, when they stamped your face against that curb. That would have been great to see.

Now, now, now. Lucas, let’s not give the Salem PD too much credit. No one caught up to me. I turned myself in.

The hell did you do that for?

[soft music]


What’s going on? You sounded completely frantic over the phone.

You have no idea. I had to convince Eric to take the baby to the park just so that you and I could talk.

Okay. Just take a breath. Breathe…

[inhales deeply]

And release.


Okay. Now calm down and tell me exactly what’s got you so freaked out.

I–I can’t calm down. Do you know what happened? Nicole saw the baby and was convinced he was hers. She just kept going on and on about it, about how she saw her precious little boy after the accident, and how she would never forget his face.

Oh, no.

Oh, yeah. I mean, we tried to convince her that it was impossible, you know, that it was her mind playing tricks on her. And she just would not let it go. And then without my knowing, Eric and Nicole’s daughter, Holly, went and got a DNA test.


Mm-hmm. Honestly, that’s when I thought I was done. I was about to buy a one-way ticket out of here– that or blow my brains out. But thank God, they couldn’t get enough DNA off Nicole’s toothbrush. So instead, they decided to use a sample from EJ’s file.

And it wasn’t a match, because EJ is ding, ding, ding, not the father.


Man, you really lucked out.

Yeah, did I ever. But damn it, Melinda, I tell you, it feels like every time I’m putting out a fire, there’s another one burning ever so brightly right there in the distance.

Oh, sweetheart. I–I am so sorry that I had to let that dirtbag out of jail. But listen to me, I’m going to make sure that that little parasite never shows his face around here again. I’ll have a judge sign a restraining order by end of day. You can count on it. Okay?


How about this? We will take the rest of the day off. I will put on a pot of tea, and we’ll just mellow out.

No, EJ. I–I need to get out of here.

Okay, okay. I’ll come with you.

No. Listen, I will be fine. I just need some air and some alone time.

Nicole, I don’t think that’s a good idea.

Well, I do. I’ll be fine.


[sighs] Oh, my God. You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m calling the police.

No, no, no, no, no. Please, please. You have to listen to me.

I don’t want to hear another word out of your mouth.

Even if it’s to tell you that your baby is alive?

Well, I think you handled it brilliantly, Sloan. Like a pro. And it sounds like, to me, Eric totally bought it, the baby that didn’t work out. And then the DNA test that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I mean, how can Nicole say that the baby’s hers when hard science says, “Um, I don’t think so”?

Yeah. Yeah, I guess. Yeah.

Plus, with Dr. Pierce’s checking account looking like an endowment to a small liberal arts school, he’s not saying anything. And my lips are sealed. Sloan, look at me. Your secret is safe.

You’re forgetting about Dimitri. You know he came to my home and he threatened me? Yep, he knows everything about the baby. Said he was gonna tell EJ every last bit. I think I convinced him that it wouldn’t benefit anybody, and instead, I could maybe help him, but who knows?

You don’t think you can trust him.

I don’t think I can trust anybody. Although, I did hold up my end of the bargain, and I got him a deal, so he owes me. Damn it, Melinda. If there’s just any way we can put a muzzle on that dog…

I have an idea.

Oh, jeez. You fell on your sword for that guy? For that pathetic parasite? What’s the matter with you?

You have no idea who Leo Stark really is. He happens to be a very funny, charming, caring guy.

Okay. I guess I owe him a bit of gratitude. Playing a starring role in getting you locked up in here, but you, you’re a class A idiot for giving up your freedom for him.

Actually, that’s not the only thing I gave up. I bequeathed Master Stark with a little parting gift, something that he can use to make a better life for himself. Hopefully, he is cashing in as we speak.

How thick are you? Stop showing up here spouting your cruel nonsense to my grieving wife.

But I just–

But you just what? Say another word, and you’ll spend the rest of the afternoon crawling on the floor picking up your teeth one by one. You know, I have always thought of you as something akin to a sewer rat…


But I didn’t think that you would stoop this low.

But if you would just let me–

You know, I don’t know what your angle is, but I do know that you make me sick. And you should be on your knees thanking God that Nicole wasn’t around to listen to you spew your cruel nonsense.

EJ, please just hear me out.

Do not say another word! Do you hear me? Unless you want me to break your damn legs. Get out. Out now!

Hey, cowboy. You warm enough? You look warm enough. You know what? It’s almost Christmas. And that all started around a little boy just like you. Thank you. Thank you for giving me a son.

[soft music] We were just, uh, passing through.

You know, you don’t have to run every time you see me. The DNA test, it was conclusive. I just have to accept that this–this is not my baby.

I was just out and about, doing some Christmas shopping, when I walked past a store window with a mannequin in it wearing a three-piece suit and thought, my, oh, my, wouldn’t Abraham look snazzy in that?

[both chuckling] And it made me want to see you. Not that I don’t always want to see you.

[soft music] Anyway, I hope you don’t mind.

No. I don’t mind, and I’m always glad to see you too.

Oh, do you recognize this– this beautiful bracelet?

Mm… I assume I should.

Uh, yeah. You gave it to me as a gift last Christmas, and I’ve worn it every day since. Oh. Oh, I’m sorry. I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have. I just…

It’s–may I see it?

Yes, yes. Please, of course.

Thank you. It’s–well, it’s very pretty.

Yeah, well, you see, the fella that gave it to me, he has great taste.

Listen to this, and listen hard, because I think this might be our answer, okay?

Yeah. Okay.

So one of my former ADAs is now a prosecutor for the DOJ’s criminal division, and Dimitri was recently wanted for numerous federal crimes, was he not? Uh, he was trying to blow up the world with the Alamainian Peacock, something along those lines? Interpol agents turning over every rock on every continent?

Yep, that’s right.

Well, I believe that the crimes he’s currently being held for at Statesville are trivial by comparison, meaning that a federal correctional facility might be a more appropriate place for Mr. Von Leuschner. Supermax, solitary. No visitors.

You are brilliant.

[laughs] I’ll make the call today, and that creep will be transferred by the end of the week. I think there’s a cozy little place in Nevada somewhere.

Oh, my, Melinda, I owe you. No, big time. For everything. I just–I–I– I can’t believe how much you’ve done for me.

I’m just glad I can help, especially since, well, even though I only got to be my daughter’s mom for a short amount of time, I miss it. And this gives me some kind of vicarious pleasure. So if you want to thank me, do it by cherishing every day, every moment you have with that little boy of yours.

I intend to. I remember how lost I felt when my parents died. Now with my brother in prison, I really don’t have any family. It wasn’t until I met Eric that I even found a sense of hope and purpose again, which is why it means everything to me, giving him a child, even if I’m not his mother.

You are his mother. Do you hear me? The only one he will ever know or need.

Nicole, I wish there was– I wish there was something I could say or do. I just… hate to see you in so much pain.

You and everyone else.

[chuckles] Trying to get my spirits up. EJ suggested very, very sweetly that we have another baby. God. I said no. I told him this is not what I want right now.


[somber music]

Because this… This was my miracle baby. I thought I could never carry a baby to term again. And yet I did. And then I gave birth to this beautiful little boy. But before I could do all the things I dreamed about, like love him with all my heart and be the best mother I could be, he was taken from me. I–I just can’t go through that again. I can’t. So I’m done. I’m–I’m never gonna have another child.

I see right through you. I don’t buy your act for a second. “You did the whole thing for love” shtick. Give it up.

Obviously, because you are a cynic, or perhaps it’s because you’ve never been in love before.

I’ve never been in love? You’re the one who doesn’t have a heart. In fact, I heard you ran into my ex-wife, didn’t you? When you were running from the cops, you slammed into her, caused her to lose her newborn baby.

[grunting] Now, you listen to me, pal. You have no idea what you’re talking about.

[dramatic music]

How–how did you do it, Father?

[sighs] You suffered so much loss, and yet you stayed so strong. You never let it kill your spirit or drive. If only– if only I took after you in that way.

[clears throat] That’s what you get for trying to do the right thing. A closed fist to the face from a surly Englishman. You know what, Leo? Sure, you fell off the horse, but you are going to get right back on it.

Oh. Okay.

Look, I am just so sorry that memories of Christmas past have eluded me.

Oh, no. Abraham, it’s okay. Really, really. You–you’re just doing the best you can. That’s all you can ask of yourself. And speaking of Christmas, you have any plans for this one?

Not so far.

Well, why don’t you join me and my daughter, Chanel? We’re gonna open presents and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and she’s going to cook a wonderful dinner.

[chuckles] Maybe we’ll even roast a few chestnuts. So what do you think? You want to make some new memories?

[chuckles] I think I’d like that.

Oh, wonderful.

[both laughing] I’ll be in touch.

Yes. Here we are.


All right. I will see you soon.



[phone beeps]

This isn’t the high school cafeteria, buddy.

[dramatic music]

Hey, get off him! Guard! What the hell do you think you’re doing?

He’s the one who can’t keep his damn mouth shut! You two have a lovely visit.

You, please, please, stay away from that sick bastard.

I’m gonna make sure he pays for what he did to you.

Okay, look. You being locked up here is payment enough, all right? I don’t want to see you get in any more trouble, Lucas.

Don’t worry about it, okay? I am good friends with the warden. We play poker together. I’m gonna put a good word in for Dimitri. Get him a nice job in the kitchen where he belongs. He’s the one who’s gonna be dicing up the mackerel.


Yeah, I keep playing the accident over and over in my mind. Yeah, the car coming at me, the broken glass, me on the ground giving birth. And then my sweet little baby crying in my arms.

[somber music]

Nicole, I know it sounds cliché, but in time, the pain is gonna lessen and lessen.

Yeah, it doesn’t feel that way right now. Maybe because there’s so many reminders, like Leo Stark coming to the house, wanting to talk about the baby.

What? Why would he do that?

I don’t know. Maybe to apologize and ease his conscience. But I could give a damn about his conscience. Oh, my God. And just seeing his face, it just all came flooding back. And for him to think I could ever so much as want to look at him, let alone forgive him…

Yeah, I understand.

You want to know what’s strange? Is when I told him there’s nothing he could say that could bring back my child, he said that wasn’t true. What do you think he meant by that?

[baby fussing]


[baby crying] Guess his nap’s over. Should probably get him home. Nicole… Listen, if you ever want to talk about anything… you know you can call me.

Thank you.


You’ve got this, okay? Just stay calm, and stick to the plan. I will handle Dimitri. Listen to me, Sloan. Every day that passes, the secret gets buried deeper and deeper, until one day it’s gone, forgotten. So you just need to concentrate on your precious new family. Can you do that?

I’ll try. And thank you for talking me off the ledge. Well, for everything.

[soft music]

Now we’re gonna have the most wonderful life, the three of us. We’re gonna put the past behind us, and everything will be fine. Perfect.

[knocking at door] Oh.

[dramatic music] Leo, what are you doing here?

I think you should let me in. We need to talk.

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