Days Transcript Wednesday, December 13, 2023

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Okay. Are you sure there’s nothing I can do to help you?

Oh, no, it’s just too many cooks and all that–

Okay, great. I’ll get out of your hair. I have a book on my nightstand calling my name.

Oh, come on.


I know you’re gonna– you’re gonna be bingeing “Mrs. Davis” without me.

Uh, well, while you’re here hard at work, I will be reading several chapters of the latest tier-one thriller, but I will wait to watch “Mrs. Davis” with you tomorrow night. How’s that?



Yeah. Hey, are you sure you’re okay?


I mean, the last time I saw you this nervous EJ DiMera had a hit on you.

I know. I’m fine. I am. I just–

[sighs] I really need everything to go perfectly tonight.

Yes, yes, I heard you loud and clear, Weston. But that–that was not part of our original deal, and I swear to God if anything happens to Gabi, I–

[inhales deeply] No, I am not threatening you. What–what do you mean, “You’ll go nuclear”? I– Damn it! The hell are you looking at?

Jada. Hey.

Oh, hey. What happened to you?

Oh, I dropped a water bottle on my foot, and then I fled the scene of a head-on collision with my two jealous exes.



Nothing broken, I hope?

No, I don’t– I don’t think so. The pain’s easing up a bit.

[laughs] So what’s with the box?

Uh, I’m just cleaning out my closet. You know, organizing things in general.

Any reason in particular?

Yeah, actually. Uh, Rafe asked me to move in with him.

Oh. And did you say yes?

I told him that I’d think about it. So this whole cleaning and organizing thing, it’s sort of preemptive.

Well, come think with me. Better yet, have a drink with me.

[laughs] Sounds like you’ve already started.

Just one. Come on. Take a little break.

I usually like to stay away from day drinking. Yeah, what the hell?

Yeah, yeah.


[sinister music]

Hey there.

[door clicks shut]


You seem surprised to see me.

Uh, just wasn’t expecting you, that’s all.

Last I checked I’m the boss.

Yeah, but I guess I thought you were more the stay-in-your-mansion, hands-off, count-your-money sort of boss.

What money?

Oh, that’s right.

[laughs] Guess there isn’t enough to count anymore, is there? So given that your purpose for investing in the paper is now moot, um, why are you hanging on to it, if you don’t mind me asking?

I do mind you asking. But I’ll answer you anyway. I thrive on a challenge, and I’m gonna make “The Spectator” a success again, which is why I plan to be very… very hands-on.

[curious music]

Times are really tough, huh, Theresa?

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

Uh, I threw a coffee cup away and my phone fell in with it at the same time. Oh, ha, look at that. I found it.

Really, really, really?


Okay, you know what? I don’t even wanna know what you’re doing, but, um, I’m glad I ran into you, ’cause I’ve texted you, like, six times.

Mm-hmm. I’ve been really busy. Hi, honey.


Hey, Mom.

Look–yeah, look, you have no idea how many strings I’ve had to pull to try to get his school to give him another chance, so we need to jump on this opportunity right now.

I’m not giving you the runaround. I don’t have his freaking immunization records, okay? I mean, you can call his pediatrician just as well as I can, so stop harassing me about it.

Theresa, I don’t have the doctor’s name, okay?

Oh, of course, you don’t.

“Of course”– what do you mean, “of course”? You’ve been , miles away, and then I figured you were handling his doctor’s visits and things. This is not about his immunization records. I wanted to have a discussion with you about setting him up for success this time around.

That’s what this is then? A discussion?

Well, obviously not ’cause you seem to wanna turn everything into an argument these days.

Sounds like you’re the one looking for an argument, Brady.


Well, if you’d like to pull up a chair while I eat my sandwich, you’re more than welcome, but I don’t have a lot of time to chit-chat because I’m on a deadline with six stories to edit.

Yeah, no, I, um–I, uh– I checked out your stories, and you are a solid reporter. Hell, you might even give Bob Woodward a run for his money someday.

Hmm. I’m more of a Bernstein guy, but thank you. Let me guess, that’s sort of the extent of your knowledge of crack journalists? No contemporaries to reference?

Yeah, yeah, keep, uh, shooting off your mouth, pal, to the boss who just gave you your job back.

Only because you wanted to help yourself, not because it was the right thing to do.

Yeah? And what’s that supposed to mean?

It means that you had ulterior motive, Chad. That much is glaringly obvious. I take it Stephanie forgave you.

Actually, I haven’t had a chance to tell her that I hired you back yet. She moved out.

Oh. I’m sorry to hear that.

No, you’re not.

No, you’re right. To be perfectly candid, I’m not sorry. Not at all.

So you’re having second thoughts about moving out?

Mm, no. Well, maybe. God, I was so over the moon to move in. I thought it was gonna be one big peachy, rosy lovefest.

[upbeat ambient music] Oh, God, not that it’s– not that it’s a bad thing to move in with a guy. I didn’t mean to imply.

No, no, no, no. This is good. This is good. You know, this is just a helpful reminder that I need to take my sweet time to decide.

Sorry, am I, u, interrupting something?

Oh, no. We were just, um–

Saying goodbye. Remember, the only easy day was yesterday. Okay, knock ’em dead.

Oh, yeah. Hopefully not literally this time, right?

Good luck with the opening.


[exhales heavily] Okay, I need to hit something, and I need to hit something hard.

Okay, okay, you are not the only person on edge here, okay? But we–I can handle this, Stefan. I have been laundering money since I was old enough to open up a lemonade stand. We will get through this, and we will keep Clyde Weston off our backs.

If only it were that easy.

Oh, come on. What does that mean?

I got a call from Clyde this morning. I got some bad news.

[tense music]

I know that you blame me for things blowing up between you and Stephanie, but I got the distinct impression– actually, it was more than an impression. Stephanie actually confided this in me that things weren’t exactly rosy between the two of you when I arrived on the scene. So if I may presume to give you some unsolicited advice, um, I’d go easy on the whole “Othello” routine if I were you. Shakespeare.

Oh, yeah. No, thank you. I’m–I’m familiar with “Othello,” and I’m not jealous over a handkerchief nor am I seeing things that aren’t there.

No, but you are jealous. I’m guessing that your plan is to lean on me, hoping I’ll disappear. But I’ve known Steph a long time. Manipulating her isn’t gonna work. She’s smarter than you. She’s smarter than me.

Yeah. I, um–I worked for Stephanie for the better part of a year. I know how smart she is. But unlike you, I knew who my boss was. I’m keeping you here because you’re good, but you will know who’s in charge. You might know journalism, but I know business. And when it comes to “The Spectator,” if I have to be ruthless, I will be.


Alex, stay out of this, all right? It’s not your business, man.

And this discussion or this argument, as you’ve characterized it, is now over because Brady’s gonna call Tate’s pediatrician. We’re gonna get the medical records. I’m gonna give him the name and number because he’s decided that our son needs to go back to boarding school.

Oh, so Tate’s going back, huh?

Mm-hmm, apparently, but he’s hoping I’m gonna do all the legwork to get him reenrolled.

Damn it, Theresa. I asked you for one thing.

Dad, can we just go?

Yeah, yeah, let’s go.

Ah, I don’t know what I ever saw in that man.

Well, you know what they say, “There’s a thin line.”

Yeah, well, that thin line is getting thicker by the minute. I don’t want to talk about Brady anymore. Are you ready to go?

Absolutely. I’ve been thinking about it all day.

I can’t believe you’ve never been to a Christmas tree farm before.

I’m from Arizona. There’s not a lot of tree farms in the desert.

Yeah, so I hope that you’re not looking to chop down one of those trees yourself, because I could really use a few whacks with an ax myself.

[laughs] No. I’m gonna be holding the tree while your ax goes to town.


Whoa, whoa, whoa, what–what–what happened? What bad news?

Clyde called me this morning. Apparently the Bistro is not just gonna be a drug front. Oh, no, no, no, Clyde is gonna start moving the product out the back.

No, no, no, no, no, I did not agree to that. Good Lord, we are gonna have every addict within miles from here hanging out back now.

Yeah, and I’m the owner on record. Okay? I can see the headline now. “CEO of DiMera Enterprises caught up in massive drug operation.”

[laughs] Well, never mind that. What if somebody dies because of the products we have been pushing through here? No, I have worked too hard to turn my life around. I’m not having this over my head. No, uh-uh. I won’t do it. Mm-mm.

Oh, no?


When are you planning on telling that to Clyde Weston, huh?

Oh, my God, and the socks. What is it with men leaving their socks around everywhere? Like random places, right? Like behind the toilet.


Like– and, of course, the seat’s always up.


Oh, God.

And losing socks. You know, my ex, he used to walk around the apartment wearing shorts and one knee sock.


Yes, and I would be like, “Where is your other sock?” And he’d be like, “I don’t know. I can’t find it.” And he was just, like, walking around.

[both laugh] I–I’ve been on my own, you know, since the divorce and I gotta say, I really love having my own space.

Mm, I can’t wait to have my own place. As of this moment, I’m giving up on men and their socks…


Maybe forever.

You know, I said that too, especially after Eric. You know, breakups can do that to you.

Yeah. Yeah. No.

[laughs] My breakup with my Seattle ex was a real gut punch. I, uh–he ghosted me, so I thought– turns out he was in a coma.


Mm-hmm. I know. I know. It sounds like it’s right out of a bad movie, right? Uh, yeah. He moved to Salem, was looking for me, found out that I’d been dating both Alex and Chad while he was Rip Van Winkling, and, uh, you know what he said to me? Hmm?

He said, “Wow. Two guys in one year? You really get around.”

[gasps] What a jerk.

Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. Like how many women has he been with?


Well, maybe not so many; he was comatose. And he is an introvert. He’s a real workaholic.

I don’t know. He sounds like my ex.

It’s weird. Our families are so close, but I don’t–I don’t know anything about your ex.

Yeah, not worth talking about.

Mm. Got it. We hate him.

[both laugh]

Well, I don’t really hate him. Things just didn’t work out.

Well, I mean, of course not. The guy was walking around with one sock.

[both laugh] Come on. At least tell me he was cute.

Mm, in a Jason Biggs kind of way.

So he’s a Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch? What’s that?

Someone who’s not classically handsome, but still knows how to light your furnace.


[both laugh] Well, okay. I would say he was in the– he was in the Cumberbatch family.


Yeah, yeah. I mean, he was everything that I wanted until he wasn’t.

You got a pic?

Uh, yeah, actually I do. I was just looking at a photo earlier.


Let’s see here. I’ll get to it.

[upbeat ambient music]

[eerie music]

Here he is. His name’s–

Hey, ladies. What’s going on? : already?

Oh, my gosh. Hey. Um, Steph, have you met my neighbor and partner, Harris Michaels?

I have. We met in Greece. He helped rescue my mom.

Oh, that’s right.

Glad you’re, uh, enjoying some R&R.

Would you like to join us?

Yes. Yes. Let us buy you a drink for all your help with my family.

Uh, you know, that sounds– sounds tempting, but I have a book upstairs that’s calling my name.

Oh, come on.


That book can take care of itself. Have a seat. Just one drink.

Business, right. And just so I’m clear, um, do you have any experience in the newspaper business?

More than Xander Cook and Gwen Rizczech did when they bought the paper.

Yeah. Okay. So the bar is low?

My late wife had your job, and she shared hundreds of stories with me. She told me that it was her civic duty to give this paper everything that she had, and I plan to do the exact same for her and for her memory.

Look, I hear what you’re saying, okay? I want this paper to be the best it can be. As do you, it sounds like. And I want Steph to be happy, as do you. So I’m hoping that there is a way that we can work together and find some common ground and work together in a civil fashion. Do you think we can do that?

Look, Tate, I know when your mother and I argue it’s upsetting for you. I get it, and I’m sorry about that. It’s just we’ve gotten into this pattern of arguing and she doesn’t listen to reason and–

Well, it’s–

And I get frustrated and we–

Dad, it’s nothing new. Did it ever even occur to you there’s a reason why Mom didn’t get you that paperwork that you’ve been hounding her for? That maybe she doesn’t want me to go back to school?

Yeah, I did get that.

And maybe I don’t want to go back either. I mean, did you ever even think to ask me?

[soft holiday music]

All right.


[grunting] I just lay it down?

Mm-hmm. Yep.

All right.



[groans] Wow. We made it.


So now what?

Well, now we put it in the stand.

Oh, the tree stand’s in the car.

Okay, I’ll go get it, and you just get the ornaments.

All right. Wait, the ornaments?

Ornaments. You don’t have ornaments?

Theresa, I’m a bachelor. I’ve never done the whole tree thing before.

Okay. Um, okay. We will do it the old-fashioned way, and we’ll string popcorn around it. Actually, my family used to do that. We’d put cranberries all around. The whole nine yards.

Straight out of Charles Dickens.

Yeah. Guess it kind of is. Yeah. You know, my grandmother actually used to hang tinsel on the tree one strand at a time. I mean, can you imagine how many hours that took…



Her to make it perfect?

I guess my childhood was kind of like a fairy tale. Mm-hmm. That is, um, after my mom got over her multiple personality disorder and my parents got remarried for the third time.

Oof. Well, still, that’s all very sweet and wholesome.

Mm-hmm. Except for me, though. I was the black sheep.


[sighs] You cannot back out now, Ava. You can’t. Clyde will kill your son and my wife if we don’t follow orders.

Okay, okay! Okay. So what are we supposed to do?

I don’t know, but he made it abundantly clear that if he gets the slightest whiff that we’re coming after him, he will go nuclear.

Okay, and what does that mean?

Do you want to find out?

Okay. So what are you saying? You saying we need to back off?

I’m saying that I don’t care what has to be done. I will do anything and everything. My wife’s life is on the line, so I am gonna get rid of Clyde Weston permanently!

[uneasy music]

I don’t–I don’t understand. You were really, really upset about having to leave your school and being forced to come back here. I just assumed that you would want to go back.

You–Dad, you went to boarding school. Did you like it?

Yeah, it was–

[sighs] No, not really, not really. But from what your mom was saying, I just deduced that you–

You know what? Dad, can we just have one normal father-son lunch where you don’t spend the entire time ragging on Mom?

Yes, and I wasn’t ragging on her. I’m not ragging on her. It’s just that she– okay, okay. All right. I’ll stop. I’m not gonna–I’m not gonna mention your mom again at all.

Thank you. Look, I know you hate her, but I don’t.

Tate, I don’t hate–I don’t– I don’t hate her. I don’t hate her. I’m doing it again, right? I’m talking about her. I… all right, listen. I’m gonna do better at this. I will not mention your mother at all unless it’s absolutely necessary, okay?


Hey. That’s–that’s the way it has to be. Deal?



Mm, there. Yep.

I’m gonna tell you what, I certainly can relate to the whole black sheep thing.

Well, I can tell you right now that your moves pale in comparison to my black sheep moves.


[both laugh]

I’m gonna go start popping popcorn.

All right.

Um… actually, you know what else we don’t have?

What’s that?




People still hang that stuff?

Yes, it’s a British custom.


My dad was all about it.

Oh. Well, I don’t mean to brag, but I never really needed an excuse for somebody to kiss me.

No? Neither did I. Oh, to hell with the mistletoe.

You sure you’re ready to do what it takes to get rid of Clyde Weston, Ava?

I guess.

You gue– okay, I understand that you’re a little reluctant here, and I wish like hell it hadn’t come this far, but selling drugs, uh-uh, that is the underbelly of crime that I can’t have any part of. I just can’t, and I know you can’t either, obviously. What? Why are you looking at me like that?

You just–you just–you– what you just said there, that expression. I’m sorry, it just reminded me of Jake, okay? Not that you don’t always remind me of him. I mean, it’s still–it gets to me, all right? I work every day with somebody who looks like him but is not him.

[exhales] Do you miss him?

Of course I do. God, he was the– he was the closest thing to a normal relationship that I have ever had with a guy.

Hmm, what about this Michaels dude? He seems like a pretty stand-up guy. I mean, when he’s not brainwashed.

Look who’s talking.

Okay. Okay. Do I really need to state the obvious here, Ava? Dating a cop right now is dangerous. I mean, Clyde already made you compromise Harris once by stealing his keys to the evidence–

Okay. All right. First of all, Jake, Harris and I are not officially a couple, okay? And secondly, are you really gonna get on me about my love life because it’s none of your business, okay? What is with that face? What?

You just called me Jake.

[mysterious music]

I know “civil’s” a loaded word, a lot of connotations, so just to be clear, I mean it in the barely tolerating each other but generally polite sort of way.

Well, you know, ours wouldn’t be the first tumultuous dynamic in the history of “The Spectator.”

If it means anything, I thought your wife was an amazing reporter. I actually wrote her a fan letter once.


[laughs] Yeah. Some people love Marvel movies, others love hard-hitting journalism. It was Steph who started it. She was always talking about how cool her cousin Abigail was, how smart, how talented.

[cell phone ringing]

Sorry, I just have to take this. Give me a second, yep? Hey, buddy. What do you mean you don’t have any snack money? I left it for you on the table. Lunch box account? What? Thomas, Thomas, I’m sorry. Can–can you share with somebody today? I guess not.

Your son sounds angry. You want to bring him something from the office?

He’ll be, um– he’ll be fine. Steph used to handle all the lunch stuff. Uh, honestly, she probably, um– I probably let her do too much of the school stuff.

Well, Steph was great with kids.

Yeah, and my kids were very attached to her. They’ve been through a lot since they lost their mom.

It’s a terrible tragedy, Abigail’s death. I’m–I’m really sorry.

Yeah, me too.

You know, Harris, you are way too chiseled to be a Cumberbatch.

Uh, that is really good to know.

You know what? It doesn’t matter to me because I am “inbiterrent.” Indifferenchy?

She’s sworn off men.



I have not. I mean, because I’m in a relationship with my boss.

Yeah. Okay. I do–I do know that.


All right, ladies. One and done. It’s been a pleasure. Heading out.

Oh, no, no, no, no, no.


You can’t leave because we have a very important question to ask you.

Very important question.

Oh, okay.

Harry. Can I call you Harry?

No, there’s no Harry here. Absolutely no Harry.

How are you with sex?

With–with–with sex? both: Socks.

S–with socks? How am I with socks?


That is probably the weirdest freaking thing anyone’s ever asked me in my life.

Okay, okay, well, you don’t have to answer, but you can’t leave because the party’s just getting started.

[both laugh]


I’m sorry I called you Jake, but it’s understandable, right? You look just like him.

Oh, wow. Startling discovery, Ava, considering we were identical twins. Look, I have the guy’s heart beating in my chest and that is where the similarities end, okay?

Oh, okay, yeah. You are right about that, because Jake was kind and generous, and he took me in when I had nowhere to go, and you know what? He actually let me sleep in his bed while he slept on the floor.


Oh, and I cannot imagine Stefan DiMera actually being so kind to a soul in need.

You’re damn right about that, and it’s a good thing. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to solve this albatross of a problem known as Clyde Weston.

[tense music]

You know, I actually remember what it was like to be your age.

Oh, God, here we go.

No, no, hear me out. Hear me out. I was an entitled jerk, and I was a real jerk to your grandmother.

Grandma Marlena?

Mm-hmm. Oh, yeah, yeah. The smartest, kindest, most wonderful woman on the planet, yeah. I gave her crap on a daily basis. So if I was that much of a train wreck, what’s K in damage to a school gym?

You’re–you’re being sarcastic, right?

No, actually I’m not.


But tell me about school. You got some friends or what?

Some. Yeah.

Mm-hmm. And Holly Jonas? She by chance one of the reasons that you want to, uh, stick around?



Okay. Yeah. Yeah, I really like her, but she’s not into me. She said she’d go out with me, but so far she’s blown me off.

Mm. Ah. Well, maybe it’s time we, uh, fix that.

Dad, that’s your gold card.

Yes, it is.

I want you to have fun, on me.

[soft holiday music]

All right. What’s next? We got the tree. We got the popcorn stringy thing.


What else do we need to do to make this place Christmas ready?

Okay. Hmm. Well, we could hang stockings on a fireplace.

I’m oh for three here. Uh, no stockings, no ornaments, no fireplace.

Ah. Ha ha. Okay. Um, that’s okay. That’s okay. Because historically, stockings were just stockings. You know, like long socks?


So you could just hang some socks on your bedpost, although I’m starting to doubt that you even have a bed, Mister.

Oh, I got a bed, Miss, um–

[clears throat] But do I have socks that match, is the question. I’m not too good of keeping track, you know, my socks.

That’s okay. Mismatched works.

Okay. Good. Good. And just so you know, um, my family really cared a lot about Christmas too, especially Adrian and Victor. I mean, he had the huge tree, all the Greek customs going all the way through New Years. And my dad, he would… Justin, he would–


[intriguing music]

Wow. Um, twice in one night? Who needs mistletoe?

Just shut up and just make love to me right here, right now.

See, Harry? Isn’t this better than reading a book all by your lonesome?


It’s a definite .

I need another drink.

Uh, Steph, maybe it’s time to, you know, you should just maybe slow–

Ooh, there’s one right now. So to new love, old love, and everything else in life that’s way overrated. Mm.

[unsettling music]

So you want me to “have fun” with your credit card?

Yeah. Uh, hey, within reason, all right?

Thank you, Dad. Thank you so much–

Hey, buddy, you don’t have to thank me. Just–just call Holly up, have a great time, all right?


All right. I’ll see ya later.

Holly, it’s, uh–it’s Tate. Remember how you said that you would go on a date with me? Well, I have in my hand a gold card, and it is ready to start, uh, tapping, so, um, would– would tonight work?

Well, hate to cut our bonding time short, but, um, I do have six stories–

Oh, six stories to edit. Yeah.

[clears throat] And for the record, we weren’t bonding. I still don’t like you, and I’m sure you don’t like me.

No comment, Chad. No comment.

And I’m keeping you on board, but my eyes are open, and I’ll make your life a living hell if you take one wrong step.

If by one wrong step, you mean what I think you mean, you’re just gonna have to fire me.

And I would love to. Stephanie and I, we may be separated at the moment, but we belong together, okay?

Actually, you know, if I hadn’t been in that accident, you two never would have even crossed paths. And before that we were in a fully committed relationship. Just saying.

Yeah. And I’m just saying, again, my eyes are open, okay? Uh, yeah, that desk, it’s my desk, so I’ma need you to move your stuff, set up shop somewhere else.


So long, champ.

Look, maybe Clyde was just screwing with you. Maybe he was just trying to scare you to keep you in line. Look, he never had us running drugs out of here before. I mean, why would he start now?

We’ve got six cases of canned tomatoes here.

Oh, no, no, no, no, that must be some mistake. We’re fully stocked–

Courtesy of Clyde Weston.

[tense music] You want ’em in the back or what?

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