Days Transcript Monday, December 18, 2023

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[dramatic music]

[sighs] God, my feet.

[sighs] Oh, much better.


Oh, oh, oh. Hey, honey. Did you just get home?

Yeah, a couple minutes ago. Oh, Mama, this holiday rush is gonna make me rush into an early retirement.


What about you?

What about me?

You’re still in your robe.

Mm, had a hard time waking up is all.

But it’s the middle of the afternoon. It’s not like you to sleep in so late. And you still look really tired.

Mm, honey, I’m fine. Nothing a strong cup of coffee can’t fix. Excuse me.

Ugh, hair of the dog. No, thanks. Ugh!

[doorbell rings]

[sighs] So loud.

[doorbell rings] OK, I’m coming. My God.


[tense music]

[suspenseful music]

What do you want?

Your head on a platter, for one thing.

I’m with the baby. I can’t talk right now.

With the baby? Oh, you mean you’re with Nicole’s baby. Well, let me tell you what I found out from my baby, meaning the love of my life.

Look, it really isn’t a good time right now.

Oh, well, it is going to be much worse if you don’t listen and listen hard, Miss Lying, Baby-Stealing Sack of You-Know-What.

It was Leo. Leo took the baby to blackmail me. And now… I’ve got to tell them the truth.

Hey, there you are. I was getting worried. Sloan, what’s going on? Eric, I have to tell you something.

Lucky break. Just got a tip on who might have taken the baby.


[dramatic music]

Nicole. Oh, my God.

I’m sorry, EJ. I’m so sorry.

Hey, hey.


Darling, I thought you accepted the fact that this child wasn’t ours.

I did. And I still do, EJ. It’s just that she left him. Sloan left him.


When I was out…

[sighs] I saw Sloan with the stroller, and I saw her walk away and leave it there, and he was in it. This precious little boy, she left him all alone, and God only knows what would have happened to him if I hadn’t shown up, EJ. I saved his life.

Nicole, darling, I understand you did what you thought was right. You made sure that the child was safe. And now he needs to go back home.

No, no, no, EJ. No. He needs me. He needs us.


Look, you have all the money in the world. You know people that can hide us, who could help us start a whole new life… With this little boy, with our little boy, EJ. He could be ours.

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Mm. I figured you might need a pick-me-up, too, after going to the bakery so early.

Oh, thanks, but my work is not over yet. I still have to head back and prep for tomorrow, and I want to get in a little shopping before that.


Hey, why don’t you get dressed and then we can do some shopping together?

Oh, I’d love to, baby, but, you know, I already slept half the day away, and I got a ton of work ganging up on me. In fact, I should probably get over to city hall now.




Well, is there anything you want me to grab for you while I’m out?

Oh, how about some Christmas lights?

Don’t you already have those?

Mm-hmm. I do, but, you know, I never understand those darn things. They’re OK when you pack them away after the holidays, and then you take them out again, and they don’t work.

Right. OK, well, I am glad to get you a fully functioning set of Christmas lights.

Mm-hmm, and if you see any of those bourbon toothpicks anywhere, you know, Abe loves them, you know. I want to put them in his stocking.

Mm, maybe I should get you a little mistletoe while I’m at it.

Mm, don’t get carried away.

[laughs] OK, OK. Fine, I will leave the mistletoe out for now. All right, Mama, I got to go.



Mwah, mwah, mwah.

Love you.

Later, darling.


[dramatic music]

Mm! Oh, it’s a little hard to swallow. Hoo. Hoo, hoo, enough of this. Ooh, I’m too busy to get sick right now. Ooh, come on, girl. Girl, get it together. Mm, hoo.

Did you just get out of bed?

Actually, I just got out of the shower. So…did you come here to search the place, see who else I’m getting busy with? I deserve that. I actually came over to apologize. I was out of line yesterday, accusing you and Alex of being together.

Yeah, you were definitely out of line.


Are you OK?

Yeah it’s just a headache. I’m fine. And apology accepted. Anything else?

Yeah. Actually… I think it’s time we both say out loud what it is we’re–what I know we’re both thinking.

And what is that?

That it’s time that we officially… ended things between us.

A tip from who?

Yeah, what’d they say?

Eyewitness phoned it in. She saw a woman in a dark hoodie pushing the stroller away from Horton Town Square, and the stroller matched the description of yours.

OK, did the witness say which way the kidnapper was headed?

And how do they know it’s a woman? Are they sure?

No, they’re not sure. We’ll know more once the witness comes in.

Any leads on Nicole?

Still missing without a trace, sorry.

Yeah, so Nicole and baby Jude go missing at the same time. How can these two disappearances not be connected?

OK, it’s just a thought, but… you know, when Sarah Horton’s baby was kidnapped, I read that it was wearing a dark hoodie and they couldn’t tell if it was a man or a woman.


Well, what if that is the same person who kidnapped my son?

You know that this isn’t right, Nicole.


You also know all too well what it’s like to lose a child…


The heartbreak you suffered, the countless nights that you cried yourself to sleep. This is exactly what Eric and Sloan are going through right now–

No, no, no, no, it’s–no. No. It’s different. Our baby died.


And their baby is safe… with us.

Nicole, my darling, I know the pain you’ve suffered over the loss of our son. I know that because I’ve suffered it too. But this, this, trying to ease the pain this way by taking another couple’s baby–



[smooches] Come on.

[smooches] It’s time to do the right thing and take him back to his parents. We’ll do that together, my love, together. Come on.


I’ll be home later. Just doing a little Christmas shopping.

[holiday music] Theresa Donovan, you know damn well I’m not gonna tell you what I got you for Christmas. You will find out on Christmas. No, no, no, no hints either. I will see you later. Bye. Chanel.



Hey, happy holidays.

Same to you.

It’s been a while.

It has. How’s things?

Good, mostly. And with you?

Good. Complicated.


But I know you’re familiar with complicated.

Oh, yeah.


You know what? And I also wouldn’t mind getting off my feet for a little while, so shall we talk about it?

So you want to end things?

No, I don’t want to. It just–it seems… you don’t trust me, which I understand. You know, I did something stupid, which I deeply regret. You know, going after Everett, someone who you have history with, with whom you obviously care a lot about. You know, and as much as I wish I could take it back, it’s done. And also, you’re ready for more of a commitment than I’m able to give right now. So it just seems as if I would continue to disappoint you and make you feel shortchanged. And I don’t want to– I don’t want to do that.

[dramatic music]

Well, if that’s the way you see it, then I have to agree that… the best thing for us to do is go our separate ways.

And I have to say that I would hope that you… would already know this, but… you know, I feel no relief in this. It all makes me sad, especially for the kids. They love you, Stephanie.

I love them too. That’s what is making this so hard for me.

Maybe things will change, you know, in time… and, you know, I’ll be able to get over my past and I’ll be able to be there for you fully. And maybe you’ll be able to trust me again.

Yeah, maybe in time.

So, then, and– And I just–I think that it’s best that we just– We just let each other go. I know you just moved… All your stuff in here, so… you’re welcome to keep the apartment. I think you–yeah.

Me? But the kids.

No, we’ll move back to the DiMera mansion. They love it there, and they love hanging out with their cousin, so they’ll be there.

Even so, they shouldn’t be uprooted. The apartment is Thomas and Charlotte’s home too. They’re dealing with enough big changes in their life.

OK. Thank you. I’ll email you my official resignation from SJPR.

That’s not necessary. We’re responsible adults. we can still work together.

Yeah, I know. I’m sure we could make it work. But I just think it’ll be too– Too fraught, at least for now.


I hired back Everett, by the way.


Yeah, if I’m gonna make a go at this, I got to work with the best.

Makes sense. He’s a talented journalist.

Yeah. I’m sorry, Steph. I know I’m not responsible for blowing up this relationship. More than blowing it up. I mean, I– It doesn’t matter. I just–what I did, having Everett fired and allowing my jealousy to… turn me into– Make me so extreme, devious, so stupid… I’m ashamed. I lost sight of what was right and wrong for a little while, so… And I wish to hell I hadn’t.

So do I.

Let’s get that witness down here and a sketch artist.

Already sent a car. The artist is standing by.

Sloan, it’s gonna be OK. Sarah’s baby was found safe and sound, and I know that Jude will be too.

I pray you’re right.

Hey, listen to me. Hey, reminds me. You wanted to say something to me earlier before the tip came in. What was that?

That’s my baby. That’s Jude. That’s–this is his blanket. Give him to me. Give me–give me my son.

Easy, easy, easy.

Oh, Jude, baby.

Oh, my God.

Oh, thank God you’re OK. Mommy was so worried.

Are you kidding me? Thank God.

We can explain everything. Can we go somewhere private?

Private? Like hell, you’re not going anywhere private. I want to know what happened.

Sloan, take care of your boy.

No, I have a right to know.

We will handle this. We’ll handle this, OK? Harris?

Yeah, got it.

Come on.

Hey, look. I know you’re both overwhelmed and frustrated, but all that matters is, the baby is safe.

Yeah. Listen, I’m gonna call my mom and dad and share the good news.

Well, wait. Jude and I’ll come with you. Come on, little angel. Let’s go tell Grandma and Grandpa you’re all right.


[phone beeps]

Nicole… it’s obviously a tremendous relief for all of us that both you and the baby are safe. But it’s also very concerning. So you want to tell us what happened?

Nicole was at the town square, and she happened to–

I took him.

Excuse me?

You heard me. I saw that he was alone, and… I took him.

Are you for real? So no one had any idea that you were Victor’s son?

Salem’s best-kept secret.

Yeah, until he put it in his will and blew everything up. Why would he do that?

I’m sure he had his reasons. But maybe we’ll never know.

Yeah. Well, my family had our own parent swap, and if it was as hard for you as it was for Lani–

Oh, for sure. It was crazy, really.

[holiday music] But, you know, I’ve learned that… just because somebody gave you life doesn’t mean they’re a parent. Right? As far as I’m concerned, Justin is always gonna be my dad.

I closed out some of Paulina’s accounts, so, you know, I can drop off the files if you want to hold on to them.

I’m good. But thanks for doing that.

Did she reach out to you about the healthy Salem thing?

Yeah. I’m on it.

OK. You’re gonna do– you’re gonna do great.


[phone rings] Let me just grab this.



Stephanie, I got your message. Look, I’m sorry I had to rush out this morning. But the good news is that we found the baby.

That’s great news.

It is. Are you free to talk?

I will be in a few minutes.

You want to call me back?

Actually, I think it’s best if we do this in person.

You know, things are settling down here. How about I meet you at the park in ten?

See you there.

Sounds like you got to take care of something.

Just a little fire that I need to put out.

[sighs] Anything else?

I guess not.

[dramatic music] Take care, Steph. Thank you for– Especially with my kids, how good you were with them, and… You know, hopefully you’ll– you’ll spend some time with them still.

I would love that. I miss them already. And make sure that you explain to them that they had… nothing to do with this, that it was all on us.

I will.

Thank you for sharing those great kids with me for a while. It meant so much to me. You meant so much to me too.

Me too. You’re a beautiful person, Steph… Inside and out. And I know it’s cliché, but I am going to– I’m gonna treasure the memories… Of the good times that we had together.


[sniffles, sighs]

Hey, Nicole seemed off. Is she OK?

Rafe’s dealing with it.

Well, in the meantime, our baby could use your attention.

Yeah, sure. What can I do?

Nicole, you took the baby? Why would you do that?

Well, because… Sloan doesn’t deserve to be a mother.

OK, but you know that that’s not your call.

Just explain what happened, sweetheart. That’s it.

Well, I went out for some fresh air. And I saw Sloan at the square walking away from her baby. She just left the stroller there with him in it unattended. OK, and I know. I know he is not my baby. I know that, and I have accepted it. But when I saw him all alone, I just– I felt this bond. And I don’t know, I can’t explain it, but… taking him home, it just felt like the right thing to do.


I was right in the area, so I figured I’d stop by, drop these off. Is–I should have texted. Is it a bad time?

No, no, no. No, it isn’t. I’m actually glad to see you. I’ve been wondering if you’d taken my advice and patched things up with Stephanie.

Well, I spoke to her, as you advised.

And what happened? Well, are you two back on good terms?

[dramatic music]

Hey. So I’m glad you found that missing baby.

Yeah. Yeah, it’s a huge relief. How are–how are you?

To be honest, I’m a little freaked out. I have to confess, I don’t remember how I wound up in your bed Or much of anything after we left the pub last night.

Yeah, well, I’m not surprised. You were wasted.

I was. But I do remember one thing. I remember that we kissed.

[sighs] Yeah, we did. I was a little drunk too. And you– I shouldn’t have let it happen. It was a mistake. I’m sorry.

Look, as much as I want to hear Nicole’s story, I’m exhausted. I’m physically and emotionally exhausted. I just want to go home with our little boy.

Listen, I understand. I can deal with things here. Let me walk you two out.


Sloan, Eric. Wait a second. You need to hear this. Nicole, you want to tell them what happened?

I didn’t find the baby. I– I took him.

[holiday music]

Enough about me. Tell me what’s going on in Chanel’s world.

OK. Well, wait for it. Johnny and I are back together.

Ooh, that’s great. Assuming that’s–that you think it’s great too.

Yeah. Yeah, I do. I really love him still. And my only worry is– you know, never mind. You don’t want to hear this.

Oh, yes, I do. Tell me. Maybe I can help.

OK. But you have to keep it between me and you.

Come on. Of course.

All right. Well, Johnny, he always has some other girl after him, and he can be a player.


Well, I guess I can too.

Hey. You are looking at the number one player in the universe. And in our defense, that does not mean that we can’t be good guys too.





Yeah, well, I often think about the very interesting time that you, me, and Allie had.

It was… certainly interesting. Pretty great too, actually.

Yeah. Yeah, it was.


[clears throat] Chanel, I got to tell you, I still feel bad about what happened between Allie and me after the whole interesting time. I’m sure you really miss her. Hell, I miss her.

Yeah, I do. I miss her. But sometimes… things just aren’t meant to be.

Oh, Chad, I’m sorry. I was praying that you and Stephanie were gonna work things out.

Yeah, me too. But, you know, the truth is, I knew that– because of my stupid mistakes and my issues… About being in a serious relationship, I knew it was over.


It just… took me some time to accept it.

Well, you’re still gonna see each other at work, so maybe, maybe you’ll both feel differently later.

No, our split was personal and professional. I actually resigned from SJPR.

[gasps] Oh, no. I’m sorry to hear that. But…I understand, although I’m certainly going to miss working with you. You’re not only smart and talented, but you make me laugh.

[laughs] And to quote my Big Mama, when a person’s funny, they have my heart.


Well, you know, you have my heart too, Paulina. I mean, really, anybody who gets to work with you or even just… be in your orbit is very lucky.


[clicks tongue] Oh, honey.



[dramatic music]

Yeah, so last night, I took you to my room because, well, I couldn’t take you to Jada’s room because she was passed out and I didn’t want to wake her up. And I would have gotten you home, but you were in no shape to travel at all. Like, we could barely even get up the stairs.

I remember I woke up in your T-shirt.

Because you threw up all over your clothes.

Oh, God.

Yeah. So I gave you my shirt. You changed. Put you to bed, and we both passed out.

So… nothing happened between us?

Wait, you thought–


No. No. No wonder you freaked out this morning. No, nothing happened.

You’re sure?

,%. I wouldn’t lie to you about that.

Right. But…I do have to ask you something. Or request, rather.

OK. What is it?

Can we keep this between us, you know, forget that it ever happened?

[sighs] I’m sorry. I can’t.


You took my baby? How dare you? What the hell is the matter with you?

He’s back. It’s OK.

I thought we were done with this whole fiasco of you thinking that our baby was your baby. Clearly not. You’re still totally deluded.

No, I’m not.


It’s just… when I saw that sweet baby all alone, I just lost control, OK? I know it was wrong. It will never happen again, I swear.

You’re damn right. My baby’s gonna be safe because you’re gonna be behind bars. I don’t care that she’s your wife. I want her prosecuted.

Maybe we could all take a breather.

Nobody’s taking breathers here, not with this baby snatcher still on the loose. I want her in prison. And if you won’t make that happen, DA DiMera, I will call the state attorney general.

Oh, before you go, I have a parting gift from the mayor’s office.

Those are coloring books?

For Thomas and Charlotte.

Aw, that’s really thoughtful. They’re gonna be thrilled. They’ve been having a rough time since Stephanie moved out, so…

Mm, yeah, I’m sure. But kids are very resilient.

[chuckles] And they’re lucky to have such a very loving, caring dad.

Thank you. Yeah, I’m just concerned I’m not enough.

Well, if you feel that way, you know, at some point, when you’re ready, you can get them a mom.


Yeah. Yeah, I don’t know. If I– if I can’t make it work with Stephanie, who’s such a great person, I don’t know, maybe it’s just time for me to accept that there’s no one else for me… And that I’ll never be able to get over Abigail, that she was just my one great love.



What was that for?

To get you to stop talking nonsense.

Excuse me?

Chad, you listen. Listen to me, OK? Now, honey, I know you’ve been through hell and that the pain of losing your wife so suddenly, so tragically, well, you’re never gonna completely get over that. However, and this is a big however, we are not meant to live our lives alone. Now, you need someone to love and for someone to love you.

Lots of people get by just fine being alone.

[scoffs] Well, I’m not talking about most people. I’m talking about you. Look, I raised Chanel on my own after her father died. And, you know, I know. I know what you’re going through. I thought I could do it all on my own too. But I was miserable. And it wasn’t until I got another chance at love with Abe that I got to fully experience again how great life can be.

[dramatic music]

I take your words very, very seriously. I promise you, I do.


My only focus right now and in the near future is just gonna be to be the best father that I can be. And I’m gonna have to hope that that’s enough.


I don’t understand. Why can’t we forget what happened last night? Actually, you said nothing happened.

Yeah, right, right. Nothing happened. But, you know, Ava and I, we’re dating. We’re not that serious yet. But if that relationship is gonna grow into something– and I want it to– I think it’s got to be based on honesty and trust.

Well, can you at least leave my name out of it? I’d rather the Mafia princess who tried to murder my mom not know that I had a make-out session with the guy she’s seeing.

She’s not gonna react badly once I explain the circumstances. But I believe % transparency is the way to go in any relationship. So…I just got to tell her.

You’re a good man, Harris. Right now, I wish you were like the rest of the people in Salem with their deep, dark secrets.

Well, sorry to disappoint.

That’s OK. I totally respect that you want to be honest with Ava. And I’ll just have to deal with that.

Just take care of yourself. And you know what? Maybe stick to club soda tonight.

Oh, I’ve learned my lesson. You too.


Good luck with Ava.


[phone beeps]

[line rings] Hey. Where are you? All right, you’re at the Bistro? I’m on my way. We need to talk about something.

Mama, I got your lights and the toothpicks. And I know you said no mistletoe–

[sighs] And you said there’s nothing to worry about.


[holiday music]

Hey, Steph.


Wow, I swear to you, it feels like I’m running into everyone I know today.

[dramatic music]

[baby cries]

Hey, listen. Why don’t we step out and talk? I don’t want to upset Jude, and I feel he’s sensing our stress. Come on.

Look. I’m sorry, but under the circumstances, I’m gonna have to arrest you, Nicole.

Look, I am just as upset with Nicole as you are, but I don’t believe she did this with malicious intent.

How can you say that? She stole our baby.

Well, maybe she prevented a real tragedy. I mean, what if somebody else would have taken him?

[scoffs] Oh, my God. You think this is my fault?

No, I’m just saying that we need to show some compassion for Nicole and be grateful that our son was brought back to us safe and unharmed.

Eric, do you understand that there is a woman out there that could come and take our baby anytime she wants?

Yes, and she’s not going to do it again. She’s going to get help, and I have to believe that. She’s gonna heal, and we need to heal too. Hey, come on. Forgiveness leads to peace… both getting and receiving it.


But I brought the baby back. I was just trying to protect him.

Rafe, you know damn well what Nicole has been through lately.

I do. But what happened, it’s still a kidnapping.


So… I’m gonna have to read you your rights now, Nicole.

That won’t be necessary. I asked Nicole to babysit.

You what?

I was tired. I forgot I had. But yes, I gave her permission to take the baby. There’s no crime here.

Well, as DA, that’s good enough for me. I see no reason to press–

All right, look, OK, fine. I get what you’re trying to do here. I do. I feel bad for Nicole too, but… EJ, she needs help.

And I’ll get it.

Then we’re done here. Sloan, let’s go home.

[door slams]

[exhales sharply] What just happened?

I have no idea.

Hey, would you take Jude and get him settled into his car seat? I would like to use the ladies’ room.

Yeah, sure, no problem.


There you go. OK. Here we go, buddy.

I’m gonna make sure that everything is good with Rafe. Then we’ll get out of here. OK?


[both smooching]


[sighs] Sloan–

Shut up and listen to me. If you ever come near my child again, I swear to God, I will make your life a living hell in ways that you cannot even imagine.

[door slams]

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