Days Transcript Thursday, December 21, 2023

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[gentle music]

Hey, Holly.


Uh, where is everybody? The garage was empty.

Oh, um, Stefan’s visiting Gabi at the prison. Anna and Tony just left for Barbados or Bermuda or some place that starts with a B. And your dad just took my mom to Green Mountain Lodge to spend the night, so she could get away from everything for a while.

Yeah. I’m, uh… sorry your mom’s having such a hard time, Holly. Now I know my dad’s– he’s–he’s handling it a little better, but, um, I know he’s hurting too, which is, I mean, totally expected. They–they lost their baby, our little brother. How you doing?

[sighs] Um, not great. But I’m looking forward to distracting myself by watching “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

[chuckles] Nice.

Yeah. And hearing your director’s commentary since you will be joining me, right?

Um, I’m– I’m sorry. I’m actually headed over to go watch that at Chanel’s.

I guess that settles it then. I’ll be spending my birthday all alone.

[sighs] “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”]

Oh, sweet.

What do we have here?

Well, we have angel-hair pasta, angel food cake, ambrosia, and heaven.

I am sensing a theme.


Well, we had one hell of a year, right, last year– pun intended, and I guess I was just feeling a little sentimental.

Well, the holidays will do that to you.

Yeah, well, this time last year, we lay dying of that damn virus, and we thought we were saying our final goodbyes to our loved ones, our family, our friends. And yet, we were about to go on the most incredible journey of our lives, so here’s to another Christmas in Salem.

Hear, hear.

Hear, hear.


Cheers, girlfriends.

[exhales] So let me get this straight. Andrew Donovan says the ISA, with every image enhancement tool known to man, can’t give us anything on the loser who tried to kidnap Sarah Horton’s daughter?

Yeah, surprised me too. Thought for sure they’d be able to hone in on that security photo.

I guess we’re back to square one.

Well, you know, at least Maggie has kicked Konstantin to the curb, and she’s got plans to send him on a one-way trip out of Salem.

I’ll be glad when that guy is someone else’s problem.

Right. So let’s forget about him tonight. Let’s just focus on celebrating the holidays with the ones we love and love being with.


Problem with these podcasts is, you have to record then rerecord and re-rerecord.

Yeah, no wonder you sound hoarse. Well, maybe you should rest your voice for a little while.

Me? Me, rest my voice?

Yeah, I take it back. That would be impossible. But that was a very nice holiday message, Ms. Mayor.

Oh, well, I couldn’t have done it without Abraham’s help.

Yeah, I’m glad he stopped by.


But I’m worried that you’re taking on too much. I mean, you slept until noon. And then when I came back from shopping, you were sound asleep on the couch a few hours later.

Well, have you seen my schedule, baby? There’s a reason I’m in the mall on Christmas Eve night, which is something I swore I’d– I’d never do in my lifetime.

[clears throat, coughs]

Mama? Mama, are you all right? Are you having another panic attack?

Uh, I–I think I might– I just need to sit down for–for a minute, uh, get something to drink.

[exhales, coughs]

Okay. All right. Yeah, of course. Come on. Let’s just–come with me.


[eerie music]

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

Holly, oh, my God. I am so sorry I forgot your birthday. Happy birthday!


Happy birthday.

Lose the “happy.” Just a lame birthday this year. Since my mom is so sad over losing the baby, nobody’s really in the mood to celebrate.

Look, we’re all sad about losing the baby, but this is your special day. It would be wrong to ignore it. So this is what I propose– you and I are going to eat cake before I go over to Chanel’s, how ’bout that?

[scoffs] That’s really nice of you, Johnny, but I don’t need a pity party. I should have mentioned this earlier, but my mom and I have plans tomorrow. She just really had to get away for a day.

Okay. Well, what about Tate?

Didn’t you see him walk out on me at dinner last night? It’s over between us.

Sorry to hear that.

Yeah. And, I mean, it’s not like I don’t have other friends. It just– holiday birthdays suck since nobody’s ever around.

Well, you listen to me, okay? This one is not gonna suck, all right? I promise. You wait here.

[soft uplifting music]

So ladies.


I need more. I need more to drink. It may be the alcohol talking, but, somehow, I think the three of us should get matching tattoos.


Oh, you’ve gotta be kidding. Of what?

Well, maybe little wings, a halo band. I don’t know, something small, something discreet, just a–a tiny little symbol of our apparent trip to heaven.


Hmm. Um, how about the three angels?

[gasps] Oh, yes, I like that.


That could be our little secret.

Mm-hmm, kind of like “Charlie’s Angels.”

Mm, yeah.

But whose angels are we?

Well, we are our own, of course.

[laughs] Yes. Cheers to that.

Well, it looks like somebody’s having a party.

Oh, hi.

What, we weren’t invited?


Well, you didn’t go through hell.

Literally, for all we know.

[laughs] Uh, yes, we did.


Yes, we did. It was hell on Earth without you, sweetness.

All right, I think we’ve earned the right to be invited to this party, don’t you think?



Oh, hey.

You know, this is so wonderful. I think that we should make this gathering a– a holiday tradition, you know? What should we call it?

Um, well, how about the gr– grateful to survive another crazy year in Salem?

Oh my gosh. Hear, hear.

Hear, hear. Cheers.

Drink to that.




And you.





Mmm, mmm, mmm. Ah. Ah, that’s better. Oh.


Okay. Mama, Mama, Mama. I know you keep telling me that everything is okay, but I am really worried about you.

Went down the wrong windpipe, that’s all. Oh.


And you look so tired.

Oh, you know better than to say that to your mama, baby.

Okay, but you’ve been having trouble swallowing. How long has that been going on?

Oh, I don’t know.

Okay, well, long enough that you need to see a doctor.

Oh, it’s just a little winter cold.

Okay, well, then if that’s what it is, then I’m sure a doctor will help put our minds at ease.


It’s the only thing I want for Christmas, Mama.

Oh, it’s too late.

[chuckles] I already bought you a– oh, wait a minute. Now look at me. I almost ruined the surprise.

Do you really think I’m gonna let you change the subject? Sticking your head in the sand and pretending that nothing is wrong isn’t going to help anything.

[sighs] My– my doctor is in the Caribbean on vacation. I’ll make an–he’ll be back the first of the year. I’ll make an appointment with him then, okay? I promise.

What is that?

What? What’s what? Uh, you know, I got something on my blouse from the water.

No. No, that. Is that a lump in your neck?

Oh, that? No, it’s nothing. It’s just–

Okay, would you please–

It’s a swollen gland.

[sighs] Okay. I-I can’t believe I didn’t notice it before.

No, it’s–it’s nothing.

Would you please stop saying that? Look, I’m–we’re going to the hospital, now.




Right now.


[tense music]

This was a terrible idea. I mean, going to the ER on Christmas Eve, all these people coughing and sneezing. If I wasn’t sick when we got here, I sure will be when we leave, all these germs flying around.

Okay, well, Mama, at least they let us sit up here where it is a little less crazy.

Yeah, well, you heard what they said downstairs. I’m a non-emergent case. We’ll be here for hours. Chanel, baby, please. Now I will make an appointment with my own doctor when he gets back from vacation.

Mama, would you please stop being so stubborn and sit down?


I don’t even wanna think about how long you’ve been ignoring your symptoms. You remember what happened with Uncle Stuart, when he had that cough for months? And then he didn’t go see a doctor, and then when he finally did, what happened?

He had lung cancer.


This is not that.

Okay, still, you know how important early detection is. And I know you’re busy with work and Abe and getting ready for Christmas and God knows what else, but nothing– nothing is more important to me than you.

[heartfelt music]


Voilà. I wished it, and you made it happen, like magic.

More like, uh– more like Grub Dash.


Yeah. How many candles are we doing again?

Uh, . I’m pretty much an adult now.

Oh, is that so?

Mm-hmm. I mean, ‘s the age of consent in this state, you know?

No, I– I did not know that. And uh, as your protective big brother, I don’t want to know how you knew that. So I am going to just sing you “Happy Birthday,” and you’re gonna make a wish. Please keep it PG so it doesn’t involve any of that stuff you were just telling me about being and legal, okay?

[sighs] Okay.


[cell phone rings] Just one sec.

[cell phone beeps] Chanel. Hey, uh, sorry. I’m running a little late, but I promise I’m gonna be leaving here in a few.

I was actually calling to tell you that we’re gonna have to postpone our gift exchange. I am at the hospital with my mom.

What? What happened?

Uh, she’s been feeling pretty bad for weeks now, and she’s been trying to hide it, but it finally got to the point where she couldn’t anymore, and, uh, so I dragged her down here against her will. And it’s very busy, so we are probably going to be here for hours.

Okay. I’ll be right there.

No, no, Johnny. There–there’s nothing you can do.

Well, I can at least be there for you. I’m on my way.

[cell phone beeps] Holly, I am very sorry, but can we put this on hold?

Um, what happened?

That was Chanel. Her mom’s sick. And look, I really hate to leave you all alone here, but–

No, of course, don’t worry. It’s obviously important.

Thank you for being so understanding. And hey, try to have some fun tonight, okay? You deserve it.


To another crazy year in Salem.


Hear, hear on that.

How many of those have we had together?

[glasses clink]

Well, if you count the years that some of us were presumed dead–

Yeah, the math gets just a little bit fuzzy.


Well, all that matters is that we were there for one another through all of it.



And you were the first friend that I made in Salem.

I’ve known you longer than anyone, including your wife.

[chuckles] You know, it was right about this time of year, wasn’t it?


[somber harmonica music] * *

[haunting music] Man, you were, like, some valuable asset everybody was fighting over. Victor Kiriakis, Stefano’s man, Petrov, even the head of the ISA. They all said you were some kind of killing machine. But when I found you wandering around, all wrapped up in bandages, you seemed more like a lost puppy dog. I just had to take care of you.

Well, thank God you got me away from them, or I can’t imagine where I would be today.


[glasses clink]

[sighs] Please, you–you– you need to increase patrols at the waterfront. Oh, yeah, thank you. And Merry Christmas.

[cell phone beeps]

[coughs] Mm. Whew, thank you, baby.

Mama, it is Christmas Eve, and you are in the hospital. You shouldn’t be working.

[clears throat] Baby girl, first of all, oh, I am at the hospital, not in the hospital. And second, I’m just doing my job.

[sighs] Now I know– I know you’re concerned about me and I appreciate it, but now is not the time to be bossing around your mama.



Found you. Oh.

You called him?

Well, I had to. I had to cancel our, um, gift exchange for tonight.

Oh, if I’d known you were canceling your plans– Johnny, you should go home and spend Christmas Eve with your family.

Well, I would, but, um, they’re all out of town anyway, except Holly. Besides, Chanel said that there’s nothing I can do to help, but I beg to differ.

What, you got some kind of medical degree we don’t know about?

Uh, not quite. Um, I’ll be right back, okay?

[gentle music]

[sighs] It’s not a wonderful life, it’s a crappy life. Why am I still watching this?

[unsettling music]

You know what? I’m gonna add some scotch to this. Why not?

Oh, I’ll take some too.

[laughs] Yeah, right. Maybe in about five years.

Hmm. I mean, no one will ever know if I have a small taste.

[breathes deeply] Happy birthday to me.


[coughs] Oh, damn it.


[“Silent Night”] * *

You look a million miles away.

Yeah, I just– thinking about how lost I was when Steve found me. And then you really found me. I was also thinking about that time I gave you that bracelet.

The charm bracelet. I treasure it.

Yeah. That one. * * That’s it. Rip into it.

Go, go, go, go. Oh. Oh, John. What beautiful, beautiful charms.

No, not just charms. Those are good luck charms for your second chance at life.


Now look closely here. These two little stones are for the twinners. We have opals for Sami and Eric.

[gasps] Oh, their birthdays, yes.

Carrie, none other than the aquamarine.



And a–and a star.

For light. We have an angel for protection and guidance.

And a life preserver?

Mm-hmm. For a safe journey. And we have an anchor– steadfastness. What the hell is this thing on the end? This is a, uh–

What is it? Looks like–

[laughs] it looks like a couch or a sofa.

Yeah, well, what the hell, you are a shrink, right? I figured with all the heavy-duty emotion running up and down this chain here, a little touch of whimsy is in order.


[wistful music]

You know, it really is a lovely bracelet.

Thanks. It’s very meaningful to me.

You know, if you would have told me back then that we all would be sitting around here decades later, swapping memories as lifelong friends–

Those were hard times for all of us.

Well, for me, as you all know, I don’t have any memories of who I was before I became John Black. I only knew what I was told, and what– what I was programmed to know. And frankly, I didn’t wanna know any more, not until I unexpectedly discovered who my real father was a couple of months ago, and I learned that I do come from– from good people, and not that–that– that monster Yo Ling. And–and thanks to that wonderful, spirited man coming into my life, I’m finally feeling at peace with myself, and right now, I feel so damn blessed to be surrounded by so much love here. So that John Black guy, he is one lucky man.

[heartfelt music]

Here you go.

Thank you.

You know what? No offense, but I’m just gonna grab myself a beer.


Hey, would you mind getting me one of those too?

What do you mean?

You got it.

Okay, fine. Fine. That’s all the more for us, right?


I’ll go with that.

[gasps] Oh, my God.

What, what?

What–my ring is gone.


What in the world? I was baking pies earlier, and I took it off and I put it down. And maybe I got distracted. What if it ends up in a– in a apple pie?

Look, I’m sure you would have noticed it was gone before now.

Hey, hey, don’t worry. You got two PIs here and an ex-cop. We’re gonna find it. We’re on the case.

Oh, my God.


You okay?

Yeah, I think we just solved the case. I found it.

Oh. What?


Oh, my goodness.

What in the– what was it doing there? What? I don’t understand…


All right.

What happened.


Oh, my God. Well, thank God you saw it before you swallowed it.

Thank God Roman got you a big enough rock, it didn’t go down my throat.


You don’t know what this ring means to me. When they took it away from me on the fishing boat, I thought I had lost it forever. And then that day when Roman put it back on my finger, it was just as magical as the first time you did it.

You stay here with me, you understand?

Why? You have big plans?

Yeah, matter of fact, I do need to show you something. And I’m pretty sure you’re not gonna want to miss it.

[romantic music]

Oh, Roman.

Katherine Elizabeth Roberts, will you again do me the honor of being my wife? That ring made it through death and the great beyond.

This ring has endurance, and it’s never going to leave this finger again.


[sighs] Okay. You guys are all set. There is an exam room waiting for you.

What? Well, I’m the mayor, and I didn’t get special treatment. What kind of strings are you pulling, young man?

Eh, it helps when there’s a whole wing named after your family.


Oh, I see. Well, I guess I was wrong when I said there was nothing that you could do here to help. Well, thank–thank you.

Yes, thank you, Johnny, for coming to the rescue.

I wouldn’t be anywhere else.

[gentle music]


[coughs] Ugh. Hmm. Maybe I should fill this with some water. Nah, I’ll just blame Harold.

[tense music] “Dear Johnny, I love you.” Nah, too abrupt. “Dear Johnny, “becoming your stepsister is the worst thing that ever happened to me because I’m in love with you.” Nah, no reason to bring up the incest thing. Come on, Holly.

[sighs] “Remember that day you told me I looked pretty “in my homecoming dress? “That was the day I fell in love with you. “Maybe you were just trying to be nice, “but you were a zillion times nicer than my immature date, “who ditched me at the dance “to go vape in the bathroom with his bros. “When I came home that night, “you ate rainbow sherbet with me “and told me he was an idiot. “You also let me listen to Taylor Swift in your car, “and you’re the only guy I know “that’s seen every Jane Austen movie. “You’re my soulmate, Johnny. I’m sure of it. “Now that I’m , “there’s nothing stopping us from being together. “I mean, I know you’re with Chanel now, “but I am so much better for you, and you know it. “For one thing, I would never leave you “for your twin sister, only if you had a twin brother. “JK, I would be loyal to you, and only you, forever and ever, “because I love you, Johnny DiMera.

[giggles] Oh, my God, I can’t send this. Ugh, that would ruin everything if he found out.

[sighs] Jeez.

[sighs] If he loved me back, he wouldn’t have left me all alone on my birthday just because Chanel called. He would have stayed and watched me blow out my candles. He doesn’t care.

[scoffs] Nobody cares about Holly.

Okay, she is having her vitals checked, so hopefully she doesn’t make a run for it.

[laughs] Yeah, hopefully. Um, hey, how are you feeling? Uh, that–that’s a stupid question. Obviously, I’m sure you’re worried about your mom.

Yeah. Yeah, I am. And, you know, just being in the hospital on Christmas Eve–

Yeah, it’s the worst, I know.

You say that like you’re talking from personal experience.

That’s because I am.

[somber music] You see this eye?


Yeah, it’s not the, uh, original.

What? Wait. So it’s, like, a prosthetic or whatever?

Yeah, believe it or not.

But it looks so real. But why? What–what happened to you?

Uh, when I was a little kid, I had retinoblastoma, which is a type of cancer. And how do I know that it sucks to be in the hospital on the holidays? Because this is exactly the time of year that I had my surgery.

I-I can’t believe I didn’t know about that. But you’re okay? You’re okay now, right?

Yeah, yeah, I’m okay. You know, I have to go get checkups for the rest of my life. I still get a little nervous every time, but I’ve been very lucky in so many ways. And, hey, you’d never even know I was sick, right?


So take heart in that, okay? Because whatever is going on with your mom, she is a very strong woman.

[chuckles] And the doctors here are amazing. So keep the faith, all right?

[soft music]

Hey, I hope you don’t mind if I put you to work, but Santa’s gonna be up very late wrapping gifts for the kids’ toy drive if I don’t get some help.

Well, I’ll help, as long as you don’t expect too much from my corners and bows.

Mm-hmm, especially after a couple of these.


Don’t listen to him. He is the original Secret Santa.

Am I?

Our first Christmas, he made me think that he was the most bah-humbuggiest kind of person.

[both laugh] You would not believe how many Santa hats this guy has.

Baby, you’re no slouch in the Santa department either.

I am not gonna let Kiriakis spoil my Christmas.

He’s gonna spoil a lot more than that if we don’t get back.

No, not until I see my family.

Kayla, you’ve got a new family to worry about. We got a baby coming.

Did you really think that Victor would kill you if you came home for Christmas?

You did not know him back in the day.

He was my first employer in Salem. I bit off more than I could chew when I took that job.

Yeah, he was one tough son of a bitch who basically owned me. Then he became my father-in-law and friend. But I know for a fact that that man knew everything about my past, and he took all those secrets to his grave with him. And I am grateful to have them stay right there forever.

[cell phone rings]

Uh. Hello?

“Hello”? It’s me, Holly.

[scoffs] D-do you even have my number saved? Wha–do you recognize my voice, at least?

What? Of course I have your number saved in my phone. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have answered.

Uh-huh. Whatever, Johnny. Don’t lie to me.

Holly, have you been drinking?

[laughs] Have I been drinking? Well, let me tell you, mister. I’m all alone in this big old house with enough alcohol to fill a cruise ship, so yeah, I’ve been drinking. And–and what is it to you? You don’t care. Nobody cares what I do.

Holly, I care.

Hmm. If you care, you wouldn’t have left me alone to go hold Chanel’s clammy hand.

Whoa. Hey. Slow down, all right? Her mother’s sick.


[glass shatters] Crap.

Holly, what just happened?

Uh, mm, I broke a glass.

Okay, all right. I want you to listen to me. Just don’t touch it. Don’t touch anything. Just leave it there. Harold will clean it up.

Sounds good to me. And–and just so you know, I called to tell you that– that you’re a big fat jerk, Johnny DiMera.

Is Holly okay?

Uh, no. No, I don’t think she is.

Well, you should go home. It sounds like she needs you.

Honestly, I think I am the last person she wants to see. Um, it’s her birthday, and she’s all alone, and I ditched her.

Okay, well, she clearly needs someone right now, and it seems like you’re all she’s got, so un-ditch her.

You sure?

Yes. We will–we’ll be okay here.

Okay, just, uh, promise you’ll call me if you hear any news?

Mm-hmm, I promise.


I love you.

I love you too. Take care of your mom.

[gentle music]


[elevator dings]

[grumbling] Oh, my God. What did I just do?


[low piano music] Hey. Hey, Holly. Holly.


Yeah, I’m here.

I’m so sorry about the glass.

Just don’t worry about it, okay? It’s all right.


Gosh, Holly.



[cell phone ringing] Hey.

Hey. How’s Holly?

Uh, knocked out. Judging by the amount of alcohol she drank, she’s gonna have a rough Christmas morning, but I think she’s gonna be okay. How’s your mom doing?

Uh, she is waiting to see a doctor. But I just–I just wanted to call you to check in.

Give her my love.

I will. Merry Christmas, Johnny.

Merry Christmas to you too.


There’s carolers in the hall and they’re headed this way.

[grunts] Thanks for the warning.

[laughs] They sound nice.

[clears throat]

Hey, uh, maybe we should call Abe and let him know what’s going on–

No, no, no. Don’t you dare. Don’t you dare call him. I don’t even know what’s– what’s going on with me, and that man has enough to deal with without worrying over what’s probably– what’s probably nothing.

Okay, but you invited him over for Christmas, so he should probably know that he needs to make other plans.

Other plans? Oh, no, no, no way. Oh, no. I will be home, and he will be coming over for Christmas. Don’t look at me like I’m in denial. I am a very stubborn woman.

Yeah, you don’t have to tell me that.

Oh, honey, come on now. Look, I’m going to be fine, okay? That’s a promise.

[breathes deeply]

[sweet music]

Many hands make light work. That’s what my mother used to always say.


There’s gonna be a lot of happy kids tomorrow.



Well, look, I’m sorry to break up the party, but I just got a call for a last-minute pie order. both: What?

Why didn’t you tell them no?

Would you tell Julie Williams no?




Yeah, she said she’s got some last-minute guests coming over for Christmas Eve. She didn’t bake enough so, uh– and I can’t blame her for being a little grouchy, given the friends are Xander Cook and, uh, Victor’s friend, Konstantin.

Konstantin? I thought Maggie washed her hands of him already.

Well, apparently not. Julie told me she invited him to the Hortons’ Christmas celebration.

Oh, damn.

Wow. Are you okay?

Yeah, yeah, just, um, all this talk about the past has kind of– kind of got to me a little. Hey, everyone, thanks for a great evening. Merry Christmas.

Oh, yes. Merry Christmas.

This was sweet.

Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

Thank you.

That’s some good wrapping.

Roman, thank you for this.

Oh, you did such a nice job here.

Oh, neat.

Oh, nicely done. Well done.

Thank you.

Yeah, okay. Thank you. Thank you for that.

Good wrapping.


Okay, there we go.


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