Days Transcript Wednesday, December 27, 2023

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

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

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


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

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

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

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[knock at door]

Hey, Tate.


So can I come in?


Good morning.

[soft music]

You mean good afternoon.



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


I’m not even gonna look at my phone.

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

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

I am more than OK with that.

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

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

Hey, stick with me, kid.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, how come you didn’t go with them?

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

And your parents were OK with that?

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

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

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

I came to say I’m sorry.

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

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

I’m investigating some suspicious activity.

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


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

Come here.

You know, now you’re gonna be cold.

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

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

[scoffs] Actually, she doesn’t.

[sighs] No, I mean– OK, she’s a good person. And she can be very empathetic. And if they weren’t grieving, if my dad wasn’t suffering so much, I don’t think my mom would– would dream of asking me to give up my life here. But she’s obviously desperate to try to find a way to comfort my father and herself.

Of course. And… as much as I want you to stay in Salem, you know I’ll respect whatever decision you make.

Thank you for being understanding.

Oh, my gosh. Your hands are so cold.


How about I go get us some hot chocolate to warm you up?

That’d be great. I’ll come with you.

No, no, no, no, no. You just sit and relax, listen to the carolers coming from the square, OK? I’ll be back.

[sniffles, sighs]

Hello, Wendy. Merry Christmas.



[grunts] Wow.


[soft music]

Is that an antique light fixture?

Oh, that? I don’t know. I’ve never noticed it before.

[chuckles] You’ve lived in this house how long, and you’ve never looked at the light fixture in your bedroom?

Yeah, well, you know, I’m not very observant when it comes to décor and furniture. I mean, if it’s comfortable and it lights up the room, then it’s good with me.

So then I can safely assume that you didn’t pick out most of the things in this lovely house, if anything?

Yes. Yes, you can safely assume that my mother and Gabi decorated and furnished this entire place and that I had zilch to do with it.

[chuckles] I really love it. Gabi and your mom did a terrific job.

Yeah, well, it’s kind of a mishmash.

Wonderful mishmash. It’s very warm and inviting. I love it the way it is. Feels like home.

Do you want a–do you want a drink or something, like a coffee or a soda?

No, but thanks for asking.

Yeah, well, I think being around my Grandma Marlena is kind of rubbing off on me, you know, ’cause she’s all about being a good hostess. So I think I’m trying to emulate her and be a good host.

And you’re succeeding. But–

But what?

Well, I’m not really a guest. I mean, I only came here to apologize to you for treating you like crap.


Tate, I knew you liked me. And I feel so horrible that I just used you to try to get closer to Johnny. It was not only unfair to you, but it was stupid of me, because now I know that it was never gonna work out for him and me anyways.

What–what made you realize that?

Well, I was super depressed last night, you know, spending Christmas Eve and my birthday all alone. So kind of got a little wasted, and I drunk-texted Johnny, sort of poured out my heart to him.

Oh, man.

Yeah. But I didn’t send the text, which was a relief. And then I got more trashed and called him and went on this ridiculous tirade. Forget it. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.

Yeah, I mean, I don’t– I don’t blame you. So where was–where was Johnny when you called him?

With Chanel, of course. She was at the hospital with her mom. And he went there to be, like, you know, supportive. But I guess he was worried about me drinking all alone, so he rushed home. And he was really nice about it all, but I just– I felt so embarrassed.

I’m sorry, Holly. That’s–that’s a lot to go through on Christmas and your birthday, so…

Yeah, that made it even worse. Anyway, since that happened, well, I’ve been thinking about how much smarter you were about it all than me, how you tried to warn me… How I wish I’d listened.

Wait a minute. Yesterday was your birthday, not to mention Christmas Eve. So why were you alone?

Well, my mom’s been having such a rough time with losing the baby, as you know. So EJ decided to take her out of town overnight.

So what did you– what did you do by yourself?

I wasn’t by myself the whole night. Johnny was there for a while. He even ordered me a cake when he realized it was my birthday. And then he got a call from Chanel, since she was in the hospital with her mom. I should have been more sympathetic, I guess. But I don’t know. I was just so pissed off that she interrupted our time together. Sensitive me, I acted like a baby. Wah, wah, wah.

[chuckles] Excellent– excellent baby imitation.

Thank you. Anyway, before Johnny left, he told me I should call you.

He did?

Yeah. And I wish to hell I’d listened. But I was so focused on my fantasy that I couldn’t see what was right in front of me.

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So any chance you’re hungry?


Tamales. You see, they’re a Christmas tradition in the Hernandez family. Well, they’re actually a Hispanic tradition. But my abuela, my grandma, she had the best recipe in town. And then she handed it down to her kids and then her grandkids, and… Gabi’s been making them for the last few Christmases. But obviously, she’s not here, so I took over. And I’m not sure they’re gonna measure up, but–

I’m sure they’ll be great.


And I am so sorry that Gabi is not here for Christmas.

Yeah. Yeah, just picturing her in a prison hospital is– Anyway, I’m gonna go visit her today, and I’m gonna bring her some tamales. I’m not even sure if they’re gonna let me give them to her, but I’m gonna try. I know just the smell of ’em, I’m sure that’ll bring her some good memories.

You are a wonderful brother, Rafe.

Thanks. But I’m not gonna believe that about myself until– till I find Li Shin’s real killer and Gabi is out of prison and back home.

I do love this spot.

[chuckles] Little duck pond over there, watching the kids play. Although they’re obviously not there today. They’re at home, celebrating Christmas with their families. I can find a different bench if you’d prefer.

It’s fine. Sit where you want.

Wendy, I am so sorry about your brother.

Yeah, so you said… The day he died.

Right, that very tragic day that I ran into you in the square. Look, I know that my relationship with him started out with a whole lot of games being played.

It was more than games being played. You seduced him to get a confession out of him.

And I’m not proud of that, especially because, as I told you on that same day, I started to really care about him. Li was a good man. And he made some terrible mistakes but only in the name of love.

That’s true. His love for Gabi Hernandez was what… drove him to some behaviors that I know he was ashamed of.

And that’s terribly sad. But, you know, in a way, I respect his passion for her. I mean, what’s more important? What feeds the soul…

[chuckles] More than love?

Oh, is that a rhetorical question?

Actually, I think it is, because I think we both know the answer. How I wish I–

What? What do you wish?

That I had more of that in my life, that I’d been… less ambitious, more loving, more open to being loved.

Come on, Ava, just talk to me.

I have nothing to say to you. You know, I should go inside. Here.

No, no. I don’t want my coat back. No, I just want you to tell me the truth.

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I don’t know what you mean.

You told me that you broke up with me because I have a wandering eye. But that wasn’t the reason at all, was it?

You finally see what’s right in front of you?

[chuckles] Sounds like a line out of a movie, right? Actually, wait, maybe it is. But whatever. I do mean it.

But, Holly, you can’t possibly be talking about me. I mean, I didn’t even think you knew I existed.

Of course I knew you existed, Tate. And I was a jerk to you. I promised you we’d go on a date. And when you offered to take me all these exotic places–

You had me take you to the Bistro because you knew Johnny DiMera would be there.

Yeah, my stepbrother, who I’ve had this stupid, pointless crush on and who I made a total fool of myself with. So hey, I don’t blame you for walking out on me.

Right. I just–I couldn’t take it anymore, Holly. I felt kind of pathetic wanting to be with you when you were hung up on someone else.

You weren’t pathetic, Tate. I was. I had my head in the clouds, and I treated you really badly. If I were you, I’d–I’d never give me another chance.

[dramatic music]

Are you asking for one?

Rafe, I know it’s really painful with your sister being in prison. But it’s Christmas, and you want to be in a good place when you see her. Not angry, you know?


I think It’ll be good for the both of you.

Yeah. I know. You’re right. It’s just… easier said than done to be in a good place, you know?

Well, so why don’t we do something fun?

Well, I thought that we’d been doing something fun for most of the day.

[laughs] No, not that kind of fun. I mean, like, silly fun, like distracting fun.

Like what?

Like, let’s play a trivia Christmas game.


OK, so you’ll get the first question.

All right, let’s have it.

Name Santa’s reindeer.

[laughing] What? Are you serious? That is so easy. I mean–OK, fine. Dasher, Dancer, Comet, Happy–

Wait, Happy?

Yeah, yeah. Doc, Dopey, Sleepy.

Those are the seven dwarfs.

Oh, wait. Oh, really?


OK, so, what, do I get some kind of demerit or something?

No, you just lose that round.


OK, it’s my turn. So now you ask me a question, Christmas-related, of course.

Oh, yeah, yeah, of course, right. Oh, OK. But it’s not really a question. It’s more of a request.

Go for it.

Sing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Psh, no problem.


OK, ready?



[clears throat] * On the first day of Christmas * * My true love gave to me * * Tamales from his abuela’s recipe *

Wow. What?


OK, I am–first of all, that rhymed. And I am super impressed. Wow.

Well, you know I am clever.

I know it now. Yes, I do. And also, was that a command?

Mm… yes.

It was. OK. Well, then command granted.

Mm. Ahora… y voy a la cocina para calentar los tamales.

Mm. Bueno, mi amor, porque tengo hambre.

Wow. Hablas muy bien español.

Two years in high school.

Wow. I’ll be back.

I’ll be waiting.


Why would I lie to you? You kind of cheated on me, right? And to me, that is enough reason to break up with someone.

Ava–Ava, I apologized. I’m sorry. She was wasted. I drank. It was a kiss. I told you it would never happen again.

OK, well, maybe I didn’t believe you.

Well, maybe I don’t believe you, especially how you and Stefan acted when I walked up.

I was startled. That’s all. What–


Or maybe it was because you didn’t want me to know.

Know what?

Are you in love with him?

Answer me, Holly. Are you asking for a second chance?

Not if you don’t want one. And like I said, if I were you–

But you’re not me.

Yeah, but I don’t think I deserve anything after how I treated you.

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Not even a birthday-Christmas combo present?


I bought you a gift a little while back.

You did?

Yeah, but then I threw it in the trash after we had our fight.

Don’t blame you.

But since the cleaning service doesn’t come until the end of the week, it’s still there in the trash.


So I’ll go get it.


[sighs] Here.

Wow, “Pride and Prejudice.”

It’s a– it’s a first edition. I found it on eBay.

Tate, this is so great. I love it. I mean, I love Jane Austen. I just saw “Emma” for, like, the third time. Thank you. This is the perfect gift.

I’m glad you like it.

I love it. And, Tate, I know I avoided actually just coming out and telling you I was hoping you’d give me another chance. But that was only because I was afraid you didn’t want one.

Yeah, yeah, I figured that was why.

But now I’m willing to risk you telling me no.


I know, right?


So I will now bravely ask, do you want to have that date with me?

Y aqui, mi amor… tienes tamales calientes.

Mmm. Muchas gracias, mi amor.

[sniffs] Oh, and it smells so wonderful.

Yeah, well, you got to taste them before you give the review.

I will. I will. Mmm. My review: perfection.

They’re good? Oh, my God. Yes. I’m so relieved, because I was really worried, you know, ’cause Gabi normally makes them. And hopefully, next year, she will be back here at Christmas making them again at home.

I will look forward to that.

Yeah. And, you know, these tamales… They were made yesterday, and I reheated them.


Mm-hmm. So I don’t see any reason why they can’t be reheated again.

Neither do I. No reason at all.

Well? Am I right?

Am I in love with Stefan? No. I mean– I mean, it hasn’t gotten that far yet. But we are seeing each other.

[sighs] Right. Now it makes sense why you ended things. Because I knew it couldn’t just be what– what happened with Stephanie. How long?

Not–not long. It just– You know, it just– it kind of happened. He just–he reminds me so much of his brother Jake, and… he was my fiancé at the time. And I just–I haven’t really gotten over him, and… it’s just, working with Stefan, it just… brought back all those feelings, so I just–

[sighs] I get it. I just wish you would have been honest with me.

Yeah, I wish I would have been too.

[phone beeps]

Oh, it’s–it’s my alert. I’m having dinner with Tripp tonight.

Yeah, well, you don’t want to be late for that.

Harris. I’m so sorry for deceiving you. You don’t deserve it. And I know this is just gonna ring hollow right now, but… I think you’re a really great guy. And I’m gonna remember every moment that we shared together. Just take care of yourself, OK?

You too.


You’re right.


About love being the most important thing.


Feeding the soul, as you put it.


And I know you say you wish that you’d been more open to being loved, but… I mean, there’s still time for that, obviously.

Yeah. I suppose. Although…

Although what?

I admit that… haven’t really liked myself very much lately. So I don’t really feel very deserving of love.

That’s too bad.

Yeah, well, I hope that is not the case for you, Wendy, because you’re so young and so beautiful. And–and I can tell you have a great mind and a good heart. And–and you have integrity as well.

That’s–that’s very kind of you. But how do you know all that?

Well, I am an excellent judge of people.


Oh, I see.


Mm. Well, then I’ll accept your compliments and… Maybe even ask for your advice.

Go for it.

OK, so… I’m torn between love and duty to my parents.


And I came to the States to escape their demands.


You know, I resented being told how I should live my life, what I should wear, what career I should pursue, who I should date, how I should present myself to the world.

And with your brother being gone, I imagine that your mother and father are demanding more on you.

Yes, they are. And… I mean, my father is in deep grief right now, as is my mother. But according to her, he’s– He’s barely functional. And so she wants me to move back to China, you know, to be there for him mostly, but really… to be there for both of them.

Is that what you want?

Tripp, you’re back.

Yeah, sorry it took so long. There was a line halfway down the block. Hello, Melinda.


Is everything OK here?

Yeah. More than OK.

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We need to talk.


Ava. She told me the truth.

OK. She’s still a little…

[whistles] Delusional. So I would take–

I believe what she told me. And now I’m telling you not to screw with her.

Not to–

She’s a good woman. She’s been through hell. The last thing she needs is to be dragged into something that she can’t get out of.


And I’m sure you don’t need reminding that you have a wife in prison. And I don’t even think you can deny that her involvement with you is part of the reason she ended up there.

Where you going with this, Michaels?

I’m watching you.


Mm. Who knew that tamales were an aphrodisiac?

Oh, yeah, they are, for sure. I mean, good thing you only took one bite. Imagine if you ate the whole thing.

Good thing I didn’t, ’cause we would never get out of this bed.

Oh. I don’t know if that’s such a bad thing. I mean, it’s not in my opinion.

[chuckles] You know, I haven’t felt like this in a long time.

Me neither.

I don’t think I’ve ever felt like this before.

Really? Not even with your ex? Hey, you know what? Never mind. I don’t want to know.

Well, maybe you do want to know, because the answer is no, not even with my ex. What we have, this is deeper, stronger. I feel safe with you.

I feel the same way about you. I’m so grateful you’re in my life.

Hmm, do I want to go on that date with you? Wow, that is–that is a tough question. In fact, I– I might need, I don’t know, maybe a few weeks to think about it.

Only a few weeks?

It could be years, even. But I don’t want to keep you waiting. You know, it wouldn’t be fair to me to keep you in limbo for years or weeks, even. So how’s–how’s New Year’s Eve at the Bistro sound?

[chuckles] Well, I do appreciate you being so considerate of me…


You know, not wanting to keep me on pins and needles forever. And of course, I wouldn’t want to do that to you either. So…yes, New Year’s Eve at the Bistro sounds great.


[chuckles] But are you sure you don’t mind returning to the scene of the crime, you know, where I was kind of a jerk to you and you walked out on me?

Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’m over it. We’ll–we’ll erase all the bad stuff from our memories, do it right this time.

Yeah, we will.

Hey, hey, hey, hey. Sorry, I’m late.

No worries, Mom.

Hey, Wendy.

Hi, Ava. Merry Christmas.

Aw, merry Christmas to you too. Look, I don’t know if Tripp told you, but I normally make a really big Christmas dinner. And I just–I feel bad that I wasn’t able to do it this year. It’s just, I couldn’t get away from the restaurant.

Oh, no worries. I’m just–I’m glad that we can all be together.

Mm, me too. And you know what? Our reservation’s in five minutes, so we might as well just head on over, yeah?

Well, actually, first, Wendy and I had some big news. And…

OK. What?

Mom, I hope you understand why we have to do this.


[holiday music] Get married? Is–is it because– Wendy, are you pregnant?

No. No, no, no, no, nothing like that.

Oh. OK, all right, so what is it, then? Tell me. Tell me what the big news is.

I’m moving to China.

And I’m moving with her.

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