Days Transcript Friday, December 29, 2023

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[sighs] OK, according to my schedule, which is actually your schedule, you should be waking up just in time to ring in the New Year. And I will have a bottle ready to pop.

[knock at door] Sarah, you look beautiful.

Thank you. You look like a new dad.

[sighs] Come in. Come in.


This is a nice surprise. I thought you were going to that big New Year’s Eve party.

I am, but I just wanted to stop in and give Victoria a New Year’s kiss. Do you mind?

Not at all.

Hi, angel. Are you having fun with your daddy? Yes?

[smooches] Her head’s warm.

[dramatic music]

Jeez, what, did I hit the jackpot or something? I got the best-looking girl in town on my arm for New Year’s Eve.

Yeah, we are both pretty lucky. I just–I wish I hadn’t left Mama all alone tonight.

You know that she wouldn’t have let us stay home tonight even if we wanted to, right?

I know. I know. It’s just, going into this New Year, worrying that she might have cancer–

Hey, hey, Paulina Price is a force to be reckoned with, OK? Let’s say, worst-case scenario, even if it is cancer, she is going to get treatment and kick its ass. I’m living proof, you can leave cancer in the rearview.

Yeah, you are.

And whatever happens, we are going to get through it together. Yeah?


Hi, Leo.


Bye, Leo.

No, no, no, no, no, wait. Ah, this must be kismet. You are just the man I wanted to see. CMDM, if I may call you that, I have a very interesting proposition for you.

Sorry, I’m almost ready.

No, you’re fine. I’m a little early.

Have I mentioned that I don’t like mixers that involve, you know, people?

Ev, you are the new editor in town. A lot of Salem’s movers and shakers will be there. This is a good way for you to meet them.

Can’t I just meet them on the job?

This is the job.

[chuckles] You’re not going for the party. You’re going to make connections. This is work for both of us.

And my date?

[groans] First of all, she called me a disgusting lothario was the word that she used, as I recall. And then she proceeds to punch me in my face and then barf all over me.


I’m not kidding. Like, blood and puke.


And it was the worst New Year’s Eve of my life.

Hey, guys.


Oh, hi. Hey, Tate, Brady. Happy New Year.

To you too.

Yeah, happy New Year, Mom, Alex.


And I got to go.

Where to?

Why do you care?

Just tell me.

He’s picking up Holly.

Thanks, Dad.

Why can’t she know that? It’s fine.

Holly, huh? OK. Well, last I heard, you were throwing her Christmas present in the trash.

Yeah, well, we worked things out.


Anyway, I’m sorry your date fizzled out for tonight, Dad.

It’s all right.

But I’ll see you guys later.

See you.

See you, son.


Your date?

Yes, my date was– was Rachel. But Kristin took her out of town for the weekend, so… Anyway, have a good night. Happy New Year to you. I’m gonna head home, so I’ll see you.

Wait a minute. Bup-bup-bup. Where do you think you’re going?

Theresa, I’m going home.

No, no, you’re not. You’re coming with us.



Hey, I’ve been looking for you.

Hey, yeah, I just– I needed to step outside and get some air before the festivities begin.

Hmm. Judging by the reservation list, it’s gonna be a hell of a night. And I got to hand it to you, looks good in there.



I’m just glad that was the last pickup, so now we can just concentrate on the party.


[phone ringing and buzzing] News alert?


[phone beeps]

Oh, two Salem kids were found dead.

[suspenseful music] OD’d… On cocaine laced with–


[tense music]

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


[thermometer beeping] I didn’t notice that she was warm when I laid her down. She OK?

Yeah, I mean, her temperature is elevated, but it’s nothing extreme yet. Would you grab me the baby acetaminophen?

Oh, I don’t have that.

Xander, there are things that every parent needs to have when they have a baby.

Obviously, I didn’t know about that one. Can you make me a list?

Yeah, I absolutely will.

OK, well, I’ll go get the… “acetaphinomin.”

Acetaminophen, baby acetaminophen.


[dramatic music]

You know, I think that the reason why Mama insisted that we go to the party tonight is so that we can report back, be the eyes and ears of the mayor ’cause she’s usually the one holding court in the center of it all.

Well, whatever the reason, I am just happy to be here tonight, holding you.

[tender music]

Proposition? We’ve gone over this, Leo. You’re not my type.

[sighs] This one has to do with “The Spectator.” One can’t help noting that since the departure of Salem’s favorite columnist, moi, circulation has gone from booming to bombing. And being the astute businessman that you are, you must know it would behoove you to bring Lady Whistleblower back, make that little rag go bing-bang-boom again.

[dramatic music]

I believe somewhere in all that babble was a request for your job back.


Mm. Isn’t mine to give. You’re gonna have to talk to the editor in chief.

Let me do it.

Oh. Thank you. Would you? I’m all thumbs, obviously.

[gasps] I gave these to you.

Yeah, you did, Valentine’s Day. They’re my favorites.

No, no, no, no. No, thank you. No, thank you. I have no interest in being a third wheel with you guys, so I’m just gonna go home; it’ll be fine.

Just stop being such a party pooper. Besides, you might even meet someone tonight.

Oh, not interested, thank you.

Really? No longer have any interest in women?

[chuckles] I’m not interested in meeting a woman tonight, Alex.

Oh, no?

OK, fine then, just come for the food and the laughs.

Food and the laughs? You think there’s gonna be laughter?


It’s gonna be fun?

It’s gonna be fun. There’s gonna be a lot of laughter. There’s gonna be a lot of funny people there, including me. I’m funny–ha-ha–aren’t I?


I never leave the house without a really good joke or a really witty remark, right?

Yeah, yeah.

Yeah. Yeah, so look, OK, fine, if you’re not coming for the laughs, just– you really want to spend New Year’s Eve on your own?

No. All right, I’ll come. I’ll come. I will come but just for a little while. I’m only staying for a little while.

No, you are gonna stay until the ball drops, until it is officially a New Year.

Theresa. You know, but it– this New Year’s probably gonna be just like the old year.


Can’t you just–

I don’t know.

Why are you such a cynic? Just snap out of it. This year is gonna be amazing. It’s gonna be mind-blowing, OK?


Because we’re gonna stop the war. We’re gonna find a cure for diseases and world hunger and stop climate change. I’m telling you. And I don’t know, I mean, maybe there might even be a wedding proposal or marriages or– I don’t know.


Go on.

I wouldn’t rule that out.

God, Mom, you scared me.

I’m sorry, I should have knocked. I got your text. So you’re going out with Tate tonight?

Yeah, to the Bistro. But if you need me to stay home–

No, no, why would I want you to stay home on New Year’s?

Are you sure you’re OK?

Yeah, I’m– I’m fine. I– I had a therapy session today, and I’m in a really good place. So EJ and I are having a quiet night in, just the two of us.

OK, well, I wouldn’t want to intrude on that.

You wouldn’t be intruding, but I’d be happy knowing that you’re having fun. So I hope you and Tate have a wonderful time tonight.

Oh, we will. I’m planning on it.



[tense music]

Laced? Laced cocaine? You think it came from here?

How the hell should I know, Ava? Look, all I know is, Clyde Weston’s guys, they pull up here. They drop shipments off. Then another group comes, and they take the shipments away, OK? We don’t know where the shipments come from, what’s in them, or where they’re going. We’re not drug dealers, all right?

OK, yeah, yeah, you keep telling yourself that.

[festive music]

[indistinct chatter]

[gasps] Happy New Year, everyone.

Hey, happy New Year to you too, Steph.

Hey, happy New Year.

Alex, you already know Everett, but, Chanel, Theresa, Brady, Johnny, I’d like to introduce Everett Lynch, “The Spectator’s” new editor in chief.

Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

Yeah, happy New Year.

Nice to meet you. Happy New Year. Happy New Year. Hi.

Happy New Year.

Oh, I spy a judge and the head of chamber of commerce. So good to see you guys.

Nice to meet you.

See you.

You too.

[sighs] OK, well, I think I’m gonna raid the buffet. Who’s with me?

Mm, me.


Come on, boo, let’s go.

Well, it’s only more hours and minutes until the New Year, so–

Oh, my God, come on, Brady, give the party a chance, would you?

Actually, I think I’m gonna give the appetizers a little chance myself.

Whoa, whoa, wait, wait, wait, please.

What? What is it?

There’s just something I want to talk to you about while Theresa is otherwise engaged.

OK, about what?

About her.

OK, you know what? Look.

[sighs] If you can get Everett to sign off on it, then I’m fine with it, provided–provided that you follow some rules. “The Spectator’s” my wife’s legacy, so I’m not gonna have you turn it into some crass gossip rag. So I will have final approval on everything that is printed, you understand?

Fine, fine, fine, no crassness. Well, minimal crassness, at least. I’ve already got some great ideas percolating.

Yeah, I bet you do.

So moving right along, any big New Year’s Eve plans for you and Stephanie?

No. Actually, we broke up.

Oh, Chadwick, I’m so sorry.

[dramatic music] Interesting. Why would Stephanie Johnson spend the night at the Brady Pub? So when did you and Stephanie call it quits?

It’s none of your business. In fact, you know what? None of my business is any of your business, you got it?

OK, potential future boss’ boss. Now I must go find Mr. E. Lynch.

Aw. Hello, my darling.

[sighs] From the moment you were born, my life got sweeter and sweeter. Do you know that? Hmm?

[soft music] You are still warm, but you’re not crying, so I know you’re not in any pain. And as soon as your daddy gets back, we are gonna get that fever down. OK, my precious girl?

Hmm, yeah, I vote no on that one.

Yeah, me too.

OK, next.



So how was therapy? You said it put you in a better place, right?

It did, and I’m really glad I went. And this year, I am gonna focus on all my blessings and my biggest one being you, my sweet girl.

[both chuckle]

OK, how about this?

Maybe. You know, I have some things in my closet you can try on if you want.

I’m not wearing a mom dress.

[gasps] Mom dress? What? I’m not that frumpy, am I?

Well, not yet.

[scoffs] Not yet?


You’re such a stinker.

Could things get any worse?

Don’t tempt the gods.

Hmm. You know Tripp told me that he’s moving to Hong Kong with Wendy? Yeah. You know, actually, it might be for the best since then he’ll be out of Clyde’s reach.

Congratulations. No such luck with Gabi, though.

Right. Stefan, speaking of your wife, there’s something that you need to know. I told Harris that you and I were dating.

[intriguing music]

Why would you do that?

Well, when he found us huddled together when we were hiding drugs, he assumed that we– I don’t know, he stumbled upon an intimate moment, and I just went along with it. It’s better that he thinks that than he suspects what’s really going on here.

Right. Guess you’re right, though I hate the idea of the public thinking I’m cheating on Gabi.

[sighs] But you’re right. It’s a good cover.

Yeah, so… guess we’re having an affair.

[doorbell rings]

I’ll get it.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, not too eager, honey.

OK. Gotcha.

[chuckles] Whoa, Tate, aren’t you looking dapper?

[chuckles] Thanks, Mrs. DiMera. Is Holly ready?

Yeah, come on in.

[soft music]

[all chuckle]

Wow. Wow.

Yes, you said that already.

Oh, yeah. So are you ready to go?

Well, listen, have fun at the party, and be home by midnight.

[chuckles] Just kidding. OK, you can be home at : a.m. since it’s New Year’s. Happy almost , you two.

You too, Mom.

And by the way, your mom’s outfit isn’t so frumpy after all, right?


Thank you. OK, have fun.

Love you.

So are you ready to go?

Almost. Just thought we’d skip the “do we, don’t we” weirdness at midnight. And just so you know, we do.

Can’t wait till midnight.




Hi. Did you get it?

I did. I had to go to three different stores. And the one that was open was a liquor store, but they had the baby aceta– what you said.

Yes, great. Thank you. I gave her a bath, but she’s still feverish.

Oh, I’m so sorry I messed up with the meds.

No, no, no, it’s OK. We have it now. And so hopefully, it’ll help.



Happy New Year, Chad.

Hey, yeah, happy New Year.

Good to see you.

Yeah, you too. I’m sorry, I hope you don’t mind me dropping by unannounced.

No, not at all.

Yeah, I just wanted to– to thank EJ for letting me use the jet.

Oh, you sure you don’t want to thank Stefan for that?

Mm, no, no, I would rather thank EJ.

Oh, well, he’s been upstairs on business calls, so you’re welcome to wait.

Is that OK?

Yeah, come on.


Why don’t you have a seat? So you were in Boston, huh, with the kids?

Yeah, just picked them up this morning. They’re gonna ring in the New Year with Doug and Julie.

Oh, lucky Doug and Julie.

Lucky kids.


[clears throat]

How are you? How are you and EJ doing? I’m sure it must be rough, especially with the holidays and all.

[sighs] Yes, it is.

[dramatic music]

I’m so sorry for your loss, Nicole.

Thank you.

Do you have any New Year’s plans?

Oh, God, no, no, just a quiet night at home. The last thing I want to do is go to a party.



[festive music]

[indistinct chatter]

Oh, hey. Holly, how’s it going? Tate, good to see you.

Yeah, you guys too.

Happy New Year. You guys look so festive.

So do you. Yeah, this party looks pretty lit.

Yeah, oh, and let me tell you, you have to hit the buffet. I know you just got here, but it’s amazing.

Especially the shrimp curry. You better hurry and get over there. It’s gonna be gone soon.

Nice, nice, yeah.

Thanks, but we’re gonna go dance now.


Look at that. This place is jumping.

Yeah, that’s one way to put it.

[both chuckle]

Oh, hey, what are you–

What? It’s not like I grabbed your ass or something.

Shh! What–

What is it–

We’re supposed to be having an affair. Don’t you think it’d be better if it was on the down low instead of out in the open for the whole world to see?

Oh, sounds like you’re speaking from experience here, huh?


Hey, Ava.


Stefan, happy New Year.

Yeah, same to you.

Have you met Everett Lynch, “The Spectator’s” new editor in chief?

No, I haven’t had the pleasure.

Nor have I.

Well, this is Ava Vitali and Stefan DiMera, who not only is the CEO of DiMera Enterprises; he also owns this establishment. And Ava Vitali is the general manager.

DiMera and Vitali, I’m familiar with those names. You both have quite the– you just–you both have the sort of…

[clears throat] Colorful family histories. But you’re a restaurateur now, which is so great. I love–I love rest– does your family frequent the restaurant, just out of curiosity?

It’s a legitimate business.

Right, right.

So Salem has a history of surprise guests showing up on New Year’s Eve.


Any chance of that happening tonight?

Not that I’m aware of.

[sighs] Look, man, I hope you’re not planning to give me some kind of a lecture or anything, ’cause, actually, Theresa and I are getting along right now just fine.

That’s not totally what I wanted to talk to you about.

What is it?


At Christmas dinner, Maggie and company were all over me for putting Theresa in charge of “Bella.” You didn’t take a stand, but I think Theresa could really benefit from you being in her corner right now. I mean, I keep telling her how great she’s doing, but I think she needs some confidence building from somebody other than her boyfriend, you know? So what do you say? Could you maybe show a little bit of support?

Alex, the dance floor’s hopping. You got to come out there, show me your dance moves. Come on.

All right.

[people cheering]

[quirky music]

[people gasping]

Oh, you got to be kidding me.

What the hell is that?

[cheers and applause]

[festive music]

Great, just what we need, that gossip queen poking his nose around here.

I can’t stand that little bastard.

You and me both.

[sighs] I must say, this is quite the shindig. Hats off for throwing a fabu party.


Leo, isn’t there a vampire convention you should be attending somewhere?

Ugh! You don’t like my cape? Shows how much you know about fashion. Despite the opinion of Edna Mode, capes are back, baby. So am I.

You got her to calm down.

Well, or maybe the medication is kicking in.

[dramatic music] So what do we– what do we do now?

We wait. Hopefully, her temperature will drop. I’m gonna text my friend and tell her that I’m not coming to the party.

You sure?

Yeah, of course I’m sure. My baby is sick. I’m not gonna leave her. She’s my priority, always.

[chuckles] Breakups can be tough. I ought to know.

[both chuckle] Chad, I’m really sorry things didn’t work out between you and Stephanie.

Thank you. Yeah, I should have known I was moving too fast, that it was too soon to… move on after Abigail. This house… You know she redecorated it? She’s the one that…


Gave it this little facelift.

[chuckles] A lot of amazing memories in this home… A few really horrible ones.


You know, I… thought I was ready to… have another relationship, and I obviously wasn’t.

I know what you mean.

[sighs] But for me… I was ready to be a mother again. But all too often, life catches us on the blind side.


Oh, hey, you guys. Are you having a good time?


[festive music]

Mr. Everett, just the man I was looking for. And before I launch into my very exciting pitch, happy New Year to both you and Ms. Johnson.

Mm, same to you, Leo.

Happy New Year, Leo. Happy New Year. What’s the exciting pitch?

OK, so as editor in chief, you have the power to bring in the New Year with a bang and to bring “The Spectator” back to its glory days by reuniting your readers with their beloved Lady Whistleblower.

[chuckles] Look, Leo, I– look, your column has always been extremely popular. It’s just, at the moment, we’re emphasizing the investigative journalism side of the paper, not the editorials.

I hear that, but you defended my column in your column, which I greatly appreciated. And Chad is totally on board with me coming back if you agree to it. Come on, what good is aiming your paper for the moon if there’s no one on the moon to read it?

Yeah, OK, we’ll have you back.

Ah! Yes! Yes! Yes! You will not regret this, not for a moment, not for a nanosecond.

But listen, I don’t want anything unprincipled, OK? I want impeccable sourcing.

OK, I hear that, boss. You will only be getting from me what is authentic and veracious, and that’s “veracious” with an E, not with an O, meaning… well, chock-full of veracity, also gripping, spellbinding. What I mean to say is only that that I see with my two eyes.

All right.

You having fun?

You have to ask?


And I know how we can make things even more fun.

Oh, yeah?

[tense music]

I brought us a little something.

[thermometer beeping]

Her temperature’s back to normal.

Oh, thank God.

[chuckles] Between the meds and your lullaby…

Oh, well, I doubt it anything to do with the latter, but she’s feeling better. Maybe you have time to nip over to your party now.

Oh, no, no, I don’t care about the party. I’d much rather be here with my little girl…


[dramatic music]

And you.

I should get going. I told Doug and Julie I’d be back soon.

OK. Well, I will tell EJ that he missed you. Well, happy New Year, Chad.



You two deserve a midnight toast. And thank him for the jet for me.

I will tell him.

I hope this coming year brings you happiness, Nicole. You deserve it.

Yeah, we both do.

[both chuckle]

Come here.

Well, I am going in for a refill. Anyone else?

I’ll take another cranberry soda.

You got it.


[festive music] So…


At least Tate’s having a good time.

Seems he is. I mean, just a week ago, I thought he and Holly were a bust, and now they’re here at a New Year’s Eve party. It’s nice.


And here you are with– with Alex.

Mm-hmm, yeah. He’s been really great, so supportive.

Mm. That’s good. I wanted to tell you that I think this “Bella” position might be good for you. Actually, I mean, “Bella” was a big part of my portfolio a while back. And look, Theresa, if you have– if you’re feeling insecure or you have any questions about it, I’m here.

[chuckles] No, I don’t have any questions and certainly not for you, and you know what? The last thing I am is insecure. You know why?

No, I–

Because, Brady, I don’t know, this might come as a total shock to you, but I am totally competent and so overly qualified for this job. In fact, I’m not even just rising to the occasion. I am hitting it out of the park and I’m knocking ’em dead. So really, the last thing I need from you is your condescending insult to offer me help. But hey, thanks for the vote of confidence, OK? See you, yeah.

Are you crazy?

No, but I will be soon.

Holly, put those away.

Hey, you guys.

Hi. Hi, Mom.


[clears throat]

What’s wrong?

Nothing. Everything’s fine. What are you guys up to? Still having fun?

It’s getting better and better.


[clears throat] I think I am schmoozed out.


I think I’m schmoozed out.

I am definitely schmoozed out.

OK, glad we’re in sync here. What do you say we make an exit?

Holly, someone might see us. My mom almost did. And by the way, my parents are both addicts, so there is no way I’m taking those, and neither should you.

Oh, come on, they’re just some ADHD meds I got from someone at school. Everyone does it.

Yeah, well, not me, and I didn’t think that you did either.

Really? Because I offered you weed, like, your first day in Salem.

That is not weed, Holly. Those are amphetamines.

Very mild ones. Look, they– they just make me feel better, OK? And they give me energy.

What, so you need to feel better and have more energy tonight when you’re with me?

Tate, you don’t understand. They’ll just– they’ll make things more fun for both of us.

Yeah, no, not for me. I’m out.

Fine, Mr. Goody Two-Shoes. I’m going to the bathroom.

[tense music]

[festive music]

[indistinct chatter]

Hey, Johnny, Chanel, have you guys seen Holly anywhere?

I think I saw her go to the ladies’ room a little while ago.

Yeah, thanks.

Leo, you’re still here. Thought you’d have taken off to rescue the citizens of Gotham City by now.

Ah, poke fun all you like, Stefan. I’m the only one at this party who truly understands you.

How’s that?

Well, both of our soul mates are locked up in prison cells, leaving you and I here to celebrate New Year’s Eve all alone.

Right, except my soul mate is innocent and yours is a slimy dirtbag.

Hey, that’s your nephew you’re talking about.

[sighs] Dimitri, Dimitri, wherefore art thou, Dimitri?


[sighs] EJ, come on, it’s almost midnight! Oh, I am so ready for this year to be over.

[sighs] EJ, get off the phone! The ball’s about to drop!

[cork pops] Whoo!


[dramatic music]


[phone beeps]

Oh, it’s Mama. I hope everything’s OK. Oh, my God, I can’t believe this.

What’s wrong?

Abe came over for New Year’s Eve, and she just texted me not to come home.

[chuckles] Oh, I see. So, what, did Abe– did he hang a tie on the doorknob?


Could be. So now what? Where am I supposed to go?

Well, I think we can come up with something.


It’s OK we left, right?

Oh, definitely. Yeah, there was no need to stay. We did all we needed to do. We didn’t need to stay, with all the celebrating and the kissing.


[fireworks booming]

[instrumental version of “Auld Lang Syne”]

[people cheering]

[party horns tooting]

[sighs] Happy New Year… to everybody else who’s alone tonight.

Oh, my God! Holly? Holly? Hey!

[tense music] What–Holly.

[panting] Hey, Holly, it’s gonna be– it’s gonna be OK. Just–

[panting] Holly.

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