GH Transcript Wednesday, January 31, 2024

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Guys!Come o hi! Guys! Come on in. Thank you. Thank you so much for agreeing to meet with me, especially on such short — hm. Well, no notice.

[ Chuckles ] Look, um, I know that some of you are close with nina, so I just wanted to reach out first. I get it. I know everyone is a little blindsided by my presence here, and I understand — I mean, if someone would have told me even 24 hours ago that I would be in this position, I would have said they were crazy. But here I am. And here you all are. So…why don’t we just focus on the business at hand, right? I wanted to do this in person, you know, leave the lawyers out of it — at least for now. Alright, well, deception’s advertising contract with crimson is up for renewal, and I am eager to maintain this relationship… and hopefully see how it can evolve. Ms. Reeves. Your assistant said I could find you here. May I help you? Actually, I’d like to help you. I’m gemma compton. I write the — “to the nines” column in the city gazette. Yes! I never miss it. I’m very flattered. Oh, not at all. You know, I love your takes on fashion. Even when I disagree with you? Especially when you disagree with me. So, you said that you want to help me? How? I thought you might like to set the record straight. Why was the woman who saved crimson from financial ruin just shown the door? Hello, olivia. Lois. Got a few? Uh, actually, no. I’m very busy right now. It’s gonna have to wait. Oh! Well, can it? Because I get the feeling, if I leave it up to you, we may never speak again. Is that what you want?

[ Waves lapping ] Captain!

[ Door closes ] Esme, what are you doing here? Well, with ace gone, I’ve been all by myself. I’ve missed you and spencer so much. So where else would I be? Dex: Man down. Someone get eyes

on sonny and his family, now!

[ Gunfire ]

[ Shrieks ]


It was my decision to leave crimson. Is that right? And did you have any input on the hiring of your successor, carly spencer? I hate to disappoint you, ms. Compton. Gemma. Gemma. I really do. But I promise you, there is no story here. And if anyone would know, it’s nina reeves, the woman who revolutionized fashion journalism. That’s very flattering — strategically so. It’s still true. Under your guiding hand, crimson was a setter of trends. You also did in-depth exposés on botched plastic surgery, how fashion in media affects body image in women and men. And now the magazine you brought back from bankruptcy has been given to your husband’s ex-wife. I’m sorry I’m barreling on. This must be difficult for you. You’re not telling me anything that I don’t already know, gemma. And I’m still not going to throw carly under the bus. Ohh. So…there is a bus. Alright. You want a statement? I will give you a statement. I am certain that carly spencer will provide a fresh, new take on fashion and take the magazine in bold, new directions. There. That’s it. About a year ago, you — crimson, that is — celebrated working women, how to be fashionable and stylish at any income on a busy schedule and why every woman, every person should do that for themselves. I adored that piece. Yes, I remember that. So I must confess — I’m a little outraged by your…departure. Which is why I’m stumped. Even if it was your decision to leave, how could drew cain ever even consider letting you go? I’m very proud of my tenure at crimson, and I will always remember it fondly. That’s all I have to say. On the record. Off the record… and in my own personal opinion… …drew cain is no businessman. When it comes to running aurora or crimson, he is listening more to his…heart than he is his head. Carly: Does anyone have any questions? So, so many. I don’t even know where to start. Okay. Look, guys, I — I acknowledge that nina played a crucial part in forming the partnership between deception and crimson, one that has been profitable for both parties. So if you think that I’m going to come in here and change everything solely to do things different than nina, that is not gonna happen. In fact, the only changes I want to make are the ones that maximize both our successes. Carly, I am so sorry. I’ve been trying to think of a way to ask this that doesn’t sound… snarky? Who are you in the room with? Sasha, you can say anything you want to me. Okay. It’s just that running the metro court and the diner require a very different skill set than running a magazine. Brook lynn: We want to know why we can trust you to represent deception in this very new, untested, very sudden version of crimson. That’s fair. Maxie, you might know this, but I doubt that brook lynn and sasha do. Back in the ’90s, I was an original part-owner of the deception fragrance company. Really?! Yeah. That’s right. Yeah. I have a history with deception and an affection for it. That’s why I want to do right by it — and you. We’re listening. Okay, well, we are in the process of closing out our april issue. And as you know, it’s one of the biggest issues of the year. Second only to september. That’s right. How about I increase deception’s page count at a favorable rate? How favorable are we talking?

[ Door opens ] Tracy: Don’t sign anything! Oh, wait. I’m the only one that can do that. Thank god. So, what did I miss? Anything good? Like the part where carly explains how a rank amateur can avoid running crimson right into the ground? This is highly inappropriate, you coming here like this. Uh, it’s a public place. This is a restaurant. It is my place of business. It is very important to me that I keep my personal life and my professional life very separate. What personal life are you talking about? Lately, you’ve been spending all of your time in this place, which begs the question, are you avoiding me? I’m not avoiding you. And I am happy to prove it by talking to you — at home. Oh, yeah. See, I don’t believe you. Because on the off chance that you and i even bump into each other at the q’s, you duck out. And then when I chase after you, you disappear. Like, what? Are there secret passages or something that I’m not aware of? If you haven’t noticed, I’m a mother. I am a working mother of a young child who happens to have special needs. Yeah, I know, olivia. You’re a wonderful mother to leo. It doesn’t change the fact that you’re avoiding me. And since this is the only place I’m able to get a face-to-face with you, here I am! Fine! Uh — make it quick. Make what quick? Your apology.

[ Sighs ] Trina! Trina, the captain’s been attacked! Somebody’s on the boat with us! Hello, spence. Unh! Where is she?!

[ Gunfire ]

[ Ava shrieks ] Sonny!

[ Gunshot ] The gunfire is concentrated on the terrace side of the hotel. We think it’s a single shooter. We’re closing on his location. Can you and ava make it inside? Now! Go! Sonny: Go! Don’t snap my neck, spence. That could be bad for your little girl. I radioed for help when I found the captain. They’ll be here any second. Oh, we’re headed for the english channel, and I’ve already smashed the satellite tracking system. We’ll be long gone before the police arrive. I’m not going anywhere with you! I will kill you first! Go ahead. Then you’ll never find trina in time, and you’ll have killed us both.


How does it feel, spence — not knowing where trina is, not knowing if she’s safe? Every second of separation, it’S…agony, isn’t it? Well, your little pangs do not compare to the torture that you and your father have put me through. You took away my child. Ace is a part of me. And now he’s gone. So go ahead. Squeeze the life out of me.

[ Gasps ] Kill me and trina both. Do it! Do it! No, I’m not — I’m not gonna kill you. I’m not gonna kill you. Because I want you to live a very, very long life, living with the pain that you just described to me, because you are never, ever going to see your son again, esme. I am ace’s mother. You pretended to love him, and you gave him away. And I will do anything to get my son back! And I will do anything to stop you. Oh, really? So you’d let trina die? Because that is exactly what’s gonna happen if you don’t do as I say. Now give me your hands. I will kill trina, spence. You know I will. Now turn around and give me your hands.

[ Zip tie clicking ] I, for one, am dying to know how an innkeeper is qualified to run a fashion magazine and how to explain fashion to you. I guess I’ll look it up online. As I was explaining to your partners… junior partners. I have run several businesses, tracy, learning from the ground up, and nothing is gonna change with crimson except the name on the masthead. So we’re swapping out the current mrs. Corinthos for the previous gun moll, which just doesn’t sound like progress to me. Come on, grandmother. At least hear what she has to say. Carly is offering deception substantial concessions. Sasha: Exactly at a time we could use them. We’re pushing a new fragrance, and we’re launching our men’s line with cody as our spokesmodel. So all of you are perfectly content to risk deception’s brand on a dilettante?

[Laughing] Oh, my god. Nina was a baby-stealing lunatic when she took over the magazine, and it was only given to her so she could run it into the ground. Wow. I really want to object with that characterization, but that’s exactly what happened. And look at it now. Julian took a gamble on nina, and it paid off — not in the way he wanted it to. Drew is taking a much smaller gamble on me, and I’m just asking you to do the same. A small gamble. I think it’s an opportunity that you can’t afford to miss. Okay. I was out of line throwing what happened between sonny and dante in your face. You mean when sonny shot dante, they didn’t know that they were father and son because I kept quiet about it? Olivia. Yeah? I am sorry, okay? It was a lousy thing to say. My mouth ran away with me, and I wish I could take that back. But I’m not gonna apologize for telling sonny that ned wasn’t the one who was responsible for turning carly and drew in to the sec, because that — that was the right thing to do. According to you. Lois cerullo, the world expert on who gets to know what! Oh, come on! How was I supposed to look sonny in the face and not tell him?! Because I begged you not to! Because what I told you, I told you in confidence, and you broke that confidence in, like, two seconds. A lifetime full of trust, you threw away. What I wanted, what mattered to me, it didn’t mean a damn thing. You just ran right off and you blabbed! What was I supposed to do?! Not that! And that’s exactly my point. Wha– okay. Listen. After everything — everything that we have been through in our lives, don’t we owe it to each other to work out our differences? To be honest with you, I’m not really sure that we can at this point. What?! Because this goes a lot deeper than just you betraying my trust. Oh, come on. Olivia, that is — that is extreme, don’t you think? You say that this relationship means something to you? Yes, of course! It means everything to me! Okay. I used to believe that. What are we supposed to mean to each other when your relationship with sonny trumps ours every single time?!

[ Gunfire in distance ] You okay? I need to check on avery. She’s with the bodyguard. She’s in the room, safe. Sonny, I need to check on avery.

[ Gunfire in distance ] This is a live feed, right? Ah. You see? She’s with the nanny. The bodyguard’s with her right there. Okay? I need to see her for myself. Alright. Once we get the all-clear, you can go. You understand? Uh-huh. We’re all clear. Eladio’s coordinating a search of the grounds. Eladio. Who is that? Is that — that’s the head of security or…? Ms. Jerome, your hand. Ava, were you hit?


to put deception’s money on you until you have something to show for your tenure. I say we wait a few months — a few months?! Crimson is closing their april issue now. What if things work out just fine? We’ll have missed out on april ad space in crimson. Yeah, and september is a long way away. By then, our competition will have overtaken us in ads and sales. We need this opportunity. And it’s not gonna come around again. Okay. “Okay.” What exactly do you mean by “okay”? I mean, okay! We’ll take you up on your offer. Oh, you will not regret this decision. But no contract. And there she is. We’re not doing anything without a contract. No contract. Not until we see real data about your circulation numbers. I need to know if crimson under carly works. What have you got planned for september? Sept– today is the first day at this job for me. September is four issues away. I don’t think that would bother the good people at vogue or elle. Are you trying to tank this? That’s okay, brook lynn. I know that tracy is the decision-maker. Currently. Alright. I’ll give you april, as discussed, build an “out” into the contract. And in three months, if I haven’t hit the agreed-upon circulation numbers, you can walk. Well, that seems totally fair. Three-month out. 8% off ad rate. Thank you. Lock down the perimeter. Get men to the docks and the airstrip. No one leaves the island. You understand me? So do we have the all-clear or not? Sonny, I really need to see our daughter. Come on. I want you to take her. Do not leave her side.

[ Door closes ] The residence is secured. Someone took a shot at me and my child in my building. You and eladio… find the shooter and bring him to me.

[ Grunts ] Thanks for your cooperation, spence. Now here’s what’s gonna happen. Is this the part where the villain tells me her evil plan? How am I the villain here? My son was taken from me. Literally by an evil billionaire and his lapdog son. I have crossed an ocean in pursuit of justice. Nothing matters to me but ace, and until I have ace safe in my arms, I want everyone who took him to suffer. Now you sit tight while I get our dinghy. Where are you taking me? Oh, someplace your grandmother won’t find us. Tell me where trina is right now. Trina happens to be vital to my so-called “evil plan.” I’ve left instructions for her to call laura once she’s free. And that’ll take a minute. And by then, we will be long gone. And she will tell laura to produce ace at a time and place of my choosing. M-my grandmother does not know where ace is! Esme! Laura is a resourceful woman. I’m sure she’ll get word to nikolas somehow. Anyway, she’ll be plenty motivated, because the only way you survive is if I get ace. My father’s not gonna give ace up. I’m sure your father would prefer two living sons, even if you’re the one he’s stuck with.

[ Chuckles ] No, esme. You don’t get it! I made my father promise that he’s not gonna put ace in any danger. And he knows that I would risk my own life to save my brother! Wow. You are so noble. Quick question — are you willing to sacrifice trina? Because that is exactly what’s gonna happen if you don’t do your part. Even if my father gives up ace, which he won’t — but even if he does, how do you think that this goes down, esme? What? You go riding off into the sunset with ace? You live happily ever? After assault and kidnapping? Your best bet is to give up now! I will not give up on my son! Okay. Okay. Just know that I’m gonna fight you every step of the way. Well, that’ll be difficult in your condition. I’ve gotten my hands on — let’s just call it some “special medicine.” Just the right amount, and you’ll be completely obedient. A little too much, it’ll render you a drooling imbecile. More than that, and you’ll just stop breathing. You know, esme, the more you talk, the more I’m starting to think that I was probably right to give ace to my father. You know, I am tired of listening to you. So why don’t we give that medicine a little try?

[ Door opens ] Stay away from him!


You came to save your boyfriend? Think fast. Trina!

[ Trina screaming ] Spencer: Trina!

[ Screaming ] Thank you for your time — and for your insight into the upheaval at crimson. Yes. And let me reconfirm. This is all background, correct? “Sources say.” I look forward to reading your column. I look forward to writing it. 8 percent? Is that a joke? I never joke about money. I can vouch for that. As the majority stakeholder in deception, I think it’s time we cut ties with crimson and align ourselves with a much more reputable fashion magazine. Really? You think another magazine is gonna make room in their april issue for deception? You think they’re gonna alienate fusion or enchantment by offering deception as low an ad rate as I’m offering? You haven’t mentioned a rate yet. 3 percent off. How can you even say that?! You and me, we’ve been true blue since birth! What are you doing in my office? You said I could use it while mine is being repainted. You’re redecorating again? I’m sure I mentioned it. I’m sure that you did not! And you… my “true blue” friend. Why is it that every time sonny and I don’t see eye-to-eye on something, you cannot wait to fall in line behind him, every single time?! Not every time! Every single time. Name one time you didn’T. I — yeah, exactly. I told you that all I wanted to do was keep the peace, that it would spare so many people so much heartache, sonny included, if ned could just take the fall. But no, no, no. What I wanted took the way, way back seat to you needing to score points with sonny. I do not need to score points with sonny! Oh, no? Then how come you went to him waving your arms? “Oh, sonny! Sonny! Look at me! No one’s got your back like I do, sonny!” And now, because of you, the man’s life is a dumpster fire! Wait! Can we just go back a little bit? Did something happen with sonny? Okay. You stay out of this. He is my husband! If you have information about him or my marriage, I want to know about it. Marriage? What marriage? And, uh, where’s your husband, huh? Oh, where is he? Nowhere near you, that’s for sure. Well, thanks to you. What right did you have to interfere in my life and my marriage? I do not let people lie to my friends, especially upper east side princesses. Oh, that’s classy. I guess I’m supposed to respond with a crack against brook lynn. Yeah? You know, any decent person would’ve come to me first! Who are you to talk to anybody about decency?! I was — I was gonna go to sonny myself! Oh, yes, of course you were! Because that’s what liars say when they get caught! You barged in to a situation that had nothing to do with you! You blew up my life, you blew up his life, and you blew up our marriage! Your life deserved to be blown up, you lying, dime-dropping, family-wrecking snob! I’ll — okay, okay, okay! That’s enough! Thank you, olivia. Uh, if you are trying to blame lois for the sorry state of your marriage, you are further gone than I thought, lady.

[ Chuckles ]

[ Both grunting ] Esme! Get off me! I’ll kill you!

[ Both grunting ]

[ Trina screams ] Trina!

[ Groans ]

[ Both grunting ]

[ Screams ]

[ Breathing heavily ] Hi. [ Chuckles ] My hero. Um, okay. I-I’ll be right back. Okay. Okay. Is it safe? Shooter’s gone. We’re gonna find him. How’s avery? She’s fine. She asked what all the noise was. I told her it was fireworks. So she’s, um — she’s happy. She’s watching “frozen” — again. Good. Good. How’s your hand? It’s fine. I’ll survive. You always do. I really don’t want to talk about scrapes and bruises here, sonny. Who did this? Do you have anybody in mind? How about the same person w-who killed austin? It’s too soon to speculate. Well, when would be a good time, then? Because I just had bullets whizzing past my head. And our daughter was just out here, showing us seashells. Nothing is gonna happen to avery. Nothing’s gonna happen to my family. Okay.

[ Scissors snip ] Okay.

[ Scissors snip ] Okay. We gotta get out of here. Yeah. What about her? Let her bleed.

[ Door closes ]


you went to the sec because you wanted carly to go to prison. You wanted her away from willow and wiley and amelia. And, oh, yeah, you wanted her away from sonny. You didn’t give a damn about carly or her kids, even little donna, who you claim to love so much. Let me remind you that insider trading is illegal. Carly was guilty. Ho! Oh! Illegal? Illegal? You want to know who else does illegal things? Oh, let me see. Let me see. Who could it be? Your husband, nina! Which you knew when you married him! So please spare us all your newfound position as the queen of law and order. Huh. And now you want to blame lois for squealing on you to sonny, instead of blaming yourself for lying to sonny in the first place. Wow. I really thought that you were one of the few people in this town who didn’t actually hate me. I don’t hate you, nina! But I gotta say — you make it very difficult to like someone who goes around blaming everyone else for your own mistakes! There’s a little something called humility, and you might want to try it sometime. There, now. Was that so difficult? You’re talking my language. Then you accept?

[ Chuckles ] Absolutely not. Three percent is paltry. Seven. Four. Six. Five. But crimson gets an exclusive for deception’s launch of the new contour palette. How did she know about that? Final offer. Do we have a deal? Are the terms we just discussed already in this contract? Down to the decimal. Wow. Well played. Give me a pen. We have a deal. For now.

[ Door closes ] How often does nina use your office? Well, you heard her. She’s redecorating. Which she seems to do an awful lot. As if she thinks a, uh — a fresh coat of paint can give her a miraculous redo on her horrifying relationships. Ugh. Thank you… for what you said. Eh. Long overdue to tell nina off. You know, I’ve been gone from port charles for — for a really long time. And, uh, since I’ve been back with you and with everyone, I… I got to see what I’ve been missing, you know? I got to see — I got to see all the family stuff, all the — all the memories you guys share and the thanksgiving pizzas.

[ Chuckles ] And the singing, the eating. Yeah. Everything. All that stuff. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And, you know, the relationship you have with sonny, you know, it’s not just a connection… you got dante, and you guys got a history that goes way back. And listen. Everyone in port charles has been really welcoming to me, right? Except tracy. Yeah — everybody except tracy. Yeah. But, um… I’m the one who left a long time ago. And even though, you know, I was part of your and sonny’s lives back in the day, you know, you guys have — you guys have gone on without me.

[ Chuckles ] I guess what I’m trying to say is, um… I see your point about — about me going overboard trying to get sonny’s approval. I’m really sorry that I let that come between us. Hey. I’m really sorry that I betrayed your confidence. I really wish I could take that back. Okay. I’m gonna let you get back to work. Wait! What’d you find? Found the shooter’s setup. Shell casings. Camouflage. And the shooter? Gone. No trace, no trail. Nothing. How did they get past security? Eladio is working on that now. No. I want to know what you think. Found a guard unconscious by the gate. They usually work in pairs, right? Always. His partner got called to a disturbance near the east wing. The shooter must have set that up. I mean, this guy planted himself in the exact place to get the clearest shot at the terrace. He knew the right elevation for the rifle. He had the sun at his back, was patient for low wind, and was positioned perfectly for a quick escape. They knew exactly what they were doing. They knew more than that.

[ Ship horn blares ]What’s that? That’s probably the gendarmerie. Hey! Hey! We’re over here! Trina: Please! Spencer! Spencer, spencer. Please, no. Please. Spencer!


You’re right. I should have told sonny everything. Thank you for saying that. The reason that I couldn’t bring myself to tell sonny was, honestly, I just couldn’t imagine how. You know, he was so happy. I mean, they were newlyweds, for god’s sakes.

[ Exhales sharply ] All I ever want is for the people that I love to be happy. That’s all I want, too. And I never should have said anything about dante to you. No, you should not have. No. But, olivia… you’re a wonderful mother. Eh. Water under the verrazzano. Yeah. Come here, you.

[ Both chuckle ] Ahh. Well, now that all the cats are out of the bag, you know, maybe, uh — maybe everybody’s just gonna be better off. I don’t know. I think the jury’s gonna be out on that for a while. A lot of hearts got very broken here. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, but sonny’s gonna put his back together. He always does. What matters most is — is you and me, you know? Because, vivi, you — you’re one of my best friends in this whole entire world. And you always will be. Yeah? Come —

[ Chuckles ]

[ Chuckles ] I know that this change puts you in the middle, so please let me know if there’s anything I can do to make this easier for you. As long as you and nina don’t make me pick a side. I’d never do that, no matter how much I want to. And, maxie, I know that nina is james’ aunt. Maxie: She is. Yeah, and I love her. But that doesn’t mean I’m okay with… what she did to you and drew. Fortunately, in this office, it is all business. Besides, I like how you handled tracy. I think even granny had to respect the way you played that negotiation. I mean, she didn’t like it, but she respected it. We look forward to further developing our partnership — once tracy settles down.

[ Laughs ] I’ll have the lawyer send over the contracts this afternoon. Sounds good. Let’s go, ladies! Ahh! Ms. Spencer? Uh, yes? Yes? Gemma compton from

the city gazette. I write the “to the nines” column. Oh, please. Please, uh, come in. Um, what can I do for you? I’m hoping you provide comment on the story I’m writing. Oh, sure. Of course. But I think I have to clear everything through the crimson communication team. Of course, and they can direct me to the appropriate aurora rep, right? I’d like to get a comment from drew cain, as well. Okay. What are you reporting on? I’m looking into why mr. Cain fired nina reeves and hired you, a woman with no publishing experience and his romantic partner, to replace her. We need a complete overhaul of security. Whoever did this… …knows our system on the inside and out. Procedures, operations. What did you do?! Oh, don’t worry, trina. I only gave him enough to keep him loopy. There’s plenty left for you. No! Stop! Stop! Get off of me! Get off of me!

[ Both grunting ] -Aah! -No! Spencer! Spencer!

[ Esme grunting ] Trina: No!

[ Water splashes ] Spencer! Ohh! Spencer!

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Y&R Short Recap Thursday, February 1, 2024

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A drunk Nikki arrives at Jack’s office and tells him she had three drinks when she learned that Jordan may have broken out of prison after the fire. Jack takes Nikki to a meeting. Nikki and Jack return to her office so she can do some work and Victor arrives when Jack is about to leave and he wonders what Jack is doing in Nikki’s office.

Daniel tells Heather they can’t be together until he talks to Lily. Lucy is listening behind the door and is glad that her parents will soon be together.

Ashley and Traci talk to a waiter at the cafe in Paris and he tells her that Tucker was rude and he got angry but he didn’t break a wine glass or turn over a chair. Ashley insists that Tucker paid the waiter and the waiter insists nobody paid him. He only told the truth. Ashley calls Tucker and tells him she knows he paid off the waiter. Traci calls Jack, and tells her Ashley was upset and she ran off and she can’t find her.

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Carly negotiates a new contract with Deception and gives Deception a discounted rate for ads in Crimson.

Maxie and Sasha are very impressed at how Carly persuaded Tracy to a new contract. Olivia is still angry with Lois because she broke her trust and told Sonny Nina was the person who turned Carly and Drew into the SEC. Nina blames Lois for ruining her marriage to Sonny. Olivia defends Lois and tells Nina that she ruined her own marriage by refusing to take responsibility for her own actions. Lois and Olivia have a long talk and apologize to each other for the hurtful things they said to each other.

Dex and the rest of the guards protect Sonny, Ava, and Avery from the shooter, but the shooter gets away and the guards are unable to find the shooter. Dex believes the shooter created a diversion to get past the guards. Sonny thinks that the person who shot at them knows the system used by his guards.

Spencer finds the unconscious captain on the ship and screams to Trina that someone is on the ship with them. Esme has a gun and locks Trina in a small room on the ship. Esme finds Spencer, ties him up, and tells him he must stay, with her until Trina calls Laura and tells her to find Nikolas and Ace. Esme will hold Spencer until Laura returns Ace to her.

Trina gets out of where Esme was keeping her and has a long physical fight with Esme and hits Esme on the head, with a pipe. Trina unties Spencer and they head up to the deck. Trina and Spencer see another ship and they start yelling for help. Esme arrives on deck and injects Spencer with a drug that makes him pass out. Esme and Trina get into another physical fight and struggle. Trina and Esme’s fight lasts a few minutes and Esme pushes an unconscious Spencer into the water.

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Thomas: You know everything about me now. The good, the bad, everything. You have all of me. There’s never gonna be any secrets between us, never again, I promise. And you know, I have to believe that we have a wonderful future ahead. I have to believe that your mom is wrong. That you’re not gonna break my heart. Or give me back that ring.

Ridge: That’s what I needed. A little pick me upper.

Brooke: Me too. Why do I get the feeling there’s another reason why you wanted to see me?

Ridge: Well, I thought maybe we should talk about the news.

Brooke: Oh, yeah. The news. Thomas proposing to hope. Right. I spoke to her earlier.

Ridge: So did I. So, how do you feel about it? Or do I even need to ask?

Luna: My mom asked me to let it go, so I don’t want to think about who my father is anymore.

Rj: I hear you. Let’s– let’s drop it.

Luna: I mean, it’s not like the thought of who my father is hasn’t crossed my mind a million times before, but… I guess I just have to be okay with maybe never finding out.

Rj: Hey, I shouldn’t have pushed it. Now, though, we know it’s not bill spencer.

Luna: Yeah, we can definitely rule him out.

Rj: Hey, I uh, I know today’s been really stressful, but I would like to turn that around, if you’re okay with it. I planned a special night, just to get your mind off of it. And the beach house is finally mine. And, uh… I want to share it with you. Tonight.

Luna: We get to spend the night together? On the beach?

Rj: Mm-hmm. In the new house. Just the two of us.

Luna: That sounds amazing. Some privacy is exactly what we need.

[ Door opens ]

Charlie: Hello. [ Chuckles ] Rj. Hey, didn’t mean to crash the party, sorry. I just heard about the new malibu digs, huh? The old spencer beach house. My god, what a score! That place is unbeliev– you two are gonna be hanging ten real soon. Cowabunga, huh? Oh, hey, oh, here. Oh, here, okay. Okay, good luck.

Rj: Thanks.

Brooke: We agree on just about everything else.

Ridge: But not on this. Not when our kids want to move forward with something. Listen, here’s my point. They’ve been able to move past everything that they went through.

Brooke: Well, I don’t think she’ll ever be able to move past this. I mean, thomas, I worry about him. He really does love her. And his feelings are very fragile. What if he’s setting himself up for major pain and heartache?

Hope: You know, I’ve thought about this a lot. Your proposal. What it means. If I could even accept it. And, uh, my mom has certainly given her opinion. And now, so has ridge. But really, the only opinions that should matter are, um… thomas, I want to make something very clear. What you told me about that night… it was very hard for me to hear. And I… I wasn’t sure how to feel about the man back then. But you, it’s not just empty words. You’re a man of action and follow through. And you showed me over the years just how much you were willing to change and willing to do the work on yourself. And you really stepped up. Not just– not just for me or the job, but for the kids. I mean, that’s a testament to you, thomas. That’s strength. So, what I’m trying to say is you are not only a talented designer, an amazing father, a loyal man, but I do feel safe with you. I feel like I can give my heart to you. And I do believe in you, thomas. I was looking for some of the best

Ridge: Because thomas put himself out there, he put his heart on the line. Doesn’t mean it’s gonna work. I mean, there’s hundreds of stories about unrequited love. I’m just glad that wasn’t our story.

Brooke: Our story has a happy ending.

Ridge: Our story, young lady, hasn’t even started.

Zende: Hey, have you guys seen rj?

Charlie: Oh, he and– he and luna just elvis’d out of here.

Zende: Hm?

Charlie: They uh, left the building?

Zende: Well, that’s a bummer. I wanted to show him these designs that thomas and I collaborated on. Make sure they don’t step on his work on granddad’s line. I’ll just swing by your place. I’ll talk to him there.

Charlie: Not so fast, my friend. If you want to see rj, you’re gonna have to take the ten west to the one north. Five scenic miles and then turn left.

Zende: Wait, hold on, charlie why are you mapping me out to malibu?

Charlie: Well, that’s where rj’s new swanky beach pad is.

Zende: His new what?

Charlie: His casa del sando. His hacienda del beach-O.

Zende: Seriously? Rj has a new beach house?

Ridge: He’s renting it from bill, of all people.

Brooke: He didn’t buy it.

Zende: Not yet, anyway. Wow, at a ripe young age, rj is renting his own malibu home on the beach for a small fortune. Great. Rj really is the anointed one.

Charlie: What?

Luna: I still can’t believe this is officially your place.

Rj: Neither can I. Yet.

Luna: You checked all the rooms?

Rj: I did, and the beach. And your mom and bill aren’t out there stalking us, so…

Luna: And what about the garage?

Rj: That too, it’s all clear.

Luna: Okay, cool. So, we might actually have some solitude for once. And no one’s gonna like suddenly barge in on us. I think, um, I think we’re finally alone.

Rj: I think we are.

Luna: Do you happen to have like a mint or a gum or something?

Rj: You don’t need a mint.

Luna: I just want to be sure.

Rj: Do I need a mint?

Luna: No.

Rj: No?

Luna: No.

Rj: I think I have one right here for you, my dear.

Luna: Thank you.

Rj: You’re welcome. Good?

Luna: Mm-hmm. Okay, I’m ready.

Hope: I know you’re not the same guy you once were.

Thomas: I’m not. I got rid of that guy a long time ago.

[ Hope chuckles ] I trust you. And I have faith in you. And that means having faith in all the promises you’re making.

Thomas: Thank you hope. Thank you for seeing me. Seeing the man I am today, the man who loves you, cherishes you, and will for the rest of his life. It took me a long time. I changed from a person that I was into the man I am today and that took a lot of work.

Hope: Mm-hmm.

Thomas: Yeah, I mean, it takes everyone work, and we all have to keep working. And I will keep working, ’cause I want to continue to prove to you and to everyone else that I am a man that is worthy of your love. And that ring, it’s more than just a ring. It’s a symbol, eternal love that I have for you. I’m going to keep loving you for the rest of my life. And I am so excited for that ring to be on your finger. And for you to be my wife. Alice loves the scent of gain so much,

she wished there was a way to

make it last longer. a little resentful.

Brooke: What was that all about?

Ridge: Zende seems a little resentful.

Brooke: Well, I guess that’s understandable. I mean, eric did choose to confide in rj and work with him instead of zende.

Ridge: And then I asked rj to finish the line when dad was in the hospital. I asked zende too, but it’s–

Brooke: After the fact.

Ridge: Yeah, he didn’t like that.

Brooke: Our son is an accomplished young man. First, a social media sensation. And now, a designer at forrester creations.

Ridge: I think that’s zende’s point. You know, our son’s been given a lot of opportunities since he’s been back to los angeles.

Brooke: That’s true. He didn’t even want to be a part of this company in the first place.

Ridge: No. I don’t like that zende feels that way. He’s a very talented designer. And maybe dad didn’t pick him because he thought he had too much work to do with hope for the future.

Brooke: He does seem quite bothered about rj’s rapid rise to the top. And now, the beach house.

Ridge: I think zende just wants to be recognized. That’s all.

Luna: You’ve created such a beautiful, romantic time for us.

Rj: I wanted it to be perfect

Luna: And it is. I’ve, um, I’ve never felt more ready to take the next step. You know, I’ve been holding out for the right person. Someone caring and sensitive, and sexy.

Rj: You ready?

Luna: I am. For the first time in my life, I– I want to.

[ Knock on door ]

Luna: No way.

Rj: This isn’t real. You’re kidding me.

Luna: It’s fine. Just don’t answer it, and maybe they’ll go away.

Rj: Okay.

[ Knock on door ]

Luna: It’s fine. Just leave it. Maybe they’ll just leave.

Zende: Rj, it’s me, zende.

Rj: How does he know I’m even here?

Zende: Your car’s out front. Rj.

Rj: Maybe he just– maybe he won’t be here too long. Okay?

Luna: Okay.

Rj: Yeah.

Zende: Hey, man.

Rj: Hey.

Zende: I heard about your new place, sweet. Oh, hey, luna. I hope I’m not interrupting you guys.

Hope: I know where I stand with you. You have always been open and generous about how you feel. And I am so, so grateful for that. More than you know.

Thomas: I don’t want you to ever question how I feel about you.

Hope: I don’T. I know you love me. And I know you to be steadfast and true. And I can’t tell you how nice it is to be with a man where that is the reality. It’s just that, um…

Thomas: You are still having doubts? Yeah. But not about you. Not about us. Not about what we share. It’s just… it’s just the timing.

Thomas: Yeah. You’re not ready.

Hope: No. Not yet. So, in the meantime, I will continue to wear this beautiful ring right by my heart. And one day, maybe I will be ready for a commitment. But in the meantime, please know that I know you to be a good man. And a good father. With a good heart. And you make me feel like I… (vo) it’s ultimate endless shrimp with another limited-time

Rj: So, what’s up?

Zende: I have designs for you.

Rj: Oh, oh. So this, uh… this couldn’t wait until tomorrow?

Zende: I wanted to get them in your hands right away.

Rj: Oh, well, I’m a little busy right now, so I’ll take a look at them later.

Zende: All right.

Rj: You know, just out of curiosity, how did you know that I’m– I’m living here? I haven’t told a lot of people.

Zende: Charlie.

Luna: Charlie.

Rj: Charlie.

Zende: Yeah, when I couldn’t find you in the office, I was going to go over to brooke and ridge’s, but charlie let me know about the new house, and I figured I’d come check it out.

Luna: Yeah, yeah. It’s a really nice house.

Zende: Yeah, I’ll say. Man, your own spot in malibu’s billionaire beach. Nice work. And I love the décor.

Rj: Thank you, zende.

Zende: You know, you’re really living large, aren’t you?

Rj: Well, yeah, is it really that unusual, though? I mean, you could live like this if you wanted to.

Zende: I don’t know. Might be out of my budget. But not for you. Not for the golden child of brooke logan and ridge forrester.

Ridge: Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.

Brooke: Well, let’s hope it’s only temporary.

Ridge: Okay, but they’ve got to figure that out. I’m not going to meddle. Not with them, or hope and thomas.

Brooke: That’s a different situation.

Ridge: No, it’s not. They’re adults. They can figure it out. They can make their own decisions.

Brooke: Thomas hasn’t always had the best judgment.

Ridge: Okay, that’s old news. We don’t need to talk about that.

Brooke: What if this decision to propose sets him back again?

Ridge: No, what if this decision makes all the difference? The power of love. It’s what we have. Come on, yeah. I love you.

Thomas: What about um…

Hope: The kids are gonna be gone for hours. I just want… I just want you.

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Diane: Ah, last night was perfect. Dinner, champagne, dancing, you.

Jack: Nothing is too good for jabot’s new co-ceo. And I am sorry that the mood was temporarily spoiled by tucker.

Diane: Oh, already forgotten. So the only thing better than a night out with you is this, working side by side with my husband, my son. We’re really lucky.

Jack: Yes, we are.

Diane: Yeah, let’s do it.

Jack: Come on.

Diane: Thank you. Oh, you’re here already. We didn’t even hear you leave the house.

Kyle: Not everyone can party on a weeknight. Kidding, but since I was up at dawn, I figured why not get a start on the day?

Jack: Hey, been a lot of that lately. First in the door, last to leave. I couldn’t be prouder of you.

Tucker: Morning.

Nate: Morning. Coffee, please.

Tucker: So are you and audra an item now?

Nate: Why do you ask?

Tucker: Oh, you seem pretty cozy up in her suite. I saw the sparkle in her eyes. She may have said something.

Nate: I seriously doubt that. But if audra and I are an item or not, that’s none of your business.

Tucker: That’s true. It’s just that she and i are close, so–

Nate: Not anymore. Audra’s done with you, tucker. Are– are you really the last to know?

Victor: No, you keep me informed. Step by step, is that clear? Thank you. Here you are.

Nick: What’s so urgent?

Victor: Have a seat, guys.

Victoria: What is it, dad? What’s going on?

Victor: My security team called me last night. And told me that there was a huge fire at the institution where jordan is incarcerated.

Victoria: What? Oh, my god.

Nick: What do you know?

Victor: Not much. One doesn’t know how many people survived.

Victoria: Was jordan killed?

Nick: Would it be wrong to hope she is burning in hell for what she did to mom?

Victoria: And claire.

Victor: We don’t know anything about her whereabouts. Don’t know if she was a victim of that fire. But you and I can imagine that in that massive chaos that ensued, someone could have escaped.

Victoria: Meaning that jordan could be dead, or she could be out there again, ready to do god knows what.

[ Knocking on door ]

Audra: Nikki.

Nikki: Come in.

Audra: I’ve packed up my office, I’ve turned in my security badge, key card. Unless you’ve changed your mind about letting me go.

Nikki: Only if you have changed your mind about opening the newman media office in london.

Audra: I have not.

Nikki: Well, I’m sorry. My decision stands.

Audra: I’m sorry as well.

Nikki: This probably seems very unfair to you.

Audra: My work here has been exemplary. You’ve said so yourself many times.

Nikki: Yes, it has been. And a part of me regrets this. But given the circumstances, I need to be selfish.

Audra: To protect yourself. Even though I’ve told you many times, I am not a threat. And I would never reveal what you’re going through to anyone.

Nikki: I understand that.

Audra: And I also gave you my word that I would keep my distance, and not monitor you or betray your confidence.

Nikki: Audra, we have had this conversation.

Audra: Well, I hope you can find my replacement, and quickly, because running newman media alone, the stress is going to be a bigger burden, a greater test of your sobriety than my presence could ever be. (Cat 1) friskies world!

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Victor: I obviously was concerned about that jordan woman as soon as I heard about the fire.

Victoria: Just the idea that jordan could be out there somewhere… what does that mean for mom and claire?

Nick: If jordan got out, and that is a big “if,” do you really think she would risk showing her face in genoa city or going to the hospital?

Victor: Son, the woman is insane. She has a vendetta against your mother and our family. And unless we find out for sure that she didn’t survive that fire, we all have to stay on our toes.

Victoria: Daddy, would you please send some of your security team to the hospital?

Victor: I already have.

Victoria: Good. Thank you. I know claire has been given certain freedoms, and I would hate for this to– to ruin that, but I would prefer it if she doesn’t know that they’re on the premises. It would only upset her.

Victor: I’ll take care of it.

Victoria: Oh, god, I can’t believe this. After all the progress that she’s made.

Nick: Mom must be so freaked out.

Victor: I got the call about the fire when I was with your mother. I decided not to tell her.

Victoria: That makes a lot of sense. The last thing that she needs right now is another threat to her sobriety.

Nick: But we’re not gonna be able to keep this from mom for very long. Eventually, she’s gonna find out.

Victoria: Well, yes, we need to get some answers as soon as possible, we don’t want mom spinning over this.

Victor: Now I hate to tell you this, but there was some stress added to your mother. After she fired audra charles.

Nick: Fired her? Why?

Victoria: When did this happen?

Victor: Because audra charles found out about your mother’s drinking, and she offered her support, and your mother didn’t like that.

Nick: Are you telling me that mom is running newman media single-handedly?

Victor: I think your mother can handle it, son.

Victoria: Yeah, sure. That’s mom, superwoman. She can do anything, even when it’s the last thing that she needs.

Victor: Look, all we can do now is support her.

Nick: And pray that jordan doesn’t show up.

Victor: Keep this news from your mother.

Nikki: I have the situation well in hand, thank you.

Audra: Yeah, I’m sure you do.

Nikki: I wish you every success. And wherever you end up, they will be very lucky to have you. And again, I am happy to write a glowing recommendation for you.

Audra: I appreciate that. We might have gotten off to a rocky start, but your guidance has meant a great deal to me.

Nikki: Well, that’s very generous of you.

Audra: You’re a legend in this business, nikki. I hope you’re successful with this latest… challenge.

Nikki: Thank you.

Audra: Damn it.

Tucker: You will never understand the bond that audra and I share.

Nate: But I do. You’re alone. You’ve got nothing, no one. So you cling to some fantasy that there’s more to that bond with audra than there actually is. You’re no good for her, tucker. So if you care about audra, you’ll let her go. Man, she is brilliant and talented, but she’ll never achieve her true potential with your dead weight around her neck.

Tucker: She’s gotten pretty far with my dead weight around her neck.

Nate: Oh, I’m sure she’d appreciate you taking all the credit.

[ Scoffs ]

Tucker: I have supported audra all this time because I understand her. And she understands me. We understand each other. That’s why I know she’s got something in the works, something aimed at me. You know anything about it?

Nate: No clue.

Tucker: No clue. Her confidence is alluring, isn’t it? I have a sneaking suspicion that she thinks she can get one over on me, and she would be very insulted if I just let it slide. So please tell your friend– or your lover or whatever the hell she is for you– that I’m onto her. And if you’re thinking of throwing in with her in this little game, as smart as you think you are, you can’t beat me.

You can’t leave

without cuddles.

Diane: If we had known you were here already, I would’ve brought you a coffee from crimson lights.

Kyle: The office brew is just fine with me.

Diane: I know you’re a hard worker, but you don’t need to run yourself ragged.

Kyle: Oh, this isn’t ragged. This is just plugging away. I need to do this, mom. Above and beyond, make up for past bad behavior.

Jack: No, that’s all in the past. Need I remind you, you helped save jabot from tucker mccall? Now in my book, that makes you a star. You don’t have to work to impress your mother and I. We’re perfectly happy with your love and loyalty. Except we’d also like your business experience.

[ Diane laughs ]

Diane: Your father’s right. You don’t have anything to prove to us, kyle.

Kyle: Maybe I have something to prove to myself. I hope you don’t mind, but since I was here early, I decided to get a head start on restructuring the intern program.

Jack: Oh!

Kyle: You know, defining the goals, restructuring the framework.

Diane: Already? Well, I was going to work on this this morning.

Kyle: Well, there’s a little legal finessing that had to be done that I was already familiar with. And now you don’t have to worry about it.

Diane: I see, well, thank you.

Kyle: And I am late for a meeting, so, I will catch up with the two of you later.

Jack: You know what? I think this is gonna work. The three of us guiding jabot to a bright new future.

Diane: Yeah, I’m not so sure kyle’s on board with your vision.

Jack: What do you mean? Of course he is. You just heard him. Ready to do the work, above and beyond. He’s totally committed.

Diane: Yeah, he’s saying all the right things, but it’s just, um– just the sense I’m getting, and I know his tells.

Jack: What are you talking about?

Diane: He’s trying too hard, jack. He’s disappointed that you didn’t make him co-ceo.

Jack: He said himself he knows he’s not ready.

Diane: For a job he already had? And once again?

Jack: I think the protective side of you is overthinking this.

Diane: Uh, no, no, no, no. He wasn’t trying to help me with the intern project. It was his subtle way of saying, “I can do this job, and I can do it better.”

Nate: Your ego, the narcissism, astonishing.

Tucker: Isn’t it?

Nate: The world doesn’t revolve around you, tucker.

Tucker: Mine does, just like yours does around you and audra’s around her. That’s how it works for people like us.

Nate: I’m nothing like you.

Tucker: Of course you are. You’re just not as good at it. You know what your weakness is, nate? You want so desperately to be liked. For instance, I saw you sucking up to devon last night, hoping, begging for his approval.

Nate: There it is. You see, devon and I, we’re rebuilding our relationship, and we’re in a good place. And you can’t stand to see that because your son wants nothing to do with you.

Tucker: You know, if you get tired, of, you know, getting looked over at chancellor-winters all the time, you should consider coming to work with audra and me–

Nate: There is no more audra and you.

[ Footsteps approaching ]

Tucker: Always and forever.

Audra: What’s going on?

Tucker: Nate is considering working with us.

Audra: Huh? Is that true?

Nate: No way in hell.

Tucker: Yeah, we’ll see. Enjoy your day.

Audra: Excuse me.

Nate: Audra, don’T.

Audra: Tucker. Tucker, wait. Oh, god. Do you get my text?

Tucker: I did.

Audra: What you said in there? What did you mean by “us”? Have you forgiven me? Am I back in?

Tucker: Hmm, how should i play this?

Audra: My god, you are just infuriating. Would it kill you to just answer the question?

Tucker: Yes, audra. Yes, you are in.

Audra: You’re not angry?

Tucker: How could i stay angry at you after all we’ve been through? It’s our own special kind of fun, right? And we’re gonna have a blast this time.

Audra: You won’t regret it.

Tucker: Oh, I know I won’T. Because bringing you back in is the only way I’m gonna find out what the hell you’re up to. If your moderate to severe crohn’s disease

Victor: And by the way, how are things going with adam? Are you getting along, working well together?

Nick: You know, adam’s been on his best behavior, but we’ve all seen it before. Eventually there’s going to be some obstacle or a perceived grievance, and it could all go up in flames.

Victor: Well, I think this time things may be different, you know?

Nick: I am, uh, pulling for him. I mean that, adam is sharp and talented, I think he’s got a bright future, assuming he can stay focused and keep it together.

Victor: Even if he is seeing sally spectra again?

Nick: I admit it wasn’t easy at first. Really care about her. I thought we had a– a future, you know, but, uh, obviously, that pull between adam and sally is still there, and it probably always will be. So I truly hope the best for them.

Victor: Now, that sounds very mature on your part, son.

Nick: Well, you’ve always made it clear how you feel about sally. You can’t like it that she’s still in the picture, regardless of which brother she’s with.

Victor: Suffice it to say, I’ve never fully trusted her. Nor really liked her. But maybe things have changed for the better.

Nick: Well, the only thing we can do is stay out of it. Dad, I know that’s not your specialty, not involving yourself in something, but I truly believe that is our best chance to keep adam focused and on his best behavior.

Jack: I think you’re jumping to conclusions.

Diane: No, I’m not. You know how much this whole situation has bothered me.

Jack: I think some maternal instinct in you is always going to protect your son. No matter how much you like the job, no matter how good you are at it, some part of you is going to think, “I should have given kyle the position.”

Diane: Well, it’s not too late to change your mind.

Jack: I love you even more for how much you love our son, and want to protect him. But we have to let this go. You and kyle are exactly where you should be. I don’t have the slightest regret about my decision.

Diane: Okay.

[ Phone chiming ]

Jack: Can I put you on hold for just a second?

Nikki: Is it a bad time?

Jack: No, not at all. It’s nikki.

Diane: Oh.

Jack: Thank you.

Diane: Yeah, mm-hmm.

Kyle: Thanks for letting me know.

Diane: I thought you had a meeting.

Kyle: Just got canceled, which is good, because now I can work on the lip oil launch.

Diane: Oh, hold on. I– I wanted to tweak a few details for that.

Kyle: Yeah, I worked on earlier iterations of the line, so I have some ideas on how best to market.

Diane: Well, I have some ideas, too.

Kyle: But at the last meeting you were talking about you wanted to focus on incentivizing faster turnarounds on production timing. Now you have time to explore that. You’re welcome.

[ Diane gasps ]

Diane: Kyle, stop.

Jack: How’s it going?

Nikki: I’m swamped. Please tell me you found a replacement for audra.

Jack: I’m waiting for word it’s good to go. It takes some time sometimes.

Nikki: Which I’m running out of.

Jack: Is it really that bad?

Nikki: Well, I guess not. I– I– I just had a– a bad moment.

Jack: Tell me what happened.

Nikki: Audra came by to say goodbye.

Jack: And how did that go?

Nikki: Well, um, I could have done without her suggesting that without her, my job would be a lot more stressful. I mean, that threatens my sobriety more than if I had kept her on. Do you think I made a mistake?

Jack: Letting audra go was part of your recovery. Nikki, it’s totally justified. You don’t have to question yourself at all. You are perfectly capable of running newman media until you get a coo.

Nikki: I love your confidence. I wish I had some.

Jack: Hey, why don’t we, uh, have a late breakfast? We can talk about coping strategies, anything you like.

Nikki: I would love to, but the work pile on my desk won’t– won’t let me. So, listen, jack, do you think– I– I don’t know, is this self-sabotage? Is this a sign that I’m making terrible decisions?

Jack: Don’t fall into that spiral of doubt. Focus on work. One task at a time, one hour at a time. Don’t get freaked out by this.

Nikki: You’re right.

Jack: I know what you’re thinking– that it’s easier said than done.

Nikki: You know me so well.

Jack: I know you can do this.

[ Knocking on door ]

Nikki: Oh, my next appointment is here, so, um, thank you for the advice.

Victoria: That’s what I am? Your next appointment?

Nikki: Hi, darling. How are you?

Victoria: I heard that you let audra go.

Nikki: Ah. News travels fast.

Victoria: Dad told me and nicholas. Are you sure that was a good idea?

Nikki: Questioning my judgment is not helpful, victoria.

Victoria: I’m sorry.

Nikki: No, no, I– I’m sorry. I– I shouldn’t have snapped.

Victoria: All I meant is that until you find a replacement, your workload will be doubled. Are you sure that’s safe for you and for your sobriety? Skin-carving next level hydration?

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Nikki: Now you sound like your father. I wish everybody would stop hovering and worrying. I am fine.

Victoria: I’m allowed to be concerned, mom.

Nikki: Yes, of course you are, but I can handle it. You need to trust me on that. And besides, the more work I have, the better off I’ll be.

Victoria: I know how strong you can be under normal circumstances.

Nikki: There are no normal circumstances for an alcoholic. But I have won this battle before, and I will do it again.

Victoria: Yes, I know you will, and I’d like to help you. Let me step in as interim coo and take some of the pressure off.

Nikki: Darling, I would love to work with you again, but if there is anyone who is dealing with out of the ordinary circumstances, it’s you. You stepped away from newman so that you could help claire get healthy. I’m not gonna take that away from you. It’s too important. How is she doing?

Victoria: She’s doing better. She’s– she seems much more open and o– optimistic. I know she still has a long way to go, and there are gonna be some more bumps along the way, but cole and i are very hopeful that there might be a miracle here.

Nikki: Well, I’m happy for all three of you.

Victoria: And I would be happy to help you, mom, please. Let me look at my schedule. I can make it work.

Nikki: Absolutely not.

[ Nikki scoffs ] Hard work is not something foreign to me. I’ll be fine.

Victoria: Are you sure?

Nikki: Not only am I sure, but I have a conference call in a couple of minutes, and I’ve got to prep for it, so I am officially kicking you out.

Victoria: All right. I love you.

Nikki: I love you.

Victoria: If you need anything–

Nikki: I know who to call.

Victoria: All right.

Diane: I don’t need you to pick up my slack.

Kyle: Wha– that– that’s not what I was doing at all.

Diane: Well, are you sure? Because it kind of feels like you’re worried that I’m not ready to take on this position.

Kyle: I was the one who suggested the co-ceo position before dad even offered it to you.

Diane: Uh, yes, and now that he has and I’ve accepted it, you’ve gone into overdrive. You’re– you’re taking over projects that I am perfectly capable of managing.

Kyle: Okay, mom, I was just trying to help.

Diane: Maybe. Or maybe, subconsciously, you’re trying to say that you could be doing my job and maybe even better.

Kyle: Hey, if my actions have upset you, I’m sorry. I’ll back off.

[ Diane scoffs ]

Diane: And now I’ve upset you.

Kyle: No, not– not at all. Mom, we’re good. As family and working together, we have to be honest with each other.

Diane: Then I can honestly say that I’m proud of you. And I’m excited that we’ll be working as a team.

Kyle: Exactly the way I feel.

Diane: All right.

[ Diane laughs ] Well, it’s like your father says, we’re going to do great things together.

Kyle: Mm-hmm.

Diane: Okay.

Kyle: See you.

Audra: I’m not plotting anything, tucker.

Tucker: Sure. Whatever you say, audra.

Audra: My god, your ego is relentless. I’m not planning anything against you. Now, we’ve accomplished some amazing things together, and I’ve learned a lot from you. And I’d love to learn more.

[ Tucker laughs ]

Tucker: You’re laying it on a little thick.

Audra: Oh. Yeah, that’s because you’re being dramatic and ridiculous, and honesty wasn’t getting through to you. But can we just move on already? We’re a team again, and I’d just like to get started. Taking glissade to the top with you is all I want.

Tucker: It’s also your only option since you quit newman media.

Audra: Okay, can– are we done with this topic? Because it’s dangerously close to boring me, and you hate to be boring.

Tucker: Whatever you say, audra.

Audra: You really don’t trust me?

Tucker: Should I? I’ll see you around. You look good in this. Keep it.

[ Audra sighs ]

Nate: Good morning.

Audra: What was that between you and tucker?

Nate: You know, just tucker being tucker. Please tell me that your conversation was you telling him to stay the hell away from you. And that you are perfectly happy at newman media.

Audra: Mm. I can’t do that.

Nate: Why?

Audra: Because I resigned.

Nate: Hmm. Something must have gone very wrong for you to lie to my face.

Nate: You didn’t quit, did you? Nikki fired you.

Audra: In a way, but splitting hairs. I’m out of a job either way.

Nate: Mm. And you failed to mention it last night.

Audra: Well, I wasn’t in the mood. Look, I told you, nikki’s drinking wasn’t going to end well for me, and it didn’T. You know, she had the nerve to offer me a position heading up newman media’s office in london. As if it was some kind of reward.

Nate: Isn’t it?

Audra: It was exile. You know, you break all of your own rules about showing even an ounce of vulnerability. You– you try to be nice, understand them, support them, and all it does is bite you. Everything I did was to help her, and all she saw me was as a threat.

Nate: And she hadn’t been drinking?

Audra: In that moment, she was absolutely sober. I mean, the rest of the day, who knows? But the way she did it. Just waving her recovery as an excuse. And of course, she reminded me of the nda I signed because she’s terrified that I’m going to spill her secret, which I would never do.

Nate: All right. I’m sorry. Well, it’s a loss for her and for the company.

Audra: Yeah, well, I guess at least I’m free of the newmans and their insular little world where blood is the only thing that matters. You know, I should have learned after what they did to you. I– you know, can you believe that? When victor found out that nikki fired me, he wanted to make it up to me by offering me some random position at newman as if I would waste my time.

Nate: Okay, so now you’re a free agent with a stellar resume. I hope you’re going to use it more wisely than trying to take tucker down from the inside at glissade. He’s already suspicious.

Audra: Yeah, because in his mind, he thinks that everyone is obsessed with him and out to get him.

Nate: Because you actually are out to get him. Which I understand. You want the world and would do anything to get it. But screwing with tucker, that is not the way. So please tell me you thought about what I said and changed your mind about going after tucker.

Audra: Your advice registered. It’s a spectacularly bad idea. Way too risky, so backing off would be the smart thing to do.

Nate: Why don’t i believe you?

Audra: Oh, I didn’t say I agreed. Just that it registered.

Nate: Audra, tucker hurt you. He let you down too many times, so you want to gut him. But you are too close to this. I– it is too personal. Tucker will use that, and he will play you. And you’ll never get a chance to hijack glissade out from under him. If anything, you’ll be the one who suffers, and I don’t want to see that happen.

Audra: Then have a little faith that I can do this.

Nate: My god. As brilliant as you are, if you go through with this, you’re setting yourself up for a massive fall.

Nick: All right, so that’s on the books– dinner with the state’s attorney general.

Victor: Okay. Son, I can handle that if you’re not available.

Nick: I’ll take care of it, dad, you’ve got plenty on your plate.

Victor: But, son, so do you. You have a child at home. You have a full-time job here. When do you have time for your personal life?

Nick: I have a personal life. I’m good.

Victor: Son, I’m a little older than you are, and I can tell you that it’s very important to have someone in your life that you… can lean on, you know? In happy times and bad times.

Nick: Well, not everyone can be as lucky as you and mom. But honestly, I’m fine. I’m where I want to be. I’m working with you. I’m doing everything I can to make newman the best possible place it can be.

Victor: I’m glad to hear that, my boy. And I want you to know how happy it makes me that we’re working together, okay? Means a lot to me.

Nick: Me, too.

Cole: Morning.

Victoria: Hi.

Cole: Hey. Is there news? Is that why you called?

Victoria: There’s– there’s been a fire. A fire at the prison where jordan’s being held.

Cole: What?

Victoria: Yes, it’s a– it was fairly large fire. So, some people were trapped and– and killed, and there’s a possibility that some of the prisoners may have escaped.

Cole: Wait, do we know anything about jordan? Is she alive? Is she dead? Did she escape?

Victoria: There’s no clue yet, there’s nothing. The information is coming in very slowly, but my father’s security team is on top of it.

Cole: Well, let’s just hope that she’s behind bars. Or– you know what? I hate to say it, but the world would be a safer place if she was no longer in it.

Victoria: But we have to assume that if jordan is alive, there’s a very good possibility that she’s headed this way.

Cole: Your mother must be terrified.

Victoria: She doesn’t know. At least not yet. And I really, really hope she doesn’t find out. Cole, I just came from seeing her, and she’s really struggling. She fired her coo and she’s taken over newman media. She says that she can handle it, but she’s obviously so stressed out. And her sobriety is just– it’s fragile. So, finding out the news that jordan could be out there, along with everything else that she’s dealing with, I’m just afraid it’s too much.

Cole: I’m so sorry, vic. Claire. Does she know?

Victoria: I hate the idea of her being afraid that jordan could get to her again. Her nightmares have finally just stopped. Now it– this is truly the last thing that she needs.

Cole: Well, we’re just not gonna tell her. Not yet. I mean, not until we have all of the facts.

Victoria: But what if–

Cole: We– we can circle around the what-ifs for hours. That’s not going to help us or anyone else.

Victoria: You’re right.

Cole: And the chances of jordan actually having escaped during this fire are very slim. So we stay positive. Emergen-c crystals pop and fizz

[ Knocking on door ]

Jack: Come in.

Kyle: Dad, you got a second?

Jack: Absolutely. Come on in.

Kyle: Um, I need a reality check. Did I overstep with mom?

Jack: She spoke to you then?

Kyle: And she very politely accused me of being passive-aggressive. No. All I’m trying to do is help.

Jack: Understood. Um, I think her concern is more about her own insecurity than any genuine belief that you would try to show her up. You wouldn’t do that, right?

Kyle: Look, we both know that this is a new arena for her. It’s going to require a certain amount of stamina and insight. I think there is nothing wrong with me offering a helping hand while she develops into the role.

Jack: I appreciate your concern. But you’re trying to help her in the wrong way. She is perfectly capable of developing into the role all by herself.

Kyle: Got it. Like I told mom, I’ll back off. I know my place.

Audra: If you’re so worried about me, take me up on my offer. Join me against tucker for fun and profit. How can you resist?

Nate: Nope. I already told you, I’m not getting dragged into this. There is no amount of fun or profit that makes messing with tucker worth it.

Audra: So you’re happy at the family company warming the bench, huh?

Nate: Mm-hmm.

Audra: Not taking a real shot at something bigger and better. You know, you used to be so much braver and much more interesting.

Nate: Mm. Audra, you’re good. No argument. But it’s a mistake to think that you can go against tucker and win.

Audra: Thanks for your support.

Nate: Only because I care about you.

Audra: Then stop underestimating me. Like the newmans and the abbotts and tucker and kyle and everyone else in this town. You don’t want in? Fine. Now, sit on the sidelines with your advice and your concern and watch me pull this off and land on top where I belong.

Victoria: I’ve already spun a dozen different scenarios about jordan escaping and what it would do to my mom and to claire. Oh, my god. None of them are good. How do you stay so calm?

Cole: I just work with the facts. Nikki and claire are protected. Victor’s team and the cops are on top of it. And we have beaten jordan so far. So just stay on track.

Victoria: This must be so difficult for you. Dealing with a lifetime of madness in your family.

Cole: It’s humbling. Thinking I’d gotten away from it, and I’m right back in it again. Not to mention the victims. And that includes claire. She didn’t inherit my mother and aunt’s insanity. But she got twisted into knots. And honestly, she might have stayed that way, but she met you. And I can see in her she has a lot more of you than she does me. That’s my sign that claire is going to be okay one day.

Victoria: You know, there’s no bad in you. None of this is your fault.

[ Nikki gasps ]

Nikki: This is jordan’s prison. “Damage is extensive. Dozens trapped by the flames. The number of casualties is unknown at this time. Some inmates are thought to have– thought to have escaped.” Oh, my god. What if she has escaped, and she’s coming for me? She’s coming for me right now. Oh, god.

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THIS STILL NEEDS SOME EDITING!

[sighs, chuckles] Mm. Oh, my! Oh, my! Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away! Oh, oh. So much to do, so little time. OK, OK. I made a spreadsheet of everything we still need to accomplish for your wedding. So let’s get started. Where’s Johnny? I thought he was coming.

Oh, he said he would catch up with us later, that he had something to take care of.

Oh, hmm.

Come on, guys! Let’s go! We’re running late! Get dressed! Brush your teeth! Thomas, don’t forget your rain forest diorama!

 

[knock at door] And wear matching socks, please! Hey, Uncle Chad, I hope I’m not interrupting anything.

No, just, you know, trying to get the Buttons and Bows out the door for school.

Buttons and Bows?

That’s what Abby used to call the kids.

 

[sharp thud, kids screaming]

Was that Buttons or Bows?

I don’t know. I don’t know. I’ll be right back.

OK.

Hey, what’s going on up here?

 

[dramatic music]


 

 

[panting]

Hey, Alex.

Hey.

Hey, how you doing? How’s Theresa?

She’s hanging in. She was actually gonna leave town, but I talked her into staying.

Good. I’m glad you got through to her. Sometimes Theresa has a mind of her own. Theresa knows best, you know?

Yeah. Well, she decided to stay in Salem with me.

Mm.

And she sure as hell regrets that kiss with you.

Yeah? Yeah, that’s what she said. That’s what she said. Why would you bring that up, man?

Well, you didn’t really apologize, if my memory serves me correctly, for your part in it, you know.

My part in it? Alex, Alex, she kissed me. I didn’t kiss her. We made that pretty– she made that clear, right? I didn’t apologize ’cause I didn’t feel there was a reason to. But I also don’t take advantage of anyone who’s in pain like that.

Oh, so you’re telling me you didn’t want anything to do with that kiss?


Oh, that felt good!

Oh, sure did! Real good.

Man, I needed that bust to pay off after that disaster at the Bistro.

Well, it more than paid off. We nearly got , opioid pills, / kilo of powder, some coke, some meth, and now two dirtbags in custody. Phillips, let’s get our new friends processed. And, Goldman, if you can get the evidence logged in and squared away.

You got it.

Hey, you got a minute?

Sure, what’s up?

 

 

[clears throat] Rafe told me what happened after the interrogation, how you kissed Ava and she slapped you. I mean, what were you thinking?

Clearly, I wasn’t.

Listen, Harris, please don’t resent me for saying this. I like you. It’s just that, you know, I’m getting a little worried that you can’t seem to get Ava out of your head. I mean, you got it bad for a woman who’s, well, bad news.


 

[doorbell rings]


Xander, what are you doing here? What the hell are you wearing?

Looking for EJ.

What is this, your new business attire?

Where is he?

I have no idea. Probably left for the courthouse. Have you tried calling him?

No, I need to meet with him in person.

What about, exactly?

 

 

[sighs] A very mysterious phone call. * *

 

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Come on. Are you kidding me? I thought we were past this. Look, I have no interest in getting back together with Theresa, trust me. She’s all yours.

Oh, thank you. So you just expect me to, what, dismiss the fact that I saw the two of you kissing?

 

 

[sighs] Alex, all right, I’m gonna try this another way ’cause it’s not sticking. The kiss meant nothing. As far as I’m concerned, I just want Theresa to be healthy and strong and good for our son. That’s all I want ’cause we need to be united right now ’cause my boy is going through probably the worst thing you could possibly go through in his life. So please, I think you need to get over this jealousy thing because if you’re gonna be with Theresa and, by extension, my son, I’m gonna be around. You better get used to that.

 

[dramatic music]

 

 

[sighs]

Crisis averted?

Yeah, they were, you know, fighting over a hairbrush, knocked something over. Thomas thinks it’s his. She thinks it’s hers.

You know, color coding used to work for Allie and me. My stuff was always brown or blue. Her stuff was always green or red.

Yeah?

Yeah.

That’s a good idea. I’ll give it a shot. So what’s up? You want to talk?

Yeah. Yeah, I do.

 

[clears throat] Chanel and I are engaged.

That’s–congratulations.

Yeah. Thank you.

Yeah.

Thank you. We’re getting married on Valentine’s Day.

That’s two weeks away. That’s very–very fast.

 

 

[chuckles] Yeah. No, believe me, I know. Chanel and Paulina are madly planning.

OK, good. Well, yeah, I’ll mark it on my calendar, and the kids are gonna be really excited. I mean, they can– can they come?

Yeah. Yeah. No, absolutely, the kids can come. But I was hoping that maybe you would attend as more than just a guest. I was hoping you’d stand up there with me, be my best man.


OK, that’s not– that’s not the face I was expecting.


Look, you know, it’s one thing to just attend and I can keep my mouth shut. It’s another thing to be a part of it.

Keep your mouth shut? About what? Come on, Uncle Chad, spill.

All right, look, if I’m standing up there with you, it’s like I’m giving you my blessing to bring some innocent woman into the DiMera family.


What are you talking about? You just married my dad and Nicole, like, what, November?

Exactly, and look how that turned out. They just lost a child, Holly OD’d on drugs, and now EJ’s, you know, running around trying to make the whole town pay. And look at Stefan–Gabi’s in prison for murdering Li. And if that’s not miserable enough, she just got her leg broken.

 

 

[sighs] Look, I get it, OK? I get it. That’s terrible, all of it. But I’m still failing to see the DiMera connection here.

That’s ’cause you’re not– you don’t get it, Johnny.


Look, when people marry into this family, you at best end up hurt and, at worst, dead. Look what happened to Abby.


Mysterious phone call, huh? Let me guess, it was a scary robo voice hawking energy-saving solar paneling.

This isn’t a joke.

I have no idea where EJ is. So if you want to share this information with me about your mysterious phone call, if I can help you, great. If not, I’ll pass the information along to EJ, or if you don’t want to share, so be it.

Well, I’d rather not run all over town trying to find EJ. So yeah, you can relay the message.

Spill.

The call I got last night was from a blocked number. When I answered, the person on the other end, they– they asked me to kill somebody.


How do you think this is gonna end?

Well, I don’t really have an answer for that. But truthfully, I’m hoping that Ava and me can, I don’t know, be together. I don’t even know if that’s a possibility, but–

I mean, what, you guys dated for, like, what, like, five minutes. I mean, is this something really worth fighting over, let alone jeopardizing your career for?

It’s just– it’s complicated, OK?

OK.

I just–I hate to see you go through this, Harris, as a partner and as a friend. I mean, especially, you just got your life back on track after that whole Megan DiMera psycho brainwasher nightmare. I mean, you are a kick-ass cop. You have so much potential. And I would just hate for you to throw all that away on a woman whose rap sheet is a mile long, you know?

Hey, you two. I was just talking to Detective Hunter here and suggested that we all go to breakfast to celebrate this victory. It’s on me. What do you guys say?

Sounds good.

I’m in.

 

[dramatic music]

 

 

[clears throat]

 

 

[coughs]

Mama, are you sure that you’re OK to be out and about worrying about my wedding plans? I mean, you were just in the hospital this morning.

I am fine, darling. I told you. And I am not worrying over your wedding plans. I’m excited about them and, oh, loving every minute of helping you with them. Oh, and did I tell you the dress consultant called? She’s located the dress we want. It’s on its way. I’m just worried we won’t have enough time for the alterations.

 

[sighs]

OK, Mama, just breathe, OK? Did you take your antianxiety pills this morning?

Yes, yes, I took my happy pill. Thank you very much. I just want my baby girl’s wedding to be beautiful, especially since I missed the last one.

OK. And it will be. Don’t worry. OK, so what is next on your spreadsheet?

Ah, guest list. I know, I know you two want a small service. Oh, I just wish– I just wish that Eli and Lani could be there.

Yeah. Me too, with little Jules and Carver.

But with Lani’s release moving at a snail’s pace and Eli swamped with some new FBI case…

OK, well, they’ll be there in spirit. OK, so let’s move on for now.

So this– this is my favorite option for your veil. Oh, isn’t it stunning?

 

[chuckles] What do you think?

Nice.

Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.

 

[chuckles]

And we cannot have you making your own wedding cake. So I thought– I thought we could order this, with that beautiful latticework.

Mm.

Oh, and these cascading centerpieces, oh, they would be beautiful.

Wow. They’re…big.

Mm.

I love them.

And, you know, I thought we should include a little nod to you being a baker.

Mm.


A bridal bouquet… made out of pastries. See? See? All stuffed inside a giant waffle cone. Uh-huh.

Mm.

Pastry bouquet.

A pastry bouquet. Oh, boy.


I think you’re missing your wife this morning.

Yeah, I miss my wife every morning, every single minute of every single day.

OK, and I understand, Uncle Chad, but with all due respect, I still don’t see the DiMera connection. Clyde Weston said Aunt Belle was his target that night, not Abigail. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Yeah, exactly, she was in the exact wrong place. All right, she was at the DiMera mansion. And if she wasn’t at DiMera, she’d still be alive right now, Johnny.

OK, that’s a stretch.

Really, it’s a stretch?

It’s a stretch.

It’s a stretch?

Yeah.

What happened in your first wedding?

Oh, come on. What happened to me had nothing to do with me being a DiMera. If anything, it had to do with my connection to my Grandma Marlena. Besides, I’m not even a part of the DiMera family business. I never have been. I’m a filmmaker. I’m an aspiring filmmaker, anyway, OK? And look, I do, I appreciate the fact that you’re trying to be helpful here. But honestly, I got to say I think you’re overreacting.

Overreacting? You want to be like me, Johnny, huh? You want to be putting flowers on your wife’s grave ’cause she was murdered in her own bed? Listen, becoming a DiMera is a dangerous thing, all right? We are a spiteful, vindictive, mean group of people. And we were raised by an unscrupulous man. Or not raised. I mean, I wasn’t even– I wasn’t even brought up as a DiMera, and somehow I still got sucked into the web. You, you were born into it. And I think you’re a hell of a lot more of a DiMera than you let on. So if you really love Chanel, then you will keep her as far away from you as possible.


Huh, so what’s next? You moving in with me and Theresa?

 

 

[laughs] That’s funny.

Mm.

No, you’re definitely gonna have your space, and I’m gonna have mine, but… Alex, I got to check up on her a lot ’cause she’s the mother of my kid and she had a big slip. And the stressors that caused that slip are still there, you know? She could easily have another one.

You really think so, like– ’cause I’ve been watching her, man. I mean, she started meetings. She’s focused on working at “Bella.” It looks like she’s on the road to recovery.

That’s great. But it’s a process. There is never gonna be a magical day where Theresa is “cured.” But it’s good that she’s busy in more ways than one. You know, she’s going to meetings, that’s– that’s good. And now that Tate is actually safe, it’s gonna be good to have a little normalcy back in our lives.

Yeah, there’s definitely been a whole lot of drama.

Yeah, too much for my blood.

Yeah.

Anyway, I’m gonna finish my run and get to work, so I’ll catch you later.

Hey, Brady. Before you go… I’ve been meaning to ask you something.


 

 

[sighs] Who do they want you to kill?

I have no idea. They didn’t say.

Was the voice male or female?

Well, it sounded male, but it was distorted. So it could have been anyone. They told me that they had a job for me. When I asked what it was, they said that they wanted me to eliminate someone. And before I could say anything else, they said they’d be in touch soon and hung up.

Hmm, and they haven’t called you back yet?

No, I wish they would. If I had the chance, I would have told them no straight out. I mean, look, yeah, I may have spent most of my life on the wrong side of the law, but I’m not an assassin for hire.

OK, for hire, maybe not, but… as I’ve heard, you did try to kill Nicole and Eric by locking them in the furnace room of Titan Industries.

That was a long time ago, and I deeply regret it. And more recently, when Ava Vitali was trying to pressure me into killing EJ’s mom, Susan, I refused, flat out. So look, I’ve never actually killed anyone in cold blood, and I’m not about to start now.

OK, so maybe it was a wrong number.

A murder for hire wrong number. Come on, no. They asked for me by name. Whoever it was, they know who I am.


Welcome, Officers. What brings you here at this hour?

Mm, well, we just pulled an all-nighter, and we’re just here reaping the spoils.

Another drug bust?

Yeah.

That’s right. And we are about hours overdue for a hot meal.

OK, well, nothing would please me more than to serve a hearty breakfast to my brothers and sisters in blue, on me.

OK.

 

[laughs]

Thank you.

 

 

[chuckles] Chanel and I already lost each other once, OK? There is no way in hell that I’m gonna lose her again, ever. OK? So we’re getting married on Valentine’s Day with or without your blessing. And we couldn’t be happier about it, so… sorry. Sorry to have come here and waste your time. Say hi to Buttons and Bows for me.

Johnny, Johnny, Johnny, wait. Look. When I have a tough day, you know, tough morning, like today, it does– it hits me all over again, OK, of just how much I miss Abby. You know, and then for the kids, you know, they don’t talk to me about how much they miss her. You know, not anymore, at least. You know, so when they act up, I know it’s really because that she’s not here to guide them. And they’re angry that they don’t have Mom. OK? And for me…

 

[dramatic music] Man, some days, I’m fine. And then other days, it just– it hits me like a tidal wave…


That she’s gone for good.


And it rips my heart out all over again.


 

[clears throat]

 

 

[clears throat]


 

[sighs] Aunt Abigail was–

 

[clears throat] She was a special person.

Mm.

 

 

[chuckles] We all miss her so much.


And I am so sorry for what… has happened to you. I’m sorry for everything you’ve been through. I’m sorry for Thomas and Charlotte. So sorry.


Yeah, and honestly, I–

 

[clears throat] I don’t mean this to come off as callous.


I was kind of hoping, you know, that you were getting to a more solid place with Stephanie.


No, that’s not callous. And… yeah, I was hoping the same thing, but… just wasn’t the right time. My heart still belongs to Abigail.


I still do believe in true love, though. And if you have that with Chanel, then you hold on to it. You keep it safe, ’cause it’s a very hard thing to do as a DiMera.


You really do believe that our whole family is cursed, don’t you?


Whatever it is, Johnny, you should run. Take Chanel. Go back to Italy. You know, get married. Stay there. Be happy.

 

 

[sighs]

Look at me. You should stay as far away from the DiMera family as you possibly can for your safety and for Chanel’s.


I don’t know what to say. And I don’t understand why you would think EJ is behind that crazy call that you got.

What’s to understand? Just think about it. Just a while back, EJ hired a hit woman to take out Ava Vitali, did he not? And I’m sure that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to the hit man, or should I say hit people, that EJ has hired over the years. So I thought I’d come down here and see what he had to say for himself.

OK, so you think EJ is the only person you know to have ever hired a hit person. Xander, think. Think a little closer to home, will you? The Kiriakises have done just as many nefarious things as the DiMeras, have they not? And I’m gonna be honest with you. I don’t appreciate you coming after my family.


 

 

[sighs] What’s on your mind?

OK, since you swear that you, you know– I was just wondering if maybe you could give me some advice on how to, you know–

How to complete a sentence?

Smart-ass. No.

 

 

[laughs] Theresa and I have only been together a short time. We’re living together, and… it’s still all very new. And look, man, I’m just trying to figure out if there’s anything else I need to know about this girl, you know, other than what I already do know and what smacked me between the eyes when she relapsed.

Yeah. I hear you. It’s just–Alex, it’s been a long time since we’ve lived together, Theresa and I, and even– even a longer time since we’ve been able to be in a room comfortably with one another.

No, no, I know. But I’m talking about, like, in the past when you were together. What was it like being married to her?

 

 

[chuckles] You know, for those couple months…

Yeah.

Alex, you got to understand, I don’t– I don’t even remember marrying her.

 

 

[scoffs]

I was wasted in Las Vegas when we got hitched and we–


Wait, hold on. Are you thinking about marrying Theresa?


Now, let’s talk color schemes.

 

[chuckles] Now, my favorite option for you is… seafoam. Oh! I just love seafoam, don’t you?

Yeah. Yeah, seafoam, love it.

No, you don’t. You hate seafoam. I put you in a seafoam dress when you were nine years old. You spit venom and swore you’d never wear seafoam again if you lived to be .

OK, OK. I don’t like seafoam.

Uh-huh. Uh-huh. And don’t think I don’t know how much you hate that pastry bouquet.

Fine. I just–I just want you to be happy, Mama.

But pretending to like stuff you hate?

Yes, I’m just trying to be nice because it’s like you said before. You missed our first wedding.

Mm-mm. Uh-uh. Nope. Nope. That is not it. Uh-uh. We both know why you’re humoring me, Chanel. It begins with a C. Now, baby girl, I– I don’t want you treating me any differently because I have cancer. I can take anything you dish out. I won’t break. So come on, now. If you see something you don’t like, speak up. Come on. Well, let’s have it.

Fine. Those hideous centerpieces look like a giant bouquet of whale spouts shooting over the table. And I don’t want lattice on my wedding cake. No offense, Mama, but I’m nowhere near joining AARP.

Oh, oh!

And as far as that veil goes–

 

 

[coughing]

Oh. Mama, Mama, Mama, are you OK? Mama.

Gotcha!

 

[laughs]

Oh, that is so mean. Why would you do that to me?

Oh, because I really love that wedding veil. Oh. So, you know, maybe you could just take another little peek. It might grow on you.

 

[laughs]

Can’t stand you.

 

[dramatic music]

We’re not gonna run, Uncle Chad. Chanel and I are getting married here. And as messed up as we all are, family’s important to me. Family’s important to Chanel. And I can’t just ask her to leave her mother when she’s just been diagnosed with cancer. I’m not a kid anymore. I can’t just run from every problem. All right, I’m committed to Chanel. I’m committed to marrying her on Valentine’s Day. I’m committed to starting a new life with her here in Salem.

Yeah, you really grew up, didn’t you?

 

 

[scoffs] Not much of a choice.

OK. If you’ll have me still, I’d be honored to be your best man.

I’ll have you. Yes. Thank you. Seriously?

Yeah. Come here.

Thank you. Thank you. It means a lot to me.

OK.

 

[sighs]

Hey, let me ask you a question. If you knew what you know now, if you knew everything that was gonna happen, would you still have married Abigail?


If I– if I had known then what I know now…


Yeah, I would have– I would have taken her by the hand and… went running for the hills.


I’d have done anything in my power to save her, have her here with me right now.


Yeah.

Marriage? No, no, no, no, definitely not. We are not even close to being there yet.

All right, all right, well, you’re living together.

As roommates.

Yeah, roommates with benefits.

Roommates with benefits and separate bedrooms. Regardless, everything that has happened, Brady, I’m telling you, it just made things feel a lot more serious. And we’re in a good place. At least, I think we are.

 

[chuckles] I just–I need to, like, know more about her. I want to know many more levels to Theresa before marriage is even close to being on my radar.

I hear you. That’s smart. If you’re serious about her, you should take it slow.

To be honest, man, that whole relapse situation really was a shock to me. Now I’m just worried that, you know, that could happen again or what else is gonna come down that could possibly throw me off.

You asked for my advice. I’m gonna give it to you, OK? Here’s the deal. Theresa can be wonderful. She can be fun and loving. She’s got another side to her, very wicked, very wild side that can be unleashed at any moment. I am living proof that it’s real hard not to follow her down a destructive path and get sucked right into it. Alex, I think you’ve only started to scratch the surface of who Theresa really is.


Xander, let’s just stop and think about this for a second, OK? You don’t have a reputation for– how do I put this nicely– thoroughness, reliability, being a game player and not completely falling apart in the face of pressure and humiliating himself.

But tell me what you really think about me, Stefan.

I’m just saying, Xander, why would EJ hire you, of all people, to kill someone?

I have absolutely no idea. I’ve worked for you DiMeras before, much to my eternal regret. I was employed by your sister for a while, Kristen, as you may or may not know.

Mm-hmm.

And I helped your brother EJ through his recovery at the DiMera Nashville labs before the fire, as you also may or may not know. So your insulting and disparaging assessment of my character notwithstanding, maybe EJ sees me as a competent person with an impressive work ethic, which I damn well am.

Sorry. You’re right.

No, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I started this conversation. But I’m gonna end it now by saying that I do believe it was the dishonorable DA DiMera that was behind that phone call, or he put somebody else up to it. And if that’s the case, then he’s out of luck because I’m walking the straight and narrow now. I have a beautiful daughter that I’m father to, and I’m half owner of a respectable newspaper. So you tell your brother that he’s gonna have to find somebody else to be Salem’s neighborhood hit man ’cause I’m not interested.


This was a couple decades ago. This woman called me. She’s in hysterics, swears there’s this weird guy watching her from a window in the building across the street. I investigate. Turns out to be a cardboard cutout of… Jack Nicholson.

 

[laughter] Yeah. Well, that was a few years ago. But if you’re lucky like me, you’ll wind up happily married, running your parents’ pub. But I guarantee you this. You will never forget your time on the force.

 

 

[chuckles] Well, that calls for a toast.

OK.

To Roman, for your decades of service to the Salem PD, thank you, and for paving the way for the next generation.

Yes. To Roman.

To Roman. both: To Roman.

To Roman.

See, Mama, I like this one with the square tiers. And then each layer has a ribbon on the bottom.

It is beautiful. I agree. We can order the ribbon in seafoam.

Ma!

 

[laughter] No seafoam, OK? No seafoam.

OK. Oh, here’s our groom-to-be.

Hello, hello, hello.

Hey, Johnny, we were just going over the wedding cake.

Mm-hmm.

Oh, wedding cake. Yeah, terrific, great.

Mm-hmm. Well, I have mayoral duties to attend to. Johnny, here, take my seat. Oh, yeah, Chanel, she can show you everything that we’ve landed on so far.

I can’t wait to see. All right.

Ta-ta, lovebirds.

Bye, Mama.

Uh-huh.

OK, so what do you want to see first, the wedding cake or the centerpiece?

Whatever you want to show me is good.

Uh-oh. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Hey, I know that there’s only two weeks until the wedding, but Mama is helping a ton. And I think we’ll be fine.

Overwhelmed is part of it. I don’t know, I’m thinking maybe we should postpone the wedding.

 

[dramatic music]


Get a grip, Xander. EJ is the new DA, so I seriously doubt he is your mystery caller.

Hmm, or maybe you’re involved somehow and you’re just covering for him.

Xander, I know nothing about this. I think you’ve cooked this whole thing up in your head. I think you’re losing it. Then again, that would imply that you would have had to have had it in the first place. So you know what? I am needed elsewhere. So if you don’t mind.

Oh, I’m leaving but not until we get one thing straight in case this ever comes up again.


OK, so Chad told you that we shouldn’t get married here in Salem and that you should grab me and run for the hills.

Yeah.

Mm.

And he just seemed super intense about it too. He said being connected to the DiMeras is basically hell on Earth and that… you and I should stay as far away from the family as possible.

Mm. And what do you think?

Mm. I think that he’s still grieving the loss of his wife. I think the pain comes and goes in waves. That’s what he said. Honestly, it’s more about what you think. I mean, you’re the one who is apparently risking your life just by marrying me, so…

Mm, well, I think that it’s all a bunch of hooey. And even if it wasn’t, I would risk my life a thousand times over to be with you.

I feel the same way.

 

[dramatic music]


So are you sure that you still want Chad standing up for you?

Yeah, I do. I do. It’ll be good for him, I think.

Yeah. Yeah, I’m sure it will be.

Yeah.

And, Johnny, you are not your father or your uncles, and you’re sure as hell not Stefano. And I know that you love them. But you’re your own man. And their issues have nothing to do with us.


Thank you. Thank you for being the voice of reason.

Mm-hmm.

I think I needed to hear that.


I love you so much.

I love you too.

Come here.


Well, you gave me a lot to think about. Thank you for giving me the advice, though– or that warning, rather.

Yeah. Well, we’re family. You ask me for advice, I’m gonna give it to you straight. All right?

I appreciate it.

At the same time, look, I know you’re your own man and you’re gonna make the decisions that are best for you. But I hope– I really hope that it turns out the way you want it to.

Thank you, man.

Thank you for keeping me posted on Theresa. And if you need help, just give me a call, all right?

All right. Yeah. I think I got it from here on out. But I’ll see you at the office.

All right, man.


 

[sighs] She kissed me. I didn’t kiss her. We made that pretty– she made that clear, right? I didn’t apologize ’cause I didn’t feel there was a reason to. But I also don’t take advantage of anyone who’s in pain like that.

Oh. So you’re telling me you didn’t want anything to do with that kiss?


 

 

[sighs]


I told you, your money’s no good here.

Just take it; I told them I’d buy them breakfast.

Yeah, and I told them it was on me.

Well, thank you.

My pleasure. I enjoyed the conversation.

Yeah, me too. So how’s our mutual acquaintance doing?

Well, he’s thrilled to be out of the joint and up in your room. Kate’s up there with him now. She took him breakfast and some necessities.

OK, what about his injuries?

Healing slowly but surely. The beating was pretty rough. By the way, I’m sorry the cot’s not more comfortable. It was the best I could do on short notice.

Ah, it’s no worries. I’ve slept on worse.

How long are you planning on keeping Lucas here?

As long as it takes… or until we know for sure that nobody’s watching.

 

[laughter]

There was a time, Stefan, where… I might have been desperate enough to become a murderer for hire. If I kept walking the path I was on and the money was good enough, yeah, maybe I would have stooped that low. But as I said before, and I think it bears repeating, I am a changed man. I have a wonderful daughter in my life now, and she means the world to me. I’m not just gonna throw my life away. My time as a criminal, that’s over. Victoria deserves the best dad in the world, like, somebody she can look up to. So I’m not gonna put myself in a position where she might be looking at me behind bars or, worse yet, in a casket. So I need you to understand that, mate. And I need you to make your brother understand it too.

Mm. Oh, I understand that loud and clear, mate.


But now you listen to me. Whatever’s going on here, the DiMeras have nothing to do with it.

Well, I’m not convinced of that.

Mm.

So give your brother a message for me, yeah? You tell EJ to go to hell. Oh, and you can go there too. Although I guess it’s kind of redundant telling DiMeras to go to hell since that’s where you’re all headed anyway, in due time.


[door slams]


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Days Short Recap Tuesday, January 30, 2024

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Recap written by Michele and Cheryl

Leo caught Stephanie coming out of Everett’s room. She questioned why he was there. He said he lived in the building. She said it wasn’t his business why she was there, but he thought it was. Johnny told Stefan he was engaged. Stefan didn’t care about his engagement when he couldn’t be with his wife. Johnny asked him if he was with Ava. Stefan told him to mind his business. Stephanie continued to let Leo know what went on with Everett was none of his business. She threatened to get him fired if he continued to pry. He agreed to let it go. When she walked away, he went to Everett’s door. Paulina went to the hospital so Sarah could check on her. When Sarah examined her, she said the lump was still the same. Sarah said she would make sure she could get checked out as soon as possible. Steve talked to Kayla about Konstantin. He said he and John didn’t trust him, and Maggie shouldn’t either. Steve said Konstantin’s history with Victor wasn’t right. Kayla said Maggie was taken with Konstantin at first. Steve said Maggie was still taken with him. He said whenever he and John try to tell Maggie about Konstantin, she shuts them down. Steve said Konstantin was a con man. Kayla thought he should try to sleep. Ava and Wendy talked about Wendy’s relationship with Tripp. Wendy was upset when Ava thought she was using Tripp as a support system. Leo went to see Everett. He asked Everett about Stephanie. Everett took Leo away from his room so they could talk.

Sarah was able to get Paulina an examination room so she could get checked out. She tried to get Paulina to call Chanel so she could support her. Johnny told Stefan that he didn’t know Ava was going to set him off. Stefan told Johnny to stay out of his business. Johnny reminded him about kissing Ava. Stefan told him he would understand things better when he grew up. Wendy wanted to know why Ava was insulting her. Ava said she was being protective of her son. Wendy said she loved Tripp, and he loved her. She said they were going to be together. While they were talking, Wendy noticed Harris calling Ava. Wendy asked if she was in love with Harris or Stefan or both. Stefan told Johnny that he didn’t have a right to judge him. Johnny said he wasn’t judging him. He said he openly kissed Ava in front of his family. Johnny wanted to know why he was doing this to Gabi if he loved her. Stefan said he vowed to be faithful to Gabi. He said he was worried sick about when she was getting out of Statesville. Johnny asked why he was doing this. Stefan said Ava was a beautiful woman and he is alone. Johnny said he hoped he could live with what he was doing. Stefan said he hoped he could too. Leo and Everett talked about Stephanie. Everett said he and Stephanie talked. When Leo jokingly flirted with him, Everett wondered if he used humor to compensate for problems in his life. Chanel and Johnny showed up to be there for Paulina. Johnny called Ava and warned her to stop talking to Harris. While they were talking, he wondered if she was with Harris. They argued over having to flirt with each other.

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Stephanie quietly exits Everett’s room at the Salem Inn. Leo then comes around the corner and comments on her getting around. Stephanie asks what he’s doing there. Leo reminds her that he lives at the Salem Inn and remarks that he’s looked at the guest list and knows that she does not live there. Stephanie tells Leo that this is not what he thinks. Leo jokes that his imagination is on fire. Stephanie tells him it’s a false alarm. Leo says that’s what they all say. Stephanie remarks that where she spends the night is her business. Leo says it may be Lady Whistleblower’s.

Wendy comes out from the bedroom looking to find Tripp but finds Ava. Ava tells her that it looks like Tripp’s 12 hour shift has turned in to overtime. Wendy says she’ll just go back to her room and meditate but Ava stops her and says she will make some coffee so they can have a woman to woman chat.

At the DiMera Mansion, Stefan paces in the living room, looking at a photo of Gabi on his phone and talks about how they made up for lost time one year ago today. Stefan wonders how they ended up here. Johnny walks in and greets him. Johnny asks if he knows if EJ is up. Stefan mocks not having EJ’s schedule. Johnny remarks that somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed and encourages that it’s a beautiful day. Johnny then announces that he and Chanel are getting married on Valentine’s Day. Stefan says good for him. Johnny questions him not congratulating him. Stefan says it’s kind of hard for him to celebrate someone else getting married when his wife is in prison. Johnny knows that sucks but brings up Stefan having a thing with Ava. Stefan warns him that’s none of his damn business.

Chanel sets up the Bakery in the town square and greets Kayla as she comes by. Kayla says she just got off a long shift and she knows she’s probably not open but she ordered banana muffins online to surprise Steve and Stephanie. Chanel says they will be ready in a few minutes if she wants to wait. Chanel then shows Kayla her engagement ring. Kayla congratulates her and states that Johnny is a lucky man. Chanel feels she’s the lucky one and reveals they are getting married on Valentine’s Day. Kayla notes that’s what she and Steve did. Chanel says it worked for them. Kayla guesses Paulina must be thrilled. Chanel confirms that it’s given her something to focus on other than her illness.

At the hospital, a nurse tells Sarah that she has a patient waiting for her in the exam room that is listed as confidential. Sarah finds that strange and goes to the room to find Paulina. Sarah asks about her being the mystery patient. Paulina guesses it helps being Mayor.

Stephanie tells Leo that she’s sorry to deprive him of mind-blowing gossip, but she and Everett are colleagues just like they are. Leo asks if they are colleagues with benefits but Stephanie says they are just friends. Leo argues that men and women can’t be friends because sex gets in the way. Stephanie calls that outdated and says her purpose for being with Everett last night is none of Leo’s business. Stephanie asks if Leo wants to keep his job. Leo senses a threat coming. Stephanie warns that she’s tight with Everett and his boss. Stephanie says she would hate to tell Leo’s boss that his column is a detriment to the newspaper. Leo says he will see her then. After Stephanie walks away. Leo comes back around the corner and knocks on Everett’s door.

Sarah checks on Paulina in the hospital. Sarah suggests doing an ultrasound on her neck. Paulina explains that she woke up feeling panicked and having a hard time breathing, so she came right here. Sarah assures that she’s in excellent hands and will get the best care possible. Sarah says she will get her in as fast as she can. Paulina asks her not to hold anyone off on her account so she’s not interfering with anyone else’s health. Sarah insists that they will make it work and asks if she wants her to call Chanel but Paulina says absolutely not.

Stephanie comes out of the Salem Inn and runs in to Chanel.

Kayla goes home and tries to quietly get in bed with Steve but he wakes up. Kayla tells him to go back to sleep. Steve calls it a rough night as he was out late with John. Kayla thought he was on his way bed when they last talked. Steve explains that Marlena wanted him to meet with John because she’s worried about him. Kayla asks if it’s work related. Steve says no but then says it’s no big deal. Kayla questions it not being a big deal that Marlena called him after 10 PM. Steve then admits it’s about Konstantin as he and John don’t trust him and they don’t think Maggie should either. Kayla says she’s heard this before, so she asks if he has something new. Steve says it may just be a new take on him and his history with Victor as something’s not right. Kayla asks if Maggie agrees now. Steve says she unfortunately doesn’t and that every time he and John try to warn her, she shuts them down. Kayla asks if they have any proof that Maggie is in real danger. Steve admits they don’t but insists that Konstantin is dangerous. Steve brings up his ties to the Greek mafia, the baby kidnapping, and his monumental debts. Kayla encourages that Maggie is a strong woman and trusts that Konstantin is a changed man. Steve worries that Maggie will regret it. Kayla guesses Maggie will have to figure it out herself and suggests Steve try to shake it off and sleep. Steve responds that he can’t go back to sleep now because he smells banana muffins.

Ava sits with Wendy and says she understands how awkward it can be to have her boyfriend’s mother living with them. Wendy assures that they are fine with it. Ava feels it has to be tough. Ava acknowledges that it seems like they’ve gotten close and that Wendy is really in to Tripp which she confirms. Ava brings up that Tripp has been hurt a lot, first by Allie, and Haley, Ciara, and others. Ava states that women tend to take advantage of Tripp, string him along, and then cast him away. Ava adds that she has a reputation of being direct so she’s just going to ask Wendy if she’s for real. Wendy is not sure what that means. Ava asks if she’s interested in Tripp in a serious way because if not, she’d rather that she bow out now. Wendy resents Ava implying that she’s a fickle, insubstantial person so she’s reluctant to even respond. Ava says she’s just concerned about her son and she’s just wondering if Wendy is looking at Tripp as a nice safe place to land like a security blanket. Wendy tells Ava that is not it and that she is really crossing a line. Ava argues that she’ll understand one day when she’s a mother, that she’s just looking out for her son’s best interests.

Leo knocks on Everett’s door and claims to be room service. Everett answers the door. Leo asks if he’s alright. Everett calls it a long night. Leo tells him that he just saw Stephanie leave and that she called When Harry Met Sally outdated. Everett questions what he’s talking about. Leo says he saw Stephanie leaving, so they spent the night together. Everett tells Leo that he’s so out of line. Leo asks if he woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Everett tells Leo that they need to talk, but not here, so he exits with him.

Chanel brings Stephanie a coffee and says she looks like she could use it. Chanel asks if Stephanie is heading home, noting that she just missed Kayla being on her way home from the hospital and that Kayla didn’t see her. Stephanie guesses she’s probably wondering why she’s leaving the Salem Inn at this hour. Chanel says she wasn’t because she’s a grown woman and whatever she does is her business and no one else’s.

Sarah tells Paulina that they can get her in for the ultrasound now and asks how she’s feeling. Paulina says she’s a whole lot calmer thanks to her. Sarah goes over it being a simple procedure and it will be done in about 30 minutes. Sarah knows if her mom was in the hospital, she’d want to be there to support her, so she asks if she’s sure she can’t call Chanel for her.

Stephanie thanks Chanel and wishes the rest of the town didn’t feel so free to nose around in other people’s business. Stephanie talks about people being fixated on her love life which is not that interesting. Stephanie then notices Chanel’s ring and asks about it. Chanel confirms that she and Johnny are engaged. Stephanie congratulates her. Chanel informs her that they are getting married on Valentine’s Day which she heard is what Stephanie’s parents did. Stephanie calls it wonderful and says it lifts her spirits to know people are happy and in love. Chanel’s phone rings so she steps away to answer as Stephanie congratulates her again and walks away. Everett and Leo then come out from the Salem Inn. Leo comments on not wanting to talk on an empty stomach. Everett says he just needs him to listen. Leo remarks that since this was Everett’s idea, breakfast is on him as he sits at a table in the town square.

Johnny apologizes to Stefan as he had no idea bringing up Ava would set him off like that. Stefan warns that he has no right sticking his nose in his personal life and whatever he’s implying is completely untrue because he’s madly in love with his wife. Johnny brings up Stefan kissing Ava in the living room right in front of Chad. Stefan responds that things in life aren’t always black and white and he’ll understand better when he grows up a little bit. Johnny asks what age he needs to be to figure out that he can always find a way to justify cheating on his wife.

Steve eats banana muffins and says it’s really hitting the spot, calling it the second best way to wake up as he kisses Kayla. Kayla says she needs to go to sleep as she is beat. Kayla mentions that she’s sure Stephanie will want a muffin when she wakes up. They then hear the front door and call out to Stephanie. Stephanie comes in and asks if she woke them. Kayla says no and that banana muffins are in the kitchen. Stephanie goes to get them while Steve wonders if she’s just getting home.

Wendy questions Ava insulting her using the excuse of protecting her son. Ava responds that she doesn’t need an excuse to protect the most important person in her life and says she wasn’t insulting her, just trying to make things clear. Wendy tells Ava that she is completely off base and that she and Tripp love each other and want to be together, so she’s not going to suffer the third degree from anyone about their relationship as it is nobody else’s business. Ava’s phone then rings with a call from Harris which Wendy questions. Ava says to let it ring as if it’s important, he will call back. Ava then asks Wendy where they were. Wendy says they were both being direct, so she asks if Ava is in love with Harris Michaels, Stefan DiMera, or both?

Stefan tells Johnny that he has no right to judge him. Johnny argues that he’s not judging him, he’s just telling him what he’s observed. Johnny questions Stefan being so madly in love but openly kissing Ava in front of his family so he doesn’t get it. Johnny says Stefan loves Gabi so much and they waited so long to be together and questions why he’s doing this to her. Stefan admits he’s screwed up a lot of relationships in his life and Gabi is the one woman that he vowed to be faithful to and he meant it. Stefan says he thinks about her every minute of every day and it makes him sick not knowing when or how she will get out of prison. Johnny asks again why he’s doing this. Stefan responds that Ava is a beautiful, fascinating woman and he is alone. Johnny decides he doesn’t have to explain himself to him, but he hopes he can live with where ever this is going. Stefan then exits the room.

Stephanie returns to Steve and Kayla’s room. Stephanie gives Steve the last of the banana muffins. Kayla asks how her night was. Stephanie says it was fine. Steve asks her to let them know when she’s going to stay out all night. Stephanie promises to do so next time. Kayla asks if she thinks there will be a next time then decides it’s none of her business. Stephanie says she’ll be out of their hair soon but Steve says no one is pressuring her to leave. Steve then asks where Stephanie was last night. Stephanie responds that she spent the night at a friend’s.

Leo gets excited about his breakfast while Everett remarks that it feels like having breakfast with a toddler. Leo calls him a buzzkill. Everett warns that he better not see a word about him and Stephanie in Leo’s column. Leo asks if he’s saying they were up all night working on a PR plan for the Spectator. Everett says they were just talking and they fell asleep, insisting they are just friends. Leo jokes about him, so Everett questions why he hits on every guy he encounters. Leo says it’s only the hot ones. Everett feels Leo is using humor to hide deep-rooted pain. Leo feels that’s how everyone uses humor. Everett asks if Leo has a therapist. Leo says not at the moment, but he does read a lot of self help books which encourage him to live out loud. Everett says self help books can be great, but talking to somebody might be helpful. Leo says he’s glad Everett is there then.

Chanel joins Paulina and Sarah in the hospital. Chanel questions that Paulina wasn’t going to call her. Paulina says she didn’t want to drag Chanel away from anything important, but Sarah insisted. Chanel says that she’s glad she did. Paulina laments that she just doesn’t want to be a bother. Johnny then arrives. Paulina questions calling him too. Johnny points out that she’s going to be his mom too in a couple of weeks. Paulina admits she’s a very lucky lady. Johnny asks how she’s feeling. Paulina guesses she’s alright since her blood pressure went down and she’s breathing better. Sarah says they will have the results from the ultrasound in a few days. Paulina thanks her for getting her in so quick. Paulina mentions being starving and offers breakfast on her. Paulina says she will get dressed and be ready to go. Johnny says he’ll wait outside and he’s glad she’s feeling better. Johnny exits with Sarah. Paulina tells Chanel that she is one lucky lady too.

Wendy asks Ava again if she is in love with Harris Michaels. Ava responds that she’s not a fan of being interrogated either, so she’s not going to dignify that with a response. Ava asks if they are good. Wendy says sure and that she has to go meditate now. Wendy heads back to her room as Ava remarks that talking to her can do that to a person. Ava then gets another call from Harris and rejects it. Ava then gets a call from Stefan and instinctively answers it, telling Harris to give it a rest but Stefan informs her that it’s him, not Harris. Stefan questions if Ava is still talking to Harris after what he pulled on her at the police station, warning her that it’s not safe since Harris is hellbent on blowing Clyde’s operations sky high. Ava hopes Stefan is somewhere private. Stefan tells her not to dodge the subject, repeating that Harris is dangerous, and questions why she’d even answer his call. Ava says she doesn’t know and she won’t do it anymore. Ava tells Stefan to let it go. Stefan then questions if she’s with Harris right now, where she is, and what she’s doing. Ava asks if he misses her already after one day off. Ava tells him that she’s at home and just finished giving her son’s girlfriend the third degree. Ava assures him that everything is good as Wendy and Tripp are genuinely happy and in love so at least somebody is. Stefan remarks that they are too. Ava says they are in lust. Ava adds that she’s happy to have the day off from faking it. Stefan asks if pretending to be hot for him is such a chore for her. Ava argues that Stefan isn’t as hot as he thinks he is and calls him kind of creepy. Stefan complains that Ava has no sex appeal and he can’t even look at her sometimes. Ava guesses it must be a chore for him to fake it too. Stefan remarks that kissing her is taxing and that he’d rather make out with a toilet seat. Ava says she can relate because he smells like a toilet seat and she cringes every time he’s near. Ava decides she’s going to take a nice hot bubble bath, telling Stefan that she’s lying naked in her room so she’s going to rub hot oil all over her body. Ava then tells Stefan to sleep well and hangs up.

Everett tells Leo that he has to get to work. Leo says he has to get to bed. Everett suggests Leo try working one day when he grows up. Leo argues that he is working by trolling the streets at night for gossip with the occasional stop at dance clubs. Everett says as long as he keeps delivering brilliant columns on time, he can’t complain about his hours. Leo adds that as long as Everett says nothing happened between he and Stephanie, then he’ll believe him. Leo pinky swears that anything Everett shared will remain classified.

Kayla falls asleep. Stephanie recalls Kayla coming home exhausted when she was a kid and how it was just the two of them. Steve wishes he hadn’t missed so many years with her and says he would do anything to get those years back and watch her grow up. Steve tells Stephanie that as soon as he was able, he made it right back to them. Stephanie admits it was hard not having him there, but having him there now makes her appreciate him so much more. Steve hopes she knows how much he has always loved her. Stephanie says she loves him too. Steve adds that he worries about her. Stephanie thinks she knows where this is going so she’s going to cut right to it. Stephanie then confirms she was with Everett last night but nothing happened and admits she may still have feelings for him, but she’s not going to rush back in to a relationship with him. Steve says that answers all his questions and thanks her. Steve is glad she’s taking it slow, but advises her that if she wants something and it feels right to her, she shouldn’t let what anyone says keep her from going for it. They hug until Stephanie gets a call from Everett. Stephanie answers and thanks him for last night. Stephanie agrees that it was like old times as she exits the room. Steve sits back down on the bed.

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Kate and Roman saw someone walking in the pub after hours. She wondered who was in there. They looked in the window and saw Harris inside. Kate demanded answers about Lucas. Everett let Stephanie know that he can’t stand the friend zone. It’s not working for him anymore. Steve called out to John, but he didn’t hear him at first. He wondered why John was out at night. Steve came up with an excuse for why he was out late. John knew Marlena sent him to look for him. Steve admitted that he was worried about him. They talked about John’s memories being wiped out. Steve wished he could have some memories wiped out. Kate wanted to know why Harris was at the pub while Lucas was missing. Harris wanted a chance to explain. Everett let Stephanie know that he loves her and can’t live without her. Stephanie was surprised by what he said. He felt like he was obvious about his feelings for her. She said she was clear about her feelings too. He thought she liked spending time with him. Steve told John that he wanted to forget about working for Victor. He also wanted to forget about Konstantin because of his association with Victor. Steve and John felt like Konstantin reminded them of Victor. Harris let Roman and Kate see Lucas. He brought him to the house. Harris said that no one knew about Lucas being out of jail. Lucas knew Roman didn’t want to harbor the man who kidnapped his daughter. Roman was okay him being there.

Stephanie told Everett how she felt when he left her. She struggled wondering what she did wrong. John wanted to know what was going on with Steve. He thought it had something to do with Konstantin. Steve thought Konstantin knew about the pawn. John didn’t believe it. Steve felt they needed to find out if he knew about it. John wanted to know what they were going to do if he knew. Steve said Konstantin taunted him. John said they had to figure out how much he knew. Stephanie wondered why no one looked for Everett when he went missing. He didn’t understand it either. Everett told her that he didn’t respond to emails or phone calls so his boss thought he moved on. She wondered why his family didn’t try to find him. He told her that his memories started coming back. Everett said he world got better and stronger once he regained his memories. His goal was to get back to her. He told her that he still loved her. John arrived at the townhouse and Marlena wondered what happened. Kate let Lucas know that she panicked when she thought Harris couldn’t get him out of prison. Lucas wondered if Harris’ goal was to kidnap him. Roman wanted an explanation so Harris told him what happened. He said Lucas would have to return back to Statesville to serve out the rest of his sentence when the investigation was done. Roman reminded Lucas that he’s Kate’s son and he admired him for helping with the investigation.

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THIS STILL NEEDS EXTENSIVE EDITING!

Sonny: Glad we’re away from port charles.  This, uh, environment is easier to control in puerto rico, and there’s a lot more things that avery can do to keep her occupied. Well, per your request, the head of security added extra shifts for all of the guards before we arrived, so it’s more secure than normal. Alright, just make sure you’re on top of it. I am. And he seems satisfied with everything, but I’m gonna go over all of it myself to make sure. Alright, alright. You’ve really gone above and beyond. I don’t remember this kind of security last time I was here. Times change. So do threats. You have a complicated history with the man, anna. I can question him alone if you’d like. Why? Are you worried that he’s gonna get under my skin? Uh, no. On the contrary. I’m worried you’ll wring his neck. Oh, I wouldn’t — no, I’m not gonna do anything. He’s playing games. I want to find out why. Anna devane. How lovely to see you. Yes, could you just spare me the polite chit-chat, please? Well, she’s in a mood. Deputy mayor ashford, my compliments for, uh, figuring out that I was the one who contacted you. I wasn’t sure you’d put it all together. Happy to exceed your expectations. Now, you reached out to me claiming to have information about the rifle that injured curtis ashford. You said you’d be in touch, then went silent. Why? Well, first, let’s talk about what you’re going to do for me. Alright, I need a decision. What are we doing? Are we gonna go forward as planned, or are we gonna go with this new theory? The malpractice suit is fraudulent. Mrs. Muldoon and her kids are a grieving family. I can’t go after them. Drop it. Are you sure? ‘Cause we got the records that proves dennis muldoon was financially strapped before I even met with you, and we’re about to get proof that he was either seeing or being treated by an oncologist before he ever stepped foot in your office. Now, whatever his wife’s involvement was, it’s obvious you were never gonna get the chance to diagnose that cancer. It’s a solid way out, finn. You sure you want to pass it? Bailiff: All rise.

[ Door closes ] I can’t put a mother of four at risk of prosecution. I’m not interested in anything you have to say. Few people are, but I never let that get in the way, especially when a crime is being committed on a good friend of mine. If you’re referring to dr. Finn, he’s the one that committed the crime. He allowed my husband to leave undiagnosed and untreated. You don’t know the first thing about dr. Finn, or me, for that matter, and you’re about to get an education on both. I knew you were gonna push yourself hard during your first physical therapy session. So honestly, how are you feeling? A little sore, but that is to be expected. I know it’s gonna take a lot of work for me to regain my mobility, but I am here for it. That’s my boy. That’s my boy. Always rising to meet a challenge.

[ Chuckles ] Yeah, well, I know all this hard work is gonna pay off as soon as I’m back on my feet. And you will be. And in the meantime, you get to be… courtside for what promises to be a fierce game of basketball. Oh, yes. Babe, uh, I know you have your mind on trina. Are you gonna be okay by yourself? Yes. Yeah. No, I’ll be fine. I have plenty of work to do. And besides, I’ll just wait for trina to give me a call and tell me what a wonderful time she’s having in paris.

[ Chuckles ] Okay, one last step. There you go. You alright? You good? Yeah. Where are we? I’ll tell you. Just one second. Okay. Okay. You okay? Alright. Mm-hmm. Welcome aboard. Spencer, what is all this? I arranged a private getaway for you. I figured that you should have a chance to see the countryside before you have to start hitting the books. I can’t believe you did this.

[ Laughs ] You and I are gonna go on a private cruise. We’re gonna travel down the seine to normandy. I had the hotel bring our things while we were at dinner. And tomorrow morning, you’re gonna wake up on the most beautiful coast that you’ve ever seen. I…[ Scoffs ] It’s hard to imagine anything more spectacular than this. I’m sure that we’ll figure out a way. You can’t steal away from me that easy.


medicine. I already learned everythingI need to about dr. Finn. You’re wrong. You say you brought this lawsuit for your family. Dr. Finn has a family. They adore him, especially his young daughter. As a doctor, there is nobody better. In fact, he’s the reason I’m able to stand here and talk to you. When he came to port charles, I was very sick, out of options. He saved my life. I’m not the only person that can say that. Dr. Finn is a kind, caring, generous, good man, and port charles is so much better for having him here. You’re obviously very passionate about your friendship with dr. Finn, but for all of his supposed brilliance, his negligence led directly to my husband’s death. Okay, I was hoping to break through your grief to appeal to your sense of fairness, but clearly, I am going to have to appeal to something else. So how about your sense of self-preservation? I’m offering a trade — my help in exchange for my freedom. After you tried to kill me? If someone tried to kill you, anna, I wasn’t present, nor can you prove that I gave the order. And since our time together is limited, better to spend it on the valuable information I possess. Hmm, well, unfortunately for you, I lack the power to grant immunity. Oh, anna has ties to the da. In fact, I believe she married him… twice. Tell scorpio I want immunity and all charges dropped. That’s never gonna happen. Oh, well, then I’m sorry. I just can’t help you. Good luck with your investigation. No. What if I were to give you an even better offer? Ah, what’s better than my freedom? Your life. I’m gonna go walk the perimeter. Check back in with you later. Looks like you’re about to jump out of your skin, ava.

[ Chuckles nervously ] Well, I could use a little something to calm my nerves, you know, preferably something with a little umbrella in it, if you know what I mean.

[ Chuckles ] When in puerto rico, you mean? Is that what you’re talking about? You know, I was on board when you said you wanted to come down here. I thought it would give us all some more room to breathe instead of being cooped up in the penthouse. But now that I’m here, I just — I feel so exposed just out here like this in the open. I’m making you as secure a-as I can, ava. Well, avery doesn’t seem concerned at all, does she? She — she practically sprinted from the tarmac to the beach. Avery loves the ocean.

[ Chuckles ] And she’s — you know, she’s secure with the guards that I have her with, and the nanny. And no one’s gonna get near her. Okay. That makes me feel a little better, honestly. You gotta stop making yourself crazy. All avery knows is she’s in puerto rico having fun with her parents. Well… she’s not such a little girl anymore, you know? She notices more than you may think. It won’t be long before you’ll be having to have some pretty difficult discussions with her. Don’t worry about me. You two have fun at the game. Oh, we definitely will. Two times.

[ Both laugh ] Okay. Mm. Laura: Portia? Hey, laura. Hi. Hey. I was just on my way to your office to look for you. Good that everyone’s here, because you should all know this. Laura, what’s wrong? Esme’s not in toronto. She’s in paris. Your honor, during the recess, mr. Grey informed me that he will be adding a witness. I move to adjourn so that I may prepare for that testimony. Judge arnold: Any objections, mr. Grey? Actually, your honor, I’m afraid I owe you and opposing counsel and the court an apology. There’s been a change of plans. I had intended to add a new witness, but upon further reflection, that will no longer be necessary. So if it’s all the same to you, your honor, I’d just like to proceed with the witness list I disclosed to the court. Alright, then you may proceed. Your honor, if I may. Well, this is a first. I haven’t even started yet, and already ms. Miller is objecting. If my esteemed counsel will just give me a moment. I’ve been informed by my client that she wishes to drop the lawsuit.


[ Bangs gavel ] Order! I’d like you both to join me in my chambers. Bailiff: All rise. What the hell just happened? Discussing my business is off-limits to my kids, just like it’s off-limits to you. Because I want you — it’s just safer that way. Now, you haven’t been discussing anything with avery, right? No. Of course not. She’s too young to understand anything about that. No, I’m talking about the other radioactive subject that we’ve all been avoiding — nina. Now, I know you think that y-you’re hiding it, but it’s all over your face. I can tell this situation’s got you all tied up in knots, and being here can’t help any. This is where you and nina were married. I’m sure it’s bringing up all kinds of feelings. I’m fine. Are you, though? ‘Cause I saw you when we ran into her and valentin, and you didn’t seem fine, sonny. You looked like somebody punched you in the gut. Discussing nina is off-limits. Okay. Alright. Fine. I’m just bringing it up because our daughter is smart, and if I can tell that something is off with you, then so can she. Donna and avery are just kids. I’ve done my best to shield them from anything that’s happened with nina, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job, because avery hasn’t asked me about it. She’s asked me.

[ French accent ] Good evening, mr. Cassadine, madame robinson. Welcome aboard. Your luggage has arrived in your stateroom. Please make yourself comfortable. We will be leaving, setting sail shortly. Very good. Thank you.

[ Sighs ] Thank you, spencer. Of course. Since being with you, I’ve gotten to experience the most amazing things. And not just this trip and all the amazing things we’ve done in paris, or all the fantastic things you planned in new york to show how well you know me — but the entire feeling of being with you, of loving you… and being loved by you in return. It’s the most amazing thing, and it’s all because of you and the incredible person you are. You’ve done that for me a thousand times over. You know that, right? Before you, all I could see was pain, and you opened my eyes to a whole new world. You showed me that there’s so much more to feel, and you taught me that I’m a person that’s worthy of love. With you, every day has been so much better. Every single one is better than the last. You’re everything that I always wanted and never believed that I could have, and I’m gonna love you for the rest of my life. So, after laying a false trail in toronto, esme used the invader’s corporate credit card to buy herself a ticket to paris. There is absolutely no reason why esme would go to paris unless she’s after spencer. Or worse, spencer and trina. Right. Either way, our daughter is in serious trouble. Maybe there’s another explanation. Esme had to know the credit card charge would be found. Maybe…this is just another attempt by esme to throw everybody off her trail. Do we know for a fact she’s even in paris? Okay, marshall I-is right. I mean, I wouldn’t put anything past this girl. Maybe this is just her version of — of toying with us. Or just simply ruining spencer and trina’s trip. Right. No, I’m afraid that the pcpd has found some security footageof esme getting onto a plane to paris, so she is definitely there. We have to warn trina. May I escort you to your stateroom, miss robinson? Yes, please. Finn: Hey, what’s going on? What did the judge want to talk to you about? In a minute. In a minute. O-okay. Alright. Bailiff: Court is back in session. The suit against dr. Hamilton finn and general hospital has been dropped. This case is dismissed.

[ Gavel bangs ] What? What? Oh, my god. Oh, my god. It’s over. It’s over. Congratulations. I didn’t do anything. What — did you? No, I didn’T. I know what you’re thinking, and I swear, no pressure was applied. Apparently, mrs. Muldoon just had a change of heart. I’m thrilled for you, son. T-this case was a lie right from the start. Nothing that happened to mr. Muldoon was your fault. I completely agree, but that doesn’t explain why mrs. Muldoon dropped the lawsuit. Who cares? Justice prevailed. That’s all that matters.

[ Chuckles ]


Is my life at stake? You tell me. You claim you can give us information that will help us find the person who shot curtis ashford. I can. We believe that the intended target was sonny corinthos. I’m sure you’re well-acquainted with his reputation. Mm. I just wonder, if he were to find out that you were withholding this information, how long you would last at pentonville? That’s not a rhetorical question.

[ Chuckles ] You either deal with us or sonny. Take your pick. How the mighty have fallen. Anna devane, reformed double agent, zealous defender of law and order and all you got, your only leverage is to go tattling to a thug. Sorry, is that a yes or no? Cesar faison would be so disappointed in his protégé. You son of a bitch!

[ Chuckles ] Why did she come to you instead of me? Did she think she can’t talk to her dad? No, I-I don’t think it’s that at all. I just think… nina was gone suddenly. Avery can tell that you’re upset, and she doesn’t want to make anything worse. I’ve tried my best to deflect her questions, but I think that you’re gonna have to talk to her. However you want to do it, I mean, I’ll follow your lead. Mommy, daddy, look at all the seashells I found. Oh, they’re wonderful. Good job. I picked this one out just for you, daddy. Thank you. Now, that’s beautiful. That’s the best one. Yeah. Hey, you know what? C-can we talk a little bit? I need to talk to you about something, okay? Okay. Come over here. Well, I’m gonna go get settled in my room then. No, no, no, no. You c– you go ahead and stay. So… I think you’ve noticed that nina has not been staying at the penthouse, and I’m sure you’re a little confused about that. So I just want to let you know that nina and i are gonna be living apart for a while. Why? Well, with adults, things get complicated, and they have to kind of stay away a-and figure things out. But I-I don’t want, you know — I want you to know that everything’s fine with me, okay? Okay. I just want everything to be fine with you. So how do you feel about nina living apart, somewhere else? I guess it’s okay, but I miss her. She was really nice to me. Am I ever gonna see her again? Counselor… I’m afraid curiosity has got the best of me. Why did you drop the suit? Because my client instructed me to. Well, as thrilled as I am with the day’s outcome, I do wish I got the chance to best you fair and square.

[ Chuckles ] Well, you may get that chance… [Southern accent] When hell freezes over.

[ Chuckles ] This calls for a celebration. Champagne at the metro court. My treat. That’s very generous of you. Um…I think we’ll take you up on that. I’m in, too. Great. Mrs. Muldoon: Dr. Finn? May I speak with you for a moment? Grandmother. Hello? You’re — you’re cutting in and out. I said you’re cut– you’re cutting in and out. Hello? Did the call drop? Yeah, it was super staticky, and then it just — yeah, it went silent. Oh. Well, yeah, my service is bad here, too. I wouldn’t worry about it. I’m sure it’ll get better when we’re off the river. Trina, honey, please stay safe and call me — call me as soon as you get this. I love you. I don’t get it. I-I don’t get this. Why — why didn’t she pick up the phone? Portia, I was able to get spencer on the phone for just a few seconds before the cell dropped. It wasn’t long enough to warn them about esme, but he sounded normal, like everything was just fine. But when I called trina, it went straight to voicemail, and she never, ever has her phone off. What if esme’s already gotten to her? Baby, baby, don’T. Don’t do that. Yeah, yeah, curtis is right. Try not to panic until we know something for sure. Well, we know something. We know something, alright. We know that that crazy girl, psychotic girl is after trina. She’s after trina again, and she’s halfway around the world — halfway around the world, away from me, in danger. And again, it all comes back to who? To spencer cassadine.

Arrt!

Qui tes-vous? C’est un bateau privé.

Vous ne pas censée

tre ici. This — sorry, I-I’m lost. Isn’t — isn’t this the river tour? This is a private vessel. You are a stowaway. You’re coming with me. Just let me go!

[ Grunts ]


Even if nina isn’t living with your dad, she still loves you just the same. That’s not gonna change. Avery: Okay, good. Can I go put my seashells back in the ocean? Yeah, but hurry up, ’cause we’re gonna have lunch, okay? And then candy? What? Candy?

[ Laughs ] Oh, she’s got you wrapped around her little finger and she knows it. I will do anything for that little girl. I-I-I just want to let you know that I appreciate you telling me that she was confused about nina and, uh, helping me with her questions. You’re welcome. I think you handled it perfectly, although… you didn’t really answer her question about nina. Is that because you don’t know? A-are you asking for yourself, or to tell your best friend nina? I’ll just be a minute. Okay. Hi. I don’t really know how to say this. I owe you an apology, dr. Finn. I just learned that dennis went to see an oncologist before he saw you for the first time. He must have known more about his diagnosis than I was aware of. I see. I’m so sorry. You may not believe me, but dennis was a really good man. He loved us. He must have felt so desperate. People will go to great lengths for their family to make sure they’re taken care of. You’re being so understanding after what I’ve put you through. I can’t help but wonder why. Maybe it’s because I’m a single father to a little girl. I know how hard it is to be the only person responsible for your child’s well-being. Your family just suffered a

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Audra goes back to work with Tucker because Tucker wants to keep an eye on her since he suspects she is planning something against him.

Nate warns Audra not to go up against Tucker because she will lose. Audra tells Nate that people have always underestimated her but, her plan to take Glissade from Tucker will work and she will take Glissade away from Tucker.

Victor tells Nick and Victoria that there was a fire at the prison where Jordan was being held and they don’t know if Jordan died or escaped from prison. Victor tells Nick and Victoria not to tell Nikki about Jordan because it will only upset her.

Victoria tells Nikki that Victor mentioned to her that she fired Audra. Victoria offers to step in as temporary COO until Nikki can replace Audra. Nikki assures Victoria that she can handle things until she can replace Audra and she shouldn’t worry about her. Nikki calls Jack for an update on the search for a new COO for her and he tells her he will find a new COO for her soon but she is capable of handling things at Newman Media on her own for now.

Victoria and Cole decide not to tell Claire about Jordan until they find out more information about the fire. Nikki finds out about the fire at the prison while she reads the news on her tablet. Nikki is worried that Jordan escaped from prison and will come after her.

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Finn is shocked when Mrs. Muldoon drops the lawsuit against him. Gregory notices that a large donation was made to Mrs. Muldoon’s MyFace fundraising account and Tracy hypothetically tells Gregory she had a talk with Mrs. Muldoon and told her what a good doctor Finn is and she thinks Mrs. Muldoon may have posted on her account that she dropped the lawsuit and someone must have made a sizable donation to her fundraiser. Gregory hypothetically tells Tracy he is grateful that Finn has a friend that would put herself on the line for him.

Curtis, Laura, and Portia head to Paris to find Esme before she can hurt Spencer and Trina.

Spencer surprises Trina with a private cruise through the Parisian countryside but they don’t know Esme is also on board the ship.

Mr. Brenan tells Anna and Jordan that someone is smuggling guns through Port Charles and if they find the smuggler they will find the person who shot Curtis.

Sonny, Ava, and Avery arrive on Sonny’s island in Puerto Rico with Dex and double the guards to protect them. Sonny and Ava explain to Avery that Nina and Sonny are separated for a while because they need to figure out some grown up problems. Dex calls a mayday when one of the guards is shot and Ava and Sonny take cover as more shots are fired.

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Ridge: That ring is absolutely beautiful. Well done, son.

Thomas: Thanks, dad. I appreciate that. You know, honestly, I thought– when I told you I, uh, proposed to hope, you would… I don’t know, think I lost my sanity?

Ridge: You wanted something and you went after it. I love that. I love you. I love you. Look what I’m looking at. This. I love this. And so does hope. Or she wouldn’t be wearing your ring. Not even around her neck.

Thomas: I just wish that brooke felt the same way.

Brooke: You’ve been through a lot lately. And your marriage falling apart, that was very traumatic. And what you think you feel for thomas, that is just filling that empty hole in your heart.

Hope: So, are you saying that my feelings for thomas aren’t real?

Brooke: Honey, thomas isn’t the man for you. And if you accept his proposal, that would be the biggest mistake of your life.

Luna: Look, mom, I know you want me to let this go, but I can’T. So please, just be honest with me. Is bill spencer my father?

Poppy: I was honest with you, sweetheart. Bill is not your father.

Luna: Just like every other guy I’ve asked you about, huh?

Poppy: Okay, what does it matter, okay? I thought we were happy.

Luna: We were, mom. We are. I mean, I couldn’t have asked for a better childhood, but I have questions. You know, I could get answers on my own. I could get a test or something.

Poppy: No, luna, please. Please don’T. Just don’T.

Luna: Mom, what are you hiding from me?

Ridge: Let’s not worry about that right now, okay?

Thomas: Dad, brooke is never gonna forget my past. She hates that hope and i are together. She’s gonna hate that I proposed even more.

Ridge: All right, but she knows that you’ve been making strides, that you’re a better person now. Does she want you with her daughter? Absolutely not. I also don’t think she’s gonna stand in your way.

Brooke: Honey, please, just take that necklace off and give that ring back to thomas.

Hope: I– I really am at a loss for words, mom. I mean, I– I don’t know what else I can say to convince you that I genuinely care about thomas.

Brooke: I know that you think that he’s changed and maybe he has, but that doesn’t erase the past. Erase everything that he’s done to you and your family to hurt you. I know deep down, you know that. But it just breaks my heart, honey, that you believe this is what you deserve. But you don’T. You deserve so much more. This, this is just settling. I love you, hope. And I just want you to be happy. And I know you won’t be happy with thomas. You won’T. Please, honey, you can’t accept his proposal. You just can’T.

Poppy: Please don’t pursue this.

Luna: Why?

Poppy: Out of respect for your mother.

Luna: Why? Is my father that horrible or something? Is it– is it shameful or embarrassing? Mom, whatever it is, whatever you’re hiding, you can tell me. Come on, mom, is it like a deep, dark family secret or something?

Finn: Oh, hey, luna.

Luna: Hi.

Finn: Hey, sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt. Aunt poppy? You know that feeling of having to re-wash dishes

Finn: Oh my gosh, aunt poppy. It is so good to see you.

Poppy: It’s good to see you too. It’s been too long.

Finn: Yeah, way too long. And I had heard you were in town. It’s– it’s been great having luna in la, and now it’s gonna be even better having both of you.

Poppy: To be honest, I wanted to reach out, but things have been a little crazy.

Finn: Oh, I’m sorry, did I– did I interrupt something?

Luna: No, no, not at all.

Finn: Well, you look amazing, as always. Beautiful and stylish.

Luna: Yeah, that’s my mom.

Finn: I think about all the time that we spent together all those years ago, and then one day, you were gone.

Luna: All the time that you spent together?

Finn: Yeah. When I started college, your mom stayed with us.

Charlie: Hey.

Thomas: Hey, charlie.

Charlie: Junior cheese.

Thomas: What?

Charlie: Oh, no, you’re right, you’re right. Rj would be junior to ridge’s big cheese, so that would make you, don’t tell me, it would…

Thomas: Charlie, can I help you with something?

Charlie: Oh, yeah, I just– just wanted your dad to know that the beautiful and breathtaking esther valentine has finished her fitting. I– I ran into her on the elevator.

Thomas: Bumped into her, huh?

Charlie: Yeah, yeah. Total– total coincidence.

Thomas: Yeah, it’s interesting because you are the head of security. Wouldn’t you be notified when a vip arrives?

Charlie: Well, I…

Thomas: Charlie, are you, um, do you have a crush on esther?

Charlie: Oh, what? You think that little– that little kitten has old charlie smitten? Well, I… oh, how about those dodgers, huh? Ohtani, mookie betts. Ooh, yeah.

Brooke: I’m sorry, charlie, but I’d really like to speak to thomas.

Charlie: Oh, of course. Okay, see you later. Cottage cheese, huh?

Thomas: No, no.

Charlie: I’ll keep working on it.

Thomas: Okay.

Charlie: Gouda. Breingen.

[ Brooke and thomas sigh ]

Thomas: What can I do for you?

Brooke: I was with hope, so I know what you did.

Thomas: What I did? What did I do?

Brooke: You proposed to her. What were you thinking, thomas?

Thomas: Hope, you’ve transformed me. Lit up my world. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m a one-woman man. You’re that woman for me. You, and only you, for the rest of my life.

[ Knocking on door ]

Hope: Ridge.

Ridge: Hey.

Hope: Uh, if you are looking for my mom, she has already left.

Ridge: I actually came down here to talk to you.

Hope: Okay, what’s– what’s up?

Ridge: Thomas told me about the proposal and you wearing this ring, not wearing it, it’s a little confusing.

Hope: Okay, well, if you are here to grill me as well, my mom already did a pretty good job of doing that, so.

Ridge: It’s not what I’m here for. I came here to remind you what a remarkable man my son is. But I guess you already know that.

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scent of gain flings…

Rj: I can’t stop kissing you. I think about you day and night.

Luna: We need to be alone together. Please get a place of your own soon.

>Luna: I never knew that you stayed with aunt li and uncle jack.

Poppy: I mean, for a bit.

Finn: My first year of college was really tough, and she kept an eye on me. My parents were both busy with their careers. I can’t tell you the amount of just pressure I felt. Having a dad as a lawyer and a mom as a doctor, I put a lot of stress on myself. But then, there was aunt poppy. This beautiful, free spirit, just lived life the way that she wanted to. She would literally close my computer while I was doing homework if I looked too stressed. We’d have, um, was it–

Poppy and finn: Spontaneous dance party.

Finn: Yeah. Yeah. We had a lot of good times.

Luna: Was I there too?

Finn: No, this was about a year before you were born.

[ Phone chimes ] Oh, this is the hospital. I need– I need to make this call.

Luna: Oh, just do it here.

Finn: You sure?

Luna: Yeah, I mean, we were about to leave anyway, so. But before we go, why did you need to see me?

Finn: Oh, I was with steffy and we just wanted to see if you and rj wanted to have dinner soon. But you know what? Why don’t we all do it together?

Poppy: Oh, no. I don’t think so.

Finn: Why? Oh, my mom. Yes. Look, I promise I am trying to get her to chill out about both of you, okay? But yeah, I need to make this. Is it okay?

Luna: Yeah. Of course.

Finn: Thank you so much.

Thomas: Brooke, I can imagine how you’re feeling, but I really don’t wanna argue with you.

Brooke: Okay, that’s not why I’m here. I’m just worried about you, thomas. Proposing to hope? Really? You wanna set yourself up for heartbreak?

Thomas: Look, yeah, I really wanna believe you’re looking out for me, but…

Brooke: I am looking out for you. You’re ridge’s son and I want the best for you.

Thomas: So, did hope tell you something, like she’s not gonna accept my proposal, or…

Brooke: No. She’s, uh, very conflicted. Whether she wants to admit it or not, I know she is not going to fully be able to commit herself to you or give you the life that you want.

Ridge: Don’t be mad at your mom. She’s just looking out for you. I lost faith in thomas too. And he’s worked very hard because he wants me to believe in him. And I do believe in him. But the more important thing for my son is that you believe in him. You know how much he loves you, right?

Hope: I do.

Ridge: And I hope that the feelings that you have for him are genuine, because if they’re not, it’s gonna crush him. And I gotta tell you, even wearing this ring around your neck, it makes him feel like there’s a chance. Makes me feel like there’s a chance.

Hope: So, what are you– what are you saying?

Ridge: You guys are good together. You’re– you’re great parents to douglas, you’re good collaborators, you’re– you’re great friends. But more than that, you found a way to forgive him. And that’s extraordinary. You– you’re a remarkable young woman, and I would be so happy if– if you were my daughter-in-law. If you’ve had sensitivity, those zingers can really cause

Luna: Feels good to be in your arms.

Rj: I feel the same way. That’s why I was texting you. You talk to your mom?

Luna: I did.

Rj: So, what’d she say?

Luna: That bill spencer is not my father.

Rj: Seriously? I’m– I’m so sorry. Are– are– are you okay?

Luna: She was upset that we were even having the conversation. Like, it terrifies her that I’m even curious about who my father is. I mean, she does exactly the same thing whenever I bring up a man from her past. First, she deflects, and then she says “nozawa power.” Mother and daughter, just the two of us.

Rj: She– she does understand that you, like, wanting to know who your father is, it doesn’t change how you feel about her, right?

Luna: And I actually told her that I could, um, look into a paternity test on my own.

Rj: Okay. Well, what’d she say to that?

Luna: Like, freaked out. She begged me not to do it.

Rj: Begged you? Why?

Luna: I have no idea. I mean, she always says that I was made from love, right? So, I don’t understand why she’s acting like the truth about my father is some, like, dark family secret.

Rj: Do– do you think she knows who your dad is?

Luna: She says she doesn’t, but I’m pretty sure she does.

Rj: I’m sorry, luna. What are you gonna do?

Luna: I don’t know why it upsets her so much, but I also– I– I don’t wanna hurt her, so. I guess I’ll just have to stop worrying about who my father is.

Finn: Uh, what about mrs. Allen? What were the results on her ct scan? Okay, okay.

Brooke: I love you, hope, and I just want you to be happy, and I know you won’t be happy with thomas. You won’T. Please, honey. You can’t accept his proposal. You just can’T.

Ridge: I don’t know. I’M… you guys are good together. You– you’re great parents to douglas. You’re good collaborators. You’re great friends. But more than that, you found a way to forgive him. And that’s extraordinary. You– you’re a remarkable young woman, and I would be so happy if– if you were my daughter-in-law.

Thomas: Hey, you.

Hope: Oh, hey to yourself. Uh, so, your dad was just here.

Thomas: Huh. That’s interesting. Your mom actually stopped in on me.

[ Clears throat ] So… guess the proposal’s not a secret anymore.

Hope: Well, I mean, realistically, we would’ve had to tell the parents eventually.

Thomas: And their reactions couldn’t be more different.

Hope: Hope my mom wasn’t too rough on you.

Thomas: Oh, no. I mean, it’s just the same old, same old. She thinks I can never make you happy and all that jazz. She’s also looking out for me, making sure that I’m not gonna be heartbroken and disappointed. What did my dad say?

Hope: Had a lot of nice things to say about you, and also said that he would be happy if I was his– if I were to be his daughter-in-law one day.

Thomas: Wow, really?

Hope: Mm-hmm. No, it was actually… it was really sweet that he took the time to come here and say that to me.

Thomas: Yeah.

Hope: So, um, about my mom.

Thomas: Hey, it doesn’t matter.

Hope: Thomas.

Thomas: Look, hey, no, no, honestly, this is…

[ Laughs ] It’s the status quo at this point. She doesn’t have faith in us. She doesn’t believe that we could have a fruitful relationship. That’s okay. And hey, look, I am not here to pressure you, okay? You can take as long as you need making all the decisions you want. I know that it’s well worth it. Because I know… this ring will be on your finger. I have faith.

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Victor: Nikki, are you in there?

[ Nikki sighs ]

Nikki: That was close.

Jack: It’s been a long time since I felt the need to sneak around. I didn’t miss the feeling at all.

Nikki: Now, jack, don’t make a big deal out of this.

Jack: You were afraid to breathe just now in your own office. And it’s going to stay that way as long as you keep secrets from victor.

Nikki: You said you were ready to help me. Whatever I need.

Jack: Yes, I did, but this…

Nikki: Is what we agreed upon.

Jack: Then maybe we should reopen the topic. Are you sure you won’t tell victor that I’m your new sponsor?

Nate: Hey.

Devon: Hey.

Nate: You at an okay place to take a break?

Devon: Uh, close enough, yeah. What’s up?

Nate: Why don’t we both call it quits for the night? Let me buy you a drink at the club.

Devon: That’s the best offer I’ve had all day. Let’s do it.

Tucker: There she is. Didn’t expect to see you so soon. Or ever, after our last conversation. Hi. Uh, just my usual, thank you.

Audra: I’ll put it on my tab, please.

Tucker: Oh, sweet. The deluxe apology.

Audra: What’s a few angry words between old friends?

Tucker: Is that how we’re playing?

[ Tucker scoffs ] Okay, then. Yeah, I’m– I’m surprised. Did not expect to hear from you. I guess you’re becoming as mercurial as everyone says I am. I must be rubbing off on you.

Audra: Mm. Not in the right ways. You know, last time I checked, I’m not rich beyond my wildest dreams like you.

Tucker: Not yet. Thank you very much. I could change that for you if I wanted to.

Audra: Yeah, you know, you mentioned some plans. Among other things.

Tucker: So, first you turned me down. Now, you’ve changed your mind. Did my pitch get under your skin, audra? Or am I just that irresistible? I won’t let me moderate to severe plaque psoriasis

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Audra: It’s not that I find you irresistible, but that your offer for me to come work with you at glissade just might be.

Tucker: Which you recently not-so-graciously declined. Very emphatically. What’s changed?

Audra: I had some time to think things through, that’s all.

Tucker: Uh-huh. This is a major reversal. You were very decisive up in your suite.

Audra: Yeah, I had a knee-jerk reaction to the mention of jabot.

Tucker: And ashley.

Audra: But I’m calmer now.

Tucker: No, you’ve– you’ve pushed back before. This is different. And you– you– you were done with me, right? In all ways.

Audra: Well, I decided to leave newman media. Effective immediately.

Tucker: Well, now.

Audra: There’s no upward mobility for me there. And it’s a closed shop. Only the newmans are allowed in the inner circle, and that’s never going to change. I thought it was worth it to have it on my resume, but why bother now when there are other, much better options on the table?

Tucker: And you just realized this?

Audra: Yes. I just realized that.

Tucker: Same job it was a week ago. Something must have happened.

Audra: Think whatever you want. Is your offer still on the table?

Tucker: Maybe. Only if you’re honest with me.

Audra: About?

Tucker: Something tells me you didn’t quit. Something tells me you ticked nikki off and she fired you. Hm?

[ Tucker laughs ] She did, didn’t she? What’d you do to lose your job, audra?

[ Phone ringing ]

[ Nikki gasps ]

Nikki: It’s victor.

Jack: Take it.

Nikki: Hi.

Victor: Sweetheart. I came by the office and the doors were locked. I thought you’d left for the evening, but then I saw your car in the garage. So, everything all right?

Nikki: Oh, yeah, I– I– I got a little stir-crazy, so I just went out for a walk to clear my head.

Victor: Wait a minute, why would you go for a walk out in the freezing cold?

Nikki: Yeah, that’s why I’m back in my office already so soon. Did you need to see me?

Victor: Yes.

Nikki: I’ll come to you.

Victor: All right, I’m in my office.

Nikki: All right, I’ll be there shortly.

[ Nikki sighs ]

Jack: You see how this is affecting you?

Nikki: I can handle it.

Jack: Nikki, just tell him.

Nikki: No. I have made up my mind. Right now, it is best that he not know you are involved. So, if you want to ease my stress, tell me that you will understand that, and you won’t bring it up again.

Jack: Even if I can see how much this secret is stressing you. I know that you don’t agree with my decision, but I need for you to respect it. And just being in this position, it– it makes me feel so ashamed. No matter how many meetings I go to, I still can’t seem to string two days together without the urge to drink. I mean, I go looking for a bottle without even thinking about it.

Jack: Just focus on one day, one day at a time. One hour at a time. One minute if that’s what it takes.

[ Nikki sighs ]

Nikki: One minute at a time. God, just hearing that makes me feel so weak. And I am sick of draining the life out of people for my own selfish reasons. God, I– I know this program. I know how it works. I should have been over this. I should have beaten it weeks ago.

Jack: Take it easy. Take a breath. Relax. Take it easy.

Nikki: And that’s only what I’m going through. I mean, how would victor react if he knew that I was already relying on you? What would that do to him?

Jack: He’s a fighter. Just like you are.

Nikki: How long does he have to fight? He is already going through stress with the family and I am not going to add to that by telling him I have chosen somebody else to support me. He would be terribly hurt.

Jack: Okay. Breathe. Breathe again. Let me– let me get you some water, okay?

Nikki: I’ve got it. I mean, I hate lying to him, but I have to spare him. I can handle it.

Jack: Okay.

Nikki: Thank you. Thank you for dropping whatever you were doing so you could come spend time with me. It really helped. More than you know, jack.

Jack: For what it’s worth, when you called, I was at society, having a drink with victor. I was trying to get a read on how he’s reacting to all this.

Nikki: What? That is exactly what you’re not supposed to do. – “Best thing I’ve ever done.”

Nikki: How could you do that, jack? Only a handful of people even know that I have slipped. What did you do? Seek victor out so you could interrogate him?

Jack: It was one drink, that’s all.

Nikki: And then what? You waited for him to bring up my drinking?

Jack: I was trying to gauge where his thinking is right now.

Nikki: And was he suspicious of this casual conversation?

Jack: Nikki, it was fine.

Nikki: What exactly does fine mean?

Jack: It means I’m an old hand at getting information out of that man without him realizing it. And I got one big thing out of it. Nikki, he loves you a great deal. And he will do anything in his power to protect you. Including, perhaps, accepting me as your sponsor. But that’s not going to happen if you don’t talk to him.

Nikki: No. No. I won’t have it, jack. I won’t have you dropping hints or him knowing anything about this. I don’t want him to see that I’m so fragile, that things are as bad as they are.

Jack: Nikki, he knows you have a problem. When you had that drink or how many you had does not matter.

Nikki: It matters to me. I can’t let him see what a mess I am. I need to do this myself with the support of somebody who truly understands what I’m going through.

Jack: I’m your guy.

Nikki: And thank god for you, jack.

[ Knocking on door ]

Victor: Come in.

Nick: Hey.

Victor: Hi, son.

Nick: I was just about to take off for the night. You want to grab a drink?

Victor: Uh, I’m going to have dinner with your mother.

Nick: Good. Some other time then.

Victor: Yeah.

Nick: How’s she doing?

Victor: I don’t know. She pretends to be stronger than she is, I think.

Nick: Yeah, that sounds like mom.

Victor: Yeah. But I don’t like the fact that jack abbott is snooping around. Trying to find out what’s going on with all of us.

Nick: Snooping around how?

Victor: I was sitting at the bar earlier, and he bellied up to me, asking question after question as if I didn’t know what he was up to.

Nick: Well, what does he know? Does he know what went down with jordan? Does he know about claire? Does he know that mom’s having some rough times right now?

Victor: I don’t know.

Nick: I really don’t think you need to be worried about jack, dad. I know he drives you crazy at times, but he knows there’s a need for discretion here.

Victor: Jack abbott being discreet? Are you kidding or what?

Nick: And he certainly has mom’s best interests at heart, especially if he knows that she’s been drinking.

Victor: How the hell did he find out about it?

Nick: I don’t know, dad, maybe– maybe she mentioned something to him. They’re friends. He’s dealt with the same issues. It would make sense that he would be concerned and want to check in on you and just sort of see how we’re all holding up.

Victor: We don’t need his concern, okay? And your mother doesn’t need his support.

Audra: Thank you for your faith in my personal skills, tucker. But nikki didn’t fire me. I quit.

Tucker: Uh-huh.

Audra: Ask her yourself if you don’t believe me.

Tucker: I’m sure she’d love that.

Audra: Are you scared of nikki newman?

Tucker: Are you changing the subject?

[ Audra sighs ]

Audra: You know what? This is not the pleasant drinking chat I hoped for.

Tucker: Oh, what did you hope for, audra? And please be specific. Let me just do the math here. Let’s see.

Audra: Um, excuse me?

Tucker: Well, I, uh, first I find nate up in your room. And now you guys are giving each other the eye. Hm? Is this an element of the equation here?

Audra: What are you even talking about?

Tucker: Something’s going on between you two. And I’m sure it’s related to you quitting newman media. Some people have minor joint pain plus stomach problems.

Devon: Hey, you’re not still friends with audra, are you?

Nate: Uh, not sure you could ever have called us friends.

Devon: You guys were close enough to do deals together and make plans, right?

Nate: Yeah, that’s true. Um, and I learned my lesson. But, uh, we’re still polite to each other, though. But no, uh, not a friendship per se.

Devon: Mm. Okay.

Nate: Any particular reason you’re asking?

Devon: Just the vibe I picked up on.

Nate: Oh, well, tucker over there caught my attention. Why she still gives him the time of day is beyond me. That’s some messed up codependency. The guy’s toxic. Sorry, I didn’t mean to–

Devon: No, please. I– I came to that conclusion about him months ago.

Audra: I’m sorry devon blew you off.

Tucker: Did he? I hadn’t noticed.

Audra: One of your most endearing qualities is how much you love your son.

Tucker: One of my most endearing qualities? What are the others?

[ Tucker laughs ]

Audra: Maybe I misspoke.

Tucker: Are you going to take that one back too? Like you telling me you wanted nothing to do with me was just a knee-jerk reaction?

Audra: You know, now you’re fishing for compliments. Shall I make you a list of your good points, so you can tape it to your mirror to remind yourself that you’re still part of the human race?

Tucker: Your skill set is astounding.

Audra: Is it?

Tucker: Simmering looks.

[ Audra chuckles ] Clever gibes, the underhanded compliments. Cruelty.

Audra: You know, you make me sound fascinating.

Tucker: Oh, you are. Earlier, I opened a vein with you, bared my soul, and you just shut me down without batting an eye. Cut me out of your life. And yet here you are, filled with regret… after you claim that you’ve suddenly quit your lucrative job at newman media. And then you use my estrangement with devon to pretend you care. All the while exchanging sly looks with nate hastings across the room. Are you a part of the human race? Yeah, you’re playing some long con here. I’m dying to know what it.

Diane: Hi!

Jack: Hi.

Diane: Hi. I thought you’d be home earlier.

Jack: Yeah, I got a distress call from nikki. Went to check on her at the office, and victor almost walked in on us.

Diane: What do you mean?

Jack: Well, the door was locked. Victor kept knocking. Nikki didn’t answer.

Diane: Well, that must have been awkward and unnerving.

Jack: Yeah. I hate it. I hate what this is doing to nikki and I– I frankly hate what I’ve agreed to.

Diane: I know. So, how is she doing?

Jack: Not well. I’m worried about her.

Nick: Hey, mom.

Nikki: Hello. Why are you looking at me like that?

Nick: Like, uh, like what?

Nikki: Oh, I don’t know. Like, uh, I’m seconds away from falling apart. I’m not. All is well. I’m sorry I worried you when I went out for some fresh air.

Nick: It’s freezing outside, mom.

Nikki: Yeah, that’s what your father said, too.

Victor: How’s it going with your new sponsor?

Nikki: Very well. We’re a much better fit.

Victor: Uh-huh. Well, I’m glad to hear that.

Nick: What happened to your original guy? What’s his name? Seth?

Nikki: Oh, yeah. He had a stumble of his own recently and I needed somebody who was on more solid ground with their recovery.

Nick: Yeah, that makes sense.

Nikki: But I think this new person will work out very well. They’ve been in recovery a lot longer, and, uh, very– very solid and calm.

Victor: Hm. It’s nice to know. Son, uh, why don’t you have dinner with your parents?

Nick: Oh, I would, but christian just reminded me that it is tacos and video game night, so I got to go.

Victor: That’s important.

Nick: Yeah.

Victor: Okay. Give them our love, okay?

Nick: I will. Mom, just so you know, we’re all here for whatever you need, okay?

Nikki: Thank you, darling.

Victor: Good night, son.

Nick: Good night. Love you both. Oh what a good time we will have

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Nate: You and I have had more than enough battles, and I am grateful we’ve come back around to being able to work together again. You know, have dinner, celebrate holidays. Because family means everything.

Devon: Hope, you’re not going to tell me that I should reach out to tucker.

Nate: No, no, I’m not. I’m saying I’m sorry, because I know it’s hard not having your father in your life.

Devon: Oh, he’s never really been around, so it’s actually not that hard. And I’ve already had the only father I’ll ever need, and tucker will never be half the man that neil was. I actually should have walked away from him long before I did.

Nate: So, what was the last straw? The news about the cover-up?

Devon: That and just everything combined. All the guy does is lie. And when you have somebody that you can’t trust a single word that comes out of their mouth, why would you want them in your life, and I didn’T.

Tucker: Nate’s trying so hard not to look over here at you.

Audra: Do you want to go sit over there with him? I’m happy to let him pick up your tab instead of me.

Tucker: I know you’re dying to tell me what you’re up to. How does nate fit into it?

Audra: You know, he’s an attractive man, tucker, okay? Maybe I just like looking at him. Does it really bother you that much?

Tucker: He keeps looking over at you.

Audra: Well, I am an attractive woman. Or maybe you’ve just forgotten since you’ve known me for so long.

Tucker: I know you are dangerous. You’re up to something with nate.

Audra: You’re right. We’re sleeping together.

Tucker: No, you’re not. But even if you are, I couldn’t care less. It would just be you using sex again as the means to some end. What end is the question.

[ Audra chuckles ]

Audra: Can you just focus on us and our partnership?

Tucker: Who said I still want to partner with you?

[ Audra scoffs ]

Audra: So, you offer me the world, and now you’ve just changed your mind?

Tucker: I’m thinking about it. See you around. Gentlemen.

Sharon: The key is to make each customer feel like they’re our most important account, if not our only account. Now, how do we do that? Through relationships. Building them with research and communication, and maintaining them with excellent follow-through. You each have your own unique style of relating to people, but the common denominator here is service. Anticipating our client’s needs, which only happens when you make it a point to understand their business inside and out. Everyone in this meeting is very good at that. You have a gift for it, which is why I chose you to be part of cassidy first’s sales team. Okay, I guess that’s it for tonight, but before we sign off, there is a little homework assignment. Um, I’d like each of you to design a questionnaire that will get to the heart of what a client needs in bespoke software products. Go beyond just who’s going to be using it, and what will it be used for. Get creative, there is no right or wrong. Just send them to me by friday, and we’ll use them to brainstorm with next week’s meeting, all right? Any questions? Fantastic. Have a great evening, everyone. Enjoy.

Nick: Wow.

Sharon: What?

Nick: You’re amazing.

Jack: I have seen nikki fight this battle more than once, but there’s a look in her eye, a fear I’ve never seen before, and it’s like she’s doing everything she can to look like she’s in control.

Diane: Is that what it was like for you?

Jack: Frankly, I don’t remember the pills, the urge. I do remember the ugliness that the pills caused and detox was a living hell.

Diane: You know, jack, maybe this is too much for you to take on right now.

Jack: Oh, look, honey, I didn’t mean to scare you. There’s no reason to be concerned. Though I love that you are concerned.

[ Diane chuckles ] Right now, I would like to spend the rest of my evening focused on you, not nikki, and certainly not victor.

Diane: No argument from me.

Jack: How does champagne and dancing sound to you?

Diane: Are you serious?

Jack: Yeah, I’m serious.

Diane: Then, it sounds absolutely perfect.

Jack: Good.

Victor: Thank you. So, my baby, how’s your appetite?

Nikki: I could eat.

Victor: Good. I had a talk with jack abbott at the bar earlier.

Nikki: I hope you were civil to him.

Victor: He asked me all kinds of questions.

Nikki: Really? About what?

Victor: Well, apparently, you told him about your abduction, which I find interesting. Then, he also knew about your drinking.

Nikki: Yes, jack knows.

Victor: I see.

Nikki: Well, I didn’t want to hide what’s going on with people who care about me. That– that just makes me feel even more ashamed.

Victor: But sweetheart, you know–

Nikki: Talking about it is good, I always feel stronger afterwards.

Victor: You know damn well that I like to keep problems like this within the family, okay?

Nikki: Yes, I know how you feel about privacy.

Victor: For everyone’s protection.

Nikki: From jack? Victor, you– you keep calling it an issue, but the issue is me, my recovery.

Victor: My issue with the whole thing is that jack abbot cannot be trusted. I have never trusted him.

Nikki: All right, please don’t make more out of it than it is. I would’ve called yesterday.

Sharon: Well, that is some compliment. Do you mind if I ask what it is you find so amazing?

Nick: How much time you got?

Sharon: Well, I’m pretty busy working on cassidy first, but I have a few minutes.

Nick: I mean, you’ve been tearing it up lately, all this drive and energy. You have never been a slacker, but this is next level stuff. It’s very impressive.

Sharon: Well, thank you.

Nick: I couldn’t help but overhear your conversation with your sales team. Your advice? Spot on, sharon. Can, I assume they’re, uh, you know, younger people?

Sharon: It’s like they’re speaking a foreign language when it comes to technology. I feel like I’m taking a crash course every time I have a meeting with them.

Nick: Yeah, but you got the other side of it. You know, you’ve got the drive and the vision. They’re very lucky to have you as a mentor. I mean, the fact that you’ve kept your hand in this place while running your new company, it’s quite remarkable.

Sharon: Well, esther has been a really great manager, and I’ve leaned on her a lot. I just can’t bring myself to sell our cute little coffee house, even though I probably should. There’s just so many memories here, you know?

Nick: Yeah, there’s a lot of history here. I’m glad it’s in the family, you know, so to speak.

Sharon: It is. We are. So anyway, thank you for noticing that I’m managing to keep all these balls in the air as of now.

Nick: Don’t come at me with all this modesty stuff, sharon. I’ve worked with you before. I’m sure you’re going to continue to crush it, and impress me and everyone else the way you always do.

Sharon: I really appreciate you saying that. It makes all the hard work that I’ve been doing even more worth it.

Nick: I bet.

Sharon: So, tell me about you, what’s going on?

Nick: Ooh, me.

[ Nick chuckles ] Well, I am, uh– I’m boring in comparison.

Sharon: Okay, that’s a lie. But go ahead, avoid talking about yourself. Tell me about nikki, how is she?

Devon: Uh, I mean, when you get down to it, every single thing about tucker is a lie. You know? And what really annoys me is that he feels like he can pull one over on anybody he wants, including myself. And it’s bad enough when you’re in the dark about things, but then it’s that much worse when you find out the truth, and find out that you got played like a sucker.

Nate: The cover-up is one lie on top of another. The news must have destabilized a new company he bought, glissade.

Devon: Probably.

Nate: Would be better for everyone if he just went to france and tried to manage it from there.

Devon: Yeah, that ain’t gonna happen.

Nate: Why not? Pretty much everyone in town hates the guy. What is he, a glutton for punishment? Because I frankly can’t understand why else would he stick around genoa city? Unless he’s still holding out hope that you might forgive him one day, that he’d have another shot being around you and dom.

Devon: Yeah, probably. Probably all the above. ‘Cause he always thinks he can win, but he’s certainly not going to let anybody think that he got chased away. It’s kind of like you not too long ago, you had everyone pissed off, but you were determined to have your family forgive you.

Nate: Comparing me to tucker mccall, wow, that’s, uh– that’s unnerving.

Devon: Well…

Nate: My actions were low, yes, but, uh, nothing compared to what he’s pulled over the years.

Devon: Yeah, the biggest difference, though, is that you’ve proven that you can actually change and make amends and he’s proven that he can’t or he won’t, so he doesn’T. Either way. Hey, I need to get home to abby and dominic. It’s getting late, thank you for this drink, though.

Nate: Yeah, thanks for coming out.

Devon: For sure.

Nate: I hope, uh, tucker didn’t make it too unpleasant.

Devon: No, no, not at all. I’ll see you around, though.

Nate: Night.

Devon: Night.

[ Nate sighs ]

[ Diane laughing ]

Jack: Oh.

Diane: Look who’s here.

Jack: He’s alone, as he should be. Come on, ignore him.

[ Diane clears throat ]

Tucker: Ah, good evening.

Jack: Tucker.

Tucker: Say, I heard ashley went back to paris.

Jack: That’s none of your business. And how would you know that anyway? When migraine strikes you’re faced with a choice.

Nate: Tucker was eyeing me. What was that about?

Audra: That was about you eyeing me.

Nate: I was curious.

Audra: Yeah, obviously so. You need to work on that.

Nate: What else did he have to say?

Audra: You gave me the perfect suggestion for how to take glissade from tucker. I need to undermine him from the inside, which means I have to get back in his good graces.

Nate: Or maybe that’s just an excuse so you can let yourself get sucked back in by him again.

Audra: You better watch yourself with an accusation like that. I know exactly what I’m doing.

Nate: Yeah, and tucker probably knows, too.

Audra: That’s how the game is played, my friend, at least for tucker and me. And it’s my time to win.

Tucker: I make it my business to know things, jack, but it’s pretty obvious why ashley went back to paris anyway.

Diane: Excuse me.

Jack: You know, I’m not really interested in your theories. I think I’d like to join my wife.

Tucker: What she did was take my advice, and return to the scene of the so-called crime, which means she’s about to find out that everything she claims happened in that bistro did not. And that I have been telling the truth all along.

Jack: Okay, there’s one scenario, here’s another. You’re the liar here. And when ashley comes back from paris, she’s going to purge you from her heart forever. It’ll be so thorough, even you will get it. And you will be more lonely than you have ever been in your entire life. Even your delusions won’t keep you warm.

[ Tucker chuckles ]

Nick: I don’t know how to answer that question about mom. She’s one of the strongest people I know, but this disease does not care. It goes in for the kill, no matter who you are.

Sharon: That’s for sure.

Nick: Dad thinks she’s putting on a brave front you know, to try and hide how fragile she really is.

Sharon: Is that your impression also?

Nick: I mean, it’s possible. She was thrown back into alcoholism against her will. She was doing great, you know? Comfortably in recovery. Her sobriety was solid. Then, her whole world was turned upside down by this psychopath.

Sharon: Well, the good news is nikki is surrounded by people who love her and who will help her get this under control again.

Nick: If she can.

Sharon: Do you really doubt that, or is that some old deep fear?

Nick: I don’t know. Is there a difference?

Sharon: My money’s on nikki. She’s gotten through this several times in the past and she can do it again.

[ Nick sighs ]

Victor: Thank you. So, I understand you had to make some difficult decisions lately.

Nikki: Who have you been talking to?

Victor: Talked to that audra woman.

Nikki: Mm.

Victor: She explained to me why you let her go.

Nikki: And you disagree with my decision?

Victor: No. I’ve told you before, when it comes to newman media, you hire and fire whoever you please, okay? I just don’t want any more stress added to your life. That’s not good for you, baby.

Nikki: Well, when I find the right people who understand boundaries, I will bring them on board. But in the meantime, I have other resources I can utilize. The work will get done and I won’t overdo it. I promise. Really, victor, it’ll be fine.

Victor: I’m serious, okay?

[ Phone chiming ] Excuse me. Yes.

Guard: Mr. Newman, the prison where jordan is being held, there was a major fire. No word yet on how many casualties or survivors.

Victor: All right, um, keep me informed, okay?

Nikki: What’s wrong?

Victor: Just business, baby. Nothing to worry about.

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Days Update Monday, January 29, 2024

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Marlena comes home and calls out to John, asking if he’s home. Marlena then pulls out her phone and calls John. John is walking through the town square and answers, asking where she is. Marlena responds that she’s home and asks where he is. John says he couldn’t sleep so he took a walk in the town square. Marlena asks if he’s on his way back. John says not yet and then apologizes as he didn’t realize it was so late. Marlena offers to pick him up but John assures that he’ll be home soon and says he loves her as they hang up.

Alex comes home to Theresa, who says she was just wondering where he was and why he was at the hospital as he seemed mysterious when they ran in to each other. Alex tells her that he was just seeing Marlena as his therapist and asks what she was doing there. Theresa says that her mom sent her to talk to Kayla and it was like a therapy session too. Alex asks what she talked to Kayla about. Theresa asks what he talked to Marlena about. Alex says he asked her first.

Stephanie questions Everett having a confession and asks if it has to do with him not showing up at the Pub. Everett reveals that he actually did go to the Pub and saw her with her friends. Stephanie asks why he didn’t come in. Everett responds that he realized what he needed to say to her needed to be in private.

Roman and Kate walk past the Brady Pub. Kate questions how a prison loses a prisoner. Roman says that’s what they are going to figure out. They then look through the window of the Pub, which is closed, and see someone inside. Roman tells Kate to stay there while he goes around back to surprise them. Kate worries about if they have a weapon and says she’s going to call the police. Kate then sees that it’s Harris, so they head inside. Kate questions what is going on and says that Lucas is missing, so if Harris knows where he is, he better find him.

Theresa tells Alex that she’s all talked out and suggests they do something really mindless and distracting instead. Alex asks what she had in mind and if she wants to watch a movie. Theresa says she’s not in the mood for that. Alex suggests a board game but Theresa says she has a better idea and she dares him not to like it.

Stephanie asks what Everett wants to tell her. Everett says this is harder than he thought it would be because it feels like a big risk. Stephanie says he’s starting to scare her. Everett says he’s scaring himself a little bit, but he has to do it. Everett tells Stephanie that working with her has been amazing and he totally respects the boundaries she set with him in the beginning, but he can’t stand this friend zone thing. Everett declares it’s not working for him anymore.

Steve finds John pacing in the town square and asks what he’s doing. John calls it a late night stroll and asks what he’s doing there. Steve says Kayla is working the night shift and he got restless. John doesn’t believe him and guesses that Marlena sent him to come looking for him. Steve admits that she’s worried about him and he is too. Steve says in their previous lives, when they used to meet in the shadows, they were usually on assignment and not always on the same side. Steve thinks the right side prevailed in most of those missions. John says that’s what he’s been told. Steve questions John still not remembering anything from that time. John argues that he knows those memories have been wiped. John says he tries not to make himself crazy over trying to get those memories back. Steve knows it must be frustrating as Hell but he envies him because he wishes he could forget.

Theresa suggests to Alex that they play Truth or Dare, noting that it can lead to enlightening conversations. Theresa decides she will go first and asks Alex who his first celebrity crush was. Alex tells her it was Lindsay Lohan which Theresa jokes with him about.

Kate questions what Harris is doing here when Lucas is missing from prison and if anything has happened to him, that’s on him. Kate asks where her son is. Roman tells Harris that he owes Kate an explanation. Harris responds that if they give him a minute, he will provide more than an explanation.

Everett calls it a relief as he’s had this monologue in his head but guesses that Stephanie is upset. Stephanie responds that she’s not upset, she just doesn’t know what to say. Everett calls Stephanie the best thing to ever happen to him and says when she’s near him, his world feels right. Everett adds that he came to Salem to find her because he can’t live without her and he would do anything to get back to what they had. Everett asks if she still doesn’t know what to say. Stephanie is sure he can understand that she wasn’t expecting this. Everett questions that as he feels he’s been so obvious about his feelings for her. Stephanie think she’s been clear about her feelings. Everett feels she has and she hasn’t. Everett understands that she wants to stay friends because she’s still recovering from her breakup with Chad but at the same time, she likes spending time with him, had him meet her parents and asked him to hang out with her friends at the Pub. Stephanie says she just wanted them to meet him as she’s been talking about him but her feelings for him are complicated. Stephanie says when he disappeared, she was heartbroken and when she was able to somewhat heal, she was determined to move on with her life and get over him. Everett asks if she stopped loving him. Everett adds that now he’s back and she knows he never left her by choice. Everett questions if her feelings are just gone. Everett reminds her that he was going to ask her to marry him and calls her everything to him. Everett states that some people wait their entire lives to find what they had and now they’ve been given a second chance. Everett begs Stephanie to not throw it away.

Alex asks Theresa what would be the worst thing she would do if she wouldn’t get caught. Theresa responds that she would break Tate out and bring him home immediately. Alex says he should’ve guessed. Theresa wishes she could really do that. Theresa then asks Alex who is the most beautiful, interesting, witty, sexy, and charming woman that he has ever kissed. Alex decides to pick dare instead. Theresa says he’s going to be sorry as she dares him to kiss her. Alex responds that he’s not sorry at all and kisses her.

John questions what Steve is talking about and what he wishes he could forget. Steve says it’s the bad stuff which for him was working for Victor back in the day but those memories won’t let go, especially lately when he’s anywhere near Konstantin. John asks if that’s because of his association with Victor. Steve adds that it maybe because he reminds him of Victor at times. John admits he does to him too. Steve guesses this is bringing back stuff for both of them now. Steve brings up how Abe has lost his memory and how that’s really tough but he doesn’t know if it’s worse to not be able to remember or not being able to forget.

Harris brings Kate and Roman to a room above the Pub where Lucas is inside. Kate hugs Lucas and says she’s so happy to see him, alive and well. Lucas responds that he’s alive and healing. Roman questions how Harris managed this. Harris explains that he snuck Lucas out in a laundry basket and that nobody knows about it, not even Rafe so no one can find out. Lucas says he’s sorry it went down this way and that Roman has to harbor the man who kidnapped his daughter. Roman calls him his stepson and he knows that Kate is happy to have him here safe and protected which means he’s happy too. Roman declares that Lucas is welcome here anytime.

Stephanie says Everett might not understand what it was like for her when he walked out of her life. Everett thinks he has some idea but Stephanie is not sure that he does. Stephanie states that once she got over the shock of his disappearance, she tormented herself for months, trying to figure out what she did and blamed herself for not being enough. Stephanie adds that she obviously knows now that it had nothing to do with her and she’s just trying to explain that when she thought he ghosted her, she wasn’t just hurt, she fell apart and didn’t recover for a long time. Stephanie doesn’t know why it was so shattering and guesses she’s just lacking in self confidence or prone to feeling like she never measures up and is always to blame when things go wrong. Everett takes her hand and says he’s so glad that she’s finally opening up about all of this because it helps him understand the depth of the pain that she went through when he disappeared that day. Everett tells her that he is so sorry that he hurt her and calls her the most important person in his life, who he loved with all his heart more than anything and still does. Everett declares that all he wants is to make it up to her. Everett asks if she will let him do that.

John asks what Steve isn’t telling him since he’s talking in circles. John assumes what’s really going on has something to do with Konstantin. Steve confirms that it does and reveals that he’s becoming more certain that somehow, Konstantin knows about The Pawn. John is shocked and can’t believe it, asking how that’s even possible. Steve responds that it’s what they need to find about. John says he hasn’t heard anyone say The Pawn for years and questions how he could even know or how much he knows. John asks what he said that made Steve believe that. Steve informs him that Konstantin asked him what he knew about The Pawn but he had a look on his face like he was an expert on it and was taunting him. John decides they are just going to have to figure out how much he knows and what his motive is. Steve says they will but they have to be strategic and careful. Steve sees this really upset John so he needs to go home to Marlena and rest. John thanks him for coming and says he is going home to Marlena because he knows she’s worried about this. They tell each other to take care of themselves as Steve walks away.

Alex and Theresa kiss until he says it’s his turn in Truth or Dare. Alex then asks Theresa what is the biggest lie she’s ever told. Alex comments on her giving this a lot of thought. Theresa then decides on a dare. Alex says it must be a hell of a lie if she’s not even going to tell him about it. Theresa responds that she’s told a lot of lies so she’d rather not get into it. Alex lets it slide and instead dares Theresa to sing her favorite childhood song at the top of her lungs. Theresa sings “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”. Alex joins in until a neighbor knocks on the door, so they decide that’s enough singing for the night. Alex suggests they should just go to bed.

Stephanie tells Everett that before they talk about the future, she doesn’t understand why nobody went looking for him in their time apart like his family or colleagues. Everett says he didn’t understand that either but from what he understands once he recovered, he wasn’t on any assignments at the time so he thinks that his boss just figured he moved on. Stephanie asks about his family not trying to find him. Everett reminds her that he lost his mom as a kid and his dad is a drunk. Stephanie understands and says she shouldn’t have asked. Everett calls it a reasonable question since family could be cousins, aunts, and uncles but he’s not that close with them. Stephanie decides it all makes sense. Stephanie asks if Everett was as lucid as he is now when he finally woke up from the coma. Everett admits that he wasn’t and says his first diagnosis was retrograde amnesia which is inability to access memories or information from before an accident, injury, or disease. Everett adds that all they could tell him was to give it time and says he was really lucky as eventually his memories did start to come back, gradually. Everett tells her that the first thing he remembered with any clarity was her and when that happened, his whole world got brighter and warmer and he felt stronger because he had purpose to get back to her. Everett declares that his goal was to tell Stephanie that she’s everything to him and she still is as they hug.

John comes home to Marlena, who is reading a book as she waited up for him. Marlena says she couldn’t go to sleep knowing he was out there late at night alone. John responds that he wasn’t alone and she knows that.

Kate tells Lucas that she panicked when Harris said he couldn’t make the deal to get him out of prison but now he’s here safe and sound. Lucas thought transport was part of the deal and questions if Harris kidnapped him. Harris says no but he would have if he had to. Roman asks what Harris did to. Harris talks about pressuring the attorney general and pointing out how important it is to have their main witness alive if they ever bring a case against Clyde and finally, he signed off the order to have Lucas in a safehouse situation. Harris adds that when the threat is eliminated, Lucas will have to return to prison to serve the rest of his sentence. Kate guesses they will just be happy with what they have now then. Lucas says they have no choice. Harris decides he’ll leave them alone and exits.

Alex thanks Theresa for the game and says it was fun. Theresa agrees and says she’ll see him in the morning then as she thinks they should get a good night sleep. Alex agrees if that’s what she wants to do, so they head to their own bedrooms. Theresa then asks who she is kidding and goes to Alex’s room.

Kate gets Lucas comfortable in bed. Lucas says it feels so good to be here even if it’s just temporary. Lucas adds that he knows it’s not easy for Roman. Roman insists that Lucas is family so he wants what is best for him. Roman acknowledges that what Lucas did is honorable and brave, so he admires him for putting his life on the line. Lucas thanks him. Kate decides it’s been a long night so he should get some sleep. They say goodnight. Kate thanks Roman.

Harris runs in to Steve in the town square. Harris asks what he’s doing out so late. Steve says Kayla is on the late shift and he got restless. Harris admits to being restless lately too. Steve says they both have jobs that can weigh heavy on the mind sometimes. Steve asks if he wants to unburden. Harris thanks him but says maybe some other time. They say goodnight as Harris walks away.

Marlena asks if John is not upset that she sent Steve to find him. John says not at all as they had a good talk. Marlena is glad and knows they can talk about anything, but she’s especially glad that he has someone who he can share concerns with. John says that Marlena always seems to know exactly what he needs which makes him a very lucky man. Marlena says she just loves him as they kiss. They then head to the bedroom together.

Everett and Stephanie end up kissing. Everett tells Stephanie that he’s missed them. Stephanie admits she did too. Everett asks Stephanie to stay the night but she says she can’t as she’s not ready. Everett says he understands but he just wants to hold her and sleep with her in his arms tonight. Stephanie admits that would be nice, so they get in bed together.

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Days Transcript Tuesday, January 30, 2024

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THIS STILL NEEDS SOME EDITING!

[suspenseful music]


My, my. Girl, you do get around.

Leo, what are you doing here?

I live in this building, remember? And according to the guest registry, which I may or may not take a peek at two times a day, you do not.

Ha. This is not what you think.

[gasps] So it’s even better? Oh, my imagination is on fire.

Well, hose it off. It’s a false alarm.

Oh, that’s what they all say, cookie.

Leo, where I spend the night is my business.

And maybe Lady Whistleblower’s.


Hi, my love.

Nope, not your love.

Hi, I– I’m sorry. I thought I heard Tripp come back home.

No, sorry to disappoint. Seems like his -hour shift has turned into overtime.

OK, um, well, then, I’m just going to go back in my room and meditate.

You know, Wendy, you could meditate later, right?

Yeah.

Great, great, you know what? I’m going to make us a cup of coffee and then you and I, we can have a woman-to-woman chat.

[playful suspenseful music]


[inhales deeply] One year ago today, you made me remember my love for you. And boy, did I remember.

[soft dramatic music] We made up for lost time.


[sighing] Oh, my God.

[door opens] How did we end up here?

[door closes]


[sighs]

Morning. Any coffee left for me?

You know where the pot is.

Right. Hey, do you know if my dad’s up?

Well, Johnny… since I am my brother’s keeper, I happen to have his minute-by-minute schedule in my phone. Let me check it for you.

Jeez, Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Uncle Stefan, come on, the sky is clear. The grass is green. It’s a beautiful day. And I’ve got some big news.

Oh, yeah?

Yeah. Chanel and I are getting married on Valentine’s Day.

Good for you, Johnny.

[scoffs]

“Good for you, Johnny”? You’re not even going to congratulate me?

Sorry, kid, it’s kind of hard for me to get excited about somebody getting married. You see, I got married six months ago, and right now, my wife’s in federal prison.

Yeah, I know. And–and that sucks, but… don’t you have a thing with Ava Vitali?

That is none of your damn business.

[tense music]


[indistinct chatter]

Hi, Kayla.

Hey.

Happy crack of dawn.

Oh, yeah. Same to you. You know, sorry, I just got off of a long shift. And I know you’re probably not open, but I ordered online some of your fabulous mini banana muffins. I wanted to surprise Steve and Stephanie. Any chance they’re done?

Oh, well, they will be out of the oven in a couple of minutes and then they still need a few more to cool down. But if you want to wait, then it gives you just enough time to admire my engagement ring.

[Chanel laughs]

Oh, look at you. Congratulations. Wow, that Johnny DiMera is a lucky man.

Yeah, I’m the lucky one. We’re actually getting married on Valentine’s Day.

Ah, that’s what Steve and I did.

Oh, my God. Well then, hey, it worked out for you too.

Yeah, we’re pretty crazy about each other still. That’s a plus.

[chuckles]

Yes, definitely, definitely.

Boy, your mom must be so thrilled.

She is, and it’s giving her something to focus on other than her illness.

Good morning.

Good morning, Dr. Horton. You have a patient waiting in the exam room.

Really? This early? Who is it?

Oh, it’s listed as confidential.

[suspenseful music]

That’s strange. OK. Thank you.

Mm-hmm.


[door opens]


Oh, you’rethe mystery patient.

[sighs] I guess it helps being mayor.


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Well, Lady W, I’m so sorry to deprive you of what would surely be titillating, if not perhaps mind-blowing gossip, but Everett and I are colleagues, just like you and me.

Hmm. Colleagues with benefits?

No, just friends.

Mm, but Harry and Sally clearly taught us that men and women cannot just be friends because the sex part gets in the way.

Yeah, well that movie came out decades ago, maybe early ‘s, I believe. So it’s quite dated, in my opinion.

Oh, it is not dated. It’s a classic. And do not slander the genius that is the late, great Nora Ephron.

Leo, my purpose for being with Everett last night is, as I think I’ve already mentioned, none of your business. And speaking of business…

[suspenseful music] You do want to keep your job, don’t you, Lady Blowhard?

I sense a threat coming.

Not only am I tight with Everett, I’m also close to his boss, who also happens to be your boss.

There’s the setup.

And as your boss’s PR consultant, I would hate to tell him that Lady Whistleblower’s column is a detriment to his newspaper.

And there’s the threat. I’ll see ya.


 

[sighs]


 

[knocking]


Any chest pain?

No.

Numbness or vision changes?

No.

All right, well, let’s look at your neck. It feels like the same size to me. But why don’t we do an ultrasound just to be safe?

Mm. Oh, can we do it now?

Of course. Have you had anything to drink in the last few hours?

No, no, I just woke up kind of panicky, hard breathing. And I just came right over here.

I’m very glad you did. We’re going to make sure that you feel much calmer before you leave because you are in excellent hands, and you are going to get the best care possible.

Oh, thank you. Thank you so much, Sarah.

I know that the radiology schedule is pretty tight today, but I will get you in as fast as I can.

Oh, oh, thank you, but, Sarah, please don’t hold someone else back on my account. I wouldn’t want anyone thinking that the mayor interfered with their health care.

That’s very thoughtful of you, but don’t worry. We will make it all work.

Oh, thank you.

Paulina, would you like me to call Chanel?

Absolutely not!

[tense notes]

[soft tense music]


Oh, oh, oh, oh.

[sighs]

 

[groaning]

No, no, no, no.

[shushes] Sorry, go back to sleep.

 

[groaning]

Go back to sleep.

Pretty rough night, baby. I was out late with John.

Out late? I talked to you after : PM, and you said you were on your way to bed.

Marlena texted me, and she wanted me to meet him. She’s worried about him. So am I.

Is this work-related?

No. No, listen, just never mind. It’s really not a big deal.

[clears throat]

Marlena calls you after : p.m. and it’s not a big deal?

[somber suspenseful music]


OK. It’s about Constantine. John and I don’t trust him, and we don’t think Maggie should either.

Well, I’ve heard this before. Do you have something– something new?

Well maybe just a new take on it, on him, his history with Victor.


Something’s not right.

Well, does Maggie agree with you now? I mean, she was– she was pretty taken with him, I mean, at least at first.

Well, unfortunately, she’s still taken with him. Every time John and I try to warn her about him, she shuts us down.

[ominous music]

Well, do you or John have any proof that Maggie’s in real danger?

No, nothing tangible. But I’m telling you, Kayla, the man is dangerous. I mean, his ties to the Greek mafia, that baby kidnapping, not to mention his monumental debts.

Well, you know, Maggie is a strong woman. She clearly trusts that he has changed and that he is a good man at heart.

Well, I’m afraid that if she trusts that he’s anything but a con man and a liar, she’ll regret it.

Well, if he is all that, apparently she is going to have to figure out for herself, OK? So why don’t you try to shake it off and go to sleep, OK?

 

[sighs] I can’t go back to sleep now. I smell–

Trouble?

Banana muffins.

 

[laughs]

[tender music]

I made yours with almond milk. You know, might as well use it up since you love it so much. Tripp absolutely hates it.

Right.

Oh, come on. Sit, sit, sit.

Oh, listen, Wendy. I understand how awkward it can be, you know, having your boyfriend’s mother living with you.

No, Tripp and I are fine with it, really.

Really? I mean, come on. It’s got to be tough, though, right? I mean, you want to let your hair down and you want to be able to just really be who you are.

OK, Ava, I’m sorry that I called you my love. That was really embarrassing, and I should look before I speak.

 

[laughing] No, don’t worry about that. Look, I am saying this because it seems like you and Tripp, that you two have gotten close. I get the impression you’re really into him.

Well, I am.

Yeah? Good. But you know, so here’s the thing. Tripp has been hurt, a lot. Oh, God, by first there was, well, I don’t know, Allie and Haley and Ciara and oh, God knows how many others. But, um… women tend to take advantage of Tripp. You know? They string him along for a while, and they just cast him away. All right, look. I have a reputation of being very direct when I want to be, so I’m just going to come right out and ask you. You for real?

[tense music]

Um, am I for real? OK, I’m not even sure what that means.

What it means, are you interested in my son in a serious way? Because, you know, if you aren’t and you’re just going to kick him to the curb as soon as the next guy comes along, then I’d just rather you bow out now.

 

[scoffs] I must say, Ava, that I do resent you implying that I’m a fickle, insubstantial person. So I’m reluctant to even dignify that with a response.

Look, I’m just concerned about my son, all right? And since you just lost your brother, I’m just wondering if maybe, I don’t know, you’re looking at Tripp as a nice, safe place to land. You know, like a security blanket that’s warm. And if that’s all that he is, then–

No. That is not all he is, Ava. And with all due respect, you are really crossing the line.

Yeah, I may be. But you’ll understand one day when you’re a mother. I’m just looking out for my son’s best interests.

[tense music]

[knock at door]

 

[German accent] Room service!

I didn’t order any– Leo, what–

 

[gasps softly] Are you all right? You look like the before photo in a makeover show.

Um, it was a long night.

Oh, yeah, I know. I just saw Sally leave.

Sally?

She had the nerve to insult Nora Ephron. Can you believe that? Well, she didn’t actually insult her, but close enough. She said that Nora’s most wonderful movie of all time, that would be “When Harry Met Sally,” IMHO, is dated. Can you even?

Leo, what–what–what are you talking about?

Our PR guru? I saw her leaving your room. You two spent the night together.

Wow, OK, you are so out of line, Leo, jeez.

Oh, did somebody wake up on the wrong side of the bed with Ms. Johnson on the other side, AKA the right side?

OK, Leo, we need to talk.

Great! Let’s–

No, no, not here. Stay.

Ugh.

[suspenseful jazz music]

[sighs]


Let’s go.

OK.


Here, it’s fresh. I haven’t touched it yet, and you look like you could use it more than me.

Mm, thanks.

Mm-hmm. So are you headed home? You just missed your mom. She was on her way home from the hospital. She left that way, so she didn’t see you.

Wow, thanks.

Mm-hmm.

You’re probably wondering why I’m leaving the Salem Inn at this hour.

Nope, I wasn’t wondering. You know why? Because you’re a grown woman. Whatever you do is your business and no one else’s.

[tender music]


Well, good news. radiology can get you in for that ultrasound now.

Oh, well, that’s great. Oh! But did someone else get pushed back?

No, no, no. There was a cancellation. So no strings pulled, just pure luck. And how are you feeling now?

Well, I’m feeling a whole lot calmer now, thanks to you.

Well, good, I’m glad. So all right, jewelry off. I know you’ve had this procedure done before. So you know how simple it is. The technician is just going to put a little bit of gel on your neck, place the probe, and start scanning. You’ll be done in about minutes.

Oh, OK. Um, Paulina…

[tender music] I know if it were my mom that was being admitted to the hospital, I would want to be here to support her and hold her hand. You sure that I can’t call Chanel for you?


Thank you, Chanel.

Mm-hmm.

I wish the rest of this town didn’t feel so free to nose around in other people’s business.

Yeah, I wish that too.

And for some reason, people are so fixated on my love life, which is not that interesting.

[Chanel laughs] Believe me. Wait, is that what I think it is?

Oh, yeah, Johnny and I are engaged.

Oh, my God! Congratulations.

Thank you.

And this ring is beautiful.

I know, right? We are actually getting married on Valentine’s Day, which, I heard, is when your parents tied the knot.

They did.

Yeah.

Best news is you’ll never forget your anniversary.

Oh, my God. Johnny said the exact same thing.

Oh, this is so wonderful, Chanel.

Thank you.

It lifts my spirits to know that there are people out there who are happy and in love.

You know what? I am both of those things.

[phone rings] Ooh.

[sighs] Oh, you know what? I am so sorry. I have to take this.

Oh, God. Go ahead, go ahead. Congrats again.

Thank you.


Look, I know you said you wanted to chat, but I cannot talk on an empty stomach.

Oh, good, because I’d rather you listen.

[tense music]

Well, I listen much better when I have a mouth full of pastries. And since this was your idea, breakfast is on you.

[sighs]


Sorry, Uncle Stefan, I had no idea bringing up Ava was going to set you off like that.

You have no right sticking your nose in my personal life. You got that, Johnny? Whatever you were implying is completely untrue. I love my wife.

Right, right, you’re madly in love with your wife. But she’s in prison. You planted a kiss on Ava right here in this living room in front of Chad.

[somber tense music]


[sighs]


Johnny…

[sighs] Things in this life aren’t always black and white.


You’ll understand a little better when you grow up a little bit.

[scoffs]

Oh, right, right, I’m sure that’s it. So about what age would you say I need to be before I get the memo that you can always find a way to justify cheating on your wife? Hey, boys will be boys, right?


[sighing and laughter]

Mm, mm, really hitting the spot, sweetness.

Mm.

It’s the best way to wake up.

Mm.

Well, second best way.

[laughter and sighs] Mm.

Mm, I’m glad. Ooh, you taste good.

Mm-hmm.

You know what? I really– I just really need to go to sleep. I am beat.

Mm-hmm. OK, you go to sleepy. Are there any more muffins out there?

Yes, but they’re for Stephanie. I’m sure she’s going to want one when she wakes up.

Oh.

[door opens]

Oh, that might be her now. Did you hear that?

I did. Somebody opened the front door.

Yeah.

Stephanie?

[knock at door]

Hey.

Hi.

Did I wake you guys?

No, I worked all night. Listen, there’s some banana muffins in the kitchen if you want.

Ooh, yum. Yes, I will grab them.

[soft dramatic music]


She just getting home?


 

[scoffs] That’s your excuse for insulting me this way? Looking out for your son’s best interests?

Look, I don’t need an excuse to be protective over the most important person in my life. And I’m not insulting you, Wendy.

Mm. I’m just trying to establish that you treat my son with the respect that he deserves.

OK, you are completely off-base. So let me try to make this clear for you. I love Tripp, Tripp loves me, and we want to be together. And I’m not going to suffer the third degree from you or anyone else about our relationship. That is nobody’s business but his and mine.

[phone rings] Harris Michaels.

Let it ring. If it’s important, he’ll call back.

[suspenseful music]


So where were we?


We were both being direct.

Right.

So in keeping with that, let me ask you a question. Are you in love with Harris Michaels or Stefan DiMera, or both?


Listen to me, you little pissant. You have no right to judge me.

Mm, pissant, that’s a–

[inhales deeply] That’s a funny name to call someone. Look, I’m not judging you, OK? I’m not judging you. I’m just telling you what I’ve observed. You’re so madly in love with your wife, but you’re sneaking around. I mean, you’re not even sneaking around. You openly kissed Ava in front of your family members. And I’m just saying I don’t get it. You love Gabi so much. You two waited so long to finally be together again. Then why are you doing this to her?

[somber reflective music]

 

[sighs] Look… I have screwed up a lot of relationships in my life. And Gabi is the one woman that I vowed to be faithful to, and I meant it. And I think about her every minute of every day. And it makes me sick not knowing when or how she’s going to get out of Statesville.


Then why are you doing this?

Because, Johnny, Ava is… a beautiful and fascinating woman, and I am alone.


 

[sighs] You know what? Dude… you don’t have to explain yourself to me, OK? I just hope you can live with wherever this is going.

Me too.

[ominous music]


Oh.

Uh-oh, come on in. Here, here’s a spot for you right here.

Here you go.

Well, don’t you want them?

No, no, I already had two. I’m good.

Kayla?

No, oh, God. No, I just couldn’t. I’m so tired.

Oh, all for me.

 

[chuckles] So how was your night, baby?

Oh, it was fine.

Oh, Stephanie… if you’re going to stay out all night again, just please let us know. Your mom and I worry about you.

I will let you know next time.

So you think there’ll be a next time soon?

Mom.

OK, OK, you’re right. It’s none of my business. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

Don’t worry. I will be out of your hair soon.

Mm.

Hey, you are not in our hair at all. Nobody’s pressuring you to leave.

Thanks, Dad. You know what? Maybe I will have one more of those.

Oh, you’re lucky it’s not too late. So just out of curiosity, where were you last night?

[soft dramatic music]

I spent the night at a friend’s.

[suspenseful music]


Creampuff, my favorite. Ah, fruit tart! My favorite!

[gasps] Chocolate-filled croissant, my favorite.

Why do I feel like I’m having breakfast with a toddler?

[quirky tense music]

Everett, do you smash beehives in your free time? Because you are an absolute buzzkill.

Well, it’s not the only thing I’m going to kill, Leo. I better not see a story in Lady Whistleblower’s column about me and Stephanie.

Oh, come on. You telling me the two of you were up all night working on a PR plan for “The Spectator”?

We were just talking.

Oh.

Yeah, and you know, we fell asleep. We’re friends, all right? We’re just friends. There was no hanky-panky.

Well, that’s too bad, because I would certainly hanky your panky. But only if you wanted to hanky mine. It would have to be reciprocal, of course.

Wow, wow, wow.

Mm!

Um… why do you do that?

Why do I do what?

That. Like, hit on or sort of fake hit on every guy you come across?

Not every guy. Only the hot ones that make my heart go pitter-patter. Besides, a fisherman needs to cast a wide net, you know?

Well, forgive me if I’m treading too deep here. But it just–it sort of feels like you’re compensating, like you’re using humor to hide, um… deep-rooted pain.

Isn’t that how everybody uses humor, Mr. Smarty Pants? Ever heard the expression comedy equals tragedy plus time?

I have heard that. Do you have a therapist, Leo?

Not at the moment. But I do read a lot of self-help books, most of which encourage me to live out loud. Hence, my admitting I would hanky your panky. Also, there is take a small step, change your mental maps, remember the end of your life, and perfection equals procrastination.

They all sound, uh, super fascinating. All I’m saying is that self-help books can be great, but talking to somebody might be helpful.

[soft upbeat music]

Well then, I’m glad you’re here.


You weren’t going to call me?

I didn’t want to drag you away from something important, but Sarah insisted.

And I’m glad she did.

Mm. I just don’t want to be a bother to anyone. I hate it.

[sighs]

[knock at door] Oh, come in. Oh, you called him too?

Of course, I did.

You’re going to be my mama too in a couple of weeks.

 

[chuckling] Oh, two sons-in-law, both sweet and handsome.

[laughter] I am a very lucky lady.

How are you feeling?

Oh, well, all right, I guess. My blood pressure went back down. I’m breathing better.

Yeah, and we will have the results of that ultrasound in the next few days.

 

[sighs] And thanks again, Sarah, for getting me in there so fast. I’m–I’m relieved.

[all chuckle] And starving. Oh, well, who wants breakfast? On me?

That sounds good to me, yeah.

Oh, yeah, that’s why you came, huh?

[laughter] Well, I’m just going to go get dressed. And then I can go, right?

You may, indeed.

OK, I will wait outside. And I’m glad you’re feeling better, Paulina.

Mm-hmm.

[soft dramatic music] Oh, oh, baby girl.

[laughs] You are one lucky lady too.

And don’t I know it, Mama.

[laughter]

Well, are you in love with Harris Michaels?

You know, it turns out I’m not a fan of being interrogated either. So I’m not going to dignify that with a response.

[Wendy chuckles softly]

[suspenseful music] We good?


Sure. I have to go meditate now.


Talking to me can do that to a person.


[phone rings] Ugh, not again.

[Ava sputters]

[phone rings] Oh, Harris! Just give it a rest, will you?

Uh, it’s not Harris, Ava. It’s me.

[ominous music]


Ava, are you still talking to that cop after what he pulled on you at the station? Ava, it is not safe. That hotshot is hell-bent on blowing Clyde’s operation sky-high. Remember the operation where he has us laundering money and drugs through the bistro?

Oh, I sure as hell hope you are somewhere private, dumbass!

Nuh-uh, uh-uh! Don’t, don’t. I know you. I know how you work. I know your game. You start calling me names to get me all riled up so you can dodge the subject when the fact of the matter is, Ava, that cop is dangerous. And what the hell is he doing calling you anyway?

I don’t know. I don’t have any freaking idea.

Then why did you even answer?

I shouldn’t have, OK? I won’t do it anymore.

Good!

Good! Let it go.

Fine!

[suspenseful music]

[scoffs] Wait a minute, you’re not– are you with him right now? Where are you right now? What are you doing?

Wait a minute. I got one day off and what? You miss me already?

 

[laughing] Oh, please.


 

[chuckles] Listen, I– I’m at home. I just finished giving my son’s girlfriend the third degree. And don’t worry, everything’s good. They are genuinely happy and in love. At least somebody is, right?

Well, we’re happy and in love too, remember?

No, we are happy and in lust. And frankly, I’m glad to have the day off. It’ll be a nice break from faking it.

Oh, yeah? Yeah, is playing hot for me such a chore for you?

You know, it actually is. You know, you’re not as attractive as you think you are, right? I mean, you’re actually kind of creepy. I mean, really, I don’t get what women see in you. I mean, you know what? You are–you’re like– you are like a sloppy AI rendering of Popeye and Bluto.

 

[chuckling] Oh, yeah, yeah? Well, well, you, OK, you– I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman with as little sex appeal as you, Olive Oyl. That’s right! I can’t even look at you sometimes!

Oh, well, it must be a chore for you too, having to fake it.

Yeah, it is, all right? And kissing you is downright taxing. That’s right. I said it. When I have to hold you close, when I feel your lips on mine, I’d rather make out with a toilet seat!

Yeah, well, you know what? I can relate because you smell like a toilet seat. Every time that I have to come near you, I cringe. Yeah, yeah, that’s the right word.

Yeah, I get it.

Yeah, me too. And you know what? Since I am so vile, I think I’m going to go and take a nice hot bubble bath. Yeah, that’s right, Bluto. I’m lying here naked in my room. Mm. It’s a little chilly. So you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to rub some hot oil all over my body.


You still there?

 

[sigh] Still here.

Good. Sleep well.


 

[sighs]


All right, got to get to work.

I’ve got to get to bed.

You know, someday, Leo, when you grow up, you might try working for a living, like the rest of us mortals.

What? I amworking! I troll the streets at night looking for gossip. With an occasional stop at the all-night dance club strictly for exercise.

[laughter]

Well, as long as you keep delivering brilliant columns on time, who am I to complain about the hours you keep?

Thank you, boss.

[inhales deeply] And if you say nothing happened between you and Stephanie, who am I to doubt you?

 

[chuckles] I knew there was a grown-up in there somewhere.

And look, anything that you shared tonight will be strictly classified. Pinky swear.

[suspenseful music]

 

[chuckles]

Now, your mom’s out cold.

Mm. I remember when I was a kid, she’d come home exhausted after a late night at the hospital, and she’d find me waiting for her in her big bed.

[chuckles] I think she liked me being there. She’d wrap her arms around me and we’d fall asleep just the two of us.

Yeah, just the two of you.

[soft dramatic music] I wish I hadn’t missed so many years with you, baby girl. I would do anything to get those years back again, to be your Papa, watch you grow up. But I want you to know as soon as I was able, I made it right back here to you and your mom.

It was hard not having you here. But having you here now makes me appreciate you so much more.


I hope you know how much I’ve always loved you.

I love you too.


And I worry about you.

Dad.

What?

I think I know where this is going, so I’m just going to cut right to it. Yes, I was with Everett last night. No, nothing happened. Maybe I still have feelings for him, but no, I’m not going to rush back into a relationship with him. Does that answer all your questions?

It does, and thanks. And I’m glad that you’re taking it slow. And listen. If you want something and it feels right to you, don’t let what anyone says keep you from going for it, OK?

Got it.


[both chuckle and sigh]

[phone rings] Oh.

[phone rings] Oh, speaking of. Hey, Everett, Thanks for last night. Yeah, no, it was like old times.


[sighs]


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Y&R Short Recap Tuesday, January 30, 2024

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Audra tells Tucker she wants to work with him at Glissade because she quit Newman Media. Tucker figures out that Nikki fired her. Tucker also wonders why Audra changed her mind so quickly about his offer to work for him and he suspects Audra is trying to con him.

Victor almost catches Jack in Nikki’s office with her, but he knocks on the door a few times and assumes she isn’t in her office. Victor calls Nikki and she tells him she wasn’t in her office because she went out to get some air. Nikki once again tells Jack that Victor can’t know he is her sponsor because it would hurt him to know she turned to him for support. Nikki later has dinner with Victor and he is upset that Nikki told Jack that she had a slip and he tells her she shouldn’t have said anything to Jack.

Victor gets a call from someone on his security team telling him there was a fire at the prison where Jordan is and there is no word yet about any survivors.

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GH Transcript Monday, January 29, 2024

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THIS STILL NEEDS EXTENSIVE EDITING!

merci beaucoup. Je reviens tout de suite. Okay. You said thank you, and she said, um, something right away. Hey, there we go. Very good. Yes. She said that she would be back right away. That’s very good, trina. Thank you. You’re picking it up already. Thank you. Wow, this place is incredible. This is one of your favorite spots? So, actually, I have never been to this restaurant before because I wanted to try a place that was new to both of us as part of our new beginning together. Mm, I love that. I love everything about paris so far, except tonight, considering that you have completely left me in the dark about what you have in store for us. So let’s hear it, cassadine. Oh, what, and spoil the surprise? No. No, no, no, no.

[ Monitor beeping ]

[ Door closes ] He’s asleep again. I should have been here when he woke up. How are his vitals? The same, dr. Robinson. He’s been in and out. Why don’t you speak to him? Let him know that you’re here. Okay. Kevin, honey? It’s me. I’m here. I don’t know if you can hear me, but… I-I really need you to wake up. Can you do that? Can you open your eyes for me? Hi. Oh, thank you for coming back to me, sweetheart. Thank you. Hey. Port charles police. I’m detective falconeri. This is detective chase. We were told you were coming. Any updates? We’ve been monitoring the apartment for 24 hours. No one matching ms. Prince or the nanny’s description have exited. So the apartment’s still occupied? Well, thanks for holding off, waiting for us. This, uh, could be trouble. Police. Open up! Ben: Do you feel that? Yeah. Yeah, yeah, I felt a pinch. So far, so good. The surgery confirmed that your body is capable of healing from your injury. To what extent, we’ll find out. Yes, we will. So I’m guessing physical therapy is going to change now that I have feeling in my legs. Yes, but keep in mind, we still have a long road ahead. How long, exactly? Each patient is different, so it’s hard to say. Okay. Fair enough, fair enough. Why don’t we see if I can stand? Give it a shot? Oh, no, you won’T. Take it court is in recess? Finn: Diane just rested her case. So you’re up next. No, no, she already called me as a witness. My time on the stand is done. Sorry I’m late. How’d it go? Finn just told us that he was called as a witness for the plaintiff. And? Uh… that good. It was bumpy, but sam may have saved the day. Sam? Where is she? Chasing down more information. Pertaining to…? Muldoon saw an oncologist weeks before he came to see me. How can an oncologist miss late-stage cancer? He didn’T. To 50 years with my best friend and my soulmate.[Clanking]

[Gasping] Nooo… aya…

[ Alarm ringing ]


Theory is, after losinghis shirt in the market and cashing in a life insurance policy, muldoon finds out he has late-stage cancer, not much time left. Rather than bankrupting his family with medical bills, he goes after finn for malpractice. Total con job. What do you think? The reasoning is sound. What kind of circumstantial evidence did sam uncover? Proof that muldoon went to the medical pavilion where the oncologist had their office before he ever went to see finn. But there are other offices in that building. So it’s far from conclusive. And even if muldoon did set finn up, we don’t know if the wife had any knowledge of it. But isn’t it enough for the judge to just throw out the case? Correct me if I’m wrong. If we don’t have hard evidence of muldoon’s cancer diagnosis, we’ve got nothing. So put her back on the stand. Make her crack. Make the attempted fraud public record. Hello, ben. I-I am sorry to interrupt like this. Ms. Henry. As you see, we’re in the middle of a therapy session. Aunt stella, what are you doing here? Just peeping in since I was here at the hospital. Is this your first session since your surgery? You know good and well it is. Auntie, you don’t have to check on me. I got this. That’s what you’ve been saying since you were a little boy. Always getting ahead of yourself. I need to grab a few more towels. You don’t need to check on me, and you don’t need to worry. Oh, it’s too late for that. I’ve been doing that all your life. Do you remember when you insisted you could play basketball with the neighborhood teenagers? You were 8 years old. Yeah, I know that tommy made those kids let me play. Mm-hmm. And how many times did you limp home with a skinned knee or a bloody nose when a elbow went wide? Yeah, and you always patched me up, and I lived through it. Auntie, I didn’t give up then, and I’m not going to give up now. I just want to assess how the surgery went. And you need to do that today? Well, isn’t that the point of physical therapy, to get me to walking again?

[ Sighs ] And they call me stubborn. Uh, hey, ben? How long does it take you to get a couple of towels? You got enough yet? Yeah. Okay. Look, I — I can’t tell my nephew what to do, but please — um, that would be a first. Hush. Please tell us, isn’t it dangerous for curtis to try to push himself to stand so quickly? Since coq au vin is a classic, I think I’ll try that. What type of vin do you think we should drink with it? Rouge or blanc? Monsieur cassadine? I’m sorry? What’s on your mind? Oh, they have, um — they have black gold caviar here. When I was younger and a little bit more — cute? I was going to say pretentious, but I once went to a restaurant with my father, and they had black gold caviar, and I asked him if we could get it, and he said no. And so I asked if we could have it at home. And I asked, and I asked, and I asked, and I asked, and eventually he gave in, and he had it served, and I loved it. You had caviar? How young were you? Young enough to be served black beans and believe it was caviar.

[ Both laugh ] Um, I really hope that ace grows up a bit more grounded than I did. Well, I’m sure your father has learned a lot since you, maybe even from you. We don’t have to talk about them. I don’t want to ruin our night. What? You’re not ruining my night by telling me your feelings. I want to hear your stories, share your troubles. That’s what couples do. I guess I’m still getting used to being in a healthy relationship, so you’ll have to be patient with me. Of course. I love you. And I love you, mademoiselle robinson.

[ Chuckles ] Can you tell me where we are? Uh, general hospital. I assume on the 10th floor. That’s correct. And what about what year it is? 1912?

[ Laughs ] 2023 — no, ’24. Sorry. I’m still getting used to saying it.

[ Laughs ] Oh. Kevin, who did this to you? It was esme. Ms. Fitzgerald? What do you want? These are american law enforcement officers. They have questions for you. I don’t have to answer them. I’d cooperate if I were you. You’re an irish national, ms. Fitzgerald, not a canadian citizen. If american law enforcement’s looking for you — hello again, detective falconeri. Hey, maggie. Can we, uh, come in and talk to you for a minute? How’s your lovely lady friend? Oh, uh, sam. She’s, uh — yeah, she’s doing great. Um, thanks for asking. I’m doing well, too. Shortly after you came to see me in devon, I started a new position with a family here in toronto. Things have been quiet for me. I’d like to keep them that way. Well, we’ll make this quick, uh, maggie, and… we’re not here to cause you any trouble. We’re just looking for esme prince.


When we found youon the floor of alexis’ office, we assumed that it was esme. Is she in custody? No. No, esme is gone. But chase and dante got a lead that esme traveled to toronto. I guess she has an old nanny there that she was going to see. They’re looking for her now. Kevin, do you have any idea why she attacked you?

[ Sighs ] I found her in the office. We were talking. I thought I was getting through to her. We were seated. Then she started pacing when she was talking about her hopes for ace’s future. Then the world went black. Okay. And that’s probably enough for — for right now, you know? You should probably get your rest, right, portia? Actually, I’m kind of hungry. That’s a good sign. Oh? I’ll let the nurse know. Um, laura’s right, though. Get some rest. What else am I going to do in here?

[ Chuckles ] Don’t look so worried. It was so scary finding you on the floor like that, unconscious. And I couldn’t wake you. Well, I didn’t survive ryan all these years just to be done in by his daughter.

[ Chuckles ] But all that concern isn’t just for me, is it? I’m really upset about esme. I believed in her, you know? I-I really believed that her love for her baby ace was going to be the thing that gave her the strength to turn her life around. And it did. She was doing so well. She was a good mom. And then she got her memory back. You know, I think it’s almost that she didn’t have the opportunity to reconcile her two identities before nikolas came back, and he took her son. Ace is a very grounding force for esme. I think losing her son just pushed her over the edge. Love is a powerful motivator, both for good and ill. Are you in pain? Mm, oh, no. Uh… I’m bothered by the assumption that esme went to toronto to see her nanny. I think she’d go after nikolas. Yeah, I know. I know. Me, too, but I-I think she just doesn’t have anything to go on. She doesn’t have the resources, and toronto is not very far. It doesn’t put much strain on her credit card to travel there. Esme’s credit card? Yeah, I forgot to tell you. The pcpd found out that esme charged a bus ticket to toronto. Something’s off. Uh… it’s like something happened in alexis’ office that I can’t quite remember. You say you don’t want to cause trouble, but there are three police officers from two countries in my apartment. And what are those two doing? Uh, like I said, maggie, we’re not here for you. We’re looking for esme. Well, you’re looking in the wrong place.

[ Object clatters ] Don’t go throwing things about. Okay, wait. If you — if you’re saying esme isn’t here, you got to come clean. You got to tell us where she is. How would I know that? Because we have reason to believe that she came here to see you. That’s pure rubbish. I haven’t seen esme in years. I think I’ll try every coq au vin to see which one’s the best in paris. Mm. That’s a good idea. Considering the fact that I don’t know how to cook, I’m sure that we’ll be doing a fair amount of dining out. But if you only have coq au vin, then won’t you miss out on a lot of other fantastic french food? Yeah, but I think I’ll have plenty of opportunities to try other tasty dishes. Mm. There’ll be a lot more to this trip than just food, trina robinson. Like what? Studying? Sure. Yeah. Very important. Dancing? I’m sure that we’ll wander into a club or two, yeah. Starting tonight? Are you going to tell me what you have planned? Mm… well, you’ll certainly be getting the vip treatment. You’re enjoying the secrecy a little too much. Yeah, maybe. Okay, fine. I don’t mean to drag it out. I’ll tell you if you really want to know. No! And ruin the surprise? How dare you?

[ Laughs ] Well, you certainly keep me on my toes, trina robinson. Aunt stella, it won’t be dangerous. Ben is right here. I suppose there’s no harm in trying. I will be with him, and curtis will have the parallel bars to stabilize him. Alright. Let’s get it.

[ Curtis grunts ] Ben: Okay, okay. Now align your hands right above your hips and use your arms to push your weight up, okay? 3, 2, 1.

[ Grunts ]

[ Panting ] You’re good. You’re good. Back down. Hey. Great work, curtis. Good going. You wanted a gauge, and now we know. What do you say? Do you want to get back to work or…? No, that’ll be it for today. Are you sure? There’s still 20 minutes left in our session. Ben, can — can we have a moment, please? You were right, aunt stella. It was a mistake to try to stand so soon. Curtis? Did you make your slam dunk on the first try? No. So why did you think this was going to work on the first try? Alexis is right. At this point, the first step would be to compel the oncologist to disclose that muldoon had a cancer diagnosis prior to a visit with you. That would establish intent from muldoon. But to accuse his wife of complicity with circumstantial evidence, that’s risky. We got no way of proving she had prior knowledge of his condition. To point the finger at her and start ranting about fraud, that would be a complete hail mary on our part. But isn’t that what lawyers are supposed to do? Throw out alternative possibilities? At least if the accusation is out there, the G.H. Lawyers can run with it, especially if I have anything to say about it. Finn? What do you think? Uh… what will happen to mrs. Muldoon if we accuse her of fraud? Oh, who cares? Alexis: Tracy. I could use some water. Tracy, will you come with me? If you insist. In answer to your question, she’d be charged with fraud. If those charges are proven, she’d be looking at jail time. If she knew her husband was lying. That’s the question. But how do we know if mrs. Muldoon was in on the fraud or not? I got one idea.


so tuesday will be non-stop, but I think I can meet you for a quick dinner. Trina. Believe me, I would love to spend every single day with you if I could, but I understand that you’re here first and foremost for school, so if you need to prioritize your classes, that is okay. You don’t have to worry about me, alright? I’ll keep myself busy. How? Well, I’ve been giving that a lot of thought. Um, you know, you’re so passionate about art and the way that you talk about it and live your life for it. And I’d like to figure out what that is for me and what my passion is. And maybe I’ll figure that out here in paris. Well, there’s always le cordon bleu. Yeah, I don’t even think

they could help me with my cooking skills, but maybe. Maybe. It’s a good option. I think that there’s a lot of things here for me to explore, so we’ll just have to see. I just hate that I wasted so much time when I was here, you know, before, being angry with my father and planning to get back at ava and — well, you had help. Esme stoked your anger, and she did everything she could to manipulate you. Mm-hmm. Yeah, first esme, and then uncle victor. But I’m just very glad that we can finally put that all behind us. I’m very sorry that I dragged you into all of that. You didn’t deserve it. And neither did you. How do you do that? You’re so supportive. You’re so sweet. And you’re so hot.

[ Chuckles ] You make me want to be better. Well, I think you’re pretty amazing. Thank you, but I think that there’s still plenty of room for improvement. You’ll get there. Esme hasn’t reached out to you? Called you? Texted you? Mailed you a letter? I wrote her with my address here in toronto. But that was months ago. Esme never wrote back. I haven’t heard from her. Okay, we got a letter that you wrote to esme, inviting her to come here to see you. Did you have the handwriting analyzed? Because I never extended any such invitation. The family I work for now are very private, very security conscious. Esme’s a troubled girl with a criminal record. I feel terrible for her, but… I don’t want to jeopardize my current employment.

[ Sighs ] Writing letters is one thing. Seeing esme face to face? I’d never do it. There’s no sign of esme. Nothing to suggest that she has ever been here. Yep.

[ Sighs ] I know you’re disappointed, but you have got to be patient with yourself. I’ve been nothing but patient, auntie. I feel like I’ve been beating back this feeling of powerlessness forever. Doing everything I can to make things better. And — and, I mean, I was at that point of acceptance, but… this procedure, it’s renewed my hope. Now that it has, I want to move forward. But you are moving forward, baby. Just slower than you’d like. Yeah, so slow, I’m standing still. Oh, my bad, I can’t even stand.

[ Sighs ] Well, now you’re feeling sorry for yourself. And that’s not like you. Listen. Listen to me. You’re going to keep at it, and you’re going to get this one effort at a time. What — what’s the alternative? Giving up? Well, weren’t you the one saying that pushing was a bad idea? I’m always offering my two cents when it’s not needed. But the last thing I wanted was to undermine your belief in yourself. That wasn’t you. My legs did. No, you have always exceeded people’s expectations. Weren’t you the only freshman to make varsity basketball in high school? Yeah. Coach didn’t even want me to try out. Mm-hmm. But you proved him wrong, didn’t you? I guess all those skinned knees playing street ball eventually paid off, huh? You proved everybody wrong. What if my streak is over?

[ Sighs, chuckles ] It’s not, baby. You just need to pace yourself. You’ll get there. I believe that. And I believe in you. Stella. Stella, I’m glad you’re here, too. Kevin collins, he’s awake, and he’s doing better. Oh, praise be. Good news. Where’s ben? Is your physical therapy session over? Is it?

[ Sighs ] Ah, I needed this. Thanks. Anything for a friend. Is that what we are? Well, I only allow friends and family to manipulate me, so I guess so.

[ Laughs ] I really did need the water, but you have to admit, you weren’t exactly helping. Yes, I was. This is no time for finn to be noble or selfless. He’s losing patients because of this groundless lawsuit. And he’s such a good doctor. No argument here. I’m just glad finn has you on his side. My kids haven’t only lost a father. Dr. Finn has jeopardized their future. Without dennis, how am I going to pay for their schools, their college? I’m doing everything I can to win a settlement that will meet the needs of your children. Forgive me, ladies. Counselor, could I have a word? Of course. I’m going to go confer with mr. Grey. I will be right back. Take this moment for yourself. Do some deep breathing. It sounds trite, but believe me, it does help. And whatever you do, do not engage the defendant. What — what do you think? Should I let martin accuse mrs. Muldoon of fraud? Um, heads up. She’s coming. If you had a shred of decency, you would change your plea to guilty, and you would end this right now. Excuse me, mrs. Muldoon. You shouldn’t be speaking to dr. Finn — it’s okay. It’s okay. I want to hear what she has to say. Go ahead, mrs. Muldoon. Let’s talk about decency.


I’m just taking a break. Auntie, would you tell ben that I’m good to go, and we still have work to do? Be happy to.

[ Sighs ] What did I miss? I messed around and pushed too hard. But don’t worry. Um, nothing was hurt but my ego. Oh. I’m really glad that kevin’s okay. Uh, have you heard anything about esme? No. Nothing yet. I’m hoping that dante and chase find her in toronto, and they apprehend her and put her in prison where she belongs, because I’m done. I’m absolutely done with her. I never, ever want to have to worry about esme prince again. Well, uh, looks like she played us. She, uh, gave us a false lead.

[ Chuckles ] If esme didn’t come looking for maggie, then where did she go? Maggie, uh, I don’t know if you know, but esme has regained her memory, and she just assaulted a man and put him in the hospital and nearly killed him. So any insights into esme would be greatly appreciated — you know, places she would go, people she would want to see. I’ve been trying to tell you, I don’t know. I did my best by esme, tried to steer her right, but she — nothing would sway her. She was dead set on reuniting with her family. Her family. Maybe that’s the key. Bennett: So walk me through what happened when you arrived on the scene. I came into alexis davis’ office. Esme was already there. She was seated. She had her laptop open. And she startled when she realized I was there. It was — it was like she thought I caught her doing something. Kevin: Esme? Laura, you said that esme used her credit card to purchase travel to toronto. Her own credit card? Yeah. Then what was she doing with

the invader’s corporate card? She had it in her hand. I saw it when I came into the room. Uh, we better call alexis. Mm. I should get the check. I don’t want us to be late. Late for what? Oh, you’ll see. I would like to add someone to the witness list. It’s a little late in the game, counselor. It is. And I apologize for the short notice, but some new information has suddenly come to light. Who’s the witness? Dr. Powell. What, doesn’t ring a bell? No. Should it? Well, I guess you’ll find out. What are my children going to do?

[ Cellphone chimes ] We have to sell our home. Our futures were all planned. I have to deal with a minor emergency. My husband went to you… good luck. …And now he’s dead. Was he just another faceless patient to you? None of my patients are faceless. Not ever. I’m very sorry for your loss, mrs. Muldoon. But I did tell your husband he needed to do follow-up testing and… he failed to do that. That’s not dennis. You’re wrong. He would have taken proper steps if he would have understood that something was seriously wrong. He would never risk leaving me and the children. Even at the very end, all he could think about was the kids. That’s why he told me to sue. He wanted to make sure that his family was taken care of. So the malpractice suit was your husband’s idea? Yes. That’s how much he loved us. And when he was in terrible pain, he didn’t worry about himself. He was worried about his family. It’s just not right that a man that loving should die so young. No, it isn’T.


I can’t stop thinking about that parents’ night where dennis talked to you.No, no, no, no, no, no. God, I wish he hadn’t — no. I thought I asked you not to talk to dr. Finn. What did you say? Not much. Your client, however, said plenty. Okay. Let’s go. What’d she say to you, son? Yeah, I’d like to hear the answer to that question myself. A lot of accusations. Doesn’t matter. She’s in pain. Um, how’d it go with diane? Diane miller’s got the best poker face I’ve ever seen, but I honestly don’t think she had any idea why I’m calling a late witness. I mean, I mentioned the oncologist’s name, and there was nothing, no indication of recognition whatsoever. Did you mention that he was an oncologist? Do I look like an idiot? Well —

[ Clears throat ] I didn’t think that diane would be an accessory to fraud. I don’t think mrs. Muldoon is, either. I-I didn’t get the feeling she knew. Yeah, neither did I. That’s for her lawyer to prove. If mrs. Muldoon goes to prison, what will happen to her kids? Oh, I think the question you should be asking is, if you don’t win this case, what will happen to your kid? Sorry, maggie. Excuse us for just a minute. I — w-we got to explore the family aspect. What family? I mean, esme’s mother is in pentonville, and ever since she attacked her uncle kevin, that pretty much rules out any support she’d get from kevin and laura. Who else is left? Her son. Alexis should be here any moment now.

[ Cellphone ringing ] Oh. And this is dante right now. Dante, hi. I’m here with kevin and detective bennett, and you’re on speaker. Hey, kevin. How you doing? My head hurts. Otherwise, I’m okay. Oh, good to hear. Have you found anything in toronto? Uh, no. It’s a dead end. We think esme was just trying to buy some time. But we’re thinking, you know, maybe, uh — h-have you heard from nikolas? Uh, as far as I know, the last person to speak to him was spencer. Why? Well, we’re thinking maybe esme is trying to track down nikolas so she can reclaim ace before she goes into hiding. I’m sure that’s what she’d like to do, but she has no means of tracking nikolas. However, we might have a new lead on our end.

[ Knock on door ] Actually, oh, here. Alexis just walked in right now. Alexis, I have chase and dante on speakerphone from canada. Did you find anything? I had my assistant e-mail every charge made on the invader corporate credit card in the last 72 hours. Were you aware your corporate credit card was stolen? Alexis: No. But esme as my assistant had authority to use the card, and she routinely used it. Hold on one second. Ah, alright, here’s the e-mail right now. Give me a second. Whoa. Wow, what — what is this here? Et voil. Shall we go? Mais, oui. Merci, monsieur. Where are we off to? The rest of our lives. As much as I hate to say it, tracy has a point. If you don’t push this fraud angle, you could lose this case and your position at G.H. I could — I could always go back to research. Really? Here in port charles? Or would you and violet have to move away from everyone who loves you? Is that really what you want to do? No. No, of course not. But I-I don’t want to see mrs. Muldoon go to prison for fraud. I mean, those kids, those kids, they already lost their father. She’s all they have. And believe it or not, I can almost understand the desperation that dennis muldoon was feeling, alright? He was in an impossible situation, and he made the only choice he thought he could to take care of his family. Yeah, okay, I get that he was an impossible situation and he was just trying to help his family. But for mr. Muldoon to use you as a scapegoat, someone who was only trying to help him, and make you pay for his misfortune? Is it any better to throw a grieving widow under the bus? It seems like no matter what, someone’s going to get hurt.


good work today, curtis. Thanks for letting the session run over. Glad we got it all in. See you next thursday? You bet. Alright. Ladies? Thank you, ben. Looks like you got a pretty good workout in, huh? He sure did. Mm. His first step to a first step. I see what you did there, auntie. You know, I will be walking when trina comes back home from paris. Bailiff: Court will reconvene in five minutes! I’m going to go splash some water on my face. Okay. Are you sure you don’t know a dr. Powell? No. Alright. My assistant is drawing up the subpoena to have the oncologist testify. I’ve got the motion to add a late witness. Already? Well, if we’re going to do this, we got to get the ball rolling. Now, we got less than five minutes here. How would you like me to proceed? I’ll support whatever decision you make. I don’t want to risk mrs. Muldoon going to prison. Well, you may have to to clear your name. I need a word. My attorney advised me not to speak to dr. Finn or any of his supporters. That’s okay. I’ll do all the talking. Everyone please take your seats. Where did tracy go? Alright, doc. It’s go time. What are we doing? There’s an airline charge on the corporate credit card, and esme’s name is on the ticket. Ticket to where? Kevin: Paris. She was booking a flight to paris. He’s right. Esme’s ticket was to paris. Oh, my god. She’s going after spencer and trina. You are cute, you know that? You’re beautiful. Take it all in, trina. It’s all for us. I can’t believe that this is really happening.

[ Chuckles ] You’re so cute. Yeah, it’s happening. You ready for your next surprise? I don’t need a surprise. I’ve got you. That’s all I could ever need.

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Luna: Why aren’t you answering my question, mom?

Poppy: Sweetheart, where is this all coming from?

Luna: I told you, rj and i were talking about the timeline. Your past with bill spencer. The night that you guys spent together at the music festival a little over 20 years ago. And then I was born less than a year later. Is it him, mom? Is bill spencer my father?

Bill: Initial here. Here. Sign. Date. Congratulations. Welcome home.

Rj: Thank you, sir. Well, it’s official. Bill spencer’s my landlord.

[ Bill laughs ]

Bill: No wild parties. And don’t touch the décor.

Rj: Well, is that it? That’s the only two clauses?

Bill: Did you read anything you just signed?

Rj: I’m making a– I’m joking.

Bill: I know you are. Listen, I have faith in you. And I know that luna’s gonna be spending a lot of time here, so she’ll keep you on the straight and narrow.

Rj: I hope so.

Bill: Keep the place nice.

Rj: Yeah.

Bill: Yes.

Rj: I will. That’s sound advice. I will.

Bill: Yes, yes. From what I can tell, you are dating a remarkable young lady.

Thomas: You know, I’m gonna head over to the house later and see granddad.

Ridge: Good. He’ll appreciate the company.

Thomas: It’s good to see him getting stronger, you know.

Ridge: He is getting stronger. Still has a ways to go. He has a follow-up tomorrow, and we’ll see if he gets some news. I still haven’t heard yours yet.

Thomas: My news?

Ridge: You said there was something going on with you and hope.

Thomas: Oh, um… look, I love her, you know, and I– I don’t want anything to come between us.

Hope: Mom, I have to show you what beth made in art class today. Look what the teacher sent me.

Brooke: Oh! Oh, that’s beautiful. I love the colors.

Hope: They had to paint their emotions, and beth said that she feels warm, happy and sunny.

Brooke: That must make you feel good. Given everything that you’re going through since your divorce with liam.

Hope: If you are about to take a dig at thomas, please don’T.

Brooke: Did I mention thomas?

Hope: No, but I know how you are still worried about our involvement with each other.

Ridge: Is somebody causing problems for you and hope?

Thomas: No, I’m not gonna let that happen. And look, the challenges of the past, they won’t be an issue if I’m honest about them.

Ridge: That’s the right attitude.

Thomas: Yeah, and I do believe that hope still has faith in me.

Ridge: Is there a question about that?

Thomas: No, I mean, not necessarily. Not about my feelings for her. I’ve made those very clear. And I don’t think it’s necessarily her feelings for me. I… I may have done something.

Ridge: You may have done what?

Thomas: I…

[ Sighs ] Not may have. I– I did. I– I, um, I proposed to hope.

Hope: Mom, I really don’t want to have to keep defending my relationship with thomas to you every time we speak.

Brooke: Well, I would like to know how you feel about it. I mean, last time we spoke, you said that there could be a future between you and thomas. I mean, you have to be honest with yourself, hope. You really think you could do that? After everything that’s happened? After everything that he’s done? What you know about him? You really think that you could have a serious relationship with thomas?

Luna: Look, I know that this probably seems like it’s coming out of nowhere, but I– I need to know the truth. So please just answer me, mom. Is bill spencer my father?

Poppy: No, honey. Bill isn’t your father. I mean, it’s funny you would even think that.

Luna: It’s not funny to me. Every single time I would bring up a man from your past, that’s always your answer. You always say, “of course not. He can’t be your father. Okay, then who is my father, mom? I don’t know a single thing about him. Why? What are you keeping from me?

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Ridge: So you proposed to hope, and she said maybe.

Thomas: She was a little too thrown to give me an answer.

Ridge: Oh, yeah, you said you caught her off guard.

Thomas: Right, I did, and… look, but we were talking about the future, right? And how I feel about her.

Ridge: But she didn’t think you were gonna propose to her.

Thomas: I wanted it to be a surprise.

Ridge: Okay. Thomas, you–

Thomas: Dad, look, hope needs a little more time, and that’s fine. I’m willing to wait. I love her so much. And one day, she’s going to take that ring off her necklace and put it on her finger, and it’s gonna make me the happiest man in the world.

Brooke: Honey, you’ve been so quiet recently. What is going on? Just talk to me.

Hope: If I do, can you promise not to turn it into a lecture?

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Brooke: Just tell me the truth.

Hope: About if I see myself with thomas?

Brooke: Yeah. Can you see yourself with thomas in a serious relationship? Not this situation that you have going on now.

Hope: Mom, he loves me. He is committed to me.

Brooke: Okay, but how do you feel about him? If you don’t feel the same way, you’re just leading him on, and that’s not fair to thomas. And it could be dangerous.

Hope: Oh, mom, stop. He is not that man anymore. He loves me. It is real. It is beautiful. It’s not some delusion. And the only reason I thought that maybe I’m not ready to get married yet is–

Brooke: Married? Did he propose?

Hope: He did.

Brooke: Oh, my god, hope. What did you say? Well, you’re not wearing his ring.

[ Sighs ] I’m just glad you said no.

Bill: I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that there is something special about the nozawa women.

Rj: No, no, I agree with you 100%.

Bill: I mean, they make you sit up and take notice. I mean, there– there could be a– a crowd of people and all you see is her.

Rj: That’s– that’s exactly how I feel about luna. You really only talked to poppy and met her that one time?

Bill: Sometimes that’s all it takes.

Rj: Very true. I mean, but you two must have made like a really powerful connection. I mean, it must be crazy seeing her now. Is it?

Bill: I could hardly believe it.

Rj: But you– you recognized poppy right away. After– after one– one night, just like a few hours together?

Bill: That evening we spent together is one that I will never forget.

Poppy: Luna, sweetheart. I thought you were happy. Things were going so well. This hasn’t come up in so long.

Luna: Yeah, well, rj and I were discussing your history with bill and how you met and that– that one magical night that you two shared together. Did you hook up with him, mom? Were– were you two intimate?

Poppy: Luna, I’ve always been open with you and I never wanted you to be embarrassed about these things, but I don’t like being interrogated. I would never do that to you.

Luna: Okay. I’ll take that as a yes. The timeline matches up. And bill could be my father. Are you lying to me, mom? With the freestyle libre 3 system…

Rj: I just– I just think it’s interesting. You know there’s– it’s like there’s something pulling you and poppy back together again.

Bill: Yeah, well, it’s about time my luck finally turned around.

Rj: Yeah, it might be good luck for all three of you. Well, you know, because, um… luna and her mom are really close, and they’ve been on their own for a really long time. You know, luna seeing her mom happy, it– it means a lot to her.

Bill: Well, my boys feel the same way. And I want poppy to get to know them.

Rj: Yeah, luna too. I think she’d fit right in.

Bill: I’m sure they could learn a lot from each other. But before we start introducing families, poppy and I have some more catching up to do.

Rj: Yeah, no, you two should definitely do that. And, uh, who knows? Poppy being back might give your life an unexpected gift.

Luna: See, this is why I never ask about my father. It makes you so uncomfortable.

Poppy: I’m not lying to you, baby.

Luna: Well, you’re not being completely honest with me either.

Poppy: Well, I’m telling you the truth. The same thing I say every time you bring this up. I am your mother. I’m an independent woman, and I am your only parent. I try to be everything that you need. And, yeah, there were times that we struggled.

Luna: Yeah.

Poppy: But you were always safe and secure and loved beyond measure. You’re the reason for every decision that I’ve made ever since I learned… that I was pregnant with you. And I love you with all of my being. Please… please tell me that’s enough.

Ridge: So hope hasn’t told anyone that you proposed?

Thomas: No, we kind of decided to keep it to ourselves for now. Well, we did. Obviously, I told you, and I’m kind of hoping you might not tell brooke.

Ridge: Yeah, listen, son… I’m proud of you. You’ve made good, healthy choices and I see you standing right here. I see who you are. You put yourself out there, but now this is up to hope. Don’t pressure her.

Thomas: No, of course not. I won’T. Look, she’s got me. Always. And I gotta say, I– I really love the fact that you, time after time, you show me this– you have like faith in me, and you give me this unwavering support and it…

[ Sighs ] …It means the world.

Ridge: You’re my boy. You have one of your own, so you know what that feels like.

Thomas: Yeah.

Ridge: Fathers and sons.

Thomas: Same is true for mothers and daughters.

Brooke: Oh, honey, you are such a good person. And I know you care about thomas, but he should have realized you’re not ready to make a decision like that. I mean, a marriage proposal out of nowhere?

Hope: Okay, I– I will admit I was a little surprised.

Brooke: You are still trying to process the end of your marriage with liam.

Hope: Okay, yes, I am.

Brooke: Your whole world was turned upside down.

Hope: And thomas helped me back.

Brooke: Helped? I thought your involvement with him was just sort of a reaction to…

Hope: A reaction?

Brooke: Okay, look, it’s been a very confusing time. But, honey, you did the right thing. And if thomas loves you as much as he says he does, he’ll understand. But you can’t go through with this. You can’t accept his proposal. Not after everything that he’s done.

Hope: Well, if it makes you feel better, I– I didn’t say yes. But I didn’t exactly say no either. At dot’s an ordinary pretzel just isn’t enough.

Poppy: I know I couldn’t give you the kind of life that rj had growing up. Okay? It wasn’t easy. We didn’t have luxuries, but we had each other.

Luna: I love the life that we share together.

Poppy: I tried to provide for you.

Luna: I know that, I know. I mean, you devoted your entire life to me.

Poppy being your mom is the best and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my life. All of my pride, all of my joy, it’s right here.

Luna: I got all of my values and my ambition and confidence from you. Look, this is not the reason why I’m asking about my father okay? I’m not trying to look for something better. I love the life that we have, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s just sometimes, when I look in the mirror, there’s so many, like, question marks above my head. Like there’s so many parts of me that I don’t know about myself.

Poppy: But I don’t want you to feel that way.

Luna: Okay, but you have to understand.

Poppy: Yes, I do, but… you know what? You don’t have to. Look at me. We’re nozawa women. What have we got, huh? We’ve got nozawa. Just me and you. The sisterhood, right? Come on, huh? Do it.

Luna: Nozawa power.

Poppy: You’re my entire world.

Luna: Love you, mom.

Ridge: Let’s not worry about brooke right now. You and hope, you’ve been there for each other like no one else has.

Thomas: Thanks, dad.

Ridge: You made your intentions clear. You proposed to her, and if hope had any concerns, she would have said no.

Thomas: Right, but she didn’t say no.

Ridge: She didn’T. So all you can do now is be honest and tell her the truth.

Thomas: And just wait for hope’s response.

Ridge: Yeah. Here’s the good news. She’s got the ring. If this is supposed to happen, love will find a way. Come here.

Thomas: Hey.

Brooke: Why are you wearing thomas’s ring on your necklace?

Hope: Well, he gave it to me.

Brooke: But when you propose, you give a person a ring if they accept, and you didn’t accept.

Hope: No, I– I couldn’T.

Brooke: No, of course you couldn’T. You may have forgiven thomas, but how could you possibly forget everything that he has done?

Hope: That is not the reason why, mom. I needed more time. And while I am doing that, I am going to keep this ring close to my heart.

Brooke: And whose idea was that? Look, I– I’m sorry, but I don’t find this funny or cute or romantic or any of that. To me, this reminds me of thomas’s old behavior.

Hope: Oh my gosh, mom. Are you kidding? It’s like no matter what he does, you find fault with it. It’s like you cannot let it go. Mom, the reason I asked for more time is because I need to figure some things out for myself. Yes, I am still dealing with the end of my marriage, but I also need to make sure that the kids are okay. That they are happy, that they are healthy, that they are stable before I go making any more giant, life-changing decisions. And, oh, by the way, don’t you want me to be happy?

Brooke: Oh, my god, hope! Yes, of course I want you to be happy. The way you were when you were with liam.

Hope: Oh, my gosh, mom! Liam left me! Thomas never has. He has been consistent. He has been supportive. And it’s like you just– you refuse to accept that– that he has changed. Mom, he has become a positive force in my life, both professionally and personally. What?

Brooke: So you’re saying that there’s a possibility of a future between you and thomas? Honey… please, I am begging you. Don’t accept his proposal. Please. You cannot become thomas’ wife.

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Chance: Hey.

Summer: Hey, there you are. I thought for a second that maybe you were standing me up.

Chance: I’m very sorry I’m late. The night hasn’t even started and I’m already screwing up. It’s very typical.

Summer: Such a boy scout.

Chance: Well, you know the motto, be prepared. And I’ve fallen short, I apologize.

Summer: Okay, you can relax. We both had to work late and I just got here too, so you’re fine.

Chance: Okay, well I did reserve one of the quiet tables, so that should make up for something.

Summer: Yeah, and if you help me with my coat, you’ll be well on your way to earning your first date badge.

Chance: You are making this too easy for me. Come on. You changed.

Summer: Yeah, well, it’s a legit date, right? So… is there something wrong with my outfit?

Chance: There is absolutely nothing wrong. You look perfect.

Nikki: Come in.

Audra: You wanted to see me?

Nikki: Yeah, I’m not happy with our last exchange. I think that we should clear the air.

Audra: I’ve been thinking the same.

Nikki: I shouldn’t have snapped at you. I’m sorry. I know that you were just trying to be helpful.

Audra: I’m the one who owes you an apology. I overstepped. You know, I made you think I was humoring you because of personal issues that aren’t my business.

Nikki: You’re right, they’re not.

Audra: Yeah, I realize that now. And you have my word I won’t bring it up or discuss my family again. None of that is relevant inside the office.

Nikki: Yes, I think it is best that we keep those parts of our lives separate, given our working relationship.

Audra: That’s the way it should be.

Nikki: Good. Then, you will understand what I am about to ask you.

Jack: Nikki, it’s jack. I just called to see how you’re doing. Feel no pressure to call me back. I just wanted to let you know I’m here for you. Victor.

Victor: Hello, jack.

Jack: You solo?

Victor: Seat is empty. Just know I’m not in a conversational mood, huh?

Jack: Oh, no, we’ll spare you the chitchat. You do look like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Victor: Really?

Jack: Or perhaps this is just another day in the life of victor newman. I know, I said I wouldn’t talk. But if you need a sympathetic ear, I didn’t say I wouldn’t listen. Hey… it’s me! Your dry skin!

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Victor: What makes you think I’d confide in you of all people?

Jack: Well, surely we’re past all that suspicion. I mean, it feels like my anger toward you is a distant memory. Actual days go by, whole days, without my thinking of you.

Victor: Well, I’ll be damned, really. That doesn’t mean I confide in you.

Jack: Okay, I’m not asking you to give me newman enterprises secrets. I’m just saying we could share a drink. We do have a grandson in common. When was the last time you saw harrison?

[ Victor chuckling ]

Victor: Cute kid.

Jack: Yeah, he is. I’m still upset about kyle and summer.

Victor: Yeah, I must say. When one of one’s loved ones has a heartbreak, it affects me as well.

Jack: If I could take away their pain by feeling it myself, I would.

Victor: Yeah, but that’s what parenting and grandparenting is all about, isn’t it?

Jack: Yeah. So, what do you say? Have a drink together, old rivals, for old times’ sake?

Victor: All right. Bartender, kindly show me that same bottle of tequila you showed me before and pour a drink for each of us, all right? By the way, put it on his tab.

Audra: I’m happy to help you in any way I can. I meant that.

Nikki: And I meant what I said. Even though I’m sorry I got angry with you, I’m not thrilled that you know about my recent struggles with sobriety.

Audra: Message received. I hope you can accept my apology about overstepping. It won’t happen again.

Nikki: Well, that genie is out of the bottle now, isn’t it? You do know. And that makes me worry that things will be uncomfortable between us. And now that I know the history with your father, I feel like you will constantly be hovering, watching, waiting to see if I’m going to slip up. And that is not conducive to a good working relationship.

Audra: Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ll back off, keep my advice to myself, and pretend our conversation never happened.

Nikki: But it did. And it’s not like we can avoid each other. You’re my right hand.

Audra: Which is why I’m here to support you, no questions asked.

Nikki: But I’ll always be wondering what you’re thinking. I’ll feel watched. I’ll feel judged.

Audra: I swear I won’t–

Nikki: Audra, you won’t be able to help it. We both know that. That’s what this disease does. That kind of codependence is very dangerous to my recovery and that has to be first right now.

Audra: It sounds like you’re getting ready to fire me.

Summer: This is good.

Chance: Yeah, it’s a vermentino.

Summer: I know the vintage, actually. I got really into vermentinos when we were living in italy.

Chance: That’s right. You even kind of lived there. It must have been pretty cool.

Summer: Yeah. What’s not to love about italy?

Chance: I’m going to go with nothing. Beautiful country, language, food, wine.

Summer: Well, you picked a good one. Do you, um… do you know much about it?

Chance: I learned a little bit when abby was building the wine list for society.

Summer: Right. Makes sense.

Chance: Okay, what’s going on here? Feels kind of funny. This isn’t the first time we’ve hung out. I don’t ever recall having to work for conversation, you know?

Summer: Yeah. Maybe it’s, um… the outfit?

Chance: There’s nothing wrong with your outfit, believe me.

Summer: That’s kind of what I mean. It’s clearly a date outfit. And every other time we’ve hung out, it’s been casual, spur of the moment, and, um… just as friends.

Chance: Yeah, I guess our lunch date did get kind of crashed by chelsea and billy, huh?

Summer: Yeah.

Chance: More of a work double date, really.

Summer: Right.

Chance: Yeah.

Summer: But, um… now we’re here. And it’s just us. Not as friends, necessarily. We’re seeing… what could become of this.

Chance: Well, when you put it like that, no pressure, right?

Summer: Yeah. Super low-key.

Chance: How about a toast? Another?

Summer: Please. Nice to meet ya.

Chance: Let me guess. You’re looking for the best background for a social media post.

Summer: Yeah. You caught me. How about a first date post? We could, um… cuddle up in front of the fireplace, or– no, I know, I know. We could wait for dessert and… feed each other chocolate-covered strawberries. Hashtag first date vibes.

Chance: Wait, actually, you want to do that?

Summer: Oh, my god. I’m joking. Are you serious? No, I put my selfie face away a long time ago.

Chance: Selfie face? What’s that? What’s a selfie face? Oh, okay.

Summer: No, I’m a very serious businesswoman now. And if you don’t know that about me, I think that we need more get-to-know-you time.

Chance: Well, you do seem a bit preoccupied.

Summer: Preoccupied? No, a little self-conscious, maybe. I kind of feel like any second, somebody that we know could walk in here and make this awkward.

Chance: Yeah, well, that is bound to happen here, right?

Summer: Yeah, why settle for normal first date jitters when we could have full-blown social anxiety?

Chance: Are you, uh, are you worried about seeing kyle?

Summer: Uh, or abby. Or even worse, my mom. If she were here, she would be fawning all over us and lobbing I-told-you-so’S.

Chance: I told you so? Why would she say that?

Summer: Oh, well, she sort of predicted that we might have a connection.

Chance: No way. She did, huh?

Summer: This is embarrassing.

Chance: Wow. Phyllis the matchmaker. Uh, was this before she returned from the dead or after?

Summer: Could you actually do me a favor and just, um, forget that I said that.

Chance: Done. Well, look, I’m not worried that anybody’s gonna intrude our date. Especially your mom. And if you’re worried about sharon, please don’t be. She made it a point when we saw her to tell me not to be awkward and that she wants me to be happy.

Summer: Do you think she meant that?

Chance: Yeah, I do.

Summer: It’s interesting because kyle said sort of the same thing to me.

Chance: Well, good. I mean, it only makes sense.

Summer: So, what’s stopping us?

Chance: I think I know.

Victor: Let’s get to the point, jack. What do you think is weighing on me?

Jack: I had heard some rumblings that your family went through a kidnapping trauma.

Victor: Where’d you hear that?

Jack: From nikki. I saw her at crimson lights. She was rattled.

Victor: In what way?

Jack: I’ve known your wife a long time. I know when she’s not herself.

Victor: And so you decided to lend her a sympathetic ear?

Jack: I was concerned and I asked her what was wrong.

Victor: Uh-huh. What’d she tell you?

Jack: Not much at the beginning. I finally got her to talk without too many details, but I heard enough to realize that it was pretty traumatic.

Victor: Yeah. Tough on all of us.

Jack: And that’s what’s been weighing on you.

Victor: Yeah. At any rate, it has been dealt with and those responsible are paying a price, so family’s safe.

Jack: Protecting our families is what life is about. I’m glad you have everything handled.

Victor: Let’s drink to that.

Jack: Nikki said that victoria had a particularly rough time.

Victor: Yeah. Very hard on her.

Jack: And that she left newman to deal with it all.

Victor: Well, you know a hell of a lot, don’t you? She is dealing with it, and so is nikki.

Jack: Glad to hear it.

Nikki: Don’t worry. You’re not getting fired. To the contrary.

Audra: Well, I’m happy to hear that.

Nikki: There is an opportunity that has come up that I think will alleviate any future stress between us.

Audra: Hm. What’s that?

Nikki: I would like you to oversee opening our newman media office in london.

Audra: I can, but we’re not scheduled to open it for another year.

Nikki: Well, that’s why you need to go now. There is so much to do. You have to find the perfect space, you have to hire the staff, you have to train them. And then, I would want you to stay on and run it.

Audra: You want me to move to london?

Nikki: Well, you know the city. You used to live there. I mean, who better to get this office up and running? I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner.

Audra: Well, I’m flattered, but I like genoa city. I don’t want to leave.

Nikki: You’re ambitious. Opening an international branch of the company would really prove your value to the newman empire.

Audra: You know, ever since I told you about my father and expressed empathy about your struggle, I have been kicking myself. I understand all of the concerns you raised, and, you know, I was worried about it causing tension between us, too.

Nikki: Then we’re on the same page.

Audra: No, we’re not. I resolved to back off and give you space, but I never thought it would come to me being shipped out of the country. There has to be another way to work this out.

Nikki: Audra, this is not a punishment.

Audra: It’s a pre-emptive strike.

Nikki: I think you should think of it as an amazing opportunity.

Audra: And what if I say no?

Nikki: I hope you won’T.

Audra: That’s not an answer.

Nikki: You said you wanted to help me and this is a job that I need my coo to do right now.

Audra: And if I turn it down, I’m out of a job entirely.

Nikki: I can’t see any other option.

Audra: If you do this, nikki, you’ll be making a huge mistake. Known as a loving parent.

Summer: Okay, so what’s your big idea on how to make this date a little less awkward?

Chance: Well, you actually said it earlier. I think we need to get to know each other a little more.

Summer: Um, I don’t know if that’s the problem. Because you were there for me when I found out that my mom was a dud. You were there for me as my marriage was ending.

Chance: Mm-hmm. Well, you know what? You showed up for me after I got shot. You supported me through a career change and a breakup.

Summer: So, it kind of seems like we know each other pretty well.

Chance: Well, we got the big things, right? You know, exes, undead parents, sure, but what about the little things? Like, uh, how do you take a coffee? What movie have you seen more than ten times?

Summer: Have you ever cheated?

Chance: Ooh. Okay, so we’re going there, huh?

Summer: Mm-hmm. I mean, if we’re gonna do this, better do it right.

Chance: Okay, well, let’s set up some ground rules first.

Summer: Okay.

Chance: We’ll take turns asking questions.

Summer: Okay. And we keep it all focused on us. No outsiders involved in any of the anecdotes.

Chance: Deal.

Summer: Okay, I’ll go first. Surprise me. Tell me something that I would never guess about you.

Chance: Hm. All right, challenge accepted. But give me a minute. We’re gonna need some more wine.

Nikki: I would advise you not to threaten me.

Audra: That’s not what I’m doing. I’m saying this out of concern.

Nikki: Oh, please don’t patronize me.

Audra: You already lost claire as your assistant and you haven’t found a replacement. If you send me to london, you’ll basically be running newman media on your own.

Nikki: Hm. Are you saying I’m not capable?

Audra: I’m saying the stress would be monumental for anyone. And to you, given your situation, the threat that it would pose to your recovery.

Nikki: There you go again. Unsolicited advice about my fragile state. Just proving my point that this has changed our working relationship.

Audra: You’re right. I am aware of what you’re going through, and it does change the way I treat you.

Nikki: There. Thank you for admitting it.

Audra: But I have experience in this from when it used to happen to my father, stress was his worst trigger. I can’t tell you how many relapses he had because of it.

Nikki: I am well aware of the possible pitfalls, and I have a plan to avoid them, so you can stop pretending to care about me or the company and just say that you’re worried about your own job.

Audra: So, you’ve been thinking about this for a while.

Nikki: I have had to look at all the angles, what’s best for the company, and for me, yes.

Audra: Nikki, you want me to move across the ocean so you’re not reminded of your disease, which you have whether I’m here or not. Me walking away doesn’t change that. So, you’d rather pile up the problems for yourself? And then what? No, you’ll want just a little break from the pressure. And the first drink helps, but it’s not enough. So, let’s give the next one a shot. And then what? Think of all the people you’ll hurt when you fall. You know, your friends and family who love and care about you and need you. Because if you do this, you will fall.

Nikki: I’m sorry you feel that way. You leave me no choice but to let you go.

Jack: Well, I’m glad that you feel everyone in your family is dealing with the trauma.

Victor: No, but I’m not saying it’s been easy. But I’m giving them all the support they need. I will always protect my family.

Jack: I’ve got to say, it is one of the few things I have always admired about you.

Victor: Wait a minute, one of the few things? You mean there have been others?

Jack: Let me think. There must be others. No, I– I always thought you were a formidable foe. You kept me on my toes for years.

Victor: Don’t tell me you miss those days.

Jack: Oh, no, I wouldn’t go that far. But I miss the challenge. I miss the gamesmanship.

Victor: Truth be known, there have been a moment or two when I thought that perhaps I’d met my match in you.

Jack: Well, I never thought I’d hear you admit that.

Victor: Whoa, whoa, whoa. The thought lingered for a few moments, okay? You understand? It lingered. Thank you for the tequila.

Jack: Thank you for picking the most expensive tequila in the place.

Victor: Do you honestly think that if you invited me to a drink, I’d order a cheap one? I want you pay through the nose.

Jack: Well, I’m glad this time, paying through the nose only means the cost of a vintage drink.

Victor: So, now that we have had our tte–tte, what do you really want to know?

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Jack: Wow, just when I thought we were making some headway, there you go. The guard is up. You’re suspecting a hidden agenda.

Victor: You are evading my question.

Jack: My only agenda is my sincere concern for nikki and your family after this ordeal.

Victor: It’s family business. None of your concern.

Jack: I have always had affection for nikki and nicholas and victoria. I have always been proud of the fact that we still have a friendship after you and I battled for years. The only questions I am asking are questions to find out if they are okay.

Victor: You asked and I answered. That’s the last time we will talk about this. Yeah?

Audra: Well, I won’t humiliate myself by pleading any more than I already have.

Nikki: I will have hr put together a generous severance package for you. That and my glowing recommendation should help you in your job search.

Audra: I suppose this is effective immediately.

Nikki: I think that’s best, yes. After you hand in your keycard and your laptop, and need I remind you that you did sign an nda when you first got this job.

Audra: Yes. It is ironclad. It has been a privilege working with you and learning from you. And I really do wish you the best of luck and I hope with my whole heart that you beat your disease.

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Jack: Hello?

Nikki: Oh, jack, I’m so glad you answered.

Jack: What can I do for you?

Nikki: I just, I– I– I need to talk to somebody.

Jack: Uh, of course. Oh, where are you now?

Nikki: I’m at the office.

Jack: I’m on my way.

Victor: Everything all right?

Jack: Oh, everything’s fine. I, uh, just have to be going. Diane’s expecting me.

Victor: All right. I will tell nikki that you asked about her and thank you for the drink.

Jack: Always a pleasure, victor.

Chance: I mean, I honestly think that’s a dealbreaker for me. Who doesn’t like watermelon?

Summer: Are you kidding me? It is way too sweet, it’s got a mealy consistency.

Chance: Next, you’re gonna say that you don’t like lettuce, peanut butter, and mayonnaise sandwiches.

Summer: Okay, first of all, that sounds really gross. And second of all, since that would probably literally kill me, no, I don’T.

Chance: Okay, that’s a little dramatic, don’t you think?

Summer: No, actually. I have a very severe peanut allergy.

Chance: Wait, actually? Do I know that? How did I not know that?

Summer: Someday, I will tell you how I ended up in a swiss clinic because of peanuts.

Chance: Oh, wow.

Summer: Yeah.

Chance: Well, if it makes you feel any better, I get hives when I eat kiwi. Thinking that’s not really the same now, huh?

Summer: Yeah, not quite.

Chance: No.

Summer: But it’s good to know that we won’t be ordering the peanut butter pie with kiwi drizzle for dessert.

Chance: Is that on the menu? That’s not on the menu. You’re kidding. You’re messing with me now.

Summer: You get me. There you go.

Chance: I like this side of you.

Summer: I do, too. And you bring it out of me.

Chance: Well, rest assured, if you were to suffer a allergic reaction, I’d spring into action.

Summer: Oh, of course you would. Let me guess. First aid badge.

Chance: Damn straight. What about you? You didn’t get yours in the sunflower girls?

Summer: Wait, did I tell you that I was in the sunflower girls?

Chance: Yeah. That day in the park.

Summer: No, come on.

Chance: Yeah.

Summer: You’re kidding me. You can’t remember that. Okay, that’s got to be from your law enforcement and military training. Tricks to memorize everything that people say so that you can analyze crime scenes and interrogate suspects. That’s not real.

Chance: I– I– I don’t remember anywhere near everything that people tell me, unless I’m on a case. In fact, I have been accused at times of being in my own world and not paying attention to significant others.

Summer: Careful now. We’re keeping other people out of this conversation, remember?

Chance: I remember. I don’t seem to forget anything that you tell me.

Your heart is

the beat of life.

Victor: Audra, are you coming from the office?

Audra: Yes.

Victor: Is nikki still there?

Audra: Yes, she called me in to discuss her offer.

Victor: What offer?

Audra: Oh, she didn’t tell you? She wanted to ship me off to london to open newman media’s new office. And when I declined, she fired me.

Victor: I never heard about those plans.

Audra: I know what you want to know, so I’ll save you the embarrassment of asking the question. Nikki was perfectly sober when she gave me the axe. Yes, I’m aware that she’s been drinking.

Victor: Did you confront her?

Audra: Oh, it’s not what you think. I didn’t use it against her and I never would. I have my own reasons for that. Reasons I shared with nikki. So then, I offered to help her any way I could, but apparently, that was a mistake.

Victor: I’m sorry to hear that.

Audra: You and me both.

Victor: I’ll make it up to you.

Audra: I don’t need any consolation prizes, mr. Newman.

Victor: It’s not a consolation prize. Newman enterprises has many opportunities.

Audra: In exchange for my silence about nikki?

Victor: We value discretion.

Audra: Sir, I signed the nda, and I would never use nikki’s sobriety as a bargaining chip.

Victor: You know that there are many divisions at newman where you could shine.

Audra: Look, I appreciate the offer. Maybe in the future, but for now I have other plans.

Victor: Do you?

Audra: Let’s just say it’s been a clarifying evening. I now know what my next moves are.

Victor: All right. Anyway, you have a– you have a good day.

Audra: You too.

Nikki: Thank you for coming.

Jack: I said I would come when you need me and I meant it. I’m glad you called. So, what prompted your reaching out?

Nikki: I had an upsetting day with audra.

Jack: Tell me.

Nikki: She knows that I’ve been struggling with my sobriety.

Jack: Please tell me she didn’t hold it against you.

Nikki: No, no. She offered her support and understanding. She shared with me that her father had been an alcoholic until he lost his battle.

Jack: Do we believe her?

Nikki: I do. She seems to have a radar for this disease. And she was here when seth came by. She could see there was something off about our interaction. I told her what was going on with him.

Jack: I’ve seen too much of audra manipulating kyle and working for tucker to put much faith in her, but obviously you trust her.

Nikki: Well, I did. Now, I regret it.

Jack: What happened?

Nikki: She just started checking on me, and I realized that confiding in her was a mistake. I knew it was just going to make our working relationship much more difficult.

Jack: So did you try to discuss this with her?

Nikki: I brought her in tonight. I thought I had a good plan. She could go and open the new office in london, but she refused. So, I– I really had no choice. I had to let her go.

Jack: I understand your thinking, but audra is kind of a wild card.

Nikki: That’s why I had to fire her.

Jack: Any part of you think maybe this is a situation where we keep our enemies closer?

Nikki: You think I made a mistake?

Jack: No, no, no. I’m not judging it at all. I understand your thinking, but is it really worth the risk if audra does something, feeling that she has been wrongfully terminated?

Nikki: Oh, no, no, no. She wouldn’t, dear. I mean, she signed an nda, and given what she told me about her father, I don’t think she would take legal action.

Jack: Okay. That’s good news. I still worry about your running newman media when it’s short-staffed. That’s not a good recipe for sobriety.

Nikki: That’s what she said. Oh, god, jack. What am I doing? I mean, I– I– I– I– I’m making a mistake.

Jack: Well, just make a plan. That’s all.

Nikki: What, to hire her back?

Jack: I think it’s too late for that. What little I know of her, she’d probably hold a grudge. But we can find a suitable replacement, a coo you can work with. What about nicholas?

Nikki: He would be perfect, but victor has been insisting on having nicholas and adam work together, and oddly enough, it has been actually panning out. So now victor is thrilled and I– I can’t take that away from him.

Jack: Okay, I know victoria has stepped away from work for a bit, but knowing the situation, might she step up?

Nikki: She needs to focus on her family right now. And before you say it, don’t even mention adam. I will not work with adam. That is a recipe for disaster.

Jack: Nathan knows this company. So does sally. They both sat in that chair. They could hit the ground running.

Nikki: I will never trust nate again. His ambition almost led him to betray victor. And I– I cannot see myself working side by side with sally.

Jack: Actually, I forgot sally has a new company she’s running right now.

Nikki: Oh god, jack, what am I doing? I mean, I acted impulsively. I don’t think I can do this. I mean, my whole life is spiraling out of control, and it’s my fault.

Jack: We will fix this. As a matter of fact, I have an idea. Yeah, an idea you won’t shoot down. If advanced lung cancer

Chance: Okay, let’s dive into some dangerous territory here. Teenage years.

Summer: Oh, but we were having so much fun.

Chance: Give me the scoop. What was it? Mean girls? Unrequited crushes?

Summer: Oh, so much bigger than that and so much worse. And I only got just slightly more tame in my twenties.

Chance: Is this the infamous grand theft auto story? Yes. I am shocked.

Summer: Okay, come on. You never had a rebellious streak? Like, nothing at all?

Chance: Straight as an arrow all the way through.

Summer: Ugh. Well, the charges were dropped.

Chance: That’s why I’m out with you right now. No outstanding warrants.

Summer: That whole situation, it was just a symptom of falling for the wrong guy.

Chance: He break your heart?

Summer: That one was more of an infatuation thing, and the felony charges quickly deadened that. But, I mean, I have had my heart broken once or twice.

Chance: It’s never easy. You know what? I believe that you do learn from it, though.

Summer: I think that makes me a genius.

[ Both laughing ] No, seriously, after everything with kyle, I couldn’t imagine going through that again. I really thought that he was the love of my life.

Chance: Yeah. I felt the same way when abby and I split.

Summer: I don’t know. Lately, something’s lifted for me. I feel lighter. More hopeful.

Chance: Well, hey, cheers to that.

Nikki: Jack, please tell me how to fix this.

Jack: Let me do a little due diligence. I think I have someone who might fit in here perfectly.

Nikki: Do you really have a plan, or is this you stalling?

Jack: You have to trust me. I will not let you down.

Nikki: Just tell me who it is. I can give them a call.

Jack: I have to speak to this person first. I think it’s someone that you will like, but I have to do this my way.

Nikki: Well, how long do you think it will take?

Jack: I know you need a solution and quickly. I want that too, but don’t get burned out on this.

Nikki: I don’t know. Maybe I should take a leave of absence and let nicholas and adam work together.

Jack: I didn’t say that and I don’t advise that. Nikki, I know you. You need work to stay focused. Idle time is not an addict’s friend. Running newman media is the perfect job for you, as long as you have the right kind of support, healthy support.

Nikki: Yeah, but I–

Jack: No buts. No buts. We’re going to fix this. It may take a little time. In the meanwhile, lean on me. I am not going to let you give yourself a good reason to drink. I am not going to let you destroy all that you have accomplished here.

Nikki: Thank you, jack. You really saved me tonight.

Jack: No, you saved yourself. You reached out. You asked for help. That is a strength. You are strong, nikki. Don’t forget that.

Nikki: Well, if you hadn’t answered my call, you and I both know what I’d be doing right now.

Jack: How about we handle one crisis at a time? I’m in your corner.

[ Door handle jostling ]

Victor: Nikki? Nikki, are you in there?

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John. John, are you home? [mysterious music]


[phone beeps] [phone rings] [phone beeps]

Hey, Doc. Where are you?

I’m home. Where are you?

I’m down at the square. I couldn’t sleep, so I thought I’d take a walk.

Are you on your way back?

Not yet. Sorry, I didn’t realize it was so late.

Yeah. Darling, are you OK? Shall I pick you up?

No, no, no, no. You’ve had a long day. Why don’t you go to bed? I’ll be home soon, honey. I love you.

I love you. [phone beeps]


[phone beeps]


[door clicks open]

[sighs] Hey.

Hey.

[sighs]

Did you not take the shortcut?

Well, I got caught at the light at the corner. I didn’t know we were in a race to get home.

No race. It’s just that you drive a lot faster than me, and I was just wondering where you were.

Oh. [dramatic music]

I was also wondering what you were doing at the hospital. You seemed kind of mysterious when we ran into each other.

Mysterious?

Mm-hmm.

I didn’t mean to be. I was actually just seeing my therapist.

At this hour?

Yeah. Dr. Evans. She’s just really good about accommodating my schedule.

Marlena is your shrink?

I see her from time to time, yeah. What were you doing at the hospital?

[clears throat] My mom sent me over to go talk to Aunt Kayla. Actually, now that I think about it, it was kind of like a therapy session, too, but free.

Nice. What’d you talk to Auntie about?

What’d you talk to Dr. Evans about?

I asked you first.


So you have a confession. Does it have anything to do with you being a no-show at the pub tonight?

Well, actually, I did go to the pub tonight. I saw you there with your friends.

Why didn’t you come in?

[chuckles] Because I guess I realized… [clears throat] What I needed to say to you, I need to say it privately.


How the hell does a prison lose a prisoner?

Well, that’s what we’re gonna find out. I’ll make some calls, get some coffee started.

I’m going to need something a lot stronger than coffee. What the hell?


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


OK, you stay right here. I’m gonna go around back, surprise whoever the hell broke in.

No, you can’t do that. What if they have a weapon? Absolutely not. I’m just gonna– I’m gonna call the police. [dramatic music] What the hell? That’s Harris.


What is going on? Lucas is missing. And if you don’t know where he is, you better find him.


You know what?

Huh?

I’m all talked out. So why don’t we call a moratorium on talking about all the feelings and the goals and the regrets and all that heavy stuff, you know, and why don’t we– why don’t we do something really mindless and distracting?

I’m all for mindless and distracting. What’d you have in mind? You want to watch a movie?


Yeah, unless it’s on the big screen and I have a giant tub of popcorn, no, I’m not really in the mood.

Mm. How about a game?


I got “Monopoly” and “Scrabble” and “Cards of Humanity” in the closet, if you want.

OK. I have a better idea.

Oh.

And I dare you not to like it.


Ooh.

So what do you want to tell me, Everett?

[sighs] This– this is harder than I thought it was gonna be, I guess because–

Because?


It just feels like a big risk.

You’re starting to scare me.

Yeah.


I’m scaring myself a little bit. But I have to do it.


Sorry.


Look, working with you has been amazing, right? Amazing. You’re so gifted at what you do, you know? And we’re obviously– we’re compatible as coworkers.

I agree.

And I totally respect the boundaries that you set with me from the beginning.

OK.

But I can’t stand it.

Can’t stand what?


This friend-zone thing.


It’s not working for me anymore.


John. Hey, John!


What are you doing, man? You out for a late-night stroll?

Something like that. What are you doing here?

Well, Kayla is working the late shift. I got restless. I thought some night air would do me some good.

No, I don’t think so. Marlena told you to come looking for me, didn’t she?


[sighs] Busted. She’s worried about you, man. And so am I.


You know, in our previous lives, when we used to meet in the shadows, we were usually on assignment and not always on the same side. [dramatic music]

So I’ve been told.


I think the right side prevailed on most of those missions, thankfully.

Again, so I’ve been told.

And you’re telling me that you still don’t remember anything from that time? You have no memories at all?

Come on, partner. Why do you keep asking me that? You know as well as I do, those memories have been wiped. [both sigh] Listen, I really try not to make myself crazy struggling to get them back or trying to fill in those blanks.

I know. I know that must be frustrating as hell. But I got to say, I envy you.

And why would that be?


I wish I could forget.


OK. So truth or dare, you know, the rules are really simple. We ask each other questions, and we have to answer honestly.

Mm.

But… if somebody decides they don’t want to tell the truth, they have to say…

Dare, yeah.

Dare, yes. And then that person is given a task or an action to which they must comply. And if we play the game properly, that task should be a little bit embarrassing, you know, to make the person squirm and blush and feel like a total idiot.

OK, I got it I. I–actually, making people squirm or feel idiotic is very high on my list of worthwhile activities, so…

Oh-ho. Me too.

I know.

That’s why I think this is gonna be a really good game for us. And plus, it can lead to some really enlightening conversation.

Oh, see, I’m also all for lightning– lightning? Enlightening conversations. So who’s going first?

I will.

Mm.

OK.

All right. [sighs] [both chuckle]

Alex Kiriakis…

Hmm?

Who was your first celebrity crush?

Easy. Lindsay Lohan. I watched “Mean Girls,” like, , times. I would literally delude myself to think that I would actually, like, get a date with her and then eventually marry her and have, like, a family.

[chuckles]

Truly.

Wow, that is some crush.

Mm.

[laughs]

Pretty painful crush, to be honest, because eventually I realized that Lindsay is just unattainable.

Uh-huh. Right, I can imagine that was really painful. I’m so sorry. You see, this is where it gets enlightening, because now I know that you liked “Mean Girls” right from the start.

Oh.


I mean, what are you doing here anyway? Because Lucas is missing. He’s missing from prison. And if anything has happened to him, that’s on you. Do you understand me? Where is my son?

Harris, you owe my wife an explanation. If you don’t have one, you better damn well have a plan to find Lucas now.

If you just give me a minute, I will provide you with more than an explanation.


[scoffs]

It’s a relief. I’ve been having this running monologue in my head for so long that getting it out there feels– But judging from your face– are you upset?

Not upset. I just–I don’t know what to say.

Yeah. Well, at the risk of making an even bigger fool of myself than I already have, I will just say that… Steph, you’re the best thing that ever happened to me. And when you’re near me, my world feels right. I came to Salem to find you because… I can’t live without you. And I would give anything, anything, to get back to what we had.


Still don’t know what to say?

I just– well, I’m sure you can understand that I wasn’t expecting this. [dramatic music]

Really? Not at all?


I just feel like… [chuckles] I’ve been so obvious about my feelings for you.

Yeah. And I think I’ve been clear about mine.

Yeah. You have been. Sort of. I mean, you have, and you haven’t. Like, I totally understand that you want to stay friends right now because you’re still recovering from your breakup with Chad, but at the same time, it seems like you like spending time with me. I mean, you asked me to meet your parents. You just tonight asked me to come meet you and your friends at the Brady Pub.

Yeah, yeah, I did, because I wanted them to meet you. And I’ve been talking about you mostly in the context of us working together, but… Everett, my feelings for you are complicated.

Yeah.

When you disappeared– and, yes, I know now that you were in an accident, but I didn’t know it then. And so I was heartbroken. Shattered, really. And when I was able to heal at least somewhat from that hurt, I was determined to move on with my life, to get over you.

And did you? Did you… stop loving me? And now that I’m back and you know that I never left you by choice, are those feelings just gone?


I was gonna ask you to marry me, Steph.


You were everything to me. You still are. Some people wait their entire lives to find what we had. And now we’ve been given a second chance.


I’m begging you not to throw it away.


OK. My turn.

Mm-hmm.

What would be…

Mm-hmm.

The worst thing you could possibly do if you would never get caught? No consequences whatsoever.

I would break Tate out of that awful rehab juvie place and I would bring him home immediately.

Yeah. OK, yeah. I should have guessed that’s what you’d answer.

[sighs]

Mm.

God, how I wish I could really do that and there would be no consequences.

I know.

OK.

[sighs]

OK. It’s OK. [clears throat] All right, moving on. Let’s see. My turn.

Your turn.

OK. Who is… the most… beautiful, interesting, witty, charming, sexy woman that you have ever kissed?

Ah. [smacks lips] Dare.

Ho-ho.

Mm.

OK. All right, but you’re gonna be sorry. Because I dare you to kiss that beautiful, interesting, witty, sexy, charming woman who’s staring at you right now.

I’m not sorry at all.

Hmm.


What are you talking about? What do you wish that you could forget?

I think the same things that everyone wishes they could wipe from their memories, the bad stuff.


For me? About working for Victor back in the day.


And those memories, they just won’t let go, especially lately, when I’m anywhere in the vicinity of one Konstantin Meleounis.


Why, because of his association with Victor?

Yeah. And maybe because he reminds me of Victor…at times.


Me too. At times.

Yeah? So I guess this is bringing back stuff for both of us now.


You know, I think about Abe and how he’s lost his memory of the past. And I know that’s obviously really tough. But I don’t know if it’s worse not being able to remember or not being able to forget.


I think this will answer all of your questions.


Hey, Ma.


Oh, my God. Lucas.

Oh. Easy, easy, easy.

Oh, I’m sorry.

Not so hard.

Sorry, sorry, sorry. I’m just so happy. I am so happy to see you alive and well.

Well, I’m alive and healing.

Yeah.

Harris, what happened? How did you manage this?

Well, under the cover of night and the laundry service, I was able to roll Lucas out of the infirmary in a linen basket. And when we got out of Statesville, we drove around for a couple hours, made multiple stops to make sure we weren’t followed. Now, look, nobody knows about this. Not even the commissioner knows that Lucas is here. So this has to stay between us. No one can find out.

Of course.

Sorry it went down this way. I’m sorry that you have to harbor the man who kidnapped your daughter.

Lucas, I’m harboring my stepson, and I know my wife is very happy and relieved to have you here, OK, safe, protected. And that means I’m happy, too, for her and for you. You are welcome here anytime, Lucas. Anytime. [dramatic music]


Everett, maybe you don’t understand what it was like for me when you walked out of my life.

I mean… I think I have some idea.

I’m not sure you do.


You see, once I got over the shock of your disappearance, I tormented myself for months, trying to figure out what I did to make you leave. I blamed myself, thought it had to be because I got on your nerves or because I wasn’t enough for you, not smart enough, not witty enough, not charming enough, not good enough in bed.

Oh, my god, Steph–

No, no, no, no, no. Don’t try to reassure me. I’m only trying to explain to you that… [sighs] I obviously know now that your leaving had nothing to do with me. I just–I’m only trying to explain that… [sighs] When I thought you’d ghosted me, I wasn’t just hurt. I fell apart. And I didn’t recover for a long time.


I don’t know why it was so…shattering. Maybe I’m just… not a resilient person. Maybe I’m constitutionally lacking in self-confidence. [sniffles] Prone to feeling like I– like I never measure up, like– like I’m always to blame when things go wrong.


I’m so glad… you’re finally opening up about all this, because it helps me understand, you know, the depth of the pain that you went through when I disappeared that day, albeit not by choice. But still, I need to say to you, I am so sorry that I hurt you, so sorry I hurt the most important person in my life, who I loved with all my heart, more than anything, and still do. All I want–all I want is to make it up to you. That’s all I want. Will you let me do that? Please?


All right. What aren’t you telling me? Oh, come on, man, you’re talking around in circles here. What is really going on with you? I’m assuming it’s got something to do with Konstantin.

It does. I’m becoming more and more certain that somehow… I don’t know how, but somehow he knows about The Pawn.


What? No, no. No. How is that even possible?

That’s what we need to find out.


Oh, The Pawn. My God, partner, I haven’t even heard anybody speak those words for years here.

I know.

How could he even know that? How much does he know, then?

I have no idea.

What did he say to you that led you to believe that?

He asked me what I knew about The Pawn. But he had this look on his face like he was an expert on the subject. He was taunting me, John.

Oh, my God. All right, all right, all right. All right. We’re just gonna have to– we’re just gonna have to figure out how much he knows and exactly what his MO is here.

Yes. That’s what we need to do, and we will. But, buddy, we have to be strategic.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

We have to be very careful. Now, listen. Hey. I can see this really upset you, understandably. So you need to go home to Marlena and rest. Hey, we’ll sleep on this, OK?

Yeah, right, we’re gonna sleep. [inhales deeply] But thanks for coming here. I am going home to Doc ’cause I know she’s worried about this.


I want you to take care of yourself.

Yeah. You too, partner. Thanks.

OK.


[sighs]


Mm, mm, mm. Nice distraction. Mm. But it’s my turn.

OK.

OK? And I’m gonna step my game up. This is gonna be a tough question, OK?

Ooh, you’re scaring me.

Well that’s the point, isn’t it? We already established that.

OK. Go on, then. Hit me with your really scary question.


Theresa Donovan, what is the biggest lie you have ever told?


Wow, you’re giving this one a lot of thought. [chuckles]

Dare.

OK, that is a hell of a lie if you’re not even gonna tell me about it.

Well…

Oh, my God.

It’s just that, you know, I’ve told a lot of lies, even white ones. So I’d really just rather not get into it. [clears throat]

OK. All right. I’ll let it slide. Fine. So dare, huh? I dare you… to sing… your favorite childhood song at the top of your damn lungs right now.

Oh. I can do that. You ready?

Mm?

[clears throat]

Am I gonna need earplugs?

Oh, I don’t know. I think you can handle it.

All right.

OK, here goes. [clears throat] [laughs]

I’m sorry.

OK, ready?

I’m ready.

* Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream * * Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily * * Life is but a dream *

OK, we’re turning the volume up right now. It’s a duet. Let’s go.

Oh, really? What a gentleman.

Mm-hmm.

OK, ready? One, two, three. both: * Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream * * Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily * * Life is but a dream * [banging on wall]

[shushing]

Oh, no. Oh, God.

That is Mrs. Campbell. That is the grumpiest lady alive next door.

Sorry, Mrs. Campbell.

OK, all right. OK. Yeah, that might be enough singing for tonight.

Maybe at least just not on the top of our lungs, at least.

Yeah, I think that’s our cue. I think that’s the end. Maybe we should just, like, call it a night, go to bed. [dramatic music]


Everett, before we talk about the future and since we’re both opening up about what it was like for us after your accident, in the time that we were apart, what I don’t understand is why nobody went looking for you, why your family and colleagues didn’t send out a search party when you went missing.

Yeah. I mean, I didn’t understand that either… at first. But from what I was able to understand once I was mostly recovered, I wasn’t on any assignments at the time, so… when I didn’t respond to emails or phone calls, I think– I think my boss just must have figured I’d– I’d moved on.

OK, but what about your family? They didn’t try to find you?


Well… I lost my mom when I was a kid, as you know, and… my dad is my dad. He’s a–he’s a drunk, you know.

Yeah. No, yeah, I know. I understand why your family didn’t try to find you. I shouldn’t have asked.

No, it’s–it’s a reasonable question, you know. And family could mean cousins, aunts, uncles, you know, but I’m– I’m not that close with them. You know, they’re on the East Coast and…

Right. Well, it all makes sense.


Another thing I was wondering is, when you finally woke up from that coma, were you as lucid as you are now?


No. I wasn’t. I mean, my first diagnosis was retrograde amnesia, which is… inability to access memories or information from before an accident or an injury or a disease.


So, you know, all they could tell me was to– to give it time. Give it time.


I was really lucky, you know? Eventually my memories did start to come back.

Gradually? All at once?

Gradually.


The first thing that I remember with any clarity… was you.


And when that happened, when I saw you in my mind’s eye…


my whole world got brighter, warmer, and I felt stronger, more resilient because… I had purpose. And that was to get back to you. That was my goal. My only goal was to get back to you and tell you that you’re everything to me, everything.


You still are.


[sighs] [keys jingling]


Hey, Doc. What are you doing up?

Waiting for you.

[sighs]


Did you think I could go to sleep knowing that my husband was out there late at night, alone?

Well, Doc, I wasn’t alone.


You know I wasn’t.


You know, when Harris told me that he couldn’t make the deal to get you out of prison, I mean, I really panicked. Now you’re here. You’re here, safe and sound.

I thought transport was part of the deal. Was it some kind of ruse? Did you–what, did you kidnap me, Detective Michaels?

No, but I would have if I had to.

Well, what exactly did you do?

I called in every favor that I had. I kept pressuring the state attorney general. I kept reminding him how important it was to have our main witness alive if we were ever gonna bring a case against Clyde Weston. And then finally, the AG saw the light, signed off on the order to have Lucas in a safe-house situation. But when the threat’s eliminated, Lucas will have to return to Statesville to serve the rest of his sentence.


OK, then. I guess we’ll just be happy with what we have now, then.

Yeah, I guess we have to be happy. We have no choice, do we?

I’ll leave you guys alone.


Thank you for the game. That was fun. [laughs]

Yeah, it was fun.

Oh.

OK, well, I’ll see you in the morning, then.

You’ll see me in the morning? [dramatic music]

I just think that maybe we should get a good night’s sleep.


OK. Yeah. If that’s what you want to do.


[chuckles]


OK.

Sweet dreams.

Good night.

[laughs]

[sighs]

Mm.


God, who am I kidding?


[sighs]

There you go.

Ow, ow, ow.

Oh. You comfortable? Can I get you anything else?

No. No, I’m fine. Thank you.

OK.

Feels so good to be here. Even though I know it’s just temporary, I really appreciate it, so– I know it’s not easy for you, Roman.

Lucas, come on. I told you before. You are my wife’s son, all right? So you’re family, all right? And I want what’s best for you. And what you did to help end this drug epidemic in Salem is honorable and brave. You put your life on the line, Lucas. I admire you for that.


Thanks.

OK. Look, it’s been a long night, and you should get some sleep, OK?

Yeah.

All right. I love you.

I love you. Good night.

Good night, honey.

[grunts] [exhales sharply]


Thank you.


Hey, Harris.

Steve, what are you doing out here so late?

Kayla’s on the late shift, and I got restless.

Yeah. Same. I’ve been pretty restless lately too.

Yeah, well, we both have jobs that can weigh heavily on the mind sometimes.

Ain’t that the truth?


Do you want to unburden?


You know, thanks, but not now. Maybe some other time.

All right. Good night.

Good night.


So you’re not upset that I sent Steve to find you?

No, not at all. In fact, he and I, we– we had a good talk.

I’m glad. I know that we can talk about anything at all, but I’m especially glad that you have someone with whom you can share your concerns, someone with whom you’ve been in the trenches.

That is true. And you know what else is true?

Hmm?

You always seem to know exactly what I need, and that makes me a very lucky man.


I just love you.

I love you.


Come on. Let’s hit the sack.


I’ve missed you. I’ve missed us.

Me too.


Stay. Stay here tonight.


I can’t. Everett, I– I’m not ready.


I understand. I just– I just want to hold you in my arms.


I just want to sleep with you in my arms tonight, that’s all.


That would be nice.


[both chuckle]


[sighs]

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Days Opinions For The Week Of January 22, 2024

Opinion Article

 

by Michele & Cheryl

 

Eric from Days

This week’s episodes had us scratching our heads. We had some questions about the things that happened this week.

When did Eric get a photo studio? We remember him talking about getting the studio, but he never mentioned anything else about it again. Out of the blue, he suddenly had a photo studio. Clearly the writers did this so the audience wouldn’t wonder what he was doing for money when Sloan said she didn’t have any money.

Speaking of Eric’s photo studio, what were the odds Leo was his first client? Of all the people in Salem, Leo happened to want to get his pictures taken. Eric never said he advertised the studio so how did Leo know to schedule an appointment with him? Also, what were the odds the studio happened to be at Eric and Sloan’s apartment? It was an excuse to have Leo and Sloan run into each other.

Where did Sloan get her confidence to threaten Leo not to tell Eric the truth? If she was so tough, she never had to let him blackmail her. He could have told Eric the truth about the baby. She took a risk threatening him because he could have let the truth slip out easily. Sloan would have been sick if Leo had told Eric the truth.

Why was Brady offended that Rachel didn’t want him and Kristen to get back together? Brady made it painfully obvious he had no interest in reuniting with her so why did it matter that Rachel didn’t want them together? What would he have done if Rachel wanted them together? He wouldn’t have gotten back together with Kristen so what difference did it make if Rachel wanted them together?

Why did Alex have to convince Theresa not to leave town? Theresa was the one who kissed another man in front of him, but he had to talk her into staying in town. She was clearly manipulating him to make up for the fact that she kissed Brady. Leaving town doesn’t change the fact that she kissed another man. Alex must not have any pride left that he would beg her not to leave town. It’s funny that he would beg her not to leave him, but he wouldn’t beg Justin to forgive him for the way he was treating him.

Speaking of Theresa, why would she stay in town when her son is in rehab? We know she can’t see him right away, but she could have stayed in the same city. If she did, it would make it easier for her to see him. All she thought about was having sex with Alex. You would think sex would be the last thing on her mind when her son was “suffering” in a rehab center.

Why would Maggie take Konstanin’s side when Steve tried to warn her about him? She had known Steve for years but wasn’t willing to side with him over Konstantin. Maggie took a stranger’s word over her good friend. Personally, we can’t wait to see Maggie’s face when she finds out Konstantin was after her money. It would serve her right if he took her money. What is she going to say when she finds out Steve was right about him?

Why would Everett threaten to quit the paper over one story? He basically had a temper tantrum because he couldn’t put a story in the paper. If he was going to quit, he could have stayed gone when Chad fired him. Is Everett the only good reporter in town? We find it hard to believe Everett is the only one who could run the paper.

 

Maggie from Days

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Days Nitpicks & Flubs For The Week Of January 22, 2024

Nitpicks & Flubs

 

by Michele & Cheryl

Steve from Days

Monday

-Steve could be heard letting go of Konstantin while John was shown.

-Clyde could be heard talking to Harris while Steve was shown.

-Alex could be heard closing a door while Harris was shown.

-Theresa cried without any tears.

Tuesday

-Everett could be heard talking to Chad while Chanel was shown.

-Sarah could be heard talking to Xander while Chad was shown.

-Ava could be heard talking to a customer while Xander was shown.

-Why would Ava get Stephanie’s help with P.R. when she kissed Harris?

Wednesday

-Theresa could be heard packing while Brady and Rachel were shown hugging.

-Rafe could be heard talking to Jada while Eric and Sloan were shown.

-Leo could be heard talking while Eric and Sloan were talking.

Thursday

-Paulina could be heard sifting through papers while Chanel was shown.

-Chad could be heard talking to Everett while Paulina was shown.

-Stephanie could be heard talking to Tripp and Wendy while Chad was shown.

-Why did Everett ask Chad if he knew Steve well? Chad should have known Steve when he was married to Abby. He should have told Everett that he knew Steve while he was married to his niece. Chad didn’t have to date Stephanie to know Steve.

Friday

-Sarah was heard opening a door while Rafe was shown.

-Alex was heard knocking on Marlena’s office door while Sarah was shown.

-Everett’s flashback was heard before it was shown.

-How did Everett see Jada at the pub, but she didn’t see him? She was facing the door so there’s no way she shouldn’t have seen him.

 

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Days Best Lines For The Week Of January, 22, 2024

Days of Our Lives Best Lines

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Best Lines by Michele and Cheryl

(to John when his hair was messed up)
Marlena: I love you too. You might want to introduce yourself to a comb.

Xander: It’s so nice having someone else in the house who can cook.
Sarah: Well don’t get too excited. You haven’t had my meal yet.

(When Stephanie said she doesn’t drink much)
Ava: Your little sleepover with Harris.
Stephanie: You mean Harris Michaels?
Ava: You know another Harris?

(to Leo after he suggested seeing Wonka and other movies)
Brady: Thank you for your suggestions. You can oompa lumpa your way out of here.

(to Eric)
Leo: I need some wonderfully flattering photos of myself preferably ones that make me look taller, younger, thinner for Lady Whistleblower’s grand return.

(to Eric)
Leo: This is Salem. There’s always a scandal ready to be exposed.

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Days Short Recap Friday, January 26, 2024

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Recap written by Michele and Cheryl

Theresa went to the hospital and ran into Kayla. Kayla wanted to know what was going on with her. Jada, Stephanie and Rafe bonded with each other. They wanted to talk about personal things. Jada asked Stephanie if she was swearing off men. Stephanie said she was swearing off men. Rafe said he sensed hesitation. Stephanie said it was hard because she worked with two of her exes. Jada and Rafe wanted to know who they were. They knew about Chad, but not the other one. Stephanie said it was someone she dated in Seattle. While Everett was working on a story, he thought of Stephanie. Alex talked to Marlena about Theresa relapsing. He told her that he and Brady took care of Theresa. Alex said he wanted to help, but he was in the way. He told her about Theresa planning to leave town to visit her mother. Alex said he talked Theresa into staying because he couldn’t let her leave. Kayla told Theresa that Kim talked to her about slipping and was disappointed about her not coming to California. She asked why Theresa decided not to go back. When Rafe walked away from the table, Jada told Stephanie that he was nothing like her lying, cheating boyfriend. Alex told Marlena he wanted Theresa to stay because they were alike. Theresa told Kayla Alex begged her to stay in town because they should be together. She told Kayla that she kissed Brady, but when Alex persuaded her to stay, she realized he was what she needed. Kayla asked if she loved Alex. Theresa said she did love him. She asked if Kayla approved of it. Kayla said she didn’t know him that well, but he was capable of change if he met the right woman. Theresa said when she first got together with Alex, she was using him to get over Brady. She said she didn’t think she would develop real feelings for him. Theresa said she felt guilty because she destroys people’s lives without thinking about it. She said she was ashamed of what she did because he deserved better. Kayla asked what she did.

Marlena asked if Alex was in love. Alex said it was new for him. She told him feelings were subjective. He said he should act on his feelings for Theresa. Alex asked if he should propose to Theresa. Marlena said the feelings were new for him, but he needed to take it slowly. Alex thought he could lose her if he waited. Stephanie asked Jada if her marriage ended because of her ex cheating on her. Jada said that was the main reason. She said she checked the charges on his account and found a ring. Jada said when he found out they had a horrible fight and knew it was over. When Rafe came back to the table, he wanted to know what he missed. Jada said she was talking about her ex. Everett called Stephanie to ask if he could email a story to her. She said she wouldn’t get to it until the morning because she was out with friends and asked him to join them. He agreed to join them. Marlena asked Alex if he told Theresa how he felt. Alex said he didn’t. Marlena said he wouldn’t know how she felt about him since he didn’t ask. He agreed not to rush to marry Theresa. Marlena said the best thing for him to do for Theresa is there for her. Kayla asked what Theresa did to feel guilty. She asked if it was about her past mistakes. Theresa said it was about her past mistakes. Kayla asked if she suffered enough. She said one of the steps in the 12-Step program is making amends. Kayla asked if there was anyone, she needed to make amends with. Theresa said she needed to make amends. When Everett went to the pub, he saw Jada and left. He sent Stephanie a text to let her know he couldn’t make it. When Stephanie left the pub, she called Everett. He asked her if she could come by his apartment so he could talk to her. He said it couldn’t wait.

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