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Mayor Price.

[clears throat] Oh, why, hello there, Detective Michaels.

I’m glad I ran into you.

Oh, same here. Always…

[coughs] Love seeing one of my boys in blue. I have thanked you for all that you’ve been doing about this drug epidemic, haven’t I?

Yes, you have. Yes, you have. Thank you. I just want to tell you that I made a little progress this morning. We busted a dealer junkie who was just released from Statesville, and he may have some inside info.

Oh, well, that’s– that’s very encouraging indeed.

Yeah, of course, we don’t know if he was telling the truth, but, you know, people will say anything not to go back to prison.

Yeah, right. But you’re following up, I assume?

Of course I am.

Oh, silly question. Why wouldn’t you? Especially since this crisis. Oh, good Lord. It seems like it’s spreading like wildfire.

It does, unfortunately.

When it hits close to home… I went to see Holly Jonas yesterday. Oh, and my heart, it did break. Oh, that poor girl is hooked up to all those tubes and monitors.

[sighs] She should be out enjoying her life instead of lying in a coma.

Yeah, that’s a tragedy, for sure. Mayor Price, I have an idea.

An idea?

On how to get to the bottom of this problem in Salem.

Mm-hmm. Mind cluing me in?

[dramatic music]

If it pans out, you’ll be the first to know.


Hey. Hey, great– great piece on the drug epidemic.


Yeah, yeah, content is really shaping up, and layout is sharp. Good work.

Cool. Thanks. But I see you jotting down notes. What do you got for me?

Well, I think our sources could use an upgrade still, so I actually got us some face time with the mayor this afternoon.

Oh, that’s–that’s terrific.


She’s always good for some noteworthy quotes, which she infuses with– with not only passion but with wit and humor. I think that’s why our young readers like her so much, and Steph is determined to target them especially.

Right. Is that part of the– her new PR strategy that you discussed over dinner last night?

Yeah. Yeah. Do you want me to get her back over here so you can hear the full pitch or–

No. No. No. No. No. Another time.


Well, we should actually probably head to the mayor’s office.

OK, let me– let me just put together some questions, and then we can. OK.

[clears throat] Speaking of Stephanie…


Got to say I’m not surprised. It’s really just more of– of an observation, if you will.


I saw you guys kissing on New Year’s Eve, rather…passionately.

[chuckles] OK.

Yeah, OK. I just… am surprised is all. So much for being just friends.

You know, I kind of wish they still had the Christmas lights up and the Christmas ornaments and the sounds of Christmas music wafting through the air.

Yeah, I miss it too.

Oh, hi, Harris.

Kate. Roman.


Hope I’m not interrupting anything.

Just finishing a lunch date with my handsome husband.

Great, then I won’t keep you. Roman, would you mind if I have a few minutes with Kate?

Well, yeah, as a matter of fact, Harris, I would. Whatever you have to say to Kate, you can say in front of me.

Well, I agree with that.

OK, then. Kate, I would like to talk to you about Lucas.

Thank you so much for getting here so quickly.

Yeah, you had me worried, the way you sounded on the phone.


Hope I didn’t keep you waiting. I had to take a call.

Was it about Tate?

We do have other cases, Theresa.

Really? About boys being attacked in prison?

What? Tate was attacked?

Yeah, he was– he was hit by an adult for no apparent reason. He has a black eye, and he’s freaked out about it.

Yeah, but I gave orders for him to be placed in isolation. OK, well, one of the guards must have made a mistake.

No, the mistake was charging my kid as an adult. That’s why he was in this danger in the first place. And this is all on EJ too.

All right. Well, I’m gonna go down there and find out what happened.


This is not fair. This is not fair. What if he gets attacked again but with a– I don’t know, a knife or God knows what?

I’m so sorry, Theresa.

Sorry is not gonna get us anywhere, Alex. I need to get Tate out of there right now. You need to call your dad. Justin. You need to call Justin. And you need to tell him what is going on so that he can get him transferred.

Well, you can actually tell him yourself.

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

Did something happen with Lucas? Please tell me– just tell me he’s OK.

No, Lucas–Lucas is fine.

OK, then what is this about?

[dramatic music]

Well, we– we got a tip on, whoever’s trafficking these drugs in Salem right now is in Statesville.

Well, certainly you have to know that Lucas would have nothing to do with that.

No. No, not at all. Your son has been a model prisoner, apparently.

So what’s the problem?

Like I said, Lucas is not the problem. I’m hoping he can be a part of the solution.

Justin, thank God you’re here. Tate got beat up this morning.

Yes, I heard.

Rafe went to go find out what he could, but will you tell me when I can get my son transferred out of that hellhole, please?

I do have some news.

Is it good news? Is it good news?

You know, maybe we should talk in the interrogation room, privately. Can we?

Yeah, Chad… that kiss, I’m– I’m pretty sure Steph and I just got a little… caught up in the moment. That’s all, you know? Ball had dropped. People were celebrating. So fireworks. We kissed each other for auld lang syne. Right after that, I made sure she got home safely, and… I went back to my room at the Salem Inn.

Right. I mean, and listen, you don’t… owe me an explanation, you know? She’s not committed to me, nor I to her, so… You know, it’s– whoever she kisses, you know, or–or whatever she does is… not my business, you know?


That’s cool.

Right. Cool. But you felt compelled to tell me that you saw us kissing on New Year’s Eve.

Yeah, well, I mean, we were–we were– we were pretty serious not too long ago. I mean, we lived together.


She was–she was very close with my children, and–and they loved her. And I think she’s a wonderful person, and I care about her a lot, so that’s not really too hard to understand, is it?

No. No. Not at all.

OK. Good.

Yeah, but… I care about her too. I always will.

You want–you want Lucas to be an informant?

[dramatic music]


Hey, yes, that’s what I’m thinking. I want him to help us nail this bastard who’s trafficking opiates from inside Statesville.

May I offer my take on that?

Please do.

Well, after my decades with the ISA and my years on the force, I know this is a very high-risk ask, Detective.

I will–I will not deny that.

And I also know that the odds are not in Lucas’ favor to carry this out.

No, of course they’re not. You know, and it may be the brave and noble thing to fearlessly rat out the son of a bitch who’s selling drugs in Statesville, but what good does it do you to be brave and good if you’re dead, OK? So my answer to your ask is most definitely no. Most definitely, I will not put my son in danger.

What time is our meeting with the mayor?


OK. That gives us just about enough time to review our strategy.

All right, well, she agreed to meet because she wants to discuss her plans for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Right, and with her as Salem’s first female Black mayor, that’s especially significant.

Yup, and then we go over some of the unique challenges that she’s faced.

Yes, and the recent advances that have been made with regard to race relations, female empowerment.

And at some point, we’re gonna have to segue into what’s gonna be done about the drug epidemic.

Right, and with it hitting so close to home now.

You mean Holly Jonas?

Man, I just remember watching her and her date on the dance floor on New Year’s Eve. They were just having such a great time, you know? And then just like that, life is shattered.

Hers and Tate’s.

Yeah. And I can’t help thinking, like, if– if Steph and I hadn’t left the party early or if my investigator’s brain had been working… Anyway.

Then what? What? I mean–

Her parents didn’t even know anything was wrong.

So even if you had, what could you have possibly done?

Probably nothing.


Probably nothing. It’s just that feeling, you know, of… wishing you could have helped, even if– even if it’s too late, even if– I don’t know. It’s not a particularly rational thought.

No. No, no. Listen. Abigail told me– told me once that– that for some investigators, a job is just a job. You know, but for the good ones, it’s a calling. They’re motivated by a strong desire to make a difference, which, you know, for what it’s worth, I think you are.

Thanks… for acknowledging that.

Right, so we’ll– let’s go see the mayor.



The appeal was denied?

I did my damnedest. The judge was adamant.

What are you talking–Dad– Justin, how did you let this happen?

Alex, I did not let it happen, OK? As we all know, Tate pled guilty. That didn’t help. Nor did his getting expelled from boarding school.

But how is that even admissible? Him being expelled, how did the judge even know about that?

Come on, Theresa, how could the judge not know? Social media.

So–social media? How the hell did it get out to social media? The first thing you should have done was made sure that his name was erased from the internet immediately.

It’s not that simple. It takes money, for one thing–

Which would have never been a problem.

And time, for another thing, more time than we had–

And the money could have bought the precious time that we needed. You blew it, Justin. You know, Theresa and Brady, they just keep saying all of this falls on EJ, but it really doesn’t. It’s not EJ’s fault. It’s not Rafe’s fault. It’s not anybody else’s fault but yours.

Kate, look, I get that you’re worried about Lucas’ safety. I understand that. But if we do not get him involved, if we do not bust who’s responsible for this drug crisis, it’s just gonna keep going on and on. More people are gonna get hooked. More people will die.

Harris, you are absolutely right about that. That is very true. We were heartbroken when we heard about Holly.

Yes, of course we were, and when I think about what Nicole’s going through, especially after losing her newborn son, I feel for her. I mean, I really do. But this is my son that we’re talking about, and I’m going to protect him.

[phone rings] Oh, OK, this is Billie, my daughter. I have to take it.

[dramatic music]

Well, you heard the woman. She is a lioness when it comes to her kids.

I understand, and I do respect that, but I may be able to get her to reconsider.


When I tell her how Lucas will be rewarded for his efforts.


[coughing] Mm.


[knock at door]

[gasps] Oh. Oh. Come in. Oh.

[laughs] Oh, Everett, Chad. Oh, well, sit down. Sit down.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Can I get you your coffee, you know, or some delicious pastries from my daughter’s bakery?

Oh, no, no. We’re good. Thank you. I am.

I’m fine as well. Besides, I hear there’s gonna be plenty of treats at the event.

Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Those are being provided by Sweet Bits, courtesy of my baby girl. And the pub, they will be serving coffee and tea, and we already have so many volunteers to help clean up the city.



[coughing] And to think, little old me is at the helm of it all. Uh-huh. But I’m a bit daunted, truth be known.

Well, you are the embodiment of the dream that Dr. King talked about so eloquently. A successful Black businesswoman from Miami, now the mayor of Salem, following in the esteemed footsteps of the first Black man to become mayor of Salem.

My brilliant Abraham. As we all know, just two generations ago, this would have all been impossible. Oh, but, you know, we’ve come a long way indeed. But with what’s being reported all over the country, I think that we backslid somewhat. That’s why it is so very important to keep Dr. King’s dream alive.



Yeah, we couldn’t agree more. That’s why “The Spectator” is actually gonna be one of the main sponsors for the Day of Service and why we’re gonna dedicate the next issue to covering the event…


Which you will have final approval before it’s distributed.

I appreciate that.

We’re determined to keep “The Spectator” a voice of and for the people. And speaking of which, as mayor, do you have any thoughts on the growing drug epidemic?


I don’t understand this. How can Tate’s appeal be revoked, Justin?

It’s at the discretion of the judge, I’m afraid.

With EJ in his ear or hands in his pocket.

Look, either way, there’s nothing more I can do. I’m truly sorry, you guys.


Hey, how is my son? Did you figure out why he wasn’t in solitary?

Yeah, it was a mistake, which has been rectified. He’s been moved to another cell, one of the newer cells with security cameras. And I personally saw to it that he was moved there, and I brought him some ice, by the way, and talked to the on-duty guards there and put the fear of God in them. So rest assured, he will not be in danger anymore.

Oh, thank God.

Yeah. He’s a brave kid. He wanted me to let you guys know that he’s doing OK. I’m gonna have one of the medics from here go down there periodically and check in on him.

All right.

All right?

I appreciate it. Thank you.

Of course. Now, if you’ll excuse me.


There’s an example of somebody getting the job done.

Alex, you will stop with the insinuations.

I’m just saying, if money can talk for EJ, it damn well can talk for us. We just need a lawyer who’s doing exactly what it takes.

All right, Harris, let me get this straight. If Lucas helps you, he will be rewarded?

That’s correct.

Could you elaborate on that?

I could get him released from prison.

So you’re a magician now too?

[chuckles] Roman, we both know how the system works. Busting a drug operation this big would make national news. It would make him a hero. Along with his good behavior…

Harris, I’m not sure you’re aware of this, but Lucas kidnapped my daughter Sami. That’s his crime. That’s why he’s in Statesville. so I got to admit, I am somewhat ambivalent about him getting released.

I can understand that. But Kate is your wife, and she wants nothing more than her son to be free.

That is true, and I love my wife with all my heart, and Lucas did get us to Orpheus. So I’ll tell you what. I will work on getting over my ambivalence if Kate changes her mind about getting Lucas involved in this.

[dramatic music]

You think she will?

That, you will have to ask her.


Do I have any thoughts on the growing drug problem? Well, let me put it this way. If we had an hour, five hours, ten, I could not get through expressing them all.

I’m sure.

Do you mind if I record this?

Oh, yes, indeed. Oh, OK. Well, here goes. Fellow citizens of our wonderful city of Salem, when I was growing up in the ‘s and ‘s, of course there were drugs around. You had your hippies with their weed and the less risk-averse with their coke and LSD. And let me tell you, a lot of my contemporaries really got screwed up in the pursuit of fun.

[coughs] Oh, sorry. And sadly, you also had homeless addicts and wayward kids from the projects who tried to escape reality the only way they could: using drugs. And, well, that’s going on today, as we–

[coughs] As we all know.

[coughs] And it’s still–

[coughs] Still all going on.


You OK, Paulina?


[sighs] What I’m trying to say is…

[coughs] From what I’ve read, drugs have been a problem for centuries.

[coughs] The difference now is–

[coughs] From what I’ve also read is that they’re more potent now, especially opioids, which can be times stronger than heroin. times. And now with this increased potency of all drugs, well–

[coughing] Overdosing is what’s causing people to die.

[coughing] Whoo!



Yeah, Paulina, we can do this another time, if you prefer.

I’m fine. I’m fine.


[coughs] And my heart just aches for all those who have been affected, which is why I’m using every resource available to me to warn the public of the danger of these drugs.

[coughing] And by the time, I get through, ladies and gentlemen, there will not be a single soul in Salem who can say that they have not been informed and enlightened.

[coughing] Oh.


Yeah. Here.



Oh, oh. Oh.

[coughing] Mm. Mm. Mm.


[coughs] Mm.

Alex, you made yourself clear from the very beginning that you didn’t think that I was ruthless or aggressive enough to be Tate’s attorney, which is unfair, to say the least. And I’m not sure why I have to defend myself to you since you’re not even Tate’s parent. But I have been as ruthless as humanly possible to get Tate out of that adult jail. I have done everything I can, period.

Right, well, obviously, everything you can isn’t enough.

[scoffs] OK, well, I’m sorry you feel that way, Alex. I will submit a motion to be removed from this case.

Yeah, I’m sorry as well, but that works for me.

Wait a minute. Wait a minute. No, no. No. No.

No, Brady, I am out. I am not gonna work on this case when I am being berated by my son. Excuse me.

Alex, what the hell?

Go on, Alex, call the other lawyer.

Hold on. Hold on. Why don’t we take a deep breath here and think about, I don’t know, acting like grown-ups here for a second?

Oh, I’m being very grown up about this, Brady. I speak to my legal counsel every single morning, and I should be hearing from him any minute now. I’m gonna tell him the news that it’s his case now, and it can be a much more lucrative one for him, provided he takes care of business.

Theresa, is this what you want? You want our kid to be represented by some stranger?

No, no, no, no. This is not a stranger, Brady. This is an old pal of mine, and the guy happens to be a shark defense attorney. I’ve already brought him up to speed on Tate’s case. All I got to do is give him the latest.

[phone rings] There you go. This is him right now. Hey, Rodney. So I got some news for you.

[dramatic music]

How’s Billie?

Well, Billie is great. She just wanted to wish us happy New Year.

Well, I hope she had a good one too. Did you happen to speak to her about any of this, about Harris wanting Lucas’ help?

[scoffs] No. No, I didn’t, because I don’t need anyone else’s opinion. I already made up my mind, and very sorry if I wasted your time, Detective.

Kate, I think Harris might have a way to make his request more appealing.

More appealing? Well, what would that be?

How would you like to get Lucas out of prison?

How would you do that? I mean, why would you do that?

I would do that to save lives. And from because of what I know and what I’ve heard and knowing you, Kate, I know your son is a decent human being. He’s not a danger to society, and he’s already been punished enough.

Well, all of that is completely true, OK? I’m gonna–I’m going to have to think about it, OK? And you are going to have to promise me that you could really do that.

I will get confirmation on that. And I understand this is a big decision. I will let you talk. I’ll be waiting for your call. Thank you.


OK. Just give it to me straight, all right? How dangerous would this be for Lucas?

Well, to state the obvious, that depends on how or whether Lucas can pull this off.

[scoffs] Well, that’s a really big question, isn’t it? Even the crime that he did commit, he couldn’t help but having that come to light, could he, so how is he gonna pull this off?

Well, as I told Harris, Lucas was able to get John and Steve and me to Orpheus. He is very smart. I have complete confidence in him, Kate.

[sighs] That’s very touching. It is. But if he gets caught, he could die.

In my opinion, that is very unlikely. What is more likely is that Lucas gets his life back.

Oh, I’m sorry, guys.

[coughs] And thank you for the water. Oh.

Yeah. Are you sure you’re OK?

Mm. Mm. I’m fine. I’m fine. It’s just something I’m getting over. Oh, and in case you’re worried about your own sweet selves, it’s not contagious. But I do think maybe I should just rest my voice, especially with the big celebration tomorrow. Maybe we can continue this later.

Sure. Absolutely. Thank you so much for your time, Mayor Price.

And I get final approval on copy, right?

As promised.


[phone ringing]

I can call them back. OK. Thank you. Thanks for everything, guys.

Thank you, Mayor Price, and feel better.

Mm-hmm, I will. I will. I definitely will.

Thank you.


[sighs] Ah, screw it. If Theresa and Alex are gonna put the kibosh on Justin, I need to talk to– I need to find somebody I trust. I’m gonna call Belle. If she’s not available, I’ll call Carrie.

It’s all done from my end. Where are Alex and Theresa?

They’re in there on a call.

OK, I’ll go let them know.

Wait, before you make this official, Justin, don’t you think that it would be smart for Brady to get a second opinion first?

Belle or Carrie, either one.


Yeah, why not?

Well, as you just observed, Alex not only insulted me, but he persuaded Theresa that I’m a total incompetent. Do you really want to put either one of those two in his line of fire?

No. No, I don’t, but here’s where I stand. Tate is my son, right? And I know–I know that you are his best option. I was passive about it in there, but I’m done with that. I’m not gonna be that way anymore.

Brady, let it lie. Tate’s well-being should be your main priority. I don’t want to be a distraction.

You’re not a distraction. I’m not gonna let it lie, not when it comes to my son. I know what’s best for him, and I know you are it. Alex, he needs to butt out. He needs to shut up. Tate is my son. He’s not his son. I’m gonna call the shots here.

[dramatic music]

If anything happens to Lucas because I encouraged this…

Katie, Katie, I truly believe that Lucas can pull this off. I trust that he is clever enough and will be strongly motivated to make this happen without jeopardizing his own safety. And as much as I’ve gone back and forth on Harris, I trust him on this too. So let’s not go to the negative here. Let’s think about the very strong positive. Lucas can regain his freedom. He can come home to his family, be with his kids, his grandkids.

OK. OK. I’m going to take– I’m gonna take Harris to Lucas.


[line rings]

[phone rings]

Detective Michaels.

Hey, it’s me. I’ve thought about it. Roman and I discussed it, and even though I still have reservations, I’ll go to Statesville with you.

[sighs] Yes. I appreciate you trusting me with this, Kate. The sooner we go, the better.

OK, I’ll let you know as soon as I’m free.

Kate, I’m proud of you. I think you made a good decision.

God. And you will be OK if Lucas is freed early?

I would. Lucas messed up in the past, but he’s owned up to it and he’s paid a big price. You want him home. So do I.

Thank you for this. Thank you, my love.

Oh. Oh. Oh. I’ll be OK. Hoo. First diagnosis might have been wrong. It’s just a bad cold, sore throat…

[coughs] Allergies. Oh, girl, girl, you got this. Oh.



[coughing] Ooh, never mind. Oh. Oh. Oh.

[line rings] Yes, this is Paulina Price returning Dr. Siegal’s call. I’m sorry I didn’t pick up earlier, but I’m in the middle of plans for tomorrow’s big celebration. Oh, yes, it’s going to be phenomenal. You should come, and tell the other nurses they should be there too.

[coughs] Oh. Oh. Tomorrow? Well, I’m– I’m in the– I have to be at the event, and, you know, I have no idea how long it’ll go on, and– well, I’m sorry. I’m sorry, you must be very busy, but can’t you just give me the results over the phone? Well, can I speak to the doctor? Oh. Yes. Yes. Yes, in person? I understand. I’ll be there.

All right, so then we’ll just focus on the positives of MLK Day for this issue.

Yes, and I’ll let Steph know to spotlight that in the publicity.

We got some great quotes.

Yeah, I mean, Paulina has an amazing way with words.

Yeah, and just how passionate she is about what she believes in.


I got to admit, I was a little bit concerned about all the coughing and wheezing.

Yeah. Yeah. And I happened to get a look at her phone when it rang. She was ignoring a call from University Hospital.

So, what, you think there’s… something more going on to this cough or what?

Rodney, come on, we both know money talks. No, I don’t want you to get disbarred. Of course not, but I mean, is it that big of a– Hello? Rodney? Hello! Damn it.

Alex. Alex, here’s the deal. This is my son’s case, OK? My son. I’m gonna make the decisions about this, and I’ve decided I want Justin on the lead. What–what is going– did I miss something?


That was Chicago.

I don’t really care about what this lawyer friend of yours in Chicago has to say.

Well, you’re gonna care when you hear this. He said there’s nothing more he can do other than what Justin has already done.

All right. All right. All right. Then it’s settled. Justin, it’s settled.

What is?

He just got off the phone with his lawyer friend in Chicago and confirmed that he couldn’t be any more effective than– than you are and what you’re doing right now, which confirms that you’re doing everything you can for my son. So I want you to continue what you’re doing. I want you to rescind your motion to remove yourself.

Is that what you want, Theresa?

I do.

Fine. I will rescind my motion and stay on the case. However… I will no longer be reprimanded by you, Alex, or treated disrespectfully in any way. I busted my ass to try and help Tate, so I will continue on as his attorney but only if my efforts are appreciated and acknowledged.

You got it.



Alex, will you please– please give Brady and I some time to figure out our next move? I’ll see you later.

You want me to leave?

Yes, I do. We are Tate’s parents. We’re gonna decide how to figure out things from here on out.


[chuckles] You do that. Good luck.


Ooh, little harsh, huh?

I can’t care about whose feelings I’m hurting right now. All I care about is what’s happening to our son.

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