Days Transcript Wednesday, January 10, 2024

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[blender whirring]

What is that slop?

This is not slop. It’s some wheatgrass, kale, spirulina–

It looks like Shrek threw up in there.

Well, that’s a pleasant thought to put in my head as I’m about to drink this. Ugh! You know, this whole thyroid business has been a wake-up call for me to start taking care of myself. And they say you are what you eat, right?

Then you are about to turn into a Green Goblin. So, Mama, have you heard anything back about your biopsy results?

Not yet. But at this point, I’ve decided no news is good news.

[soft music]

Mm, you look like you could use this.


Mm-hmm, two shots of espresso.

You can drink someone else’s coffee in here?

My uncle’s the owner.


I am indeed.




Oh, yeah. That is hitting the system.


Feeling good.

Good. I figured you’d need it after you were up all night working nonstop on that story.

I was definitely, definitely was. Look, I’m sorry if I derailed our meeting last night, dragging you down memory lane. Sometimes I get a little distracted by our history.

It’s OK. It was actually a good use of our time because it gave me a fabulous idea.

Good work, everyone. Thanks, we got it from here. Good luck with this one.

Have his ID.

[tense music]

Hey, pal. You look pretty smart. Bet you could even count to because that’s how many bags of dope Officer Goldman found in your possession. So if you’re really smart, you’re going to tell me– Where did they come from?

You know what, this was a mistake. I should have never left the hospital.

Of course– of course, you should have. You have to take care of yourself, darling. My God, you haven’t slept in hours. How can you take care of Holly if you’re running on fumes? So I am going to have Cook make you something light to eat. You can then have a shower and then take a nap–

Oh, my God. Stop– stop treating me like I’m five!

[soft music] I’m sorry.

It’s OK. You’re exhausted, I get it.

It’s not just the exhaustion, EJ. It’s– I feel like I’m living in a nightmare that’s never going to end.

I hope Tate slept better than I did last night.

How could anybody even sleep in here? I mean a -year-old kid has no business being in adult jail.

God, I swear when this is all over, I’m going to sue EJ for pain and suffering.

Good luck with that. Let’s just concentrate on getting our boy out of here.




No hugging.

[dramatic music]

Hey. Bud, how are you doing? You hanging in there?

I guess, yeah.

Tate, look at me. Look at me.

[gasps] Oh, my God.

What happened? Who did that to you?

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

So I was thinking maybe we partner with the escape room downtown, arrange a murder mystery event with the paper as a sponsor. Grow your subscription base, write a series of stories about it, tax write-off. Win-win-win.

Win-win-win. Pretty– pretty brilliant.

Why, thank you. And who doesn’t love a good mystery, right?

You know, with your amazing PR skills and my so-so writing ability, we might just save this paper.

Oh, come on, you’re a terrific writer.

You inspire me, I admit. We make a pretty good team.

[soft music]

I think this hypothyroid thing might be a blessing in disguise.

How so?

Well, my new endocrinologist was telling me about this anti-inflammatory diet that he thought I should try. I looked it up, and would you believe? It’s supposed to help improve memory.

Wait, are you having problems with your memory now, Mom?

Not me, Abraham!

Wait, I thought Abe’s doctors said they already tried everything.

Mm-hmm, well, every treatment that western medicine has to offer, yes, but nothing holistic like acupuncture, homeopathy, or herbal medicines. And not only might those remedies possibly help, I read that bizarre events could also be a stimulus to help jog someone’s memory.

Well, it is a good thing that Abe lives in Salem then because there are enough bizarre events happening in this town.

[knock on door]



Well, good morning, Paulina.


[both laugh]

These are for you.

Oh! Thank you! How beautiful! And what’s in there?

Oh, well, these are double dutch chocolate croissants.

Oh, no, no, no! I don’t think so. None for you Abraham Carver.

[dramatic music]

Nicole, Holly is young and strong. If anyone can defy the odds, it’s your daughter. I mean, just like I did, remember? My God, I was– I was shot in the head. And although recovery was difficult, I’m % fine now, as you can see. Holly, she is just so full of life and spirit, determination. She’s going to beat this.

I pray that you’re right, EJ. I’ve tried to be positive and optimistic and to believe that God is looking out for my daughter. But the thing is, he didn’t look out for our son. So I’m starting to lose faith, EJ. I’m having trouble believing in miracles right now.

What do you think happened?

I repeat, who did that to you?

What difference does it make?

It makes a big difference. This needs to be reported.

Mom, it’s not like you can go to the principal like you did when I was in fifth grade and Josh Turner kept dunking my head in the toilet.

I want to know what happened. Did someone come into your cell?


Tell me.

No. I was just– I was walking to a table, minding my own business. I had my meal tray, and some guy grabbed my sandwich off of it. And then I looked at him and–

You looked at him and what?

And he punched me in the face.

Oh, my God! Animal!

Tate, son, I’m sorry. You shouldn’t be in here.

Yeah, you sure as hell should not be in here. We’re going to get you out of here. Your father’s going to do something about that today.

[dramatic music]

So you’ll run the sponsorship idea by Chad and Xander?

I will, and I will let you know what they say.

Great. Oh, and you are still planning on participating in the MLK Park cleanup day? National Day of Service?

Yes, definitely. Got our brooms re-threaded and ready.

Great. OK, last item of business. How’s Leo’s first column?

Late. He says he’s got a ton of material to sift through. So apparently, there’s no one in all of Salem without at least one deep dark secret they’re trying to hide.

[soft music]

Oh, my God. Oh, no. What happened? What happened? Why am I–

We can– we can talk later. I got to get to the station. There’s been a baby abduction.

Yeah, he’s probably got a point there.

Piss off, man. Not saying a word.

Well, you just said seven. I’m going to run a background check on you, see what the system has to say about you, Mr. Smith.

You just sold three bags of dope to an undercover cop. It’s a bad move, open and shut case. Mandatory minimum sentence, and if you have any priors– But if you want to cooperate, I might be able to make it all go away.


Tell me who your boss is. You’re going to be like that, huh?

Well, no priors on Mr. Smith, go figure. You feel like telling us your real name?

Hey, look, I know you’ve been on since midnight. Why don’t you go get a bite here, and I’m going to book our new friend, Mr. Smith?

You sure?

Yeah. Something tells me he might have a change of heart. Either he is going to give up his boss, or he’s going to do some really hard time. It’s up to him.

[dramatic music]

Theresa, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for our boy. I just don’t know what to do that I haven’t already tried.

I have an idea.

You’ve been really close with Nicole for a really long time, and she knows how much you care for Holly. So why don’t you talk to her about this?

You want me go to Nicole and try to, what, convince her to talk to EJ and have him drop the charges or something?

Maybe you could get Tate’s bail reinstated or, you know, push his case back into the juvenile system.

OK, I’ll try. I’ll try. I don’t know how receptive she’s going to be given the circumstances, but I– buddy, I just– I don’t want to give you false hope here.

Please, Dad. I won’t get my hopes up, I promise. But it can’t hurt to try, right?

No, it can’t hurt to try. So I will. I will give it my best shot, OK?

I haven’t told anyone this, but when we spread our son’s ashes outside, I said a prayer. And it’s been a long time since I prayed. And look what happened. Holly overdosed and almost died and is in a coma. So if I ever had any doubt then, it is very clear now how God feels about me.

No. No. Nicole, no. This has nothing to do with how God feels about you, about any of us. You know that. Tragedies happen, and none of us knows why, but it certainly has nothing to do with God punishing us, OK? When tragedies befall us, all we can try and do is remain as strong as we can and to try and focus as best we can on what we still have to be grateful for.

EJ, that is easier said than done.

Of course, it is. And I certainly understand why you feel the way you do. If you need to cry–

No. Do you think I need permission to cry? That’s all I’ve been doing, is crying. And what I really wanted to say, EJ, is I want to scream. I want to scream. I want to know why this is happening. I want to know why Holly is suffering. I want to know why we lost our baby. I just– I want to scream.

Then do it. Nicole, look at me. Then do it. Stand up. Do it. Do it.

[screams] Do it. Scream!

[both scream]

More, more, more!



Well, why can I not have a chocolate croissant? Am I being punished?

Mama has got a bee in her bonnet about healthy eating. You should see the nasty green goop she guzzled down this morning.

Well, now, a healthy diet is nothing to poo-poo about. Lots of vegetables, protein, fiber. Did you know that salmon is a superfood? Vitamins and omega- fatty acids, good for the heart and brain! Chanel, could you give me a little time alone with Abe please? I want to tell him about some of those alternative options that I’ve been reading about.

OK. All right, I’ll be back later. And, Abe, don’t eat none of that nasty green goop.

Oh, well, now, it’s just the two of us. I wanted to talk to you about more than just adding good brain food to your diet. See, now, I’ve come across some research about some alternative treatments for memory loss, and–

Paulina, Paulina, Paulina, I appreciate your concern, and I know that you want me to get my memory back very badly. And so do I, but if I never– if I never do, I just have to learn to live with it. My question is, can you?

[dramatic music]

I bet you don’t have any deep, dark secrets.

Outside of the fact that I’m secretly a gigolo?


I’m serious.


What? That’s not plausible?

[phone beeps] God. All right, oh, here we go. Police scanner says they brought in a dealer for questioning. I should get down there and nose around, see what I can find.

Yeah, good luck.

Thanks. Thank you for all the great ideas. You are the best. OK.

Thanks. I got it from here.


Got your prints back, Mr. Hulsenkamp. Doesn’t have quite the same ring as Mr. Smith now, does it? And you must have missed Statesville a whole lot. I mean, you were released two days ago, and you already found a way to get back? With a rap sheet like this, Mr. Hulsenkamp, you may never see the light of day again. Unless you’re willing to play ball.

[dramatic music]

Did that help, darling?

I’m not sure. I think I’ll go upstairs and take a shower, and can you bring me a piece of toast? I feel lightheaded, and it’s probably because I haven’t eaten.

I will bring you toast and tea.


[soft music]

Is everything OK in here? I can hear screaming down the driveway.

What are you doing here, Brady?

I came to see Nicole. EJ, I need to talk to her alone.

Of course I want you to get your memory back, Abraham. But if you don’t, it doesn’t change how I feel about you. I love you, I always will.

Thank you. I needed to hear that.

Well, now I’m not even sure I should bring this up.

Go ahead.

Well, I’ve come across some research about dealing with amnesia. And, well, it gave me an idea. And I thought we should test it out this morning.

What kind of test?

Well, I’ll show you a video of our wedding, and maybe it can jog something up there in that beautiful noggin of yours. But well, now, if it’s too much pressure, I understand.

I know that that was a very bad day for Lani. And I don’t know if– I don’t know if it would remind me of anything, but I would like to watch our wedding ceremony. I know it must have been one of the happiest days of my life.

[soft music]

Oh, hey there.

Jay, come join me.

As long as there’s no booze involved this time.

Yeah. I’m sorry if I corrupted you that day.

What? No, girl. It was my choice to get smashed, believe me.

Yeah, well, I don’t usually day drink, and I never will again.

Me neither.

[upbeat music] So I got to say, though, girl, I cannot keep up with you. And I trust that Harris got you home safe and sound like the gentleman he is.

Yes, he was a perfect gentleman.

Nothing? You’re not going to give me anything? You’re just going to let your boss skate while you take the fall?

[tense music] OK, I’m going to leave you to ponder your life choices and the get-out-of-jail free card I’m offering. Think about it. Something I can do for you, Mr. Lynch?

How’s it going, Harris? I’m working on a story on the drug epidemic in Salem. Got word you made a big arrest.

I mean, I wouldn’t say it’s big.

Is the guy talking?

Not yet.

Give me a crack at him. What have you got to lose?

[dramatic music]

Did you put ice on your eye?

Yeah. I got some out of the freezer. It was right next to the fudge pops.

Sorry, I don’t know, I thought that maybe you’d go to the infirmary or something.

No one in here is sent to the infirmary for a black eye. If they did, half the men would be in the infirmary.

You are not a man.

Well, I am now, right? And I’m not a boarding school kid anymore, not in here. I just wish I’d taken martial arts instead of graphic design.

You’re really brave, son.

No. No, I’m just faking it. Truth is, I’m pretty scared. I’m so angry because I didn’t do anything wrong. I don’t know how much longer I can handle this. I just don’t know.

If you’ve come to plead Tate’s case, you can turn right around and go straight to hell.

EJ, let me talk to Brady.

Are you sure?

I’m sure. Can you just give us a minute?

[tense music]

I’ll be back in a few.

Sorry about Holly. We all love her. She’s– she’s such a great kid, and we’re all hoping that she pulls through.

Thank you.

Nic, there’s no one– no one that feels worse about what’s going on than Tate. I don’t know what you’ve been told, and I don’t mean to pour this on you, but I’m feeling a little desperate myself because I have a son that’s insisting he knew nothing about the drugs, he knew nothing about them. And he– he would never hurt her, never. But my son is in a jail cell right now, and he got beaten by a grown man because EJ refuses to– he revoked his bail, and he will not charge him as a minor. He wants to charge him as an adult for possession of illegal drugs, Nic.

Tate was beat up?

He was beaten by a grown man. He was attacked. We’ve been friends a long time. And I hate to ask this of you, but is there any way you can just get him to reason a little bit because I know you’re scared to death of losing your little girl. And I hope to God she pulls through. But I am also very afraid of losing my little boy.

[dramatic music]

[soft music]

Are we going to jump the broom?

Spoiler alert, we made it over.


Oh, listen to this part.

Paulina Price, by the time I met you, I had thought that I had experienced the last great love of my life. But every day– every day, you prove that love is not in my past, it’s in my present. And most importantly, it’s in my future.

[soft music]

Well, I might be the rookie here but, I’m not naive. You know I can’t let a reporter interrogate a suspect. You must know–

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, OK. It’s just this town’s in the middle of a drug crisis. You and I, we’re on the same team. We’re trying to stop people from dying. Not to brag, but I have a talent for getting people to talk.

Well, you make a convincing case, but I’d like to keep my job a little longer.

All right. Good luck. You’re going to need it.

[tense music]

So are you sure you’re not interested in Harris?

Excuse me?

[chuckles] I don’t know. You guys seem to really hit it off that day.

Yeah. Harris isn’t my type. Actually, my ex and I kissed on New Year’s Eve.

OK, whoa, whoa. Back up. Which ex, Chad or Alex?

The one before from Seattle.

Oh, the one that came all the way over here to be close to you? That guy?

That guy.

[soft music] Chanel.

Hey, Steph.

Abe told me that he was having breakfast with you and your mom at your place. What are you doing here?

Yeah, well, Mama is on this health kick all of a sudden. So I thought I’d come by here and wolf down an unhealthy ham and cheese omelet and maybe sneak one back to Abe because she is probably force feeding him one of those kale and wheatgrass smoothies as we speak.


[chuckles] Order your unhealthy breakfast and then pull up a chair, join us.

You listen to me, your father and I are not going to rest until you are out of here. OK? That’s a promise. In the meantime, do you remember how I was held captive in Mexico?

Yeah. Yeah, the El Fideo guy?

I didn’t think I’d see it past a day, let alone two years. You’re not going to be in here that long. But my point is, is that I came out so much stronger. And I know it really, really, really sucks for you to be in here right now. But you are going to come out of this stronger too. Do you know why? Because you are my son, and you’re tougher than you know.

I know that EJ feels helpless about Holly’s condition.

We all do.

Yes, we all do, of course. But his solution is to throw the book at my little boy. I don’t think you want– you love my boy. And I don’t think Holly would want that either.

I know Tate said they were Holly’s drugs. Do you believe that to be true?

Nic, I can’t be sure. There’s no way of knowing.

I’ve been thinking you confessed to protecting Tate. So you wouldn’t do that if you didn’t think he was innocent, right?

No, no, no, Nic. To be honest with you, I didn’t give a damn whether he was guilty or not guilty at that point. I just knew that EJ was targeting him, and I wanted to deflect his wrath on me. That was my parental instinct that kicked in. All that said, though, yeah, I believe my son is telling the truth.

So you think Holly is the one using drugs and EJ and I could have helped her, but we were just oblivious?

No. Nicole, Holly has had a difficult life thus far. I mean, it’s been unstable. She didn’t get to know her father at all. Your life, personal life, romantic life, just like mine, for dear God has been erratic and up and down, and that can affect a kid. We know as parents that these kids, they can put things right under our noses, and we can easily overlook them. So yes, it’s possible that Holly could have resorted to something like that.

Damn you, Brady. Damn you. How dare you talk about my daughter like that?

What do you mean like that?

Get out– get out of my house.

You’re misunderstanding.

I want you to leave.

What’s the matter with you? Hasn’t your family done enough? Get out. Get the hell out of here, Brady!

[dramatic music]


I guess we didn’t dredge up any memories, huh?

I’m sorry, no. Maybe if we could reenact the first kiss of the husband and wife.

[soft music]

[both laugh]

[phone ringing]


Mayor, this is Brady Black.

Oh, Brady. Hello. What can I do for you?

I want you to fire EJ DiMera.

[dramatic music]

My God. The nerve of that bastard coming over here and provoking you. What did he say to you?

He thinks Tate is telling the truth, that the drugs Holly used were hers.

Of course he would believe that. Son of a bitch. I never should have let him in the door.

I don’t know who I’m madder at, Brady, or Tate, or the dealers, or myself. Because if Brady is right about this, then I’m the one at fault here. This is my fault.

No, no. Nicole, this is not your fault. Do you hear me? Brady is just trying to convince you that it’s Holly’s fault, so he can get his son off the hook, and that is not going to happen.

EJ, I just– I feel so helpless. Because if I lose Holly, then I don’t–

Hey, look at me. Look at me. As I told you before, I am living proof that a hopeless case can turn around for the better.

But it took years for you to recover.

That was years ago. There have been extraordinary advances in modern medicine since then– you know that. And I promise you Holly is going to get the best care in the world. I will do everything in my power to make sure she recovers and that Tate Black pays for what he has done. I swear on the soul of my father.

Oh, no, don’t tell me.

I’m sorry, I could not convince Nicole to do anything. Out of desperation, I made a call to Mayor Price and demanded that she fire EJ, but she said that he’s still operating within the confines of the law. And until he crosses a line, she can’t interfere.

Well, he always crosses the line. He always does.

I know, and he will. And when he does, we’ll get him.

Thanks for trying, Dad.

Son, I’m going to get you out of here. I swear on the soul of my grandfather.

Abraham, you’ve been mayor of this town longer than I’ve been. Did I do right by Tate, or did I just stand idly by while my DA just railroaded an innocent young man just because my public wants me looking tough on crime?

Well, I don’t know what I’d do if I were in your shoes. But I do know that you have a very sharp mind and a very big heart. I trust your judgment.

Oh, you’ve always known just how to lift my spirits up.

So I still haven’t lost the knack?

Not at all. Not at all.


[soft music]

I think Abe is head over heels for your mom.

Yeah, well, I hope so because she is head over heels for him. And she could use all the support she can get right now.

What do you mean?

Oh, just being mayor is a stressful job.

Come on, sit.

Actually, you know what? You can take my seat. I should probably get back to work.

I hope you’re not leaving because of me. I’m really sorry about your sister leaving town.

Thanks, Chanel.

How’s Talia doing?

She’s OK. I’m just– I’m really sad that she left, but she wanted a fresh start and we’ve all been there, right?

[cell phone ringing]

[tense music]

Chad, what’s up? Yeah, yeah. I’ll be right over.

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