Interview with Jason Isaacs, Dyan Cannon, Jennifer Grant and Jeff Pope

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Jason Isaacs, Dyan Cannon, Jennifer Grant and Jeff Pope of "Archie" on Britbox

Interview with Jason Isaacs, Dyan Cannon, Jennifer Grant and Jeff Pope of “Archie” on Britbox by Jamie 12/5/23

From executive producer Jeff Pope, “Archie,” now on Britbox, brings the little-known story of actor Cary Grant’s rise to stardom, starting with his formative years as the troubled Archie Leach, who overcame his struggles to reinvent himself, to become the superstar the public knew.

Pope, along with Cary Grant’s daughter, Jennifer Grant, and Dyan Cannon, his ex-wife, as well as Jason Isaacs, the actor who stars in the title role, spoke with Jamie Ruby for TVMEG.COM earlier in the week.

The idea to do the series first came to Pope after reading Jennifer Grant’s book, Good Stuff, about her father. “I became fascinated with the kind of wit and humor of the man, as Jennifer relayed,” said Pope. The producer hadn’t realized that Cary had retired, and wanted to know why. “[W]hen he became a father, he gave it all up to become a stay at home dad, and I thought, that was my starting point…when you dig back into his past, you realize, because of his traumatic childhood, he was so determined that he was going to be the best father he could, and not be an absent father, which a continuing movie career would have meant.”

It was ten years ago when he first came to Cannon and told her he wanted to make the movie. “We talked it right into being and now it’s a four hour miniseries, which gives the audience a full bodied look at him,” said Cannon, who wrote memoirs from which the series was also partly based, adding that she was involved in both the casting and the biggest decision making and that she is is thrilled with the way it’s turned out, including the performances.

Jennifer Grant spoke to Isaacs’ performance in particular. “I was very grateful…that we found Jason,” she told the site. “He really had dad’s voice and dad’s mannerisms, and dad’s tenderness, especially, so it was a bizarre process watching my mom and dad.”

Series’ star Isaacs spoke about that transformation during the interview, praising the creative team for the physical part of it. “Mostly it was other people doing the work,” he said. “It was extraordinary costumes that were tailor made by the best tailors in the world and that compensated for my various punches and twists. Liz Headley, our incredible makeup artist gave me a chin and eyes and hair and, obviously, prosthetics when he gets heavy and he’s older. So, a lot of it was done for me.”

It was Grant’s voice that was the most difficult for Isaacs. “I didn’t want to do the voice he does in the movies, because I knew that nobody talks like that in real life,” he said. “I don’t mean the accent. I mean, his speech patterns were so similar, so repeated, that there was no way he was like that when he was being spontaneous. I found only one elicit recording of an interview he gave once, because he didn’t do interviews, and didn’t really want…the world to see who Cary Grant really was. Cary Grant was Archie Leach, and behind closed doors, when he stepped off screen, he was someone entirely different.”

Isaacs learned a lot about Grant during the process. “I don’t think anybody, unless they’ve read the biographies and read Dyan’s book, knew that this man who was famous for one or two things, being suave and debonair, was the very opposite, who seemed the very epitome of certainty and masculinity and solidity, was so fragile and so fractious and so angry at the world and himself,” said the actor.

Watch the miniseries to find out more about Cary Grant yourself, now on Britbox, and be sure to watch the full interviews with the cast and crew below!

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Coming to BritBox in North America December 7, 2023, Archie outlines the life of the infamous Cary Grant. Born in Bristol, England in 1904, to parents Elsie and Elias, Archie narrates the story of a young Archibald Alexander Leach’s troubled childhood and how extreme poverty, his father’s adultery and the loss of his older brother, John, tore the family apart and sent his loving mother into a downward spiral of grief and depression. Jeff Pope’s scripts reveal how deceit, cruelty and one, overpowering lie shaped Archie’s life. At 14 he auditioned for the music hall act, the Bob Pender Troupe, a band of acrobats, stilt walkers, clowns and comedians after seeing them perform at the Bristol Hippodrome. Lean and athletic, he learned the art of stilt walking, and when the troupe went on tour to the US, teenage Archie was intoxicated by the land of opportunity. Believing he had no family to return to in the UK, he decided to stay in the US to try to make his way in showbusiness.

With no thoughts of acting, a chance meeting with the comedian George Burns helped him find his first footing on the acting ladder and a contract with a movie studio who felt he needed to change his name, and Cary Grant was born. The drama intercuts with scenes from 1961 when at the height of his fame, living in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, the legendary actor was breaking all box office records, but desperately unhappy in his private life. With two failed marriages behind him, he began to woo an actress he’d seen on a TV show, Dyan Cannon. Thirty-three years his junior, Dyan, didn’t initially fall for his charms turning down his attempts to meet, because she didn’t feel they could ever be a match. Dashingly handsome, suave and sophisticated, Cary continued to pursue her, with introductions to his famous friends, until they eventually wed in Las Vegas in 1965.

The series also stars Laura Aikman (Not Going Out, Gavin and Stacey) as Cary’s formidable ex-wife, actress and filmmaker Dyan Cannon, with Harriet Walter (Succession, Ted Lasso, Killing Eve) as Elsie Leach, Cary’s mother.

Dainton Anderson (Patrick Melrose), Calam Lynch (Bridgerton) and Oaklee Pendergast (Home) play young versions of Archie Leach, and Kara Tointon (Mr Selfridge, The Halcyon, Sound of Music Live) plays young Elsie.

Archie is a 4 x 60 mins drama commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill for ITVX. Rebecca Hodgson (Sherwood, The Irregulars, Deep Water, The Road to Coronation Street) is the producer and Paul Andrew Williams (A Confession, London to Brighton, Song for Marion) directs. With the blessing of Cary Grant’s daughter, Jennifer Grant, and ex-wife Dyan Cannon, the pair serve as Executive Producers. Jeff Pope executive produces the series for Etta Pictures with Diederick Santer for BritBox International. The series is coming to BritBox in December 2023.

All of the actors who played Cary Grant in "Archie" on Britbox - Matt Squire _ ITV Studios

Jason Isaacs was born in Liverpool. He studied law at Bristol University but fell in love with the theatre and directed, produced and appeared in dozens of productions there, at the National Student Theatre Festival and at the Edinburgh Festival. He graduated in 1985 but then attended the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and began working in 1988.

Jason’s notable roles include Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, Mr. Darling/Captain Hook in Peter Pan (2003), and many soldiers: Col. William Tavington in Roland Emmerich’s The Patriot (2000), Captain Steele in Ridley Scott’s Blackhawk Down, Major Briggs in Paul Greengrass’s Green Zone, Captain Waggoner in Fury, Captain Lorca in Star Trek: Discovery, Field Marshall Zhukov in Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin and Rear-Admiral Godfrey in John Madden’s Operation Mincemeat. He was Hap in the cult series The OA, Maurice in the WW2 film Good (2008) and Jay in the multi-award winning MASS. He has made many TV series in Britain and the US and has won or been nominated for a Golden Globe, International Emmy, BAFTA, Critics Choice, Peabody, Satellite and many other awards.

On stage he was Louis Ironson in the original productions of Angels in America parts 1 and 2 for the Royal National Theatre and has performed at the Royal Court, Almeida and West End Theatres.

Jason is married to documentary filmmaker Emma Hewitt, who he met at drama school and with whom he has two children.

Laura Aikman and Dyan Cannon and Jason Isaacs as Cary Grant in "Archie" on Britbox; Matt Squire _ ITV StudiosDyan Cannon is the first woman in the history of the Motion Picture Academy to be nominated for Oscars both in front of and behind the camera. Her diligence and determination have been rewarded by many prestigious honors.

She received her first Academy Award nomination for her memorable role as Alice in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), opposite Natalie Wood and directed by Paul Mazursky. For her performance, she garnered the coveted New York Film Critics Award.

Dyan received her second Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Live Action Short for writing and directing the 48-minute film, Number One (1976), which she also produced, edited and scored. The New York Times commended the film as one of the best movies ever made concerning children’s development.

She received her third Academy Award nomination for her comedic role as Julia Farnsworth, opposite Warren Beatty, in Heaven Can Wait (1978), for which she won the Golden Globe Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Later that year, she starred in another comedy hit, Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), opposite Peter Sellers and directed by Blake Edwards, and was named Female Star of the Year by NATO (National Association of Theater Owners).

As the singular force behind the motion picture The End of Innocence (1990), Dyan undertook a triumvirate of tasks as writer, director and star. Dyan’s work received amazing reviews from the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

Dyan has co-starred on two outstanding prime-time television shows. For several years, she brought her own brand of humor, class and sexiness to the role of Whipper Cone on the Emmy Award winning series Ally McBeal (1997). She then starred as the vivacious and free-spirited Honey Bernstein-Flynn on NBC’s comedy series Three Sisters (2001).

Her filmography is vast and includes TNT’s remake of the Warner Bros.’ Classic Christmas in Connecticut (1992), directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger; Author! Author! (1982) opposite Al Pacino; The Last of Sheila (1973), directed by Herbert Ross; two films directed by Sidney Lumet; Deathtrap (1982), co-starring Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve, and The Anderson Tapes (1971), starring Sean Connery; and Honeysuckle Rose (1980), in which she played Willie Nelson‘s wife and made her debut as a country music singer; Such Good Friends (1971), directed by Otto Preminger…and numerous other films. She has starred on Broadway and in her own musical stage act at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe. Dyan co-wrote the title song for Chaka Khan‘s album, The Woman I Am, with Brenda Russell.

Dyan wanted to take time off from her acting career to write. During the next nine years, she not only collaborated on a Broadway musical, but wrote her memoir, “Dear Cary,” which was on the New York Times best seller list three different times spanning four years. It is now being made into a miniseries.Laura Aikman and Dyan Cannon and Jason Isaacs as Cary Grant in "Archie" on Britbox; Matt Squire _ ITV Studios

Dyan is recognized as an exceptional motivational speaker for prominent associations and corporations. Children are her passion and most of her work centers around the care and welfare of kids. She is the national spokesperson for the Hemangioma Treatment Foundation, an organization that provides treatment to children all over the world who are afflicted with vascular birthmarks. She is the international executive spokesperson for Operation Lookout, an organization dedicated to recovering missing and exploited children who have been kidnapped from their homes, schools, etc. She has also been national spokesperson for Martin Colette’s Wildlife Waystation, an international refuge that rescues and rehabilitates wild and exotic animals, as well as national spokesperson for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America

In addition, she devotes time and energy to several other charitable organizations such as California’s Special Olympics for physically and mentally challenged athletes and also works with recovering addicts weekly.

Dyan is a permanent court-side fixture at the Los Angeles Lakers basketball games.

Jennifer Grant  is the daughter of actors Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon. Her father initially opposed her becoming an actress. She graduated from Stanford with a degree in history and political science in 1987. Initially, she went to work in a law firm and later tried a stint as a chef. But, finally, she decided to move into acting in 1993, landing her first role on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990).

Jeff Pope is a British television producer and screenwriter who co-wrote the film Pierrepoint and the television drama The Fattest Man in Britain and who won a BAFTA in 2006 for the drama See No Evil: The Moors Murders. He is also the Head of ITV Productions Factual Drama. Pope wrote the screenplay for the 2018 film Stan & Ollie, and co-wrote the 2022 film The Lost King.

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sh pretty standard diagnosis and treatment. Nothing out of the ordinary. Mm-hmm. Yeah, and I agree with your assessment. As soon as I get back to the office, I’ll log on and I will okay the treatment. Thank you, dr. Robinson. Well, that was tough. You know he’s a leader in his field. Seems a little ridiculous that he has to have supervision to treat his patients. Just a reminder — I am not the enemy here. Finn isn’t the only one who was sued for malpractice and wrongful death. The hospital was also listed as a defendant on the suit. I-I have no choice. I’m just following procedure. I know. I’m sorry if I made it seem like it was all your doing. I know it’s not. It’s just that this whole situation is very frustrating. I know.

[ Cellphone chimes ] Um… mm! Can you try dr. Gatlin-holt again, please? In the meantime, we’re gonna have to shift his patients to other doctors. Yeah. Well, scout and I are running late, so you can fill me in on this “matter of concern” when I get back, yeah? Okay. Okay. Scout! Sweetie! We’re running late! Hi, uncle sonny! Guess where I’m going today. Uh, let me guess. The museum. Nope. I’m meeting daddy at the metro court, and I’m gonna interview him about his job for a report for school. Wow! That’s a big-girl assignment. I’ll tell you what. Maybe when you’re finished with the report, you can show it to me. Okay. Okay? Alright. That sounds good. We’ll see you later. See you. Bye. Bye. What’s this “matter of concern”? It’s about the man who tried to kill avery’s mother. Well, I’m always happy to see you, but I’m curious. Is this a social meeting or is this about business? Uh, actually, it’s family-related. I wanted to check in with you about how esme was doing at her job and whether or not you were still happy with her work. Actually I am. She’s proven to be competent, organized, efficient. She works well with the other departments, and she manages to stay ten steps ahead of me, which is not easy. She even asked for a raise, and I gave it to her because she earned it. I am so happy to hear this! You know, esme is about to move out on her own, and I’m gonna sign the lease actually tomorrow, but I just sort of wanted to know that she was likely to be employed in the near future. Unless something changes, I don’t see why not. I’m wondering about spencer, though. He’s so attached to ace. I’m worried about how he’ll handle esme and ace leaving. So am I. The matching professional called me this morning. She asked how we were doing after andrea’s miscarriage. She informed me that andrea does not want to try again, which I explained I already knew, but then she asked if we wanted to move forward with another surrogate. Neither of the women that we interviewed when we met andrea is available. They’ve both been successfully matched with other couples. Mm-hmm. But the matching professional felt she had some other candidates that might really work for us. So you said yes. What? When the matching professional asked if you and I wanted to try again, you said yes without asking me?

[ Knock on door ] Finn? Sorry. I just need to finish this e-mail to portia to remind her to sign off on the course of treatment I’m recommending. It’s a good thing it’s not an emergency, or my patient would be dead by the time I got rid of all this paperwork. End. Send. Okay. What can I do for you? I want you to close your eyes and take a breath. Are we gonna do yoga? Do you think this is really a good time? This isn’t yoga. It’s a breathing exercise. Now, trust me and close your eyes. Okay. I want you to breathe in for a count of four, hold it for two, and out for five. Are you gonna count me through this or do I have to keep track in my head? I’ll count for you. Now close your eyes. Ready? Breathe in. Two, three, four. Hold. One, two. Out. Two, three, four, five. One more time. Breathe in. Two, three, four. Hold. One, two. Out. Two, three, four, five. I’m not complaining at all, but what was that supposed to accomplish? It’s supposed to push all that anger and frustration out of your head, clear everything out so you can actually hear me when I tell you this. You did nothing wrong. My m oh, I’m gonna have to call you back. Somebody really important just showed up. Okay. Bye. Hi, daddy! Hi! Hi, hi, hi, sweetheart. Hi. I am so excited. Here. Have a seat. I’m so excited to tell you all about what I do at work. It’s gonna be so fun. Oh, I want to show you something. Look at that. That’s the plaque that you gave me. I look at it every day. Do you like it? I love it. My teacher told me I should record an interview with you so I don’t forget when I write my report. Is that okay with you?

[ Laughs ] Of course it’s okay with me. Yes, I give you my permission to record our conversation. You can ask me anything you want.

[ Recorder beeps ] Okay. I’m ready to start. Ask away. What is the name of the company you work for? It’s aurora media. And I work there, but I also own it. For how long? Six years. Your mom and I bought another man’s business, and, uh — and then we renamed it aurora. Why did you make this company? Well, your mom and I wanted to — to build something for you. We wanted to have a company that you would be really proud of and that maybe you would work at someday, if you wanted to. You know I can’t discuss an active investigation. I’m not asking for anything privileged. Can you at least tell me how long before mason gatlin is transferred to pentonville? Well, I guess it’ll be when the doctors clear him. How long is that gonna be? Could be any day. Okay, well — [ Sighs ] I’m assuming that the D.A. Is gonna make him some kind of plea deal. I don’t know what robert’s plans are with this case, but could I ask — why are you so curious? I don’t want scorpio to let him off easy. If it were up to me, he’d be in prison for life, throw away the key. I agree with you, but the theory is that mason was working for somebody. He didn’t order ava’s kidnapping. But we’re pushing him right now to get the name of his boss. Well, don’t — don’t — don’t waste your time. I can tell you right now who was responsible for ava’s kidnapping. So, because nikolas disappeared the way he did, spencer took on a role in ace’s life, uh, that was pretty major. More like a father than a brother. So, naturally, he would want ace to continue to live in the same house. Obviously he re– reconsidered. Yes, he did. He absolutely did. He is still very sad about it, but he’s not angry about it anymore. He’s not even fighting it. I’m sure that had something to do with trina.

[ Chuckles ] Yes, that’s what I’ve heard. She’s a very good influence on him. You know, that’s not an easy feat. I know my family and how stubborn they can be — fatally — when they actually make up their mind. And spencer gave every indication that he was heading down that path. Yeah, I actually give spencer an awful lot of credit here. I think that in — that he’s matured an awful lot. In part because of the role that he has played in ace’s life, he had to learn how to put somebody else’s needs ahead of his own, so that’s made him more thoughtful a-and a little less impulsive. But to be honest, you know, there aren’t many men his age who would take such an interest in a newborn baby brother. Good for spencer. Yeah. Good for him. He is no longer the grandchild I am most worried about. I assume you are referring to charlotte? Tj, I didn’t commit to another surrogate — just to entertaining more candidates. The matching professional is gonna meet us at the port charles grill this afternoon for a preliminary discussion. Why didn’t you tell me? I just had the conversation this morning, and i am telling you right now. T-this is — this is happening too fast for me. I’m still processing the loss of our baby that — that andrea was carrying. It wasn’t just a hypothetical. It was real. W-we had hopes for it. W-we had dreams for it. We were only a few weeks out from learning if we — if we were gonna have a son or a daughter, and I didn’t even realize how emotionally invested I’ve become. And I-I just — I don’t know when I’m gonna be up to making that kind of emotional investment again. I just know I’m not ready now.

[ Cellphone beeps ] I have to go. I’ll see you tonight. This is traumatic for both of you. I-I don’t — well, there aren’t any words. You — I just want you to know that I’m here for you. Whatever you need, honey. Whatever you need, tj. I know, mom. Thank you, alexis. I was looking forward to putting my hand on andrea’s belly, feeling our baby kick. We were almost to the point of ultrasounds and imaging, finding out if we were having a boy or a girl. Now our baby’s gone. I want to believe I did nothing wrong. You didn’T. You know, I — I keep going over it in my head. Was there anything that I, uh — I missed? Was there — there some little thing that could have saved muldoon’s life? Okay, what’s the first, hardest lesson any doctor has to learn? We’re not god. Right. And it’s not just doctors who think that. Sometimes it’s the patients, too. They want to believe — they need to believe that you have all the answers, that there’s a medicine or a treatment out there that’s gonna heal them and give them their life back. But we both know medicine doesn’t work like that. You run tests, you give a diagnosis, you provide treatment, and you hope it’s the right one. Now, bet ween what mr. Muldoontold you and the tests you ran, you provided the best treatment possible. I know that. And I’m gonna keep reminding you until you know it, too. I wouldn’t dream of arguing with you.

[ Knock on door ] Hi. Dr. Finn. I’m dede clark. I’m representing general hospital in the muldoon malpractice lawsuit.

Rsv is out there. Okay. Last question. What is your favorite part of your job? Well, nobody’s ever asked me that before. That’s a very good question. Um, I think my favorite part of the job is knowing that aurora entertains people as well as informs them… and also that aurora is just a really good place to work. People have good jobs with good benefits and are treated with respect. Thank you for your time, mr. Cain. Hm! Well, you’re welcome, miss cain. I don’t know about you, but all this interviewing made me a little bit thirsty. W-what do you say you ask the waitress for — for a few drinks, maybe three ginger ales? I’ll go get them for you, daddy. Okay.

[ Chuckles ] What do you think? Do you think I was, like, too preachy? I think scout asked you some honest questions, and you gave her honest answers. She took it so seriously. Right? I mean, maybe she’s got, like, a serious — like a future in journalism. She could. I mean, or she could just get it from my mom. I don’t know. Yeah. The drinks are coming. Okay. Great. Thank you. In the meantime, guess what. I’ve got some big news for you, scout. Dr. Navarro: Molly! This is a nice surprise. Dr. Navarro. It’s good to see you. I was told that your surrogate suffered a miscarriage. I’m so sorry. Yeah. Of course we’re disappointed. I’m sorry. I-I didn’t mean to upset you. No. But you should know that miscarriages are always a risk, particularly in the first trimester. Do you think you and tj will try again? Please come on in. This is elizabeth baldwin. She was recently named head nurse here at general hospital. Nice to meet you, elizabeth baldwin.

[ Chuckles ] Congratulations on the promotion. Well, thank you. It’s nice to meet you, too. And since you’re already here, did you have any involvement or interaction with mr. Muldoon? I’m sure I was here when he was a patient, but I don’t recall having any personal interaction with him. Okay, well, my team will be doing a comprehensive records check, so if it turns out that you did have any involvement with mr. Muldoon, we may need to interview you in the future. But right now I’m here to speak to dr. Finn. Hm. Understood. I’ll talk to you later. Bye. Please have a seat. Thank you. Uh, before we begin, I’ve been advised to retain my own separate counsel. Congratulations on the promotion. Well, thank you. It’s nice to meet you, too. And since you’re already here, did you have any involvement or interaction with mr. Muldoon? I’m sure I was here when he was a patient, but I don’t recall having any personal interaction with him. Okay, well, my team will be doing a comprehensive records check, so if it turns out that you did have any involvement with mr. Muldoon, we may need to interview you in the future. But right now I’m here to speak to dr. Finn. Hm. Understood. I’ll talk to you later. Bye. Please have a seat. Thank you. Uh, before we begin, I’ve been advised to retain my own separate counsel. As you should. Your attorney will focus on your defense. I represent the hospital. But your actions with regard to diagnosis and treatment of mr. Muldoon will directly affect my defense. That’s why I’m here. And I apologize in advance if any of my questions seem intrusive, but the key to defending a malpractice suit is having all the information so that there are no surprises in the courtroom. You know, I also want to thank you for the discretion that the invader showed in reporting the shooting. You gave all of the facts and managed to leave out anna and charlotte’s name. Well, first of all, charlotte, the victim, is a minor, so she’s protected. And anna has been so unfairly treated by the sun. I just wanted to do what I could to protect her privacy. And I’m so grateful that you made that call. You know, when I was elected, I had to learn how to deal with the media scrutiny, but I think I’ve developed a tougher shell. But, you know, then I-I read one of these opinion articles about me, and I-it’s just absolutely brutal sometimes. And I would never want charlotte to be exposed to anything like that. And it’s the last thing that anna needs, just having to live with the fact that she — she knows that she shot a child. I can’t imagine the guilt she must be dealing with. In truth, if the circumstances were different, I would have had a searing op-ed written on gun violence. I mean, if someone as trained and skilled as anna devane could shoot an innocent person by accident, I mean, what better argument is there against carrying guns?

[ Glass shatters ] I can take some of austin’s patients. That would be perfect. And I also called dr. Park. He should be here soon. Portia? I’m sorry, tj. Yeah. Hm? I called dr. Gatlin-holt again. Still no answer. Left another message. What about the texts? Nothing. Okay. Have we checked the last time he was on duty? I did. It was two days before thanksgiving. He had the holiday off, and he was due back this morning. But still, it could be anything. It could be car trouble. He could have forgot to charge his phone, which could be dead. Do you want me to go to his apartment and check on him? I don’t really want to ask you to do that. You’re not asking. I’m volunteering. Mason gatlin is working for cyrus renault? That’s right. How long have you known? Since the day cyrus was released from pentonville. You remember avery’s temporary nanny, betty? Yeah. I was wondering why you moved on from pilar. Why? Because I knew that betty was a plant. Mason used her to spy on me. So I got brick to dummy up the computer and put in false information. She stole the information, took it to austin. Austin delivered it to cyrus at pentonville. Hold on. Austin gatlin-holt was in on this, too? Austin and his cousin, it looks like, have been working with cyrus all along. Damn it! What?

[ Line ringing ] Man: Hello? Yeah. I’m sorry. Who’s this I’m speaking to? Who am I speaking to? Well, I asked you first, but it’s detective falconeri with the port charles police department.

Nice to meet you,


Paul briscoe, detective with pautuck pd. Why are you calling

this number? Well, I’m trying to get ahold of dr. Austin gatlin-holt. He’s on staff at general hospital here in port charles. I’m sorry to inform you. Austin gatlin-holt is dead. My late father-in-law lit up a room, but his vision dimmed with age. He had amd. I didn’t know it then, but it can progress to ga, how did mr. Muldoon become your patient? My daughter, violet, and mr. Muldoon’s daughter are in the same class at school. We were at a parent gathering, and mr. Muldoon mentioned that he traveled abroad for business and that he was feeling a little under the weather and that he may have contracted something along the lines of a tapeworm. I recommended mr. Muldoon come in and make an appointment and visit me here at general hospital. And he agreed. And did he come see you? He did. How soon after your initial conversation with mr. Muldoon did you examine him? It’s lucky that your office is in a hotel so we can come up to the restaurant. Should I put that in my report? Well, I think it’s your report. You get to decide what you put in there. Just, you know, it’s good training in case you become a journalist, deciding what you put in your story and what you don’T. Okay, if our daughter isn’t gonna ask you about your good news, then I will. What’s — what’s going on? Okay. So, I closed a deal with steve harris. Wait. Should I be familiar with that name? Yeah, h-he works in venture capital. He’s got a daughter a little bit older than scout who attends westwood academy. Westwood academy? That’s that, um — that fancy private school, isn’t it? Yeah. Yeah. St-steve’s on the board, and I told him about scout, and I convinced him to open a spot for her so scout can go to westwood, too. I always knew that miscarriage was a possibility, but I was not prepared emotionally. No one ever is. So what are your thoughts about moving forward? Andrea, our surrogate, made it very clear that she does not want to try again. So if we decide to move forward, we’ll have to start from scratch. I know that will set you back a few more months, but I’m sure you and tj will find a suitable candidate. Honestly, I-I’m not sure we can go through this again. That’s very understandable. It’s a decision only you and tj can make. But while miscarriages are not uncommon, many, many surrogacies have been successful. There are lots of parents in the world, lots of people in the world who are proof that surrogacy can work. I wish you and tj the very best, whatever path you choose going forward. Yes. Thank you, detective briscoe, for the update. Sounded serious. Yeah, it was. Uh… but I can tell you about it ’cause you’re gonna hear about it soon enough. Austin gatlin-holt is dead. You know how it happened? He was shot to death at a house in pautuck. You didn’t know about it? How would I — I don’t know anybody in pautuck. Why would I know? Unless you arranged for it to happen. Dante, you’ve — you’ve known me long enough. You know how I work. If I’m gonna arrange for austin to be dead… they’re not gonna find his body. And the last thing I’m gonna do is come here and talk to my son, the detective. You gotta give me a little more credit than that. Alright. Well, I’m relieved you didn’t do it, but now I got to figure out who did it. No, you don’T. If the tray is too heavy, then make two trips. Got it. Yeah. The cost of the broken glasses will come out of your paycheck. Alright. Yes. Now finish the clean-up. Yes, sir. Either he doesn’t know who his new dishwasher is, or that matre d’ has a death wish. Sometimes it can feel like westwood academy? Well, you and I have never discussed scout going to a private school. Yeah, it’s a great opportunity. No, I know. Kristina — s-she went to westwood. I remember my mom having to do backflips to get her in. Not to mention I think sonny had to have, like, “a talk” with someone to get her accepted. And it’s — it’s really expensive. I mean, he — he could afford it. Yeah, so can I. But westwood? I believe the acceptance rate is like 7% or something. And there’s an epic waiting list. Is scout just gonna jump to the front of the line? Well, there’s a big waiting list because it’s such a great school, and it turns out there’s a student in scout’s class that had to leave, so scout can kind of just slide right in there and start right after christmas break. Scout, what do you say? Westwood is an amazing school. It’s — so, it’s all girls, and they have one of the best swim teams in the state. You’re gonna be able to study so many more subjects than you would at public school. And as you get a little bit older, they even have, like, a study-abroad program. Do you want me to go there, daddy? Well, all I’ve ever wanted for you, scout, is the best life possible. This — this school, westwood, is a great step up. I think you’re gonna love it. What do you say? Okay, daddy. Austin gatlin-holt lived and worked in port charles. It’s my duty to investigate. You just told me that austin was shot in pautuck, the same place where you shot his cousin mason. Yes, in the line of duty. Is-isn’t it gonna be a conflict of interest to investigate austin’s death? Shouldn’t that fall on the — on the cops from pautuck? Yes. If I was running lead investigator, yeah, it would be a conflict of interest. But it’s not because austin was murdered in pautuck, the pautuck pd will run lead. But because, like I said, he lived and worked here in port charles, the pcpd, we — we got to share information. I mean, you could save us a lot of time and effort if you can tell me who you suspect. It’s the same person you suspected all along. Cyrus renault. I got to go. I’m surprised an upscale place like the port charles grill would hire an ex-con like cyrus. Well, uh, maybe the manager here believes in second chances. Do you think he can be reformed? You know, I just had this conversation with my other brother, martin, and I’ll tell you what I told him. It is entirely possible that cyrus hasn’t changed a bit and this turn towards god is just a big act. But I believe in second chances. So until cyrus has proven himself to be a threat, I’m gonna stand by my own principles and just say that, uh, my brother deserves a second chance, just like everybody else. Shall we? Thank you for lunch. No. Thank you. After you. Thanks. Okay. I checked in on those patients of dr. Gatlin-holt’S. They’re all doing fine. They shouldn’t need to be checked on until evening rounds. Thank you so much. And I hate to say this, but I may need to ask you to stay late to cover. Actually, the timing couldn’t be better. And what does that mean? Molly and I had a difference of opinion on whether we should look for a new surrogate. And that is just not a conversation I want to have right now. So if I can bury myself in work instead, bring it on. Tj, I’m so sorry again. Portia, I really need to talk to you. Not a problem. I’ve got more patients to see. Okay. Um, I went to austin’s apartment. Mm-hmm. No one was there, but there was a food delivery sitting outside his door. I looked at the receipt. It had been delivered on thanksgiving day. Clearly, he never brought it inside. Okay. Now I’m starting to get concerned. I found the super. I explained the situation. He let me in. No sign of him. In fact, it looked like austin hadn’t been there since before thanksgiving. What?! Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Should we call the police? We’re travelling all across america,hey, steve. Drew cain. Yeah. I-I’ve got an update about my daughter. I spoke to scout and her mom about westwood academy, and they are all for it. Yeah, so — so let’s figure out a time where we can get together and move forward about scout getting admitted. Sam: Ooh! I know you need to write up that report on your dad’s job, but did you have any other homework you had to finish up? No, mommy. Just the report. Okay, well, I was thinking that maybe we could take a drive over to westwood academy and see what it looks like on the outside. What do you think? We could go by kelly’s or perks and get some hot chocolate? Mommy? Yes, sweetie? I don’t want to go to that school. Come here. Hi. Um, I’m meeting someone here. I don’t see her yet, but she said the reservation should be under her name. Claire brown. Mr. Muldoon came to visit me about a week after our conversation. What kind of symptoms did he complain about? He had some G.I. Distress, weight loss, general fatigue. Anything else? He complained of some dizziness, but it hadn’t gotten as far as fainting. How did you treat him? I did some blood work and a culture. Tests came back with low hemoglobin and elevated white blood cell count. And the culture came back positive for a tapeworm. I treated him for the tapeworm. He called me a few days later to say he was feeling much better. I also requested that he come in for a follow-up, just in case. Just in case what? It’s standard procedure to make sure the condition is properly treated. But mr. Muldoon refused, saying he had to go on another business trip. And then what? Well, mr. Muldoon came in two months later, at which time I ran further bloodwork and a colonoscopy. And at that time I discovered that he had cancer. What happened then? I immediately referred him to oncology, but unfortunately he was already stage iv. Mr. Muldoon passed away shortly after. Were any of the symptoms that mr. Muldoon complained about in his first visit signs for cancer? Dr. Finn, when mr. Muldoon initially told you about his symptoms, did you ever think it might be cancer? Before answering more questions, I think I’d like my lawyer present. Yeah. Listen. I’m on my way to the metro court. Get over there now. There’s something you need to know.

[ Engine starts ] Detective falconeri, you’ve got a detective briscoe from the pautuck pd waiting for you. I put him in the interrogation room. Thank you. Detective. Hey. I’m dante falconeri. We spoke earlier. Good to meet you in person, detective. You, as well. I’m requesting interdepartmental cooperation to investigate the murder of austin gatlin-holt.

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Steffy: That’s exactly what I needed. Time away from the office to be with my handsome husband.

Finn: Hm, well, I’m not complaining. And I love the pop in. And thank you for this.

Steffy: Yeah.

Finn: You trying to keep your mind off things?

Steffy: Would I use you like that?

[ Finn laughing ] Yeah. Okay. Maybe a little. But can you blame me? Trying to keep up with the charade in front of my grandfather when I know he’s–

[ Sighs ] I’m just heartbroken about all of it.

Ridge: Let me help you.

Eric: Yeah, ridge. I– I have this whole wellspring of ideas here. You know, dozens of them. I just– they’re right at my fingertips, I just can’t get them down on paper. That’s the trouble with it.

Ridge: That’s no trouble at all ’cause I could help you with that. Think about it. Us in the trenches together, shoulder to shoulder. Not just us, the three of us. Three generations. Dad, fathers, and sons, we– we could create something incredible. I just wanna work with you one more time. Can we do that?

Brooke: Eric is being strong and courageous.

Katie: He’s definitely putting on a brave front.

Brooke: And donna can’t convince him he doesn’t need to.

Katie: We are there for both of them. Whether eric wants to be honest about his condition or not.

Brooke: You know, that’s what makes this situation so tragic. He needs to be open with us and upfront. That way, we could help him. He needs to let us hold him and hug him and support him and love him. Before it’s too late.

Katie: We can’t deny eric his final wish. He thinks that the only people who know are donna, luna, rj and me. We have to keep it that way.

Brooke: Carrying the secret is tearing rj apart. And we’re trying to support him, but he is suffering terribly.

Katie: We all are.

Brooke: Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. If we could all just pull together. The word is spreading. Everybody knows. Eric’s situation is impacting every member of this family.

Steffy: It’s just not fair. Grandfather has so much to do still. So much to share.

Finn: You’re right. But I think that’s what’s driving him, you know? Keeping him going. And I know, I know that holding back isn’t who you are. I know you want things to be in the open and not pretend around your grandfather. Look, the good thing is, that’s how hard you love. You don’t hold that back at all. Right? You can’t love a little bit, you are full throttle, you are wide open.

Steffy: Yeah.

Finn: You know, and we all feel it. I know I do. And so does your grandfather.

[ Steffy sighing ]

Ridge: I’m not saying you need my help. You can do this on your own, but you don’t have to.

Eric: It’s an interesting offer.

[ Laughing ] Come on. Rj’s been doing a wonderful job.

Ridge: Oh, look at you. Just in time. We were talking about rj.

Luna: Oh, one of my favorite topics.

Rj: Wow, did you two, like, practice this?

Ridge: We were just saying what a great job he’s doing with his grandfather.

Luna: Yeah, I can vouch for that.

Rj: Granddad, I– I think he’s right with what you guys were just talking about. I think he’d be a great addition to the team. Plus, you– you already won the fashion challenge, so you proved your point.

Ridge: Dad, I don’t– I don’t wanna steal your spotlight. I don’t want your spotlight. I just want to be in the room with you guys. All of us working together. It would be amazing. Look at him. This boy loves and admires you. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for you.

Katie: I don’t think eric wants to be celebrated for his past accomplishments. I think he wants to go out on top, you know, as creative and vital as he’s ever been.

Brooke: We all want to help him, but it seems like help is a dirty word to eric right now. You know, ridge and i went to see his doctor when we found out. But I don’t get it. What’s happening? Is he seeing any specialists? I mean, does he really want to live?

Katie: Of course, he does. He wants to live every moment to its fullest.

Brooke: But nothing makes eric feel more alive than designing.

Steffy: [ Sighs ] I just can’t stop thinking about how important my grandfather is to our family.

Finn: Not to mention an inspiration to an entire industry.

Steffy: Yeah. Yeah. That’s very true. But when I tell our kids about him, it’s not gonna be about the accolades and the awards, no. It’s gonna be about the little things. ‘Cause the little things, that’s what really matters. All the times he took me in without a second thought. If any member of our family needed help or needed a place to go, you know that you could count on him. He’d be there for you.

Finn: His house is a safe place for you.

Steffy: Oh, yeah. Tell me about it. Taking the kids to the estate, I gotta say it was… really the only good thing at a really terrible time. And as hard as it was to be away from you, it was actually good to be with my grandfather. Especially now, knowing what I do. And seeing our kids with him, you know, by the pool, in– in grandmother’s garden. And he’d make those special blueberry pancakes almost every single day.

[ Laughs ] Man. When I was young, I used to think those– those blueberry pancakes, they could fix almost anything. If only it could fix this.

[ Steffy sobbing ]

Ridge: Well, the details are amazing, what is that? Embroidery?

Eric: It’s crystal beadwork. Yeah?

Ridge: It looks good.

Eric: Yeah.

Luna: Morning.

Ridge: Oh, what’s this?

Luna: Uh, you asked me to get lila so we can finalize number three.

Eric: Ah-ha. There you are. Ah, you look beautiful.

Ridge: So, hang on a second. So, this is number three. Not a tour de force, just– just a three.

[ Eric laughing ]

Eric: You hear that, lila? On you, everything’s a show-stopper.

[ Inaudible ] Great, huh? Okay. Excellent work, everyone. Excellent.

Rj: Hey, this is all you, granddad.

Eric: Well, the whole team did a great job. I appreciate it so much, lila, thank you. Thanks for coming down. Tell them, uh, this is all finished. It can go in the vault. Great. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. Thank you, but flattery will get you nowhere. It will not get you a spot on this team.

Ridge: That’s not– I’m just– I’m calling them like I see them, that’s it.

Eric: Yeah, well, that’s something you obviously imparted to your son. He has incredible instincts.

Ridge: Yes, he does. And they’re only gonna get better the more he works with you. And thank you for taking him under your wing and showing him some of the things that you’re capable of. It’s quite obvious to everyone that you’re not passing the torch, you’re gonna light the way for the next generation. So, good for you. Keep walking. Take no prisoners and never surrender.

Rj: Have you seen my charger anywhere? Like earlier today?

Luna: I’m sure somebody’s got one that you could borrow. Well, I need to keep working, and it’s dead soon.

Luna: Hey, hey, hey.

Rj: What?

Luna: It’s okay.

Rj: It’s not okay. I just expressed to you. I need to finish writing this sketch. I need to finish this design.

Luna: Okay, and– and you will, you will, but right now you have to breathe. Hey.

Rj: What?

Luna: Better?

Rj: I’m sorry, I’m letting this get to me. I’m– it’s just starting to really hit me that he’s not gonna be here anymore, I–

Luna: No, no. You– you just have to think about the time that you have with him now. And you’re doing amazing, rj. Seriously, everyone is so proud of you.

Rj: I’m doing it for him.

Luna: You love him so much?

Rj: More than I can put into words. Which is what I’m trying to do with this. I’m trying to put everything that he means to me, every– everything that he’s taught me, I’m trying to put it all right here. And I– I just hope he can feel it when he sees it.

Luna: I think everyone can.

Rj: If this really is gonna be eric forrester’s last collection, I’m gonna make it one that no one can stop talking about.

Finn: Take his vitals and I’ll be down there in a minute. Okay. Thanks. Hey, sorry about that.

Steffy: It’s fine.

Finn: So, no one’s told you what’s actually going on with eric?

Steffy: My dad doesn’t even know. Maybe donna, but all the information that we’re getting seems third-hand and vague.

Finn: And you said his first symptoms were tremors?

Steffy: Yeah, in his hands.

Finn: Weakness?

Steffy: It seemed like arthritis. And then, he started coughing up blood. I don’t know. Could the two things be related? Like the doctor said, maybe it’s tias, which are mini-strokes. Does that sound right?

Fine: Yeah, I– I– honey, I’d have to look at his chart before…

Steffy: Oh, god. I hate this feeling. I hate it. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know what to do, what to expect. Like, if we knew a diagnosis, I could at least come to you or I could look into other treatments, but everything just seems so hush-hush. I– I– I– I can’t help him. And I hate that feeling most of all.

Ridge: Do you mind?

Eric: Mm, uh, no, no, go ahead.

Ridge: What about this? What about we lose a little bit of weight right in here? What do you think of that?

Eric: Yeah. You knew exactly what I was going for, didn’t you? This is it. Yes.

[ Eric laughs ]

Brooke: Well, this is wonderful to see. Two of fashion’s greatest designers collaborating agai feels like old times.

Ridge: Also, the best times of my life.

Eric: Yeah, mine too. What I wouldn’t give to relive some of those times.

Ridge: Relive them? No, no, I’m– not me. They live in here the way they’re supposed to live. You and me on the runway and you backstage, rallying the troops. What a pep talk. The best pep talk I ever heard. You know the one I’m talking about?

Eric: Yeah.

Ridge: Well, those memories stay in here the way they are. Cemented and lifted up by gratitude and pride and– just leave those alone and maybe make some more memories. What do you think about that?

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Rj: Luna, I couldn’t– I couldn’t have faced this without you.

Luna: I’m just trying to be as good for you as you are for me.

Rj: As good for you. You– you’re better and– and some. You are. Seriously, every– every single second that I’ve been in here and I’ve been worried about my granddad’s health condition, how much time we have left, you — you’ve been there to lift me up, remind me that we’re fulfilling his last wish and that we’re doing it his way and… you know, I, um… I’ve never trusted someone this much before in my entire life.

Luna: Hey, I mean it, when I say it. I’m always here for you, rj. I’m not gonna go anywhere.

Finn: Has anyone mentioned how eric’s symptoms are progressing? Like is he– is he coughing more, short of breath? Uh, like his voice getting weaker?

Steffy: I haven’t noticed anything like that, but it doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

Finn: Oh, we can’t cover everything. You know, as time– as time goes on his– his limitations, they’re– they’re gonna become more apparent. Yeah.

Steffy: And what are we doing? Pretending everything is fine? We don’t have time for this.

Finn: You just– you’re gonna have to just be close to him, you know, and– and be there.

Steffy: No, of course I am. I’m gonna try to help out in any way I can, but… what I’ve been told is that the… so, the end is drawing near for my grandfather and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

Eric: All right, that’s a– that’s enough sentimentality.

[ Eric chuckling ]

Brooke: Nothing wrong with appreciating the past, especially one like yours, eric. All your success deserves to be celebrated.

Eric: Nah.

Ridge: We should also celebrate what he’s doing now.

Eric: Yeah, ridge is right, you know. Any designer worth his salt, you know, knows he is only as good as his last collection.

Ridge: That’s right, so onward and upward.

Eric: Mm-hmm. Only just a little slower than, uh, my pace for the last couple of years.

Ridge: You’re going slow? Because it seems like you’re churning them out.

Eric: Yeah, well rj has been doing a great job with me. I really appreciate it.

Brooke: And rj is honored to work with you. And I’m grateful for the time that you two spend together, developing this incredible bond. Ridge is right. It’s time to make new experiences. The passion that you have for your family and this business and your design. It’s wonderful times ahead.

Eric: Yeah. And a lot of work too. I can’t wait to see this collection come to life. I can’t wait.

Brooke: Okay, well, just– you don’t need to push yourself so hard.

Eric: Yeah.

Ridge: Sometimes it’s a good idea to just take– take something and let it percolate. Um, I offered dad that I could maybe help him with this collection a little bit.

Brooke: What? Really? Eric, that would be great.

Ridge: That would be great, but he hasn’t said anything yet. Listen, this competition was great, but I– I don’t– I don’t want to be at odds with you ever again.

Eric: I don’t want that either. This family… this family is best when we all pull together.

Ridge: Yeah, we are. Dad, you’ve given so much to all of us, the kids, grandkids. But the most important gift… was this. Of us connecting and having a place that we can call home. And you did that. So, be proud of that.

Eric: I am. I am. I’m proud of it, but I’m very proud of this collection right here.

[ Eric laughing ] There’s so much stuff here. I gotta get it out. It’s all in here, it’s just pouring out of me and it’s my whole life. It’s– it’s who I am. I have to get this all out and– and there’s so much of it. And I don’t know if you can understand this, but– but, uh, I just feel like I’m running out of time, sometimes.

Ridge: Yeah, we understand that, dad.

Eric: Yeah. Yeah.

Ridge: We all understand that.

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[ Relaxing music ]

Ridge: It’s good to see you, thorne.

Thorne: You too, man.

Ridge: Been too long, brother.

Thorne: I know. I’m glad you called, though. Hopped the plane as soon as I could.

Ridge: Well, you were missed around here.

Thorne: I can see not much has changed. Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight at dad’s party.

Ridge: Yeah, about that.

Thorne: You wouldn’t tell me over the phone, ridge. What is it?

Brooke: Right, well, for what it’s worth, you both look beautiful.

Katie: Well, so do you. I know donna was really happy that we rallied.

Hope: It feels strange. I mean, it feels sad.

Katie: I know. Normally, we’re getting all dressed up because of something fun and festive.

Brooke: We have to make it fun, festive. We have to make it a joyous celebration for eric.

Eric: You’re beautiful, you– you’re an absolute vision.

Donna: This ol’ thing?

[ Both laughing ] You like it? Okay, now we have to get you all spiffed up and get the rest of your outfit on.

Eric: Yeah. You’re right. It takes a little longer to get me all together than it used to.

Donna: To me, you are always the most handsome man in the whole room.

Eric: Well then, that’s the only thing that matters.

Donna: Yeah.

[ Eric coughing ] Are– are you sure? Are you sure you have the strength to pull this party off tonight?

Rj: Wow. You look beautiful.

Luna: Thank you, rj. You’re not too bad yourself.

Zende: So, this party, do we all know the truth about granddad?

Thomas: Wait, you know?

Rj: Yeah, dad told him earlier.

Zende: It’s messed me up pretty bad, man.

Thomas: I’m sorry.

Zende: Hey, I have to apologize for coming down on you so hard. I didn’t realize why you were working with granddad. And I, um– I think it’s really cool that you’ve been helping him out.

Brooke: Thankfully, bridget’s on her way from new york. I just dread telling her about her father.

Hope: Well, we’ll all be there to support her.

Katie: And thorne, too, I– I saw him earlier in the hallway.

Brooke: Yeah, I’m glad he was able to take an earlier flight. I think ridge is telling him as we speak.

Thorne: Well, kristen, felicia and rick are on that safari in africa.

Ridge: Yeah, I know. They’re not going to make it back in time.

Thorne: Well, why did dad change his plans?

Ridge: That’s what I want to talk to you about.

Thorne: Is everything okay, ridge?

Ridge: No. Dad is not well.

Thorne: He’s sick?

Ridge: Yeah.

Thorne: Well, how serious is it, ridge?

Ridge: I guess there’s no easy way to tell you this. Dad is dying.

Eric: Okay. All right. All right. Oh! Geez. No, no, that’s– that’s perfect.

Donna: Sorry, okay, I’m going to get your jacket. Ah, I love this color. Let me have your arms.

Eric: Yeah.

Donna: There you go.

Eric: All right.

Donna: Other arm. Oopsie.

Eric: Can you get it? All right. All right. All right. This is good. Now, what about my hair? I used that hairspray you gave me, but it’s all crispy. So hard.

Donna: Just a little bit. Voila.

Eric: Thank you.

Donna: You look like, um, harrison ford.

Eric: Yeah?

Donna: Yeah.

Eric: All right, I’ll take it.

[ Donna laughs ]

Donna: You are the most elegant and handsome man I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

Eric: Ah, thank you. This, tonight– this– this party tonight, it’s going to be wonderful. One last family gather. Secret works! Ohhh yesss.

Zende: Maybe I’m in denial, but I assumed we’d have more time with him.

Luna: Eric’s condition is worse than it looks.

Carter: Yeah, he just covered it fairly well.

Zende: Granddad’s been here working on his new line. He’s been in great spirits. He’s been cracking jokes.

Carter: Zende, you saw him at his best. I did too. But his condition’s extremely grave.

Thomas: It’s clear that he doesn’t think he has long to live.

Carter: A goodbye party.

Hope: Okay, so katie went back to the house to help donna with eric, ridge is having a few of us meet here, thorne’s already here and now we’re just waiting on–

Bridget: There you are.

Brooke: Bridget.

Bridget: I’ve been looking all over for you.

Brooke: Oh, honey. So good to see you.

Bridget: You too. [ Laughs ]

Bridget: My little sis, it has been a little too long.

Brooke: Little?

Hope: I’m so happy you were able to make it.

Bridget: Me too. What is this occasion, though? It’s clearly not dad’s birthday. It’s the launch of his new line, right?

Brooke: Uh, I wish.

Bridget: Mom, what– what is that look about?

Thorne: Dad’s–

Ridge: Sorry, thorne. Sorry I have to tell you like that.

Thorne: Why didn’t he tell me? Why am I just finding out about this now?

Ridge: He doesn’t want anyone to know.

Thorne: Well, I’m not just anyone, ridge. I’m his son.

Ridge: Didn’t tell me either. Or brooke. As far as he’s concerned, there’s just a handful of people that know about his condition.

Thorne: So, you all are acting like you don’t know?

Ridge: Now you have to do the same.

Thorne: I don’t think I can do that, ridge.

Ridge: Hey, those are dad’s wishes.

Thorne: So, I’m just– I’m just supposed to let my dad go and– and not say anything, ridge?

[ Steffy sighs ]

Steffy: You know about granddad? I am so sorry.

Thorne: I’m– I’m not prepared for this. I’m not ready to let dad go.

Donna: Are you comfortable? Can I get you anything? And– and don’t you dare say a martini.

Eric: No this, uh– this actually helps.

Donna: Good. Hi.

Katie: Are you all right?

Eric: Yeah, yeah. I’m fine.

Katie: Eric, are you sure you want to go through with this?

Eric: Katie, the party is a go.

Katie: Please, eric, please let donna and me take you to the hospital.

Eric: No! We’re going to have this party! The party I’ve been dreaming about. Now, it’s going to be a wonderful party. A party that we’ll never forget. Looking for a smarter way to mop? Try the swiffer powermop. An all-in-one cleaning tool that gives you a mop and bucket clean in half the time

Brooke: I’m sorry, honey. I’m so sorry.

[ Bridget stammering ] I don’t know how this is– I don’t know how this is possible. Has he seen a specialist? Did he get a second opinion?

Brooke: His case has been reviewed by many oncologists and they’ve all said the same thing.

Bridget: There’s no known cure.

Brooke: I know this is devastating news and I’m sorry. I– I didn’t want this to be true. I just wish I could take your pain away.

Hope: Me too. I’m so sorry, sis.

Bridget: I was on the plane today. I got so excited to see you all. Especially daddy. I just really missed him. I really missed him. Now, you’re telling me he’s horribly sick with this disease. And on top of it, we have to put up a front? Like, I’m not allowed to know about it?

Hope: We’re struggling with it too and none of us are happy having to keep up this charade.

Bridget: This is ridiculous.

Brooke: No, this is, um– this is what eric wants. He wants us to all come together as a family and love each other and just have this big, joyous occasion and celebration.

Bridget: A celebration? What?

[ Bridget sobbing ] And they moved the party up. Mommy. Doesn’t have much time, does he? What did they tell him? I don’t know. [ Sobbing ]

Hope: It’s progressing faster than any of us realize.

Bridget: [ Sobbing ] Why didn’t anyone tell me? Oh, daddy. No!

Brooke: I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.

Bridget: How long does he have?

Katie: This all looks good.

Eric: So, do we have everything we need? We have enough wine?

Donna: Even the bottle of wine from your wedding with stephanie. You said you wanted to save it for a special occasion.

Eric: Well, here it is.

Katie: Here it is.

[ Eric laughs ]

Eric: I can’t wait to see this room filled with all the people I love. My friends and my family. A wonderful, wonderful party. Memories etched into my soul.

Bridget: Mom told me everything you’ve done for my dad. Thank you.

Rj: Of course. Of course.

Thorne: Yes. Thank you. Thank you both very much.

Rj: He’s going to be so happy the two of you are here.

Thorne: Yeah, well, there’s no other place I’d rather be than right here with my family.

Carter: Bridget, thorne, my heart goes out to you guys. Well, all of you, really. Eric is such an inspiration.

Ridge: All right, good. He’s all dressed up. So now we can go to a party that we shouldn’t be having, huh? This is going to take a toll on dad, you know that. It’s going to take a toll on all of us. So, let me ask you. If there’s anyone here who can’t pretend that everything is fine, anyone who thinks they can’t hide their grief, then maybe they should stay here ’cause tonight is– is not about grief and sadness. It’s about celebrating a great man, okay?

Ridge: Dad is getting weaker. We can all see that. And he’s going to need us as a source of power. So, this is the performance of a lifetime.

Thorne: I can’t promise that I won’t break down when I see him.

Bridget: Yeah, I agree with thorne, it–

Ridge: Let it out. Let the tears fall. Do it now.

Bridget: Are you serious? This is absolutely ridiculous. How is this world of make believe healthy? I mean, honestly, mom, this fantasy land where everyone is supposed to pretend that everything is okay? Dad is dying, ridge.

Ridge: You think this is what I want? This is what he wants. There’s going to be plenty of time to mourn him when he’s not watching us. So, right now, we need to do this for him.

Brooke: We need to remember how important this is for eric.

Ridge: It’s not going to be easy for any of us. We can do it. We have to. We’re going to bring joy and happiness, look at me. Joy and happiness for him. We’re gonna celebrate him. Can you do it?

Bridget: Of course.

Ridge: Game faces.

Bridget: Okay.

Ridge: Let’s go.

Bridget: Okay.

Brooke: It’s okay.

Katie: I just asked the server to come out with more so when everyone gets here, champagne out of the gates.

Donna: It’s all set.

Eric: Yeah, everyone’s going to be here very soon.

Katie: Uh, do you want me to put this away?

Eric: Would you? Yeah. Yeah, thanks.

Donna: Can I help you?

Eric: Yeah, my coat. Now remember, just not a word about my condition to anyone.

Donna: Yes.

Eric: We’re the only three people that know about it. And rj and luna. We’re the only ones, all right? It’s very important.

Katie: No problem.

Ridge: Dad.

Brooke: Hello. We have some special guests.

Eric: Yeah.

Donna: Oh, my god.

Eric: You’re a sight for sore eyes, the two of you.

Bridget: Hi, daddy.

Eric: Sweet girl. Come here. Ah! Look at you. You’re beautiful. What? You’re here? You got here? Just in the nick of time.

Thorne: Of course, I made it. I wouldn’t miss this for the world, dad.

Eric: You two. My kids. Oh, my kids– my kids are the best thing I ever did in this life. Here you are.

Thorne: We love you, dad.

Bridget: I would have brought logan, I just didn’t–

Eric: No, it was such short notice, so I’m so glad you came. You made the effort and– and I’m so grateful for that. I’m so glad to hear you. You can’t know how much that means to me.

[ All laughing ] Come on.

Eric: Ah, look.

Luna: Hi.

Eric: My talented grandson, there he is.

Bridget: Hi, guys.

Eric: And beautiful luna. You look– you look beautiful.

Luna: Thank you. Stamp of approval from the eric forrester. I’m– I’m so honored.

Eric: Good.

Zende: Hey, granddad.

Eric: Hey. More talented grandsons. Look at this. My cup runneth over. Hi. I’m glad you’re here, both of you, come here. Yeah, yeah. And you all, uh– oh, you dressed up for me too.

Thomas: Anything for you.

Zende: We knew how important this night was to you.

Eric: And what a wonderful night it’s going to be.

Thomas: Hm.

Eric: Carter, my friend. Come in, come in.

Carter: Hey, uh, thanks for having me.

Eric: Sure. Of course. You’re, uh, you’re family, carter. Never forget that.

Carter: I won’T.

Katie: All right. Who needs champagne? I see one handsome man definitely does.

Donna: So, I hope everybody is ready to party because eric is not wasting any time. He wants to make the most of every single minute that we have together.

Eric: We’re all here to enjoy ourselves and I want you all to enjoy each other. All right, I’m going to raise a toast, one of many toasts tonight, I’m sure. Uh, this is to all of you. Look at you. You look terrific. And I’m so glad to have you here in this– this big old house. You– you warm it right up. I want this evening to be full of happiness and– and music and love. I wish you could understand how special this is to me tonight, so I promise a night full of love and laughter and music and positive energy and that’s what I want you to give each other, and me. Would you give me that too? Okay? So, to, uh– to joy and laughter, hear, hear!

All: To love and laughter.

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Hope: I think a dual marketing campaign could be beneficial for both hope for the future and the foundation.

Steffy: You wanna dip into their ad budget?

Carter: It’s something to consider, but, hope, you do realize this shift in priorities is only temporary? I mean, it’s only in– I’m sorry, ridge. I was only talking about eric’s collection.

Ridge: It’s okay. You’re not the only one thinking about his prognosis.

Steffy: How long do we have to keep up with this charade?

Ridge: He doesn’t want anyone to know he’s sick.

Steffy: He’s dying. So what are we supposed to do? Just have a party and pretend like everything’s okay?

Ridge: Well, he hasn’t set a date, so maybe we can change his mind.

Katie: This is crazy. You can’t throw a party today.

Brooke: Honey, you said yourself, eric passed out last night.

Donna: Yeah.

Katie: Did he lose consciousness?

Donna: He, um– he just collapsed into my arms.

Brooke: I’m sorry. You must have been terrified.

Donna: Honestly, I didn’t even know what was happening. I mean, he’s on this chaise lounge and– and suddenly he’s on the floor, and I– I ran over, and called his name, and– and nothing. And I just thought that this is it, this is it. This is how I lose my honey bear, it’s over.

Katie: But you didn’t, he’s– he’s okay.

Donna: Yeah, I– I mean, he’s– he’s not okay. He’s– he’s taking in oxygen. It just– it just makes it easier for him to– you know, easier for him.

Katie: He’s struggling.

Donna: Yeah, I– I moved him over to the guest house because, um, you know, there’s no stairs. It’s just easier. I– I really have to get back to him, I really do.

Brooke: Okay. Okay. We’re gonna call the caterers, and we’re gonna postpone this for another time.

Donna: No, no, you– you need to call everybody and tell them that the party’s happening today.

Katie: You can postpone this party until eric has a chance to recover.

Donna: He might not, katie. He hasn’t said it yet, but– but maybe there’s a reason why he’s so anxious to move this party up, okay? I– I really just have to get back to him right now.

Brooke: Okay, just tell him we’re thinking about him.

Donna: Okay. I will.

Katie: You can’T.

Donna: Oh, I’m sorry, I’m–

Katie: But we are going to pray for him whether he wants us to or not.

Donna: Thank you, so you’ll– you’ll tell everybody that it’s happening.

Brooke: Donna–

Donna: No, stop. Please. Please, for me. For the man I love. Look, do this for eric. Do it for him, because… this could be his last request. Okay? So, please, we cannot let him down.

Ridge: Well, maybe there’s still time to talk dad out of this celebration.

Hope: I don’t know. He seems pretty set on it.

Ridge: Maybe get rj involved.

Carter: Get him to convince eric to conserve his strength.

Steffy: If rj could have talked him out of it, he would have. I– I can’t just do this. Plaster a big smile on my face, and toast to a future when we know that granddad doesn’t even have one. I don’t think we need a big flashy event. We don’t even know how much time granddad has left.

[ Door opens ]

Eric: Hey.

Donna: Hey, I just, uh, brought you a few things over that I thought you might need from the house.

Eric: That’s okay. I’m not dead yet.

Donna: Eric, please, I– I told you that that’s not funny, it’s–

Eric: Yeah. All right. I’m sorry. You’re right. It’s not funny. I was just imagining the farewell party for me tonight.

Steffy: I don’t understand. Granddad’s a fighter. Why isn’t he fighting now?

Carter: Steffy, eric’s signing these documents doesn’t mean he’s giving up.

Steffy: Seems pretty clear to me he’s planning to die.

Hope: And also wants us to throw him a party. I don’t know, he seems a little scattered.

Steffy: Okay, so everyone knows what’s going on. Hope, carter.

Ridge: Zende. He kept asking me why he wasn’t the one working with granddad. He has the experience, he has the training. I didn’t want him to feel like he did something wrong, so I told him.

Steffy: Oh, my gosh. This is getting out of hand. The whole design team knows?

Hope: How long until someone slips up, and eric finds out that we’ve been lying to him this entire time?

Ridge: He’s not gonna find out, but it’d be a lot easier if we didn’t have this party. Hey, I texted you. You– you were at dad’s house, right? How is he?

Brooke: We didn’t get to see him.

Katie: He was resting in the guest house.

Ridge: The guest house? Why?

Brooke: It’s safer for him to be on the first floor right now.

Katie: He fell yesterday.

Carter: He what?

Ridge: Is he all right? Is he hurt?

Brooke: Uh, no. He’s okay. I mean, donna did say he’s on oxygen right now.

Ridge: He’s on oxygen?

Katie: Not full time. Just as needed. But things are kind of in flux, so he shouldn’t be going up and down stairs.

Steffy: Okay. That’s it.

Ridge: We can’t play this game anymore. Pretending that he’s okay. He’s in bed with oxygen? We’re not having this party.

Brooke: Ridge, come on. I know how you feel. I’m worried too.

Katie: But this party is happening. According to eric, this party is happening this afternoon.

[ Eric coughing ]

Donna: Eric, eric, please you need to rest, you– you shouldn’t be hosting a party tonight.

Eric: No, we can– I can. We will.

Donna: If you do, you know that everyone is gonna know that something is wrong.

Eric: No, no, I feel better. I feel– I feel better already.

Donna: If you wanna call your– your family, and have them come over, fine. If you– if you want to tell them the truth, then that’s fine.

Eric: No. No. I– I don’t– I don’t want this to be a wake. I want it to be a celebration. I don’t want them to be sad. Donna, look, I’ve– I’ve– I’ve had– I’ve had some time to reflect and to think about myself as an artist, as– as a father, as a man. And I– I wanna share that with them. I wanna share that with all of them. One– one last soiree.

Donna: Yeah.

Eric: Did katie tell them it’s tonight?

Donna: Yeah.

Eric: Yeah. I don’t want anyone to know about this. The house is ready?

Donna: Yeah, I just have, um, a few more things to do. Are you sure you wanna do this, eric?

Eric: And the house? That– that wonderful big old house. Where so many wonderful things have happened. My whole life and weddings and– and holidays and– and parties. Brooke and ridge met in that house.

Donna: [ Laughs ] Oh, yeah. They did.

Eric: I’ll be moving to another beautiful house soon. Beautiful crystal castle in the sky. I’m not afraid to look forward to that. It doesn’t scare me. But I really wanna be able to look back right now, and look back and– and– and remember things. And experience the things I did.

[ Emotional music playing ]

[ Crowd applauding ]

Eric: Today is mine, ridge.

Ridge: Grand finale, right?

Eric: My grand finale. That’s right. It’s been an incredible journey. I wouldn’t change that for anything. For anything.

Ridge: What do you mean this party is this afternoon?

Katie: People are setting up as we speak.

Brooke: It’s all arranged.

Steffy: Except telling the guests.

Katie: Well, donna wants us to spread the word.

Steffy: Well, donna has to talk granddad out of this.

Ridge: Is she pushing this?

Brooke: No. No, this is eric. He is determined to go through with this party.

Hope: Yeah, but why does it have to be today? Like–

Katie: I think he feels like he’s running out of time.

Brooke: And he could be.

Ridge: Well… if this party’s today, I gotta make some phone calls.

[ Phone beeping ]

[ Line ringing ]

[ Phone ringing ]

Thorne: Hey, big brother.

Ridge: Thorne, how are you?

Thorne: Well, I’m great. I’m looking forward to seeing you.

Ridge: There’s been a change of plans. Where are you?

Thorne: I’m at the airport. I’m flying into houston to visit some friends before coming into la.

Ridge: Well, you have to come to la right away.

Thorne: Why?

Ridge: Because the party is this afternoon.

Thorne: No, I spoke with dad before I booked my flight, ridge.

Ridge: Well, he changed his mind, the caterers are at the house right now.

Thorne: Ridge, kristen, felicia and rick are still on safari. There’s no way they can get to la today.

Ridge: I know that. I know. It’s not ideal, but just tell me you can be here.

Thorne: Well, yeah. I’ll change my flight now.

Ridge: Good. Dad’s gonna love seeing you.

Thorne: Ridge, what’s going on? Something seems off here, man. Why the rush?

Ridge: I’ll tell you when you get here.

Thorne: All right. I’m on my way.

Brooke: So, thorne’s coming?

Ridge: Yep. He’s gonna be devastated when he hears about dad.

Eric: I am– I am a lucky man.

Donna: Lucky that you have such good taste in women.

Eric: [ Laughs ] It’s true.

Donna: But I’m not just talking about the logans, you know.

Eric: No?

Donna: No.

Eric: You– you’re my love.

Donna: And you are my love. You changed my life forever, eric. But this party tonight, it’s not just– it’s not just about us. It’s about everyone that you love, everyone that’s special to you. And some of them will be here tonight, but some of them won’T. And I can think of one in particular that you have probably been thinking a lot about lately. Stephanie had a bigger impact than anyone else in your life, eric.

Eric: Can never forget about stephanie.

Donna: [ Chuckles ] Oh, she was a complicated woman. Strong and, um, judgmental, but fiercely devoted to you and your family.

Eric: She’s gonna have a lot to say to me when I see her.

[ Both laugh ] But I have my angel… right here with me. The most beautiful angel. My perfect, caring, loving donna. Stay with me to the very end. Yeah?

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Ridge: Well, thorne changed his flight, he’s on way to la.

Steffy: Okay. A shame that kristen, rick, and felicia can’t make it.

Ridge: Well, dad knows where they are, he still changed his plans.

Steffy: As he clearly feels as though his days are slipping away.

Carter: The fall yesterday must have really shaken him up.

Hope: Okay, but what I don’t understand is why is donna going along with this, I–

Katie: Because eric is the love of her life. This might be his last wish. But it’s not easy. I mean, she’s terrified of the toll this will take on him.

Steffy: But we’re supposed to just pretend?

Brooke: It’s what he needs us to do.

Steffy: But can you really do that, honestly? Because I– I don’t think I can.

Katie: You can. You love him enough. You can.

Steffy: This is hard. I–

Ridge: It is hard. We gotta do it. He wants a regal, elegant, forrester affair, and that’s what I’m gonna give him. Get dressed up and smile the last smiles on our faces, and give him joy and happiness. Celebrate the best man we know. We have to.

Eric: I wish all my children were gonna be there.

Donna: You’re gonna see them, eric. Just maybe not tonight.

Eric: Yeah.

Donna: Yeah.

[Eric laughs ]

Eric: They’re my blessings. My children, grandchildren, my great-grandchildren. I’m so proud of them. But you… my beautiful, funny, smart… wonderful donna. You make my whole life… an adventure.

Donna: Eric…

Eric: And we’re not gonna get another year together. We’re not. But we made– we made the most of what we had, didn’t we?

Donna: We’re just gonna have to make every single minute that we have together count. Okay?

Eric: Such a wonderful adventure, you and me. Yeah?

Donna: Yeah.

Donna: It is about time your handsome face hung above the fireplace.

Eric: Wow.

[ Chuckles ] Look at that. So many memories. So wonderful memories that I can’t, uh– that’s what hurts so badly. That I don’t get to have any more with you. I want more. I love you, donna.

Donna: I love you so much, eric.

Eric: Come here. Come here. I love you. I love you so much.

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[soft music]

[dramatic musical sting]

[gasps] What the… jeez.

[pants] You scared the hell outta me.

I’m sorry.

But how’d you get in here anyway? This place has been closed since Gil died.

Clyde made sure I got the keys to the kingdom.

Guy’s got a thing with keys.

Yeah, he also communicated to me, through his intermediary, that he wants this place opened ASAP.

No surprise.

Well, it’s not happening because there’s no way in hell I’m moving his drug money through here.

Yeah, well at least that’s all he’s having us do. It’s not like he’s having us sell drugs out of the place.

Oh, right. So as long as we’re just laundering his money from his heinous crimes and not witnessing or partaking in said crimes, you’re cool with that.

No, no, I’m not cool with that. And you know that I hate having any involvement in this. What the hell choice do we have?

Well, I’ve decided the only way out of this mess is to kill him.

Hey. I heard DA DiMera’s cutting a deal with Leo Stark. Any idea what that’s about?

No, I don’t know the details. But Dimitri Von Leuschner just showed up and turned himself in.

[mysterious music]

Does this mean I’m free to go?

Only when your boyfriend shows up, which I sincerely doubt he will.

Oh, ye of little faith.

Hello, my love.

Dimitri, you came.

DA DiMera, I’m here to turn myself in, so you can let my Leo go.


Hey. I had to come down here because you gotta put a stop to this test immediately.

Oh, see, I knew it. She doesn’t wanna go through with it because she knows the baby’s mine.

No! I’m not going along with this because I never gave you permission to run a DNA test on our child, Eric.

I’m sorry, but it’s too late. I have the test results right here.

Oh, well, let’s open them right now and prove that that child is my son.

[tense music]

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

Von Leuschner turned himself in?

All for love, he said.

Huh. Well, I don’t really give a damn what his altruistic motives were, but, damn, obviously that’s a win.

Yeah, and I hope it gives your sister peace of mind, knowing that the guy who tried to kill her is going to pay.

Yeah. I’m sure it will. Uh, considering the amount of crimes that the bastard’s committed the past few weeks, it’s also gonna put a dent in our case-clearance rate.

Which we could use right now.

For sure.

[sighs] So did you hear? The, uh–the five kilos that we seized in the Sikowski case disappeared from the evidence room.

What–what do you– what do you mean, “disappeared”? They–they were stolen?

Well, it’s kind of hard to misplace a stash like that.

But you think it was somebody on the inside?

And, obviously, that’s the first concern, especially when it comes to drugs. There were no signs of breaking and entering. Maybe it wasn’t a cop.

Okay, any idea who it could have been?

Well, can’t help but think that it had something to do with your keys going missing.

You wanna kill Clyde Weston?

I’m sorry. Weren’t you mobbed up? Since when do you get squeamish about taking somebody out?

Who’s squeamish? I just did someone in, you might recall. When Jake worked for our family, he was the last person that we sent out for waste management.

Do I need to remind you again that I’m not my brother? I’ve made it abundantly clear I will do anything and everything to keep my wife safe. Now Clyde threatened her life. And I would say he’s gonna live to regret that, but he won’t.

Okay, look. I get it. I would do the same thing for my son. But taking out someone like Clyde Weston from the outside, that is damn near impossible.

Who says it’s gonna be from the outside? Let’s say for a second that I go to Statesville under the pretext of letting Clyde know that we have disposed of the Sikowski evidence.

Then what are you gonna do? Hmm? You gonna shiv him?

No. I meet up with somebody on the inside, and he does the job for us. Our hands stay clean.

So you got someone in mind?

Matter of fact, I do.

[ominous music]

Well, what are you waiting for? Release my–

Pookie bear.

Uh, no, I’m not going to release your pookie bear, or you, Von Leuschner.


Why should I? I’ve got two birds in the hand now.

But we had a deal.


Not anymore. I’m going to prosecute the hell out of both of you. You’re the reason why my son is dead.

But you just dropped the felony murder charge.

No worries. I’ve got a long list of charges I could file against the both of you.

[somber music]

Open the envelope, Eric.

No, wait. I never agreed to this. This isn’t right.

Sloan, if you hadn’t been running out the door, I would have been able to explain.

How are you gonna explain bringing our baby into the cold, huh? Exposing him to God knows what kind of hospital germs here, all because Nicole’s refusing to accept reality.

Oh, my God. Would you stop? It’s a simple test, and it’s already been done. And it’s so obvious why you’re freaking out about Eric opening that envelope. I can see the fear in your eyes. The truth is about to come out. And those results are gonna show that that baby is mine.

[tense music]

So from what you’re saying, I’m assuming you got a lot of friends in Statesville?

Just my mother’s henchman.

Your mother has a henchman?

Well, he’s more of a valet/jack-of-all-trades kind of guy, but he did help my mother bury someone alive once, so there’s that.

Oh, what a guy.

My point is, it’s not exactly outside of his area of expertise. And Ivan will do anything to keep his madame happy. I mean, all I gotta do is make a phone call to Alamainia and…

Wait, Alamainia? What?

It’s my mother’s home country. It’s, like, half the size of Mexico, but twice the fun.

Oh. And let me guess, no extradition treaty with the U.S.

Exactly. So while my mother will not be returning to Salem anytime soon, she will not hesitate to call Ivan and have him eliminate Clyde Weston. What? You don’t like the plan?

No, I don’t. In fact, I think it’s a big mistake.


You had a copy of the evidence room key on your keychain, right?

Yeah, I did.

Mm-hmm. Well, the drugs went missing at the same time that your keys went MIA.

Yeah, I know. They found the keys in the sergeant’s desk, but I-I don’t think I dropped ’em there, but I might have.

Or maybe someone lifted ’em, someone who wasn’t a cop, someone who didn’t have access to the evidence room.

So this means–

Yeah, likely, the case will now be thrown out, and the drug-dealing scum will be back on the streets.


You can’t do that. You took the deal. It’s been signed.

Not by me.

Doesn’t matter. It’s legally binding.

Where did you go to law school?

Cambridge, class of ‘.

Aww, you remembered.

Of course, I did. I also remembered that you graduated with high honors, so I am retroactively very proud of you.

Look, Leo has met the conditions stipulated herein, which is that I turned myself in. Furthermore, he hasn’t done anything wrong. He hasn’t killed anyone. He hasn’t assaulted anyone.

He helped you flee the district.

Yes, exactly. And guess what, I’m here now. I am the one that you want, right? So take me, otherwise I’ll make sure you get nothing.

[soft tense music]

I don’t have to stand here and listen to these wild accusations. I’m taking my baby and leaving.

Sloan, stop. Let’s just open the envelope and put everybody at ease. Please, let’s just do this.

Fine, go ahead.


The DNA analysis is not a match.


I don’t understand. I-I am sure this baby is mine. I know he is.

I tried to tell you.

Nicole, I’m sorry.

Are you? Are you really?

[door clicks open]

Oh, I am so sorry for the delay.

It’s okay. We opened the envelope and already got the results without you.

Oh. Well that’s okay. I’m sure you didn’t wanna wait any longer than you had to. Is there anything that I can interpret for you?

No, that’s okay. They’re pretty self-explanatory.

Kayla, I’m–I’m–I’m sorry. Is it possible there’s been a mistake? I mean, are you % sure that you tested this baby’s DNA against mine?

Well, actually, no. We didn’t.

Look, I want Clyde off our backs as much as you do. I’m just not sure this is gonna work out the way you think.

Why not?

Well, first of all, Clyde has a huge network of people that work for him. You take him out, they can still come after us.

But they won’t. Clyde is the boss of the operation. Without him, it goes belly up. The threat’s eliminated.

Mm, okay. All right. Look, I see your point. I do. But I don’t know, I would not count on a washed-up valet being able to take out the likes of Clyde Weston. Look, he screws up, we are screwed. My son is as good as dead and so is Gabi.

[unsettling music] Look, Clyde needs to keep his operation running, right? He’s not gonna hurt Gabi or my son as long as we keep him happy.

And that’s a hell of a gamble, Ava, especially since his demands are going to become more and more unreasonable. And if we don’t keep that son of a bitch happy, he is going to see to it that he takes it out on those nearest and dearest to us, which means, as long as Gabi is in Statesville awaiting trial, she’s not safe.

Okay, then concentrate on getting her out of there.

That’s exactly what I’m doing right now. My point is, as long as Clyde is in the picture, you and I and everyone we love, we’re looking over our shoulders for the rest of our lives.

Okay, okay, okay. All right?

[groans] You’re right. We need to come up with another way to get rid of him.


What do you mean, “you’re going to make sure I get nothing”? I’ve already got you.

Are you sure about that? Because unless I’m missing something, um, I’m not under arrest, nor have I confessed to anything or signed anything.

Yeah, well, that might serve in your favor, except you’re in the middle of a police station, Von Leuschner, surrounded by cops. So I highly doubt you’re going to be able to just stroll on out of here.

It’s also highly unlikely that you can make this case stick without a confession, as we all know the success rate of the Salem PD. So I would say go ahead and cuff me now, Uncle. Accept what I’m offering you, and take the win.

Man, I just– I just started this job. And I would feel awful if the dealer went free because of my screwup, especially since you put your neck on the line to hire me in the first place.

Yeah, well, it looks like that was a bad call. Give me your badge. I’m gonna have to suspend you without pay.

I understand.

Nah, come on, man. I’m just messing with ya.

Come on, Rafe, I feel like an idiot.

No, don’t. I was very convincing. Would you stop? Hey, cut it out. Stop beating yourself up, okay? We don’t know anything for sure. Sikowski wasn’t gonna flip on that guy. He wasn’t gonna flip on his boss, all right? So we weren’t gonna get him. Maybe next time we reel ’em both in. All right?

Yeah, let’s hope.

Okay, right now, let’s focus on the positive. We’ve got Von Leuschner.

Yeah, and talk about a big fish.

Yeah. I wonder what the hell’s taking ’em so long in there.

Hernandez, get in there and book that SOB.

Looks like we’re in business.

You didn’t test this baby’s DNA against mine?

We couldn’t. The lab couldn’t get enough DNA off your toothbrush. So one of the techs pointed out that we already had EJ’s DNA on file from the genetic testing. And so they used that.

But there’s no question that EJ was the father of your baby, right?


So then it doesn’t matter if they would have used your DNA or his. I mean, obviously, look, if this baby was yours and EJ’s, the results would have come back positive.

But I-I was sure. I mean, how–how can I be so wrong?


I’m so sorry.

Oh, stop saying you’re sorry. You knew damn well that you would be taking this baby home today. You just did this test to appease me. Well, thanks for humoring me. Congratulations on the new parents.

[somber music] Goodbye, sweet baby. Goodbye.


So do you have any other ways to get right of Clyde?

I’m surprised you don’t. I mean, surely you DiMeras have someone better positioned than your mother’s henchman to do this job.

I’ve never been involved in that part of the business, so anybody who would be better positioned to do the job would be affiliated with my brother, who, need I remind you, is the new DA.


Way too risky.

Yeah, okay. So does your mother have any other connections?

What about your connections? I mean, don’t you have access to an entire crime syndicate?

Oh, I walked away from all of that to prove to my son that I was turning my life around.

Oh, yeah, and how’s that going for you now that Clyde Weston has you doing all of his dirty work?


Hmm? Hey, am I interrupting something?

No. No, not at all.

No, no, I, uh, was just filling Ava in that I purchased the Bistro. And we were debating some of the changes that I would like to implement.

Hmm, aren’t you, uh, busy running DiMera Enterprises?

I am. But I’m not gonna be running this place. That’s what Ava’s for. It was a great investment, and I scooped it up for really cheap when the former owner died. Plus I love the food, so I’ll never have to wait for my favorite table ever again.

Ava, how do you feel about that?

She doesn’t have any say.

I was asking her.

I-I feel fine about it.

Hmm. And I assume you can quit if you’re not being treated right?

I’m not gonna quit. I just wanna make sure that Stefan doesn’t take any big risks right out the gate, risks that we both might regret.


Now let’s get you down to booking.


Leo, you’re free to go.

Oh, can I at least say goodbye first?

I’ve gotta deal with this. You have five minutes.

My love. Oh, my love, my love.


Oh, okay. Uh, oh. You making this sacrifice, it warms my heart and breaks it at the same time, knowing that somebody could love me this much. I can’t believe you’d do this for me.

Truth be told, I almost didn’t.

[mysterious music]

Good. Darling, you’re here. Nicole, um, I wanted you to hear this from me, but I had to let Leo Stark go. But the good news is, Dimitri has turned himself in.


I’m also sorry to say, but I had to drop the felony charges against the both of them, but my nephew is still going away for a very long time.


Darling, I know. I know that this isn’t going to bring our baby boy back. But at least someone is going to answer for what happened. Okay?

I don’t care, EJ.

What do you mean, “you don’t care”?

I thought our baby was alive. And now I know he truly is not. And I have no choice but to accept it.

And he’s still sleeping. Hey, I’m gonna put him in his crib, okay?

Oh, just leave him there. Why would you even wake him up for no reason?

Hey, are you mad?

Of course I’m mad. Why the hell would you consider humoring Nicole? Please tell me. You’re just allowing her to think that there’s some possible truth into her pathetic fantasy that our adopted son is the child she gave birth to, which would mean, by the way, that I am some depraved baby snatcher who ripped him from her arms. Is there any part of you that really believes that that’s true?

No, of course not. It’s just… well, at least not until you–

Until I what?

Well, you kinda freaked out a bit when I was holding on to the test results. It’s almost like you kinda were hiding something.

[suspenseful music]

I can’t believe you’re accusing me of hiding something. That’s really hurtful, Eric.

Sloan, I’m sorry. Obviously, you’re upset with me.

Yeah. You’re damn right I am. And if anybody’s hiding anything, it’s you– doing a DNA test on our child without my knowledge.

Wha–I didn’t intentionally keep anything from you. Like I said, I was trying to tell you but then you had to rush out because it had something to do with your client.

Oh, my God, my client.

[baby crying]

Hey, the baby’s waking up. I’m gonna check on him.

[line trilling]

Commissioner, hi. This is Sloan Petersen. Hi, yeah, I just wanted to call and check in. Thanks. Yeah, that’s a relief. Dimitri Von Leuschner turned himself in. Leo is free.

That’s–that’s great news. Congratulations.


Sloan, I’m sorry. I’m sorry about the DNA test. Listen, I was just– I thought we could just help Nicole find some closure so we could all move on.

No, you were right. I see that now. And I’m sorry for overreacting. And… it’s actually better this way– now Nicole will finally accept that it’s our baby.

But we can’t keep calling him “our baby.”

What do you mean?

Well, like we’ve said before, it’s–I think it’s time that we, uh, find a name for our little guy.

That’s right. That’s right. Past time.


I tried to let it go, EJ, but I couldn’t.

What do you mean?

Look, Holly suggested that I do a DNA test on Eric and Sloan’s baby to see if he was really ours.

[clears throat] What?

And Eric agreed, so he– he brought the baby, and he met me at the hospital.

And why didn’t I know about this?

Because I didn’t think you would like it. And you were busy.


And, look, I actually thought Eric believed me, but he didn’t. He was just trying to get me to accept reality because he was sure that the baby was not ours.


Oh, God. And he was right because the test showed, without a doubt, that he’s not. Oh, God, EJ. I just–I feel like I lost our baby all over again, our precious angel, and I just–I can’t– I can’t stop thinking that, when I held him at the side of the road there, he was–he was dying. He was dying, and I– and I didn’t know. I didn’t know something was wrong, and I should’ve. I should have known!

Darling. Darling.


There is no way you could have known. And even if you had, sweetheart, there was nothing you could do.

Yeah. I suppose not. But I am telling you, EJ… when I held Eric and Sloan’s baby in my arms, I had this overwhelming feeling that he was mine. What kind of mother doesn’t know her own child?



Look at me, sweetie. Look at me. You are a wonderful mother who has suffered a terrible, tragic loss. So, please, do not beat yourself up about anything anymore, okay?

[somber piano music] We both now have to accept that our child is gone. And we will get through this together, okay?



Rest assured, I will not be reckless with this place. I won’t take any risks that either of us will regret.

Good to know.

And I’ll be back. We can discuss the, uh, new waste management plan.

Right. Right. Stefan wants to try composting.

Sustainability, going green. Have a good day, Ava, Harris.

Well, this is a nice surprise.

Yeah, I thought it would, um, lift my spirits if I could see you.

Your spirits need lifting?

Well, uh, some critical evidence went missing from the PD. And it–it could be my fault.

What? Why?

Well, it looks like maybe the wrong person got their hands on my keys.

Oh, God, I’m so sorry. I am so sorry. But you know what? I mean, even if that were the case, I mean, how is that your fault?

I know. That’s what Rafe said. He’s trying to let me off the hook, but it just– you know, this whole thing really bothers me.

Yeah, I can see that.

It’s just so frustrating because the last time I remember using the key was to unlock the desk to get the recorder to take your statement about Gil’s death.


I mean, do you have any recollection at all what I did with my keys after that?

And then all of a sudden your good friend Darius Rose, aka Jackie Cox, shows up, banging at my door.

Ugh, she is not my friend. How did he find you?

Apparently, he’s been stalking us. Anyway, he offered to help me escape to Canada, even brought me a drag disguise.

Why would he do that?

Uh, something about screwing you over because you screwed him over and got him deported?

[growls] That meshuggena creep. Well, why didn’t you go with him?

Because I love you. Why else? Why do you think I’m here giving up my freedom for you?

Damn you, Dimitri. I am now a very confusing combination of grateful, touched, relieved, but also horrified, guilt-ridden, and sadder than I’ve ever been in my entire life. I know you’re doing this because you say you love me.

That’s the main reason. But it’s also because you were willing to do the same thing for me. We also shouldn’t forget that I was the one who tried to kill Gabi and Stefan, and I assaulted Kayla Johnson and Detective Hunter. I mean, you were just there to help.

But, Dimitri, you heard EJ. He is going to put you away for a very long time. But just so you know, I did talk to Sloan about making sure conjugal visits were included in the deal.

[laughs] That’s my pookie bear, always thinking ahead.

No, speaking of thinking ahead, I may end up in Statesville right beside you.

No, you won’t. It’s not gonna happen.

How do you know that? What if EJ reneges on the deal? What if he reinstates that felony charge?

It’s not gonna happen, Leo.

How can you be so sure?

[soft music]

Leo, we didn’t kill that baby.

I know. I mean, not directly, but it was linked to the accident, which was our fault, and I– what, why are you looking at me like that?

Because, Leo, we really didn’t kill that baby.

Huh? What are you trying to say?

[quietly] I’m trying to say that Nicole’s baby is still alive.

No, I–God, I’m sorry. I didn’t. I didn’t notice what you did with your keys.

Yeah, it’s–it’s okay. I probably just left ’em on the desk when I took you home.

Oh, wait. Weren’t your car keys on the same ring?

No. No, they weren’t.

No? Of course not, you wouldn’t have been able to drive me home if they had been. That was a stupid question.

Yeah. You know, I’d like to think the, uh– the police station’s a secure place, but, you know, with so many people coming in and out, I guess, I don’t know, somebody could have grabbed them.

Hey, stop being so hard on yourself, okay? I’m sure what happened had nothing to do with you losing your keys.

I hope you’re right.

Okay, how about I help you take your mind off of all this?



And what do you suggest?

Mm, well, we haven’t had our first date yet. How about we start right there?

[sweet music]

[sinister music]

[sighs] Mother, it’s me. I need your help.

So names, names, what are we thinking?

Well, you once mentioned Eric Junior, but I was thinking about it, and I was named after my uncle Eric, and it turns out he really didn’t have the best namesake.

Oh, okay. Well, no Eric Junior then.


Any other ideas?

Actually, I do.

Well, what is it?

What do you think about Jude?

Jude? Like the Beatles song.

No, more like Saint Jude, you know, the patron saint of lost causes? I’ve just been spending a lot of time praying to him, especially recently.

Well, I understand why you would. And since the miscarriage, I think you and I both felt that the chance to be parents kind of had passed us by.

Yeah, but now we are both Mom and Dad to this amazing little guy. I’m just really grateful to God for what he’s given us.

I think Jude’s the perfect name.


What are you talking about? Nicole’s baby is alive?

[shushing] Leo, shh.

Well, how do you know? And if that’s true, why wouldn’t you tell anyone?

Just drop it, okay? I shouldn’t have said anything, especially not here.

How do you expect me to drop it? I delivered that baby and–

Leo, just drop it!

All right, Von Leuschner, time to go. You got a date with a prison cell, among other things.

Listen to me, Leo. You are everything to me. Just, please, be good to yourself.

Mm-hmm, you’re everything to me too, Dimitri.

[tense music]

[sighs] Darling. I hate to think that you’re suffering this loss all over again.

EJ, it is– it’s your loss too. And I know that instead of wallowing in my grief I should be grateful for all my blessings. And I don’t want this to sound bad, but I– it’s not like I’m childless. I do have a beautiful daughter. But the thing is, I fell in love with that little boy, that baby I felt kicking inside of me for all those months, who I gave birth to, who I held and already had this deep connection with him, even if it was just for a moment before he was taken from me.

I know. I know. Even without holding him or ever seeing him, I– I felt that connection too. Why don’t we go upstairs and lie down?

Here’s my precious baby. He’s a little miracle. Oh.

Nicole, sweetie?

Yeah. Let’s go.

[melancholic music]

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Ridge: A party, huh? That’s the last thing you should be thinking about right now.

Brooke: I agree. But–

Ridge: No, I get– I get why he wants to– I get all that but his priorities are all wrong. He should be at the hospital right now, right? He almost collapsed. He should do what his doctor says and do those tests because who knows? Maybe we’ll get some good news, maybe… we’ll find he’ll stick around– he’ll stick around a little longer.

Donna: Eric? Eric?

Rj: Hey, what’s up?

Zende: You know, this used to be my office?

Rj: I thought everyone used it.

Zende: Everybody does, but it’s where I did most of my sketching.

Rj: Okay, well, I’ll work somewhere else. How’s that?

Zende: Your latest?

Rj: Yeah. What do you think?

Zende: Honest opinion, you got a lot to learn.

Rj: I never said I didn’t have a lot to learn, you know. I spent a lot of time with granddad.

Zende: Seriously? You’re gonna throw that in my face again?

Rj: I’ve never thrown that in your face, man.

Zende: Whatever, you got to admit, you haven’t really paid your dues around here.

Rj: What, like– like you have? Is that…

Zende: Remind me, what design school did you attend?

Rj: We really doing this? Come on, you know the answer to that one.

Zende: What’s a dolman sleeve?

Rj: Zende.

Zende: You ever hear of a knife pleat?

Rj: No, I haven’t heard of a knife pleat.

Zende: Both are designs from the 1920s to the 1950s. Way before our time. But the kind of thing they teach you in design school.

Rj: Cool, I’m starting to get your point. What do you want from me?

Zende: Look, rj, no disrespect, but you have to admit, they rolled out the red carpet for you here. And it’s all because you’re the golden child. Ridge and brooke’s son.

Brooke: What’s going on? Problems at international?

Ridge: No, it’s just rafael wanting to know about dad and the collection and possible launch date. If only he knew what was really going on.

Brooke: There would be an outpouring of love and concern.

Ridge: Yeah. But instead we’re here talking about a party, right? He should be at a hospital, taking some tests, but no. That’s what he wants to do. I should be with my dad making sure he’s all right. Instead he wants me to dress up in a monkey suit and pretend everything is fine.

Brooke: Okay. I– I know. It’s okay.

[ Knocking on door ]

Hope: What is it? Is it eri has something– has something happened?

Brooke: Oh, no, honey. Not the way that you mean. I mean, eric appears to be in stable condition.

Ridge: Yeah, so stable wants to have a party.

Donna: Eric? Can you hear me? Please, answer me, answer me.

[ Donna sobs, gasps ] No, no, no, no, no, no!

[ Donna gasps ]

[ Eric mumbles indistinctly ]

Donna: Eric! Teddy bear!

[ Donna gasps ] Sweetheart! Thank god! Oh, god. Oh, sweet, sweet.

[ Donna crying ]

Eric: What are you doing?

Donna: I– I’m calling 911, eric.

Eric: No, no, no. No.

Donna: Eric, you– you– you– you collapsed. My god. And this isn’t your first time. You– you– you– you almost fell at the office with rj.

Eric: I’m fine. I’m fine. I’m– I am fine.

Donna: But–

Eric: Don’T. Don’t worry.

Donna: Don’t worry? You– you were unconscious, I– I thought you– thought you–

Eric: You thought I was dead?

Donna: Yes. [ Sobs ]

Eric: Okay, okay. Not dead. Not dead. Not getting rid of me yet.

Donna: Don’t joke like that. I told you don’t joke.

Eric: I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I scared you. I’m sorry.

Donna: I wanna take care of you. I just– I– I– I wanna look out for you when I–

Eric: You take care of me, okay? But no hospital, no doctors. No. Please. Thank you. Now, the party. We need to do it right away. I don’t have much time.

Hope: So, this party was all eric’s idea?

Ridge: Yeah, he’s determined to make it happen.

Brooke: Eric wants his family around him and the house filled with love and laughter. A night to be remembered always.

Hope: Okay, but what about eric’s doctor? I mean, couldn’t something like this be too much for him?

Brooke: We were worried about that too. But eric feels that with his family around and everybody really enjoying themselves that maybe that’s the best medicine for him.

Ridge: You know, what else would be good medicine? Being honest with him. Tell him that we know and then tell him that we’re there for him. How about that?

Hope: I’m– I’m really sorry, ridge. I know this must be very difficult for you.

Ridge: Well, it’s difficult for all of us, right? We all love my dad. I gotta go see rj. Hey, um… thank you for your support. Means a lot.

Zende: It is beyond ludicrous that you, with zero design experience, would be grandpa’s first pick to work with him on couture.

Rj: I know. I get it. I get it. I just– well, you think that my– that my mom and my dad forced our granddad to give me a job?

Zende: I’m sure that they approached it with a little bit more finesse than that, but the end result is the same. You got to spend all this extra time with granddad, positioning yourself for better things.

Rj: You think I spent all of this time with granddad because I had an ulterior motive? Zende, if you knew why I was doing this…

Zende: Why? Why, what?

Rj: This is pointless. This is stupid. Listen, we’re– we’re family. You’re my cousin. Okay? We shouldn’t be fighting over this. This is– if you want the truth, I’m gonna give you the truth. I was shocked too. All right? I– I was shocked when he asked me to– to help him design.

Zende: I still say that ridge had something to do with this.

Rj: He had nothing to do with this. This– I– you have my word.

Zende: Your word?

Rj: Yes.

Zende: Right. Okay. Great.

Rj: Zende.

Zende: Great.

Rj: This was my granddad’s decision. Our granddad’s decision.

Zende: Rj, I’m sorry, I’m just not buying it. Just put yourself in my shoes for a second. Give me one good reason why granddad would choose to work with you instead of me?

Ridge: I can give you a reason. Rj knows something that you don’T. But maybe it’s time that you did.

Hope: I still can’t believe that eric wants to throw a party.

Brooke: I couldn’t believe it either at first. But even ridge acknowledged that it’s important to eric. What’s important to eric is important to us because we care about him so much. Despite how difficult this is going to be.

Hope: Yeah, but mom… you share two children with eric. And he has always been a champion of yours. So, while I– I acknowledge that this is an incredibly difficult time for eric, but it is for you too. Are you really sure you can do this? I mean, go to that party, pull off the charade of a lifetime in front of a man who means so much to you.

Brooke: Well, I… we all have to be strong… for eric. Think about it. This may be the last thing that he ever asks of us. So, we have to come through for him.

Donna: Can I get you anything or– or do anything?

Eric: No. Yeah, I’m fine.

Donna: I’ll– I’ll get you some water, okay?

Eric: Or maybe– maybe a martini, extra dry.

[ Donna sighs ]

Eric: Okay. Water will be fine.

[ Eric sighs ] Donna, I meant what I said about the party. We have to do it. I– I’m– I’m winding down.

Donna: Please, don’t say that.

Eric: We have to do the party. There’s not a lot of time. Okay?

Zende: So, I was right. There was something– something that would explain rj getting the coveted spot next to granddad.

Ridge: Can you stop doing that, please? Stop insinuating that he gets some special treatment.

Zende: But I’m not insinuating anything. I’ve been saying it outright from the start.

Ridge: Okay. Let’s clear it up. I should have told you this a long time ago but I was trying to respect my– my father’s wishes.

Zende: Wait. So, granddad was in on it?

Ridge: No. He’s not in on anything but it’s– it’s affecting him.

Zende: What is affecting him? What?

Ridge: Did you notice any changes in my dad in the past few months?

Zende: Not really. Uh, he seems as focused and driven as ever. His collection was killer. He won the– the– the fashion challenge.

[ Ridge sighs ]

Rj: He didn’T.

Zende: What are you talking about?

Rj: He didn’t win. Dad won and told granddad that he won. It’s not the truth.

Ridge: He’s right, I did.

Zende: Guys, what is going on here?

Ridge: There’s no easy way of saying this. But you have to know.

Zende: What? Know what?

Ridge: My dad is dying.

Hope: It still doesn’t seem real. I– I can’t imagine forrester creations without him and I don’t want to.

Brooke: I know. I mean, eric has been a– a giant in the fashion world for decades. His impact will live on long after he’s gone. And forrester creations will be successful… but it won’t be the same. I mean, how could it? He’s the founder, the heart and soul of this company is not going to be with us anymore.

Hope: Well, he’s led by example. His kindness, his generosity. Everyone adores him.

Brooke: He’s so sweet. I mean, he has been there for me, you know, stood by me when I didn’t even deserve it. No judgment whatsoever. It’s just gonna be heartbreaking and, you know, to think of this world without eric forrester in it.

Hope: Mom. Come here.

Brooke: Oh, honey. [ Sobs ]

Zende: No. No, you’re just saying that to justify rj getting to work with him.

Ridge: Yeah. That would be really nice. It’s true. My– my dad is dying.

Zende: From the moment I was adopted… he accepted me. He welcomed me with wide open arms. He, uh…

[ Sobbing ] He always encouraged me. He pushed me to be a better man, a better designer. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to be just like him. And now you’re telling me we’re gonna lose him? We’re gonna lose granddad? I want to see him. I have to see him. I gotta–

Ridge: You can’t do that.

Zende: What– what do you mean, I can’t see him? Why?

Ridge: He doesn’t want anyone to know. Donna, katie and luna know.

Zende: Luna?

Ridge: We gotta respect his wishes. Tell me that you understand that.

Zende: Of course. I won’t say anything to him. Uncle. [ Sobs ]

Ridge: I know.

Zende: But… I love him so much.

Ridge: I know that too. He loves you. Come here.

Donna: How are you feeling?

Eric: I’d feel a lot better if you’d bring me that martini.

[ Donna scoffs ]

Eric: [ Laughs ] Hey, I thought that would get a smile out of you. I just made a joke, you know. It’s okay to– it’s okay to laugh and joke a little bit. It’s okay. What’s not okay is for you to be crying and mourning like this. I’m not– I’m not 6 feet under yet, you know.

Donna: Don’t say things like that. Stop saying things like that. My god.

Eric: Okay. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I scared you. I’m sorry.

Donna: Listen to doctor, eric, and just go to the hospital, get those tests, get whatever test they need.

Eric: Stop it, donna. Stop it. I would do any kind of treatment, I would go to the doctor, I would go through anything if it meant I could spend some more time with to you. But I’m not gonna live my life like that. And under– under– under that kind of treatment. I’m not gonna do it. I won’T. Okay? Now… I’m gonna go on with my life. I’ve gotta live and laugh. And– and– and love. We’re gonna have a party.

Donna: I– I don’t want a party, eric. Can’t you see this is breaking my heart? I don’t want a party.

Eric: Okay.

Donna: Please stop.

Eric: Stop it. Stop it. Look at you. I wanna see a– I wanna see a smile on your face, please. Please, donna, look. Look at me. Can you smile? Because when I see this other face of yours, it– it makes me sad too. And it makes me realize.

Donna: What?

Eric: It makes me realize how much I’m gonna miss you. I’m gonna miss you so much.

[ Donna sobbing ] You come here. Come here.

Donna: Oh.

Eric: You’re okay.

Donna: Oh, no.

Eric: You’re okay.

[ Donna crying ]

Ridge: Okay. [ Sobbing ]

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[somber music] I can’t believe I’m going through with this. But Sloan is right. If I want to guarantee Leo’s freedom, I have to turn myself in. I just never imagined that I would ever sacrifice this much for someone else.

[sighs] I must really love you, Leo Stark.

[knocking on door]

[tense music] Who the hell could that be? No, no, no, no. I was careful. It couldn’t be the cops.

[knocking continues]

Dimitri von Leuschner, open up. I know you’re in there.

I just spoke with Dimitri von Leuschner, and he’s willing to turn himself in, EJ, ,::, as long as you drop all charges against Leo Stark.

[suspenseful music]

You just spoke with him? Well, where the hell is he?

It’s irrelevant, don’t you think?

It is if you’re harboring a fugitive.

I’m not harboring anybody. Mr. von Leuschner is my client, and as I just said, he’s happy to turn himself in. All you have to do is just sign some paperwork.

I can’t believe it. I was certain he was halfway across the world by now.

Hey, genius. You’re not helping your case, okay? So what do you say, Mr. DiMera? Shall we take this conversation outside?


Just fill this out when you can and return it, and I’m sure we’ll find something for you.

Thank you. Thank you so much.

Yep. you got it. All right, I’m gonna head back to the Pub.

Uh, wait. You–you can’t go back yet.

Why not?

Why not? Be–because, um, uh…

[tense music]

You know, actually, um, I’m glad you’re here.

Yeah. Does, uh–does that mean you forgive me for acting like a total idiot the last time we saw each other?

I do, but on one condition.

Name it. I need you to help me break up Johnny and Chanel.

Because there’s, um– there’s something I need to tell you.

[country music playing]

Okay, so let me get this straight. Eric agreed to let you run a DNA test on his baby to prove that he’s not our little brother?

Kind of bizarre, I know.

Yeah, I mean, it’s more sad than bizarre, actually. I mean, I– I just feel so bad for your mom. And for my dad too, of course. But this is going to crush Nicole when she finds out.

Yeah, I know. But maybe it’s still for the best?


[sighs] Yeah, maybe. I mean, at least now this will force her to face reality.

[sighs] I don’t believe this. I–I’m about to have proof that the baby’s mine.

We should know soon.

Yeah, pretty quickly, right? Oh, gosh, my heart is– is beating so hard right now. Oh, Eric, I’m–I’m so sorry.

For what?

Well, I’m just going on and on about how excited I am to get the results, and I’m thinking about no one but myself. And there’s nothing new there, right?

Thank you, but it’s okay.

No, it’s not okay, because if it turns out that this little boy is mine… That means that he’s not yours.

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[soft music]

Oh, Eric, I’ve been so caught up in my own loss, I didn’t even think about what this is doing to you.

No, Nicole, you’re– you’re grieving. You don’t need to worry about me.

Yes, I do. You’ve been so kind to me, and–and you always put everyone before yourself. And I can’t expect you to be selfless now. I–

I just– I just want you to have peace of mind.

But what about you? I know how much you’ve always wanted a child, how much you’ve wanted to be a father. And I’m so sorry, because I should know more than anyone what this must be doing to you. And from the bottom of my heart, I thank you, because it means the world to me that you would allow us to do this test.

It’s not actually hard for me.


Because I don’t believe my baby is your son.

All right, let me be clear with you, Ms. Petersen. I have no interest in making any deals with Dimitri, not while we have Leo Stark in custody. I believe you’re familiar with the phrase, “A bird in the hand”?

Oh, come on. Who wants a bird in the hand when you can have the whole Christmas goose?

But there’s no assurance of that, is there, given how unreliable the guy has proven to be? What makes you so sure Dimitri will even show?

Let’s just call it gut instinct.


Yeah, that when I say show up, he’ll be here. Oh, come on, EJ. You know this is a good deal. Dimitri’s the big fish here. Leo’s the little guppy.

[tense music]

[sighs] Your mixed metaphors aside, you actually make a good point. Dimitri was the man behind the wheel. He’s the one who should pay the price for my son’s murder.

Murder? No, no. I’m afraid that’s off the table.

[knocking on door]

Mm. Oh, the cops, they found me.

Relax. I’m not the cops. But I will call them if you don’t open the damn door.

[mysterious music]

Who the hell are you?

Well, I’m none other than Darius Rose, of course. Looking dusted as usual. We’ve met before, Miss Thing. Oh, come on, don’t tell me you don’t remember.

I don’t remember.

[scoffs] That’s odd. I’m usually so memorable. Oh, I know. It’s because the last time we met, we were both in drag.

Oh. No, uh…

[laughs] You’re mistaken. I have never done drag, I assure you.

I may have been the one in sequins, but you were definitely cosplaying in that G-Man get-up, “Agent Graham.”

Oh, now I remember. Yes, you were trying to get between me and Billie Reed in Arizona. Jackie Cox, right?

Ms. Cox will suffice. And now that you know to whom you are speaking, you may want to show a little respect, considering I’m your ticket to freedom.

I know it might sound like bragging, but that bracelet looks really cool on you.

Oh, yeah, it does, because it’s awesome.

[laughs] I’m so glad you like it.

Of course. Yeah. And honestly, I’m not a big jewelry wearer, but this one’s special, so thank you again.

[country music playing] And hey, I think we might have a few minutes before Chanel comes back.


There’s something I want to talk to you about, but Chanel can’t find out.

I’m all ears.

Okay? So what did you need to tell me?

[tense music]

Uh, it–it’s about why I asked you for this– for this job.

Yeah, you said it was because you needed to pay off some of the damages that you caused at your school.

Right, um, but I wasn’t being exactly truthful about all that. See, my dad, he’s forcing me to hand over everything I make at the Brady Pub to pay back those damages. So I was–I was thinking, by taking this second job, I could make some cash for myself, you know?

That’s what you had to tell me?


Yeah, I–I really don’t care what you do with your money, dude. None of my business. Just don’t open up a rival bakery, and we’re good.



All right. Uh, I should get back to Johnny.

Uh–wait! Um, I was just thinking, those–the, uh– the oven that you have in there, it looks very complicated to operate. So I was wondering if maybe you could show me how it– how it works.

Okay, tell you what. Tell you what. You fill that application out, you bring it back, and then we’ll go over everything if I hire you. Okay.

[quietly] Crap.

Hmm. So you don’t think it’s possible that your son could be my baby? Why, Eric, because I’m crazy? Oh, there goes crazy old Nicole, at it again. So you’re trying to placate me so I don’t, what? Go stark raving mad?

No. Nicole, listen to me. After talking to my mom, she just–

Oh, goody. What did Mama Shrink have to say?

She said that after someone’s loss like that, it’s only natural that your mind can take a leap.

[somber music]

If you’re insinuating that my mind is playing tricks on me, you’re wrong. I know the child that I carried for months– the child that kept me up night after night because he was digging his foot in my rib, the child that actually enjoyed my singing voice– my son.

No, he’s not!

You weren’t there when he was born. You got there after the accident, after he was taken from me. You didn’t see him. You didn’t watch him take his first breath. You didn’t hold him. You didn’t feel his touch. I did! And I am telling you that this baby right here–this– this is my baby.

[phone ringing]

No murder charge? But you just said Dimitri was turning himself in.

Not for the baby’s death. Oh, don’t act so surprised. You know very well that it would be quite difficult, even with the most amenable judge, to make those felony murder charges stick.

So what exactly is your client confessing to? Unpaid parking tickets? Ah, jaywalking. Yes.

EJ, there are a host of crimes that you can happily charge him with that will put him away for a very long time, so don’t press your luck. My client was never gonna plead guilty to murder.

[tense music] Besides, he knew that he couldn’t be held accountable for what happened to your son. Look, this is a wonderful outcome for all concerned. Take the win, Mr. DiMera.

I’ll go draw up the papers.

My ticket to freedom, huh? What the hell are you talking about?

Oh, don’t play so innocent with me, honey buns. I’ve been keeping tabs on you from up in Canada and that scoundrel to whom I was foolish enough to pledge my troth.

Nothing better to do with your life than to stalk your exes?

Not when there’s a reward for capture placed on his head. And when I found out, I hightailed it on down to Salem to hunt the little SOB down. And wouldn’t you know? I caught you two little ghosts traipsing around the Horton Town Scare.

How the hell did you know it was us? We had bedsheets over our heads.

Please. I’d recognize Leo’s little sashay anywhere.


But before I could rat him out, that little bastard got himself caught.

Oh, just for now. He’ll be released as soon as I turn myself in.

And that would be a gigundo mistake, Herr von Leuschner. In fact, that’s the very last thing you should do.

It’s all set. EJ is drawing up the papers as we speak.

[dramatic music]

Tell him to shred them. I don’t want the deal.

What do you mean you don’t want to take the deal? Did somebody cut off the oxygen supply in here, because you are talking crazy. You understand that once you sign on that dotted line, you’re a free man.

Yeah, but Dimitri won’t be. He’ll go to prison. I don’t think I can handle that.

[sighs] In fact, the very thought of it is making me want to cry and/or bite my nails to the quick, which I haven’t done since I was years old. And the only reason I stopped then is because my mother threatened to give me a buzz cut if I didn’t stop, and I really loved my long and lustrous hair, which I only ended up cutting eventually because it took so long to dry. And I know that I am rambling, but…

[panting] I am in quite a quandary right now, and I am very, very anxious.


Would you just calm down, please? Can we do that? And think rationally. Look, Leo. Dimitri wants to give this to you. In fact, he’s determined.

[soft music]

So you weren’t playing me? Dimitri is willing to go to prison so that I could go free?

He’s insisting on it.

[scoffs] I don’t believe it. Nobody has ever done anything that selfless for me before.

Well, obviously, he loves you very much.

I can’t let him sacrifice his freedom for me.

Look, Leo, I know that this situation isn’t ideal. But as your lawyer, if somebody loves you this much and they want to give a gift like this to you, do the gracious thing and accept it.

So, you see, you don’t need to turn yourself in, ’cause I can help get your cute little tushie out of here.

How? What is this ticket to freedom you keep mentioning?

I can guarantee you safe passage to Canada. Granted, it’s not as glamorous as Alamainia, but still safely outside the Salem PD’s jurisdiction.

But why? I mean, why not just turn me in and take the reward?

I only wanted the reward when it was for that little creep who has your heart for some reason. God only knows why. But now it’s worthless to me. Besides, was I going to walk you into Salem PD with a bell on? No. I’m offering to help you because I loathe and detest Leo Stark, and with good reason.

[tense music]

Weren’t you two married?

[laughs] Oh, yes, we were. And I–I’m still suffering from debilitating PTSD from our marriage. In fact, the mere thought of that two-faced walking Poochie print gives me terrible acid reflux. Did Leo never tell you about our marriage?

Not in detail, no.

[laughs] Well, let me fill you in. Leo was supposed to get me a green card, but our marriage fell through and I got deported all because he fell for our mark, Dr. Craig Wesley.

[sighs] We had the perfect scam going, and he ruined it for that alta cocker closet case– alta cocker meaning elderly, in case you’re not familiar with Yiddish.

Uh, yes. Thank you. I–I’m not. But, um, perhaps this Dr. Wesley’s life was a bit more complicated than you thought.

Oh, I get it. You’re sympathetic to the old fool because you had a beard of your own.

[sighs] But anyway, the point is, you may think Leo Stark loves you. Believe me, I did once too. But he’s playing you just like he plays everyone else. So while you’re sitting in prison rotting away, getting eyed up by your fellow inmates as their next tasty snack, Leo will have moved on to his next mark. So take my advice. Don’t become Ms. Patsy Holding-the-Bag. That’s not a bad drag name. But back to the burning question– why would you take the fall for that duplicitous little libertine when I can set you free?

So what did you want to talk to me about without Chanel?

[phone beeping]

Do you want to check that?

It’s probably just one of my friends causing drama or looking for some. You were saying?

Yes. Okay. So our wedding anniversary is coming up.

Our wedding anniversary?


[laughs] Mine and Chanel’s.

Yeah. Uh, right.

[laughs] Uh, wait. Aren’t you divorced?

Yes, but that never should have happened. And since we’ve been lucky enough to get this second chance, I just wanted to do something to celebrate our wedding day.

[soft music playing] And I just was hoping that you would, I don’t know, be willing to help me out.

[chuckles] Why me?

Well, you know us both pretty well. I could definitely use a woman’s touch. And I just–I think you’d be the perfect person to help me plan this surprise.

[scoffs] Of course. It’d be my pleasure to help. So when do we start?

Hopefully soon. You are the best. Thank you very much.

Johnny. Hi.



There you are. How’d it go at the bakery?


Uh, okay. Um, Tate–I–I gave him an application, and he was hellbent on checking out my ovens for some reason.

Well, as long as he wasn’t checking you out…

[laughs] I guess that’s all right.

Thanks a lot.

Drama with your friends?

Something like that.

[phone ringing]

Uh… Oh, that is, uh, my sister, Sydney. I’ll be right back.

[phone beeps]

Holly. I’m glad we have a minute alone.

Hi. What’s up?

What’s up is that I know all about your little crush.

Nicole, you’re right. I did–I didn’t see your son, but how could I have managed to end up with him?

Easy. Your wife probably stole him.

What? How could she have done that?

Oh, I don’t know. Maybe the same way Eli and Lani’s twins were snatched out from under everyone’s noses. Hell, some psycho nurse rolled Abe right out of here without anyone noticing. So maybe Sloan had someone on the inside, so when Dimitri brought the baby here– that someone. Or maybe even Sloan herself took him without anybody looking.

Whoa, whoa. Do you know how far-fetched that sounds?



Far-fetched? If I’m capable of it, so is your conniving little wife.


You know–



You know what? Instead of speculating how all of this happened, we’ll just wait for the DNA test, and then the truth will come out.

Yes, we can agree on that.

Great. You know, and speaking of the test, I thought Kayla was gonna put a rush on them.

You know, why don’t I go ask?

Thank you. I appreciate that. And I will stay and watch the baby.

No, no, no. You know what? Thank you, but you know what? I think I’m gonna take him with me.

[groans] I have never been so conflicted in my entire life. And the love of my life wants to do this for me, but then I will never see that gorgeous man with the magical body part that I am too polite to mention in mixed company because he’ll be behind bars.

[tense music] Fine. I’ll do it.



You’re making the right choice, Leo. I’ll text Dimitri now.

[phone ringing] Oh. I have to take this. Just–

[phone beeps] Eric?

Hey. Hey, I know you’re busy with a client, but um, there’s something that you need to know.

What? What’s going on?

Um, I’m at the hospital.

Is everything okay with the baby?

Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. He’s fine. It’s just that, um, I asked my Aunt Kayla to run a DNA test on him so we can prove to Nicole that he’s not her son.

[dramatic music]

[scoffs] You know about my crush? What crush? On who?

Holly, don’t play dumb with me.

“Don’t play dumb”? What the hell, Chanel? Where is this coming from? Wait. Did Tate say something to you?

No. No. And you don’t have to get defensive, because it is very obvious whenever you and me and Johnny are together. I’ve seen it with my own eyes that you are smitten. And hey, I get it. He is a great guy, and the two of you have been spending so much time together since your mom got married to his dad. But I think that you know that you two could never be together because, well, one, he’s way too old for you, and two, there’s the whole ick factor with him being your stepbrother, and three, he’s taken, by me.

Chanel, I don’t know what you think you’ve seen, but you’re way off base. I–I don’t have a crush on Johnny.

Oh, no? Then why did you ask if Tate said anything?

Because… I have a crush on Tate.

Hypothetically speaking, if I were to go forward with your plan, how would it work?

A dear friend is waiting with a car nearby. You say the word, and it’s zoom-zoom, right to the Canadian border.

Darius, there’s a statewide manhunt out for me. I cannot just “zoom-zoom” out of town. They’ll recognize me.

Don’t worry, darling. That’s all taken care of.

[mysterious music] You see, the police will be looking for Dimitri von Leuschner, not Diane von Fabulous. Oh, come on. It’s not your color? It’s the best I could do on short notice.

No, no. It’s, uh–it’s fabulous. It’s just, I’m– I guess I’m wondering… why go through all this trouble for me?

Haven’t I made my point clear? This isn’t for you. This is against loathsome, lying, lecherous, licentious, “L Word”-watching, left-leaning– and that’s his only good quality–Leo.

[sighing] I gave that man some of the best years of my life– not to mention taught him every trick he knows in the sack. You’re welcome, by the way.

Darius, I am so sorry about what happened between you and Leo, but I know him. And I love him, and I know he loves me.

Enough with the schmaltz. Leo used to love me too. And he betrayed me and left me at the drop of a hat for another man. Leo deserves to get screwed just like he screwed me. And the best place for him to get screwed… is in prison.

You are running a DNA test on our child?

I tried to tell you, but you took off before I could.

That does not change the fact that you are having a completely unnecessary medical procedure done on our baby.

Sloan, it’s not hurting him. It–there’s no harm at all.

No harm? You are letting your grieving ex-wife actually think that we believe this ridiculous theory?

Which is why I agreed to the test, to prove to Nicole once and for all that our son is not hers.

You know, we shouldn’t have to prove anything to anyone, especially not to her.

Sloan, this is a good thing. Nicole is gonna finally hear the truth and have to accept it. You know as well as I do how those test results are gonna turn out.

Sloan, listen. I have to go. Those test results are gonna be ready any minute, okay? I love you. Bye.

[phone beeps]

[somber music]


[phone beeps]

Everything okay?

I have to go.

You’re leaving?

I’m sorry, it’s an emergency.

What about my deal?

[scoffs] As soon as EJ shows up with the paperwork, you wait till Dimitri’s here, and then sign on the dotted line. You’re a free man.

Doesn’t my lawyer need to be present for this?

Leo, do you want to get the hell out of here or not?

Okay, girl. Don’t bite my head off.

[sighs] Leo, you are getting a second chance. It’s a done deal. And if I don’t leave right now, my life’s going to be over.

So what’s the plan, Diane?


Are you going to be my plus-one to the Great White North, or are you gonna let yourself get “cock-holded” like I was?

I think you mean “cuckold.”

Whatever. Anyway, the point is…

[phone beeps] Leo doesn’t have a loyal bone in his body.

Hold that thought.

Let me guess, your prison-bound lover?

No, my lawyer.

[tense music] The DA took the deal. I can free Leo if I turn myself in.

So what? You haven’t signed anything yet. You can still back out. Are you really going to spend the best years of your life rotting away in prison for some grifter all because you sacrificed yourself in the name of love? Or are you and I gonna drive off in search of Julie Newmar? What’s it going to be?

Well, if you have a crush on Tate, then why were you so concerned that he might have said something to me?

Uh, well, because– because I told him not to tell a soul. And I’m pretty raw from it all, quite honestly.

Why? Did he reject you?

Yeah. I–I mean, no, not really. Look–look, when I told Tate how I felt, he told me, since– since he’s in big trouble for what he did at his school, that his dad won’t let him have much of a social life, which includes dating.

[sighs] Hello.


Tate. Hi. We were just talking about you.

[laughs] Hey, Tate. I was just telling Chanel about my crush on you.


Yeah, but how we can’t be together because of your dad and his annoying rules.

Hey, guys.

[sighs] Uh, sorry. My sister just wanted an update on my dad to see how he was doing. Um, what’s up? What’s–what are you guys– what are you guys talking about?

[mysterious music]

[tense music]

[phone ringing]

All right. Everything seems to be in order. Where the hell is Sloan?

Uh, she had to step out for an emergency. Is that my deal?

Yes. But I assume you would want your lawyer to look it over before you sign it.

No, I’m good. Just this once, I am going to trust a DiMera. So does this mean I am free to go?

Only when your boyfriend shows up, which I sincerely doubt…

O ye of little faith.

Hello, my love.

[inhales sharply] Oh, well. It was worth a try.

[inhales sharply] Hmm. Oh. Looks better on me anyway.

[inhales sharply] Hmm.

[sighs] Johnny…

[laughs] You might as well know, um, I was just telling Chanel about my crush on Tate, but how we can’t be together.

Oh, well, I’m sorry to hear that. That’s…

Yeah, well, it’s because of Tate’s dad. He won’t let him date because of what he did at his school.

Not true. We can date.

What? What about your dad?

What about him? I mean, I don’t care what he thinks, at least, uh, not anymore.


[dramatic music]

Nicole. Hi. Uh, where’s Eric? Hmm?

He went over to get the baby’s DNA test results. Wow, you sure ran over here like a bat out of hell. You worried that the jig is up?

I am not quite sure what you mean.

Oh, you’re not? Save it. You think you outsmarted me, but I’ve been to this rodeo before, and the truth is gonna come out.

[door opens]



[scoffs] I–I–I had to come over here, because you have to put a stop to this immediately.

See, she doesn’t want the test done, because she knows that that baby is mine.

No! I am refusing to go along with this because I never gave my consent to run a DNA test on our baby, Eric.

I’m sorry, but it’s a little too late for that. I’ve got the test results right here.


[dramatic music]

[soft music]

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Interview with Larry Thompson

TV Interview!


Taylor Ann Thompson who also stars in Ladies Of The '80s: A Divas Christmas with Larry Thompson, Executive Producer Courtesy of Larry Thompson Entertainment

Interview with Larry A. Thompson, producer of “Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas” on Lifetime by Suzanne 10/23/23

In a normal year, I would have been able to interview one of the great actresses in this movie, or possibly all of them. However, this interview was during the SAG-Aftra strike, so I was only allowed to speak to the movie’s executive producer. However, it was a great chat because he’s been around a long time. He worked with the Beatles when he was just starting out as a lawyer for EMI! He’s not only a producer, but a manager. In fact, he manages William Shatner, whom I love and would very much like to interview one day. It was awesome to hear his stories in this interview. I hope you enjoy it, too!

The movie is very fun – especially if you enjoy romantic Christmas movies, or if you watched primetime soaps like “Knots Landing,” “Dallas,” “Desperate Housewives,” etc. because the “ladies” of the title are LInda Grey (Sue Ellen on “Dallas”), Loni Anderson (Jennifer of “WKRP in Cincinnati, among other roles – the only “lady” not known for soaps), Morgan Fairchild (of Falcon Crest, Paper Dolls and many daytime soaps), Nicolette Sheridan (Paige of “Knots Landing” and Edie of “Desperate Housewives”), and Donna Mills (Abby in “Knots Landing”). It was great to see them all in this charming film. Thompson’s daughter, Taylor Ann, is the ingenue of the movie.  Christopher Atkins has a small role as Grey’s son (This is hilarious to me because in “Dallas,” their characters had an affair!).  I enjoyed it. It’s fun and very Christmasy. The male lead, Travis Burns, is very handsome and has a killer Aussie accent. Happy Holidays! Don’t miss the movie tomorrow, December 2nd, 2023!


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"Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas" key artIn Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas, five glamorous ‘80s soap opera stars reunite to share the spotlight to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera. The producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the whole production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together. Along the way, the divas also discover that the love between them all is still very strong too.

The movie’s theme song Ladies of the ’80s was written by Song Writer Hall of Fame’s Steve Dorff and Michael Jay, produced by Steve Droff, and performed by ’80s pop sensation Tiffany (I Think We’re Alone Now).

Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas is executive produced for Lifetime by Larry A. Thompson (Liz & Dick, Amish Grace). Christie Will Wolf (Christmas on Candy Cane Lane, The Art of Passion) directs from a script by James Berg & Stan Zimmerman (The Golden Girls, Gilmore Girls) with Robert G. Endara II and Ed Polgardy producing.

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Larry Thompson, Executive Producer, has his hands full while producing Lifetime's Ladies Of The '80s: A Divas Christmas starring (L-R, Linda Gray, Loni Anderson, Larry Thompson, Donna Mills, Morgan Fairchild, and Nicollette Sheridan). - Courtesy of Larry Thompson Entertainment


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[ Relaxing music ]

Eric: Oh, donna, I have so much to do and so little time,

Donna: Eric, I– I really wish you wouldn’t think of it that way.

Eric: I have to. I– I can’t– I can’t waste a minute. I can’t, I mean, I– I don’t even really know how many minutes I have left. Oh, stop it you two. I don’t want this. I don’t want these– these long faces. I don’t want sadness in here, okay? I’ve had this wonderful life and it’s– it’s not over yet and I have to– I have this collection to put out and I have this wonderful party to throw. The kind of grand soiree that this family hasn’t seen in a very long time.

Thomas: You can’t be serious.

Brooke: Now?

Steffy: Granddad actually said he wants to throw a party.

Rj: He doesn’t want to. He’s doing it.

Carter: As you can imagine, I was taken aback by the documents eric sent over.

Ridge: What do– what documents? What are you–

Carter: Ridge, the revised will naming you executor and the amended medical power of attorney.

Ridge: But I can’t do this. How do I do this? How do– how do I make–

Carter: Okay, ridge. What the hell is going on?

Brooke: What is eric thinking?

Steffy: Throwing a party at a time like this?

Rj: Well, that’s the whole point.

Thomas: Okay. So, how did the topic of partying even come up?

Rj: Well, he was talking about his– his life and– and you know, it ending, but it wasn’t in like a morbid or depressing way. He was just talking about how he doesn’t want tears or sadness. He– he wants a celebration, the perfect joyous ending.

Katie: I know you probably don’t want my opinion, but I’m going to offer it up anyway. I think that under the circumstances, maybe a party is not such a great idea.

Eric: You know what? I agree with you. It’s not a good idea. It’s a great idea and I love it. It’s a great idea because it was my idea.

Donna: Eric, you’re not well.

Eric: Yeah, thanks for reminding me, donna.

Donna: No. What I mean is that you have enough on your plate doing this new collection.

Eric: If I don’t do what I want now, when? Now, I want to finish this collection and I want to do this one last wonderful party for our family. And remember, we’re a closed shop here. We’re the only ones who know about this. I don’t– rj and luna and us. No one else has to know what’s going on with me, right? Okay.

[ Eric coughing ]

Carter: Look, I’m not trying to jump to conclusions, but it’s not hard to connect the dots. So, what’s going on? You can tell me.

Ridge: He doesn’t want anyone to know. Not even me, his own son. But you’re family, so you deserve the truth.

Carter: No, no, no, man. That can’t be true.

Ridge: Yeah, I wish it wasn’T.

Carter: Eric… he’s dying? I can’t, I gotta go see him.

Ridge: No.

Carter: I have to.

Ridge: No, you don’t have to. It’s not what he wants. He doesn’t want anyone to know. That’s why you’re only finding out about this now. Rj’s been helping him and he had these tremors and his hands weren’t working, so rj was there for him and they created this collection together.

Carter: That’s a hell of a burden on rj.

Ridge: Nothing was too much for him because he talked to brooke and then they told me.

Carter: That’s why you let eric think he won the fashion challenge.

Ridge: He needed that. He needed some validation. He’s gotta know that he– that he’s relevant because he is relevant. As long as he’s alive, he’s– he’s relevant.

Carter: How are you holding up?

Ridge: What, pretending that I don’t know? I am great. That’s what he wants. We have to respect that.

Carter: I don’t think I can pull that off.

Ridge: Oh, I know you can pull that off. ‘Cause you have to. Not for me, carter. For him.

Eric: Katie. Uh, do me a favor, will you? Just, uh, get everybody in here in here, in this room. I want everybody in the family to know that there’s a wonderful party in their immediate future.

Katie: So, you’re really going through with this?

Eric: Oh, yes, with great enthusiasm. You too.

Donna: So, does that mean you’re ready to tell everybody the truth that you’re–

Eric: What? That I’m– that I’m dying? Donna, it’s okay. You can say it. It’s the truth. Okay.

Carter: Eric, he, um… he always accepted me, right from the start. Was always caring and kind, supportive… even when I didn’t deserve it. And as you know, he took a big chance on me because I didn’t have much corporate experience. But he believed I could do the job. I can’t tell you how much that means to me.

Ridge: No, I get it.

Carter: Thank you for telling me.

Ridge: Listen, I– I know you love my dad, he loves you. Hey, you gotta keep this to yourself.

Carter: I’m not saying it won’t be the hardest thing I ever had to do, but if it helps ease eric’s journey, you can count on me.

Ridge: Thank you, brother.

Carter: I’m sorry.

Ridge: Oh, man, me too.

Rj: Hey.

Ridge: Hey.

Rj: Carter.

Ridge: Ah, he’s family, I had to tell him.

Carter: Eric– he, uh– he sent over these– these documents. The revised will and amended the power of attorney.

Steffy: Granddad’s actively preparing for his death.

Ridge: Yeah.

Brooke: I still can’t believe this is happening.

Carter: There has to be something we can do for eric, right?

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Ridge: Dad’s serious?

Rj: He’s very serious. This is what he wants. He wants a gala event that he can attend that celebrates his life.

Steffy: Except we can’t know that that’s why we’ve been called together.

Ridge: Okay. So, we just kind of pretend. Right. That’s what we’re doing? How is this helpful for him at all? Meaningful in any way?

Brooke: Well, we have to plaster on these phony smiles and pretend that everything is okay.

Ridge: All right, great. So– so we’re just gonna have a party, have drinks and– and eat and pretend that everything is fine. How– how are we supposed to do that?

Steffy: I know. It’s ridiculous. What– what rj said. It’s what granddad wants.

Thomas: I think it’s actually inspirational.

Ridge: What?

Thomas: We’d all be so lucky to go out like that.

Carter: He has a point, ridge. And you do too. We all love eric and we’re losing him and… it’s natural we’d want to hold on to him for as long as we can, but you did something very admirable. You told your dad he won the fashion challenge when he didn’T.

Thomas: Yeah, you gave that to him.

Steffy: Probably gave him more time, dad.

Brooke: It was a gift and now we can give him another gift, show up to his party and give him the night that he wants so badly.

[ Phone chiming ] Oh. It’s, uh, it’s katie. Eric wants to see us.

Ridge: All right. Put on your game faces. Pretend that everything is perfect.

Donna: I understand your desire to live life as much as you can, but you heard the doctor, eric. He wants you in the hospital.

Katie: To run more tests.

Eric: No, no, it’s not what I want. This is what I want. I want one last party. A wonderful party full of fun and laughter and wonderful memories.

Donna: Oh, eric.

[ Knocking ]

Eric: Good.

Ridge: Hey.

Eric: Good. Come in, everyone. Just– just fill up the room. Yeah, that’s what I want. Uh, I’m so glad– I’m glad you’re here. Thanks for coming.

Brooke: Yeah, katie texted me, said you wanted to see all of us, so…

Eric: And what a wonderful sight you are to see.

Ridge: You like being behind the desk, don’t you? Showing us who’s boss.

Eric: Don’t sell yourself short. You did a wonderful collection. It was, uh, it was pretty impressive, I gotta say.

Ridge: Not impressive enough, was it?

Thomas: We are all humbled by you, granddad.

Steffy: And inspired.

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Eric: As wonderful as it feels for me to sit behind this desk again, to stand here like this, it’s where I belong, it’s really not what it’s about. Not about me. It’s about the future. About the young generation full of energy and, and wonderful ideas to take this company from now into the future for decades to come. I couldn’t be more proud.

Steffy: You have no idea how much that means to us.

Thomas: I completely agree with you. I mean, being an artist or– or running a business, I mean, we learned that from you and dad, obviously.

Ridge: Everything I gave you, I got from this guy.

Brooke: And you’ve been so generous to our logan family as well. Our lives would not be the same without you here.

Donna: Certainly not mine.

Carter: Or mine.

Rj: You touched a lot of people, granddad.

Katie: In deeply profound ways.

Steffy: We love you so much.

Eric: We, uh, we don’t take time to say that to each other very often. We get all busy during our lives and we forget to tell each other how much we care about each other and so, that’s what I’m doing now and not very well either.

Carter: You know, I’d like to, um, to jump on that, eric. Uh… you took a chance on me, gave me a place here at forrester, a seat at the family table and, uh, I just wanna thank you for that.

Eric: No, we needed you here. You’ve been a wonderful addition to this company and to this family.

Ridge: All right. What is happening here? We’re all busy. You brought us in here for, what, some love fest? Okay?

Eric: Yeah. Thank you. Thank you. Uh, the fact is an explanation, I’ve had a few moments of, uh, real clarity lately and I think it’s time for us to have a celebration, a party. A party for all of us full of– full of love and laughter. So, are you coming or not?

[ All laughing ]

Ridge: Yeah, sounds perfect.

Thomas: We’ll be there.

Rj: Sounds like a blast.

Carter: Wouldn’t miss it.

Eric: Okay. Donna and I will get back to you with all the details and we’ll let you know when– when everything is starting.

Donna: Okay, I think you’ve had a full day.

Eric: We’ll dance. We’re gonna dance?

Donna: Yes, we’ll dance. But we’re gonna go home now. Okay. All right.

Eric: Be lots of champagne.

Ridge: Yes. Okay.

Eric: Lots of it.

Ridge: Sounds great.

Eric: Don’t be late.

Rj: I will not. I’ll see you.

Ridge: So, we’re having a party.

Thomas: Okay. Uh, I guess it’s time to figure out how to throw a party.

Katie: Donna and I tried to talk him out of it, but he was determined.

Carter: How are we supposed to pull this off?

Brooke: Brought tears to my eyes just hearing him talk like that.

Ridge: You know what I want to hear from him is the truth, so we can deal with this as a family.

Rj: This is how he wants to handle it, dad.

Steffy: I wouldn’t go along with a stupid charade for anyone. But if this is what granddad wants, then we’re going to dress up and we’re gonna have a party and we’re gonna make it a night he will never forget.

Ridge: Okay.

Eric: Did you, uh, you think anybody saw my hand shaking?

Donna: Nobody reacted.

Eric: Ah, good. I mean rj or katie, it’s okay, but nobody else. I don’t want–

Donna: I know, I know. How’s your hand feeling now?

Eric: Fine. It’s fine. Ridge asked me, uh, what we’re celebrating at this party and I said, “gratitude.” I’m just so… I’m so grateful to have you in my life, yeah?

Donna: Oh, eric. Really, uh… we finally got together, didn’t we? It became kind of a circuitous route, but we’re here.

Donna: We did. And stephanie, I was with her all that time. She was wonderful. She was strong and powerful and a wonderful partner and a great– a great mother to our children, really, but she… she wasn’t that easy to live with.

Donna: I can’t imagine that she was, really.

Eric: She was. And brooke. Being married to brooke. We– we had two beautiful children together and i just never really felt that… that the marriage was a permanent thing. I felt like I was on borrowed time. That her– her love for ridge would– would win out.

Donna: It always does, doesn’t it?

Eric: It does eventually, yeah. And there were other women. You were one of them, but our timing wasn’t right then. But now, now it is. I’m so happy. I have you– you– your love and your grace and– and your warmth and your laughter fill this house.

Donna: I’m the lucky one. You– you finally came back to me.

Eric: I did, didn’t I? Here– here I am. I’m so lucky to have you and I’m so grateful. And I– I– I– I– I– um… I don’t take you for granted. I don’T… I feel so… I feel safe. I feel safe with you in these last days of my– and I’M… I’m scared, donna.

Donna: What?

Eric: I’m scared.

Donna: Eric.

Eric: I’m scared, donna.

Donna: Stop. No. Don’T.

[ Eric mumbling ]

Donna: Eric, please. Don’t– are you okay?

Eric: Sit down.

Donna: Are you okay?

Eric: I want to sit down.

Donna: Okay, sit down.

Eric: I want to sit down. I’m okay, I’m okay.

Donna: Are you okay?

Eric: Yeah.

Donna: Are you okay?

Eric: Yeah, I’m okay.

Donna: Uh, I’m going to get you some water.

Eric: All right. I’m sorry. I’m scared, donna.

[ Metal clattering ]

Donna: Eric! Oh!

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[mellow country music]

Why don’t we do this breakfast thing more often?

Because I own a bakery.

Yes, but you finally found someone to replace Talia, right, so you’ll be having a lot more free time now.

Yes, and I plan to spend it with my handsome, supportive boyfriend.

Well, I won’t tell him that you’re with me.

[laughs] Yeah. You just keep that to yourself.

For sure. What are you having?

Oh, I don’t know yet. Oh, where’d you get that bracelet? I’ve never seen it before.

Oh, um, yeah. Holly made it for me. It’s cute, right?

Holly made you a bracelet?


Oh, Johnny. And you still don’t think that girl has a crush on you?

[soft calculating music]

Yeah, you’ve got a little bit of, uh– got some gravy right there.

Oh, my God.

Yeah, just the–

This is so embarrassing.

No, don’t worry. It’s not like I’m gonna take a pic and post it on social media.

I’d kill you if you did.

[laughs] Um, did I get it all?

Uh, almost, but you missed a spot right there. Got it.

[sighs] Okay. Focus, girl. You can’t sit around dreaming about Johnny all day. Mom is really struggling. She needs you to help her.


[sighs] Okay. Sloan said that she got Leo’s murder charges dropped, so it’s gotta be in here somewhere. Now where is it? Leo, Leo, Leo, Leo. Here it is, “Leo Stark”… “To be arraigned on murder charges.” What the hell is this?

Well, I’m off to make sure Leo Stark is held responsible for our baby’s death. You’ll be all right?

I’ll be fine. You go do what you have to do.

I just wish that my nephew Dimitri was also in custody.

Yeah, well he’s the only one who really knows what happened that night.

Nicole, we know what happened that night. Dimitri brought him into the hospital, where Dr. Pierce tried to save his life but couldn’t. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I told you last night that I wouldn’t keep trying to convince you.

That the baby Eric and Sloan adopted is not ours. You don’t have to.

Then you’re letting it go? You’ve accepted that– you’ve accepted that our child is gone?

I have. It’s just that there’s so many unanswered questions from that night, and I just– I don’t know if I’ll feel at peace unless I know the whole story.

I know.

Hi, Eric.

Holly. Hey, everything okay?

Yeah. Yeah. Uh, no. Um, I just wanted to confirm that you’re still going to do the DNA test today.

I am. I, uh–I set up an appointment with my aunt Kayla.

That’s great. Thank you so much for doing this. I-I honestly think this might be the only way to prove to my mom that your baby isn’t hers.

Does she know about the test?

No, I didn’t want to say anything in case you changed your mind.

Holly, you know that I’m happy to help put your mom’s mind at ease in any way I can. I just–I just need to talk to someone about this first.

Talk to me about what?

[mysterious music]

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Okay, Chanel, this is a friendship bracelet. “Friendship” being the operative word.

Yeah, right.

[laughs] What, “Yeah, right”? She made it for me to thank me for spending Thanksgiving with her.

Mm, yeah. Um, Johnny, I know how teenage girls are. I-I was one. And when I was into someone, look out.

[laughs] Okay. Holly is not “into” me. All right? I told you, she already admitted she was crushing on somebody else, my dad.

Yeah, and that doesn’t seem weird to you? I mean, for one, EJ is her stepfather. And if Holly is crushing on EJ, then why is she making gifts for you?

Chanel’s right. Holly doesn’t have a crush on EJ.

[unsettling guitar music]

Who are you talking to?

I’m guessing you’ll need to get back to me.

Yeah, I do. I don’t think it’s gonna be an issue. But I will text you to confirm.

Okay. Thanks again.

You got it. Bye.

Who was that?

Uh, Holly. That was Nicole’s daughter. She’s worried about her mom.

Well, is Nicole still fixated on that crazy idea that our baby is hers?

I’m afraid so, which is why Holly…

[phone beeps]

Can you just–I’m sorry– hold that thought real quick? I’m expecting to hear from the judge in Leo Stark’s case.

What’s going on with that?

Oh, well, I filed a motion this morning to have the murder charges dropped ahead of his arraignment.

[eerie music]

Good morning, Mr. Stark.


[hums] Uh, this is where you say, “Good morning, DA DiMera.”

Well, first of all, it’s not a good morning at all. It is a miserable, sucky morning, but more importantly, I’m not speaking with you without my attorney present.

Oh, that’s fine. You don’t need to talk. I just wanted to let you know that I am going to absolutely relish throwing the book at you at the arraignment today. And I assume you’ve also been warned that, in addition to being charged with aiding abetting a wanted fugitive, you’re also being charged with the murder of my infant son.

Look, I am really sincerely sorry for what happened to your baby.

I thought you weren’t going to talk.

Well, I need to say this because I delivered that baby, and I’m heartsick that he didn’t make it. But that aside, my attorney has told me there is no way you can get this murder charge to stick.

Oh, I can. And I will. And that means you, Leo, my dear friend, are going to spend the rest of your miserable life behind bars.

[tense percussive music]

So EJ had to go to work, huh?

Yeah, he got a hearing about the Leo Stark case.

Oh, that’s too bad because I was hoping to talk to both of you guys.

What is it, honey?

[sighs] Well, I’ve been thinking a lot about the conversation we had last night, about the baby. I mean, I’m guessing you still believe that Sloan and Eric’s son is actually yours?

I do. And between us, I let EJ think that I’m letting go because I know that he’s convinced that this is some kind of denial or magical thinking, but, honey, I’m telling you, when I held him in my arms, I could feel it in my heart. I knew who he was. I knew that he was my son. I just–just wish there was a way I could prove it.

Maybe you can.

What do you mean?

Mom, I went to see Eric last night. And he agreed to have a DNA test done on the baby.

[gentle music]

Sorry for, uh, eavesdropping.

No, no. It’s okay. I’m just glad someone finally agrees with me about this whole Holly thing. So you agree that she doesn’t have a crush on EJ?

She doesn’t, at least, uh, not anymore. She told me she’s, uh, completely over him.

Mm, but you are saying that she did have a crush on him, right?

What–what do you mean?

Well, Chanel here thinks that the whole thing about Holly being into my dad is just a cover story and that she’s really crushing on me.



[laughs] No way. Yeah. No, definitely not.

Are you sure?

Positive. Yeah, no, Holly and I have gotten pretty tight. And we’re very honest and open with each other. She trusts me with all of her deepest and darkest secrets.

[eerie music] Okay.

Okay, what? You’ll help me bust them up, Johnny and Chanel?

I’m your friend, Holly. I-I want to see you happy.

[squeals] Tate, you are the best. And you know what? I will be happy. In fact, I’m gonna be over the moon once Johnny sees how wrong Chanel is for him. And then, by the time Christmas comes, he’ll be sharing dessert with me.

Well, if Holly hasn’t said anything to you about being into Johnny, then maybe I’m wrong.

Hey, real quick, do you mind if I just pull out a camera and record you saying that?

Okay. You put that phone away, or I’ll make you swallow it.


And I said, maybeI’m wrong.

I will still take it. Jeez. Well, Tate, sorry to have distracted you from your work.

No, no. All good. I’m actually glad I ran into you guys today. It reminded me of something important that I’m supposed to do. It, uh–it actually kind of involves Chanel.

[light country music]

So Eric thinks that Sloan will go along with the DNA test?

He didn’t seem too worried about it.

Oh, that’s–that’s great. I mean, when do we think we can do it?

Uh, Eric said he made an appointment for today. I’m guessing we just need a DNA sample from either you or EJ.

Yeah. That’s not a problem.

Okay. Mom, I hope you don’t mind that I did this without asking you first.

Honey, are you kidding me? I am so incredibly grateful that you would do something like this for me.

Okay. I just hate seeing you in pain. And I wanted to find a way to help.

Thank you. You have no idea how much this means to me. I know everyone thinks I’ve gone off the deep end, so it feels really good to know that at least I have my daughter on my side.


I love you.

I love you.

[sinister music]

Hey, how’d the judge rule?

Oh, it actually– it wasn’t from the judge. But it was about Leo’s case, and, uh, I’m so sorry, but I have to go deal with it.

Yeah, sure. Listen. Um, about Holly’s idea and Nicole and the baby–

Whatever you guys wanna do to make sure that she accepts the truth is fine by me, okay?


I’ll see you soon.

Sloan told me the felony murder rule doesn’t apply in my situation because your baby died at the hospital, which happened after Dimitri and I were fleeing the police, not during the actual crime.

[snickers] She tried to spin the story the same way with me. But it’s not accurate, is it? Because my son died of injuries sustained in the accident you and Dimitri caused, which means you are still very much responsible.

No, that can’t be right. Sloan would have mentioned that.

Mm, and I assume the reason she didn’t is because she was hoping to convince me to drop the charges based on her flimsy interpretation. She tried to, uh, sell it to the judge as well, who will, undoubtedly, not approve of her motion to get the murder charge dismissed, seeing how the doctor who treated my son gave a statement saying that his death was a direct result of your actions. Face it, Stark. You’re screwed.

[ominous music]

So how am I involved in this thing you’re supposed to do?

Well, I’m not sure if you heard, but I caused some damages at my old school that my dad is making me pay for, so–

Yeah. I did hear that.

[clears throat] Yeah. That’s how I got this gig picking up dirty dishes. But at the rate my uncle Roman is paying me, I’m gonna be working off this debt until I’m his age. So I’ve been looking desperately for a second job, and I was hoping, maybe, I could work at your bakery.

Uh, sure. We could use the help. Um, I will send you an application.

I am about to go on break. We could walk over right now, and I’ll fill one out. Sorry, I’m just anxious to get the ball rolling.

[laughs] No, yeah, and I-I hear you on that, Tate, but, um, Chanel and I haven’t even eaten yet, so.

No, no. Johnny, it’s fine. I’ll just walk him over and give him the application. And then you can order for us, and I’ll be back when the food gets here.


Thanks, Chanel. I appreciate that.

Mm-hmm. Of course. I’ll be back.

[soft country music]

Okay. I’m assuming my toothbrush will provide enough DNA sample.

It seems to work on all those true crime shows I watch.


Uh, are you nervous?

Yes and no. No.

[sighs] But–I’m not worried.

Not even a little bit?

Honey… have you ever felt something so deep in your soul that nothing or no one could talk you out of it, something that felt so true that you would risk anything to make the rest of the world understand?

Yeah, I think I have.

That’s why I’m not worried. I’m hopeful. Now do you–do you think it’s too early to go to the hospital?

Uh… mm, no, I-I don’t think so. Eric just texted me. He and the baby are already there.


[soft hopeful music]

Okay, call me a biased auntie, but that is one gorgeous baby.

Yeah, he’s a keeper.

Yeah. So tell me, what’s his name gonna be?

Well, Sloan and I haven’t had a chance to kind of come up with a name quite yet. So I kind of keep resorting to, like, “Champ” and “Big Guy” and “Kiddo,” sometimes maybe even a “Hey, You.”


Yeah, well–

So tell me, what are you and Little Champ doing here?

Well, like I said in the text, I just wanted to see if it was possible to get a DNA test.

Of course. For the purposes of genetic testing, right?

Yeah, maybe somewhere down the road, but, I mean, right now I think, um, it’s more to prove that my cowboy here is my son and not EJ and Nicole’s son.

[sighs] But how did my actions cause the accident? I wasn’t the one who was driving.

Oh, I’m well-aware that it was your boyfriend, Dimitri. But, unfortunately, he is not here to face the consequences. You are. So unless you know where I can find him…

I don’t. I swear.

[sucks teeth] Then I guess it’s on you to carry the burden.

That’s not fair.

[tense music]

Don’t you dare talk to me about fair. What’s not fair is that my innocent child’s life was cut short thanks to you and my nephew. What’s not fair is that he barely had a chance to live. And now his mother is going to grieve and suffer for the rest of her life!

I know that. And, again, I am so, so sorry. But it was an accident. It was a terrible accident. No one ever intended for anyone to get hurt.

It doesn’t matter what you intended. All I have to prove is that you committed a crime, which directly led to the death of my son.

EJ, I did everything I could to try and save him. I delivered him with my own two hands. I saw the miracle of his birth. And after Dimitri rushed him to the hospital, I stayed with Nicole. I did not leave her side until help arrived. Doesn’t that count for anything?

No. No. Because in the end, my son is still dead.

I can explain about Leo.

You lied to me, Sloan. You stood on that very spot last night and you told me that you could convince EJ to drop the murder charges.

I tried my best. I built a strong case. He just wouldn’t listen.

Okay, well, that still leaves Leo on the hook for the murder of a child who is still very much alive and living in your apartment!

Look. I am far from being done on fighting to free Leo. I filed a motion this morning with the judge to have the murder charges thrown out. And I have high hopes that he will listen to reason.

That’s just not good enough, Sloan. You see, you didn’t hold up your end of the bargain. And now I have no choice but to call Nicole and tell her all about how you stole her baby.

Okay. All set.

Yeah, let’s go.

[phone rings]

Ooh. Oops. Oh, it’s an unknown caller. Maybe it’s the hospital. Hello.



Yes, this is, uh, Dimitri Von Leuschner. Listen. We need to talk.

[suspenseful music]

Dimitri? I’m really glad you called.

And why is that?

‘Cause I need to talk to you about my baby. What happened when you left the crash site with my son?

Nicole, this is exactly why I’m calling. Look, I need you to–

[line disconnects]

Hello? Dimitri. Hello? Can you hear me?

What’s happening?

Damn it. I think we got disconnected.

Mom, what did he say?

He was gonna tell me what happened with my baby.


I was close to finding out exactly what happened, how Eric and Sloan ended up with my son.

Okay, well, your phone saved his number, though, right? Why can’t you just call him back?

Because I hadn’t thought of that. Okay. I’ll do it now, while–

[phone beeps]

[line trilling]

Sloan, give me back my phone.

[phone beeps]

Look, I know you’re upset that Leo’s still facing murder charges. But telling Nicole the truth isn’t gonna set your boyfriend free.

Is that right? How do you figure that? Because the way I see it, EJ has to drop the murder charges if he finds out that the kid isn’t actually dead.

Leo is still gonna be facing charges for a litany of other crimes. And, uh, like I said, we could be hearing back from the judge any minute now that he’s dropped the charges based on the motion I filed this morning. Maybe he already has. Oh, look at that, a missed call and a voicemail. Maybe this is some good news.

Thank you, Your Honor. I’ll see you later today in court.

What did he say?

Oh, as expected, the judge denied Sloan’s motion. The murder charge stays.

[dark music]

Well, what did the judge say?

I’m sorry, Dimitri.

Well, that’s it then. I’m telling Nicole everything.

No, please, you can’t.

The hell I can’t! Sloan, I am not letting Leo go away for murder.

He won’t. I promise you. In fact, I’ll– I can guarantee it. I can guarantee that Leo will walk, okay? But there’s just one thing that you have to do to ensure that.


You have to turn yourself in.

[groans] Damn it. He’s not picking up, and I guess he’s not gonna call back.

[sighs] Okay. You know what? We should just get to the hospital.

[phone beeps]

[mysterious music]

Oh, wow.

Is something wrong?

No. Uh, it’s nothing. A friend texted about meeting up, and it’s kind of a big deal, but don’t worry, it can wait.

Honey, I can go to the hospital on my own.

Are you sure? Mom, I feel like I should be with you.

Just–I just have to give them a toothbrush, and then we wait, right?

[sighs] Okay. But if you need me–

No, honey. You have done enough already. Thanks to you, I’m gonna be reunited with my son.

Poor Nicole, believing this is her baby.

Which is why Holly came up with the idea to get the DNA test, to help her mom, you know, come to terms with the truth.

Well, it’s very kind of and Sloan to agree to all this.

I haven’t really had a chance to mention this to Sloan. Do I need her permission?

No. No. Just one parent needs to sign off.

Okay, good, because Sloan is getting very uncomfortable with Nicole claiming that this is her child.

I bet.

[phone beeps] Well, then she should be very relieved when the results come out, huh?

Yeah. Yeah. Good. Um, anyway, Nicole just said she’s on her way with the sample.

Super. Okay. Well, then let’s get started.

[soft country music]

Johnny? What a surprise.

Hey, Holly. Hey, how’s it going?

Hey. Are you eating alone?

Um, well, Chanel was here with me, but she, uh– she took Tate over to the bakery to apply for a job, so.

Oh, right. Yeah, no. He’s been talking about getting another gig. Uh, hey, do you mind if I sit with you until Chanel gets back?

No, not at all. Please, sit down.

You’re wearing the bracelet I made for you.

Yeah, of course.

It looks great. And I knew it would. And, you know, um, I’m actually glad that you and I have a chance to be alone.

Uh, why is that?

Well, because I have something I want to tell you. But I’d like to keep it between us.

Okay, I just need a sample from Nicole or EJ, and we’re all set.



Um, I-I have my sample.


This’ll–this’ll work, right?

Yeah. Yeah, it’ll be fine.

Thank you, Eric, for doing this.

Yeah, of course, anything I can do to help.

So, uh, how’s he doing?

Oh, he’s–he’s great. He’s sleeping right now.

Mind if I peek at him? I promise I won’t wake him.

Yeah, sure.

Oh. Oh, he’s so beautiful. Hey, little guy. Oh. I am so happy to see you. I’m sorry you had to be dragged to the hospital while you were trying to take a nice nap. But hopefully, in the end, it’ll all be worth it.

You are making a big mistake, EJ, going after me like this.

Yeah, why is that?

Don’t you check social media? Thanks to the support of “The Spectator,” the court of public opinion has already decided that I’m a victim.

You know that’s not a real court, right?

Maybe it’s the only one that counts. Everyone’s favorite gossip columnist becomes…

[gasps] The story himself, a young, misunderstood youngman caught up in a passionate love affair.

Oh, my God. Spare me.

It’s the truth, EJ. You should see my DMs. People are very invested in my happiness.

That’s before they knew you killed a baby.

I didn’t kill anyone.


I delivered that little baby into the world, and then my very caring boyfriend took him to the hospital. Once people hear my side of the story, you’re the one who’s going to be screwed. People will see that you are trying to railroad me, and they will be calling for your resignation.

I hate to burst your bubble, Leo, but I think you’re vastly overestimating your influence.

You could not be more wrong, Mr. DA. My devoted fans are nothing if not loyal and protective. Remember the whole “Free Britney” movement? Well, “Free Lady Whistleblower” is gonna be even bigger.

[laughs] “Free Lady Whistleblower”? Oh, that’s delicious.

I-I see it already. There’s gonna be T-shirts, signs, protest songs. My former boss, Mayor Price, is going to have no choice but to fire you.

Nice try, Stark. But as usual, you are completely delusional. No one gives a rat’s ass about you, including your beloved Dimitri.

You want me to turn myself in?

Yes, so that we can make a trade with EJ. Since it was you behind that wheel and not Leo, you agree to plead guilty, and he walks.

Why? Why would I ever do that? If I can prove that Leo never murdered anyone, the only thing that he would be facing would be aiding and abetting, and you said that you could fight that.

Yes, but I can’t fight that if I am in prison for stealing Nicole’s baby.

Fine. I’ll find myself another lawyer. You’re not the only hotshot attorney in town, Sloan.

Well, you seem to be forgetting that EJ is incredibly dangerous, and he is going to torture and punish Leo and hold him responsible for your crimes. And since Leo’s already admitted to much of what he’s done, he is going to prison. Is that what you want? Maybe for the rest of his life.

[unsettling music] is that what you want?

No. No, of course not.

Well, then… what we need to do is make a trade with EJ, give him what he really wants, which is your head on a platter, since, after all, it was you driving when his pregnant wife was behind the wheel of that car when she got in the accident. I guess the real question here is, how much does Leo mean to you? Do you love him enough to sacrifice yourself in order to save him?

Dimitri loves me with all his heart. And contrary to popular belief, it’s actually quite big. Along with some other big and magical body parts.

Mm, and yet, here you sit while he’s probably off on some yacht somewhere enjoying the good life, flaunting those big and magical body parts and never looking back. Some great love affair.

Our love affair was real. It still is.

To you, perhaps, but to my nephew, your epic love story was nothing but a temporary diversion, and now you’re all alone.

Well, that’s not true.

[gasps] Sloan.

I just spoke to Dimitri Von Leuschner. He’s willing to turn himself in, EJ, as long as you drop all charges against Leo Stark.


[somber music]

[laughs] I can’t believe I’m doing this. But Sloan is right. If I wanna guarantee Leo’s freedom, I have to turn myself in. I just never thought I’d do anything like this, sacrifice this much for another person. That’s how much I love you, Leo Stark.

[knock at door] Who the hell could that be?

[tense music]

Thank you for the tour. I never knew baking could be so interesting. You’re kind of a genius.

Okay. You don’t have to suck up to me just to get the job. Just fill this out and return it, and I’m sure we’ll find something for you.

Thank you so much.

You got it. All right, I am gonna head back to the pub.

Uh, wait. You can’t go back yet.

Why not?

Sounds serious.

It is.

What’s it about?

[sighs] My mom.

Right. Yeah, my dad told me that, uh, she thinks Eric and Sloan’s baby is hers.

It’s so sad, right? I mean, she’s totally convinced our little brother didn’t die and somehow Eric ended up with him.

That’s–it’s a lot.

Yeah, and I knew she wouldn’t get over it until she had proof, so I came up with a plan.

What kind of plan?

A DNA test, which they’re doing on Eric’s baby right now.

Uh, so what happens now?

I am gonna take these samples to the lab right now.

Okay, and how long do you think it’ll take?

Well, if we’re lucky, we’ll get the results back within the hour.

That’s great.

Yeah. Okay. And listen…

Thank you.


You guys can stay here and wait if you want, all right?




Thanks, Kayla.

Yeah. I’ll see you soon.

Oh. I can’t believe this. I’m about to have proof that this is my baby.

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hello. Tj? Hey. Portia. Looks like you got a lot on your mind, huh? Yeah, I was, uh, caught up in my thoughts. A-are you on break or are you just getting off work? Honey, you k now you don’thave to do that with me, right? Do what? Change the subject.

[ Scoffs ] I can tell that something’s wrong. You want to talk to me about it? I might have made a huge mistake with molly. Mom, it is very generous for you and mac to offer to bail me out of credit-card debt. You’re our daughter. Of course we want to help. Mac and I are fully confident that you will be back on your financial feet in no time. The deceptor will be flying off the shelves, and deception will make a historic comeback. Maybe I can hang on until it does. Maxie! Or I can take out a partial loan, okay? You guys don’t have to completely bail me out. Ugh! On the other hand, if someone could just assemble this desk, I would be eternally grateful. Would you like me to ask mac to come over and put it together for you?

[ Door opens ] Guess what! What? What? I saddled own pony today!

[ Gasps ] You did? All by yourself?! Cody helped. Cody is the coolest! Call me crazy, but that was actually kind of fun. -What? Grocery shopping? -Yeah! I know. But watching you move around with maximum efficiency. You knew exactly what you wanted, and you knew exactly which aisle to get it. Yeah, well, when I feel like wandering, I go to the farmer’s market, but for staples, I am in and out. Yeah. So you’re telling me that all this is only gonna last you three days? Mm. Wow. Teenage boys. Well, and scout. She can hold her own. Trust me. Westwood? That’s where i went. I loved westwood academy! Are you guys thinking of sending scout there? Well, um, drew is pushing it, and scout really wants to please her dad. Nina. You know where sonny is? I haven’t seen sonny since he left the penthouse this morning. Why? Is willow and the kids — are they alright? Yeah, no. They’re fine. Sonny asked me to meet him here. Oh, I’m sure he’ll be here soon. If you want to sit at one of the tables, you’re more than welcome to. Sonny: Oh, great! You both are here. Hey. There are a few things that, uh, we need to settle. Welcome home, ms. Jerome. Thank you, giles. All your mail from today is on the desk. Thank you, giles. I’ll look at it later. Can I make you a martini?

[ Sighs ] No. No. Thank you. I’m surprisingly not in the mood. Very well. I’ll be down the hall if you need me. Thank you, giles. Sonny: Austin gatlin-holt

is dead.

You listen to me. If you killed austin… you need to tell me — now.

[ Doorbell rings ]

[ Door opens ] Dante: Hey. Detective falconeri here to see ava jerome. Hi, cody. Felicia. Maxie. Cody. James says he saddled his own pony today. He did. He also aced all of his riding lessons, too. I told you, mom. Cody said I was a natural with the horses. I sure did. Uh, yeah. He’s — he’s come a long way since his first lesson with me. Haven’t you, buddy? A really long way. My riding lessons are my favorite part of the week. I look forward to them more than recess. I knew that you were a jack of all trades, but it looks like you’ve gone from horse-riding instructor to handyman. Cody fixed comet’s stable door really fast, and I told him that georgie’s desk was back in the box because we didn’t know how to put it together. What? Cody, I am so sorry james put you on the spot like that. You do not need to assemble georgie’s desk, but thank you. Cody said he’s going to help me put it together. No, he’s not, james. I’m gonna send the desk back. Are you sure? ‘Cause I’d really like the opportunity to show off my handyman skills. Was that the blender I heard? Yeah. I thought we should try the new protein powder that I bought, and I did. And — chocolate. Strawberry. Strawberry. Come on. Chocolate! Okay. Thank you. You’re welcome. That’s really good! Nicely done. Mmm. It is good. You know the other place that has really good smoothies? The snack bar at westwood academy. Funny, that. I don’t know if you remember, but… I really enjoyed my time there. I think… I think in hindsight it would have been better to just stay there through 12th instead of transferring to madison. Yeah, you used to talk about westwood a lot. It was a lot of fun, and I still keep in touch with a lot of the girls from there. It’s a great school, and the teachers are so invested, you know? They really care. Why do you think it might not be a good fit for scout? Well, ’cause she’s thriving where she is right now. Okay. What if she thrives even more at westwood? All girls. They have a great swim team. I know. Drew has, um, told me about all that. I just — I don’t think that he realizes, like, scout had a really tough time when he was in prison. She would ask me every single day if he was gonna be okay. And school, it’s a bright spot for scout. She likes her teachers. She likes her friends. And I just — I don’t want to take her away from all that. Mm. I mean, especially in the middle of the year. Drew wants her to start westwood in january. And I don’t know. It just can be really tough on a kid. And it’s not fair. Okay. Okay what? Just — just say “no,” then. It’s as easy as that. I’m not sure that I should. Giles: Excuse me, ms. Jerome. Detective falconeri is here to see you. I can see that, giles. Thank you. Hello, ava. I assume you’re here on official business. Best to keep my wits about me, eh? What can I do for you? Answer some questions. Go for it. When’s the last time you saw austin gatlin-holt? Molly! Hi! Come. Hang out. Hi, willow. Hello, amelia! I don’t want to intrude. Oh, please. Don’t be silly. It’s no intrusion at all. No. The more the merrier. What, uh, brings you out this afternoon? It’s a gorgeous autumn day. How many more of these do we have before it gets cold? Winter is right around the corner. And with the lake-effect winds, it’ll be colder sooner than we realize. Yeah. Have a seat, please. Okay. Hello, amelia! Look at you! She is so precious. Thank you. Yeah, we were just enjoying some mother-daughter bonding. The service that matched us with andrea contacted molly about looking at other potential surrogates. Okay, and how do you feel about that? It’s too soon. I am still processing the miscarriage. I can’t even imagine investing in the prospect of another baby this quickly. Well, okay. What about molly? How does she feel? Molly’s ready to meet with the matching professional and look at other possible surrogates. Have you told molly how you’re feeling about the whole thing or…? I asked her to put it on hold for now, but… maybe that was a mistake? It’s just such a time-consuming and complicated process. Do you think trying again so soon — that that would be rushing it? Actually I don’T. Well, christmas is just around the corner, and I was — you’re probably busy with a lot of family obligations. Am I right? Yeah, yeah. I know. Between mom and josslyn and bringing the kids to the quartermaines’ and then just having enough time with just me, willow, and the kids, it’s — yeah, we’re fully — fully booked. Yeah, that’s what I thought. We have a busy schedule, too. But I was thinking maybe you and willow and the kids could spend time with me and nina — as a family. When you’re ready to begin treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, why are you asking me about austin? Because austin’s dead. I’m so sorry to hear about the doctor’s passing. Well, you don’t seem that sorry

or surprised to hear about it. Did you already know? So, what are these questions that you came all the way out here to ask me? Because I’d like to get on with my afternoon.

[ Scoffs ] You know, ava, you’re showing a remarkable lack of curiosity. Well, you know… curiosity killed the cat. Don’t you want to know how he died? I imagine you’re gonna tell me. Well, I imagine you already know. I’ll have to talk to willow. I figured that. That’s why I’m, you know — I’m approaching you now. So, you have any — any plans for christmas yet? Uh, you know, nothing — nothing definitive yet, but, um, I mean, I know wiley’s really excited about santa claus. I know willow wants to make christmas morning a really big deal for him, so… I know carly’s gonna want to carry on the tradition of you coming over for christmas breakfast. And the q’s are gonna, you know, do their traditional gathering on christmas day, so we were thinking maybe you can come over for christmas eve. You know, everybody can see you. You’d make everybody happy. I think that’s a great compromise, sonny. Yeah, I mean, you know, the kids will open up their christmas presents from grandma and grandpa. We can make our own traditions, you know? And I’ll even cook. Big salad. Ravioli like the one that.. you used to love. Wait. Is it your ravioli recipe? No, no. It was mrs. Cerullo’S. But not — lois doesn’t even know the recipe.

[ Laughs ] But if you come early, bring wiley, he can come in the kitchen, help me cook like you used to. If I’ve learned anything in my life…

[ Chuckles ] …From, um, keeping trina’s paternity a secret for as long as I did… to curtis’s shooting… it’s that life is too short. Don’t postpone your joy. Don’t postpone happiness. And you can’t sit around and wait for somebody to come knocking on your door, either, to make all your dreams come true. But if you and molly —

[ Sighs ] You two want to have a baby, right? There is never, ever gonna be the perfect time that you are guaranteed that everything’s gonna work out exactly the way you want to. It just doesn’t work like that. You got to take a leap of faith. Yeah, but we’re both still mourning the miscarriage. Yeah, no, I get it. I-I get that. You’re gonna have to find another surrogate. You’re gonna have to go through the whole process again, and it’s gonna take time, maybe even months. So why — why subject ourselves to that kind of stress? You’re always gonna have stress, tj. You got stress now, being a doctor. And I know molly’s got all kinds of stress being an A.D.A. But time… mnh-mnh. Time waits for no one. And it plays by its own rules… rules that you can’T… and, honestly, you won’t change. Since I went back to work at G.H. And michael’s running aurora, amelia has been spending a lot of time in the q’s nursery. And wiley’s in school full-time now? Can you believe it? If I’m not careful, I will blink, and it’ll be amelia’s turn. So we thought we would take full advantage of my day off and hang out in the park together while we have the chance. And here I am, intruding on your special day together. No, no. Not at all. Molly, I wanted you to join us. Michael and I were talking this morning about how fast she’s growing. I mean, I loved every stage of watching wiley grow up, but there is something about this time when they’re still babies…

[ Amelia fusses ] …That I want to take in every moment, every smile, every laugh, and just…

[ Amelia fusses ] …Really, really live in the moment with her. She’s a sweet, little angel. Would you like to hold her? Huh. How long have you been tracking our car’s value with carvana?Just, like, 7 months. Should we sell it? We hold… I’m glad you decided to go forward with james’ riding lessons. He’s really taken to cody. Yeah. Don’t tell cody I said this, but he’s kind of terrific.

[ Chuckles ] Yeah. Mom! Come on! Me and cody put georgie’s desk together! Maxie: Okay. It sounds like you impressed james with your handiwork. He — he did it all himself. Oh, sure he did.

[ Laughs ] I’m impressed, too. Well, it was — it was no big deal, really. I wasn’t just referring to the desk, though. It was really lovely of you to put that together for maxie. What I meant was, is all the attention that you’ve been giving to james, teaching him how to ride and how to tie knots… and now assembling a desk.

[ Chuckles ] Well… I really like him a lot. He’s a — he’s a great kid. And he — he does have a way with horses. He doesn’t just want to ride them. He wants to get to know them. He’s got a real understanding of them. That’s gonna lead to a great connection. He’s gonna become an awesome rider someday. Mm. Well, I am quite the horse woman myself. I grew up on a hacienda in texas that my grandmother and I both ran. Really? We had some really wonderful, wonderful horses. So it runs in my family. Oh. Okay. Wow. I am impressed. I tried for two hours to assemble that thing and got nowhere. Georgie’s gonna love it. Thank you. Yeah, we did an awesome job, cody. We sure did. Ow!

[ Felicia laughs ] Are you gonna tell drew how you really feel about westwood academy? I’m really torn over it. Sam, scout is your daughter. You can and you should do whatever is best for her. I know that drew is a good dad, but sometimes mother’s intuition knows best, right? If you don’t think that this is a good fit for scout, then just say so. I want to parent with drew amicably, and I want to respect what he thinks is best for scout, and if that’s going to westwood academy, then… I don’t know. Maybe I should just agree. After all, he’s been through so much. Yeah. How’s he doing physically since the assault? Well, he seems like he’s recovering, but I can tell that he’s in a lot of pain. I keep finding him trying to hide it from me or trying to cover it up. I just don’t want drew to feel even more shut out of scout’s life than he already has. She adores her dad. She will do anything for him. Even if she doesn’t want to go? She doesn’T. She already told me. Well, sam, there you go.

[ Sighs ] I know. I know. Scout deserves to have her opinion considered, but she is way too young to be choosing what school she needs to go to. In the end, it’s between drew and me. But wh at unsettles me is the wayhe just decided this for her. There was no discussion, no debate. Literally went just like that. Sam, let’s face it. There are a lot of gaps in scout’s childhood where her father was missing, and I think now he’s trying to make up for that time. I don’t know. There’s something different about drew. I didn’t see it at first, and I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about him has changed. Thank you for letting me hold amelia. So amazing. She’s such a blessing. She really is a miracle, considering everything she went through to get here. How many weeks pregnant were you when you had to have a c-section? 36. I heard from tj that your — your surrogate miscarried. I am so sorry. Yeah. There are support groups at G.H. That specialize in this kind of loss. If you ever need me to point you in the direction of one or… you can talk to me. Anytime. Thank you, willow, for being so understanding. And thank you for being so open and generous with amelia. Of course. No, really. I mean, you could have easily scurried away the second you saw me thinking the sight of a baby would upset me too much, but you didn’T. Well, I-I think it depends on the person, but when I learned that my son had died, I found tremendous comfort in holding wiley. It helped me on my road to healing. I thought maybe it would help you to hold amelia. It does. Can I ask you a personal question? No subject is off the table between us. After what happened with your first child, did you ever think that maybe you didn’t want to try again? Having the whole family gathered at our place for christmas eve? It sounds too good to be true. So, I want to hear about these fabled ravioli. And why haven’t I had them? Because I-I only make them on christmas ’cause — very special. Oh. Okay. Well, I can’t wait. And is it truly 100% homemade or are you secretly buying the dough pre-made? All authentic. Made from scratch. You know those big raviolis? You got to cut them with a water glass? Put ricotta cheese in there… mmm! …And some secret ingredients. Years of asking gloria for the recipe. She would never give me the recipe. Finally, she gave me the recipe, and I cannot make it as good as hers.

[ Sonny and nina laugh ] I’ll be right back. Excuse me. What the hell are you trying to pull? Using sonny to get around me? Why are you here? I thought you’d want to know right away. We heard from pikeman. I’ve got another side job for us. You do? Alright. Well, what is it? The cabinet in the kitchen is loose. Let’s go take a look at it. Alright, boss. Wait. No, james. That’s enough. Cody’s already done plenty for us. It’s no big deal. I’m sure big james and I can fix it. This one. We can. And when we’re done, we can take a look at the garage door

and the front door. They both squeak. And can you build me a treehouse? There’s a huge tree in the backyard, and that would be perfect. James. [ Sighs ] Come here. If cody does everything on your list, he’s gonna be here all night. That would be so cool if he did spend the night. Can you? You can sleep in my room. I have two sleeping bags, and they’re both “star wars.” Grandma bought them both. Didn’t you? And grandpa. Cody has a job he has to go do. He needs to go back to the quartermaine stables to take care of comet and the other horses. No. This isn’t fair. Grandpa’s at work, and if cody leaves, that means I’m the only boy. Even the turtles are girls. I wish cody was my brother. If you came all the way out here to spoon island to inform me of austin’s death, well, you’ve done your civic duty. You can go now. I can’t, actually. I’m here on behalf of the pautuck pd. They’ve got questions for you. Why pautuck? That’s where austin died. Or was murdered. Two shots to the chest. Close range. Whoever did it wasn’t messing around. But because he lived and worked in port charles, the pautuck pd thinks that the killer is here. There’s a whole big city full of people out there, detective, and yet you’re questioning me. Well, you know, none of them knew austin quite as well as you did. Austin had a lot of associates. Have you spoken with the quartermaines? How about maxie jones? How about all the people that he worked with at the hospital? How about none of those people were kidnapped by austin’s cousin mason? But you were, ava. Wait, wait, wait, sam. Of course he’s changed. You did when you were in pentonville. A-and michael, he was a shell of himself at first. Maybe sending scout to westwood is drew’s way of proving to himself that he can provide better opportunities for his daughter. You never really know, sam. I know. I know. You could be right. It’s why I don’t know if I should fight drew on this. Then don’T. I mean, look, maybe scout is gonna be as happy as I was at westwood. Or maybe she won’t be. I-I just — I don’t know what’s best for her. Hume came in person, walked into the restaurant, and asked to see you. What’d you tell him? I sent him away pretty quickly, but before he left, he told me to give you this message. He needs to see you. He’ll meet you wherever you want. I didn’t put sonny up to anything, michael. You should know your father well enough to understand that he is not so easily manipulated. Wiley and amelia are his grandchildren, so of course he wants to see his grandchildren for christmas. Can’t you see your whole plan to police my access to my daughter and my grandchildren is not gonna work? We are family. Our lives intersect on too many levels for you to continue this vendetta against me. Yeah, my mom is family, too, and her life intersects with mine and willow’s on just as many levels, but that didn’t stop you from turning her in to the sec, did it? I have done everything that you have wanted me to do. I offered to sell my half of the hotel back to carly, and she refused. What more do you want? What do I want? What I want… is to expose you in front of the whole world so they can see what kind of a liar you really are. The only reason I’m not doing that is because I know how much it would hurt my father and willow. So I’m keeping silent for them. For them. Not you. But you benefit. Okay? So it’s gonna cost you. What if I’m not willing to pay? You two want to tell me what I just missed? I always knew I wanted more children. Where did you find the courage after losing your first? It’s different for everyone. You may feel the same way I did or it may take you a while to decide. But when I realized I was pregnant with amelia and then was diagnosed with leukemia, I was advised to terminate my pregnancy so that I could start chemo right away. But despite the health risks involved, you kept the pregnancy. In my mind, there was no alternative. I even went as far as keeping my diagnosis a secret from michael, something I will always regret. I should have shared everything with him. It’s not fair to shut the person you love out of a life-altering decision. Kayaking is my thing. I always wanted a brother, but you know what? What? Even though I think cody would make an excellent brother, we’re gonna settle for him being our friend, okay? Cody would be an awesome brother. We could play video games until midnight every night. But not on school nights. Alright. Uh, that should do it. No more squeaking. Now I can sneak candy without my mom hearing the door open. Is that why you wanted that cabinet fixed? Cody, let’s go take a look at the garage door now. Um, hey, I’m sorry, but I really got to get back to the stables and bed down the horses. Aww. Can’t you stay for dinner? Well, uh, you wouldn’t want comet to be uncomfortable in his bed tonight, would you? No. Hey. I’m sorry. I really do have to go. I’ll walk you out. Come with us, mom. Okay. Thank you, cody. I’ll see you later, felicia. You’re not my dad, mac. What? Are you sure? Yeah. It’s not a match. May I see that? Mac: What’s the point of dragging it out, felicia? Looking at the paper’s not gonna change what it says. Cody’s not my son. When’s the last time you saw or spoke to austin? Two days before thanksgiving. Where? He came by my gallery to see me. We spoke. He left. You got proof? Yes. We have security cameras at the gallery, so you’ll be able to see austin leaving through the front entrance. What time did you leave the gallery? I was working late. It must have been… sometime after midnight. Hm. And your security footage will back up you leaving the gallery at the time you say you did? Unfortunately, no. Why not? I locked the front door after austin left, and then I went to the back room to do inventory, and I… left out the back. You mean there’s no security cameras at the back door? We’ve been having trouble with those cameras. They’ve been shut off for weeks. We’re in the process of upgrading them now. So basically you’re saying that you cannot prove that you were at the gallery past midnight? Thank you for your time, ava. I imagine the pautuck pd will have more questions for you at a later date. I’ll be sure to have my lawyer with me. Might be a good idea. I’m trying to take the temperature down between you two. The reason I wanted to have this discussion today was to make plans for christmas. I leave for five minutes… and there’s tension. No, no. No? No, babe. There’s no tension. It’S… I was — I was just quizzing michael about what he was going to get wiley for christmas. That’s it. And I-I just don’t want us to duplicate gifts. Speaking of which, I want to get wiley tickets to a yankee game next summer. You, me, and wiley sitting behind home plate. We’d take the jet. What do you think? That’s a great idea. I never really thought about giving wiley yankee tickets, so, yeah. Feel free to. I just want to create family memories with you and wiley, right? Well, yeah, I have to talk it over with willow, but, um… hope I see you at christmas.

[ Sighs ] You okay? You know what? Why don’t I take care of your patients for the rest of the day? You can just go home. No, no. I think being at work actually helps. Thank you for your time and your advice. You really always know what to say. If only I could take my own advice, right? We’re our own worst critics. You’re doing fine. Tj. Good luck. Whatever you and molly decide. Well, obviously you and michael got past all that. I’ve never seen two people more in love. We’re very lucky. You’re in remission. You and michael have two beautiful children. You even have your birth mother in your life as a bonus. How are things with you and nina now? Actually, we are getting along better than I ever dreamed possible. That’s so great to hear! And the kids, they adore nina. She brought them over these gifts on thanksgiving. She got wiley this robot that he still can’t put down and a stuffed kitten for amelia. And if I know michael the way I think I do, he’s still holding a grudge against nina? Yeah, he just can’t seem to let go of his anger at her. Well, when michael makes up his mind, it’s hard to change it. Don’t get me wrong. I respect michael’s right to his feelings. But I wish that he would just see nina for who she is now, instead of focusing on what she’s done in the past.

[ Exhales sharply ] Oh.

[ Door opens ] Ohh! I really hate going out to wyndemere. Between the cold, foggy boat ride to spoon island… and, uh, its inhabitants… not a good time. You okay? Just have a lot on my mind. Yeah? What is it? What’s going on? I think drew and i may have hit our first co-parenting snag. And I don’t know what to do about it. Hey. There’s my two favorite girls. Hey, amelia. Come here.

[ Laughs ]

[ Grunts ] So how’s she liking the park? She loves it. I pointed out a few squirrels to her. She was smiling. You just missed molly. She sat with us for a bit and hung out. How’s she doing? She’s still dealing with her surrogate’s miscarriage. Helped her to see amelia, though. That’s good. I understand what molly’s going through right now. Hopefully she and tj will figure out how they want to proceed. Where have you been? I tried to reach you at your office, but then your assistant said you were out, and then you weren’t picking up your cell. That’s why I sent you a couple text messages. Um, yeah, I just had a meeting outside of work. Someone needed to be, uh, straightened out. I’m okay. I’m better than okay. I-I just worry about you. Why? Why? You know, the prospect of having the whole family over at our place for christmas eve, having this legendary ravioli and a beautiful set table… some christmas carols. It’S… family I always wanted. It’s perfect. Listen. Um… I know michael — you guys — it’s still tense. And I’m sorry about that. You don’t have anything to apologize to me for when it comes to michael. Yes, I do. Because he’s my son. I-I know he doesn’t make it easy. It’s taken him a long time to get right with me, and I still feel there’s, like, A… the relationship is fragile. I just want you to know that I appreciate you being patient with him. Molly: Thank you for

letting me hold amelia. So amazing. She’s such a blessing. I even went as far as keeping my diagnosis a secret from michael, something I will always regret. I should have shared everything with him. It’s not fair to shut the person you love out of a life-altering decision.

[ Sobbing ] Oh, my god. Molls!

[ Sobbing ] Hey, hey. What happened? Oh. Come here. I’m never gonna be a mom! Oh, molls. It’s okay.

[ Sobbing ]

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Interview with Kristoffer Polaha, Neal McDonough and Brock Heasley

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Kristoffer Polaha, Neal McDonough and Brock Heasley of the movie "The Shift"

Interview with Kristoffer Polaha, Neal McDonough and Brock Heasley of the movie “The Shift” by Suzanne 11/29/23

It was so great to speak to these three. I’m a huge fan of these actors from their past work.  I enjoyed the movie, which is SciFi but also Christian.  It’s not preachy, though, and it’s an exciting action drama. You definitely don’t have to be religious to like it. It’s a fun ride. The cast is very good. Besides these two, it also stars Sean Astin and Elizabeth Tabish. I hope you enjoy this video! I didn’t have very much time to speak with them. I could easily have chatted with them for a half hour each, or more.


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Film Synopsis:

The Shift is a modern-day retelling of the book of Job. Kevin Garner gets separated from Molly, the love of his life, when a mysterious adversary known as The Benefactor sends him to an alternate dystopian reality. Will hope and faith be enough to find his way back?


After a tense encounter with a mysterious stranger with otherworldly powers, a man is banished to a tyrannical, parallel Earth where he fights to get back to the woman he loves.


Infinite worlds. Endless choices. One way out.

Fast Facts:

  • Kristoffer Polaha (Wonder Woman 1984, Mad Men) plays the lead role of Kevin Garner.

  • Neal McDonough (Minority Report, Yellowstone) plays the mysterious figure of The Benefactor.

  • Elizabeth Tabish (The Chosen) plays Molly Garner and Sean Astin (Stranger Things, The Lord of the Rings) plays Gabriel.

  • The film is produced by Ken Carpenter and directed by Brock Heasley.

  • The Shift will be distributed by Angel Studios.

  • The film will be released December 1, 2023.

  • You can Pay it Forward to The Shift to cover the cost of a movie ticket for someone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to see it.

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About the Cast

Kristoffer Polaha

Kristoffer Polaha as Kevin Garner

Kristoffer can currently be seen in Harlen Coben’s new series, Shelter, streaming now on Amazon. Probably best-known for starring in the critically-acclaimed CW series Life Unexpected, more recently Kris starred opposite Angie Harmon in the Lifetime movie, Barstow, and recurred on the cable series Get Shorty opposite Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd as well as the limited series Condor opposite William Hurt and Max Irons. He also co- starred with Rainn Wilson in the Fox series Backstrom, as well as a number of TV series over the past ten years, including North Shore, Miss Guided, Made in Jersey, Ringer and Valentine, in addition to a multi-season recurring role on the acclaimed series Mad Men and numerous guest stars on both cable and network series. Kris is also well known for his many starring roles in the Hallmark Hall of Fame series of television movies.

On the feature side, Kris stars as the lead in the film The Shift for director Brock Heasley, being released December 2023. He was recently featured as ‘Handsome Man’ in Wonder Woman 1984 for Warner Brother Studios as well as the recently released blockbuster Jurassic World Dominion for Universal Studios. Kris has appeared in numerous independent features, including Where Hope Grows, Back in the Day, Devil’s Knot and Petty Crimes. He recently wrote, directed, and starred in the short film, “A Work of Art,” which premiered at The Cannes Film Festival. Instagram Twitter Facebook Official Site YouTube

Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough as The Benefactor

Trained at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts and Sciences, Neal McDonough has been a fan favorite since his breakout role of Lieutenant Lynn “Buck” Compton in Band of Brothers. and has been featured in popular shows like Justified, Van Helsing, Altered Carbon, and Suits, as well as films including THE WARRANT, RED, MINORITY REPORT, and his role as Timothy ‘Dum Dum’ Dugan in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe. Most recently, Neal delivered a standout performance as Malcolm Beck in Yellowstone, acting opposite Kevin Costner. Above all else, Neal prizes his relationship with his wife Ruvé, their five children, and his devout Catholic faith. Instagram

Brock Heasley

Brock Heasley – Director

Brock Heasley is a writer, filmmaker, and artist. After graduating from California State University Fresno with a degree in Graphic Design, Brock became a full-time Graphic Designer and, later, an Art Director. In 2006, he launched the online comic The SuperFogeys, and then co-created the online comic Monsterplex in 2010, which went on to win the DC Comics Zuda competition. In 2018, Brock’s YA Contemporary novel Paper Bag Mask (Pen Name Publishing) was published, reaching the top of Amazon’s Young Adult Fiction New Release chart in the first week. Brock’s debut memoir, The Other Side of Fear: A True Coming-of-Age Story of Murder, Forgiveness, and the Peace Only Faith Can Bring, released in Fall 2020 from Cedar Fort Publishing. His writing has appeared on the Independent Journal Review and at

In 2015, Brock left the Graphic Design world for the film world, working on and producing feature films for Tremendum Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., and Lionsgate. In 2017 he released his directorial debut, “The Shift,” about an ordinary man receiving a job offer from the Devil himself. The short film earned him an Outstanding Filmmaker of the Year Award from the Hollywood Dreamz International Film Festival and you can watch it here. His second short film, “The Two Hundred Fifth,” about a young college girl with a dark past that comes back to haunt her on the day she chooses to reveal all to her best friend, had its World Premiere at the renowned Fantasia International Film Festival in 2019.

In early 2023, Brock turned his short film, THE SHIFT, into a feature film to be released theatrically by Angel Studios in December 2023. Expanding on the story from the short, it stars Kristoffer Polaha, Neal McDonough, Elizabeth Tabish, John Billingsley, Rose Reid, Paras Patel, Jordan Alexandra, Jordan Walker Ross, and Sean Astin.

Brock lives with his wife, three daughters, two dogs, and one cat in California. Brock didn’t want another dog, but his girls made a pretty killer PowerPoint presentation and he didn’t want to look like a jerk. Instagram Facebook Twitter

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B&B Transcript Thursday, November 30, 2023

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Donna: Please, eric, you heard the doctor.

Eric: Yeah, yeah. I did. I… I heard his advice, yeah.

Donna: But you’re gonna choose to ignore it.

Eric: I’m gonna choose to ignore it.

[ Donna sighing ] Donna, I’m gonna live my life the way I want to, right here at forrester, creating and– and– and designing. And at home, in our beautiful home with you. Side by side with you, snuggled up in my arms. I’m not gonna be hooked up to a bunch of old machines and– and being poked and prodded. Not– no hospital. No hospital.

Donna: But what if the hospital could help?

Katie: Hospital? What? What are you talking about? What happened?

Eric: Well, katie, in case you’ve forgotten, I’m dying.

Ridge: My dad is facing the biggest challenge of his life, and I can’t be there to help him.

Brooke: Not in the way that you want. But you are there for your father, ridge. You are. You’re giving him exactly what he wants and needs right now.

Ridge: What does he want and need? Me pretending that this isn’t real? That– that it’s–

Brooke: Okay, look. I understand your frustration.

Steffy: We all do. We all do. It goes against every instinct to go along with this, pretending that everything is okay when all we want to do is just reach out and hold him and help him somehow. I’ll always remember it as grandma being, you know, the stubborn one, but… granddad, he can be stubborn too. We don’t really have a choice but to let him play this out the way he wants. Live his life on his terms. ‘Til the end.

Brooke: Steffy is right. We have to give this to eric. We have to keep pretending we don’t know.

Ridge: Okay. But rj said that– that dad almost collapsed today. If any of us had seen that, then what do we do?

Steffy: It would have been impossible to ignore.

Ridge: Exactly.

Rj: Yeah. I– I’m glad I was there to catch him though. That was good.

Ridge: We’re all glad. Not just today, but this whole time you were there, you were a steady hand, literally. We have to give this to eric. We have to keep pretending we don’t know.

Ridge: Okay. But rj said that– that dad almost collapsed today. If any of us had seen that, then what do we do?

Steffy: It would have been impossible to ignore.

Ridge: Exactly.

Rj: Yeah. I– I’m glad I was there to catch him though. That was good.

Ridge: We’re all glad. Not just today, but this whole time you were there, you were a steady hand, literally. You helped him get his designs on paper one last time.

Katie: Eric, of course, I haven’t forgotten. I was just worried hearing you talk about the hospital.

Eric: Uh-huh. Nothing’s really changed. Nothing. I’m still dying. Like everybody else on the planet, and, you know, just a little sooner for me, that’s all. But just because I’m on a– on a fast track for– for– for dying doesn’t mean I need to throw in the towel and then crawl into some hospital bed someplace. No. No, I’m gonna spend it doing what I love doing most. Right here, creating.

Donna: I– I get that. I mean, we– we actually– we get that, but– but what if spending just a little bit of time in the hospital will prolong your life so that you can continue to create for many more years?

Eric: No, no, no. Being in a hospital is just– that’s just– it’s just sitting there and fading away and being forgotten. I’m not gonna do that. I have this collection to finish. I have to finish this collection and that’s what I’m gonna do. I may be gone one day soon and away from this office and I’ll be away from everywhere, but I’m gonna create this and– and it’s a line that’s gonna go on forever, never to be forgotten. You know, give this place back to ridge one day and– and then it’ll be done. That’s what I’m gonna do.

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Ridge: You’re gonna be here, right? You’re gonna help him. You’re gonna put every design on paper, every last one of them.

Rj: Every single last one of them. And I’m gonna do everything that it takes to do that, dad.

Ridge: Okay.

Rj: Even if, you know, there may come a time when it’s too much for him.

Ridge: When it’s too much for him?

Rj: Yeah.

Ridge: Have you met my dad? Too much for him? He’s gonna do this until the end.

Brooke: I’m so happy that rj can be there for eric. But what about the rest of us? I mean, what can we do to support him? How can we be there for him without letting on that we’re aware of the situation?

Steffy: I’ve been wrestling with this myself. We can’t possibly keep–

Ridge: Can’t possibly what? Keep up the charade of– of saying that everything is fine? This– we could have quality time with him. Instead, we’re doing this. We– we’re here talking about it, wasting it.

Steffy: We’re gonna have quality time, but I don’t want to pity him. That’s the last thing he needs. I just wish we could have an open, honest conversation with him, as honest as it can be. So, if he’s here at the office, behind the desk, knocking it out, another brilliant design, then fine. That’s just as meaningful. That’s what granddad wants. That’s gonna bring him joy, then you said it yourself, we need to respect his wishes.

Ridge: Come here. We will. Okay?

Donna: You know that I want you thriving and creating, but this isn’t about sending you to some hospital room to spend the rest of your days. This is about going to the hospital, doing a few tests and maybe this won’t be your last collection.

Katie: Exactly. Exactly. Eric, you can’t stop fighting. You can’t give up.

Eric: That’s not what I’m doing. I’m not. That’s not– giving up would be curling up in a ball in a– in a– in a hospital room somewhere. Between the sheets of some bed, someplace. I’m not doing that. It’s not what I’m doing. I have to stay here. I have to stay alive and I have to finish my last collection. This is my life, this is my passion.

Katie: No one is saying that you have to quit designing. Everyone can see how wonderful this has been for you. But– but you can do both. You can continue to design and look for treatment options.

Eric: What? From a hospital bed? No. Work from a hospital bed? Some people can do that. Not me. Not me.

Katie: Eric, please. Listen to your doctors. Listen to donna. Treatment could give you and look for treatment options.

Eric: What? From a hospital bed? No. Work from a hospital bed? Some people can do that. Not me. Not me.

Katie: Eric, please. Listen to your doctors. Listen to donna. Treatment could give you more time with her. Isn’t that a reason enough?

Eric: That’s it. It’s reason enough. I– I– I love your sister. Katie, I love donna. What she gives to me– she gives everything to me. I’m so– I’m so grateful for that.

Donna: You could have so much more though, eric. Years to come.

Eric: So, let’s hang on to that, all right? Let’s– let’s live those moments that we have. Let’s– let’s thrive on that. Grab those moments and live those– live those moments. Please. Look, I– I appreciate so much how the two of you who have supported me through this, both of you. It humbles me, it does, but I’m the only one who knows how I’m feeling and I’m the one who gets to decide what I’m gonna do. And I choose– I choose to move on with my life, to design. This is– this is what I wanna do. You have to trust my instincts.

Katie: What if your instincts are leading you away from– from possible lifesaving treatment?

Eric: No, my instincts are not wrong. My instincts tell me to finish this. To finish this collection. I have one wonderful collection left in me and this is it. And that’s what I’m gonna do. I need you to both– I need you both believe in me. Please.

Katie: Yeah.

Eric. Please.

Katie: Of course.

Donna: We do.

Eric: Okay.

Donna: Yes, we do.

Eric: Okay. Good. Now, I need your help.

Donna: My help?

Eric: Yes, I need your help too.

Donna: Okay.

Eric: Here’s what we’re gonna do. I want you to model this dress for me. This– the one in the middle, the purple. I want you to put that on, I want you to bring it to life for me, all right? And I want you to call rj and tell him to meet us in the salon. He can see my latest– the latest forrester fashion creation come to life.

Rj: I just got a text from aunt katie, and she says, um, granddad wants to meet up.

Brooke: Oh, well, that’s great. Must mean he’s inspired to work.

Ridge: Probably thinking about his next fashion show.

Steffy: The next fashion show won’t be a competition.

Ridge: Right.

Steffy: It’ll be eric forrester’s originals in the spotlight. But what if he doesn’T…

Rj: No. He’s going to finish. He’s working day and night. He’s gonna make it.

Ridge: All right, then go. Meet him and help him finish his couture line. Go ahead.

Brooke: Yeah. Keep us updated. We need to know how he is.

Rj: Okay. I– I got to admit, I– I feel… terrible. I feel like I just betrayed his trust.

Steffy: No, no, no. You did the right thing. Not just for granddad, but for our whole family. Thank you.

Ridge: Yes, thank you. Now go. Finish your collection.

Brooke: I’m really proud of him. Everything he’s doing for your father.

Ridge: I know. That’s our son. Seeing my dad through this. It feels right.

Brooke: Yeah.

Ridge: We did good.

Eric: I actually love this space, you know. I’m surprised we don’t use it more often.

Katie: Oh, I’ve used it for a couple of events, press conferences, it’s nice. It’s more intimate, cozy.

Eric: Yeah. It’s nice.

Katie: Yeah.

Eric: I mean the– I suppose it could have to do with the fact that I beat the pants off of ridge at the fashion challenge.

Katie: That might be why you like it, yes.

Eric: Maybe so.

[ Eric chuckling ]

Rj: Hello? Hey, aunt katie, granddad. Do you– you wanted to see me for something?

Eric: Rj, we have a surprise for you. Stay right there.

Rj: That’s– okay.

Eric: Donna, we’re ready. Beautiful. The dress is very nice too. Very nice.

Donna: It’s gorgeous.

[ Eric coughing ]

Eric: I’m sorry.

Rj: Are you okay? Do you wanna take a break maybe?

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Steffy: Just tell me granddad will live long enough to see this collection on the runway.

Ridge: I would love that. But I can’t promise.

Steffy: I just wanna see him up there. He takes in the showstopper and he takes in the applause. Yeah, he should have a thousand more shows.

[ Ridge chuckling ]

Ridge: Let’s start with one, okay?

Steffy: I just wish he knew that we knew. We could tell him that we love him and that we’re there for him.

Brooke: Yeah. We all feel that way.

[ Brooke sighing ] But you made a good point earlier. We can’t pity eric. These are his final moments, not ours. We need to let eric do this his way. I’m just guessing that at some point, it’s going to be difficult to keep on pretending that we don’t know.

Ridge: Well, I’m sure the day will come when his condition deteriorates to point where… here’s what I know. This man is gonna stand tall as long as he can.

Brooke: Takes an enormous amount of strength.

Ridge: I know I couldn’t do it.

Steffy: Well, you’ve been extremely brave. Showing so much strength, holding us together.

Ridge: I think it’s gonna take all of us.

Brooke: Yeah.

[ Eric coughing ]

Donna: Okay, I think– I think we need to get some water.

Katie: I’m gonna– I’m gonna see what I can find.

Eric: Stop it! Stop it! I don’t want this. I don’t want any of this. I’m tired of it. I don’t want these long faces. I don’t want any sadness, all right? No sadness. I want– I want laughter and I want joy. And I want– I just got the best– I just got the best idea.

Katie: About a fashion show?

Eric: No, no, the funeral.

Donna: What? Er– eric.

Eric: No, I’m sorry. You got me wrong. I don’t mean funeral. I mean– I mean, uh– I mean, a celebration. Something that– that I can attend. The most wonderful celebration ever. A party!

Donna: A party?

Eric: Yes, a party with– with– with everyone. With all my friends and family and I can be there with a– with a glass of champagne, and everyone can laugh and have a wonderful time. And there’d be no tears. There’d be no crying and no tears at this party. Do you understand?

Donna: Eric, is that really fair? I mean, shouldn’t family and friends get a chance to say goodbye to you?

Eric: Yes, yes, and they can at my real funeral when that happens, whenever that is. And they can be there and cry as much as they want, but they shouldn’t spend a lot of time doing that because life goes on, and it should. This is what I want to do. And I would be very honored if you would do it with me, this final celebratory act of mine. The most– the most fun act I’ve ever had. A beautiful, beautiful celebration, and one final, final act. Yes?

[ Katie gasping ]

[ Eric laughing ]

Eric: Yeah, yeah.

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[phone ringing]

I’ll warm up the bottle, Eric. He’s probably just hungry.

[phone beeps] Hello?

Have you gotten Leo out of prison yet?

[soft dramatic music]

Wow, could you give me a break? It’s only been a couple of hours. And in case you’ve forgotten…

[baby crying] Hear that? That’s a baby I’m caring for.

Not my problem, Sloan. Do your job, because if you can’t get those wheels of justice in motion, I assure you my next call will be to the baby’s real mother.

Oh, I’m sorry that Cole took so long. I’m afraid the work of a district attorney is never ending, even on Thanksgiving.

No worries.

Can I refresh your tea? Or I can see if Cook left something in the fridge.

No, honey, I’m fine. So did everyone else in the house go out for Thanksgiving?

Oh, you’re home.

Well, that was very gallant of you to come to my defense like that. I don’t think anyone’s ever done that for me before.

Well the whole knight in shining armor routine is new for me too. But you had a rough enough day already, and Xander got exactly what he deserved.

[sighs] How’s your hand?

I think knights aren’t supposed to say how much that actually hurts.

It’s OK, Mr. Tough Guy, your secret’s safe with me.

Thank you. As long as you know that Xander’s problems, they’re not because of you.

Yeah, Xander’s got lots of problems because of me.

OK, well, still. The thing that’s eating at him the most is the fact that he always wants something that he can’t have. So he can throw all the little temper tantrums in the world that he wants, but he’s never gonna be able to take–

You know, why are we wasting our time talking about Xander? Why don’t I take my knight in shining armor home?



[soft acoustic music]

Maggie, I didn’t want to say anything until I had more information, but I think it’s very possible that Konstantin orchestrated your granddaughters kidnapping in order to score points with you and Sarah.

Maggie, I swear that’s not true. I would never endanger little Victoria like that. I had nothing to do with her kidnapping.

So was it just a coincidence that as soon as you were watching that little girl, some mysterious stranger wandered into–

No, no, no, not mysterious at all. I know who did it.

Are you saying you know who took Victoria?

[tense music]

I hate to break this up, but I need the kid now.

Oh, you are one sick son of a bitch, you know that?

And you are the monster who abducted Sarah Horton’s baby. Yes, I do.

Well? Don’t leave us in suspense. Who was it?

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

This is very hard for me to say.

Yeah. Maybe just spit it out.

I know I said you were mistaken, Steve, but I’m starting to believe you were not completely off base.

[tense music] The person who did it, who took Victoria, did it because of me, to force my hand.

Sorry, you guys probably want some space. I’ll just go up to my room.

Holly, wait, wait. Sweetheart, I’m so sorry about what happened at the hospital yesterday, snapping at you when all you were trying to do was make me feel better.

It’s really OK, mom. I know you were, like, super upset. I mean, I can’t imagine what you were going through, what you’re still going through.

Thank you.

Do you need anything?

[somber music]

Come here. Oh. You know what? I have everything I need right here in this room. And sweetheart, I just want you to know that I am so grateful to have you as my daughter, and I just love you so much.

Sloan? I’m gonna need you to acknowledge that you heard my request.

Oh, I heard you, all right, especially the part where you were threatening me and my son.

So what’s your response?

All right. I’ll leave my son home on his first night and come and deal with Leo.

Great. And then you can come here and tell me that it’s done. I’m staying at the White Dove Motel.


[tense music]

You hear that?

Oh, I don’t hear anything.

Exactly. Finally got the little guy to sleep.

Oh, sorry. I forgot to warm up the bottle.

It’s OK. Is everything OK?

Actually, no it’s not, I got a call from a client.

On Thanksgiving?

Yes, and it’s an emergency. I have to go deal with it. Are you gonna be OK here with the baby?

Yeah. Us men here, we’ll hold down the fort.

Thank you. You’re a lifesaver.


Happy Thanksgiving.


[soft dramatic music]


So I forgot that I turned the ice maker off because it was making so much noise, so we have peas.

Ah, why not?

[exhales sharply]

How does that feel?


Yeah, that’s the point, you know?

[both sigh] Alex, I hate that you got hurt.


But I’m also so grateful that you came to my defense, twice in one day, actually.

Xander had no right to talk about you that way. And this Konstantin guy doesn’t know either one of us, and he’s claiming you’re after my money? Come on.

Yeah, well, those kind of assumptions come when you hang with guys as powerful as you.

Oh, yeah, well, they shouldn’t. I know Maggie likes this guy and all, and he seemed OK at first, but honestly, now I’m starting to wonder about him. I think I’m gonna swing by the mansion tomorrow. I wanted to scope things out, but I’m gonna be swamped at the office all day long.

What? The day after Thanksgiving?

Yeah, now that we got Basic Black in the fold, there’s a lot more work to be done. And if you want to come along with me, I wouldn’t say no.

Mm-hm. Um–yeah, about that, I’ve been thinking.

Go on.

[clears throat] Well, Alex, now that we have this working relationship…


I don’t know, where does that leave our personal relationship?

You’re saying someone kidnapped my granddaughter to force your hand?

It all goes back to my life in Greece. I am ashamed to admit that there are some people over there to whom I owe money.

Who are those people?

Well, it started with my loan from Victor for my restaurant. I had every intention of paying it back, but when I couldn’t, well, I went to this rather unsavory man who could help me with the loan.

A loan shark?

He has his hands in many sorts of businesses but all of them with connections back to the Greek underworld.

So you’re talking about the mob?

But I couldn’t afford to pay him either, so the interest accrued, and before I knew it, it was twice as much as the money I had borrowed from Victor.

So what does any of this have to do with little Victoria?

I’m getting to that. I think this man or one of his associates took the baby. They must have thought that they could use the child as some sort of leverage.

And as it turned out, they were right. My God, this is unconscionable.

Sure is. But Konstantin, I’m wondering… If this kidnapping is connected to you and this huge debt you couldn’t pay back, why did you wait until now to say anything?

[tense music]

Happy Thanksgiving.

Oh. Oh, hold on there. I have a little spit up on the shoulder.

Oh, well, I don’t mind a little spit up. What I mind is not getting a hug from my son who is now a dad.

I am indeed. Happy Thanksgiving, Mom.

Oh, honey. Mm. We could stand around here and hug each other, or do I get to see this sweet baby?

The boy, I just put him down. But look, you’re more than welcome to go take a look on him.

No, no, no, that’s OK. Number one parenting rule is don’t wake a sleeping baby. I could maybe tiptoe in and just take a little peek.



And I brought his present. Maybe he’ll let you open it for him.

Yes, well. Oh, to the newest Brady with so much love.

Well, I didn’t know his name.

Well, don’t worry. We don’t either because Sloan and I, we haven’t agreed on one yet.

Oh. Well, there’s always time for that. And where is Sloan? I’d like to congratulate the new mom.

She stepped out. She had some client emergency.


[doorbell ringing]

The staff has the night off tonight. I’ll get that.


I gotta say, Mom, you seem a lot better today.

I am, with good reason. Holly, there’s something I want to tell you, and I didn’t want to say it in front of EJ.

OK, what is it?

[soft dramatic music]

My baby is alive.

I asked you a question, Konstantin. If you knew these mobsters were the ones who kidnapped Sarah’s baby, why did you wait until now to speak up?

Because I–I didn’t put it together until today. But now I wonder, were they watching me all along?

Here? At the house?

They could have followed me here and waited for an opening. And when they saw that I was alone with your granddaughter, they jumped at the opportunity. I am so sorry, Maggie. I never meant to put your family in danger.

[tense music]


Look, Alex, I don’t mean to put you on the spot, OK? It’s just that we haven’t really defined what we had. I mean, we slept together in Greece because you felt sorry for me.

No, no. That is not what happened. And I told you that, Theresa, that was not pity sex.

OK, fine. After we had not pity sex, we said that we were gonna take a step back and take things slow, right?

That’s what you said you wanted.

Yes, it is. It was, it is. Um, just–

[chuckles] I mean, we are living together now, and even with separate bedrooms, you have to admit, uh… For people who are taking it slow, you don’t really share a bathroom, you know?


So I guess what I’m just trying to say is… Where do we go from here?

Well… is there someplace you were hoping to go?

[soft dramatic music]

Well, we did go on one date already, right?


How do you feel about… another date, maybe? Or, I don’t know, is this situation just all just too messy for you?


That’s cool, Mom. Wow, these are the coolest.

Well, I got several different pair. I just I couldn’t decide.

Oh, of course you did.

So there’s a tiger, there’s a lion, there’s a panda.

No, I’m good with the sharks. I mean, they actually fit seeing that the little guy’s mom is a lawyer.

Oh. Honey, I got a pair for Nicole’s baby as well.

You heard what happened?

I don’t know how she lives with that pain.

Yeah, she had high hopes for this child.

Yeah. I was gonna stop in and check on her, but I thought I’d give her and EJ a little more time. Have you seen her?

Yeah, I ran into her today.

How did she seem?

Well, she was grieving, of course. But–

But what?

Well, I was out with him. And while I was out, Nicole asked if she could hold him, and when she did, she was convinced that he was hers.

Mom, how can your baby be alive? What makes you think that?

I don’t think that. Honey, I saw him.

What? Where?

Eric and Sloan adopted a baby boy today, a newborn, and I ran into Eric at the pub, and I asked if I could hold him, and that’s when I knew he was mine.

Did you say anything to Eric about it?

Of course, I did. And I told EJ, but neither one of them believed me. Honey, I know this– I know how this sounds, but it’s the truth. The baby that Eric and Sloan adopted, I gave birth to. He’s my baby boy.

Sloan Peterson, what the hell do you want?

To offer my condolences, first of all. I’m sorry for the loss of your child.

Thanks. What’s second of all?

I came here on behalf of my client, Leo Stark. You have to drop the murder charges against him. He is not responsible for the death of your son.

Really? Please, enlighten me, counselor. If Stark is not responsible for the loss of my child, then who is?

[tense music]

I have such deep regret about bringing these criminals to your doorstep, Maggie. But I assure you, I was never in what you might call cahoots with them.

It’s quite a story, Konstantin.

And a very troubling one, obviously. But I–I thank you for being honest. I know it couldn’t have been easy.

And I apologize to you for not coming to you and John earlier.


[tense music] Well, you’re just lucky little Victoria is safe. I’m gonna head home, Maggie. Kayla’s just finishing up her shift at the hospital, and I’d like to spend the rest of the holiday with my wife.

Of course. Wish Kayla a happy Thanksgiving for me. Thank you for your help.

My pleasure. You take care.

Thank you.

I can’t deny that our situation is complicated.

Uh-huh, right. Yeah. Yeah, so you want to just keep the romance part out of it? You just want to be roommates and coworkers? Yeah.

No, I didn’t say that.

What are you saying?

Well, I’m saying that we have a lot working against us. I have some family members that aren’t exactly thrilled about us being together.

[sighs] I thought you said you didn’t care what Xander said about–

I don’t give a damn what Xander says or thinks because he’s a jealous, vindictive loser, but he’s not the only one that warned me about you, Theresa.


Brady, yeah. He pretty much told me that I’d be risking everything by letting you into my life and into my company.

Hmm. Well, Brady and I have a very long history. Most of it’s bad.

I’m sure he has his own agenda. Bottom line, he’s not scaring me off because I don’t really scare that easily.

[soft dramatic music]

I’ve noticed that about you, and I have to say that makes me very happy because…

[laughs] As much as I’m trying to just accept this roommate living situation thing that we have going on here, I have to be honest, it’s just– it’s kind of killing me, Alex.



How so?

Screw it. I’m just gonna come out with it. Um…


[sensual music] I’m into you. I am so into you, Alex, like, “It keeps me up at night, I can’t wait to see you in the morning” into you. In fact, being this close to you right now is so hard just to pretend like I don’t want to rip off your clothes.

Well, then, if that’s the case… What do you think about taking this to the bedroom?

Sure, which one?

Darling, it’s not too surprising that Nicole would believe that the baby you adopted was hers. With this kind of grief, this magnitude, it’s overwhelming. And rather than trying to cope, she’s busy, subconsciously, trying to deny it.

Yeah. I mean, I guess so, it’s just– it’s just uncomfortable, and it’s sad. Mom, she wouldn’t even give the baby back until EJ came out of the pub and convinced her to.

And then, was she able to accept it?

I mean, she seemed to, but–


I’m just not sure. Mom, you should have seen the way she looked back at him. When she was walking away, it was almost as if she wasn’t letting go of him.

[soft dramatic music]

I understand that you need to blame someone for the death of your son.

Not someone Ms. Peterson, Leo Stark. The only reason my son was born prematurely was because he was involved in a car accident with that slimy little bastard.

An accident that Leo is not at fault for. And as far as you trying to make the felony murder charge stick, your son was alive when he arrived at that hospital, meaning that he did not die during the commission of a crime.

Thanks for the refresher on the law, now here’s a refresher for you. If you’re so hell-bent on saving your client, then perhaps it would help your case to produce the driver of the car, my erstwhile nephew Dimitri. Oh, that’s right, you can’t. Then I’ll see you in court. My staff are off for the holiday, but I’m sure you know how to show yourself out.

EJ, wait, I just want to–

What the hell do you think you’re doing?

Look, I just wanted to talk to you a little bit more.

My staff may not be here, but I am more than capable of throwing you out myself.

No, no, I don’t want her to leave.

Nicole, hello.

Don’t you dare hello me. Why did you do it? Why did you take my baby?

[dramatic music]

Answer me, please! Why did you take my little boy?

Nicole, sweetheart, we talked about this. Nicole was under the impression that–

That the baby that Eric and I adopted this morning was actually hers. Yes, I know, Eric told me.

Really? What did he say? That I was crazy?

Look, I am truly sorry for your terrible loss, I am, but that little boy, our son, is not your child.

Who gave him to you? How did you get him?

That’s it, time to leave.

EJ, please, I need answers.

Not tonight.

Listen to me, please.

You should listen to your husband, Nicole, and put an end to this, truly, for everybody’s sake, but especially for your own.

Mom, stop!

No, I need to know! I need to know why she and Eric have my baby. I need to know, honey!

[dramatic music]

I am so sorry, Maggie. I have a feeling that I have ruined your holidays.

It’s very troubling, as I said.

As it is to me as well. But I do not blame Steve for being suspicious of me, no. I’m sure it serves him well in his chosen profession. And you are very lucky to have a friend who is so protective of you.

I am, indeed.

And he is correct. It is my fault that your granddaughter was in danger. Those people came here for her because of me.

Those people, they made your life hell for years, and I realize that, but I don’t condone your involvement with them, nor will I tolerate having my family, their safety, threatened in any way, which is why I need you to leave now.

[sensual music]

OK, so I may have had kind of an issue picking out an outfit this morning, and my clothes are all over the bed.

That’s OK. That’s OK, we’ll move them.

But they’re all over the floor too, so…

It’s OK, it’s all right.

So your room?

Sure, yeah, yeah. Except–

Except what?

I may not have changed the sheets since we moved in.

What? Are you serious?

Yeah. I mean, I’m busy, come on.

What? You’re the CEO of a multinational conglomerate.

Exactly. You really think I have time to change the bed sheets every day? Come on, the housekeeper’s coming tomorrow.

Well, tell her to wear a hazmat suit.

It’s not that dirty.

Well, I’m not getting naked in there.

OK. Couch it is.


Honey, I’m sorry that you had an uncomfortable moment with Nicole. I’m sorry for both of you.

She doesn’t deserve any of this. Now that I have a son, I just– I just feel blessed to be a dad. I just can’t imagine losing him.

You’re in love with him.

I am. Little guy’s got my heart.

I’m so happy for you. You waited so long for this.

Yes, I have.

Well, I better be moseying along. Give that little baby a smooch for me, would you, please?

You got it.

And one more thing, give him a name, please.

We’ll work on that. Oh, by the way, we’re planning the christening, so now we have a deadline.

I can’t wait. Looking forward to it. And, darling, don’t worry too much about Nicole. She’ll figure out a way through this.

[somber music]


Sloan’s gone? Why didn’t you go after her? Why did you let her leave? EJ, if you don’t go after her, I will.

Nicole, listen to me, look at me. Darling, look at me. I understand how upsetting it must have been to see Eric out with his son today.

Not his son, my son, our son. And I need to get him back, I need to get him back from her!

Nicole, going after Sloan, all that will do is make her angry and make you even sadder. You know this. Darling, look at me. We will discuss this further when you’ve calmed down, all right? But now, know that I love you and that we will figure this out together. OK?

I just want my baby boy back. God. Please bring him back to me, please.




Who needs a bed, right?

Sheets just get in the way.


Yeah, the couch was, um, enjoyable.

Wow. The floor wasn’t too bad either. And just for the record, that was not pity sex.

[soft dramatic music]

Thank you for saying that. But you know, um… maybe just to be on the safe side, we could maybe have dinner first next time.

Next time, huh?

Mm-hm. Assuming there will be a next time.

Well, there will be if I have anything to say about it.

[chuckles] Maybe next time, we could even try a bed.

A bed?

You want me to leave?

I’m sure you understand. The safety of my family will always be my first priority.

Of course, I understand and I respect that, but it’s just that I don’t know where I will go.

I suggest the Salem Inn for at least a night until you can book your flight back to Greece.

Back to Greece? But, Maggie, I cannot afford to.

I know. I get it.

[sighs] Money is obviously an issue for you. And because of your debt with that mobster was incurred because of my husband, your debt to him, I will pay off.

No. No, I cannot let that happen.

I insist. I believe you’re a good man, Konstantin, who got himself involved in a very bad and dangerous situation. And as I’ve said before, I don’t condone you’re borrowing money from a criminal because I understand you were desperate, and I’m not judging you. I’m just simply saying that I cannot have that danger in any proximity to this house or to my family. So I will give you enough to cover your stay at the Inn and then I will pay for your flight back to Greece. I’m sorry it’s come to this.

As am I. More than sorry, I am heartbroken. I care for you, Maggie. Your friendship is a blessing to me. But of course, I respect you and want to keep your family safe, and I shall respect your wishes.

Good. Then it’s settled. I’ll pay off these terrible people, these criminals that have kept harassing you and who kidnapped my precious granddaughter, and then, maybe, Konstantin, you can get your life back.

Thank you, Maggie, for all that you’ve done. Your presence in my life, your kindness and support mean more to me than you shall ever know. Now I will go pack my things.

Hey, John, I’m sorry, man. I know we said no calls on the holiday, but I didn’t think this could wait. I just came from Maggie’s, and you’re never gonna guess what Konstantin is claiming now. He said that Sarah’s baby was kidnapped by Greek mobsters he owed money to. No, no, I didn’t believe him, but Maggie did. So I think we need to step up our investigation and get that creep out of her life before she gets in any deeper.

Took you long enough. Did you talk to EJ?

I did.


The charges against Leo are gonna be dropped in the morning.

Good work. I knew you could do it.

Hey, take this.

Thank you.

[sighs] How are you feeling?

I’m better now, thanks to you. I’m so sorry about earlier.

Mm-mm-mm. There’s no need to apologize.

Listen, I know that you don’t think it’s possible that Sloan’s baby could be ours, but–

But you do. And I’m not gonna try and convince you otherwise.

You’re not?

[sighs] Today has been one of the longest days of my life. I’m sure you feel the same. But it’s still Thanksgiving, and we have a lot to be grateful for. I have a feeling things will look a lot different in the morning.

I hope so. I just feel so bad that I fell apart in front of Holly. I saw the look on her face, and she just– she looked so worried. Where did she go? Do you know?

Holly, this is a nice surprise. Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Is something wrong? Is your mom OK?

Actually, no. I was just with her and, Eric, she still believes your baby is hers, so that’s why I’m here. I had an idea. I thought–I don’t know. I thought maybe it will help put her mind at ease.

OK, OK, what is it?


I was wondering if you’d be willing to get a DNA test done on your baby.


Don’t worry. Look, I know the kid isn’t hers. He isn’t my brother, but I thought maybe if we could just prove it to her, then she’ll have to let this go. God, I know it’ll be hard for her to face the truth, but at least this way, she’ll know for sure that the baby isn’t hers.

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I think everything is gonna be okay. I mean, you know, probably. I mean, yuri said he could fix this, right? Well, I hope so. I mean, these are not good people to make angry. Well, it’s not my fault. I just spoke my mind, and now they’re threatening ziti, and if we don’t figure out this misunderstanding, they’re gonna kill him. Okay. Alright. No one kills ziti. I’ll handle. Follow my lead. Hi. I’m so sorry I’m late. Is james ready to go? Oh, don’t worry about it, mom. Cody came and picked him up. He did? Yeah, and he’s gonna drop him off, so you don’t have to go to the quartermaines’. Well, that’s very thoughtful. Isn’t it? Mm-hmm. Even though it’s not as big of a drive as it would have been from our old place. Yeah. Well… this house is definitely a better fit for you and the kids all the way around. Mm. More new furniture? Don’t even get me started. Bad purchase? Oh, the worst. Just another tragic example of me trying to save money that ended up costing me more. What do you mean? Okay, so I needed to buy georgie a desk, and it’s 20% off if they ship it to you unassembled, so I figured I could put it together myself. Oh, I know where this is going. I tried, mom, I really did, but the only person who could put this thing together is a professional carpenter. I wanted to send it back, but it was on sale. So it’s probably not returnable. Just another good example of a stupid financial decision I’ve made. Hi, I’m alexis davis. I was here earlier. Yes, of course. You were having lunch with mayor collins. Right. I can’t find my phone. I’m hoping I left it here. Actually, you’re in luck. One was turned in to the bar. Oh! You can ask them about it. Thank you, thank you! Appreciate it. Thank you.

[ Sirens wailing in distance ]

[ Knocking ] Hey, thank you for coming on such short notice. Of course. It sounded urgent. Uh, what can I do for you?

[ Sighs ] I understand that my father and alexis told you that I was being sued for malpractice. They did. I mean, just the broad outlines, mind you, but I think I got a basic understanding of the case. Okay. On their recommendation… I’d like you to represent me. Yeah, well, uh, I thought that’s what this might be about. Will you take the case? Well, uh… before I agree, I need to be fully transparent. This case —

your case — gonna be a tough one to win. Uh-huh. Okay, well, I — I appreciate your honesty, and, uh, I’d like to be honest with you right now. I… I think I might’ve just made things worse. You know, your truck drives really well. Yeah, I can tell how much you enjoy driving it by how fast you took that last turn. Alright. You can unclench your jaw now. I got us here safe and sound, didn’t I? And don’t worry. I will take good care of your baby while I’m borrowing it. Okay, just remember — parking sticker goes on after the truck is detailed. Okay. Deal’s a deal. I’m getting your truck detailed, and you’re gonna come by the house so you can say goodbye to grandma gloria after you break this big case that you’re working on. Detective. Dante falconeri. We spoke earlier. Good to meet you in person, detective. Likewise. I’m requesting interdepartmental cooperation to investigate the murder of austin gatlin-holt. Okay. What do you need? I need to know that you don’t have a conflict of interest, detective. Two months ago, you shot the victim’s cousin — in my jurisdiction. Sonny, hi. Yeah. You made it here quickly. Well, it sounded urgent. Something tells me I’m about to get some bad news. Depends. On what? On your perspective. Some people might consider it good news. Austin gatlin-holt is dead. Dede clark, the attorney representing general hospital on the malpractice suit… she came here earlier today to interview me. Alright. Okay, I’m gonna stop you right there. Alright, the first thing you got to understand is you and the hospital, you’re not on the same side of this thing. That’s why you have separate attorneys. I’m learning. You’re the 10th person who’s told me that this week. Good. Because there’s a process here. It’s a strategy. See, the hospital’s got the deep pockets, not you. That’s why the hospital’s the one that the muldoon family wants to win the judgment against. But to do that, they got to prove that not only were you negligent, but that the hospital allowed and/or contributed to that negligence themselves. I understand. Yeah. I hope so, doc, ’cause at this point, general hospital’s first and probably their only defense is that you and you alone are responsible for the malpractice that led to mr. Muldoon’s death. Thank you so much. Can I get a club soda, please? Thanks. Claire: Well, this was a good start. I’m sorry that none of the surrogates you and tj originally interviewed are currently available, but I hope you’ll agree there are several other amazing candidates in here. This is great. Thank you. It’s encouraging to know how many options are waiting for us. Tj and I will discuss them all and get back to you. Take your time. It’s a big decision. When you’re ready, we’ll be here. Thank you. May I join you? I don’t understand. Why do you owe so much money? Because I’ve rung up a lot of credit card debt. Like, a lot. Well, how’d that happen? Well, in the beginning,

deception was doing great, and I was able to pay off every balance, every month on every card no problem. And then the lawsuit happened, and the deceptor was taken off the market. I could only afford the minimum payments. Oh, maxie, that’s how they get you. Mom, I know, but I didn’t have a choice. And I thought all of this would get resolved a lot faster, so I was just making the minimum payments, and I was still having to charge things every month. And now we’re living in this bigger, more expensive place. But the kids love it, so I can’t bring myself to regret it. I just feel like I’ve dug myself into a hole I’m not going to be able to get out of. So, you both know the plan? Yes. Yeah. Oh, no. That’s never a good question to walk in on. What plan? What’s — what’s going on? Your grandma’s in trouble. What? What kind of trouble? I-it’s just a misunderstanding. Hmm, she had a major difference of opinion with a woman who has close ties to the russian mob. Oh, my god. Grandma, what were you thinking?! We have to call uncle sonny.

[ Exhales sharply ] How certain are you that austin…? Very certain. How did he die? Maybe you should tell me. What are you implying? How the hell would I know? Well, you would know if you were there. I didn’t even know he was dead until you told me just now! You listen to me. If you killed austin, you need to tell me now. You had reason to suspect there was a kidnap victim being held in pautuck. We should have been your first call. Well, I didn’t have reason to suspect anything. I acted on a civilian tip. By the time I got there, the perp was about to throw another man down a cliff, so I didn’t have time to call anyone. You’ve been cleared by your department. I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with some defense attorney claiming that you had a conflict of interest and getting any evidence you uncover suppressed. Okay. So you want me to recuse myself? Not at this time. That may change once we get a suspect and start building a case. In the meantime, I need your help questioning the victim’s associates here in port charles.

[ Knocking ] Oh, detective chase. Good timing. This is detective briscoe from the pautuck pd where austin’s body was found. Nice to meet you. Welcome to port charles. Let me fill you in on what we have so far. Now, the property is rural. House is visible from the road. The neighbors saw the front door was wide open, so they went to investigate. They saw the body and immediately called us. Do you have an estimated time of death? A preliminary report is 24 to 48 hours prior to thanksgiving. How did he die? It’s pretty brutal. Two shots to the chest, close range. I told you, I didn’t kill austin. Why would I? I had no reason. We both know that’s not true. Oh, okay. Then you tell me. Why would I get rid of him? Austin played you, strung you along, pretended to be in love with you, lied to you, all the while… taking orders from cyrus. Yeah. Right. Right. He was working for cyrus. And wouldn’t that make it much more likely that cyrus killed him? Why don’t you go and question him? I don’t give a damn about cyrus. You’re the mother of my child. You’re no good to avery in prison. So if you killed austin, you’ve got to let me know, because the police have his body… …and every second we waste makes it harder for me to cover your tracks. I was just telling falconeri that I need help putting together a list of the victim’s known associates. Well, austin’s cousin mason is currently in the hospital, gh, uh, but he’s also been arrested for attempted murder and kidnapping. As soon as he’s well enough, he’s gonna be transferred to pentonville. He’s injured and handcuffed to the bed, and there’s a guard outside his door. It seems unlikely he’d be able to sneak out and murder his cousin, but I’d like confirmation of mason gatlin’s whereabouts the night in question, just in case. No sonny. We’ll handle. Problem…go away. Are you sure about that?

[ Doorbell rings ] Mr. Petrov is here. How do you know? Just stick to the plan. Alright.

[ Mouthing silently ]

[ Clears throat ]

[ Both speaking in russian ] Please. Mr. Petrov, this is brook lynn quartermaine and lois and gloria cerullo. Good women. Hello. Hi. Petrov: You! You are the crass loudmouth who upset my petra. You think — oh! Unh-unh. Didn’t expect to see you today. I was here having lunch earlier with laura. I left my phone here. I came back to retrieve it, and it looked like you were having an intense conversation. I was. I also noticed that when you saw me, you shut that folder really quickly, so I’m assuming that whatever it is, you’d like to keep it private. I just want you to know… that I love you and I’m here for you… and if you need to talk about anything… I do, actually. I’ve started looking for a new surrogate. It’s kind of absurd. There was no negligence! Not by me, not by the hospital. Mr. Muldoon had a tapeworm, and that’s what the test showed. The only way to know that he had cancer was if he did follow-up tests, and mr. Muldoon refused to do that. Okay. Doc, listen to me, alright? It’s one thing to be upset, but you never,

ever tell a grieving family — people who have lost a husband or a father — that their need for redress is absurd. The jury would hate you. That’S… that’s not what I meant. Okay? The last thing I want to do is downplay their pain. I mean, I grieved for this man when he died, but the gh lawyer implied that I should have been able to tell immediately that muldoon had cancer in addition to the tapeworm.

[ Knocking ] Good. You’re still here. And I’m assuming this is your lawyer. Martin grey. Dede clark. As long as you’re here, mr. Grey, I still have a few more questions for your client. Please, let’s all take a seat. Okay. Thank you for coming. I am sure that there is way we can handle this, uh… misunderstanding. I come here only because my beloved nephew used to take trombone lessons from you and he plays beautifully. Oh, that is so generous of you, uh, mr. Petrov. Um… I know my mother is very sorry for upsetting your wife. She’s very passionate about bingo, but she knows she went a little overboard. Overboard? All I asked her to do was lower her voice. What gloria means is that she apologizes. Why should I apologize? I’ve done nothing wrong.

[ Growls ] A wasted trip. I am leaving. No, no, no, you — you can’t go. Okay, well, what’s done is done. You have a lot of debt to pay off. What about deception? I mean, now that the lawsuit has been settled and the deceptor is a big success, won’t you be bringing a lot of money in from that? Eventually, yeah. But during the lawsuit,

deception went into debt, too. I mean, it’ll be months, maybe even years, before we’re not operating at a deficit and I’ll be making what I was. Well, you’ll get back there. I think so. But in the meantime, my kids are growing, getting older… and more expensive. It’s not their fault, obviously, but now we have after-school clubs and sports and tutors and braces soon. That’s not even mentioning the stuff that I need. Like what? Anything. Everything. Come on, mom, you know I’ve never been good at sticking to a budget or being frugal. And now it’s coming back to bite me in a big way. I think I’m in over my head, and… I don’t know what to do. I do apologize, ms. Clark, but we’re gonna have to decline your offer. My client won’t be answering any other questions until the deposition. Well, that is his right. But before dr. Finn puts anything on the record, we need to be crystal clear about what led to mr. Muldoon’s death. I tell you what, why don’t we save the obfuscation for the courtroom? We’re all well aware that it’s your job to shield the hospital from liability, try to place it solely on my client. That’s a bold accusation. Not at all. I’m just…politely suggesting you change your tactic, because if general hospital hired you to stab the good doctor here in the back… I can and will shift all the blame right back onto general hospital. Appreciate the info you’ve both given me. I’ll copy you on the coroner’s report when it’s in. That’s great. We’ll get that list of close contacts and associates of austin’s to you. Oh, that reminds me. I understand that the victim had family besides mason in port charles. Austin’s father, jimmy lee holt, was the illegitimate son of the late edward quartermaine. I’m familiar with the name. Quartermaines are a very influential family. People of their stature may not be happy with an illegitimate grandson showing up. How’d they feel about the victim? As far as I know, they didn’t associate with him much. And who did austin associate with? Who was he close to? The kidnapping victim, ava jerome. While I appreciate your willingness to cover up a murder you think I committed, I had nothing to do with austin’s death. I still don’t even know how the man died. His body was found by a neighbor in a house in pautuck… …shot twice at close range.

[ Exhales sharply ] Poor austin. That’s terrible. What was he doing in pautuck? He always told me that he — he was so happy to leave that place behind. I don’t know why he’d ever go back. Maybe the killer… lured him there. My mom’s alzheimer’s never changed how much we love hyou cannot leave yet. I still want to hear about how well your nephew plays the trombone. Why? Because I am a music manager, and one of my artists is about to go on tour, and we are putting together a brass section of talented musicians. We still need a trombonist. Who is this artist? Luke west and the stack seven.

[ Chuckles ] You do not say! I love luke west and the stacked seven. They’re very talented, yes?

[ Chuckles ] Yeah! They’re amazing. And I can guarantee your nephew a spot on tour if you could just find it in your heart to let go of this whole misunderstanding. It is no misunderstanding. But my nephew is the most important. He will make you cry with his beautiful music. Fine. No more bingo for her, and we forget this ever happened. Thank you so much! Is good, yeah? Very good! So, ma, what do you say? I’m impressed with this agency. They seem to know what they’re doing. I mean, all of these women look like they’d be really good candidates for your surrogate. I agree. It was a very positive meeting. But you’re still worried. Is it that obvious? Honey, it’s not that obvious to other people, but to me, I’m your mother. It’s my job to notice these things. You have been through a lot, and I really respect your resolve to keep fighting for what you want. And I know that — that tj and you will vet these women and you’ll find the perfect surrogate for you. That’s the problem. Tj has no idea that I’m doing this. No, mom. Absolutely not! I’m not gonna take your money. Maxie, you need the money, and this is just a little something to tide you over for now. Now, after I leave, I want you to go through all of your accounts and add up all your debt. When you have that, mac and I are going to look at our retirement portfolio, and then we can see what we can liquidate to get you the rest of the money. That’s really generous of you, but what part of “absolutely not” do you not understand? I’m not taking no for an answer. You need the money, and I’m not going to give you a choice. Mom, I am a grown woman. I got myself into this. It is my responsibility to get myself out. Not at 25% interest you can’T. Pautuck is a small town. A lot of farms, isolated homes. What are you getting at? Well, if somebody wanted to take out austin, that would be the place to do it. Much less risk of a witness seeing anything happen there than port charles, and even more private than… spoon island. I already told you I didn’t kill him. I’m not the one you need to worry about, ava. How — how are you gonna convince the cops that you’re innocent? What? Will i need to convince the cops? I mean, there won’t be any evidence that I did it ’cause I didn’t do it! Really? You and austin were associates. A lot of people saw you together. It’s not a stretch… that you guys could be lovers. How many times did you visit him in the hospital? People don’t forget that. What about the gallery? How many times did you —

[ Exhales sharply ] What? Why’d you do that? What happened at the gallery? I didn’t — well, I didn’t kill him there, if that’s what you’re implying. But austin did come to see me at the gallery. It was, um… a couple of days before thanksgiving. And that’s the last time I saw him, and he was very much alive. I, uh, need to speak with the patient. Oh, no, no. Get out! Go! Come on. What are you yelling about? What do you think?! You’re the cop who shot me! And for no good reason. No good reason? You tried to kill two people. Not how I remember it. Oh. Anyway, I don’t think I want to be alone with you. You might try to hurt me again. Help! Police brutality! Alright. You know, I don’t know if I want to be alone with you either, so can you two come in here, please, and be witnesses? Just, uh, stand over there. That’d be great. Hmm. Wanted to inform you that your cousin austin gatlin-holt… he’s been murdered. I think we’re losing sightof the bigger picture here. The goal is to fight the muldoons, not each other. Good! Then I’m sure you’ll agree there’s only one possible position for the hospital to take — the truth. That dr. Finn treated his patient in good faith and in accordance with all correct professional and medical standards. Well, I can’t — no, no. Let me finish. And that the hospital also complied with those same standards. Now, mr. Muldoon’s death was a tragedy, but an unforeseen one, one that couldn’t have been prevented by either dr. Finn

or the hospital. Well, I’m not at liberty to reveal the hospital’s position… …but i can say I’m looking forward to getting all my questions answered… when dr. Finn sits for his deposition. I can’t wait. Really. I’ll see you gentlemen there. Ma’am.

[ Exhales sharply ] Now I know why alexis speaks so highly of you. Uh, thank you for that. No, no, no, no, no, no. No, you don’T. It’s way too soon to start thanking me yet. You, sir, are in a pickle. Austin’s dead. How? Took two to the chest, close range. Whoever did it wanted to make sure. When did this happen? Just before thanksgiving in pautuck. You, um, got any suspects? Actually, that’s what I’m here to talk to you about. Do you know of anyone that wanted to kill your cousin? Oh, I don’t know everybody he was associated with. Yeah, but you knew most of them. You guys spent a lot of time together. Maybe you have information that’s important and you just don’t know what it is. Oh. And you want me to tell you? That’s up to you. You give me info that can help us catch and convict austin’s killer, that — that works out well for you. Really? And how so? You’re looking at spending a lot of time in prison, man. You want to make a deal or no? I don’t like to be told where and when I can bingo.

[ Chuckles nervously ] But — but you will stay clear of mrs. Petrov and st. Nicholas church, and then you can play anywhere, anytime, okay? Fine. I will never step foot in that place again. Not even for a funeral. Great! Thanks, ma. So, uh… we are good now? Yes, is good. Now you call luke west for nephew. Consider it done. Great. Well, all’s well that ends well. I’ll show you out. Yeah.

[ Gasps ] That was amazing! How did you know how to handle him? Well, music industry execs and russian mobsters, not so different, really. Oh! Oh, my baby!

[ Chuckles ] Oh! Tj wants to wait before looking for a new surrogate. He just isn’t ready to try again. He’s worried we’re just setting ourselves up for more heartbreak. How do you feel? I mean, I was devastated by the loss of our baby, too. I know you were, honey. And it’s not like I can’t see tj’s point. The thought of going through that again scares me, too. But? But… then I ran into dr. Navarro, and when I told her about the miscarriage, she was sympathetic, but she also made me feel hopeful. She said that there’s always a chance of miscarriage, but that surrogacy actually has quite a high success rate and that there are tons of good, loving people out there who longed to be parents and wouldn’t have the children they have today if it weren’t for surrogacy. It’s a wonderful, selfless thing to do. It is. It’s an amazing gift we’d be getting from our surrogate. And since the matching professional had already agreed to meet, I just decided the least I could do was speak with her again. Without telling tj. There are plenty of bingo places in brooklyn, ma, and if you ever find yourself within three blocks of st. Nicholas church, I want you to think of ziti and turn the other way.

[ Doorbell rings ] I’ll get it. Look at you, right on time. I try. Do I even want to know who that sketchy guy I just saw leaving was? Delivery guy.

[ Mouthing silently ] Mrs. Cerullo. Gloria. I thought we settled that. Gloria. Yeah. I just wanted to stop by and tell you what a pleasure it was to meet you. Oh! Thank you, but the pleasure was all mine. And you know, now that I have you here, there’s a few things I’d like to say to you about my granddaughter.

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into your laundry. U know, chase, you seem likea very nice young man. Thank you. Yes. You know, I raised four sons. And from experience, I have learned that… a lot of young men find a nice young woman and they think that she’s gonna wait for them forever. But sometimes that is not the case. You know, that is something to think about. Grandma, oh, gosh, do I love you. I wish you could stay longer, but I know you have to get back. Uh, uh, yeah, ma. Ma, come on. Brook lynn is — is right. Y-you better hurry or you’re gonna miss your bus. Yeah, and I got a bingo tournament to get to!

[ Chuckles nervously ] Ma… kidding, kidding… kidding. Here. Uh, allow me. Please. Oh, thank god, yuri. You’re here. My grandma’s ready to go, and, um, you’re gonna drive her to the bus station and wait with her until she gets on to the bus. I would never leave ms. Gloria until I know she is safely on her way home. Great. Oh, grandma, it was so great seeing you. Have a safe trip back. I love you. I will, I will, I will. I love you, mom. I’ll see you soon. Goodbye, baby. Yes. Goodbye. Pleasure to meet you. I have to plan my trip back, so I have one question for you, brook lynn. When are you and chase getting married?

[ Clears throat ] I know how horrible you feel about this, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of. It happens to a lot of people. Credit card debt is everywhere, and it’s insidious. The balance just keeps sneaking up on you. Yeah, it multiplies really fast. So stop it now before the matter gets any worse. Mom, no. That money is for you two. I can’t use it. Do you know how many times mac told me to put the max amount in my 401(k) every month? You guys did that and saved a lot so you could travel and enjoy yourselves. So, we can do both. Mac and I can do all those things that we planned

and we can help you now. Really? Yes! It’ll help you. Y-you’ll be able to pay off your credit card debt and stop your interest from compounding. And when deception starts making money again, you know, we could work out some kind of payment plan for you. I think we should take some time and think about if this is really the best solution, ’cause I don’t want to bail myself out at the expense of you and mac. I only took the meeting because I wanted to see if there were more eligible surrogate candidates available. I never expected there to be so many. Which makes it even harder. Because now I can see a path forward. Andrea wasn’t our only option. There might even be a better one out there for us. I’m just not sure I can convince tj. Sweetie, you know that I only want what’s best for you, right? I know. But just being able to talk to you about it helps. That’s what I’m here for. Honey… you really need to talk to tj about this. And if you want to go forward with the surrogate and have this baby, it has to be something that you both want. Since you are legally required to take part in this deposition, I need to prep you carefully beforehand. Of course.

[ Exhales sharply ] It’s vitally important that no matter what they ask you, you limit your answer solely to that question. I don’t want you expanding your answers to try to defend yourself, or offering up extra information might implicate you somehow. I’ll do what you ask. Clearly, you’re the expert here. If your deposition makes you look vulnerable in any way, it’s possible the hospital might try and offer the muldoon family a separate settlement. In other words, if they can buy their way out of trouble at a discount, they won’t hesitate to throw you under the bus. So…any idea who might have killed austin? Ava jerome. Ava? Really? Why her? Because they were involved in, um… not too legal activities… sleeping together. And, um… and you know my cousin was high strung and he had a big mouth. Austin never met a secret that he could keep. Maybe he said the wrong thing to the wrong somebody… …and ava had to shut him up permanently. Yeah. So I guess we’re done here, then. You tell them I helped you, okay? Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’ll get right on that. Hey, uh, forgot to mention. I just got word you’re being transferred to pentonville… tonight. You have a safe trip. Are you telling me nothing happened last time you saw austin at your gallery? Well…n– you’re hiding — not exactly nothing. You’re hiding something. Tell me what happened! I was angry with him. I was livid, actually, for leaving me to die at the hands of his demented cousin. That was his fault… and we fought about it. Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. Austin kept making excuses and giving me all of these reasons that he wasn’t responsible, but I wasn’t having it because, like you said… he was playing me all along. You know, the whole time… he probably knew that nikolas wasn’t really dead… and he was just using that to manipulate me, to get me to do what he wanted. You know what that sounds like to me? A motive for murder. Austin had no reason to keep that secret for you. How do you know that he didn’t go tell somebody just to get something out of it? I guess I don’T. Yeah, that’s right. You don’T. For all you know, he could have told everybody, including the cops. So whether you killed austin or not… …you could wind up as the prime suspect.

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B&B Transcript Wednesday, November 29, 2023

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[ Relaxing music ]

Brooke: You’re a good son.

Ridge: A good son that can’t help his father.

Steffy: You talking about granddad?

Brooke: Talking about how difficult it is.

Steffy: Oh, I wish he’d let us be there for him.

Ridge: Well, it’s his choice. Doesn’t want anyone to pity him.

Brooke: He doesn’t want us to worry.

Steffy: So, we’re supposed to just act like everything’s normal?

Ridge it’s not normal. I saw his hand shaking earlier. Pretended like I didn’t see it.

Steffy: God. Well, at least he’s back at work. Now, we can see him.

Ridge: Yeah, I’m happy about that.

Steffy: I’m still not used to seeing you in the design office.

Ridge: Not my desk anymore. That’s part of the deal.

Steffy: You did the right thing, letting granddad believe that he won the fashion challenge and giving up your office.

Eric: So, any time that you slant the hemline on something like this, it needs to be very, very subtle.

Rj: Yeah.

Eric: It makes all the difference in the world.

Rj: No, it– it definitely does. I definitely wouldn’t have, uh, I wouldn’t have thought of doing it. I really like the way that it makes the edges straight.

Eric: Yeah, it does. It gives the fabric some weight. It– it grounds the dress. It’s really good.

Donna: Mm, signature eric forrester.

Eric: Yes, it is, yeah. She knows all my secret weapons.

[ Rj and donna chuckling ] And now, you do too.

Rj: I’ve learned so much from you, granddad.

Eric: And me from you. I mean, this is just a very adventurous neckline.

Rj: Oh, come on. The– the neckline needs work. Honestly. That’s what it needs.

Eric: No, it doesn’T. It’s perfect. Well, we can work on it a little bit more if you want, but it’s gonna come out just fine. Don’t worry.

Donna: Between the two of you, I have no doubt it will turn out beautifully.

[ Eric chuckling ]

Eric: What I’d like to do is to get a little more adventurous with the, uh, with the color. Maybe, um, a red, uh, a fire– fire engine red. Um…

Rj: Hey, are you okay?

Eric: Yeah, I– I think so. Uh… be good.

Donna: Eric, you’re pale. You need to sit down.

Rj: Hey, hey, hold on, hold on.

Brooke: It’s really selfless of you, allowing eric to believe that he beat you in the fashion challenge.

Ridge: He was so invested. He spent hours finishing those pieces.

Steffy: So did you, which makes it even more heartwarming.

Ridge: Well, that’s the least I could do.

Brooke: Thinking that he won this challenge, it’s– it’s meant a lot to eric.

Ridge: Yeah, I know. He’s thrilled. Now, he’s rubbing it in my face.

Steffy: He couldn’t be more proud of himself.

Ridge: Why shouldn’t he? It’s quite a collection.

Brooke: And it’s really made him happy.

Ridge: I– there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for this guy. Nothing. After everything he’s done for me all my life, and now, I’m just… sitting there talking to doctors and specialists, and… all I hear is “nothing more we can do.”

Rj: Whoa, whoa, whoa. I got you. I got you.

Donna: Let’s get you… sit down. Sit down.

Eric: Okay. I’m okay.

Rj: Let’s just get to the chairs.

Eric: Yeah, I’m all right. I just had a senior moment.

Donna: Okay. Just sit down, eric. Come on. You almost passed out.

Eric: I’m fine.

Donna: Please.

Eric: Fine.

Donna: Take a sip.

Eric: Thank you. Thanks. Who are you calling?

Donna: Your doctor. He gave me his cell phone.

Eric: No, don’t do that, donna. Don’t call the doctor.

Donna: Okay, stop. You’re not talking me out of this.

Rj: No. Let’s just hold on a second, hold on a second. Do you want some more water? Can I get you some more water?

Eric: No, I’m okay. I’m all right. Don’t worry about me, all right? I’m feeling better already. Look.

Rj: No, you haven’t been feeling well for a long time, granddad.

Donna: This is donna logan.

Rj: Maybe…

Donna: I need to speak with dr. Colby regarding–

Rj: You need to rest and maybe working on this collection isn’t good for you.

Donna: It’s urgent.

Ridge: Dad and I would always work together whenever we could, you know. And then, he started wanting to do his own line. I just didn’t pick up on it.

Brooke: I just thought he needed to prove himself like he’s still got it.

Ridge: Yeah. I thought the same thing, so I indulged him. You know why? Because I wanted to win. Because I wanted to beat the best.

Steffy: And you did.

Ridge: Yeah. What a waste of time, huh? This whole competition was just time wasted with him. I was such a jerk.

Steffy: You and granddad always had fun teasing each other, and it always came from a place of love.

Ridge: You think this came from a place of love? No. I wanted him out. I wanted him to retire so I could take over ’cause I didn’t know he was suffering ’cause no one told me.

Brooke: You understand why.

Ridge: I do. I– this is not about rj, and I know he has a lot on his plate. I understand.

Steffy: Yeah, definitely. And thomas and I are really grateful that you opened up to us. I mean, yeah, it’s still a shock. Grandad seems so vital and alive.

Ridge: He is, he– everything we have, everything we are is because of him.

Brooke: It’s true. Everything he’s done for all of us. His love and his support and his encouragement. And everything he’s done here, what he’s built at forrester creations.

Ridge: A patriarch.

Steffy: He’s always been a sanctuary for me. When I couldn’t talk to you or mom about something, I– I knew I could go to him. And he’d give me just wonderful advice and guidance and not just for me, but for everyone. I don’t want to even think about him not being here. I can’t imagine him being gone.

Donna: Okay. Well, um, dr. Colby is gonna swing by and check on you, and, um, thankfully he was really close.

Eric: Look, it was just a dizzy spell, that’s all it was. You didn’t have to call the doctor.

Rj: No, we need to get you checked out. That’s– it’s a good idea.

Eric: Yeah. Well, it’s just gonna be the same diagnosis as it was before, right? And this– this– this senior moment of mine was just a blip on that same diagnostic radar. It’s the same thing.

Rj: Granddad. Granddad. We love you. Okay? We both love you. We wanna make sure that you’re not in any danger. Okay? We– we’re– this collection? We– we’re gonna have time to finish this. Okay? And we’re going to.

Eric: Good. I like that attitude, all right?

Rj: Yeah.

Eric: Let’s do some work. We can get some work done before the doctor gets here. Come on.

Rj: No, no.

Donna: Oh, no, no, no, no. You– you need to rest right now, eric.

[ Eric coughing ]

Donna: Oh…

Rj: What if we took you back to the house? Would you be okay with that? What if– what if we started working on–

Eric: Oh, no, that’s the worst idea and you’ll put me between– convince me to lay down on the bed and just sit there and wait to die. No, no, I’m not gonna do that. That’s not what I’m gonna do.

Donna: That– that– that’s not what we’re saying, eric. Okay? We’re not saying that. We just think that maybe this is depleting your energy.

Eric: No, this– this is what energizes me, donna. You know that. Being here at this desk. Designing, working, surrounded by my family and– and teaching my grandson. And– and– and loving you. This. And this is what I’m gonna do until I die, this. This is what I want.

[ Eric coughing ]

Donna: Oh, dr. Colby. Thank you so much for coming.

Colby: Eric, how are you doing? I see the coughing’s intensified.

Eric: I’m fine. I’m fine.

Donna: No, he– he’s not fine. He almost passed out and he’s– he’s coughing up blood again. I mean, I know eric doesn’t want to hear this, but his– his condition is getting worse. His symptoms are increasing, and– and they’re more frequent. Please, doctor, please. Tell me that there’s– there’s something you can do to help eric.

[ Eric coughing ]

Colby: One more deep breath in.

[ Eric inhaling deeply ] Tell me more about what happened today.

Donna: Uh, eric– eric was just standing there. He– he– he and rj were working and suddenly he just got disoriented.

Eric: It wasn’t a big deal. I just got lightheaded, that’s all.

Rj: It was a very big deal, dr. Colby. He was standing right here and he almost fell.

Donna: Yeah. And thankfully, rj was there to catch him or he would have hit the ground.

Colby: Has this been happening regularly?

Eric: No. What, the dizziness?

Colby: Yes.

Eric: No, no, it hasn’T. It’s just– just once in a while. Not– not very often at all. Look, I– just probably low blood sugar. I didn’t, uh, eat hardly anything today.

Colby: Okay. With your condition, nearly losing consciousness is an indication of a more serious issue.

Donna: He– he’s been so focused on this collection. I don’t– I don’t think he’s been taking care of himself as much as he should be. Eric, you need to eat and— and you’re not getting enough sleep.

Rj: Yeah. We keep telling him that he needs to get more sleep.

Eric: All right, you’re both right. You’re both right. I’ll, uh, I’ll have a great big lunch tomorrow.

Colby: Okay. To be perfectly frank, I think you need to go to the hospital.

Eric: Yeah. What today?

Colby: Yes.

Eric: No, I can’t go. It’s right in the middle of the workday. I’m not gonna go to the hospital.

Colby: Eric, your blood pressure is low. Okay? Your lungs are inflamed. The hospital can do a chest x-ray, run more tests so that we know better about what stage we’re at.

Eric: A test to what? A test to tell me what I already know? That my body’s failing me? We know that already, doctor. No, thank you.

Rj: Granddad, you need to listen to dr. Colby. He’s an expert.

Eric: I know.

Donna: Maybe– maybe if you go to the hospital, they’ll– they’ll make you feel more comfortable.

Eric: Oh, they have pills for that. They’re gonna have pills that make me feel better. They have lots of pills for that. You have a– a pill to make me better so that I can– I can live? So I can keep living? Do you have that pill? No, I didn’t think so. Look, I don’t want to go to the hospital. I’m gonna stay here. I’m gonna do what I want. I’m gonna live my life. I’m gonna squeeze the life out of every moment I have left. And I’m gonna live it for myself, right? I’m gonna live ’til I die.

Steffy: Granddad is at the end of his life and we have to pretend that we have no idea.

Brooke: Right. Nobody is supposed to know.

Ridge: But we do know.

Brooke: Yes, we do know. And it’s taken a terrible toll on rj too. I’m worried about that. Just happy he’s been able to lean on luna.

Steffy: Yeah, it has helped out granddad.

Ridge: Why can’t we just go over there and shake him and say, “hey, dad, we know what’s going on. “We’re here to help you.”

Steffy: I hear you, and I want to do that too.

Brooke: We can’T. We can’t say anything. It’s critical that we don’t upset him.

Steffy: [ Sighing ] Fine. I mean, if he’s here and he’s creating and it gives him peace, maybe it’ll prolong his life.

Ridge: Give him something to hold on to.

Brooke: He does love designing, that’s for sure. Just hope he doesn’t overdo it.

[ Steffy sighing ]

Ridge: Come here.

Brooke: You know how we’re talking about eric this way. You know, our eric. Our sweet, sweet eric.

Ridge: It’s all right.

Rj: Hey, you’re– you’re here. Um…

Ridge: Whoa, whoa. Is it my dad? What’s going on?

Rj: Yes, the doctor was just with him in the ceo office.

Brooke: Did something happen?

Rj: He’s okay. It’s just– I think things have taken a little bit of a turn.

Steffy: What do you– what do you mean?

Rj: He– he has these dizzy spells sometimes, but this– this was different. I think– I think his condition is getting uh, getting worse.

Eric: That was some house call, you know. The house is one thing, but for him to come to the office. Come on.

Donna: Okay. And he urged you to go to the hospital. I really think you should listen to him.

Eric: Well, if I thought it was important, I would.

Donna: Eric, sweetheart. What if it was another tia?

Eric: Well, it’s nothing we haven’t dealt with before. Right, donna? And now that I’ve had these crackers, I’m back to my old self. I mean, really. Let’s– let’s go home. We can play some racquetball or some pickleball.

Donna: Stop. I’m really not in the mood to joke right now.

Eric: I’m not joking. I’m serious about it. We can play something. I’ve got plenty of juice.

Donna: It was really scary. Stop it. That was scary for me, please. I mean, you–

Eric: I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

Donna: You almost collapsed. You were– you were just standing there talking, and if rj hadn’t– hadn’t held you, you could have hit your head. Or maybe never woken up.

Eric: Or maybe died, you think? I would’ve died? Donna, it’s not my time. It’s not my time. Not yet. You’re not gonna get rid of me that easily.

Donna: Stop.

Eric: There you are. Beautiful smile. I love it when you laugh.

Eric: Okay, okay. Okay.

Donna: I’m sorry.

Eric: Whatever happens, you’re gonna be fine.

Ridge: What’s going on with dad?

Rj: I don’t know. It came on suddenly, whatever it was.

Steffy: You said he got dizzy.

Rj: Yes, he did. We were talking, he was really excited about the new design. Everything was really positive and then he– he couldn’t find a word, and then he just– his whole body went weak.

Brooke: Oh, my god.

Rj: I was scared he was gonna collapse.

Brooke: Did you call 911?

Rj: We called– donna wanted to call his doctor, so we called his doctor, and he came and examined him in the office.

Steffy: What did the doctor say?

Rj: He’s– he’s very worried about him. He’s been worried about him. He said that he shouldn’t be here working. He– he should be in a hospital.

Ridge: All right. So, is– is that where he is? Is that where he went?

Rj: Well, you know how stubborn granddad is.

Steffy: He refused to go.

Rj: Yeah. He said it was low blood sugar and he said it was no big deal.

Ridge: Oh, okay. Great.

Brooke: It’s more than that.

Rj: Yeah. It’s obvious his– his illness is progressing, and we– we– shouldn’t we do something?

Steffy: Well, granddad can’t be alone. Someone needs to be there with him.

Rj: He’s almost never alone. It’s always donna or me or katie are always with him. We have that covered.

Ridge: Why are we doing this? Why can’t we– we be open and honest with each other? We’re standing here, he’s over there. I just want to be with him and hold his hand and make sure that he’s all right. Share whatever pain he has, whatever– he must be so scared right now.

Brooke: Ridge.

Steffy: Hey, you are there for him, loving him every single day. You’re here, dad. It’s okay. It’s okay.

[ Ridge sighing ]

Donna: Do you know how much I love you, honey bear?

Eric: I do.

Donna: Yeah.

Eric: I also know how hard this has been for you. Thank you. You’ve been so strong for me. Until my last breath… thank you.

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So you want to give Everett a chance now?

Yeah, I do.

You suddenly seem so chill about him.

I mean, Steph, like I told you, I– I realize I’ve been– I’ve been critical of him, and I’ve made some unfair assumptions. And despite what you– what you clearly think, I can be chill. I’m chill. What? Why? Why are you looking at me like that?

Well, I’m obviously glad that you can be chill about Everett since I do work with him now, but it just– it feels like a . So I wonder what’s changed.

Hey, boss. I am just finishing up the response to Leo Stark’s murder charges. Do you want to take a look at it before I send it to the printer?

Actually, why don’t we put a pin in that for now?

Why? Are you having second thoughts about defending him? Because I assure you the readers are very caught up in this whole thing.

It’s not about Leo. It’s about you.

About me?

I’m sorry, Everett, but I have to let you go.

You’re firing me?

Yes, I am.

But why?

Again, I’m– I’m just not interested in selling you my half of the paper.

Yeah, no, no, no. You’ve made that very clear, which is–which is why you can keep your half, and I’ll give you my share of the profits. You get it all. That’s my offer.

Excuse me?

Yeah, I’ll be your silent partner. You reap all the rewards.

You can’t be serious.

I know when I say something like that, it makes me really sound like I’m in the %, but you know, honestly, I didn’t buy Gwen’s half for the money. I bought it to get rid of that pesky little problem named Everett.

Xander, answer me. I know for a fact that I’m doing a good job. You just told me that a few days ago. So what is this about? Why are you firing me?

Yeah, so Konstantin was able to catch up with the kidnapper and rescue my little girl. I mean, he–he put his life at risk to save her.

Sounds like he was in the right place at the right time.


Well, come on. Wasn’t it just a little bit too convenient?

What are you saying?

I mean, Sarah said that Konstantin was knocked out. He was on the floor when her baby was taken, that he had been attacked.

And not to mention my mom saw the kidnapper from behind. I mean, Konstantin couldn’t have faked that.


Unless what?

Unless he had an accomplice, a partner in crime.

But why? Why would he do that?

Well, maybe he’s like one of those firefighters who starts fires just so he can put them out and play the hero.

So you’re thinking that Konstantin arranged to have Sarah’s baby kidnapped?

Yeah, so he could come to the rescue. Listen, you know that I put him on notice the other day. I told him I had my eye on him, and I thought he was a liar. So maybe he figured if he saved your daughter, he could do no wrong in Maggie’s eyes ever again.

I hate watching you sucking up to poor little innocent Maggie who has no idea that you’re after her money. I just–I’m sick over it.

Oh, get off your high horse. You are doing the– the exact same thing! After all, we both know you’re only after Alex to get your hands on his inheritance.

[clears throat]


Everything OK here? Sounds like you two were going at it.

Um, Konstantin here was just saying–

That you’re only with me because you’re after my money. I heard. Now, why would he say that?

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

Mr. Meleounis here, whom I just met today officially, OK, for the record, has accused me of being a gold digger. Because I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but you are rich, and I’m not. And I have explained to him that we aren’t even in a relationship, but he seems to think that it’s highly suspicious that we are living and working together.

I see. So why is our relationship or lack thereof any of his damn business?

And that’s what I would like to know.

I–that’s kind of extreme, don’t you think? Konstantin faking a kidnapping because he’s worried that you’re on to him for lying about a tablecloth? Not to mention the risk if he was caught.

Yeah. But I got to tell you, this whole story just doesn’t sit right with me. I mean, think about it. The dude is a senior citizen, right? And from what you told me, the minute he volunteers to watch your little girl, he gets knocked out from behind.

Well, it could have been Maggie or Sarah. Thankfully, it wasn’t.

Sure, it could have been, but it wasn’t either one of them, was it? It was Konstantin. And then after being knocked out, this senior citizen leaps up, runs like the wind to chase down and locate this supposed kidnapper. Then he finds and subdues the kidnapper, retrieves the baby, but loses the perp. And in the process, he conveniently forgets what they look like. He can’t even remember one identifying feature.

Well, he had been knocked out.

Had he been?


And what was the motive, huh, for this mysterious kidnapper?

The–the police said that there was probably going to be a ransom demand.

But there wasn’t any evidence of that. As a matter of fact, basically there was no evidence at all. You said so yourself– no suspect, no prints, no sign of forced entry, nothing on the security footage. And yeah, I am inclined to be suspicious because I already think the guy’s bad news.

I think he’s charming,

Oh, Kayla, please.

Well, sorry, Steve, so do I. And look, I will admit, you know, when he first came here, and he was getting close with my mom, I felt like he was getting too close too quickly. He was giving her gifts and showering her with compliments. And so when she said that she was going to invite him to stay through Christmas, I told her to be careful. But now–

Wait, wait, wait. When did you tell her this? Do you remember?

Um, well, it was the day that Victoria was kidnapped.

OK. Well, do you think that Konstantin could have been hiding in the wings, listening in on your conversation?

Now he’s the Phantom of the Opera?

Well, I guess it’s possible.

OK. So when he rescued Victoria, did your feelings about him change? About him and your mom, about him staying for Christmas?

Well, yeah, of course. I mean I just told you how indebted to him I am.

OK. So if that was his grand plan, I’d say it worked like a charm.

You’re right. I–I feel a lot better about Everett and– and your history with him and you working with him. I just–I came to– came to my senses finally.

Just out of the blue, you came to your senses, and now you’re just fine with everything?

Yeah, I am. You know, and I just realized that, like, I’m not gonna waste all my time being suspicious and jealous. I can just do something about it.

Do something about it? Like what?

Are you dissatisfied with my work? Because you just told me a couple days ago how hiring me was the right decision. Circulation is up. Engagement is up.

I know what I said.

Then what changed your mind?

Look, Everett, you’re– you’re going to have an amazing severance package. I’ll write glowing references.

No, no, no, no. That’s not what I want. What I want from you is a straight answer. Why did you change your mind about keeping me on board as editor-in-chief? Xander, I relocated halfway across the country for this job; I uprooted my life. So I think I have a right to know why the hell you just fired me.

If you must know, well, I’m at a loss to explain it. It wasn’t my idea. It was my partner’s.

Answer me, Chad. What did you think you could do to get over your jealousy?

It’s just I– it doesn’t–I realize that it doesn’t matter to me whether Everett came to Salem thinking that you two were going to pick up where you guys left off. You know, maybe I misjudged the situation, and… maybe I was completely off base with what his intentions were.

Yes. Before the accident, I was going to propose.

Everett, I–

I know we were only starting to get serious, but it was maybe even a little too soon. But I–I knew in my heart that– that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you. I just felt the same way when I woke up from the coma. I told you that my first night in Salem.

I remember. Everett, did you have the ring with you that night?

Yes, I did. But then, you know, you told me you were with Chad, and that– that changed things, obviously.

Chad, you weren’t wrong. I–I do think that Everett had hoped that there would be a chance for us.

I see.

But I promise that he knows now that there’s not, because I’ve moved on with you. What are you thinking?

Just that things have been, um, rocky between us lately, and I was worried that Everett would– would… take an opportunity because of that. But I know that I can’t– I can’t–I can’t blame people for my mistakes, and–and which is why I had to do something about it. I need to take responsibility for my actions. It’s that I– I want us to– I want to–I want to fix– I want to fix this. I want to–I want to– I want to fix what’s going on with us. I do want us to get back to living that wonderful life that we had before. If that’s what you want too.

Your partner? But I thought Miss Rizczech left town, that she was no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the paper.

Well, she isn’t. I didn’t think Gwen even still read the paper, but apparently she does. And when she saw that editorial you did lionizing Leo Stark, well, I mean, she and Leo were best of friends once upon a time, but his most recent betrayal is still very raw for her. Therefore, your piece really upset her. Therefore, she called me, demanding that I let you go.

And therefore you had to give in to that demand?

Well, look, my history with Gwen is complicated, and this whole partner situation is tenuous at best.

Right. Well, I was just finishing up another piece defending Leo Stark. So am I safe to assume–

You are. Yes, it will never see the light of day. Look, I really am terribly sorry, Everett, about everything.

I don’t believe you.

Look, I–I hear what you’re saying, but I do genuinely like the guy, and he has made my mom so happy. And I know that you’re skeptical, but if he really did save my little girl, then I am obviously beyond grateful to him.

Which is exactly what he was counting on. Sarah, I don’t mean to scare you, but your mother is a grieving widow. She recently inherited a fortune, which makes her vulnerable to predators. And if Konstantin has money problems back in Greece, and if he’s willing to do something as brazen as staging a kidnapping in your home–

Well, if that’s what happened.

If that’s what happened. But I got to tell you, my concern has kicked up to a whole new level.

Well, if he did fake this kidnapping and he had a partner in crime, I mean, who the hell is it?

I don’t know, but I intend to find out.

Forgive me if I overstepped, but I heard this woman came to Salem recently and immediately moved in on and in with Alexander here, and I was– since it coincided with this sudden windfall, I was concerned and– for her motives.

Well, you don’t need to be. For one thing, Theresa and I started spending time together before any of us had a clue that I was Victor’s son.

Is that right?

Yes, it is. And in the interest of full disclosure, yes, maybe I… would have chased a guy for his money, have chased a guy for his money in the past. But it’s not something I would do now because I have too much self-respect.

She’s come a long way since then, and I’m very proud of her.

[sighs] Well, thank you, Maggie. And you know what? Look at Alex. Who wouldn’t want him just the way he is?

Well, I’m sure Maggie would quibble with you about just the way I am, but–

Listen, why don’t we just drop all of this and enjoy our tea?

That sounds like a great idea.

First, I must apologize to all three of you. I spoke up out of concern for–for Victor’s family. And I know that I have hurt you, and I’m–I’m sorry. I hope that you can forgive me, Maggie.

Of course I do. I understand you care about our family, and I appreciate that.

Chad, you know I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to be. But lately, and I hate to say it, but it’s– we felt like an old married couple.

Minus the old married part.

You know what I mean. It’s like we’ve been going through the motions of a relationship, keeping it superficial, instead of dealing with the whole commitment and relationship goals thing.

I know. I know. I know. Which is why I– I thought that maybe it would be good for us to be alone tonight, just you and me. So while Thomas and Charlotte are with Doug and Julie having a sleepover, you and I can start working on those relationship goals. Before that, though, maybe we can just try to enjoy each other.

I’d like that.


A lot.


You don’t believe I’m sorry?

No, I don’t believe the reason you’re giving me for letting me go. The investigative journalist in me says that you’re hiding something.

Well, maybe if you knew Gwen, you’d understand her, uh, capriciousness.

Hmm, well, I guess I’ll never have the pleasure. Good luck, though, finding content to publish in the paper tomorrow.

Thanks. And look, Everett, if it makes you feel any better, I really do hate having to do this.

No, no. It doesn’t make me feel better. I guess I’ll clear out my desk.

Well, thank you for the insight. I mean, I should be used to difficult patients, but this one just threw me.

Understandable. And you know, it’s always good to get another perspective.

Yeah. Well, I’m glad that I stopped by. It was illuminating for a lot of reasons.

Well, I’m glad that I could help, and I’m glad that Steve was here also.

Yeah, me too, although I am praying that he is wrong about Konstantin because my mom will be devastated if she put so much trust in someone that doesn’t deserve it.

Yeah, I think she would be.

[sighs] And… as truly terrifying as it was to have my child kidnapped, once she was back in my arms, and Xander and I knew that she was fine, I don’t know. We started to see things differently.

How so?

Well, instead of this warpath that we’ve been on with each other, we’ve just realized that what’s most important is that we both care about our daughter and each other.

[sighs] Maggie, thank you for understanding that my suspicions only come from the deepest concern for your family.

Uh, you know, I– I don’t really have an appetite anymore for tea and scone after that really big dinner. Do you mind if I just–

No, no. Of course not.

I’m going to go with you.

At least let me send you home with some leftovers. If not, we’ll be eating turkey all week. Why don’t you come into the kitchen, and you can choose whatever it is you want.

Sure. Thank you.

We’ve got lots of turkey and stuffing and sweet potatoes, beans, string beans!

[speaking Greek] Oh, Steve.

I didn’t mean to startle you.

If you’re looking for Maggie, she just–

Oh, no. I’m looking for you.

I’m sorry your time with Maggie got cut short. I hate to cause problems between you two.

Please. Theresa, Maggie adores you, and I’m glad you came along with me. You are not the problem.

I’m not so sure about that.

Oh, come on. Can you believe the nerve of that guy? (Greek accent) I am Konstantin. I’m a judgmental know-it-all swooping in from Greece. God knows why, but I live to insult people.

That’s–that’s a pretty good impression.

You like it? It’s good? All right. I got you. Ready? Bobby De Niro at the dentist.

No, no, no, no, no, no. Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t.

OK, all right, all right, all right, all right, all right. We’re laughing. It’s OK. We’re good.

[sighs] Forget about what Konstantin said, OK? At the end of the day, he has no idea what he’s talking about because he doesn’t know you.

Are you sure about that, Alex?

Well, I’m so glad that you and Xander were able to work things out.

Yeah, me too, for Victoria’s sake. I didn’t want her to grow up without a father. And I think if I’m being honest, I was just scared to trust Xander again, and even more scared that–

That what?

[sighs] That I might let myself fall in love with him again.

But you’re not worried about that anymore?

No. Well, we–we didn’t close the door on that. So I think we just have to wait and see what happens between us.

So there is a chance you could work things out.

What is it this time, Mr. Johnson?

The same thing we discussed before, Mr. Meleounis. I don’t think you’ve been entirely honest with Maggie.

Is this about that damn tablecloth again?

Not about that. This is about you telling Maggie that when Victor loaned you the money to start your restaurant, that he gave you a free pass, and he forgave the loan.

And that is right, and I am very grateful for that.

No, but that doesn’t really sound like the Victor we knew, does it? So I thought I’d look into it.

Look into it?

I just got back from Greece, and I talked to a whole lot of people who told me a very different story about your history with Victor Kiriakis.

You flew all the way to Greece to try to dig up dirt about me?

My wife and I care about Maggie, and we don’t like to see her being taken advantage of. So here’s the deal. I won’t tell Maggie about any of this on one condition.

Let’s hear it then.

You trot on back to your Greek taverna, and don’t you ever show your face here again.

[knocking on door]

What now? I’m just going to get rid of whoever this is real quick.

Excuse me. It’s not really the best time, Everett.

I can see that, and I’m sorry to interrupt, but it’s–it’s about work.

Work, what do you mean? It’s Thanksgiving.

Don’t worry. I’m not going to drag Stephanie away again. I just–I want to let you know that I don’t think we’ll be working together any longer.


I just got fired.

Oh my God. What–what happened? I thought Xander was thrilled with your work. He said so multiple times.

Well, apparently his silent partner decided to break her silence, and now I’m out of a job.

Gwen. No, it makes sense. You know, she–she likes to make everybody as miserable as she is.

Wait, wait. So–so what’s Gwen’s problem?

As I understand it, she and Leo Stark have bad blood, and somehow–

Oh, no. So the problem was with my PR strategy? Everett, I’m so sorry. This is all my fault.

No, no, no. Your PR strategy was brilliant. This is not your fault, Steph. This is a personal vendetta. I only came by to let you know this because I’m the one that hired you. So I don’t know what your position will be with the paper after this. You’re going to have to talk to Xander about that.

Oh, I have plenty to say to Xander.

No, no. Don’t give him a hard time, not on my account.

So–so who’s going to put out the paper tomorrow?

Yeah, very, very good question, something Xander probably should have thought about before he fired the person whose job it is to do so. But it’s–it’s not my problem anymore. I just came by to let you know, give you a heads-up.

Well, thanks. But what are you going to do? You just moved here, signed a lease. You just bought all that new furniture.

Figure something out. Been through a lot worse, as you know. Anyway, happy Thanksgiving.

Hey, good luck.

Thank you.

You are blackmailing me into leaving the country?

That’s one way to look at it, or you could see it as a way to improve your life circumstances. Because while Maggie looks sweet and forgiving, which she is most of the time, I don’t think you’d like to be on the receiving end when she finds out that you’ve been conning her.

Ah, Steve. I didn’t see you come in.

Hey, Maggie.

What’s going on?

Your friend Steve here wants me to leave Salem.

What? Steve, why?

Because he’s upset with me because… I lied to you.

You lied to me? About what?

You remember that tablecloth I gave you for your anniversary?


Well, the truth is it was not Victor’s. It did not come from Greece.

Ah, it didn’t?


But there’s more.

I bought it at Saxton’s.

Bargain basement.

Yes. I–I was trying to do something nice for you. I thought it might bring you some comfort. At least, that was my intention.

I see.

Come on.

Yes, yes. There’s more.

[sighs] Indeed, there’s more. When I told you that Victor, uh, forgave the debt to my restaurant, I– I was lying again because I– I wanted to spare your feelings, to think the best of your husband. And God knows, the man was not too generous with his finances, and he was not known for his generosity. But I loved him dearly, nonetheless. And–

As did I.

I swear, Maggie, everything else I’ve told you has been the God’s honest truth.

Wait, wait, wait, wait. Aren’t you leaving something out?

Well, what are you getting at?

Why don’t you tell Maggie about the kidnapping?

My head is spinning, honestly. I mean, so much has happened between Xander and me. Some of it is so wonderful, and some of it is truly terrible. And there just wasn’t very much in between.

I remember.

So I feel like no matter how hard I try to put my feelings for him behind me, I just can’t seem to outrun them. And at the same time, I don’t want to do anything to screw up our ability to co-parent civilly.

Well, it sounds like you have your priorities in the right spot.

I know that Xander isn’t your favorite person.

No, but I love you, and I want you to be happy. And listen, I remember when I tried to bring Steve home to my family. I mean, they did not want me to be with a bad boy. I know how hard it is.

I mean, well, actually my mom is Xander’s biggest fan.

Um, excuse me. Alex and I were having a private conversation. Besides which, you don’t even know what you’re talking about.

Surely you remember that I saw you and Mr. Meleounis talking right here just the other day.

Ha, ha. Yeah, he was just asking me for directions.

That’s what you said, but got to say, he didn’t look that lost to me.

You know, I know why you’re picking a fight with me, and it has nothing to do with Mr. Meleounis. You know, I got a text from my editor-in-chief at Bella telling me that you were trying to poach her away to go work with you at The Spectator. Well, guess what, you. I just gave her a big raise, so she’s not going anywhere. Good luck with that dumpster fire you call a paper.

You know, only an idiot like you would hire someone like her to revive Bella.

Someone like her? Now, what’s that supposed to mean?

It means that if I just inherited the kind of money you did that I wouldn’t waste a penny of it on a vapid schemer like Theresa Donovan. God, Uncle Victor must be rolling in his grave, knowing that his secret son has put all his faith in this worthless piece of–

Well, where were we? Not in the mood?

No, I–I am. It’s just–

No, no, no. That’s OK.

It was just– I–I feel bad that it was my decision that got Everett fired.

No, no, no. I imagine there was more to it than that. And frankly, those are his decisions to make. So even if the idea originated with you, the buck stops with him.

Yeah, you’re right.

You feel better?



Yeah, I do.

Hi, Miss Rizczech. This is Everett Lynch. We don’t know each other, but I imagine you know my name since you just fired me by proxy. Listen, I hope you don’t mind that I got your number from my, well, former copy editor. I have a few questions, and I’m hoping we can speak.

What the–

I think Theresa’s been insulted enough for the day, so why don’t you go ahead and apologize now, huh?

God, what happened?

Never. It’s all right. I’m fine.

What the hell?

Let’s just forget it. Let’s get out of here.

Let me see it? You need ice. Come on.

Oh my God.

Wow. Well, that was very gallant of you to just come to my defense like that. I don’t think anyone’s ever done that for me before.

Yeah, well, the whole knight in shining armor routine is a little new for me too. But you already had a rough day, and Xander got exactly what he deserved.

How’s your hand?

Oh, I’m not sure knights are supposed to say how much that actually hurt.

It’s OK, Mr. Tough Guy. Your secret’s safe with me.

Oof. Thank you. I hope you know that you are not the problem for Xander.

Oh, he’s got lots of problems with me.

OK, but still, the only thing that’s really eating at him is the fact that he always wants something that he can’t have. And he can throw all the little temper tantrums in the world, but he’s never going to be able to trade places with me.

Kidnapping? What are you talking about?

Maggie, I didn’t want to say anything until I had more information, but it’s very possible that Konstantin orchestrated your granddaughter’s kidnapping in order to score points with you and Sarah.

Maggie, I–I assure you that’s not true. I would never endanger sweet little Victoria like that. I had nothing to do with the kidnapping!

So was it just a coincidence that as soon as you were watching that little girl, some mysterious stranger just wandered into–

No, no, no, no, no, no– not mysterious at all. I know who did it.

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So how is your Thanksgiving going for you, Joey? No, no, that’s right. Stephanie and Chad went to Doug and Julie’s, and Tripp is with Wendy. And I am stuck here at work, unfortunately. But your dad and I are gonna share a turkey dinner as soon as he gets back from Greece. I-I don’t know when he’s coming back. Your guess is as good as–ah. well, lo and behold, he’s here right now, Joey.


Your dad’s here! Let me call you back, okay? We’ll call you back.

Hey, Joe.

All right, love you. Ah, you’re here. Thank goodness. Glad you’re here.

Happy Thanksgiving, sweetness.

Got all the food wrapped up and one of everything put aside for your mom.

Too bad she had to work. She missed a fun day.

Oh, oh, yeah, fun, so fun.

Okay, it was a little awkward at times.

A little?

Come on. It wasn’t that bad.

Oh, yeah, well, it wasn’t exactly a barrel of laughter either, especially with that ex-boyfriend of yours making eyes at you the whole dinner.

What? You totally imagined that.


All Everett was doing was trying to get to know Julie and Doug, show his gratitude for being invited. And he was so sweet with the kids. You saw how much they liked him.

Yeah, well, the kids dip their hot dogs in chocolate so.

Chad, you know after the initial weirdness, everyone very much enjoyed themselves.

Mm, mm.

Where are Thomas and Charlotte anyway?

They asked if they could stay over, so they’re getting settled in their rooms, which, um, I don’t know, maybe it’s a good thing.

Why would that be?

Well, you know, maybe we could use some time alone. Things have been very rocky between us lately, so we could maybe…

Hey there.


[clears throat] I thought you left.

Oh, I was just, uh, finishing up my interview with Doug and Julie, first couple of Salem, such great people, such fascinating lives. I hope my piece on them does them justice.

Well, you should go write it right now then while it’s still probably fresh in your mind.

That’s the plan. That’s definitely the plan. Um, actually, I’m headed over to “The Spectator” office right now. And, Steph, I’m gonna need you to come with me.


[sighs] Everett needs to talk to the crossword guy about making these things a little easier. I mean, a six-letter word for a large North American gallinaceous bird. Who would even know something like that?

[knock at door] Coming! Sarah.

[laughs] Uh, may I?

You may.

[laughs] Happy Thanksgiving.

And to you. And a very special first Happy Thanksgiving to this wee one. Sorry, I wasn’t expecting you, obviously.

Um, well, Victoria and I wanted to stop by and give you a little surprise, hopefully something to be grateful for.

[soft music]

That was a really fun Thanksgiving.

It was. I’m really glad you could join us.

Yeah, me too. Your son’s a really good kid.

Mm. Kid, wow. It feels like only yesterday where I was fixing him a plate so that the peas wouldn’t touch the mashed potatoes. Now he’s too busy to hang out with his mom unless it’s a national holiday.

Oh, come on. He loves you. It’s very obvious.

Yeah, I’m crazy about him too. I’m actually really pleased with how he’s adjusted to life in Salem.


Speaking of adjustments, um, how are you and your dad? Are you still calling him Justin?

I’m calling him Dad. Even so, him not being my real father, um, I guess it’s made things a little awkward between us. But he’s a great guy, and we love each other a lot. He actually invited me to Arizona to spend Thanksgiving with Bonnie and my brothers.

Oh, yeah? Why’d you turn him down?

I just didn’t want to make everybody feel, like, uncomfortable, given what we just learned. I don’t know, maybe I should have just braved and gone, but I know family is important.

No arguments there.

[laughs] Speaking of family, I should probably go check in on Maggie. She has got to be completely shook, Sarah even more so. I mean, can you believe somebody kidnapped her baby?


I am telling you, the people at home do not know what they are missing. Wait until I tell them about sausage stuffing.

[both laugh]

America’s culinary gift to the world.

And you are a gift to me, Maggie. I am so grateful that you have invited me to join in your family for the holidays.

Well, I was delighted you were here and so was Sarah. But the idea of Thanksgiving is at least a little familiar to you, yes?


‘Cause, I mean, Victor told me about this ancient Greek, um– it was like a religious festival that was called, um, Thesmophoria. Did I–did I say that right?

You said it perfectly, a celebration of the harvest.

Oh, in which only women partake?



You see, Demeter was the goddess of agriculture, and she had a daughter. “Per-se-feen.”


Oh, okay, all right, one out of two.

And Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, or so the myth says. And when mother and daughter were allowed to visit, he would bless the world with a bountiful harvest.

Ah, well, sadly, that kidnapping part, it hits a little too close to home. both: Mm.

[ominous music]

Ah, perhaps you are someone who can kidnap a kid, as long as the pay day is big enough, hmm?

Oh, what’s Greek for “the pot calling the kettle black”?

I am not the one who pretends to have any scruples. My aim here is crystal clear.

Yeah, to get your grubby hands on Maggie’s money.

That old bastard, Victor, made a grave mistake cutting me out of his will. And I will take what I am owed now from his widow, which I can only accomplish if this child’s mother is in my corner.

I don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t saved my granddaughter. I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. You’re a real hero, Konstantin.

No, I am not, Maggie. I have done something truly terrible to you.

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

So what, you can’t write the story on your own?

Uh, no, I can, and I will. The profile is all mine, but now that our star columnist has been charged with murder, I’m gonna need Steph’s help to draft “The Spectator’s” official response.

Okay, great, just say that– uh, that Leo Stark is getting exactly what he deserves. I just freed up your whole evening. How about that?


What? What, are you kidding? Leo and my swine of a nephew drove a very pregnant Nicole off the road. Now you can draw a straight line from that to her baby’s death.


So can the police.

It’s–it’s a little more complicated than that.

How so?

Well, Leo and Dimitri didn’t deliberately drive Nicole off the road, okay? It was an unfortunate accident, and, on top of it, Leo Stark helped deliver Nicole’s baby.

He had no choice; they were in the middle of nowhere, and she went into labor. And if Leo and Dimitri hadn’t been fleeing from the police, then my brother’s child would still be alive. So how ’bout you stop making excuses for that son of a bitch? Stephanie, surely, you’re with me on this one, yeah?

Victoria’s birth certificate.

Yeah, there’s been a small update in box A, where it says “Father’s name.” And it used to say “Rex Brady.”

You changed it to mine.

Well, it’s only right. You are her father, and now it’s official.

Thank you, Sarah. That–that means a lot.

I just– I wanted to show you how much I want you to be a part of our daughter’s life. And… I am just so sorry it took her being kidnapped to realize that.

It just boggles the mind, right, how somebody could break into that house in broad daylight, no less, and steal an innocent baby.

[sighs] Yeah, well. The good news is is that she was found and returned safe and sound.

Yeah, that’s right, thanks to Uncle Vic’s old friend, Konstantin.

Mm-hmm. Yeah, really fortunate that he was there and able to find her.

Right, thank God. You know, now might be a good time to pop in and check on Maggie.

Really? I’m kind of surprised that you’d be up for that. I-I thought that things were kind of strained between you two ever since you took over Titan.

We’ve had our issues, yeah. But out of respect for my father, I think I should be helping his widow. That’s what he would want. Why don’t you come along with me? I’m sure Maggie would love to see you.

[eerie music]

Just stay asleep kid, okay? Hopefully, by the time you wake up, this whole nightmare will be over, huh?

What do you think you’re doing? Get away from that child!

Uh, I’m not sure that’s a good idea.

What are you talking about? You haven’t done anything terrible to me.

Oh, yes, I did. I kissed you. It was very disrespectful to you and my dear friend, Victor.

Konstantin, I told you it’s forgotten. It’s–it’s– everything is fine.

No, it is not. You should have thrown me out on my ear, sent me packing. What happens instead? You invite me to stay through Christmas.

How could I not? You saved my grandchild. Konstantin, I’ve told you, you’ve been a great comfort to me. You’re a good man, Konstantin, and one– one tiny little lapse in judgment doesn’t change that.

Bye, Joey, I love you. And, listen, next Thanksgiving, we are all together.

For sure. We’ll talk soon, son. I love you. Love you.

Love you. Bye. Oh.

[sighs] Oh boy. I miss that kid.

Me too, but I am so glad he’s doing well. And I am so glad that you are back here with me.

[both laugh] So tell me, tell me, how was Greece? Um, were you and John able to uncover any new information about Konstantin?

Yeah, as a matter of fact, we were. And it looks like Maggie’s new friend has an allergy.

To what?

To the truth.

Look, I’m not a fan of Leo either, and I’m not defending him. But Everett hired me to protect the reputation of the newspaper. And right now, that means doing damage control on a very dicey situation.

So that means ignoring the fact that Leo is responsible for– at least partly responsible for the death of a newborn baby? My brother and Nicole are going through hell right now because of him.

And we are respectful of that.


But I hope that you can respect that this is also part of my job.

It’s Thanksgiving. You have to go tonight? Really?

Well, the way newspapers work is we need to issue a statement for tomorrow’s edition. So it’s not really the sort of thing you can kick down the road.

Everett’s right. We can’t put this off, unfortunately. But I will be home as soon as I can, okay? Okay?

Mm-hmm. Okay, yeah, no problem.

You already confronted Konstantin about this supposed antique tablecloth he gave Maggie, didn’t you?

I did, and he had all kinds of excuses for why he lied to Maggie. But John and I found out that he was lying about a lot more than that.

Like what?

Konstantin told Maggie that Victor loaned him the money to start his restaurant and that Victor refused to let him pay him back.

That doesn’t sound like Victor.

No, that’s because it was a big fat Greek lie. Now John and I interviewed several locals, and they all corroborated the same rumor. Victor loaned Konstantin the money but insisted that he get paid back. And Konstantin had trouble making the payments over the years, so no surprise, it caused a big rift between the two men.

Why would Konstantin lie about something like that?

An interesting tradition, a holiday all about giving thanks.

It’s a great tradition, actually. Although, I usually have to badger the family to say what it is they’re grateful for during the toast.

[laughs] I’m sure Victor would have loved that.

You knew him well. And, yes. He especially only contributed very grudgingly. So that’s why this year I’ve decided to let them off the hook because I don’t really feel in the mood for badgering. And even if I hadn’t and– and my turn came, I would have said I was grateful to you.

You embarrass me, Maggie.

No, it’s true, Konstantin. As I’ve said, you’ve been a source of comfort to me these past few weeks. And I will always be in your debt for saving my precious Victoria.

I did what anybody would have done in that situation.

You’re being modest. You could have been killed. I’m just sorry the kidnapper got away. And I pray the police, they catch him soon. Hmm.

Oh, yes, me too.

You don’t wanna visit Maggie? I thought you two were close.

Yes, that’s true. We are. Um, actually, she encouraged me to go to AA a couple years ago, a while back. She’s been very kind and supportive. I just don’t wanna intrude on your family moment.

You would not be intruding at all, I promise you. If anything, you’d be a buffer for all of us, in case things get a little awkward. And you’d be doing me a huge favor.

Okay. Okay, I’ll come.

Thank you.

I guess I should check in on Maggie anyway. I really owe her one.

Precious little angel. Oh, I’m so glad she’s all right.

My mom stepped up security at the house. It’s like a fortress, but I wake up every hour to check on her.

Yeah, well, I’m gonna make everything super secure here before she starts spending the night.

Great minds. Oh, I contacted Justin and told him to draw up papers to establish shared custody, so tell Sloan to be on the lookout for those.

I will.

I’m telling him to split everything down the middle, starting with the weekly schedule.

Fine by me. Oh, I really am looking forward to co-parenting with you, Sarah.

Yeah, I’m– I’m glad it’s all working out. And maybe someday…

Maybe someday, what?

[sweet music]

You know, maybe Konstantin lied about Victor’s generosity because he didn’t wanna paint him in a bad light, especially to his grieving widow.

Liar with a heart of gold, imagine that.

Well, isn’t that why he lied about the lace tablecloth, that it was from Victor’s childhood home, because he was trying to cheer Maggie up on her wedding anniversary?

Mm, that’s what he claimed, yeah.

But you don’t buy it.

No, I don’t buy it because all these little white lies are starting to add up, not to mention the bigger lie, which is that Konstantin worshipped Victor, and they were the best of friends.

But you don’t think that they were?

Baby, from what John and I learned in Greece from various sources, I’m pretty sure they were enemies. They hated each other.

Oh, Theresa, I’m so happy to see you here today. I mean, we haven’t had a chance to catch up since Victor’s funeral.

Mm, I know. Um… I’m sorry I haven’t been better at keeping in touch with you. Um, I also heard about what happened with Sarah’s baby. I’m really sorry that you went through that.

Oh, and Sarah, too, of course.

But you’re both doing okay now?

Uh, I’m still a little shaken. The important thing is, though, is that our sweet Victoria, she’s just fine. She was returned to us completely unharmed, thanks to Konstantin.

Did someone say my name?

[laughs] Konstantin, you’ve met Victor’s son, Alex, haven’t you?

Of course, I have, back in Greece.

Yes, good to see you again.

Good to see you.

Allow me to introduce you to Theresa Donovan.

Hi. How are you?

Actually, we already know each other.

You do? How?

So, uh, are you saying you wanna get back together?

I’m saying– I was thinking we– the hell with it, mincing words or whatever. I am open to the possibility, and I am assuming that you are too, seeing as we almost kissed yesterday and–

Well, I can’t deny there’s still a spark, more than a spark. I just wasn’t sure if there was too much water under the bridge.

Well, look. We’ve both done things to hurt each other over the last year, things we regret. But we’re in a much better place now, obviously.


And we do share a child, not that that’s a reason that we should get back together. I just–maybe it’s something we should think about it.

I’ve got my thinking cap on as we speak.

Oh, sorry, I should– I have to get to work and drop Victoria at home, so.

Thank you very much for the birth certificate, Sarah. And for the visit.

Yeah. Okay. Oh, hi, Chad.

Hi, hi. Uh, sorry, I’m not interrupting anything, am I?

No, no, I was just leaving.

Okay. Is this little Victoria?


Oh, she’s sleeping. She’s so beautiful.

Oh, thank you.

Sarah, it feels like yesterday that Charlotte was that tiny.

Yeah, it goes fast, huh?

It goes too fast.

[chuckles] Well, I’m really glad I came. Happy Thanksgiving.

You too. Congratulations.

Thank you.

I assume you’re here to talk about the paper, but I haven’t changed my mind, mate. I have no interest in selling you my half.

Yeah, no, that’s fine. I ended up buying Gwen’s half instead. Hi, partner.

And I think we need to emphasize how terrible both Leo and Dimitri feel about the accident.


And that they risked their freedom to help a woman in need.

“Risked their freedom.” “woman in need.”

No, wait, it’s too much. Start over.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Totally.

“If it weren’t for them, Nicole would have been alone when she went into labor.”

Oh, my God. Brilliant. God, you are good at this. “Alone when she went into labor.” I’m so lucky I have the benefit of your talent on this. Oh, uh, my battery’s starting to go. Would you grab my charger? It’s just in the front pocket of my laptop bag.

Oh, yeah.

Did you find it?

No, I– I found this.

[mysterious music]

Mm, I think you’re confusing me with somebody else ’cause we’ve never met.

Oh, you hurt an old man’s feelings. Of course, we have. A couple of weeks ago in the town square, you provided very helpful directions to a very confused newcomer. And that would have been me, and I was very grateful and still am.

Oh, yeah, I– actually, I remember now. Surprised I didn’t put it together before.


So, Konstantin, how long do you plan on staying in Salem?

Maggie has asked me to stay through Christmas, although I must say I have fallen hard for this charming little town. I may never leave.

[unsettling music]

Victor and Konstantin enemies? That’s kind of a stretch, don’t you think?

Baby, I’m just going by what I’ve been hearing. Bottom line, I think it’s strange the way Konstantin inserted himself into Maggie’s life, especially when he owed Victor all that money. I think, at the very least, we should warn Maggie that the guy’s not being honest with her.

Do you really think that’s a good idea? I mean, he has been a great comfort to her, and it just seems cruel to take that away from her when you’re not % sure.

How do you feel about %?

[scoffs] Look, I’m just saying that maybe instead of upsetting her for no reason, maybe you mention something to her family that you have suspicions, and they can just keep an eye on things.

Ooh, I hope I’m not interrupting.

No, no, no, come on in. Come on in.

Actually, it’s perfect timing.

Gwen sold you her half of “The Spectator”?

Contracts were signed this morning.

She didn’t say anything to me about it.

Well, I told her to keep it on the DL.

Because you don’t want Stephanie to find out you’re trying to get rid of her ex.

[clicks tongue] You remember.

Well, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, partner, but you can’t get much more equal than /. You can’t force me to fire my new editor-in-chief.

Why are you so protective of Everett?

Cause he’s great at his job. I can’t afford to lose him.

Okay, then what if I make it worth your while?

Is this what I think it is?

Oh, yeah, it’s just a fancy contact lens case.

You don’t wear contacts.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I do. Um, the coma did this weird thing to my eyesight, where it’s like sort of…


Oh! That’s where I put that thing. It’s, uh, yeah, I remember now.

It’s not a “thing.” It’s an engagement ring. The question is, why do you have one?

Okay. Um. The truth is, I bought it a long time ago, before the accident.

For me? Everett, you were gonna ask me to marry you?

Yes. Before the accident, I was gonna propose.

Everett, I–

I know we were only starting to get serious, but, uh, it was maybe even a little too soon. But I knew in my heart that, uh– that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you. And I felt the same way when I woke up from the coma. I told you that my first night in Salem.

I remember. Everett, did you have the ring with you that night?

Yes, I did. But then, you know, you told me you were with Chad. And that–that changed things, obviously. Here. I probably should have sold it. Uh, God knows I got all these medical bills I’ve gotta pay, but, uh, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

Everett, I’m so sorry.

No, no, please, don’t be. You had every right to move on with your life, okay? You thought I ghosted you. I just wish you hadn’t found it. It’s–it’s embarrassing.

Everett, it’s–it’s not.

Come on. Let’s get back to work, all right? The sooner we finish, the sooner you can get home. To Chad.

Again, I’m– I’m just not interested in selling you my half of the paper.

Yeah, no, no, no, you’ve made that very clear, which is why you can keep your half, and I’ll give you my share of the profits. You get it all. That’s my offer.

Excuse me?

Yeah. I’ll be your silent partner. You reap all the rewards.

You can’t be serious.

Yeah, I know when I say something like that, it makes me really sound like I’m in the %, but, you know, honestly, I didn’t buy Gwen’s half for the money. I bought it to get rid of that pesky little problem named Everett.

Right, but he’s not a pesky little problem to me. He’s worked out great. I mean, if I get rid of him, the paper will suffer. It might even go under.

Really, he’s the only man on Earth that can keep us in the black–

No, of course not, but–

Okay, then listen. You get to double your money. All right? All you have to do, for all of it, is to fire Everett and keep my name out of it. Now, to me, that sounds like a no-brainer.

[tense music]

So that lace tablecloth was from the bargain bin at Saxton’s?

Look, I know these aren’t huge lies, and there might be reasonable explanations, but you can see why I’d be concerned.

Well, yeah, I-I can. Um, and I don’t love that he’s lied to my mother. But, um, I-I think it’s like you said. He was just trying to make her feel better and cheer her up.

I agree with you. But I think what Steve’s trying to say is that maybe you could just keep an eye on things and make sure that Konstantin isn’t lying about anything else. What?

Well, honestly, I had my doubts about Konstantin too. I thought he was overstaying his welcome and that my mom was getting too dependent on him, but… I’ve come to believe that he’s one of the good guys, a hero, in fact.

Why would you say that?

Well, yesterday, he saved my daughter from a kidnapper.

What? What kidnapper?

Do the cops have any leads on the kidnappers?

No, I’m afraid they don’t have that much to go on. I only saw the person from the back when they ran out with the baby.

And you weren’t able to give them any kind of description.

Pfft. No, I didn’t get a good look. I was too focused on the child.

But you said it was a man.

I assume it was. Not to be sexist, but I’m not certain a woman could have hit me that hard.

Well, I don’t know. You’d be surprised.

Yeah, but what do you think the kidnapper’s motive was, really?

Money, I suppose. Hmm?

Hmm, yeah, sounds about right, just pure, wanton greed.

We think perhaps the kidnapper was gonna try to ransom the baby back to us.

[sighs] Right, probably.

Yeah. Where are my manners? Can I get the two of you anything? Uh, tea?


That sounds great.

And how about I help you out in the kitchen?

And how about I take you up on that?


[unsettling music]

What the hell is your problem?

[inhales deeply] How did it go at the paper?

Um, I think Everett and I put together a, uh– a pretty good defense of Leo. We definitely had to get creative, but, um, we worked well together, which I know isn’t what you want to hear.

No, it’s fine. It’s fine. I mean, you gotta do what you gotta do for your clients, right?

Even if the client is Everett?

Yeah, look, I know I was a little hard on him. More than a little. I promise you I’ll give the guy a chance.

[dark music]

Hey, boss, I’m just, uh, finishing up the response to Leo Stark’s murder charges. Do you wanna take a look at it before I send it to the printer?

Actually, uh, let’s just put a pin in that for now, yeah?

Why? Are you having second thoughts about defending him because I assure you the readers are very caught up–

It’s not about Leo. It’s, uh– it’s about you.


[tense music]

I’m sorry, Everett, but, um, I’m gonna have to let you go.

Sarah, I am so sorry. What an ordeal.

It was terrifying. But, fortunately, Konstantin was able to catch up with the kidnapper and rescue my daughter. I mean, he risked his life to save her.

Sounds like he was in the right place at the right time.


Oh, come on. Isn’t it just a little bit too convenient?

What are you saying?

Sarah just said that he was knocked out on the floor when the baby was taken. He had been attacked.

Uh, not to mention, my mom did see the kidnapper from behind. I mean, Konstantin couldn’t have made all that up.


Unless what?

Unless he had an accomplice, a partner in crime.


You seem upset.

Yeah? Upset? Yes, of course I’m upset. God, you almost outed our connection, telling Maggie and Alex that we know each other.

Oh, would you lighten up?

I was just trying to have a little fun with you.

Fun? Fun?


There is nothing fun about this. I can’t watch you sucking up to poor innocent Maggie when she has no idea that you’re just after her money. This whole thing is just– it’s making me so sick.

Would you get off your high horse? You are doing the exact same thing. After all, we both know you are only after Alex to get your hands on his inheritance.

[dramatic music]

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B&B Short Recap Monday, November 27, 2023

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It’s after Thanksgiving…Hope arrives at Il Giordino at Deacon’s request. He’s concerned that she’s with Thomas now. She can’t believe that he would dare to doubt her and Thomas when he’s living with a psychopath. She tells him that she has to cut Sheila out of his life to see her or her kids.

Eric is grateful that he’s still alive and able to design more. Donna and Katie support him but are worried about his continued coughing and wish he would go to the doctor. Later, Katie tells Brooke that she knows how Eric feels because of her heart condition. She could drop dead any minute, so she knows that you have to live life to your fullest while you can. Brooke thinks they should tell Eric that they all know, so they can support him until the end.

Ridge, RJ and Brooke are down in the dumps still about Eric’s impending death. Ridge asks Eric if he can design with him.

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GH Short Recap Monday, November 27, 2023

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The Thanksgiving episodes continue. The smoke alarm has gone off at the Quartermaine mansion because Lois’ mother forgot to turn the stove down on the onions, so they caught fire and the sprinklers went off. Their turkey and kitchen is too wet to eat or use. Lois pries the truth out of her mother: she accidentally pissed off a woman that is married to a Russian mobster. Yuri offers to help.

Nina drops a Thanksgiving basket off at Michael and Willow’s house and leaves, with a note that she has to work (as per Michael’s blackmail instructions). The Quartermaines phone Nina to get replacement food for their ruined dinner, but the Metro Court turkey dinners are all spoken for, so she brings them pizzas and dessert instead. Michael isn’t happy to see Nina there and warns her to stay away. Ned also lets her know that he remembers her but promises not to say anything for now. The Quartermaines all sing their traditional “We Gather Together,” led by Ned and his guitar.

Robert has surprised Anna by bringing their granddaughter Emma in to share Thanksgiving with them. They meet Diane at the Metro Court for dinner. Anna sees Nina there and confronts her about deleting the security footage of Charlotte breaking into her suite. She blames Nina for Charlotte’s shooting. When Nina tries to deny it, Anna wonders what Sonny would think of it. Later, Anna fills Sonny in about the dead body that was found of the WSB agent.

Carly and Drew host Thanksgiving with the kids. Sonny arrives, with Dex. Sonny suggests that Dex stay with Josslyn. Ava also arrives, invited by Carly and Joss, so she can spend time with Avery. Dex and Joss kiss. Later, Carly and Drew talk about how fragile life is.

Curtis intends to spend his Thanksgiving doing PI work (he’s investigation his shooting). Marshall is there, but the woman are gone. Portia is at the hospital but hopes that Spencer and Trina have broken up for good. Spencer and Trina have been busy in bed making up. Portia goes home, and so does Trina (with Spencer), so they all have Thanksgiving together after all. They all join hands and Curtis says Grace.

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You–you want to hold him?

Ah, just for a moment. I thought maybe if I held him in my arms, it might bring me a little solace.

Nicole, I don’t know if that’s such a–

I–never mind. I’m sorry. You’re just getting to know him, and I shouldn’t have asked.

No, no. It’s OK. Of course you can hold him.


[poignant music]

Ah, yes, scarfing down a sandwich alone in the pub. What the holidays are all about.

[clears throat] EJ, heard about what happened to you and Nicole. I’m so sorry for your loss.

I don’t want your condolences, commissioner, I want you to find the bastard who ran my wife off the road.

Dimitri, what are you doing here? Have you forgotten that you’re a fugitive? I thought you were leaving town.

I thought you were helping Leo. But I suppose our expectations don’t always align with reality.

I am helping Leo.

Really? Huh. Then why is it that I just heard that he’s being charged with murder? And I think we both know that if anyone should be facing those charges, Sloan, it’s you.

[tense music]

Is your lawyer on her way?

Unfortunately, she is not. She was otherwise engaged. But she will be here eventually, and she will prove my innocence. I had nothing to do with the untimely demise of that sweet little baby. In fact, I had everything to do with the opposite– with bringing him into the world. For which I am very proud, though heartbroken, that his stay here was so tragically brief.

Yeah, thanks to you and your boyfriend.

Would you not say that? Anyway, if you’re just going to stand there and take pot shots at me, please leave so I can mourn that sweet little creature and wallow in self-pity.

Wallow away.

[door shuts] Hey.

Hey. I just heard what happened to that Carter guy. How’s Ava?

She’ll be OK, provided DA DiMera doesn’t drop the hammer.

Well, knowing how EJ feels about her, I wouldn’t place any bets.

[tense music]


Missing something?

Yeah, my keys. You haven’t seen them, have you?

So how do you want to decide who breaks into this evidence room? Rock, paper, scissors?

What are you, six years old?

You want to come up with something?

I’m not coming up with anything because I’m flat-out not gonna do it.

I’m the one who made a copy of these things.

And I’m the one who swiped them. Which, I might add, is a hell of a lot riskier than sauntering into a hardware store.



It’s my face on the security footage.

Oh, then why didn’t you wear a Guy Fawkes mask?

[sighs] OK, so neither of us wants to do this.


[sighs] Someone’s got to break in and steal that evidence, or Clyde is gonna be very, very unhappy.

Just got an idea. Why don’t we let Mr. I Cannot Tell a Lie decide for us?

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

Did you lose your keys?

I don’t know. I’m sure they’ll turn up.

Well, you should probably find them sooner than later.


Any luck with Stark?

Well, he swears up and down that he’s innocent, but he’s having a little trouble tracking down his lawyer, so I figure I’ll just let him stew in the interrogation room for a while and maybe he’ll get interested in making a deal.

Hmm. Mind if I take a crack at him?

Be my guest.

EJ, believe me, our department wants Dimitri found just as badly as you do. I have my best detectives on the case.

Hmm, while you sit here enjoying a turkey dinner.

EJ, you are well aware of your family’s resources. Now, with that said, there is a pretty damn good chance that your nephew is setting up a hammock in a Caribbean tax haven.

I don’t care if he is hang gliding over the Caspian Sea, I want him found. And when he is unceremoniously frogmarched back into Salem into police custody, I am going to throw the book– actually, no, the whole library– at him and his boyfriend Leo Stark.

Heard about that. Pretty steep charge.

Do you take issue with how I decide to prosecute criminals?

Alleged criminal. And no, in this case, I do not. But I am curious as to what you’re doing with Ava Vitali.

[exhales deeply]

So you want to decide who breaks into the evidence room by flipping a coin?

Better than rock, paper, scissors, no?

Ugh. I guess! All right, but if we’re doing this, I’m calling it.

[laughs] Fine.



You think I should be charged with murder? Whose?

So that’s how you want to play this.

Play what? What are you talking about?

OK. You remember when I stopped by here a couple of days ago with a premature but otherwise perfectly healthy baby boy in my arms, and you assured me that you would deliver said baby to the hospital? Well, now I am hearing– and please do correct me if I’m wrong– that that baby is, how shall I put it, dead?

Dimitri, listen.

Sloan, no, you listen. Now, I know that there was no love lost between you and Nicole, but I mean, god, do you despise her that much?

Excuse me, do you think that I killed Nicole’s baby?

Well, didn’t you?

What? No! Listen, Dimitri, I’m no doctor, but as you said, Nicole’s baby was born prematurely on the side of a road after a car crash. The baby was– the baby wasn’t doing well. That’s why I took it to the hospital. But by then, it was too late. The baby didn’t even stand a chance.

Mm. I see. Well, then, tell me–may I– why is it, if Nicole’s son is dead, that your apartment looks like you ransacked the baby department at Saxton’s?

[dramatic music]

Oh, he’s so beautiful.

[laughs] Oh, are you trying to smile? I think he’s smiling at me, yes.


Obviously, he likes you.

Yes, a sweet little boy. He’s so…

[baby coos] Precious.


Wait. How could this be?

How can what be? Nicole, what is it?

This is my baby.

[dramatic music]

[breath catches]

[phone rings]


Hey. I wasn’t expecting to see you again today. Is everything OK?

Yeah, everything’s fine. I just thought I’d stop by because, um, I have something for you.

We just got the forensics back. My team found fibers underneath Gil’s fingernails consistent with those which we got from Ava’s blouse, which obviously lends credence to Ava’s story and the fact that he did, in fact, attack her.

You don’t think Ava is clever enough to falsify evidence?

It’s possible. But why would she? From what I can tell, and based on the evidence we have so far, she had no motive to kill him except in self-defense.

Mm. Then if you are satisfied with the facts of the case as presented by Ava and substantiated by the evidence at the scene of the crime, I see no reason to press charges.

Nor do I.

And now I must attend to my wife. And you, Commissioner Hernandez, must find the bastard who killed my son.

[laidback rock music]

Detective Hunter, you’re looking lovely today. You didn’t happen to bring me a turkey dinner, did you? Or better yet, a tofurkey. I consider myself a vegan at heart. You know, just one that eats meat from time to time.

Nope, no turkey or tofurkey. And I’m afraid, Leo, that you’re the one whose goose is cooked.

Ooh! I do love a clapback with some spicy wordplay.

Cut the crap, Leo. I heard that you were up for murder felony charges for the death of Nicole DiMera’s baby. Which, believe me, is no laughing matter, and especially is not funny to the DA.

What is–well, “funny” is not the word. I’d say the word is “disturbing”– is that the DA happens to be Nicole’s husband. So if you’re done trying to twist my arm and spread good cheer–

I’ll be happy to leave you in peace, but not until I tell you how I can make these charges go away.

Really? How?

Simple–by throwing your boyfriend under the bus.

What? This? Well, this is all for my baby.

Your baby?



Yes, really. If you must know, Melinda Trask has been helping Eric and yours truly in the adoption process. That’s why she was here the other day when you showed up. You see, we were dotting our I’s and crossing our T’s in some of the paperwork. Actually, we just received our bundle of joy today. He’s out with his father right now.

He. I’m sorry, he. So it’s a boy.

Yes, it’s a boy.

Wow. Well, I think congratulations are in order.

[chuckles] But let me just get something straight. Uh, just a few days ago, I leave you with a perfectly healthy baby boy who then suddenly somehow dies of heretofore unknown internal injuries. And then as luck would have it, you find yourself the recipient of a perfectly healthy infant, a boy, nonetheless, who is born, as it seems, the exact same time as the baby that I dropped here with you just days earlier. Now, Sloan, how stupid do you think I am? You took the baby for yourself. Didn’t you?

[tense music]



What do you mean?

Just as I said– this is my baby.

[breathes shakily]

Nicole, I–


I can’t even begin to imagine the kind of pain you’re in right now, but this isn’t your baby.


[eerie notes] It’s a boy.

He’s so adorable. That teeny little nose and all those little fingers.

He’s my precious baby. It’s a little miracle.

[breathes shakily] Right after he was born, Leo put him in my arms and I held him for the first time, and I saw his sweet little face. I’ll never forget. Eric, this is him. This is–this is the baby that I gave birth to. This is the baby that I carried inside of me for months. This is him! This is my son.

[dramatic music]

You have something for me?

I do indeed.


Mm. Since you are stuck here all night, I thought you might be hungry.

Wow, you–you made me Thanksgiving dinner?

Yeah, well, it’s– it’s linguine carbonara. I know it’s not very Thanksgiving-y, but, uh, I didn’t think you’d mind–


–you know. It’s what I had on hand.

I don’t– I don’t mind at all. Thank you. This place gets so crazy sometimes, I just forget to eat. I’m so hyped up on caffeine and reading these witness statements, it’s no wonder I lost my keys.

[laughs] I’m starting to think if my head wasn’t attached, I’d lose that, too.

[both laugh]

[mysterious music]

Come again? You want me to throw the love of my life under the bus? Very tired cliche, by the way, “under the bus.” Dead phrase walking. I would prefer “sell him down the river” or better yet, “forsaken.” A bit musty, but not nearly as tiresome.

How about you stop trying to be funny and call Dimitri? Wish him a happy turkey day. Tell him you’re out on bail and you’d like to meet up with him.

Let me guess, he shows up to meet me, you and another gumshoe jump out of the foliage with a butterfly net and cuffs, spouting his Miranda rights to him.

Mm, something like that.

Well, I’m not going to do it.

You know, Leo, there’s no reason why a man so stylish and witty as you– a man of letters, no less– should be cooling his heels in a stuffy room like this, especially since you’re not the one we want.

What does that mean?

We want the big fish.

Oh! Well, now I’m insulted on top of everything else. Are you saying I’m not a big fish?

In this case, no. You’re a guppy, a minnow. And yes, it might seem like you and Dimitri are partners in crime equal, but it’s clear that he’s the mastermind behind this operation.

Well, I would agree he does tend to be the assertive one.

Mm, he’s also the criminal, evil, and despicable one who tried to kill Stefan and Gabi and who assaulted a police officer. And the most appalling of all, he was the one driving the car that ran Nicole DiMera off the road. So, uh, why don’t you give Dimitri a call and I can have you out of here in time for turkey and gravy?

Of course I didn’t take Nicole’s baby. You know, Dimitri, it is possible for two babies to be born on the same day. In fact, I presume that it’s possible that thousands of babies are born on the same day in this country alone.

Right, but we are talking about a baby that I brought to you on the same day that you’re claiming that Nicole’s baby died

So what? Never heard of coincidence?

Yeah, but this is a pretty convenient coincidence, don’t you think, Sloan? Look, I really don’t care either way if my beloved uncle and Nicole get to raise this baby. But what I do care about is Leo, and right now, he’s being charged with the murder of a child that is still very much alive.

Excuse me, what are you doing?

Oh, I thought I’d give Salem PD a quick call, get this mess sorted out.


What–wait, wait.

Nicole, what’s–


What’s going on? Whose baby is this?

It’s mine. Sloan and I adopted him today, but… Nicole thinks that he’s hers. I mean, I’m sorry, yours.

Because he is. I swear he is. Yes.

Nicole, sweetheart, look at me. This–this baby isn’t ours.

[exhales] EJ. Yes, he is. After the accident, I cradled him just like this. And I saw– I saw him. I saw his sweet little face, and I could never forget it. I would know it anywhere. Just look at him. Isn’t he beautiful?


[breathing shakily] This is our boy, EJ.


This is our boy!

Oh, sweetheart. I wish–I wish it were. I’d give anything for this to be our baby, darling. He’s not. This baby is– this baby is Eric and Sloan’s. They adopted him today. Yeah? And I think it’s time we gave him back to his father, OK?

[breathes tearfully]


[poignant music]

Rafe, thank you, man. That is great news. Thanks again.


What was that all about? What was the great news?

It’s about you.

You kidding?

Rafe told me that EJ’s decided not to charge you in Gil Carter’s death.

Oh my–oh my god. Oh my god.

You’re a free woman.

Thank you!


Oh my god, wow. Oh my god, I have to– I have to go tell– I have to go tell– OK. Oh, here–here’s your carbonara, and, um, don’t–don’t work too hard.



Hey. I got you, yeah.

[sniffs] I’m sorry. I guess my mind is just playing tricks on me and I thought– I–I was so sure he was mine.

It’s OK.

I’m sorry, Eric.

Nicole, it’s OK.

It’s not OK. I mean, this– this is your baby, and I– I should have been happy for you. And I’m–I’m really sorry.

Sweetheart, enough with the apologies, OK? Look at me. You’ve been through a lot these past few days, more than most people could handle. And Eric understands.

Of course I do.

Here, let’s go. Let me take you home. Come on.

Everything OK?

Yeah. Everything’s fine.

Doesn’t seem that way.

Yeah, actually, it’s just– it’s sad. Nicole seemed to think that this is her baby.


So I shouldn’t call the cops.

No. You shouldn’t.

So you admit it– that this little baby you’re claiming that you and Eric adopted is in fact Nicole’s.

Yes, it is. He–he is. It’s not–I didn’t plan to take him, it’s just–

You know, I’ve actually used that line before, when I was caught shoplifting at the mall, and that excuse didn’t even work for a pair of rollerblades.

Could you stop joking, OK? This isn’t funny.

Who said anything about jokes? You think telling me that you didn’t plan to steal a baby somehow exonerates you?

Dimitri, you don’t get it, that’s not–

Then what–

It’s not like that.

What is it?

[tense music]

[sighs] Eric and I, we’d been planning for a while to adopt a baby. And right when we found out that it was happening, that we were about to get a child of our own, Melinda called and said that the mother, she had changed her mind. Apparently, my reputation precedes me. But the mother didn’t think I was fit to be a parent. And I thought, if one prospective parent could find out the truth about me, who’s to say that all the rest couldn’t? And that is when I realized that me being a mother was going to be an uphill battle– a battle that I quite possibly would lose. When you showed up at my door unannounced and you have that beautiful baby in your arms–

You thought, finders keepers? No. No! Sloan, no. Wait. So that’s why you agreed to help Leo, because you knew that that was the only way to get me out of town. And if I’m out of town, then I’ll never discover your nefarious little plot.

Well, I did agree, didn’t I? Isn’t that what you care about? Isn’t that what you want?

Are you kidding me? The only reason that Leo is even in this mess is because you decided to play Mommy Dearest with someone else’s kid!

Please try and understand, Dimitri.

Oh, no, no, I understand, Sloan. I understand that you are void of conscience to do something so underhanded, not to mention criminal.

Dimitri, just listen.

No, you listen to me now, Sloan. You’re gonna have to do a whole lot more than help to get yourself out of this one, lady. You are going to have to get these charges against Leo Stark dropped, and I mean tout suite, or I swear I am going to sing like a canary.

[dramatic music]

You know, this is a tough call.

[gasps] This reminds me of that time I worked as a stagehand in that off-off-off-Broadway production loosely based on “Sophie’s Choice.” Then we got that nasty letter from the lawyer and they were forced to change the name to “Hannah’s Choice.”

Damn it, Leo, I am so tired of your half-assed comedy standup act or whatever this is.

What? I can’t explain my thought process.

OK, how about this for a thought process– if you don’t call von Leuschner in the next five minutes, you will have no choice. The deal will be off.

Here’s another idea. Let’s say the two of us head down to the pub and I mull over your very tempting offer over spiced hot chocolate.

Damn it, Leo.

Oh, come on! You’re asking me to betray someone I care about, someone I love to the depths of my soul. Do you know how many people I’ve loved in my life? Not counting that yappy little Pomeranian that belonged to my former roommate/yoga instructor–not a person, true, but closest you could get. Mm.

I know you think you are deeply in love with von Leuschner and believe me, I know that love can sometimes blind you to the other person’s failings. Well, in your case, the fact that he is a disgusting dirtbag–

You’re not helping your case, Detective.

OK, then ask yourself this– do you even think a guy like Dimitri is even capable of love? The guy’s a sociopath, maybe even a psychopath. I mean, do you think he even cares about you, let alone loves you?

Cares? Of course he cares. He just–

He just what? Left you holding the bag?

No, that’s not how it went down, and there was no bag.

OK, however it went down, bag or no bag, just look around. Not exactly the Chateau Marmont now, is it?

I wouldn’t know, I’ve never stayed there. I hate Los Angeles.

OK, well, you’re going to hate a prison cell a lot more. And DA DiMera, he is out for blood. The question is, do you want it to be yours?

[beeping] I have to take care of something. I’ll expect an answer when I return.

[thoughtful music]

Ugh, come on, how many Sikowskis have been arrested in the last day or so?


[tense music]

Yes, I’m in the evidence room now. What are we looking for again? Sure, of course. Uh, it should be right over here.

So this is your new baby?



Thank you.

It’s wonderful.

Yeah, I’m–I’m sorry. It’s just– I was just a little rattled.

Yeah, well, that’s understandable. Nicole thinking that this is her baby, like you said, that’s, um, really sad.

[exhales] Damn. I still can’t believe her baby didn’t make it.

Yeah, me neither. You know, EJ said that their child, their– their son was accidentally cremated. He and Nicole never really got a chance to say goodbye to their baby.


Darling, I am going to run you a bath, I am going to put on some nice classical music, and I want you to relax, OK?

EJ, I was so sure. I was so sure about the baby. I mean, his– his little face and– and the look in his eyes, and the way I felt when I held him. I–I was so sure he was mine.

Well, I don’t think that’s all that surprising, given what you’ve been through, the unimaginable trauma your body has experienced these past few days, coupled with the grief that you and I both feel. Your mind was just playing tricks on you, that’s all. Like you said.

I know, I know, I know I said that. I know I did. But the more I think about it, I– it’s just his face, EJ. He looked just like him, the baby I gave birth to. And not only did he look like him, it was the way I felt. It was the way I felt when I held him.

Sweetheart, when you held our son, you had just been in a terrible accident. You were badly hurt. I mean, even when I got there, you were still in a daze. And from what I gathered, you hadn’t– you hadn’t held the baby for very long.

No, I hadn’t. But even though I held him a moment, I– Come on, EJ, will you just hold me, please?

Of course. Of course.


It’s OK.

OK, fine. I’ll find a way to get Leo out of this mess, but you have to hightail it out of here. Like now, before Eric comes back and sees you.

Shake on it.

[tense music] Sorry, before I go, um, I’m a little bit short on cash.

Oh. You really are unbelievable. Here, just take it and get out.

Ah. Pleasure doing business with you, ma’am. One more thing– uh, I would highly recommend you to use every trick in the book to get Leo out and fast. Otherwise, I promise you, I will make certain that this little baby-stealing scheme of yours is the biggest piece of news of the st century, and this whole beautiful, perfect life that you’ve built for yourself will blow up in your face.

I think the box is right here. Oh, it’s Terence Smith, not Lawrence Smith? Ah, I see. Found it. Bringing it right over.

[tense music]

[thoughtful music]

[phone rings]


So what’s it going to be, Mr. Stark? Are you going to call Dimitri and give us the big fish so you can swim away free?

I’ve thought about it, Detective, and… I’m not calling anyone. I can’t–I won’t betray the man I love.

[exhales] I’m going to get you out of this mess, Leo, if it’s the last thing I do.

So you got it? You got the evidence?

I did, yeah.


Now that we have it, we have to find somewhere to offload it.

You sure you got all of it?

Pretty sure, yeah, but considering I was this close to getting caught, no way in hell I’m doubling back. How about you? How’d it go on your end?

Yeah, well, I made sure that Harris would get his keys back. That was the easy part. But slightly harder lying to his face.


[phone rings]

Hey, just the man I’m looking for.

Commissioner, what is going on?

Well, someone from the sergeant’s desk found these downstairs and I recognized the keyring.

[sighs] Thank you.


It’s a relief. I’ve been looking all over for these. But you know, I don’t remember leaving them down near the sergeant’s desk.

Maybe you dropped them somewhere.

Hey, here we go.


Aw. Hi! How’s our little guy doing?

Oh, he’s doing great, actually.

[laughs] Aw, you just love spending time with your daddy, don’t you?

Yes, he does, and he’s much better now that he’s got a pacifier.

Oh, he is. Aw.

Hey, Sloan, there’s something that I need to tell you.


Um, I ran into Nicole. And–

Oh, and–and– what?

Well–she just got released from the hospital and, well, when she saw the baby, she said that it was hers.

[tense music]


Well, I’m guessing you’re not terribly hungry, so I’m going to put these sliders in the fridge for later. Why don’t I put on a pot of tea, hmm?


Love you.

Love you.

[tense music]


Mm. Nicole, uh, thought our baby was hers? Doesn’t make any sense.

Yeah. I know, it’s just– I mean, she obviously was just overwhelmed with grief.

I mean, well, what did you– what’d you do? What did you say?

Well, EJ, he showed up, and then we managed to convince her that the baby wasn’t hers.


Yes, a sweet little boy. He’s so…precious. I don’t care what anybody says. I know that was my baby.

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B&B Transcript Monday, November 27, 2023

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Hope: Hi, dad.

Deacon: Hey, sweetheart. Thanks for coming. Uh, can I get you anything?

Hope: No, I’m good. Uh, actually, I should be at work, so what’s this all about?

Deacon: Well, before we get into that, I– I just want you to know that I’m sorry, we didn’t see each other for thanksgiving. I missed you.

Hope: Oh, you understand why I kept my distance, right? Is she here today? Is she working? Is sheila here?

Deacon: No, uh, not at the moment.

Hope: Okay, good because i don’t want to be around her, but sadly, that also means that I don’t get to be around my dad.

Brooke: Ah, it was really a wonderful day.

Ridge: Forrester thanksgivings. They always are.

Rj: Yeah, family, friends, food galore.

Brooke: It’s just hard to really enjoy it… knowing what we know.

Ridge: I always thought my dad would be there. You know, every party, every special occasion. Now, he’s slipping away more and more every day. And we have to pretend that everything’s fine.

Eric: So, ladies, tell me, uh, tell me what you see?

Katie: I see eric forrester sitting behind his desk, reveling in his triumphant glory.

[ All chuckling ]

Eric: Thank you. And, um, anything else?

Donna: I see a man who won the fashion challenge, reclaimed his office and control of his company. Who’s at the top of his game and the top of the fashion world again.

Eric: Imagine how that makes me feel.

Katie: We love seeing you like this.

Donna: Just like we love seeing you at the head of the table on thanksgiving.

Katie: Forrester family patriarch whom we all love and cherish.

Eric: Thank you. Yeah, one might think that I don’t have that much to be thankful for this particular– particular thanksgiving, but, um, they’d be wrong because I get to get up every morning and– and– and create beauty for the whole world to see. And– and I can get– I can be celebrated for it and– and be given credit for it. I mean, what could be better than that?

Deacon: Let’s not dwell on sheila because that’s not why I asked you here. I’m hearing that you’re still seeing thomas. Is it true?

Hope: Why do you ask?

Deacon: Because I’m a protective father. And because I don’t think the guy’s right for you.

Hope: Are you being serious right now?

Deacon: Very. Yeah, I am. I mean, you know, given the guy’s history, the hurt that he’s put you through.

Hope: Wow. Wow. I’m really getting dating advice from a man dating a psycho like sheila.

Eric: I want to, uh, I– I want to pull out all the stops for this collection, okay? I wanna do a pr campaign that’s the biggest thing the fashion industry has ever seen. I’ll give you a– I’ll– I’ll up your budget for this, katie.

Katie: Um, excuse me. What?

Eric: Whatever you need. Whatever. [ Coughing ] Anything you need, katie.

Donna: Eric. Honey bear.

Katie: Eric, are you okay?

Eric: Yeah. Yeah, I’m okay. Yeah. You know my mantra. I’m not dead yet. Look, the whole world thinks that I’m– I’m alive and well and I’m at the top of my game. I don’t want that to change.

Rj: Granddad’s dying and we’re supposed to just act like it’s no big deal.

Brooke: Honey, it’s wonderful how much you’ve been there for your grandfather. How much you love him and care for him.

Ridge: He turned to you because he needed you, and you were there for him. And you guys, you created this amazing line that’s gonna live– that’S… the fashion world is gonna remember. And that means a lot to dad. So in a way, you’re keeping him alive. Well done. He hits his mark -center stage-and is crushed by a baby grand piano.

Deacon: Um, I got a pretty good idea how you feel about sheila. But hope, right now, I’m more concerned about you. You can’t tell me that you’ve forgotten all the crazy stuff that thomas has done.

Hope: Oh, you want to talk about crazy? Thomas is a saint compared to sheila carter.

Deacon: He’s got his own fair share of demons. You can’t have forgotten.

Hope: Dad, you don’t need to remind me of thomas’ past misdeeds. I mean, I know better than anyone. I haven’t forgotten.

Deacon: Well, I’m thinking maybe you have if you’re buying what this guy’s selling.

Hope: Thomas has changed for the better. And he is loving and caring toward me and he doesn’t have conflicted feelings, unlike liam.

Deacon: Baby, look. I don’t want to fight with you.

Hope: I don’t want to fight with you either. But, dad, you have to– you have to understand that things don’t just get to go back to normal now, right? I’m disappointed in you for even entertaining the idea of being involved with someone like sheila carter. For wanting to risk everything that you have worked so hard for, dad. I am hurt because you are choosing her over me.

Eric: I like this color. I think this color is beautiful.

Katie: It’s exquisite, eric.

Eric: Thank you, katie. Thank you. [ Coughing ]

Donna: Okay. Okay, that’s enough. I cannot let this go on. We need to call your doctor.

Eric: No, no. No, I don’t wanna see the doctor.

Katie: I– I have to agree with donna. Eric, you should at least check in.

Eric: No, no, katie. Every time I– every time i visit the doctor, it’s like visiting the grim reaper. You know, he– he– I don’t want to spend my last days being brought down by that. I want– I want to spend my days creating beauty. That’s what I want.

Donna: Okay. I– I get that. I really do. It’s just– okay, you know what? I– I’m not gonna push because the last thing you need is me nagging you like that.

Eric: The last thing you would be is– is a nag. You don’t nag me. I thank you both so much for your– for supporting me so much. Thank you. Thank you. But I don’t want my dying to consume my living. As long as I’m breathing, I wanna be able to create. I wanna be able to design. It gives me peace. Especially if this is my last– especially if this is my last collection.

Brooke: Rj, your father and i are worried about eric. But we’re worried about you too.

Rj: No. Don’t– don’t worry about me. I’m completely fine. I’m fine. I’m– I’m just– I’m gonna be working day and night to help granddad bring this line to life. That’s what I’m doing.

Ridge: Yes, of course. Because that’s the kind, considerate young man that you are, but… don’t take all of this and put it on your shoulders. It’s not necessary.

Rj: No. I– I am. I’m going to put this on my shoulder. This isn’t about me. This is about granddad. That’s the focus.

Ridge: I get that. I– I understand, but seeing him grow weaker and weaker every day, that’s not–

Rj: That– that’s not what I’m seeing. When he’s– when he’s in the creative zone and he– and he’s– and he’s focused on the design, it brings him life. It energizes him because he loves this. I– I– I just want to help him with that. I– I feel like that’s really important.

Ridge: What your mom and I are saying is–

Rj: I can see what you and mom are saying and I love the two of you. I do. I love you so much, but I need to do this. Okay? I need to know that when granddad’s passed on that I did everything that I could to… you know what? We just need to make sure that his medical diagnosis doesn’t get out. He can’t know that all these people know that he’s dying and he can’t know that he lost the fashion challenge, dad. That would–

Ridge: He’s never gonna know. He’s never gonna know that. He’s got too much pride and he’s got too much dignity to– to ever think that somebody gave him pity. But can we all try to remember something? It’s not like we handed him everything. The– the seat that he’s in is something that he earned a long time ago. Whoa! The new iphone 15. With that amazing camera.

Donna: Eric, please. I– I don’t wanna think about the end.

Eric: How can I not? How can I– if I have to face the last few months of my life, I’m gonna face it the same way I faced everything in my life. Every challenge. With courage and– and with determination. I mean, look– look at this. Look at this. All this– these ideas, they’re just pouring out of me. I– I can’t stop. I have to keep designing. If this is my last chance, I have to do it. If this is my– if this is my last collection, this is what I have to do.

Rj: No, you’re right. Granddad keeps– he keeps pushing himself. He’s putting– he’s getting out one incredible design after another. And you know, when he’s in that creative zone, he is unstoppable. I– I can’t, you know, I– I’m just trying to keep up with him. Honestly, keep up with what he’s telling me.

Katie: Hey, I’m glad you’re all here. I just came from eric and donna. Ridge, if you could see him sitting behind his desk in his chair. He’s so proud. I’m telling you, letting him win the fashion challenge, it was the most beautiful thing you ever could have done for him.

Ridge: Okay. All right. But there’s got to be something else we can do. There’s gotta be something we can do to keep him with us. No, I– I just thinking of this office without him in it. This– this family without him here. I– I don’t know how to do this.

Deacon: Honey, I’m not choosing you over sheila. I could never do that.

Hope: Well, you say that, but then you’ve gone and made her more a part of your life now than– than I am. And so, there obviously must be a little more care.

Deacon: That’s not true. Hope, I love you.

Hope: And I love you too, dad, but you knew what you were doing. You knew what you were risking.

Deacon: There’s like an– there’s like a disconnect here. You’re asking me to accept the fact that thomas has changed, right? Why won’t you believe my intuition that sheila’s changed too? Why won’t you extend me the same benefit of the doubt?

Hope: I understand that you think our circumstances are similar here. They are not, dad. Sheila is actually dangerous.

Deacon: You mean everything to me. You and douglas and beth. I love those kids, I adore them and I haven’t seen them in ages.

Hope: Because of sheila.

Deacon: Wait– wait a second. Are you– are you telling me that I can’t see them anymore?

Hope: Well, dad, as long as you are involved with sheila carter, I– I…

Deacon: Okay. Look, she doesn’t have to be with me, okay? I’ll make sure of it.

Hope: Dad, don’t you get there are consequences to your actions? And I knew I couldn’t trust sheila carter. But now I– I don’t even know if I can trust you.

Deacon: Honey, please, listen to me.

Hope: Dad, there is nothing more that you can say. Okay? As much as it– it kills me to say this to you. As long as sheila carter is a part of your life… you don’t get to have access to mine.

Hope: I don’t know how sheila did it. How she managed to manipulate you of all people? But, dad, she’s using you. And you need to wake up because she is dangerous. And I will not allow her or anyone who is close to her near my children.

Deacon: Hope, she’s different now.

Hope: Dad, people like that, who are missing that empathy part of their brain, they cannot change.

Deacon: But thomas can? I changed. I’m not the same man that I was years ago.

Hope: Dad, please. Sheila carter is in a league of her own. And you actually put in the work. I mean, dad! Look at il giardino. Look at everything you’ve done to repair our relationship. Look at– look at how you’re showing up for beth and douglas. I mean, they adore you.

Deacon: And I adore them and I adore you.

Hope: Okay, good. So, then you should understand why this decision is so hurtful. It just feels like you’re choosing you. Yet again. And I don’t– I don’t want to lose you. I never wanted to lose you, dad. But now, once again, you just– you aren’t even considering family or the impact that it might have on your daughter or your grandkids. So, I don’t want this to happen, but if… it will happen if you don’t cut sheila carter out of your life for good.

Brooke: Maybe I should have gone with ridge and rj.

Katie: I think they wanted to see eric on their own. Spend some time with him.

Brooke: Yeah. Something he doesn’t have a lot of.

Katie: I know. I was with him earlier and he was coughing up blood.

Brooke: What? He should be in the hospital.

Katie: I– I don’t disagree with you but it’s– it’s not our choice to make. It’s his choice. We have to respect it. I know that my situation is not the same thing, but I– I know what it’s like to face your own mortality. You know, my– my heart could stop any day. Which is why you have to take every day and– and– and appreciate it as the precious gift that it is and– and live every moment. And I think that’s what eric is doing. He’s– he’s doing what he loves. He’s designing and creating, and it’s inspiring. But it’s– it’s heartbreaking.

Brooke: But he is so– he’s so courageous. And you know what makes it hard is the fact that he built up this wall, and I just wish that I could get through to him.

Katie: I know.

Brooke: Or one of us. We just need to be able to tell him the truth. The truth that we know. That way we can love him and we can support him. The way that he needs, until the end.

Eric: I’m– I’m particularly proud of this one, actually. I like how it turned out. It– it gave me a hard time at first but– but it’s come out really wonderful, I thought.

Ridge: It’s breathtaking, dad.

Eric: I had a hard time at first, but then I had a lot of wonderful, great help with my extraordinary right-hand man. Rj, um, well, you know how I feel about you.

Rj: I– I do. Same way I feel about you, sir.

Ridge: Well, listen, all of this– this whole collection is uh, is amazing. And I know– I know you wanna– you wanna do this on your own.

Eric: Absolutely, I want to do it on my own. You have no idea how important that is to me.

Ridge: No, I– I do. I– I do understand that. I just– look, everything I know I’ve learned from you and those– those are special days for me.

Eric: I’m glad you haven’t forgotten.

Ridge: I would never forget any of that, dad.

Eric: Yeah?

Ridge: You’ve given me everything and– and– this is your collection. But even michelangelo, I mean, he had help painting the sistine chapel. He didn’t do it alone. He– you have help. You have my son and maybe it would make sense to have your son help as well. And I– I will stay in the background. I just thought maybe this would be a time for me to repay you for everything you’ve done. Not just as a dad, but as– as a– as a mentor, and I– I just, I don’t want anything. That’s a lie. What I want is to work with you one last time. What do you say?

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Y&R Transcript Monday, November 27, 2023

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Adam: Oh, hello, nate.

Nate: Adam.

Adam: Hey, will you hang on a minute? Have you seen victoria or victor here?

Nate: No.

Adam: Have you seen them anywhere? I mean, there’s nobody at the office.

Nate: I don’t know why you’d think I’d know anything about that.

Adam: Uh, it’s just a question.

Nate: If you recall, I no longer work at newman enterprises.

Adam: Right. And from that information, I should reasonably assume that you’re no longer involved with victoria, either?

Nate: Whether I am or I’m not, that’s none of your damn business. Although, I do find it interesting that neither victor or victoria chose to fill you in on their activities. So, I’ll reasonably assume that you haven’t risen that far up in the ranks from when you were my assistant. They’re still keeping you in the dark. Not exactly exactly a sign of confidence.

Adam: Mm. And a good evening to you, sir.

Sally: You just make friends everywhere you go, don’t you?

Adam: See, that’s the thing. Nate, uh, likes to make a show that he hates me, but way down, deep inside? He really, really hates me. Especially after losing his job.

Sally: What was that, that he said about your family still shutting you out? I thought you were getting past that.

Adam: No, forget about it. He doesn’t know anything. My relationship with my father has never been closer.

Nikki: Oh, god. I gotta get out of here. Okay. Okay. Oh, god.

[ Nikki sobbing ] What? Eve?

Cole: Victoria. It’s me, cole. Listen, I’m at the house that nikki told me to go to, but she’s not here and obviously, neither are you. I’m all by myself, I think. You know, it’s a little weird ’cause I’m in somebody’s house and I have no idea whose it is. Anyway, just give me a call as soon as you get this.

[ Jordan grunting ]

[ Jordan chuckling ]

Nikki: Claire? No. Who– who are you?

Jordan: You can call me jordan, for now.

Nikki: Oh. Oh. What do you want with me?

Jordan: Sh, sh, sh, sh. You need to relax. You need to stay calm. Don’t push yourself. You know, you really shouldn’t have pulled that iv out. You need it. It’s important. You need to stay hydrated. Your family should be arriving soon.

Nikki: My– my family?

Jordan: Yes. Isn’t that wonderful? And pretty soon, you’re going to be joining them. But in the meantime, you need to rest and relax. Stay calm. You’re not a well woman.

Nikki: Oh, my god. No. No.

Jordan: No, what, nikki?

Nikki: You did this to me.

Jordan: No, nikki newman. You did this to yourself. Your whole family did this to you.

Claire: Aunt jordan, we’re here.

Victoria: I thought you said she’d be home? That’s what she told me. Well then, where is she?

Claire: Hello? Uh, maybe she went back to the hospital.

Nick: What hospital?

Claire: I don’t know. I’m sorry. Can I get you all something? Some water, something warm?

Nick: Sure, water. It’s fine. Thank you.

Claire: Your mother will be fine. Please don’t worry.

Victoria: Why are you saying it like that?

Jordan: Visitors. Hello.

Claire: This is my aunt jordan.

Jordan: I’m sorry. I– I didn’t hear you come in.

Victor: Excuse me, we are looking for my wife.

Jordan: Oh.

Victor: Nikki newman.

Jordan: She’s still at the hospital.

Victoria: But uh, you said that…

Jordan: Oh, please rest assured, she’s going to be fine. The doctors are just going to keep her overnight.

Victor: Well, if you just give us the name of the hospital, we’ll find it.

Jordan: Well, I’m afraid that visiting hours are– are over. They won’t let you in.

Victor: Trust me, they’ll let me in.

Sally: So, I’m supposed to believe that everything is fine between you and victor? That you guys have mended all the fences and everything else that needs mending?

Adam: Well, not everything, but we’re working on it.

Sally: Good. I’m glad.

Adam: Yeah. There’s actually been, uh, quite a lot that has happened since the last time that I saw you, but, uh, you seem to be avoiding me ever since we were together that night.

Sally: I’m not avoiding you, adam. I just needed some time to process everything. That’s all.

Adam: I understand.

Sally: Yeah, I’m just still conflicted about everything.

Adam: No, I get that. I do.

Sally: Do you?

Adam: Look, neither one of us were expecting for that to happen, but it did. You know, I’m not gonna pretend like I’m not happy that it did. Because it proved to me that what we have is still there.

Sally: I just don’t want to go backwards, adam.

Adam: I’m not asking you to. All I’m asking is for you to look at me as I am now.

Sally: Yeah, but who you are now is still the man who admitted that he was willing to use his father’s illness to take him down.

Adam: But I didn’t go through with it.

Sally: You almost sound proud of that?

Adam: Yeah, I– I kind of am. You know, it showed some maturity, some restraint on my part.

Sally: And you know, you set the bar really low for yourself. It’s still a lie, adam. You still played everyone, including me. I really, really want to be able to trust you, but I–

Adam: I know. It was a precarious situation. But I finally did tell you the whole truth, okay? The old me– the old me would have buried that. But I didn’T.

Sally: You just keep lowering the bar. Eventually, it’s just gonna be on the floor, just a wrinkle in the rug. Like, “hey, everybody, at least I didn’t lie to everyone today, so give me some credit. It’s the new me.”

Adam: That’s correct. That’s totally accurate. But I am sincerely sorry that I could not let you in on what I was up to. Okay? We used to be a team. Is that why you’re upset?

Sally: No. I will tell you why I’m upset.

Adam: Okay. Okay, I get it. But look, I was a victim in this.

Sally: How?

[ Adam sighing ]

Adam: Victor was the one who told the biggest lie of all. He made this entire thing up, trying to trap one of us into betraying him. And of course, everybody suspected that it would be me. But surprise. It actually turned out to be nate.

Audra: Uh, so tell me, what’s going on? What’s the story with you and the newmans?

Nate: The story is, I’m not a part of that family, so they don’t need me.

Audra: Come on, that’s it?

Nate: In the end, it was. Victor pretended he was slipping. Forgetting things, people’s names, what year it was. You know, classic symptoms of early-stage dementia. He was pretty convincing.

Audra: Why would he do that?

Nate: Well, he thought his children were so angry that he had taken the reins at newman again, that one of them would betray him. Use his condition to oust him.

Audra: That’s seriously messed up.

Nate: You’ll get no argument from me there.

Audra: Hm. So, how did victor faking senility come back to bite you?

Nate: Well, I was the one who made the suggestion that we get him some help. Keep it quiet. Send him to a private sanitarium where he could be taken care of without any media scrutiny.

Audra: Except victor wasn’t really losing it and he thought you were making a play to take over.

Nate: Victoria would have taken over, but yes, that’s basically it.

Audra: Mm. You kind of walked right into that one, didn’t you?

Nate: Look, I understand how victor saw it from his perspective. Like I was making a move on his position, but I am a doctor. I was genuinely concerned about the man’s well-being. What? You don’t believe me?

Audra: No. I believe, um, that’s the story you tell yourself and anyone who asks, but I know you too well, nate. This wasn’t just a mission of mercy. You were making a play and victor shot you down. Yeah, yeah, yeah

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Just do what’s delicious.

Adam: He fooled us all.

Sally: And you’re okay with that?

Adam: With victor’s loyalty test? I mean, that’s what he does. I get it. He thought that his children had an agenda and I mean, he wasn’t wrong. Victoria wanted her old job back. Nick wanted to make sure that I wasn’t rewarded for anything. And you already know what my plan was.

Sally: That’s some family you got there.

Adam: Oh, yeah. We’re fun, aren’t we? And now after all this, he wants the three of us to come back together and work it out.

Sally: Mm. That’s clearly not possible.

Adam: No. Especially since nick and victoria go out of their way to avoid me. We can’t even be in the same room together. It’s kind of a theme for me lately. The people in my life, avoiding me.

Sally: I told you I needed some space.

Adam: I remember. But the truth is it was making me crazy. Not seeing you, talking to you. I would sit around and wonder where do we go from here? I mean, have you thought about that at all, sally? What happens now?

Victor: I would like to see my wife, nikki newman.

Jordan: Well, I can– I can order a car service for you. I would offer you my car, but I’ve been having some mechanical problems. A regulator, alternator, something like that.

Nick: A car service will be fine. Thank you.

Jordan: Oh, of course. Of course. Time is of the essence. Claire, would you mind?

Claire: Of course.

Victoria: You still haven’t told us what exactly happened to my mother?

Jordan: Oh, of course. Um, let me see what I can recall. Uh, we– we were having a lovely dinner and she was singing claire’s praises for everything that claire has done working with her and she was, uh, very effusive. Is that the right word? Um, and– and then at the end of the meal, uh, something changed and– and she just seemed off.

Victor: What do you mean by something seemed off?

Jordan: Well, she started rambling. And, um, just couldn’t seem to follow a conversation. Almost as if she’d been drinking.

Nick: My mother is a recovering alcoholic. She hasn’t had a drink in years.

Jordan: Oh, I see. I– I– I didn’t know that. That’s interesting.

Victoria: So, what happened? How did she end up in the hospital?

Jordan: Oh, well, um, after dinner, I suggested that she stay here. I didn’t think it was safe for her to be leaving to go to her sisters. I thought that if she spent the night, that maybe in the morning she’d feel better and could leave then. I mean, I know that I don’t like to travel when I’m not feeling well.

Victor: Now, tell me more about her seizure.

Jordan: Well, I’m getting to that.

Victor: No. I want to hear it now.

Jordan: Well, I offered to make up the guest room for her, but she was very insistent about leaving. And that’s when she started to have a seizure. She collapsed right there where you’re sitting, mr. Newman. So, I called 9-1-1. And thank god. They arrived within a few minutes.

Nick: Was she able to get treatment in time?

Jordan: Oh, yeah, she’s fine. They gave her a– a– an anti-seizure medication. Uh, uh, uh, phenytoin. And sure enough, she stabilized within 30 minutes.

Victor: I really appreciate you helping her.

Jordan: There’s no need for your appreciation, mr. Newman. I mean, you have a lovely wife. I felt like I knew her the minute I met her.

Claire: The car will be here in 15 minutes.

Jordan: Thank you, darling. So, can we fix you something to eat while you’re waiting?

Victor: No, thank you.

Nick: We’re fine. Thank you.

Victoria: No. None of us are hungry at all. We just– we want to see our mother.

Jordan: Well, I suggest that you have a seat and you all relax. A seat and you all relax. Because there isn’t going to be a car.

Victoria: Uh, claire just told us that there was a car.

Jordan: And there won’t be a hospital you’re going to either, I’m afraid.

Nick: What the hell is this? What are you talking about?

Jordan: What this is, young man, is that it’s time to start telling the truth. All of it.

Victor: What is this? Is this some kind of a sick story? Where’s my wife?

Jordan: All in due time.

Nick: I’m done waiting. Tell me where my mother is or I’m calling the police.

Jordan: Really? I wouldn’t do that if I were you.

Victoria: Are we supposed to be frightened of you or something?

Jordan: Well, that depends on what you’re frightened of. Now, if you want to see your mother again, you’ll shut up and listen to me.

Victoria: Ah, this is absurd.

Nick: Lady, I don’t know who you are or what you’re up to–

Victor: Sh, sh, sh, son, son. Let her speak. Go on.

Jordan: All right. But first, I have a question for you, mr. Newman. Do I look familiar to you? Maybe something in the eyes.

Victor: I’ve never seen you in my life.

Jordan: That is true. But you did know my sister, intimately. Eve howard.

Victor: Eve howard?

Jordan: Yeah. And she loved you and you betrayed her and you broke her heart. And you threw her out like she wasn’t even human. Because that’s who you are. That’s what you do, victor newman. And so I’m here because I’m waiting for all of you to make amends.

Audra: Do you wanna hear my theory?

Nate: Do I have a choice?

Audra: I imagine you thought the best way to protect victor was to clear a path so victoria and you could take over while he was in treatment.

Nate: Exactly. And it was a good plan. Victor needed help, or so we thought. Look, we had to keep it discreet so business partners wouldn’t get nervous. And somebody had to step in during all that to keep the company running. Now tell me, how was that betrayal?

Audra: It isn’t to me, okay? But victor saw your concern as a move against him and it’s his opinion that matters most.

Nate: I was just a scapegoat. If one of his kids had suggested what I did, he would have accepted it unconditionally. I was set up to fail right from the start.

Audra: And who was behind that?

Nate: Nikki, nick, adam. All of them.

Audra: You left someone out.

Nate: With victoria, it’s– it’s a little more complicated.

Audra: I’m sure.

Nate: And I do not want to talk about that.

Audra: Hm. You’re pretty angry, aren’t you?

Nate: Oh, I’m furious.

Audra: Furious enough to want to get back at them?

Sally: I have thought about that night.

Adam: Yeah. And have you come to any conclusions or are you still working it out?

Sally: I honestly don’t know how I feel about it.

Adam: Well, I guess as long as it’s not hatred or regret I can live with anything else.

Sally: There’s never been any hatred, adam. I’ve never stopped caring about you. Even in the moments when you were driving me crazy. And regret, that’s– that’s a different thing altogether.

Adam: Oh, I knew that was coming.

Sally: I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel something. But I don’t know, I also felt like I was betraying nick. Even though that doesn’t really make sense anymore. Or maybe I was just betraying myself for not having the strength to stop it.

Adam: Did you want to stop it?

Sally: No. And that’s what’s so confusing. Because I felt like I– I should have this massive regret. Like I was stepping back to a place where I just didn’t belong anymore.

Adam: With me.

Sally: Yeah. With you. But I didn’t feel that way at all. Look, I– I haven’t reached out to you because I knew that you’d be asking these questions. I– I wasn’t avoiding you. I just really don’t have the answers. You know, it’s– it’s it’s hard to explain. Obviously.

Adam: No, it is. But my feelings have been pretty clear. I can tell you exactly what I’ve been feeling since that night.

Sally: What’s that?

Adam: Longing for you. For us. And hoping that somehow, you feel the same way.

Sally: Oh, you’re not making this any easier.

Adam: I– I don’t mean to put you on the spot, but I would like to know. Do you believe there is any chance for the two of us, moving forward?

Sally: I have thought a lot about it. And I’ve put it out into the universe.

Adam: And?

Sally: So far, it has been unresponsive.

Adam: The universe is very busy. Or maybe it’s waiting for your heart to tell you what to do. To clear away some of that noise and doubt so you can listen to it a little more closely.

Sally: It sounds so simple.

Adam: Okay. It can be. Look, I understand why you are hesitant. I blew our first chance and possibly our second. I know I don’t have the best track record when it comes to maintaining relationships, but I want to fight for this one. Because I believe that night we were together meant something. To both of us.

Sally: Well, of course, it meant something. I think we’re just trying to figure out what it was. So, what do we do now?

Adam: You know what? I have a great idea.

Sally: Oh, god. I’m almost afraid to ask.

Adam: Let’s have dinner here tonight.

Sally: Like a date?

Adam: Like a proper date. No pressure, no expectations. And I promise we’re not going to talk about the future.

Sally: Or longing?

[ Adam chuckling ]

Adam: Right. No longing talk. It will just be the two of us, living in the moment.

[ Sally sighing ]

Sally: Okay.

Adam: Great.

Sally: Yeah. I mean, what could be the harm, right?

Victor: What kind of a scam is this? You want money? Eve howard was a deeply disturbed woman, you know. She made my life a living hell. But she never mentioned having a sister.

Jordan: Because we were estranged at the time. And then she died and we never had the opportunity to heal. If she hadn’t met you, if she hadn’t moved to genoa city, we would have had that chance.

Victor: It took you 40 years to come up with this cock and bull story?

[ Jordan laughing ]

Jordan: So, you don’t think that I’m eve howard’s sister?

Victor: I don’t give a damn who you are. We’re out of here. Let’s go.

Nick: Let’s go.

Victor: We’re gonna find this hospital on our own.

Jordan: Well, your wife is not at the hospital. And her so-called seizure was merely a ruse to get you all here. My mom’s alzheimer’s never changed how much we love her.

Nick: What do you mean my mom’s not at the hospital?

Victoria: What have you done to my mother?

Victor: Lady, we didn’t come here to play games, so you better tell me where my wife is. Or else.

Jordan: Or else what?

Victor: I promise you, you don’t want to find out. Especially not when it involves my family.

Jordan: Oh, your family. Do you mean like my sister? Did my sister, eve, cross you? Is that why you threw her out like trash, victor newman?

Victor: Where’s my wife?

Jordan: Oh, she’s safe, for now.

Victor: I’m through playing games with you.

Jordan: Oh, this is no game. This is as serious as a heart attack, which is what you will all be experiencing very soon thanks to the poison that you just drank in your water bottles. Digoxin. You don’t have long to live. And it’s going to be my utmost pleasure to stand here and watch you die.

Nikki: What have you done to him?

Eve: He died tonight. They took him away. At the end, he finally realized what it meant to be with each other. He was going to give me his name.

Nikki: You’re crazy.

Eve: Am I? Yes, I– I was going to marry victor. And we– we hurried because I knew he couldn’t last much longer, but it was too late.

Nikki: You talked victor into marrying you?

Eve: Oh, no, no. No, no. He asked me. He begged me to. He had to. I gave him a son. I gave him my life.

Nikki: No, no.

[ Nikki panting ]

[ Nikki sobbing ]

Adam: Well, the company seems to be taking off like a rocket.

Sally: I– I don’t know if I would go that far, but it has been encouraging. I’m building something and I love it.

Adam: Well, that’s great. What about nick?

Sally: What about him?

Adam: I mean, have things been tense? Have they been awkward at all?

Sally: Actually, it’s been the opposite. You know, there was a moment there where I considered that maybe he would pull the funding out of the business, but he’s followed through on everything he said he would and he kind of just lets me do whatever I want.

Adam: Well, nick is an honorable man.

Sally: Is that real or sarcastic?

Adam: Can it be both? Nick and I are just not destined to get along, but generally, I’ve known him to keep his word, so I’m glad he kept his promise to you.

Sally: Do you think that’ll ever change? You and nick?

Adam: That we’ll actually be friends? Uh, the odds are against us. Look, we’ve tried. There’s been times where I thought we were gonna have a breakthrough, but it’s just never lasted.

Sally: Well, never say never.

Adam: Well, I love the optimism.

Sally: So, what are you gonna do with connor this weekend?

Adam: Oh, he’s, uh, he’s got a basketball game on friday night. And then after that, we’re just gonna wing it. He made some new friends, which is great, so I don’t want to step on his plans.

Sally: Well, I’m sure he’ll make time for you.

Adam: I miss him. You know, he’s a great kid and after everything he has been through, he’s– he’s actually shockingly normal. You know, there was a while there that I was terrified he was gonna end up like… you know?

Sally: You?

Adam: Yeah. There was a time I thought he had the worst parts of me and that would make things difficult for him. I did not have an easy life.

Sally: But it’s getting better.

Adam: Oh, it’s much better. It’s in large part due to connor. It’s amazing how kids affect your life. It like, changes your perspective and things just become all about them. And it’S… I didn’t mean to.

Sally: No, it’s fine. Really, I’m not that– I’m not that fragile.

Adam: No, I know. Just, it was an insensitive comment. I know that you’re still mourning our daughter.

Sally: You know, I’m really not that hungry. And– and I really don’t want to eat this late.

Adam: Is it? Is it that late? I– I hadn’t noticed.

Sally: This has been lovely. But do you mind if we raincheck this dinner?

Adam: Of course. But you aren’t just blowing me off, are you?

Sally: No, we will get dinner. A proper date sometime soon. But tonight I– I just– I just really need to be alone and sort through some things.

Adam: Sure. I probably gave you a lot to think about.

Sally: You did and I’m glad you did. I just need to go through it on my own.

Adam: Yeah. No, I– I completely understand. Well, let’s get you up to your room.

Sally: Ah, just one more thing.

Adam: What’s that?

Sally: You can’t walk me to my door this time because we always get in trouble when you do that.

Adam: I mean, it’s a good kind of trouble, isn’t it?

Sally: Sometimes, it’s just trouble.

Adam: Can I at least walk you to the stairs? I mean, that’s not too dangerous, is it?

Sally: I think I can handle that.

Adam: Well, I guess this is as far as I go.

Sally: What a gentleman. Thank you for a lovely evening.

Adam: I’m so glad that I ran into you. Thanks for having drinks with me and very nearly having dinner. And I think we should have a– a real date soon. See where it takes us.

Sally: I would like that. I know you’re trying to be better. I can see it.

Adam: Thank you.

Sally: Well, good night.

Adam: Night. Well, I was not expecting that.

Sally: Neither was I.

Nate: I’m angry, but I’m not stupid enough to go after victor newman. That would be professional suicide.

Audra: What will you do?

Nate: Swallow my pride and move on to something else. Again.

Audra: I might be making a move too.

Nate: Really? I thought you were happy at newman media?

Audra: I have some potential opportunities I have to consider.

Nate: Okay. Where?

Audra: Well, I can’t say yet until the deal is finalized, but it’ll be a place where I have much more freedom than I do now. And you know, we could always use smart, strong people to come on board.

Nate: Are you making me an offer?

Audra: I could be, soon. You know, once everything is more concrete. That’s if you’re interested, of course.

Nate: I’ll listen.

Audra: You know, I like surrounding myself with colleagues who I can trust to get the job done, by whatever means.

Nate: Is that how you think of me? Um, I gotta tell you, I’m not as ruthless as you seem to think.

Audra: Mm. Keep telling yourself that.

Victor: You’re crazy. Let’s get out of here.

Nick: Let’s get out of here now. Let me try.

Jordan: You won’t get to the hospital. In fact, you won’t even get out of the house because all the windows and doors are triple-locked.

Nick: This isn’t moving. Maybe there’s another way out.

Victoria: Why are you doing this?

Jordan: Oh, I’ve already told you. So, claire and I can stand here and watch you die.

Victoria: Oh, my god. Cole?

Victor: Cole howard?

Victoria: What the hell?

Claire: Well, he had to be here for the family reunion. Didn’t he, mother?

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[ Fire alarm beeping ] What’s happening? That is sound of kitchen fire. Uh, okay, so it’s — it’s just the alarm. I-I’ll go see what’s happening. I’m coming with you. God, just when it seemed like we might actually have a normal thanksgiving for once. Well, at least leo thought it was cool enough to go tell cody. Not helping, brook lynn. Ma. What did you do? Oh, good. They’re still at the parade. Okay, my little ones… we couldn’t share dinner together, but at least I can leave you a bit of my love. I love you. This is exactly what I need — thanksgiving with the three of us. Um, the four of us.

[ Elevator doors open ] Here she is. Yes! Ooh, daddy, doubles! You get two turns. Drew’s winning!

[ Laughs ] Only if I can avoid this little monkey slide right here. Here we go.

[ Doorbell rings ] Okay. Oh, I’ll get it. Donna, your turn. Yeah. Happy turkey day, mama carly!

[ Laughing ] Oh! Happy thanksgiving. All quiet on the western front. Nothing much for me to do here with us skipping the big feast. It suits me fine, pop. Portia’s on call at the hospital, and aunt stella is globetrotting around london again. And miss trina is off doing her own thing. Yeah, well, it’s just as well. What’s all this? Decided to become an architect? This is, uh, the floor plan of the 11th floor of the metro court hotel. Why are you looking at that, curtis? Because someone took a shot at me there and it left me in this wheelchair, and I want to find out who it was. Hey, sweetie. It’s me. I know, I know, I know. I’m just checking in. I know you wanted to have a marathon study day, but I was just calling to say hi. It’s pretty slow here at work.

[ Sighs ] Honey, I’m — I’m really sorry that things aren’T… working out well with spencer. Um…I know it has to be really difficult for you, so I just wanted to say that I’m here, and, um… and I love you. Okay. Bye. Hopefully, um… hopefully that’ll be the last of spencer cassadine. Whew!

[ Laughs ] Happy thanksgiving. And to you. So, what are you thankful for? Oh. Let’s see. Um…hmm. These arms. These hands. These lips. Okay, so… I told you what I’m thankful for. What about you?

[ Sighs ] There’s so much, I don’t know how to list it all. Try. Okay. Okay. Well, first off, there’s joss. She’s my rock. And then there’s my mom. She’s like wonder woman without the hot pants. Mm-hmm. And then my granddad. He is solid gold. And then I have two amazing fathers. So, I’m, like, swimming in gratitude. And, uh… I think that’s it. Not even an honorable mention? Oh, yeah. I’m thankful for you, too… when you’re not being a jerk. It’s a good day, pop. Wow. For someone whose wife pulled the work card and daughter is off doing her own thing and you’re stuck here with your old man, you’re in a pretty good mood. Actually, when you put it like that… no. No, you know, I have to admit there’s a lot to be thankful for. Um, beautiful house, beautiful family, and now I have a purpose. Oh? Solving this case is your purpose? It is now. Lois: Oh, thank god that alarm went off. That hurt. Olivia: My ears are still ringing. Brook lynn: It’s insane. Ma! You look a million miles away. What’s up? Olivia: Oh, my god! Brook lynn:

[ Gasps ] Ohh! What happened to you?! Onions burning in pan. Sprinklers are activate by smoke. Turkey is wet. No good. Oh, my god! Not the turkey! Hold on. Wait for me! Yeah, there’s, uh, no saving that bird. That bad? Not unless you like soup. Ugh. I change. Well, I’d better call and tell cody that he, sasha, and leo don’t have to rush up here. Hey, ma. You know, the first thing you taught me about cooking was you never leave anything on the stove unless it’s on simmer. So what’s going on? Diane, this delightful young lady is our granddaughter, emma drake. Of course. Hello, emma. So lovely to see you again. Thank you. My grandfather didn’t mention we’d have you with us. How wonderful. Yeah, absolutely. Um, I’ve taken the liberty of ordering us turkey all around.

[ Laughs ] Sounds great. I love turkey, grandpa. Yeah. Shall we? Where are we — over here? Oh, great. Well, you outdid yourself this time, scorpio. Just in a day’s work, killer.

[ Laughs ] Please. I want to see what’s in the basket. Alright, buddy, it’s all yours. Go for it. Willow: What’d you get? Candy! And a cool robot! And a soft kitty for amelia! That is so sweet. Who’s it from? Who else? “To wiley and amelia. Happy thanksgiving. Sorry I can’t be with you today. Left you some treats. Love, grandma nina.” That is so thoughtful. How come grandma nina didn’t come for us for dinner at the big house? She’s working today, but we’ll see her soon. I hope so. I love her. Michael, I-I get that you’re not thrilled about the gift, but can you try to play along for wiley’s sake? So, what’s that? Pecan pie. What?! You always liked it when my dad brought it. I did, and it’s gonna be delicious. Why don’t you go in the living room and play? They’re playing “monkey.”

[ Gasps ] “Monkey in the metal”?!

[ Laughs ] Oh, my gosh. She loves that game. Boss, I parked by the gate, so you let me know when you’re ready to go. You — you want to say hi to josslyn? Appreciate it. Thanks. Happy thanksgiving. Happy thanksgiving. Don’t say I never do anything for you. Oh, good. You’re out! Nice! Okay. Alright, you’re up. Wow, I did not expect to see you tonight. Well, you have sonny to thank for that. I just might have to.

[ Knock on door ] You alright with “the other guest”? Yes. Hey, ava. Glad you could make it. Hi. Well, I’m glad to be here. Happy thanksgiving. Febreze has a microchip to control scent release febreze has a microchip to control scent release so it smells first-day fresh for 50 days. 50 days!? And its refill reminder light means I’ll never miss a day of freshness. Gloria, your feast is drenched. And get this — tony’s is closed for renovation. What? Tony’s is never closed. And we can’t use our pizza oven because the kitchen is ruined. No, it’s not ruined. It’s — it’s just extremely wet. I hate to say “I told you so,” but thanksgiving never works at the quartermaines’. This place is cursed. No! Stop it! And you… you own a hotel with a gourmet restaurant. I’m — I’m — I am just going to make a phone call, and I will get turkey for the quartermaines if it’s the last thing I do. I am so hungry.

[ Laughter ]

[ Telephone rings ] Uh, hello, metro court restaurant. Hello. Who is this? It’s nina reeves. May I help you? Hello, nina. This is lois cerullo calling from the quartermaines’. I would like to order some turkey. Olivia, I’m so sorry. You know, I-I’m so absent-minded… this is not your fault, gloria. Thanksgiving never works out. I don’t know if it’s the house or the family, but they have not had a turkey on thanksgiving since the ’90s. Okay. Ah. [ Laughs ] Problem is solved! We are back on track with the turkey. You’re kidding me. Yeah. No. Nina reeves is on her way over with a feast for 15. Turkey, nibbles, dessert, the whole shebang. Oh, lois, you’re a genius! Come on, brook lynn, help me set it up. Okay!

[ Laughs ] Well, you sure rode in to the rescue. Yeah, mm-hmm. Although I wouldn’t have had to if you had remembered that you had onions on the stove. My bad. Ma. What’s going on? First you cancel your plans in canarsie, and then you ruin thanksgiving in port charles. Well, you heard olivia. It’s the quartermaine curse. Oh, come on. I can tell something is going on, and the more you deflect, the more I’m gonna worry. Alright, alright, alright. Okay. A couple of weeks ago, I was playing bingo, st. Nicholas church. You know, the russian orthodox up on nostrand. Yeah, I know it. You know, so, I was playing my boards. I was minding my own business. And you know I can do 15 at the same time. Ma. Is there a point to this? Yeah. So, anyway, along comes this broad. She sits down next to me and starts talking russian into her phone at the top of her lungs. I very nicely looked at her and said, “could you turn it down a notch?” She swore at me in russian. Okay, how do you know what she said? You don’t speak russian. Well, I-I played cribbage up in brighton beach, and I picked up a few words. Okay, so then what happened? Well, you know, I-I tried to ignore it and keep things calm, but she kept pushing and pushing, so I finally swore at her… in english. Ma! Well, look, lois, everybody has their limit. And I was not gonna let that obnoxious woman bully me. And I told her that. Okay, so, how did she take it? Well, she screamed and screamed, and they kicked me out of the church. And I’m not allowed to play bingo anymore till I apologize to her. And I didn’t apologize. Okay. So, fine. So, you go somewhere else to play bingo. Well, that’s what I’m planning on. So, then, what’s the problem? Well… uh, where’d everybody go? Wiley, why don’t you be a good big brother and go check if amelia woke up? If she did, you can surprise her with that adorable kitty cat. Okay!

[ Sighs ] I mean, come on, willow. You don’t — you don’t find this note the least bit manipulative? “Sorry I can’t be with you today”? Michael, nina’s a part of our family. Wiley really bonded with her at the wedding. Yeah, and now she’s taking advantage, just like she did last time. Okay, yes, nina made some mistakes, but she’s trying. Why are you so intent on rekindling bad memories?

[ Sighs ] Know what? You’re right. I’m sorry. I’m just being protective, especially when it comes to you. Okay, well, don’t be. Nina has been nothing but kind and wonderful. No. Yeah. I-I-I’ll just try to do better, especially around the kids. Thank you. Yeah. Mommy! Amelia’s awake. Can we go to the big house now? I want to show leo grandma nina’s cool toy! Yeah, let me go get amelia ready. Okay, great. Okay. Come here, buddy. Let me get a good look at that robot. Hey, trish. Trish. I just got off the phone with the quartermaines. They need a full turkey dinner for 15. Nina, we have a 200 head count tonight and a big party in the ballroom. Our turkeys are taken. So, emma, tell me, how long are you in town? Just for the weekend. I have to get back to the lab. Robert: Doing an internship at berkeley. Atom… smashing. Smashing!

[ Laughing ] No, not exactly. It’s a little more involved than that. Oh! Anna: Would you excuse me just one second? I’ll be right back. Nina. You avoiding me? What do you want, anna? Oh, I-I just think it’s time you and I had a chat. Don’t you? Spencer: I know that I can be a jerk sometimes, but…who isn’t, right? Hmm, let me see. My mom, curtis, your grandmother, kevin. Okay, okay, okay. Yeah, you’re right, you’re right. Isn’t it easier just to agree with me from the start? Yes, ma’am. I’m glad that you’re able to forgive me. You talked me off of a ledge, and I’m sorry that it took me so long. You usually come around. I just don’t want my little brother to feel abandoned the way that I did. And, um, you helped me see that it’s not 100% one way or the other, and that esme wanting to take ace and be independent, it doesn’t make her a villain. I know it’s hard, but you can’t always get what you want. I know. Um… but figuring this one out isn’t gonna be easy, trina. Good things never come easy, spencer. You have to work for them. I spoke with jordan about getting all of the police records. Pop, I just can’t sit around and wait for the pcpd to solve this. I-I got to be involved in my own investigation. Curtis. Do you really think that’s a good idea? I was a cop. I was a P.I. So, yeah, I know my way around a good investigation. Of course you do. But I thought you wanted to move on. I can’t just move on, pop. I got — if I’m not being proactive, then it’s like — it’s like being the passenger when I’m supposed to be the driver in my own car. So you’re telling me… you think getting involved in this investigation is going to make a difference? At least I’ll be doing something.

[ Sighs ] I’ve learned in life that it’s — it’s not always about getting. It’s about giving and the experiences you get along the way. Thanks so much for inviting me today. Well, I know that avery would really want you here, especially after everything our family has been through. They’re playing games in the living room. Oh. [ Chuckles ] Hopefully nothing to do with water. No, no. No water guns. Promise. Try the punch. Oh, nice! You knocked him over. Ava! Ava: Hi. Hello, ms. Jerome. Oh, dex. I think after everything that’s gone down, I’d prefer it if you called me ava.

[ Chuckles ] Fair enough. Avery: Mommy! Hey, here she is! There’s my girl! Oh, I love you. You alright with ava being here? Actually, um, josslyn suggested it. Josslyn? Yeah. After the kidnapping, she thought it’d be nice for avery to be with her mother. But you agreed. Yeah. Because we do what’s best for our kids. We always will. Do you have any idea how your actions escalated an already volatile situation? By deleting that security footage and keeping quiet about it, you basically enabled charlotte, which led directly to her being shot. Yeah. Don’t you think that you and valentin had a duty to come clean about it so that we could deal with it?I think this is between you and valentin, anna. I was just doing a favor for a friend. A friend? Do you think sonny will see it that way? ( )Hey, sonny. Nice to see you out of that jumpsuit. Nice to be seen. Quite a gang. Too bad I can’t join you. Yeah, you know, we got it going on here. It’s nice that your mom got all the kids this year. We got some punch and the whole thing. Yeah, it is. Dex, you got the keys? Yeah. You want me to get something from the car? No, it’s just that I got to get going, so I thought maybe you’d want to stay. Are you sure? Happy thanksgiving. Thanks. Bye, girls! Bye, daddy. Bye, daddy.

[ Laughs ] Sonny. Happy thanksgiving. Yeah. You, too. Well, it, uh, looks like turkey is off the menu. The kitchen sprinklers ran amok. Oh, no! There will be turkey, but nina is going to bring it from the metro court. That’s your grandma, wiley — saving the day. Yeah, is there anything she can’t do?

[ Doorbell rings ] Ned. Nina, remember me? I remember you very clearly. Ned, I hope that — don’t worry. No, no. I’m not gonna make any trouble. At least not today. Oh, nina, thank god you’re here. Come on in. Come in. Let me take those. I thought you were bringing turkey. Yes, I-I told lois that I was bringing turkey, but, um, then I found out that our turkey was spoken for, so I had fernando fire up our new pizza oven. And lucky for us, we started testing it last week. Did you hear that, grandfather? The curse continues! I’ll take those. Elliot, can you grab the desserts? Thank you. Here she is to save the day… with pizza. Don’t ask. Grandma! Hey, sweetheart! It’s nice to see you. Oh, wait. You got my gift! Yeah. It’s the best robot ever! Thank you! You’re welcome. You are so welcome, little man. I didn’t know you were coming to town. Is your mom here? No, just me. I’m grandpa’s surprise for grandma. Oh, one of his nicer surprises. Yes, nicest. Damn right. Better stay on your toes here, corinthos. Oh, you know what? I’m light on my toes. Maybe you could meet me at volonino’S. You could put some gloves on. Anna: Oh, let’s avoid the fight club, shall we? Diane: Indeed. Indeed. Let’s move straight past that. Let’s just all toast to this lovely young woman’s visit and to bright holidays for all of us. Anna: Yes. Here we go. Emma: Cheers. Cheers. I’ll drink to that.

[ Laughter ] I’ll drink to that.

[ Telephone ringing ] Dr. Robinson. Dr. Randolph on line 5. Okay. Thank you.

[ Ringing continues ] Terry, hey. How’s the conference? No, no, you’re not missing anything here, really. It’s like a ghost town. Now, that’s what I call an entrance. Hi. Hey, honey.

[ Laughs ] Is that the good stuff? Spencer. Well, what? I wanted to make sure that you guys had a happy thanksgiving. Whew! No complaints here.

[ Laughs ] Okay. Come on, spencer. Let’s put the flowers in the vase and take a look at that dessert. Well, this is a nice surprise. Yeah? I thought since your mom was working, we agreed to do our own thing this year. I mean, yeah, that was the plan. But then I realized that this would be our first chance spending thanksgiving together since finding out that you’re my father. And I didn’t want to miss that. My mom’s alzheimer’s never changed how much we love her. But it did change her. She developed agitation that may happen with dementia nina, thank you for bringing these. Oh. Yeah. You care to join us? Yeah, grandma, stay! Oh. I would love to. I really would. But I am meeting your grandpa sonny at the metro court. Oh, yeah. Oh, okay. Oh, well, why don’t you take these? Chase, could you help me with the setup? And, uh, nina, you are a lifesaver! Thank you. Oh! Wiley: Pizza! Give me that. This isn’t the deal we made, nina. I didn’t plan for this, michael. I can’t control fate at the quartermaines’. Well, you better figure out how to control it. Josslyn, I just — I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did to help dex and dante find me. Oh, my gosh, well, we’re just happy you’re okay. I’m putting it behind me. Oh, and I’m so glad to hear that that’s exactly what trina has done with spencer. Yes, yes, I’m — I’m very happy they made up. Excuse me. I got to…

[ Chuckles ] Carly. Hey, drew. Hey. Hey. You have quite a full house here. I’m just — thank you for making room for one more. Of course, of course.

[ Sighs ] So, carly tells me that you’re, uh — you’re selling wyndemere? Yeah. Yeah, how is that going? I don’t know.

[ Chuckles ] Lucy’s got a buyer, a serious buyer, but I have no idea who it is. Well, let’s just hope it’s some benevolent billionaire and not somebody who’s gonna bring their bad karma to port charles. Ooh, well, too late for that. Wyndemere’s got nothing but bad karma. I’ll just be glad to forget all the…bad memories.

[ Laughing ] Oh! I thought you were studying all day. Well, I thought you were working. Well, it was so slow at the hospital, so I decided to just go ahead and… I could have sworn that you told me that you and spencer — you — you guys were on the outs. Yeah, it was just a misunderstanding. We worked it out. Dr. Robinson, a very happy thanksgiving to you. Thank you, spencer. Will you look at this? We thought we weren’t gonna have anyone for thanksgiving, and now we got a house full.

[ Chuckles ] So, grandpa…how long have you and diane been dating?

[ Coughs ] Emma. Grandpa. If I can handle quantum entanglement, I can handle yours.

[ Laughs ] I’ll get this.

[ Stammers ] I think I can handle this. I mean, after all, it was directed at me. Sure. Well, uh… to answer your question… we’ve been dating a month. Yeah. Nice to see emma in town. Much-needed relief. It’s lovely. Just what the doctor ordered. That bad? You talked to dante? No. Should I have? I just wondered if he’d mentioned a certain dead man that showed up here. You know, I’ve been doing these deep dives into my past, and, um, I found something that could conceivably tie into the shooting at the pool. Okay. But now the supporting evidence, it all disappeared in the chaos of halloween night. Mm-hmm. And the man that this information pertains to… he turned up dead here in port charles. What are the odds? Looks like someone stacked the deck.

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joking?-[Laughing] You’re joking. Tell me you’re joking. Uh, it’s a little early for jo kes, but here it goes. This muffin goes on vacation- what’s happening? You said “joking” three times, that’s why I’m here. Uh, anyway, so this muffin- well I was just excited about my new car. -New car? Oh, you don’t need a joke, you need a jake.

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state farm is there. Special k is oven-toasted to crisp perfectionthe setbacks,I do feel as if I’m inching towards the truth, you know? Whoever’s behind this is not messing around. And, again, if you need protection, then I-I’m there. Mnh-mnh, no. That was really all about charlotte. And valentin. Lesson learned. I won’t be fooled by him again. Hi. Finally. Trish said you had a crisis or something. Yeah, I just got back from the quartermaines’. Lois’ mother set off the sprinklers in the kitchen. Gloria? Yeah.

[ Chuckles ] Oh, man. Hello, anna. Nina. I’m gonna get back to my family. Oh, those look scrumptious, don’t they, lois? Oh, yeah, they look delicious. Ah, you know what? Would you excuse us for a sec? Can I talk to you? What? Yeah. Come on. Sit. Yes. Alright. Oh. Eh! Just enough with the food. Okay? What is the problem? Well, that broad — her husband is kind of a big shot. They call him uncle pete. Wha– ma! Pete petrov? Yeah, yeah. His wife’s name is petra. A lot of p’S. Oh, ma. Uncle pete petrov. Come on. He’s in deep with the brighton bratva. They’re as crooked as they get. Ma, you’ve got to apologize, and fast. It’s too late. They’re after my ziti. What?! Ziti, your shih tzu? Yeah, t-that’s why I didn’t go to canarsie. That’s why — yeah, francesca, she’s — she’s hiding ziti for me. Ma, please tell me they’re — they’re just trying to intimidate you. Right? You have trouble with russians? I help. I am so thrilled. This has turned into one perfect thanksgiving. And everyone’s under the same roof. Well, almost everyone. Stella, she — she’s still gallivanting around london. She’s taken a real shine to her newfound cousin wanda, it seems. Oh.

[ Chuckles ] Well, then cheers to new family connection. I’ll drink to that. Marshall: I’ll drink to that, too.

[ Laughter ] Mmm. I am really happy that we’re all here. And lucky you, you, you, and, you, I’ve got a vat of turkey gumbo ready to go.

[ Laughter ] Pop, you always make enough for a small army. And if we run out, we have all that dessert that spencer insisted on bringing. Well, it’s always good to have options. Well, the lord always provides. Sometimes we just never know what that’s gonna look like.

[ Laughter ] Oh!Alright. Graciella said dinner is served. Get to that table! Josslyn: Come on, let’s race. Save me a seat. Save me a seat. Hey. I just wanted to — I just wanted to steal a moment really quickly and just tell you that I am so grateful to be spending thanksgiving with you this year. It’s so normal, isn’t it? I can’t believe after everything we went through, when I almost lost you… then let’s just stay right here. Let’s stay right here. Let’s forget about the past. It’s just so fragile, you know? We just take love for granted, a-and I don’t know why because we can’t guarantee that it’s always gonna be there. That’s why we got to savor moments like this. We got to be grateful for them because there’s no guarantee. There’s no guarantee there’s gonna be anything like it in the future. Sometimes it can feel like there’s no way out of treatment-resistant depressi something seemed, like, off between you and anna. W-what’s going on? It’s nothing. It’s nothing. Come on, just — no, it’s nothing. It’s just — it’s the valentin and charlotte thing. And she knows how close I am with charlotte. Oh, right. Can we just forget about that for right now? You and I are in the same room, finally. And this is our first thanksgiving as husband and wife. Yes, it is. You miss the girls? No, they’re having a great time. Plus, my life is full of blessings. Um, you and I are married. Cyrus is exposed and in my sights. Drew’s out of prison. Michael is in our lives again. And basically, our family’s together. Yeah. But you know what makes me real happy… is that you and willow are, uh, getting along.

[ Sighs ] Yeah. We have so much to be grateful for. No offense, yuri, but we don’t need any russian translations. Yeah, she’s right. And, you know, these are dangerous people. And a nice boy like you does not want to get involved with uncle pete. I know I look like nice boy, but I am not always nice. I can handle these people. Come on in, guys. Let’s get thanksgiving started. Olivia: Okay, cody is bringing leo and sasha up from the stables. Ned: Perfect! That’s just the time we need. Everyone here knows the drill. Michael: Wiley? First we sing… together: Then we eat!

[ Laughter ]

We gather together to ask the lord’s blessing

he chastens and hastens his will to make known

the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing

sing praises to his name

he forgets not his own since stella isn’t here, I’ll, uh — I’ll lead the prayer this year. Hey, you know, dad, um, I’d like to do it this year. Go ahead, son. Okay, everybody, let’s join hands, shall we? Yes. Okay, um… dear god, um, you know, I’m covering for aunt stella. I usually talk to you in private. So if I lose my way, take the wheel. There have been a lot of ups and downs this year for a lot of us. And for those of us going through it, we’re reminded that there is a higher power keeping tabs and guiding us to our next right step. And so we’re…gathered here with good people, with a table full of good food, and we’re reminded just how blessed we are, perhaps more than most. And so, god, we ask that you keep a watchful eye out for those less fortunate than us… because life does give us curve balls. And so we’re gonna hit those curve balls out of the park. We’re gonna learn a lesson or two and still find a reason to crack a smile at the end of the day. Aunt stella would probably say something poetic about, uh, butterflies or — or rebirth. But, god, I’m gonna keep it simple. As we prepare to enjoy this meal… …we thank you for being better to us than we’ve been to ourselves. We thank you for yesterday, today, and for the promise of tomorrow. Now, god, I know you’re listening. This goes out to you. Amen. Oh! Look out! Oh, my goodness! Oh, they’re coming in from both sides! We’re being attacked!

[ Laughs ] Come here. Oh, hey! Oh! You okay? Full tummy? Wasn’t it yummy?

[ Laughs ] Did you have — did you like dinner?

[ Indistinct conversations ] Okay! Ladies first, I’m thinking. Oh, oh, oh. Yes, yes. Ladies first. There we go. Oh, wow!

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