Days Opinions For The Week Of February 12, 2024

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by Michele & Cheryl

Chad from Days

Why would Chad take the risk of trying to put out the fire in the Horton house? He has two kids who lost their mother. It didn’t make sense for him to try and put out the fire. He didn’t need to try and be a hero and save the house. Instead of watching the fire, he could have called for help. The fire department might have gotten there in enough time to put out the fire. We understand what he was trying to do, but he took a risk playing hero when he could have lost his life.

We have a theory about Everett. It feels like he’s behind the drug case. When the people set the Horton house on fire, shot at Lucas, and shot Harris, nothing happened to Everett. Everett was the one who wrote the story about the drug cartel, yet nothing happened to him. If anyone should be suffering, it should have been him. Everett could be the one working with Clyde.

Why would Johnny get married without EJ being there? Chanel wanted to make sure her mother was at the wedding, but he didn’t want his father there. Why wouldn’t Johnny want his father to see him getting married? Also, why didn’t he invite the rest of his family? They may have been getting married at the hospital, he could have invited his family.

What made Kristen think Brady wanted to reunite with her? She blackmailed him when he was with Chloe last year. Did she really think he would get over what she did to him? We know Brady bounces back and forth between her and whoever is available, but she shouldn’t have thought that he would have gotten back together with her that fast.


Kristen from Days

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Days Nitpicks & Flubs For The Week Of February 12, 2024

Nitpick & Flubs


by Michele & Cheryl

Chanel from Days


-Why did Chanel knock on the door when she had three bags in her hands?

-Rafe could be heard shuffling papers while Paulina was shown.

-Stefan can be heard talking to Tripp, Ava and Wendy while Chad and Julie were shown.

-Why did Chad and Julie waste time looking at the fire in the Horton house instead of getting out of the house or calling for help?

-Kate could be heard talking to Lucas while Ava was shown.


-Goldman could be heard talking to Jada while Chad was shown.

-Stefan could be heard talking to Ava while Goldman was shown.

-Kayla could be heard talking to Ava and Stefan while Jada was shown.

-Ava’s flashback could be heard before it was shown.

-Julie cried without any tears.


-Paulina could be heard talking on the phone while Theresa was shown.

-John and Marlena could be heard kissing while Steve and Kayla were shown.

-Why wouldn’t Johnny’s family be at his wedding?

-Paulina could be heard talking to Abe while Alex was shown.


-Sarah could be heard talking to Xander while Ava was shown.

-Brady could be heard talking to Kristen while Chad.

-Everett could be heard talking to Chad while Stephanie was shown.

-The music in Brady and Kristen’s scene could be heard while Everett was shown.


-Leo could be heard talking to Everett while Stephanie was shown.

-Theresa’s flashback could be heard before it was shown.

-Nicole could be heard talking to EJ while Tripp and Wendy were shown.


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Days Best Lines For The Week Of February 12, 2024

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Stefan: Hello all.
Tripp: Hey there. Nice to see you fully dressed.

Stefan: You’re going to forget about what you saw.
Tripp: I wish I could.

(when Stefan asked Ava why she slept with him if she loved Harris)
Ava: What the hell is wrong with you?
Stefan: Lots of things.

(to Kristen)
Brady: It’s okay to do all these rotten things because you love and because you’re afraid to lose me. Is that okay?

(when Sloan gave Eric lingerie for Valentine’s Day)
Eric: I don’t think it’s my size.

(when Leo ran into Eric, Sloan, and Jude)
Leo: Look who’s here. Two of my favorite people and Sloan.

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Days Transcript Monday, February 12, 2024

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Oh Oh, what in God’s name? Whoa.

Sorry my hands are full, but wait until you see what I got. All your favorites. Favorite what? Oh, favorite everything. We are about to have a mother daughter night that you will never forget. Uh, Chanel, darling, uh, um, you know, my surgery’s in the morning. I’m not really in the mood for Okay, well, we are just gonna have to get you in the mood.

I’ve got your favorite nail polish for your manicure a la Chanel. I got a puzzle, 500 pieces, because I know how much you hate a thousand. Yeah, we be up all night with this. I got this deck of cards. And all your junk food faves. Let’s see, we got crinkled chips, them cheap ass cupcakes that you love, and those hard caramel candy thingies.

Chanel, I can’t eat anything after midnight tonight because of the anesthesia. Okay, well, we still have a few hours left until midnight. So, we better chow down before the clock strikes 12. And, uh Let’s see if that doesn’t cheer you up. I know this will.

It’s girls night. Hey. Oh, oh, let me help you with that. Oh, Yeah. So, you’ve been busy. Yeah, well, the downside to this morning’s bust is endless paperwork of an officer involved shooting. Yeah. How’s Goldman doing? Oh, she’s okay. I sent her home after her mandatory meeting with the department shrink. Yeah, she’s gonna have a lot to work through.

Yeah, that’s for sure. I know. I’ve been there. But you know, she’s a tough cookie, and she’s gonna get through it. And on a more positive note, we got a lot of product off the street today. And we’re a major thorn in Clyde’s side. So all in all, it’s a good day. Yeah. Oh, no. No! Lucas! Are you all right? Lucas! I don’t know.

I don’t know. Yeah. Fire! Fire! Oh my god! Oh my god.

Oh, hey there. Nice to see you fully dressed. Uh, you might want to lower your voice. Huh? Sorry. And look, uh, you’re gonna forget about What you saw, right? I wish I could. The image is kind of seared into my brain. Okay, Tripp. Remember what we talked about? Uh, respecting each other’s boundaries. Mm hmm. Mm hmm.

Yeah, okay, good. And, uh, out of that respect, the two of you, are never gonna talk about that joke about that moment ever again. Got it? Mm hmm. All right. I’m gonna grab some fresh air. So

How about that Super Bowl? Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, God. Oh, God.

Like sand through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.

Chanel, I appreciate this. I really do, but are you really up for a night of fun and games? You’re supposed to be getting married tomorrow. Hey, hey, when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. You taught me that. Yeah, but those lemons come from my tree. This is all my fault. Okay, would you please stop saying that?

Stop making yourself the big bad witch here, okay? No more guilt and no more negative feelings. We got junk food to eat and not a lot of time left in which to eat it. We got puzzles to make, movies to watch, oh, and pizza’s on the way. Chicago style. Of course it’s Chicago style. What do you think this is, my first rodeo?

Alright, so let’s uh, start the puzzle and the movie. Ugh, what are my choices? Uh, we’ve got Bad Boys 2, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Get Out. Oh, I’m watching Get Out before my surgery. Uh, I’ll be worried that they’ll be trying to transplant somebody’s brains into my head while I’m passed out on the table.

No, thank you. And I think, uh, well, Stella can help me get my groove back when I’m recovering. So let’s go with bad boys, you know, and use the laughs. All right, you got it. Hello? Yes, I’ll accept the call. It’s Lonnie.

Alright, so county coroner’s office took custody of the deceased at 9. 30. Next of kin were notified at 11. 20. Coroner’s office is starting an official investigation into his cause of death. Okay. When’s the autopsy? Well, considering the circumstances, our drug dealing buddy was moved to the front of the line.

So it was actually performed this afternoon. We should have the results tomorrow. Good. That’ll confirm that he fired his weapon. Mm hmm. As well as, um, wound trajectory, and, um, if he has any opiates in his system. Right. Hmm. So does, does this count as a, our dinner date? Well, considering I don’t see any end to this paperwork, I’m gonna go with yes.

Well, I’ll take what I can get. You’re the best. What about Harris? I still don’t have his report yet. Zero? No, no, no, no, no. Oh no, no.

Oh god. Oh god. Oh god. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no,

hey. Hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on, hang on. look, tripped. It’s nobody’s business, okay? So please, don’t say a word to anybody about what you saw at your place. Look, who am I gonna tell? Right? And you heard what my mom said. I promised her that we would respect her boundaries from now on. Mom? Tripp, Tripp, get to the loading dock right now.

Harris has been shot. Okay, are you okay? Mom, are you okay? No, I’m fine. Were you hit? No, I’m fine. Look. Nothing. Oh. Hey, hey, it’s me, okay? Alright, you two okay? I was outside. I heard a shot. Yeah, we’re okay. There was someone there and they had a gun. I shot him. I don’t know if I hit him. But you’re both okay?

Yes. Yeah, we’re fine. Alright, stay here, okay? Stay here. Lock the door. Get down on the floor, both of you, and stay away from those windows. Right? Got that? We need the kids to get out safe. I got, I got, I’ll call, I’ll call 9 1 1. Where’s the extinguisher? Yes, yes, of course, I will make sure

to text Eli updates as soon as I get them. Okay, now, now quick, say, uh, say goodbye to Mama before your time runs out. Okay, love you. Oh, yes, oh, thank you for calling, sweetheart. You mean so much to me. Love you too. I appreciate the prayers, baby. Bye. Bye now.

So good to hear Lonnie’s voice. Just what I needed. Yeah, I know. I wish she could be here with us for girls night. Me too. Me too. My Lord will let her release come soon. Oh, maybe she’ll be back in Salem in time for your new wedding day. Yeah, maybe. Okay. Well, well, let’s, let’s start the puzzle and end the movie.

And where you hiding those cheap ass cupcakes? It’s all right Sweethearts. We’re safe now. You’re safe here. Where is Chad? He’s still in the house. Daddy,

Julie? No. No. Okay.

It’s me. Open up.

All right, I cleared the scene, the pub’s secure, the shooter’s gone. Did either of you get a good look at him? I didn’t see anything, it was too dark. They were dressed in black, I just saw the gun. Well, it’s a good thing you acted fast, Kate. You scared him off. Not only that, but you saved my life.

What happened? I don’t know. I don’t know. I just found him lying here bleeding. Did you call 911? No, no. I called you. Wendy, call 911. Tell them we have an officer down behind the bistro. We need paramedics.

Oh my god. Hey, give me something that can ease this officer’s bleeding. Like what? Anything. Towels, cloths, whatever you have. Yes, yes, there’s napkins. There’s napkins right inside the door in the laundry service bag. Just rip it open. Step and go! Harris, Harris, can you hear me? Damn, I need scissors. Feels like a single bullet wound to the chest.

One to the left arm. Significant bleeding. We need paramedics. We have a police officer down at the loading docks behind the bistro. Tell him it’s a gunshot wound to the chest and one to the left arm. 10 999. Gunshot wound to the chest and left arm. I just want to get out of here. I just want to die.

Airway’s clear. Shallow breathing. Possible case of pneumothorax. I need an inclusive bandage. Do you have a first aid kit? In the kitchen. I’ll go get it. Oh god, this wasn’t supposed to happen. What do you mean by that? Nothing. I will protect you. Because I love you. And I think maybe you already knew, but

I love you, Ava.

Well, you better learn how to stop. I mean it. You better get over that. Okay,

you don’t have to stop.

Will you trust me? Please? Yes. Doesn’t matter now, just Don’t die. Oh God, Harris, please, please don’t die. Don’t die.

I am stuck to the gills. Me too. Want me to paint your nails now? Will I have to sit up? A little. Then no. Don’t look.

Hey boo. Yeah, it’s going well. No, you cannot come over. I told you that this is girl’s night. Bad boys too. You were right. Thank you for getting the DVDs. Yeah. Okay. I love you too, Johnny. I’ll tell her. See you tomorrow.

Uh, Johnny sends his love and he wishes you the best for tomorrow’s surgery. Mmm, I take all the good juju I can get. He’s out shopping and he wanted to stop by but I told him that this is our night. Shopping? I bet he’s getting a Valentine’s Day surprise for you. Well, he is pretty, pretty good with surprises.

Good going, Katie. All that practice at the gun range paid off. Yeah, that shooter was definitely after me. Yeah, we need to tell Harris about this. You mean the guy who told Lucas he was going to be just fine? Because, you know, if you hadn’t snuck down to the kitchen to regrade the kitchen, and if I hadn’t thought I heard it in Tudor and went down after you, who I know.

Katie, look. Lucas is right here. He is fine. He is just fine. Okay? He’s still here, so Come on, come on. Steven, you have to see him. Oh my God! It’s Harris! What’s his condition? He’s in a critical condition. Approximately 50 year old male, unknown town time, gunshot wound to the chest and left arm, no apparent exit wound to the chest.

Uh, not moving, intermittent gasping, needs fluids. Okay, get this area coordinated off, then start canvassing. See if any of the surrounding businesses caught anything on camera.

What the hell happened? I don’t know. I just, I, I, I came out here and I found him lying in blood.

Hernandez. Oh my God. Yeah. There’s been another shooting. At the Brady Pub. I need you to go over there. Now.

Okay, Mama. So, do you have any nines? Go fish.

You always were a shark at this game. Oh, it was your favorite. Well, thank you for indulging me. It makes me very happy. You know what makes me happy? You and Johnny together. Yeah, um, I am a very lucky girl. Well, I may be a little bit biased, but I think he’s the lucky one. But who cares who’s lucky? It’s just so wonderful that you found your true love.

Yeah. Yeah, it is. You know, I don’t think I ever asked you, but uh, what is it about Johnny that makes him Oh my gosh, let’s see, where do I start? Well, he He makes me feel safe, and also empowered, and he really just accepts me and respects me for who I am, and he’s also fun, and he makes me laugh, and he’s so creative, and, and curious, and I, I just, I love how honest he is, and he’s strong, but he can also be vulnerable, and, I don’t know, he’s, he’s really just the whole package.

Oh, and here I thought you were just gonna say he’s a great kisser. Well, we do have some really great chemistry, but it’s really so much more than that. Oh! It’s Grand Central Station in here tonight. Hello? Oh, oh my God. When, when did this happen? Is he alive? But who is it? Um, yeah. Keep me posted. You understand?

Detective Harris Michaels was shot tonight by an unknown assailant. Is he okay? Well, they don’t know yet. They just found him. He’s being treated on the scene. Oh, where is he? Over by the loading docks behind the bistro. I should go to the hospital. No, no, absolutely not. Okay, you are supposed to be preparing for your surgery.

Surgery tomorrow. You let the deputy mayor, who’s supposed to be filling in for you, cover that. Let him handle it. I know, I know, yeah, but I need to get over there, because I am. The only thing we can do for him right now is pray, okay? And we can do that right here.

Oh, Lord, where are they? I have to go find them. No, Thomas, no. That’s too dangerous. You just, please, stay here. Oh, he’s good. Oh, oh, oh. Are you okay? Oh, thank God. Are you okay? Thank God. Oh, oh, oh. Are you okay? It’s okay. It’s okay. Come on, Harris, pick up. Damn it. Voicemail. I’d get my hands on that guy, I swear.

Somebody broke in, they were armed, Kate shot at them, they took off. What did he look like? I mean, I really couldn’t tell, I couldn’t see much. They were dressed in black. Okay, where did this happen? Right here. In Harris room? I need to get in there. No! You can’t do that. Why not? Well, it’s just a matter of privacy.

Jade, I can’t let you in my tenant’s room. Okay, look. A crime went down here tonight. And as a former police officer, you know just as well as I do that I need to investigate in order to do my job.

It’s you. This is your safe house? Yeah. Yeah, I’ve been here the whole time. I live right down the hall and I had no idea. We need to get in touch with Michael to let him know what happened. That won’t be possible. Uh, Harris was shot tonight. What? And we don’t even know yet if he’s going to make it.

Pulse is 30. Harris, can you hear me? Harris?

We don’t know what happened. We were just all, we were all in sight. Harris? Harris? Harris, I need you to wake up now, okay? You didn’t hear anything. Harris? Time chops. I need you Nothing. Come on, now. I just, uh, I came out, I needed a break, and I needed some fresh air, and I just looked I looked over, and there he was.

He was just He was just, he was just He was lying there, bleeding.

Then he, he looked at me for a minute and then he just closed his eyes. I don’t have a pulse. He’s unresponsive. Get the defib ready.

Oh, God. That poor man. Clayton’s life. Oh, what, what’s wrong with this world? Yeah, was he shot in the line of duty? We don’t know yet. Oh, it just goes to show you never know when your number might be up. Chanel, Chanel, honey, we need to talk. Oh, mommy, no. Yes, yes. Now, you listen to me. Now, if anything should happen to me during my surgery tomorrow, now, there’s the key to the safe deposit box.

I know where it is. In the bottom of the jewelry box in the secret compartment. I said I know where it is. Well, I’m just reminding you of it, okay? Okay, now everything that you need is right in there. No, everything I need is right here. You don’t have to shout. Yes, I do! Because I’m trying to get through to you, Mama, because I need you to understand that you are my mother, and I love you, and I need you.

So don’t you dare talk about leaving this planet anytime soon, because I will not put up with it. Do you hear me? Oh. Alright. Baby, I’m Alright, I’m You have officially gotten through to me. Okay? I’m sorry, I’m, I’m so sorry. Yeah, you should be. Oh, well, uh, okay, how about this? I promise I will not leave this planet for a very long, long time.

And, in fact, I’m gonna go in there tomorrow and kick Kansas ass so hard they won’t even know what hit it. That’s more like it.

Oh God, how I love you. Dammit, Harris was shot? What happened? Last I know is that Trip was working on him at the scene. He was shot on the loading dock at the bistro. Well, who shot him? Did you have him in custody? Look, we don’t know that yet. Okay, I’m sorry. But what happened here tonight? I was in the room with Lucas.

I had just said goodnight. I turned off the light. I searched the door and I saw the door handle move. The door opened. I saw a gun and I fired. Okay, how many shots? Did you hit the shooter? I don’t know. They just took off. Okay, uh, we’ll get forensics in here and see what they can find. Oh, wait a minute. No one could know I’m here.

Look, I’m, I’m moving to my room. Okay? No. No need. I’m taking the higher part. Yeah, that’s a good idea. No, okay, how about we do this, okay? I’ll get the unis downstairs, gather them up for a briefing, and make sure you’re alone up here. Okay? And, um, then we’ll, we’ll, we’ll make the move. Got it? Yeah, yeah, I got it.

Alright, great. Um, I’m gonna have a police, a strong police presence here until we can figure out what we’re gonna do next. Are

all your family members accounted for? Yes, we’re all here. Yeah. What about pets? Cats or dogs? No, no, there are no pets. Please! Can you save the house? We’re doing our best, ma’am. We’re going to get you transported to the hospital soon, to make sure everyone’s A OK. It’s our family home! For, for, for generations!

All of our histories! All of our histories!

Check pulse. No pulse. I don’t have a pulse. Oh god, no, no. Charging. Stop CPR. Clear? Defib. Shocking. Shocked. Continuing compressions. Come on, Harris. Come on. Come on!

Okay, you should, uh, get to bed now, Mama. Get some rest. Mm mm. Not yet. I gotta clean up this mess first. Uh uh. Would you please just stop? Let me do the cleaning and you go get some sleep. Well, honey, I don’t think I’ll be able to tonight. Um, you know, but, uh, I’m feeling much more positive than before. You know, thanks to my wonderful daughter.

That, um You know, and I know I’m gonna date myself with this expression. I’m, I’m still wound up like a cheap clown. Okay, well, I don’t really know what that means, but I do have an idea of how you could wind down. Okay, let’s hear it. Okay, so I was thinking that maybe I could crawl into your bed and lay with you like I did when I was little.

Hmm. Oh, you know, and you probably take up less in the bed now than you did then. I swear you end up sleeping sideways with a foot in my face. I’ll be teetering on the bed trying to hang on. Well, so, is that a yes? Well, you know what, I’d like that very much. Cuddling up with my baby tonight just like we used to.

You’re not going to make me, you’re not going to make me do those little shadow finger things on the wall, are you? Maybe. Well, I guess I better get my flashlight. Oh, you know what, Mom? I just want to say that I’m really proud that you’re my mom. Oh, and I just want to say you are my darling daughter. So, so sweet, so kind, so loving, so perfect in every way.

You make me determined. And just like I said before, but it damn well bears worth repeating. I plan on sticking around this planet for ages. Long, long time.

Oh, thank God he’s breathing. Thank God. How the hell did this happen? I’m sure Sal’s gonna find out. I’m gonna lie with him. He’s lost a lot of blood. Kayla, it’s bad.

This is all Clyde West and you know that, right? It sure looks like it. How did he find him? Noah one knew that Lucas was here. Somebody did. We’ll find him a new safe house. It’s not going to make any difference. As long as Clyde Weston is out there as long as he’s still alive, I’m never going to be safe from that.

Oh, I’m so sorry, my darling. I know. But the important thing is that we’re all safe. I guess. I know. I’m watching half my life go up in flames. You know what? We’re gonna, we’re gonna get you all new stuff, okay, buddy? I promise. But for right now, we have to count our blessings and just thank God that we’re all okay.

I know. And I did already. Thank God I mean. Yeah, that’s good. Daddy’s photos and pictures of mommy.

Hello? Maybe next time you’ll listen.

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Days Opinions For The Week Of February 5, 2024

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by Michele & Cheryl

Stephanie and Everett from Days

Stephanie didn’t waste any time jumping into bed with Everett. We guess she got over Chad quickly. Stephanie acted as if she was head over heels in love with Chad, yet she had sex with Everett. If she loved Chad the way she claimed, she could have made Everett wait. Speaking of Everett, did he think having sex with Stephanie was going to keep him from having to tell her the truth about Jada? Having sex with Stephanie doesn’t change the fact that he was married to Jada.

Why did Johnny suddenly have doubts about marrying Chanel? He claimed he was concerned about his family after he talked to Chad about it. Johnny knew about his family long before he talked to Chad, yet he proposed to her anyway. It didn’t make sense for him to suddenly have doubts about marrying her. Also, why was he suddenly concerned about her feelings or Allie? When he proposed to her, he knew she used to date Allie. He should have thought about his family and Allie before he proposed to her.

Once again, the writers are changing John’s story. He’s the only one whose story has changed numerous times throughout the years. Are they getting hard up for a storyline for him that they must go down the road of him being a pawn? Speaking of John being a pawn, did the writers forget the chip is no longer in John’s head? The chip was taken out of his head while Hope was on the show. We will give the story a chance, but we anticipate the story changing even if it gets resolved.

Alex was so obvious that he wanted Kristen to pursue Brady to keep him away from Theresa. He must have forgotten what Kristen did to Brady. We know Alex didn’t want Brady to be around Theresa, but did he really think Kristen was a better option? For someone so arrogant, Alex has insecurity issues when it comes to Theresa.

Did Stefan think EJ would help him after what they went through in the past? Stefan didn’t care that the drugs he sold led to Holly overdosing. He was looking out for himself and Gabi. EJ had no reason to protect him after everything that was going on with Holly. Stefan needs to figure things out for himself instead of relying on other people to do things for him.

Why was Sloan surprised that she and Eric kept getting interrupted by the baby? Did she think the baby wasn’t going to cry? Maybe she should have thought about that before she decided to keep Nicole’s baby. She and Eric would have all the time in the world if she didn’t take Nicole’s baby.

When did Tate start resenting Brady? Before he left to go to rehab, Tate didn’t say anything about hating Brady. Now suddenly, he hates him. The writers had to come up with some reason to justify Brady being at the AA meeting with Theresa. They could have come up with a better reason than that to get him at the meeting.

Who were Johnny and Chanel inviting to the wedding? Johnny has family other than the DiMeras, yet none of them mentioned the wedding. You would never know Johnny was related to Marlena and the Bradys. He’s not just related to the DiMeras. Did they plan on only inviting Paulina and the DiMeras?


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Days Nitpicks & Flubs For The Week Of February 5, 2024

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by Michele & Cheryl

Paulina from Days


-Paulina could be heard talking to Abe while Chanel was shown.

-Wendy could be heard talking to Tripp while Ava and Stefan were shown.

-John could be heard talking to Konstantin while Stefan was shown.

-Wendy could be heard talking to Tripp while Stephanie was shown.

-Johnny suddenly had doubts about marrying Chanel when he was the one who wanted to marry her.


-Clyde’s phone could be heard ringing while Abe and Paulina were shown.

-Why would Brady tell Kristen about Theresa getting high? Kristen didn’t need to know about it.

-Kristen could be heard talking to Alex while Rafe was shown.


-EJ could be heard talking to Stefan while Ava was shown.

-Chanel could be heard talking to Abe and Paulina while Stefan was shown.

-Ava’s flashback could be heard before it was shown.

-EJ called Stefan little brother. The last time we checked, Stefan was older than EJ.


-Theresa could be heard talking during the AA meeting while Stephanie was shown.

-Sloan could be heard pouring a glass of wine while Theresa was shown.

-Why did Eric and Sloan have alcohol when he was an addict?


-Theresa could be heard talking to Alex while Tripp and Wendy were shown.

-Sarah could be heard talking to Xander while Lucas was shown.

-Julie could be heard talking to Charlotte and Thomas while Sarah was shown.

-Johnny and Chanel were supposed to get married on Valentine’s Day yet none of his family referred to the wedding.


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Days Best Lines For The Week Of February 5, 2024

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(to Johnny)
Chanel: If the devil couldn’t keep us apart, the DiMeras sure as hell can’t.

(to Abe after they made love)
Paulina: Are you asking me to rate your performance?

(about Chanel and Johnny getting married)
Abe: Young love.
Paulina: Old timers’ lover ain’t bad either.

(to EJ when he asked where he was last night)
Stefan: You want to know where I was last night. I was on the corner of shut the hell up and none of your business. That’s where I was.

(to Stephanie about Clyde)
Kayla: He needs to go straight to Hell. He’s already halfway there after what he did to Abby.

(to Stefan)
EJ: When all the dusts settles, I’ll be the one on top while you’re off to jail to become someone’s bottom.

(to Kayla)
Stephanie: I hope I don’t have to marry the same guy four times before I get it right.

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[Theresa sighs]

God, I just can’t help myself. Every time the s version of “Pride and Prejudice” comes on, I just– I have to watch. I mean, don’t you think it’s just the most amazing love story?

I mean–

How the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth just develops, and how they’re so drawn to each other right from the start, but misconceptions get in the way?

As they often do.



But yet, they grew to understand that judging from first impressions isn’t always the best way to go and that sometimes if you just wait it out and just give the person a chance to reveal who they really are.

Yeah, maybe in the movies, but in real life, I’m not so sure.

Come on, Alex. When you and I first met, I was a hot mess.


And then you– you really took the time to know me. And look at us now.

[soft dramatic music]

You’ve been twirling that same piece of pasta around your fork for the past five minutes.

Yeah, well, it’s not like I have much of an appetite right now. Do we really have to have this conversation with her?

Tripp, we already decided. OK? We can’t keep walking around on eggshells. And besides, it’s out of respect for your mother that you have to– that wehave to talk to her.

Talk to me about what?

I am all ears.




[items clattering] Ow! Damn it! You got to be kidding me.


[dramatic music]

Get out! Get out!

What the hell are you doing? You scared the heck out of me!

What the–

Put the gun down!

What are you doing down here?


Oh, my gosh. I love her little backstroke with all the kicking and splashing.

It’s like she was intentionally trying to make us laugh with all the splashing. Right? You could see it in her eyes.

Yeah. Well, she’s obviously inherited your slapstick sense of humor.

Mm. Well, could be. I admit I am a splasher from way back.


[laughs] Well, whoever she got it from, she’s just– she’s just so sweet and funny. And she’s more and more aware of the world around her each day.

It’s a really special time, isn’t it?

Yeah. I’m really, really glad that we get to experience this together.

Gee, Charlotte. You know, I thought after you won five games of Fish, you’d be tuckered out.

I want a chance to win. Let’s play again.



Hey! What’s going on down here? I told you guys to go upstairs and go to bed.

We’re not tired, Daddy.

Not tired? You could barely keep your eyes open the last game of Go Fish. Come on. Let’s go. Go brush your teeth.

I already did. See?

[bell rings]

Sweetheart, you really should listen to your father.

OK. Can you tell us one story?

Well, I know that Uncle Doug is upstairs waiting to tell you a story or read one to you. But I thought… maybe we could make it a two-story night tonight.

Yay! Should I go grab you a book?

No, no, because this is a story that I know by heart. And I think you both are grown up enough to understand it. So make yourselves comfortable, kiddos. It’s going to be really good. Relax, sweetie pie.

[soft tender music]

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

Come on, Alex. When you and I first met, you didn’t really think we were going to end up together, did you?

Probably not, but I also never voted against it either.

OK. Good answer.


Well, now we are indeed together.


And tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. So–

Yeah. So OK. My bad. Um… all right, babe, I never really took you for the type of person that gets worked up over Valentine’s Day. So I do admit I didn’t plan anything very crazy for us.

What? Are you–what? Are you kidding? I love Valentine’s Day. I mean, that is when it’s with somebody that I really care about.

You care about me?



So I don’t know. Maybe at this point, it’s probably too late to make a reservation somewhere. So what do you think? Should we just stay in?

I think I’m down to do whatever makes you happy.


[chuckles] News flash, Alex. Being with you is what makes me happy.

So what do you want to discuss with me?

Tripp, we need to get this out in the open.

OK. Yep. You’re right. You’re right. We do. Um…

[soft jazz music playing]

I’m waiting.

Mom, last night when we walked in on you and Stefan, it was really awkward.

OK. Yeah. So this is what this is about. OK, listen. I know that you weren’t thrilled to see us together. And I am sorry.

No. No, Mom. There’s nothing to be sorry about. No, I, uh–I realize now that I was out of line. And I shouldn’t have given you a hard time about it.

It’s OK, Tripp.

No, no, no it’s not. It’s not. I acted like an immature jerk. And you did not deserve that. And Wendy and I may not think that Stefan is the best choice for you. But if we’re all going to be living under the same roof, then we need to respect each other’s boundaries. Like I said, Stefan isn’t my first choice but–

The heart wants what the heart wants. Emily Dickinson’s most famous quote. Yeah?

I’m impressed you know that.

Well, I did take a poetry course in college. And she was– she was my favorite. She still is. Anyway, listen, I’m so glad you guys aren’t upset anymore. And it really, it means the world to me.

You scared the hell out of me.

Well, right back at you.

What are you doing down here anyway?

I was hungry, OK?

Oh, OK. Well, you were supposed to stay in your room. What if someone saw you?

I was careful.


[scoffs] Well, not so careful that your own mother didn’t pull a gun on you.

The pub is closed. Nobody’s here. It’s no big deal, all right? You worry too much.

Well, clearly, one of us has to do that.

[soft tense music]

Once upon a time, in a land called Salem, there stood an enchanted house, Horton House, that had sheltered its family for generations. And you two are part of its magic. So, ready to hear a little history?


Ready. Great.

[chuckles] A long, long time ago…

There was a fine young doctor named Thomas Horton and his lady wife, Alice. They came to live in this grand old house. They’re your great-great-grandparents. They raised all of their children here. And one of their children was named Bill. Now he was a doctor, too. And he fell in love with this– with this lady fair and wise. Her name was Laura. And they were blessed to have a beautiful baby girl, so beautiful they named her Jennifer Rose.

Your grandma. What do you think happened next?


Well, she grew up. And she fell in love with this tall, dashing man who made her laugh named Jack Deveraux. And he is your grandpa.

Then they were blessed with another baby girl even more beautiful, and they named her Abigail Johanna.

Our mommy!

Your mommy. They gave her the old-fashioned name to honor Grandma Alice’s mother, Abigail, and Jack’s mother, Josephine.

There’ll be a quiz on this later.

Wait, really?


[laughing] No, not really. Not really. Uh– Julie is joking.


Well, when your mommy was a little girl like you, she loved being in this house. Sometimes she’d go into– into Grandpa Tom’s library, climb up on his lap, and just beg him to tell her a story just like you.

And Grandma Alice, best grandma in the whole world, because she gave all of us her heart. And sometimes when we were naughty, she’d be very disappointed. Aunt Julie was often naughty. And Grandma Alice would say, Julie, that’s not the way we do.

Grandpa Tom was a very great man. He had a soul full of kindness. He was the only person who could calm us all down in times of chaos.

I really wish I could have met Tom and Alice.

They would have loved you so much, not just for your good qualities, Chad, but because… because you loved Abigail so.

And so children, this magical house was always full of joy even in tearful times because it was a house built on love. And that’s a tradition, the heart and tradition of love and support. And that’s yours in good times and in bad. You can count on that. I can remember when I was about your size. Coming home from school, I’d open that front door, open the door, smell these wonderful smells coming out of Alice’s kitchen. The magic donuts.

Can we make some of her donuts now?

Nice try.

[laughter] Nice try, Thomas. No, no. But I’ll make us a fresh batch tomorrow.


[laughter] This house is– it really is a blessing for us.

For all of us.

We make a great team, don’t we?

We do indeed.


[chuckles] You know, you really should get out of those wet clothes.

[soft dramatic music] I mean I can help you.

You’re right, I– I really should get out of these wet clothes. And, um…

Yeah, you should.

And, uh, go for a run. Yeah. That sounds good. Go for a quick run.

[tense jazzy music]

Really? A run? Right now?

[exhales deeply]

It’s good to see the Bistro busy again.

Yeah. I know it’s been tough for you guys since New Year’s Eve.

Yeah, yeah. It was a real struggle, but Stephanie’s got a great PR plan in place. And it’s getting us back on track.

Yeah. It looks like it’s already working.

Yeah, yeah? It is actually. It’s a big relief.

It’s hard to believe what’s going on in our little town. I know firsthand what’s happening. I see it every day with the amount of OD patients coming in in crazy numbers.

Yeah. Yeah, well, it is heartbreaking to see what’s going on in Salem. But I got a feeling it’s all going to turn around real soon.

Oh, yep. That’s definitely the running attire.

Excuse me?

Well, it’s just my observation, but you have a very specific running outfit, which is completely different than the one that you wear for weightlifting and cardio at the gym.

Oh, yeah. That is true. I mean, my running clothes have to be able to breathe, and wick moisture, and keep me warm when it’s cool, and cool when it’s hot, so yeah, I’m kind of picky about them.

Clearly. And I don’t think that this obsession is limited to your running clothes. It’s like you have all these different uniforms for all these different activities in your life. Like work, running, socializing, relaxing.

I like to be properly attired for all occasions.

But what would happen, and now hear me out. What would happen if, God forbid, they discontinued all the fancy designer shirts that you wear to work?

Oh, perish the thought. I mean, when I pop on one of my Eton shirts, I’m in work mode. But when I put on this–


Fine, this uniform, my body flips a switch, and it’s time to go and run. I believe the psychobabble term for it is fashion OCD.

Mm. Well, whatever it’s called, it’s just one of the many endearing qualities that make you you.




Mm! Want some?

No. I’m not hungry.

Come on. I’ll split it with you.

No. I don’t want–


Lucas, I don’t want any.

[door opens]

Come on.

God, Lucas, you got a death wish?


OK, look, it’s OK.

No. No, it’s not, OK, Kate. Him being out in the public like this is a major security risk. That’s it. Snack time’s over. Let’s go back upstairs.

Come on. Really?

Let’s go.

Oh, hold on. Hold on just a little.

[tense music]

OK. So we’ll have dinner in. We’ll order takeout.


What do you want to do for the rest of the day?

Hmm. Let’s see. Um… It’ll be really nice to take a little morning stroll, maybe into town. And then we can get some coffee and maybe some pastries at Sweet Bits.

Sounds good.


Maybe we can work for a few hours from home, too.

Yeah. Fine.


I’m good with that. I just would like to go to a meeting after work.

How did your meeting go today?

It was good.


Yeah. Actually, Brady was there, too.

Brady? What the hell was Brady doing there?

All right.

Hey. Careful with him. You know, he’s still recovering.

Yeah, which is another reason you shouldn’t be taking a risk like that. If anybody saw you, you’re a sitting duck. You can’t defend yourself.

Harris, come on, man. I’ve been cooped up in this room day after day. What do you want me to do? For what? I mean, have you and your cronies even made one iota of progress on this case?

I get it. I get it. You’re frustrated. It’s going to be over soon. I just need you to hang in there just a little while longer. Can you do that?

And now, Thomas and Charlotte, it really is time for bed.

Can you tell us one more story?

No, no, no, no. You have school tomorrow, remember? And you want to be well-rested for your Valentine’s Day party so come on.

I’m not tired yet.

Sweetie pie, Uncle Doug is waiting to tell you a story. Why don’t you find your very favorite book and bring it to him? OK? Night-night.

Come on.

Sleep tight.

[soft tender music]

Come on. I love you.

[both chuckle softly]

Oh, sweetheart, we have to cherish these moments. You know, before long, they’ll be in their growing-up years. They’ll have their little friends. And they’ll have all their activities. And they’re not going to ask us to tell them a story.

Time really does fly by, doesn’t it?


You know, it’s, um… life though, it’s been– felt… a bit more normal lately. Yeah. You know, I mean the kids, you know, they miss their mom, of course, but… they don’t cry about it as much. And they’re doing a lot better in school. They’re doing better and better in general. And we have you and Doug to thank for that. So thank you.

That’s what we’re here for. That’s what families are for.

[chuckles softly]

You don’t think it’s a little late to be running?

Well, sometimes a little night air is exactly what I need…

[soft dramatic music] To push me to work out harder.

I know a hard workout. Granted, no night air. But it wouldn’t require you to leave.

So Brady just happened to be there at your meeting?

Yeah. He got there a little bit after I did.

Ah. So he’s spying on you.

What? Alex, no. He didn’t even know I was going to be there.



Listen. Brady went there for the same reason that I did.


[soft dramatic music] Look. This is a hour coin. You get one of these when you’ve been sober for a day. And then after a month, a year, two years, and so on, and so on, and you get a different coin. And over the years, when I would feel myself slipping into self-destructive thoughts, I would… grip on to this coin like a life preserver. Like I’m doing right now. That’s how it works. You show up just like Brady did, just like I did. And you’re there for each other one day at a time. Brady needed that meeting just as much as I did.

So did you get the support you needed today?

Yeah, definitely.

Good. Yet you still think you want to go to another meeting tomorrow?

Yeah. I do.

[soft dramatic music] Alex. Addiction is– it’s a lifelong disease. I would think that–

[chuckles softly] You would have read about that and you would know that. Especially since your roommate is a recovering addict.

No, did. I did. I read a fair amount about it. Yeah.

OK, then I would assume that you’d also know that somebody who is struggling with addiction… has this constant voice in their head that’s telling them that if they just get high… that all their worries and anxiety will just go away.

And when I go to these meetings, I’m able to quiet that voice.

Right. I understand that.

I mean, there are people in my group who are , years sober and they still go to regular meetings.

What about you? Do you think you’ll be going to meetings for the rest of your life?

Yeah. Most likely. Because I have to be vigilant every day and accept that I am… I’m an addict. And I have to constantly quiet that voice in my head.

Are you going to be able to accept that about me?

Sorry. I had to take that call. So wait, do you guys have Valentine’s plans?

Oh, well, we’re definitely doing the geocaching event.


Oh, yeah. You know, I heard about that event. But all right, listen, I might be a little older. But can you explain what geocaching is exactly? I don’t–

Oh, it’s like a– think of it as a treasure hunt with a tech twist.

Hmm. Well put.


So a bunch of items will be hidden around town. And participants will be using an app to try to find them as quickly as possible. So it’s a race.

Yeah. But the item you find may not be like a tangible object. It could just be a location where you have to complete a task or answer a trivia question.

Hmm. So I guess the main objective of the whole thing is just to bring the community together?

Yeah. Exactly. It’s something that families can do together, or friends or couples, you know, whoever just wants to join in and celebrate the day together.

Hmm. Nice. Well, you know, we could definitely use something uplifting like that in the town right now. We could all use a reason to smile.


[sighs] Lucas, we’re all doing our best. OK? With any luck, this whole thing will be over soon, especially now that the article in “The Spectator” dropped.

The one about the drug epidemic. Where I was the unnamed source.


[Harris sighs] Are you kidding me? When did you talk to reporters? No, no, no, no. Stop! No, no. What were you thinking of, talking to reporters?

I had the same reaction initially, Kate, because your son, without my knowledge, thought it’d be a great idea to call Chad DiMera over and have a little chat.

Oh, my God, Lucas.

Don’t worry about it. Relax. Everything’s going to be fine, all right? I trust Chad. I trust Everett. They’re not going to give up their source. They wouldn’t do that.

[suspenseful music]

[Kate sighs]

You know, I have always wondered what was in that cabinet.

Well, this is Grandpa Tom’s special cognac. It was brought to him by a grateful patient all the way from France. And on great occasions, it would appear from nowhere, and he’d pour us just a little sip. So we could toast.

Well, I’m honored that you feel this is a worthy enough occasion for Tom’s special cognac.

Oh, eminently worthy because we’re drinking to family, and family is what the Hortons are all about.

To family.

[glasses clink]

[soft dramatic music]

I think we both could do with some good old-fashioned adult time. Don’t you agree?

Actually, I’m finding it very difficult to disagree.

Then don’t.

Ah, Sarah, I– I really do need to get in some road time. And right now would be the perfect opportunity–

Xander, please stay.

Alex, you have been so supportive. And I don’t mean to put you on the spot, but I need you to understand how important my recovery is to me.

[soft dramatic music] Especially because I really have to be strong. For my son.

And even though Tate doesn’t know that I slipped, I still feel like I’ve let him down. And I cannot let that happen again. I can’t ever let that happen again.

You’re a good mom, Theresa.

Oh, God. I’m a lucky mom. Tate is a great kid. And with all my dumb, stupid mistakes, he still puts up with me. He still even loves me most of the time. And… I cannot ever undermine that connection that I have to him.

He is– he’s my one constant in my life that gives me hope for the future, you know? As corny as that sounds, it’s–

What? What are you thinking?

[Alex sighs]

I was just thinking that connection… between a parent and their kids, how it can literally change overnight.

[suspenseful music]

Well, I have a few things I need to wrap up before the big day tomorrow.

[chuckles] So I’m just going to let you two enjoy the rest of your evening together.

I’m glad we got to talk, Mom.

Me, too. Love you, honey.

Love you, too.


[soft jazz music playing]

Are you OK?

Definitely. Thank you for encouraging me to sort things out with her.

I’m so glad you did. So what do you want to do after the big Cupid event tomorrow? Dinner and a movie maybe?


Do you already have something in mind?

Actually, I do.

[Wendy chuckles] All right, see, I’m taking off work tomorrow.


And I thought I would start the day off by making you an incredible breakfast in bed, French toast and bacon.

Oh. Well, I’m liking this plan so far.

Mm-hmm. And then after Steph’s event, I figured we could come home, change, and then head out for a night of magic and dancing.

Magic and dancing? So like magic in the air?

No. Like a real life magic show. There’s a pop-up magic lounge happening tomorrow night, and it’s very hush-hush. I was able to score some tickets.


[chuckling] You definitely put some thought into this.

Yeah. And then I figured afterwards, we could dance under the stars on the rooftop and maybe a nightcap of that Amaro you like so much.

That sounds perfect.

[chuckles softly] I’m sure this Valentine’s Day will be one to remember.

[Wendy chuckles]

So… you forget about going out in that nasty cold night air… And just stay here with me.

Sarah, I’m sorry, but…

[somber dramatic music] I really do need that run right now.

[phone beeps]

[Xander sighs]

[baby fussing] Oh.

Oh, no. I got it. I got it.

OK. Well, I won’t be long. Don’t wait up.

[door closes]



Lucas, I just got you back. If anything happens to you–

Mom, if what I said in that article even saves one person, it’s worth the risk.

[phone beeps]

I got to go. You stay here in this room for the rest of the night.

All right. I will. I guess I’ve had enough drama for one night anyway, but keep it down when you come back in. I’m going to try to get some sleep, OK?

[soft tense music]

[tense music]

[clears throat]

Thank you for sharing the story of this home with me and the kids tonight. It was amazing and really lifted my spirits. I mean, you always do, no matter what story you’re– what story you’re telling me.

Oh, you’re too kind. You know, I love to talk about the family. I love to talk about us as we were then. Before so many of them went away forever.

Me, too.

You understand.

Yeah, I do.

Chad, when I look in your children’s eyes… I see all the love that you showered on Abigail.

I can see it all the time as well. You know, I do feel her presence here in this home.

I feel it, too.

When I’m in this home…

[delicate dramatic music]

I feel like I can breathe. Knowing that the kids are in the right place. And that they’re safe. And you know, me too. And it’s like we’re home.

Honey, you are. You’re home.

[soft tense music]

[Xander panting]

So does Doug have a hot date cooked up for the two of you for Valentine’s Day?


[laughing] Oh, my. Not that I’m aware of. But he loves surprises, so I’ll keep hoping. How about you? How about you and the kiddies?

Well, we’re going to attend the geocache event if the kids haven’t crashed from all the candy they’re going to eat at the Valentine’s Day party.

They’ll be up for it, sweetie. They’ve got energy to burn.

[ominous music]

And here we are.


What’s this for?

[Wendy chuckles]

Well, on this Valentine’s Eve, I thought that I’d propose a toast.


[Ava chuckles]

To love. What? Too on the nose?

It works for me.

Me, too.

Well, OK then. As long as there is love in our hearts, there is hope for a new day… and the promise for happiness to come.

I’ll drink to that.

Hear, hear. To love.

To love.

To love.

[tense music]




He left his phone.

[phone beeps]

Is what done?

OK, I’m going to shoot off a couple of emails before I go to bed, but do you need any help straightening up out here?

No. There’s not much to do.


I’ll be in in a minute.


[Alex sighs]

[door closes]




If you put your jacket back in the closet and just–

[soft dramatic music]

[Theresa gasps]

Ava, where… are you?

[dramatic music]

[Harris sighs] You. What are you–

[Harris groaning]

[Harris groaning]




[mysterious suspenseful music]

[Harris groaning]

[Harris groaning]

[Harris exhales]

[Harris groaning]

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[soft dramatic music]

Hey, buddy.

Thanks for coming, Steve.

Your message sounded urgent. What’s going on?

[John sighs]

[tense music]

I met with Konstantin.

What? Where?

In the park.


[John sighs]

Damn it, John, why would you take that risk?

I don’t know!

And why am I just hearing about it now?

Can you believe the number of clickthroughs we’ve gotten today?

It’s not surprising. I mean, with facts that explosive.

Oh, come on. It’s not just the facts. It was the way the article was written. You totally drew the reader in, Ev. And you deserve all the accolades you’re going to get.

I’m just happy getting them from you.

Well, you’re, going to get it from a whole lot more people than me. In fact, I think the piece is Pulitzer-worthy. I know. I will submit it for you.

Maybe just hold off on that until we get more than kilos of drugs off the street and actually take down Clyde Weston, because I’m hoping that the follow-up piece is even more explosive.

OK, then, I will patiently await that follow-up then. Do you want us to grab this table?

Yeah, yeah.

[soft dramatic music]


[gasps] Also, I’m taking you out to dinner.

No. Why?

Because I am so incredibly proud of you, that’s why. You should be very proud of yourself.

OK. I mean, I’ll admit, I’m immensely proud of the work that Chad and I did on that story. And yeah, celebrating that is nice. But…


I’m much more interested in celebrating us.


Oh, my God. Smells great.

Ooh, ooh, it’s kielbasa and beans, a little garlic, and a splash of white wine.

Aw, thank you.

[baby crying]

[sighs] I’ll get it.



I’ll be right back.

Perfect timing.

[tense music]


And even though I know, as an addict, I’m vulnerable to relapsing, as we all are… when my son was accused of pushing drugs, as upset as I was, I didn’t immediately feel the urge to start using. But, um… as the days wore on, my anxiety grew. As did my guilt. See, I have a tendency to blame myself for everything that goes wrong, not just in my life but also in the world.

[clears throat] Anyway, um– Um– I succumbed to– I succumbed to getting loaded. And I was very ashamed about it, of course.

[door opens] But fortunately–

[soft dramatic music]

Fortunately, with the help and understanding of– of those close to me…

I feel a lot stronger. And I am committed to coming to meetings and following the steps, so thank you for listening.

Thank you for sharing.

Good evening.


[chuckles] Just like every other one here in Statesville.

I’m sure, especially when you’re a celebrity.

[tense music]

I do hope that’s not a confession you want me to sign.

Uh, this? No, this is actually a copy of today’s online “Spectator” article about the massive drug bust that took place here in Salem. You heard about that, right? Go ahead, take a look. It’s not a great photo. It’s a mugshot. But that’s you on the cover, right?

[tense music]

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

So was this, uh, this from when you were convicted this time? I mean, obviously, with the rap sheet like yours, I’m sure there were a bunch of mug shots to pick from.

Are we done here?

You want to read the article?

No, I’m not interested.

Not interested? Well, I think you will be once, uh, once I get started. This morning, approximately , opiate pills were seized as part of an ongoing investigation into an opiate trafficking organization. Now this significant seizure signals more widespread distribution of these dangerous pills and was pulled off by the Salem PD.” And well, what do you know? Led by Detective Harris Michaels. You’re name-checked too there, Weston.

You call this unbiased journalism? You’d think that Chad DiMera would be smarter than to publish crap like this, you know? And to put me in such a bad light, not to mention the unflattering photo.

Oh, so you’re–you’re not happy about the photo and how you’re portrayed? But you’re not the least bit fazed that you lost seven kilos of opiates this morning and a drug dealer was shot dead?

You’re really cool with that, Clyde?

Answer me, John. You met with Konstantin, you didn’t even bother to tell me about it or maybe invite me to come along? Why would you take a chance like that, man?

Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on. It was a crazy day, you know that, with the drug bust and all.

[suspenseful music] Hey, tell me the Salem PD didn’t do a stellar job on that one.

Yeah, you’re doing a stellar job of not answering my questions. Now we have an unwritten pact. We never meet alone with anyone we know could be dangerous.

I know. I know it, damn it! I know it. I didn’t know that I was meeting with him. I just got this urgent text. And I assumed that maybe it was a new Black Patch client.

But you had to know that that client could be somebody scamming you.

I know!

And it actually was. So why the hell would you do that, man? What’s going on with you?

[tense music]

And thank you for everyone who shared. If you need a sponsor or if you’re interested in being a sponsor, see me after and we’ll discuss. Thank you very much, everyone. Have a good evening.

Did you come here to check on me?

No. I actually had no idea that you were going to be here.

[soft dramatic music] I came here because I needed to come here.

[wine sloshing]

[wine sloshing]

Sorry, just gave him a quick change.


Well, then I rocked him a little bit to get him back to sleep.

Club soda?

Oh, thank you.

There you go. Cheers.

To you.


[soft somber music]

Hey, how much have you had?

One glass. And this one is–

[chuckles softly] Was to go with dinner. But why? Is that a problem?

No, it’s just that after the other night, I–

Eric, we’ve already been over this. Are we– are we going to have to bring this up every single time I have a drink, really? Look, I was stressed that night because your mom and John were coming. And let’s be honest, your mom doesn’t exactly put people at ease.

Wait, you’re blaming my mother because you got wasted?

Of course, not. I’m not blaming her. It’s not her fault. I’m just saying I was nervous that night.

And tonight, I’m not nervous. I mean, why would I be? But you know what, I am– I’m overwhelmed with what motherhood and work and Jude crying every time we’re about to make love. To be honest, it’s– it’s getting to me, I admit.

Is it not getting to you?

No. It’s not– yes, it is, but not really. It’s–it’s been hard. You know what, Jude, he’s going to grow up all too fast. And I’m sure he’s eventually going to sleep through the night and then he’s going to stop crying. I know it, and then we will have plenty of time to make love.

I hope so. I cherish our boy.


But I miss being alone with you.

[Sloan chuckles softly]

Hey. I’m so sorry that we haven’t had more time lately.

No. No, no, we haven’t had anytime lately, Eric. The last time that you and I even tried to make love, we had all this unexpected company. It was–

With Leo and Melinda. I was frustrated as much as you were.

[soft somber music]

Were you?

Yeah. Yes. You doubt that?

It’s just because… I feel like your main concern is always Jude.

That making sure he’sOK is… more important to you than I am.

Sloan. Sloan, that’s– that’s not true. Sloan, my love for Jude does not make me love you any less. In fact, it makes me love you more. Our being together was what brought Jude into our lives. And for that, I am so grateful.

I love you.


[softly] I love you too.

The truth is, I– I have no clue what’s going on with me because you’re right. I know better than to ever take a meet with a stranger at night alone.

[suspenseful music]

But off you went.

Off I went. Big mistake.

Damn right it was. What does Marlena know?


[sighs] I just told her I was meeting with a new client. She didn’t question me because I’m sure that she assumed that it was someone I knew and I had heavily vetted, so she really wasn’t concerned.

So when you got home, what did you tell her then?

I told her the client never showed up.

You lied to her.

Yeah, I lied to her. And I hate myself for it.

Then why did you do it?

That’s a burning question! I don’t know! Damn it, Steve! Something is happening to me! And I don’t have a clue as to what the hell it is.

Come on, Detective. Use your head. How could I be the leader of some drug trafficking operation when I’ve been the guest of the state here for more than a year now?

Come on, Clyde. You obviously found a way.

No. No, sir. I think you found a way to lay this all on me so you could be the hero. And the fact is you have failed this investigation, man. You aren’t even close to the truth.


[tense music] Oh. Guards tossed your cell. Look what they found.

[dramatic music]

All I can say is those guards must have planted that ’cause I have never seen that before.

[tense music]

[tense music]

So you told Konstantin what I told you?

Yeah. Yeah, I said… I know that you know about the pawn. So is this about Stefano? And he claimed he had no idea who Stefano was. He said, no, I texted you because I want to talk to you about Victor and his pawn. And that’s when I demanded that he tell me everything he knows about my background.

OK. What did he say?


[chuckles] That son of a bitch taunted me. He said, you got the eyes of a killer. And that’s when I pulled my gun on him.

You pulled your gun on him?

I pulled my gun on him, and I said, if you know as much about me as you think you do, you know I won’t hesitate to put a bullet through a man’s eye. And he said…or a woman’s.


[chuckles] What the hell did he mean by that?

That’s what I asked him. He told me that I had come after him. Now I’m assuming to kill him and then Katerina got in the way.


[sighs] Katerina.

Katerina. Steve. Partner, does that name mean anything to you? Steve, do you have any idea who he’s talking about?

You– you needed a meeting, Brady? Why?

Ah, I got a letter from Tate today. I assume you got one too, right?

Yeah. I did. It was–it was really sweet. He thanked me for sending the paperwork in so quickly for the wilderness trip. And he said that he can’t wait to tell us all about it in a few weeks. He also said he really misses us.

No. No, no, no. I think–I think he misses you, misses you.


He misses you.

Tate misses you too.

No, I’m not so sure because I think our letters were very different. My letter, it was– it was cold. Mine was cold. Yeah, he’s still angry at me. My kid’s angry with me because I haven’t been around him in his life. I’m sure they’re doing a lot of therapy at this juvenile rehab clinic and he’s probably digging deep into his past.


And he’s thinking about that.

Brady, Brady, Tate knows how much you love him.

He also knows that I have not been an active part of his life for a long, long time, for most of his life. Then I got my daughter, right? Who I only get to see occasionally under her mother’s supervision, for God’s sake.

Yeah. Well, that’s just because she is insane and sadistic.

I know. I know that. I know that. She’s insane and sadistic. And I was tricked into having a baby with that woman.

Hey, you are being really hard on yourself right now.

I am being truthful with myself right now. The fact is I screwed up with both of my kids. I screwed up with both of my kids. And it hit me really hard today. And I needed a fix. Theresa, I needed one so bad. I made a call.

[somber music] I did it.

You didn’t go through with it though, did you, Brady? Brady, you didn’t– you didn’t–

I did–I did not. I came here instead.

Thank God.


Thank God. It’s good. Brady, hey.

I’m sorry.

It’s OK. Look–


You are a wonderful father. You are. Your kids, they know how much you adore them. Yes, it’s been rough for them because their parents haven’t been together. And they might not understand things now. But eventually, they will. And they won’t blame you. They’re just going to see you for the amazing, amazing person that you are. And they’re going to be so proud that you are their dad. Hey.

Tell you what. I’ll just settle for my two kids not thinking I’m a total jerk. That’s fine with me.

Just stop that, please. Stop that. They are lucky to have you in their lives. I’m lucky. I’m lucky I have you in my life. I’m so lucky to share a child with you.

[soft dramatic music]

Thank you. That actually means a lot coming from you.


[Brady sighs]

OK. So I know this is a tired old clichĂ©, but if you’ll indulge me.

Mm-hmm. Let’s hear it.

I honestly feel like this is a dream from which I’m going to wake up and feel totally heartsick that it didn’t actually happen, that– that I didn’t actually spend a perfect night with the woman that I love, that she’s not here right now, sitting across from me, smiling that incredible smile.

[soft dramatic music]


[sighs] I actually feel the same way. Like I’m dreaming, I mean.

OK, but since I think we can be fairly confident, fairly confident that this is not a dream.

Mm. Mm-hmm.

I feel like I want to shout it from the mountaintops. Like, would it be weird if I took out a full color page ad in “The Spectator” that just said “I love Stephanie Johnson”?


Would that be weird?



Too weird?

Wait, wait. A full color ad?

Full color ad.

Very pricey.

Well, I know the owner, so I think I can get a deal.

Oh, yeah. Well, speaking of the owner, maybe we should tell him about us before you ask for that deal.

Yeah. I– I suppose– I suppose we should. But honestly, I think– I think Chad’s going to be OK with it. I do.

I hope so.

What–what exactly are we going to say? What are we going to tell him? That we’re–that we’re–

[laughs] That we’re going steady? I don’t know.


[inhales deeply] Only we’re not. Because I don’t have a class ring or your letterman jacket.

Oh, you’re right. Definitely– definitely no letterman jacket. I was–I was very much the nerdy editor of the school newspaper and annual.

Oh, no, letterman jacket?


Damn. That could be a deal-breaker.

Really? Even if I told you that, if I did have one, it would absolutely be yours. I would give it to you. You would look so good in it.


Does that help?

I guess that helps. And since I’ve always preferred nerds to jocks, I think maybe there’s hope for us.



Nerds are much better in bed anyway.



[Eric sighs]

[somber music]

Little guy was hungry.

[Sloan clears throat]

Food is back on the stove warming up.

Oh, good. Oh. Oh, by the way I read this article on AAP that a newborn should sleep in the same room as the parents for at least six months.

The AAP?


[chuckles] It’s the Academy of Pediatrics. It’s a really cool website. I also read about co-sleeping. More and more pediatricians are highly recommending this apparently.

[soft tense music]

Mm. Co-sleeping?

Co-sleeping, yeah, that’s when the newborn sleeps in bed with you. You know what, you should check out the website and read the article, because they do say that it helps kids have less anxiety and higher self-esteem.

Apparently, you don’t like that.

No, I hate the idea, Eric. I–I only want my husband in bed with me. And I would hope that my husband feels the same way. God, did we not just talk about this? You being overprotective, caring more about Jude’s well-being than my own.

That’s so not true. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to say something to trigger you.

No, well, yes, I am triggered. I am very triggered, Eric, because that– that little boy, our son who you just rocked and fed and nourished and coddled and everything to get him to stop crying, he is coming in between us. And I don’t like it.

[tense music]


[wine glass clanks on table]

[Sloan groans]

Katerina? I don’t have a clue who that is. And for him to suggest that you killed the woman–

Steve, he didn’t just suggest it!

OK, well, he knows how to get to you, John. And if you let him, he wins!

Well, that’s not going to happen!

[John groans]

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Whoa, whoa, whoa.

[John groans] You OK, man?

No. Hold on! No!

OK, OK. You got to breathe. Breathe. Come here, buddy. Come here. Come on, take a deep breath.

[John taking deep breaths] Deep breath.

[John taking deep breaths]

Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on. OK, OK, OK. Sorry, man. I’m sorry.

Don’t be sorry. Just keep breathing.

OK. It’s just that…

It’s just that the second that I looked into the evil eyes of that old man, that bastard has been haunting me.

Even so, he knows how to get to you man! OK? You can’t let him get to you.

[ominous music]

What? Why are you looking at me like that?

Because I need to know… what do youremember about The Pawn? Anything, Steve. Everything!

I wish I had something to tell you, man.

The only thing I know is that The Pawn and you…

You’re not that person anymore. And I have to believe that. And so do you!

I can’t imagine what we’re going to find when we start tracing thesephone calls.


[chuckles] Yeah, I do wonder.

Well, my guess is it’s going to be a whole lot of trap numbers just like this one.



But if you and your FBI buddies start looking, I think they may find at least one traceable number that could incriminate someone you don’t want to be incriminated.

[tense music]

Nice try, Clyde.

It’s no game. But if you want to play ball, I do have the wherewithal to make sure that all the evidence on that phone points to a particular business partner of a particular party.

Your support means more than you know.

Well, you’ve certainly supported me so much the past few weeks.

[soft dramatic music] And I–I think… we know each other better than anyone else does because of how much we’ve been through.

Yeah. We’ve been through a hell of a lot.

You know, we also loved each other once a hell of a lot. OK, maybe it was more lust than love, but I do recall… being pretty hot for each other, if I recall.

Yeah. I kind of recall the same thing, Theresa. Yeah.

You know, I think that that’s why… when I’m around you, those memories… I just… I feel them pretty strongly. And maybe that’s why I kissed you that one time.

Uh, maybe you kissed me because you were just coming down from a high, you know?

OK. Yeah, maybe it was a little bit of both.

[both clear throats] What about out for you?

What do you mean for me?

Did you feel something when I kissed you? Because in spite of me denying it at the time, I… I know I felt something.

Where is this coming from? When you kissed me, you told me at the time that it was– what’d you call it, a mistake?

Doesn’t mean I didn’t feel something. I don’t know. Maybe it just– it’s my ego, maybe, that needs a boost, and I just need to know that you still find me attractive.

Hmm. You’re beautiful. You’ve always been beautiful. I wouldn’t know anybody who wouldn’t find you attractive. But the fact is, Theresa, you are with Alex, aren’t you? Right? For Tate’s sake, I think we should keep us… as uncomplicated as possible. Don’t you think?


[clears throat] Yeah. Yeah, I suppose you’re right.

[soft tender music]

You do know… I’ll always be there for the two of you. Always. Tell me you know that.

I do.



[chuckles softly] I know that. And I also know that Tate is going to come around because he knows that you have always been there for him %. And he’s going to be so happy to see you in a few weeks.

I’ll settle for him not throwing rocks at me. OK?


Stop. Hey. Tate knows that you love him. He knows that you have always been there for him, even if you weren’t there physically for him. He knows that. He knows.


[sighs] OK. Wow.

We are the only ones here.

We closed it down.


[chuckles] Should we go?

We should go.


Take one too.

Sloan, you know what? I think you’ve had enough.

Don’t monitor me, Eric.

I’m worried about you.

Well, don’t worry about me either.

Why have you been so upset with me lately? You’re drinking more than I’ve ever seen, at least since I’ve known you.

No, that’s because I don’t want to share a bed with our son for the next God knows how long. I’m sorry, I just don’t find that romantic or sexy. And I don’t understand why you think it’s such a swell idea.

OK, We don’t have to do it. Sloan, Jude, he’s going to grow up before you know it. And he’s going to be off to college.

Great. And then we can have sex.

We can have sex right now if you want. I mean, that is if you’re in the mood.

[soft tender music]

You really mean it?

Of course I mean it.

Well, what if Jude wakes up and starts crying?

Oh, he just fell asleep.

[both sigh] Which should last at least an hour. Or two.

OK, so… so you promise to wipe any incriminating numbers off this phone?

[tense music]

And maybe add one or two. With all the tech nerds behind these walls with absolutely nothing to do, I think I could make that happen. If, of course, that is indeed my phone.

I mean, there are some members of your crew that I would love to take down.

[Clyde chuckles] Any thoughts?

I have a couple I’m not too crazy about either. But of course, it’s a big if.

Right, if it’s your phone.


You can go to hell.


[sighs] Detective, now, that is just downright rude.

I would never make a deal with you! I’m going to send you some place so far away and dismal that you will miss this place.

Really? Even if it means taking that pretty little girlfriend of yours with me?


[ominous notes] Even then.

[ominous piano chords]

[soft tender music]

So I could– I could certainly wait until Valentine’s Day to tell you this. It’s almost upon us, you know?

I do know. But whatever it is, you absolutely need to tell me right now. You know I’m way too impatient to wait. Especially since I’m getting the vibe that whatever you have to say is important.

It is important. To me, anyway. And I hope it will be to you.

OK. That was me being coy. I know it will be to you.

OK, I’m–I’m officially on pins and needles. What–

[sighs] What is it? Please, tell me. Tell me.

OK, I will. Um…

I have– I just may be–

Actually, I definitely am…

Falling in love with you again.

[soft dramatic music]

Oh. Oh, no.


Oh, God. You don’t smell that? Ugh.


Oh! Ugh! No! I burned the bottom of the pan! Oh. God, the dinner is ruined.

It’s all right. I wasn’t that hungry anyway.


[sighs] Oh, Eric, I’m sorry.

No, please.

Well, actually, I’m not that sorry.


I wasn’t really that hungry, anyway. Not for dinner, anyway.

[moaning and smooching]

Stephanie, I–

No, no, no. No. You don’t have to say anything yet. I wasn’t expecting you to respond in kind.


I really wasn’t.

What if I want to? What if I want to tell you that–

[sighs] I never fell out of love with you. But the only thing new and different is that we are both in love now. Like we were back in Seattle, which were definitively the happiest days of my life, only to be compared with these past few days here with you.


[sighs] So what should we do for Valentine’s Day?

I don’t care as long as I’m with you.

Then I was thinking… maybe we could double date with Rafe and my friend, Jada. She’s so cool. She’s smart and funny. I know you guys would get along.

Hmm. Hmm.



[chuckles] What if I don’t want to share you on Valentine’s Day? What if I want you all to myself?

[ominous music]

Listen, buddy. We’re–we’re not going to get any more answers today. Why don’t we just pick this up tomorrow?

Yeah. Yeah, I’m sure Doc’s concerned about me anyway since I’m not home and I told her I wasn’t going anywhere.

[chuckles dryly] Last thing I want is her worrying about me. And I know it was just another little white lie that I told her when I said that Clay was a no-show. Man, this is eaten me up and she knows it. She’s not pushing me. But man, she just knows me so well.

She does. And she would forgive you in her heartbeat.

And she would want to help me like she did all those years ago.


But how do I even begin explaining what the hell is going on with me when I don’t have a clue myself?

He got to, man. That’s all.

I can’t stop just wondering what the hell happened!

I’ll tell you what has to happen right now. We have to get that son of a bitch away from you and out of all of our lives, no matter what it takes.

No matter what it takes.

You know, detective, I always thought you were spineless. But I was wrong. You’re tough as nails, man. And one diabolical SOB to boot.

[takes deep breath] But just so you know, when I go for something, I never fail.

Well, at least we have something in common. I never fail either.

But you’re making a big mistake there, aren’t you? For all parties concerned.

I’ll take my chances.

Son of a bitch.

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[mysterious music]


What’s with–

It’s just a precaution… in case you’re being followed or I’m being watched.


[chuckling] Morning, Stefan.

You’re back. When did you get in?

Last night.

Holly okay?

They’ve started treatment. Nicole’s being set up in a flat nearby. It was–it was time for me to head back.

Hopefully, it’ll all be all right. Any coffee left?


[tense music] You were home late last night. What did you get up to?

What’s it to you?

Just want to know where you were.


[chuckles drily] You want to know where I was last night, mm. I was, uh, on the corner of shut the hell up and none of your business. That’s where I was. What the hell is with the, uh, inquisition, counselor?

Well, if you’d bothered to check today’s headlines when you finally came ’round, you’d know that the Salem PD made one colossal drug bust overnight.


Hm. It’s all here in this morning’s “Spectator.” “Cops seize nearly kilos. “One suspect dead, several others in custody. “Sources say that the drug ring was being run out of Statesville.” I mean, who would have thought? I’m just relieved that you made it home safely last night and you weren’t caught up in all this, brother.

[door opens]

Good morning.

Oh, Chanel.


[chuckles] You stopped off at the bakery on your day off?

Oh, well, bakers don’t really get a day off, Mama.

Even the day before your wedding?

Don’t worry. I have the rest of the day off.


[chuckles] How was your night with Johnny?

Cozy. Want one?

No, none for me, darling. Not right now.

Okay, you two are being really quiet. What’s wrong? Wait, Mama, did you get your lab results back?

[soft dramatic music]



Okay, here you go. Strong and hot, as requested. That should get you up and going.

Thank you.

Although I do wish you would just go back to bed.

Yeah, maybe later.

You know, I’ve been a little concerned because you’re not sleeping very well lately–

I know, I know.

I’ll hook up with my doctor, and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

Good. Please do that soon. I know you’ve got a lot going on right now, your concerns about Tate and– and Brady.

Well, they’re going through a lot more than I am.

I waited up for you last night. I guess you got home pretty late. How–how was it with the new client?

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


Mm-hmm. Mm, try the avocado toast, Mom. It is so good.

Wow. That looks delicious. Thank you.

[cell phone beeps]

Yeah. Oh.

[light country music playing]

[gasps softly] “The Spectator” article about the drug bust is trending. It’s all over the internet.

Well, good. I hope that Clyde Weston goes straight to hell. I mean, he’s already halfway there after what he did to Abigail. You know, we are losing more and more people every week to this drug crisis. I mean, I hate to say it, but Holly is lucky. She’s hanging in there.

Well, from what I hear, the PD is stopping every shipment that they can. I’m really grateful for Jada and Harris and the task force. Chad and Everett are doing their part, too.

It’s Everett’s story, right?

Mm-hmm. Yeah. I’m really proud of him. Can’t wait to take him out later to celebrate.


[hushed] Okay, last night’s bust was massive– kilos, half a dozen arrests. We dismantled the primary location. The intel was solid.


[hushed] Okay, so what does this mean for me? Has Clyde been neutralized?

Not yet. There was a complication.

Are you serious? I don’t know how much longer I can hold out, Harris. You promised me.

I know, I know. I remember.

[mysterious music] Just–just tell me the truth, okay? I can–I can protect you.

No, you can’t.

No, I can, and I will. I will protect you… because I love you. I-I think maybe you already knew, but… I-I love you, Ava.

Well, you better learn how to stop. I mean it. You better get over that–

[barely audible] Okay.

[louder] Okay. You don’t have to stop.

Will you trust me? Please.



All right, Stefan and I, the Bistro, we are all involved. Clyde is blackmailing us. He already broke Gabi’s leg, and he– he’s threatening to do more if Stefan doesn’t toe the line. And as for me, Clyde threatened to kill Tripp.


[sighs] That son of a bitch.

Look, Clyde’s guy, Gil Carter, used his weapon. And when I killed him in self-defense, he forced me to take over for him at the Bistro.

Okay, when we bust Clyde, I mean, how do you–how do you feel about testifying?

Oh, come on. Look, if–if I do testify, God only knows what Clyde’s gonna do to retaliate. Look, he may be rotting in jail, but you know that his slimy tentacles, they reach all over this town.

I know, I know. And as soon as I can, I am gonna eliminate his leverage over you and Stefan. I-I promise you that. But I’m gonna need you to tip me off about the drug shipments. Can you do that?

I can. I’ll keep my ear to the ground.

I’ll be in touch. Okay. We need a cover. So I need you to make a scene and just go ahead and slap me as hard as you can.

How’s your cheek?

Did you have to slap me so hard?

We fooled them.

And we need to keep fooling them until Clyde is stopped permanently.

Ah, kudos to the drug task force, huh? Cleaning up our streets, getting those designer drugs out of the hands of our youth. I mean, it’s only a matter of time before they take down everyone that’s involved in this filthy business.

I’ve seen enough.

Oh, but did you– did you read this part?

[chuckling] I love this. “Police have identified convicted felon Clyde Weston as a key suspect in the ongoing opioid crisis.” I mean, there’s no surprises there. That lowlife has a history of dealing drugs in this town. But what makes me wonder, for their next bust– and make no mistake, there will be many more– if it’s going to be your ugly mug underneath the headline.

Yeah. The meeting last night. Ah, waste of time.

[tense music]

What do you mean? What happened?

Didn’t show up. I called him, waited around forever, and he never turned up.

Wow. You’d think he would have the decency to let you know he wasn’t going to come.

Eh, these things happen. People flake out more often than you think, Doc. Sometimes you get cold feet. Sometimes they just figure they can handle it on their own. Must be hiring a PI for this guy just… wasn’t the right call for him after all.

Uh, sit down. Sit down, honey. Uh… the test shows that the nodule’s gotten bigger, which means the cancer’s more aggressive than they thought it was at first. So my surgery is being moved up.

Oh. Well–well, that– that’s a good thing, right? That–that means you’ll have it behind you that much sooner. So when is the surgery?

[door opens]

Okay. Finally found a parking spot. Now who is…ready to talk about our wedding?

[soft dramatic music]

Real nice, EJ, toying with me like this, especially when you couldn’t be bothered to lift a finger when Clyde was blackmailing me.

And you know damn well why. As district attorney, I’m sworn to uphold the law.


[laughing] Oh, please.

And what would you have me do, hm? Go to the police and tell them everything and have you arrested in the process?

You can sell that crap to somebody who’s buying it, because I’m not. You and I both know you would bend the law in a second to save your own ass. Not to mention, if I end up going down for this, how’s that gonna make you look? Your reputation as DA will go down the toilet.

Oh, on the contrary, I’m certain the public will support me completely when I choose to uphold the law rather than protect a criminal merely because we share DNA. The good people will know that I value what’s right and will respect what I had to sacrifice to go against blood. And when all the dust settles, I’ll be the one on top while you’re off to jail to become someone’s bottom.

You traitorous son of a bitch.

Oh, chin up, Stefan. You won’t have to bother with me soon enough. It’s only a matter of time before we have enough evidence to take Clyde Weston down. And when that happens, I wonder how long it will be before he gives you up.

[clicking tongue]

You said there was a complication.


What was it?

Unfortunately, Clyde’s “candyman” was taken out.

The guy that I told you about?

Yes, fired at a cop, and he got the worst of it.


[sighs] Damn it. All right. So what now?

Well, Clyde’s gonna replace him. And we’re just gonna have to get the next guy. Look, Ava, I’m gonna get you out of this, okay? It’s just gonna take a little more time. Can you hang in there just a little while longer, please?

I mean, do I have a choice?

[ominous music]



What’s going on? Where were you just now?

Just thinking about my career as a PI and…all the other jobs that I’ve had from ISA agent to priest. Got a hell of a rĂ©sumĂ©, don’t I, Doc? Some of it good, some of it…not so much. And it just tends to make you wonder, does the past ever really stay in the past?

Well, the– the past is always with us. It just– it shouldn’t define us. What’s going on? Why all this introspection?

Oh, well, Steve was talking the other day about the, uh– about the old times. It was around– around Christmas. And I just got to thinking. You know, I know that we’re supposed to learn from the past so we can improve ourselves in the future, but that’s– that’s not always possible.

Well, why shouldn’t it be?

Well, what if there are things in the past that you may regret that you don’t remember? How do you learn from that?

So you and Everett, it’s going well?

Pretty well.

Only pretty well?

[light country music playing]

Okay, very well. He and I are getting to know each other again.

Well, given the way the two of you were looking at each other the night that he came for dinner, I did have a feeling that you were already getting pretty close.

You want to know how close, right, Mom?

Oh, I mean, not if–not if you don’t want to tell me.

I don’t.

Wait, what do you mean? What do you mean? Come on, now. You don’t have to tell me the details. You know I respect your privacy. But I mean, I’m a mother. And I want you to be happy. And nothing would make a mother happier than to know that their daughter is with somebody who makes her happy.


[sighs] Okay, well, yes, I– I am with someone who makes me happy. Everett and I, we had this– we had this great connection in Seattle. And now, two years later, we still do. He makes me laugh. He’s also really smart. We just have all these great conversations. We talk about everything from history, philosophy, to music, movies, theater. I just–I just have a really great time with him.

That is music to my ears, my baby girl.

So the surgery could be as early as next week?

Mm, not sure. They want to schedule it for some time in the next couple of days and let me know.

Okay, well, whenever it is, just know that we will be there for you, no matter what.

That’s right. Every step of the way.

Oh, I’m so blessed to have the support of family, including my soon-to-be son-in-law.

[chuckles] Oh, speaking of which, let’s talk wedding bells.

All right, over some freshly baked chocolate scones.

Mm-hmm, mm-hmm. Come on, let’s just dig in there. Mmm. Mm-hmm.

[soft music]

So basically, I’m screwed, even though my brother’s the DA, right?

Actually, if I wasn’t DA, I’d be more inclined to help you. If I was a private citizen, say, I don’t know, CEO of DiMera Enterprises. Oh, that’s right, you and Gabi stole it from me.

I extended the olive branch, damn it. I offered you your position back, and you turned it down.

Because it was too little, too late, as I said at the time. So now, as district attorney and Holly’s stepfather, I need to let the police do their jobs and get those drugs off our street, lock up anyone who has dirty hands.

[tense music] Well, I must be off. I need to get to the station and congratulate our force on…

[clicks tongue] Another job well done.

[sighs] Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk. Face it, little brother, you made a bloody mess of things, didn’t you? And now it’s very likely you’re going to end up behind bars. Mm. Mm-mm-mm.


[snaps fingers]

What are you searching for?

It’s–it’s not that I’m searching, Doc. It’s–it’s just fearing more unwelcome surprises popping up in my life because of my past.

All right, well, if we have any unwelcome surprises cropping up, we will handle them as we always do– together. And we’ll remember that old phrase– why borrow trouble, hm?

[no audible dialogue]


[sighs] Believe me, nobody’s happy how this went down. I mean, the officer who shot Clyde’s puppet master, she’s taken it really hard, even if the guy she took out was trash. So obviously, we can’t go back and change what happened. We just gotta push forward.

[soft dramatic music]

[both panting and moaning]

Ava, what–what’s wrong?

Everything. I-I make one bad decision after the next.

You’re too hard on yourself. You’ve gotta give yourself a break.

No, I don’t– I don’t deserve one. I don’t. I-I am a broken mess. And once you find that out, you are gonna bail.

No, I’m not. I’m not going anywhere. Hey. We’re a team. And we’re gonna get through this.

[cell phone beeps] Okay, I gotta get back to the station. Stay strong. We’re almost at the finish line.

[cell phone rings]


[sighs] Hey.

Hey. Can you talk?

Um, soon. I just ran into Harris.


[sighs] What– Ava, I told you not to talk to him.

It was a random encounter. It happens.

He mention the bust?

Yeah, he said they scored big.

Right. I need to speak to you now. Meet me at my place.

I’ll be right there.

Thank you for that pep talk. How is it that you always know how to make me feel better?

That was not a pep talk. That was– that was me reminding you of who you really are.

[soft, sweet music] Because you are an amazing father, a spectacular grandfather, a loyal and loving friend, and the best husband a woman could ask for. And I wouldn’t have you any other way.

I love you just the way you are.

I love you, Doc.

Good morning, Detective. Is the commissioner in his office?

Uh, he’s all tied up at the moment dealing with the press about the bust.

Yes. I read the “Spectator” article giving some of the details, naming Clyde Weston as the possible kingpin. Weston is locked up, so logic would suggest that someone on the outside is doing his bidding.

Yeah, and that someone, unfortunately, was killed in the raid this morning.


[sighs] How was he killed?

He pulled a gun on one of our cops, and she had no choice but to fire in self-defense.

[tense music]



Rough morning?

Were you followed here?

No, but who cares? We work together, and supposedly, we’re sleeping together.

Supposedly. What did Robocop tell you?

Just that they seized a bunch of product and some dealer is dead. It’s all in the paper.

You know I don’t like you talking to that guy.

Oh. Oh, oh, okay, Pops, wh-whatever you say. You know what, I think I’m just gonna do my homework now.

This is not funny, Ava. Harris is nothing but trouble for us. For all we know, he could have followed you here. And he probably knows exactly what happened between us last night.

I stopped by St. Luke’s yesterday, so everything is ready to go for tomorrow.

And I confirmed the early morning deliveries for flowers and cake. Mama, did you get in contact with the caterers?

I did indeed. And our dresses are ready, my darling. So we’ll just run right over there and pick them up when the boys pick up their tuxes.

Oh, and I found a photographer. So better late than never, right?

Oh, well, they’re going to have to take plenty of pictures so we can send them to Eli and Lani and– and Big Mama, too.

Olivia’s not going to be there?

Oh, well, she wishes that she could. And I know that we all wish that, too, I know. But she has an ear infection. She–she can’t fly.

Oh, no. Okay, I’ll have to give her a call later.


[cell phone rings] Oh. It’s the hospital. Hello.

[soft dramatic music] Yes, I’m aware.

Oh, I see. Well–well, but isn’t there another– Mm. Mm. Mm-hmm. Yes. Yes. Midnight. I understand. Thank you for letting me know. Mm.

Well, who was it? What’d they say?

Did–did they reschedule the surgery?

They did… for tomorrow morning, same time as the wedding.



So you’re saying that Everett’s moving faster than you are?

He is, which is sweet on the one hand, but it’s also a little scary, you know? I mean, he’s completely enamored. He wants to pick up where we left off. He even brought up moving in together.


Yeah, but I– I told him to slow his roll.

I think that’s good. I mean, if it’s meant to be, it’s gonna happen. I mean, look at your dad and me. True love always wins out.

[light country music playing]

[phones ringing]

And that’s it. You’re up to speed on everything we know.

Well, thank you, Detective. That was a very thorough report. I’d been given an abbreviated version while I was in Italy. But I’m glad to have the full picture. And now that I do, Clyde Weston’s involvement is undeniable. So how do we go about proving it?

Well, now that the dealer is dead, that was our best way to expose Clyde. Now we’re gonna have to wait until Clyde replaces him with somebody else, but we’re on top of it.

Good, good. Good to hear. I want a rock-solid case to end Weston for good. I don’t want him slipping through our fingers.

Trust me, we’re gonna nail that bastard and everybody else involved.

[soft dramatic music]

Look, Harris doesn’t know anything about what happened last night. And who cares? He was already under the impression that we had. I thought you only cared about Gabi finding out.

Yeah. And it never happened.

Right. Exactly. Never happened… except that Wendy and Tripp saw that it did.

Okay, but they’re not gonna say anything, right? You told them not to say anything, right?

Okay, not yet, but–

Not ye–wh–

Okay, w–just listen. Just calm down, all right? I will talk to Tripp soon.

And Wendy–soon.

Okay. I will talk to them. Don’t worry about it, okay? Right now, we got much bigger things to worry about. You know that Clyde’s henchman was shot last night at the bust?

I know. And they suspect Clyde’s the drug lord.

God, he’s gotta be losing his mind right about now. And you know how dangerous Clyde is when he’s feeling cornered. So with him out on the warpath, looking for payback…

We’re already in his crosshairs. So what the hell are we gonna do, Ava?

Tomorrow morning?

Can’t they reschedule?

Well, based on my test results, they want to get me in right away. They don’t have any other openings, you know, for the rest of the week, so tomorrow morning it is.

Okay, that’s fine. That’s fine. We’ll just– we’ll postpone the wedding.

Oh, no, no, no. I will not hear it. Now, this wedding is going to go on tomorrow.

Mama, no, there is no way that we’re gonna–

I will not listen to this, Chanel. No, we’ll– we’ll just have to improvise. Now, Abe, he can give you away, and Johnny’s photographer, he will be taking tons of pictures.

No. Mama, this is our wedding. And there is no way that we are getting married without you there.

Don’t you dare.

No, Paulina, I’m with Chanel on this. We’re not having this wedding without you, okay? You already missed our last wedding. There is no way in hell we’re gonna let you miss this one.

It is their wedding. And so it’s up to them to decide and, you know, from the looks of it, I think their minds are made up.



[clicks tongue] Oh! Oh, well, clearly– clearly, I’ve been overruled. And we’ll cover the cost of postponing. I’m so sorry.

What? No, Mama. There is no reason for you to be sorry.

Well, even so.

[sighs] I’m just–you know, I’m tired, I’m tired– and from all these ups and downs. I-I think I’ll just–I’ll go and just lay down a while.

I’ll go with you and get you settled in.

Okay. I love you, Mama. Have a good rest.

Oh, love you, too. Love you both.

[intriguing music]

You sure you’re okay with postponing?

Yes. Absolutely.



But what?

Maybe there’s another way.

Another way?

Yeah. Yeah, I think I have an idea.

Can’t believe it’s almost Valentine’s Day– and your anniversary.


Do you have anything special planned?

Well, every anniversary with your dad is special, whether we’re doing anything or not. I know that sounds corny, but it’s the truth.

Not corny. It’s very sweet. I just hope I don’t have to marry the same guy four times to get it right.

Well, maybe we just couldn’t live without each other. So how lucky are we?

Aw. I hope I’m even half as lucky in love as you guys have been. Hopefully without all the drama in between weddings.

Well, I think maybe the drama was worth it. But listen, my beauty, whether it’s dramatic or it’s uneventful, all I hope for you is to be as happy in your life as your dad and I are right this very minute.

[light country music playing]

Look, I just might have a way to save our asses and end this blackmail by Clyde for good.

[mysterious music]

Well, what is it, Ava? Spill it.

Okay, well, the key word is “might,” okay, but listen, if what I am thinking falls into place, we have got our way out.

Okay, I don’t like this, Ava. I don’t like being kept in the dark.

Okay, you just keep your head above water, okay? Let me worry about ending this nightmare.

What are you gonna do? Don’t do anything without talking to me first.

Look, I swear to you, I won’t. All right, everything’s gonna be revealed in due time. Just trust me.

Just before I left for Italy, the Bistro was raided, and nothing was found. It all looked like it was on the up and up.

Yeah, apparently so. We interrogated Ava and Stefan, and they lawyered up real quick.

So Ava Vitali is involved?

Nothing’s been confirmed yet on that front. But we’re keeping an eye on her and your brother. Is that gonna be a problem for you?

Not at all. Go where the evidence leads you, Detective. And at the end of the day, if it turns out my little brother is mixed up in this whole mess, so be it. He’ll rot in prison beside Clyde Weston.

You know, after our little talk, something tells me that I– I might sleep better tonight, maybe make it all the way through the night.

Mm, fingers crossed.

[soft, sweet music] I–I got some errands to run. Uh, will you be here– will you be here when I get back?

Sure. No plans.

Good. Then I will see you.

Bye, honey. Be careful.

[tense music]

[line trills]

Hey, Steve. Can you meet me at the office? There’s something I need to tell you.

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Mm. Yeah. Yeah, of course. I can swing by after I pick up Rachel from swimming. Oh, I don’t know, in a couple of hours? Yeah, I just have to pick up some supplies and– oh, hey, hey, hey, wait, wait. Can I call you back in a minute? Hey, Alex, Alex. Hi.

Kristen, hi.

Hi. Are you headed over to Titan?

That’s the plan, yeah, after I shower. Why? What do you need?

Well, um, I don’t know. We haven’t talked in a while. And I just was wondering how things were going over there.

Things are going good, you know, just working on creating a more unified brand, you know, clean and mean.

Oh, interesting. And how does Theresa’s latest escapade fit in with that new image that you’re trying to promote? I mean, I can see that, but clean? Hardly.


What are you implying, Kristen?

Oh, come on, Alex. Don’t play dumb with me. I know all about her little relapse.

Yeah, whatever you heard, that’s not–

Not what, true? Come on. Don’t deny it. Brady told me all about it.

Are you kidding me right now? What the hell is wrong–

[dramatic music]

[sighs] Mm.

[laughs] Well, good morning, handsome.

You know, you thought that you wouldn’t sleep, and you seem to have slept pretty well.

Well, last night’s activities, uh, definitely helped relax my mind.

Oh. Well, then, you know, maybe I can relax your mind some more.

Mm, go for it. Oh!



[phone buzzing]

Yeah, what is it? No, I have not been informed of that. What the hell, man? That was not your decision to make. This is my business, and I’ll run it my way. I’ll deal with you later. Imbeciles. How could they let this happen? Oh, they’ll be damned sorry they did, though. Sons of bitches have no idea what I’m capable of. They’re about to find out.

[radio chatter]

[tense music]

Here. Thought you might need this.

[radio chatter]

How you doing, Goldman?

That’s a first for me, detective.

First time you shot somebody?

First time I’ve ever even discharged my weapon.

Have you released your firearm to the CS unit?

Yes, sir.

OK, good. It’s going to be OK. Why don’t you wait by your car. Phillips will stay with you.

Come on, Goldman.



She’s pretty shaken, huh?

This is bad, Jada. This is really bad.

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

What the hell is Brady thinking? Brady has no business speaking about Theresa’s personal life to you or anybody else.

So it is true she’s using again?

She’s not using again. She had a slip. Hey, hey! She has made a vow. She is consistently sober now, and it’s going to stay that way from now on. So maybe if you could just like, I don’t know, transform yourself into, like, a half decent human being for like a split second, maybe then you would recognize that she’s facing struggles. And you can leave her in peace.


[laughs] Sorry. Look, I do feel for Theresa. Look, no, after all, we are both card-carrying members of the Brady Black baby mama club connected to the guy from here to eternity.

Please, don’t– don’t remind me.

Oh, come on, Alex. Brady is always going to be a part of Theresa’s life just like he’s going to be a part of mine. And it is very understandable why he talked to me about that situation. He’s worried about her.

Well, he’s worried about Tate.

Oh, no, not just Tate. I mean, don’t you get a sense of their strong connection?

I suppose I do, yeah. It has been made abundantly clear to me just how strong their little bond is. So yeah, but it’s out of necessity.

Oh, out of necessity. Are you sure about that? I mean, are you sure that there is nothing else going on between the two of them? Hm? Hm.

You bring me so much joy, Abraham. I’m so grateful that we get to be together like this again.

Have I told you lately how much I appreciate your patience of me, your understanding?

Oh. Well, we don’t have to rush anything. And the memories, they’ll come back. I know they will. In the meantime, we have the privilege of creating new ones.

Beautiful new ones. Perfect new ones.


[laughs] Oh. Mm.

But this was a good bust, right?

Yeah, I mean, in terms of drugs off the streets, it’s a great bust but–

I know we needed that dealer alive. I’m going to go check on Officer Goldman.


Talk to him.


How did this go so wrong, Rafe? This is the dealer with a direct connection to Clyde.

I know, Harris. But look on the bright side. We got kilos of drugs off the street. That’s a huge win.

There’s always going to be more drugs. We need the source.

[sighs] If only Goldman had–

No, no, no, no. This piece of trash pointed a gun at her, OK? It was a split-second decision– her life or his.

No, I understand that. But with this guy, Clyde would be off the street for good.

OK. But that’s fine. We’re going to get to Weston one– what the hell are you two doing here?

We’re just here to collect information, Commissioner.

Yeah, well, that’s not OK, Chad. This is an active crime scene. Besides that, how the hell did you get here so fast? This bust wasn’t on the radio.

I called them.

You what? Why?

To buy us some extra time to get to this bust before the Lucas story is published.

What? The Lucas story? What the hell’s a Lucas story?

Lucas Horton is a confidential informant for Salem PD. Put his life on the line to stop Clyde Weston’s hold on this city. That’s the story we’re going to tell.

When I was brought up to speed, the only thing I could do was negotiate the delay in publishing it in exchange for the scoop on the bust.

What the hell were you thinking, Harris? This is months and months of investigation. It could potentially all go up in smoke. What the hell made you think that this was the right call?

I’m not the one who made the call.

OK. Who made the call?

Look, I’m sorry. Lucas reached out to us unbeknownst to Detective Michaels.

Look, we’re all on the same team here, Commissioner, OK? We all want drugs out of Salem, and now we actually have an opportunity to move the needle in the right direction by working together.


What do you say, Commissioner? We have to print the story with or without your statement.

OK, let’s get this over with then.

Great. You’re not going to regret this.


Commissioner Rafe Fernandez, can you tell us about the drug bust that occurred today here on Kingston Road?

Good morning. Today, we were successful in removing over kilos of dangerous drugs from the streets during a warehouse drug bust just on the edge of town and thus cutting off the pipeline of these highly addictive and dangerous drugs.

Can you tell us specifically what drugs were confiscated?

Well, that investigation is still ongoing, although I will say they are probably street drugs laced with opiates. I will say this, however. A bust of this magnitude sends a clear message that we are not going to stop until we reclaim our city from those who seek to profit only from misery and death.

Can you tell us, were there any injuries or fatalities in the raid?

[tense music]

Yeah, unfortunately, one of our officers was involved with a– a shooting. And, um, the deceased is an alleged drug dealer, although that investigation as well is still ongoing, and there will be a separate report released.


[sighs] We good now?

Good as gold. We’ll, uh– we’ll get out of your way now. Thank you.


Well, today the police made a major dent in the drug trade in Salem.

Red letter day indeed.

Now the real work begins.

Look, I am not trying to upset you, Alex. I know that you and Theresa are a thing, and, uh, I just hate to see you deluding yourself. Yeah. Look, those two are recovering addicts. And it’s like they’ve been to war together. And they share the battle wounds, and those wounds are very, very bonding. It’s kind of like Brady and my relationship, actually.

Are you kidding me right now? From what I see, you and Brady practically despise each other.

Affairs of the heart are very deceiving. And like Theresa and Brady, we’re forever connected and not just because we went through hell and back, but because of our child.

Your child?


The one that you recently just got sole custody over and basically deprived her father from being a part of her life? And you think you and Brady have a strong connection?

Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? I did not deprive Brady of being part of Rachel’s life. I was given sole custody because he threatened me with a gun in the presence of our daughter.

And I agree with you. That was not a smart move on Brady’s part.

Yeah, you think it would–

But did you have to go to such extreme measures?

Oh, and what the hell would you have done?

Not got the cops involved.

Oh, so I take it Brady didn’t tell you the whole story.

What’s the whole story?

Uh, it wasn’t me who called the cops. It was Rachel.

[radio chatter]

OK. So let’s go over exactly what went down earlier. You were with Officer Goldman when you entered the warehouse from the south side, correct?


Did you notice anything unusual?

Not at first, but then I saw something flash from the corner of my eye.

What kind of flash?

I’m not sure. Next thing I knew, Goldman was taking off after the perp. And then– well, you know the rest.

What exactly did you see?

It’s not what I saw. It’s what I heard– two shots. By the time I caught up with Goldman, dealer was dead.

And Goldman?

She was shaken, definitely in shock. I noted the location of the suspect’s gun before I helped her. Put it on my report.

OK, Phillips. I’d do that now while memory is fresh.

Trust me, this won’t be something I’ll forget.

Neither will Goldman. Let’s go check on her.


[laughs] Well, look who we have here– my old buddy Chad DiMera. Who’s your compadre, Chad?

[suspenseful music]

Your family dynamic’s certainly interesting.

I could say the same about yours, too. I mean, talk about daddy issues.

[clears throat] OK, I’m sorry. Look, changing the subject, let’s just state the obvious. I’m going to state the obvious here, OK? Life is unpredictable, and it is complicated, as are relationships. So my advice to you? Be wary and, uh, don’t give your heart away too quickly.

OK. Well, enough about the subject of me and my heart. Let’s move on to you.


Are you seeing anybody?


[laughs] Oh, please, Alex, do– Do you know how dehumanizing those apps are–


–the dating apps, right? You swipe left, swipe right. You know, it’s just– I’m just too old school for that.

Oh, well, I would hardly call you old school, but I know what you mean.



What about Brady?

What about Brady?

You ever think about getting back with big old Brady?


[laughs] Oh, come on. Come on. That ship has sailed.

So bring it back to shore, captain. He’s single. You’re single. You don’t have to worry about the little first date weirdness issues. You can just have somebody you know. You know all him. You know his flaws. And from where I’m standing, it’s obvious you still got feelings for the guy. So why not pursue it?

Huh. I know what you’re doing, Alex.

[laughs] You want Brady out of the picture so that you can have Theresa all to yourself.






[gasps] Oh my Lord! Oh. Oh! With everything going on last night, I plumb forgot to tell you the very exciting news. Chanel and Johnny are getting married.

That’s wonderful.

[laughter] Well, congratulations to the mother of the bride.

Yes, that’s me.

[laughs] Oh, babe, I’m so happy for my baby girl. And you know, the more I see the two of them together, the more convinced I am that they– they’ve got what it takes.

Oh, young love.

Yeah, well, old timers’ love ain’t so bad, either.

Oh, well–

Oh, now, wait a minute. Oh, come on, now. Wait. These distractions have got to just wait now ’cause I’ve got– I got to write this announcement so I can get it in The Spectator ASAP.

Well, so have they set a date?

Indeed they have. They’re getting married on Valentine’s Day.

Well, you have your work cut out for you. So what can I do to help?

Oh, Abraham, you’ve done so much already.

Well, uh, we’re partners, right?


So put me to work.

Well, for now, just tell me that today’s going to be a good day.

Every day with you is a good day, my dear sweet Paulina.





[sighs] We’ll get each of the suspects into interrogation. I am guessing they will be up for conversation if they think it means staying out of Statesville.

Yeah, well, their boss isn’t going to be happy about this raid.

Yeah. Speaking of unhappy bosses, really not pleased that you kept me out of the loop on this press situation.

I know, Rafe. I’m sorry. I had to make a quick decision.

Mm-hmm. So Lucas is staying with you at the safe house?

I mean, it’s the best plan I can come up with to make sure that this raid would still go off without a hitch.

Yeah, so there was a hitch?

Yeah, Officer Goldman was a decorated marksman in her academy class.

OK, but there’s a big difference to shooting your gun on the range versus on the job.

[tense music] And now she’s going to have to visit with the department shrink before I can put her back on duty.

OK. We’re going to need all hands on deck. That’s for sure.

Yeah. Once this article comes out in the press, God only knows what the fallout’s gonna be.

Aren’t you going to introduce me to your buddy here, Chad?

Everett Lynch, editor in chief, The Spectator.

Lynch? I don’t recall that name. You must be a– a recent hire.

Fairly recent, yeah. Mr. Weston, we were hoping you might be able to spare some time to speak with us today.

Us? You mean like the two of you?

[laughs] Chad, are you pretending to be a journalist now?

I own The Spectator now, Abigail’s family paper.

I see. One of those, uh, jack of all trades, master of none things, right?

[chuckles] You know, your daddy, Stefano DiMera, he was a force to be reckoned with. But you, son, sorry to say, you’re just a waste of time, kind of like this meeting here.

Mr. Weston, taking pot shots at a man whose wife you brutally murdered, that’s the behavior of someone in a very, very bad mood, which makes sense in your case because you’re obviously having a horrible day.

A horrible day? What the hell you talking about?

[tense music]

Why don’t you enlighten me, Chad? Why am I having a horrible day?

Oh, you, uh– you must not have heard about the raid.

Raid? No, it doesn’t ring a bell.

Well, you have eyes and ears everywhere, don’t you, Clyde? OK, fine, we’ll, uh– we’ll play your game. And we’ll be the first to tell you that there was a very big raid this morning on the edge of town at a warehouse. Kingston Road, I believe?


Yeah. But that doesn’t ring any bells? It was really quite a doozy.

One of the biggest raids in Salem history, from what I heard.

Yeah. How much did the police grab, Everett?

Over kilos, I believe, and still counting the cash when we left.

Well, that’s got to hurt, huh, Clyde?

I don’t know what you’re talking about.

How much does keys go for on the streets? My math is, um– it’s not very good.

Yeah, you know, by my calculation and adjusting for inflation, I’d say probably over a couple mil.


[whistles] A couple mil, huh? A couple mil, that is a lot. That is– that would make me very angry. I’d probably want to make somebody pay. What would you do, Clyde?

[phone buzzing] Do you hear that, Everett?

Yeah, I do. It sounds like a– like a phone on vibrate.

That’s funny because we had– I mean–


Yeah, we had to check our phones in when we– when we got here. Clyde Weston, do you have a contraband phone on you?

[phone beeps] You might want to check your messages.

You know, if I were a betting man, which I’m not, I would bet that it’s probably about the raid and all that lost product.

I bet you’re right. I bet someone is very nervous to have to pass that along. Go ahead. Check your messages, Clyde. It’s just us here. We won’t say anything.

Admit it. You want Brady out of the way so it’s smooth sailing for you and Theresa.

I’m also looking out for what’s best for you, Kristen, and for Rachel. Think about it. No, seriously, how nice would it be for her to have her parents back together again creating a nice family unit?

Well, you don’t give a damn about me and Rachel. Wow, you are really sweating bullets about Brady and Theresa, aren’t you?

Hey. Hey. I admit I have my concerns, OK, only because she’s been leaning on him a little bit more than I expected.

Co-addicts to codependency.

Yeah. Yeah, he’s been hanging around a lot more since the slip.

Yeah. Well, and also, they’re dealing with the fallout of Tate’s arrest and him going to juvie camp.

It’s like two little magnets getting drawn together every time I turn around.


[chuckles] Well, and if you don’t redirect Brady’s attention–

Then my relationship with Theresa is probably doomed.

All right. You know what, Alex, I think I can help you.

[tense music]

How are you doing?

I’m OK.

I wasn’t after my first shooting.

Really? What happened?

It was a domestic violence case when I was working in Seattle. I got a call that this guy was making threats at his ex’s workplace. So I show up. And I thought I had everything under control. Talking to the guy, you know, I’m trying to calm him down, or so I thought. And all of a sudden, he– he pulls a gun out, and he fired. I had no time to think. And there were too many civilians around, and I couldn’t take the chance of someone getting hurt. And that– that was the first time that I discharged my weapon on duty. I can still smell the gunpowder. I can still see the blood.

That’s all I can see–

[shivers] The blood.

You did the right thing, Goldman.

It was a clean shooting.

Yeah. Jada’s right. Based on our initial reporting, you did the right thing, Goldman.

But I took a life, sir.


I’m having a hard time reconciling that I did the right thing.

And it’s only natural that you would feel that way. But at the end of the day, you’ll come to accept that what you did, you did what you had to do. And just know that you are not alone. You will come out of this OK.

[tense music]

What do you think, Everett?

I don’t know. Not really what I expected. Not that tough, really.

Yeah, well, you know what they say. Prison can break some men. Is that what happened to you, Clyde?

What is it you two clowns want from me?

Well, truth is is I don’t even like to hear your name, let alone be in the same room as you. But our job is to tell both sides of the story.

We want to hear your version. We’re giving you a forum to speak your truth.

What the hell are you talking about?

Well, you claim you’re an innocent man, right?

Damn right I’m innocent.

OK. Can you expand on that?

Look, gentlemen, if you’d done your homework, you’d know that I’ve been a model prisoner here in Statesville ever since I started serving time for the brutal murder of Chad’s adorable wife Abigail. I’ll bet you miss her dearly, don’t you, Chad? I can still see her face, so scared and so beautiful, begging me to save her life.

Hey. Stay focused. Stay focused, OK?



[tense music]

Now, I still don’t know why you’re really here.

Because, Clyde, I wanted to see the look on your face when you learned that your empire was crumbling to the ground.


[chuckles] Good luck with that.

I don’t need luck, just facts. And the fact is your reign of terror is coming to an end. And when you lose all of that money and all of that power and everything that goes along with it, I am going to take great satisfaction with telling the world all about it on the front page of my newspaper. And you, Clyde, will be rotting away in prison like the rat that you are, never again to see the light of day.

You said so yourself. If I’m more present in Brady’s life and he’s less present in Theresa’s, then it is a win-win for everyone, right?

Yeah, I still feel like there’s a catch.

No, I mean, we’re just, um, helping them both out.

[laughs] That’s all. I mean, we both want to break the toxic chain between them.

Mm-hmm. But are you sure you’re ready to get back to Brady again?

I don’t know. Time will tell. I mean, it’s hard being hurt over and over and over.


There’ll always be a place in my heart saved just for him. OK. I think it’s time for me to change things and focus on myself.

I’m liking where this is headed right now, truly.




All right. So we are on the same page, right? And if we’re going to achieve the goal that we want, then you and I are going to have to be in communication with each other.

Sure, yeah. I mean, you’re not suggesting we spy and gossip about Theresa and Brady on, like, a regular basis, right?

Let’s not think of it as gossiping. Let’s think of it as intel.



[laughs] I mean, the last thing either of us wants is for them to get together.


[humming] Voila!

[chuckling] Engagement announcement complete.

Excellent. Excellent. So what else is on the agenda for today?

Well, I have– I’ve got a conference call in half an hour to go over some details about the geocaching event.


Then after that, I need to start thinking about my mother of the bride outfit, so maybe a stroll through Saison with my best man?

Oh, it’d be my honor.

[both laughing]


[phone ringing]

What is it?

[phone ringing]

University Hospital.

[phone ringing]

Yes, I’m aware. But what if the–

[deep breath] OK. OK. OK. OK. Yes, I understand. Thank you for letting me know.

Paulina, who is it? What’s going on?

That was my oncologist. They got the ultrasound results. The tumor has grown. They don’t want to wait. They’re moving my surgery up to the end of this week.

Then we have a plan.

Oh. But I just thought I’d have a little bit more time to prepare mentally. Oh, I’m going to be fine. I’m going to be fine, Abe. I’m going to be fine.



[panicked breathing] I got this. I’m going to deal with this. I’m going to deal with this.

[panicked breathing] I just– I know you know who I am. Even though I’m scared, you know, if you know anything about me, you know I’m not going to let my fear overcome me. You know that.

[panicked breathing] I have you. I do have you.

Yes, you have. And we’re going to go through this together. We are a team, remember?


What do you say about spending a little bit more time around Titan?

Oh, Alex, are you offering me a job?

I mean, would it be that far out of left field? You’re more than qualified to join my executive team.

True. I have more than a little experience.

Exactly. And we need somebody like you with your skill set to keep up with the new market trends. I’m telling you, Kristen, I have always seen you as a shrewd businesswoman.

Yeah, well, I’m not the Suzy Homemaker type. Ah, you know, I think, I can make this change.



And you’ll be in closer proximity to Brady.

Interesting proposition. I’ll consider it.

OK. All right. Well, if we’re going to make this little project work, we’re both going to need to contribute in and out of the workplace.


It means that we’re going to have to work at bumping up those visitation rights between Brady and Rachel, building it up to family sleepovers, creating more opportunities for bonding for the family, of course.

Of course.

We got the best motive here, Kristen, truly– happiness– mine, yours, Theresa’s, Brady, but, most importantly, Rachel.

OK, Alex, to happiness.

To happiness.



I think we’re done here. Chad?

Mr. Lynch, I’d like to suggest that you forget anything that you learned here today. It would be best for all parties.

Is that a threat, Clyde?

No. It’s, um, more like a warning from a concerned citizen who would hate to see anything bad happen to those who were close to you back in Salem.

Empty threats will not prevent the truth from coming out, Weston. You’ve had your chance to make a statement. Now it’s time for us to do our job. I’ll make sure you get a copy of the paper.

And when we do finally expose all the horror you’ve inflicted from killing people with tainted drugs to putting the DA’s stepdaughter into a coma, the justice system will make sure you serve two life sentences. You understand me?


[ominous music]

It’s time to end this.

Let’s do it.

So close to nailing Weston.

I know. I know.

[sighs] OK, Goldman, walk me through it one more time.

OK. The suspect did not respond to our commands to stop, sir. I pursued. And once we got outside, he turned and fired. I returned fire to ensure that no other individuals would be hurt and– because– I didn’t want to die.

It’s OK. It’s OK. You followed protocol. We’re going to have to come at Weston from another angle.

And soon.

Yeah, soon, because once Clyde finds out about this, all hell is going to break loose. And he’s going to want somebody to pay.

[dramatic music]

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[sighs] This is so peaceful, huh?

Mm-hmm. It’s perfect– crackling fire, winter wind blowing.

You know, when I was a kid, I used to be afraid to come out here at night. I used to think that the ghosts of my DiMera ancestors would grab me and take me off to the crypt.

Mm, those creepy DiMera spirits…


Are those the ones cursing anyone marrying into this family?

[soft dramatic music]

Could be. Honestly, nothing would surprise me.

Wait a minute. You’re not really afraid for us to get married, are you?

Oh, thank you so much for this evening, Abraham.

[chuckles] Oh great food, great food and even better company.


[chuckles] I had a wonderful time.



[tender music]

Well… You know, tonight doesn’t have to end right here. I mean, you could come inside.

Oh, no, no, no, it’s all right. It’s all right. I– Good night.

Wait, wait, wait, wait. Hold on.

I can’t believe you’re here again in my arms.


You know, for two years, I had the same dream over and over. Actually, I was in a coma for a year, and I wasn’t really dreaming then. But for a solid year, I had this dream where late one night, you’d show up at my door, and I’d sweep you off your feet with my romantic declarations of love. We’d take each other’s clothes off and… well, you can imagine the rest, or I guess you don’t have to.


[laughter] Wow. So tonight was your fantasy?

Actually, tonight was my dream come true. My fantasy is I’m a rugged ship captain, and you show up at my cabin door dressed as a sexy Viking warrior.


[gasps] Oh. I will have to remember that.


Yeah, you should remember that.


We’re out of the friend zone!



Now, you see, I thought it was gonna turn out to be the scientist’s mentor who killed his wife. I mean, he was already upset that the protĂ©gĂ© had eclipsed him, and so he offed the wife to set him up for the murder.

Mm-mm. I figured early on it was the mother. I mean, she was too obsessed with him, always had to know where he was every second. She wanted her son’s wife out of the picture.

Mm, well, you were right. Are you sure you haven’t seen this movie before?

I just know a thing or two about meddling moms.

[soft dramatic music]

Uh-oh. What has my mom done now?

Well, that happened.




It was incredible.


And a big fricking mistake.


You don’t want to play games with me. What do you want?

Thank you for coming. Sit down, Mr. Black. You and I are going to talk.

Just tell me what you want. So why do you pretend to be a new client just to get me out here?


[chuckles] Would you have come if you’d known it was me?

Damn straight, I would have. Saves me the trouble of tracking your ass down because you’re right, Konny. You and I, we’re gonna talk. And you’re gonna tell me everything that you know about The Pawn.

[tense music]

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

I’m afraid I do not play chess, Mr. Black.

Knock it off. Steve told me everything. You told him you know about The Pawn. Now I want to know what you know, and I want to know right now. Is this about Stefano?

I do not know about this Stefano. No, John, this is about Victor and his Pawn.

[tense music]

Italian families can be pretty superstitious. I mean, for example, a lot of my ancestors used to wear this necklace charm called The Devil’s Horn to ward off the evil eye.

Evil eye?

Yeah. It’s called the malocchiocurse. And someone who’s jealous of you can give you the evil eye without even meaning to. Yeah, there’s a lot of Italian superstitions.

Oh, yeah? Give some examples.

Some examples? OK. Um, it is bad luck to have a pet bird in your house. It’s also bad luck to leave a loaf of bread upside-down. The number , obviously, bad luck. Ooh, here’s one. So when a newlywed couple moves into a house…


It has to be exorcised, or at least blessed, to ward off any evil spirits left behind by the previous owners.


On the other hand, a cat sneezing in your presence is considered good luck.


[laughs] OK. Well, then we will just have to get a cat then.

[laughs] Oh, come on, G. You don’t actually believe all that stuff, do you?


[sighs] Look, after what my uncle Chad said to me, my family’s history is riddled with women who have either been heartbroken or messed up for marrying a DiMera– I mean, from getting kidnapped to brainwashed to death.

[dramatic music] And look what happened the last time we got married.

Yeah, yeah, that did leave me pretty messed up and heartbroken.

So maybe we should just be, you know, happy being with each other, just being with each other.

Chanel, I–

I love you too much to risk ruining your life by marrying me again.

You know, when I came to Salem and I tracked you down, I didn’t really know what to expect because I’d sort of been obsessively looking at pictures and videos of you from…

[chuckles] From two years ago. And I’d look at them before I went to sleep. I’d wake up in the morning, and I’d maybe sort of look at them. Anyway, when I saw you in real life standing in front of me, I didn’t think it was possible for you to surprise me with how beautiful you are.

[tender music]

You want to know what I thought when I first saw you here in Salem after not having seen you for two years?

Are you kidding me? Of course, I want to know.

I thought… “There’s the guy that I was so madly in love with I could hardly see straight.” And in spite of how rattled I was, more than rattled, I was shocked.

But even so… I was hard for me to stop myself from running into your arms and just holding you so, so tightly. I wanted to tell you how mad I was that you disappeared but how relieved I was that it wasn’t by choice, how relieved I was that you found me again.

But as you know, I was– I was committed to someone else at the time. I was living with Chad, and so that obviously stopped me from acting on how I actually felt.


That’s the reason that I was able to show such…

[sighs] Remarkable restraint…

Until tonight.

You hungry?

Mm-hmm, starving.

You know what the nice thing is about living in a hotel?

[together] Room service.

Yeah. On it.

That mom comment just flew out of my mouth. I shouldn’t have said anything.

No, you can’t take it back now. Just– just tell me.

[soft dramatic music]

OK. I will. Your mom cornered me in the apartment and kind of grilled me.


[sighs] About?

Well, it started out with her reminding me how much you hate almond milk, and then it pretty much went downhill from there. Yeah, in a nutshell, she questioned my commitment to you, then warned me to not break your heart.

Wendy, I’m– I’m so sorry.

Look, you– you were right when you said your mom was kind of a handful. No offense.

No, I get it. Nothing– nothing new there. No, but it does rile me up that she would talk to you like that behind my back. But she is Ava Vitali. And you know, she is my mom, and I love her very much. I will never understand why the woman does some of the things she does.


[groans] Oh, God.


Oh, Gabi.


You know…

When I first told Gabi about this fake affair, she was completely supportive. She says, “As long as it stays fake, mi amor.” Look at me now. What have I done? What is wrong with me? What’s wrong with you, huh?



Me? You’re the one who came– ow– over here. And you– you took my sushi from the delivery guy.

You’re the one who wound me up with all the phone sex talk.

Oh my– are you kidding? I mean, who– who was the one who said, “Let’s open another bottle of wine”? Huh?

Who was the one who said, “Let’s do shots?”


[shushing] Stop it. OK? Shh. We’re both responsible. OK, responsible. We were vulnerable, and it was a big screw-up.



No kidding.

Yeah. OK. So we’re just gonna figure out– we’re going to figure out a way to put this all behind us. OK? And there’s really nothing to figure out, right? Because the only way to deal with this is no one can ever know the truth.

[tense music]

Wait a minute. I don’t get all of this sudden panic about us getting married. Aren’t you the one who gave me the whole carpe diem spiel? And, “oh, Chanel, I love you so much. I don’t want to wait.”

I do love you so much, and I don’t want to wait. I also don’t want anything to happen to you. I mean, you can make fun of curses and superstitions all you want, but I was possessed by the devil. I’m pretty sure you recall. Who knows what the future can hold? I just– I just don’t know if I want you taking this kind of risk.

Yeah, well, life in general is pretty risky, as we both know. And, hey, if the devil couldn’t keep us apart, then the DiMeras sure as hell can’t. And I truly believe all we have to do is love each other and be honest. And that will keep us safe. So in short, I have zero worries about us walking down that aisle. But now suddenly you do.

I mean, it’s not all that sudden. It’s just the more I think about it–

Wait, wait a minute. Is this really about what Chad said? Or are you having second thoughts about something else?

[soft dramatic music]

I probably shouldn’t say this to a man with amnesia, but I’m having deja vu.


[laughs] So what are you remembering?

Just the many times that we’d lay together here just like this.

[tender music] Did anything feel familiar to you?

No. But I promise you, it was wonderful.

Hmm. So I guess for you, it was like the very first time.

It was. It was. You know the good thing about losing my memory?


I get to fall in love with you all over again.


And I told her the only opinions that matter in our relationship are yours and mine.

Wendy, I am so sorry that my mom put you on the spot like that. But no surprise, you held your own against her.

Oh, and once again, she tried to convince me that you and I need to take a vacation. And she even offered to help me plan a romantic getaway on her. Clearly, she’s still trying to get us out of town.

Even though I’ve told her that we’re not going anywhere?

Yeah, well, obviously she’s not listening. She really did not like it when I turned the tables on her and started quizzing her about Harris and Stefan.

What did you ask?

How she felt about them. I mean, she totally shut me down and wouldn’t say anything.

Yeah, of course, she wouldn’t. She has been spending a lot of time with Stefan lately, which is not a good sign. I mean, not only do I dislike the guy, but I think whatever my mom is messed up in, Stefan’s behind it, just using her like the leech that he is.

Yes, of course, this stays between us. Gabi can never find out. Nobody can ever find out the truth.

Exactly. It never happened.

It never happened.

We take it to our graves.

Yeah, you had better, especially because, me, I got a lot more at stake,

What? How so?

How so? Because I’m married, OK? You and Mr. Clean, you’re not even seeing each other anymore.

Oh, so it’s OK if he finds out. Look, I don’t want him to know the truth either.

He already thinks we’re sleeping together. What’s the–you know what? Fine. OK? Miss Fabio, no argument from me. But let me remind you, I got a hell of a lot more to lose than you do.

So, what’s The Pawn to you?

The Pawn changed my life forever.

How? Tell me what you know about me, about my past.


[chuckles] I wonder what is inside of you waiting to come out. I can see it in your eyes, the eyes of a killer.

Damn it, Konstantin. There are so many– too many things that I don’t remember about my past. And now you show up here taunting me?

That is the least of what you deserve.

Tell me what you know about me right now.

[suspenseful music]

It’s so good.



Sorry, they didn’t have pasta with meat sauce on the menu. I know that’s your go-to for recharging.

All right, can’t beat a grilled cheese as a late night snack on a cold winter’s night. And you remembered to get ranch for our fries.

How could I forget how you take your fries?



Also that you hate olives, love anchovies, prefer rye bread over white. I can keep going.

I am impressed.

I also remember…


[tender music]


[laughs] What? What else?

Every inch of you.

Hey, look. There’s our geocaching event.

Oh, Caching Cupid– they used your title. I hope it kills. The hospital could really use the funding.

Well, the website’s been getting a ton of traffic. I set it up to maximize search engine optimization.

Mm, OK, well, now you’re turning me on with all this techie talk.

Really? Well, have I told you about the geodetic data?


Keep talking like this, and we won’t be able to wait for the apartment.

HTTPS is an extension of the hypertext transfer protocol.

We better hurry, woman.



Hey, you know what? I don’t understand the hold that that guy has on you. It’s not like you guys are married. Yeah, you’re not even together. You don’t even love the guy.

[soft dramatic music]

[laughs] Oh, wait a minute. You love Harris.

Look, I never said that.

You didn’t have to. You are wearing it all over your sleeve.

OK. You know what? It really doesn’t matter anyway, right? You know, I’m going to request that you shut up and maybe finish getting dressed so we can get you the hell out of here, OK?

OK, fine. Where is my shirt?

We brought everything in here in case Wendy and Tripp showed up. Come on. It’s here.

Well, it’s definitely not in here.

If you know as much about me as you claim you do, you know that I won’t hesitate to put a bullet through a man’s eye.

Or a woman’s either.

[tense music]

What does that mean?

What does that mean?

You came at me, and Katerina got in the way.

I came at you? Whe–? Who’s Katerina?



Tell me. Hands where I can see them.

I need you to see something and tell me what it means, and I will go away.

John. John? Are you OK? John.

[ominous music]

Who’s John?


[chuckles] If you are not John, then are you The Pawn?

I’ve been called that, yes.

Oh, finally. My God.

[speaks Greek] Finally, after all these years, I found you, the one who killed Katerina. There was a time many years ago in Greece, in Aria, you came to deliver a message, a message of death.

My beautiful Katerina.

John… someone must pay for that.

You know, it’s– it’s been a while since we’ve been together.

You’re not asking me to rate your performance, are you?

Oh, no, no, no, no. I was just– well, I don’t remember what you– don’t remember what you like or don’t like.

Oh, honey, I am not shy. You know I would tell you.

[laughter] But, well, I will say this, you were wonderful then, and you’re wonderful now.

[laughter] Oh, your side of the bed sure did miss you, Abraham. And so did I.

[tender music]

Chanel, I have zero second thoughts about marrying you, none whatsoever. OK, I just– I just want to make sure that you’re going into this with your eyes open.

Well, I told you that your big, tough family doesn’t scare me.

What about the other side?

You mean your mother?

No, although she can be quite scary. I was thinking more about my sister.

Your sister? You don’t really think that I still have feelings for Allie?

You did choose her once over me.

But I loved you first, and I love you last forever.

[soft dramatic music] What? You don’t believe me?

I just I can’t stop thinking about how crazy you guys were about each other.

Oh, my God. You’re worried that I prefer women.

You’re worried that I’m gay, aren’t you?

You know, I’m blown away that it’s been two years.

Mm. I mean, in some ways, it feels like it’s been forever, and in other ways, it feels like we’ve never been apart.

I mean, I haven’t been with anybody since the last time I was with you.

Well, you know my story. You weren’t in a coma for a year, so I think you get a pass.

Hmm. Thank you.

You want to hear something wild?


I think I grew more and more in love with you while we were apart.

An “absence makes the heart grow fonder” thing?

No, no, like a true love kind of thing. All I know is I have you back, and I am never, ever gonna let you go again.

You know, I should probably start thinking about getting out of this hotel room.

Oh, where would you go?

I don’t know. I mean, you could move out of your parents’ place. We could find a place on our own together, pick up where we left off. What do you say?

[tense music]

What the hell?

Tripp, Stefan, he was just–

I was just helping her out.

No, you save it. I’m not an idiot. OK?

You know what? I was just leaving.

Yeah, you better damn well leave.

OK, Tripp, calm down.

No, keep your paws off my mother, OK?

Tripp, Tripp, your mom’s a grown woman. She can be with whoever she wants.

No way. Not with this dirtbag.

Again, none of your business.

My mother is my business, OK? I’m not going to stand around and watch you use her. That is over. You hear me? You’re going to keep your distance from her from now on, or you are gonna regret it.

[tense music]

I wish we could lay like this forever… and all of our problems would just blow away.

[soft dramatic music]

Are you thinking about your surgery?

Actually, I went to the hospital this morning.


Well, because I think– I think the lump is actually getting bigger.

Why didn’t you tell me?

Oh, there’s nothing to tell yet. They did another ultrasound. I’m waiting to hear what they say. But, you know, being here with you like this, I feel like I can handle just about anything. And I forgot all about it for a little while. That’s no small thing.

[tender music] You have no idea how much this means to me.

Well, actually I do.

It’s overwhelming trying to navigate life with no memory, but you never gave up on me.

I was lost at sea. And you… you are my safe harbor.

And you’re mine.

Yes, I am. And I am going to be with you every step of the way now and always.

Look, I am not questioning your sexual orientation, OK? I’m just– I guess, if I’m being honest, I want to make sure, am I gonna be enough for you?

Johnny, listen to me, OK?

I am ready to commit myself to one person, and you are that person– you, OK? And no one else. You protected me even when we weren’t together, and you have shown me in a million ways that I am enough for you. And yes, Johnny, you are enough for me, more than enough, always and forever. I love you. I love you so much.

I love you too.


[laughs] Whoa! Slow your roll there, fella. Live together?

I’m boundary pushing again, aren’t I?



Yeah, you are.


Look, I moved in with Chad too fast. That was a big mistake. And as any relationship self-help book would tell you– and I’ve read my fair share– just there’s no need to rush. Just enjoy each other. And if it’s real, it’ll last.

OK. All right. But for me, it’s real. I already know that. There’s no doubt in my mind you’re the only person in the world that I want to share my life with, and that will never change.

[soft dramatic music]

What about you? Is it real for you?

[ominous music]

Move that trashcan over here.

[chuckles] At last. Yes. My Katerina will be avenged.

Katerina will be avenged.

Raise your right arm. Now lower it. And now, Mr. Black, let’s try something much more high stakes, shall we?

Put the gun to your head and pull the trigger.

[suspenseful music]

OK. So are we done now? Have we checked off every box on the list of our potential concerns? And are we now ready to vow to be true and love each other until death do us part?

Yeah. Yeah. OK. All right, it’s settled. So, are you ready to be Mrs. DiMera?

I don’t know. It depends. Are you ready to be Mr. Dupree?

Oh, oh, OK. Well, I guess we never really talked about the name change thing. Is there something you want to do about that?

You know what? We have had enough discussions for tonight. I think that the only thing left for us to do is to just seal our love with another kiss.

Yeah, that sounds good– sounds good to me.



[tender music]

Mm. You know what? There is– I’m sorry– there is one other thing left to do on our to-do list.


I was thinking, and just thinking, that we should seal our love with a little more than a kiss.

Mm-hmm. I’ll race you to the bedroom.

Oh. OK.

[laughter] Whoa. Whoa. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.

I don’t know how much sleep I’m gonna get tonight. I’ve got so much on my mind.

[sighs] But I am so very happy to have you back here, Abraham, in our bed.

It does feel right, doesn’t it?



[sighs] You know, we could stay up all night and talk. We can do that. But I want you to know that I am– I’m here for you, Paulina, whatever you need, whatever you want.

Hey, please, let’s just take it slow, OK? There’s no rush. You’re not going to fall into another coma. And I’m not going anywhere. So let’s just live in the moment appreciate that we found each other again.

I do appreciate that beyond– beyond words.

And you’re right. You’re right. There’s no need to rush.

Except maybe– maybe to– to sleep. I have to meet Chad in a few hours.

Then why go to sleep at all?

Tripp, that is enough. Stefan, just– just– just– just go. Please, just– just go.

Fine, I– I will go.



I was– I was just– you know what? I’m not going to discuss this with my son. No. Uh-uh. No.

[soft dramatic music]

Stop. Not today. You will serve a purpose. You will be Konstantin’s Pawn, and I will have revenge for my Katerina. But not yet. You will go back to your lovely family. And in seconds, you will return to who you are, Mr. Black.

[ominous music]

[gasping, shuddering]

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Days Best Lines For The Week Of January 29, 2024

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Best Lines by Michele and Cheryl

(to Stephanie)
Leo: My my. Girl, you do get around.

Stephanie: Leo, what are you doing here?
Leo: I live in this building, remember? And according to the guest registry which I may or may not take a peek at two times a day, you do not.

Stephanie: This is not what you think.
Leo: So, it’s even better? My imagination is on fire.

Stephanie: Where I spend the night is my business.
Leo: And maybe Lady Whistleblower’s

Johnny: Any coffee left for me?
Stefan: You know where the pot is.

Johnny: Do you know if my dad’s up?
Stefan: Well, Johnny. Since I am my brother’s keeper, I happen to have his minute-by-minute schedule on my phone. Let me check it for you.

Stephanie: Everett and I are colleagues just like you and me.
Leo: Colleagues with benefits.
Stephanie: No just friends
Leo: But Harry and Sally clearly taught us men and women can’t be friends because the sex part gets in the way.

(to Everett)
Leo: Are you alright? You look the before photo of a makeover.

(to Stefan)
What so about what age would you say I need to be before I get the memo that you can always justify cheating on your wife?

Stefan: Is playing hot for me such a chore for you?
Ava: It actually is. You know you’re not as hot as you think you are.

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Days Nitpicks & Flubs For The Week Of January, 29, 2024

Nitpicks & Flubs


by Michele & Cheryl

Alex from Days


-Alex could be heard closing a door while John was shown.

-Stephanie could be heard talking to Everett while Theresa was shown.

-Kate was shown talking to Roman while Everett was shown.


-Kayla referred to Johnny as Johnny DiMera as if he wasn’t her nephew.

-Sarah could be heard talking to a nurse while Kayla was shown.

-Ava could be heard talking to Wendy while Steve was shown.


-Chad told Johnny that the DiMeras were raised by an unscrupulous man. Did the writers think we forgot that Chad wasn’t raised by Stefano?

-Stefan could be heard talking to Xander while Alex was shown.

-Brady could be heard talking to Alex while Xander was shown.

-Brady’s flashback could be heard before it was shown.


-Chad could be heard talking to Everett while Eric and Sloan were shown.

-Lucas could be heard exercising while Brady was shown.

-Eric didn’t burp Jude after he fed him. He put Jude down after he fed him.


-Sarah could be heard putting silverware down while Brady was shown.

-Ava could be heard reading her book out loud while Konstantin was shown.

-Everett could be heard talking on the phone while Stefan and Ava were shown.


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Well, Doc, after the day I had, that dinner really hit the spot. Thanks.

It’s especially good when it’s delivered warm right to your front door. I’m sorry you had a rough day.

Mm. I’m just putting out fires. How about you?

The same.

Yeah. Listen to that.

Oh. Silence.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Oh, you would not believe the day I’ve had. I spent the whole day just putting out–

Fires? Yeah.


So what can I get you, kid? I got plenty of leftovers from dinner. Would you like some?

No. You know what? I could probably use one of those non-alcoholic beers, but I think we’re out.

Actually, I picked up some on the way home, so I’ll be right back.

Dad, thanks.


Believe him? Everything that’s on his plate, and he’s thinking about me.

Your father is a very kind man.

Yes, he is. I kind of wish I had his generosity of spirit. And I also wish I was as good a dad as he is.

[soft dramatic music]

And we just need one more.

You, me, Maggie–

[tense music]

My mom is bringing someone.

When did that happen?

When you were in the shower. It’s Konstantin.

Well, then, we don’t need an extra space, love, because Konstantin is one man that I will not share a dinner table with.

What is this thing? What does it mean to Steve and to John?


Hey, you almost ready? We should be going.

Come in.

The car is out front. I don’t want to keep Sarah and Xander waiting.

Are you sure this is a good idea?

Why wouldn’t it be?

Well, Xander is not exactly my biggest fan, and for very good reason.

“She looked into his steely blue eyes, “now dark with desire and a longing that echoed her own. “He kissed her with a fierce intensity, “his tongue exploring her mouth as his hands touched her, caressing her curves.” Hmm. “As he lifted her up, she gasped, her breath ragged, “her legs wrapping around him as he pressed her against the wall.”

[knocking] Okay. All right.

Delivery for Miss Ava Vitali.

You’re my sushi delivery guy?

That’s me.

Oh, you don’t really look like a Gunther.

Fun fact, my middle name is actually Gunther. Stefan O. Gunther DiMera. But don’t worry, I took care of the guy. I tipped him even though the genius seemed to be a little confused on where to find the numbers on the doors. I hope you got enough in here for two.

Oh, you came for dinner.

Mm. [chuckles] No, I didn’t. Actually, I came here to drink with you.

Well, it seems like you already started drinking without me.

Yeah. Well, I don’t like drinking alone. And I thought to myself, I bet my little paisana– I bet she probably has a bottle of wine open by now. And lo and behold, so what do you say?

Do I really have a choice?

Come on. Come on. We can commiserate about how crappy our lives are.

All right. Look, I mean, what else do I have to do tonight? I’ll get you a glass.

I mean, this could be the nail in this guy’s coffin. I’ll be off in one second. I’m sorry, that wasn’t to you, Chad. Yeah. I mean, I really think this is going to be our Pulitzer. Okay, I’ll pick you up at : a.m. tomorrow. See you then.

[phone beeps] Hey.


Hey. Sorry I couldn’t take your call earlier. I was–it’s been a crazy couple hours.

Clearly, a good crazy.

Yeah. But better seeing you. I’m glad you’re here.

I came because I couldn’t find my earbud. And this is the last place I remember having it.

Oh, yeah. Yeah. Okay.

Maybe it’s on the nightstand.

Yep. Good call. I don’t see it here. Not there.

[both chuckle] Oh, yeah. Hey, look.


There it is.

I wonder how it got there.

I mean, these things are–you know.

Thank you. Wow, so you’re picking up Chad tomorrow at : a.m.? It’s like the crack of dawn. Where are you two going?

[soft dramatic music]

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

Brady, don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re a wonderful father.

Yeah? Is that why my daughter is indifferent to me now and my son’s in juvie rehab?

Here you go, buddy. Like I said, plenty of leftovers if you’re hungry.

Yeah, I’m good. Thank you.


[doorbell rings]

Oh, that’s probably Theresa. We have to sign some consent forms for Tate’s youth correctional wilderness trip. Hi.

Hey. Hi. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to interrupt your evening.

No, no, no, not at all.

Theresa, please come in.

I’m just here because I have to send this registered mail in the morning. You used to be able to do it online. But some tech-savvy teens hacked the juvie system, so–

Brady tells us that he’s doing very well.

Yeah. So we hear.

So we hear, yeah. I think we’re actually going to get to see him with our own eyes soon–a parental visitation.

Yeah, it’s going to be a very long few weeks.

Yes, I’m sure you’ve missed him so much. We’ve missed him as well.

Yeah. You know I think of all the times where I got really impatient with him or he would annoy me. My God, what I would give to just have him annoy me now and be able to embrace him and just tell him I love him.

[somber music]

Well, I understand very well not being able to forgive someone who put their daughter in danger, even if indirectly, which is why I don’t know whether Xander will ever trust me, let alone feel comfortable with me.

Well, you’re going to have to change his mind, Konstantin, especially since he’s going to be a very big part of my daughter’s life for a very long, long time.

Are you implying that I am also to be part of your life for a very long, long time?

Oh, no. No, I didn’t mean that.

What did you mean?

You know, it’s time to go. I don’t want to be late for dinner.

[soft dramatic music]

Come on, tell me. What are you and Chad up to?


Hey, I’m your PR consultant. I need to know.



Okay, okay, okay. I can tell you this much. We got a big lead about the drug crisis. And Chad and I are digging into it tomorrow.

I’m intrigued.

It’s got potential to be a major breakthrough– something that could get “The Spectator” national recognition.

Well, a recognition for you as well. I’m dying to hear more.

Well, you’ll have to wait till it’s in writing.

Fine. I will try to be patient. And now that I’ve got my earbud… I’ll be going.

Yeah. Wait. You have plans? I got a newly stocked mini bar chock full of those overpriced little liquor bottles. We could order some dinner. Stay.

[sultry music]

Mm-hmm. There you go. You want some?

No, I actually prefer to drown my sorrows on an empty stomach.

Suit yourself. It’s good.

What you got there?


What you got there? What is that? You’re doing a little light, uplifting reading? Are you? Huh? Rubbing the hot oil all over your body got you in the mood?

You know that phone call earlier– you know I was messing with you, right?

I knew that.



Okay, because it didn’t really seem like you did– not at first, at least.


Yeah. At first, it seemed like, you know, you believed me. And I kind of enjoyed that. I kind of enjoyed just making you a little crazy.

Oh, yeah? Well, that’s okay because I’m already halfway to crazy these days.

You really miss Gabby, huh?

Every minute of every day.

I–I can relate. I mean, that is, to, you know, missing someone.



RoboCop, you miss him? You don’t need–you don’t need to answer that question. I am sorry. Okay? How about I propose a toast? To lost loves… and new friendships. Can I call this a friendship?

Well, I mean, considering that you really annoy the hell out of me, and I can only–


Yeah. I mean, it’s true. I can only stand spending about minutes with you until I want to pull my hair out. So yeah, I guess we’re friends.

Well, for the record, you annoy the hell out of me.


That’s right.


You do. And hanging out with you makes me want to pull my hair out.


Because has anybody ever told you what a tremendous downer you are? I mean, you are. Bah, bah, that’s you. That’s you.


[laughs] Okay.

But in spite of all that, I do consider you a friend– sort of, okay?


You know.


So… To new friendships.

New friendships.

[soft dramatic music]

[melancholy music]

Okay. Here you go.

Great. Thank you. And we’ll talk later, yeah?

Yeah, yeah. Hey, how are you doing? Good?

Yeah, good.

Why don’t we give you a few minutes to talk?

No, this is your house.

It’s Brady’s home too, so we’re going to give you a little privacy, okay? Come on, Doc.

[tense music]

Why did Marlena just say she’s going to give us some privacy? Do they know? Do they know that I got high, Brady? Oh, my God, you didn’t tell them, did you?

Hello. Where are you going? And your answer better be to the store.

Maggie, please try to understand.

I don’t understand. This night is about me, my daughter, and my granddaughter, and not whatever bad blood is being stirred up between you and Konstantin.

Welcome to our home.

A gracious thank you.

So where are the girls?

Oh, Sarah’s feeding Victoria in the bedroom.

Okay. Well, I’m going to join them. You two behave yourself.


You have a lovely home– so warm and inviting.

Thank you. Let’s cut the chitchat, shall we?

[dramatic music]

Okay, then. What would you prefer to talk about? Politics, climate change, artificial intelligence and how it is transforming the world?

No, I want to talk about Maggie Horton– the best person I know, who I care about deeply. So if you do anything to hurt that woman–

Well, Mr. Cook, though I am weary of defending myself to you and other cynical people who are skeptical of my feelings towards Maggie, let me state once again, and unequivocally, and I hope for the last time, I also care very deeply about Maggie. And I would never hurt her, hmm? I am not the man you think I am.


Oh, my goodness. Did I just see pigs fly?

Okay. All right. You got to pick, okay? All right? You got to pick one here. I got to watch– hey, whoa, hey. Hey now, hey, whoa, watch yourself.

You watch yourself.

Okay. All right. All right, choose now. So Gabby– she is in prison like she is now, but it’s, like, for decades, okay? Decades. Or Gabby out of prison, she’s free… But you never get to see her again.

That’s a tough one.


So what do you pick?

Set her free. At least I know she’s safe. We’re out of wine.

[chuckles] And here’s another bottle– convenient.



[reads label in French] Let’s just open the damn thing up.

All right, you do that. Oops.


I was going to drink that.

Ahh! Let’s get hammered.





Somebody snorted. * Somebody snorted *

Thanks for the offer, but I’ve got a big day tomorrow. And you’ve got a very early one. We can’t risk another all-nighter like last night.

Well, I’d risk an all-nighter with you any night. Just having you stay over here, falling asleep in my arms, and our discussion– you know, I thought that was, like, a really important one and that maybe we understand each other a little bit better.

Yeah, I think we do.

It’s funny. As we were lying there, all these Seattle memories were just coming flooding back to me. I–just remembering how in love we were with each other, how much– how much fun we had.

You said at that time, we both got sick on oysters at that new restaurant, that seafood restaurant? God, definitely not my favorite Seattle memory.

Honestly, I love every memory that I have with you, even that one. Do you remember a few days after that, we went to that bluegrass festival. And the sun was going down. We were walking along the water. And it was cold, you know? And so I put my coat over you. And that was the first time I told you I loved you. It took three long weeks of me saying it before you said it back to me. But when you did, that was the happiest moment of my life.

[romantic music] I meant what I said last night, Steph. I’m still in love with you.

Please don’t be upset with me.


Listen. I did–I did tell Marlena. I did.

Brady, why would you do that?

Because I needed– listen. Listen. I know I shouldn’t have, and I’m sorry about that. But I was concerned about you and Tate. And I needed to tell somebody about it.

God, I mean, she already thinks I’m such a colossal screw up.

No, she’s a psychiatrist. She understands it. Hey, she understands addiction. She gets it. She doesn’t judge. She was just concerned. That’s all. I promise. Theresa, look at me please. Don’t be upset with me. Sorry.

Okay. Okay. Okay.


So you told your stepmother, and she’s a really good person. And she’s a psychiatrist, so okay. It’s okay that you told her. And I’m sure now she’s told John too. But he’s a really good guy, too, so–

[sigh] Okay.

Theresa, they’re not going to tell anyone. I swear. I promise.

I know. You’re right.

[sigh] God. Do you remember when we had our townhouse?

[tender music]

Yeah, how could I forget that?

Do you know that there was one time when I popped over unannounced to– I don’t know– borrow eggs or something. And Marlena answered the door. And it was very obvious that I had interrupted something between the two of them–

Oh, no.

In the middle of the afternoon.


I mean, I should have called before.

Yeah, probably. But I’ll bet you never made that mistake again.

No, I did not.


It’s funny.

Oh, but the way they look at each other, it’s heart-melting.

It really is.


You know, you and I used to look at each other… once upon a time.

Yes, we did– once upon a time. And now you– now you’re with Alex. And I really hope that that’s going well. I do.

I don’t think you do.

I do.

No. I think you wish what I wish– that you and I could have somehow made it work. That maybe you and I could have been the next John and Marlena.

I’m so sorry. I– I should have resisted the urge to declare my love for you again, especially because I know it makes you uncomfortable. I should have read the room. Just so you know, I’m not waiting for you to say it back like I was last time.

It’s hot in here.

Sorry. I know. You know what? I’m just sort of– I’m just talking, talking, talking. You have to go.

Actually… is that offer of overpriced little liquor bottles and dinner still on the table?

Yeah, definitely. Sure.

Good. Because there’s something we need to discuss.


It’s not bad. It’s about this whole “friends” thing.

I know I have trouble with boundaries, obviously. I did it last night. And I’m doing it again, but I promise that I’ll stop. Except I keep breaking that promise, don’t I?

It’s not that.

What is it then?

This whole friends thing– it isn’t working for me either.

And then, so when Harris and I, when we came back from London, everything was really great for us. You know? Yeah, like, I was really happy. I was probably the happiest that I have ever been in my entire life maybe. Yeah. And then… I felt hopeful.

[jazzy music]

And then Clyde had to come along.

Mm. Damn Clyde Weston.

Damn Clyde Weston. That firetruck and Mickey Fickey figlio di puttana.

Oh, my God.


Tripp’s got “qe-tuila”.


Yes. We could do shots. Are you in?



Whoa, whoa. Whoa.



Okay, okay, okay, okay. So–

[laughs] Yes, in honor–honor of those–whoa– those very happy times in London.

Are you about to–

There it goes.

I mean, what are you–

Come on. Ready? Are you ready? Are you ready?

Yeah, as I’ll ever be.

All right.

[mellow sultry music] Yeah.

[both grunt]



Oh, London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down.

Come on.

* London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady *

* Build her up with gold and silver * * Gold and silver, gold and silver * * Build her up with * Okay.


* Gold and silver, my fair lady *

Oh, hey. Oh.

Well, damn it.

It’s okay. It’s okay. I’ll get you some of Tripp’s.

It’s fine. It’s fine. My clothes are like the rest of my life now– one, big, hot mess.

Here, put this on.


That’s Tripp’s?

This is the first thing I could find.

That’s a lady robe. I’m not wearing a lady robe.

Hey, whoa, whoa, no, no, no. Hey, hey. No, no, don’t you dare sit on that couch with those wet, stained pants.


Hey, put this on. Whoa, hey, what are you– stop that. Stop it. No, don’t. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t take off those pants.

I got to. They’re all wet.

[exhales] Okay to sit now?

What do you mean? The friend thing isn’t… working for you?

Give me one of those minibar bottles.

[tender music]

The rum.


So… After our conversation last night… All I could think about all day today was… how great it was when we were together in Seattle. Late night talks. How you made me laugh. Not to mention the sex was–


On the floor of your apartment.

Remember that time in Whidbey Island?

At the tulip garden?

I thought they were going to find us.

And just knowing they might made it that much more exciting, right?

For sure.

I’d like to have more of those moments.

Starting now.

Are you sure?

I don’t know if I ever thought we could be the next John and Marlena. Well, they’ve set the bar pretty high. I don’t think any couple could reach that. I also think you’re idealizing what we had a little bit too much. Theresa, we were a hot mess.

We had our good times.

Yeah. But yeah, when we were high.

It was more than that.

I don’t–it wasn’t– it wasn’t really real. We were more addicted to each other.

[somber music]

I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

It’s okay. That’s how you remember it. No need to be sorry.

Hold on. Hold on.

I remember some really nice times too. Some really nice times. But that was then, and we’re different people now. Aren’t we?

Well, that was a delicious meal.

Xander is very lucky to have you, Sarah.

Oh, you mean as a cook? No, that was all Xander. He spent the entire afternoon in the kitchen.

Oh, well. Good for you, Xander. I enjoyed the meal very much.

Where did you learn to cook, Xander?

My mom, yeah. Not only did she teach me a bunch of great recipes, but the most important ingredient in any meal is patience.

She sounds like a wise woman. How old were you when you left Edinburgh?

Oh, you were raised in Scotland. I didn’t know that. I know you only from your reputation in Greece and when you did “business” with my father. But you’re Scottish, eh? Oh, that explains a lot.

What’s that supposed to mean?

Well, I have always found the Scottish people to be– mind you, this is only from my personal experience– to be cold and harsh, not to mention miserly.



You see, I was born and raised in Athena, the seat of the Greco-Roman Empire. And when I was a boy, I would scamper up the steps of the Acropolis two at a time. I learned to love, to dance, to debate. And by virtue of the teachings of my elders, my parents, and by the great Hellenistic culture, I learned the value and importance of being a man’s man.

A man’s man?


Like a strong, proud man who would never take advantage of a recently widowed and vulnerable woman.


A man’s man as in honest, someone who would never deceive and manipulate in order to live off said woman.

I resent those comments deeply, Mr. Cook. But I choose to take the high road to say only, you greatly underestimate me, young man.

Oh, no. No one could ever underestimate you.

Oh, dear God.

Maggie, it’s time to go.

No, it’s not time to go.

I will not stay anywhere where I am so greatly disrespected.

Well, fine. Order a car. I’ll see you at home.

Thank you for such a memorable evening, Sarah.

[tense music]

These people, this town.

I’m so sorry, Maggie.

No, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have brought him here. What was I thinking?

It’s okay, mama. It’s okay.

Hey, you two. Doc and I are going to shut it down for the night.

Okay. Well, good night then.

Theresa, it was nice to see you.

Good night. See you, buddy.

Hang on. Sorry. Before you go, I just wanted to– I know that Brady told you about my slip, Marlena. And John, I assume that you know too. And I just– well, I just want to say, thank God for Brady, the way he helped me get through it. I am back on track. I am going to meetings every day. And I am determined to never, ever let this happen ever again.

Well, Theresa, we are just really glad that you are finally getting the support you need.

And we’re here for you.

[gentle music]

I gotta head out.

What? Now?

Yeah, a new Black Badge client.

Okay, I should get going too.

I’ll walk you out, Theresa.


John, be careful.

Always, sweetheart.

I shouldn’t have forced Konstantin on you. And after such a delicious meal we had, I’m sorry it went so badly.

No, Maggie, it’s on me. I should have kept my mouth shut. It’s just my stubborn Scottish side and my proud Greek side ran smack into each other. And boom, I just–

Well, it’s all over now.

Well, not for your mom. She’s going to see him when she gets back to the house.

Listen. Like I said to you repeatedly, I’m a big girl. I can handle Konstantin.

Are you sure, mom? Because he was angry when he left.

And so was I. I can handle Konstantin. And then, I really should be going. I’d like to sneak one last kiss from that sweet little angel first. Okay.

I know. I know.

I mean, why did you have to provoke him in the first place? What was the point?

What am I supposed to do, Sarah? Just sit there while he tells me that all Scottish people are harsh and mean and cold and cheap?

Miserly was the word he used.

It’s the same thing. Look, I don’t– I don’t know what Maggie’s thinking now. But she was clearly upset by all that. Maybe she’s starting to see the light, that she’s beginning to realize that this man who’s basically living with her now is very bad news.

Well, I wish you wouldn’t characterize him that way. I feel like the jury’s still out on that guy. But look, whatever his flaws are, I think that she does need him right now. So I wish you would accept that.

Okay. You know, it’s getting late. And I should go to bed. You should get out of here. Go call a cab.

[sultry music]

Do you know that phone call this morning?

You really got me with all that sexy talk.



Yeah. I know.

You, hand on your back, on your bed, rubbing hot oil all over your body.

I was thinking… Maybe… I can help you finish the job. You know?

I put you on your back.


I rub the rest of that hot oil all over your naked body.

[intense music]

[both panting] – “He kissed her with fierce intensity, “his tongue exploring her mouth as his hands touched her, caressing her curves.”

What if Tripp comes home?

Don’t worry about it. They’re out late. What?

I’m gonna take the chance. – “As he lifted her up, she gasped, “her breath ragged, her legs wrapping around him “as he pressed her against the wall. “She clung to him, breathing in heavy gasps as they both moved towards the edge of pleasure.”

[gentle music]

Oh, well. Sorry, I’m going to– I’m going to turn in. How about you?

No, I think I’m going to stay up and watch a little movie– maybe “Casablanca.”

Oh, you’re in the mood for romance, huh? And I noticed that you and Theresa were getting along. Well, I’m glad to see that.

Well, we’ll always be linked by Tate.

That bond will never break, you know.

[somber music] Good night, Brady.

Good night.

[tense music]

Take a hike, Konstantin. This place isn’t safe for you right here.

You are worried about me. How thoughtful. You must be meeting someone dangerous. Oh, what am I saying? Of course, you are, Mr. Private Eye.

You don’t want to mess with me. What do you want?

Thank you for coming.

Sit down, Mr. Black. You and I are going to talk.

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[romantic music]

 It’s in my every dream   Your kiss, your hair   Your smell so sweet   Oh   It comes around again and all over again, this feeling   Whenever you’re near   So sweet 

[baby crying]

Hey, how goes it?

Oh, you know. Just a run-of-the-mill day. You know, combing through public records, chasing down sources, trying to essentially change the way people think and act. Saving the world, basically.

Okay. Doing it impressively, I’m sure. How’s the– how’s the story coming along?

Oh, good. Should be in your inbox shortly. I’m thinking this will evolve into more of a series, you know?

Right. Yeah. Because it’s not just about who’s dealing the drugs, but how it affects our city, our society.

Yeah, people we know, you know, who need a voice.



[soft dramatic music]




[sighs] Okay. Come on, Theresa. You can do this. You are smart. You are competent. And you don’t need help from anybody.

Not even me?



Alex. I’m just trying to figure out this layout issue in the mockup here.

May I take a look? All right, what have we got?

You see? It just doesn’t make any sense. There’s too much visual clutter.

I think it makes sense to me.

Sorry. Sorry to interrupt you guys, but I have some forms from Justin that–

Brady, thank God you’re here. I really need your help badly.





Don’t overdo it.

I got it. I got it. I know what my body can handle. Ow! Ow. Maybe not. How’s the investigation going?

I’m off to the hospital now to interview a perp from the last drug raid. Hopefully the bullet in his arm loosens his lips. Look–




[whispers] Aw, man.

I know it takes a little while to build a case. And I know this is not going as fast as you– you hoped it would.

Damn right, it isn’t. Not with Clyde Weston out there running the operation.

Like I told you a million times, you are safe here.

Yeah, I know what you said. And I’d like to believe you. But I know that Clyde Weston’s core mission in life right now is to find me and kill me.



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



[baby crying]

Baby, it’s okay. Let him cry. He needs to self-soothe, remember?

Yeah, but it sounds like he really needs something.

I really need something. I need you.

Okay, baby, let me just check on him first. I’ll be right back.



[baby wailing]



[soft dramatic music]

So what’s wrong?

What isn’t wrong? Everything. I mean, the mockup isn’t matching what’s being sent to the printer, and I think I’ve royally screwed up some ads. Can you please–can you please just look at this, Brady, please?

Okay. Let me take a look, okay? Hold on. What do you got here? Oh. Okay, okay. I see the issue. You have excessive visual elements going on. You just have to make the composition a little less overwhelming, okay?


It’s not a big deal. I mean, you just have to finesse it a little bit. I can help you with this.

Thank you. You are such a lifesaver. Thank you.

It’s all right. Tell you what. Why don’t you go get the original proof sheet for the layout? It’s on my desk, okay?

I’m on it.


I’m on it.

All right.

Brady to the rescue.

Alex. That means you resent it, right? I mean you urged me to make sure that she feels better with her job here, right?



[tense music]

Okay. Let’s get to work.

Right. Let’s get to work. Okay, rule number one, we know that the best performing ads have zero minimal text, right?

Yeah, I definitely know that, and I still managed to blow it.

No, you didn’t blow it. You didn’t blow it. All you got to do is a couple things here, and we can fix it. It’s going to be just fine, all right?


Lucas, I know this is not ideal, but you are out of prison.


And you have done your part. Now you have to trust me to do mine. I’ll see you later.



[door clicks open]



[door shuts, lock clicks]



[soft dramatic music]



[line ringing]

Hey, it’s Lucas.

Lucas? Your number came up on my– aren’t you supposed to be in Statesville?

No, I’m in Salem.

What, were you released? Lucas, you didn’t escape, did you?

No, I didn’t. Listen, I’ll explain later, but right now– right now I need you to come to Harris Michaels’ place over the Brady Pub. We need to talk, man. I need your help.

Okay, will do. Just stay put. What the hell?

Who was that?

You’ll know soon enough. We have to go. We have a meeting with a very important person.



[soft dramatic music]

You really were hungry, weren’t you, big guy?

He’s almost asleep.

Finally. Okay. Now come here.

Let me just take a minute and– I don’t want him to wake up and start screaming again.

Oh, come on.




[whispers] What? I mean, if he wakes up again, you know, you can go back over there and dote over him like the hovering papa bear that you are.

Okay. Okay, okay. I’ll stop doting and hovering.







[knocking on door] Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me!


You’ve got–what?

I’ll get it. I’ll get it.

What? No.



[knocking on door] Why would you answer the door? They will go away.

Listen, if somebody doesn’t answer it, they’re going to wake up the baby.

Oh. All right. Fine.

Who is it?

It’s your very first client, Mr. Hunky Shutterbug.

It’s Leo.

Do not let him in.

What, do you think he’s going to go away?



I’m sorry, it’s just really not a good time.

So I’m out and about, doing some research for my column– AKA shopping– and it dawns on me, you and I have not done a proper review of those brilliant photos we took together. Most of which I love, by the way. You really did capture my essence. My charm, charisma comes shining through in large part thanks to your extraordinary talent and proficiency.

So you’re stopping by because you want to review your photos? Now?

Mm-hmm. Unless this isn’t a good time.

You make this look so easy.





That’s because I, too, am fallible, Theresa. I’ve made all these mistakes before, repeatedly. I think I’m just proficient now at fixing them. I also know that having every small department up in arms over the dumbest and most ridiculous of mistakes is not only challenging, but it’s infuriating, right?

I know, right?

That’s better. Hey. Don’t let it get to you. You’ll be fine.

I’ll try not to. Thank you so much again for your help.

I have no doubt this magazine will be successful in the future. And I think you’re going to be a big part of that success.



[tender music]

Oh. Hello, Harris.

Hello, Dr. Evans.

How are you? How’s everything?

Well, honestly, not great. I was just paying a visit to a injured perp who got shot during a recent raid. And I was hoping that he’d want to clear up his conscience to give up his boss, but that didn’t happen.

Oh. That must be frustrating.

Yeah. I mean dealing with this– this drug ring, it’s like any time you think you make any headway at all, you just hit another wall.

Well, maybe you want to talk about it. I’ve got some time, if you do.

I do, actually. And it would be really good to talk to you again.



[soft dramatic music]

When I asked you to come over, I didn’t mean for you to bring backup.

Relax, all right? I trust him and so can you. Okay? This is Everett Lynch, my editor-in-chief. Everett, this is Lucas Horton, Abigail’s uncle. We’re here to help, man.



[tense music]

All right, fine. Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

Guys, have a seat, okay? I have a hell of a story to tell you.

Alex, hello.

Hey, Maggie, how are you?

I’m well. I’m glad I ran into you. Do you have a moment to talk?

Sure. What’s on your mind?

Theresa. I’m worried about her. I ran into her at a meeting and I spoke to her myself as a sponsor. She seemed fairly guarded with me. Is she all right?

Well, I mean, all things considered, yeah. Definitely. I’m just trying my best to be there for her and understand what she’s going through.

Oh. I don’t think you can.

What? Why do you say that?

Alex, being in a relationship with an addict, it takes a great deal of patience and empathy and maturity.

And I’m guessing you don’t think I possess any of those qualities.

Listen, listen. It’s just been my experience with you. And I know people can change. They can become more mature and more patient. But right now, with everything Theresa is going through, I don’t think you’re equipped to handle it.

Wow. So I’m assuming because I’m so immature and impatient and lacking in empathy, you think I should break up with Theresa. Am I right?

Yes, you’re right. That’s exactly what I think.





Listen, Leo, since you decided to show up without calling, how about we just make this quick, all right? I’ll get my computer.

Oh, that can wait just a spell. First, I want to coo over this sweet little angel of yours. Baby boy Jude, who looks surprisingly like you, Eric. Maybe it’s his big soulful eyes, perfect little nose.

Right. Well, you can’t right now, Leo. Because as you can see, he is sound asleep.

That’s fine. I don’t mind waiting for the sweet little snickerdoodle to wake up. In the meantime, could you grab me a drink? Maybe a Long Island iced tea? And if you don’t have vodka, tequila, gin or rum, regular iced tea is fine.



[knocking on door]

Great. No, let’s just have a party. Bring out the bubbly, Eric.

Sloan, have you not seen my texts?

No, I haven’t. As you can see, I’ve been a little preoccupied.

Oh, hello, Leo. Eric.

Well, Melinda Trask, as I live and breathe. Have you come to see the child you purloined for– I’m sorry, acquired for this lovely couple? Gosh, I’ve been stumbling over my words a lot lately. I hope it’s not really senseless.

I’m just checking in about the christening. Have you two set a date?

We haven’t yet, no.

Oh, good. Because as Jude’s godmother, I’d like to run a few details for the joyous occasion.

Hold the phone. You are this little chunky monkey’s godmother?

I am Jude’s godmother.

That is so special. And, you know, that makes us a couple. Not in the biblical sense, heaven forbid. But I happen to be this little jellybean’s godfather.

Wait a minute. What?

So you think I should break up with Theresa because, well, basically, I’m a jerk.

I didn’t use that word, Alex. And I don’t think that. I just want what’s best for Theresa. As her sponsor, as you know, I feel very strongly. I think she would be better off on her own right now, that that would be the best for her recovery.

Well, I happen to disagree. And, for the record, I have been plenty patient and understanding with her.

Okay. Maybe you have been. And maybe you will continue to be. Okay, I’m just going to say it.

Oh, God.

Until you leave her for another hot, young woman who happens to cross your path.

Yeah, see, that’s not going to happen again, Maggie.


I’m not that person anymore.



Okay, so you are committed to Theresa for the long haul.

What I’m saying is, I’m done with being a player. I’m in therapy, Maggie. I’m working hard on myself. I’m trying to become a more substantial person. And look, I understand how that might make you a little bit skeptical. But at the end of the day, the only thing that’s important to me is that I am sincere about this and my feelings for Theresa. Truly, you know, watching her hurt like that, to the point where she had to get high to deal with the pain– It broke my heart. I never want to add to that pain.

Okay. I believe you. And if you are truly in it for the long haul with Theresa, I recommend that you check out a addicts support group. You need to help yourself so you can help her.

Thank you again so much for saving me. Again, thank you.

You don’t need to thank me. It’s all in a day’s work.

No. Honestly, Brady. You just went above and beyond… like when you went above and beyond for me when I had my slip. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me.

Hey, I got a letter from Tate this morning.

Me too.

Oh, you did?

Yeah. He was so sweet, reassuring me that he was okay.


He’s really strong, and he’s so brave.



[somber music] You know, he takes after his dad in that way.

Come on. You know, I see a lot of you in him as well. His humor–he’s funny. His sense of adventure, he definitely got from his mom.

Well, I don’t know. Wherever he got it from, he’s a good kid, right?

He is a good kid. Look at us. We must have done something right, huh?

So let me get this straight. You’re a confidential informant who’s been feeding intel to Harris Michaels about a drug operation here in Salem.

Yeah. And for my troubles, I got a beat down. I’m still recovering from it.

And how did you end up here?

Harris pulled some strings, you know. He knew I wasn’t going to last much longer in prison. So he brought me here to keep his eye on me.

Do you have any idea who’s coming for you?

Yeah, I do. The ringleader, Clyde Weston.

Clyde Weston? I should have known.



[dramatic music]

There’s just not a day that goes by that I don’t think about all the kids affected by this, especially Holly Jonas.

Yeah. She’s in Italy with her mom right now. She’s getting treatment. She seems to be improving, so we’re feeling optimistic.

That’s good news. Yeah, I’m praying for her.

Everybody is. How are you personally?

You know, I’m all right. Just trying to sort some stuff out.

What stuff?

As you know, Ava and I, you know, we got close.

How’s that going?

Well, that’s–that’s over.

She’s with Stefan DiMera now. Or, you know, she claims.

What does that mean?

I mean there’s nothing between them. It’s just a lie.



[dramatic music]

So you think that Ava and Stefan are pretending to be in a relationship?

I mean, really, it doesn’t matter what I think. She moved on, and I just–you know, I just have to accept it.



[tense music]

I imagine you still have some feelings for her.

Yeah, no, I do. You know, I felt a connection there that I didn’t expect. And I think she– I think she felt it, too. But, I mean, it’s over, you know? And I have to just stay focused on the task at hand. And that’s ending this drug epidemic in Salem. So… I guess it’s back to work for me. Thank you for listening. It’s good to see you.

I’m always here for you.



[door shuts]

Did you tell Leo that he was Jude’s–

Of course not. Leo was joking. He is not Jude’s godfather. He was just trying to be funny as usual, although I sure as hell didn’t find it very funny.

Could that be because you don’t have a sense of humor? Oh, you make up for it with charm and charisma of your own. Alas, it’s true. I have yet to be anointed godfather to this sweet little boy, whose birth mother must have had no choice but to give him up. Which would be heartbreaking if not for the fact that he now has a father who adores him, a mother with a heart of stone–ay, gold. There I go again, flubbing my words. When is the christening, by the way?

We haven’t set a date yet.

Why not? What’s the holdup?

Well, I was kind of hoping to wait for Nicole, till she got back.

Wait, what? You want the woman who kidnapped your son to be here for his christening?

We’ve moved past that.





And listen, Sloan, I forgot to tell you that I got a text from Nicole this morning. You know, she wanted to give me an update on Holly.

Oh. Well, is Holly out of the coma?

No, not yet. But the good news is that she’s kind of responding to stimuli. So listen, she just was very excited and looking forward to Jude’s christening. So if it’s all right, I’d just like to wait for her to be here for it.

Oh, wow. That is so kind, Eric. After everything that Nicole has been through, she must be at your son’s christening. It would do her heart some good. Wouldn’t you agree, Sloan?



[tense music]

Well, thank you for your suggestion, Maggie, about the support group. I’ll definitely check that out.

I think it’ll be very helpful. How is Theresa managing at work?

Well, I mean, it’s been a challenge. But, you know, she’s a smart girl, as you know. She’s determined. So I think she’ll meet that challenge. And she has my support, of course.

I’m sure she does. I know we talked about this at Christmas, but I think it’s time we reconsidered my stepping back in at Titan.

Well, my stance on that part hasn’t changed, Maggie. Your services at Titan are not needed.

According to you. But, you know, maybe it is something I need to bring up before the board.

Well, good luck with that. Anyway, I’m going to run. Thank you again for the advice about the support group. I’m definitely going to check it out. But as far as the whole “you coming back to Titan” thing– it’s not going to happen. Not on my watch.

So how did you communicate with Harris?

I had a standing call with my doctor, you know. And we had to vary our methods of communication to avoid drawing attention to ourselves. But I guess it didn’t work because the next thing I know, I got my brains beat out.

And during the beating, did– did the attacker say anything? Did he give you any clues as to his identity?

Look, I’m sure they did, but I didn’t catch any of it, all right? There were a lot of them. I couldn’t see anything. And next thing I knew, I was in a lot of pain and I was in the infirmary.



[dramatic music]

What the hell is going on here?

I’m counting the days until we can see our son, you know. Our precious son.

I have kind of obsessively been looking at old photos on my phone.

You too?

Yeah. Yeah, I mean, baby pictures, preschool pictures. That video you sent me years ago of him singing, “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands.”

Oh, I love that video so much. Or what about the one where he’s– he’s trying to eat the cookies through his Spider-Man mask?

The Spider-Man? I saw that one too. Yeah. Because he has the cookie and he can’t find the hole in the mouth, so he’s putting it all over his face.

I love it so much. It’s so cute.

I don’t even know if he ate any of the cookie because–

No. I don’t think he did.

It was in the mask.



[both laugh]

What’s funny? What’s funny?

Hey, Alex. Nothing. We’re just laughing because we were talking about old videos that we’ve been looking at of Tate when he was a little boy.

Right. Okay, well, I’m going to get going. You’re good. Okay? All right.



Thanks again.

You’re welcome. Any time.



[tense music]

So did Brady solve all your problems?

Yes. We solved them.

And Alex… we need to talk.

Yeah, to wait for Nicole to come back from Italy. That’s okay by me. I mean, there’s no reason to rush to schedule a christening.

Thank you. Thank you for understanding. Leo, let’s go check out your photos.

That is why I’m here. Hoping we can airbrush out some of these tiny little lines around my eyes, maybe puff up my lips a little bit, maybe extend my eyelashes.

Sure, whatever you’d like.



[tense music]

What the hell is Leo doing here?

What do you think? He’s here to torture me, of course. Oh, my God. Between him and the baby–

What? Between him and the baby what?

Look, I can only admit this to you, but I just don’t think I’m cut out to be a mother. No, it’s like every time that Eric and I start to have sex, the kid starts crying.

You’re not getting any sympathy here from me.

And let’s not even talk about the constant diaper changes, the spit up, the waking up in the middle of the night to feed him, the sleep deprivation.

Wait, wait, what? You didn’t think this was– you didn’t know what it was going to be like? Did you never babysit or have a friend with a child? Did you ever read what to expect in the first year?

Actually, no. Literally none of the above.

Oh, my God. If we could just have a nanny.

Then get one.

Eric doesn’t want one. He thinks that we should do all the work for Jude because it’s going to be better for him. God only knows how. And anyways, we can’t even afford a nanny. I mean, Leo is sucking up half my income. And Eric, you know, he’s just starting out with his photography business.

I get that you’re stressed, okay? But you need to focus, all right? And just stick to the plan. All of this will get easier.

Yeah. It’s going to get easier in years. I don’t know if I can make it another months.

Well, you better make it, Sloan. Because if you give in to your princessy need to not be woken up or spat up upon, and give Jude back to Nicole, you will be trading years of raising a child with prison, for you and for me and for Leo, for ruining your life and ours. Is that what you want?

Thank you, Henry. I appreciate the board’s support. Okay. I’ll– I’ll be in touch.

Hey there.


Hi, Maggie. How’s it going?

Oh, it’s okay.

It’s okay.

I’m just trying to stay focused on the positive. Oh, and speaking of which, I got an email from Nicole. And apparently the therapies for Holly are very promising.

That is so good. Oh, good, good. I will–I’ll relay that to Justin, so he can let my son, Tate, know.

Right. How are you doing, Brady?

I’m treading water, Maggie, with everything that’s happened with Tate and Theresa.

Yeah. Well, this is a challenging time for you, Brady. And I’m hoping that maybe I can help.



[gentle music]

Are you trying to get yourself killed?

Trying to do the opposite.

What, by going after Weston in the press? You don’t think that’s going to provoke him? And did it not occur to you that you’re putting your loved ones in danger, Lucas? Come on, man. Use your head. And what’s the guarantee that these two won’t reveal your location?

Okay, first of all, that’s not going to happen, all right? Lucas is family. And Clyde Weston– he murdered my wife. So I want that son of a bitch to rot in hell.

Look. People have a right to know what’s going on, okay? Uncovering the network behind this drug crisis and publishing it could absolutely save lives.

No. No. If you publish this, you jeopardize all the work that we’ve done!

So what, you want us not to run it?

No, I just want you to wait. Can you wait? Please. Because thanks to Lucas, we got a big drug bust going down soon.



[suspenseful music] Wait a minute. What if I give you… the exclusive on the bust if you hold the story?


Whenever a conversation starts with “we need to talk,” I get a bad feeling.

Well, don’t. Because it’s nothing bad. I just know that you weren’t that happy before when Brady saved the day for me.

Actually, I’m glad he was here. He helped you. That’s all that matters. And I also have been thinking about joining this addict support group meeting, just so I have a better understanding of everything you’re kind of going through. I’m trying to be a little bit more supportive.



[tender music]

You would do that for me?

I’d do anything for you.

Wow. How did I get so lucky?

I’m the lucky one.

Maybe if I shut that door… I can get even luckier.


I think if you shut that door, you’re definitely going to get luckier.

You want back in at Titan.

Well, for many reasons. The most important being that I could be there to be in a more supportive role for Theresa. And I could take some of the burden off of you.

That’s very kind of you. Did you talk to Alex about this?

Oh, Alex thinks he can manage it all. But no, he rejected the idea of my coming back.

Uh-huh. Well, that’s a big mistake. Because you are a terrific businesswoman, and Titan is better when you are a part of it. So I’m going to talk to the board and I’m going to gauge their feelings, okay?

Please do, Brady. Because I just want to make sure that I’m doing what’s best for all of us to thrive, be it in business or in life in general.

I know. God bless you for that.




[gentle music]

So are you happy now?

What do you mean happy now? I got to shack up with a guy I don’t even know. And I’m worried that some other guy is going to bump me off.

You should be even more worried now. Why would you talk to journalists unless you want Weston to find you? I’m trying to keep you alive, Lucas.

Where were you when I got jumped, huh? Were you trying to keep me alive then? And where’s Clyde getting his information from anyway?

We can’t be sure.

I’m sure. Because I know exactly how he operates. He’s got guys embedded inside the Salem PD. That’s why I did what I did today. I’m trying to end his reign of terror, all right? I’m trying to– I’m trying to save lives, including my own!



[tense music]

I’m going to clean this later.

Oh. Okay. Yeah, you will. Right now I have something else in mind.

Oh, yeah? What?



[knocking on door]

Oh, no. Just please don’t let it be Leo.

I’ll get it. Who is it?

It’s your mom.

Hi, Mom.

Hi, darling. I hope I’m not intruding, but I was in the neighborhood and thought I’d catch a peek at my grandbaby.




[low notes]

The story is going to go viral for sure. And when it does, we’re not going to have to worry about subscription numbers for a long time.

I know. And if we’re going to do it right, we have one more person to interview.

Yeah. Clyde Weston.

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

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

Oh, hmm.

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


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

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

Buttons and Bows?

That’s what Abby used to call the kids.


[sharp thud, kids screaming]

Was that Buttons or Bows?

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


Hey, what’s going on up here?


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Hey, Alex.


Hey, how you doing? How’s Theresa?

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

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

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


And she sure as hell regrets that kiss with you.

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

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

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

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

Oh, that felt good!

Oh, sure did! Real good.

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

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

You got it.

Hey, you got a minute?

Sure, what’s up?



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

Clearly, I wasn’t.

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


[doorbell rings]

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

Looking for EJ.

What is this, your new business attire?

Where is he?

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

No, I need to meet with him in person.

What about, exactly?



[sighs] A very mysterious phone call. * *


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

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



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


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Crisis averted?

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

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



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

Yeah. Yeah, I do.


[clears throat] Chanel and I are engaged.


Yeah. Thank you.


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

This isn’t a joke.

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

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


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

How do you think this is gonna end?

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

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

It’s just– it’s complicated, OK?


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

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

Sounds good.

I’m in.


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[clears throat]




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

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



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

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

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

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

Yeah. Me too, with little Jules and Carver.

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

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

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


[chuckles] What do you think?


Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.



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


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

Wow. They’re…big.


I love them.

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


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


Pastry bouquet.

A pastry bouquet. Oh, boy.

I think you’re missing your wife this morning.

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

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

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

OK, that’s a stretch.

Really, it’s a stretch?

It’s a stretch.

It’s a stretch?


What happened in your first wedding?

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

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

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



[laughs] That’s funny.


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

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

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

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

Yeah, too much for my blood.


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

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



[sighs] Who do they want you to kill?

I have no idea. They didn’t say.

Was the voice male or female?

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

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

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

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

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

OK, so maybe it was a wrong number.

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

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

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

Another drug bust?


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

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




Thank you.



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

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


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

That she’s gone for good.

And it rips my heart out all over again.


[clears throat]



[clears throat]


[sighs] Aunt Abigail was–


[clears throat] She was a special person.




[chuckles] We all miss her so much.

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

Yeah, and honestly, I–


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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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



[sighs] What’s on your mind?

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

How to complete a sentence?

Smart-ass. No.



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

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

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



[chuckles] You know, for those couple months…


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




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

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

Now, let’s talk color schemes.


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

Yeah. Yeah, seafoam, love it.

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

OK, OK. I don’t like seafoam.

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

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

But pretending to like stuff you hate?

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

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

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

Oh, oh!

And as far as that veil goes–




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




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

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



Can’t stand you.


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

Yeah, you really grew up, didn’t you?



[scoffs] Not much of a choice.

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

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

Yeah. Come here.

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




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

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

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

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


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

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

As roommates.

Yeah, roommates with benefits.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Sorry. You’re right.

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

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


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



[chuckles] Well, that calls for a toast.


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

Yes. To Roman.

To Roman. both: To Roman.

To Roman.

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

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



[laughter] No seafoam, OK? No seafoam.

OK. Oh, here’s our groom-to-be.

Hello, hello, hello.

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


Oh, wedding cake. Yeah, terrific, great.

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

I can’t wait to see. All right.

Ta-ta, lovebirds.

Bye, Mama.


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

Whatever you want to show me is good.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

Mm. And what do you think?

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

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

I feel the same way.


[dramatic music]

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

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

Yeah. Yeah, I’m sure it will be.


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

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


I think I needed to hear that.

I love you so much.

I love you too.

Come here.

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

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

I appreciate it.

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

Thank you, man.

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

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

All right, man.


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

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




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

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

Yeah, and I told them it was on me.

Well, thank you.

My pleasure. I enjoyed the conversation.

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

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

OK, what about his injuries?

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

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

How long are you planning on keeping Lucas here?

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



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

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

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

Well, I’m not convinced of that.


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

[door slams]

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[suspenseful music]

My, my. Girl, you do get around.

Leo, what are you doing here?

I live in this building, remember? And according to the guest registry, which I may or may not take a peek at two times a day, you do not.

Ha. This is not what you think.

[gasps] So it’s even better? Oh, my imagination is on fire.

Well, hose it off. It’s a false alarm.

Oh, that’s what they all say, cookie.

Leo, where I spend the night is my business.

And maybe Lady Whistleblower’s.

Hi, my love.

Nope, not your love.

Hi, I– I’m sorry. I thought I heard Tripp come back home.

No, sorry to disappoint. Seems like his -hour shift has turned into overtime.

OK, um, well, then, I’m just going to go back in my room and meditate.

You know, Wendy, you could meditate later, right?


Great, great, you know what? I’m going to make us a cup of coffee and then you and I, we can have a woman-to-woman chat.

[playful suspenseful music]

[inhales deeply] One year ago today, you made me remember my love for you. And boy, did I remember.

[soft dramatic music] We made up for lost time.

[sighing] Oh, my God.

[door opens] How did we end up here?

[door closes]


Morning. Any coffee left for me?

You know where the pot is.

Right. Hey, do you know if my dad’s up?

Well, Johnny… since I am my brother’s keeper, I happen to have his minute-by-minute schedule in my phone. Let me check it for you.

Jeez, Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Uncle Stefan, come on, the sky is clear. The grass is green. It’s a beautiful day. And I’ve got some big news.

Oh, yeah?

Yeah. Chanel and I are getting married on Valentine’s Day.

Good for you, Johnny.


“Good for you, Johnny”? You’re not even going to congratulate me?

Sorry, kid, it’s kind of hard for me to get excited about somebody getting married. You see, I got married six months ago, and right now, my wife’s in federal prison.

Yeah, I know. And–and that sucks, but… don’t you have a thing with Ava Vitali?

That is none of your damn business.

[tense music]

[indistinct chatter]

Hi, Kayla.


Happy crack of dawn.

Oh, yeah. Same to you. You know, sorry, I just got off of a long shift. And I know you’re probably not open, but I ordered online some of your fabulous mini banana muffins. I wanted to surprise Steve and Stephanie. Any chance they’re done?

Oh, well, they will be out of the oven in a couple of minutes and then they still need a few more to cool down. But if you want to wait, then it gives you just enough time to admire my engagement ring.

[Chanel laughs]

Oh, look at you. Congratulations. Wow, that Johnny DiMera is a lucky man.

Yeah, I’m the lucky one. We’re actually getting married on Valentine’s Day.

Ah, that’s what Steve and I did.

Oh, my God. Well then, hey, it worked out for you too.

Yeah, we’re pretty crazy about each other still. That’s a plus.


Yes, definitely, definitely.

Boy, your mom must be so thrilled.

She is, and it’s giving her something to focus on other than her illness.

Good morning.

Good morning, Dr. Horton. You have a patient waiting in the exam room.

Really? This early? Who is it?

Oh, it’s listed as confidential.

[suspenseful music]

That’s strange. OK. Thank you.


[door opens]

Oh, you’rethe mystery patient.

[sighs] I guess it helps being mayor.

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

Well, Lady W, I’m so sorry to deprive you of what would surely be titillating, if not perhaps mind-blowing gossip, but Everett and I are colleagues, just like you and me.

Hmm. Colleagues with benefits?

No, just friends.

Mm, but Harry and Sally clearly taught us that men and women cannot just be friends because the sex part gets in the way.

Yeah, well that movie came out decades ago, maybe early ‘s, I believe. So it’s quite dated, in my opinion.

Oh, it is not dated. It’s a classic. And do not slander the genius that is the late, great Nora Ephron.

Leo, my purpose for being with Everett last night is, as I think I’ve already mentioned, none of your business. And speaking of business…

[suspenseful music] You do want to keep your job, don’t you, Lady Blowhard?

I sense a threat coming.

Not only am I tight with Everett, I’m also close to his boss, who also happens to be your boss.

There’s the setup.

And as your boss’s PR consultant, I would hate to tell him that Lady Whistleblower’s column is a detriment to his newspaper.

And there’s the threat. I’ll see ya.





Any chest pain?


Numbness or vision changes?


All right, well, let’s look at your neck. It feels like the same size to me. But why don’t we do an ultrasound just to be safe?

Mm. Oh, can we do it now?

Of course. Have you had anything to drink in the last few hours?

No, no, I just woke up kind of panicky, hard breathing. And I just came right over here.

I’m very glad you did. We’re going to make sure that you feel much calmer before you leave because you are in excellent hands, and you are going to get the best care possible.

Oh, thank you. Thank you so much, Sarah.

I know that the radiology schedule is pretty tight today, but I will get you in as fast as I can.

Oh, oh, thank you, but, Sarah, please don’t hold someone else back on my account. I wouldn’t want anyone thinking that the mayor interfered with their health care.

That’s very thoughtful of you, but don’t worry. We will make it all work.

Oh, thank you.

Paulina, would you like me to call Chanel?

Absolutely not!

[tense notes]

[soft tense music]

Oh, oh, oh, oh.




No, no, no, no.

[shushes] Sorry, go back to sleep.



Go back to sleep.

Pretty rough night, baby. I was out late with John.

Out late? I talked to you after : PM, and you said you were on your way to bed.

Marlena texted me, and she wanted me to meet him. She’s worried about him. So am I.

Is this work-related?

No. No, listen, just never mind. It’s really not a big deal.

[clears throat]

Marlena calls you after : p.m. and it’s not a big deal?

[somber suspenseful music]

OK. It’s about Constantine. John and I don’t trust him, and we don’t think Maggie should either.

Well, I’ve heard this before. Do you have something– something new?

Well maybe just a new take on it, on him, his history with Victor.

Something’s not right.

Well, does Maggie agree with you now? I mean, she was– she was pretty taken with him, I mean, at least at first.

Well, unfortunately, she’s still taken with him. Every time John and I try to warn her about him, she shuts us down.

[ominous music]

Well, do you or John have any proof that Maggie’s in real danger?

No, nothing tangible. But I’m telling you, Kayla, the man is dangerous. I mean, his ties to the Greek mafia, that baby kidnapping, not to mention his monumental debts.

Well, you know, Maggie is a strong woman. She clearly trusts that he has changed and that he is a good man at heart.

Well, I’m afraid that if she trusts that he’s anything but a con man and a liar, she’ll regret it.

Well, if he is all that, apparently she is going to have to figure out for herself, OK? So why don’t you try to shake it off and go to sleep, OK?


[sighs] I can’t go back to sleep now. I smell–


Banana muffins.



[tender music]

I made yours with almond milk. You know, might as well use it up since you love it so much. Tripp absolutely hates it.


Oh, come on. Sit, sit, sit.

Oh, listen, Wendy. I understand how awkward it can be, you know, having your boyfriend’s mother living with you.

No, Tripp and I are fine with it, really.

Really? I mean, come on. It’s got to be tough, though, right? I mean, you want to let your hair down and you want to be able to just really be who you are.

OK, Ava, I’m sorry that I called you my love. That was really embarrassing, and I should look before I speak.


[laughing] No, don’t worry about that. Look, I am saying this because it seems like you and Tripp, that you two have gotten close. I get the impression you’re really into him.

Well, I am.

Yeah? Good. But you know, so here’s the thing. Tripp has been hurt, a lot. Oh, God, by first there was, well, I don’t know, Allie and Haley and Ciara and oh, God knows how many others. But, um… women tend to take advantage of Tripp. You know? They string him along for a while, and they just cast him away. All right, look. I have a reputation of being very direct when I want to be, so I’m just going to come right out and ask you. You for real?

[tense music]

Um, am I for real? OK, I’m not even sure what that means.

What it means, are you interested in my son in a serious way? Because, you know, if you aren’t and you’re just going to kick him to the curb as soon as the next guy comes along, then I’d just rather you bow out now.


[scoffs] I must say, Ava, that I do resent you implying that I’m a fickle, insubstantial person. So I’m reluctant to even dignify that with a response.

Look, I’m just concerned about my son, all right? And since you just lost your brother, I’m just wondering if maybe, I don’t know, you’re looking at Tripp as a nice, safe place to land. You know, like a security blanket that’s warm. And if that’s all that he is, then–

No. That is not all he is, Ava. And with all due respect, you are really crossing the line.

Yeah, I may be. But you’ll understand one day when you’re a mother. I’m just looking out for my son’s best interests.

[tense music]

[knock at door]


[German accent] Room service!

I didn’t order any– Leo, what–


[gasps softly] Are you all right? You look like the before photo in a makeover show.

Um, it was a long night.

Oh, yeah, I know. I just saw Sally leave.


She had the nerve to insult Nora Ephron. Can you believe that? Well, she didn’t actually insult her, but close enough. She said that Nora’s most wonderful movie of all time, that would be “When Harry Met Sally,” IMHO, is dated. Can you even?

Leo, what–what–what are you talking about?

Our PR guru? I saw her leaving your room. You two spent the night together.

Wow, OK, you are so out of line, Leo, jeez.

Oh, did somebody wake up on the wrong side of the bed with Ms. Johnson on the other side, AKA the right side?

OK, Leo, we need to talk.

Great! Let’s–

No, no, not here. Stay.


[suspenseful jazz music]


Let’s go.


Here, it’s fresh. I haven’t touched it yet, and you look like you could use it more than me.

Mm, thanks.

Mm-hmm. So are you headed home? You just missed your mom. She was on her way home from the hospital. She left that way, so she didn’t see you.

Wow, thanks.


You’re probably wondering why I’m leaving the Salem Inn at this hour.

Nope, I wasn’t wondering. You know why? Because you’re a grown woman. Whatever you do is your business and no one else’s.

[tender music]

Well, good news. radiology can get you in for that ultrasound now.

Oh, well, that’s great. Oh! But did someone else get pushed back?

No, no, no. There was a cancellation. So no strings pulled, just pure luck. And how are you feeling now?

Well, I’m feeling a whole lot calmer now, thanks to you.

Well, good, I’m glad. So all right, jewelry off. I know you’ve had this procedure done before. So you know how simple it is. The technician is just going to put a little bit of gel on your neck, place the probe, and start scanning. You’ll be done in about minutes.

Oh, OK. Um, Paulina…

[tender music] I know if it were my mom that was being admitted to the hospital, I would want to be here to support her and hold her hand. You sure that I can’t call Chanel for you?

Thank you, Chanel.


I wish the rest of this town didn’t feel so free to nose around in other people’s business.

Yeah, I wish that too.

And for some reason, people are so fixated on my love life, which is not that interesting.

[Chanel laughs] Believe me. Wait, is that what I think it is?

Oh, yeah, Johnny and I are engaged.

Oh, my God! Congratulations.

Thank you.

And this ring is beautiful.

I know, right? We are actually getting married on Valentine’s Day, which, I heard, is when your parents tied the knot.

They did.


Best news is you’ll never forget your anniversary.

Oh, my God. Johnny said the exact same thing.

Oh, this is so wonderful, Chanel.

Thank you.

It lifts my spirits to know that there are people out there who are happy and in love.

You know what? I am both of those things.

[phone rings] Ooh.

[sighs] Oh, you know what? I am so sorry. I have to take this.

Oh, God. Go ahead, go ahead. Congrats again.

Thank you.

Look, I know you said you wanted to chat, but I cannot talk on an empty stomach.

Oh, good, because I’d rather you listen.

[tense music]

Well, I listen much better when I have a mouth full of pastries. And since this was your idea, breakfast is on you.


Sorry, Uncle Stefan, I had no idea bringing up Ava was going to set you off like that.

You have no right sticking your nose in my personal life. You got that, Johnny? Whatever you were implying is completely untrue. I love my wife.

Right, right, you’re madly in love with your wife. But she’s in prison. You planted a kiss on Ava right here in this living room in front of Chad.

[somber tense music]



[sighs] Things in this life aren’t always black and white.

You’ll understand a little better when you grow up a little bit.


Oh, right, right, I’m sure that’s it. So about what age would you say I need to be before I get the memo that you can always find a way to justify cheating on your wife? Hey, boys will be boys, right?

[sighing and laughter]

Mm, mm, really hitting the spot, sweetness.


It’s the best way to wake up.


Well, second best way.

[laughter and sighs] Mm.

Mm, I’m glad. Ooh, you taste good.


You know what? I really– I just really need to go to sleep. I am beat.

Mm-hmm. OK, you go to sleepy. Are there any more muffins out there?

Yes, but they’re for Stephanie. I’m sure she’s going to want one when she wakes up.


[door opens]

Oh, that might be her now. Did you hear that?

I did. Somebody opened the front door.



[knock at door]



Did I wake you guys?

No, I worked all night. Listen, there’s some banana muffins in the kitchen if you want.

Ooh, yum. Yes, I will grab them.

[soft dramatic music]

She just getting home?


[scoffs] That’s your excuse for insulting me this way? Looking out for your son’s best interests?

Look, I don’t need an excuse to be protective over the most important person in my life. And I’m not insulting you, Wendy.

Mm. I’m just trying to establish that you treat my son with the respect that he deserves.

OK, you are completely off-base. So let me try to make this clear for you. I love Tripp, Tripp loves me, and we want to be together. And I’m not going to suffer the third degree from you or anyone else about our relationship. That is nobody’s business but his and mine.

[phone rings] Harris Michaels.

Let it ring. If it’s important, he’ll call back.

[suspenseful music]

So where were we?

We were both being direct.


So in keeping with that, let me ask you a question. Are you in love with Harris Michaels or Stefan DiMera, or both?

Listen to me, you little pissant. You have no right to judge me.

Mm, pissant, that’s a–

[inhales deeply] That’s a funny name to call someone. Look, I’m not judging you, OK? I’m not judging you. I’m just telling you what I’ve observed. You’re so madly in love with your wife, but you’re sneaking around. I mean, you’re not even sneaking around. You openly kissed Ava in front of your family members. And I’m just saying I don’t get it. You love Gabi so much. You two waited so long to finally be together again. Then why are you doing this to her?

[somber reflective music]


[sighs] Look… I have screwed up a lot of relationships in my life. And Gabi is the one woman that I vowed to be faithful to, and I meant it. And I think about her every minute of every day. And it makes me sick not knowing when or how she’s going to get out of Statesville.

Then why are you doing this?

Because, Johnny, Ava is… a beautiful and fascinating woman, and I am alone.


[sighs] You know what? Dude… you don’t have to explain yourself to me, OK? I just hope you can live with wherever this is going.

Me too.

[ominous music]


Uh-oh, come on in. Here, here’s a spot for you right here.

Here you go.

Well, don’t you want them?

No, no, I already had two. I’m good.


No, oh, God. No, I just couldn’t. I’m so tired.

Oh, all for me.


[chuckles] So how was your night, baby?

Oh, it was fine.

Oh, Stephanie… if you’re going to stay out all night again, just please let us know. Your mom and I worry about you.

I will let you know next time.

So you think there’ll be a next time soon?


OK, OK, you’re right. It’s none of my business. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

Don’t worry. I will be out of your hair soon.


Hey, you are not in our hair at all. Nobody’s pressuring you to leave.

Thanks, Dad. You know what? Maybe I will have one more of those.

Oh, you’re lucky it’s not too late. So just out of curiosity, where were you last night?

[soft dramatic music]

I spent the night at a friend’s.

[suspenseful music]

Creampuff, my favorite. Ah, fruit tart! My favorite!

[gasps] Chocolate-filled croissant, my favorite.

Why do I feel like I’m having breakfast with a toddler?

[quirky tense music]

Everett, do you smash beehives in your free time? Because you are an absolute buzzkill.

Well, it’s not the only thing I’m going to kill, Leo. I better not see a story in Lady Whistleblower’s column about me and Stephanie.

Oh, come on. You telling me the two of you were up all night working on a PR plan for “The Spectator”?

We were just talking.


Yeah, and you know, we fell asleep. We’re friends, all right? We’re just friends. There was no hanky-panky.

Well, that’s too bad, because I would certainly hanky your panky. But only if you wanted to hanky mine. It would have to be reciprocal, of course.

Wow, wow, wow.


Um… why do you do that?

Why do I do what?

That. Like, hit on or sort of fake hit on every guy you come across?

Not every guy. Only the hot ones that make my heart go pitter-patter. Besides, a fisherman needs to cast a wide net, you know?

Well, forgive me if I’m treading too deep here. But it just–it sort of feels like you’re compensating, like you’re using humor to hide, um… deep-rooted pain.

Isn’t that how everybody uses humor, Mr. Smarty Pants? Ever heard the expression comedy equals tragedy plus time?

I have heard that. Do you have a therapist, Leo?

Not at the moment. But I do read a lot of self-help books, most of which encourage me to live out loud. Hence, my admitting I would hanky your panky. Also, there is take a small step, change your mental maps, remember the end of your life, and perfection equals procrastination.

They all sound, uh, super fascinating. All I’m saying is that self-help books can be great, but talking to somebody might be helpful.

[soft upbeat music]

Well then, I’m glad you’re here.

You weren’t going to call me?

I didn’t want to drag you away from something important, but Sarah insisted.

And I’m glad she did.

Mm. I just don’t want to be a bother to anyone. I hate it.


[knock at door] Oh, come in. Oh, you called him too?

Of course, I did.

You’re going to be my mama too in a couple of weeks.


[chuckling] Oh, two sons-in-law, both sweet and handsome.

[laughter] I am a very lucky lady.

How are you feeling?

Oh, well, all right, I guess. My blood pressure went back down. I’m breathing better.

Yeah, and we will have the results of that ultrasound in the next few days.


[sighs] And thanks again, Sarah, for getting me in there so fast. I’m–I’m relieved.

[all chuckle] And starving. Oh, well, who wants breakfast? On me?

That sounds good to me, yeah.

Oh, yeah, that’s why you came, huh?

[laughter] Well, I’m just going to go get dressed. And then I can go, right?

You may, indeed.

OK, I will wait outside. And I’m glad you’re feeling better, Paulina.


[soft dramatic music] Oh, oh, baby girl.

[laughs] You are one lucky lady too.

And don’t I know it, Mama.


Well, are you in love with Harris Michaels?

You know, it turns out I’m not a fan of being interrogated either. So I’m not going to dignify that with a response.

[Wendy chuckles softly]

[suspenseful music] We good?

Sure. I have to go meditate now.

Talking to me can do that to a person.

[phone rings] Ugh, not again.

[Ava sputters]

[phone rings] Oh, Harris! Just give it a rest, will you?

Uh, it’s not Harris, Ava. It’s me.

[ominous music]

Ava, are you still talking to that cop after what he pulled on you at the station? Ava, it is not safe. That hotshot is hell-bent on blowing Clyde’s operation sky-high. Remember the operation where he has us laundering money and drugs through the bistro?

Oh, I sure as hell hope you are somewhere private, dumbass!

Nuh-uh, uh-uh! Don’t, don’t. I know you. I know how you work. I know your game. You start calling me names to get me all riled up so you can dodge the subject when the fact of the matter is, Ava, that cop is dangerous. And what the hell is he doing calling you anyway?

I don’t know. I don’t have any freaking idea.

Then why did you even answer?

I shouldn’t have, OK? I won’t do it anymore.


Good! Let it go.


[suspenseful music]

[scoffs] Wait a minute, you’re not– are you with him right now? Where are you right now? What are you doing?

Wait a minute. I got one day off and what? You miss me already?


[laughing] Oh, please.


[chuckles] Listen, I– I’m at home. I just finished giving my son’s girlfriend the third degree. And don’t worry, everything’s good. They are genuinely happy and in love. At least somebody is, right?

Well, we’re happy and in love too, remember?

No, we are happy and in lust. And frankly, I’m glad to have the day off. It’ll be a nice break from faking it.

Oh, yeah? Yeah, is playing hot for me such a chore for you?

You know, it actually is. You know, you’re not as attractive as you think you are, right? I mean, you’re actually kind of creepy. I mean, really, I don’t get what women see in you. I mean, you know what? You are–you’re like– you are like a sloppy AI rendering of Popeye and Bluto.


[chuckling] Oh, yeah, yeah? Well, well, you, OK, you– I don’t think I’ve ever seen a woman with as little sex appeal as you, Olive Oyl. That’s right! I can’t even look at you sometimes!

Oh, well, it must be a chore for you too, having to fake it.

Yeah, it is, all right? And kissing you is downright taxing. That’s right. I said it. When I have to hold you close, when I feel your lips on mine, I’d rather make out with a toilet seat!

Yeah, well, you know what? I can relate because you smell like a toilet seat. Every time that I have to come near you, I cringe. Yeah, yeah, that’s the right word.

Yeah, I get it.

Yeah, me too. And you know what? Since I am so vile, I think I’m going to go and take a nice hot bubble bath. Yeah, that’s right, Bluto. I’m lying here naked in my room. Mm. It’s a little chilly. So you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to rub some hot oil all over my body.

You still there?


[sigh] Still here.

Good. Sleep well.



All right, got to get to work.

I’ve got to get to bed.

You know, someday, Leo, when you grow up, you might try working for a living, like the rest of us mortals.

What? I amworking! I troll the streets at night looking for gossip. With an occasional stop at the all-night dance club strictly for exercise.


Well, as long as you keep delivering brilliant columns on time, who am I to complain about the hours you keep?

Thank you, boss.

[inhales deeply] And if you say nothing happened between you and Stephanie, who am I to doubt you?


[chuckles] I knew there was a grown-up in there somewhere.

And look, anything that you shared tonight will be strictly classified. Pinky swear.

[suspenseful music]



Now, your mom’s out cold.

Mm. I remember when I was a kid, she’d come home exhausted after a late night at the hospital, and she’d find me waiting for her in her big bed.

[chuckles] I think she liked me being there. She’d wrap her arms around me and we’d fall asleep just the two of us.

Yeah, just the two of you.

[soft dramatic music] I wish I hadn’t missed so many years with you, baby girl. I would do anything to get those years back again, to be your Papa, watch you grow up. But I want you to know as soon as I was able, I made it right back here to you and your mom.

It was hard not having you here. But having you here now makes me appreciate you so much more.

I hope you know how much I’ve always loved you.

I love you too.

And I worry about you.



I think I know where this is going, so I’m just going to cut right to it. Yes, I was with Everett last night. No, nothing happened. Maybe I still have feelings for him, but no, I’m not going to rush back into a relationship with him. Does that answer all your questions?

It does, and thanks. And I’m glad that you’re taking it slow. And listen. If you want something and it feels right to you, don’t let what anyone says keep you from going for it, OK?

Got it.

[both chuckle and sigh]

[phone rings] Oh.

[phone rings] Oh, speaking of. Hey, Everett, Thanks for last night. Yeah, no, it was like old times.


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John. John, are you home? [mysterious music]

[phone beeps] [phone rings] [phone beeps]

Hey, Doc. Where are you?

I’m home. Where are you?

I’m down at the square. I couldn’t sleep, so I thought I’d take a walk.

Are you on your way back?

Not yet. Sorry, I didn’t realize it was so late.

Yeah. Darling, are you OK? Shall I pick you up?

No, no, no, no. You’ve had a long day. Why don’t you go to bed? I’ll be home soon, honey. I love you.

I love you. [phone beeps]

[phone beeps]

[door clicks open]

[sighs] Hey.



Did you not take the shortcut?

Well, I got caught at the light at the corner. I didn’t know we were in a race to get home.

No race. It’s just that you drive a lot faster than me, and I was just wondering where you were.

Oh. [dramatic music]

I was also wondering what you were doing at the hospital. You seemed kind of mysterious when we ran into each other.



I didn’t mean to be. I was actually just seeing my therapist.

At this hour?

Yeah. Dr. Evans. She’s just really good about accommodating my schedule.

Marlena is your shrink?

I see her from time to time, yeah. What were you doing at the hospital?

[clears throat] My mom sent me over to go talk to Aunt Kayla. Actually, now that I think about it, it was kind of like a therapy session, too, but free.

Nice. What’d you talk to Auntie about?

What’d you talk to Dr. Evans about?

I asked you first.

So you have a confession. Does it have anything to do with you being a no-show at the pub tonight?

Well, actually, I did go to the pub tonight. I saw you there with your friends.

Why didn’t you come in?

[chuckles] Because I guess I realized… [clears throat] What I needed to say to you, I need to say it privately.

How the hell does a prison lose a prisoner?

Well, that’s what we’re gonna find out. I’ll make some calls, get some coffee started.

I’m going to need something a lot stronger than coffee. What the hell?

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

OK, you stay right here. I’m gonna go around back, surprise whoever the hell broke in.

No, you can’t do that. What if they have a weapon? Absolutely not. I’m just gonna– I’m gonna call the police. [dramatic music] What the hell? That’s Harris.

What is going on? Lucas is missing. And if you don’t know where he is, you better find him.

You know what?


I’m all talked out. So why don’t we call a moratorium on talking about all the feelings and the goals and the regrets and all that heavy stuff, you know, and why don’t we– why don’t we do something really mindless and distracting?

I’m all for mindless and distracting. What’d you have in mind? You want to watch a movie?

Yeah, unless it’s on the big screen and I have a giant tub of popcorn, no, I’m not really in the mood.

Mm. How about a game?

I got “Monopoly” and “Scrabble” and “Cards of Humanity” in the closet, if you want.

OK. I have a better idea.


And I dare you not to like it.


So what do you want to tell me, Everett?

[sighs] This– this is harder than I thought it was gonna be, I guess because–


It just feels like a big risk.

You’re starting to scare me.


I’m scaring myself a little bit. But I have to do it.


Look, working with you has been amazing, right? Amazing. You’re so gifted at what you do, you know? And we’re obviously– we’re compatible as coworkers.

I agree.

And I totally respect the boundaries that you set with me from the beginning.


But I can’t stand it.

Can’t stand what?

This friend-zone thing.

It’s not working for me anymore.

John. Hey, John!

What are you doing, man? You out for a late-night stroll?

Something like that. What are you doing here?

Well, Kayla is working the late shift. I got restless. I thought some night air would do me some good.

No, I don’t think so. Marlena told you to come looking for me, didn’t she?

[sighs] Busted. She’s worried about you, man. And so am I.

You know, in our previous lives, when we used to meet in the shadows, we were usually on assignment and not always on the same side. [dramatic music]

So I’ve been told.

I think the right side prevailed on most of those missions, thankfully.

Again, so I’ve been told.

And you’re telling me that you still don’t remember anything from that time? You have no memories at all?

Come on, partner. Why do you keep asking me that? You know as well as I do, those memories have been wiped. [both sigh] Listen, I really try not to make myself crazy struggling to get them back or trying to fill in those blanks.

I know. I know that must be frustrating as hell. But I got to say, I envy you.

And why would that be?

I wish I could forget.

OK. So truth or dare, you know, the rules are really simple. We ask each other questions, and we have to answer honestly.


But… if somebody decides they don’t want to tell the truth, they have to say…

Dare, yeah.

Dare, yes. And then that person is given a task or an action to which they must comply. And if we play the game properly, that task should be a little bit embarrassing, you know, to make the person squirm and blush and feel like a total idiot.

OK, I got it I. I–actually, making people squirm or feel idiotic is very high on my list of worthwhile activities, so…

Oh-ho. Me too.

I know.

That’s why I think this is gonna be a really good game for us. And plus, it can lead to some really enlightening conversation.

Oh, see, I’m also all for lightning– lightning? Enlightening conversations. So who’s going first?

I will.



All right. [sighs] [both chuckle]

Alex Kiriakis…


Who was your first celebrity crush?

Easy. Lindsay Lohan. I watched “Mean Girls,” like, , times. I would literally delude myself to think that I would actually, like, get a date with her and then eventually marry her and have, like, a family.



Wow, that is some crush.



Pretty painful crush, to be honest, because eventually I realized that Lindsay is just unattainable.

Uh-huh. Right, I can imagine that was really painful. I’m so sorry. You see, this is where it gets enlightening, because now I know that you liked “Mean Girls” right from the start.


I mean, what are you doing here anyway? Because Lucas is missing. He’s missing from prison. And if anything has happened to him, that’s on you. Do you understand me? Where is my son?

Harris, you owe my wife an explanation. If you don’t have one, you better damn well have a plan to find Lucas now.

If you just give me a minute, I will provide you with more than an explanation.


It’s a relief. I’ve been having this running monologue in my head for so long that getting it out there feels– But judging from your face– are you upset?

Not upset. I just–I don’t know what to say.

Yeah. Well, at the risk of making an even bigger fool of myself than I already have, I will just say that… Steph, you’re the best thing that ever happened to me. And when you’re near me, my world feels right. I came to Salem to find you because… I can’t live without you. And I would give anything, anything, to get back to what we had.

Still don’t know what to say?

I just– well, I’m sure you can understand that I wasn’t expecting this. [dramatic music]

Really? Not at all?

I just feel like… [chuckles] I’ve been so obvious about my feelings for you.

Yeah. And I think I’ve been clear about mine.

Yeah. You have been. Sort of. I mean, you have, and you haven’t. Like, I totally understand that you want to stay friends right now because you’re still recovering from your breakup with Chad, but at the same time, it seems like you like spending time with me. I mean, you asked me to meet your parents. You just tonight asked me to come meet you and your friends at the Brady Pub.

Yeah, yeah, I did, because I wanted them to meet you. And I’ve been talking about you mostly in the context of us working together, but… Everett, my feelings for you are complicated.


When you disappeared– and, yes, I know now that you were in an accident, but I didn’t know it then. And so I was heartbroken. Shattered, really. And when I was able to heal at least somewhat from that hurt, I was determined to move on with my life, to get over you.

And did you? Did you… stop loving me? And now that I’m back and you know that I never left you by choice, are those feelings just gone?

I was gonna ask you to marry me, Steph.

You were everything to me. You still are. Some people wait their entire lives to find what we had. And now we’ve been given a second chance.

I’m begging you not to throw it away.

OK. My turn.


What would be…


The worst thing you could possibly do if you would never get caught? No consequences whatsoever.

I would break Tate out of that awful rehab juvie place and I would bring him home immediately.

Yeah. OK, yeah. I should have guessed that’s what you’d answer.



God, how I wish I could really do that and there would be no consequences.

I know.



OK. It’s OK. [clears throat] All right, moving on. Let’s see. My turn.

Your turn.

OK. Who is… the most… beautiful, interesting, witty, charming, sexy woman that you have ever kissed?

Ah. [smacks lips] Dare.



OK. All right, but you’re gonna be sorry. Because I dare you to kiss that beautiful, interesting, witty, sexy, charming woman who’s staring at you right now.

I’m not sorry at all.


What are you talking about? What do you wish that you could forget?

I think the same things that everyone wishes they could wipe from their memories, the bad stuff.

For me? About working for Victor back in the day.

And those memories, they just won’t let go, especially lately, when I’m anywhere in the vicinity of one Konstantin Meleounis.

Why, because of his association with Victor?

Yeah. And maybe because he reminds me of Victor…at times.

Me too. At times.

Yeah? So I guess this is bringing back stuff for both of us now.

You know, I think about Abe and how he’s lost his memory of the past. And I know that’s obviously really tough. But I don’t know if it’s worse not being able to remember or not being able to forget.

I think this will answer all of your questions.

Hey, Ma.

Oh, my God. Lucas.

Oh. Easy, easy, easy.

Oh, I’m sorry.

Not so hard.

Sorry, sorry, sorry. I’m just so happy. I am so happy to see you alive and well.

Well, I’m alive and healing.


Harris, what happened? How did you manage this?

Well, under the cover of night and the laundry service, I was able to roll Lucas out of the infirmary in a linen basket. And when we got out of Statesville, we drove around for a couple hours, made multiple stops to make sure we weren’t followed. Now, look, nobody knows about this. Not even the commissioner knows that Lucas is here. So this has to stay between us. No one can find out.

Of course.

Sorry it went down this way. I’m sorry that you have to harbor the man who kidnapped your daughter.

Lucas, I’m harboring my stepson, and I know my wife is very happy and relieved to have you here, OK, safe, protected. And that means I’m happy, too, for her and for you. You are welcome here anytime, Lucas. Anytime. [dramatic music]

Everett, maybe you don’t understand what it was like for me when you walked out of my life.

I mean… I think I have some idea.

I’m not sure you do.

You see, once I got over the shock of your disappearance, I tormented myself for months, trying to figure out what I did to make you leave. I blamed myself, thought it had to be because I got on your nerves or because I wasn’t enough for you, not smart enough, not witty enough, not charming enough, not good enough in bed.

Oh, my god, Steph–

No, no, no, no, no. Don’t try to reassure me. I’m only trying to explain to you that… [sighs] I obviously know now that your leaving had nothing to do with me. I just–I’m only trying to explain that… [sighs] When I thought you’d ghosted me, I wasn’t just hurt. I fell apart. And I didn’t recover for a long time.

I don’t know why it was so…shattering. Maybe I’m just… not a resilient person. Maybe I’m constitutionally lacking in self-confidence. [sniffles] Prone to feeling like I– like I never measure up, like– like I’m always to blame when things go wrong.

I’m so glad… you’re finally opening up about all this, because it helps me understand, you know, the depth of the pain that you went through when I disappeared that day, albeit not by choice. But still, I need to say to you, I am so sorry that I hurt you, so sorry I hurt the most important person in my life, who I loved with all my heart, more than anything, and still do. All I want–all I want is to make it up to you. That’s all I want. Will you let me do that? Please?

All right. What aren’t you telling me? Oh, come on, man, you’re talking around in circles here. What is really going on with you? I’m assuming it’s got something to do with Konstantin.

It does. I’m becoming more and more certain that somehow… I don’t know how, but somehow he knows about The Pawn.

What? No, no. No. How is that even possible?

That’s what we need to find out.

Oh, The Pawn. My God, partner, I haven’t even heard anybody speak those words for years here.

I know.

How could he even know that? How much does he know, then?

I have no idea.

What did he say to you that led you to believe that?

He asked me what I knew about The Pawn. But he had this look on his face like he was an expert on the subject. He was taunting me, John.

Oh, my God. All right, all right, all right. All right. We’re just gonna have to– we’re just gonna have to figure out how much he knows and exactly what his MO is here.

Yes. That’s what we need to do, and we will. But, buddy, we have to be strategic.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

We have to be very careful. Now, listen. Hey. I can see this really upset you, understandably. So you need to go home to Marlena and rest. Hey, we’ll sleep on this, OK?

Yeah, right, we’re gonna sleep. [inhales deeply] But thanks for coming here. I am going home to Doc ’cause I know she’s worried about this.

I want you to take care of yourself.

Yeah. You too, partner. Thanks.



Mm, mm, mm. Nice distraction. Mm. But it’s my turn.


OK? And I’m gonna step my game up. This is gonna be a tough question, OK?

Ooh, you’re scaring me.

Well that’s the point, isn’t it? We already established that.

OK. Go on, then. Hit me with your really scary question.

Theresa Donovan, what is the biggest lie you have ever told?

Wow, you’re giving this one a lot of thought. [chuckles]


OK, that is a hell of a lie if you’re not even gonna tell me about it.


Oh, my God.

It’s just that, you know, I’ve told a lot of lies, even white ones. So I’d really just rather not get into it. [clears throat]

OK. All right. I’ll let it slide. Fine. So dare, huh? I dare you… to sing… your favorite childhood song at the top of your damn lungs right now.

Oh. I can do that. You ready?


[clears throat]

Am I gonna need earplugs?

Oh, I don’t know. I think you can handle it.

All right.

OK, here goes. [clears throat] [laughs]

I’m sorry.

OK, ready?

I’m ready.

* Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream * * Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily * * Life is but a dream *

OK, we’re turning the volume up right now. It’s a duet. Let’s go.

Oh, really? What a gentleman.


OK, ready? One, two, three. both: * Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream * * Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily * * Life is but a dream * [banging on wall]


Oh, no. Oh, God.

That is Mrs. Campbell. That is the grumpiest lady alive next door.

Sorry, Mrs. Campbell.

OK, all right. OK. Yeah, that might be enough singing for tonight.

Maybe at least just not on the top of our lungs, at least.

Yeah, I think that’s our cue. I think that’s the end. Maybe we should just, like, call it a night, go to bed. [dramatic music]

Everett, before we talk about the future and since we’re both opening up about what it was like for us after your accident, in the time that we were apart, what I don’t understand is why nobody went looking for you, why your family and colleagues didn’t send out a search party when you went missing.

Yeah. I mean, I didn’t understand that either… at first. But from what I was able to understand once I was mostly recovered, I wasn’t on any assignments at the time, so… when I didn’t respond to emails or phone calls, I think– I think my boss just must have figured I’d– I’d moved on.

OK, but what about your family? They didn’t try to find you?

Well… I lost my mom when I was a kid, as you know, and… my dad is my dad. He’s a–he’s a drunk, you know.

Yeah. No, yeah, I know. I understand why your family didn’t try to find you. I shouldn’t have asked.

No, it’s–it’s a reasonable question, you know. And family could mean cousins, aunts, uncles, you know, but I’m– I’m not that close with them. You know, they’re on the East Coast and…

Right. Well, it all makes sense.

Another thing I was wondering is, when you finally woke up from that coma, were you as lucid as you are now?

No. I wasn’t. I mean, my first diagnosis was retrograde amnesia, which is… inability to access memories or information from before an accident or an injury or a disease.

So, you know, all they could tell me was to– to give it time. Give it time.

I was really lucky, you know? Eventually my memories did start to come back.

Gradually? All at once?


The first thing that I remember with any clarity… was you.

And when that happened, when I saw you in my mind’s eye…

my whole world got brighter, warmer, and I felt stronger, more resilient because… I had purpose. And that was to get back to you. That was my goal. My only goal was to get back to you and tell you that you’re everything to me, everything.

You still are.

[sighs] [keys jingling]

Hey, Doc. What are you doing up?

Waiting for you.


Did you think I could go to sleep knowing that my husband was out there late at night, alone?

Well, Doc, I wasn’t alone.

You know I wasn’t.

You know, when Harris told me that he couldn’t make the deal to get you out of prison, I mean, I really panicked. Now you’re here. You’re here, safe and sound.

I thought transport was part of the deal. Was it some kind of ruse? Did you–what, did you kidnap me, Detective Michaels?

No, but I would have if I had to.

Well, what exactly did you do?

I called in every favor that I had. I kept pressuring the state attorney general. I kept reminding him how important it was to have our main witness alive if we were ever gonna bring a case against Clyde Weston. And then finally, the AG saw the light, signed off on the order to have Lucas in a safe-house situation. But when the threat’s eliminated, Lucas will have to return to Statesville to serve the rest of his sentence.

OK, then. I guess we’ll just be happy with what we have now, then.

Yeah, I guess we have to be happy. We have no choice, do we?

I’ll leave you guys alone.

Thank you for the game. That was fun. [laughs]

Yeah, it was fun.


OK, well, I’ll see you in the morning, then.

You’ll see me in the morning? [dramatic music]

I just think that maybe we should get a good night’s sleep.

OK. Yeah. If that’s what you want to do.



Sweet dreams.

Good night.




God, who am I kidding?


There you go.

Ow, ow, ow.

Oh. You comfortable? Can I get you anything else?

No. No, I’m fine. Thank you.


Feels so good to be here. Even though I know it’s just temporary, I really appreciate it, so– I know it’s not easy for you, Roman.

Lucas, come on. I told you before. You are my wife’s son, all right? So you’re family, all right? And I want what’s best for you. And what you did to help end this drug epidemic in Salem is honorable and brave. You put your life on the line, Lucas. I admire you for that.


OK. Look, it’s been a long night, and you should get some sleep, OK?


All right. I love you.

I love you. Good night.

Good night, honey.

[grunts] [exhales sharply]

Thank you.

Hey, Harris.

Steve, what are you doing out here so late?

Kayla’s on the late shift, and I got restless.

Yeah. Same. I’ve been pretty restless lately too.

Yeah, well, we both have jobs that can weigh heavily on the mind sometimes.

Ain’t that the truth?

Do you want to unburden?

You know, thanks, but not now. Maybe some other time.

All right. Good night.

Good night.

So you’re not upset that I sent Steve to find you?

No, not at all. In fact, he and I, we– we had a good talk.

I’m glad. I know that we can talk about anything at all, but I’m especially glad that you have someone with whom you can share your concerns, someone with whom you’ve been in the trenches.

That is true. And you know what else is true?


You always seem to know exactly what I need, and that makes me a very lucky man.

I just love you.

I love you.

Come on. Let’s hit the sack.

I’ve missed you. I’ve missed us.

Me too.

Stay. Stay here tonight.

I can’t. Everett, I– I’m not ready.

I understand. I just– I just want to hold you in my arms.

I just want to sleep with you in my arms tonight, that’s all.

That would be nice.

[both chuckle]


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Days Opinions For The Week Of January 22, 2024

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by Michele & Cheryl


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This week’s episodes had us scratching our heads. We had some questions about the things that happened this week.

When did Eric get a photo studio? We remember him talking about getting the studio, but he never mentioned anything else about it again. Out of the blue, he suddenly had a photo studio. Clearly the writers did this so the audience wouldn’t wonder what he was doing for money when Sloan said she didn’t have any money.

Speaking of Eric’s photo studio, what were the odds Leo was his first client? Of all the people in Salem, Leo happened to want to get his pictures taken. Eric never said he advertised the studio so how did Leo know to schedule an appointment with him? Also, what were the odds the studio happened to be at Eric and Sloan’s apartment? It was an excuse to have Leo and Sloan run into each other.

Where did Sloan get her confidence to threaten Leo not to tell Eric the truth? If she was so tough, she never had to let him blackmail her. He could have told Eric the truth about the baby. She took a risk threatening him because he could have let the truth slip out easily. Sloan would have been sick if Leo had told Eric the truth.

Why was Brady offended that Rachel didn’t want him and Kristen to get back together? Brady made it painfully obvious he had no interest in reuniting with her so why did it matter that Rachel didn’t want them together? What would he have done if Rachel wanted them together? He wouldn’t have gotten back together with Kristen so what difference did it make if Rachel wanted them together?

Why did Alex have to convince Theresa not to leave town? Theresa was the one who kissed another man in front of him, but he had to talk her into staying in town. She was clearly manipulating him to make up for the fact that she kissed Brady. Leaving town doesn’t change the fact that she kissed another man. Alex must not have any pride left that he would beg her not to leave town. It’s funny that he would beg her not to leave him, but he wouldn’t beg Justin to forgive him for the way he was treating him.

Speaking of Theresa, why would she stay in town when her son is in rehab? We know she can’t see him right away, but she could have stayed in the same city. If she did, it would make it easier for her to see him. All she thought about was having sex with Alex. You would think sex would be the last thing on her mind when her son was “suffering” in a rehab center.

Why would Maggie take Konstanin’s side when Steve tried to warn her about him? She had known Steve for years but wasn’t willing to side with him over Konstantin. Maggie took a stranger’s word over her good friend. Personally, we can’t wait to see Maggie’s face when she finds out Konstantin was after her money. It would serve her right if he took her money. What is she going to say when she finds out Steve was right about him?

Why would Everett threaten to quit the paper over one story? He basically had a temper tantrum because he couldn’t put a story in the paper. If he was going to quit, he could have stayed gone when Chad fired him. Is Everett the only good reporter in town? We find it hard to believe Everett is the only one who could run the paper.


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Days Best Lines For The Week Of January, 22, 2024

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(to John when his hair was messed up)
Marlena: I love you too. You might want to introduce yourself to a comb.

Xander: It’s so nice having someone else in the house who can cook.
Sarah: Well don’t get too excited. You haven’t had my meal yet.

(When Stephanie said she doesn’t drink much)
Ava: Your little sleepover with Harris.
Stephanie: You mean Harris Michaels?
Ava: You know another Harris?

(to Leo after he suggested seeing Wonka and other movies)
Brady: Thank you for your suggestions. You can oompa lumpa your way out of here.

(to Eric)
Leo: I need some wonderfully flattering photos of myself preferably ones that make me look taller, younger, thinner for Lady Whistleblower’s grand return.

(to Eric)
Leo: This is Salem. There’s always a scandal ready to be exposed.

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[upbeat twangy music]

This seat taken?

All yours, girl.

[laughs] Oh, sorry, I’m late. New client extremely high maintenance.

Oh, girl, no problem. Yeah.

Oh, man.




Sorry I’m late.

That’s OK.

You’re– you’re not the only one. I was just telling Jada that I have a needy new client.


OK. So who is this lucky new client, I mean, if you can tell us that is?

Oh, yeah, I can tell you. It’s the Bistro actually whose business was badly hurt by that drug raid. They hired me to try to do some damage control.

Ah, well, the reason I was held up was also because of the drug epidemic plaguing town. Hey, how about this, no shop talk tonight, hmm? Everyone OK with that?




All right. So how about we just limit all that talk and we keep it to embarrassing personal stuff?

Ooh, I’m all for that. But, Rafe, I don’t know, this might be a little sexist, but given your gender, you may have a problem with that.


Yeah. You know what? He probably wants to talk about macho stuff like cars and sports and how he pitched, like, a lot of no-hitters back in the ‘s in Little League.


OK. First of all, I did throw many a no-hitter when I was in Little League, even some in high school, actually, yeah. But, you know, that aside, Stephanie, yes, you are correct, it was a little sexist, because I am perfectly comfortable talking about my feelings, even personal embarrassing ones.

Well, great. I am so glad you are up to the challenge.

Well, I will be as soon as I get my pink Cosmo. Assuming you ladies are in. * *

Well, good evening, Chef Cook. That seems redundant to say that, doesn’t it?

Yeah, it does, but I like it.


How was your day, Dr. Horton?

It was good. It was just exhausting, but rewarding.

So the usual way you describe your days at the hospital?


[laughs] What’s all this?

What do you mean? Wait, what do you mean what’s all this? It’s our Burns supper. You bought the groceries for it.

Right, it’s just I didn’t think we were having it, because I forgot the haggis.

But luckily for us, steak pie is a perfectly acceptable and traditional substitute.

[timer rings] And it’s ready.

Oh, great.


And Victoria is obviously sleeping.

Oh, yes, I put her down about an hour ago after– after her bath and a bottle.

Oh. It looks like you really took care of everything.

I did. I did indeed. Mmm.

Oh, wow.

Delicious, right?

Yes, that smells wonderful. You’ve really outdone yourself, Chef Cook.

Well, I was highly motivated to please you. In fact, whenever I aspire to do well, you’re my motivation, Sarah, always.

[knock at door]

Oh, Alex, hi. Come on in.

Hey, Dr. Evans, thank you for seeing me so late in the day and so last minute.

Oh, it’s quite all right. I was here staying late to do some paperwork anyway, and something in your voice made it sound like you couldn’t wait. So please.

Yeah. Yeah. It’s about Theresa and me. You probably could have guessed.

Yes, I think I could have guessed that. So tell me what’s happened since last we spoke about it.

Well, she was planning on leaving to go to California to see her mom and to pretty much get out of Salem at least for a little while.

I see.

And then I persuaded her not to go.

Oh, all right.

And then–

And then what?

We slept together. Actually–

Actually what?

Actually, we made love.

[light piano music] * *

Hey, hey, Theresa. Theresa, I’m so glad you came. Just give me a second, OK? I just want to– I just want to put these couple notes in the chart–

No, it’s OK. I know that you’re really busy, Aunt Kayla. So maybe you just tell my mom that I came and you saw me and I’m fine. I’m in a really healthy place. So I’m just going to go now. I’m gonna be on my way.

No, no, no, no, you are not going to be on your way, not until we talk and I understand what’s going on with you.

[sighs] I’m not sure you want to know.

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

Yeah, so since you guys won’t have a pink Cosmo with me, this will have to do.

Yeah. Well, Jada and I decided to stay clearheaded.

Yeah, very disappointing, OK, very, especially since we’re going to be talking about embarrassing personal stuff.

Well, it’s not as fun when you’re stone-cold sober, but we’ll do our best, right, Steph?

Oh, for sure.

OK. OK. So, Steph, tell me, are you still swearing off men?

Ohh, why do we have to start with embarrassing me?

Oh, come on, just be a sport. You’ll get to embarrass Rafe and me afterwards.

Oh, OK. Well, in that case, yes, I am still swearing off men.

I sensed a slight hesitation.

Yeah, well, it’s hard, because I work with two of my exes.


Two? OK, wait, I know about Chad, but who’s the other guy?

It was the guy that I was involved with in Seattle.


Mm, I didn’t know you used to live in Seattle. I used to live out there for a few years too.

That’s right. You mentioned that the last time we hung out. Too bad we didn’t connect back then. I could have used a shoulder to cry on.

Girl, you and me both. * *

[sighs] OK, how do these dots connect? We have Stefan and Ava who both totally deny having anything to do with the drug trade but are lawyering up big-time. Then we have Harris and Ava. How the hell are they connected? And we have the Bistro hiring Steph to kill any negative publicity.


[exhales] Steph. Listen, I just want to say something just so that there isn’t any doubt about it at all, OK? I really like living here in Salem, I do. I really like my job a lot. But more than any of it, I love… being your shoulder and your friend. And I just want you to know that there won’t be any pressure from me to be anything more. I swear. No pressure. Yeah, just friends.

[inhales, exhales] No pressure.

So how did our little girl do at “The Spectator”? You took her there today, right?

Yeah, she was a perfect angel and mostly just slept in her stroller. How was your day at work outside of exhausting and rewarding?

[chuckles] I mean, nothing out of the ordinary. I did my rounds. And then I worked on my charts.

May I ask, when was the last time you asked for a raise, Sarah?

Um…not lately. Why?

I’m just wondering. I mean, you work such long hours, you work so hard, and it’s mentally, physically, emotionally exhausting from what you tell me. It just seems that you should be getting paid handsomely.

I mean, I’m fine with my salary.

Maybe you shouldn’t be.

You and Theresa? You told me during our last session that you were determined not to get romantically involved with her.

Yeah, I was– I was totally fine with us just being roommates.


Then roommates with benefits. Anyway, Theresa recently had a relapse or a slip, I guess, it’s what it’s called when it’s unplanned. It was like a one-time thing, right?

Yes, yes, well, that is what it’s called. I’m just I’m sorry to hear that she had a slip. But no, I had not heard about that.

OK, well, then Brady obviously didn’t tell you. But the two of us, we took care of her together for the first few hours when she was coming down. And it was really hard for both of us to see her like that.

I’m sure it was very hard.

Anyway, I wanted to be like the hero. I wanted to help. And in reality, I just felt like I was in the way, not just because Brady has all this experience with addiction, but him and Theresa have all this history. They have a child together. Anyway, after Brady left and Theresa was finally sober, she made this rash decision, or at least I thought it was rash, to just go back to California. So naturally, I got upset. And I wanted to clear my head. So I went for a run. By the time I got back, she was all packed up. She said she needed to be with her mom and get away from Salem at least for a little while. And she booked a red-eye ticket. She was supposed to leave tonight.

Oh, well, I assume she didn’t go.

No, she didn’t. I talked her into staying. Dr. Evans, I couldn’t let her leave. That’s what I wanted to talk to you about. That’s what’s scaring the hell out of me.

So Mom filled you in, huh?

Well, she told me that you had a slip but that you were determined for it not to happen again.

I am, although I know that those words can ring hollow coming from an addict.

Well, they don’t ring hollow with me, Theresa, because I know, we all know– the people who care about you– that if you had a slip you must have been in some serious pain.

[tense music] * * Your mom told me also that you’ve decided not to go back to California.

Yeah. I’m sure she was pretty disappointed, huh?

Well, no, I actually got the sense that she’s just concerned about you and wants the best for you. She doesn’t understand why you need to stay in Salem. I mean, she knows that you can’t see Tate for another month, right? So what is it? Why did you decide not to go back?

[sighs] Alex. * *

OK, let’s make a toast. Let’s see, to not needing any shoulders to cry on.

I will drink to that.

As will I.


Mmm. Now I need another one. Can I get you ladies anything?

I’m good.

Me too.


[upbeat twangy music] * *


He is so charming.

He is, isn’t he? And he’s so kind and loyal and funny. Oh, nothing like my lying, cheating ex.

[dramatic music]

So I– I shouldn’t be fine with my current salary?

Well, maybe I’m a little bit biased. I just–I have a feeling that you’re a stellar employee. I mean, you’re always going above and beyond. And you should be getting paid accordingly. What? What is it? What are you thinking?

No. I, um– this talk, I guess, is making me a little uncomfortable just because our most recent problems were because we were broke and you were willing to do dishonorable things to make us not broke. And despite the fact that you don’t think that I’m being paid enough, I really do make a decent living. So Victoria will always be taken care of.

I suppose you’re right.

And now you have “The Spectator.” So we’ll both be contributing equally to the raising and educating of our daughter.

Of course. And I didn’t mean to express any doubt about that. But as I said, I’m only going to make a living now honorably, respectably. I have a beautiful little daughter for whom I need to set a good example. It’s more important to me than anything, Sarah. I hope you believe that.

I do.

So you need to have Theresa stay in Salem. Why is that scaring you?

[tense music]

I think maybe because I’ve just never really felt like that before. You know, I’ve been crazy about a woman before, Stephanie, for one, but it was different.

Different in what way?

It was just, you know, it was more like I was wanting her, not so much needing her. Does that make sense?

It does.

I don’t know, maybe it’s because Theresa she’s like, you know, she’s made a lot of mistakes in her life. She’s struggled with addiction. She’s flawed. In other words, she’s like me. I just feel like I can totally be myself around her. I don’t know, it’s just something about her. You know, whether she’s happy or sad or angry or indecisive or silly or annoying, I just– I just want to be around her. I– I… I don’t know, when I can’t be around her, I can’t get her out of my head. So then I end up wondering, where the hell is she? What is she doing? Who is she with? How is she feeling?

Yeah. I think I understand what you’re feeling.

You do?

I do. I think you do too. I think you’re in love.

So Alex is the reason you decide to stay?

Yeah, he is. He persuaded me that he and I are so alike that yeah, we’re both screwups. I mean, God knows that I am, but that we are– we’re both really self-aware.


Yeah. And unlike people who aren’t self-aware, we actually know when we’re backsliding. So we can nip it in the bud, you know, and become better people. And he insisted that he and I try to do that together.

Sounds like a plan.

But, you know, Aunt Kayla, Brady and I have been through so much with Tate. And when I was strung out, he– Brady, he really made me feel safe. And in a way that only addicts can understand, you know, he– for a moment, I felt really close to him. But then when Alex took me in his arms and he persuaded me to stay in Salem, that’s when I realized that he is what I want. He’s what I need.

So you’re in love with Alex, is that what you’re saying?

[sighs] Yeah, I suppose I am. Do you disapprove?

Disapprove? I mean, why would I?

Because most people look at him as an egotistical womanizer, you know, this shallow guy who’s only out for himself.

Well, Theresa, first off, I don’t know Alex that well. But I’m of the opinion that people are a work in progress. So I believe if a guy meets the right woman, he could become less egotistical, less shallow. And actually with that woman, he might be able to make a serious commitment.

Yeah. I mean, stranger things have happened, right?


You know, when I first got involved with Alex, I was the one who was really shallow. It was really just using him to try and get Brady jealous. And then when I realized that that didn’t work, I looked at Alex as a distraction, you know, somebody to keep my mind off of Brady, a companion for when I was lonely. But God, I didn’t think I would actually develop real feelings for him. And now I feel so guilty.

Guilty? For what?

Because I am shallower than shallow. I am the kind of person who’s willing to screw up somebody’s life six days from Sunday just to get what she wants.

I think you are being hard on yourself.

I know. I’m ashamed. I’m ashamed of what I’ve done. Alex deserves better

Theresa, what have you done?

In love, wow, sounds so serious, mature.

Is this new for you, feeling this way?

Oh, yeah, this is definitely new for me. It’s not like I haven’t been crazy for a woman before, like I said, I have. But being crazy about somebody is a little different than being in love with somebody, isn’t it?

Well, it’s hard to say. People express their feelings differently, you know. It’s very subjective. But from what you’re telling me about your feelings, it sounds like there’s a real depth to your feelings for Theresa.

Yeah, I mean, I just can’t help but feel like if I am having these feelings that I need to act on them. And not just like the physical sense, but I’m thinking…

[light piano music] Should I ask her to marry me?

Marry you?

[gasps] Alex, I can’t tell you what to do. But from what you’ve been saying to me, these feelings are all very, very new for you. And that’s fine. That’s just fine. But I think you need to just take this very slowly and see what develops and see if it turns into something that feels like marriage.

What if I wait I could lose her? I don’t want to lose her. Dr. Evans, I can’t.

I really needed this.


Yeah. A wonderful dinner and relaxing with you, our daughter in the other room.

Oh, I didn’t tell you. Earlier before I put her to bed, I was reading her “Goodnight Moon.” And I know she’s way too young to actually understand any of it, but she was looking at me so intently. It was as if she couldn’t wait to hear what happened at the end.

Or maybe she really is very precocious and brilliant and totally understood you.

Maybe so.


But she really reminded me of you, though, this just intense concentration.

[laughs] When she smiles, though, she reminds me of you, because she does have your smile. It’s a lovely smile by the way.

Well, you have a lovely smile too, Sarah, although you look lovely whatever you’re doing, whether you’re smiling or frowning or concentrating intensely or especially when you’re holding our daughter in your arms.

You know, when I think about everything that we went through with Mickey, the loss and the grief, I just think how blessed we are that we have this perfect, healthy child.

I feel blessed too, that that perfect, healthy child is ours, a product of our love at the time.

Yeah, at the time.

And now in the present, I’m just so terribly grateful that, well, we’re getting to know each other again in a different way.

Yeah, in a better way.

[jazzy music]

So is that why your marriage ended, because your ex cheated on you?

Well, that was the main reason, but it was how I found out.

And how was that?

One day I was checking our credit card bill, and I found a really big charge from a jewelry store. And since he hadn’t bought me any jewelry in months, well, you get the idea.

I do. God, that must have been so painful seeing that charge.

It was. And when I confronted him about it, he was furious with me for being suspicious. I mean, we had horrible fight after that. And we’ve been in many fights before, but nothing like that. And I knew it was over.

Oh, what did I miss?

Oh, nothing. I was just talking about my ex. Nothing you need to hear.

Right, nope.

[phone rings]

Oh, excuse me, I need to take this.

Oh, yeah, no worries. Yeah, mm-hmm.

Hey. What’s up?

Hey. Can I email you the copy to my follow-up piece on the drug crisis? I just want to make sure it’s situated properly.

Isn’t your deadline two days from now?

Yeah, that’s why I’m calling you so late, just in case I need to make any revisions.

Well, yeah, you can email me that copy, but I won’t get to it till the morning. I’m actually out at the pub with friends.

Oh. I’m so sorry I interrupted. I hope you’re having a good time.

I am. We are. Hey, why don’t you join us?

Oh. Really? You sure I wouldn’t be intruding?

Not at all.

OK. Yeah, I’m– I’m on my way.

See you soon.

Alex, have you told her how you feel?

That I’m in love with her? No.

Well, then you can’t really know exactly how she feels.

Well, I mean. she told me that she wants me. She needs me. That’s pretty much the same thing as being in love, isn’t it?

Well, I think, in this case, yeah.


Yeah, I would think so. I just I think that your fear of this is being triggered by your past, your own losses.

Yeah, you might be right. You know, finding out that Justin isn’t my real dad, I know it’s been a while now, but… it still feels like a loss.

Of course it does.

But I guess I will hold off on asking her to marry me.

Yeah. Yeah. I mean, there really isn’t any rush. And especially considering that she has a problem with addiction and she’s had a slip recently, I think the best thing you can do for her right now is just be there for her.

Theresa, what have you done? What have you done that is making you feel so guilty? Is this about your past mistakes?

Yeah. Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about, all my past mistakes.

Oh, honey, haven’t you suffered enough over those?

How much is enough?

Listen, I’ve read about the -steps program. And one of the steps is to make amends with the people you’ve hurt. Is there somebody you feel you need to make amends with?

Yeah. That’s what I’ll do. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll make amends, because Tate deserves an honest mother with integrity. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to make amends with the people that I’ve hurt.

So it’s a geo-catching event. Am I saying it right?


No. OK.

It’s geocaching.

Geocaching. OK.

It’s a scavenger hunt that takes place in the real world, but the clues are online.

Oh, wow.

Yeah. Wendy, Tripp, and I are sorting out all the details, and it’s going to be great.

[indistinct chatter]

[foreboding music] * *

Hmm. My friend should have been here by now.

[phone beeps] Oh, wait, this text is from him. He can’t make it, unfortunately.

Oh, that’s too bad.


I was really looking forward to meeting him.


[exhales] Oh, and then there was none.

No, we drank the whole bottle.

Down to the last drop.

Hmm. Shall we try our whiskey in the Celtic cup?

You mean the quaich?


The last dram of the celebration. Yeah.

Yeah? I just I liked what you said it signifies–


[groans] Something that we have been working very hard to rebuild. And it’s been going much better than anticipated, don’t you think?

I do. Yeah. Actually, I’m very impressed at what a responsible and truly loving father you are, and not to mention, an amazing roommate and mad cooking skills.

Well, you’re pretty top-notch yourself, Sarah. You’re a wonderful mother and a perfect roommate. * * Mmm.

They use this for weddings?

They do amongst other things. The wedding couple, they drink from that, and then they quote Robert Burns. “All my love is like a red, red rose “that’s newly sprung in June. “All my love is like a melody that’s sweetly played in June. A fair art thou my bonnie lass.” And–

Should we take this in the bedroom?

Sarah, we shouldn’t.

You always help me so much, Dr. Evans, always. Thank you.

I’m so glad. Alex, take your time with this relationship and just see what develops. And if it’s good and it’s real, it won’t go away.

That’s right, because– let me see if I’m comfortable with saying this– I’m in love.

That wasn’t so tough, was it?



[sighs] Thank you so much for letting me just talk this through. You’ve made me realize that I have to be honest, and I have to make amends.

For yourself more than anybody else so that you can live with a clear conscience and self-respect. Yeah. And know that I’m here for you /.

Thank you. Thank you so much, Aunt Kayla.

Did you just say no to me? You don’t want to go to the bedroom?

Sarah, you must know that nothing would make me happier than to make love to you right now and all night long. I just– you also know how I’ve screwed things up in the past. And I’m just trying my damnedest not to screw them up this time, not now when the stakes are so much higher because– because of my little girl.

[gentle music]

Yeah, I understand. At least one of us is thinking clearly.

Ironic though, right, that I’m the voice of reason?

Ironic and kind of maddening.


No, no, it’s OK. I love you… for being the voice of reason. * *

Well, I hate to call it a night, but I’ve got tons to follow up on tomorrow.

Oh, girl, no problem. Good night.

Tonight was so much fun.

It so–it sure was.

Let’s do again soon.

Yes, let’s do it again.



Bye. Mwah!

[sighs] Aww. Well, that was disappointing.

What was?

That we didn’t get a chance to meet Stephanie’s guy.

Oh, yeah, well, definitely more disappointing for her.

Yeah. You know, it doesn’t take a detective to see how much she likes this guy.

[phone beeps]

[line trilling]

Hi. It’s me.

[sighs] I’m so sorry I stood you up tonight.

You still at work.

No, I’m not. I’m– I’m in my room. Can you come over? What I need to say to you, it really can’t wait.

Oh, OK. Yeah, I’ll– I’ll be there soon.


Hi. I was just thinking about you.

What a coincidence. I was thinking about you too.


You think that’s a hint?

I think maybe we’ve worn out our welcome.

Mm. Well, I have already paid the bill. So we can go to my place.

Excellent idea.



Thank you.

Mm-hmm. Perfect. Ahh.

Hey, thanks for getting here So quickly.

No problem. You sounded so serious on the phone. Is everything OK?

Let’s sit down. I have a confession, something you need to hear.

[tense music]

So we just go to our respective bedrooms and sleep?

I mean, I don’t know how I will given that my heart is skipping a bunch of beats right now just looking at you and thinking about what would happen if we didn’t go to our respective bedrooms and sleep.

My heart is skipping a bunch of beats right now too, just so you know.




[phone rings] Hello.

Xander Cook.

Yeah. Who’s this? I have a job for you.

What kind of job?

I have someone who must be eliminated.

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[romantic music]

OK, open your eyes.

Oh, my god, Johnny! You remembered.

Of course I did. It is a blue diamond surrounded by Venetian glass.

In memory of our time in Italy.

That was the idea.

But how did you get it so fast? You just proposed last night.

Well, like I told you, I have been planning this for a little while now. The ring wasn’t supposed to be ready for another three or four days, but the jeweler called me. He put a rush on it and said I could come pick it up this morning. Had I known that, I might have held off last night.

Oh, but I loved your proposal.


Mm-hmm. And I really love this ring.

Well, just so you know, the Venetian glass was imported from Murano, and the blue diamond is actually an extremely rare one. I had to have the DiMera jewelry consultant help me buy it at auction.

The DiMeras have a jewelry consultant?

Well, the DiMeras have a lot of weddings. Now, if I were a name dropper, which I’m not, I would tell you that this beauty may have once graced the hand of Elizabeth Taylor.

You’re kidding.

Yeah. I had the stone removed, set in Venetian glass, not only as a reminder of our time in Italy, but also I wanted to make sure that this ring was as unique and special as you are.

That is probably the most romantic thing that I’ve ever heard. And isn’t this just so perfect? I mean, here we are, in front of this tree with a plaque of one of Salem’s founding couples.


I hope our love lasts as long as Tom and Alice’s did.

[phone rings]

Oh. I’m sorry, Abraham, I meant to call you, but– no, no, no, I’m fine. I’m fine. No, I’m not overdoing it. Oh, no, I’ve been out of the office all day at the hospital, as you know. Then I just have a few things left to take care of. Yes, yes, I promise. I won’t be long. Mm-hmm.


Almost done.

Yeah, with what? What are you writing that’s got you so put out?

My resignation letter.

What? What are you talking about?

You hired me to run this paper with integrity, to make it strong, to make it relevant, to make it a beacon of editorial excellence. Protecting your family is not what I signed up for.


So to be honest, I feel really duped. Completely, completely, completely duped. So I’m moving on.

OK. I’m going to have the online registration ready for us to beta test soon.

Great. And I had a graphic artist mock up this poster for the event. What do you think? What? If you don’t like it, now’s the time to speak up.

I hate the name, or really, that it doesn’t have one.

Oh, you’re right. We need– we need something catchy.

Something with the word “geo” or “caching.”

What if we did something about love, since it’s on Valentine’s Day?

Caching Cupid?

Perfect. Tripp, what do you think?

I’m–I’m sorry. I was a little distracted.

Yeah, I noticed. Your head’s been somewhere else since I got here. Are you worried about your mom?

What do you mean by that?

Just keep smiling.

I’ve been in this situation many times before. You’re the one who needs to play it cool.

Do you see me sweating? I’m totally cool.

I just wish I knew what the cops were planning.

They’re bluffing. Hey, they’ve got nothing, and as long as we keep our mouths shut, they’ll continue to have nothing.

Got it.

Good. Just letting them chill out for a while.

Yeah? Maybe it’s time to turn up the heat. Our raid at the Bistro may have been a wash, but these two are up to their necks in Clyde’s drug ring. And I can squeeze it out of them.

You think, huh? That Ava, she’s one stubborn woman.

Don’t I know it?


Hello, again.

All right. Let’s get started, shall we?

Hello, Commissioner, Detective. You didn’t think you’d be questioning my clients without their lawyer present, now did you?

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

Yeah, Tom and Alice were great people from what I’ve heard. Definitely not fans of the DiMeras.

From what I’ve heard, they were very open minded and non-judgmental people. And they gave everyone a chance as long as they proved they deserved it.

Well, OK then, it’s settled. I am going to prove to them and to you that I deserve you, Chanel Dupree.

Johnny, you have already proven that. I can’t wait to be your wife again.

Yeah, me neither.

You do know where we’re going right now, don’t you?


OK, you know what? You’re overreacting a little bit.

Oh, really?


OK. So you didn’t ask me to kill all mention of the Bistro in the drug raid story because your brother preyed on your sympathies and asked you to?

OK, you know what, I’m not even particularly fond of Stefan, all right? But I do think that there should be a modicum of loyalty between family members.

No! No! There should not be. There should not be a modicum of loyalty to anyone or anything to the detriment of the truth. Otherwise, you do not run an unbiased newspaper. There has to be a clear cut delineation, Chad. You know that as well as I do. And God knows we’ve seen what selective reporting has done to this country.

OK, do you know what? I didn’t– I didn’t cover anything up, all right? So spare me the lecture. And you know what? This wasn’t even really about loyalty, all right? Stefan had some–had some pretty valid points, all right? So why should his business be damaged, possibly irrevocably, when there were no drugs found at the raid?

Can I tell you why?

Yes, please.

OK, I will tell you why. Because it was part of the narrative! The Bistro was one of three locations raided that night, the only one that bore no fruit. Let the readers make up their own minds based on the full story.

[suspenseful music]

Let me– let me ask you a question, and you have to be honest with me. What if they had found something?

Then that would be the headline, and my brother would probably be in jail.

You sure about that? Because it’s pretty easy to say when it didn’t happen.

I’m sure. Yeah, I’m sure. So are you gonna delete that resignation or do I need to find a new editor in chief?

Why would I be worried about my mom?

Well, I just figured with everything going on at the Bistro. I mean, first there was that tragic overdose, and then the police raid looking for drugs. And even though neither of those involved any wrongdoing on behalf of the Bistro or its staff, it’s just– it’s really hurt the reputation of the restaurant, which is why Ava and Stefan hired me to do PR for them.

Yeah. Yeah, I know, and I really hope that you can help them with that.

Yeah, I’m going to do my best to try to counter all the negative press with good PR. It’s just– it’s just so terrible what this is doing to their business.

Yeah. No, I couldn’t agree more. What’s happening at the Bistro is terrible.

You know our attorney, gentlemen?

Oh, we are well acquainted.

Grateful to have you here, Miss Peterson. Thank you.

I’ll start.

No, I will. My clients have done nothing but cooperate with the Salem PD. They were subjected to a police search that negatively impacted their business, and to what end? It turned up nothing. They were both grilled before and after the search, and now you’ve dragged them back down here to do more questioning. I mean, guys, this is bordering on harassment.

Well, Miss Peterson, we have uncovered some new evidence. And we were hoping your clients could shed some light on it.

What evidence?

I’ll handle this.

We have reason to believe that the new drug ring is being run out of Statesville Prison.

So…tell us what you know about Clyde Weston.

Hey, Mama.

Chanel, Johnny, what are you two doing here?

Just came to give you a hug, see how you’re doing.

Oh, hey. Oh, well. That’s so sweet of you. I’m doing just fine, and hanging in there.

I was really sorry to hear about your diagnosis, Paulina.

Oh, thank you, Johnny.

But from what I’ve read, even though cancer is a scary word, it sounds like yours is pretty curable. And even if it weren’t, I’m living proof you can beat it, right?

Mm-hmm. Yes, you are, Johnny. Thank God for that. And from, you know, what all the doctors have told me and from everything that I’ve read, I know that my treatment is generally very successful, and that the type of cancer that I have, you know, can be completely cured. No–just like you said, Johnny, no chemo required.


So I am a very lucky woman.

Yes, and we will be there for you every step of the way.

Oh, my darlings, what would I do without you? Here, come, come.

If you will no longer allow your family to in any way influence any future coverage of any of our stories, I won’t resign. Can you guarantee that?

I can. I do.

Then we’re good.

Good. Now, we have a newspaper to publish, so let’s get back to work.


Where are we at with the fundraising thing, the scavenger hunt?

Well, I told them that we’re onboard to sponsor despite Xander’s objections, which, of course, I didn’t mention. Just glad to have your vote on that. There’s going to be a big PR push by the city. The mayor’s office is onboard. We’re going to cover both the charity angle and the fun and games of it all. I’m pretty confident it’ll be successful, very beneficial for the paper.

Good. I’m glad you’re interested in that.

Well, I was at dinner at Steph’s the other night and I sort of got recruited into helping plan it.

You had dinner with Stephanie?

Oof, well, that was very productive. We got a lot accomplished. Thank you for your help, you guys.

Well, I didn’t do anything. Wendy did most of the heavy lifting on our end.

Ooh, and she came up with a very clever event name. Good job.

Thank you, but Tripp has been really helpful too.

Don’t let her fool you. I basically was just her cheerleader on this one.

Well, we all need a good cheerleader. All right, Wendy, I will connect with you tomorrow about the beta test.


And, Tripp, if you’re not working, could you maybe help Dad hide the treasures?

It’s a big if, but, yeah, I’d love to help if I can.

Great. OK, well, have a good night, you two.


Night, Steph.


I’ll see you later.

When she asked if you were worried about your mother–

Yeah, tell me about it. I could feel myself going pale.

Do you really think she’s going to be able to help with all the bad juju they’ve had?

I think it’s going to take a lot more than a PR guru to get my mom out of this mess.

Clyde Weston? Yeah, I know who he is. Don’t know a thing about him.

Yeah, me neither. I mean, just by reputation.

So you haven’t been in communication with him or know anything about his illegal business operations?

My client just answered that.

Yeah, yeah, I know what they said. But maybe your clients can explain, given that they know nothing about the man, these visitors logs from Statesville where Clyde is currently, apparently and clearly showing that Stefan and Ava visited Clyde in the past few months.

[suspenseful music]

Oh, so would you look at the time? It’s getting late. Shouldn’t you go home and get some rest?

No, I’m fine. I’m fine. Keeping my mind occupied is good for me. And this city isn’t going to run itself.

What is this document about?

Oh, that’s a proposal for a charity event involving geocaching.

Geocaching? I’ve never done it, but I’ve heard it’s fun.

Stephanie Johnson is planning a geocaching treasure hunt in the Horton Town Square.


Hmm, interesting.

Mm-hmm. Sounds like a good community even, right?

It does. Definitely does.


Mama, would you look at my hair? I tried something different today. What do you think?

Well, it kind of looks the same. But whatever you’ve done, it’s very becoming. You look beautiful as always. And, Johnny, if you’re interested, they’re looking for more volunteers, I mean, for the treasure hunt.

Oh, yeah.

They want to do it on Valentine’s Day.

Johnny is busy that day. You see, we have important plans.


[gasps] Holy shiitake mushrooms!



You know– you know, my mom has been trying so hard to turn things around, and then something must have derailed her. I mean, she’s clearly in trouble.

Yeah. Obviously. And, Tripp, I’ve been thinking. OK, you believe that she could be using the restaurant to front the drug trade, right?

It’s possible.

Well, if the Bistro’s POS system is cloud-based, I could probably hack into it. We can look for patterns and anomalies. I mean, it might not give us anything, but it can’t hurt to try, right?

Thank you, Wendy, but no. The more I’ve been thinking about this, the less I want you getting involved, OK? It’s not safe.

We went through this last night, remember? We’re in this together, Tripp.

And you are the greatest girlfriend in the world for wanting to help me with this. But, Wendy, please. You have to let me handle this on my own.

Why should you have to?

I’ll tell you why. Because this involves my mother, Ava Vitali, whose own father drugged and manipulated her, who’s been in prison and in psych wards, and when I think about the things that she’s done– people have died because of her.

Yeah, um, Steph invited me over for dinner with her family. It was a last minute thing, honestly. I don’t know if you know her dad very well, but I sort of ended up in the hot seat with him.

Yeah, let me guess, grilled you about your intentions the whole time.

I guess you do know him fairly well. Yeah, I mean, I assured him that Steph just wants to be friends and that I totally respect that. So, you know, save the speech about staying away from your daughter and not breaking her heart.

Yeah, good. Good, yeah, and, um– you know, when I asked you about you having dinner with Stephanie, I didn’t– I didn’t mean it to come across as jealousy. It was just–just curiosity. You know, I get it. I don’t even have a right to ask that, so– but, I mean, whatever happens between the two of you, I really do wish you the best, you know, whether that’s a continuing friendship or– or something more.


[chuckles] Sorry, it’s just– it’s a big from the Chad who confronted me about all this before.

Yeah, I know. I just–I was wrong. If you two mutually agree to something more, then who am I to say anything, right?


[chuckles] Wow. Thank you… for being clear about where you stand on my relationship with Stephanie, and for being cool about that.

Cool about what?

Scavenger hunt. Xander didn’t want the paper to sponsor, but we have overruled him.

Good, ’cause I just spent a good chunk of my evening with Wendy and Tripp going over all the details, and it’s going to be great.

[phone beeps] And I wanted to go over where we are with it.

You know what? You are just gonna have to hold that thought. Because I just got a tip that Ava Vitali and your brother have been hauled into the police station for questioning. So I’m going to get down there and see what I can find out. I assume you have no objections to that, boss?

No, go.




What was that about?

If I could just have a moment to confer with my clients?

No. You know what? Clyde Weston? Yeah, he’s the son of a bitch who butchered my sister-in-law. So, yeah, I went to Statesville, paid him a visit to look him in the eye, tell him I hope he rots in hell. Is there a problem with that?

No, no problem at all. How about you, Ava?

Miss Vitali was exploring opportunities to volunteer with the incarcerated.

OK, nobody’s gonna buy that. Right, you want to know why I was there? Clyde tried to kill my son. And he sent a message that if I didn’t work for him, that he would succeed. So, yeah, I went to the prison to tell him I wouldn’t do it.

And what, he took– he just took no for an answer and he backed off, just like that?

Well, what can I say? I can be very convincing.

Well, Ava, you’re not very convincing right now… because obviously every word out of your mouth is a lie.

OK, that is enough. You need to back off, Detective, and you need to get control of your cops.


And since neither one of my clients is under arrest, we’re leaving.

You’re free to go.

Not me. Not yet.


I want to talk to Detective Michaels first. Alone.

No. No way.

I have to strongly advise against that.

Not a good idea, Ava.

Yeah, well, I have the right to speak to whoever I want.

Well, you also have the right to remain silent, which I strongly advise.

Yeah, well, I’m not gonna do that. I’m gonna speak to him whether you like it or not.

Fine. Your neck.

What’s going on in there?

I wish I knew.

So you had Everett pull the mention of the drug raid at the Bistro.

Yeah, and– and it didn’t sit too well with him.

I’m sure it didn’t. But since I’ve taken on the Bistro as a client, I appreciate your discretion, especially since the raid proved fruitless, as you know.

Yeah, no, I know, but Everett still thinks that I’m censoring the story to protect my family. Anyway, you know, we–we hashed it out. We came to an understanding, both professionally and– and personally.


Yeah. You know, I’m not– I’m not telling you anything that you don’t already know. But, you know, I– I have a tendency to be a bit of a hard-ass with Everett, especially when it– when it is concerning you.

More than a bit, considering you got him fired because you didn’t want him around me.

Yeah. Well, you know, I– I can get a bit worked up and overreact.

You think?

But, you know, I’m– I’m changing courses now. You know, I’m a new leaf, as they say. After spending some time with him, he’s a–he’s a– he’s a good person. He’s honest and he’s ethical and, I mean, you know, the only– the only two people that should have anything to say about you and him are you and him.

Is that what I think it is?

It took you long enough to notice.

Oh my, oh my, oh my! Oh, this is so wonderful and exciting! Oh, I couldn’t be happier for you both!

Thank you.

Oh, you adorable people, and so in love! Oh, nothing could lift my spirits more! Let me see that rock. Oh. Oh, and now I’m just going to shamelessly namedrop. Liz Taylor?

None other.

Johnny had it set for me in Venetian glass.

Oh, this is the best news ever. Oh, we need to talk wedding date.

Oh, we already have one. Valentine’s Day.


This Valentine’s Day? Well, that’s just around the corner. Oh, no. Uh-uh. Don’t tell me. Don’t you–don’t tell me you’re eloping again. I’m not going to miss my daughter’s wedding for the second time. I refuse. You–you are not going to deny your mama a chance to see her baby girl walk down the aisle.

OK, don’t worry. You will be there. But Johnny and I did agree to have a small gathering out of respect for his family and everything that they’re going through with Holly.

OK. Oh, yeah, I understand. I understand. Oh, my little girl’s getting married!

[laughs] Oh, we have so much to do and so– not enough time to do it. So let’s get to work. Let’s get to work. Hand me that pad.


So I need to call the florist, make sure we have enough flowers. You know, they’re gonna have a run on roses on Valentine’s Day, so we need to get the pick of the bunch. Let me see, what else, what else? Oh, I know, I know, I know. I need to call Diana, my gown consultant, get her started right now on the hunt for the perfect wedding dress. Oh, it’s late in Miami. Who cares?

The DiMeras have a jewelry consultant. Mama has a gown consultant.

I guess my family’s not so weird after all.

Oh, Diana? It’s Paulina Price. You are not going to believe the wonderful news I have.


You know, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the family you’re born into can affect the trajectory of your whole life.

It can, of course. But you can also be determined not to follow in your parents’ footsteps, right? Whatever those footsteps are or were.

That’s true. You know, and ever since I found out who I really was, that my mom was a part of the Vitali crime family, I’ve been trying to distance myself from it. But then maybe– I don’t know. It has me wondering maybe it’s just in my DNA.

Tripp, OK, first of all, your last name is Johnson, not Vitali. And second, you are not responsible for the sins of your mother, or your grandfather, or anyone else. OK, you are a good man. You are an honorable man. You’re a doctor, dedicating his life to helping people, and I love you for that.

Look, I’ve– I’ve thought a lot about what you said to me on the loading dock about when we were together, about how you saw the real me.

I always have because what we had was real. You can trust me.

I know I can. That’s why I wanted to talk to you alone. Because I had real feelings for you too, and I don’t want you to get hurt. Now, listen, I’m not saying that I’m involved in anything here, OK? But I’ve got a feeling this could turn out to be really dangerous. So you need to back off for everybody’s sake.

We’ve been dancing around this for way too long. No more hypothetical conversations. Just tell me the truth. Ava, please. I can protect you.

No, you cannot.

No, I can! I can. And I will. Because I love you. Look, I think maybe you already knew, but I love you.

You better stop real quick. You better figure out a way to get over this–

Commissioner, hey. I thought while we had a minute I’d like to take a look over that search warrant you had for the Bistro. You know, make sure the I’s are dotted, T’s crossed.

Yeah, yeah, sure. Right this way.

Just so you know, Mr. DiMera, you’ve– you’ve used your one and only get out of jail free card. I go where the story takes me. And if it leads me to you, Chad will no longer be there to step in to protect you.

My brother owns the paper.

He co-owns the paper with Xander Cook. You really think Xander is gonna be there to protect you? And besides, I now have assurances from my boss that he fully backs all my efforts. So your best bet is to talk to me.

You son of a bitch!


I’m really happy to hear you say that, Chad. It means a lot to me to know that you now appreciate Everett as an employee and are no longer upset by my friendship with him.

Yeah, no, I’m not. It’s–you know, even more importantly, I’m– I’m just glad that you and I are still on good terms, that we didn’t end things on a sour note. Because I– I know the timing wasn’t right for us, but you’ll always be someone really special to me.

I feel the same way about you. Please.



Now, if we had the reception at the country club ballroom, we could have a Roaring ‘s theme, but not at the carriage house because it would clash with their more rustic dĂ©cor. Plus it only holds .

Mama, what part of “small wedding” didn’t you understand?

Oh, yeah. OK, OK, yeah, OK, keep it down. Keep it down. , .



But, look, I don’t think I can get Alicia Keys onboard if I can’t get a grand piano.

Mama, no Alicia Keys, no grand pianos, no eight tier wedding cakes.

OK, OK, OK. Six tiers. Six tiers is fine. It’s fine. Oh. Oh, you know what? Oh, this is so exciting. We’ve got to celebrate. Let me call Abe.

[phone rings] It’s the oncologist.

[suspenseful music]

Hello? Yes. Yes, this is Paulina Price. Really? That long? Oh, yes, OK. Yeah. I understand. Thank you. They said the– the soonest that they can do my surgery, the only date that’s available is about two months from now.

What? That’s unbelievable.

No, unacceptable.

Well, it’s kind of good news, isn’t it? I mean, that there’s no urgency to getting the nodules removed, right? It’s kind of slow growing cancer, right? It’s not too aggressive.

Yeah, yeah, I’m sure that you’re right. And, I mean, but even if it does mean that, don’t you want to get this behind you, Mama?

You know what? I’m going to make some calls. I’m sure Kayla can probably get it moved up and, you know, sorted.

No, no, no, no, no, no, it’s– it’s for the best. It’s for the best. And, you know, it won’t interfere with the wedding. OK, OK, come on, come on, come on now, you know, no, we are going to celebrate. Come on. Let’s get out of here. We’ll get Abe and tonight, tonight we celebrate.

Tonight we celebrate.

I don’t– I don’t know how wise it is to love the son of Ava Vitali. I mean, talk about baggage.

I don’t care. OK, I love you, no matter what.

I love you too, and I’d like to keep loving you for a really long time, which is why I really don’t want you–

Let’s just stick with the you love me part, OK? Let’s not think about anything else right now.

What’s wrong?

Where’s your mom?

I have no idea. You said not to think about her right now.

Yeah, I did. But her walking in on us out here would be–

Right, right. Awkward.


OK, well, my love, shall we take this to the bedroom?

I think that is an excellent idea, my love. Whoa.




What the hell is happening?

What’s going on here?

Tell your detective to keep his damn hands off of me!

This is outrageous. I told you to get control over your cops.

Ava, what happened? You want to file a complaint?

Yes, of course.

No. You know what? I just want to get out of here.

[groovy music]

You OK, Ava? Do you want to give me a comment?

Hey, here’s your scoop. You can go ahead and tell your readers that the Salem PD are harassing and assaulting innocent citizens instead of actually going after real criminals.

What the hell, man?

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So is Theresa doing okay?

Yeah, she is. Thank God. And, Jada, I can’t thank you enough for helping me track her down, and more importantly, keeping it under wraps.

Sure. I’m glad I could help. I know you and Theresa have been through so much.

I’ll let you go. Okay, thank you, Jada.

Take care, Brady.

There’s my princess. Come here. Hi. Hi. Oh.


Hi. I’m so happy to see you.

Well, we’re happy that you actually showed up this time.

[grunts] Honey…

[sighs] You know I hated missing our ice cream date. I really wanted to be there, but your brother, Tate, he– he really, really needed me. You understand that, right?

Mommy said Tate got in big trouble. Is he okay now?

Yeah, no, he–he’s good. He’s good. He’s okay now. He’s gonna be home, but right now, I am here just for you, ’cause you’re my precious little girl. Come here. I love you.

[panting] You’re packing.

Yeah, I’m just about done.

[clears throat] How was your jog?

It was okay, but I wasn’t expecting to see this when I got home. I was hoping you decided to stay.

Alex, this is for the best. I have to go back to California. I-I need to spend some time with my mom, and most of all, I need to get out of Salem, and then, um, see Tate when I can in a month. So I booked a red-eye ticket.

You’re leaving tonight?

Yeah. But before I go, there’s something that I need to tell you ’cause… I can’t leave without making things right between us.

[curious piano music]

I am happy to report that our little guy is fast asleep.

Oh, that’s great. And I am heading out to my first appointment with some new clients, which means money for us.

[laughs] Well, between your new clients and my photography business…


We’re gonna make enough money to put this boy through college, right?

Well, that’s the idea.


Actually, I have my first client who’s coming over soon for a shoot.

Eric, didn’t even tell me that. This is so exciting!

[laughs] Well, it is. It is. It is. I just–you know, I hope that he can sleep through it. Next time I’m gonna call my mom and try to see if they can look after him.

Well, I mean, you already know that they’re gonna love that.


Speaking of your mom and John, I’m still so mortified about what happened the other night. I just–I can’t believe I got so wasted.

You were nervous. John and my mom, they understand. I told you that.

Mm-hmm. No, I know, but it’s just, I’m still embarrassed about it. And I promise you next time, only water, if there even is a next time.

There’ll be a next time. I promise.

I don’t even remember everything that happened the other night, but I do remember your mom telling us how she lost her firstborn to SIDS.


That is so awful and sad It’s just, I don’t know if I could even survive that happening to our son.

Hey, Jude is healthy and happy. He’s not only loved by us, but he’s loved by my entire family. I told you that, so let’s–let’s focus on that.



Mm-hmm. Right?

We are so lucky that he has come into our lives.

We are so lucky.

[unsettling music]

Good, you’re here.

I am. What’s going on?

Oh, great. You’re here too. I just want to give you guys both an update on the Bistro situation.

Okay, what you got?

Well, I just got off the phone with Ava, and I told her that I want to speak to both her and Stefan down here at the station.

Okay, but why are we only bringing them in now?

Well, we needed to do a little investigating, get all our ducks in a row. Now we’ve done that, we’re ready for them. So assuming they both show up, soon we will find out what they know about the Bistro’s connection to the drug epidemic in Salem.

Mm, well, that should be enlightening.

Well, let’s hope so.

[mysterious music] Harris, you look skeptical.

Well, I am, Commissioner. I think, uh, maybe questioning Clyde Weston would be the more worthwhile approach.


And why do you think that?

Well, I had a, uh, little run-in with Clyde earlier, and I have an update.


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

So the bastard actually threatened you?

Well, he warned me that what happened to Lucas could happen to me if I don’t fall in line.

I can’t believe he was so open about his involvement on his attack on Lucas.

Yeah, well, Weston’s one tough son of a bitch.

[sighs] Meaning we have one tough fight ahead of us.

We do. And we’re gonna win this fight, and we’re gonna take this guy down once and for all.



Look, I’m pretty sure I know what you’re gonna say, so let me please just say something first.


Go on.

Theresa, I feel like it’s my fault you’re leaving.

Alex, no.

No, please let me– let me just explain.

[sighs] I accused you of having feelings for Brady, and I shouldn’t have done that. It was not what you needed to deal with after everything you already had gone through, and I’m sorry for falsely accusing you of that. I admit that I was wrong.

You’ve already admitted that…

Yeah, but please…

And I appreciate that but–

Please let me finish, please. You and Brady share a child together. That is a lifelong, very special bond, and now the two of you are sharing in the worry for that child, and I just thought that maybe it would stir up some feelings between the two of you and some of those old feelings would start to resurface.

Well, they haven’t, not at all. I admit that when I first came to Salem I thought that maybe Brady and I could get back together, but… then I met you, and then everything changed. And, yes, we do, we have a child. And we’re gonna share that bond together for life, but that kiss that we had, that was– God, that was–that was a drug-fueled mistake. It’s a mistake that you have forgiven me for, but that I do not forgive myself for, which is why I have to get out of here. I have to get away from everything that has caused me to–to relapse, away from everything that’s making me unclear about what I want and what I need.

[soft tense music]

[exhales shakily] What are you thinking?

Have you ever heard the expression, “Wherever you go, there you are”? Theresa, you running away to California, it’s a false solution. It’s not gonna make anything you’re dealing with with Tate any less difficult. I’m telling you that. It’s just gonna put you , miles away from it. So please, hey, stay here with me. Let me help you get clear on what you need and what you want. I will help you in any way I can. I promise you.

So I was thinking “The Little Mermaid.”

I already saw it.

You already saw it. Okay. well, what movie would you like to see then?

Might I suggest the “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy, which follows Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he transforms from misfit to eventual Viking chief of Berk with an assist from his best friend and dragon, Toothless, the Night Fury?

I want to see that!

You got it.

Oh, I believe that’s only streaming now. If you’re wanting to go to an actual movie theater, might I suggest “Wonka”…

“Wonka,” okay.

Which explores the mythical beginnings of the imaginative young inventor that, of course, would be Willy Wonka, before he becomes the renowned scrumdiddlyumptious Mozart of chocolate?

I want to see that, Daddy.

Of course you do.

Okay, okay, okay. Hold on. Hold on. It is playing at the Drexel in about half an hour.

Sure. Okay. We can–we can do that. And thank you for all your suggestions. You can Oompa-Loompa your way out of here now.


That’s fine.

Ah, no, listen. Before I tell you how happy I am for you and Kristen, the whole town has been wondering– well, maybe not the whole town, but I certainly have– will they or won’t they? And now it is obviously clear that, yes, you have, because here you are enjoying some hot chocolate with your adorable little girl. So yay for Bristen, or would it be Krady? Or do we keep it real simple and just say B and K, back together again?

They’re not back together, and I don’t want them to be.


Okay, you don’t have to engage with this little man. He’s just making fun of us.

Ah, on the contrary. I am very sincere in how heartening it is to see you all together enjoying some family time, but I do have to go now. Enjoy the movie.

Thanks, I will.


You always know what to say to calm my spirits.

You do the same for me.

Well, I hope so. Now I should be off. Good luck with your new client.

Mm. I’m gonna need it.

Why? Someone’s gonna give you a hard time?


Is this a model? An actor? Some TikTok influencer?

Oh. No, no, no. It’s a columnist, you know, from “The Spectator,” somebody that we’re both all too familiar with.

No, you don’t–

Yes, Leo Stark, aka the Lady Whistleblower.

So what’s the update on Lucas?

Uh, well, he got beat up pretty bad, but he’s gonna make a full recovery.

All right, well, thank God for that.

[phone ringing]

And excuse me. I gotta take this.


[phone beeps] So now that we’re alone, you want to tell me where you were last night? ‘Cause I thought you were gonna come by my place after you finished your paperwork from the raid, but you never showed up. Um, yeah, I’m–I’m sorry. By the time I got finished with everything, I was just– I was exhausted, so I just went to sleep. Sorry I didn’t come over.

Jada, why are you lying to me?

Hey, sweetie, um, why did you tell Leo that you don’t want your mommy and daddy to get back together?

‘Cause I hate you guys fighting all the time.

Okay, and I-I-I get that, but, baby, you have to understand, I just I miss you very much, you know? And I-I– I wish I could, you know, share you more with Mommy and not just see you every once in a while.

I miss you too, but it’s better this way.

You think it’s better that– that we don’t see each other as much?

I guess. Can I go buy some candy from the movie theater? They never have what I like.

Um, yeah, sure, sure, go on.

Yeah, honey. Here.

Just–just–just come back soon because…

Thank you.

The movie’s gonna start. Okay? It’s gonna start soon.

[clears throat]

Be careful. What the hell was that about?

What do you mean?

Don’t–don’t–don’t do this. What–you know damn well what I mean. Not that getting back together with you is something I wanna do, but why is she all of a sudden just against it? And more importantly, why is she okay with just seeing her father once in a while when you see fit, huh? Why is she fine with that?

Because you hurt her. She explained everything to you, Brady.

No, no, she did a on that very issue and there’s only one reasonable explanation for it. You are turning her against me. Aren’t you?

Alex, I already booked my flight.

So cancel it. Please. I will pay for the tickets.

It’s not about the money.

Okay, then let me explain, please, please, please. Wait–wait, just let me explain. Theresa, I know I haven’t been the greatest boyfriend. Look at me, please. I know that I did not handle everything properly with you and Tate and everything you’re going through. And not to, like, make some crazy excuses about this, but everything going on with my family and the drama and finding out that I am Victor’s son, and Justin’s not really my dad, and all of a sudden becoming the CEO of Titan, it’s like my whole world has just been flipped upside down. I’m questioning everything. I’m questioning everyone. And I’m really not trying to make excuses for this, but, like, I am– I’m, like, waking up some days and–and–and I’m questioning who the hell I even am. – It would be so simple. I wouldn’t even have to tweak the will. All it says is that he leaves half of his inheritance to the son he never acknowledged, no name. I can make this happen.

[unsettling music]

Alex, I think that there’s something that you should know.

Wow, so your first client is Leo.

None other.

I just thought you couldn’t stand the guy.

Well, I’m definitely not a fan, but I can’t afford to be picky.

[knock at door] There he is.

Hello, Leo.

Sloan, what a lovely surprise. Ah, this is serendipity, my lawyer, my photographer, under the same roof. Hey there, you handsome shutterbug, you.


So as I explained when I responded to your very clever ad, I need some wonderfully flattering photos of myself, preferably ones that make me look taller, younger, thinner, for Lady Whistleblower’s grand return.

I’ll do my best.

Oh, I’m sure you will knock it out of the park, Eric R. Brady, just as your charming wife, Sloan, here has, as my lawyer. I am just eternally grateful to her, not only for her brilliant litigation skills but for her generosity… of spirit.

Hey, honey, don’t you have a meeting with your client?

Actually, I just told my client I was gonna be a little late. If it’s all right with you, I’d like to stick around for your first shoot.

Yeah, of course.

Fine by me. I’m a glutton for attention.

Hey, will you give me a minute? I gotta go grab something.

No problem.

[eerie music]

What the hell, Leo?

What the hell what?

Out of all the photographers in Salem, you choose Eric? I mean, come on. What are you up to?

I’m not up to anything. Well, the only thing I’m up to is getting some great photos… and making you squirm like you’re doing right now. See, because you know I hold all the cards in this little arrangement of ours and if you aren’t behaving to my liking, well, I will just drag you down to the bowels of hell.

[suspenseful music]

Alex, you are not to blame for how I feel. I’m the screwup. I am the one who never learns from my mistakes. I have been given second chances times over. I still manage to make an absolute mess of things.


No, don’t do that. Don’t. Don’t comfort me and tell me that I’m a wonderful person at heart because I just keep letting people down. I’m–I’m a horrible mother.

No, you’re not.

I’m a terrible girlfriend. I am. I think that I should just–I should finish packing. I should just get the hell–

Theresa, come on. Please, please, please. Theresa, please stop.

Honestly, you’re just better off without–

Please stop! Please stop. Okay, you–you–you say that you’re a screwup, that you make a mess of things? Hey, that’s what I do. I have made terrible decisions. I’ve made stupid choices for Titan. I-I-I-I am a terrible listener. I treat Justin like crap. I treat him absolutely awful just because he’s what? Not my biological father, when the guy has been a great dad to me my whole life? I-I-I…

[sighs] I am very flawed, and I know it. So that means that there is hope for me one day that maybe I can work on those flaws and I can correct them. And you know it too. And in therapy world, that’s called being self-aware, and you are self-aware. So why don’t we work on our flaws and our faults and our imperfections together?


Please, please.

Alex, it’s–

Please. And since not being demonstrative or showing my true feelings– it’s always been one of my flaws– allow me to work on myself and show you how much you mean to me. Please.

[soft tense music]

I swear to you that I have never turned Rachel against you.

Yeah. Yeah, right, right.

And as far as her not wanting us to get back together, as you just pointed out, that’s the last thing that you would want anyway. So why do you care what–that she doesn’t want it either?

I’ll tell you what I care about is just being a decent parent. That’s all I want. Which you obviously don’t think I am, right?

I-I don’t think that, Brady. I mean, what happened to Tate, that is not your fault. But with Rachel, when you did not show up that one day, she was very upset, and that broke my heart.

Yeah, right, and maybe– maybe she’s really upset because her parents fight all the time and they resent the hell out of each other, huh? Maybe she’s really upset because her mother has full custody and she can’t see her father who she has a really good connection with. Maybe she’s really upset because her mother is spiteful, and manipulative, and has committed horrendous crimes that she is not one bit sorry about. Maybe that’s why our daughter is upset, Kristen, not because her father missed an ice cream date. So don’t you dare– don’t you dare blame that on me.

[somber music]

[phone rings]

So I saw in my daily report that you had pulled Theresa Donovan’s credit card records. Can you explain why?

Yes, I can. Brady called and Theresa was missing, so I wanted to help him find her in case she was in trouble. So I got information from those records and found out that she checked into a local motel. And when I found her, she was totally strung out. Brady and Alex came and I had them deal with her, and then I left. I’m sorry I didn’t let you know. I was just so exhausted, and I really just wanted to keep everything on the down-low.

It’s okay. That’s all right. That, uh–that makes sense. So Theresa, she’s okay now?

Uh, yeah. I actually just checked in with Brady right before you got here. She’s recovering well.


[knock at door]


Harris, what’s up?

That call I took, it was about Lucas. I got some news.

[sinister music]

Lucas is being moved to a new location for his safety. The AG approved it. Uh, ha, I’m gonna owe some favors, but I got it done.

I’m sure Kate will be relieved.

Yeah. Where are they moving him?

Uh, I’m sorry, boss, I can’t tell you that.

[tense music]

Are you done lashing out at me? I mean, is it possible for me to talk now?

Yeah, go ahead. Go ahead, knock yourself out.

I am sorry you’re so contemptuous of me. And it’s not like anything you said hasn’t been said before, at least a version of it. But I am a little shocked at the level of anger. I mean, I want you to be with Rachel. I want her to be in your life, Brady.

But she’s with her friend Lindsay over there. That’s Lindsay’s mother.

Well, good, good. Then that will give us a few more minutes to actually talk about this.


I feel for you, Brady, having Tate in a rehab facility, being falsely accused of pushing drugs. I mean, I feel for Tate. I mean, I think of him still as my little Christopher.

Oh, don’t–don’t.

No, no. I gave birth to him, Brady. And I feel for you and Theresa. How is she doing?

She’s not good, okay?

Has she maintained her sobriety through all this?

[exhales heavily]

Okay. Your silence leads me to believe she hasn’t.

I don’t want to talk about this with you.

No, it’s fine. It’s fine.

All right?

It’s fine. But you two must be helping each other out during this time.

Yeah, she’s leaned on me a little bit. I’ve leaned on her too.

So all this leaning… does that mean you two are getting close again? Are you gonna have a relationship with her?

Kristen, Kristen, Kristen. What–what–what?

I’m just curious.

Why do you care?

I’m curious! I’m curious.

Okay. Curiosity is one thing, the jealousy thing is– is another. I know when you get jealous dangerous things tend to happen.


You get spiteful. So let me just kill the mystery for you right now, okay? No, Theresa and I are not getting back together ever, much like you and I, over, completely, forever.

[dramatic music]

Mm. Allow me to point one thing out.


Those red-eye flights, you know, they really can take a toll on you, man. Do you really want to sit on a plane for the next / hours tonight when you could be sleeping in a nice comfy bed with a warm down comforter?

Is that the only thing that would be keeping me warm?

Definitely not, because if you stay, I’ll be in that bed too, and I will find more ways than one to cuddle you and warm you up for sure.

And then maybe I could reciprocate that and keep you warm too in other ways.


I really hope you don’t think this is coercion. I’m just pointing things out. And you are totally free to take that nasty, terrible red-eye flight full of crowded people and claustrophobia-induced situations, but you could just stay here.

I don’t see it as coercion. I just feel kindly and gently persuaded.


And I know that what I need and what I want is to be here with you.

[romantic music]

Hey, Leo, I am so sorry for the delay, but I’ve gotta run down to my car. I’ll be back in a few minutes.

There’s no rush.

Damn it, Leo, can’t you just go? I’ll make up an excuse to Eric.

Mm, that’s not gonna happen, sister. See, I need those photos. Besides I like being in the presence of this little angel that I helped bring into the world, this precious baby that I delivered and handed to his mother, Nicole Walker DiMera, watched as she held him in her arms, tears in her eyes, her heart bursting with love for her newborn baby.

Why must you do this to me? Haven’t I done everything that you’ve asked?

Oh, stop acting like you’re some kind of victim, like you’re this saintly person who’s been wronged. You are down in the mud just like I am. The difference between us, though, is that if you had your druthers, this little boy would never know his real mother, who is actually caring and kind and nurturing, unlike you. Whereas I–

Whereas you what?

Whereas I may come across as being shallow and callous, but I actually have a heart, and it breaks for this little boy being stuck with a fake mother, a stone-cold one at that with a soul the size of a pea.

What the hell are you talking about, Leo?

I think you can figure it out.

[dramatic music]

You listen to me and you listen to me hard. If you rat me out, I swear I will do everything in my power to take you down to hell with me.

Got it.


Hey, I’m so sorry it took me so long. I ran into my neighbor who likes to talk. Hey, you’re staying for the shoot, right?

Actually, no, I can’t anymore. I do have to make that meeting.

Okay, well, I’ll see you later then, okay?

Great chatting with you, Sloan, as always. You know, it lifts my spirits knowing that precious little boy who’s not really yours–

[laughs] There I go, fumbling my words– that precious little boy who is lucky to be yours is thriving.

[suspenseful music]



What do you mean, you can’t tell me where Lucas is?

Okay, um, I mean no disrespect. Just hear me out for a second, okay? Given how we suspect the Bistro was tipped off right before the raid and we’re not sure how yet, don’t you think it might be better if I just keep Lucas’s location to myself for now for his safety because we don’t know who’s listening and Clyde has men everywhere?

Hmm. Yeah, you’re right. We still might have a dirty cop.

Yeah, we might.

[intense music]

It’s really sad.

What is?

Your vehement insistence that you could never consider even being with either mother of your children.

I vehemently insist because I don’t want you to have any delusion. All right? It is sad. It’s sad that you tricked me into procreating with a sociopath, one that has been very destructive to me and to countless others.

Are you never gonna let all that go?

You want me to let– you want me to let it go? Kristen, how am I supposed to let–let it go, the fact that you have put me through hell all these years, that you’re depriving me of– of seeing my daughter on a full-time basis, that you’re turning my own daughter against me? How am I supposed to let that go?

Do you really tell me to answer that question?


You might let go of all that for the sake of your daughter who you feel so deprived of. You might want to let all that go because once upon a time, you and I were crazy about each other. And you might want to let that go because you realize that no one’s gonna love you as much as I once did. And guess what, Brady? I still do.

[somber music]

[gentle music]

You know, you can still make that red-eye flight if you really want to.

Yeah, yeah, I don’t think that’s happening.

Does that mean you’re staying?

If you’ll help me unpack.

I would be more than happy to help you unpack. And since I am… opening up my feelings and on this whole, um, trajectory… Theresa, I am really starting to fall for you.

Starting to?

I’ll revise that. I-I have been falling for you since the first time I saw you… and now my feelings are getting deeper, stronger… The more I get to know you, and I feel like I really do know you. And you’ve been honest with me about who you really are from the very beginning.

Yeah, well, what can I say? I’m an open book. What you see is what you get.

I am crazy about what I see.


Don’t do this, Kristen, not again, don’t.

All I’m being is open and honest.

Then let me be open and honest with you. There’s no future for us except for you being the mother of my little girl. See, what I’m hoping for is that someday I might find someone that’s kind and compassionate and will love me for who I am and will also love my kids unconditionally, someone that I can grow old with.

Well, here’s our little girl.

I got the snacks, and I talked to my friend Lindsay.

I saw you talking to Lindsay, yeah. Her mom was over there too. Listen, we should, uh– we should go, because if we leave right now, we’ll be right on time.

Wait. I still need to get popcorn. Pretty please with a cherry on top?

Okay, you can have whatever you want.


[laughs] All right. And I just want to say, Brady, that until you find the woman of your dreams, maybe you and I can start seeing the best of each other.

I think that is a worthy goal. Let’s go.


Okay, can you hold these?

Sure, sweetie.

Hey, hey.

[both laugh]

Oh, damn you, Leo.

[suspenseful music]

“Reminder, Stark, you say one word to Eric about our son, “and you’ll be screwed in every way possible, and that’s a promise.”

[phone beeps]

[camera shutter clicking]

Okay. All right. This will be the last one.

Okay. Ooh, can I see? Can I see?

[laughs] You know what? Actually, I prefer to set up a portfolio that I can email you later today. Would that be okay?

Okay, sure, I can wait. Hey, what do you think my better side is? I think it’s my right, because my right eye is a little bigger than my left eye.

They’re kind of both the same, actually. You know what? You’re pretty photogenic.

Oh, well, thank you. I’d have to agree.

[phone beeps] And with that, I am going to be on my merry.


[sinister music]


Hey, good luck to you back at Lady Whistleblower. I’m sure your fans will be excited that you’re back.

Oh, I’m sure they will. This is Salem. There’s always a scandal waiting to be exposed. And sometimes it’s right under our noses. Ta-ta.

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[suspenseful music]

Oof. Oh! Well, what’s the story?

The doctor’s held up in surgery. But they will let you know as soon as she’s ready to see you.

Oh, held up? Well, I don’t like the sound of that. No medical complication I hope, but are you sure she knows what she’s doing?

Oh, she certainly does. This woman has the top honors from some of the best med schools in the country.

[elevator bell rings]


Hi, you two.

[chuckling] Hey.

I hope I didn’t keep you waiting.

No, no, baby, you’re right on the dot, sweetheart. It’s the doctor that’s making us wait.

And it’s driving your mother a bit crazy.

OK, well, they should be ready to see you soon. And I know that you are stressed out and anxious about all this, but everything is going to be OK.

[sighs] Is that a promise?

It is a promise.

You know, why don’t we all just relax and wait and–oh. “USA Tribune,” anyone?

No, no. I’d rather just check out “The Spectator.”

What do you think?

Thank you. It’s good. Yeah, it’s really good. I think the mayor’s going to be really happy.

Yeah. Well, she’s an incredible lady. And what she’s done for the city is so impressive.

I agree. I reached out to her office for reaction, but I haven’t heard back yet.


So? How’s the drug exposĂ© going?

[notification chimes]

Good, good. Hold on.

What is it?

Oh. Speaking of, newly released mug shots of all the drug dealers.



Let’s take a look.

Look at that.

Wow, that’s an interesting group, to say the least.

[chuckles] Yeah, I’m surprised your brother’s not there.

[tense music]

[door opens]

Good afternoon.

Oh, hello there.

You look very engrossed.

Yeah, I’m just going over some numbers for the paper.

Is Victoria still napping?

She is. I’ve got her baby monitor right here in case she wakes up. What’s all that there, Little Miss I hate grocery shopping?

[chuckles] Well, among very many other things, we got neeps and tatties and whisky.

For our Burns Night.


I’m not sure I can wait.

For what?

For our feast, of course.


[chuckles] Right.

It’s so nice having someone else in the house who knows how to cook.

Well, don’t get too excited. You haven’t had my meal yet.

Well, all I’m trying to say is that it’s just nice to have you here, cooking or not cooking.

[soft dramatic music]

It’s nice to be here. I should put the groceries away.

Hope you enjoyed it. Be sure to come back. That was dismal.

That was our worst lunch since we’ve opened.

[Ava sighs] You think bad word of mouth is finally killing us?

Yeah. Well, if so, it’s not going to be a slow death thanks to that police raid.

[Stefan sighs] Which is why I called Stephanie Johnson to do some PR– we need damage control.

OK. Well, we’re going to need a hell of a lot more than just some good PR to get out of this mess.

Yeah, we need to stay up and running, so we can avoid suspicion.

All while we do Clyde Weston’s dirty work.


Hi there!

Stephanie, hi.

I’m a little early. I hope that’s OK.

That’s fine. Our lunch crowd just left.


Crowd? What crowd? There were three people here.

Oh, well, that’s too bad.


So why is that? And how can I help?

OK. Well, as I told you on the phone, we– when we first reopened the Bistro, we were doing fantastic business, right? And then, we had the New Year’s Eve bash. And that was a huge success. And everything was just wonderful. We had great online reviews.

And now?

Oh, and now, we’ve gone from five stars to zero stars overnight. We need you to turn that around.

[dramatic music]

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

You remember that I’m going to the hospital today, right?

I do. Yeah, you mentioned they’re short-staffed, and you’re covering some shifts.

Yeah, I didn’t step up last year. So I have to get back into rotation.

No problem. I’ve got Victoria covered. Although, you should know I’m going to take her into the office later today when she wakes up.

I didn’t know that you had a meeting.

I don’t. I just want to go in there and see what’s happening.

I mean, you trust Chad, don’t you? Especially now that you have that new editor-in-chief, it seems like all of your bases are covered.

Yeah. I mean, it’s not that I don’t trust Chad. He seems to be doing a bang-up job. It’s just–I don’t know. When you’re that close to everything, sometimes you miss the small things that help the bottom line.

I mean, like off-label K-cups and generic ink cartridges.

I wouldn’t quite go that far, but there’s always staffing issues, expense accounts, payments to sources.

Now, you remember what happened last time you were solely focused on profits.

Yes, I remember all too well. And I’m sure this will sound hollow because I’ve said it so many times before and gone back on my word. But Sarah, I am a new me.

[soft dramatic music]

That doesn’t sound hollow to me at all.

Thanks for that. For taking me at my word when you have absolutely no reason to. But I’m more motivated than ever to be a stand-up person. I mean, having a sweet little girl in my life, and you, it makes me want to be a better person and to succeed. So I’m just looking to grow a legitimate business in legitimate ways.

I’m really happy to hear that. Especially for our little girl. It’s a new you. Uh, I should go. I got to go.

All right.

[clears throat]

Um, have a great day at the hospital.

[Xander sighs]

Do I detect a smile?

[chuckles] I’m just reading about how well things went on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

You were wonderful, Mama.

Yes, you were. Articulate, charming as you always are.


[notification chimes]

[suspenseful music]

The doctor can see me now.

All right. Hold this.

Oh, yeah.

[indistinct chatter]

Well, since the bust at the Bistro went bust, no alliteration needed. I didn’t really expect to see him.

Why did the bust go bust? Do you think Stefan could have been tipped off?

I don’t know. It’s possible.

The witnesses who were there said he and Ava looked totally shocked when the cops showed up.

Yeah. Were they willing to be quoted?

Yeah, got releases.

Enough for a story?

I mean, I still need to do a little more digging, but I’m close. I really think it’s our responsibility to bust this thing wide open.

Yeah. Well, with what you do and as good as you are, I’m sure we can.


I was here New Year’s Eve. And it was a great party.

Right. Yeah, you were here with that tall guy. Lynch, right?

Yeah, Everett Lynch, “The Spectator’s” new editor-in-chief.

We met him that night.

Yeah. And he also investigated the overdose of Holly Jonas.

The whole reason for that ridiculous raid.

Look, I understand your frustration.

Frustration? No, no, no, no. We’re beyond that. It’s downright infuriating at this point. I mean, the city, they’ve cracked down on everything. But for some reason, we are one of their main targets.

Right. And they left here with nothing but their guns drawn.

Right. And I know that business-wise, it can be very damaging since when people hear the word raid, they tend to stay away.

Yeah, in droves, in our case.

So the question is, how do we get everybody to forget, or even not give a damn that there was a raid in the first place, right? How do we erase that from their minds?

Well, I put together some ideas after you called, Ava.

OK, I’m eager to hear.

Right. So first, we need to immediately add photos from New Year’s Eve to the website. I assume you have some from that night.

We do. What about the rave reviews?

You know what? Why don’t I just write some fake ones? You know, people do that a lot.

They do, but I don’t like that idea. I think some really good photos should suffice of people having a really good time, celebrating, maybe some photos of the food you were serving?


I got pictures of the buffet table.

Great. And we need to make sure that there is no more talk of the raid, anywhere. If any comments or posts pop up, I can delete them or contact whoever posted them on your behalf and let them know the indignity that you’ve suffered. As well as maybe mention that you’re considering a lawsuit against the Salem PD.

Now, that is an interesting idea.

So as soon as we get rolling, just let me know as soon as possible what kind of promotions you’re up for. Basically, whatever you’re willing or able to give away. And don’t forget to comp something for your regulars– you know, a drink, a dessert, the whole check even, so that they feel a part of the Bistro family.

Absolutely. OK. So you think that’s going to be enough?

[suspenseful music]

There might be something else I can do.

Hello, gentlemen.

Oh, hey, Xander.


Oh, who else we got here?

Yeah, Victoria and I are teaming up today.

Yes, I can see that. Hi. Hi. Hi.

How are you?

[baby cooing]

What a gorgeous kid.

Yeah, she takes after her mom.



What brings you by?

Victoria and I were just in the neighborhood. And she thought we should pop in and say hello.

Well, we were just taking a look at the latest edition. Have you seen it?

No, I haven’t had a chance to, actually.

Take a look.

Thank you.

[clears throat] Oh, wow. This is your byline, Everett?

It is.

Well, that’s excellent. I particularly like the way you’ve highlighted our sponsorship of the event.

Yeah, speaking of sponsorship opportunities, I have another one.

Oh, yeah? What’s that?

Well, Wendy Shin left me a message this morning. She said something about there being a geocaching scavenger hunt in the city. It’s going to be probably on Valentine’s Day. It’s already in the works.

Well, if that’s already in the works, then why do we need to throw money at it? I don’t know. It sounds like a bad call to me.

Now, we have to wait for my prescription. Oh. Ugh.

Well, the nurse said they should be ready in about minutes or so.

And what exactly are they giving me?

Pain meds, I think. And Mama, I could tell that you didn’t really like Dr. Siegel. So maybe we could look into getting you another endocrinologist and getting a second opinion.

This is not about opinion, baby. Those pathology reports, they don’t lie. And I forgive Dr. Siegel for not being warm and fuzzy. Her only obligation is to be honest with her patients and to offer the best treatments available.

Well, she could have been a bit more compassionate.

True. But right now, I want to concentrate on what I have to do to get well. And just so you both know, I pretty much expected I was going to get this diagnosis. And because I’ve been doing a lot of reading on all the different types of cancers and all the amazing, you know, advanced treatments, I’m ready to do whatever I have to do to get cured.

And we are ready to do whatever we have to do to help you through this.

Yeah, I know that. I know that. And I admit that before I knew what was actually ailing me, why I’d been having all these symptoms I’ve been experiencing, I was– well, as you both know. very scared.

[soft dramatic music] I’m hoping against hope that there was nothing seriously wrong with me, hoping that it wasn’t cancer. But now that I know that it is, well, strangely enough, um… I’m actually feeling stronger and hopeful. And I am so very grateful to know that I have my wonderful daughter and husband by my side.

Always, Mama, always.

Sweetheart, we are going to go through this together…


As a family.

Yes. And I am so proud of you, Mama. So proud.

Well, then minutes and a half– now.

I’ll go check with the desk about your meds.

Oh, please just tell them I just want to get my prescription so I go home and relax.

OK, I will, Mama. I’ll let them know.

[soft dramatic music]

My little girl. Is she a treasure or what?

She is a treasure.

[sighs] Well, speaking of little girls, have you been able to reach Nicole about Holly?

I was. I was, and I gave her all love. She was getting on the plane.

Oh, taking that little girl to see a specialist in Italy. Oh, I am praying for Holly. And I’m praying for her Mama too.

Hey, Johnny. It’s me. I am at the hospital with Mama and Abe waiting for her meds. And we got her diagnosis. And it turns out that it is what we were all worried about. So you know Mama. She’s acting all tough and stoic, as usual. But I just don’t know how much of that is for my benefit and Abe’s. And I just– I really need you, Johnny. I need to see you. I love you.

Hey, Chanel.

Hi. Hi, Sarah.

Is everything OK?

No, not really. We just finished seeing Mama’s doctor. And she got her biopsy results. And it turns out that it’s thyroid cancer.

Oh, I’m so sorry.

Yeah, Mama, she’s– she’s being really brave. And I’m just really scared.

I understand that. Is there–is there anything I can do?

Well, could you maybe talk to Mama? I know I said that she’s being brave, but I just feel like it might help her to get a little reassurance from you.

Absolutely. Let me get a little bit of information first. I’ll look at her chart. And then, yeah, absolutely.

Thank you.

Of course.

So is that why you’re here? To put the kibosh on an opportunity for good press?

I’m here to put the kibosh on wasting money. I mean, two major sponsorships in less than a month? Correct me if I’m wrong, boys, but doesn’t that smack of desperation?

Oh, I see it as an opportunity for community relations.

I see it as pandering for respectability. And since both of you seem to think there are no financial constraints to be adhered to, let’s go over some numbers, shall we?

OK, so what? So this is the real reason why you’re in the neighborhood? So you can come by and rap us on the knuckles for whatever it is you perceive to be pandering or, what, financial irresponsibility?

I’m not here to rap anyone’s knuckles, Chad. I’m just here for some clarity on recent expenditures. For instance, when I was going over the books earlier, I noticed a $, unaccounted for withdrawal. Care to explain?

Yeah, that was for me. To grease the palms of possible informants.





When a few bottles of gin might have sufficed?

It’s fine. I said–

Hello, boys! Oh!


And hello to you, you little doll.

[baby giggling] Victoria, isn’t it?

It is.

Well, Victoria, I want you to know that Lady Whistleblower will never write an unkind word about you because you are just too darn cute.

[baby giggling]

I’m sure she’s very relieved.

As well she should be. And boys, I am so thrilled to be back working with you three insanely, hunky gentlemen whose charm and charisma at least partially make up for the fact that you’re all breeders.

Well, what makes up for you being highly annoying and often obnoxious is that you, unlike some people, don’t squander “The Spectator’s” money. You actually bring it in.

[quirky tense music]

As you know, my date on New Year’s Eve is the editor-in-chief of “The Spectator.”

Oh, he was your date on New Year’s Eve.

Oh, yeah. Everett and I have a history in Seattle, actually.

And that was before Chad, right?

Right. And Chad and I ended things very amicably, fortunately. So “The Spectator” is another one of my clients with contract still in hand. And since Chad and I are on good terms, and Everett has a fair amount of clout there, that definitely helps us to get some positive publicity out there for the Bistro.


Right. And since Chad, co-owner of “The Spectator,” is my brother, and we are also on good terms, last time I checked, I’m going to go have a chat with him. I’m also going to stop by and see Gabi, so you two finish brainstorming. And I’ll catch up with you when I’m done.

I’ll see you later.

See you later.



[mysterious dramatic music] Well, so you two?

Yeah, we two. Match made in heaven.

[tense music]

Thank you. So Dr. Siegel is known for her medical skills, not so much her interpersonal ones.

Well, yeah. Well, medical skills are the most important, obviously. And she was fine, very direct. She didn’t try to sugarcoat anything.

No, no, no. Yeah, she would never do that.

Well, that’s fine. That’s fine with me because I don’t want anyone feeling sorry for me– trying to paint a rosy picture when–when it’s not so rosy.

No, I agree. I think sugarcoating a patient’s diagnosis is really unfair to them. However, I do feel like when you’re telling somebody that they have a serious illness, that you should be there. I think it’s our job as physicians. So I just wanted to let you know that Dr. Evans or any other psychiatrist in this hospital will be more than happy to help you through this.

Oh, thank you, Sarah. And I will keep that in mind.

Yes, because I do know that hearing the word cancer is just very upsetting itself, even if we catch it early, and it’s treatable or– it’s treatable and curable, as it is in your case.

Right, right. And as I told my daughter and Abe, I’ve been reading articles about all the new advances in cancer treatment and as well as the way it can affect a person psychologically.

Right. And I’m glad that you’re educating yourself, but just make sure that the websites you’re checking out are reputable.

Oh, I have been careful about that. But thank you for the warning. And I’ll understand I’ll be needing surgery.

You will. Yes, a thyroidectomy. And I’m sure you know from your research that you can live a very full, long life without a thyroid, as long as you take the medication to replace the hormones that your body is no longer producing.

Oh, yeah, yeah, right, right. Yeah, I read that. I read that too. But actually, I’m glad I’m going to need surgery. I mean, that sounds a lot better than that word, inoperable, right?

Yes, it does. It does. And there may be some unforeseen complications. But other than that, it is a pretty straightforward procedure.

And those complications, just what might they be, Sarah?

[suspenseful music]

Well, I have to admit, I am very impressed. Thank you for putting this together on such short notice.

Stamping out fires is part of my job.

Yeah, PR spin. I bet you’re constantly on-call, huh?

Yeah, available /.

[Ava chuckles]

It must damper your social life then, huh?

Oh, well, it can, but my job is the priority.

Mm. But come on, I mean, hard-working girl like you, I mean, you got to let loose every once in a while, right? Go to the pub. Block out that pressure with a drink or two?

Very rarely.

[soft tense music] I’m sorry, where are we going with this?

A little sleepover with Harris?

Harris Michaels?

You know another Harris in Salem?

Well, thank you, Mr. Cook, for your generous assessment of my contribution, which I hope is not only monetary to this venerated publication, AKA “The Spectator.”

No, it is not just monetary, Leo. I was very impressed on your piece for MLK Day.

Yeah, everybody was. Your insights and creativity and sensitivity touched a lot of people.

I didn’t actually get the chance to compliment you personally, Leo. But well done, Stark.

Wow, thank you. All of you. It is very gratifying, not to mention ego-boosting, to be appreciated not only for my extraordinary sense of humor and quick wit.

Well, you’re sort of humorous, sort of funny. But you can add a damn good writer to that list.

[chuckles] Chadwick! I am now blushing, which I have not done since my sixth grade friend Sandra said that I was the most handsome boy in all of middle school. Obviously, she was not my type, but I turned beet red and fell into immediate platonic love.

Touching story. What have you got for us today?

[sighs] Photos, actually, from New Year’s Eve. Councilman Fields was a little tipsy when he left the bash at Julie’s place. He dropped his phone in the parking lot and– well, let’s just say that I found it. And since old guys don’t believe in passcodes, take a peek.

Oh, wow.

Naked as a jaybird. Who knew? Wouldn’t a blind eye to just be the juiciest?

Yeah. I mean, what goes on between consenting adults?


Come on.

Gossip sells, Everett. We need the subscribers. Unless we’re getting an infusion of DiMera cash.

How about a Kiriakis cash?

The hell did I just walk into?

[suspenseful music]

A better question would be what are you doing here, Stefan?

I need a private moment with you.

I know Harris told you about that night. It was a mistake that I deeply regret. I had too much to drink, as I’m sure you also know. And aside from that kiss, which I’m pretty sure I instigated, it didn’t go any further.

Mm. Maybe you’re not a great kisser.

Or he’s one hell of a guy.

Yeah. He’s one hell of a great guy, actually–

[suspenseful music] Just not right for me. And, uh… even though I’m claiming that your little rendezvous… is why I broke it off… I was actually seeing someone behind his back.


Well, I mean, he is pretty hot.

And married.

And his wife’s in prison. And there’s no conjugal visits. And with us working together here, getting the business going, you know, you get the picture.

I do, but you don’t need to explain. That is none of my business.

True. And what happened between you and Harris is none of mine. Not anymore. So you can have him if you want him. I give you my permission.

Well, with all due respect, Ava, I don’t need your permission to do anything. Nor am I interested in Harris. So what do you say you and I get back to business?

So the nodule that we biopsied was cancerous, as you know, but the good news is it didn’t spread to any of your lymph nodes.

Right, right. Yeah, I was told that too.

And the symptoms that you’re experiencing, they’re normal– the localized pain, coughing, sore throat, difficulty swallowing– which is why your doctor prescribed you a pain medication to be used as needed. And then, we will schedule surgery to have that nodule removed.

Oh, well, I do hope that it happens soon. I want to get this done as quickly as possible.

Oh, of course, yes. I believe we have time this week.

Oh, good.

How long will she have to be in the hospital?

I just–a day or two at the most. And then, once you’ve healed from surgery, your doctor will decide if you need any additional treatment.

Oh, right. And one more thing that I did not look up online, what is the survival rate for thyroid cancer?

Oh, it’s a very curable, very treatable type of cancer. And I believe the five-year survival rate is over %.

[sighs] I like those odds!

Oh, we all like those odds.

[laughter] So if you have any other questions, just feel free to ask.

Oh, just one more.

[suspenseful music] Can you be my doctor, Sarah, please?

Well? Why do you need privacy?

Because Chad, I’m appealing to you as my brother and because your hotshot editor in there is doing a piece on the drug raids, including the one done in the Bistro in which Ava and I were falsely accused, probably because the owner’s a DiMera.

Alongside a Vitali.

OK. You understand the bad press our family’s gotten for decades.

Not undeserved.

[tense music]

[sighs] If you can step off your high horse just for a second and look at the facts here and remember that the cops found nothing illegal or incriminating in that ill-advised little venture of theirs, OK? But just the slightest mention of a raid at the Bistro kills us. I mean, we’re already dealing with the fallout with dozens of canceled reservations.

Holly Jonas OD’s on the loading dock, Stefan.

There is no proof of guilt on our part. My God, Chad, you– you think I’m lying to you?

Honestly, Stefan, I don’t know what to believe.

OK. Well, maybe I can remind you of a situation that you were in that’s similar, even maybe more dire.

What are you talking about?

I’m talking about when you were accused of being the Necktie Killer.

That’s completely irrelevant.

How is that irrelevant? I mean, come on. You were completely innocent, yet that almost ruined your life. So if anybody understands what it’s like to be vilified unjustly, it’s you.

Oh, I would love to be your doctor, Paulina. But you really would be in much better hands with a specialist, an endocrinologist.

[sighs] Well, you can’t blame a girl for asking.

And I am very flattered to be asked. But regardless, I’m here for you as a doctor, as a friend, anything you need, anytime, all right?


Now, I probably should get back to my rounds. And your medication is ready at the desk, all right?


Thank you.

[soft dramatic music]

So you’re feeling better, Madam Mayor?

Oh, yeah. Like I told you, I am a very lucky woman to have two of the best people I know by my side. Because we have got this, don’t we? both: We got this.


OK. And let’s make sure that the blind item is truly blind.

I kind of wish I was right now. Councilman Fields is not exactly easy on the eyes, is he?




He wants us to kill the story, right?

So he asked us to keep the Bistro out of it.

To which you said no, right? Your journalistic integrity and all.

Chad, an overdose on the docks behind the Bistro, that is germane to the story to say the least.

Yeah. We’re going to kill that too.

[tense music]

What? Excuse me?

Yep, we have plenty without it. There’s no point in vilifying Stefan if he’s innocent, so we’ll go with the arrest and the raid.

This doesn’t make any sense, Chad.

Yeah. Well, my name is on the masthead. It makes sense to me.

I’m sorry. Excuse me. What the hell did your brother just say to you?

The Bistro, the OD, everything, it’s out of the piece–period.

Damn it, Chad! That is outrageous. Not only is it outrageous, it is unfair to Holly Jonas. It is unfair to every single victim of the people who are perpetrating this. How can you not see that?

Yeah, how can you not see that I call the shots? Now, get back to work.

[baby crying] And you, stay in your own lane from now on.

[sighs] Keep it down, mate.

[baby crying] Come on, baby. We’re getting you out of here.

[baby crying]

So you’ll do what you have to do.

Listen. This is an assault on the integrity of this paper.

Do what you have to do, Everett.


[sighs] OK. I will.

So boss, we have a handshake deal on these ideas?

I’m going to make an executive decision and say, yes, we have a deal.

Oh, so all is good.

Oh, all is better than good. Trust me.

Oh, I do trust you implicitly. And I have a bit of great news myself. Chad has agreed to keep any mention of the Bistro out of “The Spectator” story.

Oh, great.

Fantastic. That is a huge help. So I will get the budget and proposal ready. And I will get it to both of you tomorrow.

Great. You have no idea this makes us so happy. Right, babe?


See you.

[Ava chuckles]

[soft dramatic music]

Well, we are– we’re really good liars.

Yeah, we are in a class of our own.


That is cause for celebration. Although, you did say you were going to go see Gabi before you went to go see Chad. So how did that go?

Yeah, she’s back in her cell, keeping her ears open for anything we might want to hear.

OK. Good.

Yeah. Apparently, Lucas Horton is the newest patient in the men’s infirmary.

Really? What happened?

He got the pulp beat out of him by Weston’s flunkies, who they believe he ratted on. So believe me when I say Lucas is going to want to eliminate Weston by any means necessary.

Good. I hope he does.

You and I both. I also told Gabi about our fake affair.


And she doesn’t love the idea, but she says it’s a good cover.


As long as we don’t take it too far.

Oh, your wife doesn’t trust me?

Not for a minute, but she trusts me.

[Ava chuckles]

OK. All right, then why don’t we have some drinks? Let’s toast to all this good news, yeah?

I’ll pop a Prosecco.

All right.

[suspenseful music] Oh, I missed a voicemail. I should probably turn the ringer back on. OK. Well, that was Rafe. And he wants us down at the station.

OK. Well, you can tell him we’ll be there as soon as we are good and ready.

[cork pops]

[chuckles] Yeah. Well, he said that it needs to be today, so maybe we should postpone the celebration.

[Stefan sighs] Why not?

[sighs] That’s a good one.


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