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Follow the lives of the residents of Salem. This blog begins with events following the February 14, 2014 episode of the TV series, taking it on a new course based on events prior to that date.

 

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EPISODE 84
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson
 
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Billie sits at Theresa’s bedside, holding her friend’s hand, watching her comatose body rest. Billie looks on, solemnly, and deep in thought. She smiles after a moment.
 
BILLIE: Theresa. It’s me. Billie.
Billie stops a moment as she watches her friend lie in silence. The only sound in the room is the machinery around her bed, the beep of her heart monitor. Billie fights the urge to tear up, and smiles instead.
 
BILLIE: You know, I was thinking the other day...about one of our phone calls. You were fifteen and you were so mad at your Dad because he was…off on another ISA mission, and you had made plans with him for the weekend to have a ski trip in Colorado. You were…so upset, but you told me that you knew that you had to be there for your mom. You knew what she was in for when your dad left…I….I know you love your mom, Theresa. No matter what she’s done…underneath all that anger.
 
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Billie’s tears up, in spite of her best efforts. The door to the room opens, startling Billie. Daniel walks in, allowing Billie to relax a bit. She gets up from her chair, regardless.
 
BILLIE: Daniel…
DANIEL: You…probably shouldn’t be here right now.
BILLIE: I know. I just…I needed to cool off a bit.
 
Daniel looks on, concerned, noticing Billie’s teary eyes.
 
DANIEL: Yeah, I’m not so sure you succeeded at that.
BILLIE: Yeah. Really.
 
Billie wipes the tears from her eyes, and puts her hands on her hips, trying to regain her composure.
 
BILLIE: Look…uh…Daniel…about…earlier.
DANIEL: Billie, I…I can’t talk about it, you know that.
 
Billie holds up her hands to stop Daniel continuing.
 
BILLIE: I know. Look, it’s…it’s not about that. I just…look, I know we haven’t been together very long, but...you know…listening to you talking to Laura and…doing…whatever you’re doing to protect Jennifer…I…I mean…
 
Daniel looks at Billie with uncertainty.
 
DANIEL: What are you saying?
 
BILLIE: Daniel, you’re still in love with Jennifer, aren’t you?
 
---
 
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Nicole slams her files down on her desk in frustration. Sighing audibly, she begins talking to herself aloud.
 
NICOLE: And yet again, my shadow follows me. (sigh) Except now I gotta work for her. Dammit!
 
As she raises her fist in aggravation, she stops herself.
 
NICOLE: Having said this...EJ did give me the go-ahead to do the EnerNext exposé...
 
Nicole smirks a bit, realizing how this could work to her advantage.
 
NICOLE: Maybe that little bastard Nick isn't such a bad guy after all.
 
Laughing to herself, Nicole is suddenly interrupted by a text message. Searching momentarily for her phone, she finds it. Picking it up, she swipes over to check her messages.
It's from Eric.
 
meet me @ Anderson park 535. dont b late, its important. Love, eric
 
Nicole looks a bit concerned. She scrunches up her face.
 
NICOLE: Hm! Wonder what HE wants. Maybe he's finally made up his mind...
 
Nicole stops herself a moment before continuing, laughing sarcastically.
 
NICOLE: Right. Maybe the Pope's become an atheist too! God, I need a drink. Good thing TBD's near the park.
 
Nicole grabs her files, shoves them hastily into her briefcase before grabbing her coat, and heading out of her office.
 
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Tyler sits uncomfortably in his seat in Victor's office at Titan, as he tries to talk his way out of his dismissive comment against Maggie he just made to Victor. Victor, meanwhile, stands in the corner of the room, sorting through some documents.
 
TYLER: I...I'm sorry, Victor. I didn't realize...Maggie was...your...wife.
 
Victor turns, smiling wryly as he saunters over to his desk, slowly sitting himself down in his executive chair.
 
VICTOR: I had a feeling. Personally, I'm amazed you've made it this far in business without learning to do your due diligence. A man in your position could stand to be a bit more careful.
 
Tyler swallows hard, nodding fervently as he swivels himself slightly to reach a jug of water on Victor's desk. Pouring himself a glass, he continues to backtrack.
 
TYLER: Well...knowing what I do about Maggie now...I...well...she'd be a great fit. I will say though...
 
Victor glares Tyler's way as Tyler continues to fumble.
 
TYLER: You, uh...you might want to take a few days to...you know....assess the situation.
VICTOR: Well, naturally, I'll be attending to some other things, dealing with the last of Brady's affairs with Titan, and handling the selloff of Titan TV.
 
Tyler, suddenly snapping out of his own worries, remembers something important to bring up to Victor. Scurrying to grab his tablet, Tyler gets up from his seat, and walks to Victor's side of the desk.
 
TYLER: Speaking of which, you uhh...you might want to look at this.
 
Tyler hands Victor his tablet, showing the news report, revealing DiMera Enterprises has acquired Titan TV. Victor's rage escalates immediately.
 
VICTOR: Dammit!
 
---
 
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Gabi walks carefully down the steps onto the foggy pier, looking cautiously around for Liam. Spotting him approach through the mist, she looks nonchalantly about before heading his way.
Gabi cautiously looks around before speaking to Liam, who never quite looks her in the eye as they chat.
 
GABI: Have you got it?
LIAM: Yeah.
 
Gabi looks at Liam intensely suddenly, holding out her hand in anticipation, but Liam doesn’t hand the bag containing the pills quite so quickly.
 
LIAM: NOT…so fast. I didn’t go to all this trouble for you to just grab and go. You need to understand a few things first.
 
Gabi breathes quickly, very uncomfortable suddenly with a very intense Liam.
 
---

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Jerome is escorted by Hope into the police station in handcuffs. He stays silent, but has an intense, embittered look on his face as Hope leads him into the interrogation room, where a curious Rafe joins them.
Looking over, he points toward Jerome.
 
RAFE: Who's this?
HOPE: THIS is the burglar that's been targeting the houses in the west end.
RAFE: Is that so? Well, then I guess it's time we had a little chat then, huh?
JEROME: I'd love to...after my lawyer shows up.
 
Hope rolls her eyes as Rafe leans over the table, trying to stare Jerome down. Jerome won't engage. He stares at the floor, head tilted.
 
RAFE: You'll talk now if you know what's good for you, man. That's the eighth house you've hit this month. You're a hard man to track down!
JEROME: I thought I was entitled to a phone call.
 
Rafe grins, shaking his head.
 
RAFE: Heh. Yeah, no. You're not entitled to one.
JEROME: I know my rights. What little I have--
RAFE: ...You've been watching too much Law & Order. You're not going anywhere until we hear those magic words.
 
Jerome sighs, fighting his urge to roll his eyes. He simply closes them and responds as if on cue.
 
JEROME: Please?
HOPE: Wrong magic words, Jerome. He means "I did it".
 
Jerome finally turns to face Hope and Rafe, as if suddenly HIS magic words have been spoken. He looks intensely at Hope as his temper flares.
 
JEROME: Would it make a difference if I did?
HOPE: What's that supposed to mean?
JEROME: It means when a black man is in the wrong place at the wrong time, he could saving the President from a terrorist attack and you suckers would think he's the one trying to kill him!
 
Rafe steps toward Jerome in anger, but Hope holds him back. She focuses in on Rafe a moment, speaking softly to him.
 
HOPE: No. We're doing this my way, okay?
 
After a moment, Rafe cools off and nods. Hope turns back to Jerome.
 
HOPE: You want your lawyer? Call them.
JEROME: I need to contact my grandmother to get a lawyer for me.
 
Hope sighs. She walks up to Jerome.
 
HOPE: Stand up.
 
Jerome responds dutifully, as Hope walks him toward the door. Rafe hangs back, as Hope leads Jerome out into the main room, Rafe following behind them, arms folded, looking imposing.
 
HOPE: We have to book you anyway.
RAFE: You alright or you want me around?
HOPE: I think I can handle this one.
RAFE: Alright. Suit yourself. You know where to find me.
HOPE: Yup...alright, sit down here.
 
Jerome sits down in front of the desk, as Hope motions another cop to stand behind Jerome to monitor him, which elicits a momentary eye roll from Jerome. Hope barely notices as she pulls up the file on the computer.
 
HOPE: Right. Full name.
JEROME: I'm not getting my phone call first--
 
Hope interrupts in a booming voice that could silence a football field.
 
HOPE: FULL NAME.
 
Jerome looks down again, defeat in his voice as he responds.
 
JEROME: Jerome Grant.
 
Hope looks up suddenly, taken aback by Jerome's last name.
 
HOPE: Uh...right. I think the uh...booking can wait. Did you...your phone call. It was to...
JEROME: University Hospital. Ask for Valerie Grant.
 
Hope looks over at Jerome, wide eyed, her cool truly lost.
 
---
 
Daniel and Billie walk into Daniel's office. Daniel shuts the door behind them as Billie walks in, still emotional from her visit with Theresa, and with her questions for Daniel.
 
BILLIE: You didn't answer me, Daniel.
DANIEL: No, I didn't. Because I wasn't going to start an argument in a room you're not even supposed to be in.
 
Billie sighs as Daniel walks over to her, putting his hands firmly on her upper arms. He holds her there, staring deeply into her eyes.
 
DANIEL: Look...Billie, I know it hasn't been that long that I've been...separated from Jennifer, but....you really need to understand. What she and I had together...it's over. Completely.
BILLIE: That's not what I asked, Daniel.
 
Billie tries to shake Daniel off of her, but Daniel lets go anyway. Billie starts to pace the room, looking down as she carefully chooses her words.
 
BILLIE: Look...I don't want to bring up the past and...painful memories any more than you do, but...when I saw Laura in your office, and you were talking about helping Jenn and Abby out, I...I saw the look in your eye, Daniel. You still love her.
DANIEL: Well, yes. I mean...it's not like those feelings just...disappear overnight, you know. I mean...yes...YES, I love Jenn. I probably always will. But, Billie...
 
Daniel walks back over to Billie and tenderly caresses her cheek with his hand. Billie initially tries to wriggle away but relents quickly, as Daniel continues.
 
DANIEL: I'm IN love with you. That's all that matters.
 
Billie says nothing, sighing a bit as she leans her face into Daniel's hand.
 
DANIEL: Right?
 
Billie starts to crack a smile as she steps toward Daniel, putting her arms around him.
 
BILLIE: I guess...I guess you're right.
DANIEL: Thaaaat's better.
 
Daniel smiles as he holds Billie. They lean in for a kiss.
 
Separating, Billie smiles.
 
BILLIE: Look. I...I have to get going. Thanks again for getting me in there today.
DANIEL: Anytime.
BILLIE: Uh...maybe we can meet up tonight? Dinner at my...
 
Daniel looks at Billie, shaking his head.
 
BILLIE: ...mom's...bad idea.
 
Simultaneously they shake their heads, responding over each other.#
 
DANIEL: Baaaaad idea.
BILLIE: Yeah, no. Not going there. Well...I'll text you?
DANIEL: Better idea.
BILLIE: Alright.
 
Billie leans against the doorway to Daniel's office, she smiles playfully, blowing a kiss Daniel's way.
 
BILLIE: I love you.
DANIEL: I love you too.
 
As Billie turns the corner, her expression changes immediately to one of determination.
 
BILLIE: Alright, Daniel. What are you trying to protect Jenn from, and why are you Laura's only hope.
 
Inside Daniel's office, Daniel shakes his head, expression changed as well, as he mulls over what he knows about Jenn, and Abby.
 
DANIEL: God, I hope Billie doesn't go digging now. I'm not even sure Abby's safe now. God help her if Billie gets involved.
 
---
 
Gabi looks fearfully at Liam, who's grabbed her one arm, hands her a plastic pharmacy bag, containing a bottle of what's marked as generic Acetaminophen, and Marlena's stolen perscription pad.
 
GABI: What...what's in here?
LIAM: Everything you asked for. But you can't go demanding anything like this again. It's too risky. You got it? No more contact.
 
Gabi nods furiously, scared stiff.
 
LIAM: Okay, here's what you need to know. These are Dr. Marlena Evans' perscription pads. Slip them in his bag when his back's turned, and make sure they nab the guy this time.
GABI: Okay. Okay. Look, what if this doesn't work?
LIAM: Then he's your problem. There's no third chance here.
 
Gabi sighs. Eventually nodding. She grabs the bag and runs off, stopping momentarily to thank Liam.
 
GABI: Thank--
 
Gabi looks and finds Liam's already vanished into the mist. Gabi sighs audibly and heads quickly back up toward the pub.
 
GABI: This HAS to work. Please, God. For my daughter's sake.
 
Gabi looks around again, careful not to be seen by anyone as she makes her way up the steps from the pier.
 
---
 
Nicole walks into the clearing at the park. Looking around for Eric, she doesn't see him. Or anyone. She stands in her winter coat, shivering as she goes to grab her phone from her purse.
 
She looks down to see a bright red envelope attached to the bench in front of her.
 
Intrigued, she steps towards it, picking it up.
 
Her name is on the front. Opening it, she begins to crack a smile as she sees the card inside. She pulls the all-white card from the envelope and reads its inscription.
 
 
I'm glad you made it.
 
I don't want to dwell on the past anymore. Someone very close to me gave me some excellent advice. "What matters is that you're happy". Well, Nicole. You're what makes me happy.
 
8-3-5
 
Nicole looks up.
 
NICOLE: 8-3-5? What the...?
 
Jarred by the abrupt end to the letter, she begins looking around again. She notices a single red rose on the ground on the other side of the bench. Tilting her head around, she approaches it.
 
Picking it up, she sees a trail of roses leading into a larger, but dimly lit clearing on the other side of the bushes. As it's getting dark, she fishes through her bag to pull out a small flashlight she keeps on her keychain.
 
Following the trail leads her to a small box with a combination lock on it.
 
Nicole studies the box carefully as she picks it up. A song gently begins as she does.
 
 
(0:13) Nicole checks the note again and begins to plug in the combination.
 
---
 
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(0:26) Valerie hears her office phone ring at the hospital, as she prepares to leave for the day. Picking up the receiver, she's immediately upset by what she hears on the other end. Tearing up as she shakes her head, she responds to the person on the other end shortly before hanging up.
 
---
 
(0:51) Jerome looks straight ahead, a distant blank look in his eye as the phone is placed back down at the police station. Hope looks on, now more distracted and concerned than she would normally be on the job. She tries to speak to Jerome.
 
HOPE: Is she on her way?
 
Jerome doesn't answer, lost in his own mind, he doesn't even look Hope's way.
 
HOPE: Jerome?
 
Knowing he's not paying attention, Hope carries on with the paperwork, sighing in resignation.
 
---
 
(1:30) Billie drives down the road, deep in thought about her friend Jennifer and the insecurity she feels about her relationship with Daniel, as well as the tragic circumstances that have led to her close friend Theresa ending up in a coma she may not wake up from, and Kim barring Billie from visiting Theresa in hospital.
 
Distracted, she begins to veer into oncoming traffic.
 
(1:55) She catches herself as a horn blares out, causing her to quickly jerk the steering wheel right, pulling her car over to the shoulder. Braking hard, she begins to tear up. Resting her head against the steering wheel, she lets her emotions out, crying hard in her car.
 
---
 
(2:08) Victor sits alone in his office, the headline of DiMera taking over Titan TV resting on his desk.
 
Victor looks over to see a picture of Brady looking back at him. He stares into it, wistfully.
 
---
 
(2:30) Nicole finishes setting the combination on the box, and opens it.
 
Seeing a beautiful diamond ring, she takes a step back, trying in vain to hold back from crying.
 
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(2:45) Eric appears, as a series of lights are turned on via dimmers. Eric smiles warmly at a teary-eyed Nicole.
 
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The lights are strung up to read "Will you marry me?". Nicole reads them over, and tears up even more.
 
ERIC: So...I've been doing some thinking.
 
Nicole laughs through her tears, Eric joining her. Nicole responds as she wipes her tears away.
 
NICOLE: I can see that.
ERIC: I just want you to know that...if doing the right thing means a life without you...I don't want that life.
 
Nicole wraps her arms around Eric, moved beyond words.
 
ERIC: Nicole. I love you...so...much. So...what do you say?
 
Nicole breathes in deeply, as Eric gets on one knee to put the ring on her finger.
 
ERIC: Nicole Walker. Will you marry me?
 
(3:34) Nicole shouts out her answer, bouncing in place, still freezing.
 
NICOLE: Oh my God, YES!
 
Eric puts the ring on, lifting Nicole into the air for a passionate kiss that they wish would never end. Eric and Nicole's hands wrap around each other, holding each other tightly as they kiss with an intensity that heats up the cold evening.
 
When they do end their kiss, Nicole rests in Eric's arms, as they tenderly hold each other, Nicole's tears still smearing her mascara. Eric looks on with a look that shows he's finally at peace.
 
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EPISODE 83
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson

 

 

 

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Eric walks out of the flower shop at Town Square, a huge bouquet of red roses in his arms, as he ponders his next stop. He strolls alongside the shops lining the town square before stopping before The Hourglass. Looking inside, he smiles before opening the door to step in.

 

ERIC: Perfect.

 

The door creaks as it shuts behind him.

 

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Jerome makes his way down the street in his rented van, transporting his belongings to his new home in Salem. He approaches his grandmother’s new house. Radio on, he overhears the news.

 

RADIO: Salem PD are on the lookout this hour for a suspect involved in a string of burglaries in West Salem. Suspect is said to be an African-American male—

 

Pulling into the driveway in his rented U-Haul, he turns the van off, pulling the keys out of the ignition, shaking his head.

 

JEROME: Always a black man. (sigh)

 

Opening the van door, he remembers to press the button to automatically unlock the back of the van. Walking around to the back, he pulls out one lighter box from on top, breezily slinging the box under his arm. Jerome shuts the back of the van before heading for the door.

 

Looking through his keys, he finds the key that Valerie told him would open the door. Awkwardly trying to balance the box and manoeuvre himself around to get the key in the lock, he nearly drops the box. Jerome finally gives up, and places the box on the ground, focusing his attention on unlocking the door to his new home.

 

The key doesn’t work.

 

Jerome’s arms drop to his side, frustrated, he curses in his head, as he pats his jacket, searching for his phone.

 

JEROME: Where the Hell…is my phone??

 

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Jerome’s phone sits on Valerie’s desk in her new office at University Hospital. As she flips through the files on Roman Brady, she’s struck by something. Concerned, she flips back to the previous page, studying the page through her reading glasses.

 

VALERIE: Wait a minute…this file…there’s nothing in here from before in 1997…maybe it’s still in John’s file?

 

Valerie flips through to find John’s file. Opening that up, she takes a minute to search through his records before closing that file.

 

Valerie looks up, deep in thought.


VALERIE: Where on Earth is the rest of Roman’s file?

 

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Liam walks quickly into the lobby at University Hospital. Looking around, he sees Marlena step off the elevator, and head for her office. Hanging back, he watches her intently.

 

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She stops, then turns back towards the opposite hallway, stopping quickly at the nurses’ station.

 

MARLENA: Maxine, is Jennifer still in her office?
MAXINE: Yes, Dr. Evans, she’s in her office right now.

 

Marlena smiles her trademark warm smile as she heads back towards Jenn’s office.

 

MARLENA: Thank you.

 

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As Marlena disappears down the hall, Liam smirks, and begins down the opposite hall, heading for Marlena’s office. Not far behind is Laura, still trying to keep out of sight from Liam. Maxine watches as Laura follows Liam at a distance. She furrows her brow as she tries to figure out what’s going on, but Laura’s eyes are trained on Liam, as she makes her way down the hall.

Around the corner, Liam looks around to make sure no one sees him. Sensing the coast is clear, he closes his eyes momentarily as he puts his hand on Marlena’s office door handle. Twisting it, the door opens and Liam breathes a sigh of relief as he enters, still checking to see if anyone’s looking.

As he steps inside and goes to shut the door, Laura turns the corner. Seeing the door shut, Laura looks on in fear for her friend’s safety. She doubles back to seek out Marlena.

 

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At Titan HQ, Victor steps into Tyler’s office, an unhappy look on his face. Tyler turns around, surprised to see him.

 

TYLER: Victor! I thought you were working from home again today.

VICTOR: I was, but I had to go over some things quickly with you before the day was out, and it isn’t anything we can go over on the phone.

 

Tyler, sensing something serious is up, sets down the files he had in hand and sits down in his chair behind his desk.

 

TYLER: Alright. What’s the trouble?

VICTOR: John’s declared Brady dead. Says he doesn’t want to drag the matter out any longer when there’s so little chance of Brady being alive. And as much as I don’t want to believe that he’s really gone…I really don’t have much choice but to accept it.

Tyler looks on, mulling over Victor’s words. He nods gently as he responds.

 

TYLER: I’m sorry, Victor.

 

Victor doesn’t look up from the ground after Tyler speaks. He continues, still deeply in his own mind.

 

VICTOR: I have, as a result, room to appoint a new member to the Titan board.

TYLER: Do you have anyone in mind?

VICTOR: Not really. No one I particularly trust, anyway. Phillip’s removed himself from the board while he’s working for another company, and Daniel has no interest in the business.

TYLER: I see.

 

Victor looks up at Tyler suddenly, his gaze piercing through Tyler, almost causing Tyler to jump back a bit.

 

VICTOR: I was considering my wife.

TYLER: Oh?

VICTOR: Yes. I have set up arrangements so that my wife will have full ownership over the top floor of this property. She’ll be regenerating the space as The Penthouse Grille once again. I’ll need your sign-off, of course on that.

 

Tyler, still a bit off-kilter, almost intimidated by Victor, nods quickly to Victor’s request.

 

TYLER: Absolutely. No problem. I do have to...well, question your taking on your wife as a board member, I mean…what kind of business credentials does she have, really?

 

Victor looks at Tyler incredulously. He scoffs back at Tyler.

 

VICTOR: She owns three thriving restaurants across the city, and is about to reopen a fourth, all while also running a health spa. I don’t know, Tyler. You tell me. She goes by Maggie Horton in the professional world, perhaps you’ve heard of her.

 

Tyler’s eyes widen, surprised to hear the woman he’d been flirting with was Victor’s wife, and so accomplished.

 

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Eric steps out from the parking lot outside Horton Town Square and locks his car remotely. He stands in the park just outside Town Square and smiles widely, a relaxed feeling he hasn’t felt in ages.

 

ERIC: Everything’s set. Now…the last step.

 

Eric pulls his phone out of his pocket and texts Nicole.

 

meet me @ Anderson park 535. dont b late, its important. Love, eric

 

Eric smiles as he hits send.

 

ERIC: And now, we wait.

 

---

 

Laura walks briskly back down the opposite hallway, in hot pursuit of Marlena, who’s just about to enter Jennifer’s office. Before Marlena has a chance to knock, Laura calls out to her.

 

LAURA: Marlena!

 

Marlena turns quickly to see a panicked Laura.

 

LAURA: I really need you for a moment, it’s urgent! I think someone’s breaking into your office.

 

Marlena draws herself up, a worry rushing over her as she lets go of the handle of Jennifer’s door.

 

---

 

Inside Marlena’s office, Liam leaves the light off, but pulls a pocket flashlight from his pocket, attached to his key ring. Holding the keys so they don’t jingle, he walks over to Marlena’s desk.

He crouches down, and attempts to open the top drawer. It’s locked.

 

Noting that a couple are locked, he quickly adjusts his key ring to pull out a long pin-shaped device. Sliding the device into the lock, he manages to fix the lock to open the drawer. He begins to dig inside, while holding the flashlight above the drawer. He spots what he’s looking for.

 

LIAM: Bingo.

 

Pulling the pad out, and sliding them quickly into his pocket, Liam quickly closes the drawers and gets up, heading quickly for the door.

 

 

 

 

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As Liam heads for the door, Will makes his way down the hallway, approaching Marlena’s office door. As he puts his hand up to the handle of her office door, Laura and Marlena quickly approach, concerned looks on their faces as Marlena call out to him.

 

MARLENA: WILL!

 

Will turns around fast, smiling widely as he spots his grandmother and Laura. His smile fades as he looks at their worried expressions.

 

WILL: Hey! I was just looking for you. Uh…you alright?

MARLENA: Yes. I…we’re fine. We just had a scare. Laura was…just telling me she thought someone had broken into my office. You…weren’t just in there looking for me, were you?

 

Laura looks on, realizing that Will is dressed almost exactly the same as Liam, and realizes she could easily have confused him for Liam. She sheepishly responds as she begins to second-guess herself.

 

LAURA: Uh…maybe I…I must have made a mistake. I…saw you in the hall, Will and had to…call Marlena over. I thought…well, it doesn’t matter. Uh…mm…hey, I bought Arianna an early Christmas gift. It’s…in my office if you wanted to come see.

 

Will smiles broadly, though still confused. He nods at Laura, while Marlena smiles.

 

WILL: Uhmm…sure! I have to get going in a minute though. Family…dinner tonight or something.

LAURA: Oh, I won’t keep you long.

MARLENA: I have to grab something from you anyway, so I’ll come along.

LAURA: Great! Let’s go…

 

Laura scurries away, as Marlena and Will look at each other with confusion.

 

After Marlena and Will walk away, Liam creaks the door open to Marlena’s office. Seeing them round the corner, and noting that coast is now clear, he slyly exits Marlena’s office, before heading casually back down the hall. He gets on his cell phone once again.

 

LIAM: (into phone) I got everything you need. I’ll be at the pier in ten.

Liam hangs up, rolls his eyes, and sighs, as he walks over to the elevator, hitting the down button and waiting for the elevator to arrive.

 

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Hope drives the road, heading for the elementary school to pick up Ciara. As she drives, she’s in the middle of a call piped through the sound system in her car. It’s Rafe.

 

RAFE: (through the speakers) I’m just gonna put through the final papers on that case and we’re done, alright?

HOPE: Sounds good, Rafe. Um…Rafe, I have to meet with that…(sigh) Aiden Jennings tomorrow morning, can you…

 

Midsentence, Hope spots the infamous rental van parked outside a house she’s driving by. She becomes transfixed by it, nearly running herself off the road. Hope slows down slightly, as she changes her subject to Rafe.

 

HOPE: Uhm…Rafe?

RAFE: (through the speakers) Yeah.

HOPE: What was that description you gave me of the burglary suspect?

 

After a moment, with the sound of papers ruffling, Rafe finally answers.

 

RAFE: (through the speakers) Uhhhh…black man, 6 foot, driving a rental van. Possibly wearing an out of state college sweater—

 

Hope interjects before Rafe can even finish.

 

HOPE: …I think I just got him. Hold on.

RAFE: (through the speakers) What? …

 

Rafe’s next comments get cut off as Hope parks her car and quickly turns off the ignition. She steps out into the street, as Jerome walks back over the back of the van, placing the box he had planned on bringing into Valerie’s house back inside the van. He mutters to himself.

 

JEROME: I can’t believe I forgot my phone…

 

As Jerome shuts the back doors to the van, Hope appears behind the door, gun in hand, pointed at a stunned Jerome.

 

HOPE: Put your hands up! You’re under arrest!

JEROME: WHAT?!?

HOPE: NOW!

 

Jerome, visibly angered, but knowing he shouldn’t say another word, raises his hands, palms facing Hope as he turns to face her, a resigned look on his face.

 

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EPISODE 82
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson
 

 

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Will walks down the hallway on the EnerNext floor of Titan towards his office. As he walks, he passes Alex, who’s heading into his own office across the hall from Will. Will looks up, suddenly nervous as Alex locks eyes with Will and smiles. Will holds back a giggle and smiles back awkwardly.

 

ALEX: Hey Will! How’s the first day going?

 

Will nearly chokes on his words as he responds, voice cracking.

 

WILL: Gre…(clears throat) great! Heh.

 

Will immediately bugs his eyes out as he turns away, opening his office door and quickly scurrying away in embarrassment. Closing the door behind him, he leans up against the other side of the door, exhaling audibly in relief to be out of that situation.

A moment later, Will’s cell phone rings. Frantically trying to remember where he’d put his phone, he jumps over to his desk to grab his phone. Seeing Sonny’s name on the screen, his face drops. Looking unimpressed, Will holds his finger over the ‘hang up’ button, but thinks better of it and, after a moment, answers.

 

WILL: Hey.

 

 

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Sonny is sitting standing by the bar at Club TBD, nervously tapping his fingers against the bar as he begins to speak to Will.

 

SONNY: Will! Hey…I…uh…I’m glad you answered. 

 

 

WILL: Sonny, I don’t really have much time, I got a lot of work to do.

 

 

SONNY: Don’t worry, this…this won’t take long. I uh…I just got off the phone with Maggie, she and Victor invited us to dinner at the mansion tonight.

 

 

Will rolls his eyes and tries to cut Sonny off.

 

WILL: Sonny, I don’t really have time—

 

 

SONNY: Will, it’s…a big deal. Apparently Victor has a surprise for us or something. It’s a big family dinner.

 

 

WILL: This wouldn’t happen to be some ploy to get me to forgive you, would it? Because, seriously, Sonny, I’m really not in the mood for any more games right now, I’m serious—

 

 

SONNY: Will, I’m serious. This is no game. Now, please, can we just…put our problems aside, just for tonight and just…pretend everything’s okay?

 

 

Will bites his lip, looking to the sky as he mulls over Sonny’s plea. Reluctantly, he answers.

 

WILL: Fine. But this does not mean everything’s good between us. Don’t even try to use this as an opportunity to try to squirm your way back into bed tonight. You understand.

 

 

Sonny closes his eyes in frustration, sighing audibly.

 

SONNY: Fine. Meet me at TBD for 6 and we’ll head over together?

 

 

WILL: Meet me at Victor’s for 6:30 and we’ll walk in together.

 

 

Sonny snaps, finally losing his cool at Will.

 

SONNY: Will, come on!

 

 

Will smiles evilly, knowing his got Sonny’s goat.

 

WILL: Final offer!

 

 

SONNY: (sigh) FINE. See you at Vic’s.

 

Sonny hangs up angrily.

 

 

Will hangs up, a deliciously evil smile on his face as he chuckles to himself.

 

WILL: Sonny, you are not gonna get away with lying to me that easily.

 

Will sits down in his office chair, smirking as he leans back confidently.

 

WILL: You did the crime, now you’re gonna do the time.

 

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At the hospital, Billie steps into Laura’s office, having interrupted Daniel’s talk with Laura about Liam. Both Laura and Daniel are taken aback by Billie’s arrival, and both struggle to speak.

 

DANIEL: Uh…Billie! Hey…uh…mm, Laura and I were going over some…

BILLIE: …Something I’m not supposed to know about? Sorry to drop in like this, Laura. I couldn’t find Daniel in his office and I heard his voice from the hall.

 

Laura, sensing tension in the air, looks back and forth between the two of them and starts to back away.

 

LAURA: I think…I’ll leave you two for the moment. Daniel, we can finish this later.

DANIEL: Sure, Laura.

 

Laura walks towards the door, but, before walking out, stops and turns back toward Daniel.

 

LAURA: Oh! And, by the way, Daniel! Thank you so much for everything. You’ll lock up behind me?

 

Laura smiles, and heads out the door, as Daniel holds up his hand in a half-hearted wave back at Laura.

 

DANIEL: Sure. Don’t mention it.

 

Once Laura leaves, Billie crosses her arms, impatiently waiting for an answer from Daniel.

 

BILLIE: Far be it from me to be sticking my nose in where it doesn’t belong, but what exactly was that?

 

Daniel looks off to the side in frustration, knowing Billie won’t stop until she has an answer.

 

DANIEL: (sigh) I can’t go into this with you, Billie.

BILLIE: Oh come on, Daniel. I mean, I…Jenn’s a good friend of mine. If something’s wrong with her and Abigail, I want to know about it.

DANIEL: Billie, there’s nothing wrong. I…Jenn’s worried about Abigail being in Italy working for the DiMeras, and Laura just wanted me to check in on her.

 

Billie’s eyes peer down at Daniel, who’s sitting in front of Laura’s desk. Billie leans over and perches on top of Laura’s desk. She looks at him intensely as she responds softly and slowly to him.

 

BILLIE: I don’t believe a word you’re saying. And I’m going to find out exactly what’s really going on.

 

Daniel sighs in frustration at Billie’s resolve.

 

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In Jennifer’s office, Jenn sits behind her desk, working away on her computer, when she hears a knock at the door.

 

JENNIFER: Come in.

 

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The door opens and Liam’s smiling face appears. Jenn smiles in return, pleased to see him.

 

JENNIFER: HEY! I wasn’t expecting you!

 

Liam comes in and walks immediately over to Jenn’s desk. The two kiss quickly on the lips.

 

LIAM: I figured you could use a break from the nonstop…press releasing.

 

Jenn laughs and smiles warmly as Liam sits down across from her at the other side of her desk.

 

JENNIFER: Well, it’s definitely welcomed. I gotta get this all done by the end of the week. We have to announce the new head of HR that’s replacing Anne and then…ugh, I’m boring you, aren’t I?

LIAM: Never.

JENNIFER: Well, good, cos I’m boring myself. (laughs) So what brought you here, I thought you had to go consult at a hospital in Chicago.

 

Liam shuffles in his seat a bit before leaning in close to Jenn, a sensuous look in his eye as he gives Jenn his news.

 

LIAM: I…yeah, but I finished early, so, I thought you and I could leave work a little early today for a little…quiet dinner at Chez Rouge?

 

Jenn leans in, smiling wider than ever, she nuzzles in close to Liam as she answers.

 

JENNIFER: I think that is something that can be arranged, Mr. Frasier.

 

Jenn leans in and touches Liam’s nose with hers. They look intensely in each other’s eyes before leaning in ever-so-slowly for a soft kiss.

 

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Gabi looks up from reading Nick’s tablet, as she sits across from him at a booth at the Brady Pub. She looks stunned by what she sees: An old modelling picture of her in an apparently new ad for MadWorld Cosmetics.

 

GABI: Wh…what? You want me to be new face of MadWorld?

 

Nick smiles broadly, anticipating a favourable reaction from Gabi to his gift.

 

NICK: Absolutely. I mean, Gabi, you’re gorgeous, and you’re already established with MadWorld…there’s nothing stopping you.

GABI: I…Nick, I mean, this isn’t the first time you’ve set up modelling jobs for me and it was a disaster—

 

Nick holds up his hands to stop Gabi midsentence. He interrupts her.

 

NICK: I know! I know, it’s…I didn’t go about it the right way last time. This way, you can stay here in Salem, you can co-parent with Will and Sonny, there’s no great upheaval. We can take it slow.

GABI: Nick, you’re…you’re talking like…

 

Gabi stops herself mid-sentence, stopping herself from letting Nick know her true (lack of) feelings for him, but Nick’s suspicious, and it shows in his eyes.

 

NICK: Like what?

 

Gabi tenses up almost immediately, trying to backtrack to allay Nick’s suspicions.

 

GABI: You’re talking like…like I can just stay in Salem and model, I mean…that isn’t exactly how it works.

 

Nick nods in understanding, but pinches the bridge of his nose, as though feeling a sudden pain. Gabi looks on, trying to sort out what’s happening.

 

NICK: No, you’re…you’re right.

GABI: Nick, you okay?

 

A voice is heard approaching Gabi and Nick from behind, while the sound of approaching heels clicks closer slowly.

 

KATE: Is he ever?

 

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Gabi and Nick look up in surprise to see Kate looking down with her usual sour expression. She catches a glimpse of the MadWorld ad and looks over at Nick, unimpressed.

 

KATE: What are you up to now, Nick?

 

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Kate leans against the edge of the booth casually, waiting for an answer from an obviously pained Nick.

 

NICK: Nothing, Kate. Just…ugh, taking care of business with Gabi.

 

Kate, unmoved by Nick’s pain, grabs his tablet and looks at it momentarily before holding it up to show Nick the picture of Gabi.

 

KATE: I see, and this wouldn’t have anything to do with your little…amateur adventures at Photoshop, would it? Because I never authorized you to set up any ad campaigns, Nick. You work in the lab, remember? You make the formulas, I sell them.

 

Nick groans as he tries to keep up with Kate, trying to grab his laptop bag to grab his “ibuprofen” tablets. He replies as he searches.

 

NICK: God, Kate. You never let up, do you?

KATE: In business, if you let up, you get screwed. You should know that better than anyone.

 

Kate looks over, watching Nick struggle to find anything in his bag.

 

KATE: Having trouble, Nick?

NICK: Yeah, can’t find my aspirin, you have any, Gabi? I’d take them from you, Kate, but you have a bit of a history with poisoning things, I’m not gonna take my chances.

 

Kate rolls her eyes as Gabi hesitantly goes through her bag. Not finding anything, she gets up from her seat.

 

GABI: Uh, no. I don’t…if you want, I’ll run down to the drugstore at the corner and grab you something, okay?

NICK: Sure, thanks, Gabi.

GABI: No problem, uh…Kate, can you do me a huge favour and watch over Ari—

KATE: …Say no more, but hurry. I have places to be.

 

Gabi turns back and nods appreciatively.

 

GABI: Yep, no worries, I’ll be right back.

 

Kate turns around and picks Ari up from her high chair, as Nick fumbles out of his seat.

 

 

 

 

 Outside the door, Gabi looks back to make sure she isn’t spotted by Kate or Nick. She walks just to the edge of the building, just out of sight from those inside. She grabs her cell phone and makes a call.

 

GABI: (into phone) EJ! I need your help. NOW.

 

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Will walks onto the elevator to head for home. When the doors open, Will steps in, and leans casually against the back wall, catching up on messages on his cell phone. As the doors are nearly closed, a hand stops them from completely shutting, and the doors open again.

 

Will sighs, impatient to go home, and looks up unimpressed by the new passenger.

 

Until he sees who it is.

 

WILL: Alex.

 

Will immediately lights up as he sees his new supervisor dressed in skin-tight biking gear. Will’s eyes look Alex up and down as he steps on. Alex smiles back at Will.

 

ALEX: Hey! Will! How you doing?

WILL: I…uh…good, I…heh. You look, awfully casual.

ALEX: Oh! Yeah, this. I…heh…I usually bike home from work, and I wanted to try the commute home from the new office before the weather got too cold.

 

Will nods, half-listening to Alex, as he’s too distracted by Alex’s biking outfit, which leaves…little to the imagination. Will licks his lips and, catching himself, looks up at Alex, smiling.

 

WILL: Yeah, it’s…good weather for that.

 

Alex smiles, before the air fills with an awkward silence, broken only by the sound of the elevator as it beeps, passing each floor on the way down. Alex finally breaks it.

 

ALEX: So, how was your first day?

WILL: Oh, it was great. I’m…really glad you were able to help. I have a feeling I’ll…need a bit more. Heh.

ALEX: Oh, don’t even worry about it. I’ll definitely be around whenever you need. Just ask.

WILL: Thanks.

 

Will looks up, looking at his watch. The awkward silence hits again for a moment, but Alex again takes the opportunity to break it.

 

ALEX: So…you…uh…have any plans tonight?

 

Will thinks a moment, before answering carefully.

 

WILL: I…uh…yeah. A bit later, but...hey, maybe…did you wanna maybe grab a drink before you head home, we can maybe…go over…a few more things and get to know each other better…

 

Will quickly realizes what he’s just said and quickly backtracks.

 

WILL: In a totally professional way, of course.

 

Alex laughs as Will blushes, Alex’s eyes linger into Will’s as the elevator finally stops at the ground floor. The doors open as Alex responds.

 

ALEX: I would love that, but I have dinner plans tonight, and I’d better go shower before all that, so…maybe tomorrow?

WILL: I…YEAH! Definitely.

ALEX: Alright, I’ll see you tomorrow.

 

Alex goes to head out the door, but puts a hand on Will’s lower back on his way out. Will tenses as he feels Alex’s hand touch him gently.

 

ALEX: Great work today, by the way.

 

Will nearly chokes as he feels Alex’s hand slide away, Alex walking out the door, smiling at him as he waves, that Will nearly forgets to leave the elevator himself.

 

WILL: I…yeah…I mean, thanks!

 

Will exhales as he exits the elevator. He watches Alex walk towards the door, mesmerized momentarily by his muscled body in his tight-fitting sportswear. Will snaps out of it a second later, feeling like the biggest fool on the planet.

 

WILL: Yeah, Will. Great work. (sigh)

 

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Daniel gets up from his desk, still trying to find a way to allay Billie’s concerns.

 

DANIEL: Billie, you can’t do anything about this.

 

Billie watches from atop Daniel’s desk, looking at him incredulously.

 

BILLIE: Like Hell, I can’t. Look, I know you want to protect them, but if something’s seriously wrong…I mean...you’re not exactly chummy with Jennifer since you two split.

DANIEL: That’s…putting it mildly.

 

Billie gets up from Daniel’s desk and slowly walks up behind him. She puts her hands gently on his shoulders and sensuously rubs them, as she softly speaks in his ear.

 

BILLIE: So…why not let someone who’s a little less…let’s say…controversial get the goods you need, hm?

 

Daniel smiles and has a bit of a laugh, but turns around to face Billie. Putting his arms around her, while she rests her arms on his shoulders again, he tries to let her down gently.

 

DANIEL: I would love nothing more than to fill you in on every detail of this…

BILLIE: Good—

DANIEL: But…it’s not going to happen, Billie. This is something I have to do myself.

 

Billie’s drops her arms to her side. She sulks as she backs away from Daniel.

 

BILLIE: Fine! I’ll just go to Jenn myself and find out from her what’s going on—

 

Daniel’s voice booms as he instructs Billie.

 

DANIEL: NO YOU WON’T!

 

Billie is stopped in her tracks by Daniel’s explosion. Her face looks toward Daniel, shocked by his intensity. Daniel walks back towards Billie. His voice returns to its soft tone, but the intensity remains, forcing Billie to take in every word.

 

DANIEL: Look, you cannot go to Jenn about ANY of this, do you understand? She has no idea what’s going on, and if she does, she may be in grave danger, okay? And if I tell you, there’s a good chance that you’ll be in just as much danger as she is, okay?

 

Billie looks at Daniel, a mix of worry and fear in her eyes as she nods slowly in understanding.

 

BILLIE: But…will YOU be okay?

 

Daniel bites his lip, thinking things over a moment before speaking.

 

DANIEL: God, I hope so.

 

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Kate holds Ari, bouncing Ari in her arms as she speaks to Nick, unimpressed by his latest antics.

 

KATE: I told you to keep out of my business.

 

Nick, still struggling with his sudden headache, pinches the bridge of his nose while he responds.

 

NICK: Kate, we had a deal. You had to get Gabi a contract with MadWorld or I say what I know.

 

Kate leans in, speaking softly, as if to get Nick to quiet down by proxy by lowering the tone of her own voice.

 

KATE: And it wasn’t time to offer anything to her yet. We had to have product first.

NICK: No, no. You were stalling. I knew you were. And I decided to take matters into my own hands. You should be thankful this is all I did. You know what I could do.

 

Kate rolls her eyes, unable to counter Nick once again.

 

NICK: I’m gonna go check with Mrs. Brady and see if she has anything for this headache.

 

Nick heads off to the bar to talk to Caroline, while Kate saunters over to the front of the pub. Suddenly spotting Gabi just outside the doorway, she walks closer to the door to spy on her.

 

 

 

 

 Outside, Gabi stands slightly off to the side, thinking she can’t be seen in the building. She has her cell phone out, talking on her phone.

 

GABI: (into phone) I know I was supposed to just get him hooked and get him arrested but it wasn’t that easy…

 

 

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EJ stands in his office at DiMera Enterprises, an agitated tone in his voice as he talks to Gabi.

 

EJ: (into phone) What do you mean, Gabi? What’s happened?

 

 

GABI: (into phone) Hope didn’t take the bait. She couldn’t find the bottle of pills I switched out at all. I know he’s been using it, I mean, he’s been getting these really bad headaches. But…he’s out of pills and I don’t know what to do.

 

Kate is now outside, looking on, brow furrowed as she catches some of what Gabi’s saying. She listens closer as she approaches, as quietly as she can.

 

 

EJ: (into phone) Okay…I have an idea. Just…head to the pier and meet the same guy as before in one hour.

 

 

GABI: (into phone) No, I don’t have that kind of time, EJ. He thinks I’m already headed out to the pharmacy. Please, you have to make it sooner than that. I can’t do this anymore. This time, the plan has to work. He has to be caught red handed before he goes any farther.

 

 

EJ: (into phone) Well, if the pills weren’t enough last time…

 

 

GABI: (into phone) Well, then we need something more incriminating then. A prescription pad, a…phony doctor’s note.SOMETHING.

 

Kate is stunned by what she’s hearing. A wry smile starts to appear on her face as she begins to realize what Gabi’s up to.

 

 

EJ slams his fist on the desk in anger. He shouts into the phone.

 

EJ: (into phone) Dammit, Gabi! Okay, just head there now. I’ll try to get my guy over there, but no promises.

 

 

GABI: (into phone) Oh my God, thank you, EJ. I owe you BIG time.

 

Gabi hangs up the phone, and quickly walks off toward the pier. As she walks away, she doesn’t see a smiling Kate behind her. As she bounces baby Ari in her arms, she laughs quietly to herself.

 

KATE: Bravo, Gabi. I gotta say, I didn’t think you had it in you.

 

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Liam and Jenn’s kiss is interrupted by Liam’s cell phone ringing. The pair are jolted out of their romantic moment, as Liam leans back in his chair, grabbing his phone and looking at who’s calling.

 

Frustrated, he gets up from his seat and holds up one finger to indicate to Jenn.

 

LIAM: Ahh I gotta take this, it’s Chiacgo, one moment.

JENNIFER: That’s fine, take your time, sweetie.

 

Jenn nods, going back to work, as Liam hastily leaves her office, shutting the door behind him.

 

Liam storms into the hallway, checking all around to see who’s passing by, before sliding into the waiting room. As he turns into the waiting room, Laura passes by and spots Liam going in. She carefully follows to the doorway and, just out of his line of sight, listens in closely.

 

LIAM: (into phone) This better be important.

 

 

EJ responds, now pacing his office, a headache developing for him as well now.

 

EJ: (into phone) You need to get Percocets and a prescription pad to the pier in 15 minutes or less.

 

 

Liam reacts in angered disbelief.

 

LIAM: (into phone) WHAT?

 

 

EJ: (into phone) Exactly what I just said. We’ve got an emergency on our hands and if Gabi Hernandez doesn’t get Percocets and a prescription pad in her hands by…

 

EJ checks his watch hastily before continuing.

 

EJ: …4:30, everything we’ve worked for is in jeopardy.

 

 

LIAM: (into phone) A prescription pad? EJ, I mean…the drugs are one thing but…

 

Liam looks around the room to make sure no one’s watching or coming into the room. He leans in and speaks softer. Outside, Laura focuses in even closer.

 

LIAM …a prescription pad? That’s not exactly easy to get.

 

Laura looks on, confused as all get out as to what Liam’s up to. She whispers almost inaudibly to herself.

 

LAURA: Prescription pad? And why is he talking to EJ? (sigh) I have a bad feeling about this.

 

 

EJ: (into phone) You’re in a hospital, you’ll manage. 15 minutes, Liam. No ifs, ands, or buts.

 

 

LIAM: (into phone) Oh, what? I’m just supposed to pull one out of my ass now? Come on, EJ. This is crazy.

 

 

EJ: (into phone) There is no time argue or question me. Get the pills, put them in the same ibuprofen package as before, get the prescription pads, give them to Gabi Hernandez, and tell her she needs to sneak the pad into the target’s bag when he isn’t looking. That’s it.

 

 

Liam, resigned to his fate, throws his hands up.

 

LIAM: (into phone) (sigh) Yep. Right. I’ll be there.

 

 

 

EJ hangs up the phone. Liam follows suit.

 

LIAM: Okay. Percocets…and prescription pads. Good luck, Liam. You’ll need it.

 

Liam turns and storms out of the room. Laura, still standing outside, leans up against the wall as closely as she can, praying Liam doesn’t spot her. He turns away from her, and walks down the hall in the other direction. She breathes a sigh of relief, but looks on, more worried than ever.

 

LAURA: Selling pills and prescription pads…to EJ DiMera. Oh Daniel, I hope to hell you figure out what he’s up to before it’s too late.
 


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EPISODE 81
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson

 

 

 

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Hope walks through the Salem Police station towards her office as Rafe approaches. Hope looks over and smiles in greeting as Rafe does the same.

 

 

 

RAFE: Hey! Just who I was looking for.

 

 

HOPE: Well, don’t I feel flattered. Come in.

 

 

 

Hope opens the door to her office and props it open for Rafe come in behind her. He shuts the door after entering as Hope sits down behind her desk.

 

 

 

HOPE: So I got a few things I’ll need to take care of today so I’m not here long. What’s up?

 

 

 

Rafe walks over to Hope’s desk and drops a file on it before her.

 

 

 

RAFE: Well, this can’t really wait. There was another burglary in the west end again last night.

 

 

 

Hope looks up, stunned and disappointed.

 

 

 

HOPE: You’re kidding.

 

 

RAFE: Nope! This time, they at least got a description of the suspect. It’s not perfect, but…

 

 

 

Hope picks up the file and looks it over quickly, studying it as best she can.

 

 

 

HOPE: Young male, black, 20-25, muscular build. Grey college hoodie, not Salem U. Wow, okay. Anything turn up so far?

 

 

RAFE: Nah. This guy seems to have vanished into thin air after the robbery. All they know is he was in a rented moving van, but no one can trace it, they didn’t get the licence plate or anything.

 

 

 

Hope drops the file on her desk as she looks back over at Rafe.

 

 

 

HOPE: Damn. (sigh) Alright, well, we’ll keep looking. You doing okay?

 

 

 

Rafe shrugs, smiling half-heartedly.

 

 

 

RAFE: Yeah, I’m fine. Can’t complain too much.

 

 

 

Hope looks at Rafe’s face and raises her eyebrow skeptically.

 

 

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HOPE: Why don’t I believe you?

 

 

 

Rafe looks up, confused.

 

 

 

HOPE: It’s Jordan, isn’t it? Rafe, is something going wrong between you?

 

 

 

Rafe sighs, hesitant to get into this discussion now.

 

 

 

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Daniel stands, stunned in Laura Horton’s office at University Hospital. Laura looks up at him, worried about Daniel’s sudden silence. She gets up from her chair and tries to get Daniel’s attention.

 

 

 

LAURA: Daniel? Daniel!

 

 

 

Daniel blinks, suddenly back to reality.

 

 

 

DANIEL: Hi. Sorry. Umm…look. I think I just…put two and two together and…yeah, I’m worried about Abigail. Very worried.

 

 

 

Laura looks at Daniel, now more worried than before about her granddaughter.

 

 

 

---

 

 

 

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Nick sits casually on Percy’s sofa in the cabin, as Percy works away, carefully studying the Titan security videos. Nick scrolls through his tablet, earpiece in one ear, smiling widely at what he’s seeing and hearing as he suddenly gets up and turns to Percy.

 

 

 

NICK: Got it!

 

 

 

Percy looks up, peeling the headphones off his ears as though they’d been on for hours. Percy winces in pain as his ears appear, red as tomatoes.

 

 

 

PERCY: My apologies, Nicholas. I didn’t hear you.

 

 

NICK: I think I know exactly what we’re going to need to stick it to Victor. Check this out.

 

 

 

Nick offers his tablet to Percy, who studies the image of Jordan, Sheryl, and Jerome’s meeting. After squinting at it a moment, Percy dons his bifocals, staring once again at the screen looking down his nose.

 

 

 

PERCY: But…Nicholas, who is that young man there? I’ve never seen him before.

 

 

 

Nick pulls his tablet away, casually flipping the case around it to close it as he heads back to the sofa to put the tablet away.

 

 

 

NICK: That…is apparently a man named Jerome Grant. From what I caught, which, incidentally isn’t much because those girls need to stop mumbling so damn much, he knows Jordan and Sheryl from before they came to Salem.

 

 

 

PERCY: Could he be a danger to us?

 

 

 

Nick pulls out his cell phone from his bag, smiling his classic smug smirk.

 

 

 

NICK: Ohhh, I don’t think that’ll be a problem, Percy. Look, I’m gonna head into town, I’ll see you later, okay?

 

 

 

Nick grabs his laptop bag and slings it over his shoulder as he heads for the door. Percy smiles, nods, and waves as he begins to put his headphones back on.

 

 

 

PERCY: Absolutely, I’ll keep you informed if I hear or see any so-called “juicy tidbits”, Nicholas!

 

 

NICK: Great stuff, Percy. See you later on.

 

 

 

Nick closes the door to the cabin, as he makes his phone call.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabi, sitting at a table at Town Square, rocking Arianna back and forth in her stroller, hears the phone. She suddenly stops and looks frantically for her phone. Pulling it out, she looks down with a sickened look on her face as she sees Nick’s name on her screen.

 

 

 

GABI: Oh God.

 

 

 

Quickly answering, she swallows hard, expecting the worst.

 

 

 

GABI: Hey Nick, w…what’s up?

 

 

 

 

 

 

NICK: Hey, Gabi! Uh…look I really have something important to talk to you about. Can you meet me in 20 minutes at the Brady Pub?

 

 

 

 

 

 

GABI: Uh…sure. Yeah, I can!

 

 

 

 

 

 

NICK: Great. See you then.

 

 

 

Nick hangs up the phone, beaming.

 

 

 

NICK: Ohhh Gabi. You’re gonna love the surprise I have for you.

 

 

 

Nick walks off toward his car, feeling on top of the world.

 

 

 

….

 

 

 

Gabi hangs up the phone, a look of dread on her face, as she tries to distract Ari, but silently curses Nick. Her sudden tension isn’t lost on Ari, who begins to cry, upsetting Gabi even more.

 

 

 

---

 

 

 

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Marlena and Eric walk into Club TBD, Eric finally having a laugh with Marlena after spending two days in solemn silence. They find a seat and are handed menus by the server. Marlena and Eric both look up pleasantly, Marlena holding up her hand to stop her before she puts the menus down.

 

 

 

MARLENA: Oh, it’s okay. I’ll just have a coffee.

 

 

ERIC: Same for me.

 

 

 

Marlena turns back to Eric with a serious, but loving face that Eric recognizes immediately. He reacts to it with a change of expression, back inward.

 

 

 

ERIC: Mom…

 

 

MARLENA: (interrupting) I know you don’t want me to pry…

 

 

ERIC: No. Actually, I do. Mom, you’re the only person I can turn to about this. I’m…honestly, I’m really struggling.

 

 

 

Marlena looks on, now really concerned for Eric. She squints a bit, staring intently at him. Eric catches this and looks down as his coffee is put down on the table in front of him by the waitress, Marlena’s in front of her.

 

 

 

MARLENA: Eric…what’s the problem?

 

 

 

Eric breathes in deeply, then sighs as he prepares to tell his mother about his dilemma.

 

 

 

ERIC: Mom, I’ve been…really troubled ever since this whole…situation with Kristen went down and…I’ve been doing a lot of thinking.

 

 

MARLENA: Okay. I mean, it’s understandable that you’d have a lot of conflicting emotions, Eric. You lost your vocation. It meant a lot to you, you don’t just…lose that overnight.

 

 

ERIC: Right, but…(sigh), some things have happened since then…I mean…Sonny and Will’s wedding, among other things…and it’s made me sort of…realize…

 

 

 

Marlena leans in, trying to catch Eric’s eyes. Eric, stirring his coffee mindlessly, stops, finally looking at his mom.

 

 

 

MARLENA: Sweetheart. Realize what?

 

 

ERIC: I’m thinking of leaving the church altogether.

 

 

 

Marlena’s eyes widen at Eric’s revelation.

 

 

 

---

 

 

---

 

 

 

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Valerie stands in her office at University Hospital, leaning against her desk with her other hand on her hip, as she stares down her grandson, Jerome.

 

 

 

VALERIE: Come on now, out with it! Something is on your mind, and you’re a bad liar.

 

 

JEROME: Grandma…

 

 

VALERIE: Well, maybe you can fool other people but you sure as Hell can’t fool me. Now spit it out.

 

 

 

Jerome rolls his eyes, pausing a moment before he gives in. He turns and faces his grandmother, earnestly responding to her.

 

 

 

JEROME: I just…I ran into old university friends from Toronto here and…we didn’t leave things on a good note. That’s all.

 

 

VALERIE: Well, you know, it’s not like you’re still kids, Jerome. I think taking the year off before you started your PhD was probably a good idea. Maybe things have mellowed and you’ll work things out.

 

 

JEROME: Hopefully….I just can’t shake the feeling that something’s happening that I don’t quite understand. I got a bad feeling, Grandma.

 

 

 

Valerie smiles as she walks over to Jerome, putting her hand under his chin in a form of encouragement.

 

 

 

VALERIE: You will be alright. In all your years on this Earth, you’ve managed to be smarter, and more resourceful than anyone I’ve ever met. You just remember that.

 

 

 

Jerome smiles slightly, a warmth in his eyes as he looks at Valerie. He suddenly looks down at his phone and sees the time. Fumbling around a moment, he sets his phone on Valerie’s desk as he asks her a question.

 

 

 

JEROME: Thanks, Grandma. Look, I gotta get going, uh…you got the keys to the new house?

 

 

 

Valerie digs into her pocket and pulls out a keyring with three keys on it, tossing them Jerome’s way casually.

 

 

 

VALERIE: Yep! Got ‘em right here.

 

 

 

Jerome catches them with ease as he starts for the door.

 

 

 

JEROME: Thanks. I gotta get this stuff into my room before I head into Salem U. Get into the registrar’s office before it closes. Thanks, Gran!

 

 

VALERIE: See you later, Sweetie.

 

 

 

As Jerome closes the door, Valerie watches him, a warm smile on her face, before she grabs her file folder on Roman. She stops as she picks it up, putting it back down again as she sees Jerome’s cell phone.

 

 

 

VALERIE: Oh Damn it, JEROME!

 

 

 

She jumps up from her seat and runs for the doorway, but Jerome is already gone. She stops in her doorway, turns back around and sighs. As she heads back to her desk, she stops before it, and stares at Roman’s file.

 

 

 

VALERIE: Well...maybe it’s time we found some answers for you, Roman.

 

 

 

---

 

 

 

Rafe looks at Hope, sitting opposite her at her office desk. Rafe tries to hold back his emotions a bit. Hope leans in, trying to catch Rafe’s eye.

 

 

 

HOPE: Rafe, come on. I think we’ve known each other long enough to know when something’s up with each other.

 

 

 

Rafe looks up at Hope and sighs. He decides to speak his mind. He begins, fidgeting uncomfortably.

 

 

 

RAFE: Well…yeah, you’re right. I dunno. Jordan’s been…really distant the last few weeks and I can’t put my finger on why.

 

 

 

Hope looks at Rafe, concerned.

 

 

 

HOPE: Has anything changed in the last few weeks? Like…I know she’s been busy with work and all but…

 

 

RAFE: Nah. It’s mostly been Sheryl. I think she’s going through something and…apparently can’t go to Lucas about it so she goes to Jordan.

 

 

HOPE: And you get left out in the cold.

 

 

RAFE: (sigh) Right.

 

 

 

Hope reaches out and puts her hand over Rafe’s, giving him a comforting look.

 

 

 

HOPE: Just be patient. Whatever’s going on is not going to break the two of you. I see the both of you and you’re always…incredibly happy when you’re together. Whatever’s going on with Jordan or Sheryl…it’ll pass.

 

 

 

Rafe smiles slightly, as Hope gets up from her desk and slips on her jacket, and grabs her keys.

 

 

 

RAFE: Hope you’re right.

 

 

HOPE: I know I’m right. Look, I’m going to pick up Ciara from school, I’ll keep my eyes open for anything about the burglaries. Okay?

 

 

 

Rafe gets up from his seat to head into the hallway himself. He holds the door for Hope as she exits the room, with Rafe right behind her.

 

 

 

RAFE: Sounds good. I’ll text you in a bit if I come up with anything.

 

 

HOPE: Great. See ya!

 

 

RAFE: Bye!

 

 

 

Rafe shuts the door behind Hope. He sighs as he grabs his phone to check for any notification from Jordan.

 

 

 

RAFE: Nothing. (sigh)

 

 

 

---

 

 

 

Laura looks at Daniel, she takes a moment before asking her next question to Daniel, almost afraid of the answer she’ll get.

 

 

 

LAURA: I’m afraid to ask.

 

 

 

Daniel immediately starts to pace the room, trying to calm himself a bit in hopes of also placating a now-frantic Laura.

 

 

 

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DANIEL: Look, just…I was Abigail’s doctor when she had that…accident at work. And…I’m not saying to panic but…I will look into this for you, okay? But…don’t worry. I will make sure Abigail is okay.

 

 

 

Laura exhales and smiles at Daniel, nodding in satisfaction. She relaxes a bit, feeling reassured.

 

 

 

LAURA: Thank you.

 

 

 

Laura stops a moment, seeing that Daniel still appears troubled by their conversation. She puts a hand on his arm in reassurance.

 

 

 

LAURA: And, Daniel. Just…I’m sorry to insert you back in Jennifer’s business like this…I know you two have, well, gone your own way. But…I feel like you…you know my family better than anyone at this hospital and…well…Jenn and Abigail could really use your help. I just…I didn’t know who else to turn to.

 

 

 

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Daniel nods in understanding. As he responds, Billie approaches Laura’s office door. She hears Daniel’s voice and stops, creaking the door open as he speaks.

 

 

 

DANIEL: No, it’s okay. I…totally understand why you came to me, and I mean…I’m always going to love your daughter, no matter what’s happened between us. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep Jenn and Abigail safe.

 

 

 

BILLIE: What are we keeping Jenn and Abby safe from?

 

 

 

Daniel and Laura both turn around, surprised by Billie’s entrance. Billie looks back, a curious look on her face.

 

 

 

---

 

 

 

Marlena looks at Eric incredulously. She leans in closer to him, almost scolding him with her reaction.

 

 

 

MARLENA: Are you serious? Eric, you were so passionate about being a priest, it…it was your life—

 

 

ERIC: …WAS my life, Mom.

 

 

MARLENA: Eric, don’t let Kristen win. She’s taken so much from us already, you can’t…

 

 

 

Eric holds up his hand to try to stop his mom from continuing.

 

 

 

ERIC: Mom…please. It’s not about Kristen. In fact, I’m starting to think that it’s because everything that happened was because of Kristen, that…maybe that’s why it’s taken me until now to make this decision.

 

 

 

Marlena chokes a bit on her words, unsure how to respond, but still not pleased.

 

 

 

MARLENA: I…I, I mean how…look, you just need the proof that Dr. Chyka’s drug is what poisoned you that night, and you’ll be exonerated. We know that.

 

 

 

Eric looks down, already exhausted by Marlena’s unrelenting pressure.

 

 

 

ERIC: Mom—

 

 

MARLENA: Eric! You can’t give up when you’re so close to clearing your name.

 

 

ERIC: Mom! I’m not about to give up. I will never stop until people know the truth about what happened to me that night. But, Mom, how am I supposed to support a system of beliefs that tells me that my nephew…not only doesn’t have the right happiness with the man he loves, but that they both should be killed for it. Just for loving each other? How do I support a church that is so ready to throw me under the bus, and to judge me as this…monster, when I was a victim? There is so much…evil that is swept under the rug in this church, and they want to dismiss a priest who comes out as gay? I mean…Mom, they won’t even acknowledge your marriage to John, even with all the extenuating circumstances that caused your affair and your divorce from Dad.

 

 

 

Marlena looks down, nodding sadly as she thinks back on her affair with John.

 

 

 

MARLENA: I know that was hard, but…

 

 

ERIC: Mom, it’s…I chose to overlook it for a very, very long time. Because I saw the good that being faithful, and being a priest could do. The benefit it could have to humanity, and the…the joy and comfort that my faith could bring, and I wanted to share that with the world. And maybe I was doing it, in a way to…make my family proud, I don’t know. But the fact remains that I could not reconcile my faith and my love for my family. And my desire to see them happy with the people they love.

 

 

 

Marlena reaches out across the table and grabs Eric’s hands in hers. Squeezing them tightly, she begins to cry, a look of pride across her face.

 

 

 

MARLENA: Ohh, Eric. My darling boy. I don’t care what your vocation is. I will ALWAYS be proud of you. And so will your father, and your grandmother, and your aunts and uncles and everybody.

 

 

 

Eric and Marlena share a laugh, as Marlena holds Eric’s hands firmly.

 

 

 

MARLENA: I want you to remember, no matter what…I couldn’t be more proud of you than I am right now. Don’t you ever forget that.

 

 

ERIC: Thanks, Mom.

 

 

 

Marlena and Eric get up from their seats and share a tight, warm hug that seems to last ages. As Marlena lets go of Eric, she looks him dead in the eyes, still a bit teary.

 

 

 

MARLENA: And whatever you do decide…I will support you. No matter what.

 

 

 

Eric nods, feeling the first bit of comfort he’s felt in a long time.

 

 

 

ERIC: You know, you don’t realize how comforting it is to hear that. Seriously, thank you. I love you.

 

 

MARLENA: Oh, Eric.

 

 

 

Marlena pulls Eric in again for a hug, once again holding him tightly, like she was comforting him as a boy.

 

 

 

---

 

 

 

Nick looks up from his tablet, as he sits in the booth at the Brady Pub. He spots Gabi in the doorway and gets up from his seat. He goes to grab Arianna, but Gabi tenses up, reactively pulling her closer to her chest. She tries to pass it off as nothing and points to the high chair in the corner.

 

 

 

GABI: No, no! I got her, can you just…grab the high chair for me.

 

 

 

Nick turns around and spots the high chair, springing into action dutifully.

 

 

 

NICK: Oh! Yeah, absolutely.

 

 

 

Nick steps over to grab the high chair, and sets it up for Ari to sit in. Gabi smiles and slots Ari in carefully, with Nick’s help.

 

 

 

GABI: There we go! Easy does it.

 

 

 

Once Ari’s in place, the pair sit down.

 

 

 

GABI: Ohh, thank you, Nick.

 

 

 

Nick shifts midsentence towards Ari, paying the beautiful young child some attention, but Ari is not having it and flinches at Nick’s touch.

 

 

 

NICK: Anything for you and this beautiful little girl of yours! Hey sweetie!!

 

 

 

Ari kicks Nick’s hand away, causing Nick to jump back a bit, and having a short laugh about it.

 

 

 

NICK: Wow, she’s feisty today!

 

 

 

Gabi laughs nervously in response before becoming fairly serious, nervously asking Nick the question of the hour.

 

 

 

GABI: Heh, yeah. She’s…like that some days. You never know. So…uh…why did you ask me to come, Nick? It sounded...pretty important on the phone.

 

 

NICK: Oh, trust me, Gabi. This is…life-changing news. Without a doubt.

 

 

 

Gabi looks to one side, grimacing, trying to fake a smile and failing.

 

 

 

GABI: Can’t wait.

 

 

 

Nick looks down at his trusty tablet, swiping through different screens until he pulls up the screen to show Gabi.

 

 

 

NICK: Kate and I have been working on a new line for MadWorld. It’s a young, fresh line of skin care that is 40% less heavy than your main line products with just as long-lasting coverage. Can’t really get into details more than that, but…it’s tested REALLY well.

 

 

GABI: That sounds fantastic. W…what does it have to do with me?

 

 

 

Nick turns the tablet toward Gabi and hands it to her. On the screen is a beauty shot from Gabi’s old modelling shoots with a tester from the new line photoshopped in. Gabi looks on in shock as Nick reveals his intentions.

 

 

 

NICK: We want you to be the face of the new line.

 

 

 

Gabi looks up at Nick, breathing in deeply, an almost panic-stricken look on her face.

 

 

 

---

 

 

 

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EPISODE 80
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson


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Laura sits in her office at University Hospital, recalling what JJ told her the previous night about Liam. 


...


FLASHBACK TO EPISODE 71

 

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Laura breathes in deeply, standing in her bedroom, as she tries to relax herself and keeps asking JJ questions.


LAURA: Right. Okay...so...JJ...what happened after that conversation you had with your mother?
JJ: Well...they took off, mom and Liam did...and I stayed behind to try to...sort this out in my head...and as they left...Liam...he looked at me...I caught him trying to...like...stare me down or something. But I'm more worried about Abigail than anything. I mean...she's working for Stefano but...Liam works at the hospital, he has no ties to Stefano.


...


Laura thinks intensely about what JJ said, while shaking her head.


She swallows hard before talking to herself.


LAURA: Ohhh, let's just hope I'm wrong about Liam.


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As she finishes, Daniel opens her door, knocking gently on it. Laura looks up and smiles at him.


LAURA: Daniel!
DANIEL: You asked to see me?
LAURA: Yes, I...I have a favour to ask you.


Daniel squints a bit, unsure what to expect.


DANIEL: Oh? What kind of favour?


Laura stirs awkwardly for a moment, trying to find the best way to ask.


LAURA: I need you to do a bit of digging on someone...Liam Frasier.


Daniel looks down, sighing in frustration.


---

 

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At the former Titan TV studio, Nicole stands with Miles before hearing the sound of the doors to the studio opening, as a group of people enter the room.


She closes her eyes, anticipating the worst before turning around to see who's come in.


As she turns, she spots a group of men in suits approaching.


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Followed by none other than Sami Brady and EJ DiMera.


NICOLE: No!


Sami stops before the group of men, and immediately launches into her announcement.


SAMI: Good afternoon, everybody! I'm sure you all know by now, I'm Samantha Brady. And I will be operating the TV operation formerly known as Titan TV, as of today.


Nicole breathes in deeply, choking back a scream, as Sami locks eyes with Nicole, a huge smile across Sami's face.


NICOLE: No! You've got to be joking!


Sami smiles widely, trying to stop herself from laughing as EJ responds.


EJ: Oh, believe me, Nicole. This is anything but a joke.


Nicole looks at EJ incredulously, before looking back towards Sami.


NICOLE: How is it not? Samantha Brady has as much experience running a TV station as Billy Baldwin has at the Oscars.
SAMI: My God, Nicole. Even your references are dated...


Sami saunters over a little too causally over towards an agitated Nicole. She stands inches in front of her as she continues.


SAMI: You know...considering how our...advertisers demand our programming be....youthful, fresh...ahead of the curve? I might be really careful what I say around here. Know what I mean?


Nicole scowls at Sami, as Sami smiles smugly.


---

 


---


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Marlena walks into the 7th floor lobby at University Hospital as the door to the elevator opens. Eric walks out, catching Marlena's eye. He spots her as well and stops, walking back towards his mother.


MARLENA: Eric! It's good to see you.
ERIC: Mom.


The two hug warmly, though Eric's troubled face doesn't get past Marlena, who immediately begins to worry.


MARLENA: You alright? You seem...a bit distracted.
ERIC: Yeah, you could say that.


The two separate, and Marlena looks at her son. She steps back a moment before answering, a worried look on her face.


MARLENA: You want to grab a coffee and we can talk about it?


Eric nods solemnly.


ERIC: I'd like that.


Marlena smiles warmly as she presses the down button to the elevator, headed for the ground floor.


MARLENA: Great. I've had quite a morning myself.


As the door opens, the two step on, and Eric looks on, puzzled himself.


ERIC: Oh? What happened?
MARLENA: Ohhh....it's a long story.


The elevator doors shut as Marlena looks over at her son, whose own worried expression is now equally directed as his mother as it has been at himself.


---


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Valerie steps into her office, holding Roman's medical files in hand. Pouring over them, she looks confused by the contents.


VALERIE: This...can't be right...


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As she speaks, Jerome steps into the room, knocking on the door of her office, causing her to jump a moment.


JEROME: Hey Grandma.
VALERIE: Jerome! Baby, how are you?? When did you get into town?


Valerie puts the folder down, and almost runs over to Jerome, throwing her arms around him, gleeful at seeing her grandson.


JEROME: Just this morning. I...actually haven't had a chance to go to the house and drop my things off yet.
VALERIE: Well, actually that's good because I should probably go help you out when I'm done here.
JEROME: Okay, I'll meet you after.


Valerie smiles, happy to see her grandson again.


VALERIE: Sounds good. I should be done in an hour or so. I just gotta...figure out something with this patient file first. Hey, did you get everything settled at the university yet?


Jerome stops a moment, a strange look on his face that Valerie spots immediately.


JEROME: I...yeah...I just was taking care of a couple things.


Valerie looks at Jerome, squinting her eyes like she knows something's up.


VALERIE: Jerome Paul Grant. I have raised you from the time you were in diapers, and I know you're lying to me. Now out with it. What were you really up to?


Jerome breathes in, eyes darting quickly to the side as he tries to quickly come up with something to tell his grandmother.

 

---


Nicole keeps her eyes firmly locked on Sami, as she puts one hand on her hip.


NICOLE: You know, this is hardly the way to build workplace morale, Sami.
SAMI: Well, I always figured it wasn't exactly great for workplace morale to have a murderous psycho on staff, but these folks seem to manage just fine.


Nicole rolls her eyes.


NICOLE: (sigh) Sami, get over it. Whether you want to admit it or not, I'm good at my job, and I work hard. So at least someone thinks I have something worth holding onto.


Sami begins to laugh at Nicole's assertion.


SAMI: Like who?
NICOLE: Your brother for a start! 
SAMI: Right, well, Eric always did have rotten taste in women.
NICOLE: Oh that's rich, considering you're the one taking my sloppy seconds. 


EJ finally has had enough and interjects.


EJ: Okay, ladies, that's enough, alright? Look, Nicole, I recognize you've done a lot of fine work for Titan TV, and you're in no danger of losing your job now, you understand.


Nicole looks back EJ's way with a smug smile.


NICOLE: Thank you, EJ.


EJ walks up behind Sami, putting both hands on her shoulders.


EJ: Besides, Samantha, we have a very special project for Nicole to work on for us.
NICOLE: And what would that be, exactly?
EJ: You're going to work on that expose of all the shady business practices over at EnerNext. We'll give you every dollar you need. I want you to nail the bastards for us.


Nicole smiles widely, partly in relief to get her bosses' support.


NICOLE: Oh, I think I can arrange that.


---


Daniel squirms as he tries to respond to Laura's request, visibly uncomfortable getting involved in this situation.


DANIEL: Laura...I want you to understand something, okay? Jenn and I...when we split, I made the point to stay out of her life as much as possible, and I've held to that--
LAURA: ...Yes, but now she needs you, Daniel.
DANIEL: What do you mean? I mean...Liam's a good guy, I work with him every day here at the hospital.


Laura begins to appear visibly agitated by Daniel's refusal, her desperation becoming clear to him as she continues.


LAURA: Daniel! Look, I know what your situation has been with Jennifer, and I understand you're moving on, but I do NOT trust this man at ALL.


Daniel looks stunned by Laura's statement. Laura, meanwhile, gets up from her desk, and begins to pace nervously around the room.


DANIEL: Wha...why not? I mean, he treats Jenn really well from all accounts, and...honestly, I don't understand what all the fuss is about, Laura.
LAURA: No, you don't understand. Look, before I say anything to you about this, you need to promise me this stays between you and I. Nobody else can know about any part of this. Do you understand.


Daniel puts his hands up in surrender, as Laura stands tense before him, looking directly into his eyes with a great intensity that is offputting even to Daniel.


DANIEL: You have my word.
LAURA: Alright...


Laura looks away, a bit more relaxed again, but once again pacing the room.


LAURA: JJ came to me last night...he was...he was shaking, Daniel. He was terrified.


Daniel looks at Laura, a real concern starting to come across his face.


DANIEL: Terrified of what?
LAURA: Of Liam. He had overheard Liam talking to someone outside the Town Square on his cell phone, and that someone mentioned that they would be keeping tabs on Abigail while she's out of the country, and...something about reporting to Stefano.


Daniel looks down a moment, mulling over what Laura's just told him.


Daniel thinks back to Abigail's fall, and her being his patient afterwards. He recalls her nervousness regarding her pregnancy.


...


FLASHBACK TO EPISODE 49


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Abigail lies in her hospital bed as Daniel casually goes over her chart. Abigail is nervous thanks in part to Daniel's close ties to her family and ex-colleagues at the hospital.


ABBY: That's good. Uh...Daniel...umm...you're not going to tell my mom about any of this, are you?
DANIEL: Nah, that's...that's not gonna happen. See, your mom and I are, in no uncertain terms, finished.
ABBY: Good. Uh...that's....not quite what I meant. I mean, I just...well, you know a lot of my family and friends and...
DANIEL: Doctor-patient confidentiality. Cross my heart.


Abigail smiles, feeling reassured that Daniel won't speak to anyone about her condition.


...


After this moment, his eyes snap back up towards Laura, a realization having struck him.


DANIEL: My God. 


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EPISODE 79
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson


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Maggie walks down the stairs at the Kiriakis mansion, a worried look on her face as she calls out to her husband.


MAGGIE: Victor??


Maggie looks toward the doorway, then the living room. Not seeing Victor, or indeed anyone else, she slowly walks into the living room. Spotting an envelope on Victor's desk, she sees her name written on the front of it.


Curious, she touches the envelope reluctantly. She then turns around, looking behind her, making sure Victor isn't looking in on her. 


Once she deems the coast clear, Maggie slowly opens the envelope, pulling the paper out and unfolding it nervously. She struggles to read it, having left her reading glasses in her purse.


MAGGIE: Oh My God. 


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Hearing a noise behind her, Maggie turns around to find a morose-looking Victor behind her. She smiles warmly at him.


MAGGIE: The title for the Penthouse Grille.


Victor smiles slightly. Maggie looks on lovingly.


VICTOR: I wanted to make sure you had control over the property regardless of what happens to Titan.


Maggie looks at Victor, surprised by his attitude.


MAGGIE: Victor...what on Earth are you talking about?


Victor looks down, away from Maggie, the sadness and worry plain on his face as he struggles to answer her.


---


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Marlena opens the door to her office at University Hospital. Roman and Valerie follow Marlena into the room. Valerie immediately closes the door behind her, ready to get down to business.


VALERIE: Okay, so, talk to me. Tell me about these memory lapses.


Roman stands, head down, hands on his hips, as he thinks over the moments he's missed so far. His reluctance to talk about his problem being obvious as he stutters his way through his troubles.


ROMAN: Well...they...just started a few months ago. Minor stuff. There were these....holes in my memories that weren't there before.
VALERIE: Such as...?


Marlena, resting against the front of her desk, chimes in.


MARLENA: The first time I met Bo, for a start.


Roman turns to look at Marlena. He makes a strong face of frustration, recalling her reaction to his misremembering of that memory. Marlena sees his frustration and stops herself for a second, having been caught off guard by his look.


---


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Nicole walks into the studio at what is no longer Titan TV, as many of her colleagues mill about, chattering. All are fascinated by what's going on, curtains obscuring the studio wall that formerly held the Titan logo.


Nicole looks around, as Miles appears, immediately going to speak to Nicole.


NICOLE: Miles!
MILES: Hey, Nicole. You excited about the news?
NICOLE: To be honest...I'm more nervous than excited.


Miles nods, and takes a moment before responding.


MILES: Yyyyeah. So am I. If the news matches the rumours I heard, you won't like the news any more than I will.


Nicole looks up, eyes widened. A thousand negative outcomes fill her head.


---


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Kate sits at her desk at her office. She looks up at a worried Lucas, who has just come in panicked about Sheryl and Jordan. Lucas, meanwhile, paces back and forth in front of Kate's desk as Kate tries to relax him.


KATE: Oh come on, Lucas. What do you mean, you can't carry the charade with Sheryl? You owe this to me, and to your sister. She's worked way too hard on this for you to back out now.
LUCAS: I'm not backing out, I just...we need to talk to Roman and Billie and get them to start making a move. 
KATE: Oh sure! And blow this whole thing up? And then what? 


Kate holds up her hands and dramatically makes air quotes.


KATE: "Jordan Ridgeway" and "Sheryl Connors" catch wind of what we're doing, and throw US under the bus. No way.
LUCAS: Well, Mom. I'm sorry. But I just can't keep up this ruse anymore. I'm not gonna sit there wasting all of my time and energy on a phony relationship just so YOU can win Rafe back.


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Billie steps into the room as he finishes his sentence, closing Kate's office door behind her, startling Lucas.


BILLIE: Well, you're gonna have to, or else this whole operation goes down the toilet. And this is way bigger than keeping Rafe away from Jordan at this point, Lucas, and you know it.


Lucas looks on at his sister, sighing audibly.


---


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Valerie, Roman, and Marlena stand in Marlena's office at the hospital, going over Roman's recent history of memory lapses. Marlena hesitates to continue, knowing Roman's frustration and hurt over his disappearing memories is building each time she brings them up, but she presses on.


MARLENA: He...I mentioned the day I met Bo, and his "wedding gift" for us...and...well, it troubled Roman quite a bit that he couldn't remember it properly.


Valerie looks on, almost through Marlena and Roman as she contemplates the situation.


VALERIE: Properly, or at all?


Roman looks down, shaking his head. He sighs before turning back toward Valerie.


ROMAN: At all. I don't remember that happening. But it WAS over thirty years ago. These things don't always stay as clear in your mind as you get older.


Marlena looks on, concerned for Roman, she attempts to chime in, but Roman interrupts.


MARLENA: Roman, I--
ROMAN: Now, look, I...want to figure this out as much as you do...but I...I gotta get going. I have to deal with some police business, okay, Doc?


Marlena closes her eyes, visibly frustrated by Roman's volatility. She exhales before speaking.


MARLENA: Okay. Sure.


Roman turns back to Valerie as he turns to head out of Marlena's office. He speaks sternly, with a hint of irritation in his voice.


ROMAN: Valerie. If you need anything more from me, let me know. But I can't do this right now. I'll see you later.


Roman leaves, closing the door behind him forcefully, causing Marlena to tense up visibly. Valerie shuts her eyes a moment, before looking back up at a troubled Marlena.


VALERIE: He's worried, Marlena.
MARLENA: (sigh) I know. So am I.


Valerie racks her brain, deep in thought over what she's witnessed. She throws her hands in the air, before pacing across Marlena's office. An idea strikes her.


VALERIE: I mean...the symptoms, top to bottom....it reads like Alzhymer's. But...


Marlena nods. She herself looks down, not giving Valerie eye contact, as her troubled mind racks through all the possibilities.


Valerie stops pacing, and looks up at Marlena.


VALERIE: Roman's medical records.
MARLENA: What about them?


Valerie, perking up, moves toward the doorway, an idea having finally hit her.


VALERIE: I'm going to grab them. If there is any clues as to what may be wrong with him...chances are it'll be there. I'll be right back.


Valerie opens the door, almost running down the hallway towards the records room. Marlena stays behind, a concerned but hopeful expression on her face.


MARLENA: My God, I hope you're right, Valerie.


---


Maggie shakes her head at Victor in disbelief. She puts down the title deed for The Penthouse Grille and puts her hand on her hip, the other on the desk beside her.


MAGGIE: Victor, nothing is going to happen to Titan. It hasn't so far, and there's no way it will now.
VICTOR: You can't guarantee that, Maggie.
MAGGIE: Oh I don't have to. I've seen how much blood and sweat you put into this company, Victor. And I'm not exactly new to this whole business thing myself, you know?
VICTOR: Maggie, that's different. You run a restaurant, not a conglomerate.


Maggie looks at Victor, exasperated.


MAGGIE: Victor, I've never seen you be such a defeatist. In my entire life, I haven't.


Victor looks away from Maggie. He shrugs.


VICTOR: Maybe I've always had a reason to fight before.


Maggie's face changes, realizing how Victor's been affected by Brady's demise. She approaches him and puts her hands on his shoulders, prompting Victor to look up at her.


MAGGIE: Victor...do you remember when I lost Janice?
VICTOR: Maggie, this isn't the same--


Maggie raises a finger to hush Victor up. She raises her voice over him.


MAGGIE: NOT...a word! Now, I recognize that the circumstances were different...but we pulled through Janice's death. It took time....but we were able to put our lives back together. And remember...you have Phillip, you have Daniel...whether you believe it or not, you have Justin!


Victor rolls his eyes, holding back his feelings at the moment about Justin, which Maggie anticipated, and quickly continues before Victor can retort.


MAGGIE:...and you have me. Just rememeber that.


Victor leans in to kiss Maggie, and embraces her warmly, as Maggie smiles.


---


Billie walks into Kate's office, pleasing Kate, as she could use the backup against Lucas' hysterical position. Lucas folds his arms, knowing what's coming from his sister.


BILLIE: We have too much on the line for you to be giving this up already, Lucas. We nearly have them right where we want them, right?


Lucas rolls his eyes, answering begrudgingly.


LUCAS: Right.
BILLIE: And...we are VERY close to getting them to do something major that will get them into jail. The deeper we dig, the better the chances of getting Jordan and Sheryl in jail, where they belong.
KATE: Exactly. So Lucas, you're doing us all a favour by staying the course for just a little longer. 


Lucas sighs heavily. Throwing his hands up in defeat, he responds.


LUCAS: Okay, fine. Sure. I'll stay with Sheryl for now, but we need to figure out what they're up to with this...Jerome charater. And fast.
KATE: Jerome? Who the...
LUCAS: That's what I wanna know. I was just in Sheryl's office and Jordan was there...with this...guy named Jerome Grant. Said they were working on a project together. She made out like it was for my birthday but...


Billie thinks a moment, before pointing Lucas' way.


BILLIE: Okay. I'm gonna look up this Jerome Grant guy, and see what his story is. If that's his real name, and we can get a handle on what he's actually here for, we might be able to intercept them before they do too much damage.


Kate smiles Lucas' way, confidence beaming in her eyes. Lucas looks back, much more unsure than Kate.


---


Nicole looks around, making sure no one's paying attention as she talks quietly with Miles.


NICOLE: What do you mean? What did you hear?
MILES: I heard a major corporation was taking over the station, and they're planning to flip the whole operation on its head, and it's someone well-known to us.
NICOLE: Like who?


Miles hesitates to answer. He stutters a bit as he does.


MILES: I erhh...it's someone you know very well, put it that way.
NICOLE: I don't like the sounds of this at all, and if you're playing a game on me, Miles, I swear to God...


Nicole hears the sound of the doors to the studio opening, as a group of people enter the room.


She closes her eyes, anticipating the worst before turning around to see who's come in.


As she turns, she spots a group of men in suits approaching.


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Followed by none other than Sami Brady and EJ DiMera.


NICOLE: No!


Sami stops before the group of men, and immediately launches into her announcement.


SAMI: Good afternoon, everybody! I'm sure you all know by now, I'm Samantha Brady. And I will be operating the TV operation formerly known as Titan TV, as of today.


Nicole breathes in deeply, choking back a scream, as Sami locks eyes with Nicole, a huge smile across Sami's face.


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EPISODE 78
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson


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Kim sits quietly in Theresa's hospital room, watching her comatose daughter. She looks on, visibly pained by her daughter's condition, as she holds her daughter's limp hand. The sound of the heart monitors beep behind Theresa, the only sound in the room.


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As Kim squeezes Theresa's hand, the door opens, causing a focused Kim to jump slightly, as she turns her head toward the opening door. Kayla walks slowly in to see her sister and niece. Kim quickly wipes away tears as she greets her sister.


KIM: Uh, Kayla! Hi!


Kayla smiles with a tempered smile as she walks over to her sister, putting a hand gently on her shoulder as they both watch Theresa's lifeless body.


KAYLA: Hey Kim. How are you holding up?
KIM: Ohh, you know. Same as always. You? 
KAYLA: Well, actually...I'm glad I found you. I wanted to tell you before I told Roman or Ma.


Kim turns around to face Kayla, a worried look on her face.


KIM: Kay? Is everything alright?
KAYLA: Oh yeah! No, everything's fine! Don't worry...I...I just have some...well...big news.


Kim smiles, a bit confused. Anticipating the worst, she asks her sister the obvious question.


KIM: Well...what is it?


Kayla breathes in deeply and, taking Kim's hand in hers, makes her announcement.


KAYLA: I'm leaving Salem...tonight.


Kim looks on, shocked into speechlessness.


---


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In the hospital cafeteria, Roman stands in the doorway, confused by Valerie Grant's greeting. Marlena stands by Valerie, attempting to figure out how intervene.


ROMAN: I...I'm sorry?
VALERIE: Chris? Don't you remember me? Valerie Grant.


Marlena cuts in to try to stop the situation from escalating.


MARLENA: I...uh, think you should know that--
ROMAN: ...Ahh, it's alright, Doc. I remember Valerie. I just can't figure out who de hell she think I am.


Valerie furrows her brow slightly, unsure what's going on.


VALERIE: What do you mean? You're Chris Kositchek. I mean, you sure look like him, I...
ROMAN: Valerie, I'm Roman Brady. You...do remember me, don't you?


Valerie looks stunned, now even more confused as she looks Roman up and down, before turning to look at Marlena, who stands, nodding in agreement with Roman.


---


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Lucas looks around at Sheryl's office, seeing Jordan and a stranger, Jerome sitting all around. He asks Sheryl again his previous question.


LUCAS: I asked you what the hell was going on, Sheryl. Now come on! Answer me!


Sheryl looks on with a raised, sarcastic eyebrow from behind her desk as Jordan and Jerome look back and forth between Lucas and Sheryl.


SHERYL: Obviously, it's a meeting.
LUCAS: Between your friend, who's a physiotherapist, and...who are you exactly?


Jerome stands up and immediately extends a hand to Lucas, rather formally, catching Lucas off guard. 


JEROME: My name is Jerome Grant, and you are...?


Lucas looks at Jerome with a baffled look as they shake hands, Lucas moving his hand towards Jerome's very reluctantly.


LUCAS: Lucas Horton...what...exactly are you doing here, exactly?


Sheryl pipes up as the two men firmly shake hands, interjecting from her seat.


SHERYL: Ah HE...is an old friend of Jordan's and I. He's...uh...here to help me with a project.
LUCAS: A project? 
SHERYL: Yes, honey. Uh...look, can I...talk to you a second outside?


Lucas looks over to Sheryl and nods, unsure what on earth is going on.


LUCAS: Uh...sure. Yeah.


Sheryl steps out from behind her desk and heads hastily for the door, grabbing Lucas' hand as she heads out. She turns quickly back toward Jordan and Jerome.


SHERYL: Great! Okay you two...try not to kill each other while we're gone, yeah?


Sheryl flashes a cheeky smile and winks at Jordan and Jerome. Jordan glares back, irritated by Sheryl's behaviour, as Sheryl shuts the door behind them.


Jordan immediately turns to Jerome, hissing as she points toward the door.


JORDAN: That was too damned close, Jerome? What the Hell are we gonna do? And why the hell are you really here anyway?!


---


 


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Nicole stands in Town Square, arms folded, her face showing her displeasure plainly to Eric, who separates from a hug with his old friend, Noelle.


NOELLE: Uh...Eric?
ERIC: Yes, Noelle?
NOELLE: This wouldn't happen to be someone you know, would it?


Nicole steps forward, never taking her eyes off Noelle as she extends a hand to greet her. Noelle looks cautious as she meets Nicole's hand. They shake, Nicole squeezing Noelle's hand a little too firmly, causing Noelle to resist wincing.


NICOLE: Nicole Walker. Eric's girlfriend. You know what that means, don't you?


Noelle rolls her eyes quickly as she responds curtly to Nicole.


NOELLE: Oh I know well.
NICOLE: And you are?
NOELLE: Noelle Curtis. Childhood friend of Eric and Sami. Oh, and...


Noelle holds up her hand, showing her diamond wedding band off to Nicole.


NOELLE: ...a married woman. Happily. Married woman.


Nicole looks on, slightly embarrassed at having given Noelle a hard time, but refuses to let it show, and leans back, folding her arms again with a disapproving look on her face. Eric looks on, surprised.


ERIC: Married?


Noelle turns to face Eric momentarily, putting a hand on his shoulder.


NOELLE: I'll explain later. Let's have lunch tomorrow?
ERIC: Sure.
NOELLE: Great. Good seeing you, Eric.


Noelle turns and nods, her face turning quickly to a scowl as she looks to Nicole.


NOELLE: Nnnnicky.


Nicole doesn't respond verbally to Noelle as Noelle steps past her on her way out, but her returning scowl follows Noelle out as well. Eric observes disapprovingly, and once Noelle's out of earshot, he immediately cuts into Nicole.


ERIC: What was that? Nicole, that was unbelievable!


Nicole turns back to Eric, surprised and annoyed by Eric's reaction.


NICOLE: Excuse me? You wanna stand there trying to tell me how unreasonable I'm being? You're the one who told me that this relationship will never go anywhere because you're so attached to a church that's rejected you because they can't prove you were raped!
ERIC: How dare you?
NICOLE: I could ask you the same thing. Don't waste my time moralizing about God's laws when you can't even figure out that He's obviously not here for you. 
ERIC: Nicole!


Nicole holds her hand up to stop Eric from speaking. Getting emotional, she finishes.


NICOLE: Seriously, Eric, you know what? If you ever find your brains, come find me at the station, figuring out who my new boss is. Excuse me.


Nicole storms off, leaving a stunned Eric behind, looking on as she walks away.


---


Marlena steps over to guide Roman in closer, as Valerie stumbles over her words, trying to form an apology to Roman.


VALERIE: I...I don't understand. Wh...what's going on?
MARLENA: Uhh...Roman...came back looking somewhat....different last time. He uh...he had an accident and...
VALERIE: And came back looking like someone else?
MARLENA: Well...it's a long story.
VALERIE: I'd love to hear it.


Marlena tries to shake the awkward moment she, Valerie, and Roman are sharing, and clasps her hands together tightly.


MARLENA: Ah, well...we can maybe do that in my office? Valerie, I have something...important to talk with...both of you about? That...research I was hoping you could do?


Valerie takes a moment, still transfixed by Roman's similarity to Chris, before she turns to Marlena, and nods in agreement.


VALERIE: Ah, yes! Yes. Let's do that. Roman?
ROMAN: Lead the way.


Valerie looks Marlena's way, conveying her astoundment at the situation. Marlena motions to Valerie to head for the door after Roman, and she complies, with Marlena following close behind.


---


Kim sits up in a chair beside Theresa's bed as Kayla sits down across from her. 


KIM: I...I don't understand, Kay. I mean...why are you leaving, it's so...
KAYLA: Sudden? Yeah. Well, see John was in town for Brady's memorial service and...well, he asked me to come over with him to...Europe.
KIM: Why?
KAYLA: Well, it seems like Steve needs my help with something so...John's going to fly me out.


Kim looks at Kayla, observing the concern in her eyes. She turns her head slightly and reaches out to hold her sister's hand.


KIM: I know you wouldn't leave so suddenly without a good reason. So...is everyone okay? Should I be worried? I mean...
KAYLA: No, no, no, no, no, no. Kim, no. Don't worry. In fact, when I get back, we may have some really good news for everyone.


Kim smiles, squeezing Kayla's hand as Kayla puts her other hand over top of Kim's. 


KIM: I hope so. How long will you be away?


Kayla shrugs, trying to fight tears off.


KAYLA: Oh, I don't know. As long as it takes. Few weeks, few months.
CAROLINE: Well, I hope it's sooner than that. I can only afford so many plane tickets to see my kids, you know.

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Kayla and Kim turn around to see Caroline standing in the doorway.


KAYLA: Ma!
CAROLINE: And just when were you gonna tell me you were leaving town? I had to hear it from Maggie.


Kayla gets up from her seat and walks over to Caroline, giving her a big hug.


KAYLA: I'm sorry, Ma. I just...it was so last minute, It's a bit of an emergency.
CAROLINE: Why? What's wrong?


Kayla hesitates to say anything, but continues.


KAYLA: Nothing. Nothing's....wrong. In fact, if this all goes to plan, a lot of things may be right.


Caroline looks on, a bit confused.


KAYLA: Just...trust me, Ma. I'll be fine. I'll fill you in when I can.


Caroline mulls it over a moment, before coming to accept Kayla's words, nodding before putting a hand on Kayla's shoulder.


CAROLINE: Well...just make sure that you keep me updated on how Joey is doing, okay?
KAYLA: I will. And I'm so sorry to just...up and leave like this. It's just...
CAROLINE: Don't worry about it now. You can explain it to me later. Just be safe.


Caroline and Kayla return to their hug, as Kim gets up and slowly comes over, wrapping her arms around Caroline and Kayla as well. They share a laugh as they cry softly.


---


Jerome smiles and almost begins laughing aloud at Jordan's histrionics. Sauntering across the room, before leaning against Sheryl's desk casually.


JEROME: You know? I almost miss your...melodramatic way, you know?


Jordan rolls her eyes at Jerome, reacting with disgust at his coolness.


JORDAN: Oh, don't you dare patronize me, Jerome. You know this isn't the first close call.
JEROME: Oh, I know! That's why we need to begin meeting at a more discreet location.
JORDAN: OH? Where's that, exactly?


Jerome smiles cheekily.


JEROME: Your place.


Jordan's eyes widen in disbelief.


JORDAN: Wha...Absolutely NOT! You can't...
JEROME: Oh, I can. And I will. And I think that Sheryl would agree with me.


Jordan folds her arms, shaking her head in disbelief.


JORDAN: I cannot believe you. You know, now I remember why we broke up.


Jerome keeps smiling, trying not to laugh.


JEROME: Oh really? Why's that?
JORDAN: Because you never take anything seriously. Nothing I say, nothing I do. Anything that happens is a joke. My reactions, my concerns. Look at you! You're trying not to laugh as we speak, I mean, I can't believe Sheryl still wants to work with you at all!
JEROME: And yet, she does. And you're gonna have to get used to that.


Jordan stands, displeased by Jerome's obstinance.


...


Sheryl turns Lucas around abruptly and grabs the lapels of his suit, pulling him in for a quick kiss on the lips that's still full of passion. Lucas relaxes almost immediately.


LUCAS: So...what's this...project?


Sheyl leans back, slowly opening her eyes from her seductive kiss and smiles widely.


SHERYL: Mmmm....I can't tell you yet.
LUCAS: Oh? It's for me then?
SHERYL: Suffice to say you'll be incredibly surprised...and VERY pleased that I didn't tell you anything right now.
LUCAS: Ehhh, I like the sound of that.


Sheryl giggles slightly, never taking her eyes off Lucas.


SHERYL: I knew you would. Now you...get back to work. I gotta finish these plans up, okay?


Sheryl jabs Lucas gently with her finger as she directs him away. Lucas reluctantly complies.


LUCAS: Ohhh fine, if you insist.
SHERYL: I do. Come on now, people will talk.
LUCAS: Yeah, well, I'm their boss so they better not. I'll see you tonight?
SHERYL: Always.


The two kiss quickly as Lucas darts off down the hallway. The relief and relaxation as Sheryl sees Lucas leave is clear on her face, as she rolls her eyes back, shoulders dropping as she turns to head back into her office.


SHERYL: God, I wish I could get away with drinking at the office sometimes.


...


Jordan turns abruptly to Jerome and, holding back a bit, speaks to him.


JORDAN: You know, I think we were doing pretty damn good without you. So you know how to manipulate a computer. So what?


Sheryl opens the door at this moment and steps in in time for Jerome to respond. She hangs back to listen to him.


JEROME: The difference is that without me, neither of you would have gotten out of that prison cell in Canada, you'd never have made it back into the States, and you never would have made it to Salem so you could go screw up your lives all over again. You want my honest opinion? You shoulda thanked me for saving your ass. And instead, you dump my ass for some cop?
SHERYL: Far be it for me to interrupt a personal moment...


Jordan and Jerome jump in surprise as Sheryl breaks up their tense moment. Sheryl calmly continues.


SHERYL: ...But we had better get to work right now...or we are all going to end up right back in those prison cells.


---


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Kate sits in her office when her office phone rings. She quickly picks it up, hardly breaking her focus from her work.


KATE: Ahh, I see you're at your desk for once, Francince...Lucas? Sure, let him in.


Kate hangs up the phone, and a second later Lucas walks in, a concerned tension on his face and his walk that alarms Kate immediately. 


KATE: Rough morning?
LUCAS: Oh yeah, we got problems. 
KATE: What kind?
LUCAS: With Jordan and Sheryl, mom. I don't know how much longer I can keep up this charade. We need to stop them. NOW.


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EPISODE 77
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson


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Valerie and Marlena sit in the cafeteria in University Hospital, sipping on coffee as they pick away at their lunch. The old friends smile as they catch up. Marlena pulls a picture from her wallet.


MARLENA: So this is my daughters Belle and Sami.
VALERIE: What beautiful young women they are...Wow. Roman must be so proud of them.


Marlena looks down awkwardly, which Valerie catches.


VALERIE: Okay, Marlena...you gotta get me up to speed on this whole...Roman situation. What happened between you two?


Marlena nearly spits out her coffee at Valerie's unintentionally loaded question.


MARLENA: Valerie, if you wanted me to fill you in on that, you'd need all afternoon, not just a lunch date.


Valerie smiles, laughing quietly, but realizing how out of the loop she's been. She furrows her brow subtly as she responds.


VALERIE: Cliff notes?


Marlena puts down her coffee, trying hard to hide her frustration at Valerie's persistance, but Valerie catches on, and holds up her hands.


VALERIE: Okay...if you don't want to talk about it...
MARLENA: No no. It's just...it's very complicated. (sigh) Basically...we thought we had lost Roman...many many years ago....not to...get into too much detail but...a man came to town. John Black. We...we all thought he was Roman and...I married him.
VALERIE: But Roman was alive the whole time?
MARLENA: He had been held prisoner...for seven years. And then they kidnapped me as well.


Valerie looks on, shocked by Marlena's story.


VALERIE: My God! Marlena, I'm...so sorry.


Marlena smiles re-assuringly. She puts her hand over Valerie's.


MARLENA: It's alright. We managed to escape. Either way, once we were all back in Salem...things got complicated. John and I had an affair...and that's how we had Belle.
VALERIE: I see. Is....that why you and Roman aren't together anymore.


Marlena nods with a hint of sadness. Valerie looks at Marlena with a sympathetic face.


VALERIE: I'm sorry to hear.
MARLENA: Oh it's okay. That was a long time ago. I just wish things were going well with John now.


Marlena stares off in a distance as she thinks over her recent problems with John, and their divorce.


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Daniel stands by the nurses' station at the hospital, trying to step between Billie and and angry Kim, who has caught Billie and Daniel in a warm embrace.


DANIEL: Okay...Kimberly, I want you to understand something here. This hospital is extremely well-protected without a police guard. There will always be someone within eyeshot of Theresa's room, so all this talk about a police guard is unneccessary. Okay?
KIM: Says the man that I just caught hugging the woman I have a restraining order against. Come on, Daniel. I'm not stupid.


Daniel sighs, as Billie rolls her eyes. Giving up, Billie presses the down button on the elevator.


BILLIE: Look. I have to get back to Titan, but, Kim. Just...let it go. I'm not going to see Theresa, okay? I'm respecting your wishes.
KIM: If that's the case, then why are you here?
BILLIE: Believe it or not, I have friends at this hospital that aren't named Theresa. I had to go see Jennifer for a moment, if you must know. Alright? So just relax and call your dogs off. 


The door to the elevator opens, with Billie staring Kim down as she steps on, making a snarky remark before leaving.


BILLIE: But I will not stop caring about Theresa. And when she wakes up, you better hope she doesn't put a restraining order out against you. Especially conseridering how well you two get on. Have a nice day, Kim. Daniel? I'll see you at Club TBD?


Billie steps onto the elevator, while Kim stares her down as the doors close. Kim points to Billie as she looks up at Daniel, who's had quite enough of Kim, himself.


KIM: Do you see that? And you try to explain to me why I shouldn't have a police guard up.


Daniel finally snaps, looking over Kim's head as he shouts out at her.


DANIEL: Okay, Kim, ENOUGH! There will be no guards for Theresa's room and that's final, got it??


Kim looks at Daniel, stunned and disgusted by his strong reaction, and his domineering.


---


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Eric walks through Town Square, deep in thought as he quickly grabs his phone from his pocket to check a newly received text message. As he does, he continues walking. Turning the corner by Tom & Alice's tree, he slams into a woman passing by, who jumps back before she falls down, herself not having paid close enough attention.


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NOELLE: Oh God, watch...!
ERIC: I'm so sorr--


Eric stands back, shocked to see Noelle again. Eric looks on, at a loss for words momentarily, as is Noelle.


ERIC: Noelle Curtis...what are you doing here?


---

 

---


Eric offers a hand to Noelle as he lifts her up off the ground of Horton Town Square. The both smile, surprised to see each other again after so long.


NOELLE: My God! Eric Brady, it's been...ages!


Noelle leans over and gives Eric a warm hug. Eric smiles and hugs back.


ERIC: It's been a...long while. You're looking...fantastic.


Eric pulls out of the hug and, still holding her hands, backs away from her to see how beautiful she looks. Noelle smiles, flattered by Eric's compliment.


NOELLE: You're not looking so bad yourself. I heard you...have had...quite a year.


Eric's face drops, as he nods, a sad look across his face.


ERIC: ...Or two. Yeah, you could definitely make a case. But I'm pulling through.
NOELLE: Good. I'm glad. Yeah, it's...definitely not be an easy year for me either.
ERIC: I heard about your dad. I'm sorry to hear. Neil and my mom were good friends for a very long time.


Noelle smiles half-heartedly, a certain sadness in her eyes. She nods as she looks down, deep in thought in a way, as she continues to talk to Eric.


NOELLE: Yeah. It wasn't easy on any of us. Especially since now I'm...helping to support her.


Eric looks shocked by Noelle's revelation. He looks into Noelle's eyes with a deep concern.


ERIC: What??


Noelle holds up her one hand to motion to Eric not to panic.


NOELLE: It's...not a big deal, don't worry. I'm taking it all in stride. I'm just...gonna have to make it work is all.
ERIC: Well, I hope it does work itself out. Hey, how long are you in town for? 'Cause I really would love you to meet everyone, catch up with me and Sami and...


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Noelle laughs at Eric's enthusiasm as she interrupts him to give him her news. As she does, Nicole appears from the opposite end of Horton Town Square and spies Eric and Noelle speaking. She hangs back, observing their body language from afar.


NICOLE: Who the Hell is that?


Noelle smiles and responds to Eric.


NOELLE: Well...we'll have plenty of time for all that. I'm staying in Salem...hopefully for good.


Eric's eyes light up at the news. He smiles widely, still standing hand-in-hand with her.


ERIC: Really??
NOELLE: Really!
ERIC: That's fantastic!


Eric pulls Noelle back in for a big hug as Nicole looks on. Now blind with jealous rage, she storms over to Eric and Noelle and, upon approaching them, makes herself known.


NICOLE: And just what in the HELL is going on here?


Eric pulls away from Noelle and turns to face Nicole, his face immediately twisted into one of confused displeasure.


---


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Jordan sits down at Sheryl's desk, sitting in a chair next to Jerome. Sheryl leans over her desk, placing down before the both of them a single page each. Jordan squints at the page as she picks it up, looking up at a smirking Sheryl as she scans the page.


JORDAN: You're serious about this?
SHERYL: Absolutely.


Jordan sets the paper down on Sheryl's desk. She looks over incredulously at Jerome.


JORDAN: You're going to steal all the data Titan has on EnerNext from their mainframe and cover your tracks with a virus?
SHERYL: Not just any virus, Jordan. That's why I brought Jerome back to help us. He can explain it a lot better than I can.


Sheryl motions to Jerome to continue. He smiles wryly and begins, hands clasped together as he sits casually at his seat.


JEROME: We will be accessing that specific server only. Once the files are accessed and copied, which should only take about twenty minutes, we would have to cover our tracks to avoid any chance of Titan's security system catching the transfer. As a result, we will systematically corrupt and effectively paralyze the Titan servers, top to bottom.
JORDAN: And what if the firewall stops us before then? I mean, wouldn't someone not get a warning that there was a breach in the firewall?
SHERYL: Not if Jerome's plan goes correctly.


Jerome looks over to Jordan, who is still a bit lost on the logistics of the plan.


JEROME: There is a hole in every firewall. We just have to figure out where it is, and take advantage of it.
SHERYL: Once we're in, we take what we need, and then effectively set fire to the house.


Jordan looks at Sheryl, unimpressed, and responds sarcastically.


JORDAN: Sounds extreme.
JEROME: It's the best way. It's effectively untraceable, destroys Titan's inner workings, which will cost them millions if not billions, and whatever we collect on the project will go straight to the media, which will put the final nail in Titan's coffin.


Jerome turns to Sheryl at this point, pointing and smiling, looking impressed.


JEROME: Oh, and by the way. Great work with the Titan TV sale. I didn't think you could pull that one off, but it helps us out big time.
SHERYL: Thank you.
JORDAN: Won't that still be a bit of a battle? I mean, I'm sure there's a boatload of Titan loyalists still left at the station. I can't imagine they'd be thrilled with this.


Jerome looks back to Jordan, a wry smile on his face, and a glimmer in his eye.


JEROME: Trust me. When the man isn't signing their cheques, they'll take him down in a heartbeat for a good story. You can believe that.
SHERYL: And truth be told, I'm certain that by the end of the week, there won't be a Titan for them to worry about anyway, and we'll be miles away by then.


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As she finishes her sentence, Sheyl looks up shocked as the door to her office swings open. Lucas looks on, confused by the scene he sees in front of him.


LUCAS: Miles away from where?


Sheryl looks on, stunned and at a loss for words as Jordan and Jerome turn to see Lucas in the doorway.


LUCAS: Sheryl, what the Hell is going on here?


---


Daniel pulls Kim into his office, with Kim attempting to free herself from his clutches, as he shuts the door. Kim pulls off him, finally, and curses him as she feels her not-as-sore-as-she's-making-out upper arm. Daniel leans against his desk and points a finger at Kim as he starts in on her.


KIM: Let go of me! What kind of neanderthal are you?
DANIEL: One that's concerned about your daughter's well-being.


Daniel stops a moment, relaxing somewhat as his tone changes to a more reserved, concerned one.


DANIEL: ...And yours.


Kim looks up from studying her arm for bruising. She squints at Daniel in wonder.


KIM: My well-being? (laughs) Daniel, I've been through...so much worse than this.
DANIEL: Yeah, and how did you handle that?


Kim looks away a moment, annoyed by Daniel's interference.


KIM: I don't want to get into this with you, okay?


Daniel raises his voice, hoping to stifle Kim's objections.


DANIEL: You need to, Kimberly!


Daniel stops a moment before softening his tone again, his eyes unmoving from Kim's.


DANIEL: Your daughter has been in a terrible accident. The longer she's in that coma, the greater the chance she'll never wake up from it. Now, I want to do everything I can to make sure she does wake up, but that includes her being surrounded by friends and family that will help her heal. And whether you want to admit it or not...that includes Billie.


Kim looks away at the window, shaking her head in denial. As she responds to Daniel, she becomes increasingly emotional, tears beginning to form in her eyes.


KIM: That woman has caused us nothing but pain. She's torn every bit of stability and normacly away from that girl. And just when I finally get my daughter back...


Kim stops a moment to collect herself as she begins to break down. Daniel looks on, sympathetically, but folds his arms and stays put, not wanting to step towards Kim.


KIM: I can't take any chances with this, Daniel. Billie Reed poisoned my daughter against me, and I'm not going to let her near my daughter again, ever!


Daniel looks down, retaining his composure as best he can as he takes in Kim's emotion.


DANIEL: It's not right. And you know it.


Kim nearly hollers over Daniel, refusing to accept what he has to say.


KIM: Oh to HELL with what's right for Billie! She has no right to insert herself into this.
DANIEL: Okay, Kim...I want you to realize something. Okay? I saw Billie with Theresa, and I saw how much Billie cares about that girl getting better. That kind of energy is sometimes exactly what can make the difference between someone coming back out of a coma, and someone never waking up. 


Kim stays silent, wiping away her tears as she listens to Daniel.


DANIEL: But I have to respect that restraining order. If I don't, I run the risk of losing my job, and my licence. Why would I risk that? Just...don't let this anger consume you, Kim. Billie may be in my life, but that's not gonna give her special privilege where Theresa's concerned. You need to trust that. 


Kim stops a moment, mulling over what Daniel's said before continuing.


KIM: Okay...fine, I won't ask for a guard for Theresa's room, and I will respect...whatever thing you have going with her...but if I ever catch Billie Reed in my daughter's hospital room again, so help me, you will live to regret it. Do you understand me? And trust me, if she's in there, I WILL find out. I can guarantee you.


Daniel looks up again, afraid to even make a response against Kim's strong reaction.


---

 

In the hospital cafeteria, Valerie studies Marlena's troubled expression with concern of her own.

 

VALERIE: What do you mean by that? Is everything okay with you and John?

 

Marlena sighs as she answers, not able to quite look Valerie in the eyes, hoping to retain her composure.

 

MARLENA: No, I can't say that they are. We're getting a divorce.

 

Marlena feigns a smile, as Valerie reaches out across the table to touch Marlena's hand in comfort.

 

VALERIE: I'm really sorry to hear that. But I'll tell you something, you look a hell of a lot more conflicted than sad about this. Marlena...are...are you sure this is what you want?

 

Marlena looks down, contemplating Valerie's question. She slowly nods, before looking back up at her friend to answer her question.

 

MARLENA: Yes. Yes, it's probably for the best. Too much water's passed under the bridge, and as much as I don't want to admit it, I have much more important priorities to consider right now.

 

Valerie raises an eyebrow at Marlena's vague statement.

 

VALERIE: Such as...?
MARLENA: What to do about Roman.
VALERIE: What do you mean? Is he okay?

 

Marlena takes a sip of her coffee before answering. Putting the cup down, she shakes her head subtly, hoping to maintain discretion concerning his situation.

 

MARLENA: No. And actually, that's something I really should ask you about, especially with your expertise in neurology.
VALERIE: Absolutely, anything.

 

Marlena leans in, looking around to make sure no one could be listening in on them as she softly asks Valerie her question.

 

MARLENA: Roman's been having very...bizarre memory lapses and these...strange moments that almost seem like the beginnings of dementia...
VALERIE: It very well could be, but he's so young, that's a surprise to me.
MARLENA: To me too. And it comes so soon after his mother's diagnosis with Alzheimer's as well. But, that's the thing. The symptoms don't quite line up.

 

Valerie looks on, head tilted slightly in confusion.

 

VALERIE: How do you mean?
MARLENA: I mean that something in my gut is telling me something else is happening to him. And I need you to figure out what it is.
VALERIE: I'll do whatever I can.

 

Marlena smiles at Valerie warmly.

 

MARLENA: Thank you. I'll be meeting with Roman after lunch so maybe we can have a chat with him then.
VALERIE: Sounds good to me, I'm free for a little while longer, so I don't mind at a...

 

Before Valerie can finish her sentence, she spots another familiar face walk through the door of the cafeteria, looking for someone. She spots Roman immediately and calls out to him as she stands up, smiling widely.

 

VALERIE: Chris Kositchek! Aren't you a sight for sore eyes!

 

Roman looks at Valerie, bewildered, and as though looking at a stranger, as Marlena looks on, a flash of deep concern hits her as she looks quickly back and forth between Roman and Valerie.

 

---

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EPISODE 76
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Billie walks up to Daniel by the Nurses' station at University Hospital, and taps him on one shoulder, before darting in the opposite direction. Daniel turns around and looks confused momentarily before spotting Billie out of the corner of his eye and grabbing her. They both laugh heartily as Billie grabs Daniel's arm and smiles.

 

DANIEL: Gotcha.
BILLIE: Yeah, well, I don't put up much of a fight with you. How are you doing?
DANIEL: Ahhh, alright. Ready for lunch if you are.
BILLIE: I think that would be an excellent idea. You made the arrangements for tonight?

 

Daniel looks at Billie and shakes his head.

 

DANIEL: You know I can't talk about that here.
BILLIE: I am being as vague as I can, but frankly, I just want to be sure you made the arrangements. This has got to work.

 

Daniel leans in close and hugs Billie.

 

DANIEL: Don't worry. Everything will be fine.

 

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As Daniel holds Billie, Kim steps off the elevator and catches the two of them in their embrace. She folds her arms immediately and stares disapprovingly.

 

---

 

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Sami walks down the hallway of University Hospital, just outside Dr. Laura Horton's office, making a quick phone call on her cell phone as she turns the corner.

 

SAMI: Gabi! Glad I caught you...umm...are you free at all this afternoon?

...

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Gabi walks casually toward The Brady Pub while on her phone, pushing her stroller with her other hand, thinking momentarily before responding to Sami's question.

 

GABI: Uh...yeah. Sure. I can...meet you. Why? Is something wrong?

...

SAMI: Uh...no! No, everything's fine, I just...I have a proposition for you, so I just...figure we could meet up.

...

GABI: Sure! I'm just about to sit down to lunch with Will, so...maybe after that?

...

SAMI: I might have to make that a little later. I've got a quick stop to make to clear up some business so...maybe...around 3?

...

GABI: Sounds good, I'll see you then.

...

SAMI: Perfect, bye!

 

Sami hangs up the phone before looking down at it again to check the time. She inhales deeply as she looks up at Laura's office.

 

SAMI: Well, here goes nothing.

 

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Sami steps into Laura's office, but jumps back a moment when, opposite Laura, sits EJ. He smiles upon seeing Sami enter the room, and gives a small wave. Sami smiles back, relieved that he's made it.

 

---

 

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Gabi struggles into the Brady Pub with her stroller. Will, already inside, catches this and jumps over to help Gabi in. He laughs as he helps Gabi push Ari inside.

 

GABI: Oh my God, thank you SO much, Will.

 

Will lifts the stroller over the bump in the doorway, and lets the door shut behind him as he helps to guide the stroller.

 

WILL: Heh, hey, I gotta make myself useful somehow today.
GABI: Rough first day?
WILL: Just a bit.

 

Gabi finds their booth and sits down, positioning the stroller so that Ari can face her. 

 

WILL: Here, I'll just...grab a high chair, be right back.
GABI: Kay.

 

Will grabs a high chair from the corner and they set Ari up in it, at which point Gabi folds the stroller shut.

 

GABI: There we go!
WILL: So how was your morning?
GABI: Pretty boring. Just...got Ari fed, got myself ready, came here.
WILL: Must be nice.
GABI: Well, it was pretty uneventful until a minute ago.

 

Will's ears perk up. He looks at Gabi inquisitively.

 

WILL: Oh?
GABI: Yeah. Your mom just called me. Something she really wants to talk with me about.
WILL: Sounds...serious.
GABI: Yeah...and with your mom, I don't ever know what to expect.

 

Will rolls his eyes and nods his head in agreement.

 

WILL: Trust me, I've lived with her my entire life, it never gets any easier.

 

Gabi snickers a bit before looking at Will with a bit of a bemused look as well.

 

GABI: So...morning that bad?

 

Will shrugs, looking down at his menu disinterestedly. Gabi tries to catch his attention.

 

WILL: I guess...I dunno. Met my boss.
GABI: And how's he?

 

Will thinks carefully about his answer, recalling the tension he felt as Alex moved in close to him, and helping Alex peel his shirt off. He snaps out of it after a second as Gabi snaps her fingers, trying to regain his attention.

 

GABI: Will!

 

Will shakes his head, trying to get back to the land of the living. He looks at Gabi with a confused, smitten look that's hard to hide, even though he's desperately trying to downplay it.

 

WILL: Sorry. I just...I don't know...I've never met anyone like this guy in my entire life.

 

Gabi looks at Will, trying to downplay how shocked she is at Will's answer.

 

---

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Jordan awkwardly steps forward in Sheryl's office, half-smiling at Jerome as she goes to take a seat. Jerome gets up as she makes her attemps and steps toward her, causing her to step back slightly.

 

JORDAN: Wow...It's...been a long time, Jerome.
JEROME: How've you been...what is it now?
JORDAN: Jordan Ridgeway.
JEROME: Right.

 

Jerome smiles and opens his arms for a hug. Jordan reluctantly accepts, wincing as Jerome pulls her near. She steps back and sits down as she looks daggers at Sheryl, she smiles smugly at the situation.

 

SHERYL: So nice to see old friends reunited, no?

 

Jordan rolls her eyes at Sheryl. She shakes her head as she responds.

 

JORDAN: You know, you're really starting to make me question this partnership, Sheryl. Ever since we got to Salem, you've been doing nothing but antagonizing me.
SHERYL: Well, if I don't push you, you'd be spending all your time cozying up to the good cop Rafael, am I right?

 

Jordan tries to shush Sheryl as she mentions Rafe, but to no avail. Jerome's heard, and turns his head Jordan's way.

 

JEROME: Rafael? You done got yourself some latin dude now? And a cop? My God, nearly going to jail for blowing up that bank really must have scared the crap out of you, Kay.
JORDAN: JORDAN. My name in Salem...is Jordan. And no, it didn't. I just have other priorities than constantly trying to take down Western capitalism. It's called growing up.

 

Sheryl lets out a dismissive laugh at Jordan's comment. She looks Jerome's way, while pointing to Jordan.

 

SHERYL: You see what I've had to put up with? So come on now, let's just...get down to business. I don't have much time before Lucas comes to pick up for lunch so...let's get this plan down, okay?
JORDAN: Sure, whatever.
SHERYL: Not whatever. This is going to give us all the leverage we need to stop this EnerNext deal...with or without Nick Fallon's help.

 

Jordan looks on, increasingly uneasy with Jerome suddenly involved in this situation, but sighs, looking at Jerome, a bit defeated.

 

---

 

Gabi looks at Will, a bit surprised by his expression about his new boss.

 

GABI: You sound like you're...smitten or something.
WILL: I'm not...

 

Gabi looks at Will, giving him a disbelieving "yeah right" look. Will looks to the side, knowing he's been caught. He leans in close to Gabi so as not to be overheard.

 

WILL: He...(sigh)...Gabi, I don't know what I'm supposed to do.
GABI: Are you attracted to him?

 

Will sighs heavily, looking down at his coffee mug. He nods sheepishly.

 

WILL: Yeah, I am. But...I just met him today, I mean...you've been attracted to people you've just met before, right?
GABI: Well, yeah, but, I mean...I'm not always the most rational person when it comes to guys, now am I?
WILL: You said it, not me.
GABI: Rude.
WILL: I know.

 

Will winks at Gabi, and the two friends laugh a second, before Will looks at Gabi seriously.

 

WILL: But...seriously...you...you can't...don't tell Sonny, okay? Promise me.

 

Gabi takes Will's hand across the table and puts hers overtop, giving it a gentle squeeze.

 

GABI: Will, why would I do that? You know I'd never say anything...but you have to be honest with yourself, Will. I mean...you've only ever really been with...Sonny...I mean...there's me but that...
WILL: Hardly counts, I know. And...maybe you're right. Maybe my...brain or my body is just telling me that I'm just...not ready to be married yet. 
GABI: Maybe. But I do know one thing. I know you love Sonny more than anything. So, you really need to be sure before you take your vows.

 

Will nods. He thinks over Gabi's words carefully before answering.

 

WILL: Yeah. But I do know one thing...I know I can't hurt Sonny. And maybe I'm just...angry at him and want to...lash out because of yesterday but...I know that'll pass. I love him, Gabi.
GABI: Then you need to be honest with him. Tell him what's going on, and figure out what you two need to do next. Do it now, before this goes any further.

 

Will looks up at Gabi, struck by her seriousness.

 

---

 

Sami looks pleasantly surprised to see EJ in Laura's office. She laughs awkwardly, as she steps forward, then takes a seat next to him.

 

SAMI: EJ!  Wow...I'm really glad you made it.
EJ: Samantha, where else would I be?

 

Laura smiles, seeing the natural closeness they share, she steps over toward her own seat, and sets herself down across from EJ and Sami.

 

LAURA: You know, it's not often that I see such positive energy coming from both partners in a setting like this. It's a very good sign.
EJ: It's simply how I feel for her, Laura. If this is what I have to do to give Samantha peace of mind, so be it. I will be here for her every step of the way.

 

Sami looks over EJ, touched by his warm words, and sensing how genuine they seem. She smiles and replies softly and emotionally.

 

SAMI: Thank you, EJ.

 

Laura looks on, putting on her reading glasses as she grabs her notebook and tape recorder. She hits 'record' and begins to take notes as she looks over the top of her glasses at Sami and EJ.

 

LAURA: Okay, shall we begin?

 

Sami and EJ shuffle in their seats at Laura's announcement.

 

SAMI: When ready.
LAURA: Excellent. Now, Sami, I wanted to start with you. We've talked about how your relationship with your son has changed recently. How has that situation changed in the last few days?

 

Sami looks up at the ceiling. She thinks a moment before responding.

 

SAMI: Ohhh I don't know...I stepped into Johnny's room last night. Was watching him sleep. I wanted to reach out to him...run my fingers through his little curls...but I couldn't.
LAURA: Okay, I just want to focus on something here though...you say you went to his room. Sami, that's actually a good sign. You weren't even able to look at him before without having flashbacks.

 

EJ looks to Sami, seeing her stare straight ahead, letting Laura's words sink in. She hesitates to smile, as though unsure whether she believes Laura's optimism or not.

 

---

 

Kim steps towards Daniel and Billie, who immediately separate from their embrace. Her arms folded, she tuts them as she shakes her head disapprovingly.

 

KIM: Well! Far be it from me to break up a cozy scene. But don't you think that, as Theresa's doctor, you really shouldn't be so...cozy with the woman I've specifically had banned from my daughter's hospital room?

 

Daniel turns to Kim, arms up to try to motion to Kim to cool down.

 

DANIEL: Kim, you need to hold on a sec--
KIM: I am not going to hold on a second. How am I supposed to trust that you're not sneaking her in?
BILLIE: Because I'm not.

 

Kim glares at Billie as Daniel tries to cool the tension between the two women.

 

DANIEL: Kim, I understand why you're concerned about this, but Billie and I have discussed the situation, and she will not be going in to see Theresa, okay?

 

Kim shakes her head, refusing to buy into Daniel's words.

 

KIM: No. I don't buy it.

 

Kim raises her voice, pointing her finger towards the doorway to Theresa's room.

 

KIM: I want that door protected by a police guard so I can be absolutely sure...that this woman...

 

Kim points to Billie as her voice lowers to a hiss.

 

KIM: Stays the hell away from my daughter.

 

Billie sighs, biting her tongue hard as Daniel looks on, still trying to reason with Kim, who could shoot daggers at Billie with her eyes.

 

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EPISODE 75
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Sami stands in the DiMera living room, her arm being firmly grasped by Nick, who's attempting to stare her down. Sami glares back, determined with every fibre of her being not to allow him to.

 

SAMI: Nick. Let go of my arm.
NICK: Will you at least hear me out.

 

Sami finally wavers, looking down at where Nick's grasping her arm. She sighs in defeat.

 

SAMI: Sure.

 

Nick releases Sami as she forcefully breaks away from him simultaneously. She steps back away from Nick as she looks back toward him, while holding her arm where Nick held it.

 

SAMI: Who knew such a skinny little rat had such a strong grip. Ow.
NICK: I'll take it as a compliment.

 

Sami snaps, cutting Nick off before he can continue his 'witty' banter.

 

SAMI: Just what do you want, Nick?

 

Nick ensures the doors to the living room are shut and saunters ever-so-slowly over to the sofa. He casually sits down and looks at Sami.

 

NICK: We had an agreement, did we not?
SAMI: What do you mean? I've done everything you've asked of me.
NICK: Except...neither you, nor Kate have offered Gabi that modelling job I requested you to give her.

 

Sami rolls her eyes at Nick's persistent request.

 

---

 

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At the board room at University Hospital, the crowd of staff are aghast at Dr. Kayla Brady's revelation that she will be quitting her position as Chief of Staff.

 

MAXINE: Dr. Brady, how soon are you leaving us?
KAYLA: Today will be my last day.

 

The crowd is even more shocked by this turn of events. Kayla immediately tries to cool down the crowd, talking over each other in shock and dismay.

 

KAYLA: Everybody! Calm down! It's...not a big deal, I swear!
MARLENA: Kayla, what's wrong? Why are you leaving?

 

Kayla tries to hold back, recalling John's request that she tell nobody of her plans. She inhales deeply as she answers Marlena.

 

KAYLA: I...have a bit of a...personal trip I'm going to need to take. I'll be in Africa for the forseeable future with Joey and Steve.
MAXINE: Well we, at the hospital, are gonna miss you, Kayla. And I am gonna throw you one hell of a going-away party.

 

The crowd cheers Maxine's plan on as Kayla stands awkwardly, again trying to silence the crowd.

 

KAYLA: I'm...I'm sorry to disappoint anyone...but I will be leaving tonight. There won't be time for a goodbye party. However...

 

Kayla has to take a moment over the sound of disappointment from the staff. She holds her hands up once again to try to calm the crowd.

 

KAYLA: However...I do have some great news, especially for those of us who have been at University Hospital for a long time. I'd like to welcome our new chief of staff. An old friend of ours with an extensive resume here and in Europe. It's my honour to welcome back to Salem, and to University Hospital...Dr. Valerie Grant.

 

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The door to the board room opens as the group filling the room turn to see Valerie standing in the doorway. Applause slowly builds in the room as Valerie steps in, smiling widely as she looks around the room.

 

---

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Rafe and Jordan lie in bed together at Rafe's, cuddled naked together comfortably in their sleep. Rafe begins to stir from his sleep, which rouses Jordan. She turns to face Rafe, who puts his arm around her, as they gently kiss good morning.

 

RAFE: Well if there was a better way to wake up, I sure don't know about it.

 

Jordan giggles as she quickly kisses Rafe again, never taking her smiling eyes off his.

 

JORDAN: I could get used to this being every morning.
RAFE: Mmm...I like the sound of that.

 

As they roll over again, Rafe now on top of Jordan under the sheets as they begin to kiss more intensely, their eyes shut as Jordan wraps her arms around Rafe's neck, pulling him in closely to her.

 

This would be when Jordan's cell phone begins ringing, prompting Rafe and Jordan to stop suddenly, but after a moment's shock, Jordan realizes who it likely is and chooses to ignore it, grabbing the back of Rafe's head and pulling it back towards her. After another moment of kissing, Rafe leans back up again.

 

RAFE: Aren't you gonna get that?
JORDAN: No.

 

Another kiss, Jordan is determined to distract Rafe from her ringing phone, but Rafe stops again, starting to exasperate Jordan.

 

RAFE: Jordan, that could be important.
JORDAN: It isn't. Trust me. I just wanna focus on you right now.

 

Jordan looks seductively at Rafe, her hands running up and down his chest and shoulders. Rafe smiles back at Jordan, as Jordan's phone goes silent, the call going to voice mail. Rafe and Jordan get back into the mood, as Rafe leans in again, starting to kiss down Jordan's neck and slowly kissing down it toward her chest, causing Jordan to stir pleasurably.

 

Jordan's phone begins to ring again. This time Rafe immediately slumps down in frustration, while Jordan flops back as well, staring at the ceiling.

 

JORDAN: I guess I have to get that now.
RAFE: Yyyup!

 

Rafe sighs as he rolls back over off of Jordan, who leans over to grab her phone off the bedside table.

 

Naturally, it's Sheryl.

 

...

 

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Sheryl sits at her office desk, dressed impeccibly as always. She sits in her office chair, relaxed, and looking over at someone sitting across from her on the other side of her desk.

 

SHERYL: Finally!

 

...

 

JORDAN: Ugh...Hi.

 

...

 

SHERYL: Don't be so happy to hear from me! Where were you?

 

...

 

JORDAN: Just in bed, I'm not due into work for another two hours so...we were taking it easy.

 

...

 

SHERYL: What can I say? I've got a gift for timing. Listen, I need you to head over to Titan, ASAP.

 

...

 

JORDAN: Now?

 

...

 

SHERYL: No time like the present. I got a surprise for you.

 

...

 

Jordan's eyes widen, realizing what this means. She stutters a bit before speaking, trying to hide her sudden panic from a concerned Rafe.

 

JORDAN: I'll...I'll be right there.

 

Hanging up her phone, Rafe looks on with concern as Jordan immediately starts to get up from her bed. Rafe paws at her in a vain attempt to keep her in bed.

 

RAFE: Wait, wait, wait, you're not going so soon, are you? We were just getting started!
JORDAN: I know, and I'm sorry, but...patient at the hospital is in a...really really bad way right now and they need me there early.

 

Rafe sighs, not able to argue with Jordan's job. He starts to get up from the bed himself, reluctantly.

 

RAFE: Fair enough. But I think we've got time for some time alone, still.

 

Jordan goes pilfering through her drawers quickly, looking for clothes for work and not paying attention as Rafe walks over behind her, still naked himself.

 

JORDAN: No we don't, I really need to go.

 

Jordan stops suddenly and turns back toward the door, bumping immediately into an upright, smiling Rafe. She looks up in a bit of shock at him as he holds her arms in his hands.

 

RAFE: I can help wash your back at least.

 

Jordan smiles back, almost giggling at Rafe's suggestion.

 

---

 

Sheryl puts down her phone at the office and looks back at her guest. She laughs as she begins to speak to him.

 

SHERYL: I caught her in a bit of a...personal moment.

 

The man she talks to looks back her way, having a bit of a chuckle as he replies to her.

 

SHERYL: You know, it's good to have you back with us, Jerome. Now our plans are finally gonna start to really gel. You know?

 

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Jerome looks back from the chair opposite Sheryl, hands clasped together, one leg crossed over the other casually as he sits in his smartest pinstripe suit.

 

JEROME: Well, let's hope Jordan thinks so. Otherwise you may find youself in over your heads, and I guarantee you, you'll end up drowning.

 

---

 

Valerie steps up the head of the table in the board room, and begins to address the group.

 

VALERIE: Well, I told you I'd come back, I just...didn't expect it to take so long!

 

Everyone laughs, including Valerie, as she continues on, in a more serious tone.

 

VALERIE: But in all seriousness, I am thrilled and honoured to return to University Hospital. I spent a very long time away, and I've missed seeing so many familiar faces. I'm so glad to be back!

 

the crowd applauds, as Valerie looks around, a smile on her face.

 

VALERIE: I would like to thank Dr. Kayla Brady for recommending me for this position. I know we haven't seen each other in a long time, but I'm grateful that you thought of me, and I will do my best not to disappoint you.

 

Kayla and Valerie hug, as the crowd applauds again, and Marlena heads up to greet her old friend.

 

MARLENA: Hello, stranger!
VALERIE: Marlena! Ohh it's so good to see you again! How are you?
MARLENA: I've been well. Lots has happened since I last saw you!

 

The two women laugh as Marlena and Valerie stand, holding each other's hands.

 

VALERIE: Well, listen, I'd love to catch up with you, if you're able to. Maybe we can meet up today for lunch?
MARLENA: I'd love to, but I'm meeting Roman for lunch already. Unless you'd want to join us. I know it's been an eternity since you've seen him!
VALERIE: I'd LOVE to! Absolutely! Are you two still married?

 

Marlena looks off to the side whimsically, and answers with a bit of a laugh, as she turns to head out of the room, putting her hand on Valerie's shoulder.

 

MARLENA: That's...a very, very long story.

 

Valerie looks on, a bit confused as the two women walk toward the door.

 

---

 

Sami plays cool with Nick, though she's clearly exasperated by his persistence.

 

SAMI: We've played this game before, Nick. Remember? You trying to get Gabi a modelling job so that you could whisk her away to New York and live happily-ever-after with my son's baby? And how did that turn out, exactly?
NICK: I dunno, you tell me.
SAMI: As I recall, it went over as well as...well (laughs) a giant boulder.
NICK: Don't try to be clever, Sami. It doesn't suit you. That's more of a...Nicole thing.

 

Sami glowers at Nick, unable to resist his obvious baiting. She bites back loudly.

 

SAMI: Say what you need to say and get out, Nick!

 

Nick doesn't move from the sofa, instead smiling widely, knowing that he got a rise out of Sami.

NICK: Offer Gabi a modeling contract. Make her a contract, have me vet it. If you get sneaky, I'll catch it, so don't try to put any clause in there that could upset me. Because you don't want me upset, Sami.

 

Sami rolls her eyes and folds her arms, knowing Nick's won.

 

SAMI: Fine. I'll draw it up. Now get out.

 

Sami grabs her bag and heads to the door, opening it, then standing by it and motioning to Nick to leave.

 

Nick gets up but turns away from her, facing the doorway to the garden, pinching the bridge of his nose, but trying to hide it from Sami, who senses something is off. She steps forward slightly, trying to catch Nick's attention. Nick is distracted by the surge of pain in his head.

 

SAMI: Did I stutter?

 

Nick draws himself up and turns around, still feeling the pain in his head, but working his best to not appear weakened.

 

NICK: Just remember, don't even think about double-crossing me, or you'll have an awful lot to answer for, to a lot of people. See ya!

 

Nick waves, and sets off walking casually out the door of the DiMera living room, as Sami rolls her eyes. She sighs heavily as she grabs her bag, and leaves the living room herself, shutting the living room door behind her.

 

---

 

Jordan storms into Sheryl's office, visibly irritated by being summoned yet again. She sighs audibly as she greets Sheryl.

 

JORDAN: You summoned, m'lady?
SHERYL: I told you I had a surprise for you.

 

Jordan stops as her face drops, as the colour drains from it, looking down as the chair in front of Sheryl's desk turns around slowly. Jerome appears, smiling slyly as he does.

 

JEROME: Hey stranger.
JORDAN: Jerome....

 

Jordan breathes in deeply, trying to maintain as the shock hits her.

 

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EPISODE 74
Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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At what is for now Titan TV, Nick smiles smugly while lounging in a chair opposite Nicole's desk. Grabbing his laptop bag as he pulls out his tablet, he taps and slides his finger across the screen before showing Nicole footage of their exchange up to now.

 

NICOLE: You....what?
NICK: I have it all right here. See, I've got eyes, Nicole. Everywhere. You know, once you master the art of hacking, you really can do anything! It's crazy!

 

The colour drains from Nicole's face, as Nick puts his tablet back in his bag, and pulls out a flash drive from his bag, placing it on the desk before a stunned and terrified Nicole, who was just caught by Nick's surveillance equipment admitting to hiding the documents proving Eric was drugged. Nicole gulps audibly before responding to him with as strong, but cool a voice as she can muster, which comes off more upset and wavering than she'd like to believe.

 

NICOLE: What do you need me to do, Nick?

 

Nick nods, still smiling as Nicole squirms, hating cowtowing to her blackmailer's increasing demands.

 

NICK: Much better. Everything you'll need is on that flash drive. Just remember to destroy it when you're done. Have a great day, Nicole!

 

Nicole holds up the flash drive, looking it over as Nick grabs his bag and leaves Nicole's office. Nicole holds it firmly in her fist, silently cursing Nick. She sits down at her desk and thinks aloud.

 

NICOLE: There has GOT to be a way to trap that little rat in his own game. But he's on the side of the good guys...how the hell does that work?

 

Nicole shakes her head as she puts the flash drive into her computer and waits for it to load.

 

---

 

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Will walks down the hallway towards his new office at EnerNext, holding a coffee mug in his hand, before stopping at the door. He turns the doorknob and steps in, jumping back upon seeing Alex standing inside.

 

ALEX: AH! Will! I was looking for you.

 

Will stands at his doorway, keeping a goofy smile on his face, stunned by Alex's presence in his office.

 

---

 

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Laura walks off the elevator at University Hospital and stops at the nurses' station. Maxine greets her immediately with a warm smile.

 

MAXINE: Well! Good morning, Dr. Horton. How's it going?

 

Laura smiles, but with a tension in her face that Maxine can't quite put her finger on.

 

LAURA: Oh, just fine, Maxine. Uh...you haven't seen Dr. Jonas around anywhere, have you?
MAXINE: No, he's taken a late start today. In fact he's requested to work evenings all week. Should I have him get ahold of you when he comes in?
LAURA: Yes, if you don't mind. Thanks!
MAXINE: Anytime, Dr. Horton. Oh! And, uh, by the way, there's a very improtant meeting at 10:45 in the board room.

 

Laura looks up from her mail, a bit surprised, but smiles Maxine's way.

 

LAURA: Oh. Alright, thanks. Any idea what it's about?

 

Maxine shrugs dismissively.

 

MAXINE: I dunno, usually it's about not wasting paper in the photocopier and boring budget updates. I wouldn't worry too much.
LAURA: Heh, alright. Thanks again, Maxine.
MAXINE: Have a good day, honey.

 

Laura steps away from the nurses' station and over to the coffee machine. Pouring herself a cup, she sighs heavily while looking over to see none other than Liam talking with one of the doctors at the opposite end of the room. Laura looks on momentarily, before muttering to herself.

 

LAURA: Alright, Laura. Keep calm, and tread lightly. Daniel may be able to help you keep on eye on Liam, but don't overplay your hand. Jenn and JJ's safety depends on it.

 

---

 

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Brady wakes up, pale and sweaty, to find a tray of breakfast food arranged beside his bed, a note laid down beside his plate of eggs, bacon and toast. Brady rubs the sleep from his eyes and reads the note carefully, his vision still not the greatest.

 

Figured you'd want a nice breakfast. If you need anything, just holler. Anita

 

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Brady tries to get up from his bed but quickly realizes he can barely move them, after days of bed rest. As he tries to shuffle over to his breakfast, Anita walks in, hearing the rumbling.

 

ANITA: Oh good, you're up. Here, I wasn't sure if you'd be able to reach the food, but I knew that you'd better eat something or you'd shrivel up and die.

 

Anita rushes in and grabs the tray from the TV dinner table set up beside the bed. She quickly pops the tray on Brady's lap.

 

BRADY: Well, I'm not so sure I'm not gonna shrivel and die yet.
ANITA: Don't talk like that. You're looking better every day.
BRADY: You know, I'm...I'm still not hungry. I feel so...
ANITA: That's probably you coming down from your drugs.

 

Brady looks up, shocked that Anita was even aware of his relapse.

 

BRADY: What? How...? How did you even know I--
ANITA: The doctor told me during his house call. You had a rapid heart beat and dialated pupils. He figured you were high when you ended up in the water. Honestly, from what that doctor told me, it's a miracle you're even alive.

 

Brady looks up at Anita, alarmed by her sombre statement.

 

---

 

---

 

Anita sits at the edge of Brady's bed, conversing with him about his situation. Brady looks at Anita with a concerned look.

 

BRADY: What do you mean, lucky to be alive?
ANITA: You showed up washed ashore by the lake. Limp as a fish. I thought you'd drowned, but thankfully...I'm a retired nurse so...

 

Brady flops down, exhausted, in the bed. Looking at the ceiling before inhaling deeply and shutting his eyes, trying to soak in each breath.

 

BRADY: Why don't I feel so lucky?
ANITA: Probably withdrawals. And your body's probably weak. Lucky for you, I managed to get your body warmed up, or that cold lake water would've killed you before the withdrawal symptoms ever could.
BRADY: Great. (sigh) I don't think I wanna eat.
ANITA: I'll leave it here for you anyway. You might get hungry later. But you do need to eat.

 

Anita gets up and heads for the door, stopping and turning back, as though remembering something.

 

ANITA: I'll make you a pot of tea, that might help.

 

Brady continues to stare blankly at the ceiling.

 

BRADY: I...sure.

 

Anita stands in the doorway and smiles.

 

ANITA: I'll be back in a minute.

 

As Anita walks out, Brady summons the strength to sit up again in the bed. Looking around the room, he looks out the window overlooking the lake. 

 

The images flood back in his mind of the night of his accident. His harsh words for Theresa. The sound of his car speeding into the icy water. He shudders as he relives the moment of panic, recalling the impact. 

 

He flops back in bed, squinting his eyes shut, as if shutting his eyes will wipe the memories away.

 

---

 

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Sami stands in the DiMera living room, standing before the desk. She closes up her briefcase after filing away some papers, and putting her tablet inside her purse, as she hears the living room doors swing open. She continues preparing, assuming EJ is at the door to motivate her to get a move on.

 

SAMI: I'll be there in a sec, EJ, just gotta...

 

Sami turns around and jumps back immediately upon realizing Nick is at the door, not EJ.

 

NICK: Oh come on, Sami! I'm way skinnier than EJ. But I appreciate the compliment. He's a looker, that one!

 

Sami looks on, eyes squinting with malice.

 

SAMI: What do you want, Nick?
NICK: Just wanted to have a little talk with you.
SAMI: Well, I don't have time right now. I have to get to the hospital, as a matter of fact.

 

Sami tries to walk out, appearing busy as she collects her things. Nick grabs Sami's arm to stop her, causing Sami to stop in her tracks, a bit of a shiver as she looks at Nick with an insane contempt. Nick looks back, an arrogant, dangerous nonchalance in his eyes.

 

NICK: Not so fast, Sami. This will only take a minute. And I think it's in your best interests, and Kate's...and Gabi's...if you stuck around for....just a minute. Don't you think?

 

Sami continues to stare him down as Nick retains his firm grasp on her arm.

 

---

 

Nicole sits at her office desk and looks down at the flash drive Nick's given her.

 

NICOLE: (sigh) Alright. Let's see what dirty little secrets you have locked inside you.

 

Nicole holds the drive in her hand before rolling her eyes.

 

NICOLE: Although, knowing Nick, he's probably just loaded a virus onto this thing to wipe my hard drive clean. Oh well, I'll just expense a new one with my new boss, I guess.

 

With a bit of a laugh, Nicole plugs the flash drive into her computer. She talks herself through the process as though she's at a slot machine in Vegas.

 

NICOLE: Alright, baby, show Mama the money....

 

Nicole looks on with laser-focus as the document list appears on her monitor. Clicking on the first document, she waits with baited breath as the document loads on her screen. She inhales deeply as she soaks in the information.

 

NICOLE: My God. Victor, you're going DOWN.

 

Nicole smiles a satisfied smile as she reads on.

 

---

 

Will relaxes a moment, miraculously keeping his coffee cup in tact as he steps inside his office toward Alex.

 

WILL: I...Alex. I...sure, what do you need?
ALEX: Come here.

 

Alex opens a folder as Will steps close to him. Alex leans in close to him, causing Will to tense up. Alex begins to show him a document for Will to work on.

 

ALEX: I'm gonna start you off slowly, just to get your feet wet, so...here...is a press release we'll be sending out tomorrow regarding the property acquisition problems we're having.

 

As Alex speaks,Will feels Alex's body move in close to him, his breath on his neck, and every touch, no matter how inadvertent, excites him. Will breathes in deeply to try to relax himself, all the while, so focused on holding himself back, that he barely listens to Alex.

 

ALEX: Okay, so...

 

Will sits himself down at his desk to look over the file, as Alex crouches down beside him. Will sets his coffee on the table and leans in close again, as Alex explains the file.

 

ALEX: So essentially, you'll be editing this for time, and we need this to read more like progress is being made on this front. We can't let the press see that we're stagnant on this issue.

 

Will moves his arm over to point to a piece of this document.

 

WILL: Right, so, here...

 

Will clips his coffee mug as he points over the folder and knocks it off his desk...and all over Alex's shirt. Alex jumps back and Will jumps up from his seat.

 

WILL: Oh God. I'm...

 

Alex looks himself over, holding back a curse as he tries to undo his tie and shirt before the heat of the coffee burns him.

 

ALEX: Ow Ow ow ow ow!
WILL: Ahhh I'm sorry, here, here, here, let me get that off...you...

 

As Will jumps over and helps peel Alex's wet shirt off him, they both stop a moment. Will looks down at Alex's body and swallows hard. He stutters as he tries to speak.

 

WILL: I...I'm so sorry. I just...I...

 

Alex laughs a bit, looking at an obviously embarrassed Will.

 

ALEX: Don't worry. I'm...a klutz half the time myself. Uh...look. Let me...go change. I bring a change of clothes usually just in case...a pen explodes...bit of my lunch falls on me...
WILL: Some idiot newbie spills coffee on you on the first day.

 

Alex smiles, putting a hand on Will's shoulder in reassurance.

 

ALEX: Nah, come on. Don't be so hard on yourself. Will. I'm not gonna fire you for this. If I was going to, I'dve fired myself last year. Okay?

 

Will nods sheepishly. Alex now puts both hands on Will's shoulders, looking up at Will to try to convince him to look up his way. Will finally does, and their eyes lock. Will's defenses go down and he smiles at Alex, they both laugh gently at their situation, as Will's eyes get distracted by Alex's shirtless body.

 

---

 

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Marlena arrives at University Hospital's board room to find it filled with people from all over the hospital. She quickly walks over to Laura, who looks over and greets Marlena.

 

LAURA: Good morning. I take it you got word about the meeting?
MARLENA: Yes, I did. It's unusual of them to ask so many people to one of these meetings, so I'm rather curious what it could be about.
LAURA: Sounds serious.
MARLENA: It very well could be.

 

Laura looks over to see Jennifer walk into the room with Liam in tow. Laura stares with a deeply troubled look, which Marlena immediately picks up on.

 

MARLENA: Laura...are you alright?

 

Laura holds her gaze a moment longer before responding, looking Marlena's way only as she finishes speaking.

 

LAURA: I'm fine. I'm...just fine.
MARLENA: Why don't I believe you?

 

Laura smiles and tries to reassure her friend, but is barely able to reassure herself.

 

LAURA: Don't worry. I'll be just fine.

 

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Marlena looks on, deciding to drop it, as the door closes behind a newly arriving Kayla, who calls out to the room for their attention.

 

KAYLA: Good morning, everyone! Let's get started!

 

Kayla walks over to the head of the board room table. She remains standing as she speaks to the crowd gathered in the room.

 

KAYLA: So...you're probably wondering why I've called this meeting this morning. And I do want to thank you all for coming out on such short notice....but I am...officially announcing my resignation as Chief of Staff at University Hospital.

 

The crowd look on, stunned by Kayla's announcement.

 

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EPISODE 73

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

 

 

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Marlena steps out of the coffehouse in Horton Town Square, cup of coffee in hand as she sits down at one of the tables out in the square. She sits down as her cell phone rings, she picks it up and talks as she rifles through her bag.

 

MARLENA: Dr. Evans...yes...yes, I can be at University Hospital in...20 minutes....Board room? Uh, sure! I'll be there. Bye bye.

 

As Marlena hangs up her phone, she looks around and sees a young blonde woman walk into the square, looking a bit lost. She looks on, a bit of recognition in her eyes as she smiles, looking the young woman's way.

 

Finally, the woman stops upon seeing Marlena and smiles widely. She approaches Marlena, who remains seated.

 

MARLENA: Noelle?

 

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Noelle looks back excitedly as Marlena recognizes her.

 

NOELLE: Marlena!

 

Marlena jumps up from her seat, as Noelle and Marlena hug each other tightly. As they pull away, their screams of joy begin to turn to giggles.

 

MARLENA: Oh my LORD, it's so good to see you again! I've missed you.

NOELLE: I was amazed you even recognized me, it's been so long. I think I couldn't have been more than...what, 12 when I last saw you?

MARLENA: Probably.

 

Marlena smiles warmly as she looks at Noelle proudly. They hold each others hands.

 

MARLENA: Your dad would be so proud of you. I'm so sorry to hear about his passing.

 

Noelle's demeanour changes almost immediately. Her face drops as she steps away from Marlena momentarily before sitting down at the table.

 

NOELLE: Yeah, thanks.

MARLENA: I'm sorry to have brought him up. I know it's still relatively fresh for you and your mother.

NOELLE: Yeah, well...there's a lot of....adjusting to do. In more ways than one.

 

---

 

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Nicole sits at her desk at her office, staring down Nick, who's sitting across from her, lazily lounging in his chair, a typical cocky look on his face. Nicole tries to posture to appear unmoved by Nick's threats.

 

NICOLE: I need to remind you of something, Nnnnnnick! You need my help more than you're willing to admit.

 

Nick leans back in his chair, sitting himself in a casual position almost mockingly.

 

NICK: Oh this oughta be good. Where's the popcorn?

NICOLE: I'm serious. If you and your little minion didn't have me telling everyone in Salem how disastrous this oil sands project would be, no one would give a damn about Percy and his little...owl-watching sanctuary. You'd have been a thirty-second human interest curiosity on one newscast before the Titan spin machine forced the public's hand and the city's, into forcing him to sell his land. And then where would that leave you?

 

Nick tenses as Nicole speaks, the smile slowly fading from his face, but still trying to appear relaxed.

 

NICOLE: Face it, Nick. I have more power than you're willing to admit. And it bugs the hell out of you.

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Will steps off the elevator at the Titan Building on the EnerNext floor. He luckily steps off the elevator as Tyler steps into the hallway. Tyler notices Will immediately and greets him with a professional smile.

 

TYLER: Ah! William! Perfect timing. You're looking rather chipper this morning.

WILL: Thanks, Mr. Houston. I...had a hard time sleeping last night.

TYLER: Well, it certainly doesn't show. Ready to meet everyone?

WILL: I sure am.

TYLER: Great.

 

Tyler motions Will to follow him down the hallway. Will smiles, trying to hide his nervousness. Tyler looks over, sensitive to Will's uncertainty, and tries to break the tension.

 

TYLER: So I guess I should tell you a bit about what you'll be doing here.

WILL: Could help. (laughs)

[b[TYLER: Well, you'll mostly be writing press releases, dabbling a bit in advertising copy. We will need you to focus a bit on speechwriting, as I'll want someone who really understands spin and how to avoid any potential...pitfalls.

 

Will nods, understanding what Tyler's getting at.

 

WILL: A bit of...persuasive writing, if you will.

TYLER: Precisely.

 

Tyler smiles and puts his hand on Will's back in a father-like way. He motions them forward again as they approach the door to an office.

 

TYLER: So here's where your new office space will be.

 

Will steps into the room, beaming as he examines the lush surroundings.Dark wood covers the walls of the office, with the light streaming in from the window right behind his new desk. Will stands in awe of his workspace, as a young, chiseled man with dark hair steps in from the hallway.

 

WILL: It's...amazing.

 

As Will speaks, the man knocks on the doorframe. Tyler looks behind him towards the door, and sees the young man. He immediately walks over to him and ushers him into the room.

 

TYLER: Ah! William! This is Alex, you'll be reporting directly to him.

 

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Will turns to face Alex and smiles immediately. A rush coming over him as he looks him over. Alex extends his hand for Will to shake. Will stands awakwardly for a moment before clueing in and shaking his hand in return.

 

WILL: Oh...nice...to meet you, I'm Will.

 

Alex smiles back, lingering in their handshake slightly longer than expected. Will smiles a bit of a goofy smile and Alex smiles back.

 

ALEX: Pleasure.

 

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Noelle walks with Marlena across Town Square, both ladies with coffee cups in hand. They laugh as they share stories.

 

NOELLE: (sigh) Thank you for meeting me today. I was...honestly really worried about coming back to Salem.

 

Marlena stops and touches Noelle's cheek gently, moving a strand of hair away from her face lovingly.

 

MARLENA: I know it's difficult moving back here after all these years. And so far from your mother. How is Liz holding up?

NOELLE: Oh she's...alright. We've been helping her out as much as we can, but....it isn't so easy from so far.

MARLENA: Why doesn't she come back to Salem with you?

 

Noelle shakes her head, shrugging as she continues to look straight ahead, in thought as she speaks.

 

NOELLE: A lot of memories. I think mostly of Dad. Mother couldn't really take it.

 

Marlena stops and looks at Noelle with concern in her eyes.

 

MARLENA: It's been well over a year, Noelle. I mean...do you think it's healthy for Liz to still be so...

NOELLE: I think Dad's death and...well, I just think that she's hurting a lot more than she's willing to believe.

MARLENA: Is she working?

 

Noelle looks down, laughing almost to keep from crying. She shakes her head.

 

NOELLE: No. She hasn't in months. Marlena, her first performance in two years, and dad was at home dying of a heart attack. She's...she's never forgiven herself for it.

MARLENA: Surely she knows it isn't her fault.

 

Noelle looks up to keep from crying, this time starting to lose the battle.

 

NOELLE: Listen, can we....can we continue this later. I...I have to get some errands done today before dinner.

MARLENA: Sure.

 

Noelle takes Marlena's hand and squeezes it, smiling warmly her way through her tears as she tries to wipe them away.

 

MARLENA: Listen, Noelle. Just remember, if you need someone to talk to...

NOELLE: Thanks, Marlena. I'll call you soon.

 

Noelle walks away as Marlena lingers behind, still looking on with real worry on her face.

 

---

 

Nick gets up from his seat. He leans over Nicole's desk, trying to intimidate her, but Nicole responds cooly. She remains in place, arms folded on her desk, a calm expression her face.

 

NICK: You think you got this all figured out, don't you, Nicole?

NICOLE: I know that you'd be stupid to use what you've got on me unless you absolutely had to.

NICK: Don't be stupid enough to think I won't.

 

Nicole leans back finally, laughing in Nick's unmoved face.

 

NICOLE: I don't think you understand this at all. Your plan's worked just fine so far, but what happens if even ONE piece of your little...convoluted plan fails? City council could still allow EnerNext to buy out Percy's land.

NICK: That won't happen if you do what you're instructed to.

 

Nicole leans back in, looking menacingly at Nick.

 

NICOLE: I don't take instructions from you, you little twerp.

 

Nick gets back up from leaning on Nicole's desk. He shakes his head at Nicole's insolence.

 

NICK: You really don't get it, do you? I have every document you kept hidden from Eric in your desk drawer safely stored where you can't find it. I can pull it out whenever I feel like it.

NICOLE: And I know you won't do that. Nick, you can't overplay your hand here. The Titan executive is gonna get wise to you, and then you and your little plan here are gonna crumble like stale bread.

 

Nick smiles smugly. He responds ever so calmly, yet menacingly.

 

NICK: Not now they're not. Remember that old saying, Nicole? Loose lips sink ships?

 

Nicole still looks on dismissively.

 

NICOLE: I'm sorry, am I talking to the Riddler? Would you just spit it out?

NICK: Well, Nicole. Let's just say that no matter what happens around this building, I know about it.

 

Nicole furrows her brow, confused and a bit worried by the implication Nick's making, but disbelieving it simultaneously.

 

NICOLE: How is that even possible? Did you develop ESP or did you hit up Dionne Warwick for a psychic friend?

NICK: I wouldn't say that so much as....the walls, Nicole? They have ears. And trust me, you've been so very helpful. Especially now that I have video that shows our little...exchange here about what you did.

 

The colour drains from Nicole's face as Nick smiles a winner's smile.

 

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EPISODE 72

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Sonny lies on the sofa in the living room of the apartment, fast asleep until the sound of the curtains being brusquely opened is heard. The bright morning light billowing into the room jolts Sonny out of his slumber, his eyes blinking wildly as he covers them with one arm, trying to adjust to the new light.

SONNY: Ugh! God! What the He...Oh my God.

Sonny stops, eyes suddenly wide open at the sight of the person standing in front of him. He looks on completely flabbergasted.

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Laura steps into the living room of the Horton house, dressed in her housecoat, a lost look on her face, and deep in thought. Her daughter, Jennifer, steps into the living room, coming from the kitchen, with two cups of coffee in her hand, oblivious to her mother's distress at first.

JENNIFER: Good morning, Mom! I heard you stirring upstairs so I got an extra cup of coffee ready for you...

Jennifer looks over as she puts the coffee down on the table in the living room. She stops suddenly and looks with concern at her mother.

JENNIFER: Mom, you look awful, Are you okay?

Laura tries to allay Jennifer's worries, as she tries to rub the sleep from her eyes and stretches her arms and back while she talks.

LAURA: Yes, Honey. I'm fine. I just...I didn't sleep very well last night, that's all.

JENNIFER: (sigh) You're worried about Abigail too, hm?

LAURA: You could say that.

Laura walks over to the other side of the sofa and sits down beside Jenn. They both begin to sip their coffee as they talk.

JENNIFER: I just...I worry that she's in over her head, working for DiMera like this, it's...it just seems so dangerous, Mom.

Laura nods in agreement, putting her coffee cup down as she speaks.

LAURA: I just hope this trip doesn't drag out too long. Quite honestly, Jennifer, the longer she stays in Italy, the more worried I am for her safety.

Jennifer looks at her mom, surprised by her alarmism.

JENNIFER: Mom, what are you saying? Do you know something you're not telling me?

Laura looks up at Jenn, her face looking a bit surprised but still painted with the fatigue of worry.

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Sami walks into the DiMera living room, fully dressed, and ready for another day’s work. She smiles as she spies EJ turning toward her, also dressed for the day.

EJ: Ready?

SAMI: As ready as I'm gonna be. Did you get everything set up?

EJ smiles as he hands Sami his tablet.

EJ: We can make the announcement by this evening. Should be finalized by noon.

Sami beams as she reads the tablet. She looks up at EJ, but hesitates to hug him. Her smiles drops off a bit, as the tension persists between them.

SAMI: You are a miracle worker.

EJ: Only when I'm properly motivated.

Sami looks down a moment, trying to contain herself, but EJ, sensing Sami's guard starting to finally come down, touches her chin, prompting Sami to look back up at EJ. She touches his hand to pull away, but stops herself from gripping his hand. They both pull back from each other, as Sami breathes in deeply and speaks seriously.

SAMI: I, uh...I asked Laura Horton if....if we could, uh...do a...umm...a group session together. The three of us.

EJ tries to interject but Sami interrupts, anticipating EJ's objection.

EJ: Samantha, I don't--

SAMI: ...EJ, we need to do this. Do it for me. If you want this marriage to...hold together or survive in any way...we need to do this. Please.

EJ sighs heavily, looking through Sami as he thinks over her request.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4

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Nick bursts into Nicole's office at what is, for now, Titan TV. Nicole is visibly displeased to see Nick, and immediately turns back to her computer pretending to be hard at work.

NICK: Knock, knock.

NICOLE: And here I thought I was gonna have a GOOD morning.

NICK: Ohh, come on now, Nicole. This is easily the low point of your day.

Nicole shoots a glare at Nick before returning to her computer monitor.

NICOLE: Or a bad omen.

Nick sits down opposite Nicole at her desk, undisturbed by her ignoring him. He leans in, a sleazy smile on his face the whole time, enjoying the repartee.

NICK: Life's what you make it. Especially now that you're free from your...suffocating ex-employer. No?

NICOLE: Oh please. Give yourself some credit, Nick. You've managed to somehow be far more suffocating than even being MARRIED to Victor could ever be!

NICK: Flattery will get you everywhere. Come on, you've gotta be at least...somewhat happy with this. Now we can get down to the business we came here to do, right?

Nicole finally breaks her laser-focus with her computer monitor and glares Nick's way. She turns to face him, leaning over her desk, almost hissing her response to him.

NICOLE: What part of this don't you understand, Nick? I don't want anything to do with you or your sleazy plans. Is that clear enough for you or do I have to draw you a diagram?

NICK: I think I hit a nerve. I think I need to remind you of something, Nicole. I hold all the cards here. So I'd suggest dialing that temper of yours back before your little secret ends up the first story you read on the 6 o'clock news.

Nicole rolls her eyes, looking annoyed, but knowing Nick has her number. She shakes her head at him, astounded by his audacity.

---

Laura turns away from Jenn as they sit on the sofa in the Horton living room. She shakes her head.

LAURA: No, no. Darling, I don't know anything more than you do.

JENN: Well, then I think we need to take a step back. I mean, I know...I'm as worried about her being in Italy working for DiMera as you are, but sitting here...stewing about it all the time is...it's only going to stress us all out, and we know that's not what you need.

Laura gets tense as Jennifer alludes to her mental health. She turns to Jenn with a slight agitation.

LAURA: Don't start with that, Jennifer Rose. I am entitled to show concern for my granddaughter. I just can't...I'm getting worried about how close Abigail is getting to the DiMeras and for her own safety, I think that...well...maybe we should convince her to quit once she gets home. I think it would do her a world of good.

Jenn looks over to Laura, thinking over her idea, shaking her head in agreement.

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EJ sighs as he steps away, turning towards the doorway to the garden. He finally speaks up to respond to Sami.

EJ: Samantha, I don't know that that's such a good idea.

SAMI: I know, it's...not exactly what you wanted. But...but it's a good first step, you know? Get all our...awful past out on the table, maybe work out what makes our relationship so...you know...volatile.

EJ: (sigh) I just...I don't like the idea of...pathologizing our problems like this, it seems...

SAMI: EJ, this is for me...and for...Johnny.

EJ turns around, surprised.

EJ: Wait, you're not telling me that Johnny's become affected by everything between us.

Sami shrugs, defeatedly.

SAMI: Are you surprised? He was always...super aware of everything that happens between us. He's a really sensitive kid, EJ.

EJ: Yes, but...to this extent?

Sami sighs, dreading telling EJ the truth of the situation. She finally speaks up.

SAMI: That's not all. He, uh...I've been having trouble when I...

EJ: What? What is it?

Sami stammers and puts her arms up a moment before walking towards the garden doors herself, hoping that focusing on something other than EJ will help her speak.

SAMI: I...uh...I was out...in the garden. Few weeks ago, you know. Just...after our fight. Wanted to (sigh) clear my mind.

Sami turns around to face EJ, who looks on, listening intently, seeing the pain Sami's in, and for the first time, seeing her pain beyond his own suffering. He tears up a bit as he listens to Sami speak.

SAMI: Johnny ran out to see what I was doing...

Sami pauses, looking down. She takes a moment before starting to tear up herself.

SAMI: He hugged me. And I couldn't....I couldn't stand the touch of him. I wanted him...away from me. All I could think about was...you. That night, making me...service you so that Lucas could live. I...

EJ: Samanth--

Sami interrupts EJ, increasingly agitated as she recalls the situation.

SAMI: I thought...I was over it. I thought I'd moved on. That...that we were finally past it, but...but I can't do it, EJ. I can't. You...all the things you have done to me, and all the times I've had to fight back.

EJ:Samantha. I love you. And I will spend every...single day of my life...from here on out, making this up to you.

Sami cools down again, fighting her anger with every muscle in her body. She breathes in deeply before speaking again.

SAMI: EJ. If you want to make it up to me...the first step is to come with me to see Laura.

EJ looks down, seriously contemplating Sami's point.

---

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Will turns around from opening the curtains. Fully dressed in a smart, tailored business suit, he smiles with a hint of smugness as he looks down at a half-asleep Sonny.

WILL: Good morning.

Sonny looks Will up and down, awestruck. He finally croaks out a response.

SONNY: I...you look like...a whole new person.

Will raises his eyebrow and smirks at Sonny, in a bit of a pose.

WILL: Amazing what a suit and a shave can do, hm?

SONNY: Yyyyeah. Wow...you look amazing, Will.

WILL: Well, you'll have all kinds of time to ogle me later. I need to get to work.

Will grabs his laptop bag. He smiles at Sonny as he walks over to the door. Sonny calls out to him to stop him.

SONNY: Uh...Will!

Will stops and turns around.

WILL: Yes?

SONNY: I...did you feed Ari this morning?

WILL: Oh! Yeah, it's all taken care of, Sonny. Ah, look. Just because...well, you know...how things are right now, I think we should probably stay in separate rooms again tonight. You know? Oh, but if you had a rough sleep, you can definitely sleep in the bedroom while I'm at work.

Will flashes a [!@#$%^&*]-eating grin Sonny's way, while Sonny looks on, brow furrowed, clearly hurt by Will's coldness.

SONNY: Will...

Will laughs, continuing his chipper charade for Sonny.

WILL: Sonny, come on, I'm gonna be late for work.

SONNY: Aren't you forgetting something?

Will looks himself over, feigning ignorance.

WILL: Mmm...got my bag, got my laptop, did my teeth, deodorant...mmmmmmnope!

Sonny sighs audibly, slumping down on the couch.

SONNY: Will, come on, let's talk about this.

WILL: I wish I could, but I gotta go. Bye!

Will struts out the door and shuts it as Sonny calls out, trying to object.

SONNY: Will, come on, I--

As the door closes, Sonny turns away, upset by Will's lingering anger.

SONNY: ...wanted to talk.

...

Outside the apartment door, Will smiles and adjusts his posture.

WILL: Alright, Sonny. You don't think I can hack this job...time to show you what I can do.

Will walks off, pulling out every ounce of confidence he can muster as he heads off towards his car.

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EPISODE 71

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Jordan and Rafe sit down at a table at Club TBD. Rafe tries to prod a smile out of Jordan, who is deep in thought.

RAFE: Hey! Earth to Jordan. Come on, what's up?

Jordan snaps out of it, though she still looks concerned and distracted. She gives Rafe a half-hearted smile.

JORDAN: Ugh, I'm sorry, Rafe. I just...I got so much going on at work, and...

RAFE: Aaaand you're not at work. Look, you've been distracted all day. you didn't make it in time for Brady's memorial, and you've spent every moment...

Rafe sees Jordan looking away every couple seconds at her cell phone, which is planted face-up on the table. Rafe puts his hand over her phone and slides it towards himself.

RAFE: ...looking at your phone. What's going on?

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JJ knocks on Laura's bedroom door. Laura's still awake and calls out to him from her vanity stool, where she's finishing putting lotion on her face.

LAURA: Come in!

JJ walks in carefully, as Laura turns and smiles to see her grandson.

LAURA: JJ! How are you?

JJ: I'm alright, Grandma. I...uh...I wanted to talk to you. It's...really important.

LAURA: Sure! What is it?

JJ breathes in deeply before speaking, a hopeful look on his face as he quietly speaks to his grandmother.

JJ: I need you to talk to my mom about Liam.

Laura's face drops as JJ brings Liam up to her.

LAURA: What do you mean?

JJ: Okay...so...when I got to Brady's memorial today? I saw Liam, he was with my mom, but...then he got this phone call. And I...I followed him out into that park by the square?

Laura nods in understanding, all the while still intently focused on what he's saying.

LAURA: Okay? Then what happened.

JJ looks down a moment while speaking, before looking up at his grandmother, a worried look on his face.

JJ: I overheard his conversation, and I'm certain I heard him say that he was watching over Abby for Stefano.

Laura draws herself up immediately, a wave of panic on her face.

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Daniel walks up to his door to the sound of someone knocking frantically on his door. He's half-naked and clearly not fully awake. The frantic knocking causes him to scurry quickly to the door, if only to make the persistent knocking stop.

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He opens the door to find Billie standing in front of him. He's surprised to see her at this hour.

DANIEL: Billie!

BILLIE: Oh thank God, you're still up.

Billie walks into Daniel's apartment before Daniel even gets a moment to react.

DANIEL: Come...in?

BILLIE: I'm SO sorry I'm barging in at this hour, I just...I needed to ask you something.

As Daniel tries to object, Billie holds up her finger to stop him.

BILLIE: And before you say a word, no, it can't wait until tomorrow.

Daniel sighs, giving up. He looks to Billie, arms folded, an exhausted look on his face, eyes half-open.

DANIEL: Okay...what do you need?

BILLIE: I need you to find a way to get me in to see Theresa.

Daniel's eyes squint even harder, trying to process what Billie's proposing.

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Nicole sits with Eric at the edge of the river. Visibly upset by what Eric's just told her, she looks intently at Eric.

NICOLE: What do you mean, you can't marry me, Eric? EVER?

Eric nods, slowly, and with a heavy heart.

ERIC: Nicole, my faith means a great deal to me. I...I can't just...turn my back on the teachings of the church because they're convenient for me--

Nicole interrupts, hurt and upset, a rage coming over her.

NICOLE: ...Convenient isn't the word for it! Eric, this is what's right, this is not convenience. Damn it, Eric, we love each other. I think there's a reason why we've been...brought back together after...all these years. It's meant to be, Eric. You can call it...God. Or...whatever you want. But would a just God want to deny you the one thing that makes you happy because I married the wrong person once or...a few times?

Eric says nothing. Staring straight out at the water. Deep in thought, contemplating what Nicole's saying, and his own perspective.

NICOLE: Eric?

Still staring out, Eric doesn't even acknowledge that he's listening. Nicole tries desperately to get Eric to respond.

NICOLE: Eric, say something!

Eric sighs, finally speaking up.

ERIC: Nicole, just because it...feels right doesn't mean it is.

NICOLE: Why? Why is it not right? Who is it hurting, Eric?

Eric sighs again, this time reluctant to answer. Nicole doesn't wait for his answer.

NICOLE: There's a reason you can't answer that. Because you know, in your heart...that I'm right.

Eric looks at Nicole, a very troubled look still stuck on his face, as he gets up and walks away, leaving Nicole by the river, still tense with anger, and confused and upset by Eric's reluctance to dedicate himself to her.

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Jordan tries in vain to get Rafe to give her back her cell phone. He slides the phone off the table and puts it in his shirt pocket. Jordan tries to reach for it frantically.

JORDAN: Rafe, give that back.

RAFE: Ah ah ah! nope. We agreed to spend a quiet evening together. Not checking our social media every few seconds.

Jordan rolls her eyes before giving up.

JORDAN: Okay. Okay. Sorry.

RAFE: Well, it's better to at least see something other than the top of your forehead.

Jordan squints her eyes, unimpressed by Rafe's humour.

JORDAN: Ha ha. Very funny. I was actually waiting for a call from someone.

RAFE: And when it rings, I can hand you the phone. It's no big deal.

JORDAN: Rafe, yes it is. That's a very important call.

Rafe becomes more and more agitated as Jordan becomes more and more frantic.

RAFE: From who? Jordan, you're not acting like yourself at all. What's wrong?

Jordan flashes back to her last conversation with Sheryl.

***

FLASHBACK TO 64

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Jordan sits attentively at her desk at the hospital, waiting on Sheryl to fill her in on what the next step of their plan is.

JORDAN: Okay. Tell me, what's this great plan of yours?

SHERYL: Simple. I made a phone call today, to an old friend of ours.

Jordan's brow furrows, as she pulls her glasses off her face.

JORDAN: An old friend?

Sheryl leans in, smirking confidently at Jordan as she quietly tells her the name of their old friend.

SHERYL: Jerome Grant.

Jordan leans back, surprise plain on her face as the news hits her.

***

Jordan sighs, before rolling her eyes and telling Rafe what he wants to hear.

JORDAN: I'm worried about...a friend.

RAFE: Anyone I know?

JORDAN: Yes. Okay, fine. It's Sheryl. Look, she and Lucas have been...I dunno. He's been so busy with work lately that she hasn't heard a word from him and she's getting a little...anxious. You know?

Rafe shrugs, before taking Jordan's hand and looking into her eyes, hoping she'll listen to his advice.

RAFE: Well that's for them to worry about. Not you.

Jordan looks away, trying to avoid Rafe's gaze, but he holds his hand up to her chin, guiding her gaze back his way, ever so gently.

RAFE: Hey, hey. I know you're concerned about your friends. I understand. But you can't fight everyone's battles for them. Sometimes you just gotta...let whatever's happening happen.

Jordan nods reluctantly, smiling half-heartedly at Rafe.

JORDAN: I guess you're right.

RAFE: I know I am. Now...come on. Let's enjoy our evening together. No. Distractions.

Jordan finally gives in, smiling warmly at Rafe as he leans in across the table. She gets up slightly from her end as they gently kiss each other's lips.

---

Daniel shakes his head slightly, checking to be sure he heard Billie correctly.

DANIEL: You...you want me to what?

BILLIE: I want you to find a way to sneak me in to see Theresa.

Daniel blinks, shaking his head again in disbelief.

DANIEL: I...Billie. Seriously? This is all kinds of...illegal and unethical.

BILLIE: And doable. Kim doesn't have a guard at the door of that room. And you know full well that if I go in later in the evenings, the hospital will be quiet enough that no one will see me, as long as we're careful.

Daniel holds up his hands to object to Billie, but Billie won't hear of it.

DANIEL: Billie, I can't--

BILLIE: No buts, Daniel Jonas. I will not have Kimberly Brady trying to concoct some kind of parallel history that denies my relationship with her daughter. Theresa is my friend, and I am one of her ONLY friends. She needs me around her. You know that.

DANIEL: Billie, I can't interfere with a court order. I mean...do you understand what you're asking me to do, here?

BILLIE: I think I might. I used to be a cop, remember? Come on, you don't have to be any more involved than just...schedule your checkups on Theresa for later in the evening and let me in.

Daniel laughs in disbelief at Billie's suggestion. He takes a moment to respond so as not say anything too harsh.

DANIEL: You have no idea how my rounds work, do you? It's not that simple, Billie.

Billie chokes up a bit as she walks in close to Daniel. She looks intently at him, hoping to appeal to his symapthies.

BILLIE: I know it's not simple, but...please. Daniel. I need this. I need to see Theresa. This is the only way I can make this work.

Daniel shakes his head as he puts his hands on Billie's shoulders.

DANIEL: Do you realize what could happen if we're caught doing this? I could lose my license, and you would go to jail immediately.

Billie sighs, looking at the ground before she looks up at Daniel, nodding.

BILLIE: I'm ready to deal with that. I don't care, as long as I get to see Theresa. Daniel, people in comas, they hear us. And I know that it'll be good for Theresa to hear my voice. That girl needs to hear my voice, Daniel. Please. Do this for me.

Daniel thinks it over a moment, walking over to the window before turning around suddenly to face Billie.

DANIEL: Okay.

Billie smiles immediately, rushing over to hug Daniel.

BILLIE: Thank you. Thank you...oh God. Thank you, Daniel.

Daniel holds Billie tightly, but looking out, a concerned look on his face as he contemplates what he's about to do.

---

Laura looks concerned as JJ speaks to her, the concerns she's had about Jennifer and Liam's relationship coming out JJ's mouth.

JJ: I'm worried, Grandma. He...he was talking to some guy and...I know I heard her name.

LAURA: Did you tell your mom?

JJ: Yes, but...this is what's really scaring me, Grandma. Liam came out of nowhere and he heard me tell mom about his conversation. He knows I heard him.

Laura's now trembling in fear from JJ's comments. JJ sees Laura tremble and takes her hands into his.

JJ: Grandma...you okay?

LAURA: I...I don't know.

JJ: Just...try to relax, okay?

Laura breathes in deeply, as she tries to relax herself and keeps asking JJ questions.

LAURA: Right. Okay...so...JJ...what happened after that conversation you had with your mother?

JJ: Well...they took off, mom and Liam did...and I stayed behind to try to...sort this out in my head...and as they left...Liam...he looked at me...I caught him trying to...like...stare me down or something. But I'm more worried about Abigail than anything. I mean...she's working for Stefano but...Liam works at the hospital, he has no ties to Stefano.

LAURA: JJ, I don't...I don't understand any of this. I mean...what business would Liam have spying on Abigail for Stefano, unless...

Laura halts midsentence. JJ immediately more tense as Laura's expression becomes even more terrified.

JJ: Grandma?? Grandma what's wrong?

Laura tries in vain to allay JJ's fears, too terrified herself to relax.

LAURA: JJ...I...I have to ask you something.

JJ: Anything, Grandma, what?

Laura leans in close to JJ, trying to ensure JJ listens carefully to her.

LAURA: Don't do anything else. I have a terrible feeling that I know exactly what's going on.

JJ: What? What, Grandma, tell me what it is.

LAURA: I can't, JJ. If I tell you...I don't know if either of us will be safe. Just...leave it alone. Leave it all to me. I will take care of this. Okay? Promise me!

JJ looks on, now terrified for his family, but not sure what Laura won't tell him. He nods in agreement as he gets up from the edge of Laura's bed, where he was sitting.

JJ: Okay. I promise. Goodnight.

JJ walks out of the room in a daze. Confused by Laura's reaction and petrified by what Laura won't tell him. He closes the door behind him as Laura stares into the mirror, visibly terrified and upset.

LAURA: Damn you, Stefano! You better not be up to what I think you are.

---

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EPISODE 70

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Eric sits alone by the river, skipping stones into the river as he stares ahead intently. Deep in intense thought, he doesn't hear as Nicole approaches him carefully. As not to scare him, she simply takes her heels off and sits down with him. Eric finally stops to look and see Nicole sitting next to him before going back to looking out at the water.

Nicole hesitates before finally speaking up, speaking gently to not antagonize Eric any further.

NICOLE: You're not an easy man to find, you know.

ERIC: I hate to say it, Nicole but...that was kinda the goal.

NICOLE: I went to St. Luke's first thing and...they suggested coming out here, since you used to head out to the riverside whenever you were feeling lost.

ERIC: I'm amazed you didn't know that.

Nicole laughs half-heartedly.

NICOLE: I guess I was too focused on not...falling back in love with you to notice? Sounds corny, doesn't it?

Eric softens a bit at Nicole's words. He looks her way again, giving half a smile before he speaks, then returning to looking away at the water.

ERIC: Nah...I understand.

NICOLE: Well...I don't. What happened at the square that's got you so upset? You were fine before--

Eric tenses again, interrupting Nicole immediately.

ERIC: ...It's nothing. Just...(sigh) Marlena gave me some news and...

NICOLE: And? Come on, Eric, what is it? Is everything okay?

ERIC: Will and Sonny are getting married.

Nicole looks at Eric, confused by what he's saying until she suddenly clues in and reacts.

NICOLE: I don't...wait, Eric. What are you saying? Do you have a problem with Will and Sonny getting married?

Eric looks at Nicole, an upset and frustrated look on his face, matching Nicole's confused and disappointed look.

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Will storms into his shared apartment, with Sonny following not far behind. Will appears to ignore him, as he walks into the bedroom, leaving Sonny in the living room. Will walks back out with blankets and a pillow, hastily piled together and throws them down on the sofa, his eyes laser-focused on Sonny. Sonny looks at Will with concern and points to the sofa.

SONNY: What, you're not gonna sleep out here tonight, are you?

Will folds his arms and keeps his eyes focused on Sonny, a cold anger in his eyes.

WILL: No. You are.

Will turns and walks back into the bedroom, and shouts out to Sonny before the door slams.

WILL: Goodnight!

Sonny closes his eyes, wincing at the sound of the door slamming.

---

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Gabi stands in the park with Hope. She stammers, trying to cover herself about her plan for Nick.

GABI: I...I meant I...I was so sure because he was...he was...he's been acting...

Hope motions to Gabi to spit it out, finally finishing Gabi's sentence for her.

HOPE: ...unusual? Like he had been before?

Gabi nods, looking up hesitantly at Hope.

GABI: Yeah.

HOPE: Well, the thing is, Gabi. I don't buy it. Any of it.

Gabi looks up, shocked by Hope's rebuttal.

GABI: What?!

HOPE: Gabi, I spent all afternoon with Nick. He seemed absolutely fine.

GABI: No, no no no no, you don't understand. I saw him taking something this morning, I was out with him last night, he was off, he was...

HOPE: Drunk, Gabi? Maybe he had a hangover and took an Aspirin. You know, people DO that sometimes.

GABI: No, Hope, you don't understand. You need to go back and check his bag again. I'm telling you he's got to be on something.

Hope shakes her head, silencing Gabi.

HOPE: I can't. I looked, there was nothing. Look, Gabi, I'm worried about Nick too. I'm worried he isn't making the progress I thought he was after this whole ordeal with you and Sonny and Will, but...I can't just go searching through people's stuff on a whim. If I do find something? Gabi, it wouldn't hold up in court. It sure as hell wouldn't help Nick.

Gabi looks pleadingly at Hope, petrified that her plan will fall through.

GABI: Hope, please!

HOPE: No. Gabi, I'm sorry. But until you can find me proof that something is up with Nick, I can't...and I won't go snooping again. I'll see you later.

Hope walks off back toward the town square, leaving Gabi behind, shaking with anger and disappointment.

GABI: Damn you, Nick. Damn you.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4

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Billie steps into Club TBD, and, upon seeing Justin waving from one of the corner booths, smiles and heads over to him.

BILLIE: Justin.

JUSTIN: Billie! Long time, no see.

Billie puts her bag down and sits down across from Justin at the table.

BILLIE: Ha ha. Glad to see you're still keeping your sense of humour.

JUSTIN: Well, we do what we can, even when we're the pariah of the family.

BILLIE: I'm sure. Victor must be really livid with you about the divestment deal with Titan TV.

Justin shrugs, clearly resigned to his fate.

JUSTIN: It is what it is. Victor couldn't hold onto both the station and the oil sands project. I just...forced his hand a little.

BILLIE: Well...I'm glad you did.

Justin looks to Billie, intrigued by her interest.

JUSTIN: Why's that? I mean...I know you voted in favour of divesting, but...I mean, you work with MadWorld, why do you care what happens to EnerNext?

Billie looks to Justin, knowing what direction he's taking this conversation, she stops herself and gives Justin a 'gotcha' smile.

BILLIE: I don't think you wanna get into that.

JUSTIN: Oh, but I'm SO fascinated. Do tell!

BILLIE: Let's just say that I want what's best for everyone at Titan. Now, let's get to why I asked you to meet me here.

Billie reaches down into her bag and pulls out an envelope, containing the restraining order Kim presented her with earlier.

JUSTIN: Is this business or...?

BILLIE: Personal. But...I'm pretty sure I know which lawyer my, uh...the other party in this whole...situation consulted, so...

JUSTIN: Say no more. So what's this about?

Billie hands Justin her copy of the restairaing order.

BILLIE: Well...obviously, since Brady and Theresa's accident...I've been visiting Theresa at the hospital for the last few days.

JUSTIN: Right. And that...from what I can see here...really displeased Kim.

BILLIE: That's...(sigh) putting it mildly. Justin, she hates that I have a relationship with her daughter. She gave some judge a...sob story about me harrassing her and her daughter and he bought it.

Justin looks up from the order and shakes his head slowly.

JUSTIN: I hate to tell you this, but a restraining order is very easy to put into effect.

Billie looks a bit disappointed at Justin. Sighing as she speaks, she responds.

BILLIE: And...not so easy to get lifted.

JUSTIN: Unfortunately. So...whatever issues you're having with Kim, you may just have to find a way to work around them, I'm sorry to say.

Billie nods, pondering over what Justin's said, gears turning in her mind.

---

Gabi unlocks the door to the apartment and sees Sonny watching TV on the couch alone, blankets covering him. She looks on, confused, as she speaks softly, trying not to wake Ari.

GABI: I...what are you doing out here?

Sonny looks up from the TV, a resigned, shamed look on his face.

SONNY: I'm uh...I'm kind of in the dog house right now.

Gabi looks confused as she turns on the light in the living room. Sonny squints with the sudden change in light.

SONNY: Ugh.

GABI: What did YOU do to get thrown out of the bedroom.

SONNY:Ohhh nothing huge, just...lied to Will about where I was going and then tried to convince my Uncle Vic that he should rescind Will's job offer.

Gabi looks surprised and upset by Sonny's confession, nearly blurting out her surprise aloud before catching herself and returning to a soft voice, this time, agitated.

GABI: I...you...are you serious, Sonny?? What kind of stupid move is that?

SONNY: I know! I know...I should've just...kept my mouth shut.

GABI: You don't say. You know I was waiting for you guys to come around at the memorial service and you never showed. I was getting worried something was wrong. Obviously, I had good reason to worry.

SONNY: Yeah....and now Will is...so mad he's threatening to call off the engagement and...I...I just feel like a...an ass. So...yeah, sorry we couldn't meet you at the memorial.

Gabi gets up off the couch and walks over to the kitchen to grab a drink of water, as Sonny looks at the time and realizes how late it is.

SONNY: Oh yeah, speaking of which, that...that was...hours ago...where have you been, anyway?

Gabi nearly spits out the water as she drinks it, trying to come up with an answer for Sonny.

GABI: I, uh...I was catching up with Will's family. They...wanted to see Ari.

Sonny nods, a bit unconvinced, but willing to accept Gabi's answer.

SONNY: Makes sense.

Gabi walks back around to sit beside Sonny, concerned more for him than her own trouble, she puts a comforting hand on his knee.

GABI: So? What are you gonna do about you and Will? You think you'll work through this?

Sonny sighs looking down at the floor in contemplation, almost as though Gabi weren't even in the room.

SONNY: I'm not sure...I'm just not sure.

---

Will stands in the bedroom, staring intently out his window at the moon shining outside. He looks at the alarm clock beside his bed and sighs, knowing he won't be able to sleep, between the pressure of the new day and new job, and his pressures at home with Sonny, Gabi, and Nick, Will has a lot on his mind, as, saying nothing, he closes his eyes, as if to make a wish.

---

Eric stares up at the same night sky, by the river, Nicole by his side, upset by his reaction to the news of Sonny and Will's engagement.

NICOLE: I mean, you can't be against them getting married. I never took you for a bigot, Eric--

Eric interrupts Nicole, clearly irritated by her implicit accusation.

ERIC: ...I don't have a problem with them getting married. I mean...(sigh) It's complicated.

Nicole looks on, confused by Eric's statement, she responds more emphatically this time.

NICOLE: What's complicated about it, Eric? They love each other. They...they take care of that baby better than I've ever seen anyone care for a baby. There's...so much love in that home...that's the stuff marriages are made of...not that I'd know from experience or anything, but...

ERIC: But there's more to it than that. Nicole, I've spent years dedicated to a church that tells me that marriage is a sacred vow under God between a man and a woman. It's about creating children together, and having their love recognized by God under his laws...

Eric trails off at this point, clearly troubled by what he's saying.

ERIC: ...but I can't look at Sonny and Will and think that their love's any different. And how can I reconcile that with what my beliefs have taught me?

Nicole tries, unsuccessfully, to bring some levity to Eric's clearly troubled mind.

NICOLE: Well...it's not like you've tried stoning me to death for not being a virgin on my wedding day.

Eric looks up at Nicole, a wry smile on his face as Nicole chuckles and leans into Eric, playfully.

NICOLE: Come on, Eric. My point is, maybe it's time you stopped following the....silly little intricate rules of the Bible and just...followed the basic outline. I mean...come on, one day...down the road, I'd love to get married to you, and I know you won't let some...archaic rule about not divorcing stop you from marrying me, right?

Eric hesitates to answer, making Nicole nervous almost instantly. She looks back at Eric, very frantic, very fast.

NICOLE: Right??

Eric looks up at Nicole.

ERIC: That's the thing, Nicole. I don't think I can.

NIcole's face turns white as a sheet at Eric's revelation.

---

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EPISODE 69

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Nick walks up to the door of Percy's cabin, and knocks on the door.

After a short wait, Percy answers merrily, as always.

PERCY: Greetings, Master Fallon! How are you doing this fine day?

NICK: Just great, Percy!

Percy steps out of the way to allow Nick to step inside. Closing the door behind Nick, Nick gets down to business almost immediately.

PERCY: So to what do I owe the pleasure, Nicholas?

Nick puts his bag down on the table and unzips it.

NICK: Well, I have some news, and a job for you.

Nick pulls out his laptop and sets it on Percy's dining room table.

NICK: Uh...you don't mind if I plug this in at all, do you?

PERCY: Not at all.

NICK: Thanks.

As Nick plugs the computer into the outlet in the wall, he continues to talk to Percy.

NICK: So...my news is...ah, there we go...that we finalized the Titan TV sale. The propaganda campaign is off.

Percy smiles from ear to ear at the news. He walks over to the dining room table, holding back a bit his glee, in his own, incredibly posh British way.

PERCY: I...oh, I am so grateful to you, Nicholas. You have truly saved the day. I...how can I ever repay you for your kindness?

Nick sits down at the table in front of his computer, and opens it. He smiles up at Percy.

NICK: Funny you should ask. I have a little job for you, as I said. And you won't even have to leave your home to do it. But...for that to work, you're going to have to connect yourself to the world wide web.

PERCY: ...I'm sorry?

NICK: The internet. Because you, Percy, my friend, are going to be doing some...surveillance.

Percy looks on, baffled by Nick's request.

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Sami talks with Marlena, Maggie, and Laura after Brady's memorial has ended in the town square, sipping on what's left of her drink, before hearing her phone ring.

SAMI: Oh...uh...I think that's my phone...just one sec.

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Sami searches through her bag to find her phone as she steps away from the group. Pulling her phone out, she sees that it's EJ. She excitedly answers, while trying to find a quiet spot to talk.

SAMI: Hey! EJ! What's up? I'm just at the memorial, it's wrapping up.

...

EJ: Samantha. Saw your text. Listen to me carefully. We are making a bid on Titan TV. Meet me at the house immediately. Tell NOBODY what you're doing. You understand me?

...

SAMI: Completely. See you in a minute.

Sami hangs up and smiles widely. Looking around her to make sure nobody's looking, she talks to herself.

SAMI: Ohhh EJ. You did it again.

---

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4

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The crowd returns to conversing at Town Square for Brady's memorial after John's speech. Most if not all still have drinks in hand. Gabi spots Hope in the crowd and waves, trying to subtly get her attention. Hope notices and stops her conversation with John, and excuses herself before heading over to Gabi.

GABI: So, did you do it?

Hope grabs Gabi's arm and looks around to make sure no one's listening in.

HOPE: We can't talk here, Gabi.

GABI: What do you mean?

Hope looks at Gabi incredulously.

HOPE: Are you nuts? There's people we know everywhere. Come with me, now.

Gabi stutters to respond before following Hope out of the square, both of them looking around with suspicion as they do.

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Nicole stands with Chloe, sipping on their sparkling juice and having a chat. Chloe looks uncomfortable, a fact Nicole picks up on.

NICOLE: You alright, you seem a little...nervous.

CHLOE: Well, wouldn't you be if Victor Kiriakis spent all his time staring you down?

Nicole rolls her eyes, dismissively gesturing at Chloe's comment.

NICOLE: Oh please! Chloe, haven't you ever heard of 'resting bitch face'?

Chloe looks at Nicole, confused.

CHLOE: Yeah...

NICOLE: Well, it's something like that. Honestly, if I got as worried as you are every time Victor tried staring me down, I'd never get any work done.

Chloe shrugs in acknowledgement.

CHLOE: Fair enough. I just don't trust Victor when he's mad.

NICOLE: Honey, don't let it to you. Look, let's just...celebrate Brady, okay? That's what we're here for. Not dwelling about...whatever bone Victor wants to pick with you. Right?

Chloe cracks a faint smile.

CHLOE: Right.

Nicole raises her glass, Chloe meets with hers as they toast.

NICOLE: Come on. Let's go mingle.

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Nicole turns to walk with Chloe, but spots a sour-looking Eric in one of the seats set up for the speeches. Concerned, she looks Chloe's way a moment.

NICOLE: Uh...you go ahead without me a second, okay?

Chloe, spotting Eric as Nicole speaks to her, clues in immediately, and nods.

CHLOE: Sure.

NICOLE: Thanks.

Nicole squeezes Chloe's arm as a goodbye before walking over to sit with a solemn Eric.

NICOLE: Hey. You gonna join the party or what?

ERIC: Nicole. Hey...yeah...I...just give me a moment, okay?

Nicole leans into Eric, putting arm around him.

NICOLE: I miss him too.

Eric stands up, in an effort to shake off Nicole's touch.

ERIC: it's not Brady, Nicole. It's...everything.

NICOLE: What do you mean, Eric?

ERIC: I just...I need to go. Alone.

Eric storms off, leaving Nicole sitting in her seat, flabbergasted by Eric's strange reaction.

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Brady lays in bed, looks around the bedroom he's woken up in, trying to decipher where exactly he is, when a woman walks in. An older woman, but it's plain to see she was stunning as a young woman, and has aged beautifully now. She appears pleasantly surprised to see Brady awake.

ANITA: Ah! You're awake, finally. I was starting to worry when it took you about a day longer than the doctor expected to wake up.

Brady looks up at the woman, confused.

BRADY: I...wha...where am I, exactly?

The woman smiles and sits down on the bed next to him, she puts a hand to his forehead.

ANITA: About thirty miles from anywhere...Hah! You're not even running a fever anymore.

BRADY: Wait, what? Who...who are you exactly?

ANITA: My name's Anita. I'm the one who found you floating around in the lake.

Brady furrows his brow, confused by Anita's statement.

BRADY: I...what?

ANITA: The lake. We're right by Smith Lake. You are...very, very lucky, I have to say.

BRADY: Woah, woah, woah, wait....lucky? What...what happened to me?

Anita looks down at Brady, shaking her head.

ANITA: That...I could not tell you.

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Gabi and Hope step into the park alongside Town Square. Gabi looks at Hope with a worried look.

GABI: Hope...what is happening? Did you...

Gabi looks around to make sure no one hears them before continuing.

GABI: ...did you find anything at Nick's apartment?

HOPE: No, Gabi. That's what I wanted to tell you. Nick's apartment turned up clean. There wasn't so much as a bottle of Aspirin.

Gabi looks at Hope, shocked.

GABI: That's impossible, I...

HOPE: You what, Gabi?

Gabi catches herself before saying anything more, but is now panicked, searching for an answer.

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Sami bursts into the DiMera mansion living room, excited by EJ's earlier call. EJ sits at his desk, but stands up quickly as Sami walks in.

SAMI: Okay, so what's the deal?

EJ walks over to the living room doors and looks out into the hallway before shutting them. He looks back Sami's way and holds his finger to his lips.

EJ: Careful, just in case father's lurking.

Sami rolls her eyes and whispers as loudly as she can,

SAMI: Okay, okay, now SPILL!

EJ: I just got off the phone with Chad. We're going to use one of our hidden shell corporations to pick up Titan TV for a bargain right under Victor's nose.

SAMI: I had a feeling you were onto something.

EJ: Right, now, once we pick up Titan TV, we use that to grow Countess W's advertising base, and end this travesty of an energy project Victor's hellbent on setting up. It's a win-win.

Sami looks excitedly at EJ, the tension between them non-existant in this moment.

SAMI: I can't believe you've pulled this off.

EJ: Well, I haven't yet. But I know that if we hadn't done it, Nick Fallon would have been controlling your lives until the end of time.

Sami is crashed back into reality, remembering Nick's blackmail.

SAMI: Oh, how could I forget? Do you really think that going so far out of our way to give into Nick's demands is a good idea.

EJ: Samantha, the more control we have over this situation, the less Nick can control you, Gabi, and Kate. That's what matters. It's just a little...added bonus that we can use this TV station to stick it to Victor. No?

Sami raises and eyebrow and smiles at EJ, the first smile EJ's seen from Sami in weeks. He smiles in kind.

---

Percy stands at his table in his cabin, looking at Nick with a confused look on his face.

PERCY: I...eh...Nicholas...

Nick looks up from his laptop, a smile on his face.

NICK: Yep?

PERCY: What on Earth do you mean, surveillance? I...I barely know how to use a computer!

NICK: Oh. It's nothing.

Nick waves dismissively as he stands up from the dinner table, and reaches into his bag. He pulls out a small black plastic box and places it on the table with almost ceremonial care.

NICK: This....is an external hard drive. You are going to collect as much data as you can on every...single...member of the Titan executive as you can.

Nick pulls a set of papers out from his bag and hands them to Percy.

NICK: These are the people you need to focus on. Study them carefully, their faces, their responsibilities.

Percy flips through the pages before stopping Nick and looking at him quizzically.

PERCY: I'm sorry, Nicholas but...what exactly is the meaning of this?

Nick stops, looking Percy's way with a huge grin.

NICK: Why, it's quite simple, Percy. Blackmail.

---

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DAYS #68: He's Alive!

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EPISODE 68

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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John stands before the crowd, with Victor beside him, the crowd still milling about, conversing warmly and sharing memories of Brady. John turns to Victor and quietly asks him a question.

JOHN: Now...you're sure you don't want to speak?

VICTOR: Positive. As far as I'm concerned, this whole thing is a farce. I'll be mourning my grandson only if they find me proof that he's really dead. As the kids say, I wanna see the reciepts.

John shrugs, nodding his head in understanding.

JOHN: Alright. But I gotta tell ya, Vic. You're gonna regret not speaking today. And you know it.

VICTOR: I'll take my chances.

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As John and Victor finish their conversation, Hope and Aiden explode into the square. Still bickering, they cause a scene in the square as they storm in, Hope storming in first, trying to ignore Aiden as he follows her, shouting at her.

AIDEN: ...And I swear, I've never see a cop be such a rotten driver in my entire life!

Hope stops and turns around, pointing at Aiden.

HOPE: And you need to learn what a turn signal does.

AIDEN: Oh, THAT again? Come on! Hope, you're being ridiculous.

HOPE: Oh, I'm being ridiculous? Right, I'm not the one who's trying to weasel his way out of a ticket by trying to cozy up to the officer issuing the ticket.

Aiden snaps in a voice loud enough to be heard in the next county.

AIDEN: YOU OFFERED ME A RIDE!

Aiden's outburst is greeted by stone silence from everyone in the square. Aiden and Hope immediately feel sheepish for having rendered the crowd silent, and Hope immediately sits down in the nearest seat.

Victor pats John gently on the back as John turns to the crowd before the collection of chairs assembled by Tom & Alice Horton's tree.

JOHN: If I can have everybody's attention, please. Please, everyone, have a seat.

The crowd hushes as everyone begins to filter into the seats. Hope looks daggers at Aiden as he sits down in front of her, an equally sheepish look on his face. She mutters angrily to him.

HOPE: I hope you're satisfied.

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As she says this, Caroline shuffles in to sit beside Hope on one side, with Maggie down beside her. Daniel, naturally, by her side. Caroline speaks softly to Hope, as she puts a hand on her shoulder.

CAROLINE: I'm glad you could make it.

HOPE: Thanks. It's good to see you too.

DANIEL: I gotta admit, that was quite an entrance.

Hope blushes, making an embarrassed face as she replies to Daniel.

HOPE: Yeah, I...guess I should just stick with saying 'hello' and hugs, right?

MAGGIE: I was just surprised it took you this long.

HOPE: Well...I got kinda...tied up.

Hope looks Aiden's way as she speaks, with Maggie, Caroline, and Daniel's eyes following Hope's, before looking at each other, knowingly.

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EJ files away papers in his office at DiMera Enterprises when his text tone goes off. Stopping what he's doing, he steps over to his desk and checks his phone. He sees Sami's text and immediately jumps into action.

He sits down at his desk, opening his laptop and immediately typing in www.salemspectator.com.

The main headline pops up, as do EJ's eyes.

TITAN TV TO BE SOLD TO PRIVATE INVESTOR

EJ stops a minute, soaking in the information.

EJ thinks quickly, grabbing his phone and makes a call.

EJ: Yes, I need to get ahold of Chad DiMera. Tell him it's urgent, his brother needs him.

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Liam walks up behind Jennifer in the park just off to the side of Town Square, placing her hands on her shoulders firmly, but tenderly, as Jenn converses with her son, JJ. JJ scrambles to cover himself after having begun revealing what he overheard Liam say earlier in the same park.

JJ: Sorry, I didn't mean any harm, I just...

LIAM: Nonsense! You have every right to be concerned. Your sister just flew off halfway around the world. You're concerned! Thing is, I am too.

JJ nods, looking down at the ground, hoping not to make matters worse.

JJ: I'm sure. And...and I appreciate that!

Jenn smiles at JJ, while putting one hand on top of Liam's.

JENNIFER: See? It was just a misunderstanding. Honey, Liam cares about both of you. I trust him. and I know you'll learn to trust him too.

LIAM: Your mom's right, JJ. I'm really concerned for both of you. You're great kids, and I just want to make sure Abigail's safe. So I put in a call to someone I know from the hospital who knows Sami and EJ, and they'll try to keep tabs on her while she's in Italy.

Jenn smiles at Liam, turning around to face him, lovingly. She wraps her arms around Liam's neck.

JENNIFER: That's wonderful. Ohhh wow. Thank you! I mean, you didn't have to do that at all and yet...

LIAM: Anything for you guys.

Jenn smiles before turning back towards JJ.

JENNIFER: We really do appreciate it. Don't we?

JJ nods, still deep in thought and still trying not to rock the boat.

JJ: Yeah. Thanks, man.

LIAM: Anytime. Now, shall we get back? I thought I heard someone announce that the ceremony was getting underway.

JJ: Great, I'll uh...be right there in a sec.

JENNIFER: Alright. I love you, sweetie!

JJ: Love you too, Mom.

Jenn hugs JJ quickly before taking off, arm in arm, with Liam. As Liam turns the corner towards the square, he shoots JJ a very tellingly menacing look. JJ looks up in time to catch Liam's look, striking terror in his heart, but JJ tries to maintain a cool exterior with some degree of success.

JJ: I don't know what's going on, but none of it is good.

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Gabi arrives at the service at Town Square and has a seat next to Eric and Nicole, near the aisle so that she can keep Ari in her carriage. As she rocks the carriage back and forth for Ari, she texts Will as discreetly as possible.

Hey! Is everything ok w/ u & sonny??

Gabi looks up at the podium where John is speaking, a worried look on her face as she mutters quietly to herself.

GABI: Come on, Will. What's going on over there?

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Will stares Sonny down in the office at Club TBD. Sonny stands in front of the door, hoping to keep Will from running out as he explains himself. Will, for his part, leans almost pointedly casually against Sonny's desk, arms folded. However, he cannot contain his shock at Sonny's confession.

WILL: You what?

SONNY: I...went to talk to my Uncle Vic. I asked him not to give you the PR job with EnerNext.

WILL: What...why the Hell would you do that, Sonny?

SONNY: Because I don't want you involved in something like this. It's...it's...Uncle Vic trying to control you and by proxy me, and control control control everyone in this family and I just...I can't let him do that to you--

WILL: ...Did you ever think for a second to let ME decide that?

Sonny steps forward towards Will, trying to cool things down a bit.

SONNY: You were blinded by the flashy contract and the...glamourous job.

WILL: And what if I was? Sonny, it's my career. And you know what? I'm sorry, but in this day and age, you don't get ahead by playing by the rules. It's about taking an opportunity when it's presented to you, not by being proud and working your way up purely on your own back.

Sonny seems incredibly unimpressed by Will's attitude, but Will is undeterred by Sonny's disapproving looks.

SONNY: Are you serious?

WILL: Dead. Serious.

Sonny stands a moment, at a loss for words.

SONNY: I'm...I'm sorry.

WILL: Oh, you will be. Heh, you know, I might have been swayed if you'd just been upfront with me about all this, but going behind my back? Trying to get my job taken away from me because you don't like who it comes from or what the job entails? How dare you?

Sonny looks down at the ground, increasingly apologetic.

SONNY: I know. I just don't want you to get...manipulated.

WILL: You don't want me to change, in other words. You don't want me to have to stand up for myself because you like doing everything for me. Is that it? Well, let me tell you a little secret, Sonny. I'm not your child. I'm your fiancee. And if you want it to stay that way...you need to stay out of my professional life. Understood?

Sonny's apologetic look melts away as Sonny feels the intensity of Will's tone. Sonny's face suddenly becomes defensive and threatened by Will.

---

John continues to talk to the crowd gathered at the square about Brady.

JOHN: He was my son. He was our friend. He was sometimes our greatest adversary, but his heart was always in search of love.

The crowd are tearing up a bit at John's heartfelt speech. John himself starts to get a bit emotional, before breathing in and carrying on, a smile across his face, as much in tribute to Brady as anything.

JOHN: I want to keep this party light, as Nicole and Eric requested, and I'm glad that so many of you have come out to help me celebrate Brady's life. So let's remember him in the same way that he would want to be remembered: A great young man with a huge heart that wanted to share the best of everything with everyone he knew and loved.

The waiters from the restaurant in the square appear with flutes of sparkling drinks for the crowd.

JOHN: In case you couldn't tell, I'm proposing a toast.

The crowd laugh as they raise their glasses in tribute, following John's lead.

JOHN: Obviously, these are non-alcoholic. Because the one thing we need to remember...is that though this is a good day to remember Brady, it is to remind us of the importance of sobriety, and caution, and remebering the disease that is addiction...and what it can cost us. Here's to one of the finest men I've ever known.

John looks up to the sky as he raises his glass.

JOHN: I love you, son!

The crowd clink their glasses together in what is surprisingly close to unison, as they shout out.

ALL: To Brady!

---

The sound of clinking glasses descends suddenly into the sound of screeching tires and the loud smash of a breaking windhshield suddenly.

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The flash snaps Brady out of a nightmare as he sits bolt upright in bed, sweat pouring from his face, he gasps for breath as he looks around him, terrified.

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Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Chloe stands in the Horton Town Square, surrounded by Brady's friends and family, facing off with Victor at Brady's memorial.

VICTOR: Who invited this pox on our family, anyway?

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Nicole steps in to defend her friend, retorting sassily to Victor.

NICOLE: I did.

Victor gives Nicole the sideeye.

VICTOR: You're lucky you're no longer my employee. I assume word got out that we're selling the station off. If not, surprise! It's your lucky day! Your newest dumb move didn't result in a pink slip. You might want to drop by the corner store and pick up a lottery ticket.

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Maggie cuts in, frustrated by Victor's petulance.

MAGGIE:Victor, enough! This is about Brady, and in case you forgot, Chloe happens to have been married to Brady.

VICTOR: Oh trust me, I wish I could forget. The damage she's caused my grandson is the reason we're here today.

Victor turns back to Nicole and Chloe.

VICTOR: You've got some nerve dragging that bitch here. She turned him to drugs, and broke his heart over and over. I hold you responsible in large part for Brady's accident. Both of you.

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Nicole steps in to defend her friend, but just then, John interjects, trying to cool down the proceedings.

JOHN: Woah! Woah, Vic. Come on. Chloe's just here to mourn her ex-husband. Now, you two may not see eye to eye, but...just let her be here. This is about Brady.

VICTOR: Yes, it is. And he would want Chloe here. God knows why. Come on, Maggie.

Victor and Maggie walk off, as Chloe leans over to John.

CHLOE: Thank you.

JOHN: Don't thank me. Just trying to keep the peace around here. How've you been?

CHLOE: I'm alright! It's good to see you. I just...wish it were under--

JOHN: ...Better circumstances, I know. But you know, I know that Brady wouldn't have wanted us to dwell on that, and that's exactly why I think this whole wake thing is a great idea.

Chloe smiles, a little misty-eyed. she nods in agreement with John.

...

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Sami and Laura arrive at the Town Square, and Marlena, who has been chatting with Maggie, Roman, Eric, and Nicole (begrudgingly), smiles and reaches out to greet Sami and Laura with hugs.

MARLENA: Ohh it's good to see you both.

SAMI: Hey Mom.

While hugging Laura, Marlena begins to get emotional, and holds her eyes shut a moment to fight back tears.

MARLENA:Ohh, what a...bittersweet day. I'm glad you both could come. You came together?

Sami hesitates to answer, looking Laura's way before telling her mother.

SAMI: Uh...yeah, Laura was at the...house, she offered me a ride down.

Marlena nods, trying to read between the lines. Sami senses Marlena's probing and is immediately uncomfortable.

MARLENA: I see. Sami, you sure you're okay?

Sami responds a bit defensively, hoping Marlena will back off.

SAMI: Yes, Mom. I'm fine. Promise.

MARLENA: Alright. You're in good hands with Laura.

Sami, a bit relieved that Marlena isn't probing any further, smiles.

SAMI: I know.

Hoping to change the subject, Sami interrupts the group's conversation with an almost-too-cheerful question for the group.

SAMI: Hey! Uh, has anyone seen Will or Sonny yet?

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Sonny walks into Club TBD, looking more than a little nervous as he looks Will's way. Will sits at the bar, a sour, pissed off look on his face.

SONNY: Will.

WILL: So...hard at work at the club, I see.

SONNY: Will, I--

WILL: ...NO excuses, Sonny. Now, do you wanna tell me where you actually were? Or should I give you this ring back now?

Sonny looks mortified at Will, as his biting question hits him.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4

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Eric stands with the group at Town Square, responding to Sami's question.

ERIC: Haven't seen Will or Sonny yet, why?

SAMI: Well...I wanted to thank them for the offer to stay with them while I was....working on my issues with EJ. I think I'll be okay there at the mansion for now, there's a whole empty wing I can stay in for the time being, and...they're a bit of a full house right now.

Marlena's far from thrilled by the news, and pipes up immediately.

MARLENA: No! No, Sami...you can stay with me if you like.

SAMI: Mom, it's okay. I'll be fine.

Sami immediately tries to change the subject again, hoping her mother will stop trying to insert herself into her affairs.

SAMI: Speaking of Will and Sonny, they've been trying to...give me some news for the past while. Has anyone found out what it is? I'm so curious.

MARLENA: Yes! They did tell me the other day at lunch. They had been hoping to tell you first, actually.

Sami's standoffishness quickly changes, as her own nosiness into HER child's life creeps in. The others in the conversation smile with anticipation.

SAMI: Oooh, tell me! Tell me! Tell me!

MARLENA: Well...I really shouldn't be saying anything. I don't wanna steal their thunder, but...

Everyone huddles up like schoolchildren in on the latest gossip, giggling in anticipation.

MAGGIE: Come on! Tell us!

MARLENA: Okay, okay! (laughs)

Marlena takes Sami by the hands and smiles excitedly as she tells Sami the news.

MARLENA: Your son, and Sonny are engaged to be married.

Sami's eyes light up. The first bit of great news she's had in awhile. She's speechless, as the others in the group gasp in excitement, then begin to chatter away excitedly to each other. Everyone, that is, except for Eric, who looks on in stunned silence, trying to absorb the news.

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JJ and Jennifer are having a tense moment in the park just outside Town Square. JJ looks to a stunned Jennifer with worry, as he tells her about what he'd just seen.

JENNIFER: What did you just say?

JJ: Okay, so I...I came to Brady's memorial and on the way in, I saw Liam off the side of the park, and he was on the phone.

Jenn looks at JJ, a bit confused.

JENNIFER: Okay?

JJ: He was talking about Abigail's trip. And something about...keeping tabs--

JENNIFER: Woah, woah, woah, no, STOP! JJ, seriously. This has got to stop. First Daniel, now Liam?

Now JJ looks at Jenn, confused as to what she's talking about.

JJ: Wh...what? I don't--

JENNIFER: First you do everything you can to tear me and Daniel apart, and I understood, because you miss your father, and now, once you decide that, oh, Daniel's okay, and I move on with someone else, you decide to go after Liam? I mean, JJ, are you ever gonna be happy with any man that comes into my life?

JJ: Yes! But I don't trust this guy.

JENNIFER: Don't lie to me. You've done enough of that today already.

JJ: Mom, I was respecting Abigail's wishes. Mom, she didn't even want ME to know where she was going. She told me she was going to California. I had to sneak a look at her boarding pass to find out she was actually heading to Rome.

Jenn looks away, incredulous.

JENNIFER: My God!

JJ: And I'm worried, because when I heard Liam on that phone, he--

A voice interrupts JJ, causing both he and Jennifer to jump.

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LIAM: ...I was trying to figure out where she was and if she was okay.

JJ looks on in fear as Liam walks into the park.

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Sami steps away from the group, taking a moment to step aside and grabs her cell phone. Holding it up, she texts EJ.

did u read the news? if not, check the spectator website

Sami hits 'send' and looks back up. She talks quietly to herself.

SAMI: Hopefully EJ has some insight on how we can make this deal work for us.

She smiles slyly before turning back to the crowd and rejoins the conversations.

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Will and Sonny step into the office at Club TBD, and Sonny shuts the door to the room behind him. Will leans against the desk, arms folded, a contemptuous look on his face, while Sonny is looking worried himself, but angered by Will's outburst in the main room.

SONNY: There, now we can talk like adults instead of some trashy reality show!

WILL: Why? Didn't want your three patrons out there to hear what a rotten liar you are?

SONNY: Will, enough!

Sonny steps toward Will, his expression and tone become a much cooler, calmer one as he continues.

SONNY: I need you to understand what happened today--

WILL: ...Oh, you mean you need to explain why you lied and said you'd be at the Club when you were really...?

Sonny looks down, away from Will. Will follows his eyes, making sure Sonny never gets an opportunity to look away from him. Sonny rolls his eyes.

WILL: Not gonna tell me? Do I really need to take this ring off, for real?

SONNY: How dare you even suggest that...let alone twice.

WILL: Sonny, you need to understand something. I have had such an unstable upbringing between all the guys that my mom would force out of her life,and mine, of course...that I don't put up with lies. And if we're going into this on lies, then we aren't going into it at all. You understand me?

SONNY: Alright. I get it.

Will gestures, waiting for Sonny to spill the beans.

WILL: So? I'm waiting. Where were you this afternoon instead of at the club?

Sonny sighs heavily, closing his eyes as he confesses.

SONNY: I went to see Victor about his company hiring you.

Will shakes his head in stunned disbelief.

---

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EPISODE 66

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Laura reaches out to Sami, as they stand in the foyer of the DiMera Mansion, and Sami gives Laura a grateful hug, almost needing Laura to keep her upright from the emotional exertion she just went through.

SAMI: Thank you so very much, Laura. I....seriously don't know how I could have got through the day without your help.

LAURA: It's my pleasure.Sami, you've grown so much, and...I want you to remember, no matter what's happened in your past, whatever you may have said or done, you're a fantastic mother. And I know you love Johnny so very much. Just remember that.

Sami nods, trying to hold herself together, wiping away tears from her face.

SAMI: I'll try. Umm..hey! Are you going to Brady's memorial today?

LAURA: Yes! I was just going to call Marlena and let her know I'm on my way. Did you...did you need a ride over?

SAMI: Uh...yeah! I can totally go with you. Let me just...grab my keys and a couple other things.

LAURA: Sure.

Sami runs into the living room to grab her things, including her tablet. As she picks it up, she sees a notification on the screen. It catches her eye and she unlocks the screen to read it more closely.

SAMI: Oh my God!

Laura looks up, concerned by Sami's outburst.

The screen reads out the headline from the Salem Spectator's website that's gone around town.

BREAKING: TITAN TV TO BE SOLD TO PRIVATE INVESTOR

Sami looks up at Laura, the shock still on her face.

LAURA: Sami? What's wrong?

SAMI: Uh...I...nothing. Let's go!

Laura seems unconvinced, but smiles halfheartedly anyway, as Sami guides her out the door of the house.

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Will and Gabi lock up the apartment, Gabi rocking the stroller with Ari inside back and forth gently. Will turns to Gabi, still stewing over Sonny's lie. He holds his cell phone in his hand, looking up at Gabi while he texts.

WILL: So, I'll meet you and Ari at Town Square?

GABI: Sure. I hope you guys are alright.

WILL: Yeah...so do I.

Gabi leans over to give Will a hug, before heading off.

GABI: Okay, I'll see you then. Let me know what happens with Sonny.

WILL: Yeah...I will.

Will looks up, sighing heavily as he thinks back to Sonny's rushed exit from the apartment.

***

FLASHBACK to Episode 64

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Sonny turns to grab his jacket from the closet, and calls out to Gabi and Will.

SONNY: I have to go for a minute....there's a...uh...problem with a shipment at the club. Meet you at Town Square?

WILL: Alright.

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It's T, calling from the club, where a rush of rowdy customers are calling out to T, who's a bit frazzled behind the bar.

T: Uh...hey, Will! It's T. Any idea where Sonny is?

...

WILL: I...yeah, he's on his way to the club now, T. Didn't he just tell you that?

...

T looks confused, looking over his shoulder as he speaks, holding up one finger to a customer.

T: Uh, no. Sonny hasn't spoken with us since this morning, dude. Look, it's really busy at the club, and I can't get Sonny to answer his phone, so can you just let him know to come down here ASAP when he can?

***

Will shakes his head, as he finishes up his text to Sonny.

How r things @ the club?

WILL: I'm gonna find out what you're up to, Sonny.

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JJ runs back into the Town Square to try to avoid getting caught by Liam, who was just in the adjacent park. He tries to casually walk over to get his mother's attention before Liam comes back, but is too late, as he turns around to see Liam surprise Jennifer by wrapping his arms around her as she stands at a nearby table. JJ looks on in fear at the exchange, now worried about his mother's safety.

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Maggie knocks on Victor's office door at Titan, as he finishes up putting his documents into his briefcase and closes it up. He looks up and smiles.

VICTOR: Maggie! Aren't you a sight for sore eyes!

Maggie smiles warmly as she walks into the room, ever so casually. She laughs a bit at Victor's comment, obviously flattered.

MAGGIE: Ohh...you're either the sweetest man on Earth, or you had a really rough day.

VICTOR: I'd say a bit of both.

Maggie smiles again as she walks towards her husband, wrapping her arms around his collar.

MAGGIE: You know what? I'll take it.

Maggie quickly kisses Victor on the lips before continuing.

MAGGIE: Now. I've been busy all morning helping Caroline out with the memorial for Brady, and you still haven't told me whether or not you're even going to be there or not.

Victor's face drops at Maggie's implied question. He sighs loudly as he tries to answer.

VICTOR: Maggie--

MAGGIE: Victor, come on now. You heard what Hope said. That car was travelling too fast for Brady to survive.

Maggie pulls Victor's face to look right into her eyes. She barely blinks as she tries to talk sense to Victor.

MAGGIE: Honey, I know you're skeptical. I understand why you would be. But you have to face the real probability that Brady didn't survive that crash.

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At the Town Square, Jenn chats with Marlena, Eric, and Caroline about Brady, while Liam is off at the desserts table that has been set up for the guests. JJ finally sees an opportunity to talk privately to his mother about what he heard Liam say, and excuses himself from his conversation with Kayla, Adrienne and Justin, interrupting Adrienne's comment as politely as he can.

JJ: Sorry, Aunt Adrienne, I...just gotta ask my mom something real quick.

ADRIENNE: Okay, sure thing, sweetie.

JJ: Thanks.

JJ smiles as he walks off, over to his mother, tapping her gently on the shoulder. Jenn turns to face him, still with that hint of motherly disappointment thanks to their earlier conversation about Abigail's whereabouts.

JJ: Uh, sorry, Mom?

JENNIFER: Hey, Honey!

JJ: Uh...I...when you got a second free, it's...really important I talk to you...alone.

Jenn looks to him, concerned.

JENNIFER: Sure. Is something wrong?

JJ looks around to make sure Liam's still a ways away.

JJ: Uh...yeah. But I think...if we have a minute now might be a good--

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As JJ finishes his sentence, Nicole arrives, with a special someone in tow, Chloe. Chloe's arrival stirs everyone in the room and Jenn is immediately distracted by her arrival. Jenn appears pleased but tense with Chloe arriving, reminded of Chloe's machinations from her last visit to Salem. Caroline, however, is pleased to see her.

CAROLINE: Chloe! How good to see you!

Caroline heads over to give her a hug, as Jenn looks up at JJ and smiles. She leans over and whispers to him.

JENNIFER: Yeah, now might be a good time.

JJ: Let's go to the park?

JENNIFER: Yeah.

Jennifer takes JJ by the arm and heads over toward the park. As they head off, Liam heads back to where Jenn had been and can't find her. He scans the crowd and sees nobody, and begins to look around the square in vain.

Caroline, Marlena, Eric, and Nicole, meanwhile, hang back to chat with Chloe, catching up with her and reminiscing about Brady. The group is laughing as Chloe tells them stories about her adventures.

CHLOE: ...So I've mostly been dealing with the more...mature ladies and gentlemen, that kind of fans instead of screaming teenage girls, you know?

MARLENA: I'm so glad your singing is going well for you again.

CAROLINE: So am I! We were so worried when you came back from that accident all those years ago.

CHLOE: Honestly, it took a lot of time, training, and patience, but...you know...Brady was always there to help me.

Chloe begins to choke up, thinking back on Brady. She smiles through her tears.

CHLOE: If he hadn't been there for me, I don't think I would've made it back. Oh my God, I'm gonna miss him.

Nicole leans over to give Chloe a comforting hug, as Victor walks in with Maggie in tow. Clearly having overheard the end of Chloe's story, he makes his presence known with a snide remark.

VICTOR: And it's too bad you did come back, seeing as this whole mess we're in now is your fault.

Chloe turns around quickly to face Victor, visibly upset by yet another of his abusive remarks at her expense.

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In the park, JJ leads Jenn, before taking her arm and huddling in closer to her, trying to be as quiet about what he knows as possible. Jenn stands back, concerned for her son.

JENNIFER: Okay, what did you need to talk to me about?

JJ: Okay, well...before I tell you, you have to promise me you're not gonna freak out.

Jenn folds her arms, convinced JJ's done something to make her freak out.

JENNIFER: I can't guarantee anything, JJ.

JJ: No, Mom, I'm serious. This is...really important, and you need to know.

JENNIFER: Know what, JJ? Is this about your sister? Because, honestly, I don't know if I can handle much more bad news about her--

JJ: ...Not...not really. I mean, yes, but...

JENNIFER: Oh, God, JJ! What is going on--

JJ: It's about Liam!

Jennifer looks at JJ, stopped in her tracks by his connecting Liam to Abigail's departure from Salem.

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Will arrives at Club TBD, and notices the immediately the crowds have dissipated. He looks over to see a relaxed T behind the bar. He notices Will come in and nods at Will in greeting.

WILL: Hey, T. So...did Sonny ever come around?

T: Nah, man. I'm proud of myself, man. I took care of the whole crowd and CLEANED UP. Look, look, look, look.

T reaches into his pockets and pulls out the tips he's collected over the past couple hours. Will looks surprised and laughs with T, slapping his buddy on the back in approval.

WILL: Oh my God, that's amazing. Just...just tips?

T: 100%, dude!

WILL: I...Wow!

T: Yep. So...okay, so did you pass along the message to Sonny.

WILL: I...no, I never had a chance, I just...was on my way out anyway so I decided to come down myself but...it looks like you got it all under control.

T: Yeah, man! Totally!

Will looks down at his phone, having felt a buzz in his pocket. T looks over his shoulder.

T: That Sonny?

WILL: Yeah.

Will checks Sonny's message and frowns, shaking his head at Sonny's response:

yeah got it all figured out, heading out soon

...

Sonny walks casually past the Brady Pub, texting as he walks. The same frown on his face as Will. He sees Will's response come up on his phone:

gonna call u. got a question

Sonny sighs.

SONNY: Uh oh.

As Sonny's phone rings, he picks up almost immediately.

SONNY: (into phone) Hey Will.

...

Will looks off, a bit of a bitchy look on his face as he speaks to Sonny.

WILL: (into phone) Hey Sonny, Gabi and I are just heading down the Town Square. I had to pass on a message to T, can I speak to him a moment?

...

Sonny's eyes widen, a bit panicked by Will's question. He kicks into action and walks away from the pub toward TBD.

SONNY: I, uh...he's downstairs at the moment, just grabbing some condiments for--

...

Will interrupts Sonny, a smug grin on his face as he cuts in.

WILL: Oh, never mind. He's right here. Say 'hi', T!

Will passes the phone over to T, who awkwardly takes the phone from Will, not sure what he's getting himself into.

T: Hey, Sonny! Where were you, man? It was a madhouse down here!

...

The colour drains from Sonny's face as he realizes he's been caught. He stops in place, taking a second to figure out what he'll do. Unable to respond for a moment, Sonny stammers as he tries to collect himself enough to continue walking towards the club.

SONNY: I...uh...I'll be there in a sec.

...

WILL: Yeah, you better be. And you better have a really good explanation, too.

Will hangs up the phone, before slamming it down on the bar. Will breathes in deeply, frustrated, hurt, and angry at his fiance for his lie, but also worried what Sonny was actually up to.

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EPISODE 65

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Jennifer steps into the town square, and sees Liam off in the corner. Jenn looks over and waves his way, as Liam walks over to her from across the square. Liam notices the glum look on Jenn's face and, as he meets Jenn near one of the tables in the square, he gently touches her chin and smiles as she looks up at him.

LIAM: Jenn? You alright?

Jenn sighs heavily before answering Liam's question. She turns away slightly as she answers, her voice heavy with concern.

JENNIFER: I don't really know.

LIAM: Well...what's wrong?

JENNIFER: (sigh) Aibigail...disappeared this morning.

Liam appears distressed by the news, Jenn immediately tries to placate him.

LIAM: What?

JENNIFER: No! No, she's okay...

Liam breathes a sigh of relief at the news, visibly relaxing after a moment's tension.

LIAM:Oh, thank God for that--

JENNIFER: ...but the problem is where she's gone.

Liam looks up, confused, Jenn tries to calmly explain the situation, hoping not to upset Liam again.

LIAM: What do you mean?

JENNIFER: (sigh) It turns out that Sami sent her on an assignment to Italy last minute, and so now, one day after she's in hospital for that fall, she's on a plane to Europe to work for the DiMeras.

Liam looks at Jenn, not sure quite how to respond or react to Jenn's news. He looks off, away at nothing in particular, deep in his own thoughts.

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Sami stares out the window at the DiMera mansion, deep in thought as she considers the possibility that Abigail's project in Italy may not be purely a business decision on EJ's part, but a clever manipulation among many others. Considering Jennifer's words from earlier, Sami is mentally checked out.

***Sami flashes back to Episode 63***

JENNIFER No. (sigh) When I came here, I was upset and I was...blaming EJ for it because I just...I had this feeling that it's all this big...plan to get Abigail back on side so that Chad can move back in but...

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Sami snaps back to the current moment and realizes she needs to speak to someone. She walks quickly over to her purse and pulls her cell phone out, she quickly makes a phone call.

SAMI: (into phone) Laura? You wouldn't happen to be free for a house call, would you?

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Hope drives down the road at lightning pace, obviously speeding as she makes her way towards Horton Town Square in time for Brady's memorial. Her impatience is plain on her face and in her mannerisms as she moves frenetically between looking at the road and checking the time on her car stereo.

HOPE: Come on, come on, come on. Ugh, this damned guy in front of me would just MOVE!

Hope honks angrily on her horn as she shouts at the cars in front of her.

HOPE: COME ON! Ohhh my God, I'm so late.

Hope leans back in her seat, looking to the sky, trying to calm down, as she mutters to herself.

HOPE: Come on, Hope. You're not supposed to be the one getting road rage, you're a cop. You're supposed to obey the traffic laws, and smile and drive defensively!

Hope takes a second to breathe before finally getting fed up and turning into the next lane, when the car in front of her turns abruptly to make the same move. Hope hits her brakes, but not soon enough and bumps into the side door of the car in front. Hope curses as she undoes her seatbelt to get out of the car.

HOPE: Damn it! Damn it, damn it, damn it!

Hope gets out of the car, infuriated. She continues to curse as she steps out on the roadway and turns toward the driver of the car she hit.

HOPE: As if this day couldn't get any...

Hope slams her car door shut and turns around to see the man in the car in front get out.

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It's Aiden.

HOPE: ...worse.

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Victor stands by his office desk at Titan, and looks at Sonny incredulously.

VICTOR: Rescind the offer? What for?

SONNY: Because I don't want him sucked into this world of greed and lies, I just...

Victor's face turns to one of anger and frustration upon realizing what's going on.

VICTOR: You've been sucked in by those knuckle-dragging treehuggers, haven't you?

SONNY: No, I--

VICTOR: Because I've got news for you, Sonny. The offer stays on the table, and you'd better back off if you ever want to see Will Horton stand at the altar with you.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4

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Laura sits in a chair in the DiMera living room, a recording device in hand as she leans over to speak to Sami, who is casually laid down on the nearby sofa, shoes off. Sami is still deep in thought as Laura tries to coax out her inner most feelings to try to give Sami some sense of healing.

LAURA: Tell me what you feel at this exact moment.

Sami pauses a moment, staring straight out at nothing in particular. A very expressionless look on her face as she ponders, then answers Laura's question.

SAMI: Helpless. I feel like...like I've finally run out of ways to fight back...or maybe I just don't want to fight anymore. I can't tell.

LAURA: That's not, in my experience, your usual way of reacting.

SAMI: No. It's not.

LAURA: For as long as I've known you, you seem to lash out when you're backed into a corner, so tell me what's different this time.

Sami hesitates, breathing in deeply as she tries to honestly answer Laura, but is almost afraid to respond so openly.

SAMI: Because this time, it's my son who would bear the brunt of it. I can't defend myself without...destroying Johnny.

LAURA: What do you mean?

Sami becomes increasingly emotional, but tries to hold herself in as responds.

SAMI: I mean I can't look at my own child without thinking about how he was conceived. I can't feel his touch anymore and feel the love he clearly feels for me and the warmth and love I saw...see. Every time I look at my own son, I love him, I know I do, but...there's this...

Sami looks down at the engagement ring EJ got for her. She looks at it thoughtfully as she pulls it off her finger, and holds it up for Laura to see.

SAMI: It's like this ring. You see, I have looked at this ever since EJ put it on my finger.

Laura smiles as she looks at the beautiful diamond ring, clearly noteworthy for the size and shine of the diamond.

LAURA: It's absolutely beautiful, I have to admit.

Sami manages a weak smile as she takes the ring in the palm of her hand and closes her fist around it tightly.

SAMI: Yeah. I always thought so too. But then I was looking at it from a weird angle one day when I was out and....you know...the sun just...hit it at just the right angle. And...you know, I saw this...tiny, tiny imperfection just on the top right hand corner. It's...barely visible to any normal person, even if you looked it over with a magnifying glass, you'd never notice it.

Sami holds the ring up again, this time right up in front of her eyes, shaking her head, disappointment in her face and her voice.

SAMI: ...But you know...now...that's all I see is that tiny little flaw. And I can't unsee it. I don't know if I ever will, and I know that I shouldn't let it overtake everything else about it for me but...I'm worried I can't help but feel that way. I mean...this is just a ring. But, I mean, we're talking about my son. My beautiful....beautiful boy. And I can't see him without thinking of how...the man I'm supposed to be marrying...he forced me to have sex with him in exchange for his sister's father's life.

Sami stands up and begins to pace before the couch. Laura follows her every step carefully, her every expression, her every gesture.

SAMI: I mean...how screwed up is that? How...terrible of a situation to be in, not to mention how he even came to be.

Sami stops and sighs heavily. She sits down again and looks earnestly at Laura, struggling to ask her a question as the emotion wells up in her voice.

SAMI: Laura...how am I going to...when the time comes...I mean...he'll have questions. How am I going to be able to tell my son that he was the product of rape?

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Hope sheepishly looks Aiden's way as he steps over to Hope's car. Aiden looks at Hope sternly.

AIDEN: I thought the police were meant to be better drivers than the rest of us.

HOPE: I'm....really sorry. I just...I thought you were gonna turn with the car in front and then you just...turned fast into me and...

AIDEN: Oh, so now you're gonna blame this on me?

Hope shrugs, trying to play nonchalant with Aiden, who is quickly getting angrier.

HOPE: Well...you turned out of your lane without signalling...you know I could have you ticketed for that.

AIDEN: Ohhh you're gonna pull THAT one out now. Just throw your weight around? You know, I was on my way to a meeting with a new client, a real important client and--

HOPE: ...And I was on my way to my friend's son's funeral. And now I'm gonna be late. And I'm not happy.

Aiden, upset, and worried, walks over to the driver's side door of his car as he speaks.

AIDEN: Oh, YOU'RE not happy. I don't have a fender now because of you...you...you know what? Just, let's just...I'm going to the repair shop now, and maybe I can get a rental in time to meet with my cli...client...

Aiden looks over to see Hope taking her cell phone out and taking pictures of the damage to his car. He walks back over

AIDEN: What in the hell are you doing?

Aiden doesn't look up at Hope, but at her car, then back at his page.

HOPE: Writing down your licence plate number, and...I'll need your insurance info.

AIDEN: Oh for...Hope, let's be reasonable, okay? You have to get to your friend's memorial service, and I need to get to your client, so can we agree to do this later? Our cars are still perfectly capable of getting to where we're going, so we can just--

HOPE: We can just...don this by the book. Okay? Or would you rather that ticket I was talking about?

AIDEN: Okay. Okay...look, you're right. Let's just...drive down to the police station, we'll get this checked out and...I'll just...have to call my client and say I'll be a bit late.

HOPE: There we go, now you see sense!

Aiden walks around to the driver's side door again and Hope to hers, before they both step into their respective vehicles, Aiden looks over to Hope and shakes his head before stepping in. He sits down in the driver's seat and turns the key in the ignition. The car grumbles and then fails.

AIDEN: Ohhhh great.

Hope, overhearing Aiden's car's failure, saunters over to his window. He winds it down and looks out to see Hope's smug face, raised eyebrow and smirk.

HOPE: Need a lift?

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Sonny stands in Victor's office, arms folded as he angrily counters Victor's threat.

SONNY: Are you seriously gonna stand there and tell me that unless I cowtow to your demands, I'm gonna lose my fiance?

VICTOR: Will needs a job, this is a great opportunity for him. If you deny him this, he'll resent you until the day you die...which will be about twenty minutes after he finds out we had this conversation.

SONNY: He won't find out if you don't tell him.

Victor stands, unmoved. Sonny gestures in frustration.

SONNY: Which you will. Of course. Because everything needs to be your way.

VICTOR: Sonny, I've had a hard day. We lost a member of our family, and I've had to make some tough business decisions. You should be thrilled that I'm welcoming Will into the family fold, especially considering the bunch of winners he calls his kin.

SONNY: Well, I'm not. Not under these circumstances. You're pitting him against me to prop up your dirty business. As if you think you can buy my approval of this disgusting project of yours. Well it's not gonna work.

VICTOR: I'm doing no such thing.

Sonny tries to hold back from yelling at Victor. He fights it a moment but his frustration lets loose regardless.

SONNY: Yes, you are! Don't act like I'm stupid, Uncle Vic. Please, just...tell Will that you...decided to go with someone more experienced and no one has to know we ever had this conversation. Please. For Will's sake, for my sake. Ari's. Just...please just take the offer back.

Victor looks straight into Sonny's eyes, a stern, almost stone-like expression on his face.

VICTOR: I'm sorry, Sonny. I can't.

Sonny shakes his head before turning toward the door.

SONNY: No. I'm sorry. I'm sorry I ever tried to talk any sense into you. Because it's obvious to me that all you care about is the bottom line. You're no better than any of these other snake CEOs trying to...pillage the land of every drop of oil they can get their hands on at any cost. Well, guess what? You just cost yourself an awful lot more than just money, Uncle Vic.

Victor looks steadfastly ahead, never once looking away from Sonny, though it's clear the hurt this is causing both of them. Sonny turns back around when Victor calls out to him.

VICTOR: Sonny!

Sonny looks at him, eyebrows raised, looking like he isn't really interested in what Victor will say, but he gives him the opportunity regardless.

VICTOR: You'll thank me soon enough.

Sonny guffaws as he begins to turn back around for the door.

SONNY: Right. See you around.

Sonny slams the door to Victor's office shut as Victor looks away, mad at himself for the turn things took.

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Liam stares off into the distance. Jenn looks concerned by Liam's sudden distraction and calls out to him.

JENNIFER: Liam? ....Liam??

Liam snaps back to reality. He turns towards Jenn and puts a hand on her shoulder.

LIAM: I...have to make a quick call, I'll be right back, okay?

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Jennifer watches with concern as Liam steps off towards the exit of the Town Square. JJ walks in from another entrance as Liam leaves. Liam pulls his phone from his jacket on his way out. Observing Liam walking out, and Jenn's concerned reaction, JJ decides to discretely follow Liam out, as Jenn gets distracted by Maggie handing her program bookets for the memorial service.

Outside the square, Liam gets on the phone, while JJ hides behind the archway, obscuring any way of Liam seeing him.

LIAM: (into phone) Yeah, so when exactly were you gonna tell me about Abigail Deveraux? ...mmmhmm?...Yeah? Well, tell Stefano I want an update every day until she's back then. Got it?

JJ's eyes widen as he makes a connection between Liam, Abigail and Stefano. Terrified for his sister, he sneaks off quickly from the park towards the square, unsure what he'll do next.

---

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EPISODE 64

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Jordan sits attentively at her desk at the hospital, waiting on Sheryl to fill her in on what the next step of their plan is.

JORDAN: Okay. Tell me, what's this great plan of yours?

SHERYL: Simple. I made a phone call today, to an old friend of ours.

Jordan's brow furrows, as she pulls her glasses off her face.

JORDAN: An old friend?

Sheryl leans in, smirking confidently at Jordan as she quietly tells her the name of their old friend.

SHERYL: Jerome Grant.

Jordan leans back, surprise plain on her face as the news hits her.

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Sonny picks up his cell phone from the table at his apartment. Will and Gabi are milling about making dinner as Sonny looks back at them. He tries to be subtle as he makes his phone call to Victor.

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Victor picks up his office phone at Titan, standing at his desk, and casually answers.

VICTOR: Victor Kiriakis.

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SONNY: I need to see you immediately. We have to talk. Alone.

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VICTOR: I won't be here much longer. Meet me at the office before we go to Brady's memorial.

...

SONNY: See you then.

Sonny turns to grab his jacket from the closet, and calls out to Gabi and Will.

SONNY: I have to go for a minute....there's a...uh...problem with a shipment at the club. Meet you at Town Square?

WILL: Alright.

GABI: We're just finishing up lunch before we go. You sure you don't want a sandwich for the road?

SONNY: No, I'll be fine. I can grab something fast at the club before the service.

GABI: Okay!

WILL: See you soon. Love you!

SONNY: Love you! Bye, guys!

WILL & GABI: Bye!!

As Sonny shuts the door, his positive demeanour immediately vanishes, as he sighs.

SONNY: Dammit, Uncle Vic. I'm not gonna let you take Will down this road. Not in a million years.

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John arrives at Brady's memorial service, which is still being set up in the square. Spotting Kayla with Roman, John walks over casually to greet his friend.

KAYLA: John! So good to see you! I'm...so sorry to hear about Brady.

John and Kayla embrace warmly, as Roman looks on with a faint smile.

JOHN: Good to see you too, Kay. Appreciate it. How's everyone holding up?

KAYLA: Ah, well,you know...as good as can be expected.

JOHN: Understood. Listen...uh...Roman, can your sister and I have a little chat alone for a sec, I have something....kind of important to discuss with her.

Roman nods in agreement, collecting himself after his memory lapse minutes before.

ROMAN: Sure thing, John. It's good to see you.

JOHN: Same to you, man.

John and Roman exchange a quick slap-on-the-back hug as they go their separate ways. John casually grabs Kayla's arm as they walk towards a quieter corner of the square.

KAYLA: Okay, this sounds really important if you're sequestering me away in dark, dark corners. What's going on?

JOHN: Well...

John stops for a moment and takes a quick look around to see who's paying attention as he speaks.

JOHN: You know I've been away for awhile in Europe, right?

KAYLA: Of course, we've all been worried about you.

JOHN: Well...we need you to come with us. It's urgent.

Kayla looks surprised and taken aback by John's request.

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Nick walks through the park just outside Horton Town Square. He calls Kate again.

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Kate is now in her own office, indignant and annoyed by Nick's repeated attempts to contact her at inopportune times.

KATE: What?

...

NICK: Now, now, Kate. Is that any way to talk to someone who just got you exactly what you needed.

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KATE: You'd better pray your little trigger finger didn't just land us in the unemployment line. Victor saw I was calling you and put together that it was your tip that brought John to the board meeting today.

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NICK: Victor will only figure that out if you spill the beans. Which I know you won't since your very freedom depends on it. Am I right?

...

Kate sighs into the phone, fed up of Nick's threats but incapable of lashing out.

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NICK: Now, sit tight, because now the real fun is gonna begin. And I'm going to make us gobs an gobs of money.

...

Kate continues to stand by her desk, phone in ear, suspcious of every word coming from Nick's mouth but playing along.

KATE: From your mouth to God's ear, my dear.

...

Nick laughs softly, but almost maniacally.

NICK: As long as you don't screw this up, everything you want can be yours.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4

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Gabi and Will sit down to eat their lunch, as Gabi feeds Arianna. Gabi looks at Will, who seems zoned out a bit, not eating his lunch. Gabi waves her hand in front of his face.

GABI: Hey! Earth to Will

Will snaps back to reality and smiles, grabbing his sandwich from his plate.

WILL: Sorry. Just...had a moment there.

GABI: Where did you go just then?

Will sighs and looks down at his sandwich, suddenly feeling not very hungry. He puts the food back down on his plate and looks up at Gabi.

WILL: Was just thinking about Brady, and Theresa, and...just how stupid this all is. I mean, we could here today and gone the next...and for what? I mean, seriously, if we don't live our lives to their full potential every day...there's no guarantee there'll be another chance, you know?

Gabi smiles and reaches her hand out across the kitchen table, placing her hand over Will's, and giving it a comforting squeeze.

GABI: I know exactly what you mean, and if there's one good thing to come from all this, it's that we're remembering that, and that every day's a chance to make our lives better...

Gabi looks at Ari, who's caught her attention, gurgling as she picks up a pea off her plate and puts it in her mouth. Gabi smiles as Will looks over to Ari as well.

GABI: ...And for our daughter too.

Just as Gabi says this, Will's phone rings. Grabbing it from off the kitchen table, Will looks at it, and sees Club TBD's number on the screen. Confused, he answers.

WILL: (into phone) Hey, what's up?

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It's T, calling from the club, where a rush of rowdy customers are calling out to T, who's a bit frazzled behind the bar.

T: Uh...hey, Will! It's T. Any idea where Sonny is?

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WILL: I...yeah, he's on his way to the club now, T. Didn't he just tell you that?

...

T looks confused, looking over his shoulder as he speaks, holding up one finger to a customer.

T: Uh, no. Sonny hasn't spoken with us since this morning, dude. Look, it's really busy at the club, and I can't get Sonny to answer his phone, so can you just let him know to come down here ASAP when he can?

...

Will looks to Gabi, a look of concern now on his face, as he answers T in an almost half-listening way.

WILL: ...yeah. Sure. K, Bye.

...

Will hangs up, and furrows his brow, confused by the exchange he just had.

WILL: Sonny never called anyone at the club.

GABI: Okay, that's weird.

WILL: Yeah, really. So, the question is, where the Hell IS he, and why didn't he want me to know about it?

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Kayla looks over her shoulder to check and make sure nobody's paying attention to her conversation with John.

KAYLA: What do you mean?

JOHN: I mean, we need you. Trust me. I can't tell you anything more than that it has to be you that comes with me.

KAYLA: But....I mean, John, you can't expect me to just...up and abandon my job, my home...

John holds his hand up to stop Kayla midsentence. Kayla stops herself but is still unconvinced.

JOHN: I will cover your expenses, and the bills will get paid.

Kayla looks down, shaking her head. John's eye remain locked on her, regardless.

JOHN: I need your help. I'll even pay for Joey to come with you while you're away, we just need your help.

KAYLA: Why can't you tell me now what's going on? Who it even involves. You keep saying 'we' but...I mean, are you there with Shane? Bo? (laughs) Steve?? Haven't heard from HIM in awhile!

John leans over and almost whispers to her.

JOHN: Yes.

Kayla looks up suddenly, shocked by John's confession.

JOHN: I can't say anything more than that. But trust me, this is just as much a professional request as a personal one. Now...can I trust you to be on the plane with me tomorrow?

KAYLA: I...John, I can't just...go...I need to figure this out.

JOHN:: I can arrange a plane out for you by the end of the week if that works better for you.

KAYLA: Just....can you give me until tonight to think it over?

John nods, reluctantly agreeing to Kayla's terms.

JOHN: Sure. I'll wait.

KAYLA: Thank you. Come on, let's join the others. The ceremony should be starting any minute now.

John takes Kayla's arm and escorts her back into the crowd, he looks to her with a warm smile.

JOHN: Sounds good to me.

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Sonny steps into Victor's office, where Victor stands before his desk, rifling through some papers. Noticing the door opening, Victor turns around to see Sonny. His greeting makes plain his sombre mood.

VICTOR: Sonny. What was so urgent?

Sonny breathes in deeply, mustering all his courage to stand up to his great uncle.

SONNY: I heard your associate offered Will a job today.

VICTOR: Ah, yes. Tyler ran it by me. He read an article Will wrote for his blog, said that was just the kind of angle we needed to promote our energy program at EnerNext. I figured you'd be thrilled that your fiance was able to get such a prestigious job so soon after graduating.

Sonny steps toward Victor, trying hard to not come across upset. He smiles a bit, but is clearly stammering in frustration, as Victor speaks, he tries to get Victor to end his long speech.

SONNY: I...uh...mmm...Uncle Vic, stop. Please.

VICTOR: What is it? I thought you were proud of Will.

SONNY: I am. And I'm thrilled that you all feel the same way. But you can't offer Will this job. You need to rescind that offer.

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Kim stands with her police escort, in front of Billie and Daniel at University Hospital by the doorway of Theresa's hospital room. She holds in her hand, a copy of the restraining order against Billie.

BILLIE: You can't be serious, Kim.

Billie snatches the paper from Kim's hand as she spits out her words. Kim looks into Billie's eyes with smug malice.

KIM: 100% serious. You can't be within 100 feet of my little girl.

BILLIE: Oh, your little girl, hm? You're never going to see has an adult woman, are you, Kim? You know, like, an autonomous person who can make her own decisions about who she befriends? Or who she confides in? Or who she trusts?

Kim's cool toughness disappears in a flash as Billie cuts into Kim, suddenly emerges rage and vitriol as she stares Billie down and fires her own shot Billie's way, holding back the full volume of her anger.

KIM: I will not have you talk to me about my daughter. You have no idea about how things really were in our home, and you're not about to give me lessons in being a mother now.

BILLIE: Oh, right. Because you've done such a bang-up job!

KIM: How dare you?

Daniel steps in at this point to try to cool things down, but the two women's eyes never leave each other. Kim's police escort hangs back, trying not to get involved in case anything escalates.

DANIEL: Ooookay, ladies. Let's take a step back from each other a minute before we say anything we'll regret. We ARE in a hospital, after all.

Billie stands down a bit, turning to Daniel, a sarcastic smile on her face.

BILLIE: Oh, don't worry, Daniel. Anything I have to say to Kim, I can say through my lawyer!

Billie storms away, heading for the elevators, as Kim watches, a smile of satisfaction on her face, but she simultaneously breathes in deeply, as though it's all been a front. Daniel sees the emotion in her eyes and puts a hand on Kim's shoulder.

DANIEL: Are you sure you're alright?

Kim wells up a bit when Daniel speaks, she looks up at a concerned Daniel and smiles.

KIM: Oh yeah. I'm fine. (sigh) Thanks!

DANIEL: Alright. If you need to sit down a minute, you can use my office.

Kim smiles and takes Daniel's hand, squeezing it.

KIM: Thank you, Daniel. I'll be fine. Can I see my daughter?

DANIEL: Absolutely.

Daniel waves to the officer, who then steps away, heading for the elevator, as Daniel guides Kim into Theresa's room. As Billie waits for the elevator not far away, she looks on with pure disgust in her face. The elevator door opens, and Billie curses Kim before stepping on.

BILLIE: I swear to God, Kim, you haven't beat me yet.

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EPISODE 63

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Kate, standing in the Titan board room with Victor, turns around and cancels the call quickly before she allows Victor to confirm that Nick was on the phone.

KATE: Uh...what are you talking about?

VICTOR: Oh don't play dumb with me, Kate. I saw Nick's name pop up on your phone in large print. And despite what you think, I haven't got cataracts just yet.

KATE: Well, first of all, it's none of your business who calls me, and secondly, so what if Nick did call me? He is, after all, my employee. It was probably just a call about a product we're testing.

Victor steps in close to Kate, in hopes of intimidating her.

VICTOR: You'd better hope that's all it's about. I will be watching you after today, believe that.

Kate stares back, not threatened by Victor's tactics.

KATE: Duly noted.

Kate grabs her bag and, with a flourish, slings them over her shoulder, sashaying out of the board room. Victor watches her head out, and scrunches his face slightly, indignant at his major loss.

VICTOR: Damn it all.

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Billie walks through the 16th floor lobby of Titan, on her cell phone, as she prepares to leave the building. She has a worried look on her face as she talks to the person on the other end.

BILLIE: (into phone) Yeah, I have a feeling Nick had a hand in this. But for the life of me, I can't tell what it is or how deep he is involved in this. But I'm certain it has something to do with the other two...Okay, I'll get back to you.

Billie hangs up, and notices a text message on her phone from Daniel.

u feeling any better now?

Billie smiles, texting back:

cup of coffee + an aspirin did the trick lol

Billie pops her phone back in her bag, and smiles a bit as she steps onto the elevator to head down to her car.

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Jordan sits at her desk at the hospital, finishing up some reports, when she hears a knock at the door of her office.

JORDAN: Come in.

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SHERYL: Hello, Stranger. Mind if I have a word.

Sheryl steps in, and immediately incites a bit of anxiety in a previously relaxed Jordan.

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Jennifer stands before EJ in the DiMera living room, enraged by his nonchalance in the face of her worry for her daughter.

JENNIFER: Come on, EJ. You're a father. Imagine if in a few years, Sydney just...took off one day to another country without saying a word to you. You'd be worried.

EJ: If it was an actual cause for concern, yes. But this is not, Jennifer. This is work-related. You blowing this completely out of proportion.

JENNIFER: No, see, that's where you're wrong, EJ. Because I know you manipulated the situation to benefit yourself. Just like you always do.

EJ gestures in 'confusion' at Jenn's accusation.

EJ: What are you even saying, Jennifer? How would I benefit from this in any way?

JENNIFER: Oh my GOD, it's SO obvious. I have no idea why you're so hellbent on denying it.

EJ: Deny WHAT?!

Jennifer steps in close to EJ, her rage bubbling in the surface as she quietly lays into EJ.

JENNIFER: That that little chat you had with Abigail last night? That was you convincing her to get on that plane today. One day after she's out of the hospital because of, what? Business? I'm sorry, but it reeks of manipulation and intimidation. In other words, every hallmark of the DiMera men.

EJ: How fair of you, Jennifer.

Jennifer steps back, raising her voice a bit again as she challenges EJ's insistence of innocence.

JENNIFER: It's more fair than you deserve. Because I can tell that this is all just a set up so that you can win Abigail back for Chad.

EJ: What?? Oh, come on, Jennifer, that's ridiculous.

JENNIFER: (interrupting EJ) You heard me! You can't tell me that you had any other innocent motive for sneaking my daughter onto a plane at 5am so she can work intimately with your goons. Tell me, EJ, is Chad waiting for her in Italy too?

EJ has full on lost his cool now, shouting over Jenn trying to stop her ranting to no avail.

EJ: It was business! This was not some grand scheme cooked up for duplicitous purposes, Jennifer. She's an important part of our team, and she doesn't need Mummy to keep tabs on her every move!

JENNIFER: I know one thing for sure, that if this was a simple business trip and nothing shady was going on, wouldn't I have heard about it by now? Something must have happened after Abby checked out, because I don't remember Sami talking about it last night at the hospital.

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At that moment, Sami steps into the living room, overhearing her name from the other side and looks Jenn's way with a look of interest.

SAMI: Talk about what?

Jenn turns around quickly to see Sami standing in the doorway, both her and EJ snapped out of their intense debate.

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Jennifer looks to Sami standing in the doorway of the DiMera living room. Sami's surprised to see Jenn and wondering what Jenn's just said about her.

JENNIFER: Sami! Do you happen to have a minute? We need to talk.

SAMI: I...sure! You want to talk alone?

JENNIFER: Oh no, no, EJ's heard what's on my mind already, he doesn't have to leave.

EJ, collecting himself from his frazzled state, swallows visibly as he heads towards Sami, who, having heard the commotion from outside the door is rather uncomfortable as EJ approaches her, all of this in Jenn's line of vision.

EJ: Well, actually, I am needed at the office, so I should go. You ladies enjoy your time together.

EJ walks past Sami and hesitates as to whether to lean in for a kiss or not. He decides to go for it, but Sami lurches back away from him, causing EJ to retreat. Jennifer notices the tension and looks on with curiosity. EJ puts on his blazer and gives his farewells as he exits the room.

EJ: Goodbye, Samantha. Jennifer.

As EJ leaves, Jenn catches her breath, releasing a lot of the tension from the confrontation that just took place. After a second, Jenn looks back at Sami, as she points in the direction of where EJ was.

JENNIFER: I'm....so sorry, Sami. I...

Sami walks over to Jenn, concerned, putting a hand on her shoulder.

SAMI: No, no. I...what's going on?

Jennifer tries to hold back a bit of tearing up as she laughs a bit at the situation.

JENNIFER: I could ask the same of you two. I mean...I...I know it's none of my business but--

SAMI: ...Don't even ask, Jenn. I really don't want to get into it.

JENNIFER: Well, I understand that too. (sigh) Look, I came to see you because I...got up this morning and discovered my daughter was gone. And I know it was for work and I know...she's an adult and can make her own decisions but...I figured you would understand, as a mother, that--

SAMI: Wait, Abigail didn't tell you about the Rome trip?

Jenn shakes her head, she looks down, a bit disappointed, but not blaming Sami.

JENNIFER: No. She didn't. I know a lot of that is because she knows I'm not...too thrilled with her taking this job in the first place, but...

SAMI: I'm sorry, Jenn. I should've...let you know. Like...a text or something.

JENNIFER: No. (sigh) When I came here, I was upset and I was...blaming EJ for it because I just...I had this feeling that it's all this big...plan to get Abigail back on side so that Chad can move back in but...

Sami looks at Jenn, shocked by Jenn's accusation.

SAMI: He what?

JENNIFER: I'm sorry. I know, that was...out of line of me to think that.

SAMI: No, no, it seems...actually a...fairly reasonable jump to make. Especially with how much EJ's been doting on Abby lately. But...Jenn, I want to reassure you.I was the one who hired her. None of that had anything to do with EJ. (sigh) I know that...Chad did some pretty awful things before he went to Boston, but...I don't think EJ is plotting with his brother to get Abigail back.

JENNIFER: Well, Sami, with all due respect, you tend to turn a blind eye to a lot of things the DiMeras do, and right or wrong I know that's because you love EJ and...nothing will change that.

Sami looks a bit uncomfortable as Jenn brings up her relationship with EJ, but stifles herself from giving too much away. Jenn fiddles uncomfortably with her hands as she finishes speaking with Sami.

JENNIFER: I just...I was hoping to...maybe open a door of communication between you and I.

SAMI: That's fine. I understand. I will keep an eye out for Abigail for you.

JENNIFER: Thanks.

Jenn heads for the door slowly, unsure whether to give Sami a hug or not, but chooses not to. Instead grabbing her purse from the coffee table and walks away slowly. Jenn stops suddenly and turns back to Sami, who is still looking out the window.

JENNIFER: Oh, and Sami. One thing. If you...ever need to talk to anyone...about...anything. I am here for you, too.

Sami turns around to smile at Jenn, unsure to what Jenn's referring but grateful nonetheless.

SAMI: Thank you, Jenn.

Jenn smiles as she heads out the door. Sami turns back to the window, the smile fading from her face as she stares pensively out at the spring day before her.

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Sheryl saunters over to the chair opposite Jordan's desk in her office, and has herself a seat. Jordan tries to ignore her, but Sheryl stares straight into her eyes, patiently waiting for Jordan to react. Jordan tries to continue writing up her report at her computer but finally cracks.

JORDAN: Can I help you?

SHERYL: I thought you'd never ask!

Jordan rolls her eyes before clicking at her computer, presumably to save her work, before wheeling away from the computer and stopping herself at the centre of her desk. Jordan leans in towards Sheryl with her hands clasped together, almost mockingly attentive.

JORDAN: I'm listening!

SHERYL:Good! Stay sitting down, you'll be glad you did when I tell you what we've pulled off.

JORDAN: I'm waiting with baited breath.

SHERYL: We did it. Titan TV is out of Victor Kiriakis' control as of ten minutes ago.

Jordan's eyes widen, not sure whether she believes Sheryl's news or not.

JORDAN: I...are you for real? This is happening.

SHERYL: This is absolutely happening, Jordan. The board, with a little help from Nick Fallon, sided with us. The people of Salem are gonna know the truth about that damned oil sands project. Finally.

It finally dawns on Jordan. She looks away momentarily as she allows the reality of the situation set in.

JORDAN: Well I'll be damned. Nick Fallon wasn't playing us?

SHERYL: So far, so good, eh?

JORDAN: Yeah...so what's our next move then?

Sheryl leans in towards Jordan and says in a bit more hushed tone.

SHERYL: That is exactly what I want to talk about with you.

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Kayla, helping set up Brady's memorial service in town square,notices Roman looking blankly at Brady's portrait set up near Tom & Alice Horton's tree. She walks over to her brother and gently places a hand on his shoulder.

KAYLA: It's hard to believe, isn't it? That Brady's gone?

Roman stares at the picture, scanning every feature bit by bit. He finally turns to Kayla, and looks at her with a panicked expression.

ROMAN: Kay, that...that's not Brady. Is...is it?

Kayla looks at Roman, knowing that she'd heard about his memory troubles, but not that they had progressed so quickly. Kayla takes Roman's arm and squeezes it, almost cuddling it in an attempt to comfort him without smothering him.

KAYLA: It's okay. That is Brady now. What do you remember him looking like?

ROMAN: I...Kay, Brady's just a little kid. I remember him being so....young. He wasn't even school aged and now...why can't I fill that time in.

Kayla sees her brother go deep into thought and pulls him in close, holding him as he zones out, trying in vain to fill the blanks in his memory.

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Billie steps off the elevator at the hospital and, upon seeing Daniel perched at the nurses' station, sneaks up behind him, covering his eyes with her hands.

BILLIE: Guess who?

DANIEL: Gah! I needed those!

Billie laughs as she jumps back, and Daniel turns to see Billie. He smiles through his lingering hangover.

BILLIE: You look like you could use an...Aspirin or...something.

DANIEL: Yeaaah, Maxine already suggested that. I'm trying to avoid overmedicating myself, especially for...

Daniel feels a bit of the dull, nagging headache pain hit him and holds his nose for a moment. Billie giggles.

BILLIE: For...self-inflicted wounds.

DANIEL: Yeah.

BILLIE: Well, I'm gonna tell you right now that the only person suffering for your tenacity is you. So, I'd suggest giving in.

DANIEL: Hey, who's the doctor here?

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Billie laughs heartily as they walk through the main room of that particular floor. As they approach the door of Theresa's room, the elevator door opens and Kim Brady emerges, a police escort in tow. She immediately spots Daniel and Billie and looks their way with a satisfied smile on her face.

DANIEL: So you're here to see Theresa?

BILLIE: Yeah. I'm hoping to get in to see her as much as possible, since Kim's threatening lawsuits and beheadings if I stand on the same floor as her.

DANIEL: Just...don't let it get to you. She's concerned about her daughter, just like you are. I'm sure you're gonna be able to work it out.

As Kim stops, standing behind Daniel and Billie, Daniel catches Kim out of the corner of his eye and turns to face her. Kim smiles as the policeman addresses them.

POLICEMAN: Miss Billie Reed?

Billie looks the policeman up and down before looking suspiciously at Kim.

BILLIE: Can I help you, Officer?

Kim holds up an envelope in Billie's face, an almost smug look on her face as she serves Billie.

KIM: This would be a restraining order that says that you can't be within 100 feet of Theresa.

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EPISODE 62

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Victor and Tyler stand at the head of the board room table at Titan HQ, as the board meeting comes to a head. John Black stands with them at the table, with Kate & Lucas Roberts, Billie Reed, and Justin Kiriakis sat around the table, with Nelson, another Titan board member, waiting impatiently for the vote to conclude.

Victor looks back John's way, as Tyler clears his throat, looking back toward John.

TYLER: So! Yes. Back to the vote. John Black, as proxy voter for Brady Black, a vote of 'yay' would mean you are in favour of retaining the Titan TV division, a vote of 'nay' would mean you are in favour of Titan divesting of all Titan TV properties. What say you?

John looks calmly around the room, smiling as the rest of the room impatiently waits for his answer.

JOHN: I vote...'nay'.

Victor immediately slams his fist on the table in anger.

VICTOR: Damn it, John!

Tyler carries on through Victor's protestations. Everyone around the table mutters to each other, soaking in the shocking turn of events John's arrival has brought.

TYLER: Therefore, by a margin of 5-4, I declare this vote closed. Titan shall be divesting itself of its Titan TV division, placing it up for sale immediately.

Victor stares John down, looking directly into John's eyes with malice.

VICTOR: You will regret this, John.

JOHN: Are you kidding, Vic? I just did you one big favour. You oughta thank me.

John grabs his briefcase, nods Victor and Kate's way and strolls out of the board room. Victor is left looking defeated as the board members filter from the room.

As Kate makes her attempt to leave, Victor quickly grabs her arm to stop her from slinking away.

KATE: Ow!

VICTOR: Not so fast, Kate. I know what you're up to, and I'm not gonna let you get away with it.

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Nick opens the door to his apartment, and he and Hope step inside. They're chatting and laughing as they do, with Hope scurrying Nick inside.

HOPE: Hurry, hurry, hurry, I need to go to the bathroom.

NICK: (laughing) Okay, okay! Go! It's right there.

HOPE: Thank yooou!

Hope runs into the bathroom quickly and shuts the door. Once inside the bathroom, Hope's need to pee immediately vanishes. Hope puts on her detective face and, to avoid suspicion, noisily lifts the toilet seat.

She then quickly steps over to the medicine cabinet. Hope very quietly opens it and looks inside. As the door of the medicine cabinet opens, it squeaks, making Hope jump. She stops the door immediately then waits, hoping Nick doesn't respond to the noise. After a moment of nothing, Hope carries on, but Nick immediately thereafter calls out to her through the door.

NICK: Hey Hope! I'm just going to step out for a second to speak to the concierge, alright?

Hope is startled by Nick's announcement and nearly doubles back when she hears him. She manages to pull it together and smiles through gritted teeth before calling back out to him.

HOPE: Alright! I'll be out in just a sec.

Hope waits another second for the door to shut before she opens the door to the bathroom. Sighing heavily, she steps out of the bathroom, not having seen anything in the medicine cabinet and not knowing where else to look for the pills Gabi hopes she'll find.

Suddenly, Hope looks up to see Nick's briefcase. Her eyes light up.

HOPE: Of course.

Hope makes a beeline for Nick's laptop bag, which he uses for a briefcase. She opens it up and commencing looking through the various compartments, but just before reaching the compartment where the pills are, she hears a loud knock on the door.

Hope is startled, but after a moment's pause, goes back to looking through the bag. A moment later, the knocking continues, and a voice is heard through the door.

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NICOLE: (while knocking) Nick! Open the door, you little shmuck, I wanna have a word with--

The door opens and Nicole nearly whacks Hope in the face when she opens the door.

NICOLE: ...you.

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Eric Brady walks through the Horton Town Square, setting up the final touches for Brady's memorial service with the help of his grandmother, Caroline. As Eric finishes, he walks over towards Caroline as Marlena scurries in, getting everyone's attention as she seems rather flustered.

MARLENA: Oh, Eric. Caroline! I'm so sorry I'm late. I had one hell of a morning.

ERIC: It's alright, Mom. It's good to see you.

Eric reaches over to give his mother a hug, before Caroline reaches out to Marlena as well.

CAROLINE: Marlena, don't worry about it. We handled things just fine on this end.

MARLENA: Well, that's good to hear. Listen, Caroline, I know this isn't really the time or place, but I need to have a talk with you later on about Roman.

Caroline and Eric look at Marlena with a bit of surprise and concern.

CAROLINE: Roman? Is something wrong?

ERIC: Is dad okay? What's...?

Marlena waves her hand to stop them.

MARLENA: No, no. It's not...urgent. He's fine. Whenever you have the time, I just have...something to discuss with you.

CAROLINE: Sure. Stop by the pub later?

Marlena gives Caroline a reassuring smile.

MARLENA: Sure.

CAROLINE: If you don't mind though, I'm going to try to get ahold of Nicole. She was going to try to track a few more people down that we hadn't reached yet.

Marlena turns back to Eric, who still looks a bit concerned. She holds out her hand to touch her son's face to reassure him.

MARLENA: Oh, Eric, stop worrying. Your father's just fine.

ERIC: Why don't I believe you?

MARLENA: (sighs) Eric, your father and I just had a rather...intense discussion last night. It's nothing to be worried about.

Eric looks at Marlena, unconvinced, but nods.

ERIC: Okay. I'll let it go. But if something's going on with Dad--

MARLENA: ...I will let you know immediately.

Eric finally smiles, though the worry is still plain on his face.

ERIC: Thanks, Mom.

MARLENA: Now, let's get this together. How can I help?

ERIC: Well, you can start by grabbing that folding table over in the corner with me...

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Marlena and Eric head off to grab the table, as Roman saunters into the square, he looks over at Brady's portrait, posted up on an easel by Tom & Alice's tree. He stares at it, confusion in his eyes.

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Nicole looks at Hope, standing in the doorway of Nick's apartment, with bewilderment.

NICOLE: Hope?

HOPE: Nicole?

Nicole saunters into Nick's apartment, as Hope lingers back, eyebrow raised in curiosity. Nicole yammers on as she looks around for Nick.

NICOLE: I...I mean I knew it was hard keeping that massive house up on a single income but I didn't think you'd have to take such a steep....downgrade.

Nicole looks around the corner to see if there's more room.

NICOLE: I mean, where does Ciara sleep? In the bathtub?

HOPE: NICOLE! Enough. What do you want?

NICOLE: To talk to Nick, obviously.

HOPE: Nick stepped out for a minute, I was just here to go to the bathroom for a moment before we head out to lunch. Nick had something to drop off, you see, so...we're kind of in a hurry.

NICOLE: Right, well...what I need to ask him won't take long so...

HOPE: So, you can ask him later. Goodbye, Nicole.

Hope holds the door open, motioning for Nicole to leave. As Nicole steps out, a sour look on her face, Nick reappears and nearly bumps into Nicole as he does.

NICK: OH! Nicole! Just the person I wanted to see.

Hope looks at Nick incredulously.

HOPE: Really?

NICK: Yeah! Uh...Hope, did you wanna just...meet me at the pub, I won't be a minute.

Hope pauses a moment, not sure what's happening.

HOPE: I....sure?

NICK: Thanks. I promise, this won't take a moment.

Hope walks out the door, not sure what's going down, but knowing it can't be anything good. She calls out to Nick as she heads out the door.

HOPE: Alright...I'll grab us a seat!

NICK: Sounds good!

Nick closes the door behind Hope, a big smile on his face.

NICK: SO! Good news!

Nicole folds her arms, the sour look still on her face.

NICOLE: It better be. I'm still thisclose to being fired for that stunt you pulled at the last press conference.

NICK: Clear that from your mind forever, Nicole. I, Nick Fallon, have delivered for you.

Nick pulls out his iPad from his bag, and, a few taps later, presents the page to Nicole.

NICK: Observe.

Nicole grabs the iPad, and reads the headline.

BREAKING: TITAN TV TO BE SOLD TO PRIVATE INVESTOR

Her eyes bulge out as she processes the news.

NICOLE: What?? How did you..?

NICK: Only through the magic of research, my dear. We'll talk about this later, drinks?

Nicole stands, mouth agape, suddenly realizing the power Nick might be wielding.

NICOLE: I....

Nick escorts Nicole to the door, Nicole still in shock, she eventually nods, as Nick hastily takes his tablet back.

NICOLE: I...yeah.

NICK: Give me about an hour?

NICOLE: ...Sure.

NICK: K, BYE!

Nick abruptly slams the door in Nicole's face. He walks back into his apartment and grabs his phone, rolling his eyes at having had to deal with Nicole.

NICK: Now...time to call Kate...and congratulate her on her good news.

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Kate rips her arm from Victor's grasp, holding it before adjusting herself, a scowling look on her face directed at Victor.

KATE: I don't know how I was ever married to such a savage.

VICTOR: Neither do I.

KATE: The nerve. I just had this cleaned too, and now your greasy little hands are all over it. Vile.

VICTOR: Maybe if you focused less on fashions and more on business we wouldn't have this problem.

Kate pretends to be non-plussed by Victor's volatile reaction, as she turns her attentions to packing her things away into her bag.

KATE: I don't know what you're talking about.

VICTOR: Oh, the Hell you don't. I know what you were up to today. Someone tipped you off about John's proxy vote, and you couldn't wait to get him here. Now who put you up to it?

Kate scowls at Victor, arms folded, not giving anything away, as her smartphone rings. Standing slightly away from it, she tries to casually grab it, but Victor spies the name appaearing on the screen as she turns to answer, and calls her out as she's about to press "talk".

VICTOR: I swear, Kate, if Nick Fallon is behind this, you can both hand in your key cards now.

Kate quickly holds the phone close to her chest and swipes to ignore the call, fearing she's been caught.

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EPISODE 61

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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Sonny gets up from the sofa in his apartment, a bit angry as Will holds onto the contract from EnerNext, which he had attempted to present to Sonny.

WILL: What do you mean, I can't take this job?

SONNY: You can't, Will! This job...it's a mistake.

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Will gets up from the sofa, and walks over to the desk, placing the contract on it, deliberately where Sonny can see.

WILL: Why? Because you don't like it? I thought you just said you believed in my work.

SONNY: I've told you why, Will. It's not about your talent or your work, it's that you're working for a corrupt organization--

WILL: That your Great Uncle owns. That your father works for as legal counsel. If they're so damned evil, why is it that every penny of your family's money stem from that corporation.

Sonny walks off toward the bedroom, shaking his head as Will follows him.

WILL: Don't walk away from me! You know I'm right.

Sonny stops and turns around, pointing angrily at Will.

SONNY: No. No, I don't know you're right, Will. In fact, I can give you a hundred reasons why this is the worst decision you could possibly make.

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EJ stands in the DiMera living room, looking over some paperwork quickly, when he hears a commotion from the foyer.

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After a moment of listening, he heads for the doorway and not long after, the doors to the living room swing open, with Harold trying in vain to keep an enraged Jennifer Horton from walking into the room.

JENNIFER: You!

EJ: Good Lord, Jennifer! I would've figured a family of middle class doctors would have raised their children to have better manners than that.

JENNIFER: Don't even START with me, EJ! I want answers.

EJ: About what?

JENNIFER: About where my daughter is, and why did you send her halfway across the world, and don't even think for a second it wasn't your idea, I saw you yesterday at the hospital, so give up the game!

EJ looks frustrated, and looks away for a moment to try to answer respectfully.

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John steps into the Titan board room, striding in with casual confidence, much to Victor's chagrin.

VICTOR: John! What a surprise. I expect you've come for the meeting.

JOHN: Well, I wasn't planning on it, mostly because no one told me until just very recently.

John stops behind Kate's seat and casually puts a hand on Kate's shoulder. Kate tenses, a bit surprised by John's touch, but looks back to Victor, who notices the small but pointed gesture.

VICTOR: Fascinating.

JOHN: I thought so. Now, I've got a question for you, Vic.

VICTOR: Now isn't a great time, we're in the middle of a vote.

John puts both hands on his hips. A smile grows on John's face as he walks towards Victor.

JOHN: A vote, hm? See. Now, that actually, was exactly what my question was about.

VICTOR: Really.

JOHN: You know it! Here's what I wanna know, Vic. Have you retained Brady's place on the board, or have you had him declared dead?

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Will folds his arms, looking unimpressed at Sonny as Sonny lays into him for considering the EnerNext job.

WILL: Alright. Go ahead, Sonny. Tell me why I shouldn't take the best damned job that's ever been offered to me.

SONNY: Will, there will be other jobs that are just as good as this one.

WILL: Oh, so I should follow my dreams, but only when they line up with your world view.

SONNY: Will, that's not what I'm saying.

WILL: Yes, it's exactly what you're saying! What makes you the authority on what's right and what's wrong?

SONNY: I'm saying that I know what it's like to have someone flash a lot of money in front of your face. It can change you really quickly.

Sonny walks in closer to Will and puts his hands on Will's shoulders. He looks intently into his eyes.

SONNY: I want you to be careful, Will.

WILL: I'm not exactly from a poor home, you know. I can take care of myself.

Sonny looks down, dropping his hands to his sides as he thinks his answer through.

SONNY: Okay. I don't think you should take this job, but if it's something you really want, and I mean truly, truly, want....then I will support that.

Will leans over and kisses Sonny on the lips. They both smile as they look warmly at each other.

WILL: Thank you.

SONNY: Just remember, Uncle Vic can suck in even the best, most generous people in the world, and turn them into cynical, bitter, entitled bastards. Watch yourself.

Will nods in understanding.

WILL: Got it.

Will and Sonny come together for a warm embrace, before slowly leaning in to kiss each other gently on the lips. They look at each other, standing forehead-to-forehead and giggle before kissing again. Flopping down on the couch, they kiss a bit more intensely, before Will pushes Sonny back gently and climbs on top of him.

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Gabi walks in just at that same moment and jumps back, but smiles as she sees her roommates together.

GABI: Well what did I just walk in on.

Sonny and Will laugh as they separate. Will jumps off the couch and heads towards Gabi, greeting her with a quick hug.

WILL: Ohhh nothing, just some fiancee/fiancee bonding time. Oh I have some news.

GABI: Oh yeah?

Will walks over to the desk again and pulls the contract from the manila envelope it had been in. He shows it to Gabi.

WILL: I have been offered a job. A very...very...good...job.

Gabi's eyes widen as she quickly looks at it.

GABI: Wow! PR for Titan. That's HUGE, Will. Congrats!

Gabi and Will lean in to hug each other. Gabi's smiling widely as she embraces him. Will pulls back after their hug and looks at Gabi a little oddly.

WILL: You seem so...relaxed.

Gabi's taken aback slightly by Will's statement. She walks past him, heading for the couch, where she quickly flops down.

GABI: Really? Why, was I super-tense before?

SONNY: Well...not to put too fine a point on it, but....yeah.

Gabi looks at Sonny, who's sitting next to her on the sofa, and laughs a bit.

GABI: Well...if I am, it's because all of our troubles are soon gonna completely disappear.

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EJ sighs as he walks over to the minibar and grabs a glass, holding it up as he speaks to an unimpressed Jenn.

EJ: You look like you could use a drink.

EJ turns around as Jenn smacks the glass from his hand, smashing it against the wall. EJ stands still, stunned by her rage.

EJ: Or several.

JENNIFER: This is not a game, EJ. I want to know where my daughter is.

EJ: Jennifer, your daughter took a job in Italy for a few weeks. It is not a big deal. It's a very short assignment that came up last minute. I apologize if she didn't talk to you about it, but I have a feeling, considering your rather hysterical reaction just now that I know why she didn't.

Jennifer, undaunted, steps in close to EJ, an intensity in her eyes that says she means business.

JENNIFER: My daughter would not have done anything like this if it weren't for you. She has been acting like a complete basket case for months ever since she quit the hospital.

EJ: And you blame me for that.

JENNIFER: Yes, I blame you! You are the only thing that connects all of this. Ever since you two have been talking about Jack's book, ever since she's been looking after Johnny and Sydney and Allie, then quitting her job out of nowhere to work for you and Sami.

EJ stops Jennifer, holding up one finger to make a quick interjection. He speaks almost too calmly back to an enraged Jennifer.

EJ: That was all Samantha's idea. She saw your daughter was in need and did what any good friend and shrewd businesswoman would do.

JENNIFER: Because of you. It's all because of you. It's so obvious to me now. You did something or said something to her that upset her so much that she was forced out of the hospital. Didn't you?

EJ rolls his eyes, worried that Jenn is onto him, he looks back at Jenn with a frustrated look.

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Victor stands at the head of the board room table, looking on angrily at John.

VICTOR: How dare you? Of course I'm retaining Brady's seat on the board. No one's declared him dead yet, are you?

JOHN: Nope, I had no intention of it. I know strange things can happen in this town, and I won't believe he's gone until I see a body.

VICTOR: Then what the hell are you asking for?

John steps forward towards Victor and puts his briefcase down on the table. He speaks very casually, which is offputting to Victor.

JOHN: Well, Brady made me proxy in the event of his absence from all vital Titan board meetings, and I know that in the event of my absence, that you, Victor, would gain his proxy vote.

Victor sighs, knowing John is right, and with a glint of worry in Victor's eye.

VICTOR: That is the truth.

TYLER: We were just coming up on Brady's vote, in fact.

JOHN: Perfect. I'd be happy to help.

Victor looks sharply at Tyler, muttering to him in hopes John doesn't hear.

VICTOR: Be careful, Houston. We may be in big trouble now.

TYLER: (quietly) Well, you thought Kate and company were on your side as well, so John may surprise you yet.

VICTOR: Fair enough.

Kate looks at the goings on at the head of the table and pulls both Billie and Lucas in close.

KATE: (whispering) I think I see sweat forming on Victor's brow already.

LUCAS: (whispering) Let's just hope for everyone's sake that John doesn't vote against us.

Billie shushes both her mom and brother, pointing to the front of the board room.

Victor looks back John's way, as Tyler clears his throat, looking back toward John.

TYLER: So! Yes. Back to the vote. John Black, as proxy voter for Brady Black, a vote of 'yay' would mean you are in favour of retaining the Titan TV division, a vote of 'nay' would mean you are in favour of Titan divesting of all Titan TV properties. What say you?

John looks calmly around the room, smiling as the rest of the room impatiently waits for his answer.

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EPISODE 60

Written by A. Washington-Beeby

Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson

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At Titan HQ, Victor and Tyler approach the closed doors of the Titan board room. Victor motions to Tyler to stop before entering.

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VICTOR: Now. Remember what we planned. This has to go down properly.

TYLER: Victor, as long as you have Kate and her kids on board, it tips the balance.

VICTOR: That's true. And having my vote plus Brady's proxy vote will make all the difference. If we lose the TV station, we are never going to get the public support for the fracking operation. We need that station, dammit. Nothing, and I mean nothing can go wrong today.

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Hope knocks on the door of the MadWorld lab, seeing Nick closing up his briefcase. Nick, hearing the knock, looks up and smiles, seeing his cousin.

NICK: Hope! What a great surprise. How are you?

Nick walks over and gives Hope a big hug.

HOPE: Good to see you. Got time for lunch?

NICK: You know, I was just about to head out for lunch. I just gotta stop off at my place quickly for a sec, do you mind tagging along?

HOPE: No, no. No problem at all.

NICK: Great. Uh...give me one sec. I just gotta run to the bathroom and we can go, okay?

HOPE: Sure! I'll just wait here.

NICK: Awesome.

Nick steps out of the lab, leading Hope to immediately begin casually snooping around. A bottle on one of the shelves catches Hope's eye, and she reaches up to grab it.

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Will steps into his living room, where Sonny is prepping lunch. Will smiles as he walks over to his fiancee and kisses him quickly on the lips.

SONNY: Hey. How's Ari?

WILL: Oh, I just laid her down to sleep, so she'll be out for awhile.Gabi's gone to run some errands. Which is perfect because I need to share some news with you.

SONNY: Oh?

WILL: Yeah...well...you know how your uncle Vic is involved in this whole...EnerNext business?

Sonny looks at Will with an almost suspect look in his eyes, trying to figure out where he's going with this.

SONNY: Yes. And you also know how I feel about that project.

WILL: Well, that's it. I know you're dead set against it because of the environmental damage and the pollution it could cause--

SONNY: ...Will cause, Will. Not to mention, don't you think it's really convenient that they're planning to do all this fracking right near the poorest section of Salem?

WILL: I know, but...you know, this could be good for people in those areas too, no? I mean...the jobs that that could create--

SONNY: ...Will. They will be spending all that money in health care. The pollution...Salem would be completely inhospitable if they go ahead with this fracking operation.

WILL: Oh come on. Lots of places do this, and they're just fine.

Sonny pauses and looks at Will with confusion.

SONNY: Will, why are you so defensive of Uncle Vic's fracking project. What's going on?

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Hope grabs a pill bottle from the shelf and opens it.

HOPE: Empty.

Hope puts it back on the shelf, not sure if she should be thrilled or disappointed. She keeps looking before hearing the door swing open, and Hope jumps back into an awkward waiting pose as Nick walks in.

NICK: Ready?

HOPE: Yeah! Let's go!

Hope looks back into the lab, trying to think of any other place Nick could have hid any pills before they walk out, and Nick closes the door.

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Will stumbles over his words, trying to formulate the best way to tell Sonny the truth. Sonny pours himself a glass of juice and takes a drink as Will explains himself.

WILL: Well...see, I ran into Aunt Maggie yesterday, right?

SONNY: (through his drink) Mmhmm.

WILL: And, well, I had written an article that I'd had published on a blog. I showed you that article, yeah?

Sonny nods as he sits down on the sofa next to Will.

SONNY: Yeah, I know which one. That was a really good article.

Will smiles, still flattered by his husband's praise, even if it's almost expected of Sonny.

WILL: Thank you. Well, Aunt Maggie liked it too, and the next thing I know, I get this call from this man, Tyler Houston.

Sonny's expression changes immediately when Sonny hears the name. Will pulls out the contract Tyler handed him from his bag and shows it to Sonny.

SONNY: Oh no, not...

WILL: And...Sonny, he liked my work so much that...offered me a job. A good job, I'd be the one writing all public relations releases for EnerNext.

SONNY: Oh no, NO way.

Will is taken aback by Sonny's visceral refusal.

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Victor opens the doors to the board room to find a room filled with executives from various divisions of the corporation, including Kate, Billie, Lucas, and Justin. Tyler walks in alongside Victor, and the two prepare to sit down at the head of the table.

VICTOR: Good afternoon, everyone. I trust we will be able to settle this with some expediency, as my grandson's so-called memorial service will be held later this afternoon.

Kate looks over to Lucas, hiding her mouth with her one hand as she whipsers to him.

KATE: Poor old fool still thinks there's a chance that boy's alive.

LUCAS: Well, he's right. There's no body.

KATE: That means nothing, it's all just an attempt to keep the votes in his favour and you know it.

Victor continues to speak, grabbing an envelope from Tyler as he continues his announcement to the room.

VICTOR: Now on that note, as we have no actual confirmation of Brady's untimely demise, I move to have his place on the board retained until such time as there is an official death certificate issued by the coroner's office.

BILLIE: Well, Victor, that could take months!

VICTOR: I'm well aware of that. I'm not jumping the gun on this. Brady is family, and I'm not giving up on him, unlike some of his so-called friends in this damn town. So on that note, and in the absence of his father, I will act as Brady's proxy on today's vote.

Kate rolls her eyes and looks to Lucas again.

KATE: Told you.

LUCAS: But will that give him enough votes to win?

KATE: Not sure, there's a couple wild cards. But I will say this, if Victor does get his way, start looking for a new job. Fast.

Victor opens his briefcase, pulling out paper packages which he begins handing out to the members of the board gathered around the table. Once the paperwork is handed out, Victor continues.

VICTOR: Now, the matter at hand today is a motion put forth by one of our board members, one that I am fundamentally opposed to, I might add. It is, as a costcutting matter, whether or not to shed our television operations. I need not explain to you the service our TV station will provide us in the fight against the loopy treehuggers who want to shut EnerNext down. If we shut down the TV station and sell it off, sure it will save us some money. However, if we don't get this fracking operation on the right side of public opinion, this company will be in very real danger of brankruptcy, and we can't let that happen.

Tyler steps in at this point, continuing Victor's statement.

TYLER: Now, I would like to have the board member who put forth the motion to have their say. Justin?

Justin Kiriakis stands, buttoning his suit jacket button as he begins. He begins with a bit of trepidation, but picks up steam quickly, as his lawyer instincts kick in.

JUSTIN: Ahh yes. Thank you, Tyler. Now, as I am legal counsel for Titan, and, by extension, EnerNext, I have brought forth this motion to prevent any possible...concerns we may have down the road, particularly with regards to any potential anti-trust lawsuits, as well as a particularly glaring conflict of interest between Titan TV and its reporting on the EnerNext deal.

Kate leans over once again, to Billie this time, and whispers her rolling commentary yet again.

KATE: Uh oh. Dear old Uncle Vic's gonna have some choice words for little Justin.

Billie looks at her mom with a smile, trying not to laugh.

BILLIE: (whispering) Mom, stop!

KATE: (whispering) Well, it's true! If I'd done something like this, Victor would've had me hung.

Justin tries to ignore Kate and Billie, barely giving the faintest of eye rolls as he continues to make his case to the board.

JUSTIN: While I am fully in support of the EnerNext proposal, I...do think we would be better off long term avoiding possible FCC fines, that could be in the region of tens of millions of dollars, if not more. The revenue from the EnerNext deal may not be enough to offset the potential disastrous effects of the FCC fines, and we may end up in an even worse situation than we're in already. Thank you.

The board members flip contientiously through the handouts provided, and there is a bit of a pause between the end of Justin's speech and when Victor rises back up from his seat at the head of the board room table to finish up.

VICTOR: Thank you, Justin. Now, with that, I would like to quickly ask if there are any concerns or questions from the board before we vote.

Victor takes a quick pause, looking around the room, as do all the other board members, eager to see what the others in the room have to say. When no one speaks up, Victor continues.

VICTOR: Very well. In that case. We will commence voting. If in favour of retaining Titan TV, vote Aye. If you're in favour of divestment, vote nay. Tyler Houston.

TYLER: Aye.

VICTOR: Nelson Hamilton.

NELSON: Aye.

VICTOR: Justin Kiriakis.

JUSTIN: Nay.

Victor looks at his nephew with a look of disappointment, as the vote continues to the next board member.

VICTOR: Michael Browning.

MICHAEL: Aye.

VICTOR: Billie Reed.

Billie breathes in deeply before responding.

BILLIE: Nay.

Victor's expression changes immediately, as he looks Billie's way, shooting daggers from his eyes. He continues the voting, with a much more bitter tone in his voice.

VICTOR: Lucas Horton.

Lucas responds, never taking his eyes off his mother.

LUCAS: Nay.

Victor looks at Lucas and Kate, noticing the communication happening between them just with their eyes. Lucas almost mouths to his mother.

LUCAS: I hope you know what you're doing.

Kate nods her response to Lucas, before the inevitable. Victor almost spits out Kate's name.

VICTOR: Kate Roberts.

Kate turns her glare the way of Victor, and, staring him down as if facing the devil himself, responds cooly.

KATE: Nay.

Victor holds his stareat Kate for a moment before looking back out to the board room before him.

VICTOR: Victor Kiriakis. Yay. And naturally, as John nor Brady is present, I will be voting for Brady by proxy, and I--

The moment these words escape Victor's lips, the board's attention is pulled away suddenly by the board room doors opening. Victor and Tyler quickly turn around, shocked by the abrupt noise behind them.

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Before them, John stands in the now-open doorway, nodding his greeting to the room, with a cool confidence.

JOHN: Sorry, I'm late, everyone.

Victor looks at John with a stoic look, but dread lingers behind his eyes.

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