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Words from new Show runner ML Cooks

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I usually don't do these kind of things and rarely give previews. I try to remain "press free" and "interview free"

There has been a lot of chaos and confusion behind the scenes lately on LIS. First it was announced that LIS was back with new episodes after being on a yearlong hiatus. After episode began to air, the show fell into another unexpected hiatus. During that time, show creator Tara Smith was unable to contribute creatively to the show she created. ML Cooks, having already been co head writer for a few years, has laid out a very detailed and dramatic long-term story projection for LIS and the show must go on and it will. Through ML Cooks.

Now with that being said. The episodes that are currently airing right now were written and produced in February of this year. They were supposed to air in March.

Having said that, you may notice some things about to happen that may seem a bit similar to the real “Days of our Lives” and the “Young and the Restless”. What do I mean?

LIS itself has been in the midst of it’s own reboot even before the yearlong hiatus. The reboot never made it to air. In that reboot, I have written in a whodunit. I again want to stress that this was created about a year ago, that I wanted to kill a certain some one off in a whodunit.

So there you have it. LIS will be telling it’s own whodunit. I will not reveal just whom it is here in this press release, you’ll have to read the series to see who it is. The whodunit will serve as a reboot as new storylines begin. LIS will not be dominated with the murder mystery as in Y&R. I am rotating other stories in and out of it.

To get the big storyline started, I am airing a series of three episodes to set up the whodunit starting with episode 460. It will be told in three different parts and will involve legacy characters such as Bill Horton and Julie Williams. Bill Horton is being played by Jerry vor Dornclint_buchanan.jpgJulie.jpg

Big changes are coming for LIS with a big murder mystery to kick things off.

Stay tuned for some status updates in the casting department.

Drama lives here.

Life in Salem

Episode#459: A Dad of Destiny

Written by: Tara Smith

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It is mid-morning in Salem, shortly after Carrie, Eric, and Brandon said their goodbyes and left town. Rex is having a cup of coffee, surprised by this turn of events.

Rex

So my brother and sister are gone just like that. Wow. Another one of my brothers is in jail; things have been crazy lately.

Alexis, suddenly walking up and taking a seat

And they're about to get even crazier. It's about time I found you; I've been sitting on this info all night.

Rex

Not you again. You're that woman that was questioning me about my sister once.

Alexis

Yeah. Alexis. I finally got the dish on your twin, and believe me, you're going to want to hear it.

Rex

What now?

Alexis takes out her cell phone, and re-plays the conversation that took place the night before between her and Jan. Rex listens as Jan confesses every little detail about how Mimi took the fall for pushing Cassie out of that window.

Rex

Whoa; I can't believe it.

Alexis

Actually, you don't look that shocked to me.

Rex is silent for a moment; he flashes back to suspecting some foul play with Cassie several times, and briefly suspecting that Jan had something to do with it. His suspicions had finally been proven right.

Rex

Fine. I gave up investigating a long time ago, but I had a feeling about this; I believed that Mimi was innocent. It doesn't surprise me that Jan ties into it, either. She's the one that pushed my sister out of the window. Wow...and Mimi went down for it...

Alexis

So you pretty much knew Cassie was a bitch?

Rex

Hey! Don't insult her like that; Cassie's a good person, but she's gone too far. Way too far; this just proves it. I guess I didn't want to believe it, but it's true. Mimi's innocent; the love of my life is innocent.

Alexis

And she's rotting in prison because of a bogus statement that your good sister gave to the police! Don't you think it's time to set her free?

Rex heavily sighs. He is about to help expose his sister, but at this point, he has no choice; he loves Mimi and now he can finally be with her again. He flashes back to their emotional goodbye before she was taken to prison. He has to bring down Cassie for her wrongdoing, and free Mimi.

Rex

Yeah, it is. Let's go to the police.

Alexis eagerly gets up and grabs Rex by the hand; both of them dart out of Java Cafe, heading to the police station.

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Belle, Nicole, and Cassie are still at the Pub, after everyone else has left; Nicole decided to have a meal, whhi both Belle and Cassie clean the place up a bit. Cassie is on her phone constantly.

Cassie

Come on, Jeremy, pick up.

Nicole flashes back to her drinking with Jeremy twice and going out to lunch with him, knowing that he is very distraught at the moment.

Nicole

Hey, alien girl, here's a word of advice. Stop hammering the guy with phone calls and let him breathe. His mom just got exposed for being a total fraud in front of an entire courtroom; it's hard for anyone to take. Let him recover.

Cassie, glaring at her

Is this any of your business? No. I need to find my boyfriend!

Nicole looks at Belle.

Nicole

So, Belle, how are things with you and Nicholas? I saw him at the bar a little while back.

Belle nearly drops the plate she is holding out of surprise.

Belle

What?! You did?! I haven't spoken to him since he ran off and left me; how is he? Is he okay?

Nicole

Sorry, but he didn't look that way to me; he was drunk and depressed.

Belle

Did he say anything about me?

Nicole, hesitating

Um, not good things, honey.

Belle shakes her head, disappointed in how Nicholas is acting; by the expression on Nicole's face, she can tell that she's holding something back.

Belle

What is it, Nicole? You're not telling me something.

Nicole

Well, okay. I didn't want to tell you, because he was drunk and it's not going to s-

Belle

Just say it. Please.

Nicole

He kind of...groped me. It was really gross, but like I said, he was drunk. I'm not sure if the bastard was thinking at all.

Belle

I can't believe this. This is nothing like the man I fell in love with! His aunt Vivian has driven him to new extremes. I have to find him and make this right. Too much is going on right now!

The doors to the Brady Pub open, and a hungover Jan stumbles in.

Jan

Ow...too much alcohol last night. Can't believe this.

She looks up to see Nicole, Cassie, and Belle. She smirks.

Jan

Well good. The porn star, the princess, and the alien. Now all we need is Measels, Ghoul Girl, Miss Rabies, and Euggie and we'll have one huge bitch party.

Belle, groaning

What do you want, Jan? I have too much going on to deal with you.

Jan

I don't feel like seeing you either, Belle, but I was hoping I'd find someone here.

She looks at Cassie.

Jan

You better run, bitch. Because you're going down; it's all about to come out. Everyone's about to know that you framed Mimi for pushing you out of that window.

Belle

What?!

Cassie's eyes go wide, and she stares at Jan.

Cassie

What do you mean? Is this why Jeremy's not talking to me? Jan, what the hell are you talking about?!

Jan

Okay, I'm sorry, but I got drunk and told all to some girl named Alexis Kefer. She sounded really happy when I told her.

Cassie's jaw drops; Jan chose the worst person to tell.

Cassie

What?! I save your ass from going to jail and get rid of an enemy of both of us, and one day you just confess to a whore like ALEXIS?! What's wrong with you?!

Jan

You know what? I don't think I even care any more. I admit it; I pushed you out the window, and you used it to frame Mimi!

Belle

Whoa, what?! Mimi WAS framed?! By you two?!

Cassie

Damnit, Jan! Have you lost your mind?

Nicole

Did she ever have it?

Jan, growing angry

What haven't I lost, Cassie?! Shawn is dead! Lucas deserted me for some nurse! Bo and Hope have taken my son from me. I have absolutely nothing left, so I don't care any more!

Cassie

You dumbass! Mimi was going to rot in prison for years, and after all of this time, you ruined it! I had a good boyfriend, Rex was free of her...everything was great! But you blabbed to Alexis!

Jan

Not my problem; Shawn is dead and he was through with Mimi, so she has nothing to do with me. She's one of the last things on my mind. You handle your own mess.

Cassie

You could go to jail too, you idiot! You DID push me out of that window, and you sat back while Mimi was convicted!

Jan

But you masterminded it all; you gave the wrong statement to the police. I think you're in it a little deeper than I am. And like I said, I don't even care any more. I've lost everything.

Cassie

You'll pay for this. I swear to you, you will pay for this.

Cassie darts out of the pub, now very anxious and worried, and Belle looks on, shocked.

Belle

Jan, do you have a heart at all? What haven't you done to the people you hate?

Jan

Don't get all saintly, Belle. I've had enough of it throughout my life from you, and I'm sure as hell not getting it today.

Nicole

How does this shock you? Jan scheming and lying is nothing new.

Jan

You know, Belle, everything goes back to you; out of everyone in my life, I think I've hated you the most. You took Shawn from me more than once. While I've had to suffer so many losses, you've danced around, like only St. Belle would, in your little fairy-tale. It's a real pity that I have to say you're my sister now.

Belle

Don't blame me for your problems, Jan! That's what you've always done, and let me tell you something: I'm not having it any more! Do you know why you are constantly hurting like this?! Because you never stop screwing up! Instead of letting a relationship naturally take its course, you feel like you have to control it! You have to play God with everyone's lives. You did that when you lied about me pushing you down the stairs, when you held Shawn in that cage and made him think he was your fiancee, when you blackmailed Mimi, when you stole Shawn's sperm, when you played along with that baby switch...you never stop! If you told the truth and acted like a decent person for once, you would find that you'd have a lot more success in life! Maybe one day you will learn that and will finally get a grip on your life.

Jan

I never have a choice! I always lose everyone I love to some other woman! A disgusting, vile woman who I never understand. You continue to pretend that you are perfect; well I know otherwise, and so does everyone else, sweetheart. One day you'll realize that you're just as bad, if not worse, than everyone else.

Nicole

You know, Jan, you sound so pathetic.

Jan

Don't get started with me, Nicole. I'm actually here to say goodbye; I'm leaving Salem.

Nicole

Hallelujiah! Music to my ears.

Jan, scowling

I've lost everything. I need to get out of this damn town and away from all of you people; I need to re-juvinate.

Belle

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Jan heads to the door, but turns around and looks at the two women.

Jan

But let me tell you something; once I've had time away, and all of this has blown over, I will be back. I'm going to come back and take my son away from Shawn's idiotic parents, and mark my words, everyone will pay! I am Jan Spears, and I may be down, but I'm not out. One day, I will return, and wipe the floor with every single one of you.

Jan storms out, planning to leave Salem.

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Bill is in the large cemetary at St.Luke's, standing over his parents' graves. The tombstones of Tom and Alice Horton are before him; the leaders of the Horton family.

Bill

You know, it's still hard without either of you around; both of you have been gone for years, but every one still thinks about you constantly. Every one still needs that guidance; I still need that guidance sometimes. I've spent so many years on this Earth, yet half the time I still feel like I don't know what I'm doing.

He looks directly at his father's grave.

Bill

I can never be you, Dad. I can never be that strong, loving patriarch; look at where my family is. Mike and Jeremy are feuding because Mike slept with Jeremy's girlfriend; Lucas is going to prison. I suppose Jennifer's happy, but it's taken years for her to get there. And I can barely help any of them; I'm not the man you were. The man who came closest was Mickey, and he's long gone now.

Bill hears crackling footsteps behind him, and he turns to see Laura.

Laura

That's not true, Bill. Tom would be so proud of you.

Bill

Thank you, Laura, but I doubt that. What brings you here?

Laura

What brings you here?

Bill

Nostalgia, I suppose. Reflecting on everything; I needed to visit the family members we have here.

Laura

Same here. It's been a while since I came here, and I felt like I needed to. I don't try to dwell on the past, but that doesn't mean I need to forget it, either.

Bill and Laura begin walking through the cemetary, visiting all of their deceased family members. First, they find Addie's grave.

Bill

Ah, Addie; you died too young. You were always such a great older sister, and you survived so much, then one surprise incident took you from us.

They continue walking, and they see the graves of Shawn and Zack Brady, Bo and Hope's two sons.

Laura

Talk about dying too young; these two were far too young. Shawn was just a young man, and Zack was just a small child...it's so horrible. They both sounded like such great boys, and then they were taken from Bo and Hope like that. Zack got hit by a car, just like Addie, and Shawn's car exploded.

Bill

It really is awful.

They move on, and finally they come upon the grave of Mickey. A strong member of the Horton family; Bill's brother, and Laura's ex-husband.

Laura

Oh, Mickey; we still miss you so much. Maggie still misses you.

Bill

You died too young, as well. You deserved a much longer and happy life, especially after what we did to you.

Laura

Remember when he died and you comforted me?

Bill

I remember a lot of things, Laura.

Laura, snorting

We have a long history, don't we? There are so many memories. So many bad memories.

Bill

To think that all of that madness with Mickey wouldn't have happened if I hadn't gone that damn tuberculosis in my hand. I was able to fix it, but it still ruined everything for us.

Laura

Don't blame it all on that. That was just the beginning; it is amazing, though. Before all of that drama, before I ever married Mickey, you and I were engaged. Then you got that bone disease and took off.

Bill

It seems I do quite a bit of that.

Laura

Then while you were gone I fell in love with Mickey, and married him.

Bill

And I was so angry; I was beyond jealous. I stupidly got drunk, and I raped you.

Laura frowns, recalling the awful night that Bill raped her in her own office at the hospital.

Laura

That was horrible, but it was what created our wonderful son, Mike. I could never call it a mistake.

Bill

Maybe not. And you never even told anyone; you could have thrown me in jail, but you didn't. That still impresses me.

Laura

I didn't want you and Mickey to fight any more. You two had already clashed enough over me before you and I got engaged, I just didn't want any more drama. That definitely wasn't the end, though. When your father and I put our heads together, we realized that Mickey was sterile and you were the father of my baby. So we agreed to keep it a secret; we agreed to keep your son from you.

Bill

It's not like I was in the dark the entire time; I found the results of Mickey's sterility test in Dad's office. I decided that it'd be best that nobody knew that I knew, and I let life go on; I was missing out on one of the best kids there was, but for you and Mickey, I'd do anything.

Laura, smiling

You're right about that. You even went to prison for Kitty's death, instead of taking the easy way out and exposing the truth; Kitty had that conversation between Tom and I recorded and she was going to use it against us, but you went over there and refused to leave without that tape. She had a heart attack and we all thought that you killed her; you never told a soul, just to keep my secret safe. That was when I fell in love with you all over again, and I wanted to leave Mickey and marry you.

Bill

And things only got more crazy; Mike thought we were having an affair and hated me, then I had to save Mickey's life. To make things worse, Mickey disappeared, and you and I couldn't get married until we found him. We got lucky, though; he fell in love with Maggie and agreed to divorce you.

Laura

We caused that man so much pain. When Mike's paternity came out after he got injured, and neither of us were a match to donate blood, Mickey went bezerk. He tried to shoot you and had to be sent to Bayview. Then, you and I tried to remain married and happy, but it was like we just couldn't. I fell into a depression after having Jennifer, and nearly endangered her life.

Bill

I had two affairs.

Laura

And then I was sent away.

Bill

I'm sorry for all the pain I caused you; I probably hurt you far more than any one else. I raped you, I cheated on you twice.

Laura

It's strange; we've done so much to each other, but I still always felt something for you. We barely ever had a relaxed, happy marriage, but I still always felt something.

Bill

Even after you woke up and rejected me?

Laura

Can you blame me? I was in a lot of pain at the time; I'd just woken up after being catatonic for years and years. Kate was in town with the son that you fathered. I had to turn you away, because I was too confused, and I was in too much pain.

Bill

I don't blame you; I really wanted you back, but I didn't deserve you. I still don't; at that point, we did far too much to each other to ever be together.

Laura

Would you do any of it differently, Bill? Anything at all in our complicated history?

Bill

I'm...I'm not sure. I want to say yes, because it would've spared a lot of people. But I don't know; our history is what makes us unique, Laura, and I'm not sure if I would be willing to get rid of that. No matter how hurtful it was to both of us.

Laura

I know what you mean.

Bill

And no matter how many times I cheated on you, you were always the woman at home that I came back to; you were always the real one that I loved. Always the wife that I knew I needed more than anyone else. I'd try to date other women while you were catatonic, but my guilt would come back to haunt me. I could never do it.

Laura

And no matter how many times I rejected you, whether it was for Mickey, or because you cheated on me, I still felt something. Even after you cheated on me with Kate and we finally called it quits all those years later, I still felt something deep down.

The two stare at each other for a very long moment, after reflecting on their long, troubled history.

Bill

It really is a pity that we didn't end up together, Laura.

Laura

Maybe. But that is in the past; our marriage is in the past. I think we both realized that a long time ago.

Bill

And the past...is the past. Not the present.

 

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Destiny is alone in the living room of Sami's apartment, as Will is taking care of Arianna in another room, and both Sami and John are also in other rooms. She sits quietly, reading a magazine. Suddenly, her cell phone rings, and she answers it.

Destiny

Hello?

Man

Destiny; it's me.

Destiny's eyes go wide out of shock; this is the last person she ever expected to hear from after she ran away to Salem with Will. She hasn't spoken to this man for a long time, and she certainly didn't expect to now.

Destiny

Dad?!

Franklin Stokes

That's right, Destiny, it's me.

Destiny

It's...it's great to hear your voice. I mean, it has been so long...is everything okay? Are you?

Franklin

Believe me, Destiny, I am more than okay after hearing your lovely voice. Especially because I know that I'll be seeing you soon.

Destiny

What?! But I'm all the way over in a town called Salem.

Franklin

And so am I.

Destiny's jaw drops. She is stunned.

Destiny

What?! You are?! Seriously?

Franklin

Yes, seriously; you and I have been out of touch for far too long. I decided that it was time to just pack up and come to Salem.

Destiny

I can't believe this! I mean, I'm happy, but it's so sudden! Where are you?

Franklin

I'm at the bus station, and I need a ride. I was hoping that you could provide.

Destiny

Oh, of course! I'll be right there! As soon as I can!

Franklin, smiling

Alright; I will see you very soon. I love you.

Destiny

Love you, too.

They hang up, and Destiny stands up, hurrying to get around. She is still surprised.

Destiny

My dad's come to Salem!

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Carrie, Brandon, Eric, Sami, John, Rex, Cassie, Belle, Will, Faye, Abe, and Nicole are all down at the Brady Pub. Carrie and Brandon have called them all there to make an announcement.

Faye

So, you've got us all here. What's this all about? Is something wrong?

Brandon

No, Mom, not at all. We have...good news.

Sami

Carrie, please don't tell me you're pregnant already!

Carrie, shocked

Sami! That's not it!

Nicole

Jealous, Sami? It's too bad that it's not you sinking your claws into my brother.

Sami

Shut up, Nicole.

Abe

So, what is it? What's this good news, son?

Brandon

Well, this is sudden, but we wanted to tell all of you at the same time. I've gotten a nice job offer in Colorado; it's really great. I'm going to be able to counsel a lot of kids down there, and it'll give my charity work a big boost. I've taken it, and I'm moving immediately.

Everyone in the room is stunned and amazed.

Faye

Wow, Brandon, I can't believe it! That's great!

Carrie

And I'm going with him.

Belle

What?! Wow! I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, but whoa. That's great, Carrie!

Abe

It feels like you two just got back to Salem, and now you're leaving again. You can never stay long, can you?

Brandon

Well, we've been here a while, and we're going to miss everyone, but this is a job offer that I can't pass up.

Abe

I understand, Brandon. I'm going to miss you, though; I could've really used my son to stand with me when I get married.

Brandon

Yeah, I know, and I really wanted to be there. I know that Maggie is the love of your life, and your day is going to be great, with or without me; but we're still family, no matter what. I'll be there in spirit.

Faye is touched as father and son talk, feeling remorse for depriving them of this for so many years.

Carrie

He gave me a choice, and I wanted to come with him; I love Salem, and it's my home, but I love Brandon, too. I couldn't let him get away from me.

She looks at John, who is sitting in a wheelchair. She crouches down.

Carrie

Is this okay with you?

John

What do you mean? Of course it is.

Carrie

Well, it's so sudden, and you just woke up; you just found out about Marlena. And here I am deserting you.

John

No, no, that's not true. You need to do what you feel is right; never let love escape you, Carrie. Life is too short to pass up things like that; like Brandon said, we're still family. And I'm not helpless. I can get past all of this on my own. I know that all of my children have their own lives.

Carrie feels tears coming to her eyes at her father's maturity and strength. She hugs him.

Carrie

I'm sorry. I really am...every time something like this happens, I rush out of town.

John

That's not true. Not one bit.

Eric steps forward, sighing.

Eric

I guess this is as good of a time as any to make my own announcement.

Sami

Ah crap; I knew by the look on your face that this was coming.

Eric

I'm leaving Salem, too. It was really sudden, but I've been thinking about it for a while. I need a break, at least; I don't know where I'm going, but I'll get there somehow. I know that I'm doing this at the totally wrong time, but I feel like I need to do it.

Nicole stares at her first true love for a moment; they haven't been together in years, but that connection is still there. It always would be.

Nicole

I understand, Eric. I think we all need a break from here sometimes.

Eric, smiling

Thanks, Nicole.

He looks to John.

Eric

But, Dad, if you need me to stay, just say the word. I feel bad about this, and if you want me here in Salem, I'll stay for however long you need me. If you don't want me to leave, then I won't. Just speak up.

Carrie

Yeah, same here. Just tell us.

John, smiling

No, all of you are grown. I'm glad that you care about me, and that you've been here for me like you have, but I am grown, too. You have your own lives, and I have mine. We'll always be family, we'll always love each other, but that doesn't mean you have to stand by my side every minute of every day. You don't even have to be in Salem; both of you go and live your lives. Do whatever you need to do to be happy, and know that I'm happy and fine, right here. If you need me, you know that I'm always right here. And this time, I'm not going anywhere.

Eric

Thanks. It means a lot to me; it really does.

Sami

I'll miss you. I'll miss both of you. I know that we've all had our spats and disagreements-

Nicole, interrupting

Understatement of the century.

Sami, glaring at her

But we are family. No matter what, we are all family.

Brandon, smiling

You're right, Samantha.

Sami looks at her ex-husband for a moment, remembering all of their good times and bad times.

Sami

Thanks for everything, Brandon. Take care of my older sister...and take care of yourself.

Carrie

Unfortunately, we have to get a move on; there's no time to waste.

Eric

Yeah, same here. I know I'm darting out the door, but it's kinda what I have to do.

Rex

Don't worry, we understand.

Everyone begins to hug as they say their goodbyes; Eric hugs his twin sister, then he hugs his father, before hugging both Rex and Cassie. He then hugs Nicole.

Nicole

Stay safe out there, okay? Don't go the route that Greta did.

Eric

Bad joke, Nicole.

Nicole

Okay, okay, I'll lay off the insults for you. But seriously, be careful out there in the world. And...don't forget about me, okay? I know you and I are over, but I've never forgotten you. And I never will.

Eric

I don't think I could forget you if I wanted to. And I don't want to.

Nicole smiles at him as they hug one last time, and across the room, Brandon leans in to hug Sami.

Sami

Like I told you earlier, thanks for everything. You've been my rock more than once; I fell in love with you. You helped prove my innocence. The list goes on and on, even if I haven't returned the favor too much.

Brandon

Don't worry about it, Samantha. Thanks for being a friend...and a wife.

The two share a tight embrace, and Nicole walks over to Carrie.

Nicole

I know you and I aren't exactly friends, because of the whole thing with Austin, but I'm really glad you're with my brother. You two make a great couple.

Carrie

Thanks, Nicole. Everything with Austin is in the past, and it should stay that way. Who knows? You and I may even be family one day?

The goodbyes continue, and Brandon hugs both of his parents.

Brandon

Stay safe, Mom. Watch over Nikki, especially in this trying time for her.

Faye

You know I will. I love you.

Brandon

I love you, too.

He turns to Abe.

Brandon

Have a great wedding day, Dad. I know you'll be a great husband; you always were. And can you do me one favor?

Abe

For my own son? Anything.

Brandon

Make peace with Lexie. Somehow convince her to let my brother back into your life.

Brandon walks off, and Abe doesn't say or do anything for a moment, in thought. He simply nods his head.

Carrie and Sami tightly hug.

Carrie

Take care of Dad, okay? He really needs it; thanks so much for stepping up and taking charge of your family like this. My little sister really has grown up.

Sami

Yeah, I'm trying; thanks. I'm sorry for everything that I've put you through over the years.

Carrie

It's okay. We're over it now, and it's in the past. Now it's time to look forward to the future.

Everyone says their final goodbyes, and Eric, Carrie, and Brandon all leave the Brady Pub, leaving their families and friends behind. All of them move on to their next phase in life, saying goodbye to Salem.

Chez Rouge

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Vivian stands in front of everyone at Laura's celebration party at Chez Rouge, having just barged in and crashed the entire thing. Everyone inside is shocked and appalled; the room is lined with Vivian's enemies. Laura, Kate, Celeste, Andre, Valentine, Nicholas, Mike, Maggie, Bo, Kristen.

Mike

What are you doing here, Vivian? You have no right to be here.

Vivian, chuckling

I rule Salem. I can go any where I please. I just want to take part in this joyous celebration of your mother's freedom; is there anything wrong with that? I mean, it's not like a bunch of her close friends are here. Kate is here, of all people. My sister and her psychotic husband are here. Kristen is here! None of these people are friends with your mother; they've done nothing to help her. I have. If it wasn't for me, she'd still be in a home getting fed drugs. I got her out of that.

Laura

And you wanted to put me right back in, didn't you? I know what you did, Vivian; you were scared after I sent you that letter, so you hired Robin to make sure that she got me comitted. Two of the biggest bitches in Salem teamed up to bring me down.

Many people in the room are stunned. Everyone looks at each other after this revelation.

Vivian, slightly surprised

Why, my dear, I have no idea what you are talking about. Why would I hire someone I didn't even know to try to put your poor, innocent self back into a mental institution? Despite that nasty letter.

April

Don't play games, Vivian, you know you did it!

Vivian

Who are you again?

Mike

You have wreaked so much havoc on my family lately. You stole the hospital from us, and now you get my ex to try to put my mother back into some crazy home? A place where she doesn't belong?

Vivian

Please! It was just your harlet trying to excuse her own actions!

Laura

Robin may have masterminded the plot, but you took advantage of it.

Kate

We all know it's true, Vivian. Any idiot can figure that out. It's ridiculous that you even try to act innocent.

Vivian

Oh really, Kate? Let's go over what YOU did to Laura, shall we? It's far worse than anything I've ever done to her. You slept with her husband, had a bastard child with him-

Bill

Just hold it right there! That's not true. You have no right to come in here and throw that in our faces. I don't really know you, Vivian, but I've heard of you. You're despicable; taking over all of the businesses in Salem and merging them into one self-centered company? Taking the hospital from a good, hard-working family? That's pathetic.

Vivian

I did all of that in a fair way! I bought the hospital, and all of you Hortons harping on that has already gotten old! Let me tell all of you something: If I wanted to squash Laura after that letter she sent me, I wouldn't go to the trouble of hiring some randomer to get rid of her. I could do it much easier than that!

Laura

You bitch.

Kristen

And we all know you like to get rid of people, don't we? You relish in it. You got rid of my brother just because he exposed some one night stand of yours.

Vivian

That again, Kristen? Really? Your fascination with that has gotten so disturbing. You really should back off and get over it, or it could mean very bad things for you.

Kristen flashes back to Vivian trying to blackmail her over her affair with Bo, and is conflicted; her affair with Bo is seemingly over, but she's not willing to give up on it just yet. However, justice for her brother is very important. Just as important as that.

Bo

Was that a threat?

Vivian

You decide, but I'm not admitting anything.

Bo glances at Kristen, and Hope sees them looking at each other. Her eyes dart back to Vivian

Hope

I think it's time for you to go. You've ruined my aunt's party long enough.

Vivian

I will leave when I want to leave! If you're so anxious, go have a drink or hit the pipe. I know you probably miss it.

Bo, enraged by that sudden remark

Get out, now, before I throw you out!

Vivian

Ooh, did I hit a nerve?

Andre

Everyone has had enough of you, Vivian; as much as everyone in this room may hate each other, I think we all hate you more. You've destroyed the DiMera dynasty. The DiMera name.

Vivian, looking at her sister

Valentine, dear, please come and restrain your lap dog, will you?

Valentine

You expect me to side with you?!

Vivian

Yes...I expect a lot from you. You're my business partner, after all.

Valentine flashes back to Vivian warning her about going to jail for the fire, and she rolls her hands up into a ball, angry with Vivian and her threats. She knows that she has to get rid of Vivian soon; she refuses to let her walk all over Valentine Heart. Vivian, on the other hand, delights in seeing how much influence she has over the people of Salem.

Vivian, looking at Kate

Speaking of DiMeras, how is Tony, Kate? Andre's face just isn't a good substitute for his wonderful presence, is it? Is he still in your bed? Oh, oops, that's right; he deserted you for Anna after he find out you were a murderous whore and is off showering her in some wonder land.

Kate, infuriated

You BITCH!

Kate charges for Vivian, but both Bill and Mike grab her and hold her back.

Maggie

She's not worth it, Kate! Not a woman this pathetic.

Nicholas

Aunt Vivian, just go. You're causing enough trouble; seeing you stampede over everyone has gotten boring.

Vivian

If only you would have joined me on this conquest, dear nephew. It would have been so much better for you than Belle.

Nicholas narrows his eyes, frustrated himself, and Celeste walks forward.

Celeste

I've had enough of this, dahling! You are a conniving witch! You have done nothing but hurt everyone in this room; you manipulate everyone and everything in this town. I've tried to warn you to back off, but you won't listen.

Vivian

You're still just mad because I was the one who had Victor's ring on her finger!

Celeste

And I was the one that was in his arms at the end of the day! When he died, I was there...you weren't! You didn't succeed, dahling!

Vivian

Look around! I've succeeded in so many ways! I've carried on Victor's and Stefano's legacies in ways that NONE of you could! I have made Alamain far greater than Forrest or Nicholas ever could! I am improving the hospital and making it better than Tom Horton's small brain-

Maggie

Okay, that is it! You can come in here and insult us, but you cannot come in here and insult a man like Dr. Tom Horton! Have you NO shame, Vivian?! No shame at all? I am hereby ordering you to leave my resteraunt!

Vivian

Ah well; I've had my fun. No matter whether I am in here or not, I still have the ultimate power.

Vivian turns and leaves, and every single person in the room reels from Vivian's sudden arrival. Every one knows that she must be stopped as soon as possible. Out of the blue, Alexis walks into Chez Rouge, slightly lately for the party. She sees everyone's rattled faces.

Alexis

Damn, what happened in here?

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Episode#458: The Power of Vivian

Written by: Tara Smith and ML Cooks

The Next Day

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It is another nice day in the town of Salem. Carrie comes out of the shower inside her apartment with Brandon, and sees him in the living room. He smiles when he sees her beautiful body wrapped in a towel, and she walks over and sits beside him.

Carrie

My dad gets to come home today; I'm so excited. He's making such a quick recovery.

Brandon

I'm glad to hear that. John always was a tough guy.

Carrie

It's still hard for him when it comes to losing Marlena, but I'm glad he knows. I think we did the right thing by telling him. I just...I feel bad for this. What you and I are going to do.

Brandon sighs and frowns at his lover. He runs his hands through her hair re-assuringly.

Brandon

You don't have to come. You can stay here with your family; they do need you.

Carrie

No; my family is strong, and I think I've helped them get through the worst of this thing with my dad. And I love you and want to go wherever you go, it's just hard with all that's happened.

Brandon

I know. But this is a great job for a counselor like me; I'd get to help a lot of kids at this hospital that they want to hire me at. It'd help all my charities and everything. I can't pass it up.

Carrie

I agree. It's great; it's just so sudden. This big hospital from Colorado calls with a great job offer? Knowing our lives, it's almost suspicious.

Brandon, smirking

It's genuine. But you have to make a decision; are you coming or not?

Carrie sighs; she'd be leaving Salem once again, which is basically her home. Her father just woke up and found out that his wife had been killed. However, she loved Brandon, and had a great relationship with him; she didn't want that to slip away, and she knew that John had his other children around him. Like she had said, she stuck around for some of the worst parts.

Carrie, hesitant

I....I'm going with you. It's going to be hard, really hard, but I'm going with you.

Brandon grins and passionately kisses Carrie. The two begin to kiss avidly as they prepare to start a new life outside of Salem.

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In the bustling Salem Square, Mike makes his way through the crowds, struggling to talk on the phone.

Mike

Are you sure you can't get back for it? You just rushed out this morning, and if I have to go to this ball, I'd really like you to be there.

Mike pauses.

Mike

Okay, if it's that important, then I understand. Bye.

He hangs up, and as he looks up, he sees Kate walking up to him.

Kate

Trouble?

Mike, sighing

Kind of, but not really. I'm okay. April had an emergency this morning with a client in New York, so she had to rush out of Salem on the first flight. She won't be back until after the ball, so I am without a date. I could've really used someone like her to keep me calm there.

Kate, snorting

Dealing with Vivian Alamain has always been difficult. And after what she pulled last night, it makes it even harder. She wants every single person in Salem to be at this big ball of hers; I got an invitation. It sounds like you did, too.

Mike

Yep, and so did just about everyone at my Aunt Maggie's house. She wants us all to bow at her feet. I'm sorry about last night, too; it looked like she really threw some thing in your face that hurt you.

Kate

She did; Tony and I...we never even had a real relationship, but I really fell for him. I slept with him, even after his alternate personality nearly killed me. Even after I wanted him dead. It was so personal, but he made me feel something that I had not felt in a long time. Then, my schemes got exposed, and he left town with Anna. It still hurts somewhat.

Mike

I understand. We've all lost loves.

Kate

I know, but I feel like this always happens to me. With all of the men I fall in love with, there's always a woman that takes greater priority. Your father may have cheated on Laura with me, but I know that Laura is the one in his heart; no matter how much we loved each other, Laura will always be the woman he loves. Roman and John always loved Marlena. Tony will always love Anna. Victor was the only one that didn't prefer anyone over me, but our marriage fell apart long before he died, and he found love with Celeste.

Mike

I'm sorry; that must be hard for you. No matter how bad some people can seem, I think everyone has hard lives in their own way. You don't seem like the evil woman that some make you out to be.

Kate, touched

Thank you. Coming from Bill and Laura's son, that means a lot.

Mike

You know what? Both of us need dates to this ball; both of us have a hard time putting up with Vivian. Why don't we accompany each other there?

Kate

Do you really mean that? I mean, with Laura and April and everything...

Mike

Don't worry about them; I'm sure they're fine.

Kate, smiling

Then sure, I would love to.

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Nicole is at the bar, once again, drinking. She thinks about her dead husband, Travis, and how he's out of her life forever. She sees Jeremy take a seat.

Nicole

Two days in a row; damn. Guess all that lunch yesterday did was bring us right back here.

Jeremy

It was good, but one lunch won't fix everything I'm going through.

Nicole

I hear ya there.

Jeremy orders a drink, and thinks about the nice lunch that he ended up having with Nicole yesterday; his mind also flashes to all of his problems, and he begins to feel slightly guilty.

Jeremy

You know, should we really have done that yesterday? I know we weren't romantic, but it was pretty much a casual date; I have a girlfriend. You just lost your husband.

Nicole

Don't look at it like that; I didn't. It was just two troubled people trying to change it up a little bit.

Jeremy

I guess.

Nicole

How is your girlfriend, anyway?

Jeremy

Don't know. Not sure if I care; both Alexis and my mom lied to me. Maybe Cassie did, too. She's been calling but I haven't answered. Every one's been calling me. My aunt Maggie, my cousin Julie, my Dad...

Nicole

Hey, at least they care. It's good to have a family like that; a lot of my family never cared.

Jeremy

Sorry, but I'm not sure if mine does, either. At least not my parents; not after how they've betrayed me.

Nicole

Life's a bitch, ain't it?

Jeremy

Damn right.

Nicole

I've really been thinking lately; I avenged my husband. His killer is dead, but it doesn't feel as great as I thought it would. Greta's gone, but I still feel...empty. I'm glad she's gone, and I can rest easy without her looking over my shoulder, but it doesn't change the fact that he's dead. The love of my life is dead. And all I ccn do is sitt this bar and drink! I probably have one or two family members that really care. And no friends, either.

Jeremy

Ha, I know what that feels like. I barely have any friends because I wasted so much time standing by my mother; I watched over her at the hospital, at home, while she lied. While she set my grandma up. So much of my life was wasted on that crap.

Nicole

We've all wasted a lot of our life.

Nicole and Jeremy continue to drink, drowning all of their sorrows in alcohol once again.

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That evening, Sami walks up to her apartment in the hallway of the complex, pushing John in a wheelchair! Having just been released from the hospital, John will be living with Sami until he is back at full strength.

John

You really didn't have to do this, Samantha.

Sami

It's the least I can do after all I've done to you over the years.

John

Thank you. It means a lot to me.

Sami

I can't wait for you to meet my family! Our family, actually.

John and Sami both enter the apartment, and John smiles when sees Will, Destiny, and baby Arianna inside.

John

Will...you've gotten a lot older since the last time I saw you. You're a full fledged teenager now.

Will, smiling

Hey, Grandpa John. It's great to see you; I'm so glad you're awake. We've really needed you, with all that's been going on.

John, looking at Destiny

And who's this?

Sami

Desirae. Or something like that.

Will glares at his mother.

Will

You know her name, Mom.

Sami

Yeah, yeah, Destiny. Sorry.

John

Nice to see that you're still the same, Sami.

Destiny

Nice to meet you, Mr. Black.

John, extending his hand for her to shake

Please. Call me John. From what I've heard, it sounds like you're practically family.

Sami

Oh no she isn't.

Will, glaring at her again

Oh yeah she is.

Destiny, nervously laughing

Hi, John. Like I said, nice to meet you. I'm Will's girlfriend; I was Arianna's mom's best friend.

John

Speaking of Arianna, I want to meet her, too. Can't believe I am a great-grandfather.

Will

Sure. She's been excited to see you.

Will carefully picks up his granddaughter, and shows her to John.

Will

This is your great-grandpa, Arianna. Grandma's dad.

Will, Destiny, John, and Sami all widely smile, as Arianna looks up at John with her big, beautiful eyes.

Will

Wanna hold her?

Sami

You feel up to it?

John, nodding

Oh yes. I'd never pass up a chance to hold this beautiful girl.

Will gives her to John, who takes her. He uses all of his strength to hold her properly and securely; Sami is amazed at how John can already hold his great-granddaughter. She knows he must have a lot of will power.

John, feeling tears come to his eyes

You really are beautiful. You're amazing; you made a great little girl, Will. I know you're young, but you really did. I see a lot of your great-grandma Marlena in you, Arianna.

Sami

I've thought the same thing.

The family stands together strongly, basking in their newfound happiness.

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Jan stumbles through the large cemetary, drunk off her ass. She walks up to the grave of her deceased mother, Marlena Evans. She nearly falls down on top of the grave, but manages to keep her balance.

Jan

Spending all day at the Chez Rouge bar does wonders, Mom. Suddenly I'm here, visiting the dead mom that I never got to have a real relationship with, outside of a few bogus therapy sessions. You know, Marlena, I've lost everything. Shawn. Lucas. Josh. And now, I've even lost Bentley. Your grandson is now with your best friends, Bo and Hope. I hope you're happy.

Jan falls to her knees due to her drunken state, and holds her head as the world around her spins.

Jan

That bitch Belle is my sister. Ha ha. That thought makes this day even worse; sorry I'm only coming to visit you now. I've been really busy up until now. But now, I've got nothing better to do, so I figured I better come to see you. At least once.

As Jan speaks to Marlena's grave, none other than Alexis approaches from behind. She looks on with confusion.

Alexis

Hello?

Jan, looking at Alexis

Who the hell are you? Another long lost daughter of Marlena?

Alexis

Um, no. I'm Alexis Kefer. And you are?

Jan

Jan Spears. Jan Roberts. Jan Evans. Jan DiMera. Jan Brady. Whatever.

Alexis flashes back to her and Mimi discussing Jan Spears once, when Alexis visited Mimi in jail. Her eyes go wide, and she knows that this is her chance to prove to Jeremy that Cassie is a liar.

Alexis

Robin and Cassie can both be gone in a matter of days. I visit a cemetary to put some flowers on my old boss' grave and I strike it big. Know anything about Mimi Lockhart?

Jan

Yeah. She and I have a long history. We tortured Ghoul Girl; I blackmailed her. Good times.

Alexis takes out her cell phone, and begins to record what Jan is saying. She knows that this is her big chance.

Alexis

She's in prison now. Know anything about that?

Jan flashes back to pushing Cassie out of the window in Belle and Philip's loft, and Cassie setting Mimi up to take the fall.

Jan

Uhhh, no. Why?

Alexis

Come on, Jan! I need you to tell the truth. I thought you had something to do with that.

Jan

Why? What do you want?

Alexis

Tell the truth. I need you to tell the truth!

Jan

I...I don't know. What do I have to lose at this point?

Alexis

Yeah, what do you have to lose?

Jan

Fine; I've lost everything else. I may as well tell you this. Cassie and I set Mimi up to take the fall for that. She went to prison because of us.

Alexis

So she's innocent?

Jan

Yeah, Measles is innocent.

Alexis

Why? What happened?

Jan

Cassie hates Mimi; I hate Mimi. Cassie didn't want Mimi to get with her brother Rex, because she lied to him before. Mimi was married to the love of my life, so it was simple enough to get her out of the way. Cassie and I had different ideas though; I had a plan to get Shawn, and well...I didn't even know her at first, but I ran into her one night at Belle and Philip's loft. No one else was home. She and I got into a fight over my plans for Rex, and I ended up pushing her out the window. She made it out okay, but she saw the perfect chance to get rid of Mimi. She said that Mimi pushed her out the window, and I went along with it; the evidence lined up with Cassie's claims, and Mimi got sent to prison.

Alexis is amazed; she has Jan's confession recorded. She can finally prove that Cassie Brady is a liar.

Alexis

So it's all because of you and Cassie. Cassie's a lying, framing whore. Just like Robin.

Jan

Absolutely.

Alexis grins, knowing that she can finally pry Cassie away from Jeremy. She turns off the recorder inside her phone, and immediately darts off, while Jan continues to wallow in her pain and self-pity beside her mother's grave. Alexis is ready to destroy Cassie once and for all!

Changing of the Guard

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Early this year, LIS show runner, Tara Smith, told readers that “Life in Salem “was coming back to the airwaves after being on hiatus for over a year. Her writing partner ML Cooks rejoined her on the writing team. Since returning, Tara has been unable to devote the time that is needed to run LIS.

ML has created a very good long-term story document for LIS and he will continue LIS. These stories are simply to good to be wasted. ML Cooks will serve as showruuner for LIS for the foreseeable future. Tara is leaving her role as Headwriter and Executive Producer but will remain in a consulting capacity.

LIS will be launching in a few weeks. There has been a lot of confusion as to what is really going and ML promises to clear the air in coming days.

Stay tuned for previews, announcements and other clarifications.

LIS #457

By aMLCproduction,

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240px-Johnblack2007-1.jpgJohn sits inside of his hospital room, continuing to recover and get better. All of his children are with him as a new day rises in Salem. John is now more coherent and able.

John

I don't understand. Why can't I see Marlena?

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I...like I said...you'll know everything soon.

All of John's children look at each other. Eric motions for some of them to step outside with him; Rex, Carrie, and Belle get up while Sami and Cassie decide to stay inside.

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Okay, I know that he just woke up, and we don't want to drop all of this on him, but I don't see how we can hold off for much longer. He needs to know that Mom's gone.

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I know, but I don't want to send him into shock. He was in this catatonic state for such a long time; how do we know that this won't cause a relapse?

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John's recovering fast. He's a fighter, and this is going to be devastating, but I think it'll be ok. He'll be upset, but he won't relapse.

Carrie

I don't know. It's a risk, but we can't keep him in the dark forever. He won't stop asking for Marlena. Are you sure we shouldn't wait?

Eric

We're already waiting. The quicker we get this over with, the quicker John can get over Mom's death. I think we'll all feel better.

Carrie, looking at Belle

You were the one that was raised by him your entire life. You probably know him better than we do. What do you think?

Belle

Maybe Eric and Rex are right. I don't want him to relapse, but this is hard for all of us, and he'd want to know. Maybe we should tell him.

Eric

Okay. Let's do it.

All of them nod and walk back into the hospital room; Belle nods at Cassie and Sami to let them know what is going on.

Belle

Okay, Dad, we're going to tell you what happened to Mom.

John

What do you mean?

Carrie

Marlena...isn't here.

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She hasn't been for a while.

John

What are you talking about? Just tell me where my wife is.

Eric

Mom got shot. It's been a long time since it happened, and...she didn't make it. She was declared dead at the scene; I'm sorry you have to find out about this. Especially after you just woke up, but it's true.

John is stunned. He is silent for a moment, and all of his children watch in anticipation; a thick tension can be felt in the room. John simply reels from this revelation, letting a few tears fall. However, even in his weakened state, he tries to be strong.

John

Who shot her?

Rex

Some psycho named Stan. He did a lot of bad things, and was just unstable.

Cassie, looking at Sami

Supposedly.

Sami

Shut up, Cassie!

Carrie glares at them both, and the sisters shut up.

Belle

I'm so sorry, Dad. I know she was the love of your life, and she'd want you to stay strong. She'd want you to recover; she's watching over us, pushing you to survive this. I know you can.

John

Marlena is dead. My wife is dead; I've been through this before, but this time, I wasn't there. I should've been there....I should've protected her...

Carrie, leaning in to hug John

There's nothing anyone could have done. It was so quick.

John, continuing to cry

No, that's not true! I was trapped in this state because I wasn't strong enough to survive some gunshot. Maybe I could've stopped this man, but I didn't. And because of that, Marlena is dead.

Sami

That's not true!

John, sighing

I can't believe it. I'm never going to see her wake up beside me in bed again; I'm never going to see her walk down the stairs with that smile on her face. I'll never make love to her again. She and I will never have another huge fight that will end with us being more in love than before. Marlena's gone; the love of my life is dead.

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Written by: Tara Smith and ML Cooks

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Robin.jpgRobin is in the holdng area of the Salem Jail, about to be booked on charges for repeatedly attempting to frame Laura. She is all alone as the police make the final arrangements, and she thinks on the events of the past couple of days; she wasn't able to bring Laura down. She didn't hold up her deal with Vivian. Most importantly, her son hasn't bothered to come to see her since the trial. She hears the door open.

Robin

Please tell me that's you, Jeremy.

Mike

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Robin, turning to face her ex

Oh, Mike. Come to gloat in my face?

Mike

Not at all, Robin. You know that I'm better than that, or at least I thought you did. I'm not sure if I know who you are.

Robin

Sounds like the thoughts I've had about you for years.

Mike

Robin, I'm sorry; I really am. I was never the best father to Jeremy, even when I tried to be. And I know I've had a lot of...entanglements with women over the years. What I don't understand is why you didn't just tell me about all of your feelings, instead of becoming bitter like this. Do you see the mess that you've created? Jeremy hates both of us now; at least he had you before you went off trying to make my mother look crazy.

Robin

For what it's worth, I am sorry.

Mike

How can I believe that? You were going to send her to a mental institution and all of a sudden you're sorry?

Robin

It's not like that. I've had a lot of time to think, Mike; letting all of that out in court did me more help than I thought it would. I...don't like Laura, or Alexis, or April. But I kept taking my anger out on the wrong people. Eventually, it all became too much and things spiraled into hell. I'm not crazy, but I do need some help; maybe some time away in jail will do me some good.

Mike, slightly surprised

I'm...glad you see it like that.

Robin, feeling tears come to her eyes

Mike, what kind of parents have we been? We have a wonderful son, and we've both driven him mad. We've let our personal lives bleed into his life so much; you slept with his girlfriend. I told him his grandmother was crazy. We're not those kind of people.

Mike, nodding sadly

I know. I've been trying to repair my relationship with him ever since I came back to Salem, but as always, it's just gotten worse. I'm not giving up, though. He's my son, and I love him; I know you do, too. That's one thing that I'm sure of about you. We've both made so many mistakes. Maybe it's time that we stop.

Robin

Something we can agree on. Finally. You know, three or four days ago I would have balked at the thought of asking you this, but...please watch over him. He's really the greatest thing to ever happen to me.

Mike is very touched by this; he would never have thought that the Robin of today would ask him to do that. He can slowly see the Robin he knew and loved returning.

Mike

I will try, Robin. I promise. I don't know if I can ever make up any pain that I put you through, but hopefully I can make it up to our son.

Robin

You know, Mike, I still remember all the good times. I know it seems like I only remember the bad times, but I remember everything before that. Falling in love with you...making love to you for the first time. You practically talked me through it; you asked me to marry you right after that. I remember those days, and they were some of the best of my life.

Mike, smiling

This is a complete 180 from yesterday morning.

Robin

Like I said, I've had a lot of time to think. And those memories were always there in the back of my mind; it was what kept me attached to you.

Mike

I loved you so much, Robin. I really did.

Robin

But I guess that's all gone now, isn't it? We're going to go away remembering each other as evil people who never stopped hurting each other.

Mike

It's hard not to, but we don't have to. When we walk out of here, we can remember the relationship we used to have; the people we used to be with each other. We can remember the good times; not the bad.

Robin

I hope so.

Mike and Robin simply look at each other, without any words; they look into their eyes and see the people that they fell in love with. They don't see the people that they grew to argue with constantly, but they see the good, genuine people that they were. A guard enters.

Guard

It's time to go, Dr. Jacobs.

Robin

Well, I guess it's time to get ready for a life behind bars; I know this seems insane to say after how I yelled at you yesterday and have treated you ever since I came back to Salem, but I think I'll miss you.

Mike smiles and nods, and he actually leans in and hugs his ex one last time. Both shed a few more tears as they say goodbye.

Robin

By the way, before I go, there is something you should know.

Mike

What is it?

Robin

A day or two before the trial, Vivian Alamain hired me to sabatoge your family. She wanted Laura to get locked up in a padded cell for life; I was planning on doing it anyway, so I said yes, but it was strange. I don't know why, but it sounded like she wanted to come after your family. Watch out for her, Mike.

Mike, narrowing his eyes

I'll do that. Thank you.

Robin heads for the door, and shares one last look with Mike, before walking out with the door. He crosses his arms and sighs.

Mike

Goodbye, Robin.

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Jeremy.jpgJeremy is at the bar at the Cheatin' Heart, having a bottle of beer. He sits, continuing to think over how his mother lied to him over and over; she tried to make his grandmother look insane. And he fell for it. The bar is mostly empty, as it is the middle of the day. However, someone enters, and Jeremy looks up to see Nicole Walker.

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And here I thought I was the only one who liked a drink this early.

Jeremy

Who are you? You look familiar.

Nicole, taking a seat and ordering her drink

Nicole Baines, but Nicole Walker would probably ring a bell.

Jeremy

Jeremy Horton.

Nicole

You know, for all the saintly Hortons around, a lot of them sure are alcoholics. Maggie, Lucas, Hope. Now you.

Jeremy

I'm not an alcoholic, but after the hell I've been through, anyone would be driven to drink.

Nicole

I know what you mean; I've always liked my booze, but lately, I've been drinking even more.

Jeremy doesn't say anything, and both sit in silence for a moment, drinking. Finally, Nicole speaks again.

Nicole

Okay, you first. What happened?

Jeremy

Why would you care?

Nicole

Listen, I am a widow who has no where to be. No job, no friends, barely any family. I have nothing else to do, so why don't we swap stories about our crappy lives?

Jeremy

Fine. What do I have to lose at this point? See, first I get this great girlfriend; I take her out on nice dates and really am into her. Then, after we've only been going out for a few months, I find out she slept with my dad, who I had a crappy relationship with anyway. So my mom comes back to town, and acts like she's so protective of me and loves me so much. Then, she sets my grandma up to look crazy, and is totally okay with lying to me about it, no matter how much I grill her; then, my dad's new fling gets her to break down on the stand and admit that all of the [!@#$%^&*] she pulled was because she still carried a torch for my dad but hated him or something. So both of my parents are morons.

Nicole

Ouch. I know how it feels to have a mom who says she cares about you, but is really bad at showing it. It makes it so easy to shove them out of your life and forget about them.

Jeremy

You know, why are all women such liars? All they do is betray you and say they care, but they sleep with your dad. They try to destroy your family. I've got another girlfriend now, but I don't even know what to think any more. Not after this.

Nicole

Okay, I've told some...lies in my lifetime. I've made a lot of mistakes, but it's not just a woman thing. Men lie too.

Jeremy

Yeah, my dad sure as hell isn't innocent in any of this.

Nicole

Men can be just as much of a pain in the ass as women can be; I've gone through a lot, and every relationship fell apart. The guy usually loved another woman more than me. Then, I finally found the one man that loved me for me. I didn't know him for that long, but we were happy right off the bat; there was never another woman. Never any doubt...we fell in love and spent several months being so happy. We got married and were celebrating when it all fell apart; a psycho killed him. He got poisoned on our wedding night.

Jeremy

Damn. That sounds bad.

Nicole

It was. It still is, because it still hurts. I'm still trying to get over that; that bitch who killed him was just trying to get back at me. She got killed recently, and damnit, I'm glad. Do you know what hell that woman put me through? Sure, she and I fought over Eric a lot, and I did blackmail her out of town, but she's done worse to me. She locked me in some secret room, shot me and left me for dead, and then killed my husband.

Jeremy

Who was she?

Nicole

Greta Von Amberg. Some princess; she used to actually be...ehh...sane. Always a big ass pain, but she had a functioning mind. Then she got rabies, and do you know what was bad about that? It was some miracle form of rabies; she survived for MONTHS after getting rabies! Rabies! It made her go crazy, but didn't kill her. Just my luck. At least she's dead now.

Jeremy

That's the woman that stabbed Alexis. Alexis was right about my mom, but that doesn't mean I forgive her for what she did, either. She's been pining for me for such a long time, but I don't want to take her back. I don't know what I want or who I trust any more; it's too confusing at this point.

Nicole

Yeah, that's kind of how my life is too. No one to trust. You know what? I'm sick of sitting at this bar; let's go get something to eat. We don't have anyone else to see, right?

Jeremy

You know what? Sure. Let's go.

Jeremy and Nicole get up from the bar and leave together.

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Sami

It was really hard telling your great-grandpa today about your great-grandma, but I am glad we did. Now he knows, and he can let it sink in and move past it...you'll get to meet him real soon, okay? He's recovering fast; I know you'll love him. I...well I haven't always, but he is my...father. I have to forget the past.

Sami looks down at her beautiful granddaughter, smiling at her. She can see so much of Will in her; so much of herself in her.

Sami

You're so little, and you still look like so many people in our family. I don't know what your mommy looked like, but I see a lot of your daddy in you. A lot of me in you, and a lot of your grandpa, too.

Sami sighs, thinking of Lucas. Will had told her about him going to jail for murdering Greta.

Sami

I'm...sorry you won't really get to know him. Lucas and I never worked out, but he was a great guy, you know? A great dad. I really did love him in my own way. How he ended up falling in love with people like Jan Spears and Eugenia Willens, I'll never know. And I know that it sounds bad that he went to jail for murder, but he was protecting his family from a lunatic; he did the right thing. Not like your other grandma, who killed someone in cold blood and deserves to rot for it. It's totally different...I hope he'll get out someday and be able to watch you grow up.

Talking about Lucas leads to Sami thinking about her past, and all of the mistakes she made.

Sami

I had your daddy when I was young, too. I guess he was kind of...taking after his mom in some ways. And I never was the best mom to your daddy, either; I let my schemes and desires get in the way of being a good mother. I was so young and blind, but I always loved him. From the day he was born, I loved him more than anything else in the world, even people like Austin and Lucas. And it's the same way with you and him, Arianna; you are so much more important to him than anything else. Even....what's-her-face. That girl he's dating. The girl who I am very graciously letting stay here, in my home; she better be good to him.

Sami smiles again at her granddaughter.

Sami

I'm going to make up for my mistakes now; it's time. I'm going to lead my family on; all you and Will have now is me. With Lucas gone, it's even more important that I step up. I'm going to be a great mom, and an even better grandma. I promise.

Sami looks up to the ceiling.

Sami

Mom, I know you're up there watching down on all of us...watching down on John. Watching down on me. Please give me the strength to be strong for my family, like you were for yours.

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As nightfall begins in the town of Salem, many of the Hortons are gathering at Maggie's resteraunt for a party to celebrate Laura's newfound freedom. Maggie and Abe are inside with Laura as everything is being set up.

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It is so good to see you out of jail, Laura. Now you're back where you belong.

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Thank you so much, Abe. It feels so good to be out in the world again and out of that horrible cell. Finally, everyone knows that I'm not crazy, and Robin got her comeuppance. We can move on. Thank you for throwing me this party, Maggie.

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Something this big should be celebrated! Almost all of our family and dearest friends will be here to celebrate you being set free.

Laura, frowning

Except Jeremy. I am so worried for him. He rushed out of the courtroom yesterday and we haven't heard from him since.

Abe

Jeremy just needs some time to himself; he's a smart young man. This has to be devastating to him; he finds out that his mother has been lying to him this entire time. It would be hard for anyone to get past this.

Laura

I know. No matter how much I hate Robin, she is Jeremy's mother, and he really loved her. Both Alexis and Robin lied to him; it's all caving in on him. I trust my grandson, but I don't want him to do anything drastic.

Maggie

We know Jeremy; I am worried, too, and we need to find him, but right now, we just need to celebrate. He's an adult; he can take care of himself. Tonight is about you, Laura.

Mike and April walk in through the front doors. They immediately approach Maggie, Abe, and Laura.

Laura

Michael, you look...concerned. Is it Jeremy?

Mike

Yes, I'm worried about my son, and we need to find him. But that's not all. It's about Vivian.

Maggie

Oh no.

Laura

What has that ruthless bitch done now?

Mike

I said goodbye to Robin today; she's been taken to prison. But before she left, she told me that before your trial started, Vivian hired Robin to make sure that you were committed again. She wanted her to distract the Horton family and get you out of the way; I don't know why, but it worries me. Why is Vivian after us? I mean, Mom, this is insane. She took the hospital from us and now she wants you in a mental hospital?

Maggie and Abe are stunned, but Laura is not. She simply stands strong.

Laura

Remember the letter I sent to Vivian after I found out that she took the hospital from us? I told her that once I got out, I was coming for her, and I still plan to do that. This shows that Vivian sees our family as a threat, and in my opinion, that's good. I'm not happy that she hired Robin to do her dirty work, but it only makes me more determined. Robin has fallen down and Vivian is next.

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Laura, please, I know that Vivian's done a lot to your family lately, but I just got you out of one mess. Don't get into another so quickly.

Maggie

April's right, Laura. I am angry at Vivian too; she's terrorizing Salem. But we have to be careful. We can't stoop to her level.

Laura

I refuse to sit back and watch Vivian destroy everything that every good hearted person in Salem holds dear. Vivian took OUR hospital from us! That hospital has become Tom and Alice's legacy. Michael, you were a brilliant chief of staff! The best that it had in years! I refuse to let a tyrant get away with just snatching it away from our family like that; we are the Hortons. We are good people. Vivian tried to put me right back into the place that she busted me out of. She was willing to let me go down for something I didn't do JUST so she could keep her reign strong! Most of that was Robin's fault, yes, but Vivian took advantage of Robin's lies. Robin is getting punished for it, and so will Vivian. Mark my words.

Abe

Laura, calm down; tonight isn't about Vivian. It's about you and your happiness, like we said. Let's save this for tomorrow.

Mike

I think I agree, Mom.

Laura

Maybe you're right, but this problem can't wait for too long.

Outside of Chez Rouge, Bill walks up to the entrance, and hears someone approaching from behind. He turns around, and is taken off guard by the sight of his ex-lover, Kate!

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Bill...I heard you were back in town. I still can't believe it, though. It's been so long.

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Well, Kate, you are a sight for sore eyes. You're still as beautiful as ever.

Kate smiles, staring at Bill. She remembers their affair and all of the craziness that spawned because of it, but she also remembers that he was one of the very few men that actually loved her.

Kate

Thank you, Bill. I didn't expect you to be so kind to me.

Bill

The past is the past, and we share a son together. I know that things can get awkward, but for Lucas' sake, I can't let them get too awkward. I'm just disappointed that my son goes to jail when I finally return to Salem.

Kate, frowning

How is Lucas? Do you know?

Bill

I have visited him, and he's doing well. He's worried for his family, as any man should be, but he's holding up. Why haven't you been to see him?

Kate

Lucas...Lucas and I aren't exactly on speaking terms.

Bill, shocked

What? He's much closer to you than he is me.

Kate

I've done a lot of bad things, Bill. I did something that I really shouldn't have.

Bill

I heard about Peter Blake, if that's what you're talking about.

Kate nods. Bill walks over to Kate and puts his hands comfortingly on her shoulders.

Bill

I'm not saying what you did was justified, but we all make mistakes. You know about mine better than anyone. Lucas will come around eventually.

Kate, tearing up slightly

He's such a good man, Bill. He's grown into such a wonderful, family man. He is so strong; he killed Greta because he was protecting his family. Protecting a baby that wasn't even his own. He's turned out so much like you, and it's a lot better than turning out like me.

Bill

I think Lucas turned out better than either of us put together.

Kate

Would...would you mind if I came inside? I know this party is for Laura, but I came to see you, and...I don't know, it would just be nice.

Bill

What would Laura think about that?

Kate

Laura and I are not friends. I don't think we are even on good terms, but I did comfort her one night after Robin accused her of trying to kill her. I'd hope that would at least warrant us being civil for one good night.

Bill nods, and both he and Kate enter. Laura watches from the other end of the room, shocked and frustrated that Bill and his ex-mistress walked inside together.

Laura, taking a deep breath

I have bigger things to worry about right now...I still don't like Kate, even if she did give me a pep talk, but I will let her be here. Just because of that. She doesn't have any bearing on my life any more.

Mike is at the drink table, pouring himself some punch. Kate walks over and pours herself some.

Kate

Hello, Mike.

Mike

Kate. Talk about the last person I expected to see here.

Kate

Well, I wanted to see your father, because of what is going on with Lucas right now. And...I think Laura and I can be civil for one night.

Mike

That's good; the last thing any of us need is more drama. How are you?

Kate

For what it's worth, things are going well; the good news is that my lawyers have mostly worked through the charges for Peter's murder. It looks like I'm going to get off for it.

Mike, chuckling

I'm sorry; I'm really happy to hear that, actually. It just amazes me how people who actually orchestrate murders can get off so much easier than the ones who are framed.

Kate

Oh, I apologize. I didn't think of...oh, nevermind.

Mike

It's alright, really. I think you are a good woman, Kate. You did a lot to my parents, but I think you are a good woman.

Kate, impressed

Thank you. I'm surprised to hear that; I really do regret Peter's death. I should never have tried to kill Tony.

Mike

We all have times of weakness. I've never done something that bad, but I still have no place to condemn anyone.

Kate

Thank you. You really shouldn't be this kind to me.

Mike, smiling

It's alright. Other than that, how are you?

Kate

I don't even know; one son is out of jail, and another is in. It is horrible for a mother to go through that. I just want Lucas to survive this. And my business just got taken from me.

Mike

Let me guess. Vivian Alamain?

Kate, rolling her eyes

Who else?

Mike

She took the hospital from the Hortons. She's on a rampage and needs to be stopped.

Kate

Agreed. Absolutely.

Mike

And give Lucas my best. He and I haven't talked much, but he is still my brother, and I care about him. I need to visit him myself soon, but there is so much going on. I'm worried about my own son; he just found out that his mother is a liar, and his relationship with me has never been good. I don't even know where he is now.

Kate

I hope everything is alright. When you are a parent and you love your children so much, but you end up doing them more harm than good...it is never a good feeling.

Mike

Then they won't listen to you, no matter how much you beg them to. They just keep ignoring you.

Kate

And all you want is for them to believe you. Believe that you regret your mistakes; believe that you are so sorry and want to improve.

Mike

Exactly.

Mike and Kate look at each other for a moment; it is a look of hurt between two people that just wish their children would forgive and accept them. They are glad to finally find someone that fully understands their problems and wrong-doings. As they look at each other, April approaches from the other end of the room, but stops when she sees their look. She doesn't even know who Kate is, but she sighs.

April

Here we go again.

Bo and Hope enter Chez Rouge, and both walk over to Laura, Maggie, and Abe.

Maggie

Bo, Hope, it's so good to see you two! How is Bentley?

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He's doing great, Aunt Maggie. He'll be able to come to his new home soon, and we're in the process of adopting him. We made it clear to Jan that she's out of his life.

Laura

That is fantastic! There is a lot to celebrate right now.

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There sure is; we are finally getting involved in our grandson's life. The way we should have been from the start.

Maggie

Well, this isn't about the past; it's about the present and the future.

Bo

Congratulations on being set free, Laura. We were really happy to find out that justice had been served. Trust me, Robin is going away for a long time.

Laura

Thank you, Bo. I am so much more relieved with that out of my hair. There are still some things on my mind, but the big problem is gone now.

Bo glances around to see Kristen enter Chez Rouge! He is stunned, and she looks in his direction. He knows that she has come here to try to win him back. Abe also spots Kristen, and he wheels away from the ladies, motioning for Bo to follow him.

Abe

What is Kristen doing here, Bo? She and Laura have never really been good friends.

Bo, sighing

I know why she's here. I ended my affair with her yesterday; I'm determined to get my life back on track. Get my family stable, and that starts with stabilizing my marriage. Megan's out of my life, and so is Kristen. I...think Kristen is a great person, but we can be nothing more than two people investigating a murder.

Abe

I am glad to hear that, if you're sure that it's what you want.

Bo

What do you mean?

Abe

If you are sure that your attraction to Kristen is that small. Because if it's big, you will end up going back to her.

Bo

You know me. Hope is my soulmate, and I love her more than anything else in the world. She, my daughters, and my grandson are all important to me. Much more important than Kristen.

Abe

That is good, especially for Hope's sake. It is never fun to get cheated on; I know that first hand. But getting rid of a DiMera is hard work. Look at how hard it was to get Megan out of your hair. And we all know Kristen's history with John.

Bo

I know. I need to go get rid of her.

Bo walks away from Abe, and heads in Kristen's direction. Hope turns her head and sees him going to talk to her, she turns away but sighs, wondering if something is going on between her husband and Kristen.

Bo

Kristen, what are you doing here? This is a party to celebrate Laura's freedom.

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I had to see you; I couldn't let you storm out like that, Bo. I don't want to sound psychotic, but I can't let you go. I tried to stay away at first, but then this affair started and...I don't know. I'm not willing to give it up. Hope is a good woman; a wonderful woman, and she does need you, but so do I. I just...I just want you to re-consider.

Bo

Kristen, I'm sorry. I understand your feelings, but we can't continue this affair. It's over.

Kristen shakes her head, uncertain on where to go from here with Bo; she understands his obligations, but can't think of letting him go again. She did once, but she's not willing to again. The connection between the two is far too strong to just forget it.

At the front door, Andre, Valentine, and Nicholas all enter.

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I cannot believe we're resorting to dining with the Horton family of all people!

Andre

Please, Valentine. It's a chance for a free meal, and with how you've been acting lately, you have no right in choosing where we eat. You are lucky I'm eating with you at all.

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Besides, it's a chance to scope out anyone and everyone that could help with Vivian. This place is swarming with her enemies; that's why I decided to come. It's an opportunity.

Valentine, sighing

I suppose. I'm sick of my older sister being the center of attention of everything.

Andre

Once she's gone, she won't be.

The three go to get some drinks, and next, Celeste enters. She walks over to Laura, Hope, and Maggie.

Laura

Hi, Celeste.

Celeste

Hello, dahlings; thank you for inviting me. I know I am not exactly your friend, but I'm honored.

Maggie

Oh, please, Celeste, you've been a friend of all of us for years. Of course we'd invite you!

Laura

Maggie's absolutely right.

Laura looks around at the array of guests that are at this party; she sees Kate, Andre, Valentine, Nicholas, Kristen.

Laura

You are one of the few people here that I can actually call my friend.

Celeste

Yes, dahling, it seems like an interesting guest list.

Suddenly, the front doors fly open once again when none other than Vivian barges in!

Hope

And the most interesting one has just arrived.

Everyone is shocked to see Vivian there, who just grins.

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Evening, everybody. Let's get this party started, shall we?

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At the courthouse, almost all of the Hortons, Alexis, and Robin sit and watch as Laura goes on trial for trying to kill Robin. Judge Fitzpatrick looks at Laura.

Judge Fitzpatrick

Dr. Horton, you have been accused of three counts of attempted murder by Dr. Robin Jacobs. How do you plead?

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My client pleads not guilty, your honor.

Judge Fitzpatrick

Prosecution, call your first witness.

Paul McDaneld, an ADA that is trying Laura's case, stands up.

McDaneld

Prosecution calls Alexis Kefer to the stand.

Alexis heads to the stand, and takes oath, before McDaneld begins his questioning.

McDaneld

Miss Kefer, would you say that Dr. Jacobs' description of the events of that fateful night are accurate?

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Hell no! Robin and I fought, and she fell; that was all. Laura was never even there.

McDaneld

Now, Miss Kefer, we have reason to doubt your credibility.

Alexis

Excuse me?

McDaneld

You and Dr. Jacobs have feuded ever since she returned to town, correct?

Alexis

Yes, that's true.

McDaneld

Then, why take her side in something like this? Why not side with the defendent in a continued attempt to get her grandson back?

April

Objection! Relevance!

Judge Fitzpatrick

Overruled.

McDaneld

I am simply making a point that all of this ties back into that: Miss Kefer carrying a torch for the defendent's grandson, Dr. Jacobs' son. Dr. Jacobs did not want you with her son, correct?

Alexis

Yes, but-

McDaneld

Then it makes perfect sense as to why you would lie under oath and not give the correct version of the story. You slept with Dr. Jacobs' ex-husband while you were with their son. In fact, you originally came to Salem when EJ Wells hired you to seduce Lucas Roberts, correct?

Alexis, getting angry

How do you know that?!

McDaneld

All of this puts your credibility in doubt, Miss Kefer. Perhaps you won't be the best witness in this case. No more questions.

He goes and sits down, and April stands up.

April

Miss Kefer, could you perhaps give the court room a recap of this entire situation? What started all of this madness?

Alexis

Well, I was dating Jeremy, Mike and Robin's son. And...I really did love him. Then I did something I shouldn't have; I got drunk and slept with Mike. Jeremy found out, and broke up with me; then his mother zoomed into town. Robin basically took charge, hating on me every chance she got. Laura stood up for me and Mike; she told Robin off countless times, and even gave me some advice. That pissed her off, so she's trying to get her thrown back into some sanitarium.

April

So it would be fair to say that Dr. Jacobs' accusations stem simply from a grudge?

Alexis, smirking at Robin

Absolutely.

April

I think all of this sums Dr. Jacobs' plot perfectly. She was angry at Miss Kefer and Dr. Horton for hurting her son, and my client had a different opinion and didn't have a problem speaking her mind. Dr. Jacobs saw her as a problem and wanted her out of the way. No further questions.

Alexis gets off of the stand, and next up is Laura. McDaneld questions her first.

McDaneld

Dr. Horton, you have a long history of mental problems. Mind telling us when they first started?

April

Objection! This man's questions have little relevance to the case at hand!

McDaneld

Your honor, this case is all about determining whether Dr. Horton has indeed gone insane or not. We must examine her history of mental illness so you can make a proper judgement.

Judge Fitzpatrick

Overruled, Counselor Ramirez. Answer the question, doctor.

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It...was many years ago. After I had my beloved daughter, Jennifer, I suffered from depression; it is common for mothers. It increased when my husband had two affairs; one brought him a son, and that was what drove me over the edge. I endangered my daughter, and lapsed into a catatonic state.

McDaneld

And you were trapped in this catatonic state for many years, correct?

Laura

Yes, but that was because I was being fed drugs by the santarium. I know where you're heading, counselor, and I'm going to stop it; I am fully recovered. I have been for years; many people, such as Stefano DiMera and Peter Blake, have tried to make me look like I've relapsed and have gone insane. Robin is only the latest person to add to the list, but not once have I truly been insane. It is simply because of outside forces.

McDaneld

Alright. Then give us your description of the events that took place.

Laura

I wasn't even present when Robin hit her head; the second so called event was during an argument that we had. We were arguing over all of this, and she...she just pushed me too far. I didn't mean to put my hands around her neck, it just happened.

McDaneld

So you are admitting that if pushed too far, you can snap again?

Laura

NO! I didn't even snap; I was not trying to strangle Robin. It was a simple moment of weakness.

McDaneld

I think all of these events were moments of weakness. When you tried to kill her, when you tried to strangle her, and when you pushed her down the stairs.

Laura

I did not push her down the stairs! Robin threw HERSELF down the stairs after we argued about her actual motives. She wanted to set me up again, and it worked. I can only hope that Judge Fitzpatrick sees through that.

McDaneld

Why would Dr. Jacobs be so petty? She could have died or gotten seriously injured from such a drastic fall. It seems a bit far for a grudge.

Laura

Because that's who Robin is. I didn't know her when she was with my son, but the Robin of today is very petty. She will stop at nothing to get what she wants; she's not being protective of Jeremy. She's just looking out for her own interests.

McDaneld

It seems you have some malicious feelings towards her; I think this just proves that Dr. Horton did try to kill Dr. Jacobs. All three times. I rest my case.

Judge Fitzpatrick

Miss Ramirez, would you like to cross examine the witness?

April

No, your honor, I wouldn't. I would like to get a move on and call my witness to the stand: Dr. Robin Jacobs herself.

Laura steps down, and Robin calmly heads up to the stand and takes oath.

April

Dr. Jacobs, before you returned to Salem because of Miss Kefer's actions, would you mind re-counting your last time in Salem?

McDaneld

Objection! Now Miss Ramirez is being irrelevant.

April

He got to recount his history, now I need to recount mine.

Judge Fitzpatrick

Once again, overruled.

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What would my last time in Salem have to do with Laura? She wasn't even here when I last visited.

April

Answer the question, Dr. Jacobs

Robin, scowling

Fine. I came to Salem many years ago, shortly after leaving town, to introduce Mike to his son. That was all.

April

Ah, but it wasn't all, was it?

Robin

What do you mean?

April

You returned because you had hopes of rekindling your flame with Dr. Horton.

Robin

That's insane.

McDaneld

This is going no where, your honor!

April

Let me get to my point!

Judge Fitzpatrick

Make it quick, Miss Ramirez.

April

You returned to Salem to re-kindle your relationship with Dr. Horton. Yes or no.

Robin

N-

April

You are under oath.

Robin

Fine. Mike and I never exactly....closed the door entirely on our relationship. I left him because I caught him praying, when he agreed to convert to Judaism to marry me. But then I found out I was pregnant, and I got over our differences of religion...I wanted him back.

April

And what happened?

Robin

You know what happened, you bitch. You were the cause.

April

Ah, our first sign of Dr. Jacobs being jealous. So you could not re-unite with Dr. Horton because he was involved with me, correct?

Robin

Yes. I left town because he had moved on.

April

So you never got over him.

Robin

I never said that.

April

You left Salem with very unresolved feelings for Dr. Horton; you two couldn't put things in the past. So it would be safe to say that you carried those feelings around with you.

Robin

No. Absolutely not!

Judge Fitzpatrick

Counselor, I fail to see how this has anything to do with this trial.

April

Oh, but it does. Dr. Jacobs, I believe that you still carry a torch for Dr. Michael Horton; I believe that you came back to Salem because you were jealous that he slept with Alexis Kefer.

Robin

That's not true! It was because of my son!

April

That's what you've tried to tell yourself, isn't it? That's what you've tried to tell everyone around you, isn't it? You've put on a mask to everyone, acting like you are just an over-protective mother. And this was the basis of your last argument with Laura, was it not? When you threw yourself down those stairs at Maggie Horton's house? Laura finally figured you out; she called you out, and you couldn't stand it.

Robin

Laura pushed me down those stairs. She had no regard-

April

That is a lie and you know it. All of this is not only because you love your son, but because you still have feelings for Mike. You hate it, but you do, and it has been the basis of every single action that you've done since the day you came back to this town.

Robin

How dare you. What about you, huh? You randomly return to represent Laura in this trial? You're doing the same damn thing; it didn't take a day before you were back in Mike's bed, April. At least with me, I stood my ground against him. You and him are already back together, just like old times.

April

And that burns you so much, doesn't it? It hurts you; just like it hurt you that Alexis and Mike slept together. You framed Laura for this crime because she took sides with the woman that slept with YOUR ex! Not because she cheated on your son, she slept with your ex! Everything you have done is been out of spite; this farce of a charge is out of spite, because Laura screwed with your marvelous plan to keep Jeremy under your wing. And you keep him under your wing and away from his father because you are trying to bury those feelings, aren't you? You are angry at Mike for everything he's done, while you've loved him. You are angry at him for sleeping with Alexis. For sleeping with me, for-

Robin, finally screaming

ALRIGHT, DAMNIT, ALRIGHT! It's true! I set Laura up all three times. I still carried a torch for Mike.

Everyone in the court room is stunned, and Jeremy's eyes go wide. He looks from Alexis, to Laura, to Robin.

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Mom, no...

April

Finally.

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Robin, is that true?!

Robin

Yes, Mike, it's true. For years, I have tried to put you behind me; I've tried to forget about you. When I found out that you were with April all those years ago, I knew it. I knew that it was over, and so I tried to just put it all behind me. But then you moved to Israel to try to be close to your son, and my hopes got up again. April broke it off with you, and I wondered if maybe we could be a family. Ha, fat chance. As quick as you came to Israel, you went back to Salem, and we didn't get a word from you for YEARS! Years, damnit; I had your son but we barely got a phone call. Then, all of a sudden, you show up again, and guess what? You have another fiancee! And you want to be close to Jeremy again, so you see him, sometimes...but of course, all of your attention is on Carrie. We watched from a distance as you two were so happy...and I wanted to get over you, but you were right there, with the woman that was going to be your wife. Then she left, but that didn't change much; you stuck around for a little while, before taking off again. All of this tortured me, Mike! It put me through so much misery; could I have you, or could I not?! So Jeremy decides to move to Salem to be close with his family, and later on, what do I find out? That you slept with his girl friend! I come back, and then your mother gets on MY case, when I was the one that had been hurt constantly! By you! I tried to deny my feelings, I tried to get rid of them, but you kept yanking my chain. And now, you're back with April. Do you know how much that hurts me?! I finally had enough; I set your mother up. I did it because I was tired of people taking your side; taking whores like Alexis' side. And I did it...because...

Robin stops, getting choked up as she is overwhelmed with emotion.

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Maybe we should get her out of here.

Jeremy

NO! I want to here this. This...this is insane. Why else, mom? Why else would you do something so horrible to my grandma?!

Robin, in tears

Because I wanted to get back at your father. I hated that I loved him...I hated it, so I thought that maybe this would help me get over it; framing his mother. Maybe this would put that bitch away and I could put your father through something like he put me through.

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That is insane! You love Mike so you frame his mother and try to make her look insane?!

Alexis

It's who Robin is.

Mike

No, no, it's not. This is not the woman I married; I married someone kind and loving. Someone who wasn't so petty like this. Robin, I've made a lot of mistakes, and I am sorry...but if you had feelings for me, you should have just told me! I've given you plenty of chances; remember our argument at the hospital? You could have solved this in a way totally different than this!

Jeremy

I thought I could trust you, Mom! I've asked you over and over if my grandma really tried to kill you, and you assured me that you only wanted her to get better! You made me believe you!

Robin

Jeremy, I love you with all of my heart. Yes, I did come back to Salem because I was furious that Mike had slept with another woman; it made all of my emotions from the past come roaring back. But I also did it because I DID know you were in pain. I wanted to help you and get you away from people like Mike and Alexis! People that make you love them but lead you on; people that make you want to go to the ends of the Earth for them but make you want to throttle them!

Mike

I have never been the best father, I take responsibility for that, but I've tried to fix it. I've tried to make it better, and instead of embracing that, you said my mother tried to kill you, simply because of a vendetta and because she disagreed with you! You left me in the first place, Robin. And you never told me anything else; what did you expect me to do?!

Laura

You're even worse than I thought, Robin! Jeremy, do you see now?! Do you see what I've been trying to tell you all along?!

Jeremy

I don't know what to think! Mom, you were there for me when my dad wasn't...but now, you've screwed me over too! Both of you have never done anything for me!

Alexis, running to his side

Jeremy...

Jeremy

And neither have you! Get away from me! I need to get out of here.

Mike

Jeremy!

Jeremy darts out of the court room, and Robin quickly gets off the stand to go after him, but she is grabbed by the baliff.

Judge Fitzpatrick

I'm puting an end to this circus right now. Dr. Laura Horton, you obviously are not guilty of these charges; you are free to go. On behalf of the town of Salem, I apologize for putting you through all of this. Dr. Robin Jacobs, I hereby order your arrest.

Many in the court room breathe a sigh of relief, and Laura just sits at the table, not knowing what to think.

Laura

Finally, I'm free...everyone knows that Robin's a liar. This nightmare is over!

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Episode#456: All Bitches Fall Down

Written by: Tara Smith and ML Cooks

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Nicholas is alone at the Alamain Mansion, the home of the once great Alamain family, when he hears a knock at the door. He answers it to see Philip Kiriakis!

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Uh, can I help you?

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The name's Philip Kiriakis. We have a lot to discuss.

Nicholas

Kiriakis...as in Victor Kiriakis? Wait, Philip Kiriakis...that name sounds familiar.

Philip

And it should.

Nicholas

You're Belle's ex-husband. You kidnapped her and her daughter and then stalked Belle. Shouldn't you be in jail?

Philip

I've done my time. Besides, prison can't keep a Kiriakis man down for long.

Nicholas

Well, what the hell do you want with me?

Philip

Justin told me that you'd been dating Belle; when I talked to her, it sounded like you'd gotten her pretty upset. Rumor is that you two had some big argument.

Nicholas

How is that any of your business?

Philip

Belle is my ex-wife; I need to make up for all that I did to her. She deserves a man who loves her and treats her right. What did you do to her?

Nicholas

You must have some pretty big balls to walk into the ALAMAIN Mansion and tell me how to treat a woman. Not that I care about Belle anyway; she left me out in the cold. She refused to help me stop YOUR mother.

Philip

My mother? You mean the woman that you tried to sleep with?

Nicholas

No, the one that gave birth to you. Vivian Alamain.

Philip

Ha. And here I thought you were close to your aunt; I can see why you're not, though. That bitch has taken over this entire town and is destroying my father's legacy. But for you to ask Belle to do something like that? Pretty low.

Nicholas

Yeah, you've got no place to talk. You kidnapped her and threatened her.

Philip

I never expected Belle to do anything for me; you thought that she would use her power at Titan to help you like that? Belle's too good for that.

Nicholas

I thought Belle loved me. If she loved me, she would have done it for me, no matter what. That's what lovers do for each other.

Philip

You must not know Belle then; the Belle that I was married to was a good woman. A woman who was also perfect and wouldn't commit a crime for anyone; she stands up for what she believes in. The fact that you left her shows what a jackass you are.

Nicholas

What was I supposed to do?

Philip

You should've stood by her.

Nicholas

You didn't do that. She told me everything about what you did; practice what you preach.

Philip

I'm willing to bet that I was much better to Belle than you ever were. Especially with how crappy you've treated her lately. Watch your step, man. Hurt Belle like that again and you'll answer to me.

Philip walks out of the Alamain Mansion, leaving an angry Nicholas in his wake.

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Bo stands outside his grandson, Bentley's, room. He watches as he sleeps peacefully, recovering from being shot at such a young age. Bo can't believe what he has been through, and what is going on to his entire family. Hope walks up to him.

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Fancy Face, I thought you were going to be at the court house for a while?

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I was, but it ended a little quicker than expected. I swear, it was an all out mess. Robin broke down on the stand and confessed to setting Laura up; apparently she was never over Mike, and she ranted at him for what he's put her and Jeremy through over the years. It's insanity, but good for Laura.

Bo

Poor Jeremy. Finding out that your mother isn't the perfect woman you think she is can be hard; it takes a lot to get over that, but he will, eventually. I know.

Hope

I know you do...we've been through a lot, haven't we?

Bo

Definitely, but it's all...it's all going to get better. For Laura and Jeremy. For us.

Hope, sighing

I'd really like that.

Bo stares at his wife, knowing that in order to get their lives back on track, he has to end his affair with Kristen. It may hurt him to do it, but he has to.

Hope

So, how's Bentley?

Bo

Doing great; even better than they hoped. He'll be released soon and then he can come home with us.

Hope

That'll be great; I feel horrible, Brady. In all of this chaos, we've totally forgotten about our own grandchildren. Have we even visited Claire? And we let our grandson live with a lunatic for so long...

Bo

I know; I confronted Jan once, but it led to nothing because of all that's happened. But at least he had Lucas, and now we can change everything. We're going to put our family back together, Fancy Face, I promise. We're going to see Claire more often. We're going to adopt Bentley and make him a part of our lives.

Hope, smiling

That'll be great. It really will...hopefully the worst has passed.

She looks at her grandson through the window.

Hope

Bentley Brady...has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

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Hell no!

Bo and Hope both turn around to see Jan approaching. Both give each other a worried look.

Jan

The only way that his last name would have ever been Brady would have been if Shawn had made him Bentley Brady, and made me Jan Brady. But that didn't happen, so he's Bentley Spears. What do you two think you are doing here?

Hope

It's over, Jan. We've made the mistake of not keeping a closer eye on Bentley and that ends now; he's our grandson. Lucas asked us to raise Bentley.

Jan

Lucas has NO jurisdiction over MY son.

Bo

And it's what Shawn would want too, you know. He wouldn't want you raising him.

Jan

That's NOT true.

Hope

I am sure it will be easy to convince a judge to give custody to us. We are adopting Bentley and making him a part of our family as soon as possible.

Jan

No. I am Bentley's mother. I will not let that happen.

Bo

You don't have a choice, Jan. You made your decision the minute you started scheming again; you had a chance to be a good mother and you wasted your time on some baby switch. You've been nothing but trouble from the start. You ruined Shawn's life twice. Because of you, Lucas is going to prison and leaving his own family behind.

Jan, appalled

That was Greta's fault, NOT mine! She's the one who switched the babies, locked me up in a secret room, and shot Bentley! All of this goes back to her!

Hope

And who threw that racoon on her in the first place?! Who made her leave town? You tortured Belle. You tortured Mimi. You tortured Chloe. You tortured Eugenia.

Bo

You tried to kill my father. You locked my son in a cage for months, then tricked him for even more months. You stole his sperm! It's amazing that Marlena actually gave birth to someone like you; if she was alive today, she'd be disappointed in what you've become. Or what you've always been.

Hope

And now it's over. You're over, Jan. We're getting rid of you for the final time; go get some help, because you really need it. Until that happens, you're not even going to see Bentley again. Because he will be our son now. We're going to protect Bentley from poison like you.

Jan

It's amazing to ME that people like you created the love of my life. You both are making a big mistake.

Jan turns around and furiously storms off, leaving Bo and Hope to watch.

Hope

What a disturbed woman.

Bo

She's gone now. She's going to be out of Bentley's life, and he'll be in ours. I'm going to make this work, Fancy Face. I promise.

Hope, looking at her husband

Really? Do you mean that?

Bo, hesitant before leaning in and kissing her

Yes, I mean it. Now, I have to go...there's some business down at the station that I need to take care of.

Bo turns and leaves, as Hope goes back to watching over their grandson.

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Vivian is inside her office at Titan, the one that once belonged to her late husband, Victor Kiriakis. She is personally filling out the invitations to her ball.

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I am sending an invitation to every single address in Salem. This ball must be huge; I want everyone in this town to see that I have taken over. And I want all of my enemies to be there...I want to be able to gloat as they see that Vivian Alamain has finally won! And this time, no one is stopping her.

She grabs her phone and dials a number.

Vivian

Ivan! Get into my office and get these invitations sent out ASAP!

She hangs up, and smiles.

Vivian

Now that that is taken care of, it's time to line up media coverage. I want every single Salem affiliate at this ball; NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX. CNN. MSNBC. They all will be at my ball!

Vivian begins to make the arrangements, but suddenly, Celeste walks in.

Vivian, on the phone

I'll have to call you back.

She hangs up the phone again, and looks at Celeste.

Vivian

Celeste, what could you possibly want now? You are lucky that my secretary had a trial to go to.

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I had to take a quick vacation from Salem, dahling, but I'm back.

Vivian

Celeste, I have a ball to plan. I've been through this with you time and time again; we've fought and fought. You can do nothing to stop me. I've already won.

Celeste

I'm not here to fight with you, Vivian. As much as I hate you and would like to, I'm not going to waste my time attacking you again. However, I will say that I cannot believe you are doing this. Taking the hospital from the Hortons?? I know why you got revenge on your family and me, but what did the Hortons ever do to you?

Vivian

It's simple business, Celeste. It helped in my domination of Salem. You and your cards would not understand.

Celeste

You are ruthless. You kicked a good, hard working family out of their own hospital!

Vivian

And gave YOUR daughter her old job back! You should be thanking me.

Celeste

Alexandra was just fine at the hospital without being the chief-of-staff. You are destroying lives, Vivian. When will it stop? When will you finally end this madness?

Vivian

Please, I am destroying no lives. I've gotten my revenge; now it's much more than that. I am on top of Salem. I'm reigning over every single part of it. I am a DiMera AND Kiriakis; something that you, even when sleeping with both patriarchs, could not achieve.

Celeste

I had much deeper relationships with Stefano and Victor than you could have ever hoped for.

Vivian

Yet I'm the one who married them. Twice. You are just a servant, Celeste. You are not worth my time, so get out.

Celeste

Wait, Vivian! Don't go through with this ball! As much as I despise you, dahling, I have to warn you: I have a bad feeling about this. This ball will go very badly for you.

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  • Java Cafe

    It's a brand new day in Salem; the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Inside the Java Cafe, Eugenia sits at a table with her son, Josh. Lexie enters and walks over to her table.

    Eugenia

    Lexie, thanks for coming. You're probably the closest person I have to a friend in this town.

    Lexie, smiling

    Sure. If you need anything, just tell me; I'm so sorry about Lucas.

    Eugenia

    I know you've got to go in to work, so I'll make this quick; Lucas and I broke up. He knows that he can't get out of this, so we're going our seperate ways for now.

    Lexie

    Oh, honey, I'm so sorry.

    Eugenia

    It's so hard, Lexie; I've known Lucas for years, and I've helped do some bad things to him in the past. But when I came back to Salem...I just fell in love with him. When I thought my baby was gone, he was there. It all went by so fast, but I still loved him. I wanted to be his wife.

    Lexie, thinking of her messy divorce with Abe

    It can be really hard when you lose someone you love. Everything changes.

    Eugenia

    And everything's changing for me right now. Yet again. The reason that I wanted to meet with you wasn't because I needed to pour my heart out; I wanted to tell you that Josh and I are leaving Salem.

    Lexie

    What? Why?

    Eugenia

    I barely have any friends in this town; you're kind of a friend because I used to work for you, but that's about it. I guess there's Will and Destiny, but they have their own problems to worry about. Without Lucas, there just isn't a point to staying here.

    Lexie, nodding

    I understand completely. Just take the time that you need and go anywhere with your son. You still have a huge life ahead of you.

    Eugenia

    Thanks, Lexie; we'll make it, somehow, but it just can't be here. Not without Lucas. I've got the next bus out of Salem at ten.

    Lexie

    I wish you all the best.

    Eugenia

    Thanks....especially for talking to me after what I did all of those years ago; with Sami and the paternity test...

    Lexie

    It's ancient history.

    Eugenia and Lexie stand up and hug, and Lexie smiles at her as she leaves. Eugenia then takes Josh, and heads for the door.

    Eugenia

    Come on, Josh, let's get out of Salem.

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    Episode#455: Duking of the Divas

    Written by: Tara Smith and ML Cooks

    Salem University Hospital

    Carrie, Belle, Sami, Eric, Rex, and Cassie are all in the waiting room of the hospital.

    Belle

    I can't believe this; our dad's awake! The doctors said that he's been talking almost all night, and is regaining more and more control of his body. It's a miracle!

    Sami

    I can't believe this.

    Carrie

    This is what we were praying for; God has answered our prayers. This is such great news.

    Sami

    I know that I've had a really hard time accepting John as my father, and I never really treated him great, but we needed this. Our family needed this; Mom is dead. I just found out that the father of my only child is going to jail. This really helps things.

    Carrie

    I'm so sorry about Lucas; I know that he and I have a troubled past, but in the end, he was a friend. He was a good man.

    Sami

    Thanks, but this isn't about Lucas. It's about our dad.

    Eric

    Before we go in there, we need to talk about something. Everyone's told us that he keeps asking for Mom. He's got no idea what happened to her.

    Rex

    We can't just drop a bomb on him like that. He just woke up after being like this for over three years. We have to take it slow.

    Eric

    You're right, but we have to tell him sometime.

    Carrie

    Soon. We'll tell him soon, don't worry. Like Rex said, it has to be slow.

    Eric looks at Cassie, who hasn't said a word. She just stands there, not really paying attention.

    Eric

    Cassie, you ok?

    Cassie

    Oh, yeah, I'm fine. Just thinking about Jeremy; his mom's trial is starting any minute. I wish I could be there for him.

    Sami

    You're such a selfish bitch. Your own father is finally able to speak and all you can think about is your boyfriend?!

    Cassie

    I'm no better than you, Sami. I've been a lot better to him than you were. And at least I've got a boyfriend to worry about.

    Sami's eyes go wide at this low blow, and starts to lunge at her sister; Cassie is ready to fight back, but Eric grabs Sami, and Rex grabs Cassie. Belle steps in the middle of them.

    Belle

    Both of you stop! This is ridiculous. Today is about us being a family for Dad, and I'm not going to let either of you fill it with drama.

    Carrie

    She's right; cool it, both of you.

    Sami

    Fine. I'm so glad that we only have to see each other at times like this, Cassie.

    Cassie

    Same here.

    Eric and Rex let go of their twins, and Belle turns around and leads her siblings inside John's hospital room. Carrie looks at them.

    Carrie

    We need to take this slow. One of us go up to him at a time.

    All of them enter the room, and Belle is first; she looks at her father, who looks up at her as he sits in a chair. She gets teary just seeing him blink. She immediately wraps her arms around him.

    Belle

    Daddy....

    John, slowly hugging her

    Izzy....

    Belle just stands there for a moment, in her father's arms. She can't even remember the last time he was able to hold her like this; John closes his eyes and a few tears roll down his cheek. Belle pulls back, her eyes also stained from crying.

    Belle

    I've missed you so much. I'm really glad to see that you remember me; Claire told me to tell you hi and that she loves you. Do you remember her?

    John

    My granddaughter.

    Belle laughs, and nods.

    Belle

    That's right. I'll talk to you more in a minute, okay?

    John slowly nods, and Eric walks up to him next. Eric crouches down.

    Eric

    Hey, Dad, remember me? It's been awhile.

    John, examining him for a moment

    Eric...didn't think you were in Salem.

    Eric

    Yeah, I left again for a little while, but I came back. It's really great to see you. You're getting better fast, but that doesn't surprise me. It's just who you are.

    Eric steps aside, and Cassie walks up to him next. She hugs him and smiles.

    Cassie

    Hi...don't know if you'll remember me or not. I wasn't around you as much as everyone else was....we didn't really get time to bond, but you always stuck by me anyway.

    John

    You're name is....it's....

    Cassie frowns, hoping that he would in fact remember her. She glances at Carrie, who just puts a comforting hand on her shoulder.

    John

    Cassie. Cassie and Rex DiMera.

    Cassie, chuckling

    Um, close. It's actually Brady, but I understand. Rex is here, too.

    Rex, walking forward

    Yeah, I'm here too. I'm really glad to see you; I know we haven't been around as long as any of your other kids, but you're still our dad, and we're so happy that we have this chance to get to know you.

    John manages to smile, and all of his children smile back.

    John

    I....I care about you. And that's....

    John stops for a moment, still having some trouble speaking after being unconscious for all of this time. However, he musters up the strength to finish.

    John

    And that's a fact.

    Rex and Cassie sit down in some spare chairs, and Sami approaches John next. Before she can even hug him, he speaks.

    John

    Samantha Gene.

    Sami

    Wow, you remembered that one right off the bat, huh?

    John

    H-how could I forget?

    Everyone laughs, and Sami hugs him.

    Sami

    It really is good to see you; I know that from me, it probably sounds like a load of bull, but it's true. Just seeing you talking, smiling, moving your arms...it makes me so happy. Beyond happy. We may have a tense past, but that's over. Now we're in the present.

    Sami again smiles at him, before sitting down herself. Finally, Carrie walks over to her father.

    Carrie, getting teary

    Hey, Dad...we've been praying for you. I've been visiting you all the time, and you've always been on my mind; I don't even have words to describe how this feels. It's so fantastic.

    Carrie and John hug, and John tightly embraces his daughter, using all of the strength that he can at this time. She pulls back and kisses him on the cheek, before sitting beside Belle on the bed.

    John looks at all of his children, taking all of their faces in, ad he continues to come back into reality and the world around him.

    John

    Brady....where's Brady?

    Belle

    He and Chloe couldn't get here from Vienna; there's a really bad storm over there, but he's going to come and see you soon, I promise. He really wanted you to know how much he loves you and how happy he is, too.

    John

    And Marlena. I....I have wanted to see my wife so badly. Where is she?

    Carrie

    Soon. You'll find out soon, I promise.

    John, trying to get his bearings

    What....

    He pauses, before continuing.

    John

    What happened to me? Why am I here?

    All of the kids look at each other, and both Eric and Carrie give a nod in Sami's direction.

    Sami

    Uh, okay, well...remember everything with Stefano and Helena and EJ? Here in Salem, in Italy, on the island?

    John nods.

    Sami

    You and Stefano faced off again, and both of you shot each other...Stefano ended up in a coma, and you were in a catatonic state until yesterday.

    John is silent for a moment, attempting to think back; slowly, everything comes back into his mind. He flashes back to fighting Stefano on that island, determined to finish him once and for all.

    John

    I remember. What happened to Stefano?

    Sami flashes back to chasing Stefano throughout Salem, and his car going off of a cliff.

    Sami

    Another long story for another time.

    John

    My wife. I need to see my love.

    Belle, taking his hand and squeezing it

    Soon....like we said, you'll find out everything soon. For now, just focus on getting better.

    At the other side of the hospital,

    Lexie walks into Vivian’s office.

    Lexie

    “You wanted to speak with me Ms. Alamain?”

    Vivian

    “Please call me Vivian. We’ve known each other for a long time, no need for all the professionalisms.”

    Lexie

    “Please Vivian; I am having a stressful day. Don’t play games with me. That’s something you like to do. I have a hospital to run thanks to you.”

    Vivian

    “Indeed. Thanks to me. Remember, I own this hospital, I don’t think I appreciate your tone with me.”

    Lexie

    “And I don’t like to be caught up in you war with everyone here in Salem. Buying this hospital, and firing chief of Staff Mike Horton. The Horton's have been a corner stone of this hospital for decades. And here comes hurricane Vivian taking it all away. I mean for what? What was the point firing Mike?”

    Vivian

    “Because I can do things like that my dear. When you have as much power as I do, you can make things happen. I don’t and will not explain myself to the daughter of a terror card reader. I don’t think Celeste is even reading those terror cards. She’s probably just playing solitaire by herself.”

    Lexie

    “You may own Salem but you don’t own me. You make one more remark like that again about my mother and I will knock you out Vivian.”

    Vivian

    “You can try my dear. But you better think of your son. You lay a hand on me you will have nothing I’ll see to it. See my dear I guess I do own you.”

    Lexie turning around to leave her office

    “I don’t have time for this.”

    Vivian

    “Just one moment missy! We are not done here. We are done when I say we are done. I haven’t dismissed you yet. Where’s the respect.”

    Lexie

    “Vivian, you keep this up and you won’t live long enough to enjoy your new found power. What the hell do you want? I’m getting tired of playing games with you.”

    Vivian

    “Well since it seems I can’t trust you to run this hospital with your nasty attitude, I have decided to hire a new right man for you. I need a backup in case you call off sick or something. I already have this new person in the works to arrive.”

    Lexie

    “So you want me to train some lackey to take over my job? That’s what it sounds like.”

    Vivian

    “Not so much. I think you need to be more worried about on who this lackey is. Trust me dear it’s no lackey.” Vivian says chuckling leaving back in her executive chair.

    Lexie

    “Then who is it?”

    Vivian

    “Dr. Jonah Carver. You know you’re ex husband’s brother, the one you nearly had an affair with about 15 years ago.”

    Lexie

    “Jonah, is coming here to Salem? I’ll be working with him?”

    Vivian

    “Ahh, what’s the matter my dear, memories of hot times rushing back to your brain. Hoping to rekindle things with your ex husband’s brother?”

    Lexie

    “Go to hell Vivian Alamain!”

    Vivian

    “I get my manicures done there. Now get out my office your boring me.”

    Lexie

    “Bitch! You won’t get away with this.” Lexie storms out slamming the door behind her. She has flash backs of nearly making love with Jonah.

    Lexie

    “No he can’t be coming back here.”

    Meanwhile

    Vivian with a devilish grin on her face is talking with Ivan

    “That should keep Lexie busy for a while. I won’t have to worry about her coming after me right now.”

    Ivan

    “I urge you madam, you are making very many enemies. I urge you to cool it down. I am worried for you.”

    Vivian

    “What the hell is someone going to do Ivan? Shoot me?”

    Salem Courthouse

    Down at the large courthouse, Robin and Jeremy are in the courtroom that Laura's trial is being held in. The ADA, Paul McDaneld, is setting up for the trial, and the mother and son sit, waiting. Jeremy is very nervous and on edge.

    Jeremy

    I can't believe this is happening.

    Robin, running a hand through his hair

    I know. I know this has to be hard for you, but it's what needs to be done; for your sake, for my sake. For Laura's.

    Jeremy, standing up

    Even after all this time, it's still hard to process. My grandma tried to kill my mom; like I told you before, I'm not doubting you, but something just doesn't click. It doesn't sound right.

    Robin looks away for a moment, almost wondering if she can go through with this.

    Robin

    And it shouldn't, but it's the truth. I'm sorry.

    Jeremy

    I think I need some water.

    Jeremy leaves, and Robin just rubs her temples.

    Robin, whispering to herself

    I have to do it. I can't come all of this way and get cold feet now. Laura needs to go away; she's going to ruin Jeremy's life if she sends him back to Alexis. She won't let me be a mother; I have to make sure that she goes to that crazy house for life. And...it's not just about me any more. Vivian Alamain want Laura gone, too.

    Robin hears the door open, and looks up to see her ex, Mike. He slowly approaches her.

    Mike

    Good morning, Robin.

    Robin

    Good morning, Mike.

    Mike

    It's good to see you out of that wheelchair.

    Robin

    Don't act like you actually give a damn, Mike.

    Mike

    Robin, please, don't do this today. You're already doing enou-

    Robin, scowling

    Are you really trying to pin all of this on me? You started this mess. You caused all of this when you slept with your son's girlfriend!

    Mike, raising an eyebrow

    I wouldn't think that had anything to do with you and my mother...unless you're admitting that you lied.

    Robin

    You know what I mean; Laura would have never decided to stay in Salem. Hell, I wouldn't have come back to Salem.

    Mike

    Come on, Robin, please. For a while, I was trying to remain neutral, because I was the doctor that saved your life. Twice. But I can't anymore; I don't believe that my mother is guilty. When I talk to her, when I look into her eyes...I only see innocence. You're framing her, and I know it; I know that you and her disagreed on everything with Alexis, Jeremy, and I, but please, just let it go.

    Robin

    You're just in denial; the evidence is there. She tried to kill me three times; you just don't want to believe that she's gone insane again. And your girlfriend is her lawyer; if you admitted that her case was a lost cause, you wouldn't get to sleep with her, would you?

    Mike, sighing

    Robin, please...ever since you came back to Salem, you've been so different. You've been cold. You've been a bitch. You had a right to be mad at me and Alexis for what we did to Jeremy, but you've taken this way too far. You weren't like this when we were together, when we fell in love. We had our problems and you were never this person.

    Robin

    That was a long time ago, Mike. Things change. I changed. You changed.

    Mike

    How did I change, Robin? Please, honestly, I want to know. I need to know; how did I change?

    Robin, stunned

    Mike, do you know all that I went through? All that....you know what, no. I'm not going to bother explaining it to you. Today is about justice.

    Robin stands up and walks away from Mike, who sighs and shakes his head at her. Jeremy walks back in.

    Jeremy

    Hey, what were you doing with her?!

    Mike, turning to Jeremy

    Jeremy, we can't fight here. Not today....I needed to have a word with your mother. You know as well as I do that she's lying; I'm sorry that I have to say this, but it's true. You know that she's lying about your grandmother.

    Mike walks past Jeremy, who stares at his mother for a moment.

    Jeremy

    She wouldn't lie. She just wouldn't. She was the one that stayed there for me when he didn't.

    Outside the courtroom, Maggie and the newly returned Bill Horton walk up to the doors that will lead inside.

    Maggie

    So, Bill, you've never told me what exactly brought you back to Salem.

    Bill

    My family is in chaos, Maggie. I find out that the mother of my grandson is saying that my ex-wife tried to kill her three times, and that my son slept with my grandson's girlfriend? And my other son is going down for murder. No good man would sit back and stay away in a time like this.

    Maggie

    I'm glad to hear that. The Horton family has been through so much during these past several years; Mickey and Alice passing away. Hope and Julie were in prison for awhile, and then all of this chaos with Mike and Jeremy. Now Lucas is going to jail for murdering Greta Von Amberg, and Will has a daughter.

    Bill

    I'm a great-grandfather. It's all so hard to take, and I feel so responsible. Lucas and I've seen each other sometimes over the years, but we've never had a real relationship. Mike thought Mickey was his father for years. Jennifer rebelled against me more than once. What kind of father am I? I've barely even come to Salem except for funerals.

    Maggie

    Don't blame yourself; we're all responsible for our own actions, and all of that is in the past. We just have to make it better for the future, and besides, you were in Africa for so long. Maybe that is what you felt like was home?

    Bill, hesitating

    Africa is nothing like Salem, Maggie. Absolutely nothing like it. But that doesn't matter; I'm back now, and I'm not leaving any time soon. I've hurt Laura so much, but today, I am standing by her, Mike, and Jeremy.

    Maggie

    That's wonderful. We're all a giant family, and we're going to get through this.

    Maggie and Bill walk inside, and Alexis walks in shortly after they do.

    Alexis

    Seems like we're gonna have a full house of Hortons today. Today's the day that Robin will fall.

    Robin, walking up to her with Jeremy

    I doubt that. Today will be the end of this mess; the end of Laura's antics, and the end of yours. Everyone is going to see that I'm telling the truth.

    Jeremy

    Why are you here, Alexis? This really is a family thing.

    Alexis

    I'm a witness, you dumbass. I've been in this whole fiasco since day one; I was there when Robin fell. You know, Jeremy, I'm really getting sick of your attitude.

    Robin

    Then stop pursuing him and leave us alone!

    Jeremy

    She's not worth it, Mom. Come on, let's go see if the prosecutor has anything to tell us.

    Jeremy tosses his cell phone on to a seat so no one will take it, and after he and his mother leave, it starts to ring. Out of curiosity, Alexis looks at it to see Cassie calling. She smirks and picks up the phone.

    Alexis

    Hello?

    Cassie

    Alexis? What the hell are you doing on Jeremy's phone?

    Alexis

    Well, I am a secretary, you know. I'm used to taking phone calls.

    Cassie

    Where's my boyfriend? I want to talk to him now! It makes me sick that you're there today and that I'm not.

    Alexis

    Actually, you'd better enjoy this while you can. Because Robin's going down today, and you're next, bitch!

    Cassie

    I beg to differ.

    Alexis

    Oh, I better go, now. Jeremy needs me!

    Alexis hangs up the phone and tosses it back onto the seat. Julie and Hope enter the courtroom and walk over to Maggie, Bill, and Mike.

    Maggie

    Oh, Julie, Hope, it's so good to see you two. How is Bentley?

    Hope

    He's doing good; he's recovering well. Bo and I are going to try to adopt him and get him away from Jan Spears.

    Julie

    And thank goodness for that! Now, how is Laura?

    Bill

    April's been talking to her all morning. Hopefully, she's doing well.

    Hope

    It's so good to see you, Uncle Bill. I'm really glad you're back in Salem.

    Bill

    It's good to be back, Hope. And good to see that you and Bo are still doing so well.

    Hope, thoughtfully

    Yeah...

    Everyone turns when the courtroom doors open yet again, and Laura is led inside by a guard. April follows behind her. They take their seats at the front of the room, and Jeremy is tempted to go over to see his grandmother, but stays at his mother's side. Maggie, Bill, Mike, and Alexis all head to Laura's table.

    Mike

    Mom, how are you?

    Laura

    I'm good, Michael; just very nervous.

    Maggie

    Stay strong, honey. We're all rooting for you.

    April

    Like I told you, Laura, you can't let Robin push your buttons. She and the prosecutor are going to try to do that today; that's all that Robin has been doing. She wants to make you look crazy.

    Laura

    I know. I am really going to try my best to remain unaffected by anything that she throws at me.

    April

    Today, I'm going to turn the tables. I'm going to push Robin's buttons. Her testimony is critical.

    Alexis

    About time. Make her squirm.

    Mike

    Just please, April, be careful. This is the mother of my son; I don't want an all out war today.

    April

    I may have to push her as far as I can, Mike. That's the only way that your mother is going to be set free.

    Mike, sighing

    I'm just more concerned for Jeremy than anything else. I don't want to make this hard on my son.

    April

    I know, Mike, I know.

    Laura shares a glance with her grandson; neither of them say a word, but silently, Laura makes one last plea for him to believe her. To realize that his mother is lying. However, he simply looks away. Laura sadly looks at Bill.

    Laura

    Thank you for coming back, Bill. I really didn't expect to see you here.

    Bill

    Laura, you and I may not be together any more, but I still care about you. You'll always be special to me. You're the mother of two of my children, and I know that all of this is a lie.

    Laura

    Thank you.

    Laura and Bill stare at each other for a moment, almost recalling all of their insane history just by looking at each other. They both turn away when the baliff enters.

    Baliff

    All rise! Judge Karen Fitzpatrick presiding!

    Judge Fitzpatrick enters, and ushers everyone to sit down.

    Judge Fitzpatrick

    We are here today for the proceedings of the people of Salem v. Laura Horton. I don't want to drag this out any longer; let us begin.

    Alamain

    Valentine is sitting in her office, filling out some paperwork, when Vivian barges in. She looks up and rolls her eyes.

    Valentine

    Just who I wanted to see.

    Vivian

    Yes, I imagine this is quite a disappointment. I didn't die in that fire of yours, did I?

    Valentine

    What? What are you talking about?

    Vivian

    Don't play dumb with me, you botoxed whore! Someone tried to burn my mansion down the other day, and I know it was you.

    Valentine

    Oh, yes, I heard about that. Do you honestly believe that I would do that, dear old sister? I mean, I own part of that mansion, too. If I wanted you gone, all I'd have to do is tell the police that you set Peter up to die.

    Vivian

    I'm getting sick of you holding that over my head, and now, I have something on you.

    Valentine

    My ass! Vivian, if you think I am getting any enjoyment out of this, you are wrong. My marriage is starting to come a part because of you; everything in my life revolves around you and I am tired of it!

    Vivian

    Then you never should have come to Salem in the first place. You never should have blackmailed me into signing fifty percent of everything I own to you! You've glued yourself to me, Valentine, and now you're sick of me? All the more reason why you'd burn down the Kiriakis Mansion to try to kill me!

    Valentine

    I didn't set the Kiriakis Mansion on fire! You must be getting too old to hear me! Let me say it again: If I wanted you gone, all I'd hav-

    Vivian

    Oh, believe me, I heard you. But see, you would go to jail for withholding information for so long if you did that. So this would be much easier.

    Valentine

    Please. That is an easy problem to avoid. You're pushing your luck with me, Vivian.

    Vivian

    Excuse me?

    Valentine stands up and walks right over to her older sister, getting right in her face.

    Valentine

    You've included me in none of your decisions! I am supposed to be a part of all of your businesses, but instead, you've gone off and done everything without a word to me! The only reason I am even back at Alamain is because I blackmailed you. Now, you're accusing me of trying to kill you? I hold all the cards here, and I'm about ready to play my hand!

    Vivian

    Oh, how wrong you are. I am Vivian Alamain. I'm undeniable, I'm unforgettable, I'm unstoppable, and I'm on top! You will not bring me down; mark my words on that.

    Vivian turns to leave, and Valentine scowls.

    Valentine

    You'd better watch your old, wrinkly back, bitch!

    Vivian, turning around

    No, YOU'D better watch YOUR old back! Valentine, you had better be on board with my take over of Salem, otherwise, you WILL go to jail for that fire, whether you started it or not! And then, once you are in jail, I will have everything to myself once again, and no one will believe a word you say about Peter. So think wisely about whether you are with me or against me.

    Vivian marches out of her office, and Valentine angrily watches her leave, more determined than ever.

    Salem University Hospital

    Hope walks in to the hospital, still fuming and angry over everything that is going on in her marriage. Bo quickly follows her in, desperate to calm his wife.

    Bo

    Fancy Face, please, you've gotta listen.

    Hope

    Listen to what, Bo?! Some excuse for your actions?! I know that when I went to prison, our marriage was falling apart, but we were still married. You slept with Jill, you slept with Megan...you even slept with Kristen!

    Bo, startled by Hope's last accusation

    Hope, I've told you a million times, nothing happened on Padre Island!

    Hope, surprised

    I wasn't talking about your trip to Padre Island, Brady; I was talking about when you slept with her the night that I got out of jail.

    Bo, relieved yet aggrivated at himself

    Right.

    Hope stares at her husband, continuing to wonder if something did in fact happen between Bo and Kristen on Padre Island.

    Bo

    Hope, I...I feel terrible for all of this. I really do; you know me, you know that I love you. We haven't been in love for almost thirty years for our marriage to crumble now. With Jill, we were both drunk, and I didn't even know about Megan. I was drugged and I thought it was you. And we've already gone over what happened with Kristen.

    Hope

    It didn't use to be this easy. Years ago, it would have taken a lot to get the husband that I knew in bed with another woman; now all it takes is a few drinks? A pill?

    Bo

    I felt like I'd lost everything. My two sons were dead and my wife was in jail for murder.

    Hope

    Damnit, Brady, but you did have something! Our two daughters! How could you bring all of these random women home with them in the other room?! Did you even think about them?!

    Bo

    You know I love Pamela and Addie, Hope. Above all else; the problem was that I wasn't thinking at all.

    Megan walks in to the waiting room, interrupting their argument.

    Megan

    Ready to get welcomed into the family, Bo?

    Bo and Hope both ignore Megan; seconds later, Lexie walks out into the waiting room.

    Lexie, taking a deep breath

    I'm glad all three of you are here. I have the results from the test right here.

    Lexie shows them the file, and she glances at Megan; Megan winks at her, and Lexie just sighs.

    Bo

    I really wanna get this over with, Lex. Let's hear it.

    Lexie nods and starts to open the envelope. Bo, Hope, and Megan all watch in anticipation; for all of them, this could be a great relief or a great disaster. Hope looks at her husband one last time.

    Megan

    Come on, sis, we don't have all damn day. Bo and I have a family to raise without Hopeless.

    Lexie takes out the results, and looks at them. She then looks at the three before her.

    Hope

    Well? Come on, Lexie, don't leave us hanging.

    Lexie, looking right at Bo

    Bo, you are NOT the father of Megan's baby.

    Megan's eyes are suddenly filled with horror, and Bo and Hope feel a rush of relief. Hope exhales, suddenly a lot happier than before, and Bo looks at Megan.

    Bo

    Guess you're scheme wasn't so full proof after all, was it?

    Megan, looking from Lexie to Bo

    I...I can't believe this. I'm so sho-

    Bo

    Cut the crap, Megan. I want to know what you were really up to and I want the truth!

    Megan, scowling

    Fine! I did sleep with you, and I really wanted to get pregnant with your baby, but one night may not be enough. It was my master plan, Bo, I couldn't let it fail at that point, and I knew that I wouldn't be able to get you into bed twice. So I slept with sevral men to ensure that I got pregnant, and sure enough I did. My son isn't yours, but he could have been!

    Hope, marching over to Megan

    You are sick. Do you hear me? Sick. Do you know how crazy that sounds?! Drugging my husband and sleeping with random men, all for some chance at a baby that would give Bo back to you? I've had enough of you. You've been nothing but trouble since the day you showed up in Salem all of those years ago.

    Bo

    Hope's right, Megan; you and I aren't connected in any way, shape, or form. We will never be together, and it's time you accept that. I don't ever want to see you again.

    Megan, growing angrier

    Tough, because this is not the last you've seen of Megan Hathaway DiMera.

    Megan shoves her way past the couple, and storms up to her sister.

    Megan

    You and I talked about this. You were supposed to make sure that paternity test said that Bo was my baby's father!

    Lexie

    You know I couldn't do that, Megan; I've betrayed my ethics enough over the years. I was not about to do it again, especially because it was only for your selfish desires. You and Bo were over a long time ago and this was ridiculous.

    Megan, getting right in Lexie's face

    You'll regret this, Lexie. You'll pay for not putting family first.

    After making that threat, Megan leaves the hospital in a fury. Bo looks at his wife.

    Bo

    Well, that's one problem out of the way, Fancy Face. You won't have to worry about Megan anymore.

    Hope, slowly nodding

    Yeah, yeah, I'm definitely happy about that.

    Lexie

    I don't mean to interrupt any more, I'm sure you two have a lot to talk about, but I was asked to pass on a message.

    Bo and Hope both look at Lexie curiously.

    Lexie, sighing

    I'm really sorry that this has to be so sudden, but your grandson, Bentley Spears, was shot tonight.

    Hope

    What?! Bentley's just a toddler!

    Bo

    Is he ok?! What happened?

    Lexie

    He had a great surgery and is expected to make a full recovery for now. I'm not sure on the details, but something happened with his mother, Lucas Roberts, Eugenia Willens, and Greta Von Amberg. Lucas was taking care of him, but he's been arrested for Greta's murder, and he wanted you to get to Bentley before Jan did.

    Bo

    We are Bentley's grandparents, and we haven't been active enough in his life; I've always known that Jan was trouble. Now is our chance.

    Hope

    You're right, Bo. Lexie, can you take us to his room? I want to see him.

    Lexie

    Of course. Follow me.

    Bo

    I'll be right there.

    Lexie and Hope leave, and Bo watches his wife go, as he thinks about the current rift in their marriage.

    Bo

    We have a family to raise; Hope is my wife, the love of my life. I've got to get things back on track. I have to end my affair with Kristen.

    Bo then sets off in the direction that Lexie and Hope went, determined to put his family back together.

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    Episode#454: Welcome Back, John

    Written by: Tara Smith and ML Cooks

    Salem Jail

    Lucas is in a jail cell, thinking about how his life has gone lately; he has a family, but now he is here, inside jail, for murder. He couldn't go back and change anything; there was no turning back now. Eugenia approaches his cell.

    Lucas, jumping up

    Did you get a hold of Bo and Hope?

    Eugenia

    Lexie was going to see them today, anyway, so she's passing on the message. I'm sure they'll take good care of Bentley.

    Lucas

    Yeah, they're good people, and he's their grandson. It's only right.

    Eugenia

    I'm working on getting you a good lawyer. I tried to hire April Ramirez, but she's pretty busy with the mess that Laura's in. I'm going to try to get Ji'Min Kim down here. And I can talk to your mom and-

    Lucas

    No, Eugenia, stop. I want a good lawyer, I need one, but it's not going to stop the inevitable. Like I told you, I killed Greta, and I've gotta take responsibility for that. I'm definitely going to prison for a while, and I don't want to hold you back.

    Eugenia

    But Lucas, I'm your fiancee, and I-

    Lucas

    Have a son to raise now. I love you, Eugenia, and that's why I won't keep you distracted with this. I've got to break up with you.

    Eugenia, tears coming to her eyes

    What?! Lucas, please, don't do this.

    Lucas

    We have to and you know it. I'm not going to make you watch as I go through all of this; you need to focus on Josh. I'm doing this for you.

    Eugenia

    Just when we were finally happy, this had to happen. I-I understand, but it's so hard to deal with.

    Eugenia sheds a few tears, and Lucas reaches through the bars to wipe her eyes.

    Lucas

    The minute I get out, I'll come looking for you, where ever you are.

    Eugenia

    I'll be waiting.

    Lucas motions for her to leave, wanting to make this as easy as possible on both of them; he feels some tears well up in his eyes as she walks towards the door. Eugenia turns to look at Lucas one last time.

    Eugenia

    Goodbye, Lucas. And thank you for everything that you've done for me. I know I haven't always been the best person to you, but...thank you.

    Eugenia hurries out. Lucas sadly watches.

    Lucas

    Goodbye Eugenia.

    DiMera Mansion

    Andre comes down stairs, ready for his romantic dinner with his wife Valentine. He hears some noise coming from the living room, and walks in to see Megan packing her bags! Her son, Bo DiMera, is at her side in his carrier.

    Andre, visibly confused

    Megan, what the hell are you doing?

    Megan

    Getting the hell out of Salem. I'm sick of this town.

    Andre

    So you are just abandoning everything? The DiMera dynasty, the threat of Vivian Alamain, your own quest for Bo?

    Megan

    Bo...my mission has been temporarily haulted. And I have to say, I'm starting not to trust our own family. My father would be disgusted with all of this.

    Andre

    And you are giving up? That doesn't quite seem like you, Megan.

    Megan, laughing

    Oh, Andre; I'm taking my son and we're leaving Salem. But I will be back one day with a vengence, and I will make everyone pay for what's happened. I may be down, but I'm not out. I just need a chance to re-generate. The DiMeras are not done.

    Megan picks up her son, as well as her bags, and walks right out of the DiMera Mansion, leaving Salem...for now.

    Kiriakis Mansion

    Vivian stares at the Kiriakis Mansion, which is now half-burnt and half-intact; a fair amount was able to be saved, and it would not take too long to rebuild. But nonetheless, for now, it was not habitable. Vivian is on her cell phone as she observes the damage.

    Vivian

    Get all of my possessions to the DiMera Mansion as quickly as possible, Ivan! I'm going to have to return there for now, until the Kiriakis Mansion is repaired.

    Vivian hangs up the phone, and Chris approaches.

    Chris

    Our investigations point to arson, Mrs. Kiriakis. We're pretty sure that was what caused it.

    Vivian

    Well, I could have told you that.

    Chris

    I'm going to need to interview you about this; we need a list of suspects so that we can bring them to justice.

    Vivian

    Certainly, officer.

    Chris

    Okay, first off, who would want to do this? Do you have any enemies?

    Vivian

    Yes, quite a few, actually. All over Salem at this point.

    Chris

    Would any of them go this far?

    Vivian thinks for a moment, and many names come to her mind; all of them had valid reason to attack her.

    Vivian

    Valentine....

    Chris

    Who?

    Vivian

    My sister, Valentine Heart. She and I have been at odds many times; she owns fifty percent of everything that I own. We basically share these companies and properties, even though I call the shots; I wouldn't put this past that whore.

    Chris

    Anyone else?

    Vivian

    Kristen Blake. That damn DiMera has been after me for ages now; she's shot off nonsense accusations about me. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if your very own boss, Bo Brady, did this for her.

    Chris

    Bo? One of the most honorable men in Salem? I doubt he tried to burn down his own father's mansion.

    Vivian

    Please! He's been helping her all along. And they aren't the only ones, detective! Mike Horton could be a suspect.

    Chris

    The chief of staff at University hospital? He's been very respected in this town for a long time; are you sure that you aren't shooting off random people to me?

    Vivian

    How dare you! You don't know me or what my life is like; I know for a fact that all of these people are my enemies! In fact, shortly before the fire, I got a threatening letter from the ex-chief-of-staff's mother! If she wasn't in jail right now, I'd throw her in as a suspect. I don't think you can trust any of those Hortons.

    Chris

    Okay, any other people you want to throw out there?

    Vivian

    Celeste Perrault. That insane woman has assaulted me several times since Victor died, and we've never quite gotten along. She used to work for one of my other late husbands, Stefano, so she can be devious if she wants to be. I'd say she is a prime suspect.

    Chris

    Okay, keep going.

    Vivian

    Kate Roberts. Kate is probably my biggest rival; she's always had it out for me, and I bought her company recently. I wouldn't put it past that vulture to try to kill me like this! In fact, not too long ago, she hired someone to kill Tony DiMera! Attempted murder is nothing new for her.

    Chris

    This is turning into a long list, ma'am.

    Vivian

    And it's not done yet. I've also recently had arguments with my nephew, Nicholas, who has changed from the sweet boy that I raised; he could have done this. Victor's nephew, Justin, wasn't so approving of Victor's decision in marrying me, and I recently froze his assets. One of them could have done this.

    Chris, sighing

    You've got a lot of people out to get you, Mrs. Kiriakis. We'll look into this; in the meantime, I'd advise taking necessary precautions to keep yourself safe.

    Chris walks off, and Vivian clenches her fist.

    Vivian

    Damn it, that man's right. So many people hate me right now, and I can't let myself collapse after all of this. I have to get this ball of mine to work; it has to happen soon, so I can cement my place. I have to distract everyone so that they won't try to steal their companies back!

    Back at the Jail

    Lucas quietly sits inside his jail cell, shortly after breaking up with Eugenia so that she wouldn't have to watch what was to come for Lucas. He hears someone else enter, and looks to see his teenage son, Will.

    Will

    Dad, I can't believe this. What the hell's going on? Bentley was shot? You killed Greta?

    Lucas

    Hey, son. Yeah, a lot of crazy stuff has been going down lately, but Bentley's fine; his grandparents are going to take him in.

    Will

    What do you mean? I thought he was going to live with us; I mean, you'll be out of here soon, right?

    Lucas, sighing

    I doubt it. I'm sorry, Will, but I need to be straight up with you; you're probably the person that I love and trust most in the world. I'm going to have to serve some jail time for this; I'm just pleading guilty to this, because it's true. I killed Greta. I'm not going to fight the system, so hopefully this'll move quickly. But I'm going to be gone for awhile.

    Will stands there for a moment, stunned.

    Lucas

    Come on, man, talk to me.

    Will

    I don't know what to say, Dad. You've been there for me in life a lot more than Mom has, as much as I love both of you. You stood by me when we were fighting the Galores for Arianna; you took me back in even though I ran away and had a baby. You even gave Destiny a home.You've been so great, but now you're gone? Just like that?

    Lucas

    It'll be okay, I promise; I'm not going to be in here forever. And you've got your mom, who really cares about you and is trying to help you now; that's what's important. I need you to be strong; be the responsible man that I know you are.

    Will, nodding

    I'll try my best. I still can't believe this. What about Eugenia? Grandma Kate? The rest of our family?

    Lucas

    I'll get the family down here and tell all of them myself, but I'm glad that I got to see you before anyone else. I broke up with Eugenia; I don't want her to watch this, whether it's fast or not. And I don't want you to watch it, either.

    b]Will

    Wha...? But you're my dad; I have to be there for you. I want to be there for you!

    Lucas

    I know, Will, and I appreciate it, but I don't need it. It's gonna be tough, but I'm strong and I can handle all of this. Eugenia has Josh to raise, and you have Arianna to raise. You've got school to go to. You need to focus on that, not me.

    Will, frowning

    If that's what you want....I promise that I'll visit you as much as I can, though.

    Lucas, smiling

    That'll be great.

    Will

    So this is goodbye, I guess.

    Lucas

    Yeah, it is. It's really what is best. I just want you to know how much I love you; I know I've had a lot of problems over the years, but I've always loved you. And I'm so proud of the man you're becoming. I really am.

    Will

    Thanks, Dad. Thanks for everything...I love you, too. Words can't express how much that I do, and how much I appreciate everything. I'm gonna miss you.

    Lucas

    I'm gonna miss you too. Now get out of here; go make out with Destiny or something.

    Will actually manages to chuckle, and he waves at his father.

    Will

    Bye, Dad.

    A tear goes down Will's cheek as he turns to leave, and Lucas barely manages to hold back his own, as he watches his son leave. It then hits Lucas all that he will be missing; his son, his granddaughter, his family. He thinks back to all of the good times with every single one of them.

    Lucas

    I'm gonna miss Salem, definitely....but I'm ready to face what's to come. I'm gonna face prison head on.

    Lucas turns around, absolute and determined to strongly confront whatever was ahead of him in life.

    DiMera Mansion

    The Door bell rings at The Dimera mansion. Andre opens the door and greets Valentine by giving her a hug.

    Andre

    “You smell so sweet. Please come in.” Valentine enters the dreary mansion. Andre takes her coat and purse and hands it to the maid.

    Andre

    “Right this way.’ He says ushering her into the living room. The living room is decked out in romance. Classical music playing, white candles burning.

    Valentine

    “This is beautiful.”

    Andre

    “Only for the most beautiful lady in the world.”

    Valentine

    “You’re so sweet.” She says as she sits down at the table set for two.”

    Andre

    “I have the chef making something very special for us tonight.’ Andre tells her as he takes his seat. He pours them glasses of champagne and then holds his glass up to toast.

    Valentine

    "What shall we toast too?”

    Andre

    “To us and the down fall of your dreadful sister.”

    Valentine

    “Oh please Andre. Not tonight. I am tired of talking about my dear old sister.”

    Andre

    “What do you mean?’

    Valentine

    “My nephew Nicholas came and saw me earlier today grilling me about Vivian.”

    Andre

    “Well we are all worried about what are you going to do.”

    Valentine

    “I did not come here to talk about the war on Vivian.”

    Andre

    “Well I want to know what are you going to do to stop her. My entire well being is at stake here.”

    Valentine

    “Like I told Nicholas, I have things under control. Vivian is not going to win and that’s all there is to it and that’s I am saying.”

    Andre

    “But we are spouses. We are supposed to share these kind of things with each other.”

    Valentine

    “Sorry to inform you that I’m not sharing this... I am doing things my way and I will not reveal my trump card to no one.”

    Andre

    “You don’t trust me?”

    Valentine

    “When it comes to business I trust no one.”

    Andre

    “If we don’t have trust we don’t have anything. I think I am done here. You can see yourself out. Thanks for wasting our time.” Andre gets up and leaves the dinner table.

    Valentine

    “But we haven’t eaten yet and I’m hungry.”

    Andre ignores her and walks out the room.

    Valentine

    “Well ain’t this a fine how do you do. I am so sick of Vivian running my life. I can’t wait until she gets what’s coming to her so I can move on with my life.” The maid hands Valentine her purse and coat and she storms out the house slamming the door behind her.

    Back at University Hospital

    Inside John Black's hospital room, all is quiet; the man sits perfectly still, remaining catatonic after all of this time. The man sits there...the words that he has heard recently echo in his mind; all of the prayers of his family and friends. All of the visits that he had recieved from his children. The wheels begin to turn in John's head again as he focuses on the people around him that love him, and the people that he loves. Finally, after so much time of being in a catatonic state, his mouth moves.

    John

    M...

    John's right hand begins to slowly move, and minutes later, his left hand does as well! He begins to get a feel for the world around him once again, slowly but surely, as he regains control of his hands. He continues to try to speak.

    John

    M...Ma...Mar..

    A nurse passes by while John's hands slowly move back and forth, and he tries to speak. Her eyes go wide in shock and she rushes inside!

    Nurse

    Mr. Black, are you awake?!

    John continues to try to formulate words.

    John

    Mar...Marle....Marlena!

    Nurse, darting out of the room

    I need help! John Black has just woken up!

    John

    Marlena...

    Kiriakis Mansion

    Philip is now gone as the Kiriakis Mansion's fire is starting to spread; not too many inside the mansion have realized it yet. Vivian sits inside the living room, continuing to think about how she reigns over Salem and must make sure it stays that way, when the smoke alarms go off.

    Vivian

    What in the hell....

    Ivan rushes in.

    Ivan

    Madam! We have to get out of here; I don't know how it happened, but a huge fire has broken out on the other end of the mansion! The smoke alarms are just now picking it up, and the fire department should be on there way!

    Vivian, stunned

    Well, there isn't any time to waste! Let's get out of here!

    Ivan nods and take Vivian's hand, both immediately rushing out into the foyer and towards the front door.

    Ivan

    What about the staff? Henderson?

    Vivian

    Oh, let them fend for themselves! Hell, you're lucky I'm letting you escape with me, after how you betrayed me for Valentine all that time ago.

    Ivan and Vivian dart out into the front yard, and they quickly run as far as they can. Once a safe distance away, Vivian turns to look at her mansion. The fire is starting to engulf a good portion of it.

    Vivian

    How could this even happen?! I have a competent staff!

    Sirens are heard in the distance, and Vivian and Ivan see fire trucks drive onto the grounds of the Kiriakis Mansion. Fire fighters immediately emerge and start battling the flames; Vivian sees some of the staff darting out of the mansion, particularly Henderson.

    Vivian

    Henderson, you're alive.

    Henderson

    No thanks to you, Mrs. Kiriakis! Were you just going to leave all of us to die?!

    Vivian

    Well, no, but I had to save myself.

    Henderson

    Exactly! I have tried putting up with you and serving you since the day that Mr. Kiriakis died and left you in charge, but enough is enough! You didn't care whether any of us lived or not! You were just out to save yourself! Ever since the day you came to Salem, you've only cared about yourself. You've schemed, you've lied, you've killed...you are pure evil!

    Vivian

    Well, Henderson, I didn't know you had such courage.

    Henderson

    This fire is just the beginning, Mrs. Kiriakis! Your enemies are finally striking out against you, and I couldn't be happier!

    Henderson storms off, and Ivan watches him go.

    Ivan

    I suppose we'll take that as his resignation. That butler has always seemed a bit insane to me.

    Vivian

    In all of Henderson's madness, some truth is there. This is not good, Ivan. This fire was no accident; I have enemies all over Salem now. One of them tried to kill me.

    Vivian looks at her burnt mansion, obviously disturbed by the fact that someone was able to attack her so easily.

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    Episode 453: A Flaming Payback

    Written by: Tara Smith and ML Cooks

    Downtown Salem, Alamain Inc.

    Nicholas walks into Valentine’s executive office. Valentine, who was on the phone spins around in her swivel chair and smiles at him.

    Valentine

    “Ok thank you. I’ll be in touch” She says into the phone before hanging it up. She gets up and hugs her nephew.

    “What brings you by?”

    Nicholas

    “I think you should know. I want to know what are you planning to do about Vivian. Whose side are you on?”

    Valentine

    “I told you have a plan.”

    Nicholas

    “That’s what I’m here to find out. Why haven’t you told me about this so called plan?”

    Valentine

    “I just can’t Nicholas. But just know Vivian is going down very soon. Her time in Salem is limited.”

    Nicholas

    “We are family. I hope you don’t try to cut me out of Alamain…… I think I see what’s going on here.”

    Valentine

    “What do you mean?”

    Nicholas

    “You’re not including me in your plan because you’re going to take it all for yourself?”

    Valentine

    “I can’t believe you would think I would such a thing.”

    Nicholas

    “I didn’t think my Aunt Vivian could do the things she’s done but she has. You’re acting just like her.”

    Valentine

    “Nicholas I promise you I will not cut you out. I need a right hand to run Alamain once I get rid of Vivian. Things are not as they seem. This is very personal for me. It’s personal between my dear old sister. She raised the stakes. My freedom is at stake. I will not involve you with that. “

    Nicholas

    “Well let me help.”

    Valentine

    “I’ll pass. Like I said it’s personal. I will take care of Vivian myself. I have the trump card and as I said I am keeping my hand close to my chest as big as they are.”

    Nicholas

    “Ok, I’ll let it go. For now. But you better mean what you say. We are family and don’t you forget it.”

    Valentine

    “Family means a lot to me. I am not like Vivian. You’ll see that. I just need for you to trust me. I got things taken care of.”

    Nicholas

    “Good I can sleep better.”

    Valentine

    “Yes, it looks like you are not sleeping well. You look horrible. Why don’t you take Belle and go on a romantic getaway. I am sure you two could use something like that. In fact, it’s on me, my treat.”

    Nicholas

    “Belle and I are not seeing eye to eye right now. I’ll take a rain check on your offer. “He looks at his Rolex.

    “Look at the time I have to get going.” He gives his aunt a hug and leaves her office. Valentine walks over to her mini bar and pours her and drink. She holds up the glass and toasts to herself

    “To Vivian, your time is done.” She swallows her drink and has a gloating smile on her face as she sits back in her chair.

    Belle's Penthouse

    At Belle's Penthouse, which once belonged to her deceased mother Marlena, Belle is sitting on the couch, watching a news report about Vivian's upcoming ball. She starts thinking about Nicholas and their huge fight. Her thoughts our interrupted when she hears the door bell ring.

    Belle, jumping up

    Maybe that's him now. Maybe he's finally come to his senses and we can talk about this.

    Belle rushes to the door, anxious and hoping to see Nicholas on the other side, but is stunned when she opens it up and sees Philip! She stumbles backwards.

    Belle

    P...Philip....you should be in jail.

    Philip

    My family got me released. You don't have to be afraid; I'm not going to hurt you. I'm past what happened all that time ago.

    Belle

    I can't trust you, Philip. Not after all that you've done; you kidnapped me, you stalked me, and you get off just like that?!

    Philip

    I spent years in prison because of that, Belle. I've done my time, and I am over everything that happened. I'd never hurt you like I did. It was a time of weakness; you know me, you know what I'm really like. Remember the man that you were married to.

    Belle

    All that I remember is the man that acted without thinking! The husband that, instead of trying to calmly work things out, got angry and went insane! It feels like every man that I'm with is like that. Shawn, you, and now Nicholas!

    Philip, raising an eyebrow

    Nicholas? Who's Nicholas?

    Belle's eyes go wide as she realizes her slip-up.

    Belle

    You'd better go now, Philip; I don't want to see you, I don't want to talk to you, and I will call the police if you come near me.

    Philip

    Come on, Belle, we've known each other since high school. We were married for almost two years! Do you know how hard it was for me to find out that Claire wasn't mine? That you'd cheated on me with Shawn? My world came down around me and I just snapped. I'm better now.

    Philip flashes back to burning down the Kiriakis Mansion, but quickly pushes it out of his mind.

    Belle

    Then why are you here?! You and I were finished the minute you took me out of the loft that day!

    Philip

    If I want to start my life in salem with a clean slate, I needed to see you. You were an important part of my life, Belle, and I'll never forget you. I had to come and apologize for everything I did to you.

    Belle

    I don't even know what to say, Philip. This is so sudden, and so much is going on. Do you know what's happened in your time away?

    Philip

    Yeah. Your mom's dead and so is my dad. The woman who gave birth to me has taken over everything in Salem.

    Belle

    And I work for one of the businesses that she owns. My boyfriend left me, so I've got a lot on my mind right now. Please, Philip, just go. And don't come back.

    Belle slams the door in her ex-husband's face, and tears up afterwards; she feels as if everything in her life is closing in on her. In the doorway, Philip stands, silent as he wonders what his true feelings for Belle are.

    Salem University Hospital

    Lucas and Eugenia both sit in the waiting room, shortly after visiting Bentley. Eugenia sits in her fiancee's arms.

    Eugenia

    This has been so insane; I hope, with Greta gone, all of this can be over.

    Lucas

    Don't worry. I'll make sure that no one can interfere with our lives ever again; we can finally be happy now. We can be together now.

    Chris approaches the happy couple.

    Chris

    I wouldn't be so sure about that.

    Eugenia, sitting up

    Detective Reddins? What are you doing here?

    Chris

    We're very happy that your son pulled through, Mr. Roberts, but the police have investigated and you killed Princess Von Amberg in cold blood.

    Lucas

    I had every right to. The woman was terrorizing my family; she barged into my home. I had to stop her once and for all.

    Chris

    I'm sorry, but to the legal system, that doesn't make any difference. I have to arrest you.

    Eugenia

    What?! That's insane! What proof do you even have that it wasn't in self defense?! Greta shot Lucas!

    Chris

    We have a witness. Your wife, Jan Spears, came forward and gave us a detailed description. She said that you strangled Princess Von Amberg, and I bet that you could back that statement up, Miss Willens.

    Eugenia, enraged

    That bitch!

    Lucas, sighing as he stands up

    No, Eugenia, calm down. I've got to take responsibility for this; I did kill Greta because of what she did. I don't regret it, but I did kill her. I'm not going to be like Jan or Greta and run from the law. I'm a grown man.

    Eugenia

    Lucas, are you serious? This could destroy our family when it's barely even started.

    Lucas

    I don't have a choice, babe. I'm sorry. Just do these things for me: Tell my family, and get Bo and Hope Brady down here. They need to take Bentley before Jan does.

    Chris, taking out handcuffs

    Lucas Roberts, you are under arrest for the murder of Greta Von Amberg!

    Bo and Hope's House

    Bo and Hope are in the living room of their house, both purely silent, and the tension between them is thick.

    Bo

    Come on, Fancy Face, we've got to get through this. Talk to me.

    Hope

    So much is happening, Brady. I don't even know what to say at this point.

    Bo hears a knock on the door, and he heads to the door and opens it to see Megan!

    Bo

    Megan, what are you doing here?

    Megan, walking right in

    I came to see my new house, as I will be moving in once the paternity test proves that Bo DiMera is your son. Or we could always move to my Father's house, but there are so many other people there. This house only has one person that needs to be gotten rid of.

    Bo

    You're crazy. I don't know why or how you've held onto me all these years; all we had was a fling in highschool, but you're still after me.

    Megan

    You love me, Bo, I know it; oh, hello, Ugly Face.

    Hope just groans and stands up, rubbing her temples. She still can't believe this is happening.

    Bo

    Megan, the only thing that this test will prove is that you're a liar. You concocted this ridiculous scheme to get me back. I still don't even know how you did it.

    Megan

    Let me give you a play by play: I knew that while Hope was gone, I needed an edge to get you right back into my arms. So I brought back Jill Stevens to carry the baby and not throw anyone off. Who, I might add, also slept with your husband while you were in jail, Hope!

    Hope, whirling around, stunned and hurt

    You slept with Jill too?!! Damnit, Brady, damnit!

    Bo

    No, no, Hope....that was different. We were both drunk, and I didn't know that Jill was Megan's surrogate until just now!

    Hope

    I put it together after I saw Megan and Jill together in the park; I barely even remembered Jill, but it was our fight that caused her to die. I guess the baby was saved, though.

    Tears begin to roll down Hope's cheeks at this new revelation, and Megan takes joy in seeing her rival in so much pain.

    Megan

    See, Bo? She's weak...you need a strong woman.

    Bo

    So that's who's baby Jill was pregnant with. Yours and mine; you really are a bitch, Megan. After this, I don't want to ever see you again! You're the spitting image of your father.

    Megan

    And I couldn't be prouder.

    The phone rings, and Bo sighs, before answering it.

    Lexie

    Bo, it's Lexie. The paternity test results are in, so I need you, Hope, and Megan to get down to the hospital ASAP. And there's something else, too.

    Bo

    Megan's here with us. We'll be right there.

    Bo hangs up the phone, and looks at the two women before him.

    Bo

    We need to get to the hospital; the paternity test results are in.

    Megan grins and quickly darts out of the house, and Hope wipes her eyes and just gives Bo a hard stare, before walking out as well. Bo follows her, concerned and worried at how his marriage is bursting apart at the seams....

    Salem Jail

    Mike, Maggie, and Julie all walk into the local jail, intent on meeting with Laura and telling her about the news regarding the hospital.

    Julie

    I am still mad about this. I refuse to sit back and let a gold digging woman who has tricked people, buried a woman alive, schemed her way into carrying Victor and Kate's baby, has tried to kill people countless times, and Lord knows what else take our hospital away from us!

    Mike

    I know, Aunt Julie, and she's not going to get away with this. This isn't even about just us. Its also about Grandpa Tom and Gran. They were the ones that started our family's involvement in the hospital. This is a disgrace to their legacy. We all need to unite as a family and stand up to Vivian Alamain.

    Maggie

    Yes, you both are right, but should we really tell Laura about this now? She already has so much going on with Robin and I am worried that she's so fragile right now, that anything else would push her to the brink...

    Mike

    My mother is stronger than most people think. I do not believe that she is going insane at all. As much as I hate to speak this way about the mother of my son, this is all just a ploy by Robin. Mom is stable and has been for years...she can take this.

    Maggie

    You're right, Mike. She would find out eventually anyways.

    Mike, Julie, and Maggie all then walk up to Laura's cell, and Laura's face lights up at seeing them.

    Laura

    Michael...Maggie...Julie. I'm so happy to see you...I get so lonely in here. Do you have any news about my case? Have you finally found a way to stop that bitch?

    Mike, sighing

    I'm afraid not, Mom. We've recieved some bad news.

    Laura

    Bad news? What has Robin done now?

    Julie

    This isn't about Robin, dear...Mike and Maggie recieved some news about the hospital.

    Laura, confused

    The hospital? Whats going on at the hospital? Is everything alright?

    Maggie

    Unfortunately, no...it has to do with Vivian Alamain.

    Laura

    Vivian?! I know her well. That woman is nothing but trouble.

    Mike

    I've just begun to realize that myself...Vivian called an emergency board meeting at the hospital, and revealed that she now owns more interest than anyone else...meaning that she controls it now.

    Laura, stunned beyond words

    WHAT?! How could that happen?!

    Mike

    I-I don't know, she worked fast and did all this before anyone could find out...to make it worse, she fired me and removed the Hortons from the hospital entirely.

    Laura then goes into a rage, slamming her hands on the bars.

    Laura

    That bitch! How could she do this?! The Hortons haven't done anything to her! I know that she's pulled alot of things, especially when it comes to her rivals like Kate or getting what she wants, but I never thought she could yank a hospital away from an innocent family!

    Laura immediately grabs a spare piece of paper and a pen, and begins writing.

    Mike

    Mom, what are you doing?

    Laura

    I'm going to give Vivian a little message!

    Maggie

    Oh, Laura, there's no need for that...nothing will get done by lashing out at her.

    Laura writes quickly, ignoring her family, and within minutes is finished. She walks back over to the bars.

    Laura

    I'm sorry, but I am not going to keep quiet about this, and out of all of us, I know Vivian the best. I still remember being with her at Bayview Sanitarium and how she used me to go after Kate, and how she helped Kristen in that entire baby scheme. Its only right that I send her my thoughts on this...guard, oh guard! I need a letter sent out ASAP! For delivery today! The fastest way possible!

    A guard comes over, nodding, and takes the letter.

    Mike

    Mom, you really didn't have to do that.

    Laura

    No, Michael, I did. Its bad enough that I can't go to the Kiriakis Mansion myself and confront her, but I am not going to keep quiet. I am tired of people taking myself and this family for fools. I am going to fight Robin and get these charges dropped, and then I am going after Vivian.

    Suddenly, before the conversation can continue, April walks in.

    April

    Well it seems everyone's here. Good.

    Mike

    April. I'm so glad to see you...this past day hasn't been pleasant.

    Mike walks over to April and kisses her.

    April, smiling at the kiss

    Why not?

    Mike

    I'll tell you about it later.

    Julie

    Do you have some news, April?

    Laura

    I hope so, because now I need to get out of here even quicker than I thought!

    April

    Well, I have a trial date. April 11th.

    Laura

    Good! Thats soon! That means that once I finally clear my name, I'll be free.

    April

    I am going to do the best I can, Mrs. Horton.

    Maggie

    I just can't believe that all of this has happened at the same time...its awful. We need the Hortons to stand together now more than ever and most of them aren't even in Salem!

    Man

    Well, now one more is.

    Everyone turns in complete astonishment as they see Bill Horton(Jerry Ver Dorn) standing before them!

    Laura

    BILL?!

    Bill

    Thats right...I'm back.

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    Episode#452: War on Vivian

    Written by: Tara Smith

    Hotel

    Justin and the newly released Philip walk into the entrance of a hotel.

    Justin

    Since Vivian rules the Kiriakis Mansion with an iron hand now, we can check into this hotel until we get it back.

    Philip

    I still can't believe this. My father trusted you to be able to help him lead his empire in my absence, and take it over once he was gone, yet you let Vivian weasel her way into marrying him on his deathbed and taking our home from us.

    Justin

    I couldn't stop her. You act like I have a magic wand, when I don't. By the time I actually found out about Vivian's scheme, it was too late.

    Philip

    I doubt it...but, lets forget about that and just check in. It will be great to sleep on a comfortable bed. I'm assuming that we'll see Adrienne soon too?

    Justin, hesitating

    Actually, no. Adrienne and I are still married, but she doesn't live in Salem.

    Philip

    What kind of Kiriakis are you? You can't fight some pathetic lunatic, and you are perfectly content with your wife off in another city. The only good move you made was getting me out of prison.

    Justin, growing irritated

    You are one to talk, Philip. You kidnapped your ex-wife and held her captive, and then you stalked her for months. You know what, forget it, I am not going to fight with you. We have to stand together if we want to get Titan back. Lets just get some hotel rooms.

    Justin walks up to the front desk, and hands the receptionist his credit card.

    Justin

    Two hotel rooms please.

    The receptionist takes his card, but after a moment, she gives it back to him.

    Justin

    Is there a problem?

    Receptionist

    I'm sorry, sir, but it seems that this credit card no longer works.

    Justin

    Thats impossible. I'm Justin Kiriakis.

    The receptionist checks a few things, but then shakes her head.

    Receptionist

    It seems that your assets have been frozen.

    Justin, jaw dropping

    You must be joking.

    Philip, stepping forward

    I'm Philip Kiriakis, the son of Victor Kiriakis. I am sure I have some funds in my accounts that will suffice?

    The receptionist once again checks.

    Receptionist

    I am sorry, your assets have been frozen as well.

    Philip

    Surely you must be mistaken. There is no way in hell that both of our assets our frozen.

    Receptionist

    I am sorry, sir, thats just what I see.

    Justin, walking away in a rage

    Damn that bitch...

    Philip, following

    Obviously, Vivian did this. She's taken my father's fortune all for herself. Thats it, no more of this. This sham about Vivian ruling Salem is going to end.

    Justin

    I'm not going to let her win...she's gone too far.

    Philip

    Enough talk, thats the problem with you. All talk. I am going to take action.

    Philip storms out, leaving Justin to wonder what his cousin is going to do...

    Kiriakis Mansion

    Vivian sits very happily in the living room of the Kirakis Mansion, having herself a drink.

    Vivian

    Ah...such victory...it is so good to be me. However, it seems that quite a few of my dear neighbors in Salem aren't pleased with my recent decisions...but I'll take care of them. I already have Kristen taken care of, lets see who's next...

    Vivian thinks for a moment, going over all of her enemies.

    Vivian

    Lets start with Kristen's sister: Lexie. Poor Lexie has been through alot, and I tried to make up for it by giving her that COS position...however, she still doesn't seem quite happy. I know she never approved of my marriage to her father, and she's trying to be a goody goody now...she may try to stop me. I just need to figure out some way to keep her from even attempting anything...

    Vivian continues to think, pondering what she could do to Lexie.

    Vivian

    There isn't really anything to blackmail her with...not that I know of, anyway. She really doesn't have anything going on in her life...damn, she sure is boring for a DiMera.

    Suddenly, an idea pops into Vivian's head.

    Vivian

    Thats it! Lexie doesn't have anything going on in her life...she's just raising her son, she's single...so she needs a man. I actually don't think she's even had a man since Abe or that Tek, which both ended years ago...she needs someone to distract her, to whisk her off her feet! But who in this town would be interested in our dear Alexandra? Abe obviously hates her, she killed her lover, I think Abe's son that she liked is with Carrie...

    Vivian continues thinking.

    Vivian

    There has to be someone out there! Wait...I remember...years ago...Abe had a brother that was in town that she almost had a little thing with...Jonah Carver!

    Vivian laughs as she sips the last of her drink, figuring out a way to distract Lexie.

    Vivian

    I guess its time to bring Jonah back to Salem, then!

    Then, Ivan walks in.

    Ivan

    Madame, a letter has arrived.

    Vivian

    Oh? This should be interesting.

    Ivan hands her the letter and leaves, and Vivian laughs when she sees who its from.

    Vivian

    Laura Horton? Oh, this WILL be interesting!

    DiMera Mansion

    Lexie and Andre walk into the living room of the DiMera Mansion, where Kristen waits.

    Andre

    Well, I'm assuming that you called this meeting because of Vivian, Kristen?

    Kristen, nodding

    Yes...we need to do something about her. She's going too far...she's taken over all of the large businesses in Salem and pretty much thinks she rules the town, and I'm not going to let her continue on like this.

    Andre

    I agree...the woman sickens me. We cannot let her ruin the DiMera name.

    Kristen

    Not that the fact that you are married to Valentine is any better, but Vivian is the bigger fish right now.

    Andre

    Do not criticize my marriage, Kristen. Its not like you have the best track record.

    Lexie

    Please, no fighting. There's enough going on as it is, and Vivian's made another...business acquisition.

    Andre

    Oh what now? What is there left for her to own?

    Lexie

    She apparently bought controlling interest in Salem University Hospital...

    Kristen, jaw dropping

    What? Don't the Hortons own the hospital?

    Lexie

    They did...but now, Vivian does, and she threw them out.

    Kristen

    She threw the HORTON family, the most honorable and well known family in Salem, out of their own hospital?! Mike is Chief of Staff...who is going to replace him?

    Lexie

    Well, you see...thats the other part of this. She installed me as interim COS.

    Andre, raising an eyebrow

    Thats odd. What the hell is Vivian playing at?

    Lexie

    I don't know, but I don't think she cares who she hurts and how. She has basically taken over every part of Salem.

    Andre

    She's almost getting more insane than me, you could say...I honestly thought Vivian was only interested in businesses like DiMera, Titan, Alamain...but the hospital. She is on a quest for domination. Whats next? The Brady Pub?

    Kristen

    How did Mike take this?

    Lexie

    Not good...he and Maggie were both there, and after that, I don't think there is going to be any doubt that Mike's as much of a family man as we are. He was enraged and got into a huge fight with Vivian...Maggie wasn't too excited about me being COS, either.

    Andre

    Ah, well, the fact that she is engaged to Abraham Carver perfectly explains that...but, Lexie, at least you have your old position back.

    Lexie

    I didn't want it back this way. Hell, it was such a circus when I was COS, I don't think I really ever thought of getting it back...Mike was gracious enough to let me back on the staff there after all I did, I never wanted to replace him. Especially not like this.

    Kristen, nodding

    I understand...we have to stop Vivian. I refuse to let the bitch sink her claws into every single person in Salem like this.

    Lexie

    But how can we stop her?

    Kristen

    Well...I do have a secret, or something on her, I should say...but I'd rather keep that to myself for now. Everything has to be certain before I unleash it, but it'll blow her out of the water, and this time, she'll never get back in.

    Andre

    You better not be blowing smoke about this. We need a sure-fire way to get rid of her.

    Kristen

    Don't worry, this is it. I promise you.

    Andre stands up to leave as the short, but critical, meeting comes to an end...as he heads out to the foyer, he continues to wonder what Vivian is up to.

    Andre

    I better speak with my dear wife about this unexpected turn of events...

    With that, Andre leaves.

    Back at the Kiriakis Mansion

    Vivian slowly opens the letter from Laura, anxious to see what she has to say. She begins to read it aloud.

    Vivian

    Dear Vivian, I know what you've done, and you won't get away with it. Ever since the day you came to Salem, you have walked all over everyone you've met and it stops with my son. You won't get away with taking the hospital away from an honorable family like mine, and a great doctor like my son. You've crossed the wrong woman this time, Vivian Alamain, and when I get out of jail I am coming for you.

    Vivian sets the letter down, and sighs.

    Vivian

    And after all I've done for that Laura, she has the nerve to send me a nasty letter like this. She practically threatened my life! Does she not understand good business? Well, I suppose she wouldn't, she is a basket case after all.

    Ivan re-enters the room after hearing Vivian's complaints.

    Ivan

    Is everything alright, madam?

    Vivian

    No, Ivan, it isn't. My dear old friend Laura, who I helped out of that mental asylum, sent me an awful letter. She just about threatened my life, and I'm not having it; I got her out of Bayview, and I can send her back in just as fast!

    Ivan, raising an eyebrow

    How, Madam?

    Vivian

    Oh, my dear Ivan, it is simple. This woman is currently in jail, about to face charges of insanity. Charges, that might I add, her almost-daughter-in-law pressed against her. I can simply make everyone believe that she has indeed gone insane and send her away for good! However, all of this is rather alarming.

    Ivan

    Why is that?

    Vivian

    Well, you see, the Hortons haven't been as...easy to run over as I thought they would be. I have nothing against them, but they are a little stronger than I thought. I didn't expect this much of an outrage over taking over the hospital. I need something to keep them busy, keep them distracted...

    Vivian pauses, thinking for a moment, before speaking again.

    Vivian

    Ah, that's it!

    Vivian rushes over to the phone, picking it up and immediately dialing a number.

    Vivian

    Operator? Get me Robin Jacobs' number, please.

    Salem University Hospital

    Jan, Lucas, and Eugenia all anxiously stand in the waiting room, awaiting the results on Bentley's surgey; they all are in disbelief. A young toddler was shot earlier that evening right in front of their eyes; a toddler that they all know and love.

    Eugenia

    Lucas, baby, how's your arm?

    Lucas

    It's fine; they got it all patched up. Greta didn't hit anything major.

    Jan, scoffing

    What a pity.

    Lucas

    Jan, can you tone down on the insults, just for once?! Bentley, a toddler, is fighting for his life in there and all you can do is roll your eyes at us.

    Jan

    Because this is your fault to begin with, Lucas! If you hadn't taken Bentley from me in the first place, none of this would've even happened.

    Lucas

    I had to take him! Bentley's been like a son to me since the day he was born; I helped you give birth to him in that elevator. I couldn't let a psycho like you raise him, and if I hadn't taken him, Greta probably would've killed you and who knows what she would've done to him.

    Eugenia, stepping in between the two

    Okay, everybody, let's calm down. We have bigger things to-

    Jan

    Stay out of this, Eugenia! You have no say here! You shouldn't even be here! You wrecked my engagement, you wrecked my wedding, you've wrecked my life! Go the hell away!

    Eugenia, offended

    Excuse me? I've wrecked your life? You were the one that stole my baby from me!

    Jan

    I didn't, Greta did!

    Eugenia

    But you were the one who barged into the Church, ruining my wedding, and telling everyone that Josh was your son with Lucas! You let me think that my precious son was dead for months, just so you could keep Lucas! If you had just been honest from the beginning, none of this would've ever happened.

    Jan

    I've lost two children! Not just one, but two! Neither of you knows what that feels like! And so I have one baby, one miracle, that I refuse to let die! I won't lose him to death, and I sure as hell won't lose him to either one of you!

    Just as Jan makes that declaration, Dr. Phyliss Stansville approaches.

    Dr. Stansville

    Luckily you won't have to worry about that, Mrs. Roberts.

    Lucas

    It's Ms. Spears. Trust me.

    Jan

    Does that mean what I think it means? Bentley survived?

    Dr. Stansville

    He is very fortunate. For a toddler his age, that could've been fatal, but we were able to remove the bullet and patch his wound up with minimal blood loss. It may take some years off of his life later, but for now, everything is alright. You'll be able to see him soon.

    Lucas, relieved

    This is amazing. Thanks, Dr. Stansville, thanks so much!

    Dr. Stansville smiles and walks away, and all three breathe a sigh of relief.

    Eugenia

    This is another miracle. We've been blessed with too many lately.

    Jan

    You and I can agree on that first part; this is a miracle, and soon I can take my son home.

    Lucas

    Whoa, Jan. I'll let you see Bentley in a little while because of what happened, but I still can't let you take him. You're no Greta, but you can't raise a child.

    Jan, enraged

    WHAT?! You bastard; after all of this, after everything that has happened and everything that I've said over the past day, you still won't let me have my son?! A son who really isn't your son?! That's it, I've had enough of both of you. I loved you at one point, Lucas, but no more; you and your whore won't get away with this.

    Jan storms away from the two as Lucas and Eugenia watch.

    Eugenia

    She really is insane, isn't she?

    Lucas, putting an arm around Eugenia

    Yeah, she is. That's why I can't let her raise Bentley.

    Eugenia

    I agree; you can annull your marriage to Jan and get custody of Bentley. Then she can be out of the picture and we can all be a family.

    Lucas and Eugenia kiss, hoping to make this true in no time.

    Down the hall, Jan scowls as she thinks about the happy couple.

    Jan

    They're both such idiots; they think they have it so great? Well, I don't think so. I'm going to blow them right out of the water; there has to be something out there that can ruin them once and for all. Eugenia's such a bitch, and I'd love to get the last laugh over her. It'd also be fun to see Lucas lose her amazing ass. Maybe there's something that I can find. I'm not stopping, no matter what; my son will leave this hospital in my arms.

    Determined, Jan walks off.

    Back at the Kiriakis Mansion

    Vivian is having a nice drink, pondering on how many enemies that she has to take care of, as Henderson enters, with Robin behind him.

    Vivian, smiling

    Ah, thank you, Henderson, for letting Dr. Jacobs in. You can go mop the butler's pantry or something, now.

    Henderson just rolls his eyes, and leaves. Robin stares at Vivian suspiciously.

    Robin

    You know, I've heard of you from a lot of people, especially over the past few days, but I don't think I've ever met you. Why would you want to see me?

    Vivian

    Ah, excellent, Robin. It is very good to see you back on your feet; it means you are ready for what I have in store for you. Let's cut to the chase, shall we? I know you are framing Laura Horton for trying to kill you.

    Robin, suddenly enraged

    Excuse me? Laura tried to kill me three times.

    Vivian, laughing even louder

    Oh, dear, please. I have set a few people up in my day; I know how it goes. The simple look on your face tells me that you are a liar. Your games may work on the Hortons, since they are just middle-class, happy go lucky people. However, I am a woman of a more upper class; the dame of Salem. You are dealing with the big leagues now, darling, so you cannot fool me with any of that nonsense. However, do not fear, I will not expose you.

    Robin

    You never answered my question: Why did you bring me here? To call me a liar?

    Vivian

    No, not at all. I am sure you know that I just took Salem University Hospital from the Hortons, and fired the chief-of-staff, who is also your ex-fiancee. Today, I got a rude letter from his mother, who we both know is currently behind bars. She threatened me, and I cannot have her trying to interfere; I want her committed to a mental institution again. You must make sure of that.

    Robin, stunned by all of this

    Uhh, well....I was intending on that anyway.

    Vivian

    I need you to keep a close eye over all of the Hortons; you live with half of them, so it shouldn't be too hard. Sabatoge them. Bring that family to the ground.

    Robin

    You want me to sabatoge the entire Horton family? Are you insane? They are good people. The only reason that I am doing this to Laura is because she was going to step in the way of my son's happiness; she was trying to let some whore back into his life that should never have been there in the first place. My son means the world to me, and I can't let that happen to him.

    Vivian

    Touching, but the fact remains: You have connections to all of the Hortons. Make sure they do not get in my way, especially Laura. If she goes down for this, it will bring all of them down. It'll keep them occupied for a time. If you succeed, I will pay you a substantial amount.

    Robin, sighing

    Fine; it's not like this is any change for me. But you must be a real, heartless bitch to be torturing a good family for no valid reason. Why are you doing this? Just so you can have more power over this town? That's petty. At least I am doing this out of love.

    Vivian, shaking her head and chuckling

    Robin, you must be new to all of this; such a naive viewpoint. If anyone is petty, I'd say it's you; you are torturing the family already. I'd say it is more than just love for your son; are you a scorned woman? Watching your ex-fiancee run around with the likes of Carrie Brady and Alexis Kefer is a little too hurtful? Come now, be honest.

    Robin, scowling

    That's not true. I think we're done here.

    Vivian

    Oh yes, we are. But remember what I said, and make sure that the Hortons don't screw anything up for me. I want Laura Horton locked up in a padded room, and you'd best not fail.

    Robin

    Oh, don't worry, I won't.

    Robin just shakes her head at Vivian and her schemes, before walking out. She heads out onto the Kiriakis doorsteps.

    Robin

    That bitch is lucky that I hate Laura and that I was already doing this, or else she'd get nothing from me.

    Robin then leaves, and right as she walks away from the mansion grounds, Philip emerges from a bush, with a gasoline canister in hand!

    Philip

    This is my childhood home...but it already burnt down once. No true Kiriakis lives here anymore; the closest man to that is Henderson, and I'm sure he feels trapped. Anyone else is just Vivian and her servants. I'm going to end her fun-time in my father's house right now.

    Philip begins to pour the gasoline all across the exterior of the huge mansion, making sure he doesn't get seen by any security; after emptying all of his cans of gas and making sure that the exterior of the mansion is covered in it, he takes out a match.

    Philip

    Sorry about this, Dad...but it's for you.

    That said, Philip lights the match and throws it on the gasoline; a fire immediately erupts. Philip watches as the Kiriakis Mansion starts to go up in flames!

    Salem University Hospital

    Inside the boardroom, Mike and Lexie sit as they wait for this sudden board meeting to begin.

    Lexie

    Mike, do you have any idea what this is about?

    Mike

    Honestly, Lexie, I don't know...I just know that it has something to do with Vivian Alamain. I don't know what she wants, but it seems we have no choice but to hear her out.

    Lexie

    Watch out for her, Mike. Vivian's a scheming bitch. Pardon my language, but its true...she weasled her way into the DiMera family and my father's life while he was still alive. Then she somehow made her way into the Kiriakis family while Victor was on his deathbed. She threw all of the Alamains, her own family, out of their own company. I'm just saying that Vivian's a very unstable woman, I've seen it all first hand.

    Mike

    I've heard of Vivian's crimes. However, I am sure that this meeting is something pointless. I think I heard that she bought some interest in the hospital recently, she probably just has some proposals.

    Maggie then enters, walking up to Mike and hugging him.

    Mike

    Aunt Maggie, I didn't think you were coming.

    Maggie

    Well this is my family's hospital, and I am one of the only Hortons left to still come. I would never miss out on a board meeting...Mickey, Tom, and Alice would all want me to be here.

    Maggie glances at Lexie, and Lexie sighs as it reminds her of Abe having a stroke after their intense custody battle all that time ago. Maggie just takes her seat. Vivian then enters.

    Vivian

    Ah, hello, everyone! So glad you all could make it! I'm not going to bother introducing myself since you would have to live in a hole to not know who I am.

    Mike, groaning

    What do you want, Mrs. DiMera? Or wait, is it Kiriakis now?

    Vivian

    Whatever you prefer...but don't mock me and my personal life, Dr. Horton. You may be very interested in what I have to say.

    Mike

    Listen, Vivian, no offense, but we have patients to attend to. People are struggling with illnesses and nearly dying everyday, and we need to hurry through this thing.

    Vivian

    Alright, if you insist...well, let me say that I am a bit concerned about how this hospital is being ran.

    Maggie

    What do you mean? Mike has the best handle on everything.

    Vivian

    Well, you see...over these past couple of years in Salem, since Mike has been back, I've noticed that people just don't stop dying.

    Mike

    Excuse me?

    Vivian

    Oh don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about, Mike! People have been dying like its the hottest thing around here...and most of the time, they come here for help. But you can never save their lives...thats not a good doctor. This is the only hospital in Salem, and its time that we stop all this death...its time that we do what Salem University Hospital is dedicated to doing: Saving lives!

    Mike

    I'll have you know that my staff and I do a just fine job of saving lives.

    Vivian

    Oh really? Mike, half the people that you and I know have died in the past year! Your ex-wife had a minor injury, but she's still been practically helpless for nearly a year because you couldn't be fast enough!

    Mike

    Excuse me?! Thats none of your business.

    Vivian

    If you ran this hospital better, maybe Peter would still be alive. Maybe Victor would still be alive. Greta Von Amberg was able to pull off a baby switch in this hospital without your knowledge! Admit it: You are worthless!

    Lexie

    What is the point here, Vivian?

    Vivian

    My point is is that Mike Horton, you are fired!

    Mike

    What?! You can't do that!

    Vivian

    Oh, I can...in fact, what I came to tell you is that I have bought so much interest in this hospital...I own it now!

    Maggie

    What?! Thats impossible!

    Vivian

    Maggie, dear, I am Vivian Alamain Kiriakis Jones DiMera DiMera Kiriakis. Nothing is impossible. Have you not heard how much of Salem I own?

    Mike, standing up in anger

    This is outrageous! This hospital has been in the Horton family for years...for generations! My grandfather himself was the one that started the Horton wing here years ago...I came back here two years ago to continue the tradition, and we have ran this hospital the best we could. I will not stand for this.

    Vivian

    Oh well you don't have to. Please, take your exit.

    Maggie

    I understood why you went after your own family...I didn't like it, but I knew that you wanted revenge. I understood why you infiltrated the DiMera and Kiriakis families, even though I hated it...but what have the Hortons done to you? Why are you taking this hospital from us?

    Vivian

    Well, Maggie, its nothing personal...its just that I own nearly all of the big businesses in Salem...I own two of the best mansions in town and am in charge of three of the richest families...but there was something missing. I had managed to save all of these businesses and I am merging them all into one, but I needed to do something more...if I could salvage the mess that Forrest made Alamain and the mess that Kate made Basic Black...not to mention the unstable states of Titan and DiMera..why couldn't I salvage the hospital?

    Mike, still fuming

    This hospital is just fine damnit. I know that I am not the best doctor, I have my mistakes, but at least I am not corrupt. I do the best I can...the Horton family isn't like all those families that you have messed with in the corporate world. We're a family that doesn't scheme like you all do, we try to stand for whats right, and thats what we try to do here. We're not in it for the money like you and your friends do.

    Vivian

    But see, Mike, thats the problem: You Hortons don't get business. You all came from lower class...Mickey was a good lawyer, but still, none of you can live in a world like this. You can't handle everything like I can. So thats why I bought the hospital...so I could run everything properly. This is a recession, its not the time for jolly families that live in la la land to run a place where people should be saved. You claim to be good...well, Mike, I've lost two husbands in the past year. One of them was here under your care, but you couldn't save him, could you?

    Mike

    You evil bitch. How can you be so cruel?

    Vivian

    I don't have time to listen to this. The bottom line is: Mike, you are hereby relieved of your duties as Chief of Staff. You will no longer be working at MY hospital in any capacity. Have your office cleared out by the end of the day. Maggie, go back to your farm or something, because you're out too.

    Mike

    You won't get away with this. I am not one to ever wage war, but this is a different story. I can't let this happen. And I am one of the few doctors in this hospital that is skilled enough to be Chief of Staff...who will replace me?

    Vivian

    Dr. Lexie Carver would be just fine!

    Lexie, standing up in shock

    I remained silent during all of this but...what?! Are you serious?!

    Vivian

    You are an excellent doctor, Lexie. You were Chief of Staff for years before Mike came back.

    Lexie

    Vivian, I am flattered, but I-I...I'm not sure how I feel about what you're doing...

    Maggie, standing up herself

    Lexie?! Lexie?! You fire my nephew...the best damn doctor you will find in Salem...and you replace him with Lexie?! Now listen, I am understanding and everything, and I want to assure you that I am not trying to get into another fight with Lexie...but do you know what this woman did? She took part in that awful baby switch with Zack and JT years ago! She killed her lover and covered it up...she let Abe go down for the crime! It took Sami Brady of all people to free him...she's sided with Stefano on numerous occassions with his crimes. I am still sure that she used her DiMera power to get custody of her son and snatch him away from his loving father, and it caused him to have a stroke! Thats who you want as your Chief of Staff?!

    Lexie

    Maggie...Maggie...please. I know I've done some bad things, but I don't want to bring that stuff out here...I have really tried hard to change. The thing with Isaac and JT was so many years ago...and everything with Tek was an accident that just led to one thing after another that I was forced to go along with, and I love my son. I love him with all my heart, and I never ever wanted Abe to have that stroke...please don't insult me. I am going to try to be peaceful but I don't want to fight with you all over again.

    Vivian

    Maggie, that all is personal...it has nothing to do with her doctor skills. Not to mention, she is only an acting interim for now.

    Maggie

    A good doctor?! She signed nearly ten people's death certificates when they weren't really dead, including mine!

    Vivian

    That was such a long time ago and the situation was manipulated beyond her control. She has an excellent track record!

    Mike

    Lexie is a good doctor, I'm not denying this...but you can't do this to me, to us! I'm sorry, but if you think removing the Horton family will somehow improve this hospital...

    Vivian

    Alright, I can see that you obviously aren't happy about this...but unfortunately, as a respected business woman, I can no longer listen to this. Get out.

    Mike, clenching his fists

    I will NOT get out!

    Vivian

    I could always call security...they do listen to me now.

    Maggie, putting a hand on Mike's shoulder

    Come on, Mike...don't ruin your dignity. We need to go and calm down.

    Mike

    You haven't heard the last of me.

    Mike and Maggie then leave.

    Lexie, walking out

    I can't believe this...

    Vivian, smiling as she sits down at the table

    Well...check and mate, I suppose! Yet another part of Salem is now under the control of Vivian Alamain!

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    Episode#451: Ding Dong the Rabied Bitch Is Dead!

    Written by: Tara Smith

    Hotel, Lucas and Eugenia's Suite

    Greta's body, deprived of air, slumps down to the ground, as the psycho is dead. Bentley screams out after being shot, and Jan shrieks herself as she constantly holds him. Eugenia looks in shock at Lucas, who just killed Greta.

    Eugenia

    Lucas...Lucas...you just killed Greta!

    Lucas, in a rage

    Can you blame me!? She just shot Bentley! An innocent child...Greta's tormented everyone, but she's gone too far this time! She was going to kill us all! What did you expect me to do?! I think it had to end this way.

    Jan

    WHO CARES ABOUT THAT RABIED BITCH?! MY SON HAS BEEN SHOT! MY TWO YEAR OLD HAS BEEN SHOT! CALL 911 YOU IDIOTS!

    Eugenia

    Jan's right. I'll call them immediately.

    Eugenia quickly calls 911, still holding Josh, as Lucas rushes to his side.

    Lucas

    I can't believe this...I can't believe Greta did this...I'm not going to let him die. I won't...we need those ambulances now!

    Jan, crying

    If you didn't try to take him from me, this would've never happened! Bentley was a miracle child for me...my one child with Shawn, the one child that I had that is still alive! I'm going to save you, baby, I won't let that psycho win! Damnit Eugenia where are the paramedics?!

    Eugenia, rushing forward

    They are on their way!

    As everyone horrifiedly watches over Bentley, refusing to let the precious child go, and Eugenia tries to calm her own son, Nicole finally wakes up.

    Nicole, looking around

    What the...what the hell? Where am I? My head is pounding...

    Jan

    Who cares about you, my son has been SHOT by your psycho rival?

    Nicole

    Jan? Lucas? Eugenia? Oh yeah, I was going to....wait...

    Nicole looks at Greta's body, and her face immediately fills with anger.

    Nicole

    Greta! That bitch that killed my husband! She attacked me...I....think...

    Eugenia, turning away from Lucas and Jan

    You two stay with Bentley, I'll explain everything to Nicole. Nicole, Greta came here to kill us all, specifically you and Jan. She shot Lucas and held me and Jan at gunpoint with our suns...she knocked you out right when you got here and then shot Bentley...Lucas then got so mad that he killed her.

    Nicole, staring at Bentley in shock and horror

    He did the world a favor. If he hadn't, I would have myself. I know she killed Travis, and she was heading that way with those rabies. Finally, Greta's reign of terror is over...ding dong she's dead. I can be free of her.

    The paramedics then burst in.

    Jan

    About time you all got here! My son's been shot, he needs to go to the hospital now!!!

    Nicole

    Yeah, and you need to get that psycho's corpse out of here too. I'm sick of looking at it.

    Jan and Lucas watch with extremely worried looks as the paramedics quickly tend to Bentley and get him out of there, as well as take Greta's body.

    Jan

    I'm going to the hospital. I need to be with my son.

    Lucas has tears in his eyes as Jan leaves. He can barely keep it together.

    Lucas

    I loved Bentley like my own son...I never knew Greta could go this far. I'm going to the hospital, too. I've helped raise him and I want to be there.

    Eugenia

    I'll be right behind you, Lucas...I loved Bentley too. We don't have anytime to waste.

    Lucas and Eugenia leave, as Nicole looks around the ravaged hotel suite.

    Nicole

    Greta...you really are one evil bitch. I always hated you, but you actually used to be nice...then, you kidnapped Jan and me, switched babies, shot me, put a woman into a coma, and you killed my husband...I thought that was the worst...but then you were so soulless to shoot a baby. Not even I am that heartless. Its a good thing that you are dead.

    With that, Nicole herself leaves.

    Horton House

    Hope and Julie are at the Horton House, the place where the Horton legacy began. They sit in the kitchen, and Hope looks around, remembering Alice.

    Hope

    I miss Gran so much...its still so weird without her around.

    Julie

    I know, Hope, I know...but Alice is still alive in our hearts forever and ever. She's watching down on us...and she's overjoyed that you are happy with your girls.

    Hope hesitates for a moment.

    Julie, sighing

    Hope...whats wrong? I knew that not all was well with you...is it Bo? I know things haven't been the greatest since you got out of prison and got back together...

    Hope

    Yes...I don't know...I love Bo, but I feel like I can't trust him. Bo has always been a trust worthy man, but ever since we reconciled...things still haven't been the same. He's distant.

    Julie

    I know things haven't been the best, and I know that you were a little concerned after he got so close to Kristen while we were in prison...but I thought things were getting better.

    Hope

    Well, Julie...something new has come up. It actually doesn't involve Kristen.

    Julie

    Oh really? And what is that?

    Hope

    Megan DiMera is claiming to have had his son.

    Julie

    WHAT?!

    Hope

    She came up to our doorstep with this infant in her arms and said that he was Bo's! We're having a paternity test run now.

    Julie

    Hope, Bo has known for some time that Megan is a psycho. They were only together in highschool years ago...why would he sleep with her? How would he sleep with her?

    Hope

    This is where it gets complicated...

    Julie

    I'm Julie Olson Williams. Complication is nothing, dear.

    Hope

    We were in prison...and apparently, Megan was really eager to go after Bo...so she drugged him one night, and dressed up as me, or some weird scheme. She managed to get pregnant with his baby after that.

    Julie

    This is ridiculous. Not like we've seen Megan, and I've only met her once or twice, but she was never pregnant.

    Hope

    She got a surrogant to cover it up...to surprise Bo with it. Of all people, Jill Stevens was her surrogant...that woman that Franco hired to try to come between Bo and I all those years ago. In a fight with Megan, Jill fell and ended up dying...but I guess the baby came out okay. Its just...I can't handle this Julie. I've seen enough drama with Bo, and I am sorry, but if this baby is his...I....

    Hope tears up, and Julie holds her hand as comfort.

    Hope

    Julie, its just...I couldn't stand by and watch Megan be in our lives. Its not the child I would mind...but Megan would be there all the time. She'd use it to try to steal Bo back...and even though he was drugged...we were still married while I was in prison! We are still married...but he slept with this woman, and I know he probably couldn't remember...but he didn't even mention it until she had to tell us herself!

    Julie

    I'm so sorry, Hope, darling...you can't let this happen. You can't role out and be a doormat for Megan DiMera or anyone else. You have to fight for yourself and your daughters...are the paternity results back yet?

    Hope

    No, but we're all waiting anxiously. I'm so terrified.

    Julie

    Hope, you seem like something else is bothering you. I know alot of its Megan but I feel like there's something else.

    Hope, sighing

    Well...there is, honestly, Julie.

    Julie

    What?

    Hope

    I think Bo might be having an affair.

    Julie's jaw drops.

    Hope

    Well...you know that while I was in prison, he grew very close to Kristen and slept with her...however, we got over that...but Bo recently took a trip with her to Padre Island, as I may have mentioned before...and I think that something happened.

    Julie

    Remind me why he went there again.

    Hope

    Kristen is trying to figure out who set her brother up to die, and Bo is a detective, so she wanted his help...I understand that, but there's something more going on. I feel it...I worry...I love Bo, I really do. He's been my husband for so many years...but ever since I killed Gina, it hasn't been the same. He's been even more distant since he returned from that island. I think that there may still be something going on now....I hate thinking like this, but I feel like I have to.

    Julie

    Hope, if you really want your marriage to continue, you have to be strong. You can't let these DiMera women get your man like this. This is unacceptable to let Bo run around possibly cheating on you like this!

    Hope

    I know, Julie, I know...but...its just...I get so stressed sometimes and I...

    Julie, staring at Hope

    Hope...I've seen that look before...I first saw it a couple years ago...you...you...

    Hope

    Yes, Julie, I know what you are thinking. You are thinking about me doing drugs.

    Julie

    You can't do that. That was probably the worst point in your life. I know that things are hard as you try to keep your family together and figure out whats going on in your marriage with Bo...but you can't turn to drugs again.

    Hope

    I...I don't want to think about doing them again, Julie, they are a bad thing...something that I would never do under normal circumstances...but....I am open to the fact that...I still have urges and I could return to it.

    Julie looks on in shock at her half-sister, wondering if Hope will be driven to the edge all over again and turn to drugs for the second time...

    Back at Salem University Hospital

    Sami, Carrie, Eric, Belle, Rex, and Cassie all sit in the room of the catatonic John Black. They have just arrived and all look at the motionless man.

    Eric

    Do you really think this will work?

    Carrie

    We have to try, Eric. Our father has been like this for so long...and with Marlena gone and all this chaos in Salem, we need him. Marlena would want us to do this..she would want her husband to be able to live his life.

    Rex

    Carrie's right. We've all been ignoring John for too long now...if he's ever going to wake up, he'll need us by his side.

    Cassie

    Like praying and wishing that he would wake up will do anything. I am all for John waking up and us trying to be a family, but I really think this is just stupid. We're wasting our time.

    Sami

    Oh shut up you bitch. I never was on the best terms with John, but he's my father, and I am trying to accept that. You'd be amazed at what this can sometimes do.

    Eric

    Lets not get into a fight, please. This is definitely not the time.

    Sami

    You're right, Eric. Cassie and I shouldn't be sniping at each other. This is a prayer session.

    Belle

    We should really get started.

    Carrie, bowing her head as everyone takes hands

    Dear God...we are coming to you today because we have a simple request...we don't want to seem selfish, but this isn't even about us: Its about our father, John...or Roman, whatever you wish to call him. We didn't always think he was our father, and none of us were ever on the best terms with him...but most of the time, we loved him just the same...he's an honorable man, and has always tried to do his best...he doesn't deserve to be like this. He's been like this for over two years, and in his time away, his wife has died...so much has happened, and now...we just want to be a family again. So, God, what I am asking is if you can please...please help wake him up, and restore his life to what it once was...please. Thats all we ask.

    Sami, continuing

    Well, God....you know I have never really been that great of a person...I've done alot of wrong things, and I've said alot of horrible, awful things to my mother...and John, even when I found out that he was actually my father...I really never accepted him. But...now...I just want him to wake up...not really for me, but just because...I think everyone needs him right now. I...I think...he needs to live his life...he needs another chance to live....so I echo my sister's statements...if you can, please...bring him back to us.

    Belle

    We pray this in Jesus's name, Amen.

    Everyone then lifts their head.

    Belle

    That...that was beautiful. I really hopes it works.

    Eric

    It may seem sappy...but maybe it'll work. Its all we have to do now....just...hope that he'll wake up.

    Everyone watches John/Roman, hoping that someday soon, he will finally open his eyes and speak again...

    DiMera Mansion

    Vivian enters the mansion, triumphant after taking over the hospital and booting out the Hortons.

    Vivian

    I really do rule Salem, don't I? I have every single big business here under my control...I have the hospital...I have two great mansions...what else could I possibly have?

    Kristen then walks out of the living room, scowling.

    Kristen

    So you decided to stop by here for once? The Kiriakis Mansion got too boring?

    Vivian

    Oh, no, never...but I do own both of them, so I thought I'd stop by and see how things are here.

    Kristen

    Well, I'm glad you did, because I've been wanting to speak with you.

    Vivian, laughing

    You? Speak with me? What could you possibly want?

    Kristen

    Its about Peter.

    Vivian

    My goodness, Kristen, the boy's been dead for over a year now, and for months all its been with you is Peter, Peter, Peter. His killer is in jail...what could you possibly have to say about him now?

    Kristen, angrily grabbing Vivian's arm

    Don't play dumb you bitch. Peter's true killer isn't in jail...just give up the act. I know you set him up to die. You sent him to the pier that night.

    Vivian, narrowing her eyes

    Stop making such accusations...you are beating a dead horse. Crystal Galore shot Peter when she meant to shoot Tony...and that was all Stefano and Kate's idea!

    Kristen

    Sure, they wanted to kill Tony...but I know that you sent Peter down there because you knew he'd get into a fight with Tony over my rape, and then he'd probably be shot on accident...and I also know that you figured out that Bo and I were on your tail, so you sent us on that wild goose chase on Padre Island.

    Vivian

    Padre Island? I have no clue what you are talking about. Don't you see, Kristen? The fact that you can find nothing incriminating anyone shows that no one set your brother up to die! It was all coincidence!

    Kristen, lowering her tone to a whisper

    I know deep in my gut, Vivian....I know that you set Peter up. I know that someone set Peter up...thats a fact, because I didn't call him down to the pier that night like he thought...someone planned the entire thing. And the only person that would want to kill Peter would be you. I know there is proof out there somewhere that you did it, and I'm going to find it.

    Vivian

    Thats preposterous. I am a respected business woman.

    Kristen

    Don't play that card with me! I know you, Vivian, I have for years and years! I am so tired of you walking around Salem all smug, like you just have won everything. You have totally taken over the DiMera family, and I'm going to stop that...my father wouldn't want this, he only married you because he could use you. I am going to stop all of this madness you've poured onto my family!

    Vivian, staring right into Kristen's eyes

    You wouldn't dare...I have more on you than you have on me, my dear.

    Kristen

    What are you talking about?

    Vivian

    I know you are having an affair with Bo.

    Kristen's jaw drops, and she stumbles back in pure shock.

    Kristen

    H-how do you know about that?

    Vivian

    I'm Vivian Alamain, you dumb fool! Of course I know that you've been sleeping with the man...and I also know that Bo is still married to Hope...so if this comes out, it would really be dreadful for you and your lover. I can expose it at any moment...so here's how things are going to transpire: You keep you and the DiMera's at bay, and I keep quiet, but if anyone in the DiMera family tries to wrong me, it will be exposed to the entire city and Bo's precious Fancy Face.

    Kristen, staring at Vivian furiously

    You really are one evil bitch.

    Vivian

    And you aren't?! Don't make me laugh! Have you forgotten your evil side, Kristen? Have you forgotten all you did to John and Marlena years ago? You tried to pass off another baby as your own, you locked Marlena in that secret room...I watched you hide a pillow in your stomach! Then when you came back years later, you went after Marlena again!

    Kristen, pausing for a moment before speaking

    I-I've changed now...

    Vivian

    You haven't changed. Now, instead of faking pregnancies, you are sleeping with married men! You are so laughable...but I don't care what you do, as long as you don't screw with me.

    Kristen wants to outlash at Vivian again, but knows that for now, the blackmail Vivian is holding over her is too heavy...as Kristen hurries to leave, she turns to Vivian one last time.

    Kristen

    You won't win, Vivian. I assure you that you won't.

    Kristen then leaves.

    Vivian smiles as she walks into the living room, very happy.

    Vivian

    Oh Kristen, you can't stop me with what I have over you...no one can stop me!

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    After a year of silence inside LIS studios, news has finally broken that 'Life in Salem' will be making it's return to mySON TV at long last; Co-EP/Co-HW ML Cooks broke the news last week. Now, it's time to get an indepth look at what is going on at LIS. Where has it been? What's been going on, what will go on? When is it coming back? Any changes? A lot of questions must be on reader's minds; they probably thought it for dead, like many other past SON blogs. Well, 'Life' doesn't die that quickly; readers will have a lot more LIS coming their way. It is back and ready to roll.

    However, before LIS can return, explanation is needed. On the past, present, and future.

    "Readers of LIS may remember that in Fall of 09, ML Cooks made a return to Life in Salem and took the main pen, while I took the main control of his own, original soap "S.T.E.A.M". That fall was a big time for those shows, but suddenly, both began to stop posting episodes. Why? Well, a variety of reasons," explains LIS creator, EP, and HW, Tara Smith. "I fell ill that fall; I had a lot of health problems with a rupptured appendix that had to be taken care of. So I fell off the map first; ML tried to keep the ships afloat, but his own real life began to get in the way. Our lives prevented us from penning these soaps, and S.T.E.A.M's last episode aired in November of 09; LIS' last aired on New Years Eve of 09. Another problem was that the blogs on SON were shut down for months. The most recent episode of LIS had to be posted in the mySON TV board, and that was in Febuary of last year. So things have been quiet because all of this just crashed together and the blogs fell to the wayside."

    However, not any more; S.T.E.A.M is already hitting the SONOP airwaves once again, and LIS' return is fast approaching. But is anything going to be different about LIS?

    "LIS will be very different," answers Smith. "When LIS went on its long hiatus, it was already in a transition, if readers remember. However, it's about to get real different; it's almost going to be a new show. It will be great, though; ML has cooked(no pun intended) up some big plots. They are the likes of which Salem has never seen before. Changes can be scary for any show, and sometimes, they aren't for the best. LIS needed them, though; I was losing control of it when I was on my own, and ML came in and made some big decisions. He's majorly overhauled the show; there weren't that many changes when he came on the first time. Now, it's going to be insane. A lot of the cast has been trimmed. Current stories are in the process of ending, and new ones will begin."

    Smith was not hesitant to give the details of the changes 'Life in Salem' was making, either.

    "It's not just a change in story. The format is changing up, as well, as readers may have seen during the Fall of 09; LIS used to be a daily soap. Well, those days are long gone. It's now going to be airing only twice a week," Tara explained. Does that mean less LIS? Maybe not. "It may not air as many times, but the episodes are different, too; most of my episodes for LIS used to be written in a more prose style. They were very simple and to the point; long-time LIS readers also know how ML writes, in a more script form. Well, once again, I have adopted that form. That will be the way this show will be presented from here on out, but it's a good thing; the prose was always good for LIS, but in these scripts, you know exactly what the characters are saying. This gives you a chance to dig deep into these scenes and see the emotional aspect of it, while keeping the action that you already had in the prose. Basically, these episodes will pack much more of a punch than previous ones did; if you read ML's older script eps of LIS or S.T.E.A.M, or even the ones that I would write in script, you'll have an idea as to what I mean."

    Overall, this is a lot of info for readers to take in; changes are running every where on LIS.

    "Right now, we have about ten episodes or so already written; that's well over a month of story, and we keep going. We really want to stay ahead, because in the past, LIS has found itself a little chaotic because episodes were written so shortly before they should've been posted to the public. We are going to keep writing and try to keep ourselves in check; right now, most of the episodes are being written by me, with some scenes from ML thrown in. In due time, we will see episodes from ML return, but he is also heading up S.T.E.A.M. However, ML has written most of the outlines; right now, we are very far ahead in that area. We have outlines written almost all the way up to 500; that's a lot. I can honestly tell you that Life in Salem has never been that ahead before; it is a good feeling to know so clearly where we are going with story," the exec continued. "So LIS has not just changed on a story and cast level; the production of the blog is different, too. Far different, but it's for the better."

    However, while this sounds great for the blog, readers are more likely concerned with story; the inner workings of "Life in Salem" can be left to those in charge. However, what will the readers see?

    "ML has been working extremely hard over the past few months on the storylines that will soon be heading the readers' way; like I said, LIS was in a transition period when it stopped, and so when it returns, it obviously still will be. The next few months of LIS will really be filled with ending current stories, and starting new ones. We have a lot of exits coming; LIS will have a smaller cast than ever before. As certain stories end, characters will be phased out, but the door is always open for returns down the road. Right now, though, it's not happening; however, there will be a few returns. A few new characters. These people will be slowly eased in and merged with our current cast. They will interact with a lot of people currently on LIS, and will slowly build up to their own stories, which will be massive. Life in Salem is headed for more character-driven territory; a lot of LIS has been filled with camp and action. That is changing, somewhat; we will be digging deep into the characters' hearts and emotions. Their feelings. There will be a lot of romance, a lot of emotional material. As time goes on, mystery will start to play in to the equation. But what else could LIS be about? Maybe it will have some different stories, maybe a few different characters, but at it's core, it remains the same: Love, mystery, and adventure. Diversity is being increased; the Hortons are going to take the front stage. Long-time couples, heroes, and villians will find themselves in a tail spin. These changes may seem scary, but LIS is going to be hitting the big 500 episode mark within fifty episodes. In a few months, it will have it's five year anniversery; I think it needs some fresh air."

    Now, what are these big changes? What in the world is going to happen to this blog? Well, while sources refused to get a play by play of every single story, arrival, and exit coming up on Life in Salem, the list of people exiting, and arriving, has been released. That has only happened once before in LIS history, and this one is a much bigger list. Without any further adieu, the characters/actors departing from the soap are:

    Jensen Ackles(Eric Brady)

    Kimberlin Brown(Megan Hathaway DiMera)

    Daphne Bloomner(Eugenia Willens)

    Matt Cedeno(Brandon Walker)

    Robin Christopher(Dr. Robin Jacobs)

    Christie Clarke(Carrie Brady)

    Bryan Dattilo(Lucas Roberts)

    Farah Fath(Mimi Lockhart)

    Heather Lindell(Jan Spears Roberts)

    Julianne Morris(Greta Von Amberg)

    Brandy Norwood(Dr. Phyliss Stansville)

    Thaao Penghlis(Andre DiMera)

    Louise Sorel(Vivian Alamain Kiriakis)

    Gina Tognoni(April Ramirez)

    Greg Vaughan(Detective Chris Reddins)

    Valerie Wildman(Faye Walker)

    Bree Williamson(Alexis Kefer)

    Eric Winter(Rex Brady)

    Also, dropped to recurring is Tanya Boyd(Celeste Perrault), who will remain on the LIS cast, but in a lesser capacity.

    "There are some big names on that LIS; big names. Louise Sorel, Christie Clarke...it sounds insane. Some of those exits had already been announced, but hadn't really happened yet, so they were re-stated here. That is a LOT to take in; I'm sure that anyone who reads this is going to wonder how the cast can survive this. Some of these people are keys to so many stories! Well, I can't reveal how they exit; you just have to read to see it all come together. Some won't be gone for a while, and others will be out within a few weeks. With a lot of these exits, the door is always open for a return down the road, so don't count them all out for good," Tara stated.

    Now, to counteract the list of massive cuts, "Life in Salem" also released a list of returns/additions to the cast, with some equally shocking names on the list:

    Drake Hogestyn(John Black)

    Michael B. Jordan(Reggie Carver)

    Kristoff St. John(Jonah Carver)

    Jerry verDorn(Bill Horton)

    Walt Willey(Franklin Stokes)

    "Obviously, that list is not nearly as large, but the list has some big names on it," remarked Tara. "John Black is making his way back to LIS, as is another legendary character, Bill Horton, with the face of soap vet Jerry verDorn! Jerry is a fantastic actor, and unfortunately, all of the other actors who played Bill have left this Earth. ML and I both feel confident that Jerry playing Bill is a great choice, and Bill is going to play a huge role on LIS; so many family and friends are already on the cast. This is the perfect time for him to show up and take his place as the Horton patriarch; we've also have Jonah Carver, another character from the past, returning; he is bringing along a son, Reggie. He is going to increase diversity, as well as help the Carver family grow; expect the Carvers to take a center stage on LIS. Jonah is going to have a huge story that pulls a lot of our beloved characters into madness, and Reggie is going to make a great addition to LIS' very small teen scene. Franklin, played by yet another soap vet, AMC's very own Walt Willey, obviously shares last names with Destiny; we'll see what their connection is, but he's also going to mix it up with a lot of our Salemites over time. All of this won't be right off the bat; it will be slow. Every single one of these characters has to be slowly integrated onto the canvas. It will take time, but Life in Salem is coming back, and it's coming back with a bang. Expect to see the first episode of LIS' return, 451, THIS Monday. There's going to be a lot going on, but stay tuned! It's good to be back!"

    The Dimera House

    Kristen opens the front door after hearing a knock. She is surprised and delighted to see Bo.

    Kristen

    “Bo, Come in.”

    Bo

    “Don’t mean to barge in like this. Are we alone?”

    Kristen

    “No one is here but the maids. I’ve missed you.” She gives him a hug. He holds her back.

    Bo, pulling away from her

    “Listen, we have to talk”

    Kristen

    “You’ve come to a decision about Hope and I? You chose Hope didn’t you?”

    Bo

    “No. It’s not that easy. It’s about your sister. I wanted you to hear this from me.”

    Kristen

    “Hear what? Which sister are you talking about?”

    Bo

    “Megan. Megan is claiming to be pregnant with my child.”

    Kristen

    “What? Bo? How? How could this happen? My sister?”

    Bo

    “Kristen I am sorry. I was drunk. Megan took advantage of me.”

    Kristen, deeply hurt, wiping a tear rolling down her face,

    “When will you find out if this child is really yours?”

    Bo

    “Hope and I are waiting on Lexie to call with the paternity test results.”

    Kristen

    “This is a hard one to swallow Bo. You have Hope, Megan and me out on a limb. “

    Bo

    “I didn’t ask for any of this. What you and I have just happened. Naturally. I can’t control it Kristen. I love you Kristen. I love you.”

    Kristen overjoyed to hear those words from Bo’s mouth, runs up to him and holds him. He wraps his arms around her as well. They look into each others eyes, and giving into to passion Bo kisses her. He then pulls back

    Bo

    “I can’t do this Kristen. I am hurting so many people. “

    Kristen

    “I love you and you love me. Bo love me. Love me now.” She kisses him and pushes him into the Dimera living room. She begins taking her clothes off and then his. She pushes him onto the couch as they are both naked. He looks at her nice curvy body. Unable to help himself he pulls her down onto to him as Bo and Kristen have a love session in the afternoon.

    Life in Salem

    Episode 450: Love in the Afternoon

    Written by: ML Cooks

    Bo and Hope’s House.

    Hope is in the kitchen feeding Pam and Addie.

    Addie

    “Where’s daddy?”

    Hope

    “I don’t know sweetie. (She says as she wonders if Bo is with Kristen or Megan)

    Hope

    “Guess what girls; I rented some movies for us to watch. Let’s go into the living room and get comfortable.”

    Pam

    “Ok mommy.” Hope escorts her twins into the living room. She turns her flat screen TV on and gets the movie ready to be watched. Wondering where Bo is, she dials his cell phone number but it goes straight to voicemail. She sighs.

    “I’m losing my family. I’m losing everything.”

    Tuscany

    A waiter walks over to Kate, Justin’s and Philip’s table.

    Kate

    “I’ll have a water crest salad.”

    Justin

    “Give me the Filet mignon.”

    Philip

    “While you two eat your bird food, I’m going to eat like a man. Give me a t-bone, well done.”

    Waiter

    “As you wish sir.” The waiter walks away.

    Philip

    “ Salem …. I see nothing has changed. “

    Kate

    “A lot has changed my son. Victor is dead, Stefano is dead, and Marlena is dead. Vivian owns Salem . It doesn’t feel like the same place anymore.”

    Philip

    Well I knew all of that. It’s just going to take an energized go getter like myself to get this rolling. It’s time for things in Salem to be shaken up. 2010 is going to be one hell of a year in Salem . I don’t know what Vivian has on her mind, but she’s a fool if she thinks The Kirakis’s are some push over. And because my dear cousin here Justin couldn’t get the job done, I guess this task rest upon me.”

    Justin

    “Well Excuse me. I tried. I can’t do this by myself.”

    Philip

    “I can” he says smugly.

    Justin

    “I like to see you try. Vivian has garnered a lot of power.”

    Philip

    “So what does that mean? You could only nip at her heels?”

    Kate

    “Ok you two. Enough. This is not the way we are going to get back our empires. This is what Vivian wants. Let’s focus.” As she says that, the waiter comes back with their food. Philip’s mouth waters as he is about to dive into a piece of heaven after been served jail food for the past few years.

    Justin smiles at Kate and Kate gives him a flirtatious look.

    Salem Jail

    Mike with April walks over to his mother’s cell.

    Laura, getting off her cot is thrilled.

    “Michael. So glad you came to see me honey.”

    Mike

    “I miss mom. How are you holding up?”

    Laura

    “I’m used to being confined. Nothing new for me.” Looking at April

    “I see you brought my attorney. Is everything ok? Did something change?”

    Mike

    “Oh, no. I just thought I would let you know April and I are dating now.”

    April

    “I hope that is ok with you Mrs. Horton.”

    Laura

    “It is. I am so glad it’s just not that vial Robin. Mike I am telling you, she is setting me up to be in here.”

    Mike

    “Mom, please don’t. This is hard for me to deal with. I got my own mother, accusing my son’s mother of faking a fall and framing you for it. “

    April

    “Don’t worry; we will get to the bottom of this. It’s only a matter of time.”

    Laura

    “Oh I know. Liars never win and Michael you will see I am telling the truth. I have no business being here. Robin is not a good mother for Jeremy. She’s a liar and a cheat. I hope you can come to you senses soon.”

    Mike

    “I love you mom. Your trial is soon.”

    Laura

    “I’m counting the days. That’s all I have to do in here. I’m counting the days until Robin is exposed for the lying Bitch she is.”

    Mike

    “I’ll be back soon; I have an appointment with the board of directors at the hospital.”

    Laura, frowning up,

    “You have a meeting with the board? That can’t be good.”

    Mike

    “Very interesting to say the least. Something big must be about to happen. I’ll keep you posted.”

    Laura

    “I love you Michael.” Mike and April leaves, leaving Laura to ponder her thoughts of her freedom.

    Hotel, Lucas and Eugenia’s Suite

    Greta stops pounding Nicole’s head into the ground. She is unconscious.

    Jan

    “Please Greta. We have babies. Just let us go. You have to get help. I’m sorry for everything. “

    Greta

    “No way in hell. It’s over. This ends now.” Greta aims the gun at Jan, then at her son Bentley.

    Eugenia

    “Greta, it doesn’t have to end like this.”

    Greta

    “I thought I asked you to quit talking.” Greta fires the gun in her direction but it misses. Josh and Bentley begin crying.

    Greta

    “Damn shut those babies up! I can’t take it.”

    Jan and Eugenia both try to comfort their sons. Neither one is getting any quieter.

    Greta

    “That’s it.” She fires the gun in Jan’s direction but the bullet hit’s Bentley in the back. Jan let’s out this horrible scream.

    Greta screams as well

    “SHUT UP MY HEAD IS GOING TO EXPLODE.”

    Lucas comes too as he hears all the screaming and sees blood pouring from baby Bentley. Lucas is horrified. He’s angry. A rage is building inside him as the cries of the babies get more intense. He jumps up and grabs Greta, knocking the gun out of her hand. He begins to choke her. Pinning her against a wall, he is choking the air out of her body. As the baby cries echo louder in Lucas's head, the tighter his grip becomes on Greta’s neck.

    Eugenia hollers out

    “Lucas No! Stop it!”

    Greta’s face is now purple and she’s making gagging noises.

    Eugenia

    “You’re going to kill her.”

    Lucas

    “It’s too late for that.” Lucas drops Greta’s lifeless body onto the floor. Greta is dead. Lucas has killed Greta!

    After a very long hitaus, the longest running Days blog will finally return in early April. When we last left LIS we were in the middle of a major transition. When It comes back with episode 450 the transition will continue as we were going through a writing change, as ML Cooks joined the headwriting team again.

    Tara and I have have been hard at work the last few months mapping out storylines. And let me tell you, no other Days blog can compare, come close, or even light a candle to what we have coming up next. You can take that to the bank.

    Stay tuned for more news as we get closer to our launch date.

    Downtown Salem, City Jail

    Kate is escorted to her son’s jail cell. She sees Justin with Philip already waiting for her.

    Philip

    “How did I become so lucky? I haven’t seen any of my family in years and yet here we are today. A family reunion.”

    Kate

    “It’s nice to see again my son. I wouldn’t be so coy. You have no idea what I had to do to spring this into play.”

    Justin

    “Well I am sure it was appreciated.” He says flashing her a smile.

    Guard

    “Philip Kirakis, you are free to go.” The guard says as he unlocks Philip’s cell.

    Philip

    “I thought I would never hear those words. It feels so good.” He says stepping out the jail cell.

    Kate

    “Let’s all grab some lunch. I am sure you could use a good meal. We can go to Chez Rouge.”

    Justin, enjoying the thought of spending time with Kate

    “A great idea.”

    Philip

    “And we can talk about this non sense about Vivian Alamain. She will not take what’s rightfully mine. And she’s going to learn that real quick. I’m back Salem. Philip Kiriakis is back on deck.”

    Life in Salem

    Episode 449 Back on Deck

    Written by ML Cooks

    Executive Story Consult: Tara Smith

    Hotel, Valentine’s Suite

    Nicholas Alamain knocks on his aunt’s door. She opens it.

    Valentine

    “Nick good to see you come in.”

    Nick

    “Don’t mean to barge in.” He says as he enters and sees Andre.

    Andre

    “Hello Nicky. You’re not interrupting. I have some errands to attain to.” He walks over to his wife Valentine and gives a peck on the cheek.

    Andre

    “I’ll call you sweet cheeks.”

    Valentine

    “I’ll be waiting.” He then leaves. She looks at Nick.

    “I already know. You want to talk about the scarecrow, Vivian?”

    Nick

    “I need an answer. Are you going to join me in taking down your sister? You are the one who really holds all the cards. You wield so much power right now.”

    Valentine

    “I know.” She thinks of how she knows Vivian really set Peter up to die.

    “I do hold a lot of power. And trust me when I say nephew, Vivian will not get away with this. This merger will not take place. If she merges Titian, Dimera, and Alamain, we will have nothing. I might have to bag groceries. And with the unemployment at a whopping 10 percent, I can’t risk any chances. I’ll be damned if my dear old sister will win against me this time. She has always tried to best me. Out do me. Control me. Not this time. It’s time to show her that it’s out with the old and in with the new.”

    Nick

    “I love when you get passionate about something. It only means we are going to win. I know you well enough to know you don’t stop once you get started.”

    Valentine

    “Indeed. Nick the answer is yes. I will join the war against Vivian Alamain. I have several trump cards I am holding. “

    Nick

    “Like what?”

    Valentine

    “Got to keep them close to my chest for now dear nephew. In due time, when the time is right.” She says with a smirk, leaving Nick to wonder what Val has up her sleeve.

    Salem University Hospital, Lexie’s Office

    Hope sits on a couch as Lexie walks out from her desk and sits next to her.

    Hope

    “Thanks for speaking with me. I don’t mean to interrupt your work.”

    Lexie

    “Hope, you’re a dear friend to me. You know I am here for you. “

    Hope

    “It’s a strange world we live in you know.”

    Lexie

    “What makes you say that?”

    Hope

    “I mean here we are, you’re Megan Dimera’s sister, who is claiming to have Bo’s baby. Yet here you and I are, chatting.”

    Lexie

    “Hope, you know I am nothing like my sister. I mean I did dive into my Dimera roots at one point in my life and I would never do that again.”

    Hope

    “Oh no Lexie. It’s not about that. I am so stressed. Maybe I don’t even know what I am saying.”

    Lexie

    “I don’t know what Megan is thinking. I mean, where has she has been all this time. I haven’t seen here around town. She never let me know she was pregnant. “

    Hope

    “It does really sound far fetched. But once these test results come out, we can move on like Bo says.”

    Lexie

    “Do you think this is Bo’s child?”

    Hope

    “I really don’t know Lexie. And on top of that, I suspect he and Kristen may have done things they shouldn’t have on Padre Island.”

    Lexie

    “What makes you say that?”

    Hope

    He was acting very strange. Like he was guilty of something and trying to cover it up by being too nice. Oh God, Lexie, I don’t think I can take much more of this. It’s getting too much for me.”

    Lexie

    “You’re not thinking of using drugs again?” There is a long pause. So long Lexie is stunned that Hope has not responded yet.

    Hope

    “I have urges Lexie.”

    The Horton House

    Abe is having a session with his physical therapist. Abe is standing by himself for 5 minutes at a time now.

    Abe

    “This really feels nice.”

    P/T

    “I bet. You have really been pushing yourself. I don’t want you to over do it to soon though.”

    Abe

    “I am sick and tired of being in this damned wheel chair.” Just then someone knocks on the door.

    Abe

    “Come in.”

    Bo walks in.

    P/T

    “Good looks like we can stop for the day. See you tomorrow Mr. Carver.”

    Abe

    “Thank you.”

    Bo

    “I see you’re doing real good man. I am glad to see it. We need you back on the force.”

    Abe

    I do miss it. So what brings you by?”

    Bo

    “I needed some one to talk too.”

    Abe

    “What’s going on? Is it Hope?”

    Bo

    “Yes. No. It’s so much. Abe my life has literally spun out of control. I don’t know how to get it back on track.”

    Abe

    “Well tell me what’s going on?”

    Bo

    “For starters, Megan Dimera showed up on my door step last night claiming to have my kid.”

    Abe

    “Megan Dimera? Your kid? Is that possible?”

    Bo

    “I remember one night making love to a woman who I assumed was Hope. Megan had all the details down. So yes we had sex. But this baby part… Throwing me for a loop.”

    Abe

    “Well she is a Dimera. We all know how they operate. So I assume you got a paternity test done.

    Bo

    “Lexie is going to call when the results come in.”

    Bo tenses up upon hearing his ex wife’s name. Bo notices

    “My bad, I didn’t mean to bring her up.”

    Abe

    “No no, it’s ok. Is this Megan Dimera the only issue?”

    Bo pauses, as he thinks about it. He thinks of the two times he made love to Kristen. He also remembers when Kristen told him she loved him when they got back from Padre Island.

    Abe

    “Bo what is it? Something is really bothering you.”

    Bo

    “I’m cheating on Hope”

    Abe

    “What? With who?”

    Bo

    “This is the crazy part. You will never believe this.”

    Abe

    “I won’t know until you tell me Bo.”

    Bo

    “Kristen Blake. Kristen and I are having an affair.”

    Abe

    “Bo,….I’m at a loss for words. How in the hell did this happen?”

    Bo

    “Kristen and I become close after Hope left town and went to Pasadena. I helped Kristen deal with the rape. We just connected and it led from there and we haven’t been able to stop. I haven’t been able to stop. She loves me Abe. She told me she loved me.”

    Abe

    “You are in one hell of a mess. You are messing with two Dimera’s. You better be careful Bo. Never trust a Dimera. They are no good. How are you going to deal with this? What about Hope?”

    Bo

    “Honestly Abe, I just don’t know. I have no answers. I’m so caught up.”

    Saint Luke’s Church, Cemetery

    Kristen has a white rose in her hand as she walks over to Marlena’s grave. She lays the rose down.

    “I thought I come see a good friend today. It’ so hard to believe that you have been taken always from us so soon Marlena. I wish we could have been friends a lot sooner. You really are an angel. You were there for me after Vince raped me. You saw there was another side to me. You befriended me, forgetting all of our past history. You put all that aside for me and I will always be forever grateful. I hope you are happy and looking down upon with a smile on your face.” She wipes a tear from her eye. She thinks of Bo.

    She continues to speak to Marlena’s tombstone.

    “I’ve done it again Marlena. I have hurt some one. Something I swore that I would never do again. I didn’t mean too. It just happened. I love Bo. I can’t help myself. I am trying to be mature about it though. I think you would be proud of me for that. I'm not using trickery to come in between Bo and Hope. Granted I am sleeping with him, but I told Bo the choice is his. I will not stand in the way. I told Bo how I feel and that I love him. The ball is in his court. I will not be the one to tell Hope about our affair. I’m really a changed woman Marlena. I hope you know I mean no harm.” Kristen then leaves, while still thinking of Bo.

    Hotel, Lucas and Eugenia’s Suite

    Eugenia and Jan with their sons look at Greta in shock. She has two guns pointed at them. Greta growls.

    Jan

    “Please Greta, we can get you help. It doesn’t have to end like this.”

    Eugenia

    “What is going on? Greta why are you doing this?”

    Greta

    “You can blame Nicole, and Jan here. I should have killed these bitches a long time ago. Jan, this is our last hurrah. The bad girls club is coming to an end tonight. I want to say thank you for throwing that rabid raccoon on me. Tonight I get my revenge. DAMN IT TO HELL WHERE IS NICOLE!”

    Eugenia

    “Nicole? What does she have to do with this?”

    Greta

    “SHUT UP. You talk too much. Nicole is trying to turn me into the cops. I will not go out like this. I will end this story my way.”

    Eugenia, looking back at Lucas who is passed out on the couch with blood pouring out of his gun shot wound in the arm

    “Please we have to help Lucas.”

    Then the door bell rings.

    Greta

    “Good that must be Nicole now.” Standing behind the door Greta opens the door. Nicole enters and then out of no where Greta hit’s Nicole in the head with one of the guns in her hand. Nicole passes out immediately to the ground. Greta, in a fit of rage jumps on top of her and continues to hit her in the head with the gun. Eugenia and Jan are horrified as their babies start to cry, having to be subject of this horror show. Greta begins to laugh as she pounds Nicole’s face into the ground Eugenia and Jan wonders what fate awaits them.

    Next Time on Life in Salem

    Vivian makes another major move!

    Hotel, Lucas and Eugenia’s Suite

    Jan, with her son Bentley in her arms are stunned to see an eerie looking Greta, with a gun pointed at them.

    Jan

    “Greta come on, Halloween was weeks ago.” She tries to brush past Greta. Greta puts the tip of the gun against Bentley.

    Greta, growling before she speaks,

    “No one is going anywhere Janet. Now get back in this apartment and no one is going to get hurt.”

    Jan

    “Greta please, I was just leaving town. I won’t tell anyone I saw you. Hold Lucas at gun point not me. I just got my son back; please let us go in peace. Haven’t you done enough already? Hell I am shocked you are still even living after I threw that rabid raccoon at you.”

    Greta

    “I know right? I call it miracle rabies.” She laughs. Greta than pushes Jan into the apartment but Jan resists her.

    Greta

    “This isn’t a game; you have no options or choices right now.”

    Lucas, the pain easing from his manhood after being kneed in it by Jan,

    “What is going on? Greta is that you?”

    Greta, foam dripping from her mouth,

    “Yes, it’s me Lucas. Sorry we can’t catch up; I got to take you hostage now.”

    Jan tries to leave one more time but Greta fires the gun! Lucas is hit in the arm!

    Life in Salem

    Episode 448: Is Vivian getting High?

    Written by ML Cooks

    Executive Story Consult: Tara Smith

    Downtown Salem, Alamain

    Vivian spins around in her executive office chair when Ivan walks in.

    Ivan

    “I have your lunch Madame. Lobster as you like.”

    Vivian

    “Oh thanks Vivian. Taking over Salem has really worked up my appetite.”

    Ivan

    “Madame, about that, you know you are making a lot of enemies here in Salem. You are ruffling a lot of feathers.”

    Vivian

    “Do you think I give a damn!? For a long time, people have tried to walk all over me. That time is done. I’m the dame of Salem. The bottom feeders of Salem can cry until the cows come home. I still would not care who was mad and for what reason. It’s a dog eat dog world Ivan. And guess what, I’m hungry. In a matter of time, I will own everyone and everything in Salem. Something even Stefano Dimera himself could not accomplish.”

    Ivan

    “Madame, I hate to intrude but I really think you are playing with fire. You can’t take on all of Salem.”

    Vivian

    “Oh but I will. I already have. And I won. I bought Kate’s company and now there is one more piece of property to make everything complete.”

    Ivan

    I know I should not ask.”

    Vivian

    “Yes you should. You’re my servant Ivan. You are supposed to indulge me.”

    Ivan

    “What’s your next move Madame?”

    Vivian

    “I’m going to buy University Hospital and kick the Horton’s out of the hospital forever.”

    Ivan

    “Madame, that’s a huge move. I hope you are joking. The Horton’s? What did they do to you?”

    Vivian

    “It’s not about what the Horton’s did to me. It’s about what Vivian Alamain wants. Once I own University Hospital, everything will be complete.”

    “Not if I have anything to do with it.”

    Ivan and Vivian both turn to look at who it is. Nicholas Alamain.

    Vivian

    “How did you get past security? What the hell are you doing here!?”

    Salem University Hospital

    Megan walks over to the nurse’s station when she sees her sister Lexie doing some charting.

    “Lexie hi.”

    Lexie looks up and sees Megan and has a look of confusion come over her face.

    Lexie

    “Megan, Hi, what’s going on? Who is this?”

    Megan

    “It’s my baby.”

    Lexie

    “You’re what?”

    Megan

    “Bo and I had a one night stand and this is our child.”

    Lexie

    “BO! BO BRADY?!”

    Megan

    “Yes, you act like that is hard to believe. Bo and I did love each other once you know.”

    Lexie

    “I know that but that was over 20 some years ago. I just can’t believe BO would do something like this.”

    Megan

    “Was does that mean? It’s my fault Bo and I have a child?”

    Lexie

    “I’m not saying that. Never mind. I support you. You’re my sister. We have to stick together. We are all we got after our family has been decimated. Peter was shot and killed and father went over a cliff.”

    Megan

    “I agree. I am so glad you feel the same way I do. That’s why I need your help.”

    Lexie

    “I’m not going to like this am I?”

    Megan

    “Look sis, Bo wants a paternity test on our son. I just need you to make sure it says Bo is the father.”

    Lexie

    “Megan, I’m sorry I can’t do that. I already did that to Bo and Hope once with Isaac. I still have not forgiven myself for that.”

    Megan

    “Lexie PLEASE. I am begging you. I really need your help. Bo and this child are the only things I got.”

    Lexie

    “You have family. You have me, Andre is still in town.”

    Megan

    “I need Bo. We can be a family.”

    Lexie

    “If Bo isn’t really the child’s father who is and wait a minute, I didn’t even know you were pregnant.”

    Megan

    “I had a surrogate.”

    Lexie

    “This sounds so absurd.”

    Megan

    “Please Lexie. Will you help me? Will you make sure the paternity test results say Bo is the father?”

    Lexie looks at her sister not knowing what she should do.

    Meanwhile

    Bo and Hope arrive at the hospital as well.

    Bo

    “Hope just calm down. Let’s get these paternity test results and then we’ll take things from here.”

    Hope

    “I wish I would have known I had to worry about Megan and not Kristen. Where has Megan been all this time? Something just doesn’t seem right here.”

    Bo

    “You’re right. That’s why we are here. To get to the bottom of this. There is a piece to the missing to this puzzle. I don’t buy for one minute that Megan’s child is mine.”

    Hope

    “Oh I don’t know, stranger things have happened. Bo if this child turns out to be yours, I don’t know what in the hell I am going to do. I don’t think I could live with it. There is too much stress and strife in our relationship. I don’t think we could survive this. I would have to worry about Kristen and now Megan and your new child.”

    Bo

    “Would you can it with the Kristen stuff? Nothing is going on between Kristen and I.” He says feeling guilty for lying to Hope in her face.

    Hope

    “I don’t know Bo. You were acting real strange when you got back from Pa Pa Island. Right before Megan showed up with baby a in tow.”

    Bo

    “How many times do I have to tell you its Padre Island and how many more times will I have to tell you nothing happened between Kristen and I on the Island? The whole trip was a waste of time. It was a wild goose chase.”

    Hope

    “You better be telling me the truth Brady. I could not deal with any other heartbreak. I have been through so much this last year. I could not survive if you hurt me.”

    Before Bo could respond Lexie walks over to them.

    Bo

    “You are here for the test?”

    Lexie

    “I am. Follow me.”

    Bo looks back at Hope. He then walks away with Lexie. Hope wipes tears in her eyes as Megan and Lexie exchange one last look. Megan wonders if her sister will come through for her. She then looks at Hope and smiles at her.

    Back Downtown, Alamain

    Nicholas, walking closer towards Vivian’s desk,

    “Evan, can you leave my aunt and I alone?”

    Ivan

    “It’s Ivan with an I. Yes sir. I’ll be right outside Madame.” Ivan leaves the room.

    Vivian

    “I don’t have anything to say to you Nicky. I don’t want to hear any pity party stories. I don’t feel sorry for you. What’s done is done. I’m not letting you back into Alamain or my new company VAAconglomerate. So if you were here to talk about any of what I just said, you have wasted your time and my own.”

    Nick

    “When did you become such a bitch? I mean really what is the point of all this? Why is it so important to own Titian, the Kirakis assets and holdings, all of Alamain which by the way is supposed to be a family run company, you own the Dimera Empire and I heard you just bought Basic Black, and now University Hospital? You’re going to take on the Horton’s? WHY?”

    Vivian

    “I am not going to discuss this with you. “

    Nicky

    “Aunt Viv, please? What is going on with you? I used to think of you as my mother. You raised me a better portion of my life. You were fun, loving and caring. I had so much fun with you living at the Alamain Mansion. Even when you and my mother fought over me, I never sided against you. I never hated you for any of the crimes you’ve committed against my mother. For starters burying her alive, framing her for murders at the hospital. I still don’t understand why you are not locked up behind bars somewhere for those crimes. Even after all of that, I still believed in you. “

    Vivian

    “That person is of almost two decades ago. People change. Life changes people. I have been shunned in this town for far too long and it’s time to take my revenge.”

    Nick

    “By buying up everything in Salem? That’s not how you prove yourself. What is the point of it all? Once you own it all then what? You won’t have anybody to love or to love you. Everyone virtually hates you. You’re going to own Salem and be miserable and alone. Wow some revenge I’d say. If that’s what you want more power to you. It’s kind of an ironic twist of fate. You deserve to be alone. I will not go down with out a fight. I will not let you destroy this family company with your out of touch fantasies. One has to wonder are you getting high off those Chinese Herbs again. Vivian I am warning you. You better stop while you’re ahead. A lot of people in this town won’t let you get away with this. Your fate is being sealed.” After delivering that ominous warning, Vivian’s nephew leaves her office. Vivian is a little unnerved.

    Hotel

    Lucas grabs his arm and falls back onto the couch. Jan with her son Bentley in her arms backs away from the door and a deranged Greta.

    Greta

    “This is not a game! Do you get that Janice?”

    Jan

    “I do Greta. Just please don’t hurt my son.”

    Lucas passes out from pain and shock.

    Jan

    “Greta what is going on why are you doing this?”

    Greta, looking dazed, breathing heavily,

    “Your friend Nicole Sullivan.”

    Jan

    “Sullivan… That’s the chic that played on Madtv. You mean Walker.”

    Greta

    “SHUT UP! You know what I am trying to say. She messed up big time. She is trying to get the cops after me.”

    Jan

    “I don’t understand what I have to do with this? “

    Greta

    “This is it. This is my final stand. If I am going out I am going out with a bang. The world is going to soon learn about Greta Amish Burg.”

    Jan

    “Greta please, let’s go get you some help. You’re not thinking clearly. Your name is Greta Von Omberg.”

    Greta

    “That’s what I said. I know my own name. Now here’s what I want you to do. Get Nicole’s ass over here now!” Just as Greta says that, Eugenia opens the door with her son Josh and is stunned to see a rabid Greta holding Jan and her son at gunpoint and Lucas is shot in the arm.

    Eugenia

    “Jan what the hell are you doing here? What is going on? What happened to Lucas?”

    Greta

    “Stop with the questions. You’re giving me a headache. I’ll tell you what’s going on Euggies, I am taking control here. We are having a party. I am so glad you could join us.”

    Eugenia

    “What kind of party?”

    Greta

    “Greta’s final stand. I’m going out with a bang” She says wiping foam from her mouth and then pulling out another gun and aims it at Eugenia and her son. Greta now has Jan and her son Bentley and Eugenia and her son Josh held at gun point.

    Greta

    “People in this room are going to die”

    Next Time on Life in Salem:

    Bo/Hope/Megan awaits the paternity test results!

    SHOCKING NEWS! THE SHAKEUPS CONTINUE AT LIS! MORRIS, LINDELL, BLOOMNER, BROWN OUT! DATTILO DROPPED TO RECURRING!

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    More stunning news rolls out from LIS Studios as ML Cooks continues to settle in and get his stories rolling. It has just been confirmed that frontburner players on LIS have been fired! Heather Lindell(Jan Spears) and Daphne Bloomner(Eugenia Willens) have both been cut from the LIS cast! Lindell and Bloomner were both very frontburner this year in the Secret Room/Baby Switch storyline, along with Bryan Dattilo(Lucas Roberts). However, now word has come that as that story ends, these leading ladies have been fired and their characters will exit.

    "These characters, especially Jan, have had alot of airtime on LIS and some of them have had years of stories on LIS. ML just thinks its time to move on to other characters since these characters had so much focus, and change it up a bit at LIS. Their exits will be in a HUGE HUGE story that will affect many characters, and something will take place on LIS which has never happened before." Tara Smith said.

    Also out is Julianne Morris(Greta Von Amberg). Morris has played the heroine-turned-psycho off and on since 2006, and now her run is coming to an end permanently. "Greta has had a nice tenure on LIS, but now its just time for it to end. She goes out in a HUGE way." Tara teases.

    In an even more shocking move, vet Bryan Dattillo(Lucas) has been dropped to recurring! Dattilo has been with LIS since the beginning, however, it was felt that with most of his onscreen partners exiting and due to the focus on LIS turning elsewhere, it would be best if he were not fired due to his connections to other cast members, but dropped to recurring.

    In another stunning move, Kimberlin Brown, who plays the evil and unstable Megan Dimera has been let go due to storyline purposes. Kim was tapped to take over the role from the original actress Cheryl-Ann Wilson, after she was let go for Kimberlin. “ There is no room for Megan or her story at this time in Salem.Her story really never took off. Megan leaving is part of the porcess of recentering Salem.” Newly installed Head Writer ML Cooks said at press time.

    This just in:

    Word has just leaked that the casting shake up’s are not done. “ There will be another round of MAJOR and SHOCKING casting annoucments in the next few days. I am really shaking things up” New Head Writer ML Cooks teased.

    Stay tuned…….

    Bo and Hope’s House

    Bo looks at Megan in shock as she holds a baby in her arms. Hope walks from around Bo to look at the now crying baby.

    Hope

    “What did you just say?”

    Megan

    “Oh, Hello Hope. Didn’t even see you there. This is Bo’s son. Bo Dimera the 2nd.”

    Bo

    “What the hell are you talking about? You’re sick. If you don’t get the hell out of here, I’m going to arrest you myself.”

    Megan

    “Oh, Bo, would you do that to the mother of your child. Take a look at him. He looks just like you. “

    Hope

    "Megan why would say these things. I am sure you just didn’t make this up.”

    Megan

    “Oh no I wouldn’t. See Hope, when you were in jail for all your crimes, I dressed up like you, came over to Bo’s house and it was easy to get him to make love to me since he was drunk.”

    Bo

    “Oh no.”

    Hope

    “Oh no…? What does that mean?”

    Bo has a flashback of making love to some one. Or at least it seemed like he did. He never really knew for sure.

    “I remember. I woke up with a bad hangover. And I swear it seemed like I made love to someone. I thought it was you Hope. I don’t remember much but it does make sense.”

    Hope

    “I don’t believe this. It was that easy huh? You WERE THAT DRUNK?” She punches Bo in the chest a few times out of anger.

    Hope

    “We went from Kristen to Megan. You don’t care about me Bo Brady! You keep hurting me!.l;”

    Bo

    “Oh come on Hope. This is a Dimera we are talking about. We don’t know for sure if this baby is mine. It could be a trick. If Megan can trick me into sleeping with her, then there is no telling what else she could do.” He turns to look at Megan.

    Bo

    “I am not buying this bull for one minute. Let’s go right now to the hospital and get a paternity test done so we can put this matter to rest.”

    Megan

    “Fine by me.” Megan leaves with her son.

    Hope

    “I can’t believe this Brady. It’s just one thing after another.”

    Bo, feeling she is about to talk about Kristen again, tries to hush her up by rushing her out the house.

    Bo

    “We will deal with this later. Let’s just get this Megan mess out of the way.”

    Life in Salem

    Episode: 447 People are going 2 DIE!!

    Written by ML Cooks

    Executive Story Consult: Tara Smith

    Downtown Salem, Basic Black.

    Justin walks into Kate’s office and is stunned her office is cleaned out and Kate is putting the rest of her things in boxes.

    “What is going on?”

    Kate

    “That Bitch Vivian Alamain is what happened! Well you were right Justin. Vivian has bought Basic Black. Her first action was to fire me.”

    Justin

    “This woman does not stop. She is really going to rule all of Salem.”

    Kate

    “Not if I have anything to say about it. “

    Justin

    “Do say?”

    Kate

    “I am going to take on Vivian. She’s not going to get away with this. She will not control me.”

    Justin

    “That’s what I like to hear. So this means you are going to help me get Philip out of jail?”

    Kate

    I sure am. I miss my son and I think he’s paid for what he did enough already.”

    Justin

    “Not only that, the more people we have on this, the more our chances go up in getting back our respective companies. I am glad you joined the war Kate.”

    Kate

    “Not by choice. It’s time to destroy Vivian once and for all. She has been a thorn in my side for years and I’ve had it. “

    Justin

    “Looks like Vivian is going down. So what do we need to do to get my cousin out of jail?”

    Kate

    “I can talk to a few people. I have a new friend in the mayor’s office. Meet me at the county jail in 2 hours.”

    Justin

    “Will do. Before I leave, do you need any help carrying out some of these belongings?”

    Kate

    “No, I’m ok. Thank you.”

    Justin, looking into her eyes

    “I look forward in working with you Kate.” He smiles at her and then leaves. Kate stares at him as he walks away and wonders if Justin was flirting with her.

    Spears Mansion

    The door bell rings. Jan wonders who it could be as she goes to open it. She is surprised to see her brother Eric.

    Jan

    “Eric? What are you doing here?”

    Eric

    “Well no one has seen much of me so I wanted to remind everyone I am still here in Salem. No really, we are family. I wanted to see how you were doing. From what I understand you have been through a lot. We never really had a chance to connect and I was hoping we could do that today.”

    Jan, smiling, then gives him a hug,

    “Thanks Eric. This means so much to me." She says pulling back and wiping tears from her cheeks. She ushers him in. Eric looks around and sees the mansion is in need of some cleaning. Jan has really let things go.

    Jan

    “I just feel no one is listening to me. I love Lucas. I love my son. But I have neither Eric. It’s eating me alive. I can’t stand it. Some days I just don’t want to wake up. I have nothing to look forward to.”

    Eric

    “Why does Lucas have your son?”

    Jan

    “Because CSB has deemed me unable to provide for Bentley. They gave him to Lucas. And he’s hoping around town with that ugly Eugenia parading my son like it’s going out of style. I’ve lost everything damn it. I just want my son back. Doesn’t any one get that? I have no one Eric.”

    He holds her.

    “You have me. I’m your brother and I will protect you.”

    Jan

    “Thank you.” They’re tender moment is interrupted with another person ringing the door bell.

    Jan

    “Christ sakes, since when did all of Salem want to come see Jan today?” She opens the door and a man says,

    “Jan Spears?”

    Jan

    “I am yes. Can I help you?”

    Man

    “You have been served.” He hands her some paperwork.

    Eric walks over to her as Jan opens it.

    Eric

    “What is it?”

    Jan

    “Lucas has served me divorce papers and a petition to obtain full custody of Bentley. He’s also asking for spousal and child support” Jan screams in a rage and rips up the paper work.

    Eric

    “Ok Jan calm down.”

    Jan

    “Lucas is going to pay for this. God help me he’s not going to win.” Jan looks for her purse.

    Eric

    “What are you doing?”

    Jan

    “I’m going to go get my son.” Eric tries to grab her.

    “I don’t think that is a good idea. You’ll only make things worse.”

    Jan releases herself from his grab and then slaps him.

    “Look bro, we are just getting to know one another. The one thing you need to know about me, is that no one stops me once I get going.” She then turns around and then leaves her mansion, intent on taking back her son. Eric is left standing there rubbing his cheek.

    Salem Police Station

    Nicole is sitting in Detective Chris’s office.

    Nicole

    “So what can you do to bring the person who killed my husband Travis to justice?”

    Chris

    “Why would some one want to kill Travis? Did he have a shady past?”

    Nicole

    “Absolutely not. He was a beautiful human being. A perfect gentleman. He would never harm anyone.”

    Chris

    “How long have you known him?”

    Nicole

    “About a year.”

    Chris

    “What did you know about him before he came to Salem?”

    Nicole

    “I know who tried to kill Travis! Her name is Greta Von Crazy Omberg. SHE”S A LUNATIC! She’s been bitten by a rabid raccoon that has made her insane. She kidnapped me and Jan Spears. Held us in a secret room at the Dimera Mansion. I want her brought in now.”

    Chris

    “This sounds absurd.”

    Nicole

    “Honey, you haven’t been in Salem long enough then. Those kinds of activities I just told you about are the norm in this town.”

    Chris

    “So you think this Crazy Von Omberg person killed Travis?”

    Nicole

    “Yes, with poison. Cyanide. It was probably meant for me.”

    Chris

    “And where is this rabid mad woman?”

    Nicole

    “Hell if I know. She seems to always lurk in the shadows. She’s a menace to society. She has to be stopped. She is armed and dangerous and should be shot on site.”

    Chris

    “Wow you have a vivid imagination.”

    Nicole

    “I get the feeling you are not taking me serious here.”

    Chris

    “I am. I am putting some men on it. In the mean time Ms Walker, try to remain with friends. Try to always be with someone at all times, just in case Greta comes out from the shadows, two heads are better than one.”

    Nicole

    “Gee thanks, I feel so much better.” She says sarcastically. Nicole gets up and walks out the police station. Nicole walks to her car and sure enough, Greta is lurking in the shadows as the sun sets in Salem. She watches Nicole get in her car and drive off.

    Greta

    “Very big mistake Nicole. You think you can tango with me. I got news for you bitch. I should have killed you the first time around. Make no mistake now, I will fix that. Greta nearly faints as she wipes the foam coming from her mouth.

    Greta

    “People in Salem are going to die soon.” Greta hops into her car and nearly hits a telephone pole as she nearly faints again. Her visions are becoming blurred.

    Hotel, Lucas’s and Eugenia’s Suite

    Lucas, speaking on his cell phone,

    “So Jan has been served the papers?”

    Caller

    “Yes Mr. Horton.”

    Lucas

    “Ok good. The sooner I get this done the better my life will be. Nice work man. Thanks.” He hangs up the phone. He lays his cell phone down and then leans down and picks up Bentley out of his crib. Lucas holds him.

    “You’re so precious. I am not going to let that con artist Jan raise you. You’re going to have a good life with me and Eugenia and your brother Josh In fact when Eugenia gets home from getting baby food, I can tell her the good news. Jan has been served the divorce papers. And that paves the way for my marriage to her. What do you think about that?” Bentley smiles at Lucas but then they hear a pounding at the door. Bentley is startled and begins to cry. Lucas puts him back in his crib and walks over to the door and swings it open. He sees a fuming Jan. She storms in.

    Jan

    “Give me my son now! I am not leaving here until I get him. Lucas, I am not playing games.”

    Lucas

    “You are unfit to raise him! You’re making him upset. He’s scared of you Jan. Now get the hell out of here.”

    Jan walks over toward the crib to hold her son. Lucas grabs her. She tries to push him off but Lucas pins her against the wall.

    Lucas

    “Jan, I am warning you, you better leave. Things could get ugly in here. My son is here and I don’t want a scene.”

    Jan

    “Bentley is my son you son of a bitch. My child with Shawn Brady. Are you forgetting that? Shawn Brady lives on through Bentley and there is no way in hell you are going to keep him from me. I don’t care about you or this damn divorcé. You can have it all Lucas. Just not my son. I am not leaving here with out my son. So do what you feel you have to do. God couldn’t even stand in my way with how I feel tonight.” Jan spits in Lucas’s face and then knees him in his manhood. Lucas groans and releases Jan. Jan walks over and picks up her son out his crib and holds him. Jan release tears from her eyes as she is reunited with her son.

    “Jan it’s going to be ok my son. Momma’s here. And we are leaving.”

    Jan approaches the door to leave. Lucas tries to stop her but is in too much pain to do so. Jan opens the door and is scared sh!tless as an eerie looking, rabid and foaming at the mouth Greta Von Omberg is at the door, gun in hand.

    Next time on Life in Salem:

    Greta goes crazy!!!!

    Downtown Salem

    Kate is sitting in her executive chair at her desk. She leans back and thinks of her conversation with Justin Kirakis earlier.

    (In Kate’s office yesterday)

    Justin

    “Indeed. This is why I need you on my team. We must stop Vivian. This merger cannot take place. Victor would roll over in his grave if we allow this. He would be heartbroken to learn his legacy has been destroyed. I urge you Kate, to do it for your son. We have to bail Philip out of jail in order for him to help us.”

    Kate’s thoughts are interrupted when Vivian waltzes in slamming the door behind her.

    Kate

    “What the hell are you doing and what could you possibly want?”

    Vivian

    “Oh, I want for nothing Kate. Haven’t you heard,... I own Salem now?”

    Kate

    “I heard bits and pieces here and there. So what did you want to do, come here to gloat?”

    Vivian

    “Actually no. I thought I’d just come by and deliver some news to you in person before you heard it from the press. I am shocked they are not here yet.”

    Kate

    “What the hell are you talking Vivian? I don’t have time to drag it out of you. “

    Vivian

    “Ok Kate. I own you now. This is my company. I own Basic Black.”

    Kate

    “You BITCH. I ought to wipe the floor with your face. How! HOW DAMN IT!?”

    Vivian

    “It was so easy, buying out the board and their shares. So now I can add this meager little company to my conglomeration. Thanks Kate. I win against you as always.”

    Kate

    “I hate you Vivian Alamain!”

    Vivian

    “And your fired Kate Roberts! Pack your things and get the hell out of my company!” Vivian then exits the door as Kate throws a book in her direction but hits the wall instead.

    Kate

    “Damn you Vivian Alamain!! You won’t get away with this.”

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    Episode: 446, Bo Dimera the II

    Written by ML Cooks and Tara Smith

    Executive Story Consult: Tara Smith

    Salem Jail

    Justin is escorted to Philip’s cell.

    Philip, getting up from his cot,

    “Well it’s about time some family came to see me. I was beginning to think no one cared about me.”

    Justin

    “That’s not the case at all cousin. You stalked and kidnapped Belle Black. Belle Black, Marlena Evans daughter. You had to do some time for that. Marlena was very well respected and well known.”

    Philip

    “Yea, well I’m a Kirakis. Our last name carries a lot of weight. What is happening here?”

    Justin

    “Philip, we have been weakened. “

    Philip

    “What do you mean?”

    Justin

    “Vivian owns the Titian, Kirarkis Empire.”

    Philip

    “Yea, I know about that, I read the papers in here. So you’re telling me you have not rectified this situation? What kind of Kirakis are you? My father would never let something like this stand. What the hell is the matter with you?”

    Justin

    “Relax. I can’t do this by myself. But that’s not all. Vivian plans to merge all the companies of Salem into one big conglomeration. She is going to virtually own everything and everyone in Salem.”

    Philip

    “You loser! How did you let it get this far? You’re nothing. My dad would be so disappointed in you.”

    Justin

    “That’s why I came down here. I need your help.”

    Philip

    “How can I help and I am still in jail.”

    Justin

    “Leave that to me.”

    Philip

    “Oh I get it. So the only time you are interested in getting me out of jail is when you need help. You didn’t give a damn about me before. Why start now?”

    Justin

    “Philip please. This is not the time to argue. We can deal with this later. We have to stop Vivian Alamain before we lose everything! You’ll be out of here in a few days.” Justin then leaves.

    Philip, thinking of his freedom,

    “I’m about to be free again. “ He smiles as he thinks about that.

    Bo and Hope’s House

    Bo walks in the front door and sees Hope playing a game of hide and seek with his twin daughters Pamela and Addie. Hope looks at him and rushes over to hug him. Bo wraps his arms around Hope and flashes of love making with Kirsten keep going through his mind. Bo holds her even tighter.

    “I love you so much fancy face. I have missed you so much and I am so glad to be home.”

    Hope pulls back and looks into his eyes,

    “Are you ok? Did something happen on Papa Island?”

    Bo

    “It was Padre Island. And no nothing happened between Kristen and me.”

    Hope

    “I wasn’t implying that at all. Are you speaking from a guilty conscience?”

    Bo

    “Hope NO! Nothing happened between Kristen and I. I told you it wouldn’t. Can we drop it? I’m tired and want to take a hot shower and then love my wife. Can that be possible?”

    Hope

    “You’re so touchy. Something is not right with you. You haven’t even told me if you and Kristen found Peter’s killer.”

    Bo

    “It was a set up. Some is playing games with us. The trip to Paco Island was a waste of time. I should have not gone. I missed precious time with you and my daughters.”

    Hope

    “Well we have missed you too.”She gives him another hug.

    “Now go get cleaned up and I’ll make us some dinner.”

    Bo

    “I love you fancy face.” He walks up the stairs to take a shower.

    Hope sighs and looks at Addie and Pamela,

    “Your daddy is acting strange. He’s hiding something.”

    Java Cafe

    Nicole is sitting at a table, still visibly shaken after Travis's death, as Faye walks over with some coffee.

    Faye

    “How are you, honey?”

    Nicole

    “My husband just died...gee, mother, I'm chipper!”

    Faye

    “Nikki, please don't be like that.”

    Nicole

    “Yeah, I'm sorry...I am just pissed off, okay? Travis and I were just about to start our lives together...I mean, he was the only man I had, in the several months that we were together, and that nothing could interfere with! But now, he's dead.”

    Faye

    “I know you're going through so much pain right now, but I know you can get through this...you've been through so much, you can get through this, and there will be other men!”

    Nicole

    “Ah, yes, there will...just more men that I will either screw over or they'll get killed!”

    Faye, sighing

    “Don't be so negative, Nikki. Speaking of which, not that I want to continue to emphasize Travis's death, but have you reported his murder to the police?”

    Nicole

    “ I did in Las Vegas, but that got me nowhere. However, I know who killed him.”

    Faye

    “Are you sure?”

    Nicole

    “I'm not stupid, Mom! I know that that psycho Greta Von Amberg killed him.”

    Faye

    “Don't make assumptions, Nicole. I know that woman is a psycho but didn't she get locked up in a mental institution after Jan Spears exposed her for locking you two up in that Secret Room?”

    Nicole

    “As much as I hate to admit it, Greta's smart. She could have broken out, and she would have gone right after me and try to ruin my life yet again!”

    Faye

    “Still, be careful, Nikki. You don't want to finger the wrong person.”

    Nicole, groaning

    “I know it was her. And yet again, you do the Faye thing to do and ignore the truth, just like you did when it came to Daddy and all that he did to us and Jan.”

    Faye

    “No, honey, I didn't mean it like-“

    Nicole

    “I can handle this myself, Faye, thanks.”

    Nicole angrily gets up and storms out of the Java Cafe!

    Nicole

    “I am going to bring Greta down...”

    As Nicole walks off, Greta herself comes out of the shadows.

    Greta

    “Oh, just you wait Nicole...you're next on my hit list!”

    Greta's mouth foams from the rabies...and suddenly, she has to lean against the wall.

    Greta

    “What the hell? These rabies really getting to me. I’m shocked I’ve lasted this long on these rabies. Must be miracle rabies“

    Greta slowly walks off.

    Maggie's House

    Jeremy is in the kitchen, still fuming after his argument with Alexis over Robin and Laura's rivalry and Laura being in jail. He curses as he sits at the table, and Robin then enters.

    Robin

    “Jeremy, honey, what’s wrong?”

    Jeremy

    “It’s that whore Alexis.”

    Robin

    “What is that little slut doing now?”

    Jeremy

    “She barged in here trying to tell me, once again, that you were lying and framing Grandma.”

    Robin

    “Jeremy, I've told you countless times that I am not lying. Your poor grandmother has just gone insane again, and Alexis is trying to get into your head.”

    Jeremy

    “Yeah, I know, I am just so sick of her...

    Robin

    “She keeps trying to mess with all our lives, but I won't allow it. Earlier, she came to me and told me all about how Mike and April were having sex.”

    Jeremy

    “Uh, what? Who the hell is April?”

    Robin, shaking her head in disgust

    “Nevermind.”

    Jeremy

    “I am so tired of them all...Alexis, Mike, everyone!”

    Robin

    “Don't you worry; they'll be out of our lives and stop annoying us once Laura finally gets committed.”

    Cassie then walks in, and frowns at Jeremy.

    Cassie

    “What’s wrong, baby?”

    Robin

    “Alexis keeps trying to tell him that I'm lying about what Laura did to me. Little bitch needs to mind her own business.”

    Cassie

    “Ugh, I hate her...but she doesn't matter to us, Jeremy, you can't listen to her...here, how about we go upstairs and I take your mind off things?”

    Jeremy, smirking

    “Sure, I'd like that.”

    Cassie seductively grabs Jeremy and pulls him upstairs, as Robin slams her fist down on the table.

    Robin

    “Alexis, Laura, April...all three of them are stupid bitches. I can't allow them to run around like this!”

    Salem Police Station

    Nicole walks right into the police station, where Chris is doing some work.

    Nicole

    “Hello, is Bo Brady here?”

    Chris

    “No, I'm afraid he's not in today, ma'am. Is there something I can help you with?”

    Nicole

    “I'd like to report a murder.”

    Chris, raising his eyebrows

    “Oh?”

    Nicole

    “It took place in Las Vegas, but everyone involved is a resident of Salem...my husband, Travis Baines, was killed on our wedding night.”

    Chris

    “I'm so sorry...do you know who killed him?”

    Nicole

    “I have a hunch: Greta Von Amberg, who I am sure you've heard of. I am almost sure that she killed my husband, and I need the police's help to get a hold of her and make her pay”

    Back at Bo and Hope’s House

    Bo walks down the stairs and sees Pam and Addie in their crib sleeping and Hope walks out from the kitchen with a plate of burger and fries for Bo.

    Bo

    “You really didn’t have to fancy face. I should be doing this for you. I’m so sorry for leaving you and the girls. I should have never gone on that trip with Kristen.”

    Hope

    “You say that like something bad happened. Did it Bo?”

    Bo

    “Like what?”

    Hope, arching her eye brow,

    “You act like you’re hiding something from me. You are acting nervous. Did something happen on Paco Island with Kristen? Did you sleep with Kristen again after you told me, in fact you promised me I could trust you?!” She says with a tear forming in her eye and her voice getting louder.

    Bo

    “Please don’t wake the girls. Calm down.”

    Hope

    “Don’t tell me to calm down Brady. You’re the one who is not acting right. Now tell me, did you have sex with Kristen, yes or no?”

    Before Bo could answer the door bell rings.

    “Who could that be?”

    Hope

    “Saved by the bell. Go on, answer the door.”

    Bo walks over to the front door and opens it and is shocked to see Megan Dimera with a baby in her arm.

    Bo

    “Megan, can I help you?”

    Hope, not understanding why Megan would be there walks closer to the door to see why Megan Dimera is there.

    Megan

    “Hi Bo. I heard you were back in town. I brought you your only living son.”

    Bo

    “I do not understand. What kind of sick joke are you playing here?”

    Megan

    “This is your son Bo. Bo Dimera the II. This is our child.”

    Hope

    “You’re what!?”

    Megan

    “I gave birth to Bo’s only living son. We had a passionate night of love making and it produced this beautiful child. We are all family now.” She says smiling. Hope and Bo are speechless as they are taken aback.

    Next Time on Life in Salem:

    Bo and Hope get answers from Megan!

    The Horton House

    Abe is trying to walk with a walker alongside his physical therapist. Abe is really concentrating and almost out of breath.

    PT

    “You’ve almost got it.”

    Then Maggie walks in the front door.

    “Oh my... Abe, you you’re doing so much better.”

    Abe, out of breath and strength, sits back down in his wheelchair.

    “Thank you.”

    PT

    “You keep this up and you will be walking on your own very soon.”

    Maggie

    “That will be so great; you’ll be able to walk down the aisle.”

    Abe

    “I sure will.” He looks at the PT.

    “That’s all for today.”

    PT

    “Sure thing Mr. Carver. I’ll here tomorrow around the same time. We can work on strength and conditioning.”

    Abe

    “Thank you.”

    The PT walks out as Maggie sits on the sofa next to Abe’s wheel chair.

    Abe

    “It would be great if I was able to walk in time for our wedding.”

    Maggie

    “We haven’t even set a date. We can wait until you are able to walk.”

    Abe

    “No, Maggie, let’s set a date. I need a goal. I need something to work towards.”

    Maggie

    “Abe are you sure? I don’t want you to push yourself to hard.”

    Abe

    “I am tired of being in this wheel chair. I miss working at the police station. I just miss living a normal life. I miss being able to do things for myself. I can’t play sports with my son.”

    Maggie

    “Abe, I understand. You have been in the wheel chair for over a year.”

    Abe

    “So then we can set a date?”

    Maggie

    “Of course darling.” She kisses him on the cheek.

    Abe

    “Do you have dates in mind?”

    Maggie

    “Well, about a Christmas Day wedding? We can bring all our family and friends together for this joyous occasion.”

    Abe

    “Mrs. Abe Carver. It sounds so nice.”

    Maggie

    “Abe, we already talked about this. I am not taking your last name.”

    Abe

    “Maggie, please reconsider. You’ll marry me but won’t take my last name? Do you know how that makes me feel?”

    Maggie

    “And do you know how I feel about keeping my Horton last name. To honor Mickey.”

    Abe

    “I’m sorry Maggie, I didn’t mean to push. If you’re not going to take my last name, then is there really a point for us to get married?”

    Maggie

    “Abraham! You don’t want us to get married because I won’t take your last name?”

    Abe

    “It is part of exchanging vows. It’s how we become one.”

    Maggie, wiping a tear rolling down her cheek,

    “I’m sorry Abe. I can’t do it! I cannot let Mickey’s memory go.”

    She begins to walk up the stairs.

    Abe, calling out to her,

    “So what does this mean?”

    Maggie

    “I don’t know Abe.” She says walking away from him and up the stairs.

    Abe wonders if he’ll lose Maggie.

    Life in Salem

    Episode: 445: Horton Hears a Whore!

    Written by ML Cooks with J Lee Becker

    Executive Story Consult: Tara Smith

    Jeremy walks into the living room from the kitchen and he sees Abe,

    “Abe is everything ok with you and Aunt Maggie?”

    Abe

    “I don’t know Jeremy. She does not want to take my last name. That hurts me. I understand she still has strong feelings for Mickey. But marriage is about two becoming one.”

    Jeremy

    “I am sure you and Aunt Maggie will work things out.”

    Abe

    “I hope so. I love her…. I’m a little tired; I’m going to lie down.” Abe wheels himself to the first floor bedroom.

    Jeremy hears the door bell ring. He walks over to it and answers it. He instantly gets angry when he sees Alexis.

    “What the hell do you want?”

    Alexis

    “Jeremy, sometime you have to stop. You can’t hate me forever.”

    Jeremy

    “For having a one night stand, I’ll always hate you. Do you understand? H. A. T E! I hate you Alexis. You’re a sleazy whore.”

    Alexis

    “Jeremy please don’t talk to me like that. I love you. I made an honest mistake.”

    Jeremy

    “We’ve been here and done that. I will not have this conversation again with you. I’ve already heard all your excuses. I’ll never love you and I will never forgive you. You’ve wasted your time and mine by coming here. Is this why you are here?”

    Alexis

    “No. It’s about your mother.”

    Jeremy

    “What about her?”

    Alexis

    “She’s lying to you and everyone else. Laura did not push your mother down the stairs. Robyn is setting her up.”

    Jeremy

    “How dare you? How do you know something like that? This issue is between my family and I and you have no business sticking your nose in it. This situation is hard enough as it. I don’t need you making things worse and getting stuff started. You’re such a bitch.”

    Alexis

    “No it’s your mother who is a bitch; she is not the sweet one she portrays herself to be.”

    Jeremy

    “You don’t have a lot of room to talk and I better never ever hear of you speaking about my mother like that again. I ought to ring your little neck you dirty whore.”

    Alexis

    “You’ll be sorry. I tried to warn you. Your mother is a liar. The truth will come out.”

    Jeremy

    “Why do you even care? What stake do you have in this? What do you have to gain?”

    Alexis

    “I care about you Jeremy. I don’t want to see you hurt.”

    Jeremy

    “Then you should have thought of that before you opened your cat trap to my dad. Now get the hell out of here and never come back.” He slams the door right in her face and the door hits her in the nose.

    Alexis

    “DAMN YOU JEREMY HORTON. You’ll be sorry. I’ll prove to you. You’re mother is a liar.”

    Alexis rubs her nose as she walks off.

    The Cheatin' Heart

    Nicole walks over to the bar and grabs a seat. She orders a beer. The bartender hands it to her and Nicole begins to sip on it. Then she hears,

    “I didn’t know you drank beer.”

    She looks over and sees a drunken Nicholas.

    Nicole

    “There’s a lot you don’t know about me. I didn’t know rich people came to places like this.”

    Nicholas

    “Because I am allegedly rich, I can’t get drunk at a hole in the wall. There’s a lot you don’t know about me Nicole. I’m not rich. Let’s make that clear. So that might mean you want to stop talking to me since I am broke. I have no money thanks to Vivian Alamain.”

    Nicole

    “I’m in mourning you jerk. I don’t want you Nick. I don’t prey on men.”

    Nicolas

    “You’re track record speaks of a different story.”

    Nicole

    “Well not all of them were rich. Eric, Austin. They don’t have millions like you did. So don’t sit there judge me. Not until you know me.”

    Nick

    “Do you want to get to know me?”

    Nicole

    “I’ll pass. I am in mourning.”

    Nick

    “Who died?”

    Nicole

    “My fiancé Travis. I am focusing on who killed him. He was poisoned by cyanide.”

    Nick

    “Cyanide?! Reminds me of Hitler.”

    Nicole

    “Yea, it’s pretty gross that someone would do that. It could have been me.”

    Nick

    “So is that why you are here, getting wasted?”

    Nicole

    “Just trying to take the edge off. It’s eerie someone killed Travis with poison. It was almost me.”

    Nick

    “Any idea on who might have done this?”

    Nicole

    “Oh I do. I just need proof.”

    Nick

    “I would suggest be careful. Sounds to me like who ever this person is, is smart and resourceful to obtain cyanide.”

    Nicole

    “So tell me Nick...what troubles are you drinking away?”

    Nick

    “I virtually lost everything. My job, a stake in the Alamain Empire, Belle.”

    Nicole

    “You almost have it as bad as me. I am sorry to hear about you and Belle.”

    Nick

    “I am too. For wasting my time. She doesn’t really love me.”

    Nicole

    “May I ask what happened?”

    Nick

    “It’s simple, she doesn’t love me and I don’t want to share my life with a person who won’t be there for me through thick and thin.”

    Nicole

    “That doesn’t sound like the Belle I know.”

    Nick

    “It’s the Belle I know.” Nicholas finishes the rest of his drink. He sets his glass down and begins to feel woozy. He looks at Nicole.

    Nicholas

    “You sure are beautiful Nicole. I never noticed how much until right now.”

    Nicole

    “That’s because you’re drunk. Let me call you a cab. You shouldn’t be driving tonight.” As Nicole pulls her cell phone out her purse, Nicholas gropes her. Nicole is in shock.

    Nicole

    “You rude jerk!” She picks up her beer bottle and pours it all over Nicholas.

    “Grope that you pervert!” Nicole says leaving the bar. Nicholas is left there mad as hell and embarrassed.

    Bartender, walking over

    “Ok buddy, it’s time for you to go before I call the cops.”

    Nick

    “I’ve been reduced to being a drunken bum.”

    Downtown Salem, Basic Black

    Kate is packing up her brief case about to leave the office until Justin Kiriakis taps on the half open door.

    Justin

    “Kate, we need to talk.”

    Kate

    “Justin? This is a surprise. Look I was about to leave, can’t this wait until morning?”

    Justin

    “I’m afraid not. It’s about Vivian Alamain.”

    Kate

    “Now I really don’t want to hear about this. Why do you care about the old Bitch?”

    Justin

    “She’s planning to merge Dimera, Alamain, and Kiriakis/Titian into one massive conglomerate to control Salem.”

    Kate

    “That woman is as Looney as ever. Why are you telling me this?”

    Justin

    “If Vivian’s merger takes place, the Kirakis name will be no more. We will lose everything. Philip, your son will lose everything. You of all people know how to do battle with Vivian.”

    Kate

    “I most certainly do. Stealing my embryo, burying Carly Manning alive, Susan Banks. The list just goes on. Vivian can be very nasty. “

    Justin

    “Indeed. This is why I need you on my team. We must stop Vivian. This merger cannot take place. Victor would roll over in his grave if we allow this. He would be heartbroken to learn his legacy has been destroyed. I urge you Kate, to do it for your son. We have to bail Philip out of jail in order to help us.”

    Kate

    “I don’t know. I am content with what I have in my life. I’m stable and making lots of money. I don’t want to provoke Vivian into trying to take over my company.”

    Justin

    “Hell, I am surprised she hasn’t tried to yet. Be careful though. She is buying up everything. We cannot allow her to gain control over Salem which is what will happen if the merger goes through.”

    Kate

    “I’ll have to think about it.”

    Justin

    “Don’t take too much time. This merger is going to happen in 30 days, being launched by a ball. If you won’t help me, at least help try get Philip out of jail. I need him to help stop Vivian. I can’t do this myself.”

    Kate just sits back in her executive black chair and watches Justin walk out her office taking a deep sigh and thinking if she should enter the war against Vivian.

    Lucas and Eugenia pull up into the driveway of The Spears Mansion followed by a moving van.

    Lucas, getting out the car,

    “I hope we can make this sweet and simple.”

    Eugenia

    “Things are never simple with nut cases.” She says back to him, approaching the door.

    Lucas opens it and enters,

    “It’s quiet, maybe she’s not home.”

    Movers

    “Where do you want us to begin sir?”

    Lucas

    “Upstairs on the left wing.” He instructs the movers. He walks around and sees Jan passed out drunk on the floor. He can tell she’s drunk because he sees an empty bottle of liquor lying next to her.

    “Eugenia, come here, I found her.”

    Eugenia rushes towards Lucas and sees Jan,

    “Lucas, we should call an ambulance.”

    Lucas kneels down to check for a pulse.

    “She’s alive, and she’s breathing. I don’t think we should. Let’s just get our stuff and get the hell out of here before she wakes up. I don’t want any drama.”

    Lucas steps right over Jan to pick up a few baby items for his granddaughter. Eugenia is stunned that Lucas could do this. As if on cue, Jan begins to come too.

    Jan, rubbing her head, hearing the commotion of the movers moving furniture,

    “What is going on?”

    Lucas

    “Damn it, couldn’t you just stay passed out?”

    Jan

    “What? You two didn’t even care? What if I was dead?”

    Lucas

    “Stop it Jan! I made sure you were breathing.”

    Jan

    “Just forget about me huh? Come and get your things and just screw me!” She gets up off the floor.

    “Fine, take your things and get the hell out! If I can’t be happy, if I can’t have Lucas, Euggie, you won’t either!” Jan begins picking up glass ware and throws it at Eugenia and Lucas.

    Lucas

    “Let’s get the hell out of here!”He says grabbing her hand and running out the mansion. Jan follows them outside, still tossing house hold items at them.

    “You bitch and bastard! You won’t get away with this. You will not be happy and you better give back my son Lucas.” Lucas and Eugenia get in Lucas’s car. Eugenia looks out her window and smiles and waves at Jan. This sets Jan off and Jan begins to chase Lucas’s car as he drives off.

    Jan

    “I’m going t get you Eugenia! You will be sorry!”

    In a fit of rage, Jan screams as if she is being rapped.

    “People are going to pay for this!”

    Next time on Life in Salem:

    Vivian strikes AGAIN!!

    Downtown Salem, Titian

    Valentine barges right into Vivian’s executive office.

    Vivian, on the phone

    “This ball will be the biggest thing to ever hit Salem. I want all the media outlets there Ivan! Now make it happen damn it.” She slams down the phone, looking up at her sister.

    Vivian

    “What is it? I am a very busy woman. It’s not an easy task running Salem.”

    Valentine

    “I guess you are so busy, you failed to mention to me you plan on taking my shares of Dimera and Alamain. I have been slighted.”

    Vivian

    “Oh please Val; I’ll give you a 49% stake in the new company so you can stop crying.”

    Valentine

    “Then that would mean giving up complete control of everything. I’ll be number two to you.”

    Vivian

    “As it should be. Look, I have been in Salem a lot longer than you have dear sister. I need to win all these companies. I need to have control. No more Dimera, no more Kirakis, no more Titian. It’s all about Vivian Alamain. It’s time to show them what a real woman can do. An Alamain woman. I am going to have my sweet revenge on everyone.”

    Valentine

    “At my expense? How in the hell do you think this merger of yours will work without me signing over my shares?”

    Vivian

    “We are blood. You would do your sister like that?”

    Valentine

    “I most certainly would do my dear OLD sister like that.”

    Vivian

    “I’m not old damn it and stop calling me that! I am wise. I’m the grand Dame of Salem. This is my town and Valentine, you better be on board with this merger. If you know what’s good for you. I don’t want to add you to my list of enemies.”

    Valentine

    “Touche oldie. I own you. You’re forgetting one minor detail.”

    Vivian

    “And what’s that?”

    Valentine

    “I know you set Peter up to die. I own you Vivian. Did you forget that, or do we need to have Lexie Dimera examine you for Alzheimer’s?”

    Vivian

    “Go to hell!”

    Valentine

    “I tan there.”

    Vivian

    “I am not going to let you black mail me. I am in control here! This merger will happen with or without you Valentine. If you even think of exposing my role in Peter’s death, you’ll be sorry. You can take that to the bank. And while you’re there, tell them you knew my role in Peter’s death. If you expose me, you’re only exposing yourself. You’ll go down with me for complicity and withholding information. Not so high and mighty are we dear sister?”

    Valentine

    “You won’t get away with this oldie. I will not give up my shares. “

    Vivian

    “We’ll see. Now get the hell out my office you’re giving me a damn headache.”

    Valentine

    “This is war Vivian Alamain.” And with that said she turns around, walking out the office and making sure to slam the door extra hard to make Vivian’s headache worse.

    Vivian

    “Bitch!” She hollers at Valentine.

    Life in Salem

    Episode 444: Dame of Salem

    Written by ML Cooks

    Story Editor : J Lee Becker

    Executive Story Consult: Tara Smith

    Salem Place Apts.

    Sami’s Apt.

    The smoke alarm goes off as Sami gets a knock on her door.

    “Damn it! It’s always something.”

    Will, walking out from the spare bedroom,

    “Mom, is everything ok? Do you need some help?”

    Sami

    “Just your mother screwing things up as usual. Get the door honey.” She says as she tries to salvage her homemade baked macaroni and cheese in the oven.

    Will opens the door to see his dad Lucas and Jan’s son Bentley and Eugenia with her son Josh.

    Lucas, hearing the smoke detector going off and now Arianna crying,

    “What the hell is going on in here?” He says as they walk inside.

    Sami

    “Everything is fine. Just some well done mac and cheese.”

    Eugenia

    “Thanks goodness I am lactose intolerant.”

    Sami

    “I worked all night on this macaroni and cheese. At least a spoonful Eugenia. Come on… I’m trying to be nice.”

    Destiny brings out a crying Arianna and hands her to Will.

    Will

    “Come to daddy angel.” Will holds her over his shoulder and rocks her.

    Eugenia

    “You are so good with her Will. You’re a great father.”

    Sami

    “And he’s going to get even better now that he is living here with me.”

    Lucas

    “What was that? Will you’re going to live here with your mother?”

    Sami

    “You say that like it’s a bad thing Lucas? Will can’t live in a hotel and be a father to Arianna. You’re in no position to help out considering the things you have just been through. Getting tricked to marry Jan Spears. You have her son Bentley and Eugenia and her son Josh. Me,… I have nothing. So it’s perfect, Will and Arianna will live here until he’s is 18. He’ll get a part time job in the mean time and attend school every day. I will help babysit my granddaughter.”

    Will

    “Mom you’re doing it again.”

    Sami

    “What’s that?”

    Will

    “You have not even mentioned Destiny.”

    Sami

    “Oh,…yeah ok. And Destiny will be living here too.”

    Will

    “Mom, I am warning you, if you don’t treat my girlfriend with respect, my family and I will leave.”

    Destiny, smiles at the word family Will used to describe her.

    Sami

    “I’m sorry Will. It won’t happen again.”

    Lucas

    “Will, are you sure? You don’t think it will be a little crowded here? I mean there are only two bedrooms here. 4 people will be living here.”

    Sami

    “Well where do you and Eugenia live Lucas?”

    Eugenia

    “We are staying at the Salem Inn for now. We have been through a lot and it all happened so fast Sami.”

    Lucas

    “Yea. We had a happy home at the Spear Mansion. We were all fine there until Jan played with my life.”

    Will

    “I swear that will never happen to us.” He says looking at Destiny and winking his eye.

    “ You two and love just don’t mix.”

    Eugenia

    “I love your dad. And we are going to get married. Sometimes love takes time. And time is what Lucas and I have. Love is not easy”

    Sami

    “Yea ok…. Let’s eat.” Sami begins to serve everyone. She looks up and sees Eugenia openly breast feeding Josh.

    “Gross, Eugenia can you please cover that up or take it to the bathroom. You’re ruining my appetite.”

    Lucas

    “You’re so rude Sami”

    Eugenia

    “No Lucas it’s ok. My apologies Samantha.” Eugenia gets up and excuses herself.

    Destiny

    “You’re rude to everyone Ms. Brady.”

    Sami

    “Whatever do you mean?”

    Will

    “Mom you know what she means. Maybe you need a boyfriend or something.” Will looks back and forth at Sami and Lucas. Lucas catches this look and knows what it means.

    “Sorry son, you’re mother and I will never be. I have moved on with Eugenia. I love her. It’s time to move on with my life. I just dread the fact of going to get all of our things from the Spears Mansion. I know Jan is going to cause a scene. She is out of control.”

    Salem University Hospital

    Carrie walks into John’s room and sees Lexie taking some vitals.

    “Lexie! Is something wrong?”

    Lexie

    “Carrie, oh hi, no just a routine vital check.”

    Carrie

    “So no change in his condition?”

    Lexie

    “Unfortunately not. John is still in a coma.”

    Carrie

    “Thanks Lexie, if you don’t mind I would like some time alone with my dad.”

    Lexie

    “Of course.” Lexie leaves Carrie with John.

    Carrie pulls up a chair and sits next to him.

    “Dad, it’s me Carrie. I came to visit you. Can you hear me in there?.....I wish you’d come back to us. We need you. We miss you. So much has happened since you been in this coma. Austin cheated on me. I am now with Brandon, and your beloved Marlena has been shot and killed. I don’t know how you are going to handle that. That might even kill you yet.” Her personal conversation is interrupted when Belle barges in with tears in her eyes.

    Carrie

    “Belle, what’s the matter?”

    Belle rushes over and just wraps her arms around Carrie. Carrie holds her back.

    “It’s Nicolas. We had a huge fight.”

    Carrie, pulling back from the embrace

    “About what?” She says handing her some tissue

    Belle

    “This stupid war with his Aunt Vivian. She is going to merge Alamain, Kirakis/Titian, and the Dimera estates to form an empire that will control Salem. Nicholas is trying to stop her and wants me to be under handed for him. He wants me to steal some insider information for him to use against Vivian. I just can’t do it Carrie.”

    Carrie

    “I understand. I just can’t believe Nick would ask you to do something like that.”

    Belle

    “He basically told me we could not be together if I did not help him. He just left me there Carrie. He walked out on me.” Belle cries even harder as Carrie holds her again.

    Belle

    “He left me.”

    Salem National Airport

    Bo and Kristen walk inside the airport.

    Kristen

    “What a long flight. I am so glad to be back home in the states. I need a nice hot bath.”

    Bo

    “I miss my kids and my wife.”

    Kristen, does not respond, somewhat hurt that Bo is talking about his family.

    Bo

    “Listen Kristen, I don’t want anyone to get hurt. I love my wife and I am not ready to tell her about you and I sleeping together again.”

    Kristen

    “What’s this? Bo wants to keep secrets now? I remember a time when you’re whole family crucified mine for keeping secrets. My, my how have the tables have turned?”

    Bo

    “I’m not proud of this ok. And unlike you, I do have regrets about us making love again. Hope and I have been through so much and we just barely found our way back to each other. She would not be able to handle the fact we had sex again….. God how could I be so stupid!?”

    Kristen

    “It was in the heat of passion. I know you feel something for me as I feel something for you. If you’re heart was truly with Hope, then you would have been able to control yourself last night. You won’t have to worry about me. I will not be the one to tell Hope. That’s your wife; you have to deal with that.”

    Bo

    “The old Kristen I knew would have blackmailed me or tried to hurt someone with this kind of information. “

    Kristen

    “I’m a new woman now Bo. I am done with the lies and the evil schemes. They get you no where in the end. I will never forget the day I was exposed at my wedding to John. Thanks to that cluck Susan. No one will ever know how humiliated I was. But no more. I have learned from all of that and I am now at peace with the things I have done. I am not saying I am perfect, but I am a different person. Bo, I love our passion. My feelings for you grow stronger day by day. I don’t mean to hurt Hope, but I can’t help how I feel about you.”

    Bo

    “Kristen PLEASE! Don’t do this! Please don’t talk like that.”

    Kristen

    “Why Bo? Is it too much to handle? Are you afraid I might get some feelings stirred up?”

    Bo

    “It’s been too late for that. Kristen, I don’t know what is happening here. I am developing feelings for you and they feel so wrong. I feel so guilty. It feels like a forbidden passion. It’s feels almost as if this is a taboo. Me and Kristen Dimera, together? Then I think of what this would do too Hope. She has just recovered from a crack habit. I am so afraid she may slip back to that. I just got her back.”

    Kristen

    “Bo, Hope does not need your pity. If you don’t really love her then why are you with her? All you keep saying is how much you don’t want to hurt. I don’t hear how much you really love her... Do you really want to be with Hope?”

    Bo

    “I have children with her. We already lost Shawn.”

    Kristen

    “You know, I have a saying my mother used to say. As the world turns, seasons change and so do people. If there is no love between you and Hope, then you are not doing any favors for anybody. People will get hurt more. Look Bo I know you have some things to think about. You have some decisions to make. Again, I will not say a word to anyone about the best night of love making I ever had. I want to thank you for that. Thank you for taking me to ecstasy. I wish all women could experience what you gave me. Just know one thing before I leave.”

    Bo

    “And what’s that?”

    Kristen

    “I love you.” She smiles and then walks away from him, leaving the airport.

    Bo is left standing there, again speechless by Kristen. He slowly leaves the airport with thoughts of last night’s love session with Kristen.

    “I can’t tell Hope. At least not right now. It would destroy her and I can’t risk her smoking drugs again.” He thinks to himself as he leaves the airport.

    Padre Island</SPAN>

    Kristen sitting alongside the ocean front at a table at a bar opens the envelope to see who killed her brother. Kristen is stunned to see the pictures.

    Bo

    “Well who is it? Who did it?”

    Kristen hands the pictures to Bo. He looks at them,

    “They are blank. It’s a rouse. See, I told you to let me handle this. But you knew it all. Now you’ve wasted 5 million dollars.”

    Kristen

    “Money is no object to me. I have lots of it. No dollar amount will deter me from getting justice for my brother.”

    Bo

    “We need to get the hell out of here. Someone is playing games with us. They know we are here, they know you are rich. It could be a set up.”

    Kristen

    “You are right. Someone is trying to throw us off.”

    Bo

    “Yea and we got to figure out whom. Because whoever it is either killed Peter or knows who did.”

    Kristen

    “Ok, I’m going to get my things.”

    Bo

    “Kristen wait...”

    She turns around and looks at him. He doesn’t say anything at first.

    Kristen

    “It’s about last night?”

    Bo

    “Yes.”

    Kristen

    “Bo, I have no regrets. I don’t feel bad and I dong feel guilty.” She then turns around and walks away without giving him a chance to respond. Bo is simply stuck right now. It’s as if time is standing still. He can’t believe Kristen has no regrets.

    “What is happening here? I should not be feeling like this for Kristen. But I can’t help myself. She does something to me. What am I going to do?”

    Life in Salem

    Episode 443: Vivian owns Salem!

    Written by ML Cooks

    Executive Story Consult: Tara Smith

    Back in Salem, Downtown to be precise.

    Nicholas, Belle, Justin, Celeste, Valentine, Megan, and Tony all wait alongside with dozens of media outlets such as Fox News, MSNBC, BBC, LA Times, Glamour Magazine, in front of a podium in front of Titian.

    Then Vivian Alamain comes up to the podium. She fixes the microphone to speak into it.

    “Thank you all for coming today. As I have been quoted in the press, something big is about to happen here in Salem and I wanted to take this opportunity to delve into those details. As you all know, I virtually own Salem. I own 100 percent of Titian and 50 percent of Alamain Inc and The Dimera Empire. With my sister, Valentine owning the other half of the latter two. The two of us are a force to be reckoned with. In order to maximize profits margins and streamlining production, I plan to merge all three companies to form VAAmalgamation. This stands for the Vivian Alamain conglomeration. My people are working out all the legalities and it will be official in 4 weeks. I am hosting a ball, The VAAmalgamation Ball. This will signify the opening operations under the banner, VAAmalgamation. In 30 days, the likes of Titian, Dimera and Kirakis will cease to exist. Look out for your invitations in the mail. That is all I have.” Vivian then walks back into the building, leaving everyone stunned, especially Valentine, who was not even informed of this plan.

    Everyone has reactions to what they just heard:

    Justin

    “I can’t let Vivian do this. I can’t let her kill the Kirakis name. The brand. I won’t let this happen.” Justin leaves intent on stopping Vivian.

    Celeste

    “She’s trying to consolidate her power. I can’t let her do this. My daughter is a Dimera and I will not have Vivian taking what’s due to Lexie away. This war is personal now Vivian Alamain. I will not let you do this.” Celeste leaves the press conference intent on coming up with her plan to stop Vivian Alamain.

    Tony looks at his sister Megan,

    “I know we are not going to stand here and let Vivian kill the Dimera name. Father would roll in his grave.”

    Megan

    “I trust you will take care of this. I have my own serious issues to take care of. I don’t get into all this business stuff.” Megan leaves and Tony is stunned that she does not want to join the war to protect their name and stake in Dimera.

    “Well I am certainly not going to allow that nut Vivian Alamain merge these companies.” He leaves the press conference.

    A reporter walks up to Nicholas and Belle

    “Mr. Alamain, what role if any at all will you serve in this new company?”

    Nicholas

    “I don’t communicate with the elder Alamain. I no longer work at Alamain. There is no room there for me under this charade of a new regime”

    Reporter

    “But isn’t Alamain Inc, part of the family legacy? Is their a family rift?”

    Nicholas

    “Vivian is no family of mine. This merger won’t take place. Vivian has done a lot of twisted things and I have a feeling they will come back to haunt her. Too many powerful people are against this merger and it will not take place. That’s a fact.”

    Reporter

    “Is that a threat Mr. Alamain?”

    Nicholas

    “No sir. It’s a fact.” Nicholas grabs Belle hand and walks off from the reporter. He walks over to his aunt Valentine.

    Nicholas

    “Did you know about this?”

    Val

    “No I didn’t. This is the first time I’m hearing it just like you.”

    Nicholas

    “Your own sister...... She couldn’t even include you in her “ ...making air quotes ....“merger” plan. She needs you. How is this merger supposed to take place? Are you giving up your shares of Dimera and Alamain? That’s what will happen if you sign onto to this. What’s it going to be Val? Whose side are you on? Mine or that snake sister of yours?”

    Valentine looks at them perplexed as she thinks of what Vivian is doing.

    Midtown Salem, Salem Square

    Alexis is sitting at a table reading a magazine. She notices Robyn walking past her and decides to stop and talk to her.

    Alexis

    “Robyn, wait, I need to talk to you.” She says catching up to her.

    Robyn

    How dare you speak to me you tramp?”

    Alexis

    “I have some information I think you might find interesting.”

    Robyn

    “Don’t you get tired of messing with people’s lives? First, you had to be hot pants and sleep with my son and his father. You’re a tramp. Don’t you know how deeply Jeremy is hurt by your slutty actions?”

    Alexis

    “Jeremy knows I am sorry for that. It was a mistake.”

    Robyn

    “You’re a mistake. You’re mother should have never given birth to you. You’re a whore... And don’t you ever, speak to me ever again and stay the hell away from my family!”Robyn turns around to begin walking away but she stops when she hears:

    “Does that family include Mike?”

    Robyn turns back around and walks back to her,

    “Keep your damn voice down.”

    Alexis

    “I assume that is a yes. Just admit it. You only hate me because I slept with Mike. You still love him.”

    Robyn

    “Don’t flatter yourself. You don’t know anything about me.”

    Alexis

    “I do know Mike and April are getting it on. Right in his office at the hospital. Looks like you’re a loser too. I can’t have Jeremy and you’re not going to have Mike. He’s moving on with April. I saw it myself. In fact call Mike up right now and ask him.”

    Robyn tries to slap Alexis but Alexis is quicker, by grabbing her hand.

    Alexis

    “Admit it Robyn, you’re losing your touch. You’re not what you used to be.” Alexis smiles at her walking away.

    Robyn

    “Bitch!” She utters at Alexis. She wipes a tear from her cheek.

    “Mike and April?” She says feeling hurt.

    The Carver House

    Lexie gets a knock on her door. She answers it and sees her mother Celeste.

    Celeste

    “Thank God you’re home dahling.” She says hugging her.

    Lexie, face frowning up

    “Mom what’s wrong?”

    Celeste

    “It’s Vivian.”

    Lexie

    “Here we go again. Mom please, you really have to give this up.”

    Celeste

    “Dahling no.... I can’t. She is planning to erase the Dimera name. She is going to merge Titian, Kirakis, and Dimera under some kind of conglomeration.”

    Lexie

    “I don’t understand why are you telling me?”

    Celeste

    “You have to stop her before it’s too late. You are a Dimera by blood. It’s time for us to take what is our’s once and for all dahling. What is Theo going to have? My grandson deserves the riches of the Dimera name. I have been through too much with Stefano not to make this happen. We owe it to ourselves. Let’s continue on the Dimera legacy, in new way. Make the name good. “

    Lexie

    “I can’t believe what you are asking me to do. This will put me at direct odds with Vivian Alamain. This would add to your war with her. I don’t know….. I am raising Theo. Trying to get over Abe and ignore the fact he is with Maggie. I am focusing on becoming chief of staff at University Hospital. I don’t want to add this war to my life.”

    Celeste

    “Dahling, don’t think of it like that. Theo deserves it. It would grant him financial security. Something he can have. Do it for your son dahling.”

    Lexie continues to look at her mother pondering if she join the war against Vivian Alamain and stake a claim in the Dimera Dynasty.

    Back outside of Titan

    Nicholas

    “It’s real simple Val. Your rotten sister, or me, join me and in stopping Vivian. She is trying to cut you out. Don’t you see that? What is it going to be? “

    Valentine

    “I can’t answer at this time Nicky. “

    Nicholas

    “What do you mean? Why not?”

    Valentine

    “It’s nothing personal. It’s strictly business.” She says coolly then walking inside of Titian.

    Nicholas is furious and looks at Belle.

    Belle

    “Honey I’m so sorry.”

    Nicholas

    “Now Val has turned into Vivian. I thought I could trust her. But she’s like the rest of the family. A back stabber! I can’t believe this is happening. I have to get Valentine on my team. She is the only one who can put a stop to this madness. She has to wise up. Vivian is going to cut her out of everything.”

    Belle

    “I am sure you will be able to get through to her.”

    Nicholas

    “What if I don’t? I have to have a plan B.”

    Belle

    “A plan B?”

    Nicholas

    “I need another avenue to assure that Vivian won’t be able to merge these companies. I need some insider information.”

    Belle

    “I don’t like where this is going.”

    Nicolas

    “Belle, you still work at Titian. You have access to some important information.”

    Belle

    “Oh no, Nick, I don’t think so. I don’t do that kind of stuff. I want no part in this.”

    Nicholas

    “Belle,…… you too? You’re going to betray me too?”

    Belle

    “Betray you? So Because I won’t be a mole, I am betraying you? What choices are you giving me?”

    Nicholas

    “I can’t let Vivian do this. She has to be stopped. I am going to lose everything if I let her take over all these companies. I need your help. In fact, I think you are the only person who can help me.”

    Belle

    “Nicholas please don’t make it like this. You’re asking me go against what I believe in. I’m not under handed. I can’t do this for you.”

    Nicolas

    “Well Belle, it looks I have no one. Everyone is against me!”

    Belle

    “No I’m NOT! I love you! I’m here for you. Just because I won’t be under handed for you doesn’t mean I don’t love you.”

    Nicholas

    “If you can’t help me then that lets me know you really don’t love me.” After saying such a bold statement he walks away.

    Belle

    “Nicholas! Don’t walk away? How dare you!?”

    He ignores her, gets in his car and speeds off. Belle is left there at the scene in tears.

    Johnson Returns!

    By daysfan,

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    AFTER A SEVEN YEAR ABSENCE FROM SALEM, JAY KENNETH JOHNSON RETURNS AS PHILIP KIRIAKIS!

    Philip Kiriakis is heading back to LIS...but this time, played by his most known and most loved portrayer, Jay Kenneth Johnson! Philip has been on LIS before, played by Kyle Brandt(2006-2007, 2008), but he was sent off after kidnapping and stalking Belle in 2007, going into a rage after the revelation that Claire was not his daughter, and only returning for one guest episode in 2008, when his father Victor visited him in prison. However, now, under the pen of new HW ML Cooks, Philip is heading back to Salem in the wake of his father's death! Johnson will reprise his role in the next several episodes, and he is here to stay!

    "One thing ML wants to do is re-establish family on LIS," Tara Smith explains "With all these cuts, and some more coming, the family aspect has really diminished, but he's going to change that. One important family in his vision is the Kiriakis's, and while we already have Justin and Bo on the cast, one very important element of the family is Philip. He will help lead the family now that Victor is gone. We're happy to have Jay back, and Philip will definitely be a central player on the show."

    Now, with Philip back, will he still have feelings for Belle? "Philip and Belle have alot of loose ends still left...and Belle's relationship with Nicholas will soon be on the ice, and Philip is alot more emotionally stable than the last time he was in Salem...you'll just have to stay tuned to see where it goes."

    Also, expect a few more announcements over the next few days and weeks!

    Flight 720 lands at Salem Airport as night falls.

    The plane opens its door and Nicole is the first passenger to get off the plane. Nicole is clearly distraught and crying, with dried up black eye mascara on her face. As she walks into the airport, she wipes tears as she thinks of Travis’s death.

    “I can’t believe some one killed my Travis. We were going to be so happy. Who would do this? Who would kill Travis?” She is now inside the airport and sees her mother Faye waiting for her. Faye walks over to her and gives her a hug.

    Faye

    “I am so sorry for your loss.”

    Nicole

    “I just can’t believe this is happening. Cyanide,... that’s really serious. I didn’t know that stuff was still made.” Who would do something like this?”

    Faye

    “It is scary. I am just glad it wasn’t you.”

    Nicole

    “I bet I know who did this.” Nicole stops for a minute and think of Greta.

    Faye

    “Honey who? Who did this?”

    Nicole

    “It’s not important mother but trust me I will get to the bottom of this.”

    Faye

    “Nikki, you’re scaring me. I don’t like when you talk like this. It always leads to trouble.”

    Nicole

    “No trouble at all mother. It’s time to turn the tables. I have to put an end to this madness. This rabied Bitch has to be stopped! Take me to the police station; I need help in brining this person to justice.” Nicole storms out the airport with Faye following.

    As they leave, Greta enters the airport disguised as an older blonde. She watches Faye and Nicole drive off.

    “So you want to play a hero now huh Nicole? You want to turn me in to the police? You think you’re smarter than me? You think you know it all? I got news for you Bitch. You’re next. You’re going to die too.” She says, chuckling to herself as she thinks of how she is going to kill Nicole.

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    Episode 442: State of Drunkenness

    Written by ML Cooks

    Executive Story Consult: Tara Smith

    Salem Place Apts.

    Sami who was doing her hair, gets a knock on her door, she stops to answer her door. She is happy when she sees her son Will, his daughter Arianna and his girlfriend Destiny.

    Sami hugs them all.

    “Come in. I just ordered a pizza.” She picks up Arianna and cuddle’s her.

    “How is my little grandbaby?’ She looks at Will.

    “I can’t believe you’ve made me a grandmother so early in life.”

    Will

    “Come on mom. Let’s not go there again.”

    Sami

    “I am just so thankful she is safe and with you. You are her father and she should be with no one else. Thank God Benard and Crystal are out the picture.”

    Will

    “I feel the same.”

    Sami

    “So how has school been for the two of you? Who’s been watching my precious grandbaby while you two are in school?”

    They don’t answer at first.

    Will

    “Uh, we take turns staying home from school so we can watch Arianna.”

    Sami

    “WHAT? Why didn’t you ask me? I would have! Will you must have an education. You don’t want to be a bum trying to raise your daughter.”

    Destiny

    “He’s not a bum and he won’t be one. He loves his daughter very much and we are trying to do this on our own.”

    Will

    “Destiny, it’s ok.”

    Sami

    “I don’t think I like your tone with me Anna.”

    Destiny

    “You know that’s not my name.”

    Will

    “Mom, please don’t start. I know an education is important. I am going to make my daughter proud of me.”

    Sami

    “Good! I am glad to hear it. You need help raising this little one. You are only 17. You must get your diploma and go on to college. You’re going to need my help.”

    Will

    “What help mom?”

    Sami

    “I heard about your father’s fiasco with Eugenia and Jan.”

    Will

    “Yea, Jan did some vial things. “

    Sami

    “With Jan back, I assume all of you guys won’t be living at the Spears Mansion. Where have you two been staying at?”

    Will

    “Dad is putting us up in a hotel.”

    Sami

    “Non sense. You two will move here. I have a spare bedroom. I can watch Arianna while you two are at school. Then when you get home, I will pitch in and help watch her while you do your home work.”

    Will

    “Mom please. Arianna and I are managing just fine at the Salem Inn.”

    Sami

    “A hotel room is no place to raise a baby. You don’t have a job and barely going to school. You two are going to live here, go to school and get part time jobs. You will be responsible parents. You two can stay here rent free, just save money to get your own place when you turn 18.”

    Destiny

    “Will I do think it’s a good idea.’

    Sami

    “Good Anna agrees, It’s settled.”

    Will

    “Under one condition.’

    Sami

    “OK……?”

    Will

    “Call Destiny by her rightful name.”

    Sami

    “Of course.” She hugs her son. “This is wonderful. I am going to invite your dad and his wife over for dinner. So we can tell them the news.”

    Will

    “Oh God. Why me? You, me, Destiny, my dad and Eugenia in the same room? It’s a disaster waiting to happen.”

    It’s morning on Padre Island

    Kristen is lying in Bo’s arms on the couch as they both sleep. They hear a loud pounding at the door. They both jump up and look at each other’s naked bodies and remember they had sex.

    Bo

    “Oh my God. I can’t believe we did it again.’ He says putting his jeans on. He opens the door and sees the receptionist.

    “You have an important call down stairs padre. The caller said it was urgent and something about a Pete Blake.”

    Kristen, fully dressed now, coming from around the corner,

    “Oh my God, It’s about Peter. It’s for me.”

    Bo

    “Let me handle this.”

    Kristen

    “I’m a big girl Bo, I can handle this.” Kristen follows the receptionist downstairs to take the call.

    Bo just stands in the doorway feeling guilty, that he betrayed Hope again last night. After he vowed and promised he is over Kristen, after he gave her his word she could trust him on this trip.

    “How could I be stupid? I’ve hurt Hope again. “He then leaves the room to go downstairs to see about the phone call. Kristen comes up running to him.

    Kristen

    “Bo we have to go. A man named Paco wants to meet us by the bar on the ocean front. He is going to hand us an envelope with a name in it, and pictures of the person who really killed Peter.”

    Bo

    “And what does this Paco want in return?”

    Kristen

    “5 million dollars.”

    Bo

    “Oh come on. You’re really going to fall this trap?”

    Kristen

    “We have to at least try Bo. This could be are only chance. Are you going to come with me or what?”

    Bo

    “Yes.”

    Kristen

    “Good.” They leave the hotel to head to the bar.

    Jan throws herself through the front door of her Mansion with a bottle of whiskey in her hand. She looks around and sees family pictures of her, Lucas and Bentley. She takes it and throws it at the wall as the glass in the frame shatters.

    “It was all a waste of time. All thanks to Greta. It all started when Greta kidnapped me. That’s when Lucas met that ugly Eugenia. She did this to me. She has to be stopped. This has gone too far.” She takes a big gulp of her bottle. She then sees a picture of her true love Shawn Brady. She stumbles over to the picture and picks it up. She kisses it.

    “I will not let Lucas take our son away from us. Bentley is my key to you. My connection to you. He has your blood and I will never let that go. He is all I have. He’s all I got from you lover.” She takes another swig of the bottle.

    “I love you Shawn. I wish you were here to ease the pain. ‘She begins to break I into tears, as she begins knocking over furniture and breaking expensive glassware in a fit of raging anger. She completly destroys the first floor. She takes another sip of her whiskey and then collapses to the ground, drunken.

    Back on Padre Island

    Bo and Kristen are sitting at a table drinking Cosmos.

    Bo

    “Do you know what Paco looks like?”

    Kristen

    “No, He’ll have a large orange colored envelope.”

    Bo

    “This is so absurd.”

    Kristen

    “Maybe not.” Kristen sees a man approaching her with an envelope. “There he is!”

    Paco, approaching them

    “Are you Ms. Dimera?”

    Kristen

    “I am. You have info for me on who killed my brother?”

    Paco

    “Do you have the money?”

    Bo, interjecting

    “Now wait a minute!”

    Kristen

    “Shut the hell up Bo! Don’t screw this up!”

    Bo

    “Fine!"

    Kristen pulls out an envelope filled of cash, 5 million dollars to be exact and hands it to Paco. Paco hands her the envelope and rushes off.

    Bo

    “See he left to fast. He’s up to something. This was too easy.”

    Kristen

    “I am about to prove you wrong. We are about to find out who killed my brother.” Kristen opens the envelope and pulls out a picture and is stunned to see…………