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  1. EPISODE 121 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson Alex comes down the steps of the Kiriakis mansion, adjusting his tie as he prepares for work. At the bottom of the steps, he turns to enter the living room, finding Justin there, as he ends a call on his cell phone. JUSTIN: (into phone) Yeah, thanks. I'll be there. Hanging up, Justin turns to face Alex. JUSTIN: Alex! Good morning! ALEX: Hey, Dad. I've uh...I've got some news. JUSTIN: Yeah, so do I. Uh...you want a cup of coffee before you head out? Alex walks into the living room and sits down on the sofa, as Justin steps over to the caraffe placed on a silver tray in the corner. ALEX: Yeah, sure. Thanks. Justin pours Alex a cup, as well as one for himself, and hands one over to his son. He then sits down in the easy chair next to Alex. ALEX: So uh...what's your news? JUSTIN: Well...it looks like we've got a hell of a day ahead of us...someone tried to break into the Titan server last night, someone who was trying to sabotage the EnerNext project. Alex looks up at his dad, surprised and concerned. --- Jerome walks back into the living room from the kitchen at the Grant house, finding Valerie sitting in her living room, finishing up her interview with Crystal Clarke, the nurse she's looking to hire at University Hospital. She makes a final note on her notepad, before looking up at the screen. VALERIE: Alright, I think that's everything I need. Listen, Crystal, you've really impressed me, so...I can't guarantee anything, but there's a very good chance you'll be coming on board with us at University Hospital. CRYSTAL: (through the computer) Oh that's great, thank you so much! VALERIE: Now, I have to check your references, but either way, I'll let you know by this afternoon if you have the job or not, okay? Jerome stands back, out of his grandmother's sight, listening in on the end of the interview. As he does, he looks toward the coat rack by the door, and quietly as possible, makes his way over to it. Jerome smiles widely as he realizes his plan's coming together nicely. He leans into Valerie's coat pocket, and pulls out her hospital key card, slyly placing it in his own pocket, as Valerie finishes up her interview, oblivious to Jerome's theft. CRYSTAL: (through the computer) I can't wait. Thanks again, Dr. Grant. VALERIE: It's no trouble at all, Crystal. I'll speak to you soon. Valerie shuts her computer and Jerome comes into the living room about then. Valerie looks up, and smiles. VALERIE: Oh hi, Baby. JEROME: Hey Grandma! VALERIE: Did you get yourself a cup of coffee from the kitchen? JEROME: Yeah! Yeah I did. Hey...uh...how did the interview go? VALERIE: Oh, extremely well. I'm absolutely going to be hiring her. I just...you know, I can't say it straight out or else I can get into all kinds of trouble. Jerome hangs back, as Valerie gets up from her seat on the couch, and picks up her laptop from the table, putting it in her laptop bag. JEROME: So how soon will you have her come to Salem, then? VALERIE: Well...if everything works out right...I'm hoping we can have her up here by the end of this week. Jerome nods, trying to hide a smile as he collects his information for Sheryl's plan. --- At the office of the Justice of the Peace, Eric, Nicole, and Daniel wait with the Justice of the Peace for Chloe's arrival. As they mill about, chatting excitedly, the door opens. Chloe pokes her head in and smiles, calling out to the group in a singsong voice. CHLOE: I'm heeeere! Nicole screams in excitement as she runs over to give her best friend a hug. NICOLE: Ohhhh I'm so glad you could make it. CHLOE: Ohhh I wouldn't miss this for the world. As they pull out of their hug, they hold each other's hands and smile at each other. CHLOE: You have no idea how happy I am for both of you. You deserve this, Nicole. NICOLE: Thank you. Nicole turns toward everyone else, a big, glowing smile on her face. NICOLE: Well, I guess we should get started. Nicole steps toward Eric, and the Justice of the Peace, while Daniel and Chloe stand behind them, as Eric takes Nicole's hand in hers, and looks deeply into her eyes, as they begin the ceremony. --- Sami and Marlena sit in traffic, Sami anxiously trying to find a way to escape the endless traffic jam she finds herself in. MARLENA: Do you know when they were planning to start the ceremony? SAMI: No idea. Nick just said they were headed there now, so I don't think we have much time. MARLENA: Oh God. What is Eric THINKING? SAMI: Oh come on, you know Nicole's his achilles heel, Mom. She's suckered him in once before. MARLENA: You're right...I just hope we aren't already too late. Marlena looks out the window and sees the next exit clearing up ahead. She frantically points toward it to get Sami's attention. MARLENA: Sami! Take the next exit, right there. Quick! SAMI: I'm on it! Sami quickly puts her signal on, turning out into the next lane to make their way off the crowded highway. --- --- Gabi and Will stand in their living room, looking down at the gun that EJ has handed Gabi for protection. Will sighs as he slowly looks up at Gabi. WILL: I hate to say this but...EJ was right to give you this. GABI: You won't hear any argument from me. Gabi starts to walk away toward the kitchen area to put on a pot of coffee. Will watches her walk off, surprised by her appearance of nonchalance. WILL: You don't seem the least bit fazed by this. Gabi stops, as she grabs the caraffe from the coffee maker. She looks at Will and shrugs. GABI: Will, I'm doing what I have to do to protect all of us. Will looks on at Gabi, incredulous. WILL: You don't think this is just a bit...extreme? Gabi, this should be such a red flag to you of how far this whole situation has gone. Don't you see how deep you've got yourself involved in all this? Gabi runs the water, filling up the caraffe, before turning and placing the caraffe down on the countertop, exasperated. GABI: Don't you think I know that? Don't you think I've replayed this over and over and over in my mind a million times? I'm terrified, Will. I'm fighting for my life, and your life, and Sonny's life...but most important is that little girl over there. Gabi points toward Ari sitting in her crib, Will looks over at his daughter momentarily, a mix of love and worry in his eyes, as Gabi continues, growing increasingly emotional, before starting to tear up. GABI: I am fighting to make sure that Arianna doesn't have to live another day with the threat of that sick bastard hanging over all our heads. I want that little girl to grow up with her family around her. And I am running out of ways to do that. And I am scared, Will. I am so scared. Will looks back at Gabi, realizing how terrified shs really is for the first time, and responds softly. WILL: You don't have to be scared, Gabi. We're all here for you-- Gabi snaps, cutting Will off as she becomes more and more emotional. GABI: YOU CAN'T GUARANTEE THAT, WILL! Not if we don't do something to stop Nick. And fast. Because I will not let my daughter lose her parents, or her grandparents because of that sleaze. EVER. Will stares at an almost-crazed Gabi, both of them deeply worried and deeply upset by their circumstance. Will walks over to an emotional Gabi and gives her a hug, as Gabi begins to sob on his shoulder. --- Alex looks at his father, totally stunned by the news he's just heard. ALEX: I'm sorry, what? JUSTIN: The um...the same people that hacked the City Hall server yesterday that was in the news? They tried to break into Titan's servers last night, and corrupt all the files associated with the EnerNext oil sands project, including all your promotional work you've been working on with Will. ALEX: Oh my God. Justin holds up a hand, hoping to stop Alex from freaking out. JUSTIN: Now, hold on. Before you panic, we stopped them in time, but you have to know, it's someone in the graphic design department that's responsible. ALEX: That means they're under my watch. Justin nods, uncomfortable sharing the news with his son. JUSTIN: Yeah. Now, Tyler may have something to say about that. Umm, for now the press doesn't know, but they want to hold an emergency board meeting about it later today, and...hopefully, we can get some of this sorted out. Alex looks down, away from Justin's gaze. He tries to soak in all the information, momentarily holding his head in his hands. ALEX: God. When it rains, it pours, doesn't it? JUSTIN: You can say that again. Alex gets up from his seat and begins to pace the room, Justin looks on, trying to reassure him. JUSTIN: Listen, I don't think anything grave is going to happen where your department is concerned. I just want to give you the head's up. Keep quiet if anyone calls or any press get wind of it. We need to keep this out of the press at all costs. There's way too much riding on getting this project off the ground. ALEX: I know, Dad. Don't worry. (sigh) But...that's not even the biggest problem we've got right now. Justin looks over at Alex, confused. JUSTIN: What do you mean? Alex pulls his tablet out from his briefcase, and, after pressing a few spots on the screen, hands it over to Justin. ALEX: Mom's decided to follow in Harper's footsteps. Justin studies the electronic edition of the Salem Spectator for a moment, before looking up at his son, surprised by the headline. --- Sheryl steps out of the bathroom, her hair wrapped in a towel, and wearing a matching white dressing gown. She hears a heavy knock on the door and quickly makes her way over to the front door of the motel room, checking to see who it is through the peephole. Seeing that it's Jerome, she quickly lets him in, hoping no one sees him. SHERYL: Get in, get in, get in. Closing the door behind her, she looks at Jerome expectantly, as Jerome takes off the hat he wore to disguise himself, and reaches into his pocket. SHERYL: So...what did we get? Jerome pulls a USB stick from his pocket, and hands it to Sheryl. JEROME: Everything you need to become Crystal Clarke, RN. Sheryl cocks an eyebrow, impressed by what Jerome has managed to do. --- Sami pulls up to the City Hall, and quickly puts her car in Park and turns the car off. SAMI: Okay. We're here! MARLENA: Now, let's just hope we get in there before it's too late. SAMI: From your mouth to God's ear, Mom. Ripping the keys from the ignition, she and Marlena, make a made dash inside, hoping to stop the wedding in time. ... Justice of the Peace Watkins stands before a beaming Eric and Nicole, as they stand before him, holding each other's hands. JOP WATKINS: Well, good morning, and I am pleased to stand before you today, to join Nicole, and Eric, in matrimony. ... Running up to the front desk, Sami waves frantically, trying to get the attention of the front desk clerk. DESK CLERK: Can I help you ladies? MARLENA: Yes, I'm Dr. Marlena Evans, and I-- The desk clerk lights up, recognizing Marlena immediately. DESK CLERK: Oh my GOSH! Dr. Evans! I remember you from when you used to have that radio show on years ago! Never thought I'd see the day... Marlena tries to cut her off, impatiently trying to move things along without being rude. MARLENA: Yes, that was...years ago, listen, my son is getting married today, and we need to know which room they're in. Can you help me and my daughter? We're very late. The desk clerk smiles, ever-so-casually getting up from her seat, and smiling warmly at Marlena. DESK CLERK: Oh, for you? Anything, Dr. Evans. MARLENA: Thank you. I don't mean to be short but we're very late, and I don't want to miss the big moment, so...if you could. The desk clerk sits herself slowly down at the computer, nodding happily. DESK CLERK: No trouble at all, Dr. Evans. MARLENA: Thanks again. Much to Marlena's chagrin, the desk clerk continues to prattle on as she slowly starts to look up the room for the wedding. DESK CLERK: You know, you hear all these things about what's happened to you in the years since the show ended, and I think it's just such a shame, all these ridiculous rumours that swirl around, them saying you killed all those people but...really...kidnapped them and...I can't even keep track! (laughs) People really need to stop with all this fake news, you know? Marlena resists rolling her eyes, as Sami gives Marlena a look of pure irritation. ... JOP WATKINS: If anyone sees just cause why these two should not be joined, let them speak now, or forever hold their peace. After a moment of silence in the room, Nicole quietly laughs, thrilled that the ceremony can go on without objection. JOP WATKINS: In that case...Eric Brady, do you take Nicole Walker to be your wife? Eric smiles warmly at Nicole, squeezing her hands gently, as he answers softly. ERIC: I do. ... The desk clerk clicks on a tab on her computer screen, almost too deliberately, before turning toward Marlena and Sami. DESK CLERK: What did you say your son's name was, Dr. Evans? MARLENA: Ah, Eric Brady...he's to be married to a Nicole Walker. DESK CLERK: Alright... The desk clerk hits "search" on her database window, and the computer begins to work. After a tense moment, the desk clerk looks back at Marlena and Sami and smiles, slightly apologetically. DESK CLERK: I don't know if you heard, but the servers were down here yesterday, so it's taking a while for the system to get back into the groove of things. (laughs) Oh, you know technology! Sami and Marlena smile awkwardly, as Sami responds this time. SAMI: Oh, do I ever. ... JOP WATKINS: Do you, Nicole Walker, take this man, Eric Brady, to be your husband? Nicole, without a moment's hesitation, excitedly answers, nearly bouncing as she answers. NICOLE: I do! Everyone laughs, as Nicole continues to jiggle with girlish excitement. .... A moment passes, as Sami cracks her knuckles, unsure whether this relieves any tension, or if she's winding up to punch the desk clerk. Finally, the results come in. DESK CLERK: Here we go! Sami and Marlena snap back to the desk, staring attentively, awaiting their answer. MARLENA: Yes, which room is it? DESK CLERK: Ooo! You better hurry, it's happening now. It's in Room 341. It's on the third floor, three doors down on your right... MARLENA: Thank you! Marlena and Sami take off like a shot for the elevator. The desk clerk barely having time to finish her thought. She looks on, as both Sami and Marlena disappear around the corner. The desk clerk shouts out to them, while waving. DESK CLERK: Good luck, Dr. Evans! The desk clerk sits back down in her seat, her expression immediately changing to one of irritation as she does. DESK CLERK: Damn society folks in this town, always in such a hurry they forget their manners. ... Eric places the wedding ring on Nicole's finger. She beams as she looks at the beautiful silver wedding band. ERIC: I promise, when we do this properly with the family, I'll have something a little bit more...formal prepared (laughs) but for now....just know that I love you, and I am so grateful that I've been given a second chance with you. I don't know what I'd do without you, Nicole. Nicole begins to tear up, as she leans in to kiss Eric. NICOLE: Oh, Eric! I love you too... As they kiss, the Justice of the Peace makes his final declaration. JOP WATKINS: By the power vested in me by the state, I now pronounce you, husband and wife. As he finishes the announcement, and Daniel and Chloe begin to clap in congratulations, the door to his office swings open, and a voice screams out, startling everyone inside. MARLENA: NO! Nicole and Eric break their kiss, as they, the Justice of the Peace, Daniel and Chloe turn around with a start, finding a panicked Marlena and Sami standing just inside the doorway. ---
  2. Aha! Thank you! Yeah, Jane is in another league altogether. I'll stick with her.
  3. Yeah, I'm leaning towards Jane Elliot, honestly. But sometimes it helps to see the other actress in the role just to see the different interpretations of the character. What I have seen of Jane's Anjelica is amazing, you're absolutely right, so I'll likely go with her, but I'd still like to check out some of Judith's run, at least. Shelley Taylor Morgan seems to be universally panned, so it's likely a good thing they got rid of her quickly.
  4. If you find any clips, can you PM me the links? I'm trying to get a handle on the character's voice for my DAYS blog (coincidentally decided to bring Anjelica back the same time the show did LOL) and am having a HELL of a time trying to track even a single scene down with Judith in the role. I do know that, no matter what, she'd be 1000x better than Mae West Fairchild's giving us right now.
  5. I do wish they'd been able to work something out with Y&R for Judith Chapman, if only for the sake of flashbacks and fan familiarity. If not, absolutely Anna Stuart or someone we hadn't seen in daytime in awhile anywhere. Judith McConnell sticks out in my mind, though I know she'd be considered too old for the role. I didn't wanna say anything, but she looks like a bloody blowfish, and I'm thoroughly convinced Richard Bloore swiped that outfit from Deidre Hall's closet circa 1992. Blech!
  6. I hope it's just rustiness and catching up with the lack of rehearsal time. I always give people a few weeks to get into the swing of things, but yeah, she...doesn't fit the character to my eyes so far.
  7. EPISODE 120 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson Sonny stands with EJ in the living room of his apartment, as Gabi lays Ariana down in her crib. Sonny looks at a half-asleep Will, who stands in the doorway to their bedroom. Sonny is mystified by Will's acceptance of EJ gifting Gabi a gun to protect her. SONNY: What is wrong with you, Will? You think it's a good idea to keep a gun in this house? With your daughter nearby? WILL: Okay, Sonny, look. Nick has gone off the deep end before, and we all know that. And he has access to our lives in ways we may have absolutely no concept of. What's to stop him from finding a way to kidnap Gabi or Ari? He's already manipulated his way back into Gabi's life, and she was too afraid to say anything. GABI: Not...exactly. SONNY: What do you mean by that? EJ interjects, trying to keep Gabi from spilling the beans on their plot. EJ: Gabi... Gabi sighs as she turns toward EJ. She shakes her head before she reveals her real plans with Sonny and Will. GABI: EJ, we can't keep this from them. Look...my trying to reconcile with Nick, it's all been a ruse. Like Will suggested before. I've been trying to reel him in and get him to trust me again so I could use it against him. WILL: Okay...but... SONNY: Gabi, please tell me you're not doing anything dangerous. Gabi shakes her head emphatically. GABI: No, no. I umm...no, I went on a date with Nick and...well...EJ suggested I get him drunk and...give him his old pain medication to stop his hangover. And then...I replaced his Ibuprofens with lookalikes EJ had made that are really a stronger version of the pain meds Nick got hooked on when he killed Trent Robbins. SONNY: WHAT?! Gabi, what the-- GABI: I had Hope investigate and I was hoping to have him caught with the pills before his parole ran out so that I could have him arrested, but... Will sighs, putting a hand on his forehead as he finishes Gabi's sentence. WILL: But she didn't find them, and now Nick's back to full-on psycho mode, and if he finds out that Gabi's been duping him... Sonny turns back toward Gabi and EJ, who both look on very seriously at Will and Sonny. EJ: You all could be in very grave danger. --- Jerome steps into the living room at the Grant house, just as Valerie is about to begin her video interview with Crystal Clarke, the nurse she's looking to hire at the hospital. He steps into the room and interrupts her before she hits "connect". JEROME: Hey! Grandma, just...one thing I forgot to do before you start that call. VALERIE: Oh! Sure, honey! Go ahead. Jerome opens up the computer's media player, and sets up the media player to begin recording video and audio of Valerie's computer screen (including the video interview) without Valerie noticing. Once the recording is set up, he turns the computer back over to Valerie. JEROME: There you go, Grandma. VALERIE: Thanks, baby. Okay, here we go. Valerie hits "connect", and Crystal appears on the screen, ready to start the interview. Jerome hangs back, watching the interview begin with a big smile on his face. --- Sami and Marlena sit in traffic along the highway, desperately trying to get to City Hall in time for Eric and Nicole's wedding. SAMI: Come on, come on, come on!! Sami blares on her horn, trying in vain to move traffic. Marlena winces from the noise of the horn blast. MARLENA: Sami, that's not going to help. SAMI: No, but it makes me feel better. After a moment's pause, Marlena looks over, a bit annoyed at Sami's impatience, and dubious of her motives. MARLENA: And just what, exactly, is Eric doing that's going to ruin his life? You never did explain that one to me. Sami sighs heavily, not wanting to say anything but deciding there's really no time like the present. SAMI: well...I guess, since we're stuck here. I might as well tell you. Marlena snaps back, sick of all the mystery. MARLENA: Tell me what? SAMI: Eric's getting married this morning. To Nicole. Marlena looks back at Sami, completely in disbelief. --- Eric and Nicole step up to the door of the Justice of the Peace's office. They stand together, holding hands, and looking lovingly at each other. ERIC: You ready? NICOLE: Am I ever. Eric opens the door to the office and they step in together, hand in hand. --- --- Eric and Nicole walk into the office of the Justice of the Peace, hand in hand. Both of them smiling widely as the smiling older gentleman behind the desk looks up, greeting them. JUSTICE OF PEACE: Mr. Brady, I presume? ERIC: Good morning! Mister... JUSTICE OF PEACE: Greg Watkins. Justice of the Peace Watkins extends his hand to Brady and then to Nicole, both of whom graciously shake his hand. As Nicole shakes his hand, Daniel opens the door and steps into the room. Eric and Nicole turn to see who's come in and smile. DANIEL: I...uh...I heard there was gonna be a wedding in here? Eric walks over and greets Daniel with a handshake and a hug, as the two laugh. ERIC: It's good to see you, man. DANIEL: You too. Nicole, you're looking fantastic. Nicole smiles and curtsies in jest. NICOLE: Thank you. DANIEL: I uh...I'm sorry I was a bit late, I had to drop Billie off at Kate's. Nicole raises an eyebrow at Daniel after his remark about Billie. NICOLE: You and Billie, eh? Sounds like that's getting pretty serious. DANIEL: Well....you could say that. Eric smiles, and pats Daniel on the shoulder. ERIC: I'm really happy for you. Eric turns toward Nicole and JOP Watkins, checking to see who's here. ERIC: Are we ready to go? NICOLE: Uh...just waiting on Chloe. DANIEL: Chloe texted me about five mintues ago, she's just parking her car. She'll be up in a minute and we can get started. Nicole walks over to Eric and takes his hands in hers. She beams with excitement as she leans in and quickly kisses her husband-to-be on the lips. NICOLE: Eeee it's happening! ERIC: I know! (laughs) --- Marlena sits in heavy traffic in Sami's car, stunned by the news that Eric is marrying Nicole. MARLENA: You've GOT to be joking! SAMI: I am not. MARLENA: How did you find this out? SAMI: Nick Fallon came over this morning. We'd been working on a project for Countess Wilhelmina and, he let me know that he'd found out. I guess to give me a warning as a....bizarre thank you for helping him out. Marlena looks on, confused by the scenario. MARLENA: Nick Fallon...but doesn't Nick work for Kate? SAMI: It's...it's a long story. The point is we have to get to City Hall before that wedding happens. MARLENA: Oh you're not kidding. After all the hell that woman put Eric through...and you? I'll be damned if she gets her claws into Eric again. Marlena and Sami stare out the window, internally screaming as they watch the traffic remain at a standstill before them. --- Sonny looks to Gabi, completely stunned by her plan to hook Nick back on his meds. SONNY: Gabi, what did you think was gonna happen when you started feeding Nick those pills? GABI: I seriously thought that Hope was going to see the pills and arrest him. SONNY: Oh. Yeah. Hope. Nick's cousin. You know much tension that would cause in the Horton house if they found out Hope was the one that busted Nick? She's not going to bust him even if she DID find the pills. GABI: As I found out at Brady's wake. Will looks over at Gabi, interested. WILL: What do you mean? GABI: I uh...after I got Nick hooked on the pills, Hope didn't find anything, and so I...had someone grab more of the same pills and he...kinda...stole Marlena's perscription pad so that it would look like Nick was stealing drugs from the hospital... Sonny interjects, rolling his eyes at Gabi. SONNY: Oh God, Gabi-- GABI: Well, I had to because by that time, Nick's parole was up and I wouldn't have been able to have mere possession stick, so...unfortunately... WILL: Let me guess...she wouldn't look into it. Gabi looks down, arms folded. She looks back over at Will and Sonny and shakes her head. Sonny reacts immediately. SONNY: Figures. See, Gabi, you're always going off and...taking matters into your own hands when we should be all trying to get through this together. GABI: Look, I know, okay? But I didn't think you guys needed the added stress with everything else you guys are dealing with right now, and Will starting a new job and you're trying to plan a wedding. I just didn't wanna burden you. SONNY: Well, consider us sufficiently burdened. Now Nick's so far off the deep end, we have to keep a gun in the apartment. Good job, Gabi. Gabi looks down, not responding to Sonny's words. Sonny, angry about the situation, grabs his jacket, and heads for the door. SONNY: I need to go grab a coffee. WILL: Sonny, wait... Will jumps in, heading for the door to follow Sonny, hoping to calm him down, but EJ stops him. EJ: William...I'll...you stay here, I'll...take care of him. Will stops, before nodding at EJ. EJ takes the gun, and hands it to Will. Will holds it in his hands, as EJ closes the door to the apartment. He and Gabi look down at the gun, grave concern in both their eyes. --- Sheryl lays back in her hotel room at the dive motel at the edge of town where Jerome's put her up. She lies on the bed, watching TV, thoroughly bored. She shouts at the TV as a game show plays. SHERYL: NO, you idiot, $600! As she shouts out, the hotel room phone rings. She leans over to pick it up, still annoyed at the contestant on the TV screen. SHERYL: Dumbass... Picking up the phone, she speaks, knowing who's calling. SHERYL: (into phone) What you got for me? ... Jerome paces the Grant kitchen, trying to speak just softly enough so that Valerie can't hear him from the living room. JEROME: (into phone) Okay, so she's doing the interview now, and I'm 100% this chick's got the job. ... Sheryl listens, contemplating her plan of action. SHERYL: (into phone) Okay. So how are we gonna pull this off? ... JEROME: (into phone) Simple. I'll try to access her e-mail based on her resumé, and delete the acceptance letter when it comes in, hopefully before she sees it and makes the arrangements, and no one will be the wiser. ... SHERYL: (into phone) And if she does? ... JEROME: (into phone) Then we cross that bridge when we get to it. ... Sheryl sits up in the bed, getting increasingly agitated. SHERYL: (into phone) No, that's not good enough. There is no recourse on this. If she sees that e-mail and comes to Salem to start this job? We have to stop her...and I think I know exactly how to do it. Sheryl gives a bit of an evil grin. ... Jerome looks off, unsure if he likes what Sheryl has cooked up. ---
  8. Yeah, that struck me as weird as well. My god, Nicole gets her entire life handed back to her by Eric and she's still being petulant to Eric, all because of the dead St. Tangerine? Dead for a year, and STILL his stench is ruining characters. EUGH. Best thing that's happened on this show in months. Hopefully the next Ciara doesn't have a chronic case of lockjaw.
  9. Well that's largely because it was mostly her in a hotel room taunting Daniel. Like everything else that character touches, he sucked all the energy out of her.
  10. EPISODE 119 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson EJ stands in Gabi, Sonny, and Will's apartment, holding a pistol he was about to hand Gabi. Sonny stands in the doorway to the bedroom, glaring angrily at EJ. EJ: Sonny. Gabi turns around to look at Sonny, who walks hastily over and takes the gun from EJ's hand. SONNY: What the HELL do you think you're doing bringing a gun in this house, EJ? EJ: Sonny, let me explain-- SONNY: NO! No, you LISTEN to me, EJ. I am not going to have Ariana living with a deadly weapon lying around, ready to be used whenever a wind picks up and a treebranch taps the window pane because we're all so terrified of what Nick Fallon's gonna do next. EJ looks away, shaking his head as he allows Sonny to finish his rant. SONNY: And before you tell me this is supposed to protect us, I think we can find a slightly better way than packing heat everywhere we go. EJ: Sonny, Nick Fallon is threat. SONNY: He may be, but he's too smart, and too cunning to attack us at this stage in the game with violence. EJ looks at Sonny, an unsure look on his face. EJ: Not...neccessarily. Not anymore. Sonny looks back at EJ, confused. --- Sami stands in the DiMera living room, shocked by the news she's just heard from Nick, who sits causally in the easychair facing her. SAMI: He's WHAT??! NICK: Getting married to Nicole. In... Nick checks his watch for a second, before looking up at Sami, smiling widely. NICK: About an hour? Sami rushes forward, heading for the door of the living room to show Nick out. SAMI: You're lying. I KNOW you're lying. You're just trying to get me going and... NICK: I saw the appointment booking. They're probably headed the justice of the peace right now. Nick gets up from his seat, turning toward Sami who has her hand on the knob of the door leading out of the living room. She stops before opening it, then turns back to face Nick. SAMI: My brother wouldn't be so stupid as to marry Nicole Walker. NICK: Do you really have the time to debate me about it? Look, you've done me a huge favour by offering Gabi that contract, and I'm willing to pay it forward. I'm not trying to get one over on you. Sami laughs to her herself as she responds sarcastically. SAMI: Oh...that's a first. Nick looks at Sami, deadly serious as he steps toward her. NICK: Sami. Do you really think you have the time to second guess me on this? If I were you, I'd be in my car already, trying to stop this farce of a wedding from happening. No? Sami stops a moment, looking away from Nick before opening the door to the living room. SAMI: I guess I'd better get ready to go. Nick smiles smugly as he heads out. NICK: You're welcome. After heading out, Sami closes the door behind him. Frustrated, she contemplates her action plan. Having a sudden epiphany, she heads over to the landline phone on the desk at the opposite end of the room, and makes a call. ... At Marlena's penthouse, a relaxed Marlena gets up from having breakfast and digs through her purse to find her cell phone. Putting it to her ear, she answers. MARLENA: (into phone) Sami? ... Sami answers, a definite sense of urgency in her voice. SAMI: (into phone) Mom, where are you? ... Marlena's expression shifts immediately, suddenly concerned by her daughter's tone. MARLENA: (into phone) I'm at home. Sami? What's going on? ... SAMI: (into phone) I don't have time to explain, meet me at city hall right now. It's an emergency. Sami hangs up the phone, almost slamming it onto the receiver, before taking a moment to think of her action plan. SAMI: You're not gonna get away with this, Nicole. Not on my watch. ... Marlena stands in her living room, confused and worried, as she tries to get Sami to answer. MARLENA: (into phone) Sami? Sami? Are you...? Marlena looks at her phone, seeing that Sami ended the call. Worried, she immediately heads for her bedroom to get ready to go meet Sami. --- Valerie sits on her sofa in her living room, attempting to set something up on her laptop. Visibly frustrated, she tenses up as though ready to hit the computer, before hearing Jerome come down the stairs, ready to head off for the day. Valerie turns, hopeful that Jerome can help. VALERIE: Oh! Jerome! Good morning! Jerome stops once he reaches the bottom of the staircase. Turning to face his grandma, she pulls him by the shirt toward him to greet him with a morning kiss on the cheek. JEROME: Hey, Grandma. VALERIE: Hey. You want some breakfast before you head out? Jerome hesitates, not wanting to stick around, but trying not to be rude. JEROME: Uhhhh actually, I was gonna meet some guys from the university at the Brady Pub. VALERIE: Oh. That's a shame. I uh....I actually needed your help with something before you left. Do you...do you have a second for me? Jerome shrugs, politely smiling at his grandmother. JEROME: Yeah. Sure. VALERIE: Good. Cos' this here is about to make your grandmother lose her mind. Valerie walks Jerome over to her laptop, motioning to him. JEROME: Okay, what's the problem? VALERIE: I have to do an interview for a nurse I'm looking to hire for the hospital, and they want me to do it online using this....video chat business. And I do NOT know the first thing about setting this up. Jerome laughs for a second with Valerie, before nodding. JEROME: Yeah, that's cool. I can set you up in two seconds. VALERIE: Jerome Grant, you are a lifesaver. Jerome sits himself down on the couch and quickly sets everything up for the video chat, he looks up at Valerie, who stands over him, watching what he's doing. He asks her a question. JEROME: Now I just need her name and account name so we can finish setting it all up. Valerie points to a specific tab on the computer screen to guide Jerome. VALERIE: Oh! It's um...this one here. Jerome clicks on the tab that shows the woman's resumé. After plugging in her handle into the chat program, her profile appears on the screen, complete with her picture. Her name is Crystal Clarke. Jerome stops a moment, suddenly very focused on the woman's face. A very pretty woman with short, bright red hair in a pixie cut, soft chubby cheeks, and a bright smile. After a moment he notices a striking resemblance to Sheryl. Certainly, the two women have some significant differences in their appearance. This woman's hair, in colour and length, differ significantly from Sheryl's. Additionally, this woman is somehwat chubbier than Sheryl, and their eye colours are somewhat different. But the resemblance is still uncanny to Jerome. Thinking fast, Jerome looks back at his grandmother. JEROME: I...uh...I think we're ready. So just... Jerome gets up from his seat, and guides Valerie onto the couch in his stead. He points toward a specific spot on the screen. JEROME: Just...click there when you wanna connect the call, and you're good. VALERIE: Thank you, baby. Valerie kisses Jerome lovingly on the cheek before he steps away from the couch. He stops to tell Valerie something. JEROME: Anytime. Look, I...uh....I think I will stick around and grab some coffee at least. VALERIE: It's all ready for you in the kitchen. Jerome smiles at his grandma before continuing on to the kitchen. JEROME: Thanks, Grandma. Jerome heads for the kitchen, stopping just at the doorway as he continues to think over his plan. JEROME: If I didn't believe in miracles before...this might be just what we needed to finish this job once and for all. --- --- Sheryl paces her hotel room in the sleazy hotel at the edge of town Jerome has set up for her. The darkness of the room irritates her, as she has on the bedside lamps and turns on the room's lights, but it's still not enough. She looks over at the room's phone, contemplating making a call to Jordan, but quickly realizes that would be at once foolish and in vain. SHERYL: Are you stupid? Jordan's not gonna take your calls at this rate. You just gotta sit tight and wait for word. Suddenly, the room's phone rings. Sheryl lurches forward, quickly pulling the receiver to her ear in desperation. SHERYL: Hello? ... It's Jerome. He stands in his kitchen at home, stirring his cup of coffee as he cheerfully greets Sheryl, almost in a singsong voice. JEROME: (into phone) I've got some good news for you. ... SHERYL: (into phone) I could use some right about now. What is it? ... JEROME: (into phone) I may have a way for us to pull this job off after all. ... Sheryl smiles widely, a sudden glimmer of hope finally coming through for her. --- Alex walks over to Noelle, who is still lying in bed nursing her hangover. Noelle holds up her tablet which shows his mother's picture on the front page of the Salem Spectator, alongside the headline: DEVERAUX KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN: DISGRACED SENATOR'S EX-WIFE ENTERS GOVERNOR'S RACE Alex sighs as he reads the headline. He responds sarcastically. ALEX: Great. She finally did it. NOELLE: Look, I know this is...a huge issue between you guys-- Alex snaps at Noelle, trying to stop her from carrying on with this topic. ALEX: Look, I don't...I don't wanna get into this right now. You know how I feel about my mother and her...politics. Noelle leans over in bed, as Alex sits down on the bed next to her. She puts a hand on his shoulder, hoping to comfort him. NOELLE: I do. And I know that you want to keep your life out of the spotlight, and her running for office...severely hampers that. We can keep our distance from her. I mean...she's not in Salem, so we won't have to attend all kinds of party events and fundraisers. ALEX: That's not the point. I'll still get asked for my input. What am I gonna say? No, I don't support anything my mother stands for. No, I don't want her to win the governor's seat! Why do you ask? Noelle laughs momentarily, while rubbing her husband's shoulders, starting to lift herself out of bed. NOELLE: Look, just...don't let it bug you too much. If it helps, I'll call Anjelica and we'll work something out. Okay? Noelle leans in close to Alex's ear, and whispers sensually into it. NOELLE: Now...why don't you...take a bit more time getting ready. Noelle giggles, as she lets her hands wander from her husband's shoulders, leading down to his chest. NOELLE: I guess I'm starting to feel a bit better. Alex smiles, but takes Noelle's hands off him, and gets up. ALEX: I wish I could but...I have too much to go over this morning, and Justin sent me a text saying there was something big that came up last night I have to deal with so...I gotta run. I'm sorry. Noelle smiles, disappointed but understanding. NOELLE: It's okay. I understand. ALEX: Look, I gotta get ready. You gonna stay in bed awhile. NOELLE: Yeah. Noelle sits in bed, as Alex leans in and kisses Noelle gently on the lips. ALEX: I'll let you rest. I'll see you tonight. I might have a surprise waiting for you. NOELLE: Ooo! I look forward to it. I love you. Alex breaks away from Noelle and heads for the door, flashing a sexy smile at his wife. ALEX: Love you too. Once Alex closes the door, Noelle sighs. She gets up from her bed and grabs her cell phone, placing a call. After a moment, someone answers, and Noelle is none too pleased. NOELLE: (into phone) Just when the Hell were you gonna tell me you were running? We had a deal, Anjelica! --- Sonny reacts to EJ's comment in equal measures of frustration and confusion. SONNY: Wh-what do you mean, not anymore? I... As Sonny reacts, Will emerges from the bedroom, half-asleep and confused. WILL: Guys, what's all the...EJ? EJ looks over at Will, feeling guilty for having woken him up. He nods a greeting Will's way. EJ: William. Sonny turns toward Will, almost laughing at the situation he finds so absurd. SONNY: Will! You know what all this noise is? EJ's decided that the best way to protect us from Nick is to bring a gun into our home. Because that's a responsible environment to raise Ariana in. Don't you think? Will looks over at Sonny, Gabi, then EJ, and back to Sonny, responding a little sheepishly. WILL: Well, uh...I mean...maybe it's because I'm still half-asleep but...he may have a point. Sonny looks back at Will, mystified and outraged by his statement. --- Marlena walks out of the front door to her building. Spotting Sami's car out front, she approaches, surprised to see her daughter there. MARLENA: Sami? SAMI: Mom, get in. MARLENA: What are you talking about? SAMI: Mom, Eric may be about to make the biggest mistake of his life. There's no time. Come on, I'll drive. Marlena looks at Sami, more worried than ever, as she wordlessly gets into the passenger's side of Sami's car and closes the door. Sami immediately speeds off once they're both inside. --- Nicole and Eric sit in the car together, the both of them blissfully happy as they head for Salem City Hall to be married. ERIC: You excited? Nicole cocks an eyebrow at Eric, who chuckles to himself as Nicole responds. NICOLE: What do you think? Seriously though, I am so grateful that we got a second chance, Eric. You don't even know how happy I am to be getting married to you today. ERIC: You and me both. I know I don't...speak about this much but...you know...after what happened with Kristen and...Dr. Chyka getting away and...all that stuff with the church...I could've very easily fallen into a really dark place. Nicole zones out, contemplating her own part in the Dr. Chyka affair. She flashes back to her meeting with Hope upon their return from Dr. Chyka's cabin, when Hope told Nicole that it was better they hadn't found anything in the cabin, as it would harm Eric's case rather than help. She then recalls putting the files proving Kristen drugged Eric in her desk drawer. Eric squeezes Nicole's hand, snapping her out of her thoughts. ERIC: Nicole. Nicole looks up, back at Eric. She smiles. NICOLE: Sorry. My mind...wandered. ERIC: Apparently! Nicole and Eric laugh together as Eric turns into the parking lot at the city hall. Stopping the car, he puts the car in Park and pulls the keys from the ignition. He stops before getting out and looks over at Nicole. ERIC: Well, I just want you to know...I thank you. I couldn't have made it through all of this without you. Nicole begins to tear up, leaning in to kiss Eric. After they kiss gently on the lips, Eric unfastens his seatbelt and opens the door. ERIC: Are you ready to become Mrs. Eric Brady? Nicole laughs, unable to hide her glee. NICOLE: I am SO ready. ERIC: Well, let's go! Nicole unbuckles her seatbelt and quickly leaves the car at the same time as Eric. They shut their respective doors almost completely in sync. ---
  11. Are you sure that's not exactly what happened mid-tweet?
  12. OMG I'm thrilled. She was one of those actresses that made the crappiest stuff TomSell gave her and made it thoroughly watchable. So looking forward to this.
  13. EPISODE 118 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson Gabi walks around the main room of her shared apartment with Sonny and Will, holding Ariana in her arms as she feeds her her bottle. Ari stays peaceful and quiet as Gabi quietly sings to her, as a knock on the door is heard. Surprised, as it's relatively early in the morning for visitors, Gabi walks cautiously toward the door. GABI: Seriously? It's like...6:30 in the morning. Who the... Gabi opens the door to find EJ standing on the other side, looking back at her gravely. GABI: EJ? EJ: Gabi, I'm sorry, but this is an emergency. Gabi looks back at EJ, confused and surprised by EJ's rather dramatic greeting. --- Sami stands in the DiMera living room, trying in vain to get EJ to pick up his phone. SAMI: Ugh! Straight to voicemail again? Come on, EJ! Putting the phone down on the desk, she pinches the bridge of her nose momentarily, trying to figure out what emergency EJ could possibly have at 6:30am, when Harold emerges from the foyer, getting Sami's attention immediately. SAMI: Harold? HAROLD: Uh, a Mr. Fallon to see you, Mum. Sami's expression changes immediately to one of irritation as Nick steps into the room, a smile on his face. --- Daniel stands behind his desk in his office at University Hospital, putting down his tablet, as someone knocks on his office door. DANIEL: Come in! Billie bursts through the door, a bit out of breath and an excited look on her face. BILLIE: Daniel! Come, quick! Daniel walks toward Billie, a worried look in his eye. DANIEL: Billie? What happened? Billie starts to smile as she tells Daniel her news. BILLIE: It's Theresa. I think she's starting to wake up. --- In Theresa's hospital room, a woman in black pumps stands by the door. In her hand, a filled syringe. She slowly steps toward Theresa, being careful not to make a sound as she approaches Theresa's hospital bed. Theresa lays in her bed, still unconscious, as the woman standing over her leans over to grab her IV. As the woman jabs the syringe into the IV line and injects the liquid into Theresa's IV, Theresa's head begins to move as her eyes begin to twitch. Theresa struggles to wake up as she sees the blurry shape of a woman standing over her. The woman pulls the syringe out and quickly makes her way out of the room. Theresa, squinting as she struggles to wake up, tries in vain to lift her arm up to reach out to the woman before her energy dissipates yet again and she descends slowly back into her coma. --- --- Noelle wakes up, groggy and sore. She opens one eye slowly, making a sour face. Checking the room around her, she spies Alex walking to the vanity by the bed in nothing but a towel, drying his hair with another towel. Noelle slowly flops over to face her husband. NOELLE: Ughhh. ALEX: Good morning to you too. Noelle lies back in bed, closing her eyes again, hoping to dull her throbbing headache. NOELLE: Ugh wake me up next month. Alex rolls his eyes, somewhat amused by his wife's hangover. ALEX: You know, I know you don't wanna hear this, but it serves you right. Noelle stays lying back in bed with her eyes closed as she whines back at Alex. NOELLE: Shut uuuup. What do you mean? ALEX: Well, you know, if you hadn't snuck into Victor's room and had a go at him-- NOELLE: Aleeeex, come on. Let this go, please? Alex turns around, exasperated. ALEX: Well, come on, Noelle. He's family. Whether you like it or not. NOELLE: Ugghh, don't remind me. Noelle fumbles about, flailing to try to feel where her tablet is. Finding it on the bedside table, she haphazardly pulls it toward her and turns it on to read the news. Alex, meanwhile, bends down to open his underwear drawer, pulling out his briefs for the day. ALEX: I'm just saying. Noelle doesn't look up, simply shakes her head gently as she tries to ignore her husband, hoping he either stops talking or changes the subject. NOELLE: Fine. Whatever. After a moment, Noelle's eyes widen, shocked by the headline. NOELLE: Oh God. Alex stops grabbing his clothing from the drawers of the vanity and straightens up, looking over at Noelle by staring into the mirror. ALEX: What? NOELLE: Not what....who. Noelle turns her tablet to face Alex. Before him is a picture of his mother under the headline that reads: DEVERAUX KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN: DISGRACED SENATOR'S EX-WIFE ENTERS GOVERNOR'S RACE Alex looks over, visibly displeased by the headline. --- Daniel steps excitedly into Theresa's room, immedately stepping to her side to check her vitals. He inspects everything, but sees nothing unusual. He opens her eyelids to check for signs of consciousness, flashing a light into them, before stepping back. He shakes his head, hanging back a moment in hopes that maybe he was wrong. Daniel waits a moment before stepping back in closer to her, and taking her hand in his, gently calling out to her. DANIEL: Theresa? It's Dr. Jonas. Daniel waits a moment, before continuing. DANIEL: Theresa? Can you hear me? If you can, squeeze my hand. Daniel waits for some kind of small sign from Theresa's again-comatose body, before letting go of her hand and heading out into the lobby, where Billie awaits. Once Daniel emerges, Billie anxiously walks over to him and puts a shaking hand on his chest. BILLIE: So? Is she coming to? Daniel sighs and slowly shakes his head, as Billie's hands quake even more. DANIEL: There's no indication she's coming around at all, Billie. I'm sorry, I-- BILLIE: Did you call our to her? Did you put your--your hand, did...did you hold her hand? Daniel looks down as Billie holds her still-shaking hands up, before resting them against his body. DANIEL: I'm sorry, Billie. She presses herself against Daniel's body as he takes her in his arms to comfort her as she begins to cry. BILLIE: No...she...I felt her hands, Daniel... DANIEL: I know...I know... Daniel strokes Billie's head with one hand and holds her close to him in the other, as she rests her head against his chest. --- Sami leans against the desk in the DiMera living room as Nick stands just inside the doorway. Harold steps out of the room and closes the door behind him, leaving Nick and Sami alone in the room. Sami barely blinks as she glowers at Nick and his sunny expression. NICK: Well, good morning to you too, Sami! SAMI: What do you want, Nick? NICK: Oh, trust me. Nothing bad. Nick all-too-casually steps toward the armchair, sitting himself down and making himself comfortable in it as Sami remains leaned against the desk, scowling back at him. SAMI: Why does that somehow scare me even more? NICK: A negative outlook. Seasonal depression. Irregularity. Could be a lot of things. Nick looks over at Sami's mug on the desk beside her and points to it, cracking another joke. NICK: Oo! Coffee could help, maybe you're the kind that need two cups in the morning. Sami stands upright, folding her arms in as she maintains her distance from Nick. SAMI: You know, you're awfully quick with a cheap crack for 7am, Nick. You might wanna cut back on the energy drinks, yourself. NICK: Nah, I'm high enough on life right now. And besides, you could make my high even greater if you have that little...proposal we talked about? SAMI: Oh, you mean Gabi's modelling contract? Yeah, I sent it to her yesterday, she'll give me her decision this afternoon. Nick smirks as he clasps his hands together in almost comical self-satisfaction. NICK: Good. Excellent work, Sami. I think you've earned yourself a little reward for your efforts. Sami guffaws at Nick's offer, laughing at the absurdity of the situation. SAMI: A reward? Nick, I hardly think you have very much that I would want. NICK: Ohhhhh, I think you might want this. In fact, I guarantee it. Sami squints, studying the situation and Nick's guarded body language, before speaking up. SAMI: Okay, I'll bite. What's my great reward? NICK: My continued silence about your questionable lifesaving skills...and some valuable information. SAMI: Information? What kind? NICK: Ohhh very valuable. You might wanna sit down for this. Sami rolls her eyes as she resolutely refuses to move from her spot by the desk. SAMI: I'll take my chances, what is it? Nick's expression changes to one of deadly seriousness. NICK: It's your brother, Eric. He's getting married today. To Nicole Walker. Sami's eyes widen as the colour drains from her face. --- Gabi stands in the doorway of the apartment, stunned by EJ's early visit. GABI: I...wh--come in, wh...what's going on? Gabi steps out of the doorway to let EJ in, and she shuts the door behind him. EJ: Samantha told me about the bidding war Nick's setting up to try to reel you in. GABI: Oh...yeah...what about it? EJ steps in closer, in disbelief about Gabi's nonchalance regarding the situation. EJ: Gabi, you've readdicted Nick to the same prescription that drove him to murder, and kidnapping in the first place. GABI: Well, yeah, but I can handle it. Nick's gonna slip up soon and we'll catch him and get him thrown in jail before it goes too far. EJ becomes increasingly emphatic with Gabi, trying to get her to see the gravity of the situation, while simultaneously trying to hold his voice down so as not to be overheard by Will or Sonny. EJ: No, you cannot handle it on your own, Gabi. I didn't tell you this but that dosage I gave you was far stronger than the first bottle I gave you. Nick is about one step away from a total meltdown right now and if he finds out you, Samantha, and Kate are trying to play him, he's going to take some drastic steps, and I don't think anyone will be safe if he does that. Gabi curls in her lips, frustrated by EJ's clarity. After a moment of trying to rock Ariana so as to keep her calm in this tense situation, Gabi sighs and responds to EJ. GABI: Okay, fine. What are we gonna do then? EJ reaches into his jacket as he replies. EJ: Well, I'll tell you the first thing you're going to do, and that's carry this with you everywhere you go. EJ pulls a Glock pistol from his jacket, immediately causing Gabi to tense up. EJ holds the gun out for Gabi to take, but a voice calls out before Gabi can reach out for it. SONNY: What in the HELL is that gun doing in our home?! Gabi and EJ both turn around quickly to see a just-awoken Sonny standing in the doorway of his and Will's bedroom, looking stunned and infuriated. ---
  14. EPISODE 117 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson Billie steps off the elevator at University Hospital. Standing at the nurses' station is Daniel. Billie and Daniel smile at each other as they give each other a peck on the lips as a greeting. DANIEL: Well, you're out and about awfully early. Billie chuckles to herself, checking her watch as she responds. BILLIE: More like up really late...we had a hell of a night at work and...(sigh) I just needed to see some friendly faces. Daniel looks up from his tablet, where he's finalizing some work, and gives Billie a stern look. DANIEL: Well, I hope one of those faces isn't Theresa Donovan. Billie furrows her brow at Daniel, frustrated. BILLIE: Of course she is. Daniel sighs, glowering at Billie's bullheadedness. DANIEL: Billie-- BILLIE: ...Well, what do you expect me to do, Daniel? That girl was like a daughter to me before I had Chelsea in my life. I'm closer to her than her own mother. I have a right to see her, regardless of what her mother says. DANIEL: You and I know that but I still don't think it's a risk you should be taking. Remember? If I let you in that hospital room, I'm putting my career on the line, and yours as well. Billie looks to the side, biting her lip, trying to hold in her frustration at Daniel. BILLIE: Five minutes. DANIEL: Billie-- Billie gets agitated, leaning in close to Daniel so as not to project her voice and potentially have others hear their conversation. BILLIE: Daniel, come on. Just...five minutes, you stay closeby, check in and I'll head home. Okay? Daniel hesitates another moment, Billie persists. BILLIE: The guard's on his break, no one will know I'm there. Come on. Daniel sighs, before taking a moment and motioning silently toward the door. Billie turns and makes a beeline for Theresa's hospital room door, she looks back at Daniel and smiles warmly at her boyfriend before winking at him, then stepping into the room, closing the door behind her. Daniel looks on, gravely concerned for the consequences if she's caught. --- Sami stands in the DiMera living, still in her robe. It's early in the morning with the sun just peaking out. She paces the living room, studying work documents on her tablet, as she sips her morning coffee. Down the steps comes EJ, groggy, but noticing the lights on in the living room. He steps into the room, surprised to see Sami up so early. EJ: Samantha...what are you doing up at this hour? Sami turns to look at EJ, she sets her coffee and tablet down on the desk in front of her. SAMI: Oh, I...I couldn't sleep so I...I figured I could at least get some work done. EJ steps into the room and walks over toward Sami, he hesitates before putting a hand on Sami's shoulder, unsure of her reaction. Sami doesn't pull away, though the uncertainty is still on her face. EJ: I...umm...if there's anything I can do to help. Sami looks up at EJ, and smiles. SAMI: Nah it's...it's okay. I gotta present this contract to Gabi at some point today and then...help Will with some wedding plans, and... EJ: Contract? Sami turns back to the desk to pick up her tablet, she taps it a couple times before presenting it to EJ. SAMI: Oh yeah...it seems Nick Fallon's trying to pit Kate and I against each other for his golden girl. So Kate, Gabi, and I are gonna play along and get the drop on Nick. And hopefully he'll keep his mouth shut on what happened by the river that night. EJ looks down at the tablet, before looking up at Sami, a grave concern on his face. --- Nicole stands in front of the mirror, beaming from ear to ear as she looks at herself in her wedding dress. NICOLE: Well...take two, Nicole. Hopefully this time, it goes off without a hitch and you'll become Mrs. Eric Brady. Nicole looks herself over, before her face drops, the worry hitting her like a ton of bricks. NICOLE: Just so long as Nick Fallon doesn't pull anything first. (sigh) Nothing can go wrong today. I won't let it. --- Aiden sits in his office, taking a sip of his first coffee of the morning. He sets it down on his desk, then getting to signing a document on his desk, when a knock is heard at the door. He looks up, calling out to the person at the other side. AIDEN: Come in! A delivery man steps into the room. AIDEN: Oh! Great. Yes. Ahhh....here it is. Aiden picks up a large manila envelope and hands it to the delivery man. AIDEN: And that's going to Mr. Eric Brady at the Salem Inn. That's Room 226. DELIVERY MAN: Need a signature on that? AIDEN: I will, yes. And uh...please make sure, no earlier than 6pm this evening. Aiden and the Delivery man nod to each other, acknowledging their arrangement, as the man steps out of Aiden's office. As the door closes, Aiden looks on, sighing. AIDEN: Alright, Nick. I hope you know what you're getting yourself into. --- --- EJ's concerned face confuses Sami, she furrows her brow as she steps over to the desk in the DiMera living room, grabbing her cup of coffee to take a sip. SAMI: Why do you look like something terrible's just happened. EJ looks away, suddenly deep in thought. EJ: Because something terrible may be just about to happen. Sami suddenly looks concerned. SAMI: What do you mean, EJ? EJ turns to face Sami, a sense of urgency in his voice. EJ: I can't get into it, but you need to be VERY careful how you proceed around Nick Fallon from now on. You, Gabi, and Kate. EJ turns to head out of the room, leaving Sami stunned and confused. SAMI: EJ? What...where are you going? EJ: I have to take care of something. Sami stands dumfounded as EJ runs off up the stairs. --- Nicole continues to insepct herself in the mirror, when she hears a knock on the door. She turns around quickly, confused as to who would be there. NICOLE: Now who would that be at this hour? Nicole opens the door to find Eric standing on the other side, dressed in his tuxedo and ready to go, taking Nicole by surprise. ERIC: Morning! Nicole jumps back behind the door to hide her wedding dress. NICOLE: Aah! Eric! What are you doing here?? It's bad luck to see me in my wedding dress before the ceremony! Eric chuckles to himself as he leans against the doorframe. ERIC: You're really gonna play traditional right now? This is probably the least conventional wedding I've ever seen. NICOLE: Yeah, well...I have my reasons for being a little bit superstitious. This doesn't exactly have the highest marital success rate, if you hadn't noticed. ERIC: Yeah, well...I figure we can be an exception. Eric smiles widely and melts Nicole's defenses. She cracks a smile and chuckles to herself before looking into her fiancé's eyes. NICOLE: (sigh) Okay. Let me grab my coat, and let's go! Nicole steps away from the door, and grabs her coat, putting it on and grabbing her purse before opening the door to her suite. She steps out to find Eric stood with his elbow stuck out to one side, inviting Nicole to wrap her arm around his. ERIC: M'lady. Nicole takes Eric's arm and looks warmly in his eyes as they head for the elevator. --- Aiden continues to work at his desk, when he receives a call. Without looking up from his papers, he picks up the phone on his desk. AIDEN: (into phone) Aiden Jennings. ... Nick stands in the Brady pub, a to-go cup of coffee before him as he shakes the sugar packets in his other hand. NICK: (into phone) Aiden, it's Nick Fallon. Is it sent? ... AIDEN: (into phone) It is, as requested. ... NICK: (into phone) Excellent. I'll be contacting you probably tonight with what I need next from you, alright? ... AIDEN: (into phone) Hey, as long as you keep paying my fee, I'm all yours, Fallon. ... Nick stirs his coffee casually as he looks up, smirking once again. NICK: (into phone) Oh, trust me, that won't be a problem. Nick hangs up the phone, chuckling smugly to himself. --- Billie sits next to Theresa's comatose body in her hospital room. She holds Theresa's hand as she speaks gently to her. BILLIE: Hey, Sweetie. I've been meaning to come see you more but...well...you know your mom. Billie laughs half-heartedly to herself as she looks down at her friend. She sighs, trying to hold her emotions in. BILLIE: I guess I should let you know what's up. I...uh...well, Daniel and I are getting pretty serious now. I know he's...not exactly your favourite person, but...he's been good to me. Hell, he's the one making sure I can still come to see you, so that's gotta count for something, right? Billie stops a moment, never taking her eyes off Theresa's face, as she holds Theresa's hand in hers. BILLIE: We miss you, Theresa. I know you've got a long way to go and...you may...no, I'm not gonna think like that...I'm not giving up. You're gonna make it all the way back to us, you hear me? As Billie squeezes Theresa's hand, she feels Theresa squeeze gently back, her thumb moving, causing Billie to jump after a moment, as the heart monitor makes note of Theresa's slight increase in heart rate. BILLIE: Theresa?? Billie jumps up, and heads for the door of the room to find Daniel to let him know that Theresa's starting to wake up. She stops for a second at the door, a big smile appearing on her face, as she carefully steps back out into the hallway to look for Daniel. After a moment, the door to Theresa's room, creaks open. A woman in a pair of black pumps steps into the room. She carefully closes the door behind her. In her hand is a filled syringe. ---
  15. EPISODE 116 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks, Nick Monarco & C. Nathaniel Richardson Percy finishes apply bandages from the First Aid kit in the Titan lab to Nick, as Nick sits on the island counter of the lab, he winces slightly as his tender wounds are touched. PERCY: There you are, that should cover it. NICK: Ugh, thanks, Percy. Nick looks over his wounds before jumping down off the counter, walking over toward his laptop, as Percy puts the contents of the First-Aid kit back together. PERCY: You know, you gave me quite a scare, Nicholas. NICK: Yeah, I...I dunno, Percy. These headaches I've been getting-- Percy turns around, surprised to hear about headaches. PERCY: Headaches? Nicholas, you've been...rather hazy for weeks...are these headaches connected? Nick looks down at the table, closing his laptop and putting it into his case, he speaks nonchalantly to Percy. NICK: (sigh) Yeah. Just didn't want to alarm you...or anyone else. People seeing me in pain is seen as a showing of weakness in the business world. Always best to struggle through your pain. PERCY: You're far beyond struggling through, Nicholas. You're in great pain, Nicholas. I mean, you've been moody and irritable for weeks. And now I find you...sprawled out on the floor of the lab. Is someone trying to harm you, Nicholas or...is something else going on? Nick keeps looking down, a serious look on his face as he packs the last of his things away. --- JJ sits in the Horton living room, alone, contemplating the cheque that Liam's given him, when Laura opens the front door and steps in. JJ turns around, and, upon seeing his grandmother, gets up from the sofa. Laura beams as she walks toward her grandson, giving him a warm hug. LAURA: JJ, darling. How are you? JJ: I'm good. I'm good. Uh...how are you? Pulling out of their hug, Laura smiles warmly at her grandson. LAURA: I'm alright, sweetheart. A bit tired, though, I'm going to head up to bed if you-- As Laura turns to head up the stairs to her room, JJ stops her, a serious tone in his voice that catches Laura's attention. JJ: Ah, Grandma! Please. I need to talk to you about something, it's really important. Laura looks at JJ, concerned by JJ's tone and troubled expression. She nods slowly before redirecting toward the Horton living room. LAURA: Okay...so...what seems to be the trouble, JJ? JJ stops before Laura. He sighs as he looks down at Liam's cheque, before unfolding it, and presenting it to her. Laura hesitates before taking the cheque, studying it intensely before breathing in deeply. A look of grave concern on her face as she slowly begins to look up toward JJ. --- Noelle sits with Nicole at Club TBD, now rather sloshed, as they continue to laugh and drink. As they continue to laugh at a joke, the door to the bar opens, and Alex steps in. Noelle takes notice of her husband's presence and straightens herself up, donning a serious expression that makes Nicole take notice. Nicole turns around to face Alex, unsure who it is approaching. NICOLE: Well, who is this handsome devil? Alex, smelling the martini on Nicole's breath, makes sure not to get to close, instead rests casually on the bar next to her, trying to maintain a sense of humour despite being rather unimpressed by his wife's public drunkedness. ALEX: Ohh nobody, just the tired husband here to collect his wife. Noelle leans against the bar, sloppily pointing a finger Alex's way. NOELLE: You got my text. But I am not some meat piece you pick up. I am a woman. NICOLE: That she is. A woman who's clearly been drank under the table by an experienced professional. Nicole takes on a mocking haughty tone as she sips the last of her martini. Noelle shakes her head at Nicole, her eyes squinted partly in irritation, partly in exhaustion. NOELLE: I don't have to take this. But I do have to take this ride because taxis are eps...expensive. As Noelle stumbles to get out of her seat, she nearly tumbles, but Alex manages to break her fall. ALEX: I think you're right. Noelle, still not paying enough attention to try to regain her balance, objects loudly. NOELLE: Hey! Don't take her side on this! ALEX: I'm not, honey. I promise. Look, we need to go. I hope you two had a good evening. Alex pulls Noelle back upright, and she struggles to keep balance as she holds onto Alex's arm for dear life, attempting to no avail to maintain a sense of dignity on her way out. Nicole waves goodnight to them, quite amused. NICOLE: Oh, absolutely, had a blast, get home safe, you two! NOELLE: Goodnight, Nikki! Noelle turns back to talk to Alex as they head out of the bar. NOELLE: You know, that Nicole is so much nicer when you're not near a man, it's like day and night... As Noelle and Alex head out the door, Nicole sighs, shaking her head with amusement. T walks over and points toward Nicole. T: You wanna settle up? NICOLE: Are you kidding? The other fake blonde's the lightweight here. Hit me up! T laughs as he steps away to make Nicole another martini. In curiosity, Nicole checks her phone. Seeing Nick's name in her contacts, she looks down and sighs. After a moment, she shakes her head, and says something to herself. NICOLE: You know what, Nick? You're not controlling me anymore. Nicole hits a button on her phone, blocking calls from him Nick's number. She looks up with a sense of satisfaction. NICOLE: Because tomorrow morning, I will be Mrs. Eric Brady, and even if Eric sees those files, I'm gonna know he chose me. You can't hurt us anymore, kiddo. As she turns back to the bar, putting her phone down on it, T presents her new martini, which Nicole takes a congratulatory sip of. --- --- Alex drives through the night with a stern expression on his face. Next to him, a decidedly uncomfortable Noelle sits, uneasy with the tense silence between them. She finally breaks the silence, trying to maintain her composure despite her obvious intoxication. NOELLE: How was your eveni-- ALEX: It was good. Noelle senses the terse tone in her husband's voice, and immediately knows something is indeed very wrong between them. NOELLE: Look, Alex, I don't wanna fight abo-- ALEX: Then don't, okay, Noelle? I'm really not in the mood right now. Noelle sighs, before folding her arms and slouching down in her seat. As the pair hit a red light, Noelle looks back over at her husband and tries talking again. NOELLE: I had a really good talk with Nicole tonight. That was...Eric's...fiancé...back at TBD... Alex's stone silence as he presses down heavily on the gas from the stoplight makes Noelle lean back slightly in her seat, only adding to her discomfort as she looks out at the road ahead. NOELLE: She helped me relax a bit...and I'm sorry about earlier at the hospital... Alex still doesn't react. Noelle persists, trying to provoke some kind of response from Alex. NOELLE: Alex? Did you hear me? I said I was sorry about earli-- Alex finally reacts, still keeping his eyes on the road as he snaps back at Noelle. ALEX: I heard you. Alex finally looks over momentarily at Noelle. Catching her eyes, his eyes snap back to hers, causing him to relent a little. ALEX: Look, I just....Noelle, I heard you but... Noelle leans back in her seat, trying to retain her composure, gurgling out a response. NOELLE: But what? ALEX: But I don't know if I believe you or not. You....you had such anger toward Victor, it just...I don't kn...I...Noelle? Noelle puts her hand over Alex's, as she begins to sweat. NOELLE: Alex pull over. Alex looks over, confused. ALEX: Huh? Noelle begins to look panicked, as she raises her voice to Alex. NOELLE: Pull over. ALEX: Noelle, I'm not gonna let you walk home from here, it's still about three miles from the ho-- NOELLE: Now! Please! Noelle puts her hand over her mouth, sweating more and more profusely as Alex realizes what's wrong. His expression changes and he immediately checks behind him before pulling over by a park. Noelle immediately gets out and runs from the car, sick from the excess martini. Alex sits in the car, rolling his eyes momentarily before stepping out of the car to check on his wife and hold her hair back like a dutiful husband. --- Jennifer and Liam sit at a table at Chez Rouge, as the waiter pours them glasses of white wine. As the waiter, walks away, Jennifer looks up and smiles. JENNIFER: Thank you. Jennifer looks over to Liam, raising her glass to toast him. JENNIFER: Well, I would like to make a toast to you, tonight. LIAM: To me? JENNIFER: Yes! To you! Liam and Jennifer laugh as Liam also raises his glass. LIAM: What for? JENNIFER: For reaching out to my son. For trying to build bridges even though you've had problems in the past. It means a lot to me, and I know that, despite his reservations, JJ appreciates it too. Liam smiles as he moves his glass toward Jenn's and they toast. After taking a sip from their glasses, Liam sets his glass down and smiles at Jenn. LIAM: I just hope that I can keep making you happy, and you know what? I'm gonna make sure JJ comes around, even if it kills me. Jennifer laughs as she leans across the table to peck Liam on the lips. --- Laura stands in the living room of the Horton house with JJ. She turns suddenly to face JJ, horrified by Liam's latest 'gesture'. LAURA: JJ, you cannot accept this money. JJ: I know. I don't want to but-- LAURA: No buts. JJ, this is dirty money. JJ looks at Laura, puzzled. JJ: Grandma, Liam offered me this to go to Stanford. He said this would cover my tuition and my living expenses for awhile, and-- Laura holds up her hands, stopping JJ midsentence. LAURA: JJ, Liam works for Stefano, he's been supplying people with pharmaceuticals on the sly, this is dangerous to get involved with him. Besides that, isn't it obvious he's trying to buy you off and get you out of town so he can manipulate your mother further? JJ looks down, sighing. He nods solemnly. JJ: Yeah, it looked that way to me too. Laura walks closer to JJ and cups his hands in hers. She stares deeply into her grandson's eyes as she instructs him. LAURA: That's why you cannot accept this money. Your mother needs you. Your sister needs you. I need you. We've got to stay together to protect this family. JJ looks down, soaking in what his grandmother's telling him. LAURA: Please, JJ. JJ: Look, Grandma, I understand what you're saying. And I agree, my family needs me...but what if there's another way? What if this money is our ticket to stopping this guy from destroying this family? Laura looks at JJ, unsure what he has in his mind. --- Nick zips up his bag and nods, turning toward Percy to respond to him. NICK: Listen, Percy. I don't know what's going to happen from here on out. All I know is, I have a target on my back. And so will you. Percy looks at Nick, confused. PERCY: Nicholas, I don't understand-- NICK: Listen, Percy. Tonight I stopped Sheryl and Jordan from planting that virus in the Titan server. Percy looks stunned at Nick, shocked that he would back away from their plan. PERCY: Wha--why? I mean, that was our plan all along was to allow them access to Titan's computer system to stop this blasted deal-- NICK: I know...I know, that was what we planned, but... PERCY: But Nich-- NICK: Percy, just...just hear me out. Nick looks at Percy, emphatically explaining his change of plan, as Percy looks back, incredulous. NICK: See...Sheryl was setting me up to take the fall for the virus...and if we were going to see this thing through...I can't let that happen. I can't go back to prison. Ever. So, I decided the best way to stop the oil sands project, is to control it from the inside. Percy's eyes grow wide, as he realizes the change in Nick emerging. PERCY: Good lord, Nicholas. You're not saying... Nick smiles, as he interrupts Percy. A devilish smile on his face. NICK: Yes, Percy. We're not gonna take down Titan. We're gonna take OVER Titan. ---