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DAYS #152: Daniel has a surprise for Billie, Kim reacts badly to Marlena's request

EPISODE 152 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Kim stands by the bar at the Brady Pub, looking at Eric and Marlena with a stunned expression.   KIM: I'm sorry, what did you just tell me?   Marlena takes a moment to find the right words before re-explaining her request to Kim.   MARLENA: Kim...Valerie and I have been going over Roman's files, trying desperately to figure out what exactly is wrong with him.
KIM: Right. I mean...it's obviously some kind of dementia, right? I mean...what else could it be? The memory lapses, the hostile outbursts, it's all the symptoms.
MARLENA: Yes...but there's a problem.   Kim reacts with increasing volume and hostility toward Marlena.   KIM: Which is?   Marlena breathes in deeply before responding.   MARLENA: There are no medical records for Roman from before he returned to salem in 1997.   Kim looks at Marlena, completely stunned.   ---  
Gabi stands at Jennifer and Liam's table at Club TBD, suddenly snapping out of her stunned moment of silence. She extends a hand to greet Liam.   GABI: Oh! Sorry! Yes, I'm Gabi Hernandez. It's...nice to meet you.
LIAM: Likewise.   They shake hands awkwardly, as Liam gives Gabi a firm look, which Gabi picks up on. She steps away slowly, as Jennifer attempts to continue their chat.   JENNIFER: How is Nick doing, anyway? I heard he's...been given a...huge promotion.
GABI: Yeah, we're...we're celebrating that now.
JENNIFER: Good. I'm glad. I was worried when Abigail told me how much pain he was in at Salem U the other week.   Gabi feigns concern, but is mostly just uneasy with the line of questioning.   GABI: Oh, ah...I dunno. He's been fine tonight. We're having a celebration dinner for me. I'm...getting back into modelling.   Jennifer perks up at the news, making Gabi smile, but half-heartedly, as her worries consume her thoughts.   JENNIFER: Oh my gosh, that's amazing news, Gabi! Congratulations!
GABI: Thanks. I..ah...anyway, I'm gonna just...head back to him now. It's...it's good to see you, and to meet you. Thanks for asking how we're doing, Jennifer.   Jennifer looks on, confused by her subdued reaction.  She smiles, regardless.   JENNIFER: Anytime, sweetheart.   Gabi steps away from the table, leaving Jennifer looking confused as she watches Gabi hustle back to her table with Nick.   Jennifer then turns back toward Liam, her brow furrowed.   LIAM: Something the matter?
JENNIFER: Yeah. Something is very wrong with Gabi. And I really hope it has nothing to do with Nick.   ---  
Billie stands in Daniel's apartment, disappointed by Daniel's declaration that they're out of coffee.   BILLIE: Well, I mean, I'm disappointed that you're out of coffee, but...I don't really...NEED it.   Daniel emerges from behind the kitchen island, and walks toward Billie, wrapping his arms around her waist.   DANIEL: Well, here's what I propose.   Billie reciprocates, looking seductively into Daniel's eyes.   BILLIE: Mm, what?
DANIEL: You go pick up some coffee--
BILLIE: Me?    Daniel tries to stifle a laugh as Billie feigns indignation.   DANIEL: (laughs) Yes. You go pick some up for me at the corner store...and when you come back...I'll have everything else ready for you.   Billie responds, herself now trying not to laugh at Daniel's suggestion.   BILLIE: You're gonna make me go out, in the rain, and grab coffee for YOU.
DANIEL: Mmmhmm.   Billie replies sarcastically, giving Daniel a displeased look.    BILLIE: And they say chivalry is dead.   Daniel laughs, as Billie rolls her eyes. Daniel steps to his chest of drawers in the corner of the room, and grabs an umbrella for Billie, handing it to her.   DANIEL: Here. I promise I'll make it up to you when you get back, 'kay?   Billie raises an eyebrow at Daniel, taking the umbrella and playfully jabbing him in the side with it.   BILLIE: You better. Okay, I'll be back. Love you.   Billie and Daniel share a quick kiss, as she heads out the door of Daniel's apartment.   DANIEL: Love you.   As the door closes, Daniel looks at his living room, particularly looking up at the ceiling, and clasps his hands together, rubbing them together as he nods his head eagerly.   DANIEL: Time to get to work.   ---     ---  
Justin stands by the doorway to the kitchen at the Kiriakis mansion, observing Anjelica and Alex in an embrace in the living room. As they separate from their hug, Alex looks warmly at his mother.   ALEX: I...ah...I'm gonna call the Salem Inn for you and we'll get a car to bring your stuff over, okay?
ANJELICA: Oh, sweetheart, thank you, BUT...   Anjelica grabs her clutch from beside the bar, and pulls out her phone.   ANJELICA: I've gotta head back there, anyway. I have a lot to take care of. 
ALEX: Alright.
ANJELICA: I should be back in an hour, okay?   Anjelica spots Justin from the doorway, and smiles smugly at him.   ANJELICA: JUSTIN! You'll be pleased to know you'll have many more opportunities to show off your biting wit. 
JUSTIN: So I've heard.   Justin steps into the room, a far more humble demeanour than he'd carried before.   JUSTIN: Look, Anjelica...I don't relish the thought of you staying here, don't get me wrong...   Justin looks at his son, and sighs before finishing his thought.   JUSTIN: But it's important for me that my son is happy, and that he spends time with his mother. And that's what he wants, then I'm not going to deny him that.
ANJELICA: That's a very thoughtful thing to say.
JUSTIN: Well, don't pat me on the back just yet. See, I just want you to know that I will not tolerate any of the manipulations that I've known you to engage in over the years. I don't want your campaign team in this house. It'd be a conflict of interest.
ANJELICA: Duly noted.
JUSTIN: And just so we're clear. If I find out you've been up to anything even remotely duplicitous, you're outta here. Do I make myself clear?   Anjelica nods, for once, not a snarky retort to be heard.   ANJELICA: Crystal.   Anjelica looks up at her son, who smiles at both her, and Justin.   ---  
Gabi sits back down in her seat at the table she's sharing with Nick at Club TBD. Nick's pleased to see her return.   GABI: Hey! Sorry that took so long.
NICK: Don't even worry about it. Who's that with Jennifer?
GABI: Oh! It's ah...some guy, Leon I think? Liam? Apparently they've been seeing each other for awhile. Abby thinks he's okay, but JJ's not sold on him.
NICK: Well, you know. There's always someone who's not going to approve of who you're with.   Gabi nods, trying to appear disinterested so that Nick changes the subject.   GABI: Hey, ah...you know, it's pretty late, and...well...I was hoping to at least say goodnight to Ari. Besides, sitters aren't cheap, and...with Will and Sonny out for the night...   Nick holds up a hand, in an attempt to stop Gabi for continuing.   NICK: Say no more, I'll get the bill, we'll be outta here. Can I at least walk you to your door?   Gabi smiles, nodding her approval.   GABI: I'd like that.   Nick smiles back as he flags down T for the bill.   ---   Billie steps back into Daniel's apartment, carrying a wet umbrella, and shopping bag with a tin of coffee in her one hand. She calls out to Daniel as she enters, but stops midsentence from surprise at what she sees once inside.   BILLIE: Okay, Daniel, I got...the coffee...   In the living room, the couches have been moved away, the lights turned off but for strings of blue-tinted LEDs strung from the ceiling, simulating the stars. Daniel sits on a blanket, placed on the floor of the living area. Daniel holds his arms out, welcoming Billie inside, as a song begins to play.       DANIEL: Welcome.   Billie lays her umbrella down against the chest of drawers next to the door, still stunned by the display Daniel's put on.   BILLIE: Wh...what is all this?
DANIEL: Well...   Daniel points up to the ceiling, looking up at the lights he's strung up. Billie looks up curiously, following Daniel's eyes.   DANIEL: Since we weren't able to see the stars in the park like we wanted...I improvised a bit. 
BILLIE: It all makes sense now.   Billie slowly walks over to where Daniel's sitting on the blanket.   DANIEL: And now, I can make the coffee you wanted.
BILLIE: Well, there's just one problem now.
DANIEL: What's that?   Billie kneels down next to Daniel, looking into Daniel's eyes with a fiery sensuality.   BILLIE: I'm not really in the mood for coffee anymore.   Billie leans in closer to Daniel, who raises an eyebrow at Billie's suggestion.   DANIEL: Oh? And just what are you in the mood for?   Billie rests her arms on Daniel's shoulders, their faces now mere inches apart.   BILLIE: I think you can guess.
DANIEL: Mmmm yeah.   As Daniel and Billie lean into their passionate kiss, they lay back on the blanket, caught up in the heat of the moment.   ---   Kim leans against the bar at the Brady Pub, stunned by the news Marlena's just shared with her about her brother.   KIM: Marlena...are you seriously trying to tell me that because of some...clerical error, you're going to leap to the conclusion that the man we've been calling my brother for over twenty years is an imposter?
MARLENA: Kim, there's more to it than that--   Kim snaps at Marlena, shouting out, causing more than a couple stares from other patrons.   KIM: I should hope so!   Kim, quickly realizing the scene she just caused, looks around her, and quickly calms herself down.   KIM: You're supposed to be helping to save my brother, figuring out what's wrong with him, and why he's losing his memory. Not trying to prove some hairbrained theory you've cooked up.   Eric pipes up, coming to his mother's defense. He's firm, but respectful to his aunt.   ERIC: Aunt Kim, it's not like that. Look, I don't like this any more than you do, but I understand why Mom's asking this.
KIM: Then, if you understand it, why aren't you the one agreeing to get a sample for this test?   Eric looks away, sheepishly backing down. Kim raises her eyebrows, looking to Marlena pointedly.   KIM: That's what I thought.
MARLENA: Kim, I'm not trying to cause a problem for you, or for the family. I just want to get to the truth.
KIM: The truth is that my brother is losing his memory in chunks, and it's only a matter of time before he is going to be a shell of the man we knew. We need to be looking for solutions, or at the very least, looking to make arrangements to ensure Roman is well cared-for when he becomes incapable of doing so himself. Not trying to solve some kind of...tin foil hat conspiracy theory true. 
MARLENA: Kim, Stefano has done some outrageous things in the past, it's not inconceivable--
KIM: It may not be inconceivable...but it's also not likely. And it's definitely not the time.   Kim looks intensely at Marlena, who looks back, pained by Kim's rejection of her plans.   KIM: Let this go, Marlena. Please.   Marlena sighs, closing her eyes to keep herself calm, as Eric looks on, concerned for his mother, putting a hand on her shoulder.   ---

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June 2018

Okay here goes (lol). Working within the framework of existing storylines.  This story is spread out over the course of two weeks or so, mingled with other stories.  The time-frames are not precise as this is just a rough layout of ideas that I haven't even fully thought.  Just writing as I'm thinking...   The only thing that would half-way interest me in the Jack startup story is if Jack convinced Ashley to partner with him (when a disgruntled Ashley decides that Billy isn't listening to her after he has discarded all her ideas).    Meanwhile, Jill gets wind of this new venture and advises Billy to do what he has to do in order to bring both Jack and Ashley back to Jabot.  Billy, encouraged on by Phyllis, insists that he won't need them because their startup will flop.  Jill walks away irritated with Billy's attitude, thinking that perhaps her son needs to be brought back down to earth.   Together, Jack and Ashley decide, not only build out Ashley's discarded ideas for cosmetics but they also decide to launch a moderately priced line of cosmetics--which are basically "dupes" of Jabot favorites, including an updated dupe to John Abbott's first formulated fragrance Vive Riche with new and improved scent and packaging, with a cheeky name like Tojour Riche (Forever Rich), a play on the name of John Abbott's fragrance.   Desperate for investors, Jack and Ashley approach Jill about Chancellor taking a stake in the emerging company.  Jill declines until Ashley tells her the one of the ideas was to revamp fragrances from the Jill's beloved Men's line.  Ashley proposed this to Billy but he literally trashed it.  Jill is incensed but reminds Ashley that Brash and Sassy had that line and retooled it as Dare and Ashley reminds Jill that Brash and Sassy folded when Victoria returned to Newman, Jill correctly guesses that the proprietary rights are on the verge of lapsing and may be up for grabs.  Ashley suggests that she can make "dupes" for the product but Jill wants her beloved Men's line out of Newman hands.  They both look up the proprietary rights and it is Jill's suspicion that the rights are about to lapse is confirmed. Jill leaves a message for Michael to meet her as she wants to file some paperwork.  Ashley proposes that they partner 50-50 but Jill suggests that Chancellor might want full rights to the products to put out on their own.  Ashley emphasizes the need to revamp and update the products and haughtily suggests that Jill knows full well that Ashley is the best chemist to improve the cosmetics.  Jill agrees but Jill wants it publicized that this will be a revamped version of the original Men's line which she created.  Ashley suggests having HWG handle the PR but Jack, still stung by their rejection when he pitched the idea to them, rejects the idea.  Jill mentions a recent hire for CI's marketing department that she finds to be very impressive.  Jack and Ashley are both receptive to meeting her ( down the road--enter Shari Headley as the marketing executive).   Jill meets with Michael, who, on a promise of lawyer/client confidentiality, helps her to file paperwork to secure the proprietary rights to the product line that was once her Men's line for Jabot.   Meanwhile both Billy and Victoria hear rumors about Jack and Ashley taking meetings with investors for their new venture and both Jabot and Newman executives begin to worry.  Kyle wonders whether he should have moved with his father to the new venture. Billy wonders whether it's finally time to nullify the dreaded 'blood Abbott clause' and Victoria seeks more information on what products Jack and Ashley are working on.   As this new marketing exec meets with Jack and Ashley, all hit it off immediately and since investor money has been coming in, they decide that there is money in the budget to hire the new exec to marketing and PR immediately.   The first order of business is to set a launch date.   Curiosity getting the better of her, Abby decides to do some digging and discovers that there is a plan to revamp products that became a part of Victoria's Dare line.  A smirk comes across Abby's lips as Victoria enters the office to ask her sister what has her looking like the cat the swallowed the canary, to which Abby responds "You have no idea, do you?". Abby drops a hint about a new men's cosmetics line coming soon to shelves everywhere.   Billy enlists Traci's help to try to get Ashley and Jack to meet them over dinner to discuss repairing the rift but when they all meet, it turns out to be a pitch for Ashley and Jack to fold their venture and return to Jabot.  Jack and Ashley scoff as it's too late.    Victoria tries to enlist Michael's help to try to send a cease and desist letter to Jack and Ashley as she has guessed it has to be them trying to use Dare as a blueprint for a new line of men's cosmetics and Michael declines her offer.  Victoria asks Michael if he's working for them and Michael only states that he hasn't met with either Jack or Ashley about Dare.  Victoria is suspicious of what Michael isn't saying.   Neil sees the new marketing/PR exec at the GCAC, offers to buy her a drink and proceeds to chats her up.  When he finds out about her PR background he states that HWG could use someone of her considerable skill-set.  As she is about to decline his offer, Jack steps in and says "Oh I see you've met our new head of marketing and PR".  Neil looks perplexed.  The new PR exec promptly thanks Neil for the drink, proclaims that "gentlemen, I have work to do" and proceeds to exit as Jack says that he'll see her at the office.     DAYS LATER At some point, Jill starts is getting impatient and after leaving texts, which Michael has mostly been ignoring Jill decides to "take the bull by the horns" and call Michael for a lunch meeting.  Michael, who does not let on who he's on the phone with, tells the caller that he already has plans with his wife as Lauren hovers in the background.  Michael can guess what it is about and believes that she could get the news that she wants soon, if only she'd exercise some patience.  Jill emphasized that being patient did not get her to where she is in life, ever.  As Lauren tries to ask Michael who he's arguing with on the phone, the doorbell rings and Lauren answers it.  A courier has her sign for a legal sized envelope.  "Michael, this says urgent".  Michael can barely get the words "I'll call your back" out as he hangs up.  He takes the envelope, opens it and examines the papers, briefly lets out a sigh of relief before looking at Lauren and saying "I'm sorry honey but I'm gonna have to cancel our lunch date".  Lauren rolls her eyes.   At the outdoor café, Shari Headley's character shakes Lily's hand and thanks her for agreeing to meet at such short notice.  The new PR/marketing exec explains that she want to use Lily's agency to find models for a campaign blitz for the launch of a dynamic new men's cosmetics line, although she cannot yet give many details, suffice it to say that it is a major upgrade of a once beloved line.  Lily furrows her brow.   Later, at the GCAC, Lily and Abby meet for lunch and discuss their suspicions that someone is revamping Dare and it won't be Victoria or Newman.  Abby thinks it is her mother and Jack. Lily mentions the meeting she had earlier with a very elegant yet sharp marketing exec that gave little details.  They both muse on how mysterious the situation is and how it may lead to a footrace between various corporations.   Lauren on the phone says "Michael just canceled with me again, how about joining me for lunch?"    Hilary, Jack and the unnamed marketing/PR exec (ToBeNamed) sit down to lunch at the GCAC.  Jack notices Jill and Michael at another table.  Jack makes the introductions between Hilary and the exec, who takes the lead in the conversation and discusses having a segment that introduces some of new products before they go to market, to generate consumer interest, she presents Hilary with a gift bag of products, including some prototypes for what will be their men's line. Jack suggest that Devon try those out.  Speaking of Devon, Jack asks Hilary about who they can talk to about book a private party at the GCAC for a future launch party.  Hilary suggest that she can put the PR exec in touch with the club's manager.     At the other table, Jill peruses that papers that papers with a thousand watt grin on her face. "Well that was fast!" Jill exclaims.  "Not fast enough for me", Michael says. "You practically called or texted me every day".  As Jill starts to apologize, she notices that Lauren and Paul have just sat down to lunch.   Lauren mentions how great it always is to meet up with her good friend.  She complains that Michael has keeps canceling plans with her and she's doing all she can to not become suspicious. Paul urges her to keep on that track.  Paul observes Michael sitting with someone whose face is hidden behind a menu. "Speaking of the devil", Paul gestures toward Michael's table. Lauren follow's Paul's glance and sees Michael sitting with someone and gasps.  As the waiter makes her way to the table, Lauren points to an item and asks Paul to order for her as she marches toward Michael's table.  Jill hands the menu to another waiter.  Lauren chastises Jill for arriving in town without letter her know and asks how long she's been her and is appalled when Jill tells her two weeks.  Jill tries to explain that there was a perfectly good reason why she wanted to be somewhat incognito and says that Lauren might as well know the reason why.  Michael pulls up a chair and Lauren sits, telling Jill that "this had better be good".    At Newman,  Victoria and a team are busy on phones and computers when an employee puts a laptop in front of Victoria and points to a section on the screen.  Victoria gasps loudly as Abby walks in and asks what's all the drama about.  Victoria points out that Jill has reclaimed proprietary rights of her men's line with means that Dare, in its current incarnation is effectively dead.   Neil, Devon and Lily discuss and how messy things could get their suspicions are confirmed and Ashley and Jack have somehow gotten rights to Dare's line of products.  Neil is unsure how that's legally possible.  He knows some companies don't bother to get patents because of their expense but sure Victoria made sure that she held the proprietary rights to the products.  Lily thinks it's possible that Dare got lost in the shuffle after Victoria went back to Newman and became embroiled in a tussle with Ashley for the CEO position.  Neil and Lily start to discuss their respective meeting with the new marketing/PR exec and Devon wonders whether HWG will regret not being able to snag her for their PR company.  Hilary walks in and mentions just having had a meeting with her and that she is already meeting with the manager at the GCAC to discuss a launch party.  Neil remarks that this new exec wastes no time. Hilary calls Mariah and tells her they need to schedule a staff meeting about an upcoming show to tease some coming attractions for some products from Jack and Ashley's venture.  Devon marvels at how sharp the people behind this venture all seem.  He wonders aloud whether it be too late to try to buy a stake in the company.  Hilary proposes that if she can get in a joint stake with Devon and/or HWG perhaps she can help.   Cane is irate with Jill for keeping him in the dark.  Jill states that this her own stake and is separate from Chancellor.  She urges Cane not to worry as this venture, in no way competes with anything at Chancellor. Cane still sulks at having been kept out of the action.   At Newman, Abby announces that Victor wants to meet with them now.  With a smirk, Abby taunts Victoria for letting the ball drop.   Later, Ashley informs Jack that she has heard from Jill and the revamp of the men's line is a "Go".  Ashley and Jack are in an upbeat mood that this venture is truly coming together.  

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DAYS #151: Anjelica gets her way, Marlena approaches Kim about Roman's DNA test

EPISODE 151 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Alex sits in his seat at the Kiriakis dinner table, with all eyes in the room on him, as he stirs uncomfortably.    ANJELICA: Well, darling? I'd love to stay here with you and the family. If you'll have me. What do you say?   Alex looks around the table, visibly uneasy with his mother's request. He finally musters up the courage and shakes his head.   ALEX: Mom, I don't...I don't know if that's such a great idea.
ANJELICA: Well, why not? Alexander, I haven't spent time with you in months. I've barely talked to you on the phone since you moved to Salem with Noelle. I've missed you.   Alex sighs, trying not to get sucked into Anjelica's guilt trip.   ALEX: Me too, Mom. But...(sigh) Mom, it's not like you're...you know...   Justin cuts in, interjecting with a snarky, cutting ending to his son's sentence, frustrating Alex in the process.   JUSTIN: Welcome? Wanted? Remotely tolerated?
ALEX: Dad!   Justin gets up from his seat at the table, with Adrienne pawing at him to get him to sit down, to no avail.   JUSTIN: Face it, Anjelica. You've put us all through enough, and we're not going to let you use us again. Got that?   Anjelica looks stunned, before turning to look at her son, who looks guiltily back at her. Alex gets up from his seat at the table, laying his napkin down by his plate, and leaves the room.   ALEX: Excuse me, everyone.   Justin attempts to stop Alex, as the others look on in stunned silence.   JUSTIN: Alexander, where are you going?   Alex ignores him as he walks out toward the living room.   ---  
Marlena and Eric turn around while sitting on the barstools at the Brady Pub, having just heard Kim greet them.   MARLENA: Kimberly!
ERIC: Aunt Kim! Hey!   Kim smiles broadly as she steps toward them both, giving Eric a warm hug, then Marlena.   KIM: Hey! I ah...I heard about your wedding, Eric. I...I hope that isn't a sore subject to bring up?   Kim looks over awkwardly at Marlena, who smiles diplomatically at her ex-sister-in-law.   MARLENA: It's alright. 
KIM: Well, I'm happy if you're happy, Eric.   Eric smiles warmly at his aunt, as Kim looks back toward Marlena, curious as to their previous conversation.   KIM: I heard you two were talking about me? My ears are burning.
ERIC: Ahhh, yeah. I...think you better sit down for this one. It's...it's pretty intense, Aunt Kim.   Kim looks between Eric and Marlena, surprised and a bit concerned as to what to expect.   ---  
Gabi and Nick are still on their date at Club TBD. Their meals cleared away, Nick pours the last of the bottle of champagne they'd ordered.   Gabi stirs in her seat, preparing to get up.   GABI: I ah...I think I'm gonna use the ladies' room for a sec. I'll be right back.
NICK: Sure thing.  
Getting up from her seat, Gabi walks quickly to the back of the club, disappearing into the restroom. As she does, Jennifer and Liam step in, arm in arm. T greets them at the door.   T: Hello hello! Table for two?
LIAM: Yes! Thank you.
T: Right this way.   T guides them over to a booth in the back corner of the club, away from where Gabi and  Nick are seated.   The pair get settled in, as T recounts their specials for the night.   T: So...here are the drink specials, and I have a mild lamb curry for our dinner special. I'll give you guys a minute if you like?
JENNIFER: Actually...this place serves an excellent chardonnay...do you...do you drink chardonnay?   Liam laughs at Jennifer's question.   LIAM: If you recommend it, I'll try it.
JENNIFER: Great.   Liam turns to T, smiling.   LIAM: I guess a bottle of your chardonnay. T: Sure thing.   Liam turns to Jennifer, as Jennifer smiles, looking lovingly in his eyes.   JENNIFER: You know, I'm really happy we were able to get out tonight.
LIAM: It's all good. You had a late night at work.
JENNIFER: Yeah. I feel like they've all been late nights since Anne quit. 
LIAM: You've had a lot of catching up to do, I guess.
JENNIFER: Yeah. That's why nights like this are so special. Can't really take the time off and get away, much as I'd like to. You know, you, and me, up to your little cabin in the woods.   Liam squirms a bit, as Jennifer attempts to paint a romantic picture for the two of them. Jenn immediately notices, and her face changes into a slight frown.   JENNIFER: Liam...what's wrong?   Liam tries to change his expression to allay Jennifer's suspicion, but is unable to respond.   ---     ---  
Daniel and Billie step into Daniel's apartment, as Daniel holds the door open for his girlfriend. Billie graciously steps inside with a quick nod of recognition.   DANIEL: After you.
BILLIE: What a gentleman.   Billie and Daniel laugh as Daniel shuts the door behind Billie, and steps over to the kitchen area, suddenly on the hunt.   Billie sets her clutch down on the coffee table, somewhat oblivious to what Daniel's up to.   BILLIE: It's so nice to finally be out of that stuffy hospital.   Daniel opens and shuts the kitchen cabinets, startling Billie as Daniel rummages around.   With a slam of the cupboard, Daniel's head emerges from below the kitchen counter.   BILLIE: What exactly are you doing?
DANIEL: We have a problem.   Billie attempts to raise an eyebrow at Daniel, as Daniel grimaces.   DANIEL: We're out of coffee.   Billie's face drops, disappointed by the news.
BILLIE: I mean...Daniel it's a little late for coffee, no?
DANIEL: No, but...you know...you said you wanted some, and there's nothing I won't do for my lady. So...there's only one thing to do.   Billie looks at Daniel, curiously, as he gets up from behind the kitchen counter.   BILLIE: And that is?
DANIEL: One of us will just have to go get some!   Billie looks bemused, as she looks back at Daniel.
    ---   Justin sighs, as he goes to get up from his seat at the dinner table, but Anjelica gets up first, admonishing him for his behaviour.   ANJELICA: And just where do you think you're going?
JUSTIN: I am going to talk to my son.
ANJELICA: Ohh, I think you've done quite enough talking tonight. Now it's my turn. Excuse me, everyone.   Anjelica quickly walks out toward the living room, leaving Justin to look down at the others at the table. He sighs as Adrienne looks up at him, disappointed. He sits down again, trying to finish his meal.   JUSTIN: I'm sorry, everyone. But I will not have that woman trapese into this house and--   Adrienne suddenly snaps at Justin, fed up with his attitude.   ADRIENNE: Oh just STOP IT, Justin!    Justin is stunned by Adrienne's reaction, and raises his voice back, in disbelief.   JUSTIN: Adrienne, you want her here as much as the rest of us--
ADRIENNE: ...Not if it means you drive Alex away. And acting like a spoiled brat about it isn't going to get you anywhere.   Maggie cuts in at this moment, speaking more gently, but just as firmly.   MAGGIE: Adrienne's right. Goading Anjelica into a fight in front of her son is just playing right into her hands. You're gonna lose him, Justin.   Justin looks at Maggie, considering hers and Adrienne's point of view.   ...   In the living room, Alex stands at the bar, pouring himself a drink, as Anjelica walks in.   ANJELICA: Alex?   Anjelica stops herself for a moment, before stepping toward him gently.   ANJELICA: Honey, I'm sorry about what just happened in there.   Alex answers cooly, his eyes focused on his glass, as he slams the glass down on the counter.   ALEX: Not your fault. Dad's made his point of view pretty clear, though.
ANJELICA: Well, your father doesn't run your life or mine. You're an adult, and you have as much say as anyone else what you want to do. ALEX: I know. Doesn't mean I want you two down each other's throats every day.   Anjelica shakes her head, sighing as she responds to Alex.   ANJELICA: It won't be like that. I promise I will try...I will not cause problems with Justin. I have way too much work to do anyway.   Alex looks off, not saying a word to Anjelica's vow. Anjelica takes this as a hint, and looks down at the ground, thoughtfully.   ANJELICA: I can just stay at the Salem Inn, if that makes it easier.    After a moment, he turns to Anjelica, who's turned back toward the dining room. His words stop her dead in her tracks.   ALEX: N...Mother...you can stay with us.   Anjelica smiles genuinely, turning back toward her son.   ALEX: I'll ah...I'll send for your stuff tonight, you...you can stay as long as you like.
ANJELICA: Ohhh, thank you. Thank you.   Anjelica walks over to Alex, hugging his tightly. Alex reciprocates, as Justin walks into the living room from the dining room.   ANJELICA: Thank you.   Alex looks up, seeing his dad in the archway. He looks blankly at Justin, who looks on, defeated.   ---   Gabi stands in the doorway to the restrooms, just out of sight of Nick and the others in the main room of Club TBD. She types furiously on her cell phone, texting to Sami and Kate.   good work. i think we got him. will keep u informed   Gabi then looks into the dining area, and spots Nick, popping a pill. Noticing Nick lament how empty the bottle's getting, she sends a text out to EJ.   running low again, call me   Gabi puts away her phone, turning back to head into the main room, but as she does, Jennifer waves her down.   JENNIFER: Gabi! Hi! Oh, it's good to see you. 
GABI: Hey! Jennifer! I ah...I was just out with Nick. How are you?
JENNIFER: I'm fine. I...I just wanted to see how you were doing. Abigail says you've been...a bit distant lately, and she's been worried about you.
GABI: Oh, I'm...I'm fine. Really I am. I--   Gabi stops as she looks over at Jennifer's date, realizing it's Liam, the man who's been supplying her with the pills for Nick. He looks back at her with a blank expression.   JENNIFER: Oh! Gabi, sorry, this is my date, Mr. Liam Frasier!
LIAM: Pleased to meet you.   Liam extends his hand to Gabi, taking hers in his, as he looks up at her, a wry smile. Gabi stands, stunned before him.   ---   Kim emerges from the back of the Brady Pub, her things put away as she walks around to the front of the bar, nervously waiting to hear what Eric and Marlena were discussing.   KIM: Okay, guys. Lay it on me. What's got you both so worried.   Kim sits down on a barstool next to Eric and Marlena, as Eric begins to attempt to explain their discussion.   ERIC: (sigh) We...look, Kim, I know you've got a lot on your plate right, helping out with the pub while Grandma's sick and all, but...   Kim looks at Eric, a nervous smile on her face as she waits for Eric to finish.   KIM: But...   Marlena cuts in, hoping to reassure Kim as she explains the situation to her.   MARLENA: Ah...Kim. we're worried about Roman.
KIM: I know. I've been...really worried about him too. I mean, the memory lapses, the suddenly vanishing, the...   Kim trails off, making a realization based on Eric and Marlena's troubled faces.   KIM: ...There's more, isn't there?   Marlena takes a second before continuing.    MARLENA: We're not just concerned about that anymore...and we need your help.   Kim nods emphatically, now very worried about what's to come.   MARLENA: We need you to do a DNA test with Roman. We need to prove that he really is Roman Brady.   Kim's jaw drops, stunned and horrified by what she's hearing.   ---

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DAYS #150: Anjelica wants to move in, and Sami gives Nicole carte-blanche

EPISODE 150 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Abby and Laura emerge from the kitchen of the Horton house, laughing as they talk to each other about their day. As they enter the living room, a moment of awkward silence hits them.   ABBY: You know, I know I don't say this very often, Grandma, but...it's good to have you back in Salem.   Laura takes Abby into a warm embrace, feeling grateful for her granddaughter's love.   LAURA: Oh, Sweetheart. It's so lovely to be back. And to see you so grown, and...happy again. I know, it's been hard with Chad gone.   Abby looks down, wistfully. She shrugs, trying not to think too much on it.   ABBY: Yeah, I mean...it hasn't been easy but...you know...Chad and I...things didn't work out.   Abby sits down on the sofa, and Laura quickly follows suit. The pair lean against the back cushion, looking at each other as they converse.   LAURA: Well, maybe not for now, but...I mean...Chad's recovering from being shot, it's not like he's never coming back to Salem. Honey, anything can happen.   Abby looks back, somewhat uncomfortably, as she thinks over what her grandmother has suggested.   ---   At the Kiriakis Mansion, the family gathers around the long dining table to share a dinner. The tension thick in the air. Anjelica tries in vain to break the stone silence.   ANJELICA: So...I have to thank everyone for allowing me to come tonight.   Justin raises his head from his plate, swallowing hard as he interjects.   JUSTIN: It's not like we had much of a choice, Anjelica.
ANJELICA: Well, now, that's not very hospitable of you, Justin. I simply wanted to spend some time with my son. After all, we have been living apart for awhile now, since he's living with his lovely wife.   Noelle smiles awkwardly through chewing her food. She looks to Alex, who is also trying to eat (and hopefully stay out of the conversation).   ANJELICA: Alex, how do you like living here with your father's family?   Alex nearly chokes on his lamb souvlaki, attempting to answer Anjelica quickly. He finally swallows, and coughs before answering.   ALEX: Ah...great. It's been very...eventful.
ANJELICA: I'm pleased to hear. I know we haven't had much chance to talk since I've launched the campaign and all, but...I'm so proud of you.
ALEX: Thanks...Anjelica.   Maggie interjects, hoping to quell the tension in the room by addressing the elephant in the room.   MAGGIE: Ah...Anjelica? You're staying at the Salem Inn, I heard. 
ANJELICA: Yes, I have! I've taken a suite there for the time being.
MAGGIE: Mm! Ahh...how long do you plan on staying?   Adrienne looks knowingly at Justin, she mutters under her breath.   ADRIENNE: Here it comes.   Anjelica smiles at Maggie as she responds to her question.   ANJELICA: Well, funny you should ask. As it turns out, I'm going to be doing a lot more campaigning in the Salem area than I previously thought. Since I'm all about cutting back on fiscal waste and finding inefficiencies in government, it somewhat behooves me to practice what I preach. So...I was hoping to ask a small favour of you all...   Justin shouts out across the dining table, firmly and clearly.   JUSTIN: NO, ANJELICA! You may NOT stay here!   All eyes immediately begin to dart back and forth between Justin and Anjelica, as Anjelica gives a curious, and almost-amused look Justin's way.   ---  
Eric sits on his stool at the Brady Pub's bar, a look of total incredulity on his face, as he faces his mother, who stands before him.   Marlena looks down, almost ashamed of what she's said.   ERIC: I'm sorry, did I hear you right?   Marlena nods, reluctantly.   MARLENA: Yes. I asked you to help me run a DNA test on your father.   Eric looks baffled by Marlena's suggestion.   ERIC: For what reason, Mom? MARLENA: Look, just...hear me out. Valerie and I were discussing your father's treatment, and...well...we can't locate any medical records on him from before the time Kristen brought him back to Salem.
ERIC: Mom, that was over 20 years ago!
MARLENA: Yes. I know. 
ERIC: So you only noticed this now?   Marlena looks to the ground, half-shrugging as she's confused by the development herself.   MARLENA: Well...we never had to dig into his file that way, and...quite honestly, I was just thankful to have him home again, after we thought he'd died.
ERIC: Okay...so where does the DNA test come in?
MARLENA: (sigh) When your father came home, his face was bandaged up, and at first, I didn't recognize him. And when Valerie told me the files were missing, I...my mind went back to that day. I knew something was wrong, and...I followed my wish to see your father again instead of following my gut.   Eric's tone softens as he guides Marlena to the stool beside his.    ERIC: What did your gut tell you, though?
MARLENA: That Kristen and Stefano were up to something. As usual. Eric, neither of them would think anything of taking some stranger off the street, and brainwashing them into thinking they were Roman. They've done it before.   Eric breathes in deeply, nodding quietly as Marlena tells her story, then sighs.   ERIC: I know you're right. But we've been so sure for so long about Dad...Mom, he's so ill. Do you really think now is the time to be...going down this path? We should focus on trying to make sure his time left with us are as comfortable as possible.
MARLENA: I agree, if we know that it's just dementia. Quite frankly, Eric, I couldn't live with myself if I knew there was more to it than that. That Stefano had implanted these memories in him, and caused this terrible illness in him, and I didn't find out the truth in time? When I could possibly find out it's something else, and potentially save his life?  ERIC: I understand.   Marlena leans over, putting her hand over Eric's on the bar. She looks her son dead in the eye.   MARLENA: Eric, you know I wouldn't ask unless it was extremely important. Will you do this for me?   Eric furrows his brow, in deep thought over whether he should help Marlena or not.   ---     ---  
Nicole sits at her desk, focused on her computer, scouring the documents Nick sent her regarding the EnerNext deal. She hears a knock on her office door, which she responds to without looking up.   NICOLE: Come in!  
Sami enters Nicole's office, a determined look on her face. Nicole turns quickly to see who it is, and immediately sighs, rolling her eyes as she realizes it's Sami.   NICOLE: (sigh) What do you want? I'm busy.   Sami closes the door behind her, and folds her arms as she stands across the room from Nicole.   SAMI: Where's Abby?   Nicole looks over at Sami, giving an icy glare, as she responds cooly.   NICOLE: She went home. I figured I could handle this by myself.    Sami doesn't budge, as Nicole takes a moment to look over a paper on her desk. Moments later, Nicole looks back up at Sami, then the door.   NICOLE: That was a hint.
SAMI: Yeah, well, I'm not going anywhere. I have something important to talk with you about.   Nicole looks up, giving Sami a fake smile and a sarcastic reply, as she tries to focus on her work.   NICOLE: Oh. Great.    Sami begins to saunter over to Nicole's desk, beginning to talk to her as she heads from Nicole's desk. Nicole carries on working as she half-listens to Sami, never looking up at Sami.   SAMI: I just had a kind of a meeting with Kate...and...we learned something more about the situation with Titan that I think you'd wanna know about.
NICOLE: Oh?   Sami leans against Nicole's desk. The intrusion into Nicole's personal space causes Nicole to look up at Sami, suddenly engaged in what she has to say.   SAMI: Nick now has controlling interest in Titan, and that makes him powerful, and dangerous. So I am going to follow EJ's promise, and give you total freedom for your special about the EnerNext project. 
NICOLE: Even if Will gets caught in the crossfire?
SAMI: I'll make sure Will lands on his feet. You take that son-of-a-bitch Nick Fallon down before he destroys any more lives.   Nicole and Sami look intensely at each other, Sami's simmering rage in her eyes.   ---   Abby smiles half-heartedly at Laura, as they sit across from each other on the couch in the Horton living room. Abby shrugs as she thinks over what her grandmother's said.   ABBY: I mean...I guess, but...Grandma, a lot's gone down since Chad left town. I mean (laughs) I just went on this...great date with this guy I met at Salem U.   Laura perks up, excited to hear about Abby's date.   LAURA: Ooo! Tell me more! Who's this handsome stranger?   Abby laughs, starting to blush at Laura's teasing.   ABBY: (laughs) Grandma, stop! His name's Jerome Grant, and he's a grad student. I really enjoyed myself.
LAURA: Oh! Grant! Is his mother Valerie Grant?
ABBY: Grandmother. And yeah, he lives with her, she just moved back to town.
LAURA: YES! I remember her! She worked with me when she was nursing student years and years ago. She's a fantastic woman. I remember your cousin David was madly in love with her. They were so beautiful together.   Laura looks at Abby, who looks on, fascinated by Laura's story. She stops, and pinches her granddaughter's cheek.   LAURA: And I know that you and Jerome will be just as beautiful. Especially if he's anything like his grandmother.   Abby and Laura share a laugh, and Abby smiles warmly at her grandmother.   ABBY: From what I hear, Jerome thinks the world of his grandma. Honestly, Grandma, I think losing Chad was the best thing that ever happened to me.   ---   Eric sits next to Marlena on the barstools at the Brady Pub. Eric takes a moment to mull over what his mother's just suggested to him before responding.   ERIC: I dunno, Mom. I don't know if I can go along with a DNA test on Dad.
MARLENA: And I understand. But you need to understand why I have to ask.
ERIC: I think I do. You got burned once before with John. Stefano took years away from you with Dad, and...he made you second guess yourself. Now there's a chance that this man we've spent so many years thinking is Roman may not be...but...Mom, I don't see what value there is in that.    Marlena looks at Eric, pensively.   MARLENA: There is, though. We need to know his medical history if we want to be able to treat him properly.
ERIC: Yeah, But....Mom. Think about it. Sami's going through therapy to overcome her repressed trauma over her relationship with EJ. I'm just trying to get my life back together after Kristen turned it upside down. Carrie's in Europe, trying to juggle her career, raising Noah, and feeling helpless because she can't help Dad...Caroline's struggling to make it through every day now. She may not have much time left. And then there's Kim...  
Kim's voice calls out from behind them, causing both Marlena and Eric to turn around suddenly.   KIM: What about me?   Kim stands before Marlena and Eric, an awkward smile on her face as she anticipates being filled in on their conversation.   ---   Anjelica feigns being stunned, as the rest of the family look on silently, some awkwardly trying to continue their meal, as Anjelica responds to Justin's outburst.   ANJELICA: Well, Justin! I'm suprised at you! I didn't realize you were still holding onto such hostility toward me after all these years--   Justin stands up abruptly from his seat at the table, his voice raising over Anjelica's as he vents.   JUSTIN: Oh, come off it, Anjelica! We all knew this was coming. We knew why you wanted so desperately to come have dinner with us. You can drop the charade now.
ANJELICA: Well, I don't know what you're talking about, Justin, because I have been nothing but forthright with my intentions tonight. 
JUSTIN: Oh, have you?
ANJELICA: Yes, I have. I came here to see my son, and his lovely wife, and his family. I came here to do business with them, and help further my campaign. I hardly see the issue in that.   Noelle sits back, attentively listening to the back-and-forth between the ex-lovers.   JUSTIN: Of course you don't! You never do! Sometimes I think you're completely oblivious to any and all social cues! 
ANJELICA: Oh, believe me, Justin, I am aware of them.    Anjelica slowly rises from her seat, leaning on the edge of the dinner table as she zeroes in on Justin.   ANJELICA: I know the resentment you hold toward me. I even understand it. I did some things that were incredibly cruel to both you and Adrienne. And for that, I am tremendously sorry. But I refuse to stand back and allow hostility and pettiness continue to keep a wedge between my son's family and myself. All I ask is to stay here. To spend time with my son, his wife, and his family. All I want is an opportunity to allow us all to heal from the damage that I fully admit...that I caused.   The family look on, stone silent, as Anjelica stares down a defiant Justin. She then turns her gaze over to Alex.   ANJELICA: Are you willing to give me the opportunity, or not?   Alex looks back at his mom, awkwardly. He looks over and notices all eyes are now on him. He struggles to find an answer to his mother's question.   ---

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Who's that Girl?

Reed is sick of picking up trash on the side of the road as part of his community service, so he tries to plead his case in favor of a less dangerous task than being exposed to oncoming traffic by the roadside.  Surprisingly, the judge agrees and allows him to complete his community service in another area, only there is only one other option-- service at a longterm care facility run by a Catholic charity.  Disappointed by the prospect of spending so much time in a potentially depressing place, Reed wonders whether he made the right choice to lobby so hard for a change but decides to check out the facility anyway.  He meets with a Mother Superior/Nurse who is in charge of the facility which is run by Catholic nuns!  Now Reed is sure he made a mistake and whines about this to his parents, who promptly tell him to stick with his choice.   INT. THE NEWMAN/HELLSTROM HOUSE- NIGHT   VICTORIA                Reed, you complained about how hazardous it was to pick up trash on the side                 of the highway, now this is too much?     REED               If you saw how depressing that place was, you wouldn't even ask. The place is                  practically a graveyard.   JT             A graveyard?  Come on, Reed...don't you think you're exaggerating?   REED (whines)             I don't wanna go back there. It's... creepy-   JT             Well, I'm sorry buddy but you don't really have a choice, it's either this or picking                up trash by the side of the road-    REED             This is all so unfair-   VICTORIA            Life's unfair, Reed.  Do you want to hear about my day?  About having to listen to               my former stepmother drone on and on-   JT/REED           No!  Please not that again.   VICTORIA (haughty)           Fine.  Just know that there are times when we all have to deal with situations that            are less than ideal, it's a part of life.   JT            Besides you may...find something about it that you actually like-   REED (sarcasm)           Sure, Dad.     INT. LONGTERM CARE FACILITY-DAY   Reed, dressed in work coveralls puts aside the mop and bucket aside.  Curious, he creeps through the hallways and walking past an open door, where a NUN has just put away a guitar inside a case.  She sees Reed, who scurries away.  Thinking the coast is clear, Reed doubles back only to walk smack dab into the Nun.   NUN           Oh!   REED           I'm sorry Sister.   NUN          That's okay, uh...Reed, right?   REED          That's right.   NUN           You know, if you have a question about anything Reed, you can ask.  You don't                   have to creep around corners.   REED            It's just that, you play?   A look to the guitar.   NUN             Oh yes, I find that musical stimulation really helps our residents. Except for her,                poor dear.   Reed glances over at a woman who lies in bed.  She is on her side with her back to the open doorway, so all that can be seen is a form under a sheet and a cascade of brown hair.               Been here for a few years.  Our resident Jane Doe, no family, I'm afraid.     REED             That's really sad.   NUN              Not as sad as it was when she first arrived. The doctors had practically given up               all hope.  Fortunately, it's against our policy to...(pause). She was comatosed,                   no signs of life, then one day...well, there were signs of life. The doctors believe                 that she may never get to full consciousness but, these were the same doctors                 who wanted to euthanize (stops herself).  Well, let's just say that here at Our                       Lady of Beneficence, we believe in miracles.   DAYS LATER   INT. NEWMAN/HELLSTROM LIVING ROOM-NIGHT   Victoria, Victor and Nikki.   NIKKI             And how's Reed?   VICTORIA             It's the strangest thing.  Since he started this latest round of community service,              he's been so focused.           NIKKI            Well, you say that like it's a bad thing.   VICTORIA             He goes from school, straight to community service and practically straight                      upstairs.  When I ask him about his day, he only talks about how his day was                      good at the facility.  He's shutting me out.   VICTOR            How's his attitude?   VICTORIA            That's just it...there's no hint of an attitude.  He actually sounds sincere.  (Beat)                  You don't think there's anything going on...anything untoward-   Victor laughs.  JT enters.   VICTOR              Untoward?  At Our Lady of Beneficence?!  Sweetheart, that is a well respected                   charity known for the good work that they do with the sick and the indigent.   NIKKI              The Newman Foundation has been giving donations to the Sisters for years.  I                   highly doubt there is anything foul going on.   VICTORIA (worried)              Well, Mom, you of all people know, a cult can start out with an ethos of goodwill               and Reed is still impressionable.   NIKKI              By a bunch of nuns?!  Oh honey, you sound ridiculous right now-   VICTORIA               Mariah was in a cult, I'll ask her about it-   JT              Hey, here's an idea...why don't we just ask Reed about it.   LATER THAT NIGHT   Reed exits the kitchen and is about to climb when JT and Victoria signal for him to sit down on the sofa.  Reed looks exasperated.   REED           What else is there to know?  I'm a glorified janitor.  Sometimes I help bring in the               trays.  There's a nun who plays the guitar for the residents, she's...okay, I guess.               I'm not crushing on her, if that's what you want to know.   JT            Is there a girl?   REED            What?  All the residents are practically ancient. (Beat) Except for one girl,                           lady...well, she looks kinda young.   JT (jokes)            Is she cute?   Reed squirms.   REED             Can I go now?  I have homework to do.   VICTORIA             Oh, okay...sure.   Reed makes a hasty exit, leaving Victoria and JT with confounded expressions.   SEVERAL DAYS LATER   INT. GCPD CHIEF WILLIAMS' OFFICE-DAY   Paul is behind his desk as he talks to JT, who sits on chair facing him.   PAUL            So you don't trust Reed-   JT            That's the thing...since he started this community service, he hasn't given us one              reason not to trust him, but there's something about the way he describes that                  place.  Victoria thought it was practically a cult-   PAUL (scoffs)            The Sisters of Beneficence?!  My Mother volunteered there for years, they're                       pillars of the community.  I know how a cult functions and Our Lady of                                 Beneficence isn't a cult.   JT           Welp, Reed is probably not gonna like it but...I gotta go there and see for                            myself what my son is actually doing there.   LATER THAT DAY.   INT. LONGTERM CARE FACILITY   Reed is seated in a chair by the window of a room. A guitar is in his lap.  He is facing the woman in bed, whose face we cannot see.     REED             I hope you liked that one, Jane.  Just something I've been working on.   Reed puts the guitar back in its case.               You really don't look like a Jane, to be honest.  Jane makes me think of plain                      Jane.  You're anything but plain.  In fact, you're really very pretty, like beautiful.                  God, I sound like a  creep.   Meanwhile, JT enters through the lobby.  He is greeted by one of the Sisters.   SISTER             May I help you?   JT             I'm here to see one of  your volunteers, Reed Hellstrom, he's my son.   INTERCUT WITH   Reed in the room.   SISTER             You mean our only volunteer.   JT looks confused.   JT (confused)            I thought there was another young lady here.   A different Sister enters the room with Reed, who has an expression on his face as if he's a kid who has been caught with his hand in a cookie jar.    SISTER          Reed, you're going to miss your bus.   Reed makes a hasty exit out of the room and bumps right into JT and the other Nun, who braces herself so that she doesn't fall.   REED         Sorry Sister, I don't mean to keep doing that (looks at JT).  What are you doing                  here?     JT          Can't a father come and check out the good work his son is doing?   REED          You weren't this interested when I was picking up trash off the side of the road-   JT         You weren't this devoted when you were picking up trash off the side of the road.   REED (agitate)        Did Mom send you here?   JT        Your Mom doesn't know I'm here-   REED (dubious)        Right. (beat) You know what, there's no pleasing you.   JT (raises voice)         Let's just go home, alright?   A groan is heard from inside the room.  One of the nuns go inside to tend to the woman.  JT and Reed try to peer in.   NUN         Our Jane Doe seems to be agitated, which rarely ever happens.  Perhaps it's time           for you to go.   REED        You're right, I'm sorry Sister.   As the Nun props up the woman by cradling her in her arms, the woman's face is briefly revealed just as manages to look inside.  JT gasps and his face goes pale.  The woman looks like Colleen Carlton.     In the days that follow, JT wrestles with the brief glimpse of the woman's face. It looks like her but it must be impossible given what happened. JT decides against telling anyone what he has seen. Instead, JT decides to do some investigating work on his own.     FLASH TO:   JT at the longterm care facility. A nun holds her hand up to dissuade JT from going any further.   NUN        I'm sorry but we cannot allow you to see her.  The last time you were here, she was         very agitated, that's never happened before-   JT        She probably heard the sound of my voice and recognized it.  You have to let me               see  her. Please.   NUN        You've already revealed that you're not a family member, perhaps if you can locate-   JT         I can't do that to her mother, not unless I'm sure it's her.  Please.   NUN         We have to act for the good of our residents. After you left, we were up half the                night trying to get her to calm down again.   JT       Shouldn't that tell you something, Sister?   JT storms out.   INT. THE NEWMAN/HELLSTROM LIVING ROOM   Victoria and Nikki sit on the sofa.   NIKKI         You can't pull Reed out of court ordered community service, Victoria.   VICTORIA         Reed went from enthusiastic about his community service to sulking within two                weeks.  Not to mention JT.   NIKKI         Is he sulking too?   VICTORIA         That would be an improvement.  He's become distant.  In his sleep, he's                              restless...tossing and turning.  He groans...this is a terrible time to go out of town            on business.   NIKKI         Maybe you can talk to your father, about sending someone else?   VICTORIA        I'm sure Ashley would love to go in my place, and convince Dad that I'm not                       equipped to handle the responsibilities of my job.  Hell no!   NIKKI        It was just a suggestion-   VICTORIA        And not a very good one. (Beat) Sorry, I'm just...things have changed in this house           and I haven't a clue why!   INT. GCPD-CHIEF WILLIAMS' OFFICE   Paul and JT.     PAUL (perplexed)           I can't do that JT.   JT          Please, Paul, I need to find out who else was scheduled for transplant surgery the            day that Victor Newman got his heart transplant.   PAUL         You need access to highly confidential information yet you won't tell me why.   JT         Can't you just be Paul Williams, Private Investigator and my friend, mentor, not                  Chief Williams of the GCPD?   Paul looks at JT with a mixture of pity and exasperation.   INT/EXT. CRIMSON LIGHTS   Mattie notices Reed, who sits at a table in a funk.  She walks over waves directly in front of his face but he is lost in his thoughts.   MATTIE           Someone's lost in thought.   Reed grumbles.              Dare I ask how community service is going?   REED            Just when things were beginning to look up, it all goes downhill again.   MATTIE           It can't be that dire.   REED            I was finally feeling like I was of some use to somebody.  Most of the residents at             the facility, it can look hopeless sometimes but there was one patient who was                 practically comatosed and,  should've had the least hope of ever getting out of                  there but I would look at her face and she-   MATTIE           Oh my God, she?  You have a crush on a comatosed woman?!   REED            It's not like that, Mattie.  I would play the guitar and it was like she could hear and-   MATTIE (disbelief)            You played the guitar for her?!  I thought you were a janitor, or something!  I don't             even know what to say to right now.  Maybe, seek help.   Mattie leaves in a huff.   EXT. OUTSIDE THE GCAC   Dina steps outside the car and her hand is held by the driver. Dina's smile of delight quickly turns to a frown when she realizes the driver is trying to escort her inside.   DINA             I don't need you to chaperone me to get pastries. You may wait in the car until I                return.   The driver hesitates.                It's perfectly fine, you won't get in trouble with Jackie.   Reluctantly, the driver gets back inside the car.   As Dina turns around to enter the GCAC, JT takes a hold of Dina's hand.    JT               Mrs. Mergeron, may I buy you those pastries?     INT. CRIMSON LIGHTS-MOMENTS LATER   Paul types away on a laptop, a brief look at the screen shows the website for the GENOA CITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Transplant Center.  Paul scans the staff listing.  The Chief Administrator's picture is shown briefly.  Paul takes a deep breath and clicks the Contact link.   INT. GCAC-MOMENTS LATER   Dina and JT sit at a table, Dina sips from a mug.    DINA             The hot chocolate here is delightful. My second favorite, apart from Paris.   Dina studies JT's face.               But I don't think this invitation was just about inviting an old lady out of a mug of              hot chocolate and some pastries.   JT (tentative)            What if I told you that I could take you to see your granddaughter?   DINA           Why, I just saw Abby-   JT (hesitates)            Not... Abby...   DINA (eyes wide)            Colleen?             I realize that it's unlikely that I'll have time to really sit down and write this out in length.  I have two projects I'm working on--helping people write 2 plays and I'm paid for those, so guess which projects will be getting my attention?    Suffice it to say that Dina gets to see Colleen as she demands to see her granddaughter and bonds with her instantly.  J.T. (still not being allowed to visit Colleen) asks Dina to not say anything until they can confirm Jane Doe's I.D. then Traci will be the first person they tell. Of course, this does not go according to plan, as Dina begins to talk of spending time with her lovely granddaughter.  At first Traci, Ashley and Jack assume it's Abby but when they discover that Abby has been consumed by work and hasn't seen Dina in several days, they wonder whether Dina has regressed.   TRACI                 And she's been doing so well since she returned to                      Paris.   Meanwhile, Paul has been doing some 'side sleuthing' and discovers a discrepancy in the admissions process of transplant patients and cadavers the day that Colleen's body was admitted to the transplant center.  He is reluctant to tell anyone until he hears back from the administrator whom he has a meeting with.   Dina is out at Fenmore's on a shopping spree, but not for her.  It's for her beautiful granddaughter, she tells a just arrived Lauren, who has popped into the store and has offered to personally assist Dina (who at first insisted that she didn't need help then soaks up the lavish attention that she gets when Lauren has an employee give Dina the VIP treatment with tea and pastries,  "I can never resist a great pastry", Dina says).   Dina queries Lauren about what size she believes would give the most attractive fit for her granddaughter.  "Abby?" Lauren asks while pulling specific outfits.  "Of course, not" Dina bristles "Abby doesn't need me to select her wardrobe...I mean Colleen!" Lauren is completely confused and troubled but says nothing.  Later, after Dina leaves the store, Lauren is seen calling Traci.     TRACI                 We really need to talk, Traci.   Paul is in conference with the hospital's transplant director, who is wary of allowing Paul any access to the confidential records without a warrant but after Paul reminds him that as chief of police that he can easily get one and that cooperation will go a long way to making the investigation a less disruptive process, the director relents.   As Paul and the Director go through the records, they find more than one red flag, including a report detailing the presence of a male cadaver who was temporarily lost during the confusion of an employee shift change and was discovered in one of the post surgical rooms of the operating theater, meanwhile a woman, with severe oxygen deprivation and likely brain damage and n the verge of expiring but still alive was discovered feet away. Two employees faced disciplinary action but the issue was never made public.  The Director quickly states that he was not in charge of the transplant center at that time.     PAUL             I think we need to talk to the employees in question.     Traci and Lauren meet and Traci is confounded by Lauren's account of Dina in Fenmore's earlier.  Traci assumed that Dina was confused about which granddaughter she was speaking of but when Lauren showed her the disparity in sizes, (as Fenmore's keeps a log of frequent customers' sizes and style preferences), Traci becomes even more concerned.   As Paul and the Director are about to conference in one of the employees who worked the night of the transfer and was disciplined (the other employee has since died), he explains about the two separate teams that worked on the transplant.  One team extracted the heart from the donor patient, the other team implanted the heart on the recipient patient. He suggests that Paul talk to someone on the extraction team as he was part of the prep team and the post surgical team for the donor patient. Yes, he made the mistake of leaving the post op area before his replacement could arrive but he himself had an emergency with an elderly parent who had dementia and wandered from home.   During the course of the conference call, J.T. tries to call but Paul ignores it.   As Traci and Jack wait for Ashley, they discuss what to do about Dina.   TRACI             Is it possible the our mother has somehow befriended                some stranger and has convinced herself that she's                    her granddaughter?   Ashley arrives.   JACK              If this person is even real.   TRACI               Oh, I believe she's real...but who is she?   ASHLEY                Mother won't like it but, I think we may have to                             consult with her doctor...see if there's a medical                           reason for this sudden change...this confusion.   TRACI                 She doesn't appear confused at all.  She seems                            confident, assured in her statements.  Lauren said                      she was adamant that the granddaughter was not                      Abby.   JACK                 Well, I'm confused-   ASHLEY                  We may all need a doctor's consult by the time we                       get to the bottom of this. (beat) Where's mother?   Pause.                     She's not here?! Where is she.   JACK                    You know that mother insists on having her                                   freedom of movement. We can't tie her to the                               bedpost.   TRACI                    She's been very responsible lately-   ASHLEY                    As in no arson, no stabbings, no kidnapping?   The phone rings.  Dina is on the other end. Traci answers.   TRACI                    Mother where are you?   DINA                    Visiting.  I'll be home soon, dear.   Before Traci can get another word out, Dina hangs up.    Wide shot to reveal that a smiling Dina holds the hand of her granddaughter, who except for shallow breaths, lies motionless in bed. Close up on the hands as Colleen's fingers begin to twitch.     A DAY OR SO LATER   Dina comes down the stairs, she is in a buoyant mood.  Traci, Jack and Ashley observe her closely.   DINA            I'm famished.   Dina walks toward the dining.               Well, are you all going to stand there and gape at me?                Or will you join me at the breakfast table?   ASHLEY            I actually have to get to Newman.  We have so many                   exciting projects in the offing, (stares daggers at Jack),             I need to get in the office early just so I can get a jump               start.   Jack stares daggers back at Ashley.   JACK            I think I'll be going in early as well. No rest for the                         eternally successful-   ASHLEY            Wicked...I think you mean "no rest for the wicked".     JACK            If it comes to that, I have no problems going there-   TRACI           I'll join you, mother.   Traci quickly takes Dina's hand.  As Dina leads her toward the dining room, Traci shoots a withering glare at Jack and Ashley, who appear chastened.    EXT. DAY   A car door slams as Paul walks toward the front of a building and rings the bell.  A muffled male voice answers and Paul answers.   PAUL              Paul Williams...we spoke on the phone yesterday.    Paul is buzzed in and enters an elevator with the doors closing behind him.   INT. ABBOTT MANSION   Traci stares at Dina across the table as Dina eats heartily.  Dina looks back at her, annoyed.   DINA                 Oh for heaven's sake, dear, if you have something to                     ask me-   TRACI                I spoke to Lauren a few days ago and-   Dina rolls her eyes.   DINA                Should I have given her a tip to keep her mouth                             closed?  I asked that she be discreet.   Dina, clearly annoyed and agitated, checks her watch.   TRACI                It's just that...Lauren mentioned that you were buying                 clothes for your granddaughter but the sizing was off.   DINA (aggravated)                 That's because they weren't for Abby. (beat) My car's                   here, I have to leave.    TRACI                   Where are you going?   DINA                   To meet J.T....I mean, er, T.J.  He's my trainor at the                      Athletic Club. (stumbles) you know exercise helps                      the brain...and I need all the help I can get.   Dina gets up, kisses Traci on the forehead.                    Don't worry, dear, in time. all will be revealed.   TRACI (puzzled)                   Revealed?   As Dina hastens off.   DINA                    When she's ready.   A door slams as Dina has exited.   TRACI                    She?   EXT. ROOM-MOMENTS LATER   Paul sits in a small room that doubles as a makeshift private office with another Man who offers to him coffee but Paul declines.   MAN                      Oh I remember that day!  It's not everyday you're                           part of the team for a billionaire patient.                                         Everybody was in a lather, everything had to be                             perfect.  We all talked about it when it was over.   PAUL                      We?   MAN                      Both transplant teams. The donor and the                                     recipient.  There was a huge buzz in the center                      I'm shocked that there were so many errors but I                         had no part in that.                         PAUL                      And you sure the cadaver was a male?   MAN                      I personally witnessed that heart being pulled out                       of that man's chest, wrapped up and put on ice.  I                         transported it to the Operating theater myself.                             The transplant was a success, as far as I heard,                            but as to what happened to the donor's body                                afterward and how the body was handled this is                         going to sound kinda cold and indifferent but it                             really wasn't my job.                     INT. ROOM-DAY   Dina puts lipstick on Colleen's lips, then smooths her hand, then her dress.  Looks at her with adoration.   DINA                      I think you're ready, sweetheart. I just know when                        Traci sees you, you're going to open those eyes.    INT. GCAC-LATER   Traci is at the entrance, talking to Devon and Hilary who have emerged from the gym after having just finished their workouts.     HILARY                      Named T.J.?  (Hilary shakes her head)   TRACI (desperate)                       A woman?               HILARY                      No, I've never heard of her.   DEVON                      Yeah, I mean...I've never heard of a trainer, man or                       woman named T.J.           As J.T. enters the GCAC, Traci sees him and follows his steps with her stare.  Traci's anger is rising but she keeps it under wraps for the moment. She looks at Hilary and Devon.   TRACI                    Thank you.   Traci marches off.  Hilary and Devon exchange bewildered looks.   HILARY                     Did you see that look?   DEVON                    Not sure I even wanna know what that's about-   HILARY                    There once was a time, I'd make it my business to                       know what was about to go down over there-   DEVON                     You sure you wanna be a witness? Because I know                      I don't.   As Hilary and Devon make their way to the exit, Hilary gives a long inquisitive stare at a furious Traci who barrels toward J.T.   TRACI                      How dare you confuse and muddle my mother.  I                        demand to know for what purpose are you using                          her?    J.T.'s phone rings.                           Don't you dare answer that!   On the other end of the phone, Paul starts to leave a voicemail message.   PAUL                     J.T., this is Paul. We need to talk...call me back as                       soon as you get this. (Pause) I thought he was                             anxious to hear from me.    Paul gets in his car and drives off.   INT. NEWMAN ENTERPRISES-DAY   Ashley and Lily are looking over some samples.   ASHLEY                    Not that I need her permission but just as a                                   courtesy, I'd like get Victoria's feedback on the new                     samples.   LILY (wary)                   And you're looking at me because...   ASHLEY                  Well, you have such a great rapport with everyone.   LILY                  I'm not so sure about that these days.  Since I came                   to work with you, it's as if I've defected to another                       company.  She's professional with me but there's                         something in her manner...   ASHLEY                   You wouldn't have to drop off or pick up any                                  samples, just...get her thoughts on it and...a report,                    a memo, whatever you think is best...get her                                  thoughts on it.  See if anything sparks, if not, we've                      done due diligence.   LILY                    Something for the file, right?   The phone rings.   ASHLEY                   Exactly.   Ashley answers the phone.                     Ashley Abbott?   Jack is on the other end. He hesitates.                    Hello?   JACK                 Ashley.     ASHLEY (curt)                  Jack.   Lily signals that she can leave, Ashley signals for her to stay.                    What is it?   JACK                  Have you heard from mother or Traci?   ASHLEY                    I'm surprised you're even asking for my help.   JACK                    It's just that...no one's answering the phone.  And                         I've tried their cell phones.   ASHLEY                    Gee Jack, with our mother wandering off to parts                         unknown, buying wardrobes for a granddaughter                         that she claims not to be Abby while mentioning                         Colleen in the same breath-   LILY (anxious)                   Colleen?!  Your mother mentioned Colleen?     ASHLEY                    I'm beginning to think you don't have full control of                      our mother's daily protocol in the way you've been                        insisting, Jack-   JACK                   You know what?  I'll handle this myself.   ASHLEY                    We'll talk about this-   Jack has hung up.                       Later.   Somewhat dejected, Ashley hangs up the phone. Ashley appears lost in thought.   LILY (bewildered)                     Ashley...what is this about Colleen?

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DAYS #149: Dr. Rolf & Stefano discuss The Patient, Adrienne puts Will on notice

EPISODE 149 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
In the Kiriakis dining room, Anjelica stands alone with Noelle in the corner. Looking around to make sure they're alone, Noelle approaches Anjelica.   NOELLE: So...?
ANJELICA: I think Alex will be on our side on this.
NOELLE: Perfect.   Noelle looks around, highly suspicious of anyone entering the dining room, so much so, despite being alone, Noelle continues to whisper to Anjelica.   NOELLE: (whispering) Look, I have news.
ANJELICA: Well, spit it out!
NOELLE: (whispering) It's Victor!
ANJELICA: What???   Noelle gestures emphatically to get Anjelica to quiet down, as she whispers to Anjelica.   NOELLE: He's awake, we have to tell Nick.
ANJELICA: Wh--        As Anjelica begins to respond, Justin, Maggie, and Sonny enter the dining room, all sharing a laugh as they sit down at the table. Noelle and Anjelica awkwardly halt their conversation and join them.   Sitting down, the room falls quiet, as they all look at each other, unsure how to start the conversation.   NOELLE: It's....so nice to have family together for once.   All five of them look around at each other, unsure what to do, before Noelle grabs her drink from in front of her and awkwardly raises a toast.    NOELLE: To...family!   The others reluctantly join in, most looking awkwardly at each other, wondering what brought on Noelle's toast.   ALL: Cheers!   As they clink their glasses, they immediately take sips so long, most finish their drinks in one go.   ---  
Alex and Will stand alone together in the Kiriakis living room. They look awkwardly at each other, as Will asks a serious question.   WILL: Ahhh....so, I haven't had a chance to ask anybody yet but...I know there's been a huge upheaval at work today. What does that mean for us?   Alex is taken aback by Will's question, leaving him momentarily speechless.   ALEX: Ahh...you mean at the office?   Will laughs, his heart aflutter, as he, without thinking, blurts out a response.   WILL: Yeah, I mean...what did you think I meant? I mean, you're cute and all but...   Alex and Will laugh, as Will realizes what he's just said and begins to blush.   WILL: I mean...oh God. What did I just say?
ALEX: No...(laughs) God, Will, don't be embarrassed. I know what you meant. Don't worry.  
Will looks to the ceiling, closing his eyes in embarrassment, as Adrienne steps into the doorway from the dining room. She looks on, troubled by what she observes.   WILL: Ugh, sorry. I didn't mean to imply that I was...attracted to you at all. You're my boss, and MARRIED. I'm marrying your BROTHER. I just...I tend to put my foot in my mouth a lot. I'm sorry.
ALEX: Don't worry. Seriously. It's okay. Just as long as you don't have this problem with words on the page, we're good.   Will laughs, as Adrienne steps into the room.   ADRIENNE: Ah, boys? Are you gonna join us for dinner at all?   Adrienne looks directly into Will's eyes, an almost accusatory look in them, despite her sweet tone. It immediately discomforts Will.   ---  
Outside club TBD, Kate and Sami stand, having confronted Nick and Gabi on their date, pestering Gabi about her modelling contract offers. Now, Sami's expression becomes more one of worry.   SAMI: You seem worried. You weren't before.
KATE: I had no reason to be before. Nick worming his way into the CEO position at Titan was nothing. He could be out of there within hours if he so much as breathed the wrong way. But if he has controlling interest? All bets are off, and we need to tread carefully.
SAMI: Oh, to Hell with that. He's going to put us all in jail, Kate.   Kate tries to quiet Sami down, but Sami continues, increasingly panicked.   KATE: Sami, C-- SAMI: ...Oh don't try to shut me up. You know I'm right. What is he gonna do when he finds out we're trying to set him up? Dammit, Kate, we need to do something about him, and fast.   ---  
Inside Club TBD, Nick and Gabi sit, Gabi deep in thought about what just transpired. Nick notices Gabi's contemplative look, and crooks his head slightly to get her attention.   NICK: Hello?? Earth to Gabi.   Gabi snaps out of her trance, shaking her head suddenly, looking Nick's way.   GABI: Ugh, sorry. Just...in case you didn't notice, I have....a decision to make.
NICK: Nah, I get it. But I think you know what you're doing. I trust you.   Gabi smiles, as Nick reaches across the table to take Gabi's hand gently in his. Gabi wants to pull away, but manages to stop herself.   NICK: I know I haven't been....exactly the most trustworthy person, myself. But I do want you to know, I'm gonna do everything I can from now on, to give you exactly the life you deserve.    Gabi looks down momentarily at Nick's hand holding hers.    NICK: I love you, Gabi.   Gabi hesitates to answer Nick, the words caught in her throat.   ---     ---   Kate walks in closer to Sami in front of Club TBD, and attempts to calm Sami down.   KATE: Sami, you need to think of the long game here. Nick has the power to destroy all of us. That includes Will. So let's stay the course for now, and keep our eyes peeled for any opening.
SAMI: We don't have time for that, Kate. It's time we make an opening.   Sami, determined, storms off, leaving Kate behind, more worried than ever.   KATE: Sami! Sami! (sigh)   ---  
Inside Club TBD, Gabi struggles to respond to Nick, as Nick waits for a response. T arrives with their tapas, which he starts putting down on the table, breaking the tension.   T: Alright! I've got some grilled calamari...lamb proscuitto dumplings, and a mango salad.
NICK: Thank you.
GABI: Thanks, T.   T stands by them, ever the professional.   T: Anything I can get you guys? Refill on your drinks?    Nick holds up a finger, never taking his eyes off Gabi.   NICK: Yeah...give me a bottle of your best champagne.
T: You got it!   T walks off, leaving Nick and Gabi alone, as she hastily reaches for her fork, trying to eat before she has to respond to Nick.   NICK: I know we've got a lot of baggage, Gabi. And...I know you're probably not ready to tell me you love me, but...I just wanted you to know that I do. And I will always look out for your best interests.   Gabi smiles, as she swallows her calamari.    GABI: I know. Thank you. Thank you for being so patient.   Nick smiles back at Gabi, looking intensely at her for a moment before asking another question.   NICK: Gabi.   Gabi looks back, inquisitively, if a little tense.   NICK: I...I don't wanna put any pressure on you at all, but...well...now that I've got this job, and...the company assets...I'm planning to finally move out of the room upstairs at the pub. GABI: That's great! I'm glad you're finally able to do that.
NICK: Yeah, so...now, once I have a home to call my own, and...don't feel like you have to say 'yes' or anything...but...would you like to move in with me?   Gabi's eyes widen, stunned by Nick's suggestion, and unsure how to react, or respond.   ---   Will and Adrienne stare off at each other, clearly communicating unspoken thoughts with each other, as Alex looks on, trying to cut the tension.   ALEX: Ah...Adrienne. Sorry, we were...catching up on work stuff.    Adrienne continues to focus her eyes on Will, though breaking her gaze eventually as she responds to her stepson.   ADRIENNE: Of course. Ah, well...dinner's about to be served, so...come on.
ALEX: Sure thing.   As Alex leaves the room, Will is held back by Adrienne, who speaks quietly to Will, as she grabs his arm, not forcefully, but firmly.   ADRIENNE: A little advice, Will? If you expect me to play my part, you'd better do a lot better job of yours.   Will looks down at Adrienne, and nearly bursts out laughing. He shakes his head dismissively.   WILL: Adrienne, you're looking for something that isn't even there. 
ADRIENNE: Am I? Because those eyes you were giving each other just now tell me otherwise.
WILL: What looks? The only looks I was giving were directed at you when you once again inserted yourself in a conversation that was none of your business.   Adrienne folds her arms, giving Will a squinted glare.   ADRIENNE: Despite what you think, I didn't just fall off the turnip truck. I can tell you're attracted to Alex. 
WILL: I love Sonny--   Adrienne snaps back at Will, cutting him off from continuing his thought.   ADRIENNE: And Justin loved me. But he still had that affair with Anjelica and still had her child.    Will stops himself, momentarily looking down, as he soaks in what Adrienne is saying to him. Adrienne steps in closer to Will, speaking a bit more earnestly, and less bitingly.   ADRIENNE: You have two very impulsive parents, who lead with their hearts and not their heads. Don't be like them. Alex may not be my son by blood but I love him just as much as I love Sonny, and I don't want either of them hurt. If you do, I will make sure you regret it.   Adrienne backs away, releasing the tension in her body with a sigh as she turns toward the dining room. As Adrienne walks away, Will looks down, shaking his head as he sighs, his head full from Adrienne's warning. He makes his way to the dining room as well.   ---  
Eric sits at the bar of the Brady Pub, a pint of beer before him, as he makes a call on his cell phone to Nicole. Waiting to hear her pick up, he is unsuccessful, and the call goes to voice mail.   ERIC: Hey, Nicole. It's Eric. I ah...I know you've had a big break in your story for tomorrow but...I'm just wondering when you'll be back. I mean...it is our...our wedding night, and I'd...just call me back when you get this. I love you.  
Hanging up, Eric takes a drink, as Marlena walks into the pub.    MARLENA: Ah! Eric!   Eric turns around to see his mother, and gives her a hug.   ERIC: Mom! Hey. How'd your meeting go at the hospital?
MARLENA: Oh well...Valerie and I had...a lot to talk about. It's actually why I'm here. I'm glad I ran into you. I...I have something to ask of you, and I don't think you're going to like it very much.   Eric looks at Marlena, concerned.   ERIC: Why? What is it?   Marlena hesitates for a moment, before reluctantly responding, unable to look Eric in the eyes as she does.   MARLENA: I need your help to run a DNA test on your father.   Eric looks back in amazement, stunned by his mother's request.   ---  
Dr. Rolf sits opposite Stefano in a dimly lit room in Stefano's Italian island villa. The two longtime partners-in-crime discuss their plans as the sun sets.   STEFANO: So! When can we expect the patient will be ready?
DR. ROLF: Stefano, I cannot give you a firm timeline on this. You know what happened the last time.
STEFANO: Yes, unfortunately, I do.    Stefano looks off in a distance momentarily, as Dr. Rolf continues.   DR. ROLF: We cannot have a repeat of what happened before. As you know, the second Pawn project was effective but ultimately we couldn't utilize him because we caused too much brain damage. He would never be able to take proper direction from us. STEFANO: Hmmm, yes. And now he appears to be in terminal decline.   Dr. Rolf nods sadly.   DR. ROLF: Yes, indeed. It is a real shame. And, of course, our attempt to reprogram John Black failed miserably as well.    Dr. Rolf thinks aloud, becoming more and more agitated as he contemplates his strategy.   DR. ROLF: There has got to be a way to find the balance. My work on the second pawn was too potent, and on John Black, not enough. Stefano looks Rolf sternly in the eyes, as he points at him to make his point. STEFANO: And THAT is why THIS Pawn MUST work for us to get us what we need, or else everything we have worked so hard for will be destroyed!   Rolf looks back at Stefano, nodding with a sombre expression on his face.   ---
 
In a dark, windowless room, a man is tied to a chair in an otherwise empty room. His hands and feet are bound.   On a screen in front of him, a flurry of images appear on a projector screen. Many disturbing images flash by, changing almost as soon as they appear.   Crawling insects. 
Scenes from bloody warfare. 
A gun being fired.   John Black's face then appears, before disappearing, replaced by more violent images.   The man writhes about, his mouth gagged, keeping him from shouting out. He struggles, trying to resist the intense images presented before him, but enraged far more by John than any other.   ---

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DAYS #148: Stefano arrives at the compound, Valerie presses Marlena to get Roman DNA tested

EPISODE 148 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Marlena sits in Valerie's office at University Hospital, as they go over Roman's case. Valerie shakes her head as she goes over his file.   VALERIE: You know, Marlena, I've gotta say...I know that there's a lot of missing pieces here, but...this man has been in your life for so many years. I...I mean, wouldn't you have known sooner that he isn't who he claims he is?   Marlena looks down, contemplatively.   MARLENA: I've thought about that. But he felt so....familiar to me. That day that Kristen wheeled him into my room...I wasn't sure but...something felt so...I knew that I knew this man. 
VALERIE: But you didn't believe Kristen when she told you he was Roman.   Marlena looks at Valerie, remembering that day with Kristen, the anger coming through in her voice as she thinks of Kristen.   MARLENA: I wasn't really willing to believe anything that...that woman told me. She'd told so many lies already, it was...it just looked like another scheme to keep John and I apart.
VALERIE: Understandable, but what made you realize she was right?
MARLENA: I just...I heard him speak. I heard his voice and...what he had to say. We knew...I knew I knew and cared for this man. We knew he was Roman. Nobody....questioned it once we'd spoken with him. 
VALERIE: Marlena. From what you've told me, that's the same thing everyone said when John arrived in town. We need to be absolutely certain that this man IS Roman Brady.   Marlena looks up, deeply troubled by Valerie's suggestion.   ---  
 
Stefano's limo pulls up to a grand castle on the remote Italian island. His driver parks and hustles to open the door for him. Stefano steps out of the car, and pulls off his sunglasses, gazing upon the beauty of his grand home.   ---  
In the Kiriakis living room, Alex and Justin stand, discussing Justin's animosity toward Anjelica. Justin steps over to the bar, hoping to grab a drink, as Alex looks on.    ALEX: Dad?
JUSTIN: Yeah.   Justin looks at the mostly empty caraffe, stunned by how much Anjelica's taken already. He pours himself what's left. The awkward silence holds in the air a moment, before Alex sighs and begins to tell his father what's on his mind.   ALEX: Look, I don't mean to downplay what Anjelica did to you, or to Adrienne.   Justin puts his drink down on the bar with a bit of a slam. He speaks harshly to his son.   JUSTIN: Then don't.   Justin turns around, another awkward moment of silence between them, as the doorbell rings.   JUSTIN: And don't make excuses for her either. Your mother rigged a construction site to blow Adrienne up. Then she kidnapped you. This isn't stealing a few hair ties from a store at the mall, Alex. I'm not entirely prepared to forgive and forget. ALEX: But she did bring me back. And you and Adrienne were wonderful parents to me. You did a great job.  
Justin sighs, smiling at his son. As Anjelica steps back into the room from the foyer, escorting Will into the room with her. Upon seeing Alex, he stops, smiling awkwardly as Justin and Alex look back.   ANJELICA: Well, look who I found at the door. Does this fine young man belong to anyone in the house?   Alex smiles back at Will, as they both stare without a word shared. Justin ignores this, as he fixates on Anjelica.   ---  
Gabi and Kate sit across from each other at the table at Club TBD, having an intense conversation about the state of affairs at Titan. Knowing Nick will be back from the bathroom any second, they remain tense and vigilant, each checking over their shoulder every few moments to ensure he isn't on his way back.   GABI: Honestly, Kate, I don't know that I like the odds of that 4% stakeholder remaining loyal to Titan. I mean, I've heard how rocky things are, and with Nick coming on...he's completely inexperienced running a company like this, they're bound to sell before the shares become completely worthless.
KATE: Leave that to me. Nick may in for a fall sooner than you think, and at least at my end of things, I'm going to make sure we make Titan a lot of money so that we can get out of this rut.  
Nick approaches from behind Kate, causing both she and Gabi to look up with a start.   NICK: That's the spirit I wanna hear from my staff, Kate.
KATE: You know, Nick. Relish calling us staff members for now, because it won't be long before the board sees through you, and your incompetence will earn you a nice fat pink slip.
NICK: I guess I should've anticipated a little resistance. But I still wouldn't push my luck if I were you, Kate.   Kate chuckles momentarily to herself, unthreatened by Nick's confidence. She looks back at Gabi, a bit amused, as she rolls her eyes, and looks back at Nick and responds sarcastically.   KATE: I'm quaking in my boots.
NICK: You should be. Because I just found out some good news. 
KATE: I'm waiting with baited breath to hear it.   Nick smiles, as he leans in closely at their table.   NICK: I just got the controlling interest of the Titan stock. So not only am I running the show, I own it, too!   Nick laughs, almost maniacally, as Gabi and Kate's faces turn sheet-white.   ---     ---   Justin gives Anjelica sideeye, as he grabs his drink from the bar table and shakes Will's hand firmly.   JUSTIN: Will! Good to see you! Ah, Sonny's already at the table, they're serving dinner about now. We should probably join them.
WILL: Oh...yeah.
ANJELICA: Well, am I going to be introduced or not?   Alex interjects to spare everyone Justin's cutting remarks at Anjelica's expense.   ALEX: Ah...Anjelica Deveraux, this is...Will Horton. Will is...Sonny's fiancé. Will...meet my mother.   Anjelica gives a surprised smile, turning to shake Will's hand, which he accepts, though still unsure what to make of the situation.   ANJELICA: Ahh! Will!
WILL: Pleased to meet you.
ANJELICA: And I, you. You know, I have always really admired the Horton family. Such a pillar of our community. Tom and Alice were such lovely people.   Justin rolling his eyes at Anjelica's phoney interest in Will, turns to head for the dining room.   JUSTIN: (sigh) Talk about laying it on thick.   Justin turns back to motion the others into the dining room.   JUSTIN: Come on, guys. Let's get this over with before we lose what's left of our appetites.   Will smiles awkwardly, not sure whether to laugh at Justin's joke or not, as Anjelica nods to Will and touches her son's forearm on her way into the next room.   ANJELICA: I'll see you in there.   Leaving Alex and Will alone in the living room, the tension between them remains. Will looks up at Alex, unsure what to say.   WILL: Ah...so I didn't...I didn't know your mom was in town.
ALEX: Yeah...we're...not exactly close. I mean...
WILL: It's okay. I understand. My mom and I have...a similar relationship.   Alex and Will share a laugh. As things grow quiet again, Will's eyes squint a bit, looking at Alex with concern.   WILL: Ahhh....so, I haven't had a chance to ask anybody yet but...I know there's been a huge upheaval at work today. What does that mean for us?   Alex is taken aback by Will's question, leaving him momentarily speechless.   ---   Kate gets up from her seat across from Gabi at Club TBD, looking disgusted. She gives Nick a murderous glare.   KATE: Well, I don't know how you managed this, but don't expect me to cowtow to your every demand. I expect to be able to continue to run my business the way I see fit.   Nick plays it cool, as usual. Shaking his head as he gently responds to Kate, hands in his pockets.   NICK: Not to worry. Just make sure that you stay out of my way, and you'll have all the autonomy you need.  
All three turn abruptly upon hearing Sami's voice from behind them. She's revved up to play her part in the ruse, and takes on a snide tone straight away.   SAMI: GABI! Don't sign anything. I have news.   Nick turns to face Sami, smiling even wider now that the games have really begun.   NICK: Sami! Glad you could join us!   Sami reaches into her bag, handing Gabi a document of her own.   SAMI: Gabi, I need you to reconsider Kate's offer. You don't wanna be working under Nick. He's been named CEO of Titan. 
GABI: Sami, I know, he...   Sami doesn't wait for Gabi to answer, instead carrying on in her fake tirade.   SAMI: He told you, okay. GREAT. But he didn't tell you that he's completely ineffective as CEO without also holding controlling stock interest. So he won't be able to do for your career what I can, seeing as he'll be working in a hostile environment.   Nick immediately interjects, cutting Sami off before she can continue making her "case".   NICK: Aaactually, Sami. That part's not quite true. As I was just telling Kate and Gabi...I just got the stock I needed to take controlling interest. 
SAMI: You what?
NICK: Yeah! Isn't that fantastic? 
SAMI: That's impossible. You don't have the resources to buy up 1,000 shares, let alone the amount it would take to take 51%...   Kate, and Sami both realize at the same moment, with Gabi putting the pieces together moments after.   SAMI: ...You have a benefactor.
NICK: Not quite.
SAMI: Bull.
NICK: No! Honestly. Titan shares are worth next to nothing at this point. It was actually pretty easy for me to buy up shares from the public supply at cut rate prices bit by bit over the last few months. Thanks to a rather...generous infusion of cash from Julie, some good timing with a good broker, plus my big bonus for my hard work on the latest foundation line for MadWorld, my package for taking over as CEO...I ah...well, I managed to secure the last bits I needed to take advantage when a major shareholder gave up her piece of the pie.   Nick shrugs, convinced he's thrown Sami and Kate off the trail, but Sami's not so convinced. She bites her tongue, instead looking at an equally unconvinced Kate.   KATE: That's still millions of dollars in shares, Nick.   Nick nods, casually.   NICK: Mmhmm. See, when you start investing and you make a couple good deals...it all snowballs.    Sami stops herself, looking over at Kate, who looks on cautiously.   SAMI: Gabi. Choose wisely. Your future depends on it. Call me when you decide.   Sami nods to Kate, then Nick.   SAMI: Kate. Nick.   As Sami takes off, Nick chuckles to himself, sitting himself down at the table with Gabi. Kate, putting on her purse, preparing to leave, looks to Gabi.   KATE: Gabi, Sami's right. You need to choose wisely. Go with the team that has your back.    Kate's eyes widen, almost in disbelief of what's coming out of her mouth. Gabi looks down at the papers on the table, as Kate turns to Nick.   KATE: Nick, thank you for filling me in.
NICK: Oh, are you kidding? It was my pleasure.
KATE: I'm sure it was. Have a great evening.   Kate turns away, rolling her eyes at Nick as she follows Sami out of the building.      Just outside the door, both women breathe a sigh of relief.   SAMI: Do you think we got him fooled?
KATE: I don't know, but I think we need to find out who's bankrolling this, and fast.    Sami's expression morphs into one of worry.   ---   Marlena paces Valerie's office, deeply troubled by her earlier suggestion.   MARLENA: Valerie, I can't just go around asking everyone Roman's related to for DNA samples. I know I'm gonna run into...well, more than just some resistance.  VALERIE: It doesn't hurt to ask. This is extremely important, particularly if we're going to attempt to properly treat his symptoms.
MARLENA: I know that, Valerie, but...these people have over twenty years invested in this man. My children...to them, this is their father. 
VALERIE: Then don't ask them right away. Maybe Roman's sister can do it.   Marlena sighs, turning her back to Valerie, as she shakes her head.   MARLENA: I couldn't do that to Kim. I mean...she has it hard enough right now dealing with Theresa being in a coma, Caroline's health is in decline, Shane is off doing God knows what with the ISA. She's worried about her brother, she's not going to want the rug pulled out from under her again.   Valerie gets up from  her desk, putting a hand on Marlena's shoulder in comfort.   VALERIE: Marlena, your life isn't exactly a cakewalk right now, either. And the more you wait, and the more you agonize over whether or not this man you've thought was Roman all these years is actually the real deal?   Marlena turns to face Valerie, tears in her eyes. Valerie puts both hands on Marlena's shoulders, looking worriedly into Marlena's eyes.   VALERIE: Honey, I'm afraid of what carrying this burden entirely on your own shoulders could do to you.   ---   The door of the large, remote Italian villa open to the living area, as a staff member ushers Stefano inside.   Once inside, Stefano removes his jacket, casually laying it down on the back of the armchair, as he looks on inside the dimly lit room. A chair is turned to face the large window, facing a picturesque view of the sea.    Stefano chuckles in his inimitable fashion, as he claps his hands together a single time, excited to have finally arrived. He calls out to the person in the chair.   STEFANO: Ahh! Tell me the good news. Is our patient finally ready?   The chair turns, as Dr. Rolf looks Stefano's way, giving him a half-hearted smile.   DR. ROLF: Not quite. But, I feel we should be ready any day.
STEFANO: Good. We have waited long enough. The time will soon come to put our plan into action.   Dr. Rolf nods, as Stefano looks off, determination in his eyes.   ---

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DAYS #147: Nick gets some big news, Anjelica and Justin have it out

EPISODE 147 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Gabi sits at a table at Club TBD, looking up uncomfortably as she sits across from Nick. Nick leans back in his seat, smiling as he watches Kate interject on their date. Kate stands over Gabi, having dropped paperwork before Gabi, and glares at Gabi, as Gabi responds meekly.   GABI: Ahh...Kate...can we...can we do this another time, I'm kinda...busy.   Gabi makes eyes in Nick's direction, as though pointing to Nick with them. Kate never takes her eyes off Gabi, remaining stern.   KATE: I'm not available another time, Gabi. This can't wait.   Kate turns quickly toward Nick, giving him an equally sharp glare.   KATE: Do you mind giving us a minute?   Nick, ever the smug one, laughs and leans back, nonplussed.   NICK: Have at it. I'm enjoying the show.   Kate's eyes narrow at Nick, as she responds to him, her voice deeper than before.   KATE: Alone?   Nick takes a second, before slowly getting up from his seat, and nodding at Gabi. Gabi nods back, giving her approval for him to leave.   NICK: I'll be in the bathroom. One sec.   As Nick walks away, Kate looks back at Gabi. Her tone changes, but her expression does not.   KATE: Keep in character, we've got him right where we want him.   Gabi looks up, trying to contain a smile, as she continues to stare at Kate from her seat.   ---  
Anita sits across from Brady at her small dining table in her cabin. She holds her hands over her mouth, deep in contemplation over Brady's suggestion.   ANITA: I don't know whether I could sell those shares, Brady. BRADY: Well, if you don't, you know the chances are very high that you'll lose even more. It's time to reinvest in a company that's going places. Hell, you could use that money toward fixing the house up.   Anita shakes her head, uncertain of Brady's idea.   ANITA: I don't know about this.
BRADY: Anita, Nick Fallon is a liability to that company. He knows absolutely nothing about running a major conglomerate.    Brady stops himself a moment, frustrated not only by the situation, but by his part in it, and having to remind himself of it.   BRADY: (sigh) If I hadn't been so DAMN stupid, I could've been running it myself. Then you wouldn't be in this mess.   Anita reaches out across the table to squeeze Brady's hand.   ANITA: You were in a bad spot. You had been through an awful lot, and you were no shape to run a company. Don't blame yourself for that.    Brady shakes his head, unconvinced.   BRADY: That's not the point. Shouldn't have gone to that place to begin with, regardless of what was happening in my life. And now it's affecting you. I feel...this responsibility to help you.    Anita smiles, still holding Brady's hand.   ANITA: You owe me nothing.
BRADY: I do. I need to protect what's left of your nest egg. Sell the shares, Anita. Before it's too late.   Anita looks back at Brady, then down, again deep in thought.   ---  
Anjelica stands at the bar in the corner of the Kiriakis living room, as Maggie steps in from the dining room to the right of the room.   MAGGIE: Dinner's ready, everyone.   As the others filter into the dining room, Justin lingers momentarily, as Anjelica pours herself a drink.   JUSTIN: You've really put a dent in that brandy. Nervous?   Anjelica laughs quietly, before turning to look at her ex-lover.   ANJELICA: Oh me? (laughs) No no. Just needed to unwind a bit. I'm always a little excitable when I'm doing business dealings.
JUSTIN: Yeah, well....don't get too excited. Any interest I have in this deal of yours is severely tempered by the fact it comes with your name attached.   Anjelica takes a sip of her drink, smiling and nodding, almost in defiance of what Justin's said.   ANJELICA: Well, I can understand your ambivalence. But I hope that with time and consultation, you'll see how sensible this arrangement could be for everyone.
JUSTIN: I'm not just ambivalent. And I have some major reservations about how forthright you're being when it comes to you wanting to help us. 
ANJELICA: Look, you are entitled to feel that way. I wouldn't blame you if I were in your shoes.   Justin studies Anjelica and her body language very carefully, as Anjelica lays her drink down on the bar table, and folds her arms in front of her as she continues.   ANJELICA: Justin, I made some very big mistakes when Alexander was a baby, and quite frankly, I think that the stress of finding out Harper was a deranged killer, and losing you...   Anjelica steps in closer to Justin, who shakes his head, as he steps away from Anjelica. Anjelica looks intensely into Justin's eyes, an earnest pain in them.   ANJELICA: I think it caused a psychotic episode, a sort of...PTSD gone horribly awry.
JUSTIN: Oh come on, Anjelica! That's an insult to anyone who's gone through PTSD, including Jack. You remember your stepson, Jack? He suffered years locked up in the Middle East, and came back in pieces.   Anjelica steps, hanging her head down, feeling sad and shamed.   ANJELICA: I know. Jack is--he was in a lot of pain for a long time.   Justin is unmoved by Anjelica's moment of sentiment, becoming increasingly angry with Anjelica, as his voice raises.   JUSTIN: He had to build his life over from the ground up, with very little help from you, if any. So don't try to pawn off what you did to Adrienne and to me as some kind of mental illness. You knew what you were doing, and you'd do it again in a heartbeat if it meant you'd get what you want.   Anjelica stops herself, trying to choke back tears, as she looks down from Justin's intense glare. She nods in agreement with Justin, who is unmoved by her, as Alex walks into the room, seeing only the tail end of their argument.   ANJELICA: You're right. Ah...excuse me. I'm going to wash my hands for dinner.   Anjelica walks out, trying to dab out the tears before they ruin her mascara. Alex steps into the room, as Justin turns, spotting him. His expression changes, as Alex looks at his father, a displeased look on his face.   JUSTIN: Alex--
ALEX: What the Hell was that? What did you say to her?   Justin looks stunned, caught off guard by Alex's defense of his mother.   ---     ---   Justin turns to face Alex, who walks in closer to his father.   JUSTIN: Alex, I...I'm sorry.
ALEX: You know, I know my mom's done a lot of really terrible things, but I don't think throwing that in her face when she may be exactly the lifeline Titan needs is a very good idea.   Justin sighs, frustrated by Alex's desire to see the good in his mother.   JUSTIN: Alex, you forget how manipulative your mother can be. I know you wanna see the best in her but--
ALEX: Oh I know full well how manipulative she can be. Trust me. I've got the brunt of it for a lotta years now. But don't forget the Hell she went through too. With Harper, with nearly losing me to you and Adrienne when I was a kid...
JUSTIN: She gave you up to us, Alex.
ALEX: And then she wanted to have me in her life again when she got better.    Justin sighs, rolling his eyes at his son's naiveté.   JUSTIN: Oh come on, you don't actually believe her song and dance about PTSD, do you?
ALEX: No. But I do think she suffered a long, gradual mental breakdown, and I think, despite the...(sigh) downright horrendous results of that...I think we need to give her the benefit of the doubt this time around.   Justin looks down, contemplatively, as he soaks up what Alex has to say.   ---  
Valerie works at her desk at University Hospital, diligently typing away on some patient files, when a call is buzzed in. Valerie picks up the phone and answers immediately.   VALERIE: (into phone) Dr. Grant.....oh yes, send her in. Thank you.  
After a moment, Marlena steps into Valerie's office, a smile masking her despair. Valerie can sense something is tense about Marlena, and gets up from her seat, a warm, empathetic smile on her face.   VALERIE: Marlena. I'm glad you're here.
MARLENA: Yes, well...I wish it were under happier circumstances.
VALERIE: Well...I figured something was wrong when you called...it's...about Roman, I'm guessing.   Marlena sits down across from Valerie, she looks at the ground, mournful over Roman's condition.   MARLENA: He's getting worse every day, Valerie. I have...I don't think I ever expected him to deteriorate as fast as he has.
VALERIE: Marlena, these things vary wildly from person to person. You know that.
MARLENA: I know. I just...I guess we were getting closer again and...(sigh) I was looking forward to having this time together...maybe to fall in love again...if...   Valerie turns her head slightly, waiting for Marlena to finish her sentence, but Marlena doesn't.   VALERIE: If...   Marlena's eyes snap back upward to meet Valerie's. She looks on with an intense stare, her voice wavering.   MARLENA: I Guess...I guess I didn't want to say it, but...if it truly even is Roman.   ---  
Stefano emerges from the yacht, as the sound of the waves crash against the dock. The cool sea air causes the crew, and Stefano, to bundle up, despite the warm Mediterranean night.   Stefano is greeted by his waiting car, a grand executive car. The driver hustles from the front seat to open the back door for Stefano.   Looking out at the sea, he breathes in the air deeply, exhaling with a dramatic zeal. He gives direction to the driver, in Italian, to head to the DiMera compound.   STEFANO:  Avanti al composto!   Stefano immediately steps into the waiting car, as the driver closes the door for him, then proceeds back into the driver's side door. The car drives off, heading for the remote compound.   ---   Anita sits on the phone with her broker, ironing out details of the sale.   ANITA: (into phone) I'm just glad I got through to you before the exchange closed for the day...perfect. I'm so glad we were able to sell them back so quickly. Thank you, Mark.   Anita hangs up the phone, turning back to a smiling Brady. Anita is much less certain she's done the right thing.   ANITA: Well...they found a buyer...the shares are sold. I'll receive the payment by the end of the week. Just have to have him pay me a visit with some documents to sign and we're a go.
BRADY: I'm proud of you.   Anita looks at Brady, nervous. She shakes her head and sighs as she answers him.   ANITA: Don't be proud of me just yet. I'm praying I did the right thing just now.   --- Kate sits down across from Gabi at Club TBD, Gabi is legitimately panicked, as Kate takes on a tough look, knowing Nick could likely be looking on.   GABI: This is making me sick to my stomach. What if he catches on?
KATE: He won't. And don't worry about Nick. He may be CEO, but he hardly has enough power to be a real threat, anyway. 
GABI: What do you mean?
KATE: I mean, I checked into it earlier and the Kiriakises still own a controlling interest in the company. It's divided up between Justin, Victor, myself, Tyler, and John, who got Brady's shares when Brady died. That makes up about 47%. The rest of the shares are divided up in small fractions to the public.   Gabi begins to ease up a little bit, markedly less tense than she was moments before.   GABI: Okay. So he doesn't have the real power unless he has controlling interest. Why 47% though? I mean, I'm no MBA student or anything, but I thought they'd have majority stake in the family business at least.
KATE: That's what I found curious, myself. The issue is there's a single shareholder out there who Victor never named, not even when I was married to him. This person had a 4% stake in the company, and all Victor ever would tell me is that it was distant family, and that it "kept the peace". I didn't pry.    Gabi looks inquisitively at Kate, trying to sort through the mystery.   GABI: But if that person with the 4% stake were to sell, and the public shares were to be gobbled up by a major corporation...
KATE: ...then we would have to prepare for the worst.   Nick stands by the archway to the bathrooms at Club TBD, phone to his ear. It's Anjelica on the line.   ...   Anjelica stands in the Kiriakis foyer, the doors to the living room closed. She speaks softly, but excitedly.   ANJELICA: (into phone) I just got a call from Mark Foley, our broker.   ...   Nick looks over at Gabi and Kate momentarily, before turning away, hoping not to be seen. He speaks equally quietly.   NICK: (into phone) Okay, what about?   ...   ANJELICA: It's good news. We just acquired enough shares in Titan to become majority shareholder. Congratulations, Nick. We just got ourselves the silver bullet to lodge into Victor's back.   ...   Nick beams, as he turns back toward the table, looking on at Kate and Gabi's intense conversation.   ---

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