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

 

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DAYS #165: Nick falls into Victor's trap, Kate gives Billie some unsolicited advice re: Daniel

EPISODE 165 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco    
Kate stands in her penthouse condo, finishing pouring a smoothie in her kitchenette, as she hears the front door unlock.   She turns to see who it is, and smiles upon seeing Billie's face.   KATE: Ah! You finally made it.   Billie walks in, clutching her jacket, trying to hide the fatigue in her eyes. Kate turns around and smiles wider, trying to hide her laughter at her daughter's disheveled appearance.   KATE: Long night, I see.
BILLIE: Shut up, Mom.   Kate sours her expression momentarily, scolding her daughter for her response.   KATE: Hey, now! Watch it! I could just as soon use that room I've given you as a home office.
BILLIE: Sorry. What's that you're drinking?   Billie plants her purse down on the kitchen island, as Kate takes a sip of her green smoothie. She winces as she tastes it. Setting it down, she passes it over to Billie.   KATE: Green smoothie. My nurtitionist said it'll help my immune system and help keep my weight in check, but I think the only reason I won't gain weight is from being too nauseated to eat anything the rest of the day. Try it.   Billie looks down. She gives an unimpressed look back to Kate and turns away.   BILLIE: I'll pass.
KATE: Ungrateful child.   Billie laughs, as Kate picks the smoothie back up, and tries another sip of it. Billie sets herself down on the sofa in the living room area.   KATE: So how was last night?   Billie looks back over at Kate, a wide smile on her face.   BILLIE: Absolutely beautiful. We were gonna have a moonlight picnic, but it was raining so, Daniel set his place up to be just like the park, and the place was lit up with all these lights...oh, I'm telling you, Mom. It was amazing.
KATE: That's good to hear. I just hope he isn't using you like he used me and Chelsea.   Billie sighs, immediately exasperated by Kate's overbearing nature.   BILLIE: Mom...
KATE: I'm sorry, but he's screwed over me, your brother, and your daughter, and I'll be damned if he makes a fool out of three entire generations of this family.
BILLIE: And just how is he gonna do that, Mom? He loves me.   Kate scoffs at Billie. She steps over toward her, sitting next to her on the sofa.   KATE: Honey, I know this man. He's with you on the rebound from Jennifer. As much as he's going to deny it, he's still in love with her. And I know you know that.   Billie grimaces, furrowing her brow as she looks back  disapprovingly at her mother.   ---  
Anita stands facing Tyler in her cabin. She sets her cup of tea down on the dining table, as she nods to Tyler, feigning a solemn expression.   ANITA: Well, it's disappointing to hear, but...I don't see why you should put Victor through any more pain. If Brady's gone, then....he's gone.
TYLER: I'm sorry, Anita.    Anita shrugs. She paces past Tyler, leaning out the window by the doorway.   ANITA: (sigh) Not much you can do. I understand. TYLER: You seem...somewhat resigned about all this.   Anita turns back to face Tyler, snapping at him for his line of questioning.   ANITA: Well, what am I supposed to say, Tyler? What do you want me to feel? Happy? I know there's nothing we can do. Just like there's nothing I can do about my situation.   Tyler walks towards Anita, appearing sympathetic.   TYLER: I know. I'm sorry. I...I wish there was another way, but...it's been too long. To change things now would just...it would cause more problems than it would solve. You know this. I know this.   Tyler puts a hand on Anita's shoulder, as she sighs, shaking her head.   ANITA: I guess so. (sigh) But I do wish I could be closer to Salem...my loved ones.
TYLER: We both know that's not possible.
ANITA: The threat is gone, Tyler. It has been for years. I know it's going to be complicated, but...   Tyler grabs Anita by the shoulders, trying to shake a bit of sense into her.   TYLER: But nothing, Anita. You are going to stay living as Anita Hernandez, and you are going to stay away from Salem. And that's final.   Anita looks at Tyler, wide-eyed, infuriated by his forceful manner.   ---  
Nick stands inside Victor's hospital room at Univeristy Hospital. As Nick watches Victor's comatose body, he continues to speak to Victor.   NICK: You know, I didn't set out to do any of this, yeah? All I was trying to do was get enough evidence against you to stop EnerNext from taking over Percy's land.    Nick sits back down on the stool facing Victor's bed. He rests his arms on the edge of the bed.   NICK: You know Percy, right? My right hand at the lab. Says "Greetings" when he walks into a room? Yeah, him. Well...he saved my life a little while ago when your friends Kate and Sami tried to drown me in the river. (laughs) I know, right? Unbelievable. Two known killers trying to kill again.    Nick giggles as he rests his arm on the side of Victor's bed. He sighs, pausing a moment before continuing.   NICK: How did I get so lucky? I should be honoured. They were willing to throw their lives away for little ol' me.   Nick's expressions changes, as he remains laser-focused on Victor's eyes, he becomes more stern.   NICK: Well, this time...they weren't so lucky. Percy found me, and this....this is my thank you to him. Watching you suffer. And believe me, it feels good.   Nick sneers the last part of his sentence, never once moving or looking away from Victor's face.   ---     ---   Billie closes the door to the fridge in Kate's kitchenette, frustrated with her mother's intrusiveness. Kate, meanwhile, sits on the sofa in the adjacent living room, looking Billie's way.   KATE: You know, I'm only telling you this for your own good, right?
BILLIE: (sigh) Mom. Remember why I left Salem the last time?
KATE: Because I was interfering in your life, and being deceptive.   Billie holds her arms out, as though denoting Kate's 'a-ha' moment.   BILLIE: She gets it! She finally gets it!
KATE: Yes, well, a leopard can't change its spots, and I guess, maybe I'm protective of you and Austin because I lost so many years with you.
BILLIE: Yes, but you don't get it. The more you try to control everyone's lives, the more years you go without us in your life. You have to let us live ours, make our own mistakes.    Kate gets up from the couch as Billie speaks and reaches over to take Billie's hand across the kitchen island.   KATE: I just don't want you repeating the same ones I made. Daniel can be a very charismatic man, and I'm sure he really is enjoying his time with you, but you're going to have to realize that he does this whenever he loses somebody he loves.    Billie bites her tongue, looking away as Kate squeezes Billie's hand gently.   KATE: And he loves Jennifer. Very much.    Billie pulls away from Kate, and looks at Kate defiantly.   BILLIE: Well, maybe he loves me just as much. Did you ever think of that? Or is it just impossible for you to believe that I could be the woman to help him get over Jennifer Horton?
KATE: Maybe you're right. But I'd rather spare you from finding out you're wrong.   Billie looks at a concerned Kate, trying to maintain her stern expression, but a hint of uncertainty is in Billie's eyes.   ---   Anita shakes Tyler off her suddenly, her enraged look never leaving Tyler's eyes as she raises a finger in stern scolding.   ANITA: Don't you EVER lay a hand on me like that again, Tyler Houston.    Tyler backs away slightly, looking sheepishly.   TYLER: I'm sorry, I--
ANITA: You have absolutely no grounds to keep me here. Not anymore. I am not beholden to Victor Kiriakis, and certainly not to you.
TYLER: Anita, now, hold--
ANITA: I will not hold on.    Anita looks increasingly emotional, as she stands a good two feet away from Tyler, scolding him like a child.   ANITA: You and Victor have spent the last 30 years controlling where I go, what I do. You threatened to pull my stake in Titan when my grandchildren moved to Salem, and I had to beg you to leave them alone. What good has that done me? What good has any of this done me?
TYLER: We were keeping you safe. That's all we wanted to do.
ANITA: That's great. Well, I'm safe. I'm alone, I'm facing destitution. But I'm safe. I bet you don't even know what you're protecting me from anymore.   Tyler looks sternly at Anita.   TYLER: If you come back to Salem, there will be too many questions that need to be answered.   Anita steps toward Tyler, she looks him dead in the eyes, with the same sternness he showed her. She speaks softly, but firmly.   ANITA: You go back to Victor, and you tell him to bring 'em on. I'm ready for every single question they can throw at me.   Tyler shakes his head, frustrated by Anita's determination.   Anita, meanwhile, walks over to the door. She opens it wide, showing Tyler the way out.   ANITA: Now get out.   Tyler walks toward the door, stopping momentarily before he leaves.   TYLER: I will come back. And you'd better still be here when I do.     Tyler walks off, as Anita slams the door behind him. Brady walks back into the living room moments later, confused.   BRADY: Anita? Was someone at the door?   Anita brushes off her frustration, and puts on her best smile for Brady.   ANITA: Nah, just someone lost on the road, needed directions.
BRADY: Oh, okay.   Brady accepts the answer as they make their way back to the dining table.       Outside, Tyler lingers outside in the bushes near the front door of Anita's cabin, struggling to see who is inside with Anita through the dirty window.    ---   Nick steps away from Victor, holding his head, wincing slightly in pain as he reaches for his meds in his bag. He pulls them out as he continues.   NICK: You know, It's really funny, Vic.    Nick opens his bag up, and pulls out a metal water bottle. He pops two pills in his mouth and washes them down with the water from his bottle before continuing.   NICK: You almost had me there.   Nick turns back to face Victor, smirking again.   NICK: But I got the drop on ya. And the best part of all this is...well, I got everything I wanted.    Nick slowly walks over to Victor's bedside again, and plants himself back on the stool next to the bed.   NICK: ...And then some. See, the part you don't know, and that you're neeeeever gonna figure out, is who's helping me out. I mean, obviously I got the oil sands project stopped, but...with a little persuasion from two of your favourite people, I was able to pull off the coup of the century!   Nick laughs, holding his water bottle up, as if to give a toast.   NICK: Wanna guess who I'm talking about?   Nick waits a moment, mockingly waiting to hear an answer from an unresponsive Victor.   NICK: That's right. Anjelica Deveraux....and Stefano DiMera.   Nick laughs heartily at the "genius" of his own plan.    NICK: Crazy, huh? Yeah, see, our future governor's in cahoots with Stefano DiMera. Betcha didn't know that lil' tidbit. Oh, I had some other help along the way. See, Jordan and Sheryl, they're really these internationally known eco-warriors, and they were gonna plant this virus in the Titan mainframe. You remember that, right, Vic?   Nick waits a beat before continuing.   NICK: But, see...I stopped them, and the board were SO grateful to me for saving their asses, that...with a little bit of extra incentive, they gave me to top slot. Go figure, eh? (laughs) I swear, you would be so proud of what I've managed to pull off. I'm just playing by your rulebook, you know?   Nick's smile fades, he looks a little more intensely at Victor, shaking his head before he carries on.   NICK: But, you know what? The best part of all of this...is knowing that I can finally be the man that Gabi needs. I fought my way up to the top of the food chain. I got mine, I am a success thanks to MY hard work.    Nick becomes more intense, more cutting with his words, as he leans in close to Victor.   NICK: All the people, all the people in this town who get away with everything because of their power, and their money...   Nick suddenly pounds his fist against his chest, hissing his words out at Victor.   NICK: I own them now. I will ruin them. And tonight, on Nicole's special, I'm going to make sure that everyone knows....they're on notice.   Nick smirks, as he gets up from his stool.   NICK: Godspeed, Victor. Hope you live to see what Titan can be now that it's part of DiMera Enterprises.   Nick grabs his bag, and steps out of Victor's hospital room.    Moments after the door shuts, Victor's eyes open, intense with fury. He musters the strength to reach for the telephone on the table by the bed. He immediately calls Tyler.   ...   Tyler is surprised by the sudden vibration of his cell phone in his pocket. He turns back, away from Anita's door, and answers quietly.   TYLER: (into phone) Hello?   ...   VICTOR: (into phone) Tyler, it's me. Get your ass into my hospital room, RIGHT NOW!   Victor slams down the receiver, before laying back in his bed, shaking with fury at what he's just experienced.   ...   Tyler looks down at his phone, checking to see that the call's ended. He looks baffled by Victor's harsh tone, but looks back one last time to see inside Anita's cabin, before giving up.   TYLER: I know someone's in there, Anita. But who the hell could it be?   Tyler shakes his head before turning back away and walking to his car.   ---

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DAYS #164: Nick taunts Victor, Sami gives Marlena a piece of her mind

EPISODE 164 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco    
Sami storms down the hallway at University Hospital, making a beeline for Marlena's office. Visibly enraged by the news Kim has just passed onto her, she knocks loudly on her mother's office door.   Inside, Marlena looks up from her desk, concerned by the urgency of the knocking sound.   MARLENA: Come in!   Sami throws the door open, taking everything within her not to shout at Marlena.   SAMI: How could you, Mom?    Marlena takes her reading glasses off, and sighs, already knowing the answer to the question she's about to ask.   MARLENA: How could I what?   Sami slams the door behind her, looking intensely at her mother.   SAMI: How could you ask us to get DNA tests to prove dad isn't really who he says he is?   Marlena sighs, looking frustrated.   ---  
Brady sits down at the dining room table at Anita's cabin, as Anita lays down an omelette on a plate before him. Brady looks up at Anita and beams with delight.   ANITA: Western omelette, and your coffee coming right up.
BRADY: Oh yeah! Anita, I gotta ask...   Anita stands at the kitchenette counter, pouring Brady's coffee as she answers him.   ANITA: Yes, Brady, dear?
BRADY: How is it that you can make this just as good as my dad used to when I was kid?   Anita turns with his cup of coffee and sets it down before him. She shrugs casually.   ANITA: Maybe we're both gifted chefs? Who knows?   Anita and Brady share a laugh as Anita sits down with her own plate of eggs and toast.   BRADY: Well, I thank you.
ANITA: You're welcome, Brady.   Anita smiles, as she picks up her fork. She suddenly remembers something she needs to tell Brady.   ANITA: By the way, I've been meaning to ask you if you were able to get that part for the backup generator or not.   Brady finishes a bite of his food before responding.   BRADY: Mm! I did. But I haven't put it in yet, it's in the shed.   Brady gets up from his seat, and sets down his napkin by his plate, while Anita tries to stop him from going.   BRADY: I'll bring it in now while I'm thinking about it--
ANITA: Oh Brady, no. You don't have to now, finish your breakfast.
BRADY: No! No, it's okay. It'll only a take a minute. I'll be right back, I promise.   Brady begins to take off, out the front door, as Anita calls out to him.   ANITA: Okay, but don't let your food get cold.
BRADY: I won't!   As the back door closes to the cabin, Anita shakes her head in amusement. As she's about to sit back down at the table, she hears a loud knock at the front door.   Surprised, Anita turns around, and walks over. The knocking continues, an almost frantic tone to it. This prompts Anita to call out to whomever is there.   ANITA: One second!   Upon opening the door, Anita is stunned to see a very familiar face before her.   ANITA: Tyler?!  
Tyler looks at Anita, a frustrated look in his eyes.   TYLER: How could you do it, Anita?
ANITA: Do what?
TYLER: Sell your shares. Do you know what you've just done?   Anita looks on, puzzled by both Tyler's visit, and his tone, as he invites himself inside.   ---   Victor lays silently in his bed, resting in his hospital room at University Hospital. The darkened room lay silent save for the gentle hum of his respirator and the gentle rhythmic beep of the heart monitor.  
A moment later, the door to Victor's room opens, and Nick steps inside.    Closing the door softly, he steps over to Victor's bedside. Slowly, a smile grows on his face, as he tries to hold in the laugh that's building inside him, as he sees the powerful man he appears to have defeated lying motionless before him.   NICK: Hello, Victor. Good seeing you like this.   ---     ---   Anita slams the door to her cabin behind her as Tyler walks in, with an indignant expression on his face.   ANITA: I beg your pardon?    Tyler turns to face Anita, his voice raised as he responds to her.   TYLER: You sold your shares in Titan. 4% of the company stock, and now we've been bought out.
ANITA: What do you mean?
TYLER: I mean that that was the amount we needed to hold onto Titan, and you just sold it. Now we have a novice running the show, bankrolled by God-knows-who, because if there's one thing I do NOT believe, it's that a lab technician can afford to buy 51% of a company's stock. Even a company in dire financial straits like ours.   Anita stands, arms folded. Her expression one of defiance, as she paces the living room area.   ANITA: And there it is. The reason I sold the shares in the first place. You know, Victor told me that if I took those shares, I would never want for anything in my life ever again. I would have my home, I would have enough to live on, comfortably. I would have enough to retire on. That was our deal, Tyler. I stay out here in this cabin in the middle of nowhere, build a new life, and he would take care of the rest. 
TYLER: He's done his best, and so have I.
ANITA: And you failed. You, and Victor failed me. And you failed Brady. You failed Isabella. You're damn lucky I was able to get Gabi, Rafe, and Dario out the door and into good careers before you failed them too with your incompetence, though I guess the jury's still out on Dario, since you have him on your payroll.   Tyler sighs, realizing the precarious position Anita's in, as he looks around the room. It's run down, in bad need of repairs. Water damage apparent on the upper walls. As he does, the kettle begins to whistle on the stovetop. Anita walks over to take it off the element.   TYLER: Speaking of which, you'll be pleased to know Dario's job is secure, for now.   Anita responds with an acidic sarcasm, as she pours herself some tea.   ANITA: OH! Well, that's a relief. You haven't failed another member of my family. YET. Would you like a medal?
TYLER: Anita...   Tyler turns to rebutt but is struck by two placesettings at Anita's dining table. Realizing she's probably not in the house alone, Tyler's expression changes. He looks quickly around the room and spots nobody. Anita barely notices, as she's putting a lump of sugar in her tea before turning around.   ANITA: No, I'm not done, Tyler. You have an awful lot of nerve coming into this house and chastizing me for protecting myself from being out on the street, penniless.
TYLER: We wouldn't have let that happen, and you know it.   Anita turns around, placing her tea on the table, and looking up at Tyler, speaking gently, but firmly.   ANITA: I don't know anything. But I certainly was not going to trust you with controlling interest in Titanic Industries.   Tyler shakes his head, sighing again, as he holds his hands up, hoping to stop the argument.   TYLER: Look, I get it. I wish you had consulted with me or Victor before you had sold the shares, but...I get it.
ANITA: I wasn't about to do that. The payout was more than enough to ensure I could reinvest the money in a company that wasn't about to bottom out. Simple as that. Now, if that's the only reason you came out here--
TYLER: It's not.    Anita looks at Tyler, confused by his answer.   ANITA: Alright. Tell me, then. What did you want to tell me?   Tyler sighs heavily before answering Anita, almost ashamed to say what he's about to say.   TYLER: Victor's in the hospital from a heart attack.
ANITA: I heard.
TYLER: Well...what you probably haven't heard is that he ah...he was sinking a lot of company resources into finding Brady, even though we all know Brady's dead.   Anita remains tight-lipped, knowing better, but not saying anything.   After a moment, she nods slowly.   TYLER: Justin...and I, we made the call to...call off the search.   Anita feigns showing sadness at the news. Her muted reaction to the news is curious to Tyler.
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Liam stands midway down the Horton house stairs, as JJ and Laura look up at him from the foyer, surprised by his appearing there.   LIAM: JJ! You ah...you all packed up?
JJ: Yeah, just...couple more boxes. Ahh...Grandma, did you wanna help me out?
LAURA: Sure.   Liam walks down the rest of the way, sensing something is off. Meanwhile, Laura bends down to pick up a box of JJ's things, and turns to head out the door.   LIAM: Oh, don't trouble yourself, Laura. I'll take it.
LAURA: Oh, you don't have to.   Liam stops Laura, putting his hands on the box Laura is attempting to carry out.   LIAM: Look, I must've interrupted something very important, so...I'll just help in any way I can and let you both finish.   JJ looks uncomfortably at Laura, who smiles awkwardly at Liam, before letting go of the box.   LAURA: Alright. Thank you, Liam.
LIAM: Anytime.   As Liam walks out the door with the box, Laura looks on, turning back to face JJ the second the door shuts behind Liam, her voice speaking with a newfound urgency.   LAURA: I don't trust that man.
JJ: Neither do I. But there isn't a lot we can do right now.   Laura sighs, frustrated by the situation.   LAURA: Look, I know it's going to be hard trying to research this from afar, but...honestly, JJ, maybe it's safer for you this way.
JJ: I hope so.  
At this point, Jennifer descends from upstairs, all smiles.   JENNIFER: Hey, guys! Have you seen Liam at all?   JJ turns to face his mother, feigning a smile, himself to put his mother's mind at ease.   JJ: He just stepped out to help me finish packing.   Jennifer beams, thrilled by Liam's supposed cooperation.   JENNIFER: Great. Ahh...so Abigail left early, she had to finish some kind of assignment for Nicole, but she says she'll meet us at the pub and we'll all grab lunch there before you head off, okay?
JJ: Sounds good, Mom.   Jennifer looks at her son, beaming with pride. She gently carresses his cheek.   JENNIFER: You know how proud I am of you right now, JJ?
LAURA: We all are.   JJ blushes a bit, laughing awkwardly at his family's fawning over him.   JJ: You guys are too much. (laughs)   JJ pulls himself together, looking a bit misty-eyed as he smiles at his mom and grandma.   JJ: Thank you. Thanks for supporting me. I really appreciate it.
JENNIFER: Anytime, JJ.
JJ: I'm gonna miss you guys.   Laura, and Jennifer get emotional as JJ pulls them both in for a group hug.   As they do, Liam returns from the car, and witnesses the tender moment. He flashes back to his mysterious phone conversation earlier, while he was in Jenn's bedroom.   ***   FLASHBACK TO EPISODE 163 Liam paces the room, looking intensely at the chest of drawers, where a photo of Jenn, JJ, Abby, and Jack rests. Liam glares at it, menacingly.   LIAM: (into phone) Trust me. They'll never know what's really going on. Promise.   ***   Liam sighs as he observes the family bonding moment, holding in his unsteady emotions.   ---  
In the Salem University Hospital parking garage, Sheryl suddenly gets up from being crouched over Crystal Clarke's lifeless body in the wheelchair. Having heard the voice of Dr. Daniel Jonas behind her, she turns around suddenly, putting on her best southern accent for him.   SHERYL: Ah...no. Nah, I'm good. But thank you!
DANIEL: Well, I know it's not easy helping someone into their car. She....she not waking up?   Sheryl shuffles nervously, trying to hide Crystal's face from Daniel, though she's covered by a blanket.   SHERYL: Oh she's pretty sleepy. We ah....she's a very quiet old lady. Just gettin' over the flu, ya know? She's being discharged, but her daughter just had to go validate the parking ticket, so I agreed to help get her mama up and at 'em so they could get home.   Daniel looks on, a curious look on his face, as Sheryl smiles at him.   DANIEL: Yeah. Yeah, I'm sure. You, ah, you're now around here?   Sheryl smiles warmly, extending a hand to Daniel.   SHERYL: Why, yes, I am! I'm Nurse Crystal Clarke.   Daniel smiles in turn, slowly extending his own hand to "Crystal's".   DANIEL: Ah, Crystal. Yeah. Valerie mentioned she was looking to hire a few new nurses. Welcome aboard.
SHERYL: Well, thank you, Dr. Jonas! It's a pleasure to meet you.   Daniel once again tries to get a look at the patient in the wheelchair, but Sheryl once again distracts his attention.   DANIEL: You sure you don't want a hand there? I don't have to be upstairs for another few minutes--
SHERYL: Oh, oh no, I appreciate the offer, but...I gotta take care of this one myself, ya know?
DANIEL: You sure?
SHERYL: Oh I am. Thank you, though!   Daniel starts to walk away, though unsure if he's making the right decision. As he walks toward the elevator, Sheryl crouches down by Crystal, pretending to gently wake her up. All the while, her eyes are on Daniel.   After the doors to the elevator finally close, with Daniel inside, Sheryl sighs in relief.    SHERYL: Thank God he's gone. Now to deal with you.   Grumbling to herself as she moves the front seat back, then hoists Crystal into the backseat of the small SUV. As Sheryl struggles, she dumps Crystal onto the backseat.   SHERYL: Alright. Do I take care of this orientation meeting now, or do I make sure you don't escape?   Sheryl thinks a moment before opening the glove box, and pulling out some yellow rope, and duct tape.   SHERYL: Always gotta be prepared. Glad girl scouts was useful for something.   Sheryl pushes the front passenger seat  gets herself back into the truck, where she ties Crystal's arms behind her back, as well as her feet together. She covers her mouth with the duct tape, then covers Crystal once again with the blanket.   Once Sheryl's finally done, she pushes the front passenger's seat back into place, and shuts the door to her SUV. Locking the vehicle manually before she does.   SHERYL: Well, that's one problem down. Time to take care of the rest of this agenda.   Sheryl walks away back toward the elevator, leaving a comatose, bound and gagged Crystal Clarke in her SUV.   ---   Sami stands in the doorway of Marlena's office, visibly upset with her mother.   SAMI: How could you do this to Daddy?   Marlena stands up from her desk, trying to keep Sami calm, to no avail.   MARLENA: Sami, I have my reasons for this.
SAMI: There is no good reason to be doing this right now, Mom. Dad is dying, his memory is slipping away day by day.
MARLENA: And that is exactly why we need to do it now.   Sami looks at Marlena, incredulous, as Marlena steps away from her desk.   SAMI: What are you talking about, Mom? We don't even know what's causing his symptoms.
MARLENA: No, but I have a pretty good idea. But without Roman's medical records, we have nothing. 
SAMI: I know, Kim told me.   Marlena folds her arms, frustrated by the news, though unsurprised.   MARLENA: Well, that figures. Look, I don't know what your Aunt Kim told you, but she misconstrued my intentions--
SAMI: Oh, of course she did. Because nothing you do is ever wrong. Right?
MARLENA: Sami...
SAMI: No. Mom, enough. Look, we all know you don't care what happens to Daddy, otherwise you wouldn't have left him for John all those years ago in the first place.   Marlena snaps at her daughter's petulance.   MARLENA: Samantha Gene Brady, that's enough!   Sami stops interjecting immediately, holding her sniveling rage in while Marlena continues.   MARLENA: your father means the world to me. He is staying in my home. I have to watch him...deteriorate little by little every single day, right before my very eyes.    Marlena begins to tear up, as she becomes more emotional telling Sami her reasons.   MARLENA: So maybe this feels for you like I'm giving up on your father. But for me, this feels like the only way I can keep your father with us. And I'm not going to let go of that hope, that...that dream that maybe we can keep him with us. Not until I know for sure that there is no hope.   Sami takes a moment, holding her own emotions in, as she responds, softly, but wavering with emotion.   SAMI: Well, I'm sorry, Mom. But forgive me if I don't go along with your dream this time. Excuse me.   Sami turns and heads out the door, leaving a sorrowful Marlena behind in her office. Marlena bites her lip, trying to suppress the tears building inside her.   ---   Nick stands over Victor, lying motionless in his hospital bed, smirking gleefully at his rival's frail appearance.   NICK: You know, never in a million years would I think I would be looking down at you like this. But...here we are.    Nick laughs to himself, holding his arms out, almost in triumph.   NICK: I get to run the company you started with all your mob money. I get all your toys. Your cars, your office...your desk.    Nick saunters over to Victor's bedside, and pulls a stool over to sit on. As he sits down, he finishes, gloating ever-so-close to Victor's face.   NICK: Your house.   Nick begins to crack up, starting softly and building into an echoing horror that fills the room.   NICK: I am going to have everything I ever wanted Victor. And you and your pathetic family aren't gonna be able to stop me.    ---

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DAYS #163: Alex convinces Justin to let Nick stay at the mansion, has Daniel trapped Sheryl?

EPISODE 163 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco    
Jennifer and Liam step into Jennifer's bedroom, Jennifer smiling as she walks toward her chest of drawers, looking for a towel.   LIAM: Well, I think that went pretty well.
JENNIFER: I do too.   Jenn turns around after grabbing a fresh towel, and looks lovingly at Liam.   JENNIFER: I want to say, I am so proud of you.   Jenn wraps her arms around Liam, pulling her body in close to his.   JENNIFER: For being so honest with me, with my mom and JJ. I know you have a lot of anger at how things went with your ex-, but...this is a huge step. I  really am proud of you.
LIAM: Thank you.
JENNIFER: No problem.   Jenn leans in and gives Liam a quick kiss on the lips, before turning away and heading for the ensuite bathroom.    JENNIFER: Now, if we're gonna see JJ off, I need to shower.
LIAM: Alright, I'll be here.   Jenn smiles as she shuts the bathroom door, leaving Liam alone. His expression changes almost instantly as he pulls his cell phone out, quickly making a phone call.   LIAM: (into phone) Yeah, it's me....   Liam walks over toward the door to the bedroom and shuts it, ensuring no one overhears him.   LIAM: (into phone) Oh, just wanted to give you a heads up. I had to put out a fire with Jenn and the family...no! I didn't name names, I just...twisted some truths around.   Liam paces the room, looking intensely at the chest of drawers, where a photo of Jenn, JJ, Abby, and Jack rests. Liam glares at it, menacingly.   LIAM: (into phone) Trust me. They'll never know what's really going on. Promise.   ---   Sami walks down the pathway to the Brady Pub, on her cell phone to Lucas.   SAMI: (into phone) Hey Lucas. We need to get together soon...yeah, I need to go over some plans for Will and Sonny's wedding...oh yeah, it's no rush...okay, talk soon. Bye.  
Stopping outside the pub's front door, as she ends her call. Stepping inside, she's immediately greeted warmly by Kim.   SAMI: Hey, Aunt Kim! How are you?   Kim beams from behind the bar, thrilled to see her neice. She nods slowly, as she motions to Sami to come over to the bar.   KIM: I'm alright. Come sit down.
SAMI: Sure!   Sami obliges, sitting down across from Kim at the bar. Sami senses something slightly off with Kim, but chooses not to address it right away.   KIM: So how's things? How's the wedding planning coming along?   Kim deflects, smiling broadly as she asks Sami about WIll & Sonny's upcoming nuptials.   SAMI: Oh my God, Kim, it's going so well. I know Will has a lot on his plate right now with work, so I've been taking some initiative myself. 
KIM: Ooh! Show me, show me, show me!   Sami pulls out her tablet from her bag to show Kim pictures of the matching tuxedoes Sami's proposing to Will & Sonny.   SAMI: So...I wanted to do something slightly different with the tuxes, but still keeping it traditional.   Sami turns the tablet toward Kim, whose eyes light up at the pictures.   KIM: Oh wow, that's amazing. You know, I can't wait for the big day.
SAMI: Neither can I. I dunno if Will and Sonny can, though. They seem pretty...stressed out.
KIM: It'll pass. I'm sure of it.   Sami nods with a hopeful smile.   SAMI: I know it will. So, how's things with you?   Kim rests her elbow on the bar, looking less than enthused.   KIM: (sigh) Alright, I guess.   Sami furrows her brow, knowing for sure Kim's not telling the whole truth.   SAMI: Why don't I believe that?
KIM: Ahh, it's just a few things have come up, that's all.
SAMI: Like?
KIM: Like...(sigh) I've had to find a sublet for Theresa's apartment.   Sami sighs, realizing the situation she finds herself in with Theresa in a coma.   SAMI: Oh wow. I'm sorry, Kim.
KIM: It's okay. I know this woman's going to be dependable while Theresa's in the hospital, so that sets my mind at ease.   Sami looks intrigued.   SAMI: Oh? How do you know?
KIM: Well, she's a new hire at University Hospital. Valerie Grant hand picked her herself, and...from the conversations I've had with her, and her background check and all, I think she'll work out fine.  SAMI: Oh that's fantastic. She's a doctor or something?   Kim smiles confidently, feeling an increasingly unusual sense of relief.   KIM: Nurse, actually. Her name is Crystal Clarke.   ---  
Sheryl emerges from inside the locker room, checking both ways to make sure the coast is clear. She looks down the hall, noticing at a nearby patient room sits an empty wheelchair, with a neatly folded blanket on the seat.   Thinking quickly, Sheryl darts over and swipes the wheelchair, and wheels it hastily inside the locker room.  
Inside, Nurse Crystal Clarke's lifeless body lays on the ground, a towel draped over her wet body just near the showers. Sheryl reaches down and covers Crystal's head with the towel, then struggles to lift her upper body upright, wrapping the blanket around her to hide her naked body.   After struggling with this, Sheryl manages to steady the wheelchair enough to drag Crystal into the wheelchair. Strapping her in the best she can.    Sheryl quickly runs over and moves the contents of Crystal's locker to her own, before shutting Crystal's locker, and locking her own.    
Outside the room, Maxine emerges from the patient's room where Sheryl stole the wheelchair, and looks confused by the disappearing wheelchair.   MAXINE: What the...?   Looking around, baffled, Maxine turns herself around, before tutting in frustration.   MAXINE: These new hires, I tell you.   As Maxine walks off back to the nurses' station, Sheryl pokes her head back out the door, ensuring the coast is clear. She momentarily backs into the room when she notices Maxine passing, but once Maxine is around the corner, Sheryl opens the door wide, and pushes Crystal's comatose body out the door on the wheelchair, rushing as fast as she can while still walking for the service elevator.   ---     ---  
Laura and JJ stand in the foyer of the Horton house, resting for a moment after loading some more boxes into JJ's SUV. They pant in exhaustion from their labour.   LAURA: Something tells me you're taking the entire house with you.   JJ laughs through his breaths.   JJ: Hah, well, I don't think I'm....gonna have enough room in dorm for that.
LAURA: You know I'm so proud of you, JJ.
JJ: Thanks, Grandma.   Laura sighs, as JJ questions her.   JJ: So...once I'm gone, what's gonna be your next move?
LAURA: Well, I'm gonna get out of the line of fire as soon as I can.
JJ: What do you mean?   Laura looks upstairs to be sure Liam nor Jennifer hears her.   LAURA: Well...I've been looking at getting a place of my own. I mean...the house is lovely and all, but...I have a feeling that if I'm not around, that might lull Liam into a false sense of security. Maybe...just maybe we can investigate him better from a slight distance.   JJ takes a drink from a water bottle he left on the side table. His brow furrowed, uncertain about Laura's plan.   JJ: You sure that's a good idea? I mean...Abs is still living here and all.
LAURA: Well, hopefully not for long. Now that she's working at WXIR, she's been saving some money. She may be moving into her own place soon, too. At least, that's what I'll be encouraging her to do. JJ: Alright. But what about Mom? Are you sure Liam isn't gonna hurt her?
LAURA: Trust me, JJ. The last thing he will want to do is hurt your mother. If he feels threatened, then I worry, but I don't think that's the case. She'll be safe here.   JJ nods slowly, as Liam emerges from the top of the stairs. Both JJ and Laura immediately look up at him with surprised expressions, which catch Liam off-guard.     ---

Justin slams his coffee cup down on the bar table in the Kiriakis living room, fed up with Alex once again siding with his mother.   JUSTIN: Anjelica, do you pay our son to do this? Or is he just hardwired to see things your way.   Alex snaps back at his father from behind the sofa, walking around to confront his father.   ALEX: You know, I resent that. Dad, you know full well if my mother is doing something I don't approve of, I'm gonna call her out on it. But the same goes for you. And right now, I think Nick Fallon is too dangerous for us to be riling him up. MAGGIE: Alex has a point, Justin.    Justin looks away, shaking his head, but listening to his son's point of view.   ALEX: He holds all the cards. He has our company, he has our property, he has everything. If we want it back, we have to play smart, not with brute force. Not by lashing out. Not by throwing tantrums around the living room. Now, I don't like him being here any more than you do, but I can't stop him.   
Justin looks up at his son, as Noelle walks in through the front door, the lattes she went out to get in hand. She listens in on the conversation her husband is having with his father very closely, never stepping into the room so as not to be seen.   JUSTIN: Who says I can't?
ALEX: The law, Dad. You know, that thing you practice?   Justin rolls his eyes at his son's barb, as Alex continues.   ALEX: Besides, Anjelica is right. As much as you don't want to admit it. If you want to get the drop on Nick Fallon, you have to let him live here, get comfortable here, let him get sloppy, let him make mistakes. THAT is how we're gonna win our company back. And you know I'm right.   Justin sighs, nodding in agreement with Alex, as Noelle stands just outside the cracked-open double doors to the living room, beaming with delight at her husband's convincing argument that unwittingly helps her plans.
  ---   Sami sips on a cup of coffee while sitting on the barstool at the Brady Pub. Kim finishes settling up with a nearby customer, before turning back to Sami.   KIM: So, how are the kids doing at school?
SAMI: Oh, they're good. They miss home, of course, but...I needed to give them space with everything going on here. With all this drama with Kristen, and Nick, EJ and I and our problems...and Dad doing so badly.
KIM: Trust me, I get it.    Sami sighs, a bit saddened by the family's situation.   SAMI: You know, I'm really worried about him.
KIM: So am I. (sigh) I just wish your mom felt the same kind of urgency.   Sami looks at Kim, baffled.   SAMI: What's that supposed to mean?   Kim leans in closer, trying to speak in hushed tones to Sami.   KIM: Your mom met up with Eric here last night.
SAMI: Last night? It's Eric's wedding night, what's he doing alone at the pub?   Kim shrugs, before continuing.   KIM: I have no idea. Presumably, Nicole was busy? I...honestly, I couldn't tell you.
SAMI: Okay...?
KIM: Anyway, when I came in, she was asking Eric to do a DNA test with Roman. 
SAMI: What? Why?
KIM: That's what I wanted to know. Apparently, Marlena thinks there's a chance that the man that Kristen brought back to Salem in 1997 wasn't actually your father. They have no medical records before then. So of course, Marlena thinks there's some kind of DiMera conspiracy at play, and now instead of getting Roman the help he needs and figuring out what's causing his decline, she's spending all her time trying to figure out whether this really is your father or not.   Sami looks on, increasingly frustrated. She chokes out a response.   SAMI: And every day that goes by, he loses more and more of his memories.
KIM: That's what I said. But she and Valerie are convinced. This is the only way. Eric didn't want give a sample either, and I told Marlena...   Before Kim can even finish, Sami interrupts, getting up from her stool, and reaches into her bag for her cash.   SAMI: Sorry, Aunt Kim. I gotta take care of something.   Sami lays down a $20 bill on the bar and runs out of the bar, Kim calling out after her.   KIM: Sami? Wait, Sami!   Not once looking back, Sami leaves the pub as if she hadn't even heard Kim. Kim stands behind the bar, more worried than ever.   ---
Sheryl waits impatiently inside the service elevator, as it descends to the parking garage below University Hospital.   SHERYL: Come oooon, come on come on come on come on...   As the elevator dings, indicating it's arrival on the underground level, and the doors open.   Sheryl, wheelchair in tow, jettisons out of the elevator, and into the parking garage, checking carefully to ensure she's alone.   Arriving at her vehicle, Sheryl struggles to open the door to the SUV, and keep the wheelchair containing Crystal's lifeless body. As Sheryl locks the wheels, she attempts to lift Crystal out of the wheelchair when a familiar voice calls out to her.   DANIEL: You need a hand there?     Sheryl drops Crystal back into the wheelchair, as she stands back up. Her mouth agape, as she hears Daniel's footsteps, as he stops, standing behind her.  

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DAYS #162: Sheryl gets the drop on Crystal, Nicole offers Nick a guest spot

EPISODE 162 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco    
Nick sits in the Horton Town Square, sipping on a coffee while he flips through his phone. Moments later, Nicole makes her way into the square.   NICOLE: Nick! I've been looking for you.   Nick looks up, nonplussed. He responds cooly.   NICK: Oh, so now you're looking for me? But when I try to reach you, you're too busy. So...   Nicole rolls her eyes, sighing as she sits down at the table opposite Nick.   NICOLE: Look, I'm sorry about yesterday, but...it was a very important day for me, and I couldn't meet up with you. I'm sorry if that's a problem.
NICK: Nicole, cut the crap. I know you were getting married to Eric yesterday.    Nicole looks back at Nick, sternly, but with begrudging respect.   NICOLE: (sigh) Right. And I know it was wrong to ignore your calls. 
NICK: I had a lot of very important things we had to discuss.
NICOLE: I know, I KNOW.    Nicole calms down, knowing Nick has power over her. Keeping her temper in check, she continues.   NICOLE: Look, I...I just wanted to thank you.   Nick looks up at Nicole, slightly confused.   NICK: Thank me? For what?   Nicole sighs, trying to hold her emotions in.   NICOLE: I know you could've sold me out with Eric yesterday. I get that. But you didn't. You gave him the Chyka files, and you never said a word about how I kept them from him. And I really...I really appreciate it.   Nick's face changes, starting to smile as he realizes what has happened.   ---  
Sheryl steps into the supply closet by the locker room at University Hosptial. She hastily pilfers through the cleaning supplies, desperately searching for something.   After a moment, she turns from the shelf, hands on hips. Her frustration clear on her face, as she shakes her head.   SHERYL: The hell am I gonna do?   Sheryl looks back over at the shelf, and slowly realizes what to do.   Stepping slowly over to the shelf, she pulls out a bottle of rubbing alcohol. She looks at it momentarily, before reaching down for the jug of bleach. Sheryl opens the bleach and notices it's half-empty. She smiles knowingly.   SHERYL: Perfect.   Sheryl, without hesitation, covers her mouth with her hand, and pours the bottle of rubbing alcohol into the bleach container, making chloroform. She quickly seals the bottle up to avoid contact with the fumes.   Standing up, Sheryl looks for a cloth. Digging around through the shelves, the finds a package full of clean cloths. She steals one, and places it in the nearby mop sink.   Sheryl then quickly turns back to the shelf and looks for some kind of safety mask, and rubber gloves. The gloves are easy to find, but the mask, not so much. Desperately rummaging through the shelf, she's unable to find one. She stands back, cursing her misfortune.   SHERYL: Dammit! What kind of hospital doesn't even have face masks in every room?!   After a moment, Sheryl rummages through the cloths and pulls another one out. Sheryl pulls on the rubber gloves, then grabs the cloth.    Hastily covering her mouth and nose to avoid being knocked out herself, she picks up the container of chloroform mix, and brings it over to the mop sink. She drops to her knees, and opens the bleach bottle again. Holding the cloth back up to her mouth and nose, she then tips the bottle gently over, and soaks the cloth in the chloroform mixture.   ---   Jordan paces her office at the hospital, as Rafe stands up from his seat at her desk, stunned by the news she's just told him.   RAFE: What do you mean, you're not Jordan Ridgeway? So Kate was right?   Jordan lashes out, stopping Rafe from continuing as she shouts her response.   JORDAN: YES! Yes, Kate was right! Kate...(sigh) Kate wins again. I'm not Jordan Ridgeway.    Rafe stands, stunned. He stammers out an answer.   RAFE: Well, then...I...what the...well, who are you then?
JORDAN: Rafe, I--   Rafe explodes, demanding an answer from his fiancée.   RAFE: Dammit, J...just tell me who you are. I think I have a right to know who I'm engaged to.   Rafe's tone drops after nearly calling her Jordan, as she begins to tell Rafe her story.   JORDAN: (sigh) Fine. You want my whole life story? Here it is. My name is Tammy Sue Weston. I'm from the Ozarks, my father is an abusive sociopath who made my life and my brother's life such a living hell that we had to run away from home the first chance we got, and I have been lying about pretty much everything I have told every person I have met since then about myself.   Rafe stands back, staring back at Jordan in stunned heartbreak, before Jordan steps toward Rafe. She puts her hand up to his chest. She looks deeply into his eyes.   JORDAN: But I haven't lied about how I feel about you. And if you want to know anything more about me...about what I've done in the past? The good? The bad? All of it. I will tell you, Rafe. I'll tell you all of it.   Rafe takes Jordan's hand in his, he holds it, and looks down at her hand, wearing his engagement ring. He studies it intensely, as he thinks over the bombshell Jordan just dropped.   ---     ---  
Justin stands in the Kiriakis living room, pouring another cup of coffee from the caraffe on the bar, while Anjelica sits behind him in an armchair, calmly sipping her coffee. Alex stands behind the sofa, fixing his tie, while Maggie sits on the sofa. Alex and Maggie share Justin's uneasy expression.   JUSTIN: I would love to know how this family manages to get itself into such fine messes.   Anjelica smiles and responds with her usual dry sarcasm.   ANJELICA: You're all just especially fortunate that way.
JUSTIN: No one asked for your input, Anjelica.   Anjelica looks around the room as she replies, looking ever-so-smug as she reaches for her own coffee cup.   ANJELICA: Oh come on, Justin! This could be extremely advantageous for you. I mean, Nick isn't throwing us all out on the street. Quite frankly, I see this as an opportunity.   Justin turns around, a confused, and frankly irritated look on his face.   JUSTIN: An opportunity for what? My blood pressure to go up? We've already got one family member in the hospital from a heart attack, you wanna try for two? Maybe that way, we WILL have room if Gabi Hernandez decides to stay at the Kiriakis Inn! ALEX: You know, Justin...Anjelica may be right. Maybe there's something to be said for keeping your enemies closer.   Anjelica turns to look at an unimpressed Justin, who glowers at his son for once again siding with his mother.   ---   Nick leans forward to engage with Nicole, as Nicole pats her eyes dry, hoping to keep her mascara from running.   NICK: I'm glad the wedding went alright.
NICOLE: Well, kinda. Sami and Marlena found out, and...I know that was likely your doing too, so...don't think I don't know that was a warning. 
NICK: I was angry. 
NICOLE: I know.   Nicole nods sheepishly, but then looks up, a steely look in her eyes, indicating she means business.   NICOLE: But if you intend to keep this working relationship going, you need to cool that temper. I am not working against you, Nick.
NICK: I wanted to be sure.
NICOLE: Well, be sure about this. I've been given my own TV special at WXIR.   Nick raises an eyebrow, though is still slightly distracted by his phone.   NICK: Oh? What about?   Nicole looks on, a sly expression on her face, knowing the subject matter will intrigue Nick.   NICOLE: The EnerNext project.   Nick looks up immediately, as Nicole anticipated.   NICOLE: Sami gave me the green light. It airs tonight, and...I know it's last minute, but...I want you to be a guest. Our featured guest, in fact.   Nick smiles broadly at the invitation. He leans in with interest.   NICK: I am IN.   Nick and Nicole reach across the table to firmly shake hands. Nick keeping his smug grin, and Nicole with a cheeky smile.   ---   Rafe holds Jordan's hand tightly. He nods before looking up at his fiancée.   RAFE: Tammy Sue Weston, hm?
JORDAN: Yeah. Even if I wasn't hiding, I think I would've probably changed my name by now.   Rafe looks down at Jordan's hand again, amused. He responds softly, before looking lovingly in Jordan's eyes.   RAFE: You know...I'm still upset about you lying to me.   Jordan cuts Rafe off, intent on getting through to him.   JORDAN: Rafe, if I could have told you, I would have. But I just...I need to be safe from my family. They're dangerous people.   Rafe holds up his finger to Jordan's lips, silencing her gently. He looks into her eyes as he leans in closer to her.   RAFE: Look, it's gonna take some time, but...I promise, no matter what your name is, I love you. All I want is for you to feel safe confiding in me. Okay?
JORDAN: I know. I will. But I need you to realize that I'm not perfect. There's a lot you don't know about me still, and...yeah, it is gonna take time. But I know that you're worth telling it to.   Rafe pulls Jordan into a kiss, then a tight embrace. Jordan closes her eyes tightly as she holds onto Rafe, as if afraid to let go.   JORDAN: I love you, Rafe. RAFE: Me too. Me too.   ---   Sheryl steps quietly back into the locker room, holding the chloroform-soaked cloth in one hand. She can hear Crystal humming to herself inside, but doesn't see her.   Sheryl steps softly into the room, and notices Crystal's locker is open, but Crystal isn't there.    Looking behind her to make sure Crystal isn't lurking, Sheryl grabs Crystal's keys and cell phone from her locker, and quickly unlocks her own locker, hiding them inside, as well as Crystal's purse.   As Sheryl does this, the sound of the shower turning on comes from the next room. Sheryl turns her head suddenly, the sound making her jump. Realizing what is is, Sheryl relaxes, and finishes closing her locker. At this point, Sheryl steps almost silently into the next room. There, Crystal showers, humming a song to herself as she shampoos her hair, blissfully unaware of the sinister woman approaching her from behind.   Sheryl takes a step closer.   Crystal moves her head under the shower head.   Sheryl steps closer again.   Crystal closes her eyes as she lathers her hair in shampoo.   Crystal's humming drowns out any noise from Sheryl's movements toward Crystal.   As Crystal rinses the shampoo from her hair, Sheryl pounces, grabbing Crystal and covering her mouth and nose with one hand with the chloroformed cloth.   After a few moments of struggle, Crystal succumbs to the fumes, and loses consciousness. Sheryl beams, almost busting out laughing at her latest victory.   ---

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DAYS #161: Rafe gets the truth out of Jordan, Nick moves into the mansion

EPISODE 161 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco    
In the Horton living room, Laura paces the room, while Liam, Jenn and JJ look on. Laura has an intense look on her face, trying to sort out the details of Liam's story.   After a moment, she stops and turns to face Liam.   LAURA: You know, Liam, I realize you've had a lot of struggles the last few years. And I do appreciate you being so honest with us about your past.
LIAM: Thank you, Laura.   Laura takes a moment before continuing, looking over at a concerned JJ.   LAURA: Liam, I don't mean to be ungrateful. I just....I'm very protective of my daughter, and my grandchildren. I wasn't there for them for a lot of years, through no fault of my own, and...I want to protect them at all costs.
LIAM: Believe me, I understand.   Laura looks down, trying to word her thoughts carefully.   LAURA: I'm glad. Because I hope that this means you won't hold any feelings of animosity toward me for this.    Laura looks up at Liam, then at Jennifer. She smiles.   LAURA: I know that things can become very volatile in families, and you need to separate yourself from them for a time. But just know that, no matter what, we are always here when you need our help.   Laura reaches out and takes Liam's hand in hers. She smiles broadly. Liam looks back with the same broad smile.   LIAM: I really appreciate that, Laura. You don't understand just how much.
LAURA: I'm sure I do. Welcome to the family, Liam.   Laura and Liam hug, as a thrilled Jennifer looks on. JJ hangs back, confused and somewhat horrified at his grandmother's sudden change of heart.   ---  
Nick steps into the Kiriakis living room. He carries a pair of crossbody bags on his shoulders, and a pair of large suitcases are wheeled in behind him. To the shock of the Kiriakis family, Nick sets his luggage down and smiles broadly.   NICK: Morning, everyone. Feels great to be home.   Justin, sitting on the sofa in his dressing gown, sets down his coffee on the coffee table, giving Nick a confused glare.   JUSTIN: Nick...this isn't funny. Especially this early in the morning. What's going on?
NICK: Just coming to meet and greet with my housemates.  
At this moment,  Maggie steps into the room, a tray of croissants in her hand.   MAGGIE: Morning, everyone! Chef made some croissants, so I figured I'd help out and bring them in.   Maggie goes to offer everyone some, but notices Nick before her, and looks at him, puzzled.   MAGGIE: Nick! What are you doing here?   Nick looks up at Maggie and smiles broadly, almost enjoying seeing the pained look of the Kiriakis clan as he tells Maggie his news.   NICK: Isn't it obvious, Aunt Maggie? I'm moving in!   Maggie, and the others, look back at Nick, with a sickened confusion.   ---  
Sheryl stands in the stairwell at University Hospital, on her phone with Jerome. She speaks in whispers, but is clearly panicking.   SHERYL: (into phone) We have a major problem on our hands.   ...   Jerome walks into the living room at the Grant house, cell phone in ear. He checks behind and around him to make sure Valerie is not in earshot.   JEROME: (into phone) You couldn't have picked a worse time, you know?   ...   SHERYL: (into phone) I don't think that's what matters right now. You need to listen. Crystal got the memo. She's here. NOW.   ...   Jerome's jaw drops, floored by the news. He stammers as he tries to answer.   ---     ---   Justin tosses his tablet to his side on the couch, as he gets up from the sofa, exapserated.   JUSTIN: Are you serious right now? It's not bad enough you've taken over our company, now you want our house?
NICK: Ahh Justin, don't worry. It's not like I'm kicking any of you out. In fact, I think this place is big enough for all of us.   Nick turns to a waiting Henderson, who reluctantly takes Nick's suitcases from him, as Nick turns to give him instruction.   NICK: Oh, ah, there may be one more person staying in my room with me, Henderson. But if she isn't, can you make the adjacent room up for her for me?
HENDERSON: Ah...   Henderson looks over at Maggie, who nods in agreement, before responding gracefully.   HENDERSON: Absolutely, Mr. Fallon.
NICK: Thanks, Henderson.   As Henderson leaves with Nick's bags, Maggie asks the pertinent question.   MAGGIE: Ahh...one other person?   Nick smiles proudly as he responds.   NICK: Yeah, Gabi may move in with me. She's gonna let me for sure today.   Justin snaps at the news of yet another person in the house.   JUSTIN: Oh, come on! What are we running, a boarding house here?   Alex interjects, trying to keep his father's temper in check.   ALEX: Dad! Nick...much as I hate to say it...he has a right to be here. ANJELICA: Alex is right.
JUSTIN: Oh, how do you know, Anjelica?   Anjelica stands by her son, giving Justin an emotionless, dry response.   ANJELICA: I do my research. Apparently, this is a concept that escapes you.   Justin sighs, as Nick corroborates Anjelica and Alex.   NICK: They're right. Since I own a majority stake in Titan now, and this property is not Victor's personal property but Titan corporate property...well...   Nick shrugs, feigning helplessness, as Justin shakes his head.   JUSTIN: How the Hell did we manage this.   Nick smirks, as he turns to leave the room, heading for his bedroom. On his way out, he makes a snarky retort.   NICK: Guess you shouldn't have tried to shirk your taxes by making the house corporate property, Justin! See ya!   As Nick disappears around the corner, Justin, Maggie, Alex and Anjelica stand around, with only Anjelica looking remotely pleased. Even Maggie looks uncomfortable with the situation they find themselves in.   ---   As Laura and Liam separate from their embrace, Jenn smiles broadly, excited by the apparent thawing of Liam and Laura's relationship.    JENNIFER:Ohh this is great. Isn't it, JJ?   JJ responds cooly, shaken by Laura's sudden change of heart toward the man he fears.   JJ: Yeah. Awesome.   Laura turns back toward JJ and smiles, winking just out of the line of sight of either Jenn or Liam.   LAURA: Look, you should all be going. I need to take care of some things before JJ leaves.    Laura turns to face Jenn and Liam.   LAURA: You don't mind if JJ and I have a word alone before he leaves, do you?
LIAM: Not at all.
LAURA: Great.   Jennifer and Liam step out of the room, leaving JJ behind, almost exploding to find out what Laura just did.   JJ: Grandma, what the Hell was that?   Laura turns to JJ, speaking softly so as not to be heard, but emphatically. She takes JJ's hands in hers and smiles wryly.   LAURA: That was a factfinding mission, JJ. And I struck gold.   JJ looks on, puzzled. Laura looks over as Liam and Jennifer close the front door to the house.   LAURA: At least, I think so. And in any event, it's enough information for us to work with while you're at Berkley.
JJ: Grandma, I don't get this.
LAURA: It's simple, JJ. Things are going to be a lot easier around here if I make my fears about Liam appear to be addressed, and resolved. Now, Liam thinks I'm out of his hair. I get all kinds of information that you, myself, and Daniel can research, and we get to figure out exactly what's going on and who Liam is involved with before it's too late.   JJ sighs, looking over at the doorway, his fear of Liam palpable.   JJ: Grandma, I hope to God you're right about this.   ---  
Jordan sits at her desk at University Hospital. She looks at her fiancé, Rafe, in horror, as he sits across from her at her desk.   JORDAN: I don't...I don't understand...wh...
RAFE: You heard me, didn't you?
JORDAN: Yyyes, but I don't know how to respond to that kind of question, Rafe. What do you mean, who are you really marrying? I...you're marrying Jordan Ridgeway.    Rafe looks steely-eyed at Jordan, entering into interrogation mode.   RAFE: Kate seems to think otherwise.
JORDAN: Kate thinks a lot of things, Rafe. And a whole lot of them are lies.   Jordan gets up from her desk, leaning against it as she stares into Rafe's eyes.   JORDAN: I have only known this woman for a matter of months, and I know this. Why can't you figure this out?
RAFE: Because I know Kate. And I know that she would lie in a heartbeat if it would suit her, but I also know when she's telling the truth.   Jordan sighs, looking away from Rafe. She shakes her head as she responds to Rafe.   JORDAN: And you think this is one of those times.
RAFE: Well? Is it?
JORDAN: I'm not even going to dignify that with--   Rafe interrupts Jordan, exploding with anger as he shouts her down.   RAFE: Is it?!   After a moment of silence, Rafe gets up from his seat, and leans in toward Jordan, almost hissing his words.   RAFE: J...Jordan, if you don't tell me the truth right now, I swear to God, I will walk out that door, and I will NEVER look back.   Jordan sighs again. She slowly sits herself back down behind her desk. She throws her arms out, as though admitting defeat.   JORDAN: Fine! Yes. I am not Jordan Ridgeway. Are you happy now?   Rafe looks on, disappointment clearly in his eyes, as Jordan looks away, sensing his feeling.   ---   Jerome paces the living room of his family home, on his cell phone with Sheryl, as they both panic about the news of Crystal's arrival in Salem.   JEROME: (into phone) W...ah...we...I intercepted that e-mail within minutes, how the hell...   ...   Sheryl stands in the stairwell at the hospital, shaking her head as she answers Jerome's question before he finishes.   SHERYL: (into phone) I couldn't tell you. All I know is, she's here now, in the locker room, and is just SO happy to meet me. And now I gotta figure out what to do about it.   ...   JEROME: (into phone) Okay (sigh) look, just...sit tight, don't raise alarms. Just get to Jordan's office as fast as you can, and try to get her out of town.   ...   Sheryl shakes her head, annoyed by this turn of events. She responds to Jerome sarcastically.   SHERYL: (into phone) Sure. Simple as that. (sigh) I'll figure something out. You keep your nose clean. I'll report back in a bit.   Sheryl hangs up the phone, before turning back toward the door to the 7th floor. She opens the door back to the hallway outside the locker room, when she spies the cleaner leaving the supply room, pushing her cart out the door.  As she does, she's on her walkie talkie, responding to a call from another floor.   VOICE: (via walkie talkie) Sandra, there's a spill in the lounge on the 4th floor.
SANDRA: (into walkie talkie) Yeah, I'm on it, thanks. Just on the 7th floor...   As Sandra walks away with the cart, she's distracted by the conversation into the walkie talkie and doesn't notice Sheryl behind her. She pushes the cart away, forcing the door open, as the quiet hallway remains nearly empty.   Mere milliseconds before the door shuts behind her, Sheryl sticks her foot out, stopping the door from fully closing. The cleaner doesn't notice, and Sheryl looks around at the empty hallway, and gives a knowing smirk, before stepping inside.   ---

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DAYS #160: The Kiriakises have a surprise guest for breakfast, Sheryl's in big trouble

EPISODE 160 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Justin sits in the Kiriakis living room, wearing his robe. He sits on the sofa, sipping a coffee while he flips through the morning edition of the Salem Spectator on his tablet.  
Alex walks into the room, fully dressed for the day, surprising Justin.   ALEX: Morning.
JUSTIN: Well, you're off to an early start.   Alex pours himself a cup of coffee from the caraffe on the bar by the entrance to the living room.   ALEX: Yeah, have to go into the office for a bit to sort out some things. Gotta figure out my action plan with WXIR breathing down our necks about the EnerNext project.
JUSTIN: Yeah. I don't regret selling the station, but...we could have used the PR right about now.
ALEX: Believe me, I know. The only thing we can hope for now is for Nick to self-sabotage, and hopefully, we get the company back.  
Anjelica steps into the room at this moment, perky as the morning sun.   ANJELICA: Good morning, all!   Anjelica kisses Alex on the cheek, to which Alex winces in slight embarrassment.   ALEX: Morning.
JUSTIN: Ahhh Anjelica! Bright like the sun, and just as irritating to look directly at.   Anjelica turns to Justin, smiling broadly.   ANJELICA: I'll chalk that remark up to that being your first cup of coffee for the day.
JUSTIN: It's definitely my second. Your resemblance is just uncanny.   Justin sips his second coffee, as Anjelica chooses to ignore his barbs and carries on.   ANJELICA: Well, I am just thrilled to wake up to such handsome men first thing. However, I do have a lot of campaigning to do. I hope you all have time to see me on TV tonight. I'll be making an appearance on WXIR.   Justin nearly spits out his coffee at Anjelica's response.   JUSTIN: I'm sorry?
ANJELICA: Yes! Nicole Walker wants to have me on for an interview regarding my plans for the energy sector, and I'm planning to lend my full support to the EnerNext project. I mean, unless that's a problem for you?   Anjelica looks back and forth at her son, then at Justin, gauging their reaction.   ---  
Jordan sits at her desk at University Hospital, struggling to concentrate after her intense conversation with Maxine about Jordan's relationship with Rafe. She leans back in her chair, sighing as she takes a break from her attempts to work, as a knock on the door is heard.   JORDAN: Come in!  
Rafe opens the door to Jordan's office, a serious look on his face that Jordan spots immediately.   JORDAN: Rafe!   Rafe closes the door behind him, remaining standing close to the door.   RAFE: We need to talk.   Jordan's face holds a look of dread, as she waits to hear what Rafe wants to discuss.   ---  
Maxine guides Sheryl, disguised as Nurse Crystal Clarke, over to the hospital locker room, motioning to the door of the room, as patients and staff hurry by.   MAXINE: And here you go, here's the locker room. Your locker is 39D, and I hope you brought a lock.
SHERYL: I did indeeed! 
MAXINE: Gooood. Now, get yourself changed, Dr. Grant will be meeting with you in...   Maxine checks her watch.   MAXINE: About half an hour. Her office is on the 8th floor.
SHERYL: Thank you, Maxine!
MAXINE: You're welcome, Honey! And I hope to be seeing more of you around here!   Maxine walks off, as Sheryl keeps her keen (fake) smile on. As Maxine disappears from view, Sheryl darts into the locker room. She drops the fake southern accent almost immediately.   SHERYL: That was a challenge.   Sheryl sighs as she studies the lockers. She stumbles upon her locker, which is right next to another staff member. Sheryl draws herself up and gets back into character, as she plays friendly newbie, cutting through to her locker.   SHERYL: Hiya!   The woman turns around, her freshly-dyed blonde hair cut in a bob. She smiles warmly at Sheryl.   WOMAN: Well hi there!   The woman's thick southern accent sounds strikingly similar to Sheryl's, though the woman doesn't look up, as she tries to quickly change.   SHERYL: Sorry, I know you're probably pretty busy.
WOMAN: I am, it's mah first day here.   As Sheryl opens her locker and puts her bag in, she smiles as she connects with her fellow new hire.   SHERYL: Well, what a coincidence! Me too! What's your name, sweetheart??   The woman turns suddenly, her bright smile meets Sheryl's as she extends a hand in a greeting shake.   WOMAN: I'm Crystal Clarke! What's your name??   Sheryl's face drops in horror as she realizes who is standing before her.   ---  
---   Justin gets up from the sofa, unsure he heard Anjelica correctly.   JUSTIN: Anjelica...did you miss the part where we no longer control Titan?
ANJELICA: Well, that's neither here nor there, you still have an interest in maintaining the company's bottom line, no? Last time I checked, you were still the company's attorney. I would think you'd be thrilled by my support.
JUSTIN: I'm not gonna lie, I am. Begrudgingly, but...as I told Alex...we need all the support we can get.   Anjelica gives a wry smile, as she turns to pour herself a cup of coffee from the caraffe.   ANJELICA: I just figured one good turn deserves another, and since you've all been so gracious about letting me stay here, I figured, well, at the very least I can...lend some support to your ends.
ALEX: Trust me, Anjelica. That does a lot more than you know. Nicole Walker's planning to do a real butcher job on us with this report.
ANJELICA: Well, not to worry, my son.    Anjelica steps over to Alex, putting her hand lovingly (and patronizingly) on his cheek.   ANJELICA: I eat women like Nicole Walker for breakfast.    Turning back toward Justin, she sits herself down in the armchair next to the sofa.   ANJELICA: Speaking of Titan...have you heard from your new CEO yet?
ALEX: Thankfully, no.   As Alex finishes his thought, Henderson steps into the room, looking somewhat weary. Justin spots this immediately as Henderson enters.   HENDERSON: Ah...pardon me, Mr. Kiriakis, but...have things become so dire that we've begun letting rooms in the house?   Justin looks on, baffled by Henderson's remark.   JUSTIN: Well, last I checked, only the Martin House had rooms on BedAndBreakfast.com, why?
HENDERSON: Ah...well...  
Before Henderson can finish his thought, Nick steps into the room, his luggage in tow. A broad smile on his face as he whips his sunglasses off, jubilantly.   NICK: Ahhh! Home, sweet home.   Nick surveys the room, as the others look at him, totally confused.   ---  
Laura, JJ and Jennifer stand around the Horton living room, as Liam begins to explain himself to them. He uncomfortably stutters and paces the room, as the others listen.   LIAM: So, like I told Jenn, I...basically had been in Chicago for awhile after my divorce from my wife. We um...we had some major issues. Things ended pretty badly between us. I still struggle with my anger at times.
JJ: What did she do that was so awful?   Liam sighs, as he sits down in an armchair in the room. He sighs for a moment before answering, solemnly.   LIAM: It's....it's very complicated but...she wasn't interested in love. She wanted...power. And lots of it. Things I couldn't give her. In the end, she left me for my...father.   JJ's eyes widen at the revelation. Laura looks on, still skeptical. Jenn reads the room, uneasy with the story coming out to her family.   JJ: Wow! That's...that's heavy.
LAURA: Jennifer, did you know about this?
JENNIFER: Not really. And I'm not exactly comfortable with this having to come out to my entire family.   Liam looks up at Jenn, a saddened look in his eye.   LIAM: And I'm sorry about that. I just...I didn't want to waste the time we had together...dwelling on the past.   Jenn nods, disappointed but understanding.   JENNIFER: I understand. I do wish you'd tell me first, but...I understand.   Laura, nonplussed by the revelation, interjects.   LAURA: So how does the $50,000 come into it. And why are you so willing to give it away? LIAM: That...that was a combination of some good investments, and my divorce settlement, in a way. My father's a successful businessman, he offered me a lot of money if I went away quietly. Told me I'd never make her as happy as he could. (sigh) I knew he was right.   Liam sits in the chair, solemn. He looks straight ahead, barely blinking as he stares with laser focus.   LIAM: So I decided I was going to put the money to good use. Help someone I cared about that truly needed it. I want to build a life with Jennifer, Laura. I want to be a part of this family. And part of that is helping to make her children's dreams come true. I want that for them.   Laura looks on, unsure whether she believes Liam or not. JJ's eyes dart back and forth between Liam, and Laura.   LIAM: Will you let me do that for them?   Laura stares unflinchingly at Liam, silently deciding what to make of what he's just told her.   ---   Jordan adjusts herself in her office chair, a look of dread on her face as Rafe walks toward her.   JORDAN: Ah...sure. Sit down.   Rafe takes a seat on the opposite side of Jordan's desk. He wears a grave look as well. Jordan hesitates before asking Rafe a question, almost as though she doesn't really want to know the answer.   JORDAN: So...what did you want to talk about?
RAFE: Well...I need you to explain some things to me.
JORDAN: Like what?
RAFE: See...I ran into Kate at the Town Square just now.   Jordan sighs, frustrated by Kate's constant meddling.   JORDAN: Kate. I knew it. What did she want this time? 
RAFE: Well, she told me something, and she said you'd have an answer for me.   Jordan blurts out a sarcastic laugh.   JORDAN: Oh, I'm sure. What did I do this time?   Rafe looks cooly at Jordan, himself almost afraid of the answer he'll receive.   RAFE: It's not what you did, Jordan. It's about who you are.   Jordan looks back at Rafe, suddenly stone silent.   RAFE: She told me Jordan Ridgeway isn't your real name. So who exactly did I just get engaged to?   The colour drains for Jordan's face, as she thinks fast, reaching for an answer.   ---   Sheryl stand across from Crystal in the locker room at University Hospital. She smiles at Crystal, as she shakes her hand.   SHERYL: Pleasure to meet you.   Crystal beams, having met her first co-worker at the hospital.   CRYSTAL: And your name is...?   Sheryl jumps momentarily, sharing her name in a moment of desperation.   SHERYL: Ah Sheryl. Sheryl...Matthews.
CRYSTAL: Well, it's great to meet you, darlin'!
SHERYL: Same here.   Sheryl turns, looking into her locker with a sudden look of dread on her face. She glares into the void of her locker, hoping to maybe disappear into it as she stands next to the woman she intends to impersonate. Crystal, meanwhile, carries on jovially, without a care in the world, as she dons her scrubs.   CRYSTAL: Gosh, you know, it's funny. Mah hair was exactly that colour not a week ago.
SHERYL: Oh is that right?
CRYSTAL: Yep! I dyed it blonde since I was movin'. Got a new job, moved to a new town. New life. Just what the doctor ordered.
SHERYL: I understand that. 
CRYSTAL: You sound like a fella Southerner, where you from, Honey?   Sheryl suddenly closes the door to her locker, her expression unchanging, as she turns to Crystal suddenly.   SHERYL: Birmingham! I'm sorry, Crystal. I gotta meet with Dr. Grant in a moment. I'm sure I'll be seein' ya!
CRYSTAL: Oh, it's fine, I'm sure you will! I gotta shower before my shift anyway. I haven't had a chance to yet, I just got into town this morning. So I best be goin' myself. Nice to meet ya!
SHERYL: Likewise.   Sheryl walks off, coldly, trying to avoid giving away her discomfort, as she quickly darts off around the corner.    Quickly taking her cell phone in hand, Sheryl calls Jerome, her face shifting immediately into one of rage and panic, as she shouts into the phone, but in a hushed tone.   SHERYL: (into phone) We have a MAJOR problem on our hands.   ---

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DAYS #159: "Crystal Clarke" reports for duty, Laura asks Liam some tough questions

EPISODE 159 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Sheryl sits in the mirror at the seedy Lakeview Motel, where she's been hiding out for the past few days. Her long, light brown hair now a short bob of vibrant strawberry blonde, Sheryl sits before the hotel room vanity, finishing up her makeup. She closely studies the makeup of the picture of Crystal Clarke RN, who, with the help of similar facial features, she is attempting to emulate as closely as possible.   Sheryl hears a knock at the door, and immediately puts down her eyeliner, running to the window to see who's there.  
After confirming who's there, she opens the door to find Jerome. Jerome steps quickly inside, as Sheryl closes the door behind him.   SHERYL: Oh good, you're here.
JEROME: Yeah, well, I don't know if I should be. People see me keep coming in here, they're gon' start getting suspicious.
SHERYL: Oh please, this hotel leases out so few rooms, I doubt anyone's seen you.
JEROME: You better hope you're right.   Sheryl sighs, as she walks back over to finish her eye makeup. Jerome sits down at the edge of the bed, preparing to get down to business.   JEROME: So...you ready?   Taking on Crystal's southern twang, Sheryl responds slightly louder than neccessary.   SHERYL: You bet ah am!   Jerome replies dryly.   JEROME: You're hilarious.   Sheryl gives a knowing smirk as she answers him, still looking into her mirror as she outs on the last of her eyeliner.   SHERYL: I try.
JEROME: So you're gonna go down to the hospital, do her orientation, then you're gonna find Jordan and get her out of here, yes?   Sheryl turns suddenly, having finished her makeup. She looks at Jerome with a bit of nervous anticipation.   SHERYL: That's the plan. At least ideally.
JEROME: And what if she's not going? You know she's so taken with this Rafe dude that she could tell him everything to throw us under the bus.
SHERYL: She could, but she won't. Little Miss Virtuous is so afraid of everything, she would never take a risk like that, especially if it potentially opens her up to so many problems. Like losing Rafe, her freedom. Her life?   Jerome looks on, unsure if he agrees with Sheryl.   SHERYL: Trust me. Look, maybe she won't budge the first time I talk to her, but we'll just...keep at her until she gets back on side, we'll get our revenge against Nick, and we'll be out of here. Simple. JEROME: Yeah. Simple.   Jerome looks away, not remotely convinced by Sheryl's "fool proof" plan.   ---  
Sonny stands with Will in Sonny's office at Club TBD. Will having just told Sonny about Nicole's TV special.   SONNY: Nicole wants to use her special to bulldoze Nick? Okay, but how does that impact you?
WILL: It does because I'm the one credited with writing the PR and the info sheets on the EnerNext project.   Will turns and begins to pace the room, deep in his own thoughts, as Sonny looks on, trying to sort through the information his fiancé is giving him.   SONNY: Right, and that info is a lot of PR spin for an oil company. Hardly anything unusual.
WILL: It will be now that it's a political football. Anjelica Deveraux is campaigning on it, and the governor wants the entire project shut down. And after that show airs, if I don't keep this job, my name is going to be attached to that for the rest of my career. I don't know if I can live with that.   Sonny takes a moment, before solemnly responding to Will.   SONNY: Even if that's the only way we can win against Nick?   Will turns aburptly to look at Sonny, both Sonny and Will looking concerned.   ---  
Laura steps into the Horton living room, where Jennifer, Liam, and JJ are assembled. Having been in an intense conversation, Laura has caught the family off guard with her arrival. She appears with arms crossed, a stern look on her face.   LAURA: You know, I was expecting my daughter to ask these questions, but I figure now is as good a time as any to ask. What with JJ leaving for Berkley and whatnot.   Laura stops standing next to her grandson, somewhat accusational tone in her voice.   LAURA: Where did you get that $50,000 from to give to JJ, Liam?   Liam looks stunned at Laura's steely eyes. Her sudden resolve making even JJ a bit nervous.   ---     ---   Laura stands, putting on a brave face, as JJ looks at her, intense eyes with a hint of discomfort in them, as Jenn and Liam look on, surprised by Laura's question.   JENNIFER: Mom, I...do you really think...
LAURA: I think, Jennifer Rose, that I need to feel comfortable with where all this money is coming from before I allow my grandson to live off it for the next four years.   Laura's eyes quickly dart toward Liam, who looks uncomfortable with Laura's line of questioning, but remains silent. Laura steps slowly toward Liam, arms still folded in front of her.   LAURA: I'm going to be totally honest with you, Liam. I don't know you all that well, and I am not overly comfortable with how quickly your relationship with my daughter has developed, considering how little I know about you.
JENNIFER: Mom...
LAURA: Maybe Jennifer knows you a bit better, but you still remain a little too much of a mystery to me. So let me just be clear with you. If I don't feel comfortable that you got that $50,000 through legitimate means, I will not allow JJ to live off it while he goes to Berkley, and I will reimburse you for the tuition payment he made using the money. Do we understand each other?   JJ jumps in, stunned by his grandmother's decision.    JJ: Grandma!   Laura quickly turns to JJ to stop him continuing.   LAURA: JJ. Don't...argue with me.   Her voice drops to barely a whisper, as she finishes her thought in tones only JJ can comprehend.   LAURA: (whispers) I know what I'm doing.   Liam begins to respond, causing Laura to turn back around, and JJ and Jennifer to turn their attention back his way.   LIAM: Alright. Okay, if it'll make you feel better about me, I'll do it. I'll tell you everything you want to know about me. Including where the $50,000 came from.   Laura looks back at JJ, giving him a knowing look. Jenn looks at Liam, surprised that he'd capitulate to Laura's demand.   ---   Will looks away from Sonny, as he contemplates the question Sonny's put to him regarding Nick.   WILL: I don't know, Sonny. Can I handle having my career taken away from me in exchange for having Nick out of our lives?   Will sighs, taking a moment to come up with answer. He turns his head to face a sympathetic Sonny.   WILL: Maybe.
SONNY: Regardless, you have a lot of people on your side in this. We'll be there for you if you take the hit.   Sonny puts his hand on Will's shoulder, squeezing his tense shoulder as Will turns to face his fiancé.   SONNY: You know that, right?   As Will turns around, Sonny wraps his other arm around Will's other shoulder. They look lovingly at each other, as Will cracks a smile.   WILL: I do.
SONNY: Good.   Sonny stops a moment, while Will stands silently, his smile fading almost as quickly as it had appeared. This alarms Sonny.   SONNY: So...why do I feel like something else happened that you're not telling me about?
WILL: Because...there is something else. But...I don't really know what to make of it.
SONNY: Oh?
WILL: I went to check on Ari for a sec, and...Nicole just...vanished. I mean...it's probably nothing but...I feel like something was off when I came back in the room. Like...   Sonny's arms drop to his side, as Sonny tries to figure out what happened.   SONNY: Well...was something out of place or...
WILL: No. No, nothing was off, I checked. But...I dunno, Sonny. Something tells me she didn't just come to the house to warn me about the story. She was up to something, and I need to figure out what.   ---  
Nicole walks along the path approaching the Brady Pub, cautiously. She hears her text tone go off on her phone and opens her bag, to see a message from Eric.   i love you. thank u for being here today. Dinner 2nite?   Smiling, she texts back.   I'd love to. Meet @ Chez Rouge, 8pm?   Putting her phone away, she breathes in deeply, as she pulls out something new from her bag, a box of handgun ammo. She looks at it momentarily, before putting it back in her bag. She reaches back into her bag, and grabs her phone again, calling Nick.   NICOLE: (into phone) Nick. I need to see you ASAP.   ---   Jordan sits at her office desk as University Hospital, alone, as Sheryl's words spin around in her head, over and over.   There’s no way out Jordan. Even if you back out now.   The words echo over and over, overlapping until they become a deafening chorus in Jordan's head. Wincing as she holds her head, the voice in Jordan's head grows louder until Jordan picks up her coffee mug and hurls it against the opposite wall, smashing it into pieces.   Suddenly the room is quiet, as Jordan breathes a sigh of relief.   JORDAN: You're not gonna win, Sheryl. I won't let you.   ---  
Outside, in the 6th floor lobby, the elevator doors open up. Sheryl steps out, dressed as Crystal Clarke. She smiles as she steps over to Maxine at the nurses' station. She speaks in her best southern drawl.   SHERYL: Hi, I'm...sorry, I'm new here, it's mah first day. Could you direct me to Dr. Grant's office?   Maxine smiles, as she looks up at Crystal over her reading glasses.   MAXINE: Sure thing, honey. I'll page Dr. Grant now. What was your name?   Sheryl smiles wryly, as she answers Maxine's question.   SHERYL: I'm nurse Crystal Clarke.   ---

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DAYS #158: JJ prepares to leave Salem, Will tells all to Sonny

EPISODE 158 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Jennifer and Liam walk downstairs at the Horton house to find JJ walking in, suitcases and a couple boxes by the door. Jenn looks on shocked, as JJ smiles.   JENNIFER: JJ, what are you...?
JJ: Hey, Mom. I ah...sorry, I didn't wanna wake you guys but...I decided to leave today instead of tomorrow for Berkley.   Jenn's face drops, as Liam pulls Jenn in close.   LIAM: Well that's...that's a surprise, JJ. I think your mom and I were hoping to spend some more time with you before you go.   JJ looks at Liam, not entirely confident that Liam's being genuine.   JJ: Well, I'm not leaving right away. I did wanna spend some time with you guys before heading off. Besides, I had a few things I wanted to discuss...mostly with you, Liam.   Both Liam and Jennifer look at JJ with confusion, as JJ shuffles uncomfortably.   ---  
Will emerges from Gabi's bedroom, having settled Ari down and back to sleep. He speaks out as he closes the door to Gabi's room behind him, assuming Nicole is still in the living room waiting for him.   WILL: Hey, sorry about that, I just had to...   Will looks around to find no sign of Nicole, and her jacket and purse gone. He looks confused as he calls out to her.   WILL: Nicole?   Will sighs, confused and a bit worried by Nicole's sudden disappearance.   ---  
In the park near Town Square, Noelle and Eric remain on the bench, finishing their coffees.   ERIC: I'm sorry I put all my problems on you like this.
NOELLE: Don't worry about it. Sometimes you just need an outside voice to...inject some reason back into your life. You know?   Eric looks at Noelle, and smiles warmly.   ERIC: Yeah, I do. NOELLE: Look, I'm sure once this special airs, things will go back to normal between you and Nicole, and you'll probably laugh at how stressed out you were about this.
ERIC: (sigh) I hope you're right.  
Noelle puts a hand on Eric's shoulder, as Nicole walks quickly into the bushy area where Eric and Noelle are sitting. Caught off guard, they both look up suddenly, as Nicole stands startled to see them together.   ---     ---  
Jordan gets up from behind her desk at University Hospital, taking the patient files Maxine has brought her to her filing cabinet. As she opens the drawer, Maxine, sitting in front of Jordan's desk, turns to face her, visibly concerned.   MAXINE: Honey, I'm serious. Rafe Hernandez just proposed marriage to you and you look like you're about to hold a funeral for that man. Now what is wrong?   Jordan puts the file folder away and closes the drawer with a light slam. She turns around, holding her head in her hands. She resists the urge to scream.   JORDAN: It's...it's nothing, okay? I just...there's a lot going on and I just...I don't know if I can marry him.
MAXINE: Honey, what are you talking about? That man loves you more than anything in this world.   Jordan begins to calm down, her arms dropping to her side as she nervously walks back toward her desk.   JORDAN: I know but...Maxine, I...I've done a lot of things in my past that Rafe doesn't know about.   Jordan sits down in her office chair, looking toward the ceiling, clearly frustrated.   MAXINE: We all have! Come on, now. I'm sure it's nothing he wouldn't completely understand.
JORDAN: Ohhh I don't know about that.   Maxine looks at Jordan, unimpressed. Her tone deepens as she answers Jordan.   MAXINE: Try me.   Jordan sighs, knowing Maxine will keep digging if she doesn't give her something.   JORDAN: He doesn't know about my ex-boyfriend. He doesn't know that I got dumped when I told him I was pregnant.
MAXINE: So?
JORDAN: He doesn't know I ended the pregnancy after he dumped me because I couldn't raise a baby on my own.   Maxine sits back in her chair, sighing heavily. She takes a moment to mull her thoughts over before answering Jordan.   MAXINE: Honey, I'm sorry.    Jordan turns away from Maxine, opening her drawer to pull out a pen.   JORDAN: Well, there's not much you can do about it now.
MAXINE: Look, I don't know if I would've made the same decision you did under the same circumstances, but that man loves you with everything in him. Even if he had a hard time accepting what you did, he would try to understand it.
JORDAN: Maxine, I don't know. What I do know is that I've tried very hard to move on with my life, and every time I turn around it gets harder and harder to do that.   Jordan becomes more and more agitated, as Maxine faces Jordan with a look of curiosity.   MAXINE: What do you mean? Has something happened?
JORDAN: It's nothing, Maxine.
MAXINE: No. Girl, you need to tell me what's happened?   Jordan looks down at her desk, as Maxine persists.   MAXINE: I can't help you, Jordan, unless you tell me what's going on.   After a tense moment, Jordan sighs and fesses up.   JORDAN: My ex- is back in town, and I know he's up to no good, and if I'm not careful, he may just tell Rafe all about my past.   Jordan begins to tear up, as she continues to tell Maxine about her situation with Jerome.   JORDAN: And I don't know if I can handle that, Maxine. I really don't know.   Maxine looks on as Jordan breaks down in tears. Slowly getting up from her seat, she takes Jordan's hand and pulls her up into a tight hug, Jordan crying on Maxine's shoulder.   ---  
Will walks into Club TBD, searching for Sonny. Not seeing him, Will walks over to T, who is bartending.   WILL: Ah, hey, T. Have you seen Sonny at all?
T: Hey! Yeah, he's just in the office. Go ahead.
WILL: Great. Thanks, man.   Will looks over before walking quickly over to the office, and knocking on the door.  

Inside, Sonny sits at his desk, looking over a spreadsheet on his laptop.   SONNY: Come in! Will opens the door, and quickly closes the door behind him. He makes a beeline to Sonny, who gets up from his desk with a smile and kisses Will on the lips as a loving greeting.   WILL: Hey!
SONNY: Will! Hey! What's up? Everything okay at the apartment?
WILL: Yeah. Yeah, I um...I dropped Ari off with Marlena for a bit. I had to...I had to tell you about something that happened that's....got me a bit worried.
SONNY: Why? What happened?   Will turns away from Sonny momentarily, trying not to let him see the worry in his face, but Sonny can tell, regardless.   WILL: Well, Nicole had been trying to get ahold of me, and so I had her come over.
SONNY: Nicole? What did she want?
WILL: That's what I wanted to know. She was...digging for information on Nick and Titan, and...
SONNY: Uh oh.    Will turns around, almost laughing as he nods emphatically at Sonny.   WILL: Yeah, exactly. Uh oh.  Sonny, I don't know who else to turn to, so just...
SONNY: Yeah, don't worry. You can always tell me anything, you know that.   Sonny puts his hand on Will's shoulder. Will smiles half-heartedly.   SONNY: So what did she say then?
WILL: Well, that my mom gave her permission to bulldoze Nick, but that...I may get caught in the crossfire. Professionally speaking.   Sonny looks at Will, seeing the worry in Will's eyes does the same to him.   ---   Nicole stands startled, as Noelle rises from her seat on the park bench next to Eric.   NOELLE: Hey, Nicole.   Nicole looks at Noelle, a faint smile on her face, as she senses she's interrupted a moment.   NICOLE: Hey.
NOELLE: I ah...was just catching up with Eric, but...I do need to go. Can we ah...can we get together this weekend sometime? Maybe a double date at Club TBD or something?
NICOLE: I'd like that.
NOELLE: Great. Eric, it was good to see you.   Noelle puts her hand on Eric's shoulder, as Eric looks up and smiles back at Noelle, before she takes off.   NOELLE: Nicole.   Nicole smiles half-heartedly as Noelle leaves the park, leaving Nicole alone with Eric.   ERIC: I'm sorry I ran off like that.   Nicole slowly steps over to Eric, and sits down beside him on the park bench.   NICOLE: It's okay. I figured you needed some time to...decompress. Be alone, although, I guess you weren't completely alone, but...
ERIC: Noelle just...happened to be walking by. Offered me a coffee for my thoughts.
NICOLE: I'm glad she was there.   Nicole looks at Eric, who looks out at the park before him, never once turning to face Nicole.   After a moment's silence, Nicole pipes up.   NICOLE: Eric, if...if I made you feel like you were coming second to my work, I'm sorry. I didn't mean--
ERIC: No! No, Nicole.   Eric turns suddenly, now looking Nicole's way, his gaze focused on her.   ERIC: You have something so important to say right now. Your job is to inform the people of this city about something incredibly...pressing to their lives and their health. It was selfish of me to react the way I did to it.
NICOLE: But Eric, you're allowed to feel that way. I wasn't there with you on our wedding night. The first night of our lives together and I spent it sitting at my desk trying to build a case against Nick Fallon. I...Nick isn't important enough to make me waste away a night that should've been so special.
ERIC: There will be so many more of those. Besides. We haven't had our big wedding yet.    Eric and Nicole both smile at each other, as Eric leans back in his seat, his gaze never leaving his new bride.   ERIC: You know, the one we talked about with all our family and friends there.
NICOLE: Oh, I remember. 
ERIC: I'm so happy to be your husband, even if we did kinda...rush to the altar.   Nicole furrows her brow slightly.   NICOLE: What do you mean?
ERIC: Well, I mean...you didn't force my hand or anything, I think it was my idea to get married right away, but...
NICOLE: But...   Eric sighs, knowing he may have hit a nerve. He looks away again before continuing.   ERIC: I worry that we got married in a hurry because I was running from something.
NICOLE: Like what?
ERIC: I dunno. The rejection of losing my vocation. Of all the...judgmental people that look at me with contempt like I've done something horribly wrong.
NICOLE: But you didn't. And if I thought for a minute that that was why you were marrying me, Eric? I would have stopped you from marrying me the moment I realized.   Eric smiles, as he puts his arm around Nicole.   NICOLE: Truth is, yeah, I was insecure about our relationship for awhile. I...thought that maybe...if you were cleared and the church wanted you back that...that you'd want to leave me. That I was some sort of...consolation prize. ERIC: Nicole, I would never--
NICOLE: I know. I know that now. I know you love me...more than anything in this world. Hearing the way you stood up for me at our wedding? How you made it clear to your mom and your sister that...that I was the most important thing in your life, and that nothing they could say, or do was gonna change that. I know there's nothing that could keep us apart now. I believe it with everything in me.   Eric leans in and kisses Nicole, as Nicole wraps her arms around her husband. They hold each other as they kiss each other gently, but passionately.   ---   JJ, Jennifer and Liam step into the Horton living room, as Jennifer and Liam sit side-by-side on the sofa. JJ takes the armchair, as he leans in, looking seriously.   JENNIFER: Okay, I don't like the look on your face, JJ. What's wrong?
JJ: Mom, it's...just that I have some concerns about things here at the house right now.
LIAM: What do you mean, JJ?   JJ sighs, unsure how to phrase his thoughts.   JJ: I just...Mom, I know you and Liam have been seeing each other for awhile, and...you know, you seem very happy. And I want that for you guys, but...I have...concerns. 
JENNIFER: What do you mean? JJ, if this is about Daniel--
JJ: It's not...It's not about Daniel, Mom. I understand, things are over between you and him. And that's my fault.   Jennifer reaches over and takes JJ's hand in hers. She speaks emphatically to him.   JENNIFER: JJ, it is NOT your fault things didn't work out between Daniel and I. You have got to let that go, honey.
JJ: I won't. Mom, I let you down too many times when I came back to Salem. I was in a lot of pain and I hurt you a lot. And I will never be able to say I'm sorry enough times.   Jennifer smiles wistfully, as she squeezes JJ's hand.   LIAM: You know your mother's so proud of the changes you've made recently, JJ. Don't think I haven't noticed either. That's why I offered you that money to go to college at Berkley. I think you're ready.   JJ breathes in, as he musters his courage.   JJ: That's...that's actually one of the things I wanted to ask you about...I probably should have asked sooner, but...
LIAM: Sure, go ahead.   JJ looks up, hiding his fear as he asks Liam his question.   JJ: Where did you get all that money from, anyway?
LAURA: That's something I'm dying to hear, myself, actually.  
Liam, Jenn, and JJ all turn with a start toward the archway leading into the living room, as Laura walks slowly into the room, a stern look on her face.   LAURA: Just where DID you get $50,000 from to give away to my grandson, Liam?   Laura stands, staring straight at Liam, her arms folded accusingly.   ---

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DAYS #157: Nicole finds the gun, Jennifer reaches out to Liam

EPISODE 157 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Liam sits upright in Jenn's bed, as Jenn stands over him, arms folded, still dressed in overalls in preparation to paint Liam's house.   JENNIFER: Liam...
LIAM: I'm sorry. Jenn, I didn't mean--
JENNIFER: You said it wasn't like before when we lived together. Now, I know that you and I never lived together, so the only thing that can mean is that you're fixating on your ex-wife again.   Liam tries to interject, hoping to stop Jenn from becoming even more agitated.   LIAM: Jenn--
JENNIFER: No, just stop, Liam. Okay, you have got to let go of the anger feel toward her.   Liam stops himself from speaking. Instead, looking down as Jenn continues to speak.   JENNIFER: You know, I held onto my anger when I thought Jack left us in Africa. I thought he just...disappeared on some walkabout, and I kept that anger for years. It made me bitter, and...and...miserable.   Liam looks up at Jenn, as Jenn sits down on the edge of her bed, and looks tenderly at Liam.   JENNIFER: But I realized that that anger and that bitterness was just making it impossible for me to...to move on with my life.    Jenn takes Liam's hand in hers, she holds it close to her chest.   JENNIFER: You have so much generosity in you. I've seen that in how you've handled JJ, and the way you are with Abigail and I. Liam...don't lose that because you're still holding onto this...this rage within you from what happened with your wife before.
LIAM: Jenn, I'm not, I'm--
JENNIFER: No. You are. I can tell. Just...let me help you, we can talk to my mom, she can refer you--   Liam cuts Jenn off, something approaching terror in his voice as he almost jumps out of the bed.   LIAM: No no no, I am NOT talking to your mother about this. Okay?   Jenn looks on, confused and disappointed by Liam's strong reaction.   ---  
Eric sits on a park bench, deep in thought. As he sits, silently, staring off into space, Noelle walks by, a tray with two coffee cups in her hand.   Stopping a moment, she looks down at Eric, who barely notices she's there.   NOELLE: Rough night?   Eric looks up at Noelle, a troubled look on his face, before looking back down.   ERIC: Could say that.
NOELLE: Well...if you wanna talk about it, I'm here.   Noelle sits down beside Eric on the bench, a thoughtful smile on her face as she does. Eric remains looking away.   ERIC: Not much to say really. Just got a lot on my mind.
NOELLE: This is...not how I expected you'd be acting the day after your wedding.
ERIC: Yeah, same here. But then, I didn't expect my bride to spend our wedding night in her office working on a news story.    Noelle puts her hand across Eric's shoulders, giving him a comforting hand, before reaching over to pull one of her cups of coffee from the tray.   NOELLE: Well...it looks like you haven't slept much. So...here. Triple Shot Espresso Caramel Macchiato.   Eric looks over as Noelle extends the coffee cup to him. Reluctantly, he takes it.   NOELLE: It's supposed to be for Alex, but...I can always double back to the Java Cafe and get another one.   Eric looks down, before taking a sip. He manages a faint smile.   ERIC: Thanks. NOELLE: Don't mention it. So...where's Nicole now?   Eric looks out again, before shrugging, and turning to face Nicole.   ERIC: To be perfectly honest, I have no idea.   ---  
Nicole rings Will's doorbell, and stands outside Will's door, waiting to be let in. She's anxious as she waits.  
Will opens the door, and ushers Nicole into the apartment.   WILL: Hey Nicole.
NICOLE: Hey.   Closing the door behind her as Nicole steps in, Will stands by and offers a hand to Nicole.   WILL: Can I take your coat?   Nicole looks back, smiling as she sets herself down on the sofa.   NICOLE: So polite. You sure you're Sami's kid?   Will is momentarily amused by Nicole, before quieting down quickly again. He shrugs sheepishly.   WILL: I guess I get it from my grandma.
NICOLE: Let's go with that.   Will nervously steps toward the kitchen area.   WILL: Did you ah...did you want anything? Tea? Coffee?
NICOLE: No. No, I'm fine. Thanks. I don't really have that much time. Just...I had some things to go over with you regarding Nick.
WILL: Right. You said on the phone. I a...   Will sits down on the sofa next to Nicole, looking at her in an attempt to be firm.   WILL: I ah...as I said, I can't tell you much about the inner workings of my job, since...a lot of what I work on is pretty confidential, but...
NICOLE: That's fine. Look, I know this isn't going to be pretty but...Sami found out that Nick took over as CEO at Titan, and...she basically gave me license to bulldoze Nick. At all costs.    Will looks at Nicole seriously. A bit worried about what she would say next.   WILL: Okay.
NICOLE: So...what that means for you, then...(sigh) your press releases for EnerNext. They were...from what a lot of very reliable sources tell me, heavily biased, and the sources you used were, can I say, flat out wrong.   Will tenses somewhat, responding slightly more curtly.   WILL: I used the data I was given, nothing more.
NICOLE: I figured as much.    Nicole looks down, sighing as she continues.   NICOLE: Will, I'm not trying to...hurt your career or throw you under the bus, but...your press releases may be a big part of my report tomorrow night, and...are you going to be okay if you're implicated in this?   Will looks up at Nicole, worried and slightly confused by Nicole's question.   ---     ---  
Jordan sits in her office, playing with her engagement ring. As she stares at it, her mind wanders to the night Sheryl and Jordan had their falling out. Sheryl's words haunt Jordan.   ***
FLASHBACK TO EPISODE 105  

Jordan stands in Sheryl's office, and looks down, arms still folded in discomfort as she tries to hold herself back. Sheryl looks on, standing behind her desk. Jordan sighs heavily, as she wordlessly listens to Sheryl’s emphatic words.   SHERYL: You can pretend like you have this great future with Rafe, Jordan, but we both know that once we launch that virus tonight, the ISA and the Salem PD are going to be onto us, and you and I will have to leave town and take on a new identity. There’s no way out Jordan. Even if you back out now.   ***   Jordan snaps back to reality thanks to a knock at the door. Jordan adjusts herself, trying to clear the mist from her eyes as she calls out.   JORDAN: Ah, come in!  
Maxine steps into the office, a patient file in hand. Maxine announces her arrival as she spots Jordan's emotional expression mid-sentence.   MAXINE: Morning, Honey. I brought...your patient files.   Jordan clears her throuat as she reaches her hand out to take the files from Maxine, who gives Jordan a stern, concerned look.   JORDAN: Thanks, Maxine.
MAXINE: What's wrong.
JORDAN: Nothing.   Maxine sits down in the guest chair across Jordan's desk. She folds her arms expectantly.   MAXINE: Come on, Girl. Out with it. You are engaged to be married to the man of your dreams. So why you been crying?   Jordan sighs, knowing Maxine won't back down.   ---   Jennifer stands up from the edge of her bed, watching as a frustrated Liam begins to get dressed, incensed by her suggestion that he seek therapy.   JENNIFER: Liam, I wasn't implying you go to therapy with my mom, I just...   Liam turns around suddenly after having put a t-shirt on, the simmering rage in his voice.   LIAM: No, you just think I'm crazy.
JENNIFER: I do not. I just...I know what it's like to feel betrayed by someone you love. Okay. Jack....isn't the first person who's let me down, I mean...I was married before to a man who broke my trust in so many ways, I can't begin to go into it. He...he abused my trust for...for years before I finally realized what he was really like.   Liam looks at Jenn, almost feeling heartbroken as he listens to her speak. He becomes more and more tense as she continues, trying to hold in his rage.   LIAM: Jenn, please, don't--
JENNIFER: ...And I thought I couldn't trust anyone ever again after that. But...I had family that loved me, and a man who was patient with me, and loved me enough to take his time and rebuild my trust.   Liam tries desperately to hold it together, as Jenn looks lovingly at him.   JENNIFER: Jack was that person for me after Peter hurt me so badly. I want to be that person for you, Liam. 
LIAM: I...   Jenn walks over to the other side of the bed, and puts her arms around a tense Liam. She holds him tenderly, and he reluctantly embraces her, all the while holding in so many emotions, but finally being unable to hold in a tear.   JENNIFER: Let me be that person for you.   Liam breathes deeply, suppressing his anger as he embraces Jennifer.   ---   Noelle sits with Eric on the park bench, as they enjoy their coffees. She looks interested as Eric tells her about his wedding.   ERIC: So once my mom and Sami knew I wasn't backing down....well...they took the hint.
NOELLE: Right, but...I mean, obviously that's gonna cause a huge rift between you and your family. I mean, I don't know Nicole well but it sounds like your family's...I mean, they have their reasons not to like her.   Eric sighs, looking down at the ground as he speaks.   ERIC: I know. Doesn't mean they have any right to judge her. As though she's completely incapable of personal growth.
NOELLE: Well, some people change, a lot don't.   Eric looks up at Noelle, who holds Eric's gaze. Noelle smiles, as Eric holds his serious look.   ERIC: I've known Nicole a very long time, and...in our time working together at St. Luke's...I saw a change in her. A huge change. It's...it's almost impossible to describe. But...I'm worried she's slipping back. NOELLE: What do you mean?
ERIC: I mean since she's been working on this story...it consumes her. I understand it's an important story to tell, but she behaves as though nothing else matters. She tells me she loves me, and I believe her, but it's almost as though she's working to...protect our relationship somehow. As though us being together would somehow destroy what we've built.    Noelle looks at Eric, her expression thoughtful.   NOELLE: That sounds...complicated. Are you sure it's not just a...temporary thing. I mean, you said yourself, the special airs in a day or two. I've known some people who work in the news and when a big story's about to break, it eats a lot of their time.   Eric shakes his head, getting up from his seat, and beginning to pace in front of the bench.   ERIC: No. No, there's....there's something different about this. And I can't put my finger on what it is. Even how we got married felt strange. I...admit, I raced into it, but...
NOELLE: But you felt a kind of...pressure?
ERIC: I don't know. Maybe. I just know something is wrong, and I can't get Nicole to tell me what it is.   Noelle stands up from the bench, and puts a hand on Eric's shoulder in comfort. Eric turns his head to look at Noelle, still looking pensive.   ---   Will paces in front of the sofa, where Nicole is still sitting.   WILL: Nick didn't commission the report, Nicole. I mean, if anything, he's trying to stop the EnerNext project.
NICOLE: I know that. I'm actually hoping to get him to commit to an interview on air tomorrow night. Hopefully catching him live on TV, he won't be able to escape the questions.    Nicole pauses for a moment. Will stops and turns to look at her as she continues.   NICOLE: But we all know Nick is...extremely volatile.
WILL: Especially lately.
NICOLE: Oh I realize! Believe me. We don't know what he'll come out with, and...since you were the one whose name is on those releases...you may be putting your writing career at risk if he names you as being responsible for the report. I want you to be prepared for that.   Will looks on, thoughtfully, though uncomfortable with what could potentially happen.   WILL: Thanks for the head's up. Gabi, Sonny, and I...we've been preparing. Nick can be...extremely dangerous.   As Will finishes the thought, Ari begins to cry from the next room. Nicole is startled for a moment, as both her and Will suddenly turn to look into Gabi's room, where Ari is sleeping in the crib.   WILL: I should...
NICOLE: Yeah, go! 
WILL: Just, ah...sit tight, I'll be back in a sec.   Nicole nods, a faint smile on her face as she watches Will dart into Gabi's bedroom, closing the door behind him.   As he does, Nicole gets up from the sofa, and makes a beeline for the desk by the front door. Ever-so-quietly sliding open the middle drawer, Nicole searches for whatever information she can.   As she flips quickly through, one eye on the door, and one on the papers in Will's desk, she sees nothing. Quickly, she closes the top drawer and opens the next drawer to the right.    Her mouth opens, as she spies the pistol EJ has left for Gabi.    Pulling it out, Nicole looks over toward the door, before holding it up, nodding slowly.   NICOLE: Well, that's one way to be prepared, Will.   Nicole chuckles to herself as she holds the gun up right in front of her face, giving a wry smile as she studies it like a preserved artifact.   ---

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DAYS #156: EJ tells Gabi to move in with Nick, Eric confronts Nicole about missing their wedding night

EPISODE 156 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Eric wakes up in his bed at the Salem Inn, smiling as he turns to touch his new bride. Eric wakes up a start as he realizes Nicole never returned to their room. Looking around the room, he realizes she never returned from the office. Regardless, in vain hope, he calls out to her.   ERIC: Nicole?   After hearing no response, Eric sighs, shaking his head as he pulls himself out of bed.   ---  
Nicole sits at her desk, sipping on another cup of coffee as she picks up her phone to try calling Will again.   After a moment of waiting for someone to answer, she leaves a message.   NICOLE: (into phone) Hey, Will. It's Nicole Walker. I need to speak to you about something...it's pretty important, business stuff. Call me when you get this. Thanks.   After hanging up, she looks at the time on her phone, panicking as she jumps from her seat.   NICOLE: Oh my God. Oh God, poor Eric. I've been in here all night. I gotta...I gotta go.   Bolting from her seat, Nicole hastily grabs her essentials, putting them in her purse as she rushes back to her husband.   ---   Gabi paces the pier on a foggy morning. Struggling to see, she feels uneasy with her surroundings. She holds herself, trying to keep warm against the cool air of the lakeside.  
Behind her, EJ approaches Gabi from behind. Gabi turns around suddenly and jumps back with a start.   GABI: You scared me!    Gabi smacks EJ for giving her a fright, which EJ winces at.   EJ: Sorry! Sorry, I...guess I step lightly.
GABI: Dammit, EJ. Announce yourself or SOMETHING! God!
EJ: Again, I'm..(laughs) so sorry. Look, we should...try to be discreet. 
GABI: That's fine. Just...do you have the pill refill for Nick?
EJ: I don't. I haven't spoken to Liam yet today, but I'll make sure I do immediately.   Gabi nods, somewhat disappointed by the news.   GABI: Well, I hope so. Nick was in...a lot of pain last night.
EJ: What do you mean?
GABI: Well, he...he and I were out on a "date", and...we were heading back to my place and he just...collapsed. He had this intense headache that crippled him like...completely! And that's when I called you.   EJ sighs, concerned what this plan is doing.   EJ: And the pills are making the headaches go away.
GABI: Seems to be the only thing. And I mean, he's definitely been unpredictable since he's been hooked on them. Maybe not delusions but...he asked me to move in with him last night.   EJ's eyes widen, his ears perking up at the news.   EJ: What did you tell him? GABI: Nothing so far, but...EJ, when I was reaching for his pills last night, Nick got a phone call from Anjelica Deveraux. Why would he be in contact with her? She's running for governor.   EJ nods, suddenly a lot of things becoming clear.   EJ: Gabriella...you need to say yes to Nick's proposition. Move in with him. The first chance you get.   Gabi looks stunned by EJ's strong insistence.   ---  
Kate stands with Rafe in Horton Town Square, coffee cup in hand. She looks with concern at a confused Rafe.   RAFE: Well, come on, Kate. Out with it. What do you need to tell me about Jordan?   Kate hesitates a moment before answering.   KATE: Alright, but I need you to promise you're going to listen to me, and believe me when I say I am not making this up.
RAFE: Kate, what are you talking about?   Kate bursts out, almost shouting emotionally over an increasingly desperate Rafe.   KATE: Jordan is not her real name, Rafe!   Rafe looks on, stunned by Kate's revelation.   ---     ---  
Jennifer stands before her full-length bedroom mirror, putting her hair up in a loose bun. Wearing overalls, she's all ready for the day of painting Liam's house. She smiles widely as she excitedly talks to a still-in-bed Liam about her ideas for the day.   JENNIFER: So, I figured we'll stop at the hardware store first. Grab the paint we need and any other supplies you don't have and...   Liam stops her mid-sentence, sighing at putting a damper on Jenn's enthusiasm.   LIAM: Jenn...we can't do this. I'm sorry. 
JENNIFER: Well, why not? Liam, you said yourself, your house needs a lot of work, and the painting won't get done on its own...
LIAM: Jenn...
JENNIFER: No! Liam! I want to help you. I haven't seen your home yet. You...you almost act like there's something to hide there or something.   Liam furrows his brow, shaking his head almost too quickly as he begins to speak tersely.   LIAM: No! Of course not! I just...I told you, I'm embarrassed by the place, and I...I kinda wanna leave a good impression.   Jenn turns to face Liam, laughing as she speaks to him.   JENNIFER: Liam, we've been together for months, it's not like you're a stranger to me.   Liam, becoming agitated, cuts Jenn off without thinking.   LIAM: Yeah, but it's not like it was when we lived together, things changed!   Jenn looks puzzled by Liam's statement.   JENNIFER: What did you say?   Liam looks up at Jenn, trying desperately to think quickly of an answer.   ---   Rafe looks stunned, as Kate sighs, looking at her watch. She moves in to try to touch Rafe, but thinks better of it.   RAFE: What?
KATE: I'm sorry, but I have to go.   Rafe grabs Kate's arm, in an attempt to stop her from leaving their conversation, a hint of rage in his voice.   RAFE: No, you can't just leave after dropping a bomb like that.
KATE: I can't say anything more, Rafe. Ask Jordan.   Rafe stands in complete shock, as Kate frees her wrist from Rafe's grip, and walks away.   ---   Nicole scrambles to the door of her hotel room, fumbling to try to find her card key to get in, as Eric opens the door, fully clothed and ready for the day.    He scowls as he sees his new bride standing before him. Nicole looks up, smiling sheepishly.   NICOLE: Eric, I'm...I'm so sorry.   Eric tries to hold his anger in, sighing in frustration as he stands in the doorway.   ERIC: (sigh) Nicole. Where were you?   Nicole begins to explain, as she steps into the suite, putting her purse down on the desk in the corner of the room. Eric turns around, listening as he stands with his hand on the doorknob.   NICOLE: We got a scoop late last night and...I got so caught up working on it that I lost track of time, and...I am so sorry.   Eric closes the door firmly, stopping short of slamming it, but clearly annoyed.   ERIC: Last night was our wedding night, Nicole. Last night was supposed to be exclusively about us sharing our love for each other. Consummating our marriage, and you decided that your job was more important than that?   Nicole looks down, visibly ashamed of herself.   NICOLE: I know. I know. Look, I...wouldn't have let this story take up so much of my time, but...I mean, you know how hard I've been working on getting the EnerNext story done. I have a special airing tomorrow night, I'm...I'm scrambling to make sure this thing is PERFECT.   Eric stands near the door, arms folded. He breathes in deeply, still trying to maintain a cool expression.   ERIC: I know how hard you've been working on this. And...I will admit, it's an incredibly important story. But this cannot be how our marriage goes, Nicole. I will not spend my life chasing after you trying to get a moment alone. NICOLE: I know. And you shouldn't have to.   Eric's temper flares, shouting out his response almost over Nicole.   ERIC: You're damn right, I shouldn't!   Nicole tenses in response to Eric's outburst. After a moment, Eric cools back down and continues.   ERIC: I am not going to stand in your way, and I'm not going to let this hurt our marriage. Your career is just as important to you as mine was to me.    Nicole looks back at Eric, realizing where his anger stems from, and steps toward her husband. She puts her hands on his shoulders as he stares intensely at the ground.   NICOLE: Eric. We're gonna fix this, I promise.   After a moment, Eric looks away, trying to stifle tears, as he turns away.   ERIC: I gotta...I gotta go.
NICOLE: Eric, where are you going?
ERIC: I'm sorry, I gotta...I gotta clear my head a bit. Just...finish up with your story, I'll see you in a bit.   Nicole, still not ready to let Eric leave, calls out to him, as he walks out the door to the suite. closing it behind him.   NICOLE: Eric! Eric, wait! Can...   As the door slams behind Eric, Nicole sighs, frustrated by the stress she's helped bring out in Eric.   Before Nicole can grab her bag to follow Eric, Nicole's phone rings. She pulls it from her purse.   It's Will.   Frantically, Nicole answers back.   NICOLE: Will! Hey!   ...  
Will stands alone in his apartment, standing at the desk near the front door in the living room. He looks uncomfortable as he stands with his cell phone in his ear.   WILL: (into phone) Hey, Nicole. You called?   ...   NICOLE: (into phone) Yeah. It's...it's really nothing bad, I just...I needed a bit of information for a story I'm doing...   ...   Will interrupts Nicole, speaking firmly back to her.   WILL: (into phone) Nicole, I can't talk to you about anything business-related, that's a complete conflict of interest.   ...   Nicole motions with her hand, trying to get Will to calm down as though he were in the room.   NICOLE: (into phone) N..no no, I understand, but...I think you'll want to see me. It's about Nick Fallon.   ...   Will's expression immediately changes, as he suddenly is at a loss for words.   Nicole's voice is heard through the receiver, snapping Will out of his trance.   NICOLE: (via phone) Hello?
WILL: (into phone) Yeah. Umm, come over. I'm alone.
NICOLE: (via phone) I'll be there in 20 minutes.
WILL: (into phone) Perfect.   Will hangs up the phone, sighing as he lays it down on the desk. He looks sternly off into the distance, curious as to what Nicole knows.   ---   Gabi looks at EJ with incredulity as she stands, arms folded, trying to keep warm on the cool, foggy pier.   GABI: I'm sorry, what?   EJ responds firmly, reiterating his earlier point.   EJ: You need to accept Nick's offer to move into the Kiriakis house. And the sooner the better.   Gabi continues to stare at EJ, squinting in confusion.   GABI: I don't...why? This is exactly what we don't want, EJ. Are you TRYING to feed me to the wolves?
EJ: Gabriella, I have a feeling that Nick is working with Anjelica Deveraux on something, and whatever it is could have greater consequences than we realize.    After Gabi doesn't immediately make the connection, EJ continues, stepping in closer to ensure no one is listening in.   EJ: Anjelica Deveraux is running for governor, and if she has Nick Fallon in her pocket, that would mean a conflict of interest. That's enough to bring Nick and Anjelica down, and enough leverage to get you, Kate, and Samantha off the hook.   Gabi looks back at EJ, suddenly realizing what could come from her moving into the mansion.   EJ: And besides that, I think it's time we got ahold of those pictures of you, Kate, and Samantha by the river. If we can destroy those pictures, you're off the hook.
GABI: Yeah, but...EJ, he's got to have other copies made. That's way too important for Nick to not have. 
EJ: I wouldn't be so sure.   Gabi guffaws, not at all convinced by EJ's skeptical comments.   GABI: You sound like you're talking from experience.
EJ: In matters like this, one needs to have tight control over any and all evidence one may have on someone. If anything, Nick has one physical copy, plus a digital copy saved to his hard disk. Anything more than that would be too much of a liability.   Gabi looks on, starting to be persuaded.   GABI: Alright. So how am I going to go about finding these originals.   EJ looks at Gabi, deadly serious.   EJ: He'll have them. You're going to have to put yourself in very close proximity to him to get them. Make certain you bring your weapon to keep yourself protected, but don't let him think for a second that you're nervous around him.
GABI: Even if that means I have to go to bed with him?
EJ: Absolutely, if you have to.
GABI: EJ, I...I can't do that. The thought of sleeping with that man again makes my skin crawl.
EJ: I realize. But your family's lives are at stake here. You need to be prepared to do whatever it takes to take Nick down.   Gabi sighs, slowly nodding in reluctant agreement with EJ.   ---

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DAYS #155: Will finds Nick in Gabi's bedroom, EJ moves his plan forward

EPISODE 155 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Will wakes up from a deep sleep, hearing his phone light up from an unexpected phone call. Through, half-shut eyes, he grimaces at the bright light of the vibrating phone, checking to see who's calling him.   It's Nicole.   WILL: Nicole? (sigh) She can leave a message.   Will puts down his phone, ignoring Nicole's call, and lays back down in his bed, next to Sonny. Before he can cuddle up to his fiancé, Will hears the cries from the next room of Arianna. Will sighs again, knowing Sonny is too deep in his sleep to get up.   As Will gets up, Will mutters to himself.   WILL: Daddy's coming.  
Leaving the bedroom, he opens the door to find Gabi asleep on the sofa. Confused, Will steps over to Ari's crib, and smiles, trying to calm down the toddler.   WILL: Hey, honey. I'll get you something to eat in just a moment, okay? Daddy's gotta check on something first.   As Ari is soothed somewhat by Will's presence, Will steps away, toward the kitchen. Noticing that Gabi's bedroom door is closed, Will's curiosity gets the best of him, and he steps toward the door.   Will looks over at Gabi, with his hand on the doorknob. He braces himself for the worst, as he turns the knob.  
Swinging the door open, he finds a sleeping Nick in Gabi's bed. His shocked outburst wakes everyone else up.   WILL: Nick?? Wh...what the HELL are you doing here?   Nick rouses himself, groggy and stunned by the sudden invasion.   ---  
Liam lays next to Jennifer in her bed, as she lays fast asleep. The morning sun peaking through the window of her room. He lays in bed, unable to fall back asleep, as he mulls over what he encountered the night before.   ***   FLASHBACK TO EPISODE 151   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.   ***   Liam sighs, debating his next move. He stares up at the ceiling as he silently thinks things over.   LIAM: (voiceover) I can't have Gabi drugging Nick...or the entire Titan takeover is dead in the water...Stefano won't be happy. Stefano's obviously kept EJ in the dark for a reason. I can't let Gabi get ahold of any more pills.   Jennifer stirs next to Liam, as she turns to face her lover. She smiles as she drapes her arm across his bare chest, and lays her head down.   JENNIFER: Good morning.    Liam wraps his arm around Jennifer, looking down momentarily, but something still weighing heavily on his mind.   LIAM: How'd you sleep?   Jennifer catches onto Liam's intensity, and, through her sleepiness, makes an incisive comment.   JENNIFER: Pretty good. But I think maybe you didn't. Is something wrong?   Liam looks away, sighing as he tries to think of what to respond with.   ---   EJ comes down the steps of DiMera mansion, emerging from his bedroom. He calls out to see if anyone's there.   EJ: Samantha? You up?   Hearing nothing, EJ, in his robe, looks about, before stepping into the living room. Spotting his tablet on the table, he picks it up, and sits down in one of the armchairs.    The headline immediately pops up from the Salem Spectator website:   TITANIC TITAN: NOVICE NICK FALLON NAMED CEO AND MAJORITY STOCKHOLDER   Still baffled by the sudden shift in fortune for Nick, EJ reads the headline, frustrated, but contemplating a new strategy.   ---       ---  
Kate steps out of the café at Horton Town Square, a to-go cup in hand, as she heads for work. Walking away, she spies Rafe, heading her way.   The two smile at each other, though somewhat awkwardly.   KATE: Good morning.
RAFE: Hey...you holding up?
KATE: Oh yeah. Nothing to worry about. I'm ah...I'm sorry about the last time we saw each other, I...I didn't expect to see a ring on Jordan's finger so soon.   Rafe nods, somewhat sheepishly.   RAFE: Yeah...circumstances. I ah...I thought something was happening to Jordan, and...it got me thinking.
KATE: Oh?
RAFE: Yeah, just...I realized I had to hold onto her. I've let too many people I care for slip away, and...I just didn't want to wait. You know?   Kate smiles, half-heartedly.   KATE: I do. But...(sigh)   Rafe looks at Kate, curious about what she's trying to tell him.   RAFE: What?   Kate hesitates a moment, unsure whether it's a good idea to finish her thought or not. Rafe persists.   RAFE: Come on, Kate. Out with it! KATE: Okay, okay. Look...there is something...you need to know about Jordan, Rafe. Before you marry her.   Rafe looks at Kate, confused.   ---   Gabi gets up from the sofa, where she'd been asleep, wondering what Will's shock is about.   GABI: Will? What the--   Will looks at Gabi, trying to hold back his shock at Nick being in Gabi's bed.   WILL: You...I wasn't expecting to see Nick here, that's...that's all. Just...   Gabi, still groggy, squints, as she holds the bridge of her nose momentarily, trying to stifle a bit of a wine hangover of her own.   GABI: Sorry, I should've texted you. Just...we were out late, and I knew you were bringing Ari home from the sitter's after dinner, but...then we got here and Nick had SUCH a bad headache...I didn't feel comfortable letting him go home alone so...   Sonny emerges from the bedroom, less than pleased by Gabi's explanation. Nick gets up as well, heading for the doorway of Gabi's room. He leans, exhausted, against the archway.   SONNY: Well I'm deeply touched that you're so concerned about your slimy ex-fiancé's well-being. You could put that much concern in for your daughter's well-being too, you know? NICK: Sonny, don't blame her for this. Okay?   As Nick finishes his sentence, Gabi receives a phone call. Clamouring for her phone, she uncovers it under the blankets she slept under on the sofa.   It's EJ.   GABI: (into phone) Hey...uh...this is a...not a good time.   ...   EJ stands, fully dressed and ready for the day, in the DiMera living room. He sips on his morning coffee as he responds to Gabi.   EJ: (into phone) Well, unfortunately, Gabriella, I don't have any other time, so...meet me at the Pier in one hour.   ...   GABI: (into phone) Ah...sure.   Gabi hangs up, looking apologetically at the others in the apartment.   GABI: I have an emergency meeting for my new job. So...I have to go get ready.
SONNY: I thought you hadn't decided yet on who to sign with.   Gabi gets up from the sofa, hastily grabbing her keys, her phone, and heading toward her room to grab a change of clothes and a towel.   GABI: That's what the meeting's about. Kate came to TBD last night, trying to outbid Sami...so now I have to make a decision as to which way to go. So...I'll see you all later. Hopefully I don't look too shabby for having just got up, but...I'm sure I'll figure it out. Nick...I'm glad you're okay.   Nick gives Gabi a tired smile as he steps out of her bedroom dooway. Gabi walks toward him, then looks Nick up and down with an awkward smile as she then shuffles past him.   NICK: Thanks, Gabi.   As Gabi steps into her room, closing the door behind her, Sonny looks over at Nick, menacingly.   NICK: I think I'd best be leaving.
SONNY: Yeah, I think you should.
NICK: Guys, I'm...I'm sorry for crashing here last night unannounced. It won't happen again.   Will looks back at Sonny, before they both turn to a sheepish Nick. Nick gives a half-hearted smile as he grabs his bag and heads out the door. Just before closing the door, Nick turns back, and mentions something to Sonny and Will.   NICK: Oh! Before I forget, tell Gabi she can give me an answer anytime. There's no rush.   Sonny looks on, arms folded. He appears irritated by Nick's request.   SONNY: Sure.   Once outside, Sonny snaps at Will.   SONNY: Do you see? This is exactly why I want all this to stop, Will. This plan is putting us all in danger.
WILL: Don't you think I know that? We don't have any choice now. We are too far in to turn back now. Gabi, my mom, my grandmother? All their futures are at stake now.    Sonny shakes his head, unmoved by Will's dedication to the plan to take Nick down.   ---   EJ prepares to head off from the DiMera living room to meet Gabi at the pier, but is stopped in his tracks as Sami walks in. She looks at EJ with a tepid smile.   EJ: There you are!
SAMI: Here I am. You ah...you heading out?   EJ stands back, awkwardly as Sami grabs a cup from the tray and pours herself some coffee.   EJ: Ah yeah. We ummm...Gabriella and I need to go over something.
SAMI: Is it to do with Nick? Because if it is, I should probably know about it, don't you think?
EJ: Ah...yes. I suppose.    Sami waits a moment before turning to face EJ, expectantly.   SAMI: Well? I'm waiting.
EJ: It's...I think Gabi needs to get in even closer to Nick, and hopefully she can snag those photos that...Greetings man has taken of you and Kate trying to help drown Nick in the river.   Sami begins to interject, but EJ continues, stopping her from rebutting by raising his voice slightly.   EJ: If she can get those pictures...and destroy them...we may all be in the clear, and Nicholas won't have a single bit of leverage against you, and Gabi won't have to entangle herself in Nick's life any further.   Sami looks back at EJ, not sure whether she approves of this plan or not.   ---   Liam lays in bed next to Jennifer, with a serious look on his face, though he's trying to hide it.   LIAM: No...no, nothing's wrong.   Jennifer looks down at Liam, giving him a skeptical look that Liam immediately recognizes.   LIAM: Seriously! JENNIFER: Come on, you've been distracted ever since we ran into Gabi at Club TBD last night. I mean...it seemed to me like that was the first time you two had met, but...you've been...
LIAM: Sorry, no, no, it's...it wasn't Gabi. 
JENNIFER: Well, then...what's wrong? Honey, you've been so distant.   Liam looks down, keeping himself in check, as he attempts to explain away his mood.   LIAM: Sorry, just...the renovations at my house are going slower than I wanted.
JENNIFER: Oh, Honey, I'm sorry.    Jenn puts her arm on Liam's shoulder in comfort. Liam looks up, smiling half-heartedly as he continues.   LIAM: Yeah, I...I was supposed to have the place painted on Saturday and...they just texted me last night saying it'll be another week, then the roof needs to get done.   Jenn interrupts, responding excitedly.   JENNIFER: Well, there's only one thing to do, then!   Liam's brow furrows in confusion, as Jenn excitedly gets out of bed, and heads for her closet to pull out clothes to wear.   LIAM: Wh...what are you (laughs) where are you going?
JENNIFER: We're gonna go get some paint and paint your house, of course!   Jenn smiles widely, as Liam sits upright in her bed, a stunned and worried expression on his face, which Jenn begins to spot, as her face drops.   ---

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DAYS #154: Anjelica moves in...at 1am, Sami gives EJ hell

EPISODE 154 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Gabi looks at the bottle of pills in her hand, as she stands in her apartment, watching Nick lie on her sofa, in severe pain from his headache.   She sighs, as she contemplates her options.   Without a word, Gabi turns back toward Nick's jacket, to put the pills back in, and thinks about opening the desk drawer, containing the gun she was given by EJ.   Behind her, Nick lays on the couch, writhing in pain, pleading with Gabi.   NICK: Ga....Gabi! My pills, please...please.   Gabi looks back momentarily, seeing a sweating, wincing Nick on the sofa, before turning back to the desk. Her face hardens into a cold glare, as she opens the desk drawer, and slowly pulls the gun out.   NICK: Gabi...please...   Gabi holds the gun up, just out of Nick's line of sight, as she raises it up to just in front of her face. She breathes in deeply, as she turns arounds, and points the gun at Nick.   NICK: Gabi...Gabi, what are you doing?
GABI: I'm stopping you. You've hurt me for the last time, Nick. 
NICK: Gabi, wha...stop....no, Gabi!   Gabi looks at Nick, almost laughing as she cocks the pistol. Her voice becoming increasingly emotional.   GABI: You'll never hurt another person I love, ever again. NICK: Gabi! Don't--   BANG!   Nick's eyes widen as the sound of the gun silences all other sounds in the room.   BANG!   Gabi's face remains like a stone as she fires the gun again.   BANG!   And again.   BANG!   A moment passes before Nick collapses on her sofa.   Gabi lowers the gun. Breathing out in sweet release of all her lingering tension and fear.   ---   Noelle walks into her bedroom, where Alex lays in their bed, reading. She's in her nightgown, and heads over to her vanity. She looks at her husband via the large mirror of her vanity, as she puts moisturizer on her face.   NOELLE: You know I'm proud of you.   Alex puts his book down, looking curiously at Noelle by way of the same mirror.   ALEX: For what?
NOELLE: For letting Anjelica stay here.
ALEX: Yeah, well...it's not like I wanted to. Just...it didn't seem right to have her in town and not...at least...offer.   Noelle turns to face Alex, smiling.   NOELLE: You were under absolutely no obligation to offer her a place to stay. I mean, I'm sure your dad would've been a lot happier if she weren't here.   Noelle sits on the edge of their bed, as Alex sets his book on the nightstand beside him. He sighs, clearly gearing up to have a serious chat with his wife.   ALEX: My dad forgets that a lot of years have gone by since they were in the same room last. I mean, look at how Uncle Vic's changed in that time.   Noelle looks at Alex, somewhat dubious of his commentary of Victor.   NOELLE: How do you mean? ALEX: I mean, like...I bet you if you'd asked my dad whether he'd expected Victor to be running a legit media company and married to Maggie Horton all those years ago, he would've keeled over laughing. You know?   Noelle's face relaxes, as she shrugs acceptingly.   NOELLE: Touché. 
ALEX: Either way, I just...I'm not totally convinced my mother's not up to something. But...I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.   Noelle looks at her husband, smiling as she puts her hand over his, squeezing it gently.   ---  
Downstairs, Henderson opens the front door to the Kiriakis mansion, as a procession of luggage carts wheels into the foyer. After the third and final cart is pushed through by Anjelica's staff, Anjelica appears, walking hastily through the door.   ANJELICA: Just down that hallway, boys. There's a service elevator at the end at the left.   Anjelica looks up at Henderson, smiling as she passes by him. Henderson closes the door behind Anjelica.   ANJELICA: Thank you, Henderson! Tell Maggie 'thank you' for her hospitality.
HENDERSON: I ah...I think the person you should be thanking, Ms. Deveraux is your son.
ANJELICA: Oh, I intend to. Ah, Henderson, regarding meals. I need you to remind cook that I'm on a very strict gluten-free diet. Breakfast I'm going to need at 6:30am sharp, daily. No exceptions. Two eggs, scrambled or poached, and they MUST be free range. I CAN tell the difference. HENDERSON: Ah...duly noted.
ANJELICA: Wonderful. I'll be heading to my room, then.   Henderson looks at Anjelica, stopping her just before she turns to head out of the room. Henderson appears visibly uncomfortable asking, but he stammers out his question, regardless.   HENDERSON: Ah...Ms. Deveraux, if you don't mind my asking...how long are you intending to stay here at the house?   Anjelica smiles defiantly, almost cracking herself up as she responds to Henderson's worried question.   ANJELICA: Oh, gee. I'm really not sure. Could be just a few days, but...(shrug) I guess you'll just have to wait and see, won't you?    Anjelica beams as she takes off down the hall, following her staff to her room. She slyly waves back to a befuddled Henderson.   ANJELICA: Goodnight!   ---     ---  
Adrienne lays in bed next to Justin, stirred by a rustling sound outside their bedroom door. She shakes Justin's shoulder, rousing him from his sleep.   ADRIENNE: Justin. Justin!
JUSTIN: Mmm Adrienne, I can't tonight, I've got work in the morning...   As Justin drifts back to sleep, a sudden thud in the hallway forces his eyes open wide.   ADRIENNE: Justin, someone's there.
JUSTIN: (sigh) I'll go check on it.   Justin angrily throws the covers off, as he dozily gets up from his bed, and saunters over to the bedroom door, as the sounds continue.   Justin throws open the door to discover Anjelica and her team in the hall of the Kiriakis mansion, loading her plethora of luggage into the bedroom directly across from them. Justin sighs, irritated by her presence.   ANJELICA: Okay, now one more trip and I think we've got it all.   Anjelica turns as she hears the creak of the door, and smiles broadly as she spots Justin's tired, annoyed, and squinting face.   ANJELICA: Justin! I hope I didn't wake you.
JUSTIN: You did. And probably half of Salem.
ANJELICA: Oh, I'm sorry! I didn't mean to. We just had to get our things in here as quickly as possible. You know, I was SO excited to stay with you all here, I just couldn't wait.   Justin looks on, bleary eyed, boiling with anger but too tired to react to it.   JUSTIN: I'm sure you couldn't. Just...how much longer will you be?
ANJELICA: Oh, I don't know, as I was telling Henderson, I don't really know how long my stay will--
JUSTIN: I meant in the hallway, Anjelica. I have meetings in the morning.   Anjelica checks her watch, smiling smugly all the while.   ANJELICA: Oh of course. Silly me...ah...another 20 minutes?   Justin looks back, a pained expression on his face.   JUSTIN: (sigh) Right. You know, Anjelica...I'm sorry about earlier.
ANJELICA: Oh, don't even mention it, Justin. I know how difficult this would be for you and Adrienne, but...I think, in time...
JUSTIN: In time you'll be gone, Anjelica. Don't think this is going to be a long-term stay, and don't get too comfortable.   Anjelica smiles, amused by Justin's statement.   ANJELICA: Well, Justin, I have to say that your hospitality is very lacking.
JUSTIN: It isn't, usually. You're just special.   Anjelica's expression begins to sour as she responds.   ANJELICA: I'm touched.
JUSTIN: I'm doing this for Alexander, Anjelica. Not for you. Don't push your luck around here, or I will change my mind. Have a good night.   Justin closes the bedroom door, leaving a sour-looking Anjelica behind in the hallway, before the turns back toward the car, following her team to get her last pieces of luggage from the car. Anjelica casually pulls her cell phone from her pocket and begins texting as she saunters down the hallway.   ...   Noelle emerges from the kitchen of the Kiriakis mansion, holding a glass of water as she walks through the living room toward the foyer, heading back upstairs to hers and Alex's room. She jumps as she stumbles upon Anjelica in the foyer. Trying to quietly get her attention,   Noelle whispers out to her, as Anjelica hits 'send' on her text message.   NOELLE: Psst.
ANJELICA: Can I help you?   Noelle grabs Anjelica by the arm and pulls her into the living room. Turning the lights on, Noelle shuts the double doors to the living room, and quietly asks Anjelica a question.   NOELLE: Did you get ahold of Nick or not?
ANJELICA: He's not answering, so I sent him a text.
NOELLE: Of course. He needs to know Victor's awake before he does anything drastic.
ANJELICA: Well, I know that. That's why I sent him a text. Even if he's so focused on wooing that drip Gabi Hernandez that he's ignoring his phone, at least he'll see the text, and hopefully, he'll govern himself accordingly.   Noelle shakes her head, as Anjelica smiles, and turns back toward the double doors, heading back out toward her car.   ANJELICA: Now go back to your husband and stop stressing out about everything. Everything is going just fine.   As Anjelica leaves, Noelle folds her arms, not quite as convinced as Anjelica.   NOELLE: You say that now, Anjelica, but I have a feeling things are about to get really messy around here.   ---  
Sami stands opposite EJ, her hair soaked from having been caught in the rain. She hastily ties her hair back into a pony tail, all the while seething at what EJ's just confessed to.   SAMI: You bought Gabi a GUN?   EJ shrugs, unable to back out of what he's just admitted to. He attempts to calmly explain his motives.   EJ: Samantha...I was concerned that with Gabi's situation, that Nick would attempt to do something to her again. Or maybe try to take Arianna. I didn't want them to feel powerless when dealing with a loose cannon like Nicholas.
SAMI: Then you install a security system. You hire a bodyguard, or have a PI follow them around. What you don't do is have a deadly weapon in a home with a toddler in it, EJ.
EJ: Samantha, don't you think you're being a bit hypocritical living in this house and lecturing me about keeping weapons in the home.   Sami rolls her eyes, holding her hand up to stop EJ from continuing.   SAMI: Whatever, EJ. Don't even start with me on this. You're putting my granddaughter and my son in harm's way.
EJ: I am trying to protect them.
SAMI: And it's not going to work. Trust me, EJ. This is gonna backfire. And when it does, I'm gonna blame you.   EJ looks at Sami, shaking his head at her stubbornness.   ---   Gabi stands, facing Nick. She drops her arm holding the pistol EJ gave her drops to her side, as she looks on, a mix of shock and relief as she looks at Nick bleeding to death on her sofa.   Nick gasps out his last breaths, as he holds his blood-soaked chest.   NICK: Gabi....I...wh...why? I loved...I loved you....   Gabi looks on, seemingly unaffected by her act of violence.   Gabi watches as the life fades from Nick's body, and a sickening smile appears on her face. She begins to laugh, quietly at first. Then it builds into a hysterical laugh, almost victorious, only broken by Nick calling out to her.   ***   NICK: GABI!!!   Gabi snaps back to reality, as she realizes Nick is still on her sofa, screaming out in pain from another severe headache. Gabi turns to face him, seeing him writhing in pain, and kicks into gear.   Gabi hastily tears into Nick's bag, and pulls out his cell phone. Curious, she stops a moment, and slyly checks his lock screen. Spying a message from Anjelica, Gabi looks on intrigued by the message.   Victor awake. You need to move into the house ASAP for our plan to work. Call me when you get this.   Confused momentarily, Gabi swipes quickly to hide the notification, then quickly hides the phone back in Nick's bag and digs out his pills, as she hears Nick moaning in pain on her sofa.   Gabi walks quickly over, and hands Nick his pill.   GABI: Get up, I'll grab you water. You sleep in my bed tonight.   Gabi helps pull Nick up from the couch, as he objects, holding his head.   NICK: Gabi, you sure?
GABI: Don't argue with me, Nick. I'm worried about you.   Nick sighs, nodding slowly.   NICK: So am I.   Gabi steps over to the sink in the kitchen, and pours Nick a glass of water to take his pill with. She turns around quickly, mothering Nick.   GABI: Here, here, here, take the pill.   Nick swallows the pill and downs the water. Gabi grabs the glass and lays it in the sink, before guiding him to her room.   GABI: Come on, let's go.    Nick stumbles, as the pain cripples him, but he manages to find his way to Gabi's room, as she helps prop him up.     In her room, he lays down, and closes his eyes, hoping to fall asleep quickly. Gabi stands over him, deep in her own thoughts.   GABI: (voiceover) What was that text about, Nick. And what does this Anjelica woman have to do with everything?   Gabi looks on, disturbed, before turning back away from her room. She turns the light out before closing the door, leaving a slowly-relaxing Nick on her bed.   ---

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DAYS #153: A Rainy Night in Salem - Sami finds out EJ gave Gabi a gun, Kim rebuffs Marlena

EPISODE 153 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
It's late, and Nick walks Gabi to the door of her apartment. They talk (mostly Nick talks, while Gabi pretends to listen), as they walk, arm in arm. As it's still raining, Nick holds a big umbrella over them both, protecting them.   NICK: So it's basically the biggest EDM festival in Europe, and...I think we should check it out.
GABI: That sounds really good, but...we're gonna be really busy this summer, with the shoots and everything, I just don't think that's gonna happen.
NICK: We can make time. I'll make sure of it.   Gabi smiles, trying to be gentle in her rebuffing Nick's offer.   GABI: We'll see. Ah...look, I'm heading in, thanks again for walking me home. NICK: It's the least I could do. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself with me.
GABI: You know I always do.
NICK: Oh come on, we both know that's a lie.   Gabi rolls her eyes, knowing Nick's right, she laughs.   GABI: Yeah, I guess, you're right. But I'm serious. Plus, I'm really excited. So much is changing for me, and for you. I think things are really starting to look up.
NICK: I think so too.   Nick smiles, as he looks at Gabi. He hesitates for a moment, before asking his question.   NICK: You never answered me before about moving into the Kiriakis mansion with me. Now that I'm...well...now that it's mine.   Gabi looks down, her hands in Nick's. She smiles half-heartedly as she looks down. Knowing it's a bad idea, but having to hold in those thoughts.   GABI: Nick, I...I have to think about it. I mean...you know, everything's moving so fast, and...can you just give me a bit of time to think it over?   Nick raises his hand to Gabi's chin, and gently lifts her head up to look into his eyes. He smiles gently.   NICK: Gabi, I'm not gonna make the same mistakes I did before. No pressure. You tell me when you're ready.   Gabi smiles back at Nick as she responds softly.   GABI: Thank you.   Nick and Gabi share a long gaze into each other's eyes, before he leans in for a kiss, but is suddenly struck by a severe pain. He shouts out in agony, as a high-pitched ringing hits his ears. He holds his head, as he crumples from the pain. Gabi panicks, unsure what to do, as the rain soaks her hair and makeup.   GABI: Nick? NICK?! Are you okay???   ---  
Sami arrives back at the DiMera mansion, to find EJ at his desk. Standing soaking wet in the doorway to the living room, EJ looks over, pulling his reading glasses off his face. He attempts to stifle a laugh at his the expense of his partner.   EJ: You ah...I see you made it back in one piece. SAMI: Save it.   Sami storms into the room, dumping her bag in the corner and making a beeline for the roaring fireplace.   SAMI: I didn't know it was gonna rain so I left my umbrella here this morning, and got caught in the storm on the way back from the office.   EJ looks on, curiously.   EJ: The office? You left hours ago. Did you go back?
SAMI: EJ, I had to. We had a situation on our hands.
EJ: Well, it would've been nice to have been kept in the loop, Samantha.   Sami turns herself toward the fire, speaking dismissively to EJ.   SAMI: I didn't have time.    EJ becomes agitated, getting up from his seat at the desk and beginning to grill Sami.   EJ: What does that mean? It would literally take you ten seconds to send me a text or something.   Sami turns her head, snapping at EJ before turning back toward the heat.   SAMI: EJ, Nick has controlling interest of Titan, I had to make sure we had everything in place to take him out.
EJ: I agree, that's smart, but shouldn't I be privvy to that? 
SAMI: I'm telling you now, aren't I?
EJ: That's not the point.   Sami turns her body to face EJ, now exasperated by EJ's grilling.   SAMI: Look, FINE. I'll tell you what's going on. But you need to keep this to yourself. Okay?   ---  
Marlena sighs, as she sits on a barstool at the Brady Pub, next to Eric. Kim stands across from her, awaiting her answer to Kim's demand.   KIM: Marlena. Promise me you won't run a DNA test on Roman.   Marlena sighs again, closing her eyes, before shaking her head. She looks at Kim and responds with conviction.   MARLENA: You know I can't do that. KIM: Marlena, that's a cop out and you know it. Roman needs Valerie to be focused on what's wrong with him right now, and getting him treatment, not focusing on some hairbrained idea that he may not be who we know he is.
MARLENA: But that's exactly it, Kim. What if the cognitive degradation is related to his true identity? What if he isn't your brother and your brother is out there somewhere, trying to get home to Salem?
KIM: And what if he's not? Marlena, it's been 20 years! Something would've come up by now, surely.
MARLENA: Not neccessarily. Not if Stefano's involved.    Kim sighs, certain Marlena's being extremely optimistic.   KIM: What if you're right, Marlena? What if Stefano did send this...impostor to Salem, but then the real Roman did actually die while on that assignment all those years ago like we thought? Hmm? Then what?   Marlena looks back Kim, struggling to answer her question.   ---     ---   Sami stands, arms folded, facing EJ in the DiMera living room. Her hair still soaking from the storm outside, as she explains what she's been up to.   SAMI: Nick was trying to goad Kate and I into turning on each other over Gabi. I guess he wanted to do some kind of divide and conquer and try to manipulate Gabi into trusting him over us. But Kate and I figured it out, and we're playing along for Gabi's sake.
EJ: How did that go?
SAMI: So far so good. Nick's totally snowed, Gabi's on a date with him, making him think she's falling for him again. Thank GOD that's a big charade.
EJ: Is it?   Sami nods, certain of her answer.   SAMI: Yeah. She's terrified of him. I'm surprised you didn't see it before.
EJ: I did, but...frankly, that girl should be acting instead of modelling because I know she's pulled the wool over our eyes once before where Nick was concerned. That's why I tested her this morning.   Sami looks baffled by EJ's statement.   SAMI: Tested her?
EJ: That's what I was trying to tell you earlier. I paid Gabi a visit this morning. I wanted to sort of...gauge her reaction when I gave her a gift I'd been planning to give her.
SAMI: Okay...I'm afraid to ask...what was the gift?   EJ hesitates for a moment, before sighing and responding.   EJ: I gave her a gun to keep with her in case Nick tries to hurt her or Arianna.
SAMI: You did WHAT?!   Sami looks at EJ, aghast at his decision.   ---   Gabi steps toward a visibly suffering Nick as his headache worsens. Nick drops the open umbrella, an leans against the wall by Gabi's apartment doorway. Deeply concerned by his sudden pain, Gabi coaxes him toward her door, all the while getting herself wet.   GABI: Nick! Nick, okay, it's gonna be okay. We just gotta get you inside. Okay?   Nick, wincing from the pain, barely hears Gabi through his pained grunts. Trying to maintain control over his breathing, Nick holds his head, as Gabi tries to open the door.   GABI: Okay, we got you.   Once open, Nick and Gabi stumble through the door to the darkened apartment. Gabi grabs Nick's umbrella and closes it behind her. Closing the door and turning on the light, Gabi walks Nick over to her sofa, and peels his wet blazer off his shoulders, throwing it on the floor.   Afterwards, she lays him down, fluffing up pillows for him to lay on.   NICK: Nnnng, hm...Gabi, please....please, my medication.
GABI: Okay. Okay, I'm getting it.   Gabi runs over to grab his blazer, and rifles through it in a panic, before finding the nearly-empty bottle in one of Nick's pockets.   Gabi turns quickly to face Nick, then has a moment of realization, as she becomes aware of what's happening and who she's dealing with. A sudden rush of calm comes over her. She stares at Nick for a moment, seeing him writhe in pain on her sofa.   She bites her lower lip, as she holds the pill bottle in her hand, and contemplates her next move. She then looks down at the desk drawer, where she placed the gun EJ had given her earlier in the day, and contemplates opening it.   ---   Marlena stands up from her barstool, looking at Kim with compassion. Eric gets up from his stool, as well, surveying the situation.   MARLENA: Kim, I get it. You don't want to lose your brother all over again...but you could have him back, and back to stay.   Kim looks back at Marlena, unmoved.   KIM: I could, but if you don't start looking for a treatment for the disease that's eating his brain, then we WILL lose him, Marlena. 
ERIC: Aunt Kim, you know we're all trying to find answers.
KIM: Eric, I'm not blaming you for this. But you don't want to be doing this test any more than I do. 
ERIC: I have my own reasons.
KIM: That's fine.
ERIC: But I also think that what Mom's saying has merit.   Kim looks back at Marlena momentarily, nodding before responding to Eric.   KIM: Okay. That's fine. You...you do what you want. But let me make something very clear. If Roman doesn't get the treatment he needs in time, and my brother dies? I'm putting that on you, Marlena.   Kim storms off to the staircase, headed away from a distraught Marlena. Eric pulls his mother into a hug, as a song begins to play.       ---  
As the song continues, Billie and Daniel lay together in Daniel's living room, sharing their blanket after making love. Billie's arms around Daniel's naked torso, as Daniel points up toward the LED lights on his ceiling.   DANIEL: See, I put a big dipper right over there.   Billie laughs as she squints, trying to see the constellation Daniel attempted to replicate.   BILLIE: That looks more like a soup ladle, but...I'll play along.
DANIEL: Hey! Never criticize an artist in his own studio. Got it?   Daniel teases Billie playfully, as they laugh together, before Billie cuddles in closer to Daniel, looking into his eyes with a loving warmth.   BILLIE: You know...I'm really glad I went to get that coffee.
DANIEL: Are you?
BILLIE: Mmhmm. This has turned out to be a beautiful night after all.   Billie leans in to kiss Daniel's lips. He smiles after she does, savouring the moment.   DANIEL: I think so. And in here, there isn't a cloud in the sky.
BILLIE: Heh, yeah, you're right.    Daniel looks at Billie, but notices a certain sadness in her eyes.   DANIEL: You okay?
BILLIE: Yeah, why?
DANIEL: I dunno, just...after you ran into Kim earlier, I just...I worried that she might've said something to upset you or...
BILLIE: Nooo, no no no. I'm used to Kim's anger toward me, it's more....it's more that I'm worried about her, really.   Daniel looks surprised, as Billie's expression changes, and she stares off momentarily from Daniel.   DANIEL: Worried? About Kim Brady?
BILLIE: Yeah. She's got a lot on her shoulders. Theresa, her mother's health declining, Roman going through...I dunno, I guess it's dementia? Being separated from her husband for so long? Your children? That's....that's gotta be so hard on a person.
DANIEL: Well...she'll be fine, I think. She's stronger than she seems.
BILLIE: Yeah, but...being alone like she is? I couldn't imagine dealing with all that without you.
Billie moves in to where her face nearly touches Daniel's. They look adoringly into each other's eyes, as Daniel shifts his body to face Billie's, as he moves his arm up to Billie's face, gently carressing her face. He responds softly to her.   DANIEL: You'll never have to find out the answer to that. I'll always be here.   Daniel and Billie share a tender kiss, as Billie leans into the kiss, and the two roll over, preparing for another round of lovemaking.   ...   Back at the Brady Pub, as Kim descends the staircase, and looks out on a now-empty pub (save for the lone bartender cleaning up), Kim walks into the room slowly.    She puts a hand on the bartender's shoulder and smiles half-heartedly.   KIM: You're good for tonight, hun. Thanks.   The bartender heads back into the kitchen to pack up to leave, as Kim shuts off most of the lighting.   As the song ends, she leans against the bar, and thinks over the problems facing her. Missing her daughter, and her son, her husband, and the slow decline of her brother and mother.    Kim is emotionally overwhelmed by a sense of grief, and begins to sob uncontrollably.    ---

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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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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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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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DAYS #146: Anjelica makes a proposal to the Kiriakises, Kate crashes Gabi & Nick's date

EPISODE 146 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Gabi steps into Club TBD, dressed to the nines in a form fitting "little black dress", her hair done up in a neat bun. Nick gets up from his seat at their table, in awe of Gabi's beauty.   NICK: Well, I have to say, I don't think I've ever seen anyone so beautiful in all my life.   Gabi blushes, looking down away from Nick sheepisly.   GABI: Thanks, Nick. It's good to see you.
NICK: You as well.   Nick jumps into action, stepping over behind Gabi to pull out a chair for her at the table, which Gabi immediately sits down in.   GABI: Oh, thank you!   Nick leans in close to Gabi from behind, causing Gabi to tense up slightly, as Nick attempts to be seductive with her.   NICK: Anything for my beautiful woman.   Gabi bites her tongue, wincing slightly as Nick kisses her on the cheek, before sitting down across from her at the table.   Gabi looks over at Nick, who can't help but stare. She smiles bashfully, as Nick leans in.   NICK: So...how's your day been?
GABI: Been good. I ahh...I have some news!
NICK: Ooh! Do tell! Sounds like good news.   Gabi smiles, nodding slightly.   GABI: I think you'll think so. I ah...I signed a modelling contract with MadWorld today.   Nick smiles, knowingly.   ---  
In the Kiriakis mansion, Anjelica stands, drink in hand, before the Kiriakis clan. They sit in the living room, each with a mix of curiosity and skepticism as Anjelica speaks to them.   ANJELICA: I figured I should come to you all with...something of a peace offering.   Adrienne raises an eyebrow, and turns her head slightly to look at Justin, who looks back, just as skeptically.   NOELLE: Well, this oughta be good, Anj. Come on. Tell 'em.   Anjelica looks at Noelle, giving her a quick icy look, before slowly turning back to the rest of the room, a million-dollar smile on her face.   ANJELICA: I heard you've had a bit of a...shakeup at Titan as of late.
JUSTIN: I'd call it more of a shakedown, but yes.
ANJELICA: Well, not knowing much about the situation, I can't comment on which direction things are shaking, but...I do see this as an opportunity nonetheless.   Maggie sits on the sofa, arms folded as she looks at Anjelica, unsure what she's up to.   MAGGIE: An opportunity for who? For us? Or for you?
ANJELICA: Hopefully, for both of us. You see, I know that Nick Fallon patented a revolutionary alternative fuels strategy that Titan bought many years ago and sat on. And I think the time is right to dust it off, and make it the centerpiece of a new vision for the company.   Alex sits back in his chair, eyes darting back and forth as he reads the room, and the situation. Noelle looks squarely at Anjelica, trying to figure out her strategy. Maggie squints slightly, as Justin, Sonny, and Adrienne look at each other, bemused.   ---  
Anita sits on her sofa at her remote cabin, as Brady sits at the computer, reading through the article on the Salem Spectator website. Anita reads through a trashy novel, as Brady, never taking his eyes off the monitor, asks Anita a question.   BRADY: Hey, Anita?   Anita doesn't look up from her book, still feigning reading, as she adjusts her reading glasses perched on the end of her nose.   ANITA: Yeah?
BRADY: You know those shares your husband bought in Titan?
ANITA: What about 'em?   Brady turns from the screen suddenly, looking Anita's way seriously.   BRADY: I think you need to sell them. Immediately.   Anita looks up from her book, stunned. She pulls her reading glasses off and looks at Brady with a frown.   ---     ---  
Billie stands in the University Hospital lounge, her hand pressed to her cheek, as Kim stands before her, simmering with rage.    After a tense moment of silence between them, Billie pulls herself together, and looks Kim directly in the eyes.   BILLIE: I hope that made you feel better.
KIM: You have no idea.   Billie sighs, frustrated by Kim's unending hatred for her, but trying to cool the flared tempers.   BILLIE: You know, I really hope that when Theresa wakes up, you and her can rebuild your relationship. I truly do.   Kim laughs quietly, disregarding Billie's words.   KIM: Yeah. I'm sure you do.
BILLIE: No, I really mean that, Kim. But I don't want that for your benefit. Your daughter cried to me...so many times that I can't keep count. Just wanting you and her to see eye to eye. She played tough, but...she really loves you, Kim.    Kim looks down, her rage cooling off, as she listens to what Billie's saying, and begins to look down, almost through the ground. Kim fixates on the floor, as though lost in her own world.   BILLIE: She just needed something you weren't able to give her. She didn't want to burden you with her problems, and so she kept them to herself most of the time. I wish you could see that, and see that turning to me was...the only outlet she had that wasn't self-destructive.  
Kim looks up, a drained, blank look in her eye. Billie stays trained on Kim's face, as the door to the lounge opens, and Daniel looks on.   BILLIE: I hope you can be her outlet one day very soon. Theresa wants that.   Daniel steps into the room, uncertain of the energy between Kim and Billie.   DANIEL: Ehhhh...you two okay in here?   Both Billie and Kim turn to look at Daniel, as Billie nods, looking down.   BILLIE: Yeah. Let's go.   Daniel looks at a drained Kim, checking to see if she's okay. Kim nods, knowing Daniel's intent without having said a word to her.   As Daniel and Billie head out, Kim sits down in the lounge alone. She breathes in deeply, as the door shuts behind them, and she takes in what Billie's said to her, beginning to sob quietly in her seat.   ---   Anita looks on at Brady, stunned by his suggestion. she lays her book down on the table, as she sits upright from her comfortable position on the sofa.   ANITA: Sell my shares?
BRADY: You heard me.   Anita tries not to crack up at Brady's suggestion, though she still lets a laugh slip as she responds.   ANITA: Brady, I have had those shares for over twenty years. The dividends have helped pay the mortgage on this place. Why in the world would I want to sell them now?   Brady looks at Anita, deadly serious. his unwavering stare unnerves Anita.   BRADY: Because if you don't, with the way things are going at Titan right now? You could lose everything.   ---  
Nick nods approvingly at Gabi at their table at Club TBD, as T pours them both a glass of red wine. Gabi looks on, awkwardly smiling as Nick pays her compliments.   NICK: Well, I always knew you had what it takes to be one of the top models in the industry.   Gabi smiles half-heartedly, trying to seem bashful, but just feeling uncomfortable.  Kate slips into the club in this moment, immediately spotting Nick and Gabi on their date. She studies the situation closely from the doorway, careful not to tip anyone off that she's there before she's ready.   Gabi, meanwhile, looks down awkwardly at her wine glass. Nick barely notices Gabi's discomfort, as he continues.   NICK: I mean...those eyes alone...   Nick leans over and gently lifts Gabi's chin up with his finger, forcing her to look into his eyes.   NICK: I'm amazed there isn't a bidding war over you.
GABI: Well...  
No sooner have the words come out of Nick's mouth than Kate storms over, seeming desperate to speak to Gabi.   KATE: Gabi, I'm glad I tracked you down.   Gabi looks up, seemingly shocked by Kate's arrival.   GABI: Kate. Wh...what are you doing here?   Kate plunks down a document and a pen on the table in front of Gabi, as Gabi looks down at it, then back up at Kate as Kate explains.   KATE: If you sign with MadWorld, you are making the biggest mistake of your life.   Nick looks on, pleased as punch at the turn of events, as Gabi looks over at him, then back at Kate.   ---   Anjelica smiles as she stands before the Kiriakis family in their living room. Justin finally pipes up, uncomfortable with her suggestion.   JUSTIN: Ahhh....Anjelica...just speaking as a lawyer here...do you not think that this is just a bit of a conflict of interest?
ANJELICA: Justin, there is nothing in the world that is a conflict of interest if you know where the boundaries are. Now, I'm just speaking as someone with a campaign to run, and...I'm sure you'd all love some good publicity and some tax breaks. I mean...we all know the precarious situation Titan's in at the moment.   Sonny looks at his mother, who rolls her eyes as Anjelica drones on.   MAGGIE: And so, if Titan's in such a financial bind, what makes you think we can even afford to contribute to your campaign?
JUSTIN: Assuming we'd be foolish enough to ever actually want to do that.
ANJELICA: I'm so glad you asked.   Anjelica steps back to the armchair nearest to the doorway of the Kiriakis living room. She sets down her drink, and sits down, legs crossed. She looks prim, proper, and all fake smiles as she explains herself.   ANJELICA: You see, I know you've been having some great difficulty with a certain piece of property that you require for your latest energy project, and, provided I win the state legislature...I have the tools at my disposal to, shall we say, grease the wheels a bit?   Maggie and Adrienne look at each other, as Justin looks on at Anjelica, contemplative of her proposition. Sonny and Alex look over at their father, as Noelle studies Anjelica, trying not to crack a smile at her co-conspirator.   ---

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DAYS #145: Kim & Billie come to blows, Anjelica crashes the Kiriakis dinner

EPISODE 145 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Billie stands, arms crossed, inches from Kim, as they face off in the University Hospital lounge. Billie never backs down or looks away from an equally determined Kim.   BILLIE: You really think that I would poison Theresa?
KIM: I wouldn't put anything past you.   Kim steps away from Billie, but continues to rant. KIM: I mean, really, Billie. Remember Phil?  My ex-husband you made porn films for drug money with? And then you insinuate yourself in my daughter's life afterwards so you could...poison her mind against him, and against me. 
BILLIE: Oh COME ON, Kim, that was not how it--
KIM: Oh the Hell it wasn't! Someone blackmailed the two of you over this. You helped my daughter lie about...   Kim stops herself from continuing, trying to keep a cool exterior before carrying on.   KIM: You ruined my relationship with my husband, and my daughter, and you put my relationship with my son AND his father at risk.
BILLIE: No, YOU did that. You and you alone.    ---  
Brady looks away from Anita as they both stand in Anita's living room in her cabin in the woods. Anita walks slowly over to Brady, who is deep in thought, and gently puts a hand on his shoulder.   ANITA: Brady. I need you to understand. I care about you. More than you probably realize. And I didn't want you to leave before you were ready. 
BRADY: (sigh) Look, I know that.   Brady turns to face Anita again, feeling a bit badly for having reacted as strongly as he had about Anita knowing his identity.   BRADY: And I realize you probably didn't nurse me back to health for some kind of...financial windfall. I just...(sigh) I...I guess I was running away from...all the problems I had in Salem...the pressure Victor put on me...my ex- put on me...   Brady chuckles momentarily, despite his thoughts going back to a dark place.   BRADY: My ex- sleeping with my priest brother and him having the audacity to call it rape.   Brady looks down at the ground a moment, deep in a troubling thought.   BRADY: Losing my fiancée in an explosion. I just...I haven't been dealing with it all. And...I guess trying to end it all was another step in my running away from it.   Anita puts her hand up to Brady's cheek, as she pulls him into a tender, warm hug. Brady fights off tears, as he and Anita begin to open up to each other.   ---  
The Kiriakises huddle around an excited Maggie in the living room to the family mansion. Noelle looks particularly stunned, as Justin, Adrienne, Sonny, and Alex all look on surprised and confused by Maggie's news.   ALEX: Maggie...I don't get it. Why can't we say anything about Victor waking up?
MAGGIE: Well...apparently he doesn't want so much press attention right now with the whole...Titan shakeup, and...quite frankly, he's pretty weak right now. So...I think the best thing we can all do is give him some space for the time being.   Justin nods, as Sonny and Alex look at each other, understanding the situation. Adrienne looks Maggie's way in cautious agreement, as Noelle looks on, trying to mask her interest.   SONNY: So...I heard we had a guest coming for dinner?  But mom wanted to wait until we were all here before she talked about it?
ALEX: Oh...that. 
ADRIENNE: So...I ran into Anjelica Deveraux in the square today and...   Adrienne grimaces, looking at the others almost apologetically, as Noelle looks over at her husband, slightly confused, before her eyes spot the door to the living room open.  
Maggie turns, as the rest of the household look on, mostly in displeasure, but also in shock, as Anjelica walks in.   ANJELICA: Hello, family! I hope I'm not late for dinner!   Anjelica smiles widely as the rest of the family appears shocked by her arrival. Adrienne, meanwhile, motions half-heartedly at the door.   ADRIENNE: Surprise!   ---     ---   Billie stands with Kim in the hospital lounge, venting her anger at Kim's continued vilifying of her.   BILLIE: The only reason I ever stepped in to help that girl was because she knew she could trust me, because I was the only person in her life that didn't think that Phillip Collier was some kind of saint.
KIM: Oh please. You never gave her another option. You saw an opening and you took it.
BILLIE: Why would I do that, Kim?   Kim shakes her head, taking a cool, composed tone as she responds to Billie's question.   KIM: Because you were grieving your own daughter. You thought Chelsea was dead, and you used the relationship you'd built with my daughter as a tool to replace Chelsea in your empty little waste of a life.   Billie laughs sarcastically, in awe of Kim's statement.   BILLIE: Oh my God, you have absolutely no shame, do you? When are you going to take even a little responsibility for what happened between you and Theresa? When are you going to admit that if you had just believed her when she came to you in tears, shaking because Phillip Collier had been molesting her for longer than she cared to remember, none of this would've happened?   Kim stands in stunned silence, as Billie lets loose.   BILLIE: She would never have turned to drugs, she would never have gotten herself in trouble with the law, she certainly would never have ended up in a coma because Brady Black wanted to commit suicide and take her with him! But I guess that's all well and good so long as you have your scape goat to blame the fact you couldn't keep your head together long enough to actually be a parent when it mattered!   Kim slaps Billie hard across the face, snapping Billie out of her rage with the shock of the attack.   ---   Brady and Anita sit on the sofa, as a fire crackles in the fireplace before them, talking about Brady's problems.   ANITA: I know where you're coming from. This home...such as it is...   Anita and Brady share a laugh, before Anita stops after a moment, sighing, as she looks around her quaint home.   ANITA: This is my refuge.   Anita looks intensely at Brady, as he senses her pain.   ANITA: I've had a lot of...pain to go through. Losing two of my children...I nearly died. I withdrew. I...I didn't want to be around people. It was safer here.   Anita looks off, as though looking at a ghost from the past.   ANITA: My umm...you asked about why I was looking at the news story about Titan, I...my late husband, he bought up shares in Titan when they first began publishing Bella Magazine. He was...he was certain he was onto a good thing, and that...(laughs) he figured he could retire off the dividends. When he died, he left them to me. And...with how the company's doing now...well... BRADY: You're thinking of selling, aren't you?   Anita shrugs, looking solemnly past Brady.   ANITA: We could use the money. This house...it needs some work.   Brady looks down, nodding in understanding of her situation.   BRADY: I think it's a good idea. Titan's in a lot of trouble, and...with Nick Fallon at the helm...it's only gonna get worse from here.   Anita smiles half-heartedly, clearly still worried for the future.   ANITA: Thank you. BRADY: Anita, we're gonna make this work for you. I won't let you down.
ANITA: Oh I know, Brady...and I know that...you've been put in so many difficult situations, and I know that you thought that the only solution was to run away, but...   Anita takes Brady's hand into hers, and holds it tightly, never taking her eyes off his.   ANITA: ...I need you to know that you don't have to run anymore. Not here. You are always safe here. We can really help each other. Whenever you're ready, I am here for you.   Brady smiles warmly at Anita, nodding back at her.   BRADY: Same for me, Anita. Same for me.   Anita and Brady come together for another warm hug, as they sit on the sofa, enjoying the warm fire.   ---    
Gabi finishes signing the modelling contract with MadWorld, as Sami, Kate, and Gabi had discussed. She stands in her living room, with Will looking on, as Sami and Kate look on approvingly. Gabi lurches up, pen in hand, as Sami smiles up at her.   SAMI: Congratulations. You are officially the new spokesmodel for MadWorld cosmetics.
GABI: Great. Why don't I feel as excited as I should be?   Gabi hears her text tone go off, causing her to jump slightly as she looks around for her phone. Finding it on the side table in the living room, she picks it up. Kate notices as Gabi looks at the message, that her expression changes, becoming more sombre.   KATE: What is it?   Gabi looks up from her phone, nervously.   GABI: It's time. I have to meet Nick at Club TBD in an hour. What's our game plan?   Sami and Kate look at each other, confidently. Gabi's eyes dart between the two, far less confident that their plan will go off.   --- Maggie turns toward Anjelica, who stands in the entranceway of the Kiriakis living room, smiling widely. Maggie looks back, less than enthused.   MAGGIE: Anjelica.
ANJELICA: Maggie! Long time, no see!   Anjelica quickly walks over, giving Maggie a big hug, which makes Maggie immediately uncomfortable and more than a little confused.   MAGGIE: Anjelica, I wish I'd known you were coming to dinner sooner.   Anjelica remains enthused, almost to spite Maggie and the rest of the Kiriakises. She carries on talking as she helps herself to a drink from the bar in the corner or the room.   ANJELICA: What? And ruin the surprise? You've got to be kidding me. I mean, this is my first time back in Salem in over 20 years! Where else would spend it than with my loving son and his family?
JUSTIN: A jail cell, maybe?
ANJELICA: Oh Justin, always the joker!   Anjelica turns back to face the rest of the room, now with drink in hand, smiles as she takes a sip.   ANJELICA: But in all seriousness, I'm here because I am on the campaign trail to the state governor's house...and I think I could be a big help to all of you.   The family look at each other, curiously, as Anjelica smiles slyly and takes a sip of her drink.   ---

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DAYS #144: Maggie shares the good news with the family, Gabi signs on the dotted line

EPISODE 144 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Sonny steps into the living room of the Kiriakis mansion, heading over from the kitchen. Adrienne, Justin, Noelle and Alex are all assembled in the living room, and all look up at Sonny as he steps into the room.   SONNY: Hey! Ahh, cook just let me know that dinner was gonna be about another 15 minutes? So...just to wait here.
ADRIENNE: Great, Honey! Just waiting on Maggie and I guess we'll get everything started.   Sonny pops over to sit down on the sofa next to Justin.   SONNY: Where is Aunt Maggie?
JUSTIN: Oh, she's just gone to visit Victor for a bit.
ALEX: Any news on Victor's condition?  
As Alex asks that question, Maggie walks into the living room, trying in vain to hide her good news.   MAGGIE: Well...yes and no.   Everyone in the room looks on expectantly, as Maggie stands near the doorway of the living room, her hands clasped together in front of her.   NOELLE: Well, what does that mean?
MAGGIE: It means that he's turned a corner...but...we can't tell anybody about it.   Everyone looks at Maggie, baffled, as Maggie smiles awkwardly back.   ---  
Billie steps off the elevator at University Hospital, and stumbles upon Kim, having a chat with Valerie in front of Theresa's room. Knowing she's not meant to be there, Billie hangs back a bit, but Kim spots her, anyway. Kim glowers as Billie lifts her chin up and walks over.   KIM: Billie. I wish I could say I was surprised.
BILLIE: Kim. I was actually here visiting Daniel, so you have nothing to worry about.
KIM: I'd better not.    Billie looks down, trying to compose herself, hoping to avoid another confrontation.   BILLIE: I umm...how is Theresa?   Kim immediately snaps back at Billie, causing both Billie and Valerie to tense up.   KIM: She's the same. Not that that's any of your business.
BILLIE: Kim, I...   Valerie cuts Billie off, knowing this will go nowhere good.   VALERIE: Look, I'm not gonna tolerate you two having an all out brawl in the middle of my hospital. Now, if you wanna have a chat, we can step into the lounge, but we aren't doing this here.
BILLIE: Don't worry, Valerie. I'm leaving.
KIM: I hope so. And I hope you stay gone, because if I find out you had anything to do with my daughter lapsing back into her coma, I will find out.    Billie looks at Kim, incredulous.   BILLIE: Kim, what the Hell are you talking about?
KIM: I have reason to suspect that someone has been poisoning my daughter to keep her in a coma.
BILLIE: And you assume it's ME? (laughs) Oh my God, Kim, you've REALLY lost it this time!   Kim glares daggers at Billie, as Billie looks on, laughing at the ridiculousness of Kim's claims.   ---  
Gabi and Will stand in their living room with Sami, deeply troubled by the news Sami's just given them regarding Nick.   GABI: Okay...so...if Nick's now the CEO of Titan...I mean...Sami, how far do we want this plan to go? Obviously hooking him on his old medication isn't stopping him, and it's certainly not causing him to get tripped up. Quite honestly, I don't know how much longer I can take this.
SAMI: Just...stay the course, Gabi.   Will cuts in, getting uneasy with Sami's insistence on persevering.   WILL: Oh come on, Mom. How far do we really wanna go with this whole plan? I mean, every time we think we've got this guy handled, he manages to worm his way out and get the upper hand again. And quite honestly, I'm sick of finding out more bad news every time I hear his name.   Sami, arms crossed, laughs a bit in resignation.   SAMI: Heh. Yeah. You and me both. But there's nothing we can do now. If we don't follow through, Nick WILL win. And Gabi, and Arianna will end up on the other side of the world with Nick Fallon.
GABI: Ohhh no. I will die before I let that happen.   Gabi and Will looks at each other with a certain level of fear they try to hold back. Sami walks over to the sofa, sitting down and grabbing the pen from the coffee table. She hovers over the modelling contract on the table. Signing the document, she looks up at Gabi.   SAMI: Well then, I guess you better sign on the dotted line then.   Gabi hesitates, standing back from Sami with her arms folded, clearly tense from the pressure.   ---     ---  
Anita stands in her living, while Brady stands facing her, arms folded in front of him. Brady looks at Anita, upset by Anita's seeking the news story of Nick taking over as CEO of Titan.   ANITA: Yes...I know who you are, Brady. I've known for a long time.
BRADY: Have you, now? And just how long were you planning on keeping this little...secret from me?   Anita sighs, trying to find the words to stop Brady from getting too wound up.   ANITA: As long as it was going to take for you to trust me.   Brady guffaws at Anita's statement, as Anita walks past Brady, looking intensely at the article on her computer screen about Nick's takeover.   BRADY: How perfect. So you were gonna keep lying until I trusted you, and for what?
ANITA: Then maybe you'd open up to me about what happened to you. Maybe you'd finally let me help you. If I told you that I knew you were Victor Kiriakis' grandson, you'dve been out the door as soon as you were strong enough to crawl out of that bed. BRADY: And maybe I should've.   Anita grabs Brady's arm, stopping him from walking out of the room.   ANITA: Brady. I didn't keep this from you for my own gain. I did it so that you felt safe here. Nobody from Salem knows you're here, and nobody will as long as YOU want it that way.   Brady looks at Anita, a mix of uncertainty, anger, and a strange sense of trust.   ---  
Gabi stares at the pen Sami holds up for her, as Sami sits at the desk in Gabi's living room. Will looks on, unsure of what the situation is, when all hear a knock at the door. Will heads over to open the door, revealing Kate.   KATE: Hi! Sorry, I'm late, I had...a lot to take care of.
SAMI: So I heard. 
GABI: So...now that Nick's CEO of Titan...does this change anything where this supposed bidding war is concerned.   Kate smiles, confident in her statement.   KATE: Oh absolutely not.   Gabi smiles, still clearly nervous about the plan.   GABI: Okay, good. I uh...I confirmed a date with Nick for tonight. He...uh...he actually asked me first, so...
SAMI: Perfect, so we're all set. All you have to do, is sign, and let the fun begin.   Sami hands Gabi her pen, as Gabi steps over to the desk, and signs the modelling contract, putting her into a contract with MadWorld at DiMera. Kate, and Sami look at each other with a confidence, while Will looks on, concerned, and slightly confused by the proceedings.   ---   Valerie opens the door to the hospital lounge, and leads Kim and Billie inside, closing the door behind them. She looks at them sternly.   VALERIE: Now, I assume you're gonna keep in civil in here.    Kim stands, facing Billie, arms folded as she looks at her with a scowl.   KIM: Naturally.
BILLIE: Thank you.   Valerie looks at both women seriously for a moment, before stepping out of the room, closing the door again behind them, as Billie looks at Kim, exhausted by the fighting.   BILLIE: Look, Kim. I've had it with the accusations and the arguments. Okay? I have no idea who, if anyone, is poisoning Theresa, but...
KIM: But I guess we're gonna find out. Becuase I have made sure that there is a guard at that door, 24/7 from now on, and they can't so much as take a bathroom break without getting a relief guard. So if you're taking advantage of your little doctor boyfriend to try to sneak into Theresa's room without my knowing?    Kim steps in close to Billie, attempting to intimidate her.   KIM: I WILL find out about it. Make no mistake.   Billie looks back at Kim, unflinchingly.   ---   The Kiriakises look confused at Maggie, who stands surrounded by them in the Kiriakis living room. She smiles, knowing how awkward her news is.   JUSTIN: I'm sorry....what?   Maggie smiles, and looks at Justin, before repeating herself a beat later.   MAGGIE: We can't tell anyone he's recovering. He doesn't want anyone to know, I guess partly because of what happened at the board meeting today. Honestly, I don't even think he wanted me to tell you all but...I just can't keep it bottled up. We just need to give him the space to recover, and not push him too hard with too many visitors right now. ALEX: Wait...he doesn't? So...does this mean...
MAGGIE: That's right. Victor's awake.   Everyone, particularly Noelle, take notice, as their eyes widen in surprise.   ---

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DAYS #143: Brady attempts to get the truth out of Anita, Victor tells Tyler how to handle Nick

EPISODE 143 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Brady walks into the living room at Anita's cabin. Stepping over to the computer, he moves the mouse slightly, triggering the computer to wake up from its dormant state. He calls out to Anita, who is in the next room.   BRADY: Anita! I'm just gonna pull down the ad for the truck, alright?!  
Anita calls back from the other room, the sound somewhat muffled.   ANITA: What was that?!   Sitting down with a soda in hand, he looks at the screen, and has to hold himself back from spitting out a mouthful when he reads the news on the screen:   BREAKING: Nick Fallon declares self CEO of Titan Industries   Brady sets his drink down before he spills it, his hands shaking.   Anita steps into the room, about to repeat herself when she sees a distressed Brady looking at the computer screen.   ANITA: Wh...Brady?   Brady quickly turns around to face Anita, getting up from the desk chair. He points at the computer monitor, stunned and angry.   BRADY: What is this? Why do you have this page open? Wh...did you see this??   Anita looks on, puzzled by Brady's strong reaction.   ---    
Sami stands in Will, Gabi, and Sonny's apartment, trying to hold in her panic, as Will stands before her, stunned by the news she's just given him.   WILL: I'm sorry. Nick just took over Titan?
SAMI: Yep! You've got a new boss. Congratulations.   Will sighs, frustrated by the turn of events.   WILL: Wh...well how did he manage that?
SAMI: The only way that little worm knows how to accomplish anything in life. Blackmail.   ---  
Billie sits in the hospital cafeteria, taking a sip of coffee while she reads a book. After taking a sip, she realizes the foul taste of the coffee, spitting it quickly back into her cup and pushing it away, as Daniel walks in.   DANIEL: Hey, I got your text.   Billie gets up upon hearing Daniel's voice, wrapping her arms around him and giving him a soft kiss on the lips. They talk while gazing into each other's eyes, their voices growing softer and more sultry with every sentence.   BILLIE: Mmm, good. I just was waiting here while you finished up your shift. You all done? I could use a little...soft music and a nice dinner after the day I've had.
DANIEL: Oh yeah?
BILLIE: Yeah.
DANIEL: Well, I think I could be persuaded. On one condition though.   Billie looks at Daniel, mockingly giving him attitude, but unable to hold in a laugh as she does.   BILLIE: (laugh) Okay.
DANIEL: I get to take you back to my place first and work up an appetite.   Billie can barely finish her sentence as she begins to kiss Daniel more and more sensually.   BILLIE: Mmm, okay, that's a condition I think I could live with. But I got a condition for you if you want some personal time with me.   Daniel laughs slightly as he gives Billie another quick kiss. He continues, resting his forehead against Billie's as his arms wrap around her waist.   DANIEL: Heh, okay. I'll bite. What's my condition.
BILLIE: Make me a better pot of coffee, and I'll be putty in your hands.   Daniel laughs heartily, as Billie cracks up a bit herself.    DANIEL: Deal.  
Billie smiles as she wraps her arms around Daniel's neck, pulling him into another kiss, as Maggie bursts into the cafeteria, catching Daniel and Billie off guard.   MAGGIE: Daniel! I'm so glad I found you!   Daniel and Billie pull away from each other, as they turn to Maggie, concerned.   DANIEL: Mom, what is it?   Maggie beams with the news she shares with them.   MAGGIE: It's Victor. He's awake! He's finally awake!   Daniel turns quickly to look at an equally surprised Billie.   ---  
Victor looks on from his hospital bed, too weak to really react to Tyler.   VICTOR: Nick...Nick Fallon?   Tyler stands next to Victor's bed, arms folded, as he softly nods.   TYLER: Yeah. He called everyone to a board meeting and handed out little envelopes, detailing all the dirty little secrets he knows that the board doesn't want publicized and voila! Everyone cowtows to him. VICTOR: H...how the Hell did you let this happen?
TYLER: It's a long story, Victor. All I need to know for now is...do you want me to take care of him, or shall I sit on this until you've been released?   Victor sighs, looking stoically at Tyler as he mulls over his options regarding Nick.   ---     ---  
Adrienne and Alex stand in the living room in the Kiriakis house. Adrienne is shocked, as Noelle has just walked in, making a crack about inviting Anjelica to dinner.   ALEX: Noelle. Tell me you didn't...
NOELLE: Didn't what? Invite your mother to dinner? Of course I did.   Adrienne rolls her eyes dramatically, displeased with this turn of events.   ADRIENNE: Great.
NOELLE: What?! I heard she was in town for her campaign, she called me earlier while you were out because, big surprise, she couldn't get ahold of Alex. I mean, she certainly wasn't gonna call you or Justin, was she, Adrienne?   Adrienne stands with her arms folded. She sighs audibly before responding to Noelle, sulking.   ADRIENNE: I guess not.
NOELLE: So...there you go. What am I gonna do? Tell her 'no'? She'd kill me!   Adrienne guffaws dismissively at Noelle, as she turns to walk away.   ADRIENNE: You have no idea how right you are about that--   Alex steps in, trying to stop things from escalating, as Adrienne tries to stand her ground.   ALEX: ...Okay, Adrienne. Can we just hold our fire a little bit, here?
ADRIENNE: All I'm saying is, you'd opened up Pandora's Box by even just letting her in the room. And now we're all going to have to suffer the consequences for that.    Noelle rolls her eyes at Adrienne.   NOELLE: Oh come on, Adrienne, you're being melodramatic--   Adrienne cuts Noelle off, waving her hand in front of her as part of her refutation.   ADRIENNE: No, no. Believe me, it's not just going to be a single awkward dinner. We will be stuck with that woman now for as long as SHE decides we are useful to her. And I really don't know if I'm prepared to give up my time and energy to such a worthy cause.   Adrienne grabs her shopping bags, and heads for the staircase to her room.   ADRIENNE: If you'll excuse me.   Alex turns to Noelle, who stands, arms folded, nonplussed by Adrienne's concerns. Alex sighs, sensing the brewing conflict between the two women who raised him.   ---   Will puts down his cell phone, as Sami stands in the apartment, holding a now-awake Ari in her arms.   SAMI: So? What did Alex have to say about it?   Will sighs, looking away from Sami, trying to process the news.   WILL: Yeah. Nick pulled it off. Even Kate apparently voted in favour of it.
SAMI: She WHAT?
WILL: Yeah. I mean, I guess she had her reasons but...
SAMI: Well, she's coming to meet us in a few minutes, anyway, so...I guess we'll get our answer then.   As Sami finishes her sentence, Gabi comes through the door, grocery bags in her hands. She looks over, pleased to see Sami.   GABI: Oh good, you're here.   Sami smiles half-heartedly, as she bounces young Arianna in her arms.   SAMI: Hey! Did you, uh...hear the news?
GABI: What news?
WILL: Nick's just become CEO of Titan.   Gabi sets the bag down on the kitchen table, before looking at both Will and Sami, stunned.   GABI: You're kidding. SAMI: Nope! So we need to take the next few steps incredibly carefully, or else we are all just a step away from going to prison for a long time.   Gabi looks at Sami, sighing in despair as she realizes the corner she's being put in.   ---   Victor lays in his hospital bed, as Tyler stands next to him, awaiting his answer. Victor responds slowly and breathlessly.   VICTOR: Wait him out. Let Nick bury...bury himself. And make sure...nobody knows that I...I've come to. I ca...I can't handle any visitors.   Victor exhales gently and falls into a sleep. Tyler looks on as Victor closes his eyes, sighing. As he does, Maggie and Daniel step into the room, only to find Victor back asleep. Tyler turns, holding a hand up to reassure Maggie, whose face has immediately fallen upon seeing Victor's eyes shut.   TYLER: Don't worry. He just fell asleep. I think he's still very weak.
MAGGIE: I know. Thank you, Tyler.   Maggie takes Tyler's hand, squeezing it gently as Tyler cups Maggie's hands in his. Daniel grabs a stool and scoots over to Victor's bedside. He turns back to Tyler and Maggie, shooing them away.   DANIEL: I'm gonna need to check on Victor, so, I'm gonna have to ask you to step out.
TYLER: That's fine. I have to head back to the office anyway. Um...Maggie, Daniel. Victor asked us to keep quiet on his coming to for awhile. Doesn't want a slew of visitors or anything while he's this week. DANIEL: I'll co-sign that. The last thing Victor needs is a procession of family members crowding in here before he's ready for them.   Maggie nods in agreement, still a bit emotional from the turn of events.   MAGGIE: I understand. I'll umm...Daniel. Thank you. I'm gonna go home. Tyler, thanks again.
TYLER: You alright to drive, Maggie?
MAGGIE: I'll be fine. Thank you, though!   Maggie and Tyler step out of the room, closing the door behind them. Daniel stares at Victor, smiling warmly at him.   DANIEL: Good work, old man. You made it back.   Victor sleeps, oblivious to Daniel's words, as Daniel begins to work on updating his chart.   ---  
Kate stands in Roman's office at the Salem PD. She's baffled by Roman's sudden confusion about his whereabouts.   KATE: Roman...wh...Anderson Manufacturing hasn't been around in...over 30 years. And you were never involved with them, it--I mean, at least not that I'm aware of I...   Roman stands facing away from Kate, looking down at the ground, lost in his thoughts, as Kate steps slowly over to him.   KATE: Roman, I'm worried about you. 
ROMAN: Kate, don't be.   Kate looks on at Roman, frustrated resignation, as her arms fall to her side.   KATE: Look, I don't know what's going on with you, but...if you need to step aside from this case, I'd be happy to let Billie handle it unilaterally from here on in.
ROMAN: Nah, I...it's okay.   Roman turns back toward Kate, shaking his head, still an uncertainty in his tone and demeanour.   ROMAN: I um...I just need some time to refresh myself with the case. So...you just e-mail me what you need to fill me in on and...I'll take it from there.   Kate stares at Roman, as he sits down at his desk and grabs the framed photo of his family, a grave concern for him plainly visible in her eyes. She wordlessly puts her purse up over her shoulder and walks out, leaving Roman behind, trying to fight back his pent-up emotions.    As Kate closes the door behind her, Roman stares at the photo in his hands. Marlena, Sami, Eric and himself, from the time Sami & Eric were babies. The longer he stares, the more frustrated he gets, finally throwing the picture across the room. The picture frame shatters as Roman breaks down in tears.   ---   Anita approaches Brady, baffled by his outburst.   ANITA: See what?   Brady steps aside, ushering Anita closer to the computer.   BRADY: This!   Anita studies the headline, before sighing. Brady looks at her, arms folded. He motions at the computer as he continues.   BRADY: I think you better explain yourself right now.
ANITA: Brady, I didn't want to get into this until you were ready to talk about what happened to you.   Brady snaps at Anita, not waiting for her to finish.   BRADY: I am not ever going to be ready if you keep being secretive with me.   Anita raises her voice momentarily to match Brady's, before stopping herself mid-sentence to finish her thought.   ANITA: I'm no--I'm not being secretive. But...maybe I haven't been completely forthcoming.   Brady laughs sarcastically at Anita's statement, putting his hands up in the air in frustration.   BRADY: Yeah, you could say that.
ANITA: You haven't been either.
BRADY: And how do you know that, Anita?   Anita looks away momentarily, before looking up at Brady solemnly.   ANITA: Because I do know who you are, Brady. And I know exactly how you got here.   Brady tenses his lips, trying very hard to keep from saying something he'll regret in anger.   ---
 

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DAYS #142: Adrienne warns Alex that Anjelica is in town, Sami warns Will that Nick's running Titan

EPISODE 142 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco    
Roman walks into his office at the Salem PD, and looks the room over, suddenly feeling foreign to him.   After a moment of inspecting everything, his desk, the window to outside, the picture of his family from years ago, he sets the framed picture down on the desk face down, and looks the room over once again.   
His eye turns to the door as Kate walks in, briskly.   KATE: I'm sorry I'm late, but I had to be in the square for Nick's press conference.   Kate puts her clutch down on the table, oblivious to Roman's confused state, she throws her hands in the air in frustration.   KATE: There's just...so much going on the last few days, I need to get you up to speed. For instance, when are we going to get Jordan and Sheryl's arrest warrants out, and how much evidence do you need to pro--   Kate stops upon turning toward Roman, who looks on at her, confused.   KATE: Roman. Are you alright?   Roman looks back at Kate with a blank expression.   ---  
Adrienne walks briskly into the Kiriakis living room, dropping her shopping bags on the sofa, before calling out as loudly as possible in the hopes that someone is home.   ADRIENNE: ALEX?? NOELLE! MAGGIE?  
Alex walks in casually from the hallway heading into the kitchen, a curious expression on his face as he pops a blueberry in his mouth.   ALEX: Adrienne? What's up? You look like you've seen a ghost.
ADRIENNE: Yeah, you could say that. I quite literally just ran into your mother in Town Square.   Alex swallows hard, an uncomfortable look on his face.   ---  
Maggie sits beside Victor's hospital bed. Victor having just emerged from his coma. Victor manages a weak smile as he gently squeezes her hand.   MAGGIE: Victor! You're awake!   Victor barely peeps out a sound, as he remains incredibly weak.   VICTOR: Maggie. Wh...where am I?
MAGGIE: At University Hospital, darling. You've been in a coma for a number of weeks now.   Victor looks around, sighing as he realizes what's happened. Maggie, eager to see Victor's progress continue, gets up, heading excitedly for the door.   MAGGIE: I'm going to go get Daniel to come check up on you. 
VICTOR: Mag...   Victor reaches out for a moment before his weak body gives in. Struggling to keep his eyes open, Victor sighs in frustration as Maggie heads out of the room.

Outside Victor's hospital room, Tyler emerges from the elevator. Maggie walks over to him.   TYLER: Maggie!
MAGGIE: Oh, Tyler! I'm so glad you're here. 
TYLER: What is it?   Maggie puts a hand on Tyler's shoulder, and smiles warmly.   MAGGIE: It's Victor. He's awake.   Tyler looks back at Maggie with a mix of happiness, and of dread.   ---     ---  
Will races to the door of his apartment to stop the frantic knocking at the front door.  
Opening it, he finds Sami, who bursts into the apartment in an enraged frenzy. Will tries to cool Sami down, pressing a finger to his lips to motion her to keep quiet.   SAMI: Thank God you're here.
WILL: SHH! Ari's having a nap!   Sami stops herself for a second, resting against the edge of the armchair in the living room, as Will walks quickly over to close Ari's bedroom door.   SAMI: Sorry.
WILL: What was so urgent?
SAMI: Where's Gabi?   Will stumbles over his words, thrown off by Sami's lack of focus. He responds firmly without shouting.   WILL: Gabi's at the corner store grabbing milk. What is the problem?
SAMI: Well, for one, you have a new boss.   Will looks confused, furrowing his brow.   WILL: What do you mean?
SAMI: I mean Nick Fallon just staged a coup to take over Titan, and if you're not careful, he's got enough on you to ruin your entire career before it even begins.   Will's jaw drops at the stunning news of Nick's ascent.   ---   Alex stands in the Kiriakis living room, watching an on-edge Adrienne pace behind the sofa, while he continues to munch on his blueberries.   ADRIENNE: So she basically just...invited herself to dinner, which, of course, I turned her down, but...not that THAT would ever stop her...
ALEX: Well, I think she should come to dinner.   Adrienne stops in her tracks, looking incredulously at Alex.   ADRIENNE: Alexander Kiriakis, are you serious?   Alex looks at Adrienne and shrugs at the idea.   ALEX: I don't see why not. Look at it this way, if she comes to dinner tonight, it'll probably pacify her and we won't have to have her asking me to stay here while she's in town.
ADRIENNE: Alex, that's exactly why I DON'T want her coming to dinner. You know full well she's going to use that dinner invitation to guilt you into letting her stay for however many days she claims she'll be in town, and before you've even shown her what room she's staying in, she'll have her entire campaign team set up in the dining room!   A voice calls out from behind them, causing both Alex and Adrienne to turn toward the entrance to the living room.   NOELLE: Well, I guess that answers my question on how everyone feels about having company for dinner tonight, then?   Noelle walks into the room, hands on hips, with a wry smile. Adrienne looks on, unimpressed, while Alex seems...uncertain, looking back at Adrienne before turning back to look at his wife.   ---   Kate steps over to Roman, putting a hand on his shoulder out of concern. Roman fidgets at Kate's touch.   KATE: Roman...
ROMAN: Just stop...I'm sorry. I haven't had much of a chance to look into this the last few days.   Kate looks over at Roman, shocked by his uncharacteristic lack of attention, as Roman sits down behind his desk.   KATE: I...I don't get it. You knew this was a huge case, Roman. I put my relationships with my kids, with...with Rafe...I put that on hold for this. All to see justice done. And with all the...chaos that's been going down between the virus and...Nick taking over Titan, you...Roman, are you okay?   Roman snaps at Kate, taking her aback.   ROMAN: Dammit, Kate, I'm fine! I can't even have a cup of coffee in the morning without someone asking me what's going on here at Anderson and how I'm gonna take care of this, and I'll tell you, since Bob died, it's been absolute chaos.   Kate looks at Roman, confused and stunned.   KATE: Anderson? Wh...what are you talking about?   ---   Tyler stumbles over his words, stunned by the news that Victor's awakened from his coma.   TYLER: Y...You're sure?   Maggie looks on, excitedly, almost bouncing as she speaks with joy.   MAGGIE: Yes! Isn't it terrific news? I mean...he's...I'll admit, very groggy. I think it's gonna take some time before he's fully awake but...oh this is such good news. I'm going to have to tell the family, but...first I need to get ahead of Daniel. Excuse me.   TYLER: Certainly.   Tyler watches Maggie run off to speak to the nurses in hopes of tracking Daniel down, before looking over toward Victor's room. He slowly walks over, peering inside the room as he gently pushes the door open.   Looking back again as Maggie runs off to find Daniel, Tyler steps into Victor's room.   Victor, still barely revived, gently turns his head to see who's come in. Barely audible, he chokes out a greeting.   VICTOR: H...Houston.   Shutting the door behind him, Tyler slowly walks toward Victor's side. He speaks softly,but with urgency.   TYLER: Victor. It's good to see you awake.
VICTOR: ...It's....it's good to see you...at all.   Tyler chuckles to himself, before his face drops again, sighing as he continues.   TYLER: Victor...I don't mean to hit you with bad news so soon after you've come to, but...we have a...we have a situation at Titan.   Victor looks at Tyler, his expression unchanging, but with a tension in his face that wasn't there a moment before.   VICTOR: Wh...what kind of situation? TYLER: It's Nick Fallon. He blackmailed the board into making him CEO.   Victor turns his head slowly, looking up at the ceiling. He closes his eyes for a moment and curses, barely above a whisper.   VICTOR: Damn.    Victor turns his head back toward Tyler, their eyes locking in a serious gaze.   VICTOR: Make him pay...for this.   ---

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DAYS #141: Victor wakes up from his coma, Abby gets in the middle of Nicole and Sami's squabble

EPISODE 141 Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco  
Nicole steps into her office at WXIR, shutting the door behind her, as Sami and Abby look on in shock.   SAMI: I'm sorry...what did you say?
NICOLE: Nick just held a press conference, and announced to the world that he is now the CEO of Titan Industries. So, hey, at least you can take solace in knowing that at least ONE thing is going your way today, right, Sami?   Sami rolls her eyes, as Abby looks on, somewhat confused.   ABBY: Why? What happened?
NICOLE: Well, I wasn't gonna say anything but...Eric and I got married today.   Abby lights up, surprised, and pleased for Nicole.   ABBY: Wow! Oh my God! Congratulations!   Nicole looks on, less excited than Abby.   NICOLE: Yeah! I was real excited until THIS ONE decided to crash the party! Brought her mom too to REALLY rub the salt in!   Abby's face freezes, as she looks over Sami's way. Sami grimaces, with her arms folded. Nicole gives a sarcastic grin to emphasize her displeasure.   ---  
Maggie walks into Victor's hospital room, closely watching her husband as he lays comatose in his bed, still recovering from his heart attack.   She looks on lovingly, as she steps toward him. Gently speaking to him as though he were awake.   MAGGIE: Victor. It's me. Maggie.   After a moment, she pulls up a chair and sits down beside his bed. She smiles though she's tearing up slightly.   MAGGIE: I hope you can hear me. I hope you know I'm here. They say...that coma patients can hear people in the room. And I'm really hoping my voice will help you.    Maggie takes Victor's hand in hers, and pulls it up to her lips, gently kissing it.   MAGGIE: We need you back, Victor.   ---  
Eric stands in Marlena's penthouse, sighing in frustration at being put on the spot by his mom.   ERIC: Mom, I... MARLENA: Eric, you loved your vocation so much. Being a priest meant everything to you. Wouldn't you at least want the world to know that you were a victim of a...vicious sociopath? Don't you want to clear your name?   Eric snaps at his mom, before stepping back a bit, hoping not to escalate things between them further.   ERIC: Of course I do! I just...
MARLENA: Just what? Eric, don't tell me you're giving up everything you worked so hard for for Nicole.
ERIC: Can we not...make this another attack against Nicole? Please?   Marlena steps back from Eric, trying to keep her cool despite her visceral frustration at Eric's weakness for Nicole.   MARLENA: Yes. I'm sorry.   Eric remains calm, but speaks firmly with Marlena, which Marlena silently accepts.   ERIC: Look, Mom, I'm not interested in going down that road right now. I struggled with what happened with Kristen for a long time, and I finally got the answers I needed. I'm going to tell the public what really happened, but when I do, it will be when I am ready. I can't do this on your schedule...and I'm certainly not going back into the priesthood, even if I am accepted back.   Marlena looks down, disappointed.   MARLENA: I wish you'd reconsider.
ERIC: I know this hurts you, but I am happy with Nicole. I am happy to be married to her. And I'm not going to give up that happiness, not for anything.   Marlena tries to hold her sadness and disappointment in, but can't help but tear up a bit.   ---     ---  
Daniel and Kim stand in Theresa's hospital room. Kim looks horrified as Daniel looks down, contemplating how to relay his news to Kim.   DANIEL: Kim, no one is drugging your daughter. Okay? I promise you. No one unauthorized is visiting her. My only concern is that she's emerging from her coma irregularly. That tells me that there's more complications in her recovery than I initially realized.   Kim looks up at Daniel, squinting a bit as she mulls over whether or not she believes him. She slowly nods, before taking Theresa's hand in hers, and squeezing it gently, as she watches over her, lovingly.   KIM: I know...I know it's a miracle that she's even alive. I mean...considering how badly she was injured in the ac--the crash.    Kim stops herself, looking up at Daniel, suddenly becoming very stoic, trying to hold herself together.   KIM: I know you and Brady are family, but I really struggle with what he did to my daughter. And I am finding it really hard to forgive him. I don't mean to sound cruel but...sometimes I'm...   Kim stops herself from speaking out of spite. Daniel stands silent, acknowledging Kim's pain. He nods slowly as she expresses her anger in a subdued, controlled way.   KIM: You know...it's hard to forgive a lot of people. Because a lot of people have a hand to play in how my sweet little Jeannie ended up like this.   Kim begins to tear up, as she fails to hold it together. Never shouting, Kim overflows nonetheless with emotions.   KIM: She struggled so hard. And... and the worst part is, the person I have the hardest time forgiving...(sigh) is me.    Kim wipes away tears, as she walks out of the hospital room, leaving Daniel behind with Theresa.   KIM: Excuse me.   Kim steps outside, closing the door behind her, as she struggles to compose herself. Daniel, still in the room, stares at Theresa, as her lifeless body lays in her hospital bed, her progress ever-stagnant.   ---   Marlena stands, facing away from Eric, hoping to hide her tears from her son. Eric knows better, and walks up behind her, putting his hands on her shoulders to try to comfort her.   ERIC: Mom. Mom, I'm sorry. I know how proud you were of me being a priest. But...   Marlena turns around with a start, speaking emphatically, as she touches Eric's face.   MARLENA: No, no, no, you don't...Eric, I don't want you to think for a second I'm not proud of you every minute of every day. Eric, you're a wonderful, compassionate man who gives so much of himself every day. You don't need to be a priest to give back to this world.   Marlena takes Eric's hands in hers, then looks up at her son, proudly.   MARLENA: No matter what way you choose to take your life...I will accept it.    Marlena gives a cheeky smile as she struggles to hold in a laugh.   MARLENA: I may not like the direction you're going (laughs)...but I always accept your decisions. I trust you to know what's best for you.
ERIC: Thanks, Mom.   Marlena pulls Eric into a hug, suddenly overcome with emotion. She closes her eyes as she embraces Eric tightly.   MARLENA: Ohhh Eric, I love you so much. ERIC: I love you too, Mom. Love you too.   Eric looks off, a wistful smile on his face as he holds his mom in his arms, feeling a sense of true comfort.   ---   Sami gives Nicole sideeye as Nicole steps over toward her desk, trading places with Abby.   SAMI: You know, I really didn't want to crash your little party either, Nicole. But when I found out you were getting married, I had to stop my brother from making a huge mistake. NICOLE: Right. The huge mistake being me. We get it, Sami. You hate me. Can we stop pretending you're keeping me here because you respect my talents?    Sami puts a hand on her hip, annoyed by Nicole's accusation, and expecting another glib response.   SAMI: Okay Nicole. Tell me, since you know everything. Why am I keeping you here?
NICOLE: To keep an eye on me. Make sure I don't step outta line.    Nicole laughs to herself, as she shakes her head. Abby stands off to one side, increasingly uncomfortable being in the room with the two adversaries.   NICOLE: You know, ever since you took over Titan TV, I've been wondering exactly why you didn't fire me right away. And now I get it. You know the old saying: Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer? You're a master at that! That's why you made Abigail my assistant, isn't it? She's your little spy, isn't she, Sami?   Abby tries to interject, trying to refute Nicole's claim, but can barely get a word in edgewise.   ABBY: I...wait, for the record, I--
SAMI: Oh come on, Nicole. If I had that kind of time to micromanage our local station's what...third-most recognized reporter? I really don't think I'd get much work done.
NICOLE: You're right. You don't get much work done. Just like I'm not getting much work done arguing with you. So, if you'll excuse me, your spy and I have an extremely important piece to complete for tomorrow's newscast. So you need to leave.   Sami prepares to leave, when Nicole holds up a finger, leaving Sami with a final thought.   NICOLE: But just remember something, Sami. If you even think of firing me for marrying Eric, I will slap DiMera with a lawsuit so fast, you won't have time to pack your crap up before they kick you out of your office. Got it?   Sami sighs, folding her arms as she gives a knowing look to Abby, who tries to very subtly shrug as her eyes widen.    SAMI: Fine. I'll go.   Sami walks out of Nicole's office, with a parting shot.   SAMI: But just for the record, Nicole. If I find out you did ANYTHING to hurt my brother, you WILL be out on your ass faster than you can say "annullment", let alone spell it.    Sami gives an almost saccharine smile, as she gives a sarcastic parrellel retort to Nicole, her eyes shooting daggers her way.   SAMI: Got it?   Sami steps out of the office, slamming the door behind her with a casual but brisk motion. Abby and Nicole look at each other, Abby looking very uncomfortable, and Nicole looking exasperated, and relieved to have Sami gone.   ---   Maggie holds on tightly to Victor's hand, as she suddenly feels a bit of pressure back on her hand. Taking a moment to loosen her grip, she feels Victor tighten his around her hand, as Victor's heart monitor begins to pace up sligthly.    Gently wiping away tears, Maggie laughs through the tears, as Victor begins to stir. She smiles as Victor begins to open his eyes.  Groggy, he looks at Maggie and, almost silently, calls out to her.   VICTOR: Maggie...   Maggie, hearing her name, breaks down in tears of joy, holding her husband's hand as he comes to.   MAGGIE: Victor! You're back!   ---

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