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  1. DAYS: February 2018 Discussion Thread

    I expect he’s working with Billie to find some kind of backdoor way to get the ISA off Steve’s back without actually killing him, and he’s hidden Paul and Will away somewhere for the time being.
  2. DAYS: February 2018 Discussion Thread

    Lucas did bring it up to Kate on Monday during their 6-hour-long chat in sub-zero weather outside the mausoleum, but that's the last anyone's mentioned them.
  3. EPISODE 139 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco In Marlena's penthouse, Roman walks through the living room, sandwich in hand. He's evidently walked in for a quick bite to eat while on duty. ROMAN: Thanks, Doc for the sandwich, I'll be back around 7. He grabs his jacket to quickly put on as he's heading back out to work, when the doorbell rings. Looking back to see if Marlena's headed over or not to answer it, Roman walks over and opens the door to find Eric standing there. ERIC: Dad! I've got some great news. Roman looks at Eric, trying to appear upbeat but confused, regardless. --- In her motel room, at the edge of Salem's city limit, Sheryl stands in front of Jerome, laughing at her great fortune, as Jerome stands next to her, somewhat less enthused. The TV plays quietly in the background as she and Jerome speak. JEROME: Brady Black...as in, the guy that drove himself and his girlfriend off an embankment into the lake trying to kill himself and her? SHERYL: The very same. And trust me, I know it's him. JEROME: How? SHERYL: He's the one I bought our getaway vehicle from, silly. I've got it all planned out. Just need a few things from in town... Sheryl walks over to the desk, and grabs a notepad and pencil. Quickly jotting down what she needs, Sheryl tears the paper from the pad and hands the list to Jerome. SHERYL: ...which...I will need you to order for me. Make sure the Salem PD can't track your IP address or you'll have to make a break for it, too. JEROME: Duh. SHERYL: Anyway, so, knowing that Brady's alive...it means that if we can get the word out that Brady isn't actually dead...the EnerNext project can be delayed if not completely halted. Jerome sighs, before shaking his head, causing Sheryl to look at him, somewhat alarmed. SHERYL: What? JEROME: You may not need to use that information after all. Not that I'd be able to spill that tea anyway since that makes a clear line between you and me. SHERYL: Okay. Still not getting why we may not need it. Jerome wordlessly points up at the TV, where Nick Fallon appears, giving a press conference. Sheryl looks on, curious, as she quickly grabs the remote and turns the volume up. Nicole's voice blasts through the TV, giving a preamble to the proceedings. NICOLE: (via TV) ...Mr. Fallon will be making his address shortly, he is expected to make a major announcement in Titan's name. --- Nick stands at the podium at Horton Town Square, where most of the Titan board, as well as Nicole, and various other members of the press, are gathered to hear Nick speak. Nicole finishes her report as the rest of the crowd begins to simmer their conversations. NICOLE: Now, this is unusual for a lab technician to be speaking for a corporate board at his level, but, as we've learned with Titan in recent months, expect the unexpected. With the TV cameras on, Nick lays on the charm for the masses, as he waits for the crowd to go silent. He leans into the microphone slightly, and begins his speech. NICK: Today, Titan Industries has a new hope for the future. After months, perhaps, years of struggling in an uncertain economy, we have decided as a company to make a radical change of direction. Kate looks on from the crowd, trying not to roll her eyes as she listens to Nick's speech. Billie leans over and whispers to her mother. BILLIE: Is it too late to sell a chunk of my Titan stock? KATE: Honey, if this ship is sinking, we go down together. As Nick carries on, Anjelica appears from the back of the square. She hangs back, not wanting to be seen by the larger crowd, standing with her head ccovered by a black scarf and dark glasses, as she observes Nick from afar. Nick is still able to spot her, as he carries on in his speech. NICK: Due to a series of tragedies that have befallen the Kiriakis family in recent weeks, the....board felt it best to appoint someone...more youthful. An outsider with a clear, decisive vision for the company. One who would be willing to make the changes neccessary to carry the company well into the next decade. Anjelica nods approvingly from her post at the back of the crowd, as Nick looks right at her as he delivers his announcement. NICK: That person is me. The crowd buzzes at the announcement, with camera flashes going off, the board members standing around, solemn as Nick looks around from his perch, beaming. --- --- Abby sits at Nicole's computer, working her way through the documents Nick sent her about EnerNext, when Sami steps in. Abby looks up from the computer, surprised to see Sami. SAMI: Abby! How's everything? ABBY: Good! I uh...I'm just...working on something for Nicole. SAMI: I figured. Listen ah...I hope you remember exactly why I'm having you work with Nicole. Abby looks up from the screen to look at Sami. She sighs. ABBY: Sami, I'm not....really comfortable with what you were suggesting, I-- Sami interrupts, holding her hands up to stop Abby from continuing. SAMI: I know. I know. I know, I shouldn't have asked but...(sigh) Nicole's not exactly a model employee. She's incredibly...tricky. Abby turns away from the computer, giving Sami her entire focus, still sitting in Nicole's chair. ABBY: Oh, believe me. I know. She and my mom have a hell of a history. But I'm trying to just...let the past stay in the past. She's doing some...really great work on this EnerNext story. SAMI: So I've heard. I just want you to tread carefully. If anyone you love is implicated in this story...Nicole...can't be trusted. A lot of people could get caught in the crossfire. Abby gets up from her seat, walking over toward a frustrated Sami. ABBY: You're worried about Will, aren't you? Sami turns around to look at Abby, sternly. SAMI: Should I be? --- Roman steps back to let an excited Eric in. Somewhat awkwardly, he responds. ROMAN: I...uh...I'm just about to head back to work. Wh...what is it? ERIC: Dad, I...well...I just got some really good news about what...what happened with Kristen. Roman looks at Eric, trying to appear excited but looks almost blankly at Eric, who slowly realizes something's horribly wrong. ERIC: You don't...you don't know what I'm talking about, do you? Roman explodes, shouting in a frustrated rage at Eric. ROMAN: Dammit, would you cut that out? You know, between you and Doc and the rest of the damn family trying to take any opportunity to test my memory. I've had it just about up to here with it! ERIC: Dad! Calm down, I was just-- Roman gets right in Eric's face, shaking with rage, as Eric grabs Roman's hands and holds them tightly, trying to stop Roman from physically attacking him. ROMAN: I WILL NOT CALM DOWN!! You...Dammit, let me GO! Marlena races over from the opening to the kitchen, worried about the shouting she hears from the living room. MARLENA: What is going on here? Eric?? Roman? Are you two alright? Eric and Roman turn to look at a deeply concerned Marlena, who approaches them cautiously. --- At Town Square, Nicole's voice cuts through the din of the rabbling crowd, as she asks a question of Nick. NICOLE: How is it that you, someone with exactly zero experience, have managed to secure the vote to take over Titan? Nick smiles at Nicole before responding with a phony graciousness to her question. NICK: I'm glad you asked. Ah...well, you see, the board had to make some tough decisions. It actually brings me to a very important point I need to bring up. See, last night, Titan Industries was targeted by outside forces in a major attempt to breach our computer systems, steal vital corporate information, and destroy our servers. I will be in contact with the Salem PD later today to track down the perpetrator or perpetrators, and make sure they are brought to justice. Nick clears his throat as he continues, looking directly into Nicole's camera. Nicole takes this opportunity to interject again. NICOLE: Do you know the name or names of the hackers? NICK: I can't speak on that at this time. However, I will say this. The Titan board was grateful to me, as I was the one who discovered that there had been a security breach, and was able to prevent the virus from causing any major damage. Thanks to my efforts, as well as my proposals, which I will be detailing at a later date for the turnaround of Titan Industries, I have been named CEO of Titan, with none other than Tyler Houston as my right hand through the transition period. Tyler looks on, stunned by the news, he looks over at a shocked Justin, while Nick smiles his trademark smirk as the crowd once again begins to buzz with chatter, as Anjelica, still at the back of the crowd, gives Nick an 'ok' gesture with her hand. --- As the press conference plays on TV, Sheryl and Jerome look on, stunned by the news. Sheryl looks on, slack-jawed as her rage builds. SHERYL: That little BASTARD. Sheryl looks over at Jerome, whose head twists to meet her gaze. Sheryl speaks to him with intensity, finger pointed at the TV screen. SHERYL: HE'S the one who stopped the virus. And I'm gonna make that little twerp pay. ---
  4. DAYS: February 2018 Discussion Thread

    Ugggh, I was worried about this. This show doesn't need a third damn person with DID. So freaking LAZY and you're all right, I KNEW Ron would pull this old trick out again. I'dve rather seen Bonnie do this as a favour to Hattie, but that would've required Bonnie disguise herself as Anna and not Gabi. Lazy damn writing. But I will say that otherwise I'm enjoying the show. I was kinda rolling my eyes at the whole who's the daddy thing with Lani, Eli, Gabi, and JJ, but the motivations are actually decent, and Valerie is giving me life right now getting down to business and making sure Lani takes some responsibility for her actions. It's a rare case where you totally get all the characters' motivations and there's no real heavy in the situation. THAT story is being played alright, IMO. But, as many have said, the episode guarantees are bugging me, because too many people are vanishing for long stretches and it's hurting some of these stories. I like her but she's never gonna be Abby for me. There was something very emotional and on-edge about Kate Mansi's Abby and Marci Miller is, relatively speaking, pretty much comatose in many scenes. She's just so stoic and icy, and there isn't that sensuality that KM brought to the role. I would never buy MM hoein' around with EJ or trynna pull a Sami on Austin. No way.
  5. EPISODE 138 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Nicole rushes into her office at WXIR, where Abby and Jerome await her. The sound of the opening door causes Abby to turn toward the door, exciting her as she steps toward Nicole. ABBY: Nicole! Just in time! NICOLE: Why? What's happening? Nicole stops in her tracks as she sees Jerome at her computer. Her demeanour changes instantly, as she points to Jerome while speaking to Abby. NICOLE: What's he doing here? ABBY: Oh, Jerome and I were on a date, and... Nicole, not waiting for Abby to answer, immediately shoos Jerome from her desk. NICOLE: And he's not going to be sitting behind my desk on my computer. I've got sources on there I'd like to keep anonymous. JEROME: Sorry. Sorry. Jerome jumps up from Nicole's desk chair and steps away as Nicole sits down in it. NICOLE: Oh you will be if I find out even one of my sources backs out of the story for the special. Abby steps in, nervously, but firmly supporting Jerome. ABBY|: Nicole, I wouldn't worry about Jerome. He's on our side in this. Nicole turns to look at Abby, then over at Jerome. She points at Abby, looking her squarely in the eyes. NICOLE: I'm holding you to that. ABBY: Fine by me. Jerome looks at Nicole, feeling uncomfortable staying, he looks at Abby, and nods. JEROME: You know what, it's fine. I gotta get going anyway. ABBY: You sure? JEROME: Yeah. Look, I had a great time, even with the interruptions. Abby takes Jerome's hands and kisses his gently on the lips. ABBY: So did I. Let's do it again? JEROME: You know it. I'll call you. ABBY: 'Kay. Jerome kisses Abby again, before taking off out the door of Nicole's office. Abby then looks back to Nicole. ABBY: There! Now it's just us. NICOLE: Good. Look, try to keep your dates out of our personal business stuff, okay? There is way too much as stake here, regardless of whether he supports this story or not. I just want to keep this under tight wraps until we go to air. Abby throws her hands up. ABBY: Fair enough! I totally get it. After a moment, she sighs, and turns her chair to look at her screen. NICOLE: Good. Okay. Now, what am I looking at? ABBY: Well...that's what I was gonna tell you. Nick tracked us down on our date today. Seems he had been trying to get ahold of you for awhile to give you this. Abby leans over and moves Nicole's mouse over to click the tab where Nick's PDF file is open. Nicole reads the headline, causing her eyes to widen immediately. EnerNext & Titan: Fraudulent Arguments in Environmental Impact Study & Associated Payoffs --- In Horton Town Square, a podium is set up for a press conference, as Justin, John, and Tyler stand by, uncomfortably mulling over their situation. Justin steps toward John, and asks him a question. JUSTIN: John, if you don't mind my asking...just what did you mean about not underestimating Nick? I mean, come on. He's a...cocky kid with a criminal record. Surely there's no way he could run Titan, we have rules stating he couldn't take over if he'd committed a felony. JOHN: And I'm sure Nick is also plenty aware of the number of crimes Brady and Victor have committed over the years. Not to mention the dozens of crimes neither of them have ever been held criminally accounatable for that they probably should've. He's not gonna let that slide, Justin. If you poke the tiger enough times, he's gonna bite back. John looks over as he spots Kate, Lucas, and Billie arriving at the square. JOHN: Besides, that's not the biggest thing I have to worry about with him. Justin looks on at John, puzzled by his vague last statement, but before he can say anything, John grabs the attention of Billie, who nods in recognition of John's greeting. They stand by Tom & Alice's tree, and huddle together, speaking quietly. BILLIE: Okay, what did you find out? JOHN: This kid is in up to his neck. BILLIE: Well, I figured that. Out of curiosity, what did he whisper to you at the meeting? John shakes his head, looking over his shoulder to ensure the others aren't approaching. JOHN: He said he knows about my plan to help save Roman. Now that can mean only one thing. BILLIE: Yeah, but what if he's bluffing? JOHN: How is Nick Fallon gonna find out about our mission unless he's working for the guy? Billie sighs, knowing the truth of the situation, and realizes the gravity of it. BILLIE: So it's true. JOHN: There's only one person that can be behind this, and it means that this goes way deeper than we thought. It's GOT to be Stefano. BILLIE: I'll contact Steve and give him the heads' up. Billie heads out of the square, phone in hand, preparing to call Steve, as John hangs back, looking over at the rest of the crowd at the square, as Nick shows up, looking ever the image of smugness. --- Anjelica sits in the back of her limo, alone. Cell phone in hand, she looks out over the city as it moves past her. Finally, someone picks up. ANJELICA: (into phone) We have good news. He's got it. Titan is in our hands now. ... Stefano sits on the DiMera jet, finishing a martini as he holds the plane's phone up to his ear. He enjoys the end of the drink and laughs heartily at the news. STEFANO: (into phone) Excellent. And once I take care of our business here in Italy, we can celebrate your victory as state governor, yes? ... Anjelica smiles wryly as she answers Stefano. ANJELICA: (into phone) I look forward to it. You still haven't explained to me exactly what you're doing in Italy. ... STEFANO: (into phone) Nothing for you to worry about. This is a little project of mine I need to handle...on my own. Stefano looks out the window, looking stern as his plane descends into Aeroporto Elba. --- --- Stefano sits in the DiMera jet, looking pensively out the window as the plane makes it descent into Aeroporto Elba on Elba Island, Italy. As he looks out over the island, the pilot makes his announcement. PILOT: (over intercom) Good evening, Mr. DiMera, we are about to make our final approach into Aeroporto Elba, please prepare for landing, and fasten your seatbelt. As Stefano fastens his seatbelt, he speaks with his attendant, who passes by on her way to her seat. STEFANO: Maria. Maria, the attendant, stops and stands by Stefano's seat, looking at him with a warm smile. MARIA: Yes, Mr. DiMera. STEFANO: Is everything ready for my arrival? MARIA: Yes, I spoke with the driver. They've already arrived, and they're ready to take you to the yacht immediately upon your arrival at Elba Island. The ship to Capraia Isola is manned and ready for you to board as well. STEFANO: Thank you, my dear. Maria leaves for her seat, leaving Stefano alone. He thinks to himself about his upcoming plans. STEFANO: And once I'm on the compound, my plans for Roman Brady will finally be realized. Stefano sits back in his seat, a sense of comfort washes over him. --- Sheryl walks back into her motel room, taking her handkerchief off her head and removing her sunglasses. She shakes out her dyed-red hair before flopping down on the edge of her bed, smiling widely. SHERYL: Well THAT could NOT have gone any better. Sheryl hears a knock on the door, and gets up, heading for the door. Checking to see who it is, she opens it immediately upon recognizing Jerome through the window. SHERYL: Come in, come in, come in. Jerome walks inside, a somewhat shaken look on his face. JEROME: Hey, how'd it go? SHERYL: Better than you could imagine. We have new leverage we can use against Titan if they keep trying to push the oil sands project through. Jerome looks at Sheryl, surprised and confused. JEROME: I thought you were done with all that? Isn't time to cut and run and protect yourselves here? That was what this whole disguising yourself as Nurse Crystal Clarke thing was meant to be about. Convince Jordan to leave town with you, and move on with new identities. SHERYL: Well...let's just say I had a change of heart after today. JEROME: What's that supposed to mean? Sheryl turns around, positively beaming. SHERYL: Because whatever vote Titan takes on anything is completely null and void. Jerome looks at Sheryl, stupefied. JEROME: What? How? SHERYL: Let's just say that...rumours of Brady Black's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Jerome's eyes widen, as Sheryl starts to laugh at her great fortune. --- Nicole turns quickly back to Abby, stunned by what Nick's presented to them. NICOLE: This is explosive. Abby nods, stepping toward Nicole, who's still sitting in her computer chair. ABBY: I know. I was...floored by what was in there. NICOLE: This is enough to destroy Titan completely. This is huge, we can't afford any mistakes on this. ABBY: I understand. Nicole gets up from her seat, and prepares to take something from her bag, when Miles bursts into her office, startling Abby and Nicole. MILES: Nicole! You need to get down to the Town Square right now. Titan's holding a press conference. Looks like it's a big one. NICOLE: I'm on it. Nicole turns to Abby and points at her while giving direction. NICOLE: I need you to make a list of everyone implicated on that document, and find out who wrote all their press materials. I'll go through the list when I'm back. ABBY: Got it. Abby springs into action, sitting herself down in Nicole's chair, and launching herself into the task, as Nicole packs her bag back up and races out to the press conference. --- John steps back into the Town Square, as Nick approaches Tyler near the podium. They engage in a somewhat secretive chat. NICK: I'm gonna need you to play along with this. I don't think I have to explain why, but you are a crucial part of this handover. TYLER: I don't see why I have to be involved in any of this. NICK: Need I remind you that your very freedom rests in whether or not you can play nice for the cameras. Unless you want the world to know that you've been running a shell corporation used primarily for money laundering and bankrolling a failing enterprise all this time. Tyler sighs, looking down as Nick threatens him. Once Nick finishes, Tyler looks up at Nick, and shakes his head. TYLER: You're in way over your head, kid. NICK: No more than you are. Nick turns to step toward the podium, as Billie returns to the square, having finished her call to Steve. She steps over to John's side. John looks over to her, and she nods, before stepping over to stand with Kate, Lucas, and Justin. Kate, Lucas, and Justin all stand around, looking sombre. JUSTIN: So...who wants to put money on how long before he's thrown out of the tower by security? KATE: Less time than you think. LUCAS: That's fascinating, Mom. Especially since you're part of the reason he was made CEO in the first place. Kate turns to face Lucas, agitation in her tone. KATE: I had no choice, and you know it. LUCAS: Yeah, you keep saying. Too bad we don't know why your hands were tied or we might've been able to change your mind. KATE: Ohhh trust me. Lucas, there's no changing my mind. Like I told your sister, I'll still come up trumps on this. Just you wait. Lucas, Billie, Kate, and Justin all look up, as Nick steps up to the podium. As he does, Nicole arrives with her cameraman, ready to get the footage from Nick's press conference. John looks over at Tyler, who stands behind Nick, trying to hide his frustration at this turn of events. Nick looks out into the crowd, and smiles broadly. NICK: I think we can get started now. Welcome everybody! ---
  6. GH actor out!

    Just watch. Ryan Paevey IN as Andrew Donovan, coming February sweeps 2025.
  7. EPISODE 137 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Gabi paces in her apartment, holding the modelling contract in her hand, as she debates whether or not to sign. She turns to Arianna, who sits in her crib, playing, and rests on the ledge of it. She talks to her. GABI: Should I even do this? Sami and Kate say that playing along is the best way to keep Nick in line. But I don't want you to get hurt. And I don't know if playing along with Nick any more than I have is even safe. Gabi sighs as her phone's text tone goes off. Looking over at the desk where the phone sits, Gabi gets up from the side of the crib and walks over, looking at the phone. The text is from Nick: hey. U avail 2nite? meet me @ TBD 4 dinner. 8pm xx Gabi sighs, putting down the phone, as she debates how to reply. --- Eric holds the documents proving Kristen used Dr. Chyka's formula to drug him in his hands, as he stands by the door of his hotel room. Nicole looks at him, a deep fear in her eyes as Eric looks up at her, stunned. Slowly, Eric begins to smile widely. ERIC: Oh my God. Nicole responds timidly, almost stuttering her meek reply. NICOLE: Wh...wh..w...what is it? ERIC: It's a miracle. Nicole, It's...amazing. I finally have the proof. Nicole looks at an excited Eric, still unsure of whether to be excited or scared. --- Nick steps to the head of the conference table at the front of the Titan board room. He looks around as he finishes his toxic presentation making his case for why he should be named CEO of Titan. NICK: ...In fact, my messenger should be presenting Ms. Walker with the evidence I have against her right now. It's enough to destroy her brand new marriage to Eric Brady. Lucas, Billie, Kate, Justin, and particularly John, all look on in surprise at the news. Nick pretends to have accidentally spilled the beans, holding his hand coyly over his mouth. NICK: Oops! I wasn't supposed to say anything about that either. (laughs) My bad. Nick leans against the edge of the conference table, as he looks around the room with an over-confident demeanour. The others look on, with Kate, in particular, scowling his way. NICK: So...I guess that tells you everything you need to know to make your decision, folks. What say you? --- --- Eric looks up at Nicole, thrilled by the news he's just received by the courier. Nicole looks on, still nervous, as she steps forward to look at the papers. NICOLE: Can I...Can I see that for a moment? ERIC: Yeah! Sure! Nicole takes the documents and looks them over, knowing exactly who sent them to Eric. She flips through them to check the contents of every page, almost frantically. Eric senses Nicole's tension and puts a hand on her shoulder. ERIC: You alright? You don't seem...thrilled by this. NICOLE: I'm just...I feel like there's some kind of catch. Like...who had these all this time? Eric turns Nicole around and kisses her quickly on the lips, leaving Nicole speechless. ERIC: Nicole. I know why you're worried. NICOLE: You do? ERIC: Yeah. You're worried that now that I have the evidence that Dr. Chyka drugged me, that I'm going to abandon you for the priesthood. Nicole looks away, giving a shrug and a cockeyed smile. NICOLE: Well, I...I can't say I'd be surprised if you did. Eric begins to laugh as Nicole reaches out to put her hands on Eric's shoulders, she responds emphatically. NICOLE: Eric, the priesthood meant SO MUCH to you. Never in a million years would I think I could compete with that...dedication you had to your faith, your vocation-- Eric puts his finger up to Nicole's lips, and Nicole stops herself midsentence. He sighs, as he looks down momentarily, thinking for a second about what to say to Nicole. ERIC: Nicole...my dedication and my faith are in you now. I can see that...this was planned all along. I love you, and no matter what happens now that we have this evidence...I made a promise to you today. And I intend to keep it. We are gonna take every step of this journey together. Okay? Nicole begins to cry, hearing Eric's reassuring words. She throws her arms around Eric and kisses him deeply to show her gratitude to him. However, under the chest of drawers by the door of the hotel room, one of the pages Eric received in the package lies, unchecked, hidden just out of both Eric and Nicole's view. --- Gabi looks down at her phone, looking at the text message Nick sent her. She sighs before replying to him. sure, see u then xx Hitting 'send', Gabi puts her phone down on the table, sighing heavily. GABI: Not exactly how I wanted to spend the evening. But...gotta stick to plan. Looking at the contracts on the desk, Gabi tenses for a moment, knowing she will have to make the decision of whether or not to sign the contract, as she, Sami, and Kate had discussed. GABI: Speaking of 'plans'. Gabi throws her hands up and steps back over to the table, making a call to Sami. GABI: (into phone) Hey, Sami. I'm ready to sign....yeah, let's get this over with. --- Justin, John, and Tyler all step onto the elevator at Titan, heading down to the lobby to leave after the board meeting. All three men have sombre expressions on their faces, and remain quiet as the doors shut. After a moment of awkward silence, Justin finally breaks it. JUSTIN: I trust we have a plan to deal with this. Tyler turns to Justin, an unwavering resolve clear in his reply. TYLER: You just leave this to me. If this press conference goes how I hope...he'll be toast by sunset. John immediately cuts in, looking stoically in Tyler's direction, causing both Tyler and Justin to turn suddenly in John's direction. JOHN: Don't be so sure about that. If I'm right about him, Nick Fallon could be very dangerous to all of us. Tyler and Justin stay focused on John, a grave concern on both their faces. --- Billie, Kate, and Lucas stay behind in the board room at Titan, Billie and Lucas looking dejected, while Kate packs up her things, looking unworried. Billie seems on edge, almost slamming her files and papers into her bag, which doesn't go unnotcied by Kate. KATE: You know, if you slam those into that bag any harder, you'll tear a hole in the bottom. BILLIE: Well, I'm due to get a new one anyway. You know, I can't believe this, Mom. This is a complete disaster. Kate rolls her eyes, as she continues to get her things organized in a blasé manner. KATE: You are being so melodramatic right now. BILLIE: I think I have a right to be. You just exposed all of us to a serial blackmailer, and you let him win. LUCAS: Billie's right, Mom. He knows we we were onto him, and he knows all about our plans, which, while Sheryl and Jordan are still out there, means we're all in danger. Kate, finally exasperated with her children's worries, stops putting her things away and turns toward Billie and Lucas, looking at them sternly as she puts a hand on her hip. KATE: Okay. Enough. You are both acting like scared children right now, and it's for nothing. Lucas laughs sarcastically, irritated by Kate's dismissive attitude. LUCAS: I wouldn't call this nothing, Mom. Nick's got enough on everyone to turn all their votes in his favour when he has ZERO experience running so much as a popsicle stand. That means he's got enough to sink ALL of us, and YOU know it. KATE: Maybe he does. Hell, Nick could have enough information to put the Pentagon to shame. But that doesn't mean he's going to get away with it. BILLIE: And how do you know that? Kate turns her head to look straight at Billie. She looks at her daughter with a cocky smile. KATE: Because nobody pisses off that many Kiriakises that quickly without retalliation. He may think that with Brady dead and Victor in a coma that the family's been defanged, but I have consorted with these people longer than that child has been alive, and I can tell you now...he's overdue to be knocked down a peg or two. Lucas and Billie look at each other, unsure whether to believe Kate or not. Lucas folds his arms and looks Kate's way skeptically. --- Anjelica stands in the DiMera living room, organizing files on her tablet, as the door opens. She looks over to see Nick walking in. She spots a confident expression in his eyes and sets her tablet down on the desk. ANJELICA: Well, you certainly have a spring in your step. NICK: You could say that. ANJELICA: I suppose this means it's good news. NICK: You could say that as well. Because as of about twenty minutes ago, you are looking at the new CEO of Titan Industries. Anjelica's face lights up at the news, and she begins to chuckle to herself gleefully. ---
  8. EPISODE 136 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Eric and Nicole lay in bed together, truly happy. They smile, breathing heavily as their heart rates descend from a long session of lovemaking. Nicole rolls over, resting against Eric's naked chest, before leaning in for a kiss. NICOLE: You know...I could handle this whole...being married thing if this is how it's gonna be every day from now on. Eric laughs, as Nicole smiles back at him. ERIC: Yeah, if this was all being married was about, I could get used to it too. NICOLE: Well, it could be. You know...I think we're both...very secure in our love for each other...and I know that whatever comes our way...I think we can get through it, as long as we work together. Eric smiles, taking his hand and putting it up to Nicole's face. ERIC: I will always be here for you, no matter what. Eric pulls Nicole in for another kiss, as Nicole's phone goes off. They both stop and sigh. Nicole's head falls face-first into Eric's chest, as Eric laughs quietly to himself. ERIC: You'd better get that. Nicole lifts her head, and begins to whine jokingly. NICOLE: But I don't wannaaaa... Eric continues to laugh, as Nicole leans over and grabs her phone from the bedside table. It's Abigail. Nicole's expression immediately changes, as she answers the call. NICOLE: (into phone) Abby? ... Abigail stands in Nicole's office, her back to Jerome, who sits at Nicole's desk, looking at her computer. He looks on, stunned by what he's seeing on the screen. ABBY: (into phone) Hey Boss! Uh...I...I'm sorry to bother you. I know you had an appointment and all, but... ... Nicole furrows her brow, a bit annoyed and a bit confused as to why Abby's calling. NICOLE: (into phone) Uh...it's fine. Now's not really a...great time... ... ABBY: (into phone) No! I, I'll make it quick. Promise. It's...really important. Abby looks over her shoulder to see a stunned Jerome reading the article headline from the flash drive Nick sent them. EnerNext & Titan: Fraudulent Arguments in Environmental Impact Study & Associated Payoffs ABBY: (into phone) You're gonna wanna come down to the office...right away. --- Nick paces the Titan board room, holding a pack of sealed envelopes in his hand, as the rest of the Titan board sits in stone silence, stunned by what Nick's held over their heads, and what he wants. Tyler, ready to stop Nick before he goes too far, gets up from his seat. TYLER: I...uh...I think we've heard enough to make our decision on your proposition, Mr. Fallon. Nick smiles, and turns to face Tyler, responding with a condescending tone. NICK: Oh, I don't think so. Not quite yet. Nick holds the envelopes in his hand up to prominently display them to the rest of the room. He paces up and down the room still, as the others, most notably Kate, look on in discomfort. Tyler sits down, knowing he won't be able to stop Nick. NICK: You see, as I mentioned before, I've been keeping a veeeery close eye on all of you here at Titan. And I've gotta say, you guys know how to cover your tracks. But not quite well enough. JOHN: And what exactly does that mean? Nick looks over to John, placing the first envelope down in front of him. Without breaking his gaze for a second, even to blink, he looks John dead in the eyes. NICK: Why don't you open the envelope and find out? Nick suddenly breaks gaze, and turns to walk around the table. As he does, Nick flips through the envelopes, placing down one before each board member as he finds the ones for the person before him. Once completed, he leans on Kate's shoulders slightly, causing Kate to stiffen instantly. NICK: I think we're ready to begin. Nick looks at everyone, a sickening, smug smile on his face, as the board members glare at him murderously. --- --- Anjelica stands in the Horton Town Square, smiling at a less-than-impressed Adrienne, who stands opposite Anjelica, with her arms folded. ADRIENNE: Anjelica. What are you doing back in town? ANJELICA: Well, I see you don't pay much attention to the news. Not that that surprises me. You always were a bit of an intellectual lightweight. Adrienne rolls her eyes at Anjelica's jab, biting her tongue before she says something she'd regret. ANJELICA: Among other more...personal matters, I am here as part of my campaign for the state governor's office. Adrienne can't help but crack up at Anjelica's announcement. Incredulous, she responds, very amused. ADRIENNE: As if you have a snowball's chance in Hell of winning. ANJELICA: Oh, come now, Adrienne. A person's past indiscretions are hardly a reason to keep a person out of government these days, we all know that. ADRIENNE: Yes, well, I don't think I've ever seen anyone run for office after having tried to blow someone up. Anjelica looks at Adrienne, a more serious, lethal expression in her eyes, as the smile disappears from her face. ANJELICA: Ah! those old lies, and innuendoes. Frankly, Adrienne, I think being in that explosion knocked something loose that should've stayed in place. You're long overdue for a doctor's visit. May I suggest ah...Dr. Marlena Evans? Adrienne, fed up, grabs her shopping bags, and brushes past Anjelica to leave. ADRIENNE: I don't have to listen to this. Enjoy your visit, Anjelica. I hope it's very short. Anjelica turns to call out to Adrienne, goading her once more, and stopping Adrienne in her tracks momentarily. ANJELICA: Oh, I expect it won't be. Seeing as my son's living with you and Justin. I hope I'll see you at dinner tonight at the Kiriakis mansion? Adrienne sighs, before turning back around to face Anjelica. ADRIENNE: Well, I would but we tend to not let stray cats in the house, much less eat off the dinner table. ANJELICA: What are you saying? You're not even going to let me share a meal with my son? ADRIENNE: Anjelica, quite frankly, I'm sure no one would have an appetite with you there. And I hate wasting food. Anjelica chuckles to herself. ANJELICA: Ahh yes, that old blue collar spirit. Waste not, want not! ADRIENNE: Which reminds me that I don't have the time to waste on you. So... Adrienne grabs her shopping bags from the bench and gives Anjelica a fake smile. ADRIENNE: Have a great day, Anjelica. Adrienne walks off, leaving Anjelica behind, a raised eyebrow and shaking her head. --- Kate holds open the card Nick's enclosed in her envelope, sighing as she's reminded of her part in his attempted drowning. Lucas looks over, panicked as he holds his card in Kate's direction, tensing in frustration. He whispers forcefully. LUCAS: How the HELL does Nick know about the entire plan? Billie sighs, resting her fingertips on her forehead, as she reads her card. Billie, the spy came to town to hide in plain sight at Titan. Trying to get the goods on her mama's boytoy's new girlfriend. What a wonderful waste of our secret service's resources. Billie sighs, knowing her reason for being in Salem has been found out. BILLIE: Maybe mom was right. Kate looks over momentarily at Billie, shrugging as she looks back toward Nick. KATE: Trust me. This is the best thing we can do. Across the table, Justin looks at his card, reading: Justin, actively trying to falsify environmental assessments so you can rush through a forcible eviction from a citizen's hard-earned property? You should be ashamed. Justin looks over at Billie, a similarly concerned expression on her face as his. He closes his card and lays it down on the table, as he looks over at a smug Nick. JUSTIN: And just how do you think you can prove any of this. NICK: You really wanna test this theory, huh? That I didn't come to this meeting prepared? John jumps in, closing his own note. He holds his arms out, looking at Nick incredulously. JOHN: Oh, come on, Nick! You're bluffing! There's no way you have something on every single one of us with enough proof to back it up that you could take each of us down. Nick saunters over to John, staring him down with his trademark grin. He leans in close to John, never breaking gaze. NICK: I wouldn't push your luck, Mr. Black. Nick leans in and whispers in John's ear. NICK: (whispering) I know about your little plan to save Roman Brady. And it's not gonna work. John tenses immediately. He recognizes Nick is serious, and looks over at a concerned Justin. Sitting back down, he puts his hand over his mouth, sighing heavily. Nick, meanwhile, turns back toward the head of the table, leaning over it to speak to the rest of the room. NICK: Now, as I said, I'm not bluffing. In fact, as I speak, I am about to have a small...wedding present sent to one of my greatest allies in the fight to stop this little project of yours: Nicole Walker. ... Nicole readies herself to leave Eric's hotel room, frantically trying to adjust her dress, as Eric stands nearby, shirtless, trying to help zip her back in. Meanwhile, we hear Nick's voice over the hurried scene. NICK: (voiceover) You see, I've sent a little document to her new husband, detailing some of the things I've uncovered about HER indiscretions, using the same methods I used to dig up all kinds of dirt on all of you. I'm sure you'll be hearing all about it shortly. As Nick speaks: Outside the hotel room, a man walks toward the door. After a moment, he makes his over and knocks on the door. Inside, Nicole and Eric stop in their tracks, before Eric heads quickly over to open it. ERIC: I'll get it. Might be room service. I didn't get them in time. Nicole laughs quietly, as she adjusts herself, before putting her shoes on. Eric opens the door, to find the messenger Aiden sent to his room, with a large manila envelope in hand. MESSENGER: Eric Brady? Eric looks on, confused, as he clutches the envelope. ERIC: Yeah. That's me. After taking the envelope, the messenger holds out a tablet and a stylus for Eric. MESSENGER: Sign here. Eric signs for the document, still unsure of what to expect to find inside. As he finishes, he hands both the tablet and stylus back to the messenger, before shutting the door behind him. Inside, Nicole looks puzzled as well, as Eric begins to open the document. NICOLE: What is it? ERIC: Dunno. Wasn't expecting anything. Were you? Nicole shakes her head, as Eric opens the envelope and pulls out what's inside. As he does, one of the pages of the document falls out of Eric's grasp and falls to the floor, just out of sight underneath Eric's nightstand. NICOLE: What is it? Eric's jaw drops, as he struggles to catch his breath. He realizes the information the documents contain. ERIC: Oh my God. This is it. NICOLE: What? ERIC: It's the Chyka file. I finally have proof that Kristen drugged me. Nicole gasps in horror, as she realizes Nick's taken action against her. She braces herself for Eric's reaction. For now, Eric looks up at Nicole, stunned, but with a bit of a smile on his face. ---
  9. EPISODE 135 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Abigail sits next to Jerome, as they drive down the road toward the DiMera Tower. Abigail seems on edge, anticipating what could be on Nick's flash drive. Jerome senses Abby's tension and looks over at her, flashing a smile that helps comfort her. JEROME: I will say this is nothing like any first date I've ever been on. Abby laughs, looking over and smiling at Jerome as he oscillates his gaze between Abby and the road ahead. ABBY: Yeah, it's...pretty unusual, I'll admit. JEROME: Well, look, I'll help you however you need. Sounds like this is pretty important so... ABBY: I think it is. Abby looks down at the flash drive in her hand, she looks at it, curiously. ABBY: I think whatever's on this drive...could change a lot of lives. --- Nick sits confidently at the conference table in the Titan board room, sitting next to Percy. A small stack of letter-sized envelopes lay on the table in front of them, as he watches the other board members mill about, conversing solemnly in their seats. Billie Reed, for one, is especially discomforted by Nick Fallon's relaxed air, knowing what the meeting has in store. She looks over at Kate, who looks unusually at ease, given the circumstance. Kate has her game face on, something her son, Lucas, does not share. He looks back at Billie, trying to hide his worry. John Black walks in, a similarly solemn expression on his face, as he silently catches Billie's eye. She gives him a worried look, which John mirrors, as he sits down across from her and her family members at the table. He nods over to an equally-worried Justin, who sits next to him. Eventually, realizing the entire board is present, Tyler finally calls the meeting to order. TYLER: I, umm...I think we have everyone. So...let's call the meeting to order. The board members settle in their seats, as Tyler looks around the room a moment, waiting to begin. TYLER: We...ummm...we're calling the meeting today due to a series of rather...unfortunate events that have occurred in the preceding few days which are hitting our business rather hard. Tyler takes a moment, looking over at Justin, then Nick, before turning back to the rest of the board, a certain sadness in his voice. TYLER: Ah...(clears throat) first off, our CEO, Victor Kiriakis has unfortunately suffered a heart attack, and is currently in an induced coma at University Hospital while he recovers from surgery. In the meantime, Justin Kiriakis and myself are acting as interim co-CEOs, as per Victor's request, outlined on Page 4 of the presentations before all of you. As Tyler speaks, Kate looks over, glaring at Nick, who winks back at her from across the conference table. Kate rolls her eyes at Nick's smug demeanour and cockiness. She leans over toward Lucas as he whispers snidely to her. LUCAS: Imagine how good it would feel to smack that irritating smirk off Nick's face? KATE: I know the feeling. But just remember how good it'll feel to watch him do it all by himself. Lucas sighs, having doubts about Kate's strategy. LUCAS: I hope to God you're right, Mom. KATE: I always am. Tyler carries on with his address to the board, ignoring Kate and Lucas' asides. TYLER: Additionally, we've fended off an attack to our internal servers. As some of you may have heard. Last night, Nick Fallon prevented a complete and total destruction of our company's mainframe server, and cloud server, preventing the loss of millions of important documents and files, not to mention saving this company. I think we owe him a debt of gratitude. Justin looks over at Nick, unsure if he shares Tyler's sentiment. Kate, Billie, and Lucas all look at each other, equally unimpressed. John stares ahead, giving his best poker face the entire time. TYLER: I hear that Nick has a few words for us, and I would like to give him the opportunity to speak to you all. Without further ado, Nick Fallon. Nick gets up immediately, confidently smiling at the board, who look on with a mix of indifference and, in some cases, dread. NICK: Thank you. I have to say that...I appreciate all of your efforts. I thank each and every one of you for inviting me here today, and giving me the floor, even if it's just for a few moments. If you'd indulge me, I would like to use this moment to do something very unusual for someone in my position. Kate looks over at Billie, resting her head on her hand as she leans on the armrest of her chair. KATE: Here we go. Nick looks around the room, and grabs the stack of envelopes from the conference table. He holds them tightly in his hands, as he smiles broadly, and speaks earnestly and professionally, looking each board member squarely in the eyes as he looks around the room from his place at the table. NICK: I would like to put forth a motion. And before you respond to that motion...I would like to make my case for it. I think, once you hear everything I have to say...you'll find it all...extremely compelling. Nick holds the envelopes in one hand, gently tapping them against his other hand as he carefully studies the faces of everyone in the room. He smiles again before finally speaking. NICK: I am proposing making a change. To appoint myself, with the close, guiding assistance of longtime professional, and trusted colleague, Tyler Houston, as new permanent CEO of Titan Industries. The room stirs, incredulous at Nick's outrageous manoevre. Kate tries in vain to hold in her amusement at the spectacle Nick is making of himself, while Lucas and Billie look her way, more concerned. Billie looks over at a frustrated Justin, looking his way with a defeated look. Nick relishes the reaction he's getting. Looking around the room with his trademark smirk while watching everyone react. --- --- Adrienne walks through Horton Town Square, shopping bags in hand as she races through to get back to her car. ADRIENNE: Gotta get this home before the boys get back. Stopping a moment before she leaves the square, Adrienne heads to the bench by Tom & Alice's tree, and lays her bags down, digging through her bag to find her car keys. ADRIENNE: You can't get into your car with only mind power, Adrienne. They haven't invented that yet. Finally digging her keys out, she grabs her bags and quickly turns to dart out of the square. ADRIENNE: Got 'em. As Adrienne turns, she runs immediately into a woman who's to her left. Not realizing who it is, Adrienne begins to apologize profusely before she stops dead in her tracks. ADRIENNE: Oh my God, I'm so sorry, I... Adrienne looks up, realizing the person standing before her is very familiar. ADRIENNE: Anjelica. Anjelica flashes a quick smile, looking ever the professional as her insincerity drips out of every word she speaks. ANJELICA: Well! Adrienne! Isn't it lovely bumping into each other like this? Adrienne looks on at Anjelica, stunned and visibly displeased. --- Abby unlocks the door to Nicole's office at WXIR, letting herself and Jerome in. Jerome turns on the light as Abby fumbles with her keys, trying to put them in her purse. Closing the door behind them, Abby steps over to the computer and moves the mouse, waking the computer from its sleep. She plugs the flash drive in and waits impatiently, as she sits down in Nicole's office chair, Jerome standing over her. ABBY: And now we wait. --- Tyler stands up at the conference table, as the rest of the room still reacts to Nick's motion. Holding up his arms, Tyler attempts to calm the room down, calling out over the din. TYLER: Excuse me, everybody! I need order, please. After a moment the room quiets down again, prompting Tyler to continue. TYLER: Look, I know what Mr. Fallon has suggested is...highly unorthodox...to say the least, but...well, let's hear him out. Tyler finishes his sentence, a grave feeling in him that expresses itself plainly in his voice. Tyler sits down, clearly dreading what's to come, as Nick smiles and nods graciously at Tyler. NICK: Thank you, Mr. Houston. So...I expected that...eruption. To put it mildly. However, I'm sure a lot of you don't know quite why this company is so important to me....and why this job is so important to me. Nick steps out from behind the table, and begins to pace the room, starting by pacing behind the head of the table, where Tyler and Justin are seated beside him. Tyler refuses to turn to watch Nick, needing to stare straight ahead as Nick carries on. Justin looks around the room, while leaning his chair to ensure he can see Nick as well. NICK: You see, a lot of why we're all here today is down to a very important project started by me many years ago. Titan's alternative fuels project, was patented by myself. Unfortunately, since being acquired by Titan, the project has laid dormant while all of you pour billions of dollars you do not have down the drain pursuing a fossil fuels project that will never see the light of day. Nick stops behind Percy's seat at the table. He turns to look out at the room. NICK: And why is that? Nick puts his hands squarely on Percy's shoulders, causing Percy to startle slightly. NICK: This man. Percy Ruggles. Surely you all remember Percy. The lone holdout of your plan to devastate the local agriculture and air quality in your attempts to filter tar from the ground by the Salem River? Nick lets go of Percy's shoulders, holding his arms out to pose a question to the group. NICK: Why do that when you have a completely workable project right here that is 100% sustainable? Why waste millions manipulating politicians to force people from their homes...when you have everything you need to supply every person in Salem with all the power and energy they need with my patent? Nick laughs as the group remains dead silent. He nods, knowing they remain unmoved. NICK: That's what I figured. Your egos don't want to believe you could be wrong about this. That you squandered all this potential because you wanted to own the rights to this and never use it. Just so you wouldn't have to deal with the threat. Well that ends today. Justin, fed up of Nick's grandstanding, gets up from his seat and holds a hand up to Nick, trying to convince him to stop. JUSTIN: Nick, that's enough! Now-- NICK: No! No, Justin. It's not. Nick steps back away from Justin, laughing as headache begins anew. Nick's vision blurs as a piercing pain shoots through him once again, Nick stops a moment before continuing his response. JUSTIN: Nick, are you okay? NICK: I'm fine....woah, I am SO fine. Better than any of you will be in a few minutes. Believe me. TYLER: Nick, I think we may have...had enough now. Nick laughs as Tyler awkwardly tries to get Nick to stop his raving. NICK: (laughs) You....(laughs) you are the last person who should be trying to get me to stop right now, Tyler. And you know it. Nick breathes in, leaning over, and looking straight into Tyler's eyes with a crazed, laser-focused intensity. NICK: Besides, the fun is just about to start. Billie squirms as Nick gathers himself together and walks over to his seat at the conference table. He still holds the stack of envelopes, but also opens his laptop bag, pulling out a single manila envelope, which he drops in the middle of the table. The entire group remains stone silent as they watch Nick drop the envelope down. NICK: You see, I have been keeping tight surveillance over eeeeevery one of you here at the Titan HQ these last few months....and you know what? You people are some pieces of work. Not a single honest thought or word between any of you. You know that? Nick cackles as he points at the envelope in the middle of the table. NICK: THIS....this is the fact sheet detailing every falsehood contained in your sham of a proposal for the EnerNext oil sands. Every half-truth, every outright lie, where it came from, and the money trail that led to it being printed, and propagated throughout the state, and beyond. Nick looks around the room, feeling oh-so-satisfied as he surveys the ghost-white expressionless faces of the Titan board members. NICK: And guess who has all this info? WXIR! The same station you geniuses were so damn ready to rid yourselves of so you could free up capital to invest in this big SCAM! Nick smiles, seriously amused by the situation, as Justin looks over, trying not to panic, at an unsurprised Kate. John looks over at Billie, then back at Kate, still maintaining a poker face, but a tinge of concern is there if you look closer. Tyler looks down, unable to hide his worry. *** As Nick's last words are spoken, we see Abby and Jerome at Nicole's computer, as the document from Nick's flash drive appears on the screen. NICK: (voiceover) And very soon everyone in Salem, and beyond is going to know the truth about what you've all done. The title appears in bold on the screen: EnerNext & Titan: Fraudulent Arguments in Environmental Impact Study & Associated Payoffs Abby draws herself up, stunned by the headline alone, as Jerome looks at the screen, knowing the impact this has on his and Sheryl's own aims. ABBY: I think I need to call Nicole. Abby grabs her phone from her purse and frantically makes a call to Jerome, as Jerome looks intensely at the screen, certain that he needs to read more, and now. ---
  10. EPISODE 134 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Nick and Percy walk onto the elevator together at the Titan building. Both men appear to be in a chipper demeanour, standing silently as the doors to the elevator close. Nick presses the button to the floor they intend to travel to, and the lift begins to move. Percy turns to Nick with a nervous smile. PERCY: Nicholas, I...I hate to ask-- Nick immediately interrupts, looking straight ahead, unflinchingly. NICK: --Then don't. Nick turns to look at Percy. He smiles, as Percy's smile fades, suddenly far more nervous. NICK: We've got this. PERCY: Are you absolutely certain? NICK: Totally. I even have insurance now. Percy looks back at Nick, wondering what he means. Nick recognizes Percy's look of curiosity immediately. NICK: When I was meeting with Tyler last night, I found the press release Will was working on for the EnerNext project. PERCY: Alright. What exactly is the significance of this press release? NICK: Well, I took a moment to read through it...and then I did some fact-checking...and they made every bit of their research up. Anything they didn't pull out of thin air, they paid off scientists to back them up on. So I did a bit more digging. Found out who paid what, how much, as to whom. If that press release goes out, there's a lot of people whose careers will be in shambles. Percy looks on, contemplative, before the elevator announces its arrival at their floor. The ding of the opening door snaps Percy's head back forward. PERCY: I see. Then I do believe we're in good stead. Onward! Nick and Percy step off the elevator in lock step. --- In the Titan board room, Billie walks in to find Justin alone in the room, unpacking his tablet at the table. Billie smiles warmly at him. BILLIE: Well, long time, no see. Justin looks up with the same smile as he logs into his tablet. JUSTIN: Likewise. How did it go with the family? Billie rests her bag on the table across from Justin, giving him a grimace. BILLIE: It...it was an interesting talk. JUSTIN: You're making me nervous now. BILLIE: That's because I'm nervous enough for the both of us. My mother's preparing to cave to Nick's proposal, and she expects me to follow suit. Justin looks at Billie, stunned. --- Abby and Jerome sit together on their lunch date at the Brady Pub, sitting across from each other at a booth. They look relaxed together, enjoying each other's company thoroughly. ABBY: Sorry about...Nick interrupting. JEROME: No no! Don't worry about it. The guy gives me a bad vibe but...you two are cousins. I can tell you care a lot about him. Abby smiles, as she looks down at her coffee cup, stirring it casually as she stares into the cup. Jerome's expression changes to one of concern. JEROME: I...I...Earth to Abby. Abby snaps out of her thoughts, blinking momentarily as she looks up again at Jerome. ABBY: Sorry. Yeah, I...I guess I've just been worried about him. JEROME: Why's that? Abby sighs, unsure whether she wants to delve into the whole story, but, after a moment, she looks up at Jerome. ABBY: He hasn't been himself in a very long time. He was this...sweet tech nerd kid growing up. You know...always willing to help someone out and he'd....he'd make stupid mistakes sometimes but you always knew he was trying to do the right thing. Jerome looks on, interested in Abby's story. JEROME: So what changed? Abby sighs, looking down sadly. ABBY: He was shot...and the pain meds they gave him while he was in recovery...they...they totally messed him up. He became addicted. JEROME: I'm sorry. ABBY: It's...not your fault. I thought he'd kicked it while he was in jail, but...when I saw him the other day at Salem U, the way he was acting...it was like... JEROME: Like he was still on the pills? ABBY: Honestly, I wonder if he ever stopped. And it's almost like he was going through withdrawals or something. Jerome looks at Abby, thoughtfully and contemplating her view on Nick's behaviour. --- --- Abby looks down, still slowly stirring her coffee, as Jerome looks on, taking a sip. Suddenly, she appears to snap out of it, looking back up at Jerome. ABBY: Sorry, I know you didn't come here to hear me talk about my weird cousin. JEROME: Nah, it's cool. Like...I know you love the guy. I just worry after what I saw at Salem U. Abby, I just get this feeling this guy's up to something, and it's not good. I feel like I need to protect you from him. Abby smiles at Jerome, reaching a hand out to touch his across the table. ABBY: You don't have to. But I love that you want to. It's sweet. Jerome looks down at Abby's hand, resting on his, and cups his other hand over hers. He looks into her eyes seriously. JEROME: I think you're a very special lady, Miss Deveraux. Abby giggles, as Jerome squeezes her hand gently, a smile on his face knowing he made Abby laugh. JEROME: You got this...this look in your eye. There's a lot more to you than what I see on the outside, I can tell. Abby blushes, smiling a goofy, embarrassed smile as Jerome charms her. JEROME: I'd like to get to see what's under that calm surface...if you'd let me. Abby smiles, and nods softly. ABBY: We'll see. JEROME: That's all I can ask for. Abby pulls her hand away, and grabs her bag from beside her on the seat. ABBY: I hate to cut this short but, I gotta see what's on this flash drive and report back to my boss. JEROME: You sure you wanna bug your boss when she told you specifically not to? Abby gets up from the booth and pulls the flash drive out, holding it in her hand and casually waving it as she makes her point to Jerome, who's also gotten up from the booth. ABBY: If what's on here is important enough that Nick would take the time to track me down in the middle of a work day? It may warrant it, yeah. Jerome looks on, casually nodding in agreement, before heading for the door. JEROME: Well, come on. Let me drive you to the office. ABBY: Thanks. Jerome and Abby head for the exit, as Jerome drops enough money to cover the cheque on the table before heading out. --- EJ looks up from his desk at DiMera Enterprises, surprised by the news Sami's just given him. EJ: Nicole married Eric? As in your brother, Eric. Sami leans against the edge of EJ's desk, fuming. SAMI: YEP! Mom and I tried to stop them but we were too late, and now Eric isn't speaking to either of us. EJ: No surprise there. Sami glares at EJ, shouting him down for his quip. SAMI: I'm sorry, WHAT?! My brother just married a lying BITCH and you're making jokes-- EJ: No, no, I'm not saying I don't blame him, Samantha, but I know how people are when they're...that in love with someone. Sami sighs, rolling her eyes, balking at the idea that Eric's feelings for Nicole are that strong. SAMI: Love. Yeah, right. He was manipulated into marrying her. He was vulnerable because your sister raped him, and he was kicked out of the priesthood because YOUR FAMILY made sure the proof disappeared. EJ gets up from his desk, suddenly feeling defensive of his family. EJ: Okay, Samantha, that's not fair. SAMI: The hell it isn't! EJ sighs, holding his tongue before he says anything he regrets. Sami, meanwhile, continues her tirade. SAMI: Your father is always bailing that harpee of a sister of yours out like she's an eight year old child instead of making her take responsibility for her actions, and you're so afraid of getting on his bad side that you just let him. EJ stands behind his desk, folding his arms as he quietly, but sternly responds to Sami. EJ: Need I remind you of everything I am doing to protect you and your loved ones, including your son from being implicated in an attempted murder. Without my help, Nick Fallon would have had you all in jail months ago, and taken off with your grandchild and that insipid idiot Gabriella Hernandez. Sami looks down, sheepishly. The reminder snaps her back to reality, and she answers EJ, a guilty calm suddenly in her voice. SAMI: Yeah, I remember. EJ: So don't you ever think for a second that I am not thinking of what is best for you. You are everything to me. I know we have our problems, Samantha, but I am dedicated, 100% to making sure you know every day that you are the most important thing to me. You got that? Sami looks up at EJ, a faint smile on her face as she nods, acknowledging EJ's vow. --- Brady steps back into Anita's cabin, calling out to her to let her know he's returned. BRADY: Anita! I'm back! Anita steps out from the kitchen, a casserole dish in her hands, as she walks over to the dining table in the main room. She smiles as she greets Brady. ANITA: So, is she sold? Brady pulls a wad of bills from his pocket and holds it out to her. BRADY: $800 cash. All for you. Anita sets the casserole down on the table, and turns back to take the wad of bills from Brady, before taking two bills from the wad to give back to Brady, a huge smile on her face. She presses the bills into Brady's hand. ANITA: Your commission, kind sir. Brady looks down and laughs as Anita laughs playfully with him. He hesitates a moment before handing the money back to her. BRADY: You know, I don't know, Anita. You really don't need to give me this. ANITA: Absolutely, I do. You need money. And you did a great thing for me. BRADY: Well, yeah. But you've done so much for me already. I feel like I owe you. I...I can't accept this. Anita holds up her hand, shaking her head. ANITA: You can, and you will. Besides, I hear southerners drive a hard bargain! BRADY: Well, that's the thing. See...she talked like she was from the south, and all...but...there was something about her, Anita. I swear, I recognize her. Like...I've seen her somewhere before. Brady looks over at Anita, racking his brain to place "Crystal's" face. --- Sheryl backs the big blue SUV she'd just purchased from Brady into a secluded spot off the side of the road. Turning off the engine, she steps out of the car, to look over at the road, and see how well-hidden the truck is to traffic. SHERYL: At least I'm not too far from that general store. Gotta get this thing hidden away well enough that no one will find it when I make a getaway. She grabs her phone from her pocket and makes a voice note: SHERYL: (into voice memo on her phone) 2.4 miles up State Road 45, past Six Mile Road. Look for the old beige fence ending with a group of large pine trees. Putting her voice memo away, Sheryl looks over the position of the truck, making sure it's hidden from all angles. Once she's satisfied, She locks up the truck, and calls a cab. SHERYL: (into phone) Yes, I'd like a cab to the corner of County Road 8 and Smith Island Road, please? ...yes, and please hurry, my car broke down, and I'm running late...thank you. Sheryl hangs up the phone, satisfied with herself, as she walks off toward the country intersection. --- Justin stands across the board room table from Billie, stunned by the bomb she's just dropped. JUSTIN: I'm sorry, what? Your mother's voting IN FAVOUR of Nick's proposal? BILLIE: Look, there's more to it than that, it's just-- As Billie tries to tell Justin Kate's reason for her vote, the doors to the board room open, and Nick and Percy walk in with a confident stride. NICK: Ahh, I see we're nice and early for the festivities. Justin and Billie turn to look at them, a somewhat disdainful look on their faces. Justin comes back with a quick retort. JUSTIN: Not that you should be privvy to them in the first place. But yes, we aren't due to start for another twenty minutes. NICK: Well, I think I've got enough going for me that I won't be missing any more of these going forward. Nick sits his bag down on the conference table and unzips it, pulling his laptop from his bag as he talks. NICK: I think, personally, this is going to be a very productive meeting. Don't you? Billie and Justin look uncomfortably at each other, then looking back Nick's way with the same uneasiness. Nick, meanwhile, pulls out his stack of envelopes, one for each of the Titan board members. He lays them neatly on the conference table in front of him, as he sits down, looking very self-satisfied. ---
  11. EPISODE 133 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Noelle paces nervously inside the Kiriakis Mansion by the glass doors to the garden. She holds her cell phone up to her ear, hoping her call will be answered, checking to see if anyone's coming from either the kitchen or the living room. NOELLE: Come on, Nick. Pick up your damn phone. After a second, the call goes to voice mail. Noelle hangs up in frustration and walks back into the living room, upon which point she hears the doorbell ring. Further exasperated, she walks out into the foyer and opens the door. It's Anjelica. ANJELICA: Ahh! Dear daughter-in-law. Noelle looks stunned by Anjelica's arrival. NOELLE: A...Anjelica. Anjelica responds with a chipper tone, dripping with a phony pleasantness. ANJELICA: Well, aren't you gonna let me in? As Anjelica says this, she walks right through the opened door, as a surprised Noelle stands back in shock. Once inside, Anjelica makes a beeline for the Kiriakis living room, as Noelle turns and closes the door. NOELLE: What are you doing here? And why haven't you been answering my phone calls? Anjelica walks over to the bar in the corner of the room and pours herself a scotch, as though in her own home. As she does, she pours a second glass for Noelle. ANJELICA: Oh come now, Noelle. I'm surprised at you! You know that the signals emitted from cellular devices have been known to interfere with the mechanical equipment on airplanes. Noelle looks annoyed at Anjelica, while folding her arms, as Anjelica turns around and holds a drink out to Noelle. NOELLE: Of course, how could I forget? Anjelica smiles at Noelle's sarcastic reply, as Noelle takes the drink from Anjelica's hand. ANJELICA: I did get your messages, though. Have you been able to get ahold of Nick? NOELLE: Not yet. But I honestly don't think it'll make a difference. Once he lets the board know what we have on them, they're gonna be eating out of the palm of his hand. Anjelica raises an eyebrow to Noelle, a wry smile on her face as she casually leans her glass over to toast Noelle's. They share a quick laugh as they take a sip from their respective drinks. --- Brady stands in front of the truck outside the rural general store, as a heavily disguised Sheryl stands before him, scarf covering most of her dyed-red hair, and large sunglasses. Brady pulls himself upright off the front of the truck fender, and extends a hand to shake Sheryl's. BRADY: And you must be... SHERYL: Crystal. Crystal Clarke. Brady smiles, intrigued by "Crystal's" myserious appearance. BRADY: Nice to meet you. Although, I gotta say...you look awfully familiar. Have we...have we met? Sheryl looks on at Brady, mouth agape, as she tries not to show her internal panic on her face. --- Abby and Jerome sit in the Brady Pub at a booth, laughing awkwardly as they smile at each other. Abby takes a sip of her soda, as Jerome looks her in the eyes with a warmth that Abby finds irresistable. JEROME: You know...I think I'm starting to get to like Salem. ABBY: Well, good. Cos I could get used to having you around. So tell me, where were you before here, anyway? Jerome takes a sip of his beer before answering Abby, answering almost too quickly. JEROME: Toronto. I was finishing my Masters' at University of Toronto. Abby looks on, impressed. ABBY: Oh NICE! What in? JEROME: Computer science. ABBY: Oooh a tech guy. Abby laughs, giving Jerome a flirtatious look, as Nick opens the door to the pub, immediately spotting Abby and Jerome on their date. He smiles, observing them from afar. --- --- Sami slams the door to EJ's office at DiMera Enterprises, startling EJ who is sitting at his desk. SAMI: UGGGGH! That...woman! Sami paces the room, tense and enraged. EJ looks up at Sami, still uncomfortable, as he looks at her through his reading glasses. EJ: Jeez...what woman, Samantha? SAMI: I'll give you three guesses. EJ sighs and takes off his glasses, placing them down on the desk in front of him. EJ: Nicole? SAMI: We have a winner! EJ: What did she do this time? Is that why you went running out of the house this morning? Sami laughs maniacally, as she walks over to EJ's desk and leans over it, staring intensely at EJ. SAMI: That's right! That manipulative bitch married my brother. EJ looks at Sami, genuine surprise on his face. --- Anjelica walks over from the bar in the Kiriakis living room, planting herself on the sofa kitty corner from Noelle, who sits in the armchair. She hands Noelle another scotch on the rocks, and holds another in her own hands. Anjelica sounds self-satisfied as they speak of their impending victory over the Titan board. ANJELICA: You know, I was a bit skeptical at the beginning, but I think this relationship is going to work out just fine between us. NOELLE: Well, it can. It all depends on you. Anjelica takes a sip of her drink, then feigns shock, holding a hand to her chest. ANJELICA: Me? Noelle looks at Anjelica, speaking in a no-nonsense tone. NOELLE: Yes, you. I thought we agreed that we would be in close contact whenever either of us made any moves. ANJELICA: Well, we have, haven't we? Noelle picks up the newspaper from the coffee table, showing Anjelica's picture prominently on the front page. She holds it up, looking unimpressed. NOELLE: You call this communication? ANJELICA: I call that publicizing what we've already discussed for months. Anjelica sets down her drink, her tone changing from one of light-hearted repartee to a more serious business voice. ANJELICA: Listen, I have not only this campaign to run, but I also have business deals to take care of, and family matters to ensure are being attended to. That's why I asked you to be involved in this arrangement. Noelle leans back, looking away and rolling her eyes as Anjelica becomes increasingly empthatic. ANJELICA: You are the only woman that my son is ever going to love, and if I want my bid for the state legislature to be a successful one, that requires any and all scandals be headed off at the pass. Noelle continues to look away, and Anjelica leans in closer to Noelle, hardly blinking as she softly, but cuttingly delivers her next remarks. ANJELICA: Harper Deveraux ran his political life on being a man of family values, and I intend to run my house the same way. Now, you know Alex has been involved in certain relationships that a lot of my base would be incredibly upset about. But he loves you enough to put those affairs behind him. NOELLE: I know he does, Anjelica. And I love him just as much. ANJELICA: Good. Then we have no problem here. Anjelica gets up from her seat, walking toward the doorway of the Kiriakis living room. She grabs her clutch from the side table. Stopping momentarily before stepping out, she looks down, and turns back to face Noelle. ANJELICA: Don't question my methods again, Noelle. I need you to trust that I know what I'm doing at all times. Even a second of doubt on either of our parts could ruin everything. Anjelica turns back toward the door, leaving Noelle alone in the living room, deep in thought as the front door of the house closes behind a departing Anjelica. --- Sheryl stands opposite Brady at the General Store parking lot, looking uneasy. She swallows hard, hoping to stay in character despite Brady's vague recognition. SHERYL: Ah...no. I just...you must be mistaking me for someone else, I...I just moved up here from down south the other night. Brady looks on, unsure for a second, before laughing to himself. BRADY: Yeah, I guess I'd remember meeting someone with a southern accent in Salem. Well, look, if you wanna test drive her before you take her... Sheryl shakes her head. She smiles as she looks the car over. SHERYL: Nah, I...I think we're good. It's just a temporary thing until I get myself settled in and I get myself a new car. You know? BRADY: Makes sense. Sheryl walks around to the other side of the car and reaches over to her purse to look for her cash. SHERYL: Uh...how much do I owe ya? BRADY: Ah, what was it, we agreed on $1000? SHERYL: Well, how 'bout we do $800 cash, and you don't have to worry about them brakes? Brady looks "Crystal" up and down for a second, before furrowing his brow. Sheryl holds up the $800 and smiles at Brady. SHERYL: Do we have a deal? BRADY: We do. Brady takes the money, and hands "Crystal" the keys to the truck. Sheryl smiles and unlocks the door. SHERYL: Good doing business with ya, Mister. You wanna ride back to your house? BRADY: Ah, sure! Brady loops around to the passenger side, as Sheryl puts on her best phony cowgirl voice and enthusiastically invites him in. SHERYL: Hop in! Brady opens the door to the passenger side of the truck, as Sheryl looks in the rear view mirror, smiling cockily as she realizes her disguise has worked. --- Abby and Jerome sit at their booth at the Brady Pub, their eyes barely straying from each other, as Nick approaches the table. Spotting her cousin from across the room, Abby waves Nick over, to Jerome's chagrin. ABBY: Nick! Hey! How are you doing? NICK: I'm doing better. Was just at the hospital to make sure everything was okay. ABBY: I'm glad, I've been worried. Jerome stays silent, staring Nick down, menacingly, monitoring his interaction with Abby to ensure he doesn't fly off the handle again at her. NICK: Not to worry. Listen, I...I don't mean to interrupt your date, guys, but... Jerome tries to interject to try to get Nick to back off, but Abby cuts in before he can. ABBY: You're not...interrupting, Nick. Don't worry. NICK: Well...I had something I had to give you. It's ah...it's work-related. Abby looks at Nick, confused. ABBY: Oh...ah...for me? NICK: Well, strictly speaking, it's...it's for Nicole but...well, she's not taking my phone calls right now. ABBY: Oh, she's...well, she had to take the day off today. She's not even answering MY calls, so... Nick nods, trying to feign innocence when he knows the real reason Nicole stopped responding. NICK: Right. Well, this is part of the big story you're working on for Nicole's special this week. I think you'll find it very interesting. Nick pulls a flash drive from his bag and hands it to Abby. NICK: Make sure Nicole gets it as soon as possible. Let her know that if there's any doubt about where it comes from or if it's real, that I have the originals. Abby holds the flash drive tightly in her hand, before looking up at Nick and nodding. ABBY: Alright. I'll let her know. NICK: Thanks. Enjoy yourselves. JEROME: Bye. ABBY: Glad you're feeling better, Nick. Nick waves back at Abby, as Jerome scowls at him, watching him leave the pub. Once outside, Nick looks ahead, his trademark smirk on his face. NICK: And another domino falls. Sorry, Will. Nick walks off, as inside, Abby holds the flash drive in her hands, curious about its contents, before she carefully places it in her bag. ---
  12. Thanks a lot for that. I really appreciate you keeping reading, and I'm so glad you're enjoying. Have a great new year!
  13. Days cast GH vet?

    I now understand Louise Sorel saying Ron doesn't get the "essence" of Vivian. Pretty much all of Vivian's motivation as a character was her obsessive love for Nicky and Phillip because she never had her own kids, and now they're saddling her with ANOTHER long-lost child and it just makes her history even less sensical. I know they're using an established history and all with Viv and Stefano's affair before she knew he was Stefano etc. but more random spawn for Stefano are really unneccessary at this point, IMO.
  14. Which soaps do you watch?

    Currently just DAYS. I had been watching Y&R again from about late 2015 til about two months ago when Mal Young took over and just pressed fast-forward immediately. DAYS has been pretty solid to me, though I know I see a lot of gripes on the board, I've been thoroughly enjoying it (mostly). Over the years, I've basically followed every soap on since 1997 other than Passions and ATWT. Gave up on the genre entirely in the early 2000s partly due to school and partly due to the deteriorating quality of the shows on the air, plus the fixation of the time on vacuous teens and their inane problems. Only really got back into it after I heard word of GL's cancellation. Never really watched any foreign soaps other than Hollyoaks on occasion back in 2007-08, EastEnders for awhile back in 2011-12, then Goede TIjden, Slechte Tijden for a bit during their initial gay story around 2011-12 as well. Honestly, I would much rather watch the old stuff on YouTube than what's on now. There's a level of cohesiveness and intelligence that has been lost in the last 25 years in the soaps that there seems to be an absolute refusal to bring back. The excessive, oppressive conservative cloud over the genre is, to me, exactly what's killing it, particularly in North America. Even watching Theo's shooting on DAYS and I'm irritated by the fact it's more about JJ's guilt than anything else. I really want this genre to survive and thrive again, but they make it so damn hard!
  15. EPISODE 132 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Brady walks into the main room of Anita's cabin, as she sits on her sofa reading the paper. Hearing Brady come into the room, she looks over her shoulder to see him putting his jacket on. ANITA: Going somehwere? BRADY: Not far. Just gotta meet with that woman I was telling you about. Anita sets down the paper and turns her body toward Brady. She looks on, pleasantly surprised. ANITA: Already? Anita pulls her reading glasses from her face, and shakes her head in amazement. ANITA: I'm telling you, today's technology is a miracle. BRADY: Tell me about it. From when you told me about it until now, we're looking at about...ohh...about a four hour turnaround time. Crazy, huh? ANITA: You better believe it. If I'd have known how much I could get done this fast, I'dve gotten on this internet years ago. Brady and Anita laugh, as Brady opens the door to the cabin to head out. BRADY: Right? Okay, I've gotta meet this woman at the general store in about 10 minutes, so I'll be back in about an hour. Hopefully minus one blue SUV. ANITA: ...and plus a thousand dollars or two. Brady points at Anita, agreeing to her point. BRADY: Exactly. (laughs) ANITA: Alright, I'll see you in a bit. BRADY: Yep! Brady shuts the door to the cabin behind him, leaving Anita behind, as she looks over at the PC sitting in the corner. She contemplates sitting down to use it. ANITA: Well...you've seen enough people use it, Anita. About time to try it for yourself, no? Anita hesitates as she steps towards the computer, sitting down in the office chair. She rests her fingers on the keyboard. She looks up at the screen, a determined look on her face. ANITA: Besides...you've got some work to do. --- Laura sits with JJ on the bench at Horton Town Square. JJ hugs a despondent Laura. JJ: No one is going to hurt mom, or Abigail, or me. You got that? I'm gonna make sure of it. Releasing Laura from his hug, Laura looks down, suddenly no longer hungry. She gets up to throw her partly-melted ice cream sundae in the nearby garbage can, and turns back toward JJ. JJ looks at Laura with a hint of determination in his eyes. JJ: Grandma, we have no choice. If I refuse this money, it'll just force mom even further toward Liam. This way, Liam thinks I'm pacified, and I'm far enough removed that I can do some digging in safety. This way, mom, and Abigail, and you are safe. Laura takes a moment, before slumping down beside JJ on the bench. She nods, fully understanding JJ's position. LAURA: You're right, JJ. There's no other way. Laura turns, looking intensely at JJ as she emphatically instructs JJ. LAURA: Cash the cheque. --- Nick sits in the exam room, on the exam table, as Daniel taps away at his tablet, editing Nick's chart. Nick looks on, still hazy from his fall. Maggie stands by Nick, a hand on his back, being concerned for her relative. NICK: Dr. Jonas, I don't mean to rush you but...I have somewhere to be. Daniel doesn't look up, still fixated on his work on the tablet. Despite this, he answers Nick immediately. DANIEL: Yeah, well, I'm not quite done yet. One more question...did you...prior to this fall you took today...did you suffer any other head injuries recently? Nick looks up at Daniel, before having a flashback to the night he was dumped in the river. Nick remembers being on top of Gabi, and being hit in the head with a rock. As the rock makes impact with Nick's head, Nick snaps out of his flashback, immediately locking eyes with Daniel. NICK: Yeah. Yeah, I did. But uh...it wasn't anything major. DANIEL: Well, sometimes these injuries sort of...lie dormant for awhile before symptoms appear. I might want to schedule some more tests for you. Nick looks at Daniel, sighing as he worries about missing the Titan board meeting. NICK: Ah...Dr. Jonas. I'd love to do that but...can we schedule these for another time? I...I'm really running behind. Maggie steps in before Daniel can respond, voicing her concern to Nick. MAGGIE: Nick...I know you're eager to get back to work, but...Honey... head injuries are so unpredictable. If you don't stop and think about your health for a moment...it could kill you. Nick looks up at Maggie, affected by her grave warning, but unsure whether or not to proceed. --- --- Jordan sits in her office, consumed by the realization that her safety is in jeopardy thanks to Nick. She plays with her engagement ring nervously, as she stares straight ahead, oblivious to everything around her. JORDAN: As long as Nick's alive...you'll never be safe...you'll never be free... Jordan looks on, unblinking, unmoving. She fixates on the point as she continues to fidget with her engagement ring. JORDAN: As long as he's alive. As she receives a notification on her phone of a voicemail, she snaps out of her trance, and looks at it. Knowing it's from Sheryl, Jordan ignores it, and quickly gets up from behind her desk. JORDAN: Dammit... Scooping up her phone, and realizing the time, she grabsher tablet and heads quickly out into the hall. JORDAN: Gotta get down for my 5pm. Closing and locking the door to her office, she quickly walks down the hallway, and into the main lobby. As she steps into the lobby, Maggie steps out of the exam room Nick is in with Daniel. Out of the corner of her eye, she spots Nick inside. Quickly turning to Maggie, she nervously smiles. JORDAN: Maggie! Maggie smiles, a bit nervous herself from all the health crisies in her family. MAGGIE: Jordan. How are you doing? JORDAN: Oh, I'm....I'm good. Just...on my way to my next patient. Uh...I saw Nick in there...everything okay? Maggie furrows her brow slightly, still smiling, but with a curious expression on her face. MAGGIE: Ah....I think so... Maggie hesitates a moment before continuing. MAGGIE: I didn't realize you knew Nick. JORDAN: Oh, we...we only met once or twice but...well...you know me, always concerned. MAGGIE: Oh, I know. And I appreciate it... Maggie looks down, spotting Jordan's engagement ring. Her face lights up with excitement. MAGGIE: ...Oh MY! What is THIS??? Jordan takes a moment to realize what Maggie's referring to, before Maggie takes her hand and Jordan happily extends her hand out to show off her ring. JORDAN: Oh! Yes! Rafe and I are engaged. I'm...I'm so overwhelmed I didn't even...(laughs) Maggie looks at the ring, holding Jordan's hand in hers. She looks up at Jordan, a seriousness in her voice, but with an earnest joy. MAGGIE: Jordan, it's beautiful. You're a very lucky woman. And Rafe is an extremely lucky man. Jordan begins to tear up at Maggie's kindness. They exchange a warm, congratulatory hug. --- Inside the exam room, Nick hops off the exam table, and readjusts himself, preparing to leave. Daniel looks up at Nick, putting his tablet down on the counter. NICK: Look, Dr. Jonas. I appreciate that you wanna help and all, but...I need to schedule these tests for another day. I'm already way behind for this meeting I've got to get to today. DANIEL: You know, I wish you would go in for the tests right away but...I can't force your hand. Look, I'll see if I can schedule you for first thing tomorrow morning, and if I can, I'll give you a call on your cell. Okay? NICK: Appreciate that. Nick extends his hand to Daniel, and they share a firm handshake, as Nick grabs his laptop case from beside the exam table. DANIEL: It's what I do. Oh, and Nick. Nick stops as his hand is on the doorknob, ready to step out of the room. NICK: Yeah? DANIEL: You're not on any medications, right? Nick looks at Daniel, shrugging off his recent pill popping. NICK: Ah...no. Just...since I've been having these headaches I've been taking Aspirins whenever one flares up, but...nothing more than that. DANIEL: Hmm, ok. If anything that should help your blood pressure. (sigh) Okay. Yeah, I'll see you tomorrow morning. NICK: You got it. Thanks, Dr. Jonas. Nick walks out of the exam room, and closes the door behind him. Taking a second, he texts Gabi. hey. U avail 2nite? meet me @ TBD 4 dinner. 8pm xx He smiles as he hits send. He then puts his phone in his pocket and walks away. --- Jennifer and Liam sit out at a table outside the café at Horton Town Square, laughing and holding hands. JENNIFER: It was a great idea to bring me to lunch. Thank you, Liam. LIAM: Anything for you, Jenn. You don't know how much it means to me to have you in my life. I want to take every moment I can. JENNIFER: Me too. And I wanna thank you as well. Your gift to JJ was...beyond what I ever expected. I mean...where did you even FIND that kind of money to give away like that? Liam stumbles momentarily, trying to find an answer, as JJ and Laura approach them. Jennifer spots them and waves, beaming as they approach, a more solemn expression on both their faces. Liam turns as well to see who's approaching. JENNIFER: Hey JJ! Mom! What are you two up to? LAURA: Oh, JJ and I had some free time before I had to head back to the hospital, so I took him out for lunch and we grabbed a frozen yogurt. And you? LIAM: Well, Jenn and I were just having a quick lunch break together. JENNIFER: We've already ordered but would you like to join us? JJ nods while looking over at Laura, who looks equally stoic. Laura then turns her attention back to Jennifer, feigning a smile through her nervousness. LAURA: Ah, sure! Liam gets up to pull up a chair for Laura, who sits down, looking over graciously at Liam. JJ grabs a chair for himself and sits down as well. LAURA: Thank you. Ah, so...how's your day been, everyone? JENNIFER: Oh, fantastic. Liam and I were talking before about the family cabin on Smith Island. It's really beautiful going out there this time of year. Jennifer looks over at Liam, excitement in her eyes as she reaches her hand out to tap Liam's thigh. JENNIFER: You know, I've got the long weekend free, why don't we go up together for a quiet weekend, just the two of us? JJ and Laura try unsuccessfully to hide their discomfort at the idea, while Liam looks back at Jenn uncomfortably as well. LIAM: I ah...Jenn, I'm sorry. I have contractors coming up to my house this weekend, I've gotta...supervise them. Need to...put on a new roof. Jenn smiles, shrugging off Liam's disappointing news. JENNIFER: That's fine. I'll just come up there with you. I haven't seen the house yet, and all. Laura nervously observes the exchange, as Liam squirms yet again. LIAM: Yeah, that's...I'm sorry, Jenn. The house is a mess, and...look, I just think it's better we don't do it this weekend. I'm sorry. Jenn looks on, disappointed. JENNIFER: That's...that's alright. Yeah, we'll do another weekend. JJ eyes Liam studiously. Observing something is strange in his behaviour, he interjects. JJ: Hey! I ah...I forgot to mention, Liam. (sigh) I ah...I decided to take you up on your offer. I'm accepting the cheque. I put in my acceptance at Stanford for the winter semester. JJ looks Liam dead in the eyes as Jennifer looks at JJ, once again excited for her son. JENNIFER: Oh, Honey, that's fantastic! And thank you, Liam. Liam looks back at JJ, a smile on his face, but both men barely blinking, as they look each other dead in the eyes. LIAM: It's my pleasure, Jenn. Anything to help you and your family. JJ remains locked in with Liam, as Laura looks on, eyes darting back and forth between the two men, and reading the tense body language between them. --- Outside the country general store, Brady leans against Anita's old blue SUV. He checks his watch as from around the corner, a taxi pulls up. A woman steps out of the car wearing a navy blue trenchcoat, sunglasses, and a sheer white kerchief over her head, disguising her flame red hair. It's Sheryl. She hands the taxi driver money, and he takes off. She strides confidently over to Brady, who looks at her with interest. SHERYL: Brady? BRADY: Yes! Hi. Brady pulls himself upright off the front of the truck fender, and extends a hand to shake Sheryl's. BRADY: And you must be... SHERYL: Crystal. Crystal Clarke. Brady smiles, intrigued by "Crystal's" myserious appearance. ---