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  1. EPISODE 170 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultant: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco EJ stands in the DiMera living room, sipping on cognac, as he looks out through the terrace doors. The sound of the front door opening and closing doesn't deter him, as he keeps his focus out on the lovely day. From the foyer, a familiar voice calls out to him, as they step inside. It's Liam. LIAM: You called? EJ continues to stare out the window, his only acknowledgement of Liam's arrival is a sly smile that appears on his face as Liam stands in the doorway of the living room, awaiting a response. --- Bo stands around the corner from the living room at the DiMera compound in Italy, listening in as Stefano and Rolf sit before a roaring fire in the fireplace, cackling away at their latest scheme. DR. ROLF: So what is our progress on the Salem front? STEFANO: Ohhh, Rolf. The greatest news. Our friend Nicholas has succeeded in taking the Kiriakis holdings. DR. ROLF: Excellent news! So when do we make the exchange public? Stefano leans in, taking a puff of his cigar before responding. STEFANO: First of all, Anjelica must be elected first as state governor. Once this goal is accomplished, we can unleash our new recruit, and retrieve John Black. Once we have him, we can get the final piece to the puzzle for the alternative fuels project, and we will revolutionize the energy sector. DR. ROLF: But Stefano, that is Nicholas Fallon's project. Wouldn't he have the information we need? Stefano gets up from his seat, walking slowly over to the bar, where he pours himself a drink as he speaks. Bo stands off to the side, in disbelief as to what he's hearing. STEFANO: There is an additive that was considered after our dear friend, Mr. Fallon sold the project to Titan. The government tested it, but shelved it when funding ran out. They never released the information, but the ISA knows what it is. John Black has this information, Rolf. It is the key to maximizing the efficacy of the fuel source. Stefano turns as a hand reaches across to cover Bo's mouth and pulls his back, disappearing from Stefano's view almost in time. STEFANO: And it will be ours! Stefano looks at Rolf, but notices a movement around the corner, and looks over. Seeing nothing, he studies further. Rolf turns around to see what Stefano's looking at, but no one is there. --- The elevator doors open to the parking garage under University Hospital. Sheryl steps out, dressed as Nurse Crystal Clarke, who lies in the back of Crystal's SUV, after Sheryl knocked her out. Sheryl hastily walks over to the truck, unlocking the doors remotely, before stepping inside. Once inside, Sheryl turns the car on, and hurriedly drives out of the parking garage, exiting University Hospital. Driving down the road on her way out of the city, Sheryl is blissfully unaware of Crystal's presence behind her, assuming Crystal is still tied up and unconscious. However, we notice the shine of the tire iron slowly become visible behind Sheryl's head. At a red light, Sheryl adjusts her mirror, to see Crystal, now untied, wielding a tire iron aimed at Sheryl's head, and ready to swing. Sheryl's eyes lock with Crystal's, as Sheryl's widen in terror at her potential demise at the hands of the woman she captured. --- --- EJ stares out the window at the DiMera mansion, holding an empty rocks glass in his hand, smiling as Liam steps into the living room. EJ: You finally decided to show up. LIAM: It's not like you gave me much choice, you know. EJ: It was extremely important. LIAM: So I gathered. So what's this all about? EJ finally turns around, spotting an annoyed Liam standing near the piano. EJ: Well, I requested something from you not long ago, and I've yet to recieve it. LIAM: Yes, and you're not going to. EJ places his empty rocks glass on the desk near the french doors. He turns back to face Liam, now visibly irritated. EJ: And why's that? LIAM: Well, I was at Club TBD last night with Jennifer, and...I spotted your little friend Gabi there with Nick Fallon. She was not looking too well, and neither was he. And I realized what was happening. Liam saunters slowly over to the couch, sitting himself down as he continues to explain himself to EJ. LIAM: You're giving Gabi those drugs to give to Nick. EJ: And just what's wrong with that? LIAM: What are you up to, EJ? EJ: Well, I don't see how that's any of your busine-- Liam's temper escalates as he cuts EJ off. LIAM: Oh, the Hell it isn't. EJ is stunned into silence by Liam's reaction. He watches as Liam gets up from his seat and walks toward EJ in a somewhat menacing way. LIAM: You have been working against your family interests for weeks now and I wanna know why. EJ: The family's interests aren't neccessarily my interests. Liam chuckles as he steps in closer to EJ, keeping a tension between them that belies Liam's cool expression. LIAM: Your interests are making sure that Sami never finds out about Abigail, or her baby. I know that. Anjelica knows that. You know that. Liam leans intimately close to EJ, and almost hisses out his next words in a whisper to EJ. LIAM: Stefano knows that. Liam pokes EJ in the chest as he utters EJ's father's name. EJ barely budges, and his expression remains stoic, as Liam smiles almost maniacally. LIAM: So, I...am not going to let you ruin this. So you either keep in line with the plan, or those pictures our friend Percy took of you and Abby get made public. And you know how much I love that little girl. I'd never want to hurt her. Liam steps back over to EJ, walking in close to him to taunt him one more time. LIAM: So...choose wisely, EJ. Liam walks out of the room, leaving EJ behind, a simmering rage inside him. --- Dr. Rolf gets off the phone, as Stefano pours himself a drink. Rolf looks up at Stefano, concern in his eyes. DR. ROLF: I've got security checking the house to double check if anyone got in. STEFANO: Excellent. We cannot be too careful. DR. ROLF: Speaking of which, Stefano...I don't mean to...shall we say, stick my nose where it doesn't belong but...you're drinking an awful lot. It's not good for your diabetes... Stefano takes a big gulp of his drink, sounding refreshed as he sets his drink down on the coffee table before sitting down in an armchair. STEFANO: I normally would not, but we have plenty to celebrate. So today, I will make an exception. Rolf bites his tongue, pressing on with the matters at hand. DR. ROLF: Alright...if you say so. STEFANO: Believe me, Rolf. We have all of Salem right where we want them. And there isn't a single thing that could happen now to stop us. --- Down at the bottom of the staircase to the cellar of the DiMera compound, Steve leans in and speaks softly into Bo's ear. STEVE: It's just me. Bo fights Steve off, turning around angrily. BO: The Hell, Steve. Steve is quick to get Bo to simmer down. Putting his finger to his lips before Bo can continue. STEVE: You were thiiiis close to getting found out, my man. BO: Maybe, but I found out a whole lot about what Old Man DiMera's up to. STEVE: Oh yeah? I found something too, but you first. Bo steps in closer to Steve to fill him in, checking around carefully to ensure no one overhears. BO: This whole thing back home with Titan? Nick Fallon taking it over in some big coup? STEVE: Yeah, I heard about that, Kayla told me. BO: Well, I'd been wondering how he got his hands on all that money to buy them out. Turns out, DiMera, and Anjelica Deveraux are behind it. Steve's face twists, stunned to hear Anjelica's name pop up. STEVE: Anjelica? How the Hell does she fit into it? BO: I dunno, man. This is just getting more and more complicated the more we dig up. Steve comes up behind Bo and smiles. STEVE: Speaking of digging things up. Bo turns to face Steve, looking confused, as Steve motions toward the door at the end of the hall they've just walked down. Bo and Steve step toward it, opening the door, to reveal the rows of dimly lit prison cells. Bo steps inside, in awe, Steve following closely behind him. STEVE: Check it out, partner! Bo looks around in awe, as the dimly lit room lights up as Steve lights a gas lantern sitting on a nearby table. BO: What the...what is this place? STEVE: DiMera's dungeon, from the looks of it. Mostly empty, too. Except for one thing. Steve points to the largest cell. BO: Stefano's new Pawn Bo strains to see, as he takes the lantern and walks slowly over to the cell, seeing a man crouched in the corner. Bo looks over at Steve, unsure who the man is. BO: We got a key in here? STEVE: Nah, man, I couldn't find one. BO: Dammit. Bo walks over, as close as he can to the man in the corner, trying not to startle him. Reaching through the bars of the cell, he touches the man. The man flinches wildly at first, before both he and Bo realize who the other is. Bo looks on, completely stunned, as Steve looks on, thrilled. BO: Oh my God... --- Sheryl is frozen, staring through her rear-view mirror at Crystal, who threatens her with a tire iron from the back seat of her SUV, a maniacal look in her eyes. CRYSTAL: Don't....move. Or I'ma kill ya. Sheryl doesn't flinch, not even moving her hand from the rear view mirror, as she studies Crystal's slow movement from behind her. CRYSTAL: Now, I'm gonna count to three, and you're gonna drive this truck to the next parking lot, and put your hands up, and you're gonna keep em up. And you're gonna explain to me just what the Hell's goin' on here. SHERYL: Crystal, I do-- As Sheryl tries to object, the light turns green, and Crystal's shrill command cuts Sheryl off. CRYSTAL: DRIVE! Crystal's Southern drawl tightens into an imperative, terse command. Sheryl immediately complies, slowly stepping on the gas to head through the intersection. CRYSTAL: Right here...turn now, or you're gonna get it. Sheryl ignores Crystal's order, suddenly accelerating, and knocking Crystal back in her seat. Crystal struggles to get back upright, as Sheryl drives to try to thwart Crystal's attempts on her life. CRYSTAL: Stop this truck, right now, dammit! Sheryl pulls over on a quiet side road. Braking hard, Crystal stumbles forward, dropping the tire iron beneath the back seat. CRYSTAL: Dammit! Now outside the city, there are no witnesses around to spot them. Sheryl puts the SUV in park, and takes the keys out quickly, while Crystal lurches forward to hunt for the tire iron, her only hope to save herself. Sheryl leaps from her seat, out the front door of her SUV, before running to the backseat herself, opening the door and prying Crystal from the floor of the SUV before Crystal can find the tire iron, or escape. CRYSTAL: No, don't... SHERYL: Get back here, you-- The two women struggle in the backseat, as Sheryl finds the tire iron before Crystal can. In terror, Crystal throws open the back passenger side door of the SUV, in hopes of escaping, but Sheryl runs around the opposite side and, as Crystal exits the vehicle and tries to make a run for it, Sheryl swings the tire iron at Crystal. SHERYL: Oh no you don't. Sheryl's swing strikes Crystal hard in the head, as Crystal falls to the ground outside the truck, mortally wounded. Sheryl slowly steps toward Crystal's lifeless body, and looks down upon it, coldly. SHERYL: Well....looks like it's time for Plan B. ---
  2. Actually, I just figured JER needed someone to fill the spot Isabella held in the Roman/Marlena/John/Isabella quad. She filled the same duties in the story (daughter of an enemy of John's, though by that point, Victor had been defanged). The only real difference is that I can't see Isabella becoming the desperate villain Kristen became, though I'm sure fighting Marlena for John's affections for that many years could potentially do it to anyone. It could have proven a much more compelling story had Isabella gone to the dark side, given the more extended history, as well as the added leverage of Isabella also having John's child. Long term, that rivalry could have carried over into Brady and Belle, though, knowing Reilly, he'd never go into it with the depth that kind of storytelling would require.
  3. In fairness, I was always more of a Y&R fan than a GH fan anyway (though I've enjoyed both shows in my time). For me, Y&R's intensity is what really draws me in, and you manage to harness to heighten that quality in the GH scenes. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.
  4. Can I just say, the music added so much to the scenes. I felt myself getting sucked into the story in a way I know I'd never do if I were watching the show unedited. You've got a real talent!
  5. EPISODE 169 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultant: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Hope stands in the Horton Square with John, her arms folded as she waits for John to answer her. HOPE: John, whatever it is you're keeping from Marlena, I can tell it's connected to Bo and his mission. So you might as well tell me. JOHN: Come on, Hope! You know I can't do that. HOPE: Why not, John? This is obviously important enough that you're here, making Marlena crazy with your vague insinuations, and now you're telling me the same things. Why? John leans in close to Hope to try to explain the situation to her without others hearing. JOHN: Look, all I can say is that Bo is really close to being done this mission. HOPE: How close? A few days? A few weeks? Months? I need more than that, John. JOHN: I can't give you anything more than that. I'm sorry. Hope sighs, frustrated by John's vagueness. --- Off the shore of the island where Stefano's compound is, a small boat sails by the lone dock. On it are two men. One anchors the boat to the dock, while the other looks through binoculars to see further inland at Stefano's compound. Steve Johnson climbs up onto the dock, and holds his hand out to help his shipmate, who pulls his binoculars down from his face, revealing himself to be Bo Brady. STEVE: Come on, partner. Let's get inside the compound and take DiMera down. BO: I'm right with ya, my man. Bo takes Steve's hand, helping him off the boat and onto the dock. They stare up at the island, where Stefano's massive compound sits, amazed by its scale. --- Valerie sits at a booth at Club TBD, checking over the menu, as Marlena walks in. Spotting her friend at the entrance, Valerie waves Marlena over. Marlena obliges, a weak smile on her face, which Valerie catches. As Marlena sits down, Valerie looks inquistively at her. VALERIE: You okay? MARLENA: (sigh) Not quite. Neither of the kids want to take a DNA sample to prove if this is the real Roman or not, and to top it all off, I just had a run-in with John. VALERIE: Oh dear. How'd that go? MARLENA: He had the nerve to tell Hope not to give up on Bo, just as she's about to finally get out there and start dating again. Meanwhile, he still insists on divorcing me and he won't say why. Valerie reaches across the table, taking Marlena's hand in hers. VALERIE: I'm sorry to hear about John. MARLENA: It's okay. Nothing much I can do about that. VALERIE: You're right. But what I can do is give you some advice on how we can convince Sami and Eric to give the DNA samples you need. Marlena looks up suddenly, intrigued. --- --- Hope walks over toward a seat in the Brady Pub with John, having walked back over from visiting the Horton clan at a nearby booth where they're having a goodbye lunch for JJ. Hope sits down, looking wistfully over at the group eating happily. HOPE: I can't believe JJ's already heading to college. Where does the time go? JOHN: You're tellin' me. Feels like just yesterday I was sending Belle and Brady off to their first day of kindergarten, and now look at 'em! Hope and John laugh, then Hope sighs, a touch saddened. John knows instantly the cause of the sadness, and squeezes her hand. JOHN: You're not gonna be alone for much longer, Hope. Ciara's gonna have both her parents see her off to school again real soon. HOPE: How can you be so sure, John? Especially when you won't tell me anything? JOHN: You have to trust me on this. This mission is too dangerous for you to be getting involved, especially this late in the game. But when it's all done, I promise you, it'll be well worth it. Hope looks on, unsure whether she believes John or not. Across the room, Jennifer, JJ, Abby, Laura, and Liam are eating lunch together at the largest booth. LIAM: I know we were planning to drive you down there, JJ, but...are you sure you wanna go it alone? JJ: Oh yeah. I don't see why not. You guys have enough to handle here. JENN: Okay, well, just make sure you're safe on that highway. And call us every night. We'll miss you, and we'll worry. JJ rolls his eyes slightly, slightly embarrassed by his mom's doting. JJ: Yes, Mom. Abby looks over at JJ from eating her lunch, speaking earnestly to her brother as the others continue to eat. ABBY: JJ, I know I've been totally out of it the last while, but...I really am gonna miss you. JJ: I'm gonna miss you too, Abs. But I'm gonna make sure I check in every few days, okay? LAURA: You'd better. I'm gonna have so many questions for you. JENNIFER: Me too. You need to behave. I don't want another incident like in England, okay? JJ laughs at his past bad behaviour. JJ: I promise, Mom. Besides, Rory and Bev are gonna be...thousands of miles away. You won't have to worry. JENNIFER: I'd better not. Jennifer wags her french fry at JJ, and laughs before taking a bite. As she does, Liam gets a call, and immediately gets up from the table, barely even checking to see who it is. LIAM: Mm! I gotta take this. Jenn looks up, concerned, as Liam has already been relatively quiet at the table, and is now quick to exit the pub to answer his call. Outside the pub, Liam answers the call. LIAM: (into phone) Yeah. ... EJ stands in the DiMera living room, alone. He speaks matter-of-factly. EJ (into phone)Where are you? ... Liam rolls his eyes at EJ's presistence. His tone of voice noticeably curt over the line. LIAM: (into phone) I'm at the pub with Jenn's family. JJ's leaving town. I'll be over after we're done. ... EJ, holding a drink in his hand, slams the drink down on the bar, sounding displeased. EJ: (into phone) No, you will not. I rang you hours ago, and I've got a lot to do today. I told you it was an emergency, so get over here now! EJ hangs up the phone, sighing in frustration, trying to hold his simmering rage in. ... LIam realizes EJ's hung up, and bites his lip, trying to hold in his own anger, as he steps back inside. Inside, the rest of the family is still chattering away, laughing as they eat together. Liam returns, and Jennifer notices his troubled demeanour. JENNIFER: Liam? What's wrong. LIAM: I ahh...I got a call about a client at a clinic across town. I have to head out for a bit, I'm sorry, guys. JENNIFER: It's fine. Are you alright? LIAM: I'm fine, just...just disappointed, that's all. Look. I'll be back in time for JJ to get going, okay? JENNIFER: Sure! Liam leans over and kisses Jenn quickly, before taking off. As Liam heads off, Laura and JJ give each other a knowing look, both suspecting something big is going on. --- Marlena sits across from Valerie at Club TBD, a curious look on her face. MARLENA: Okay, I'm listening. VALERIE: Well, from what tests we have done on Roman, it's suggesting he's suffering from an early onset Alzheimer's, which is genetic. Now, one way we can be sure of that is to test Eric and Sami's DNA against Roman's to determine whether or not they have the same markers as him for predisposition to the early onset Alzheimer's. Marlena responds, clueing into what Valerie's suggesting. MARLENA: ...And while you're at it, check the markers to see if there's any genetic match whatsoever. VALERIE: Exactly. Plus, this can help us determine whether or not the origin of his memory loss even is Alzheimer's at all! It could be some other kind of damage. MARLENA: And if Stefano's involved, you never know. VALERIE: Right. Look, it can't hurt. But if you need any help convincing them to do the test, you let me know right away, okay? Marlena smiles half-heartedly, nodding in agreement to Valerie's advice, though still wearing a trouble expression. MARLENA: I will. Thank you. --- Steve and Bo both walk quietly through a dark hall within the DiMera compound, having made their way past the guards. STEVE: You're damn lucky the guard was on his break or we wouldn't have made it in. BO: Tell me about it. Problem is now, we gotta figure out where Stefano is, and find the patients. STEVE: Well, I'm gonna take this hallway here, since I think this is the access to the cellar, and you see if you can track down old man DiMera. BO: Got it. Steve bolts off down one hallway, while Bo walks down the other, leading to the large living area. Bo overhears the voice of Stefano and Dr. Rolf, and leans back against the wall, tucking himself quickly around the corner out of sight, as he listens in. STEFANO: The Patient is making fantastic progress. Rolf, you have done it again. DR. ROLF: All at your service, Stefano. Stefano pours a drink from his bar, and offers one to Rolf as he takes one for himself. STEFANO: Ahh, here. Salut! The two men raise their glasses, as Bo looks on from the darkened corner of the room, studying them closely as they toast and down their drinks, laughing heartily at their work. --- Downstairs, Steve makes his way into the darkened cellar. Fumbling in pitch darkness, he struggles to find a lighter to light his way down, trying to whisper in frustration so as not to tip off anyone. STEVE: Damn it, why'd I quit smoking, man! HA, there! Steve finds a lighter in the pocket of his leather jacket, and finds a gas-powered lamp at the bottom of the stairs on a table. Lighting it, he holds up the lamp, looking to see what he can find. After a moment, his eyes spot something through the bars of the cell before him. STEVE: My God. It's really you. Steve smiles as he spots the Patient in his cell. ---
  6. And to further confuse the issue, I just watched a 1980 episode of The Edge of Night that cited Oakdale as a suburb of Monticello!
  7. I truly don't understand why, instead of bumping her up to Co-HW at the LEAST, they instead demote her to scriptwriter and then, ultimately, she leaves (or is fired? Can anyone confirm?) I know in the past she's expressed a lack of desire to return to the show as HW because of the budget, but...what little good was happening on DAYS this past while, I largely credit to Sheri's input. The moment she and Ryan Quan ended their consulting stints, I've noticed things going WILDLY off the rails. And I haven't loved a lot of the show under Ron so far as it is.
  8. Yeah, it's been on Global for decades, and we get it on NBC affiliates via cable/sattelite as well.
  9. You know, you don't HAVE to have the last word, right??🙄
  10. EPISODE 168 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultant: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Brady sits on the sofa at Anita's cabin, reading the newspaper, as Anita finishes up the dishes in the kitchen area. Brady calls out to Anita about a news item he's reading. BRADY: Hey Anita, you read this? Anita shuts the kitchen tap off, and grabs a rag, drying her hands as she heads toward Brady. ANITA: Read what? Brady gets up from the sofa, closing the newspaper and showing her the headline: FALLON HOLDS MAJORITY STAKE IN TITAN, PROMISES DRASTIC CHANGES Anita sighs as she reads the headline, realizing the gravity of the situation. Brady drops the paper onto the coffee table and walks over to the fireplace mantle, leaning against it, frustrated. ANITA: Oh no. Brady, I'm sorry. Brady shakes his head, sighing before stopping Anita from continuing her apology. BRADY: No, it's my fault, I shouldn't have encouraged you to sell those shares off, and once again... Brady slams his fist against the mantle, causing one of the framed family photos on the mantle to fall off, cracking the frame, as the pictures inside fall out. BRADY: Damnit! I just make everything worse. Brady looks down, as he bends to pick up the photos from the floor, and spots a familiar face. A photo of the late Arianna Hernandez. --- Marlena and Hope sit at a table at Horton Town Square at the café, Marlena looking inquistively at a distracted Hope. MARLENA: So are you going to go on this date with Aiden? HOPE: Honestly, I'm not sure. MARLENA: Bo's been gone a long time, Hope. I know he loves you desperately, but I think it's incredibly unfair of you to wait for him forever. A voice snaps both women out of their conversation, causing them to look over. It's John. JOHN: Thankfully, he won't be gone forever. Marlena looks at John, somewhat displeased to see him, while Hope looks on, confused. --- Valerie steps out of her office at University Hospital, with "Crystal Clarke" following closely behind (really Sheryl Connors in disguise). "Crystal" listens eagerly as Valerie finishes their conversation. VALERIE: So, that's about it. I know you've had a lot of experience with this in... SHERYL: Birmingham. VALERIE: Right. I think you'll a perfect fit here, Crystal. I knew it from the moment I spoke with you at the interview. "Crystal" smiles broadly, appearing appreciative of the compliment. SHERYL: Well, I just gotta thank you, Dr. Grant. You've been amazing. Ah...if you don't mind, I know it's my first day and all, but I have an appointment I gotta keep. Getting everything settled moving into town and all, I need to finish unpacking. Valerie nods in reaction, smiling approvingly, as the two women walk down the hallway toward the nurses' station. As Valerie responds to "Crystal", the door to the elevator behind the nurses' station opens, and Daniel steps off, overhearing Valerie's words. VALERIE: Oh, absolutely! Today is mostly just orientation and paperwork. You're fine to head out. SHERYL: Oh, thank you, Dr. Grant. It's great to finally meet you. VALERIE: Pleasure's all mine, Crystal. Good luck getting yourself settled in. SHERYL: Thanks! Daniel looks on as Sheryl walks off, making a beeline for the locker room. Daniel steps over to Valerie, who is standing at the nurses' station. DANIEL: Ahh...Dr. Grant. VALERIE: Yes, Dr. Jonas, what can I do for you? Valerie turns toward Daniel with a smile. DANIEL: Ahh...the nurse you were just speaking to...Crystal...Clarke was it? VALERIE: Yes, she just started today. DANIEL: Right. Ahh...has she...been assigned any patients as of yet? Valerie looks at Daniel, confused. She looks over toward where "Crystal" had walked off, then back at Daniel. VALERIE: Uh...no, she...she just did her orientation just before meeting with me. She won't be taking on any proper nursing duties until Monday. Why? Daniel looks down the hallway toward where "Crystal" had walked as well, before shaking his head and turning back toward Valerie. DANIEL: Nah, nothing. Just...curious about the new staff member, that's all. Valerie looks back at Daniel, unsure whether to believe him or not. ... Downstairs, in the University Hospital parking garage, inside the back of Sheryl's SUV, a still-unconscious Crystal Clarke lies, tied up with her mouth taped shut, her hands and feet bound. After a chilling moment of deafening silence, Crystal begins to wake up, her eyes twitching as they slowly open. She looks around her, and tries in vain to move. She attempts to scream, but the duct tape prevents her from making much sound, as she panics, writhing about in the back of the SUV, unable to free herself, and with no one anywhere nearby able to help. --- --- Brady leans over, picking up the picture that fell to the ground. Turning around suddenly, he looks up at Anita, who's quickly walked over with a dustpan, before realizing what Brady has in his hand. BRADY: You know, I know you're their grandmother, but...I guess I just can't help but be surprised to see her picture. ANITA: You miss her a lot, don't you? Brady nods, unable to take his eyes off the photo. BRADY: Every day. Brady sits down on the sofa, as Anita sweeps the broken glass off the floor. Setting it aside, sits down beside Brady. ANITA: You know, she didn't talk much to us later in her life. I think she was still upset...knowing what had happened with her father. How he left them. Anita shakes her head, visibly upset by Eduardo. ANITA: That never left her. And then to find out she wasn't even related to me. BRADY: What? ANITA: Oh, no. We...never spoke about it, but...(sigh) Eduardo got another woman pregnant, she couldn't keep the baby but wouldn't abort. I...quite stupidly suggested that he and Adriana raise the baby as theirs, and try to work out their problems. BRADY: And did they? ANITA: Oh, for awhile. I didn't want the affair to destroy them. It...I lost my husband because of a stupid mistake I made. And...it nearly cost me everything. Including my life. I didn't want that for them. Brady listens intently, as Anita looks on, thinking back on her daughter's marriage. ANITA: It ended up all for nothing. They had Dario, then Gabi, and...then...Eduardo up and left one day, never came back. And we struggled. Oh, did we struggle. But I made sure those kids were fed. Clothed. I did everything I could for them. Adriana didn't want the handout, but...I knew she would struggle to do it all on her own. Anita sighs, taking Arianna's picture from Brady, and looking wistfully at it. ANITA: Then about...fifteen years ago? Arianna's last year of high school, she found out. Her and Adriana got into it. You know how mothers and daughters do. But Adriana let it slip. BRADY: That Arianna wasn't really hers. Anita nods, before biting her lip, trying to keep the tears at bay. ANITA: (sigh) Ari was a mess. She withdrew. Oh, she was already involved with the wrong crowd, but it got ten times worse after that. BRADY: I'm sorry, Anita. ANITA: Oh, Brady, don't feel responsible. You were a bright spot for her before she died. The few times I did talk to her, she said some wonderful things about you. When I realized who you were after I found you by the river...I knew it was fate that brought you to me. Arianna's spirit, giving you a second chance. Anita puts a hand on Brady's and squeezes it tightly. She looks with a weak smile on her face, but love in her eyes. ANITA: Don't waste your second chance, Brady. Brady looks at Anita, feeling touched by her words, though still unsure of his future. --- Back in the locker room at the hospital, Sheryl walks quickly over to her locker. Opening it up, she checks Crystal's phone once again. Ringing up Crystal's voice mail, she listens to the message Kim left. KIM: (via phone message) Ah hi Crystal! It's Kimberly Brady. I'm just calling to check in, I know you're probably busy at the hospital getting started up with work, but I just wanted to see when would be a good time to meet up so I can give you the key to the apartment. Sheryl's eyes widen with delighted surprise at her good fortune, as the message continues. KIM: (via phone message) I know you're new in town, you probably don't know your way around very well, but just meet me at the Brady Pub near the pier. I'll take you up to the apartment from there and we can get you settled in. Ummm, just give me a call when you get this. Thanks, Crystal! The sound of rustling as Kim presses the 'end call' button on her phone prompts Sheryl to hang up the phone herself. Sheryl beams with delight, realizing her plan will take further shape now. SHERYL: (sigh) Sheryl Connors, or should I say, Crystal Clarke, you are, without a doubt, the luckiest woman on the planet. Grabbing the rest of her things, Sheryl then closes the door to her locker, and locks it. She walks out with a glowing confidence, heading for the car park. ... Downstairs in the parking garage, the real Crystal continues to struggle to free herself from Sheryl's bondage in the back of her SUV. As Crystal attempts to kick at the back door of the vehicle, hoping to break the taillight of the truck and possibly free herself, Crystal pulls a muscle, and lets out a muffled scream of frustration and pain. Crumbling in a heap on the floor of the SUV, Crystal cries, equal parts angry and scared. --- Abby looks at Nick, standing with his hands on Gabi's shoulders, as they stand at the Brady Pub. Abby is stunned by Nick's news that he and Gabi will be moving in together. ABBY: Moving in together? GABI: Yeahhh, it's a big change. ABBY: I'll say! How are Sonny and Will taking the news? Gabi looks aside awkwardly before answering. GABI: I....haven't told them yet. ABBY: Gabi! GABI: I know! I Know! There hasn't been any time. I...I'm gonna talk to them this afternoon. Abby stands with her arms folded, uncomfortable with the news, she tries to feign being happy for them, but fails. ABBY: Well...I just...I want you to be happy, both of you, but... NICK: But... Abby looks at Nick, flashing back to his episode at Salem University not long ago. *** FLASHBACK TO EPISODE 104 Nick stands in the main hall of Salem U, taking deep breaths as Abigail and Jerome stand back, stunned by Nick’s behaviour, and obvious pain. Nick holds his head in his hand, his head pounding, his vision blurred. He stumbles, trying to collect himself, as Abby steps back towards Nick, trying to see if he’s alright. ABBY: Nick…are you SURE you’re alr— Nick turns abruptly back around, as Abby lurches backwards, scared by her cousin’s unpredictable behaviour. NICK: I’m fine, just…just LEAVE ME ALONE! Jerome jumps in as Nick raises his hand to Abby in a fury. Jerome grabs Nick by his jacket and slams him against the wall, holding him there for a moment, staring him down. *** Abby snaps out of her momentary trance, trying to cover her fear of Nick's outbursts. ABBY: I just want everyone to be...sure this is the right thing to do. We're all under a lot of pressure lately, and...you know...I'm just looking out for my friends. Nick nods in agreement, studying Abby's face closely. Abby feels intimidated by Nick's stare, and looks away immediately back to Gabi, and smiles half-heartedly. GABI: I appreciate that, Abigail. I really do. But ummm...trust me. I know I'm making the right choice. ABBY: I'm glad to hear. If you need anything-- GABI: I'll definitely call. Abby smiles half-heartedly, as Jennifer, JJ, Liam, and Laura all arrive at the pub. Gabi and Nick look up at the doorway, as Abby spins around to see her family walking in. She turns back to face Nick and Gabi, pointing back at the group as they filter into the pub. ABBY: My family's here. JJ's....taking off for college today, so we're gonna have lunch together before he takes off. I should...join them. NICK: Yeah. It's nice to see you, Abby. Abby feigns a smile, as she tries to look at Nick without setting off any alarm bells. ABBY: Yeah, you too. Good luck, Gabi. Nick. Gabi looks on at Abby as she steps away. Nick squeezes Gabi's shoulders as he stands behind her. Gabi looks uncomfortable, but plays along with Nick, putting her hand on his gently. --- John stands before Marlena and Hope at their table at the café in Horton Square. Marlena looks at him, annoyed by his presence, while Hope immediately notices the awkwardness, but is curious as to what John meant. MARLENA: John, what are you still doing in town? JOHN: I came back, Doc. I had some business I had to take care of. Hope looks at John, with a glimmer of hope in her eye. HOPE: ISA business? John sighs, wishing he could say one way or another. JOHN: Hope, you know I can't tell you that. Hope sighs, slumping in her chair, as John tries to reassure her. JOHN: Hope, I'm serious, okay? They're making good progress with their mission. I understand if you're ready to give up, but please don't. You're making a mistake. Marlena gets up from her seat, now enraged by John's insistance. MARLENA: OH? So Hope's supposed to put her entire life on hold for God-knows-how-long for Bo, but you're ready to divorce me on the drop of a dime? John looks away, sighing in exasperation. JOHN: Doc, it's differen-- MARLENA: Oh, the Hell it is. Marlena moves to make sure John looks her in the eye when she speaks. MARLENA: You expect Hope is supposed to have unwavering loyalty, even when there are plenty of other men in Salem who would be only too lucky to have her. John looks down, knowing the talking-to he's about to receive. MARLENA: And yet, when I try to defend my children...YOUR children, from being entangled by a sociopath, a RAPIST? Suddenly I'm a villain. Suddenly I'm not worthy to live in the same house as you. JOHN: Doc, come on, it's not like that-- MARLENA: You know it is. You are angry with me because I wouldn't sit by and let you handle Kristen your way. But you should have involved me from the get-go. Instead you play the martyr, and look what you have to show for it. Brady is dead, Kristen has ruined Eric's life. John looks back up at Marlena, trying to hold his emotions in, and Marlena continues to chastise him. MARLENA: But you and your pride. You just couldn't admit you were wrong. And now we're all paying the price for it. JOHN: Doc. I'm sorry. Alright. I'm sorry. I wish I could take it all back, but there are reasons I can't go into why we needed to divorce that go beyond anything that happened with Kristen. MARLENA: Like what? John hesitates, and Marlena immediately notices and reacts angrily. MARLENA: Damn it all, John, tell me. JOHN: I can't. Hope cuts in, getting up from her seat and putting her hand on Marlena's shoulder. HOPE: Marlena...look...I know you and John are going through a hard time, but...I really do have a strong feeling that whatever he isn't telling you...maybe it's important that we just sit tight and wait. JOHN: Hope's right, Doc. MARLENA: Well, I'm not going to wait around for you to decide whether you're going to make it make sense for me or not. Marlena turns sharply to face Hope. MARLENA: And neither should you. You've waited long enough for Bo. As much as I love him, it's time you lived your life. Enjoy yourself with Aiden, alright? Hope nods, as Marlena turns back to face John. MARLENA: Now, if you'll excuse me, I have someone I need to meet in a few minutes. Marlena marches off, leaving a saddened John and a curious Hope behind. HOPE: And just what is all that about, John? What are you keeping from her? John sighs, knowing it's best he not tell Hope anything either. --- On the island off the coast of Italy, Stefano walks into the catacombs underneath his compound, with Dr. Rolf in tow. They make their way down to the cage where The Patient sits, tied up. A black rubber mask covers The Patient's face, with only his eyes, nose and mouth exposed. Stefano looks over from outside the cage, gleefully. STEFANO: Ahhh I see this is going exactly to plan. DR. ROLF: So far so good, Stefano. I think he is nearly ready. Dr. Rolf inserts the key to the cage into the lock, opening the door, as the two men step in. The Patient looks on, quietly surveying their movements. When the two men are standing before The Patient, whose arms and legs are bound to a metal-framed chair, Stefano smiles, speaking directly to The Patient. STEFANO: Alright, my friend. I know you've been waiting awhile, wondering where we've been. Stefano begins to pace in front of Rolf and The Patient, almost sermonizing as he explains himself. STEFANO: But we had many things to take care of before checking in on you. We had to remove your friend from the adjacent cell. His time had come, you see. And soon, yours will as well. Stefano pulls out his wallet from his suit jacket pocket. He pilfers through it before pulling out a single photo. STEFANO: But...first, the test. Rolf? Dr. Rolf looks back at Stefano, pulling a syringe out, ready to react to the Patient's response, as Stefano slowly turns the photo around. The photo of John Black appears, causing a vicious reaction from The Patient. Snarling, spittling, and trying to fight through his bonds, Stefano can't help but smile with glee as The Patient fights to attack the image before him. Dr. Rolf injects the syringe into the patient, as Stefano laughs heartily. The Patient's rage begins to simmer, as he lapses quickly into unconsciousness. ---
  11. this just got uploaded yesterday. File this one under worst, but it's still cool to see flashes from old, lost episodes:
  12. Mamie was Lillie Belle's sister.
  13. Yeah, I don't mean to pile on, but I don't see a need for this, either, nor do I think they'll even consider recasting.
  14. THANK YOU. My brain at 2am is not what it used to be.
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