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  1. I am. Needed to make a fitting ending, but considering my (slow) pace, it's taking awhile to build to. But it's coming soon, with a lot of major implications for the rest of the canvas.
  2. EPISODE 149 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco In the Kiriakis dining room, Anjelica stands alone with Noelle in the corner. Looking around to make sure they're alone, Noelle approaches Anjelica. NOELLE: So...? ANJELICA: I think Alex will be on our side on this. NOELLE: Perfect. Noelle looks around, highly suspicious of anyone entering the dining room, so much so, despite being alone, Noelle continues to whisper to Anjelica. NOELLE: (whispering) Look, I have news. ANJELICA: Well, spit it out! NOELLE: (whispering) It's Victor! ANJELICA: What??? Noelle gestures emphatically to get Anjelica to quiet down, as she whispers to Anjelica. NOELLE: He's awake, we have to tell Nick. ANJELICA: Wh-- As Anjelica begins to respond, Justin, Maggie, and Sonny enter the dining room, all sharing a laugh as they sit down at the table. Noelle and Anjelica awkwardly halt their conversation and join them. Sitting down, the room falls quiet, as they all look at each other, unsure how to start the conversation. NOELLE: It's....so nice to have family together for once. All five of them look around at each other, unsure what to do, before Noelle grabs her drink from in front of her and awkwardly raises a toast. NOELLE: To...family! The others reluctantly join in, most looking awkwardly at each other, wondering what brought on Noelle's toast. ALL: Cheers! As they clink their glasses, they immediately take sips so long, most finish their drinks in one go. --- Alex and Will stand alone together in the Kiriakis living room. They look awkwardly at each other, as Will asks a serious question. WILL: Ahhh....so, I haven't had a chance to ask anybody yet but...I know there's been a huge upheaval at work today. What does that mean for us? Alex is taken aback by Will's question, leaving him momentarily speechless. ALEX: Ahh...you mean at the office? Will laughs, his heart aflutter, as he, without thinking, blurts out a response. WILL: Yeah, I mean...what did you think I meant? I mean, you're cute and all but... Alex and Will laugh, as Will realizes what he's just said and begins to blush. WILL: I mean...oh God. What did I just say? ALEX: No...(laughs) God, Will, don't be embarrassed. I know what you meant. Don't worry. Will looks to the ceiling, closing his eyes in embarrassment, as Adrienne steps into the doorway from the dining room. She looks on, troubled by what she observes. WILL: Ugh, sorry. I didn't mean to imply that I was...attracted to you at all. You're my boss, and MARRIED. I'm marrying your BROTHER. I just...I tend to put my foot in my mouth a lot. I'm sorry. ALEX: Don't worry. Seriously. It's okay. Just as long as you don't have this problem with words on the page, we're good. Will laughs, as Adrienne steps into the room. ADRIENNE: Ah, boys? Are you gonna join us for dinner at all? Adrienne looks directly into Will's eyes, an almost accusatory look in them, despite her sweet tone. It immediately discomforts Will. --- Outside club TBD, Kate and Sami stand, having confronted Nick and Gabi on their date, pestering Gabi about her modelling contract offers. Now, Sami's expression becomes more one of worry. SAMI: You seem worried. You weren't before. KATE: I had no reason to be before. Nick worming his way into the CEO position at Titan was nothing. He could be out of there within hours if he so much as breathed the wrong way. But if he has controlling interest? All bets are off, and we need to tread carefully. SAMI: Oh, to Hell with that. He's going to put us all in jail, Kate. Kate tries to quiet Sami down, but Sami continues, increasingly panicked. KATE: Sami, C-- SAMI: ...Oh don't try to shut me up. You know I'm right. What is he gonna do when he finds out we're trying to set him up? Dammit, Kate, we need to do something about him, and fast. --- Inside Club TBD, Nick and Gabi sit, Gabi deep in thought about what just transpired. Nick notices Gabi's contemplative look, and crooks his head slightly to get her attention. NICK: Hello?? Earth to Gabi. Gabi snaps out of her trance, shaking her head suddenly, looking Nick's way. GABI: Ugh, sorry. Just...in case you didn't notice, I have....a decision to make. NICK: Nah, I get it. But I think you know what you're doing. I trust you. Gabi smiles, as Nick reaches across the table to take Gabi's hand gently in his. Gabi wants to pull away, but manages to stop herself. NICK: I know I haven't been....exactly the most trustworthy person, myself. But I do want you to know, I'm gonna do everything I can from now on, to give you exactly the life you deserve. Gabi looks down momentarily at Nick's hand holding hers. NICK: I love you, Gabi. Gabi hesitates to answer Nick, the words caught in her throat. --- --- Kate walks in closer to Sami in front of Club TBD, and attempts to calm Sami down. KATE: Sami, you need to think of the long game here. Nick has the power to destroy all of us. That includes Will. So let's stay the course for now, and keep our eyes peeled for any opening. SAMI: We don't have time for that, Kate. It's time we make an opening. Sami, determined, storms off, leaving Kate behind, more worried than ever. KATE: Sami! Sami! (sigh) --- Inside Club TBD, Gabi struggles to respond to Nick, as Nick waits for a response. T arrives with their tapas, which he starts putting down on the table, breaking the tension. T: Alright! I've got some grilled calamari...lamb proscuitto dumplings, and a mango salad. NICK: Thank you. GABI: Thanks, T. T stands by them, ever the professional. T: Anything I can get you guys? Refill on your drinks? Nick holds up a finger, never taking his eyes off Gabi. NICK: Yeah...give me a bottle of your best champagne. T: You got it! T walks off, leaving Nick and Gabi alone, as she hastily reaches for her fork, trying to eat before she has to respond to Nick. NICK: I know we've got a lot of baggage, Gabi. And...I know you're probably not ready to tell me you love me, but...I just wanted you to know that I do. And I will always look out for your best interests. Gabi smiles, as she swallows her calamari. GABI: I know. Thank you. Thank you for being so patient. Nick smiles back at Gabi, looking intensely at her for a moment before asking another question. NICK: Gabi. Gabi looks back, inquisitively, if a little tense. NICK: I...I don't wanna put any pressure on you at all, but...well...now that I've got this job, and...the company assets...I'm planning to finally move out of the room upstairs at the pub. GABI: That's great! I'm glad you're finally able to do that. NICK: Yeah, so...now, once I have a home to call my own, and...don't feel like you have to say 'yes' or anything...but...would you like to move in with me? Gabi's eyes widen, stunned by Nick's suggestion, and unsure how to react, or respond. --- Will and Adrienne stare off at each other, clearly communicating unspoken thoughts with each other, as Alex looks on, trying to cut the tension. ALEX: Ah...Adrienne. Sorry, we were...catching up on work stuff. Adrienne continues to focus her eyes on Will, though breaking her gaze eventually as she responds to her stepson. ADRIENNE: Of course. Ah, well...dinner's about to be served, so...come on. ALEX: Sure thing. As Alex leaves the room, Will is held back by Adrienne, who speaks quietly to Will, as she grabs his arm, not forcefully, but firmly. ADRIENNE: A little advice, Will? If you expect me to play my part, you'd better do a lot better job of yours. Will looks down at Adrienne, and nearly bursts out laughing. He shakes his head dismissively. WILL: Adrienne, you're looking for something that isn't even there. ADRIENNE: Am I? Because those eyes you were giving each other just now tell me otherwise. WILL: What looks? The only looks I was giving were directed at you when you once again inserted yourself in a conversation that was none of your business. Adrienne folds her arms, giving Will a squinted glare. ADRIENNE: Despite what you think, I didn't just fall off the turnip truck. I can tell you're attracted to Alex. WILL: I love Sonny-- Adrienne snaps back at Will, cutting him off from continuing his thought. ADRIENNE: And Justin loved me. But he still had that affair with Anjelica and still had her child. Will stops himself, momentarily looking down, as he soaks in what Adrienne is saying to him. Adrienne steps in closer to Will, speaking a bit more earnestly, and less bitingly. ADRIENNE: You have two very impulsive parents, who lead with their hearts and not their heads. Don't be like them. Alex may not be my son by blood but I love him just as much as I love Sonny, and I don't want either of them hurt. If you do, I will make sure you regret it. Adrienne backs away, releasing the tension in her body with a sigh as she turns toward the dining room. As Adrienne walks away, Will looks down, shaking his head as he sighs, his head full from Adrienne's warning. He makes his way to the dining room as well. --- Eric sits at the bar of the Brady Pub, a pint of beer before him, as he makes a call on his cell phone to Nicole. Waiting to hear her pick up, he is unsuccessful, and the call goes to voice mail. ERIC: Hey, Nicole. It's Eric. I ah...I know you've had a big break in your story for tomorrow but...I'm just wondering when you'll be back. I mean...it is our...our wedding night, and I'd...just call me back when you get this. I love you. Hanging up, Eric takes a drink, as Marlena walks into the pub. MARLENA: Ah! Eric! Eric turns around to see his mother, and gives her a hug. ERIC: Mom! Hey. How'd your meeting go at the hospital? MARLENA: Oh well...Valerie and I had...a lot to talk about. It's actually why I'm here. I'm glad I ran into you. I...I have something to ask of you, and I don't think you're going to like it very much. Eric looks at Marlena, concerned. ERIC: Why? What is it? Marlena hesitates for a moment, before reluctantly responding, unable to look Eric in the eyes as she does. MARLENA: I need your help to run a DNA test on your father. Eric looks back in amazement, stunned by his mother's request. --- Dr. Rolf sits opposite Stefano in a dimly lit room in Stefano's Italian island villa. The two longtime partners-in-crime discuss their plans as the sun sets. STEFANO: So! When can we expect the patient will be ready? DR. ROLF: Stefano, I cannot give you a firm timeline on this. You know what happened the last time. STEFANO: Yes, unfortunately, I do. Stefano looks off in a distance momentarily, as Dr. Rolf continues. DR. ROLF: We cannot have a repeat of what happened before. As you know, the second Pawn project was effective but ultimately we couldn't utilize him because we caused too much brain damage. He would never be able to take proper direction from us. STEFANO: Hmmm, yes. And now he appears to be in terminal decline. Dr. Rolf nods sadly. DR. ROLF: Yes, indeed. It is a real shame. And, of course, our attempt to reprogram John Black failed miserably as well. Dr. Rolf thinks aloud, becoming more and more agitated as he contemplates his strategy. DR. ROLF: There has got to be a way to find the balance. My work on the second pawn was too potent, and on John Black, not enough. Stefano looks Rolf sternly in the eyes, as he points at him to make his point. STEFANO: And THAT is why THIS Pawn MUST work for us to get us what we need, or else everything we have worked so hard for will be destroyed! Rolf looks back at Stefano, nodding with a sombre expression on his face. --- In a dark, windowless room, a man is tied to a chair in an otherwise empty room. His hands and feet are bound. On a screen in front of him, a flurry of images appear on a projector screen. Many disturbing images flash by, changing almost as soon as they appear. Crawling insects. Scenes from bloody warfare. A gun being fired. John Black's face then appears, before disappearing, replaced by more violent images. The man writhes about, his mouth gagged, keeping him from shouting out. He struggles, trying to resist the intense images presented before him, but enraged far more by John than any other. ---
  3. EPISODE 148 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Marlena sits in Valerie's office at University Hospital, as they go over Roman's case. Valerie shakes her head as she goes over his file. VALERIE: You know, Marlena, I've gotta say...I know that there's a lot of missing pieces here, but...this man has been in your life for so many years. I...I mean, wouldn't you have known sooner that he isn't who he claims he is? Marlena looks down, contemplatively. MARLENA: I've thought about that. But he felt so....familiar to me. That day that Kristen wheeled him into my room...I wasn't sure but...something felt so...I knew that I knew this man. VALERIE: But you didn't believe Kristen when she told you he was Roman. Marlena looks at Valerie, remembering that day with Kristen, the anger coming through in her voice as she thinks of Kristen. MARLENA: I wasn't really willing to believe anything that...that woman told me. She'd told so many lies already, it was...it just looked like another scheme to keep John and I apart. VALERIE: Understandable, but what made you realize she was right? MARLENA: I just...I heard him speak. I heard his voice and...what he had to say. We knew...I knew I knew and cared for this man. We knew he was Roman. Nobody....questioned it once we'd spoken with him. VALERIE: Marlena. From what you've told me, that's the same thing everyone said when John arrived in town. We need to be absolutely certain that this man IS Roman Brady. Marlena looks up, deeply troubled by Valerie's suggestion. --- Stefano's limo pulls up to a grand castle on the remote Italian island. His driver parks and hustles to open the door for him. Stefano steps out of the car, and pulls off his sunglasses, gazing upon the beauty of his grand home. --- In the Kiriakis living room, Alex and Justin stand, discussing Justin's animosity toward Anjelica. Justin steps over to the bar, hoping to grab a drink, as Alex looks on. ALEX: Dad? JUSTIN: Yeah. Justin looks at the mostly empty caraffe, stunned by how much Anjelica's taken already. He pours himself what's left. The awkward silence holds in the air a moment, before Alex sighs and begins to tell his father what's on his mind. ALEX: Look, I don't mean to downplay what Anjelica did to you, or to Adrienne. Justin puts his drink down on the bar with a bit of a slam. He speaks harshly to his son. JUSTIN: Then don't. Justin turns around, another awkward moment of silence between them, as the doorbell rings. JUSTIN: And don't make excuses for her either. Your mother rigged a construction site to blow Adrienne up. Then she kidnapped you. This isn't stealing a few hair ties from a store at the mall, Alex. I'm not entirely prepared to forgive and forget. ALEX: But she did bring me back. And you and Adrienne were wonderful parents to me. You did a great job. Justin sighs, smiling at his son. As Anjelica steps back into the room from the foyer, escorting Will into the room with her. Upon seeing Alex, he stops, smiling awkwardly as Justin and Alex look back. ANJELICA: Well, look who I found at the door. Does this fine young man belong to anyone in the house? Alex smiles back at Will, as they both stare without a word shared. Justin ignores this, as he fixates on Anjelica. --- Gabi and Kate sit across from each other at the table at Club TBD, having an intense conversation about the state of affairs at Titan. Knowing Nick will be back from the bathroom any second, they remain tense and vigilant, each checking over their shoulder every few moments to ensure he isn't on his way back. GABI: Honestly, Kate, I don't know that I like the odds of that 4% stakeholder remaining loyal to Titan. I mean, I've heard how rocky things are, and with Nick coming on...he's completely inexperienced running a company like this, they're bound to sell before the shares become completely worthless. KATE: Leave that to me. Nick may in for a fall sooner than you think, and at least at my end of things, I'm going to make sure we make Titan a lot of money so that we can get out of this rut. Nick approaches from behind Kate, causing both she and Gabi to look up with a start. NICK: That's the spirit I wanna hear from my staff, Kate. KATE: You know, Nick. Relish calling us staff members for now, because it won't be long before the board sees through you, and your incompetence will earn you a nice fat pink slip. NICK: I guess I should've anticipated a little resistance. But I still wouldn't push my luck if I were you, Kate. Kate chuckles momentarily to herself, unthreatened by Nick's confidence. She looks back at Gabi, a bit amused, as she rolls her eyes, and looks back at Nick and responds sarcastically. KATE: I'm quaking in my boots. NICK: You should be. Because I just found out some good news. KATE: I'm waiting with baited breath to hear it. Nick smiles, as he leans in closely at their table. NICK: I just got the controlling interest of the Titan stock. So not only am I running the show, I own it, too! Nick laughs, almost maniacally, as Gabi and Kate's faces turn sheet-white. --- --- Justin gives Anjelica sideeye, as he grabs his drink from the bar table and shakes Will's hand firmly. JUSTIN: Will! Good to see you! Ah, Sonny's already at the table, they're serving dinner about now. We should probably join them. WILL: Oh...yeah. ANJELICA: Well, am I going to be introduced or not? Alex interjects to spare everyone Justin's cutting remarks at Anjelica's expense. ALEX: Ah...Anjelica Deveraux, this is...Will Horton. Will is...Sonny's fiancé. Will...meet my mother. Anjelica gives a surprised smile, turning to shake Will's hand, which he accepts, though still unsure what to make of the situation. ANJELICA: Ahh! Will! WILL: Pleased to meet you. ANJELICA: And I, you. You know, I have always really admired the Horton family. Such a pillar of our community. Tom and Alice were such lovely people. Justin rolling his eyes at Anjelica's phoney interest in Will, turns to head for the dining room. JUSTIN: (sigh) Talk about laying it on thick. Justin turns back to motion the others into the dining room. JUSTIN: Come on, guys. Let's get this over with before we lose what's left of our appetites. Will smiles awkwardly, not sure whether to laugh at Justin's joke or not, as Anjelica nods to Will and touches her son's forearm on her way into the next room. ANJELICA: I'll see you in there. Leaving Alex and Will alone in the living room, the tension between them remains. Will looks up at Alex, unsure what to say. WILL: Ah...so I didn't...I didn't know your mom was in town. ALEX: Yeah...we're...not exactly close. I mean... WILL: It's okay. I understand. My mom and I have...a similar relationship. Alex and Will share a laugh. As things grow quiet again, Will's eyes squint a bit, looking at Alex with concern. WILL: Ahhh....so, I haven't had a chance to ask anybody yet but...I know there's been a huge upheaval at work today. What does that mean for us? Alex is taken aback by Will's question, leaving him momentarily speechless. --- Kate gets up from her seat across from Gabi at Club TBD, looking disgusted. She gives Nick a murderous glare. KATE: Well, I don't know how you managed this, but don't expect me to cowtow to your every demand. I expect to be able to continue to run my business the way I see fit. Nick plays it cool, as usual. Shaking his head as he gently responds to Kate, hands in his pockets. NICK: Not to worry. Just make sure that you stay out of my way, and you'll have all the autonomy you need. All three turn abruptly upon hearing Sami's voice from behind them. She's revved up to play her part in the ruse, and takes on a snide tone straight away. SAMI: GABI! Don't sign anything. I have news. Nick turns to face Sami, smiling even wider now that the games have really begun. NICK: Sami! Glad you could join us! Sami reaches into her bag, handing Gabi a document of her own. SAMI: Gabi, I need you to reconsider Kate's offer. You don't wanna be working under Nick. He's been named CEO of Titan. GABI: Sami, I know, he... Sami doesn't wait for Gabi to answer, instead carrying on in her fake tirade. SAMI: He told you, okay. GREAT. But he didn't tell you that he's completely ineffective as CEO without also holding controlling stock interest. So he won't be able to do for your career what I can, seeing as he'll be working in a hostile environment. Nick immediately interjects, cutting Sami off before she can continue making her "case". NICK: Aaactually, Sami. That part's not quite true. As I was just telling Kate and Gabi...I just got the stock I needed to take controlling interest. SAMI: You what? NICK: Yeah! Isn't that fantastic? SAMI: That's impossible. You don't have the resources to buy up 1,000 shares, let alone the amount it would take to take 51%... Kate, and Sami both realize at the same moment, with Gabi putting the pieces together moments after. SAMI: ...You have a benefactor. NICK: Not quite. SAMI: Bull. NICK: No! Honestly. Titan shares are worth next to nothing at this point. It was actually pretty easy for me to buy up shares from the public supply at cut rate prices bit by bit over the last few months. Thanks to a rather...generous infusion of cash from Julie, some good timing with a good broker, plus my big bonus for my hard work on the latest foundation line for MadWorld, my package for taking over as CEO...I ah...well, I managed to secure the last bits I needed to take advantage when a major shareholder gave up her piece of the pie. Nick shrugs, convinced he's thrown Sami and Kate off the trail, but Sami's not so convinced. She bites her tongue, instead looking at an equally unconvinced Kate. KATE: That's still millions of dollars in shares, Nick. Nick nods, casually. NICK: Mmhmm. See, when you start investing and you make a couple good deals...it all snowballs. Sami stops herself, looking over at Kate, who looks on cautiously. SAMI: Gabi. Choose wisely. Your future depends on it. Call me when you decide. Sami nods to Kate, then Nick. SAMI: Kate. Nick. As Sami takes off, Nick chuckles to himself, sitting himself down at the table with Gabi. Kate, putting on her purse, preparing to leave, looks to Gabi. KATE: Gabi, Sami's right. You need to choose wisely. Go with the team that has your back. Kate's eyes widen, almost in disbelief of what's coming out of her mouth. Gabi looks down at the papers on the table, as Kate turns to Nick. KATE: Nick, thank you for filling me in. NICK: Oh, are you kidding? It was my pleasure. KATE: I'm sure it was. Have a great evening. Kate turns away, rolling her eyes at Nick as she follows Sami out of the building. Just outside the door, both women breathe a sigh of relief. SAMI: Do you think we got him fooled? KATE: I don't know, but I think we need to find out who's bankrolling this, and fast. Sami's expression morphs into one of worry. --- Marlena paces Valerie's office, deeply troubled by her earlier suggestion. MARLENA: Valerie, I can't just go around asking everyone Roman's related to for DNA samples. I know I'm gonna run into...well, more than just some resistance. VALERIE: It doesn't hurt to ask. This is extremely important, particularly if we're going to attempt to properly treat his symptoms. MARLENA: I know that, Valerie, but...these people have over twenty years invested in this man. My children...to them, this is their father. VALERIE: Then don't ask them right away. Maybe Roman's sister can do it. Marlena sighs, turning her back to Valerie, as she shakes her head. MARLENA: I couldn't do that to Kim. I mean...she has it hard enough right now dealing with Theresa being in a coma, Caroline's health is in decline, Shane is off doing God knows what with the ISA. She's worried about her brother, she's not going to want the rug pulled out from under her again. Valerie gets up from her desk, putting a hand on Marlena's shoulder in comfort. VALERIE: Marlena, your life isn't exactly a cakewalk right now, either. And the more you wait, and the more you agonize over whether or not this man you've thought was Roman all these years is actually the real deal? Marlena turns to face Valerie, tears in her eyes. Valerie puts both hands on Marlena's shoulders, looking worriedly into Marlena's eyes. VALERIE: Honey, I'm afraid of what carrying this burden entirely on your own shoulders could do to you. --- The door of the large, remote Italian villa open to the living area, as a staff member ushers Stefano inside. Once inside, Stefano removes his jacket, casually laying it down on the back of the armchair, as he looks on inside the dimly lit room. A chair is turned to face the large window, facing a picturesque view of the sea. Stefano chuckles in his inimitable fashion, as he claps his hands together a single time, excited to have finally arrived. He calls out to the person in the chair. STEFANO: Ahh! Tell me the good news. Is our patient finally ready? The chair turns, as Dr. Rolf looks Stefano's way, giving him a half-hearted smile. DR. ROLF: Not quite. But, I feel we should be ready any day. STEFANO: Good. We have waited long enough. The time will soon come to put our plan into action. Dr. Rolf nods, as Stefano looks off, determination in his eyes. ---
  4. EPISODE 147 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Gabi sits at a table at Club TBD, looking up uncomfortably as she sits across from Nick. Nick leans back in his seat, smiling as he watches Kate interject on their date. Kate stands over Gabi, having dropped paperwork before Gabi, and glares at Gabi, as Gabi responds meekly. GABI: Ahh...Kate...can we...can we do this another time, I'm kinda...busy. Gabi makes eyes in Nick's direction, as though pointing to Nick with them. Kate never takes her eyes off Gabi, remaining stern. KATE: I'm not available another time, Gabi. This can't wait. Kate turns quickly toward Nick, giving him an equally sharp glare. KATE: Do you mind giving us a minute? Nick, ever the smug one, laughs and leans back, nonplussed. NICK: Have at it. I'm enjoying the show. Kate's eyes narrow at Nick, as she responds to him, her voice deeper than before. KATE: Alone? Nick takes a second, before slowly getting up from his seat, and nodding at Gabi. Gabi nods back, giving her approval for him to leave. NICK: I'll be in the bathroom. One sec. As Nick walks away, Kate looks back at Gabi. Her tone changes, but her expression does not. KATE: Keep in character, we've got him right where we want him. Gabi looks up, trying to contain a smile, as she continues to stare at Kate from her seat. --- Anita sits across from Brady at her small dining table in her cabin. She holds her hands over her mouth, deep in contemplation over Brady's suggestion. ANITA: I don't know whether I could sell those shares, Brady. BRADY: Well, if you don't, you know the chances are very high that you'll lose even more. It's time to reinvest in a company that's going places. Hell, you could use that money toward fixing the house up. Anita shakes her head, uncertain of Brady's idea. ANITA: I don't know about this. BRADY: Anita, Nick Fallon is a liability to that company. He knows absolutely nothing about running a major conglomerate. Brady stops himself a moment, frustrated not only by the situation, but by his part in it, and having to remind himself of it. BRADY: (sigh) If I hadn't been so DAMN stupid, I could've been running it myself. Then you wouldn't be in this mess. Anita reaches out across the table to squeeze Brady's hand. ANITA: You were in a bad spot. You had been through an awful lot, and you were no shape to run a company. Don't blame yourself for that. Brady shakes his head, unconvinced. BRADY: That's not the point. Shouldn't have gone to that place to begin with, regardless of what was happening in my life. And now it's affecting you. I feel...this responsibility to help you. Anita smiles, still holding Brady's hand. ANITA: You owe me nothing. BRADY: I do. I need to protect what's left of your nest egg. Sell the shares, Anita. Before it's too late. Anita looks back at Brady, then down, again deep in thought. --- Anjelica stands at the bar in the corner of the Kiriakis living room, as Maggie steps in from the dining room to the right of the room. MAGGIE: Dinner's ready, everyone. As the others filter into the dining room, Justin lingers momentarily, as Anjelica pours herself a drink. JUSTIN: You've really put a dent in that brandy. Nervous? Anjelica laughs quietly, before turning to look at her ex-lover. ANJELICA: Oh me? (laughs) No no. Just needed to unwind a bit. I'm always a little excitable when I'm doing business dealings. JUSTIN: Yeah, well....don't get too excited. Any interest I have in this deal of yours is severely tempered by the fact it comes with your name attached. Anjelica takes a sip of her drink, smiling and nodding, almost in defiance of what Justin's said. ANJELICA: Well, I can understand your ambivalence. But I hope that with time and consultation, you'll see how sensible this arrangement could be for everyone. JUSTIN: I'm not just ambivalent. And I have some major reservations about how forthright you're being when it comes to you wanting to help us. ANJELICA: Look, you are entitled to feel that way. I wouldn't blame you if I were in your shoes. Justin studies Anjelica and her body language very carefully, as Anjelica lays her drink down on the bar table, and folds her arms in front of her as she continues. ANJELICA: Justin, I made some very big mistakes when Alexander was a baby, and quite frankly, I think that the stress of finding out Harper was a deranged killer, and losing you... Anjelica steps in closer to Justin, who shakes his head, as he steps away from Anjelica. Anjelica looks intensely into Justin's eyes, an earnest pain in them. ANJELICA: I think it caused a psychotic episode, a sort of...PTSD gone horribly awry. JUSTIN: Oh come on, Anjelica! That's an insult to anyone who's gone through PTSD, including Jack. You remember your stepson, Jack? He suffered years locked up in the Middle East, and came back in pieces. Anjelica steps, hanging her head down, feeling sad and shamed. ANJELICA: I know. Jack is--he was in a lot of pain for a long time. Justin is unmoved by Anjelica's moment of sentiment, becoming increasingly angry with Anjelica, as his voice raises. JUSTIN: He had to build his life over from the ground up, with very little help from you, if any. So don't try to pawn off what you did to Adrienne and to me as some kind of mental illness. You knew what you were doing, and you'd do it again in a heartbeat if it meant you'd get what you want. Anjelica stops herself, trying to choke back tears, as she looks down from Justin's intense glare. She nods in agreement with Justin, who is unmoved by her, as Alex walks into the room, seeing only the tail end of their argument. ANJELICA: You're right. Ah...excuse me. I'm going to wash my hands for dinner. Anjelica walks out, trying to dab out the tears before they ruin her mascara. Alex steps into the room, as Justin turns, spotting him. His expression changes, as Alex looks at his father, a displeased look on his face. JUSTIN: Alex-- ALEX: What the Hell was that? What did you say to her? Justin looks stunned, caught off guard by Alex's defense of his mother. --- --- Justin turns to face Alex, who walks in closer to his father. JUSTIN: Alex, I...I'm sorry. ALEX: You know, I know my mom's done a lot of really terrible things, but I don't think throwing that in her face when she may be exactly the lifeline Titan needs is a very good idea. Justin sighs, frustrated by Alex's desire to see the good in his mother. JUSTIN: Alex, you forget how manipulative your mother can be. I know you wanna see the best in her but-- ALEX: Oh I know full well how manipulative she can be. Trust me. I've got the brunt of it for a lotta years now. But don't forget the Hell she went through too. With Harper, with nearly losing me to you and Adrienne when I was a kid... JUSTIN: She gave you up to us, Alex. ALEX: And then she wanted to have me in her life again when she got better. Justin sighs, rolling his eyes at his son's naiveté. JUSTIN: Oh come on, you don't actually believe her song and dance about PTSD, do you? ALEX: No. But I do think she suffered a long, gradual mental breakdown, and I think, despite the...(sigh) downright horrendous results of that...I think we need to give her the benefit of the doubt this time around. Justin looks down, contemplatively, as he soaks up what Alex has to say. --- Valerie works at her desk at University Hospital, diligently typing away on some patient files, when a call is buzzed in. Valerie picks up the phone and answers immediately. VALERIE: (into phone) Dr. Grant.....oh yes, send her in. Thank you. After a moment, Marlena steps into Valerie's office, a smile masking her despair. Valerie can sense something is tense about Marlena, and gets up from her seat, a warm, empathetic smile on her face. VALERIE: Marlena. I'm glad you're here. MARLENA: Yes, well...I wish it were under happier circumstances. VALERIE: Well...I figured something was wrong when you called...it's...about Roman, I'm guessing. Marlena sits down across from Valerie, she looks at the ground, mournful over Roman's condition. MARLENA: He's getting worse every day, Valerie. I have...I don't think I ever expected him to deteriorate as fast as he has. VALERIE: Marlena, these things vary wildly from person to person. You know that. MARLENA: I know. I just...I guess we were getting closer again and...(sigh) I was looking forward to having this time together...maybe to fall in love again...if... Valerie turns her head slightly, waiting for Marlena to finish her sentence, but Marlena doesn't. VALERIE: If... Marlena's eyes snap back upward to meet Valerie's. She looks on with an intense stare, her voice wavering. MARLENA: I Guess...I guess I didn't want to say it, but...if it truly even is Roman. --- Stefano emerges from the yacht, as the sound of the waves crash against the dock. The cool sea air causes the crew, and Stefano, to bundle up, despite the warm Mediterranean night. Stefano is greeted by his waiting car, a grand executive car. The driver hustles from the front seat to open the back door for Stefano. Looking out at the sea, he breathes in the air deeply, exhaling with a dramatic zeal. He gives direction to the driver, in Italian, to head to the DiMera compound. STEFANO: Avanti al composto! Stefano immediately steps into the waiting car, as the driver closes the door for him, then proceeds back into the driver's side door. The car drives off, heading for the remote compound. --- Anita sits on the phone with her broker, ironing out details of the sale. ANITA: (into phone) I'm just glad I got through to you before the exchange closed for the day...perfect. I'm so glad we were able to sell them back so quickly. Thank you, Mark. Anita hangs up the phone, turning back to a smiling Brady. Anita is much less certain she's done the right thing. ANITA: Well...they found a buyer...the shares are sold. I'll receive the payment by the end of the week. Just have to have him pay me a visit with some documents to sign and we're a go. BRADY: I'm proud of you. Anita looks at Brady, nervous. She shakes her head and sighs as she answers him. ANITA: Don't be proud of me just yet. I'm praying I did the right thing just now. --- Kate sits down across from Gabi at Club TBD, Gabi is legitimately panicked, as Kate takes on a tough look, knowing Nick could likely be looking on. GABI: This is making me sick to my stomach. What if he catches on? KATE: He won't. And don't worry about Nick. He may be CEO, but he hardly has enough power to be a real threat, anyway. GABI: What do you mean? KATE: I mean, I checked into it earlier and the Kiriakises still own a controlling interest in the company. It's divided up between Justin, Victor, myself, Tyler, and John, who got Brady's shares when Brady died. That makes up about 47%. The rest of the shares are divided up in small fractions to the public. Gabi begins to ease up a little bit, markedly less tense than she was moments before. GABI: Okay. So he doesn't have the real power unless he has controlling interest. Why 47% though? I mean, I'm no MBA student or anything, but I thought they'd have majority stake in the family business at least. KATE: That's what I found curious, myself. The issue is there's a single shareholder out there who Victor never named, not even when I was married to him. This person had a 4% stake in the company, and all Victor ever would tell me is that it was distant family, and that it "kept the peace". I didn't pry. Gabi looks inquisitively at Kate, trying to sort through the mystery. GABI: But if that person with the 4% stake were to sell, and the public shares were to be gobbled up by a major corporation... KATE: ...then we would have to prepare for the worst. Nick stands by the archway to the bathrooms at Club TBD, phone to his ear. It's Anjelica on the line. ... Anjelica stands in the Kiriakis foyer, the doors to the living room closed. She speaks softly, but excitedly. ANJELICA: (into phone) I just got a call from Mark Foley, our broker. ... Nick looks over at Gabi and Kate momentarily, before turning away, hoping not to be seen. He speaks equally quietly. NICK: (into phone) Okay, what about? ... ANJELICA: It's good news. We just acquired enough shares in Titan to become majority shareholder. Congratulations, Nick. We just got ourselves the silver bullet to lodge into Victor's back. ... Nick beams, as he turns back toward the table, looking on at Kate and Gabi's intense conversation. ---
  5. Dena (surprise surprise)& Chris Whitesell.
  6. EPISODE 146 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Gabi steps into Club TBD, dressed to the nines in a form fitting "little black dress", her hair done up in a neat bun. Nick gets up from his seat at their table, in awe of Gabi's beauty. NICK: Well, I have to say, I don't think I've ever seen anyone so beautiful in all my life. Gabi blushes, looking down away from Nick sheepisly. GABI: Thanks, Nick. It's good to see you. NICK: You as well. Nick jumps into action, stepping over behind Gabi to pull out a chair for her at the table, which Gabi immediately sits down in. GABI: Oh, thank you! Nick leans in close to Gabi from behind, causing Gabi to tense up slightly, as Nick attempts to be seductive with her. NICK: Anything for my beautiful woman. Gabi bites her tongue, wincing slightly as Nick kisses her on the cheek, before sitting down across from her at the table. Gabi looks over at Nick, who can't help but stare. She smiles bashfully, as Nick leans in. NICK: So...how's your day been? GABI: Been good. I ahh...I have some news! NICK: Ooh! Do tell! Sounds like good news. Gabi smiles, nodding slightly. GABI: I think you'll think so. I ah...I signed a modelling contract with MadWorld today. Nick smiles, knowingly. --- In the Kiriakis mansion, Anjelica stands, drink in hand, before the Kiriakis clan. They sit in the living room, each with a mix of curiosity and skepticism as Anjelica speaks to them. ANJELICA: I figured I should come to you all with...something of a peace offering. Adrienne raises an eyebrow, and turns her head slightly to look at Justin, who looks back, just as skeptically. NOELLE: Well, this oughta be good, Anj. Come on. Tell 'em. Anjelica looks at Noelle, giving her a quick icy look, before slowly turning back to the rest of the room, a million-dollar smile on her face. ANJELICA: I heard you've had a bit of a...shakeup at Titan as of late. JUSTIN: I'd call it more of a shakedown, but yes. ANJELICA: Well, not knowing much about the situation, I can't comment on which direction things are shaking, but...I do see this as an opportunity nonetheless. Maggie sits on the sofa, arms folded as she looks at Anjelica, unsure what she's up to. MAGGIE: An opportunity for who? For us? Or for you? ANJELICA: Hopefully, for both of us. You see, I know that Nick Fallon patented a revolutionary alternative fuels strategy that Titan bought many years ago and sat on. And I think the time is right to dust it off, and make it the centerpiece of a new vision for the company. Alex sits back in his chair, eyes darting back and forth as he reads the room, and the situation. Noelle looks squarely at Anjelica, trying to figure out her strategy. Maggie squints slightly, as Justin, Sonny, and Adrienne look at each other, bemused. --- Anita sits on her sofa at her remote cabin, as Brady sits at the computer, reading through the article on the Salem Spectator website. Anita reads through a trashy novel, as Brady, never taking his eyes off the monitor, asks Anita a question. BRADY: Hey, Anita? Anita doesn't look up from her book, still feigning reading, as she adjusts her reading glasses perched on the end of her nose. ANITA: Yeah? BRADY: You know those shares your husband bought in Titan? ANITA: What about 'em? Brady turns from the screen suddenly, looking Anita's way seriously. BRADY: I think you need to sell them. Immediately. Anita looks up from her book, stunned. She pulls her reading glasses off and looks at Brady with a frown. --- --- Billie stands in the University Hospital lounge, her hand pressed to her cheek, as Kim stands before her, simmering with rage. After a tense moment of silence between them, Billie pulls herself together, and looks Kim directly in the eyes. BILLIE: I hope that made you feel better. KIM: You have no idea. Billie sighs, frustrated by Kim's unending hatred for her, but trying to cool the flared tempers. BILLIE: You know, I really hope that when Theresa wakes up, you and her can rebuild your relationship. I truly do. Kim laughs quietly, disregarding Billie's words. KIM: Yeah. I'm sure you do. BILLIE: No, I really mean that, Kim. But I don't want that for your benefit. Your daughter cried to me...so many times that I can't keep count. Just wanting you and her to see eye to eye. She played tough, but...she really loves you, Kim. Kim looks down, her rage cooling off, as she listens to what Billie's saying, and begins to look down, almost through the ground. Kim fixates on the floor, as though lost in her own world. BILLIE: She just needed something you weren't able to give her. She didn't want to burden you with her problems, and so she kept them to herself most of the time. I wish you could see that, and see that turning to me was...the only outlet she had that wasn't self-destructive. Kim looks up, a drained, blank look in her eye. Billie stays trained on Kim's face, as the door to the lounge opens, and Daniel looks on. BILLIE: I hope you can be her outlet one day very soon. Theresa wants that. Daniel steps into the room, uncertain of the energy between Kim and Billie. DANIEL: Ehhhh...you two okay in here? Both Billie and Kim turn to look at Daniel, as Billie nods, looking down. BILLIE: Yeah. Let's go. Daniel looks at a drained Kim, checking to see if she's okay. Kim nods, knowing Daniel's intent without having said a word to her. As Daniel and Billie head out, Kim sits down in the lounge alone. She breathes in deeply, as the door shuts behind them, and she takes in what Billie's said to her, beginning to sob quietly in her seat. --- Anita looks on at Brady, stunned by his suggestion. she lays her book down on the table, as she sits upright from her comfortable position on the sofa. ANITA: Sell my shares? BRADY: You heard me. Anita tries not to crack up at Brady's suggestion, though she still lets a laugh slip as she responds. ANITA: Brady, I have had those shares for over twenty years. The dividends have helped pay the mortgage on this place. Why in the world would I want to sell them now? Brady looks at Anita, deadly serious. his unwavering stare unnerves Anita. BRADY: Because if you don't, with the way things are going at Titan right now? You could lose everything. --- Nick nods approvingly at Gabi at their table at Club TBD, as T pours them both a glass of red wine. Gabi looks on, awkwardly smiling as Nick pays her compliments. NICK: Well, I always knew you had what it takes to be one of the top models in the industry. Gabi smiles half-heartedly, trying to seem bashful, but just feeling uncomfortable. Kate slips into the club in this moment, immediately spotting Nick and Gabi on their date. She studies the situation closely from the doorway, careful not to tip anyone off that she's there before she's ready. Gabi, meanwhile, looks down awkwardly at her wine glass. Nick barely notices Gabi's discomfort, as he continues. NICK: I mean...those eyes alone... Nick leans over and gently lifts Gabi's chin up with his finger, forcing her to look into his eyes. NICK: I'm amazed there isn't a bidding war over you. GABI: Well... No sooner have the words come out of Nick's mouth than Kate storms over, seeming desperate to speak to Gabi. KATE: Gabi, I'm glad I tracked you down. Gabi looks up, seemingly shocked by Kate's arrival. GABI: Kate. Wh...what are you doing here? Kate plunks down a document and a pen on the table in front of Gabi, as Gabi looks down at it, then back up at Kate as Kate explains. KATE: If you sign with MadWorld, you are making the biggest mistake of your life. Nick looks on, pleased as punch at the turn of events, as Gabi looks over at him, then back at Kate. --- Anjelica smiles as she stands before the Kiriakis family in their living room. Justin finally pipes up, uncomfortable with her suggestion. JUSTIN: Ahhh....Anjelica...just speaking as a lawyer here...do you not think that this is just a bit of a conflict of interest? ANJELICA: Justin, there is nothing in the world that is a conflict of interest if you know where the boundaries are. Now, I'm just speaking as someone with a campaign to run, and...I'm sure you'd all love some good publicity and some tax breaks. I mean...we all know the precarious situation Titan's in at the moment. Sonny looks at his mother, who rolls her eyes as Anjelica drones on. MAGGIE: And so, if Titan's in such a financial bind, what makes you think we can even afford to contribute to your campaign? JUSTIN: Assuming we'd be foolish enough to ever actually want to do that. ANJELICA: I'm so glad you asked. Anjelica steps back to the armchair nearest to the doorway of the Kiriakis living room. She sets down her drink, and sits down, legs crossed. She looks prim, proper, and all fake smiles as she explains herself. ANJELICA: You see, I know you've been having some great difficulty with a certain piece of property that you require for your latest energy project, and, provided I win the state legislature...I have the tools at my disposal to, shall we say, grease the wheels a bit? Maggie and Adrienne look at each other, as Justin looks on at Anjelica, contemplative of her proposition. Sonny and Alex look over at their father, as Noelle studies Anjelica, trying not to crack a smile at her co-conspirator. ---
  7. That, honestly, is the only rationale that makes any sense to me. I cannot for the life of me remember what they claimed WAS the cause?
  8. Stefan's Bedroom (DiMera)...7 Abigail's Hotel Room/Hong Kong...4 May I never see either of these sets again as long as I live. I'm amazed they weren't #1 and #2 sets of the month, they're shown so damn much.
  9. EPISODE 145 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Billie stands, arms crossed, inches from Kim, as they face off in the University Hospital lounge. Billie never backs down or looks away from an equally determined Kim. BILLIE: You really think that I would poison Theresa? KIM: I wouldn't put anything past you. Kim steps away from Billie, but continues to rant. KIM: I mean, really, Billie. Remember Phil? My ex-husband you made porn films for drug money with? And then you insinuate yourself in my daughter's life afterwards so you could...poison her mind against him, and against me. BILLIE: Oh COME ON, Kim, that was not how it-- KIM: Oh the Hell it wasn't! Someone blackmailed the two of you over this. You helped my daughter lie about... Kim stops herself from continuing, trying to keep a cool exterior before carrying on. KIM: You ruined my relationship with my husband, and my daughter, and you put my relationship with my son AND his father at risk. BILLIE: No, YOU did that. You and you alone. --- Brady looks away from Anita as they both stand in Anita's living room in her cabin in the woods. Anita walks slowly over to Brady, who is deep in thought, and gently puts a hand on his shoulder. ANITA: Brady. I need you to understand. I care about you. More than you probably realize. And I didn't want you to leave before you were ready. BRADY: (sigh) Look, I know that. Brady turns to face Anita again, feeling a bit badly for having reacted as strongly as he had about Anita knowing his identity. BRADY: And I realize you probably didn't nurse me back to health for some kind of...financial windfall. I just...(sigh) I...I guess I was running away from...all the problems I had in Salem...the pressure Victor put on me...my ex- put on me... Brady chuckles momentarily, despite his thoughts going back to a dark place. BRADY: My ex- sleeping with my priest brother and him having the audacity to call it rape. Brady looks down at the ground a moment, deep in a troubling thought. BRADY: Losing my fiancée in an explosion. I just...I haven't been dealing with it all. And...I guess trying to end it all was another step in my running away from it. Anita puts her hand up to Brady's cheek, as she pulls him into a tender, warm hug. Brady fights off tears, as he and Anita begin to open up to each other. --- The Kiriakises huddle around an excited Maggie in the living room to the family mansion. Noelle looks particularly stunned, as Justin, Adrienne, Sonny, and Alex all look on surprised and confused by Maggie's news. ALEX: Maggie...I don't get it. Why can't we say anything about Victor waking up? MAGGIE: Well...apparently he doesn't want so much press attention right now with the whole...Titan shakeup, and...quite frankly, he's pretty weak right now. So...I think the best thing we can all do is give him some space for the time being. Justin nods, as Sonny and Alex look at each other, understanding the situation. Adrienne looks Maggie's way in cautious agreement, as Noelle looks on, trying to mask her interest. SONNY: So...I heard we had a guest coming for dinner? But mom wanted to wait until we were all here before she talked about it? ALEX: Oh...that. ADRIENNE: So...I ran into Anjelica Deveraux in the square today and... Adrienne grimaces, looking at the others almost apologetically, as Noelle looks over at her husband, slightly confused, before her eyes spot the door to the living room open. Maggie turns, as the rest of the household look on, mostly in displeasure, but also in shock, as Anjelica walks in. ANJELICA: Hello, family! I hope I'm not late for dinner! Anjelica smiles widely as the rest of the family appears shocked by her arrival. Adrienne, meanwhile, motions half-heartedly at the door. ADRIENNE: Surprise! --- --- Billie stands with Kim in the hospital lounge, venting her anger at Kim's continued vilifying of her. BILLIE: The only reason I ever stepped in to help that girl was because she knew she could trust me, because I was the only person in her life that didn't think that Phillip Collier was some kind of saint. KIM: Oh please. You never gave her another option. You saw an opening and you took it. BILLIE: Why would I do that, Kim? Kim shakes her head, taking a cool, composed tone as she responds to Billie's question. KIM: Because you were grieving your own daughter. You thought Chelsea was dead, and you used the relationship you'd built with my daughter as a tool to replace Chelsea in your empty little waste of a life. Billie laughs sarcastically, in awe of Kim's statement. BILLIE: Oh my God, you have absolutely no shame, do you? When are you going to take even a little responsibility for what happened between you and Theresa? When are you going to admit that if you had just believed her when she came to you in tears, shaking because Phillip Collier had been molesting her for longer than she cared to remember, none of this would've happened? Kim stands in stunned silence, as Billie lets loose. BILLIE: She would never have turned to drugs, she would never have gotten herself in trouble with the law, she certainly would never have ended up in a coma because Brady Black wanted to commit suicide and take her with him! But I guess that's all well and good so long as you have your scape goat to blame the fact you couldn't keep your head together long enough to actually be a parent when it mattered! Kim slaps Billie hard across the face, snapping Billie out of her rage with the shock of the attack. --- Brady and Anita sit on the sofa, as a fire crackles in the fireplace before them, talking about Brady's problems. ANITA: I know where you're coming from. This home...such as it is... Anita and Brady share a laugh, before Anita stops after a moment, sighing, as she looks around her quaint home. ANITA: This is my refuge. Anita looks intensely at Brady, as he senses her pain. ANITA: I've had a lot of...pain to go through. Losing two of my children...I nearly died. I withdrew. I...I didn't want to be around people. It was safer here. Anita looks off, as though looking at a ghost from the past. ANITA: My umm...you asked about why I was looking at the news story about Titan, I...my late husband, he bought up shares in Titan when they first began publishing Bella Magazine. He was...he was certain he was onto a good thing, and that...(laughs) he figured he could retire off the dividends. When he died, he left them to me. And...with how the company's doing now...well... BRADY: You're thinking of selling, aren't you? Anita shrugs, looking solemnly past Brady. ANITA: We could use the money. This house...it needs some work. Brady looks down, nodding in understanding of her situation. BRADY: I think it's a good idea. Titan's in a lot of trouble, and...with Nick Fallon at the helm...it's only gonna get worse from here. Anita smiles half-heartedly, clearly still worried for the future. ANITA: Thank you. BRADY: Anita, we're gonna make this work for you. I won't let you down. ANITA: Oh I know, Brady...and I know that...you've been put in so many difficult situations, and I know that you thought that the only solution was to run away, but... Anita takes Brady's hand into hers, and holds it tightly, never taking her eyes off his. ANITA: ...I need you to know that you don't have to run anymore. Not here. You are always safe here. We can really help each other. Whenever you're ready, I am here for you. Brady smiles warmly at Anita, nodding back at her. BRADY: Same for me, Anita. Same for me. Anita and Brady come together for another warm hug, as they sit on the sofa, enjoying the warm fire. --- Gabi finishes signing the modelling contract with MadWorld, as Sami, Kate, and Gabi had discussed. She stands in her living room, with Will looking on, as Sami and Kate look on approvingly. Gabi lurches up, pen in hand, as Sami smiles up at her. SAMI: Congratulations. You are officially the new spokesmodel for MadWorld cosmetics. GABI: Great. Why don't I feel as excited as I should be? Gabi hears her text tone go off, causing her to jump slightly as she looks around for her phone. Finding it on the side table in the living room, she picks it up. Kate notices as Gabi looks at the message, that her expression changes, becoming more sombre. KATE: What is it? Gabi looks up from her phone, nervously. GABI: It's time. I have to meet Nick at Club TBD in an hour. What's our game plan? Sami and Kate look at each other, confidently. Gabi's eyes dart between the two, far less confident that their plan will go off. --- Maggie turns toward Anjelica, who stands in the entranceway of the Kiriakis living room, smiling widely. Maggie looks back, less than enthused. MAGGIE: Anjelica. ANJELICA: Maggie! Long time, no see! Anjelica quickly walks over, giving Maggie a big hug, which makes Maggie immediately uncomfortable and more than a little confused. MAGGIE: Anjelica, I wish I'd known you were coming to dinner sooner. Anjelica remains enthused, almost to spite Maggie and the rest of the Kiriakises. She carries on talking as she helps herself to a drink from the bar in the corner or the room. ANJELICA: What? And ruin the surprise? You've got to be kidding me. I mean, this is my first time back in Salem in over 20 years! Where else would spend it than with my loving son and his family? JUSTIN: A jail cell, maybe? ANJELICA: Oh Justin, always the joker! Anjelica turns back to face the rest of the room, now with drink in hand, smiles as she takes a sip. ANJELICA: But in all seriousness, I'm here because I am on the campaign trail to the state governor's house...and I think I could be a big help to all of you. The family look at each other, curiously, as Anjelica smiles slyly and takes a sip of her drink. ---
  10. Far more popular in Britain, as well. A handful of Top 40 singles there. But, true, nothing extraordinary. She made the Hot 100 twice, but, again, never higher than #47.
  11. EPISODE 144 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Sonny steps into the living room of the Kiriakis mansion, heading over from the kitchen. Adrienne, Justin, Noelle and Alex are all assembled in the living room, and all look up at Sonny as he steps into the room. SONNY: Hey! Ahh, cook just let me know that dinner was gonna be about another 15 minutes? So...just to wait here. ADRIENNE: Great, Honey! Just waiting on Maggie and I guess we'll get everything started. Sonny pops over to sit down on the sofa next to Justin. SONNY: Where is Aunt Maggie? JUSTIN: Oh, she's just gone to visit Victor for a bit. ALEX: Any news on Victor's condition? As Alex asks that question, Maggie walks into the living room, trying in vain to hide her good news. MAGGIE: Well...yes and no. Everyone in the room looks on expectantly, as Maggie stands near the doorway of the living room, her hands clasped together in front of her. NOELLE: Well, what does that mean? MAGGIE: It means that he's turned a corner...but...we can't tell anybody about it. Everyone looks at Maggie, baffled, as Maggie smiles awkwardly back. --- Billie steps off the elevator at University Hospital, and stumbles upon Kim, having a chat with Valerie in front of Theresa's room. Knowing she's not meant to be there, Billie hangs back a bit, but Kim spots her, anyway. Kim glowers as Billie lifts her chin up and walks over. KIM: Billie. I wish I could say I was surprised. BILLIE: Kim. I was actually here visiting Daniel, so you have nothing to worry about. KIM: I'd better not. Billie looks down, trying to compose herself, hoping to avoid another confrontation. BILLIE: I umm...how is Theresa? Kim immediately snaps back at Billie, causing both Billie and Valerie to tense up. KIM: She's the same. Not that that's any of your business. BILLIE: Kim, I... Valerie cuts Billie off, knowing this will go nowhere good. VALERIE: Look, I'm not gonna tolerate you two having an all out brawl in the middle of my hospital. Now, if you wanna have a chat, we can step into the lounge, but we aren't doing this here. BILLIE: Don't worry, Valerie. I'm leaving. KIM: I hope so. And I hope you stay gone, because if I find out you had anything to do with my daughter lapsing back into her coma, I will find out. Billie looks at Kim, incredulous. BILLIE: Kim, what the Hell are you talking about? KIM: I have reason to suspect that someone has been poisoning my daughter to keep her in a coma. BILLIE: And you assume it's ME? (laughs) Oh my God, Kim, you've REALLY lost it this time! Kim glares daggers at Billie, as Billie looks on, laughing at the ridiculousness of Kim's claims. --- Gabi and Will stand in their living room with Sami, deeply troubled by the news Sami's just given them regarding Nick. GABI: Okay...so...if Nick's now the CEO of Titan...I mean...Sami, how far do we want this plan to go? Obviously hooking him on his old medication isn't stopping him, and it's certainly not causing him to get tripped up. Quite honestly, I don't know how much longer I can take this. SAMI: Just...stay the course, Gabi. Will cuts in, getting uneasy with Sami's insistence on persevering. WILL: Oh come on, Mom. How far do we really wanna go with this whole plan? I mean, every time we think we've got this guy handled, he manages to worm his way out and get the upper hand again. And quite honestly, I'm sick of finding out more bad news every time I hear his name. Sami, arms crossed, laughs a bit in resignation. SAMI: Heh. Yeah. You and me both. But there's nothing we can do now. If we don't follow through, Nick WILL win. And Gabi, and Arianna will end up on the other side of the world with Nick Fallon. GABI: Ohhh no. I will die before I let that happen. Gabi and Will looks at each other with a certain level of fear they try to hold back. Sami walks over to the sofa, sitting down and grabbing the pen from the coffee table. She hovers over the modelling contract on the table. Signing the document, she looks up at Gabi. SAMI: Well then, I guess you better sign on the dotted line then. Gabi hesitates, standing back from Sami with her arms folded, clearly tense from the pressure. --- --- Anita stands in her living, while Brady stands facing her, arms folded in front of him. Brady looks at Anita, upset by Anita's seeking the news story of Nick taking over as CEO of Titan. ANITA: Yes...I know who you are, Brady. I've known for a long time. BRADY: Have you, now? And just how long were you planning on keeping this little...secret from me? Anita sighs, trying to find the words to stop Brady from getting too wound up. ANITA: As long as it was going to take for you to trust me. Brady guffaws at Anita's statement, as Anita walks past Brady, looking intensely at the article on her computer screen about Nick's takeover. BRADY: How perfect. So you were gonna keep lying until I trusted you, and for what? ANITA: Then maybe you'd open up to me about what happened to you. Maybe you'd finally let me help you. If I told you that I knew you were Victor Kiriakis' grandson, you'dve been out the door as soon as you were strong enough to crawl out of that bed. BRADY: And maybe I should've. Anita grabs Brady's arm, stopping him from walking out of the room. ANITA: Brady. I didn't keep this from you for my own gain. I did it so that you felt safe here. Nobody from Salem knows you're here, and nobody will as long as YOU want it that way. Brady looks at Anita, a mix of uncertainty, anger, and a strange sense of trust. --- Gabi stares at the pen Sami holds up for her, as Sami sits at the desk in Gabi's living room. Will looks on, unsure of what the situation is, when all hear a knock at the door. Will heads over to open the door, revealing Kate. KATE: Hi! Sorry, I'm late, I had...a lot to take care of. SAMI: So I heard. GABI: So...now that Nick's CEO of Titan...does this change anything where this supposed bidding war is concerned. Kate smiles, confident in her statement. KATE: Oh absolutely not. Gabi smiles, still clearly nervous about the plan. GABI: Okay, good. I uh...I confirmed a date with Nick for tonight. He...uh...he actually asked me first, so... SAMI: Perfect, so we're all set. All you have to do, is sign, and let the fun begin. Sami hands Gabi her pen, as Gabi steps over to the desk, and signs the modelling contract, putting her into a contract with MadWorld at DiMera. Kate, and Sami look at each other with a confidence, while Will looks on, concerned, and slightly confused by the proceedings. --- Valerie opens the door to the hospital lounge, and leads Kim and Billie inside, closing the door behind them. She looks at them sternly. VALERIE: Now, I assume you're gonna keep in civil in here. Kim stands, facing Billie, arms folded as she looks at her with a scowl. KIM: Naturally. BILLIE: Thank you. Valerie looks at both women seriously for a moment, before stepping out of the room, closing the door again behind them, as Billie looks at Kim, exhausted by the fighting. BILLIE: Look, Kim. I've had it with the accusations and the arguments. Okay? I have no idea who, if anyone, is poisoning Theresa, but... KIM: But I guess we're gonna find out. Becuase I have made sure that there is a guard at that door, 24/7 from now on, and they can't so much as take a bathroom break without getting a relief guard. So if you're taking advantage of your little doctor boyfriend to try to sneak into Theresa's room without my knowing? Kim steps in close to Billie, attempting to intimidate her. KIM: I WILL find out about it. Make no mistake. Billie looks back at Kim, unflinchingly. --- The Kiriakises look confused at Maggie, who stands surrounded by them in the Kiriakis living room. She smiles, knowing how awkward her news is. JUSTIN: I'm sorry....what? Maggie smiles, and looks at Justin, before repeating herself a beat later. MAGGIE: We can't tell anyone he's recovering. He doesn't want anyone to know, I guess partly because of what happened at the board meeting today. Honestly, I don't even think he wanted me to tell you all but...I just can't keep it bottled up. We just need to give him the space to recover, and not push him too hard with too many visitors right now. ALEX: Wait...he doesn't? So...does this mean... MAGGIE: That's right. Victor's awake. Everyone, particularly Noelle, take notice, as their eyes widen in surprise. ---
  12. My guess is they only addressed it when Eve called out, half-in-the-bag, "Where's the bartender?" in the next episode. But to actually SEE what happened next would've been nice, I agree.
  13. EPISODE 143 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Brady walks into the living room at Anita's cabin. Stepping over to the computer, he moves the mouse slightly, triggering the computer to wake up from its dormant state. He calls out to Anita, who is in the next room. BRADY: Anita! I'm just gonna pull down the ad for the truck, alright?! Anita calls back from the other room, the sound somewhat muffled. ANITA: What was that?! Sitting down with a soda in hand, he looks at the screen, and has to hold himself back from spitting out a mouthful when he reads the news on the screen: BREAKING: Nick Fallon declares self CEO of Titan Industries Brady sets his drink down before he spills it, his hands shaking. Anita steps into the room, about to repeat herself when she sees a distressed Brady looking at the computer screen. ANITA: Wh...Brady? Brady quickly turns around to face Anita, getting up from the desk chair. He points at the computer monitor, stunned and angry. BRADY: What is this? Why do you have this page open? Wh...did you see this?? Anita looks on, puzzled by Brady's strong reaction. --- Sami stands in Will, Gabi, and Sonny's apartment, trying to hold in her panic, as Will stands before her, stunned by the news she's just given him. WILL: I'm sorry. Nick just took over Titan? SAMI: Yep! You've got a new boss. Congratulations. Will sighs, frustrated by the turn of events. WILL: Wh...well how did he manage that? SAMI: The only way that little worm knows how to accomplish anything in life. Blackmail. --- Billie sits in the hospital cafeteria, taking a sip of coffee while she reads a book. After taking a sip, she realizes the foul taste of the coffee, spitting it quickly back into her cup and pushing it away, as Daniel walks in. DANIEL: Hey, I got your text. Billie gets up upon hearing Daniel's voice, wrapping her arms around him and giving him a soft kiss on the lips. They talk while gazing into each other's eyes, their voices growing softer and more sultry with every sentence. BILLIE: Mmm, good. I just was waiting here while you finished up your shift. You all done? I could use a little...soft music and a nice dinner after the day I've had. DANIEL: Oh yeah? BILLIE: Yeah. DANIEL: Well, I think I could be persuaded. On one condition though. Billie looks at Daniel, mockingly giving him attitude, but unable to hold in a laugh as she does. BILLIE: (laugh) Okay. DANIEL: I get to take you back to my place first and work up an appetite. Billie can barely finish her sentence as she begins to kiss Daniel more and more sensually. BILLIE: Mmm, okay, that's a condition I think I could live with. But I got a condition for you if you want some personal time with me. Daniel laughs slightly as he gives Billie another quick kiss. He continues, resting his forehead against Billie's as his arms wrap around her waist. DANIEL: Heh, okay. I'll bite. What's my condition. BILLIE: Make me a better pot of coffee, and I'll be putty in your hands. Daniel laughs heartily, as Billie cracks up a bit herself. DANIEL: Deal. Billie smiles as she wraps her arms around Daniel's neck, pulling him into another kiss, as Maggie bursts into the cafeteria, catching Daniel and Billie off guard. MAGGIE: Daniel! I'm so glad I found you! Daniel and Billie pull away from each other, as they turn to Maggie, concerned. DANIEL: Mom, what is it? Maggie beams with the news she shares with them. MAGGIE: It's Victor. He's awake! He's finally awake! Daniel turns quickly to look at an equally surprised Billie. --- Victor looks on from his hospital bed, too weak to really react to Tyler. VICTOR: Nick...Nick Fallon? Tyler stands next to Victor's bed, arms folded, as he softly nods. TYLER: Yeah. He called everyone to a board meeting and handed out little envelopes, detailing all the dirty little secrets he knows that the board doesn't want publicized and voila! Everyone cowtows to him. VICTOR: H...how the Hell did you let this happen? TYLER: It's a long story, Victor. All I need to know for now is...do you want me to take care of him, or shall I sit on this until you've been released? Victor sighs, looking stoically at Tyler as he mulls over his options regarding Nick. --- --- Adrienne and Alex stand in the living room in the Kiriakis house. Adrienne is shocked, as Noelle has just walked in, making a crack about inviting Anjelica to dinner. ALEX: Noelle. Tell me you didn't... NOELLE: Didn't what? Invite your mother to dinner? Of course I did. Adrienne rolls her eyes dramatically, displeased with this turn of events. ADRIENNE: Great. NOELLE: What?! I heard she was in town for her campaign, she called me earlier while you were out because, big surprise, she couldn't get ahold of Alex. I mean, she certainly wasn't gonna call you or Justin, was she, Adrienne? Adrienne stands with her arms folded. She sighs audibly before responding to Noelle, sulking. ADRIENNE: I guess not. NOELLE: So...there you go. What am I gonna do? Tell her 'no'? She'd kill me! Adrienne guffaws dismissively at Noelle, as she turns to walk away. ADRIENNE: You have no idea how right you are about that-- Alex steps in, trying to stop things from escalating, as Adrienne tries to stand her ground. ALEX: ...Okay, Adrienne. Can we just hold our fire a little bit, here? ADRIENNE: All I'm saying is, you'd opened up Pandora's Box by even just letting her in the room. And now we're all going to have to suffer the consequences for that. Noelle rolls her eyes at Adrienne. NOELLE: Oh come on, Adrienne, you're being melodramatic-- Adrienne cuts Noelle off, waving her hand in front of her as part of her refutation. ADRIENNE: No, no. Believe me, it's not just going to be a single awkward dinner. We will be stuck with that woman now for as long as SHE decides we are useful to her. And I really don't know if I'm prepared to give up my time and energy to such a worthy cause. Adrienne grabs her shopping bags, and heads for the staircase to her room. ADRIENNE: If you'll excuse me. Alex turns to Noelle, who stands, arms folded, nonplussed by Adrienne's concerns. Alex sighs, sensing the brewing conflict between the two women who raised him. --- Will puts down his cell phone, as Sami stands in the apartment, holding a now-awake Ari in her arms. SAMI: So? What did Alex have to say about it? Will sighs, looking away from Sami, trying to process the news. WILL: Yeah. Nick pulled it off. Even Kate apparently voted in favour of it. SAMI: She WHAT? WILL: Yeah. I mean, I guess she had her reasons but... SAMI: Well, she's coming to meet us in a few minutes, anyway, so...I guess we'll get our answer then. As Sami finishes her sentence, Gabi comes through the door, grocery bags in her hands. She looks over, pleased to see Sami. GABI: Oh good, you're here. Sami smiles half-heartedly, as she bounces young Arianna in her arms. SAMI: Hey! Did you, uh...hear the news? GABI: What news? WILL: Nick's just become CEO of Titan. Gabi sets the bag down on the kitchen table, before looking at both Will and Sami, stunned. GABI: You're kidding. SAMI: Nope! So we need to take the next few steps incredibly carefully, or else we are all just a step away from going to prison for a long time. Gabi looks at Sami, sighing in despair as she realizes the corner she's being put in. --- Victor lays in his hospital bed, as Tyler stands next to him, awaiting his answer. Victor responds slowly and breathlessly. VICTOR: Wait him out. Let Nick bury...bury himself. And make sure...nobody knows that I...I've come to. I ca...I can't handle any visitors. Victor exhales gently and falls into a sleep. Tyler looks on as Victor closes his eyes, sighing. As he does, Maggie and Daniel step into the room, only to find Victor back asleep. Tyler turns, holding a hand up to reassure Maggie, whose face has immediately fallen upon seeing Victor's eyes shut. TYLER: Don't worry. He just fell asleep. I think he's still very weak. MAGGIE: I know. Thank you, Tyler. Maggie takes Tyler's hand, squeezing it gently as Tyler cups Maggie's hands in his. Daniel grabs a stool and scoots over to Victor's bedside. He turns back to Tyler and Maggie, shooing them away. DANIEL: I'm gonna need to check on Victor, so, I'm gonna have to ask you to step out. TYLER: That's fine. I have to head back to the office anyway. Um...Maggie, Daniel. Victor asked us to keep quiet on his coming to for awhile. Doesn't want a slew of visitors or anything while he's this week. DANIEL: I'll co-sign that. The last thing Victor needs is a procession of family members crowding in here before he's ready for them. Maggie nods in agreement, still a bit emotional from the turn of events. MAGGIE: I understand. I'll umm...Daniel. Thank you. I'm gonna go home. Tyler, thanks again. TYLER: You alright to drive, Maggie? MAGGIE: I'll be fine. Thank you, though! Maggie and Tyler step out of the room, closing the door behind them. Daniel stares at Victor, smiling warmly at him. DANIEL: Good work, old man. You made it back. Victor sleeps, oblivious to Daniel's words, as Daniel begins to work on updating his chart. --- Kate stands in Roman's office at the Salem PD. She's baffled by Roman's sudden confusion about his whereabouts. KATE: Roman...wh...Anderson Manufacturing hasn't been around in...over 30 years. And you were never involved with them, it--I mean, at least not that I'm aware of I... Roman stands facing away from Kate, looking down at the ground, lost in his thoughts, as Kate steps slowly over to him. KATE: Roman, I'm worried about you. ROMAN: Kate, don't be. Kate looks on at Roman, frustrated resignation, as her arms fall to her side. KATE: Look, I don't know what's going on with you, but...if you need to step aside from this case, I'd be happy to let Billie handle it unilaterally from here on in. ROMAN: Nah, I...it's okay. Roman turns back toward Kate, shaking his head, still an uncertainty in his tone and demeanour. ROMAN: I um...I just need some time to refresh myself with the case. So...you just e-mail me what you need to fill me in on and...I'll take it from there. Kate stares at Roman, as he sits down at his desk and grabs the framed photo of his family, a grave concern for him plainly visible in her eyes. She wordlessly puts her purse up over her shoulder and walks out, leaving Roman behind, trying to fight back his pent-up emotions. As Kate closes the door behind her, Roman stares at the photo in his hands. Marlena, Sami, Eric and himself, from the time Sami & Eric were babies. The longer he stares, the more frustrated he gets, finally throwing the picture across the room. The picture frame shatters as Roman breaks down in tears. --- Anita approaches Brady, baffled by his outburst. ANITA: See what? Brady steps aside, ushering Anita closer to the computer. BRADY: This! Anita studies the headline, before sighing. Brady looks at her, arms folded. He motions at the computer as he continues. BRADY: I think you better explain yourself right now. ANITA: Brady, I didn't want to get into this until you were ready to talk about what happened to you. Brady snaps at Anita, not waiting for her to finish. BRADY: I am not ever going to be ready if you keep being secretive with me. Anita raises her voice momentarily to match Brady's, before stopping herself mid-sentence to finish her thought. ANITA: I'm no--I'm not being secretive. But...maybe I haven't been completely forthcoming. Brady laughs sarcastically at Anita's statement, putting his hands up in the air in frustration. BRADY: Yeah, you could say that. ANITA: You haven't been either. BRADY: And how do you know that, Anita? Anita looks away momentarily, before looking up at Brady solemnly. ANITA: Because I do know who you are, Brady. And I know exactly how you got here. Brady tenses his lips, trying very hard to keep from saying something he'll regret in anger. ---
  14. Considering they can't even have a single conversation about a new character's history? (I'm looking at you, Stefan O...) I have very little hope. The only successful (relatively) "new" family has been the reintroduction of the Grants, but even then, it's been kinda shakey, thanks to Dena's stupid intro story for Valerie and Eli killing David off out of nowhere offscreen.
  15. Like...I was afraid he'd go there on DAYS, but I was hoping he'd at least bring Kim back to ressurect her DID instead giving a THIRD character what's supposed to be an incredibly rare diagnosis on the same show. As someone on here said a long time ago, it's nothing more than an excuse to get a character to behave out of character (which Ron LOVES to do instead of creating actual complex villains ). Stefan O. STILL three months in has absolutely no backstory, no nuance, nothing interesting about him. Just a fixation on Abbygabbylauragail, and I DO. NOT. CARE. I will continue to not care until we at least get a conversation about his past and what makes him tick. It breaks at least three Marland rules, certainly to have him on so much when he's so new, and established characters who SHOULD be involved in heavy story are conspicuously absent (I know, I know, guarantees, but the renewal at the same time that Y&R and DAYS are so close in the demos should help NBC at least throw SOME extra $$$ their way).
  16. Yes to all of this. HOWEVER, I have to say I noticed a significant drop in energy from Friday to Monday. I was stunned because Richard Culliton's scripts are usually on point. This, I feel, was down to direction. Jennifer and Eric's fight was well-written up until they laughed it off. It felt very well-written and drew me in but for them to just go "oh, I guess this is our first fight LOL" was stupid. That could've been a jumping point to some REAL drama that could carry them in a story, but... I have to agree about Ciara. This actress has the fire that I was hoping Ciara would have when aged up. She's what I would have seen Ciara be after Lauren Boles' Ciara was aged up. It's a shame they wasted that year and a half with Lockjaw Jovanni because this Ciara is a winner.
  17. Be careful, you’ll see the headline “Dena Higley IN” right afterwards.
  18. EPISODE 142 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Roman walks into his office at the Salem PD, and looks the room over, suddenly feeling foreign to him. After a moment of inspecting everything, his desk, the window to outside, the picture of his family from years ago, he sets the framed picture down on the desk face down, and looks the room over once again. His eye turns to the door as Kate walks in, briskly. KATE: I'm sorry I'm late, but I had to be in the square for Nick's press conference. Kate puts her clutch down on the table, oblivious to Roman's confused state, she throws her hands in the air in frustration. KATE: There's just...so much going on the last few days, I need to get you up to speed. For instance, when are we going to get Jordan and Sheryl's arrest warrants out, and how much evidence do you need to pro-- Kate stops upon turning toward Roman, who looks on at her, confused. KATE: Roman. Are you alright? Roman looks back at Kate with a blank expression. --- Adrienne walks briskly into the Kiriakis living room, dropping her shopping bags on the sofa, before calling out as loudly as possible in the hopes that someone is home. ADRIENNE: ALEX?? NOELLE! MAGGIE? Alex walks in casually from the hallway heading into the kitchen, a curious expression on his face as he pops a blueberry in his mouth. ALEX: Adrienne? What's up? You look like you've seen a ghost. ADRIENNE: Yeah, you could say that. I quite literally just ran into your mother in Town Square. Alex swallows hard, an uncomfortable look on his face. --- Maggie sits beside Victor's hospital bed. Victor having just emerged from his coma. Victor manages a weak smile as he gently squeezes her hand. MAGGIE: Victor! You're awake! Victor barely peeps out a sound, as he remains incredibly weak. VICTOR: Maggie. Wh...where am I? MAGGIE: At University Hospital, darling. You've been in a coma for a number of weeks now. Victor looks around, sighing as he realizes what's happened. Maggie, eager to see Victor's progress continue, gets up, heading excitedly for the door. MAGGIE: I'm going to go get Daniel to come check up on you. VICTOR: Mag... Victor reaches out for a moment before his weak body gives in. Struggling to keep his eyes open, Victor sighs in frustration as Maggie heads out of the room. Outside Victor's hospital room, Tyler emerges from the elevator. Maggie walks over to him. TYLER: Maggie! MAGGIE: Oh, Tyler! I'm so glad you're here. TYLER: What is it? Maggie puts a hand on Tyler's shoulder, and smiles warmly. MAGGIE: It's Victor. He's awake. Tyler looks back at Maggie with a mix of happiness, and of dread. --- --- Will races to the door of his apartment to stop the frantic knocking at the front door. Opening it, he finds Sami, who bursts into the apartment in an enraged frenzy. Will tries to cool Sami down, pressing a finger to his lips to motion her to keep quiet. SAMI: Thank God you're here. WILL: SHH! Ari's having a nap! Sami stops herself for a second, resting against the edge of the armchair in the living room, as Will walks quickly over to close Ari's bedroom door. SAMI: Sorry. WILL: What was so urgent? SAMI: Where's Gabi? Will stumbles over his words, thrown off by Sami's lack of focus. He responds firmly without shouting. WILL: Gabi's at the corner store grabbing milk. What is the problem? SAMI: Well, for one, you have a new boss. Will looks confused, furrowing his brow. WILL: What do you mean? SAMI: I mean Nick Fallon just staged a coup to take over Titan, and if you're not careful, he's got enough on you to ruin your entire career before it even begins. Will's jaw drops at the stunning news of Nick's ascent. --- Alex stands in the Kiriakis living room, watching an on-edge Adrienne pace behind the sofa, while he continues to munch on his blueberries. ADRIENNE: So she basically just...invited herself to dinner, which, of course, I turned her down, but...not that THAT would ever stop her... ALEX: Well, I think she should come to dinner. Adrienne stops in her tracks, looking incredulously at Alex. ADRIENNE: Alexander Kiriakis, are you serious? Alex looks at Adrienne and shrugs at the idea. ALEX: I don't see why not. Look at it this way, if she comes to dinner tonight, it'll probably pacify her and we won't have to have her asking me to stay here while she's in town. ADRIENNE: Alex, that's exactly why I DON'T want her coming to dinner. You know full well she's going to use that dinner invitation to guilt you into letting her stay for however many days she claims she'll be in town, and before you've even shown her what room she's staying in, she'll have her entire campaign team set up in the dining room! A voice calls out from behind them, causing both Alex and Adrienne to turn toward the entrance to the living room. NOELLE: Well, I guess that answers my question on how everyone feels about having company for dinner tonight, then? Noelle walks into the room, hands on hips, with a wry smile. Adrienne looks on, unimpressed, while Alex seems...uncertain, looking back at Adrienne before turning back to look at his wife. --- Kate steps over to Roman, putting a hand on his shoulder out of concern. Roman fidgets at Kate's touch. KATE: Roman... ROMAN: Just stop...I'm sorry. I haven't had much of a chance to look into this the last few days. Kate looks over at Roman, shocked by his uncharacteristic lack of attention, as Roman sits down behind his desk. KATE: I...I don't get it. You knew this was a huge case, Roman. I put my relationships with my kids, with...with Rafe...I put that on hold for this. All to see justice done. And with all the...chaos that's been going down between the virus and...Nick taking over Titan, you...Roman, are you okay? Roman snaps at Kate, taking her aback. ROMAN: Dammit, Kate, I'm fine! I can't even have a cup of coffee in the morning without someone asking me what's going on here at Anderson and how I'm gonna take care of this, and I'll tell you, since Bob died, it's been absolute chaos. Kate looks at Roman, confused and stunned. KATE: Anderson? Wh...what are you talking about? --- Tyler stumbles over his words, stunned by the news that Victor's awakened from his coma. TYLER: Y...You're sure? Maggie looks on, excitedly, almost bouncing as she speaks with joy. MAGGIE: Yes! Isn't it terrific news? I mean...he's...I'll admit, very groggy. I think it's gonna take some time before he's fully awake but...oh this is such good news. I'm going to have to tell the family, but...first I need to get ahead of Daniel. Excuse me. TYLER: Certainly. Tyler watches Maggie run off to speak to the nurses in hopes of tracking Daniel down, before looking over toward Victor's room. He slowly walks over, peering inside the room as he gently pushes the door open. Looking back again as Maggie runs off to find Daniel, Tyler steps into Victor's room. Victor, still barely revived, gently turns his head to see who's come in. Barely audible, he chokes out a greeting. VICTOR: H...Houston. Shutting the door behind him, Tyler slowly walks toward Victor's side. He speaks softly,but with urgency. TYLER: Victor. It's good to see you awake. VICTOR: ...It's....it's good to see you...at all. Tyler chuckles to himself, before his face drops again, sighing as he continues. TYLER: Victor...I don't mean to hit you with bad news so soon after you've come to, but...we have a...we have a situation at Titan. Victor looks at Tyler, his expression unchanging, but with a tension in his face that wasn't there a moment before. VICTOR: Wh...what kind of situation? TYLER: It's Nick Fallon. He blackmailed the board into making him CEO. Victor turns his head slowly, looking up at the ceiling. He closes his eyes for a moment and curses, barely above a whisper. VICTOR: Damn. Victor turns his head back toward Tyler, their eyes locking in a serious gaze. VICTOR: Make him pay...for this. ---
  19. EPISODE 141 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Nicole steps into her office at WXIR, shutting the door behind her, as Sami and Abby look on in shock. SAMI: I'm sorry...what did you say? NICOLE: Nick just held a press conference, and announced to the world that he is now the CEO of Titan Industries. So, hey, at least you can take solace in knowing that at least ONE thing is going your way today, right, Sami? Sami rolls her eyes, as Abby looks on, somewhat confused. ABBY: Why? What happened? NICOLE: Well, I wasn't gonna say anything but...Eric and I got married today. Abby lights up, surprised, and pleased for Nicole. ABBY: Wow! Oh my God! Congratulations! Nicole looks on, less excited than Abby. NICOLE: Yeah! I was real excited until THIS ONE decided to crash the party! Brought her mom too to REALLY rub the salt in! Abby's face freezes, as she looks over Sami's way. Sami grimaces, with her arms folded. Nicole gives a sarcastic grin to emphasize her displeasure. --- Maggie walks into Victor's hospital room, closely watching her husband as he lays comatose in his bed, still recovering from his heart attack. She looks on lovingly, as she steps toward him. Gently speaking to him as though he were awake. MAGGIE: Victor. It's me. Maggie. After a moment, she pulls up a chair and sits down beside his bed. She smiles though she's tearing up slightly. MAGGIE: I hope you can hear me. I hope you know I'm here. They say...that coma patients can hear people in the room. And I'm really hoping my voice will help you. Maggie takes Victor's hand in hers, and pulls it up to her lips, gently kissing it. MAGGIE: We need you back, Victor. --- Eric stands in Marlena's penthouse, sighing in frustration at being put on the spot by his mom. ERIC: Mom, I... MARLENA: Eric, you loved your vocation so much. Being a priest meant everything to you. Wouldn't you at least want the world to know that you were a victim of a...vicious sociopath? Don't you want to clear your name? Eric snaps at his mom, before stepping back a bit, hoping not to escalate things between them further. ERIC: Of course I do! I just... MARLENA: Just what? Eric, don't tell me you're giving up everything you worked so hard for for Nicole. ERIC: Can we not...make this another attack against Nicole? Please? Marlena steps back from Eric, trying to keep her cool despite her visceral frustration at Eric's weakness for Nicole. MARLENA: Yes. I'm sorry. Eric remains calm, but speaks firmly with Marlena, which Marlena silently accepts. ERIC: Look, Mom, I'm not interested in going down that road right now. I struggled with what happened with Kristen for a long time, and I finally got the answers I needed. I'm going to tell the public what really happened, but when I do, it will be when I am ready. I can't do this on your schedule...and I'm certainly not going back into the priesthood, even if I am accepted back. Marlena looks down, disappointed. MARLENA: I wish you'd reconsider. ERIC: I know this hurts you, but I am happy with Nicole. I am happy to be married to her. And I'm not going to give up that happiness, not for anything. Marlena tries to hold her sadness and disappointment in, but can't help but tear up a bit. --- --- Daniel and Kim stand in Theresa's hospital room. Kim looks horrified as Daniel looks down, contemplating how to relay his news to Kim. DANIEL: Kim, no one is drugging your daughter. Okay? I promise you. No one unauthorized is visiting her. My only concern is that she's emerging from her coma irregularly. That tells me that there's more complications in her recovery than I initially realized. Kim looks up at Daniel, squinting a bit as she mulls over whether or not she believes him. She slowly nods, before taking Theresa's hand in hers, and squeezing it gently, as she watches over her, lovingly. KIM: I know...I know it's a miracle that she's even alive. I mean...considering how badly she was injured in the ac--the crash. Kim stops herself, looking up at Daniel, suddenly becoming very stoic, trying to hold herself together. KIM: I know you and Brady are family, but I really struggle with what he did to my daughter. And I am finding it really hard to forgive him. I don't mean to sound cruel but...sometimes I'm... Kim stops herself from speaking out of spite. Daniel stands silent, acknowledging Kim's pain. He nods slowly as she expresses her anger in a subdued, controlled way. KIM: You know...it's hard to forgive a lot of people. Because a lot of people have a hand to play in how my sweet little Jeannie ended up like this. Kim begins to tear up, as she fails to hold it together. Never shouting, Kim overflows nonetheless with emotions. KIM: She struggled so hard. And... and the worst part is, the person I have the hardest time forgiving...(sigh) is me. Kim wipes away tears, as she walks out of the hospital room, leaving Daniel behind with Theresa. KIM: Excuse me. Kim steps outside, closing the door behind her, as she struggles to compose herself. Daniel, still in the room, stares at Theresa, as her lifeless body lays in her hospital bed, her progress ever-stagnant. --- Marlena stands, facing away from Eric, hoping to hide her tears from her son. Eric knows better, and walks up behind her, putting his hands on her shoulders to try to comfort her. ERIC: Mom. Mom, I'm sorry. I know how proud you were of me being a priest. But... Marlena turns around with a start, speaking emphatically, as she touches Eric's face. MARLENA: No, no, no, you don't...Eric, I don't want you to think for a second I'm not proud of you every minute of every day. Eric, you're a wonderful, compassionate man who gives so much of himself every day. You don't need to be a priest to give back to this world. Marlena takes Eric's hands in hers, then looks up at her son, proudly. MARLENA: No matter what way you choose to take your life...I will accept it. Marlena gives a cheeky smile as she struggles to hold in a laugh. MARLENA: I may not like the direction you're going (laughs)...but I always accept your decisions. I trust you to know what's best for you. ERIC: Thanks, Mom. Marlena pulls Eric into a hug, suddenly overcome with emotion. She closes her eyes as she embraces Eric tightly. MARLENA: Ohhh Eric, I love you so much. ERIC: I love you too, Mom. Love you too. Eric looks off, a wistful smile on his face as he holds his mom in his arms, feeling a sense of true comfort. --- Sami gives Nicole sideeye as Nicole steps over toward her desk, trading places with Abby. SAMI: You know, I really didn't want to crash your little party either, Nicole. But when I found out you were getting married, I had to stop my brother from making a huge mistake. NICOLE: Right. The huge mistake being me. We get it, Sami. You hate me. Can we stop pretending you're keeping me here because you respect my talents? Sami puts a hand on her hip, annoyed by Nicole's accusation, and expecting another glib response. SAMI: Okay Nicole. Tell me, since you know everything. Why am I keeping you here? NICOLE: To keep an eye on me. Make sure I don't step outta line. Nicole laughs to herself, as she shakes her head. Abby stands off to one side, increasingly uncomfortable being in the room with the two adversaries. NICOLE: You know, ever since you took over Titan TV, I've been wondering exactly why you didn't fire me right away. And now I get it. You know the old saying: Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer? You're a master at that! That's why you made Abigail my assistant, isn't it? She's your little spy, isn't she, Sami? Abby tries to interject, trying to refute Nicole's claim, but can barely get a word in edgewise. ABBY: I...wait, for the record, I-- SAMI: Oh come on, Nicole. If I had that kind of time to micromanage our local station's what...third-most recognized reporter? I really don't think I'd get much work done. NICOLE: You're right. You don't get much work done. Just like I'm not getting much work done arguing with you. So, if you'll excuse me, your spy and I have an extremely important piece to complete for tomorrow's newscast. So you need to leave. Sami prepares to leave, when Nicole holds up a finger, leaving Sami with a final thought. NICOLE: But just remember something, Sami. If you even think of firing me for marrying Eric, I will slap DiMera with a lawsuit so fast, you won't have time to pack your crap up before they kick you out of your office. Got it? Sami sighs, folding her arms as she gives a knowing look to Abby, who tries to very subtly shrug as her eyes widen. SAMI: Fine. I'll go. Sami walks out of Nicole's office, with a parting shot. SAMI: But just for the record, Nicole. If I find out you did ANYTHING to hurt my brother, you WILL be out on your ass faster than you can say "annullment", let alone spell it. Sami gives an almost saccharine smile, as she gives a sarcastic parrellel retort to Nicole, her eyes shooting daggers her way. SAMI: Got it? Sami steps out of the office, slamming the door behind her with a casual but brisk motion. Abby and Nicole look at each other, Abby looking very uncomfortable, and Nicole looking exasperated, and relieved to have Sami gone. --- Maggie holds on tightly to Victor's hand, as she suddenly feels a bit of pressure back on her hand. Taking a moment to loosen her grip, she feels Victor tighten his around her hand, as Victor's heart monitor begins to pace up sligthly. Gently wiping away tears, Maggie laughs through the tears, as Victor begins to stir. She smiles as Victor begins to open his eyes. Groggy, he looks at Maggie and, almost silently, calls out to her. VICTOR: Maggie... Maggie, hearing her name, breaks down in tears of joy, holding her husband's hand as he comes to. MAGGIE: Victor! You're back! ---
  20. LOL I said exactly this yesterday. His mid-section was so stiff from clenching his abs, he could hardly get his lines out
  21. The music on DAYS has sucked since Marty Davich's cues were phased out around 1994-95. I think there's an archived thread on here in his honour somwhere, in fact. Unfortunately, Corday looooves to score his show (he was a wannabe musician before working on the show), so we're basically doomed to endure what we have for as long as he's living.
  22. This is coming from someone who, up until now, has been enjoying Ron's DAYS (mostly): - I see we're back to nothing mattering longterm on this show. Theo's shooting didn't affect the Hortons' and the Carvers' relationship whatsoever, it was just an extreme plot point to usher Theo off canvas and set up this WTD story for Lani and JJ. - On a related note, I see Maggie's moving out. Yeah, that'll last until next week, I'm sure. They gave some great rationale for it, but if there's no lasting impact, does it matter? - I'm sorry. I blinked for a moment and apparently missed Billie's entire return "story". And in two days, this Pam Van Dam show up, hold the kids hostage, and dies and they're already back to their petty angst with Claire, as though nothing happened? Stupid! - These returns are great, but I don't see the point if they're going to last a week at a time, and they interact with only a small sliver of the characters they were involved with when regulars. Carrie's return was ridiculous like this, as someone said upthread. - The guarantees are killing this show. Something's gotta give. And fast.
  23. EPISODE 140 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco Sami glares at Abby as they stand in Nicole's office at WXIR. Abby looks on, somewhat uncomfortable by the position Sami is putting her in, and stands with her arms folded. SAMI: Well? Should I be worried that this report is going to implicate Will? Abby sighs, dropping her arms to her side in frustration. ABBY: Sami-- SAMI: I think I have a right to know. My son took a job at Titan, and no, I'm not happy about it, but I am still going to protect him. Abby responds, looking away thoughtfully. ABBY: I understand that. I would...(sigh) I would want the same for my child. SAMI: Then, as your boss, I should tell you that if Will is involved in this EnerNext mess in any way...you will keep his name out of Nicole's report. Abby looks at Sami, struggling to answer. --- Daniel stands at the nurses' station at University Hospital, as Kim approaches him, a look of concern on her face. KIM: Daniel! Daniel turns around with a start, looking pleasantly at Kim. DANIEL: Kim! Hey! I'm glad you're here. KIM: Well, I heard there was some news about Theresa and I headed straight down. DANIEL: Yeah... Kim's brow furrows as she questions Daniel's peculiar reaction. KIM: It's good news right? Daniel struggles to give Kim an answer, causing Kim to look even more concerned. --- Marlena walks into her living room, surprised and worried, as Roman and Eric look over at her. MARLENA: Eric! Eric looks at Marlena, respondingly politely but coldly. ERIC: Mom. Marlena, unsure how to approach the situation, looks over at Roman as she continues to approach. MARLENA: Roman...what is going on? Are you alright? Roman relaxes somewhat, but is still deeply frustrated. He turns, and, without looking at Marlena, begins to walk away. ROMAN: Yeah. Fine. I'm gonna head out. Roman grabs his jacket, but Marlena tries to stop him. MARLENA: Roman. ROMAN! Where are you going? Unable to stop Roman from leaving, Roman quickly responds before walking out and closing the door. ROMAN: To work! As the door slams shut, Marlena winces, and Eric looks over at the closed door. He looks back at Marlena, suddenly worried, but trying to hide it. ERIC: Mom, I'm sorry. I... Marlena interrupts, overwhelmed and angry. Unable to stay calm anymore, she grabs Eric's arm, forcing him to look her in the eye. MARLENA: Eric, what did you say to him? Eric meets Marlena's stare, confused and surprised. --- --- Eric pulls away from his mother, looking away after a moment of intensity between them. ERIC: I didn't say anything. I realized he didn't remember me or the entire Kristen fiasco and he...he lost it. Marlena stops a moment, before turning back to Eric, a bit confused. MARLENA: Kristen? ERIC: Yes, Kristen. The whole mess that YOU helped create. Marlena stops herself, looking down partly in shame and partly to cool her misplaced anger. MARLENA: I know. ERIC: I came here to give you both news about it, in case you're wondering. Marlena looks up, intrigued. MARLENA: Oh? Eric nods, remaining cold and sombre, not quite able to look Marlena in the eye. ERIC: (sigh) Yeah. A package came in the mail for me after Nicole and I got home from City Hall. Eric reaches over to the sideboard where he'd placed the envelope containing the Chyka files. He hands them to Marlena, who immediately pulls them out, looking them over in an increasingly excited way. MARLENA: Oh my...Oh my God, Eric! This is the evidence you needed! Oh HONEY! Marlena lurches forward, hugging Eric tightly, causing him to tense up, before gently forcing Marlena from her hug. ERIC: Mom. Please. MARLENA: Wh--Eric, I'm sorry. ERIC: Just...don't right now. After the stunt you and Sami pulled today, just...don't. I came here to tell you the news, that's all. Marlena reaches out to stop Eric before he leaves. MARLENA: No. Eric, stop. Eric stops in his tracks, rolling his eyes and sighing as he turns back to face his mom. ERIC: Mom, I don't have time for this, I-- MARLENA: This, this will just take a second. I need to know what this means for you and...you and the priesthood. Eric looks to Marlena, as Marlena waits impatiently for his answer. --- Nick stands behind the podium at the press conference in Horton Town Square, gesturing for Tyler to step forward and join him at the podium. Once Tyler does, very reluctantly, step forward, Nick continues his announcement. NICK: Mr. Houston here has been a major help to me in not only tracking down these hackers, but also with giving me the...confidence to put my name in the ring to lead this company. With his help, and my vision, I firmly believe that Titan will be a successful power player into the coming decade and beyond. Thank you, everyone. Tyler grabs Nick's arm and pulls him aside just out of the earshot of the microphones, as the press begin to buzz furiously within seconds of Nick's speech ending. Tyler looks at Nick, enraged. TYLER: What the HELL do you think you're doing? Nick laughs softly, giving Tyler a shrug. NICK: I thought you'd be thrilled. I keep your secret, you help me fullfil my goals. TYLER: And what if I don't. I have no loyalty to you, kid. NICK: Then I guess you'd better develop a loyalty to the colour orange. Cos' that's the only colour you'll be wearing if you back out now. Nick quickly looks Tyler up and down, before chuckling to himself. NICK: ...Nah. Not your colour. Nick walks away, heading out of the square, leaving Tyler behind, incredulous. Justin approaches him, his eyes trained on Nick. Justin puts a hand on Tyler's shoulder. JUSTIN: Something tells me that appointment wasn't exactly a mutual decision. TYLER: You'd be right. And it's not going to happen, either. Excuse me. Tyler walks off, following Nick out of the town square. --- Daniel and Kim step into Theresa's room. It's dark, and the only sound is the beep of the heart monitor, as a comatose Theresa lays in the bed. Kim looks down lovingly at her daughter, as she holds Theresa's hand. Daniel looks over at Theresa before he begins. DANIEL: I have reason believe she may be starting to...come out of the coma. Kim looks on surprised and thrilled by the news, but it's immediately tempered by Daniel, as he interjects to stop her from reacting. KIM: Oh my-- DANIEL: Wait...Kim, there's something else you need to know. Kim's face drops as she moves from excitement to panic. KIM: What? Is something wrong? Wh-what's happening? DANIEL: She's...we...okay, I don't mean to alarm you, it's...it's likely nothing, but, I noticed something in her chart, I' ve never seen it before. Coma patients don't tend to start emerging from their coma and then immediately drop back into it...not unless they're being induced into it. Kim clutches Theresa's hand, increasingly worried, as Daniel tries to keep calm. KIM: Well you're not inducing the coma, obviously. I mean, that's...that doesn't make sense. DANIEL: You're right. And we aren't. Kim looks over at the door, then Daniel, confused and increasingly frustrated. KIM: Well, then, I don't get it, I...I mean you have the door guarded, they would've seen anyone who's been coming in or out of here, they'dve had to. We're trying to keep Billie out, so... Daniel looks away for a moment, sighing, as he tries to keep Kim from digging any deeper. DANIEL: Yes...it's just been me, you, and the nurses. That's all, I promise you. KIM: So, then, I don't understand, Daniel. Are you saying one of the nurses could be drugging my daughter? Daniel sighs, unsure whether to tell Kim or not. --- Abby folds her arms, as she furrows her brow, frustrated by Sami's interference. ABBY: Sami, I can't force Nicole's hand. She's going to see right through me if I do that. SAMI: Find a way, Abby. ABBY: It's not that easy. SAMI: I'm sorry, who's your boss here? Abby sighs, dropping her arms to the side, and tensing her hands into fists, as she stops herself from shouting at Sami. ABBY: If I suppress information about this story to protect Will or anybody else, for that matter, I might as well kiss my career goodbye. We have journalistic standards to adhere to. SAMI: Let me handle that. Just keep Will out of it. Abby throws her hands up, exasperated. After a moment, she argues back. ABBY: Look, Will's name probably won't even be important enough to mention on air. SAMI: Like Hell it won't be. He wrote all their press releases. ABBY: So we may have to speak with him to get more information. Look, Sami, I honestly don't think Will is the one you should be worried about right now. Sami folds her arms, raising an eyebrow as she looks at Abby incredulously. SAMI: Oh really? And just who should I be worried about? ABBY: Nick. As Abby says this, Nicole opens the door to her office, not hiding her irritation at Sami's presence. NICOLE: Abby's right. You should worry about Nick. Nicole looks over to Abby, exhausted, and worried. NICOLE: He just declared himself CEO of Titan Industries. Sami looks back at Nicole, jaw dropped, as Abby's eyes widen, looking over to Sami with the same surprised face. ---
  24. 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.
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