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  1. If Victoria's expression is meant to be a parody of a parody, that somehow makes the blow-up doll expression she's making even worse
  2. I have a suspicion, looking at their profile, that what's happening is he's hacking long-dormant accounts, and using it as a sockpuppet account to troll the forums (because afaik the jonnysbro account was banned). So...guess we gotta just keep reporting.
  3. From what I've seen, L&F/FRFP was airing at 1pm as the lead-in to the NBC soap block, whereas Somerset had indeed aired at 4. It's only direct competition was AMC (which was a lot in an of itself). But certainly not with the same levels of clearance issues 4pm tended to have.
  4. Personally, I've been advocating for PM to come back as Austin, have Carrie and Rafe get together working on a case, while Austin rediscovers his love of music doodling on the piano, and Eve overhears him and they connect over this. Austin helps Eve with recovering her voice, and they eventually end up having their own affair. It'd help release Carrie from Austin, and gives Rafe a potential pairing that won't bore/annoy everyone. Granted, this was my idea from about 4-5 years ago. I think it's way too late for either pairing to work now, but...I digress. Looping back round to BS: Looks like I'll be having to play catchup in October with this, since literally no one has SlackTV so idk how I'll be able to watch this before it goes on Global's app.
  5. Ah yes, a small town of 8+ Million. You know
  6. I think the same could be said for Laura and Mickey with Mike. Granted, it didn't help that John Clarke was aging like milk at the time. I have no idea how he looked older in 1973 than he did in 1993, but...regardless. Aging up Mike in '74 certainly shoved them into the middle-aged category in a hurry. But, for obvious reasons, the change was more jarring for Julie, especially since she went from high school to middle age within a decade.
  7. I would have 100% been okay with that, tbh. Phyllis always kind of annoyed me, even under Bell, so to be rid of her in favour of Mari Jo, who absolutely fascinated me, and could have absolutely been a long-term, calculated schemer, would have worked for me, 100%. Having her go off the rails was a letdown, and, yeah, was a sign Bell's health was in decline.
  8. What would ANYONE have to gain by standing up against someone like this if it weren't true? Any chance at an acting career for this woman is put at EXTREME risk for even speaking out in the first place, let alone filing suit. The idea people would make these things up for a quick cash grab when they'd have to go through such legal and emotional upheaval beggars belief.
  9. I've heard things were also frustrating in the 70s under Conboy as well. Enough that Janice Lynde got out the second she could.
  10. Very reminiscent of the DAYS Valentine's Massacre of 1980, honestly. And with similar results, I might add. You'd think these showrunners would learn their lessons, but they never really do.
  11. I have to wonder what happened at GH in March '82, because they'd been consistently netting 11.0+ for months at that point, and suddenly, in the span of that one month, the show dropped into the 9.0s, and stayed there more of less for the rest of the year. I suspect it's likely down to Genie Francis' departure, but if anyone else has more insight...
  12. I'm just baffled though, because, based on what I've read and seen, Ann Marcus more or less dropped every story PFS started upon her arrival, or at least wrapped it up quickly with sharp right turns. If that was part of PFS's contract, then it explains why Ann Marcus did make such a quick and rather abrupt turn in most stories. Honestly, I can't think of a single story PFS was setting up that wasn't drastically shifted under Ann Marcus, except maybe Brooke's storyline, but even then, she was pretty hastily killed off a few months in.
  13. Not really. Lisanne was introduced in April 1992 (or thereabouts) as the Lombard's lawyer for their malpractice suit after their eldest son (their supposed ticket out of poverty) was killed while waiting tables at Julie's party at Wings that Rafi Torres blew up. This was when Richard J. Allen returned in early 92, this time with Beth Milstein, after Gene Palumbo exited in January. From there, she began working for the Alamains, and screwing Lawrence all over the house, and trading barbs with Vivian and Carly once Sheri took over in June. Then Lisanne found out Viv kept Carly's son for herself, and began blackmailing Viv. She was gone by the end of October, and back at GH the next week. That was all under Sheri Anderson (with a one-month period in July where Gene Palumbo came back as co-HW for some reason), as JER didn't join Sheri until December. I DEFINITELY got that impression, and actually, I felt they had a bit of chemistry, tbh. Nothing like what she had with Drake, but there was a spark of something there. Id've liked to see how that developed. Especially with Marlena being SO supportive of Roger's art. Kim's DID, as much as it had its LOL-worthy moments, was an interesting story, but I do feel like Philip was tacked on because TPTB knew Charles Shaughnessy was on his way out and needed someone to pair with Kim. Cos it's weird to me that he just sorta...vanishes midway through the storyline after being SO WORRIED about leaving Kim while she's going through these episodes, but...leaves anyway? I guess Philip works better in the context of the story, as he wouldn't be AS alarmed by Kim's hypersexuality as Shane would have been, but it still felt like a lot of what Philip was doing would have had more impact with Shane there, and would've also deepened the storyline if Shane was comforting Kim and Philip saw, and vice versa. Ultimately, I liked the character of Philip, but after that initial story, I just don't think they knew what to do with him. Weren't they trying to tie him to Billie's shady past as a porn star at one point? Did it just get dropped or was that explained at all?
  14. Yeah that's about when I remember them leaving. The era was a mess largely because of the headwriter turnover. Gene Palumbo got things moving with the Tale Of Two Romans, but fumbled a lot of the volleys Anne Schoettle/Richard J. Allen had sent his way (Bo/Carly/Victor being a big one), but then there was all this back and forth between Richard J. Allen coming back and Gene Palumbo leaving, then Sheri Anderson coming on, and then Gene Palumbo coming back for a month or so as co-HW, then Sheri solo. I think a lot of stories just got so muddled with the writer back-and-forth, and that REALLY didn't help matters. Things sort of started to gel once Langan/Anderson arrived, and slowly started trimming the fat. Kim's DID story tying into the Lombard drama (which I get the sense that originally, had Staci Greason stayed, Marlena would have been in a triangle with Roger and Roman, with Roger potentially moving with Marlena to New York in the spin-off, had it gone ahead), tying into Marlena/Roman, tying into Lisanne and the Alamains, tying into John attempting to navigate his new reality. It all kinda started to gel, with only Jack/Jenn and the nonsense with the scammers and Molly/Tanner being outliers that were being tied up and shipped off, but even then, Sheri Anderson tried to connect Molly to Phillip Collier and his TV productions, so everything seemed to connect nicely again, even if some of it was kinda derivative of what other shows had been doing at the time.
  15. Thanks @victoria foxton I wish I knew this much about something that could make me some MONEY, too! Haha! I am REALLY hoping Fluffy was a dog. I think I remember that being the case, but this is DAYS, and grown women are named Calliope, so...I just want to be sure.
  16. Brian and Tanner were Vern Schofield's kids. Brian was a cop, and Tanner brooded because his mom died by suicide. I think Tanner worked at Wings or something? Can't remember how Molly got found but I remember something about her skinny dipping in a pond in the middle of nowhere and not understanding why Tanner would be uncomfortable with this, then she came back to Salem and was Julie's ward. Everyone in town loved her and she was only ever good and sweet and virtuous and was absolutely insufferable to watch. Tanner fell for her. I think Brian fell for Ginger, who was a ditzy waitress at Alice's Restaurant, and was the only person in Salem who didn't get along with St. Molly. So of course, Ginger turned out to be Molly's mother. The one story I remember of theirs was Molly enrolling at Salem U to become a nurse, and one of her profs was played by Daniel Pilon, who tried to rape her, and then of course was a threatening d-bag for weeks afterwards, trying to keep Molly from blabbing. Turned out, Pervy Professor Pilon pulled the same shtick with Mrs. Schofield years before, and Tanner found some diary that proved it, and that was why she killed herself. Pervy Professor Pilon pulls some more pscyho s#!t, and is caught, I forget how, Molly and Tanner leave town together, Vern and Tanner make up, Ginger convinces Molly to forgive her too, and Ginger and Brian leave town in Ginger's RV or something that she parked on the pier for some unknown reason. I'm sure I'm leaving out a bunch of stuff, but ultimately, I don't actually care LOL. AH you remembered more than I did! Haha. Yeah that's about it. On paper, none of this was that bad, but the day-to-day was just so frustrating. Add to that the fact it made Jack look like an absolute putz, and Molly was quite possibly the biggest Pollyanna on the face of the planet, and...well..yeah. Hardly must-see viewing.
  17. It went down in August 1976. There were a couple episodes from that month on YouTube awhile ago that featured the scenes where Mike went to Linda's and discussed his inability to 'get it up' for Trish, heavily implying he was gay with that eyeroll-worthy euphemism "less than a man" being bandied about, before Linda took him to bed to prove to him otherwise. He then became like a lost puppy dog, following Linda around for the next 6-8 months, while Linda desperately tried to shake him off. Mike was a 'sensitive' type, and deeply harmed by finding out his dad was actually his Uncle Bill, and not Mickey, who raised him. So he took his anger out on his mother Laura, mostly, and I think he was also reticent to sleep with Trish because he was aware of what a slimeball her stepfather was and how he perved on Trish growing up, so he sort of wanted to "protect" her, and the thought of having sex with Trish felt like taking advantage of her, to some degree. At least, that's what I've gleaned from what I've read/seen.
  18. I'd argue that RH was a successful addition, up until ABC bought the show and proceeded to drive it headfirst into a wall. It was, early on, ABC's second-highest-rated soap, before GH took off in the Monty years, and maintained strong, steady numbers through 1982, when the wheels started to come off. NBC's problem, to me, was always that of identity. Their success came from harnessing three brilliant soap writers just as their star was rising, and giving them the room to tell more daring, contemporary stories than what CBS would allow. They proceeded to let each writer slip through their fingers (Bell back to CBS, Nixon to ABC, Lakin to the print world, primarily), and let executive bean counting lead the daypart's decision-making (the move to 1hr, Bolen's baby HTSAM, the 90 minute disaster, aping Dallas in creating Texas), instead of doubling down on what made their three big soaps pop to begin with. I think they figured Lemay was going to be "their Nixon or Bell", and when L&F/FRFP flopped, they panicked. Thus the 90 minute experiment, Texas, David Letterman in the morning, the massive cast cull at DAYS, picking up SFT from CBS and tanking The Doctors. They only really settled into a new, consistent identity again when DAYS took off during the Supercouple era, but they couldn't even make that fly at AW consistently. And once again, they shifted in the 90s to becoming the Reilly network, complete with all the goofiness that entailed. All the meantime, ABC and CBS soldiered on, maintaining consistent identities for their shows, and, until the 90s, maintaining and nurturing that identity. It just always felt to me that NBC was never going to find that identity that was going to work for them across the board because they were too disorganized and desperate to stick with what worked in the first place: soaps for adults older than ABC's audience, but less conservative than CBS's audience. Once they went chasing ABC's audience (and younger), they messed up.
  19. I actually just looked it up and of all places, any Canadian viewers can watch Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story (giggle) in full on CTV'S website. I doubt you'll be able to in the US, but it's worth checking out CTV.ca to be sure.
  20. Yeah, I was gonna say! Both Ann Marcus and Elizabeth Harrower wrote extensively for him, and even Nina Laemmle gave him (bad) stories, so I have absolutely no idea what he's on about. Maybe that explains the (allegedly) tense working relationship between him and Barbara Stanger. I tried but how does one completely forget such an unintentional comedy!
  21. Even Miss Magabanus? I would be stunned if she backed down after the fuss she's put up.
  22. For once, I think JER had the right idea never going on set and never interacting with the cast. It really does mess with your ability to centre the characters when all you see when you look at an actor is what a [email protected]$$ they are.
  23. EPISODE 193 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultant: C. Nathaniel Richardson & Nick Monarco In the University Hospital waiting room, Kim stands with her son, Andrew, placing a hand on Kim’s shoulder, while Marlena stands in front of her, holding both Kim’s hands in hers tightly. Kim looks down, avoiding Marlena’s gaze, as she thinks over everything Marlena’s just told her to try to comfort her. ANDREW: Mom…Marlena’s right. We’re here for you. Both of us. We want to help you through this, and if you’re feeling alone right now, you don’t have to. MARLENA: Andrew’s right, Kimmy. I would NEVER do anything purposely to hurt you. Please know that. And don’t ever be afraid to reach out. Kim looks up at Marlena, and then at her son. She tears up, trying to hold the tears in. Finally, she nods slowly. KIM: I know. (sigh) And thank you. Both of you. You…(sigh) I know I’ve been a lot to handle lately. I just…dammit, I’ve GOT a lot to handle. Kim smiles through her tears, laughing at herself. KIM: But I don’t have to handle all of it myself. And I know I try to. Just…Heh… Kim wipes away her tears as she tries to lighten the mood around her. KIM: Try not to let me, please? Marlena smiles earnestly, as Andrew pulls Kim into a tight hug. As he does, Eric and Valerie enter the room. They both look nervous, and the tension in the room immediately returns, with Marlena, Kim, and Andrew all turning to face Eric and Valerie at once. MARLENA: Eric! ERIC: Hey, Mom. MARLENA: Valerie, what…what’s the next step? When do we know? Valerie looks around the room, a sense of trepidation in her voice as she tries to address everyone. VALERIE: The next step…we wait. I sent the results to the lab, they’re gonna look it over. I put a rush on the results. Kim interjects, impatient but trying not to sound that way. KIM: So when will we know? VALERIE: We should find out whether Eric carries the gene that would potentially pass down Roman’s dementia to him in…well…less than 24 hours. Kim, Marlena, Eric, and Andrew all exchange nervous glances, as Valerie bites her top lip, feeling the same tension that surrounds her. --- In the Horton kitchen, Liam is fixing a hearty breakfast, as Jennifer walks into the room, groggy. After wiping the sleep from her eyes, she realizes Liam’s there, and looks on surprised, as Liam flips an egg in a pan on the stovetop. JENNIFER: Liam! How did you…? Liam turns to face Jenn and smiles, before responding, turning back to face the stovetop. LIAM: Oh, Abby let me in on her way out to the square. Jennifer smells the food cooking and steps in closer to inspect what’s going on. JENNIFER: You…you might as well have stayed the night if I’d known you were gonna come back so soon to make breakfast. LIAM: Ahhh, it’s alright! I had to go back to the house last night anyway, and check in on some stuff, so it all worked out. Liam slides the egg onto a plate, ready with fresh toast and bacon, before walking both his and her plates to the kitchen table, where Jenn sits down. LIAM: For you, Madame. Jennifer looks up at Liam and smiles. JENNIFER: You really didn’t have to go to this much trouble, you know. I’m…hardly even awake right now. LIAM: Yeah, I noticed you were a little late getting up, what’s wrong? Jennifer shrugs, as she looks down at her plate, almost unsure if she even has the appetite to eat. Liam sits down across the table from her, looking concerned. JENNIFER: (sigh) I don’t know. I just…couldn’t drag myself out of bed. LIAM: Is it work or something? I mean…I know you’ve been taking on a lot more responsibility since Anne quit, but… JENNIFER: Yeah, I…definitely have, haven’t I? I…I honestly have no idea. I haven’t felt like this since… LIAM: Since around the time your show ended. Jennifer looks up at Liam suddenly, which prompts Liam’s eyes to pop out a bit. JENNIFER: How did you…? LIAM: I… Before either of them can respond, Abby storms into the kitchen, visibly upset. Jennifer and Liam both look up, startled. JENNIFER: Abby? Honey, what’s wrong? ABBY: I don’t wanna talk about it. Abby opens the fridge, and pulls out a pack of yogurt. Liam pipes up, as Abby closes the fridge door and opens the drawer to grab a spoon. LIAM: You sure? You seemed fine when I arrived… ABBY: I…I think I may…have just been dumped. Jennifer and Liam both look at each other, shocked, before looking up at Abby. --- Nick leads Sami, Kate, and Gabi into his office at the Titan building, all three trying to hide their nervousness, while Nick looks confident and as smug as usual. After shutting the door behind him, Nick heads over toward his desk, as Kate immediately begins talking. KATE: Alright, Nick, what’s this all about? NICK: Now, come on, Kate! Don’t be hasty! I’ll get to it. Kate and Sami exchange a quick glance, before Sami pipes up. SAMI: Well, I don’t know how much time I have, Nick. I’ve got a lot to get done at work if I’m ever gonna…snatch Gabi away from the jaws of the Salem’s biggest botox receptacle— KATE: OKAY, Sami, that’s a bit much, no? This is business, I think we can a little more professional…at least most of us can. Nick interrupts the mudslinging, taking over Sami’s attempt to rebut Kate’s snide remark. NICK: Ladies! Let’s…put our claws away for a moment, yes? Nick smiles, as Sami and Kate pipe down, and glare at the young executive. NICK: There’s ultimately no need for you two to be at each other’s throats like this, honestly. Gabi’s bidding war is, for all intents and purposes, over anyway! Kate, Sami, and Gabi look at each other with confusion. GABI: I mean…yeah, I already signed with MadWorld days ago. You knew that. NICK: Oh, for sure! But I know Kate and Sami are putting on a good show of trying to keep the war going for my sake, and…honestly, guys…you don’t have to. I know what you’re up to. KATE: Oh you do, now? And just what are we up to? NICK: You’re trying to get the drop on me, and I won’t let you do that. Sami, though slightly unnerved, still continues to play it cool, snarking back at Nick against her better judgment. SAMI: Someone sounds paranoid. Why won’t we this time, Nick? What did the guiding spirit tell you? Nick’s face becomes serious suddenly, as his tone of voice drops as he drops his latest bomb. NICK: Because I’ve decided to sell MadWorld to DiMera, and they’re intending to fold it into Countess W, so….you see, Kate? Guess you’re out of a job! Nick smiles broadly, as Kate’s jaw drops. Sami and Gabi look at Kate to see her reaction to the news. --- --- In the Horton kitchen, Jennifer gets up from the kitchen table, and puts her arm around her daughter’s back, looking concerned and curious. Liam stands to the side, but shows concern as well. JENNIFER: Oh Honey, what happened? Abby stares blankly, almost oblivious to her mother’s comforting hand. ABBY: I…I don’t know. I was talking to Jerome and he just…I thought he wanted to go to the party tonight, and he just…made some excuse and left. I just…Mom, I have no idea what I said. It’s like…like a switch went off in his head or something. JENNIFER: Honey, you did nothing wrong. You just…(sigh) You know some guys are a bit intimidated when a girl asks them out. ABBY: Yeah, but…Mom, it didn’t feel like that was what did it. Liam chimes in, still standing slightly apart from Abby and Jennifer. LIAM: Are you sure? I mean…guys can be really hard to read, Abby. They keep a lot of things bottled up. JENNIFER: Liam’s right, Sweetie. ABBY: No. No, it was…something else. Honestly, I feel like I’ve been the one holding back. I mean, Mom, you even said so yesterday. Maybe he’s fed up of waiting for me to open up. LIAM: I don’t know if that’s true, Abby. The right guy would be willing to wait…and to help you feel comfortable around them. Jennifer smiles, and nods in agreement. JENNIFER: Exactly. Besides, if that is the reason he didn’t want to go to the party with you, then maybe you’re better off without him. Abby tries to object, but as she begins, the doorbell rings. ABBY: Oh come on, Mom, Jerome’s— Abby stops mid-sentence and turns toward the door. She breaks away from her mother’s embrace and, huffily, heads for the foyer. ABBY: I’ll get it. In the foyer, Abby walks toward the door. Opening it, she looks up at who’s there, and is stunned. ABBY: Chad! Chad stands before her, smiling widely as he sees his ex- after many months. --- Marlena and Kim walk through the lobby of Universiy Hospital, talking with each other, with a very clear reserve in how they speak to each other. Kim appears visibly shaken, while Marlena tries to keep a cool exterior, but is a bundle of nerves inside, herself. MARLENA: So, are you going to the party tonight? KIM: No, I don’t…I don’t think that’s such a great idea. Marlena stops and turns to look at Kim, slightly concerned. MARLENA: You sure? I think getting out of the house could do you some good. You’ve been so cooped up lately. Kim smiles half-heartedly. KIM: Marlena, as much as I agree with you, it just…it isn’t the same without Shane. Marlena nods, understanding Kim’s position. MARLENA: Believe me. I know. I wish John would be there tonight. (sigh) But…what are you gonna do? I’m just…I’m gonna go to support Maggie and Julie. KIM: That’s good. I know Andrew’s going too. Were you uh…were you planning to bring Roman with you? MARLENA: I think it might be good for him, actually. Some faces that may be familiar to him and all. Kim nods, still reluctant to make eye contact with Marlena. Marlena senses Kim’s sadness, and presses one more time. MARLENA: Kimberly…are you absolutely sure you don’t want to go tonight? You…seem to be…so alone. Kim shakes her head, looking up at Marlena and smiling for a moment. KIM: No, no. I umm…I need to talk to Valerie about something…nothing to do with Roman, before you ask. And then I’d…I’d just like to spend some time with Theresa. You know? Marlena smiles warmly. MARLENA: I understand. I’m sure you know, coma patients can hear us speaking to them. And I think you speaking with her will help her recover, Kim. I can feel it. Kim smiles, starting to tear up a little again. KIM: Thanks. As Marlena reaches out and rubs Kim’s shoulder affectionately, Daniel steps toward them from the nurses’ station, and Kim calls out to him. KIM: Oh, Daniel! DANIEL: Kimberly! Good to see you. In fact, you are exactly the person I wanted to see. KIM: Oh…wow, it’s been awhile since any man’s said that to me. Marlena and Kim chuckle to each other, as Daniel responds. DANIEL: Yeah, well…I think that smile on your face is gonna hold for a bit longer. KIM: Why’s that? DANIEL: Well, I….I don’t wanna get your hopes up, but…I think there may be some improvement with Theresa’s condition. Kim’s jaw drops, as Marlena stands next to her, equally stunned. --- At Crystal’s apartment, Sheryl finishes brushing her long, dyed red hair, and readies her disguise, about to put in her coloured contacts. As she begins to put the first one in, there is a knock at her door. Sheryl calls out to the person there. SHERYL: Just a minute! Stopping before she puts the contact in, returning it to its case, and shaking the contact solution from her finger, Sheryl walks to the door and looks through the peephole, she smiles, and opens the door for Jerome to return. As he steps into the room, Sheryl closes the door behind him, and Jerome hands her a small earbud. Sheryl looks down at it, slightly confused. JEROME: Take this. Sheryl takes the earbud, and holds it up. SHERYL: And what exactly am I going to do with it? JEROME: That’s gonna be how we communicate while you’re at the party. Sheryl walks over to the kitchenette, and pours herself another coffee, while Jerome asks her questions about her plan. SHERYL: So where will you be for all this? JEROME: I’ll be at the Java Café. No one will be suspicious cos there’s people there morning, noon, and night playing video games and they talk some wild stuff, so I’ll blend in just fine. SHERYL: Okay. So at my end, just so we’re clear, I’m going in early. I’ll make sure I blend with the wait staff setting up for the event. JEROME: Okay, that’ll give me time to get set up. The moment you locate Jordan at the party, I’ma turn off the security system and main power to the building, they’ll be on backup generators. SHERYL: And you know how to access that. Jerome sideeyes Sheryl, slightly annoyed by her question. JEROME: I have figured out systems way more difficult that Titan Enterprises. Give me a damn break. Sheryl holds her hands up, knowing she’s offended Jerome. SHERYL: Alright! Alright! Sorry I asked. So…once you’ve turned the system off, the cameras will be out of order, I can get down to Nick’s office, and take care of him, then get out with Jordan to the street. JEROME: And you’re not parking underground. SHERYL: Right, because there’s no guarantee the gate will work if the power’s off. JEROME: You got it. Now, have Jordan change on the drive up. Once you’ve swapped cars, get Jordan to drive the rest of the way, and you can change. Then drive off the embankment, and you call me when you get to where you’re going, and only then. Sheryl nods, clutching the earpiece in her hand tightly. After a moment, Sheryl sighs, suddenly feeling a wave of nervousness. SHERYL: Right. I think I’m ready. Jerome laughs, shaking his head at Sheryl’s sudden nervousness. JEROME: You better be ready, or you’ll be dead. And you better hope to Hell that Jordan doesn’t try to fight you on this. SHERYL: Yeah, well…she hasn’t before. JEROME: She hasn’t had a reason to before. Sheryl glares back at Jerome, before walking toward the door to show him out. He follows casually behind her. SHERYL: …And even if she does, I’ll make sure she follows direction. Opening the door to show Jerome out, Sheryl turns and smiles, her old confidence returning. SHERYL: Trust me. JEROME: Well…Good luck. Please, Sheryl. Make sure you follow my every instruction on this. SHERYL: I will. You’re my eyes and ears in there, so I’ll have to. JEROME: Don’t forget that. And for the last time…my name never appears in the same sentence as any of this. You got that? SHERYL: It’s a deal. Jerome walks out, and Sheryl closes the door behind him. Leaning against the back of the door, Sheryl sighs heavily, her nervousness once again showing. --- In Nick’s office, Kate is incensed by Nick’s threat to sell MadWorld off and put her out of a job. She steps forward, pointing aggressively at Nick, who leans back against his desk, smug expression once again. KATE: You slimy son-of-a-bitch. I gave you a job at MadWorld to begin with, and this is how you repay me? By firing me?? By selling off the company I have been trying to use to save this corporation off for parts?! NICK: Now, now, Kate. Cool your jets! I’m sure Sami will be able to find some use for you at Countess W. Sami looks at Nick, then at Kate. Gabi stands speechless, as Sami questions Nick on the details of the plan. SAMI: That presumes that this is actually what’s going on, and that you’re not just bluffing. NICK: Oh this isn’t a bluff at all. In fact, it’s all in motion as we speak. Sami jumps down Nick’s throat again, not quite listening to what Nick’s said. SAMI: Oh the Hell it is, I haven’t heard a single word about this from E— Sami stops herself, suddenly making a connection in her mind between Nick’s words, and EJ’s mysterious meeting from the morning. SAMI: You son of a bitch. NICK: You know, you and Kate are being awfully liberal with the insults directed at my mother right now and I don’t really appreciate it. Nick casually takes a sip of coffee, as Sami fires back again. SAMI: Your little game isn’t gonna work, and I’m gonna make sure of it. I’m stopping your little deal the first chance I get. NICK: Oh, are you? SAMI: Oh you’re damned right I am. Tell me, Nick. Who’s your partner in this? Nick laughs at Sami’s question, setting his coffee down on the desk. SAMI: Come on, Nick! Tell me who you’re brokering this deal with! NICK: I’m sure you’ve already figured it out, Sami. Sami steps toward Nick, ready to deck him, when Gabi cuts in, trying to reason with him. GABI: Sami, Sami! It’s okay! Gabi pulls Sami back, and takes a rational, calm tone to Nick, hoping to shift the dynamics in the room. GABI: Look, Nick…I don’t understand what’s going on, but…can we just…put all this…just put it all aside for a minute? Look, I don’t want a war between Arianna’s grandmother and— Kate cuts in before Gabi can continue. KATE: DON’T…say it, Gabi. GABI: (sigh) I don’t want a rift in my daughter’s family, and besides, this…this should be a happy time for us. I want us to celebrate this time, together. You know? Nick smiles at Gabi, listening attentively to Gabi. NICK: Mmhmm? GABI: I mean, you’re a power player in business, Ari and I have moved in with you, I…I love you so much, and I want this for us, don’t spoil this day for us with…bitterness over the past, Nick! Gabi reaches out to hold Nick’s hand, but instead of taking it, Nick slowly raises both his hands, and begins to slowly applaud her. Gradually clapping quicker and quicker, before laughing heartily, and shouting out in mocking congratulations. NICK: Brava! Encore! Gabi looks confused, turning quickly to Kate and Sami to try to figure out what is happening, before turning back to look at Nick. Nick leans back against his desk once again, folding his arms in front of him. NICK: Fabulous performance, Gabi. GABI: Wh…what do you mean…performance?? Nick, I’m serious— NICK: Oh I’m sure you are, Gabi. This whole…charade you’ve cooked up with Kate and Sami is just…well, let’s just say, you got a future on the stage, kid. Cos you had me fooled. Gabi tightens up, tense as she realizes something major has changed in Nick. GABI: Nick, what are you talking about? What…what charade are you talking about? NICK: Save it, Gabi. I saw you. GABI: Saw me doing what, Nick? Nick stands up, and saunters over to Gabi, and leans in close, whispering just loud enough for everyone to hear. NICK: I caught you in my room last night, stealing the pictures of you, Kate, and Sami trying to drown me, right out from my own dresser. Gabi’s eyes widen, as Kate and Sami look deflated, realizing the game is up. Nick looks at Gabi, slight menace in his eyes as he looks directly into Gabi’s. --
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