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  1. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 36 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Theresa looks, slightly annoyed at Billie, as they sit at their table together at Club TBD. THERESA: Look, Brady is a good guy. BILLIE: I know that. Theresa, I just think that maybe you spending all this time with Brady isn't such a... Billie stops speaking mid-sentence, noticing Brady step in behind her. BRADY: Isn't what, Billie? A good idea? Billie looks at Brady, a deer in the headlights look on her face. --- Nick sits down in his chair at the lab, a smug look on his face. He leans back in his chair, like a man in control of every aspect of his life. NICK: Ohhh yes. Everything is just perfect. Nicole is in my pocket, I'm working my way back to Gabi, and soon Titan TV will be out of Victor Kiriakis' hands. The only thing left to worry about is-- SHERYL: Alright Nick. Where is it? Sheryl and Jordan storm into the lab. Nick turns around, unfazed by Sheryl and Jordan's sudden entrance. He looks over to them with a smile. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Eric gives Nicole a massage on the sofa. Nicole sits bolt upright and doesn't seem to be any less tense as Eric works the knots out of her back. NICOLE: And then Miles comes into the office with this big box, assuming I'd been fired, and I had to chase him out. I swear, if they don't fire that buffoon, I'll throw him out on the street myself with my bare hands. I am so...urrrrh...I could just... ERIC: Nicole, you're not gonna be relaxed at all if you keep freaking out about this. NICOLE: This is a big deal, okay? I need to...vent my frustrations. It's theraputic. ERIC: Honestly, though, your back gets more tense with every word that comes out of your mouth. Honestly, I think the next few weeks off will be good for you. NICOLE: Yeah, well, too bad I'll be spending it working. ERIC: Seriously? NICOLE: I have stuff to do. I'm gonna be researching this EnerNext stuff. ERIC: Woah, woah, woah, you're still...I thought you were off that story. Why are you still working on it? Nicole hesitates to answer. She still looks away from Eric, thinking of an answer to the question that doesn't involve Nick. --- Hope descends the staircase at the Brady Pub, where Aiden stands with furrowed brow at the bar, a coffe cup in hand. He looks at her cooly as she approaches. HOPE: Caroline's upstairs with the kids for a moment so we can talk. AIDEN: Well, she shouldn't have to bother, this won't take long. HOPE: Oh would you just cut this holier-than-thou attitude and talk with me like a normal human being? AIDEN: All I want is for your little girl to leave my son alone. HOPE: You just don't get it, do you? She's hurting, she misses her dad, and I can't spend the time with her that she needs right now either. AIDEN: You act like you're the only person who's ever lost somebody. My son mourns his mother every day. I do as well. It's been only about 6 months since she died, and Ciara's attitude, and the new city, it's all just...it's too much for Chase. Hope folds her arms, trying to keep a strong front against Aiden. HOPE: At least you and your son can take comfort in knowing that if your wife were able to be there for him, she would be. Aiden looks to the ground, half in realization of Hope's pain, half feeling wounded by Hope's directness. Hope realizes immediately that she's pushed a bit too far. HOPE: Look, I don't mean to be heartless, or to make your pain feel unjustified. I really am sympathetic, but we can't always be doing this. We have to work together to help our kids. They need us right now more than ever, and what are we teaching them by being at each other's throats all the time? AIDEN: (sighs) You're right. I mean, I know I can be bullheaded. But I am still in mourning and...quite frankly, if I'm being honest, you push my buttons the same way my wife could sometimes. It really...I react strongly sometimes, and I get sentimental. And I think back to wife and...I'm sorry. HOPE: Hey, it's okay. Look, I don't mean to pry but...if you ever want to talk to someone-- AIDEN: I'll be fine. Look, we should probably go grab the kids. HOPE: Sure. Aiden walks ahead toward the staircase. Hope puts a hand on his shoulder, stopping him dead in his tracks. HOPE: Hey. Aiden turns to look at Hope, a lost, sad look in his eyes. HOPE: I'm truly sorry about your wife. I can tell she was a great mom to Chase. Aiden gives half a smile before turning to head up the stairs. Hope follows slightly behind. --- Billie smiles awkwardly at Brady. She grabs her purse to grab money to pay for her lunch with Theresa. BILLIE: I'm sorry. I was a bit out of line. BRADY: Just a bit. BILLIE: Brady, I am sorry. I just wanted to...give Theresa some advice. BRADY: Well, I'm sure she appreciates it. However, I am here to take Theresa away for a bit. Theresa looks up at Brady, suddenly remembering their plans for the evening. THERESA: Oh right! The club opening! That's tonight. BRADY: Indeed it is! BILLIE: Well, in that case, I will let you both get to it. Have a great time tonight, both of you. THERESA: Thanks, Billie. And thanks for meeting with me for lunch. Theresa gets up and gives Billie a hug. Billie's face shows a look of concern that she tries to hide out of politeness. THERESA: I'm...really glad you're in town. You don't know how much I need a friend like you here. BILLIE: I'm glad to be here to help. Now, go on, you two. Be safe. Billie walks out of the club, and Brady turns to Theresa with a look of slight bemusement on his face. BRADY: I didn't realize you two knew each other. THERESA: Yeah, well...you know. It's important to have a couple friends here and there, right? BRADY: Right. Well, first and foremost, we gotta make you look like the finest lady at that club. So how's about I take you shopping, and then we'll get my driver and we'll take one of the Titan cars up to Chicago to the club opening. How's that? THERESA: Sounds amazing. Theresa leans in and kisses Brady. They look into each others' eyes with an electricity that could light up a room. --- Sheryl steps toward Nick, who looks at Sheryl and Jordan with that same smug look. NICK: Where is what? SHERYL: You know exactly what I'm talking about, no one else knew about it, Nick. Jordan grabs Sheryl's arm, trying to get her to stop talking. JORDAN: Sheryl, stop it. I don't think-- SHERYL: Where is that flash drive, Nick? Nick gets up from his chair, suddenly clueing in to what Jordan and Sheryl were up to. NICK: So THAT'S what you two were up to in there. You two are quite the pieces of work, you know that? SHERYL: Give it up, Nick. We need that. NICK: I don't have it. But I do have to admi, I'm impressed by you two. What was on there? Some sort of virus to wipe out Titan's files and ruin the EnerNext project? Sheryl stops talking, unwilling to give into Nick and give him any more information than she already has. NICK: If that flash drive was supposed to give you access to Titan's mainframe? All you had to do was come to me, you know. JORDAN: What do you mean? NICK: I have access to everything, right here on my tablet. Look, I was serious before. I think we can help each other out here. And it's far less risky to be involved with me than doing these tricky operations on your own. So what do you say, ladies? Sheryl hesitates, but eventually extends her hand to Nick, who promptly shakes it. Sheryl looks to Nick with a stonefaced look that means business. NICK: Pleasure doing business with you. --- At University Hospital, Anne Milbauer is on the phone in her office when EJ storms in. Anne jumps from the interruption, and quickly ends her phone conversation. ANNE: I've gotta talk to you later, I'm sorry. Bye. Anne hangs up her phone and turns to EJ, incensed. ANNE: What in God's name are you doing here, and how dare you barge into my office? EJ: Oh I wouldn't be so bold, Ms. Milbauer. You are going to answer to me right now. ANNE: Or else what? EJ: Don't test me. Anne stirs in her chair uncomfortably as EJ stares her down menacingly. ANNE: So what do I owe the "pleasure"? EJ: You are threatening Abigail Deveraux. And that stops, right now. ---
  2. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 34 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Marlena is in her office, on the phone to Laura Horton. The old friends are chatting happily as Marlena sits at her desk, having a chuckle. MARLENA: (into phone) Alright, so I'll expect you in a few days then? Excellent. Thank you ever so much, Laura! Bye bye. As Marlena finishes her call, Will steps into her office. Marlena's smile widens upon seeing her grandson. MARLENA: Will! What a lovely surprise! Marlena gets up and gives Will a warm hug. She looks out the door as Will walks in. Will clues in immediately to what Marlena's looking for. WILL: I didn't bring Ari with me. She's with Gabi this afternoon. MARLENA: Oh. Well that's alright. What can I do for you? WILL: Well, I'm hoping that that was the person that'll be helping mom you were talking to on the phone. MARLENA: Ah, yes. That was Laura. I don't think you've seen her since you were about as tall as my knees though, so I don't know how well you remember her. Will and Marlena share a laugh. WILL: Well, you know. It's been a long time but I vaguely remember her. But I have to admit, I am worried for mom, even now. MARLENA: Why's that? WILL: Well, I didn't tell you this when I saw you yesterday but...when Mom was at our place the other night, she...she was going to cut off her engagement to EJ. Marlena almost reacts with glee at Will's announcement, but holds back, overcompensating with concern. --- JJ opens the door to head out for his community service. There at the door, about to ring the doorbell is Liam. JJ doesn't hide his dislike of Liam from his face. LIAM: Oh hey, JJ! Is your mom home. JJ: Yeah. She's inside. What did you want? Liam smiles awkardly, trying to stay cool in the face of JJ's hostility. LIAM: I, uh...I had a little surprise I wanted to give her. Our date last night went really well so... JJ: Great. I'm glad. Isn't this like...your third or fourth date or something? LIAM: Yeah! I think things are going really well. Do you mind if I-- JJ: ...I'll go get her. One sec. JJ turns to go back inside, letting the door swing shut behind him, but Jenn is not far behind him and catches the door before it closes. JENNIFER: JJ. I got it. JJ: Kay. JJ heads out, rolling his eyes at his mother and Liam. He brushes past Liam on his way out. Jennifer gives a disapproving look JJ's way as she leans in the doorway, before looking back to Liam. JENNIFER: Sorry about that. How are you? LIAM: GOOD! I'm doing fantastic! I had a little something for you. Liam presents a box of chocolates to Jenn, who smiles widely at Liam. JENNIFER: That's really sweet of you, Liam. Look. I'm sorry that JJ's not taken with you. He's... LIAM: He's young. He misses his dad. It's okay. JENNIFER: I'm glad you understand. God, it's like you've known me forever. I really appreciate the time I've spent with you, Liam. LIAM: Jenn, you're a beautiful, special woman. And that's a rare thing to find. I just hope you feel the same about me. JENNIFER: Absolutely, I do. Look, what are you up to tonight? LIAM: Oh I just...I have some work to catch up on at home tonight and-- Jennifer looks to Liam seductively. She grabs the lapel of his jacket and pulls him in slowly as she speaks. JENNIFER: ...Well...Abigail is working late tonight at her new job, and JJ is going to visit his Grandma Jo for the weekend, so...how about I go to your place and make you a nice quiet dinner, and distract you a bit. Liam stops her and pulls away suddenly. LIAM: I don't think that's such a hot idea, Jenn. Jenn frowns, confused by Liam's sudden rejection. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Billie sits down at a table at Club TBD, a coffee cup before her. She checks her phone for messages, a look of concern across her face. Shortly thereafter, Theresa comes stumbling in, a bit panicked, in a way that Billie seems familiar with. Billie stands up with a smile and arms reaching out. THERESA: Oh my God, I'm sorry I'm late. Theresa rushes over to give Billie a hug. BILLIE: It's okay, hon. I was prepared for you to be a bit late anyway. Theresa pulls back from her hug, a mock-serious look on her face. THERESA: Hey now, come on. I'm not ALWAYS late. BILLIE: I kinda doubt that. Theresa rolls her eyes a bit, jokingly, as she and Billie sit down at the table. THERESA: Okay, fine. I'm...usually-- BILLIE: (laughing)...always late. THERESA: Oh whatever. (laughs) So what's up with you, I haven't seen you since I left LA. BILLIE: I'm alright. I...I'm kinda shocked I'm back in Salem, but...my mom needed me at work so... THERESA: Ooo! Does this mean you're gonna be doing more amazing cosmetics work? Some 48-hour concealor that won't come off with an ice pick? Billie and Theresa have a laugh, as T passes, Theresa stops him. THERESA: Oh, T. Mimosa for me. T looks down at Theresa, a bit of annoyance on his face, but still within the realm of professional appearance. T: Only if you say the magic word. Theresa shoots T a look of daggers. THERESA: Please. T: One moment! T walks off, Billie giggles, and Theresa scowls. THERESA: Can you believe the lousy service I get here? BILLIE: Well, don't you have a bit of a rep around here already? THERESA: That's not my fault. That's Jennifer Horton's fault. BILLIE: Now, come on, Theresa. I've known Jennifer about as long as I've known you. She's really a great person-- THERESA: ...Oh my God. You too. Really? I've heard this speech like...a thousand times already from my parents, from my grandmother, from my aunt Kayla, from JJ, from Daniel, I don't need to hear it again from you. She nearly had me thrown back on a bus to LA with a slight detour at the county penn. I will not forgive that prissy bitch. BILLIE: Theresa, seriously. I know how you feel about her but-- THERESA: ...But nothing. Jennifer Horton and her perfect little life where nothing bad has ever happened can go straight to Hell. BILLIE: Theresa, stop it. Jennifer and you have way more in common than you think, honey. She's not had it very easy. I promise you. Theresa rolls her eyes dismissively. Billie leans in closer to Theresa from across the table. BILLIE: I'm serious. I don't want you to think I don't support you, but we have all been where you are. Trust me. Jennifer as well. THERESA: Well, I do feel for her, whatever she went through, but that doesn't mean I'm going to suddenly become her closest friend, okay? Look can we talk about something else, please. BILLIE: Like? Theresa slowly cracks a smile. THERESA: Liiiike the hot rich guy I'm seeing. BILLIE: Oh my God. Who is it this time? THERESA: Brady Black. Billie's face drops upon hearing Brady's name. BILLIE: Oh no. --- Nick studies his iPad in the elevator at Titan. An article from the business section at the Salem Spectator is on it, detailing the scandal at the EnerNext press conference and what it could mean for Titan. The article specifically mentions that Titan TV, long on the decline in the ratings game, could be shipped off to pasture by the Titan board this coming week. The article puts a smile on Nick's face as the elevator dings, and the doors open. Nick steps off the elevator and heads over towards Kate's office. There is no secretary sitting at the desk, so Nick simply walks in. Kate, focused on work, barely looks up from the paper in front of her on her desk. KATE: I see your brush with death didn't instill any manners in you. Nick stops in the doorway, reaching back to the other side of the door, and he knocks on it loudly. NICK: (loudly) Can I come in? KATE: Only if you've come to resign. Nick walks in, and immediately begins to pace the room. Rarely looking at Kate, he almost seems to be making a grand speech. NICK: Sorry, Kate. No such luck. I do, however, have a proposition for you. KATE: Well that can't be a good sign. What are you going to blackmail me into doing now, Nick? NICK: Oh come on, Kate. I'm not here to do anything like that. But if you insist. I have a little request. Kate keeps her eyes on her work. Clearly disinterested in Nick's grandstanding. KATE: Spit it out, Nick. I'm busy. Nick walks quickly towards Kate, which throws her off a bit, but she tries to not make it obvious that he's startled her. NICK: You need to drop that attitude. I'm making your pathetic little company millions upon millions of dollars and I'm treated worse than the unpaid intern. Kate finally looks up at Nick, looking him straight in the eyes with a piercing quality that shows she means business. KATE: There's an easy way to fix that, Nick. Stop threatening my family, and stop trying to take Ari away from her family. NICK: I have absolutely no intentions of that. But I don't want that little girl to grow up with your morals, or Sami's morals, or heaven forbid, EJ's morals. KATE: That's rich, coming from a would-be rapist and murderer. NICK: Enough! Kate. You're going to understand something. I hold all the cards here. So follow what I say, or you're all going down. Got it? Kate pulls her reading glasses off her face. She stays fixated on Nick. KATE: Is this how you're going to conduct yourself? Go around town, day in and day out, making demands on people and blackmailing them if they don't agree? NICK: If I have to. KATE: Well, then you're of little use to me as an employee, aren't you? People will start to see through you rather quickly. NICK: Oh, I'm sure you can cover for me. Kate finally loses her cool. She slams her fists on her desk and stands up, now enraged. KATE: Damn it, Nick! What do you want? Stop playing these stupid games and just tell me what you want. Nick smiles, finally having got a rise out of Kate. He goes back to pacing the room, as though all is well once again. NICK: There's a vote coming up. A very important vote. It involves our local TV station. KATE: What about it? NICK: It's incredibly important, for you, and for everyone else, if you vote against keeping Titan TV under Titan's control. Important enough that if you don't vote against it, it'll be the last vote you ever take part in. Got it? Kate narrows her eyes, and shakes her head. Kate's face shows a sense of dread that is unmistakable. --- EJ walks through the hallway at Countess Wilhelmina towards the elevator, deep in thought. He looks over some files as the door opens and he goes to step on without looking. Just before stepping on though, he sees Abigail about to get off at the same floor. EJ looks shocked to see Abby there. EJ: Abigail! Wh-what are you doing here? ABBY: Well...trying to get off the elevator, for a start. EJ: Oh, sorry. EJ steps to one side. He still has a look of confusion on his face, as he goes to ask Abigail a question, Abigail cuts him off. ABBY: I didn't realize you were so involved with Countess W. EJ: Samantha and I try to run the operation together as much as possible. Abigail's eyes widen, surprised by EJ's statement. ABBY: I had no idea. Sami, seeing EJ and Abigail's tension, steps into the hallway to greet Abigail, almost as a rescue mission. SAMI: Abigail! Glad you made it! EJ motions to Abigail, still rather confused, but concerned at what might be happening. EJ: Samantha, I-- SAMI: Was just greeting our newest addition to our promotions department. Today's Abby's first day at Countess W! EJ looks to Abigail, his uneasiness with the situation painted on his face. Abigail looks nervously up at EJ before quickly looking away, an awkward smile on her face. ---
  3. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 33 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Billie looks over at Daniel, who has stopped her at Horton Town Square, concerned with the company she's keeping. Billie is not impressed. BILLIE: I'm sorry? DANIEL: What were you doing talking with Theresa Donovan? Billie leans back, arms folded, floored by Daniel's audacity. BILLIE: She happens to be a very good friend of mine, thank you. DANIEL: Well, I guess you're not quite the person I thought you were then. BILLIE: Excuse me? Daniel approaches Billie, a bit of menace in his walk. Billie still stares him down, unblinking. DANIEL: Oh yeah. I went there. You remember your friend Jenn? Yeah, that girl you just were speaking to put her through a living hell these past few months. And me. And JJ. BILLIE: Oh, I'm aware of all of that. I'm also aware of the hell that girl's gone through before she ever met you or Jennifer or JJ. So you can spare me your holier-than-thou attitude about things you know nothing about, Daniel. Daniel's taken aback by Billie's impassioned defense of Theresa. --- Sheryl and Jordan are sitting at Club TBD in a corner booth. Sheryl is on her laptop, attempting to access a file. Jordan looks over to her, looking occasionally to the laptop, and to the door. A certain tension is across Jordan's face, and she appears jumpy. Sheryl is focused on the work ahead of her. Finally, Jordan's fidgeting and twitches gets to Sheryl. SHERYL: Would you stop fidgeting? JORDAN: I'm sorry. I just...you know this is crazy. I mean....anyone could catch us here. SHERYL: Well, yes. If you keep acting like a complete nut, yes, they might. JORDAN: (sighs) I'm sorry. I just...I'm really concerned that you're going too far again, Sheryl. Sheryl turns abruptly to face Jordan. Jordan's words set her off like a switch had been flipped. She speaks with a quiet rage, not unlike a hot pressure cooker. SHERYL: Again, hm? Like I did in Canada? Are you seriously gonna say that now? That operation was neccessary, Jordan. We have absolutely no choice but to do that. And if you think this is any different, then you need to go back to Birmingham, and never come back. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- EJ approaches Sami's office desk, still reeling from her decision to move out. Sami draws herself up and back with every step EJ takes towards her. EJ: Samantha, I-- SAMI: EJ. Please. Please don't...come any closer. EJ fights the anger he feels from the sting of Sami's sudden fear of him. He fights the urge to lash out. EJ: Samantha, I...I don't...I don't think this is a good idea. SAMI: EJ, I can't. There is no other option. EJ: What do you mean, Samantha? I can't...I don't know how much more space I can give you. You're already at the opposite end of the house as it is. And you know father's conditions for your freedom were that the entire family live under one roof. SAMI: EJ, I never said I was taking Sydney, and Johnny away from you. EJ: (sigh) You don't get it, do you, Samantha? YOU are my family as well. You are as much my family as my brothers, my sister, my children and my father. SAMI: Look, I...I do love you. But I...EJ, this feeling, this fear I have in me...I buried it for so long. I tried to hide it and allowed myself to forget that that....side of you existed. I gave myself a sort of....selective amnesia. Our fight last night, it...I need to take some time on my own, away from everyone to just...heal. It's not about not loving you or not seeing you as a part of my life or...or...family. I just need time to truly move past what you did to me. EJ closes his eyes as Sami speaks. He doesn't look up. The shame he feels washes over him, and he stands solemnly, feeling the gravity of the effect he's had on the woman he loves. He takes a deep breath before speaking. EJ: Okay. You take the time you need. But remember something. I love you. More than anything in this world. You NEVER lose sight of that for one moment. Who I was then and who I am now are...galaxies apart. Sami smiles, trying to look at EJ, but she can't, and looks away. SAMI: I won't. Because I love you too. But I don't know if I'll ever be able to see the man I wanted to marry, without seeing the man who raped me. And I wish I could. EJ's heart sinks, as does his head, as he fights back tears. --- Victor slams his briefcase on the conference table at Titan. Around him sit Brady, and Tyler. All three men are in foul moods after the disaster that was the press conference. Victor opens his briefcase, sorting paperwork as he speaks to the other two men. VICTOR: Well, that was quite possibly the most spectacular disaster since the Hindenburg. I'm sorry your introduction to the Titan board had to be this mess, Tyler. I expect the rest of your time on the Titan board of directors goes somewhat more smoothly. BRADY: What I can't figure out is how Nicole, who was supposed to be helping promote the project, managed to be working to demonize this whole project to the public. TYLER: It's obvious. And I think it should be obvious to all of you that there is a lack of editorial control at Titan TV. And it has become a complete liability to you. VICTOR: If you're suggesting we divest ourselves of Titan TV, you can save your breath. We need that TV station, particularly if we want to see this project accepted by the public. BRADY: Grandad's right. But...I also think we need some changes if we are to retain controlling interest in the TV station. Victor furrows his brow at Brady's suggestion. VICTOR: What in the hell do you think I was going to suggest? Let that lazy sleaze Miles lay back and light Cuban cigars with my money in his office? TYLER: Well, with all due respect, that's essentially what he's done by allowing Ms. Walker's report to go public. If Miles is gone and Ms. Walker goes with him, I support retaining Titan TV. Otherwise, it's too big a liability, and it would also be a major conflict of interest. BRADY: I second that. Nicole had no right to go ahead with a line of questioning like that. VICTOR: She had no right being unleashed on this planet. If she isn't ousted, I'll personally drop kick her from the building. Now, if the rest of the board agrees to this-- BRADY: ...I talked to Kate after the press conference and she supports us. VICTOR: Then that's four. BRADY: If her little lap dog of a son follows mummy's lead as he usually does, that'd be five. TYLER: Which would put us over the top. VICTOR: So then it's settled. We'll put it to a vote Monday. I'll round up the troops and we'll get this sorted. BRADY: Sounds like a plan. TYLER: Good work, men. The three men, exchange handshakes, standing up from the table in a subdued happiness at their damage control. --- Nicole looks directly at Nick, clearly unsure of her decision, but she breathes deeply and chokes out her answer. NICOLE: Alright. I'm in. I'll do it. Nick smiles widely with his trademark sinister smirk. NICK: 'Atta girl. I always knew you were smart. Nicole grimaces, knowing she's made a mistake, but fearing the consequences too much to go back on her word. She folds her arms and shakes her head. NICOLE: So how are you going to make this work. NICK: Oh I'll find a way. And don't worry about moving your stuff out of your office. It's not going anywhere. I can guarantee it. --- Daniel approaches an enraged Billie, whose back is turned him as she reaches for her phone in her purse. His demeanour is one of a sudden calm. DANIEL: Look, I didn't realize that Theresa's past was so rough. But she had no right to treat Jenn, JJ, and I like that. BILLIE: I know that. I'm sure she knows that too. Look, I...I shouldn't have even said as much as I did to you. But know that Theresa isn't the bad person you think she is. She's hurting inside, and she's doing the best she can with that pain in her heart. DANIEL: (sigh) I'm sorry. I didn't mean to come down so hard on you. Billie pulls herself together quickly, looking at her phone quickly and noticing a missed call. She looks over to Daniel with a sudden smile on her face. BILLIE: Don't mention it. I won't hold it against you, as long as you don't do it again. Got it. Billie pinches Daniel's cheek before stepping away, leaving Daniel puzzled by her wildly changing emotions, but also intrigued. Once Billie steps away, she calls back the missed call. She whispers loudly in the phone. BILLIE: Mom? It's me. Sorry I didn't call sooner, but I think I got something big that could help us. Billie holds the tiny flash drive in the palm of her hand, looking it over as she speaks. --- Jordan looks taken aback by Sheryl's reaction. She tries to motion to Sheryl to calm down as she's drawing attention to herself. Sheryl looks around and appears to relax, though she's still visibly upset. Sheryl returns her attentions to her laptop screen. She doesn't look up at Jordan at all from here on out. JORDAN: Look, maybe I should choose my words more carefully next time. SHERYL: Ya think? JORDAN: Look, just...tell me what you're trying to do. SHERYL: Okay, you remember that computer we were on at work? JORDAN: You mean the one Nick Fallon caught us at? Sheryl rolls her eyes, but continues to focus squarely at the screen. SHERYL: Well, I snuck a little device on it that allows us unrestricted access to the Titan executive database, and no one can trace it. Jordan's skepticism begins to melt as Sheryl explains. Jordan looks over Sheryl's shoulder in sudden interest. JORDAN: You're kidding! SHERYL: Nope! Just about to get us into the frameworks now. Sheryl hits enter on her keyboard with a flourish. The login fails. Sheryl's face drops in shock. SHERYL: Oh God. JORDAN: What? Sheryl finally breaks her gaze with the monitor and looks at Jordan, a look of panic across her face. SHERYL: The key's not hooked up to the system. Someone found it. ---
  4. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 32 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Billie walks alone through the Town Square, a look of concern across her face as she makes a call on her phone. BILLIE: (into phone) Yeah, I got something for you. I'll need to run a test on it when I get back. Meet you at the station at 7?...Great. Billie hangs up, pulling the tiny USB drive she found in the computer at Titan in her hand. She ponders what it could be and how it got there. She's knocked out of this place of concentration by a familiar voice. THERESA: Billie! Billie turns around to see Theresa's smiling face looking back at her. BILLIE: Theresa! Oh my GOD, honey! How are you! Billie and Theresa hug each other warmly, Theresa clearly excited to see her friend. THERESA: I'm okay. Had a bit of a rough week but I'm holding up well. BILLIE: I'm glad. THERESA: I didn't realize you were in town! How long are you gonna be here? BILLIE: Well, I'm...I'm actually gonna stick around for awhile. I think it's time I called Salem home for awhile. You know? THERESA: Well, it's no LA, but knowing you're here makes tolerating this one-horse town a whole lot easier to swallow. BILLIE: Oh, it's not that bad. Theresa rolls her eyes at the mere thought of Salem as her home. THERESA: That's what you think. Hey, are you free tonight? I was thinking of getting together for a drink at the Club TBD. BILLIE: Oh I could probably do that. I have a couple things to take care of first but I'd love to catch up. THERESA: Great. I'll text you later and we can meet up. BILLIE: Sounds good, honey. See you later. Theresa and Billie go their separate ways, and Billie goes to make another phone call, but before she can pull her cell phone up to her ear, she's interrupted by another voice. DANIEL: What were you doing talking with her? Billie turns around, a confused look across her face as she looks to Daniel. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- JJ looks to Jennifer, who is standing in her office with a departing Liam. JJ has a disappointed look in his eyes, which Jennifer immediately recognizes. JENNIFER: Liam and I were discussing meeting for dinner tonight. JJ: Mom, don't you think that's a bit soon af-- JENNIFER: No. No, I don't. JJ, Daniel and I have been apart for a very long time now, and... Jennifer suddenly stops herself, knowing Liam's there beside her, and wishing to spare him the discomfort. JENNIFER: Liam, you don't mind if I talk to my son alone, do you? LIAM: Not at all. I'll see you tonight. JENNIFER: Absolutely. Jennifer and Liam kiss quickly before Liam steps away. JJ looks off, unimpressed by Jenn and Liam's display of affection. Once Liam departs, JJ, shaking his head, turns around, pointing out towards where Liam just was. JJ: Really, Mom? JENNIFER: JJ, you really need to stop worrying about who I'm dating and focus on school and your community service, because I swear to you, you don't want to push me right now. JJ: Why not? Look, I feel responsible for what happened with Daniel-- JENNIFER: ...And you should. Look, I am grateful to Daniel for helping you out and keeping you out of prison, but you've got to understand, JJ, this is my life to live. And I want to live it seeing a man who respects my decisions and my right to raise my family the way I see fit. Daniel-- JJ: Daniel didn't, I get it. Okay? But Daniel did all this to help me, and not because he liked me, not that he should've, but because he loved you that much. So much that he was willing to risk every kind of punishment, to have my back. And I know I certainly don't deserve that. But you do. Jennifer smiles at JJ, putting a hand on his shoulder. JENNIFER: I know you're grateful to him. And I understand why you'd feel that way, JJ, I do. But you need to understand how important honesty is to me. And if the man I'm with can't trust me with something as important as the safety of my children...then he's not someone that I should be with. JJ nods reluctantly. He looks to his mom, a bit defeated. JJ: I get it. I do, I just...you know...Liam...he... JENNIFER: Now don't you go saying anything against Liam. You hardly even know him at all. JJ: Yeah, Mom, but...I dunno. He just...he kinda weirds me out a bit, you know? Jenn laughs a bit at JJ's comment as she steps behind her desk, in a bit of an attempt to distract herself, and ease a bit of the tension in the room. JENNIFER: Why do you say that? JJ: I really...I wish I could tell you what it is but...when I was talking to him at the party the other night...something about him just makes me really uncomfortable. Jennifer furrows her brow a bit, unsure what JJ means, but still a bit concerned by JJ's reaction to Liam. --- Now away from Jenn's office, Liam gets a phone call. He answers in somewhat hushed tones. LIAM: (into phone) Yeah. No, it's going well. I can't be on the phone with you here, okay? I'll see you when I get home. Liam looks around, trying to not look suspicious in doing so, but naturally, not being successful at it. He heads for the elevator. --- Nicole lunges for the file in Nick's hands, but Nick pulls away just in time. Nicole is enraged and afraid of the sudden shift in the power dynamic between them, and stands with a distinct discomfort that wasn't there a moment ago. NICOLE: How the HELL did you get your hands on that? NICK: God, Nicole. For someone as smart as you, you'd think you'd at least be smart enough to take something like this to the paper shredder at LEAST. NICOLE: Don't be evasive, you weasel. How did you get ahold of those files. NICK: It's easy when you work in the building and know computers. Oh speaking of which, I took the liberty of wiping your backup copies of these from the server so you can't send them to Eric before I do and make yourself look like some kind of heroine or anything. NICOLE: Bastard. NICK: Language, Nicole. I actually just wanted to get all your research from you so you couldn't junk it. You reporters have sources far better than anything I could get my hands on, but...THIS. This was such an amazing find. Totally not what I was looking for but somehow SO much better! NICOLE: You're sick! I mean, really. You set me up and now you're going to pit my career against my relationship with Eric? Are you out of your mind? NICK: Lot of people think so. But for the first time in a long time, I feel like I'm seeing things clearer than I have in a long time. Percy, do you mind taking these files with you and putting them somewhere safe? PERCY: Certainly, Nicholas. Percy approaches Nick and takes the files from him, shielding himself from Nicole. Nicole folds her arms, not even making an effort to grab them now. Percy heads out of the room, leaving Nicole and Nick alone. NICOLE: You'll never get away with this, you know. NICK: Wanna throw a few more cliches in there, Nicole? NICOLE: Sure. How about, 'Go to Hell', 'You don't scare me', and 'I will make you pay for this'? NICK: Good choices. Not gonna help you at ALL but...nice effort. So, what's it gonna be? Are you going to keep working to help Percy and I shut EnerNext down? Or will I have to take YOU down? NICOLE: How am I even gonna do that? I'm suspended. Even if I'm able to keep working here afterwards, they're going to block me from carrying on with this story. NICK: Don't worry about that part. I'll handle it. You just stick to building a case against Titan and EnerNext, and keep building community resistance against it. I'll handle everything else. Nicole shakes her head at this entire scenario with disbelief. NICOLE: And I'm supposed to what? Trust you?? Really? NICK: If you do the right thing? Absolutely. Nicole, you can help a lot of people with this. All kinds of people who don't have a voice right now. And you can do this and have everything you want in your life. Eric, the respect of the journalistic community, a fantastic career. I will make sure you can have those things. But you have to do exactly what I ask of you. Or else... Nick points towards the door Percy walked out of. NICK: ...your future ends here. It's up to you. Nicole rolls her eyes at Nick, but is in serious, strenuous contemplation. --- EJ steps casually into Sami's office, after interrupting her conversation with Kate about Gabi. Sami is startled by EJ's arrival, and is uneasy with him approaching her, which is not lost on Kate or EJ. EJ: I'm sorry if I startled you. SAMI: Wha...what do you mean? I just...I was caught off guard, that's all. EJ: Well, I apologize for that. A momentary uneasy silence fills the air before EJ breaks it. The tension makes the moment of silence feel ten times longer than it is in reality. EJ: As for Gabi's modelling contract, I am slightly dubious of the source from which the idea stems, however, I am willing to concede that, in the grand scheme of things, this will stack the deck in our favour when it comes to dealing with Mr. Fallon. KATE: Thank you, EJ...I think. Sami, this is the only way we can both keep tabs on Nick. SAMI: Look, I'm not saying it's a bad idea, I just...I don't like the idea of Gabi having so much freedom when she's been so...naive about Nick. I mean...this could backfire and, heaven forbid, Ari could end up living with Nick and Gabi somewhere and Will would end up powerless to stop it. KATE: That won't happen. Look, don't immediately go to the worst case scenario like this. Gabi wants Will and Sonny to be a part of Ari's life. It's important to her. And as dim as she can be som-- SAMI: (interrupting) Most-- KATE: ...most of the time, she really does want what's best for that baby. Give her some credit there, at least. SAMI: You're right. (sigh). You're right, I just....ugh, I have so much on my mind right now and-- EJ: That's my fault. SAMI: No, it's...not. I mean it is but...look, EJ, I need to talk to you. Kate, sensing she's inserted herself into a bit of a touchy situation, gets up from her seat and heads for the doorway. KATE: That would be my cue to leave, I have a feeling. SAMI: Hasn't stopped you before. KATE: Charming as ever, Sami. EJ. Kate saunters out, leaving EJ and Sami alone. EJ stands by Sami's desk, arms folded, while Sami sits, uncomfortably, behind hers. She takes a moment to breathe, not looking up. EJ: Are you alright? SAMI: No. I'm not. I've been a complete....basketcase all week. EJ: I'm sorry for that. SAMI: Like I said...it's...not completely your fault. I just...I need to tell you something. EJ: ...Okay. SAMI: I think...I think I need to move out of the mansion for awhile. The colour drains from EJ's face. Truly at a loss for words, he stands, dumfounded. ---
  5. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 31 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Jennifer slams her folders on her desk, seething after her confrontation with Anne. Liam is not far behind her, knocking gently on her door with a concerned look on his face. LIAM: You alright, Jenn? Jennifer looks up at Liam as she sits down at her desk. An exhausted, upset look on her face. JENNIFER: No. I'm not. LIAM: Well, do you need a...someone to talk to I could just...stay with you a minute, if you liked? Jennifer smiles slightly, but can only manage a bit of a smile. JENNIFER: I'd love that, but I think I need a few minutes to myself, or I'm going to explode, and I'd rather you not be here for that. LIAM: (laughs) Fair enough. Look, if you want to, we can always stop into the Brady Pub for a bit and you can sorta...vent your frustrations. I know that tends to do me a lot of good sometimes. JENNIFER: Thanks, Liam. I appreciate it. Maybe I'll see you at the Pub for...7? LIAM: Absolutely. Jenn opens her office door for Liam and there is JJ in the doorway, surprised, and unpleasantly surprised to see Liam. JJ: Mom! What's going on? --- Billie steps into the office where the computer had just turned off. Turning on the light in the room, she begins to inspect the computer. Not finding anything, she pulls out the tower, and inspects the back, stopping when she reaches the USB drive. A small drive that barely looks like more than the size of a thumbtack has been inserted into the drive. Finding this odd, she pulls the key out and looks it over closely. Billie gets up, putting the USB drive in her pocket. She hastily exits, turning off the light in the room before leaving. --- Sami is in her office at Countess Wilhelmina, on the phone with a client, when a knock on the door breaks her focus. SAMI: (into phone) ...And so these figures need to be addressed, ASAP, because we cannot go into fall with an overrun like that...and... The knocking continues, and Sami struggles to ingore it. SAMI: (into phone) ...I don't want MadWorld thinking, even for a second, that they've got the edge. You understand? ...I....I gotta call you back. That alright? Okay. Sami hangs up the phone and marches, angrily, to the door. Opening it brusquely, she finds Kate on the other side. Sami is unimpressed. SAMI: Kate! KATE: Well that took you long enough. SAMI: I was in a call, Kate. You know, doing work, that thing I do when I'm at the office. KATE: How quaint. Kate steps into Sami's office without asking permission. She saunters slowly. KATE: Mind if I come in and ask you something? SAMI: Why do I have a feeling you won't take 'no' for an answer. KATE: Because you're smarter than you look? Sami glowers at Kate, while Kate turns to face Sami, looking her up and down. KATE: On second thought-- SAMI: ...What do you want, Kate? KATE: I just want you to hire Gabi to model for you. Sami looks to Kate, confused. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Sami looks to Kate, utterly baffled by her idea. SAMI: Why would I hire Gabi to model for me? And why are YOU suggesting it? KATE: Well, if we want to elminate Nick Fallon, we need to remove any power he has over Gabi. SAMI: I really don't think he has much power over Gabi. Kate rolls her eyes at Sami. KATE: You know, for a woman who's been on death row, you're probably the most naive person I've ever met. SAMI: I just don't see it, Kate. Where is all this power he has over her. He's barely associated with her since he got back from downstream. KATE: Oh come off it, Sami. Nick has been obsessed with getting back with Gabi for months now. Look at what he did to her the night we tried to kill him-- SAMI: SHH! Kate jumps back at Sami's paranoid jumpiness. KATE: Stop that! There's no one here. SAMI: Sorry, I'm just...trying to be careful. KATE: Well stop it, and start listening. He was after Gabi before, he's after her now. So we need to nip it in the bud before he tries something else. We all know that guys like Nick Fallon don't give up out of nowhere. He's up to something. We need to keep Gabi from being in any way reliant on Nick, and if he does insert himself in Gabi's life again, that we are both in close enough proximity to him to suss him out before he gets too far. Having Gabi working for you works almost like a mouse trap. Lure him in, and nab that bastard. EJ: Kate's right. We need to do this. EJ startles Sami with his appearance in her office. Kate seems smugly satisfied by EJ's agreement, but Sami is incredibly uneasy with him. --- Nicole and Percy stand in the MadWorld lab, looking over to Nick, who is obscuring Nicole's file folder while looking out the window. NICOLE: Usually when people talk they face each other, Nick. Nick turns around, still hiding the file folder behind him. NICK: Alright, Nicole. What's the trouble? NICOLE: Oh you know damn well, you sniveling little rat. You set me up! NICK: Oh I did now! How exactly did I do that? NICOLE: Don't play innocent, Nick. You knew all along that Titan was behind the EnerNext deal. You wanted to make sure that the Titan press coverage was against the news to make them look bad. And you tricked me into playing along. NICK: Right, Nicole. Because obviously it's not at all up to the person doing the story to maybe...you know....do their research? It took me a whole ten seconds to make the connection between EnerNext and Titan. So what's your excuse? NICOLE: EnerNext had worked with Titan before, but it was nothing to do with this project. The only publicized reports on their partnership was from at least two years ago, which means the only reason you knew about this connection was because you had an inside track. Nick approaches Nicole slowly, almost menacingly. Percy stands to one side, cautiously observing the situation. NICK: And what if I did? I'm trying to help Percy here to keep his home. I'm trying to stop these corporate nutcases from turning the entire town into a toxic waste dump so they can line their pockets a bit more. I'm trying to do the right thing. I know that's really hard for you to conceive of, knowing your history, but I'd think you'd understand someone wanting to change for the better, no? Trying to stand up for what's right? NICOLE: I do. But you don't get that by deceiving the people that are here to help you out. And that's exactly why I'm not helping you anymore. Nick isn't at all shocked by Nicole's revelation. Percy is stunned, but Nick clearly has anticipated Nicole's reaction. NICK: What did you say? NICOLE: I am dropping this story. PERCY: But you can't do that! NICOLE: Just watch me. NICK: Percy. Don't panic. I knew she was gonna pull something like this. NICOLE: Ah yes. Mr. Omnipotent. You've got my number. Can't hide anything from you, can I-- NICK: ...You aren't going to drop this story, Nicole. Okay? You're going to keep working on this with us. NICOLE: Says who? NICK: I do. Nicole laughs sarcastically at Nick's assertion. Nick slowly walks over to the window, where the file folder was. As Nicole carries on, he grabs the folder. NICOLE: Well, now I know you've lost your grip on reality. Seriously, Nick. You have no legs to stand on here. I am suspended from my job, thanks to you. I may be fired. Which means I would have no place to broadcast this story to. I look like a loose cannon as it is, again, thanks to you. And frankly, since you're doing so much good for my reputation right now, I don't think I'd want to work with you, anyway. So, I don't know, Nick. You tell me, why should I keep working on this story? Nick turns around quickly, the file folder opened. NICK: Because I don't think that Eric would be too keen on finding out how much you know about...Dr. Chyka, is it? Nicole is stunned into silence by what Nick's just revealed. ---
  6. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 30 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson SPECIAL GUEST STAR: Jerry VerDorn as Tyler Houston, CEO of EnerNext. Nick walks over to the elevator at Titan HQ, heading down to the Titan TV floors. He looks down at his phone, and sees a text message from Percy. Nicole Walker on the rampage. Headed your way. Look out! Nick thinks for a moment, before turning to the elevator door as it opens. He presses the button to the 8th floor. The doors close behind him. --- Brady, Tyler, and Victor stand in the now-deserted town square after the press conference. The three men, all in suits, are despairing the mess that their press conference turned into. Tyler bends down to pick up a page from the newspaper that had blown in in the hustle of the crowd's exit. The headline reads "CONTROVERSIAL ENERNEXT TAR SANDS ANNOUNCED TODAY" TYLER: I see we've got friends all over the press. Victor and Brady turn to read the headline. VICTOR: You know, I remember when all you had to tell people was that there were well-paying jobs being created, and everyone was satisfied. BRADY: Well, people would've been convinced if Nicole had kept her mouth shut. VICTOR: It's not entirely her fault. BRADY: How do you figure? VICTOR: Well, clearly the public education system failed her as well, how else do you explain such fundamental stupidity? TYLER: Look, I think what we have to consider is, quite simply, how to proceed. VICTOR: What's all this "we"? Didn't you quit? TYLER: I stepped down. But that doesn't mean I don't have a stake in this, nor does it mean I won't be involved. Victor and Brady are intrigued. --- Theresa steps off the elevator at the hospital, where Anne is planted at her usual coffee station. Anne is more than a bit annoyed at Theresa, who is making a beeline for Anne's side. ANNE: Look who shows up! You know, honestly, you're getting to be as bad as the remaining Horton? THERESA: Okay, I'm sorry. Rough night. Now what is this about being "down one Horton". ANNE: Shh shh. (nearly whispering) Abigail Deveraux. THERESA: What about her? ANNE: I, Anne Milbauer, detective extraordinaire got the goods on her. And she quit last night. THERESA: What?? ANNE: Quick, okay, come to my office, I'll explain everything. Jennifer storms out from the elevator. Maxine, standing at the nurses' station, looks over to her, concern in her eyes. MAXINE: Okay, what's wrong with you, Honey? You look like you could stab through someone's heart with that look in your eyes. JENNIFER: Maxine, don't tempt me. Have you seen Anne this morning? MAXINE: Aha! All you needed to say. She just went with your best friend Theresa to her office. JENNIFER: Thanks. Jennifer storms over to Anne's office, where the door is closed. Jennifer opens it without knocking. Theresa and Anne look over in shock, but Anne suddenly smiles smugly when she sees who is at the door. ANNE: Good morning, Jenny! How are you this wonderful sunny day? JENNIFER: You are going to explain to me right now what you did to my daughter last night one way or another. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Jordan and Sheryl walk back to the elevators at Titan. Jordan is panicked, but Sheryl is attempting to keep a cool head. JORDAN: Well now we have no choice. We have to help Nick Fallon with...whatever plan he's got. SHERYL: Why are you so uneasy about him. JORDAN: Well... SHERYL: It's something to do with Rafe, isn't it? Rafe doesn't like him because... JORDAN: Because Nick was married to his sister and he did some pretty unspeakable things to his sister's baby's dad and they got an annulment and Rafe's...well he's protective of his sister. And I can't say I blame him, really. SHERYL: Okay, but realistically...Jordan...you know, Nick...I think he's on our side in this, legitimately. And the guy's a computer genius. He could really help us out with taking these guys down! JORDAN: I just...I don't know, Sheryl. SHERYL: Besides, it's not like we have much choice in the matter, do we? The elevator dings and opens, Jordan and Sheryl step in. Jordan sighs as the elevator door shuts. JORDAN: Not if we don't want to get caught. The door to the adjacent elevator opens at that moment, and Billie steps out, into the deserted office floor. She looks around for any signs of Sheryl or Jordan. Out of the corner of her eye, she sees a light in the office Jordan and Sheryl had just exited. As she looks in, the computer monitor shuts off, as the desktop they were running turns itself off. Billie is concerned, and looking around her, steps into the office, using her key card. --- A few floors down, Nick is at Titan TV's floor, heading for Nicole's office. Nick is mumbling to himself as he walks. NICK: Gotta get those files before Nicole gets here. He scans his key card to gain access. It fails. Nick thinks for a second, before pulling out his tablet to quickly access the Titan server (which he's hacked), changing his key card access. He tries again, this time unlocking Nicole's door. He steps inside and walks over to Nicole's desk, using only the natural light from outside to guide him. The somewhat ill-lit room is still light enough that Nick doesn't trip on anything on his way. He stops at her desk, recalling his previous encounter with Nicole while she was going over the story with Percy. ::: FLASHBACK to DAYS OF OUR LIVES #26 Nick and Percy are in Nicole's office, Nicole seems hostile towards Nick, and Nick is treading carefully in order not to step on Nicole's toes and ruin Percy's chances of getting his story told. NICK: Do you have any of this documentation in electronic form? I...I ask because I feel like...as a technologically inclined person, I just...I find paper copies to be very... NICOLE: Old hat? NICK: Insecure. NICOLE: Look here, felon-- NICK: Fallon-- NICOLE: Whatever! I like keeping hard copies in addition to keeping electronic copies on the cloud server. It's harder for people to deny inconvenient truths when they're on paper. NICK: Understood. ::: Nick recalls Nicole pulling the file from her bottom right hand drawer prior to this exchange. ::: NICK: Gotcha. Nick makes a beeline for the bottom right hand drawer. Opening it up, he discovers immediately a folder exactly like the one he recalls. He scoops it up hastily and puts it in his laptop bag. He exits the room and heads quickly back to the elevators, hoping to get back to the MadWorld lab before Percy and Nicole get there. --- Anne has her hands on her hips, enjoying every moment of goading Jennifer while she's enraged in Anne's office. ANNE: Now now, Jenny! Is that ANY way to talk to someone in a professional setting? Jennifer slams the door to Anne's office shut behind her. JENNIFER: Cut the crap right now, Anne. I know you did something to cause my daughter to quit last night. Let me guess, you railroaded her into it? You found some magical loophole in her contract that she hasn't followed so you think you can just...throw her out? ANNE: I did no such thing. I approached her with a concern, and we both came to the mutual decision that it would be in everyone's best interest if she stepped down from her position with us. JENNIFER: Oh, give me a break. I know my daughter and I know she would never quit a job like this, it means way too much to her. Theresa and Anne begin laughing as Jenn talks about "knowing her daughter". ANNE: Ohhh Jenny. You keep telling yourself that over and over until you're blue in the face. Because that would be the first time I've seen you work hard at anything, and I would enjoy that very much. JENNIFER: You know what? You and your little minion here can be as miserable and vindictive as you want, but I will find out what you did to my daughter, and when I do, I will end your careers here. BOTH of you. I will make your names so bad neither of you will be employable by anyone outside of a fast food window. So you best watch your backs. ANNE: Is that a threat? Because I'm trembling in my boots. JENNIFER: Good day to both of you. Jennifer walks out of Anne's office, visibly angered and confused. Inside, Theresa and Anne wait a moment to make sure Jenn's gone. Anne is still unsure, so she runs to the doorway and closes it quickly before running back to Theresa. ANNE: Okay, so here's the scoop. Anne leans against her desk casually. THERESA: Oh this better be good. The suspense is killing me. ANNE: Okay, so I went down to sweet little Abigail's office last night, and what should I see? Our dearest worker bee engaged in a heated little argument with one Elvis Junior DiMera. Theresa looks intrigued, but confused. THERESA: Wait, why? ANNE: Because someone has been having a very steamy little affair under all our noses. Theresa nearly jumps out of her chair in excitement. THERESA: Oh REALLY! ANNE: Oh YES, Honey. EJ DiMera's been screwing Abby on the side. Theresa nearly screams out in joy at Abby and Jennifer's expense. She leans in towards Anne with anticipation. THERESA: Please PLEASE tell me you got proof of it all. ANNE: Theresa, honey, who do you think I am? Of course I did. It's all recorded. Anne holds up her phone. Theresa smiles widely, and claps quietly for Anne's quick thinking. THERESA: So wait, you confronted her with it and blackmailed her into quitting? That's it? ANNE: (laughing) Seriously? Of course that's not ALL. Abby isn't gonna go telling anybody what actually happened, or else this recording goes straight to Mommy, and to Sami Brady. Now, naturally, a true professional bitch does not show her entire hand at once. So I'm gonna hold onto this baby. I know it's gonna come in handy later. Theresa smiles even brighter. Shaking her head in amazement at Anne's awesome skills in bitchcraft. --- Nick steps into his lab, and sets his laptop bag on the desk. He unzips the bag and pulls the file folder out. He slowly opens it to ensure the files pertaining to Percy's case are inside. Instead, he finds files with regards to Kristen DiMera's meetings with Dr. Chyka. He looks through the files, confused, flipping through them all quickly, he realizes that the files detail a drug cocktail that explains Eric's well-publicized actions at the hotel in the Capitol. NICK: Powerful aphrodisiac...woah, these masking agents are...amazing. Nick looks through the papers, fascinated by what he's reading. He quickly realizes that these files would exonerate Eric in the eyes of the church, allowing the shamed ex-priest to wear the collar again. NICK: And if he had the choice of going back...ohhh DAMN, Nicole. (laughs). Ohhh you bitch! Nicole and Percy step into the office behind Nick, who is facing away from the door. NICOLE: Quit the funny business. We need to talk, you little worm. Nick looks up from the folder, shutting it slowly. A smug smile flashes across Nick's face. He replies calmly without once turning around to face Nicole. NICK: Sure, Nicole. Let's talk. ---
  7. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 26 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Nicole opens the file folder that holds all her research on EnerNext for Percy. NICOLE: Alright! Nick raises a finger, as if to ask a question meekly in a classroom. NICK: Uhh...question. Nicole continues to be short with Nick responding almost before he has a chance to finish his sentence. NICOLE: Yeah? Nick is taken aback by Nicole's impatience with him. He carries on, though he's treading carefully so as not to show any outward irritation with Nicole that could get Percy in trouble. NICK: Do you have any of this documentation in electronic form? I...I ask because I feel like...as a technologically inclined person, I just...I find paper copies to be very... NICOLE: Old hat? NICK: Insecure. NICOLE: Look here, felon-- NICK: Fallon-- NICOLE: Whatever! I like keeping hard copies in addition to keeping electronic copies on the cloud server. It's harder for people to deny inconvenient truths when they're on paper. NICK: Understood. NICOLE: Can I move on now? NICK: Whenever you like. NICOLE: Great! So I've been working on tracking down all the scientific data on projects like this, their effect on the local environments, plus, I managed to contact a local citizens' group who are planning to rally at the press conference today. They know your story, and I hear you may have some big support coming your way today. PERCY: Brilliant! Are you saying there's hope for my home after all? NICOLE: We'll see. The only thing I've had trouble tracking down is their business association. PERCY: How so? Nicole shuffles uncomfortably in her seat. NICOLE: Well...word has it that EnerNext are entering into a partnership with a major conglomerate, but no one knows who. Nick smirks, recalling the article he saw about Titan's deal with EnerNext. NICK: Well, I wouldn't worry too much about that. I mean, surely they'll announce the deal at the press conference. NICOLE: I don't like surprises. They did make mention of making a supplies deal awhile ago with Titan, but that deal was cancelled shortly thereafter because Titan was "moving in another direction", so I doubt EnerNext would get back into bed with them. And thank God, because if Titan were involved in this deal, I wouldn't have been presented with this story. And personally, I think we have a good shot at taking these bastards down. Percy and Nick smile confidently at Nicole. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Kate is surprised to see Billie at her door, with all her luggage. KATE: Well, sweetie, I wasn't expecting you so...early. BILLIE: Yeah, you know how the ISA works. They like to keep people on their toes. KATE: That's the understatement of the year. Kate realizes she's keeping her daughter in the hallway. KATE: Well, come in already. I'm sorry. BILLIE: Thanks, Mom. Billie brings in two suitcases and a tote bag with her, and another two bags linger in the hallway. Kate's eyes bug out at her luggage. KATE: Uh...Billie? BILLIE: Yeah, Mom? KATE: How long are you planning on staying? Billie heads back for the door to grab the last two bags. BILLIE: As long as I'm needed. Could be a few weeks, could be a few months or more. You never know! KATE: Well that's lovely. Uh...are they setting you up with accomodations or...? BILLIE: Of course not! Mom, they need me to live with you so that you stay protected, since you're the informant and all that. Speaking of which, how did you figure out that Jordan Ridgeway was really Kaylie Matthews, anyway? Kate suddenly remembers the root of her troubles with Billie before Billie left town the last time were rooted in Kate's manipulations and meddling. She tries now to cover her tracks. KATE: I...well...it's a funny story. --- Jordan wakes up in Rafe's arms. She stirs a bit before waking up to a text message. She looks over to a sleeping Rafe and, as quietly as possible checks the message. It's from Sheryl. EN announcement 2day. Meet me @ titan hq Jordan looks up, concerned about what Sheryl has in mind. --- Brady shakes his head in disbelief at Victor's warning. He paces the Kiriakis living room. BRADY: You know...I felt really good today. For the first time in a long time. I woke up...I felt good. I didn't have the baggage of the past couple years on my back. I didn't have the hurt. The humiliation. None of it. I felt like I could finally move forward. Thanks for taking that away from me, granddad. VICTOR: I'm only telling you this for your own good. The board was deeply embarrassed by your presentation. We can't have our CEO going in front of a national audience like this. Especially when there's such potential for naysayers and protest groups at the press conference. BRADY: You think I don't know that? You think I'm just an ostrich, burying his head in the sand and pretending nothing's going on around me? Grandad, I know what the stakes are. VICTOR: Good. Keep them in your mind past the end of the press conference and we might be making some progress. I've got to get going to go over the details with EnerNext's president. I'll see you at the Town Square. Victor slowly walks out of the room. Brady looks over at the bottles of alcohol in the corner of the room. He strongly considers heading over to it. --- Theresa stands in her doorway, a mix of concern and anger at her mother crosses her face. Theresa tries to maintain a tough exterior, but she is clearly sweating at her mother's discovery. THERESA: What are you doing with that? KIM: It fell out of your bag last night, Theresa. Don't worry, I didn't steal any from you. THERESA: Ugh. You're so hilarious, Mom. Kim waits a moment for Theresa to say something or invite her in. When she doesn't, Kim prompts her. KIM: Well? Are you going to invite me in or do I have to stand here with a bag of cocaine in my hand? THERESA: SHHH! Mom! Get inside! God! Theresa ushers her mom inside in a hurry before slamming the door behind her. Theresa leans against the door in something of a panic. THERESA: Could you NOT go around talking like that where anyone can hear you? Have you never heard of discretion, Mom? KIM: Theresa, if you're doing something you don't want your neighbours to hear about, then you shouldn't be doing what you're doing, anyway. THERESA: You know, you can stop lecturing me any time now. You are the last person who has any right to try to talk to me about doing the right thing. KIM: Dammit, Theresa. When are you going to let this go? THERESA: Never. I will never let it go, Mom. You're gonna try to tell me that I should just forget that you completely betrayed my trust in the worst way possible? That you called me a liar at the worst possible moment, and for the worst possible reason? Are you out of your mind? Kim looks down at the ground, she sighs heavily with regret. KIM: I told you, Theresa. I'll never forgive myself for that. But you just don't understand what I had been through. THERESA: I keep hearing about this. What you went through. Over and over. Don't you think that what your Uncle Eric did to you might actually make it easier to have believed me when it happened to me, Mom? KIM: I know. I'm sorry, Theresa. I didn't know. THERESA: No. No, you CHOSE to not know. You chose to pretend that nothing was happening because you were too busy latching onto a man with a history of doing skeezy, awful things to vulnerable women for money. And why? Because Dad was too busy with Aunt Kayla? KIM: Theresa, I-- THERESA: Save it, Mom. Theresa turns to walk away, but Kim grabs her by the shoulder. KIM: Jeannie, just hear me out. THERESA: NO! No, you are gonna hear ME out for once. For once in your pathetic, desperate life. You're gonna hear me out. ---
  8. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 25 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Kate wakes up in her condo on a bright, sunny morning to a loud banging at her door. She stumbles over to the door, groggy, sleep-deprived, and upset at being awoken. KATE: I'm coming! Would you calm down? You morning people make me sick. She opens the door to her condo, ready to lay it on the person on the other side. However, behind the door is Billie...with all her luggage. BILLIE: Hi, Mom! I'm home! Kate is surprised to see her daughter so early, and at her condo. She gives a strange, stunned half-smile to her daughter. KATE: Billie! You're...home? --- Marlena is at Town Square, exiting one of the storefronts with a tray of coffees in hand, when Will and Sonny arrive. She sees them approach and waves. Her face lights up as she approaches them, opening his arms to give the boys a hug before setting the coffees down on one of the tables in the square to free up her other hand. MARLENA: Good morning, boys! I'm so glad to see you! Will leans over and hugs his grandmother warmly. WILL: So good to see you, Grandma. Sonny is next in line for a hug from Marlena. They proceed to sit down at the table Marlena set the coffees down on. Marlena smiles widely as she sees Will and Sonny holding hands. MARLENA: I took the liberty of getting us all coffee. I know how you like it, Will. WILL: Well, on the bright side, it isn't the coffee you make at home, and that's good enough for me. MARLENA: (laughing) Ohh! Hey now! I paid for these, you don't bite the hand that feeds you! WILL: Alright! Alright! I won't. But...I have a couple things to tell you. WE have a couple things to tell you. MARLENA: Okay. Shoot. Will and Sonny look to each other with excitement and love in their eyes. WILL: You tell her. SONNY: Okay. Sonny turns to Marlena, holding back his aching desire to shreik with delight. SONNY: Will and I are getting married. Marlena is at a loss for words, she can hardly contain her joy. MARLENA: You're serious? Oh my...Congratulations! Ohhhh my sweet boys. I'm so thrilled for you! Marlena jumps up to give the boys a hug and can't help but laugh at the joy of the news. MARLENA: Oh I'm so thrilled. You've told Sami, obviously? Will and Sonny's joy is suddenly muddled. They stop suddenly and their smiles become immediately awkward. Marlena sees the sudden change and clues in. MARLENA: You didn't tell her. What...something happened? WILL: Well...that's kinda the other thing we need to talk to you about. Marlena's face drops, filled suddenly with concern for her daughter. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Nicole is working in her office, and by working, truly she's simply daydreaming of the previous night where she and Eric laid under the stars at their evening picnic. Nicole is lost in the thoughts of Eric kissing her gently when someone knocks at her door, rudely awakening her from her blissful dream. Nicole's face sours as she calls out to them. NICOLE: Come in! Percy enters the room, smiling widely at Nicole, who smiles a phony, professional smile back. PRECY: Greetings! NICOLE: Uh...greetings! Have a seat. PERCY: Why thank you, my dear. You know, I had such a lovely walk to your office this morning. Such a lovely morning. NICOLE: Indeed it is. Now, I want to go over some of what I'll be asking at the press conference with you, and see if there's any questions you want to as-- PERCY: Actually, I was going to mention, I've invited someone to join me today. NICOLE: Uh...who? PERCY: My associate. He has been instrumental in assisting me in my attempts to retain my property. NICOLE: Alright, well, if he can help, then send him in! Nick opens the door and leans in, smiling. NICK: There's...actually no need. I'm here! Nicole's face drops upon seeing Nick. NICOLE: Oh God. It's you. NICK: I...I'm just here to help a friend out. NICOLE: How? Are you gonna hold EnerNext hostage at gunpoint? NICK: Nicole, I've done my time. Okay? NICOLE: It's Miss Walker to you. And for the record, I don't know how I could possibly spin an ex-con trying to help Mr. Ruggles into a heartwarming David and Goliath story of triumph. PERCY: In fairness, Miss Walker, Mr. Fallon has been a great help to me, and it would mean so much if you'd indulge me and have him be here today to help us out. Nicole rolls her eyes, but relents after a moment's thought. NICOLE: Fine. But I can't guarantee Nick's gonna be a part of the final story that goes to air. We might not get the desired response from the audience with his name attached. Percy goes to object, but Nick stops him. NICK: It's okay. I understand. Let's just get down to business, okay? NICOLE: Alright. Nicole takes her file out from her bottom drawer of her desk, and plops it down on her desk to pour over with Nick and Percy. NICOLE: So here's the plan. --- Abby is at Club TBD, grabbing a cup of coffee, when she runs into an exhausted Sami. ABBY: Oh my God. Sami. Hey. SAMI: Hey, Abigail. Uhh...how are you? ABBY: I'm fine, you...don't look so hot. You okay? SAMI: Yeah, yeah, I'm fine. Don't worry. ABBY: You sure? I...I mean. SAMI: It's okay. Long night at work. Look, uh...you know. The kids really miss you. I realized I haven't invited you over in such a long time, and Johnny was asking about you the other day. I'd love if you'd come visit. He remembers you coming to babysit before. ABBY: (laughs) Oh wow, I can't believe he remembers that. That was...so long ago. SAMI: Yeah, I'm...really amazed how much that boy remembers sometimes. ABBY: Well, I mean, I'd love to visit...God, I may even need some babysitting jobs soon. SAMI: What do you mean? ABBY: Oh, nothing, I...uh...I just...I'm out of work right now. SAMI: Seriously? What happened? I thought you were so happy at the hospital! ABBY: Yeah, I was, but...I ran into some...problems with some people at the hospital and...I decided it wasn't working for me. Sami is shocked by Abby's sudden departure from the hospital. SAMI: I can't believe you'd quit so quickly. I mean, you loved working there. ABBY: Yeah, well...some things are just...not meant to be, I guess. Abby looks away, a bit of sorrow in her eyes. --- Marlena sits with Will and Sonny as Will has explained the events of last night. She sighs heavily after Will finishes the story. WILL: So...mom stayed the night with us. I think she'll be going back to the mansion today though. What...what can I do? Can you...talk to her? I... MARLENA: Look, Will. I'm glad you came to me, but...I don't know if I can help. Not without Sami's permission, anyway. WILL: Why not? I mean, she obviously needs someone, why not you? MARLENA: She has to agree to help first, and I don't think she would agree to me being the one to help her, quite frankly. Now, I can be there for moral support, no problem. But...if Sami needs to speak to a therapist to get all these suppressed memories out, I think I know exactly who can help. --- Victor is in the living room of the Kiriakis mansion, looking over his papers for the day's press conference, when Maggie enters the room. She walks over to Victor and kisses him gently on the cheek. MAGGIE: Good morning, Victor. VICTOR: Maggie! Fine morning, isn't it? MAGGIE: Well, you could say that, though if those papers you're studying have anything to do with that energy company you're working with, you'd better take a deep breath, and remember what clean air smells like. Victor puts his papers down on the table in front of him, a bit exasperated. VICTOR: Oh Maggie, would you stop with that? This is a business opportunity, it'll bring good-paying jobs to the community, and you know better than anyone that it'll benefit all of us greatly. MAGGIE: At what cost, Victor? Look I want to support you. I know the financial strain you're under right now. VICTOR: You don't know the half of it. MAGGIE: Well, I have some small idea. But this project is not the way forward, Victor. There are so many other possible streams of revenue you could tap into. Why this? VICTOR: Because that's how bad things are, Maggie. When you're in big trouble, you need to take big risks. Brady enters the living room at that moment, startling Maggie. BRADY: Grandad's right. MAGGIE: Brady! BRADY: Good morning, Maggie. Do you mind if I join my Grandfather so we can go over our big risk? Maggie is slightly put off by Brady's curt tone, but proceeds to head out. MAGGIE: Sure. I'll leave you to it. Good to see you, Brady. Maggie leaves the room, closing the doors behind her. Brady turns to Victor immediately, enthusiastic about the day's events. BRADY: Now, I know today's a big day, so I really hope we can go over these EnerNext files before the press conference. I can't wait to get started on this project. VICTOR: Yes, neither can I. I just hope we'll be working on it together at all. BRADY: Why? What do you mean? Did that owl-watching guy still refuse to sell the land? VICTOR: Yes. But that's not what I'm talking about. It's you, Brady. BRADY: Me? VICTOR: Yes. You're in severe danger of losing your position at Titan. BRADY: This isn't another lecture, is it? Because if it-- VICTOR: Not a lecture, Brady. A warning. Keep your nose clean, or you'll find yourself in line at the unemployment office. --- Theresa opens the door to her apartment, heading to work. When she opens the door, there stands Kim, holding the baggie of cocaine Theresa dropped from her bag the night before. THERESA: Mom! KIM: You and I need to talk. NOW! ---
  9. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 23 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Abby looks confused at Nick, as they sit next to each other on the bench at the pier. ABBY: What? Nick, what do you mean by that? NICK: I just have a feeling, that's all. Abby, you've had so many crappy things go down this past year...it's not fair. You're due for some good news. ABBY: I would definitely agree with that. You know, Nick. I'm really glad to have someone to talk to. I mean...it's really hard keeping everything to myself sometimes, you know? NICK: I know exactly what you mean. It's nice to have someone you can turn to. Just remember that. I'm always here for you. You're my family. Nick takes Abby's hand and squeezes it gently. He gets up from the bench, ready to head off into the night. Abby looks up at him and smiles. ABBY: Thanks, Nick. Appreciate it. NICK: I'll see you later? ABBY: You bet. And thanks. I really appreciate everything you've done. NICK: Don't mention it. Nick lets go of Abby's hand and sets off into the night.As he leaves, Abby watches him take off, while behind her, the shadows reveal that EJ's been observing their conversation from behind Abby, out of her line of vision. --- At Chez Rouge, Theresa and Brady kiss at their table, only to be interrupted by Jennifer's disapproving voice. JENNIFER: Oh, you have GOT to be kidding me. Brady looks over at Jennifer in shock. Theresa responds by smiling smugly. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Theresa smiles her smug smile as she sits back in her seat, looking up at a disapproving Jennifer. THERESA: Jennifer! What a nice surprise to see you lurking about this evening. JENNIFER: Can it, Terry. THERESA: Ugh, can we just stick with 'Theresa', Jenny. JENNIFER: After you, Terry. Theresa grimaces at the masculinization of her name, while Jenn looks over to Brady in disbelief. JENNIFER: Really? I mean, you think this is a step UP from Kristen? Brady holds up his hand to stop her. BRADY: Okay, Jennifer, I really didn't want to hear Kristen's name tonight, okay? I just came here, with my date, and we came to have a nice, carefree evening. Now is okay with you? JENNIFER: Not really! BRADY: Really? Oh, and why not? JENNIFER: Because, Brady. This wo...this GIRL tried to destroy my son's life to get back at me because I didn't put up with her nonsense on the job. She's petty, she's spiteful, sh-- THERESA: ...She flies around on a old broom in a pointy hat, etcetra, etcetra, etcetra. Seriously, Jenny, can you just save the tired character assassinations for ONE night and just leave me alone? Jennifer leans in closely and squares in intensely on Theresa. JENNIFER: No. I will not. And you wanna know why? Theresa gives a defiant look back at her. THERESA: Why's that? JENNIFER: Because Brady's my friend. And I'm looking out for him. And the last thing I'm going to allow you to do is hurt him any more than he already has-- Brady pulls an escalating, and clearly agitated Jennifer away from Theresa. BRADY: Woh, woh, woh, woh! Jenn. With all due respect, I am the only person who needs to concern myself with that. And trust me. I will be fine, okay? So let me and Theresa just...enjoy our evening, and you enjoy yours. Brady gets up from his seat, and takes Theresa's hand, pulling her chair out so they may leave for the bar together. THERESA: Yes, please. I would think you need to do something to make you feel better after the day you've had. You know how word gets around at the hospital. Theresa winks at Jenn as Brady helps put Theresa's jacket on. THERESA: See ya, Jenny! Jennifer looks on in disbelief, shaking her head as Brady and Theresa head off for the evening. Sheryl looks over from her table and catches a glimpse of Jordan and Rafe in their corner table. SHERYL: Oh! Wow! It's Rafe and Jordan. You wouldn't mind if I just...popped over to say 'hi' for a sec, no? LUCAS: No! In fact, I should probably pop over myself. Rafe owes me a few bucks for that bet we made. Sheryl laughs as she gets up from the table. SHERYL: Well, I'll be just a second. Us girls have a couple things to talk about on our own, but I'll be fast. Okay? LUCAS: Sounds good. I'll be here. Sheryl heads over to Jordan and Rafe's table. Upon arriving, Jordan looks displeased to see her for a second, spotting a very suspect look in Sheryl's eye that she recognizes immediately. Something's up. JORDAN: Hey...Sheryl. I didn't realize you were here! How...nice to see you. SHERYL: You too, both of you! RAFE: Yeah, it's a nice surprise. You here with Lucas? SHERYL: I am. He says he wants to pop by to say hi in a moment. Rafe shuffles in his seat uncomfortably at that comment. RAFE: I think I know why. (to Jordan) Hide me. He's after my money. Jordan and Sheryl laugh. SHERYL: I'll make sure he goes easy on you. Anyway, Jordan. I was hoping you had a minute so we could talk for a sec. I had something to tell you. JORDAN: Oh! How...great! Okay. I'll be there in a sec-- SHERYL: ...NOW. Sheryl emphasizes through gritted teeth. Jordan furrows her brow and looks up at Sheryl, trying to maintain a cool and calm exterior for Rafe. JORDAN: Heh. Alright. Rafe, if you'll excuse me. Jordan gets up from her seat, and Sheryl grabs her by the wrist and pulls her off to the ladies room. Once inside, Sheryl turns Jordan around abruptly to talk to her. JORDAN: OW! You know you're not good at this whole "subtle" business, eh? SHERYL: I'm trying. But it's really difficult when I can barely get you to communicate with me. JORDAN: Look, I'm sorry. I just...I've got a lot of things on my mind. How's...how's things with Lucas. SHERYL: Good for now. He seems to be fine. I think this afternoon was just him in a bad mood. But we can't take any chances. Especially with that press conference coming up tomorrow. We need to be there and hopfeully we'll figure out what exaclty EnerNext's next move is. JORDAN: Well, if it involves Titan, then we need to be really careful how we proceed. Especially you, since you're working for the company. SHERYL: Tell me about it. Look, I think once the press conference happens, we'll be able to figure out what information we need to stop this project dead in its tracks. JORDAN: Agreed. In the meantime, we just need to wait, and try to keep Kate Roberts from sticking her nose in any further. --- Will comforts Sami on the sofa of his apartment. Sami is visibly upset by the recollections of her past with EJ that have come back to haunt her psyche. Sami is held close by Will, who looks to Sonny for guidance, unsure how to deal with the gravity of his mother's breakdown. WILL: Could you pass me the water, Sonny? SONNY: Sure. Gabi looks on from the bedroom, very concerned about Sami's state. She has overheard the conversation, but doesn't understand the context of it. She holds her baby tightly, thinking of how great the bond between mother and child is. A momentary smile crosses her face, before she thinks again of Sami's suffering. Sami, meanwhile, sips on the glass of water, catching her breath finally after nearing a panic attack earlier. Will pulls her from his side and looks at her. WILL: Did you want me to make some tea or something? SAMI: (quietly) That'd be nice. Will slowly gets up from the couch as Sami is preoccupied with the drink of water. Sami stops momentarily and looks over to Will. SAMI: Oh, and Will? Will stops in his tracks and turns around. WILL: Yeah, Mom? SAMI: Thanks. I'm glad I can count on you. A slight smile crosses Will's face. WILL: Anytime, Mom. Will steps over to where Sonny is, grabbing his arm and pulling him into the corner. WILL: Do you know what I can do? I think...I'm pretty sure my mom's in meltdown right now. SONNY: Just...keep doing what you're doing. Keep her calm, help her relax. WILL: But, I mean. I can't leave her like this all night. I just wanted to give her the good news and have a nice evening and now... SONNY: Don't worry. My suggestion? Call your grandma Marlena right away. She's a shrink, she can help us figure out what we can't, and maybe be of some comfort to your mom right now. WILL: Possibly. I just...I don't want my mom to think that we think she's gone crazy-- SONNY: Will! You have to help her. Why are you even hesitating about this? Will struggles to find an answer. --- EJ approaches Abby, slowly descending down the stairs at the pier. EJ: Abigail! Abigail is startled by EJ calling out to her. She turns around quickly to look at him. She's unimpressed by his presence. ABBY: What the Hell? EJ? EJ: Abigail, what happened? ABBY: What are you talking about? How long were you standing there? EJ: Long enough to know something happened after I left. ABBY: EJ, nothing happened. I discovered the hospital wasn't the place for me and I quit. I had a disagreement with a supervisor that couldn't be overcome. It's as simple as that. EJ: Why is it I don't believe that? ABBY: You can believe whatever you want to believe. That's the truth, now if you'll excuse me... Abigail grabs her purse and turns to walk away. EJ grabs her arm and turns her back towards him quickly. EJ: Not so fast. ABBY: Ow! EJ! You're hurting me. EJ lets go, but remains intensely focused on Abigail. EJ: Did somebody find out about you and I? Abby flashes back to Anne playing the recording of EJ detailing their affair. ABBY: No. No one found out. And I didn't tell Nick either. EJ relaxes slightly, but remains intensely focused. EJ: Good. And most importantly, don't tell anything to Nick Fallon. ABBY: Why shouldn't I? EJ: Abigail, he's an incredibly dangerous individual. He has an agenda to hurt a lot of people that you and I are deeply for. I don't want to give him any ammunition. ABBY: Oh right. So you think I'm going to tell him everything about you and I and that he's instantly going to make a beeline to Sami? Are you completely out of your mind, EJ? --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OPv6DrhIpg
  10. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 22 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Will walks into the living room of his apartment, putting his jacket on. Sonny, holding the baby, and Gabi, helping to finish dinner, turn, still concerned about Sami's disappearance. SONNY: You going out to look for your mom? WILL: Yeah. Still haven't heard back yet. Not even a text. I can't even get ahold of EJ so...yeah, I'm really starting to worry. So, Sonny, if mom comes around while I'm out, let me know, okay? SONNY: Will do. Will & Sonny kiss, and Will heads for the door. As he opens it, Sami appears in the doorway, still in a state. She sees Will and throws herself into his arms tearfully. Will is shocked and takes a moment to react before hugging his mother back. --- Jordan walks into Chez Rouge alone, and looks around for Rafe. As she looks around, Rafe walks in behind her, putting his hands on her shoulders. He leans in and speaks softly to greet her. RAFE: Well, good evening, Miss Ridgeway. A smile grows across Jordan's face, still facing away from Rafe, who's leaned in to kiss her neck delicately. JORDAN: Hello, Mr. Hernandez. I'm so glad you're here. Maggie walks in, a little worn down, but still trying to keep her happy face on. MAGGIE: Rafe! Jordan! Good to see you. RAFE: Hey, Maggie. We had a table for two reserved. MAGGIE: Indeed you have. You're not the only ones tonight, though. JORDAN: Oh? Who's here? MAGGIE: Oh, well...Lucas is here with his date...Sheryl, I think. JORDAN: Great! We'll have to say 'hi' MAGGIE: And Jennifer's here with her date. Rafe looks confused. RAFE: Daniel's here with Jenn? Maggie responds with more than a hint of indignation in her voice. MAGGIE: Oh no. I'm talking about him. She's here with Liam Frazer. And to boot, Brady's here...with Theresa Donovan. RAFE: Well, this is an awkward place to be then. JORDAN: Look, forget about them. Maggie, is there a really private table somewhere you can sit us at so it can just be the two of us? (softly) I think Rafe was...really looking forward to that. MAGGIE: I think I know somewhere. Come with me. Maggie winks, and guides them over to a private booth in the back corner of the restaurant. Brady hesitates to take the baggie of cocaine from Theresa, but as the waiter approaches with their meals, he quickly snatches it and hides it in his pocket. He gives Theresa an intense look, then winks. He thanks the waiter and they dig in. Not long after, Theresa's phone beeps. She has a text message from Anne. just got abby 2 quit. 1 horton down, 1 2 go. come 2 my office NOW! Theresa furrows her brow at the message. THERESA: (under her breath) What has she done now? BRADY: What has who done? Theresa realizes she spoke aloud and struggles to cover her slip-up. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Jennifer and Liam sit at their table at Chez Rouge, laughing at a story Liam's telling Jenn. LIAM: ...And so I knock on the door, and when this poor old lady answered the door, it turned out it was Sycamore EAST, not Sycamore West. JENNIFER: Oh NO! (laughs) Liam and Jennifer's hands come together in the middle of the table, and a warm, comfortable smile comes across Jenn's face. LIAM: You're having a good time, right? JENNIFER: I am. Today was a tough day, but, I gotta hand it to you, you have done a fantastic job of putting a smile on my face. I needed that tonight most of all. So thank you. LIAM: My pleasure. You're really a special lady, Jennifer Horton. And I can't wait to spend more time with you. JENNIFER: I'd like that. I feel this...connection with us, you know? Like I've known you for years. It really puts me at ease, you know? Liam stirs a bit in his seat as Jenn makes this comment. He stares off into space a bit, and Jenn notices Liam's looking through her instead of at her. JENNIFER: Liam? Liam, you alright? Liam snaps out of it suddenly. LIAM: Yeah, yeah, I'm fine. I just...noticed the girl behind you. I know I've seen her at the hospital before, no? Jenn turns around, and, upon seeing Theresa at a table behind her with Brady, Jenn's face drops. JENNIFER: Oh God, NO! Theresa fumbles with her phone, trying to cover up Anne's text from Brady. THERESA: Oh, nothing. Just...that friend from LA with the tabloid connections. More ridiculous drama I don't have time for. BRADY: Well, then I would put my phone away. THERESA: Well, yeah, but what if work calls me? BRADY: Oh right! Theresa Donovan, concerned about work after hours? Or at all, for that matter. THERESA: Hey! That's not fair! I only didn't care about my job because I didn't get along well with my boss. BRADY: Which I still don't get. Jennifer's a really sweet woman, and-- THERESA: ...And I. Do. Not. Care. Drop it. Anne is so much better to work for, anyway. She understands my way of doing...y'know, why are we even talking about work, anyway? Come on, let's enjoy the evening. You want to, maybe, hit up the club after dinner and really get crazy? Theresa's suddenly seductive tone lures Brady in, and a knowing smile crosses his face. BRADY: That sounds genius. THERESA: What can I say? I'm always full of good ideas. Theresa and Brady lean in for a kiss across the table. --- Abigail saunters through the fog at the pier. Alone to think, she looks out at the sky, and through the mist, squints to see the full moon off in the distance. She sighs heavily, as from the fog, she hears footsteps approach, which startle her. A familiar voice rings out. NICK: Rough night? Abby relaxes upon realizing it's Nick. She stops short of smiling to greet him. ABBY: You could definitely say that. NICK: Mind if I join you? ABBY: Not at all. Abigail and Nick both sit down at a bench. They both stare out at the night sky (such as it is). Neither break their gaze to look at each other. NICK: So what's eating you? ABBY: Well...no one knows this but...I WAS going to start looking for my own place in town soon. NICK: Oh yeah? Ready to fly the coop, eh? ABBY: Yeah, though notice I say "was"? NICK: Yeah! Did something happen? Abby finally breaks her gaze to look at Nick, who turns to look back. ABBY: Well...this has to stay exclusively between you and me, got it? NICK: Lips: sealed. ABBY: And if you ever tell anyone, I'll-- NICK: I get it, Abigail. Don't worry. ABBY: Okay. Well...for lack of a better way of putting it...I got fired tonight. And it was for a really stupid reason too and...it's back to square one. Nick looks at Abigail, empathy in his eyes. He ponders a moment, then turns to her again. NICK: Not neccessarily. ABBY: What do you mean? NICK: Just...just wait. I have a feeling something's gonna come your way very soon. --- Will and Sami separate from their hug, Will still confused as to what has got Sami so stirred up. Sami is still wiping away tears. WILL: Mom, what's going on? SAMI: I just...I just had a huge fight with EJ and it...it...I just needed to...oh God. WILL: Come on, come on, let's set down a minute. WIll takes Sami over to the sofa, Gabi takes the baby so Sonny can sit on the other side of Sami with Will. SONNY: Did you want some water? SAMI: (catching her breath) Got any whiskey? SONNY: Well, not here, but... SAMI: It's okay, Sonny. Just a joke. I'd love some water. Sonny gets up from the couch and grabs a glass for Sami. Handing it to her, he stands back with Gabi and the baby. SAMI: I...I just....EJ said something to me that took me...completely off-guard. I...hadn't even thought about anything that happened between us like that before. And... WILL: Well, like what? SAMI: Well, you remember I told you about when Dad and I were in that snowstorm at the cabin? Will's eyes bug out a bit, shocked by what came up, he immediately makes the connections and realizes what the fight was about. WILL: Woah! He didn't bring THAT up, did he? SAMI: Ugh. Yes. Yes, he did. WILL: Well, are you okay? I mean, that's pretty...intense. SAMI: I don't know, Will. I mean...I realized tonight that...I just...I haven't dealt with that night the way I... Gabi feels increasingly uncomfortable in the room, and heads for her room. GABI: Um...sorry to interrupt, but I think I need to change the baby. Sonny points to Gabi, implying he'll be following Gabi. Will nods, mouthing "thank you" to them as they slip out of the room to give Will some privacy with Sami. WILL: You were saying? SAMI: Will...I don't think...now that all these memories I've pushed back in my mind, now that they're coming out....I don't know if I can marry EJ. ---
  11. BILLIE REED RETURNS TO DAYS (SON Blog) Yes, Lisa Rinna will be making a return to Days of our Lives. She will be appearing to help Kate take down an enemy working within her company. Will Kate and Billie's old beefs rise back to the surface, and will Billie be able to stop the plot before it gets out of control? Find out, on DAYS on MySONtv.
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