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  1. EPISODE 48 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson EJ sits on the edge of Abigail's desk. She seems visibly uncomfortable with EJ's intensity, which is unrelenting. His eyes are piercing, and it intimidates her. ABBY: I...was just...I'm tired. That's all, EJ. Please just...don't worry about me. EJ: Abigail, you've been like this for weeks now. You're getting your work done and it's pleasing Samantha but...I know something's off. Abby gets up from her seat, but has difficulty doing so. EJ attempts to give her a hand, but she refuses. ABBY: No. Please don't. EJ looks, a great concern on his face. --- Kate is working at her desk when Nick knocks twice and promptly steps into Kate's office. Kate is immeidately displeased by his barging in. KATE: Have you never worked in an office before? NICK: Your secretary wasn't at her desk, so...hey, I knocked first. Kate rolls her eyes at Nick before motioning him to sit down. He obliges, taking an exceedingly casual pose in his chair. NICK: So here's the deal... KATE: Ohhh boy, here we go. NICK: I know, right? Did you hear the news about Brady? KATE: Yes, I did, and I would expect you would be a little more reverent, particularly since he's what, your...6th cousin or something? It's so hard to tell in this town, especially with the Hortons. NICK: I didn't really know Brady. I know he had problems. I can empathize. But I don't really have the time to dwell on it. And neither do you. KATE: Look, if this is about the Titan TV vote, I already agreed to vote in favour of divesting-- NICK: That's not what I'm talking about. Kate stops cold, trying to figure out what Nick's getting at. NICK: Victor is going to push back that vote as much as possible until Brady's found. We all know this. It's up to you to convince the board that that idea is reckless. The vote needs to happen immediately. --- Anne pushes the Emergency Call button inside the elevator frantically. The light never turns on. The sound of the local radio station playing the daily news does nothing but heighten her panic. Worried that EJ is trying to do her in, she screams at the top of her lungs, hoping someone will hear her. ANNE: HELP! SOMEBODY! Her voice echoes but no voice returns her pleas. She tries to climb up the the ceiling of the elevator, hoping the shaft contains an emergency escape. As she's about the use the back railing to boost herself up, the elevator jolts suddenly. The entire carriage shakes, and Anne falls back to the ground. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Hope steps into Victor's office. Victor and Maggie are going over their plan to re-open the Penthouse Grille. Victor looks up at Hope, and Maggie turns to face her. VICTOR: Hope! What a surprise. What are you doing here? Victor and Maggie's pleased looks fade as they see Hope's sadness. HOPE: Sorry, I...your secretary told me I could just come in. VICTOR: Nonsense, you're always welcome. What can I do for you? Victor gets up, motioning to Hope to take a seat next to Maggie. Hope slowly saunters over and sits down. She gathers her strength to give them the news. HOPE: Well...I have some news. It's about Brady. Maggie loses all the colour from her face, while Victor looks on, a stoic look, but almost as though if he said anything, he'd be sick. HOPE: There's been an accident. Brady and Theresa drove off an embankment just outside the city, and...Theresa's in a coma at the hospital, and Brady....they...they can't find him, Victor. Victor breathes deeply, before sighing, soaking in the news for a second. VICTOR: Well, then you'd better get a bigger search party out. HOPE: We have been searching for hours, Victor. There's no sign of him. VICTOR: Well, then he's still out there. And you're wasting your time sitting her moping. Let's get out there and look. I'll have my men out there scouring the river in less than an hour. HOPE: Victor! Stop! The forensics team said that considering the speed Brady was travelling when he drove off the road...the chances of him surviving the crash are still incredibly slim. VICTOR: Then where's his body, dammit?! If you want me to believe it, I need proof, not conjecture. HOPE: Victor, I'm sorry. We are going to keep looking for him. VICTOR: (sigh) No. I'm sorry, Hope. I'm just in shock, and angry, and I'm taking out my frustration on you. Just...let me know what you find. Thank you. Hope stands up from her seat, followed by Maggie. Maggie reaches over to hug Hope, before Hope leaves. As Hope heads fr the door, she stops, remembering one last thing to tell Victor. HOPE: Victor, if you have any questions or anything, maybe a clue, give me a call. VICTOR: Absolutely. Maggie walks over to Victor's side the desk, and kneels down beside him. She cries as she lays her head next to his and embraces him. --- Kate leans forward in her chair, staring Nick down as he lounges on the opposite side of her desk, his smug expression infuriating her. KATE: Now, you are well aware that Victor is not going to allow Brady's votes to be removed from the board meeting until there's a body found, and that's final. If anything, he's going to try to proxy Brady's votes himself, or find a nearby ally to vote on Brady's behalf. NICK: But I'm sure you realize how controversial that would be to the board. And I'm sure you know how to push the board to say what you want them to say. I mean, for one thing, your son and your daughter are on the board. So...that's two votes more tipping the scales in my favour, no? Nick holds up his hands, counting the board members on both hands. He shakes three on his left hand, indicating Kate, Lucas, and Billie's votes. KATE: You want me to use my children to vote your way, now NICK: I want them to see sense, Kate. That TV station is nothing but a propoganda machine for the EnerNext tar sands, and everybody knows it. The FCC is going to come down on them hard for their lack of journalistic standards, and you could be looking at some pretty hefty fines for the reporting if Titan isn't careful. KATE: I see... Nick leans in towards Kate, looking intensely into Kate's eyes. NICK: And you know how bad Titan's finances are, surely. I'd suggest if you want to keep MadWorld afloat, you might want to consider how a major loss in cashflow might affect your employment. Nick gets up, and slowly heads for the door. As he opens the door, he turns and winks at Kate. NICK: Nice talkin' to ya! As he closes the door, Kate flops back in her chair, and rolls her eyes. Spent from trying to maintain her cool against Nick, she picks up her phone and calls Lucas. KATE: You and I need to talk right now. And bring Billie with you. My office, yeah. Kate hangs up, and sighs heavily. --- Anne picks herself up off the floor, realizing the radio has stopped, and suddenly, a voice calls out to her over the speakers. RADIO: Hello? Someone in there? Anne jolts upright, relieved to hear a voice speaking to her. ANNE: Yes! I'm in here! RADIO: Okay, ma'am. Someone's on their way, that jolt you just felt was the repairman resetting the system. We'll have you up to your floor momentarily. ANNE: Oh my GOD, thank you!! RADIO: No worries, ma'am. After a few moments, the elevator comes back to life. Lights come back on, and the elevator begins to move back upwards as before. When the door opens, Anne is about to step off when a man looks back at her on the other side of the doors. Looking fast, she confuses the man's face with EJ's, and slaps him hard across the face, repeatedly. ANNE: You disgusting bastard! --- In the hallway at Countess W, a pair of repairmen step off the elevator, tool kits and ladder in hand. RALPH: Hey Frank, so what's the deal with the ladder, man? I thought you broke it last week. Frank sets the ladder up by Abigail's office door. He goes to step onto the first rung, unconcerned by his co-worker's reminder, and grabs a small flashlight from his toolbelt. FRANK: Nah, I bent it slightly. Still holds up fine. I used it all day yesterday. Didn't even wobble. RALPH: Alright, but I figure it's as good as excuse to get a new one as anything. Boss might even expense it. Frank laughs as he climbs up, lifting the ceiling tile to check the wiring above. FRANK: Yeah, right. Since when'd the DiMeras ever do anything nice, man. RALPH: That's the truth. Ralph grabs a wrench and begins looking through his toolkit. Inside Abigail's office, Abby grimaces as she stands up, but EJ can't help but show his concern. EJ: Abigail, really. What on Earth is going on? ABBY: Just...ugh. I ate something I shouldn't have at lunch, it's no big deal, okay? EJ: Abigail, I really think you should go see a doctor about this. It's obviously been bothering you for weeks now. Abigail turns quickly to EJ, snapping at him. ABBY: Stop telling me what to do, EJ! I am not going to a doctor, there is nothing wrong, I'm fine, okay? Just...leave it alone. EJ: Leave what alone, Abigail? There's something you're not telling me and if it involves me then I need to know about it. Abigail stares off into space, imagining her mother chastizing her for getting involved with EJ. Her voice rings clearly in her head. JENN: I can't believe you're pregnant with EJ DiMera's baby, I'm so disappointed. My own daughter, letting me down... The face Abby sees becomes JJ's. JJ: My own sister, a DiMera slut... JJ's face morphs into Jack's, much to Abigail's terror. JACK: No daughter of mine would be so filthy as to... EJ: ABIGAIL! Abigail snaps back to reality upon hearing EJ. She looks up at him, almost terrorized. ABBY: I can't. I need some fresh air. I'm gonna be sick. Abigail storms out the door of her office, surprising Frank on the ladder, which knocks him off balance as the ladder buckles under the changing weight. It falls over, knocking Abigail and Frank down with it. Upon seeing the accident, EJ rushes to Abigail's side. Ralph runs over as well. RALPH: What the Hell happened??! EJ: Abigail! Abigail! Abigail lies unconscious on the floor. EJ leans over, holding her head in his hands, checking her vital signs. ---
  2. EPISODE 47 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Billie sits at her desk at MadWorld, when a call comes in for her. After a second, Billie picks up. BILLIE (into phone): Yes, Paul? Excellent, send him in. A moment later, Paul, her secretary, ushers Roman Brady into her office. A smile is on his face. ROMAN: Billie! I got some news for you. And I think you will be really happy with the results. Billie smiles widely, itching to hear the news. --- Marlena knocks frantically on Kim's door. After knocking for a bit, Kim opens the door, confused by the frantic knock. KIM: Marlena! What's going on? I was just about to head o-- MARLENA: Oh Kim, I'm glad I found you. Marlena reaches for Kim's arm, the panic evident in her movements, which puts Kim on edge. KIM: Marlena! What's wrong, did something happen? Marlena stops herself, she lets go of Kim's arm and centres herself for a moment. MARLENA: Yes. I...I need you to come to the hospital with me. There's been an accident. Kim gasps quietly. She steps back into her apartment to grab her purse. She's prepared, almost as though she knew it was coming. KIM: It's Theresa, isn't it? Marlena nods as Kim hastily locks her apartment door. Kim presses the button on the elevator repeatedly, as though that would make it come faster. KIM: Oh God, let's go. Did you drive here? MARLENA: Yes, I'll meet you there. As they step in, Kim looks to Marlena. KIM: I'm almost afraid to ask...but...(sigh) What happened? Marlena looks to Kim empathetically as the doors close. --- Abigail is sitting at her desk at Countess W. She's trying to focus on her work, but all she can focus on is the letter from the hospital, saying she's pregnant. She tries in vain to refocus, but can't seem to see anything but the letter, though she continues to type. The word "pregnant" appears on her computer monitor, the result of her mistyping. She hits backspace, but the computer freezes and won't erase the word immediately. She jams on the key repreatedly in frustration, before slouching back in her chair. ABBY: What am I gonna do? Abby sits bolt upright as a voice calls out to her from the doorway of her office. EJ: About what, exactly? Abby hestitates to come up with an answer, looking like a deer caught in the headlights by EJ's question. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Roman hands Billie the report he ran up on the flash drive. ROMAN: Turns out that not only was that used to connect to a device within Titan, but it also has some familiar fingerprints on it. Billie reads over the letter, a smile slowly building on her face. BILLIE: Sheryl Connors. ROMAN: You betcha. BILLIE: So we have what we need to nail her now, right? ROMAN: Not exactly. Billie's face drops at Roman's admission. BILLIE: What do you mean? You have the proverbial smoking gun in your hands. What's the problem? ROMAN: It's not enough, Billie. All this proves is that Sheryl had a flash drive in a computer inside an office she wasn't supposed to be in. The problem is that that drive had no contents, and no accessible files. Even for our techs. BILLIE: So we're back to square one. ROMAN: Not exactly. This is just the start. I think we'll be able to get them now, just need to wait just a little longer. Billie smiles at Roman, hoping he's onto something. --- Hope steps off the elevator at Titan, and as she steps off, sees Nick pass her by. She taps him on the shoulder, and waves as he looks over to her. NICK: Hope! Hey! How are you? Hope leans in for a hug, she smiles for a second, the first time since finding out about Brady's accident. As they separate from their hug, Hope's demeanour returns to a sombre state. Nick notices immediately. HOPE: I'm...alright. NICK: I kinda don't believe you. HOPE: Well...it's...I have some bad news I have to pass on to Victor and Maggie. NICK: Oh? Maggie's here? HOPE: Yeah! It's...(sigh) It's about Brady and Theresa. They...were in a pretty serious car accident and... Hope struggles to finish her thought and Nick puts a hand on her shoulder. NICK: Are they alright? Hope starts to tear up a bit. She shakes her head. HOPE: No. Theresa's in for surgery at the hospital and Brady...they...we can't find him. NICK: Wait, what? HOPE: Just...I'll explain later. Okay? NICK: Yeah, sure. Hope queezes Nick's hand before walking away, headed for Victor's office. Nick remains stoic until Hope is out of sight, then smirks and pulls out his trusty tablet. He sends Nicole, Jordan and Sheryl a message. I think we just hit the jackpot, folks NICK: Sorry, Vic. But it looks like your bad news is gonna be even worse after the Titan TV vote. Especially now. --- Kim and Marlena step off the elevator at University Hospital. Both are hurried and head directly for Kayla, who is standing at the Nurses' station. MARLENA: Kayla! Have you heard anything? KIM: How did the surgery go? Kayla stays collected, but stoic, as she looks into her sister's pleading eyes. KAYLA: We don't know much right now. All I can say is that Daniel's in there right now, finishing up the operation. She seems to be hanging on but...there could be severe brain trauma. She may be in a coma for a very long time. KIM: My God. My baby! Kayla steps away from the Nurses' station and gives Kim a big hug. The sisters stay locked in an extended embrace, as Marlena looks over to see Sami emerge from the opposite hallway. Sami sees Marlena with Kim and Kayla and heads over immediately, her face heavy with concern. SAMI: Aunt Kim, Aunt Kayla....Mom...Why...what's going on? KAYLA: Uh...Sami...there's been an accident. SAMI: What? What happened? KAYLA: Theresa and Brady. They drove off an embankment and into the river-- SAMI: Oh my God. How are they, what...how...? MARLENA: Sami, you just came from your appointment with Laura, just...go home and rest, I'll let you know what's going on as soon as I know, okay? SAMI: No way. I'm gonna stay right here. I'll let EJ know I'm cancelling my appointments for the day, and just...I need to be here for Brady. Marlena puts a hand on Sami's shoulder and looks intensely at her. She leans in and tells her quietly. MARLENA: Honey, Brady's not here. They...they can't find a body, the car's submerged in the river but... SAMI: Well that means he escaped, right? MARLENA: They said that, under the circumstances and the speed he was travelling, the chances are very low that he survived. Sami takes a step back, unable to soak in the information. She chokes back a bit, looking away from her mom. SAMI: I...I can't believe this. Marlena leans over and gives Sami a sustained hug, as Sami holds her mom tightly for comfort. Kim and Kayla look on, Kim holding her sister tightly, a saddened look in her eyes. --- Abby smiles cautiously at EJ. ABBY: Oh...uh...this...report. I...I can't figure out how to finish it up is all. EJ steps casually into Abigail's office. EJ: Well, I suggest taking a bit of a break and concentrating on yourself. You seem overworked. Abigail rolls her eyes at this dismissively, turning off her computer monitor. ABBY: EJ, I'm fine. I've just been under some pressure and learning a new job. It's not a big deal. EJ: Yes, well, I worry about you, you know. ABBY: Well, stop doing that. Focus on Sami. She needs you right now. EJ: Abigail, you're my employee, I have every right to be concerned about your well-being. Particualrly when it affects your work. ABBY: Well, don't, EJ. I will be fine. And technically, I'm working for Sami. You and I are done. Finished. I'm not risking any repeats, especially not here. EJ: I didn't mean that. EJ walks towards Abigail's desk and leans on it, staring her down intently. EJ: Abigail. What is wrong? --- Anne Milbauer steps onto the elevator at her apartment building, fuming from her earlier confrontation with EJ. She presses the button to her floor, then presses the close button repeatedly. The door closes and slowly ascends. 2nd floor. 3rd floor. ... The elevator stops, never reaching the 4th floor (Anne's floor). The lights dim in the elevator, throwing Anne off. The emergency light comes on, noting a power outage in the elevator. Anne presses the 4th floor button again repeatedly, hoping to jump start the elevator's movement. Her efforts are in vain. Suddenly a voice comes on through the speakers on the elevator. Instead of an emergency call, the sound the local news radio feed blares through the speakers. RADIO: ...local news, Titan CEO Brady Black was involved in a single-vehicle accident today on the north side of the city. Mr. Black's car careened off the edge of an embankment alongside the Salem River, and crashed into the river, where his body has yet to be recovered. His passenger, Theresa Donovan, is in a coma tonight at Salem University Hospital. The news of Theresa's accident stuns as causes Anne to panic. She screams out. ANNE: HELP! Get me out of here! HELP! After no one comes after a second or responds, she is overcome with a sense of dread. ANNE: EJ set this all up. He had Theresa run off the road. My God. And now he's after me. ---
  3. EPISODE 45 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Sami steps off the elevator at University Hospital, and grabs her cell phone, she makes a quick call to her secretary at Countess W. SAMI: (into phone) Yes, Jessica? It's Sami. Look, if you can cancel my appointments for the morning, I'll be in an important meeting...Thanks. I'll let you know when I'm heading back. Bye. Sami hangs up as she approaches Dr. Laura Horton's door. She sighs heavily before stepping inside. --- EJ arrives back at the DiMera mansion, on his cell phone with somebody. He is focused and serious with them as he heads directly into the now-empty living room. EJ: (into phone) So she should be contacting you shortly. I want you to make sure you have that exact medication ready for her...precisely...alright. Call me when it's done. EJ hangs up the phone, a smirk develops across his face. EJ: One way to squash a fly... EJ's smug moment of satisfaction is interrupted by the sound of an argument in the foyer between Harold and a person at the door. EJ's curiosity piqued, he heads for the door. Anne is at the door, enraged, while Harold tries to keep her at bay. ANNE: You WILL let me in because I have something very important to share with Mr. DiMera and if you think that-- EJ: Ms. Milbauer. How lovely to see you. Come in. Harold takes a step back, while Anne smiles a phony "gotcha" smile to Harold, and steps forward towards EJ. --- Theresa walks through the path towards the University Hospital parking lot. She's uneasy, and deep in thought about her actions the previous night in Chicago. She looks at her phone and reads the news reports about Brady's ousting at Titan. She feels regretful, but flashes back to seeing the couple that appeared to be Brady and Chloe kissing at the party. THERESA: You deserved it, Brady. You and that little oompa-loompa of yours. Just then, Brady pulls up in his car. He looks exhausted and wired. He glares at Theresa with an intensity and anger that Theresa isn't used to from him. BRADY: Get in. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Tyler steps into Victor's office, while looking down at a file folder with paperwork. He knocks as he opens the door, but steps right in without concern. TYLER: Victor, I think we need to go over the details of your succession plan, iron out the details so we're covered with regards to Brady...oh. Upon looking up, Tyler realizes that Victor is not the one in the office, but Maggie. She turns around the face Tyler, smiling warmly. MAGGIE: You know, I'd heard of married couples starting to look the same over time, but this is ridiculous. Tyler is taken aback, feeling a bit sheepish for his error, but Maggie gives a cheeky smile, before extending a hand in greeting. MAGGIE: I'm Maggie Kiriakis. TYLER: Pleasure to meet you. Tyler extends his hand in greeting, the two linger a little too long in shaking hands. --- Anne storms into the DiMera living room, as EJ motions to Harold. Harold nods and heads for the kitchen. EJ steps into the room casually, as though he knows exactly what's going on. Anne is visibly agitated, and ready for a fight. EJ: And what can I help you with, Ms. Milbauer? Anne reaches into her bag and slaps the freezer bag containing the suspect letter against EJ's chest. ANNE: Either you're really bad at intimidating me, or this is more of your macabre DiMera humour. Seriously, EJ? Suspiciously powdered letters? EJ takes the bag and opens it, casually pulling the letter out of the bag, and opening it, as he speaks, he pulls the letter out to show Anne, while dusting it off. EJ: I confess, I was not at the office this morning when this was sent to you. I was working from home on the fundraising for the hospital for you, and when the delivery man arrived, I'd already begun baking cookies with the children. As EJ says this, Harold strolls into the room with a platter of cookies. EJ hands the letter over to Anne, who looks it over suspciously, before looking up at EJ, who has taken two cookies from the platter. EJ: I was unable to clean my hands so I'm sorry for the uhh...heh, baking powder all over the letter. Uh...would you like a cookie? The children worked very hard on them. Anne looks down at the cookie, and shakes her head. ANNE: You really must think I'm an idiot. Like I'm gonna take cookies from you, you know you're really a sick man. EJ: Oh come on, Ms. Milbauer, it's not like they're poisoned. See? EJ takes one of the cookies and takes a big bite from it. He smiles, and holds his arms out almost victoriously. EJ: See? I'm fine! I don't know why you're so paranoid, Ms. Milbauer. At this point, Anne is livid and steps towards EJ menacingly. ANNE: You know exactly why I'm suspicious of you, EJ. And don't chalk it up to paranoia. You have the audacity to threaten me, and then play these ridiculous, childish pranks in order to scare me out of town so your little affair with Little Miss Sunshine doesn't get found out? You think I'm that stupid? I know it was you sending someone to follow me last night, to freak me out? EJ: I did no such thing... ANNE: I know you sent me that letter today with the suspicious powder to make me think it was some kind of poison, and I know those cookies are just your way of making me think I'm losing my mind, or at the very least to discredit me. And you know what? It's not going to work. Because you don't have the balls to actually follow through on any of your threats. You have too much to lose. So stop with the little warning shots, because I know you. You'll all talk, and no walk. Excuse me. Anne backs away from EJ, grabs her bag and heads off towards the door, grabbing a cookie from the tray on the way out. She tastes one, stopping before she's out the door. She turns to face EJ with a sour look on her face as she chews it. ANNE: Mm...some advice? Never open a bakery. Anne turns back around and heads out the door, throwing the cookie out into the bushes as she goes. EJ laughs to himself as Anne closes the door. --- Sami steps into Laura's office. She appears incredibly tense, and Laura can instantly sense this in her. Laura motions for Sami to sit down in a chair on the other side of Laura's desk. Sami obliges. SAMI: Thanks. I'm...so glad to see you. It's been a really long time. LAURA: Likewise. Your mother showed me pictures of your children the last time she visited me. They're beautiful. Sami tenses a bit, thinking of her hesitation with Johnny the previous week, as she finally began to come to grips with his conception. She responds less than happily. SAMI: Uh...thank you...you know, I've hired your granddaughter, Abigail. She's been...really helpful to me at Countess W. LAURA: I'm glad. It's such a shame she had problems here at the hospital. I was hoping we could work together, but... SAMI: Yeah. Some people just don't get along, I guess. LAURA: I suppose...look, Sami. I noticed your tension when I mentioned your children just now. Are they doing okay? Sami hesitates to answer for a moment, but smiles and forms an answer. SAMI: Yes, they're fine. I just...we had some... LAURA: Sami, are you worried you're disconnecting from your children? Sami stops and thinks for a second. She nods to Laura hesitantly. SAMI: And it's not just that. I...the other night, EJ and I fought and...he brought up the night that...Johnny, my youngest son, the night he was....conceived and... LAURA: Sami, is Johnny's conception a happy memory for you? Sami looks to the ground. She tries in vain to fight back tears as she struggles to answer Laura. She finally chokes out an answer, barely audible. SAMI: No. And I'm...I'm afraid of... LAURA: What are you afraid of, Sami? Sami swallows, and breathes deeply. After a moment, she finally answers. SAMI: I'm afraid I'm going to push him away...because when I look at Johnny now...I see what happened that night, and not my beautiful little boy anymore...and I can't...I need help, Laura. --- Gabi walks through the park, trying to look inconspicuously for someone. She sits down on the bench and begins to check her texts. EJ's text instructs her to wait on the bench at 3pm for a gentleman. Not describing him any further, Gabi's unsure what to look for. GABI: Real helpful, EJ. Just as she says this, a man sits down on the bench next to her, and quietly speaks. MAN: You Gabi? Gabi looks over at the man, and nods. GABI: You have it? MAN: It's all yours. The man hands her a small pill bottle, as discreetly as possible. Gabi looks up at him, while looking around to see if anyone else is looking. She slips the pills into her bag, and the man looks her intensely. It's Liam. LIAM: And remember, you've never seen me before, and you won't recognize me if you see me again. If you need anything else, contact EJ. Gabi stares nervously at him, and nods, before grabbing her bag and taking off. --- Brady drives aggressively down the road. Theresa sits next to him in his car, visibly nervous. So nervous, in fact, she can barely look over at him, nearly transfixed on the road. THERESA: So...Brady. BRADY: I thought we could go for a drive....have a little talk. You and I. THERESA:oh...oh yeah? What about? BRADY: Well, what happened to you last night when you left the party...you know I wanted to find you. THERESA: Ohh yeah? Brady looks at Theresa and smiles. BRADY: Yeah. I wanted to surprise you. I was gonna rent out the biggest suite at that hotel across the street you loved so much. You know, you said it was so glamourous, and you just...you wish you could spend one night there. THERESA: You...you would do that for me? BRADY: Yes. Yes, I would. And I almost did too. But I couldn't find you...or my credit card. So I ended up going back to Salem where I find out that my company credit card, there's this...$200-plus cab fare on it. And it's funny because, the charge was made around the same time I went looking for you at the club. THERESA: Look, Brady, I-- Brady's anger is starting to creep into his voice, his motions becoming ever more staccato, as his foot presses harder on the gas. The car enters the highway leaving Salem. BRADY: You know, then this video is online of me...doing cocaine. And it's like...it's so funny, it's at that same time when you were trying to take a selfie and you were too drunk to figure out your phone? Such a weird coincidence, huh? Brady's foot presses more and more on the accelerator, as the car pushes up towards 70, 75, 80mph. Theresa holds onto the grip on the door tightly. THERESA: B...Brady, slow down. Brady is looking straight ahead, barely even acknowledging Theresa's existence. BRADY: Why? THERESA: Well...well the speed limit, Brady is-- BRADY: Do you honestly think I care right now? Like...at all? Do you think what you want matters to me right now? THERESA: Brady, you're scaring me. Brady starts to pay closer attention to Theresa now, but it is mostly anger he shows her as he intermittently divides his attention between her and the road before him. BRADY: Do you think I'm scared? Huh? Do you think I can feel anything right now? THERESA: Brady, what are you talking about? BRADY: What do I have now, Theresa? Think about it for a second, yeah? I just lost my job, my reputation is ruined, the woman I thought I was getting to know and care about, she double-crosses me because she's so damned insecure about me being able to be nice to my ex-wife. Every single woman I ever get involved with betrays me. My family hates me. Tell me, Theresa. What do I have to live for now? Tell me. THERESA: Okay, okay, Okay-- BRADY:...TELL ME! Do you get it? THERESA: Okay! I'm sorry, Brady, would you PLEASE slow down. Brady takes his eyes off the road now entirely, and begins to lean in closer and closer to Theresa. His speed is now reaching 85mph. BRADY: Ohhhh no. You don't get it, do you? I want you to listen to me for once. No distractions. No one around to watch you to see the glamourous life you're living off my back. Just you, finally facing the person you are. The despicable, self-absorbed piece of street trash you really are-- Theresa looks away from Brady. 90mph. Theresa looks up and sees a sharp turn in the road ahead, she panicks and screams out. THERESA: BRADY, LOOK OUT! Brady looks up and tries to steer into the turn while slamming on the brakes. Theresa, in a moment of quick thinking, pulls her door open and leaps from the vehicle, but due to the speed the car is travelling at, she is knocked unconscious and severely injured immediately upon impacting the ground. Brady's car skids off the road and drives through the barrier, off the side of the embankment, into the lake below. ---
  4. EPISODE 44 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Eric stands in Nicole's hotel room, studying the newspaper she just handed him. Eric is in disbelief at the headline. TITAN'S BRADY BLACK DRUG SCANDAL Nicole hesitates to reach out for Eric, looking at the pained expression on Eric's face. She finally steps to his side, putting her hands on Eric's shoulders. ERIC: This is all my fault. NICOLE: What?! No! How could you even think that? Eric flinches a bit at Nicole's touch, causing Nicole to jump back a little. Eric turns to her, a look of pain in his eyes. As Eric speaks, the anger in his voice mounts. ERIC: It's true. If I hadn't been so trusting of Kristen and encouraged her to marry Brady, worked with her. I saw good in that woman and...look what she's done to us? Nicole steps back, in part sympathy but in fear of Eric's mounting anger. --- Nick steps into the lab at Titan, where Percy is working on some paperwork. Nick is beaming with glee as he walks with his tablet in hand. NICK: Percy, I have the best news you'll hear all week. Percy turns to face Nick, perked up by the tone in Nick's voice. PERCY: Well, I do love a bit of good news. NICK: We may be one step closer to getting EnerNext off your back. Nick holds up his tablet, which shows the SalemSpectator.com's article for Brady's drug scandal. NICK: And with Stefano's help, it shouldn't be long now. Percy smiles while looking over the article quickly, then looking up to Nick with a grateful smile across his face. --- EJ turns to Stefano, knowing that helping Gabi probably has something to do with Nick. He almost speaks, then turns back to Gabi. EJ: Gabriella, I do believe we should find somewhere else to talk. Uh...Father's somewhat busy with business matters at the moment. I, myself, was just about to step out. Maybe...maybe we could have a nice brunch today. My treat. Gabi looks up at EJ, then to Stefano. Gabi's constant state of panic makes her appear confused by EJ, but eventually she appears to clue in and nods her head in agreement. GABI: Sure. I...The Brady Pub okay? EJ: Excellent. Come with me, I'll drive. EJ takes Gabi by the arm and quickly steps out of the house. Stefano smiles, knowing what Gabi is likely concerned about is Nick. Outside, EJ closes the door, looks around cautiously, and whispers emphatically to Gabi. EJ: I need you to do me a favour and not come back to this house without calling first. GABI: What do you mean? EJ: I mean, we can't be too careful. Particularly where my father's concerned. Never, ever trust that man. GABI: You make it sound like he's up to something, he isn't up to something, is he? EJ Thankfully, no. But with all that's happened the last little while, it wouldn't surprise me if he did. Be. Careful. --- Anne walks into the hospital lab and hands the lab tech the freezer bag containing the powder-covered letter DiMera sent her. ANNE: I want you to run tests on this. Find out what's on it, and report it back only to me, immediately. The lab tech, a somewhat and intimidated clueless young man, looks up at Anne with concern. TECH: But what if it's dangerous? I mean this looks like it's got some stuff on it, it could be-- Anne rolls her eyes, clearly lacking patience for this exchange. She interrupts him midway through his dopey dissertation. ANNE: ...Then wear gloves. Just find out what it is right away, or your entire department will be finding the dangers of the unemployment line. Got it? Anne storms off, leaving the confused lab tech with the envelope. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KZsiMhziRI --- Brady stands in the doorway of the Titan board room, a look of terror across his face. He stammers in disbelief at what Victor has just announced. BRADY: Yo...you....you're not serious. VICTOR: Unfortunately, I'm dead serious, Brady. You need help. BRADY: But...but...Grandfather, I can't-- VICTOR: ...Brady this isn't the time or place for this. Brady steps into the board room. He looks around the room at the faces of the board members, hoping to get through to them as he speaks. BRADY: No! No, this is the place. Before this entire board...of...people who claim to support me, and my decisions. Brady looks around, sauntering with a simmering anger around the board room. BRADY: You...you are a room of backstabbing vultures. That's what you are. You come here, after weeks of telling me "we support you, Brady", "you're doing such great work, Brady". And I have to hear about my own firing on the RADIO! VICTOR: Brady, that's enough! The board is doing the right thing. You need help more than you need to be running this company. BRADY: Right, and just when did you become a doctor, Granddad? When did you decide when people are ready for rehab? VICTOR: Brady, you have a problem. And now the whole world knows it. This is damage control. Our shares have dropped another 15% just this morning, and it's thanks to you and whoever shared that video. Brady suddenly stops. He turns to Victor in confusion. BRADY: Video? VICTOR: Yes, how the Hell else did you think the entire world knew about your drug habit. Someone sent a video of you at that swishy club in Chicago, doing lines off someone's tablet or something. Brady remembers back to Theresa fumbling with her phone at the club. *** FLASHBACK TO DAYS OF OUR LIVES #39 Theresa fumbles with her phone, trying to flip the phone around to use the flash, but ends up reversing which lens is in use, and begins recording a video of Brady as he does the line of cocaine from the table. Theresa, not sure why the camera isn't working, flips the phone back around in frustration. THERESA: Ugh, this damned phone. Never...oh... BRADY: What? THERESA: Nothing. Stupid camera was on the wrong function, just... BRADY: It didn't get a shot of me, did it? THERESA: I can't even tell. Nothing's working right. BRADY: Theresa, remember what we said about you being careful? THERESA: Look who's talking. Mr. Doing-a-line-in-front-of-200-people. God, just chill out, okay? No one saw anything. BRADY: There's a difference between a bunch of drunk Chicago socialites seeing me do a line and your friends and family in Salem seeing it because your girlfriend couldn't figure her cell phone out. *** Brady's eyes light up with the realization that it had to have been Theresa that threw him under the bus. BRADY: Oh my God. VICTOR: Finally! He sees the light. BRADY: I...I gotta go. I'm sorry, everyone, I...I have to take care of something. Brady makes a beeline for the door of the conference. Victor turns to call him back, concerned by what he may do next. VICTOR: Brady! Brady! Get back here! Victor stops as the doors to the board room close behind Brady. --- Nicole stands behind a reeling Eric. Unsure what to do to console him, she puts a hand gently on his shoulder. When Eric doesn't flinch, she feels safe to rest her hand there more firmly. NICOLE: You can't blame yourself for what Kristen did. You're a priest. You guys kinda have this thing about turning the other cheek and forgiveness. You saw a light in Kristen. You wanted to bring out the goodness in her. And she-- Eric turns around abruptly, his anger flaring up again, causing Nicole to jump back a bit. ERIC: ...And she destroyed my faith in forgiveness. Nicole, it's like part of the very fabric of doing God's work...and I can't even bring myself to do it for my own greivences. NICOLE: I think being drugged and raped goes a bit beyond a grievence, but... Eric turns away from Nicole, hoping to avoid crying in her line of sight. His plan fails. ERIC: But it's made me question so much about my life. My vocation. I mean...what kind of just God would do what has been done to my family, to myself. If this is a test...how many more trials do I need to go through before I finally am able to smile again, Nicole? Nicole struggles to find words. She begins to cry a bit herself. --- Anne sits at her desk at University Hospital when the lab tech from before walks into her office. Anne looks up, expectantly. The lab tech is nervous approaching the imposing HR woman. TECH: I, uh...Mrs. Mil-- ANNE: ...MS. Milbauer. Mrs. Milbauer is my mother-in-law's name, and if you want to be down one tongue, you keep using that name. The tech stops dead in his tracks, even more nervous than before. TECH: Big fan, then? ANNE: Huge. What have you got for me? Is the testing done? TECH: Uhh...YES! Suddenly remembering he has the results in his hand, he hands the report over to Anne, who brusquely grabs it from him. ANNE: Thank you. TECH: I have the...uh... ANNE: THANK YOU! TECH: Okay, bye! The tech hastily walks out of Anne's office. Anne opens the file as the door shuts behind him. As she reads the file, Anne beams with delight. ANNE: You son of a bitch. You're bluffing. --- EJ and Gabi sit at a table in the Brady Pub. They sip their coffee together quietly, hoping to avoid arousing suspicion. Gabi is doing a typically awful job at this. GABI: ...So I need you to do something about Nick. After what he told Rafe last night, I'm afraid to be anywhere near him. I'm worried what he's going to do next. EJ: Gabriella, I think you overestimate the power this man has. He's clearly lost his mind, but you need to stop panicking. This will only make things worse. Gabi is visibly nervous, hands shaking her cup of coffee in front of her. EJ puts his hand over hers, causing Gabi to realize how off-kilter she is. GABI: I know. I know, you're right. But, I just...I can't shake the feeling that Nick's gonna find a way to...I don't even know what he's gonna do. I'm scared, EJ. EJ: What do you want me to do, Gabi? GABI: You've got to stop him. Like, I wish he never got out of prison. EJ takes a second to think, and looks over at the table to the left of Gabi, looking at the day's Salem Spectator, featuring the headline about Brady's drug scandal. His face lights up. EJ: I think I might know just what we can do. --- Nick walks down the hallway at Titan, heading for Sheryl's office. He knocks on the doorframe, seeing her at work at her desk. Sheryl recognizes him immediately, and barely looks up from her computer screen. SHERYL: What do you want, Nick? NICK: To share the good news with you. SHERYL: I heard. So what's our next move. NICK: Time to watch Brady Black self-destruct. Hopefully it happens before the Titan TV vote, and then Titan's poisoned influence over this town will be over. Sheryl looks up at Nick, a pleased look across her face. --- Theresa walks through Town Square, deep in thought, when her phone rings. She pulls it out of her purse and checks who it is, half-hoping it's Brady, but usure if she would answer if it is. It's Anne. Theresa rolls her eyes and answers. THERESA: (into phone) What do you want? ... Anne sits at her desk, using her office phone. ANNE: (into phone) A warmer greeting for a start. ... THERESA: Sorry, I'm just...I'm waiting on a call, kay? Can this wait? ... ANNE: No. It can't. I've got something important to tell you. ... THERESA: Okay, well, say it fast, I don't have a lot of time, I'm busy. ... ANNE: Cut the snark, okay? I'm really getting sick of-- ... THERESA: Anne! I'm waiting for Brady to call. I don't have time for this. ... ANNE: Hey! Cool it, little lady. Look, you remember our little...situation with sweet little Abby Deveraux, right? ... Theresa rolls her eyes at the thought of Abigail. THERESA: Yyyyep! ... ANNE: Well...turns out EJ DiMera knows what's going on, and he's a little pissed off. He's been trying to rile me up the last week or so, and he's using some pretty lame tricks to do it. So if you happen to run into him, or feel like anything weird's going on, you just let me know, and take it with a grain of salt, okay? ... THERESA: Noted. K, bye. Theresa hangs up the phone, having been totally disinterested in Anne's little piece of lame gossip. Just as she does, she gets a text. She checks it. It's from Brady. Meet me @ UH parking lot in 10, need 2 talk Theresa is concerned by Brady's text, and rushes off to meet him. --- Brady, sitting in his car, puts his phone away, cleans up the cocaine residue off the tablet on the car dashboard in front of him, and revs the engine of his car, then heads off to meet Theresa at UH. ---
  5. EPISODE 43 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson The morning edition of the Salem Spectator falls in front of Nicole's door at the hotel. Shortly thereafter, Nicole opens the door and picks it up, while clutching her morning coffee. Upon opening the rolled-up paper and seeing the headline, she drops her mug. The headline: TITAN'S BRADY BLACK DRUG SCANDAL --- Brady's alarm goes off to the sound of the radio blasting a news report. Initially, Brady is groggy, but as he listens to the report, he wakes up fast. RADIO: ...Brady Black's head may be on the chopping block at Titan today after video footage collected by gossip site A2Z shows Black, highly intoxicated and openly doing lines of cocaine at a Chicago club. This comes just weeks after the disasterous announcement that Titan was acquiring oil and gas firm EnerNext in a multi-billion dollar deal. Executives at Titan are currently in an emergency meeting to discuss the future of Mr. Black's tenure as CEO-- Brady shuts the radio off and lies back in bed, a look of horror in his eyes. --- Victor calls the meeting to order, a flurry of activity in the room as the board members take their seats. Kate, Lucas, Tyler, Billie, and Victor are joined by three other board members, as they slowly come to order. Kate sits between Lucas and Billie, and leans toward them, speaking quietly. KATE: I guess our hot mess CEO finally got a little sloppy where people can see. Victor stands at the end of the table. He sounds exhausted, without his usual fire. VICTOR: This meeting will come to order. As you've probably heard, we have a bit of a crisis on our hands. My grandson has become involved in some things that will put into question every business decision this company has made and will make in the coming weeks, and I propose a solution that will allow us to retain those contracts, and salvage our image. But I will need your help. --- Stefano is sitting in the living room of the DiMera mansion, going over paperwork. EJ is standing pensively in the doorway, almost looking right past Stefano. He walks into the room slowly, a coffee cup in hand. EJ: Good morning, Father. Stefano looks up, pleased to see EJ. STEFANO: Elvis! Good morning, my son. I was just looking over the news. EJ: Regarding whom? STEFANO: Brady Black. Looks like you aren't the only one who is getting sloppy in your business. Stefano takes the newspaper and flops it down on the table before EJ. EJ studies the headline carefully. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KZsiMhziRI --- EJ looks up from the paper, still a bit taken aback by the headline. EJ: You know, this was bound to happen. I mean, Brady Black has always had a substance abuse problem. Frankly, I don't even know why this is scandalous anymore. STEFANO: Or why Victor Kiriakis is dumb enough to continue to keep him in the family business. Which reminds me, you might want to be a little more careful in your future extra-curricular activities, if you know what I mean. EJ rolls his eyes, and closes the doors to the living room before responding. EJ: Alright, Father. I know you want to talk about this, so have at it. Gloat at how my relationship with Samantha is falling apart around my ears and how much better off I am without her. STEFANO: I don't have to, you just did. EJ: But that's the thing. You're just so happy that this has happened, you can't bear it. So tell me. How'd you find out about it, hm? Stefano wordlessly shuffles some papers around, before opening his desk drawer. He pulls out a green envelope and hands it to EJ. EJ: What on Earth is that? STEFANO: Something an associate of mine has been working on. You may be interested in it. EJ frowns in confusion, before opening the envelope. Inside is a picture of EJ and Abigail in a passionate kiss at the cabin on Smith Island. EJ is stunned by this discovery. --- Anne steps groggily to the doorway of her apartment. A long night after her run-in with Daniel's car, and a lack of sleep have left her visibly tired. She notices a letter addressed to her on the floor. She goes to grab it, and feels as she picks up the envelope, an unusual texture to the paper. It feels rough, almost like sandpaper...but loose, as though unattached to the paper itself. A sort of powdery texture is across the letter, and Anne reluctantly feels it across her fingertips, as she recalls EJ's threat against her the previous evening. EJ: Are you seriously going to threaten me? EJ walks closer to Anne, as Anne leans against her desk. They both have a guarded appearance, almost trying to seem more imposing than the other. ANNE: Well, it seems to me that I hold the cards here. And we all know how hard you're trying to be a "good man" now. So, what exactly are you going to threaten me with? EJ: I just want to remind you of what historically has happened to those who decide to meddle in the affairs of the DiMera family. It doesn't end well for them. Suddenly, after spending a moment studying the envelope, she drops it in revulsion. She looks at the envelope on the ground. The DiMera Enterprises crest, the Phoenix, on the top corner next to the return address. ANNE: That bastard. That sick, twisted bastard. --- Jenn brings in the morning paper, and heads into the living room, where Abigail is fully dressed for work. She seems in a haze, which Jennifer notices. JENNIFER: Hey, Abigail. Ready for work, Sweetie? ABIGAIL: Ready as I'll ever be. JENNIFER: How are you liking working at Countess W so far? Is the glamourous world of makeup as exciting as you thought it'd be? Abigail doesn't even crack a smile at Jenn's comment. She glumly looks down at the table, filing away the last papers into her new bag. ABIGAIL: Ohhh Glamourous is not a word I would use to describe this job, Mom. Now 'stress', THAT is a word I would use. JENNIFER: Already? I mean, you've only been there a few weeks, honey. Any new job is gonna be stressful. ABIGIAL: This, this is a completely different kind of stress. JENNIFER: You having to work so closely with EJ? Abigail looks up at Jenn, stunned for a moment. ABIGAIL: Huh? Jenn puts a sympathetic hand on Abigail's shoulder. JENNIFER: Abigail, I understand. It's still fresh, the pain that EJ and Chad caused you. It's alright, though. Just work your hardest and you'll be able to move on one day. ABIGAIL: Oh. Yeah. I hope so. JENNIFER: You're stronger than you think, honey. I mean, come on, you're my daughter, and Jack Deveraux's daughter, for crying out loud. Some skinny DiMera kid isn't gonna ruin your life, is he? Abigail finally smiles a bit, and looks over at her mom lovingly. ABIGIAL: Thanks, Mom. Jenn kisses Abigail goodbye, but Abigail notices the headline of the newspaper Jenn dropped on the coffee table, and is shocked, pointing at the newspaper. ABIGAIL: Oh my God. Mom, do you think Theresa had anything to do with this? JENNIFER: I don't know, honey. But I do know Brady's been getting himself into enough trouble without her help lately. But I wouldn't be surprised if Theresa is part of the blame. --- Nicole is in her hotel room, cleaning up the coffee she spilt on herself when Eric comes to her door. Noticing the door is slightly ajar, he pushes it open. ERIC: Nicole! What happened? NICOLE: I spilled coffee all over my robe. Thankfully it's not mine or I'd be pitching a fit right now. Eric smiles at Nicole as he steps into her room. NICOLE: Stop that, it's not funny. ERIC: What, are you that clumsy in the morning? Do we need to give you sippy cup until you've had a couple cups? Eric puts his hands on Nicole's shoulders, laughing at his own jokes. Nicole rolls her eyes, but really doesn't mind Eric's teasing. NICOLE: I'm fine. I just...I read something. ERIC: What? NICOLE: (sighs) You may wanna sit down for this. Nicole grabs the newspaper from her desk and hands it reluctantly over to Eric. Eric sees the headline and is stunned and concerned. --- Anne scurries into her kitchen, and washes her hands thoroughly in piping hot water. The entire time, she mutters to herself in anger. ANNE: So either Mr. DiMera is trying to kill me with anthrax-laced letters, which I highly doubt, or he wants me to think he is to "warn me". Anne finishes washing her hands of any trace residue from the letter and puts on her rubber kitchen gloves. She puts each one on with a dramatic snap as the gloves struggle to fit on her hands. ANNE: And that, dear Elvis, is not going to work on old Anne Milbauer. She grabs a plastic freezer bag from the drawer, and walks back into the living room. Carefully, she picks the envelope up and drops it into the freezer bag, before sealing it up. ANNE: I don't suffer fools easily, EJ. You better watch your back too. Anne places the bagged letter in her purse, and hastily heads out the front door, closing it with a slam. --- EJ looks at the photo incredulously. He shakes his head and inspects the photo carefully, as though he would be able to find it was a fabrication with the naked eye. EJ: Father, why do you have this? Stefano walks around EJ to grab a drink. He pours the drink, casually sipping it as he talks with EJ, and paces the room. STEFANO: Well, you see, I wanted to be absolutely sure that you would keep your promise to me to keep our family together, and to honour me as your father. And so, when I heard about all this nonsense with Nicholas Fallon that you, Katerina, and Samantha have all been involved in, I became concerned. EJ: So you had someone follow me. STEFANO: I had to make sure you were taking care of things correctly. There is a strange old man in the woods that's been making noises about Titan buying his land. I heard he was quite a photographer. So I made him a deal. EJ: Blackmail photos of me in exchange for the funds to fight Titan to keep his property. Stefano nearly spits out his drink at EJ's suggestion of blackmail. STEFANO: Blackmail is such a strong word. In my family, we do not blackmail each other. EJ, sensing the complete absurdity of Stefano's statement, turns to Stefano, exasperated, his voice raising quickly. EJ: Well, what would you call it then, Father? Shall we go out and get a nice frame for this? Maybe blow this photo up and put it up on the wall next to your portrait? What else do you call this BUT blackmail?! STEFANO: Insurance! Naturally, we cannot rebuild my family if you are working to undermine me. And besides, this way, I have someone working on the inside at Titan to try to take them down. EJ sits down on the couch, worn out by the revelations Stefano has just laid out for him. EJ: I don't believe this. You do realize you've essentially hired Nicholas Fallon and his lapdog to spy on me. The same man who very nearly destroyed Will's life because he didn't like the idea of two men raising their own child together. You do realize how easily this could blow up in your face, right? Stefano, unfazed, shrugs, before sitting back down at his desk. STEFANO: As long as Nicholas Fallon and Percy Ruggles work for me, you have nothing to worry about. Just remember, Elvis, I can and will help you keep these secrets no matter what. But you must support me as well. It's all in your hands. EJ: My God. It's all about control with you, isn't it? You can't love people normally, you have to manipulate them to love you the way you want, or else it's not good enough. I...I cannot... EJ seethes with anger over his stupidity, and prepares to let off a further tirade at his father, when Harold opens the doors to the living room, causing EJ to turn around with a start. Harold is careful upon seeing EJ's reaction and enters slowly. HAROLD: Pardon me, Sir. Uh...but...a Miss Hernandez is here to see you. Gabi follows Harold into the room, she is made up and dressed for the day, but her face wears the burden of the previous night's realization, and her eyes are those of a woman who hasn't slept. GABI: EJ, I need your help. Badly, it's an emergency. --- Victor continues to speak as the emergency board meeting at Titan continues. Kate continues to ignore the proceedings as she speaks to Lucas. KATE: Honestly, I can't wait to see the look on Brady's face when he finally wakes up from his drug-fuelled haze and realizes what's going on. Victor is too exhausted to chastize Kate for her gossipping, and continues speaking to the board overtop of her chatter. VICTOR: My motion is simple, we shall have Brady replaced as CEO at Titan with myself, with Tyler Houston running the EnerNext division, while my grandson submits to an extensive rehabilitation program. Brady will only be considered to recommence his duties as CEO upon sucessful completion of the program, provided the board is satisfied with the arrangement. During this time, Brady will retain his seat on the executive board, and will be compensated using sick benefits. If Brady's rehabilitation is unsuccessful, we shall proceed with a new vote to find a new permanent CEO for Titan. All in favour of this motion. The board unanimously raises their hands to Victor's motion. Victor looks around for dissenting voters, but, solemnly, he prepares to complete the motion. As Victor begins speaking, Brady opens the doors to the board room, overhearing Victor's announcement. VICTOR: Then it is so...as of today, the 27th of July, 2014, Brady Black is temporarily relieved of his duties as CEO of Titan Industrie-- BRADY: NO! The board turn around in shock at Brady's outburst, minus Kate, who half-expected this, and looks up in calm curiosity. She leans over to Billie, whispering not-so-quietly to her. KATE: Right on cue, as always. ---
  6. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 42 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Theresa steps onto the elevator at her building, having just paid the cabbie that drove her back to Salem with Brady's credit card. She's still somewhat intoxicated, very tired, and looks disheveled. She presses the button up to her floor and leans back against the back wall of the elevator car. She closes her eyes, thinking back to the night's events. *** Meeting Chloe, and Theresa's intense sense of threat at Chloe and Brady's camraderie. *** Theresa finding Brady's credit card on the floor of the club. *** Theresa seeing what she believed was Chloe and Brady kissing on the patio. *** Theresa forwarding the video of Brady doing cocaine to her friend at the gossip rag. *** The elevator dings as it stops on her floor. Theresa snaps back to reality, realizing the gravity of her actions, she breathes heavily. THERESA: Well, he got what he deserved, right? Theresa holds her head up and sashays from the elevator with all the dignity she can muster. As she puts her key in the lock, the door to Kim's apartment opens. Kim is half-asleep, dressed in her nightgown and housecoat. It's evident that she's been kept awake by Theresa's absence. KIM: Theresa? Theresa stops in her tracks. She turns to face her mother, folding her arms and trying to retain her composure. Kim can see through her tough display, and Theresa knows it. THERESA: Mom. KIM: You alright, baby? Kim steps toward Theresa. Theresa reactively backs up, visibly upset. THERESA: I'm fine, Mother. KIM: Honey, are you sure? Theresa breathes deeply, and looks away. She shakes her head and tries in vain to hold back tears. THERESA: No. No, I'm not. Kim immediately walks over to a despondent Theresa, and hugs her warmly. Theresa, finally, does not resist. --- Will and Sonny lie together in bed. Sonny is ready to sleep, but leans over, and notices Will is wide awake, and deep in thought. SONNY: Can't sleep? WILL: Ugh, I'm trying but... SONNY: But Nick. WILL: (sighs) Sonny, this is exactly why I need to find work. I need to be able to fight back against him, and I can't do that without the resources to protect my child. SONNY: I know, but you can't do anything about it tonight, and if you don't get some sleep, you won't be able to tomorrow either, right? WILL: I know. (sigh) I guess I'm just worried what Gabi's gonna do. She's gotta be worried sick about what that bastard's gonna pull next. Sonny puts his arm around Will, pulling him close to him as he holds Will's left hand in his. He caresses him softly as he holds him. SONNY: She's tougher than you think. She'll find some way. --- Gabi wakes up in her bedroom with a start. She sighs heavily as she realizes she was dreaming. GABI: Thank God. It was just a dream....I gotta get out of here for a minute. And go for a walk, and clear my mind. Gabi pulls herself out of bed. --- Rafe walks through the park with Jordan. They're laughing as Jordan eats the last of her ice cream cone. RAFE: So I see you liked it, but did you taste it? Jordan laughs a bit, trying not to choke as she swallows the last of her ice cream. JORDAN: What? Are you trying to kill me or something? RAFE: Sorry! I didn't mean to do that. I just...you were eating so fast, I... Rafe and Jordan share a hearty laugh at the situation, before looking up at the stars together. Jordan takes Rafe's arm and leans against him. She's content in a profound way. JORDAN: You know, I haven't been this happy in a really long time. RAFE: I'm glad. I know it hasn't always been easy for you, but...you know I've enjoyed getting to know you. Jordan looks up to Rafe and smiles. JORDAN: Me too. They lean and share a kiss, before pulling away at the sound of a familiar voice. NICK: Oo! Me too! --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Brady attempts once more to call Theresa as he stands outside the front door of the Kiriakis Mansion, to no avail. He puts his phone in his pocket, clearly upset. BRADY: Damn it! Brady fumbles with his keys, before finally being able to open the door. When he walks in, he finds himself in a darkened house. He searches for the lights momentarily, only to find, when he turns the lights on, Victor, sitting in the chair facing the entrance to the living room. Victor is cross. VICTOR: How nice of you to come back and reassure us you're not dead. Brady rolls his eyes, he's exhausted and coming down from the cocaine high. Brady is still a bit tipsy, however. BRADY: Granddad, I'm not doing this with you right now, okay? VICTOR: Doing what? Engaging? You never do that unless it's in marriage with the wrong woman. BRADY: Okay, can we go two seconds without some snarky remark? Because I just came home from Chicago, on what was supposed to be an amazing night, with no idea where the girl I took to Chicago with me is, with my credit card stolen, and pretty soon, a massive hangover. VICTOR: Stolen credit card? My first stop would be to question that girl you took to Chicago. I wouldn't trust her with a book of fast food coupons, never mind my credit card. BRADY: Grandad! VICTOR: Alright, alright. I'm just glad you're alright, and I hope you didn't do anything stupid that could come back to bit you in the ass. The last thing we need right now is for some seedy tabloid to get ahold of any dirt on you while you're drunk off your face and God knows what else you've gotten into tonight. We need to run a tight ship ahead of this board meeting this week. BRADY: They weren't allowed into the club. It was all very tightly controlled. Believe me. You have absolutely nothing to worry about. Okay? VICTOR: I'd better not. There's too much riding on the Titan TV vote, and I don't know how many more unpleasant surprises this old heart can take. I've been in a nursing home once already. That's plenty for one lifetime. --- Kim and Theresa sit on Theresa's sofa. Kim hands Theresa a cup of tea, and wraps a blanket from the couch across Theresa's shoulders. Theresa sits quietly, and Kim just lets her talk. THERESA: So when I saw Brady and Chloe making out on the patio, I just...I couldn't take it anymore. KIM: Honey, are you sure it was them? I mean, did you see their faces? THERESA: I...I'm almost certain, Mom. I...the woman was wearing the same coloured dress as Chloe and looked like the same colour of spray-tan. I... KIM: You just have doubts now. THERESA: No, I really am sure it was them. I mean, Brady was high on coke and he'd been drinking all night. And every time I'd turn around, OH LOOK! There's Chloe again. KIM: Theresa, I'm just worried that lashing out at Brady was premature. You don't really know where he went after your fight. Theresa gets up, begins pacing the room. THERESA: Oh I know where he went, straight to Chloe. And that's why I forwarded that video. Every man in my life does this kind of crap to me, and I'm not gonna let people walk all over me and use me like that. Not again. Kim stands up, shocked by Theresa's admission. KIM: You what? THERESA: I forwarded the video I accidentally shot of Brady doing cocaine, and I forwarded it to that friend of mine in LA who works at the gossip site. Brady Black's not going to get away with screwing with me. --- Liam steps out of Jennifer's door, about to head for home. Jenn smiles as she sees the new man in her life, and he smiles back, though somewhat tense. JENNIFER: So when do I get to meet your family? LIAM: I uh...I'm not sure. JENNIFER: Oh come on, Liam. Do they live in Salem or is it one of those times where we'd have to fly out somewhere? LIAM: Well, I'm honestly not that close to my family, Jenn. We sorta drifted apart a long time ago and...well, I've been so caught up in my work that I really haven't had the time to try to mend fences. Jenn looks at Liam, a sadness in her eyes. She reaches for Liam's hand. JENNIFER: I'm sorry to hear that. I know you're very quiet about your life. And I can tell there's a lot of painful memories behind that. But whenever you're ready to talk about it, I'm here for you. LIAM: Thank you, Jenn. JENNIFER: And I mean that. I know it's hard to let someone in on the problems in your life. But I've had a lot of painful times in my life too. Believe me, it hasn't always been easy for me. I want to lift that burden off of you. But only when you're ready. Liam smiles, he squeezes Jenn's hand, and leans over to kiss her. LIAM: You always say something that makes me think you're the one for me more and more. You know that? JENNIFER: I feel so...attached to you. I just hope you'll learn to trust me enough. LIAM: I do. It's just not easy to tell you these things. As Liam speaks, JJ walks from the living room. Overhearing the conversation, he lingers a bit before heading upstairs. LIAM: Uh...listen, Jenn. Before I go, I just wanted to say, if your mom needs a place to live, I figured I knew a few builings in the area. Maybe it'll speed up the process and get your mom into a condo or something sooner. JJ raises an eyebrow at this. JJ: (thinks to himself) What is he trying to get her out of the house already? Shady, man. JJ heads upstairs before he's noticed. JENNIFER: That's really sweet of you, Liam. I'll let Mom know, okay? LIAM: Alright. Jenn and Liam share a long, sweet kiss, before Liam heads off for the night. Jenn leans against the doorframe, watching lovingly as Liam heads for his car. Jenn waves as he departs. --- Liam, now inside his car, quickly makes a phone call as he drives away. LIAM: (into phone) Yeah, it's me. We've got a major problem now. Jenn's mom just came back. No, I won't calm down. This is gonna throw a wrench into everything....Okay, I'll call him. Liam slams his phone down on the dash as he drives down the street. LIAM: Dammit. --- Jordan and Rafe turn to face a smug Nick. Rafe is visibly unimpressed, while Jordan is trying to make heads or tails of the sitation, hoping to defuse it before it gets out of hand. RAFE: What do you want? NICK: It's a beautiful night. I just came to enjoy the fresh air. Spend some time alone in the city that I love. RAFE: Really? I thought that was New York. Too bad you didn't stay there. NICK: That's funny. See, it's a really great story, and one of these days, I'll tell you all about it. RAFE: I'm sure it'll be hilarious. If you'll excuse us-- NICK: ...You know what the best part is about being in Salem is getting close to Gabi again. Rafe, who has turned to walk away, is stopped dead in his tracks by Nick's comment about Gabi. Jordan squeezes Rafe's arm, hoping to stop him from reacting violently to Nick's baiting. RAFE: What did you say? As Rafe and Nick talk, Gabi happens to be passing by the park on her walk. Deep in thought, she barely even registers the conversation for a moment. After a minute. She stops. Recognizing the voices. NICK: I've been really enjoying it. I even went to visit her tonight. A nice little surprise. Some flowers. She seems to really be liking it. Now, don't worry. I'm not pushing her too far if that's what you're wondering. I'm keeping a respectful distance. RAFE: New York would've been a respectful distance, Nick. After what you did to Sonny and Will, you have the audacity to invade their home like that? NICK: Gabi invited me in. RAFE: Why would she do that? Gabi, who had been already deep in thought about Nick's motives, is increasingly concerned by his baiting of her brother. She hides herself in the bushes and watches carefully. NICK: Because maybe she sees that I'm trying to do good things. I'm trying to help Percy keep his land, and trying to maybe make it up to Sonny and Will for all the crappy things I've done to them. RAFE: "Crappy" seems a bit of an understatement. NICK: And you know what? I can tell, she sees the good in me. And, given time, she will come back to me. I can guarantee it. Nick's words echo in Gabi's head. "She will come back to me". It echoes in her head, making her feel sick to her stomach. RAFE: Boy, you're confident, aren't you? How are you so sure? NICK: Because Gabi knows that the only way she'll truly be happy is with me. There's no other way for her. Gabi flashes back to the river, when Nick threatened to tell the police about her involvement in Melanie's kidnapping if she didn't go to New York with him. She sits in the bushes, terrified, breathing heavily. GABI: My God. I gotta do something. ---
  7. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 39 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Nadia Bjorlin guest stars in this episode as Chloe Lane Marlena steps out of Roman's office, a worried look across her face. Billie looks over to Marlena, who smiles half-heartedly. BILLIE: So...? MARLENA: We're all done, but before you go back in, I wanted to ask you something. BILLIE: Okay, shoot. MARLENA: Before I came in, you both seemed rather alarmed by something. I don't need to know the details if it was private, but...how did Roman seem to you? Billie thinks carefully for a minute, she has her arms folded, looking to one side before she looks to Marlena and speaks. BILLIE: Well...a few weeks ago I asked him a favour...and...he couldn't remember ever talking to me about it. To be honest, Marlena, I'm a bit worried. MARLENA: So am I. Now more than ever. BILLIE: Well, what do you think it could be? I mean, it's not-- MARLENA: ...I don't know if it's Alzhymers, Billie. The symptoms are...not quite right for that. It could be some form of dementia but...it's too soon to say. I just suggest...be easy on him, and be patient. The stress of forgetting may make things worse. And phone me if you notice anything else, alright? BILLIE: Okay. MARLENA: It's good to see you again. BILLIE: You too. Marlena smiles and walks out of the station. Billie walks into Roman's office slowly, almost too cautiously, and it catches Roman's eye. Roman is once again sitting at his desk, looking over the tiny flash drive Billie handed him earlier. ROMAN: So this...you brought this to me...and you said we had talked about what this was about before...so...what was this about? BILLIE: Sheryl Connors and Jordan Ridgeway. I need to know if they placed this device in the computers at Titan...and why. --- Brady looks at a scowling Theresa in the club, after having experienced her confrontation with Chloe. BRADY: Theresa, I want you to tell me what the hell just happened. THERESA: I could ask you the same thing. BRADY: Look, me running into an old friend does not give you the right to treat her like that. THERESA: JUST an old friend? Brady hesitates to answer for a moment, sensing Theresa's intense jealousy. Theresa immediately notices Brady's hesitation, and picks up her drink from the bar. THERESA: That's what I thought. Theresa downs the drink and storms off, Brady following behind, trying to explain the situation to her. BRADY: Theresa, wait... THERESA: For what, Brady? For you to spin that around and make me feel stupid for feeling threatened by her? Look at her. She's beautiful. And I know if you put me next to her in a lineup, you'd pick her every time. Brady reaches to Theresa and puts a finger up to her lips. Theresa stops and looks down, then looks into Brady's eyes. BRADY: Wrong. I'd choose you. Chloe and I are ancient history. She's a friend to me now, that's all. And besides, you may not believe me, but you're more beautiful than every other woman here right now. Theresa rolls her eyes, flattered, but disbelieving Brady's compliment. THERESA: Sure, Brady. Whatever. Look, I'm sorry. I just...I need to calm down. I'm so nervous being in a place like this. BRADY: Well, how about I grab us a drink, and we can loosen up a bit. THERESA: Sounds amazing. Theresa leans in and kisses Brady tenderly on the lips. --- Gabi walks around the apartment with Ari in her arms. She sings softly to her little girl, trying to put her to sleep. It seems to be working, as Ari gurgles more and more quietly. Gabi hears a knock on the door, she quietly steps over to the door and opens it. There stands Nick, a bouquet of flowers in hand. NICK: Surprise! Gabi steps back in shock, clutching baby Ari for dear life. Ari starts to cry. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- The brakes of a car screech to a halt in front of Anne Milbauer, as she braces herself to be hit. The car stops just short of her, and she leans on the hood of the car, breathing heavily. Still panicked from the sounds of footsteps from before, she looks all around her, before the driver of the car gets out. It's Daniel. DANIEL: Anne. You alright?? Anne, hardly having noticed Daniel, is still in shock at nearly being hit. ANNE: Yeah, I'm fine. I just nearly got hit by your car is all...you didn't see anyone coming up behind me, did you? DANIEL: Nnnno. I didn't even see you until just now. It's kinda late. You sure you're okay? ANNE: I'm fine, I'm fine. Anne looks at Daniel finally, and points at him, walking away towards her car, pretending to be calm and collected. ANNE: YOU! You should pay more attention when you're driving. Just sayin'. DANIEL: Anne, do you want a ride home? ANNE: The way you drive? No thanks, Jonas. See you tomorrow. DANIEL: Anne, I... Anne opens her car door and steps inside, closing it quickly. Daniel sighs, and gets back in his car, driving away. Once inside, Anne checks all her mirrors for signs of anyone around her. She frantically searches all over her car for signs of anyone having tampered with her vehicle. She finally relaxes herself enough to convince herself that everything is fine before putting the key in the ignition. Closing her eyes and bracing herself, she turns the key. The car starts, all is fine. Anne relaxes. Finally she is able to get the fear of the past few minutes from her mind and can go back to normal. ANNE: Probably was all your imagination, Annie. Just chill. You're fine. EJ DiMera is all bark, no bite. You're good. Anne pulls out of the driveway for home. --- EJ receives a call at home. He picks up his cell phone off his desk. EJ: (into phone) Yes?...okay. She what?...Good...brilliant. Prepare for phase two then. Wait until tomorrow morning, but prepare everything tonight. Indeed. Thank you. EJ puts his phone down, exhaling heavily. EJ: That damned Milbauer woman is not going to ruin my last chance with Samantha. STEFANO: No, because you will do that all by yourself. EJ jumps out of his skin upon hearing Stefano's voice. He turns to see his father in the doorway of the living room, arms open wide, more in self-congratulation than in warm welcome. STEFANO: So good to see you, my son! I see you've managed to get yourself into even more trouble while I've been away, no? EJ fights the urge to roll his eyes at his father's smug satisfaction at his misfortune. --- Roman steps into his office, where a waiting Billie sits by his desk. ROMAN: Okay. I placed a quick call back to the ISA to get back up to speed, and dropped the flash drive off at the lab. They should have the info we need on it by tomorrow morning. BILLIE: Excellent. I'm thinking of holding off telling mom about it until we hear back, just in case it's a false alarm. ROMAN: Good plan. My memory may be on the fritz but I do remember Kate's tendency to jump the gun when she hears good news. Billie gets up from her chair and puts a hand on Roman's shoulder. BILLIE: You are okay, though. Right? ROMAN: I'll be fine, Billie. Don't worry about me. You just keep your focus on Jordan and Sheryl, and making sure we figure out just what their plan is. BILLIE: I just hope we figure it out before it's too late. --- Nick hesitates at the door while Gabi relaxes herself, coming down from the shock of seeing Nick at the door. NICK: Sorry, I probably shouldn't have done that. GABI: No! No, it's fine. I'm sorry I'm so jumpy, it's just... NICK: I know, I...I know, I just...I should know better. GABI: Nick. It's okay. Nick steps into the apartment, putting the flowers down on the coffee table. He holds his arms out to Gabi. NICK: Here, I can hold her for a second if you need. GABI: Uh...Sure. Here. Nick takes hold of the baby and holds her gently up to his chest. He bounces the baby, patting her gently on the back. Ari quickly relaxes in Nick's arms, and Gabi smiles at the connection the two of them share. GABI: You always were really good with her. NICK: You know, it's stuff like this that makes me realize what I threw away. The awful things I did to you and to Will and Sonny. You know, I really regret that. GABI: Nick, it's okay...you don't have to-- NICK: ...No, I really do. I need to put right all things that I've helped make wrong. I really want to make positive changes in the world, Gabi. I owe it to you to do that. Gabi smiles through a bit of a furrowed brow, but still looks on, relaxed and thinking about the difference between Nick right now and Nick the night at the river. As she thinks about it, Nick walks over to her slowly. NICK: I was wondering...look, I know this is asking a lot but...I would love to take you to dinner soon. Just...as friends. But something special. As a thank you for always seeing the best in me. Even when I didn't deserve it. GABI: That would be nice. Nick looks intensely into Gabi's eyes, as Will and Sonny step inside the apartment, seeing Nick with Ari in his arms staring into Gabi's eyes. Nick and Gabi quickly turn to see Will and Sonny looking on shocked and disapprovingly. Sonny's voice drips with derision as he greets Nick. SONNY: Hey there, Nick. --- Theresa and Brady are now quite drunk, dancing and having a great time, to the irritation of some others. They toast at the arrival of another round of drinks, and sit down at a corner booth table. Theresa digs around her purse for something, as Brady drunkly looks on. BRADY: You know....you should totally pull out something out of there. THERESA: Like what? The compact I can't find? Ugh...I'll just use my phone. Sooo much faster. Theresa pulls out her smart phone and struggles to find the camera app. Brady leans over and whispers to her. BRADY: I meant the coke. THERESA: Brady, you don't have to whisper. Half the people here are clearly on it already. Brady laughs at Theresa a little too much, as Theresa pulls her little vial out for Brady. He brazenly puts it out on the table in front of him and grabs his wallet to grab a credit card to cut it up with. Theresa is barely paying attention, as she uses her cell phone camera to try to get a good look at her makeup. THERESA: I still look so good right now. Better than that bitch Chloe. God, her singing got on my nerves you know that? BRADY: Stop talking about Chloe like that! She's...great. THERESA: Sure, Brady. Whatever. I think I'm gonna take a selfie of this. Theresa fumbles with her phone, trying to flip the phone around to use the flash, but ends up reversing which lens is in use, and begins recording a video of Brady as he does the line of cocaine from the table. Theresa, not sure why the camera isn't working, flips the phone back around in frustration. THERESA: Ugh, this damned phone. Never...oh... BRADY: What? THERESA: Nothing. Stupid camera was on the wrong function, just... BRADY: It didn't get a shot of me, did it? THERESA: I can't even tell. Nothing's working right. BRADY: Theresa, remember what we said about you being careful? THERESA: Look who's talking. Mr. Doing-a-line-in-front-of-200-people. God, just chill out, okay? No one saw anything. BRADY: There's a difference between a bunch of drunk Chicago socialites seeing me do a line and your friends and family in Salem seeing it because your girlfriend couldn't figure her cell phone out. THERESA: Oh My God, Brady! Shut up! It's fine. No one cares. Just as she says this, Chloe walks by, now very concerned by the white residue she sees before Brady. CHLOE: Oh God, Brady. Are you using again? ---
  8. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Ep. 37 Written by A. Washington-Beeby Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson Billie walks into Roman's office at the Salem PD with the mini-flash drive in hand. She places it on his desk before him. BILLIE: You're gonna want to run this by your computer experts ASAP. Roman looks up, a little confused by Billie's request. --- Anne looks up at EJ, who's barged angrily into her office without fear. She holds out her arms, pretending to not know what EJ is accusing her of. ANNE: I don't have the slightest idea what you're talking about. EJ: The hell you don't. ANNE: Oh, are you talking about that conversation I heard you and Abigail having the other night? That one that you talked all about your dirty little escapades that shouldn't be happening in a professional environment such as this? EJ shakes his head, stunned by Anne's audacity. Anne gets up from behind her desk, walking around to the other side where EJ is. She rests on the front side of her desk as she speaks with him. EJ: You're unbelievable. ANNE: And you're sloppy about your business, Mr. DiMerrRRRa. Now, I have a recording of the two of you discussing your dirty little secret. And quite frankly, I think you'd better just play along, or you're gonna be sorry you ever crossed me. --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og7-6YubuS4 --- Nicole turns to face Eric, who was a bit taken aback by her revelation that she's still working on the EnerNext story. NICOLE: Well...as long as I'm the one with all the info on it, maybe I can pass something along to someone else and we'll be able to keep the good fight going. ERIC: That's really good of you. I'm surprised you're so passionate about it. NICOLE: Oh. What? I'm not allowed to be passionate about a good cause? Nicole playfully pushes Eric away, then turns her back to him. Eric laughs, and turns back to massaging Nicole. ERIC: (laughs) No, this just doesn't jibe with the selfish, mean Nicole that my family and half the town seem to want to push down my throat. Nicole leans back against Eric. He puts his arms around her tightly. NICOLE: Mmm...(sighs) One day...one day they'll realize that I can change. Just like anyone else. Okay, maybe not like your sister but-- ERIC: ...Nicole! NICOLE: Sorry! I couldn't help myself. But I do love you. And I'm grateful that you see past all the...awful things I've done in my past. ERIC: Nicole. The past is the past. You gotta look to the future. NICOLE: Only if you'll be in that future. Eric holds Nicole a little tighter, and kisses her gently on the cheek. ERIC: Of course I will. Always. Nicole smiles, looking away, but with a lot on her mind, and a look of something slightly less than happiness in her eyes. --- JJ is sitting in the living room at the Horton house, doing homework on the couch, when Abigail walks in from work. JJ looks up from the couch and over his shoulder to see who's walked in. JJ: Heyyy! Abs! Abby walks in, looking beat. JJ notices Abby's exhaustion immediately. ABBY: Hey, JJ. JJ: Well, I was gonna ask how your first day went, but from the looks of you, I figure you got run over by a crosstown bus on the way there? ABBY: Really funny, JJ. JJ: Well, seriously, Abs. I thought you'd be thrilled after your first day of work, and... ABBY: I just...I have a lot to take in, that's all. Can...can we talk about something else? JJ: Fine. Abby sits down on the sofa next to JJ. She looks at him as he ignores her, concentrating on his homework. ABBY: So? Where's mom? JJ: I dunno, probably on a date with that creep Liam or whatever. ABBY: JJ, what is it with you? Liam's a nice guy. JJ: No, he's a creep. And I'm worried about mom. You know, I asked mom where the guy lives and she has no idea, she's never been there. He hasn't told her. ABBY: JJ, they just started seeing each other a few weeks ago. JJ: But does she know anything about him before they met? Like...all we know is he moved to Salem, he's divorced... ABBY: And you think that she'd tell you about him? JJ rolls his eyes at Abby. JJ: I do have ears, Abs. I hear her talking to Cousin Hope and Grandma...I mean...how he acts around us is...he's just so creepy. ABBY: Well, I'm glad you can put your finger on exactly what's so creepy about him. JJ: (sighs) Shut up, Abs. Abigail gets up from the couch, shaking her head. ABBY: Fine! I will. But you have got to admit that this is the first time in awhile that Mom's happy. We should hold onto that, and not try to find faults with whoever she decides to be with because we get freaky vibes off him. Give Mom the benefit of the doubt. JJ looks to Abigail, thinking over what she's said, though not overly receptive. --- Roman looks up to Billie from behind his desk. He points to the flash drive Billie's plunked down on his desk. ROMAN: What's that? BILLIE: That was found in one of the Titan executive computers. ROMAN: Why are you breaking into Titan offices and stealing equipment, Billie? I thought you were working with your mom at Countess W. Billie stops, looking to Roman with concern in her eyes. BILLIE: Uh...Roman...Mom runs MadWorld now. Sami and EJ are running Countess W. And you asked me to come to town to help figure out what Jordan Ridgeway and Sheryl Connors are up to. You act like you don't even remember doing this. Roman looks down at the table, then at Billie, a look of complete confusion in his eyes. As he looks up to Billie, Marlena cracks the door open, looking puzzled by the grave faces around her. --- EJ: Are you seriously going to threaten me? EJ walks closer to Anne, as Anne leans against her desk. They both have a guarded appearance, almost trying to seem more imposing than the other. ANNE: Well, it seems to me that I hold the cards here. And we all know how hard you're trying to be a "good man" now. So, what exactly are you going to threaten me with? EJ: I just want to remind you of what historically has happened to those who decide to meddle in the affairs of the DiMera family. It doesn't end well for them. ANNE: So the answer is you have nothing to threaten me with. You know, you should take this to heart. Don't rock the boat, and don't go trying to get one over on me, or you'll regret it. EJ steps in close to Anne, leaning in menacingly to her. He speaks softly, but bitingly. EJ: You are a foolish woman, and you will be the one to regret this. Trust that. ANNE: I'm not afraid of you. EJ: You should be. EJ walks away from Anne and takes his briefcase in hand. He opens it, and holds up a plane ticket. EJ: Ms. Milbauer, I am going to take it that you're rather ignorant of my family and their history, so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and present you with this. I have two options for you. Either you destroy this evidence and disappear from Salem voluntarily...or you will be forced onto that plane against your will. The choice is yours. ---
  9. 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. ---
  10. 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. ---
  11. 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. ---
  12. 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. ---
  13. 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. ---
  14. 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. ---
  15. 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. ---
  16. 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! ---
  17. 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
  18. 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. ---
  19. 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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