Sami: [Breathing heavily] [Sobbing] Austin. Austin, you can't leave me, please! Please don't leave me!
Nicole: So you're leaving.
Austin: Yeah. I'm leaving Sami. But I'm not leaving you.
Nicole: You're not leaving me. What -- what do you mean?
Austin: A few hours ago, I thought my life was going down the tubes, but now I'm looking at you, and I know everything's going to be okay.
Nicole: I'm sorry. I-I-I don't --
Austin: You and me, Nicole. We're going to have it all.
Abe: Why don't you stop, Bo? You keep pressuring me, hammering me. You know, you treat Lexie like she's some kind of stranger. What the hell is your problem?
Bo: I'm sorry.
Abe: No, uh... I am.
Bo: No. Nah, you shouldn't be. Lexie's your wife. You love her. You're loyal to her, as you should be. I understand that. I should have respected that.
Abe: I should have respected that you're going through hell yourself.
Bo: Yeah. The Reibers came by today, picked up J.T. He's staying with them, um... sleeping over.
Abe: Tonight? I had no idea.
Bo: Hope doesn't want to face it, but... We both know what's going to happen. We're going to lose him, Abe. They're going to take our little boy away from us.
Abe: I am sorry for both you and Hope. I'm so sorry. You know... I know it's -- it's really selfish of me to -- to think about myself right now, but Lexie and me -- I can see it in my future, too. Once the two of you hand over J.T., how long is it going to be before hope comes after Isaac?
Bo: It's already happening, Abe.
Hope: Oh, look at you. My son. Oh, baby. Come on. Come here.
Celeste: Thank you.
Lexie: Mom. Where is he?
Celeste: Who, darling?
Lexie: My baby. Where is he?
Celeste: Alexandra, don't be so melodramatic. Isaac's perfectly safe. He's with Hope.
Lexie: Oh, my God, no.
Austin: [Laughs] Happy honeymoon, Mrs. Reed.
Sami: Happy honeymoon, Mr. Reed.
Sami: Well, you can, um, put me down now.
Austin: Um... No. No, I don't think I want to put you down. I'm going to carry you around like this forever.
Austin: Yeah, I think I can do it.
Sami: Wait a second, Austin. There's things we have to do in life, you know, like take a shower.
Austin: Well, we'll take one together. We're going to do everything together. I don't ever want to be away from my beautiful wife.
Sami: Come here.
Sami: Ha ha ha ha!
Austin: I love you. I'm going to love you forever.
Austin: Come here. Okay, after the fiasco at the chapel, then I went upstairs to my room. You know, the damn bridal suite? I went in the closet, grabbed all my stuff, stuffed it in my suitcase. The whole time, I'm feeling this pull -- this pull, you know. There's something I'm supposed to do. I couldn't figure out what it was. Then boom, it hit me, okay? I pick up the phone. I'm so excited, I'm shaking, I swear. I mean, you just -- because you realize that you come to the end of the road, you think it's the end of the road, and all of a sudden, all of these doors, they just start popping up all over the place if you keep your head on straight.
Nicole: Okay, so what happened? What'd you do?
Austin: No, I just realized that I'd been looking at things Sami's way for far too long. She really messed with my mind, you know? But that's over now. I am finally free to go after what I want. And you know what the most amazing thing is? This has been staring at me for so long, I just couldn't see it.
Austin: This involves you, too. Come here. Our futures are going to be tied together, and I hope that's okay with you. I really want you to be happy.
Nicole: Yeah, I want whatever you're so jazzed about.
Austin: Look, I'm talking about amazing stuff for both of us here, okay? Life-altering. We both deserve that. I mean, we've been waiting way too long. I talked to Carl. I got Permalash. Isn't that great?
Abe: I see. So Hope is going after Isaac.
Bo: It's her baby, Abe. She gave birth to him. Can you blame her for wanting him? Can anyone?
Abe: No. I remember how much Lexie wanted a baby. You know, she begged me to consider adoption. She loves that child with her heart and soul. If we lose him... if Lexie loses her little boy... I'm afraid of what could happen to her.
Celeste: What has you so upset, darling?
Lexie: How could you do this? As usual, you come barging in here making everything worse.
Hope: It feels so good to hold you. Yeah. You know what?
Hope: The balls? Is that what you're saying? I've missed out on so much, but you know what? Soon you're going to be part of our family. Yeah. You, Shawn, and J.T. are all going to be brothers. Won't that be wonderful?
Lexie: Just once, can't you just mind your own business?
Celeste: I have no idea what you're talking about, Alexandra.
Lexie: Just stay out of it, Mother!
Hope: Yeah. You like the sound of my voice, don't you, sweetheart? That's because you heard it for nine months while you were inside mommy's tummy. Yeah. I wasn't very much of a singer, was I?
Isaac: Me balls.
Hope: We'll get the ball in a second. But that didn't stop me from singing, did it? Oh, Isaac, let me look at you. Let me look at you. Oh, sweetie. I haven't held you like this since that day -- not like this. Oh, my son -- look at you. I can't believe it.
Isaac: The balls.
Hope: We're going to get the ball, and I'm going to play ball with you every day. Yeah.
Isaac: The balls.
Hope: You know what, sweetheart?
Isaac: Paper balls.
Hope: That's an awful long time for a mommy and a little boy to be away from each other. You want me to get the ball? Huh?
Lexie: Next time, would you be more careful?! You don't own this store, you know. Hope. Give him to me.
Lexie: What do you mean, no? He's mine. Give him to me.
Hope: No, he's not. God gave him to me, and only God can take him away from me.
Nicole: Uh, uh, okay, wait. Wait a minute, slow down, Austin. I-I want to be clear on what you're -- you said you got Permalash.
Austin: I did.
Nicole: But when I talked to Carl, he said he wanted to keep the account in-house.
Austin: It is going to be in-house. I'm going to work for Carl.
Nicole: Austin, how can you work for Carl? His company is based out of... New York.
Austin: See, that's the best part. I'm moving there. I'm going to the Big Apple.
Bo: You know, we got this great picture at the house. I'm sure you've seen it. J.T. and Isaac, about a year old. They look real cute. Buddies. Hope loves that shot. I mean, she put it in this special frame, and... it's got the place of honor. The thing is, ever since Hope found out that Isaac is the son she gave birth to, it tears her apart every time she even looks at that thing. I want to put it away, you know, give her a break, but she wouldn't hear it. She needs and wants Isaac. She's his mother, Abe. He's a part of her.
Lexie: Look, I said give me my son now.
Celeste: My God, this is insane, Alexandra. Now, what could be so wrong? Hope, you tell me. What is this about?
Lexie: Give Isaac to me.
Hope: No. I'll never give him to you.
Lexie: Give me my son.
Celeste: My God, Alexandra, what are you doing? And why is she so angry, and why don't you just give Isaac back to her?
Hope: Are you going to tell her, Lex, or would you like me to tell her?
Woman: Do you have a clue what's going on?
Man: Those two ladies are fighting over the same baby.
Woman: I'll take care of it.
Hope: Tell your mother. She deserves to know.
Celeste: I'm getting a very bad feeling.
Lexie: Look, Hope, you're upsetting Isaac.
Hope: No, I'm not. He's fine. You're fine, aren't you, sweetheart?
Hope: Mama. Mama. Yeah. Mama's right here, baby. Mama's right here, baby.
Sami: Ha ha.
Austin: I'm always going to love you, Sami Reed...
Sami: Ha ha.
Austin: This way... or this much... For the rest of our lives. What do you think about that?
Sami: I think it's perfect.
Austin: Back at the chapel, I felt like I made a total mess of my life, and since I was so stubborn, I wouldn't listen to you or my Mom. It had to come down to the wire, you know? I mean, I got to tell you, I'm going to have some serious nightmares about that -- a chapel full of people waiting for me and Sami to get married. Breaking up with her in public would not have been my first choice, but you know, it's over.
Nicole: She got what she deserved.
Austin: Yeah. I upset a lot of people. Her mother, her father -- they're good people, and I feel bad about that, but I knew when I walked out of there that I was doing the right thing. But when I got outside, I didn't know what the hell to do with myself. All I know is I don't want to see Sami Brady for a very long time. So I said, you know, I'll go up to my room, the bridal suite, get my stuff, and then, you know, it hits me. I could go to work for Carl, I could live in New York, and I could do something good for you at the same time. I got Carl to farm out the Permalash account to you at Titan. I know how much that means to you. Why aren't you more excited about this?! What's wrong with you?!
Nicole: It's -- it's -- that's great, Austin. I mean, getting Permalash is like a dream come true, but I-I don't want to do it without you. We put so much into landing this account. You know, it would have been so fun planning the marketing campaign, taking trips to New York together. You're really leaving Salem? You're leaving Titan?
Austin: Yeah. As glad as I am to be getting out of Salem, it's not going to be easy to leave.
Nicole: I'll miss you.
Austin: I'm going to miss you. Oh, Nicole, don't you see? I won't be good for anyone right now. I mean, Sami really messed with my head, with my heart. You know, I'm not going to be able to move on with someone for a very long time. I need to be alone, away from all the memories. You know, it's just the way everything happened. It's like it had to be fate. Okay, first Carl says he wants to move Permalash in-house. He offers us the jobs. Then I find out about Sami's lies. It's like that's the way it was supposed to be from the beginning. Moving to New York is what I need. Don't you see? I mean, what could be more of a change than living in the most exciting city in the world? It's going to save my life. You understand?
Nicole: That's running away.
Austin: No. It's my only option.
Nicole: No, it's not. You could stay here. You could stay for me.
Bo: Your family, my family, even the Reibers are on this crazy roller coaster, and we don't know why or how it happened. I mean, did the babies get switched because of some stupid mix-up or was there some criminal activity? And if it was criminal, who's to blame?
Abe: It's a little too early for theories.
Bo: Yeah, right. No one's come forward having seen any suspicious activity.
Abe: But where else are we going to get the answers?
Bo: I can tell you one place. Lexie can testify against DiMera. I'm very sure he was involved in this switch.
Abe: You know, we have no proof of that, but even if there were, I couldn't talk Lexie into turning on her father, just like she won't give up on her son -- our son.
Lexie: He's calling for me. He wants me. I am his mother. Give him to me.
Hope: I can't. I can't give him back. I can't let go. I've waited so long for this.
Lexie: Then I'll take him.
Celeste: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, darling. You might hurt the child. You might hurt him.
Lexie: Mom, what am I supposed to do?
Celeste: Just stay calm. Stay calm, darling. She's not running away with the boy. Hope, give Alexandra back her boy, please.
Hope: I can't. I can't just decide to give him back. It's not like that. My God, now that I have him with me, I have no other choice.
Woman: Thanks for getting here so fast.
Man: What's the problem?
Woman: There's a couple of women over there arguing over the same baby.
Man #2: What's going on here?
Hope: This woman stole my baby.
Sami: [Sobbing] Uhh! Ahh! Kate did this to me! Kate and Lucas both! They never wanted me to have Austin! Austin... I can't let them win, and I won't. I'm going to get Austin back. And while I'm at it, I will get revenge on everyone who tried to hurt me. I'll make them all pay.
Bo: You say there's no proof DiMera was involved in the baby switch. You know that for a fact, or are you just taking your wife's word for it?
Abe: You need evidence to build a case against somebody, and you know that.
Bo: Yes. I also know DiMera covers his tracks. The only way to get any information on him is get somebody from the inside, like Lexie. Maybe she was involved in this from the beginning.
Abe: You know, I just can't talk to you about this.
Bo: Well, why the hell not? Abe, why can't we cut through the crap and be honest with each other for once? We've been friends for most of our lives.
Abe: Yeah, well, does that friendship mean you can let Lexie and me keep the son that we've raised for almost 2 1/2 years?
Bo: I hate this.
Abe: Yeah, well, at least we agree on something.
Bo: All right, let me put it this way. If Lexie knew what happened -- at any point, if she knew about the switch and kept it to herself, could you defend her on that? Yeah, I know she's your wife and everything, you love her, but can you forgive her for doing something like that, Abe?
Abe: Bo, we're going to go through hell -- all of us. You're probably going to lose J.T., and I guess our families are going to be fighting it out over Isaac. The dam's broken, and nothing either one of us does will ever stop that flood from coming.
Lexie: Hope, give me my baby.
Man: Wait a minute. I know you. You're Commander Carver's wife.
Lexie: Yes, I am, and if you don't want my husband to ask for your badge, you'll make this woman give me my child.
Man #2: Aren't you Detective Brady's wife?
Man: Uh, Mrs. Brady, you want to tell us how all this got started?
Hope: It's a long story, but trust me, I have every right to be holding my baby.
Celeste: But this is my darling little Isaac, the sweet little boy that Alexandra brought home from the hospital the day he was born.
Hope: We know the truth, don't we, sweetheart? You're mine. You're mine, aren't you?
Lexie: No, he's not, he's mine.
Man: We're getting nowhere fast.
Man #2: I know how to fix this. Wait here. I'm going to call the station.
Man: Okay, ladies, can we calm down and figure out how to work this out?
Hope: There's only one way to do that, officer. That woman has lied to my family and stolen from us, and until now she's gotten away with it, but not anymore. I'm going to tell everyone the truth you've been hiding, Lexie.
Hope: This is my baby! [Isaac crying]
Nicole: I don't -- I won't know what to do without you, Austin.
Austin: Are you kidding? You're Nicole Walker. You rule the business world.
Nicole: The best thing about running titan these last few months has been being partners with you.
Austin: I got a lot out of it, too. You know what? I just -- I was too careful in business. You know, I got the job done, but I was just too safe, you know? You showed me something. You showed me sometimes you just got to get to the edge of the cliff and you just have to jump off, and that's exactly what I did today, personally and professionally.
Nicole: Yeah, well, living dangerously used to be my specialty.
Austin: Used to be? Oh, come on. You're still a wild and crazy girl, Nicole.
Nicole: No. No, I have played it too safe with you, Austin. Instead of telling you my real feelings for you, I've been hiding them, scared that I'd chase you away. And now you're leaving, and it may be too late. But I am not going to let you go without telling you what you mean to me, Austin. You have changed me. You have made me think about things that I have been trying to forget. I feel like, with you, I want to be a good person. Honest. I want to see the glass is half-full, Austin, at least some of the time, like you do all of the time. You've had an effect on me. More than anyone else in my life, Austin. I'm different.
Austin: Wow. I'm really proud of you.
Nicole: Now, you see? Like that. No one's ever said things to me like that before, and I like it. I depend on it. I depend on you.
Austin: You're going to be fine. I mean, you were hot before, but with Permalash, I mean, there's going to be no stopping you.
Nicole: Austin, I am not talking about business. I mean me. I can't imagine sitting at my desk every day knowing that you're thousands of miles away. I mean, Austin, I -- oh! Austin, you know what I mean. I don't know why I'm having such a hard time saying it.
Austin: Because it's not the right time. That's why. We both know it. With you in Salem and me in New York... Come on, we're going to rule half the country. Ha ha.
Nicole: Yeah, we are going to kick some big-time butt.
Austin: That's right.
Nicole: You know, uh, this is the first time I've come out of a relationship with more than I had when I went in -- emotionally, I mean. Not that we had that kind of relationship.
Austin: Well, we had something really special. I mean, it's not over. It's just going to be long distance for a long while. Ah, I don't know. You know, I'll probably get on the plane and be kicking myself in the -- you know, for not taking this chance with you, but... You know, I got to go with my head this time.
Nicole: Just my luck.
Austin: You are lucky. And you're smart, and you're beautiful. You got that account. It wasn't me. You know, it wasn't me. It was your savvy and the way you looked in that Marilyn Monroe dress. Carl doesn't have a chance.
Nicole: Oh, I hooked him, but you reeled him in.
Austin: All right. Well, say "thank you, Austin."
Nicole: Thank you, Austin.
Austin: You're welcome.
Nicole: You know, it's been about winning for me, and without you here to share the victory, it's going to feel pretty empty.
Austin: Shut up and listen to me! I'm not going to be your husband! I'm not going to be your boyfriend, I'm not going to be your friend, we're not going to talk on the phone, we're not going to e-mail each other, I'm not going to send you birthday cards or Christmas cards. We're through.
Sami: [Sobbing] [sobbing continues]
Lexie: Would you do something? She's kidnapping my baby.
Man: Mrs. Brady, maybe you --
Hope: Don't you dare come any closer. She's lying. This is my baby. Why can't you just believe me?
Bo: Hope? Hope... Hey, thanks, guys.
Hope: What are you doing here?
Bo: We got a call at the station.
Abe: What the hell's going on here?
Lexie: Hope is kidnapping Isaac. She refuses to give him back to me.
Hope: Bo, look at him. Here he is -- my little boy. Bo, he's mine. Look, I'm finally holding -- I'm finally holding my little boy. You know it's true, he's mine. We know it now. And so do you, Abe. And there's nothing you can do about it. Bo and I are going home. We're going to take you home, okay, sweetheart? Huh? Bo, please, can we just go?
Lexie: She's taking my baby, Abe. She's taking him.
Austin: You know, if I don't leave now and seek my fortune, I can't come back a huge success and knock your socks off.
Nicole: Wait. You don't have to leave to impress me. I think you're incredible already.
Austin: I can make it on my own. I don't need my Mother helping me get my foot in the door. I don't need a beautiful blonde mogul in my corner rooting for me.
Nicole: There'll be a beautiful blonde. It just won't be me, huh?
Austin: Hey, we're still going to be working together on Permalash, just on the phone. I like your voice on the phone. You know, there were, um, some times that I would -- I would call you instead of walking down the hallway to your office, just so I could hear you say, "Nicole Walker."
Nicole: Are you sure about this?
Austin: As sure as I can be looking at your beautiful face, yeah.
Nicole: Then I have to let you go.
Austin: There is no excuse for what you did.
Sami: Then how about love? Austin, I love you so much that I can't even see straight.
Austin: You lied to me because you love me? Do you ever listen to what you say?
Sami: I have loved you since the moment that I met you, Austin. I have never loved anyone else.
Austin: You really do think I'm going to believe everything you say. Sami, I gave you my whole heart, and the only thing I asked for in return was honesty, and you have betrayed me over and over again, Sami. You've blown it.
Sami: No. Please --
Austin: And I'm never going to trust you again.
Sami: It's over. It's really over. [Gasps] [Sobbing]
Hope: I can't let him go, Bo. It wouldn't be right. The day he was born, I did let go, because we were tricked. If I let her take my baby right now, it's like we're betraying him all over again, and I can't do that.
Bo: Hope, listen, I know how you feel. We have to handle this thing legally.
Hope: Bo, he's my baby.
Bo: Yes, yes, he is, but if we take him right now, they could make a case that you're not acting in his best interest.
Hope: Bo --
Bo: We have to wait, to follow the proper proceedings.
Hope: Proceedings? I'll tell you about proceedings. I saw my son, and I proceeded to pick him up, because it's the sane, rational thing a mother does with her child.
Lexie: Will you stop saying that? Isaac is mine. I've taken care of him since the day he was born. He gave me his first smile. I held his little hands when he learned how to walk. I taught him his first words. All the days and nights we spent together as a family -- that's what makes him mine.
Hope: You had all of that, all the beautiful moments that rightfully belong to a child's mother. You stole them from me, Lexie. My God, this is my child. My flesh and blood. God formed him inside of me. He's mine, Bo. He's my baby, and I will die before I ever let him go again.
Celeste: Is it true, Abraham? Is Isaac really Hope's child?
Abe: Yeah. Yeah, it's true.
Celeste: Oh, mon dieu. How could such a horrible thing have happened?
Abe: It's just a freak thing. It's, uh... it was a mix-up at the hospital. I don't know yet how. Some of the babies were switched. Hope has Marlo's, and Lexie and me, we have Hope's.
Celeste: But the adoption.
Abe: Legally, Lexie and I are Isaac's parents. The adoption's binding. I just don't know how long that's going to be the case. Look, uh... This just may be delaying the inevitable, but I'm an officer of the law, as is Bo. And legally, Lexie has every right to her baby -- our baby. You have to give him up, Hope.
Hope: I can't. I can't, Bo. I won't. I can't. I can't do it.
Hope: No, no, please... [Sobbing] no, don't do it.
Lexie: Give him to me, Bo. Give me my baby.
Abe: Lexie, Lexie, he will, he will. Bo will give him to you.
Hope: Oh... My baby. My baby, please, Bo.