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Days of Our Lives Transcript Tuesday 9/16/08 - Canada; Wednesday 9/17/08 - U.S.A.
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John: What the hell is the meaning of this?
E.J.: Oh. You got one, too, did you?
John: And since when do I need an engraved invitation to drink in my own house?
E.J.: Well, you know it's Father's intention to reclaim this house as his own. This little cocktail party is probably just his way of reasserting his proprietary rights.
John: Well, son of a bitch will never get away with it.
E.J.: Well, apparently, he already has.
John: Not if I stop him first.
E.J.: I wouldn't do that if I were you.
John: So...you're on his side now.
E.J.: [Clears throat] Aren't you just the least bit curious to know what he's up to, John? I am.
John: I know what he's up to.
E.J.: Oh, I sincerely doubt that. Who knows? Maybe this whole thing is just his way of making peace.
John: You're defending him.
E.J.: No, I'm not. John, it was me who got the injunction that prevented him from reclaiming this property and his fortune in the first place. If it wasn't for me, you would be out on your ear.
John: Well, regardless, I don't like it.
E.J.: Well, until such time as a court comes to a decision, hopefully one that declares him to be mentally incapable, there's not a lot you can do about it.
John: And in the meantime, he's enjoying this and rubbing our noses in it.
E.J.: Well, you can take some solace in the face that he seems to spend most of his time holed up in the East Wing.
John: Well, obviously not tonight. The question is -- why would he be inviting me to one of his parties?
E.J.: Well, it's not just you. I'm on the guest list, too.
Sami: So am I.
Lexie: Uh, I was getting worried about you.
Abe: I'm sorry I'm late. Just things are crazy down at the station and I worked a lot longer than I thought I would.
Lexie: Well, you missed Theo. I just put him down.
Abe: Is he asleep?
Lexie: Yeah, as soon as his head hit the pillow.
Abe: How is he tonight?
Lexie: He was fine. Just fine. You know, he played quietly with his blocks and his truck. I tried to get him to let me play with him, but, uh...
Abe: He's happier alone.
Abe: You know, I think we're gonna have to work harder at getting him to let us play along.
Lexie: Abe, we've tried. You know, it's just the harder we try, the more he just seems to withdraw.
Abe: Yeah, I know.
Lexie: Uh, can I fix you a drink?
Abe: How about you?
Lexie: Maybe later. Bourbon and water, right?
Abe: No, no, no. I mean...how are you? Is everything all right?
Lexie: Yeah, everything is, uh...all right. I mean, considering the, uh, circumstances.
Abe: Lex, look at me. Is there something you want to tell me?
E.J.: Samantha, what are you doing here? I thought you were at the police station.
Sami: Sorry to disappoint you, E.J., but I managed to find a way home. No thanks to my Mom and Dad or to you. I even, um, tried calling John. I left several messages with the housekeeper.
John: I never got them.
Sami: Apparently they were intercepted.
E.J.: Really? By who?
Stefano: Yours truly. Well, I could hardly leave one of my party guests stranded, now, could I? Because it's important that everyone be here tonight. Very important... indeed. [Classical music plays]
Abe: Hey, talk to me. What's wrong? Come on. Come here.
Lexie: Nothing, honey. Nothing. Okay, look, um, I just -- I ran into Tamar at the pub today with her little boy.
Lexie: Yeah, Sawyer's mother. Um, he was in preschool with Theo about a year ago before we, uh, found out Theo had autism.
Abe: Oh, ye-- yeah, I do remember. He's a cute kid. Took a special liking to Theo.
Lexie: Yeah. Yeah, exactly. So, anyway, you know, he was excited to see Theo, so he ran over to his table and he said, "hi, Theo."
Abe: And Theo, how did he respond?
Lexie: He didn't. You know, Sawyer just couldn't understand why his friend wouldn't acknowledge him, you know, or even look his way.
Abe: That must have been rough on all of you.
Lexie: It just broke my heart, you know, especially to see these two little boys -- one is so happy and outgoing, you know, full of life, talking up a storm. You know, Sawyer's just everything that Theo isn't. I know I shouldn't feel this way. I shouldn't compare. I just feel awful for --
Abe: You couldn't help it. It doesn't make you a bad person for wanting your son to be the same as the other kid. You know, to wish that he weren't burdened by challenges the other boy doesn't have.
Lexie: Well, that's exactly what I wish for.
Abe: You know as well as I do -- as well as anybody -- that burdens can be overcome. And Theo is making progress.
Lexie: But is it enough, Abe? You know, I just can't help wondering, "are we doing everything there is that we can possibly be doing?"
Abe: Sweetheart, you know there's that research at Harvard that shows that autism can be tied in to some specific genes.
Lexie: Yeah, I've been reading about that.
Abe: Well, from everything I understand, it could be a breakthrough.
Lexie: Mm-hmm, yeah. They believe the genes may be dormant instead of inactive, which means they could respond to stimulus from intensive interactive therapy.
Abe: Which means it's important for Theo to continue his sessions and, for us, even work hard with him here at home.
Lexie: I know, honey. We're trying, but we just don't seem to have enough time, you know? Our jobs are so stressful, especially now. And Theo is paying the price for that.
E.J.: All right, so, let me see if I understand this correctly. Father...actually came to your rescue?
Sami: Believe me, no one was more surprised than I was when he showed up at the police station.
John: I would have been there for you if I had received any of those messages.
Stefano: I saw no reason to bother you, John, and being that I have friends in the right places...
E.J.: Ah, yes. I think we all know about your friends, Father. What we can't quite work out is your motive.
E.J.: Motive, yes. You never actually do anything without one.
Stefano: Well, perhaps I wanted to simply show that I am not really a bad guy after all.
E.J.: [Chuckles] Right. And I find that a little hard to believe that was your only objective.
Stefano: Believe what you will. Samantha was in need of help. I offered mine. End of story.
E.J.: Is it?
Sami: I told him I didn't need or want his help or a ride, so I took a cab.
John: In the future, I will thank you to stay away from my stepdaughter. You had no business involving yourself in this.
Stefano: She is a guest in my house. Also, she's the mother of my grandson.
John: No, this is my house now. I still hold title. And I still have power of attorney over all the DiMera holdings.
Stefano: All right, may I suggest that we table this conversation for now? Because I would like to check on the champagne, hmm? [Music stops]
Sami: So, does anyone know what this party is about? 'Cause I can tell you right now, I am seriously not in the mood.
E.J.: Haven't got a clue. But I'll tell you this much -- we're a lot better off finding out what he's up to.
E.J.: Hey, can I get a word with you for a second?
Sami: [Clears throat]
E.J.: Look, I don't know what my Father's up to this evening, but I just wanted to you know that I'm thankful for one thing and that's that you didn't take him up on his offer of some help.
Sami: Because, according to you, I don't deserve help. I'm just a mother trying to look after her child.
E.J.: I didn't say that.
Sami: I just wanted you to be there for me, just to stand by me.
E.J.: I'm sorry, Samantha. I think it's about time that you started to grow up.
Sami: We stealing lines from my Mom now? That's exactly what she said at the police station.
E.J.: She said that to you? Good. It's about time you had a little bit of tough love, darling.
Sami: Mm, and that's what you're trying to do? Show some tough love?
E.J.: No, that's not what I'm trying to do. With the exception of Johnny, as far as I'm concerned, I really don't care. You can be as erratic, as self-destructive, and as childish as you want to be. It's got nothing to do with me.
Stefano: I appreciate the two of you being here. This evening is very important to me.
Anna: Why, Stefano? Wh-- what is this all about?
E.J.: Yeah, I think that's what we're all dying to know.
Tony: Well, it's clear it's just another pathetic attempt to woo us back into the fold. He'll spend the evening lecturing us, trying to convince us of our duties and obligations as DiMera heirs.
Anna: Who aren't even heirs at all.
E.J.: Is that right? I mean, is this whole thing just some kind of charade to get us back on your side?
Stefano: [Sighs] In a word -- yes.
Tony: Oh, it can't be as simple as that.
Stefano: In fact, it is, whether you choose to believe it or not.
Tony: You'll understand my skepticism.
Stefano: Of course. But tonight you are going to see that I am not the enemy. And you will also see that I am not the reason that this family has been torn apart. For that, we have to thank a person that is every bit as ruthless, if not more so, than I.
John: You okay?
Sami: Not really. I feel like the whole world is against me.
John: You know, I meant what I said before. I would have been there at the police station if I received any of those messages.
Sami: I know you would have. And I really appreciate that. It's nice to know that you understand me. It still feels weird to say that, that you of all people -- but, of course, you're not the you that you were, right, so...
John: Well, sometimes that's a good thing, right?
Sami: I just really thought E.J. did, you know?
John: E.J. did what?
Sami: I thought he understood me, but obviously he doesn't feel that way anymore.
John: I wouldn't be so sure.
Sami: Well, anyway, I really appreciate you standing up for me in front of him. It meant a lot to me.
John: Oh, I've observed you with the rug rats. And as a mother, you're very equipped, so whatever you did, I'm sure you just did it out of concern.
Sami: You really do understand.
John: Sometimes I think that you're the only one who gets me, too...even a little, especially since Ava left me.
Sami: We should probably change the subject.
John: Okay. So, what's going on? What can I do to help you?
Sami: Oh, John, I don't think there's anything you can do to help me. I don't think there's anything anyone can do, except Stefano.
John: Oh, no. Stefano's not out to help you or anybody but himself. So I'm warning you, Samantha, don't trust him. Just stay away from him. Do you understand me?
Sami: Yes, I understand.
John: Not doing so would be a serious mistake. You saw what he tried to do to your mother, didn't you?
Sami: I know. John, I know. Do you think there's any way to stop Stefano?
John: Oh, I don't think. I know. And I'm the man to do it. Now...shall we get this over with?
Sami: The sooner, the better.
Abe: Sweetheart, I know you're worried. But one thing I'm sure of is that we're doing everything possible for our son.
Lexie: Yeah, well, there's just so much to keep up with -- you know, new research, possible breakthroughs like what they're working on at Harvard. I mean, do we keep Theo in his current therapies or switch him to a different one? You know, so much.
Abe: We're doing all that. We're gonna continue to.
Lexie: [Sighs] I guess I just -- I'm just hoping for a miracle, you know? But with this disorder, miracles don't happen. There is no cure, only improvement. You know, sometimes so little, it's almost indiscernible.
Abe: I know, I know, I know. And I know it's frustrating, but, you know, Theo's got the best therapies. He has the best school. He's got wonderful teachers that are doing everything possible to make sure he has real progress. Hey. It's gonna be okay. We just have to keep believing it.
Lexie: Yeah. Yeah, and if we believe it, he'll believe it.
Abe: Yeah, absolutely.
Lexie: You know, I just shouldn't have left that whole situation with sawyer get to me the way it did. You know, normally it wouldn't, but it just -- ugh.
Abe: You know, you're under a lot of stress right now. I just can't believe you're being called in front of the hospital board for a performance review. Don't they know everything that you're dealing with?
Lexie: It's not their problem, Abe. I'm chief of staff. It's my responsibility to make sure my personal life doesn't interfere with my duties.
Abe: Sweetheart, are you sure they're not blaming you for what happened with the lock down?
Lexie: They assured me they weren't.
Abe: And you believe them.
Lexie: Yeah. I mean, they know I'm not responsible.
Abe: You sure as hell weren't. Stefano orchestrated that lock down.
Lexie: Well, unfortunately, there's no way to prove that.
Abe: I don't need proof. I feel like driving over there right now and tearing him limb from limb.
Lexie: Well...we do have an invitation.
Lexie: My Father invited us to a cocktail party tonight.
Stefano: I would like to thank all of you again for being here and joining me in this, uh, long, overdue family night. Huh? I see that Alexandra and Abraham have chosen not to be here. I'm sure that their presence will be missed, but, alas, we will carry on because I am determined that nothing will spoil this occasion, huh? It promises to be, I believe, something that none of us will ever forget, at least that is my sincerest wish. Tonight will mark the beginning, dare I hope, before the evening is over, a reuniting of a family that has been tragically torn apart due to the cold and criminal actions of [Chuckles] Someone that, uh, you would least suspect.
John: Cut the crap and get to the point.
Tony: Well, you didn't ask us all here to make apologies or amends, so what exactly are you presuming will change our minds about how we feel?
Stefano: Ah. My dear...your timing is impeccable...as always.
Abe: "Your presence is requested at the home of Stefano DiMera -- 8:00 this evening. Please dress for cocktails. Come prepared to be amazed." When did this arrive?
Lexie: I found it when I got home.
Abe: Inside the house?
Lexie: No, outside in the mailbox. What do you suppose he means "come prepared to be amazed"?
Abe: I think it could be another one of Stefano's tricks. He wants to get us there by rousing our curiosity. I have to admit, it's working.
Lexie: What are you saying?
Abe: I think we should go.
Sami: Mom, what are you doing here?
Marlena: I got a message asking me to come over and meet John here, but I see I'm interrupting the party.
Stefano: No, you're not interrupting anything. And as I said, your timing is perfect. And as for John, as you see, he's right here.
John: I didn't send you any messages, Blondie. I know better.
Marlena: Then who did?
Stefano: I must confess, I am responsible for the ruse. Knowing that perhaps you would not show up and that simply would not do, would it, Marlena? Since you are the guest of honor.
Lexie: You can't be serious. You are not suggesting we go to this party.
Abe: I wouldn't mind knowing what Stefano's up to.
Lexie: Well, I couldn't care less what he's up to. He's been nothing but trouble for everyone ever since he came out of that coma. I want nothing more to do with him.
Abe: You really mean that?
Lexie: Does this answer your question?
Stefano: Marlena, may I pour you some champagne?
Marlena: I'm not staying.
Stefano: Oh, come now. After all the trouble I went to for you as a guest of honor, you must stay.
John: What do you want with her? What the hell is the meaning of all this anyway?
Stefano: Patience, brother. You're about to find out.
Tony: Well, my patience is running thin.
Anna: Yes, I think we're all a little tired of your games, Stefano.
Tony: So what's your point? Whatever it is, say it straightaway, otherwise Anna and I are going to be leaving.
E.J.: Yeah, I think you can count me in, too.
Sami: Oh, I am so over this. I am going to bed.
Stefano: Stop it, all of you. No one is leaving here now. Not until you have seen firsthand and heard why our guest of honor has been brought here. I'm sure they would be very shocked, Marlena, wouldn't they, if they realize that inside your body beats a heart almost blacker than mine?
Stefano: So, Marlena, I think it's time, both your family and mine, to know the real truth what the oh-so perfect Dr. Evans is capable of.
Marlena: Go to hell.
John: No, I will. Do not go.
Marlena: Why should I stay? So Stefano can attack and denigrate me in front of everybody? The awful part is that he's right. I did a terrible thing. I'm a doctor, John. I'm a respected member of my community, and I deliberately injected a man with a poison. I put him into a coma.
John: Yes. Why? Because he did a terrible thing. He destroyed your life by taking away the man that you love. For the longest time, you thought that your husband was dead, that that man in there had killed him and, in a way, he did. And you're right when you say that I'll never be the person that I was. You've lost that guy forever. And it's all because of Stefano DiMera.
Marlena: John --
John: So he got what he deserved. Hell, if I had anything to say about it, I would have left him in that coma. And I'm not just saying that because of all I stand to lose because he's back now. I'm saying that because he hurt you. And even though I know you want nothing more to do with me, I would kill anybody who did that to you again.
Marlena: Thank you.
John: For what?
Marlena: For clarifying everything that happened, reminding me why I did what I did. He did take away the person I love most in the world. And I'll never, ever, never get him back again. Look, it wasn't just about vengeance, you know? When I saw what Stefano did to you, I realized he's capable of doing anything at all. Like, I'm afraid of what he might do. He might go after my children.
John: So you took matters into your own hands. Well, that's what we have to do sometimes, Blondie, just to protect the people we care about.
John: So don't feel bad. Feel good. And don't feel ashamed or guilty. Feel empowered. You're an incredible woman. And I can see how that...guy that I used to be was so in love with you.
Stefano: I just wanted to set the record straight at last.
Anna: Did you really think this would work, Stefano? That Marlena would just admit to something so unconscionable and unbelievable?
Stefano: But it is true. I have been accused and vilified as some kind of a monster while the homicidal Dr. Evans, who is totally responsible for my extended coma and my life of hell, is revered. Enough already.
Sami: My Mom is not and never has been homicidal. You're still alive, aren't you?
Stefano: Yes, I am. But the state that she put me in was a living death. Do you understand that? And it's time that everybody knew that this woman is a menace. The entire world should be aware of it.
E.J.: Okay, we should call this a night, shall we? Tony?
Anna: The very idea that Marlena could do anything so horrible, even to you --
Marlena: Actually... I could... and I did. It's all true. I injected Stefano with an untraceable toxin that put him in a coma. And given the chance to do it again...I might just do it.
Lexie: You know, sometimes when I'm watching him sleeping, I just can't take my eyes off of him. He just seems so serene, so at peace. Just like --
Abe: Just like any other kid.
Abe: I am so proud of you.
Lexie: For what?
Abe: For being a great mom. For dealing with all this stress from your job, Stefano, me. You know, you always make Theo the first priority. Our son is very lucky to have you. So am I.
Lexie: No. I'm the lucky one. I thank God every day for you and Theo.
Anna: You actually stuck a needle in him, put him in a coma? It can't be possible.
Sami: She had no choice.
Stefano: There is always a choice. There are not many people in this world -- presuming that they have a conscious -- would choose to play god with a man's life.
Marlena: He's right. The truth is, I'm not proud of what I did. But when I saw what he had done to John, I knew I had to find some way to stop him from hurting anybody else. And my conscious unfortunately -- I do have one -- would not allow me to kill him. So I decided that I had to incapacitate him.
E.J.: So that's why you inject him with an untraceable toxin?
Marlena: My intention was to render him incapable of speech or any communication whatsoever so he could no longer hurt anyone. His brain, his mental facilities, were still completely intact, assuming that they ever were intact.
Stefano: Hmm. Aren't you the clever one? But you are still capable of the cruelest kind of torture because I was a prisoner in my own body. I was aware of everything around me. I could see, hear, but I could not communicate. I was powerless to do anything.
Sami: Oh, it's a torture you well deserved, Stefano. I am proud of my Mom because she had the courage to finally put you away.
Stefano: I guess I cannot blame you for standing by her. She is your mother after all, and family should stick together, which brings me to the point of this evening. Antony, Elvis...what say you now that you've heard Marlena admit the truth?
E.J.: As far as I'm concerned, nothing's changed.
Tony: You know, whatever was done to you, by whomever, you brought it on yourself, so you're not gonna get any sympathy from us.
Anna: Or anyone else.
Stefano: This is the final insult. The final treachery. Mm. I am through with both of you. And as of this moment...I put you on notice. I put you all on notice. Vengeance...will be mine.
John: No, I'm putting you on notice, brother. Right here, right now.
Lexie: I can't remember the last time we did something like this, you know, something as simple as enjoying a bottle of wine.
Abe: Oh, I hope before the night's out, we'll be enjoying it a lot more. [Chuckles] [Telephone ringing]
Lexie: Oh, excuse me. It's the hospital. Hello? All right. Thank you. Goodbye.
Abe: What is it?
Lexie: [Sighs] The board's secretary calling to confirm our meeting tomorrow morning.
Abe: This late?
Lexie: Yeah, well, I guess they were making sure I wouldn't forget.
Abe: You're not worried, are you?
Lexie: Actually, yeah. I'm gonna be honest. Yeah, yeah, I am. You know, I've missed some important meetings. I've fallen behind in my paperwork and my filings with the insurance board.
Abe: Well, surely you can explain all that.
Lexie: Abe, honey, I can make excuses, but I can't defend it.
Abe: You think they might really fire you?
Lexie: I'm hoping they don't. You know, I just feel there's so much more I could do there if they give me the chance. Well, if I could just find the time.
Abe: You know, you're doing so much. Theo needs you a hell of a lot more than that damn hospital.
Lexie: So, what? You're suggesting I quit?
Abe: No, no, I'm not. I'm just saying that you need to decide on what you want to do and what's most important to you and what you think you can handle. I mean, if it does mean that you give up your job as chief of staff, don't worry about it. I'm more than capable of taking care of this family.
Lexie: Oh, honey. I know you are.
Abe: There. Does that make that meeting tomorrow easier?
Lexie: It all depends on how it goes, Abe, and what they decide it is they want to do.
Abe: Well, I still think they'd be fools to let you go.
Tony: What do you suppose Father and John are talking about in there?
E.J.: I don't know. John seems pretty determined.
Tony: Determined to kill him by the look in his eye.
Anna: And he's as crazy as the two of you trying to tango with Stefano. The man will never give up control.
E.J.: Of course he won't. That's why we're gonna have to take it from him.
Tony: One way or the other.
Sami: Mom? Are you okay?
Marlena: Yes, I am. You know, John was right. It's time I got this thing out in the open and face Stefano head on. I -- I feel so much better.
Sami: Well, I want you to know I meant what I said. I don't blame you and I never have.
Marlena: Well, honey, revenge is never okay.
Sami: It wasn't about revenge. You were trying to protect your family...just like I was when I was forced to marry E.J. Stefano has done so many terrible things to all of us.
Marlena: Well, I'm not Stefano. I think I hold myself to a higher standard than that.
Sami: I think you're too hard on yourself.
Marlena: Thank you.
Sami: But you probably think that I'm not hard enough on myself.
Marlena: You know what? I'm sorry that I was so hard on you at the police station.
Sami: Thanks. But I understand. I know you were just concerned for me.
Marlena: I am concerned about you. I'd like to see you try to be a little less impulsive, maybe think from your head, not from your emotions.
Sami: I'll try. I'll really try, Mom.
Marlena: Oh, baby girl.
Stefano: So...you are putting me on notice. Hmm. I find that amusing, John. I mean, especially coming from a man who used to be my pawn.
John: I'm not your pawn anymore. The sooner you realize that, the better you will be.
Stefano: Hmm. What do you want from me, John?
John: Well, there's two things.
John: You will stay away from Marlena. And you will not breathe a word about what she did to you to anybody else.
Stefano: Oh. I'm sorry, but I cannot do that. See, Marlena made a big mistake and she is going to pay.
John: Well, then, you're gonna have to go through me.
Stefano: Oh, John. That can be arranged.
John: You thought this was war before? Brace yourself.
Stefano: [Sighs] [Laughs]
Tony: What's so funny?
Stefano: John [Laughs] You two clowns [Laughs] Think you're going to win. I mean [Laughs] It is hysterical. [Laughs] Salute. Oh, God.
John: Excuse me. Am I interrupting?
Sami: Oh. No, of course not. I was just on my way to check on Johnny. Good night, Mom, John.
Marlena: Good night, sweetie.
Marlena: Sleep well.
John: I'm so proud of you, Blondie. You stood up to Stefano. You showed him that you weren't afraid, you weren't ashamed. His little bombshell was a total bust.
Marlena: Well, maybe not. I'm sure he's more determined than ever now to get even with me.
John: Well, let him try. I'm ready for him.
Stefano: Suffice it to say, my boys, papa's putting all his ducks in a row. And it will not be long before all is revealed.
Tony: Ducks in a row. What are you going to do? [Chuckles] Shoot us?
John: Whatever happens between us, Blondie, just know that I have your back. And as long as I'm alive, Stefano will never hurt you.
Marlena: What did you say to him?
John: Well, just that if he so much as touches a hair on your head, he will curse the day he was born.
Roman: I just got a call from the mayor.
Abe: Well, what about?
Roman: He has something important to discuss with both of us.
Daniel: I got called in for a meeting.
Lexie: You're here to testify at my board hearing, aren't you?
E.J.: First mimosa of the morning, I hope?
Nicole: Oh, that's an orange juice.
E.J.: Are you feeling all right?
Nicole: Do you really care?
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