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Days of Our Lives Transcript Wednesday 9/17/08 - Canada; Thursday 9/18/08 - U.S.A.

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Nicole: Anyway, I got invited to this wedding that I feel crazy single misfits? It's horrible.

Philip: Can't you bring a friend or something?

Nicole: No, I can't bring a guest because I'm not in a "relationship." It's so discriminating.

Philip: Maybe you'll meet the man of your dreams.

Nicole: [Sighs] Well, I think I've already met that man. I'm just not sure how he feels about me.

Philip: Well, here's your chance to find out. I'm gonna make myself --

Nicole: Scarce? Yes, please.

Philip: Good luck.

Nicole: Thank you.

E.J.: Now, did you, uh, go home last night, or did you stay here?

Nicole: I camped out in that booth over there, covered up with a tablecloth. It was really quite comfortable.

E.J.: Really? And quite convenient, I'd imagine, as well. That's the first mimosa of the morning, I hope.

Nicole: Oh, that's an orange juice, actually.

E.J.: Oh. Really?

Nicole: Really.

E.J.: Are you feeling all right?

Nicole: Do you really care?

E.J.: Of course I do.

Nicole: Okay, since you asked, I had a rough night last night. At first I thought it was indigestion, but now I think I actually have some kind of bug.

E.J.: Ugh. Maybe you should go to the doctor.

Nicole: Oh, you really do care, don't you?

E.J.: Well, of course I do. I don't want to see you sick.

Nicole: I'll be fine. I'm pounding down the vitamins. Would you like to join me for breakfast?

E.J.: I would love to.

Kate: [Coughing]

Philip: Mom. Mom, are you okay?

Kate: [Coughing]

Philip: Hey, I'm sorry. She's gonna have to call you back. Let me get you some water.

Kate: I'm fine. I'm fine, really.

Philip: You're not fooling anyone, except maybe yourself.

Daniel: Oh, excuse me. Ah, there you are.

Lexie: Daniel, you're not on today's schedule, are you?

Daniel: No, no, I'm not. I got called in for a meeting.

Lexie: You're here to testify at my board hearing, aren't you?

Daniel: Yeah. I'm sorry, Lexie. I just -- I found out this morning.

Lexie: Damn it.

Abe: Well, the hospital board is meeting to evaluate Lexie's job performance.

Roman: What for? Lexie's doing a great job.

Abe: Apparently some people don't think so.

Roman: Well, does this have anything to do with the lock down?

Abe: No, no. Nobody blames Lexie for that.

Roman: Stefano DiMera -- that's who should be held responsible for that.

Abe: You know, I swear to you, Roman, I am gonna do whatever it takes to nail him.

Kate: Oh, my God. It's just a little cough. What do you say we get something to eat? Have you had breakfast yet?

Philip: What are you doing?

Kate: I'm hungry.

Philip: No, no, I mean, why are you acting like nothing's wrong and everything's okay?

Kate: Because nothing is wrong. Everything is okay. Honey, sweetie, this is so nice of you, but you're really worrying about nothing.

Philip: You're being naive, if not downright stupid.

Kate: Oh, that's a really nice way to talk to your mother.

Philip: You're taking your medicine, right?

Kate: Of course I'm taking my medicine. Please, do you want to go eat or not?

Philip: Hey, Chris. Yeah, it's Philip Kiriakis. Yeah, I'm good. Look, my Mom's not feeling well. She's gonna have to clear her schedule today, okay?

Kate: Philip, no!

Philip: Thanks. Yeah, I will.

Kate: Why did you do that? I have three very important meetings this --

Philip: We're going to the hospital.

Nicole: Maybe it's not such a bad idea moving into the pub -- fresh-squeezed orange juice, home-cooked food. Mmm.

E.J.: Well, don't tell me you've already grown tired of the Salem Inn.

Nicole: Well, it's strange. I was so anxious to leave Victor because there was no privacy, and then I finally move out, and there's --

E.J.: Too much privacy.

Nicole: Too much privacy. Aside from Pookie, of course.

E.J.: Listen, I think I'd just about give my right arm to be where you are, believe me. Just me and Johnny. Nobody else interfering.

Nicole: You've had enough of Casa DiMera?

E.J.: Quite.

Nicole: Then move out.

E.J.: Yeah. Yeah, it's not quite as simple as that.

Nicole: Let me guess -- Sami.

E.J.: Well, that's part of it, but, you know, there's also Tony and I are having a lot of problems with my Father at the moment. And that's all fraught with legal complications. Trying to settle the DiMera Empire is not an easy task, especially when he's not really cooperating.

Nicole: Doesn't surprise me.

E.J.: Yeah. Did I tell you that he had a cocktail party last night?

Nicole: I'm sure a good time was had by all. Can't say I'm sorry I missed it.

E.J.: Yeah.

Nicole: So, who was on the guest list?

E.J.: Uh, let's see -- there was Tony, Anna, myself, Samantha, John, and Marlena.

Nicole: One big happy family.

E.J.: Yeah, hardly. My Father spent most of the evening trying to humiliate Marlena, who, actually -- I have to say -- did a pretty good job of standing up for herself.

Nicole: What did he try to do to the rest of you?

E.J.: He just tried to get us on his side, with the exception of John.

Nicole: Why?

E.J.: That's what we're trying to figure out. I don't know. I just wish all this tension would go away. I'd like my life to return to some degree of normalcy.

Nicole: Yeah, I know what you mean.

E.J.: Trent?

Nicole: Thank you so much for reminding me.

E.J.: I'm sorry. Of course, sometimes I don't understand why you don't just take that big divorce settlement that you got and get on a plane, go to Tahiti or somewhere.

Nicole: Yeah, 'cause that will sure solve all of my problems.

E.J.: You're lucky, believe me. Sometimes I'd love to get on a plane, but I have Johnny to think about.

Nicole: Why am I the one who has to leave? I mean, for what it's worth, I-I kind of like Salem.

E.J.: This Salem? Oh, hmm, I suppose it has its charms.

Nicole: Besides, what good would it do going to some remote island when I don't have anyone to share it with?

Abe: Well, I'm gonna head over to the hospital.

Roman: Give my best to Lexie, and, uh, if there's anything I can do to help, just say the word.

Abe: Well, I appreciate that, partner.

Roman: Before you go, did you get a chance to look over that Carmichael report?

Abe: I did. I'll get it for you.

Roman: Okay. [Telephone rings] Yeah. Well, all right, go ahead. Put him on through. Yeah, Mayor Marino. Uh, well, as a matter of fact, he was just on his way out. Can it wait? Well, all right. If it can't wait, it can't wait. We'll see you soon.

Abe: Okay. I should be back in a couple of hours.

Roman: I just got a call from the mayor.

Abe: Well, what about?

Roman: He has something important to discuss with both of us.

Abe: Right now?

Roman: He's on his way.

Lexie: I can't believe they're dragging you into this.

Daniel: They didn't give me much of a choice.

Lexie: I mean, I just don't understand, you know? It's just a performance review. Unless, uh...they're bringing you in as a character witness. But that makes no sense. Mickey and Julie are on the board.

Daniel: I think they just wanted to bring in a colleague, somebody you work with. That's all.

Lexie: It's not fair of them to put you in this position, Daniel.

Daniel: This is a positive thing, Lexie. If they need an honest opinion of your performance as COS., well, I'm gonna give it to them.

Lexie: This could get ugly. Have you met Eleanor Thomas?

Daniel: Chairman of the Board, right?

Lexie: Yeah.

Daniel: We met briefly when I first got here.

Lexie: Yeah, well, you couldn't forget her or the permanent scowl on her face.

Daniel: I take it she's not your biggest fan.

Lexie: Nope, she's had it in for me since the day I started this job. She's tough.

Daniel: I could take her. I say bring it on.

Lexie: Um, look, to be perfectly honest with you, I have fallen behind in some of my responsibilities. Um, I don't know how upset they're gonna be about that.

Daniel: Everybody gets behind on paperwork and protocols. It is the day-to-day operation and the overall performance that's important here.

Lexie: Well, I mean, there are certain things that I know I'm not going to be able to defend against, like coming in late some days, leaving early.

Daniel: Because of Theo, right?

Lexie: But I don't think the reason matters to anyone.

Daniel: The hell it doesn't.

Lexie: Well, maybe not for you.

Daniel: There is no use getting worked up about this. Who knows? You know, maybe they just called you in to give you a raise. You don't know that, all right?

Julie: Hello, Lexie.

Lexie: Julie.

Julie: Dr. Jonas.

Daniel: Hello.

Julie: I hope you know that Mickey and I are both on your side.

Lexie: Thank you. I appreciate that.

Daniel: And Victor, too, I'm sure.

Lexie: So, are they ready for me?

Nicole: If I'm alone here, I can't imagine what it would be like alone on some deserted island in the middle of nowhere.

E.J.: Well, you'd have Pookie.

Nicole: Are you making fun of me?

E.J.: No. Nicole, I think it sounds wonderful to be away from the outside world and all of the pressures of people. I think it sounds absolutely fantastic.

Nicole: For a few days. And then I would be bored as hell.

E.J.: You're telling me that the idea of lying by a pool or on the beach with a nice mojito doesn't sound remotely appealing?

Nicole: If I were there with the right person.

E.J.: Did you, um...have somebody in particular in mind?

Nicole: Maybe.

E.J.: There is nothing in the world I would like to do more than run away to some distant island with you.

Nicole: How do you know I was talking about you?

E.J.: [Stammering] Um...is there some other guy who you're seeing?

Nicole: Would that upset you?

E.J.: Yeah, I'd be a little bit disappointed.

Nicole: Just a little bit?

E.J.: Um...no, I think I'd be devastated... I'd bet.

Nicole: Do you really mean it?

E.J.: I do. I think it would be a real shame if we didn't... get the opportunity to explore these feelings that we have for each other.

Kate: This is so unnecessary. I have so much to do today.

Philip: So do I, but your health is way more important.

Kate: My health is fine.

Philip: Then prove it. Give me that.

Kate: Philip, I have one quick call to make and --

Philip: After you see Kayla.

Kate: You're treating me like a child.

Philip: Can you please page Dr. Johnson?

Maxine: I'm sorry. She's not on call today.

Philip: My Mother really needs to see a doctor.

Kate: Philip, please.

Philip: She's got this really bad cough. Is there anybody else she could see?

Maxine: Let me check the schedule.

Philip: Okay, thank you.

Daniel: You know, I've got some time.

Roman: Okay, so... Mayor Marino, what brings you down here today?

Mayor Marino: Bears fan?

Roman: Oh, yeah. Afraid so. Through all the good times and the bad times.

Mayor Marino: We've had our share of both, haven't we?

Roman: Yeah, I'm just hoping they can get that quarterback situation worked out.

Mayor Marino: Yes. They really need someone in there who can handle the responsibility, make the smart calls.

Roman: Absolutely.

Mayor Marino: Sort of how it is off the field as well. Isn't that right, fellas?

Abe: I agree.

Mayor Marino: You have to use your personnel wisely, make sure all your players know their assignments.

Abe: Where are you going with this, mayor?

Mayor Marino: We have a serious problem, one that I'm afraid there's no easy way to make go away.

Abe: What do you mean there's a problem?

Mayor Marino: Did either one of you happen to see the op-ed piece in today's paper?

Roman: No, no, I didn't. Not yet.

Mayor Marino: Maybe you should take a look.

Abe: [Scoffs] That's ridiculous.

Roman: Just one person's opinion.

Mayor Marino: No, but it's not. In fact, my office has already received a number of calls regarding your tepid response during the crisis at the hospital.

Roman: You can't be serious.

Mayor Marino: Do I look like I'm joking? This isn't the first complaint we've had about your department. I'm sure it won't be the last.

Abe: You know, we did everything we could to deal with that situation.

Mayor Marino: So you contacted Homeland Security, the National Guard? I didn't think so. What if there had been a terrorist threat or a hostage situation? Did you even consider those things?

Roman: Of course we did. But we also knew Stefano DiMera was in there.

Mayor Marino: And so you assumed it was all his doing.

Roman: Well, yeah, mayor. Based on his history, yes, we did.

Mayor Marino: But you had no hard facts.

Abe: You know, we have no regrets about how we dealt with things.

Mayor Marino: I have city council, not to mention a number of watchdog groups, breathing down my neck. They want somebody to answer for this.

Abe: So you want to put our heads on the block after you let Stefano walk.

Mayor Marino: There is no evidence DiMera was involved.

Roman: Oh, come on, mayor. That's bull.

Mayor Marino: Give it to me, then. Let me see the evidence. If it is, I'll walk it in to the D.A. myself.

Abe: We're still working on it, damn it.

Mayor Marino: Well, I'm afraid it's too late for that. You see, there is no evidence that Stefano DiMera had any culpability in causing the crisis at the hospital. However, there is ample evidence that the Salem Police Department came up woefully short in both dealing with and containing --

Roman: Okay, all right. All right, mayor, what is the bottom line?

Mayor Marino: We need to determine who was most responsible.

Roman: And then what?

Mayor Marino: That, gentlemen, is up to you.

Victor: Mickey. Eleanor.

Eleanor: Hello, Victor. We should be starting in about 5 or 10 minutes. The agenda.

Victor: I wasn't aware Daniel Jonas was coming in.

Eleanor: I've asked him to testify. Excuse me. Gentlemen.

Mickey: How the hell did she get to be chairman of the board?

Julie: [Sighs]

Mickey: You doing okay?

Julie: She's going to be just fine. Aren't you, dear?

Daniel: We could step into the cubicle, and I could take a look.

Kate: No offense, but I think I'd be more comfortable with Kayla. Can I make an appointment?

Maxine: Let's see what she has available.

Kate: Thanks.

Daniel: This is ridiculous, Philip. If she needs to see a doctor --

Philip: She's already seen enough of you.

Daniel: That's funny. If this is about what happened between Kate and me --

Philip: As a matter of fact, it is.

Daniel: Can you table that right now and just focus on your mother's health? I know I'm not your favorite person. In fact, I've upset a lot of people here.

Philip: You slept with her.

Daniel: And you've been very clear about how you feel. But how would you feel if your mother got sick and your feelings towards me sort of got in the way of making a proper diagnosis? So could you put aside that animosity just for a little while here?

Philip: Yeah, all right.

Daniel: I talked to Kayla yesterday, and she said your mother refused the x-ray.

Philip: Yes.

Daniel: Well, we are not letting her out of here until she gets a proper checkup. And that means several tests and x-rays. What, has the cough been getting worse?

Philip: No, no. It's about the same. She said she's taking antibiotics, but nothing seems to be working. What do you think's wrong?

Daniel: It could be any number of things.

Philip: Such as?

Daniel: You know what? I don't want to speculate.

Philip: But you think it's serious.

Daniel: It's possible, which is why I need your help.

Kate: [Coughs] Okay, well, I have an appointment with Kayla for next week.

Philip: You know, I think you should take the x-rays today.

Kate: No.

Philip: It'll take a couple of minutes. You'll be back to work in an hour.

Daniel: He's right. I really don't think we should wait.

Nicole: And by exploring our feelings, you mean what, exactly?

E.J.: Well, I think we should start with a proper date.

Nicole: I suppose we haven't had one of those, have we?

E.J.: Yeah, I don't think run-ins at the Brady Pub quite count.

Nicole: And I suppose being trapped in an elevator doesn't, either.

E.J.: No, I think we may have got a little bit ahead of ourselves on that occasion.

Nicole: So, are we talking standard dinner and a movie? Chaste kiss good night at the door?

E.J.: You know, you don't strike me as your standard dinner-and-a-movie-type girl.

Nicole: Well, what type do you see me as?

E.J.: I don't know. Let me think about that.

Nicole: Oh, am I that hard to nail down? Oh, that was a bad choice of words.

E.J.: [Laughs] Well, let's see -- you're not exactly a, uh, baseball-and-bratwurst-type girl. I can't really see you at the opera. I can't. Sorry. Am I wrong? Okay. Oh, I know what you are. You're a glow-in-the-dark, goofy-golf-type girl. Yeah, followed by a nice greasy bacon cheeseburger at Buddy's. Am I right?

Nicole: And then what? Cotton candy and the video arcade? Geez, you know me so well, E.J.

E.J.: [Laughs] All right, seriously, if I was to take you on a proper date, I, uh -- I think we'd start with a nice early evening drink upstairs at montage. You know, the nice table they have by the fireplace? And I would order a bottle of Brunello. You prefer red, right? After that, I think dinner at the Towers Restaurant. Lobster fresh from Maine. We would enjoy an extremely nice and very leisurely dinner, after which we would have to find some way to work it off.

Nicole: Ah, yeah. I see where this is going.

E.J.: So...we would go for a nice, romantic, moonlit stroll along the water.

Nicole: A stroll.

E.J.: A stroll. I'm a gentleman, thank you very much, Nicole. And you -- you deserve to be treated like a lady. Then I'd walk you to your door, and I would, uh, cap a very proper date with A... chaste kiss. And then I would tell you that I would call you the next day, and I would absolutely make good on that promise. Of course, if that's too much of a cliché for you, then we could just go and do, you know, the baseball and the bratwurst. That would be fine, too.

Nicole: No, E.J. I'm sorry. That sounds perfect.

Kate: I thought I was just getting an x-ray. All this for a simple cough?

Daniel: Well, it doesn't sound simple.

Kate: All of this is necessary?

Daniel: Yes, we are gonna run a few tests, standard procedure. But I just need you to relax. Now, have you had any chest pains or quickness of breath?

Kate: I don't know.

Daniel: It's important that you answer these questions, Kate.

Philip: Just do it, Mom. Come on.

Kate: Oh, yes, a few times. I had a shortness of breath, but nothing serious.

Daniel: Have you coughed up any blood?

Kate: No, absolutely not.

Daniel: Difficulty swallowing?

Kate: No, this is such a waste of time.

Philip: Do it for me, then, okay? Peace of mind. Come on.

Daniel: All right, I just need to step out of here for a minute, but I will bring Maxine in to check your vitals. Excuse me. Uh, could you check Miss Roberts' vitals for me, please?

Maxine: Of course.

Philip: Daniel. You think there's something wrong.

Daniel: They need me upstairs, but it won't take long.

Philip: Hey, if you think there's something wrong, tell me.

Daniel: We will find out soon enough. But you just need to keep an eye on her, okay? I'll be back soon.

Abe: I know what you're looking for, Mr. Mayor. A scapegoat. Because you let Stefano get away with what he did, you need somebody to throw to the wolves.

Mayor Marino: I don't know what you're talking about, Commissioner.

Abe: Well, I am talking about the fact that we responded to that hospital crisis in an appropriate and timely manner. Now, if you want to check the records, you go right ahead.

Mayor Marino: So you followed proper protocol. Is that what you're saying?

Abe: That's exactly what I'm saying. We had emergency crews on the scene almost immediately.

Mayor Marino: Look, fellas, be honest, will you? It was a halfhearted effort by your department.

Abe: You know, I have been doing this job for 20-odd years. And no one has ever accused me of doing it halfheartedly.

Mayor Marino: I don't care if you've been at the job 100 years. The people of Salem deserve better.

Eleanor: Dr. Carver may be a respected physician. I won't argue with that. But I'm afraid we assumed that competence as a physician would translate into competence as an administrator. Obviously that was not the case.

Mickey: I'd like to cover streamline costs. She's cut overhead. She's hired some highly respected staff since she's taken over this position.

Eleanor: And those are all good things, but she's been extremely delinquent in her communication with the State Hospital Board, and there are a number of cost overruns at the clinic and outstanding collectibles.

Victor: I'm sure there's a very good reason for that.

Eleanor: And usually we have a large fund-raiser in the summer, but not this year.

Lexie: I take full responsibility for that. I, uh, simply didn't have the time to organize it.

Eleanor: Which is why we have a fund-raising committee, which you never even bothered to contact. And I would like to know the reason why. Was it because you were overwhelmed with other official duties, or was it because your personal life interfered with your duties as chief of staff?

Julie: That's dirty pool, Eleanor, and you know it.

Eleanor: My loyalties are to the hospital and to making sure that it runs as efficiently and as competently as possible.

Victor: And I believe that Dr. Carver's doing exactly that.

Eleanor: Which is what we're here to ascertain.

Mickey: Dr. Carver has my support and confidence.

Julie: And mine.

Eleanor: As far as I'm concerned, it's overwhelmingly obvious Dr. Carver should never have been given a position for which she's clearly unqualified.

Daniel: I couldn't disagree more.

Roman: You know what, mayor? Those men and women busted their tails and did a great job. You're looking for a problem here? Look at Stefano DiMera.

Mayor Marino: The man was comatose. Are you saying he orchestrated everything from his hospital bed?

Abe: That's exactly what we're saying.

Roman: Maybe you don't know Stefano DiMera.

Abe: Well, I'm not so sure, Roman. I think he does know him.

Mayor Marino: I beg your pardon.

Abe: How much did it take?

Mayor Marino: I'm not sure exactly what you're implying here, commissioner, but be careful.

Abe: How much money did it take for Stefano to bribe you?

Nicole: You almost had me there for a second, E.J.

E.J.: Nicole, what are you talking about?

Nicole: How many times have we done this?

E.J.: How many times have we done what?

Nicole: I know what's gonna happen. First, you tell me you're ready to move on and then Sami digs her claws in and all of a sudden we're back to square one and I am not gonna let myself fall for that again.

E.J.: You really don't have any faith in us, do you?

Nicole: I want to, E.J., believe me, but the ball's in your court.

E.J.: What exactly do you mean by that? Do you need Samantha to be completely out of the picture before you...make your move?

Nicole: Yes, it's only fair, isn't it?

E.J.: I've told you. Samantha is always going to be a part of my life.

Nicole: Because of Johnny, I know.

E.J.: Look, Nicole, to be honest with you, until he's grown up, Johnny's gonna take precedence over any woman. And if you don't understand that, then...any kind of relationship is gonna be really hard, if -- if not impossible.

Kate: [Coughing]

Philip: Here. Take it easy, take it easy.

Kate: Thank you.

Maxine: That's a nasty cough you've got there.

Kate: Where's Dr. Jonas?

Maxine: He'll be back shortly. Is there anything I can get you?

Kate: Yeah, permission to leave.

Philip: We're fine, Maxine. Thanks. You're not a very good patient, Mom.

Kate: No, no, I'm not.

Philip: Do you want to get better or not?

Kate: Who's acting like the parent now?

Philip: Hmm. You remember when I was in first grade and I got the chicken pox? You remember that? I couldn't get to sleep. You stayed up with me all night.

Kate: Yeah, I do remember that. I read you a lot of stories. I think we went through your entire book collection.

Philip: That one about camp -- that was my favorite.

Kate: Towards the end, I think you enjoyed staying home from school.

Philip: You took really good care of me, Mom. And now it's my turn to take good care of you.

Eleanor: So, Dr. Jonas, you've practiced at a number of reputable hospitals.

Daniel: I have.

Eleanor: And how would Dr. Carver compare with the other chiefs of staff that you've worked with?

Daniel: Well, let me just say this. Initially, I was brought here specifically to perform a rare pancreatic procedure on a patient. The operation was successful. And I assumed I would just be moving on. But then Dr. Carver here asked me to stay. And I must admit, I was a bit hesitant at first. But then the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Why not? Why not stay? Good people, great environment. I felt I had something to offer. But most of all, I just like the way things work around here. And to me, well, that says a lot about the person in charge.

Eleanor: Would you say that you have a good working relationship with Dr. Carver?

Daniel: Without a doubt.

Eleanor: This next question, I apologize, but it has to be asked.

Daniel: Please.

Eleanor: Do you think that the fact that Dr. Carver's son was recently diagnosed with autism has affected her work?

Julie: How is that relevant?

Eleanor: Isn't it possible that Dr. Carver's personal problems interfered with her duties as chief of staff?

Daniel: No, absolutely not. Lexie has been nothing but professional through all of this.

Lexie: It's okay. I am dealing with a lot right now. And maybe my son's diagnosis has affected my job, but it does not change my commitment to my patients and my staff at this hospital. And it never will.

Nicole: I know that your son is the most important person in your life. And that's part of why I like you. You put your family first. I respect that.

E.J.: So you're telling me that you wouldn't have a problem sharing me with Johnny?

Nicole: I think there's room for both of us. It's Sami I don't want to share you with.

E.J.: Nicole, she's his mother. She's always going to be a part of his life.

Nicole: Can't we send her to that deserted island?

E.J.: [Chuckles] You'd like that, wouldn't you?

Nicole: I can think of a lot of people who would.

E.J.: Come here. Look, if we're gonna do this -- us -- you need to give a little, and I need to know that you're willing to do that.

Nicole: I'm willing to be flexible. But Sami has to do the same.

E.J.: She will. Trust me.

Nicole: You say that now, but wait till she finds out we're dating. I mean, if -- if we take it to that level.

E.J.: No, quite.

Nicole: That's it. How long are we gonna play this game?

E.J.: What game?

Nicole: Are you gonna ask me out or what?

E.J.: Oh. [Laughs]

Mayor Marino: How dare you suggest that I accepted a bribe.

Abe: Now, we know that Stefano bought his way out of jail and out of those charges. Doesn't take a genius to figure out what's going on here.

Roman: Abe, why don't we let it go for now?

Abe: You want to know what I think happened?

Mayor Marino: No, I don't.

Abe: I think Stefano paid off whoever he had to, starting with the D.A. and working his way right up through you.

Mayor Marino: That's enough.

Abe: You know, when you ran for office, I actually voted for you. I thought, "here's a young guy. He's smart, energetic, full of fresh ideas. He'll bring a new strength and courage to city hall." I couldn't have been more wrong.

Mayor Marino: Commissioner, consider this your final warning.

Abe: What are you gonna do? Fire me?

Mayor Marino: If you persist.

Abe: You know, the last thing I want to do is work for a corrupt and, even worse, a cowardly and intimidated City Hall. I'll find a way to get Stefano on my own.

Roman: Don't do this, partner. Abe, don't do this.

Abe: Sorry, Roman. I quit.

Roman: Abe!

Eleanor: Before we deliberate, I'd like to pose one final question to Dr. Jonas, if I may.

Daniel: Please. Go right ahead.

Eleanor: In your experience, when a chief of staff falls behind in her administrative duties, as Dr. Carver has, what would be the repercussions?

Daniel: Well, I'm really not in a position to answer that, but, you know, I will say this. I have worked at a lot of hospitals where the chairman and the chief of staff has essentially and singularly been an administrator who's done nothing but worry about deadlines and budgets and filing reports and papers. They were little more than a paper-pushing automaton. But that is not Dr. Carver. She is first and foremost a physician, someone with heart, dedication, perseverance, intelligence, and understanding, and, above all, compassion. So, simply, I believe Dr. Carver is the best doctor -- no, the best person this hospital could have to lead it and to represent it. This institution -- all of you right here are incredibly lucky -- no, no, you are fortunate and blessed to have her. And it would be a huge mistake to let her go.

Eleanor: Thank you, doctor. Now, if you and Dr. Carver would please step out for a moment while the board deliberates.

Daniel: You know, may I please just say one more thing?

Eleanor: I think we've heard enough.

Julie: Oh, Eleanor, for God's sake, let him speak.

Eleanor: Go on.

Daniel: I would like you all to please take a good look at this woman. She is what this hospital is all about. Lexie treats her staff like they are family, from the heart surgeon to the janitor, and I'll tell you what -- it shows, because I have never been in a hospital where the chief of staff has been so highly regarded. And these people here, they don't -- they don't just follow in her footsteps because they fear her. They do it, and they gladly do it, because they respect her. Now, I'll hope you'll all keep that in mind when you make your decision. Thank you.

Lexie: Yeah.

Eleanor: The question before us is very simple -- do we keep Dr. Carver as Chief of Staff, or do we let her go?

Kate: I am sorry that I was so hesitant about coming to the hospital today.

Philip: That's okay.

Kate: No, it's not. It's not. You were concerned. You were worried about your mother, and I should feel lucky.

Philip: What, so does this mean no more complaints?

Kate: Yeah, no more complaints. [Coughing]

Philip: You okay? Mom. Nurse! Somebody! Oh, my God. Nurse! Somebody, help! Nurse!

On the next "Days of Our Lives" --

Daniel: No, I'm not giving up on Chelsea.

Victor: You are not going anywhere near my granddaughter.

Nicole: What do you want from me?

Hope: How about the truth?

Max: Hey, Dad, I'm back!

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