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Days of Our Lives Transcript Monday 9/22/08 - Canada; Tuesday 9/23/08 - U.S.A.

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Melanie: You got a hell of a lot nerve showing up here.

Trent: I've been looking for you.

Melanie: You're wasting your time.

Trent: You can cut the crap now, Melanie. Maybe everybody else is falling for this little hurt and angry act of yours, but I know you better than they do. I know what you're really like.

Melanie: What do you want?

Trent: You said a lot of things last night that I know you didn't mean. I think it's time we, you know, cleared the air and got back to the way things used to be.

Hope: Lex.

Lexie: Yeah?

Hope: You keep looking at your watch.

Lexie: Sorry.

Hope: I hope it's not the company.

Lexie: Oh, please. Habit. Habit. I mean, I can't remember the last time I wasn't expected at the hospital first thing in the morning. If you would have told me even just a few days ago that I would quit as chief of staff...

Hope: You made the right decision for you. That's what matters. Look on the bright side.

Lexie: Oh, yeah. Yeah, I mean, I'll be able to attend more therapy sessions with Theo.

Hope: Right.

Lexie: Work more intensively with him at home. Ah, it's a good thing.

Hope: Yeah, yeah, of course it is. Just try to take advantage of your time with Abe and Theo, okay?

Lexie: Well, I'm not sure how much free time Abe will have.

Hope: How's he doing?

Lexie: It's too soon to say. You know, he puts on a brave front, but I know he hates not being commissioner anymore.

Hope: Someone had to stand up to the mayor. What Abe did was very noble.

Lexie: Yeah, and I support his decision to resign 100%. At least that's what I keep telling myself.

Abe: So, all hell broke loose, huh?

Roman: Yeah, smash and grab at Lacy's Electronics. They got away with 10 flat-screens from the display window.

Bo: Same guys hit again less than an hour later. Another electronics store down on Douglas.

Abe: That's what they get for not putting those gates on those big shop windows. So why are you telling me this?

Roman: Because enough is enough, Abe. And I'm sure that if we make enough phone calls to some of the more prominent city council members --

Abe: And do what? Beg to get my job back? No, no. No, thank you. You know, I've already said it. I refuse to work for an administration that is tainted by DiMera money or gives in to their threats.

Roman: Abe, you don't know that for sure.

Abe: Of course I do, Roman. So do you. We just can't prove it yet.

Bo: Oh, come on, Abe. You're our commissioner. A police force without a strong public face, without a strong leader, sends off the wrong message.

Abe: What are you saying? That those smash and grabs happened because I resigned?

Roman: Let me put it this way -- if the crime rate goes up, it won't do any of us any good.

Abe: I'm not coming back.

Roman: Abe, come on.

Abe: But I do have the perfect person to replace me.

Bo: Who?

Roman: Oh-oh-oh. Oh. No. Oh, no. No way, partner. No. Not a chance in hell.

Anna: I'll have a cup of coffee, too, Pete, in an I.V. bag if you've got one handy.

Marlena: Anna.

Anna: [Chuckles] Hi. Do you mind if I join you?

Marlena: I wish you would. I never think I'll see you quite so early in the morning.

Anna: It's shocking, isn't it? But my...work-a-holic boss -- A.K.A. beloved husband -- gave me the morning off. I don't know what possessed him.

Marlena: I'm glad he did. Now we have some time to catch up.

Anna: Speaking of husbands, have you seen john by any chance recently?

Marlena: No, I haven't. Why?

Anna: Oh, just wondered. I haven't seen him, either.

Marlena: Anna, have you noticed that John's been behaving strangely? I mean, more strangely than usual lately?

Anna: Well, yeah. Sort of. I mean, ever since he's been this new John, he's been pretty tough to read. But I've got to say, he's been downright illegible in these past few weeks.

Marlena: Then I'm not the only person that's noticed it.

Anna: No. Do you think something's seriously wrong?

Marlena: I do. I think he's heading off the deep end.

Stefano: And so, the young prince -- see? -- Despite the valiant effort to assert the old and then glorious emperor --

John: Whatever happened to "The Cat In The Hat"

Stefano: Oh, John. You know, children are never too young to be exposed to quality literature. You'd be surprised how much they put together with these complex things that they find in the stories of these days.

John: I certainly would be.

Stefano: You must always challenge children, all right? You can never take them for granted.

John: Whatever you say, Grandpa.

Stefano: I think they enjoyed this, right?

John: I think they're bored to tears...and maybe even a little terrified. Mary!

Mary: Yes, sir.

John: Would you please remove the rug rats to a less-threatening environment?

Mary: Right away.

Stefano: You've come to provoke me, huh, John? You want to start a fight. So let's go to it. Shoot.

Anna: Marlena, I'm kind of known for butting in where I shouldn't, but you're my friend and I really do care.

Marlena: I know you do. And I value your opinion.

Anna: You do?

Marlena: [Laughs]

Anna: [Laughs]

Marlena: I do, or I wouldn't have asked for it. Look, I know I'm a trained psychiatrist, but I-I've got to say, I'm baffled by John's behavior. He's -- he's so erratic. And he's having these headaches -- terrible, terrible headaches.

Anna: Well, who wouldn't have a headache with everything that's been going on?

Marlena: You know that he punched Trent Robbins. Yeah, I've never known John to have an irrational anger, a jealousy. He seems to have this hair-trigger temper now. I'm worried about him. And as much as I'm concerned about him -- I don't know -- I've got to take care of myself. It isn't healthy for me to be around him right now.

Anna: So are you still planning on serving him with those divorce papers?

Marlena: Yeah. Yeah. You know, with Stefano's machinations and John's personality, I think that's all gonna be permanent. And I don't think he's gonna be able to love me the way that I want him to. I've got to move on with my life.

Anna: I know, I know. We're all supposed to live in the present, Carpe Diem, and of all that, but --

Marlena: Yeah, it was Ava. Ava was his draw.

Anna: Yeah, but Ava's gone.

Marlena: Mm-hmm, and when she jumped bail, he began to pursue me again.

Anna: Well, there you go. Isn't that a good sign?

Marlena: No, I don't think it is. I don't think it's about John or how he feels about me. I think it's biological. I think he -- I think he just wanted a woman in his bed, somebody to keep him warm, and I think I deserve better than that.

Anna: Yeah, well, I think that makes sense. But...are you out of your mind?

John: There is nothing to fight about, Stefano. Everything you had, you have lost. It's all mine now.

Stefano: [Laughs]

John: You find that funny.

Stefano: You know, your wasted arrogance is really amusing, John.

John: And you are a waste of my ti--

Stefano: Wh--what is it?

John: A little headache.

Stefano: Oh.

John: Must be the company.

Stefano: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Sit. Get off your feet. Sit, sit. I -- oh, why don't I get you a few Ibuprofen, huh?

Melanie: What have you been looking at in there?

Trent: Just someone else who apparently didn't understand me.

Melanie: Oh, you mean someone who finally figured out what you're really like.

Trent: Don't you disrespect me.

Melanie: Are you kidding? After what you did, I want nothing to do with you, ever.

Trent: Well, there you go again. You just love to play the drama queen.

Melanie: Are you really gonna pretend like nothing happened?

Trent: Oh, come on. You helped me out of jams like this before.

Melanie: Like hell I did.

Trent: We both know better.

Melanie: Maybe I showed a little leg or flirted with a bookie, okay, but you pimped me out and that is sick.

Trent: And we both know that you would have gone through with it if your brother and his idiotic friends hadn't shown up.

Lexie: It's just that so much of Abe was invested in being police commissioner, you know? I mean, what's he gonna do now?

Hope: Are you kidding me? Seriously?

Lexie: Yeah.

Hope: Do you have any idea how many private security firms in major corporations that would absolutely jump at the chance to have an ex-police commissioner as head of its security? Not to mention the money is probably a heck of a lot better than he was getting as a civil servant. And in the meantime, he will enjoy some well-deserved time off.

Lexie: Yeah, right, time off. Abe can't go through a three-day weekend without going to the office.

Hope: There is one thing that concerns me about Abe stepping down as police commissioner. Never mind.

Lexie: That's all right. You can say it. You're counting on him going after my Father. Abe will stop at nothing to put Stefano away. That hasn't changed. It never will. But what worries me is that now he doesn't have to do it by the books.

Abe: You're a natural for police commissioner, Roman.

Roman: Don't start with me, Abe. Don't start with me.

Abe: Do it for the good of the city.

Roman: No. I said no, okay? Besides, even if I wanted the job, I couldn't get it. Hell, I was on your team during the hospital lock down. Not only did I follow your orders exactly, I agreed with them. Not to mention that I'm as passionate about busting Stefano as you are. Our friend the mayor and his cronies won't like that.

Abe: You know, I've spoken to the members of the city council. They're on my side. I can call in a few favors, and we can get the majority to endorse you.

Roman: But Mayor Marino won't --

Abe: This is what makes it the best. Now, even if Marino is on Stefano's payroll, the mayor cannot veto a city council decision. You get the majority, you're in.

Bo: Come on, Roman. Abe's right. You're the perfect man for the job. You're already the second honcho over at the department.

Roman: Yes, and very happy to stay that way. Thank you.

Abe: Roman, the police commissioner needs to be strong and independent. If the mayor appoints a sycophant, we all may as well move out of town.

Roman: Abe, I don't disagree with you, okay? But I'm the wrong man. I couldn't deal with the mayor, and the paperwork would drive me crazy.

Abe: Hey, I dealt with it just fine. Okay, okay. All right, all right. So it gets a little intense, but that's no reason to back away from a challenge.

Roman: Oh, come on. Abe, Abe, you know me better than that. I will take on pretty much any challenge you stick in front of me, but I'm also a realist. And it's just not in me to deal with city hall and all that damn bureaucracy day in and day out.

Abe: Maybe you're right. Well, then, I guess I have to move on to my next choice.

Bo: Who's that? [Chuckles] You're looking at me? Yeah, right. No way. Not gonna happen.

Anna: Well, I just wish you would think before you jump off that cliff. John has been such a huge part of your life. You share children, memories.

Marlena: Those memories are no longer real. Don't you understand? And now John is... short-circuiting or whatever you're gonna call that.

Anna: I just don't think you should give up. Like I said...things can change, and who's to say that John won't rediscover his love for you if you give him a chance?

Marlena: How many chances does one man deserve?

Anna: Well, if everything works out between the two of you eventually, wouldn't any effort be worth it? Look, Marlena, he may not be the same man up here, but he could still be the same man here, where it matters.

Stefano: I have brought you some pills for your headache.

John: As if I would trust anything you ever gave me.

Stefano: I was only trying to help.

John: I'm fine. It's past.

Stefano: You're sure?

John: As if you care. Look...I'm not of the mind to argue with you about this right now. Besides, there's nothing to discuss when it comes to the empire as you put it. I win, you lose.

Stefano: I beg to differ.

John: Any judge in the land would agree that part if not all of everything DiMera belongs to me.

Stefano: [Chuckles] Yes, I have, uh, seen the papers that Elvis has drawn on your behalf [Chuckles] That you are going to retain power over all my assets -- [Chuckles] I mean, truly, that is ridiculous. I am back, I am well, and I can fully manage all of my businesses.

John: Well, that's simply something the courts will have to decide.

Stefano: Yes, you are going to try to have me declared incompetent.

John: Well, as you can see in the papers, who knows what residual effects that...stroke and resulting coma might have had?

Stefano: It was not a stroke. And you know damn well it wasn't. What is mine is mine and always will be.

John: I'm your half brother. And the seed money to start our empire came from DiMera Shipping, our Father, Santo's, company.

Stefano: Hmm. So what? DiMera shipping -- it's nothing compared to what I am worth today, all right? It was my business talent that made Santo's company thrive. I was the one who showed them the way to make it grow, huh? To make investments that would pay off even more so? And I made it work.

John: Well, the way I see it, half of everything my father owned should have come to me, but it didn't.

Stefano: [Chuckles] Your hubris astounds me.

John: So, legally, I'm at least half owner of everything you managed to build. And seeing as how you were already more than halfway home to losing everything, that seems to put me in...pole position.

Stefano: Ah. You know, we should have left you the way we found you.

John: Just another bad move on your part, brother.

Stefano: Hmm. You know, I can still have you sent to prison.

John: Yes, and at the moment of my arrest, I would be compelled to tell the police a thing or two about what you did to me.

Stefano: You know, by rights, you should be in prison right alongside your friend Paul.

John: By rights, you should also. Not only for imprisoning me, but for changing --

Stefano: Oh, yes, I understand. [Laughs] Changing your personality, right? Technology is amazing, isn't it? Yes. You know what pleases me? That you like your new self better, huh? As do I. Makes you much more interesting.

John: Nothing like a little mutual blackmail to bring two brothers together.

Stefano: Oh, no, no, no. I wouldn't go that far.

John: Come on, Steffy. Why don't you make this easy and just give it up? The empire is mine. No point in fighting it.

Stefano: But you see, brother, this is not a little fight anymore. This is a major war.

Melanie: You are disgusting. I would never had sex with Claude.

Trent: Hey, you know, that innocent outrage act of yours does not work with me. And you know that meeting Claude was never about sex. All he wanted to do was have a drink with you.

Melanie: Yeah, that's what you told me, but when Claude showed up, it was pretty clear he was expecting more than just a drink.

Trent: How the hell was I supposed to know that?

Melanie: So that's how you're gonna play. You had no idea what Claude was really after. You're either stupid, in denial, or you think I am a complete idiot, because you knew exactly what Claude was after and you were expecting me to give it to him. Why can't you be like every other Dad? All the girls at my school were so excited to go home for the holidays. But you never showed up, and you never asked me to go home.

Trent: Well, maybe it you had concentrated more on school and gotten better grades, I would have shown more interest. But now you're premier party girl. So I thought, "what the hell?" As long as you're gonna act like a whore, I might as well capitalize on it. No, no, no.

Melanie: I hate you. And I wish Max would have killed you when he had the chance. But he didn't, so maybe I'll just do it for him.

Bo: Nope.

Roman: Come on, little brother.

Bo: No.

Abe: You owe it to Salem.

Bo: Oh, you tried that argument with Roman. It's not gonna work with me, either. And just like Roman, I couldn't get the job if I wanted it. I've just been investigated by Internal Affairs for withholding evidence in the Hollingsworth case.

Roman: And you were cleared of those charges.

Bo: I have bent and broken the rules ever since I've been in the department. You both know how many reprimands and suspensions I've had.

Abe: Yeah, but you have one of the best arrest-and-conviction records at the department.

Bo: And I'd like to keep it that way. Come on. I'm a detective, not a suit-and-tie administrator, I like rooting out the facts, finding the bad guys, putting them in jail. 

Roman: Office needs me.

Abe: Go ahead. I'll work on him.

Bo: Don't look at me like it's not happen.

Abe: Get nice and relaxed. We need to have a little talk.

Abe: Comfortable?

Bo: It's not gonna work, Abe.

Abe: I want you relaxed while you listen to reason.

Bo: No, no, no. The answer's no.

Abe: Salem deserves an honest man as top cop. You're it -- deal with it.

Bo: You're kicking a dead horse.

Abe: I want you to go after that job. That's an order.

Bo: You can't order me around. You're not the Commish anymore.

Abe: [Sighs] Damn it. You don't think I could fill your big shoes.

Bo: I didn't say that.

Bo: Yeah, well, no one can.

Abe: You can try.

Bo: I'm not the man for the job. You know that. You're gonna have to come up with another candidate.

Abe: Before someone else does.

Anna: Look, I know I'm probably being a pain and maybe even a little old-fashioned, but whatever happened to stand by your man? Or is that just some old country song?

Marlena: I don't think any reasonable woman would even stand by this long. And I'm not sure that you're grasping the situation. John simply is no longer, and is no longer going to be, the man that I love. And, yes, I am so lonely for him. I miss him. I miss our life with every cell in my body. But you invest emotionally in a man who may have his memory, his dreams, his life, his past completely wiped clean. That's just too risky.

Anna: Well, so that's it? The end? You're just gonna sit back and worry about your own sweet self while the man you love self-destructs?

John: Do you really want a war?

Stefano: Let me make something perfectly clear, hmm? I will do whatever it takes, come hell or hurricane, to make sure that my family's assets remain in the hands of its rightful owner. I will protect my empire so that I may protect my family. Giovanni for instance. For that, I would bury a hatchet with the devil...or even you.

John: Excellent! I'll have E.J. come in here and within a matter of minutes, we can draw papers up.

Stefano: No attorneys.

John: Well, why not?

Stefano: "Why not?" Because that means that then there's some kind of a plan or there's some kind of agreement that can be reached. There is not.

John: You just keep making mistakes, don't you?

Stefano: You know the mistake I made? Giving you life.

John: Oh, don't feel bad. I did the same.

Stefano: You know what surprises me? I mean, why is it that you want to steal everything of mine? I mean, you do have the Alamain money, right, so you are already a wealthy man. What is it? I mean, is it greed that motivates you?

John: Oh, no. Let's just say that...I like fighting for what is rightfully mine.

Stefano: Huh. Then fight. But you're gonna be wasting your energy. Because, John...you are nothing. [Snaps fingers] A blip on the radar. I created you. I could destroy you.

Nick: Hey, what the hell did you just do to Melanie? She's so upset, she won't even talk to me.

Trent: That's none of your damn business.

Nick: I'm making it my business.

Trent: Hey, remember who you're talking to.

Nick: [Chuckles] Oh, I know who I'm talking to. I'm talking to the son of a bitch who used to be the Dean of Physics at Salem U. Yeah, that's right, Trent. The second the board of regions finds out what you did to Melanie, your career's gonna be over.

Trent: What do you think the grant commission will do when they find out that your little buddy Max Brady did most of the work on your research project? And that Nick Fallon, boy genius, is a liar and a fraud?

John: You may be the Phoenix, but I am just as resilient. So whatever you can dish o--

Stefano: Uh, that nasty headache again? Perhaps --

John: Don't touch me.

Stefano: Perhaps you better lie down.

John: I'm taking everything. Right down to your last candlestick, so do yourself a favor.

Stefano: What pray tell may that be?

John: You can start by signing over the house to me.

Stefano: [Laughs] You [Laughs] Oh! You have the gall to ask me to give you my house. [Laughs] Oh, my God.

John: Any spider can build a new web. Me -- I kind of like it around here, but I am getting a little tired of you and my relations crowding me, so...just hand over the deed and move everybody out. That way, you can avoid embarrassment.

Stefano: I'll do no such thing. My grandchildren are going to live in this house. Even though my children have disappointed me, my grandchildren will live here, and one day this house will belong to them.

John: [Chuckles] Oh, you are delusional. Your grandkids will grow up to hate you just as much as your kids do now. They won't want anything to do with my mansion.

Stefano: On the contrary, the next generation of DiMeras will show me the respect that I deserve.

John: Oh, let's not talk about what you deserve.

Stefano: No, no. You feel crowded in this house, John? Why don't you buy yourself a new one?

John: No. I'm not going anywhere.

Stefano: Nor am I.

Marlena: I am not worried about my own sweet self, Anna. I think it's a little unfair of you to say that.

Anna: Look, I'm just trying to point out --

Marlena: It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter, really. This is -- this is my fault. It's my own fault. I shouldn't have said a thing to you. I should have just kept it to myself. It's my own business, my own problem. Will you excuse me, please?

Anna: Really, Marlena, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. You're right to be upset with me, and I was being terribly presumptuous. Look, I think I'm just anxious to see you and John work things out and get back together. You were the perfect couple once. And it just breaks my heart to think that that could really be over.

Marlena: Anna, I can no longer be with someone for whom I've lost respect. John's rages, his bitterness, and even if I were to try to stay loyal to him, his regard for me changes from day to day. It's though he's lost every bit of socialized human behavior.

Anna: Well, I guess I thought I was doing the right thing by trying to convince you to stick with him. But I'm beginning to think you're right, and maybe divorcing John isn't a bad idea after all.

Bo: Brady.

Roman: Yeah, get yourself down to the station. It seems our pal the mayor has already chosen Abe's successor, and he is about to announce it.

Bo: Okay, I'm on my way.

Abe: Hey, I'm sorry to keep you waiting. I had to make some calls.

Bo: It's too late. Roman just called. Apparently, the mayor has picked someone to replace you.

Abe: Really? So soon?

Bo: Yeah, probably someone he and DiMera have in their pocket. They're gonna make the announcement down at the station. I'm gonna head down there right now. Later.

Lexie: Bo, good morning.

Bo: Hey, good morning. I'm out of here. Abe will fill you in on what's going on.

Lexie: Oh, I know, I know. Hope's heading over to the station, too.

Bo: Oh, okay.

Lexie: Call me as soon as you hear.

Bo: Yeah, will do.

Lexie: So...someone's about to take over your job. How do you feel about that?

Abe: Depends on who it is.

Nick: You go ahead and you do whatever you feel like you have to. So will I. And when the truth comes out, you'll be finished in this town.

Trent: Hmm, and all your little green dreams about an eco-friendly engine will just go up in smoke.

Nick: Maybe. But there's also a good chance that once the truth comes out, nobody will believe a word you say.

Trent: Well, we'll see about that.

Nick: And stay away from Melanie.

Trent: I can't do that, Nick. She's my daughter.

Nick: You mess with her again...you're a dead man.

Trent: One final lesson for you, Nick, free of charge. Don't make threats you can't keep.

Melanie: Maybe Nick's right. Maybe everything would be better if my Father just died.

John: Too bad you won't play ball with me. At least that way, you could have salvaged a shred of your dignity. Maybe.

Stefano: Smoke and mirrors, little brother. Dignity, fairness, justice -- all an illusion.

John: Sounds like another bedtime story. You do realize the rug rats were too young to grasp the point.

Stefano: We fear what we do not understand, John.

John: Ah, more fortune-cookie philosophy. Well, here's a prophecy -- I'm taking everything -- the business, the mansion, your yachts, and, oh, those jets. Everything you possess -- it's all mine.

Stefano: [Laughs] Good luck.

John: Well, thank you. But as you can see, I won't need it. Take care of yourself, brother.

Dr. Rolf: Yes, Stefano.

Stefano: I assume you were watching all that.

Dr. Rolf: Like a hawk.

Stefano: Mm-hmm. We have to be especially diligent now, Rolf. There cannot be any loose ends as far as anything is concerned.

Dr. Rolf: Everything you sent me away to arrange now stands ready.

Stefano: Excellent.

Dr. Rolf: However, I do think it would be prudent at this time to tell you...um, to tell you --

Stefano: Tell me what? Spit it out.

Dr. Rolf: [Sighs] John Black will not be a factor for long.

Stefano: How do you mean?

Dr. Rolf: His brain, Stefano. John is entering a critical phase of his engineering -- very precarious, shall we say.

Stefano: Hmm, I see. Well, then that's what...all the headaches were about.

Dr. Rolf: Indeed. It's only a matter of time before John Black's data infrastructure will overload irrevocably.

Stefano: In English. English, all right, Rolf?

Dr. Rolf: Soon...he will be dead.

Marlena: Thank you for understanding.

Anna: I'm just sorry it took me so long.

Marlena: You know me. The last thing that I would want to do would be to see John self-destruct. But I -- I've got to take care of myself, too. I mean, I have to live my own life. I've got a patient. I have to go. It was really good to see you.

Anna: [Laughs] You too. You too. You take care.

Marlena: Bye. [Cellphone rings]

John: Yes.

Anna: John, it's Anna DiMera. I think it's time you and I had a nice, long talk.

Abe: Uh, yes, we'll turn it on right now. Thank you. Well, Mayor Marino is announcing my successor at a live news conference.

Lexie: Ooh, he's not wasting time.

Mayor Marino: So, what do you think? Any objections to my choice for the new commissioner?

Roman: No. No, none at all.

Mayor Marino: Naturally, I would have preferred it if you had agreed to talk the job, but I didn't figure that was going to happen.

Roman: And you were right.

Mayor Marino: I think my new candidate will make a fine commissioner.

Roman: I can vouch for that personally.

Mayor Marino: We should get some good press out of this. It'll be a first for Salem.

Hope: Hey.

Bo: Hey.

Hope: Did I miss anything?

Bo: No, waiting for the mayor to come out of the office.

Hope: You don't think he talked Roman into taking the position, do you?

Bo: Not a chance.

Hope: Who could it be?

Mayor Marino: Morning, everyone. Are we ready?

Josie Jordan: Yeah, let me just introduce you, mayor. All right, we're going live. Ready? Good morning, Salem. I'm Josie Jordan here at police headquarters, and we're interrupting your scheduled programming for an important announcement from Mayor Marino.

Mayor Marino: Greetings, fellow citizens. As you know, our police commissioner, Abraham Carver, has resigned his post for personal reasons.

Abe: Personal reasons my --

Mayor Marino: I was, as many of you were, distressed by his decision because we all know what a fine job Commissioner Carver has done over the years. We wish him well in his further endeavors. However, as always, my concern is with the future, not the past. It's time to bring in new leaders who are able and willing to make hard decisions in this more-complex world.

Abe: I couldn't make hard decisions?

Lexie: Honey, ignore him.

Mayor Marino: ...Someone who's not just honest, dedicated, and intelligent, because that's what I demand from anyone who works for me, but someone who is will to fight for justice for all of our citizens rich and poor, someone who is tough enough to go up against the most dangerous criminals and bring them in.

Hope: Who's he talking about -- superman?

Mayor Marino: That's why I have decided that Abraham Carver's successor will be...Hope Williams Brady.

Lexie: I just saw Hope at the pub. She didn't even mention this. You did this, didn't you?

Abe: I offered it to Roman and Bo. They wouldn't go for it, so I made a call to some friends of the mayor who care about this town and suggested Hope.

Lexie: And she didn't know?

Abe: No, I didn't have any time to warn her. You know, but the mayor is right about one thing. Whoever takes this job has to be smart and tough. But more importantly, they have to be fair and honest.

Lexie: Well, you better pray that hope accepts this job. [Applause]

Chelsea: Remind me again why you couldn't tell me that you two slept together.

Hope: I just don't want to do it.

Bo: Even if it means stopping DiMera?

Marlena: He is your flesh and blood.

Stefano: All right, stop it. John's fate was sealed years ago, Marlena.

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