Days Transcript Tuesday 1/10/12

Days of Our Lives Transcript Tuesday 1/10/12

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Sonny: You know, it took me forever to decide what to wear today, and yet somehow, you look almost as put-together as I do.

Chad: Thank you. I think.

Sonny: Sugar?

Chad: Uh, it's a bit early in the day to be hitting on me, don't you think?

Sonny: Well, "A," I can do way better...

Chad: Oh!

Sonny: And "B," I was talking about this sugar.

Chad: Oh, well, speaking of java, how's your plan coming along to change the Cheatin' Heart into a coffeehouse? How's that?

Sonny: It's good, I got a design for the remodel. I'm yet to find investors, but will came over the other day and said that he can talk to his grandma, Kate.

Chad: [Chuckles] DiMera money? Are you out of your freaking mind?

Sonny: Come on, you're a DiMera.

Chad: Yeah, but I don't have any money, and you can forget about asking me to hit them up. I mean, you know that I don't get along with my dad. And even if I did, any loan from him or EJ or even Kate will come with way too many strings.

Sonny: I was afraid you were gonna say that.

Chad: Well, what about your family, huh, big spender?

Sonny: Well, it's the same thing. There's too many strings, and none of them are pearls, so I--

Melanie: Hey.

Sonny: Hey. I gotta get to class. You guys have fun.

Brady: Thank you for being here this morning.

Madison: Course.

Brady: It really means a lot to me that you're supporting me on this. This decision is not gonna be very popular around here, you know.

Madison: Are you nervous about sharing your news with Victor?

Brady: Not really. I'm just nervous about him throwing things at your head, in your direction or something--

Madison: [Chuckles] I'm good at ducking and running even in heels.

Brady: I'm sure you are. Then we're all set. Let's do this.

Melanie: Are you excited for the semester to start?

Chad: No. [Chuckles] I wanna kiss you so bad right now, I can't stand it.

Melanie: Yeah, okay, y--no, I, um--I'm picturing us kissing in my head right now, and it's-- it's great. Mm-mm. [Giggling] No, no, no. No, no PDAs. Abigail.

Chad: Okay, well then, let's, uh--let's go somewhere private then. I mean, come on, what are we doing here?

Melanie: No, this isn't easy for me either, but we agreed we'd take it slow.

Chad: For Abigail's sake? You know we broke up, right?

Melanie: Yeah. I do, but she's mad enough--if she walked in and saw us kissing right now, I mean--

Abigail: Well, well, if it isn't Salem's latest couple. Oh, too late. How did you two ever manage to keep your hands off each other long enough to stab me in the back?

Brady: Good morning.

Maggie: Morning, Brady. Madison.

Madison: Hey.

Victor: I thought you had a meeting at Titan.

Brady: I rescheduled the meeting so we could talk.

Victor: We can talk anytime.

Brady: This is important.

Victor: Why do I get the feeling I'm not going to like this?

Maggie: Coffee, anyone?

Victor: No. Am I right?

Brady: I'm afraid you are.

John: Here's to the new head of Salem U's psychiatric residency program.

Marlena: [Sighs] Thank you. I'm a little nervous, a-and I'm excited also about it--the new opportunity.

John: Oh, you're gonna be great, you're gonna be great. You know you are.

Marlena: [Whispers] Yeah. I'm so sorry that I can't be with you for the interviews today.

John: Someone's gotta go to work and put bread on the table, and Lord knows that's not me right now.

Marlena: I am so proud of you. You are liquidating your company to pay back people from who you never even embezzled.

John: Well, I appreciate you being understanding on why I have to do this.

Marlena: I do understand it.

John: You know what I hate is that my money problems have now affected you.

Marlena: You know what? I'm working. You'll be working soon enough. But the important thing is--

John: [Sighs]

Marlena: The important thing is that you're free, and everyone knows you are the same honorable man you always were.

John: Guess I can't argue with a shrink, huh?

Marlena: I'm so glad to hear you say that.

John: Okay.

Marlena: And how lucky am I?

John: Hmm?

Marlena: To have you at home?

John: Mm.

Marlena: A man, a husband who makes me breakfast in bed...

John: [Sighs]

Marlena: And who waters our plants...

John: Mm.

Marlena: And who's full of energy at the end of the day?

John: You're making me sound like some kind of a boy toy.

Marlena: Mm, I'll check with you in about 12 hours. Right now I gotta get ready for work.

John: [Chuckles]

Marlena: Oh, you know what else?

John: Huh?

Marlena: I really hope that Brady decides to leave Titan and join you.

John: Well, me too. You know, part of me believes he really wants to do this. And if he does-- [Chuckles] Wow. But I can't help but wonder how Victor's gonna react if Brady tells him he's ready to leave Titan. Whoa.

Brady: I'm sure you've heard that my father is planning to rebuild Basic Black.

Victor: This economy? Good luck.

Brady: He knows it's not gonna be easy, but he's determined to recreate the company that he divested to pay off his employees.

Maggie: I just think it's wonderful, what John's doing, repaying the people, I mean--

Victor: Indeed. If anyone can make a successful comeback, it's John.

Brady: I completely agree with you.

Madison: I do too, for what it's worth.

Victor: Brady, you were saying?

Brady: Yeah, the, uh--the truth is, I wanna help my father rebuild his company.

Victor: Are you talking about Titan supplying some financing for the startup? 'Cause if that's the case, I'd be glad to meet with John and discuss it.

Brady: No, no, no, no. Actually I'm--I'm not here to ask you for anything. I--what I'm trying to say is, I'm gonna take on a hands-on approach to helping him rebuild the company.

Victor: Explain "hands-on."

Brady: I've decided to go work with my father, which means I'm leaving Titan.

Chad: Abigail, look. Come on. Melanie and I--we've never hooked up, so--

Melanie: No, we just--we just kissed.

Abigail: Please, you guys can't even keep your hands off each other in public. Are you as tired of lying to me as I am of hearing your lies?

Chad: I--hold on. [Sighs] We better go.

Melanie: Y-you go. I'm gonna stay here. I'm gonna--I'm gonna try and get through to her.

Chad: Well, good luck. Just hope you remember your kickboxing lessons. Something tells me you'll need them. [Mutters] Yikes.

[Door shuts]

Melanie: I hate how everything is between us right now.

Abigail: Ugh, go away.

Melanie: No, pl--it's not fair, Abigail. It's not my fault you and Chad broke up.

Abigail: You say that like you weren't on standby, ready to fly Air DiMera the second that things with Chad and I were over.

Melanie: It's--no, I'm--I wasn't. It--I didn't even know things were going badly for you and Chad until you told me. You're--didn't you have another guy you had a crush on?

Abigail: Whatever, at least now I know the real reason why things with Chad and I weren't working out.

Melanie: You can't blame me for that. Look, I tried so hard not to have any feelings for Chad. I didn't want anything to come in between us.

Abigail: It's too late. You don't feel that? It's already there.

Melanie: I mean, you're supposed to be my best friend.

Abigail: Well, I guess I'm not anymore.

John: You know, I'm so glad that Brady and I are close again. I hated all that damn distance between us.

Marlena: I know.

John: Right before I left Salem, we worked so hard to get ourselves in a good spot. And what did I do? I just got up and left him high and dry.

Marlena: Honey, you were fighting to get back on your feet. Literally. That took every bit of strength that you had.

John: Well, bottom line was, he needed me, and I wasn't there for him. Simple as that.

Marlena: I told a patient of mine yesterday, "the past is carved in stone. The future--exactly what you make." I mean, y-you were afraid that Brady was gonna just run it off the road.

John: Well, for good reason. Holding Vivian prisoner, stealing Titan from Victor, starting a war with the DiMeras--the list went on and on and on.

Marlena: That was when he had shut you out of his life. Now you're back. I've seen a very big change in him already, haven't you?

John: Well, I'd like to take a little bit of credit for that, but I think a lot of it goes to Madison James.

Marlena: Yes, I suppose you're right about some of that, but don't discount your part in his happiness. You've always given him love and support. Now he's in a place where he can recognize that. You're so lucky. You've got a second chance to create the kind of relationship you've always wanted with your son.

Victor: You can't leave Titan. I forbid it.

Brady: Granddad, with all due respect--

Victor: Look, I understand you're wanting to help John, and I admire you for that. But to walk away from Titan is-- is madness. I mean, Titan is your birthright.

Brady: Titan's Philip's birthright.

Victor: I always meant for the two of you to run the company together, and you know it.

Brady: I know--I do know that. I understand.

Victor: Look, you took the reins from me, and need I remind you, you went to a great deal of trouble to do it. You're the CEO! You can't just walk out on the family business, and you're not going to.

Maggie: Victor, your blood pressure.

Victor: I was fine until he threw the keys to the kingdom in my face.

Madison: Brady knew that you'd be upset, but this is something he feels he has to do.

Brady: Granddad, you keep talking about me abandoning the family business--

Victor: Because you are.

Brady: My father's family as well. I remember when you told me about when you and my father built Bella magazine together. You did that to honor my mother for my sake, remember? He's my dad. I just--I--he--I need to help him right now.

Victor: [Sighs] How can you go from running a--a multinational, multibillion-dollar corporation to running a startup that doesn't have a dime to its name?

Brady: I do not expect you to understand my decision. I just need you to accept it.

Victor: [Sighs] You know, he--here I thought all of your-- your foolishness was behind you, and now this.

Brady: I'm not being a selfish ass here, Grandfather. I'm trying to help my dad rebuild his company, and I believe we'll be successful doing it.

Victor: And I believe in you, Brady. But look at the mess that John made of Basic Black the first time around, and look at the hit he's taken to his reputation. You know how hard it is to do a startup in this economy. It's practically impossible. You go down that road, you're gonna end up living in a box under a bridge. Is that what you want? Is that what you want for him?

Madison: Of course not, but--

Victor: We'll talk again when you come to your senses.

Brady: Granddad, my decision is final. I'm leaving Titan, and I'm going to go work with my father.

Victor: Then you're a fool.

Chad: Thought you had class.

Sonny: I do in about an hour.

Chad: Oh, yeah? Well, why'd you jet out of the pub all fast then?

Sonny: When I saw, uh, Melanie come in, I thought it'd be best for me to leave you two alone.

Chad: Is it that obvious?

Sonny: Dude, you two are past obvious.

Chad: Okay, before you say anything, let me explain, it's-- it's not what you think. I, uh--a-Abigail and I broke up.

Sonny: I know. She told me.

Chad: Huh. Then wh-why didn't you say anything?

Sonny: 'Cause I don't like to gossip, and I know that you were gonna tell me about Abigail when you were ready to. But now this is in the open, so I need you to be honest with me.

Chad: Always have been.

Sonny: Yes or no, did you cheat on my cousin with Melanie?

Chad: Define "cheat."

Melanie: Chad never cheated on you with me.

Abigail: I caught you kissing!

Melanie: Yeah, but that was just an accident. I--I don't--I don't wanna rub anything in your face.

Abigail: Really?

Melanie: Yeah, we're not gonna be together.

Abigail: Oh, well, that's nice of you. What, are you gonna give it a respectful, I don't know, day or two before you jump in bed together...assuming that you haven't done so already?

Melanie: No, Abigail, no.

Abigail: You know, I figured it out, Melanie. The second that I told you that things were off with Chad and I and that I was even thinking about someone else, you went straight to Chad and told him. No wonder he couldn't break up with me fast enough.

Melanie: I didn't tell him.

Abigail: Really?

Melanie: I didn't. And I'm not going to ever. Even though if I did, he would feel a little less guilty about everything.

Abigail: Don't pretend that either one of you feels sorry for me. I know your game. I remember when you did this to Stephanie, how you pretended to be friends with her right before you stole Philip away from her. Oh, and Nathan too, right? And you know what the funny thing is? When Stephanie heard that you and I were friends, she warned me about you, but I didn't want to hear it. I defended you 100% because that is what friends do, Melanie. So I'm an idiot, and you're just a selfish bitch.

John: You know, Doc, if Brady and I could patch things up, I think you and Sami could patch things up too.

Marlena: Well--[Scoffs] Yeah, I'd like to have that happen between Sami and me, but it's more complicated than that.

John: Yeah, how so?

Marlena: Well, it's just a thing with, you know, girls and moms. Th-they, uh, have all that holding-a-grudge business going on, you know.

John: Mm, you must be talking about Sami, right?

Marlena: I can't blame her.

John: I know. I love Samantha, Doc. You know that.

Marlena: Mm, I know.

John: I raised her. I know her. And I know she blames me for the grief that I brought to the family when Johnny was missing, but you wanna know something? I have been found innocent, and so that's in the past. So she doesn't have any reason to continue being so damn disrespectful to you or to us.

Marlena: Yeah. You know, over the years, I have hurt her a lot.

John: Mm, you mean, we both have, but we've also loved her a hell of a lot. Sometimes I think we've loved her more than she's loved herself.

Marlena: That work has to come from the inside. She's gotta do that herself. Man, I'm a psychiatrist. I want more than anything to be able to help my own daughter.

John: Hmm. Well, today you're gonna help everybody else.

Marlena: [Chuckles]

John: And those kids at Salem U. are so lucky to have you as a teacher. So you go out there and save the world, girl.

Marlena: [Chuckles]

John: You hear me?

Marlena: [Chuckles]

John: Mm.

Marlena: Mm.

John: And don't forget this. You have a first great day of teaching, okay?

Marlena: I love you more than anything.

John: Not half as much as I love you.

Marlena: Mm.

John: [Whispers] Come on. [Chuckles]

Brady: Granddad, it's been a--it's been a great ride at Titan. I wouldn't leave for any other opportunity. I'm sure the I--the idea of the challenge is appealing to me, but the real reason I'm doing this is I w--I wanna spend time with my dad.

Victor: If this is about male bonding, hell, I'll send the two of you on a fishing trip. I understand Costa Rica is anglers' heaven.

Maggie: Victor.

Victor: Madison, you're a smart, sane woman. Surely you must agree that my grandson is allowing misguided sentimentality to overrule good judgment.

Madison: I have to admit that when Brady first told me about his plans, I--I had the same reaction you're having. But Brady's always had a really good relationship with you, right?

Victor: Up until now.

Madison: With his dad, not so much. Family's the most important thing to Brady. You taught him that, sir. And I agree. So, yeah, I think he's doing the right thing.

Victor: Who asked you?

Maggie: You did.

Victor: So you're telling me you would support Brady leaving Titan even though it would have an adverse affect on Mad World Cosmetics?

Madison: I support Brady.

Victor: So it's all right then for someone to turn his back on his legacy, walk out the door while a family dynasty is crumbling behind him? Are you the "Mad" in Mad World?

Brady: Granddad, don't attack her for being honest, okay? You did ask for her opinion, and let's talk about this legacy stuff for a second. It was never my legacy. It was--it was Philip's birthright. It wasn't my heritage. I stole the damn company from you, for God's sake.

Victor: That's all been forgiven.

Brady: Thank you, I'm--I was hoping so, but I still stole it from you, and it was wrong. And I want to make it right.

Victor: God, not another announcement.

Brady: I'm not only gonna resign from the CEO position of Titan. I'm gonna give back all of your shares of the company.

Victor: But you have controlling interest.

Brady: Titan's yours, Granddad.

Victor: So you're giving control of Titan back to me.

Brady: You weren't expecting that, were you?

Victor: I wasn't expecting you to wash your hands of me either.

Brady: That's not what I'm doing here. I love you. I love you, and I'm grateful for everything you've taught me in business.

Victor: Yeah, well, you have a hell of a way of showing it.

Brady: Granddad, I knew this wasn't gonna be easy, but I really hoped you'd understand. The time has come for me to move on. I need to learn what I can learn from my father.

Victor: You can tell him to skip the class on betrayal. You've mastered that.

Brady: It's true. I-I've hurt a lot of people along the way here, I know... you included. And I was a real bastard there for a while.

Victor: Was? [Chuckles]

Brady: I'm hoping going to work for my father will make me more like him. I mean, what he's done--he's liquidated all of his accounts to make sure all of his employees get their money back, even though he wasn't even guilty of the crime. I mean, I admire his integrity. I want some of that. I want to be like that.

Victor: So what you're saying is that you couldn't possibly learn anything about integrity from me, huh? Integrity's overrated anyway.

Brady: You know how much I admire you. You built Titan from the ground up. That's what I want to do at Basic Black. I want to have what I have because I've earned it. I don't want it handed to me.

Victor: Brady, we don't build things for ourselves. We build them for our families, for our children, and our children's children. Our legacy is not our name in lights on top of some tower somewhere. It's knowing that those that come after us will never have to go without, that they'll be safe and secure.

Brady: And that is your legacy. It's not mine. Not yet. I have seen what it's like to earn your place in the world. It makes you strong. It makes you real. I want those things. I want to earn my place in the world on my terms. I mean, if you really think about it, I'm walking in your footsteps. Can't you be all right with that?

Sonny: All right, well, let me be a little more specific. Did you hook up with Melanie when you were dating my cousin?

Chad: Mm, no.

Sonny: Come--okay, you know what, say I believe you. I'm a guy. I know you guys did more than hold hands.

Chad: Look, we--we've kissed a few times.

Sonny: Okay, well, how--how many? What's "a few times"?

Chad: Uh, once on New Year's Eve after Abigail and I broke up--

Sonny: And?

Chad: Uh, once by accident on Halloween, and once not by accident during that whole hostage situation.

Sonny: That's r--that's romantic.

Chad: Oh, come on. Look, we both thought we were gonna die. I mean, come on, dude.

Sonny: That's a horrible excuse, you can't--

Chad: Are you ser--come on. Look, I care a lot about Abigail. I really do. But the more I started to hang out with Melanie, I just--I couldn't stop thinking about her, you know?

Sonny: You know, I actually-- I'm s--I--I'm sorry I asked.

Chad: Well, what do you--what do you mean, you're sorry you asked? Come on, you asked for this, so you're gonna listen to me, okay?

Sonny: [Sighs]

Chad: Melanie and I--we just--we--we have more stuff in common. That's all I'm trying to say.

Sonny: I know you guys do. I do.

Chad: You know that? Wh-what do you mean, you know that? What are you talking a--

Sonny: Well, I just couldn't say anything 'cause of the situation.

Chad: 'Cause Abigail is your cousin, right?

Sonny: Yeah, and it's just none of my business. It's between you guys.

Chad: So will you be mad if Melanie and I start to date?

Sonny: No, no. What is this stuff about "if" you start to date?

Chad: Well, you know, we're-- we're giving Abigail, you know, some time to--to think about it, to--for her to get used to it before Melanie and I start to date.

Sonny: Date--okay, so you're just gonna be friends until then?

Chad: Trust me, it's not easy, but yes.

Sonny: I think you're doing the right thing. You know, not just for Abigail, but for you and Melanie as well.

Chad: You really mean that?

Sonny: I do. And you're recently decoupled, okay? You don't wanna jump in to anything. You know, you might feel guilty about it. Just take your time.

Chad: True. This whole staying away from Melanie thing--it's a lot tougher than I thought it would be.

Melanie: I'm not a selfish bitch, Abigail.

Abigail: Okay, then you're a lying slut. Does that feel better?

Melanie: No. And you're going too far. It's not a big surprise you and Chad were off. It's not. You wanna tell me what happened to the guy that made your heart flutter?

Abigail: I never acted on those feelings, Melanie. You did. You went after your best friend's boyfriend.

Melanie: No, I didn't.

Abigail: Really?

Melanie: No, I didn't.

Abigail: Okay, so then I guess it was just that one accidental, innocent kiss on Halloween then, right? You look me in the eyes right now and tell me that nothing else ever happened between you and Chad while we were together. Just what I thought. Some best friend you turned out to be, huh?

Victor: No matter how you justify it, you're making a mistake leaving Titan.

Brady: And I respectfully disagree.

Maggie: So do I. I know, who asked me? But I've known Brady a long time. I've been his sponsor. And when I hear him say that he wants to follow his heart and be his own person, not only do I think that he's--what he's doing is right, but I also can't help thinking that... [Sighs] Brady sounded more like his mother.

Victor: Now you're being unfair, bringing Isabella into this.

Maggie: Maybe I am, but I'm being honest. Isabella--she was strong and passionate and caring.

Victor: And stubborn. And we know where all those genes went.

Maggie: Isabella loved John more than anything. Think of how happy she'd be to know that her husband and her son were working together, having that relationship that she always wanted them to have.

Victor: I know. Maggie's right. Your mother would have been immensely proud of you for the decision you've made. And, much as it pains me to admit it, I'm proud of you too.

Marlena: Abigail?

Abigail: Oh, Dr. Evans. Uh, my dad said that you've been teaching here.

Marlena: Yeah, you've been crying?

Abigail: I should go.

Marlena: No, please don't.

Abigail: Sorry, it's just-- it's been a really bad day, and um, I'll be fine.

Marlena: Well, can I help somehow?

Abigail: Sorry.

Marlena: Sweetie, I'm so sorry.

Abigail: This is really embarrassing.

Marlena: You know what? You can come in my office. It's quiet in there. We could talk qu-quickly?

Abigail: Yeah.

Melanie: Hey.

Chad: Melanie, I--I thought you were at work. W-what are you--what are you doing?

Melanie: Yeah, no, um, we have to talk.

Chad: Ugh, let me guess. This--this is about Abigail?

Melanie: She hates me. She's never gonna forgive me for being with you.

Chad: Being with me? Wh-what are you--we haven't been together. I mean, all we've done is kiss.

Melanie: Doesn't matter. She doesn't see it like that. I'm a traitor to her.

Chad: Well, she'll get over it. I mean, I don't see why she's being so dramatic about us connecting. I mean, things haven't been going that well between us for a while now. I mean, we would've broken up sooner or later. You have to understand that.

Melanie: Yeah, but not because of me. You only broke up because of me. She's b--she's been my best friend. Sh-she's helped me get through s--[Clears throat] She's helped me get through so many things. We're supposed to be best friends forever like our moms are, and I ruined all of that.

Chad: Well, you--you can't blame yourself for what happened, and Abigail can't either.

Melanie: [Sobs] Yes, she can, and she does. I lost my best friend. That's the one thing I never wanted to happen.

Chad: L-look at me. Abigail can't stay mad forever. I mean, she forgave her dad for all the stuff that he did. She's gonna forgive you. Trust me.

Melanie: Doesn't matter. I've hurt her so much. And I just c--I can't do this.

Chad: Do what?

Melanie: I can't be with you. Ever.

Victor: Brady, if there's anybody that can help John Black get Basic Black on its feet again, it's you.

Brady: Thank you for your faith in me. It means more to me than you know. [Sighs] Okay, all right. I gotta tell my dad this news.

Victor: Tell him he's gonna pay for stealing my CEO.

Maggie: [Chuckles]

Brady: I will tell him that. [Chuckling] Do you need a lift to Titan?

Madison: No, I--I left some things upstairs. I'm gonna grab them. I'll see you there.

Brady: Okay.

Maggie: Madison, coffee?

Madison: Oh, uh, thank you so much, but I really have to get going.

Victor: Actually, if you could stay for a minute, there's something we need to discuss.

Madison: What's that?

Victor: Your future and Brady's place in it.

Marlena: From everything you've said, I understand why you're hurt. I'm just so sorry that it happened.

Abigail: I just--I thought she was gonna be my best friend. Forever. And Chad--I mean, I was okay knowing that our breakup was mutual, but then to find out that they had been together behind my back? I just couldn't believe that my boyfriend and my best friend would ever do that to me. And most of all, I'm mad at myself for not seeing it happen right in front of me.

Marlena: I wonder if you didn't see it because it didn't happen.

Abigail: Now you sound like them.

Marlena: Well, you told me that Chad and your girlfriend both said they hadn't cheated on you, so maybe they didn't.

Abigail: [Sighs] He's so hot, and she's really pretty.

Marlena: And would it be easier to believe them if they weren't so beautiful?

Abigail: [Scoffs] I don't know, maybe, yeah.

Marlena: What if you try to give them both the benefit of the doubt? See, I think they--they both really care about you.

Abigail: Well, if they care about me, then they have a not-so-funny way of showing it.

Marlena: Yeah. I just don't think that they want to have their happiness at your expense, and I think what's bothering you is you feel betrayed. What if you could open yourself up to the idea that maybe what they're saying is true? How would that make you feel?

Abigail: [Sighs]

[Door shuts]

Brady: Dad, hey.

John: I left the house as soon as you called from the car.

Brady: I'm sorry I'm late. The, uh, traffic was very bad. [Sighs]

John: Come on, kid. You're killing me here. Let's cut to the chase.

Brady: Mm.

John: You gonna be working with me or not?

Brady: [Sighs]

John: [Sighs]

Brady: Ah.

John: Yes! Yes!

[Laughter]

Brady: We're back. We're back. Basic Black is back. We're partners.

John: Ah, son, this is a dream come true.

Brady: For me too. Me too.

[Laughter]

Madison: Are you saying you don't approve of my relationship with Brady?

Victor: Business or personal?

Madison: Both. Look, if you think I'm gonna apologize f-for supporting Brady's decision to leave Titan, you're wrong. It was the right thing to do, whether you like it or not.

Victor: Ooh, a really gracious houseguest.

Maggie: [Clears throat] He's awfully crabby in the morning.

Victor: No, I'm not crabby. If you must know, I'm getting a read on Madison.

Madison: Maybe I don't like being read.

Victor: Oh, you read people all the time. Fact is, I'm glad you stood by Brady, and I appreciate the fact that you stood up to me. You're smart, and you're loyal to the people you care about. We need to discuss Mad World's future with Titan now that Brady's leaving the company.

Madison: I'm listening.

Victor: Well, I'm going to have to bring in a new CEO.

Madison: I assumed you'd take over.

Victor: Oh, no. When Brady took the company from me, I was still hot to be in the game. But now that I'm married to Maggie, the most wonderful woman ever--

Maggie: Forget I called him crabby.

Victor: Now that I'm married to Maggie, she takes first priority. And I'm ready to wind things down at Titan, but the company needs a full-time steward.

Madison: So you'll promote Philip to CEO.

Victor: No, Philip's made it abundantly clear that he has plenty of responsibilities as it is. He wants to have time to parent his son, and I admire him for that.

Madison: Okay. Who do you have in mind?

Victor: Well, as far as I'm concerned, there's only one person that can take Brady's place at Titan. That's you.

Abigail: I wish that I could believe that Chad and my friend were being honest with me, but you know, right before I ran into you, I talked to her, and I asked her point-blank if anything had ever happened between her and Chad while we were together, and the look on her face said it all.

Marlena: You're sure?

Abigail: She didn't even try and deny it.

Marlena: I'm sorry. I know that friendship meant a lot to you.

Abigail: It did. I think that's why her betrayal hurts me more than Chad's.

Marlena: Abigail, as you go through life, you're gonna find that people's actions sometimes feel like betrayal, but they're not meant to be. Look at your father. I mean, he went to Afghanistan, and he was chasing a story. He never meant to hurt you or your mother, but he did. Maybe the same thing is true for your friend, and maybe you can find a way to forgive your friend.

Abigail: No, no. My dad didn't mean to get kidnapped. But my friend knew that she was stabbing me in the back, and she just did it anyway. I can't ever forgive her for that. Our friendship is over. It has to be.

Chad: Melanie, I get that you're upset. Nobody wants to hear that they've lost their best friend.

Melanie: Is this supposed to make me feel better?

Chad: I get that Abigail's upset. I get that you feel bad about it. I do too. How is us being apart going to help anybody? Abigail and I aren't getting back together no matter what.

Melanie: It doesn't matter. Because if we're together, and it's hurting Abigail, my friendship with her--it means too much to me.

Chad: I thought I meant a lot to you too.

Melanie: You do. This is wrong. This is wrong!

Chad: This is just your guilt talking, so we can--

Melanie: You know what, Chad? Maybe it's time I finally listen to that. You didn't used to know me. I used to do whatever I wanted. I didn't care who it hurt. I didn't care how anybody felt, and I have worked so hard not to be that girl ever again. And if I choose you over Abigail, I'm gonna go right back to that girl, and I will not let that happen.

Chad: [Choked up] Melanie, don't...

Melanie: I'm so sorry.

Chad: Don't do this.

Melanie: I'm so sorry. Chad, I can't be with you. I can't--I can't be with you. I can't. [Sobs] I can't. [Sighs]

Chad: Melanie, hold-- please, hold on.

[Laughter]

Brady: What is so funny?

John: Eh, these last three months I went through hell, thanks to--well, I think because of our friend, Stefano DiMera.

Brady: [Scoffs] What is funny about that?

John: In the end, he gave me a great gift. I got my son back.

[Mugs clink]

Madison: You want me to be CEO of Titan?

Victor: Why not? I'm not an old-school chauvinist as some allege. Besides, I've been keeping an eye on you, and what I see is a woman who is strong and almost as savvy as me and Brady put together.

Madison: That is quite a compliment coming from you.

Victor: Listen, I'm not trying to charm you into taking this position. I'm keeping it real, as the kids say.

Madison: [Chuckles]

Victor: When I think about how you took Mad World from a boutique company into a--a global franchise--makes me wonder what you could do with Titan.

Madison: But if I took the CEO position at Titan, I'd have to give up the reins at Mad World.

Victor: Listen, every baby has to leave the nest at some time. But you'll still be overseeing Mad World, along with all the other subsidiaries of Titan.

Maggie: It sounds like a win-win situation to me.

Madison: I don't know what to say.

Victor: Oh, of course, you do. Say yes.

On the next "Days of Our Lives" --

Sami: There's nothing wrong with me and Rafe. Our relationship is great, and you should just stay out of it.

Abe: With your endorsement, I'm in good shape for another term.

Will: I'm not gonna betray Abe like that.

EJ: I own you.

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