Days of Our Lives Transcript Tuesday 1/24/12
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Bo: You left this at the firing range, along with five others just like it. Judging from the accuracy, I don't have to guess the intended target. Hopefully, you worked out all your frustrations.
Hope: Frustrations. Actually, this target practice was to... to see if I still have the nerve.
Doug: My little girl lose her nerve? Never happened.
Hope: Oh, gosh, Daddy. I don't know anymore. Wait till you hear what happened yesterday... with Stefano.
Carrie: What are you doing over there?
Austin: I'm just thinking about how long it's been since I've seen you like that. It's been too long.
Rafe: Good morning.
Sami: Mmm, tastes delicious. I think I'll have that too for breakfast.
Rafe: Okay, I confess. It's the last piece.
Sami: You did not eat the-- now I have to have something healthy? You know what? If it makes you feel better... I could confess something too.
Sami: Something I've been wanting to tell you. And I officially got the green light.
Rafe: So it's a good thing.
Sami: Yeah, I mean, you know. I think so. And... I just want you to let me tell you the whole thing before you say anything.
Rafe: Okay, now you're scaring me.
Sami: You know how you didn't think it was a good idea for me to leave Mad World to work for Kate, right?
Rafe: Oh, okay, I got it. You decided it's not a good idea to work for Kate, so you're going back to Mad World, hmm?
Sami: Actually, it's more like I never left Mad World.
Sami: I'm a spy. A mole--like, I'm working at Kate's and letting her think she can trust me, but actually, I'm reporting everything back to Madison. So that's great, right?
Rafe: I can speak now? Good. 'Cause I hate it.
Nicole: Hey, leaving so soon? I'm beginning to think that you're avoiding me, ever since I told you I'm going to need your help.
Will: No, no. I got, um, I'm busy with the campaign, you know, and school and other stuff.
Nicole: Yeah, okay. Come on in. Mm-hmm. Little helpful hint-- I suggest you make time for me.
EJ: Hi, Lexie. Good to see you.
Lexie: [Mutters indistinctly]
EJ: Lexie, just, please. I was just hoping you'd have a quick conversation about the campaign.
Lexie: There's nothing to discuss, EJ.
EJ: Lexie, look. I understand you're not very happy that I'm running against your husband. I recognize you have to support him and not your brother.
Lexie: And you're not going to make me feel guilty about that.
EJ: No, that's not my intention at all. Look, once this stupid competition is all behind us, something's going to be different. Either I'm going to be mayor or Abe is gonna be mayor.
Lexie: Abe will be mayor.
EJ: Okay. But there are some things that don't change. Lexie, we are always going to be family.
Lexie: Think again.
Jennifer: Abe, thank you for getting here so quickly.
Abe: Oh, sure. Jennifer: There's, uh, just something I want to discuss with you, and I just don't trust any telephones right now.
Abe: Well, what's going on?
Jennifer: Did you really mean it the other day, when you said you were ready to play hard ball with EJ?
Abe: Well, once he stole my jobs plan, he didn't leave me with any other choice.
Jennifer: All right, so you're ready to fight fire with fire then?
Abe: Absolutely. What's this all about?
Jennifer: I have on good authority that EJ is doing exactly what we suspected he would do. He has arranged to get the debate questions in advance.
Abe: Well, he's determined to win. And he knows he has to cheat to make it happen.
Jennifer: But we are not going to let him win. Because I have a way to stop him, and EJ will never see it coming.
Sami: Wait a second. That's all you're gonna say? That you hate it?
Rafe: Well, what else is there to say? We renewed our vows. We promised to be open and honest with each other about everything. Now you're telling me that you've been living a lie. That we've been living a lie.
Carrie: Mm-mm. Mm-mm. You better stop, because I have a busy day at work and so do you, Professor.
Austin: Right. Right.
Hope: Stefano didn't deny that he shared a safe deposit box with Gran. In fact, there he was, key in hand.
Doug: So why didn't you just open the box and solve the mystery?
Hope: Because, Daddy, he made me doubt whether I really want to know what was inside of that box. He pointed out that whatever is in there, Gran had gone to extraordinary lengths to hide it.
Bo: Right down to embedding that key in the plaque in the town square.
Hope: So of course, then I started questioning whether I might be exposing something that could hurt Gran. Or even the whole family. That's when I flinched. Of course, I'm sure that's exactly what Stefano wanted.
Julie: Honey, you're being too hard on yourself. Really. You have never lost your nerve, you're just being careful-- which you absolutely have to be whenever Stefano is involved, right?
Bo: That's what I've been telling her since last night.
Hope: Yeah, but there's just one thing that I can't get past. Whatever's in that box--there is something, in fact, in that box that both Gran and Stefano wanted to keep a secret.
EJ: Alexandra, please, will you just come on. Look, hey, it's just the two of us, Lexie--Abe's not here, Nicole's not here. Can we just please have an honest conversation?
Lexie: Honest? Honest? You mean like the way you just pretended to run into me just now? Okay, you know I take this route to work every morning, EJ. You were waiting for me, admit it.
EJ: I was waiting for you.
EJ: I'm waiting for you, Lexie, because I love you, 'cause I love my sister.
Lexie: Oh, please!
EJ: No, I'm trying to bridge this gap between the two of us.
Lexie: You are so...smug. I'm sure, right now, you're thinking in your head, "oh, Lexie will come around. She'll forgive me. She always does."
EJ: Look, Lexie, you came over at Christmas because you wanted to--because we're family.
Lexie: You want to know who my real family is? It's Abe, it's Theo... because with them it's just about love and trust. And it's always unconditional.
EJ: Yeah, father and I feel exactly the same way.
Lexie: Oh, no, you don't! With you guys it's all about-- about conditions and demands, betrayals!
EJ: Lexie, please, come on. I'm really trying to change.
Lexie: EJ, even if you spent all of your time and your energy on trying to become the kind of man Abe is, you will never succeed. He has the most amazing integrity, ethics, morals. You don't even know the meaning of those words.
Abe: So, uh, Jen, what are you proposing we do?
Jennifer: Well, I have a reporter friend who figured out what Nicole and EJ are up to. Apparently they're working through someone at the debate moderator's office to get the questions in advance.
Abe: Why isn't your friend writing the story?
Jennifer: Because he knows that EJ will claim plausible deniability, 'cause that's what he does, right?
Abe: Yeah, right.
Jennifer: Right. So instead of printing a retraction and enduring public humiliation for writing a legit story, he's doing the next best thing, which is to warn me.
Abe: So what do you want to do with this information?
Jennifer: I want to even out the playing field. I want to beat EJ at his own game.
Jennifer: I want to get the questions in advance too. Abe, my friend can help us with this, all you have to do is say yes.
Abe: So this is what it's come to, huh?
Jennifer: You're the one who said it first--that to win this election, you might have to get your hands dirty. What do you think that meant, Abe?
Abe: Being aggressive. Not outright cheating.
Jennifer: But EJ's already cheating! That's not what I call this, okay? And time is running out. We have no idea what else EJ has in his bag of tricks.
Abe: All right, all right, okay. You're right, okay? I admit it. Exposing EJ's schemes just won't work. He'll just try to cover it up like he always does.
Jennifer: You're right. And he does that better than anybody.
Abe: Yeah, I got to tell you, Jen... you know, when I was thinking about running for another term, I... well, I never dreamed that I would resort to tactics like this.
Jennifer: I know that. But I bet you never dreamed you'd be running against EJ DiMera either.
Abe: Yeah. I know how much damage... mayor DiMera would do to this city... that I love. Call your friend.
Jennifer: Abe, you're doing the right thing. Wait a minute, I hate it too. But it's for the greater good, all right?
Abe: Look, um... one more thing. Lexie...can't know what we're doing.
Jennifer: Well, we'll just keep this between you and me.
EJ: Well, you go ahead and compare me to your sainted husband. He's such a beacon of integrity, and I'm such an utter disappointment.
Lexie: That sounds about right.
EJ: Well, it's an old cliché, my dear, but you can't choose your family.
Lexie: You crossed the line when you relentlessly undermined my husband. You made me choose, EJ! You made me choose! I choose my husband. He is everything you're not, and never will be.
Nicole: So I have a few things I want to get straight with you. The election's around the corner, and things are heating up. And I just want to make sure that we're all on the same page.
Will: I don't know what you mean.
Will: No. I mean, you run this whole campaign by yourself--right?--Practically. And I'm just A...lowly intern. So if you want some coffee, I could probably get you that. But otherwise I'm--I'm not sure why you're wasting your time with me.
Nicole: Oh, come on, will. We both know you do a little more than just fetch coffee.
Will: Oh, yeah, I forgot about the posters.
Nicole: Don't get cute. I know that EJ ordered you to break into Abe's computer and steal his jobs plan. You're not a kid anymore, will. We're not playing games. This is serious business. And the bottom line is we need to make sure that EJ wins this election, you understand?
Nicole: Good. I also need you to understand that in order for me to make that happen, I need to know what's going on with this campaign. So whatever assignment you get-- whatever it is, whoever it's from--you need to check in with me.
Will: Are you asking me to be your spy?
Nicole: You catch on fast, will. You know, back in the day, when I was your stepmommy... I always knew you were a bright kid.
Carrie: I'm sorry, Austin. I really want to, it's just that we're running late.
Austin: No, I get it. But I got to be honest, Carrie. I just miss you. [Sighs] I miss being with you, I mean, I miss touching you, of course.
Carrie: I know. It's been crazy. I went from defending John, straight into opening my own business. And you started a new job, a new semester.
Austin: Right, I know. Look, I get it. We're both busy. But if we don't make time for each other, no one else is going to.
Carrie: What are you saying?
Austin: I'm saying it's time we make a date. You, me--alone. ASAP.
Sami: Wait a second. I am not living a lie.
Rafe: The hell you aren't. You're going to work for Kate every day, telling her that you're loyal to her. All the while, all you're trying to do is undermine her.
Sami: This is Kate we're talking about. She has done a lot worse to a lot of people.
Rafe: Okay, so that makes it okay?
Sami: Well, kind of, yes! I mean, look, I didn't think that you would think it was the most terrific idea I've ever had, ever. But you're not even trying to see my side in this.
Rafe: Well, I get why you didn't want to tell me. Because you knew that I wouldn't understand it. In fact, I don't know why you did in the first place.
Sami: Because my boss told me to. And for the record, I'm... I'm actually doing really well at it.
Rafe: Oh, so you're excelling at this new 9:00 to 5:00 of deceit and betrayal. That's great!
Sami: Police officers go undercover all the time.
Rafe: We're talking about lipstick and perfume, Sami, not life and death. I've got to be honest with you, it sounds like something EJ would do, not you.
Hope: I'm gonna get a refill. I didn't sleep very much last night.
Bo: Not to mention you were at the firing range at the crack of dawn.
Julie: Well, Stefano got what he wanted, didn't he? He's thrown hope off balance.
Bo: He knows exactly what he's doing. That's why the old geezer's survived as long as he has. But I'll tell you one thing-- that little lady over there will do everything she can to protect her family and the memory of her grandmother.
Doug: Well, she and Alice always had a very special bond.
Bo: You're right. That's why I know she'll find the right way to solve this mystery.
Carrie: You have your faculty meeting every Thursday night. And Rafe and I are meeting potential clients every other night this week. So--
Carrie: We're trying to drum up business, remember?
Austin: Carrie, this is, uh, it's getting a little nuts.
Carrie: I know.
Austin: No, I mean, look, my university schedule is pretty set, right? Everything revolves around my class obligations.
Carrie: So you're saying that I don't have obligations?
Austin: No, I'm not saying that at all. I'm just saying that you and Rafe have a brand-new business, okay? And it doesn't have that much actual business yet. So... I thought maybe--no, I'm just saying maybe you might be a little more flexible?
Carrie: Oh, so you're saying this is all my fault. Oh, man.
Austin: I'm saying that it shouldn't be this difficult for a husband and wife to carve out a little time together.
Sami: You're comparing me to EJ. I don't think that there's anything that you could say that would be more hurtful than that.
Rafe: I'm not trying to hurt you. I'm trying to get you to wake up. Somehow you convinced yourself that what you're doing is okay or good. You're excelling at it. Why is that? Now you think it's okay because you're doing it to Kate, someone who deserves it?
Sami: You know what? If you want to disagree with me and my choices that's one thing. But you do not get to condescend to me. I have a paycheck I am bringing in to help support this family. Mostly because you have a brand-new career that you are working on, and that's fine. But you don't get to question me when I decide to do exactly what my boss tells me to do!
Rafe: But that's just it! Exactly! I don't think that she actually thinks you should have to do this stuff. And somehow, you're trying to find reasons to justify doing it.
Sami: Well, you're wrong! 'Cause that's not what I'm doing.
Rafe: Oh, okay, really? What about those candy wrappers we found in Johnny's bed the other night? You blamed it on Allie. And what did you say? "Lying is always wrong." What if they found out about this? How would you explain it to them?
Will: You know what? I'm not, uh, exactly comfortable with the direction this conversation is going. Um, EJ's not only the candidate, but he's my boss. So if you feel out of the loop about certain things maybe, uh, you should talk to him about it.
Nicole: See, very smart. However, sometimes candidates don't always look out for own their best interests, which is why they need a highly skilled team... to look out for him, to protect him.
Will: You do a great job of that.
Nicole: I don't think you really understand. If EJ gives you some future assignment it could end up hurting his chances. Will, all I'm asking for you to do is just tell me what's going on in the campaign.
Nicole: I get that you're uncomfortable. So let me see if I can help you with that. [Clears throat]
Will: What's this?
Nicole: It's the money that I took the liberty of transferring into your account earlier today. And there's more where that came from... if I know I can count on you.
EJ: Hello! [Clears throat] Anybody home?
[Door clacks shut]
Jennifer: Trust me, Abe. I hate to resort to tactics like this. But like you said, EJ is leaving us no choice.
Abe: So what's our next step?
Jennifer: I'm going to call my reporter friend, and I am going to get those questions. And then we'll go over them, we'll practice them, we will be so well prepped... so that at the debate if EJ thinks he has an advantage, he will be wrong, because it will be neutralized, Abe.
Abe: Wait, wait, wait. Um... that won't be enough. It won't be enough to level the playing field.
Jennifer: What do you mean?
Abe: I want an advantage over EJ... same way he wanted one over me.
Jennifer: How do we do that, Abe?
Abe: I have an idea. Having the right question is one thing. We have to arrange for EJ to have the wrong one.
Jennifer: Wait, then he would be playing catch up through the whole debate and you would be wiping the floor with him, Abe.
Abe: This thing could... could decide the whole election.
Abe: The question is... how do we make this happen?
Jennifer: I have a reporter friend who is willing to get us the questions. So let's see what else he can do for us, Abe. You're sure about this... right, Abe?
Abe: Oh, man, EJ has me thinking like him now. Can't wait for this election to be over.
EJ: Anybody here?
Nicole: Honey, we're in here.
EJ: What are you two up to?
Nicole: Oh, just giving will a few things to handle.
Nicole: Yeah. Oh, hi.
EJ: Good. Glad you're delegating some responsibility. You work too hard. Anything important?
Will: No, nothing critical. Just, uh, you know, deliveries and stuff like that. Just a lowly intern, remember?
Hope: What's all this?
Doug: You remember Julie and I agreed to take a closer look at all the bank statements that Alice had hidden all those years?
Hope: Yeah. Did you find anything out?
Doug: Well, it took some digging, but we came up with one incredible nugget.
Bo: What's that?
Doug: We tracked all the wire transfers and realized--
Julie: That wherever they went in a circuitous route, all around the world, the money always wound up in exactly the same place.
Doug: This--this particular bank, right here, in Africa, was definitely the end point. I even used some of my contacts that I had, when I was visiting bill years ago, to verify the information.
Hope: Daddy, is there any chance that whatever's in the safe deposit box is tied to all this?
Julie: Yeah, right. We were wondering exactly the same thing.
Doug: And we figure there's just one way to find out.
Bo: How's that?
Doug: Get on a plane and go there.
Sami: Are you seriously gonna bring up the kids? Blaming your sister for something that you did is a clear-cut case of black and white, right and wrong. We are talking about something completely different.
Rafe: Are we?
Sami: Yes. And I don't even understand why we are fighting about this. You used to... you used to like that I was crazy, and that I thought outside the box, and that I'm unpredictable. You've told me a million times that, like, one of the things that you love about me.
Rafe: That is the Sami I love. That I'll never stop loving.
Sami: You could have fooled me.
[Dishes clatter in sink]
Sami: That was me trying to be discreet
Rafe: I'm trying to be honest with you here. Now I'm sorry if I'm not jumping up and down congratulating you on your new career path as a corporate spy.
Sami: Oh, stop it! You're acting like I'm the president of some international espionage ring or something.
Rafe: Well, what you're doing isn't exactly legal.
[Dish clatters into sink]
Rafe: Look, I'm sorry. I'm worried about you. I don't want anything to happen to you, okay?
Sami: As you pointed out to me earlier, this is just cosmetics. It's not like keeping government secrets or anything.
Rafe: Oh, okay. You are doing this to Kate DiMera, you realize that. What do you think she's going to do when she finds out, huh? Think she's going to be okay with it? Or have you thought that far ahead?
Sami: Yes, as a matter of fact, I do have an exit strategy.
Rafe: Really, an exit strategy. Well, okay, fine. Call me crazy, but I don't think she's going to be okay with "oops, I'm sorry. I quit." You take a job, it's about the team, and the team comes first.
Sami: Team comes first? I didn't realize that was your new motto. Does that apply to you and Carrie as well? She comes first for you now?
Rafe: You got to be kidding me.
Carrie: Austin, I hate this. It's not like I don't want to find time to be alone with my husband.
Austin: You want to know what I did last night? I sat in a restaurant, alone, waiting for you.
Carrie: I already apologized for that. Something came up at work.
Austin: I felt like a yo-yo. First you said you could meet me, and then you said you couldn't. So I made other plans.
Carrie: What other plans?
Austin: Nothing, just some after-work thing. But the minute you said you could meet me, I cancelled it. Only to get stood up a second time for the same date.
Carrie: I'm sorry. What do you want me to do? I'm trying to get a business up and running so we can stay here in Salem, with our friends and family. I just--I didn't think dinner was that important in the scheme of things.
Austin: Dinner wasn't that important--okay. Are we?
Carrie: Of course we are. Which is why I'm standing here, just like you, trying to find a date that works for both of us.
Austin: Yeah, and you know what I'm doing? You know what I'm thinking about right now? I'm thinking about when we were both in school. And you were working 100 hours a week, as a junior associate studying for the bar. And we couldn't wait to see each other at the end of the day. We could always seem to find time for each other then. Why not now?
Hope: Seriously, I just-- I just can't thank you enough for being willing to go all the way to Africa to look into this.
Julie: Well, I want to learn the truth as much as you do. Don't worry. We still have plenty of fun things planned, like, uh, a photographic safari.
Hope: I'm sure you do.
Julie: Going to make it a second honeymoon.
Hope: Are you kidding me? Your life is a perpetual second honeymoon.
Julie: Ah, darling, you have that right. Never fear, we'll have plenty of time to do some serious digging for you.
Hope: I'm just so afraid... of what you might find. I mean, obviously, Stefano is implying that--that Gran was involved in something terrible.
Julie: Hope, you've got to stop thinking like that. You know that at her core, Alice Horton was absolutely incorruptible. Whatever her reason for keeping something in the safety deposit box, you have to know that that's the simple truth, and you must remember it.
Hope: I know. I know you're right. It's just so hard.
Doug: That's because Stefano is making it hard. That's what he does. He sows doubt, makes people unsure. All the time protecting himself--that's his ultimate motive. It is so self-serving.
Bo: Couldn't have said it better myself.
Julie: Well, darling, if we're going, we have a lot of things to do before we leave.
Doug: Translation of that is "we're going shopping."
Hope: Call us when you land, okay? And please, send safari pictures, lots of them.
Julie: Absolutely, and don't worry. If we find out anything about Gran, we'll call you right away.
Doug: Love you, sweetheart.
Hope: Daddy, I love you.
Julie: Love you too, honeybunch.
Hope: I love you, daddy. Safe trip.
Doug: Yeah, yeah.
Hope: Thank you.
Bo: Safe travels.
Doug: Bye. Be good.
Bo: You feeling better?
Hope: It's amazing that they're doing this. Well, I'm not going to sit around here and have Stefano call the shots.
Bo: You're right. Best defense is a good offense.
Hope: Exactly. He tried putting us off our game. Now it's time to take the fight to him.
Jennifer: Bad news, Abe. My contact is willing to get us the questions, but he is not willing to feed EJ or his team the wrong questions. He feels it's too dangerous a proposition to double-cross a DiMera.
Abe: Certainly can't blame the man. But I guess this means that you and I are going to have to figure this all out ourselves.
Jennifer: Yes, and we have to figure this out the real questions.
Abe: We'll find a way. We'll find a way. But whatever we decide to do, we have to keep this quiet. Because the fallout from this could be...catastrophic.
Lexie: What fallout?
EJ: So how is our little debate project coming along? It's time-sensitive, you know.
Nicole: Mm-hmm. And, um, my sources tell me, at the moderator's office, that--bam-- it's a lock. Delivery in a few hours.
EJ: All right.
Nicole: So, um, I have a few things to handle myself. I'll just get going, if you two are fine.
EJ: Um, yeah, I'm more than fine. Actually, I have one or two things to talk to William about.
Nicole: All right, I'll let you get to it.
EJ: So... William... anything to report?
Will: Well, except I won't have any trouble filling up my new car with gas... now that I'm rolling in cash.
EJ: It went exactly as I said it would?
Will: Yeah, except instead of handing me the wad of cash, she transferred the money into my bank account.
EJ: Internet, eh? Smart girl.
Will: You know, it was kind of exciting. I mean, I've never been bribed before.
EJ: Oh, look at you.
Abe: We're, uh, talking about the fallout from losing the debate. The election is so close. And a bad performance could be the difference between winning and losing.
Lexie: You're worried about losing the debate?
Abe: Of course, I am. Who knows what EJ could do next?
Lexie: Honey, it doesn't matter what EJ does, okay? All you have to do is get on that stage, and the audience will clearly see the difference between the two candidates. One is an incurable liar. And the other is the best man I've ever met.
Will: I have a question.
Will: How did you know that Nicole was going to ask me to report to her?
EJ: Once you realize what women want, William, predicting their behavior is rather straightforward.
Will: I'll remember that.
EJ: She was very generous with you. You know, the funny thing is, that really tells me how much she cares. So dysfunctional, but I really love her for it.
Austin: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. You're free Thursday, right?
Carrie: Yeah, but you have your weekly faculty meeting.
Austin: I just got an email. It's cancelled this week.
Carrie: So it isn't an urban myth--there's an actual day we're both free.
Austin: Mm-hmm. At least this week.
Carrie: [Laughs] Okay.
Austin: No, wait. I'm booking it.
Carrie: All right, do it.
Carrie: Thursday night-- romantic date with my husband.
Austin: Who can't wait.
Rafe: Of course, Carrie doesn't come first. You and the kids do. I'm here, aren't I?
Sami: Yes. So? What?
Rafe: No, no, no. I knew it. And you had a real problem with me taking this job with Carrie. And I told you, it's the only way that I can use my skills, now that I'm not with the police department. I thought you understood.
Sami: I do.
Rafe: You know, I didn't take the job to hurt you. I did it so that I could put food on our table.
Sami: Well, then you should know exactly where I'm coming from, because that is what I want to do too.
Rafe: You don't see any difference at all?
Sami: No. No, I don't!
Sami: What are you doing?
Rafe: Going to work. Don't want to be late.
[Door clacks open]
Sami: You're going to leave without saying good-bye?
Rafe: Of course not. Good-bye.
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