Days of Our Lives Update Tuesday 10/11/05
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Philip uses a video camera to film Belle bringing Claire home for the first time. Belle laughs as Philip insists on filming her as well. Philip lists all the items he picked up for the baby and Belle isnt sure just like him whether the newborn baby diapers will fit Claire. Belle seems distant and sad after putting Claire down in the new bassinet despite Philips ongoing saga about what he bought and decided not to buy. Philip adds that he didnt buy too many clothes and the like because Kate said babies grow out of them so fast and he expected Belles family to still want to throw her a shower. Belle notes that Marlena and Sami arent really in the right situations right now to want to do something like that nor Mimi who she doesnt think still wants to be her best friend. Philip assures Belle that shell make new friends whereas she may lose touch with old friends because she no longer has the same things in common. Belle bursts into tears which surprises Philip as he cant stop talking about how happy he is.
Shawn is now kissing Mimi on the lips but claims that it was a thank you for cooking. Mimi thanks Shawn for the rose and he downplays it as free and spontaneous. Mimi jokes that to a Lockhart, things that are free and spontaneous are the best in the world. Shawn grabs a bottle of wine out of the fridge and explains that Maggie gave it to him to use during a special occasion. Shawn hands the bottle to Mimi and steps out of the kitchen to put some music on. Mimi stares at Shawn in disbelief but with a slight smile.
Marlena drinks down the rest of her unknowingly spiked tea. Alex flashes back to drugging the tea. Marlena looks sad and downcast when Alex joins her on the couch. Marlena admits to feeling sorry for John and Alex assures her that she shouldnt be feeling sorry because she was only being forthright with him. Marlena notes that John has been forthright too but was also hurt when she asked for the divorce. Alex insists that Marlena is going to be much better off without John.
Kate escorts John up to her suite. John stops in the doorway and decides that given what happened tonight, he doesnt think he should be in Kates suite and suggests getting a room down the hall. Kate insists that John stay in her suite with her.
Jennifer sits curled up under Jacks arm as they sit together on the bench on the front porch. Lexie and Frankie turn away from the window where they were watching them. Frankie thinks it would have been worse if Jack had died and then Jennifer found out that Jack knew he was going to die. Frankie complains about Jack not listening to his constant pleas to tell Jennifer the truth. Lexie is shocked and yells at Frankie for knowing and not telling Jennifer since he could have been the one to get around her own confidentiality issue.
Jack gets up and turns away from Jennifer. Jennifer begs Jack to not accept defeat and fight but Jack insists that they must accept that he is dying. Jennifer refuses to accept it and insists that Jack cant accept it either. Jack raises his voice as he points out that Jennifers behavior is the exact reason he didnt want to tell her.
Marlena cant understand that Alex really considers her better off without John and he claims that she is the one who asked for the divorce. Marlena complains of being confused. Alex claims that Marlena really was looking for a way to get John out of her life since before and he was even a contributing factor to her memory loss. Marlena points out that John wants her to remember and has to pause to fight back the tears as she says that John wants her to remember because he loves her. Alex suggests that Marlena may not want to remember her life with John but Marlena points out that she cant know that without remembering her life with John in the first place. Marlena admits to having the occasional glimmer of feelings for John but Alex counters it by asking why Marlena slept with Roman if she loved John so much. Marlena turns away in tears as Alex brings up how quickly John moved on with Kate.
John insists that he refuses to give up on his marriage because he took Kates offer to mean that she wanted to resume their relationship. Kate quickly assures him that she meant for him to stay in the guest bedroom. Kate complains about needing a friend because she feels everyone else has abandoned her but John insists that Kate is not alone. Kate complains about how now Austin has fallen into Samis clutches but John insists that deep down, Sami is the sweet innocent girl he raised but Kate doesnt want to hear it. John would rather focus on happier things and brings up how Billie found Chelsea. Kate says that Chelsea is a hellion but with a lot of promise. Kate pours them both a drink. John refers to Claire as their granddaughter and it takes Kate a moment to get over the connotation that implies to realize that John meant simply that he was Belles father and she Philips mother. They make small talk about Belle and Philip until Kate notes that it seems like only yesterday that they thought their spouses were dead. Kate is shocked when John says he blames himself. John explains that he believes that his marriage has never been the same since Marlena and Roman came back and saw his engagement ring on Kates finger.
Frankie explains to Lexie that he didnt say anything because Jack made him promise not to. Frankie tears up, as he is relieved that now Jennifer can be there for Jack without being angry with Jack, or herself, or him. Lexie asks if Frankie thinks that Jack has accepted his prognosis and Frankie confides in Lexie Jacks plan for him and Jennifer.
Jennifer likens this situation to when Jack up and disappeared when Abby was sick as a baby. Jennifer claims that Jack didnt tell her this time because he didnt trust her but Jack is quick to deny that. Jennifer wants to know how Jack can give up hope considering all the miracles theyve had in their lives. Jack sits Jennifer back down on the bench and insists that she face facts like the journalists they are. Jack doesnt want Jennifer and his kids to see him die a slow lingering death but Jennifer hopefully insists that they arent going to let that happen.
Claire starts to cry and Belle tries to rock Claire in the bassinet to comfort her as Philip hands Belle a tissue in an attempt to comfort her. Belle claims that shes crying because it is so overwhelming to love someone so much. Philip makes Belle feel better by pointing out that Claire has fallen asleep already thanks to Belles magic touch.
Philip suggests they try Chinese food for dinner but the first two of Belles choices she quickly negates because of how theyd affect her nursing time. Philip offers to get up with Claire in the middle of the night once Belle feels ready to use the breast pump and in the meantime get up anyway so he can do the diaper changing to give Belle more rest. Belle insists that Philip needs to rest too but Philip says that it is his turn now to take care of Belle. Belle tearfully hugs Philip. Philip sorts through the Chinese food menu but Belles happy expression falls when she looks at Claire in the bassinet.
Shawn insists that this is a special occasion because Mimi has never cooked in the time he has known her and before stepping into the bedroom to get cleaned up before dinner, he notices and compliments Mimi on her new hairdo. Mimi sets the oven to broil so that the top can get extra crispy like Shawn likes and shares her surprise at how easy the dish was to make. The phone rings and Mimi answers it. It is Bonnie (not shown) calling to check on how things are going with Shawn. Mimi tells her about Shawn bringing her a rose and Bonnie complains that Shawn was too cheap to spring for two-dozen roses. Mimi rolls her eyes, as she has to turn down Bonnies offer again of using the rope and branding iron on Shawn.
Alex points out that a happy marriage doesnt include the spouses cheating with other loves and claims that John is not thinking about what is best for Marlena. Marlena tells Alex that he is the only person she can trust and knows that he wouldnt lie or try to hurt her. Alex vows to do everything in his power to ensure Marlenas happiness as long as she trusts him. Marlena asks if Alex thinks shell ever get her memory back but Alex promises that even if she doesnt, shell still have a happy life because her whole future is in front of her. Marlena agrees with Alexs suggestion that people out there wish that had the chance to wipe the slate clean and start over. Marlena becomes uneasy when Alex suggests that Marlena may be one of the lucky few to do just that.
Kate tears up as she admires Johns gallantness in wanting to take the blame but insists that her marriage to Roman was doomed from the start even with what the Dimeras did. John points out that if it werent for the Dimeras, Marlena and Roman would still be married today and Kate agrees that if Tony hadnt shown them the tape, Marlena and Roman wouldnt have slept together themselves. Kate explains that her marriage was partly ruined by misjudging Romans ability to overlook Samis flaws. Kate complains that John should have the right to kick Alex out of his own house but John points out that the penthouse was Marlenas to begin with and since it was she who asked him to move out, he wasnt in a position to argue. Kate suggests that John move in to her suite, they team up and come up with a plan.
Philip returns with the Chinese food and Belle informs him that Claire is still asleep. Philip jokingly tells Claire that babies dont get lo mein. Philip puts down the several bags of food and explains that he got lots of food because Belle likes to have multiple dinners. Belle complains about needing to lose 15 pounds but Philip assures her that she looks great. Philip explains that at least theyll have lots of leftovers and wont have to cook for a while. Philip begins taking each carton out of the bags and Belle complains that the food smells weird. Philip explains that the smell is coming from Shawn and Mimis attempts to make dinner. Belle jokes about how Shawn messed up soup from a can once because he didnt know to add water. Philip quips that something is cooking over there.
Mimi continues to negate Bonnies repeat offers for various toys to use on Shawn. The smoke detector starts to beep and Mimi blames Bonnie for making her burn dinner before slamming down the phone. Smoke rises from the oven as Mimi grabs potholders.
Belle and Philip are bringing their food to the table to eat when they hear the smoke alarm. Belle realizes that its coming from Shawn and Mimis apartment and tends to Claire who has now woken up as Philip rushes over to check it out.
Jack tries to convince Jennifer that while hes already had time to accept it, Jennifer is still in the first stage of grief, denial. Jennifer still wants Jack to try and beat the disease but Jack refuses to spend his remaining time going in circles around the inevitable. Jennifer shakes her head in disbelief as Jack bluntly says that while everyone should live each day as if it were their last, his last day is going to come a lot sooner.
Smoke is now filling the apartment. Shawn rushes back into the kitchen and stops Mimi from opening the oven. Shawn uses the fire extinguisher to put out the fire inside the oven and then instructs Mimi to open a window to let the smoke out. Philip calls out from outside the door to check on them and Mimi assures him that they are fine and opens the door to let him in. Mimi playfully smacks Philip on the back as he laughs at her explanation that Carolines recipe was supposed to be bad cook proof. Philip offers to have Mimi and Shawn come over to their loft to enjoy the excessive Chinese food but Shawn and Mimi feel bad about having all this commotion and Claires first night home. Shawn and Mimi agree to the invitation and promise to be over once the smoke clears. Philip heads back to his loft. Mimi tells Shawn to go on without her and claims that she cant handle that right now when Shawn questions her decision.
Philip returns to his loft and Belle quips that she knew Mimi couldnt cook. Belle has gotten Claire to stop crying now that the fire alarm has stopped. Belle doesnt look happy to hear Philip talk of future plans for Mimi to make dinner for Shawn. Philip relays that he invited Mimi and Shawn over for dinner and Belle is shocked but then claims that its okay. Philip senses that something is wrong and Belle explains that shes now facing that Claire is a real other person to care for in their home and now nothing is ever going to be the same. Philip gushes about how it is going to be even better and Belle lets her smile fade once Philip turns his attention to Claire.
Marlena breathes in the clear night air and remarks that its beautiful. Marlena is taken aback when Alex responds that Marlena is certainly beautiful.
John asks Kate what people would think were he to move in with her but Kate says that in her experience people think the worst regardless. John agrees to think about it and opens the window to get a breath of fresh air. John shares his surprise with Kate who has now joined him at the window that he has now discovered that he could see the penthouse from her suite.
Frankie shares his feelings about being asked by Jack to take his place and how while he still loves Jennifer, its killing him to see Jack and Jennifer go through this. Frankie vows to be there for Jennifer if she needs him.
Jack notes to Jennifer that theyve had so many experiences including getting to visit islands not even on the map courtesy of Dimera travel but Jennifer turns away in disgust rather than amusement. Jack mentions trying skydiving before he dies since before he was always so risk averse but Jennifer points out how they used to chase stories no matter how dangerous together. Jack decides to drop the idea of skydiving and asks Jennifer to let him enjoy the time he has and not even think about the time that he wont be here. Jack looks at Jennifer in confusion when she says that wont be hard at all.
Shawn starts to caution Mimi against feeling this way whenever she sees Claire but Mimi interrupts to ask how she can help but not be reminded of her own loss. Even though Shawn assures Mimi that she is going to be a wonderful godmother, she might want to think about backing out if it is going to be too hard. Mimi decides that she cant back out when Shawn refers to it, as them becoming Claires parents should anything happen to Belle and Philip. Mimi agrees to the task on the basis of Shawn being there to support her. Shawn grabs the bottle of wine and they head across the hall to Belles loft.
Shawn and Mimi arrive and Shawn explains why he brought the bottle of wine. Shawn and Mimi look in on Claire and Mimi compliments Belle on how great she looks. Belle complains of feeling tired and Philip jokes about how that wont change now that theyre home. Mimi dotes on Claire and Belle compliments Mimi on how good she is with Claire. Mimi chalks it up to having to baby-sit her little brother Connor. Belle smiles as she watches Shawn liken the way Claire is now grabbing his finger and not letting go to how Zach used to when he was a baby. Belles smile fades when Shawn cares more about Mimis being glad that she came after all.
Alex doesnt deny that he just called Marlena beautiful but Marlena laughs with embarrassment as Alex gushes about all of Marlenas good qualities. Marlena asks him to stop and Alex agrees to stop only on one condition.
Kate looks in the same direction as John has been looking at and confirms that you can now see the penthouse from here since they tore down the hotel in between. John squints but can make out Marlena and Alex on the balcony. Kate steps away from the window to search for a pair of binoculars.
Everyone is now seated around the table and preparing to dig into the food. Philip asks Shawn to pour the wine but when Belle refuses to drink, Philip decides that he wont drink either. Shawn pours Mimi and himself a glass. Everyone raises their glasses as Philip proposes a toast to loving relationships and beautiful healthy children. Belle and Philip clink glasses but Mimi puts her glass down and looks solemn as Shawn reaches out to clink her glass with his. Belle watches uncomfortably as Shawn takes Mimis hand to comfort her. Belle hangs her head and fights back the tears.
Kate returns to the window and hands John the binoculars. John breathes a heavy sigh before looking through the binoculars. As John adjusts the focus, he sees Alex and Marlena dancing on the penthouse balcony. John doesnt believe what he sees.
Marlena and Alex continue to dance closely. Marlena tells Alex that dancing with him is not a hard condition to meet. Alex admits that hes wanted to do this with Marlena for a long time. Marlena assures him that she isnt finding this uncomfortable at al and lays her head on his shoulder as she says she feels safe.
John continues to watch through the binoculars as Kate points out that Alex obviously wants Marlena all for himself. John agrees as Kate adds that Alex knows Marlena is in a vulnerable position especially with John not there and thinks that no one is going to stop him from getting what he wants.
Frankie puts down Jennifers picture back on the table as he reveals that to be why its been so long since he last visited his family. Lexie asks why Frankie came back now and Frankie admits that he used Max as an excuse to come see Jennifer. Frankie picks up the picture of Jennifer, Jack, and Abby from the mantel as he explains that he had to come see how happy Jennifer is now in hopes that it would help him put his feelings for Jennifer behind him. Frankie is glad that Jennifer knows now and offers to support them any way he can.
Jennifer is still adamant that Jack isnt dying, claiming to know it in her heart.
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