Days of Our Lives Update Friday 7/17/09

Days of Our Lives Update Friday 7/17/09

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Written By Danielle
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Maggie’s house:

Melanie is typing a password into the computer and celebrating the fact that it worked. Nathan comes up behind Melanie and slams the laptop closed. Melanie looks back in shock. Nathan chastises Melanie for trying to cheat.

Kiriakis mansion:

Brady comes inside dripping wet from the pool in search of a towel. Victor comes in and yells at Brady for tracking water into the house. Brady finds the towel he left on the table and uses it to dry himself. Brady apologizes and offers to clean up the water. Victor assures him that Henderson will clean it up. Victor suggests that they will be having a late breakfast in 20 minutes at the Pub. Brady politely turns down the offer of breakfast. Victor asks if Brady has plans but Brady admits that he’d rather eat somewhere else. Victor wants to know why Brady doesn’t want to go to the Pub.

Park:

Sami is lying on a blanket playing with Johnny and Allie. Nicole walks up, wheeling Sydney in her stroller. Nicole grimaces when she first spots them but acts all smiles when she greets them. Sami is glad that they have the day to play in the park rather than sit in court at a custody hearing. Sami says she has one person to thank for that.

Sami’s house:

Rafe is unpacking more of his things when Arianna knocks on the door. Arianna hands Rafe a bag and he is overjoyed to find it contains blue corn muffins with jalapeno. Rafe jokes about having to repay Arianna and offers to give her the dogs playing poker painting. Arianna accepts the painting, joking that she’ll hang it over her bearskin rug. Rafe acts offended that Arianna is also mocking his taste in art. Arianna asks why Rafe would get rid of his painting but then looks around at all the boxes and deduces that he is moving in. Rafe forces a smile.

DiMera mansion:

Stefano, carrying an envelope, walks into the living room, scanning it to make sure no one else is around. He takes a seat at the table and pulls out of the envelope a file containing a picture of Rafe.

Sami’s house:

Rafe snacks on the muffins as he sits on the edge of the desk. Rafe expects to get a lecture from Arianna but is surprised when instead; she says that she was wondering what took him so long to move in with Sami.

DiMera mansion:

Stefano reads over the background information that has been compiled for him on Rafe. He skims over the information about Rafe’s early years, shaking his head in disbelief and pity as he gets to the part about Rafe giving up his job at the FBI for Sami. Stefano leans back in his chair and happily sighs as he gets to the part he considers more interesting, the section on Rafe’s relationship with Emily.

Park:

Johnny and Allie are now playing a small distance away from where Sami and Nicole sit with Sydney on the bench. Sami occasionally interrupts their conversation to call out to Allie and Johnny to play nicely together. Nicole assumes that Sami was talking about thanking Stephanie for being willing to testify. Sami explains that she was really talking about Nicole. Sami tells Nicole that she wouldn’t have Johnny if it weren’t for her. Nicole is shocked when Sami hugs her.

Kiriakis mansion:

Brady admits to Victor that he had a run in with the new manager. Brady suggests they go to the Java Café instead. Victor insists on telling Caroline that Brady is having a problem so that this woman gets fired. Brady refuses; pointing out that their run-in was never about her work skills. Brady asks that they not talk about this anymore. Victor wants to know what is going on between Brady and this woman.

Sami’s house:

Rafe seems relieved that Arianna approves of him moving in with Sami. Arianna corrects Rafe by saying that while she doesn’t approve, she saw it coming. This is the response Rafe expected from his sister. Arianna starts to talk about how Rafe was hurt in the past but Rafe doesn’t want to hear mention of Emily again. Rafe swears this time is completely different. Arianna advises him to think with his head and not his heart. Rafe accuses Arianna of not following that same advice. Arianna insists that she now knows it would be a mistake to get involved with someone again. Rafe complains that it would be difficult and lonely. Arianna starts to say that the difficult and lonely path would be better than something but then stops herself. Arianna insists that it’s a sacrifice she has to make.

Maggie’s house:

Melanie wants to refer to the cheating as a more efficient way of getting the answers so she can save time for more important things. Nathan asks if those more important things include luring people up to the cabin under false pretenses or playing poker and counting cards. Melanie tells Nathan to leave her alone and lifts open her laptop again. Nathan slams the laptop back down, irritating Melanie even more. Melanie tries to justify cheating by claiming that she’ll never use this stuff as a nurse. Melanie loses some of her tough attitude as she reveals that she wants to do well so people who don’t think she’s capable will think better of her. Nathan lectures that nursing is a profession meant for someone who thinks about helping others, not worrying about what others think of them.

Park:

Nicole is visibly uncomfortable with Sami’s hug. Sami pulls away, shocked at what she had been driven by emotion to do. They both comment on how shocking it would have been had anyone seen them hugging. Sami admits that she was skeptical when Nicole told her about EJ dropping the suit because she thought EJ was only saying that so she’d get her hopes up and then he’d yank the rug out from under her. Nicole tells Sami that the important thing is that she has Johnny now. Nicole can tell that even though Sami is grateful and even though this situation has helped her as well, Sami still believes that Nicole is a selfish bitch who wouldn’t do anything simply out of the goodness of her heart.

Kiriakis mansion:

Brady denies that there is anything going on between him and Arianna. Victor can tell that Brady is lying. Brady asks why Victor would care about his love life. Victor claims it’s because Brady is current vice CEO of Titan and a woman messing with his head could affect his work or even his sobriety. Brady is bothered by Victor’s lack of confidence in him. Victor brings up Chloe but Brady doesn’t want to talk about Chloe. Brady calls Victor a misogynist because he’s bitter and jaded when it comes to women. Victor claims he only feels that way about women who are too stupid to know a good man when they see one. Victor wants to know why Arianna isn’t interested in Brady for he is a catch.

Sami’s house:

Rafe asks Arianna if there is a guy she’s determined not to get involved with since she was talking about having to make a sacrifice. Arianna tells Rafe about having met ‘a guy’ that she at first thought was arrogant but now thinks is sweet and sensitive now that she’s gotten to know him. She tells Rafe about how they had made plans to go on a date but she changed her mind. Rafe starts to get angry at the thought that the guy hurt Arianna but she assures him that he didn’t. Rafe wants to know what happened so Arianna tells him that the guy is a recovering addict. Rafe now understands why Arianna doesn’t want to get involved with him.

Maggie’s house:

Melanie tells Nathan that she is offended and he better leave before she raises her voice. Nathan asks Melanie why she wants to be a nurse. Melanie claims it’s because she needs the money and nursing would be more stable than being a waitress. Nathan complains that Melanie doesn’t take anything seriously. Melanie complains that Nathan takes everything seriously as she sits at the table with her head in her hands. Nathan tells her about Maggie’s childhood car accident and how because of Bill’s passion for being a surgeon, Maggie was able to walk again. Melanie is touched by the story. Nathan uses Tom Horton as another example of someone who is respected for the pride they took in their work and how Tom considered helping sick people to be a privilege. Nathan advises Melanie to choose another career if she doesn’t have that same passion.

Park:

Sami apologizes for being so cynical. Nicole acknowledges their long history but feels now that they have found common ground. Nicole adds that she didn’t think it was fair for Sami to have lost Grace and now Johnny too. Sami notes that being a mom has changed Nicole. Nicole surprises Sami by saying that she feels they’ve formed a kinship. Nicole tells Sami that they both suffered a lot of pain because they’ve both lost their little girls. Sami looks quizzically at Nicole.

Maggie’s house:

Melanie compares Nathan to Tom in terms of their passion for medicine. Nathan wouldn’t even consider himself close to Tom but agrees that he is passionate. Melanie says she is better at wrecking lives than saving them. Nathan warns her that thinking that way will only help it come true. Nathan suggests that Melanie try thinking more highly of herself. Melanie agrees to try but cautions that it will take time. Nathan tells Melanie to start by taking the nursing test without cheating and prove to herself that she can do it. Nathan leaves. Melanie smiles.

Kiriakis mansion:

Brady tells Victor that Arianna, though he hasn’t revealed her name yet, is intelligent but simply not interested in him. Victor says that Arianna must have a problem then but doesn’t understand why Brady would be laughing at his comment. Brady explains that Arianna is protecting herself. Victor doesn’t understand. Brady tells Victor about how he told Arianna about his addict past. Victor confirms that Brady made it clear that he’s been sober for over a year now. When Brady says that Arianna still won’t go out with him, Victor says that she is a fool. Brady balks. Victor says that if Arianna can’t recognize a good decent man with a great future like Brady, then she doesn’t deserve him.

Sami’s house:

Rafe acknowledges that what happened in the past was painful but he doesn’t think that should prevent them from being happy in the future. Arianna insists that she doesn’t have to be with someone to be happy and likes her life the way it is. Rafe describes Arianna’s solitary life as sad and depressing having to go home alone. Arianna insists that she likes how uncomplicated it is.

Park:

Sami wants to know why Nicole would say that she lost a daughter too when Sydney is right there in the stroller. Nicole covers by telling Sami about how Sydney gave them a health scare shortly after her birth. Sami confirms that Sydney is healthy now. Sami starts to cry. Nicole apologizes for making the analogy to Sami’s situation. Sami is upset that Nicole would make such a comparison. Nicole defends it by claiming she was referring to the fear of losing Sydney during the health scare but Sami doesn’t buy it. Sami tells Nicole that she can tell something is going on with her. Nicole denies it. Sami says that Nicole is lying and she knows why. Nicole looks panicked.

Nicole lifts Sydney out of her stroller. Nicole insists that she has nothing to feel guilty about. Sami tells Nicole that she understands how Nicole risked losing Sydney and how Sydney and Grace had so many things in common. Sami tells Sydney that she would have loved Grace. Nicole hopes that having Johnny back will help Sami rebuild her life. Sami feels that she has to do that for her kids. Nicole mentions how Sami also has Rafe to help her. Sami is grateful to have such a strong and good man in Rafe. Sami asks Nicole for a favor.

Pub:

Arianna walks in and teases Melanie for choosing to have an ice cream sundae for lunch. Melanie says she deserves it after the bad day she’s had. Arianna sits down at Melanie’s table and asks what happened. Melanie says she ruined her nursing career before it even started. Arianna asks what Melanie did to get into trouble and Melanie takes offense at how that’s the first thing everyone thinks. Melanie tells Arianna about how she took Nathan’s advice and took the test on her own rather than cheat. Arianna commends Melanie but Melanie is sure that she failed. Arianna wants Melanie to think positive and consider the possibility that she might have actually passed. Melanie jokes that if she passed, then the pope is Catholic. Melanie then realizes that her joke didn’t make sense. Melanie mentions wanting to talk to Arianna and Arianna tries to use work as an excuse to get away. Melanie piques Arianna’s interest when she mentions unfinished business. Melanie asks Arianna to explain why she turned down Brady for no reason at all.

Kiriakis mansion:

Brady has now gotten dressed and is ready to go out for breakfast. Victor takes a moment to tell Brady that he is proud of him for facing his demons. Brady thanks Victor. Victor assures Brady that the right woman is out there for him and that she’ll be worth the wait.

Park:

Sami asks Nicole about declaring a truce. Nicole agrees that it is time. Sami would like to honor Grace by letting go of her anger and grudges towards Nicole. Nicole feels that the truce was struck when Grace went to heaven. Sami thanks Nicole for listening and understanding. Nicole credits it to their connection as mothers. They don’t notice Rafe walk up behind them.

Pub:

Arianna is annoyed that Brady spread the word about her turning him down. Melanie tries to convince Arianna that Brady’s drug addiction isn’t any big deal since he’s been sober for a while. Arianna insists that she is glad for Brady but still won’t go out with him. Melanie continues to push until Arianna claims she has to get to work and leaves. Melanie, looking confused, pulls out her cell phone and leaves the pub.

Park:

Rafe walks up and greets them, making sure that Nicole isn’t bothering Sami after seeing Sami’s tear filled eyes. Sami assures Rafe that she and Nicole have formed a truce. Rafe is impressed. Sami wipes away her tears and then heads over to retrieve Johnny and Allie from the sandbox. Rafe brings up Nicole’s emotional visit to Grace’s grave but Nicole complains that Rafe is bringing up something she’s already explained. Nicole is annoyed that Rafe still looks at her questionably. Nicole asks if it is because of the truce with Sami. Rafe says he doesn’t know what to think when it comes to Nicole.

Melanie has texted Brady to meet her. Brady is happy when Melanie says she has good news but his mood darkens when Melanie mentions talking to Arianna about liking him. Brady interrupts Melanie to tell her to stop trying to play matchmaker. Brady turns to go. Melanie tells Brady that she’s not sure whether to feel sorry for or envy Brady since he’s walking away from love. Brady stops and turns back to glare at Melanie.

Nicole is offended by Rafe’s comment and considers it an insult. Rafe claims he was only being honest. Nicole is angry with Rafe for still badgering her when all she did was grieve over a baby’s death. Sami walks up with Allie on her hip and holding Johnny’s hand. Rafe picks up Johnny. Sami spells out the word naps for the kids and Nicole makes a quick and irritated goodbye to Sami before leaving. Sami, confused by Nicole’s reaction, turns to Rafe and questions him about what happened.

Brady returns to Melanie and points out that he never even had a date with Arianna yet. Melanie points out Brady’s defensive reaction as a sign that he does love her. Brady tries to get Melanie to mind her own business but Melanie refuses to give up. Melanie wants Brady to give Arianna a chance. Brady refuses and turns to go. Melanie grabs his arm to make him face her again. Melanie insists that she can tell they have more of a connection than simple attraction. Brady is more annoyed than interested. Melanie complains that they’ll never find out if Brady and Arianna could have been something special. Melanie sighs and shakes her head at Brady before storming off.

Pub:

Arianna is working behind the bar. She flashes back to her time at the cabin with Brady. Back in reality, Arianna shakes her head no.

Hospital:

Melanie steps off the elevator and runs over to duck behind the nurses’ station. Nathan spots her and asks what she is doing. Melanie explains that she is hiding from Maxine so as not to get in trouble for showing up late. Nathan pretends to point to Maxine behind Melanie and laughs when Melanie spins around in horror. Nathan tells Melanie to relax because Maxine is off on her break. Melanie breathes a sigh of relief and walks more calmly over to Nathan. Nathan holds up some folded over papers and announces that he has the results of the nursing exam. Melanie is surprised that Nathan has the results already and asks how she did. Nathan starts to unfold the paper and his face looks solemn. Melanie fears that is a sign that she failed.

DiMera mansion:

Nicole enters the living room and looks over at the bar. Looking around to make sure no one else is around, Nicole approaches the bar. Just as she is reaching out to pour a drink, Stefano walks in and criticizes her for drinking so early. Nicole gets mad at Stefano for surprising her. Stefano asks why Nicole is so on edge. Nicole tells Stefano about running into Rafe and complains that Stefano hasn’t ‘taken care of Rafe’ yet.

Sami’s house:

Sami rejoins Rafe in the living room, celebrating the fact that both Johnny and Allie are now asleep. Sami adds that she is as tired as they are so Rafe rubs her shoulders. Sami asks Rafe what happened at the park with Nicole. Rafe tells Sami that even though he didn’t mention Grace, Nicole was quick to defend herself for grieving at Grace’s grave. Sami tells Rafe that they need to move on and look to the future. Rafe tells Sami that he’s figured out a way for them to do that.

Pub:

Arianna is talking on her cell phone. She acts secretive talking in a low voice. Arianna tells the person on the phone that she got the manager job at the pub and that everything is set up ready to go. She hangs up the phone just as Brady walks up to greet her.

Hospital:

Melanie starts to freak out, convinced that she failed. She goes on a rant about failing despite doing the right thing and not getting rewarded for her effort. Nathan interrupts her to point out that she did pass the test. Melanie is so shocked that she grabs the papers out of Nathan’s hand to see for herself. Melanie credits the good grade to her photographic memory. Melanie beams when Nathan tells her to take credit for being smart. Nathan tells Melanie that she might be cut out for nursing after all. Melanie thanks Nathan for rooting for her. Nathan suggests they go out for dinner and Melanie agrees.

DiMera mansion:

Nicole becomes increasingly agitated as she shares her fears that Rafe will keep digging until he finds the truth about Sydney. Stefano tells Nicole to calm down. Nicole won’t calm down because Stefano hasn’t come through on his promise to deal with Rafe. Stefano will only vaguely promise to Nicole that he has a plan. Nicole wants more details. Stefano assures her that soon Sami will doubt Rafe on every level.

Sami’s house:

Rafe tells Sami that they should honor Grace by living their lives with hope. Sami offers to start living that way by hanging up Rafe’s ‘dogs playing poker’ painting. Rafe insists that she doesn’t have to do that but jokes that he’s found his soul mate. They kiss.

DiMera mansion:

Stefano tells Nicole that he needn’t worry about Sami or Rafe but that there is someone else she does need to worry about.

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