Episode #0031

NEW DAY

J.K. CONSTRUCTION – ALEX’S OFFICE

Alex KiriakisAlex Kiriakis paces back and forth across the room as he makes yet another attempt to get the numbers to for the new University Hospital wing to line up.  Despite his best efforts and the efforts of both the hospital board and the Horton Foundation, the project is underfunded and the groundbreaking is only days away.  To make matters worse, Alex is worried that if the project ends up going south, it’s going to result in a complete audit of the company books which could very well expose the number juggling he’s been performing over the last several months to funnel funds out of the company and into a secret bank account.  To say that Alex is panicked would be an understatement.  When his mother, Adrienne Kiriakis, bursts into the room in a flurry of excitement, Alex is immediately annoyed and attempts to ignore her so that he can focus on the matter at hand.  However, Adrienne stops him dead in his track when she announces that she’s managed to line up the rest of the needed funding for the hospital project.  Alex is both relieved and stunned and anxiously waits for her to reveal all the details. Continue reading

Episode #0030

NEW YEAR’S EVE

DOUG’S PLACE BY THE LAKE – TERRACE

Dr. Marlena Evans BlackMarlena Evans stands in the doorway watching her husband, John Black, in Kristen DiMera’s arms.  She’s nearly speechless from the sight.  Neither John nor Kristen sees Marlena.  Once Marlena regains her composure she walks out onto the terrace, but as she approaches John and Kristen it quickly becomes apparent that John might not be as much of a willing participant as it first appeared.  John manages to pull himself out of Kristen’s arms and he pushes her away at which point they both finally see Marlena.  John quickly goes on the offensive (“Marlena!  It’s not what you think!”), but she walks past him and right up to Kristen where she gives her a sound slap that sends Kristen reeling backwards. Continue reading

Episode #0029

NEW YEAR’S EVE

DOUG’S PLACE BY THE LAKE

Julie WilliamsParty goers have already started arriving for the big New Year’s Eve party and Julie Williams is right in the thick of things with star maitre d’ Wally helping show everyone to tables.  Her husband, Doug Williams, comes up behind her and kisses her lovingly on the neck.  Julie is clearly overjoyed by the turnout for their first New Year’s Eve celebration since re-opening the club.  She asks Doug where Hope is and he explains that she should be arriving shortly after getting her young daughter, Ciara, squared away with the babysitter.  Julie cautiously asks her husband whether Hope’s new ward, J.T. Reiber, will be joining the festivities and Doug confesses that he isn’t sure.  He knows that Hope was trying to talk him into it, but J.T. has been rather sullen and distant since he got out of St. Monica’s.  Julie still isn’t sure inviting such a troubled teenager into her home was the smartest move Hope could’ve made.

DOUG’S PLACE BY THE LAKE

Maggie Horton KiriakisDoug and Julie are chatting with the recently arrived Victor and Maggie Kiriakis.  Victor compliments them on a wonderful job with the party.  A modest Doug insists that all the hard work was supplied by Julie and Hope.  Julie takes the opportunity to pull Maggie aside and ask her if she’s given more thought to moving Chez Rouge to the Doug’s Place complex.  Julie doesn’t want to pressure Maggie in any way, but if she’s decided against it, she’d like to know so that she and Doug could start to consider other leasing options (since it doesn’t make good business sense to let the space go unused).  Maggie tells Julie that she’s given the decision a great deal of thought, but she’s afraid that she can’t give up the location the restaurant is in now because it holds so much sentimental value because of Mickey.  Although Julie understands Maggie point of view, she still tries to persuade Maggie to change her mind.  When Maggie’s daughter, Sarah Horton, walks in and overhears Maggie and Julie discussing Chez Rogue, she gets the impression that Maggie has decided to take Doug and Julie up on their offer and immediately lashes out at her mother for betraying her late father yet again.  Julie is aghast by how severely Sarah berates her mother and repeated tries to come to Maggie’s defense to set Sarah straight.  However, spurred on by Sarah’s tirade, a defiant Maggie very vocally announces that she has decided to accept the offer to move Chez Rouge to Doug’s Place and rather bluntly tells her daughter that she’ll have to deal with her decision or else!

Meanwhile, Dr. Daniel Jonas and Jennifer Devereaux (who’ve only recently arrived together) have witnessed part of the exchange between Maggie and Sarah from a distance.  Daniel is concerned about his mother, Maggie, and how strained things seem to continue to be between her and Sarah.  Jennifer assures him that things take time to sort out and points out that his and Sarah’s relationship was initially quite strained, but it seems like they’ve been working it out.  Daniel agrees, but he still can’t help but be worried.  Jennifer offers to go talk to her cousin, Sarah, for Daniel, but before she has a chance, Abe Carver arrives with his houseguest, Nicole Walker, on his arm.  Jennifer is alarmed that they’re together, but quickly tries to dismiss the pairing as a friendly arrangement.  Daniel agrees and points out that they’re surely there just as friends – just like he and Jennifer are.  Although she refuses to let it show or admit it to herself, Daniel’s assertion of “just friends” disappoints her.

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL – EMERGENCY ROOM

Dr. Mike Horton and Dr. Kayla Johnson are in the middle of a very busy evening in the ER.  During a lull in activity, Nurse Maxine orders them to take a break and rest up for the rest of the evening.  Mike and Kayla go to the ER lounge for coffee where Kayla takes the opportunity to quiz Mike about his canceled date with Gretchen Wyndham.  Mike reiterates his earlier story about how Gretchen was forced to cancel because she came down with the flu that’s been running through the hospital staff.  A smug Kayla interrupts Mike’s story to reveal that she actually ran into Gretchen earlier as she was on her way down to the ER and she looked to be the picture of perfect health.  When Kayla asked Gretchen about her New Year’s Eve plans, Gretchen revealed that she’d had a date, but he’d canceled because he suddenly had to work.  The look on Mike’s face immediately tells Kayla that he’s busted and he confesses that he canceled his plans just so he could work in the ER.  “You didn’t actually think I’d let you get a leg up on me for that COS spot, did you?” he laughs.

GREEN MOUNTAIN LODGE

Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis are enjoying a romantic, private New Year’s Eve dinner by candlelight in their hotel room.  From the elegant table, to the candles, to the soft music, it’s quite evident that Sonny has gone to great lengths to make sure this evening is a special one for both him and Will.  Unfortunately, Will seems to be a bit uncomfortable with the elaborate display.  Sonny notices and asks him if everything’s okay and after some prodding Will confesses that he’s feels a bit awkward.  Although Will appreciates everything Sonny’s done, he’s just not used to being wooed like this.  He’s a guy and he’s supposed to be the one doing the wooing.  Sonny assures Will that they have plenty of time to woo each other and asks Will if there’s something else he wants to do.  Will brings up the big New Year’s Eve party going on downstairs again and Sonny asks him if he wants to go.  Will confesses that he does.  “Then let’s do it,” Sonny smiles as he grabs Will’s hand and pulls him towards the door.  “All of this can wait.”

DOUG’S PLACE BY THE LAKE

Kate Roberts arrives on the arm of her son, Lucas Horton.  Kate is proud to have Lucas as her date for the evening and reveals her earlier worry that Lucas would end up as Sami Brady’s date like he did during the hospital benefit.  “But crisis averted,” she quips with a smug smile.  Lucas confess that he’d actually intended to come with Sami (warranting an annoyed scowl from Kate), but when he tried to reach her earlier, he couldn’t get hold of her.  John Black and Marlena Evans arrive and, upon seeing Lucas with Kate, also ask him about Sami while expressing surprise that she isn’t on his arm instead of Kate.  When Lucas reveals that he doesn’t have a clue where Sami might be, Marlena openly wonders if she’s decided to spend the evening with her ex-husband, Rafe Hernandez.  Lucas thinks that could be possible since he walked in on Sami on the phone with Rafe earlier, clearly trying to rope him into plans for the evening.

When EJ DiMera walks into the club with Sami on his arm, closely followed by Kristen DiMera and her escort, Mitch Taggart, all heads turns.  “That doesn’t look like Rafe,” Kate quips.  Lucas is livid and his first instinct it to snatch Sami away from EJ, but Kate stops him from making a scene.  Even so, Lucas is certain that Sami is headed for trouble by even considering going out with EJ.  Meanwhile, upon seeing Kristen, Marlena grabs John’s arm tightly and gently coaxes him in the opposite direction.  The last thing Marlena wants is for Kristen to have even the slightest opportunity to work some of her machinations on John.  When Kristen sees Marlena’s obvious efforts to keep John away from her, she smirks with satisfaction.  Mitch questions her true plans for the evening, but Kristen remains tightlipped, only saying that there could be fireworks at midnight if she has her way.

DOUG’S PLACE BY THE LAKE

Alex KiriakisJustin and Adrienne Kiriakis are talking to their oldest son, Alex Kiriakis, and his girlfriend, Ariel Weston.  Although Ariel is clearly fully engaged in the conversation (going out of her way to successfully ingratiate herself with Alex’s parents), Alex is barely paying attention as he scans the crowd of partygoers for a glimpse of Gabi Hernandez.  He smiles when he catches sight of her, but the fact that she’s on Nick Fallon’s arm makes him scowl.  When he grabs Ariel’s arm to forcibly drag her away from Justin and Adrienne (ending the conversation mid-sentence), Ariel winces from his tight grip, but covers it up with Adrienne.  Alex drags Ariel across the room to where Nick and Gabi are standing and proceeds to strike up a conversation (much to Nick’s annoyance).  Alex works to be his charming best with Gabi (who clearly buys the act hook, line, and sinker) while Ariel begins to lose focus and Nick refuses to take his eyes off of Alex.  When Alex asks Gabi if she’s given any more thought to his offer (she’s still thinking about it), Nick is alarmed because Gabi hasn’t mentioned a word about it to him.  He drags Gabi away to talk and questions her about what Alex is talking about.  Gabi confesses that Alex offered her a job as his secretary/assistant with a substantial pay increase and he’s willing to work around her class schedule.  Nick thinks the offer is suspicious and forbids Gabi from taking the job.  Gabi is stunned by Nick’s attitude and very pointedly informs him that the job is attractive because she needs to extra money for an apartment and if she decides to take it, it’s because it’s her decision.  Gabi storms off, leaving Nick anxious over Alex’s increased influence on her.

Hope arrives and Julie promptly asks her what took her so long to get there.  Hope explains that it took quite a bit of convincing to talk J.T. into coming to the party.  Julie is surprised that he actually came (“He’s here?  Where?”).  Hope tells her that he’s milling around the club because she doesn’t want to keep him chained to her side.  “He isn’t a little boy anymore, after all,” she remarks.  Julie asks Hope if she’s managed to reach Bo yet.  Hope tells her that she’s been trying, but still hasn’t been able to get through.  Hope vows to keep trying because she can’t imagine ringing in a new year without Bo.

Meanwhile, J.T. is wandering through the crowd feeling increasingly out of place.  He knows no one and no one knows him.  He comes upon Jennifer and Abby and recognizes them from Christmas Eve, but instead of saying anything to them, he turns and goes the other direction.  Feeling the need for a smoke, J.T. slips out the front of the club and goes outside for a cigarette next to the valet stand.  Tad is working and nods in J.T.’s direction when he sees him as does Tad’s co-valet, Milo, who makes an aside remark concerning the uppity people inside and the “snotty rich kid” sneaking outside to enjoy a smoke.  T.J. overhears Milo and starts to get into his face about him being anything but a snotty rich kid.  Before the confrontation can escalate, Tad gets between them and sends J.T. back inside.  As J.T. storms off, he can’t get over the feeling that he’s seen Milo somewhere before.

As Chloe Lane sings a moving rendition of the jazz standard “Skylark,” the various couples crowd the dance floor and sway in time to the music before Doug joins her on the stage and the duo launch into the more upbeat “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady.”  Brady Black stands near the edge of the stage virtually beaming as he watches the performance.  Once Doug and Chloe conclude their song, she exits the stage and goes right into Brady’s arms – an event that is witnessed and watched very closely by Daniel and can’t seem to keep his eyes off of them.  Abby Devereaux brings Daniel a cocktail, explaining that her mother is busy talking to Hope and will be back in a few minutes.  He seems to barely be able to pay attention to her, which Abby notices.  She also notices that he seems overly interested in watching Brady and Chloe together.  Although she doesn’t say anything, Abby quickly deduces that Daniel might not be completely over his ex-wife.

While Abe is off talking to John and Marlena, Nicole can’t help but feel a bit skittish by herself.  It’s practically the first time she’s set foot out of the house since she brought “Danny” home from the hospital and definitely the first time she’s left him alone.  Although she knows she’s just being overly protective and anxious, she has difficulty fighting the irrational inner fear that EJ might just try to run off with the baby the first moment her back is turned.  Before Abe can return, EJ comes up behind Nicole and nearly makes her jump out of her skin.  He asks her where baby Edmund is and demands to know why she left him alone.  Nicole insists “Danny” (she still refuses to call him Edmund) is safe with the sitter.  “I see,” EJ mutters.  His tone alarms Nicole and she makes a quick and hasty exit, deciding that it’s not safe to leave her baby alone for a second.  When Abe sees Nicole rush out of the club, he comes over to EJ and asks where she’s running off to (while implying that EJ’s said or done something to her).  EJ calmly explains that Nicole was missing their son and wanted to be home with him before turning on his heel and walking away.

DOUG’S PLACE BY THE LAKE

Sami BradyLucas corners Sami by the bar while EJ is away and demands to know what she thinks she’s doing spending New Year’s Eve with him.  Sami tries to downplay the evening by merely saying that EJ asked her and she had no other plans, so she said “yes.”  Sami assures Lucas that it means nothing and doesn’t violate the terms of their “bet.”  Lucas insists that their “deal” is the least of his worries where EJ is concerned and tries to remind her of all of the heartache and heartbreak he’s caused her in the past.  “Do you really think that taking up with EJ DiMera again is the best thing for you or our kids in the long run?” he asks.  “How in the world is one date on New Year’s Eve ‘taking up with’ EJ again?” Sami counters before storming off.

Kristen walks over to EJ and asks him about his conversation with Nicole.  He’s vague about what he actually said, but implies that he “got his point across” before leaving to go join Sami.  Wally, the maitre d’, walks up and hands Kristen an envelope that he says was left for her at the front door.  She asks who left it, but Wally tells her that he doesn’t know.  He never actually saw the person, just the envelope with her name on it.  Inside the envelope is a note that says “Meet me on the terrace at midnight, J.B.”  Kristen holds the note to her chest and smiles broadly – this could be exactly what she’s been waiting for.  Meanwhile, Marlena is weaving her way through the crowd looking for John.  She runs into Brady who’s dancing with Chloe.  Brady says that he swore he saw his father heading towards the terrace.  Noting that it’s quickly approaching midnight, Marlena heads that direction.

GREEN MOUNTAIN LODGE

Will and Sonny come stumbling in through the door of their hotel room with silly hats on their heads, streamers wrapped around their shoulders, and noisemakers in their hands.  Sonny is surprised that they’re back in their hotel room already because it’s almost midnight and wonders why he didn’t want to be at the party when the ball dropped.  Will tells Sonny that he wanted to officially ring in the New Year with him alone and pulls him into a deep kiss as they fall onto the bed as the countdown to 2012 begins.

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL – EMERGANCY ROOM

After a busy night, Mike, Kayla, and Maxine pause for a breather during a lull in admissions.  Maxine notes that, according to the clock on the wall and the television in the waiting room, it’s fast approaching midnight and begins hurriedly handing out party hats and noisemakers to all of the staff and patients.  As the countdown begins, everyone locks arms and joins in the count.  As the clock strikes twelve, everyone screams “Happy New Year!” and begin cheering, hugging, and celebrating.  Caught up in the moment, Mike gives Kayla an impetuous celebratory kiss on the lips that catches both of them off guard.  Once they realize what’s happen, an air of awkwardness quickly descends over them and they hurried break apart and rush to attend to other duties.

DOUG’S PLACE BY THE LAKE

Kristen is waiting patiently on the terrace for John (who she’s certain sent the note).  When he appears in the doorway, she immediately turns and sees him.  He barely says more than her name when the fireworks begin to celebrate the clock hitting midnight and Kristen rushes into his arms, kissing him deeply and passionately.  “I knew it was you,” she mutters softly.  “I knew you still cared.”  John attempts to extricate himself out of Kristen’s arms and push her away, but she clearly misreads his signals and pulls him closer.  Of course, at just that moment, Marlena appears in the doorway and catches John and Kristen in one another’s arms.  To say that she is less than thrilled would be an understatement.

TO BE CONTINUED

Episode #0028

NEW YEAR’S EVE

SAMI’S APARTMENT

Sami BradySami Brady is watching her son, Will Horton, rush around trying to pack his things for his trip to the Green Mountain Lodge with his boyfriend, Sonny Kiriakis.  Although Sami is genuinely happy for Will, she can’t help but feel a little apprehensive about the trip.  She sits him down long enough to ask him, point blank, if he’s ready to take a trip like this with Sonny because she knows “how boys can be.”  Will is clearly uncomfortable having such a discussion with his mother and quickly shuts her down by reminding her that he’s a boy just like Sonny, so maybe he’s the one Sonny has to watch out for.  Faced with such a prospect, Sami swiftly lets the topic drop.  Will then takes the opportunity to turn the tables on his mother by asking her about her own plans for New Year’s Eve.  Sami avoids saying a word about EJ DiMera’s invitation, but implies that she has “a lot of options” for how to spend her evening. Continue reading

Episode #0027

SAME DAY

THE DIMERA MANSION

EJ DiMeraEJ DiMera is having a private, closed door meeting with his attorney, Maurice Stagg, concerning his custody case against Nicole Walker and his potential legal action against Rafe Hernandez and Dr. Daniel Jonas for covering up the baby’s paternity.  Unfortunately, Stagg isn’t overly optimistic about a legal case against either Rafe or Daniel due to the lack of any solid, physical evidence.  EJ is furious with this prospect and demands to know why Stagg can’t do anything.  Stagg explains that any competent attorney would be able to argue that Daniel had nothing to do with the incorrect original paternity test because there’s no proof he actually tampered with the results.  Likewise, it’s very easy to argue that Rafe was lied to and mislead about the baby’s paternity just like EJ was.  EJ insists that Rafe and Nicole never even slept together so Rafe couldn’t have been the baby’s father.  “Can you prove that?” Stagg asks.  “No,” EJ reluctantly replies. Continue reading

Episode #0026

NEW DAY

SAMI’S APARTMENT

Will HortonWill Horton pulls on his coat and prepares to head out the door, but is stopped by his mother, Sami Brady, who wants to know where he’s running off to.  Sami had hoped that they could spend the entire day at home with his younger brother and sisters as a family (Eddie is taking care of running the pub today).  Will explains that he received a phone call from Sami’s step-father, John Black, asking to meet him about “something-or-other.”  Although that is true, Sami can’t help but suspect that Will is using it as more of an excuse than a reason and calls him on it.  A reluctant Will finally confesses that he feels awkward around her after what he witnessed between her and both Rafe Hernandez and EJ DiMera at Christmas.  Sami insists she has no idea what he’s talking about.  “Of course you don’t,” Will mutters as he heads out the door.  “You never do.” Continue reading

Episode #0025

CHRISTMAS DAY

SAMI’S APARTMENT

Sami BradySami Brady is enjoying a happy Christmas morning with her family.  She and her oldest son, Will Horton, are sitting on the sofa watching her youngest children, Allie, Johnny, and Sydney, playing with their Christmas presents amongst a sea of torn wrapping paper and bows.  Sami attempts to corral the kids into cleaning up the mess and starting to get ready to go visit their fathers.  Will plans on taking Allie to Grandma Caroline’s and then to the hospital to meet their father, Lucas, where they’ll help with the annual Christmas party for the children’s ward.  Sami sends the children off to their room to get ready as a knock comes at the door.  It’s her ex-husband, Rafe Hernandez, with his arms loaded down with presents, wishing her a Merry Christmas. Continue reading

Episode #0024

CHRISTMAS EVE

THE HORTON HOUSE

Mike Horton doesn’t quite know what to say and is rather speechless at the sight of his father, Bill Horton, standing on the front stoop.  “Aren’t you going to invite me in, Son?” Bill asks before Mike motions him to come into the house.  Still somewhat in shock, Mike leads Bill into the living room to the stunned surprise of everyone present.  Maggie Horton Kiriakis and Julie Williams are happy to see Bill again and Bill’s daughter, Jennifer Devereaux, immediately goes to him and throws herself into his arms for a hug.  Meanwhile, Mike and his half-brother, Lucas Horton, can only stand off to the side and exchange awkward glances.  Neither one of them has ever really gotten along with Bill and neither was ever raised knowing Bill was their father.  When Lucas asks Mike if he knew Bill was coming, Mike assures Lucas that he didn’t have a clue.  As far as he knew, Bill was still working at a hospital “back East.”  Both Mike and Lucas can’t help but feel apprehensive about what their father’s “visit” home to Salem might bring. Continue reading

Episode #0023

CHRISTMAS EVE

THE HORTON HOUSE

Jennifer DereauxJennifer Devereaux and her daughter Abby carry in the last of the cookies and cakes to set out with the coffee, tea, and other drinks for everyone who’s soon to arrive for the traditional Christmas Eve Horton family get-together.  Jennifer’s young cousin, Ciara Brady (who Jennifer is watching for her mother, Hope Brady), follows them into the room carrying her own tray of Christmas cookies.  Jennifer runs down her mental checklist of everything that needs taking care of before everyone arrives and she’s happy to know that she hasn’t forgotten a single detail.  She looks at the box of personalized Horton family ornaments setting on the table by the tree and then stops in front of the tree to concentrate on its beauty.  Almost as if hypnotized by the twinkling lights, Jennifer’s eyes begin to glaze over and she flashes back to another Christmas long ago that saw her late husband, Jack Devereaux, come crashing in through the French doors of the Horton living room and knocking down the tree.  Before she has a chance to dwell on past memories too much, the doorbell rings and drags her back to the present.  The first guests have arrived as Abby leads Doug and Julie Williams into the living room. Continue reading

Episode #0022

CHRISTMAS EVE – DAY

THE HORTON HOUSE

Abby DevereauxAbby Devereaux enters the living room carrying a serving tray of hot cocoa, hot tea, and cookies, and sets it down onto the coffee table in front of her mother, Jennifer Devereaux, and cousin, Hope Brady, who are busy wrapping presents.  Abby tells her mother that she’s glad she’s feeling better.  Jennifer dismisses her “illness” as little more than a 24 hour bug – she’s all better now.  Secretly, Abby is concerned that what’s wrong with her mother isn’t quite so minor and suspects that she’s not being fully honest with her.  Hope picks up her phone and makes another attempt to telephone her husband, Bo Brady, in Australia.  Despite their long-established plan to have Bo home in time for the holidays, he’s yet to return and Hope’s been unable to reach him.  Although she’s growing more and more concerned, Hope holds fast to her belief that Bo will be home for Christmas. Continue reading