Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Glass And The Olive

Lucas, Sami and Will are having dinner and enjoying a fun-filled family feast. They talk about their trip to the amusement park. Sami says when she was on the Death-Plunge her whole life flashed before her eyes.

"That must've been scarier than the ride," says Will, "HAR-HAR-HAR... Gotcha, Mom." Since when did they start letting minors drink in Salem?

Will toasts one day of being a happy family. "It will be the first of many," says Lucas as the glasses clink and laughter abounds.

Abe asks Lexie if she wants dessert. Lexie isn't in the mood. He hands Lexie a note Bo dropped off at the station. She opens it to find a card from Caroline and OMB thanking her for everything she did for Kayla and Steve. Mainly, they are thrilled she stayed away from them so the doctors could save their lives. Poor little Lexie thinks she doesn't deserve their thanks. Lexie is sooooo ashamed of what she did. Abe assures her she is a good person for an unethical two-timing slut. Lexie hears the raucous laughter coming from Sami and Lucas' table, "Obviously not everyone feels guilty about lying to Carrie."

Belle is in Victor's office to return the check. Shawn storms in. Victor is shocked he didn't use a car.

"You can take your ten grand and shove it," shouts Shawn, "Belle, what are you doing here?"

"It's not a meeting of the Victor Kiriakis fan club, I can assure you," says Victor.

Belle tells him she is there to return her check. "That's rich people for you," says Shawn, "they think everyone is for sale."

"Haven't you ever heard of a peace-offering," says Victor.

"Peace is free," says Shawn, "Ten thousand dollars is a buy off."

Victor insists he wants to make amends. Shawn thinks he just wants something and wants to know what it is. "I want to be a part of Claire's life, if you'll let me," says Victor.

Abby wants to know if Nick the Geek is really going to pay for the damage. "I'll have you know I am a recent college graduate and with that degree I can get a job bussing tables," he says.

The brat butts in and asks the bartender why he doesn't just let her work it off. He leers at her, "What did you have in mind?"

"Washing dishes, you sleaze."

Mr. Barkeep doesn't think it would be too smart to let the girl who broke half the glasses in the place wash dishes. Abby tries to go to bat for Chelsea but Mr. Barkeep shuts her off, "$88 on the bar – now! Or your friend goes straight to jail."

Supergeek steps in. He says he will hand over his first paycheck. The bartender wonders why he should give the brat a break, "The girl ought to be wearing a sign, 'Here comes trouble.' She's not even 21 and she already has a record." Nick turns up the afterburners. His mouth runs like Lucas on speed as he appeals to the bartender's humanity. Mr. Barkeep isn't impressed, "Your girlfriend is outta luck."

Now the brat has another problem – total humiliation, "Waitasec, I am not his girlfriend. I mean, look at him and then look at me. He's just a loser who tagged along with us tonight."

Abby pulls the little idiot aside and explains that Nick is trying to KEEP HER OUT OF JAIL. Abby and Nick beg Mr. Crumball not to call the cops. The bartender decides he wouldn't mind owning a watch just like the one Nick is wearing.

Shawn is indignant, even though he doesn't know what the word means. Victor says he is aware of the sins he has committed, "And I don't use the word 'sin' lightly. Often, but not lightly. All I can say in my own defense is I never set out to hurt anyone. I was just trying to protect my son."

Shawn says he has stepped on people his whole life. Victor tells him he has worked hard to get where he is. He drags out the "born in a stone cottage on a hillside in Greece" story. Shawn tells him he didn't use his power for any good once he had it. Victor tosses out his trump card and reminds Shawn he drives through buildings now and then.

"If I thought for a second I was anything like you, I would shoot myself," threatens Shawn.

The image of Shawn and Willow oozes into the small space known as Belle's mind, "Shawn... you're a lot like him."

Shawn starts to leave but Victor stops him, "I have something to say. Sit down. When I'm through, if you want to drive a racecar through my living room you can be my guest. I know you don't approve of the way I've lived my life. But I've learned there is always a chance for a new beginning. Claire is that chance for me. I wasn't able to be there for Isabella and Bo. I would like to give Claire the love I wasn't able to give my own children. And now that Phillip... he treasured that baby girl. She is the only link I have to him."

Sami's laughter fills the restaurant as Abe tells Lexie if she expects Sami to feel guilt, she will be old and gray before that happens. "I am just so mad," snaps Lexie, "angry, too. I did a monstrous thing, but I paid for it. I lost my friends and I'll never work as a doctor again. But Miss Samantha Gene-Jean Brady is over there stuffing her face. I'd like to heave this champagne bottle straight at her head." Abe asks, "Why would you want to ruin a perfectly good bottle of champagne? "

The Roberts-Brady table is just an Epicurean hoedown. They deliver Will a mountain of food and he says it would be cool if it were always like this. Sami reaches across and smooches him.

"Eeeeeewwwwwwww," says Will.

"Sealed with a kiss," says Sami.

"What about Dad," asks Will.

"Your father knows how special he is to me," says Sami, "Look, Lucas, I know I've said it before but it means a lot to me that you are both giving me another chance. We're so much fun when we're together and not at each other's throats."

"Yes," says Lucas, "You are fun. You're a good time."

Will interrupts the fun, "Uh-oh... Trouble at six o'clock." Sami wonders what's up. Lucas tells her it's right behind her, but not to look. Sami wants to know who it is. "Who hates you the most, Mom," asks Will.

"Are you kidding," says Sami, "We could be here all night with a list like that." Lucas clues her in – Lexie and Abe. "Just when we said it was safe to go back into the water," says Sami. She turns and looks.

Lexie freaks, "She's staring at me! How dare she?!" Abe says to ignore her. He suggests dessert and two spoons. Lexie stews.

Nick the Geek and the sleazy bartender negotiate for Nick's watch. Nick says it was a graduation present from his parents and it cost thousands. He asks the bartender if he thinks it's a fair exchange for $88 worth of broken glass. "It's all in how you look at it, kid. You see a watch for some glasses and I see a watch for her freedom. How about we make a bet? If you win, your girlfriend gets off the hook. If I win, I get the watch, if it isn't a knockoff."

Nick lets him inspect the watch. He reads the inscription, "To our wonderful son Nicky – love, Mom and Daddy." Abby suggests calling Aunt Maggie and she'll bring money over. The barkeep goads him, "Yeah, Nicky. Call Aunt Maggie."

Nick grabs the watch and slams it on the bar, "I'm in. What about you? Scared you might lose?"

Belle holds Shawn's hand and tells Victor Phillip won't be gone forever, Victor just has to be patient. Victor tells her patience isn't in his DNA, "I've hired a detective agency to find him. And they can't find him... anywhere." Shawn suggests contacting Interpol and heads of state since Victor is so well connected. "I've had people looking for him at every level. It's all come to nothing. My son stepped off an airplane at JFK Airport and no one has seen him since." Victor leaves the room for a good cry.

Belle asks Shawn if he has ever seen Victor like that. Shawn says he's acting like he's the only person who ever lost someone. Belle asks, "You think Phillip's gone, too?" Shawn looks around the room. Yep, he thinks Phillip is gone. Belle thinks it's weird Phillip has gone so far underground nobody can find him. But, you know Belle, always the bluebird of happiness. She decides Phillip is fine.

Victor comes back and apologizes for letting his emotions get the best of him. He says all he wants to do is to spend time with Claire. He just wants to help. Shawn don' wan' no stinkin' help. He gets up to leave.

"Actually," snorts the bluebird of happiness, "That's not your call. It's mine." Shawn stares that cute little Neanderthal stare.

Lexie tells Abe he gives her so much strength. She admires him. He belongs. But Lexie always felt like she had to work twice as hard as the next person, being a DiMera. When she let herself be blackmailed, having no real personal responsibility in it herself, of course, she proved it once and for all. Abe encourages her. He won't let her run herself down. He talks her into staying at the restaurant.

Sami says the situation is a little weird for her so she suggests going to the pub and having burgers. She had Grandma put veggie burgers on the menu for Will. Will asks if she's just gong to run away. Lucas says Sami is just feeling a bit uncomfortable right now. Will says, "I would, too, if I had blackmailed a doctor into doing what Lexie did to Aunt Carrie." Sami shushes him. Will asks for the keys to the car, "I just remembered you left your cell phone in the front seat. While I'm gone why don't you and Mom talk. Maybe you can figure out what to do about Lexie."

Lucas tells Sami he and Will didn't cut her out of their lives because she apologized, "Why don't you do the same thing with Lexie? March right over to her table right now and say you're sorry."

The bartender gives Geek Boy his challenge, "Get this olive in the brandy glass without touching the olive." Nick surveys the glass and the olive.

Shawn and Belle argue about who has authority over Claire. Belle runs down a litany of Shawn's recent goofs: driving racecars into living rooms, sinking boats, living with prostitutes. For some strange reason, she doesn’t trust Shawn, so she will decide how Claire spends her time, "You know what makes her happy? Phillip makes her happy."

"She's a baby. Pretty soon she won't remember Phillip any more."

"Don't you dare say that," snorts Belle. Victor says he has a meeting down the hall. He leaves to let them have some privacy.

Belle's dark side starts to emerge. Finally Shawn recognizes her. Shawn can't believe Belle would let Victor near Claire.

Belle says, "Victor is the only link that Claire has to Phillip."

Shawn says, "Phillip is the one that walked out on that little girl. I am prepared to do what it takes. If you will let me show you I will show you right now."


Sami just can't go apologize. Lucas tells her Will is in the car right now listening to the CD player hoping Sami takes the high road.

Sami goes over. She talks about the new chance Lucas and Will are giving her. She apologizes to Lexie. She isn't asking for them to be friends. She's just sorry for what happened between them.

Shawn insists he has straightened himself out. He tells her he got the job with EJ. He's looking for an apartment. He wants one with enough space for Claire and other acquaintances of the female persuasion. He sticks his wad-o-cash in Belle's face, "Here's my first child support payment."

The crowd screams, "LET'S GO NICK!! LET'S GO NICK!!" As the bartender gives him two minutes to complete the task.

"There is only one way to do this," says Geek Boy, as he turns the glass upside down and starts quickly moving it around the olive in circles. He moves the glass faster and faster as the olive spins up its side. Nick flips the glass over with the olive inside, "Ever heard of inertia?" Nick and the putrefying birdbrains who write this show apparently don't know the difference between inertia and centrifugal force. He holds the glass up for the cheering crowd to see.

Nick grabs his watch from the bartender and turns to the brat, "You're a free woman, now. I guess I'll see you around." He makes his grand exit through the cheering throng.

Outside Abby tells him he's amazing. The brat walks out and asks if he is a genius. He tells her he and his frat brothers used to spend hours playing games like that. "You were in a frat," asks the brat.

"It was the Brainiac frat," says Abby, "There is no Salem chapter. Aren't you going to say thank you? If it wasn't for Nick, you'd be cuffed and in jail right now." The townsfolk of Salem rush toward Nick with tar, feathers and a rail.

Belle thinks it's strange Shawn is paying in cash, "This is a lot of money."

"I have a lot of making up to do."

Belle wonders what kind of job he has. Shawn tells her it's a mechanic-type job. She can count on that kind of money every week from now on. Belle is impressed. Shawn tells her if he wants to be in his daughter's life he knows he has to earn that right.

Lexie doesn't accept Sami's apology, "'I'm sorry' doesn't get me my job back. You can take your apology and go straight to hell, which is exactly where you belong."

Sami asks, "You wanna ask yourself why it was so easy to blackmail you? Why couldn't you be faithful with Abe? You were off getting' busy with Tek Kramer. You're basking in the forgiveness of my family but you couldn't do the same thing for me." She apologizes to Abe and leaves. Abe suggests they leave.

"I have something to do first," says Lexie as she lights out after Sami.

Will comes back and asks where Sami is. Lucas says, "I think she's about to get a not-so-sweet surprise. Lexie style."

Belle can see Shawn has gotten his act together. She never thought about getting a job until she demanded he get one, "I don't know what happened to me. I used to be smart until my brain stopped developing at age two."

"Aw come on," says Shawn, "You're the smartest woman I know, which doesn't say much for the women I know."

Shawn takes her hand and tells her she's a terrific mother. She yanks away and asks if he's still at the Y with "what's-her-face." Shawn says he's out of there as soon as he can sign a lease. Belle presses about Willow.

"She's not a bad person," says Shawn. Belle says Willow has made bad choices and she doesn't Claire around her. She's going to have enough problems being around Belle, the queen of bad choices. Shawn will do whatever she wants, as long as he can be a part of Claire's life.

Victor comes back in and asks if he can be a grandfather to Claire.

The brat tells Nick the Geek he's OK and apologizes for calling him a loser. He has to go. The brat tells Abby she'll call tomorrow. She turns to Nick, "And you... lose the glasses."

Abby apologizes for the brat as she walks away. Nick leers and drools.

Sami washes up in the restroom as Lexie comes in and pours the bottle of champagne over her head. "Enjoy," says Lexie, as she turns and leaves.

Lexie sits back down with Abe and he asks what went on in the restroom. "You'll see," chuckles Lexie.

Sami comes out and walks past their table without a word. Abe chokes, "That was a $200 bottle of champagne."

Lexie cackles, "And worth every penny." Now Lexie is ready to go.

Will, sharp as a tack, notices Sami is dripping wet. She says she took a shower in champagne. "Are you happy Lucas? I did exactly what you asked and got what I expected. But It's OK. I'm with my family, and that's what matters to me," says the new and improved Sami. She wrings out her ponytail.

Abby wonders what Nick likes about Chelsea. "I've never met a girl with a police record before," says Nick, "You might find this hard to believe, but I don't have that much experience with girls."

Abby rolls her eyes, "Rreeaallllyy!"

Nick says, "I think Chelsea is exciting – like one of those girls on a reality show."

"Well," says Abby, "This show is about as far from reality as you can get. Chelsea is a little too exciting for me sometimes. And you... you're just warped. You'll fit right in here in Salem." She thanks him for the evening.

Belle says Victor can be a part of Claire's life if he lives by her rules. Belle and Shawn leave. Belle tells Shawn Claire misses him and will love spending more time with him.

Victor closes the door behind them and stares. FF.


Kate says, "John Black is asking questions about you." EJ nods.

John and Bo sit in the John Black porn-mobile and watch Kate and EJ. Bo asks, "What the hell is she doing?" John says, This could be interesting."

Hope tells Billie, "I know you care about Steve. You mean a lot to him, too. He told me."

Lucas tells EJ, "You lay another finger on my mother and I'll rip that smug look off your face."

Stephanie the basket-case yells through the window into Patch and Kayla's room, DAD! DO SOMETHING!" The medical team struggles to save Kayla.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is Abe going to get sick again!! I can't take anymore Lexie and Abe scenes with them gushing over each other BORING!!!! The best part of this day is Lexie being BAD and pouring the wine on Sami!!!

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see what Nick the Geek looks like. We didn't get much of a glimpse in the previews at the end of yesterday's show.

So many great Prevuisms today - especially Belle the black hole, Nick's mouth going like Lucas on speed and the townsfolk wanting to go after the brat with tar, feathers and a rail. HAHAHAHHA

Prevuze can really perk up a gloomy day!! :D

7:45 AM  
Anonymous applecheeks said...

Poor Lexi - Pooh! She's "always had to work hard because she's a DiMera"? She just found out about that 10 years ago or less.

Funny, funny report today. My cup runneth over with Prevuisms:
- putrifying birdbrain writers
- Comparing Nick to Lucas' mouth on speed
- Shawn's little Neanderthal stare

And the pearls of wisdom the writers have coming out of Shawn were priceless. "Peace is free, $10,000 is a pay-off", intoned little Vic five minutes before he waves a wad-o-cash under Belle's nose apparently to do a little paying-off of his own. HAHAHAHA

7:51 AM  
Anonymous KOTU said...

Loved the picture with Abby describing Nick as "cosmopolitan" because he speaks Fortran. Actually, he looks a little young to know Fortran. Looks more like a Quark-Express kind of guy to me. LOL

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Nicky said...

Shawn to Victor, "If I thought I was anything like you, I'd shoot myself.".....I expected Prevuze to reply, "And the audience chants, 'SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT'."

8:02 AM  
Blogger Prevuze said...

"Shawn to Victor, "If I thought I was anything like you, I'd shoot myself.".....I expected Prevuze to reply, "And the audience chants, 'SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT'.""

Actually, that's what we were implying when we had Belle reply, The image of Shawn and Willow oozes into the small space known as Belle's mind, "Shawn... you're a lot like him." Oh, well, when you have to explain them...

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When did it go from Belle and Shawn wanting to be together to him just wanting to be part of Claire's life? The whole time they were both married, we had to endure one or both of them being unhappy and wanting to be with the other one. Why now that they are free, they don't want to be together??

It drives me crazy the way Lexie is incapable of taking repsponsibility for her part in all this and wanting to blame everything on others!! What she did with the champagne was incredibly immature and if I were a man I would run from a woman like that - not to mention one that cheats on me every chance she gets.

Also, Chelsea's hair looks absolutely AWFUL!!!!

9:41 AM  
Blogger cassie1013 said...

I just have to LOL to the Lucus preview...

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick turns up the afterburners. His mouth runs like Lucas on speed as he appeals to the bartender's humanity.
Belle Black-Hole
John Black porn-mobile


1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When did it go from Belle and Shawn wanting to be together to him just wanting to be part of Claire's life? The whole time they were both married, we had to endure one or both of them being unhappy and wanting to be with the other one. Why now that they are free, they don't want to be together??"

When Shawn decided to take Willow up on the weekend special I think it kind of changed things...

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But it was like that before he met/slept with Willow...wasn't it?

3:09 PM  
Blogger Vampire Bear said...


Objects in motion tend to stay in motion unless significantly disturbed.

I was taught that 'centrifugal force' was a simplified term made up to cover up the complex laws of inertia and centripetal force.

see here.

the olive stays in the cup because it is going around quickly enough on the inside that when the cup is flipped over there isn't any way for it to fall out unless you flip it too slowly.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Prevuze said...

"I was taught that 'centrifugal force' was a simplified term made up to cover up the complex laws of inertia and centripetal force."

You are absolutely correct. Centrifugal force is more or less coloquial term. Still, it is not inertia keeping the olive in the glass. It is indeed the (using the technical term) centripital force. Prevuze aced college physics. However, Prevuze also aced college English. For that reason, in non-technical prose, one would always use the standard and accepted coloquial term.

5:50 PM  

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