"No," says Stephanie, "He's probably halfway to Seat..."
Patch catches on, "...tle?" She begs him not to tell the cops.
"The Salem PD and I are strictly on a need to know basis," says Patch, "I think this is something they don't need to know. If he had robbed a donut shop before he left, that would cause a shortage. I'd have to tell them. So, are you going to be able to forget about Jeremy?"
Jeremy plays cards with Artemis and DeMarquette. Mean ole Nick sends them to brush their teeth. Nick has to keep reminding Jeremy of the rules. He says he thinks he should go, but Jeremy talks him into staying one night. Chelsea shows up at the door.
Sami is her usual basket case. She calls Lucas and leaves a message. She tells him what Andre said, and wants Lucas to call her back and tell her Andre was bluffing. Bo comes in and confirms that Lucas and EJ are being held hostage. Sami flashes back to Andre's instructions. Sami tries to rush out to find them, but Bo stops her.
Stephanie can't answer Patch's question, "What do you want me to say, Papa?"
"Anything," says Patch, "JUST DON'T CALL ME PAPA!" He wants the jerk to leave his baby girl alone, "You still love him?"
"I guess I do."
Poor Max stands outside the door and listens.
Chelsea pounds at the door and Nick finally lets her in. We have the perfunctory argument about why he took so long. He claims he was getting the kids to brush their teeth. Chelsea just came over to hang out. She brought comic books. She brought a few things for the kids, too. He thanks her and starts to chase her out. She figures he's mad because she broke up with him.
Sami throws a fit. The twins soak it all in and surreptitiously start packing their bags to leave. Sami goes off the scale and Beauregard Brady, crack Salem police officer caves in and decides it would be OK to have the crazy woman ride with him. Sami turns him down. She says she's just going to the church to pray instead. Even Bo, with the IQ of a sand flea, sees through that one. He shows her the folio and says he thinks that might change her mind.
Sami screams, "Well, did you read it? Do you have an answer for how we can end the ven..."
Bo stops her, "Yes, I read it. You're not gonna like what's in this."
Poor Chelsea has so many regrets about what she said to Nick when they broke up. Nick practically throws her out the door and tells her he will see her tomorrow, but the brat won't have any of it, "This is exactly what I didn't want to happen. I didn't want things to be weird between us." She asks for a do-over.
"You changed your mind about us," asks Nick.
The politician answers, "I just wish I had handled things better." She wants Nick to love her the way she loves him. Nick asks if that means to love her like a brother. "Boyfriends come and go," says the brat, "Brothers are always there."
"I'd rather be the boyfriend that comes and goes," says Nick. One of the kids interrupts and yells for Nick to come in and read them a story. Chelsea volunteers. Nick isn't sure, "I think they're a little young for 'Lipstick Jungle,' don't you."
She offers to read them the comic books and then plays her trump card, "Afterward, we can maybe order a pizza and talk – about us." Nick thinks that's a bad idea. "You're hiding something, aren't you," asks the brat.
"No," says Nick, "I'm not hiding anyone... uh... anything."
Chelsea gets it, "YOU HAVE A GIRL HERE, DON'T YOU?" Nick denies. "Shall I invite her to join us, or will you," asks Chelsea.
Sami hyperventilates, "This is impossible!"
"I realize that," says Bo, "That's why I wanted you to read it. So that you can see you don't have to carry this burden on your own."
"Are you kidding," wails Sami, "Now it appears more than ever I am the only one that can end this nightmare."
"Absolutely not," yells Bo, "Even if you leave, DOOL will go on. The nightmare will continue."
"If I don't," blithers Sami, "the DiMeras will haunt our family forever!" Bo tries to calm her down. A raging bull storms into the room and goes wild, knocking over tables and chairs, braking things and creating havoc. Bo has a lot easier time calming the raging bull.
Bo has her sit down and makes her promise she will stay there while he goes to get her some toast and ginger ale. And a dump truck full of Prozac.
After Bo leaves Sami gets a call from Andre, who reams her out for being late. She says she is on her way. Andre says he will be sure to tell that to Lucas and EJ after he disposes of them. He hangs up. Sami panics and runs out. Bo comes out, finds her gone and the chase is on.
Max remembers Stephanie waffling and telling him she thought she was in love with Jeremy until they kissed. He comes into Patch's room. Kayla rushes in with clothes. She sees her faithful babysitter standing there and asks where Pocket is. Stephanie tells her not to worry, "He's perfectly happy. I left him in the bathtub playing with my electric hair dryer."
Relieved that Pocket is safe, Kayla asks about Roman. They update her on that and Patch also tells her about the Lucas-EJ hostage situation.
Kayla gasps, "When is this going to end."
Stefano appears in the door, "Perhaps we could end it together." Seeing Stefano, Patch tells Stephanie to leave with Max. On the way out, Max confronts Stefano, "Where is my brother?"
Stefano says, "In DC practicing law."
"You know what the Bible says," asks Max, "'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'"
Stefano says, "I prefer, 'turn the other cheek." God looks down and wonders where in the world anyone found a Bible in Salem. After Max and Stephanie leave, Stefano tells Patch they both want the same thing, "A peaceful solution."
Bo makes a call back to the cop shop and tells them about letting Sami slip through his fingers. He wants them to look for her even though every available cop is out looking for Roman.
Jugs and Doolie show up and Bo fills them in. Julie worries the DiMeras will hurt Sami. "No," says Bo, "The DiMeras have something else in mind for Sami."
Nick asks, "You think I'm hiding a girl?"
Chelsea says, "Well, it's a little early on in the semester to be having a steamy affair with one of your students, Nick."
Nick reminds her he's taking care of two kids. "Then you won't mind if I take a peek," says Chelsea.
"Actually," says Nick, "I would."
"Do I know her," asks Chelsea.
"There is no girl," says Nick, "You are the only female in this apartment right now." The boys run out begging for Uncle Jeremy to play with them some more. BUSTED! Jeremy comes out. The kids ask if he did something bad.
Sami wanders around yelling for Andre. He comes out and chastises her for being forty minutes late. Sami babbles excuses. He frisks her to make sure she's not carrying a wire and Sami jumps out of her skin. Sami insists no one followed her and demands he tell her where Lucas, EJ and Roman are. "All in good time, my dear," says Andre, "All in good time."
Roman gasps for air.
Sami panics, "Just tell me where they are! I will do whatever you want!"
"That's rather tempting," says Andre, "Although I never got what EJ saw in you."
"You've got to be kidding," gasps Sami. Andre assures her he isn't going to play interloper between Sami and EJ. Sami ramps up the hysteria and runs around screaming for EJ and Lucas.
Andre says he is confused about Sami's relationship with EJ since he shot her stepfather, "And I understand made unreasonable demands on you several months ago. You don't have feelings for Elvis, do you?"
Pocket has stolen a Harley and picked up Claire. He pulls wheelies on Main streets and says, "Hey, let's go pick up Ciara and have a really good time."
Stefano assures Patch he wants the violence between their families to end just as much as he does. "You can go to hell, DiMera," snorts Patch.
Nick bribes the kids with comic books in order to get rid of them. They squeal with excitement, "Oh boy! 'Captain America' and 'The Four Musketeers Rescuing Phillip in Iraq!'" They run into the bedroom, ditch the comic books, jump out the window and go join Pocket, Claire and Ciara.
Jeremy is mad because the brat blew his cover, "What did I ever do to you?"
Chelsea runs through the litany of Jerko's sins, including treating Stephanie like dirt, costing Max his garage and everything he did to Jett. She asks Nick now he thinks aiding and abetting a criminal is OK. Nick insists he is leaving in the morning and they launch World War III. Jeremy decides to solve the whole problem by leaving but the old standard, a knock at the door stops him. Jeremy hides and Nick opens the door.
And there he is... an evil character wearing tan shoes, pink shoelaces and a Panama hat with a purple hatband, "Muma Abuhd... I’m here about the boys."
Nick and Chelsea stammer around and claim the boys aren't there and haven't been in quite a while. Mr. Abuhd says he knows the boys are there. He also knows who Nick and Chelsea are. He says he knows they were told someone would come looking for the boys. Chelsea asks how they know he isn't there to hurt the boys. "I'm afraid you don't," he says, "But perhaps I can convince you to trust me."
Max and Stephanie have a useless conversation about the hostages. Stephanie says she only came back from Dayton to help her parents and now all they have done is fight. Max tells her he overheard what she said about loving Jeremy. Stephanie says she feels like she led Max on. He insists he enjoyed every second of it. Stephanie thinks she blew it and flashes back to their argument after Kayla discovered Jeremy. Stephanie knows she should hate him, but just can't explain it, other than the fact that she is a tramp and an idiot, "I always pictured myself with a guy like my dad... honest, decent, will do anything for his friends, and takes trips to never-never land every once in a while. And he loves my mom. He'd jump out of a plane without a parachute for her."
"That's because he loves her," says Max.
"No," says Stephanie, "It's because he's nuttier than a fruitcake. You know, sometimes you remind me of my dad."
"I wish you wouldn't have said that."
"Why," says Stephanie, "Because it puts you in the 'nuttier than a fruitcake' category? "
"No," says Max, "Because I was just about to kiss you."
Stefano says if Elvis dies any possibility of the war ending dies with him. Kayla is indignant. She tells Stephanie no one believes that. Patch tells her about Bo finding the folio. Kayla wants to know what was in it, but Patch tells her it doesn't matter because Bo says the terms are impossible to meet. Stefano disagrees. He thinks the terms are quite possible to meet and not difficult. He tells Kayla he will leave someone else the honor of telling her what the terms are, but if the terms are met, he will see to it that Andre is permanently diffused.
Jugs and Doolie have the last batch of letters. Bo is going to find OMB and squeeze the truth out of him, but, in case he can't, he wants them to call a family confab to read the letters. If OMB keeps his mouth shut, the letters may be their only chance.
Sami tells Andre she has feelings for EJ – hatred. She ramps up the screamfest again, calling for Lucas and EJ. Andre points out the inconsistency in what she just said, since she is screaming for EJ as well as Lucas, "Does it disturb you that Elvis has eluded punishment for his crimes?"
"Of course it does but there is nothing I can do about it."
"Yes, you had no choice in the matter, did you," asks Andre, "Well, my dear, that's about to change."
Stephanie puts the breaks on Max. She thinks she has to get Jeremy out of her system before she can start bed hopping. Max wants someone just like Stephanie wants. "Just like my dad," asks Stephanie.
"No," says Max, "I want someone who is easy to be with. Of course, I'd settle for just easy." Stephanie wonders how she and Max will do the whole 'friends without benefits' thing. Max agrees it won't be easy.
The man in the Panama hat with the purple hatband tells Chelsea and Nick China Lee was employed by a very powerful Sudanese politician. Before he died he arranged for her to bring his sons to America, away from danger. He says the boys' lives are in danger.
Stefano says if the terms for ending the vendetta are not met, he will not take the blame for the intolerable hell they will have to endure. DOOL will go to two hours. Stefano makes his grand exit.
Sami rages. Andre suggests a compromise. He takes her in to show her Lucas and EJ, "In exchange for sparing your father's life, my dear, one of these two will have to die. And that is the choice you have to make."
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