Monday, January 14, 2008

Saint Stefano

Max Brady, the former champion racecar driver who has moved up to keeping bar in a third-class Salem dive, arrives at the IFT sorority house/coffin emporium with Stephanie. As they walk inside, Max mulls over his relationship with Stephanie. "I don't know if it's acceptable to date my niece in Salem," he thinks, "If she were only my cousin..."

They giggle and argue over who won the snowball fight they just had. This evolves into slap and tickle, but Stephanie backs off. She invites him to stay for some peanut butter and jelly.

"I didn't realize you were that kinky," says Max, "But I promised Adrienne I'd get down to the bar. It's inventory time. There's nothing more fun than counting the beer mugs. Of course, when you can only count to ten, it doesn't take long."

Stephanie takes a rain check and gives him a look. Max soaks it in, "Damn, you're hot!"

Shawn and Chloe kid around about their own adventure in the snow as they arrive at the pub. Shawn suggests taking Claire next time. Chloe asks, "Are you sure your butt can take it, the way I walloped you?" Shawn gets defensive and claims he only fell once, "Twice if you count the snowman incident. Anyway, I'll run it by Belle."

Chloe asks, "Why do you have to run it by Belle?"

Phillip is on his cell phone leaving a message begging Belle to call him. Sami runs up in a panic. Phillip tells her what happened. He says he can't reach Belle, "They're gone."


Belle consoles Claire and asks her captors where they are going. No answer.

Roman hands Stefano the warrant. He questions its validity. They assure him it's real. Stefano is resigned to letting them search. He plays it cool and asks them to look for a set of keys he lost while they are at it, "I haven't seen John Black since he was in his casket."

"Which time," asks Bo.

"So it has come to this," says Stefano, "Salem's finest running around looking for ghosts." Roman says if John is in the house they will find him.

Downstairs, Marlena is busy with John, "It really is you."

"I suppose it is," says the introspective zombie, "Now, tell me, who are you?"

Max says he didn't mean that like it sounded. Stephanie thanks him for his understanding. More arguing about the snowball fight, then things get serious again. Stephanie says, "I just want you to know how much I appreciate what you've done." She leans over and kisses him.

"Gee," says Max, "I was hoping you appreciated me a whole lot more than that."

Sami can't believe Belle and Claire have been kidnapped, "Who would want them? " She asks what Shawn's reaction was, but Phillip says he doesn't know yet. He hasn't tried to reach him.

Bo and Roman ask to see the tunnels and caves beneath the mansion. Stefano asks why he would hide a dead person he had brought back to life, since that would be such a great achievement. Hope runs up, "We found him!" Stefano lights a cigar.

Marlena frees John. John gets a quizzical look on his face, "Your perfume... It smells just like mine."

"You bought it for me," says Marlena. John remembers the alley. Marlena says she was there.

"You're also the one who shot up the living room," says John. She frees him. John starts to bolt, but Marlena stops him. She sticks out her hand, "I'm Marlena. Your name is John."

"John?" John says he won't hurt her. He wonders why she is trembling.

"Because you were dead," says Marlena.

"Big deal," says John, "I've been dead more times than a '57 Studebaker with an old battery."

Max apologizes for her kissing him. Whatever. She volunteers to take a shift at the Cheatin' Heart. He doesn't know if she is up to it, but Stephanie insists she can count past ten. The brat interrupts. Max immediately leaves, which is the same reaction Chelsea usually gets when she enters a room. Chelsea tells Stephanie they are in big trouble, "My mom knows."

Sami lectures Phillip for not calling Shawn immediately. She runs off to call Roman. Phillip contemplates his cell phone.

Chloe thinks Shawn is being careful when it comes to Claire. Shawn doesn't want a custody battle and prays Belle fells the same way. He gets the call from Phillip and tries to brush him off. "This is serious," says Phillip.

Belle begs her captors to tell her were they are going. Crystal says, "All we want to do is protect you."

"From What?"

"Not what, but who," says Crystal.

Belle asks, "From whom?"

It would be too obvious to have Crystal say, "Yourself," wouldn't it?

Claire asks, "Can you protect me from her?" Yeah, you saw that one coming, too, didn't you?

Crystal tells her they are protecting her from Stefano.

Roman stays while Bo and Hope run to find John and Marlena. Stefano offers Roman a cigar. Roman declines and tells Stefano he's pretty cocky for someone facing serious charges. Stefano doesn't understand. He's saved a man's life. He doesn't see this as a criminal act. Stefano thinks he's a hero, "Maybe even a saint."

Marlena apologizes for being so emotional. John asks if he can go. She starts to take his hand but he backs off. Marlena says she will show him the way.

Chelsea tells Stephanie about the contact lens and says Billie wants to question them all. "On the good side," says the brat, "Nick backed up my story." They argue about Nick keeping his mouth shut. Chelsea thinks maybe if Nick spills the beans she can say she acted alone. Stephanie doesn't agree. She wants her to get Nick to clam up. Chelsea says she agrees with Nick. She thinks they should tell the truth, too.

Bo and Hope get to the basement. John takes one look at Bo and shrieks, "HE'S A COP!" John twirls around and the next thing Bo knows, he's locked in a John Black half-nelson.

Marlena tells John Bo is a friend and John lets go. Bo dusts himself off, "You may have lost your memory but your reflexes are good." John says he wants out before they come with the needles again.

Stefano rambles on. He thinks he has performed a great benevolent act. Roman doesn't agree, "Do you think a jury of your peers will see it that way?"

Saint Stefano chuckles, "First of all, I have no peers. Second, I think they will see this as a great benefit to humanity." Roman says if John is there, he sees only one purpose for that – to serve Stefano.

Bo runs in and says, "Roman?" Stefano works on his cigar.

Marlena follows Bo. She turns and encourages John, "It's OK." Marlena reaches toward him.

John walks out. Roman stares in disbelief.

Stephanie says if Chelsea blabs she will go to jail. Chelsea thinks they cannot lie their way out of this, "We need to tell the truth before we look like a bunch of murderers, even though we are. I just can't believe the nightmare Ford's family must be going through."

"What about the nightmare I've been going though," asks Stephanie.

"What do you mean by that," asks the brat.

Sniveling Stephanie stammers, "Uh... you know... with Cordy."

"That's not what you meant," says Chelsea.

Crawford Decker interrupts by pounding on the door. Chelsea lets him in and Crawford lets loose, "You killed him. I know it. You're not gonna get away with it."

Roman is stunned, "John, my God. You're alive. This can't be happening. I mean, I thought we'd drag this out at least until February sweeps."

Hope gets off the phone and says Belle and Claire may have been abducted, "I'm heading over there."

Roman reads Stefano his rights, "You are under arrest for kidnapping, false-imprisonment and stinking up the town with those wretched cigars."

Sami tells Phillip not to get into it with Shawn when he gets there. Phillip vows not to. Shawn runs up with Chloe and, of course, he and Phillip immediately get into it. "This is because of you," says Shawn.

Crystal tells Belle the officer they shot is alive, "Brady... Brady's gone. Rob and I will keep you out of harm's way." Belle presses for details. Crystal just assures her, you are safe and with family.

Belle asks, "What do you mean family?

"In Salem everyone is related," says Crystal.

Phillip and Shawn continue to argue. Chloe referees. The guys get macho but Hope runs up and tells them to cool it.

Crawford rants. Chelsea claims the contact lens doesn't mean anything. "Shut your lying mouth," says Crawford, "I know what you did. This is the last place he was seen. Since then he hasn't used a credit card and didn't come home for Christmas." Stephanie claims innocence. "You killed him," growls Crawford.

Stephanie scoffs, "What did you think – it was a pledge initiation. We're from the suburbs. We're sorority girls. We're harmless."

"I just want to know what you did with his body," says Crawford.

"We don't know anything about this," claims Stephanie.

"OK," says Crawford, "I will find out what happened, and when I do you will all spend the rest of your lives in prison."

Stephanie loses it, "He raped Cordy and he raped me!"

"I don't believe that," says Crawford, "But it sounds like a motive to me. I will make sure that you hang on your own words." Crawford storms out.

Stephanie turns to Chelsea and screams, "Now do you see why we can't tell? He will make Ford look like the victim. We can't let that happen."

Chelsea asks, "Stephanie, did he really rape you?" Stephanie is a heap-o-tears.

Marlena wants to know what Rolf did to John. Stefano says Rolf saved his life but John will never know who she is. John contemplates a crystal decanter top and plans his exit strategy as Marlena vows he will come back to them.

The girls sit by the fire. Stephanie says she couldn't tell Chelsea but told Uncle Max and her mom. Chelsea asks, "Max? You told Max?"

"Are you mad at me," asks Stephanie. Chelsea claims she's not. She's just glad Stephanie told somebody. Stephanie says she is still going through it. She wishes she had blacked out and couldn't remember anything. She knows she could have testified in the dean's office and they wouldn't be going through this now. She says Max has been great and talked her into seeing a therapist.

Shawn asks what happened. Phillip starts to say, but Shawn tells him to shut up so he can listen to the detective. The detective goes over the details. Hope tells Shawn, "Whoever did this knew what they were doing. So that rules out the theory the SPD may have taken them for some reason."

John bolts. Everyone runs after him. Rolf whips out a hypo and jams it into John's shoulder. John melts like an ice cream cone in the sun, "Ahhhhhh... drugs."

Marlena rages at Rolf, "What have you done to him, you monster?"

"What monster," asks Stefano, "Your friend here is the monster." John writhes.

Chelsea thinks they should come clean, "We can't live like this for all the Days Of Our Lives. I'm scared. Don't tell me you're not. We need to tell the truth."

Stephanie says this isn't Chelsea's call, "You aren't the one who was raped."

Chelsea says this isn't about Stephanie or Cordy, "It's about a guy who is dead." She knows they will get caught. She says they need to call the girls for a confab. As she calls, Stephanie walks out.

Marlena begs John to come back and vows to get him help, "I'm just so glad to have you back."

Stefano says he has a question. He asks who informed them about John being in the mansion. "You don't answer our questions, we return the favor," says Bo.

"Get him out of here before I strangle him," says Roman.

On the way out Stefano tells Bo it's not over, "This is merely the beginning." They leave. Marlena cradles John.

Shawn says it doesn't make any sense for Stefano to have kidnapped Belle and Claire.

The officer in charge rushes up and says the van has been spotted near the docks. Hope and the officer run off together. Shawn says they can't let the van out of their sight. Shawn turns to run. Chloe stops him and tells him it's too dangerous, but Shawn says he can't just sit around and do nothing. He turns to go, but Phillip stops him, "Shawn, wait. I'm going with you." Shawn nods. Batman and Robin head for the docks.


You can watch the previews later today on our PREVUZE II website.


Anonymous Leslie said...

Sami lectures Phillip for not calling Shawn immediately.

Amazing, Sami is acting like the voice of reason. This is a person who is incapable of following one rational thought with another. Kidnapping Belle would be a great story line only if she would disappear from our sight for a very, very, very long time. We need a respite from her whining. OK, who is this Rob guy and is he part of Belle’s family? Does this have to do with Colleen? Is she the one who ordered the kidnapping? If she is, why all of a sudden is she swooping in like some avenging angel? Could it be that this story line is finally coming to an end? We can only hope. Now, if only the Ford Decker mess would disappear from our sight as soon as possible.

John has been turned into a Vulcan and is incapable of emotion. Maybe he’ll grow pointy ears. Now, if he can do a Vulcan mind meld, that could come in really handy. As usual, the only person in this is episode with any brains is Stefano. Wonderful Prevuze and great photos!

6:01 AM  
Blogger cfish said...

Great stuff today, guys. LMAO at the "Don't squint" and "Partrige Family reruns" pics, and John being dead more times than a '57 Studebaker with an old battery.

And even though it wasn't a Prevuze-ism, I loved Stefano's line "First of all, I have no peers." Just proves to me that whoever is writing DOOL these days has been reading Prevuze and has learned a lot from it.

Great way to start a rainy Monday!

6:48 AM  
Blogger Applecheeks said...

"Don't squint" and John's calendar were LOL great.

"I haven't seen John Black since he was in his casket." "Which time," asks Bo. Good question. It couldn’t have been this last time since NO ONE saw Squints in a casket in the most recent ‘death’.

"We need to tell the truth before we look like a bunch of murderers.” I’d think a month after the fact is a little late for that. I have no idea how the writers are going to get these dimwits off. Even if one of the sorority sisters stepped up to take full responsibility (like Cordy), all the rest of them would be assessories after the fact. Not to mention Max and his part in the Water Heater Caper.

Happy Monday everyone!

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Bulldog said...

I agree about the brats. We're supposed to believe that all of a sudden Chelsea has developed a conscience over the Ford thing? The fact that Crawford is closing in and Nick broke it off because of it couldn't have anything to do with it could it? Naaahhh...

Loved John's calendar and the Salem PD not taking Belle and Claire because whoever did knew what they were doing. HAHAHA

Great Prevuze to wake us up on a Monday!

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Ellie said...

Great Prevuze! Love the Belle exam pic, and LOL at the February sweeps comment... not so far from the truth!

The John and Marlena scenes sound great. 1986 all over again. Can't wait.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I need to take notes for this whole John/Secret man thing! It seems like they are flying through this whole storyline!!!! (Yay!)
Meanwhile-dragging on in SUPER SLOW MOTION is the stupid sorority story. I think the writers (or writer! LOL) has backed them into a corner... the only way out of this is for Ford's body to have an autopsy and to find evidence that he died due to a RARE DISEASE OR HEART FAILURE...Other than that - the whole *gang* will be up on murder charges (including Max for hiding the body)...

(wake up writers - I just gave you the perfect ending to this dribbling storyline!!! LOL!)

Kidnapping Belle and Claire - where do they go from here???? Poor Claire, Shawn better get his butt to work and make some money - this kids gonna incure huge medical bills for psyco-analysis... basically she's doomed anyway, with a dope like Shawn for a dad and a ditz like Belle for a mom - she should actually BE HAPPY she's kidnapped... She might get lucky with better parents!!! LOL, just kidding of course ;)

Great job Prevuze! As usual

7:44 AM  
Blogger cfish said...

I don't know what the big mystery is about how the writers are going to get out of the Ford storyline. It should be obvious to everyone -- FORD IS NOT DEAD!!! I mean, no one EVER dies in Salem, right?

7:49 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Belle presses for details. Crystal just assures her, you are safe and with family.

Well that proves it. Crystal is Celeste's daughter, Lexie's sister and Stefano's daughter.

Belle is John's daughter, John is Stefano's brother.
That makes Belle and Crystal first cousins.

Celeste must have hidden Crystal from Stefano to keep her safe.

I read a spoiler somewhere that said Crystal was going to be related to the Carvers and the Bradys.

So that means the CB Dimera who owns the building, is Crystal Dimera.

I found some new spoilers/rumors for the coming weeks.

One core character will die. A ticking clock will be involved.

Lucas will do time for two or three months.

EJ and Sami will grow closer during Lucas's absence.

EJ will become a different man and make an attempt to be a better man for Sami.

Shawn and Belle will have happiness for the time being.

Tension will rise between Philip and Chloe.

The big question is "Where is Brady?"

A mysterious character will enter the lives of Shawn, Belle, Philip, and Chloe.

Chelsea and Stephanie will be at odds when one of them takes an internship with Tony and the other takes one with Anna.

Tony and Anna will return and have a better storyline than they did in 2007.

Lexie will return and become chief of staff at University Hospital. Let's hope no-one blackmails her this time!

A new character will come into the fold and create conflict and tension for one of the beloved couples.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happen to agree with cfish. The only way out of this mess is if Ford is not really dead. Crawford probably knows this as well. The zombie Ford we see is actually probably really there trying to drive the gals insane.

And what did Crystal mean when she said that Brady is gone? We already know that he was kidnapped but was she trying to insinuate (sp) Brady was dead?

Great prevuze as always.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous I challenge you to a DOOL said...

Long time Prevuze reader, first time poster...

Just wanted to say that I love Prevuze and I love the comments! It's a pleasure to read all of your insightful, witty posts every morning -- keep 'em coming!

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Prevuze II where are you? I need my daily fix of lameness. 30 seconds is really all I can handle actually watching of DOOL but my days aren't the same without it.


10:49 AM  
Anonymous Scolly said...

Tony and Anna will return and have a better storyline than they did in 2007.

Lexie will return and become chief of staff at University Hospital. Let's hope no-one blackmails her this time!

Are you certain about these? Oh I hope so concerning Tony and Anna. As for Lexie - that sounds about right for that hospital that a doctor fired in disgrace would end up as chief. HAHAHAHA

10:58 AM  
Blogger Prevuze said...

Oh Prevuze II where are you?

Thanks for reminding me, Lisa. I'm supposed to have a timer set on my computer to remind me to work on it, but it hasn't been popping up.

I don't get it. I can't get a reminder to pop up on my computer, but in Salem dead people pop up all the time. Anyway, Prevuze II is up.

11:11 AM  
Anonymous KOTU said...

I've been puzzling over John's calendar. It appears to be for January (but my poor eyes can't make that out for sure).

This year is leap year. Does Prevuze know what that will do to his schedule??

Enquiring minds.....

11:53 AM  
Anonymous OmegaWoman said...

Is this the way the writers are using to get them thru the strike?

Pull out the musty script of John's first visit to Salem and tweak it a little?

12:06 PM  
Blogger Prevuze said...

I've been puzzling over John's calendar. It appears to be for January (but my poor eyes can't make that out for sure).

It was a screen shot from Prevuze very own Outlook calendar. I forwarded through the months until I found one that had no appointments so I could get a clean shot. I had to forward clear up until January, 2011 until I found a month with nothing scheduled. Prevuze is sooooo in demand.

This year is leap year. Does Prevuze know what that will do to his schedule??

Ask Scott Bakula. A referee steps up and throws a flag, penalizing Prevuze for unsportsmanlike obscurity.

Enquiring minds.....

Wish I had one. Enquiring or otherwise.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Salemnite said...

Phillip tells Samantha that Belle & Claire were kidnapped. Samantha said "Who would want to take them?" Now, that was funny in print- LMAO!!

And "Amnesia" John? Haven't we been down this road before with the whole "Princess Gia" Trainwreck? Now we have to suffer threw Jolena finding each other again, lol. The Soaps are just repeating the same old storylines.

I truly wish this Ford Decker murder s/l would just disappear. I see three possible endings to this trainwreck. Ford is not Dead and ends up killing the Sorority Girls one, by one. Ford has a Twin, who was the campus rapist. Or Chelsea dose some serious prison time... Hum, why is that option bring a smile to my face! :-)

12:34 PM  
Blogger cfish said...

Does anybody but me think that the Ford Decker death/hide the body storyline was written as a joke by the writers just before they went on strike, and was never really meant to be taped and aired? Kind of like the MTM show episode where Mary wrote a "silly" obit for Chuckles the Clown, and then he actually died and Ted read it on the air ...

1:08 PM  
Blogger Applecheeks said...

cfish - that would explain the total lack of foresight about the resolution to this s/l.

On the other hand, this is DrOOL after all. I guess "lack of foresight" is a requirement to be a writer for this soap.

I do like the idea of ZombieFord not being dead. That does beg the question of who or what MaxFannie dug up and put in the water heater.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't mean to be a stickler but in tomorrow's preview I don't think Belle maces Crystal I think she throws coffee on her. Am I wrong?
Thanks for putting up the link though.


2:19 PM  
Blogger Prevuze said...

Don't mean to be a stickler but in tomorrow's preview I don't think Belle maces Crystal I think she throws coffee on her.

I can see you've never had a cup of Prevuze' special brew. Many police departments use it for mace. It also does a great job of cleaning garage floors and eradicating kudzu infestations.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently I need to get some of Prevuze's "special brew" for use on my employees. Do I meet you in a back alley for it or do I accidentally leave my briefcase with money in it at a busy airport escalator and you leave me a brown paper bag of the "brew" in a locker in a train station? I haven't done a deal like this in ... days...?

3:59 PM  
Blogger Prevuze said...

Apparently I need to get some of Prevuze's "special brew" for use on my employees. Do I meet you in a back alley for it or do I accidentally leave my briefcase with money in it at a busy airport escalator and you leave me a brown paper bag of the "brew" in a locker in a train station? I haven't done a deal like this in ... days...?

Be careful. The last person who actually drank that stuff left in a water heater...

4:11 PM  

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