Rafe is impatient. His towel starts to come off, "I didn't want an audience but..."
Sami screams, "I'M GOING." She springs up and bolts for the bathroom. A gal from the front row runs up onto the set and tackles her.
Rafe walks around to the front of the couch and finds the flyer.
Meanwhile, the assassin has Rafe's phone number, "I just punch this into my GPS and Sami Brady is a dead woman."
Melanie comes into the pub and bounces up to Chelsea. Chelsea gives her a look and sighs, "I can't take this any more."
A viewer yells, "Neither can we."
Brady comes in to have a chat with Victor. Phillip joins them. They all share stares of death.
Dr. Baker meets Nicole at the dock. Nicole pulls her Glock out of her purse. "What are you doing," asks Dr. Baker.
"Ice fishing," says Nicole, "What does it look like?" Dr. Baker wants to talk this over. "I have a hair appointment," says Nicole, "so make it quick. There's too much at stake and there is only one way to keep my secret buried forever."
Dr. Baker cowers, "No..."
Nicole stands in her bedroom, "I can't do that. It's too risky and anti-social. There must be some way to muzzle Dr. Baker and get myself a baby."
Nicole tells EJ she has a doctor's appointment. He suggests going with her. She vetoes that and leaves. EJ makes a call, "It's EJ. I need to see you ASAP."
Sami comes out of the bathroom and the bickering starts. Rafe has discovered the flyer. He lectures her. Sami admits she was going to call sister Theresa. Rafe asks, "Are you trying to get yourself killed? Because that's exactly what's going to happen if you keep up this reckless behavior."
"What reckless behavior," asks Sami.
"In your case," says Rafe, "existing."
He wants to know why she has the flyer. Sami says she felt a connection with Sister Theresa and wanted to talk to her. She promises not to try again.
Phillip chides Victor for telling him to be direct and forthright and then being a hypocrite and going behind his back and hiring Brady, "The more foolish you can make me look the happier you are."
"It's pretty easy to stay happy around here," says Victor, "If you're so upset, why don't you just quit then? Now that Brady is here it wouldn't be catastrophic. He could replace you."
Brady chimes in, "It's not gonna happen."
Chelsea asks why Melanie would tell Stephanie that she and Max were a couple. Melanie says she was just making an observation, "See, it's like this... If your BFF breaks up with her BF then said BF is back on the market after BFF finds a new BF. It's the first rule of romance."
"I don't know about all the BF's," says Chelsea, "But that was a lot of BS. Did you read that on shallowteen.com? Just go to hell."
Melanie insists she's just trying to help, "He's my brother and I'm just trying to look out for him. Go for it. Get the guy."
EJ meets Marlena outside the pub. They are both there to see Roman. EJ says he has a question about Nicole.
"No problem," says Marlena, "It's $250 an hour plus expenses. Oh, wait... It's Christmas. I have to charge double-time."
Nicole barges into Dr. Baker's office carrying a box of cookies, "I come bearing gifts and an apology."
"You threatened to kill me," yells Dr. Baker.
"That's what the extra sprinkles are for," says Nicole. She asks him to forgive her and continue to pretend to be her doctor. Baker says no money – no cooperation. Nicole says she doesn't have the money but says she is close, "If you don't help me I will take you down with me." So much for the extra sprinkles.
"You need psychological help," says Dr. Baker. He leaves. Nicole throws the box and smashes it against the door after he closes it. In other words, Nicole tosses her cookies. Standing alone in the office, she sees Dr. Baker has conveniently left his cell phone there.
EJ talks to Marlena about Nicole's "demeanor." He says he thinks she is spending far too much time with Dr. Baker.
Chelsea doesn't want to talk to Melanie. Melanie wants to be her wingman with Max, since he is her brother, "If you don't want my help... well... Max could snag any hottie he wanted. And if he decides he doesn't want a hottie, he could go for you."
Brady sticks up for Phillip, "You should have consulted him before hiring me." Suddenly Brady and Phillip start to form a mutual admiration society.
"I didn't know you girls were so sensitive," says Victor. He's disappointed they are putting their fragile egos in front of Titan, "You know what? You can take your self-righteous wrath and shove it. To put it in the words of one of my heroes, Donald Trump, you're fired. Both of you."
Rafe tells Sami he just wants a little cooperation. He wants to know why Sami was calling Sister Theresa.
Sami whines, "You want the truth?"
"It just wouldn't be Christmas if you didn't lie."
Max comes out and finds Chelsea sitting at the bar. He hands her a CD mix he has made for her. Chelsea is distant. Max rambles, "I put your favorite stuff on here... Merle Haggard and Lawrence Welk."
Chelsea zones, "Yeahsurethanks."
Max wants to know what's up, "We're talking to each other like we're an old married couple."
"Not true," says Chelsea, "Because we're still talking to each other. What makes you think something is wrong?"
"I can read you like a book."
"Do you have any other cliché's you want to throw at me like, 'We're two peas in a pod,' or 'We're joined at the hip?'"
"A cliché," gasps Max, "On this show? Never. It's just that I blame myself. I could have prevented all of this if I had just done things differently. I didn't see it coming. The DiMeras are going to pay for this. I'm being punished for what I've done. But the past is in the past. I'm probably making too much of this. I'm tired of the games. I have to move on. I have to leave town and find myself. You'll be better off without me. Rip my heart out and take it with you. You have to be cruel to be kind. Work with me on this. I just want us to be a family again. I'll give you all the time you need. I won't pressure you. I won't let anything bad happen to us. I just want us to be friends. You're my soul mate. There is something you should know. Nothing will ever come between us again. I know I can count on you. I know you'll (say it with me) be there for me... For all the Days Of Our Lives."
Chelsea says, "I just want to establish that we are friends. Friends and nothing more."
"Sorry," says Max, "That's a cliché I forgot."
Marlena thinks Nicole is just being overly cautious, "Nicole is being Nicole."
"I'm really in trouble, Aren't I," asks EJ.
Phillip applauds Victor's brilliant performance. He and Brady gang up on Victor and tell him what a dirtbag he's being. Victor thinks they have made the case for themselves, "You make a great team."
Nicole looks at the contacts in Dr. Baker's phone, "Hmmm... only women. OMG! They're all call girls! The guy's not very thorough. I don't see Kate's name here. Oh well, might as well start at the top." She dials, "Desiree... what can you tell us about our sex craved doctor?" Desiree isn't in the mood to talk. She hangs up. "On to the next..."
Roman joins EJ and Marlena inside the pub, "I want to assure you we're doing our best to catch the mayor's killer."
"Darn," says Marlena, "I was hoping something productive was being done to apprehend him."
Chelsea tells Max she is not ready to be in a relationship and knows Max isn't either. Max wants to know who is spreading this ghastly rumor. "Melanie," says Chelsea.
"There's a shocker," says Max, "You know how Melanie is. You're making too much of this."
"Didn't I just hear that in your list of cliché's," asks Chelsea.
Victor smiles, "Look at this. The two of you have bonded in your complete contempt for me. It was beautiful to behold." Vic says he wants them back.
"What," asks Phillip, "You fire us and then hire us right back and expect us to come running to you? We're not going to do that."
"Speak for yourself," says Brady.
"Oh," says Victor, "I expect you to make me wait."
Sami whines, "I needed support."
"I agree with that," says Rafe, "That bra just isn't doing the job."
Rafe's boss interrupts with a call. Rafe answers.
The assassin monitors the call, "Just keep talkin'..."
Brady and Phillip are alone. Phillip says he won't quit and let some MBA take over, "We could make a good team. What do you say, partner, are you in?"
"Absolutely." They shake on the deal.
Melanie comes back into the pub. Max wants to know why she talked to Chelsea about their relationship. Melanie says she was just making an observation. Max tells her to let it go. Suddenly, Melanie sees the CD sitting on the bar, "That wouldn't be for Chelsea, would it?" She giggles, "Boys don't do that for girls they are just friends with.
Max asks, "What's up with you? Did I miss a chapter here?"
"You missed the whole encyclopedia," says Melanie, "I just want to see you happy. Go for it."
Nicole continues to get rejected as she works her way down to the final contact in Dr. Baker's phone list... Jill. She makes the call and Jill answers, "I know all about your relationship. We should have a little chat. Meet me in 20 minutes at pier 14. Come alone or you'll be sorry."
Phillip escorts Brady through the hallowed halls of Titan. He goes inside his office and Brady waits outside. Melanie comes up and introduces herself.
Roman and Marlena sit alone at their table as Roman tells her the cops haven't found anything on the assassin, "We've got nothing."
Marlena is optimistic, "At least that's twice what you had before."
Roman talks about the cyber-conversation yesterday. "You should have seen the look on EJ's face, not to mention the look on Sami's. He may still love her. No matter what happens with EJ and Nicole I believe EJ will always have feelings for Sami."
EJ sits with Johnny and tells him he thinks he misses his mother. "Just like I miss cutting my last tooth," says Johnny.
Rafe gets off the phone and says there are no leads. Suddenly he figures out what Sami is up to, "You're not thinking about giving up the baby?"
Sami whines, "Tell me more about the orphanage. Do you think it would be a good place for my baby?"
Junior Junior #2 overhears the conversation, "This is more than I could have dreamed of for Christmas."
Max looks at the CD. He calls and leaves a message for Chelsea, "Call me. I want to run something by you."
Chelsea comes in to see Victor. She asks him to fire Melanie. Vic says he knows Melanie is a troublemaker but she controls the fuel project, "Melanie stays." She accuses him of making this all about profits. Victor reminds her that's what businesses are for.
Melanie tells Brady she owns the rights to the alternative fuel project. She says it will make them very rich, "Why don't you come into my office and I'll show you some numbers?" Phillip comes out to see Melanie whisk Brady into her office.
Sami asks Rafe not to make this harder than it is. She begs him to help. Rafe refuses, "There is no way."
The assassin stalks with his GPS. He presses a few buttons, "Gotcha! Say goodbye, Sami Brady."
EJ tells Johnny it gets pretty lonely in the house. He soon will have a brother or sister to play with and Nicole will be a part of the family. He makes a call, "Father, I need to talk to you about something. It's important."
Nicole stands on the dock and waits. Jill walks up and asks if she is the woman who asked to meet her. We pan back and see Jill patting her tummy. Holy cow, she's so pregnant if they stand there long enough she'll pop it right on the pier.
Merry Christmas, everybody.
"Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white.'" – Bing Crosby.
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