Flesh Eating Bacteria – Need I Say More?
"No," says Jill, "My insurance didn't cover it."
Brady and Melanie talk about the Alternative Fuel Project. Melanie tells him she's involved with it. "I look forward to learning about it," says Brady.
Melanie smiles, "I look forward to teaching you... about the project." Brady wonders why she's there since it's the holidays. "I'm a go getter," says Melanie. Phillip walks up and breaks it up before Melanie can go get it.
Stephanie ciphers at her table in the pub as Chloe comes in. Wedding talk. Kate talk. "Phillip talks about Kate a lot," says Stephanie.
Are you seeing each other," asks Chloe. Inquiring minds want to know.
"We should talk."
Rafe refuses to help Sami give her baby away, "Where in the world do you even come up with crazy stuff like this?"
Sami says, "From you!"
The killer stalks, "Say goodbye Sami Brady."
Jill tells Nicole Dr. Baker didn't get her pregnant. She figures out that Nicole doesn't know about the relationship, like she said she did over the phone, "Who are you and what do you want from me?" Nicole says she wants to help. Jill says she doesn't need a friend. She starts to leave but Nicole calls for her to stop.
Brady suggests he and Melanie have lunch another time. Phillip suggests Melanie take the day off. She asks about her secretary. She says she needs one since she's in charge of the Alternative Fuel Project. Phillip growls, "You own the patents. You're not in charge of anything." Brady steps in and tells Melanie they just have to nail down the specifics of her job duties.
"The project could be lucrative," says Phillip, "but it's a crapshoot. Kind of like whether DOOL will be on the air next year." Melanie vows to prove she's an asset to the company. She leaves and Phillip tells Brady he's in over his head.
"At least I've got a head that's my own," says Brady.
Stephanie and Chloe talk about Phillip. Chloe says, "Phillip was my first love. And also my first FWB."
"Friend with benefits."
"Benefits," asks Stephanie, "You mean you shared an insurance policy?" Chloe says she thinks Stephanie is Phillip's rebound and maybe he's hers.
"Or maybe you still have feelings for him and want to spoil it for us," says Stephanie.
Sami rationalizes it's Rafe's fault she's giving up her baby because he told her about Sister Agnes. Sami's mind is a complex thing. Modern science still hasn't completely figured out the atom. "I'm a Catholic," says Sami, "My faith means something to me. Well, all of it except for that pesky little seventh commandment. Anyway, If I can't take care of my baby then that convent is the right place. It beats the hell out of the DiMeras raising my baby."
Rafe scolds, "You'd better watch those 'hells' around Sister Teresa."
"I won't say 'hell' around her," insists Sami, "I'm saving the really shocking words for her, except I never would use the mother of all four-letter words – DOOL. In case you haven't noticed, I have a deadline. My due date is getting closer. I'm looking forward to a super bowl party for two and a half but it's not getting any easier."
The assassin sneaks up behind a shadowy figure, "Turn around, Hernandez... nice and slow." Joe the Wino slowly turns, holding up his arms. Rafe's cell phone is in his left hand.
Nicole stops Jill and promises she's not there to harm her. Jill turns and notices Nicole's nerf bump, "You're doing exactly what I am aren't you?"
"OMG," gasps Nicole, "Your baby's fake, too?"
Phillip warns Brady about Melanie, "Give her a desk she'll want the whole damn company."
"Maybe she just wants a little respect," says Brady, "All this animosity you have toward Melanie, it's obviously personal."
Phillip says, “Well, you're damn right it's personal."
Melanie punches an elevator button, "Bummer, Phillip. Now I have to teach you a lesson."
Stephanie thinks Chloe is being phony. Chloe says she was just trying to be helpful. She starts to leave but Stephanie digs for more. Chloe says, "Phillip isn't the same guy I fell in love with. Not one single part is the same. It destroyed Phillip when I dumped him for Brady, but what really finished him off was marrying Belle."
Rafe tells Sami they can't be too careful, "We have to practice safe witness protection. When I said this arrangement is getting old, I didn't mean I can't stand being with you. I meant I can't stand even being near you. But I understand the importance of this assignment – protecting a child and... choke... gag... someone I care about." Hugs.
Nicole says she's in exactly the same situation as Jill. Jill asks, "Are you thinking about giving up your baby too? When you're desperate... well... desperate times call for predictable recycled scripts." Jill says Dr. Baker promised her little girl will go to a wonderful home.
Phillip thinks he and Brady make a great team. Brady senses he's not thrilled with their arrangement at the office. He thinks Victor is tougher on Phillip because he's the heir apparent. Brady leaves. Phillip stares.
Stephanie thinks Chloe isn't excited about her engagement to Lucas. She wonders if she still has feelings for Phillip. "You've picked up the wrong vibe," says Chloe, "Just like I've picked up the wrong guy." She leaves. Melanie comes in.
Rafe and Sami play Christmas candy poker. Rafe contemplates, "I see your stars and raise you two angels." Sami folds. Sami deals. Rafe says he sees how torn apart she is being away from the twins and wonders how she can even consider giving her baby away. He tells her how bad an orphanage can be. Sami says she's just going to dump the kid temporarily.
"He'll come back in six months and he'll be five years old."
Nicole wonders who else Dr. Baker is "helping." Jill asks how much he's paying her. Nicole says they haven't discussed payment yet. He's paying Jill $10,000.
"Selling babies to the highest bidder," says Nicole, "There might be another way, Jill. Are you familiar with Ebay? "
Stephanie gives Melanie the brush off. Julie swoops in and sits at Melanie's table, "What's shakin'?"
Norm from Cheers steps in, "In your case, Julie, all four cheeks and a couple of chins."
Brady meets Chloe at the DiMera mansion. She says she's there to dump Allie.
"Why can't Lucas do it," asks Brady.
"He's still playing with his Christmas present," says Chloe, "He was having trouble sticking the Mr. Potato Head eyebrows into his own forehead. In case you're wondering, Nicole isn't around. I know you're not great at being alone but Nicole – really bad idea."
Sami says she's just trying to buy some time. Rafe asks, "Who you gonna say the father is, me?"
Sami puts her brain cell to work, "Hey, that's not a bad idea!"
Jill tells Nicole she is due any day now. "Then that won't work," says Nicole. Jill tells her she is having second thoughts about giving up the baby. "You might be the reason I keep my baby," says Nicole.
Julie tells Melanie she went to visit Nick. Nick told her all about Melanie and Julie advises her it would be better if she stayed away from him, "And I heard you're a secretary at Titan."
"I'm an executive now," says Melanie.
"Well," beams Julie, "Congratulations on your meteoric rise to the T-O-P, working away between those two hunky dudes that run the place."
Phillip walks in and smooches Stephanie as Melanie loses her lunch.
Rafe says he has been through something like this. He was once asked to claim he was the father of a mobster's kid, "It didn't work well, since the mobster was a guy, so it wasn't exactly the same. So, tell me, what would you do if a nice couple came along and adopted your baby."
"I'd save a lot of money on babysitters."
Nicole tells Jill she isn't going to give up her baby. Then she hands Jill a wad-o-cash. "That's the nicest thing anyone has done for me in a long time," says Jill, "I'm glad you decided to keep the baby and hope it all works out for you." They wish each other luck and part. Nicole sniffles and pulls out her trusty cell phone.
Melanie insists she's a professional, "And Phillip, Brady and I will make an excellent threesom... uh... team." Julie wishes her luck and leaves. Melanie rolls her eyes.
Phillip suddenly remembers a big question he has to ask Stephanie.
Phillip asks what she is doing on New Years Eve. Stephanie says she's babysitting for Kayla, "She's going to take L'il Joe out and someone has to watch Dad." Phillip suggests they ring in the new year together.
Melanie says, "Only if we can wear funny hats."
"Absolutely," says Phillip, "And nothing else?"
Sami insists she will figure something else and not lose her baby forever, "What is your plan to get me to a hospital?"
"I have it covered if it ever comes to that," says Rafe.
Rafe says he intends to be out before she delivers. He scoots his cookie-chips to the center of the table, "I'm all in – Pair of jacks."
"You win," says Sami. She shows her cards, "A DOOL flush. Which is what they should do to this story line."
Brady insists he's not involved with Nicole; He's just worried about her. Chloe says, "That makes two of us. She didn't even come to see me after the transplant. We've been out of touch."
"I can't think of two women in Salem who are more out of touch," says Brady." His phone rings. He takes a look at the caller-ID and tells Chloe he'll get to it later.
Nicole stands on the pier and frets, "Why isn't he answering? Brady, pick up. I can't do this alone.
Phillip suggests he and Stephanie go to Maggie's big New Year shindig at Chez Rouge. Melanie overhears and rushes out. Outside, she calls Maggie and tells her she will be going to the party after all.
Rafe gives Sami a chance to win her cookies back. He's happy she trusted him with the truth. Sami thinks it didn't do her much good.
The killer is on the phone with the mystery guy he's always talking to, "Some bum had Rafe's cell phone."
"Doesn't EJ have his own cell phone," asks the voice.
"At least I know he's in the area," says Sleazo, "I'm getting close. When one of them shows their face it's all over."
Brady smooches Chloe and wishes her a happy new year. Same to him. Chloe says she doesn't want Brady to get on Nicole's bad side, "Nicole and I are friends but... flesh eating bacteria – Need I say more?"
Nicole is in Dr. Baker's office. "Miss Walker," says Baker, "I'm surprised to see you again. I thought we were through."
"Oh no," says Nicole, "We're just getting started." She sticks his cell phone into his face, "Disgusting... I'd think a guy who rakes it in like you do would have an iPhone."
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