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Nicole screams, "I can explain."
EJ grabs her by the throat. Her tongue rolls across the floor as EJ yells, "You lost our baby but didn't want to lose the DiMera money, did you?" He picks her up and tosses her out of the room.
Prevuze steps into the scene and strolls out into the audience, offering to sell the Salem Bridge to anyone who bought that ridiculous scene. No takers, though.
Nicole wakes up. Birds chirp. The baby bump bumps. All is well with the world. Nicole cries, "It was just a nightmare... for now."
Chloe samples goodies at Bo and Hope's house. She whisks by Maggie who zones in on the necklace. Homeland Security needs radar like that. Chloe tells her Kate gave it to her. Maggie says she knows if Kate gave her a rock like that, she must really of approve of Chloe and Lucas being together, "Either that or her treatments have caused her to totally lose her mind."
Daniel sits in his room, watches Monday Night Football and sucks down booze, which helps dull the pain of being a Packers fan. He remembers his encounter with Chloe and her nightie.
Lexie sits with Theo at the dock and suggests they go home. She turns to get her purse. Theo recognizes the fact that this may be his only opportunity to get away. He bolts.
Bo hallucinates. He sees a scene in an emergency room, "This child's not breathing!"
Bo watches the vision unfold in front of him and runs outside. He bumps into Abe, "Do you know where Theo is?"
John drinks at the pub as Marlena comes in. "You look festive," says John.
"I feel festive," says Marlena.
Brady joins them, not looking or feeling so festive. John smiles that smile someone can only manage when his brain is somewhere else. Brady wants to know why he's smiling. "Christmas eve is for family," says John, "Even if you don't like them."
Marlena tells Brady that was John's attempt at humor. It seems to have hit the mark, except for the humor part. Brady thinks John was talking about him when he talked about family he didn't like. John says he wants the two of them to do him a favor.
Doug and Julie arrive at the Brady residence. They announce that they have just dumped Allie on Alice and Mickey. Everyone decides that's OK since Allie is probably capable of watching both of them. Julie ogles Chloe's necklace. Doug stares also, "What necklace? " Lucas thinks it's going to be the best Christmas ever.
Nicole and Stefano are together in the rumpus room. "I want to apologize," says Stefano, "For being..."
Nicole interrupts, "Sexist, overbearing and dictatorial?" Stefano is soooo impressed with Nicole's perception. He kisses her and wishes her a merry Christmas as EJ watches.
Bo tells Abe to call Lexie to make sure Theo is all right.
Abe calls and asks Lexie if everything is all right. Lexie panics, "NO! Theo ran off!"
"Where are you," asks Abe.
"I'm at the Paul Hollingsworth Memorial Pier."
Abe gasps, "OMG!"
Stefano wants to talk about names, "If it's a boy... how about... Stefano?"
EJ walks in, "I was thinking about... Elvis."
Tony walks in, "I guess my invitation got lost in the mail."
Chloe excuses herself to go call her folks. Daniel gets the call. She asks about his finger. Daniel says, "Oh, you don't have to worry about it."
Chloe says, "But I do. And I can't stop."
Abe and Bo show up at the pier.
"We put out an Amber Alert," says Abe.
"OMG," gasps Bo, "Is she missing, too?"
"Where do you think he might be," asks Abe.
"I think he dove off the pier," blubbers Lexie.
"Too bad you didn't follow him," says Abe.
Bo goes clairvoyant. He sees Lexie run into the hospital ER.
Chelsea comes out of nowhere and picks Charlie up off the dock. She shows it to everyone and...
Stefano tells Tony he has an open invitation. Tony says Anna is in Switzerland with Carrie and Austin. EJ and Nicole go off.
John, Brady and Marlena arrive outside the DiMera mansion. Marlena somehow interprets this as some big breakthrough for John because he's recognizing the need for family at Christmas. They gird their loins and prepare for an evening of merriment at the DiMera mansion. "Here we go a wassailing," says Marlena.
Chloe continues to apologize for the way she closed the door on Daniel's finger. Lucas runs up and tells her to wish her mom and dad a Merry Christmas, then runs back into the living room because he doesn't want to miss one exciting moment of this klunker of a party. Chloe tells Daniel she has to go. They exchange merry Christmases and think thoughts of forbidden love and low cut teddies.
We share greetings all around at the DiMera mansion. Nicole drags Brady off.
Bo searches and calls for Theo. A kid stands on the stairs. Bo sees him and drops his jaw, "ZACK!" Zack runs. Bo follows.
Stefano offers John one of his new cigars, "They are very expensive and highly illegal... Two of my favorite things."
"Like whiskers on kittens," asks John. They light up. Stefano asks John why he is there.
Marlena asks Tony the same thing. Tony says he thinks Stefano is up to something and he's concerned about EJ.
Nicole tells Brady about Dr. Baker. She asks Brady to get money from Victor. EJ walks in and things go silent. "You look upset," says EJ. He turns to Brady, "Why does this happen every time you talk to her?"
Lucas and Chloe look at a picture of Tom and Alice. They talk about all the kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and... I forgot, which generation are we on now?
Lucas asks, "You wanna have kids with me someday?"
Chloe is about as enthusiastic as a condemned prisoner lying on a gurney, "If you want to."
"As long as I have you," says Lucas, "the rest is gravy."
"That's good," says Chloe, "Since your brains are like mashed potatoes."
Julie asks Maggie if she thought Chloe and Lucas would wind up together, "Looks like grandma had a good idea. I can't wait to see the look on Chloe's face."
Bo chases Zack. Zack catches up with Theo and they both run. Bo gasps, "Zack! Theo! No!" They run off and Bo chases.
Nicole insists things are OK, "Christmas and hormones make a powerful combination." EJ gets a call and goes off. He comes back and says he needs to do some office things. Smoochies and bye-byes.
Nicole goes back to work on Brady, "I will lose him if you don't help me."
Marlena tells Tony coming there was John's idea.
Stefano says, "I hope we can put our past behind us says Stefano."
"Keep on hopin'," says John. Stefano says he senses tension.
"I'm enjoying this," chuckles John, "The cigar, that is. I just want you to know two things. First, if you harm the people I am... invested in... you will answer to me. Second... Merry Christmas."
Bo catches up with the apparitions. He grabs Zack and hugs him. Zack turns into Theo.
Bo calls with the good news, "I got Theo. Which mortuary do you want me to send the body to? "
Nicole joins Stefano and John and drags John out into the foyer, "I need money. A lot. And I can't tell you why."
"No problem," says John, "Here's a blank check. Of course, when I say blank, I mean it doesn't have my signature on it either."
Marlena chats with Brady. She says she senses a little change in John, "Deep down inside he's glad you're home." Tony brings Marlena's wrap and she asks where John is.
John gives Nicole some advice, "If you're staying here at the DiMera mansion, having a DiMera baby and need money, you're in over your head. I won't give you money, but I'll be happy to set you up in a hotel and pay for an airplane ticket."
Marlena walks up, "John, it's time to hit the road."
"No thanks," says John, "Getting run over once is enough for a lifetime." As they walk out the door John turns and says, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night."
"You forgot to say, 'God bless us, every one'," says Marlena.
Stefano asks if Nicole is OK. "Why wouldn't I be," says Nicole.
Abe and Lexie arrive at Bo and Hope's house. Where's Theo," asks Hope.
"Theo who," asks Lexie.
Hope turns to Bo, "You did good work, Brady."
"I had help," says Bo, "I'll explain later."
Hope announces, "It's time to trim the tree!"
"I'll get the chainsaw," says Bo.
And so we go through the 2008 version of Bulb-a-paloosa.
John and Marlena have joined the party. John asks, "Why did you bring me here."
"Because this is what Christmas is really all about," says Marlena.
John asks, "Christmas is about stale dialogue and dragging out actors we haven't seen in months just because we don't want to have a real show on that day?"
"Of course not," says Marlena, "Christmas is about all the wonderful traditions like exchanging gift cards with everyone and seeing if you have a bigger balance on your gift card than the one you gave."
"I knew there was a deeper meaning," says John.
Lucas asks Maggie where his ornament is.
It's still at the prison hanging next to Carmine's," says Maggie.
Julie comes up and hands him a package for Chloe to open. She opens it and we find Lucas' bulb inside next to a new bulb for Chloe.
"Chloe and Lucas," says Julie, "Now there are a couple of dim bulbs if I ever saw them."
Chloe is delighted. She takes her bulb out of the box and walks over to hang it on the tree.
Cleanup on Aisle 7. Chloe's bulb lies in a dozen pieces below the tree.
EJ joins Brady and Nicole. Brady leaves. EJ asks if everything is OK. "What I want for Christmas," says Nicole, "is for people to stop asking me that."
Tony walks up and announces he is leaving. "We'll join Father," says EJ, "He's alone in the study."
"Don't you understand," says Tony, "He could be in a packed stadium with thousands of people and still be alone."
"Kind of like the Packers fans felt last night," says EJ.
Nicole and EJ join Stefano by the fire. Stefano says he can't help but think about next year when they hang a stocking for the newest member of the family. He leaves.
Chloe picks up the pieces. She apologizes for being such a klutz. "We'll have a new one made for you next year," says Maggie, "and have it shipped to you and whatever guy you have moved on to after Lucas."
John zones, "It just hit me... How much everybody needs to remember."
Doug speechifies. He says he's eternally grateful to have a permanent place on the tree and in the family. He toasts the Horton family and all it's honorary members. Then he plays as Chloe sings silent night. With Chloe and Lucas it's never a silent night.
Daniel sits propped up on his bed and boozes it up.
Marlena looks for John.
John calls Dr. Taylor, "I need to remember my life. I need to know who I am."
Nicole prays to Baby Jesus at the crèche, "Help me. Please help me." EJ watches. Nicole sobs.
Patch sits in an empty hallway at the hospital, "Hey, doesn't anyone want to hear the story of the Big Dude?"
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