Chloe responds, "I love you, too. But I'm not in love with you." Lucas quickly turns and consults the guy manual as he tries to wrap his brain around that one.
The guy manual advises, "She's not (say it with me) there for you."
Daniel has the same dream only, in this case, Chloe appears to be (say it with me) there for him.
Bo asks Brady where Victor and Phillip are. Brady says he thinks something has happened to Stephanie and tells him what's going on at the Kiriakis mansion. Bo does what Bo does best in situations that require deep analysis. He curses a lot and says, "I new something was going on." Phillip hangs up and waits at the dock.
Bumbling Owen is on the phone with EJ apologizing for all the trouble. EJ wants results, "When are you going to bring her to me?"
"Actually, sir," says Owen, "The answer to that question would be never."
Phillip phones Victor and tells him Stefano is hanging on by a thread, but they should have Stephanie back in a little while. "Every silver lining has a cloud," says Victor.
When Owen tells EJ he refuses to bring Stephanie to him, EJ blows his stack. Owen tells EJ he doesn't want anything to happen to Stephanie and blows his own stack. We have a genuwine stackblowoff between the two.
EJ calls Phillip and tells him he's going to be a little late for the Stef-Steph swap.
Daniel continues to dream of Chloe. He gets up and heads for a cold shower.
Chloe wakes and finds Lucas staring at her, "What's wrong?"
"I can't sleep." Chloe asks if something is wrong. Lucas doesn't know. No one knows what's going on inside Lucas head, including Lucas. Chloe presses and Lucas finally comes clean, "I had a dream... about you... not loving me."
"That was no dream," says Chloe.
Bo is on the phone playing cop. He hangs up, rushes over to Brady and tells him he may have saved Stephanie's life. Bo runs out of the Java Café and Brady paces.
Melanie walks in and sees the look of concern on Brady's face, "What's your problem, Brady?"
"It's Bo," he says, "He left with the bill again."
Phillip tells EJ Stefano is barely breathing, so he'd better get a move on. EJ hangs up and tells one of his flunkies they have to find Stephanie. Flunko says the odds of doing that aren't good. EJ tries another meltdown on for size.
Owen rolls Stephanie out and tells her he's sure she just heard part of that conversation. He's crossed the DiMeras and decided to act on his own. Stephanie asks, "What are you going to do."
"I'm going to save you," says Owen.
"Try to get it done before they kill you, OK?"
Chloe says Lucas dream was preposterous. Really preposterous. DOOL-level preposterous. She thinks they should talk about it. Brooding Lucas don' wan' no stinkin' talk. He wants stinkin' love. Chloe reassures him, "I love you... with all my heart."
Lucas gets up, "I’m going to take a drive to clear my head."
"That'll be a short drive," says Chloe. I want to go with you. Brooding Lucas don' wan' no stinkin' company.
Daniel is at the hospital.
Melanie tells Brady she thinks he should switch to decaf.
Infatuated Owen tells Stephanie he's going to save her. He tells her it was one thing when the DiMeras had him working with plants at the Kiriakis mansion and gathering information, "But I can't do this. I’m just a gardener at heart and even though you have the IQ of a plant, I can't hurt you."
Stephanie asks, "So I'm free to go?"
"You are free to go."
Phillip calls Victor to tell him about the delay. Victor suspects a double cross. Phillip hangs up and EJ shows up. Phillip asks, "Where is she? Where is Stephanie?" EJ stares.
EJ wants to know where Stefano is. Phillip tells EJ everything is now up to him.
Lucas goes to visit Maggie. She tells him she missed him at the AA meeting and wonders if he is there because of his drinking problem. Lucas tells her that's not the reason he came to see her. Maggie senses a deeper problem, gets out a notebook and asks, "Whatever can be wrong, then?"
Melanie rambles around and finally mentions the fact that she found Stephanie's missing earring. That gets Brady's attention. He has a conniption and wants to know where the earring is. Melanie asks, "What set you on fire?"
Stephanie is sooooo happy Owen has decided to set her free. She tells him she doesn't want him to get involved any further and also says if the police question her, she won't say anything about Owen, "So can I go now?"
Uh-oh. Owen has something up his sleeve and it isn't just a smelly armpit. He picks up a cord and says he's going with her. Stephanie asks, "So where are we going?"
Phillip suggests EJ walks Stephanie out and he will walks Stefano out. EJ hesitates. Phillip gets the idea, "You don't have her, do you?" A scuffle breaks out.
Bodies roll. Guns point. Gnashing of teeth. Blood and guts. Suddenly, Bo and the cops show up. During the donut break, Bo threatens to carry Phillip and EJ out in pine boxes if anything happens to Stephanie.
Brady tells Melanie he doesn't have time to play games right now. He gets a call. He hangs up and tells Melanie the connection was bad, but he thinks they have found Stefano. He runs out of the Java Café and Melanie follows. Then she stops, pulls the earring out of her purse and stares at it.
Owen goes off the deep end and tells Stephanie they're going to start a new life together, "I always wanted to live in India." Stefano gets a clue that maybe things aren't going well.
Maggie serves coffee and asks Lucas what happened. Lucas says, "Nothing. Something. I'm not sure." Lucas sure has a way with words, doesn't he?"
"My mom," says Lucas, "has become her same old self again."
"Oh my," says Maggie, "Is she working independently or has she hooked up with a pimp?"
"She's done a complete 180 on Chloe," says Lucas, "First she likes her, and then she doesn't. This is something big. Really big. I can feel it."
Daniel sits in the Java Café and stares, "I can't take this."
A gal in the audience stands up and shouts, "You're not the only one!"
Daniel remembers making love with Chloe and we get poor-man's porn, round 2.
EJ is at the hospital demanding to see his father. They wheel Stefano in.
Bo confronts Victor at the dock and wants to know where Phillip has gone.
Phillip hides in the bushes, "I just want Stephanie."
Stephanie tells Owen she doesn't think his idea is practical, "I'm not ready to go anywhere. I need clothes."
"You're right," says Owen, "You might attract attention dressed in that negligee. So we'll get you clothes."
"But," says Stephanie, "You can't waste your money on buying me things. Besides the stores are closed." Owen decides he'll go back and get her things. Stephanie wants to go with him, but he tells her he can travel faster alone.
Stephanie gets lovey-dovey, "Well, hurry back then." Suddenly, Owen realizes he's got to put her back on ice while he's gone. Stephanie screams and wiggles as he stuffs her back in her drawer.
Daniel wads up a piece of paper as Chloe walks into the Java Café. She asks him what it is. He says it's a leave of absence from the hospital, "I can't take it any more. There are nights when I just can't stand being here."
"But you're not going, are you," whines Chloe.
Daniel insists he's not going, "I'm not saying this to make you feel guilty for choosing Lucas over me but this situation is driving me halfway out of my mind."
"If I got back together with you," says Chloe, "I could drive you completely out of your mind. I have to tell you, I'm not happy either."
Lucas tells Maggie what he knows about the situation between Kate and Chloe. He says he just can't figure it out. Maggie tells him not to obsess over things he can't control.
Brady finds Victor and Bo and they all worry about Stephanie together.
Stephanie lies in her drawer and bawls.
Owen sneaks into the Kiriakis mansion and rushes upstairs to get Stephanie's things. Phillip walks in and just misses him. He picks up a picture of Stephanie, "I will find you, Stephanie. Just hang on."
Melanie rushes in and asks if Phillip is looking for Stephanie. Phillip says he doesn't have time for her, but Melanie holds up the missing earring, "I have a clue."
"It’s about time you got a clue," says Phillip.
Chloe tells Daniel she still has feeling for him, "But I know I did the right thing."
"And I honor that," says Daniel, "I just want you to be happy."
"Yeah," says Chloe, "but Kate has been so horrible lately. And Lucas has been moody and restless. He's not going to drop it until he finds out."
Maggie thinks Lucas is sounding paranoid and needs a good night sleep. Lucas tells her he shouldn't have come by. He wonders if Kate and Chloe hate each other why they would both be hiding something. He leaves and ponders.
EJ and Stefano chat when suddenly Stefano's machines go berserk. A nurse rushes in to help.
Victor tells Brady he's a traitor to the family. Bo breaks in and says they still need to find Stephanie, "That's why I need to know where Phillip is, NOW!"
Melanie tells Phillip she found the earring on the terrace. Phillip figures that means Owen the gardener had something to do with her disappearance. Owen sneaks downstairs.
Stephanie slabs out, "Help! Help me! I’m missing the American Idol finale! "
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