"Wow," says Hope, "You are one tough boss."
Baker tosses and turns. He dreams about mugging EJ. Suddenly he wakes as he hears Nicole's voice, "You can run But you can't hide."
Even though it's "Green Week," Baker apparently has left his TV on all night, burning your energy and mine, and turning the earth into a cesspool of waste. Nicole appears on screen, "I'm Nicole Walker and I don't take no for an answer..."
Baker turns off the TV, "Nicole — a TV reporter. That's like Paris Hilton being a life coach. But my slush fund in the Caymans is no longer anemic. Bless you EJ."
Arianna joins Nicole at the Java Café and they start sniping at each other. Arianna gives Nicole her next assignment from Frank, "The zoo. Frank thought it would be cute to see you shoveling in the elephant cage."
"Tell Frank to forget it," says Nicole. Serendipity once again strikes in Salem and they each simultaneously get a text and find out that EJ was attacked. Nicole says, "I think EJ's ex-wife should get the story."
"Sami isn't even a reporter," says Arianna.
Lexie comes in to see EJ who vows the person who did this will pay.
Chad and his mom meet at the pier. Madeline gives him the keys to her car. She thinks this will help raise his grades. Obviously, Maddie doesn't have much memory of what happens when you mix a teenage boy and a car, known in some circles as a motel room on wheels. Chad thinks his dad will not like this but is grateful, "Awesome, thanks." Mia calls and tells him study group will not be at Kinzie's house, "Her mom is having a Botox party, so the group will be at the DiMera mansion. I have to work and won't be there, so maybe I'll see you later."
Chad growls, "Maybe not." He probably forgot he now has access to a car with a huge back seat.
Chad hangs up. Madeline says she overheard and forbids Chad to go to the DiMera house.
Roman asks if Hope has talked to Bo. She hasn't. Roman is sorry about that. Bo isn't. Somewhere in the process of all this spine-tingling excitement, Hope has spilled her pills and starts to pick them up as Julie walks in and asks if she's OK.
Lexie advises EJ to let the police handle the mugging, "Don't go all Sonny Corleone about this." She reminds him Hope is on the case and wants to talk to him. EJ says he doesn't remember anything about the mugging. He has Dazenesia. He is, however certain the same person is doing all the muggings.
Hope tells Julie she's had trouble sleeping. She assures Julie the pills are not addictive. Julie lectures her and says all sleeping pills are addictive, at least psychologically if nothing else. She suggests Hope find another way to solve her problem. Hope suggests a flying leap. She changes the subject and thanks Julie for taking Ciara last night. Julie says Ciara is a little piece of heaven and she doesn't have to thank her. Hope gives her the eyebrow and tells her the little piece of heaven got caught stealing at school, "If she tells you Justin will be her daddy — I didn't say it."
"I don't know," says Julie, "Kids are like little sponges. They sop up whatever is around them."
Hope gasps, "Are you saying I am the problem?"
Arianna doesn't think management will let Nicole interview her ex-husband, "And I don't think EJ would want you interviewing him." Nicole suggests Arianna go in and convince EJ to let her do it. Arianna resists but Nicole threatens to tell the boss. Arianna caves and goes for the car.
Julie stops lecturing Hope about pills and starts lecturing about her mothering skills, "I think Ciara wants attention. When I was a kid, I shoplifted so I could get attention. Also so I could get clothes and jewelry." Hope wonders what to do. Julie says, "Put your daughter first or you will regret this for all the Days Of Our Lives."
Nicole and Arianna arrive at the hospital. Arianna heads in to see EJ. Lexie finds Nicole and tells her she has a hell of a nerve to show up there.
Arianna comes in and asks EJ if he's up for a visitor, "So... you were mugged."
"No," says EJ, "I slammed my head into the butt of a gun and threw my wallet into the river."
EJ thinks it's sweet of her to come and visit him. Arianna says, "You won't think it's so sweet when you find out why I'm here. In fact, you're probably gonna get out of that bed and throw me out."
Will is at the DiMera mansion with Kate. He tells her Kinzie and T-Man and Chad will be there to study, but not Mia.
Kate practically has a cow, "Chad Woods? As in DA Woods?"
"Yes," says Will, "Is that a problem?"
Kate says, "I don't have a problem with Chad Woods, but I do have a problem with his parents. They prosecute and sentence me for prostitution on occasion."
Madeline doesn't want Chad meeting at a mob boss' house. Chad wonders why his mom was upset when she saw Kate, "Is this something personal with Kate?"
Doc Baker sits at the bar in the Cheatin' Heart. Big Bernie comes up and slaps him on the back, "Where is the money you owe me?"
Baker acts like he's happy to see him, "Bernie — I was going to call you but I've been out of town."
"Don't they have phones out of town?"
"Mine was on 'roam' and I didn't want the extra charges," says Baker.
"Oh," says Bernie, "I guess I can understand why you didn't call if you were in Rome."
Julie suggests Hope take a leave of absence. Hope thinks that would send the wrong message to Ciara, "I wouldn't want her to think I cared enough about her to make her a priority over my job."
"Everything in her world has changed," says Julie.
"I haven't," says Hope, "I'm still the same old battleaxe I always was."
Julie wants to know if Justin is a part of this non-change. Hope insists not.
Lexie just can't believe Nicole has the guts to show her face in town. Nicole snorts, "You're judging me after the things you have done? You took Abe's son to bed to get back at Abe. At least I'm not doing something behind someone's back." Lexie backs off of her holier-than-thou attitude.
Arianna tells EJ she's now working for Titan TV and is there with the reporter she's assigned to. EJ doesn't understand why that would cause him to want to kick her out. Arianna tells EJ the reporter is Nicole, "Wanna throw me out now?"
Will wonders what Chad's parents did to Kate. Kate says the DA tried to convince the world she tried to poison Chloe, "We need to stick together."
"I'm not a DiMera."
"You're my flesh and blood," says Kate. The DA and his wife like to go after powerful people. I wouldn't rule out them coming after you."
Madeline says it's not just Kate, "And, yes, my feelings about this are personal. Your father and I are on the side of the law, but the DiMeras want to make up their own laws."
Chad asks, "So this is because it would be bad for you and dad politically?" Madeline says she doesn't want him meeting there and puts her foot down. Chad agrees and calls Will. He asks if they could have the group meet someplace else. Will agrees to do it at the Java Café. Madeline thanks Chad and they share a hug. Chad leaves.
Madeline drones, "I know you're angry but you'll get over it. The DiMeras could ruin everything." Even after all these years. Translation: The writers are rewriting history again.
Julie thinks Ciara may be trying to tell Hope she needs a man in her life. Hope insists she's an independent woman, "I don' need no stinkin' man."
"You got rid of the stinkin' man," says Julie, "His name was Bo. So, is there something between you and Justin?"
Hope says she isn't ready to think about that. Julie reminds Hope she's (say it with her) there for her and leaves.
Baker claims he's been thinking of getting in touch with Bernie. Bernie makes threats.
Chad shows up at the Java Café. Will drags in, but without T-man and Kinzie. Mia beams, "This is great! Just the three of us!"
Arianna explains to EJ what has happened with the station, Cece and Nicole and how the job came about. EJ wonders if they sent Arianna in there to soften him up, "What happens if I refuse to do the interview."
"Nicole will start making stuff up on the air like she did with Abe. Give it a fighting chance." Arianna backs off and starts to leave. EJ stops her.
Will leaves to try to contact T-Man and Kinzie. Mia suggests she and Chad hang out. Chad don' wanna. Dejected Mia drags off. Will comes back and asks what that was about, "I thought you and Mia were together."
Chad growls, "You got it wrong."
Madeline shows up at the DiMera mansion. Kate answers and Madeline hisses at her, "I am putting you on notice!"
Dr. Suwhateverachemin comes in to see Hope. Hope tells him she spilled her bottle-o-pills and they are now most likely contaminated with SPD cooties and she wants a new prescription. Doc Justrytopronouncemyname no can do.
EJ does a 180° and tells Arianna to send Nicole in. Arianna goes out and tells Nicole EJ will do the interview. She tells her to go easy on EJ. Gruff Nicole busts into EJ's room.
EJ sees her, "Hello, Nicky."
Nicole says, "Looks like someone got what's coming to him."
"So that's the way it is," says EJ.
"What do you want, a tribute," asks Nicole, "I have heard what Sami and you said about me. Now it's my turn."
Arianna come in and overhears the bickering, "OK... This interview is over. Nicole, I am going to save you from yourself."
"Who's going to save me from the trite clichés," asks Nicole.
"If you start in on him," says Arianna, "I'm leaving and taking the camera with me."
Nicole turns to EJ, "Looks like you have a protector. I'll play nice." Arianna sets up.
Nicole gives her intro, "I'm Nicole walker, your roving reporter. EJ DiMera is the 4th rich and powerful man to be robbed in Salem in the last week." She asks what EJ remembers. EJ says he remembers there was more than one person involved. Nicole asks if he can identify the person. EJ says he won't stop until he tracks that person down.
Bernie shakes Baker down. Baker says he'll have the money after he gets in a high stakes poker game. Bernie suggests, "It's hard to play poker when you don't have any hands." Baker empties his wallet and gives Bernie a wad-o-cash as a down payment. Bernie leaves. "On to Plan B," says Baker, "Where is that dark-eyed lady." Seeing no dark-eyed lady, Baker drops Plan B and moves on to Plan 9 — From Outer Space.
Hope tells Dr. YouwannemIgotem~ she spilled the prescription. The doc says, "If I write you a second prescription, the insurance company won't pay for it."
"Nobody expects insurance companies to pay for anything anymore," says Hope, "I'll pay myself. I'm separated from my husband. I have a child to support. I'm living on a cop's salary. I'm rolling in dough." Hope claims she's not abusing them. The doc caves in and writes the prescription. He asks for the other bottle in exchange. Hope gives it to him and says the stuff works. He asks her about her dreams and Hope describes that dream every student and former student has ever had. You're in college. The big exam is coming up. You haven't attended classes or studied. You still have lots of time left to study, but DOOL is on and you'd rather watch that instead.
"Frustration dreams," says the doctor with the unpronounceable name. Blagojevich... that's it... Blagojevich. Hope says with the pills she's still dreaming but doesn't remember them.
Chad tells Will when he found out Mia was playing them both, it was over between them. Will says he used to think Mia was sweet but now knows she's not. Chad says he knows he should have (say it with him) been there for her with the baby, but wasn't.
Mia watches, "They're talking about me. Chad, you still want me and I know how to make you see that. If you only had a car with a big back seat."
Madeline says to tell Will to avoid Chad, "Stay away from my family, Kate, or I'll make sure your pretty little life comes crashing down."
EJ says he hasn't given the police a statement. Nicole asks for a description of the mugger. "It was a man," says EJ, "He seemed familiar." He says he thinks it's someone trying to settle a score.
Nicole asks, "Do you know who?"
"As a matter of fact, Nicky, this person was an associate of yours."
Hope walks by the pier and talks on the phone. Baker finds her, "I've been looking all over for you."
Hope squinches her forehead, "I'm sorry. Do I know you?" Baker squinches back.
Hope suddenly thinks she's being mugged. She pulls out her gun, points it directly at his face and fires. A huge carp surfaces belly-up in the river with a bullet through its brain.
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