The Village Of The Damned
Baker joins his buddy in the dive. The buddy asks about the good-lookin' woman he's hooked up with. Instead Baker tells him about Hope.
Nicole is with Hope in the inquisition room. Nicole says, "EJ is trying to frame me." That's not a frame, honey. It's a noose.
Daniel and Carly arrive back at Daniel's place. He calls for Chloe, but she doesn't answer. Carly thinks maybe, just maybe, Chloe wouldn't like them hanging out together. Well, duuuhhhh... Melanie and Phillip show up with a welcome-home present. Phillip flashes back to his moment of Chloe-Knowledge. Melanie asks where Chloe is.
Chloe is at the hospital. She finds Nathan and says she wants to talk to him. Nathan gets it, "You mean you want to talk to me before I tell Daniel what I heard last night — that you slept with someone else."
Sami says she just doesn't know what she should do. EJ says he knows this is a tough decision. When the going gets tough Sami falls apart. She tells him Rafe wondered why this has to be in Stefano's house, "Why can't we find our own place?"
That does it. Out in the audience, joyous screaming, hysteria and mass fainting ensues in the Ejami section.
Sami reminds EJ both Kate and Stefano have tried to kill her. EJ reminds her Stefano doesn't have a lot of time left and when Stefano is gone Kate is gone. He plays the 'I didn't know my daddy when I was growing up' card.
Sami reminds him of all the things Stefano has done to both of them, but EJ stands firm. Sami decides she will think about it, and leaves.
Outside, Stefano sees Sami walk by and pensively swills coffee. He goes into EJ's room and says he saw her leave. EJ tells him if he and Kate hadn't made Sami so miserable this would be easier.
Hope tells Nicole she wants to help truth and justice prevail. But she's decided to stay on the force anyway. Nicole thinks Hope is harassing her. Hope insists she's not enjoying this. She reminds Nicole of all her crimes and the fact that she's free because a crooked governor was blackmailed, "Maybe I'm at my breaking point."
Chloe tells Nathan he misunderstood what he heard. She begs him not to tell Daniel, "It will kill him."
Nathan says, "My telling him won't kill him, but what you did would kill him. What about Melanie? She just found her father. She won't want to see him hurt."
Chloe abandons her 'you misunderstood' tactics, "It will never happen again. People could get hurt if you don't keep your mouth shut."
Hope grills Nicole, "Who was the man EJ remembered?
"EJ made it up," says Nicole, "I destroyed the TV footage out of survival instincts. I shouldn't have done it." Hope reminds her EJ has remembered something and insists on knowing who EJ was talking about.
Baker's pal deals, "So, she's a whack-job, eh? You've seen that wedding movie, right? Whack-jobs can be a lot of fun."
"She's not that kind of psycho," says Baker, "I've learned one thing in this life... If a woman has man issues, things just get worse. And this woman has issues."
"Do you think she has a problem with you?"
"That's why I'm leaving," says Baker, "I don't intend to stick around and find out the answer to that question."
Daniel says he doesn't know where Chloe is. "I understand," says Melanie, "Women don't like to be checked up on, especially when they're slumming. Marriage is an institution of mutual trust." She turns to her loving husband, "Right Phillip?"
Suddenly, Melanie sees the broken picture on the floor, "OMG, what happened?"
Chloe begs. Nathan tells her he won't tell Daniel, but thinks she should. Chloe says she thought Daniel was back together with Carly and it drove her crazy. It was a short drive, however. "Someone set me up. I was weak, not malicious." Nathan says he won't tell, but secrets don't always remain secret. Stephanie comes in. what's wrong?
Nicole says Hope is asking her connection to a nameless man. Hope asks if Nicole knows someone who can hack into bank accounts. Nicole gets indignant and Hope gives up and leaves. God, she's a pro. Nicole sits alone, "Dammit, I need help and I know just who will give it to me."
EJ tells Stefano Nicole or someone working for her bashed his head in. Stefano doesn't think it was Nicole. EJ has had it, "If you'll excuse me, I have a headache."
Stefano gets in a zinger, "Of course you have a headache. You just spent time with Samantha."
EJ says, "Samantha is about the only person I can trust to lie to me consistently." EJ tells him she's still resisting moving in. He says he told Sami Stefano is dying, "So could you please look like you are dying?"
Stefano growls, "Sarcasm is the weapon of the weak."
"No," says EJ, "Bad dialog is the weapon of the week."
Sami and Caroline meet at the pub, so Sami can check on the kids. Caroline senses something is wrong. Sami tells her about all the problems with Will, Rafe and the fact she doesn't like the spring colors. Sami really knows how to put things in perspective. Caroline asks if Sami has talked to Marlena. Sami poo-poo's that, "She's just so... so reasonable and reminds me my problems are my fault. Rafe says he loves me but we can't stop fighting. And then EJ... he's been great. He was (say it with her) there for me during the kidnapping and now he makes me feel calm and that everything will work out. He asked me and the kids to move in with him."
Caroline has a cow, "Are you out of your mind?"
"Me and everything else," says Sami, "That's why it's so empty."
Melanie picks up the broken picture frame, "Did you forget a birthday or something."
Daniel says they had a fight, "I didn't realize how angry she was."
Melanie makes an observation, "She was pretty upset at not (say it with her) being there for you when you had your surgery." They all agree Chloe is OK now though. Except Phillip who is distracted.
Chloe says she was just worried about Daniel and leaves.
Stephanie and Nathan decide opera singers are drama queens. Stephanie changes the subject and says she knows what she wants to do tonight. She moves in and gives Nathan a sample of what's on tap.
Caroline doesn't understand, "I realize moving into the DiMera mansion would get you all together, but when they say 'it takes a village' they don't mean the village of the damned."
Sami says there are advantages to the arrangement, "Will is there."
"He shouldn't be."
"This isn't forever," says Sami, "It's just temporary. EJ says Stefano is ill and doesn't have much time left."
"Don't try to cheer me up," says Caroline.
Sami rambles, "If EJ weren't around, I don't think I'd be sane."
"You must not be seeing much of him lately," says Caroline. She suddenly has an epiphany and gasps, "You're falling for him... all over again." Translation: Sami has moved up to the Gold Plan in the Boytoy Of The Month Club.
Stefano is back at the mansion. Nicole shows up. Stefano can't believe it, "Well, well, well you never did knack for nerve."
"I need help," says Nicole.
"People in hell want ice water," says growls Stefano.
Chloe wanders and wonders, "Who hates me? Who made that nurse lie to me?" Maxine walks up and tells her Daniel is gone. Chloe asks about nurse Grant.
Maxine tells her he quit, "I don't know where he went. He didn't give an address for us to send his last check. He must've won the lottery or something."
Phillip's mood is as disheveled as his hair. Melanie wonders what's wrong. He says he's worried about work. Melanie reminds him he hired Nicole and that should explain some things. They decide have to leave. Daniel says he's sorry Phillip missed Chloe. Phillip flashes back to a time when he didn't miss her.
Outside Melanie asks Phillip if he was lying, "You knew Daniel was uncomfortable about Chloe and the picture and everything so you got us out of there. You're amazing."
Inside, Carly decides to go, but Daniel says he needs to talk to her.
Baker lays his cards on the table... literally, Kings over eights. Read 'em and weep." He decides he has to go. His buddy thinks it's strange Dick would leave in the middle of a hot streak. He talks him into one more hand.
Hope is on the phone with Ciara, "I love you, too. I hope you have a wonderful time with... uh... who have I pawned you off on this time? Oh, yeah, Julie and grandpa. Me? I'm going straight to bed." Hope hangs up and pops half her bottle of pills.
Michael Jackson shows up, "If you really want a good night's sleep, try Propofol."
Sami insists EJ has changed and is wonderful with the kids. Caroline reminds Sami he served her with custody papers at Grace's funeral. Sami defends him, "I think..."
"You think you're the reason he's changed."
"No," says Sami, "it's because of his kids. If we're (say it with her) there for him, maybe this time EJ will win instead of Kate and Stefano. We Brady's go to church a lot and ask forgiveness for those who have trespassed against us. We pray for it but we don't do it."
God chimes in, "Uh... could you define 'a lot?'"
Stefano says he put up with Nicole because he thought she was the mother of his grandchild, but now he knows the truth. Nicole says EJ is lying and wants Stefano to stop him. Stefano asks, "Why in the name of God would I do that?"
Chloe makes a call, "He still works there? He's at the Cheatin' Heart? Yes I know where that is." She hangs up, "The Cheatin' Heart, let's hear it for irony."
Stephanie is at the pub talking on the phone with Nathan. She hangs up, sees Phillip, notices he looks dejected and walks up to him, "So what did Melanie do this time?"
Melanie is at the hospital yawning. Maxine sees her. "You can't believe I'm here, can you," asks Melanie.
"The saints won the Superbowl," says Maxine, "I believe anything."
Nathan walks up to Melanie.
Daniel says he doesn't want Carly feeling uncomfortable. Carly knows Chloe was upset with her, but Daniel insists he and Chloe worked things out. He says Carly matters because they are Melanie's parents, "We have to move on."
Chloe shows up at the Cheatin' Heart. She finds the motel proprietor guzzling booze at the bar. She walks up to him, reminds him of what he said and wants to know why he lied.
Motel manager Mortimer starts to leave. Chloe says she wants answers, "Does the name Kiriakis mean anything to you? You messed with the meanest man in town."
Mortimer caves in, "OK. I'll tell you exactly what went down."
Chloe asks, "You mean other than me?"
Melanie says she told Phillip about the kiss. She says she was surprised about how great he took it. Nathan is happy things are working out, "Some of us have our 'happily ever afters.' And some of us have Stephanie."
Phillip drinks and tells Stephanie he'll be fine — As soon as he gets drunk enough. "Melanie didn't do anything. I'm the bastard. And I'm just hoping Chloe and I don't have one."
Nicole insists she didn't have anything to do with EJ's mugging. She tells Stefano about being a journalist and says she will use that to fight back. She'll say there is a leadership vacuum at the top of the DiMera family. Stefano tells her to get out, "You walk and talk at our discretion so you'd better be very careful." He opens the door and motions for her to get out.
Carly gets off the phone and says she has to leave. Daniel insists things are all good, "From here out smooth sailing."
Carly asks, "Isn't that what Bo said just before Shawn sank the Fancy Face?"
Motel manager Mortimer tells Chloe somebody is yanking her chain.
Nicole stands outside Stefano's front door, "I didn't get out of prison so EJ could bring me down."
Sami has Sydney in EJ's hospital room. She says she's decided to move in. EJ thanks her and says she won't regret it.
Baker and his buddy finish their game. His buddy gets up to leave, "Don't bother locking up. You've taken everything of value." He leaves.
Baker stands up and puts on his jacket, "And away we go!" He opens the door...
Hopeless asks, "Just where do you think you are going?"
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