The Date, The Time, The Position
"He doesn't know who shot him," says Sami, "He was unconscious."
Rafe walks up, "What did you say?"
Rafe's guardian angel helps him out, "She just said she knows EJ was unconscious when she shot him. Now do you think you can figure out who shot EJ?"
"No," says Rafe, "That's not enough information for a guy as thorough as I am."
Nicole does her best to ruin Chloe's party. Melanie tries to calm her down as Nicole runs off at the mouth. Carly joins Melanie's efforts to reel Nicole in. Nicole lectures, "Oh, look, the villainess who is sleeping with a married man is trying to tell me how to behave." Carly starts to escort her out the door, but Nicole escapes. Chloe tells her to leave.
"I'll be good if you let me stay," slurs Nicole, "I won't talk about Daniel and what you did to him. What he doesn't know won't kill him."
Melanie gasps, "What did you just say?"
"I'm sorry," says Nicole, "I'm drunk. Just forget I was here. I'm leaving."
Melanie stops her, "Absolutely not until you tell me what Chloe did to my dad."
"The issue is more about what your husband did to Clhoe," says Nicole.
Daniel finishes up with Ian. He starts to leave without his phone and Ian reminds him to get it. Daniel picks it up, "Thanks. I don't know what I'd do without it." He leaves.
"You seem like a good guy," says Ian, "To bad your girlfriend is having another dude's baby."
Kayla and Stephanie come into the pub. Stephanie gets a call, "Ian, this isn't a good time."
"Make time," says Ian, "You'll wanna hear what I just found out."
Stefano is with EJ begging him to live and vowing to find out who shot him. Sound familiar?
In Rafe's case, FBI stands for Fumbling-Butt-Inski. He pressures Sami and Will for what they are talking about. Sami rambles as Will gets a call from Phillip. He leaves.
Rafe asks, "RUOK?"
"No," whines Sami, "Everything is happening."
Rafe asks, "Are you scared of what EJ would say if he wakes up?"
Melanie pushes. Maxine and Arianna chicken out and decide go to check out the baby's room. Everyone else follows. Melanie presses. Nicole says she's drunk and just shot her mouth off. Melanie turns to Chloe, "If Nicole won't, why don't you tell me what this is about?"
Nicole gets nasty and says she shot her mouth off. I was jealous when I came into a room of women of loving relationships. I said what came into my head. It is my fault. So be ticked off at me and lay off of Chloe.
Kate sits in the rumpus room and computes. Will comes in. Kate says Stefano is no longer mad at Will, "He knows you didn't do anything."
That doesn't give Will much comfort, "How? Does he know who did it?"
Sami asks Rafe to trust her, "Will didn't shoot EJ.' Rafe gives about as much reaction as if Sami was talking to a concrete wall. Sami ramps it up and yells, "Tell me you believe me. Will didn't do it." Rafe is silent. Sami rolls her eyes. If you take his brain into consideration, maybe she is talking to a concrete wall.
Stefano says, "I can prove William had nothing to do with the shooting. If we nail Samantha..."
EJ says, "If there's any nailing of Samantha to be done, I'll handle that myself."
Stefano continues, "If we can pin this on her, it might even bring us closer together and we can raise Giovanni and Sydney together. You have so much to live for. Fight!" Suddenly...
Daniel rushes in.
Chloe is on the phone with her mom thanking her for the presents she sent as Carly lectures Nicole, "You got Chloe out of the hole she dug for her this time. But be careful. Be very careful. I don't know what you know and I don't want to know, but this situation affects a lot of people."
Nicole gets it, "This is a threat."
Across the room, Melanie watches the scene from a different perspective. She wonders why Carly is being nice to Nicole. Arianna thinks maybe she's just trying to prevent another one of Nicole's outbursts. Melanie says, "I need to make a donation to the Dump-The-Stupid-Governor-Who-Pardoned-Nicole fund."
Melanie announces it's time for Chloe to start opening presents. Maxine's if first up. "You know," says Maxine, "I have a reputation for not liking doctor's much..."
Carly does what Carly does best... she butts in, "I'll try to work on that."
Maxine is grateful for that effort, "But, Chloe, I think Dr. Jonas is a real catch."
Daniel says he sees no changes in EJ's brain activity. He gives Stefano some advice, "False hope is a killer. Machines beeping don't mean your son is waking up. But I will not give up on your son."
Stefano sighs, "If I could give my life for his I would."
Kate insists no one knows who shot EJ. Will asks if Kate told Stefano she called that night. Kate says no and wonders why he keeps coming back to that, "If you know anything you have to tell me."
Rafe says he thinks anyone is capable of murder if pushed hard enough. Sami defends Will. Rafe says he knows Will would do anything to protect his siblings, "I will look after Will no matter what. But I need you both to level with me, and just now, neither of you were. You know something and I need you to tell what it is."
Chloe continues to open presents, none of which are consequential or even interesting. Melanie starts to play a game, "The prize is an all expenses paid round-trip to Jamaica! OK. I lied... it's a five dollar card to Java Café. Well, at least the party isn't on a budget as austere as DOOL. She announces the game is about predictions, "You know, things like how much the baby will weigh, when he/she will be born, who the father is..."
Carly turns and asks if Nicole is OK. Nicole insists she is, "But I think I should go wash my face."
"Next time use a fork to eat your cake," says Carly.
Stephanie says something came up at the hospital and has to go, "You've had to leave me many times to go to the hospital, so now it's my turn." She leaves.
Kayla stares, "Yeah, but when I said I was going to the hospital I wasn't lying."
Will tells Kate, "I'm worried about my mom. She's also Stefano's target." Stefano walks in.
Rafe insists he's on Sami's side but says he needs to know everything if Stefano is going after Will. Sami insists Will didn't do it. "Who else had a motive," asks Rafe.
Carly tells Chloe Nicole just needs some time. She thinks Nicole is thinking of the miscarriage. Maggie says goodbye and leaves. Arianna leaves. Maxine leaves. The party's over and all the rats desert the sinking ship.
Carly says, "I feel bad for Nicole but she's a loose cannon. But we got through it. No one was harmed."
"Except the viewers," says Chloe.
Will leaves. Kate says she told Will he's off the hook but it didn't mean much to him. Stefano tells her about the activity on the monitor, "Dr. Jonas said it wasn't significant."
"Why wouldn't something like that be significant," says Kate.
"Because Dr. Jonas says Elvis' brain has left the building, and didn't take him with it" says Stefano, "But I don't agree because I was talking about nailing Samantha when he reacted. Elvis knows she did it."
Kate says Rafe will back Sami up no matter what. Flashback to EJ telling Stefano he's taking the children and leaving.
Sami walks off, "What have I done to this family?" Rafe gets off the phone, says he has to go and asks to meet her back at the house. Sami says she wants to stay there and soak in the night air. Rafe leaves. Sami soaks in her own perspiration, instead.
Melanie and Carly leave. Daniel calls Chloe, "New rule, our baby can't have a motorcycle." He asks if the ordeal is over. Chloe tells him yes and tells him to take his time so she can take a nap. Daniel senses something is wrong, "What is it?"
"Just girl stuff," says Chloe.
"I didn't realize it was that bad." Daniel hangs up.
Nicole comes out and gives Chloe a sheepish look, "You can yell, scream, and throw things if you want."
"I don't want to," says Chloe.
Nicole asks, "That bad?
Arianna is back with EJ telling him what happened at the baby shower. Not the thing to do. Telling any man what happened at a baby shower is guaranteed to put him in a coma or keep him in one. Arianna says she can't believe EJ married Nicole but thinks he showed great restraint in not killing her.
Stefano says he wonders why Sami would have acted on that particular night. "She doesn't need a motive. She's totally unhinged," says Kate.
Stefano says he has a call scheduled to a neurologist in Switzerland. He leaves.
Kate flashes back to her call to Sami, "What have you gotten me into now, Sami?"
Sami paces and prays, "I know Rafe wants to help me. But he's not that kinda guy to accept I shot EJ. I'm going away for a long time. I just have to make sure Will doesn't take the fall. I wish there was another way out. I have to tell the truth."
Chloe says, "I'm seeing a pattern here."
"Yes," agrees Nicole, "I wake up. I screw up. And end up alone."
"And you take it on the chin and it makes it hard for me to stay mad at you," says Chloe, "This baby means more to me than anything. Before... I could put up with the lies, but today you left my house, got loaded and threatened my baby's security. My baby could have been born with it's parents separated. And you didn't give that a second thought. I'll miss your friendship and I'll miss you." OMG! Did she just break up with Nicole?
Kate calls Sami to tell her Stefano knows Will didn't shoot EJ. Stefano walks into the room, "OH, HELLO DAHHHLING! Thanks for asking and I will let you know if EJ changes." She hangs up.
Rafe comes back to the pier. "Thank God," says Sami, "I have great news."
"Did DOOL get canceled," asks Rafe.
Stefano asks who Kate was talking to. "It was that Horrible Packer woman," says Kate.
"Packer woman," asks Stefano, "I didn't know there were any Packer women in town. I thought everyone in Salem was a Bears fan." Stefano says the neurologist told him he couldn't do better than Dr. Jonas. Kate wants to talk about Sami.
Chloe says she can't trust Nicole, "Two more martinis and you would have told them everything about the affair... the date, the time, the position."
"I just assumed it was the starfish the way Rafe has popularized it," says Nicole, "OK. I'll get out of your life. I can't do anything about the fact you don't trust me but you can't trust Carly either. You are like the fly asking the spider to show her the parlor."
"Carly is a better friend to me than you ever were," says Chloe.
"I don't see how that can be true," says Nicole, "Carly will never go the extra mile and contaminate you with flesh-eating bacteria like I did."
Ian says Daniel doesn't have a clue he's not the father of the baby. Kayla walks in. Ian picks up a megaphone and points it at her, "He didn't switch the test results."
Carly stares into the pub window and sees Melanie, "They can never find out what I have done."
Kate says she knows Sami better than anyone, "You keep searching for the trigger that made her shoot EJ. I think she decided to shoot him the second she found out he had taken Sydney. You and I are impetuous and react quickly. Sami is cold and calculating and has an innate sense of self preservation, so she wouldn't strike without an alibi. She hooked up with Rafe... Maybe even drugged him and then returned here to get her revenge. She doesn't want to pay. She never wants to pay."
Stefano growls, "This time she will."
Sami tells Rafe Will is safe, "Everything will be OK now." Translation: Unless hell has frozen over, it might not be...
Dr. Arianna examines EJ and tells him to squeeze her hand. His machines beep as EJ moves a thumb. "Yes," screams Arianna, "You hear me. Please, talk to me!"
EJ hyperventilates, "Samantha... where is Samantha?"
Probably not the words Arianna had in mind.
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