Mary Poppin' Pills
Arianna and Stephanie sit together at the Java Café and discuss "this woman Nathan was hung up on." Stephanie tells her she did something she's not very proud of.
Melanie and Nathan meet at the wharf. Melanie tells him about Daniel's condition. That, of course calls for a big hug as Phillip walks up. Oops. Melanie practically jumps out of her shoes. She bolts over and hugs Phillip. Then she backs up and calls out, "NEXT!"
EJ arrives at his henchman's place. Bennie is surprised to see him there. EJ says Nicole is now running around free because Anna got her a pardon. "And," says Bennie, "Your ex doesn't know you've been paying Anna and me to watch Sydney. And very generously, I might add... double the going rate for a babysitter."
Rafe grills Nicole in the cop-shop torture chamber. He asks the standard question... what she knew and when she knew it. Nicole decides to tell all, "Anna DiMera and I were partners..."
EJ tells Bennie he thinks Anna and Nicole have a connection and doesn't want any of their shenanigans to come back to haunt him. He reaches into his coat pocket, "You've been a liability, Bennie." Bennie thinks EJ is going for a gun and begs for his life.
Nicole is evasive, "The truth is Anna and I were sisters-in-law in a horrible family and we suffered together. That's what I mean by 'partners.'"
Rafe asks, "So Anna felt sorry for you and had you pardoned?"
Nicole gives him a condescending smile, "I see you're figuring it out." She gets up to go but Rafe threatens to handcuff her to the table until she tells the truth.
Carly tells Vivian to get out. Vivian taunts and rambles. She figures Carly has ruined Daniel's medical career by causing him to run out of the pub, fall and perform a self-lobotomy. Justin comes up and tells Vivian to get out.
Phillip holds Melanie, "Nathan, I've got this covered, you can head home." Nathan leaves to check on Daniel.
Melanie lets the excuses fly, "Nathan was just being nice. You're not jealous, are you?"
Phillip asks, "Should I be?"
Back at the Java Café, Stephanie 'splains the letter to Adrienne. Stephanie takes rationalization to new levels. Aunt Adrienne says she can't be supportive.
Instead of a gun, EJ pulls big money out of his jacket pocket and tells Bennie to make himself scarce, "Don't come back to Salem ever."
Bennie is relieved all of his body parts are still in one piece, "You got it Mr. D."
Nicole asks, "What's next water-boarding or just a good beating?"
"That depends on when you start telling me the truth," says Rafe. He says he thinks she started remembering things and finally put a face to the voice, "Then you gave Anna an ultimatum that she gets you out of prison or you rat her out."
"Normally Rafe," says Nicole, "you're a very smart person. Normally being defined as anytime Tuesday falls on a Sunday. Today however, you're dead wrong."
Adrienne thinks Stefano should have given Nathan the letter. Stephanie tells her Nathan found out about the letter but doesn't know what was in it. Oh, well that makes it all better.
Nathan wanders outside the pub and remembers the conversation he had with Melanie when she told him goodbye, "How can I get her out of my head?" Perhaps if he went and soaked it...
Melanie says Phillip doesn't need to be jealous. She tells him about Daddy Dan's condition. She says she was losing it when Nathan shows up and comforted her, but Phillip is the one she wants to be with. Kisses ensue.
Rafe says Sami told him Nicole and Anna hated each other. Nicole says they got along, had a connection and had empathy for each other, so Anna related to her, took pity and got her a pardon. Rafe says he thinks Anna got her out so she would keep her mouth shut, "But now everyone knows Anna was the kidnapper, so what's the harm in telling me where she is?"
Justin reminds Vivian there is a restraining order that says she can't go near Carly. Vivian says her crack attorney had the pesky little restraining order revoked, "And now I'm putting down roots... rich and powerful roots."
Nicole says she doesn't care about Anna, "And I understand Sydney isn't my baby. She belongs with EJ and Sami. I feel sorry for you working your butt off to get Sydney back... but you didn't, and working your butt of to get the kidnapper... but you didn't. It seems you aren't useful to Sami any more. Now, if we're done..."
"One last question," says Elliott Mess, "Why did you come back to a place where everyone hates you?"
Nicole sneers, "I came back to take what's mine... What's always been mine. By the way, tell your sister hi." She leaves.
Rafe scribbles a note, "Don't forget to tell Arianna Nicole says hi."
EJ is at the pub. He phones Bennie, who tells him he's at the airport. EJ reminds him to remember what he said thirty seconds ago, "You understand the consequences if you come back."
Bennie assures him, "This is the last conversation we will have." He gets off the phone and turns around to order a vodka at the bar. He tosses something in a wastebasket, "EJ who?"
Rafe looks at photographs of Nicole and Anna, "One liar, one off the map."
He turns and asks Conway for a file. Conway hands it to him and Rafe leafs through it. He finds surveillance photos from the baby store where Anna was buying supplies for Sydney. He comes across a picture of Bennie at the counter and notices he's carrying a gun. He mentions this to Conway, who says they ran facial recognition on the guy, "We found him in a database of desperate out-of-work actors who would even play a bit part on a second rate soap opera to get work. His name is Benjamin Louis Dorman, a.k.a Bennie Buttons."
Rafe tells Conway to check places out to find him, "If they find him don't do a damn thing. Just keep him in sight." Conway leaves. Rafe mumbles, "Maybe I don't need Nicole at all."
Nicole saunters up to EJ in the pub, "Miss me?" EJ clams up. "I thought so," says Nicole, "My entire world is empty without you, toots."
Justin says, "You'd communicate better if you didn't speak in tongues. What does 'roots' mean?"
Vivian makes the big announcement, "Victor and I are getting married." She bustles off.
Justin wonders, "Why would Victor want to be connected to that old crow?"
"Guess," says Carly.
Adrienne wonders what if Stephanie has just delayed the inevitable, "Things have a way of coming back. Like nieces we thought had gone off to have a big-time racing career, who then came back to make our lives miserable."
Phillip and Melanie lounge on the park bench. She suggests going back to Maggie's and getting under the covers. Vivian walks up, sees them and interrupts their little interlude, "Children! I have wonderful news!"
Bennie orders another. Apparently, the SPD took all of eleven seconds to locate Bennie, because Rafe joins him at the bar and orders a beer. Bennie uses the giant wad-o-cash EJ gave him to pick up Rafe's tab. Rafe looks at the big wad, "Looks like you hit the mother load."
"Something like that," says Bennie. The bartender brings Rafe's beer and Bennie gives him a huge tip. Rafe says he wishes he had cash like that, "If I did, I'd hire a PI to find my lady friend who just took off. I want her back so bad I can taste it. She had the prettiest name."
The lone Ranna fan in the audience cheers.
"I love those pretty names," says Bennie, "Lolita... Doreen... Margarita... Olive Oyl... What was your lady's name?"
"Anna. Anna DiMera."
Nicole sits with EJ, "Aren't you going to say hi or congrats for getting out of prison?" EJ is silent. He finally asks why she's in Salem. "It's my home."
EJ surveys the chopped liver look she's sporting, "Judging by your face I'd say not everyone agrees." Nicole says she's there to make a fresh start. EJ thinks she'll be back to lying and scheming in no time. She reminds him of the crimes he has committed, "I think I may make 'Lucky' my middle name, but you weren't so lucky. Anna had Sydney all that time and then double crossed you."
Phillip objects to Vivian calling them 'children.' Vivian expounds, "When you reach the age of... uh... 40... as I am, you think of younger people as children. But my news is a child's dream... parents reunited. Your father finally popped the question."
Adrienne cautions Stephanie to be careful and leaves. Stephanie buries her face as Nathan walks up. He wants to talk, "Is this a good time?"
Bennie starts to run. Rafe stops him, "I got six men with eyes on you. You're not going anywhere. Sit down, Bennie. I'm special agent Hernandez, FBI."
"Special agent," asks Bennie, "What does that mean?"
"It means it's the job I got after I graduated from special class," says Rafe.
Rafe shows Bennie the picture from the baby supply store, "Let's talk about Anna." Bennie plays dumb. So Dumb and Dumber sit at the counter and Dumber tells him they've done a McDNA test and it proved Bennie handled the stuffed animal Anna left behind, "And we also found one of Sydney's stuffed animals and we know you handled that, too." Bennie decides he wants a lawyer. Rafe says he can offer him a deal. He wants to know whom Anna was working with and where she went.
EJ says he was never close with Anna so she couldn't betray him. Nicole claims EJ and Anna were buds when she lived at the DiMera mansion. Nicole says she was surprised Anna would hurt EJ and take Sydney, "So I know exactly why Anna took her."
EJ gives Nicole the same look a shark gives a photographer in a shark cage, "Tell me what Anna told you, Nicky."
Justin speculates, "Victor hates the fact you and Bo are together, so marrying Vivian is sending you a message that he'll keep the snake around ready to strike.
Adrienne walks up. She says to Carly, "I see you're back at the hospital."
"Still playing doctor," says Carly.
"With Bo from what I've heard," says Adrienne.
Stephanie senses something is wrong. Nathan says he can't go out with her tonight, "It's Melanie..."
Phillip insists Victor would never marry Vivian. "Oh," gushes Vivian, "But he would. He's like you... a man of great passion and virile needs." Phillip reacts to that one...
Vivian asks what Melanie thinks of all this. Melanie chokes, "Uh..."
Adrienne wonders how Ciara is handling the situation with her parents. She reminds Carly Bo and Hope have already made it back together several times, "Don't get too comfortable with Hope around."
"No one's comfortable with Hope around," says Carly.
Nathan says, "This is hard for me, but I owe it to you to be honest. I still have feelings... for her."
Vivian says she hopes she hasn't come on too strong. Melanie wants to go, but Vivian encourages her to stay and invites her and Phillip to move back to the mansion, then she trundles off.
Phillip asks, "She certainly doubled her doses today, didn't she?"
Melanie freaks, "We're not moving back in that place!"
"Not while Mary Poppin' Pills still lives there," says Phillip. Melanie says she just wants Phillip and kisses him.
Rafe wants to make a deal. Bennie reminds him he just asked for a lawyer and Rafe can't question him. Rafe signals Conway, "Let Commander Brady know Bennie here was up to his eyeballs in aiding and abetting."
Nicole thinks EJ is blowing smoke, "You're not paranoid or traumatized. You're not even curious. You're worried as hell what Anna said to me. So spit it out, EJ, what exactly would Anna have said to me?"
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