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Director: Herb Stein
Scriptwriter: David Cherrill

Segment 1: Eric is asleep dreaming of his rape yet again. He wakes up with a start. It's always the same dream; what's it saying?

Theresa is at her desk reading the online news about JJ and Rory's arrest. Kayla knocks on the door and comes in. Theresa - Isn't it awful! Jennifer's son got arrested. She must be so upset. Kayla - Well, she's holding on but you're right, it's hell. Obviously she won't he here today of all days. Theresa - Why today?

Abby is in the living room looking at JJ's birthday cake sitting on the coffee table.

JJ is by the cell doors whining - I never thought I'd have my birthday breakfast in this dump. What is that smell! Rory - Bleach. Normally they smell like puke; this is pretty good. You don't need to be so down dude. You could have had my mom instead of yours. She'll get you out by noon. JJ's not so sure. She was super pissed man. But there's a way to fix all that for me if you'll help.

Jen and Justin are at the police station. Jen - Thank you for taking JJ's case. I know you're swamped with Sami's trial right now. Justin - Right now my goal is to get JJ out of jail and back home with you. Jen - Actually I was thinking that maybe he needs to suffer the consequences for his actions.

Nicole comes in to the club and sees Victor. (Love the new haircut!) Victor, I can't believe I'm going to say this but I am so glad to see you. Vic is staring at his Tablet. Keep walking Nicole. Nicole sits down. Sorry, I can't do that because right now you need me and God help me, I need you.

Eric comes into the rectory and sees his mom there. I didn't know you were coming today. Marlena - I was in the parking lot before I realised I hadn't even called you. Eric - How are you? Marlena - Been better. Worried about the trial; worried about Sami. Can't sleep, having nightmares and I understand that having a closed trial is a good legal tactical manoeuver but I don't like not being there for her. I feel so helpless. Eric knows. That's when I turn to prayer. Marlena - I'm beginning to wonder if God is listening to me otherwise why would Brady be marrying Kristen and why would you be performing the ceremony.

Kristen is in the park filling out her Precana questionnaire. What worries you about getting married? How about my fiancÚ finding out I drugged his brother the priest, had sex with him and recorded it. She hears Stefano arrive. Hello, thank you so much for coming. I missed you. Stefano - Sweetheart, congratulations on your engagement. Kristen - You heard, huh. Yeah I'm very excited. I never thought I was going to have another chance with Brady. They sit down. Stefano - So tell me, when is the happy day. Kristen - We're not really sure. We're doing this Precana counselling so everything is up in the air. However I do know what I have to do to make sure that Brady and I are always happy - she holds up the flashdrive.

Jennifer - Obviously I didn't get a lot of sleep last night. I'm just trying to work everything out. Justin - So you decided you want JJ to stay in jail. Jen - I don't know. This isn't his first visit to the police station. Justin - Yeah, I heard. Jen - He finds a way to wriggle his way out of every situation. He has become almost a perfect liar. But now he's been arrested for dealing drugs so do you think it's the right thing to just race in and help him at this point. I don't know. Justin - I hear you. But as you said you didn't get much sleep last night. Sometimes that makes things harder to know what's right. Well here's the deal. I spoke with the judge and she is willing to release JJ without bail. Jen - What! Justin - He was a minor yesterday. If this had happened today, things might be different. And one more thing, the DA said the amount of pot JJ was holding is actually under the limit so he's willing to let him plea to a misdemeanor. Jen - Today? Justin - No, today's the arraignment. The court date won't be for a while. This is a really good deal. I mean the DA could decide to withdraw it if we don't accept it right away. Or he could also decide to try JJ as an adult. JJ and Rory are led into the room in handcuffs.

Brady and Ciara are having breakfast at the pub. Brady - This is fun. I think you should tell the nuns at your school that you can't start until 10 o'clock every morning; that you have to have Brady brunch. Ciara - You're a silly goose. Grandpa Victor told my mom that you and Kristen are engaged again. Brady - That's true. Isn't that cool! Ciara - That is so cool. I really like Kristen. Brady - I'm glad somebody does.

Eric - If it's any consolation I didn't technically agree to marry Kristen and Brady. First we're going to go through Precana and I'll only agree to do the ceremony if I know I can do it in good faith. Marlena - But Kristen doesn't know the meaning of good faith. Eric - Yes that used to be true, no question, but people change. Kristen working on the scholarship program; I've seen what ... Marlena - No, no. What you're seeing is exactly what she wants you to see. She's a lying psychopath and she will make Brady's life hell.

Kristen - It was all I wanted, all I thought about. I was kind of obsessed, you know that. Marlena had destroyed my future with Brady. It was the ultimate revenge. Stefano - If her son got caught in a carnal act. Kristen - Exactly. It was genius. Destroy the mother by destroying the son. Stefano - So their lives are in your hands. Kristen - I know but then Brady found out that I was telling the truth; that I didn't want to hurt John and Marlena anymore because I truly loved him. Stefano - And he forgave you. Kristen - Yes. We found our way back to each other and it's incredible. Life's beyond incredible but nobody can see this video. The last thing I need is Brady finding out I slept with his brother. Stefano - So why don't you get rid of the evidence. Kristen - 'Cause I just can't yet. I have to make sure Brady truly and completely loves me. If he were to take a hike for whatever reason, I'd have nothing. I'd have no Brady. I'd have no way of destroying Marlena. I'd have nothing. Stefano - What do you mean! Look, you have the whole thing here. He points to her ring. He's showing you how much he loves you. Kristen - I know but I want to be absolutely certain.

Segment 2: Theresa - That is so sad; his birthday in jail. Poor guy. Kayla - How much time have you been spending with him? Theresa exclaims - Aunt Kayla, he's in high school! Kayla - I know that Jen walked into her living room and found you there with JJ. Theresa - That was when I first moved to town ages ago. I've hardly seen him since. Kayla - Were you buying pot from him that night. Theresa - The answer is no but thanks for asking me and making me feel like dirt. Kayla - I'm sorry. It's just that that is the reason that you came from L.A. Theresa - It's hard to forget. Kayla - If you have been hanging out with him a lot the police are going to see it and start digging into your personal life. If they check your purse for drugs ... Theresa - That is so unfair. You're never going to give me a break, are you? I've got work to do. She grabs her purse and leaves.

Abby remembers her and her mom and JJ celebrating his 8th birthday. She cries.

Jen tells Justin they'll accept the deal. JJ - What deal? Justin - JJ, you're going home and when you go to court you'll only be charged with a misdemeanor. JJ stammers then asks - What about Rory? Justin - I'll let his Public Defender explain everything to him but yeah despite the fact that his record made things a little more difficult the deal holds for him too. JJ - Cool, thank you so much. Rory's mom comes in - Sounds like my son the moron just got lucky. Rory - Mom! Justin - Listen you two. Just because you got a break this time doesn't mean that what you did wasn't serious. Next time, believe me, the law will hit you like a hammer. JJ - I understand. It won't happen again. I promise. Justin - It better not. Rory - Miss Horton, there's something you need to know about JJ.

Kristen - So once we get into the Precana counselling and everything and I can actually hear Brady explain why he loves me, I'll just feel more secure you know. Stefano - And be convinced. Kristen - Exactly. Stefano - I understand what your plan is. What I do not understand is why do you spend so much time with this Father Eric. It's very possible that he'll remember. Kristen - I know but we've been working together for weeks on the scholarship program and he hasn't remembered a thing and I honestly don't think he ever will.

Eric - It's very hard to get an opinion out of you these days. Marlena - This is not a joking matter. Eric - No it isn't so why don't we just agree to disagree. Marlena picks up the matchbook from the infamous hotel. This is the hotel where you got so sick. Eric - Yeah. Someone put them in my things when I was on my way to the hospital. I found them in my drawer today. Marlena - I wish we knew what happened there. Eric - Yeah, I do too. I've been thinking about it a lot lately; in fact more often then I really want to. I'm started to feel obsessed about it. Marlena - Have you talked to somebody about it. Eric - Father Matt. He thinks it's my way of dealing with stress; Sami's trial primarily. Marlena - I'm sure that's true. You know if you really want to get to the bottom of it you can try hypnosis. I put Sami under and it was a big help in figuring out what happened the night of the shooting. Eric - I haven't thought of it. It's just that because ... Marlena - I see. You don't want to get shrunk by your mom. It doesn't have to be obviously. I've got to get back to work. Eric hugs her. Stop thinking about Brady and Kristen okay. Marlena - There is a monster train heading right for Brady. I am worried. After she leaves Eric calls Nicole and leaves a message. I know it's your day off but I'd really like to talk to you again about what happened that night at the hotel.

Vic - Shouldn't you be off electrocuting someone? Nicole deadpans - Oh snap. Rush me to the burn unit, I've just been scorched. Vic - Just get out of my sight Nicole. Nicole - Oh come on Victor, we're on the same side here. Vic - I don't even want to be on the same side of the Atlantic as you! Nicole - You old coot! Neither one of us wants to see Brady marry Kristen so why don't we work together and stop insulting each other. Vic - You want me to help you hurt the woman that Brady loves. Nicole - Yes! I want to expose that lying sack of dirt for what she really is and Marlena was supposed to help me and she turned out to be a no show. Probably doesn't want to get her hands dirty. Sanctimonious prude! She holds out her hand - So what do you say, partners? Vic - Nicole, all of your life, you've been one strap and a buckle short of a straight jacket. I wouldn't partner with you if my life depended on it. Nicole - This is your grandson we're talking about; his happiness. Vic - Brady thinks that Kristen deserves a second chance. I'm keeping an open mind. Nicole scoffs - You are. Forget it you lying S.O.B She leaves. Vic calls Marlena. We need to talk right now.

Segment 3: Abby opens the door to Theresa. What do you want? Theresa hands over a file and walks in. This is really important. Your mom's going to need it. Is she here? Abby - I will make sure my mom gets this. Theresa - This must be a really tough time for your family. Aunt Kayla told me about JJ. Is he still in jail or is he home yet. Abby - You didn't come by to drop off a file. You came by so you could talk to my brother. Theresa - No, seriously ... Abby - You've been buying drugs off of him and you want to make sure he doesn't tell the cops.

Rory - Miss Horton what you need to understand about JJ is he got sucked in to this you know. See, he broke this thing that belonged to some doctor and he needed the money to pay him back. I don't know. I guess he didn't give him enough cash or something. And JJ, he was really bummed about it so that's when I said if he sold pot with me then he'd eventually make enough to take care of things. Mom - Rory, will you shut the hell up! Rory - JJ didn't want to at first Miss Horton. He said that it was wrong and he didn't want to but he eventually kind of had no choice. JJ's a good looking dude so he sold a lot for me so I wouldn't let him quit even when he said he wanted to. Mom - You stupid idiot! You're just making it worse for yourself. Come on, we've got to go find that free lawyer. She pushes him out of the room. Jen just shakes her head. JJ - You get it now Mom, right, about what happened. I never wanted ... Jen - No! You can go with your uncle and he will arrange for your release. JJ - But I need you to understand ... Jen snaps - NOW JJ!

Vic opens the door at his mansion to Marlena. Thanks for coming. Marlena - I'm glad that I could. What's going on? Vic - I was hoping you could tell me. Anything pop up that indicated Kristen was sleeping with someone, anyone, lying to Brady. Marlena - I wish. I think our best bet might be to try and figure out who she was talking to on the phone. Heaven knows I've had no luck getting her phone records. Vic - You still think that it's most likely Jennifer. Marlena - She's the only friend she has. Vic - I used to think that girl was smart. Now the way she treated Daniel and palling it up with Kristen. Marlena - She's honest, through and through. I know you don't like this idea but we may just have to approach her directly; persuade her that Brady has a right to know. And maybe she'll tell us what we'd like to know. Vic - Or she'll go blabbing to Kristen. I think our best shot is to pull off some sort of a sting, get the information we want and then go to Jennifer. We don't even know, she could be yakking with Stefano, EJ, somebody we don't even know. Are you sure you can't take another shot at getting to her phone. Marlena - I tried. I couldn't get past the password. Vic - If that's the problem I've got the answer to that. He pulls out a blue flashdrive.

Stefano - I know that Dr. Chyka told you that Fr. Eric would never remember but Chyka's not infallible. Kristen - Are you kidding, between you and me, he's an idiot but I think it would have happened by now especially with Daniel running around trying to figure things out. There's clearly no evidence. Stefano - Except what you might have in ... Kristen - Yes, I know but once I'm sure Brady's not going anywhere then no more flashdrive. It's as simple as that and Brady will never know what I've done. Nicole walks up and hides when she sees them on the bench. Kristen - And any threat to our relationship will be destroyed.

Segment 4: Theresa - Come on, stop making up stuff about me okay. Abby - Just stating the obvious. Theresa - Then obviously you've been smoking a little something yourself. Abby - Do you think that I just don't remember the day I caught you reeking of weed. Your eyes were all bloodshot, you were spaced out and you kept hinting at how well you knew my brother. Theresa - I was just trying to make nice; he is your family. Abby - You know I got in my brother's face later that day about you and guess what, he practically got on his knees begging me not to tell my mom about you. He said she would know he was guilty by association but now it all makes perfect sense. Theresa - Maybe to you. Abby - He was your dealer. You were the user. He was your go-to. Theresa - You know I could sue you for slander. Abby laughs. Really Theresa, that's your only play here. You can't sue me for slander if it's true so why don't you save us both the time and just admit that my brother was your dealer. Theresa - Maybe you don't know who you're dealing with but if I decide to get ugly with you ... Abby gives Theresa a hard shove with both hands. You shut up right now and you stay the hell away from my brother. Now get out of my house before I call the cops. Theresa laughs - Wow. She loses the smile though when Abby slams the door behind her.

Justin - Come on JJ, let's get you out of here. JJ - Mom, I ... Jen just shakes her head no. After JJ leaves she cries.

Vic - The people at Titan developed it for Langley. It works great for spies. You plug this into a telephone and it automatically bypasses all the passwords and automatically downloads everything on the phone. It takes about 10 secs. So if you can get your hands on Kristen's phone we'll get everything we need in no time. Marlena - It's amazing but getting my hands on her phone has proven to be impossible. Vic - Then for pete's sake find a way to do the impossible. Beyond that I can't help you very much. If anything goes wrong my hands have to be clean otherwise Brady's going to know I'm not keeping an open mind about that bitch that he is so devoted to. Marlena puts the flashdrive in her purse. Well then, maybe I'll just have to follow her around and hope she puts down her phone. Vic - Just do it fast; they're starting that whole Precana thing. Wedding bells could be any day.

Kristen - You see Father, the one thing that can't happen, absolutely not, is that Brady can't see that the woman that he sees as his perfect ... Brady walks up. There you are. Kristen - Hi. Stefano - Good to see you. Congratulations. Brady - Thank you. Stefano - You're not going to break my daughter's heart again this time ... I'm just trying to be protective. He kisses Kristen's cheeks, tells her to be careful and leaves. Kristen asks Brady what he's up to. Brady - I'm on my way to see Eric. I was hoping that we could start Precana today if you're up for it, if you want to do it. Kristen - Sure, I can't wait.

Nicole walks into the rectory upset. Kristen was about to spill and Brady shows up ... she looks up ... Thanks for nothing. Marlena hasn't called me back yet, arrogant priss. Eric comes in - I'm glad you're here. We need to talk. Nicole - Yes, we definitely need to talk.

Segment 5: Abby looks up when she hears the door slam. JJ comes storming into the living room followed by Jen. Abby - Happy to hear you ... Mom, your assistant dropped this by, said you needed it. Jen looks at the contents of the folders. This is a bunch of old press releases, why ... she is useless! Please, I need to make a phone call. Excuse me. She leaves the room. Abby asks JJ if he's okay. JJ - Like you care. Abby - Of course I care. I have been worried sick about you ever since I heard. If you just want to be a jerk and say I don't care; your sister doesn't ... He sees the cake. JJ - You made me a cake. Abby - I always make you a cake JJ. Even when you were away at school I'd still make you a cake and Mom and I celebrated. JJ - Really? Abby - Really. JJ - You know Abs, I've got to admit, your cake was always the best part of my birthday. He hugs her. Thank you. Abby - You're welcome.

Theresa is on the computer at work. Stupid website. No more updates. JJ's probably home by now. He's probably out or blabbing away in some room. If Abigail plays tattle tale or if JJ makes a deal ... So if they both rat me out then I'm just going to do what I always do, deny. Yeah, deny. She starts searching her purse when Kayla comes in - Surprise! Theresa - You really need to learn how to knock. Kayla - Oh come on, you're young, your heart can take it. I'm sorry, I just wanted to hand this to you personally. Your first paycheck. Theresa - Your timing is perfect. I'm so broke right now. I mean I can't even afford to ... she looks at the cheque. What the hell is this!

JJ and Abby are eating cake. JJ - This is great. Abby - Thanks. JJ - This my be the best birthday cake you ever made. Abby - Well thank you again. So listen JJ, I know that this might be hard to talk about but what happened. JJ - I got arrested and now I'm out. Abby - But what on earth made you think it was a good idea to start dealing drugs. JJ - Well there you go putting me in a box. Abby - I'm not. JJ - It's not what you think. And first of all it wasn't even my fault. Abby - I just want to know what made you do it. JJ - Abs, I'm serious. Abby I'm serious too. If you do something, if you make a mistake, you own up to it. JJ - Will you at least listen. I was practically forced into it and Rory already told Mom that down at the station. Jen comes in - Stop lying. No one was buying that garbage at the police station and no one is buying it now JJ.

Nicole - I think Eric there are some important things that you're going to want to know. Eric - Absolutely, that's why I called. Nicole - Sorry? Eric - Didn't you get my message? Nicole - You left me a message. She pulls her phone out. I thought I ... What! My phone is turned off. What was it? Eric - I just wanted to talk to you some more about that night in the capitol; that night you found me in my hotel. Nicole - Oh that. You really should stop thinking about that. It was so unpleasant and it just ups your stress level. Eric - But I still have so many more questions. Nicole - Oh this is terrible ... my phone off and all these people trying to ... I've got to go. Sorry. Eric - This is very important to me. Nicole snaps - Seriously Eric, just drop it. Bye.

Marlena is at a table in the square. So all I've got to do is plug this little device into Kristen's phone and let it do it's magic. I'll never get my hands on her phone. She'll never come anywhere near me ... she sees Brady and Kristen strolling through the square. Kristen is going to do a little shopping while he has his meeting with Eric. Brady - Keep you phone on in case he can start right away. She will. Nicole comes up behind Marlena - Why haven't you returned any of my phone calls. I thought we were going to work together as a team to get Kristen. I saw that psycho talking to her father earlier and you know what ... Marlena - If you really want to help stop talking and listen.

Segment 6: Theresa - Where'd the money go? Kayla - Come on Theresa, you've had a job before. She starts reeling off all the deductions. Theresa - Yeah but I thought I was going to be making a lot more than this. This is the whole month? Kayla - Actually it took you so long to get down to Human Resources it's really about six weeks. So really your paycheck is going to be about a third less than that. Theresa - No way. I can't live on that. Kayla - Of course you can. Food, rent, phone, it's plenty. Theresa - What about my life? Kayla - Well considering your job history I think being concerned about a paycheck is a good thing, right. She leaves. Theresa whines - How am I supposed to have any fun. I don't have enough money to ... she stops and smiles.

JJ - Look Mom, what Rory told you at the police station was the God's honest truth. Jen - No it was a lie and everybody knew it including you because you're the one who told him to say it. And if what you'd done weren't so serious it would almost be laughable. You selling pot was my fault? Abby - What! JJ - It's not your fault exactly. Rory said ... Jen - Rory what? He is not smart enough to be a bad influence. You are the bad influence here JJ. JJ - Mom you are twisting things around. Jen - Would you stop lying. You have been manipulating me from the minute you came home from school in London where you were expelled for selling drugs and you lied about that then and you're lying about this now. Lying seems to be what you do best. I can't believe a word you say anymore JJ. JJ - Well if it wasn't clear before it sure is now. Jen - What is? JJ - That Daniel did ... Jen - Oh my goodness. You stop right there. She tells Abby she needs to speak to JJ alone. Abby leaves the room. Jen - Let's get something straight. You are responsible for who you are and what you've done so I do not want to hear another word about Daniel or anyone else being to blame. Do you understand me. You are 18 yrs old and you better start acting like it. And things around here are about to change.

Eric and Brady are talking - I missed the first part because a commercial cut in. Eric didn't know Brady wanted to start so soon. Brady - If the timing's off I understand, with Sami's trial ... Eric - No, it's not that. Brady - What's the problem? Are you having second thoughts? Eric - No. Earlier when my mother came over I told her I'd be counselling you. Brady - And she hit the roof, didn't she? Eric - Yeah, in a way. Brady - I'm sorry. Maybe this is a really bad idea. Maybe I put you in a bad position. Nicole was probably right. Why don't I talk to Fr. Matt about it. Eric - No, don't do that. I thought about it and if you and Kristen really love each other; if I'm convinced that marriage is the best thing for both of you, I really want to be the one who gives you my blessing.

Marlena watches as Kristen strolls along checking her phone and Nicole with drink in hand bumps into her. Kristen - Watch it! Nicole - You watch it! Kristen - You're the one who bumped into me. Nicole - An accident ... don't get so snippy. Kristen - Have you been drinking? Nicole - No ... well yeah I'm drinking. I'm a little bit drunk but my name is Nicole and I've been that way all my life thank you very much. Kristen laughs. Oh my goodness, isn't it early in the morning for this. Nicole - FYI morning is when you actually drink mimosa's. Kristen - Why am I not surprised? Nicole - Nothing gets past you, does it? Nicole gets her in her face and Kristen declares that she's spitting on her. Nicole puts her drink down and grabs her hand. We're going to make a deal I will stay away from you if you stay away from Brady. Kristen tries to break free. What are you talking about? Get your hands off me. When she pulls her hand free she drops her purse. Nicole grabs her from behind and they argue. Marlena looks down at Nicole's purse and makes her move.

Segment 7: Theresa is on the hospital website. There it is - Discretionary funds for Public Relations Dept. Well Jen-Jen will be too distracted to notice so I think it's time to get myself a little discretionary funding. Requesting funds in the amount of ...

JJ - How are things going to change Mother? Jen - I am not going to participate in your games anymore. I'm not going to be a pushover and I'm not going to feel guilty. So if you get in trouble it is all on you. But you are going to earn your way back and you are going to take responsibility for what you did to this family. JJ - Meaning? Jen - Meaning for starters you're going to give me that cell phone. JJ - Why? Jen - Because I said to. JJ - No way. I'm 18, you don't get to give me orders. Jen - JJ, this is my house and my rules and as long as you live here you are going to do what I say. JJ - Fine, I guess it's time to move out.

Eric will double-check his time for today and see if there's an open slot for them. Brady thanks him. Call me. I meant to ask you, did you ask Nicole for more information about that night at the hotel. Eric - Yes, twice as a matter of fact. Brady - Did she remember anything? Eric - I have no idea. Both times she avoiding even talking to me about it. She completely shut down. She couldn't get out of here fast enough. Brady - That's odd. Eric - Yes it is.

The argument continues as Marlena picks up Kristen's purse. Nicole - You want to know how I'm going to get Brady to see you for the skunk that you really are ... actually I really meant to say skank but skunk really suits you. Kristen - You're so wasted you're pathetic. Nicole - Not wasted enough to know that you're hiding something. Something deep, dark and dirty and I'm the girl that's going to dig it up. Marlena is having a hard time pulling the device out of Kristen's phone so Nicole continues. You know what I was really good at when I was a reporter, skeletons in the closet and I know you've got a lot of those and I know every nook and cranny in the DiMera mansion so I'm going to find ... Kristen - Find a big flashlight and check out all the closets .. Marlena is now biting on the device trying to dislodge it. Kristen - If you survive your little hangover. Now I've got things to do. Nicole tries to stop her. Kristen snaps as she pushes her back - We're done. Can I be any clearer than that. She turns around and sees Marlena with her purse. What's going on?
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