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Director: Steven Williford
Scriptwriter: Melissa Salmons

Segment 1: Repeat of EJ realising Stefano has the razor blade and Stefano telling him he doesn't have to do anything.

Replay of Cam overhearing Abby and Gabi talking.

Repeat of Chad's flashback where the doctor tells him he's in perfect health. Chad finds a treatment on line - This looks good. In fact, it's perfect.

Kate walks up to Jordan near the nurse's station and asks how are we doing today. Jordan is fine. Kate was asking about Rafe. She understands he's been moved to another room. Jordan - Yes he was. Kate - You were told that you could update me on Rafe's progress. Jordan - Yes I was. Mr. Hernandez's progress is slow but that's to be expected considering his injuries. His motor skills get a little better every day. It's going to be a long process. Kate - How long? Jordan - It's hard to say at this point. We'll have to build up his strength and then we'll be better able to evaluate and come up with a time line. Kate - Thank you. That wasn't so hard now, was it? Jordan - Excuse me? Kate - You don't like me very much, do you?

Rafe asks Abe when the defence starts. Abe doesn't know. Trask is going to bury Sami in police officer testimony first. Rafe - Is that working? Abe - I'm afraid so. As the facts stand, Sami shot a man in the back and he died. There's no disputing that. Rafe - He was going to attack me. Abe - That's what she says but with no physical proof Sami's hanging out there with nothing but her word to back her up.

Sami watches as her father walks to the stand. Poor Dad. Justin - Can he hurt you? Sami - He doesn't want to. Justin - That's not my question. Roman is sworn in. Sami - Where could EJ be!

EJ - This is for your grandchildren. No matter how you might feel about Samantha or myself you don't want to hurt them. Stefano points to the portrait. And this is the image the children are going to have of their mother, uh. Not very flattering. EJ - You understand that's who you're hurting, right; the children. Stefano - That's your only concern huh. How stupid do you think I am. EJ - Yes I love her. I can't imagine spending one day without her let alone the rest of my life. If this is your payback you will destroy Samantha and the grandchildren along with me. Do you really hate her that much; you hate me that much. Stefano - You think this is just about hate, huh? EJ - Then what is it you want? Do you want the house, the company? Take them, they're yours. I'm serious. I was about to walk out of here before you showed up. We were leaving. You could have the whole thing to yourself. Stefano - And you're going to live on love huh? Oh you are so charming. EJ snaps - I will give you anything that you want. EJ knocks over the chess table. No games! No time! Samantha's life is on the line and you can save her. Now you tell me what it costs. You name your price. Stefano - Or what?

Cam eavesdrops as Gabi asks Abby if it was everything she thought it would be. Abby - I don't know how to answer that. I guess I didn't put that much thinking into it beforehand but it was great. And if you have all these incredible expectations aren't you bound to be disappointed? Gabi - I guess. Abby - But it definitely took me by surprise. Cam leaves. Abby continues - Totally my choice. Chad was sweet and romantic and it was great. It was everything I'd ever wanted.

Chad is reading up about the treatment. It sounds like a freakin' smoothie. There's no way anyone can tell if I was ever on it. Cameron or Kayla would never know I wasn't in treatment. That's sweet. Cue flashback of having sex with Abby. All in a good cause. Cameron was never right for her anyway. He gets a call from the club. What do you mean the dishwasher's broken. We've only been open a month.

Trask asks Roman why he is currently on leave from the Salem P.D. Roman - My daughter was accused of murdering a police officer. It would be a conflict of interest for me to be supervising the investigation. Trask - Commissioner, I need to ask you about some of your daughter's untruths in the past. Justin - Objection, Your Honour. All that's relevant here are the facts of the case. Trask - Your Honour, in his opening statement the defence put Miss Brady's honesty at the center of this trial. This witness can offer a great deal of testimony about Miss Brady's relationship to the truth. Judge - You opened the door. Proceed counsel.

Stefano - What are you going to do to me Elvis? Threaten me? Beat me up? EJ - You tell me what it is you want. Stefano - You don't know? I taught you better than that. This woman has turned you into mush. Polenta for brains. EJ - You're 5 moves ahead. EJ recalls Stefano saying - The day will come when you're on your hands and knees before me begging me to take back what you have stolen. EJ - You knew. Even when you walked out that door this whole thing was in motion. Stefano - Ah, you have caught up. EJ - Okay, fine, yes, your idiot son has caught up. Just take it all back. Just take it back. I want Samantha, that's all that matters to me. Stefano - Not to me.

Segment 2: Chad is giving instructions on what to do regarding the dishwasher when there's a knock on his door. It's Cameron. Cam sees the unmade bed. You S.O.B. How could you!

Jordan - Why would you say that? Kate - I understand. I know that I can be intimidating to people but that's not my intention, I assure you. Jordan - Miss Roberts, I don't like or dislike you. I have no feeling about you whatsoever. Kate - How can you have no feelings about the people that you meet? Jordan - I didn't say that. I care about my patients and their progress. Kate - Well I guess that's all that matters then. Jordan - It is. Everything and everyone else is irrelevant to me. For the record, I don't find you intimidating in the least. She walks away.

Rafe - Lying in this bed I've gone over every minute I've ever spent with Joe Bernardi. Now if he was dirty, there's a trail. Abe - We've looked at everything and everyone in his family. Rafe - Then we're missing something. Abe - Get better; get out of that bed! Rafe lifts his hand - 30% better than I did in the courtroom so ... Abe - We're rooting for you. You take what time you need. Rafe - Don't worry. I've got this physical therapist, she's like a drill sergeant. She's either trying to kill me or get me back on my feet. Kate comes into the room. Hey, are you talking about me. Abe better take off. Kate - How's the trial going? Abe - Not well as you know. Kate - Abe! Abe - I know you never liked Sami but you didn't have to hand the prosecutor more ammunition. Take care Rafe. He leaves. Rafe - What did you say at Sami's trial?

Trask - Is this the first time your daughter's been involved in legal proceedings? Roman - No. She was railroaded once before. She was innocent. Trask - Yes or no. Roman continues so Trask calls on the Judge to stop him. Judge - Commissioner, you know the drill. Please answer the questions as asked. Roman - Yes Your Honour. Trask - Let's focus on the defendant's previous sworn testimony in court. Commissioner, is it true that your daughter lied under oath?

EJ - Father, everything is on the table. That's all I have. Please, Father, all I can think about is Samantha in that courtroom alone, about to be locked up for the rest of her life. She's wondering where I am. I can feel her swallowing her panic. She's counting on me to get her out and I will. Father, please just take it. Take it all back please. Just ... Father... he gets on his knees. I beg you Father, take back what I have stolen from you. Stefano - You think this is only about things, the money, the house. EJ - I don't have anything else to give. Stefano - You break my heart again. Alright fine, you're preoccupied but you now listen to me. If somehow Samantha gets out of this mess one way or the other you are going to live here in this house as my son. You are going to work with me side by side. You and your entire family are going to live in this house ... MY HOUSE until I want it otherwise. EJ - Yes. Yes. Stefano - You want to give me your word as a DiMera. EJ - You have my word as a DiMera. Stefano extends his hand. EJ crawls over and kisses it. Stefano - Now get up off the floor my son. EJ stands up. Samantha's trial is still in session. There's not much time. We have to act now. Stefano acknowledges this in Italian. But you do have some phone calls to make and you have some papers to sign first, yes? EJ nods yes.

Segment 3: Gabi - I've got to ask; I'd be a bad friend if I didn't. Do you think that the stuff that's happening with your family is the reason why you kind of rushed into things with Chad? Abby - Maybe but that doesn't make it feel wrong. What's happening with my family has put me in the moment; made me not want to waste time. And in that moment I felt like it was right with Chad. Of course it wasn't what I expected. Gabi - You mean how he was with you. Abby - No. Up until a while ago I thought my first time would be with Cameron.

Chad - I guess good news travels fast. Cam - I can't believe you would go this far. Chad - It's none of your business. Cam - I care about Abigail and I thought you did too. Chad - That's kind of the point and it's mutual. That's why it happened. I hope you can accept ... Cam - I can not accept you lying to her. You're setting her up; you're setting yourself up. Chad - How do you figure that? Cam - What you're going through, it affects people differently. Now I'm sure it feels good to be with Abigail ... Chad realises his laptop is open to the page about treatments. He rubs his temple. Cam - What's wrong? Chad - It's nothing. The doctor said this would happen. Cam - Just sit down and put pressure on it okay. Chad tells Cam there's water in the fridge and asks him to get him some. Chad closes his laptop.

Roman - To my knowledge, Sami has never lied in criminal court. Trask - What about family court, Commissioner? Did your daughter lie under oath in Family Court? Roman - Sami had concerns with the father's ... Trask - Yes or no. Roman - Yes but what I'm saying ... Trask - Permission to treat the witness as hostile. Judge - Granted. Justin - Your Honour, this is far afield. Judge - I agree. Counsel, wrap this up. Trask - Thank you Your Honour. Commissioner, did your daughter lie under oath in Family Court. Roman - To protect her son from a drunk, yes she did. Trask - The defendant concocted an elaborate and completely false story about Lucas Horton abusing her son, did she not? Roman - Again, to protect her son from a drunk, yes she did. Trask - In fact she lied to Mr. Horton for years about the paternity of their child, passing him off as Austin Reed's son. Justin - Objection, Your Honour. Relevance? Judge - Sustained. Strike the question from the record. Sami - The jury still heard it.

Stefano lights a cigar as EJ is signing papers. You have spoken to Shinn in Hong Kong and Benedict in London. EJ - They were surprised and concerned. They liked the changes I'd made to the operation. Stefano - I'm sure you can make them very happy for me. Did you tell them there's a need for discretion. EJ - Nobody wants to see the share prices fall. They won't say anything until you make the announcement. Stefano - I'm sure between the two of us we can come up with what we need. EJ - Yes Father. He hands him the papers. Stefano - Samantha's trial has started again. Maybe you better go. EJ starts to leave. Stefano - Better take it easy you know because I am going to have dinner with the children. Who knows, pretty soon our whole family will be together again, yes? EJ - Yes Father. Stefano - It's for the best Elvis. Take my word for it. EJ leaves. Stefano smiles and laughs. To one big happy family ... MY FAMILY ... Salut!

Segment 4: Cam hands Chad the bottled water. It's cold so don't drink fast. Chad - Wouldn't want to get a brain freeze now, would we. He laughs. Look man, I'm sorry. I wish neither one of us had to lose in this situation. Cam - I don't care about losing. Abigail's family is melting down around her. She is vulnerable. Chad - And what? I zoomed in for the kill. Cam - Did you? Chad - I don't owe you any explanation but no. That's not what happened. We were together because that's what she wanted. Cam - Okay. Chad - Yeah it is. Cam - Then whatever else is going on with your head you must feel pretty good. Chad - Yeah I do. Abigail gives me a reason to live.

Abby - I shouldn't have said that. Gabi - Why not? I totally get it. Abby - It's not like I'm disappointed it wasn't Cameron it's just that up until awhile ago I thought that it would be with Cameron. That was just me; that's not where his head was at at all. Everything after that shifted and OMG ... my Mom is going to freak out. Gabi - No. Why would she find out? Let me explain something to you. We do not talk to our mother's about our sex lives. That just doesn't happen. Abby - Not my mom, she's different. Gabi - Okay. Maybe Jennifer won't go out of her way and pray to the rosary and light every single candle in her house and pray for your soul. Abby - She didn't. Gabi - I get it. Having the baby kind of blew things out of the water. Abby - My mom's not like that. She already thought that I had ... I did lose it to a DiMera though. Maybe it is something I'll keep to myself. They laugh.

Kate - I wasn't thinking. Rafe - Oh your weren't thinking so it just slipped out that you remembered that Sami had threatened someone else with a gun before. Kate - No, that isn't even how it happened. I was asked a question and the judge said I had to answer so I said yes and the prosecutor said who and when. I'm sure that Justin is going to be able to discredit Nick Fallon who is a convicted felon who has done terrible things. I wasn't trying to hurt Sami. Rafe - For once. Kate - Yeah. For once. I'm grateful. I don't even want to think what might have happened if she hadn't been here. Rafe - If she goes to prison for saving my life ... Kate - I know but you can't blame yourself. It's not your fault. There's nothing that you could have done. Jordan comes in. Kate - I'm sorry, can we have a minute. We're in the middle of something. Jordan - Sorry this can't wait. Kate - Two minutes? Jordan - You can have 15 mins. but not until the patient completes 45 mins. of exercises. Kate - Fine, I'm going to get some coffee. Can I get you anything? Rafe - Thanks. Kate - Kate offers to bring Jordan a coffee drink as well. Jordan - No thanks. Kate - No foam, what a surprise. She leaves. Rafe laughs - Sorry, she's ... alright ... what do you say we go down to the physical therapy room today. Jordan - You're not ready. Rafe - I could try. Jordan - If you try before you're ready you'll set yourself back. We wait until you master what you can do here and then we'll go. Rafe - It's the same thing over and over. Jordan - I'll rotate some different exercises in as soon as you're ready. Let's give your upper body a rest for now. We need to strengthen your balance. She works on his leg. Do you feel that? Rafe - Oh yeah. Jordan - That little tendon determines whether or not you can stand up straight. We get that working you can stand up. Rafe - Let me guess, more rubber bands. Jordan gives him instructions and he follows.

Trask - How many times in the past have you been called to a crime scene only to find Miss Brady at the center ... Justin - Objection! Trask - I'll withdraw. Commissioner, when you arrived at the hospital did you see your daughter right away? Roman - No I didn't. I got reports from the officers who secured the crime scene. The first time I saw Sami was when we heard Joe Bernardi was dead. Trask - And when you told the defendant about Joe Bernardi's death you asked the defendant how she knew Joe, didn't you? Roman - Yes. Trask - And what was your daughter's answer. Roman - She said she didn't know him. Trask - She had no hesitation about lying to you or Joe Bernardi's wife about knowing the victim. Roman - I can't tell you what was on Sami's mind. Trask - That has been the challenge of your life. When Justine stands up she says Withdrawn. You were Joe Bernardi's supervisor for 12 yrs? Roman - Yes I was. Trask - And in all that time did you ever have reason to suspect that he was anything other then an honest, good cop. Roman - No, I did not. Trask - Nothing further. Justin - One moment Your Honour. EJ comes in. Sami - I'm so glad you're here. I hope you brought a shovel because they're burying me alive. EJ - I'm sure it will be fine. Sami - It's okay EJ. I understand that you can't stop it.

Stefano sits by the chess table and makes a call. Yes, it's me. The matter we spoke about, it's time. Make the move. He picks up a chess piece and chuckles - Checkmate!

Segment 5: Gabi - I don't care what Chad's last name is as long as you're happy. Abby - I'm really, really happy. Gabi - Good. I've got to catch Rafe. Abby - I'm so glad I ran into you. Gabi - Me too. They hug. I just don't know how you're going to go home and not want to scream, I had sex. Abby - Exactly, just what my mom so does not need right now. This was much better. They part ways.

Cam - You live for yourself. Chad - Some days. When it's tough it makes it easier when Abigail is there. Cam - So she's fulfilling a purpose then. Chad - That's not it. You're twisting things. Abigail was my friend first and I don't have too many of those. I've finally figured out how to take care of them ... I wouldn't do anything to hurt her. I wouldn't use her to take care of me. Cam - Alright. Chad - I don't know what makes you think ... How did you know about us? Did Abigail say something to you? Cam - That doesn't matter. I'm done talking about it. You're right, it's none of my business so do what your doctor says and get better. You owe that much to Abigail now. Chad - You love her, don't you?

Gabi comes into Rafe's room just as Jordan is giving him a sip of ice water. What's up? Jordan - Physical therapy. He's got a 5 min. break but that's it.

The judge excuses Roman from the stand. Sami cries. She tells Roman she loves him. Justin asks EJ - Where have you been? EJ - I had some business to take care of, that's all. Abe comes in. Melinda, we have a new development. Trask - What? Abe - This is a bombshell so you're going to have to pay attention. Sami looks at EJ's expression as Abe fills Trask in on the new development.

Segment 6: Cam - Abigail is my friend. I care about you both so think about this Chad. How much do you want to put on her? How much do you want to stress yourself? This treatment can not be easy. Are you going to tell Abigail. Chad - Hell no. Cam - And why not? Chad - Because she's got enough to worry about, that's why. Cam - Listen to me Chad, this illness is something over which you have no control. He leaves. Chad mutters - That's where you're wrong, I'm in complete control.

Gabi reclines next to Rafe with her phone out. You're going to have to ooh and ahh fast so what's happening is I'm doing fine in school. I'm sorry I couldn't bring Ari but I will bring her next time. I have so much to do today. Everyone's fine. Will and Sonny are great except sometimes they crowd me but Sonny's busy with the club and Will is just worried about his mom. She looks at Jordan - How's the time? Jordan - 1 min. to spare. Gabi - Seriously! Can't we have 5 real mins. Jordan - Not now. Gabi - Okay. How's he doing? I bet he's your star patient. Jordan - He's progressing. I'm sorry, we need the room now. Rafe looks at Gabi with arched eyebrows - Resistance is futile. Gabi kisses his brow - I get that. See ya. Rafe - Bye sis. Jordan starts on the exercises again.

Abe - Just give me a little bit of time ... Trask - How many more smokescreens are you going to let the DiMera's throw up. Abe - Listen, this is credible evidence they could not manufacture. Trask - Fine, just tell me what it is. Sami - What's going on? Justin - I don't know. It's making Melinda very upset. Abe was her next witness. Judge - Miss Trask, would you and Commissioner Carver like to share with the court. Are you ready to proceed? Trask - Apologies Your Honour. As you know Commissioner Carver was supposed to be my next witness but an urgent, time sensitive matter has come up and he won't be able to testify for the next few hours. We would like to request a recess until he can rejoin us. Judge - Any objections. Justin - None, Your Honour.

Kate is strolling through the square with two cups of takeout coffee. Stefano - It's a beautiful day today, isn't it Katerina.

Segment 7: Cam gets off the elevator and runs into Abby. Abby - How's it going? Cam - Good. Abby - Well good. That's not why I came ... to see you ... I'm here to drop off these files for my mom but ... Cam - It's good to see you too. Abby - Yeah, bye.

Jordan says good. Rafe - Yeah? Jordan - I know that it probably doesn't feel like it but you're making real progress. Rafe - Thanks. Jordan - It's a fact, not a compliment. Rafe chuckles - I know. I was just thanking you for helping me. Jordan - It's my job. Rafe - Yeah. I wonder where Kate is? I could use some caffeine. Jordan - My guess is Miss Robert's is berating some barista because the foam on your latte isn't fun enough. Rafe - OMG! Jordan - What? What is it?

Kate - What's so beautiful about it? Stefano - Oh my goodness, look around. Kate - Ah yes and Rafe is in the hospital struggling to walk again; the mother of your grandchildren is on trial fighting for her life; all is just right in your world, isn't it? Stefano - I often wonder Katerina ... I wonder if you ever truly knew me. He walks away.

Abe is on his cell. No slip-ups this time. No, no, clear the lab's schedule. I want forensics to run everything on this case and run it twice. Get me the results immediately. We have about 4 hrs. before this trial goes on. Get on it! Roman walks up. Why the recess? Abe, talk to me. Is this something that is going to help Sami? Abe just pats him on the shoulder and walks away.

Sami sees Justin and EJ arrive at her cell. Justin, what is it? Justin - The prosecution won't say. Sami - Trask seemed ticked off. Justin - She's not happy. Sami - This could be good, right? EJ - Right, it could be. Justin - EJ, why do you say that? EJ - It's about time you got a break. Justin - Well this time let's hope this break doesn't cost us anything.
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