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DAYS: Stefano's Will Reading
Topic Started: Mar 2 2009, 04:50 PM (2,307 Views)
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The Last Will & Testament
of
Stefano DiMera


I Stefano DiMera being of sound mind, and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament. (Tony uncovers a crate with the sign of the phoenix on it). I am well aware that as you listen to my last words most, if not all of you are still cursing me despite my death. I am not offended. However, a word to the wise. Raging again a dead man is a waste time and energy. Any injuries suffered at my hand are in the past. Let sleeping dogs lie and look to the future. I hope this document will inspire you to do just that.

In this my last will and testament, I bequeath not only my fortune and assets, I have directed that certain tokens be distributed to those in attendance. Items connected to the future and to each of your destinies.

To Kate Roberts, I will always remember your sensational appetite Kate. Your hunger for love. That hunger may finally be satisfied. While you’re waiting for your love to be returned, I leave you the gift of a food you’ve been craving. (Kate is given a jar of kippers).

My dearest Celeste, I have never forgotten your great beauty as well as your devotion to our lovely daughter. In order to repay you I bequeath to you something you may have missed more than you realize. (Celeste receives paper dolls with the words We Must Reclaim Our Youth)

To Roman Brady, keep up the good fight. (Roman receives a statue of a Roman gladiator)

Shawn Brady Sr, I want you to think back to your childhood in Ireland. No carefree childhood years for Shawn Brady. I bequeath to you a gift from the DiMera Clan that will always remind you of your past as you brave the troubled waters of your family’s future (Shawn gets a boat with a baby doll on it)

Hope Brady, while you carry on with your life as Mrs. Bo Brady, proud mother of and loving wife I urge you to keep your eyes open despite the darkness. (Hope receives a scarf fashioned as a noose, which later they realize is a blindfold)

And now to the beautiful and dramatic Marlena Evans Black. I say dramatic referring to the many roles you have played, some of them against your will I’m afraid. However, your days of role playing have not entirely ended. (MArlena receives a pillow with the words “The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods” on one side, and a constellation embroidered on the back as well as a sleeping beauty)

And finally to John Black, John how can I put into words how much I admire you. I can pay you no complement higher than to say you are a gifted player in the game of life. Therefore I bequeath to you my special chess set. (John gets a chess set, but the queen is missing from it!) The game is not over John, prepare yourself for checkmate!

As to my children Anthony and Alexandra I have left them the bulk of the DiMera estate, its assets and holdings.

My dearest Alexandra, My heart breaks to hear of the terrible losses you have suffered. I grieve at my inability to prevent your sadness. However, be reassured that your life will take a turn for the better if you simply embrace the prized family heirloom which I have willed to you. (Lexie receives the family crest). Hold the crest to your heart and I will speak to you. (Inside the crest is a note to Lexie which is not read on screen).

To my son Tony, how I regret all the years you have lost to illness. However, you have been cured and as a result have been given a second chance at life. Pursue your dreams my son and house them where they belong (Tony gets a model of the DiMera mansion which has the queen from John’s chess set in it, as well as phoenix feather in the chimney which bursts into flames and is reconstituted).





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The aftermath




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AWESOMENESS!!!

I despise Ken Corday for firing Brash and Cwikly, Their Vendetta was going to actually be INTERESTING!
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Amello
Mar 2 2009, 04:52 PM
AWESOMENESS!!!

I despise Ken Corday for firing Brash and Cwikly, Their Vendetta was going to actually be INTERESTING!
Quoted for Truth!
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Mason


God, that was so good!
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I remember being so excited for this! Especially in regards to Kate and Marlena.

Not surprisingly, the writers dropped the ball... again.
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Kenny
Mar 2 2009, 05:48 PM
I remember being so excited for this! Especially in regards to Kate and Marlena.

Not surprisingly, the writers dropped the ball... again.
You really can't blame B&C for this, though. It's Corday's fault for firing them before they even had a chance to tell their story.
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Wow, I could not stop watching those clips. This is at a time when I watched the entire show. The drama (and the music) was so over the top but so very Days, and I loved it! They were all sitting there like, "we are not scared of Stefano anymore", yet as soon as they opened their gift they were petrified! LOL.

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Kenny
Mar 2 2009, 05:48 PM
I remember being so excited for this! Especially in regards to Kate and Marlena.

Not surprisingly, the writers dropped the ball... again.
Had Corday not fired Brash and Cwikly we would have found out more. They developed this storyline slowly giving hints here and there.

Someone posted this on a DiMera fan board and I thought it was interesting.

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To Kate Roberts, I will always remember your sensational appetite Kate. Your hunger for love. That hunger may finally be satisfied. While you’re waiting for your love to be returned, I leave you the gift of a food you’ve been craving. (Kate is given a jar of kippers).

Rumors indicated that Kate had cravings for kippers when she was "pregnant" with the Gemini Twins. Since Marlena was the surrogate mother, maybe Kate somehow went through the same biological responses when her DNA was extracted.

My dearest Celeste, I have never forgotten your great beauty as well as your devotion to our lovely daughter. In order to repay you I bequeath to you something you may have missed more than you realize. (Celeste receives paper dolls with the words We Must Reclaim Our Youth)

This is definitely a reference to Caprice. I think Caprice is Celeste's daughter or sister. Caprice had visions in her head of paper dolls at one point, and Celeste also said that the 'C' definitely was not 'Child' or 'Cassie'. They dropped this story of course.

To Roman Brady, keep up the good fight. (Roman receives a statue of a Roman gladiator)

Roman said it: Stefano is wishing for Roman's demise, since they're rivals.

Shawn Brady Sr, I want you to think back to your childhood in Ireland. No carefree childhood years for Shawn Brady. I bequeath to you a gift from the DiMera Clan that will always remind you of your past as you brave the troubled waters of your family’s future (Shawn gets a boat with a baby doll on it)

Shawn looked at Colin after he got it. He also had a memory of a boat exploding. I think this had to do with Shawn coming to the US from Ireland with others, and the boat exploded, scattering his family. The doll could represent Colin, or given the new development with John and Colleen, it could be John Black who was Shawn's little brother and was lost in the sea after the explosion on the boat. That's when the Alamains rescued him from drowning.

Hope Brady, while you carry on with your life as Mrs. Bo Brady, proud mother of and loving wife I urge you to keep your eyes open despite the darkness. (Hope receives a scarf fashioned as a noose, which later they realize is a blindfold)

Stefano instructed Larry Welch to kidnap her... this is one story that actually played out.

And now to the beautiful and dramatic Marlena Evans Black. I say dramatic referring to the many roles you have played, some of them against your will I’m afraid. However, your days of role playing have not entirely ended. (Marlena receives a pillow with the words “The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods” on one side, and a constellation embroidered on the back as well as a sleeping beauty)

This played out too: Marlena gave birth to Cassie and Rex.

And finally to John Black, John how can I put into words how much I admire you. I can pay you no complement higher than to say you are a gifted player in the game of life. Therefore I bequeath to you my special chess set. (John gets a chess set, but the queen is missing from it!) The game is not over John, prepare yourself for checkmate!

The queen piece ends up in Tony's replica of the mansion, as well as a miniature crib. Tony was to steal Marlena and raise Cassie and Rex together - of course this story was dropped.

As to my children Anthony and Alexandra I have left them the bulk of the DiMera estate, its assets and holdings.

My dearest Alexandra, My heart breaks to hear of the terrible losses you have suffered. I grieve at my inability to prevent your sadness. However, be reassured that your life will take a turn for the better if you simply embrace the prized family heirloom which I have willed to you. (Lexie receives the family crest). Hold the crest to your heart and I will speak to you. (Inside the crest is a note to Lexie which is not read on screen).

To my son Tony, how I regret all the years you have lost to illness. However, you have been cured and as a result have been given a second chance at life. Pursue your dreams my son and house them where they belong (Tony gets a model of the DiMera mansion which has the queen from John’s chess set in it, as well as phoenix feather in the chimney which bursts into flames and is reconstituted).


That's pretty much it. Tony is the new Phoenix... at least for a couple years.


I think that poster was right on some things but wrong on others. With Kate it could have just been Stefano taunting her for working on a fishboat.

I don't think the baby doll had anything to do with John and Colleen since that was Sheffer/Higley's versions of the Vendetta 2007-2008 while this was C&Bs in 2002. I am sure the baby doll had to do with Colin.

Stefano did not instruct Larry to kidnap Hope, but it was revealed (to the viewers, not the people of Salem) that Larry did some work for the DiMera organization in Europe and his last job was to send the gifts for the will reading to Salem.
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e83talus
Mar 2 2009, 07:06 PM
Wow, I could not stop watching those clips. This is at a time when I watched the entire show. The drama (and the music) was so over the top but so very Days, and I loved it! They were all sitting there like, "we are not scared of Stefano anymore", yet as soon as they opened their gift they were petrified! LOL.

The music back then was awesome. These days the music sounds like any other soap, but in the past Days had unique background music.
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Another thing I liked was the way they used the flashbacks. Having the characters think back to how Stefano affected them, I just wish they could have used scenes with Joe Mascolo.
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Thank you so much Sindacco for these clips! I loved B&C's entire run as head writers.

Do you have clips from the blackout that occurred shortly after this?
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After watching these clips, I started wondering what the gifts meant. For some, they got to play out, but for others, the stories were dropped due to poor decision making. But here are my thoughts on what the individual gifts meant.

To Kate Roberts, I will always remember your sensational appetite Kate. Your hunger for love. That hunger may finally be satisfied. While you’re waiting for your love to be returned, I leave you the gift of a food you’ve been craving. (Kate is given a jar of kippers).

I don't know if this had anything to do with the Gemini twins. I don't think B&C had any intentions on making Kate the twins' mother, so I doubt the kippers had anything to do with a pregnancy craving. I bet it had something to do with her time on the fishing boat, like another poster said. Perhaps Kate fell in love with someone on the fishing boat and B&C were planning to bring him back. Perhaps Stefano did away with the man or something. I don't know. This was the most myterious gift that can't really be explained, I think.

My dearest Celeste, I have never forgotten your great beauty as well as your devotion to our lovely daughter. In order to repay you I bequeath to you something you may have missed more than you realize. (Celeste receives paper dolls with the words We Must Reclaim Our Youth)

This was definitely about Caprice. I think she was going to be connected to Celeste. She obviously knew Celeste back in the day because she called her Frankie, and that's what Caroline calls Celeste because she knew her before she changed her name to Celeste. The only thing I didn't understand was why Celeste turned to look at Hope after she got the gift. What does Hope have to do with reclaiming Celeste and Stefano's youth.

To Roman Brady, keep up the good fight. (Roman receives a statue of a Roman gladiator)

The lamest out of all the gifts, I think. Pretty explainable.

Shawn Brady Sr, I want you to think back to your childhood in Ireland. No carefree childhood years for Shawn Brady. I bequeath to you a gift from the DiMera Clan that will always remind you of your past as you brave the troubled waters of your family’s future (Shawn gets a boat with a baby doll on it)
I think the baby doll was supposed to represent John. I think B&C had plans to make John the child of Grandpa Shawn and Daphne DiMera. Tom Cassiello, I believe, came out and said that the idea of having Alison Sweeney and James Scott play Brady and DiMera ancestors was not the first time that idea was thrown around on DAYS. He said that back in 2002, the plan was to have Kirsten Storms and Jason Cook play Brady and DiMera ancestors in love. I bet Storms was going to play a young Daphne while Cook played a young Grandpa Shawn, and they were going to explain the love story and how John was produced and then Stefano found out and Daphne sent the baby to live with Philomena for protection. If you remember, Tony told John that his temper was very much like his biolgoical father's. Grandpa Shawn always had a bad temper.

I just don't get why Grandpa Shawn looked at Colin.

Hope Brady, while you carry on with your life as Mrs. Bo Brady, proud mother of and loving wife I urge you to keep your eyes open despite the darkness. (Hope receives a scarf fashioned as a noose, which later they realize is a blindfold)

This storyline played out. Hope kept her eyes open and realized that Billie was in cahoots with Larry Welch, against her knowledge of course.

And now to the beautiful and dramatic Marlena Evans Black. I say dramatic referring to the many roles you have played, some of them against your will I’m afraid. However, your days of role playing have not entirely ended. (MArlena receives a pillow with the words “The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods” on one side, and a constellation embroidered on the back as well as a sleeping beauty)

This played out. Marlena was about to play the role of the mother of Rex and Cassie. The way it should have stayed! Damn you Higley!

And finally to John Black, John how can I put into words how much I admire you. I can pay you no complement higher than to say you are a gifted player in the game of life. Therefore I bequeath to you my special chess set. (John gets a chess set, but the queen is missing from it!) The game is not over John, prepare yourself for checkmate!

Checkmate stood for the game not being over even after Stefano was gone. Tony was John's next challenge and the mixing queen meant that Tony was going to be after Marlena, the same way Stefano always had been. He knew that the twins would come into play and that John and Marlena's marriage would be rocked when they found out that Tony and Marlena share children.
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Mar 4 2009, 01:01 PM
Thank you so much Sindacco for these clips! I loved B&C's entire run as head writers.

Do you have clips from the blackout that occurred shortly after this?
I was actually going through the tape with those episodes a few weeks ago.

I only had a few scenes from the blackout, Sami and Brandon on the hospital roof, Jack/Jen/Colin and Andre/Marlena. But those will take a while because later this week I'm gonna start uploading clips from 1998.
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Mar 4 2009, 01:14 PM
I don't know if this had anything to do with the Gemini twins. I don't think B&C had any intentions on making Kate the twins' mother, so I doubt the kippers had anything to do with a pregnancy craving. I bet it had something to do with her time on the fishing boat, like another poster said. Perhaps Kate fell in love with someone on the fishing boat and B&C were planning to bring him back. Perhaps Stefano did away with the man or something. I don't know. This was the most myterious gift that can't really be explained, I think.

To Roman Brady, keep up the good fight. (Roman receives a statue of a Roman gladiator)

The lamest out of all the gifts, I think. Pretty explainable.

Shawn Brady Sr, I want you to think back to your childhood in Ireland. No carefree childhood years for Shawn Brady. I bequeath to you a gift from the DiMera Clan that will always remind you of your past as you brave the troubled waters of your family’s future (Shawn gets a boat with a baby doll on it)
I think the baby doll was supposed to represent John. I think B&C had plans to make John the child of Grandpa Shawn and Daphne DiMera. Tom Cassiello, I believe, came out and said that the idea of having Alison Sweeney and James Scott play Brady and DiMera ancestors was not the first time that idea was thrown around on DAYS. He said that back in 2002, the plan was to have Kirsten Storms and Jason Cook play Brady and DiMera ancestors in love. I bet Storms was going to play a young Daphne while Cook played a young Grandpa Shawn, and they were going to explain the love story and how John was produced and then Stefano found out and Daphne sent the baby to live with Philomena for protection. If you remember, Tony told John that his temper was very much like his biolgoical father's. Grandpa Shawn always had a bad temper.

I just don't get why Grandpa Shawn looked at Colin.
I don't think it had to do with the Gemni Twins either.

I think they would have used the history with Stefano and Roman more if Wayne Northrop still played Roman. Since Josh Taylor started to play Roman they haven't been able to use Roman's history much, in flashbacks and stuff like that. So Roman's gift was rushed, like Roman said: "No mystery here, Roman Gladiators fought to death. Something Stefano hopes happens to me soon."

I had no idea they were gonna have Kirsten Storms and Jason Cook play Brady and DiMera ancestors in love. That would have sucked so much.
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I apologize for bumping an old thread, but I have a question: Has anyone ever done an interview with the writers during this time as to WTF the plan was for all this? If not, perhaps it'd be an interesting idea for someone with the platform and connections to do.
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The Queen

I always wanted to know what the letter was that Lexie recieved.
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Ahhh,, good times. I loved DAYS in 2002. Brash and Cwikly should have never been fired. Major mistake!

Stefano's will reading was one of the best moments of my watching DAYS.

I would love it if someone asked Brash and/or Cwikly what they were planning on doing.
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I also loved B&C run as HW's. My family was on vacation at the time of Stefano
s will reading, and I remember me and my brother watching it one day in the lobby of where were staying, it was that can't miss back then.
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Ah, B&C. Maybe if they were never fired, Higley never would have been unleashed as a headwriter on Daytime 2003-2011.
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This angers me to this day. B&C wrote the best version of DAYS I had been able to see live (since I started in 1999) and they were fired for HIGLEY?!?! Infuriating. They did great comedy, reveals and mystery.

Dammit!
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