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[Somber piano music]

[Knock at door]

Nicole: [Sighs]

Philip: Nicole? It’s me, Philip.

Nicole: It’s not a good time, Philip.

Philip: Let me talk to you, okay oh, please, it’s important.

Nicole: Just so you know, it’s not a barrel of laughs in here. Eric left last night.

Philip: I’m sorry to hear that.

Nicole: But not surprised.

Philip: No.

Nicole: Well, apparently, Eric didn’t wanna hang out after Xander’s star turn. “Happy anniversary, Eric. Oh, and by the way, I had sex with your slut wife.” Of course, it was so wonderful to have close family and friends there to share in that moment. [Sighs] You want a drink? I want a drink.

Philip: It’s a little early for me.

Nicole: I wonder what time it is in Africa.

Philip: I actually have something for you, Nicole.

Nicole: Well, if it’s not alcohol, I don’t want it.

Philip: Oh, I think you will be once you know what it is. How would you like to pay Sami back in kind?

Nicole: Sami?

Philip: You must know she was behind what happened last night. It reeked ofSami.

Nicole: Yeah, it was her kind of party. But what do you mean, “pay her back”?

Philip: I said, “pay her back in kind.” She blew up your marriage. This is the means to return the favor. Quid pro freakin’ quo.

Nicole: What is that?

Philip: You want to blow up Sami’s marriage? This is the detonating device.

[Suspenseful music]


Sami: And once this letter is gone, there is absolutely no proof that I slept with Lucas.

[Phone rings]

Sami: Hi, Johnny. No, no, this isn’t a bad time at all, of course. How are you, sweetheart? What’s going on? Lucas. What the hell are you doing
here?


Ciara: You know what? I am sick and tired of talking about it, big bro. Theo and I are getting married today, come hell or high water, and if Mom and Grandpa can’t make it, well, then, that is just bad luck, okay? It is not the universe conspiring against this wedding.

Shawn: Don’t be too sure about that.


Claire: Ben, do you really think this is a good idea?

Ben: I don’t know. But I do know this is my last chance, and if she marries Theo, those vows will be the ones that she remembers. And I’ll lose her forever.

Claire: And do you really think that if you take her back to the cabin, she’ll get her memory back?

Ben: If anything is gonna make her remember that she actually loved me and believed in me, it’s that cabin. That’s where it all started. I have to do this.


Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “Days of Our Lives.”

[Soft orchestration]


Theo: No, no, I get it. It’s fine. Have a good trip.

Lani: Bad news?

Theo: That was Chad. Something came up at DiMera, so he has to go to New York. So a couple of hours out from our wedding, and all of a sudden, I don’t
have a best man.

Abe: Mm. Well, I would step in, but then you wouldn’t have anyone to marry you.

Theo: Why do I get the feeling that there’s something really off about this wedding?


Ben: I shouldn’t even be talking to you about this.

Claire: Ben. We talk about everything. We’re friends.

Ben: Yeah, but what I’m talking about right now, it’s a crime. If it comes out that I told you about this and you didn’t turn me in, Claire, you could be charged with aiding and abetting.

Claire: Okay, Ben, first of all, I’m not gonna turn you in. Okay, and more importantly, what if I want to aid and abet?

Ben: What?

Claire: Ben, I think you’re right. And this isn’t just about you wanting Ciara back. Ciara, who has PTSD after what she’s been through, is about to do something that she could regret for the rest of her life without even thinking about the consequences. Ben, what if she marries Theo today? And then she gets her memories back–memories of you, memories of how much she loved you. Divorcing Theo would destroy him. But what would not divorcing him do to her?

Ben: This morning, Allie was telling me that she was trying to tell Ciara about our wedding and trying to tell her about how much she actually loved me, and she saw her have some type of reaction. And then she told Allie to stop talking. Now Allie thinks that Ciara is– is starting to remember this stuff, and that it scares her.

Claire: Ben, I love Ciara, but I also love Theo. For his sake, let me help you stop this wedding.


Ciara: [Sighs] Now what?

Shawn: Well, that’s Belle. There’s a crisis at DiMera, and she can’t make itto the wedding, either. And she said she’s really sorry.

Ciara: Great. [Laughs] You know what? This is not the end of the world. It’s okay. I didn’t even give people much notice to the fact that we were getting married, so I can’t get upset when some people can’t make it.

Shawn: Yeah, I mean, well, given everything that’s happened, I’m sure that everybody would understand if you felt that you wanted to–

Ciara: Shawn. Damn it, Shawn, I told you, I am not postponing this wedding, no matter how much you want me to! Just stop!


EJ: Page 18, line 7.

Belle: Got it.

EJ: Payment schedule. We’re going to need a whole new calendar.

Belle: Right.

EJ: Damn it–calendar. Ciara’s getting married today, isn’t she?

Belle: Oh, no, no, it’s okay. I texted Shawn, and I told him I wouldn’t be able to make it.

EJ: I’m really sorry. I completely forgot.

Belle: You know, I mean, this is a multimillion dollar, time-sensitive deal, and, uh, I’m on retainer, so. Do you think Kate and Chad can buy us some time in New York?

EJ: Not much. You know what I think? Our client’s last-minute attack of nerves? I think the timing was calculated.

Belle: Really?

EJ: Mm-hmm. They get cold feet at the last possible second, lean back, and see how much more they can squeeze out of us.

Belle: Huh. So much for negotiating in good faith.

EJ: Mm. I had forgotten how cutthroat business can be. People look you in the eye, smile, and stab you in the back.

Belle: Sounds like Sami.

EJ: Excuse me?

Belle: Actually, I think she was smiling when she stabbed Nicole in the back at the party last night.

EJ: You’re mistaken. Xander was the one who did the stabbing, and it wasn’t in the back. Very direct, very public.

Belle: Oh, come on, EJ. You know the law. Co-conspirator is just as guilty as the killer. And my sister–your wife– she’s the same conniving bitch she’s always been.


Lucas: And a cheery good morning to you, too, Sami.

Sami: What are you doing here, Lucas?

Lucas: I wanna talk to you.

Sami: We don’t have anything to talk about.

Lucas: What, come on, you don’t wanna do a post-mortem on that party last night? Come on, it’ll be great. According to Philip, you were amazing. You were–what, triumphant. You brought Nicole to her knees.

Sami: Well, that’s a position she’s familiar with.

Lucas: That’s funny; it’s not nice, but it’s funny.

Sami: I didn’t do anything except make sure that Eric found his way out of a miserable marriage.

Lucas: Well, don’t be modest. You did a lot more than that. I mean, you–you put public humiliation on a whole new level. You know, I’m actually surprised
you didn’t take Nicole down to The Square and shave her head. That would’ve been great.

Sami: I don’t know why you’re after me about this. I didn’t do anything. Xander’s the one who barged into that party and shot off his big mouth about what they–

Lucas: Oh, Sami, stop, stop. We both know you, and we both know what you did.

Sami: Okay, fine. Of course you know me. And you’ve certainly been part of your fair share of my schemes. So where does this moral superiority come from?

Lucas: I don’t know, I guess I’m just choking on the hypocrisy here.

Sami: What?

Lucas: You played God. I mean, you broke up Nicole’s marriage, and you’re actually guilty of the same sin she is. So what would happen if you and EJ threw a party, and someone announced what happened with us?

Sami: Okay, look. Let’s stay quiet about it, okay? We agreed to never talk about this again.

Lucas: No, you can’t do that. You can’t just push delete and act like it didn’t happen.

Sami: Yes, I can. And you can too.

Lucas: No, I can’t. I can’t because I’m not like you. In fact, Sami, I almost told EJ everything.


Nicole: “Dearest EJ, I’m thrilled to know that you’ve fully recovered and have decided to reclaim DiMera from Jake. I only regret that my current circumstances prevent me from cheering you on in person. Rest assured that I would’ve given you and Chad my vote.” Okay, so why did you give me this?

Philip: Just keep reading.

Nicole: “Since I was unable to do that, I’ll give you something just as valuable: The truth.”

Philip: Now you’re getting to the good part.

Nicole: “Please know that I take no pleasure in sharing this information. But you’re my brother, and you have a right to know that Sami, the wife you adore, has been sleeping with another man.”

Philip: You were right last night. Sami isn’t without sin, and now you have the proof.


Nicole: “I confronted Sami, and she finally admitted that she cheated on you with none other than Lucas Horton.” So Sami did sleep with Lucas, and Kristen found out, and she started blackmailing them.

Philip: And assigned them the task of getting Chloe out of the picture.

Nicole: Okay, so this– this letter is addressed to EJ. How did you get it?

Philip: Does it matter? Let’s just say it was intercepted. I thought you might wanna return it to its rightful owner.

Nicole: Mm-hmm. And what are you getting out of this?

Philip: Well, it’s always a pleasure to screw up EJ’s life. But the main thing is that with Lucas being Lucas, he didn’t just sleep with her; he fell in love with her all over again.

Nicole: Ah, poor guy.

Philip: Yeah, well, he is my brother, and I want him to be happy.

Nicole: Mm-hmm. So why don’t you give him the letter?

Philip: Unlike anyone else in Salem, he won’t play dirty.

Nicole: And that’s where I come in.

Philip: I’m gonna leave that letter with you. What you do with it is up to you.

Nicole: So I could refuse to stoop to Sami’s level and destroy this letter. Or I could, as you said, pay her back in kind.


EJ: Hypothetically, even if Samantha had something to do with the events of last night–

Belle: Okay, that’s like– that’s like saying, “hypothetically, two plus two is four.”

EJ: That doesn’t make her a conniving bitch. Her tactics might have been a little extreme, but she was mainly just trying to protect her brother.

Belle: Oh, come on. You don’t really believe that, do you? Sami did not give a second thought to what last night would do to Eric.

EJ: That’s not true.

Belle: Okay, EJ, come on. It’s a matter of public record that when it comes to Nicole, Sami will stop at nothing. I mean, just look at what– what she did at Henry’s custody hearing. She went so far as to have Jan Spears released from a mental hospital. This is a woman whose– whose sole purpose in life is to terrorize me and my family. This is a woman who tried to kill my daughter. And to Sami, that’s just collateral damage.

EJ: I think we should just get back to business.

Belle: Fine. You know, it will never cease to amaze me that a man as clinical and cynical and Machiavellian as you still can’t see Sami for who she really is.  And god help her if you ever do.


Abe: So what do you mean, “something’s off”?

Theo: Last night, I walked in on Ciara talking to Allie, and Ciara seemed really upset, and when I asked them what they were talking about, she said that she had just asked Allie to be her maid of honor. But neither one of them seemed very happy about it.

Lani: Women get really emotional about their wedding. Okay, don’t overthink that.

Theo: Well, and everyone keeps trying to talk me out of it, but I don’t know. I just–I think Ciara would fall apart if I backed out.

Abe: Well, we shouldn’t have butted in.

Theo: Well, Chad had kind of said the same thing, that we should wait, but like I said, I don’t know if Ciara could handle it.

Lani: Look. Ciara is gonna be fine because she has you. Right? So about this best man, I have an idea. What about Eli?

Theo: Would he mind?

Lani: Mind? He would be honored. He’s gonna meet us at the church, so I will just call and let him know.

Theo: Okay.

[Phone ringing]

Lani: Look at that. It’s him.

Lani: Hey, baby. Perfect timing. Um, I wanted to ask you– oh. Yeah, but, um–mm. I will let him know. I love you too. Bye.

Theo: What now?

Lani: One of his court cases got moved up, and he has to be there to testify. Otherwise, the perp would walk. He’s really sorry.

Theo: Yeah. Me too.


Shawn: Well, it’s a good thing you booked the chapel and not the cathedral.

Ciara: Oh, ha, ha. Oh, you think you’re funny. I know you think that’s funny, but I am getting really tired of your running commentary.

Shawn: Okay, I’m done. I’m sorry; I’ll stop.

Ciara: Okay, good. And where is Allie? She’s supposed to be here–hi.

Allie: Hi, I’m so sorry I’m late, but I ran into Chanel, and we just, um–

Ciara: Oh, you guys just stopped to get croissants?

Allie: No, Ciara, it’s really good news–her mom is backing down, and she’s chilling out with the demolition of the square, so–

Shawn: Wow, that’s great news.

Allie: I know!

Ciara: It’s also a great day to get married. Yeah, uh, just to let you know, my big brother over here has been making really rude, hurtful remarks about my wedding this entire morning, and I would really, really appreciate it if you didn’t do the same.

Allie: Okay.

Ciara: And I also wanna hear nothing about my last wedding. Like, nothing.

Allie: Okay.

Ciara: Yeah, last night, Allie tried to take me on a trip down memory lane, telling me how beautiful and wonderful my last wedding was, and how Ben was this perfect pillar of perfection, and–

Allie: Ciara. I’m sorry, okay? I will not bring it up again. I promise.

Ciara: Good. Thank you.

Allie: Um, well, let’s make sure that your hair’s perfect.

Shawn: Is there anything I can do to help?

Ciara: Just, uh, make sure that nothing else goes wrong, okay?


Ben: So you’re gonna go back to your house, you’re gonna text me when Ciara’s leaving. I’m gonna be around the corner on my bike. I’m gonna zoom in, throw her on the back, take off.

Claire: Okay, I’m not sure if this is romantic or just toxic masculinity, but that is a very dangerous plan.

Ben: That is what you just told me her dad did.

Claire: Yeah, back in the dark ages.

Ben: Okay, well, then I’ll find another form of transportation. Either way, you need to text me when Ciara’s leaving.

Claire: No, Ben, I can’t do that. Ciara does not want me there. Remember, I told you this. I tried to bash some sense into her with a wedding bouquet. Look, maybe there’s someone else.

Ben: You know what? Maybe there is.


Ben: What about Allie?

Claire: What about her?

Ben: She came by to tell me she’s gonna be Ciara’s maid of honor.

Allie: Yeah, I know.

Ben: Yeah, but Claire, she’s only doing it to look after Ciara. She knows this wedding’s a bad idea too. She’s worried about her.

Claire: So worried she’d help you kidnap her? I don’t think so. And look, what if you tell her what you’re planning, and she turns around and tells Ciara?

Ben: That’s the risk I’m willing to take.


Ciara: Um, Shawn. I don’t want Theo to worry. Would you mind going to the church and telling him that I’m gonna be on my way soon?

Shawn: Yeah, I mean, I’ll– I’ll text him right now.

Ciara: Oh, my god. Shawn, just go, please. I don’t want you standing there watching me obviously miserable on your phone, texting away. Please, just go! Oh, my god, I’m so sorry. I’m being a total bitch, huh?

Shawn: No, no. Listen, no. Come on. You’re not. No, you’re not. You’re just getting rid of the guy who’s giving you a hard time on your wedding day.

Ciara: Yeah.

Shawn: I’m sorry about that. Look, I really hope that you and Theo are really happy together. You deserve it. So I’ll see you at the church.

Ciara: Yes.

Shawn: See you there too. All right.

Ciara: Bye. [Sighs] So. Let’s get this show on the road.

Allie: Mm-hmm.

Theo: I guess I don’t have to have a best man.

Lani: No, you don’t. What about a best woman? I could stand up there with you. And I’m pretty sure I would be a better best man to you than a man could ever be.

[Theo and Abe laugh]

Theo: I think you’re right. Thank you.

Abe: Well, all right. Now that we have all that settled, I think we should go.

Theo: I’ll go get the check.

Abe: You know, I’m really worried about this. Ciara sounds pretty fragile.

Lani: I know, but that Theo is gonna stand by Ciara no matter what. So I think our job is to stand by him.

Abe: And keep our mouths shut.


Belle: All right. That should do it.

EJ: I can see why we pay you as well as we do.

Belle: Glad to help. Now I’ve got a wedding to get to.

EJ: I’ll pass all this on to Chad and Kate. Please give Ciara and Theo my best.

Belle: Yeah, will do.

EJ: And I know about your history with Samantha, and I’m sorry you feel the way you do about it. But I really think she was just trying to protect her brother. I mean, she didn’t make up anything about Nicole. All she wanted to do was make sure Eric knew the truth.

Belle: Well, I just wonder how Sami would feel if someone did to her what she did to Nicole.


[Pensive music]

Sami: What the hell are you talking about? Lucas, you promised me you would keep it a secret.

Lucas: I can keep a secret. I can–I told you, I almost told him, but I couldn’t go through with it.

Sami: Why didn’t you? I know how much you hate EJ.

Lucas: You’re right, I do hate him, but I couldn’t go through with it because I love you.


EJ: I’ve emailed you the revised contract. Crisis averted. Right, call me as soon as they’ve signed. Good work, Chad.

[Knock at door]

EJ: [Sighs] Nicole, what the hell are you doing here?


Allie: Makeup, perfect. Hair, gorgeous. And now all we need is the dress. Hey, hey, hey, hey. What’s up with the tears?

Ciara: Um, I don’t know. I guess I’m just really, really happy.

Allie: Right.

Ciara: It’s just that, um, ever since I woke up in the hospital, I feel like I’ve just been looking behind me, you know? And now I finally feel like I’m looking forward.

Allie: Are you sure? I mean, I know you said today is not about you or Ben, but–

Ciara: No, today is not about Ben. It is about me and Theo. Marrying him is all I want, so I’m gonna fix my makeup, um, and then maybe you can help me, uh,
zip up my dress.

Allie: Yeah.

Ciara: Okay.

[Phone rings]

Allie: Ben, hi. Um, I’m with Ciara. She’s getting ready for the wedding.

Ben: I know. That’s why I need your help.


Sami: Lucas, please don’t do this. I told you that I’m with EJ.

Lucas: Listen to me, I didn’t tell you that I love you again to plead my case. I told you I love you because that’s the reason why I didn’t tell EJ. I wanted to rub it in his smug, arrogant face, but I didn’t. I didn’t wanna do that to you.

Sami: You just can’t be objective about EJ because you’re blinded by your hatred for him.

Lucas: Hate doesn’t describe how I feel about him. But you know what, I’ll tell you who understands how I feel. It’s Rafe. Because he knows what it’s like to love and cherish you and loathe the man who treats you like property.

Sami: Okay, Lucas, I think it’s time for you to go.

Lucas: You know what, I’ll never get it. I’ll never understand in a million years why you love this man so much after he’s mistreated you all this time, but you do. You do, so because of that, I– I promise, I’m gonna keep my secret. I won’t tell yours, all right?

Sami: Thank you. And I’m sorry. I’m really sorry for dragging you into this, Lucas.

Lucas: I’m not. I’m not because I love you so much.


Nicole: Are you surprised to see me?

EJ: Not pleasantly. Nicole, if you’re looking for tea and sympathy, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Nicole: Well, I’m definitely not looking for tea. But I won’t say no to a martini.

EJ: And really, you need to start thinking about preserving your last few shreds of dignity. So if you’ve come to whine to me about Samantha, just don’t.

Nicole: I never mentioned that woman’s name.

EJ: Because it would be pathetic if you tried to blame her for your fall from grace. You were the one who married Francis of Assisi and screwed around with
Beelzebub.

Nicole: Oh, we do agree on one thing. What I did to Eric was wrong, and as the unfaithful wife, I deserve whatever happens to me.

EJ: Look, I’m very busy, so why don’t you go spill your guts to your old chum, Chloe? I’m sure she’s really good at throwing a pity party. Years of experience.

Nicole: Well, since you did mention Sami, I have to ask– what’s your take on what she did? Hmm? Do you think it’s okay to expose other people’s sins? That
that’s not playing God with other people’s lives?

EJ: Please, Nicole. You’re embarrassing yourself. You can’t prove Samantha did anything to you. And it’s not her fault that your paramour likes to brag about his conquests.

Nicole: Well. I’m having much more fun than I thought I would. And you wanna know the best part? The denouement, if you will?

EJ: I’m calling security. This is absolutely ridic–

Nicole: Your sister wrote you a letter, EJ.

[Suspenseful music]


EJ: Where did you get that?

Nicole: What difference does it make? As they say, read it and weep.

[Dramatic music]

EJ: [Clears throat] You’ve read this?

Nicole: Yes, I have. I’m an adulteress and a snoop.

EJ: This is not funny.

Nicole: Well, I’m having a lot more fun than I did at my anniversary party. And may I point out, at least you’re reading about your slut of a wife in the privacy of your own office. Eric heard about me at the pub in front of his mother and oh, his devoted twin, who we now know is no better than me.


Belle: Hey.

Shawn: Ah, you made it.

Belle: Hey. Is something wrong?

Shawn: Well, let’s just say that I walked in on Claire beating Ciara with her own wedding bouquet and, uh, everything went downhill from there. My mom’s plane got turned around, so she can’t make it. Doug injured his rotator cuff playing racquetball.

Belle: Aw. And?

Lani: Is it this way?

Shawn: And I’m just worried about Ciara, you know. I just think she’s, uh, wound so tightly, you know? How’s my smile?

Belle: Strained. Just like Abe’s.

Abe: Well, it’s good to see you guys.

Theo: Hey. Where’s Ciara?

Shawn: Uh, she’s on her way. Yeah, Allies’ taking care of everything.


Ben: I know if I just get Ciara alone for a little while, I can get her to remember. Allie, are you still there?

Allie: I am. And I’ll do it.

Ben: What?

Allie: I said I’ll do it.

Ben: Really?

Allie: Yes, really.

Ben: Oh, my god, Allie, thank you. Thank you so much.

Allie: I didn’t think that this wedding was a good idea to begin with, but after being with Ciara this morning, I know it’s not.

Ben: God bless you. Thank you again; I gotta go.

Ciara: Who were you talking to?

Ben: Allie’s on board. She’s gonna do it.

Claire: Great, but I just thought of something else. When Ciara doesn’t show up to that church, nobody’s gonna believe that she stood Theo up, so they’re gonna start looking for her.

Ben: Yeah, you’re right. We gotta find a way to stall them.

Claire: Well, I think I just thought of something. Nobody’s gonna start looking for the bride if the bride is standing right there in front of them.

Ben: I don’t get it.

Claire: Just listen.


Allie: Just a problem with Henry’s sitter.

Ciara: Oh, no, don’t tell–

Allie: I just have to run home so quick, but I will be there at the church.  You don’t need to worry about anything.

Ciara: Okay, um, so before you go, could you just zip me up?

Allie: Perfect.

Ciara: Okay.

Allie: By the way, the dress is gorgeous, you are gorgeous, and I will see you at the church.

Ciara: Okay, great. Thank you.

[Suspenseful music]

Allie: [Sighs] And she lived happily ever after.


Sami: Lucas, I– I appreciate what you’re doing, and I just don’t know when EJ’s gonna be back, and I don’t want the two of you to run into each other, so–

Lucas: I know, I know. I got you. [Sighs] Just so you know, if and when things go wrong between you two, I will always be there for you.

[Apprehensive music]


EJ: You’ve done what you set out to do. You can go now.

Nicole: Yes. I guess my work is done here. It has to hurt, knowing that it was Lucas, right? Seems you underestimated his assets.

EJ: [Yelling]

[Line trills]

EJ: I need a new phone number for my sister Kristen. I need it now, damn it!


Theo: Where’s Ciara?

Allie: She’s outside, waiting for Shawn to walk her down the aisle.

Shawn: How’s she doing?

Allie: I think she’s gonna be fine.

Ben: When everybody in this town thought that Vincent had killed you, I never gave up on you. I found you. I saved you. And I will never, ever forget that day.

Ciara: [Panting] No. No, Ben means nothing to me. He means absolutely nothing to me.

Ben: [Sighs]

[Apprehensive music]


Philip: Lucas. I was just looking for you. Where you been?

Lucas: I was just talking to Sami.

Philip: Did you tell her about the letter?

Lucas: No, it’s gone. What’s the point?

Philip: Actually, I have a confession to make.


Nicole: Well, Sami, you did it. You destroyed my marriage. Now let’s see how you like it.


Sami: Ha! Ej! Hi! What are you doing home so early?

Ej: I know. Just for some reason, I had this overwhelming urge to come home to my loving, faithful wife.


[Wedding march playing]

Claire: Surprise.


[Tense music]

Ciara: Um, driver? You just missed the turn. Hello? This isn’t the way to the church. Excuse me.

Ben: That’s because we aren’t going to the church.

Ciara: Ben?

Ben: Happy anniversary, Ciara.

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Nicole sits at home with the smashed photo of her and Eric while drinking a glass of wine. Philip knocks on the door. Nicole tells him it’s not a good time but Philip insists that it’s important so she answers. Nicole informs him that Eric left last night. Philip says he’s sorry to hear that. Nicole guesses he’s not surprised. Nicole talks about Eric not wanting to stick around after finding out she had sex with Xander. Nicole offers him a drink but Philip says it’s a little early for him. Nicole wonders what time it is in Africa. Philip states that he has something for her. Nicole responds that if it’s not alcohol, she doesn’t want it. Philip thinks she will once she knows what it is. Philip asks how she would like to pay Sami back in kind. Philip says what happened last night reeked of Sami. Nicole agrees and asks what he means by paying her back. Philip declares that Sami blew up Nicole’s marriage and now she can return the favor as he presents her Kristen’s letter. Nicole asks what that is. Philip calls it the detonating device to blow up Sami’s marriage.

Lucas stands in the living room of the DiMera Mansion and thinks back to retrieving Kristen’s letter from the fireplace when Sami attempted to burn it. Sami comes in and questions what the hell he’s doing here.

Ciara tells Shawn that she’s sick and tired of talking about it, as she and Theo are getting married today. Ciara complains that if Hope and Doug can’t make it then that’s just bad luck, not the universe conspiring against the wedding. Shawn tells her not to be so sure about that.

Claire asks if Ben really thinks this is a good idea. Ben says he doesn’t know but he does know that it’s his last chance because if Ciara marries Theo, then those vows will be the ones that she remembers and he will lose her forever. Claire asks if he really thinks taking her back to the cabin will get her memory back. Ben says if anything will, it’s the cabin because that’s where it all started. Ben declares that he has to do this.

Theo finishes his call and informs Lani and Abe that something came up at DiMera Enterprises and Chad had to fly out to New York so he can’t make the wedding. Theo complains that it’s a few hours before his wedding and he no longer has a best man. Abe points out that he would step in but he’s officiating the wedding. Theo asks why he feels that something is really off about this wedding.

Ben tells Claire that he shouldn’t even be talking about this with her. Claire points out that they talk about everything as they are friends. Ben explains that this is a crime, so if it comes out that he told her and she didn’t turn him in, then she could be charged. Claire assures that she’s not going to turn him in and decides she thinks Ben is right. Claire says this isn’t just about him wanting Ciara back because Ciara is about to do something that she will regret for the rest of her life without even thinking about the consequences. Claire asks what if Ciara marries Theo, then gets her memories back of how much she loved Ben. Claire declares that divorcing Theo would destroy him but asks what not divorcing him would do to her. Ben talks about how Allie was trying to tell Ciara about their wedding and their love until she told her to stop talking. Ben adds that Allie thinks Ciara is starting to remember and that it scares her. Claire responds that she loves Ciara, but she also loves Theo, so for his sake, she wants to help stop the wedding.

Shawn informs Ciara that he just got a text from Belle about a crisis at DiMera, so she can’t make it to the wedding either. Ciara calls it not the end of the world and says she didn’t even give much notice, so she can’t get upset that some people can’t make it. Shawn suggests everyone would understand if she postponed but Ciara refuses.

EJ and Belle work at the DiMera office. EJ remembers Ciara’s wedding but Belle tells him that she already told Shawn that she can’t make it. EJ is sorry as he completely forgot. Belle understands it’s a multi-million dollar time sensitive deal and she’s on retainer. Belle asks if he thinks Kate and Chad can buy them time in New York. EJ says not much and he thinks their client’s timing was calculated to see how much more they can squeeze out of them. EJ talks about how cut throat the business can be as people can look you in the eye and stab you in the back. Belle relates that to Sami, feeling that Sami stabbed Nicole in the back at the party last night. EJ says she is mistaken since Xander did the stabbing. Belle remarks that a co-conspirator is just as guilty as the killer. Belle then calls Sami the came conniving bitch she’s always been.

Sami asks Lucas again what he’s doing here. Lucas says he wants to talk to her. Sami says they don’t have anything to talk about. Lucas brings up the party last night and says according to Philip, she was amazing and triumphant as she brought Nicole to her knees. Sami remarks that it’s a position she’s familiar with. Sami claims that she didn’t do anything but make sure that Eric found his way out of a miserable marriage. Lucas declares that she put public humiliation on a whole new level. Sami doesn’t know why he’s on her about this, claiming she didn’t do anything while Xander barged in to the party and shot off his mouth. Lucas says they both know Sami and what she did. Sami acknowledges that Lucas has been part of his fair share of her schemes so she questions his moral superiority. Lucas guesses he’s just choking on the hypocrisy since Sami played God by breaking up Nicole’s marriage when she’s guilty of the same sin. Lucas asks what would happen if Sami and EJ threw a party and someone announced what happened with them. Sami reminds Lucas to stay quiet because they agreed to never talk about that again. Lucas argues that they can’t pretend it never happened. Lucas then admits that he almost told EJ everything.

Nicole reads Kristen’s letter to EJ as Philip encourages her. Nicole reads that Sami slept with another man. Philip declares that Nicole was right that Sami is not without sin, and now she has the proof. Nicole finishes the letter and states that Sami did sleep with Lucas, then Kristen found out and blackmailed them. Philip adds that Kristen assigned them the task of getting Chloe out of the picture. Nicole points out that the letter is addressed to EJ, so she asks how he got it. Philip asks if it matters and says it was intercepted. Philip thought she might want to return it to it’s rightful owner. Nicole asks what he’s getting out of this. Philip responds that it’s always a pleasure to screw up EJ’s life, but the main thing is that Lucas didn’t just sleep with Sami but fell in love with her all over again. Philip states that Lucas is his brother and he wants him to be happy. Nicole questions not giving Lucas the letter then. Philip says unlike anyone else in Salem, Lucas won’t play dirty. Nicole guesses that’s where she comes in. Philip declares that he will leave the letter with her and what she does with it is up to her. Nicole says she could refuse to stoop to Sami’s level and destroy the letter, or she could pay her back in kind.

EJ tells Belle that even if Sami had something to do with the events of last night, that doesn’t make her a conniving bitch as she was mainly trying to protect her brother. Belle argues that Sami didn’t give a second thought as to what last night would do to Eric which EJ disagrees with. Belle says when it comes to Nicole, Sami will stop at nothing. Belle brings up what Sami did at Henry’s custody hearing and how she had Jan Spears released from a mental hospital. Belle talks about how Jan’s purpose was to terrorize her and tried to kill her daughter, but to Sami that’s just collateral damage. EJ suggests they just get back to business. Belle says it will never cease to amaze her that a man like EJ still can’t see Sami for who she really is, and God help her if he ever does.

Abe asks Theo what he means by something is off. Theo brings up how last night he walked in on Ciara talking to Allie, and Ciara seemed really upset and how neither of them seemed happy about Allie being her maid of honor. Lani encourages him not to overthink it. Theo says everyone keeps trying to talk him out of it, but he thinks Ciara would fall apart if he backed out. Theo admits that Chad said the same thing that they should wait, but he doesn’t know if Ciara could handle that. Lani assures that Ciara will be fine because she has him. Lani then suggests Eli as Theo’s best man. Lani says Eli will meet them at the church so she will call and let him know. Lani then gets a call from Eli first and says he had perfect timing, but instead Eli informs Lani that one of his court cases got moved up and he has to be there to testify, so he can’t make the wedding.

Ciara tells Shawn that she’s getting tired of his running commentary. Ciara asks where Allie is. Allie then arrives and apologizes for being late as she just ran in to Chanel and found out that Paulina is backing down on tearing down the town square. Shawn calls that great news while Ciara says it’s also a great day to get married. Ciara complains that Shawn has been making rude and hurtful remarks about her wedding all day, so she would appreciate if Allie didn’t do the same. Ciara also doesn’t want to hear anything about her last wedding. Ciara tells Shawn about how Allie tried to take her down memory lane last night about her wedding to Ben. Allie apologizes and promises not to bring it up again. Allie wants to make sure Ciara’s hair is perfect. Shawn asks if he can do anything to help. Ciara tells him to just make sure that nothing else goes wrong.

Ben instructs Claire to go home and text him when Ciara is leaving, then he will zoom in on his motorcycle, throw her on the back and take off. Claire calls that a very dangerous plan. Ben points out that it’s what she just told him that Bo did. Claire says that was in the dark ages. Ben says he’ll find another form of transportation but Claire needs to text him when Ciara is leaving. Claire argues that she can’t do that because Ciara doesn’t want her there. Claire suggests maybe there is someone else which Ben agrees with. Ben brings up Allie being Ciara’s maid of honor and only doing it to look out for her because she knows this wedding is a bad idea too. Claire doesn’t think Allie would help him kidnap Ciara and worries that she could tell Ciara what he’s planning. Ben decides that’s a risk he’s willing to take.

Ciara tells Shawn that she doesn’t want Theo to worry, so she asks him to go to the church and tell Theo that she will be on her way soon. Shawn says he can just text him now but Ciara asks him to just go, because she doesn’t want him standing there watching her while miserable. Ciara then apologizes for being a total bitch. Shawn understands that she’s just getting rid of the guy giving her a hard time on her wedding day. Shawn says he’s sorry about that and he really hopes that she and Theo are real happy together, because she deserves it. Shawn tells her and Allie that he will see them at the church as he exits. Ciara says to Allie to get the show on the road.

Theo guesses he doesn’t have to have a best man. Lani offers to stand in as his best woman which Theo accepts. Abe says now that they got that settled, they should go. Theo goes to get the check. Abe admits to Lani that he’s really worried about this as Ciara sounds pretty fragile. Lani knows Theo will stand by Ciara no matter what, so their job is to stand by him. Abe agrees to keep their mouths shut.

Belle finishes up her work and tells EJ that she’s glad to help and now has a wedding to get to. EJ says he will pass it on to Chad and Kate and tells her to send his best to Ciara and Theo. EJ adds that he knows about Belle’s history with Sami and he’s sorry she feels how she does about her, but he really thinks she was just trying to protect her brother. EJ states that Sami didn’t make anything up about Nicole and all she wanted to do was make sure Eric knew the truth. Belle just wonders how Sami would feel if someone did to her what she did to Nicole. Belle then exits the office.

Sami asks Lucas what he’s talking about when he promised to keep their secret. Lucas repeats that he almost told EJ, but he couldn’t go through with it. Sami asks why he didn’t since she knows how much he hates EJ. Lucas responds that he couldn’t go through with it, because he loves her.

EJ finishes a call with Chad as Nicole then shows up at the office. EJ questions what the hell she is doing there.

Allie tells Ciara that her makeup and hair are perfect, so now they just need her dress. Ciara starts crying and says she’s just really happy. Ciara says ever since she woke up in the hospital, she has been looking back and now she finally feels like she’s looking forward. Allie asks if she’s sure. Ciara insists that today is not about Ben as marrying Theo is all she wants. Ciara asks Allie to help her zip up her dress as she goes to get dressed. Allie then gets a call from Ben. Allie tells him that she’s with Ciara getting ready for the wedding. Ben says that’s why he needs her help.

Sami asks Lucas not to do this as she is with EJ. Lucas says he didn’t tell her that he loves her again to plead his case, but because that’s the reason he didn’t tell EJ. Lucas admits that he wanted to rub it in EJ’s face but he didn’t want to do that to her. Sami argues that he just can’t be objective about EJ because he’s blinded by his hatred for him. Lucas says hate doesn’t describe it. Lucas adds that Rafe understands how he feels, because he knows what it’s like to love and cherish Sami while loathing a man who treats her like property. Sami thinks it’s time for Lucas to go. Lucas will never understand why she loves EJ so much, after he’s mistreated her all this time, but she does. Lucas promises to keep their secret because of that. Sami thanks him and says she’s really sorry for dragging him in to this. Lucas says he’s not because he loves her so much as Sami cries.

Nicole asks if EJ is surprised to see her. EJ says if she’s looking for tea and sympathy, she’s come to the wrong place. EJ suggests she think about preserving her dignity and tells her not to whine about Sami. Nicole says she never mentioned Sami. EJ adds that it would be pathetic if she tried to blame Sami for her fall from grace. EJ says that Nicole married Eric then screwed around with Xander. Nicole agrees that what she did was wrong so she deserves whatever happens to her. EJ tells her that he’s very busy so he suggests she go spill her guts to Chloe. Nicole says that since EJ did mention Sami, she has to ask his take on what she did. Nicole asks if EJ thinks it’s okay to expose other peoples’ sins like that’s not playing God with other people’s lives. EJ argues that she can’t prove Sami did anything to her and it’s not her fault that Xander likes to brag about his conquests. Nicole calls this more fun than she thought. EJ threatens to call security but Nicole then reveals that his sister wrote him a letter, which she presents to him. EJ questions where she got that. Nicole asks what difference it makes and tells him to read it and weep. EJ takes the letter from her and reads it. EJ asks if Nicole read it, which she confirms. Nicole says she’s having a lot more fun than at her anniversary party. Nicole adds that at least EJ is reading about her slut of a wife in the privacy of his own office while Eric had to hear about it at the Pub in front of his mother and his devoted twin, who they now know is no better than her.

Belle joins Shawn at the church. Shawn is surprised she made it. Belle asks if something is wrong. Shawn tells her that he walked in on Claire beating Ciara with her own wedding bouqet and it all went downhill from there. Shawn explains that Hope and Doug can’t make it. Shawn talks about being worried about Ciara. Abe and Lani then arrive with Theo. Theo asks where Ciara is. Shawn responds that she’s on her way and that Allie is taking care of everything.

Ben knows that if he gets Ciara alone for a little while, he can get her to remember. Allie tells him that she’ll do it which surprises Ben. Ben thanks her. Allie didn’t think the wedding was a good idea to begin with, but after being with Ciara, she knows it’s not. Ben thanks her again and hangs up. Ciara comes back and asks who Allie was talking to. Ben informs Claire that Allie is on board and she’s going to do it. Claire points out that when Ciara doesn’t show up at the church, no one will believe that she stood Theo up so they are going to start looking for her. Ben agrees that they have to find a way to stall them. Claire thinks she thought of something and suggests that no one will look for the bride, if the bride is standing there in front of them.

Allie claims to Ciara that she had a problem with Henry’s babysitter so she has to run home real quick, but she will be at the church so she has nothing to worry about. Ciara asks her to zip up her dress before she goes, so she does. Allie tells Ciara that she looks gorgeous and she’ll see her at the church as she hurries out. Ciara comments on living happily ever after.

Sami appreciates what Lucas is doing but she doesn’t know when EJ is going to be back and she doesn’t want them to run in to each other. Lucas says he understands and will go. Lucas tells Sami that if or when things go wrong between her and EJ, he will always be there for her. Lucas then exits the mansion as Sami holds back tears.

EJ tells Nicole that she’s done what she set out to do, so she can go now. Nicole guesses her work is done here. Nicole adds that it has to hurt knowing that it was Lucas and remarks that EJ underestimated his assets. Nicole then exits the office. EJ throws everything off his desk and screams in frustration. EJ grabs his phone and makes call, demanding a phone number for Kristen.

Allie goes to the church and tells Theo that Ciara is outside, waiting for Shawn to walk her down the aisle, so Shawn goes outside with Allie.

Ciara looks in the mirror and thinks back to Ben telling her how he saved her and never gave up on her. Ciara tells herself that Ben means absolutely nothing to her.

Ben looks at he and Ciara’s wedding photo and then leaves his place in a suit.

Lucas goes to the Brady Pub and runs in to Philip, who says he was just looking for him and asks where he’s been. Lucas informs him that he was talking to Sami. Philip asks if he told her about the letter. Lucas says no as the letter is gone so he asks what’s the point. Philip then reveals he has a confession to make.

Nicole goes home and declares that Sami destroyed her marriage, so now they will see how she likes it.

EJ goes home. Sami greets him with a kiss and asks what he’s doing home so early. EJ responds that for some reason, he had an overwhelming urge to come home to his loving, faithful wife…

The wedding begins as Shawn walks down the aisle to Theo with his bride, but Theo lifts the veil to reveal Claire instead of Ciara, leaving everyone confused.

Ciara is on her way to her wedding and points out that they just missed the turn. Her driver turns out to be Ben, who says they aren’t going to the church, and wishes her a happy anniversary.

 

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Ben talked to Claire about how he was going to stop Ciara’s wedding. Claire didn’t want to see Theo get hurt once Ciara got her memory back. Ciara wanted to get married despite the setbacks that kept happening to the wedding. Philip told Nicole that Sami was responsible for her marriage being ruined. She knew she it was a party that she was behind. Philip gave her a chance to pay her back for what she did. Lucas was at the DiMera mansion to see Sami. He thought about how he found the letter. Sami wondered why he was there. He wanted to talk about what happened at Eric and Nicole’s anniversary party. Lucas couldn’t believe what she did to Nicole. She tried to deny it, but he knew what she did. He said he was choking on her hypocrisy because she did the same thing to EJ. He wanted to know how she would react if someone did the same thing to her. He admitted that he almost told EJ what they did. Nicole read the letter Kristen wrote. She realized that Sami did cheat on EJ. Philip told Nicole that Lucas fell in love with Sami. She wondered why Philip didn’t give the letter to Lucas. Belle insulted Sami to EJ. EJ tried to defend her, but Belle said she was still the same person. She didn’t care about destroying Eric. She told him how Sami was the one who got Jan out of the hospital to win Henry. EJ wanted to get back to business. She still couldn’t believe that EJ couldn’t see Sami for the person she was. Theo wondered what was wrong with his wedding since people kept backing out of it. He felt like Ciara would fall apart if something happened to the wedding.

Ciara told Allie that she didn’t want to hear about her last wedding. She promised not to say anything about it. Ben went over his plan to take Ciara from the wedding. Claire told him that it was a dangerous plan. He reminded her that her grandfather did the same thing. She reminded him that she wasn’t allowed at the wedding. Lucas told Sami he loved her. She told him not to do this because she was with EJ. Lucas said he loved her, which was why he didn’t tell EJ the truth. He said he didn’t understand why she loved EJ so much after the way he treated her. He said he wouldn’t tell the secret because he loved her. She thanked him for being willing to keep the secret. She said she was sorry for dragging him into this. He said he wasn’t because he loved her. Nicole went to see EJ. He didn’t want to hear what she had to say. He said he didn’t want to hear what she had to say about Sami. He said it was her own fault that she was exposed. Nicole asked him what he thought about what Sami did. She asked if he thought it was okay for Sami to play God with someone else’s life. He said it wasn’t Sami’s fault that Xander wanted to brag about his conquest. Nicole told him his sister wrote him a letter. EJ read the letter. Nicole told him that he got to read it in private. She said that Sami made sure Eric found out in a public place. Allie agreed to help Ben. Claire told Ben that people would look for Ciara if she weren’t at the church. She had an idea to have them think she was marrying Theo. Lucas told Sami he would be there for her if something went wrong with EJ. EJ was livid at the idea of Sami being with Lucas.

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Ben had a dream about his wedding to Ciara. He looked at the wedding picture when someone was knocking on the door. He thought it was Ciara. It turned out to be Allie. She said she tried to talk Ciara out of getting married, but it didn’t work. She said she thought she might have gotten through to her about her love of Ben. He said he had to do something before it was too late.

Claire saw Ciara at her house getting ready for the wedding. Claire tried to talk Ciara out of getting married. While Claire was talking to her, Ciara slapped her. Claire hit her with a bouquet. Shawn broke up the fight. He told Claire to leave. Claire said it was her house. Ciara said it was her mother’s house. She asked where Hope was. He said Hope’s plane had mechanical problems and had to turn back around. He said Hope wanted her to go through with the ceremony. Claire said Ciara was only marrying Theo because she was afraid of remembering her love for Ben. She called her a coward. Shawn tried to convince Ciara not to marry Theo. He said it was too fast. When she got emotional, he stopped talking. He apologized to her. She said she wished Hope was there. Julie showed up and told them Doug was hurt and needed surgery. She said they were going to miss the wedding. She gave Ciara the gift before she left. Ciara thought the wedding was getting off to a great start. He wondered if this was a sign telling her not to get married. She said she didn’t believe in signs like that anymore. She said she was going to marry Theo. Claire went to see Ben. She told him about the fight she had with Ciara. She said he was better off without Ciara. He said he was never giving up on Ciara. He said he was determined to stop her from marrying Theo. He said he had a plan. He said he was going to kidnap her before she married Theo. Claire said it was just like what Bo did with Hope. Claire questioned whether it was a good idea.

 

 

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Days Transcript Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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Eli: You’re still here? I thought you’re going to breakfast with your dad.

Lani: Yeah, I’m late. And can you put some clothes on before chanel wakes up?

Eli: She done already seen it before.

Lani: And never again, all right?

Chanel: Not to worry, lani. This time, I took precautions.

Lani: [Laughs]

Paulina: Julie, I hope this isn’t too early.

Julie: [Exhales sharply]

Paulina: Guess I’d better get used to that. [Sighs]

Theo: So, have you figured out how to stop paulina from tearing down the square?

Abe: Well, our lawyers are filing another plea today, but not very optimistic about our chances.

Theo: Dad, if it would help for you to be there, that’s totally fine with me.

Abe: No, no.

Theo: I know how important this is to you, to everyone.

Abe: Theo, if you’re getting married today, that’s where I will be.

Theo: What do you mean, if?

Abe: I think you should call the wedding off.

Julie: Do you, ciara alice brady, take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband?

Ciara: [Sobs] I do. [Sniffles]

Julie: And do you, benjamin oliver weston, take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?

Ben: I do.

Julie: Then by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

Ciara: [Laughs softly]

Julie: You may kiss your bride.

[Delicate music]

Ben: [Sighs]

[Knocking on door]

Ben: Ciara? Oh, I…

Allie: You were expecting somebody else?

Ben: [Sighs]

Claire: What are you doing here?

Ciara: [Laughs] What does it look like I’m doing, claire? I’m getting ready for my wedding.

Claire: In this house? I don’t think so.

Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”

[Soft orchestration]

Theo: You think I should call off the wedding?

Abe: You know, it really feels like you and ciara have only been together for a couple months.

Theo: But I’ve known her my whole life.

Abe: Well, I still think you should give it a little more time. What if ciara starts to remember being married to ben? Being happy with ben. I don’t want the woman you love pulling the rug out from under you.

Theo: Let me ask you something. Is this about me and ciara, or is this about you and paulina?

[Knocking on door]

Julie: When I slammed the door in your face, it was my way of saying, “go away!”

Paulina: Please, julie, I really think we need to talk.

Julie: I’m not interested in talking to a money grubbing, power-hungry person who is going to bulldoze the square dedicated to my grandparents.

Paulina: Please–

Julie: Oh, do you have your eye on some more prime real estate? Looking over our home? Wanna turn it into a waffle house?

Paulina: I didn’t come to fight.

Julie: Well, all you’re going to get is conflict from me.

Paulina: I came to apologize.

Allie: I just wanted to give you a heads-up. Ciara and theo are getting married today.

Ben: Yeah, claire already told me.

Allie: Right. Well, there’s something else that I want you to know. Ciara asked me to be her maid of honor, and I said yes.

Ben: Great. Great, that is great. I’m sure you’re really busy, and you probably got a lot to do. So why are you here?

Allie: Ben, I know that you’re hurt, okay? And I don’t even think that this wedding that’s going on– I don’t think it’s a good idea.

Ben: But you’re still about to be her maid of honor.

Allie: Yes, I am. Because I love ciara, okay, and I know how hurt she’d be if I refused. Ben, look what she’s been through this year. She’s gonna marry theo whether or not I’m her maid of honor. I just don’t feel like I can turn my back on her.

Ben: I have no beef with you, allie. I get it.

Allie: I tried. I tried to get her to wait, but she wouldn’t listen. And getting married on your anniversary– I have no idea why she feels like she has to do that.

Ben: No, I do. She’s trying to prove to herself and everybody else that she hates me.

Ciara: I don’t need your permission, claire, to do anything. Besides, my brother already told me that I can get ready here.

Claire: Well, if you think I’m gonna help you, you’re nuts.

Claire: Did I ask you to help me? The last thing I want right now is your help. Besides, allie is my maid of honor, so if you could kindly get the hell out of here, that would be great.

Claire: You know, I cannot believe you are actually going ahead with this farce!

Ciara: Farce? [Scoffs] How dare you call my marrying theo a farce? I love him, claire.

Claire: Not the way you love ben.

Ciara: I want you to leave. I want you to get outta here.

Claire: You know what? You are gonna end up hurting ben and theo!

Claire: You don’t know that, claire, you don’t know anything, obviously.

Claire: I know that you are making a terrible mistake, and that this is gonna be a huge disaster! That is why I am trying to talk you out of this!

Ciara: Okay, well, all you’re doing is making me mad as hell.

Claire: [Sighs softly] Ciara, please. If you would just stop for a second and listen to the people who care about you, you would see that–

Ciara: Oh, like who? The people who care about me? Like the girl who tried to set me on fire, twice? Wow. [Laughs] I actually got you to shut up for once.

Claire: You cannot talk to me like that in my own house. You need to leave. Get out.

Ciara: Claire, what are you doing? Stop, let go of me, or else!

Claire: Or else, what?

Ciara: This.

Claire: [Grunts]

Ciara: [Panting] I have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

Lani: Eli, why don’t you go get dressed so chanel doesn’t have to walk around blind?

Eli: Right, all right. Enjoy your breakfast. I’ll see you at the church.

Lani: Okay. You can take the mask off now.

Chanel: Sorry to be such a pain. It’s really nice of you to let me stay.

Lani: Yeah, well, considering everything that happened with your mom, we couldn’t just kick you to the curb.

Chanel: I’m so done with her. You know what she told me the other night? That I could open my bakery inside price town. Like that was supposed to make everything right.

Lani: And I assume you turned her down, right?

Chanel: Yeah, you bet. If she wants to make things right between us, she’s gonna have to do much better than that.

Paulina: Oh, what a lovely home. Oh, and just look at this picture of you and doug. [Chuckles] It’s no wonder you two have made it through the years. You can just tell the two of you are head over heels.

Julie: So far your apology sounds like that folksy down home load of horse pucky you’ve been spreading all over salem.

Paulina: Sorry, it’s just gotten to be second nature.

Julie: Can we cut to the chase? I do have a lot to do today.

Paulina: Right, right. We both know we got off to a rocky start.

Julie: Well, calling me that old white lady– you know, it doesn’t set quite the same tone as, “pleased to meet you.”

Paulina: No. And then, like I always do, I tried to take over, to commandeer the christening.

Julie: You have commandeered everything in this town. And lied through your teeth the entire time. And I have not yet heard my apology.

Paulina: Well, if you’d just give me the chance– I’m sorry. Didn’t mean to snap.
[Sighs] I, uh–just, uh– this is hard for me.

Julie: I can imagine.

Paulina: There was this awful, awful moment when I was standing right before your grandparents’ plaque and abe started talking about them with such respect and affection and love. So I knew then that they must’ve been really good people, special people. And I thought to myself, “what have I done here?”

Julie: I’m sure you’ll be standing by with a hanky and sobbing into it when your wrecking ball smashes their plaque to smithereens.

[Cell phone ringing]

Paulina: No, julie–

Julie: Uh… I have to take this. Hello, doug. Well, you’ll never guess who showed up at the front door. What? Oh, my god!

Allie: Ciara doesn’t hate you, ben.

Ben: No? Then why has she pushed me away since the day that she got back here? Why does she look at me like I make her sick? But most importantly, allie, why is she marrying another man on our anniversary?

Allie: I can’t answer that. I– [Sighs] I just believe that somewhere inside she still loves you.

Ben: She doesn’t remember that. Allie, she doesn’t remember that, and I can’t make her. Because I’ve tried, and I’ve tried. I have spent every waking minute since she came back here trying to jog her memory of us and how much we really love each other. And all it’s doing is making her more and more angry.

Allie: I know. I tried too. And the same thing happened. I just–

Ben: Wait, wait, what? What do you mean you tried too?

Allie: Last night. Maybe I shouldn’t have, but I told her about your wedding, how beautiful she was, how happy the two of you were.

Ben: [Sighs] Nothing, right?

Allie: It didn’t seem to trigger her memory.

Ben: [Sighs] I figured.

Allie: But maybe I got through to her on some level.

Ben: What do you mean, on some level? How so?

Allie: As I was talking about, you know, how much you two love each other, for the briefest moment, I noticed something in her expression change. Like it actually affected her.

Claire: You really shouldn’t have done that.

Ciara: You pushed me too hard, claire.

Claire: Yeah, well, now you’ve pushed me too hard!

Ciara: What are you do–ow! Stop it! Oh, my god, claire! You are ruining the–

Shawn: Whoa!

Ciara: You are crazy! Stop it! [Grunts]

Shawn: What are you doing?

Claire: I’m trying to beat some sense into her!

Ciara: No wonder you were locked up, claire. You’re absolutely crazy!

Shawn: Okay, but seriously, you cannot hit her!

Claire: She slapped me first!

Ciara: Yeah, because he was trying to kick me out of the house!

Claire: How could you let her get ready here and not even tell me about it?

Shawn: Because I thought it would be a good opportunity for the two of you to work things out.

Claire: Oh, right!

Shawn: But you know what? Claire, I think you should leave.

Claire: This is my house!

Ciara: [Scoffs] This is my mother’s house. Where is she, anyway? I thought you were supposed to pick her up from the airport.

Shawn: Well, I’m afraid I have some bad news. I order my groceries online now.

Eli: Did lani take off?

Chanel: Yep. Have you had breakfast? I made pancakes.

Eli: Mmm. Yes, great.

Chanel: What time’s the wedding?

Eli: In a couple hours.

Chanel: I wish I knew theo was engaged before I threw myself at him the other night. That was embarrassing.

Eli: What exactly did you do?

Chanel: I kissed him.

Eli: You kissed him? Just out of the blue?

Chanel: It wasn’t totally out of the blue. I mean, he was my boyfriend at some point.

Eli: I knew that, but I didn’t think you were still into him.

Chanel: Well, I’m not. I was just sort of in a bad place, looking for comfort.

Eli: Oh, ’cause of your mom?

Chanel: No, because of allie. She rejected me.

Allie: I really don’t wanna get your hopes up, but it looked like she had some kind of reaction.

Ben: Can you tell me more, please, like, what do you mean a reaction? Like, she–what, looked sad?

Allie: Sad, yeah, and– I don’t know, maybe I’m imagining it, but it just seemed like she was remembering something that she hadn’t remembered before.

Ben: [Sighs]

Allie: And maybe being in salem will help too.

Ben: I think it would, but, I mean, if she marries theo, they’re gonna go straight back to south africa. They’re never gonna look back. She’s never gonna look back. I have to do something.

Allie: What can you do? I mean, the wedding’s in a couple of hours.

Ben: You’re absolutely right. That means I’m running out of time.

Ciara: You’re scaring me, shawn. Did something happen to mom?

Shawn: No, no, no, no, no. It’s nothing like that. Her plane had some mechanical problems and then they had to turn it back around. So there’s no way that she’s gonna make it today.

Ciara: Great.

Claire: Ciara, think about it. You can’t get married without your mom here.

Ciara: [Scoffs] Well, of course I can. All of the plans are already made, so I’m sure she’ll be okay with it.

Shawn: She said that you should go along with today. She doesn’t wanna ruin it.

Claire: I’m sorry, I do not understand why grandma hope would say that she should go ahead with marrying a man she doesn’t even love!

Ciara: There she goes again!

Claire: And why is everyone pretending like this isn’t gonna end in a huge disaster?

Ciara: Oh, you know what’s a huge disaster? You beating me with my bouquet. You trying to make my life miserable! You trying to make me doubt the love that I have for theo. And it’s not working, claire. It’s not going to work, so why don’t you just leave? Go, get the hell out of here, and go hang out with your buddy-buddy the necktie killer and talk about what a lunatic I am for not wanting to be the wife of a serial killer instead of an honorable, wonderful person who has never killed a single soul.

Shawn: Okay, ciara, okay, all claire is trying to do–

Ciara: All she’s trying to do, shawn, is ruin my life.

Shawn: No, you know that that is not true.

Claire: Dad, just stop defending me. If that is what ciara believes, then fine, I will go. But we both know that the only reason you are so desperate to marry theo today is because you’re just trying to hurt ben. Because you’re afraid, ciara. You’re afraid that eventually you’re gonna remember how much you love him.

Ciara: Believe what you want, claire. I honestly don’t give a damn.

Claire: You know, last night ben told me that you were the bravest person he’d ever known. But right now when I look at you all I see is a coward.

Ciara: [Sighing]

Abe: No, you’re right. Breaking up with paulina makes me think about you and ciara.

Theo: But dad, they’re two totally different situations. Ciara has never lied to me. She doesn’t keep secrets.

Abe: But she could still end up hurting you.

Theo: Dad, I’m not a kid anymore. You don’t need to protect me. I love ciara, and I am willing to take that risk. And really, aren’t there always risks in relationships?

Abe: You remind me of your mother. Sometimes wise as hell, but stubborn as they come.

Theo: That’s me.

Abe: And I love you for it.

Theo: So no more talk of putting off the wedding?

Abe: Agreed.

Lani: Sorry I’m late.

Theo: No problem. It gave me a chance to remind dad that I’m wise as hell and stubborn as they come.
[Both chuckle]

Lani: Oh, I guessing dad tried to get you to postpone the wedding, and you told him no.

Abe: You’re right.

Lani: Well, I’m glad, because after all of the drama the last few weeks, it will be good to celebrate something for a change. So we’ll focus on this wedding and forget all about ms. Paulina price.

Paulina: Lani, abe. I’m glad you’re both here. It’ll make what I have to do a lot easier.

Eli: I figured allie was the girl that you have been crushing on. So tell me, what happened?

Chanel: Well, allie and I had a moment on the fourth of july, and I stupidly got my hopes up.

Eli: What do you mean, moment? Like, she returned the feelings?

Chanel: Yeah. But then the next day, she told me she also had feelings for tripp. So that’s that.

Eli: I’m sorry. I remember when you told me about this friend, you said that you didn’t think that you’d be able to connect with someone the way you connected with her.

Chanel: Yeah. I still don’T. And I wish you hadn’t reminded me because that just makes it harder.

Eli: Hey. Look, you are smart, you’re beautiful, you’re fun. Okay, I’m sure that you’ll find someone out there that is meant just for you. And it’ll be allie’s loss. Hey, was that better? Yes, it was, right?

Chanel: Much.

Eli: Come here.

Allie: Well, I have the wedding to get ready for, so I’m gonna go, but let me know if you need anything.

Ben: Yeah, thank you.

Allie: And ben, I’m really sorry about everything you’re going through right now. I can’t imagine how bad it hurts.

Ben: Thank you.

Allie: I’ll see you around.

Claire: Allie, what are you doing here?

Allie: I was just seeing if ben was okay.

Claire: I just heard that you are gonna be the maid of honor at ciara and theo’s wedding.

Allie: Yeah, lucky me.

Claire: You know, I’m kinda surprised you agreed to that, allie.

Allie: How could I say no, claire? Bye. Take care, ben.

Claire: Well, that was nice of her to stop by.

Ben: Yeah. She is actually a good person. What’s going on with you?

Claire: Well, I just got into a huge fight with ciara.

Ben: Oh.

Claire: Yeah, turns out that she’s getting ready for the wedding at my house. Long story short, she slapped me, so I went at her with the wedding bouquet.

Ben: Oh, my god–good times.

Claire: Yeah, it was kinda horrible, actually.

Ben: Claire, you do not have to fight my battles for me.

Claire: Oh, no, this wasn’t your battle, it was mine. She treats me like dirt too, you know.

Ben: No, I know, but she’s still going through with the wedding, right?

Claire: Yeah, even though grandma hope can’t even make it.

Ben: Good. Why not?

Claire: Mechanical issues with the plane. I mean, her own mother isn’t gonna able to be there, and she still won’t postpone it.

Ben: Yeah, because she’s trying to make sure that it has to be today to stick it to me.

Claire: You know what? The way she’s behaving, I am beginning to think that you’re well rid of her.

Ciara: I hope allie has time to pick up a new bouquet. I mean, look at what claire did to this one. It’s all over the place.

Shawn: I know, I’m sorry. I hate seeing the two of you fighting again.

Ciara: [Sighs] Shawn, I’m sorry that you got caught in the middle. It’s just she makes me so angry.

Shawn: [Sighs] I know. Ciara, she loves, you, though. I know it’s hard to believe, but she just wants to help you.

Ciara: Shawn, she’s your daughter, so you’re defending her. I understand that, but she doesn’t get to weigh in on this. This is my decision to make, not hers. And I know you think that this is a bad idea too, but, unlike claire, at least you’re trying to be on my side.

Shawn: Okay, well, you know what? At the risk of another fight, I’m just gonna– I’m gonna stop trying.

Ciara: Stop trying? What does that mean?

Shawn: It means that– like as much as I wanna support you on this decision, I can’t, in good conscience, not tell you that. Like claire says, I… I really think that you need to postpone this wedding.

Abe: Paulina, this is a family celebration.

Paulina: I promise this won’t take long. And it’s important.

Abe: Well, you have until the waiter comes to take our order.

Paulina: That’s all I need. The other night, you told me if I really wanted to make it up to you, to stop the demolition. Well, I took those words to heart, and as of an hour ago, I called everything off. Horton town square is here to stay. It’s my woke-up-like-this migraine medicine.

Allie: Dupree?

Chanel: Hey, horton, what’s up with the flowers? You and tripp getting married?

Allie: Me and tripp? No. I’m ciara’s maid of honor.

Chanel: Cool.

Allie: So where did you end up staying last night?

Chanel: Lani and eli’S.

Allie: I’m sorry you felt you had to go somewhere else, but it was probably for the best. There was major drama with my aunt nicole and uncle eric. I think they’re done.

Chanel: What, like, divorce done? I’m sorry.

Allie: Anyway, I’m actually glad I ran into you. I wanted to talk to you.

Chanel: About?

Allie: I know you said you were fine about me wanting to be with tripp, but I could tell that I hurt your feelings. I’m sorry for that, and I really hope that me and you can still be friends. If that’s okay with you.

Lani: I thought you said you were gonna lose hundreds of thousands of dollars if you didn’t move forward.

Paulina: I am. But I’m willing to take the hit if I have a chance of fixing things with all of you.

Theo: So, no price town?

Paulina: No. No. I’ll go back to the plan i pitched you in the first place. I’ll connect all of the buildings to create an indoor marketplace and lease those spots to small business owners, with a special emphasis on diversity.

Theo: You’re not gonna make a lot of money that way.

Paulina: No, no, and it’ll probably take a year or more to even turn a profit. But I wanna prove to your father and your sister that they mean more to me than money.

Theo: Well, I think you’ve taken a good first step.

Paulina: And you two? What do you think?

Abe: Well, I’m not sure what to say.

Lani: Okay, you decided to do the right thing; great. But this is theo’s wedding day, and that is what we should focus on.

Paulina: Right, right, of course, of course. Theo, congratulations. I hope you’ll be very happy.

Abe: Well… [Clears throat] That was out of the blue.

Lani: Oh, come on. You–you don’t believe that crap…did you?

Abe: [Sighs]

Ciara: Look, shawn, I thought we settled this already.

Shawn: But–I’m not trying to upset you here. I’m just saying that everything is going so fast. Is there anything wrong with just maybe taking a moment and allowing yourself to think whether or not you’re marrying theo for the right reasons?

Ciara: Shawn, when I woke up in that hospital, I was told I had forgotten years of my life and that I was married to the necktie killer.

Shawn: I know, that’s–

Ciara: And the only person who didn’t have any expectations for me and who didn’t make any demands from me was theo. He made me feel safe, he made me feel loved, and I think those are very, very good reasons to marry someone.

Shawn: Okay, okay. I totally understand that. But answer me this. Why so fast?

Ciara: Damn it, shawn, please! [Sighs] It’s bad enough that mom can’t be here, and now to think that my own brother doesn’t even want me to go through with this. [Sighs]

Shawn: Okay, you’re right, you’re right, you’re right, you’re right. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, all right? I shouldn’t have said anything. Sorry.

Ciara: It’s fine. You were just looking out for me.

Shawn: I’m trying.

Ciara: I want mom to be here.

Shawn: I know. Look, I do too. Look, she feels terrible.

Ciara: [Sighs] Oh, well. [Sobs, sniffles] You know, we can’t do anything about it, so let’s just hope that nothing else goes wrong, right?

Julie: Darling, girl. Shawn. I’m afraid I have bad news.

Ciara: [Sighs]

Ben: Just last night you told me that I couldn’t give up on her.

Claire: Yeah, I know. But she is being horrible to you, ben, and you do not deserve that.

Ben: We both know this isn’t the real ciara. She’s only pushing me away right now because she’s afraid.

Claire: Ben, that is not an excuse for the way that she’s treating you.

Ben: Okay, and what about what she excused me for doing? Not just excused me, but forgave me, and forgave you too. This girl never gave up on us when she had every right to, claire. We have got to get her through this.

Claire: You are a saint.

Ben: [Laughs incredulously] Said nobody ever.

Claire: Still, I don’t think that I would’ve been able to keep the faith the way you have.

Ben: Yeah, well, you know what? That’s all I got. I’m stubborn that way.

Claire: So is she. Ben, ciara is determined to marry theo today.

Ben: I am just as determined to stop her. People everywhere living with type 2 diabetes

Theo: So you think paulina was lying, that she’s still gonna tear down the square?

Lani: I don’t know for sure, but yes, I think. I think this could just be another one of her lies. I mean, what if she’s just trying to get dad to call off the lawyers?

Abe: You know, I thought that too, but I just talked to the lawyers. Paulina was telling the truth. Demolition has been called off.

Lani: This could just be another hidden agenda, dad.

Abe: I don’t know. She seemed genuinely sorry.

Lani: You’re not really thinking about forgiving her, are you?

Allie: We don’t have to talk about this now. Just think about it.

Paulina: Chanel, can I have a word with you?

Chanel: I’m kind of in the middle of something.

Paulina: I think that you’ll want to hear this.

Allie: I’ll leave you two alone.

Paulina: Honey, I want you to hear this too. Well, looks like you two will have the bakery after all.

Chanel: I already told you, I don’t wanna be any part of price town.

Paulina: There is no price town. I’m going back to the original plan keeping the square intact. So sweets bits will be up and ready for business real soon.

Julie: So it’s probably an injured rotator cuff. It’s happened before.

Ciara: Wait, so grandpa plays racquetball?

Julie: Twice a week. But he’s the top of his league. I tell him, “please, darling, take it easy,” but that’s not his style. So, there he is sitting in pain in the er right now, waiting to get an x-ray. You know that can take hours. So I’m afraid, darling, we’re not gonna be able to make your wedding.

Ciara: [Sighs] No. First mom, now you and grandpa.

Julie: Hope isn’t gonna be there?

Ciara: No!

Shawn: She was on her way back, but they had to turn the plane around, so–

Julie: Oh, that’s awful.

Ciara: Wait a minute. Is this some kind of weird conspiracy between you guys? You’re just gonna start dropping out of my wedding one by one until I cancel it?

Julie: Don’t be ridiculous. I have here a gift from your grandfather. I wanted to make absolutely sure that you got this before the ceremony. Sweetheart, we wish you all the luck in the world.

Ciara: Thank you. And please give grandpa all of my love.

Julie: Of course, of course.

Ciara: I love you.

Julie: Take a lot of pictures or videos, whatever you guys do nowadays. Love you both so much.

Ciara: Love you.

Shawn: See you, julie.

Julie: Bye-bye.

Ciara: [Scoffs] Well, this is off to a great start.

Claire: I know you swore to stop this wedding, but have you figured out how to do that yet?

Ben: I did. But you might think it’s a little extreme.

Chanel: I– what made you change your mind?

Paulina: I wanted to make things right. Especially between me and you.
[Cell phone ringing]

Paulina: Oh. [Laughs] Uh–oh, it’s an investor, I gotta take this. Okay, I’ll get right back to you on that bakery, okay?

Allie: Chanel, I’m so happy for you.

Chanel: I can’t believe this is happening.

Allie: Listen, I still wanna be a part of the bakery, but I’d understand if that didn’t work for you. And you don’t have to answer right now. And I should really go help ciara get ready for her wedding, so…

Chanel: Hey, horton!

Allie: Yeah?

Chanel: Let’s do this.

Theo: Dad’s right. Paulina seemed really sorry.

Abe: And ready to make amends.

Lani: Well, it’s too late for that. Dad, do you not remember that she just lied to our faces over and over again? She almost destroyed your reputation. I mean, dad, she can’t expect us to just turn around and forgive her like that.

Abe: You know what I think? Theo’s getting married today, and we should turn our attention toward that.

Lani: You’re right. Theo, I’m sorry.

[Cell phone rings]

Theo: One second. Hey, what’s up? You have gotta be kidding me.

Claire: Extreme is my middle name. Lay it on me.

Ben: Do you remember when ciara was leaving for south africa, and I told you that I came up with a plan?

Claire: Uh-huh. You were going to kidnap her and take her to the cabin to jog her memory.

Ben: And I couldn’t go through with that then. But this is a now-or-never situation, so I’m going to kidnap ciara before she marries theo.

Ciara: [Sighs, scoffs] You know, I know that I said theo and I wanted a small wedding, but this is getting a little bit ridiculous.

Shawn: Yeah, well, maybe the universe is trying to tell you something.

Ciara: Universe–no. Please don’t even go there, okay? You know I don’t believe in omens, good or bad.

Shawn: You used to.

Ciara: “You used to.”

Shawn: You used to also think that you and ben had a psychic connection. Just like mom and dad had.

Ciara: Yeah, well, that was a different ciara. This ciara is going to marry theo today, and nothing the universe can do is going to stop it.

Ben: What do you think?

Claire: What do I think of you kidnapping ciara on her wedding day?

Ben: I told you, you might think it was a little extreme.

Claire: Extreme is kind of an understatement.

Ben: [Sighs]

Claire: But you know what? It’s also kind of traditional.

Ben: That’s not quite the word I’d use, but–

Claire: Wait, ciara never told you? Oh, her dad once kidnapped her mom to stop her from marrying another man.

Ben: [Exhales sharply] Well, it all worked out for them, right?

Claire: Eventually. Okay, story goes that she was royally ticked off at him for a very long time.

Ben: Okay, I can deal with ciara being mad at me for a very long time, but I cannot deal with losing her forever.

Claire: Ben, do you really think this is a good idea?

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Update written by Joseph

Eli comes out of the shower at home where Lani is preparing to go meet Abe for breakfast. Lani jokes with Eli to put some clothes on as Chanel wakes up from sleeping on the couch. Chanel is wearing a sleep mask over her eyes and jokes that this time she came prepared.

Paulina goes to see Julie but Julie shuts the door in her face. Paulina remarks that she better get used to that.

Theo and Abe eat together at Julie’s Place. Theo asks if they’ve figured out a way to stop Paulina from tearing down the town square. Abe says they have another plea today but he’s not optimistic. Theo understands if Abe has to go be there but Abe says no. Theo knows how important it is. Abe states that if Theo is going to get married today then that’s where he will be. Theo asks what he means by “if”. Abe responds that he thinks he should call the wedding off.

Ben dreams of his wedding to Ciara, then wakes up and looks at their wedding photo. Ben hears a knock so he scrambles to the door in hopes that it’s Ciara, but it’s Allie, who asks if he was expecting somebody else.

Ciara is putting her makeup on at Belle and Shawn’s house. Claire walks in and questions what she’s doing here. Ciara responds that she’s getting ready for her wedding but Claire says not in this house.

Theo questions Abe thinking he should call off the wedding. Abe points out that he and Ciara have only been together for a couple of months. Theo argues that he’s known her for his whole life. Abe still thinks he should give it more time. Abe asks what if Ciara starts to remember being married to Ben and being happy. Abe doesn’t want the rug pulled out from under Theo. Theo questions if this is about he and Ciara or about Abe and Paulina.

Paulina continues knocking until Julie answers the door again. Julie tells her to go away. Paulina thinks they need to talk but Julie isn’t interested. Paulina says she didn’t come to fight but Julie says all she is going to get from her is conflict. Paulina informs her that she came to apologize.

Allie wanted to give Ben a heads up that Ciara and Theo are getting married today. Ben informs her that Claire already told him. Allie adds that Ciara asked her to be her maid of honr and she agreed. Ben questions why she is here then. Allie knows he’s hurt and admits she doesn’t think the wedding is a good idea, but she’s going to be the maid of honor because she loves Ciara and knows how hurt she would be if she refused. Allie adds that Ciara is going to marry Theo whether she’s maid of honor or not, but she doesn’t feel like she can turn her back on her. Ben tells Allie that he has no beef with her and he gets it. Allie admits she tried to get Ciara to wait but she wouldn’t listen and she has no idea why Ciara feels she has to get married on their anniversary. Ben understands that Ciara is trying to prove that she hates him.

Ciara tells Claire that she doesn’t need her permission to do anything and reveals that Shawn already told her that she can get ready here. Claire says she won’t help her. Ciara says the last thing she wants is her help. Ciara adds that Allie is her maid of honor and tells Claire to get out. Claire can’t believe Ciara is going ahead with this farce. Ciara argues that she loves Theo. Claire says not the way she loves Ben. Claire argues that Ciara will end up hurting Ben and Theo. Ciara argues that she doesn’t know anything. Claire insists that this will be a huge disaster so she’s trying to talk her out of it. Ciara complains that she’s just making her mad. Claire asks Ciara to stop and listen to the people who care about her. Ciara brings up Claire trying to set her on fire twice. Claire tells her that she can’t talk to her like that in her own house and tells her to get out. Claire tries to force Ciara out but Ciara says to get her hands off of her. Ciara then slaps Claire.

Eli tells Lani to enjoy her breakfast and that he’ll see her at the church as he goes to get dressed. Chanel then removes her sleep mask and thanks Lani for letting her stay. Lani says they couldn’t just kick her to the curb after everything with her mom. Chanel says she’s so done with her mom and mentions Paulina suggesting that she could open her bakery in Price Town. Chanel declares that if Paulina wants to make things right with them, she’s going to have to do much better than that.

Paulina comes in and compliments Julie’s home and a photo of her and Doug. Julie isn’t buying her apology and tells her to cut to the chase as she has a lot to do today. Paulina brings up their rocky start and admits she tried to take over the Christening. Julie points out how Paulina has been lying the entire time and she still hasn’t heard her apology. Paulina complains that it’s hard for her. Paulina talks about a moment when Abe started talking about Tom and Alice with such love and she knew then that they must have been really good, special people, so she thought what has she done here. Julie comments on Paulina’s wrecking ball smashing their plaque. Julie then gets a call from Doug, who has bad news.

Allie tells Ben that Ciara doesn’t hate him. Ben asks why she’s been pushing him away since the day she got here and why is she marrying another man on their anniversary. Allie can’t answer that but she believes that somewhere inside, Ciara still loves him. Ben laments that Ciara doesn’t remember that and he can’t make her despite all of his attempts since it’s just making her more angry. Allie says she tried too and the same thing happened which Ben questions. Allie informs him that last night, she told Ciara about their wedding but it didn’t seem to trigger her memory. Allie wonders if she got through to her on some level. Allie says for the briefest moment, she noticed a change in Ciara’s expression like it actually affected her.

Claire warns Ciara that she shouldn’t have done that. Ciara says she pushed her too hard. Claire grabs Ciara’s flowers and starts hitting her with them until Shawn runs in to interrupt and questions what’s going on. Claire says she’s trying to beat sense in to Ciara. Ciara calls her absolutely crazy. Claire complains that she slapped her first and questions how Shawn could let Ciara get ready here without telling her. Shawn thought it would be a good opportunity for them to work things out but tells Claire to leave. Claire argues that it’s her house while Ciara calls it her mother’s house. Ciara asks where Hope is since she thought Shawn was picking her up from the airport. Shawn informs her that he has some bad news.

Eli comes back from getting dressed so Chanel brings him pancakes for breakfast. Chanel asks when the wedding is. Eli says it’s in a couple of hours. Chanel wishes she knew Theo was engaged before she threw herself at him and kissed him the other night which Eli questions. Chanel says he was her boyfriend at one point. Eli didn’t know she was still in to him. Chanel admits she’s not but she was in a bad place and looking for comfort, because Allie rejected her.

Allie doesn’t want to get Ben’s hopes up but says it looked like Ciara had some kind of reaction. Ben asks more about it. Allie says it seemed like Ciara was remembering something and encourages that maybe being in Salem might help too. Ben agrees but worries that if Ciara marries Theo, they will go straight back to South Africa and never look back. Ben declares he has to do something. Allie asks what he can do when the wedding is in a couple of hours. Ben says that means he’s running out of time.

Ciara asks Shawn if something happened to Hope. Shawn explains that her plane had mechanical problems and had to turn back around so there’s no way she’s going to make it tonight. Claire argues that Ciara can’t get married without her mom here. Ciara says she can because all of the plans are already made. Shawn confirms that Hope told her to go ahead because she doesn’t want to ruin it. Claire argues that Ciara doesn’t even love Theo. Ciara complains about Claire running her mouth while Claire insists that this is going to end in a huge disaster. Ciara continues to complain about Claire and says she’s not going to make her doubt her love for Theo. Ciara tells Claire to go hang out with Ben. Ciara says Claire is just trying to ruin her life. Shawn tries to get through to her but Claire stops him and says if that’s what Ciara believes, she will go. Claire adds that they both know Ciara is only desperate to marry Theo today to hurt Ben because she’s afraid that she’s going to remember how much she loves him. Ciara tells her to believe what she wants because she doesn’t give a damn. Claire brings up Ben calling Ciara the bravest person he’d ever know, but right now all she sees is a coward. Claire then walks out.

Abe agrees with Theo that breaking up with Paulina makes him think about he and Ciara. Theo calls them two totally different situations as Ciara has never lied to him and doesn’t keep secrets. Abe points out that she could still hurt him. Theo says he’s not a kid anymore so he doesn’t need to protect him. Theo declares that he loves Ciara so he’s willing to take that risk. Abe calls Theo wise and stubborn like his mother and says he loves him for it. Abe agrees not to talk about putting off the wedding anymore. Lani arrives and apologizes for being late. Lani guesses that Abe tried to get Theo to postpone the wedding and Theo said no which Abe confirms. Lani is glad because after all the drama of the last few weeks, it will be good to celebrate something for a change. Lani declares that they can focus on the wedding and forget all about Paulina Price. Paulina then enters Julie’s Place and says she’s glad that Lani and Abe are both there because it will make what she has to do a lot easier.

Eli figured that Allie was the girl Chanel was crushing on and asks what happened. Chanel informs him that they had a moment on the 4th of July so she stupidly got her hopes up. Eli asks if she means that Allie returned her feelings. Chanel says yes but then the next day, she told her that she also had feelings for Tripp so that’s that. Eli is sorry to hear. Chanel doesn’t think she will be able to connect with someone like she did with Allie. Eli encourages that she will find someone who is meant for her and then it will be Allie’s loss. Chanel hugs him to thank him.

Allie tells Ben that she has to get ready for the wedding but tells him to let her know if he needs anything. Allie adds that she’s really sorry for everything he’s going through right now as she can’t imagine how bad it hurts. Ben thanks her. Allie goes to leave as Claire arrives and asks what she’s doing there. Allie says she was just making sure Ben was okay. Claire brings up just hearing that Allie is going to be Ciara’s maid of honor. Claire is surprised Allie agreed to that. Allie asks how she could say no. Allie hugs Claire and tells Ben to take care as she then exits. Claire admits it was nice of Allie to stop by. Ben agrees that Allie is a good person. Ben asks what’s going on with Claire. Claire informs him that she just got in a huge fight with Ciara since she’s getting ready for the wedding with her house. Claire explains that Ciara slapped her so she went after her with the wedding bouquet. Ben tells her that she doesn’t have to fight his battles. Claire clarifies that this was her battle because Ciara treats her like dirt too. Ben says she’s still going through with the wedding. Claire brings up Hope being unable to make it but Ciara still won’t postpone. Ben knows Ciara is making sure it’s today to stick it to him. Claire is beginning to think Ben is better off without Ciara.

Ciara complains about what Claire did to her bouquet. Shawn hates seeing them fighting. Ciara is sorry that he got caught in the middle but says Claire makes her so angry. Shawn encourages that Claire loves her and just wants to help her. Ciara knows Shawn is defending his daughter but says this is her decision to make. Ciara says at least Shawn is trying to be on her side. Shawn decides to stop trying and says as much as he wants to support her, he can’t and agrees with Claire that she needs to postpone the wedding.

Abe tells Paulina they are having a family celebration. Paulina promises it won’t take long and that it’s important. Abe gives her until the waiter comes to take their order. Paulina says the other night, he said to make it up, she would stop the demolition. Paulina announces that as of an hour ago, she called everything off so Horton Town Square is here to stay which surprises Lani and Abe.

Allie runs in to Chanel in the town square. Chanel questions her flowers and asks if she and Tripp are getting married. Allie explains that she is Ciara’s maid of honor. Allie asks where Chanel ended up staying last night. Chanel tells her that she was at Eli and Lani’s. Allie is sorry that she felt she had to go somewhere else but says it was probably for the best due to the major drama with Nicole and Eric. Allie thinks they are done. Chanel asks if she means they are divorcing which Allie confirms. Chanel says she’s sorry. Allie is glad she ran in to her as she wanted to talk to her. Allie knows Chanel said she was fine about her wanting to be with Tripp, but she could tell that she hurt her feelings. Allie apologizes and hopes they can still be friends.

Lani thought Paulina said she would waste hundreds of thousands of dollars if she didn’t move forward. Paulina confirms that she will but she’s willing to take the hit if she has chance at fixing things with them. Theo asks if this means no Price Town which Paulina confirms. Paulina says she will go back to the original plan of connecting all the buildings in an indoor marketplace and lease the spots to small business owners with diversity. Theo points out that she won’t make a lot of money that way. Paulina says it might take a year but she wants to prove to Abe and Lani that they mean more to her than money. Theo calls it a good first step. Paulina asks what Abe and Lani think. Abe is not sure what to say. Lani says Paulina decided to do the right thing but this is Theo’s wedding day, so that is what they should focus on. Paulina congratulates Theo and hopes he’ll be very happy as she then exits. Abe calls that out of the blue. Lani asks if he really believed that crap.

Ciara tells Shawn that she thought they settled this. Shawn doesn’t want to upset her but feels everything is going so fast and suggests stopping to think if she’s marrying Theo for the right reasons. Ciara talks about forgetting years of her life and being married to the Necktie Killer, while Theo was the only person who had no expectations and made her feel safe and loved, which she feels are good reasons to marry someone. Shawn asks why so fast. Ciara cries about him not wanting her to go through with it. Shawn apologizes and hugs her, saying he shouldn’t have said anything. Ciara understands he was just looking out for her. Ciara cries that she wants her mom to be there. Shawn notes that he does too and Hope feels terrible. Ciara says they can’t do anything about it so she hopes nothing else goes wrong. Julie arrives and announces that she has bad news.

Ben argues that Claire just told him last night that he couldn’t give up on Ciara. Claire acknowledges that but says Ciara is being horrible to him and he doesn’t deserve that. Ben argues that they both know it’s not the real Ciara and she’s only pushing him away because she’s afraid. Claire feels that’s no excuse. Ben talks about what Ciara forgave them for and says she never gave up on them, so they have to get her through this. Claire calls him a saint as she doesn’t think she could keep the faith like he has. Ben says he’s just stubborn that way. Claire says Ciara is too since she’s determined to marry Theo today. Ben responds that he’s just as determined to stop her.

Theo asks if Lani thinks Paulina was lying and is still going to tear down the town square. Lani says she doesn’t know for sure but she thinks it could just be another lie. Lani asks what if she’s just trying to get Abe to call off the lawyers. Abe admits he though that too, but he just talked to the lawyers and confirmed that Paulina was telling the truth as the demolition has been called off. Lani worries that it could just be another hidden agenda. Abe feels that Paulina seemed genuinely sorry. Lani questions if Abe is really thinking about forgiving her.

Allie tells Chanel that they don’t have to talk about it now but wants her to think about it. Paulina interrupts and asks for a word with Chanel. Chanel says she’s in the middle of something. Paulina thinks she will want to hear this. Allie offers to leave them alone but Paulina wants her to hear this too. Paulina declares that they will get their bakery after all because there is no Price Town and she’s going back to her original plan to keep the town square in tact, so Sweet Bits Bakery will be up and ready for business soon, which excites Chanel and Allie.

Julie reveals to Ciara and Shawn that Doug injured his rotator cuff playing racquetball and is now waiting for an x-ray, so she’s afraid they won’t be able to make the wedding. Ciara complains that first Hope and now this. Julie says that’s awful that Hope won’t be able to make it. Ciara asks if this is some kind of weird conspiracy for them to drop out of her wedding until she cancels it. Julie tells her not to be ridiculous. Julie gives Ciara her gift from Doug as he wanted to make sure she got it before the ceremony. Julie says they wish her all the luck in the world. Ciara thanks her and sends her to love to Doug as they hug. Julie tells her to take a lot of pictures and videos. Julie says she loves them as she exits. Ciara remarks on this not being off to a great start.

Claire asks Ben if he’s figured out how to stop the wedding yet. Ben says he did, but she might think it’s a little extreme.

Chanel excitedly asks what made Paulina change her mind. Paulina says she wanted to make things right, especially between them. Paulina then gets a call and says she’ll get back to them on the bakery. Paulina steps away to answer. Allie tells Chanel that she’s so happy for her. Chanel can’t believe this is happening. Allie still wants to be part of the bakery but understands if that doesn’t work for her. Allie adds that she doesn’t have to answer right now as she has to go help Ciara get ready for the wedding. Chanel stops her and says let’s do this.

Theo agrees that Paulina seemed really sorry. Abe thinks she’s ready to make amends. Lani argues that it’s too late for that, reminding Abe that she just lied to their faces over and over again and almost destroyed his reputation. Lani says she can’t expect them to just turn around and forgive her like that. Abe brings up that Theo is getting married today, so they should turn their attention towards that. Lani agrees and apologizes. Theo then gets a call and says they have to be kidding.

Claire wants to hear Ben’s plan. Ben reminds her of when Ciara was leaving for South Africa and he had a plan to kidnap her and take her to the cabin to jog her memory but he couldn’t go through with it then. Ben declares this is a now or never situation, so he’s willing to kidnap Ciara before she marries Theo.

Ciara knows she said she and Theo wanted a small wedding but this is getting ridiculous. Shawn suggests the universe is trying to tell her something. Ciara says she doesn’t believe in omens. Shawn says she used to and she believed that she and Ben had a psychic connection like Hope and Bo had. Ciara calls that a different Ciara, while this Ciara is going to marry Theo today and nothing the universe can do is going to stop it.

Ben asks Claire what she thinks of him kidnapping Ciara on her wedding day. Claire calls extreme an understatement but says it’s also kind of traditional. Claire explains to Ben that Bo once kidnapped Hope to stop her from marrying another man. Ben points out that it all worked out for them. Claire notes that Hope was ticked off at Bo for a very long time. Ben says he can deal with that more than losing her forever. Claire asks if he really thinks this is a good idea.

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[Knocking at door]

Claire: Hi.

Ben: Hey.

Claire: So I’ve been thinking about this and I’m pretty sure I have something.

Ben: Come on in.

Claire: So I really think that I can convince my mom to help you fight this divorce.

Ben: Claire–

Claire: So I’m going to tell her that it’s for ciara’s own good, that she has been through so much that she’s just not in the place to make big decisions right now so if we can just slow down the process–

Ben: Claire. Thank you. Really. But it’s too late.

Ciara: I cannot believe how much henry has grown.

Allie: I know. Ciara, we missed you so much.

Ciara: And I missed you too. So do you want something to drink or wine, water, anything?

Allie: No, but I do you want you to tell me what’s wrong.

Ciara: Wrong? No, allie, there’s nothing wrong.

Allie: Okay. Well, on the phone you sounded really upset, and right now you’re a little wound up so…

Ciara: That’s just because I’m very excited. I’m very, very excited about something.

Allie: Okay, about what?

Ciara: I will explain that in detail. But first I have to ask you something and I need you to say yes.

Allie: What’s that?

Ciara: I want you to be my maid of honor.

Lucas: What happened? What happened to the anniversary celebration?

Philip: You don’t wanna know.

Lucas: Don’t tell me something went wrong. Not in salem.

Philip: Let’s just say the party’s over.

Eric: I hoped to be gone before you got back.

Nicole: Suitcase kind of clued me in.

Eric: Yes, I didn’t think there’d be really anything for us to talk about, is there?

Nicole: No.

Eric: Just going to take a late-night flight out of salem. I gotta just, you know, to grab the flight out of new york in the morning.

Nicole: You going back to a little village in africa?

Eric: Yeah, that’s right.

Nicole: You know, why don’t we just call it what it really is? Running away.

EJ: What did nicole mean when she said, “let she who is without sin cast the first stone?”

Sami: Well, I don’t know. I mean, maybe she found religion all of a sudden.

EJ: It sounded like an accusation. What sin have you committed now, samantha? Hmm. “Without sin.” I wonder what she meant by that.

Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”

[Soft orchestration]

Sami: She didn’t mean anything by it? You know, it’s just a shot in the dark.

EJ: A rather biblical shot in the dark, wouldn’t you say?

Sami: No, I would say that it’s just classic nicole, right? She’s backed into a corner and she would say whatever mean, nasty thing comes into her mind.

EJ: Backed into a corner is putting it mildly, don’t you think? I would have thought backed into a corner and facing a firing squad.

Sami: A uncharitable person might say that she has no one to blame but herself.

EJ: It must have been her worst nightmare. Xander announcing to a room full of people in front of her husband, her husband’s family that she violated her marriage vows.

Sami: I can’t imagine why she got involved with that guy in the first place. I mean, he’s a ticking time bomb.

EJ: A ticking time bomb with a flair for the dramatic.

Sami: Exactly.

EJ: Who does that remind me of?

Sami: You know, what ej? I am exhausted and frankly, I’m still worried about eric. Maybe we could finish this postmortem in the morning.

EJ: I do find it odd how, with her whole world crashing around her, nicole singles you out for judgment.

Sami: You know, ej, I really love when we keep talking about things that I don’t want to talk about.

EJ: There are just so many questions. For example, you say you saw nicole brady stumble into salem inn with her nemesis and kept it to yourself.

Sami: Yeah, well, I wanted to spare eric.

EJ: But he didn’t get spared, did he? He got it right between the eyes in a crowded pub. It’s as almost if it was staged.

Sami: Damn it, ej.

EJ: It was so brutal, so humbling, so devastating. I can’t possibly see how that marriage survives. Do you?

Eric: I thought you had enough pain for one night.

Nicole: So you decided for both of us it would be better for me to come home to an empty apartment? And you took out all your anger and frustration on this picture and didn’t wanna talk to me in person because I’ve had enough pain for tonight. Well, thank you. Thank you, eric, for always thinking about others.

Eric: I don’t really think there’s anything either one of us could say that could change what happened tonight.

Nicole: No. No, because the past is written in stone and there’s nothing that I can do or say to change the fact that I slept with xander.

Eric: Stop it! Stop it! I don’t wanna hear this.

Nicole: Because I was lonely and I was harassed and I degraded myself with a man who had abused me. And you, you chose to spend the first year of our marriage 8,000 miles away from me, our home, and our family, and our relationship was spent on social media. And then months went by where we didn’t even get to touch.

[Breathing heavily] So here’s nicole. The scarlet woman. Bad, bad, bad. And here’s eric running back to his good work. Back to a world where he does good for others and no one asks a damn thing of him. Depression makes it hard for me

Sami: All right, I don’t see how the marriage lasts now that eric knows what he knows now.

EJ: And you’re sorry about that?

Sami: No. You know very well I am not sorry to see that marriage end. You know how I feel about nicole. She doesn’t deserve to be with a wonderful guy like eric, but I am sorry that eric is in pain.

EJ: But it has to be done, right? Can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

Sami: Why are you doing this? You know I hate it when you cross-examine me?

EJ: Cross-examining you? I thought we were just an old couple discussing events of the evening.

Sami: Well then why do I feel like I’m in the witness box and you’re trying to blame everything on me?

EJ: Why would I do that when it’s clearly xander’s fault? But it does seem out of character for you to have seen nicole in such a compromising position and having never mentioned it to anyone.

Sami: What was I supposed to do? Post it on social media? I mean, if I had told eric or anyone else, I had no proof of what happened inside. No one would have believed me.

EJ: So you started tracking down credit card receipts? Nail it down, make the case.

Sami: Well, my brother’s a smart guy, ej, but he’s a fool when it comes to nicole so yeah, I was trying to protect him.

EJ: [Chuckles] So you decided to gather your proof and then in a quiet, private, solemn night, you would discreetly share what you knew with eric? But instead, somehow out of the blue, xander decides to make a public spectacle of nicole’s humiliation and shame? Now why… just why would he do that?

Nicole: Were you just gonna leave this here for me to find? Talk about a picture worth a thousand words. You didn’t think that would cause me pain? Or maybe you wanted to hurt me but you didn’t need to talk to me about it person ’cause that’s one of the perks of a long-distance relationship, right? You don’t have to own up to what you’ve done.

Eric: Okay, oh, right! I’m selfish. I’m sorry.

Nicole: You’re not selfish. You just weren’t here. You decided to go to africa and then you decided to stay. And when you did talk to me, all you did was talk about the–the–the children and the poverty and the lack of medication. And how was I supposed to compete with that? Well, the–the baby’s teething and holly’s wondering where her daddy is and I’m lonely. How was I supposed to talk to you about that? You asked all the right questions. “How are you? How’s holly?” But it was like you–you didn’t even wanna hear the answers. You were like a balloon that was just floating away from me.

Eric: Nicole, I’m sorry. I am so, so sorry, but good god, xander… I mean, if there’s any person besides me who hates him, it’s you.

Nicole: Don’t you think I understand that? Do you really think that I wanna defend myself for what I did? How can I– how can I expect you to believe anything I say now? How can I expect you to believe me when I tell you that I love you? Because I do love you. I just don’t know if it matters anymore. Maybe I–I just might have to accept the fact that this marriage is over. But I can’t accept. I won’t accept you just slipping away again because you married me and you made the same vows as me and the least you could do is talk to me. Talk to me like I am your wife.

Chad: Theo, what’s up, man?

Theo: Not much. Rematch?

Chad: Rematch. You let me win the last time.

Theo: I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Chad: Yeah, okay. All right.

[Both laugh] So something tells me you’re here for more than a rematch.

Theo: Well, actually ben and ciara’s marriage just got annulled.

Chad: That’s great. You’re free to get married.

Theo: I am. Actually, I have a favor to ask.

Chad: Name it.

Theo: Would you be my best man?

Ciara: So my grandfather has a friend who’s a judge and he got him to issue in an annulment.

Allie: So now you’re going to marry theo?

Ciara: I am. Oh, allie, he and I get along so well. We never fight, I swear. And he’s, like, the kindest man I’ve ever met in my life. And he’s really funny, even though that might surprise you because he comes across all serious and quiet, but he really does have a great sense of humor.

Allie: It doesn’t surprise me. I like theo. I really do. So you guys are getting married here in salem?

Ciara: Mm-hmm, both of our families are here.

Allie: So when’s the big day?

Ciara: Tomorrow.

Claire: You’re sure? Right. Okay, thanks, mom.

Ben: What is it? Claire, just tell me. Whatever the hell it is.

Claire: Well, you might as well hear it from me. My dad just got a text from ciara. She and theo are getting married tomorrow.

Eric: I thought we did talk. I thought we decided together.

Nicole: For future reference, when you ask someone, “is it okay if I do exactly what I want” and make it very, very clear they better say yes, that is not talking. That is not making a decision together.

Eric: Then I’m sorry.

Nicole: Damn it, eric. We made a decision together for your niece and her son to move in here and–and then you just checked out.

Eric: What? You said you were okay with that?

Nicole: I was okay with it, but I didn’t think I would be doing it alone. I didn’t think that every three months I’d get a memo that you decided to re-up. I mean, I-I got married and I-I don’t think I felt more alone in my entire life.

Eric: Well, is that supposed to excuse you sleeping with xander now?

Nicole: No, it doesn’t excuse me for sleeping with xander! It is–I hate what I did! It was the worst mistake I made in my life, okay? But I have to figure out some way–some way to understand why it happened. And how I can forgive myself because if I can’t forgive myself, how am I gonna go on? And I have to go on, eric. I have to. Because I have a little girl that I love with my whole heart. And there are people here that need me.

Eric: If things were getting that bad and you were that desperate, you should have told me.

Nicole: I tried. I tried; I did. I even tried to tell you after it happened.

Eric: No, you did not.

Nicole: Yes, I did. I-I wrote you an email. Sounds so sad coming out of my mouth, but I wrote you an email and I couldn’t send it. And I tried talking to you and I… and then you came home and it was our anniversary.

Eric: I get why you’re mad. I get why you’re mad because I bailed out on you. What I don’t get is, why xander? Him? Him of all people?

Nicole: Maybe I went to bed with xander because I thought I could finally get my husband to pay attention to me.

Lucas: So you think I should get nicole to–

Philip: Bring ej up to speed? Like you said, you can’t do it. Sami would never forgive you. But if nicole gives the letter to ej…

Lucas: Right. Sami would think nicole’s just trying to get revenge.

Philip: Ej kicks sami to the curb, who’s gonna be right there to comfort her?

Sami: Who knows why xander does anything?

EJ: Hmm. You know what else I didn’t understand. After xander spilled the beans tonight, you just stood there. I would’ve thought you’d be right there to back up his story. I mean, you’ve made it very clear over the years you didn’t think nicole was good enough for eric. Wasn’t it the perfect opportunity to, um, what’s the american expression? To pile on.

Sami: [Chuckles] I didn’t see the need. All that matters is that eric finally knows the truth.

EJ: Hmm. Or… something else is at play. I wonder, samantha, what exactly is it that you’re not telling me?

Sami: All right, all right, your honor, have mercy on me. I’m ready to confess. Well, truth is that I paid xander to show up at the party tonight and tell everybody what I already knew.

EJ: No.

[Chuckles] How much?

Sami: A million dollars.

EJ: A million dollars? The man’s on his uppers. Did you even try low-balling him?

Sami: Well, it was worth it. Every penny for eric to know the truth about nicole.

EJ: Our xander does seem a little one-note about his fees. Didn’t he want a million dollars to stop from killing you and lucas?

Sami: He wanted $10 million, but I had to give him all cash because you remembered how you cancel the wire transfer last time.

EJ: Right. Well, I’m sure you were willing to pay whatever it took to bring nicole to her knees.

Sami: No matter what you think, I didn’t enjoy it tonight. I just did what I had to do. Eric had to know the truth.

EJ: Yeah. 30 seconds before xander arrived, eric thought he was happy. Now he’s miserable. But he knows the full story. Thanks to you.

Eric: You wanted to hurt me that much?

Nicole: You just told me you weren’t coming home. Again. I was so angry and–and hurt. I was so hurt that people on another continent were more important than me.

Eric: That’s not true.

Nicole: Can you just let me finish, please? I-I-I think I wanted to hurt you. But I definitely wanted to hurt me. I wanted to blow things up because that’s the one thing that I’m actually good at. Self-destruction.

Eric: I called you that night. You were disappointed. Why didn’t you just say?

Nicole: What? Do I tell you that you better come home or I’m going to sleep with xander? What, I didn’t even see that one coming. And I didn’t want beg and plead my husband to want to be on the same continent as me.

Eric: You’re right. This is as much as my fault as it is yours.
[Nicole sobbing]

Ben: Ciara cannot be marrying theo on our anniversary.

Claire: Ben, she doesn’t remember that, okay? This is just a coincidence.

Ben: I told her tomorrow was our anniversary last week. She’s doing this on purpose, claire.

Allie: Are you doing this on purpose?

Ciara: Doing what?

Allie: Marrying theo on your anniversary to ben.

Ciara: Oh, my god, this is not about ben. This is about me, allie. I wanna take that date back. I want to remember tomorrow as the day that I married my best friend, not the day that I married some serial killer. I have no memory of that day.

Allie: Well, I remember that day in detail. And I know you’re not gonna believe me but before all hell broke loose, I think it was the happiest day of your life.

Chad: Now, I don’t–i don’t mean to butt in, but I just think you’re–you’re maybe rushing things a little bit.

Theo: Neither one of us wants to wait.

Chad: I get that, but I mean, tomorrow?

Theo: Yeah. Well, ciara picked it because it was her anniversary to ben.

Chad: Romantic.

Theo: Yeah, I know. I don’t like the idea that she’s using our marriage as payback against ben.

Chad: Well, just because she hates ben doesn’t mean it changes the way she feels about you.

Theo: Checkmate.

Chad: What?

Theo: Don’T. Don’t act surprised. I know you let me win.

Chad: No, I don’t know–i don’t know what you’re talking about.

Ben: She’s marrying theo tomorrow to get back at me.

Claire: No, ben, I know that it looks that way, but–

Ben: What do you mean it looks that way? What other way could it look? What other reason does she have?

Claire: Maybe she’s scared. Seriously, maybe she wants to marry theo as soon as she can because she’s scared she’s gonna remember what she had with you.

Allie: That day you were so beautiful. You were so happy.

Ciara: That day, allie, the church was bombed because of ben. My entire family could have died. Everyone in that church could have died, including you and henry, all because of the horrible things ben had done.

Allie: Okay. Well, that ben wasn’t the ben that you were marrying.

Ciara: My god, I’m so sick of people saying that.

Allie: Okay, but it’s true. I mean, you don’t think that people can change?

Ciara: Not that much.

Allie: Look, from what I know about ben, which is mainly from my grandmother, he had a really hard childhood and he was mentally ill.

Ciara: Really don’t wanna hear this.

Allie: Okay, well, will you let me finish, please?

Ciara: Okay.

Allie: But he was very motivated to get better and through a lot of meds and therapy and mainly your love and your support, he did. He got better.

Ciara: You know, I’ve heard all of this before.

Allie: Okay, and I think you need to hear it again and again because ciara, my god, the two of you, you were so in love that after you kissed and said your vows, people were crying. You guys were the picture of happily ever after and everyone thought it was forever.

[Soft, solemn music]

Eric: You’re right. I was running away. I didn’t want to fix my part in this. I acted like the fact that I’ve been doing something good excused me from you, my marriage. I’m sincerely sorry. So what do we do now?

Philip: So what do you say?

Lucas: I hate it. Man, I do hate the way he treats her like–like she’s his property. I can’t stand it.

Philip: I picked up on that.

Lucas: But ej is dangerous. I mean, god only knows what–what he might do if he finds out what happened between us. I mean, I suppose I could do it. I could give nicole this letter and she might give it to ej, but I don’t know.

Philip: I’m pretty certain nicole would love to help. She’s the best shot at getting what you want. Sami.

Lucas: I do want her, but I can’t do it like this. I love her too much. Man, I don’t wanna hurt her. I should have just let this letter burn.

[Dramatic music]

Allie: I actually remember ben’s vows. He said–

Ciara: Don’t tell me what they said. Please don’t tell me what he said. Look, allie, I’ve told you I don’t remember and I don’t want to remember and here you are just going on and on about it like–

Allie: Okay, I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I did not mean to upset you.

Ciara: No? Well, how did you think that I would react?

Allie: I just thought that– I don’t know. It’s just so sad to me that you and ben can’t be together.

Ciara: I’m sorry that you think it’s sad, but to me, all I can think about is how nuts I must’ve been to actually let that psychopath into my life. Allie, theo is my best friend. I love him. He makes me feel safe.

Allie: I get that he makes you feel safe, but is that the best reason to marry someone?

Ciara: I actually thought that you’d be excited that I asked you, but if you don’t wanna do it, then that’s fine.

Theo: Do what?

Ciara: I just asked allie to be my maid of honor.

Ben: You think ciara’s afraid that she’s going to remember what she had with me?

Claire: Maybe. I mean, think about it. If she did, that would change everything for her and for theo.

Ben: When ciara was in love with me, she was the bravest person I ever knew. She didn’t care about what I did or who I was. Only that she loved me.

Nicole: What do we do now? How many times have you asked yourself that? All I know is that no matter what I do, I will always be a sinner and you will always be a saint.

Eric: Far from it.

Nicole: I know you will find a way to forgive me. But I will never forgive myself. And although you took that priest collar off years ago, it doesn’t change who you are. You are a good man who wants to help other people and that is really hard to do with a wife–a wife wants your whole life and your whole heart to herself.

Eric: What are you saying?

Nicole: I’m saying that we are just two different people. And I think I’m the best version of me when I’m with you. And you’re the best version of you when you’re not with me.

Eric: So… what are we supposed to do?

Nicole: [Crying] There’s nothing we can do.

Eric: Nothing? You mean?

Nicole: [Sobbing] I mean… I think this marriage is over.

EJ: I know you don’t wanna talk about it, but there’s just one more thing I’d like to say.

Sami: Can I stop you?

EJ: It must’ve been awful for you to see xander and nicole heading into that inn.

Sami: Awful for me?

EJ: I may find eric tedious, but he’s a good man, a good husband, faithful. After everything I did to you.

Sami: Ej.

EJ: After you put your life on hold for me and I treated you terribly, you were faithful to a man who didn’t deserve it. Nicole betrayed eric in the first year of their marriage. I can actually understand why you did what you did. I just thank god that you hung with me. You didn’t turn to another man. I would’ve lost my mind.

[Sami breathes deeply]

Theo: And what did she say?

Allie: I said of course. I’d love to.

Theo: That’s great. Chad just said he’d be my best man. So we’re really doing this tomorrow.

Ciara: Nothing in the world is going to stop us, theo.

Claire: You need to be the brave one now, ben. Look, I know that this has been so hard on you. But you can’t quit.

Ben: You’re right. Ciara’s planning on marrying theo tomorrow, and I have to do whatever the hell it takes to stop her.

Sami: Let’s just forget about tonight, okay? We’re back together. That’s all that matters. Just forget about everything else, okay, ej?

Philip: So you’re just giving up?

Lucas: I think it’s best for now. But thank you. I appreciate it. Thanks for trying to help.

Philip: Well, I am not giving up.

Eric: I wanted to spend time with holly. I miss her so much.

Nicole: She’s missed you too. But you–you can video chat still, right? And I know that she’ll keep writing you letters and she always looks forward to your letters in the mail.

Eric: I can’t let you go.

Nicole: [Crying] You have to. You have to.

Eric: I can leave in the morning.

Nicole: Oh, god. No. No… you–you should go.

[Emotional piano music]

Eric: I’ll always love you.

Nicole: And I will always, always love you. [Sobbing] Oh, god. Oh, my god.

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Claire goes to see Ben and tells him that she thinks she can convince Belle to represent him. Ben thanks her but says it’s too late.

Ciara joins Allie at Julie’s Place. Ciara can’t believe how much Henry has grown. Allie says they missed her so much. Ciara asks if she wants a drink. Allie just wants to know what’s wrong. Ciara claims that she’s just very excited about something, but first she has to ask her something and she needs her to say yes. Ciara then informs Allie that she wants her to be her maid of honor.

Lucas comes downstairs at the Brady Pub and finds Philip drinking a beer. Lucas asks what happened to the anniversary celebration. Philip responds that he doesn’t want to know. Lucas questions something going wrong in Salem. Philip tells him that the party is over.

Nicole goes home, where Eric remarks that he hoped to be gone before she got back. Nicole notices his suitcase and their smashed photo on the floor as Eric says they have nothing left to talk about. Eric informs her that he’s taking the first flight out of Salem and heading back to Africa. Nicole then accuses Eric of running away.

EJ asks Sami what Nicole meant by saying let she without sin cast the first stone. Sami claims not to know and calls it crazy, suggesting she just found religion. EJ notes that it sounded like an accusation. EJ questions Sami as to what sin she has committed now. Sami thinks back to kissing Lucas. EJ continues to wonder what Nicole meant by “without sin”. Sami claims it was just a shot in the dark and blows it off as classic Nicole when she’s backed in a corner. Sami remarks that Nicole has no one to blame but herself. EJ calls it Nicole’s worst nightmare. Sami can’t imagine why she got involved with Xander in the first place. Sami calls Xander a ticking time bomb with a flare for the dramatic. EJ relates that to Sami. Sami wants to go to sleep and finish this in the morning. EJ brings up how Nicole’s whole world was crashing around her but she singles Sami out for judgment. Sami complains about not wanting to talk about this. EJ says there are just so many questions and points out Sami seeing Nicole stumble in to the Salem Inn with Xander and keeping it to herself. Sami claims that she wanted to spare Eric. EJ says he didn’t get spared but got it right between the eyes as if it were staged. EJ adds that it was so brutal, public, and devastating that he can’t see how their marriage survives.

Eric thinks Nicole has had enough pain for one night. Nicole questions Eric deciding for both of them that she should come home to an empty apartment and taking his frustrations out on their picture. Nicole mocks Eric always thinking about others. Eric doesn’t think anything can change what happened tonight. Nicole cries that she can’t change the fact that she slept with Xander because she was lonely while Eric chose to spend their first year of marriage a thousand miles away from her. Nicole complains about the months that went by. Nicole mocks Eric running back to his world where he does good for others and no one asks a damn thing of him.

Sami agrees with EJ that she doesn’t see how Eric and Nicole’s marriage lasts. Sami admits she’s not sorry to see their marriage end because of how she feels about Nicole, but she’s sorry that Eric is in pain. EJ comments on how it had to be done. Sami hates it when EJ cross examines her. EJ thought they were just discussing the evening’s events. Sami thinks EJ is trying to blame everything on her. EJ says it’s clearly Xander’s fault but it seems out of character for Sami to see Nicole in a vulnerable position and kept it to herself. Sami argues that no one would’ve believed her without proof. EJ brings up Sami tracking down credit card receipts. Sami says that Eric is a fool when it comes to Nicole, so she was trying to protect him. EJ continues to question Sami’s plan and why Xander would suddenly decide to shame Nicole in public.

Nicole asks Eric if he was just going to leave their smashed photo for her to find and if he didn’t think that would cause her pain. Nicole suggests he wanted to hurt her but not talk to her in person. Nicole complains that Eric wasn’t there and decided to stay in Africa. Nicole says it’s all Eric talked about when they did talk while Holly’s wondering where her dad is and she’s lonely. Nicole cries that Eric asked the questions but didn’t want to hear the answers. Eric tells her that he’s so sorry but says if there’s anyone besides him who hates Xander, it’s her. Nicole doesn’t want to defend herself for what she did. Nicole asks how she can expect him to believe anything she says now. Nicole cries that she loves Eric but she doesn’t know if it matters anymore. Nicole decides she might have to accept the fact that their marriage is over, but she won’t accept him just slipping away again because he married her and made the same vows as her, so the least he could do is talk to her like she is his wife.

Theo goes to the DiMera Mansion to see Chad. Theo suggests a chess rematch. Chad still thinks Theo let him win last time. They sit down to play chess. Chad thinks Theo is here for something more though. Theo reveals to Chad that Ben and Ciara’s marriage just got annulled. Chad says that’s great and now he can get married. Theo then asks Chad to be his best man.

Ciara explains to Allie that Victor has a friend who is a judge and he got him to grant an annulment so now she’s going to marry Theo. Ciara talks about how well they get along and swears they never fight. Ciara praises Theo. Allie says she likes Theo and asks if they are getting married in Salem. Ciara confirms that they are because both of their families are here. Ciara then reveals that they are getting married tomorrow.

Claire finishes a call with Belle and informs Ben that Shawn just got a text from Ciara that she and Theo are getting married tomorrow.

Eric tells Nicole that he thought they did talk and decided together. Nicole argues that Eric asked if it was okay and made it clear that she better say yes and that’s not making a decision together. Nicole talks about deciding together for Allie and Henry to move in, then Eric just checked out. Eric thought she was okay with that. Nicole says she was but didn’t think she’d be doing it alone and that Eric would continue to extend his stay in Africa. Nicole adds that she never felt more alone in her life. Eric asks if that’s supposed to excuse her sleeping with Xander. Nicole yells that it doesn’t excuse her from sleeping with Xander and she hates what she did as it’s the worst mistake of her life, but she has to figure out some way to understand why it happened and how she can forgive herself. Nicole cries that she has to go on because she has Holly and there are people who need her. Eric argues that if things were getting that bad and she was that desperate, she should’ve told him. Nicole claims she tried which Eric disagrees with. Nicole tells Eric about how she started writing an e-mail to tell him the truth but she couldn’t send it. Nicole says she tried talking to him but then he came home and it was their anniversary. Eric gets that she’s mad because he bailed on her but he doesn’t get why Xander of all people. Nicole admits that maybe she went to bed with Xander because she thought maybe she could finally get her husband to pay attention to her.

Philip suggests Lucas get Nicole to get EJ up to speed by giving him Kristen’s letter, then EJ will kick Sami to the curb and Lucas will be there to comfort her.

Sami tells EJ that no one knows why Xander does anything. EJ brings up how Sami just stood there instead of backing up Xander’s story. EJ calls it the perfect opportunity to pile on. Sami claims she didn’t see the need since Eric finally knows the truth. EJ suggests something else is in play and wonders what Sami is not telling him. Sami then responds that she’s ready to confess. Sami then admits that she paid Xander off, to interrupt the party and tell everyone what she already knew, with a million dollars. Sami argues that it was worth every penny for Eric to know the truth about Nicole. EJ recalls Xander wanting millions to not kill her and Lucas. EJ knows Sami was willing to pay whatever it took to bring Nicole to her knees. Sami claims that she didn’t enjoy it and just did what she had to do because Eric had to know the truth. EJ mentions how Eric thought he was happy but now he’s miserable and he knows the full story, thanks to Sami.

Eric asks if Nicole wanted to hurt him that match. Nicole goes over how Eric just told her that he wasn’t coming home again so she was angry and hurt that people on another continent were more important than her. Eric says that’s not true. Nicole cries that she thinks she wanted to hurt him but she definitely wanted to hurt herself by blowing things up and self destructing. Eric asks why she didn’t just tell him when he called her. Nicole says she didn’t see sleeping with Xander coming but she didn’t want to beg her husband to want to be on the same continent as her. Eric then agrees that it’s as much his fault as it is hers.

Ben tells Claire that Ciara cannot be marrying Theo on their anniversary. Claire reminds him that Ciara doesn’t remember that and claims that this is just a coincidence. Ben informs her that he told Ciara it was their anniversary last week, so she’s doing this on purpose.

Allie asks if Ciara is purposely marrying Theo on her anniversary to Ben. Ciara claims this is not about Ben but about herself as she wants to take that date back as the day she married her best friend and not some serial killer. Ciara says she has no memory of that day. Allie says she does and thinks before all hell broke loose, it was the happiest day of Ciara’s life.

Chad admits he thinks Theo may be rushing things a bit. Theo says neither one of them want to wait. Theo then informs Chad that Ciara picked tomorrow because it was her anniversary to Ben. Theo admits he doesn’t like that Ciara is using their marriage as payback against Ben. Chad encourages that it doesn’t change the way she feels about him. Theo then wins the chess game and says he knows Chad let him win, which Chad denies.

Ben complains that Ciara is marrying Theo tomorrow to get back at him. Claire tries to suggest that Ciara is just scared of remembering what she had with him.

Allie talks about how beautiful and happy Ciara was on that day. Ciara brings up that the church was bombed because of Ben and everyone could’ve died, all because of the horrible things Ben had done. Allie argues that wasn’t the Ben she was marrying. Ciara is sick of hearing that and doesn’t think people can change that much. Allie talks about how Ben was mentally ill but was very motivated to get better and he did. Ciara says she’s heard all of this before. Allie thinks she needs to hear it again and again, because they were so in love that people were crying after their vows. Allie calls them the picture of happily ever after and says everyone thought it was forever.

Eric admits to Nicole that he was running away because he didn’t want to face his part in this. Eric acknowledges that he acted like him doing something good excused him from her and their marriage. Eric apologizes and asks what they do now.

Philip asks Lucas what he says. Lucas hates the way EJ treats Sami like she’s his property and he can’t stand it. Lucas notes that EJ is dangerous and worries about what he might do if he finds out what happened between them. Lucas supposes that Nicole might give EJ the letter. Philip thinks it’s the best shot of Lucas getting Sami. Lucas says he wants Sami but he can’t do it like this as he loves her too much and doesn’t want to hurt her. Lucas declares that he should’ve just let the letter burn as he throws it in the trash can.

Allie remembers Ben’s vows. Ciara stops him from telling her what he said. Ciara states that she doesn’t remember and doesn’t want to remember while Allie is going on about it. Allie apologizes for upsetting her. Ciara asks how she thought she would react. Allie calls it just so sad that she and Ben can’t be together. Ciara is sorry she thinks that, but to her, she can only think of how nuts she must have been to let Ben in her life. Ciara insists that Theo is her best friend, she loves him, and he makes her feel safe. Allie gets that but asks if that’s the best reason to marry someone. Ciara thought Allie would be excited to be her maid of honor but says if she doesn’t want to do it, that’s fine. Theo arrives and asks what it is. Ciara informs him that she just asked Allie to be her maid of honor.

Ben questions Claire thinking Ciara is afraid to remember what she had with him. Claire points out that if she did remember, it would change everything for her and Theo. Ben talks about Ciara being the bravest person he ever knew and that all she cared about was that she loved him.

Nicole asks how many times Eric has asked himself what do they do now. Nicole says all she knows is that no matter what she does, she will always be a sinner and he will always be a saint. Eric says he’s far from it. Nicole knows he will find a way to forgive her, but she will never forgive herself. Nicole cries that he took his priest collar off years ago but it doesn’t change that he’s a good man who loves to help other people and that’s really hard to do with a wife, who wants his whole life and heart to herself. Eric asks what she is saying. Nicole responds that they are just two different people and she thinks she’s the best version of her when she’s with him but he’s the best version of him when he’s not with her. Eric asks what they are supposed to do. Nicole cries that there’s nothing they can do. Nicole then declares that she thinks this marriage is over.

EJ tells Sami that he has one more thing to say. EJ says it must have been awful for her to see Xander and Nicole heading in to the Salem Inn. EJ adds that he may find Eric tedious but he’s a good man and husband. EJ states that after everything he did to Sami, she was faithful even when he didn’t deserve it. EJ notes that Nicole betrayed Eric in their first year of marriage so he can understand why Sami did what she did. Sami thinks back to EJ saying he would’ve lost his mind if she turned to another man as EJ hugs her.

Allie agrees to be Ciara’s maid of honor which Theo says is great and notes that Chad just agreed to be his best man. Theo asks Ciara if they are really doing this tomorrow. Ciara responds that nothing in the world will stop them as they hug.

Claire encourages Ben to be the brave one now. She knows this has been so hard on him but he can’t quit. Ben agrees and declares that he has to do whatever the hell it takes to stop Ciara from marrying Theo tomorrow.

Sami kisses EJ and suggests just forgetting about tonight as they are back together and that’s all that matters, so they can forget about everything else as they continue kissing.

Philip questions if Lucas is just giving up. Lucas thinks it’s best for now but thanks Philip for trying to help. Lucas heads back upstairs. Philip then retrieves Kristen’s letter from the trash and declares that he is not giving up.

Eric tells Nicole that he wanted to spend time with Holly as he missed her so much. Nicole cries that she missed him too, but they can still video chat and she will keep writing him letters. Eric cries that he can’t let Nicole go. Nicole tells him that he has to. Eric kisses Nicole and decides that he can leave in the morning but Nicole cries that he should go. Eric tells Nicole that he will always love her. Nicole says she will always love him as Eric then takes his suitcase and exits the apartment. Nicole then drops to the floor as she breaks down crying.

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Xander told Eric that Nicole cheated on him. Eric said he was lying. He wanted Xander to leave the pub. Xander told Eric that he left Nicole alone for too long. Xander said he was the one Nicole slept with. He said she loved every minute of it. Eric didn’t believe him so Xander gave details about what happened. He looked at Sami to back what he was saying. Eric asked Sami to confirm what Xander was saying. Sami said she saw Xander and Nicole going to the Salem Inn. Sami said she was trying to get information before telling him the truth. Nicole said that wasn’t true. She said she got her own room. Brady tried to say that Nicole’s room being a corporate expense. Xander told Eric that Nicole enjoyed their night together. Eric ended up hitting him. Roman and John threw Xander out of the pub. Before Xander left, he said Nicole gave him a job to keep him quiet. Brady and Chloe were disgusted at the idea of Nicole sleeping with Xander. Brady thought about Nicole confessing to sleeping with Xander.

Brady told Chloe that he wasn’t going to let Xander get away with ruining Nicole’s marriage. He went after Xander. Marlena said the look on Nicole’s face proved that Xander was telling the truth about the affair. Eric asked Nicole why she hired Xander. Chloe interrupted to defend Nicole. Sami wanted Nicole to tell Eric the whole story. Marlena told Sami to stay out of it. Eric wanted Nicole to tell him the truth. She apologized to him. He walked out. Marlena and Roman followed him. Chloe comforted Nicole. When Sami wanted to leave the pub with EJ, Nicole stopped her. Sami and Nicole argued with each other. Sami reminded Nicole about not committing adultery. Nicole told her she didn’t have the right to judge her. Nicole walked out of the pub. Belle told John that she thought Sami set everything up. Eric broke down in tears when he went home. Roman and Marlena showed up to comfort Eric. They said Eric and Nicole’s love could get them through anything. Eric said it wouldn’t this time. He asked then to leave so he could be alone. He picked up his wedding picture and threw it across the room. Nicole showed up crying. Brady went to see Xander at the Horton House. Brady asked him what he got out of humiliating Nicole. Brady told him he didn’t have a job anymore. Brady noticed the briefcase of money. He wanted to know who paid him off. Xander said it wasn’t his business. Chloe showed up. Xander left the room. Brady told her someone paid Xander off to expose Nicole. They thought Sami did it. EJ asked Sami what Nicole meant at the pub. He said it sounded like an accusation. He asked what sin she committed.

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EJ questioned Sami about Nicole’s humiliation. He thought it was strange that Nicole talked about Sami not being someone to judge her. Sami didn’t take the bait and say anything about herself. He kept asking her how Nicole was exposed in front of a room full of people. He also wondered how Sami managed not to say anything about what happened to Eric. She said she didn’t want to hurt Eric. Nicole tried to talk to Eric about being with Xander. He was ready to go, but she told him about leaving town for so long. He didn’t think she should have been with Xander when she hated him the same way he did. She knew that and wanted to talk about what happened as man and wife. Theo asked Chad to be his best man. Ciara asked Allie to be her maid of honor. She told her about how great Theo was and that she loved him. Claire told Ben that Ciara and Theo were getting married. Eric told Nicole that they did talk and made a decision. She reminded him how they agreed to help his niece. He said she agreed to do it. She told him how she didn’t expect to be alone. He didn’t think that justified what she did. He said that if things were bad she should have told him. She told him that she tried to tell him. She was going to send an email. Philip said that Lucas should get Nicole to give EJ the letter from Kristen. He told Lucas that Sami would never forgive him if he gave the letter to EJ.

EJ was surprised that Sami didn’t say anything after Xander told what happened. Sami didn’t feel the need to say anything. He thought something else was at play. He wanted to know what she wasn’t telling him. She said she was ready to confess. Sami admitted that she paid Xander to admit to what happened with Xander. EJ loved it and couldn’t believe she did it. She said she didn’t enjoy it, but she thought Eric needed to know the truth. Eric and Nicole continued to talk about what she did. Eric blamed himself for what happened. Ben couldn’t believe that Ciara would marry Theo on their anniversary. Claire said she didn’t know about it. Ben told her that he told her it was their wedding date. Allie asked Ciara if she wanted to hurt Ben by getting married on their anniversary. Ciara said she wanted to remember it as the day she married her best friend. She didn’t want it to be remembered as the day she married a serial killer. Chad thought he and Theo might be rushing into getting married. Theo said Ciara wanted to get married on her anniversary. Allie continued to talk to Ciara about Ben changing. Ciara heard all of it before. Allie told her how she and Ben were in love. Philip wanted Lucas to go to Nicole and give her the letter. Lucas loved Sami too much to do that to her. He threw the letter in the garbage. Allie talked to Ciara about the wedding, but she didn’t want to hear it.

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Roman: Well, all right. Let’s hear from the guests of honor.

John: Ah, yeah, why not. Speech, speech, come on.

Nicole: No, I don’t have anything to say!

John: It’s your anniversary, kids.

[All chattering]

Sami: [Chuckles] I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m not expecting anyone. Stop looking at me like that.

EJ: Then why do you keep checking the time and hovering near the door?

Sami: What? You just know how I feel about nicole. I’m not exactly thrilled to be here.

EJ: I know, but it’s unlike you to hang about the fringes of any party.

Sami: Yeah, well, I’m just hoping to get time alone with eric. It’s been so long since I’ve seen him.

EJ: He’s looking well.

Sami: Yeah, probably ’cause he’s gotten ten months away from nicole.

EJ: Or maybe it’s about being back with her again.

Sami: Hmm.

EJ: [Chuckles]

Sami: All right, well, I’M… glad that he’s happy.

EJ: Then join the party. Come on.

Sami: You know what? Nicole’s about to make some teary toast and everyone’s gonna be all emotional and happy for her. I think it’s better if I stay by the door just in case I have to puke.

EJ: [Chuckles] Now, that’s the samantha I know and love.

[Smooches]

Nicole: I-I-I– I just wanna thank everybody for coming here on such short notice and helping eric and I celebrate our one-year anniversary. You know, living apart for so long was a real… challenge. But I–I just want to say thank you again for your friendship and your support through all of this, and… honey, I… I am just so incredibly proud of you and your work in the congo and it just makes me love you so much more… and miss you so much more. And as I told eric, um, it was one year ago today was the happiest day of my life.

Sami: Here she goes.

EJ: [Stifles a laugh]

Nicole: And it means the world to me to share this happiness with people who love eric as much as I do. And, uh… I remember saying that no matter what life threw at us, we would get through it together. And we have.

Eric: Yes.

Nicole: I love you.

Eric: I love you.

[Tender music]

Eric: I can’t even express how good it is to be home with my wife, surrounded by my family and some very old, dear friends. What nicole said about our separation– it was very, very hard for us. And I take full responsibility. I know how much I asked of her and how much she went through with me being so far away, and… she just made me feel like the luckiest man in the world to have a wife like you. One year ago today, I told you it took me 20 years to realize that I can’t live without you. And I don’t ever want to live without you. And I mean that more than ever.

[Music darkens]

Eric: Please… [Chuckles]

[All laugh]

Eric: Sorry, will you please join me in toasting this loving and most beautiful, understanding wife in the world with me.

All: Cheers.

John: Congratulations, you two.

Nicole: Thank you.

Xander: I wonder if you’d feel the same way if you knew while you were sweating away down in africa, she was screwin’ around behind your back.

[Tense music]

Eric: What the hell are you talking about?

Xander: Do I have to spell it out for you? Nicole’s been cheating on you, mate. She shagged another man.

Male announcer: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the “days of our lives.”

[Soft orchestration]

Roman: What the hell is he talking about?

Philip: What the hell is he even doing here?

Eric: Why don’t you get out before I throw you out.

Nicole: Honey, he can’t– he doesn’t want us to be happy. That’s what this is all about. He just wants to ruin our night.

Eric: It’s okay. I know he’s lying. You know what? The best thing for you to do is turn around right now and leave.

Roman: Hey, I’ve kicked this clown out of here before. Say the word, I’ll do it again.

Xander: You know, it really is bloody decent of you to finally fly back just in time for your first wedding anniversary. I know for a fact that your wife has been very lonely in your absence. You must have a screw loose to leave a woman like that all alone for this amount of time. Excuse me, miss.

Sami: [Scoffs]

Eric: You know, why don’t you just save your breath? I don’t believe anything you’re saying.

Xander: I’m staying right here. Ugh.

Chloe: This stand-off is embarrassing. Do you think he’s drunk?

Brady: Eric and nicole love each other. He’s gonna give up and get out. No one will remember what he said.

Sami: Poor eric looks like he’s been punched in the face.

EJ: It sounds like you think this xander guy is right, that nicole did cheat on him.

Sami: Well, what motive would he have for showing up here and lying?

EJ: I’m sure he’s got some scheme in mind.

Sami: I don’t know. The look on nicole’s face? She’s scared of something.

Nicole: I heard my husband tell you to leave. What are you, deaf or something?

John: I’d be happy to show him out.

Philip: So would I.

Roman: Me too.

Nicole: Looks like we have a quorum.

Xander: Oh, but the fun’s just getting started. Hey, how ’bout A… ahh, refill, mate?

Roman: Listen, clown, you’ve had your fun; it didn’t work. Get the hell out of here before you make a bigger ass of yourself.

Xander: Well, the least you can do is refill eric’s glass. All of a sudden, he’s having a really bad night. Oh, but he doesn’t drink, does he? Maybe he’ll start again when he hears the rest of what I have to tell him. Including the name of the man who had sex with his wife.

Nicole: You shut up and get out, xander.

Xander: Oh, I don’t know, nicole, look at eric. I think he’s a little curious. Am I right?

Eli: I told you, I’m not gonna believe anything–

Xander: It was me! Yours truly! And let me tell you, she loved every minute of it.
Your mission:

Eric: I know the things that you’ve done to nicole in the past. And you’re the last man on earth she’d ever want to sleep with.

Xander: You do not know your wife as well as you think you do.

Brady: You’ve had your fun. You’ve had your fun. Let’s go.

Xander: Lay one more hand on me…and see what happens.

Eric: I can handle him, brady. You’ve only lusted after nicole all these years and she never wanted a part of any of it. You know why I know that, even after you made her marry you? She still never had sex with you. Because she only saw you for the pathetic loser you are.

Xander: Are you really gonna let him talk to me like that? After I was there for you the night when he called to say he was staying in africa for another three months. You were a mess!

Nicole: Shut up.

Xander: I was having a nice drink at the bar there when she comes barreling in and starts knocking them back like there was no tomorrow. You remember that, right?

Eric: Do you remember that, dad?

Roman: No, I don’T.

Xander: Well, that’s ’cause you weren’t tending bar. You know why I know? ‘Cause the drinks weren’t watered down. Anyway, after hours, we were back at the salem inn. We were good and drunk by then, but I know you remember this, nicole. We went up to my room for another drink and one thing led to another. You see, eric, you’d been gone for a very long time and nicole was very…needy. Fortunately, I was there for her in her hours of need.

Eric: You must have been hallucinating. Drunk or sober, nicole would never be alone in a room with you.

Xander: I understand why you’d have a hard time believing me so maybe you should ask your sister, samantha. She knows what happened.

Eric: Whoa, whoa, what do you have to do with this?

Xander: Tell him.

[Dramatic music]

Xander: Go ahead, sami, you know you’ve been holding out on your brother, your whole family. Tell them what you know.

Sami: Don’t put me in the middle of this.

Xander: Oh, don’t play dumb. You said you saw nicole and me going into the salem inn.

Eric: Is that true, sami?

Sami: Um, okay, look. Eric, what happened was brady was in the hospital after kristen ran him off the road. I had to go find mom and john to tell them the news. They were having dinner at the bistro so I went there to find them.

Marlena: John and I saw sami outside the salem inn.

Sami: Right. Before that happened…

Xander: Go ahead.

Sami: [Sighs sharply] I saw… xander and nicole going into the salem inn together. Look, brady was in critical condition and that’s why I didn’t tell you, mom. That’s why I didn’t tell anyone. I’m so sorry, eric. I don’t know what happened when they went in there. I wanted to find out more before I made an issue out of it.

Eric: Did you go to xander’s room?

Nicole: No.

[Musical sting]

[Softly] No. You know how upset I was when you told me you were staying in africa again. So I did come here and I did have too much to drink and xander also happened to be here. Look, I drank too much. I was in no shape to drive so I went to the salem inn and I got a room to sleep it off.

Xander: Yeah, but it was my room and there wasn’t any sleeping.

Nicole: That is not true! I got my own room. And you know what, sami? I told you the same thing when you came knocking on my door, pretending to be concerned about me.

Sami: Eric, I had to find out more information. I was just really concerned… for you. And, um… I’m so sorry to have to say this but, uh, the inn doesn’t have any record of nicole booking a room.

Nicole: I explained that! I was so out of sorts I used my basic black corporate card, okay? That is why there is nothing in my name.

Sami: Which I was just about to explain to eric if you hadn’t jumped down my throat.

Nicole: Oh, yes, I jumped down your throat.

Sami: I do think it’s odd that you happened to carry around the corporate receipt in your purse to show me. I don’t know, almost as if you were…covering your tracks.

Brady: Sami, I–I told nicole to hold onto the receipt.

Sami: Why?

Brady: Why? To reimburse the company. That’s the end of the story. Does anybody understand why we are allowing this moron to hijack this anniversary party?

Xander: Why are you covering for nicole, brady? Still feeling guilty about coming between her and eric back in the day? ‘Cause you know as well as I do that nicole and I did get drunk at that bar and then we went up to my room at the salem inn and drank some more. But she wasn’t so drunk that she didn’t know what she was doing. She was furious at eric for leaving her all alone with his niece and those two little brats for three more months and she wanted to get back at him. And what better way to do that then to jump into bed with me, where I showed her a damn good time. The truth is, eric, she just couldn’t get enough of me.

Sami: [Screams]

[Clattering]

Eric: Come on! Come on!

[All chattering]

Xander: I get it. No man likes to hear how much his wife liked being with another man especially when it’s the truth! Ask your wife why she hired me at basic black. She had to; it’s the only way I’d keep quiet about us having sex, mate!

[Door slams]

Eric: I’m fine. Just let me go.

[Tense music]
Is it true? Did you give xander a job to keep him quiet about the two of you? Did you know that your toughest cleaning problems

Roman: All right. Okay, I’m gonna wrap this hand.

Eric: Dad, I don’t need that.

Roman: If I don’t do it now, it’s gonna look like a boxing glove in the morning, okay? Now, listen to me, xander’s a troublemaker, all right? That’s what he lives for. He’s just jealous that nicole wants you, not him.

Chloe: Well, this night didn’t go the way it was supposed to.

Brady: Not quite.

Chloe: How did xander think he could get away with that? Nicole would never let him touch her.

Nicole: Xander and me? What, are you nuts? I would never–

Brady: I over– I overheard xander when I came in, saying that you two had slept together behind eric’s back. Actually, he put it a little more colorfully than that.

Nicole: And you’re just… mentioning this now?

Brady: [Sighs] Is it true?

[Tense music]

Nicole: Yes.

Chloe: Wait, do you know something? Did nicole hire xander to keep him quiet?

Brady: Xander doesn’t want nicole to be happy and he would do anything to destroy her marriage. And I’m not gonna let him get away with it.

John: Easy, kid.

Philip: Where’s brady going?

Chloe: I don’t know. But I have to talk to nicole. Excuse me.

John: Should’ve thrown that bastard out of here before he opened his lousy mouth.

Marlena: I’m not sure that would’ve changed anything.

John: What do you mean?

Marlena: You could see the pain that nicole was in.

John: What do you mean? You think she was in pain because–’cause, what? She laid down with that jerk?

Marlena: I think if she hadn’t done that, she would’ve denied it. Vehemently denied it.

John: She did deny it.

Marlena: Well… john, it wasn’t that convincing. She was worried, she was stammering. At least, that’s my take on it.

John: What the hell do I know? You’re the shrink so I… I’m guessing that your take was probably pretty accurate.

Marlena: I’m hoping I’m wrong. But in this case, I think, for once, xander was telling the truth.

[Dramatic music]

Xander: [Sighs] Well, sami, you came through for me. Makes me glad I didn’t kill you like kristen wanted me to. A cool million just for a few minutes work and one punch to the jaw. That’s if it’s all here. The way sami took down nicole without batting an eye, I wouldn’t put it past her to try and cheat me, too.

[Intense music]

EJ: Why didn’t you tell me that you suspected nicole of cheating on eric?

Sami: I didn’t want it to be true. I mean, look, I don’t like nicole, but eric loves her and I wouldn’t want her to break his heart. Besides, I just can’t believe that nicole would cheat on someone as honorable as my brother.

EJ: Hmm. Well, being far apart is difficult for any marriage. Even if the distance is only emotional.

Sami: Ej–

EJ: I put that distance between us.

Sami: You were going through hell.

EJ: There’s no excuse for it. You were there, I pushed you away. Truth is… I was afraid I could no longer be the husband you needed.

Sami: I understand that now.

EJ: I should’ve explained it at the time, but unfortunately, I was too self-consumed to consider your feelings. There’s no excuse for it.

Sami: Ej, we have been over this.

EJ: I know, I just feel like I need to tell you again. Especially in light of what eric’s going through. I just thank god that you hung with me, didn’t turn to another man. I would’ve lost my mind.

Sami: [Sighs deeply]

Chloe: Listen, just take some deep breaths, okay? This is all gonna get straightened out. Eric knows what kind of man xander is. He’s not gonna believe him.

[Emotional string music]

Nicole: I think he kind of does.

Chloe: He knows how much you love him.

Nicole: [Sighs]

Eric: Please tell me the truth. You hate xander. Why would you hire him at basic black?

Chloe: Because of me. For reasons that I won’t get into right now, but… I had to take a leave of absence and brady was still recovering from the car accident. Nicole had this entire workload herself and we knew that xander had corporate experience. I’m telling you, nicole only brought xander on board because he knew all the operations at gabi chic, our main competitor. She hated working with him but, you know, we thought it’d give us a leg up. Isn’t that right? Tell him.

Sami: I think nicole should tell him the whole story. The true story. I think you owe him that.

Marlena: Sami, why don’t you mind your own business? In fact, I think that everybody should give eric and nicole some time to work this out on their own.

Eric: I need you to answer one simple question. Did you hire xander because you were short-handed or to shut him up?

Nicole: [Sobbing] I am so sorry.
[Sobbing]

Nicole: Oh, my god, chloe, what have I done?

Marlena: Our son needs us.

Roman: Right, I’ll drive. John, we’re going to find eric.

John: Yeah, sure.

Roman: I’ll bring her home after we talk to eric.

Belle: Poor eric. How could she do this to him?

John: Well, honey, it sounds like nicole was in a bad way. Eric being gone must’ve really taken a toll on her.

Belle: Yeah, well, how is that an excuse for sleeping with the worst person on the planet? I mean, how– how could she do this to him?

Sami: You know what? Let’s get out of here. I don’t want to stay and watch nicole try to get sympathy from everyone.

EJ: I see there are things that time doesn’t alter.

Sami: What does that mean?

EJ: How much you hate nicole.

Sami: I have lots of good reasons, don’t you think? Let’s go.

Nicole: You did this, you bitch!

[Tense music]

Xander: It is all here. Minus the bail money, which I can get back. And cold hard cash doesn’t disappear like a bank transfer.

[Door opens]

Brady: You have some explaining to do.

Xander: Party’s over? It’s a bit early.

Brady: Why’d you do it?

Xander: I just thought eric deserved to know what kind of woman he married.

Brady:

[Scoffs] Yeah, sure. You’re just a stickler for morality, aren’t you? No, really, what are you getting out of this?

Xander: It’s just a laugh, that’s all.

Brady: Xander, you had nicole under your thumb, then you decided to destroy her marriage in the most hurtful and humiliating way so I wanna know why you did it and why you did it now.

Sami: I didn’t actually make you cheat on your husband, nicole, sorry.

Nicole: You. You put xander up to this. I know you did. You are the reason he showed up here.

Sami: You are not blaming me for cheating on your husband. It’s pathetic. You know, when I saw you and xander going into the salem inn together, I thought, “oh, boy, there’s nicole up to her old tricks.” Eric used to be a priest. He takes those vows seriously. You ever heard of the ten commandments? “Thou shalt not commit adultery”?

Nicole: Oh, you’re quoting the bible, now? Well, here’s a verse for you. “Let she who is without sin cast the first stone.”

[Door slams shut]

[Melancholy music]

Eric: [Exhales deeply]

Xander: She was furious at eric for leaving her all alone with his niece and those two little brats for three more months and she wanted to get back at him. And what better way to do that then to jump into bed with me, where I showed her a damn good time. The truth is, eric, she just couldn’t get enough of me.

Nicole: [Sobbing] I am so sorry.

[Pounding on door]

Eric: Go away!

Roman: It’s us, son, me and your mom. Open the door.

Marlena: Honey, we’re not leaving until we talk to you.

Xander: Who are you to give me a hard time about nicole? When you found out that she was cheating on you with eric, you forced her to leave town with a baby in her arms.

Brady: Yeah, I did that. I did that because at the time, I wanted nicole and it… it was just injury to my pride, xander, and it didn’t do anything for me. Nothing, because eric and nicole found their way back to each other because they belong together. But it just doesn’T… it doesn’t make sense, why you did what you did. You already used your one-night stand to blackmail nicole to get you a nice cushy job at basic black, so why would you throw it away?

Xander: Who says I have?

Brady: Oh, trust me, cuz, you’re history. And don’t ask me for a reference.

Xander: Should’ve known you’d do this.

Brady: Yeah, you should’ve. You had your little fun and now you’re broke and unemployable, so I go back to my original question. Why did you do it? I don’t even think you’re stupid enough to think that nicole would just go into your arms after you blew up her marriage. So that leaves one reason,

Xander: Good old-fashioned money, right?

Xander: What money? You just told me I lost my job.

Brady: What don’t you want me to see?

Xander: [Scoffs] I don’t care what you see.

Brady: That’s funny because I walked in here and you have not moved from that spot since I came through that door. What do we have there?

[Intriguing music]

Brady: Looks like somebody paid you off to ruin eric and nicole’s relationship. Who the hell was it?

Chloe: I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that nicole actually slept with xander.

Philip: This must be very hard for you. Why don’t you let me take you home?

Chloe: I can’t go home without knowing that brady’s okay. I’m sure he went after xander.

Philip: I hope he beats the crap out of him.

Chloe: Well, he’s recovering from a really bad accident. I’m afraid what xander might do.

Philip: Where’re you going?

John: Samantha, your mother and father, they’re not coming back tonight. Belle and I, we’re, uh, we’re gonna head on out.

Belle: Yeah, I’m glad that mom and roman are with eric though. Poor guy.

Sami: I mean, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

Belle: Didn’t surprise you, though, huh?

Sami: Well, it shouldn’t have surprised any of us. I mean, this is nicole walker we’re talking about.

Belle: Actually, it’s nicole brady, and she seems to think you had something to do with what xander did tonight.

Sami: Oh, please, she thinks I’m behind climate change. She’s just trying to point the finger. I’m sure she’s chasing after eric right now, begging for forgiveness.

EJ: Eric is a deeply religious man, but I think it would be hard for any husband to forgive what nicole did.

Sami: You know what? This has been such an awful night. Let’s just get out of here.

EJ: Of course.

Sami: Good night. Good night, john.

John: Good night, samantha.

Belle: Yup. Sami couldn’t get out of here fast enough.

John: Sweetheart–

Belle: I wonder why.

John: Do you– do you really think that sami had something to do with xander outing nicole?

Belle: Yes, I more than know it.

John: But she loves her brother.

Belle: Yeah, well, she hates nicole. She thinks nicole’s the worst thing that ever happened to eric, dad. You know that.

John: Yeah, I do, but– you think that she would set her own brother up to be humiliated like he was tonight?

Belle: Well, she’s telling herself that he’ll be better off, that he’ll get over it.

John: Really?

Belle: Yes. I know my sister. She hates nicole for keeping sydney from her for so long. So she saw a chance to make nicole feel the same kind of pain and she took it. And I bet she did not give one thought to how that would hurt eric.

Eric: I know why you came. There’s nothing that you can say that’s gonna make it any better. My wife slept with a pig, xander. She hates the man! I flew 14 hours to be with nicole on our anniversary and now I know. I know what our marriage means to her now.

Roman: It means a lot.

Marlena: Look, your father’s right. You know, you and nicole have been through some rough spots before. You’ve always fought your way back together. I think that kind of love can get through almost anything.

Eric: No, not this time.

Marlena: Eric–

Eric: No! Not this time! I’m sorry. Thank you for coming over, but I really want to be alone right now.

Marlena: [Softly] Eric… I’m so sorry. We love you so much. And we’re so proud of you, of the work that you do, the man that you’ve become. Oh, darling. Oh, I know it’s cold comfort right now, but you’ll get through this. And we will be here the whole time. Whatever we can do. We’ll be here for you.

Roman: We love you, son, all right? And like your mom says, right, anything you need, any time you want to talk. You got that? I love you, all right?

Eric: I know you guys are here for me. I love you.

Marlena: Call us for anything at all.

Eric: [Sniffles]
[Exhales shakily]

Nicole: [Crying softly] God, you know, an hour ago, I was the unhappiest woman in the world and now I can’t believe how lucky I am.

[Emotional music]

[Glass shatters]

[Intriguing music]

Brady: So, who hired you to ruin my brother’s marriage?

Xander: It’s none of your damned business.

Brady: Uh-huh.

Xander: But did you see the look on your pious brother’s face when I told him I’d had his bride? I’d have done it for free just for that.

Brady: Tell me who hired you, xander. How much did you get, huh?

Chloe: Brady!

Xander: Get your hands off my money! Oh, and now look who’s come to rescue you. I’m afraid your… favorite songbird isn’t gonna be much help. Not with that broken wing. Hey, I am sorry that we’re not gonna be working together anymore, but could you do me a favor? Get your boss out of my sight.

Chloe: Are you okay?

Brady: Nah, I’m fine. That briefcase is full of money. He pretty much admitted to me that he was paid to do what he did tonight. I tried to get a name out of him but I–

Chloe: But I stormed in and ruined it; I’m so sorry.

Brady: No, no, chloe, no. He wasn’t gonna talk anyway.

Chloe: Well, after you left, nicole accused sami of setting this up. We both know that she hates nicole.

Brady: And if there’s one person who can get that kind of money quickly, it’s samantha brady dimera.

Sami: Oh, what a night. Poor eric. Tried to warn him about nicole. He just wouldn’t listen.

EJ: He’s in love with her.

Sami: I just never understood it.

EJ: I thought you wanted a nightcap.

Sami: I changed my mind. I’m just so worked up, I thought maybe a nice warm shower might help me calm down. If you would, uh, like to join me?

EJ: Mm, as tempting as that is, I have a question for you first.

Sami: Okay, shoot.

EJ: What did nicole mean when she said, “let she who is without sin cast the first stone”?

Sami: I don’t know. Ugh, this button is crazy. Um, I think maybe she just found religion, that’s all.

EJ: It sounded like an accusation. What sin have you committed now, samantha?

[Dramatic music]

Belle: I don’t remember, do you take milk in your tea?

John: No, not at all, honey.

Belle: Okay, good.

John: [Sighs]

Belle: How are you?

John: I can’t shake this theory that you have that sami’s behind this. Belle, if… if she arranged for eric to have to go through this, maybe it was because she thought that eric needed to know the truth.

Belle: There are plenty of other ways he could’ve learned the truth, dad. Sami could’ve told him privately, calmly, kindly. What she just did to him was cruel.

John: But if she just went to eric and she told him privately, I don’t think he would’ve believed her.

Belle: I mean, I– probably not. And I don’t know that sami and xander were in cahoots, but nicole seems to think so. And my gut tells me she’s right. For some reason, sami wanted to take nicole down in public.

[Keys jingle]

Marlena: Hi.

John: So how is eric?

Marlena: Not good. Not good.

[Brooding string music]

Nicole: I can’t believe we’re finally married.

Eric: We have a lot of– a lot of time to make up for.

Nicole: Yes, we do. We have a whole lifetime together.

Eric: [Whispers] I love you so much.

Nicole: I love you.

[Door opens]

[Dramatic music]

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Roman wants to hear from Eric and Nicole. Sami claims not to know what EJ is talking about as she’s not expecting anyone. EJ questions her checking the time and the door. Sami says it’s just how she feels about Nicole so she’s not thrilled to be here. Sami says she just wants time alone with Eric since it’s been so long since she’s seen him. EJ says Eric is looking well. Sami jokes that it’s because he’s been away from Nicole. EJ suggests it could be being back with her. Sami admits she’s glad he’s happy. EJ wants them to join the party. Sami points out that Nicole is about to make some teary toast so she wants to stay by the door in case she has to puke. EJ says that’s the Sami he knows he loves and kisses her. Nicole thanks everybody for coming on short notice to help her and Eric celebrate their one year anniversary. Nicole admits living apart for so long was a real challenge but she thanks everyone for their friendship and support. Nicole says she’s incredibly proud of Eric and his work that it makes her love and miss him so much more. Nicole says one year ago was the happiest day of her life and it means the world to her to share this happiness with people who love Eric as much as she does. Nicole remembers saying that no matter what life threw at them, they would get through it together and they have. Nicole and Eric say I love you and kiss. Eric talks about how good it is to be home with his wife, surrounded by family and friends. Eric admits their separation was very hard and he takes full responsibility as he knows what she went through with him being so far away. Eric tells Nicole that one year ago, he told her it took him 20 years to realize he can’t live without her and he never wants to live without her as they kiss. Eric calls for everyone to toast to Nicole, so they do. Xander then walks in to the Pub and declares that he wonders if Eric would feel the same way if he knew that while he was sweating away in Africa, she was screwing around behind his back, which shocks everyone but makes Sami smile. Eric asks what the hell he’s talking about. Xander informs Eric that Nicole cheated on him with another man. Roman asks what the hell he’s talking about. Philip questions what Xander is even doing here. Eric warns Xander to get out before he throws him out. Nicole argues that Xander just doesn’t want them to be happy and wants to ruin their night. Eric says he knows Xander is lying and tells him to leave. Roman says he will kick Xander out. Xander remarks that it’s decent of Eric to finally fly back in time for his one year anniversary when he knows for a fact that Nicole has been lonely. Xander states that Eric must have a screw loose to leave a woman like that all alone for all this time. Eric doesn’t believe anything Xander is saying. Chloe asks Brady if Xander is drunk. Brady assures that Eric and Nicole love each other so no one will believe what Xander says. Sami comments that Eric looks like he’s been punched in the face. EJ feels that Sami sounds like she thinks Xander is right. Sami asks what motive Xander would have to show up lying. EJ is sure he has some scheme. Sami points out the look on Nicole’s face and says she looks scared of something. Nicole reminds Xander that Eric told him to leave. John, Roman, and Philip offer to get Xander to leave. Xander responds that the fun is just getting started. Roman tells Xander to get out before he makes a bigger ass of himself. Xander mocks that Eric might start drinking again when he tells him the name of the man who had sex with his wife. Nicole tells him to shut up and get out. Xander thinks Eric is curious. Eric repeats that he’s not believing a word Xander says. Xander then shouts out that it was him and that Nicole loved every minute of it, causing everyone to look back at Nicole.

Eric knows what Xander has done to Nicole in the past and says he’s the last man on earth that she would ever want to sleep with. Xander responds that he doesn’t know his wife as well as he thinks he does. Brady tells Xander that he’s had his fun. Xander warns Brady but Eric says he can handle him. Eric talks about Xander lusting after Nicole all these years and she’s never wanted him because she saw him as the pathetic loser he is. Xander brings up being there for Nicole on the night that Eric called and told her that he was staying in Africa for another three months. Xander talks about running in to Nicole at the Pub and then later they were drunk at the Salem Inn, but he knows Nicole remembers going up to his room for another drink and one thing led to another. Xander tells Eric that he was gone for a very long time and Nicole was very needy, so he was there for her in her hours of need. Eric argues that Nicole would never be alone in a room with him. Xander understands Eric might have a hard time believing him, so he suggests asking his sister Sami as she knows what happened. Eric questions what Sami has to do with this. Xander urges Sami to tell him.

Xander remarks that Sami has been holding out on her whole family so he tells her to tell them what she knows. Sami tells him not to put her in the middle of this. Xander tells Sami not to play dumb since she said she saw he and Nicole going in to the Salem Inn. Eric asks Sami if that’s true. Sami tells Eric that Brady was in the hospital after Kristen ran him off the road so she had to go find John and Marlena at the Bistro. Marlena recalls seeing Sami outside the Salem Inn. Sami admits that before that happened, she saw Xander and Nicole going in to the Salem Inn together. Sami complains that Brady was in critical condition so that’s why she didn’t tell anyone. Sami adds that she didn’t know what happened when they went in and wanted to find out more before she made an issue out of it. Eric asks Nicole if she went to Xander’s room. Nicole says no and that Eric knows how upset she was when he told her that she was staying in Africa again. Nicole admits that she did come to the Pub and have too much to drink and that Xander happened to be there, but claims she got her own room to sleep it off. Xander says it was his room and there was no sleeping. Nicole denies that and adds that she told Sami the same thing when she came knocking on her door, pretending to be concerned about her. Sami claims she had to find out more information because she was really concerned for Eric and she’s sorry to say but the Salem Inn has no record of Nicole booking a room. Nicole argues that she already explained that she used her Basic Black corporate card and that’s why it’s not in her name. Sami claims she was just about to explain that to Eric. Sami thinks it’s odd that Nicole carries around the corporate receipt to show her as if she was covering her tracks. Brady tells Sami that he told Nicole to hold on to the receipt to reimburse the company. Brady questions why they are allowing Xander to hijack this party. Xander asks why Brady is covering for Nicole and if he still feels guilty about coming between her and Eric back in the day. Xander repeats that he and Nicole got drunk at the bar then went to his room to drink even more. Xander says that Nicole was furious at Eric for leaving her all alone for three more months and she wanted to get back at him by jumping in to bed with him. Xander tells Eric that Nicole just couldn’t get enough of him. Eric then knocks Xander down with a punch to the face. Brady and Philip hold Eric back. Xander gets that no man wants to hear how much his wife liked being with another man. Roman and John drag Xander out of the Pub as he yells for Eric to ask Nicole why she hired him at Basic Black, because it was the only way he’d keep quiet about them having sex. Eric pulls away from Brady and Philip to confront Nicole. Eric asks Nicole if it’s true that she gave Xander a job to keep him quiet about them.

Roman wants to wrap Eric’s hand from the punch. Roman argues that Xander is a troublemaker and just jealous that Nicole wants Eric and not him. Chloe comments to Brady that the night didn’t go as it was supposed to and asks how Xander thought he could get away with that. Chloe argues that Nicole would never let Xander touch her. Brady thinks back to revealing to Nicole that he overheard her and Xander then Nicole admitting the truth to him. Chloe then asks Brady if Nicole hired Xander to keep him quiet. Brady insists that Xander doesn’t want Nicole to be happy and would do anything to destroy her marriage. Brady declares he’s not going to let him get away with it and walks out of the Pub. Philip asks Chloe where Brady is going. Chloe responds that she doesn’t know, but she has to talk to Nicole so she walks away. John tells Marlena that he should’ve thrown Xander out before he opened his mouth. Marlena is not sure that would’ve changed anything, because you could see the pain that Nicole was in. John questions what she means. Marlena thinks Nicole would’ve vehemently denied it if it wasn’t true. Marlena feels Nicole wasn’t that convincing as she was worried and stammering. John states that Marlena is the shrink so he guesses her take is probably accurate. Marlena hopes that she’s wrong, but in this case, she thinks for once, Xander was telling the truth.

Xander goes home to the Horton house with his briefcase of cash. Xander remarks that Sami came through for him so he’s glad he didn’t kill her when Kristen wanted him to. Xander says he got a million for a few minutes of work. Xander decides to make sure the money is all there, in case Sami tried to cheat him.

EJ questions Sami as to why she didn’t tell him that she suspected Nicole of cheating on Eric. Sami claims she didn’t want it to be true. Sami says she doesn’t like Nicole but Eric loves her so she didn’t want her to break his heart. Sami remarks that she can’t believe Nicole would cheat on someone as honorable as Eric. EJ brings up how distance can be a problem in any marriage and how he put that distance between them. Sami says EJ was going through Hell. EJ feels there’s no excuse for him pushing her away but he was afraid that he couldn’t be the husband she needed. Sami understands that now. EJ says he should’ve explained it at the time but wasn’t considering her feelings and there’s no excuse. Sami says they’ve been over this. EJ feels like going over it again in light of what Eric is going through. EJ thanks God that Sami stuck with him and didn’t turn to another man as he would’ve lost his mind…

Chloe comforts Nicole and insists that Eric won’t believe Xander but Nicole worries that Eric does. Chloe assures that Eric knows how much Nicole loves him. Eric comes over and asks Nicole to tell him the truth. Eric says that Nicole hates Xander so he asks why she would hire him at Basic Black. Chloe claims that it was because of her having to take a leave of absence and Brady was still recovering in the hospital while they knew Xander had corporate experience. Chloe insists that Nicole only brought Xander in because he knew all the operations of Gabi Chic and they thought it would give them a leg up on the competition. Sami interrupts to say that Nicole should tell Eric the whole story because she owes him that. Marlena tells Sami to mind her own business. Marlena thinks everybody should give Eric and Nicole some time to work this out on their own. Eric asks Nicole if she hired Xander because they were short handed or to shut him up. Nicole breaks down crying and says she’s so sorry. Eric then turns and storms out of the Pub. Chloe hugs Nicole as she asks what she has done. Roman and Marlena go out in search of Eric. Belle goes to John and asks how Nicole could do this to Eric. John guesses she was in a bad way with Eric being gone. Belle feels there is no excuse to sleep with the worst person on the planet as John hugs her. Sami tells EJ that she doesn’t want to stay and see Nicole try to get sympathy from everyone. EJ sees that Sami’s hate for Nicole hasn’t changed. Sami says she has lots of reasons. They prepare to leave but Nicole grabs Sami and accuses her of doing this.

Xander finishes counting his money and confirms it’s all there. Xander then shuts the briefcase as he hears someone coming. Brady enters and says he has some explaining to do. Brady asks Xander why he did it. Xander claims he just thought Eric deserved to know what kind of woman he married. Brady asks what Xander is getting out of this. Xander claims it was just for a laugh. Brady argues that Xander had Nicole under his thumb and then decided to destroy her marriage in the most hurtful and humiliating way, so he wants to know why he did it.

Sami argues that she didn’t make Nicole cheat on her husband. Nicole accuses Sami of putting Xander up to this. Sami questions Nicole blaming her for cheating on her husband. Sami brings up seeing Nicole and Xander go in to the Salem Inn together. Sami adds that Eric used to be a priest so he takes those vows seriously. Sami brings up the ten commandments and thou shall not commit adultery. Nicole mocks Sami quoting the bible and says to let she who is without sin cast the first stone as she then storms out of the Pub.

Eric storms home to his apartment and breaks down crying as he thinks back to Xander’s revelation and Nicole telling him the truth. Roman and Marlena knock on the door and say they are not leaving until they talk to him so he opens the door and Marlena hugs him.

Xander questions Brady giving him a hard time about Nicole, bringing up how Brady forced Nicole to leave town when she cheated on him with Eric. Brady admits he did that because he wanted Nicole and it was injury to his pride but it did nothing for him and Nicole and Eric found their way back to each other because they belong together. Brady feels it doesn’t make sense why Xander did what he did and questions why he would throw away his nice job at Basic Black. Brady assures that Xander is fired. Xander says he should’ve known. Brady says Xander had his fun and now he’s broke and unemployable, so he asks again why he did it. Brady doesn’t think Xander expected Nicole to go in to his arms after blowing up her marriage, so he guesses it’s money. Brady brings up Xander not moving since he came in. Brady then shoves Xander aside and sees the briefcase on the table. Brady guesses someone paid him off to ruin Eric and Nicole’s relationship, so he asks who the hell it was.

Chloe tells Philip that she still can’t wrap her head around the fact that Nicole actually slept with Xander. Philip wants to take her home but Chloe says she can’t go home without knowing that Brady is okay since she’s sure he went after Xander. Philip hopes Brady beats the crap out of Xander. Chloe brings up Brady recovering from a bad accident, so she’s afraid of what Xander might do. Chloe then rushes out of the Pub. John tells Sami that Roman and Marlena aren’t coming back so he and Belle are heading out. Belle is glad that Roman and Marlena are with Eric. Sami remarks that it was only a matter of time before something like this happens and says it shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Belle brings up that Nicole thought Sami had something to do with Xander tonight. Sami argues that Nicole thinks she’s behind everything. Sami suggests they just get out of here so she and EJ exit the Pub. Belle tells John that Sami couldn’t get out fast enough, so she wonders why. John asks if she really thinks that Sami had something to do with Xander outing Nicole. Belle confirms that since she hates Nicole and thinks she’s the worst thing to ever happen to Eric. John asks if Belle thinks Sami would set her own brother up to be humiliated. Belle believes that Sami thinks Eric will be better off and will get over it. Belle insists that she knows Sami and that she hates Nicole, so she saw a chance to make Nicole feel pain and took it. Belle bets Sami didn’t give a thought to how that would hurt Eric.

Eric tells Marlena and Roman that nothing they can say can make anything better since Nicole slept with Xander. Eric talks about flying 14 hours to be with Nicole on their anniversary and now he knows what their marriage means to her. Roman argues that it means a lot. Marlena brings up how they’ve always fought their way back together through rough spots, so she thinks that kind of love can get through anything. Eric shouts not this time. Eric thanks them for coming but says he really wants to be alone. Marlena says they are sorry, they love him, and are so proud of him as she hugs him. Marlena encourages that Eric will get through this and they will be there for whatever they can do. Roman adds that they love him as he hugs him. Eric knows they are there for him and he loves them too. Marlena tells him to call for anything as she and Roman then exit. Eric looks over a photo of he and Nicole and thinks back to when he first came home. Eric then tosses the photo and smashes it against the wall.

Philip cleans up at the Pub then stops to text Chloe, telling her to let him know if she needs help with Brady and that he will wait here as long as it takes.

Brady asks Xander who hired him to ruin his brother’s marriage. Xander says it’s none of his damn business. Xander brings up the look on Eric’s face when he told him he slept with his bride. Xander remarks that he would’ve done it for free just for that. Brady demands to know who hired him and how much he was paid. Chloe interrupts. Xander mocks her coming to rescue Brady but says she won’t be much help with a broken arm. Xander says he’s sorry they won’t be working together anymore. Xander asks Chloe to get Brady out of his sight as he walks out of the room. Chloe checks on Brady. Brady tells her that Xander pretty much admitted that he was paid off but wouldn’t give him a name. Chloe informs him that after he left, Nicole accused Sami of setting this up and they both know that Sami hates Nicole. Brady declares that if there’s one person who could get that kind of money quickly, it’s Samantha Brady-DiMera.

Sami and EJ go home. Sami says she tried to warn Eric about Nicole but he just wouldn’t listen. Sami adds that she never understood Eric being in love with her. EJ thought she wanted a night cap. Sami changed her mind and suggests a nice warm shower to help her calm down, if he would like to join her. EJ says he’s tempted but has a question first. EJ asks what Nicole meant by saying she without sin cast the first stone. Sami claims not to know and calls it crazy, suggesting she just found religion. EJ notes that it sounded like an accusation. EJ questions Sami as to what sin she has committed now.

Belle goes home with John and makes him tea as she asks how he’s doing. John responds that he can’t shake her theory that Sami is behind this. John says if Sami arranged for Eric to have to go through this, maybe it was because she thought Eric needed to know the truth. Belle argues that there is plenty of other ways he could’ve learned the truth and that Sami could’ve told him in private but what she did to him was cruel. John points out that Eric wouldn’t have believed her. Belle agrees and she doesn’t know that Sami and Xander were in cahoots but Nicole thinks so and her gut says she is right. Belle feels for some reason, Sami wanted to take Nicole down in public. Marlena then comes home with Roman. John asks how Eric is. Marlena admits he’s not good.

Eric picks up the anniversary card he got for Nicole and thinks back to being in bed with her when they first got married. Nicole then comes home in tears.

 

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Nicole asked Eric if he was staying in Salem. He said he had to leave but only for a few weeks. He said he would be home for good. Philip and Lucas talked about Lucas getting EJ Kristen’s letter. Lucas said he needed to find someone who wouldn’t mind sticking it to EJ. Roman wanted to know who they were talking about. Lucas and Philip said they were talking about Jake. Roman talked to Lucas and Philip about Kate and Jake. Roman told them he was throwing a party for Eric and Nicole. He said it was family only. Lucas and Philip were about to leave when Chloe and Brady came in. Chloe asked Philip to stay for the party. Belle went to see EJ. She told him she went over Chad’s contract with him. EJ said there was tension between him and Chad. She said she could relate to that. He talked to her about his marriage to Sami. He told her he and Sami reconnected. She was happy to hear that. Sami went to the interrogation room to see Xander. She told him she didn’t want him to record the confession. She wanted him to blow up Eric and Nicole’s marriage live. He said he was in jail. He said he would be out tomorrow. She said tomorrow would be too late.

Sami told Xander the plan to expose the affair. He wanted to tell Eric privately so everyone wouldn’t hate him and he didn’t get fired. He said he needed a job. She yelled at him until EJ called her about the party. When Sami got off the phone, Xander said he wanted all of the money up front. She gave him the suitcase. EJ went to the party. He saw Lucas at the party. EJ told Lucas that he knew he and Sami got close. EJ said Allie was doing better now so there was no reason for him to be around Sami. EJ wanted to know what Lucas wanted to tell him the other day. Sami came in before Lucas could answer. Lucas walked away. EJ said Lucas had something to give him but he never gave it. Eric and Nicole arrived at the party. Brady and Philip argued with each other. Nicole and Sami argued with each other. People made toasts at the party. Sami kept looking at EJ’s watch. He wondered if she was looking for someone. While Nicole and Eric were making speeches, Xander showed up. Xander said Nicole was having sex behind Eric’s back.

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Eli told Gwen that Julie saw Dr. Snyder on the couch with Xander. Gwen lied and said the man was Xander’s friend who looked like Snyder. She told him to go to Xander if he had any questions. Sami went to Xander and offered him a million dollars to admit that he had an affair with Nicole. He didn’t want to do it at first, but he was willing to do it if she threw in her necklace. Gwen came in and told Xander that the police were on to them. He told Sami to forget about the necklace. He would take the money. He said he would sing like a canary. When Sami left, Gwen told Xander it was only a matter of time before the police came for him. Eli showed up and asked Xander for the name and number of the friend who was drunk on the couch. Xander asked why he was investigating the case when Snyder died of natural causes. Eli said that information wasn’t released to the public yet. Eli continued to ask him questions.

Sami went to the Horton house to give Xander the money. Gwen told her he was arrested. Eli cuffed Xander in the interrogation room. Eli wanted him to tell him everything he knew about Snyder. Lucas went to EJ’s office. When Lucas was about to show him Kristen’s letter, Kate showed up. She thought he was there to judge her about her job since he was still upset about her pretending to be blind. She wanted him to leave, but EJ wanted him to stay. Lucas ended up leaving. EJ asked Kate if she thought Lucas was falling for Sami. Kate thought it was possible since he did it before. EJ said Lucas was going to have to accept the fact that he was back in Salem for good and has reconnected with Sami. Lucas ran into Philip at the pub. Philip told him he and Chloe were back together. Lucas was happy for him. Philip asked why he lied about having a brain tumor. Lucas told him what happened with Sami. He pulled out Kristen’s letter. He said he shouldn’t show it to EJ because Sami wouldn’t forgive him. Philip told him to fight dirty to get Sami. Philip told him to give EJ the letter but make sure EJ didn’t know it came from him.

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 Lucas wondered why Nicole wanted to find Kristen. She told him she wanted to prove that he and Sami had an affair. She said Theo couldn’t get Kristen’s number, but she would find another way to prove it. Nicole walked away. Brady told Xander that he knows he blackmailed Nicole into giving him a job. They argued until Nicole showed up. Xander told Nicole to shut Brady up before he left. Nicole and Brady talked about her marriage. She didn’t know if she had a marriage to save. She said it was her anniversary. He told her to take the day off. When Nicole went home, she saw flowers in a vase. She read the note on the table. Eric came out and told her happy anniversary. She was happy to see him.

Lucas called Sami and asked if she found Kristen’s letter. She told him Gabi and Jake read it, but she burned it. She said EJ would never know the truth. Lucas said he wasn’t sure about that. He said Nicole was determined to expose their affair. Sami told Lucas that things were good with EJ. She said she couldn’t let Nicole expose her affair. She hung up the phone. Lucas looked at the letter and said EJ might not find out the truth from Nicole. Lucas wanted to meet with EJ at his office. Sami went to the Horton house to meet Xander. She wanted to know the truth about him and Nicole. Jake and Gabi talked about Kristen’s letter. Jake wanted to use it, but Gabi thought they did the right thing. He said he needed something to take down EJ. She said she could help him with that. She said she would convince Philip to hire him. She said when Philip messed up, she would take over as CEO. She said she would take down DiMera. Jake loved the idea.

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Abe went to see John and Marlena. He told them what happened to him because of Paulina. He said people weren’t happy with him now because of Paulina and her plans for the Town Square. John and Marlena said it wasn’t his fault. Abe blamed himself. He said he’s mayor and he went to bat for her. Marlena asked if there was a way to stop it. Abe said Paulina did everything legally. Marlena asked if Paulina wanted to work things out. Abe said it was over. Paulina went to see Lani. Lani slammed the door on her. Paulina kept nagging Lani until she let her in. Paulina wanted to talk to Chanel, but Lani told her she wasn’t there. Paulina sent her a text. Lani told her all of the things she did wrong. Paulina begged Lani not to turn her back on her. Lani told her to leave. Allie asked Chanel about the kiss. Chanel said she was starting to have feelings for her beyond friendship. Allie said she felt the same way. She said she thought about her all the time. Allie said she was confused. Chanel said Allie and Tripp weren’t serious so they should see where things go between them.

Tripp showed up at Allie’s apartment. Chanel went for a walk so Allie and Tripp could talk. Allie told Tripp that she and Chanel kissed again. She said this time it was mutual. He asked where that left them. She said she wasn’t breaking up with him. She said she was confused, but he was the one she wanted. He said he wanted her to be happy. He said he cared about her. She said she cared about him. They kissed each other. Chanel ran into Paulina at the Square. Paulina said she would carve out a spot for a bakery. Chanel said she wanted nothing to do with her. Abe showed up in the Square. Chanel walked off. Paulina said she would do whatever it takes to make up for what she did. Abe told her to stop the demolition. When she didn’t answer, Abe said that was what he thought. He walked away. Julie went to the police station. She told Eli that Xander and Gwen killed Snyder. Eli said Snyder died of natural causes. Julie asked how he ended up in a lake with his clothes on. She asked about Gwen’s lie about the last time she saw him. Eli agreed to question Gwen.

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Ben and Ciara wanted to go to Justin for their situation. Ciara wanted him to get another lawyer, but Ben wanted her to get another lawyer. Ben tried to convince her not to divorce him. Justin also tried to convince her that she believed in him too. Bonnie asked Kayla to be her matron of honor. Jack talked to Steve about what’s going on with Gwen. He wanted to get his help investigating what she’s keeping from him concerning Dr. Snyder. Steve thought he knew something already about them. Theo went to see Chad and told him about getting married. He was excited for him. Theo told him about Ciara’s situation and he thought he was doing the right thing. Ciara continued to tell Ben about being a killer and how she wanted to marry Theo. Justin was surprised that she wanted to marry Theo. Ben thought Justin didn’t think she should marry Theo. Justin didn’t have a problem with it. Ciara said Theo was a good man and didn’t go to jail for murder like he did. Steve told Jack about the missing pills from the hospital. Jack wanted to know if he was accusing Gwen of being a drug dealer.

Xander and Julie argued after she caught him making out with Gwen. She felt like they were ruining her grandparents’ memory. He felt like they were invited in the house and she should be more hospitable. She told them to go somewhere more private. Chad noticed that Theo didn’t seem happy about marrying Ciara. He said he thought about what he told him. He talked to Chad about Ben trying to get Ciara to remember him. He continued to tell Chad about Ben’s actions. Chad hoped Ciara never got her memory back. Ciara and Ben argued over whether he would represent them. Ben thought Justin wouldn’t represent her because he knew the divorce was a mistake. They wanted to know what he was going to do. Bonnie felt that Kayla being in her wedding would make people see that her relationship with Justin was real. Justin decided not to represent Ciara or Ben.

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Sami threw Kristen’s letter in the fireplace. EJ saw her with a box of matches. He asked her why she was lighting a fire in July. She said she was cold. She wanted him to warm her up. After Sami and EJ made love, he blamed himself for their problems. He said they have allowed people to get in the way in the past. She said they wouldn’t do that again. When EJ went to sleep, Sami went downstairs. Sami wanted to make sure the letter was still in the fireplace. She lit a match. Johnny called her. Someone was watching Sami walk out of the room so she could talk to him. The person grabbed the letter out of the fireplace. Jack asked Gwen about her relationship with Dr. Snyder. She said there was no trouble. Jack didn’t believe her. He asked if she knew how Snyder ended up in the lake. Xander showed up and told Jack to leave it alone. Jack was suspicious. He asked if they were keeping something from him about Snyder. Gwen and Xander said they had nothing to hide. Jack said he cared about them and wanted to help them. When Jack left, Gwen yelled at Xander for overreacting all the time. He said he was trying to protect her. She said she didn’t need protection. He threatened to tell Jack about her miscarriage. She stopped him from leaving. He told her to let him go. She asked if he wanted that. He told her what he wanted. He kissed her.

Ben told Marlena that Ciara was marrying Theo. He said he knew Ciara was starting to get her memory back. He said he would fight hard for her. Marlena appreciated his effort, but she wondered what would happen if he lost the fight. He said he wouldn’t flip out and kill anyone. She said she wasn’t worried about that. She said he may get hurt. Marlena told Ben that Ciara might not remember him. She said Ciara didn’t want to be married right now. He didn’t care how long it took. He said he would wait forever. Ciara went to see Shawn. She told him she was engaged. He congratulated her. He said it was fast. He said she was still married to Ben. She said that was why she was there. She said she needed Belle to help her take Ben to court. Claire showed up to defend Ben. Ciara yelled at Claire. Shawn defended Claire when Ciara yelled at her. Claire told Ciara that she was sorry for what she did and was done begging for forgiveness. She said she would wait for the real Ciara to come back. She said this Ciara was a b*tch. Shawn agreed with Claire and defended Ben. Shawn said she used to believe in Ben. Shawn said it was Ciara’s choice to marry Theo, but she belonged with her husband. She said she wanted to be with Theo. She told Claire that she and Ben deserved each other. She said she would find another lawyer. Before Ciara left, she told Shawn to hide the matches.

 

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Days Short Recap Thursday, July 8, 2021

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Lucas denied Nicole’s accusation that he slept with Sami. Nicole told him everything Chloe said. She said she knew Kristen had something on them. He said she didn’t have any proof. Nicole said she would get proof and walked away from him. Sami was nervous when EJ looked through the mail for Kristen’s letter. When he couldn’t find the letter, he wanted to go back upstairs to look for it. They kissed. They were interrupted when Lucas called. She left to take the call. Sami told Lucas that Kristen wrote EJ a letter. She said she didn’t have time to waste. She got off the phone so she could find it. Jake took the letter from Gabi. He read the letter out loud. He read that Sami had an affair with another man. Gabi was shocked. Jake thought that was better than business secrets because EJ would be gutted when he found out. Gabi read the letter. Gabi and Jake found out Sami had an affair with Lucas. Jake said EJ took DiMera from him so he was going to take Sami away from him. Gabi said he couldn’t do that because Sami was Arianna’s grandmother. Gabi said she wouldn’t ruin her marriage. Jake threw the letter in the garbage. She was happy and wanted to call her daughter. Jake looked at the garbage. When Gabi came back, Jake was gone. Gabi looked at the garbage and ran out.

Jake went to the DiMera mansion. He told EJ he was there to take him down. EJ wasn’t scared. Jake went in his pocket and said he had something for him. EJ thought it was a gun. EJ told him to shoot him. Jake thought about his conversation with Gabi. He said he wouldn’t hurt Gabi. Gabi ended up showing up. Jake gave Gabi Kristen’s letter. He said he couldn’t show EJ the letter because he loved her. When Jake left, Gabi gave Sami the letter. Gabi said she read the letter. Sami tried to say she didn’t sleep with Lucas, but Gabi didn’t believe her. Sami said she couldn’t lose EJ. Gabi said she knew that and that was why she was there to help. Sami thanked her, but Jake still knew. Gabi said she would deal with Jake. Sami read Kristen’s letter. She threw it in the fireplace, but couldn’t find any matches. She looked in the desk for the matches. EJ walked in and wanted to know what she was doing with a box of matches. Gabi confronted Jake for almost telling EJ about the letter. He said he couldn’t go through it because he loved her more than he hated EJ. He told her he loved her. He said nothing was more important than her. They kissed each other. Brady told Chloe that he was done with Kristen. He wanted them to be together. When she hesitated, he thought he had to earn back her trust. He said if he was lucky, he would earn her love. He kissed her. Philip came in and told him to get off of her. Brady told him he and Chloe were getting back together. Chloe told Brady that she was with Philip. Brady and Philip argued with each other. She told Brady that she cared about him, but she didn’t he would ever get over Kristen. Philip was smug while she was talking to Brady. Brady apologized and left.

 

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Kate talked to Lucas at the Pub. He was upset that she pretended to be blind. She said she didn’t mean to hurt anyone. She said she had to stick with her plan. Roman interrupted and thought he was upset about Sami and EJ. Kate said she was glad EJ was back because he gave her a job. She said she didn’t need the money. She said she was paying back Jake and Gabi. When Lucas left, Kate told Roman was right about her and Jake. Roman wasn’t happy about being right. He said he was afraid she wouldn’t be able to get over it. She said she was fighting back. He thought she was distracting herself so she didn’t have to care. Jake was in Rafe’s kitchen. Jake said he and Gabi moved in last night. Rafe was shocked. Gabi showed up and explained what happened with the DiMeras. Rafe didn’t get why she moved out of the house she owned because Jake didn’t live there anymore. Gabi tried to justify her decision. Philip called Gabi. When she got off the phone, she said she had to go back to the mansion to get mail that she left. Rafe told Jake that he didn’t like what he did to Kate. Rafe said he used her. He wondered if he was doing the same thing to Gabi. Jake said he and Kate were happy, but what he and Gabi had didn’t go away. Jake asked if he was with someone he cared about, but was thinking of someone else. Jake said things were fine until EJ showed up. He said he hated EJ. Rafe said he understood, but his sister better not get hurt.

Gabi went to the mansion and yelled at EJ for what he did to Jake. EJ said it was the right move. She said she and Philip would ruin DiMera. Sami ran after Gabi. Sami warned her not to make an enemy out of the DiMeras. Nicole talked to Chloe about proving Sami slept with Lucas. Chloe wanted to know why she cared. Nicole said she needed to get Sami under control. Chloe said she knew Sami and Lucas were up to something because she put Lucas up to saying he had a tumor. While they were talking about the situation, Chloe and Nicole realized that Kristen had something on Sami and Lucas. Kristen called Brady. She told him she missed him and Rachel. He said he had nothing to say to her. He changed his mind. He asked if he should frame the picture she destroyed of Chloe. Kristen apologized for that. He said it reminded him of why he couldn’t be with her. She attempted to defend herself, but he blamed her for Chloe almost dying. Kristen said he was in love with Chloe. Kristen told him to be with her. Brady went to work just as Chloe told Nicole that she hated Kristen. He understood why she felt that way. He told them about Kristen’s call. Nicole left them alone. He told Chloe about the picture he found in Kristen’s things. He said he kept it to remind himself how terrible Kristen was. He questioned how he could live someone like Kristen. He told Chloe that he wanted to be with her. Kristen called EJ to find out if he got the letter she sent him. Sami took the phone out of his hand. She was nervous when he said Kristen sent him a letter. When Gabi went to Rafe’s place, she saw that she took a letter addressed for EJ. Nicole ran into Lucas at the pub. She called him out for sleeping with Sami.

 

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Days Short Recap Tuesday, July 6, 2021

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Paulina told Abe that she did what she had to do to get the project done. She said when Chanel got involved, things were too far. Paulina said she would have lost too much money if she pulled out. Abe asked if she was as rich as she said. She said she wasn’t broke and would never be again. Paulina told Abe that she got involved with a rich older man when she didn’t have money. She said he controlled and abused her. She said when she got away, she promised that she would never be beholden to a man again. Abe asked Paulina about Chanel’s father. She said he was a good man who didn’t have any money. She was the one making money. She said they were happy. Abe thought it was a good story, but wondered if it was true. She said her feelings were real. He said he was embarrassed that he was played. She asked what it meant for them. He said they were done. He said Price Town would never see the light of day.

Ben locked the apartment door. He also blocked it so Ciara couldn’t leave. She asked if he had a necktie handy so he could strangle her. He said he would never hurt her. She said he was just like Vincent, Rhodes and Evan. Ben told her that she remembered their names. She said she didn’t remember. She said Hope and Theo told her their names. Ben said he wasn’t like the others. He opened the door and said she was free to go. Ben told Ciara about what he went through in order to find her when she was being held captive. She heard his voice when he found her in the rubble. When she looked lost, he thought she was starting to remember something. Theo showed up and told him to leave Ciara alone. Ben told Theo that Ciara was starting to remember. Ben said he saw it in her eyes. Theo thought he saw what he wanted to see. She said she didn’t remember anything. Ben said she remembered him in her heart. She told Theo that Ben ripped the divorce papers. She said she had to take him to court. Ben told Theo the only reason Ciara was marrying him was because she didn’t remember their love. Ben said Ciara was starting to remember. He said he didn’t want to see Theo get hurt. Ben told her that her love for him is still there. He asked her to tell him he’s wrong. She said he loved a girl she didn’t remember being. She said ahe would see him in court.

 

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Days Short Recap Monday, July 5, 2021

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Eli, Lani, Chanel and Abe wanted to know what Price Town was. Paulina said it was juat a working title. The foreman said they were turning the Town Square into a big box store. Paulina tried to deny what the foreman said, but Chanel said she saw the blueprints for one building. Paulina told everyone that she saw an opportunity for the community. She said she thought it would be easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Eli looked at the permit. Paulina said she was demolishing the whole Town Square. Paulina defended her project by saying it would create opportunities and money for all of Salem. Lani and Eli said the square was the twins’ legacy. Lani said they were giving Paulina back the money she gave for the twins’ tuition. Abe told the workers to stop the demolition. The workers left. Abe went to City Hall. Chanel couldn’t believe Paulina was doing this. She asked if Paulina ever believed in her. Paulina said Chanel could get a job at the store. Chanel said she didn’t want a job. She wanted a dream. She said she wanted to build something for herself. She called Paulina a liar and a cheat who didn’t care who she hurt to get what she wanted. When Chanel left, Abe came back. He asked what she was thinking.

Theo told Doug and Julie that he and Ciara were engaged. Doug and Julie were shocked. Theo said Ciara was asking Ben to sign the divorce papers. Julie asked if Ciara was getting her memory back. Theo said she wasn’t. He said the more time passed, the less likely she would get her memory back. Doug and Julie wondered what Theo was going to do if Ciara got her memory back. Eli and Lani went back to Julie’s Place with the Horton Square plaque. Julie was upset. Doug told Julie that Paulina was Lani’s aunt. Lani didn’t care what Julie said about her. Lani said what Paulina did made her sick. Theo said Abe would be able to stop her. Eli told Julie that the plaque would be where it belonged. Theo told Lani that he and Ciara were engaged. Lani was happy for them. He told her about Doug and Julie’s issues. Theo said he had to believe everything would be okay. Ciara told Ben that she and Theo were engaged. Ben didn’t believe her. He asked where the ring was. She took out the ring and put it on. He looked at the ring. She said she loved Theo and was going to marry him. She said she loved Theo. Ben said she didn’t love Theo the way she loved him. He said Theo was safe and familiar, but what they had was intense and passionate. She said that passion almost got her killed. Ciara gave Ben the divorce papers and told him to sign them. He ripped them up. He said there was no way he was going to let her end their marriage without a fight. She said he was obsessed. He said it was love. He said she would remember what they had. She said she didn’t care what he thought they had. She thought it was cruel that he was making it hard for her. She said she was taking him to court. He pulled out mementos of their time together. She said it didn’t mean anything to her. When she tried to leave, he locked the door. He said he couldn’t let her go.

 

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