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November 14, 2011
End This Nightmare.
the court house, Marlena and Austin are trying to keep John calm. He's
pacing and blaming himself for what's happened. Carrie says she's trying to
file for a continuance and change of venue. Austin leaves with her. In the
hall, he tells her how horrified he was that she could have been killed. He
wants her to drop this case. She says she can just wear body armor. Back in
the room, John stares. Marlena gives him a pep talk. "That little tyke is
out there," he worries, announcing that he will now plead guilty to end this
nightmare. She thinks that's a mistake so they argue about it. She tells him
he's a role model and forbids him from making this decision. He writes a
confession. She forbids this again and gives him another pep talk. "Aren't
you sick and tired of living your life like this?" he asks. Taking out the
card the kids gave him, he reads it and sobs. They go over the argument
runs by the pub. There are cops and police tape everywhere. He tries calling
Sami but she won't pick up. Nicole runs over and tells him he has to release
a statement. Elvis can't do that now and panics about the kids. Over at the
Salem PD, Bo and Roman still have no idea where Johnny could be. Bo think
he's probably just hiding. Roman goes to see his daughter. Sami's a wreck
and starts blaming John. Bo explains that they have nothing on the shooter.
EJ and Nicole rush in. Sami tells him their son can't be found. EJ is angry.
Rafe tells him that if Johnny had been shot, there would be proof. Elvis
rants that Sami hasn't been thinking of their son's safety and then lectures
the cops for losing him in broad daylight. "That's what I get for trusting
my kid to a bunch of Bradys!" he says, threatening to bring his goons in for
the search. EJ argues with the cops until Nicole yanks him out. She tells
him he can't try to takeover for the police and he needs to treat this as a
defining moment for his political career. Meanwhile, Rafe tries comforting
his wife. She starts suggesting places Johnny could have gone. EJ and Nicole
return. He offers to co-operate. The cops leave to search. Sami weeps. EJ
hugs her. She goes to find Bo and cries to him. Austin and Carrie arrive.
Rafe tells them there is no news. Sami starts ranting about how this is all
John's fault. Turning pink, she beats up furniture and rails about her mom.
"John isn't even our family!" she moans. She hopes he pays for this and
storms out. Her sister runs after her, chasing her down outside the pub.
Sami leaps around, sniffling and stuffing her hands her pockets. She
continues complaining about her mom and how she can even count on EJ more
than her. Spotting Rafe, she jogs over to him and then he follows her as she
jogs around town yelling. He gets a text that the shooter has been found.
The cops walk by with him. Sami leaps on him.
Nicole and EJ search the square. She can understand why Sami blames John. EJ
admits he feels guilty about this. She's confused about why. He won't
explain and jogs off. Meanwhile, Carrie and Austin go to see John and
Marlena. She explains that the judge refused to move the venue and they have
to reconvene tomorrow. John declares he's pleading guilty and there will be
drops by Jenn's and they talk about how cold it is and then the shooting. He
says he came over without thinking about what he was doing. This impresses
her. Awkwardly, she asks him if all is well. He explains that he saw her
kissing Jack. She's sorry he saw that. They stutter over explanations of
what happened. She's distraught. "I don't know where I am," she admits. She
just wants to make a decision and solve things. Jenn assures him she's not
ready to give up on him. She gets him to carry down a bunch of Alice's old
boxes. They discuss the Maggie situation. He knows this has turned her world
upside-down too, but he's had enough surprises for now. They're both upset.
She gets close to him but he tells her they need to stay neutral right now
and morosely trudges away. Jenn cries.
November 15, 2011
I Blame You!
Lexi and Jenn wander by the pub. He tells them that he's suspending his
campaign. He's determined to focus all of his attention of finding Johnny.
Abe calls a press conference to say that someone has already been arrested.
He knows that everyone is upset, but violence isn't the answer. Holding up
Johnny's picture, he asks people to help find him.
goes into Brady's office desperate to talk to him about a business meeting.
She rants that Sami has gone AWOL. He informs her that Sami isn't coming in.
She keeps babbling until he stops her to explain what happened. Madison
apologizes and tells him he should be with his sister. He apologizes for
forgetting about the meeting but she assures him everything will be fine.
After he leaves, she starts searching for her files but Sami hasn't labelled
anything properly, only left pictures of her kids everywhere.
can't not panic!" Sami moans to Rafe as she runs around the square yelping.
He gets a text that the shooter has been found. The cops bring the guy out.
Roman arrives and notices that he's the cop who let John be beaten in his
cell. Sami lunges at him and demands to know where her son is. Across the
square, Kate rushes over to EJ and tells him the situation is terrible. He
shrugs. She asks him flatly if he and his dad tried to kill John. They hear
the squabble and run across the
square. EJ demands to know where his son is.
The cop swears he would never take a kid. Roman thinks he's telling the
truth. He's dragged off for questioning. Sami hyperventilates. Rafe tries to
be positive and get her to calm down. That doesn't work. EJ declares that
his men are looking because the SPD couldn't find their thumbs on a map.
Kate pulls him away. Rafe hints to his wife that Elvis could have the boy.
Only a few feet away, EJ is being evasive to Kate but insisting that if he
wanted John dead, he would be. She tells him that she's sure John is
innocent. "People are not always who they seem to be," he reminds her. Roman
returns and tells them that the guy just wanted to shoot John and nothing
else. Elvis starts barking at him about how to do his job. Brady, Lexi, Jenn
and Abe file into the square as the chief and EJ continue to argue. Abe
accuses EJ of always blaming people. "I blame you! I blame you!" EJ says,
accusing more people. They stand around arguing about who is the most
incompetent until the ladies take Sami away to sit down. Roman gets a call
that a kid has been spotted in the woods. EJ wants to chase it down but
Roman thinks they need to keep this from Sami to stop her from acting crazy.
EJ bickers with him about this. Roman walks off. EJ curses.
the square, Kate calls Stefano to say she loves him and knows he's worried
about his grandson. Madison plods pass. They start to bicker. Kate tells her
that this town isn't big enough for the both of them. Madison wanders off to
tell Brady she cancelled the meeting to be with him and support Sami. He
urges her to tell Sami that. Kate eavesdrops on the call and decides to call
Madison's client up. Meanwhile, Madison sits down with Sami and listens to
her worries. Jenn returns to help Sami pick pictures for the media to
release. After Jenn walks off, Kate brings Sami a muffin. That's too weird
for Sami. Kate sits down and talks about what trouble boys are. Sami knows
Kate thinks she nearly ruined her sons' lives. "They survived you and so
will Johnny," Kate assures her. She tells her to be strong. Meanwhile,
Madison and Brady have returned to Titan. She sadly tells him about her
family and how all of her pictures of them are gone. They worry about Johnny
and she sobs.
EJ and Roman search a cabin in the woods but find nothing. EJ starts moaning
about how they are wasting time. He assures them that he didn't do this, in
spite of what he did with Syd. Roman's sure he's not stupid enough to do the
same thing twice. The cops beat themselves about not seeing anything. They
remember how good Johnny is at hide and seek. When they head back to the
square, they tell Sami that it's starting to look like her son was abducted.
Roman thinks that someone might want a ransom from the DiMeras. Rafe tries
to calm her. Sami rails. EJ tries to reassure her. That fails.
November 16, 2011
Some Overgrown Peter Pan.
and Nicole are at Casa DiMera. He barks into his phone. She assures him that
Johnny has spunk and can take care of himself.Quinn wanders in with an offer
to help find the little boy. He knows people on the street who can get
answers. EJ accepts his offer, but Nicole thinks that's a bad call and won't
let him make 'a terrible mistake'. After Quinn leaves, Nicole keeps saying
that Elvis doesn't need someone like Quinn in his life.
shows up at Jenn's and offers to help her with Abe's press coverage. She
turns him down. He just wants to see that his family is close and safe. "Now
that we're back together," he adds. She makes him sit down and reminds him
that his trauma isn't going to go away; he hasn't been fixed. Jack claims
that all of the pain that separated them is gone now. She tries to clarify
things, admitting that she has realized she still loves him but she can't
shut off her feelings for Daniel. Jack reminds her that she told him she
loved him while he was half asleep. She accuses him of faking to be asleep
to manipulate her. They bicker about this but she thinks he's being lame.
She thinks he always runs from the truth because he can't deal with it. Jenn
can't deal with someone who avoids reality all the time. "I am not the
person to fix you anymore," she says. He insists that he's not 'some
overgrown Peter Pan'. Jenn walks out.
the townhouse, John blames himself for everything. Roman tries to calm him.
Marlena wants to see her daughter but Roman says that's a bad idea. She
starts complaining about John's guilty plea. Marlena pleads with Roman to
bend the rules so John can see Sami before going to prison. The cop makes
some calls and gets permission to take them over to the loft. They debate
his plea again and once more, John insists it's the right thing to do.
the station, Bo and Rafe are making calls while Hope is trying to keep Sami
calm. The cops take her home. She sits with Will. Gabi arrives to worry with
everyone. Rafe offers to make his wife a sandwich. She orders him to go and
find her son. Hope tries to keep her calm again and Rafe makes a sandwich.
Will tells him he's glad that he's in their lives and says that he's the
best father Johnny could hope for. Rafe hands his wife the sandwich but she
can't eat. Gabi makes Rafe a sandwich but he can't eat it. He's too worried
that Sami hates him. John and Marlena arrive. She gives Will a little pep
talk. Rafe slips out as Marlena and John sit down with Sami to offer their
support. Sami doesn't appreciate it and blames all of this on John. He
blames himself and explains that he's pleading guilty so things will be
easier on the family. That doesn't impress her. "It's too late!" she says.
Her mom says that's enough. Sami berates her for only caring about John and
accuses her of not even caring about Johnny. "I love everybody," Marlena
claims. Her daughter thinks that's an act and warns them that if her son
doesn't come back safe and sound, she will make them both wish she'd never
is in the square when he spots Quinn and grabs him by throat. He demands to
know why he's back. The former pimp says that he's a reformed man and shows
him his health spa. The cop arrests him, but is distracted by a call and
runs off. EJ watches all of this and asks Roman what the call was about.
Rafe shows up and the three men leave together to check on a tip. Later,
they go up to the loft and Roman asks Sami if she can ID a shirt fragment.
She holds it and starts crying uncontrollably.
November 17, 2011
It Is What It Is.
opens the drapes at Casa DiMera and tells his son to stand up and be a man.
He tells EJ to get some sleep. Elvis blames himself for creating the frenzy
around John that caused this. His father reminds him that this is the kind
of life they have chosen and that will never change. EJ refuses to accept
that losing his son is just part of the cost of doing business. "My son is
irreplaceable!" EJ says. Stefano insists that he loves his grandson and this
is his worst nightmare. He tells his son that they do not lie down and
surrender. They will get whoever is responsible for this. "When I go to take
my vengeance, I don't need to look any further than the mirror," EJ says,
sending his father away.
the station, Bo barks on the phone to someone about Johnny still being
unfound. He hangs up as Austin arrives to get some files. They talk about
Zack. Hope arrives as Bo admits he can still hear his laugh in his head. She
hugs him and Austin tells them that he looked at Alice's records. He
explains that the financial set up is extremely complicated and spans
financial institutions around the world. "What the hell was Mrs. H. up to?"
Bo wonders. They're all clueless. Austin has to wonder if Alice was being
blackmailed. They explain about the paperweight from Stefano and say
blackmail could be possible. Austin offers to talk to his mother about this
and then leaves.
shows up at the townhouse to apologize to John and Marlena for his mother's
outburst. Marlena says his mom's anger comes from stuff that happened long
before he was born and it's not up to him to make things right. She's
optimistic the family will come through this. John assures him they will
find his little brother. After Will leaves, Carrie explains that she had
drinks with the DA and thinks he might consider a reasonable plea bargain.
John doesn't want to discuss the case. Austin arrives and hands Carrie an
envelope the DA gave him to give to her. She opens it up and nearly cries.
The shrink doesn't understand what this means so John explains it means they
want to give him the maximum penalty. "It is what it is," John concludes.
at the loft, Sami stares at Johnny's picture. Sami is silent when Rafe walks
in. Rafe sits with Sami. She won't eat her sandwich. Grief stricken, he
won't let it go to waste. Chewing it, he tells her he's worried too. "You
think if I eat that sandwich, he's just going to walk though that door! Your
perfect turkey sandwich is not going to change the facts!" she bellows,
blaming him for everything. He apologizes but knows it's pointless. She
keeps screaming at him, blaming him and hitting him as Will and Gabi arrive.
He tries to rein his mom in and points out this isn't Rafe's fault. She
kicks herself for not listening to her gut about going to the pub. Rafe
takes the blame. Sami grabs him by the throat and says he should have known
what would happen. Gabi hugs her brother and then leaves with Will. Rafe
sits by Sami. She keeps her eyes closed. When he suggests they talk, she
turns on the TV to watch ironic commercials about staying home with the
family. He wishes that he could take back what happened yesterday. She
doesn't even think they are a family anymore. Bo and Hope knock at the door.
Sami rips it open. They explain that the body of a boy Johnny's age was
found. Rafe tries holding his wife as she shakes her head and says over and
over that it can't be her son.
November 18, 2011
You've Done It Again!
and Hope show up at the loft to tell Sami there has been an unconfirmed
report about Johnny. Sami flips on the news and demands to know what they
know. Bo says a body was found. Sami goes into denial. Rafe tries to comfort
her but it's hopeless. She pulls on her coat and wants to run out but falls
into Rafe's chest crying. Will shows up in tears, stuttering. His mom
assures him that Johnny isn't dead. She sends Rafe and the cops off to look
at the body. "Don't give up hope," her husband tells her before they file
out. Will goes off to order her a plate of pasta and she slinks out the
door. Meanwhile, the cops arrive at the crime scene. Rafe insists that he ID
the body. The cops stand back and hug as they recall their son. Rafe returns
and tells them it's not Johnny. He tries calling Sami but she left her phone
at the loft. Will picks up in tears. He cries about the news so Rafe
explains the report was wrong. They start to panic about what Sami must be
doing. Rafe hurries over to the station and Will meets him there with Allie.
He asks her where her brother likes to hide. "At Grandma's, under the cash
register," she says. They head to the pub and Johnny crawls out from under a
the townhouse, the family watches the newscast and Marlena goes into denial.
John says he won't put the family though this hell anymore. Marlena accuses
him of giving up and she needs him too much to let him do that. He points
out that they don't even know if he's innocent and he might deserve to be
punished. She goes into denial about that and starts blaming Stefano. She
doesn't think he can survive in prison and she'd rather be shot at every day
than lose him. Carrie and Austin point out there was another report. They
all cry. Marlena tries calling her daughter. Bo and Hope arrive to break the
news that it wasn't Johnny. Everyone is relieved. John repeats that he has
to enter his plea tonight to end this. Bo points out that the kid could just
be hiding. John won't listen, even though everyone tries to talk him out of
this. Austin is impressed that he's willing to sacrifice himself for the
family. "I know that you're innocent and I'm sorry that I ever doubted you,"
he says. John knows that and asks him to look out for his family when he's
gone. They hug. Marlena takes a moment alone with her husband to remind him
that he is the love of her life and she can't bear the thought of losing
him. He can't risk anyone else being hurt. As he holds her, he tells her to
return to this moment whenever she needs him. "I'll love you forever," she
sobs. They head to the courthouse to see the judge. All the paper work is in
order so the judge lets him enter his guilty plea. Marlena nearly faints.
The judge remands him to custody. Marlena runs to him to breathe heavy until
he's taken away in cuffs.
sits at Casa DiMera, crying to Johnny's picture. Sami shows up to blame him
and they fall in front of the fire crying. EJ starts hyperventilating and
stuttering that the body can't be Johnny's. Sitting up, he massages her
armpit and tells her their son takes after her. He's sure that he's fighting
his way back to them. She starts blaming John for all of this. He's about to
make a confession when she turns the TV back on. The reporter confirms that
Johnny is dead. Elvis wanders the room in a daze. She starts crying that
they must have made a mistake. EJ can't believe that. He gave her custody to
keep the kids safe and she put them in the line of fire. Elvis thinks she
was being stupid and pushes her around the room. "If you're such a great
mother, how come your kids always end up dead?" he barks. She barks back. He
shoves her. She hits him with her coat and shoves him around. They scream at
the top of their lungs and she reminds him of what he did to Syd and why she
shot him. "You've done it again!" she accuses. They start swatting each
other. "He's dead," he says, sticking their son's picture in her face and
saying they will never see him again because of her. He demands that she
apologize for killing his son. She punches him instead and this leads to
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