the hospital, Julie spills the news to Mel that Nick is up for parole.
She doesn't take it well. Julie says he's changed and won't hurt her.
Maggie runs in and yells at Julie. Mel putters off as Julie apologizes.
The redhead orders Julie to back off. They discuss how much better Nick
has become and Julie is afraid that he could wind up paying for what
Andrew did. Maggie won't let Mel be pushed around. "And that's that,"
she summarizes. Maggie sits down with Mel to make sure that she is cool
and then insists on driving her home.
heads to prison to visit Nick. She gives him a drawing from Ciara for
his collection and says that everyone is proud of him for staying
sober. He's not optimistic about parole and he hasn't forgiven himself
for what's happened. He wants to make his life meaningful and help
people. She fills him in about what Mel has been through. That makes
him feel awful. He doesn't want to put her through any more.
visits Chad, who informs him that Mel is already back at work. He
worries that Mel has been bottling too much up and might explode. Chad
likes that Mel isn't like other girls. He could always tell what she
was thinking, but not anymore. He tells the doctor that she has been
yelling out Nick's name in her sleep. Later, Maggie drops Mel off. Chad
gives his girlfriend a hug. Hope shows up at the door with the letter
from the parole board. As Chad reads it, Hope explains that she can
speak to the board or do nothing at all. It's up to her. After she
leaves, Chad wonders why she didn't tell him about this. She just found
out and she doesn't want to talk about her past because she was nasty.
She sobs on his shoulder. Meanwhile, Julie and Maggie run into each
other at the prison. They argue about Mel until Nick shows up. Maggie
tattles on Julie for what just happened. Nick worries about Mel but
Julie tries assuring him that she can get over her problems.
bumps into Rafe in the square. She has the keys that he accidentally
left behind. They argue about them and their hands touch. He begins
apologizing for cuffing her when Nic shows up. Sami grimaces as they
hug. She accidentally drops a scarf/hanky, or 'skanky' as they call it
in Salem. The women begin insulting each other. Rafe tells them to grow
up. Nic mocks Sami's mothering. He and Nic walk away and he lectures
her for being nasty to Sami. "I'm not a serene pregnant lady," she
apologizes and thanks him for his help. She fills him in about nearly
losing the baby. They go to the pub for lunch. She starts gushing about
the man who she feels so much for. He mistakenly thinks she's talking
about him and he says he doesn't feel the same way. She starts laughing
and explains it's not him. That's awkward. Daniel arrives and joins
them. Nic says how happy she is to have them on her side. Rafe runs off
and Nic keeps thanking Daniel. "I want us to be together," she bluntly
visits Allie in the coffee house. She squeezes her and then they start
drawing pictures of Stefano. After Sami leaves her with the sitter, she
corners Lucas. "Newsflash! I don't want to talk to you," he snaps. They
bicker about how she said she wanted to be with him but it didn't last
more than a few days. He mocks her for thinking she's hot stuff and
says she just duped him into loving her. "I am done with you," he
declares. He thinks the kids should know what a manipulator she is.
Meanwhile, Rafe returns to the square and finds the skanky. Hope
wanders by and begins teasing him about it.
August 27, 2012
Shouldn't You be Out Fighting Evil?
the prison, Julie assures Nick that Mel's family will help her get past
her problems. He admits to her and Maggie that he's not going through
with the parole hearing. Julie thinks that's bonkers but Nick thinks he
needs to stay there for Mel's sake. Maggie simpers but says this is his
decision. Julie tells Maggie that Nick was nearly stabbed to death by
another inmate. Nick tries to fob it off. Maggie thinks he should talk
to Marlena about this.
arrives at the police station. EJ is ranting because the charges
against him haven't been dropped yet. She wants to know where his
father is. Elvis claims he doesn't know or care. She's furious with him
for using Will to help him escape. Kate spills the news that Lucas has
come to his senses about Sami. John walks into the coffee house.
"Shouldn't you be out fighting evil right now?" Kate asks him. He
claims he is. He lectures her for trying to use his son to get back at
Ian. She explains that she is now determined to get Stefano back. John
tells her to leave his son alone. She sobs. He sighs and holds her
hand. He thanks her for telling his son Madi's final words and advises
her not to hold out hope for Stefano.
the pub, Nicole tells Daniel that she wants them to be a couple. "I
feel less used by you than any other man I've ever been with," she
says. He thinks she's just grateful. Nic explains that he makes her
feel safe. "I never knew safe could be sexy," she says. He still thinks
she's mistaking gratitude for more. He should know since his patients
are always doing this to him. She points out that she's not Jenn. Nic
thinks he's her soulmate. He thinks she's complicated but she thinks
they can be a family. The doctor doesn't want to sneak around and tells
her to focus on her baby. He leaves to see his daughter.
his pad, Chad pulls on Mel's lapels and worries about her. He says he
won't let any creeps come near her. She tells him to stop making her
feel like she's fragile. EJ calls his brother and asks him to bail him
out. Chad runs off. Mel reads the letter from the parole board. Her
father shows up. She frets about the situation with Nick and how it
could change her relationship with Maggie. He says it will all be fine.
She quizzes him about why he's been keeping his distance from Jenn.
Meanwhile, when Chad gets to the station, EJ explains that they really
are brothers after all.
shows up at the coffee house. He sees Sonny's bruise. The Kiriakis
claims a door did it. Brian still wants in his pants. Sonny turns him
down and he doesn't want to talk about Will. Brian heads out.
Meanwhile, Tad spots Gabi walking through the square. He starts yakking
about the 'fairy' who used to be her boyfriend. She tells him never to
call Will names and lectures him for being a 'dirt bag'. He admits he
had a fight with Will last night. She gasps. Tad walks off. Sonny
chases him down and threatens to call the cops on him if he hurts
another gay person. "You make me want to puke!" says Tad. Sonny
Marlena drops by Sami's to see Will. She starts quizzing him about his
boy problems. He says that he was wrong about the dude in question and
thinks he's already moved on to someone else. Will heads down to the
pub and sits down with Gabi. She's not happy to see him and spills
about her run-in with Tad. She worries he was trying to convince
himself he's not gay. "Maybe," admits Will. He apologizes. Meanwhile,
Marlena goes to see Nick at the prison. He tries convincing her that he
Nicole walks the square and spots a generically happy family. She
fantasizes about hanging out with shirtless Daniel and her growing
child. The doctor tells her he's never regretted making a family with
her. When she snaps out of it and turns around, she runs into Elvis,
who is now free and carrying flowers.
Aug 29, 2012
the prison, Nick insists to Marlena that he has changed. He's a better
man and he wants to make the world a better place. He feels like he
owes Mel and doesn't want to cause her any more pain. Back in Salem,
Daniel visits his daughter and they talk about Jenn. She wonders what's
been keeping him away from her. He avoids discussing that and turns the
topic back to her problems. She doesn't know how she can get in the way
of Jenn and Abby getting a family member back. Mel doesn't want to be a
victim. She sends 'helicopter dad' away.
goes to the Salem PD looking for EJ. She finds Rafe instead. Bickering
commences. Roman sticks his head in to say that all charges against
Will have been thrown out. He was held a few minutes too long to be
charged so Rafe got them dropped. He leaves and Sami tells Rafe that
she and Lucas are over. The cop makes it clear that he didn't help Will
for her sake. After he leaves, Roman corners his daughter and
criticizes her for nearly orphaning her children to help EJ. He thinks
she can do better than Elvis. Sami says she needs to follow her heart,
wherever it goes.
bumps into EJ in the street. He has daffodils. She talks about how the
flowers mean new beginnings. "Good luck with that," she says. He screws
up his mouth and then talks about how he's innocent. "You're a lot of
things but innocent is not one of them," she snipes. He still hasn't
forgotten about their paternity problem. She doesn't want to have this
conversation again. "I love my children with a vengeance," he warns. As
he starts doling out threats, Rafe intervenes. "Oh look! It's Detective
Baby-daddy to the rescue," quips Elvis. Rafe gropes her gut and she
departs to call Daniel and worry. EJ and Rafe bicker. Rafe says he can
rig elections and abduct people, but bullying pregnant women isn't
cool. EJ warns him that Nicole is a recipe for misery. He blinks up a
storm. Rafe sneers back. Eventually EJ and his bouquet saunter away. He
drops in on Sami and the kids. Caroline suddenly appears and ushers the
children away for ice cream. She advises Sami to 'be good' while she's
gone. EJ tells Sami how grateful he is to her for all of her help and
he wants to show her this gratitude in a more physical way. They kiss.
Nicole meets Daniel at the hospital and she tells him what a swell dad
he is. She worries about EJ seeking revenge on them. She's terrified.
He has an idea. Suddenly, he gets down on his knees and declares that
he doesn't want to keep their relationship a secret anymore. This is
just a hallucination. She snaps out of it and says she suffers from
Hope, Bo and the kids meet up at the pub. The kids go off to discuss
broccoli and Abe tells the other adults that he knows he will be able
to make it through life as long as he has his son to concentrate on.
Maggie shows up. Hope sits down with her and they discuss Nick. Maggie
worries about his ability to handle stress in the outside world. Then
she worries about Mel. When Hope walks off to take a call, Marlena
walks in. She tells Maggie that Nick seems to be a healthy,
well-adjusted young man. The shrink offers to talk to Mel. She heads
straight over to see her. Mel doesn't know what to do. Marlena tells
her to stop caring about what other people think and concentrate on her
heads to the prison. Nick tells her he's not seeking parole but she
tells him it's time to get out. He worries about Mel. She explains that
she's done terrible things while stoned too but she got back to being
an ordinary family person. She's been in jail too and knows what that's
like. Hope says his family needs him. Back in Salem, Bo goes back to
the office and congratulates Rafe on his promotion. Rafe wanders off
and smiles when he sees Johnny and Syd eating ice cream with Caroline.
runs into Brady in the empty pub. He pays his condolences for Madison.
"I know I'm not the only one who has lost someone," says Brady. They go
over what's been happening. Brady declares he's done using drugs
forever. He's having a hard time letting go of Madi. The cop heads to
work but then notices he left his phone at the pub.
and Cam are working at the hospital. Cam says that Jenn and Abby just
got back to town. Meanwhile, Jenn is at home mumbling to Jack's photo.
Abby shows Will in. He pays his condolences. When he's alone with Abby,
she tells him how strong her mom has been. He apologizes for not coming
to see her sooner. She questions him about what's new in his life. They
discuss his coming out and he sheepishly admits he has a crush. He
keeps sending the guy mixed signals. Will leaves to make a call as Cam
arrives. He asks her out tomorrow. She's tired of feeling sad all the
time so she agrees. Down in the square, Jenn wanders around, chatting
on the phone to JJ. Billie walks over to her. They hug. Later, she runs
into Daniel. Things are difficult. She explains that they spread Jack's
ashes off the coast of Big Sur. They talk about loss and how hard it is.
an EJ are inhaling each other at her place. She pulls away and tells
him this is wrong. He sucks her neck. She makes him stop and says that
what they had in the safe house wasn't real. Her feelings about them
still haven't changed, but she needs to focus on her kids. He wonders
if this is really about Carrie. She claims she can send 'fresh
beginning flowers to the Swiss miss' when she wants to. He brings Rafe
up so they talk about Nic's baby. She's startled when he suggests the
baby could actually be Rafe's. Will calls EJ and asks him if they can
meet. Elvis fondles a ball and says yes. After teasing Sami and
sniffing her, he leaves. She stands around and thinks of the three men
who love her. She kicks herself and tries to concentrate on what's
important. She heads down to the pub and tells Caroline that she's not
with EJ 'at all'. Rafe arrives as she says this.
and Adrienne discuss the funeral at the coffee shop. She notices he has
a bruise. Brian strolls in. Adrienne asks Sonny to introduce her to his
friend. Sonny sends him to fetch the lattes and his mom decides to make
herself scarce. Brian tells Sonny he's slowly ingratiation himself with
his family so they can start dating. He asks him out to see a band.
Victor wanders in and pays his condolences to Adrienne. He spots Sonny
with Brian and walks over to them. Brian makes himself scarce and
Victor congratulates Sonny on decking Tad. He remarks that Brain is a
'good looking fellow.' Later, Brian returns with some tickets to a
show. Sonny seems unsure, so his friend tells him to do something about
Will before he loses him. Sonny tries calling Will but he won't answer
his phone. And Brady goes to the mansion to see Victor. He tells him
that he wants the CEO job at Titan. Brady explains that John will let
him leave Basic Black. "My place is at Titan," he says. Victor's glad
he finally figured that out. He fills him in about Nick being up for
and EJ meet at Mandalay and catch up. Will announces that he can't work
for him anymore. He's been so wrapped up in EJ that he's been ignoring
his own life. Elvis agrees to respect his decision and says he's come
to appreciate their relationship. EJ explains that he is putting his
house in order and asks Will if he should involve Sami. That makes Will
uncomfortable. "That's never going to work," he says. They start
arguing about this. William can't understand why he keeps going back to
Sami, a woman who can do nothing but fail at relationships. He doesn't
see how things can be any different. "I don't want to see you get
hurt," Will adds before he leaves. He runs into Adrienne and apologizes
for not attending Jack's memorial. He asks about her son and she says
he's with Brian right now. "Is he cool?" she asks in air quotes. Will
acts happy about this. Back at Mandalay, Billie sits down with EJ and
starts quizzing him about his legal problems. She wonders why he's
looking so miserable.
August 31, 2012
Don't Have A Cow.
shows up at Abigail's and tells her she has to choose between Mel and
her family. "What?" she asks. He explains and asks her to convince Mel
to write a letter to the board fast. Abby refuses to take sides.
Meanwhile, Mel rolls around in bed and thinks of Nick. She hallucinates
him asking her for help. Brady shows up. She hugs him and admits that
she's as worried about Nick not getting parole and being released. Mel
is concerned about about what could happen to him in prison. Brady
tells her just to think about herself. Chad walks in on them hugging.
"What the hell is going on?" he asks. The two men argue about the Nick
situation with her. She accuses them of being over-bearing. Chad keeps
lecturing her about how much she needs to heal. They order her to look
out for herself. She finally asks for paper and a pen and starts to
gets a letter from the parole board about Nick but doesn't care. She
looks through the pub window and sees Jenn hugging Abe. Jenn tells Abe
how impossible their losses feel. Nic interrupts them to apologize for
what happened during the election campaign. She takes Abe aside to
apologize again. She even gives him a hug. Kay and Jenn are perplexed
as they watch. Nic keeps apologizing. Abe says he's a changed man and
he wants to move on. They sob and hug. She leaves, hoping to herself
that her contrition will get back to Daniel. Kayla tells Jenn the
divorce is in motion. She goes off to the kitchen and Jenn quizzes Abe
about the apology. He thinks it was sincere. Besides, forgiveness is
easier than holding a grudge. Kay tells him she was offered a job at
the hospital. He's sure that would provide a distraction from divorce.
Abby walks in to hear that. Kay assures her that Steve will be okay
without her. Abby doubts that. She's disappointed and leaves in a huff.
meets Maggie in the square and tells her a friend of his needs a place
to stay. She guesses it's Nicole and agrees to allow her to move in.
They're sure Victor 'will have a cow' but Maggie is sure all will be
well. He heads back to work. Nicole corners him there and worries about
Mel and the parole. She offers to make a PR stink about it. He won't
ask her to get involved. "I would do anything for you," she says. He
explains that he has a plan for her living situation. She's confused
when he explains she wouldn't be living with him... she'd be living
with Victor. Meanwhile, Maggie goes home and finds Victor in a rare
good mood. She asks him to let Nicole move in. He lists all of the
reasons that's a horrible idea. Maggie orders him to be reasonable but
he refuses to help. He doesn't want a 'sociopathic woman' in his house.
"For God's sake, I was married to her once, obviously in a period of my
life when I was insane!" he argues. She yells back that this is a
totally grand idea. Jenn walks in on the bickering. That doesn't stop
them. Victor refuses to let Nicole live there. Jenn suggests that
Nicole move in with her instead.
drops by the prison with Jessica. They ask Nick not to back out of
seeking parole. Jessica wants him to come home with her where he
belongs. Hope backs that up and yells at him to fight. He sends his mom
away to wash away her tears and then lectures Hope for dragging his mom
in. "If you do anything to sabotage yourself... I'm going to kill you."