It is morning at the Kiriakis mansion on Days of our Lives
. Victor (John Aniston
) is having breakfast when he is rudely interrupted by Nicole Walker. Words are exchanged, including "gold-digging whore." Hee! Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin
) joins them, making Victor's personal hell complete.
Marlena (Deidre Hall
), Sami, EJ and the twins are now officially moved in with John (Drake Hogestyn
) in the DiMera mansion. Marlena heads out of the house to work, and almost immediately Philip (Jay Kenneth Johnson
) comes in threateningly to discuss John's latest shipping shenanigans.
In parallel scenes, Stephanie (Shelley Hennig
) scolds Kayla and Chelsea (Rachel Melvin
) scolds Bo, each for getting out of bed when they weren't supposed to.
Philip brings the morning's paper to John. On the front page is a story about Paul Hollingsworth, the customs official and Morgan's dad, whom John has in his pocket. The story is about how Hollingsworth has now been charged and indicted for taking bribes. John accuses Philip of being behind this, but Philip denies it. He just wants to go back to the prior agreement between the DiMeras and the Kiriakises, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Philip also implies that he and his father have bribed the new customs official who will be replacing Paul.
Over breakfast at the Kiriakis mansion, Nicole antagonizes Chloe about Brady, but Chloe crows that Nicole must just be jealous that Brady didn't choose her. Nicole bitches that Brady probably took his own life because he couldn't stand to be with Chloe anymore. Their argument gets more and more heated until they start hurling things at each other. Nicole picks up a glass of lemonade or something and throws it Chloe. Only, Chloe ducks and Philip walks in, so Philip is the one who gets hit.
Victor goes over to Marlena's office for his next session. He begins the hour by saying that his life is so chaotic right now that he's beginning to lose his mind. He starts talking about Brady's disappearance and Chloe living under his roof. He's unhappy that Chloe seems to be getting too close to Philip. He continues on with his woe-is-me tirade by talking about Nicole's reappearance in Salem and in his home. Adding to his problems is John, but Victor doesn't want to talk about that, given Marlena's personal connection with him.
Chelsea reads Bo (Peter Reckell
) the riot act for not taking care of himself. Daniel walks in the room and agrees with Chelsea. Daniel kicks her out so that he can examine Bo. As soon as she leaves, Bo begins discussing Chelsea's crush on Daniel. Daniel denies that there is anything going on between them, and that they are just friends. After the exam, Chelsea flirts clumsily with him and offers to go to the Java Cafe with him. Daniel says yes, but he makes it clear to her before going that they are just friends.
Kayla (Mary Beth Evans
) asks Stephanie where Steve is, saying that he's been acting very odd lately. Kayla knows that Stephanie knows Steve's secret and demands that she spill. Stephanie says that she promised him she wouldn't tell. After much prompting, Stephanie agrees and tells her about Ava. Kayla is super-pissed off that Stephanie and Steve kept this huge secret from her.
At Ava's, Steve (Stephen Nichols
) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso
) are put in the same room again, and Ava comes into the room. Steve and Hope pretend that they were having an argument over Ava. Hope pretends to be jealous of Ava, which Ava clearly enjoys. Ava suggests that she and Hope have a private heart-to-heart. Alone, Hope asks what she and Steve did last night, and Ava says that they made love. Hope does a pretty convincing job of being devastated, and earns Ava's sympathies. Hope gets more and more upset and eventually says that she deserves better than a man who can't commit or make up his mind. She says that if Steve wants Ava, then she can have him. Hope doesn't want to have anything to do with him anymore. Steve walks in and Hope slaps him across the face and fake-breaks up with him. Angelo doesn't believe the act, though. Then Steve's cell phone, which is now in Angelo's possession, begins to ring. He lets Steve answer it, but only after Ava points her gun at Hope. It's the real Kayla on the phone.
Next: on Days of our Lives
: Kate, Lexie scolds Kayla, Ava holds Steve at gunpoint.
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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