Written by A. Washington-Beeby
Story Consultants: ML Cooks & C. Nathaniel Richardson
Jordan sits in the exam room, deep in thought about her potential pregnancy, as she hears Daniel enter the room. She looks up, a smile back on her face as she awaits the news.
JORDAN: So! Tell me it's good news. Am I pregnant?
Daniel looks on, managing his best poker face as he flips over to her test results to give her the news.
DANIEL: Uh well...the thing is...
As Daniel speaks, Rafe opens the door to the exam room, a big smile on his face. Daniel turns around, surprised to see him come in.
RAFE: Hey! Sorry for interrupting. Maxine said I could come in so...heh...hi.
JORDAN: Rafe! Daniel was just about to give me my pregnancy test results.
Jordan looks excitedly as she motions for Rafe to come over with her. He obliges, and puts his arm around Jordan as he looks back Daniel's way.
RAFE: So, Dr. Jonas...I guess we're gonna be shopping for a stroller and a crib soon, right?
Daniel looks at Rafe and Jordan, as they look back, excitedly anticipating the news.
Noelle and Alex sit in the hospital waiting area outside Victor's room, as Maggie emerges from Victor's room. Maggie looks over at Noelle and Alex, as they sit, hand in hand.
MAGGIE: Alex! Noelle! What are you doing here?
ALEX: Oh, we were just sorta...checking in. I was gonna visit Victor for a minute but Daniel tells us you're his last visitor for the night, so...just wanted to see how you were doing.
Maggie smiles, putting a hand on Alex's shoulder as a show of thanks.
MAGGIE: Oh thank you. I'm alright.
ALEX: Any change?
Maggie shakes her head sadly.
MAGGIE: No. None so far.
NOELLE: I'm so sorry, Maggie.
MAGGIE: Thank you, Noelle. Uh...Alex, I'm going to head to Julie's, we're going to go over some things for the Penthouse Grille's re-opening. I was hoping you'd be able to help us draw up some proposals for the marketing campaign. If you're able to join us at the mansion for say...8:30 tonight?
Maggie smiles, waving to both Alex and Noelle as she walks away.
MAGGIE: Great. I'll see you soon.
ALEX: Bye Maggie.
Alex turns toward his wife, his hand firmly clasped in hers.
ALEX: Hey, umm...I need to make a quick call to Will about this campaign for the Penthouse Grille. Are you okay to wait here a minute?
NOELLE: Yeah! Sure, I'll be here.
ALEX: Great. One sec.
Alex quickly kisses Noelle on the lips before getting up and heading for the waiting room to make his call to Will.
Once Alex is out of sight, Noelle slowly gets up. Nervously checking around her, she walks toward Victor's hospital room door. Sneaking inside, the quietly shuts the door and stands just inside, a crooked smile on her face.
NOELLE: Alright Vic. It's just you and me now.
Billie exits Sheryl's office at Titan, checking to make sure the coast is clear, she sees Justin walking away in the opposite direction and heads out the door away from him. As the door shuts, Justin turns around, changing his mind on where he's going and spots Billie. He calls out to her, causing Billie to jump.
Billie turns around, looking like a deer caught in the headlights, as Justin smiles, confused by her reaction.
JUSTIN: Um...hey. I uh...I was wondering how you've been doing since we spoke last.
Billie smiles nervously. She stammers a bit as she answers.
BILLIE: Oh...oh you know, good. I...mean...things are going as well as can be expected. Theresa's still in a coma and...work is a mess.
JUSTIN: I hope you haven't been to see Theresa. You know, visiting her in that hospital puts a lot of people at risk.
Billie rolls her eyes, replying dismissively to Justin.
BILLIE: Oh don't be ridiculous, Justin. Of course I'm not going to violate a protective order. No matter how ridiculous it is.
JUSTIN: Well...I'm not disagreeing with you, but...Kim thinks it's better to keep you away from her daughter and...
Billie looks down, folding her arms in discomfort.
BILLIE: Don't remind me.
Justin puts his hand on Billie's shoulder, trying to comfort her, she looks up at him sadly.
JUSTIN: Hey. Don't worry. I know it seems hopeless but...Daniel's her doctor, he'll make sure she recovers. I know it's a slow process but she'll get there.
Billie smiles half-heartedly at Justin, nodding slowly.
BILLIE: Thanks, Justin. Hey, I heard about Victor. I'm sorry to hear about his heart-attack.
Justin drops his arm to his side, putting his hands in his pockets as he begins to get a bit wistful himself.
JUSTIN: Yeah. He's ah...still out like a light, too. Tyler and I are covering for him but...it's overwhelming.
BILLIE: I understand. He's gonna make it though.
As Billie finishes her sentence, she hears her phone ring. A text message from Lucas comes through.
on her way back. go.
Billie sees the text, and is snapped back into a sense of urgency. She looks at Justin, panic on her face.
BILLIE: Oh my God, I forgot something, um, sorry, I gotta go, Justin.
JUSTIN: Uh...sure, sure. Yeah! Look, let's grab drinks later?
Billie takes off like a shot for the elevator, frantically pressing the button to open the door.
After a moment, the door opens. Sheryl gets off, coming face-to-face with Billie.
Billie stares at Sheryl, trying to hide how nervous she is.
BILLIE: Sheryl. Uh...how are you?
SHERYL: Good. Just...uh...got back from seeing your brother.
BILLIE: Oh yeah! How's Lucas? I've been...darting all over the building today, I haven't had a chance to see him.
Sheryl looks unconvinced, but plays along.
SHERYL: He's good. Really good, he uh...left something behind at my place last night so...I was just dropping it off for him. I'm uh...I'm surprised to see you on this floor, this is more advertising, you tend to stick to those...executive VIP areas instead of down here with us underlings.
Billie smiles, knowing the subtle shade being thrown her way.
BILLIE: Yeah, well...I was just checking on something with Justin Kiriakis and someone told me he was down here so I tracked him down. So...if you'll excuse me...
Billie attempts to get on the elevator, but Sheryl grabs her arm to stop her.
SHERYL: You know if you...could pass on a message to your mom for me?
BILLIE: What kind of message?
Sheryl looks at Billie, deadly serious.
SHERYL: If she's trying to manipulate Lucas into breaking things off with me...I will know. Lucas is not very good at masking his feelings. But he's an adult, and bad things happen when she inserts herself into situations where she isn't welcome.
Billie looks at Sheryl, a displeased look on her face, as Sheryl walks away toward her office.
SHERYL: Have a great evening.
Billie watches Sheryl walk away, stunned by her audacity before catching the elevator door start to close, she jumps to try to stop it, jamming the door momentarily as she clumsily steps in.
Daniel sighs as he steps in closer to Rafe and Jordan. Jordan and Rafe's excitement turns quickly to concern as they see Daniel's stoic expression.
JORDAN: Daniel...come on...tell us. Are we going to have a baby or not?
DANIEL: I'm sorry, Jordan...Rafe. Your home pregnancy test gave a false positive.
Jordan is stunned by the news, she sits next to Rafe, mouth agape, as Rafe pulls her in close. She begins to tear up at the news. After a moment, she begins to shake. Unable to stay composed, Jordan breaks away from Rafe.
JORDAN: I'm sorry, I just...
Rafe reaches out to stop Jordan from running off, but to no avail. Jordan grabs her purse and coat and runs out the door of the the exam room, leaving behind a worried Rafe, and a saddened Daniel.
DANIEL: I'm sorry, Man.
RAFE: So am I. Sorry, I gotta...I gotta go.
Rafe runs out the door after a distraught Jordan.
Will is in his office at Titan, putting on his jacket to leave for the day, when his office phone rings. Exasperated, he initially considers ignoring it, but thinks better of it and answers.
WILL: (into phone) Will Horton.
At University Hospital, Alex stands in the waiting room at University Hospital, cell phone in his ear.
ALEX: (into phone) Hey, Will, it's Alex.
Will's expression changes almost immediately, mellowing into one feigning coldness but enjoying hearing Alex's voice all the same.
WILL: (into phone) Oh, hey! What can I do for you?
ALEX: (into phone) Well...I need you to do two things before you leave tonight.
Will listens intently as Alex lists off his plans for the evening, his expression souring as Alex continues.
ALEX: (via phone) I need you to drop off the polished draft of the press kit for the EnerNext project to Tyler, and then I need to meet you at the Kiriakis mansion.
WILL: (into phone) Oh? What for?
ALEX: (via phone) Well, Maggie's asked us to come by to start on promotional work for the Penthouse Grille reopening...
Alex stands shaking a packet of sugar as he's about to pour it into his cup of coffee, his head leaning against his shoulder, holding his cell phone up to his ear.
ALEX: (into phone) So I need you there by about 8:30 to meet with Maggie and Julie and I. That cool?
WILL: (via phone) Uh...yeah! Yeah...I'll let Gabi know I'll be home late and she can make sure Arianna gets her dinner. Umm...sure. I'll see you then.
ALEX: (into phone) Great, man. Thanks!
Will hangs up after he hears the dial tone. He puts down his phone, sighing.
WILL: There goes the work-life balance. And I'm sure Adrienne will love trying to twist this one into something it isn't while she's at it.
Will sighs again as he reaches over to a folder on his desk, grabbing it and sauntering out the door of his office, shutting it behind him as he heads for Tyler's office upstairs.
Laura puts on her jacket, heading out of her office. She opens the door to find Maggie standing in the doorway. Pleasantly surprised, Laura stops and smiles.
LAURA: Maggie! I didn't realize you were still here.
MAGGIE: I was just heading out to meet Julie. I wanted to stop by to check in on you.
Maggie's expression changes slightly. A bit of concern on her face.
MAGGIE: Uh...Laura...you never answered me before...I saw that look you gave when Liam ran into Jennifer. It's almost like...it's almost like you're afraid of him.
Laura looks down, not really wanting to get into it with Maggie.
Noelle stands in Victor's hospital room. The room, darkened, is deadly quiet other than the quiet beeping of the heart monitor. She looks down on Victor's still body, a serious look on her face. Her glare, laser focused on Victor, never wavers.
She steps toward Victor slowly as she begins to speak to him.
NOELLE: You know...it's kind of poetic justice. You lying here after a heart attack...
Noelle stands by Victor's bed, arms folded, as she continues, a quiet vitriol in her voice.
NOELLE: When the stress you put my father under all those years from your loan sharking, and your squeezing any penny you could from us...gave him a heart attack...
Noelle pulls up a stool so she can lean in close to Victor while she taunts him.
NOELLE: ...And that heart attack killed him.
Noelle smiles, laughing softly, but almost maniacally.
NOELLE: So you know what, Vic? I'd say this is karma in action. Do you understand what I went through? Dr. Neil Curtis, working day and night to the point where I barely saw him through the entire time I was in high school? All so he could pay off debts he owed you. Debts you just couldn't bear to forgive because you're spiteful, miserable old man.
Noelle looks down at Victor. As she continues, her tone becomes more and mroe mournful. She sighs as she speaks again.
NOELLE: And I had no idea. I spent the last years my father was alive resenting him, giving him the cold shoulder when he tried to reach out to me...
Noelle gets up from her stool, and begins to pace the room, her hands on her hips as she thinks back to her teen years.
NOELLE: ...and... funny enough, I did all kinds of...crazy stuff just to get his attention all the same. I remember one time I stayed out until 5am the night before finals in my junior year? I was with some guy from the football team. My dad didn't sleep that night. Mom called him at midnight when I didn't come home and...he drove all around town...he woke up my friends' parents...(laughs) some of my friends' parents actually got up themselves and started searching with him...and I came home. Mom was there waiting. She wouldn't let me go to bed until dad got home...and my dad said, "Blondie, go to bed, I can handle her."
Noelle tries to fight welling up as she sits back down on her stool by Victor's bed, leaning on the bar along the side of it.
NOELLE: And this man, who I spent all those years resenting, and thinking he didn't give a damn about anything but his work, he told me what he'd done that night, and that all he cared about was me and my mom, and that he was worried. He said he knew he hadn't been there for me as much as he wanted to, but that sooner or later, I was going to understand. And he apologized to me. And here I was expecting I was going to be read the riot act. But he knew it was on him. I didn't realize why that was until just this last year.
Noelle's expression changes, as her eyes zero on on Victor again. A quiet rage simmering in her as she becomes increasingly agitated.
NOELLE: My dad and mom got into it. I'd been accepted into UCLA...I was...I was going to be a nurse. You know...follow my father's footsteps into the medical field like a trooper! And Mom comes back from the bank...and lo and behold...my trust was empty. The money we all thought was going to my education was going to you. Mom thought you'd taken enough from us when you took Blondie's from us...but nope. No, no, no...you'd kept nickel-and-diming my father to death all these years, and guess what? This time his heart gave out.
Noelle stands up, leaning in angrily over Victor's bed. Her voice getting louder and louder as she gets increasingly emotional.
NOELLE: And I never saw my father again. And then his will had nothing for myself, or for my mother, and my mother has been struggling for years, and I had dreams, and I had goals and now we have NOTHING but BILLS and DEBTS and PAIN, and it's ALL because of YOU, VICTOR!
Noelle breathes for a moment, her body and voice trembling with rage as she looks at the man she holds responsible for her family's ruin.
NOELLE: So you ask me why I would marry into your family. I'll tell you why. I want what's mine. And if I have to use your nephew's son to get every PENNY you owe me, SO BE IT!
As Noelle shouts out in rage at Victor, Alex's voice calls out to her from the doorway.
ALEX: Noelle! What the Hell are you doing?!
Noelle turns to see a confused and angry Alex standing in the doorway, Noelle looks on, still shaking with rage.