Sloan makes Nicole a tempting offer

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Friday, May 26, 2023

In the town square, Stefan and Gabi sat in the café and toasted to her divorce. Stefan told Gabi that he was excited to make a toast at their wedding. As Stefan kissed Gabi, Kristen walked over. "Any chance I could be your maid of honor?" Kristen asked. Gabi's jaw dropped.

"Judging by the looks on your faces, I'm guessing you haven't heard my news, which is, drum roll, please, I am a free woman," Kristen said. "How?" Gabi asked. Kristen explained that she had secured an immunity deal. Kristen congratulated Stefan and Gabi on their engagement. When Kristen reiterated her offer to act as a maid of honor, Gabi said, "When hell freezes over."

"Where is this hostility coming from?" Kristen asked Gabi. Furious, Gabi reminded Kristen that Kristen had conspired with Li to keep Stefan's resurrection a secret from Gabi. "You brainwashed him to hate me and to love Chloe!" Gabi yelled. Stefan cautioned Gabi to stop talking, but she pressed on.

"Stefan loves me more than you will ever comprehend, and now that you realize your evil manipulations didn't work, you have the gall to ask to take part in our wedding? Why would I ever let you anywhere near me when I am marrying Stefan?" Gabi said. "Maybe you shouldn't make an enemy out of Kristen," Stefan cautioned Gabi. When Gabi argued that Kristen was the enemy, Stefan noted that Kristen was his sister.

"And we also might need her vote," Stefan added. After a moment, Gabi calmed. "I see your point," Gabi admitted. Gabi offered Kristen a glass of Champagne. "So, now that my vote is on the table, suddenly I'm invited to your celebration?" Kristen said. Stefan explained that planning a wedding was stressful. "I'm afraid Gabi lashed out without thinking," Stefan said. Kristen noted that she knew that Stefan had been feuding with E.J. and that Stefan needed her vote.

"Kristen, look, you're right. We have been feuding over DiMera. But honestly, ever since Stefan came back, I've just been worried that I could lose him again. And seeing you, it just triggered me and reminded me of everything that we've been through," Gabi explained. Kristen nodded. Gabi told Kristen that she had not forgotten that Kristen had saved Stefan's life.

"I wasn't thinking clearly when I lashed out," Gabi said. "I can respect that," Kristen said. Kristen admitted that she had behaved irrationally in the past. "But you can make it up to me," Kristen said. Kristen asked to move into the mansion. "You do own the house, don't you?" Kristen said. "Actually, that's up for debate," Stefan admitted. Kristen put her arms around the couple, and she suggested they talk about it on the way home.

Megan walked into the DiMera living room, and like all the DiMera siblings, she talked to Stefano's portrait. "I'm filled with your power and authority. Spent my life searching. Traveling the world. And now, I'm finally home. Where I belong," Megan said. "Who are you, and what the hell are you doing in my house?" E.J. asked as he entered the living room. Megan smiled.

"I have as much right to be here as you do, baby brother," Megan said. "My God," E.J. muttered. E.J. admitted that he had heard about Megan's prison release, but he had not believed she would visit the mansion. "My name may be Hathaway, but I am a DiMera through and through," Megan said. Megan told E.J. that she belonged in the house and in the family business.

"Every one of Stefano's heirs has a right to a piece of his empire and all that comes with it, including a vote in who runs the company," Megan said. E.J. nodded yes, but he pointed out that Megan had been presumed dead for decades. "I'm sure the DiMera lawyers can handle whatever's required to sort that out," Megan countered. Megan suggested that if E.J. was her ally, it would work in his favor.

"Meaning?" E.J. asked. Megan said she knew about the power struggle between E.J. and Stefan. "Considering my vote might mean the difference between your victory or your crushing defeat, I'd guess that you'd want to keep me on your good side," Megan said. E.J. smiled, and he offered Megan a glass of Champagne. Megan noted that the Champagne was Stefano's special reserve.

"It's not every day that a DiMera returns to the familial home," E.J. said. Megan laughed. "I thought you were going to say returns from the dead," Megan said. "Well, that happens with quite regularity around here," E.J. said with a chuckle. Megan asked about the rest of the family. E.J. suggested they have a family dinner.

After Megan went into the kitchen, E.J. was talking to Stefano's portrait when Stefan and Gabi returned home with Kristen. "We've asked Kristen to move in," Stefan announced. "Now that she's out of prison, we thought it only fitting that she be welcomed back," Gabi added. With a grin, Kristen noted that, unlike E.J., Stefan and Gabi had given her a room in the mansion.

"I'm sure Kristen's voting shares have nothing to do with it," E.J. muttered. "Did I hear someone say 'voting shares'?" Megan asked as she walked into the room. Megan introduced herself to Stefan, and he introduced Megan to Gabi. "Did E.J. tell you that I'm moving in?" Megan said. "How could I turn down a DiMera?" E.J. said. "A Hathaway," Kristen corrected. "It's what father would want," E.J. said. Stefan agreed. E.J. announced that there would be a family dinner to celebrate Megan's return. "I wouldn't miss it," Stefan said.

At the penthouse, Brady ranted to Marlena about Kristen's unannounced visit. "My daughter is right in the middle of it," Brady complained. "I know how angry you are. I don't blame you. And I also imagine you wish you never had to see Kristen again," Marlena said. With a sigh, Brady admitted that he would need to talk to Kristen for the sake of his daughter.

"You know what amazes me? How much we endure for our children," Marlena said. Brady chuckled ruefully. "I'm going to have to endure Kristen for the rest of my life. I don't think I really accepted that fact until right now," Brady confessed. Marlena reminded Brady that he had a support system who loved him.

Eric stopped by the penthouse. Brady told Eric that he had just missed Kristen. "It did not go well, to put it mildly," Brady said. "If you need anything, I'm here for you," Eric said. Eric announced that he had some news to share.

"[The police] now know that Sloan is not the one that has been going after Chanel and Paulina," Eric said. "That must be a big relief for her and for you," Marlena said. Brady asked who had attacked Abe at the bakery. "It's someone very close to Sloan. It's her brother, Colin," Eric admitted. Eric added that there were rumors about Sloan's involvement in her brother's schemes, but they were not true.

"It was only a few days ago that she found out that her brother, Colin, what he had been up to. If she'd known, she would have put a stop to it," Eric stressed. Marlena asked about Sloan, and Eric noted that Sloan was worried about her brother's health. "And Colin, he expects [Sloan] to be his lawyer. I'm just trying to do whatever I can to help," Eric said. Eric asked Marlena if she and John still wanted to have dinner with him and Sloan. Eric invited Brady, too. Brady was resistant to go alone, but Eric convinced him to join the group dinner.

After Eric left, Brady asked Marlena if they were "welcoming" Sloan to the family. "I don't think we need to go that far. It's obvious Eric is very attached to her, so I think we've gotta give her the benefit of the doubt for his sake," Marlena said. With a smirk, Brady noted that he believed Sloan would be eager for Marlena's approval. Marlena argued that since Eric was devoted to Sloan, they should give Eric their support.

Nicole was standing in the waiting area near the nurses' station when Anna called her cell phone. "Is something wrong?" Nicole asked. Anna explained that she had wanted to check on whether Nicole had picked up her prenatal vitamins. Concerned, Nicole asked if anyone could overhear Anna's end of the conversation.

Anna glanced around her table at the Bistro, and she confirmed she was alone. "No one is going to hear about this pregnancy from me," Anna said. As Anna looked to her right, she saw that Tony was standing a couple feet away. Anna announced that she needed to go, and a panicked Nicole asked if someone was there. "Just the waiter," Anna said. When Anna ended the call, Tony asked Anna if she wanted to hear the specials. Anna smirked.

"You hung up that phone as if I had caught you with your hand in the cookie jar," Tony said. Tony admitted that he had overheard Anna mention a secret pregnancy. "Do I know this person?" Tony asked. "You know her very well," Anna said. Anna stammered that she was pregnant. Tony laughed.

"When I found out, I was just as shocked," Anna lied. "How did you find out?" Tony asked. Anna told Tony that she had been a guinea pig for Dr. Rolf's fertility experiments. "And who would have guessed it? We hit paydirt!" Anna said. After a moment, Tony said, "This is the most wonderful news." Anna laughed nervously.

"After all these years, that's nothing short of a miracle," Tony said. "You're telling me," Anna muttered under her breath. When Anna went to toast their blessing, Tony took away Anna's wine. "Not a drop of alcohol. We've got to think of our baby," Tony said. Anna forced a smile, and she nodded in agreement. Tony added that she should be abstinent for the full nine months, as well. Anna furrowed her brow.

"You're going to breast-feed our baby, aren't you?" Tony asked. Anna crossed her arms in front of her chest protectively. As Tony listed all the things that Anna would have to give up for the pregnancy, she appeared to look nauseated. With a nervous chuckle, Anna told Tony that he did not need to take time out of his schedule for her doctor appointments, but he insisted. Tony recommended that they go home and throw out everything Anna could not have.

"Then, in the morning, we'll start on the wine cellar," Tony said. Anna's eyes went wide. "But you can't be planning on getting rid of the wine," Anna stressed. Anna argued that the whole family enjoyed the wine. With a shake of his head, Tony listed off the alcoholic beverages that his siblings preferred.

"We wouldn't want you to be tempted. So, we'll take the wine and donate it to charity," Tony suggested. "Do you think people in charity should they be drinking wine?" Anna asked. With a nod, Tony said they would just trash the wine instead. "Parenting is a sacrifice, isn't it, Mummy?" Tony said. Anna sighed, resigned.

"Unless, of course, you are not pregnant at all and that what you were discussing earlier was about someone else's pregnancy. So, would you like to tell me who it is? Before I throw out the Camembert and empty the wine cellar?" Tony said. "I can't!" Anna protested. Anna admitted she had made up the story because she had made a promise to keep the pregnancy a secret. "It's Nicole, isn't it?" Tony asked. "Dang it!" Anna yelped.

"It isn't exactly the work of Hercule Poirot," Tony joked. Tony pointed out that Anna had been Nicole's confidante, so it made sense that the pregnancy was Nicole's secret. Anna admitted that Tony was right, and she asked Tony to keep the secret. "Nicole doesn't know who the father is," Anna confessed. "Oh, dear," Tony said. Anna explained that Nicole wanted to keep the secret until after the paternity test.

"You won't tell anyone, will you?" Anna asked. "I appreciate your loyalty to Nicole, but you must appreciate my loyalty to my brother. He has a right to know that his partner is pregnant," Tony argued. Anna promised that Nicole would tell E.J. the truth after the paternity test. "Until then, can't you just keep this to yourself?" Anna asked. Tony's phone rang with a call from E.J. Tony promised to be home for the family dinner.

At the hospital, Nicole was pacing the waiting area when Sloan stepped off the elevator. "What are you doing here? Picking up more prenatal vitamins?" Sloan said. "Would you keep your voice down?" Nicole hissed. "I see. You still haven't told anyone you're pregnant?" Sloan asked. Nicole said no. Nicole explained that she was there to visit Abe.

"You know, the man your brother violently assaulted? But what do you care? You're probably the one who put him up to it," Nicole muttered. Sloan swore she'd had no part in Colin's schemes. Nicole disagreed. "What's going on here?" Kayla asked. "Nothing. I was just leaving to check on my brother," Sloan growled. Sloan walked down the hallway, and Nicole cursed Sloan under her breath.

"How's Abe doing?" Nicole asked Kayla. Kayla said that Abe was stable. "You want to tell me what that was all about?" Kayla asked. Nicole explained that Sloan had learned about Nicole's pregnancy, and she had promised not to tell anyone. "[Sloan] is just as anxious as I am to find out who the father is," Nicole said. Nicole asked Kayla about the paternity test.

"I can get an accurate result next week," Kayla said. "Okay. As long as E.J. and Eric don't find out about it. I mean, before we get the test results," Nicole said. Kayla told Nicole that she needed a cheek swab from one of the potential fathers. "How am I going to get a cheek swab without explaining what it's for?" Nicole asked. "Maybe you tell one of them the truth," Kayla suggested. Nicole sighed. Kayla gave Nicole a box of supplies, and as she returned to work, she wished Nicole luck.

"What's wrong now?" Sloan asked as she approached Nicole. Nicole explained that she needed to collect a cheek swab from the prospective fathers. With a nod, Sloan admitted that it would be difficult to obtain without having to answer follow-up questions. Sloan suggested that Nicole swab E.J.'s cheek during his sleep.

"And watch him wake up while I'm probing him? How would I explain that?" Nicole argued. Sloan nodded in agreement. "What if I did it?" Sloan asked. Sloan offered to get a sample from Eric. "The man is a very sound sleeper, which I'm sure you remember," Sloan said. After a moment, Nicole declined. Sloan reminded Nicole that she had no one else to help.

"Give me one swab, and we'll both go and try and get a sample," Sloan said. Sloan argued that it would double Nicole's chance at success. "Unless you want to come clean to both Eric and E.J.," Sloan said. With a sigh, Sloan admitted that after recent events, she needed emotional support from Eric. "I can't have him distracted by everything that's going on, thinking that he could maybe have fathered your child," Sloan said. "And if E.J. believes I am carrying another man's child, he will go ballistic," Nicole added.

As Nicole opened the box to grab a swab for Sloan, Sloan saw Eric cautiously approaching them. "What's going on here?" Eric asked. Nicole and Sloan shared a look.

At the DiMera mansion, Tony and Anna were astonished to see Kristen in the living room. Kristen eagerly hugged Tony, and she gave a polite wave to Anna. "E.J. said that we'd be welcoming home a beloved family member, and I suspected it might be you," Tony said. "I have a feeling that I wasn't the prodigal sibling he was referring to," Kristen said. E.J. returned from the kitchen with Megan.

"Megan Hathaway! So, it's true. You're alive," Anna said. With a chuckle, Megan noted that she was not the first family member to return from the grave. "Tony, lovely to see you," Megan said as she hugged her brother. Tony crossed over to E.J. and quietly asked his brother why he was throwing a celebration for their siblings.

"I saw an opportunity to enlist another DiMera vote in my favor, so I extended a warm embrace," E.J. explained. E.J. looked at Kristen, and he noted that it appeared that Stefan had had the same idea. Nervous, Anna took Tony aside to ask him about his conversation with E.J. Tony smiled.

E.J. announced a toast, but Stefan interrupted to raise one for Kristen. "And to our other sister, Megan Hathaway," E.J. said. Megan said she no longer wanted to be a Hathaway. "The purpose of that name was served long ago. I am now claiming to be a DiMera, completely and entirely," Megan announced. "Hear, hear! To Megan DiMera!" E.J. said. Tony thanked E.J. for his toast. "But now, E.J., there is something that I would like to say to you," Tony said. A look of worry crossed Anna's face.

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