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Maggie makes a major decision
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
by Mike

At the hospital, Billie fiddled with a tablet computer while Kate complained, "Really great visit, Billie -- really, really great visit. You show up unannounced, [and then] I bump into you in the mausoleum, [and] you tell me that you are [here] to comfort me for losing Andre. Lie! You tell me that the bullet casings I found are ancient history. Lie! You tell me that the mausoleum is too cold. Lie! And, of course, [that] lie was just to bundle me out so you could play secret agent and get yourself shot and end up in this hospital bed! And then [you] tell me that you're going home tomorrow!"

"So, [yeah], it was really great [seeing you]. It really was. It was really comforting. I feel so much better now," Kate sarcastically concluded. After glancing over Billie's shoulder, Kate added with a sigh, "And you're playing games. I'm worried about you getting shot, and you're playing games!" Billie looked up from her tablet computer and patiently reminded her mother that she hadn't gotten shot while "playing games"; she had gotten shot while trying to help John save Steve's life. Kate countered that Billie could have trusted her with that information instead of making up a bogus cover story.

Lucas soon arrived and told Billie, "Long time no see. Sorry you got shot and all. What the hell have you done to my son?" Kate quickly intervened, asking Lucas not to yell at Billie. "Yeah, that's your job," Billie agreed, flashing her mother a wry smile. Ignoring Billie, Kate wondered why Lucas was ranting about Will. "You haven't had a drink, have you?" Kate worriedly added. Scoffing, Lucas assured Kate that he was still stone-cold sober. "Although I thought about having a drink when I found out that my very own sister aided and abetted John Black [by holding] my son prisoner at the DiMera crypt," Lucas added, glaring at Billie.

"What?" Kate asked incredulously. Ignoring Kate, Billie apologetically explained to Lucas, "Will and Paul knew what John was doing -- or at least they thought they knew what [he] was doing -- so he had to neutralize them." Lucas angrily dismissed that explanation as "ISA crap," adding, "He didn't 'neutralize' them; he knocked them out and held them prisoner! That's not 'neutralizing'; that's a federal offense!"

"My son could have been killed!" Lucas snapped. "But I wasn't, fortunately," Will pointed out, joining the conversation. "So, um...why don't we all just chill out and...enjoy being a family," Will continued. Will assured his father that he was fine then turned his attention to his aunt and said, "Um...Billie, right? It is -- it's nice to meet you...uh, when we are both conscious."

Billie apologized to Will, who told her, "It's okay. I mean, now I can cross 'premature burial' off my bucket list." Billie couldn't believe that Will's bucket list actually included "premature burial," of all things, but Kate was quick to clarify, "He's joking, Billie! [Obviously] he's trying to make light of the fact that you and John put him through a traumatic ordeal!"

Will reiterated that he really was okay. "[I mean], I was scared, um...but the good thing was [that] I wasn't alone; Paul was with me the whole time," he added, smiling.

When Will was ready to leave, Lucas followed him to the elevator, eager to talk to him privately. "As part of my recovery, I have to make amends...and -- and I need to make amends to you, not only because it's part of my program but [also] because you're my son, and I love you," Lucas began. Confused, Will interrupted to stress that Lucas hadn't done anything bad to him.

Lucas forged ahead, explaining, "Sins of omission are still sins, bud. I wasn't there for you [back when] you were going through all that stuff with Susan and your mother. I was too busy acting like a drunk, full of self-pity and no good to anybody." Will thought that Lucas was being too hard on himself, but Lucas insisted that there were no excuses for his negligence.

"I want you to know that I'm here for you -- you know, if you need me. From now on. No matter what," Lucas concluded before giving Will a hug.

When Lucas returned to Billie's room, Kate was in the process of trying to convince Billie to talk Lucas out of dating Chloe. "Still trying to run our lives, Mom?" Lucas observed. "Someone has to," Kate replied with a shrug. Lucas reminded Kate that Chloe was in Vienna at that moment, but Kate didn't find that particularly comforting, knowing that Lucas was eagerly anticipating Chloe's return to Salem.

"Because she is good for me," Lucas stressed, crediting Chloe for having helped him get back on the wagon. "Would you rather I still drink and pine after Adrienne?" Lucas asked. Groaning, Kate made it clear that she would prefer not to think about that relationship, either. "Have you liked any girl I've ever been interested in?" Lucas wondered. Kate defensively insisted that she didn't want her son to be alone for the rest of his life; she simply wanted him to find a woman who would show him even just a modicum of respect. Nodding skeptically, Lucas turned to Billie and guessed that she was kind of glad that she was going to be leaving soon.

John arranged to meet with Paul in the park so they could talk about everything that had happened recently. "I'm sorry for everything I put you through," John told Paul. "For what it's worth, I hated lying to you. Lying to family is -- hell, it's worse than -- torture," John continued. Paul tried to claim that he had never doubted that his father was a good man who simply wasn't capable of truly hurting loved ones, but when he realized that his father wasn't buying that, he admitted, "Okay, honestly, when I heard the gunshot, and I saw you standing over Will... I know [now] that the people you were dealing with, they needed to think that Will was dead, but..."

"I'm never gonna forget waking up in that crypt...and the moment that I realized that Will is still alive," Paul concluded with a heavy sigh. Surprised, John observed that it sounded like Paul was starting to develop feelings for Will. "Well, Will and I, we've -- we've, uh -- we've gotten...closer...over the last few weeks," Paul hesitantly admitted.

"What about Sonny?" John asked. "I'm not over him yet...but I can't spend my life looking backwards. I need to move on, you know? And spending time with Will -- it helps with that," Paul replied, shrugging.

Paul added that even being passed out in a mausoleum with Will hadn't been a completely terrible experience, since they'd at least had each other, and they had gotten through the ordeal together. "It's been a long time since I got through anything with anyone [other than Sonny]," Paul noted, smiling. John gave Paul a supportive pat on the back and mused, "Kind of nice to know that something good came out of this."

Paul nodded in agreement. "It's complicated, obviously, but, um...spending time with Will is -- is helping me to move on," Paul stressed -- just as Will passed through the area.

John apologized for scaring Will and knocking him out. Will, in turn, apologized for jumping to the wrong conclusion about John instead of trusting that Marlena could properly judge her husband's true character. Changing the subject, Will added, "So, I -- I talked to your comrade-in-arms -- um, Billie -- and she's leaving tomorrow. Did you know that?" John thanked Will for the heads-up then quickly excused himself, wanting to talk to Billie one more time before she left town. Once the coast was clear, Will apologized to Paul for interrupting his conversation with his father. "It looked pretty intense. What were you guys talking about?" Will asked curiously.

"You," Paul admitted. When Will probed for details, Paul accused him of fishing for compliments. Will insisted that wasn't what he was doing, adding, "I'm guessing that you were probably telling him what a pain in the ass I was, [anyway]." Chuckling, Paul clarified, while locking eyes with Will, that he certainly hadn't said anything like that during his conversation with his father. Paul refused to reveal what he had said, though, flashing Will a smile while teasingly reasoning, "Then it would go to your head."

At the hospital, Kate sarcastically told John, "I'd like to thank you for getting my daughter shot [and] having my grandson held captive in a mausoleum -- [that was especially nice, because], you know, we've been working so hard to make life normal for Will, especially after the traumatic events that he's been through." When Kate started to warn John to refrain from dragging her loved ones into danger in the future, Billie interrupted to reiterate that she had been a willing participant. "And I owe you big time," John told Billie, adding, "If it weren't for you, [this] might not have had a happy ending." "Don't be a stranger," he concluded.

After John left, Billie told Kate, "I know you think I [just] used you as an excuse to come and help John, but I didn't. I was worried about you. I'm sorry that you lost Andre. I was happy you found love, and I hope you find it again." Kate doubted that was in the cards for her. "But I hope it is for you," Kate continued, smiling at Billie. "With the appropriate person, of course," Kate loudly added for Lucas' benefit.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Brady wondered if Victor and Maggie were in the middle of an argument. "Maggie and I don't argue. We have a blissful relationship," Victor insisted. Brady skeptically observed that Maggie didn't seem particularly blissful at that moment, prompting her to clarify, "Your grandfather and I were having a difference of opinion...about you and Eve."

"You want to tell them, Victor, or should I?" Maggie continued. Victor evasively encouraged Maggie to go ahead and tell Brady and Eve whatever she felt like telling them. Forcing a smile, Maggie claimed, "We were talking about you two dating. Victor doesn't approve, [but I think] everyone deserves a chance to be happy." Brady said he was pleased to hear that because he was, in fact, happy with Eve, who was funny, smart, savvy, great-looking, great with his son, and great with business. Somewhat surprised, Eve thanked Brady for the kind words.

Maggie politely tried to get Eve to leave, but Brady insisted, "Anything you want to say to me, you can say in front of [her]." Eve assured Brady that she didn't mind leaving, reasoning, "I know what [Maggie's] gonna say, anyway -- she's gonna say that I'm a terrible person, and I'm only gonna break your heart. And she's too much of a lady to say that in front of me, but she's gonna say it eventually, so we might as well just get it over with, okay?" Turning to Maggie, Eve added, "Do your worst [while I'm gone]. There is absolutely nothing that you can say that is gonna hurt me, because my heart has already been broken. I lost my daughter, and you know as well as I do [that] there is no pain in the world that could ever touch that. But I'm going into this -- whatever this is with Brady -- with my eyes wide open, and I certainly hope that he will do the same...with or without your advice."

After Eve left, Victor mused, "Now, there's a lady who has watched her stories one time too many." When Maggie admonished Victor, he defensively protested, "What? I waited 'til she left the room!" Brady started to admonish Victor, too, but Maggie quickly put a stop to that, knowing that it was an act. Confused, Brady wondered what was going on. Ignoring Brady, Victor thanked Maggie for proving her loyalty. "I'm proud of you," Victor continued. "And I'm ashamed of you," Maggie countered. "I gave you a chance to own up, and you didn't," Maggie pointed out.

Brady remained confused -- until Maggie explained, "I know what you're doing to Eve...and I think it's disgusting." Summarizing that Brady was trying to romance Eve so he could eventually take Basic Black away from her, Maggie pointedly wondered what he'd call a woman who stooped to such lows. "Eve," Victor dryly answered. Unamused, Maggie asked Brady, "[And] just to get Victor to reinstate you at Titan? Are you that threatened by Sonny?" Annoyed, Brady wondered why Victor had filled Maggie in on the plan. "She was snooping on my phone," Victor grumbled. "I wasn't snooping!" Maggie insisted.

Maggie conceded, "[Victor, I shouldn't be] surprised that you're lying to me. What is this -- the hundredth time? You have lied to me about everything, from Daniel's parentage, to bringing Xander back to kill Deimos, and now this? I've forgiven you everything!" Chuckling mirthlessly, Maggie acknowledged with a sigh, "Which makes me such a fool." Victor assured Maggie that she definitely wasn't a fool.

Brady wondered if Maggie was going to tell Eve the truth. "I was about to just now...but I think it should come from you, Brady," Maggie replied. "Although God knows what it's gonna do to Eve. I am so disappointed in you," Maggie continued with a shake of the head, stunned that Brady, of all people -- Brady, who'd had his own heart broken so many times -- could be so cruel. "[Eve's] not my favorite person, but she doesn't deserve this," Maggie insisted. "I saw the look on [her] face just now, when you gave your little aria about her many charms. She cares about you," Maggie stressed. "And you heard her talk about [losing her daughter] -- the greatest pain there is. The woman defines 'vulnerable,' and you're using her! That is so cruel, Brady! That's beneath you! I thought you were better than this!" Maggie snapped.

"I'm sorry you think that," Brady replied before retreating from the living room. Maggie started to leave, too, but Victor stopped her and thanked her again for staying loyal to him. "[That] proves to me that you still love me," he concluded. She conceded that he was right about that. "But I've had it with you," she quietly added before walking away.

Meanwhile, in one of the bedrooms, Eve helped Tate put on a pair of shoes while advising him, "[Always] play nice, [and never] call anybody any mean names, like your [Grandma Maggie] is calling me right now." She soon had a change of heart and apologized for badmouthing his grandmother in his presence. "[It's just], we're family, and I feel like I can be honest with you," she explained.

"[So], I'll tell you the truth -- at first, I really didn't like your daddy very much. [See], I just felt that he wasn't being nice to his Grandpa Victor, you know?" Eve admitted to Tate. "But then we started to have fun together -- you know, adult fun..." she added before stopping herself. "[Anyway], we decided [to] hold off [on that kind of fun] and become friends -- get to know each other better," she continued.

"I really, deep down, think your daddy is a great guy," Eve assured Tate -- just as Brady entered the room. Tate soon rushed off with his nanny, leaving Brady alone with Eve, who wondered if Maggie had given him an earful earlier. "Yes, she did," Brady admitted. Nodding, Eve guessed, "She said everything I said she would, didn't she? How I should stay away from you, and what an awful person I am..." Brady shook his head and clarified, "Actually, she told me what an awful person I am." Confused, Eve wondered what Brady had done to make Maggie chastise him.

Meanwhile, Victor found Maggie in the foyer, holding a suitcase in one hand. "A little over the top, don't you think?" he asked. "This isn't a dramatic gesture. I'm...I'm moving out," she clarified. Stunned, he wondered what she was talking about. She explained with a shrug, "I can't take it anymore. I've played the dutiful wife for years -- I've backed you up, I've covered all the terrible things that you do, I've been loyal, I've kept my mouth shut, I've forgiven you so many times I've lost count..." Sighing, she added, "We've both had our health scares, so we know that life can be fragile and short. See, I believed that when you retired, [you'd] slow down."

"That turned out to be the biggest lie of all!" Maggie tearfully concluded. Scoffing, Victor reminded Maggie that they had just returned from a romantic trip. "What more do you want?" he asked incredulously. "I want more of you!" she snapped. "It's not just about an occasional trip or a romantic dinner once in a while. I see you sneaking looks at your phone [all the time]. You [still] want control -- of your business and your family -- and that's all you care about. I mean, whether it's Sonny [and] Will, or Justin and Adrienne, or Brady and Nicole -- or Theresa, or Eve -- you just can't stop yourself from interfering!" she continued, still crying.

Victor assured Maggie that he loved her, prompting her to counter that she needed more than just his love; she needed his respect. "I gave you a chance to tell Eve the truth, and you just stood there and said nothing. So, I hope that Brady will do the right thing, 'cause if he doesn't, then I still can -- whether I'm living here or not," she continued. "Which I won't be," she sadly added.

Victor begged Maggie not to leave, but she refused to forgive him yet again. "I'm in A.A., [so] I should have known that I was enabling you [every time I forgave you]. See, I let you think that because I loved you, [I'd] put up with anything, forgive you anything...but I won't," she stressed. He couldn't believe that she was leaving him over what was, in his mind, a very trivial matter. She conceded that it certainly wasn't the worst thing he'd ever done. "But it's the straw that broke this camel's back. It opened my eyes, and it made me realize that I can't take it anymore," she explained.

Victor told Maggie that he couldn't live without her. "Until you're ready to make some real changes, I can't...I can't live with you," she tearfully countered before exiting the mansion.

At the DiMera mansion, Stefan joined Chad in the living room and wondered where Abigail was hiding. "She slept in," Chad explained. Nodding, Stefan casually wondered if Abigail was feeling okay. "She's fine -- not that it's any of your business," Chad replied. "Actually, it is my business, after what happened last night," Stefan countered. Confused, Chad insisted that the only thing that had happened the previous night was that his brother had crashed his date with his wife and had tried to get between them -- again. "She's not interested in you. She never will be," Chad stressed. "I wouldn't be so sure about that..." Stefan argued.

Abigail soon joined Chad and Stefan in the living room. When Chad filled Abigail in on what was being discussed, she made it clear to Stefan that she wasn't the least bit interested in him. Satisfied, Chad left the room. Alone with Abigail, Stefan told her to drop the act so they could talk about what had happened the previous night. "I have no clue what you're talking about," she insisted.

Abigail was shocked when Stefan claimed that she had visited him the previous night. Refusing to believe that, she reiterated that she would never be interested in him -- and she added that she was certain that he was the one who had killed Andre. Scoffing, he countered that she was the one who had been caught on the surveillance footage. When she asked him to elaborate, he backpedaled and excused himself.

Chad soon rejoined Abigail, who told him about what had just happened. He wasn't thrilled that she had blurted out their theory but understood that she had been provoked.

Chad was forced to cut the conversation short after getting a phone call from someone. Alone in the living room, Abigail suddenly felt a sharp pain in her head.

"Time for Gabi to come out and play," Gabby muttered after recovering from the pain. A few minutes later, she entered Stefan's room, dressing as Gabi.

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