The Dull One.Friday, January 25 2013
Father Matt counsels Nicole, Daniel's frustrated, and John and Marlena share a tearful goodbye.
Daniel hangs up on a call with Chloe after telling her Parker is settling in at his place. Nicole arrives with a gift. She's happy for him and blames herself for everything that went down. He disagrees. She's about to tell him about Chloe when Maggie arrives. Nicole goes. She cries outside. Maggie puts Parker down for a nap and Daniel displays frustration over being a stranger to Parker. Maggie calms him by reminding him how relations need time to flourish.
Chloe drops by Jenn's office uninvited. She notices a photo of Jack and Jenn on Jenn's desk and worries Daniel's her transition person and that Parker will get hurt if they don't work out. Jennifer rolls her eyes. Chloe brings up hooking and wants to explain her reasons. Jenn's not really interested and doesn't hold it against her. Chloe bemoans letting people ruin things for her with Daniel. Jenn can see Chloe wants Jenn to give up Daniel. Chloe brings up "someone" telling her Jenn asked for the number of CPS. Jenn denies it and is called away for a meeting.
Arm in arm, Kristen and Brady show up for their board meeting at the rectory. Eric cancelled it and asks them to step down from the board. Kristen offers to step down if he lets Brady stay and leaves. Brady and Eric get into it. Eric judges Brady, calling him tacky. Brady doesn't like being judged by a priest so Eric rips off his collar and says he's speaking as a brother. Brady doesn't even care that John and Marlena's marriage is falling apart because of his selfishness. They yell some more and Brady walks out.
Marlena meets John at the cafe and is stunned to learn he's leaving town today. He says his meetings were bumped up. They bicker about the Kristen and Brady situation, and he can tell Doc still has no faith in him. They argue and Marlena clings to him in tears. They share a passionate kiss. Kristen almost walks in on them but hides and watches as Marlena begs John not to go. He's not sure what's ahead for them but he'll return. He leaves and Kristen jumps up and down grinning.
Nicole spots Father Matt at the square and he offers to lend an ear regarding what's been happening in her life. She brings up a dilemma with "the dull one" and "the scheming one" fighting over a man she cares for. What should she do? Father Matt doesn't think she's being objective. It's not her business. She should focus on someone else's needs.
Kristen rushes after John to gloat about his and Marlena's spectacle at the cafe. John tells her to go to hell and leaves. John runs into Brady at the square and tells him he's leaving town and why. Brady tells him not to return on his account because he's not leaving Kristen.
Nicole finds Eric's collar on the desk at the rectory. Eric tells her what happened with Brady and Kristen and how it's tearing their family apart. Nicole's shocked that the world's most devoted couple is separating all because of Kristen. Nicole gets an idea and decides to take a break. John turns up to say a heartfelt goodbye.
Kristen returns home to call Stefano with an update. Stefano thinks it's time to dump Brady now that she has her victory but she doesn't have everything she wants yet. He wonders if that's all there is to her dating Brady. Kristen reassures him and they hang up as Nicole drops by.
Brady finds Marlena a mess and crying at the cafe. He's sorry that all this is happening because of him. Marlena blames herself and he asks what she did.
Back at the hospital, Maggie visits Jenn, who says she and Daniel made up but Chloe's been trying to make her look bad in order to get him back. Maggie thinks Chloe blew it but they should keep their eye on her.
Chloe picks up Parker at Daniel's. Since Parker is having a hard time getting used to being with a virtual stranger, she suggests they move in together.
Brady has to break up a fight.
Marlena confronts Kristen once again.
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- Christine Fix