A dangerous affair
A DiMera bullet or Cupid’s arrow – will love or death triumph when Maggie’s caught in the crossfire?
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Sorry, nice guys. There’s nothing that a good girl loves more than a bad boy! And what soapie fan could resist the romance between repentant rogue Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston) and Maggie Horton (Suzanne Rogers), a lady with a heart of gold? Maggie and Victor have been negotiating their relationship and differences for 18 long months – ever since Victor comforted Maggie in the wake of her husband Mickey (John Ingle) passing away. Now neither one of them will let go. When she backs off, he woos her like the wicked silver fox that he is. And when he tries to save her from herself because he’s a bad, bad man, all that her stubborn determination can see is the goodness in him. “Maggie thinks that she’s good for Victor – he’s shown her little changes in his personality that she can live with,” says Suzanne. “I think that what’s established between the two of them is this prickly little thing; they can get each other’s dander up. And they’re very honest with each other. I think that is what is so nice.” But sometimes flirting with disaster turns deadly…
THEIR HEARTS SAY “GO!”
On Friday 8 August, Salem’s senior sweethearts finally cash in on all that flirting. Maggie tells Victor that despite her mis- givings, “When it’s just you and me and the rest of the world is outside of these four walls, I feel very cherished and adored and loved.” And then she hints that it’s time to take things to the next – horizontal – level. Victor practically cheers and dances, but instead of tumbling his lady into bed, he immediately gets on the phone and makes plans to get them out of Salem, explaining to Maggie, “You know those obstacles you were talking about? They’re all right here in Salem. You and I are going to see the world – the real world – together.” Doesn’t that sound suspiciously like an elopement and a honeymoon? The stars align and Maggie invites Victor to stay over for breakfast and a little ooh-la-la, after which Victor cunningly leaves his cufflinks behind so
that he can ask for a rematch. We know your game, Vic!
THEIR FRIENDS SAY “NO!”
Maggie’s friends who haven’t been on the Victor Kiriakis Charm Ride or seen the way that he defended gay grandnephew Sonny (freddie Smith) against a nasty bigot are a bit doubtful. Maggie, sighing with post-sex happiness, seems a bit distracted and Adrienne (Judi Evans) is a little shocked when she finds out why on Wednesday 13 August. “Adrienne is concerned for Maggie. She wonders if Maggie is doing the right thing,” reveals Suzanne. Maggie staunchly supports her man, telling Adrienne, “Victor has been proving himself a lot lately – in small ways and large.” Why Maggie, you wicked girl.
DANGER UP AHEAD
But even loving, loyal Maggie feels some doubt when Victor mysteriously cancels their date on 13 August. But instead of weeping into her handkerchief, she demands to know why. “I don’t want to be assured. I wanted to be informed. I want you to stop being cryptic and mysterious and tell me what’s going on,” she orders. Wow! We’d face Stefano’s (Joseph Mascolo) wrath rather than Maggie’s! And so would Victor actually, since he’s sneaking off to chat to Stefano to discuss Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) attack on EJ (James Scott). Victor is swiftly reduced to grovelling when his lady turns to walk out after he tries to keep her out of his business. “Maggie isn’t going to let a man come into her life and put her down or put her in her place,” says Suzanne. “She doesn’t need Victor.” Maggie only lets him play with his little friends once he’s sworn to her that he won’t be in danger.
But Maggie’s crazy about Victor, not crazy-stupid. She’s not letting him off the hook. One phonecall to Melanie (Molly Burnett) later, Maggie figures out what Victor’s doing. “Maggie is very leery of the DiMeras, so she follows Victor,” says Suzanne. Unfortunately, while Victor’s planning a truce, Stefano has vengeance on his mind, muttering, “Brady Black is the one who tried to kill my son. Now Kiriakis wants to meet with me alone? If he thinks no one is gonna pay for this, he is wrong.” Then, on Thursday 14 August, Stefano’s henchman Marco (Steven Bruns) thinks that Victor’s reaching for a gun and takes aim, only for Maggie (who’s hiding on the pier spying on the meeting) to fling herself in front of Victor. Marco fires his gun and Maggie goes down, leaving even Stefano speechless and frozen on the spot.
A romantic clinch? No, Maggie’s been shot! Stefano is appalled. Victor tells Stefano that Maggie’s blood is on his hands.
Sonny tries to take care of his devastated