In a shed on Smith Island, Jensen had just shot Will, who lay motionless on the floor. Sobbing, Nick excoriated Jensen, "You're not even human! You're a piece of scum who preys on innocent people! You destroyed me, you humiliated me, but I was in prison like you. Will was an innocent. He hadn't even started his life." An aggravated Jensen aimed the gun at Nick -- just as Hope kicked in the door. Jensen whirled around and pointed the gun at her, but Hope was quicker and fired off a single shot.
Nick gaped in surprise as Jensen dropped to the floor like a fallen tree. "He shot Will!" Nick cried out while Hope checked Jensen for a pulse. Hope quickly rolled Will over, saw the gunshot wound, and quickly called for a MedEvac helicopter. Hope applied pressure to the wound while a worried Nick, still tied to the tool table, could only watch helplessly.
When the uniformed officers showed back up, Hope instructed them to untie Nick and verify that Jensen was dead. As soon as Nick was free, he joined Hope in urging Will to hang on. Will regained consciousness long enough to choke out, "Where's Gabi and Sonny?" After learning that Sonny and Gabi had escaped, Hope sent the other cops to search for them.
After Sonny delivered Gabi's baby in an abandoned cabin nearby, Gabi freaked out when the baby didn't cry. "Sonny! What's wrong with my baby?" Gabi exclaimed. A panicked Sonny anxiously reminded her that he didn't know what he was doing as he listened to the baby's chest. Gabi begged him to do something. With trembling hands, Sonny lifted the infant, swaddled in a tarp, to his chest and delivered two sharp slaps to her back. Suddenly, baby Arianna cried out, and a breathless Sonny looked at her with amazement.
Gabi began to cry when Sonny gently placed the baby in her arms. "She's perfect," Gabi declared with wonder as she gazed at her newborn. She thanked Sonny, who was beaming. "Wait until Will meets you!" Sonny told Arianna. Gabi wondered why Nick and Will hadn't caught up with them yet. Sonny tried to reassure her that Will and Nick were probably fine, but Gabi was still worried that something had happened.
Just then, they heard an officer outside shouting, "Salem PD!" Sonny banged on the window and called out to the cops. A little later, Sonny wrapped Gabi and the baby in an emergency blanket that the officers had given him, and informed her that the cops were sending a medical helicopter to take them to Salem -- and Nick and Will were apparently out of danger. Gabi said that she thought she'd already heard a helicopter.
When the paramedics arrived at the shed, Hope informed them about Will's condition. The paramedics tended to Will and determined that he would need surgery, and they wouldn't have time to stabilize him before transporting him to University Hospital. The cops reported in by radio to Hope that they had found Sonny and Gabi.
Hope told Nick that he would have to fill her in about what had happened. Never taking his eyes off Will, a shaken Nick declared, "He saved my life." After the paramedics loaded Will onto a gurney and took him away, Nick couldn't stop staring at Jensen's sheet-draped corpse. Hope had to call his name several times, but finally Nick followed her out to the chopper.
At Common Grounds, Sami accused Kate of putting Rafe in a coma after exacting revenge because he'd dumped her. Kate dealt an open-handed blow across Sami's face, leaving a startled Sami clutching her cheek in pain. "You rotten bitch!" Kate spat, adding furiously that Sami had no idea what Rafe meant to Kate. Sami's eyes widened with recognition. "You love him!" Sami exclaimed with surprise.
Kate and Sami took their discussion into the alley. Sami asserted that Rafe deserved better than Kate, but Kate argued that Sami had "spit on" Rafe's love and devotion by jumping into bed with E.J. The women continued arguing and hurling insults at one another until a phone call from Hope to Sami interrupted them. Sami's eyes and voice filled with fear, which Kate immediately picked up on.
Lucas had just exited the Brady Pub when Marlena arrived out front. As they greeted each other with an affectionate embrace, Marlena explained that she was meeting Sami there. Lucas shared his theory with Marlena that Sami was marrying E.J. because she was a bit traumatized about becoming a grandmother. Marlena admitted that although she tried to support all of Sami's decisions, her decision to marry E.J. "defied analysis." Lucas and Marlena concurred that a happy Sami was, at least, far better than an unhappy Sami.
In the park, E.J. gave an envelope to Justin and declared that the papers inside were the final three nails in Stefano's coffin. Scanning the documents, Justin noted that Stefano would be left with nothing. "These are three of the most respected names on Wall Street… And you got them to sign over their proxies to you," Justin surmised.
E.J. explained that it hadn't been difficult to learn that Stefano had been shorting his own stock -- which meant that when it was time to vote, they would be "putting the old man out to pasture once and for all." E.J. added that the next board meeting was in two months, and Stefano was so distracted that he wouldn't know what was approaching.
Justin asked, "Distracted how?" E.J. informed him that Kate had been having an affair with Rafe, and that news had seriously displeased Stefano. Just then, a crying Sami called E.J. and told him that Will had been shot and was on his way to the hospital. She asked E.J. to meet her there as soon as possible.
At the third-floor nurses' station of the hospital, Daniel and Maxine discussed how there had been no change in Rafe's condition. Maxine took an emergency call and then informed Daniel that the MedEvac would be arriving soon with a gunshot victim.
Soon, the paramedics arrived with Will; Hope and Nick were right behind them. As Daniel directed the paramedics to an operating room, Maxine reassured Nick and Hope that Will was in good hands with Daniel. She also informed them that Gabi had given birth and was on her way in a second helicopter.
An orderly arrived with Gabi and the baby in a wheelchair a few minutes later. Maxine met them at the elevator and took the baby from her very reluctant mother to have her checked out. Nick was sitting next to Hope in the waiting area, his head in his hands. Gabi called out to her husband, who rushed over and embraced her. After telling a very relieved Nick that Sonny had delivered the baby, Gabi asked where Will was.
When Nick didn't answer right away, Sonny became very worried and demanded to know what had happened. Hope spoke for her speechless cousin, "Will's in surgery…. He was shot." She added that they wouldn't know more until they heard from Daniel. Sonny and Gabi were alarmed when Gabi spotted Will's blood on Hope's clothing.
Maxine then took Gabi away so Dr. Knapp could examine her. In the exam room, Gabi fretted about where her baby was, but Maxine reassured her that a neonatal nurse would deliver baby Arianna to Gabi as soon as they were through. Gabi wanted to know more about Will's condition. Although Maxine couldn't tell her, she wrapped Gabi in a comforting embrace.
When Sami and Kate got off the elevator, Sami spotted Sonny first and rushed over to him, frantic for news about her son. As Sonny was informing the women that Dr. Jonas had just started surgery, Lucas arrived. "Who would do this? Who would shoot my son?" Sami wanted to know. "It was some guy! He was sick!" an emotional Sonny cried.
"He's dead. It was the same man who attacked Rafe," Hope explained succinctly. Sonny added that the man had known Nick in prison. Will's family was incredulous that someone had gone after Rafe and Will in order to get at Nick. Sami's mood changed instantly from worry for her son to fury at Nick. She accused Nick of arranging the attacks to keep Will and Rafe away from the baby.
Nick didn't bother to argue or fight back as Sami assailed him, pummeling him while she hurled accusations at him. "It's my fault," he admitted weakly. Just then, E.J. arrived, and when he saw what was happening, he rushed over and dragged Sami away from Nick. Sami was still shrieking at Nick, so Hope loudly interjected, "That guy was a lunatic! He was after Nick. He was trying to kill Nick, and your son -- he saved his life, Sami! Your son saved his life!"
Nick couldn't make eye contact with anyone, even Hope, who was trying to comfort him. Hope explained to the group that Sonny and Will had shown up to help Nick and Gabi. A little calmer, Sami asked where Gabi was. Hope said that Gabi was getting checked out -- and she surprised them all by telling them that the baby was in the neonatal unit. When Sonny managed to say that the baby hadn't been born in the hospital, E.J. asked Hope to start at the beginning.
After examining Gabi, Dr. Knapp assured her patient that everything looked fine -- and Will was in good hands with Dr. Jonas. Gabi asked about Rafe. Although Dr. Knapp was a bit taken aback to learn that Gabi was Rafe's sister, she promised to get Gabi an update about Rafe's condition.
Hope explained, "Nick knew the attacker from prison, and apparently he came to Salem to go after Nick. Nick was the target. Rafe -- that was a mistake." Hope expressed her sympathy to Sami and Lucas, adding, "I think you should know Nick was tied up, and Will wouldn't leave him, even after Gabi got out. That's who your son is." She informed Justin, who had arrived with E.J., that his son had delivered Gabi's baby. Hope declared that Sonny was a hero. "That I already knew," a stunned Justin agreed.
E.J. suggested to a still-crying Sami that they go meet her granddaughter. Kate proposed that all of them go together, so Sami, E.J., Lucas, and Kate headed toward Gabi's room, where Gabi was gazing adoringly at her tiny daughter, with Maxine looking on. Sami opened the door and stepped quietly into the room, Kate and Lucas behind her. Gabi welcomed them in to meet Arianna. Sami burst into tears again, while Lucas and Kate grinned from ear to ear.
"The doctor said that she was fine: seven pounds, twenty inches," Gabi announced. Lucas told Gabi that she had done a great job, but she insisted that she couldn't have done it if it hadn't been for Sonny. "Oh, Arianna Grace -- she is the most beautiful baby!" a beaming Sami proclaimed. Gabi handed the baby to Sami to hold. Lucas and Will cooed over the newborn while Sami tenderly told Arianna, "You are so loved."
Outside, Hope admitted to E.J. that she had been wrong, and he made a snide remark about what passed for a police work in Salem. That chafed Hope, but E.J. maintained, "The only thing I'm thinking about is that man through there who's fighting for his life -- a man who, for the last few months, has had his life made a living hell by your cousin. I just hope William makes a full recovery and gets to spend some time with his daughter soon."
Justin informed Sonny that Adrienne would be on a plane and would be home later that night. Sonny expressed his remorse for leaving Will for "that lunatic" to shoot him. Justin pointed out that if Sonny hadn't left, he wouldn't have been there to deliver Gabi's baby -- Will's daughter. He asked how Sonny had known what to do. Sonny admitted that he hadn't; Gabi had done all the work while he had freaked out.
The worry briefly melted away from Sonny's face as he recollected how amazing it had been to hold the baby for the first time. "I looked at her face and I saw Will," Sonny confided. Justin embraced his son proudly and assured him that Will would be all right.
Meanwhile, Daniel was working diligently to save Will's life in the operating room, despite Will's falling blood pressure and severe blood loss.
Nick remained rooted to the same chair while Sonny paced in the waiting area behind him. Finally Sonny sank to the floor, folded his hands, and raised his eyes heavenward in prayer. Later, Justin took Sonny into a private waiting room and tried to comfort his distraught son. Sonny confided that sometimes, albeit rarely, when something about Will annoyed him, he forgot about Will's kindness and everything they shared. "Will's an extraordinary guy," Justin declared. He added that he knew Will felt the same way about Sonny, and that would make him fight to return to Sonny.
Vargas arrived and made a beeline for Hope. "Is it true? Jensen really is dead?" Vargas asked. Hope confirmed that it was true, but added that things might have been very different if she had gotten there a minute later. "So it all worked out. You see? You don't have to blame yourself," Vargas asserted.
Vargas sat next to Nick, who was still staring numbly at the floor. "I hope you know that this doesn't change anything between us. You still keep your mouth shut," Vargas warned. Nick only looked up when Vargas commanded him to, but didn't respond verbally.
Marlena had arrived by the time Daniel and a nurse entered Gabi's room and informed the group that Will was going to be all right. "The bullet's out, the bleeding's stopped, and his vitals are good," Daniel declared, much to everyone's relief. He added that Will probably wouldn't wake up until the next morning, but they expected him to make a full recovery. Sami asked if they could go in and see Will, but Daniel needed Sami and Lucas to join him in his office first to go over a few things. As Daniel left with Lucas and Sami, Gabi asked the nurse to please find Nick.
Meanwhile, Maxine informed the others in the waiting area that Will was going to be okay. An elated Sonny asked if he could see Will. E.J. exited the elevator just then and watched curiously. "Oh, I'm sorry, Sonny. I can't let non-family members…" Maxine began reluctantly, then firmly declared, "You know, that is one stupid rule. He's in recovery. Go." A very grateful Justin thanked Maxine as Sonny hurried off. Maxine wryly asked E.J. if he was going to report her to the board. "Absolutely. I'll recommend they give you a raise," E.J. replied.
"Hell of a break, right?" Vargas asked Nick. Nick dazedly said that it was great news. Vargas gently reassured Nick, "Hey, listen. Jensen's gone now. He's not gonna be able to touch you anymore. What he did to you before -- well, that's in the past, okay? You should just leave it there. Look, it doesn't make you any less of a man." Again, Nick didn't respond; he merely shuffled away.
On his way out, Vargas observed that although she was obviously relieved, Hope still looked sad. Hope began to point out, "None of this would have happened if I hadn't --" Vargas cut her off, assuring her that she had done everything that she could, and advised her to stop beating herself up.
After Vargas had gone, Hope called Roman and happily reported that Will was going to make a full recovery. Meanwhile, Justin left a message for Adrienne, asking her to call him as soon as she landed. "Our son's a hero," he added with pride. After E.J. hung up from instructing someone to send a fax to the Hong Kong office, Maxine advised him what recovery room Will was in.
E.J. was grateful, but noted, "Samantha's in there with William's father at the moment. It's probably best I step back." As she walked away, Maxine declared, "That's decent of you." E.J. exchanged a meaningful glance with Justin, then noted to himself, "Decency is fleeting."
In Gabi's room, Marlena held Arianna while Kate introduced herself to the baby. "I'm your great-g-- your grand… Your -- oh, heck, you can call me Kate!" she finally decided, bursting out laughing as Marlena joined in. After getting Gabi's permission, Kate took some pictures of Arianna to send to Billie -- along with everyone else in her address book. The nurse returned and informed Gabi that although she had looked everywhere, she hadn't been able to find Nick. Marlena returned the baby to Gabi, who declared that Nick's heart was going to melt when he met Arianna.
A miserable Nick, meanwhile, was wandering alone in the park. Leaning against a wall, he slid to the ground and let out a dejected sigh.
Sonny closed the door behind him when he entered Will's room. He took a chair next to the bed and stroked Will's hair, then took his hand. Lucas and Sami arrived and paused in the doorway when they saw Sonny tenderly addressing their son. "I should have stayed with you. Why'd I have to listen to you, huh? From now on, we are together -- no matter what, okay?" Sonny declared tearfully, kissing Will's hand.