At the Horton house, J.J. tried to avoid answering Jennifer's question about his earlier meeting with Daniel, but she pressed the issue, reminding J.J. that he had previously promised to stop hiding things from her. After asking Jennifer to refrain from freaking out about what he was about to say, J.J. explained that he had felt the need to talk to Daniel earlier because he knew that everything that had happened between Daniel and Theresa had really upset Jennifer. Jennifer started to protest, but J.J. interrupted her. "Mom, don't deny it. You know that it did. But what you don't know is that there's more to the story -- there's a lot more," J.J. cryptically stated.
Sensing trouble, Jennifer told J.J. that she had changed her mind and no longer wanted to talk about the matter, but he refused to drop the subject, insisting that he needed her to understand what had really happened and why it had happened. J.J. reminded Jennifer that when he had first arrived in Salem after being kicked out of his old school in London, he had been an angry, upset, lying criminal and had done some things that he wasn't proud of. Jennifer dismissively stated that she already knew about the things that J.J. had done, adding that they had put all of that stuff behind them, but he clarified that he was specifically talking about the things that he had done to her and Daniel.
Jennifer believed that it would be best for her and J.J. to put all of that stuff behind them for good and move forward with their lives, but he didn't think that they would truly be able to do that until they had talked about everything that had happened. J.J. explained that he had freaked out when he had arrived in Salem and started seeing Jennifer with Daniel. Jennifer reasoned that J.J. never would have acted that way if she had taken him back to Salem immediately after Jack had died, but J.J. insisted that she wasn't responsible for his behavior and that he would have acted the same way even if she had taken him back to Salem earlier. To illustrate his point, J.J. reminded Jennifer that he had also gotten into trouble in London, but she maintained that his behavior in London had also been the result of her poor decision to leave him there after Jack's death.
J.J. asserted that he didn't deserve the free pass that Jennifer was trying to give him. Jennifer declared that she was proud of J.J. for accepting responsibility for his mistakes, but she added that she wasn't sure why he had raised the matter in the first place. Jennifer dismissively summarized that what was done was done, but J.J. suggested that things didn't necessarily have to be that way. J.J. reasoned that Daniel never would have been with Theresa on the night of her overdose if J.J. hadn't driven Daniel and Jennifer apart in the first place. J.J. knew that Jennifer had once been really happy with Daniel, and he added that, while he couldn't tell her what to do, she might want to think about giving Daniel another chance.
Jennifer insisted that she was already happy because of all of the amazing progress that J.J. had made lately, but she added that she didn't want to talk to him about Daniel. J.J. gently pointed out that Jennifer had broken up with Daniel before the incident with Theresa had occurred, but Jennifer maintained that the fact that Daniel had chosen Theresa, of all people, as his rebound had proven that he had never really been the right man for Jennifer and that things had worked out for the best. Jennifer asked J.J. to accept her decision, and he shrugged and conceded that he didn't really have much of a choice in the matter.
In Daniel's office, Theresa said that, while she was appreciative of the fact that Daniel had rescued her on the night of her overdose, she really needed to know about everything that had happened between them before she had overdosed. Because she had read her medical records, Theresa already knew that she and Daniel had not slept together on the night in question, but she noted that it seemed like they might have been headed in that direction, since GHB was commonly used as a way of enhancing sexual encounters.
Daniel dodged the question, stating only that he and Theresa had not had any type of relationship with each other prior to the night of her overdose. Theresa nodded and recalled that she had once tried to hit on Daniel and that he had made it very clear that he wasn't interested. Theresa wondered what had changed between her and Daniel afterward that had made him decide to go to her apartment on the night in question. Daniel remained evasive, and Theresa's eyes filled with tears as she realized that she had probably lied to him or done something awful to trick him into going to her apartment on that particular night.
Daniel started to say something, but Theresa interrupted and informed him that she no longer wanted to know all of the gory details about the night of her overdose because she wasn't sure if she could handle hearing them. Theresa was certain that she was completely responsible for everything that had happened on the night in question, even if she couldn't remember it, and she assured Daniel that she was ashamed of her actions and was no longer that same person.
Theresa stated that she wanted to make amends with Daniel, but he assured her that there was no reason for her to do so. Daniel asked Theresa to try to be nicer to Jennifer -- or at least steer clear of her -- prompting Theresa to realize that he still loved Jennifer. Theresa promised to do her best to treat Jennifer with decency in the future. Theresa added that, out of respect for Jennifer's wishes, she would stay away from J.J.
Daniel started to excuse himself, but Theresa stopped him and assured him that she was going to do everything that she could possibly do to make her family members understand that he had always been a perfect gentleman to her. Theresa admitted that, due to her own actions, she didn't have many friends in Salem. Theresa asked if Daniel would be willing to talk to her in the future if she ever needed someone to lean on for support, and he agreed to do so without hesitation.
In Jordan's apartment, Jordan received a phone call from Rafe, who said that, while he would completely understand if she refused his request because it was her day off, he really wanted to see Arianna that day. Jordan happily agreed to take Rafe to see Arianna, and Rafe ended the call after declaring that "Ms. Ridgeway" was the best. Jordan sighed as she picked up her lockbox, opened it, and flipped through the identification cards that had been tucked inside. "I am Jordan Ridgeway, and I'm not gonna run. I'm not gonna need these this time. Not this time," Jordan assured herself as she placed the cards back in the lockbox.
Will and Sonny entered their apartment with Arianna and announced that they were home, but they didn't receive a response from Gabi. Sonny quickly searched the apartment and informed Will that Gabi had failed to leave a note behind for them. Will and Sonny also checked their cell phones and confirmed that Gabi hadn't sent either of them a text message to explain her sudden disappearance.
Mildly annoyed, Sonny started to compose a somewhat flippant text message to send to Gabi, asking if some sort of shopping crisis had pulled her away from the apartment, but Will didn't want her to get upset, so he stopped Sonny from sending the message. Sonny clarified that, while he also didn't want to upset Gabi, he had a business to run, and Will was supposed to be writing. Will diplomatically suggested that he could do his writing at the apartment while Arianna was napping, leaving Sonny free to take care of things at Club TBD despite Gabi's absence.
Sonny remained stationary, and when Will laughed and pointed out that Sonny wasn't going anywhere, Sonny admitted that he had been on his high horse when he had complained about having a business to run earlier. Acknowledging that T could be trusted to handle things at the club for a while, Sonny offered to hang out at the apartment with Will so that Will wouldn't have to interrupt his writing if Arianna woke up before Will was finished.
Will appreciatively acknowledged that Sonny was always looking out for him. "I am quite wonderful and selfless," Sonny joked, but Will agreed without hesitation, recalling that Sonny had been willing to leave his life in Salem behind so that he could move to New York with Will. "Well, actually, I was gonna leave everything here and go to New York with Ari. Oh, were you gonna come to New York with us?" Sonny teasingly replied.
Will laughed and admitted that Sami had been right earlier, but Sonny found that hard to believe. Will clarified that when Sami had told Sonny a few days earlier that Will loved him, she had been absolutely right. "Well, that works out great, 'cause I love you, too," Sonny replied as he kissed Will, who suggestively stated that he hoped that Arianna was going to stay asleep for a while.
Meanwhile, the doorbell rang, and Will sighed as he reluctantly pulled away from Sonny and went to the door to greet their unexpected visitors, Rafe and Jordan. Rafe was surprised that Gabi had neglected to mention that he had made plans to visit Arianna that day. Sonny explained that Gabi had left earlier and that she hadn't talked to him or Will before doing so.
Later, as Rafe played with Arianna, Will said that, while he was glad that Gabi had decided not to move to New York, he didn't know why she had suddenly changed her mind about the matter. Jordan jokingly speculated that Gabi had probably realized that being a highly paid model in the most exciting city in the world would have been a total drag, especially since Gabi would have been forced to miss the impending holiday sale at the Salem University Hospital's gift shop if she had accepted the job. Meanwhile, Sonny emerged from his and Will's bedroom and wondered where Gabi was.
Sensing a hint of impatience in Sonny's voice, Rafe guessed that Sonny and Will had somewhere that they needed to be, and he happily suggested that he and Jordan could watch Arianna for a while so that Will and Sonny could take care of whatever it was that they needed to take care of. Sonny and Will accepted the offer and quickly excused themselves. Later, as Rafe played with Arianna, he told Jordan about the child's namesakes. Rafe wondered if Jordan had any siblings, and she quickly shook her head before changing the subject.
Rafe playfully introduced Jordan to Arianna as "the boss," a nickname that he had been using to describe Jordan that entire day, and Jordan laughed as she slapped his arm and told him to stop calling her that. Jordan said that she preferred to think of herself as a motivator, adding that she and Rafe were a team, and he admitted that he liked the sound of that. Rafe warned that he planned to fire Jordan as soon as he got himself settled in his new apartment, since he wanted to be with her, and she didn't want to pursue a relationship with him while she was acting as his physical therapist. Later, Jordan wondered if Rafe wanted to have kids of his own in the future, and he grabbed her hand as he admitted that he did.
At the Horton Town Square, Gabi worriedly demanded to know what the birdwatcher had seen on the night that he had encountered her, Sami, and Kate at the park. The phrasing of Gabi's question puzzled the man, but Kate quickly intervened and claimed that she, Gabi, and Sami had been a bit giddy on the night in question because of excessive wine consumption. Sami confirmed Kate's statement and assured Gabi that there was no reason for them to be embarrassed about the way that they had acted on that particular night, although she also conceded that they had indeed made fools out of themselves.
The birdwatcher countered that he was the one who had been made to look like a fool, and he informed the women that they had failed to pull the wool over his eyes. The man revealed that he had done some research and learned that the Thespesius occidentalis that Sami had claimed that she and her friends had been searching for was actually a duck-billed dinosaur that had been extinct for many years. Kate laughed and apologetically explained that Sami loved playing practical jokes on people.
The man chuckled good-naturedly and assured the women that he could appreciate a good prank, but he was still curious about the real reason that they had been in the park on the night in question. Kate sighed and informed Sami and Gabi that it would probably be best for them to go ahead and tell the man the truth. Sami jumped in and explained that the situation was kind of embarrassing -- for Kate, at least.
Sami informed the birdwatcher that, while she understood that it was probably going to be difficult for him to believe what she was about to say, the truth was that Kate actually had a boyfriend -- a boyfriend who had given Kate several reasons to suspect that he was cheating on her with a much younger and more attractive woman. Sami claimed that she and Gabi had been helping Kate follow the boyfriend in an effort to catch him in the act, adding that he was an outdoorsman and that Kate had been obsessed with the idea that he had been taking his young lover to one of the cabins near the lake. Comparing the situation to the plot of Sunset Boulevard, Sami summarized that the whole thing had been a bit sad and humiliating for Kate, who forced a laugh and admitted that she was lucky that she had good friends like Sami and Gabi to turn to in her time of need.
The birdwatcher apologized for botching the investigation. The man revealed that he was planning to return to the park that night to continue his search for the Megascops asio, and he promised to give Kate's roving lothario a piece of his mind if he happened to run into the man. "Of course, if I find a body, I'll know the three of you got to your victim first," the birdwatcher jokingly added. Sami and Kate laughed at the man's joke, but Gabi remained silent, prompting him to observe that she seemed to have more delicate sensibilities than Kate and Sami had. "Well, we're in the process of corrupting her," Sami dryly stated.
Gabi muttered that she had a headache and started to open her purse. The birdwatcher casually observed that he was surprised that Gabi had given up her backpack in favor of a much lovelier purse, since she had seemed quite attached to the backpack during their previous encounter in the park. Before Gabi could respond, the man excused himself and walked away. Gabi waited until the coast was clear before nervously whispering that the man knew what she, Kate, and Sami had done. Recognizing that Gabi was about to freak out, Sami and Kate quickly ushered her off to a more private location.
Later, Sonny told Will that Gabi had acted really strangely during her earlier meeting with Rafe at Club TBD. Sonny admitted that, despite the fact that Gabi constantly irritated him, he was worried about her. Will understood Sonny's concern, but he reasoned that everything was probably fine, since Rafe hadn't expressed any concerns about Gabi earlier. Will excused himself so that he could go to the library and grab some books that he needed for the research that he was doing for his latest writing project. "See you soon, Tolstoy," Sonny called out as Will walked away, quietly adding with a sigh that he really hoped that Will was right about Gabi.
Elsewhere, Daniel rattled off a list of names and wondered if Parker could think of any other people whom they still needed to purchase Christmas gifts for. "Jennifer!" Parker exclaimed as he spotted Jennifer and rushed over to hug her. Jennifer started to walk away after exchanging a few words with Daniel and Parker, but she reconsidered and decided that she needed to know something that only Daniel could tell her.
At the Brady Pub, Kate and Sami tried to calm Gabi down. Gabi received a text message from Rafe and realized that she had forgotten that he had been planning to visit Arianna that day, but Sami grabbed Gabi's cell phone and sent Rafe a text message to explain that Gabi was running late. Rafe replied with another text message to assure Gabi that everything was all right and that he was with Jordan, who was helping him watch Arianna. "Of course she is," Kate muttered disapprovingly when she heard that Jordan was with Rafe.
Sami quietly stressed that Gabi could never tell Rafe the truth about what had happened to Nick, since he would be forced to send her, Sami, and Kate to prison if he ever found out about their involvement in Nick's death. Gabi nodded and promised that she would keep her mouth shut so that Rafe would never learn the truth. Gabi admitted that things would be much easier if she weren't being plagued with nightmares about Nick's death, and Sami revealed that she had also been having nightmares recently.
"I think it's our subconscious's way of reminding us what a horrible, evil human being Nick Fallon was and that he ultimately got what he deserved," Sami quietly reasoned. Gabi suggested that she could have reported Nick's behavior to the police instead, but Kate believed that he would have found ways to continue to torture Gabi if she had tried to let the police handle the matter, and Gabi conceded that Kate was probably right. "So...what is going on here?" Will suspiciously wondered as he approached the group.
At the park, Rory ran into J.J. and offered him a quick greeting before walking away. J.J. stopped Rory and pointed out that they had taken a lot of risks when they had been dealing drugs together a few months earlier. "You, me, Lady Gaga -- we're all on the edge," Rory summarized with a shrug. Assuming that J.J. was thinking about reopening the business, Rory enthusiastically stated that he would be willing to help out, but J.J. clarified that he no longer had any desire to deal drugs. "It's just -- I'm thinking about taking another type of risk, and while it could come back and bite me, it's just something that I have to do," J.J. explained before walking away. "Great talking with you, jerk," Rory muttered as he shook his head in disbelief.
J.J. went to Theresa's apartment and insisted that he needed to talk to her about what had really happened on the night that she had nearly died. Theresa tried to send J.J. away, but he refused to leave and urged her to hear him out. "Daniel wasn't the one that was with you that night -- at least not until you ODed. The guy that you were partying with -- and the one that you overdosed with -- was me," J.J. admitted, and Theresa erupted with laughter in response to his confession.