When J.J. ran into Theresa in Horton Square, it seemed as if she suddenly recalled that J.J. had been with her night she'd overdosed. J.J. asked if she'd remembered something about that night. The searching look in Theresa's eyes disappeared as she admitted, "Nope, total blank. Those brain cells are gone, baby, gone." Theresa added that she and J.J. shouldn't be seen together. As she headed off, she said, "Look, I was serious, okay? No more you and me, no more lighting up, no more laughter -- no more any of this. Take care."
At the Horton house, Maggie informed Jennifer that Nicole was staying with Daniel. Before Maggie could explain further, Jennifer interrupted to insist that she didn't care -- and before Maggie moved in, Jennifer needed to make something clear about Daniel. Maggie guessed that the subject of Daniel would have to be off-limits. Jennifer assured her that wasn't the case, but she didn't need a daily account of Daniel's life.
As Maggie and Jennifer were embracing, J.J. returned home. Jennifer informed her son that Maggie might move in with them. When Jennifer stepped out of the room to take a phone call, Maggie gently requested that J.J. not badmouth Daniel anymore. J.J. easily promised that he wouldn't -- and he offered to help Maggie if she needed help moving. J.J. hugged Maggie, grabbed the book he'd gone home for, and headed out.
When Jennifer returned, Maggie revealed that J.J. had been very nice about Daniel -- but Maggie stopped before saying anything more about Daniel. After promising that she would think about moving in, Maggie hurried out.
At Daniel's, Nicole warned Eric that she would never make the mistake of helping him again. Eric retorted that he hadn't asked for Nicole's help. Before Eric and Nicole could begin arguing in earnest, Daniel intervened by ordering, "Both of you shut the hell up!" After making sure that Nicole and Eric were listening, Daniel pointed out that they couldn't prove that Kristen had been responsible for what had happened to Eric.
Daniel continued that he was determined to do whatever he could to help his friend, but he needed Nicole's help to reconstruct what had happened leading up to Eric's poisoning. "I'm the one who asked for your help, Nicole, not Eric," Daniel said. He explained that Nicole's position at the television station gave her access to all kinds of data that Daniel couldn't get, plus she had been the one who'd found Eric at the hotel.
Before Nicole and Eric could go at each other again, Daniel cautioned them that evidence was deteriorating as they spoke -- so Eric and Nicole needed to find a way to put their differences aside and get on the same team. Nicole and Eric just sat in stony silence, their backs to each other, so Daniel gave up and left for his office in the hopes that they could work things out.
Eric asked why Nicole was so upset. Nicole irritably explained that one of the reasons she wasn't going to help Eric was that Sami had insulted her and ordered her not to cover the story. Eric contended that Nicole was really upset because he'd blamed her for what had happened to him at the hotel. Nicole reminded Eric after overhearing her conversation with Brady, Eric had taken her feelings for him and twisted them into something ugly.
"You betrayed me in the worst possible way. You destroyed something in me I knew was good!" a hurt Nicole spat. Eric apologized again, acknowledging that it had to make Nicole feel violated. Nicole admitted that Eric's apologies weren't enough because he had thought she was capable of drugging and seducing him and then pretending to care about him. She continued tearfully, "But after you did that to me, I still wanted to help you. But then you started to show me that you never really believed in me, that you never had any real faith, and I thought you did -- and that meant the world to me."
Nicole concluded determinedly, "And now I'm done. I'm gone. And I will never put myself in a position where you or anyone else can hurt me again." Eric understood why Nicole didn't want to help him. He wasn't sure he could accept Daniel's help, either, because he wasn't sure he could trust Daniel's motives. Eric explained to a puzzled Nicole that Daniel was trying to make amends for what had happened with Theresa.
Nicole hotly asserted that Daniel was the definition of a true friend, because he wanted to do the right thing and help Eric -- and it had nothing to do with Theresa Donovan. Eric was skeptical because Daniel had been at Theresa's apartment the night she'd overdosed. Nicole insisted that Daniel had found Theresa and saved her life, blowing his own reputation in the process. When Nicole maintained that she didn't know anything other than that about it, Eric said that he needed more to go on.
Nicole's words stopped Eric before he could make it out the door: "It's called faith, Father. I'm giving you my word. Accept it or don't." Eric acknowledged that he needed to trust both Daniel and Nicole. "I made one of the worst decisions of my life by not trusting you, and I'll never make that mistake again," Eric added. After he agreed to accept Daniel's help, Eric asked if Nicole would reconsider and help him, too.
Nicole agreed to help try to prove Eric's innocence, but she cautioned him that she might have to use some of the video footage when she reported the story. "I'll make sure your side of the story comes out, but I'm also going to tell everyone what an evil bitch Kristen DiMera is, was, and always will be," Nicole vowed. A grateful Eric thanked Nicole, but she maintained that she was only doing it because she wanted to. Eric seemed about to hug her, but she dodged him and said that it was the right thing to do, plus any good journalist would do the same thing.
Theresa stopped by Daniel's office to talk to him about J.J. Although Daniel had initially asked her to leave the door open, he rose to close it so they could talk in private. Theresa explained that she'd just run into J.J. in Horton Square -- and he had been running into her every couple of days. She wondered if he were doing it intentionally because of Jennifer. Theresa added that when she had tried to apologize to Jennifer, all Jennifer had wanted was for Theresa to stay away from J.J. -- and Theresa didn't know what to do.
Daniel promised to make sure that J.J. steered clear of Theresa. Theresa apologized for getting Daniel in trouble. As Daniel was patting Theresa reassuringly on the shoulder, Maggie barged in. Theresa confessed to Maggie that she had missed the meeting earlier, but she was going to meet the woman Maggie had recommended as Theresa's sponsor at another meeting later.
After Theresa left, Maggie started to tell Daniel something, but he asked if it could wait because he had something to do right away. An understanding Maggie just asked Daniel to call her when he had some free time. As soon as she'd gone, Daniel called J.J.
A little later, J.J. met Daniel at the Brady Pub. Daniel demanded to know why J.J. hadn't just kept moving when he'd run into Theresa earlier. J.J. insisted that he hadn't planned to run into her, but he'd thought she might have remembered something about the night she'd ODed. "That ship has sailed," Daniel assured J.J. " I was just thinking after she left -- maybe there's just some way I can make things right," J.J. said.
Daniel instructed J.J. to not worry about fixing things and to lie low until his sentencing was final. Jennifer walked by outside and was stunned when she spotted Daniel and her son talking inside.
Daniel returned to the hospital, and found Maggie near the nurses' station. Maggie informed him that she might be moving in with Jennifer for a while. Daniel wasn't surprised, since he knew Maggie and Jennifer were close -- but he hoped that things would work out between Maggie and Victor.
When J.J. returned home, Jennifer confronted her son: "I saw you talking to Daniel at the pub -- and if I'm not mistaken, that's about the third time I've seen you talking to Daniel, and you promised me that you were going to stay away from him." Jennifer added that J.J. hadn't been angry while he'd been talking to Daniel, almost as if the two of them were friends. She demanded to know what was going on between J.J. and Daniel.
Theresa went back to Daniel's office to ask him something that she said she'd been putting off for a while. "I need to know what happened -- everything -- the night that you saved my life," Theresa said.
Gabi awoke with a start from another nightmare about the night she'd bashed Nick's head in with a rock. When she rolled over to try to go back to sleep, she saw Nick, his head still bleeding from the wound, lying in bed next to her. "You're so beautiful, Gabi. So very beautiful and sweet. Why would you do this to me, when all I did was love you? Let me love you now," Nick said, stroking Gabi's hair. Gabi tried to scream but no sound came out -- and then she bolted awake on the couch.
In a panic, Gabi rushed over to Arianna's bassinette, but it was empty. Gabi started to freak out until she saw the note letting her know that Will had taken the baby to the park. As Gabi tried to get back to studying, she remembered how helpful Nick had been in tutoring her. She reminded herself that Nick had blackmailed her before attempting to rape her. It didn't calm her down, so she sent a text message to Sami that read, "Urgent -- need to see U -- now!"
At the DiMera mansion, Sami let out a terrified scream when she thought she saw Nick in the foyer -- instead, it was E.J. "My God, Samantha! What the hell is wrong with you?" E.J. demanded then added more gently, "Are you all right? You look like you've seen a ghost." Catching her breath, Sami insisted unconvincingly that she was fine. E.J. asked if Sami had talked to her brother again. She responded by testily accusing E.J. of not even trying to look for his sister.
E.J. suggested they avoid discussing the topic altogether. Changing the subject, E.J. asked if Nick Fallon had told Sami about anything he'd done that might benefit them. Sami maintained that she only knew that Nick had moved to New York. "I don't know of his whereabouts, but I do know that yesterday Mr. Fallon had himself a very busy day in Salem," E.J. said, causing Sami to drop -- and break -- the glass she'd been holding.
Sami began to pick up the broken glass. Worried that Sami would cut herself, E.J. stopped her and promised to get the staff to clean it up. E.J. divulged that Nick had given Kate a flash drive containing a virus that had taken down Mad World's computer network -- and deleted their entire spring lineup. Perking up a little, Sami noted, "Bad news for Kate is always good news for us, right?" Sami got Gabi's text message just then, so she made a hasty excuse and hurried out, leaving E.J. a bit baffled.
On the front porch, Sami paused to send a message asking Kate to meet her right away.
As he sat alone in a restaurant, Stefano caught Kate off-guard by calling her from a blocked number. "What do you want, Stefano?" Kate demanded. Stefano informed her since Chad and Kate had always been fond of one another, Chad had wanted Stefano to call her with the news that Chad had made a full recovery -- and that Stefano had changed. Kate didn't buy it.
Kate reminded Stefano that Chad had nearly died because of events that Stefano had put in motion. "Katerina, you have the right to feel any way you want about me. As a matter of fact, I'll give you all the time that you want as soon as I get back to Salem," Stefano said before hanging up.
When E.J. joined Stefano for a meal later, Stefano gave E.J. a small box and explained, "Chad asked that you return that to Abigail." E.J. admitted that he'd been surprised to get Stefano's phone call. E.J. warned his father, "If you're waiting for the ill will to subside before you return, you may have to outlive Methuselah." He admitted that he, too, was still angry with Kristen, but Stefano played dumb when E.J. referenced Kristen drugging Father Eric.
"When she came back, you asked her to reunite the entire family under one roof -- now you have Chad who has run to the hills and Kristen's on the lam," E.J. pointed out. Stefano asked how things were going with E.J. and Samantha. "Horribly," E.J. replied. He explained that Sami didn't believe that he hadn't known anything more than that Kristen had slept with Eric. "If she ever finds out, I'm going to lose everything," E.J. admitted, adding that Sami didn't trust him.
"Be patient, because trust comes in small packages when it comes to women," Stefano pronounced. He pointed out that besides Kristen, he was the only person who knew what Kristen had done, so there was no way Sami would find out that E.J. had known everything. E.J. was worried that even if Sami trusted him enough to allow him back into her bed, she would never commit to marriage. Stefano was confident that Sami would join E.J. in his bed and at the altar -- but E.J. should pray that Sami never found out that he knew what Kristen had done to Sami's brother.
When Gabi met Sami in Horton Square, Gabi began babbling anxiously about Nick. Sami urged Gabi to maintain the appearance that they were having a cheerful, pleasant conversation -- and not to mention Nick's name. When Kate arrived, she accused Gabi of wanting to make a deal with Sami to pin Nick's murder on Kate. With a fake giggle, Sami urged Kate to tone it down and watch her words. Gabi insisted that there was no plot.
Playing along with the faux cheeriness, Kate informed Sami that Gabi had nearly confessed everything to Rafe. Gabi defensively explained that she'd been having terrible nightmares, and she needed to tell her brother. Sami understood that Gabi needed her brother's support, but she warned Gabi that it would put Rafe in the terrible position of having to choose between covering a crime and sending his sister to prison.
Kate pointed out that if Gabi went to prison, Arianna would grow up without her mother -- or her grandmother or great-grandmother. Sami stressed the importance of not allowing Nick to ruin their lives from beyond the grave. Gabi complained anxiously that she couldn't live with the memory of Nick's face as he looked at them before slipping into the water. Sami insisted that they were all having nightmares from the memories, as would anyone with a conscience.
"Well, I slept like a baby last night," Kate said. Just then, the birdwatcher they'd run into in the woods stopped by their table. "Greetings!" the man said loudly, startling the women. Sami and Kate covered and returned the man's greeting with as much friendliness as they could muster, while Gabi looked as if she might throw up. The man sat down uninvited and politely demanded, "Why did you all deceive me when we were down by the river the other night? Did you think I wouldn't find out what you did?"