In Daniel's apartment, Daniel and Jennifer had an awkward start to their date, prompting them to eventually conclude that they were only nervous because it had been such a long time since they had last been together. Jennifer declined Daniel's offer to pour her a glass of wine, choosing to kiss him instead, and things quickly progressed to his bedroom.
Later, while Jennifer and Daniel were lying in bed together after making love, they talked about the various things that they wanted to do together in the future. Jennifer acknowledged that it had been nice of Nicole to let Daniel and Jennifer have the apartment to themselves for the night, and she observed that he and Nicole clearly cared about each other a lot. Daniel teased that jealousy looked cute on Jennifer, who clarified that she wasn't jealous and that she respected the fact that he and Nicole always seemed to have each other's backs.
Daniel said that Nicole had Jennifer's back, too, and he proceeded to inform her that Nicole had kept J.J.'s secret for quite a while herself. Jennifer seemed touched, and she hoped that things would work out for Nicole and Eric. Jennifer laughed as she realized that she was lying in bed with the man she loved and they were talking about other people. Jennifer wondered what was wrong with that picture, and after Daniel replied that there was nothing wrong with it at all, they started to make love again.
Theresa unbuttoned the top two buttons of her shirt and dimmed the lights before opening her apartment door to greet Brady. As Brady entered the apartment, Theresa curiously observed the Basic Black gift bag that he was carrying, and he confirmed that it contained a gift for her. Theresa optimistically guessed that the gift was the expensive designer purse that Brady had recently seen her admiring. "I did go back and look at that -- I did -- but I was disappointed because the bag was -- it was empty. There's nothing in it. This, on the other hand -- this is full," Brady said as he retrieved an unopened bottle of his favorite brand of whiskey from the gift bag.
"Hmm. Not for long," Theresa said with a smile as she took the bottle from Brady. As Theresa and Brady enjoyed their drinks, he checked his cell phone and suggested that they could toast to the fact that it had been six whole hours since Maggie had last tried to check on him. Theresa believed that her day had been worse than Brady's, since her sponsor had called four times that day to try to get her to reconsider her decision to leave Narcotics Anonymous, and she had also had unpleasant encounters with the two "jerks" who had driven her to drink in the first place. Not to be outdone, Brady countered that he had nearly married the same "bitch" twice -- someone his father had tried to sleep with and his brother had slept with. Agreeing that trips down memory lane weren't particularly fun, Brady and Theresa decided to get out of the apartment for a while instead.
At Club TBD, Eric handed Nicole a single long-stemmed rose and told her that, as always, she looked beautiful. Nicole thanked Eric and started to return the sentiment before clarifying that she meant that he looked handsome, not beautiful. Eric laughed as he took a seat across from Nicole, admitting that he hadn't expected the situation to feel quite as awkward as it did. "Yeah, I think it was easier when we had the collar between us," Nicole mused. Eric said that he was glad that was no longer the case, and Nicole agreed.
In response to Nicole's inquiry, Eric assured her that he had no regrets about his decision to leave the priesthood and pursue a relationship with her. Eric excused himself so that he could get some refills at the bar, and after he left, Nicole watched as a nearby club patron started to move to a different table. Nicole stopped the man and wondered if she and Eric were somehow offending him. After conceding that Eric and Nicole were just as welcome to enjoy themselves at the club as anyone else was, the man disapprovingly added that he was also allowed to have his own opinion about the matter.
Nicole insisted that if the patron wanted to judge anyone, it needed to be her, not Eric. Meanwhile, Eric returned and calmly stressed that no one was going to be doing any judging that night, since they were all just there to have a good time. The man nodded and walked away, and Nicole apologized to Eric for her outburst as they returned to their seats, explaining that she had simply gotten upset when she had noticed the way that the man had been glaring at Eric earlier. Eric appreciated Nicole's passionate defense of his character, but he assured her that he didn't care about how other people felt about him -- he only cared about her and their night together.
As Nicole smiled in response to Eric's kind words, raucous laughter filled the club, announcing the arrival of Theresa and Brady, who were obviously intoxicated. The group stared at each other for a moment, and Theresa quietly assured Brady that she would understand if he wanted to go elsewhere, but he insisted that he wanted to stay right where he was. "Ew. Did you know he was seeing that -- that -- cousin of yours?" Nicole asked Eric, choosing her words carefully. Eric advised Nicole to forget about Theresa and Brady, and she agreed to do so, but Eric soon caught her stealing another glance of Brady and Theresa at the bar. Eric offered to take Nicole somewhere else, but she insisted that she was having the best night of her life and wasn't going to let "two idiots" ruin it.
Meanwhile, at the bar, Brady pointedly stared at Nicole and Eric as he proposed that he and Theresa could toast to hypocrites. Nicole wasn't happy that Theresa and Brady were staring at her and Eric, so she decided to confront them, and Eric reluctantly followed her to the bar. Nicole told Brady that she hadn't realized that he had moved on to a new terrorista, prompting Theresa to laugh and ask him to repeat what he had just said about hypocrites. Nicole objected to the comment and insisted that not even Brady could be desperate enough to be seriously interested in Theresa, of all people. Brady wondered if people had once said similar things about him and Nicole, and he added that people had since moved on to saying that Nicole had clearly always wanted to "bag the man with the vows."
After defending Nicole, Eric started to say that he had been under the impression that Theresa was in Narcotics Anonymous, but she dismissively replied that she had decided that there were too many steps to the program. Brady laughed at the joke, which worked on several levels, and he pointed out that Eric no longer had any room to act like the captain of morality. Brady warned Eric to lose the condescending look, and Eric wondered what Brady planned to do if Eric didn't comply with the request. Before the situation could get any more heated, Theresa stepped in and once again suggested that she and Brady could go somewhere else so that their night wouldn't be ruined, and Brady agreed, urging Eric and Nicole to enjoy their date and remember to say their prayers before bedtime.
After Brady and Theresa left, Nicole admitted that she didn't understand how Eric could remain calm and collected while Brady was self-destructing right in front of their faces. Eric started to point out that things might not be as bad as they seemed, but Nicole insisted that, while she was aware that he always strived to see the good in everyone, she was certain that Theresa was the Lindsay Lohan of Salem. Nicole conceded that people had probably said the same thing about her at one point, prompting Eric to suggest that Theresa might just need a bit of love in her life. Nicole hugged Eric as she agreed that love certainly did have a way of making everything better. Later, Eric walked Nicole back to her apartment, and as they talked in the hallway, he leaned in to kiss her gently.
When Brady and Theresa returned to her apartment, he headed straight toward the bottle of whiskey that he had given her earlier, suggesting that it would make their night much better. Theresa declared that she knew a better way for her and Brady to make their night better, and she proceeded to kiss him. As things progressed, Theresa stopped the action for a moment so that she could retrieve something from her bedroom, and when she returned a short time later, she found Brady passed out on the couch. Theresa gently removed Brady's wallet from his back pocket and proceeded to inspect its contents, which included a large stack of fifty-dollar bills. "Don't show your hand yet -- you're in it for the big payoff," Theresa quietly reminded herself as she returned the money to the wallet.
After finishing his first night of community service, J.J. took Bev back to the Horton house, knowing that they would have some privacy there because Jennifer and Daniel were on a date that night. Bev suggested that she could contact Rory so that he could join her and J.J. at the house, prompting J.J. to reply that he hoped that she was kidding. Bev urged J.J. not to be upset with Rory for the earlier comments about J.J.'s "jerk of a boss" that Rory had made without realizing that the boss was standing within earshot.
J.J. wasn't interested in talking about his "miserable afternoon doing community service," so Bev eyed his nearby guitar and suggested that he could play something for her instead. "Or...I could do...this," J.J. replied as he leaned in to kiss Bev. J.J. and Bev continued to kiss as they fell onto the couch, knocking over her purse in the process. Various things spilled out of the purse, including a joint, and when J.J. spotted the item, he demanded to know why Bev had entered the house with it. "It was in my purse. Excuse me for trying to cheer you up," Bev defensively replied.
J.J. informed Bev that trying to tempt him into smoking marijuana with her wasn't a good way to try to cheer him up, since he was no longer doing drugs. Countering that inviting her over to the house might have been a bad idea, Bev grabbed her purse from J.J. and insisted that he had no right to judge her for being herself. J.J. tried to clarify that he wasn't judging Bev, but she ignored his protests and stormed out of the house, dismissively promising to call him the next time that she wanted to have a boring time with someone.
After Bev left, J.J. started to play his guitar in an effort to get his mind off of the horrible day that he'd had, but he quickly abandoned that idea, grabbed his jacket, and exited the house. J.J. went to the town square, where he ran into Rory, who couldn't resist the urge to tease him about what had happened during their last encounter. J.J. wasn't amused, insisting that the possibility of getting kicked out of community service and sent to prison wasn't a laughing matter at all. "Whoa. Dude. I mean, would you just lay off the prison thing? Look, J.J., you beat the rap, man. Are you gonna be like this the rest of your life?" Rory wondered.
Before J.J. could respond, Rory received a phone call and abruptly excused himself. Meanwhile, J.J. groaned with frustration as he realized that he had misplaced his own cell phone. "Damn it! Could this day be any worse?" J.J. wondered -- just as an attractive young woman approached with his phone. The girl, who appeared to be J.J.'s age, said that she had seen him drop the phone earlier. J.J. smiled and thanked the young woman for returning his phone, but before he could say anything else to her, Rory returned with a peace offering for J.J. in the form of a smoothie. After accepting the drink from Rory, J.J. turned his attention back to the girl, but she was already gone.
In Will and Sonny's apartment, Gabi gasped as she woke up from the nightmare that she had been having about a slightly older Arianna, who didn't want to hang out with Gabi because Will and Sonny were more fun.
As Will escorted Caroline into the Brady Pub, she thanked him for driving her to and from her quilting class that night. Caroline recalled that Will had mentioned earlier that he had some news to share with her. Before Will could respond, Sami cheerfully greeted him and Caroline, prompting Caroline to observe that the situation had suddenly started to look a bit like an ambush. Will assured Caroline that he hadn't expected Sami to be at the pub, but Caroline was still worried that she might need to brace herself for bad news. "I...hope...not. Um, Grandma, um -- I'm getting married to Sonny," Will announced with a mixture of pride and nervousness.
"Well. It's about time!" Caroline happily declared, mischievously pausing between sentences to toy with Will and Sami. Caroline hugged Will, who wondered if her seemingly enthusiastic response meant that she approved. "You don't need my approval -- or anybody else's. You just need to be in love," Caroline matter-of-factly replied, and Will confirmed that he and Sonny easily met that requirement.
Caroline jokingly insisted on being seated at the "fun table" at the wedding reception, and Will happily agreed to comply with her request. Recalling that Sami and E.J. were also planning to get married in the near future, Caroline suggested that Sami and E.J. and Will and Sonny could have a double wedding. Sami and Will both quickly shot down the idea, but he did so a bit more adamantly, prompting her to wonder why he was making it seem like a particularly horrible proposal. Caroline pointed out that it was hard to blame Will for objecting to the idea, given Sami's history with weddings, and Sami gasped with mock indignation as Will agreed with Caroline.
After Caroline left, Will told Sami that he was relieved that Caroline was supportive of his and Sonny's engagement. Sami admitted that she was still worried about how Gabi was going to react, so Will proceeded to explain what had happened when he and Sonny had shared the news with Gabi earlier. Will hoped that Gabi truly understood that nothing needed to change after he and Sonny got married, but Sami could tell that he wasn't completely confident that he, Sonny, and Gabi were all on the same page. Sami mused that everything had been going really well until Nick had resurfaced, and she wondered why Gabi was such a sucker for "that jerk."
"She feels guilty. I mean, she thought she killed the guy she was in love with. I can't imagine how that would make me feel. I guess you would know, though," Will pointedly replied. Will added that Sami had eventually gotten back together with E.J., and she revealed that Gabi had tried to make the same comparison -- a comparison that Sami maintained wasn't the least bit fair. "No, you're -- you're right; when it comes to tortured and twisted, there's no contest -- you win," Will declared, rendering Sami speechless.
Will clarified that he would fully support Sami's relationship with E.J. if that relationship made her happy, but she warned that it was too late for him to take back the things that he had just said, which had made her decide that she didn't want to have a double wedding with him and Sonny, anyway. "Oh, come on. We could sell tickets -- 'Our Big, Gay DiMera Wedding,'" Will jokingly suggested, nearly causing Sami to choke on a gulp of coffee in the process. Sami said that Will was lucky that he was her son, since she would never let anyone else get away with talking to her like that.
Gabi entered the pub with Arianna in time to hear the comment, and she nosily wondered what she had missed. Will vaguely clarified that he had simply been giving Sami a hard time about wedding dates. Meanwhile, Caroline returned, and Gabi asked if Nick had managed to talk to Caroline yet. Caroline couldn't recall seeing Nick recently, and she wondered what he wanted to talk to her about. Gabi evasively replied that it would probably be best for her to let Nick elaborate himself, and she promised that he would visit the pub again in the near future. Confused, Caroline looked at Sami and Will for an explanation, but Sami simply changed the subject, suggesting that Will and Caroline could take Arianna into the kitchen to see her aunts.
After Will and Caroline left with Arianna, Gabi preemptively warned Sami that she didn't want to talk about Nick, but Sami assured Gabi that she also had no desire to talk about Nick. Sami clarified that she actually wanted to know how Gabi really felt about Will and Sonny's engagement. After stating that she was happy for Will and Sonny, Gabi started to say something else, but Will interrupted as he returned to the front section of the pub with Arianna. Gabi suggested that it would probably be best for her and Will to take Arianna back to the apartment, but Sami protested that she and Gabi weren't finished with their conversation yet, so Gabi agreed to let Will take Arianna back to the apartment alone.
"Okay, so let's not waste each other's time. You want to know if I'm thinking of moving out when Will and Sonny get married, right?" Gabi guessed after Will left with Arianna, and Sami didn't deny the suspicion. Gabi evasively stated that she wasn't going to talk to Sami about the matter before having the same discussion with Will and Sonny. Sami said that she was simply trying to help Gabi, just as she had been doing for the past few months, but Gabi dismissively stated that, while she appreciated Sami's help, she still wasn't going to let Sami push her around. Before Sami could respond, Gabi abruptly excused herself.
In a secluded section of Horton Town Square, Nick met with Sonny, who had arranged the meeting after learning that Nick had been hanging out with Gabi at Club TBD earlier. Nick shrugged and explained that Gabi had simply asked him to help her with her homework. "Stop with the innocent act -- I'm tired of it. I know what you're up to, and I'm not gonna let you screw around with our lives again," Sonny vowed.
After dismissively acknowledging that it was clear that Sonny's relationship with Will had gotten quite serious and that they and Gabi were having a grand old time playing house with Arianna, Nick started to offer his own perspective of the situation, but Sonny interrupted him. "Oh, you're thinking that Will's the dad, and he's got the relationship with Gabi, and you're wondering where the hell I get off telling you what to do, right?" Sonny guessed. Nick dramatically replied that it was like Sonny had somehow managed to read Nick's mind.
"You want to talk about this 'flesh and blood' [stuff]? Let's talk about it, okay? I'm not a Horton, like you and Will. I do not have a drop of Hernandez blood in my body. But I'll tell you what I am -- a Kiriakis, which means I get what I want, no matter what it takes," Sonny firmly stated. Pretending to be impressed, Nick observed that subtlety clearly wasn't a Kiriakis family trait, going to great lengths to mock Sonny's pronunciation of the surname in the process. Sonny countered that it wasn't a Fallon family trait, either, and he skeptically repeated Nick's earlier excuse about helping Gabi with her homework.
Sonny warned that he knew all of Nick's tricks. Sonny started to add that Gabi should have also figured out all of Nick's tricks at that point, but Nick interrupted and accused Sonny of implying that she was an idiot. Nick pointedly wondered if Gabi was aware that Sonny had such a low opinion of her, prompting Sonny to clarify that he had a low opinion of Nick, not Gabi. Sonny firmly reiterated that he wasn't going to sit around and give Nick another chance to hurt Sonny's family.
As Sonny started to walk away, Nick casually mused that Sonny's life had probably been much easier when Nick had been presumed dead. "That's right, Sonny Boy -- I know that you helped cover up my untimely demise. You and Will both," Nick cheerfully revealed. Nick said that it was pointless for Sonny to try to lie about the accusation -- especially since Sonny "sucked" at lying, anyway -- and he claimed that he didn't blame Sonny for agreeing to help Sami and Kate cover up what they had done to Nick, since he was certain that Sonny had seen it as a golden opportunity to get Nick out of their lives for good. Feigning sadness, Nick added that it was too bad that things hadn't worked out the way that Sonny had envisioned, and Sonny agreed.
Nick innocently suggested that it was time for everyone to start trying to get along with each other, especially since Sonny and Will were headed down the aisle soon. Sonny wondered how Nick had learned about the engagement, and Nick happily replied that Gabi had told him all about it. Nick dramatically stated that Sonny's life was falling into place beautifully, and he mused that Sonny might just be the luckiest guy in Salem -- aside from Nick, of course. Nick claimed that he was trying really hard to be a decent guy as a show of gratitude for his good fortune, and he warned Sonny not to push his own luck.
As Nick tried to walk away, Sonny grabbed Nick's arm and started to issue a warning of his own, but Nick interrupted him. "Don't threaten me. Am I making myself clear? I don't care what your last name is. You're shooting blanks, Sonny, and all I've got is bullets -- one for Kate, one for Sami, and two more for the happy couple, if I need them. You and Will are accessories after the fact -- not the same as murder, but they use the same prison cells either way. If you'd like, we can sit down, and I can describe for you in detail what happens behind bars if you don't back off," Nick snarled as he glared at Sonny.
Sonny unflinchingly replied that Nick couldn't prove anything, but Nick countered that Sonny had no idea what Nick was capable of proving. Nick warned that if Sonny wanted to marry Will and watch Arianna grow up, Sonny needed to think very, very carefully about what he did from that point forward. Sonny glared at Nick as Nick calmly walked away.
Later, Nick ran into Gabi outside the Brady Pub. Gabi revealed that she had received a good grade on her homework assignment as a result of Nick's help, and he invited her to join him for breakfast the following morning. Gabi accepted the invitation and extended one of her own, offering to let Nick walk her back to the apartment, but he declined the offer because he wanted to talk to Caroline instead, since he could see through the pub window that she was actually around for a change.
Nick entered the pub and approached Caroline and Sami. Nick said that, while he understood that he was probably the last person Caroline wanted to see, he wanted to be straight with her, since she had always been straight with him. "Good luck with that," Sami muttered. Nick said that he didn't want to upset Caroline with his decision to remain in Salem, and she replied that it was too late for him to start worrying about that. Nick innocently assured Caroline that he was working very hard to turn his life around and start being a better person. "Well, I'll have to end up being the judge of that," Caroline skeptically replied before walking away.
After Caroline left, Sami wondered if Nick ever tired of putting on his little show for everyone. Ignoring the question, Nick replied that he had encountered Gabi outside the pub earlier, and he pointedly mused that she had been positively glowing -- just like someone who deserved to be on the cover of magazines. Nick recalled that Sami had offered to give Gabi a modeling job a few months earlier, and he warned that Sami might want to follow through with that offer, especially since he knew that Sami was getting ready to start a new fashion line at Countess Wilhelmina. Nick innocently suggested that Sami might otherwise lose Gabi -- or worse, the whole fashion line.
In Will and Sonny's apartment, Sonny told Will about his earlier encounter with Nick. Sonny admitted that in his effort to make things better, he had probably only managed to make things worse instead. "If he wasn't set on getting Gabi back before, he definitely is now," Sonny added. Sonny and Will agreed that they couldn't tell Gabi about Nick's blatant threats, since she would never believe them, and Will wondered what he and Sonny were supposed to do next. "We hope and pray that Gabi wakes up to who this guy is. I don't -- I don't -- I don't know what else to do," Sonny replied.