In the living room at the Kiriakis mansion, Brady and Nicole were kissing on the couch when a loud crash startled them. Brady went to investigate, returning a short time later to report that a window had been blown open in an adjacent room. Brady assured Nicole that they had the place to themselves, but she wasn't convinced.
Nicole reasoned that the "good friend gods" had intervened to give her and Brady a chance to think about the situation before making a big mistake. Brady kissed Nicole's neck and wondered if she really believed her theory about the noise. "Maybe it was the -- maybe it was the 'good friends with benefits gods,'" Nicole conceded as she started to kiss Brady again.
A short time later, Brady and Nicole were having sex in his bedroom. Afterward, Nicole and Brady each claimed that the sexual encounter had not been some sort of rebound thing. Brady added that his only regret was that the moment had ended. "Says who?" Nicole asked with a mischievous grin.
At Common Grounds, Abigail assured Chad that she would understand if he needed to cancel their trip to the amusement park later that night. Confused, Chad wondered what Abigail was talking about, so she told him about Sami's arrest. Chad decided that it would be best for him to remain in Salem that day.
At the hospital, Marlena thanked Jennifer for remaining objective instead of throwing Sami under the bus during the hospital's earlier press conference about the shooting. Jennifer hoped that Sami's predicament would get resolved quickly. Marlena agreed, but Jennifer could tell that Marlena wasn't convinced that a swift resolution to the situation would be possible. Marlena vaguely explained that the situation was complicated.
Jennifer urged Marlena to take care of herself. Marlena said that she would be fine, optimistically adding that Brady had regained his senses and left her with one less thing to worry about. Jennifer seemed confused, so Marlena clarified that Brady had finally left Kristen. Jennifer was surprised to learn that Brady and Kristen's wedding had not just been temporarily postponed.
At the DiMera mansion, Kristen eyed the small black box that her mysterious guest, Dr. Chyka, was holding, wondering if it contained the item that she had requested. "You seem surprised. They say good things come in small packages. Well, sometimes bad things do, too," Chyka replied. Kristen reached out to touch the box, but she pulled her hand away before making contact with it.
Sensing uncertainty, Chyka offered to leave, but Kristen clarified that she was simply being cautious, since she knew that she was about to take a big step and that there would be no going back once she committed to proceeding with her plan. Chyka stressed that Kristen needed to be certain about what she truly wanted. "That's funny, because what I want, I can't have. It's actually about what I need," Kristen replied.
When Chyka opened the box, Kristen peered inside and noted with interest that there were two items in the container. Chyka explained that both items would be needed in order to achieve the best results, since they worked in tandem with each other. Chyka guaranteed that the items would work, assuring Kristen that he had seen the results with his own eyes. Chyka also promised that the items were completely untraceable.
Kristen started to reach inside the box, but Chyka stopped her and warned that she needed to be very careful, since they were dealing with a very delicate and exact formula. Meanwhile, someone rang the doorbell, and Kristen quickly ushered Chyka into an adjacent room so that they wouldn't be seen together. When Kristen opened the front door, she found Jennifer standing outside.
Jennifer apologized for being a horrible friend recently, but Kristen insisted that she was the one who needed to apologize, since she had neglected to respond to Jennifer's text and voicemail messages. Jennifer wondered what had happened, prompting Kristen to ask if Jennifer wanted to hear the truth or Marlena's version of the story. Jennifer told Kristen to start with the truth.
"I don't get to have a man like Brady -- that's the truth. I don't get to have that life. Apparently, I'm not built for it, Jen. I don't think I ever was, really. And that's the one true thing that Marlena would agree with," Kristen said. Jennifer insisted that Kristen deserved happiness just as much as everyone else did. Kristen conceded that she might eventually get some version of happiness -- it just wouldn't involve being a wife and a mother.
Kristen guessed that Marlena was still gloating about the fact that she had ruined Kristen's life. Jennifer reported that she had just talked to Marlena, who was solely focused on Sami's predicament. Kristen was sure that Sami's ordeal would soon be resolved one way or another, at which point Marlena would go back to trashing Kristen again.
Jennifer refused to believe that Marlena would be that vindictive, but Kristen said that was exactly how Marlena would behave -- if she were given the opportunity to do so. Concerned, Jennifer advised Kristen to stop obsessing about Marlena. Kristen feigned shock and wondered if it really sounded like she was obsessed. Kristen innocently claimed that Jennifer was the first person whom she had even discussed the situation with.
Completely convinced, Jennifer quickly regretted her earlier assessment of the situation. Jennifer admitted that she was surprised that Kristen wasn't lying in a heap on the floor, crying about the end of her relationship with Brady. "I was in a heap on the floor. I was crying. I was. Believe me, I've been there. I've done that. I've burned the tee shirt, the whole thing. I'm not okay. But I will be," Kristen replied.
Kristen returned Jennifer's borrowed blue necklace, and Jennifer confidently predicted that Kristen would eventually find the right way to move forward. After Jennifer left, Chyka emerged from his hiding place and asked if Kristen was ready to proceed.
At the Horton Town Square, E.J. and Justin discussed Sami's case, which had given them a legitimate reason to be seen together in public without arousing suspicions. Justin advised E.J. to find a way to get the case dismissed quickly, since evidence was already disappearing, and the trial hadn't even started yet. E.J. asked Justin to represent Sami. Reluctant to take the case, Justin agreed to give the request some consideration, promising to reach a decision before the day ended.
In a holding cell at the police station, someone grabbed Sami from behind and wrapped a gloved hand around her nose and mouth. Sami soon passed out, collapsing on the floor as her assailant walked away. Later, an officer took Sami into one of the police station's conference rooms, where E.J. and Abe were discussing the investigation. Sami fearfully informed Abe and E.J. that someone had tried to kill her.
Sami theorized that her attacker had to have been a guard, a police officer, or someone else who had access to the holding cell. Abe promised to investigate the incident. E.J. asked to talk to Sami privately, pointedly instructing Abe to turn off the room's secret listening device that no one was supposed to know about. After Abe left, E.J. told Sami that she would soon be arraigned and that he was working on obtaining a lawyer for her.
Correctly guessing that no one wanted to take the case, Sami quietly wished that she could simply tell everyone that Bernardi had been a dirty cop who had been working for Stefano. E.J. whispered that Sami couldn't be the person who provided the police with that particular piece of information, since Stefano was still in possession of the evidence against Will. Sami insisted that there had to be another way to prove that she was telling the truth.
Abe reentered the room and announced that the video cameras in the holding cells had been disabled earlier. Incredulous, E.J. instructed Abe to document the mishap, since it supported Sami's version of events. Abe protested that the disabled video cameras only implied that an attack had occurred.
Undeterred, E.J. demanded to have the video cameras locked in a secure facility right away, but Abe, who was only a consultant, was unable to grant the request. E.J. excused himself so that he could personally handle the situation, instructing Sami to contact him if anyone tried to place her back in a cell. After E.J. left, Abe told Sami that he didn't believe that her predicament was the result of an inside job.
"Here's the big problem -- the knife that Bernardi had was missing from the beginning, before anybody knew who the victim was. You -- you didn't even know who the victim was, so how could the officers on the scene have known? I mean, Bernardi was out of his room and in surgery before any of the uniforms arrived. All anybody had heard was that Rafe had been attacked. You know, if anything, the officers on the scene would have bent over backwards to help you prove it was a righteous shoot," Abe reasoned.
Sami struggled to understand why someone would want to frame her, but Abe was more interested in finding out why Bernardi would want to kill Rafe. Sami pointedly urged Abe to investigate Bernardi, insisting that there had to be some sort of clue in the cop's background. Abe agreed to look into Sami's theory, but he warned that it wouldn't be wise for her entire case to hinge on destroying the victim's reputation.
At the Horton Town Square, Chad approached E.J., who was yelling at a departing lawyer who had just refused to take Sami's case. Chad said that he would have been there for E.J. earlier if E.J. had bothered to call him to let him know about Sami's ordeal. Frustrated, E.J. sarcastically agreed that Chad's support would have solved everything.
E.J. quickly apologized for his dismissive comment and hugged Chad, who wanted to know how he could help E.J. E.J. jokingly asked if Chad had graduated from law school and passed the bar examination in the previous twenty-four hours. Chad wondered why E.J. couldn't just represent Sami himself. "Because I'm too close...and I have the wrong last name," E.J. replied.
In Will's hospital room, Sonny told Adrienne that some tests were being performed on Will in another section of the hospital. Adrienne was pleased to learn that Will was going to be gone for a while, since she wanted to discuss something with Sonny privately. Eager to share his own news with Adrienne, Sonny interrupted and happily announced that Gabi and Arianna were going to be living with him and Will.
Sonny could tell that Adrienne didn't approve of the idea, so he assured her that it was what he and Will both wanted. Adrienne sighed heavily and reminded Sonny that he had talked to her and Justin less than a year earlier about his plans to travel and go on various adventures. "I'm having different adventures now," Sonny said with a shrug. Adrienne started to respond before reluctantly censoring herself.
Sonny urged Adrienne to go ahead and say whatever it was that she was obviously dying to say. "You're getting sucked in to someone else's life! A very difficult and complicated life with baggage that you don't need. And for what? For -- for a person you've only known for a few months. Sonny, now, before it gets any messier -- this is the time. Walk away. Just end it with Will," Adrienne blurted out.
Incredulous, Sonny wondered why he would ever walk away from Will, whom he loved. Adrienne reasoned that Sonny needed to walk away in order to get his life back, but he countered that Will was a part of his life. Sonny reminded Adrienne that she had recently stood in Will's hospital room and assured Sonny that she was going to support his relationship with Will.
Adrienne said that she had changed her mind after Sami's latest stunt the previous night. Adrienne added that Sonny had almost died on Smith Island, but he insisted that what had happened on the island wasn't Will's fault. "No, it's never his fault, just like it's never Sami's fault! But she's always in trouble, and she's always dragging everyone down with her, and now, that includes you," Adrienne countered.
Sonny said that Adrienne was being unfair, reminding her that Will and Sami had saved Nick and Rafe's lives, respectively. Adrienne clarified that she wasn't blaming Sami and Will for what they had done, adding that she was simply pointing out that chaos and danger surrounded them. Sonny insisted that he could protect himself, prompting Adrienne to wonder if he really wanted to be forced to deal with Sami's drama for the rest of his life.
Outside, Marlena approached the entrance to Will's room as Sonny reminded Adrienne that Will was not Sami. "If you ask me, he is every bit as bad as his mother," Adrienne replied. Marlena cleared her throat and entered the room, greeting Adrienne before asking Sonny if Will was still in the radiology department. Sonny nodded and explained that a nurse had informed him earlier that a glitch in one of the machines had delayed the tests.
For Adrienne's benefit, Sonny pointedly added that he would be taking Will home as soon as the tests were completed. Marlena remembered that a nurse had asked her for Will's insurance card earlier, and Sonny excused himself so that he could take the card to the nurse. After Sonny left, Marlena turned to face Adrienne. "Will is as bad as his mother? Where the hell do you get off attacking my family?" Marlena demanded to know.
Adrienne claimed that she was simply looking out for Sonny. Adrienne guessed that Marlena had done the same thing when Sami had decided to marry E.J., but Marlena pointed out that Sami and E.J.'s relationship wasn't relevant. Conceding the point, Adrienne matter-of-factly stated that Will simply wasn't good enough for Sonny. Marlena insisted that Sonny was lucky to have Will, who was the best thing that had ever happened to Sonny.
"You think Sonny's lucky? Do you know what I walked in on today? Sonny has rented a new and bigger apartment for the girl that Will got pregnant and the baby that he lied about fathering, so they could all live together. No, your grandson is on the gravy train," Adrienne replied. Marlena snapped that Will was perfectly capable of paying his own way, but Adrienne claimed that she didn't care about the money.
"Then what is your objection? That your son has the incredible joy of raising a beautiful baby with a man that he loves?" Marlena wondered. Adrienne insisted that Will, Sonny, and Gabi were all too young to raise a child, adding that, while Will didn't have a choice in the matter, Sonny could still get out of the situation.
Marlena summarized that Adrienne wanted to teach Sonny that it was okay to abandon someone whom he loved as soon as things got challenging. Adrienne countered that she would prefer to describe the situation as a train wreck. Marlena pointed out that, while she understood that Adrienne was the kind of person who wanted everything to be simple and tidy, that wasn't how life really worked.
"I don't need everything perfect and tidy, okay? But I don't want to bail my son out of jail every week, either. And I don't want to watch him get his heart broken because Will learned his relationship skills from Sami -- or from you, for that matter. Yes, I know. The whole town knows about John. But that's your family, too, Marlena, so you know what? That's you, too," Adrienne said before storming out of the room, slamming the door behind her.
In the waiting area, Sonny ran into Abigail, who guessed that Will was freaked out about what had happened to Sami. Sonny said that Will would feel better once Sami obtained a lawyer. Abigail reported that Sami had already acquired the best lawyer in town -- Justin, who happened to enter the waiting area as Abigail was making her statement.
Pleasantly surprised, Sonny waited for Justin to verify the news, but Justin denied that Sami was his client and wondered why Sonny had reached that conclusion. Abigail apologized, explaining that she had seen E.J. and Justin in the town square earlier and assumed that they had been discussing Sami's case. Justin confirmed that he had been asked to represent Sami. Justin started to say something else, but Sonny interrupted him.
"No, Dad, you have to do it, please. It's Will's mom. She needs your help," Sonny insisted, but Justin protested that the situation wasn't that simple. Abigail excused herself so that Justin and Sonny could have some privacy. After Abigail left, Sonny wondered why Justin was reluctant to take Sami's case. Justin explained that Will was practically family, but Sonny was confident that Justin would still be able to remain objective.
Sonny begged Justin to help Sami, insisting that she was innocent. "Wh -- what? No. No, Justin -- no way are you taking Sami's case," Adrienne firmly stated as she approached Justin and Sonny. Justin quickly ushered Sonny and Adrienne into Will's room before they could make a scene. Adrienne begged Justin to stay far away from Sami's case, arguing that they already had more than enough involvement with Will's family.
Sonny countered that no one wanted to take Sami's case, despite the fact that she was innocent, because of the DiMera family name, and he pointed out that Justin knew exactly what that was like. Justin noted that the case would require a significant amount of time from the lawyer who agreed to handle it. Sonny said that was why he and Will needed someone whom they could trust.
"This is [Will's] mother, so no matter what you say, we're sticking by her," Sonny told Adrienne before once again begging Justin to help Sami. Without responding, Justin retrieved his cell phone and placed a call to E.J. "Tell Sami she has a lawyer," Justin told E.J., who was extremely grateful. Sonny smiled and hugged Justin. Meanwhile, Adrienne shook her head and silently walked away, clearly disappointed.
At Common Grounds, Chad told Abigail about his earlier conversation with E.J. Abigail couldn't believe that Sami had killed someone in cold blood. Chad explained that Sami had simply been protecting Rafe, but Abigail countered that Bernardi had been a decorated cop. Chad found that hard to believe, so Abigail handed him her tablet computer so that he could read Bernardi's obituary, which also included an image of the cop.
Chad immediately recognized Bernardi as the man whom Sami had chased through the town square in the video that Chad had been storing on his cell phone.