While passing through the park, Tripp stumbled upon Kayla, who was having an intense phone conversation with Steve.
Kayla ended the call in tears then realized that Tripp was standing nearby. "I thought my dad was away on business," Tripp began. "Um...he is," Kayla replied. "[But] that sounded like, um...like he's not coming back. [And] you wouldn't be this upset if he was just on a routine case," Tripp noted, concerned. "[It's] a very sensitive case," Kayla claimed, but Tripp wasn't convinced.
"You're not telling me something," Tripp realized. "I can't," Kayla insisted. "Fine -- I'll just have to go to John, then," Tripp decided with a shrug before turning to leave.
"Okay, I'll tell you," Kayla reluctantly agreed, stopping Tripp. "But it has to stay between the two of us, or people will be hurt," Kayla stressed before proceeding to tell Tripp everything.
"Why didn't you tell me this sooner?" Tripp asked after Kayla finished the tale. "I couldn't. It was confidential," Kayla explained with an apologetic shrug. "[But] I'm his son! [And] I'm not a [little] kid, Kayla! If my father's in trouble, I want to help!" Tripp protested. "Don't you?" Tripp added, eyeing Kayla questioningly. "More than you could know...[especially since] this whole thing -- everything about this -- [is] my fault. [I mean], if I would have just been honest and trusted him..." Kayla replied, sighing regretfully. "He'd still be blind," Tripp pointed out. "But at least he'd be here, with us," Kayla countered.
Tripp wondered why Steve, who had recently been released from custody and had since begun working with the ISA to figure out who had hacked the bionic eye, wasn't running the investigation from the town where loved ones -- and the prime suspect -- resided. "Maybe he's staying away because he can't forgive me for what I did," Kayla sadly suggested. Tripp scoffed and insisted that couldn't possibly be the case. "[You two have] overcome more than any couple in the history of the world, and you've come out stronger for it, [so] you're gonna be okay," Tripp confidently assured Kayla. "I hope you're right," Kayla replied, fighting back fresh tears.
At the Brady Pub, Sarah helped Eric prepare for Holly's adoption. Eric, who had been staying in the room above the pub, decided that finding a more permanent place to live would have to be the first order of business.
Just then, Sarah jumped up and excitedly greeted Will, who had just entered the pub. "I heard you were back in town. I'm sorry I haven't come to visit," Will said while accepting a hug from Sarah. "That's okay. My return to Salem hasn't exactly gone as planned," Sarah acknowledged with a chuckle. "Yeah, I heard. I'm sorry about Rex," Will gently replied. "Me, too. [It wasn't] the greatest welcome back," Sarah joked. "I can relate," Will admitted.
Eric soon joined Sarah and Will. "Mom told me that Paul went back to San Francisco. So, you and Sonny...?" Eric began to ask. "Um...unfortunately, there's -- there's been a change of plans, and Sonny is going to marry someone else," Will sadly admitted. "But he loves you!" Eric pointed out, confused. "How did this happen?" Sarah wondered. "Um...well, I can't go into the details, but let's just say he's making a huge sacrifice for his family -- and for me," Will carefully replied. "By marrying somebody else?" Eric asked, still confused. "I can't tell you any more than that," Will maintained. "You can tell me who he's marrying, at least," Eric argued.
Eric was stunned to hear that Sonny was marrying Leo Stark, of all people. "[But isn't that] the man who sued him for sexual harassment?" Eric asked incredulously. "The one and only," Will confirmed. "Sounds like blackmail to me," Sarah matter-of-factly mused. "Is that what this is -- [Sonny's only way of getting Leo to] drop the suit?" Eric wondered. "Something like that," Will vaguely admitted. "Unbelievable!" Eric said with a shake of the head.
"[And] there's really no other way to [fix this]?" Eric asked. "Sonny doesn't think so," Will replied with a sigh. "So, anyway, I'm...you know, alone again...and on top of that, I got this -- this -- this apartment that I rented for Paul and me, but I can't afford it by myself, and the landlord's not letting me out of the lease unless I find someone to take it over," Will casually added. Intrigued, Eric and Sarah asked to hear more about the apartment.
At Doug's Place, Brady insisted that, in light of Nicole's letter, Maggie could no longer agree to let Eric adopt Holly. "I would have never expected this -- not after that custody battle that Nicole and I went through..." Chloe admitted, still stunned. "But you worked everything out, and Nicole knew how much you loved Holly," Brady reasoned with a shrug. "I do...[but] I know that Eric loves her, too, and I don't want to hurt him," Chloe stressed with a sigh, feeling conflicted. "This isn't about Eric; it's about Holly [and] Nicole," Brady argued, waving a hand dismissively.
After a moment of thought, Chloe realized that Brady was right. "And I owe this to Nicole, so...Maggie, I need to know that you're on board with this," Chloe added.
"I've had concerns about Eric [not being] in the right emotional state to raise [Holly], 'cause I know he's [still] grieving for Nicole, and he will [be] for a very long time...[but] Sarah convinced me that Holly would give Eric the help that he needs to put his grief behind him, and that they'd heal each other..." Maggie carefully replied, also feeling conflicted. "[But] we all only want what's best for Holly, and while Eric is devoted to her, it's clear in this letter that [Nicole] put a lot of thought into this decision..." Maggie continued. After a few more minutes of consideration, Maggie decided to support Chloe instead of Eric.
"I swear to you, Maggie -- I will be as devoted a mother to Holly as I am to Parker, and they'll grow up loving each other as brother and sister," Chloe stressed. "That's all I could ever ask for," Maggie replied.
As Maggie and Chloe embraced, Brady declared that the right decision had been made. Maggie couldn't help wondering if Brady was only supporting Chloe as a way of punishing Eric. Brady claimed to be supporting Chloe because Nicole's carefully written request was more compelling than a spontaneous dying wish. "It's no secret that my brother and I aren't getting along right now, but I wanted to make amends, [and] he's the one that can't let the past go," Brady added. Maggie remained skeptical, but Chloe agreed with Brady's argument that Eric was the one who was determined to hold a grudge.
After Maggie left, Chloe again admitted to feeling bad for Eric. Brady dismissively insisted that Eric was simply going to have to learn to live with the change of plans. Chloe soon began fretting about the added responsibility of raising Holly, who was at a very different stage of life than Parker. Brady reminded Chloe that Maggie and Sarah would both be happy to help out as needed. "[And] you have me, [too]," Brady added.
While passing through Horton Town Square, Eric and Sarah raved about Will's apartment, which seemed like the perfect place to raise a child. Sarah soon received a phone call from someone in Chicago. After a brief conversation, Sarah ended the call and explained to Eric, "That was the department head at my hospital, and he said, um...that if I don't return to work soon, he's gonna replace me."
"Do you want to go back to Chicago?" Eric asked. "I don't know," Sarah admitted, knowing that Chicago held many memories of happier times with Rex. "Is he back there now?" Eric wondered. "I don't know...[but] when he left Salem, he said that he was gonna try to spend some time with his daughter, [so if he's in Chicago, Mimi probably is, too]," Sarah replied with a sigh. "What I don't understand is how he could even look at another woman when he had you. I mean, he may be my half-brother, but I think he really screwed up, [and] you deserve better," Eric declared. Sarah smiled and thanked Eric for always knowing the right thing to say.
While Eric was trying to help Sarah decide whether to stay in Salem or return to Chicago, Maggie approached with Nicole's letter and insisted, "We need to talk."
At the Kiriakis mansion, Victor interrupted the wedding ceremony and demanded to know what was going on. "I thought Sonny wanted to be with that twit Will Horton," Victor added, confused. "Things have changed," Sonny admitted with a sigh. "Well, now, there's an understatement," Victor agreed. "We haven't been formally introduced, Mr. Kiriakis. I'm Leo Stark," Leo interjected, smiling and extending a hand.
"You're marrying the bastard who tried to destroy our company?" Victor asked Sonny incredulously. "Has everybody in this family lost their minds? What the hell is wrong with you, Sonny? Marrying a man who accused you of being a predator [and] cost you your job at Titan?" Victor continued. "Technically, you cost him his job at Titan," Leo argued. "Stay out of this," Justin warned Leo. "Still waiting for an answer, Sonny," Victor impatiently demanded. "Things -- they're...they're complicated," Sonny vaguely admitted. "They're more than 'complicated' -- they're insane!" Victor insisted, still confused.
"There'll be no wedding here until I find out what the hell is going on," Victor declared before ordering Leo and Sheila to leave the living room. "Don't take too long. I know you're just as anxious as I am to start our new life together," Leo told Sonny before following Sheila to the foyer. Justin shut the living room door as Sonny began explaining everything to Victor.
"Lesson number one -- when you kill somebody, make sure they're actually dead," Victor advised after Sonny finished the tale. "That's the lesson you want to teach my son?" Adrienne asked incredulously. "If he had learned it, we wouldn't be here," Victor reasoned. "It was an accident!" Justin reminded Victor. Just then, Leo returned with Sheila, refusing to give the Kiriakis clan any more time to talk.
"Let me just say, I am so excited to become a part of your family, Uncle Vic," Leo declared. "May I call you that?" Leo asked. "Absolutely not. You sicken me, and I can't wait for the day -- very soon -- when you get what's coming to you," Victor spat. "[But] in the meantime, I won't stop this marriage, [so] let's get it over with," Victor impatiently added.
Sheila tried to resume the wedding ceremony but ended up bumbling through it, having mixed up the index cards that comprised the script. "This is the person you chose to [perform the ceremony]? What, Arianna was not available?" Victor asked Leo dryly as Sheila finally found the correct index card. "[Do you], Leonardo -- is it 'Leonardo'?" Sheila asked. "Sure," Leo replied with a shrug. "[Do you, Leonardo], take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold --" Sheila began. "I do," Leo impatiently confirmed. Nodding, Sheila repeated the question for Sonny, who was thinking about Will. "I do," Sonny reluctantly replied, looking sick.
"By the power vested in me by the Church of Humanistic Spiritualism, I now pronounce you husband and husband," Sheila declared as Leo flashed a smirk of triumph. "You may now kiss the groom," Sheila told Sonny. "That's gonna be a hard pass," Sonny replied. "Oh, he's just a little shy," Leo insisted before forcing a kiss on Sonny, who immediately pushed Leo away. As Sonny wiped both lips in disgust, Justin warned Leo, "I'll be watching your every move, 'Leonardo,' and if you so much as jaywalk, I will use it to get you out of my son's life." Leo sarcastically thanked Justin for the warm welcome to the Kiriakis family.
Sheila wanted overtime pay, but Leo didn't have any more money, and no one else was willing to help out. "Why is it the richest people are always the cheapest? [This is the] worst wedding I've ever been to in my life -- aside from my part," Sheila grumbled while storming out of the mansion.
"Time to celebrate!" Leo happily declared. "Uncle Vic, do you have any Champagne chilling?" Leo asked. "Call me that one more time and see what happens," Victor replied. "No worries. I'll go down to the wine cellar [and] pick out a bottle or two," Leo said with a shrug. "Take your time. Hit as many bottles as you want," Sonny dryly encouraged Leo. "Oh, I can't drink too much -- gotta be ready for our wedding night," Leo countered, patting Sonny's shoulder. Sonny cringed as Leo walked away.
"Let him have his own wedding night," Sonny dismissively grumbled, grabbing a set of keys. "The only person I want to spend this night with is the man that I love," Sonny added. "You're going to see Will?" Justin asked. "Damn right," Sonny confirmed before starting to exit the mansion. "The hell you are," Victor snapped, stopping Sonny.
"If there were any justice in this world, your new husband would be at the bottom of the lake...but since he isn't, we have to deal with [him] -- and the leverage that he has over you," Victor insisted. "Isn't that what we just did?" Sonny asked, confused. "[He could still] put you in jail, [and] he could also destroy our company. I can't allow that to happen," Victor replied.
"Will is the only man that I love, all right? This is a marriage in name only," Sonny stressed. "Be that as it may...the fact remains [that] he is holding our fate in his grubby little paws, [so] you have to do everything in your power to keep him happy," Victor maintained. Stunned, Sonny desperately wondered if Justin could think of any way to neutralize Leo. "I'll keep working on it, [but] for now, you have to try and make this look real," Justin replied, seeing Victor's point. "Step number one -- stay away from Will Horton," Victor ordered Sonny, who suddenly looked even sicker than before.
At the Brady Pub, Will gulped down some beer while thinking about Sonny. Sheila soon stormed over to the bar and took a seat next to Will, still annoyed about what had happened at the Kiriakis mansion.
"Let me ask you a question -- if you officiated a wedding for some rich folks, and they didn't even offer you a glass of Champagne...I mean, wouldn't you think that was messed up?" Sheila wondered. "I guess so," Will replied with a nod. "Weird vibes, [too] -- I didn't feel a lot of love between the two fellas," Sheila continued. "You're not talking about...Sonny Kiriakis and Leo Stark, are you?" Will asked worriedly. "Yeah," Sheila confirmed.
"So...that's it, then. Sonny -- Sonny married Leo," Will sadly muttered. "Sure did -- 'til death do them part," Sheila confirmed.
• Sonny and Chad try to help Julie.
• Gabi worries that Julie will expose the truth.
• Hope and Rafe get into an argument about Ted.
• Sonny tells Will that they can no longer see each other.