John says he'll use any means necessary to get into E.J.'s safety deposit box, but Abe won't let him act as a vigilante. Tek is still irate over the desk-duty Abe has been assigning him. Abe and Tek argue, and Tek stomps out. Roman reminds Abe the department is in disarray. Abe has to trust someone. Abe gives in; he wants to hear John's idea for gaining access to E.J.'s bank box. John says all they need is a death certificate and a probated will. Bo thinks Frankie can help them get phony ones. Abe is wary, but eventually gives in.
Meanwhile, E.J. gets a message from Patrick that Bo knows about Eve. E.J. decides to take action. He goes to Sami and pretends to seduce her, but his real goal is to find out if she was covering for Bo when she kissed E.J. while his apartment was searched. Sami covers, but E.J. is suspicious. If she's innocent, why won't she make love to him? E.J. starts to have his way with Sami, despite her protests. Lucas barges in, and warns E.J. to get his hands off Sami! Lucas tells E.J. to get out. Later, Lucas gets revenge when he splatters paint in E.J.'s apartment. As Sami thanks Lucas, they start to make love. Meanwhile, E.J. cleans up the paint mess and finds a hidden surveillance camera.
Willow hides when Belle and Claire show up unexpectedly. Belle thinks its odd Shawn isn't there since the door was open. Shawn shows up and is glad to see Belle and his daughter. After they leave, Willow emerges from hiding and lashes out at Shawn. She can't live like this! She wants to move out! Shawn, ever the good guy, tells her he wants her to stay, but we get the feeling he's privately troubled about the situation.
Kate shows Victor a newspaper photo of Marines shipping out to war. She fears Philip signed up for another tour of duty. Victor dismisses, but Kate is still suspicious. Later, Kate shows Belle the photo. Belle is shocked. She thinks it must be Philip. In counterpoint, Victor takes Claire in to visit the bandaged man again. He wants Claire to stay close to her papa, Philip.
Tek goes to Chez Rouge and starts drinking heavily. He sees Lexie at a table and invites himself to join her.
Bo and John fake legal documents with Frankie's help so they can access E.J.'s safe deposit box. While E.J. is accusing Abe and the Salem P.D. of planting surveillance in his apartment, Bo and John work to find out what he's hiding at the bank. Abe tells E.J. they know he has a connection to the DiMeras. When Abe is called away, E.J. sees that his bank records are being monitored and he takes off for the bank.
Bo and John find Italian tarot cards in the lock box. It's a close call, but they manage to get out before E.J. finds them there. Later, Bo, John and Abe realize they need to enlist Celeste's help to interpret the hidden meaning of the cards.
At Chez Rouge, a drunk Tek harasses Lexie. When things get out of hand, the bartender calls Abe. Abe arrives and Tek taunts him about his marriage and Lexie. Abe fires Tek, then punches him out and sends him home. Later, Hope meets up with Lexie and offers her a job caring for Kayla and Steve. Lexie, touched, gratefully accepts.
Sami and Lucas are in the midst of consummating their love when she questions him about his feelings. Lucas admits he wants more from Sami than just sex. Sami thinks they should wait to see where their feelings take them before they make love.
Hope discovers that Willow is staying with Shawn. She admonishes him, but he defends his decisions and argues that Hope is hardly a role model. Her feelings hurt, Hope leaves. Shawn declares to Willow he's his own man, and she encourages him to live his own life. She suggests that he do something he's always wanted. Shawn decides to blow his money on exactly what he wants.
Bo tells Shawn that E.J. is dangerous, and he wants his son to quit his job. Shawn says he's going to keep working for E.J. until Bo can come with solid proof that the guy's crooked.
E.J. holds a press conference to declare his good name is being besmirched by the Salem police, and he plans to sue the department and Bo, Abe and Roman for 40 million dollars. Later, he asks Kate if she searched his apartment on behalf of John. After some manipulation, Kate admits she was indeed helping John.
E.J. and his attorney go to the station, where they offer a deal. If the cops go on TV and apologize to E.J. and declare him innocent, he'll drop his law suit. Hoping to avoid this, Abe asks Celeste to tell him the meaning of the tarot cards found in E.J.'s safe deposit box. A nervous Celeste says she can't help him. With no other choice, Abe and Roman go on the air and comply with E.J.'s demands. Afterward, Abe tells Bo their investigation of E.J. is over. Meanwhile, E.J. meets with Celeste, wanting to know if she kept her mouth shut. She says she did, and he reminds her to stay in line. After all, she's a member of his family!
Belle shows Max the San Diego newspaper and wonders if the man in the picture is Philip. Max can't tell for sure. They call Mimi and Shawn for their opinions. Shawn, feeling threatened, says that even if it is Philip, there's no way he's going to save him again. He can go to hell as far as Shawn is concerned. Belle lays into him for being cold and insensitive. It's as if he's jealous of Philip. Belle is so disappointed in him.
Frankie tells Caroline and Grandpa Shawn that he got a job in D.C. and will be leaving Salem in a week. Hope tells Billie that Steve only has a few scattered memories of Kayla, and that he isn't emotionally attached to her. Billie is shaken by this and wonders what will happen when Kayla learns the truth. Hope urges Billie to talk to Steve about it.
At Chez Rouge, Nick receives an invitation to the Brady Thanksgiving. The family wants to show their appreciation of him for finding the drug that cured Kayla. Chelsea bemoans the fact that Nick was invited to the holiday dinner and she wasn't. Nick asks her to go as her guest, and she agrees.
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It's Thanksgiving Day in Salem. Caroline, Grandpa Shawn, Bo and Frankie are at the pub eagerly awaiting Kayla's homecoming with Steve. Hope arrives with Stephanie, who is excited by the prospect of her parents reuniting. Privately, Hope notes Bo didn't come to bed last night and she missed him. Chelsea arrives (uninvited) with Nick and sees Bo kissing Hope. Bo offers to throw Chelsea out but Hope allows her to stay. Nick tells Chelsea that this is her chance to make a good impression on the Brady family but she remains sullen. Max brings Mimi, who feels out of place. Caroline, however, surprises Mimi with a warm welcome. Max and Mimi tell Abby, Chelsea and Nick about their efforts to find Philip. Nick suggests they call the newspaper photographer, pretend to offer prize money.
Steve arrives with an emotional Kayla, grateful to be alive to share another holiday with her family. Bo thanks Nick for his role in saving Kayla's life. As the Bradys show Nick their love, Chelsea fumes. Nick encourages her to apologize to Hope, which Chelsea does, but the moment is interrupted and Chelsea feels dismissed. Hope tells Steve that Billie still has feelings for him. Later, Steve calls Billie and asks to meet her the next day. Meanwhile, Frankie bids his family farewell, and the Bradys sit down to a loving family meal.
Lexie asks Celeste why she refused to help Abe interpret the tarot cards, but she evades. Lexie eventually forces her to admit that the cards indicate the return of the DiMeras! Abe promises to protect Celeste but her fears aren't assuaged. Later, it looks as though Celeste is willing to cooperate.
Billie is with Kate when she learns that Chelsea intends to crash the Brady's Thanksgiving. She warns her daughter she's walking into the lion's den but Chelsea is determined to be included. Billie confides in Kate that Steve is only pretending to have gotten his memory back and that he still has feelings for her. Kate encourages her to "go for it", but Billie is conflicted. Later, Chelsea returns, furious at the way she was treated at the Brady's. When she finds out Billie has plans to see Steve the next day, she lashes out at her mother for blowing her chance to reconcile with Bo. Determined to take action, Chelsea emails the damning photo of Bo and Billie in bed together to Hope, Steve and Patrick.