Several enemies are set to collide as Salem reaches its boiling point, though there is still an abundance of sadness in the city
A saddened Belle's back in town and doesn't want to leave her ailing mother's bedside, much like Marlena's other loved ones
John can barely cope with the sadness and refuses a request from Marlena, but the two find a middle ground
As Marlena's maladies worsen, John enlists Johnny's help to shake away some of the sadness for Marlena, and Chanel helps Johnny with the special project
Sad sack Alex receives some support from Sonny but also runs into a familiar face while drowning his sorrows
Between her mother's death and Alex's betrayal, a sorrowful Stephanie finds Chad's supportive shoulder just the right spot
While Stephanie, Joey, and Tripp share their sorrow and reminisce about their mother, a seething Steve seeks out Kristen
Kristen attempts her usually tricks with Steve, but the woeful widower is riled up and out for revenge
A gun is drawn in the battle between Steve and Kristen, and he ends up getting away with exactly what he needed
Rafe and Jada jump into action upon getting Kristen's confession from Steve, though it'll be a game of "Catch 'er her if you can!"
Steve isn't the only one who's steamed at Kristen, and Ms. DiMera gets another tongue-lashing from an outraged Chloe
Kristen wants nothing more than to get out of the line fire with her daughter, and she plans to ditch Salem altogether
Still, not all of Kristen's plans are successful, which leads to some celebrating for Rafe and Jada upon her capture
Kristen isn't about going down without a fight and plans to ensnare E.J. in her last-ditch effort for her freedom -- through blackmail, if necessary
Brady believes his blunders with Kristen have made things worse and attempts to make amends with his father
Spotting her father with Chloe makes Rachel quickly conclude her parents aren't getting back together, and she's furious her dreams have been shattered
While Chloe takes the blunt of Rachel's tantrum, Brady has a hard time believing what he's hearing from Gabi
Li attempts to be there for Gabi when Stefan's cross with her, but the two men come to blows -- twice
Believing he's blown up his life has Xander still drinking and throwing himself a pity party, which a worried Gwen attends
Gwen tries to bolster her old beau once more, while Sarah seeks out legal assistance from Justin but gets assistance from Bonnie
Former baddie Bonnie believes that Sarah should consider giving her felonious fella another go at it before going to divorce court
As Sarah weighs her legal and love life options, legal eagle Sloan and Leo's conversation doesn't remain confidential
Sonny is stunned when Will explains what he overheard between Sloan and Leo, but "stunned" swiftly turns to "seething"
Steam shoots from Sonny's ears as he listens to lying Leo attempt to explain away his devious, despicable deeds
Despite Leo's appeals, Sonny's had enough of Leo's wily ways and sends Mr. Stark packing once and for all
A joyless John cannot cope with his grief, while other Salemites are staggered by the tragic news
Things take a turn when Chanel feels a chill from Allie, while Johnny extends an olive branch to Tripp
Still reeling from his secrets being exposed, Li's nearly leveled when E.J. drops another shocker on him
Kate, Marlena, and Kayla survived their brushes with death, but all three face the risk of relapse in 2023
Will it be the end of the line for one -- or more -- of the three women?
Johnny and Wendy grow closer, but a third party might end up shaking things up
Will is troubled by Sonny's friendship with Leo
Alex is threatened by Chad and Stephanie's closeness, but does he really need to be?
Will Alex's reaction end up messing things up?
Eric and Sloan's casual relationship might not remain casual
Nicole, meanwhile, is still drawn to Eric, but she also has developing feelings for E.J.
Sarah and Xander's already tenuous marriage might have an unlikely cheerleader trying to keep it together
A persistent Gabi is determined to find a way to reach Stefan
Allie's insecurity may blow things apart with Chanel