In the pub, Tate asked Roman for a night off. Roman guessed that Tate wanted the time off to take Holly out on a date. "Johnny told me that you two are seeing each other," Roman said. Tate chuckled nervously. Tate explained that Brady did not want him to date, because he wanted Tate to focus on school. With a shrug, Tate said he should have warned Johnny to keep Tate's dating life a secret. "My lips are sealed," Roman promised.
As Holly walked by the display in front of the bakery, she complimented the baked goods. Chanel encouraged Holly to take something. "I'll take two for the road," Holly said. When Chanel added an extra scone, Holly pointed it out. "No accident. It's my way of saying sorry I thought you had a crush on Johnny. I was wrong," Chanel said. Holly laughed, and she agreed that it would be cringey if she had a crush on her stepbrother.
"Although you did say you were hot for your stepdad at one time," Chanel noted. Holly winced. "It's completely different now," Holly said. Chanel told Holly that she was glad things had worked out with Tate. "He's really great," Holly said. Chanel agreed. "And I'm super stoked that he's going to be on staff here at Sweet Bits, so that means we'll be seeing more of you, too, right?" Chanel asked. Holly said yes. Chanel suggested that Holly take one of Nicole's favorite doughnuts home.
"Thanks, but that was kind of a cravings thing. I wouldn't want to remind her of her pregnancy. Not that she isn't thinking about it every minute already," Holly said. "My sister lost a baby a few years back. And even though she did go on to have more children, she says that you never really get over the loss of a child," Chanel said. Holly nodded in agreement.
When Holly arrived at the pub, Tate offered to get her a drink. "What I want is for you to leave me alone," Holly said. Confused, Tate asked Holly if she was mad at him. "Could it be that you slipped your arm around me, without my consent, and then you jumped on the opportunity to give the entire world the impression we were dating? No, why would I be mad about that?" Holly said. Holly accused Tate of having taken advantage of the situation.
"Fine. Yeah, maybe I took advantage a little bit," Tate said. Tate offered to tell everyone that his father had ordered Tate to break up with Holly. "Don't you dare," Holly growled. Confused, Tate asked Holly what she wanted. Holly explained that their fake relationship had eased Chanel's suspicions. "She'll never see it coming when I swoop in and steal Johnny right from under her," Holly said. Tate told Holly it was a waste of time because Johnny loved Chanel.
"Johnny just needs a little help to see me as a romantic interest," Holly said. Tate laughed in disbelief. Holly told Tate about Johnny's request to help him plan an anniversary dinner for Chanel. "Why did he ask you?" Tate said. "He wants a woman's touch, and I don't know, I guess he trusts me," Holly said. Tate reminded Holly that Johnny would be going on the date with Chanel, not Holly. Holly told Tate that he owed her, so he reluctantly agreed to help.
When Holly asked Tate to keep Chanel away from her anniversary dinner, Tate groaned. Tate noted that Holly was asking for a lot from him, and he asked for something in return. "What do you want?" Holly asked. "To go on a date with you. A real one," Tate said.
In the jail visitation room, Leo visited Dimitri. "I made a list of survival tips. It's based on my previous experience in this deep, dark hellhole," Leo said. Dimitri assured Leo that he would be okay. As Dimitri reached over to take Leo's list, Leo stopped him. "We need to talk about that bomb you dropped at my feet yesterday," Leo said. Dimitri apologized for having not been able to explain about Nicole's baby before he had been dragged out of the room.
"Then where the hell is [the baby]?" Leo asked. Dimitri explained that he had gone to the hospital, but it had been "crawling with cops." "I panicked, and so I went to Sloan's house instead," Dimitri said. Dimitri told Leo that Sloan and Melinda had agreed to deliver the baby to the hospital. "I figure [Sloan] kept the baby for herself," Dimitri said. "That lying illegal eagle," Leo grumbled. Dimitri explained that Sloan was passing off Nicole's baby as her adopted son.
Dimitri told Leo about Sloan's failed adoption attempt. "That is exactly when I serendipitously show up on their doorstep with a little baby boy in my arms. Sloan must have thought it was destiny, because as soon as I left, she and her attorney concocted some kind of crazy plan," Dimitri explained. Leo rubbed his forehead.
"Why didn't you tell me about this before?" Leo asked. Leo reminded Dimitri that they had almost been charged with felony murder. "Maybe because I didn't feel like pissing off our lawyer was the wisest strategy at the moment," Dimitri said. Dimitri explained that there were already a lot of other charges against him, so he had decided to focus on how he could help Leo. Dimitri noted that Sloan had helped Leo and made a deal for Dimitri in exchange for his silence.
"And now this little nugget of information is far more useful to you than it is to me," Dimitri said. Dimitri advised Leo to use the information against Sloan when the time was right. "She will do anything to keep this truth from coming out. And I mean anything," Dimitri said. "This is a lot," Leo whispered. Leo shook his head, and he admitted that he did not know if he could keep the secret.
"What about E.J. and Nicole? They are mourning a baby who is alive," Leo said. "Oh, no. Leo Stark is suddenly developing a conscience," Dimitri said with a smirk. Leo said he was surprised, too. Dimitri advised Leo to keep the secret. "I've given up my freedom for you. So, please, make the most of it," Dimitri said. "I'll try," Leo said. Dimitri told Leo to have a wonderful life. Leo was taken aback.
"I just don't know when I'm going to see you again," Dimitri said with tears in his eyes. "I'm going to come back here and see you again," Leo promised. Dimitri kissed Leo. Leo gave Dimitri his list, and he walked out. "Have a wonderful life, Leo Stark," Dimitri whispered.
E.J. was staring at his tablet computer in the DiMera living room when Johnny walked in. E.J. admitted that he had been thinking about the tragic situation. "I'm sorry. I wish you didn't have to go through this," Johnny said. Johnny asked about the DNA test. E.J. explained that the test had confirmed that it was not E.J. and Nicole's baby. "So, Nicole has no choice but to accept that our son is deceased," E.J. said. Johnny lamented that he could not help.
"The truth is, I never expected the test results to come back any other way," E.J. said. "[Nicole] really took it pretty hard, huh?" Johnny said. E.J. nodded yes. E.J. added that Nicole appeared to have accepted reality, but he was not sure whether to believe her. "Lately, Nicole's behavior has been rather erratic," E.J. admitted. "I'm erratic, am I?" an annoyed Nicole said as she walked into the room. Johnny gave Nicole his condolences, and he walked out.
"I'm sorry, too," E.J. whispered. "So, you think I'm crazy to question whether our baby was really dead?" Nicole asked. E.J. shook his head no. Nicole asked E.J. if he thought she would not accept the results of the test because she was "a mess." "I think you're grieving. You've been through so much, and I am very worried about you," E.J. said. With a sigh, Nicole admitted that the first time she had lost a baby, she had gone crazy.
"I stole Sami's baby, and I tried to pass her off as my own. And when I accused Sloan of doing the same thing, maybe I was projecting. You can call off the men in white coats, E.J., because I'm not going to lose it. I just needed to know for sure," Nicole said. Nicole told E.J. that she accepted the test results, and she would go on with her life.
"I think every day about the babies we have lost. We will never, ever forget them. But right now, the pain is excruciating. It eclipses everything, but Nicole, someday, someday you will feel joy again," E.J. counseled. With tears in her eyes, Nicole admitted that a part of her knew E.J. was right, but she did not feel like it was true right then. Nicole started to sob, and E.J. held her.
"Yesterday, you said that you had given up hope of [having a baby]," E.J. said. E.J. suggested that they try again. Nicole blinked. E.J. assured Nicole that he did not mean that they should attempt to get pregnant right away. "I realize that there is no replacing the child we just lost. But now, thanks to modern medicine, we know that you can carry a baby to term. So, I see no reason that you can't fulfill your dream of giving birth to a child," E.J. said. "Stop!" Nicole screamed. Nicole told E.J. that she would never get pregnant again. E.J. apologized.
"I understand it's too soon to talk about. Too soon to even think about," E.J. said. "This isn't about timing. We can't try again. We didn't try in the first place. It just happened. It was a miracle I even got pregnant," Nicole explained. Nicole reminded E.J. that she had worried during the whole pregnancy that something would go wrong.
"And then, when I heard the baby cry, and when I held him in my arms, I thought, oh, my God, I finally broke the curse. But I was wrong, E.J. I was so wrong," Nicole said. Nicole wiped away tears. "I am never going to have your child. And if you can't accept that, then I don't know where to go from here," Nicole added. As Nicole shook with tears, E.J. told her that he understood.
"I have two beautiful children. You, you have the light of your life, Holly. And we have each other. Our lives are already full," E.J. said. E.J. gathered Nicole in his arms, and she calmed. "I was just trying to make you feel better. And I made you feel worse," E.J. said. Nicole smiled sadly. "I wish there was something that could make me feel better. That could make us feel better. So, I guess we are going to have to get through this one day at a time," Nicole said. "Together," E.J. said.
E.J. rubbed noses with Nicole to make her grin, then he hugged her tightly. While E.J. went upstairs to get dressed, Nicole answered the front door. It was Leo. "Bad time?" Leo asked.
In the square, Johnny kissed Chanel hello in front of the bakery. Johnny told Chanel about how Nicole had overheard him talk with E.J. about Nicole's mental state. "Poor Nicole. Holly was just here, and I was talking to her. And she was telling me that her mom is having a really tough time right now," Chanel said. Johnny said that Nicole seemed to have accepted the truth, but it was like her heart had been ripped out a second time.
"I feel so bad for her. I mean, nobody should ever have to go through that, ever. Let alone three times," Johnny said. Chanel asked Johnny if he was okay, and he nodded yes. "I just feel so helpless," Johnny confessed. "Hopefully you and Holly can be there for each other, since you are both going through this," Chanel said. Johnny raised a suspicious eyebrow. Chanel admitted that she'd been wrong about Holly's crush on Johnny.
"You weren't maybe just a little jealous, were you?" Johnny teased. "Me? Never," Chanel said with a chuckle. Chanel said she hoped that things would work out with Tate. "They're really cute together," Chanel admitted. "You know who else is really cute together?" Johnny said with a grin. Johnny kissed Chanel, and he asked her if she was free the next weekend.
"It will be two years since we got married in Italy. And if it's okay with you, I'm planning something kind of special to celebrate our would-be anniversary," Johnny said. "What did you have in mind?" Chanel asked. Johnny said it was a surprise. Chanel guessed that Johnny intended to recreate their date in Rome. Johnny refused to reveal his plan. "It is going to be a night that you will never forget," Johnny said.
In Sloan's apartment, she sighed with relief as she read an article about Dimitri's confession. "Thank God I got [Dimitri] that deal for his little lover boy Leo," Sloan whispered. Sloan stared at cooing baby Jude in his bassinet. "Now, he is never going to tell anyone who you really are," Sloan said. Sloan told Jude that she could not imagine her life without him.
"And you were worried you didn't have a maternal bone in your body," Eric said as he exited the bedroom. Sloan said she was relieved that Jude no longer cried every time she picked him up. "I'm really loving this side of you," Eric said. Sloan agreed, and she said she regretted that she had not taken maternity leave.
After Eric finished getting dressed, he returned to the living room. Sloan was cradling the baby while she typed on her computer. "Talk about multitasking," Eric said. Eric offered to help, but Sloan said, "I've got this." Eric sniffed the air, and he asked about the smell. "I put cookies in the oven for your dad's visit," Sloan said. As Eric thanked Sloan, Roman arrived. Roman gushed about the new baby, and he said it reminded him of Eric as a newborn.
"I want you to meet Jude Roman Brady," Eric said. Roman beamed. Eric picked up the baby, and he handed him to Roman to hold. Roman said he had been disappointed to learn that Victoria was not his grandchild, but he was relieved to know that Jude was definitely Eric's son. "You're mine, right?" Roman said to Jude. Shaken, Sloan excused herself to go to the kitchen. Eric placed the baby back in his bassinet.
Eric told Roman that he had stopped by the pub to introduce Jude to Roman, but Eric had run into Nicole instead. "That had to be tough on her," Roman said. "It was. You know, she had this whole idea that Jude was her son," Eric said. "Oh, no," Roman whispered. Eric explained that Nicole had believed that Sloan had switched the babies, and Eric had agreed to a DNA test to prove the theory was false. Eric admitted that Sloan had been upset, and Roman asked why.
"[Sloan] thought I was giving credence to the idea that she was a kidnapping nutcase," Eric said. "Everything seems to be good between you two now, right?" Roman asked. With a nod yes, Eric said that Sloan was relieved that Nicole had accepted the truth about Jude. When Sloan returned with the cookies, Roman apologized for not having been supportive of Eric and Sloan's relationship.
"Now you're married. And you have a child together. And I know that it was devastating when you miscarried. And I know that it was your idea to adopt. And now Eric is a father because of you. And he is also very happy, and I have you to thank for that, as well," Roman said. Roman thanked Sloan for the joy she had sparked in Eric.
After Roman left, Eric told Sloan, "I think that my dad has finally turned a corner on our relationship." Sloan agreed. As Sloan gathered her stuff to leave for work, Eric listened to a voicemail from the lawyer that Melinda had worked with on the adoption. "He wanted to apologize for the adoption falling through," Eric said. Confused, Eric asked Sloan why the lawyer had apologized for not getting them a baby.