At the Hernandez house, Rafe and Ava kissed in bed. "I need to get to work," Rafe said. With a chuckle, Ava said she needed to find a job, since she was no longer scheming with Philip to steal Gabi's company. "Any ideas?" Rafe asked. Ava promised to find a job without threats or blackmail.
"I hope you know how grateful I am that you were able to put what I tried to do to Gabi in the past," Ava said. "We said we were putting all our mistakes behind us, right? Clean slate," Rafe said. Ava nodded in agreement. Ava promised she would not do anything to mess up their relationship.
In the interrogation room of the police station, Kristen complained to Chad about her new lawyer that E.J. had hired. Chad broke the news that the judge had refused to release Kristen from jail before her trial.
"Tell me you're not going to escape again," Chad said. Kristen swore she would not try to escape. Kristen added that she would hire two more lawyers to work on her appeal. When Chad noted that the police would likely transfer Kristen to Statesville that day, Kristen groaned. "In that case, can you get me something to eat?" Kristen asked. While Chad was out of the room, looking for food, Kristen took his phone from the jacket he had left behind.
Gwen awoke to the sounds of Xander packing a bag in their hotel room. "I just got a call from Kristen DiMera. It turns out, Sarah never betrayed me. She never stopped loving me. She never ran away with Rex. It was all a setup. She's trapped on some remote island. I'm going to rescue her," Xander said. When Gwen asked about her relationship with Xander, he said, "There is no us. Not anymore."
Gwen startled awake from her dream. "What's wrong?" Xander asked. As a distraction, Gwen grabbed Xander and kissed him. After they made love, Xander told Gwen that she always knew what to say and do to make him happy. "Do you mind if I just check my phone for messages? I'm hoping for word from my father," Gwen said. Xander grabbed Gwen's phone off the nightstand and handed it to her.
"Nothing," Gwen whispered. Xander suggested that Jack had been busy over Thanksgiving, and he would call Gwen later. Gwen was unsure. "Remember, Maggie is going to talk to [Jack]. Try to get him to come around," Xander said. Gwen wondered aloud how much effort Maggie would put into helping her. Xander argued that he had convinced Maggie that Gwen had changed and was a kind, caring person.
"In the meantime, you still got me. I'm not going anywhere," Xander said. While Xander was in the shower, Gwen's phone rang with a call from Chad's phone. It was Kristen. Gwen refused to help Kristen, so Kristen threatened to tell Xander about Sarah. "Please don't," Gwen pleaded. Kristen told Gwen that the police planned to send Kristen back to prison that day, and she needed Gwen to break her out.
"And if I can't?" Gwen asked. "Then I'll call Xander and tell him where to find Sarah. And he will dump you so fast, it will make your head spin," Kristen said. Gwen argued that she did not know how to break Kristen out. "Don't punish me for something that I would do in a heartbeat if I could," Gwen pleaded. Kristen said she would tell Gwen what to do if Gwen promised to execute the plan.
"I'll get you some help," Kristen said. Gwen ended the call as Xander returned to the bedroom. "Who's that?" Xander asked. Gwen said Chad had called. Confused, Xander asked why. Gwen lied and said that Chad had wanted to yell at her. Xander argued that Chad needed to get over it, because he had a future, a family, and a life.
"Some people have to settle for a lot less," Xander grumbled. "People like you?" Gwen asked. "Why would you say that?" Xander asked. Gwen noted that Xander had mentioned Sarah earlier. "Maybe it is still bothering you," Gwen said. Xander told Gwen that she had been right, and he needed to get over Sarah. "In fact, I already am," Xander said as he kissed Gwen.
In the police station bullpen, Chad and Rafe talked. Rafe advised Chad to tell Kristen that Susan was not an option for a switch because she was in the hospital. "I heard. Crazy story," Chad said. Rafe said that Susan would be fine as long as she did not help Kristen. Chad scoffed at the idea of anyone in Salem helping Kristen.
"Lani is her best friend, but she'd never risk it. There's always Ava," Rafe said. "They go way back," Chad said. Rafe noted that Ava had denied helping Kristen escape in the past. "And you believe her?" Chad asked. "I do," Rafe said.
Kristen called Ava at the Hernandez house and asked her for help. "If you are asking me to help you run from the police again, I can't help you," Ava said. Kristen threatened to tell Rafe that Ava had helped Kristen before. "Here is exactly what you need to do," Kristen said. After Kristen explained the plan, Ava grudgingly agreed to execute it.
Kristen deleted her calls from Chad's call log, but he returned to the room before she could put the phone back in Chad's jacket. "Who'd you call?" Chad asked. Chad angrily snatched the phone away from Kristen. "I was calling Brady," Kristen said. "You are unbelievable," Chad muttered. Kristen said she had been desperate to speak to Rachel. Chad threw the food on the table.
"Thank you for trying to help. Knowing that you still care gives me hope," Kristen said. "Hold on to it, because right now, it's all you got," Chad said. After Chad left, Rafe entered the room. "Any news?" Kristen asked. "The man taking you back to Statesville is on his way," Rafe said. When Kristen noted that there was still paperwork to do, Rafe said he had already taken care of all the paperwork.
"As soon as he gets here, you'll be on your way," Rafe said. At the Salem Inn, Ava met up with Gwen in her room. "According to Kristen DiMera, I'm your new partner in crime," Ava said.
At the hospital, E.J. sat at his mother's bedside and held her hand. "I'm so sorry for everything," E.J. whispered. Nicole entered the room. E.J. wiped the tears from his eyes. After E.J. confirmed that Susan was going to be okay, Nicole asked E.J. if he was okay. "Of course, I'm okay. It's my mother that I'm worried about," E.J. said. Nicole asked E.J. if he had slept. E.J. told Nicole that, all night, Susan had been frightened about the devil returning to hurt him.
"She finally fell asleep before you arrived," E.J. said. "Did she have another psychotic breakdown?" Nicole asked. E.J. escorted Nicole out of the room, down to the lounge to talk. E.J. told Nicole what had happened at the mansion. "When I first saw [Susan] with Steve, all pale and lifeless, I just kept telling her to hang on," E.J. said. When Nicole asked about the devil, E.J. said that Susan had believed Marlena was possessed by the devil.
"Do you think it was a delusion?" Nicole asked. "At first? Of course," E.J. said. E.J. explained that Steve had disagreed, but Steve had been unable to explain why before he had left. "I still can't believe what [Susan] did. The sacrifice she was willing to make," E.J. said. "But the threat, it probably wasn't real," Nicole countered. E.J. noted that regardless, Susan had been willing to die for him.
"This brave, kind, selfless woman. For all these years, I was ashamed of her. Pretended she didn't exist. Yet she was still willing to sacrifice her life for mine. I don't deserve it. I don't," E.J. said. As E.J. started to tear up, Nicole put her arm around him and put her head on his shoulder. After a moment, E.J. sniffled back his tears.
"You are one of the few people who has ever seen this side of me," E.J. said. "I'm honored that you let me," Nicole countered. E.J. joked that Nicole would no longer see him as a force to be reckoned with. "Just because you were vulnerable doesn't mean you're weak. It means that you're human. And in my eyes, at least, a very attractive human," Nicole said. E.J. grinned.
"You can hardly blame me for being wary about letting my guard down. I did that with Samantha, and you can see where that got me," E.J. said. Nicole asked E.J. if he had received any more calls from Sami. With a shake of his head no, E.J. said he was not sure who had called, but they had not called back.
"If it is Samantha, I can handle it," E.J. said. "It is strange that you haven't heard from Sami before now," Nicole said. With a shrug, E.J. reminded Nicole that he had told Sami that he wanted her out of his life. Nicole pointed out that Sami had gone to Gabi's to talk to her about moving back into the house. "It was Sami's mission to get you to forgive her, and what? She just disappears off the face of the earth?" Nicole asked. Nicole wondered aloud why Sami would have changed her mind.
"It's not like Sami to give up. Especially on you. She would dig in, hold on, be in your face 24/7 until she broke you down, but instead, she just disappeared? Why would Sami do that?" Nicole asked. "Because of me," E.J. said. E.J. argued that he had been cruel to Sami when he had pushed her away.
"I was vicious toward my wife for more than a year. Verbally and emotionally abusive," E.J. admitted. "Maybe we shouldn't talk about this right now," Nicole suggested. E.J. said that he had thought about his actions all night while he had watched his mother lie helpless in bed.
"It reminded me of what I went through after the fire. I was in so much pain, I didn't want anyone near me," E.J. said. "You went through some very severe trauma," Nicole noted. E.J. countered that Susan had been traumatized, and she had protected E.J. and wanted him close to her. "You two are very different people," Nicole pointed out. "That doesn't excuse my behavior," E.J. said.
When Nicole talked about E.J.'s extensive injuries, E.J. said that he had begged Sami to put him out of his misery. "But Sami refused. She kept fighting for me, long after I'd given up. And you think I showed her any bit of appreciation? No. I was a monster. In fact, Samantha told me how much she loved me, and I would scream at her to go to hell. She felt lonely, rejected, and so she betrayed me with that wretched simpleton. But that doesn't change the fact that she saved my life," E.J. said. Nicole noted that E.J. sounded like he felt more than anger toward Sami. E.J. said he was grateful to Sami, but he had not told her that.
"I told her to stay away, and she has," E.J. said. "It sounds like you regret it," Nicole said. E.J. said he did not regret his decision. Nicole asked E.J. if he was sure. E.J. admitted his behavior had been atrocious, but that did not change the fact that Sami had cheated and lied to him. When Nicole asked E.J. if he would have forgiven Sami if she had told him the truth at the start, E.J. shrugged.
"It doesn't matter because she didn't. She's gone, and I'm moving on," E.J. said. E.J. took Nicole's hands in his, and he thanked her for checking on him. "I've had a rather dark night of the soul. Feeling terribly guilty about how I've treated my mother. Treated everyone I've cared for. And you, you didn't scold me or mock me for my behavior in being a bastard. You listened. You gave me hope that things can be better moving forward. And reminding me that I am right where I want to be. I'm with the person I want to be with. Unless you're still pining over Rafe after you conference table sex?" E.J. asked. "I'm right where I want to be, too. Like I said, moving on," Nicole countered.
In an undisclosed location, Sami banged on the door to her locked room. "Let me out of here!" Sami screamed. The door opened. "It's me, Jason, your favorite guard," Jason joked. "Don't flatter yourself," Sami muttered. When Sami asked about her breakfast, Jason told Sami that she did not get breakfast because she had taken his phone.
"I have no idea what you're talking about," Sami said. "If you don't hand it over, I'll do something a lot worse than just deprive you of food," Jason threatened. Sami handed the phone to Jason, and she admitted she had called her mother. When Jason joked that Sami's mother had to not care about her, Sami said that her mother was also in trouble. Sami asked Jason what he would do if his mother was in trouble.
"I know you have a heart in there. I'm just asking you to let me get back to the people I love," Sami pleaded. After Sami explained that her mother was chained up, Jason shrugged. "Why didn't she call the cops?" Jason said. Furious, Sami yelled that she would hold Jason responsible if something happened to her mother. Jason chuckled. When Jason looked at the phone, Sami said she had also called her husband.
"E.J. DiMera threw you out on your ass after you cheated on him with your ex-husband," Jason said. Sami argued that the story in the paper was an exaggeration about her lapse in judgment. "Even when [E.J.] is furious with me, he still loves me. If he knew I was in trouble, he would come running," Sami argued. Jason laughed.
"I thought you called him?" Jason said. Sami said the phone had gone dead when E.J. had answered the call. Jason said he doubted that E.J. wanted to rescue Sami. Sami argued that because she was the mother of E.J.'s children, he would pay a small fortune to rescue her from captivity.
"I'd pay a small fortune to get you to shut up," Jason said. When Sami asked Jason to tell his employer about E.J.'s money, Jason countered that his boss did not care about money. Sami begged Jason to tell her who his employer was. "We have had the same conversation every day since you got here," Jason said. Jason reiterated that he would not tell Sami about his boss.
"I know what side my bread is buttered on, all right?" Jason said. Sami grumbled that he should not mention food when she was hungry. With a grin, Sami asked if she could have breakfast. After a moment, Jason agreed. Jason grabbed his phone and left.
When Jason returned with a tray of food, Sami thanked him. As Sami took the food off her tray, she promised she would not take his phone again. Jason turned to leave, and Sami hit Jason over the head with the tray. Jason fell to the floor, and Sami ran out of the room.
Susan woke up in her hospital room. Xander was staring at her. "You're not my Elvis," Susan said. "It's me. Xander," Xander said. Susan asked Xander why he was there. "I heard about what happened to you, and I wanted to give you these," Xander said as he handed flowers to Susan. Susan asked why. "I wanted to thank you for what you did for me," Xander said. Confused, Susan said she had not helped Xander.
"You opened my eyes about my unfaithful fiancée. You saved me from making the biggest mistake of my life," Xander said. "I really don't know what on God's green earth you are talking about," Susan said.