Lani and Eli went to the Price condominium to help Paulina and Abe celebrate their engagement.
After Eli and Lani left, Abe and Paulina started making wedding plans -- and eventually decided that they wanted the event to be an intimate affair that would take place during the third week of November.
At the DiMera mansion, Abigail groaned in response to Chad's reasoning. "I was kidding," Chad backpedaled. "Were you? 'Cause your jealousy is kind of what got us into trouble in the first place, [and now] I'm kind of starting to wonder if it's happening again -- [if] you want Johnny to give you [John's] part in the movie because you don't trust me [in] a sex scene with another man," Abigail countered. "No, this has got nothing to do with [that] -- I just want to spend time with you, [and] I think that doing this movie will be good for us," Chad declared.
"And who knows -- maybe by the time the film is done, we'll be able to sleep in the same room..." Chad muttered before forcing a laugh then stopping Abigail from responding. "I'm not trying to pressure you at all -- I just miss sharing a room with you...and a bed... But I know you're not ready for that, and I respect that -- and I would never try to skip past everything that I have to do to make things right between us, anyway; I'm just expressing hope for the future, [but] I'll wait as long as it takes [because] I love you," Chad clarified.
Chad said goodnight to Abigail then started to walk away. "Hold on," Abigail called out, stopping Chad. "Why don't you stay in my room tonight," Abigail suggested, stunning Chad. "Ever since I came home, I've kept you at arm's length, but you've been very patient [and] understanding [and] devoted, and you've taken care of the kids [and] given me the time and space that I need -- everything I have asked, you have done, and more -- and so I think it's time I let you back in," Abigail reasoned before giving Chad a tender kiss.
"So...does this mean we're back together?" Chad asked Abigail later. "Our problems don't disappear just because we made love -- we've still got a lot of things to work on -- [but], moving forward, I would like to work on everything together," Abigail replied, delighting Chad.
At the Evans-Black townhouse, John guessed that Johnny was upset about having lost an investor -- and Roman confirmed the suspicion. "But we'll get past it -- the important thing is that we do everything we can to protect Marlena," Roman declared. "Amen to that," John agreed.
Meanwhile, in the master bedroom, Marlena continued levitating above the bed -- and the demonic presence voiced its approval through the white-noise machine. "You're finally starting to let go -- you're almost there!" the demonic presence raved. "We have already achieved so much together -- if you let me back in, there will be no limit to what we can accomplish! But we cannot delay -- our time is now; I need you to be mine tonight!" the demonic presence stressed. "I can feel you're still fighting me, that you're not ready to fully commit -- [so], perhaps you'd be more open to the idea if you knew my plans, which can only come to fruition with your help. You can never go back on the approval you gave Ben to bring a child into the world -- the future is in your hands, Marlena. I think it's time that I share with you exactly what I have in store for that child -- [it's] so monumental, so magnificent, and it all begins with --" the demonic presence explained.
John knocked on the bedroom door just then and called out to Marlena. "Damn that John Black -- always trying to come between us!" the demonic presence growled. John tried to enter the bedroom then called out to Marlena again after realizing that the door was jammed. "Just ignore him, Marlena -- he'll go away," the demonic presence advised. John started trying to break the door down, and each attempt seemed to weaken the demonic presence's connection to Marlena, who was no longer levitating by the time the door finally gave way.
Marlena groggily greeted John. "Sorry -- I didn't mean to wake you up; I just got really worried when I couldn't open the door...and I swear I heard some voices in here..." John explained before disapprovingly guessing that Marlena had made a phone call instead of resting. "I was asleep," Marlena assured John, whose next guess was that the white-noise machine had somehow picked up a radio frequency for a few seconds. "But it looks fine to me..." John observed. "Maybe I was talking in my sleep," Marlena suggested.
Marlena started to climb out of bed, planning to get dressed then head over to the Weston apartment to check on Ben, but John refused to allow that to happen until the following day at the earliest. John urged Marlena to just relax and drink some tea instead -- then explained, when asked, that the tea was no longer hot because a visit from Roman had delayed its delivery. John instructed Marlena to also hold off on probing for details about Roman's visit until the following day at the earliest -- but that demand was met with more resistance than the previous demand. John sighed then reluctantly filled Marlena in on everything that had happened earlier. Marlena felt bad for Johnny, whose dream was being dashed, but John dismissively argued that there were plenty of other stories that the aspiring filmmaker could tell -- and any of those stories would still have Roman's full support.
At the Weston apartment, Ciara watched as Ben jumped out of bed and closed the French doors that a strong gust of wind had just blown open. "Is there a storm coming?" Ciara wondered. "Everything looks clear," Ben responded. "Weird..." Ciara mused. "I really hope that wasn't, like, some kind of...bad omen..." Ben fretted. "You think that some unknown force is trying to warn us not to get pregnant," Ciara translated.
"Of course not," Ben backpedaled with a dismissive scoff, but Ciara wasn't convinced. "I didn't expect one session with Marlena to magically erase all of your reservations," Ciara assured Ben. "I'm sorry for freaking out -- it's just that...you could be pregnant right now, [and] I guess I'm just a little nervous about having a baby," Ben explained, prompting Ciara to stress that the odds of them conceiving a child on their first try were pretty slim. "So, that means we are gonna have to try again...and again...and --" Ciara flirtatiously summarized. "I am down for that!" Ben eagerly declared.
Ben tried to seize a kiss, but Ciara pulled away. "Between the two of us, I am getting the short end of the stick here," Ciara teasingly argued. "What do you mean, 'short'?" Ben defensively protested. "I'm gonna be the one to gain all the weight [and] wake up with the morning sickness [and] the swollen ankles -- all you're gonna have to do is run to the store and get me my cravings whenever I want," Ciara clarified, drawing a sigh of relief from Ben, who conceded the point.
Ben and Ciara were both tired -- but not tired enough to fall asleep immediately, so they decided to turn on their television and find a movie to watch until they dozed off. "I'll watch anything," Ben stressed while handing Ciara the remote control. "Oh, my God -- it's Rosemary's Baby!" Ciara incredulously alerted Ben after tuning the television to a movie channel. "Isn't it about a woman who...gives birth to the devil's baby?" Ben nervously recalled as Ciara turned off the television. "That movie coming on was totally random -- [it] wasn't a bad omen," Ciara assured Ben, who forced a smile and nodded in response -- then seized a hug to hide signs of doubt.
At the Evans-Black townhouse, the white-noise machine crackled angrily as Marlena rested peacefully in John's arms.