At the hospital, Rex caught Xander in a restricted area with a copy of Holly's autopsy report. "It's not what you think," Xander said. Xander said he had wanted to review the report. Suspicious, Rex opened the file to look over the results. Rex noted that the file looked fine.
"What the hell were you really up to?" Rex asked. Xander told Rex that he was there on a family matter, but Rex was still suspicious. Xander explained that Victor had believed that the child in the accident had not been Holly and that Xander had wanted to find proof in order to ease Victor's mind. Rex said he knew that Maggie had been upset, but he had not heard that Victor had also been having difficulty.
Rex warned Xander that even if his heart had been in the right place, Xander needed to go to the police for information on the case. Xander nodded in agreement. As Xander started to leave, Rex reminded him to stay away from Sarah. Xander suppressed a smile and left.
In the Kiriakis living room, an emotionally overwhelmed Maggie drank a glass of vodka. "Damn you, Kate. Damn you, Victor," Maggie muttered. Maggie walked over to look at a photo of her with Victor. As she cried, Maggie sipped her drink, and she collapsed on the couch in tears.
At Doug's Place, Kate told Chloe that Arianna had mentioned in a phone call that Parker was upset. With a nod, Chloe said she would go home and check on her son. A suspicious Victor surveyed the look on Kate's face. "You're up to something. And it's never good," Victor said. Kate swore that she was not up to anything.
"I'm not the heartless soul everyone thinks I am. I actually felt bad about Maggie leaving here," Kate said. "It's not your fault. Maggie is fragile these days. With Holly's death, she's even more vulnerable, to the point of paranoia," Victor said. Victor explained that Maggie suspected that Kate was romantically interested in him.
"Are you?" Victor asked bluntly. Kate laughed. Kate said she was only interested in a business relationship with Victor. Victor agreed that he and Kate made a good team. "If you feel that our relationship is threatening your marriage, then let's just rethink the whole thing," Kate suggested. Victor refused to fire Kate, and they cautioned one another to not screw each other over.
In Stefan's room at the DiMera mansion, a half-dressed Gabi asked Stefan if he needed her to comfort him. Stefan was barely able to tell Gabi no, and he backed away as Gabi slowly approached him. When Gabi offered to sleep with Stefan one last time, Stefan whispered, "I don't think it's such a good idea."
"I understand. Well, it was worth a shot, right?" Gabi whispered in Stefan's ear as she walked past him. Stefan grabbed Gabi by the wrist and pulled her close. Startled, Gabi yelped. "Damn it," Stefan whispered before he kissed Gabi and fell onto the bed with her.
At the Salem Inn, a teary-eyed Nicole sat next to Brady on the bed in her room. After reminiscing about their past relationship, Nicole commented that they had been happy once. When Brady agreed, Nicole kissed him. After a moment, Brady pulled away.
"I can't do this. This isn't right," Brady said. Nicole told Brady that she needed to be with him, but Brady said, "Not like this." Brady said he did not want to take advantage of Nicole when she was emotional. Taken aback, Nicole asked, "Are you rejecting me?" Brady stressed that he only wanted to help Nicole make a good decision.
"You just buried your daughter. You're grieving. You're not in your right mind," Brady pointed out. Nicole interrupted to shout, "Why are you fighting me on this? Just forget about Holly!" Nicole gasped, then apologized. Nicole said she was looking for a way out of her grief. When Brady reasoned aloud that sleeping with him would not eliminate Nicole's pain, Nicole countered that it would help her feel more alive.
"No. I have a feeling you will thank me one day after this," Brady said. Nicole asked Brady if he believed that she was still mad at him for blackmailing her. "Because I'm trying to put that behind me," Nicole said. Nicole reminded Brady that she had cheated on Brady, and she said she had understood why Brady had been furious with her. Brady told Nicole that he did not hate her.
"Can we just forget about the past and how much we hurt each other? And focus on the right now? This moment? You and me together?" Nicole asked. Nicole's face hovered near Brady's. Though tempted, Brady gently pushed Nicole away. Brady said that it meant a lot to him that Nicole wanted to forgive the past, but he did not think they should sleep together.
"I can't cross the line. I can't do that to Eric," Brady said. Nicole stressed that her relationship with Eric was over. Brady said he believed that Nicole would get past her anger toward Eric. "What happened to Holly is not [Eric's] fault," Brady said. Frustrated, Nicole asked Brady why he was defending Eric. Brady reminded Nicole that he had always been her friend.
"Eric loves you. And he should be the one comforting you. It should not be me," Brady said. With a sigh, Brady left. Frustrated, Nicole grabbed a pillow and screamed into it.
When Brady returned home to the Kiriakis mansion, he found Maggie passed out on the couch. Brady gently attempted to wake Maggie, then picked up the empty glass and sniffed it. As Maggie roused awake, Brady asked what had happened. Maggie grew agitated, and said, "I just had a really difficult day." Brady nodded and said, "I think you're forgetting who you're talking to. It's pretty clear to me you've been drinking." Maggie started to cry.
"What's wrong? Is it Holly?" Brady asked. Maggie noted that Nicole had blamed her for Holly's death. With a shake of his head, Brady argued that in her grief, Nicole had lashed out at Maggie. Brady said he knew that Maggie had loved Holly. Maggie countered that love was not enough.
"Victor and Kate," Maggie whispered. With a chuckle, Brady said that Victor loved Maggie and only worked with Kate. Maggie disagreed. "Kate wants Victor. It's so obvious," Maggie said through sobs. Maggie said that she needed Victor, and he had abandoned her for Kate. "I lost Holly. What if I'm gonna lose Victor, too?" Maggie wondered aloud. Maggie stammered, unable to speak in full sentences. Brady pulled Maggie into his arms and let her cry.
"You slipped a little bit. That's what you do. And you know that I know about slipping, right?" Brady said. Brady assured Maggie that a slip-up was okay and that she would be fine. "You have always picked me up and dusted me off when I needed it. It's my turn to help you," Brady said. Brady joked that in the morning, he and Maggie had a date at an A.A. meeting. Brady encouraged Maggie to head upstairs and sleep. Maggie begged Brady not to tell Victor. Brady assured Maggie that he would not tell, and he suggested that Maggie sleep in his room in order to avoid her husband.
As Brady helped Maggie to her feet and out to the foyer, they ran into Victor as he returned home. Victor asked what was wrong. Brady said that Maggie was not feeling well and that he intended to escort her up to his room. "What's wrong with our room?" Victor asked with suspicion. Brady said Maggie needed alone time. Victor asked Maggie if they could talk about what had happened at Doug's Place.
"I have nothing to say to you," Maggie said. Brady helped Maggie up the stairs. When Brady returned downstairs to the living room, Victor was waiting for him. "How's she doing?" Victor asked. "I have something to tell you, and you're not going to like it. You need to fire Kate," Brady said. When Victor asked why, Brady said that Maggie was struggling with Holly's death, and Kate's closeness with Victor was hurting Maggie.
"There's nothing going on between Kate and me. She is critical to Titan, especially now that Xander needs looking after," Victor protested. "You need to fire Kate. Before any more damage is done," Brady insisted. Victor said he would fire Kate if Brady fired Xander.
"You know I can't do that," Brady said. "Then Kate stays," Victor insisted. When Brady argued that he could not hurt Nicole, Victor reminded Brady that Nicole had destroyed Brady's life, too. "Nicole and I are working past our differences. We're resolving our issues. Hell, she's even forgiven me at this point," Brady said. Victor was curious. Brady admitted that Nicole had kissed him.
In Eric's apartment, Eric wondered aloud to Sarah what he would do if Nicole never returned to him. "You are too good a man," Sarah said as she placed her hand on Eric's. Eric leaned over and kissed Sarah. After a moment, Eric pulled away and apologized. "I can't do this," Eric said. Eric said he loved Nicole and could not give up on her. Sarah apologized for the kiss, but Eric noted that the kiss had been mutual.
"I can see how much you love Nicole, and I'm rooting for you. I really am. This never happened. And it never will again," Sarah said. Eric touched Sarah's face. As Eric stared into Sarah's eyes, Rex returned home. Rex asked if he had interrupted anything. "Tough day," Sarah said. Rex hugged Sarah. Eric told Rex that Nicole had been upset with him at the memorial.
"She kicked us out," Sarah added. "I really hope she comes around," Rex said. Sarah asked about Rex's patient. Dismissively, Rex changed the subject to his run-in with Xander. When Rex explained what had happened, Eric noted, "The real question is, what's the real reason Xander wants a copy of Holly's autopsy report?"
"Maybe, for once in his life, Xander actually is trying to do the right thing and give Victor closure," Sarah mused. Rex noted that the report had positively identified the body as Holly. "I think I know exactly what Xander is up to," Eric said.
In Stefan's room at the DiMera mansion, an exhausted Stefan panted in bed next to Gabi as she commented that their sex had been better than a Pilates workout. "And a lot more fun," Gabi added. Stefan waved at Gabi to warn her to stop. With a groan, Gabi said she understood that Stefan needed to return to Chloe.
"That's the last time, and I'm fine with it," Gabi said defensively. Gabi said she respected Stefan's decision to pursue Chloe. "What is it about her?" Gabi asked. "She's got a big heart," Stefan said. "That's one word for them," Gabi joked. After an annoyed sigh, Stefan explained that he thought Chloe was kind, a good mother, and able to run a business.
"Sounds familiar," Gabi muttered. "I'll never forget the first time I saw her walk into Doug's Place. She did not hesitate to set me straight," Stefan said. Stefan said his admiration for Chloe had continued to grow as he had continued to spend time with her. Gabi nestled her head into Stefan's shoulder and said, "You've got it bad." Stefan agreed.
"What the hell?!" Chloe barked from the doorway. Gabi pulled away from Stefan. Stefan leaped out of bed as he wrapped a sheet around his waist. "What are you doing here?" Stefan asked Chloe. "What are you doing here?" Chloe countered. As Stefan stammered for words, Chloe explained she had left Holly's memorial because Kate had told her that Parker had been upset.
"It turns out [Parker's] fine. He is in the other room, playing with Ari while the two of you are in here playing with each other," Chloe said. "It's not what you think," Gabi said. Chloe raised an eyebrow. "You're a pig," Chloe told Stefan. Chloe turned to Gabi and noted that she had been "sniffing around for a while." Gabi slipped out of bed and out the door to give Stefan and Chloe privacy.
"You are not the person I thought you were, or maybe you are exactly who I was afraid you would be," Chloe said. Stefan begged Chloe to hear him out. As Stefan dressed, Chloe commented, "I thought you hated Gabi." Stefan admitted that he did hate Gabi. Stefan swore that the sex had been meaningless.
"That woman, she gamed the board into forcing me to keep her on. We have been at each other's throats ever since," Stefan said. Confused, Chloe noted that those were not reasons to sleep with someone. Stefan said that there was an intense anger between him and Gabi. Chloe groaned.
"Neither of us had been with anybody for a long time and emotions were running high. One thing led to another," Stefan started. Angry, Chloe asked Stefan if he was blaming Chloe's hesitancy to start a relationship for his affair with Gabi. Stefan denied the charge, but Chloe insisted, "That's certainly what it sounds like!"
"I know this is screwed up, but this is the last time. I told Gabi that," Stefan promised. "The last time? So, this has been ongoing?" Chloe asked. Frustrated, Chloe threw up her hands. "I told Gabi everything. How I feel about you. And that Gabi and I were nothing. It's just meaningless sex, and it's over now," Stefan said.
"How many times have you told yourself that?" Chloe asked. Stefan swore that there was nothing between him and Gabi. "You left me at Holly's memorial so you could come here and have sex with Gabi! That's not nothing," Chloe said. Stefan explained that Gabi had called him and told him that Parker had been having a meltdown. Stefan added that he had decided that Chloe should stay at the memorial and that he would help Parker.
"I walked in here, Gabi was in my bedroom, in her underwear!" Stefan exclaimed. "Of course, she was," Chloe said with a rueful chuckle. Stefan explained that Gabi had told him that Parker had spilled punch on her dress. "And you just couldn't resist," Chloe said. "I made a mistake, but I promise you, it will not happen again," Stefan stressed. Chloe said she did not care who Stefan had sex with because she was no longer interested in a relationship with him.
"You can't mean that. There's something between us. You felt it, I know you did," Stefan argued. "You came here to have sex with Gabi Hernandez while I was mourning the death of a child that I loved!" Chloe yelled. Chloe announced that she was going to get Parker and leave. Stefan begged Chloe to stay. "I never want to see you again," Chloe growled.
In the park, Kate met with Gabi. Kate asked if their plan had worked. "Like a charm," Gabi said with a laugh. Gabi told Kate that Chloe had walked in on them in bed together. "The look on her face? It was almost better than the sex," Gabi said. Annoyed, Kate reminded Gabi not to tell her any details about sex with Stefan. Gabi said Stefan had been fumbling around, attempting to explain himself to Chloe, when Gabi had left the mansion.
"What if he manages to talk his way out of it?" Kate asked. "Trust me, Chloe is dumping his ass as we speak," Gabi said with a satisfied smile. Kate reminded Gabi that Stefan was resourceful. "Chloe can't unsee what she saw. She is never going to forgive him," Gabi said. In a mocking tone, Gabi promised to be there to help Stefan pick up the pieces of his heart after Chloe walked out.
"Unless he blames you for what happened with Chloe, and then he is going to dump your ass, as well," Kate said. "With Stefan, you know, his fatal flaw is that he wants strings. He wants a relationship. He wants a family. And I come with that," Gabi noted. "Not that you would ever use your child, right?" Kate asked. "Of course not. I'm just saying I'm the total package," Gabi said.
"What happens if you fall in love?" Kate asked. Gabi said she had no interest in love anymore. "After I get what I want, I'm going to kick Stefan's broke and broken carcass to the curb. I thought you, of all people, would understand that," Gabi said. "As a matter of fact, I do," Kate responded.
At the Salem Inn, Xander met up with Nicole in her hotel room. Xander gave the original autopsy file to Nicole, and he informed her that he had changed the results in the computer. Nicole was alarmed to learn that Rex had caught Xander , but Xander assured Nicole that he had talked his way out of the situation.
"Rex might be a doctor, but the man is an idiot," Xander commented. With a smile, Xander said Rex had been annoyed with him because Xander had hit on Sarah at the pub. Nicole rolled her eyes as Xander noted that he could have taken Rex in a fight. Nicole complained that Xander was more interested in flexing his muscles at Rex than in her plan.
"I need you focused," Nicole said. "You needed your little girl to appear dead so you could blame Eric and dump him. I did that for you. I made that happen, so don't lecture me about focus," Xander growled. Nicole marveled at the fact that Eric had refused to give up on her.
"The only man I want is Brady Black," Nicole said. Nicole complained that Brady had resisted sleeping with her. As Xander poured a glass of Champagne, Nicole took the glass and purred that it was only a matter of time before Brady gave in to his feelings for her.
"What exactly did you do?" Xander asked. Nicole confessed that she had kissed Brady. Concerned, Xander asked Nicole if the proper moment to make a move on Brady was the day of her daughter's funeral. Nicole argued that she had acted vulnerable.
"This plan is about one thing and one thing only: Brady. These weak, pathetic fools have no idea what's going on. If they only knew!" Nicole said with a laugh. Xander smiled. Nicole sat in front of a mirror and tugged at a latex corner of a mask that covered her face.
"You played the part brilliantly. Sometimes I even forget that the part of Nicole Walker is currently being played by none other than the one and only Kristen DiMera," Xander said. Nicole tugged the mask and wig off to reveal Kristen underneath.