Gabi made cupcakes at the Hernandez house for Rafe's birthday. After Rafe made a wish and blew out the candle on his cupcake, Gabi pushed Rafe to tell her his wish. "I wish my baby sister would finally find happiness," Rafe confessed. Gabi chastised Rafe for having wasted his wish on her. When Rafe insisted he was happy, Gabi said she wanted Rafe to have someone special in his life.
"You're an amazing man, and I don't want you to turn out to be some old, weird bachelor who is eating out of a can, standing up, and has hair growing out of his ears," Gabi said. Rafe shrugged. Gabi encouraged Rafe to start dating again. Rafe asked Gabi how long she planned to stay in town.
"That depends," Gabi said. "On what? Or shall I say on whom?" Rafe asked. Gabi noted that there was no one in her life. Curious, Rafe noted that he knew that Jake had taken over DiMera. "Maybe if you want to make your own happiness, now is the right time," Rafe suggested. Gabi explained that Kate was dating Jake. Rafe was surprised by the pairing.
"Jake was on the rebound after I left, and Kate, well, she just yanked him onto her bed," Gabi said. Gabi joked that since she was back in town, Jake did not have to settle for Kate. "Maybe he is happy," Rafe suggested. Gabi argued that she was better for Jake, and she believed Jake would realize it.
In Jake's bedroom at the DiMera mansion, Jake dreamed of his conversation with Gabi at DiMera Enterprises. Jake woke from his dream, and Kate asked, "Bad dream?" With a grin, Jake insisted he was fine. "I'm surprised you're awake after all that tossing and turning you did last night," Jake said. Kate admitted that thoughts about Gabi had kept her awake all night.
"Don't tell me she got into your head?" Jake said. "I think if she got into anyone's head, it was probably yours," Kate countered. Jake insisted that Gabi had kissed him, and that the kiss had not meant anything to him. Kate said that she believed Jake. "So, what's the problem?" Jake asked. Kate said she had not been able to stop thinking about Gabi's accusation that Kate had stolen Jake from Gabi.
"You didn't steal me. You know that. I'm not anybody's property," Jake said. Kate reminded Jake that when Gabi had first returned from Mexico, Gabi had been anxious to rekindle her relationship with Jake. "[Gabi] said that she dumped you because she was trying to protect you. She lied to keep you safe. That's what she said," Kate said. Kate noted that Gabi still had feelings for Jake.
"But I do not have feelings for her," Jake stressed. Kate pointed out that Gabi had said there was unfinished business between Gabi and Jake. "That's just Gabi being dramatic," Jake said. With a shake of her head, Kate said she thought Gabi was right. Jake argued that Gabi had put on a performance to play head games with Kate.
"Forget about Gabi, because the only person I have real feelings for is right here next to me," Jake said. When Kate sighed, Jake said, "Looks like I have to convince you the old-fashioned way!" Jake pulled the covers over him and Kate, and the two of them laughed underneath the bedspread.
After Jake and Kate's morning tryst, they dressed and went down to the study to work. "The numbers on this company look good," Jake said. Jake handed the tablet over to Kate for review. Kate rattled off a list of corporate issues, and Jake smiled. "Beauty and brains. How did I get so lucky?" Jake said. Jake attempted to nuzzle Kate's neck, and she laughed as she told him, "Stop it! You'll never get anything done."
"Well, for once, I agree with Kate," Gabi said as she walked into the room. After a deep breath, Jake asked Gabi why she was in his house. "You wanted to see the Gabi Chic proposal," Gabi said. Gabi pulled a folder out of her bag. Gabi argued that her company was a better option than acquiring any other company.
"So, if you and Miss Thing here could get your hands off each other for one second, you could take a look. I guarantee once you see my business model and my branding genius, you're definitely going to want to be in bed with me," Gabi said. When Jake scowled, Gabi added, "Business-wise. Of course." Kate told Gabi that Jake was not interested in her proposal. Gabi noted that Jake was the CEO, not Kate.
"Actually, I do want to take a look at your proposal," Jake said. Kate warned Jake that the proposal was a ploy. "How insecure are you?" Gabi asked. Jake told Kate that he had already promised Gabi he would look at her proposal. With a shrug, Kate advised Jake that working with Gabi was more trouble than it was worth.
"What would happen if I took my company somewhere else, and it just was wildly successful? What are you going to tell Shin, Jake? Because at the end of the day, who do you answer to?" Gabi asked. Gabi urged Jake to choose her. "Not you, Gabi. Your company. And the numbers have to be right," Jake said. Kate announced that she had an appointment.
"I'll let Jake throw you out," Kate said. Kate leaned over and gave Jake a long kiss. After Kate left, Gabi told Jake that he did not need to put on a show. "I'm not trying to prove anything to you. I was kissing my girlfriend goodbye like I always do," Jake said. "With absolutely no care for my feelings at all," Gabi said. Jake laughed. Gabi noted that it hurt her feelings, and she asked Jake how he would feel if she kissed another man.
"I don't care!" Jake said. Gabi told Jake to picture it, but he refused. "Because it is going to make you jealous and uncomfortable, right?" Gabi asked. "No, because I'm not willing to play this game with you, Gabi," Jake stressed. Gabi told Jake that she knew he'd liked the kiss she had given him at the office. Jake demanded that they talk business, but Gabi ignored him.
"I think that you are pretending to feel something for Kate that you don't," Gabi said. Jake warned Gabi to stop. Jake added that if Gabi was incapable of avoiding talk of his personal life, then he would review her proposal without her there. "I'm not going anywhere," Gabi said. Jake grabbed the proposal out of Gabi's hand. "Go. Now. I'll look this over when I have time, and I will get back to you," Jake said. Jake said he needed to go to the office and that he refused to leave Gabi alone in his house. With a sigh, Gabi agreed to leave.
"You keep saying that there is just business between us, over and over and over. So, my question is, are you trying to convince me or Kate or yourself that it's just business between us?" Gabi asked. "Go," Jake said. With a grin, Gabi said, "I am in your head, aren't I? Even when you don't want me to be." When Jake scowled, Gabi blew Jake a kiss, and she walked out.
Nicole arrived at the hospital, and she asked Sarah about Ava. Sarah explained that the drugs were leaving Ava's system. "So, she is gonna recover," Nicole said. Sarah said she believed Ava would be fine. Sarah told Nicole about Ava's involvement with the mob and how Ava had forced a friend to launder money. "The situation has escalated, and if something isn't done, then people will get hurt," Sarah said. Worried, Nicole asked Sarah who was in danger.
Reluctant to say who was involved, Sarah asked Nicole to talk to Ava about backing off of the business or at least not to hurt anyone. "So, you want me to suggest to Ava that mob boss isn't a great career choice?" Nicole asked. "Something like that," Sarah said with a shrug.
When Nicole entered Ava's room, she gave Ava a plant. "Maybe you could think of it as a new leaf," Nicole joked. Nicole told Ava that Sarah believed Ava would make a full recovery. "[Sarah] also said something else about you," Nicole added. Nicole explained that Sarah believed Ava was a mob boss. "Interesting," Ava said.
"Ava, I'm not going to ask you if it is true, but if it is, you could be jeopardizing your freedom, your future, and how about Tripp? I know how much he means to you, and you want a relationship with him, and that is pretty hard to do when you are in prison," Nicole advised. Ava shifted her eyes away. Nicole added that it would be difficult to clear Tripp's name, as well.
"Well, I have to. It's my fault that he is in this mess," Ava said. Ava explained that she had ordered Charlie to follow Tripp. "Which places Charlie in London when Allie was attacked," Nicole said. Ava nodded yes. Nicole asked Ava if she had talked to the police, and Ava confirmed that Steve had promised to tell Rafe.
"This could change everything," Nicole said. "I wish to God it was enough to clear his name, though," Ava whispered. Ava asked Nicole if she could check for an update at the police station. "If we're still friends, that is," Ava added. "Of course, we're still friends, and of course, I will see what I find out," Nicole said. Nicole asked Ava to think about what she had said.
As promised, Nicole went to talk to Rafe about Tripp's case. Nicole apologized for bothering Rafe on his day off at home, and she asked if Steve had told him that Charlie had been in London at the time of the rape. Rafe confirmed that he had talked to Steve. "I'm just waiting to verify that information right now," Rafe said. Nicole was relieved, but Rafe cautioned Nicole not to get her hopes up. Nicole told Rafe that Allie had agreed to undergo hypnosis.
"That couldn't have been an easy decision for her to make to have to face that trauma," Rafe said. Nicole thanked Rafe for his help on the case. As Nicole glanced across the room, she saw the birthday cupcakes. "It's your birthday!" Nicole exclaimed. As Rafe smiled, Nicole hugged him and wished him a happy birthday. Rafe mentioned that Gabi was back in town but that he had no plans.
"You have to celebrate! It's your birthday!" Nicole shouted. "I already did. [Gabi] made me my favorite cupcakes," Rafe said. Nicole insisted that Rafe could do better. "Let the adventure begin!" Rafe agreed. Nicole took Rafe's hand and led him out of the house.
In Chloe's room at the Salem Inn, Brady lied on his phone call with Kristen. Brady told Kristen that he was not with Chloe. As Chloe and Philip smirked at one another, Brady exited the room. A shot rang out in the hallway. At the prison, Kristen was alarmed to hear a gunshot on the phone and then no response from Brady.
At the Salem Inn, Brady stumbled into Chloe's room, and he collapsed on the floor. Brady clutched the bleeding bullet hole in his stomach. Philip ran into the hallway to pursue the shooter, and Chloe urged the unconscious Brady to wake up. Brady's phone was on the floor nearby, and Kristen's voice could be heard on it. Kristen pleaded for Brady to tell her what had happened. Chloe picked up the phone.
"Brady's with you? What is going on?" Kristen asked. "Brady's been shot," Chloe said. Kristen asked for details, but Chloe hung up the phone to call an ambulance. While Chloe waited for the paramedics, she put pressure on Brady's wound, and she urged him to hold on. Philip returned, and he announced that the shooter had escaped.
"You can't die on us," Chloe pleaded. Next to Brady, his phone buzzed with a call from Kristen. Chloe did not answer the call. After the paramedics transported Brady to the hospital, Sarah asked Chloe and Philip what had happened. "He was shot at point-blank range," Philip said. With a nod, Sarah rushed into the trauma room after Brady.
"You know that bullet was meant for you," Chloe said to Philip. "I know. Damn it," Philip said. Chloe wondered aloud how the mob had known where to find Philip. "Angelo must have had one of his men staked out at my dad's house. They followed me back, and I somehow missed them," Philip said.
"All Brady wanted to do was protect me, make sure that I wasn't hurt. And all I did was yell at him that I was capable of handling this. And now he is fighting for his life," Chloe said. As Philip sat in the waiting area, Chloe paced back and forth next to him. "Why didn't I listen to Brady? Why did I have to be so stubborn?" Chloe muttered. Chloe blamed herself for dragging Brady into the situation.
"It isn't on you, Chloe, it's on me. Brady warned you that I'd be putting you in danger. I didn't listen to him. I did what I wanted. Hell, you're probably still in danger, being anywhere near me," Philip said. With a sigh, Chloe said she only cared about Brady's health and nothing else. Sarah returned with an update, and she glared at Philip. Sarah explained that the bullet was out of Brady, and that none of Brady's organs had been damaged.
"So, he is going to be okay?" Philip asked. Sarah said she needed to consult with a specialist about any additional surgery, but she believed Brady would recover. Chloe asked to see Brady. As Philip started to follow Chloe, Sarah stopped him. "One at a time," Sarah said.
"That bullet was meant for you, wasn't it?" Sarah asked. Philip blamed Xander's interference for the escalated situation. "You were the one trying to screw over your father's company. The only thing that Xander did was try to undo the damage that you have done," Sarah growled. Philip countered that Xander had only bothered to dig for information because he did not want to compete with Philip.
"This is on you, Philip! You brought the mob to Brady's doorstep. You may be Victor's son, and he may forgive you for a lot of things, but if you are responsible for his grandson's death, he will never forgive you," Sarah said. Sarah warned Philip to pray that Brady pulled through.
Philip walked down the hallway to Ava's room. "Call off your dogs," Philip said. Ava warned Philip to watch his tone. "While you were laid up, your cousin Angelo put a hit out on me," Philip said. Ava seemed surprised by the news. "Brady got shot instead," Philip said. "Is he okay? Is he alive?" Ava asked. Philip told Ava that Brady was stable, but the gunman had escaped. Ava swore she had nothing to do with the hit. "And I sure as hell didn't know about it," Ava added. Ava asked why Angelo had ordered the hit, but Philip walked out.
At the prison, a frantic Kristen called Brady's phone, but no one answered. "What is going on?" Kristen cried out. A guard told Kristen that she had a visitor. Kristen turned and saw Tony walk into the recreation room. Upset, Kristen rushed over to her brother. Tony assumed that Kristen had heard the news about Chad's resignation, but Kristen yelled that she did not care about the business.
"Brady has just been shot!" Kristen yelled. Kristen told Tony about her phone call and that Chloe had confirmed that Brady had been shot. Tony reassured Kristen that he would get an update for her. "I'm going with you," Kristen insisted. With a scowl, Tony told Kristen that she could not leave the prison.
"What if our daughter is in danger?" Kristen asked. Tony grabbed Kristen and growled at her, "You just can't walk out of prison!" The guard returned to the room when he heard Tony and Kristen shout at one another. Tony assured the guard that everything was fine. As the guard turned his back to leave, Kristen shoved him and grabbed his gun. Kristen grabbed Tony and put the gun to his chest.
"Get out of my way! Or I swear to God, I'll shoot," Kristen yelled at the guard. Tony pleaded with Kristen to stop. "You won't shoot your own brother," the guard said. "You don't know our family," Kristen countered. Tony confirmed that Kristen would shoot him. "Don't do this. You have a child to think of. Your future. This could add years to your sentence," Tony argued. Kristen apologized and said that she needed "a hostage and a driver."
Tony promised to check on Brady and take Rachel back to the DiMera mansion, but Kristen refused to lower the gun. "Brady could be dying, and I need to be by his side. And Rachel needs her mother, so I am getting out of here. Now," Kristen said.
At the hospital, Chloe sat at Brady's bedside. In tears, Chloe apologized. "I never should have asked you to help me. And when you did, I should have listened to you. You were just trying to protect me, because that is the kind of man you are. You've always been kind and wonderful to me. Oh, God, please, Brady, you're going to be okay. You have to be," Chloe said. Chloe added that she would never forgive herself because the situation was her fault.
"Oh, really," Kristen said. Chloe turned and saw Kristen enter the room in Tony's hat and coat. "What did you do to him?" Kristen asked.