At a convent, Lani and Kristen, dressed as nuns, talked about their respective struggles to forget the men they still loved. "When I saw you in the piazza all those months ago, I could see that your soul was as tortured as mine," Kristen said. Kristen added that running away had been their only option, but it had not let them stop feeling pain.
"You can't outrun pain," Lani said. Kristen mentioned baby David, and Lani noted that her relationship with Eli would have been very different if their baby had lived. Kristen said she understood. "If our baby girl had survived, Brady and I would still be together," Kristen said with a voice that cracked with emotion. Lani told Kristen that she had hurt for Kristen when she had learned about the loss of Kristen's daughter.
"I wanted a child for so long. Brady's child. And it should have been the happiest day of our lives," Kristen said. Lani told Kristen that she did not believe that God had taken Kristen's child in order to teach her a lesson. "Sometimes, there's just no way to understand why things happen the way they do," Lani counseled.
"I don't see a future for myself outside of this convent," Kristen said. When Lani asked about Brady, Kristen noted that she could not get past the loss of her daughter. Kristen observed that Lani was still in love with Eli, and she asked Lani why she had dumped Eli at the altar. "I guess I just didn't love him enough," Lani said. With a grin, Kristen reminded Lani that she could not lie in front of God. Kristen asked for the truth.
"I never wanted Eli to suffer, but he, and everyone he cares about, would have suffered terrible pain if I would have married him," Lani said. Kristen reminded Lani that she still had time to change her mind because neither had taken their final vows with the church yet. "Before you do, you have to make sure that you are ready to make a total commitment to God," Kristen said. "There's no turning back for me," Lani said. Kristen urged Lani to confess anything that weighed on her soul.
"I have sinned. We all have, and I've asked God for his forgiveness for what I have done, but my sins don't compare to those who have sinned against me," Lani said. Kristen pushed for details about who had wronged Lani. "Gabi Hernandez, and I hope she burns in hell for what she has done," Lani growled.
In the park, Brady apologized to J.J. "All I know was that Kristen was in deep pain after losing our baby," Brady started. Furious, J.J. warned Brady that he did not want to listen to Brady defend the woman that had killed Haley. "That woman was a maniac. She should have been locked up a long time ago," J.J. muttered. Brady told J.J. that he wished he could change events from the past year.
"Where is Kristen?" J.J. asked. "I don't know where she is or what the hell she was thinking," Brady said. J.J. asked if Brady would let J.J. know if Kristen reached out to him. With a shrug, Brady noted that he would have heard from Kristen already if she had ever planned to return. J.J. grumbled that he hoped Kristen was suffering wherever she was hiding.
"I understand your anger. You should know that Kristen, the woman that I knew prior to her giving birth, was not the same woman we remember, the one that tormented this town," Brady said. "Who was she?" J.J. asked. Brady said the baby had changed Kristen into a more empathetic person. "Not enough to keep from pushing Haley down the stairs," J.J. countered. Brady told J.J. that he was sorry for J.J.'s loss, and he offered to be there for J.J. if he needed anything.
"You weren't the only guy that lost someone that day. I lost my kid. I'm really gonna miss not being able to watch her grow up," Brady said before he walked away. Alone, J.J. sat on the park bench and took another pill. J.J. took out his phone and stared at a picture of Haley on it. "I don't care what Brady says. I'm going to find Kristen DiMera and make her pay for what she did to you," J.J. whispered to the picture.
Gabi and Eli kissed in her office at the DiMera mansion. "When we got back together, I thought you weren't going to get over Lani," Gabi said. "I'm sorry it took me so long to truly accept that it was over," Eli countered. Gabi called Lani heartless. Eli said he could never be with Lani again after how she had hurt him. Eli added that he had been reluctant to believe that Gabi had wanted to be with him because she had not been able to get over Stefan's death.
"His murder, you mean," Gabi said gruffly as she gently pushed Eli away. "I still think it was an accident," Eli countered. Frustrated, Gabi told Eli that it drove her crazy when Eli defended Lani. "I only defend her when it comes to the shooting," Eli stressed. Eli said that Lani had been a very different person than he had thought. Gabi told Eli that she was sorry that Eli had gone through so much pain with Lani.
"I still don't get it. Why did Lani wait until that moment to tell me? Why would she humiliate me in front of all those people?" Eli wondered aloud. Gabi thought about when she had warned Lani to dump Eli or let Julie suffer a heart issue from her pacemaker. With a shrug, Gabi told Eli that she had no idea why Lani had hurt him. Eli said he was relieved that Lani had left Salem.
"Good, because she was never worthy of you," Gabi said. "I'm much happier with you. Good riddance, Lani, wherever the hell she is," Eli said. Eli changed the subject to Gabi's request to investigate Chad. With a grin, Gabi locked the door to the office. Gabi kissed and started to undress Eli. As the lovers fell onto the couch, Gabi tucked her phone underneath the couch cushions.
Doug and Julie talked about how happy they were to see Jack and Jennifer happy and together again. "So much has changed in the last year," Julie said as she and Doug looked at the restaurant sign for the remodeled Doug's Place. The sign read, "Julie's Place." Inside the restaurant, Julie reminded Doug how thrilled she had been when Doug had surprised her once the remodel of the restaurant had finished.
"It's a fitting tribute to the woman that makes my life worth living," Doug said. "Whatever name is on the door, it is because you were the magic man who made this place so important to Salem and me," Julie countered.
In the square, Kayla talked to someone on the phone about dinner. "I'll see you at home," Kayla said. Kayla walked over to Julie's Place and greeted Doug and Julie. "I just want some take-out. I haven't mastered the stove at my new place yet," Kayla admitted. "It's so good to see you happy again, and him, too. You really helped him so much, Kayla," Julie remarked. With a nod, Kayla said that Justin was still struggling with Adrienne's death.
Kayla told Julie that she was impressed with the healthy menu at the restaurant. With a laugh, Julie said that after all Kayla had done for her heart health, the menu was the least she could do to thank Kayla. While Eli and Gabi kissed at the mansion, their movement on the couch activated the app on Gabi's phone that connected to Julie's pacemaker. At the restaurant, Julie clutched her chest as her heart raced.
Kayla examined Julie and confirmed that she was not having a heart attack. Concerned, Doug asked Kayla why the pacemaker was not keeping Julie's heart from racing.
After Eli and Gabi had finished making love on the couch at the DiMera mansion, Gabi grabbed her phone and gasped. Gabi hurriedly adjusted Julie's pacemaker on the open app back to normal. "What is it?" Eli asked. Gabi lied and said she had almost butt dialed someone. "That would have been a disaster," Eli said. "Yeah," Gabi said with an emphatic nod.
At Julie's Place, Julie told Kayla and Doug that her heart felt normal again. Kayla confirmed that Julie's heart sounded good. Julie confirmed that she had not had any problems since after the pacemaker had first been inserted. Worried, Doug asked if he should take Julie to the hospital, but Kayla suggested that they make an appointment with Julie's cardiologist instead. Doug retrieved Kayla's food from the kitchen, and she left.
Doug asked Julie if she was okay, and she nodded yes. "I'm so happy to see Kayla like this. She was alone for so long!" Julie commented. When Eli and Gabi arrived for dinner, Doug told them about Julie's pacemaker problem. Julie insisted she was fine. "Thank God," Gabi said. Julie and Eli told Gabi that they were thankful for her decision to give Stefan's heart to Julie. Julie threw her arm around Gabi.
"A year later, and I'm still going strong!" Julie said. "I'm just glad that you're okay," Gabi said. Doug told Eli that Kayla had been in the restaurant and had helped Julie. With a grin, Julie explained that Kayla had been there to pick up dinner for her new "main squeeze."
At Kayla's new house, she unpacked dinner on the table. "Just in time! I've got all your favorites here," Kayla said as Justin walked in. "You're too good to me," Justin said. Kayla kissed him.
At the penthouse, John and "Hope" had dinner together. "Hope" toasted "to us." As John sipped the wine, he got a faraway look on his face. "Doc and I just didn't do this kind of thing often enough," John said quietly. "You still miss her, don't you?" "Hope" asked. John thanked "Hope" for convincing him that he could not stand in Marlena's way when she had been offered a position at a job on a panel out of town. Unknown to John, "Hope" had paid the psychiatric institute a donation that was conditioned on Marlena's part on their panel.
"Someday, she is going to come back. In the meantime, well, you have to keep living, right?" "Hope" asked as she poured more wine. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder," John said. After a couple glasses of wine, John told "Hope" that he was glad that she was there to keep him company during Marlena's absence. "Hope" told John that she was grateful he had taken her in after her house had flooded.
"Hope" thought about how she had talked to John at the Brady Pub seven months before about her plumbing issues and her frustration over living in the full Horton house. When "Hope" had said she planned to move into the Salem Inn, John had asked "Hope" to move into the penthouse instead. John and "Hope" smiled at the memory.
"I never in a million years thought we were going to be roommates, but it's a good thing, because I like hanging out with you," John said. "I always felt close to you," "Hope" admitted. John said he was happy to have someone to talk with. With a nod, "Hope" said it was odd that Marlena had not communicated more with John. "I sure would like a letter now and then," John said with a chuckle.
Unbeknownst to John, Marlena had sent a letter, but Gina had intercepted it. "You will not be receiving this one, either," Gina had said as she'd bundled the letter with the others she had confiscated. With a smile at the memory, "Hope" told John, "You really are lonely, aren't you?" As John rose from the couch, he wobbled from the wine. John stared at a photo of him with Marlena. "Hope" noted that it was hard to be the one left behind.
"I haven't been with anyone since Rafe and I broke up," "Hope" admitted. John laughed. "Hope" playfully smacked John on the arm. "In all seriousness, sometimes I feel like I'll never be with anyone again," "Hope" said. "You're far too beautiful to be alone," John said. John started to add that if he were single, he might be interested, but he stopped himself and commented that he had had too much wine. "Hope's" face fell in disappointment.
"I hope I didn't say anything to make you feel uncomfortable," "Hope" said. John shook his head no. "Hope" told John that his friendship had meant a lot to her, and he agreed. With an unsteady gait, John walked into the kitchen to reheat their dinner. "You want me, John, but you are too good of a man to act on it," Gina said. With a devilish smile, Gina poured wine on her shirt, then started to remove it. When John returned, "Hope" was standing in the middle of the room in her camisole.
"I'm such a klutz. I am so sorry. I spilled my wine," "Hope" said. John handed his unfinished glass of wine to "Hope." As "Hope" took the glass, their fingers lingered on one another. Marlena walked in. "Am I interrupting something here?" a confused Marlena asked.