In the Kiriakis living room, Kate visited Victor to inform him that Xander was working at Titan. Brady walked in and admitted that he had hired Xander. "You've set a new record for screwing things up," Kate said. When Kate suggested that Victor replace Brady with her as CEO, Victor muttered that he was tempted. Brady warned Kate to leave, and she reluctantly did.
With a scowl, Victor reminded Brady that Xander had been an incompetent gardener. Brady explained that he had made a deal with Xander to obtain the recording of Nicole. "She just lost her daughter, I'm not going to see her go to jail," Brady said. Victor was angry, but Brady ordered Victor to back off and let him handle the situation.
After Brady left, Kate returned and asked Victor why Brady had hired Xander. Victor muttered that he had given Brady free reign to hire whomever he wanted. "For the time being, we're stuck with this worthless maggot," Victor said. "Why do I have the feeling it's me you are talking about with such affection," Xander said as he entered the living room. Xander told Kate that he did not answer to anyone at the company except the CEO and the board.
"I'm going to make you see that I can be a better CEO than Brady ever dreamed of being," Xander said. With a grin, Xander walked out. "Would you be so kind as to fetch me my gun?" Victor quipped to Kate. Kate pressed Victor for details about Xander's blackmail, but Victor said he could not tell Kate about it. Victor asked Kate to watch Xander carefully.
At the pub, Sarah sat alone at a table, eating. Xander walked in and whispered in her ear, "No one this beautiful should be eating alone." Sarah told Xander he smelled, and she wanted him to go away. With a grin, Xander sat at Sarah's table. "Sooner or later, you're going to realize what a catch I am," Xander said. When Sarah reminded Xander that she was engaged, Xander countered that he was married.
"I won't tell anybody if you won't," Xander purred. Xander asked Sarah if she wanted to sleep with him again. "You couldn't get enough of me," Xander said as Sarah rolled her eyes. Eric appeared out of nowhere, pulled Xander to his feet, and punched him in the face. Xander dropped to the ground. When Xander got to his feet, he declined to engage in a fight with Eric, noting that he was late for a business meeting.
"You'll come around eventually. They all do," Xander whispered to Sarah on his way out the door. Sarah grabbed ice to put on Eric's hand. Sarah apologized for making things worse between Eric and Nicole. "I ended up giving her the impression that something was going on between you and me, which is ridiculous, isn't it?" Sarah asked.
In the DiMera mansion, Stefan saw Nicole scowling at the portrait of Stefano. With a chuckle, Stefan noted that Holly had thought that Stefano was Santa Claus. Nicole said it was hard to believe. When Stefan admitted that he had not known Stefano, Nicole noted that her relationship with Stefano had been complicated.
"The way you talk about Holly, it sounds like you really cared about her," Nicole said. Stefan said he was glad Nicole was there because no one had loved Holly as much as Nicole and Chloe. "You need each other right now," Stefan said as Chloe walked in. Stefan left to give Nicole and Chloe privacy.
"I don't even have the words to tell you how sorry I am," Chloe said. Nicole explained that she had just left the funeral home. "Do you really think that some pretty little dress is going to make up for putting my daughter in a funeral home?" Nicole asked. Through tears, Chloe said she had loved Holly. Nicole argued that Chloe had failed to keep Holly safe. Nicole pulled Holly's dress out of her purse and threw it at Chloe's face.
"Thanks for nothing!" Nicole said as she marched out the door. Chloe sat on the couch, stunned. Stefan walked in and asked what had happened. Chloe broke down in tears and rushed into Stefan's arms. After Chloe was calmer, she told Stefan what had happened. Stefan counseled Chloe to remember that she had done everything she could have done to protect Holly.
"I'll never forget the sound of the two of you singing together," Stefan said. Chloe smiled at the thought then she started to cry again. "What has happened to our sweet little angel?" Chloe cried out. Stefan took Chloe's hand and told her that he had dreamed that she, Holly, and Parker would be his family. "I still have that hope, Chloe. I want you to know that I will take care of you and Parker for as long as you'll allow it," Stefan said.
J.J. And Haley ran from the police and holed up in a motel. Haley told J.J. that she did not want anyone to go to prison to help her. "Maybe we aren't in as much trouble as we think we are," J.J. suggested. Haley turned on the TV. The news announced Jack's win in the mayoral race. J.J. was livid. J.J. lamented that his father had hurt Haley, and that Jack would suffer no bad consequences for his actions.
"I was being selfish. I made the decision to run tonight. It was your life," J.J. said. J.J. apologized to Haley because his father had ruined the life Haley had built in the US. Haley told J.J. that she felt lucky to have J.J. in her corner. Overcome with emotion, Haley started to cry.
"It just hit me again. Melinda is not my sister. She's my mom," Haley said. As she paced the room, Haley wondered aloud how to deal with all the lies. "Your grandmother and grandfather must have really loved you," J.J. said. Haley said she did not know how to accept Melinda as her mother. With a shake of her head, Haley told J.J. about finding a baby blanket she had loved as a kid.
"One day, I hear my mother, my grandmother, say that she was sorry she had never learned how to knit," Haley said. Haley added that her grandmother had later lied and said she had knitted to relax when Haley had asked her about the blanket. "Every time I had that blanket, I felt like I wasn't alone. I wonder if I was feeling this connection that I didn't even know existed," Haley said. J.J. took Haley's hands in his.
"Why didn't she want to be my mom? I don't get it. All those years," Haley said. J.J. told Haley that Melinda's choice was not about Haley's choices. J.J. took Haley's face in his hands and stared into her eyes. J.J. told Haley that she was safe, and they would deal with ICE in the morning.
In the park, Jennifer found Melinda crying and loading a gun. "I'm going to Jack Deveraux's victory celebration to make sure that he and his lovely bride pay for what they did to Haley," Melinda said. Melinda complained that Jack had used Haley for a campaign scheme. As Jennifer attempted to calm Melinda, a furious Melinda corrected Jennifer and told her that Haley was her daughter.
"I want them dead!" Melinda growled. Jennifer asked Melinda to talk to her. Melinda slowly put the gun back in her purse, and she sat on the bench. "I was raised to strive for protection and the way to get there was through shame," Melinda said. Jennifer nodded her head. Melinda told Jennifer about her pregnancy at 17 and how her parents had reacted.
"I can't even imagine how painful that was for you," Jennifer said. Melinda said the shame of abandoning her child had caused her to shut down emotionally. "I have dishonored myself. My career is over. And I have nothing left to lose, so I'm going to start acting like a real mother. I'm going to do whatever it takes to help my daughter," Melinda said as she pulled the gun back out of her purse. Jennifer begged Melinda to reconsider her plan. Jennifer urged Melinda to use her legal skills to help her daughter instead.
"I can make sure that [Jack] never gets sworn in," Melinda said. Jennifer warned Melinda that shooting someone would not make up for the years she had lost with her daughter. "I understand that you hate Jack and Eve, but they are not the ones that hurt Haley the most," Jennifer said. Melinda asked Jennifer what she meant.
"You have. It would just be good for you to accept that and move forward and try to be different," Jennifer said. Melinda fought back tears. Jennifer noted that Melinda had kicked Haley out of the house, and that was proof that Melinda had hardened her heart. "You need to put her needs before your own," Jennifer said. "I haven't been a mother at all," Melinda said. Jennifer told Melinda that she could be a mother at that moment. When Melinda asked how, Jennifer asked for the gun. Gently, Melinda handed it to Jennifer.
"You did the right thing," Jennifer said. "Thank you for helping me. My question is, what do I do next?" Melinda asked. Jennifer suggested that Melinda act at Haley's lawyer. Jennifer's phone beeped with an alert. An APB had been issued for J.J. and Haley.
In the square, Brady met with Xander to give him his contract. Xander was surprised to find divorce papers in the briefcase. Brady explained that the deal was contingent on Xander signing the divorce papers. Nicole walked up and joined the two men at the café table.
"There is no way that I'm ever letting go of her," Xander stressed. "Do you want the job or not?" Brady asked. Xander objected that Brady had changed the terms of their agreement. Brady refused to budge. With a frown, Xander signed the papers and handed over the recording. Brady warned Xander not to cross him.
"I would never think to cross you, the bloke who got me everything I want," Xander said. Brady promised to get Xander set up at the mansion, as well. With a nod, Xander walked away. Brady promised Nicole that he would destroy the recording. Nicole asked if she could destroy the recording herself.
"I have been under that animal's thumbs too long," Nicole said. "Because of me," Brady said sadly. Nicole thanked Brady for standing by Holly. "You have always been the only one I could ever count on," Nicole said. As Nicole hugged Brady, Eric and Sarah walked into the square. Eric asked to talk to Nicole, but she refused.
"Now I see you have a new girlfriend," Nicole said as she stared at Sarah. Sarah stressed that Eric had never stopped loving Nicole. Nicole asked Eric to leave her alone and let her live her life. Nicole turned to Brady and thanked him again. With a nod, Nicole walked away. Eric loudly blamed himself for Nicole's misfortunes.
"Trust me, hindsight is always 20/20," Brady said. "Holly is dead, and I can do nothing to make it right!" Eric yelled. Brady cautioned Eric to give Nicole time to "come around." "At least she is free of Xander," Brady said.
At the Salem Inn, Xander visited Nicole. "You got your recording and your divorce; can't you at least ask me in?" Xander said. Nicole opened a bottle of Champagne. "I am celebrating the fact that my plan went off without a hitch," Nicole said. "You couldn't have done any of this without me, partner," Xander said. Nicole smiled.