At the Horton Town Square, Brady told Eric about the deal that had been struck with Xander in exchange for Nicole's freedom.
Eric was grateful to Brady for having found a way to get Xander out of Nicole's life for good. Brady was quick to diplomatically acknowledge that Eric probably could have found a way to neutralize Xander, too, if things hadn't gone south with Nicole after Holly's death. Eric considered skipping Holly's funeral, which was scheduled to take place the following day, out of respect for Nicole, but Brady thought that would be a big mistake.
At the hospital, Sarah approached Rex at the nurses' station. "Where have you been?" Rex, who had been looking for Sarah, asked curiously, sounding more relieved than irritated. "What does it matter?" Sarah evasively replied, confusing Rex. "Okay, fine -- since you're aching to know, I was with Eric," Sarah reluctantly elaborated, prompting Rex to wonder why that hadn't been the original answer. "I don't want to have to account [for] every minute of my life [that I'm not with] you," Sarah defensively explained. "I never asked you to," Rex insisted. "All right, [then] can we just drop it?" Sarah requested.
Changing the subject, Sarah revealed that Xander was back in town -- and had already fallen back into old habits. Rex was furious to learn that Xander had tried to hit on Sarah earlier. Rex grumbled that Xander deserved a punch to the face for that, prompting Sarah to reluctantly reveal that Eric had felt the same way -- and had already taken care of the matter.
At the Kiriakis mansion, Kate put a hand on Victor's knee and sweetly promised to keep an eye on Xander -- and do anything else that needed to be done for the good of Titan.
"What's going on here?" Maggie demanded to know, joining Victor and Kate in the living room. "Kate and I were just discussing Titan --" Victor began to explain, but Maggie didn't want to hear that excuse again, since Kate was supposed to be discussing business matters with the company's CEO instead of its chairman of the board. "[Not when] the problem is Brady," Kate clarified.
Maggie was shocked to learn that Brady had given Xander, of all people, an executive position at Titan. "[Brady] hates Xander as much as anyone! He'd never hire him!" Maggie insisted, confused. "Well, he did," Kate replied with a shrug. "You know, Maggie, you have been through a lot lately, and believe me, I am the least of your worries," Kate added. "You will be...once you leave my house," Maggie countered. "It's Victor's home, too," Kate pointed out. "[But] I can see that you're still very upset about Holly, [so] I'm gonna go," Kate continued. "Stay gone," Maggie advised.
"I mean it, Victor -- this can't happen again!" Maggie warned after Kate exited the mansion. "You're too smart not to know that she's up to something, so don't pull this na´ve act on me!" Maggie continued. "What act? [Look], everything is on the table. Of course she's after Brady's job. She's not trying to hide that," Victor dismissively insisted. "She's after you!" Maggie argued.
Although fairly certain that Maggie was wrong, Victor argued that it didn't really matter either way. "Well, what does really matter is that I came to tell you that my granddaughter had died, and you refused to come home with me. You stayed and had a drink with her instead," Maggie countered. "I'm sorry about that," Victor stressed, sighing. "I'm not here for words, Victor. I just want you to promise me -- promise me -- that you will stay away from her!" Maggie demanded. "I can't, damn it!" Victor insisted, adding that Brady had put Titan back in danger again, and Kate was the only one who could be trusted to protect the company.
Maggie advised Victor to make Brady fire Xander. "He won't do it!" Victor tiredly explained, adding that Brady was too worried about protecting Nicole from Xander. "Though I can't, for the life of me, figure out why [Brady] thinks she'd need [his help]. If you put Nicole and Xander in a room [for] a bare-knuckled fight to the death, Nicole would be home by cocktail time," Victor curiously noted.
John and Marlena went to the Brady Pub for a round of drinks after learning the outcome of the mayoral race. "It boggles the mind. How in the hell could Jack Deveraux -- [at least] in his current, vile persona -- win that election?" John said to Marlena with a shake of the head. "In his current persona, I wouldn't want him for my cat-walker. [Of course], we don't even have a cat, but..." Marlena dryly declared, making John laugh. "The first lady -- she's a real prize, [too]," John sarcastically mused. "Yeah -- xenophobic and vindictive," Marlena agreed with a groan.
Will and Sonny soon entered the pub, both looking somber. As Marlena and Will greeted each other with a warm embrace, John and Sonny each moved an extra chair over to one of the tables to make room for four people. As soon as everyone claimed a seat, the elephant in the room was addressed. "We're definitely not giving up...but it was a little discouraging," Sonny admitted as John and Marlena absorbed the disappointing news that the first round of radiation had failed to shrink Will's tumor. "I did this to myself," Will glumly noted, but Sonny insisted that wasn't true.
"You know, you're right," Will told Sonny after a moment of thought. "It's your fault!" Will snapped, glaring at Marlena. "You're a doctor! You should have known what would happen! You should have warned me!" Will reasoned. "I tried to," Marlena pointed out. "You didn't try hard enough!" Will insisted, getting even more upset. "You should have talked me out of it, but instead, you injected that thing into my body, and now look what happened! This morning, I forgot Holly was dead! That serum was supposed to give me my memory back, and now it's taking it away, and now it could kill me!" Will continued.
"You begged her to give you that serum," John reminded Will. "Maybe we should just, um -- we should get out of here. You've been under a lot of stress, and, uh...you know, we can do this another time," Sonny told Will, already standing to leave. "He didn't mean to attack you," Sonny assured Marlena, who understood and insisted it wasn't a big deal. "Sorry -- what are you talking about? What -- what did I do?" Will, who had looked confused from the moment that Sonny had begun talking, finally asked. "You, uh...you blamed your grandmother for the tumor," Sonny explained. "No! I wouldn't do that! I don't think that!" Will argued.
"Oh, my God... Oh, I did, didn't I?" Will added after realizing that Sonny wouldn't joke about such a thing. "Oh, that was so mean and so unfair! I'm -- I'm sorry! I'm so sorry!" Will told Marlena, who insisted it was okay. "I love you, and I need you, and you've always been there for me -- 100% -- and to have blamed you for any of this is so --" Will began to stress, but Marlena interrupted and again insisted that it wasn't a big deal. "I don't want to upset you, but I think we should go back to the hospital," Sonny gently advised Will. "We'll go with you," Marlena offered, knowing that John would agree.
"We're gonna get through this, okay? We're gonna do it together," Sonny assured Will. "I'm scared," Will admitted with a sigh. "I know," Sonny quietly replied.
Kate met the group at the hospital, having received a heads-up from Rex through Sarah. After Will was admitted, Sonny summarized the earlier incident for Rex, Sarah, and Kate. "I talked to Kayla, and she agrees that we need to proceed with another radiation treatment, and we're hopeful that once we shrink the tumor, these side effects will clear up," Rex announced. "Maybe there's some chemical in the tumor that can give us the key to all this," Marlena mused. "Yeah, but the thing is, the FDA -- they're not gonna release the drug," John pointed out. "I'm gonna keep hounding them on that," Rex promised.
"Rex, Rolf was your mentor. Is there a chance that you worked on the serum with him?" Kate asked. "Not that I knew of, [but] he was very secretive; sometimes I was doing research and didn't even know why I was doing it," Rex replied. "Well, then, perhaps you did," Kate suggested. "I don't know... I mean, Kayla was the one who saw the parallel in the biopsy. [When] I looked at the same report, I didn't see any red flags," Rex argued. "Okay, well, it was just a thought," Kate conceded with a shrug. "It's a good one, though," Rex decided. "I'm gonna go back into my notes from when I worked with him, 'cause I know what I'm looking for now," Rex added.
Sarah suggested that, in the meantime, it might be best to let Will get some rest. "See you in the morning?" Will asked Sonny as everyone else left the room. "I'm not going anywhere. As long as you're here, so am I," Sonny insisted, taking a seat at the edge of Will's bed. "Thank you," Will quietly stated. "You don't have to thank me. There's nowhere else I'd rather be," Sonny stressed, smiling.
"What is happening to me? I'm forgetting things, I yelled at Grandma... It's like...it's like I'm not me anymore," Will worriedly mused. "It's the tumor, [and] once we're able --" Sonny tried to reason. "What if we're not able? What if they still can't fix it? What if this is just how it's gonna be for --" Will began to fret, but Sonny maintained that everything was going to be okay.
Sonny stretched out on the bed and wrapped a comforting arm around Will, who soon calmed down and drifted off to sleep. Meanwhile, at the nurses' station, Marlena admitted to John that, while it didn't hurt to let Will and Sonny have some hope, Kate's theory about Rex's notes probably wouldn't lead to any useful discoveries. "We need [Rolf's] diary -- that's where the formula is," Marlena reasoned. "I just can't imagine why it would have disappeared into thin air..." Marlena added. "Well, lucky for you, you're married to someone who just might be able to help. No, no, no -- scratch 'might'; I know I can find that damn diary," John assured Marlena.
At the Kiriakis mansion, Maggie sat alone in the living room, sobbing over a loose photograph of Holly. Maggie's hands eventually began shaking, causing the photograph to fall to the floor. It landed under a desk, close to a trash can, and Maggie realized, while reaching for it, that the trash can was filled with the remains of a figurine. Suddenly even more devastated, Maggie retrieved a cell phone and shakily dialed a number.
"How could you?" Maggie snapped when Kate answered the call. "You know how much I love this little figurine, [so] you smashed it, and you left it in a place where you knew I'd find the pieces!" Maggie tearfully continued. "Why the hell would I do something like that?" Kate asked, confused. "To hurt me! To upset me! Like everything else you've been doing!" Maggie reasoned. "You are not making any sense at all. You're really losing control," Kate noted. "Isn't that what you want?" Maggie replied. "I really don't have time for this at all. I really don't. Will is back in the hospital, and you're yelling at me about your stupid figurine!" Kate complained.
"What about Will?" Maggie asked. "He had a setback, Maggie. You're not the only one who has problems," Kate replied before hanging up. Maggie immediately rushed over to the bar, clearly at a breaking point.
As Maggie opened a decanter and took a longing whiff of the liquor within it, Brady entered the mansion and called out a greeting. She quickly closed the decanter but wasn't able to move away from the bar before he entered the living room. "You all right?" he asked, concerned. "It's broken, Brady -- everything is broken!" she fretted before seizing a hug from him.
At the Salem Inn, Nicole teasingly referred to Xander as nothing more than "the hired muscle," prompting him to remind her that he was much more than that. "Without my brilliance, my singular imagination, and my off-the-charts determination to finally get what I deserve -- and what you deserve --" he began to summarize. "None of this would have happened," she tiredly concluded for him.
"I get it. Hats off to you. You're amazing. You're a genius. You're God's gift to the universe," Nicole sarcastically declared, but Xander wanted to hear more sincere praise. "Oh, Xander, you are the most brilliant man I have ever had the good fortune of conspiring with, and I am eternally grateful that you allow me to bask in your glory," she said with a dramatic swoon, leaving him much more satisfied than before.
Xander filled a glass with Champagne and handed it to Nicole then raised the bottle to his lips, gulped down quite a bit of what had been left in it, and burped loudly. "God, you're a class act," she observed with a cringe of disgust. "I could get used to this stuff," he raved. "Really? I think it's a little burned, actually...but what can you expect in a place like this, hmm?" she complained while searching the hotel room for bedbugs. "At least I won't be in this fleabag for long. I am on to bigger and better things. I mean, what's the point of coming back from the dead if you're not gonna have it all?" she added, grinning triumphantly.
After finishing off the bottle of Champagne, Xander began hitting on Nicole, who firmly rejected his advances and made it clear that she planned to go through with the divorce that he had just agreed to grant her a few hours earlier. "But you said you were moving on to bigger and better things. I'm both," he crassly bragged, drawing a scoff of doubt from her. "You'd better get yourself in line -- and stay in line -- or I will screw things up for you at Titan," she warned. "You wouldn't do that," he dismissively insisted. "Wouldn't I? [After all], I don't feel any loyalty to you," she countered. "You should. Look at all I've done for you," he argued.
"[But] whatever. It's your loss, because I promise you, I would rock your world," Xander told Nicole, who didn't even want to picture that, let alone experience it. "I'm just saying -- I have made some women very happy. References available upon request," Xander confidently maintained. "References?" Nicole skeptically repeated. "Sarah Horton, for one," Xander elaborated, drawing a dismissive laugh from Nicole, who clearly wasn't impressed. "Has there ever been a simpier little simp?" Nicole wondered. "Really? Daniel? Eric? Not exactly 'macho men on parade,' is it?" Xander countered. "Eric is history," Nicole insisted.
Nicole laughed while mockingly recalling recent conversations with Eric, who was under the impression that they were in a bad place at that moment because of Holly's death. "I mean, come on! I don't even actually give a damn about that whiny little brat!" Nicole noted with a shake of the head. "Well, aren't you a sick little puppy, laughing at a child's [death]..." Xander observed. "What? Why not laugh? It's not like she's really dead," Nicole reasoned with a shrug. "[Besides], do you have any idea how exhausting all that weeping and gnashing of teeth was? What, I don't deserve a little comic relief? Come on!" Nicole added.
"I mean, you start to act miserable, [and] after a while, you feel miserable. I was so happy when I actually got to switch gears and tear into Eric. It was actually fun. He was so pathetically sad and guilt-ridden," Nicole continued. "He's a wimp," Xander declared. "When you're right, you're right," Nicole agreed. "I mean, he made the decision to give the kid to Chloe because he thought it was the right thing to do, so why not just stand by that and tell me [that] if I don't like it, I can go to hell? That would -- I would actually respect him more [then]. But no, no -- he had to whine, and cry, and grovel, and whatever else he did," Nicole added.
"You know, as far as I'm concerned, Sarah can have him," Nicole insisted before telling Xander to open another bottle of Champagne. "I want to look haggard [for the funeral] tomorrow," Nicole explained. "Coming back from the dead has hardened you," Xander noted. "You try it. It takes a toll," Nicole countered, shrugging. "So, I guess you're not gonna suggest to Eric that you two try couples therapy," Xander mused, prompting Nicole to wonder why it mattered. "Oh...hmm, I get it -- you want me to get Eric out of the picture so you can have Frau Doktor Horton all to yourself," Nicole quickly realized, and Xander didn't bother to deny it.
"Don't you think you should worry about Rex?" Nicole asked. "Oh, they're engaged, yeah, but Eric's the real competition," Xander insisted.
Suddenly ready for some privacy, Nicole ordered Xander to leave. "Tomorrow is going to be endless grief on parade -- how tedious," Nicole grumbled. "I know what you mean. I hate funerals -- even when the person's actually dead," Xander agreed. "You know, maybe Maggie will provide us with some excitement... [I mean], I saw her flirting with the vodka bottle [recently, so] maybe she'll make a drunken spectacle of herself. Oh, it's so nice to have something to look forward to!" Nicole mused, grinning. "Fun's over," Nicole impatiently added, shoving Xander out of the hotel room.
"Okay, okay, I'm going...but remember, we're still partners for the long haul," Xander reminded Nicole before walking away, unaware that Kate was watching nearby. "What the hell is going on with that?" Kate wondered.
Nicole locked the hotel room door with a mischievous grin. "Oh, I do like it when everything works out exactly as I planned..." Nicole mused before releasing a wicked cackle that could have rivaled Kristen's best.
• Gabi turns to Kate for help.
• Maggie succumbs to temptation.
• Nicole continues to lash out at people.
• Doug and Julie celebrate a special occasion.