Daniel and Jennifer’s long awaited kiss is put on hold when Lucas interrupts. Lucas takes his sister to task for getting involved with Daniel, then crosses a line when he questions her respect for Jack’s memory. Jennifer puts Lucas in his place – and later turns her attention back to Daniel and the promise of romance over the holidays. Sami listens in as Kristen almost confides her affair with Brady to EJ – but Kristen catches her eavesdropping and covers. When Kristen brings up Stefano, Sami rails against him and everything the DiMeras stand for – encouraging EJ to continue on his course away from their influence with the unspoken inference that he is on the right track to win back her heart. But EJ won’t renounce his family – just their ways – and says those who love him must accept him as a DiMera – a declaration that impresses Sami. Marlena continues to confide in Hope, as John innocently questions Brady about his relationship with Kristen. Marlena later meets up with John and misinterprets something he says about Brady, almost blowing the secret. But she recovers in time to keep John in the dark. Meanwhile, a chance encounter with Johnny and Sydney sparks an idea for Kristen to draw Brady closer. Her ploy works, as Brady pushes for a commitment. Later, Jennifer walks in on the couple in a compromising position, and the threat of their affair being exposed seems imminent.