An amped John and Marlena try to rescue Brady from Kristen’s clutches – but Brady is so enamored with Kristen that it’s a tough sell. John speaks to Brady in private and tries to get his son to see the truth – that Kristen is using him to hurt John and Marlena. Meanwhile, Marlena and Kristen take the gloves off – and it’s clear this is just Round One. Later, Brady finally loses his cool and hits John to defend Kristen’s honor – causing the two men to have a full-blown fistfight. A horrified Marlena and gleeful Kristen arrive on the scene. Rafe and Sami break their New Year’s kiss, each a bit thrown by how much it rocks them. EJ returns after being intentionally delayed by Nicole and kisses Sami – right in front of Rafe. Rafe plays it cool and later confides to Nicole that Sami still has a hold on him. Meanwhile, EJ surprises Sami with a romantic dinner. Will confronts Nick on his “gay boy” comment – Will won’t have his child raised by a bigot. Nick downplays it and apologizes – but makes it clear he will not stand for Will flip-flopping on his decision to renounce his paternity of Gabi’s baby. Meanwhile, Gabi approaches Sonny, seeking a truce for the New Year. He agrees to tolerate her place in Will’s life – as long as she does nothing to hurt him.
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