Furious Nick warns Sami to stay away from Gabi and offers a thinly veiled threat. Unsettled, Sami conveys what happened to EJ. While Rafe stays with Gabi, Nick leaves the hospital to run a mysterious errand. At the coffee house, Sonny is moved when he read Will’s touching Valentine’s card. Will is a bit embarrassed, believing Sonny is with Brian now. But Sonny makes clear Will is the man he truly loves. They reconcile and go back to Will’s dorm to make love. However, Will first tells Sonny he has something important he needs to tell him. After he confides his secret, the two make love. Later, Nick pounds on the door, demanding to speak with Will. Kristen continues to manipulate Brady in an effort to get him to move into her family’s mansion. She weaves a web about Stefano being deathly ill, and Brady finally gives in to her request. However, when she gloats to Stefano over the phone, Brady overhears – and is livid! Shaken by the robbery and assault, Eric pulls Nicole into an emotional hug. Nicole is deeply affected by his touch – which doesn’t go unnoticed by an entering Marlena. Marlena is relieved her son is okay. When Eric briefly leaves the room, Marlena gives Nicole a subtle warning. Unnerved that Marlena is on to her feelings for Eric, Nicole later blurts to the priest that she’s leaving town. He’s thrown and points out she can’t – Roman needs her help to ID the robber. Distraught Nicole leaves and asks God to help set her free from Eric. At the same time, it appears her prayers will be answered in an unexpected way when someone starts to strangle Eric!