Brady and Nicole’s lovemaking is interrupted by Eric’s unexpected arrival at the Kiriakis mansion. Nicole freaks but Brady promises to keep their tryst a secret and heads downstairs to speak to his brother. Eric, though a bit twigged by Brady’s nervousness, asks his brother to please look out for Sami while he goes away for the night to settle the dispute regarding the school for St. Luke’s. Nicole and Brady’s secret is nearly exposed but Nicole manages to cover. Kristen’s mysterious plan becomes a little more clear as she plots with Dr. Chyka. At the police station, Marlena points out to EJ that Stefano is clearly behind Sami’s legal woes. EJ leaves to speak with his father. Meanwhile, Abe informs Roman, Hope and Sami that the mayor is forcing Roman to take a leave of absence to avoid any conflict of interest – and has asked Abe to act as commissioner. Later, Marlena hypnotizes Sami to help her daughter get some answers. Meanwhile, EJ is angry to learn from Kristen that Stefano has left town. He later meets with Chad, who insists he has important news. Chad and Abigail share their shocking discovery with EJ.