Nick’s murderer prepares for life in prison – but has one last confession to make. Abigail and Paige confide in one another. Later, Ben is alarmed when Paige recognizes him. JJ confronts Bev about the stunt she pulled with Paige and tells her it backfired – he and Paige are closer than ever. Brady and John’s fight escalates, and Theresa stands back until Hope shows up to break it up. Later, John reaches out to Marlena, but knows she won’t want to hear from him. An emotional Hope breaks down in Aiden’s arms.
Sami gives Rafe bad news, then rips into a stunned Jordan. Ben is stung when he realizes Jordan thought the worst of him. Marlena learns a stunning secret about a family member. Nicole makes a final plea to Eric to understand that her lies were motivated by love and argues they belong together despite all. Eric does understand her motives but doesn’t forgive her actions. He then walks out on her for good. Brady seems to hit rock bottom with Theresa. Just as he is about to put on the brakes on their drinking and drugging binge, he runs into John, who inadvertently makes things worse. John confronts Theresa, and Brady interrupts by physically attacking his father!
The truth about Nick’s murder is revealed – and several lives will never be the same. Eric confronts Nicole with the knowledge that she had evidence linking Kristen to Chyka – and then destroyed it. Nicole eventually runs out of spin and acknowledges the truth. She then makes a desperate plea, claiming she loved Eric too much to risk losing him. Meanwhile, Jennifer reflects on her decision to tell Eric what she knew. She gets a visit from Marlena and hints Eric may not be going away after all. Rafe and Jordan spend the day making love and shutting out the rest of the world. Later, Sami finds them in the square and bursts Rafe’s bubble.
Victor lets Sonny know he realized his nephew came to the mansion and got one of Victor’s guns. He’s adamant that Sonny needs to be protected and wants to fly him out of the country immediately. Meanwhile, Will is at the station, making a stunning confession. Hope summons Abe and together they question Will. Brady gives Theresa some money so she can buy some coke for herself, but insists he doesn’t need any for himself. He briefly leaves to pick up some more alcohol and runs into John. After an unpleasant exchange, he returns to Theresa, who plays him carefully… and finally Brady lets go and tries the cocaine. Abigail shows up at Club TBD to find Gabi in the middle of a photo shoot and Ben watching Arianna for her. Abigail is thrown when Ben has a strong reaction to an innocent offer. Bev continues to mess with Paige’s head, then takes off when JJ returns. Paige is off her pins but JJ is sweet and reassuring when he sees something is troubling her. Paige manages to put her uneasiness behind her. Marlena learns Roman has agreed to be Giselle’s date for the auction and it leads to a little lighthearted teasing between the two. John sees their closeness, a sad reminder that Marlena has indeed moved on.
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