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.
Daniel and Eric talk at cross purposes. Daniel thinks his friend now knows that Nicole destroyed the Chyka proof, while Eric thinks Daniel is confirming that he’s in love with Nicole. Before they can straighten things out, Roman demands to talk to Eric privately and gives his negative opinion about his son’s upcoming marriage to Nicole. Meanwhile, Daniel goes to Nicole, who realizes he still thinks she told Eric the truth. She says goodbye in a somewhat final way, which twigs Daniel a bit before he goes into surgery. Then Eric calls Nicole, and when they meet up, he agrees to her plan to elope! Lucas swears he’s innocent and tells Hope he doesn’t need a lawyer. The police let Lucas go, but with a warning. Sami and EJ agree to postpone their wedding. EJ tells Will they’re questioning Lucas. Will then goes to Hope to make a confession. Meanwhile, Victor offers Sonny a new lucrative job – overseas. Hope arrives with a search warrant for the mansion and finds the gun. Victor privately warns Sonny the next time he plans to kill a man, come to him first! Earlier, Nicole and Brady exchange some harsh words about his drinking. Later, Brady stops by Theresa’s place, and they fool around. Theresa tries to tempt Brady with an offer to procure some cocaine. JJ and Paige study for finals but Bev and Rory show up, and Bev manages to mess with Paige’s head with a well-placed STD test.
Daniel is about to tell Eric the truth about Nicole, but she tries to tap dance out of this and Eric follows her misdirection. Daniel all but forces Nicole back to his place, where she begs him to let her deception die with Liam. However, Daniel is adamant she come clean, and to ensure she follows through this time, he leaves Eric a message to call him after he’s spoken to Nicole. Nicole grimly goes to see Eric but in a desperate move, she tells him they must elope! Earlier, Eric goes to see Sami and reveals he’s marrying Nicole. She’s not happy and tells her brother he’s making a big mistake. Sami worries Will might have been the one who shot Nick but EJ strongly disagrees. Kate accidentally upsets Gabi, and Sonny tries to smooth things over. Later, EJ and Will show up at the apartment, and EJ goes over the joint custody agreement. To everyone’s surprise, Gabi is adamant that Sonny and his rights be factored into the agreement. Lucas has a heart-to-heart with Will, telling his son he is here for him if he wants to talk. Will surprises Lucas by telling him the same thing. Later, Kate accuses Lucas of having taken her gun. Jennifer tries to console Maggie over Nick, but it’s Victor who raises her spirits.
Jennifer asks Daniel what’s going on with him and Nicole. Daniel, not wanting to explain until Nicole has told Eric the truth, assures it’s no big deal and promises he will fill Jennifer in later. Jennifer seems to accept this, but later confides to Hope that she’s worried Nicole has put Daniel in awkward spot. Meanwhile, Daniel is not happy that Nicole isn’t returning his texts, and finally confronts her in person. He’s stunned to learn she hasn’t told Eric the truth. Nicole begs him to let it go, but when Eric shows up, Daniel tells Nicole either she tells Eric the truth or he will. Earlier, Nicole sees Brady drinking with Theresa, and she tries to use this information to buy time with Daniel. At the same time, Eric informs Marlena that he and Nicole are engaged and are going to be married soon. She’s not thrilled, but tries to bite her tongue. Later, John runs into Marlena, who rebuffs his overtures. At Theresa’s apartment, Brady wakes up hung over and angry with himself. He receives a call from John, which propels him to have mid-morning drinks with Theresa. Later, Brady goes home and is confronted by his father. Earlier, JJ goes to Daniel for some advice, explaining how he shut down with Paige after running into Theresa. Daniel encourages him to forget about Theresa. At the same time, Paige decides to seek out JJ and finds Jennifer instead. Jennifer defends her son and suggests Paige give JJ a little space. Paige leaves and runs into JJ, who tries to explain why he shut down. They end up sharing a kiss, that unbeknownst to them, is witnessed by Theresa. Aiden pulls Hope’s focus from Nick’s case to focus on the St. Luke’s gala, and she learns he’s attempted some unethical things to get the ballroom back from Mr. Howell. Disapproving Hope is relieved when it blows up in Aiden’s face.
Nicole tries to come clean with Eric and tell him about destroying Dr. Chyka’s evidence. However, she can’t bring herself to do it, and they end up making love instead. EJ’s hit man corners Sami and demands a meeting with her fiancé. Sami rushes back to EJ, and they wonder if the hit man wants to blackmail them for his silence. However, when EJ returns from the meeting, he informs a shocked Sami that the man only wanted to return the money EJ paid him – because he didn’t get a chance to complete the job. Someone else shot Nick! Hope questions Lucas and it gets progressively worse for him when she reveals she knows he had arranged to meet Nick only minutes before the shooting. Meanwhile, Marlena visits Gabi, who opens up about her deeply conflicted feelings about Nick. John suggests to Brady that they go to Europe together to track down Kristen – it will give his son the closure he needs. Brady angrily insists he doesn’t need closure and sure as hell doesn’t want to help John assuage his own guilt. He storms out and winds up running into Theresa. She plays it carefully as he gets drunk… and they wind up in a sexy clinch. Earlier, JJ and Paige enjoy their first real date. While Paige fields a call with her mom, JJ runs into Theresa, who’s interested to learn he’s out with someone. It gets tense in a hurry as Theresa wonders how his new girlfriend would react if she knew JJ was dark and twisted. JJ gets Paige out of there before the two women can meet. Paige reacts to JJ’s sudden change in mood, and when he refuses to tell her what’s upsetting him, she calls an early end to the night.
Daniel insists Nicole come clean with Eric – and at that moment, Eric arrives with Jennifer. Nicole’s on the spot but finally convinces Jennifer and Eric to leave and allow her and Daniel to talk privately. Daniel warns her he’s not going to stand by and let Eric remain ignorant of what she’s done. Nicole promises she’s going to tell Eric… but in her own way. She asks Daniel to hold off telling Jennifer anything until she can do that. Later, Eric shows up at Nicole’s place, and she takes a deep breath, knowing it’s the moment of truth. Hope sits down with Abigail, who is rattled when Hope brings up Abigail and Nick’s fight. Hope’s interested to learn that Ben came to Abigail’s rescue during another fight with Nick. Later, Abigail apologizes to Ben as she warns he’ll probably be questioned soon. Will tells Marlena how angry he was with Nick. Meanwhile, Hope continues her investigation and questions Kate, who’s happy to admit she owns a gun and is not at all shy to admit her dislike for Nick. A seemingly unworried Kate informs Lucas how it went but when she goes home, she discovers her gun is missing. Hope calls Lucas into her office. Earlier, Sami and Lucas worry about Allie’s trauma. Concerned, Sami calls Marlena over to talk to her daughter. But Allie, exhausted, quickly falls asleep as Marlena and EJ agree she needs her rest. Later, the hit man spots Sami in the square and follows her to a private remove where he confronts her and says she isn’t going anywhere. Though totally committed to each other and their love, Will and Sonny each privately suspect the other may have been involved in Nick’s shooting.
Jennifer confesses to Eric that she’s not totally comfortable with the lie Nicole and Daniel told Eric a while back (about being lovers). Later, they decide to surprise their significant others, knowing Nicole is telling Daniel about her and Eric’s engagement. At the same time, Daniel confronts a blindsided Nicole with the truth about what she’s been hiding. Aiden offers his support to Hope (and later Jennifer) as Hope tries to figure out who shot Nick. As Sonny and Will discuss returning the gun to Victor’s, and they are almost caught by Gabi. Gabi announces she’s canceling the custody hearing. Sonny professes the belief that things will all work out, but then is brought in to be questioned by Hope. Meanwhile, Rafe confronts Will about his fight with Nick. Sami walks in to hear Nick’s final voice message on Marlena’s phone and is rattled. EJ arrives in time to make sure Sami doesn’t give anything away to Marlena. While Marlena takes the message to Hope, EJ and Sami are interrupted by Gabi.
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