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.
EJ, Sami and Lucas urge Will not to throw his life away. Sonny grapples with the possibility of losing the man he loves. Hope arrives with surprising news. When Daniel confronts Nicole and learns she has doubled down on her lies by telling Eric that Daniel is in love with her. Daniel finally realizes she will not come clean and is about to tell Eric himself when she makes one last impassioned plea – which someone overhears. When Daniel rejects Nicole’s argument, she sees she has no choice. As she is about to accompany Daniel to see Eric, fate intervenes and a hospital emergency calls Daniel away. He cautions this changes nothing. A resolved Nicole finally meets up with Eric… Earlier, Eric mends fences with Marlena before preparing to leave town with Nicole.
Eric arrives at Nicole’s, ready to elope. Nicole has to dance as fast as she can to keep Eric and Daniel from talking – and to keep from her lie being exposed. Later, Eric goes to see Jennifer and resigns from the job she got him at the hospital. At the square, Nicole makes plans for the elopement and is unaware that JJ overhears. He tells Daniel and Jennifer separately – and they react, surprised. Daniel arrives at Nicole’s door… positively livid. Gabi visits with Rafe and Jordan, who both notice how much happier and freer she appears and she admits that as horrible as it all is, things are better now that Nick is out of her life. Sonny comes home, giving Gabi a shock when he tells her about Will’s confession. Hope and Abe attempt to piece everything together regarding Nick’s murder. EJ and Sami arrive at the station and try to talk some sense into Will.
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.
Nicole does her best to convince Eric that Daniel is in love with her. She feels it’s best if she and Eric elope and stay away from Salem to give Daniel time to realize it’s only an infatuation. Eric tells Nicole he needs some time to think it over. He leaves for a walk… and runs into Daniel. Earlier, Daniel is uneasy as Marlena admits she’s judged Nicole unfairly. Lucas is hit when Hope reveals she can place him at the scene of the crime – she demands to know if he shot Nick. Lucas swears he arrived after Nick was shot, though he reluctantly admits he had a gun. Later, Hope receives mysterious intel about the case. Gabi, Will, Sonny, Sami, Kate and Marlena celebrate Arianna’s first birthday. When Gabi notes Kate’s expensive necklace, Sami pulls Kate outside for a tense chat. When they come back inside, their fight is in progress as Sami blasts Kate for allowing Stefano back into her life. EJ confesses to Abigail that he hired someone to shoot Nick. However, the hit man did not succeed – someone beat him to the punch. Abigail is still outraged by EJ’s actions but agrees not to say anything. They squirm a bit when Sami arrives but are able to cover. Later, EJ tells Sami that Hope has been questioning Lucas – and Sami wonders if Lucas is guilty.
Nicole urges Eric to elope, and it looks like he might buy into her reasons. However, when he suggests Daniel and Jennifer go with them, Nicole freaks. She tells him she doesn’t want anybody to know they’re getting married. Eric reacts to this and senses she’s hiding something. Nicole then comes up with a whopper of a lie – that Daniel is in love with her! Daniel and Jennifer have lunch with Abe and Maxine. Daniel gets a moment alone with Maxine and asks for her advice about how he’s handling a situation with a friend (he doesn’t mention Nicole by name). At the same time, Abe gives Jennifer advice about not pushing Daniel to reveal what he’s hiding. Kate gets Lucas to admit he took her gun and that he wanted to kill Nick. Kate thinks Lucas needs to flee, but he swears he’s innocent. Later, Hope has more questions for Lucas, and Kate runs into EJ, who calls her on her love for Stefano’s gifts. Earlier, EJ gives Rafe a copy of Gabi and Will’s custody agreement to peruse. Rafe is suspicious, but it seems the enemies are able to agree on this one thing. Rafe finds Jordan, who is worried about Ben being questioned by Hope. Abigail apologizes to Ben for inadvertently roping him into the Nick mess but he assures it’s fine. Abigail then meets with EJ, who admits he did hire a man to kill Nick.
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.
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