Theresa tells JJ he no longer has to get her drugs but she needs another favor – she wants to know everything about Daniel. JJ realizes she still wants revenge on Jennifer and claims he doesn’t know much about the guy. Meanwhile, Brady diverts Daniel’s suspicions by claming he saw JJ with the drug dealer. Shaken Daniel heads off to confront him. Heartfelt JJ swears he wasn’t using – but he’s pretty sure the same could not be said about Brady. Daniel believes JJ and casually asks Maggie about Brady. Nicole is stunned when Eric shows up at her studio – he’s been hired to take her publicity shots. As the photo shoot progresses, they bond, each privately remembering how they first fell in love. Later, Nicole meets up with Brady to interview him for her story. Eric shows up, and Nicole expects Brady to object to his presence but Brady is strangely okay with it – because he’s high. Brady continues to act bizarrely during the interview, and Nicole finally stops to ask what the hell is going on with him. An arriving Daniel answers: Brady’s back on drugs. EJ insists on taking Sami on a hike in the woods, where Nick was killed. He finds a couple of pieces of evidence and warns Sami others could find more. He takes her to the river, where she sees Nick’s body and screams. Will confides in T that he thinks Sonny and Gabi have been keeping something from him. Meanwhile, Sonny comforts Gabi when she has another nightmare about killing Nick. Later, they get a shocking surprise.
Brady is uneasy when he learns Victor and Maggie have reunited and that his sponsor will be moving back into the mansion. Knowing it will be harder to get away with his drug habit, Brady subtly tries to deter Maggie from coming back right away – to no avail. Later, Brady rushes out to meet with his dealer. He makes another purchase and is about to leave when he runs into Daniel. JJ overhears Abigail supporting Jennifer’s decision to date Liam. Once Jennifer leaves, JJ angrily tells his sister their mom should be with Daniel. Later, Theresa stops by and to JJ’s surprise, she declares she’s here to set him free. Earlier, Theresa carries out a plot with Anne so she can come to Daniel’s aid. It works but before Theresa can make inroads, Victor interrupts them. Through Anne, Theresa realizes Daniel’s godfather is Victor Kiriakis – and that someday soon Daniel may inherit tons of money, giving Theresa even more incentive to hook up with the doctor. She later uses another opportunity to play mind games with Jennifer. When Jordan receives an expensive-looking gift from Rafe, Maxine urges her to clarify her feelings for her ex-patient. Meanwhile, Hope confides in Rafe about Bo’s absence, and Rafe bonds more with Ciara. Later, Jordan arrives and confronts Rafe about the gift, deeming its value inappropriate. But Rafe forces her to open the gift, and she realizes it’s T-shirt with special meaning. They move into a sweet kiss…
Doug, Julie, Jennifer, JJ, Abigail, Lucas, Will, Hope and Ciara celebrate Christmas by hanging the Horton family ornaments. Later, Gabi realizes Julie may pose a threat to her future. Earlier, Lucas questions Kate about Nick. Caroline, Sami, Eric, Roman, Kayla, Theresa and the kids convene at the Brady Pub for holiday festivities. Sami realizes Nicole convinced Eric to go to mass last night and in a surprising moment, thanks her for helping her brother. Victor and Maggie share the news of their reunion with Daniel and Parker. Per Maggie’s request, Victor then pays Eric an unexpected visit to apologize. Later, Daniel, Nicole and Parker share a warm moment. Gabi, Will and Sonny celebrate Arianna’s first Christmas. Gabi covers her nerves when Adrienne and Justin innocently ask her about Nick. Anne tries to thwart a Horton tradition at the hospital.
Doug and Julie return to town as the Hortons gather to celebrate Christmas Eve. JJ is still on edge regarding Theresa but eventually is roped into the holiday spirit. Julie takes Abigail to task over her choice in men. Meanwhile, Victor tries to make amends with Maggie. Across town, Daniel receives a wonderful surprise – Chloe has sent Parker to be with his father for Christmas. Later, JJ shows up to thank Daniel for all of his help and has a special gift for Parker. Brady celebrates Christmas Eve with the help of cocaine, but Nicole interrupts. She pesters him to get out of the house and celebrate the holiday but he refuses. After she leaves, he unearths a present for Kristen and he has an emotional meltdown. Eric talks to Father Matt to figure out the meaning behind his dream about Nicole. Father Matt encourages him to attend Midnight Mass at St. Luke’s, but he declines. Later, Nicole runs into Eric and offers a gag gift, then one from the heart as she offers to go with him to Midnight Mass at Holy Cross. EJ offers his support to help Sami deal with Nick’s murder. Meanwhile, Stefano shares a poignant moment with Theo and later tells EJ that he’s trying to make amends.
At the square, Kate, Gabi and Sonny cover their nervous reactions to "Santa." Meanwhile, Lucas and Will share a heartfelt moment. Back at the apartment, Gabi thanks Sonny for his help. She hugs him and Will is pleased to see them getting along. Elsewhere, Kate runs into Stefano, who has returned to town. He invites her out to dinner – and she flatly turns him down. Sami comes clean to EJ about Nick. He wishes she had confided in him sooner, but Sami notes that it was hard, especially after he kept quiet about Kristen. As EJ offers his support, Stefano returns home. Earlier, Hope questions Stefano about Kristen but he gives nothing away. Meanwhile, Abe watches Ciara and Theo make Christmas lists, and Ciara says the only thing she wants is for her dad to come home. Later, Hope tells a sad Ciara that Bo won’t be back for the holidays... Earlier, Jordan and Rafe nearly kiss when Stefano shows up. He claims he wants to offer an olive branch but Rafe won't take it. After Stefano goes, Jordan makes a slip to Rafe about her mysterious past. Later, she privately sends an e-mail to someone, writing that she really wants to stay in Salem.
EJ tries to trick Sonny into revealing the big secret but Lucas interrupts. Meanwhile, Hope walks in as Sami and Ciara are fighting over the backpack. Hope's incredulous and Sami has to walk a careful line in explaining how Ciara might have mistakenly come into possession of her missing earring. She finally gets it, privately relieved that an important loose end has been tied up – but now Hope is twigged. As she questions Sami, EJ overhears an interesting piece of information and later confronts Sami in private. Kate comes by Rafe's new apartment with a Christmas gift. Jordan arrives and after a moment of tension, Kate leaves. Rafe tells Jordan now that they no longer have a professional relationship, he'd like to get to know her better. Later, someone watches Rafe and Jordan. Gabi is grateful Sonny hasn’t told Justin anything but Sonny still thinks this is a secret that will blow up badly. Later, Will, Lucas, Kate, Sonny and Gabi take Arianna to have her picture taken with Santa. Kate, Gabi and Sonny receive an alarming surprise. Daniel reluctantly goes along with Nicole's lie for Eric's sake. Meanwhile, Nicole's producer pressures her to get Eric on camera about what really happened with Kristen. She talks to Eric but he stands his ground and will not agree. It gets testy between them. Later, Eric has a disturbing dream about Nicole's relationship with Daniel.
Sonny, Kate, Gabi and Sami cover like crazy when EJ and Will return to the apartment. To the women’s dismay, Sonny sneaks out to meet with his dad. Sami and Kate make a beeline for Sonny to talk to him before he can get to Justin. They lay it on thick about how important it is that he keep quiet but when he leaves to find his father, they’re not sure if they’ve convinced him. Meanwhile, EJ fishes carefully to get Gabi to open up about what is going on. He’s clever about it and nearly gets her to spill. He later tracks down Sonny and says Gabi told him everything. While Justin waits to meet with Sonny, he crosses with Hope, who’s been trying to put her best face on things but she knows Ciara is going to be heartbroken to spend Christmas without Bo. Once Justin goes, Sami arrives, still on the hunt for the missing earring she’s been led to believe Ciara might have. She gets Ciara alone and quickly determines that she does indeed have the missing earring stowed away in her backpack. But Ciara isn’t giving up her prized earring. She and Sami get in a struggle over the backpack and that’s when Hope returns, thrown by the scene before her. JJ’s plan to trap Theresa backfires. Theresa lays down the law, threatening not only to ruin JJ but Daniel as well. Earlier, Daniel is rattled when he overhears Jennifer making plans for a date. Later, Theresa finds yet another way to get under Jennifer’s skin about Daniel.
Abigail and Jennifer confront JJ with their concerns about his behavior. He tells his mother and sister he is doing fine in school and is definitely not using or selling drugs. Later, JJ enlists Rory and Bev’s help with a plan he has for Theresa. After Maggie forces Theresa to participate in an impromptu AA meeting, JJ arrives at Theresa’s and gives her the pot. He gets her to admit she was the one who offered him G the night of her overdose, then triumphantly reveals he’s recorded their conversation. At the hospital, Adrienne sets Jennifer up with Liam, an old friend of Justin’s. Liam asks Jennifer out on a date just as Maggie arrives and expresses her disappointment. Sami covers with Will then calls Gabi and Kate to warn them Sonny knows the truth and is on his way to talk to Justin. The women race to the club and interrupt Sonny, who’s on the verge of telling Justin everything. They take Sonny home and beg him to keep quiet. Meanwhile, Will and EJ bond as fathers.
Nicole convinces Eric she has moved on with Daniel – and that they are keeping their relationship a secret. But before she can get Daniel on the same page, the doctor kicks her out of Eric's room to discuss medical matters. Eric starts to question Daniel but Nicole rushes back in to cover. In private, Nicole shares her plan with Daniel, who refuses to lie. Rafe calls Gabi on her strange behavior. She’s grateful when Hope and Ciara interrupt, and she makes a quick exit. Later, Gabi runs into Sonny – and realizes he knows the truth! While visiting Will, Sami learns from Allie that Ciara may have her missing earring. But before she can run out, Will insists they need to talk. She’s stunned when he reveals Sonny was listening in on her conversation with Kate and Gabi – though Will thinks it was all about his surprise birthday party. After getting shut out by Sami, EJ has a nice chat with Abigail about her father.
Sonny is torn whether or not to tell Will and Adrienne what he overheard. Sonny ends up letting Will believe the reason he is upset stems from Sami catching him eavesdropping. Later, Sonny leaves a message for his dad saying he needs to talk, while Will sends his mom a similar text. Nicole tries to tell Daniel her plan but Victor interrupts. While Victor seeks advice from Daniel about Maggie, Nicole goes to check on Eric. At the hospital, Eric is told by Father Matt that if he feels like the media pressure from his scandal is too much, the church is willing to let him resign quietly. But Eric is committed to being a priest. As Father Matt leaves, he runs into Nicole, and he expresses his concern about her helping Eric clear his name. Nicole then goes into Eric’s room and when the topic turns to her feelings for him, she insists she’s moved on – with Daniel! Jennifer is stunned when Brady reveals he caught JJ in the drug dealing area of the park. Brady gets a surprise of his own when Jennifer admits Kristen thought at one point she was pregnant with Eric's baby. This, coupled with a visit from Daniel, propels Brady to get high once again. Abigail confronts JJ about why he was hanging out with Rory and Bev. JJ covers and must do so again when Jennifer questions him about what Brady saw. He later vows to stop Theresa’s reign of terror. Meanwhile, Theresa is touched when Caroline drops by to offer her support. She later has a scratchy encounter with Abigail.
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