Sami and Adrienne spar over Will and Sonny's wedding plans.
Stefano and Nicole have an ugly confrontation.
Rafe pulls out all the romantic stops to prevent Jordan from leaving town.
EJ receives stunning news about Abigail.
John and Marlena have a tense reunion.
Hope and Aiden have a slight thaw.
John delivers devastating news about Bo.
Sami is thrown when Johnny claims that Abigail loves Rafe.
Things heat up between Brady and Theresa.
Marlena makes a deal with the devil.
Nick toys with Gabi's insecurities.
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.
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