Hope is horrified when Ciara invites Aiden and Chase to join them on vacation.
Sami starts to open up to EJ, and just as it looks like she might forgive him, Johnny rushes in and inadvertently reminds her of EJ’s affair. EJ tries to stop Sami from shutting down but it’s too late. Later, Will strongly warns his mother to back off Abigail but she refuses. Things get heated to the point where she slaps him. Will leaves angry as Sami insists she will not stop until she destroys Abigail. Earlier, Will tells Sonny he agreed to write the magazine article about his mom and EJ. They later meet up with Abigail, and Will is horrified to learn how Sami has been going after her. He storms off to confront his mom while Abigail maintains with Sonny she must take responsibility for what happened. Earlier, Abigail reels from Ben’s confession about his family. Ben takes off to track down Clyde and Jordan and finds Jordan shaken up by her encounter. Rafe arrives, wanting to talk but Ben gives Jordan an excuse to leave. Earlier, Kate is forced to admit she was seeking revenge on Stefano on Rafe’s behalf. Rafe realizes Kate’s feelings for him may be deeper than he thought but she insists she only considers him a dear friend. Rafe heads out to tell Jordan about his affair with Kate. Hope’s plans to get away from Salem (and Aiden) hit a snag when Ciara invites Chase and Aiden to join them on their vacation. Hope and Aiden pull themselves out of the awkward situation but their attraction is clear. Hope and Ciara head out of town while Aiden darkens when Chase mentions wanting to visit his mom’s beach house.
Sami finally breaks down and reveals to Caroline how much EJ’s betrayal has hurt her. She also admits despite all, she still loves him. Caroline advises her granddaughter not to focus on anger and revenge but to deal with her emotions so she can heal. After Caroline leaves, Sami sees how much being a family with EJ means to Allie. When EJ returns home with Johnny, Sami reaches out to him… is she ready to forgive? Earlier, EJ spends quality time with Johnny. They run into Rafe, and EJ expects him to throw his affair with Abigail in his face – but to his surprise Rafe refrains. Later, Jennifer comes upon EJ and lets him have it, accusing him of using her daughter. Kate meets up with Clyde and is disappointed when he relays he had a “happy” reunion with his kids. He then warns if she doesn’t help him break up Rafe and Jordan, he will expose her part in bringing him to town. Later, Rafe confides to Kate he’s going to tell Jordan about their night of sex. He then pressures Kate to explain why she participated in Sami’s revenge, and she finally blurts she did it to avenge what Stefano tried to do to Rafe. Jordan and Clyde clash over the past. Meanwhile, Ben finally confesses to Abigail that Clyde is his father and Jordan is his sister. Earlier, Abigail supports Jennifer in her decision to take a hard line with Eve. JJ is upset, knowing this will complicate things with Paige. Later, JJ asks Aiden about the lawsuit, and Aiden makes a cryptic remark about bad marriages. Earlier, Hope and Aiden are skittish around each other after the feelings they experienced at the gala. Aiden makes a quick exit, and Kayla realizes Hope has feelings for him. Flustered Hope rushes out and tells Ciara they are going on a summer vacation – immediately.
After a confrontation with Nick, EJ decides to take drastic action! When Sami arrives home, she realizes what EJ is planning and has a surprising reaction. Earlier, Sami and Abigail ask Maggie to talk to Nick about the custody agreement and get him to see that it’s wrong. While Maggie manages to convince Nick to open up, he remains steadfast in his desire to have the life he’s always wanted with Gabi – and vows no one will get in his way. Later, he runs into Abigail, and knowing she asked Maggie to speak with him, he lashes out at his cousin – calling her EJ DiMera’s whore! Rafe tries to get through to Gabi about the custody agreement but she insists he must leave this – and Nick – alone. Once Rafe leaves, Gabi makes a private confession to Arianna about her situation. Jordan is incensed when she realizes Kate broke into her apartment. They have a huge catfight but Kate warns Jordan better back off or she’ll tell Rafe about the fake ID’s. Jordan then hurries to Ben and tells her brother they have to leave town. Ben balks, insisting he’s tired of running and lying to people. He’s already upset that he had to lie to Abigail earlier about how he knows Jordan. Later, Jordan sees Kate speaking with Rafe and fears her secret has been exposed. Ciara guilt-trips Roman into accepting the date with Giselle. Hope is appalled when she learns what happened – and that Aiden was involved. Aiden owns his mistake but Hope decides it’s all for a good cause and lets him and Ciara off with a light slap on the wrist. The incident unexpectedly bonds Aiden, Hope and Ciara.
Liam holds Nicole and Jennifer at gunpoint. He demands Nicole tell Jennifer what she’s done – but instead of confessing about Chyka, Nicole admits she investigated Liam and she’s learned he’s a psycho! Liam snaps and in a moment of chaos, Nicole and Jennifer break free and rush out into the woods. Liam catches up to them, and he’s about to kill them when Daniel tackles him. Eventually, Nicole gets the gun and fires… Earlier, Theresa blurts to Daniel, Eric and Brady that Liam is behind everything, not her! She tells a partial-truth about how she doesn’t know anything for sure but she’s come to realize Liam is obsessed with Jennifer. Daniel and Eric take off to find Jennifer while Brady and Theresa inform Hope that Liam may be dangerous. Later, Brady presses Theresa to tell him if she’s hiding anything else. Earlier, Hope meets with Aiden, who has a plan to win over Giselle. However, he fails – Giselle still wants a date with Roman. After Hope leaves, Ciara makes a deal to help Aiden – but wants something in return. Sami is furious when she learns the details of Gabi’s proposed custody agreement – she knows Nick is behind it. EJ assures he will get a fair deal for Will. However, Sami informs him he cannot bring up Nick’s criminal record in court – or Nick will send Sami and Kate to prison. Later, Sami meets up with Kate, who fishes about what had EJ so upset. Elsewhere, Nick tells Percy he cannot forgive Kate and Sami for what they’ve done. EJ receives pictures of the people who were at the ferry the day the photograph of him and Abigail was taken. He’s frustrated when he doesn’t recognize anyone. Later, Johnny spots someone familiar in the photos…
Just as Dr. Chyka is about to reveal to Marlena that he left evidence behind, an alarm sounds and Stefano cuts the call short. Angry that Marlena tricked him, Stefano kicks her out. Meanwhile, Eric and Nicole talk with Jennifer, who shares her approval of their coupling. When Nicole leaves, Eric accidentally slips and tells Jennifer about Daniel and Nicole lying to him about being a couple. Elsewhere, a spiteful Stefano calls Nicole to tell her that Marlena is asking questions. Nicole angrily confronts Marlena, who stonewalls – and Eric overhears. He demands to know what’s going on. Sami shoots down Adrienne's plan to join forces to talk Sonny and Will out of getting married. When Sonny and Will arrive to talk about wedding plans, the two moms spar over the venue. Eventually an agreement is reached, and Sonny and Will are happy their wedding is starting to take shape. Later, Sami seeks out Abigail – and it appears she will catch her with EJ! When Chase teases Ciara, Aiden steps up and gets his son to apologize. Hope begins to see this man in a new light. Later, Jennifer invites both single parents to dinner.
Brady is stunned to learn John is back in town and has been following him. John explains he heard about Brady’s drinking problem and wants to help. Brady rejects his father, then heads out with Theresa. Sami spies them together and voices her concern to Brady, who has had it with family lectures. Later, Theresa continues to enable Brady with drinks. Earlier, Sami and Hope fight over the expensive earrings Sami gave to Ciara. Once Sami leaves, Hope and Aiden prepare for the St. Luke’s bake sale. Hope gets a text from John and leaves Aiden in charge of the sale. When she meets with John, he gives her a message from Bo – he’s going deep undercover and will not be able to communicate for at least a year. Hope is devastated. She returns to the school, where Aiden is upset that she left him with the crowd of hungry students. He later softens when he spies her break down in tears. EJ confronts Nick about wanting Gabi back. Nick denies it, though feels if Gabi wants to get back together – on her on volition – he’d be happy to do so. He later warns EJ he intends to get exactly what he wants. Meanwhile, Nick throws his weight around while discussing his new Countess Wilhelmina projects with Lucas. Rafe is stunned when Jordan announces she’s taken a new job and will be moving away from Salem. He questions her about this sudden decision, and she does her best not to indicate it has anything to do with Ben’s arrival. Rafe walks away devastated and confused. Jordan later informs Ben of her plans. Later, Ben overhears Kate telling Rafe they should talk about Jordan. Earlier, Lucas blasts Kate for continuing to dig up dirt on Jordan. Kate makes her case about wanting to protect Rafe, and Lucas agrees to keep quiet – for now.
Sonny and Will explain to Gabi that their pending nuptials won’t change their living arrangements – but Gabi has doubts. After sabotaging Gabi's date with T, Nick shows up to amp Gabi's concerns while pretending to be supportive of Will and Sonny's engagement. Meanwhile, Will confides in Marlena. Later, Marlena pays a surprise visit to Stefano. Kate comes upon Rafe and Jordan and takes the opportunity to "thank" Jordan for all she has done for Rafe. She later warns her rival that she'd better not hurt him. Later, Jordan is confronted by Ben. Hope clashes with a judgmental Aiden, who mistakenly thinks she bought Ciara’s treasure trove of earrings. Hope sets aside her anger to have a loving moment with Ciara, explaining to her daughter why she can't keep them all. Ciara then vents to Aiden, who realizes he got it all wrong. He apologizes to Hope – but then puts his foot in his mouth.
Sami takes Ciara earring shopping, and they run into Nick. Ciara explains why Sami is taking her shopping, and Nick can’t help but toy with Sami. He remembers the day she lost her earring. Later, Sami drops Ciara off with Abe, who takes her to Hope. Hope realizes Sami has spent an outrageous amount of money on the earrings and sternly tells Ciara she can only keep one pair and must donate the rest to charity. Ciara pleads with her mother as Aiden enters and misunderstands the situation. Earlier, Hope is forced to agree to organize the school bake sale with Aiden. Sami is apoplectic when she learns Eric and Nicole are going on a date. Sami warns her brother that Nicole will break his heart. Nicole fears Sami may be right. Adrienne isn’t thrilled when she learns Will and Sonny are getting married – she thinks they’re too young. Adrienne leaves and has words with Sami, knowing she can’t approve of the union. Meanwhile, Gabi returns home and she thinks the boys are going to yell at her about seeing Nick. While Will isn’t happy about that, Sonny pushes past and breaks the news about their engagement. Earlier, Gabi agrees to a date with T. Nick overhears and schemes to put a stop to it. A mysterious young man named Ben applies for a job at Club TBD. He later spies on Rafe and Jordan’s celebration.
JJ celebrates the outcome of his hearing with Jennifer, Abigail, Kayla, Hope, Aiden and Abe. Hope and Aiden start to warm up to each other – until Ciara inadvertently makes things worse. Theresa confronts Daniel with the fact that she has known all along he has been covering for JJ. Knowing she has a small window of opportunity, she tries to blackmail Daniel into sleeping with her. Daniel rejects her, knowing she’s driven by her hate for Jennifer. Theresa then suggests he pay her off, but JJ arrives to put a stop to Theresa’s plan. Nick informs EJ he knows how he helped Gabi, Kate and Sami cover up their crime. However, he insists all he wants is a chance to start over again. Meanwhile, Sami tries to convince Gabi that Nick hasn't changed, but Gabi makes a pointed comparison between herself and Nick, and Sami and EJ. Sami insists it's different and later confides in EJ. EJ takes offense at Gabi's comparison and swears to Sami he’ll never hurt her again. Sami moves off and Abigail takes the opportunity to confront EJ – she wonders what Sami would think if she knew of their affair. EJ is mortified when Sami suddenly returns – has she overheard all?
Daniel and Nicole tell Chyka they will inject him unless he tells them the truth about what he did to Eric, but he refuses. Daniel injects Chyka with what turns out to be truth serum, and they finally get him to admit he does know Kristen. The henchman spies them and calls Stefano to find out if they should be eliminated. Eric continues his examination of conscience with Brother Timothy. He fiercely defends Nicole when Timothy points out her history of lies. Timothy asks Eric, if given the choice, would he pick the priesthood or Nicole? Brady resists drinking, only to encounter Abe with a letter from John. This reminder of his father sends Brady off the wagon once more. Theresa returns to Daniel’s apartment, having been forced to back down with JJ. She yells at Brady, but they end up laughing together. Later, Theresa privately vows it’s not over for JJ and his mother. Knowing his nightmare with Theresa is finally over, a triumphant JJ returns home to Jennifer and hugs her fiercely. He thanks his mother, Abigail and Maggie for being a wonderful family and is confident all will go well tomorrow at his sentencing. Earlier, Abigail keeps quiet about EJ as Maggie tries to draw her out about what’s been bothering her. Hope tells Jennifer about Ciara problems with Chase. Later, Hope has another meeting with Father Matt, Aiden and the kids. It goes even worse than the previous one, and Hope develops a stronger dislike for Aiden.
JJ manages to stop Theresa from seeing Anne and Bev together. However, Abigail catches on to JJ’s odd behavior and questions her brother. Sami comes to EJ, wanting to know how things went with Abigail. EJ changes the subject, reminding her they have bigger problems. EJ warns Sami things must change between them – one way or the other. Later, Abigail calls EJ, apologetic about threatening him before. She promises she won’t say anything to Hope about Nick. Kate finds herself in a sticky situation. Maggie wants to talk to Brady about going to rehab but to her shock, he still insists drinking isn’t a problem for him. Finally, she declares she can’t be his sponsor any longer. Brady goes to a bar and doesn’t take a drink to prove Maggie she’s wrong. Hope meets with Father Matt and Aiden, the father of the young boy Ciara has had issues with at school. The animosity between her and Aiden continues and she’s left to wonder why he’s such an angry jerk.
Abigail presses EJ for an answer – did he kill Nick? EJ swears he did not, and Abigail then suspects Gabi may have done the deed and EJ is covering it up. EJ lies that is not the case. Abigail races off to look for Julie and Hope but runs into Will and Sonny at the church. The guys alerts EJ to Abigail’s intentions. EJ speaks with her and urges her to wait until after the christening… just as Julie and Hope enter. Earlier, Julie rattles Gabi with her theory that Nick wasn’t the one sending all those texts messages to his family. Gabi seeks EJ’s help, worried Julie knows all. Daniel informs Nicole that the man who tried to kill her and Eric managed to destroy all evidence that Eric was drugged by Kristen. Later, Eric and Nicole are released from the hospital, and they have an awkward talk about their future now that they’ve shared their feelings for each other. Eric admits he must figure out if he wants to stay with the church (if given the chance) or pursue something with Nicole. Theresa uses Brady’s drunken state to her advantage to win points with Daniel. Later, Brady confesses to Daniel that he ignored his call the other night – which could have gotten Eric and Nicole killed.Hope is stunned when Father Matt confirms Aiden’s accusation – that Ciara has been bullying his son. Matt is called away and assumes they will all resolve this at a later date. But Hope tries to work things out with Aiden – which doesn’t go well.
Julie shares her stunning suspicion with Abigail – that something has happened to Nick and that he is not the one who has been texting everyone. Abigail is in disbelief but Julie argues her case, which leaves Abigail wondering if EJ has something to do with this. She charges over to the mansion and finally asks EJ point blank: did he kill Nick? Earlier, EJ confronts Stefano about Dr. Chyka. Julie tells Gabi she thinks something terrible happened to Nick and is suspicious of her reaction. Earlier, Sonny and Will assure Gabi she’ll be fine when Hope inevitably questions her about Nick. Hope and Daniel are stunned when Brady is able to ID the sketch of the man who tried to kill Nicole and Eric – he sat right next to him at the airport last night! Brady is privately guilt-ridden when he realizes the consequences of not answering Daniel’s call. He later goes home and drinks away his guilt. Meanwhile, Theresa continues to try scoring points with Daniel, which leads to her ending up at another AA meeting. She’s about to leave when a drunk Brady barges in, making a spectacle of himself. Earlier, Jennifer almost catches JJ with the papers he stole from Abigail but she misses seeing it. Later, JJ convinces Bev to help him neutralize Theresa. Hope learns from a very angry parent (Aiden) that Ciara hasn’t been bullied – Ciara’s the one who’s been doing the bullying!
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