Nicole finally gets her chance to confront Kristen.
At the police station, Kristen waits to hear her fate as the grand jury hears witnesses. Fresh from testifying at the courthouse, Nicole arrives, finally getting her chance to confront her enemy. Kristen taunts Nicole about losing Eric. Kristen then goes to court but is told the grand jury has one more witness to hear. She turns and comes face-to-face… with Eric. Daniel visits Brady, who is grateful Daniel has brought Kristen back to face justice – but Brady has no intention of seeing her. Victor vows he’ll take care of Kristen in his own way if the courts do not. Privately, Daniel asks Maggie to help Jennifer with the Eve situation. Later, Daniel runs into Eric, surprised to hear he was given the opportunity to return to the priesthood, but declined. Meanwhile, Brady is tempted to drink. Paige confronts Eve over using Theresa to undermine Paige’s belief in JJ. Paige insists she’s committed to JJ. Meanwhile, Marybeth gives JJ a hard time about Paige’s decision to delay Stanford, questioning whether he’s really changed or not. Even Rory has doubts. Later, JJ and Paige watch Parker together, and it’s clear JJ’s past still eats at him. Jennifer meets with Aiden about her case when Maggie arrives with a proposal, offering to sweeten the deal so Eve will settle and drop the lawsuit. Jennifer’s intrigued but has a mysterious rider she wants Aiden to attach to the proposal. Eve, already worried about losing and getting nothing, is presented with the deal by Jennifer: take it or leave it but it must be signed now. Earlier, Hope confronts Aiden, wondering if he had been trying to make her believe he was dating Jennifer. Aiden admits he was worried Hope had developed feelings for him. She denies, and claims she thought he was the one who had feelings for her. They go their separate ways, both in denial. Jennifer is surprised when Eric tells her he won’t be returning to the priesthood. Later, he has more disturbing fantasies about Nicole, unable to eject her from his thoughts.
Sami is forced to change tactics with EJ.
Sami tells Kate about the article Will wrote detailing their takeover of DiMera Enterprises. They worry how the board will react – and also fear this could push Stefano over the edge. Sami tries to do damage control with Shin, who strongly hints it would be best if Sami could say she and EJ reconciled. Sami later thaws a bit with EJ. Meanwhile, Will and Sonny anxiously wait for the online edition of Will’s story to hit the web. Will gets testy when he feels Sonny isn’t being supportive. They soon make up, then Kate arrives, demanding answers from her grandson. Earlier, Abigail (who’s out with Arianna) and Ben run into each other in the park and share some romance. As they kiss, EJ enters, and things get awkward. JJ is stunned when Hope mentions that Jennifer had a date last night. JJ presses his mom, who admits she had plans with Aiden but they fell through – then makes clear it was intended to be purely platonic. Aiden arrives, and he and Hope are extremely uncomfortable around each other. When Jennifer reenters the room, Aiden quickly makes an excuse to leave. Jennifer explains to Hope about the non-date with Aiden, and Hope later asks Aiden why he misled her. Eve surprises Theresa by sending her on a mysterious mission to speak with Paige. Theresa visits her unsuspecting niece and pretends to be happy that Paige is dating JJ, reinforcing the idea of how fun and wild he is. Later, Paige confronts her mother, demanding to know if she sent Theresa to talk to her. Earlier, Eve interrupts JJ and Rory to tell JJ she’s disappointed in him – he’s much more like his father than she thought.
Clyde makes a deal with Ben.
Sami is furious learns Will wrote the scathing article and she confronts him. Reeling Sami can’t believe he would do this to her, but Will says she gave him no choice. She warns he will regret ever writing it. Later, Zoe orders a change to the article, revealing the unnamed mistress – Abigail Deveraux. Earlier, Sonny and Will celebrate Will’s story and Adrienne stops by. She learns about Will being published and nearly lets the cat out of the bag that Victor is the publisher of the magazine. Later, Sonny worries about Will finding out he had a hand in getting him the job. EJ warns Kate that Stefano might be gunning for her and Sami. Kate rejects this, but it’s clear EJ has hit a nerve. Later, EJ gives the green light to his new business. He runs into Rafe and can’t help wonder if his breakup with Jordan was about Sami. Rafe balks, and EJ realizes Jordan dumped Rafe. Ben learns Clyde spoke to Abigail and he’s angry. Abigail thinks people do change and that maybe he should give his father a chance. Later, Ben seeks Clyde out and tells him to leave Abigail alone. Clyde agrees, but only if Ben will agree to give him a chance to prove he has changed. Earlier, Clyde tells Jeremiah it’s full steam ahead with their “business.” Adrienne and Abigail talk about her affair with EJ. Abigail assures that EJ is in her past. Earlier, Jordan listens to Rafe, and while he apologizes, he just wants the two of them to try to work things out. Jordan can’t make any promises, but Rafe just wants her to think about it. Later, Jordan runs into Abigail, who determines Jordan’s issue with Rafe isn’t about love, but trust. Abigail thinks if the love is still there, they shouldn’t throw it all away.
Sonny feels guilty about the secret he's keeping from Will.
When Brady learns Kristen is back, he angrily rushes to the station to confront her. Marlena talks him down, making him realize he would be giving Kristen what she wants. Meanwhile, Kristen calls Stefano and asks for help. She vows EJ will pay for turning his back on her. EJ convinces Sami he’s done with Kristen. Sami warns EJ he’s on thin ice. After EJ sings Sami’s praises to a board member, he tries to warn Sami that she and Kate are playing with fire when it comes to Stefano. But Sami rushes out, leaving EJ to give this warning to an unreceptive Kate. Will and Sonny celebrate the impending publishing of Will’s article. At the same time, Zoe hands Sami a copy to read. Kate "comforts" Rafe, assuring him she wants only the best for him and Jordan. Meanwhile, Jordan confides in Ben, who advises her to talk to Rafe. Later, Jordan and Rafe run into each other, and it appears as if Jordan might give Rafe another chance. Meanwhile, Clyde hints to Kate that he knows her intentions have been less than honorable regarding Jordan and Rafe. Earlier, Clyde corners Abigail and tells her he is at fault for the anger his children have towards him. As his plan to do business in Salem starts to take shape, Abigail tells Ben about her conversation with his father – and Ben flares.
Jennifer, Hope, Sami, EJ, Nicole, Marlena and Eric are stunned by Kristen’s return. As Daniel tells his story, Sami, Nicole and Marlena’s tempers flare. Hope stops them from getting at Kristen and takes her to be questioned. Nicole lays into Sami when EJ goes off to act as Kristen’s attorney – and Sami returns fire when she learns from Eric that he had to turn down the cardinal’s offer of reinstatement because of his hatred for Nicole. Eric laments to Nicole that if only Kristen had been found sooner, he may have had the chance to still love Nicole. Meanwhile, EJ tells a stunned Kristen he is cutting ties with her. Jennifer follows Daniel to the hospital and does her best to reconnect. However, Daniel still thinks they should remain apart. Brady wakes with a sense of dread. He finds himself at the lake, where he remembers a hot moment with Kristen. He runs into Theresa and tells her he needs to focus on the future. Later, Marlena tracks him down and tells him Kristen is back.
As the truck nears Salem, Kristen makes a final plea to Daniel. If he knows her presence hurts Brady then he needs to do the right thing and let her go. Daniel refuses. Kristen makes one last attempt to escape. Jennifer turns to Hope for support regarding Sami’s war against Abigail. Hope is curious about Jennifer’s "date" with Aiden but Sami interrupts when she rushes into the police station to execute her restraining order against EJ. Earlier, EJ pushes Sami to reconcile but she holds fast. Brady consoles Nicole about Eric, while Eric confides in Marlena about his decision not to return to the priesthood. Nicole later runs into mother and son, who greet her coolly. However, Eric saves Nicole from a purse snatcher, and he, Nicole and Marlena head to the station to file a report. At the station, they, along with Hope, Jennifer, Sami and EJ, witness Kristen’s arrival – and all are stunned. Meanwhile, Brady goes to visit John and has a premonition of dread. Sonny tries to talk to Will about his article, worried he might regret publishing it. Will is convinced his mother is getting what she deserves and that he can keep Abigail’s identity a secret. Abigail shows up at the apartment and asks to take a peek at the story but Will successfully deflects. Later, he hands in his story to Zoe, the editor.
Daniel marvels that Kristen can actually believe Brady would ever have anything to do with her again. Emotional Kristen confesses Brady was a lifeline for her. She knows her ex is a wreck over John’s injury and wants to help him. Daniel informs her she’ll not get that chance: the truck they’re in is bound for Salem and when it stops, he’s taking her straight to the police. Theresa sees Eve being “friendly” with Brady and interrupts. In private, she warns Eve to steer clear of him. Eve cautions her sister not to get too attached to Brady – in case her being around sparks a memory Theresa doesn’t want to come to light. Later, Theresa and Brady sign their annulment papers. Paige tells JJ she’s deferred Stanford for a year so she can stay in Salem. Thrilled, he embraces her. Later, Adrienne questions JJ about the wisdom of dating the daughter of the woman who’s suing his mother. Meanwhile, Paige tells Eve about her decision, and Eve privately blames JJ. She resolves to break up him and Paige. Hope returns from vacation and connects with Kayla, who wants to talk once more about Aiden. Hope tenses up, insisting there’s nothing to talk about. Meanwhile, Aiden continues to consult with Jennifer about the lawsuit and surprises her by asking her out. When she reacts, he’s quick to reassure it’s as friends only – strictly platonic. Jennifer agrees, and later Aiden has an inadvertent cross with Hope. The attraction is instant and uncomfortable for both. He lets her know about the “date” with Jennifer and allows her to think it’s romantic. Marlena tries to reach comatose John by putting on familiar perfume. She gets nothing and feels foolish but once she turns her back, a single tear escapes John’s eye.
Kayla’s horrified by Sami’s demand that Abigail be fired from the hospital. Kayla tries to talk sense into Sami, but can only convince her stubborn niece to allow Abigail to resign. On her way out, Kayla lets Jennifer know Sami’s on a rampage. Jennifer confronts Sami and they have a heated exchange. Meanwhile, EJ approaches Abigail. She’s reluctant to even speak to him but EJ surprises her with his emotional honesty, regretting what they did while hoping Abigail can find a way past it all, and most importantly not to think any less of herself. Abigail goes, grateful for EJ’s efforts to make her feel better. Later, Abigail is stunned to learn she’s out of a job. Having had enough, Abigail charges over to confront Sami. Kate makes a mysterious proposal to Victor. Later, she runs into EJ, who’s worried she and Sami are going to harm DiMera Enterprises beyond repair. Victor calls EJ and summons him for a visit. Kristen has Daniel tied up when Brady calls on Daniel’s phone. Daniel does his best to alert Brady but Kristen hangs up and expertly covers her tracks. Daniel realizes Kristen wants to use him to lure in Brady, and she happily confirms that will happen – tonight. Nicole runs into Maggie, who surprises her by not objecting to Nicole reaching out to Brady as a friend. Later, Brady confesses to Nicole he’s been thinking about Kristen. Eric prays for guidance at the monastery, confessing to Brother Timothy that he hates the attraction he feels for Nicole, given all she did to him. It makes him worried about taking the trip to Rome with her, even though he knows she’s the only one who can clear him with the Vatican and allow him to return to the priesthood.
A guilt-ridden Brady struggles over what he thinks he did to John. Marlena sees his pain and reconciles with him. Meanwhile, Eve presses Theresa about what really happened that night. Although Theresa admits nothing, she still agrees to donate blood for her sister’s throat surgery to keep her quiet. Kristen coolly demands Daniel tell her about Brady but he refuses to give her any insight into his friend’s life. Later, Brady calls Daniel’s cell – and Kristen decides to pick up! Sami meets with Anne and shares that she is taking EJ’s seat on the hospital board. She’s very interested in the disciplinary policies regarding inappropriate behavior. Later, Sami meets with Kayla and threatens to withhold a huge DiMera donation – unless she fires Abigail! EJ tries to explain himself to Sonny but gets nowhere. Meanwhile, Abigail confides to Will that what she had with EJ was anything but love. Abigail is eager to put this all behind her but Will cautions his mom’s fury may be never-ending. Later, Abigail runs into EJ while Will tells Sonny he’s decided to use his article to let the whole world know just how much his mother is out of control.
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