JJ is mortified when he thinks Paige knows his dad raped Kayla. He then realizes that’s not the case but he still doesn’t know how to tell her so he covers. Later, things heat up between them, but JJ abruptly breaks it off. He beats a fast retreat, leaving Paige puzzled and upset. Kristen and Brady come close to kissing but he ultimately stands firm and tells Kristen while he will always be grateful for what she did for John, what they had is over. Kristen tries to argue but Brady gets a call from Marlena, who reveals John would like to see him and Kristen. Brady lifts the restraining order, and the two go over to the hospital. John thanks Kristen for her help with the drug that cured him. Then John tells her, Marlena and Brady that he remembers what happened the night he was hit. EJ tries to make Chad realize that by ratting him out to Stefano, he’s all but put a mark on EJ’s head. Chad claims he doesn’t care. At the same time, Sami explains to a stunned Will that she and EJ are reconciling. Will tries to be understanding but tensions arise when Sami realizes Will is doing a story on Chad. Worried for EJ, Sami warns her son not to write it but Will refuses to back down. Sami goes home and is about to tell EJ about the article, but EJ interrupts and warns her that Stefano is out for blood. At the same time, Chad visits Will and wants to finish the article. Eric tells Caroline about Sami and EJ’s reconciliation, and she asks him to take her over to visit her granddaughter.
Sami reaches out to Chad, urging him to forgive EJ. Chad insists his brother is dead to him. Stefano echoes the same sentiment as he blasts EJ for giving Rafe further evidence against him. EJ realizes Chad ratted him out to their father and angrily confronts his brother. JJ tries to tell his Aunt Kayla that Paige now knows his father raped her. However, he can’t bring himself to say anything. Meanwhile, Bev needles Paige about JJ’s bad boy past. Paige then meets with Kayla, and the subject of Jack comes up. Kayla deflects as curious Paige asks for more information about JJ’s dad. At the same time, JJ tries to open up to Daniel but again finds it difficult to express himself. Later, JJ mistakenly fears Paige now knows the truth. Jennifer enlists Julie to intervene with Eve, knowing they were once close. Eve refuses to listen to Julie and maintains Paige and JJ won’t last. Daniel admits to Kristen he believes Theresa is guilty of attacking John. However, he refuses to be a part of fabricating evidence – either John will remember or he won’t. Meanwhile, Marlena tries to talk Brady out of thanking Kristen but he cannot help himself and heads over to see his ex. In his hospital room, John finally does remember what happened that night – but when he speaks with a nervous Theresa, he keeps this information to himself. Before he can share his memory with Marlena, she springs the news on him that Kristen has returned. Meanwhile, Brady finds himself being drawn back into Kristen’s web.
Sami can’t help but question EJ about Kristen’s accusation. EJ assures his sister is only trying to cause trouble. He promises to spend the rest of his life proving his love to Sami. Later, they have a warm family moment with their children. Chad passes along info to Kate from Stefano. She realizes Stefano is playing games and confides she’ll pretend to fall for it – for now. Later, Chad interrupts Jordan and Sonny, and it comes out that Jordan is Ben’s sister. Chad hopes that won’t affect their friendship, and Jordan assures it won’t. Chad finally connects with Sonny, who’s not happy about his business partner being so MIA. Chad apologizes, and they patch things up. Clyde reveals to Rafe that he and Kate had dinner. When Rafe warns Kate about Clyde, she wonders if Rafe’s jealous, but he denies it. Jordan comes in on them sharing a warm moment. Later, Kate “innocently” informs Jordan that Rafe was upset about her going out with Clyde. Jordan is stunned. Meanwhile, Clyde tells Jeremiah he’s expanding their territory despite EJ’s warning. Ben’s afraid he messed up by setting up a private hotel room for him and Abigail, but she is touched by his thoughtfulness. After a romantic meal, they quickly find themselves on their way to making love. JJ inwardly freaks out as Paige gently asks him about his Aunt Kayla’s rape. JJ keeps silent about his father’s involvement. After a call from Kayla, Paige wonders if she should tell her what she learned. JJ adamantly says no. Later, Paige indicates she’s ready to take the next step with JJ but he freezes.
Kristen gets a shock when she comes to the DiMera compound and encounters Susan. Susan declares she’s come face-to-face with the Devil herself. Kristen gets Stefano on the phone, and he puts the fear of God into Susan, who then makes a hasty exit. Later, Sami returns, and Kristen tries to undermine her relationship with EJ. At the hospital, Susan visits John, who is unconscious. She wishes she could stay to nurse him back to health but fears she must go back to England. However, she leaves behind a special gift… Daniel defends JJ to Eve. Later, he gives JJ a key to his place so he and Paige have somewhere to escape Eve and her judgment. Meanwhile, Paige gets a jolt when she overhears Kayla counseling a rape victim and learns Kayla herself was raped. She meets with JJ, and she reassures she believes in him no matter what her mother says. It leads to romance, but before it can go further, she confesses what she heard about Kayla. JJ tenses up, knowing his father was the one who attacked her. Against this, Eve encounters Jennifer and proclaims she won’t allow JJ to be with her daughter because he’s too much like Jack. Ben’s on the phone, and it’s clear money is tight as he tries to make plans for seeing Abigail later. Clyde overhears and offers assistance but Ben’s not interested. Later, Ben connects with Abigail, both of them upbeat and looking forward to their date… until they have an unexpected run-in with EJ and Sami. It’s tense but Ben takes the high road and greets them before quickly ending the encounter and moving on. Ben then surprises Abigail with a romantic setup in a hotel room. EJ and Sami conduct some business together as a team and it goes well. Later, EJ meets with Clyde, who presses a little for his permission to expand his territory. EJ sternly reminds him he’s already said no. However, Clyde privately decides to take matters into his own hands. Later, EJ has a call with Stefano, who is displeased to hear his son and Sami have reconciled.
EJ is stunned by Susan’s arrival – especially when she warns him of danger. EJ tries to convince her she’s overreacting but she is determined that he and the kids come back to England with her. Sami arrives and is also stunned by Susan’s antics. Eventually, Marlena shows up, and Sami and EJ take off for a business meeting. Marlena and Susan catch up, and Susan learns John is in the hospital. After Marlena leaves, Susan decides to pay John a visit and flings open the door – only to find herself face-to-face with an equally horrified Kristen! Earlier, Sami supports Marlena at John’s bedside. Later, Daniel reiterates to Marlena that John’s recovery will be slow. At the same time, Kristen gloats to Stefano that she is finally free – the charges against her have been dropped. But she can’t shake a nagging feeling of dread… Eve confronts JJ about the photos and gets him to show them to her. She pretends to be outraged, and a desperate JJ grabs her to stop her from leaving. Calming down, he asks Eve to talk to Daniel, who will back up his story. At his apartment, Daniel corroborates JJ’s story as best he can. Eve asks for a moment alone with Daniel, and as JJ listens in, she admits she does not trust JJ because when it comes down to it, she knows he is just like his father. Meanwhile, Paige spends the first day of her college internship bonding with Kayla. She’s later shocked to overhear that Kayla was once raped. Aiden and Hope have their first date at a restaurant in Chicago. Though Aiden’s plans all go awry and it seems like it’s a complete disaster, he and Hope admit they still had a good time, and make plans for a second date.
Clyde meets with EJ and a DiMera henchman to give EJ his cut of Clyde’s profits. When Clyde proposes expanding his drug territory, EJ sternly tells him no. Clyde appears to go along with this but later meets privately with EJ’s man and proposes an end run around EJ. Sami confesses to Lucas that she and EJ have reconciled. Lucas is unable to bring himself to give her his support. EJ returns home for a warm reunion with the kids. Sami takes the kids out, and EJ stays home to work. In town, Sami meets up with Kate and won’t allow her negativity about EJ to ruin this perfect day. Back at the mansion, EJ is stunned when his mother, Susan, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep! Chad tells Kate about his father’s plan – and assures Kate he is actually on her side. He confides his anger and bitterness over the lack of support Stefano’s given him. He resents his father using him to his own ends and wants both Stefano and EJ out of his life. Kate is right on board. Later, Clyde reiterates to Kate that they could make a formidable team. Kate is intrigued. Chad encounters Jordan and uses his charm to cheer her up. Rafe sees them together and privately warns Jordan to steer clear of anyone named DiMera. Jordan bristles. Sonny tells Will he’s only seen Chad briefly since his return but can’t fight the feeling that Chad has somehow changed. The guys then give Ben some good-natured grief over his obviously strong feelings for Abigail. Earlier, Jordan joins Abigail as she watches Arianna and they catch up about Rafe and Ben. When Abigail mentions Clyde seemed genuine about reconnecting with his children, Jordan visibly stiffens and puts a quick end to the visit. Later, Will tells Abigail he might be writing an article about Chad’s return and promises he won’t let Chad throw Abigail under the bus in print.
Theresa is about to kill John in his sleep but is thwarted when he awakens. Brady returns, and he and Theresa are thrown when it becomes clear the last few months have been wiped from John’s memory. Theresa is secretly relieved and realizes things could work out for her as long as John’s memory doesn’t return. Caroline is saddened but understanding about Hope’s decision to divorce Bo. However, Aiden arrives and slips about his date with Hope. Caroline reacts with fury, and Hope leaves upset. Kate realizes Sami’s done the deed with EJ, and she gives her hell about it. Later, Sami enters the DiMera living room to find EJ has created a romantic tableau in which he asks her to re-marry him, right then and there. Sami points out they’re already married, but EJ wants to do it over again – and this time, both of them will go into it with love in their hearts. EJ slips a new ring on her finger and they exchange new vows. Earlier, EJ encounters Abigail and says he’s glad they both have a chance at happiness. Curt Abigail tells EJ her life is none of his concern, and the next time he sees her, just walk on by. Chad overhears Clyde ask Ben if he gave the money back to his sister. Now knowing where the money came from, Chad attempts a half-hearted apology, which Ben doesn’t accept. Abigail arrives and later asks about the tension between Chad and Ben. Ben doesn’t want to talk about it, and eventually things take a romantic turn. It starts to heat up, but Ben backs off, not having a place to take Abigail where they can make love. At the same time, Chad receives a call from Stefano who is disappointed Chad and EJ haven’t buried the hatchet. Stefano asks about Kate and if Chad told her what Stefano instructed him to say. Chad informs his father he did and she seemed to buy every word. Kate and Clyde go out to dinner, and he makes her a proposition.
John wakes up and recognizes Brady. However, John is still weak, and Daniel advises Brady not to press his father for any answers about the night Brady supposedly hit him. Meanwhile, Kristen amps Theresa’s worry that John will expose her. Later, Kristen expresses her confidence to Stefano that all is going according to plan, then shows up at Daniel’s to get a report on John’s condition. She’s thrown when the doctor makes a plea for her to give up her pursuit of Brady – for her own sake. Kristen deflects this attempt by insinuating that Daniel wants her for himself. At the same time, a desperate Theresa enters John’s room with deadly intent. EJ confesses to Sami that he knew since the day of Kristen and Brady’s wedding the full extent of his sister’s plot to ruin Eric. EJ is grateful when Sami forgives him. Later, Sami gets Marlena’s reluctant blessing when she informs her mother of her reconciliation with EJ. Will admits to Chad that his editor wants Will to write an article on him. Chad is hesitant but after a run-in with EJ, Chad calls Will back and says he’d be happy to share his thoughts and feelings on what it means to be a DiMera. Hope gently breaks the news to Caroline that she can no longer wait for Bo to return home. She is filing for a divorce.
As Daniel confirms to Marlena, Eric and Brady that John is indeed waking up from his coma, Theresa privately fears John will reveal she’s the one who put him in the hospital. She seeks advice from Eve, who doesn’t want to get involved. Eve does, however, urge her baby sister to get more information before freaking out. Meanwhile, Nicole tries to persuade Eric to back out on the deal he made with Kristen. Eric blows off Nicole and tells the D.A. that he is not interested in pursuing charges against Kristen. Later, a triumphant Kristen rubs Eric’s rejection in Nicole’s face but privately concedes that saving John’s life may not be enough to get back Brady. However, Kristen knows exposing Theresa’s secret just may do the trick. JJ tells Jennifer and Abigail that he was drugged at the party. Jennifer believes her son is innocent but bristles at the fact that Daniel knew about this and didn’t inform her. She confronts Daniel and shuts down any opening they might have been exploring to reconnect. Meanwhile, JJ confides to Abigail his belief that the drugging was intentional – and he thinks Theresa is the most likely culprit. Meanwhile, Eve confronts Paige about what happened at the party but Paige dismisses the incident as a joke and refuses to show her mom the incriminating photos of JJ and Jill. Eve tries to double down on her plot but it comes close to backfiring, and she’s finally forced to drop the issue.
After months of bitter estrangement, EJ and Sami finally make love again! Kristen and Chad reunite – and bond over their animosity towards EJ. Kristen advises her little brother to make sure he enacts his vengeance with stealth. Abigail confronts Ben about the cash she saw him give to Jordan. Ben maintains it’s not his place to tell her about the money. He points out Chad’s return has got Abigail doubting him, and she reassures Ben they are on solid ground. Later, Chad apologizes to the couple. Although Abigail accepts his apology, Ben clearly still has doubts about Chad’s sincerity. Daniel tells Marlena and Brady the window for Kristen’s drug to work on John is quickly closing. Brady goes to confront Kristen about her drug being just another lie. She insists it will work, then dangles the truth about what really happened the night John was attacked. Meanwhile, Eric is twigged by Theresa’s deep interest in John’s fate. He later joins Marlena at the hospital, where she prepares to say her final goodbye to John. At the same time, Daniel runs into Theresa and shares his suspicion that she was the one who attacked John. At the hospital, Marlena and Eric are present when John finally starts to wake up!
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