John returns home for the holiday.
The Kiriakis men give Victor a special gift.
Eve and JJ have sex once again!
Melanie catches Nicole red-handed.
Rafe makes a holiday visit to Gabi in prison.
Marlena calls Will in Hollywood and lectures him about not making time for Gabi and Sonny. Will gets defensive but promises to send Gabi some photos and videos of Arianna. He goes back to work only to be harassed by Lucas, who has been pressured by Adrienne to call and find out what is going on between him and Sonny. Will finally calls Sonny and angrily accuses his husband of badmouthing him to everyone. Looking for Abigail, Melanie walks in on a naked Ben, who is just out of the shower. Ben rushes to put his clothes back on when Abigail returns, and the two women have a happy reunion. Melanie warns that Chad may have gotten Abigail her job back, but he is still not to be trusted. Abigail then goes to work, where she has another run-in with Theresa and Anne. Theresa continues to pursue Paul with Anne’s help. Jordan tells Chad she is over Rafe, and it’s clear where her heart now lies as they share a kiss. Stefano calls Chad and reminds his son he can’t afford for Jordan to know he’s using her. Later, Chad runs into Marlena, who inquires how he is handling EJ’s death. Chad then tries to provoke Ben into another fight. Jordan informs Ben that it was Kate who brought Clyde to Salem. She then goes to Clyde’s hotel room to give him a piece of her mind – and is stunned to find he and Kate have just made love. Adrienne is thrown when she sees a familiar face in town.
Melanie informs Chad that just because she has returned to Salem, it doesn’t mean she’s interested in him. Chad sort of insults Melanie and she bolts. She then meets up with T, who tells her she can find Abigail at Ben’s apartment. Melanie heads over – and accidentally gets an eyeful of Ben! Earlier, Ben and Abigail make love, and Ben wishes his mom had gotten to know Abigail. Jordan blasts Kate for bringing Clyde to Salem, and Kate admits it was her, but says she only did it to prove Jordan was a fraud. Jordan goes to Chad to warn him about Kate. Chad promises no one will hurt Jordan, but he needs to know if she still has feelings for Rafe. Rafe tries to talk to Sonny about Will. Since Will’s been so busy out in California, Gabi hasn’t heard from him and is feeling shut out of Arianna’s life. Sonny admits he hasn’t heard from Will, either. While Rafe goes to Marlena and asks for her to intervene, Sonny gets a big surprise. Clyde has his therapy session with Marlena and talks about his regrets about the past. Later, Kate accuses Clyde of blabbing to Jordan. Clyde realizes his slip and apologizes. He comments on how sexy Kate was barging into his room and this leads to a hot kiss. Theresa gets closer to Paul.
Melanie confronts Nicole about her "friendship" with Daniel. Nicole goes on the offensive, asking Melanie about her "surprise" return. Melanie deflects but then after an emotional reunion with her father, Daniel has the same questions. Later, Melanie surprises Chad with a visit. Earlier, Daniel tells Eric that he and Nicole have worked through their issues. Eric cannot help but ask if their relationship is purely platonic, and honest Daniel admits though he is attracted to Nicole, he has no plans to act on it. Meanwhile, Nicole runs into Maggie, who learns she and Daniel are friends again – and Maggie gives her blessing. Daniel later reassures Nicole that Melanie will accept their reconciliation. Eric tells Jennifer about Daniel and Nicole, and she assures she’s okay with it. The conversation then turns to Eric’s time in Africa. Paul flirts with Jordan during his physical therapy – which Chad walks in to witness. After the air is cleared, Chad and Jordan share a romantic moment but are interrupted by Ben. Ben and Chad spar. Chad leaves, and Ben makes an innocent comment to Jordan about his earlier exchange with Clyde, which tweaks her. Earlier, Clyde bonds with Ben over their mutual dislike of Chad. Clyde runs into Kate, who is stewing over Will and Sonny’s possible marital discord and Marlena’s reluctance to intervene. Later, Kate is confronted by Jordan, who accuses her of bringing her stepfather to Salem! Paul rebuffs Marlena’s help once again.
JJ’s wracked with guilt about sleeping with Eve and appears on the verge of confessing to Jennifer. However, Paige interrupts and reiterates how much she loves him. Once she goes, JJ instead honestly talks to his mom about his unresolved feelings about his father. Jennifer reminds him that Jack made amends, and everyone was able to move on. JJ later calls Paige and says when he sees her next, he has something important to tell her. Maggie’s overjoyed when she’s reunited with Melanie. Melanie announces she’s moving back to Salem – for good. Once alone, Melanie’s upbeat attitude fades a bit as she checks her purse, which contains stacks of cash. She goes to reconnect with her father but instead finds Nicole at his apartment, fresh from the shower. Melanie wonders just what the hell she is doing there. Earlier, Daniel and Nicole have an unexpected moment in the park, fraught with an attraction they both feel and strongly resist. They go back to his place and agree they should remain friends. Nicole spills a drink all over herself, and Daniel offers his shower while he goes out. Later, Daniel tells Eric he has something to tell him about Nicole. Sonny’s furious to learn Chad’s taken the Co-CEO position at DiMera Enterprises without notifying him. He wonders if Chad’s secrecy has anything to do with Sonny being a Kiriakis. Chad denies it and assures he’s got Sonny’s back with the club expansion. Meanwhile, Kate confides in Clyde about Chad’s appointment. Clyde later runs into Chad and offers congratulations. Chad, knowing how Jordan feels about Clyde, isn’t interested in being friendly. At the same time, Kate warns Sonny about being partners with a DiMera. Eric gets a surprise visit from Caroline, Roman and Marlena at his new apartment.
Eve covers with Jennifer by telling a half-truth – that Paige learned about Jack’s rape of Kayla all those years ago, and it’s caused problems for her and JJ. Eve goes, and Jennifer comforts her son, who is clearly shaken by what’s happened. Meanwhile, Paige insists to Daphne that Eve is a good mother. When Paige gets home, she stubbornly tells Eve she’s not giving up on JJ. Eric tells Marlena he’s moving to a new apartment. She wonders if he’s truly over Nicole, and he says he may never be truly over her, but the relationship is done. Later, Nicole runs into Eric and learns he’s moving, but he doesn’t tell her where. After Daniel speaks with Maggie about Jennifer, he meets Nicole at the park. While playing ball, it gets fun and physical… and they end up in a compromising position. Meanwhile, Maggie gets a pleasant surprise when Melanie unexpectedly returns to Salem! Chad tells Jordan he is the new Co-CEO of DiMera Enterprises. She wonders how he will deal with working with Kate, and he assures he can handle her. Later, Marlena overhears Jordan leaving a congratulatory message for Chad, and they talk about the DiMera family. Meanwhile, Victor expresses concern to Sonny about Sonny and Will being apart for so long. He also warns Sonny about his partner, Chad, who is a DiMera, after all. Later, Sonny learns Chad is the new Co-CEO at DiMera Enterprises and is not pleased.
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