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.
Sonny feels guilty about the secret he's keeping from Will.
Kristen stuns all her enemies with her return to Salem.
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.
With Victor by his side, Brady learns he will not be facing any criminal charges. Meanwhile, Theresa’s relieved John will likely not be coming out of his coma. She tells Brady she hopes they can still be friends. Eve, after getting discouraging results from Dr. Chung, needs a favor from her sister, but Theresa’s in no mood to help. Later, Eve overhears Theresa and Anne talking about John, and wonders why Theresa is so concerned about John waking up. Daniel and Eric talk about Eric’s possible return to the priesthood. Nicole interrupts and Eric leaves. Daniel makes it clear he still wants nothing to do with Nicole, and she’s heartbroken. Eric encounters Nicole again after visiting with Marlena and blessing John. He asks if Nicole is going to Rome to testify on his behalf, and she says yes. Eric goes to the monastery to pray and encounters Brother Timothy. Timothy observes Eric still has strong feelings for Nicole, which Eric can’t deny. Nicole goes to Brady, and they make amends. After a terse run-in with Eve, Daniel goes to St. Louis for a conference. At the hotel, he’s knocked out by an unknown assailant – who is revealed to be working for Kristen! Roman sees Marlena’s devotion to John and realizes she still loves him. Marlena admits she didn’t realize it herself until now. Later, Marlena gets a strange feeling that something horrible is about to happen. JJ apologizes to Paige for pushing too far the night before, and Paige concedes she may have overreacted. They admit to each other that they’re falling in love. Victor offers support to Jennifer regarding the lawsuit and hopes she and Daniel can find their way back to each other.
Victor and Maggie return to Salem to provide support for Brady. Brady admits to Maggie his guilt over what happened to John. He knows now he has a problem with drugs and alcohol and vows he will stay sober. Meanwhile, Victor tears into Theresa. Brady and Maggie interrupt, and Brady privately assures Theresa he has nothing but gratitude for her. However, he believes it’s best if they go their separate ways. Theresa pretends to be cool with all this but later freaks out and makes plans to skip town. But Eve catches her and suspects her little sister is fleeing trouble. Back at the hospital, Abe informs Victor and Brady the final forensics report will be delivered tomorrow – and then they will know if Brady with be charged with attempted murder. Earlier, Eve tries to cover her tracks with Paige about her hitting on Daniel. Paige buys it but still blasts her mother for always needing a man. Meanwhile, Daniel advises JJ to stay out of the lawsuit mess and enjoy his time with Paige. When Paige later comes by, she and JJ start to make out and it looks like things might progress even further. But with her mother’s words ringing in her ears, Paige put on the breaks – and freaks when JJ doesn’t stop right away. She flees, leaving behind a mortified JJ. Nicole tries to apologize to Jennifer – she feels guilty about being part of the reason she and Daniel broke up. However, Jennifer is wary of Nicole’s motivations and the two end up arguing. Later, Aiden tells Jennifer he submitted a summary judgment on her behalf – hopefully they won’t have to go to trial. Eric meets with Bishop White and learns drastic measures must be taken to clear his name. Nicole later also meets with the bishop, who explains he is sending Eric to the Vatican to plead his case – and Nicole must go with him. Meanwhile, Eric explains the same thing to Caroline.
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.
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