In Daniel's apartment, Daniel and Jennifer were lying in bed together, discussing Parker, who was supposed to return home later that day. Daniel was certain that Parker would be thrilled to learn that Jennifer was going to be a part of their lives again, but he wanted Parker to have stability, and he also didn't want Parker to get hurt at some point in the future, so he asked Jennifer to let him know if she had any lingering doubts about their future. Jennifer assured Daniel that she loved him with all of her heart, was committed to a future with him, and wasn't going anywhere, and he returned the sentiments.
At the hospital, Maxine informed Jordan that the hospital rumor mill -- otherwise known as Anne Milbauer -- was once again working overtime and that Jordan was the latest target. Jordan regretfully clarified that the rumor was actually true -- she was indeed quitting her job and leaving Salem. Maxine was certain that everyone was going to miss Jordan -- even the patients who complained about Jordan's methods, since Maxine believed that, deep down, they each respected Jordan because she got results.
Maxine cited Rafe as a prime example of the effectiveness of Jordan's methods, arguing that he probably wouldn't have regained the ability to walk if he had been under the care of any other physical therapist, but Jordan insisted that his recovery had been the result of his own determination. Jordan admitted that her decision to leave Salem had blindsided Rafe, but she predicted that he would eventually realize that it was for the best.
Elsewhere, Liam entered Jennifer's office and gifted Jennifer with a box of chocolates that he had picked up during his latest business trip, which he had just returned from. Liam said that the highlight of the otherwise horrible trip had been receiving a message from her on his way home from the airport -- a message that he had taken as a sign that his luck was finally changing. Liam invited Jennifer to go on a date with him later that night, but she ignored the offer and instead informed him that they needed to talk about something.
Jennifer gently stated that, while Liam was a great guy and she had enjoyed getting to know him better, she couldn't continue to see him because she and Daniel had recently reconciled. Liam incredulously reminded Jennifer that she had just told him a few nights earlier that she was completely done with Daniel. Jennifer explained that what she had told Liam had been true at the time that she had said it. Jennifer vaguely added that the situation was complicated, and Liam dismissively countered that most relationships were.
Liam started to insult Daniel, recalling that the doctor had slept with someone who had once been Jennifer's assistant, completely humiliating Jennifer in the process. Jennifer defended Daniel, insisting that he was a great guy and that she loved him. Jennifer added that she also believed that Liam was a great guy, and as he sarcastically thanked her for the compliment, she informed him that she hoped that they could still be friends. "Why would I want to be friends with a bitch like you?" Liam bluntly asked.
Liam immediately started to apologize for his outburst, and when Jennifer asked him to leave, he ignored her request and begged her to hear him out first. Liam blamed his inexcusable behavior on exhaustion and the fact that he had been under a lot of stress lately. Liam added that, while he was aware that he and Jennifer had only been on a few dates, he had been under the impression that they had been having a good time together. Jennifer confirmed the suspicion but added that she had never given Liam any indication that she was interested in having a committed relationship with him.
Liam conceded the point and admitted that he had probably made the relationship into something that it had never truly been because Jennifer was the first person he had felt right spending time with since his divorce. Liam apologized again for overreacting, adding that he had a lot of respect for Jennifer and hoped that she could find a way to forgive him. Jennifer said that she understood that Liam was upset, and he thanked her for being generous enough to say that, summarizing that it was indicative of who she was -- a kind, forgiving person.
Liam said that he would like to accept Jennifer's earlier offer to remain friends if it was still on the table, and she somewhat cautiously agreed. Liam started to excuse himself, but he stopped when he spotted the box of chocolates on Jennifer's desk, and he took them with him after she confirmed that she didn't want them. Later, Liam scowled as he tossed the gift in a trashcan outside the pub.
At St. Luke's Academy, Hope received a phone call as Aiden was apologizing for inadvertently intruding on her private moment of sadness, so he excused himself and went outside to collect some boxes so that she could have some space. After Aiden left, Hope answered the call and greeted John, who wondered if she was all right. "How could I be okay, John? Bo's been gone for so long, and -- what, now he sends a message through you that he's going undercover for -- what, another year?" Hope incredulously replied.
John advised Hope to remain optimistic, but she didn't think that would be possible. "I don't know how I'm gonna be able to explain this to Shawn-D...and Ciara. I mean, how -- how am I gonna tell my little girl that her daddy's not coming home?" Hope painfully wondered.
Aiden returned a short time after Hope ended the call. Hope apologized for the interruption, and Aiden assured her that he understood that she had needed some privacy. "It's none of my business -- after all, it's not like we're friends or anything," Aiden added. Later, Daniel arrived to purchase some cookies to support the school, and as Hope was placing them in a container for him, he thanked her for never giving up on the possibility that he and Jennifer would eventually reconcile, knowing that she had learned of that reconciliation via a text message from Jennifer the previous night. Hope hugged Daniel and said that she was happy for him and Jennifer.
Meanwhile, Aiden returned with the last stack of boxes that had needed to be carried into the building, and Hope introduced him to Daniel, who recalled that Aiden was the lawyer who had represented J.J. during the sentencing hearing. Daniel vaguely explained that Jennifer and J.J. were really good friends of his, and he thanked Aiden for stepping in at the last minute and saving the day for them. Aiden humbly stated that the case had been pretty straightforward, and he abruptly changed the subject, wondering if Daniel had a child who was enrolled at St. Luke's Academy. The question led to a spirited conversation between the two fathers about their sons, and Hope watched with a mixture of amusement and puzzlement as the men effortlessly bonded with each other.
Daniel explained that he and Jennifer were hoping to host a casual dinner party the following week, and he invited Aiden to attend, reasoning that it wouldn't feel completely awkward for Aiden to be the new guy at the party, since he already seemed to know Hope -- who was likely to be in attendance because she was Jennifer's cousin -- fairly well. Aiden reluctantly accepted the offer, and Hope just as reluctantly confirmed that she would also be there. Oblivious, Daniel exited the school after promising to provide Aiden with more details later. "I'll cancel!" Hope and Aiden simultaneously volunteered as soon as Daniel was out of earshot.
After a brief discussion about the matter, Hope and Aiden decided that neither of them would cancel, reasoning that they could surely manage to tolerate each other for a few hours. Hope optimistically added that the dinner party might even end up being fun. Meanwhile, a woman entered the school to relieve Hope of the bake sale duties, apologizing for being thirty minutes late. Confused, Aiden said that he had been under the impression that he and Hope would be working the afternoon shift together, but the new arrival explained that Hope had been desperate to leave early. The woman eyed Aiden as she flirtatiously added that she had no idea why Hope had been desperate to leave early, prompting him to respond that he was pretty sure that he knew the answer to that question.
The woman excused herself so that she could grab something from her car, and after she left, Hope informed Aiden that she had gotten called in to work earlier and hadn't had a chance to tell him because of Daniel's earlier visit. Aiden made a dismissive comment, prompting Hope to guess that he didn't believe her. "No. Look, I believe you, okay? I do. And for what it's worth...whatever was bothering you before, I hope it works out," Aiden sincerely stated. Hope thanked Aiden and exited the school.
At Club TBD, Ben busied himself with the task of cleaning nearby tables so that he could discreetly eavesdrop on Rafe and Kate's conversation about Jordan. Rafe guessed that Kate had heard from Sheryl that Jordan was planning to leave Salem, and Kate played along with that assumption, claiming that she had wanted to check on him because she knew that he and Jordan had been getting closer lately. Acknowledging that Rafe had never liked talking about his feelings, Kate changed the subject without waiting for him to tell her how he was doing, instead wondering why Jordan had suddenly decided to leave Salem.
Rafe shrugged and explained that Jordan had supposedly received a job offer that had been too enticing to refuse. "Do you believe that?" Kate asked before realizing that she sounded skeptical herself. Kate apologized and claimed that she hadn't intended to cast doubt on the story, adding that she was simply puzzled because Rafe and Jordan had seemed quite happy when Kate had seen them together at the pub earlier. Kate recalled that she had mentioned to Jordan that Rafe had seemed happier than he had been in a long time. Rafe nodded and reminded Kate that she had also warned Jordan not to hurt him.
Kate innocently stated that she had simply been looking out for a friend, and she hoped that Rafe didn't believe that she had been trying to scare Jordan off. Rafe assured Kate that he didn't blame her for Jordan's sudden decision to leave Salem, although he added that he wished that he knew what had prompted that decision. Ben, who had never stopped eavesdropping on the conversation, interrupted to ask if he could get anything for Rafe or Kate, but when they each declined the offer, he walked away without saying anything else, although he remained within earshot so that he could continue to eavesdrop.
Rafe sadly concluded that Jordan had clearly made up her mind about leaving Salem and that there was nothing that he could do to stop her. Kate sincerely stated that she was sorry and had never wanted to see Rafe get hurt. Kate urged Rafe to call her if he ever needed to talk about anything, and he promised to do so. After Kate left, Rafe went to the bar to pay his bill, and he asked if Ben was a new addition to the club. Ben confirmed that he had just started working there earlier that day. Rafe said that Ben had picked a good place to work and a great guy to work for, and Ben agreed that Sonny seemed to be exactly that. "Not so sure about you," Ben quietly added after Rafe exited the club.
Later, Rafe ran into Maxine in the town square. Maxine was pleasantly surprised to see that Rafe was no longer using a cane, and he confirmed that he was getting stronger every day. Maxine wondered if Rafe felt like he was strong enough to prevent Jordan from leaving Salem. Maxine acknowledged that the situation was none of her business, but she added that she was already one-for-one in the matchmaking department for that week. Maxine declared that Rafe and Jordan seemed perfect for each other, and she bragged that she was never wrong about such things.
Rafe agreed with Maxine's assessment of his compatibility with Jordan, but he sighed with defeat as he summarized that Jordan had already made up her mind about leaving Salem. Maxine skeptically replied that, while Jordan had said similar things during their earlier conversation, she had looked awfully sad when she had said them. "I saw what Jordan did for you -- and what you did for her -- and I thought sure I knew how this story was gonna end, didn't you?" Maxine asked, and Rafe quietly confirmed her suspicion. Maxine wished Rafe luck with everything and walked away.
Kate went to the hospital, ostensibly to say farewell to Jordan and thank her once again for helping Rafe with his recovery. Jordan suspected that Kate was really just interested in gloating, but Kate innocently denied the accusation, pointing out that there was no need for her to gloat because she wasn't the reason that Jordan was leaving Salem. Kate mused that she had always known that Jordan was the restless type, and when Jordan questioned the meaning of the statement, Kate clarified that Rafe and Sheryl had each mentioned that Jordan had moved around a lot in the past.
Kate conceded that fresh starts could sometimes be beneficial, although she added that she thought that the timing of Jordan's decision to leave town was a bit odd, since Jordan and Rafe had seemed really happy when Kate had encountered them at the pub the previous day. Declining to talk to Kate about Rafe, Jordan excused herself so that she could get back to tying up loose ends in preparation for her departure. As Jordan started to walk away, Kate mused that Jordan was quite dedicated and was always willing to go the extra mile -- or, in some cases, thousands of extra miles -- for her patients.
Jordan impatiently encouraged Kate to be less cryptic. "Well, obviously, Rafe is a bit stung by your sudden departure, but I think you're actually doing him a favor by leaving before he gets too attached. It's kind of nice to know that, contrary to popular belief, you're not quite as heartless as people think you are," Kate clarified before walking away. Later, Jordan received a visit from Rafe, who asked to see her one last time before she left town. Jordan started to object, but Rafe assured her that he wasn't going to try to convince her to stay in Salem. Rafe argued that he and Jordan simply owed each other a proper farewell, and she agreed with his logic.
Nicole was composing a text message to send to Eric when Chyka entered her hotel room -- which she had rented the previous night to give Daniel and Jennifer some privacy at Daniel's apartment -- and advanced toward her as she nervously backed away from him. "I'm not your worst nightmare, Nicole -- you are. And when Eric realizes that you've been lying to him and that you destroyed the proof of his innocence, your tawdry little love affair will be over, and Eric will hate you for all eternity," Chyka predicted as Nicole screamed protests at him.
Nicole gasped as she woke up and realized that she had been having a nightmare. Nicole assured herself that there was nothing to worry about, especially since Chyka had no way of knowing that she had found his evidence and subsequently shredded it instead of showing it to Eric.
At the DiMera mansion, Stefano was having a phone conversation with Chyka, who hoped that the information that he had just revealed would prove to be useful to Stefano. "Oh, no, no. Yes, it was very helpful...for once. Very helpful indeed," Stefano replied. Stefano ended the call after warning that he might need to contact Chyka again in the very near future.
Marlena entered the Brady Pub and was pleasantly surprised to find Eric sitting at one of the tables, cleaning his camera equipment. As Marlena took a seat across from Eric, he told her about the photo essay that he was going to be working on later that day. After congratulating Eric, Marlena wondered if he had time to chat with her for a few minutes before starting his assignment. Eric was happy to talk to Marlena, but he assured her that his life was pretty boring. "Funny, that's just not what I heard. I heard you had a date with Nicole," Marlena revealed.
Eric confirmed the news and guessed that Marlena didn't approve of the development. Marlena reasoned that having her approval wasn't an issue, since Eric was a grown man, and she didn't get to decide who he could and could not date, but he took that as validation of his suspicion that she didn't approve. "Honey, I think you realize that you have lost your -- your job, your home, and your -- your sense of purpose, so it's natural to...want to make contact with something familiar," Marlena tactfully stated.
Eric insisted that he wasn't clinging to Nicole because he was lost, adding that he wished that Marlena could see that Nicole had changed. "Oh, my. You're beginning to sound like Brady," Marlena pointed out. Eric protested that Nicole truly had changed, and he questioned why Marlena, who was supposed to be able to read people really well, couldn't recognize that.
Eric wondered if Marlena had forgotten about what had happened with Brady when she had expressed similar concerns about Kristen and had refused to let that matter go. Marlena confirmed that she remembered, and she pointedly reminded Eric that she had been right about that particular situation -- and that Kristen had managed to fool him, too. Eric asked if Marlena trusted his judgment, prompting her to reply that she didn't trust Nicole, whose story about Chyka seemed suspicious. Eric wondered what Marlena was trying to say, and as she started to respond, Nicole entered the pub. Eric assured Nicole that she wasn't interrupting anything, but Marlena's silence told a different story, leaving Nicole skeptical.
Meanwhile, Marlena received a text message from Stefano -- "I have decided to grant your request" -- and abruptly excused herself after stating that Nicole's timing had actually been perfect. After Marlena left, Nicole took the newly available seat across from Eric. "Let's not pretend that wasn't awkward. So, I'm assuming your mother was trying to convince you that I'm the worst thing that's ever happened to you since...oh, you were born Sami's twin? And Mommie Dearest isn't gonna give up until you believe her. So let me guess -- she said I'm a bloodsucking vampire-zombie," Nicole dryly stated.
Eric laughed and assured Nicole that the conversation hadn't been that bad, clarifying that Marlena had simply expressed concerns about Nicole's trustworthiness. Eric insisted that he knew that Marlena was wrong and that he could trust Nicole completely. Nicole stressed that she just wanted Eric to be happy, and he returned the sentiment, adding that their date the previous night had been amazing. Nicole jokingly wondered if Eric was forgetting about the two bar fights that she had nearly started on the night in question, and he replied that she was simply a passionate person, which was one of the many things he loved about her.
Changing the subject, Eric wondered if Daniel was aware that Nicole was planning to move out of Daniel's apartment. Nicole reported that she had called Daniel earlier to give him the news. Nicole said that, while Daniel had tried to change her mind, she was still convinced that moving out was the best thing that she could do for everyone involved. Eric cautioned that living in a hotel was costly, but Nicole was unfazed, reasoning that she could afford to do so -- not only because she was being paid well, but also because she only intended for it to be a temporary solution, anyway. Nicole added that the privacy was worth the cost, although she playfully admitted that there was a possibility that she might get lonely living alone in a hotel room.
Eric excused himself so that he could get started on his photo essay, and Nicole groaned as she watched him exit the pub. "Oh, God -- I love him so much. Please tell me I did the right thing," Nicole quietly muttered. Later, in Daniel's apartment, Nicole packed her things as she chastised herself for being a horrible person who always screwed things up. Meanwhile, Daniel entered the apartment and wondered what was wrong. Nicole claimed that she simply hated packing, but when Daniel pointed out that she didn't have to move out of the apartment, she clarified that moving out wasn't the real issue.
Daniel assumed that Nicole's date with Eric hadn't gone very well, but she reported that it had actually been quite wonderful. Confused, Daniel urged Nicole to tell him what was bothering her, reminding her that they had been through a lot together and that he might be able to somehow help her. Conceding the point, Nicole explained that she had something weighing on her that she really needed to share with someone. Nicole prefaced that what she was thinking of telling Daniel could cause him to judge her, but he insisted that he would never do that.
Daniel recalled that Nicole had been about to tell him something the previous night, and she confirmed that she was once again trying to talk to him about the same issue. Nicole warned that it was a complicated issue, but that failed to faze Daniel, who simply joked that he liked complicated matters. Daniel urged Nicole to continue, but she wanted him to first assure her that he would never repeat what she was about to reveal to anyone -- including Jennifer.
At the hospital, Eric entered Jennifer's office and admitted that he was nervous about starting his new job. Jennifer assured Eric that he was going to do a great job, although she added that she understood why he was nervous, since he had gone through a really big transition recently. Jennifer wondered if Eric had any regrets about leaving the priesthood. Eric explained that, while he was at peace with his decision, the church had been a part of his life for a very long time, and until recently, he had never thought about leaving that life behind. Eric reasoned that God would have found a way for Eric's name to be cleared if that were what God had truly wanted; since that had not yet happened, Eric had accepted that it probably never would.
At the DiMera mansion, Marlena thanked Stefano for agreeing to let her speak with Chyka. Marlena assured Stefano that she understood that she would have to adhere to certain ground rules -- namely, that she would not be able to ask Chyka any questions about his connection to Kristen or Stefano -- and she agreed to let Stefano observe the conversation to ensure that she stuck to that promise. Marlena noticed an open laptop that had been placed on the living room desk, and she wondered if it meant that they were going to be doing a videoconference with Chyka. Marlena explained that she would like to be certain that she was actually communicating with Chyka. "You will have no doubt at all of what you hear. You're gonna hear the truth right from the horse's mouth," Stefano guaranteed. Satisfied, Marlena asked if Stefano was ready to begin.
Stefano chuckled and informed Marlena that she had misunderstood. Stefano clarified that he and Marlena weren't going to talk to Chyka that day. "We'll talk to him soon...if I -- if I don't change my mind...which I will do if you tell anyone about this situation...including Samantha," Stefano warned. Marlena promised that she wouldn't tell a soul, and she took Stefano's silent nod as her cue to leave. As Marlena grabbed her purse and jacket and started to walk away, Stefano stated, seemingly sincerely, that he hoped that she received what she was looking for. "I won't stop until I do. I've hurt my son; I will not let Nicole destroy him," Marlena vowed before exchanging farewells with Stefano and exiting the mansion.
Later, Stefano took a seat at his chess table. After using one of his pawns to capture the other side's queen, Stefano placed a phone call to Chyka, who expressed a bit of apprehension when he learned that he was going to have to converse with Marlena at some point in the near future. "Yes, but you listen to me first -- very carefully," Stefano instructed Chyka.
"Hey, Doc," John said when he spotted Marlena standing in the town square later that day.