In Horton Square, John told Marlena that he'd just returned to Salem the day before because he'd needed to see Brady. After a cruelly long pause, John added, "And you." An incredulous Marlena reminded John that he'd left town without even saying goodbye. "In the last year, I've gotten one email from you and three from your attorney," she pointed out. John said that, with the divorce looming, he'd thought that was how Marlena wanted it.
"When it comes to you, nothing that happened between us was what I wanted -- not for a very long time," Marlena said. When Marlena asked if John knew about Sami's trial or what had happened at Brady's wedding, she quickly realized that someone had been keeping John apprised of what was happening to the family. Marlena couldn't believe that John hadn't tried to contact her during all of that.
"What was I supposed to say about Brady's wedding? What did you expect me to think about what you had done?" John growled before walking away. Marlena followed John to the park outside the square and declared that even though he obviously blamed her for what had happened, she would not justify her actions to him. John pointed out that Marlena had destroyed Eric and humiliated Brady.
Marlena deduced that someone -- probably Victor -- had to have told John about her part in what had happened, because it hadn't been on the news. John admitted that he and Victor had stayed in touch. Marlena was glad that John was back for Brady's sake. She offered to recommend a facility if Brady agreed to get treatment, but John cut her off before she could finish. "Okay, so that's the way it is. We care about our children but we have nothing to say to each other," Marlena concluded.
John asserted that they hadn't even scratched the surface of what the two of them needed to deal with. "If Brady were fine, would you be here in Salem?" Marlena asked. John's silence was all the answer she needed. "It's better this way. Really, it is, because now we know there's nothing for us to discuss -- ever," Marlena stated, turning away. Before she could leave, John warned her, "I think you should know I'm not leaving Salem. So if you want to forget about me and push me out of your heart, that's up to you. But I'll be here."
At the hospital, Jennifer and Eric were excitedly discussing his ideas for the photo essay he was doing for the hospital magazine. Theresa overheard Jennifer advising Eric that he needed to go to H.R. for orientation and to fill out some paperwork. "You lucky, lucky guy," Theresa pronounced snidely when she learned that Eric was about to start working for Jennifer, although her sarcasm was lost on Eric.
After Eric headed for H.R., Theresa tried to needle Jennifer about Daniel. Jennifer refused to take the bait, although she admitted she didn't understand why Theresa wasn't more grateful to Daniel for saving her life. Reminding Theresa of what the stakes were if Theresa tried to hurt any of them, Jennifer urged Theresa to try to live with things the way they were.
Jennifer was alone a little later when Liam startled her by asking if they could speak in private. Jennifer reluctantly led Liam into her office but kept the door open. Liam apologized again for the way he'd acted again. He explained that he'd had a bad run-in with his ex-wife and had taken out his anger on Jennifer instead of admitting that he'd been hurt. Jennifer reminded him that she'd made it clear that she hadn't been ready for a relationship.
Liam said that he didn't want things to be tense between him, Jennifer, and Daniel at the hospital. Jennifer agreed that she didn't want things to be awkward, either. "Thank you. You're one of the good ones, Jennifer Horton," Liam said. After he apologized again, Liam hinted about what Jennifer might have mentioned to Daniel. "He doesn't even know, so it's fine. We'll just move on," Jennifer assured Liam. Liam thanked Jennifer and left. In the hallway, he grimaced.
At Daniel's, Daniel assured Nicole that he would keep her confidence about whatever she told him. Without getting into specifics, Nicole confessed that she'd destroyed some important information. "It could have helped someone -- and maybe it still can," Nicole added. Daniel asked if Nicole wanted his help to try to fix it. Nicole admitted that she wasn't sure that was possible, but she wanted to do the right thing.
A call from Chloe, confirming when Daniel would pick up Parker, briefly interrupted Daniel and Nicole's conversation. When Daniel hung up, he presumed that Nicole had accidentally destroyed the information. Dodging the question, Nicole said that she had simply made a mistake at work, but she could handle Miles. Daniel assured Nicole that Eric could also handle it if she ended up losing her job.
Daniel reiterated that Nicole didn't have to move out, but she had already packed -- and she knew that he needed his space. They wished one another well, then Daniel headed out. Nicole tried to convince herself that everything would be all right and that she was supposed to be with Eric.
When Nicole met Eric at the Brady Pub a little later, he could tell that she was ready to finish moving out of Daniel's. Caroline stopped Nicole and Eric before they could leave and addressed Nicole: "Roman told me what you did to help Eric, and that counts with me. So I want you to know that you will always be welcome here." A touched Nicole squeezed Caroline's hands.
Later, Eric carried a suitcase into Nicole's hotel room and remarked about its heft. As if he should have known, Nicole said that it was full of shoes. Eric asked if Nicole wanted to unpack or get something to eat. "Maybe both can wait," Nicole suggested. She moved closer to Eric to demonstrate, and he responded by stroking her hair and kissing her tenderly, then more passionately. "I am so glad we made it to this place... I love you so much," Nicole said. They kissed some more and moved toward the bed. "I can't wait to make love to you," Nicole murmured.
Brady stormed into the Kiriakis mansion and accused Victor and Maggie of getting John to return to Salem. Victor admitted, "Of course, I did." Maggie said that although she hadn't known that John was returning, she wouldn't have tried to stop him even if she had. Brady complained about how he didn't need his father hovering around him like everyone else. Victor asked if that meant Brady intended to quit his job and leave town.
Brady maintained that he would keep doing his job, which included a call to Shanghai in a few minutes about changes to a shipyard there. Victor declined Brady's offer to participate in the call, then Victor and Maggie left.
Daniel arrived a little later, looking or Victor and Maggie, but Brady advised him that they weren't home. Daniel explained that he wanted to tell Maggie and Victor that he and Jennifer were back together and Parker was returning home. Brady had to take a call from Mr. Chang just then, so Daniel headed for the door -- where Theresa was just about to ring the bell.
Theresa smugly explained that she was there to see her friend Brady -- with whom she'd bonded during a night at Daniel's place. Finished with his phone call, Brady went to the foyer and greeted Theresa, who reminded him that that she was there to pick up her skirt. She headed off to find Henderson. "What in the hell are you thinking?" Daniel demanded as soon as he and Brady were alone.
Brady apologetically explained that the corporate suites had been booked and he'd needed a place to escape to, so he had stayed at Daniel's apartment for a night while Daniel and Nicole had been out of town. Daniel only objected because Theresa was "toxic" and a "hot mess." Brady maintained that Theresa was the least judgmental person he'd met in a long time. Daniel agreed that Theresa had no judgment -- or any scruples, morals, or common sense. He urged Brady to watch his back.
As Daniel was leaving, he ran into Victor and Maggie outside. He invited the two of them over for Parker's return -- and Jennifer would be joining them. An elated Maggie hugged her son, and Victor grinned as he gave Daniel a high five.
Theresa found Brady in the living room and wondered aloud what Daniel had said about her. "I make up my own mind about people," Brady assured her. Theresa suggested that the two of them go out. Brady thought that was a great idea and promised to text Theresa as soon as he'd finished what he was working on.
Outside, Theresa muttered to herself, "Nice try, Daniel. You and your simpy girlfriend will not blow up my life -- and I'll make her sorry that you tried."
Daniel arrived back at the apartment with Parker, Maggie, and Victor. Parker spied a new toy on the table and ran over to check it out. After a moment of teasing Parker, Maggie and Daniel informed the boy that it was his. As they were opening the toy, Jennifer sneaked in the open door. Maggie rushed over to welcome Jennifer with a hug.
At an empty workstation at the hospital, a figure sat at the computer terminal and clicked on a link marked "comments/suggestions here." In the subject line of the comment box that popped up, the person typed, "RE: Jennifer Horton."
Sami sat in E.J.'s lap at the DiMera mansion, smooching, as they dreamily discussed their plans to honeymoon in Italy. On the desk, Sami spotted Gabi's modeling contract, which E.J. said he'd drawn up himself because he had no idea how Nick might react to it. Nuzzling E.J.'s neck, Sami expressed her relief that they could plan something fun with no clouds hanging over them.
As she gathered up her things to leave, Sami asked what E.J. and Johnny had planned, since they would have the house to themselves. E.J. joked that they were going to binge on sugar and play soccer in the living room. Sami quipped that she hoped the guys broke everything in that room. On her way out, Sami grabbed a couple of books that she'd hidden under her coat in the foyer. "He's gonna be so surprised," she whispered happily to herself.
Once he was alone, E.J. found himself reminiscing about his near-tryst with Abigail in the hospital supply closet. "It's going to be fine, okay? It's over," he told himself. E.J. was looking at some brochures on Italy when Johnny arrived home from school. "That building is messed up!" Johnny said when he saw a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Chuckling, E.J. explained that he and Johnny's mother were planning to go to Italy for their honeymoon because they were getting married in May.
Johnny freaked out and threw a bit of a tantrum, insisting that weddings ruined everything. "Uncle Brady and Aunt Kristen had a wedding, and then -- BOOM!" Johnny explained. E.J. assured Johnny that if he had any questions about Brady and Kristen, he could ask his parents. Johnny wanted to know what had happened.
E.J. explained that Brady and Kristen had found out things -- secret things -- about one another, but the two of them were very different from Johnny's mom and dad. "You and Mommy don't have secret things," Johnny summed up. E.J. sent Johnny into the kitchen to get a piece of fruit and promised that they would play a quick game of football when Johnny returned.
On the phone later, E.J. advised, "I've put in all the riders myself. It's all ready for Miss Hernandez's signature. No, there's no need for a messenger; I'll take it over myself." As E.J. slipped the contract into an envelope, he guiltily recalled what Johnny had said about secret things.
Abigail was on the phone at the Horton house, explaining that she was going to work from home because she wasn't feeling well and didn't want to get anyone else sick. After Abigail hung up, she took a bite of her sandwich, then gagged and ran out of the room.
Abigail was surprised when Sami showed up a little later. Sami explained that she'd called the hospital and learned that Abigail was working at home. "I brought art-history books, lunch... Can you take a break?" Sami asked hopefully. Abigail agreed but admitted that she was a little tired. Sami said that she was excited to be able to surprise E.J. by talking to him about art.
Sami asked what art E.J. might like to see while they were in Rome. Abigail said that E.J. liked Raphael, and she was impressed that Sami already knew there were entire rooms of Raphael's works in the Vatican. Sami confided that she wanted to understand more about art, the way that Abigail and E.J. did. Sami asked how E.J. and Abigail had started talking about art. Abigail explained that E.J. had returned an angel wing that her dad had given to her and she had given to Chad after he'd been shot.
Abigail found a picture of the "Cherubini" from Raphael's Sistine Madonna in one of the books and showed it to Sami, along with the angel wing charm, which was in a decorative box on the coffee table. Sami was amazed that E.J. had recognized the charm as being from a painting. As she studied the detail of the painting, Sami remarked that the Cherubini looked like "street kids," and their expressions reminded her of Johnny's face when he knew he had to wait for the rest of the table to finish dinner before he could have dessert.
Impressed with Sami's insight, Abigail revealed that one of the stories about the painting was that Raphael had based the Cherubini on two children he'd seen staring into the window of a bakery. Grinning but still unsure of herself, Sami wondered, "So I wouldn't sound like a fool if said that to E.J.?" Abigail reassured Sami, "No, you could never sound like a fool to E.J., Sami. He's madly in love with you."
Sami wanted to know what E.J. had said, but she quickly acknowledged with a giggle that she was acting like a teenager or one of Abigail's friends. "I'm not a teenager," Abigail pointed out. Sami assured Abigail that wasn't what she'd meant -- but she had always wondered what he would say about her to other people, since he didn't have a lot of friends. Remembering E.J.'s words about how he loved Sami more than his own life, Abigail's voice got shaky as she assured Sami, "He loves you very much."
Sami realized that something was bothering Abigail. Concerned, she asked what was going on and urged Abigail to let her help. Abigail stammered, "It's just -- he loves you so much. I just, um, I can't imagine what that must feel like." Sami confided that it was still hard for her to believe that she and E.J. were together after everything they'd been through. "It's a miracle we didn't kill each other before we realized that we completely belong to each other," Sami said.
Abigail fought back tears and turned her back so Sami wouldn't see, but Sami caught it and asked what was wrong. Abigail said that she didn't think she would ever have that with anyone. Sami reassured Abigail that she was young, beautiful, smart, and sweet. Abigail stopped Sami and admitted that she was feeling inexplicably emotional, as well as tired and hungry. Sami suddenly remembered the lobster salad she'd brought for their lunch. Abigail took one look at it and ran out of the room with her hand covering her mouth.
Abigail returned a few minutes later and apologized. She guessed that she was coming down with a stomach bug and offered to make some chamomile tea for the two of them. As Abigail headed toward the kitchen, Sami agreed that it might be the perfect thing for a queasy stomach. Sami had begun talking about her bouts of morning sickness when Abigail disappeared around the corner. Furrowing her brow thoughtfully, Sami said, "She couldn't be."
A moment later, Abigail carried in a tray with two mugs of tea and handed one to Sami. Sami inquired: "Abigail, I was thinking about how you said you were feeling today, and I have to ask: Could you be pregnant?" The cup fell out of Abigail's hand and shattered on the floor.