Abe and Theo entered the Brady Pub as Rafe was taking tentative steps from a wheelchair to a chair at a nearby table. After Rafe accomplished the task, Theo rushed over to greet him. Abe introduced Jordan to Theo, who explained that he and Abe had gone to the pub to order some hot chocolate before heading to the park for a hiking expedition.
Jordan admitted that she had never tried the pub's hot chocolate, so Theo took her to the bar so that she could order a cup for herself. Meanwhile, Abe took a seat at Rafe's table, and he and Rafe watched as Jordan playfully interacted with Theo. Abe observed that Jordan seemed much less reserved and impersonal than she had when he had met her a few weeks earlier, and Rafe confirmed that she had definitely changed.
Abe was pleased to see that Rafe's rehabilitation process was progressing smoothly, and he promised that Rafe's spot at the Salem Police Department would remain open until Rafe was ready to return to work. When Theo and Jordan returned, Abe and Theo excused themselves so that they could continue their trip to the park.
After Abe and Theo left, Rafe praised Jordan's comfortable interaction with Theo and wondered if she had worked with kids before. Jordan seemed reluctant to answer the question at first, but she eventually confirmed that she had previously worked with teenagers and young kids. Rafe smiled as he listened to Jordan talk about the kids that she had worked with, and when she questioned him about his reaction to her comments, he shrugged and said that he simply enjoyed hearing her talk enthusiastically about a subject.
Later, Rafe and Jordan went to the park. Rafe was surprised that it hadn't started snowing in Salem yet, and he wondered what the weather was like in Birmingham. Jordan claimed that she didn't know because she never talked to any of her friends or family members who still lived in Birmingham. Jordan quickly changed the subject and asked if Gabi had made a decision about the modeling job yet. Rafe happily reported that Gabi had sent him a text message the previous night to inform him that she had decided to stay in Salem.
Jordan invited Rafe to join her on a nearby bench, and when he agreed, she started to wheel him closer to it, but he stopped her. Jordan was skeptical about Rafe's ability to walk from his wheelchair to the bench on his own, since it was a greater distance than he had previously traversed, but he was confident about his ability to do so and even pushed his wheelchair back a few extra feet to show off.
Rafe made it to the bench, but he lost his balance as he tried to lower himself onto it. Jordan caught Rafe, and he laughed as he apologized to her. Rafe started to pull away from Jordan, but he stopped himself and instead kissed her.
In Daniel's apartment, Daniel was preparing for his disciplinary hearing when he noticed a note from Nicole, who wished him luck and asked him to send her a text message after the hearing concluded. A short time later, Daniel received a visit from Maxine, who handed him a large stack of letters of support that she and the other nurses had collected from his colleagues and patients. Daniel was surprised to see that one of the letters was from Jennifer.
At the Horton house, Jennifer was fixing her hair in front of a mirror in the living room when J.J. greeted her and observed that she looked sharp. Jennifer thanked J.J. for the compliment and explained that she was preparing for Daniel's disciplinary hearing, which was being held at the hospital later that day. J.J. wondered if Jennifer was going to be okay, and she assured him that she would be fine.
J.J. wondered if something bad was going to happen to Daniel at the hearing. Jennifer explained that the hearing was essentially just a formality. J.J. admitted that he was having difficulty understanding why anyone would want to punish Daniel for saving Theresa's life. The statement surprised Jennifer, who suspiciously wondered when J.J. had started caring about what happened to Daniel.
"Hey, I don't care what happens to the guy. It just seems like, you know, if they're gonna punish him for something, it should be for hurting you," J.J. smoothly clarified. Jennifer admitted that, while she appreciated J.J.'s concern, the hospital board couldn't exactly order a disciplinary hearing to take Daniel to task for hurting her feelings. Jennifer informed J.J. that she had been asked to write a letter of support for Daniel and that she had agreed to do so. J.J. guessed that it had probably been hard for Jennifer to do that, but she shook her head and summarized that she had simply done what she had needed to do.
Later, Rory and Bev spotted J.J. as he was walking through the Horton Town Square, so he reluctantly stopped to greet them before excusing himself so that he could get to school in time for an early class. Bev stopped J.J. and wondered why he hadn't answered any of her recent text messages. J.J. claimed that his cell phone was old and had really poor battery life, adding that he was going to get a new phone soon. Rory skeptically asked if that was why J.J. also hadn't returned any of Rory's recent phone calls, and J.J. confirmed the suspicion before reiterating that he needed to leave.
Rory wondered which class J.J. was in a rush to attend, and J.J. hesitated for a moment before answering that he was on his way to his history class. "You're playing me. Come on. Hey, you're the guy who said that History is only worth going to if you're totally stoned, so...who wants to get ready for class?" Rory asked as he retrieved a small bag of marijuana from his jacket pocket. J.J. declined the offer, insisting that he needed to get good grades that semester.
Rory teasingly pushed J.J. against a nearby pillar and started to frisk him, jokingly informing Bev that the guy who was standing in front of them was clearly an impostor, since the real J.J. Deveraux would want to get high with them. After feigning amusement, J.J. firmly reiterated that he wasn't interested, prompting Bev and Rory to wonder why J.J. no longer wanted to hang out with them.
Before J.J. could respond, Bev wondered if he was still freaked out about the things that he had recently learned about his father. Rory encouraged J.J. to forget about all of that stuff and have some fun with him and Bev. Bev and Rory assured J.J. that they would go to their favorite secluded spot in the park so that they wouldn't get caught, and Rory promised to get J.J. totally baked so that J.J. would be able to maintain a decent buzz for the entirety of the history class.
"I don't want to get baked. And I don't want to be buzzed during class, okay? I don't want to be a loser. Now, is that clear enough?" J.J. firmly stated. Rory matter-of-factly summarized that he and Bev were J.J.'s only friends, adding that everyone else at school believed that J.J. was some sort of freak who had gotten arrested after throwing a tantrum and breaking all of the windows in the town square. Bev added that she and Rory actually cared about J.J. "But, um, if you're too good to hang out with us now, then...fine. You'll find out how much life sucks when you're all alone, dude," Rory said before he and Bev walked away.
At the hospital, Anne cheerfully greeted Theresa and summarized that it was shaping up to be a truly momentous day. Theresa was confused, so Anne reminded her that Daniel's disciplinary hearing was being held later that day. "And I have got the perfect thing to make it go boom. You want to play?" Anne asked mischievously. Intrigued, Theresa followed Anne into the empty conference room where the hearing was going to be held.
Anne closed the door and produced a document that outlined the details of the statement that she wanted Theresa to make at the hearing. "'Dr. Jonas said he wanted to get high with me,'" Theresa read aloud as she looked at Anne questioningly. Anne explained that she had been inspired to write the statement after consuming some wine the previous night. For dramatic effect, Anne encouraged Theresa to deliver the statement with slumped shoulders, a mascara-tear-stained face, and a cracked voice.
"Don't say you did drugs with him, because Doctor Goody-Good -- he -- he came in here and he got tested the minute he hit the hospital that night, all right? But he did push them on you. You got that? All right. Oh, and he made promises to do drugs with you, like -- I don't know, the next week. Oh, and don't forget to make a really big point about the fact that he was trashing Jennifer, all right? She's boring, total missionary, stiff as a board -- oh, my God. Kick it up a notch -- say that he told you that he needs just a little bit of pharmaceutical before he gets into bed with her. Oh, my God, if that doesn't send this bitch running out of the room, nothing will. Have you ever seen her when she is really embarrassed? She gets, like, a rosacea," Anne said with a laugh.
Theresa pointed out that she couldn't remember what had actually happened on the night of her overdose, but Anne believed that was a good thing, reasoning that the amnesia would prevent the facts from getting in the way of the story that Theresa was going to be fabricating about the events that had taken place that night. Theresa protested that it was obvious that the statement was filled with lies, but Anne countered that Theresa had never had any qualms about lying in the past. Despite Jennifer's claims that she no longer cared about Daniel, Anne was certain that Jennifer would still be devastated when Theresa ruined his career with the false statement about the night of the overdose, and she reminded Theresa that they had been dying to inflict that sort of anguish on Jennifer all along because Jennifer was a "colossal pain in [their] asses."
Later, in the waiting area, Kayla reported that Shane had sent her a text message earlier to let her know that he and Kimberly had arrived safely in Los Angeles, and Theresa revealed that she had received a similar message from Kimberly. Kayla nodded and abruptly excused herself so that she could get to the disciplinary hearing, where she joined Anne, Jennifer, E.J., Daniel, and another board member, Dr. Westbrook.
E.J. admitted that he didn't really understand why the board was wasting its time on a disciplinary hearing. Westbrook agreed that the evidence against Daniel was thin, but he added that a hearing had been requested and that the committee was required to comply with that request. When prompted, Daniel started to read his official statement about the events that had occurred on the night of Theresa's overdose.
Anne interrupted and started to question Daniel's reason for being at Theresa's apartment on the night in question in the first place, but Westbrook silenced her and insisted that no one would be able to ask questions until Daniel's statement had been read in its entirety. Daniel added that he wasn't going to answer any questions of a personal nature, anyway, because those questions weren't relevant to the hearing.
Daniel proceeded to read his statement, enter the letters of support into evidence, and stress that drug tests had confirmed that he had not been under the influence of any drugs on the night in question. When Daniel was finished, E.J. reiterated that he didn't see the point of the hearing. Meanwhile, Anne discreetly sent a text message to Theresa.
As Westbrook started to issue his ruling, someone knocked on the door. Kayla opened the door and greeted Theresa, who announced that she wanted to make a statement about Daniel. "'This has been a bad year for me. I got involved in drugs and did a lot of things that I regret very much. I know Dr. Jonas is here because of what happened on October 25th. I want to say to everyone that I'm very sorry that I was the cause of so much trouble. As far as that night goes, I don't remember anything about it. All I know is, when I woke up, the nurse told me that Dr. Jonas saved my life. I will always be grateful to him,'" Theresa read aloud from a piece of paper.
After Theresa concluded her statement and exited the room, Westbrook once again started to issue his ruling, but Anne interrupted and summarized that they were witnessing an attempt to whitewash what had really happened on the night in question. Anne revealed that she had done some investigating of her own and had learned that some of Theresa's neighbors had heard loud noises emanating from Theresa's apartment on the night in question. Jennifer impatiently pointed out that the neighbors weren't present to give their statements. "Third-party statements are automatically ruled hearsay according to the HR handbook -- which you wrote," Jennifer pointedly added, effectively silencing Anne.
Westbrook ruled that there was no cause for any further actions to be taken against Daniel in regards to the matter at hand. Anne stormed out of the room as soon as the hearing was adjourned. Meanwhile, E.J. congratulated Daniel, who admitted that he was surprised that E.J. had been on his side during the hearing. E.J. said that he would never forget what Daniel had done for Chad, adding that he knew what it was like to be the victim of a witch hunt. "But mainly, it was because that vile woman had no grounds -- none whatsoever," E.J. added before exiting the room.
Kayla and Westbrook also left the room, leaving Daniel alone with Jennifer. Daniel thanked Jennifer for writing a letter of support for him. Jennifer shrugged and said that everything that she had said about Daniel's skill as a doctor had been true. "It's too bad you're such a poor excuse for a human being," Jennifer added before walking away.
In the waiting area, Anne demanded to know what Theresa had been thinking earlier. Anne angrily summarized that the druggie had suddenly grown a conscience and blown the opportunity of a lifetime. "Yeah, well maybe it's about time. Maybe it's time I realized who my real friends are," Theresa stated before walking away. Meanwhile, in the town square, J.J. spotted Kayla and asked about Daniel's hearing. Kayla gave J.J. a quick report before excusing herself.
At the lake, Sami was searching for her missing earring when Nick suddenly emerged from the water and grabbed her arm. Sami screamed in horror and struggled to escape, but Nick dragged her into the water with him and held her down until her lifeless body sank to the bottom of the lake.
Sami gasped as she woke up and realized that she had been having a nightmare. Later, as Sami was exiting the DiMera mansion, E.J. stopped her and admitted that he was surprised to see that she was still in Salem. Sami was confused for a moment, but when E.J. reminded her that she was supposed to be on her way to the museum with the kids, she assured him that she hadn't forgotten, dismissively adding that she knew a shortcut and still had plenty of time to get there.
Sami tried to leave again, but E.J. stopped her and observed that she seemed upset about something, adding that she had also seemed upset and disheveled the previous night. Sami assured E.J. that she wasn't upset, although she pointedly confirmed that she had been upset the previous night, when she had returned home and found the place swarming with police officers. Sami added that she had also been upset to learn that E.J. had gotten into an argument with Eric the previous night, summarizing that it was bad enough that E.J.'s sister Kristen had destroyed Eric's life and that E.J. had helped Kristen keep the whole thing a secret.
Ignoring Sami's attempts at deflection, E.J. wondered why she was keeping something from him. "Because that's what we do, E.J. Face it -- it's our specialty," Sami replied before exiting the mansion.
In Kate's office at Mad World, Kate was talking to her private investigator on the phone. Kate instructed the man to fly to New York and use Nick's identification and receipt to retrieve Nick's personal belongings from a storage facility there. Kate dismissively stated that she didn't care what the investigator did with the items afterward. "Throw them in the Hudson, down the rabbit hole -- whatever. Just let me know when it's done," Kate added before ending the call.
At the park, Theo discovered a diamond earring near the lake. Meanwhile, Abe called out for Theo to return to the hiking trail. After picking up the earring and placing it in his pocket, Theo rushed off to rejoin Abe. Later, Sami arrived at the lake and started to search for the earring, narrowly missing the leather identification badge with Nick's initials on it in the process. Sami eventually gave up and left when she received a text message from someone.
Later, Sami met Kate in a secluded section of Horton Town Square. Kate could tell, based on the dirt on Sami's clothes, that Sami had gone back to the lake earlier that day. Sami confirmed Kate's suspicion and reluctantly explained that she might have lost an earring there the previous night. Sami showed Kate the remaining diamond earring, and Kate quickly appraised its worth at thirty thousand dollars or more -- per earring.
Kate was concerned about Gabi, whom she referred to as the wild-card, and she invited Sami to join her so that they could check on Gabi, but Sami declined because she had to take the kids to the museum. Before leaving, Sami advised Kate to check out the flash drive that Nick had given Kate earlier. Sami was worried that there might be some sort of incriminating information on the flash drive, but Kate dismissively insisted that Sami needed to refrain from making up imaginary problems.
Later, Sami bumped into Theo as she was rushing through the town square. Sami apologized to Theo and excused herself, confirming Abe's suspicion that she was in a hurry. Meanwhile, at the Brady Pub, Kate connected Nick's flash drive to her laptop. An image of Nick's face appeared on the screen, and it morphed into a skull before a series of images of explosions flashed on the screen. As the screen went blank and Kate's laptop apparently crashed, Kate groaned with frustration, and E.J. watched with interest from the bar.