At the DiMera mansion, Stefan explained to Abigail that he had the power to send her husband to prison -- probably for a very long time. "And nothing would make me happier," he stressed with a smile.
Disgusted, Chad declared that it was truly cowardly of Stefan to try to use blackmail to silence Abigail. Stefan maintained that what had happened with Gabby had been consensual -- and that no one would ever be able to invalidate the love they'd had for each other. Chad and Stefan continued arguing for a few minutes longer, but Abigail eventually interrupted, declaring with finality that no charges were going to be filed on either side because she just wanted to put the past in the past and move on with her life. Glaring at Stefan, Abigail stressed, "[But I still] think that you're a monster, [and] I don't forgive you."
"We're done," Abigail concluded. Nodding, Stefan walked away while pointedly musing that pragmatism had been one of Gabby's most attractive qualities.
Once the coast was clear, Abigail asked Chad to help her understand why he had never bothered to tell her that she had slept with his brother. "Marlena thought that too much information could overload you, and I didn't want that, so I was waiting for the right time," Chad explained, offering an apologetic shrug. "So, when is [the] right time to tell somebody that they violated their wedding vows?" Abigail asked curiously.
Chad tried to remind Abigail that she hadn't been in her right mind then, but she didn't find that particularly comforting. "Every time you look at me [or] touch me, you're gonna see [me] in bed with [your brother]," Abigail fretted. Chad assured Abigail that they would face their latest challenge the same way they had faced all the others -- together. "[It'll just] make us stronger," Chad concluded before giving Abigail a kiss.
Abigail hated knowing that Chad was being forced out of his family's home, but he dismissed her concern, reasoning, "Home is where the heart is, [and] you're my heart." Stefan returned as Chad and Abigail were preparing to exit the mansion. "[You know, I had] hoped you'd burn in hell, but this -- ghosts and silence, alone and unloved -- is exactly what you deserve," Abigail told Stefan before leaving with Chad.
In Mexico City, Chloe discovered Theresa's note. Seconds later, Chloe received a visit from Mateo, who guessed, when asked, that the note was Theresa's way of apologizing for not being able to say goodbye to Chloe. Mateo claimed that Theresa had been caught snooping and had consequently been killed. "[That's] how you treat your lovers?" Chloe asked incredulously. "Only the ones who betray me," Mateo replied with a shrug. Horrified, Chloe promised to never get on Mateo's bad side. "Oh, but I want so much more [than your cooperation], Chloe; I want your love," Mateo reiterated. "Don't take too long [to give it to me]," Mateo warned.
Later, alone again, Chloe fought back tears while writing a letter: "Dear Lucas, I don't know why I'm bothering to write -- I'll never be able to send this -- but I feel your love, and I know that you would never give up on us, so I go to sleep every night, and I wake up every morning, praying that, by some miracle, you will find me and rescue me from this hell."
At Doug's Place, Lucas met with Paul, who had found a partial fingerprint on the business card Miguel had given to Chloe -- a discovery that had led to the identification of Miguel as the loyal henchman of a Mexican drug lord who just happened to be obsessed with operas. "So, what's he gonna do, produce an opera on the drug trade?" Lucas asked incredulously. "I hate to say this, but I think his promise of creating an opera around Chloe [is] just a ploy," Paul replied. Lucas wanted to go to Mexico City to rescue Chloe immediately, but Paul eventually managed to convince Lucas to wait until backup was secured and a solid plan of attack was in place.
While passing through a secluded section of Horton Town Square, Eric and Jennifer heard Eve yelling at Xander, who had her cornered and was flirtatiously trying to convince her to join him for drinks so he could tell her some interesting information about her sister. Eric quickly intervened, grabbing Xander and dragging him away.
Jennifer stayed with Eve, who was shaken but otherwise okay. Jennifer found it disturbing to know that Xander was out of prison. Eve was equally disturbed -- and knew that Brady would be, too.
Eager to change the subject, Jennifer asked about Brady's recent health scare. "He's fine [now]. Actually, he's great," Eve happily reported. "By the looks of it, so are you," Jennifer curiously observed.
Jennifer was surprised to hear that Brady and Eve were engaged. Eve sensed that Jennifer had good news to share, too. Nodding, Jennifer confirmed that things were going well with Eric. "Gosh, you know, not long ago, Nicole was shredding both Eric and Brady's hearts, and now look at those guys!" Eve mused. "Guess maybe they found the right women," Jennifer concluded. "Eh, no one's ever said that about me, I'm sure," Eve replied with a chuckle. Eve admitted to feeling like a bad sister, but Jennifer dismissively insisted that Eve hadn't stolen Brady from Theresa and therefore had no reason to feel guilty about being with him.
Meanwhile, Eric dragged Xander toward the police station, knowing that Hope wouldn't want a fugitive hiding out in Salem, of all places. Chuckling, Xander tauntingly guessed that Eric hadn't read any Greek newspapers lately. Eric found it hard to believe that Victor, who was known for holding grudges, had helped Brady's shooter get released from prison, but Xander insisted it was true. "[Why would Victor] want to do you any favors?" Eric asked. "Maybe I repented, redeemed myself, [became] a new man," Xander suggested. "Or not. Either way, I'm free, [and] I'll be staying in Salem," Xander continued. "The hell you will!" Eric countered.
"Aw. Everyone deserves a second chance, right?" Xander argued. "Even you," Xander added, having sensed earlier that Eric was back with Jennifer again. "Gotta say, I always pegged you ending up with Nicole. I know she was with Brady at the time, but the way you two steamed up my Greek villa before the Justice League swooped in to --" Xander continued. Interrupting, Eric ordered Xander to stop talking about Nicole. Xander took Eric's outburst as an indication that Nicole had finally grown tired of pitting the two brothers against each other. "Leave it the hell alone! She's gone, and she's not coming back!" Eric snapped, glaring at Xander.
"Temper, Father. Whatever happened to, uh, turning the other cheek?" Xander asked. "Eh, it's all right -- I don't really believe in that, either...[which is why] it's just as well Nicole made herself scarce. I still owe her for what she did to me, and you know I'm all about the payback," Xander added, flashing a wicked grin. Eric warned Xander to leave Nicole alone. Xander reasoned that if Nicole wasn't in Salem, their paths probably wouldn't cross anytime soon. "But who knows -- we could still bump into each other [in the future]. If we do, should I send your love?" Xander wondered, delighting in pushing Eric's buttons. Annoyed, Eric advised Xander to leave Salem.
"You're a pariah here," Eric pointed out. "Aw. But I'm so good at it!" Xander countered. Eric took comfort in knowing that Brady, upon learning of Xander's return to Salem, would surely convince Victor to drive Xander away again, but Xander cryptically warned that Brady was going to have bigger problems to deal with in the immediate future.
Xander walked away without bothering to elaborate -- and soon crossed paths with Paul. "Before you throw me in a headlock...I'm a free man," Xander preemptively explained. "Yeah, well, no one wants you here," Paul countered, adding that it would be best for Xander to leave Salem again -- immediately. "And miss all the fun?" Xander asked tauntingly. "And what could be more fun than watching all the people in this crappy little town freak out and wonder what I'm gonna do next?" Xander added with a mischievous grin before continuing on his way.
Meanwhile, Eric rejoined Jennifer and told her about his conversation with Xander. Eve, in turn, told Eric about her conversation with Eve. Eric hoped that Brady and Eve would be happy together.
At the Kiriakis mansion, Brady lashed out at Theresa then ordered her to leave Salem again immediately -- and never return.
Brady was stunned when Theresa tearfully revealed that she had only left in the first place because that had been the only way to protect him -- and their son -- from a psychopath. "The only psychopath that you protected us from by leaving is you!" he angrily countered. Undeterred, she continued her story. "Why didn't you come to me [for help]?" he eventually asked, struggling to make sense of what she was telling him.
"[Because I knew] you couldn't protect me, okay? No one could protect me -- not my father, not the ISA, not even Victor," Theresa replied. "Wait, hold on -- your father knew? Victor knew?" he asked incredulously. "Don't be angry with him," she advised, explaining that she had begged his grandfather to keep her secret. She assured him that the nightmare was finally over for good -- and they were finally free to be a family again.
"Just like that?" Brady asked Theresa, scoffing. "A lot's happened since you've been gone," he continued. Nodding, she replied, "I know all about you and Eve...but you're not together anymore, so..."
"Who told you that?" Brady asked curiously. "It doesn't matter how I found out about you and Eve..." Theresa evasively replied, not wanting Brady to know that Chloe was Mateo's new prisoner. "Victor told you," Brady concluded. "Listen, there's more to the story..." Brady tried to explain. Interrupting, Theresa insisted, "I know everything that I need to know." Theresa kissed Brady before he could say anything else.
As Brady responded to the kiss, Eve entered the mansion and watched in shock.
• John and Paul's plan goes awry.
• Brady prepares to make a choice.
• Diane causes more trouble for Gabi.
• Victor learns that Leo is suing Sonny.