Eve tried to get away from Brady, joking that she couldn't talk to him because she had better things to do with her time, like pouring hot coffee in her eyes. When he blocked her path, she warned that if he didn't move immediately, she'd allow her boot to introduce itself to his crotch. He stepped aside but insisted that she couldn't avoid him forever -- especially if she wanted to make Basic Black successful again.
Eve tried to pretend that Basic Black was doing just fine, but Brady knew that the company was actually "hemorrhaging money" because DiMera Enterprises -- and, more specifically, Gabi Chic -- had control of the younger female demographics. "I'll turn it around," she vowed with only a hint of concern. He insisted that the best way for her to do that was to unite Basic Black with Bella in a joint search for a fresh new representative of those coveted demographics. He added, however, that if she still wanted to go that route, she was stuck with him, because Bella was a subsidiary of Titan Publishing -- a publishing house that he controled.
"[I'll just] find a different magazine to work with -- one that'll appreciate the publicity," Eve dismissively countered, prompting Brady to point out that the contest was already trending as a cross promotion between Basic Black and Bella -- and, regardless, she couldn't afford to start it all over again with a different magazine, anyway. Annoyed, she wondered if he truly believed that forcing her to work with him was the best way to prove that he really loved her. "Haven't you taken enough from me already?" she asked incredulously, adding that if he cared about her at all, he'd back off and let her prove to the world that she could rebuild her company on her own.
"This -- this really -- it's my last chance. I mean, I know how people look at me in this town, and I know that [they're] thinking, 'What is she even doing here? She's only here because she suckered Deimos into marrying her! She's a gold digger!' And I know that Maggie and Victor -- [that] everybody [is just] waiting for me to fail! [And] I can't let that happen, so...please...you've [already] taken away my happiness; please don't take this away, too," Eve begged Brady. He was moved but remained unwilling to walk away, believing that forcing her to work with him -- and regaining her trust in the process -- was his last chance to win her back.
Eve reluctantly agreed to work with Brady but maintained that they would never be a couple again. "I just need somebody to do the grunt work for the contest," she explained with a shrug before walking away. "It's a start," he quietly assured himself, managing a hopeful smile.
Steve bumped into Kate while trying to enter the Brady Pub. "Are you blind?" she asked irritably. "Not yet...but it looks like I will be soon," he replied with a mirthless chuckle.
Kate was, to Steve's surprise, sorry to hear that he was losing his eyesight. She reasoned that not even he deserved to go through such a thing. Amused, he thanked her for her sympathy. "Does anyone know what caused the blindness to begin with?" she asked. "Yeah -- I did," John admitted with a sigh, joining the conversation.
After Kate left, Steve and John entered the pub and claimed a table. "Thanks for meeting up with me," Steve told John after they ordered a round of beers. Steve tried to apologize on his wife's behalf for the way she had treated John during their most recent encounter, but John insisted that Kayla had every right to be furious with him. Steve made it clear that, in any case, he wasn't angry.
"A long time ago, Bo took my other eye, and he was my best friend [then], just like you are now, so if I can forgive him, I can do the same thing for you," Steve reasoned. Touched, John admitted that he didn't know how to respond to that. Steve assured John that no response was necessary. "Besides, if I really am going blind, I'm gonna need all the friends I can get," Steve added with a sigh.
"You sure you don't hate me just a little bit?" John asked. "Everybody hates you just a little bit," Steve jokingly replied.
At the hospital, Marlena overheard Kayla's end of a phone conversation about a patient whose condition might be worsening. "Was that about Steve?" Marlena asked after Kayla ended the call. "A different patient," Kayla curtly clarified, adding that it was pointless for her to continue making phone calls about Steve's condition because it was worsening, thanks to John -- and there was nothing that could be done about it.
Marlena, who had heard about what had happened during Kayla's most recent encounter with John, tried to stress that he felt terrible about what Steve was going through. "[John] had no idea that toxin [could] cause permanent blindness," Marlena added. Nodding, Kayla bitterly elaborated that John couldn't have possibly known that because he wasn't a doctor or a toxicologist -- and he hadn't even bothered to consult one before going through with his plan. Kayla insisted that John's feelings therefore didn't matter to her. "It's just dumb luck [that] he didn't kill Steve!" Kayla pointed out with obvious disgust.
"John is supposed to be the smartest and the bravest that the ISA has to offer, [so] why couldn't he figure out some other way to stop Pamela than poisoning my husband? Yes, there was a threat -- to Steve, to Joey, to me... But if [John] really was that good -- if he really cared about us -- he would have figured out some other way to protect us than destroying our lives!" Kayla concluded. Marlena patiently wondered what else John could have possibly done to prevent a tragic outcome. Kayla suggested with a shrug that John could have at least enlisted her help. "Maybe I could have done something -- anything -- to protect Steve," Kayla reasoned.
"You don't know that," Marlena pointed out. "Because [John] didn't give me a chance!" Kayla countered. "[And] now I just have to sit there [and] watch [Steve] slowly go blind," Kayla continued with a sigh, adding that Steve would soon stop being able to see the faces of his wife and children -- forever. Nodding, Marlena quietly stressed that she was sorry about that.
Kayla soon apologized for lashing out at Marlena. "I can take it," Marlena assured Kayla, knowingly adding that it was often particularly difficult for doctors to deal with feelings of helplessness. "[But] you and Steve love each other more than most couples on the planet...and, in my experience, with that kind of love, you can sometimes expect a miracle," Marlena concluded with a warm smile.
At the DiMera mansion, Stefan explained to an incredulous Chad that he was about to head off to Hong Kong to close a deal that was crucial to the recovery of DiMera Enterprises -- and he needed the company's public relations manager there to handle the press. "Are you sure you're even allowed to leave the country [right now]?" Chad asked. "Yeah, of course. I'm not under investigation," Stefan replied with a dismissive chuckle.
Chad insisted that, in any case, his wife wasn't going anywhere with his brother anytime soon. Scoffing, Stefan countered that if Chad's marriage was as great as he liked to think it was, his wife could surely speak for herself without her husband's interference -- and she could surely go places without him, too. "[And] if she can't perform the responsibilities of her position, then I'll be forced to fire her," Stefan warned before walking away.
"I think we need to give Stefan what he wants," Gabby told Chad, who was stunned that his wife was actually considering going to Hong Kong with Stefan, of all people. "[He's] got us backed into a corner," Gabby reasoned with a shrug. Before Chad could respond, his cell phone rang. Gabby encouraged Chad to take the call, adding that she was going to check on Thomas in the meantime.
Gabby joined Stefan in the foyer. "Gabby?" he asked quietly. "Still me," she assured him. Nodding, he told her to follow him to his bedroom so he could fill her in on his plan.
Gabby felt much better when she was in the safety of Stefan's bedroom again -- and could finally put her wig back on. Stefan sympathetically guessed that it was exhausting for Gabby to pretend to be Abigail for even a single moment. Nodding, she admitted that the idea of fleeing to Hong Kong was certainly appealing. "[But] what do you get out of this?" she asked curiously. He insisted that he really did need the public relations manager to help him deal with the press in Hong Kong, but she reminded him that she wasn't the public relations manager. Conceding the point, he confirmed her suspicion that he wanted some time alone with her.
Meanwhile, Chad informed Kate, who had just returned home, that Stefan was trying to orchestrate a way to be alone with Abigail. "You're not worried, are you?" Kate asked. "When it comes to Stefan? Yeah, I'm worried," Chad admitted, adding that although he trusted his wife, he still didn't want her to be alone with his brother -- especially in a foreign country. Kate understood but believed that Abigail could take care of herself.
"Thank you for saying that, Kate," Gabby said, joining the conversation as Abigail. Chad assured his wife that he knew, of course, that she could take care of herself -- and that he was only worried because he didn't trust his brother. Gabby maintained that it was best to humor Stefan so he wouldn't feel tempted to make good on his threat to fire her. "[Or] maybe [even all] three of us," Kate interjected.
"You know, Gabi's trial starts tomorrow. We both promised her we'd be there," Chad reminded his wife. Gabby coolly countered that she would be of more use to Gabi in Hong Kong, where she could keep an eye on Stefan and try to prove that he was framing Gabi for Andre's murder. "That sounds reasonable to me," Kate interjected. Gabby added that Stefan liked her and had a tendency to let his guard down around her. That fact didn't make Chad feel any better, but Kate agreed that exploiting it might be the best way to connect Stefan to Andre's murder. Sighing, Chad reluctantly conceded the point.
Gabby soon rejoined Stefan in his bedroom and happily informed him that everything was settled. Meanwhile, in the living room, Kate told Chad that she was surprised that he had backed down so quickly. "I don't think you had any [other] choice, [but it's still] a risk to allow [Abigail] to be alone with Stefan," Kate continued. "They won't be alone. I'm going to Hong Kong with them," Chad clarified.
• Chad gets arrested.
• Gabby admits to having feelings for Stefan.
• Doug and Julie admonish Rafe for betraying Hope.