E.J. entered the DiMera mansion after impatiently chasing away some reporters who were trying to get a comment from him about the video of Kristen and Eric that had gone viral. E.J. summoned Harold and instructed him to do whatever it took to get rid of the reporters for good.
When E.J. asked about Sami, Harold reported that she had returned from the kids' field trip earlier that day and had left the mansion again almost immediately after dropping off their luggage. E.J. started to scold Harold for neglecting to tell Sami where she could find E.J., but Harold clarified that he had relayed that information to her and that she had chosen to leave without talking to E.J. because she had apparently been in a terrible hurry to take care of some errands.
After Harold left, E.J. muttered that Sami was avoiding him and that he knew exactly why she was doing so. "After everything I've done for you...well, your life may be going down in flames, but you're not taking mine with you," E.J. said to a framed photograph of Kristen before angrily tossing it on the couch.
At the Brady Pub, Eric inadvertently startled Sami, who had been deep in thought about what had happened on the night that Nick had attacked Gabi. Eric assumed that something was wrong with Sami, but she deflected and quickly changed the subject, questioning him about the cut above his right eye. Eric explained what had happened and assured Sami that he was fine, but she was still outraged about the fact that one of his parishioners had actually had the nerve to blame him for what Kristen had done.
Sami hoped that Roman was getting closer to finding Kristen, but Eric informed her that Kristen probably wasn't going to be found without help -- help that Sami's fiancÚ had refused to offer. Sami defended E.J., insisting that he was just as upset about what had happened to Eric as everyone else was. After asking Sami to challenge E.J. to put his money where his mouth was, Eric quickly retracted the request, reasoning that he didn't want her to get involved. Eric mused that Sami couldn't help the fact that she had fallen in love with a jerk, and he added that the silver lining to Kristen's disappearance was that he would hopefully never have to see Kristen again.
Eric hinted that there might be another way for him to clear his name, but he declined to elaborate because he didn't want to get anyone's hopes up. Sami hoped that Eric's plan would work, since she hated the way that everyone had been looking at him lately -- the same way that they had always looked at her. Sami told Eric that she was sorry, adding that she felt like he was paying for her sins. "Well, I've been doing that my whole life," Eric jokingly replied.
Eric assured Sami that God would never punish him for any of the things that she had done, although he added that God would judge him for failing to handle the cards that he had been dealt as well as he should have handled them. Sami assumed that Eric was talking about the fact that he had accused Nicole of drugging and raping him. Eric nodded and reminded Sami that he had never had any evidence to support his accusations. Sami maintained that Nicole's past misdeeds had been more than enough to prove that Nicole was capable of doing what Eric had accused her of doing, but he disagreed.
Sami shrugged and said that she was just happy that Nicole was out of Eric's life for good, prompting him to inform her that Nicole had accepted a job at a television station and was planning to do a story about him. Sami was livid, but Eric assured her that everything was going to be okay. Eric asked Sami to drop the subject, adding that he simply wanted to focus on finding a way to clear his name and get back into the priesthood.
In Daniel's apartment, Nicole tried to contact Brady, but the call went to voicemail. Nicole recorded a message for Brady, wondering why he was suddenly incommunicado when he had seemed really eager to help her with her story about Kristen the previous night. After ending the call, Nicole started to suspect that Brady wasn't handling the situation as well as he had previously claimed.
A short time later, Daniel returned from an all-night shift at the hospital and greeted Nicole, who wondered if they could continue the conversation that they had started the previous night. Daniel nodded and invited Nicole to share her news first, so she explained that she had agreed to do a story about Eric and Kristen for the television station because that was the only way that she would be able to ensure that the story wouldn't be sensationalized. Nicole was surprised to hear that Daniel was supportive of the idea, but he clarified that he had actually been planning to ask her to do something similar because he wanted her to help him clear Eric's name.
"It's one thing to take the negative out of a story, but if you're asking me to -- to sit down and have a face-to-face with Eric and immerse myself in a -- in a chapter of my life that I'm trying to forget, I just -- I just don't know if I could do that," Nicole replied. Nicole wondered why Daniel was seemingly obsessed with clearing Eric's name.
Daniel explained that he hated unanswered questions and also hated seeing people get persecuted for things that they hadn't actually done. Nicole suspected that Daniel was seeing similarities to his own situation in Eric's ordeal, but Daniel claimed that he simply wanted to see Eric get vindicated. Daniel begged Nicole to help him achieve that goal, reasoning that regardless of her own feelings about Eric, it was the right thing to do.
Nicole conceded that Daniel was probably right, but she added that she was already trying to help Eric as much as she possibly could. Daniel gently pointed out that Nicole's chosen method of helping Eric might not be enough to clear Eric's name. Daniel revealed that Eric would be visiting the apartment later, and he asked Nicole to stick around for the meeting, but she grabbed her purse and jacket and quickly stormed off, insisting that Daniel was asking for too much.
When Eric arrived later that day, he revealed that he had decided that he wanted to do whatever it took to clear his name. Daniel theorized that Kristen was the person who had destroyed all of the evidence that his friend Mason had gathered from the Capitol Plaza Hotel a few months earlier. Daniel said that the new information that had recently been revealed about what had happened to Eric at the hotel had allowed Daniel to narrow down the list of possible drugs that Kristen could have used on Eric. Daniel explained that some of those drugs had extremely long half-lives, meaning that traces of the drug could still be in Eric's system.
Daniel wanted to perform a new test on Eric -- one that hadn't been available the previous times that he had tested Eric. Daniel warned that the test would be more extensive and more painful than any of the tests that he had previously performed on Eric. Eric was undeterred, insisting that he could handle the pain. Daniel was confident that the new test would allow him to finally prove that Eric had been poisoned.
In Nicole's office at the television station, Sami insisted that Nicole needed to reconsider her decision to do a story about Eric. Nicole was reluctant to do so, summarizing that she had finally gotten a chance to rebuild her life in a career that she was actually good at, and she wondered how much Sami really wanted her to sacrifice for Eric. "Whatever it takes, Nicole. You only have a life here because of my brother. And Eric is the best person that I know. And you are...a worthless, baby-napping, husband-stealing piece of trash. I mean, I don't care about you or your career, and frankly, no one else does, either," Sami matter-of-factly replied.
Nicole sarcastically stated that Sami's decision to insult and berate Nicole had been the perfect way to get Nicole to agree to help Sami and Eric. Sami admitted that she had been a bit nasty, and she decided to try a different approach, adding that, while it was probably true that someone else would do the story if Nicole chose not to, Nicole could put a positive spin on the story and make Eric look innocent.
Nicole summarized that Sami wanted her to lie to the good people of Salem. Sami dismissively replied that it wasn't like Nicole hadn't lied to the good people of Salem before, and she proceeded to list Nicole's past misdeeds. "You know what? You want to throw sins in my face, you'd better duck. What has it been -- six months now since you shot that poor detective? Seems like you're due -- murder anyone lately?" Nicole countered.
"I don't know, Nicole -- lost any babies lately? You're about due," Sami replied, although she added that she didn't know how Nicole would ever manage to get a guy to get her pregnant again. Nicole warned Sami to shut up, but Sami ignored the warning and said that Eric should have allowed Nicole to leave Salem when Nicole had considered doing so a few months earlier. Sami believed that everyone would be happier if Nicole were half a world away, and Nicole countered that everyone would be happier if Sami were halfway to hell. Nicole added that, while she had originally planned to help Eric, talking to Sami had made her change her mind, and she angrily ordered Sami to get out of her office.
At the Kiriakis mansion, Brady quickly snorted a line of cocaine in the living room while no one else was around. "What do you know? Fall off the wagon for one day, and the world doesn't end," Brady muttered as he cleaned up the evidence of his drug use. Brady retrieved his cell phone and checked his schedule, happily summarizing that he had nothing to do and nowhere to be that day. Brady noticed that he had missed a call from Nicole, but he dismissively muttered that she was going to have to find someone else to play with that day.
Later, at the Horton Town Square -- which, like Club TBD and the Brady Pub, had been spruced up with Christmas decorations -- Brady ran into E.J., who impatiently wondered if Brady was going to try to attack him again. Brady dismissively stated that E.J. and Kristen weren't worth the effort. Brady admitted that he believed that -- for once -- E.J. had been telling the truth when he had said, during their previous conversation, that Kristen had truly been in love with Brady. Brady insisted that he had gotten over Kristen and that he wouldn't care if she disappeared from the face of the earth for good.
At Club TBD, Jennifer ran into Maggie, who was surprised to see that Jennifer wasn't at the hospital. Jennifer explained that she had decided to work from home that day. Maggie guessed that Jennifer was trying to avoid Daniel, but Jennifer clarified that she was actually trying to avoid Theresa. Right on cue, Theresa arrived and approached Jennifer and Maggie's table.
Theresa explained that Daniel had given her Maggie's contact information and that she had arranged a meeting with Maggie to discuss Narcotics Anonymous sponsorship. Jennifer nodded and asked Maggie to visit her at the Horton house after the meeting with Theresa concluded. Before Jennifer could leave, Theresa admitted that, in the spirit of making amends, she owed Jennifer a huge apology.
"Besides being a sucky employee and a total pain in your ass, I, uh -- I was really upset when you fired me, and -- so I made it look like Daniel and I had something going on when we really didn't. He was just being nice to me, you know? How he is to everyone. He hardly even knew I existed," Theresa explained. Jennifer said that, while she appreciated what Theresa was trying to do, that still didn't explain why Daniel had been in Theresa's apartment on the night of Theresa's overdose.
Theresa apologetically stated that Daniel would have to answer that question, since she still couldn't remember what had happened on the night of the overdose. Theresa added that she was only certain that Daniel had stayed sober and that he had saved her life. Theresa started to say that she would always be grateful for what Daniel had done for her, but she stopped herself when she realized that her words weren't making Jennifer feel any better about the situation. Jennifer confirmed the suspicion and abruptly excused herself.
Theresa sighed and took a seat across from Maggie, who wondered what she had just witnessed. Theresa explained that, while she was sure that she was the last person that Jennifer wanted to see or talk to, she was simply trying to do her best to make amends. Maggie pointed out that Theresa had skipped an important step of the Narcotics Anonymous program -- attending a meeting.
Theresa explained that she had attended meetings in Los Angeles and knew the drill. Theresa admitted that it was hard to attend the meetings alone, and she hoped that Maggie wasn't too busy to take on the responsibility of being Theresa's sponsor so that they could attend the meetings together. Maggie replied that, while she wasn't too busy to assume that role, she believed that doing so would be a bit awkward due to the circumstances with Jennifer and Daniel. Maggie offered Theresa the contact information for two women who would make perfectly capable sponsors for Theresa.
As Theresa tried to accept the dismissal gracefully, Maggie informed her of a nearby meeting that was scheduled to begin a short time later. Theresa started to say that she was still concerned about going to the meetings alone, but Maggie interrupted when she spotted Brady entering the club. Maggie flagged Brady down and introduced him to Theresa. Maggie asked Brady to accompany Theresa to a meeting, but he evasively claimed that he was swamped with work and didn't have time to do so. Maggie wondered if Brady was all right, and he claimed that he was fine and was simply trying to stay busy. After Brady left, Theresa assured Maggie that she would gather up the courage to attend a meeting on her own.
At the Horton house, J.J. received a visit from Will, who was surprised to see that J.J. was spending his free time studying. J.J. conceded that he was lame, and Will quickly agreed, although he added that J.J. did at least have great taste in music. Will handed over a disc of vintage music that J.J. had asked to borrow. After advising J.J. to listen to the guitar solo on one of the tracks, Will jokingly warned that he would kill J.J. if the disc got scratched while it was in J.J.'s possession.
Will also handed over a stack of mail that he had thoughtfully retrieved from the Horton family's mailbox before entering the house. J.J. thanked Will and started to flip through the envelopes, stopping when he noticed one from the courthouse that was addressed to him. "Oh, no. The judge assigned to my case is sick, man. My -- my sentencing just got postponed a few weeks," J.J. informed Will after reading the enclosed document.
Will was sorry to hear that, but he optimistically pointed out that it wouldn't be an issue as long as J.J. was able to stay out of trouble for a few additional weeks. "Yeah, I'm planning on doing [that] forever," J.J. agreed as he silently recalled his desperate attempt to revive Theresa on the night of her overdose. J.J. explained that he was simply tired of having the case hanging over his head and couldn't wait for it to finally be over for good -- for his sake and Jennifer's sake, since she had been really sad lately.
Will reasoned that, while he understood how J.J. felt because he had been forced to watch his own mother suffer recently, it wasn't J.J.'s fault that Daniel had left Jennifer and moved on with Theresa. J.J. countered that it wasn't Daniel's fault, either. "He and my mom were broken up, and that was because of me. And I resented him for trying to take my dad's place. Yeah. I blamed my mom for not loving my dad enough or for [not] missing him enough, when all that I was mad at was myself for not being here," J.J. regretfully summarized.
J.J. added that he was sorry that he had taken his anger out on Daniel and that he wished that he could take back everything that he had done to drive a wedge between Daniel and Jennifer. Will said that, while he could relate to J.J.'s regrets, Jennifer and Daniel were never going to get back together again because of what had happened between Daniel and Theresa -- something that J.J. wasn't the least bit responsible for.
Later, after Will left, Jennifer returned home and learned that J.J.'s sentencing hearing had been postponed. J.J. admitted that he was a bit upset about the latest development, but Jennifer assured him that everything was going to be all right. J.J. observed that it didn't seem like Jennifer truly believed what she was saying, but she clarified that if she was acting odd, it was just because of her earlier encounter with Theresa. After hearing about what had happened at Club TBD, J.J. offered Jennifer a comforting hug and assured her that everything was going to be all right.
When Maggie arrived, Jennifer offered to let her stay at the Horton house instead of the Salem Inn. Jennifer believed that it would be nice for her and Maggie to lean on each other, since they were both going through a rough patch, but Maggie was concerned about how Daniel would feel about the matter, so she wanted some time to think about it before making a decision. Jennifer nodded and admitted that she was surprised that Daniel hadn't offered to let Maggie stay with him. Maggie reluctantly explained that someone was already living with Daniel. Jennifer assumed that Maggie was talking about Theresa, but Maggie clarified that she had been referring to Nicole.
At the Horton Town Square, J.J. ran into Theresa, who asked for directions to the Narcotics Anonymous meeting that Maggie had told her about earlier. After pointing Theresa in the right direction, J.J. started to say something else to Theresa, but she interrupted him. "J.J., you know, we really shouldn't be talking. I just saw your mom at Club TBD, and she would kill me and you if she saw us to -- oh, my God. The night I ODed, I -- you --" Theresa stammered in disbelief.
At the Kiriakis mansion, Brady inspected his nearly empty bag of cocaine and quickly placed a call to his dealer. Meanwhile, Nicole returned to Daniel's apartment, and when she spotted Eric, she admitted that she was glad that he hadn't left yet. "I wanted to tell you that I will never, ever make the mistake of helping you again," Nicole added.
Sami stormed into the DiMera mansion and took a seat in the empty living room. A short time later, she screamed in horror as someone entered the room. "My God, Samantha, what the hell is wrong with you?" E.J., whom Sami had mistaken for Nick, demanded to know.