In the penthouse, John told Marlena that Paul had confirmed that Will was alive in Memphis. Confused, Marlena asked if Susan was involved. John admitted he was not sure. When John told Marlena that Paul had seen Will in a bar, Marlena noted that Lucas had sworn that he had seen Will in a bar. Marlena wondered aloud why Will had not returned home. John suggested that Will might have been under mind control. With a nod, Marlena called the airline for a flight.
In a Memphis bar, Sonny and Sami attempted to convince Will that he was not E.J. Will refused to believe them. Susan hugged Will tightly as he defended her against Sami and Sonny. Susan was adamant that Will was her son E.J. Rafe asked Will if he remembered his childhood, but Will admitted that he had lost his memory. Hoping to convince her son, Sami whipped out her phone and showed him photos of his family. When Sami mentioned Will's husband, Sonny, Susan interjected that E.J. was not gay. Will agreed.
Upset, Will ran off. Sonny chased after him. Sami turned her rage on Susan, and Rafe needed to hold her back. Susan reiterated her claim that Will was E.J. and not Sami's son. Shaking his head, Rafe reminded Susan that there was plenty of proof that Susan was lying. Sami showed Susan a picture of E.J. to remind Susan of E.J.'s face. Shaking her head, Susan said that she had been unable to revive Will, but when she had begged for her son to live again, Rolf had then been able to revive Will. Susan was adamant that her son was Will.
Frustrated, Sami said she was confident that Will would recover his memories and return home. Rafe stepped aside to call the local police department. Alone with Susan, Sami warned her to give up her fantasy. Susan growled that Will had hated Sami because she had been a bad mother. Furious, Sami punched Susan.
Will returned home to Susan's cabin. When Sonny arrived, Will yelled at him to leave. Sonny refused to give up on his husband. Will said that he felt nothing for Sonny. Changing tactics, Sonny told Will about his daughter, Arianna. Will softened then asked how he had fathered a daughter if he was gay. Sonny told Will about Gabi. Sonny pleaded with Will to return home to his family.
"Aren't you sick of being told who you are? Don't you want to know it in your soul?" Sonny cried out. Sonny told Will about his death. Scoffing, Will countered that he had clearly not died and that there was no evidence that he had been strangled. Will ordered Sonny to leave. Sonny agreed, but he promised that he would not give up on Will. After Sonny left, Will knocked the letters "E.J." off the wall.
In the loft, Claire was shocked to hear the news about Theo. Overwhelmed, Claire fainted on the couch. Tripp attended to her. Once awake, Claire insisted on going to the hospital. Worried, Tripp urged Claire to take her time, but she refused to wait. Tripp agreed to drive Claire to the hospital as a compromise.
At the hospital, Abe yelled at J.J. as Lani held back tears. Hope intervened and warned J.J. and Abe to calm down for Theo's sake. Abe walked away. Hope told J.J. and Lani that they needed to accompany her to the station to give a statement about the shooting. Lani argued that she had not been on the scene for the shooting, and she needed to remain at the hospital to comfort her father. Hope agreed to let Lani stay. When J.J. asked to remain, as well, Hope denied J.J.'s request. Hope escorted J.J. out.
Lani caught up with Abe down the hallway, and he asked her for details about the shooting. Lani admitted she had not seen the shooting. Claire arrived with Tripp, and she anxiously asked about Theo. Kayla joined the group and informed them that the bullet had missed all of Theo's vital organs but that the bullet was lodged in Theo's chest near his aorta. Kayla explained that Theo needed surgery. As Abe signed the consent form, he asked about the surgeon. Valerie appeared beside Kayla and announced that she would handle the surgery, and Kayla would assist. Abe asked to see Theo before the surgery, and Kayla escorted him and Lani down to Theo's room.
Theo was unconscious. Abe begged Theo to fight and pull through. After Abe and Lani said their peace, Kayla let Claire sit with Theo. Alone with Kayla down the hallway, Tripp asked her what Theo's chances were for survival. Kayla admitted she was not sure. With a sad smile, Kayla urged Tripp to join Claire to comfort her. When Tripp arrived at Theo's room, he overheard a tearful Claire tell Theo, "You're the only guy that I want to be with ever. Please. I love you so much."
At the police station, Hope interviewed J.J. about the shooting. J.J. explained that he had been off duty and had attended Lani's birthday party. When Hope asked about alcohol, J.J. admitted that he had finished a beer and taken part in a champagne toast. J.J. added that after the party, he had returned home with Lani and then had received a call about a burglary. Hope asked for details about the burglary. J.J. said that he and Lani had discovered a man in a hoodie breaking into a warehouse. J.J. noted that the man had run away, and he and Lani had pursued the suspect.
After a deep breath, J.J. said that he had separated from Lani in the chase and had discovered the suspect in the town square. J.J. admitted that he had not recognized the suspect was Theo and that he had ordered the man to drop what appeared to be a gun. Hope picked up the evidence bag with the computer device that Theo had been holding. J.J. said the man had failed to drop the object and had started to turn toward him. J.J said he had followed his training and fired the weapon. Shaking his head, J.J. said he had had no reason to believe that the suspect was Theo.
Hope noted that the device Theo had been holding had technology that could override security codes. J.J. opened his eyes wide in realization. Hope noted that Theo tended to take things literally. Fighting tears, J.J. commented that if he had asked Theo to drop the object instead of asking him to drop his gun, Theo might have complied. J.J. whispered that Theo had not been behaving like the man they knew. Concluding his interview, J.J. said that Lani could corroborate his statement.
J.J. asked if he could return to the hospital. Shaking her head no, Hope told J.J. that he could not talk to the victim. J.J. nodded, and he hollowly said, "Theo was my victim." After a call to the hospital, Hope informed J.J. that Theo was headed into surgery. Hope suspended J.J., and he handed over his gun and badge.