A curious E.J. observed from the bar of the Brady Pub while Kate tried not to curse too loudly after Nick's flash drive crashed her laptop and the words "SYSTEM FAILURE" appeared on the screen. Yanking the drive out of her computer, an irked Kate muttered, "Damn it, Sami, why the hell did I listen to you?" Intrigued, E.J. strolled over and asked Kate if he could help. Closing the computer, Kate casually claimed that she had just gotten some disappointing research about a new campaign.
Kate quickly packed up her things and left. As soon as the door had closed behind her, E.J. made a phone call. "I suspect there's been some sort of disaster over at Mad World. Would you do me a favor and look into it? See if we can take advantage," E.J. instructed. After he hung up, he wondered, "What the hell does that have to do with Samantha?"
Kate went to the park to call Sami. She informed Sami that Nick's flash drive had contained a "killer virus." "If Gabi hadn't killed Nick already, I'd do it myself," Kate grumbled. After they discussed Gabi's state of mind, Kate promised, "I'm going to have a long talk with our pretty friend. She has to understand that what happened with Nick needs to remain a secret."
As Sonny prepared to leave the apartment to interview applicants for two bartending jobs at Club TBD, he said goodbye to Will and Arianna.
Meanwhile, Gabi tossed and turned in the bedroom as she had nightmares about the events of the previous evening. She bolted upright in bed, anxiously murmuring, "I can't. I can't. I just can't do this!"
After Sonny had gone, Will carried Arianna to the refrigerator to begin making some breakfast for Gabi, who Will guessed was just sleeping late. Gabi emerged from the bedroom and immediately got on her tablet, flipping rapidly through news sites. Will noted curiously that he had never known Gabi to be such a "news junkie." Ignoring him, Gabi asked if anyone had called while she had been asleep.
Will said that his grandma had called to check in, and Kate had asked how Gabi was doing. "Actually, I'm wondering about that myself. Everything all right?" Will asked. "No," Gabi admitted. Will worried that Gabi was upset about giving up the modeling job in New York. Gabi clarified that she just hadn't gotten much sleep. Will offered to talk to his mom and grandmother about using Gabi as a model.
Gabi asked if that were why Kate had called, but Will said that Kate had only asked how Gabi and he baby were doing. Will was puzzled when Gabi put on her coat to go see Rafe, since she had told her brother the night before that she wasn't going to New York. "Can you just please drop the whole modeling thing? I'm not going; I just have other things on my mind," Gabi said as she hurried out.
In the park, Rafe managed to walk the few steps from his wheelchair to the bench where Jordan was sitting, but he lost his balance and nearly fell on top of her, landing with their faces mere inches apart. Instead of pulling away, Rafe kissed Jordan -- twice -- and she kissed him back before realizing her mistake and jumping up from the bench. Rafe apologized, but Jordan firmly emphasized that it could never happen again.
Jordan pushed the wheelchair over next to the bench and apologized for not maintaining her professional distance. She added that she should never have taken advantage of a patient's condition. "You did not take advantage of me," Rafe corrected her, noting, "Can I just say that that was, like, the best fifteen seconds that I have had in a hell of a long time?" Jordan asserted that it was common for patients to confuse gratitude with deeper emotions.
Rafe maintained that while he was grateful to Jordan, his feelings toward her had nothing to do with gratitude. Rafe asked what Jordan had meant it when she'd said it could never happen again, "What about when you're not my therapist anymore?" Jordan reminded him that she was still his therapist, but Rafe joked that he could fire her. Placing his hands over hers on the handles of the wheelchair, he pointed out that he would not be in the chair forever.
"And when I'm out of it, I'm going to call you," Rafe promised. Without turning him down outright, Jordan cautioned him against projecting into the future. "I'll take that as a positive maybe," Rafe said, and Jordan smiled in spite of herself. As Rafe took a seat in the wheelchair, he got a call from Gabi, who anxiously said that she needed to talk to him in person right away. Rafe asked her to meet him at Club TBD.
After she hung up, Gabi told herself, "I have to tell Rafe what we did." As she was hurrying out of Horton Square, Gabi nearly ran into E.J. She apologized and asked him where Sami was. E.J. explained that Sami had taken the children on an outing. Gabi stammered that she didn't actually need to talk to Sami because they had talked the day before. As Gabi started to rush off to meet Rafe, E.J. observed that she seemed a little tense. Gabi made an excuse about schoolwork before continuing on her way.
At Club TBD, after Sonny had interviewed some people for the bartending jobs, T suggested that Sonny hire him to fill one of the positions. Sonny agreed to see how things went with T officially working there. "You're not doing this because I'm Will's friend, are you?" T asked. "No, I'm doing it because you're my friend," Sonny assured T, who responded with an enthusiastic hug.
When Gabi showed up a little later, T spotted her sitting alone, fiddling with her cell phone, and remarked to Sonny, "Someone's wound a little tight." Sonny explained that Gabi had just made a difficult decision. T offered to take some checks to vendors for Sonny, but Sonny realized that he had left the checkbook at home.
Kate stopped by the apartment on the pretense of seeing the baby and asking Will how his writing was going. Will admitted that he was supposed to be writing at least thirty minutes a day, but between taking care of Arianna and people stopping by, he hadn't gotten much done. When Kate asked if Gabi were still sleeping, Will replied that Gabi had already left -- and she'd been acting upset.
Kate asked why Gabi had been upset. Will didn't know, but he said that Gabi had snapped at him when he'd offered to talk to Kate about modeling -- and she had been avidly reading the local newspapers online. Sonny called Will just then to ask him to take Sonny's checkbook to the club. Will agreed. "I wish I'd remembered before Gabi got here; I would've had her bring them to me," Sonny said. Will was surprised that Gabi was at the club, but Sonny said that she was meeting Rafe there.
Kate overheard, and as soon as Will got off the phone, she guessed that Gabi was telling Rafe that she wasn't going to New York. Will said that Gabi had already told Rafe that news, but he didn't know why she'd needed to talk to her brother so urgently. Kate offered to deliver the checkbook to Sonny so Will could keep writing. Will happily accepted.
When Rafe and Jordan arrived at Club TBD, Gabi asked if she could speak with Rafe in private, so Jordan left the two of them alone. Rafe could tell that something was really bothering Gabi, so he urged her to tell him what was going on. T delivered Rafe's coffee and asked what Gabi wanted, but she just glared at him, so he returned to the bar.
When Kate arrived with Sonny's checkbook, Jordan spotted her and kept an eye on her. A grateful Sonny asked T to cover for him and then headed out. Before Kate could join Rafe and Gabi, Jordan intervened and informed Kate that Gabi had asked to speak to Rafe alone.
Rafe asked if Gabi had changed her mind about not moving to New York. Gabi assured him that she hadn't. Although Rafe was relieved, Gabi said, "It's something worse -- much worse. It's about Nick."
E.J. stopped by the apartment, using the cover of looking in on baby Arianna. Will informed E.J. that Ari was sleeping but invited E.J. in anyway. E.J. grinned as he peeked into the baby's bassinette. After asking Will about the writing fellowship, E.J. acknowledged that Will clearly had a gift. Will admitted that he hadn't written that much, and he only had a little while to work before Arianna woke up.
E.J. confessed that he had really dropped by to talk to Will about Samantha. "I don't mean to put you on the spot, William, but something is going on with your mother," E.J. asserted. He suspected that she was keeping something from him, and it involved something other than the ordeal with her brother. E.J. added that Sami had seemed tense and distracted the previous night, but she had refused to discuss the reason.
Will filled E.J. in on Gabi's modeling job in New York. Will guessed that his mom had been upset because he and Sonny had talked about moving to New York, as well, and she probably hadn't told E.J. about it because Gabi had decided not to accept the job. "Everything's back to normal," Will said. "Not for your mother," E.J. asserted.
E.J. revealed that he had run into Gabi earlier, and she had also seemed tense. "She woke up that way," Will admitted. E.J. wondered aloud if Sami had said something that had upset Gabi. "You never know with Mom. She does know how to push Gabi's buttons, though," Will replied, chuckling. E.J. left so that Will could get back to his writing. Outside, E.J. muttered, "What are you up to, Samantha?"
At the TV station, Nicole informed Miles that Eric was adamant in his refusal to grant anyone an interview. Miles revealed that the video of Eric having sex with Kristen had gone viral overnight. Miles somewhat gleefully watched the video on his computer and encouraged Nicole to join him, but she refused to turn her eyes toward the screen.
Miles repeated his request for Nicole to cover the story, since she could use her closeness to the priest to get him to open up. Nicole flatly refused. "If you're crazy enough to not want cover a story like this, maybe you just ought to quit," Miles suggested. "Maybe I will. You know what? Forget 'maybe.' I do," Nicole snapped before storming out.
Brady entered Hope's office at the police station, but he started to leave when he saw that Eric was already there. Hope arrived before Brady could make his exit. She broke the bad news to Brady and Eric about the video becoming public; she guessed that someone at the church had recorded it on their cell phone while it had played on the screen. Hope urged both men to contact their friends and family -- and, in Eric's case, the church -- to let them know what was going on.
After Hope had gone again, Eric expressed a desire not to let Kristen destroy his and Brady's relationship. Brady was incredulous that Eric seemed to think, even with the video surfacing on the Internet, that they could go back to the way things had been. Eric reminded Brady that what had happened was Kristen's fault, not theirs. Brady irritably contended that Eric had been "brainwashed" to be optimistic that God would take care of everything.
Eric angrily accused Brady of trivializing Eric's beliefs and making Eric a scapegoat for Brady's pain and humiliation. Brady argued that no matter how pious -- or condescending -- Eric was, he couldn't fix the problem with prayer, because their lives were never going to be the same. Eric understood that Kristen had broken Brady's heart, but Eric had warned Brady about her, as had everyone else, and Brady had refused to listen.
"Are you done?" Brady demanded crossly. Eric asserted that it would never be "done" for him, because being a priest wasn't just his job; it was who he was. Eric continued, "And now when people see that, they will only see filth. Even if they know what happened, they will see filth. Kristen did that to me -- and you could have prevented it." Eric stalked out.
Nicole went to the park and sat down on a bench to think. Her cell phone buzzed in her purse, and she was taken aback to see that she had 87 new messages, so she began to scroll through them. "'Hot priest in action'? Really?" she muttered with disgust. After a moment's contemplation, Nicole played the video of Eric having sex with Kristen. After viewing only a few seconds of it, she closed her eyes, her face betraying her distress.
Hearing footsteps behind her, Nicole looked up and saw Eric, who correctly guessed what she'd just been watching. He sat next to her on the bench and apologized for the things that he'd done and said, adding, "Most of all, I'm sorry that you had to see that." Nicole acknowledged that Eric's suffering because of Kristen had to be unbearable. Eric explained that he was trying to warn people about the video being public. He asked how Nicole had found the video.
Nicole said that her producer had sent the video to her. Eric was incredulous that Nicole was still reporting the story. He accused her of exploiting his pain and Brady's humiliation just to see herself on television. Despite Nicole's protests that Eric was jumping to conclusions, he proclaimed Nicole "disgusting." He continued ranting about what a terrible person she was until she was fed up.
Hurt and angry, Nicole shouted, "You don't know what you're talking about! [...] And, as usual, you're ready to judge, making me out to be some worthless piece of trash because you know I'm an easy target. Well, guess what, Father Bigmouth. I don't answer to you, not anymore!" Eric spat back that Nicole should go spread lies on her TV show and then find a way to live with herself. Hope arrived just then, and Eric left without another word.
Voice breaking, Nicole insisted to Hope that she was fine. Hope informed Nicole that because the video had gone viral overnight, Eric was worried about how his family and the church would deal with that nightmare. Hope implored Nicole, "Please try to go easy on him. This is only going to get worse. He's being attacked from all sides... Kristen violated him, and he's the one being punished."
Later, Nicole returned to the TV station and told Miles that she had reconsidered. "I'm going to cover the Father Eric story," Nicole declared. Miles was thrilled.
Brady arrived at the Kiriakis mansion and flung his jacket onto a chair as he stormed into the living room. After a moment, he looked around to make sure he was alone and then removed the baggie of drugs that he'd swiped from the crack house. When Henderson entered with a delivery for Brady, Brady stuffed the bag into his jeans pocket. Brady was livid when he saw that the envelope contained a DVD.
Henderson was apologetic, but Brady pointed out that Henderson couldn't have known what was in the package. Brady cautioned Henderson that there would probably be a lot more deliveries like that until the next big gossip story broke. Brady asked for some privacy to watch the video, so Henderson scurried off. Brady sat down at the computer and inserted the DVD, but he was surprised when, instead of Kristen and Eric's sex video, it was a recording that Kristen had made for Brady in that very room.
Sitting on the couch, Kristen addressed the camera and professed her love for Brady and her happiness because of him. When Kristen mentioned a trip to Peru, Brady guessed that she had made it before he'd surprised her by booking an extended honeymoon. Kristen continued that she looked forward to bragging that her new husband was the most wonderful man in the world for believing in her when no one else had. Kristen was excited about hurrying home from Lima so the two of them cold start their new lives together.
Looking around to make sure no one else was in the house, Kristen said quietly, "You know, normally I wouldn't do this kind of thing. You know, you send an email or a text [and] you never know if someone's going to intercept it, right? But since I happen to know this is a hand-delivered DVD, well, I think I can tell you what I wish you were doing to me right now..." She got up and moved closer to the camera before continuing, "...and what I know I'm going to do to you the second I get you alone."
Kristen whispered that she wanted Brady as much as she knew he wanted her. "I want you to touch me. I want you to kiss me...anyplace you want," she said as she unbuttoned her blouse, her face and body inches from the camera. Brady began to freak out. With tears in his eyes, he ejected the DVD and hurled it across the room, then slammed the computer shut. Pacing around and shouting in frustration, Brady finally pulled the bag of drugs out of his pocket.
In Horton Square, Eric left a message asking Father Matt to call him and requesting that the bishop contact Eric, as well. A little girl, Dawn Gorman, ran up to greet Eric just then. She asked why he hadn't been in school that morning -- and what had happened to his collar. Eric explained that he was taking a little time off to think about things. Dawn's father showed up and ordered the girl to return to her mother. Dawn obeyed after saying goodbye to Father Eric and asking him not to stay gone too long.
Mr. Gorman grabbed Eric roughly by the arm. "I don't ever, ever want to see you talking to my little girl or anyone in my family again. Clear?" Mr. Gorman growled. Furious, he added that Eric was a disgrace who didn't deserve to be a priest. An apologetic Eric tried to explain, but Gorman ordered him to shut up. Jabbing his finger in Eric's chest and then shoving Eric's shoulders, Gorman snarled, "Why don't you do us all a favor and get the hell out of Salem? 'Cause we don't want your kind here.
Giving Eric another hard shove, Mr. Gorman spat, "You're filth!" Again Eric tried to interrupt, but Gorman cut him off. "I hope there's a special place in hell for your kind. As far as I'm concerned, you can go there right now," Gorman said, pushing Eric violently -- so hard that Eric cracked his head on the bench while going down. As Eric lay there, bleeding and seemingly unconscious, Gorman glanced around to see if anyone had been watching and then hurried away.