At Theresa's apartment, J.J. threatened Theresa that he would tell his mom everything -- but before he could leave, Theresa showed him a video on her phone of him smoking weed at her place. J.J. was livid that Theresa had faked amnesia about the night she'd overdosed, but Theresa pointed out that it had allowed her to stay in Salem. Although she was still furious that her parents had given Jennifer the power to decide Theresa's fate, Theresa relished the idea of Jennifer suffering at the very idea of Daniel and Theresa together.
When J.J. tried to leave, Theresa pointed out that the video meant she held all the cards -- and he realized that she was blackmailing him. Theresa's demanded that J.J. to score her some "primo weed" -- and pay for it -- and also keep an eye on Jennifer and Daniel. "They're both miserable and alone, thanks to you," J.J. grumbled. Theresa maintained that Jennifer and Daniel's problems were J.J.'s fault, especially since Daniel had martyred himself to keep J.J. out of prison.
Fed up, J.J. started to leave, but Theresa ordered him to stay. J.J. vowed to tell his mom and Daniel that Theresa remembered everything from the night she'd ODed, but Theresa countered that she would tell the judge, who was apparently eager to lock J.J. up. Declaring that he didn't care, J.J. stormed out.
Abigail arrived home to the Horton house, ready start decorating the house for Christmas, but Jennifer wanted to wait for J.J. to show up before they began. As Abigail looked through the boxes of ornaments, she and her mom laughed at the memories some of the ornaments evoked. Abigail revealed that she'd learned Shane and Kimberly had allowed Jennifer to decide whether Theresa could stay in Salem -- and Abigail questioned why Jennifer hadn't taken advantage of the opportunity to get rid of Theresa.
Jennifer explained that she hadn't wanted to be responsible for sending Theresa back to jail -- but if Theresa wanted to get in trouble again, she could leave Jennifer's family alone. A little later, Jennifer spied Abigail fondling the angel-wing pendant that Chad had returned. Jennifer was surprised to learn that E.J. had known that the wing was from a painting by Rafael. Both women wondered where J.J. was, although they agreed that he wasn't likely to be out causing trouble. Jennifer said that J.J. seemed determined to fix things between her and Daniel.
Abigail and Jennifer greeted J.J. enthusiastically when he returned home. After the women went to the kitchen to get eggnog and snacks, J.J.'s phone rang. Claimed to be Judge Goldberg's clerk, the caller stated that the judge had received new video evidence in J.J.'s case -- and J.J. should call his lawyer, because the judge was watching it. Giggling, Theresa took the phone from her neighbor, Skip, and said that she'd just been messing with J.J. "That was your warning. Next time, it's for real," Theresa promised.
When Jennifer and Abigail returned with the eggnog, J.J. claimed that he'd been talking to a telemarketer. Jennifer raised her glass and toasted to a new start for all of them.
In the midst of a heated argument at the DiMera mansion, E.J. backed Sami against a table and kissed her. Things quickly became heated as E.J. started carrying Sami to the sofa, but she shoved away from him and ordered him to stop. E.J. demanded to know what was going on with Sami. She flatly refused to discuss it because he had kept secret what he'd known about Kristen and Eric -- and she knew he was still hiding something about it.
E.J. lied that he wasn't hiding anything -- but he couldn't protect Sami unless she told him what she'd done. "I don't need you to protect me!" Sami insisted. "You don't need me?" E.J. demanded, reminding her that she had kicked him out of her bedroom. Incredulous, Sami asked, "That is what you are angry about? The sex? You're not getting any?" Sarcastically offering to make sure he was satisfied, Sami began to strip down so they could have sex right there.
"Let's just do it right now!" Sami said, hurling her clothing at him. E.J. closed the distance between them and pinned her arms behind her, ordering her to stop. "You are embarrassing yourself!" E.J. asserted, to Sami's disbelief. Moving her mouth provocatively close to his, Sami maintained that she only wanted to do what E.J. wanted. E.J. pulled away and after reminding her that she was no longer his lover, he questioned what she was to him.
"I am the woman who knows you best, E.J. I am the one who calls you on your bull!" Sami pointed out. E.J. accused her of not answering his questions. Sami turned on the seduction again, tempting E.J. to kiss her, but when he finally gave in and placed his mouth on hers, she slapped him. "No, E.J. No way in hell!" Sami spat. E.J. bellowed angrily that he had put up with Sami's "dithering" while she had tried to decide what she'd wanted.
While Sami pulled her top back on, a hurt E.J. kept his back to her as he reminded her that he had asked her to marry him -- and then he had given up everything to make sure that she didn't spend the rest of her life in prison. "And all you've done since then is move away!" E.J. cried. Stung, Sami insisted that she wanted them to be together. E.J. accused her of calling off the wedding after the shooting at the club because of what her father had said -- even though she had promised never to leave him.
Sami angrily reminded E.J. that he had lied to her about Kristen and Eric. E.J. picked up a glass and hurled it across the room, shouting that he had not lied. "I found out one hour before that wedding that they slept together!" E.J. roared. He screamed that he had chosen not to ruin the lives of everyone involved -- but if he'd known about the video, he would have stopped it from being played in the church. "Then what are you still hiding from me?" Sami screamed, demanding to know if E.J. had known that Kristen had drugged Eric or if E.J. knew where Kristen was.
Suddenly much calmer, E.J. suggested that, if Sami believed that he was lying and if she didn't love him, then she should get out. E.J. accused Sami of using the children as a human shield because she could barely tolerate being around him. "I hate what you did, not you," Sami maintained, adding that it was hard to be in the same room with him because she loved him so much. Sami cried that she ached to be with E.J., but she couldn't because she didn't trust him.
Sami professed her undying love for E.J. -- but she knew he needed the trust between them restored just as much as she did. "What do you want me to do?" E.J. asked quietly. "I want you to tell me the truth," Sami replied. E.J. wondered softly how he couldn't convince Sami that he hadn't betrayed her if she wouldn't believe a word he said. Sami cried that she was trying to figure it out, but she didn't know how to fix it. "If you don't want to wait for me, if you want me to get out of here, then I will go," Sami added.
E.J. told Sami that he didn't want her to leave. E.J. assured Sami that they could figure things out, but Sami wasn't so sure. "I'll just figure it out for the both of us. It wouldn't be the first time," E.J. said. Putting her arms around E.J., Sami admitted that she missed him. Sobbing, she declared, "I wish it were this simple." Blinking back tears, E.J. promised that they would fix it. Sami pulled away from his grasp to go check on the children.
As Sami closed the living room doors behind her, she burst into tears before she headed upstairs. E.J. looked resignedly at the portrait of his father that loomed over the parlor. "I know, I know, I know. Patience," E.J. muttered.
In Rafe's hospital room, Jordan eavesdropped while Rafe told Kate that she didn't have to feel responsible for what had happened to him anymore, since he was about to get out of the hospital, and she could return to her work commitments. Jordan wandered away when she spotted Kayla near the nurses' station. Rafe reminded Kate that she had broken it off with him because she'd felt things were getting too serious. "You're an independent woman. You need that. You're free now," Rafe said.
Rafe hoped that they were still friends, as Kate had suggested when she'd called things off. "Of course we are," Kate said, reassuring Rafe that they were fine. Kayla dropped in to discuss Rafe impending release, so Kate left. In the hallway, Kate spotted Jordan getting on the elevator and followed her out.
Kate followed Jordan to Horton Square and accused the physical therapist of manipulating the situation with Rafe to her advantage. Jordan maintained that Kate's imagination was running rampant, but Kate warned, "I'm not going to let him get hurt... I'm not someone you want to cross. You should just ask around, because I don't bluff, Jordan -- or whoever the hell you really are." Kate turned on her heel and left.
At Will and Sonny's, Will informed Gabi that he knew what had happened with Nick, and Will understood that Gabi hadn't had a choice in the matter. Assuming Will knew that she'd killed Nick, Gabi was relieved that will was being so nice about it. Will reminded Gabi that he despised Nick. "Good riddance. Stay in New York is what I say," Will said. He guessed that the reason Gabi had decided not to go New York was that she'd found out that Nick was going to be there, as well.
Gabi apologized for not saying anything about it earlier but she had been embarrassed. She explained for a puzzled Will that Nick had orchestrated the whole thing with the modeling agency -- although she had made up her mind about not moving to New York after speaking with Sami. Will correctly guessed that Gabi had confronted Nick when she'd learned the truth. Gabi confirmed that Nick had harbored a fantasy that they and Arianna would be a family, and he'd gone nuts when she'd told him that would never happen.
Will concurred, "It's a good thing I wasn't there, 'cause I--I don't know what I would've done. Let's just hope that he never shows his face here again." Guessing that Gabi felt like she'd "dodged a bullet," Will assured her that everyone was glad she was staying in Salem -- and he thought she should reconsider Sami and Kate's modeling offers. Gabi insisted their conversation hadn't really been about modeling; it had just been "a secret -- girl stuff." After asking Will to keep an eye on Arianna, Gabi left to get some fresh air.
An angst-ridden Gabi went to the park and perched on a bench -- but as soon as she'd sat down, Nick appeared to her. Terrified, Gabi backed away, landing on her backside in the bushes. She began to whimper and shut her eyes tightly as "Nick" approached her menacingly, but she looked up when she felt a gentle hand on her arm -- and saw T crouched beside her. As T apologized for frightening her, Gabi threw her arms around him with relief. "I'm so glad to see you," Gabi cried.
Gabi tried to cover that she'd just been jumpy and had made a big deal out of nothing, but T seemed skeptical -- although he happily stuck around when Gabi asked him to stay and keep her company.
When Sonny returned to the apartment, Will revealed that he had run into Gabi, Sami, and Kate at the Brady Pub earlier, and the three of them had been behaving strangely. Will had since deduced that there was a surprise party in the works for him, since his birthday was approaching. Will asked for Sonny to give him some advance warning, but Sonny insisted that he didn't know anything about it.
When Gabi returned home a little later, the living room was empty, so she called Kate to suggest that they meet at the apartment the next day, since Will and Sonny wouldn't be home. Sonny overheard the conversation, but he ducked back into the bedroom before Gabi saw him. "I can't do this," Gabi fretted as she hung up. Meanwhile, Kate muttered, "Pull it together, Gabi."
Back at her apartment, Jordan looked at her IDs from Texas, Indiana, and New Jersey. "No. I finally have something to hold on to. Kate is not going to ruin it for me," Jordan declared with determination.