In Hong Kong, Hope curiously observed that Stefan's dinner companion looked a lot like Gabi -- at least from behind. "But it can't be...[so] maybe that's the woman [from] the video," Hope guessed.
"Don't look. Hope Brady is here. Go to your room -- now," Stefan quietly instructed Gabby as Hope approached their table. As Gabby rushed off, Stefan stood to greet Hope, blocking her path in the process. "It is a small world, after all," Stefan told Hope, chuckling nervously. Nodding in agreement, Hope admitted that Shawn and Belle were the only two people she had expected to recognize in Hong Kong.
"The woman you were just sitting with -- she looked familiar. Do I know her, [too]?" Hope asked casually. Stefan claimed that Hope probably didn't know the woman because she was simply a business associate who was based in Hong Kong. "It's a shame she left without eating," Hope mused. Stefan agreed that it was somewhat disappointing that the woman had ditched him so abruptly, especially since he hated dining alone.
Hope wondered why Abigail wasn't joining Stefan for dinner. "She is here [in Hong Kong with you], isn't she?" Hope continued. Taken aback, Stefan claimed that Abigail was in her room, sleeping off the effects of jet lag. Hope nodded skeptically as Stefan added, in an effort to end the conversation, that he was starting to feel the effects, too. Hope took the hint and started to walk away, but Stefan stopped her. "I'm just curious -- how did you come to know that [Abigail and I] were on this business trip [together]?" Stefan asked. "Jennifer told me," Hope explained with a shrug, adding that Jennifer had concerns about Abigail's participation in the trip.
Stefan dismissively insisted that there was nothing for Jennifer to worry about because Abigail was completely safe with him. "You're good," Hope acknowledged, admiring Stefan's mastery of the feigned-innocence routine.
"I'd be flattered if I had even the slightest idea what the hell you're talking about," Stefan countered. Hope found it hard to believe that Stefan was struggling to understand her -- especially since she understood him perfectly. "I have been dealing with your family for...a very long time...and what you just did -- pretending you wouldn't hurt a fly while [simultaneously] moving in for the kill? Your father was the master [of that tactic]...and you're starting to remind me [of him just] a little too much," Hope continued, eyeing Stefan suspiciously. Annoyed, Stefan told Hope to enjoy the rest of her trip then quickly walked away.
Meanwhile, Gabby spotted Chad outside her room. Panicking, Gabby ducked into Stefan's room, crossed over to hers via the connecting door, stashed her wig in a suitcase, kicked off her shoes, and donned a robe.
Chad continued knocking as Gabby quietly rehearsed what she was going to say to him. Finally, Gabby opened the door and asked, "Sweetheart, what are you doing here?" Chad stepped into the room and extended his arms expectantly, teasingly wondering if that was all he was going to get from his wife after having traveled halfway around the world to be with her.
Realizing what Chad wanted, Gabby reluctantly hugged and kissed him then explained that she had been in the middle of a nap when he had begun knocking earlier. "Surprise!" Chad exclaimed, chuckling awkwardly. Gabby insisted -- as calmly as possible -- that Chad shouldn't have followed her to Hong Kong because she was perfectly capable of taking care of herself. "I know, but I like to take care of you," Chad replied with a shrug.
Gabby tried to convince Chad to return to Salem immediately, arguing that things could get ugly if Stefan found out about Chad's presence in Hong Kong, but Chad coolly promised that Stefan wasn't going to find out. "Look, I wouldn't be able to live with myself if anything happened to you, [so] if you have to be here, I want to be here, too," Chad continued, adding that Abigail had already disappeared from his life once, and he didn't want that to happen again. Gabby felt a sharp pain in her head while Chad was addressing Abigail but managed to recover before her host succeeded in suppressing her. Chad expressed concerns, but Gabby dismissed them.
Gabby soon heard movement in the adjoining room. "He's back!" Gabby warned Chad, who gave her another kiss -- a long, passionate one -- then rushed off.
Stefan joined Gabby in her room seconds later -- and was annoyed to learn that Chad was in Hong Kong. "At least that explains how Hope knew that 'Abigail' accompanied me on this trip..." Stefan mused while Gabby was putting her wig back on. Gabby assumed that Hope was in Hong Kong to keep an eye on Abigail, too, but Stefan clarified that Hope was supposedly just visiting Shawn and Belle. "This is ridiculous! I mean, we come out here because we want to get away from everybody that Abigail knows, and it's a freakin' 'Who's Who of Salem' downstairs!" Gabby grumbled. Stefan assured Gabby that he would handle the problem.
Meanwhile, Chad joined Hope -- and Shawn, who had arrived a few minutes earlier -- in the lobby. Chad reported, when asked, that Abigail was fine -- physically, at least. "[But] I think the stress of being here with Stefan is finally getting to her," Chad added with a sigh. Hope assured Chad that Abigail might not have to act as bait for much longer. Chad was excited to hear that Hope had seen Stefan with a dark-haired mystery woman earlier.
Chad started to rush off to investigate, hoping that the mystery woman had gone to Stefan's room to continue their meeting. Hope had concerns but reluctantly agreed to let Chad confront Stefan on his own.
Shawn wondered if Hope knew how Gabi's trial was going. She admitted that she didn't because she hadn't recently talked to anyone who was still in Salem. "[But] I can't stay away from [there] forever; sooner or later, I'm gonna have to face Rafe," she added with a sigh. She confirmed, when asked, that she had finally figured out what she was going to do about the annulment papers, which were still unsigned -- at least for the time being.
Meanwhile, Gabby, feeling antsy, cautiously searched the hotel for Stefan, who had gone to take care of something earlier. Eventually, Gabby ended up back outside her room. Having failed to locate Stefan anywhere else in the building, Gabby decided to knock on his door, assuming that he might have returned while she was gone. When Stefan didn't respond, Gabby began rummaging through her purse in search of his spare key card.
Chad soon rounded a corner, en route to Stefan's room, and saw that a dark-haired woman was preparing to enter it.
At the Salem Courthouse, Justin, unsure of how to proceed in the wake of Lani's unexpected confession, told the judge that he had no further questions for the witness. "I have questions!" J.J. shouted.
Justin held J.J. back as the judge called for order in the courtroom. "You slept with Eli?" J.J. asked Lani incredulously, ignoring the judge's demand. "You knew?" J.J. added, turning to Gabi. Lani tearfully apologized to J.J., stressing that she had never wanted him to find out in such a horrible way. "Did you ever want me to find out at all?" J.J. angrily countered.
Eli approached J.J. and started to explain that he was to blame for what had happened. J.J. silenced Eli with a punch, sending him stumbling backward. The judge ordered the bailiff to restrain J.J., but Justin and Rafe were already in the process of doing that themselves. Although Justin and Rafe managed to convince J.J. to calm down, the judge refused to ignore what had just happened -- especially since J.J., as a former detective, should have known better than to assault an officer of the law in open court. J.J. tried to apologize, but the judge wasn't moved, telling Rafe to book J.J. for contempt.
After Rafe escorted J.J. out of the courtroom, Justin decided to resume his earlier cross-examination. "How would you describe your relationship with my client?" Justin asked Lani, who admitted that it wasn't exactly a great one. "Then, with all due respect, how can you ask this court to believe your account of what happened in the alley when you just admitted a personal animus against the defendant?" Justin continued.
Trask objected to Justin's attempt to use one phrase to slander an entire testimony. The judge, seeing no reason to strike the whole exchange from the record, instead allowed Trask to redirect as a way of placating her.
When Trask began the redirect with a snide comment about what Justin had just tried to do, the judge tiredly warned her not to make him regret his generosity. Trask apologized then forged ahead, getting Lani to confirm that her earlier testimony had been truthful. Trask argued that Lani could be trusted because, after all, she had just admitted to having an affair with the defendant's boyfriend instead of hiding the truth from the court. As Lani tried to clarify that what had happened with Eli hadn't been an affair, Trask continued talking, pointing out that Lani's account of what had happened in the alley actually matched Gabi's account perfectly.
After Trask's redirect concluded, the judge offered Justin an opportunity to continue cross-examining Lani. Justin declined to do so, prompting the judge to order a recess.
"Word to the wise -- don't [ever] let anything surprise your attorney. If you had told me what happened between Lani and Eli, I would have never pursued that line of questioning," Justin told Gabi as people started filing out of the courtroom. Gabi apologized to Justin, explaining that she had assumed that information wasn't relevant to her case. Gabi also apologized to Lani, feeling guilty about what had just happened.
Lani started to leave the courtroom, eager to find J.J. and explain everything to him. As Lani walked past Eli, he quietly asked if she was really going to explain everything to J.J. "I honestly don't know," Lani replied.
Meanwhile, at the police station, Rafe tried to keep J.J. calm. When J.J. started to get the sense that Lani's earlier admission hadn't exactly surprised Rafe, Rafe reluctantly admitted that was true. "Has the entire department been laughing behind my back this whole time?" J.J. asked incredulously. Rafe assured J.J. that wasn't the case. Rafe refused to elaborate, however, believing that Lani needed to be the one to answer J.J.'s questions.
"I deserve answers right now, damn it!" J.J. angrily insisted. "You're right -- you do," Lani agreed, joining J.J. and Rafe in one of the conference rooms. Rafe quickly excused himself so the couple could talk privately.
Lani tearfully explained to J.J. what had happened. He was still hurt at the end of her tale but grudgingly acknowledged that, technically speaking, she had never actually cheated on him because they hadn't even been a couple at the time of her one-night stand. With that in mind, he wondered why she had chosen to hide the truth from him -- especially after Eli had decided to confess to Gabi.
"I wanted to [tell you] -- I really did -- but...I was worried," Lani explained. "About what?" J.J. asked, confused. "You!" Lani replied, prompting J.J. to conclude that she had doubted his ability to handle such news.
Lani tried to protest that J.J. was putting words in her mouth, but he forged ahead, sensing that he was on the right track. He conceded that he might not have been able to handle the truth -- at least at first. "But so much has changed [since then]! Theo woke up! We got back together! We found out we're having a baby..." he continued before letting his voice trail off. "This is my baby, isn't it?" he asked, suddenly skeptical.
Lani fought back fresh tears as J.J. started giving the matter more thought. "You and Eli slept together on Christmas Eve. That was only three months ago. You're further along than that...aren't you?" he asked. When she didn't respond, he continued, "I found out you were pregnant 'cause I heard you on the phone, scheduling an appointment for an abortion. And I couldn't understand why you hadn't told me you were having my baby."
"I told myself it was because you were worried that you couldn't rely on me...but it wasn't because you thought I wouldn't be a good father; it was because I wasn't the father at all," J.J. concluded.
Sobbing, Lani told J.J. that she loved him and didn't want to lose him. "Just tell me the truth," he urged her. Nodding, she conceded that she owed him at least that much.
"This baby...is Eli's," Lani regretfully confirmed for J.J. -- just as Eli and Gabi entered the conference room.
• Chad gets arrested.
• Gabby admits to having feelings for Stefan.
• Doug and Julie admonish Rafe for betraying Hope.