At the Horton house, a stunned Abigail sank into a chair, insisting that she couldn't be pregnant and wondering what had led Sami to suspect otherwise. Sami explained that Abigail had mentioned being sick, hormonal, and tired -- all of which could be symptoms of pregnancy. Abigail firmly reiterated that she couldn't be pregnant, so Sami shrugged and apologized for causing alarm.
As Sami knelt to pick up the broken pieces of the coffee cup that Abigail had dropped earlier, she started to reason that Abigail couldn't possibly be pregnant if Chad was the only guy Abigail had ever slept with, since he had left Salem months earlier. Abigail's silence and worried expression clued Sami in to the possibility that Chad wasn't the only guy Abigail had ever slept with. Abigail denied the suspicion and once again reiterated that she couldn't be pregnant, but Sami could hear the fear in Abigail's voice.
Sami tried to reassure Abigail that everything would be all right, reasoning that if Abigail turned out to be pregnant, she and the father would figure out what to do together. Abigail insisted that the father could never know about her possible pregnancy, predicting that he wouldn't want to have anything to do with the child, anyway. Abigail explained that her relationship with the father had ended before it had begun, and Sami optimistically suggested that the related stress could be the true cause of the pregnancy-like symptoms.
"I mean, are you -- how late are you?" Sami asked, and Abigail admitted that she wasn't sure. Sami wondered if Jennifer knew about the man Abigail had most recently slept with. Abigail claimed that she hadn't told Jennifer about the man in question because Jennifer had been dealing with a lot of other things lately, prompting Sami to confidently state that Jennifer would never be too busy to help Abigail. Before Abigail could respond, she received an alert on her cell phone and abruptly excused herself, explaining that she needed to get to work.
Sami advised Abigail to remain calm and take a pregnancy test right away. Sami started to recommend purchasing a home pregnancy test kit, but she quickly changed her mind and decided that it would be best for Abigail to get the test done at the hospital instead, reasoning that Kayla could be trusted to exercise discretion. Abigail insisted that no one else could know about the possible pregnancy, so Sami reluctantly promised that she wouldn't tell a soul. Abigail struggled to maintain her composure as Sami hugged her and once again assured her that everything was going to be all right.
In Daniel's apartment, while Daniel was putting Parker down for a nap, Jennifer received a shocking alert on her cell phone. When Daniel returned, he suggestively stated that he had thought of a few ways that he and Jennifer could use the nap to their advantage, but she declined the offer, prompting him to wonder what was wrong. Jennifer vaguely stated that a problem had arisen at work, and she abruptly excused herself, promising to talk to Daniel later. Daniel's earlier encounter with Hope and Aiden had given him the impression that inviting Aiden to attend the casual dinner party that Daniel and Jennifer were planning to host in the near future might not have been the best idea, so he asked Jennifer to talk to Hope about the matter if the opportunity arose, and Jennifer distractedly agreed before rushing out of the apartment.
Later, Daniel received an unexpected visit from Liam, who said that he needed to talk to Daniel about Jennifer. Liam vaguely clarified that he had learned Daniel's address at the hospital, and he wondered if he could enter the apartment for a moment, explaining that he needed to talk to Daniel about something face-to-face. Daniel invited Liam in, guessing that Liam had heard that Daniel and Jennifer had reunited. Liam confirmed the suspicion and admitted that he needed to apologize for the way that he had reacted to the news.
Daniel doubted that Jennifer was terribly upset, since she hadn't even mentioned the incident to him yet, so he assured Liam that it was all water under the bridge. Liam was relieved to hear that, since he, Daniel, and Jennifer were going to have to continue to work together regardless. Meanwhile, Parker called out to Daniel from one of the bedrooms, so Daniel excused himself so that he could check on the boy. Liam scowled as he watched Daniel walk away, but when Daniel returned with Parker a short time later, Liam wished Daniel and Jennifer well, claimed that he simply wanted her to be happy, and abruptly excused himself.
In the halls of Salem High, J.J. spotted the attractive young woman he had previously encountered in the town square. Before J.J. could approach the girl, Rory greeted him from behind and asked for some cash for the vending machines to satisfy a serious craving for cheesy puffs. J.J. granted the request, knowing that Rory had bought him a smoothie earlier, but he also asked Rory to gather some "intel" for him on the young mystery woman.
Rory started to look for the girl in the direction that J.J. had indicated, but he wasn't being very discreet, so J.J. quietly instructed him to act casual. As Rory raised his arms above his head and pretended to yawn, J.J. described the young woman's hair color and clothing, and Rory peeked over J.J.'s shoulder to search for her. "Uh...it's open ground, man," Rory announced. Confused, J.J. turned to look at the row of lockers that the girl had been leaning against -- a row of lockers that, to his dismay, was no longer supporting anyone at all.
Rory wondered why J.J. -- who, as far as Rory was aware, was already involved with Bev -- was asking about another girl, but before J.J. could respond, Bev approached them. Sensing some tension between Bev and J.J., Rory abruptly excused himself, and she started to do the same, but J.J. stopped her. After taking one final glance around the hallway to confirm that the mystery girl was no longer around, J.J. apologized for the way that he had reacted when Bev's joint had fallen out of her purse at the Horton house earlier, explaining that he had been unable to see anything except a jail cell at that particular moment. Bev understood and acknowledged that she shouldn't have placed J.J. in that kind of situation to begin with, but she hesitated when he asked if that meant that things between them were good again.
J.J. encouraged Bev to say whatever it was that she was resisting the urge to say, so she summarized that he had turned into a new, law-abiding person whose idea of fun was changing his Facebook status. J.J. shrugged and unapologetically reminded Bev that he had to keep his nose clean. "I understand that, but still...the old J.J., he would have been ironic, or funny, or -- somehow, he would have risen above that [community service] vest, and you are just...in it, and I gotta say, it's -- it's really boring. So if this is who you are right now? Not really what I need in my life," Bev bluntly stated, and J.J. sighed as he watched her walk away.
At the hospital, Anne was surprised to see that Theresa had actually shown up for work for a change. Anne hoped that Theresa had spent the unscheduled time off from work doing something productive, like wreaking havoc in "Dannifer's" life. "Yeah, about that -- slight change of plans," Theresa hesitantly replied.
Anne was furious to learn that Daniel and Jennifer had reunited, and she demanded to know how Theresa could have allowed that to happen. Theresa dryly responded that she had suffered from a temporary loss of omnipotence, but Anne wanted the truth, so Theresa vaguely explained that her hands were tied because Jennifer and Daniel had something on her. Anne started to get upset with Theresa for giving up too easily, but Theresa promised that she wasn't going to let Daniel and Jennifer win. Theresa declined to share the details of her next plot with Anne, reasoning that it would be best for Anne to maintain deniability, but she assured Anne that she still planned to pulverize "Jenny" -- she just planned to be more subtle about it the next time. "Death by a thousand paper cuts?" Anne guessed, and Theresa teased that she was planning something much, much worse.
Elsewhere, in Jennifer's office, Jennifer and Abigail viewed the source of the alerts that they had each received earlier -- twenty-five nasty comments that had been left on the hospital website, each of which seemed to be directed at either Jennifer or the public relations department. Abigail couldn't tell who had posted the comments, since they had all been sent anonymously, but she pointed out that the smear campaign felt like the sort of thing that Anne would do. "Yeah, except it's twenty-five Annes who just want me fired," Jennifer clarified with a sigh.
Abigail predicted that responding to the nasty comments would only start a flame war, but Jennifer couldn't think of any alternative, guessing that if she simply removed the comments, they would just reappear a short time later. Meanwhile, J.J. entered the office with a bouquet of flowers that he had found waiting for Jennifer at the nurses' station. Jennifer jokingly told Abigail that the anonymous poster had sent a peace offering, but the attached card revealed that the flowers were from Daniel, which didn't surprise Jennifer. Jennifer reminded her kids that she and Daniel were hosting a dinner party later that night, and J.J. and Abigail each confirmed that they were planning to attend.
Abigail excused herself, promising to talk to the hospital's computer technician, Ted, on her way out of the hospital to see if he had any advice about the anonymous poster. After Abigail left, J.J. wondered what was going on, so Jennifer showed him the nasty messages. Jennifer recalled that at J.J.'s old school in London, someone had once posted lots of awful anonymous messages on the Internet about the headmaster, and a computer technician had eventually traced the messages back to a single source. "Which wasn't me, by the way," J.J. pointed out. Jennifer assured J.J. that she was aware of that fact, and she wondered how his innocence had been proven. "Simple -- they weren't able to trace it back to my IP address," J.J. matter-of-factly explained before abruptly excusing himself so that he wouldn't be late for his next round of community service.
Later, Anne entered the office as Jennifer was ending a call with Ted. Anne demanded to know why Jennifer had summoned her, so Jennifer proceeded to update Anne on the vile comments that had recently been left on the hospital website -- all of which were directed at Jennifer. Anne dismissively stated that people were allowed to loathe Jennifer, even if that damaged Jennifer's delicate sensibilities, but Jennifer clarified that all of the posts had originated from the same place, meaning that one person who had a serious vendetta against her was pretending to be multiple people who had serious vendettas against her.
Anne failed to see why any of the information was of interest to her, so Jennifer summarized that she simply wanted Anne to be aware of what was going on, since Anne was one of the people who had an axe to grind against Jennifer. Jennifer warned that Anne could be out of a job if the posts were linked back to Anne in some way. Later, Anne returned to the waiting area and told Theresa what was going on. Theresa feigned concern, and Anne sarcastically agreed that the news was very distressing. "And assuming you were smart enough not to use a hospital computer or your own, you are a clever, clever girl," Anne added.
Two attractive young women spotted J.J. while he was picking up trash in the town square. One girl observed that J.J. was cute, but the other girl eyed his reflective yellow vest and dismissively stated that yellow wasn't the new black in her book. The first girl quickly agreed with the second girl's assessment of J.J., and they abruptly walked away, tossing trash at him and calling him a loser in the process.
After the girls left, Rory greeted J.J., who asked Rory to leave before the boss caught them talking to each other. Rory apologized, but J.J. promised that he wasn't upset and that he would contact Rory later. After Rory left, J.J. returned to his community service duties, but someone soon greeted him, and when he turned around, he found himself face-to-face with his mystery girl -- who was also wearing a reflective yellow vest.
As Nick and Percy strolled through the town square, Nick said that, while many things were going his way, the only thing that he truly wanted was another chance with Gabi. Percy mused that Nick might eventually get that wish. "I'd be good for her this time," Nick insisted, and Percy supportively agreed, believing that Nick had learned from past mistakes. Nick concluded that he simply had to figure out how to keep things moving forward.
In Will and Sonny's apartment, E.J. delivered a modeling contract to Gabi, who was impressed with the provisions that he had added to ensure that she would still have time for Arianna and college classes. Gabi expected E.J. to be concerned about the fact that Nick was the person who had thought of the idea to have her model for Countess Wilhelmina in the first place, but E.J. assured her that he didn't care who had thought of the idea, since it was a good idea regardless.
Meanwhile, Will returned to the apartment and wondered what was going on, so E.J. explained that he and Gabi were just discussing her new role as one of the faces of Countess Wilhelmina. Taken aback, Will said that he had been under the impression that Gabi no longer wanted to model. Gabi confirmed that she had previously said that, but she added that the Countess Wilhelmina offer was perfect for her and would allow her to help Will and Sonny pay for the group's living expenses. Will assured Gabi that she already did her fair share and that he and Sonny weren't concerned about the finances.
Arianna started to cry, so Gabi excused herself so that she could check on the child. After Gabi entered her bedroom, E.J. tried to convince Will that hiring her had been a good idea, but Will remained skeptical. Will wondered if E.J. and Sami had thought of the idea on their own, and E.J. admitted that they had not. "I knew it. This was Nick's doing," Will guessed, and E.J. confirmed the suspicion.
As Will started to wonder what would happen when Gabi learned that Nick had been behind the modeling offer, she returned and revealed that she already knew that. Will hoped that meant that Gabi also knew that Nick was simply trying to worm his way back into their lives, but she warned Will not to disparage Nick, who had been completely honest with her. Will couldn't believe that Gabi was actually defending Nick, but she angrily clarified that she was defending herself. Gabi insisted that she wasn't a clueless puppet and that she had decided on her own that she wanted to accept the modeling offer. Gabi added that E.J. and Sami both agreed that accepting the job had been a good idea, and E.J. confirmed that Gabi was going to be a real asset to the company.
Will knowingly predicted that Nick was up to something, and Gabi angrily agreed, summarizing that Nick was trying to ensure that she had something in her life that made her feel good about herself, and that he was also trying to ensure that she had financial stability for herself and her daughter. Will impatiently reminded Gabi that he and Sonny had told her on more than one occasion that they weren't worried about the finances. Meanwhile, Arianna started to cry again, and Gabi irritably warned Will to keep his voice down, completely ignoring the fact that she was the one who had started the shouting match in the first place.
Gabi once again retreated to her bedroom to check on Arianna, and E.J. advised Will to choose his battles more carefully in the future. Will accused E.J. of caving in to Nick's demands, but E.J. clarified that he had simply given Nick a bit of rope -- not enough to do any real harm, though. Will maintained that Nick was in the middle of something. "Exactly! That's exactly where he is -- he's in the middle; he's where we can see him [and] we can watch him, William. This is where he's stupid; this is where he's arrogant. Now, I gave him enough rope so that he can hang himself, [but if] you fight him, that won't happen," E.J. reasoned.
Will wondered what he was supposed to do in the interim. E.J. suggested that it would be best for Will and Sonny to just be happy for Gabi and refrain from giving her any reasons to defend Nick. "Jujitsu," Will knowingly summarized, and E.J. smiled as he agreed with the analogy. Will nodded, assured E.J. that he understood, and excused himself so that he could get some air and calm down. After Will left, Gabi returned to the living room and irritably demanded to know where he had gone. E.J. claimed that Will was running a quick errand, and he reminded Gabi that Will and Sonny were simply being protective of her and Arianna.
Gabi wasn't convinced, and she demanded to know why Will and Sonny always believed the worst about Nick. Resisting the strong urge to offer the obvious answer to that question, E.J. took a deep breath and diplomatically reasoned that it was probably going to take a bit of time for Sonny and Will to see what Gabi saw in Nick. E.J. started to excuse himself, advising Gabi to discuss the modeling contract with Justin at her earliest convenience, but she dismissed the offer and asked for a pen, stating that she trusted E.J. and Sami. Gabi hastily signed the contract and handed it and the pen back to E.J., who promised to have someone in his editorial team contact her the following morning to schedule her first photo shoot. E.J. exited the apartment, leaving a copy of the modeling contract for Gabi, and she immediately sent a text message to Nick.
When Nick arrived, Gabi hugged him and excitedly revealed that she had just signed her Countess Wilhelmina contract. Nick wondered if Gabi had asked a lawyer to read the contract first, and she dismissively stated that there had been no need for that, since Sami would never be foolish enough to try to "screw over" the mother of her own grandchild. Nick skeptically agreed, and Gabi hesitantly added that there was one other thing that she needed to tell him. Gabi explained that Will hadn't been very pleased to learn that Nick was the one who had suggested the modeling gig in the first place. Gabi was confident that things would eventually get better, but Nick shrugged and assured her that he only cared about her feelings, anyway.
Nick offered to help Gabi in any way that he could, but she dismissed the offer. Gabi started to explain the reason for the dismissal, but Nick interrupted and guessed that she was about to say that, while she appreciated the offer, she wanted to live her own life and didn't need his help to do so. Gabi confirmed that Nick's suspicion was essentially accurate. Nick claimed that during his recovery, he had spent a lot of time thinking about how he had messed things up with Gabi, and he added that he had also spent a lot of time thinking about the confident, self-assured woman she had been when he had first met her.
Gabi admitted that she hadn't felt that way about herself at that particular time. "Well, it looked that way from the outside. I mean, just the way you -- the way you moved through the world -- I just -- I fell so hard for that, and -- and then, when you got pregnant, and -- and we dealt with all that stuff, I just -- I wanted -- I wanted to help you, and I should have -- I should have just trusted that -- that you could handle things yourself, and that we would work it out, no matter what -- no matter if Will was in the picture with the baby or not. I've learned. I promise you, I'm not gonna try to control things anymore," Nick claimed.
Gabi pointed out that it certainly felt like Nick was trying to control things with Sami and Kate. Nick conceded the point and argued that he was treating Kate and Sami quite fairly, considering what they had tried to do to him. Nick innocently claimed that things between him and Gabi were going to be entirely different, since he knew how special she was and only wanted to ensure that she knew that every single night for the rest of her life.
In a secluded section of Horton Town Square, Abigail checked the calendar on her cell phone. "No. I'm not that late -- I can't be," Abigail muttered in disbelief as she stared at the dates. Meanwhile, Will passed through the area and spotted Abigail. Happy to see a friendly face, Will joined Abigail, who could tell that something was wrong. Will nodded and admitted that he felt like he might explode unless he talked about the issue right away.
Will told Abigail about the situation and summarized that, while he was aware that Nick was their cousin, he still couldn't stand watching Gabi repeatedly make the same mistakes with Nick. Abigail quietly muttered that everyone repeatedly made the same mistakes. Will noticed that Abigail looked a bit pale, so he wondered if something was wrong with her. Abigail dismissed Will's concerns and assured him that she had simply contracted a stomach virus. Recalling that Sami had always recommended chamomile tea to settle an upset stomach, Will offered to treat Abigail to a cup of the supposed cure as a way of repaying her for listening to him vent about Gabi and Nick. Abigail insisted that Will didn't have to do that, but he disagreed and added that he wanted to talk to her about something else, anyway.
Will and Abigail went to the pub, where he excitedly revealed that he and Sonny were engaged. Abigail was thrilled to hear the news, and Will grabbed her cell phone as he stated that she needed to look at her calendar and let him know when she would be available so that he and Sonny could set a date for the wedding. Will noticed that Abigail had been looking at the previous month's calendar, but she dismissed the observation and assured Will that she would make sure that she was available for any date that he and Sonny chose. Will revealed that he and Sonny were considering having an April wedding, and he added that he wanted Abigail to be a part of it, but she immediately declined the offer.
In Nicole's hotel room, Nicole sensed some hesitation from Eric, so she pointed out that they didn't have to wait to make love, since there was nothing standing in their way. Nicole started to kiss Eric, but he pulled away from her, unwilling to let things progress further. "Our first time -- it can't be like this," Eric explained. Nicole assured Eric that they could still find a way to make their first time special, even in a hotel room, but he refused to change his mind. Eric handed Nicole her coat and asked her to follow him to a more neutral location so that they could discuss the matter further without the temptations that a hotel room inherently offered.
Eric and Nicole went to the Brady Pub, where he summarized that what they were discussing was a big deal. Nicole assured Eric that she understood and was ready, adding that she felt like she had been ready for the past year. Eric reminded Nicole that he had spent that same year believing that he would never sleep with a woman again. Nicole started to joke that whatever Eric had forgotten about the process would quickly return to him in the moment, but he stopped her and begged her not to use the clichéd analogy about riding a bicycle. Nicole apologetically explained that she was joking to prevent herself from crying with frustration.
Eric assured Nicole that he found her desirable, but he added that he wanted to do things the right way. "Before we make love...we need to be married," Eric elaborated. Stunned, Nicole reminded Eric that he was no longer a priest, but he laughed and countered that he was still Catholic and that was one of the rules that Catholics followed. "Oh, come on, Eric -- how many Catholics do we know that are living in sin? I mean, it's like...Catholics using birth control; it's common sense," Nicole protested, but she quickly realized that Eric was being completely serious.
Eric conceded that he couldn't judge anyone else for ignoring the rules, but he added that he wasn't willing to make the same choice to ignore the church's teachings. Eric hoped that Nicole could understand his position. "Sorry, no -- I can't," Nicole replied.
Eric acknowledged that his request probably seemed hopeless and old-fashioned to Nicole. "It just seems...late. I mean, Eric, come on -- it's not like we're kids who don't know our own minds, all right? We've -- we've slept together so many times, the horse is kind of out of the barn on that one, and -- and since we've already been there before, aren't we kind of grandfathered in?" Nicole reasoned. Eric argued that it was never too late to get everything right, but Nicole countered that everything was already right. Eric continued that waiting to make love would give him and Nicole time to make things even better and get to know each other again.
Eric assured Nicole that he understood that neither of them was ready for a marriage commitment yet. Nicole agreed and wondered what she and Eric were supposed to do until the moment that they finally decided that they were ready to make such a commitment -- if that moment ever even arrived. Eric suggested that he and Nicole could simply enjoy being in love, getting to know each other again, and showing affection toward each other. "To a point," Nicole sadly summarized, and Eric confirmed that she was right. Eric abruptly excused himself and promised to contact Nicole later.
"Funny, hmm? This is my punishment for destroying those documents? You're probably laughing your beard off right now. Yeah, go ahead -- yuck it up. You have messed with the wrong woman," Nicole muttered as she turned her eyes toward the ceiling. Nicole grabbed her coat and purse and rushed out of the pub. Later, in a secluded section of the town square, Eric smiled and muttered that Nicole had taken his proposal pretty well. Meanwhile, Nicole paced the floor in her hotel room, eyeing the myriad of sexy lingerie that she had scattered on the bed.
Sami entered the DiMera mansion and started to hide the art books, acting casual when E.J. also returned home and entered the living room as she was stepping away from the bookcase. E.J. told Sami about his earlier visit to Will and Sonny's apartment. Sami tried to listen to E.J.'s recap, but he could tell that something was distracting her, so he urged her to tell him what was wrong. Sami dismissively stated that the matter wasn't important, which only made E.J. more worried. Sami insisted that she couldn't tell E.J. what was going on, but he reminded her without a hint of irony that keeping secrets from each other was what always got them into trouble.
Sami tried to resist, but she finally decided to reveal the big secret to E.J. "I ran into Abigail, and she's pregnant," Sami explained, stunning E.J.