J.J. broke up with Lani as they sat on the bed in his apartment. Surprised, Lani asked why J.J. had made the decision to split up without consulting her first. J.J. asked Lani how Abe felt about them continuing a relationship. Lani was reluctant to answer the question, but J.J. forced her to admit that Abe did not want her to date J.J. With a nod, J.J. said that the only thing he could do to help lessen Abe’s anguish was to break things off. When Lani asked if they had a future if Theo woke up from his coma, J.J. avoided the question.
At the hospital, Kayla talked to Abe about Theo’s health. Abe growled about J.J. and the fact that he had not been fired. Kayla advised Abe to let the police handle the matter. Abe admitted that he had fired Hope for not firing J.J. Kayla reminded Abe that Theo was a tough kid like his father.
At the police station, Hope told Rafe about Abe’s order to fire J.J. With a sigh, Hope said that after she had failed to carry out Abe’s order, he had fired her. Rafe was furious. Rafe wanted to talk to Abe, but Hope begged him to back off and give Abe space. Rafe insisted, and he asked Hope not to clean out her office until he returned.
When Rafe arrived at the hospital, he asked Abe about Theo’s condition. Abe noted that Theo’s status had not changed. Seeing the look on Rafe’s face, Abe preemptively asked Rafe if they could talk later. Rafe asked for a few minutes to state his case. With a nod, Abe reluctantly agreed to listen. Rafe argued that Hope had gone by the book, and he asked Abe to reconsider her position. Abe countered that as mayor, he needed to prove to the public that the police would be held accountable if they shot an unarmed person.
When Rafe noted that the victim was Abe’s son, Abe grew angry. Abe yelled that J.J. had broken the rules when he had defied an order to stay away from Theo’s room at the hospital. Softly, Rafe suggested that Abe had reacted as a grieving father rather than as the mayor. Rafe urged Abe to separate the two roles.
“What if I can’t?” Abe asked. Shaking off his emotions, Abe thanked Rafe for visiting. As a last-ditch effort, Rafe said he was there not only on Hope’s behalf but also in an effort to protect Abe’s reputation. Rafe urged Abe to let Internal Affairs (IA) investigate J.J. rather than fire him outright. Abe agreed but only on one condition.
After he had talked to Abe, Rafe returned to the police station to update Hope. Hope was relieved when Rafe informed her that J.J. would not be fired outright. Rafe explained that Abe had agreed to let IA investigate J.J.’s part in the shooting. With a sigh, Rafe said that he had not been able to change Abe’s mind about his decision to fire Hope. When Hope asked who would be appointed as commissioner, Rafe explained that Abe had appointed him as Hope’s replacement.
In the park, Kate and Will talked. Kate told Will that his father, Lucas, had fallen off the wagon. When Will expressed guilt, Kate assured Will that he was not to blame for Lucas’ drinking. Kate told Will that Lucas had started drinking again after a terrible breakup. Kate showed Will pictures of him with Lucas. When Kate commented on a Christmas picture that was Will’s first Christmas with his father, Will’s brow knitted together. Will pointed out that he was not a baby in the photo.
Hesitantly, Kate explained that Sami had lied about Will’s parentage for the first three years of his life. With a groan, Will remarked that none of the stories he had heard about his mother had painted her in a good light. Shaking his head, Will added that Susan had been right and that Sami was a monster. Kate corrected Will by noting that Sami was a complicated person. Kate assured Will that Sami had matured since her wilder days.
With a sad smile, Kate told Will that she envied his amnesia because it meant he had no emotional baggage. Kate told Will to take the opportunity to get a fresh start on life. With a smile, Kate encouraged Will to take his time and ease back into his old life when he was ready. Kate gave Will her phone number and urged him to call her if he needed anything.
In the town square, a drunken Lucas sat on the bench in front of the plaque for Tom and Alice Horton. Lucas asked the visage of his grandparents if he was the biggest disappointment in the Horton family. Lucas grumbled that he had nothing left to live for and that he would “go out big.” After drinking himself to near unconsciousness, Lucas curled up on the bench with his bottle and fell asleep. As Will exited the park, he spotted Lucas asleep on the bench. Concerned, Will asked Lucas if he was okay. Will gently reached for the bottle, and Lucas’ eyes flew open. At the sight of his dead son, Lucas gasped then smiled.
At the DiMera mansion, Chad accused Andre of involving Theo in a dangerous situation at work. Eli arrived to question Chad and Andre about their contact with Theo on the night of the shooting. Confronted, Andre protested his innocence. Eli played a voicemail from Andre that had been on Theo’s phone. Andre said that Theo had never returned his call. When Eli countered that Theo had called the house, Andre said Theo had not called him. Chad said he had not spoken to Theo either. After Eli left, Chad yelled at Andre that he was sick of him. Kate returned home as Chad told Andre that he was no longer welcome in the house.
At the hospital, Eli updated Abe on his investigation. Eli told Abe about the voicemail from Andre on Theo’s phone. When Abe asked about the status on an arrest, Eli said he did not have enough evidence to arrest Andre for anything yet.
At the penthouse, Sami made suspicious arrangements on the phone. Eric overheard her and urged her to open up to him about her plans. Sami was reluctant to admit anything. When Eric pushed, Sami said she believed that Marlena was coddling Will and that it would take too long to restore Will’s memory if they followed Marlena’s plan. Eric asked Sami to trust Marlena’s judgment, but Sami said she could not watch Will lose any more moments of happiness in his life. Sami stressed that she would risk alienating herself from her son if it meant she could help him remember his life. Knowing that there was no way to change Sami’s mind, Eric warned her to be careful.
After Sami left the penthouse, she went to a hotel to meet up with two hired goons. Sami asked the men if they had retrieved the person she had requested. The men parted to reveal Ben Weston, tied to a chair. As Ben glared at Sami, she claimed that Ben was the only one that could restore Will’s memories.1 of 1