After Xander stormed Brady’s pub, he tells Eric that Nicole cheated on him. Sami grins behind her champagne glass. Eric knows he’s lying and orders Xander out. Xander mocks Eric for leaving Nicole alone for so long and takes a glass of champagne. He lets it down and then gleefully exclaims that he was the one Nicole slept with … and she loved every minute of it. When Eric refuses to believe him, Xander describes their night together. Then he turns to Sami to support him.
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Sami hesitates until Eric asks her to confirm. Sami admits she saw Xander and Nicole enter the Salem Inn. She plays up the innocent act and says she tried to gather more information before telling him. Nicole denies this and insists that she got her own room that night. Brady tries to cover up for Nicole that the room is a corporate issue. When Xander annoys Eric about how much Nicole enjoyed their night together, Eric hits him. John and Roman physically kick Xander out, but not before declaring that Nicole gave him a job to silence him.
For Brady, Chloe scoffs at the idea of Nicole sleeping with Xander. Brady flashes back at Nicole, who confesses and says he won’t let Xander get away with ruining their marriage. He walks past John and Marlena as he runs away. Marlena tells her husband that the pain on Nicole’s face seems to corroborate Xander’s claims.
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Eric faces Nicole. Why should she hire Xander? Chloe steps in to defend her friend, but Sami demands that Nicole tell Eric the full story. Marlena tells her daughter to mind her own business. Eric asks Nicole about the truth. Nicole cries when she says, “I’m so sorry.” Eric storms out. Marlena and Roman follow their son while Chloe comforts Nicole. Belle wonders to John how Nicole could do this to Eric.
Sami starts leaving the pub with EJ until Nicole grabs her. The women abuse each other until Sami reminds Nicole of the commandment not to commit adultery. Nicole raises an eyebrow and replies: “If you are without sin, throw the first stone.” She looks at EJ demonstratively and then goes out. Chloe goes to check on Brady while Belle tells John that she thinks Sami has hung up all night. John defends his stepdaughter, but Belle knows her sister.
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Eric collapses crying when he comes home. Roman and Marlena appear and hug their son. They think his and Nicole’s love can get through anything, but Eric doesn’t say so this time. He wants to be alone and asks his parents to go. When they’re gone, Eric looks at the framed wedding photo of him and Nicole. He picks it up and throws it across the room. Nicole goes through the door in tears.
At the Horton House, Xander opens his briefcase, which contains a cool million – all for just a few minutes of work. Also a slap in the face. After confirming that Sami did not short it, Brady walks in. He wants to know what Xander can do with exposing Nicole. After telling Xander that he no longer has a job at Basic Black, Brady discovers the briefcase full of cash. He wants to know who paid him. Xander tells him it’s none of his business. Chloe walks in and tells Xander to leave the room. Brady tells Chloe that someone paid Xander to expose Nicole. They come to the conclusion that it was Sami.
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At home, EJ asks his wife what Nicole said in the pub. It sounded like an accusation. “What sin have you committed now, Samantha?”
John continues to defend Sami against Belle once they reach the penthouse. Belle knows, however, that for some reason Sami wanted to beat Nicole down in public. Roman and Marlena come to the relay race. Eric is not doing well.
Next up on Days of Our Lives: Eric and Nicole Dressed It Up, and Allie tried to help Ciara remember.
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