Nick meets Willow at the prospective apartment and says they need to talk. He tells her the deal is off. No more money, no more apartment.
Marlena doesn't want John overdoing things on his first day back from the near-dead. John overdoes things. Roman meets them and welcomes him back to the land of the living, "Hey, John, I'll bet a tall, cold one would go pretty good right now."
"Thanks, Roman," says John, "But Marlena is tall and cold enough for me."
Roman asks if he can identify EJ as the SOB who shot him.
Belle rambles on to Shawn about John coming to her in her dream and telling her Claire is alive. Shawn wants to believe that but says they have to deal with the reality that Claire is gone. Phillip walks up, "You don't know that for sure."
Shawn thinks it's wrong giving Belle false hope. Phillip wants to know why Shawn thinks it's false hope. "Common sense," says Shawn.
"Common what," asks Belle, "I will keep looking until I find her." Belle vows to launch her own rescue team. She says she heard a child crying as the rescue team pulled up.
Stephanie isn't going back to Dayton for the summer. It's hard to bail out on her mom with her dad going Twilight Zone Psycho on her. She's going to stick around to be with Kayla when Patch dumps her again. She wants to change the subject. She tells the brat her money problems are over, "You and I are going to fly the friendly skies... Coffee, tea and moi. We are going to be flight attendants."
Nick tells Willow he had second thoughts. Willow thinks Chelsea planted them. She rants, "You know what, Fallon, it's not that easy to get rid of me."
Marlena tells Roman John doesn't remember what happened that night at the boathouse. Roman vows to get EJ anyway. He leaves, "I'll talk atcha later, pard." Marlena translates that into English for John.
Bo and Roman meet up. Roman has a forensics report from Tinda Lao, and gives him what may be Claire's life jacket. Roman shows Bo the report, "I think you'd better go tell the kids."
Willow and Nick argue. Nick swears he isn't signing for the apartment because he decided not to do it. It has nothing to do with Chelsea. He says he is sorry for her. She says he is a liar.
Chelsea brings up the little technicality that they are not trained to be flight attendants. Hey, Stephanie isn't going to let little things like that bother her. Besides this is a special deal. It's one plane, one destination, once a week. All they have to do is look hot. It's her bad-boy boyfriend Jeremy's gig. He has set up a flight to Vegas for high rollers, "We will be the hot chicks who serve them drinks and wag out butts for tips. In return, we get comped one night a week in sin-city, plus an outstanding paycheck and all the tips we can stuff into our wonder bras. What do you think?"
"I don't know," says Chelsea, "Does that apply to wonder training bras, too? "
Bo interrupts Phillip, Belle and Shawn. He says he needs to talk to Shawn and Belle, "About Claire... I have some information from Tinda Lao, but I need to know that Phillip can be trusted." Phillip insists he can be trusted. Bo tells him so far, his decisions about Claire haven't been too family-friendly. Shawn stands up for Phillip and says they have worked through all that. He shows them the life vest and says Roman gave it to him. He asks if it is Claire's.
Willow accuses Nick of lying. She thinks he's doing this because he stole the hairbrush. She says she's going to call her public defender and tell him about the possibility of Nick stealing the brush. She goes through all the scenarios that will happen and how bad things will turn out for him. She wonders how he and Chelsea would be if they investigated and found out he stole it, "Are you a gambling man?"
Stephanie makes the pitch for the job. Rich guys would be salivating over them. Chelsea says she already has a guy. Stephanie says she can't be with Nick for the rest of her life. Stephanie says she has been around more than Chelsea and knows she will want more than Nick. Chelsea thinks the scheme sounds insane. "So let's be insane," says Stephanie, "Besides, if you live in Salem, it's required."
The doctor examines John. John struggles and grunts as he attempts to move.
Nick says Willow is more ruthless than he ever imagined. He tells her she doesn't have to stoop this low. Mrs. Granger the realtor joins them and asks how he likes the place. "He wants it," says Willow.
Stephanie wants to know if Chelsea and Nick have hooked up. Chelsea tells her they haven't had the opportunity. Stephanie says she should live it up while she is waiting for the earth to move with Nick. Chelsea turns down her offer.
Shawn says it is Claire's vest. He knows it was on good and tight. Belle freaks. Bo says the tracking device was rigged. Shawn inspects the vest and finds somebody cut it off of Claire.
They try to get John to talk. He struggles. Marlena knows how to get his attention, "Do you want to have naughty sex?"
"That depends," says John, "With whom?"
Just the thought of it sends the doctor running from the room. Marlena gives John a look, "I'll be back, baby." After she leaves, John stares at the empty room. Alas, there is no escape.
Hope saves the day by coming in. She says it's good to have John back and thinks his return calls for a huge party at the pub.
Nick gives Mrs. Granger the signed lease and the check for the first month's rent. Mrs. Granger leaves. Willow asks for furniture. Nick says there is a $500 limit. She thanks him. He says, "You know, Willow, if you stopped acting like a whore maybe people would stop treating you like one."
Shawn wonders if someone cut Claire's live vest deliberately. That would mean Claire is alive.
Stephanie begs the brat to go along with her scheme. Nick walks in and Chelsea wants to know how it went with Willow. Nick tells her it wasn't his finest moment.
Belle wonders why someone would have picked Claire up and not called the coast guard. Bo says there were civilians involved in the search and maybe they got separated from the search party. The coast guard has re-listed Claire as missing.
Claire sits on a beach in the South Pacific, sips her pina colada and thinks, "I sure hope they don't find that life vest I cut off and threw back into the ocean."
Bo leaves. Belle says she just knows Claire is alive. Shawn is sorry he doubted her. Outside, Phillip tells Bo how sorry he is for all the things he has done. Bo is skeptical. Phillip says if they get Claire back her home will be with Shawn and Belle. Bo wants to know if he has talked to Victor about that. If he isn't involved in Phillip's little peace train, it will crash.
The doctor tells Marlena John is in remarkable condition but he is concerned about residual effects. Marlena thinks the important thing is to get him home.
Hope tells John he has been an amazing friend. Marlena comes back in. John asks, "The doctor... what did he say?" Marlena says, "He says he is sick of you lounging around this hospital and he wants you out of here.
Stephanie realizes when she isn't wanted because it happens to her so much. She leaves. Nick tells Chelsea Willow blackmailed him to get him to sign the lease. Chelsea says she isn't disappointed in him. They will figure something out. She leaves Ciara with Nick just for a minute.
Chelsea catches up with Stephanie and agrees to do it. Stephanie wonders what changed her mind and then figures it was Nick. Chelsea makes a weak excuse.
Phillip says Victor will respect his wishes. Bo tells him, "You'd better not be screwing with me, kid, 'cause I'm screwed up enough already."
Belle fantasizes about having Claire back. Shawn tells her there is something she needs to know. Belle says whatever it is they can work it out, because that is what they are all about. He tells her Willow is pregnant and he is the father. So much for working it out.
John is ready to leave the hospital now. Hope leaves to find Bo. Marlena tells John while he was gone the place was so empty without him, so she moved out of the penthouse. She hopes that is OK with him. He says it is OK as long as she saved the bed.
Bo and Hope meet up. She tells him about John. John walks up to them, "So have the cops found my kidney?"
"The Salem cops," asks Bo, "They couldn't find their butt with both hands." Giggles all around.
Belle asks, "What does this mean, Shawn? What does this mean for you and me?"
Willow asks, "You want Belle, don't you? That's what this is all about."
Tony tells EJ, "This is on your back now. Along with your dear Samantha."