Since this means Nicole is completely cleared, EJ says this will make his surprise all that much sweeter. Nicole badgers him, "So what is the surprise?"
"Patience," says EJ.
"I don't think I've met Patience," says Nicole, "Will she be joining us for the evening?"
Sami reads the headline announcing Nick's capture. Rafe tries to cheer her up, "So, your son isn't living with a murderer after all." Sami reminds him, "Stefano is a murderer and I'm still stuck in this hamster cage. How come your guys can catch a low life like Nick Fallon and not the guy who killed the mayor?"
"What if they caught him and you got out today," asks Rafe, "Where would you go in your condition?"
John meets some guy wearing an eye patch. He looks kind of familiar but I don't really recognize him. He may have been a character on the show once, but I'm sure it's been years. The guy wearing the eye patch says, "We're meetin' somebody who says he can identify the mayor's killer."
John says, "Someone killed Abe? We'd better do it soon — before he strikes again."
A guy wearing a ski mask stalks and gets a call, "Yeah, I'm inside but Mama isn't. I'll wait until she gets back. Gotta go." Marlena comes in. Mr. Ski Mask spies.
Nicole and EJ smooch. Nicole insists she's all warmed up and ready for the surprise. EJ stalls. Nicole tries to guess, "What is it? A new car? A credit card with no spending limit? A gift certificate for breast augmentation? " EJ opens a drawer and hands her a box. Nicole opens it and hyperventilates.
The Sami-Rafe idiocy continues. They bicker. Sami wants fresh air. Viewers want fresh drama. Sami goes to open the drapes and Rafe grabs her.
John calls Marlena, "My bounty hunter is on it. I should have news soon." Marlena asks about Brady. Mr. Ski Mask picks up a fireplace poker.
Nicole opens the box and finds a rolled up note. She reads:
Go upstairs and your journey will begin."
Nicole blushes, "Elvis, Jr., what are you up to?"
EJ smiles, "Is that a trick question? "
EJ says he's taking her away for a romantic weekend. She goes up to get her things. Stefano soaks it in. He tells EJ this lifts his spirits, seeing EJ and Nicole so happy.
"You'll have to get your kicks elsewhere," says EJ, "We're going away."
"I'm afraid you have to postpone," says Stefano, "Something else has come up."
Kayla bustles up to Patch in the pub. He slams his laptop shut and says he can't share his work with her.
If Rafe and Sami are on the screen just use your zapper. Rafe gets a call and tells Sami the lead they had went cold. Sami blows her stack. Sami bawls. Sami rants.
Mr. Ski Mask Fireplace Poker stalks.
Nicole comes back as EJ protests. EJ breaks the news about the weekend. Stefano is charming, "I hate to put the kibosh on your rendezvous. I'm sorry but I'm sure you understand." EJ takes her outside and apologizes. He says she should go without him and he will join her later today. He gives her the address and says he will be there soon. Nicole makes him promise. "Wild horses could not keep me away," says EJ. Translation: The romantic weekend getaway is doomed.
Sami keeps it up, "All you ever do around here is watch stupid, boring, lame, uninteresting football."
"At least it's not as stupid, boring, lame and uninteresting as watching the two of us bicker like children," says Rafe.
Mr. Ski mask attacks Marlena, "Tell me where your daughter is right now or you're dead." The viewers pray for Marlena to keep her mouth shut.
Kayla agrees not to ask questions. Patch tells her it's for her own protection. He tells her he's working with John. Kayla picks up a megaphone, walks out into the street and bellows, "What! You're working with John Black on a secret case and no one is supposed to know about it?"
Patch tells her to cool it, "I don't need you freakin' out about this right now. You know what I do for a living. I'm not a school teacher, insurance salesman, or an actor. This is what I do. I don't want you second-guessing my choices." Kayla second guesses. She thinks he's taking too big of a risk.
Sami keeps it up. Rafe puts on his headphones. Viewers should do the same. Sami begs for him to think of a way for her to get some fresh air. He tells her the people who are after her won't give up.
Marlena tells Mr. Ski Mask Fireplace Poker she doesn't know where Sami is. Mr. Ski Mask doesn't believe her.
Nicole arrives at the luxurious cabin. The bellhop gives her the rundown and leaves. Nicole pats her tummy and tells Junior-Junior #1, "You have an incredible daddy. She opens her suitcase and hauls out her leopardskin thingie. She finds a note on the table and reads, "For you and the baby. The two of you mean everything to me." Nicole sighs, "How did I get so lucky." Translation: You're luck is about to change, Toots.
EJ calls and leaves a message for Nicole. He tells Stefano he's changed his mind and is going to join Nicole NOW. Stefano tells him his priorities are screwed up. Stefano rants and EJ relents. Stefano says he will fill him in on the details of their mission on the plane. They are headed for Argentina.
Patch and Kayla have developed a serious case of Samirafeitis. They bicker about Patch's job.
Sami and Rafe have developed a serious case of Kaylapatchitis. They bicker about the hit man who is after Sami.
Mr. Ski Mask gives Marlena one last chance. Marlena knees him. Mr. Ski Mask goes down faster than a Detroit quarterback on ice. Marlena runs to the phone and calls John. She screams for help as Ski Mr. Mask comes at her with a cord. Marlena does what all the women of Salem do in an emergency. She freezes and whimpers.
Stefano says when the kids are older EJ will be grateful for the way Stefano's assets are well hidden, "If you want to be petulant and unprofessional go work on that soap opera that has the hourglass at the beginning of every show. Stefano leaves.
Nicole eats bonbons in her leopardskin thingie. EJ calls and breaks the bad news. Nicole whines, "You got me all in the mood for nothing." She decides to head back to the mansion and then they lose the connection. Nicole pouts, "I was gonna say I love you." And then...
Sami. Rafe. Zap.
Kayla gives Patch the silent treatment. Patch takes a few moments to enjoy the peace and quiet, and then figures he will have to do this without her support. She tells him she's so worried because she lost him once and probably can't hope for good luck like that again. He apologizes and says he was wrong and can't do this without her support. Of course Kayla does a 180° and decides she supports him. She seduces him into telling her what's going on. Patch spills the beans about the totally secret caper and shows her the police artist's sketch. Then he opens his computer and shows her a photograph of the guy they are after.
Mr. Ski Mask demands Marlena tell him where Sami is. Marlena tries to reason with him, "If you kill me you won't have any hope of finding my daughter at all."
"If you won't tell me where she is," says Mr. Ski Mask, "then you're a dead end and I might as well kill you."
John to the rescue. He opens the door and points his gun at Mr. Ski Mask, "Not if I kill you first." Mr. Ski Mask whirls, twirls and grabs Marlena.
"Step away," says John. He points his gun at Marlena and Mr. Ski Mask.
Marlena gulps, "Could you boys take this outside?"
More Sami-Rafe nonsense. Rafe finally relents and cracks open the drapes. Sami rushes over and looks at the sunlight. Unfortunately no one blows her head off. Sami notices a church spire. Rafe tells her it's the Church and Convent of the Holy Cross, "The nuns used to run a convent there when I was a kid. I think a few of the sisters are still around."
John says, "Step aside." Mr. Ski Mask says he isn't into negotiations. Neither is John. Marlena begs him not to shoot.
EJ tries to call Nicole on the land line, but Stefano tells him to get a move on.
Nicole pouts, sulks, packs and doubles over in pain, "OH NO! THE BABY!"
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