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Tripp rushes up to hug Ava and says he’s so glad to see her. Ava repeats that they have to get out of here. EJ tells Nicole to call the police. Johnny rushes in to the church. EJ assumes this is the mystery woman he was talking about. Johnny confirms that he found her in disguise. EJ guesses she came back to admire her handy work. EJ declares that Ava is going to pay for what he did to his mother and grabs her arm. Tripp tells EJ to get his hands off of her. Ava tells Tripp that she can handle EJ and orders Tripp to just go. Tripp refuses to leave her but she says he has to. Tripp questions what she is talking about. Ava then announces that there is a bomb, shocking everyone in the room. Ava uncovers the bomb underneath the table which is counting down from 6 seconds. Ava screams for Tripp to run and then the bomb explodes.

Eric and Brady hear the explosion from the town square and wonder what that was. Brady suggests it was thunder. Eric wants to get back to the bomb that Brady just dropped. Eric questions what Brady meant by saying Kristen blackmailed him in to breaking up with Chloe and asks what she is holding over his head.

John tells Kristen that if she keeps insisting she’s not a good person, confession is good for the soul. Kristen remarks that it’s too bad there’s not a priest around. John decides she’ll have to settle for the next best thing; an old friend. John asks what is weighing on her conscience and insists that he’s here for her, so she can talk to him.

Steve joins Rafe at the Brady Pub and offers to buy him the next beer. Steve asks if he’s made any progress on building the case against EJ for kidnapping Tripp. Rafe says not yet, but thank God Tripp is safe. Steve points out that he could’ve easily been killed…

EJ, Nicole, Johnny, Marlena, Ava, and Tripp are knocked unconscious in the church after the bomb went off.

Kristen tells John that she spent most of her life on the naughty list but she always felt that she was doing what she did for the right reasons. John acknowledges that she has a big a heart as anyone he knows and sometimes that can lead to inadvertently hurting people. Kristen says what she really wants is a loving family and to be a good mom and devoted wife. Kristen declares that she wants her daughter Rachel to know that she is loved and safe. John responds that is all they want for their kids. Kristen appreciates him saying she has a big heart, but thinks he’s the only person in the world that thinks that. John says they don’t know her like he does. Kristen calls him a good man and says he’s been very kind. John repeats that he’s there for her whenever she wants to talk. Kristen says she appreciates that but she has to head out to pick up Rachel from her after school program. Kristen thanks John for the talk and for understanding as she then exits.

Brady tells Eric that it’s not his life that Kristen is threatening, so Eric asks whose it is. Brady says he said too much already and wants to forget about the conversation but Eric can’t do that. Brady brings up that Eric just quit his job and broke up with Nicole, so he has other things to focus on. Eric argues that this feels like one of those things. Eric says if somebody he cares about is in danger, it’s probably someone he cares about too. Eric asks who Kristen is threatening to hurt. Brady finally reveals that it’s Marlena, Kate, and Kayla, and if he doesn’t do exactly what Kristen wants, then all three of them die.

Tripp and EJ begin waking up in the rubble in pain from the explosion. EJ calls out to Johnny, who then regains consciousness as well. EJ crawls over to Johnny to check on him, who says he is okay. Johnny says the gash on EJ’s head looks pretty bad. EJ says he’s fine but not sure about anyone else. Johnny calls out to Marlena as she then wakes up. They crawl over to Marlena, who asks if anyone is hurt. EJ then asks where Nicole is.

Steve questions Rafe if EJ is just going to walk away free after what he did to his son. Rafe argues that Steve knows how this works as he has to find evidence that EJ was responsible for the kidnapping or that he ordered it and then they will take him down. Rafe assures that he wants to do that as much as he does, maybe more. Steve asks why more. Rafe says he shouldn’t have said that since EJ kidnapped Steve’s son, so it’s not more. Steve asks what he’s talking about and what’s going on. Steve feels this is just as personal to Rafe as it is to him. Rafe admits that it is, as he just found out that EJ is shacking up with his wife.

Johnny tells EJ where Nicole was standing when the blast went off. EJ then locates her as she begins waking up. Nicole complains of her arm hurting but says she’s okay. Tripp begins calling out for his mom. Tripp finds Ava and notes that she is not breathing. Tripp then begins trying to revive her.

Sarah goes to the hospital where Xander and the hospital staff surprise her for her birthday. Sarah can’t believe it and says she’s so touched. Xander presents her with a birthday cake and has her make a wish as she blows out her candle.

John tries calling Marlena but it goes to voicemail. John leaves a message, saying he can’t believe the service is still going so maybe she went to the reception. John says he had a long talk with Kristen and got her to open up a little but she stopped short before revealing what she is hiding. John adds that he thinks even more now that Kristen is holding something over Brady, so now he’s even more determined to find out what it is.

Brady sits with Eric and says he shouldn’t be telling him this but he’s been keeping it inside and it’s been driving him nuts. Brady adds that part of Kristen’s threat was that if he told anyone, all three women would die. Eric asks how. Brady explains that when Orpheus infected Marlena, Kayla, and Kate, Kristen had the orchid to cure them but she threatened to withhold it if he didn’t do exactly what she wanted which was breaking up with Chloe and allowing Kristen to move in with him. Brady says it was the last thing he wanted, but he had no choice as he knows what Kristen is capable of and he wasn’t going to put the three women’s lives at risk.

Rafe thanks Steve for the beer. Steve tells him that he’s sorry about the pending divorce as he knows that has to be tough. Rafe confirms it is and admits it’s a bit humiliating too because he and Nicole were married for like five minutes. Steve argues that he was in love. Rafe calls Nicole the most neurotic, disloyal person on the planet but says it’s all for the best. Steve says he almost sounds convincing. Rafe says he will keep him in the loop on Tripp’s kidnapping and adds that Jada is a good cop, so hopefully she will find something. Steve then gets a call from Kayla, who informs him that Tripp got a flight to Salem and she’s convinced that he’s coming to confront EJ about Ava’s death, which Steve then shares with Rafe.

Marlena joins Tripp and they find a pulse as Ava begins breathing again. Johnny brings up that Ava said she was hard to kill and guesses she was right. Tripp says they need to get Ava to the hospital. EJ asks if Nicole can walk. Nicole says she will try. EJ offers to carry her if not. Nicole then finds her leg is stuck under a beam. EJ and Johnny try to remove it. Tripp joins them and then they look up in worry that the ceiling is about to collapse.

Sarah and Xander eat birthday cake. Xander asks what she wished for. Sarah responds that she wished he would forgive her for accusing him of being the clown that kidnapped Bonnie and Susan because she felt that she hurt him. Xander points out that she already apologized and there’s no reason to. Sarah feels there is because he has worked so hard to make himself a better man, so she shouldn’t doubt that. Sarah says the least she can do is be honest and admit her mistakes like he has. A nurse comes over for Sarah’s help with work. Sarah then notes that Xander looks pale. Xander responds that there is something she needs to know.

With worry about the ceiling coming down, Marlena says they have to move the beam. Nicole tells them to just go but EJ refuses to without her. Johnny says the beam won’t budge.

Eric asks Brady if he and Kristen are really back together. Brady assures that they are not and they are only living in the same place. Brady adds that Kristen knows better than to expect anything more and hasn’t pressed the issue. Eric asks what happens when she does. Eric can’t figure how Kristen has this hold on him and asks why he didn’t kick her out after the women got the antidote. Brady explains that Kristen claims the women are going to need a second dose after New Year’s or they won’t survive. Eric questions believing her. Brady asks how he could take that chance when their lives are at stake. Eric can’t believe Brady has been carrying this secret the entire time. Brady admits it hasn’t been fun holding it inside and says it’s been Hell having to live with Kristen. Brady adds that to top it off, he lost Chloe to Stefan DiMera. Eric asks if he’s going to let Kristen get away with it. Brady says as long as the women’s lives are at stake, she’s going to get away with it. Brady reminds Eric that he has to keep this between them. Eric promises not to tell a soul but says together, they will figure out a way to stop Kristen from hurting him and people they both love.

EJ, Marlena, Johnny, and Tripp manage to remove the beam from Nicole’s leg. EJ, Johnny, and Marlena help Nicole to her feet while Tripp checks on Ava. EJ and Marlena help Nicole out of the building. Tripp asks Johnny for help with Ava, arguing that they can’t leave her there to die. Johnny points out that Susan believed in helping people no matter what, so he agrees to do it in the spirit of Susan Banks. Tripp and Johnny then carry Ava out of the building.

Sarah asks what Xander needs to tell her. Xander starts to tell her but Sarah gets paged that there’s been an explosion at the church and they’ve already brought some people in. Sarah thanks Xander for the birthday party and says she has to go, so she runs off before Xander can tell her anything more.

Brady goes home where John greets him. Brady asks if Kristen is there. John says she went to pick Rachel up from school. John notes Brady’s expression and asks what’s wrong and if there’s something he needs to tell him. Brady informs him that he just saw Eric. John asks how he is. Brady says Eric is not good as he just quit his job at Basic Black and things with Nicole are pretty bad, so he doesn’t want to be anywhere near her now.

Steve tells Rafe that he better get to the DiMera Mansion so Tripp doesn’t get into it with EJ and make things worse. Rafe says he’ll go with him. Rafe then gets a call. Rafe hangs up and informs Steve that Tripp isn’t at the DiMera Mansion, but at the hospital with his mother. Rafe reveals that evidently, Ava Vitali is still alive.

Ava is in a hospital bed. Tripp sits at her side, pleading with her to wake up. Ava then wakes up and they hug as Tripp tells her that she’s okay. Ava is thankful that he’s okay and safe. Ava tells Tripp that she had no idea he would be in the church, so she went back in to get him out. Ava is thankful that she wasn’t too late.

Xander remains sitting at the hospital looking sad. EJ and Johnny arrive. Johnny urges EJ to get checked out since he hasn’t stopped bleeding. EJ insists that he will be fine and needs to be with Nicole.

Sarah checks Nicole out in a hospital room. Sarah says everything checks out and she doesn’t think her arm is broken but she will take some x-rays to be sure. Sarah notes that Nicole is really lucky. Nicole agrees that it could have been a lot worse. Sarah tells Nicole that she’s going to be alright as EJ enters the room and says thank God for that.

John tells Brady that it’s too bad for Eric and Nicole as they’ve had a rough ride. Kristen comes home and says it’s about to get rougher as she just heard that Nicole has leeched onto EJ. Kristen comments on Nicole going from Rafe to Eric to EJ and remarks that some women are just fickle. Brady asks where Rachel is. Kristen says she asked to have a playdate with her friend Amanda, so she couldn’t say no. Kristen asks if that’s okay with Brady. Brady says it’s fine. Kristen suggests they can go pick her up together. Marlena then comes home, covered in dirt from the explosion. John rushes up to hug her and asks what happened to her and what’s going on.

Xander approaches Johnny at the hospital and notes that EJ was sure in a rush, so he asks what happened to him. Johnny informs him that they just came from Susan’s memorial service at St. Luke’s. Xander mentions hearing about an explosion, so he asks if it was a gas leak. Johnny reveals that Ava planted a bomb. Xander argues that Ava is dead. Johnny says that’s what they all thought, until they saw her at the church and she tried to blow them all to kingdom come.

Ava doesn’t know what she would have done if something happened to Tripp. Tripp questions why she would do something like this and put a bomb in a church that could’ve killed innocent people. Rafe and Steve arrive. Rafe says he’d like to know the answer that too. Steve hugs Tripp and checks on him. Tripp starts coughing so Steve wants him checked out but Tripp wants to stay with Ava. Rafe tells him not to worry and assures that Ava is not going anywhere. Rafe then tells Ava that she’s under arrest for five counts of attempted murder and whatever else the district attorney decides to tack on.

Sarah checks out EJ and suggests he follow up with his regular doctor but she doesn’t see any sign of a concussion. EJ jokes that he has a very hard head which Nicole says she can confirm. Sarah says she’ll check on them later and exits the room. EJ asks if Nicole is okay. Nicole says not really. Nicole admits she tried to hide it at the church, but when she was under the beam and thought the roof might fall in, she was so scared. EJ tells her no one is there but them now, so she can show it now. EJ hugs Nicole as Eric then walks in.

Marlena tells John, Brady, and Kristen about the explosion. Marlena says that Johnny went to the hospital with EJ, but he’ll be fine. Kristen argues that EJ shouldn’t have gone in to the church and jokes that she’s surprised he wasn’t struck by lightning. Brady argues that people could have died. John is so glad that Marlena is okay. Kristen comments on John and Marlena already making up. Brady asks what she’s talking about. Kristen talks about how John confided in her that he and Marlena had a fight and he stood up for her when Marlena wanted to kick her out. Kristen tells Marlena not to deny it and complains about Marlena wanting to kick her out in to the cold, days before Christmas. Kristen asks how Brady feels about that.

Eric tells Nicole that Marlena said she was injured, so he rushed over as soon as he could. Nicole says she’s fine and it’s just a sprain. EJ adds that the doctor said she could be discharged. Eric calls that good news. EJ notes that she will still need rest to heal and that’s why she’s coming home with him. EJ thanks Eric for coming as Eric then turns and exits.

Xander asks Johnny is sure that Ava is still alive. Johnny tells him that he can go see for himself as Rafe is there questioning her. Xander is shocked that she’s there at the hospital. Johnny confirms she was caught in the blast. Xander doesn’t get why Ava was anywhere near the bomb if she planted it. Johnny explains that she didn’t know Tripp was going to be in the chapel when the bomb went off, so she found out and tried to get him out, but she was too late.

Rafe handcuffs Ava to the hospital bed. Ava jokes about hearing Nicole moved on already so Rafe is back on the market. Rafe tells her to shut up and reminds her that she has the right to remain silent. Tripp asks if they really have to do this right now when Ava just regained consciousness. Tripp starts coughing again, so Steve worries that he may have smoke inhalation and wants him checked out. Tripp tells Ava that he will be right back as he’s going to be there for her no matter what. Steve and Tripp then exit together. Rafe tells Ava that she managed to cheat death yet again but this time, she’s going to have to live with the consequences of her actions as she’s going away for a very long time. Ava says they’ll see about that.

Kristen asks Brady if he wants the mother of his child to be kicked to the curb and suggests she could stay at the Salem Inn. Brady assures that he wants her here so they can be a family for Christmas. Kristen says that’s what she wants and declares that it’s settled that she is staying. Kristen tells Marlena that she’s so glad she’s still alive to celebrate the holiday with Brady, Rachel, her, and John. Kristen jokes that she believes it will be a joyous time as she exits the room.

Eric stares in the hospital room window at EJ and Nicole. Rafe comes off the elevator and tells Eric that he just heard about Nicole, so he asks how she’s doing. Eric responds that Nicole is doing great as EJ is taking care of her now. Eric then walks away as Rafe looks in through the window and shakes his head, seeing EJ and Nicole laughing together.

Sarah goes over to Johnny and tells him that EJ and Nicole are going to be okay. Johnny thanks her for taking care of them. Johnny notices the balloons and tells Sarah happy birthday. Sarah talks about Xander planning this surprise for her and asks if he’s seen him at all. Johnny says he was right there, but like the rest of them, he was pretty spooked when he found out Ava was still alive.

Xander sneaks in to Ava’s hospital room. Ava remarks that it’s just like old times. Ava brings up how Kristen and Dr. Rolf raised her from the dead and Xander took care of her, so now he’s going to take care of her again. Xander asks what she means. Ava instructs Xander to get her out of the handcuffs and then out of the hospital, warning that if he doesn’t, she’s going to tell Sarah that he was her accomplice in kidnapping Susan and Bonnie.

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