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Update written by Joseph

Ava has a nightmare about Harris finding out about her running drugs through the Bistro and arresting her, then she wakes up in a panic.

Chanel wakes up at Paulina’s side in the hospital and asks if she’s okay. Paulina claims she’s perfectly fine and just hungry, saying she wants a Christmas breakfast. Paulina wants to get up but Chanel says she’s not going anywhere after they’ve waited this long. Paulina responds that she can and she will. Kayla then enters the room which Chanel calls perfect timing. Kayla tells Paulina to sit back, relax, and tell her what’s going on.

Sloan puts baby Jude to sleep as she and Eric talk about getting him a rocking horse for Christmas. They talk about one day getting a bigger house and agree that this has been one of their best Christmases. Eric suggests later taking a family photo and putting Jude in his Baby’s First Christmas onesie that Nicole got him but Sloan doesn’t want to because she’s still mad about what Nicole did. Eric says he’s grateful that Nicole came to her senses and brought their baby back. Sloan says she’s not that grateful and complains that nothing was going to happen in the two seconds that she left Jude alone. Eric knows it wasn’t easy for Sloan to cover for Nicole but says that Nicole needs help, not jail time. Sloan declares that what Nicole needs is to stay the hell away from her baby. Sloan adds that she doesn’t want Nicole coming near him ever again.

EJ and Nicole return home to the DiMera Mansion. EJ comments on all the presents still being under the Christmas tree. Nicole mentions that Holly said she wanted to wait since they were coming home early. Nicole is glad they went away for a night but admits she feels guilty for missing Holly’s birthday. EJ encourages that Holly knows how much she loves her and what a terrible time she’s been through, so getting away was a necessity. EJ calls Nicole a terrific mother who has raised an amazing young lady. EJ tells her no more guilt.

Holly wakes up in bed with a hangover and frantically checks her phone, relieved to see she didn’t text Johnny but then remembers that she called him and begins to worry.

Paulina tells Kayla that she has a cough and nothing that some rest won’t cure as she’s been working so much that she’s exhausted. Kayla asks if there’s anything else. Paulina says a sore throat and some hair loss but blows that off as just getting older. Chanel then informs Kayla that Paulina has a lump in her neck that is getting bigger.

Nicole tells EJ that she’s surprised Holly is still in bed. EJ blows it off as her being a teenager but Nicole talks about Holly loving Christmas. Nicole decides to go check on Holly and exits the room as Stefan arrives. EJ comments that Stefan looks like he had quite the Christmas Eve. Stefan tells EJ to shove it up his chimney.

Ava sits at home until Harris shows up at her door. Ava asks what he’s doing there since she made it clear that she didn’t want to see him anymore. Harris informs her that he already got her a gift, so he thought he would drop it off. Harris wishes her a Merry Christmas.

Nicole goes to check on Holly and questions why she’s taking aspirin before getting out of bed. Holly says she just woke up with a really bad headache. Nicole apologizes for missing her birthday and starts to sing her happy birthday but Holly says she thinks her headache is actually a migraine. Nicole then realizes that Holly has a hangover.

Eric tells Sloan that they all live in the same town so he thinks that’s a bit unrealistic. Sloan decides that she doesn’t want to hear about Nicole anymore and just wants to bask in her first Christmas with her baby boy and her husband. Jude then wakes up crying. Eric suggests taking him on walk. Sloan notes that it’s freezing outside so Eric decides he’ll take him on a drive. Sloan decides she will grab a shower then. Eric takes Jude and exits. Leo then shows up at the door and tells Sloan that he’s back.

Ava tells Harris that he should’ve just returned the gift. Harris says he didn’t save the receipt and can’t use it himself so he tells her to just open it. Ava opens it and it’s a necklace. She calls it beautiful but says he shouldn’t be wasting his money on her. Harris doesn’t consider it a waste and calls her worth every penny.

EJ asks Stefan if he had a little too much on a night out on the town last night. Stefan informs him that he spent the night in the prison infirmary with Gabi as she has a broken leg. EJ jokes that she must not have learned to keep her mouth shut since her last prison beating. Stefan states that his wife is in excruciating pain and calls EJ an ass. EJ apologizes for the snark, pointing out that it is Christmas. Stefan adds that what he’s most upset about is that it’s his fault. EJ asks how that is. Stefan then reveals that Gabi’s leg was broken as a message sent to him from Clyde Weston which gets EJ’s attention.

Holly asks Nicole how she knew. Nicole informs her that she can smell alcohol and asks if she went to a party last night. Holly admits that she had some scotch from the bar downstairs which was the first time she ever did that. Holly guesses she was bored and sad. Nicole understands she was sad about her losing the baby and losing it by taking Jude. Holly says that’s all been really upsetting but there’s more. Nicole asks if something happened between her and Tate. Holly reveals that what happened was between her and Johnny. Nicole asks if she can tell her about it. Holly says nevermind as she doesn’t want to talk about this right now. Nicole tells her that she doesn’t have to tell her, but she loves her and is here for her always. Holly tells her that she loves her too as they hug. Nicole suggests she get changed and go out for fresh air.

Leo tells Sloan that they have some catching up to do. Sloan asks if he’s out of his mind as he just missed Eric. Leo says he hid around the corner and waited for Eric to leave. Sloan complains of Leo’s odor. Leo blames it on being at the men’s shelter and says he’s not going to be there much longer because she is going to help him. Leo brings up Sloan accusing him of stealing her child when he was trying to be a responsible citizen. Sloan says she’s sorry but Leo warns that she’s not nearly as sorry as she’s going to be when this is all over.

Kayla asks Paulina when her last physical was. Paulina says it was sometime before she moved to Salem because she’s been busy. Kayla notes that her last report doesn’t mention an enlarged thyroid so she doesn’t know if it’s a new growth or if it just wasn’t checked. Paulina tells Kayla to just cut to the chase and asks if she thinks this is cancer.

Harris offers to help Ava put her necklace on which she allows. Harris calls her beautiful but Ava says they can’t do this. Harris asks why not, arguing that he still feels something between them and he thinks she does too, so he doesn’t understand why she is pushing him away. Ava thinks back to telling Stefan about breaking up with Harris so they didn’t risk being found out. Harris asks if there is something she’s not telling him.

EJ asks Stefan what Clyde Weston has to do with him. Stefan says he initially said it was his own fault but it’s actually because of EJ. Stefan explains that Clyde needed someone to run his drug operation and since EJ declined, he moved onto the next DiMera brother and used Gabi as leverage by threatening to hurt her if he didn’t go along with it. EJ realizes that’s why Stefan bought the Bistro. Stefan confirms that initially they were just going to launder drug money through the Bistro, but eventually Clyde forced them to run the actual product. EJ guesses he means Ava. Stefan confirms that Clyde threatened Ava’s son’s life, so now she is in as much of a bind as he is. Stefan worries that if he makes one wrong move, somebody pays the price. EJ tells Stefan that he needs out of this situation immediately. Stefan says he can’t do it alone, so he asks EJ if he hates Gabi so much that he’s willing to let her die or if he will help him out.

Kayla tells Paulina that she can’t tell for certain but a vast majority are benign and notes Paulina having symptoms of hypothyroidism. Kayla says if that’s what it is, they will treat it with a pill every day. Kayla says she will schedule her for bloodwork and a reference to have a biopsy done which is relatively painless. Kayla adds that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Nicole and Holly walk through the town square. Nicole calls it a beautiful day as they sit together. Holly knows she said she wasn’t ready to talk before but now that her headache isn’t as bad, she might as well know. Holly then admits to Nicole that she was never really in to Tate and just pretended to be. Nicole brings up Holly saying it was between her and Johnny. Holly then reveals that she likes Johnny a lot and that she drunk dialed him last night, so she thinks she told him. Holly doesn’t remember what she said but that she’s humiliated. Nicole is sure Johnny will understand that she was drinking. Nicole adds that Johnny has a girlfriend and is much older than her, so she thinks he just thinks of her as a little sister. Holly admits that she’s kind of obsessed with him and can barely breathe around him. Holly thinks maybe she loves him. Nicole says she’s not saying her feelings aren’t real, but when it’s one-sided, it’s not love, it’s infatuation. Nicole adds that she shouldn’t have to jump through hoops just to get one guy’s attention. Nicole then sees Eric coming with baby Jude and tries to run away with Holly but Eric calls out to them. Eric wishes Holly a happy birthday and Nicole a merry Christmas. Eric talks about planning to take Jude for a drive because he thought it was too cold but it wasn’t. Nicole cuts him off and says this is making her uncomfortable and she’s sure it is for him too. Eric says he knows she wouldn’t bring harm to Jude when she took him. Nicole is sure that he doesn’t want her around his baby. Eric says that’s not true. Nicole is sure his wife would beg to differ.

Sloan tells Leo to stop threatening her. Leo complains that asking nicely hasn’t done the trick. Leo admits he knows how much she loves the baby and how she almost spilled her guts and risked prison when she thought he took him. Leo says he knows how far she’s willing to go for Jude, so he knows she’s willing to pay him whatever it takes to keep his mouth shut.

Kayla returns to Paulina with her lab slip and referral. Chanel says she can’t thank her enough. Kayla mentions that she has to fill in for Santa at the annual hospital kids Christmas party and also read the Christmas story and she can’t do both, so she asks Chanel to read the story. Chanel agrees but Paulina asks why not her. Kayla tells Paulina that it’d be an honor to have the Mayor read the Christmas story as long as she’s feeling up to it. Paulina says it would take a lot more to keep her from sharing the story with the children.

Leo tells Sloan that if she hadn’t sent Dimitri to super max, he may have been willing to settle for his initial demands. Sloan argues that she couldn’t have possibly given him what he asked. Leo argues that Sloan is a rich lawyer while he has no money and no roof over his head, so she’s going to give him both.

Eric tells Nicole that he told Sloan that it’s a small town, so they are going to run in to each other and he hopes they can keep it from being awkward. Nicole assures that she’s getting help and starts therapy with Marlena this week. Eric says he’s glad to hear that and asks Holly if she’s okay. Nicole informs him that she and EJ went away for a night while Holly decided to celebrate her birthday on her own. Holly complains about Nicole telling the whole world. Eric promises not to tell anyone. Eric says he doesn’t condone that but advises a good, greasy breakfast. Nicole agrees that could help. Eric points out that the Salem Inn has a Christmas buffet if Holly wants to grab a plate and be old friends. Holly says she would like that. Nicole says she would too.

EJ asks what Stefan thinks he could do to get Clyde off his back. Stefan knows EJ has the DiMera enforcement team at his disposal. EJ asks what he is implying. Stefan says he never wanted any part of that business, but he’s stuck and he needs to get rid of Clyde while EJ has the means to help him out. Stefan adds that he wouldn’t come to EJ unless he was desperate and he is now, so he’s begging EJ to help him.

Ava tells Harris that there’s nothing she’s not telling him and that she doesn’t want to be with a guy with a wandering eye. Harris insists that he only has eyes for her and wants to spend every moment he can with her. Ava points out that he won’t have much free time with work keeping him busy. Ava asks if there’s any progress with the drug ring. Harris says there’s nothing concrete but it keeps getting worse. Harris adds that there’s a lot of collateral damage with drug use. Ava agrees that it’s horrible. Harris declares that is why he’s not going to stop until he brings whoever is responsible to justice and makes them pay.

EJ looks at the portrait of Stefano and tells Stefan that family first has always been the DiMera creed. EJ says that Stefano could always find a way to unite them against a common threat. Stefan points out that EJ wants revenge against Clyde as much as he does. EJ admits he hasn’t taken it yet. EJ tells Stefan that he’s not the old EJ anymore, who would take those kind of risks, consequences be damned. EJ points out that he has a wife who desperately needs him now and he doesn’t want to subject her to any more. Stefan argues that Nicole isn’t the one being threatened, Gabi is. EJ calls Gabi his nemesis and Ava his other nemesis. EJ reminds Stefan that he’s also the district attorney now, so he’s on the other side of the law. EJ tells Stefan that he’s sorry but he can’t and won’t help him.

Sloan tells Leo that she can barely afford her place and she’s supporting her child now. Leo notices the rocking horse and thinks she can afford to set him up at the Salem Inn, indefinitely with unlimited room service. Sloan says that would cost a fortune. Leo tells her to take out a loan or rob a bank. Leo remarks that he’s sure she will find a way to put him up in the style that he’s eager to become re-accustomed to, if she wants to keep her child.

Eric, Nicole, and Holly sit together in the town square to eat. Holly can’t believe how small Jude is. Nicole talks about how Holly was that small once. Holly asks to hold Jude which Eric allows.

Kayla dresses as Santa Claus at the hospital and introduces Paulina to read the Christmas Story to the children. Afterwards, Kayla tells Paulina it was wonderful and thanks to her. Paulina says it’s amazing how much energy that a little good news can give someone. Paulina tells Chanel that they can eat and then go home to get ready for Abe to come over. Chanel calls Paulina an inspiration as they exit the hospital.

Ava wishes Harris luck in bringing the dealers to justice. Harris thanks her. Ava then removes her necklace. Harris tries to stop her and reminds her that he can’t return it. Ava says she doesn’t want it and isn’t going to wear it. Harris tells her to just put it away for the future then. Harris declares that he’s not giving up on her without a fight. Ava wishes he would but Harris says never as he then exits.

EJ tells Stefan that he can’t really expect his help after he and Gabi kicked him out of his own company while Ava nearly killed his mother to get revenge on him. EJ questions why the hell he’d even lift a finger to help Ava. Stefan tells him to think of it as getting revenge on Clyde. EJ says he’s not worth it and declares he will not risk the family and career that he’s worked so hard to build. EJ adds that since he’s district attorney, if Stefan gets himself in trouble, he could find himself in a cell at Statesville. EJ points out they could put him in the one right next to Gabi. EJ then exits. Stefan picks up a figurine off the table and smashes it in frustration.

Holly asks Nicole not to tell anyone else about what she did. Nicole asks who would believe her anyway. Nicole and Eric joke about how sweet but stubborn Holly was growing up. They laugh together as Sloan and Leo walk through the town square. Leo stops and points them out from a distance, calling it the sweetest thing and the perfect family.

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