Quote Undeniable Truth
: I don't feel as though the Stefano vs. EJ showdown today should be the end of the matter. It wasn't epic enough. EJ took the company and children away from him. That wasn't enough to end Stefano's reign to begin with. Starting right now, if I were head writer and blow that entire storyline up permanently.
EJ brings Sami home, secretly having cut a deal with Trask and with the FBI to avoid charges over the deposit to Little Timmy's account. Working for his father while he finds solid proof of Stefano's crimes and living by Stefano's rules does cause a bit of angst for Sami and EJ, so this mustn't go on too long. Stefano, foreseeing that EJ may plan to betray him, threatens EJ with a piece of information: He has proof that EJ was the one responsible for Jensen's release. EJ swears it wasn't planned that way, that while he did arrange to have an inmate from Nick's past released legally to intimidate him, Jensen was somehow released by mistake and pretended to be the man he had hired. Stefano berates him for thinking he could pull something like this off on his own and reminds him that he'll lose Sami if she finds out he arranged for the man who almost killed her son and Rafe to get out of prison. EJ understands that he'll be unable to use any of the evidence he's collected against Stefano, and prepares himself to go to prison over Timmy's account. Or so it seems.
In the meantime, Kate grows uncomfortable with Rafe's time spent with Jordan and is moved to dig up information on her. With Hope's help she finds out first that Stefano manipulated Jordan's hire, then that Jordan is Jensen's twin sister. Jordan is nowhere to be found. They go to Rafe with the information and connect the dots that if Stefano hired Jordan and Jordan was Jensen's sister, Jensen's release must have been arranged by a DiMera as well. With Stefano having no reason to release Jensen, their eyes turn to EJ...he would have wanted Jensen released to eliminate Nick.
It all comes to a head at Kristen and Brady's engagement party, where Kristen's world is simultaneously crashing while she's being confronted by Marlena, Victor, et al over the drugging and rape of Father Eric. Jordan, enraged that the man she feels is ultimately responsible for her brother's death will never be brought to justice now that his father is using the information to keep him in check, whips a gun out at the party and takes a shot at EJ. She misses, hits Kristen instead, and Kristen falls off the pier. Her body is not recovered (Because Eileen must come back at some point. She must!). Jordan is hauled away in handcuffs and EJ is taken in for questioning.
EJ admits to Roman that he did attempt to have an inmate released to harass Nick, but claims that he did it legally and somehow Jensen was released in his place. Roman looks back on his records, which show that Jensen was the one whose case was overturned. EJ claims his father must have intercepted his contact and changed the plan. He begs Roman to investigate, and Roman does so for Sami's sake. EJ is free to go for now.
Fearing that EJ will turn him in now that he's being questioned about Jensen's release, Stefano has Sami abducted in an attempt to hit EJ where it really hurts and get him to keep his mouth shut. He plays one last cat and mouse game with his son. A furious EJ rips the world apart looking for his woman, with Rafe's help. They find Sami being held in a random DiMera dungeon by none other than a very much alive Joe Bernardi. Rafe kills Bernardi in Sami's defense, returning the favor he owes her for saving lil Rafe.
At the same time, Roman and Abe uncover the evidence needed to prove that Stefano was the one who had Bernardi switch the information and have Jensen released instead. In another shocking twist, Jordan is not only Jensen's sister...she's the missing Bernardi girlfriend as well (post-DiMera plastic surgery, of course).
As it turns out, it's been the son 5 steps ahead all along. All the proof is now out. There was no murder, Sami was protecting Rafe, Bernardi was a dirty cop and Stefano was his employer. Stefano is charged with everything from Jensen's release to the attempted maiming of Rafe. The charges against EJ regarding Timmy's account are dropped as per the deal agreement, and since it was Stefano who had Jensen released no charges are filed against him in that regard either. Check mate.
Meanwhile in Salem...
While securing the scene at the random DiMera dungeon, another room is found with evidence of someone else having been kept there recently. Hope identifies the evidence as coming from Bo, who was last seen sailing around the world looking for evidence against...ut ohhhhh! I predict dropped storylines being tied up, more secrets of the Phoenix uncovered, and former characters being visited while John helps Hope trace Bo's trail. (Strict detective work only. No Princess Gina or the Pawn allowed).
Justin and Adrienne's marriage falls apart due to his dealings with EJ.
JJ gets over himself and grows a personal accountability bone.
Jen and Dan fade into soap opera wallpaper. They smile and wave now and again, but that's about it. There is one exception that involves one of the secrets Hope and the gang will uncover. Then they are back to smiling and waving.
Eric and Brady, both crushed by what Kristen did, cry on Nicole's shoulder (wink, wink!).
Vargas makes a deal to avoid going back to prison and goes undercover. Teresa gets brought down in the fallout.
Nick takes his obsession with Gabi to a whole new level. Will and Sonny worry for Ari's safety as Gabi isn't using her head. When it's all said and done, someone surprising becomes Gabi's knight in shining armor.
The actor who plays Chad is given a new contract. Abby dumps Chad when she finds out he lied to Cameron about dying. Chad turns to the dark side as he watches Abby run into Cameron's waiting arms, but it's only a matter of time before she finds out that Cameron is a DiMera too. Tick tock!
Sami and EJ plan to wed, but someone out there is still pissed about this whole Bernardi thing. Gray turns to black quickly when he thinks she's dead and takes it out on those he believes have the "original sin". From the ashes of one, another must rise.