Full detailed profile on Nicole Walker Layton Roberts Kiriakis DiMera Played by Arianne Zucker on Days of Our Lives Daytime Soap Opera.
Arianne Zuker (Matthew Mitchell)
Birthday: June 3 1974
At the hospital, Rafe wants to know why Nicole’s so distraught over Grace’s death. Nicole claims it’s part of being a mother. The nurse returns with papers for Rafe to sign and Nicole flashes back to the birth of Grace. A precious life cut short is terrible and wonders how one gets over that. Rafe puts his hand on her shoulder and comforts her as she weeps. She knows Sami gave him an earful of what a selfish woman she is, but she knows what pain and loss is all about. She leaves and the nurse tells Rafe he can take Grace now.
Nicole arrives at home and calls a flower shop and has them deliver an arrangement to the funeral home. Stefano walks in and is surprised she didn’t add his name to the card, but says he’ll send his own. She’s surprised. He tells her that if it weren’t for her ingenuity, they’d be the ones in mourning. Stefano takes Sydney. "Come to Nonno." He snuggles her and kisses her and tells her he loves her with all of his heart. Sadly, he promises it won’t be the same for her, not how it was with Anthony. He couldn’t bear to lose another child or a grandchild and admits he’s not sure his heart could take it.
Stefano tells Nicole it’s time to finish their conversation. Nicole would prefer not to and Stefano asks her to respect what he has to say. He’s aware that if Nicole had not switched the babies, they’d be preparing for Sydney’s funeral. Nicole says there’s nothing she won’t do to keep the family together. Stefano knows and prays she succeeds, but Nicole had better pray that Elvis and Samantha never find out what she has done. Nicole thinks he’s threatening her but that’s the furthest thing from his mind. He doesn’t want her to come clean, and says if she hadn’t have faked her pregnancy at the end, Elvis would have found out the truth from Samantha. Nicole knows Sami would have jumped at the chance to rub salt in that wound. Stefano’s happy EJ isn’t broiled in a custody battle and finally, Nicole realizes she did right by Stefano, who is very impressed. He doesn’t completely forgive her for lying to his son, but the good outweighs the bad. Stefano becomes frustrated as he recalls what he feels are Sami’s manipulations of EJ.
Rafe ends up at the hospital to make arrangements for Grace, as her father. The nurse says that his name isn’t mentioned in the paperwork so she can’t release the body. Rafe yells that he’s her father, but Nicole comes up behind him and vouches for him. When she gives her last name, the nurse works double time to get the arrangements made for Grace. Once she leaves, Rafe asks why Nicole did that. She thinks in his heart, he is her father, and she knows he loves Grace. She sees him as a true blue kind of guy. Nicole admits she forgot something when she was there last night and apologizes again, for Grace. Rafe wonders why, considering she has no real connection to Grace.
Nicole sits with Sydney in the great room, the next day, and tells EJ that she came in late last night. "Little Grace died," she tells EJ sadly. He is visibly upset by the news. EJ knows it has hit Nicole hard. Nicole says their daughter is the same age as Grace. "Life can be very random, sometimes, but Sydney’s healthy," he tells her. He has to dress for work and asks if she’ll be okay. He kisses her and leaves.
Nicole sits with Sydney, gazing into space when a knock comes to the door. She calls to Mary and Harold to get it but since they’re not around, she opens the door, where she finds Rafe. She lets him in, and he tells her he’s there to pick up Johnny so Sami can tell him the news about Grace. Nicole says they’ve not told him. "Johnny loved his little sister so much," Nicole says and knows Rafe must be devastated as well. "I’m so sorry," she says, crying. Rafe ignores this and asks if he can take Johnny, now. "No you may not. You’re not taking my son anywhere," EJ says. Johnny’s staying with EJ, today. Rafe explains Sami wants to tell the kids what happened with Grace. EJ says it’s fine, but he’ll take Johnny to Samantha himself. Rafe tells EJ that Sami wants to be with the kids, herself, and asks if they can get along for one day, and do what’s best for one day.
Nicole stands up for Rafe and tells EJ it’s a good idea. "Do it for Sami," she says. EJ apologizes and goes off to get Johnny ready for him. Rafe is thankful to Nicole for helping him.
Nicole finds EJ in the great room and he hopes for a brighter day. Nicole’s thankful for him for allowing Rafe to take Johnny to Sami’s place. EJ takes a business call and leaves the room as Stefano walks in from the patio. He tells Nicole it’s time to finish their conversation from the chapel.
In the chapel, Sami and Rafe discuss how half of Salem has fallen in love with Grace. Sami thinks Grace has made so many miracles come true and they need a miracle now. Rafe says they don’t need a miracle. They just need the drugs to work. Daniel interrupts just as Sami says she thinks everything will be alright. Daniel says they need to go back upstairs and be with Grace, who hasn’t responded to the antibiotics. Sami refuses to believe that Grace is in trouble and runs upstairs. Daniel asks God what he’s doing and asks him to give them a break.
In Grace’s room, Maxine tells Mia to hold Grace and talk to her, thinking it could make all the difference in the world. After Maxine leaves, Mia wonders why Nicole told Maxine that she was Grace’s mother. Nicole says the baby needs somebody to hold her and Nicole knows Mia loves her. They cry as Mia holds Grace and tells her she has a daughter just like her. When it comes time to leave, Mia doesn’t want to let Grace go and wonders where Sami is.
Sami and Rafe return to Grace, but Maxine refuses them entrance, saying the baby’s mother was already there! Daniel drops in and tells them to keep it down. He assures Maxine that Sami is Grace’s mother and asks that Maxine inform security about the breech. Sami holds Grace and tells Daniel that her daughter’s a fighter, like her. Sami refuses to give up and if Daniel has done all he can, she asks him to wait outside. Rafe leaves Sami with Grace.
Mia and Nicole take a walk through the hospital and Mia realizes why she couldn’t let go of Grace. Mia says it was like Grace knew her voice. She cries that there is a girl out there who gave birth to that baby and doesn’t even know that she’s ill. Nicole holds Mia when she breaks down and Mia apologizes for saying such horrible things about her. She can tell Nicole loves Grace. Nicole almost tells her the truth but instead, runs out. Will finds Mia and lets her know he had to bring his family to the hospital. "To say goodbye?" Will thinks so but isn’t sure he can do it.
Rafe goes to Daniel and asks if he thinks Grace’s going to make it. Daniel can’t get the words out but Rafe can tell that things aren’t looking good. Rafe says it’s happening so fast but Daniel explains that’s how meningitis works. Rafe was planning on adopting Grace, he says, sadly. Daniel has seen Rafe with Grace. He’s her dad. Daniel thinks Rafe and Sami need to say goodbye.
Nicole returns to the chapel to pray. Looking dejected, Nicole admits she didn’t want this to happen to Sami. Nicole just wanted EJ’s daughter. Nicole begs God not to do this to Grace and apologizes. She begs God to punish her, instead.
Rafe goes back to Sami to tell her Daniel has asked them to prepare for the worst. Sami goes into denial and refuses to give up. "If you don’t have any faith in us then get out! Just get out," she shouts. Rafe leaves quietly as Sami bawls.
Outside Sami’s room, Nicole watches Rafe as she talks to Chloe about Grace. Nicole explains the baby has meningitis. Nicole starts to cry. She apologizes but she has to go. "It’s sad. It’s too sad." Chloe worries and Lucas thinks they need to get to the hospital.
Roman and Caroline arrive at the hospital and Rafe tells them that the prognosis isn’t good. Lexi goes to Daniel and asks if he’d like her to stay. He tells her there’s nothing more he can do and feels helpless. Lexi says he’s like the rest of them. All they can do is pray.
Roman goes to Sami and Grace and holds them in his arms as they cry.
Chloe finds Nicole at the hospital and admits she thinks they’re out of options. Chloe suggests she go home, but Nicole can’t. Her guilt consumes her.
Nearby, Daniel calls other doctors for experimental options.
In Grace's room Sami says to Roman that she already talked with her mom and asked Marlena to stay with John. There’s no need to return, because Grace will be fine. Sami breaks down and admits her fears. Roman comforts her and Rafe returns. Roman goes to be with Caroline and tells the two that Grace is lucky to have them both. He kisses Sami and leaves. Sami apologizes to Rafe for kicking him out.
Outside Grace’s room, Mia tries to convince Will to visit Grace, even though it’ll be hard. Will goes into Grace’s room and holds Grace. Sami says Grace needs him and needs to know people love her.
In the chapel, Stefano tells Nicole not even God can help her now. He confesses to knowing all about the baby switch and Mia and Dr. Baker’s role in it. Stefano has known for months that she was hiding something. She can’t keep secrets from him, especially in his own home. Nicole thinks he needs his insulin checked, but he ignores the joke and tells her the game is over. He knows everything! Nicole tells him to take his lies somewhere else. Stefano asks, "Like the Convent of the Holy Cross?" He says he was even rooting for her at one point. Nicole tells him how loyal she is. She did whatever it took to help get Stefano back when he was kidnapped. She knew all of his secrets and kept them to herself. Stefano smiles. "I love you," he says. Her life is crumbling, yet she has her chin stuck out in defiance!