Ciara hangs Bo's ornament. (NBC Universal Inc.)

Deconstructing “DOOL” from December 23 – 27:

Hello “Days” fans! Dustin Cushman here subbing for Christine Fix who is on holiday this and next week. This week was Christmas in Salem, which meant the hanging of the Horton Balls, the reading of The Christmas Story at the hospital, and of course a visit from Santa. Apparently everyone in Salem has been naughty, so Santa delivered Stefano back to town.

Naughty or nice?
Stefano is still trying to be good in order to keep his promise to God, which he made in order to save Chad’s life. I’m sure it will last as long as all his other promises to God and reformations did. He tried to make good with Kate and Rafe, but neither wanted to hear him out. He then told Hope that he didn’t know where Kristen was and hadn’t heard from her. That was likely a lie, so he didn’t even make it till the New Year without lying and scheming!

Who is Jordan?
The mysterious Jordan Ridgeway continued her flirtations with Rafe, but she also contacted home to say how much she was enjoying Salem. One could take that to possibly mean she’s not from Salem? Is she merely a con artist, or is she connected to someone in town? Nobody comes to Salem without a reason. Most likely she’s someone’s long lost kid. Please don’t let it be Stefano! Knowing “DOOL” though, she’ll turn out to be another kid that Kate gave up, a child with Stefano. That would of course bring Stefano and Kate back together, while also creating tension between mother and daughter over Rafe. Weigh in on this week’s Days poll: What should Kate do?

In the closet?
Gabi, Kate and Sami all continued to panic that they’d be found out for Nick’s murder. EJ was livid with Samantha for keeping this a secret from him, as everything seems to be unraveling for her. Sami and EJ’s conversation about Nick’s death and who knows was the funniest bit of the whole week.

EJ: “Sonny was there?”
Sami: “Sonny was in the closet.”
EJ: “I beg your pardon?”
Sami: “No not that closet! He was in the closet in the apartment.”

Unfortunately for Sami and company, the evidence linking them to Nick and the scene of the crime is coming out of the woodworks, no matter how hard they try to cover it up. Hope and Julie are also starting to wonder why he never made it to New York. EJ and Sami attempted to clean up the scene of the crime yet again, but the week ended with Nick’s body floating to the surface of the river, startling Sami. Was that really him though, or is this just another one of the imaginary hauntings plaguing Sami and Gabi? It’s probably the later and a safe bet that Nick is alive and hiding out in the Horton cabin plotting his revenge. I could definitely see some revenge plot of Nick’s that is a cross between “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and Pretty Little Liars.