As Days of Our Lives Teases an Eric/Nicole Reunion, Their Biggest Obstacle May *Not* Be Rafe!
And it’s sure to upset fans of another popular couple!
It seems pretty obvious where Days of Our Lives is headed after seeing Eric pine over Nicole upon learning he was being booted from the priesthood (again!)! And it seems even more obvious, seeing as how Nicole told Rafe that she and Eric were through since he’s a priest who is devoted first and foremost to God. She might want to start using the past tense there!
Clearly, Nicole and Eric are headed on a collision course back together! But what if they aren’t? What if it’s all just a little… too obvious? After all, we know that Nicole said “yes” to Rafe, and we know the first person she’s going to tell is Eric. As Roman pointed out, Eric’s a good man. He may still love Nicole, and he may be unencumbered by the priesthood, but he’s not going to move in and wreck Rafe and Nicole’s relationship.
Instead, he’s likely to be hurt, but understanding, and go off looking for a distraction — like Sarah! Kate was ribbing Eric a bit about letting the mourning mom stay with him as if it might be improper, but we doubt he’d swoop in and take advantage of her grief. With that said, if there’s one thing Eric can’t keep himself from doing, it’s helping others. And Sarah’s in as much need as it gets right now!
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Helping her deal with the loss would give Eric just the distraction he needs from Nicole’s impending nuptials, and it would also draw him closer to the one-time mother of his child. We know these two have had chemistry, so something more flaring up between their shared grief is definitely not out of the question.
Xander might be waiting for a reconciliation, but as Sarah flat-out told him, she’s not the same woman who almost married him. That doesn’t mean Xander’s just going to back down and give up, but her forgiveness is not a foregone conclusion!
And if Sarah and Eric do end up growing closer, that would just cause Nicole to double down on her and Rafe as she deals with the hurt she’s sure to feel of him moving on to life after the priesthood without her. The two of them may still love each other and secretly want to get back together, but it would be all too easy for them to be caught in a self-feeding loop of moving on with their, let’s face it, second choices. (Sorry, Rafe!)
What do you think? Are we going to be getting the Eric/Nicole and “Xarah” reunions fans have been waiting for, or is Days of Our Lives about to throw us a last-minute curveball?
Check out our photo gallery of Eric’s life to refresh your memories on his romance with Nicole and fling with Sarah!
<p>As children, Eric (originally Jensen Ackles) and Sami had been sent for schooling in Colorado — because you always learn better in the Rockies. Sami returned to Salem as a teen, but Eric stayed behind for a few years before coming home. He timed it just perfectly enough to blow up Sami’s wedding to Austin by revealing that Will was Lucas’ child and not the groom’s! </p>
<p>Eric met Nicole when she was a waitress at Java Cafe and decided she’d make a great model for Countess Wilhelmina where he was working as a photographer. Then he decided she’d make a great girlfriend, HR nightmare be damned.</p>
<p>Eric’s relationship with Nicole became strained due to issues from her past and Sami murdering her fiancé, Franco. (Typical Sami, right?) Granted, skinny dipping with with Greta Von Amberg probably didn’t help. Well, it probably helped <em>Eric</em>.</p>
<p>Nicole moved on to marry Lucas and Eric ramped up his affair with Greta, but that didn’t mean the two young lovers were done sleeping together! And how could they resist? Just look at those, er, bedroom eyes Eric was giving Nicole. Or maybe don’t. </p>
<p>The whole Greta/Nicole/Salem thing came crashing to an end when Eric got into a car accident at a railroad crossing. He then got a heavenly trial, was sent back to earth and decided he’d had enough. It was time to leave Salem. </p>
<p>Twelve years after the accident Nicole, was stunned to see that Eric (now played by Greg Vaughan) had returned to town — as a priest! That heavenly trial really must have gotten to him. He soon offered Nicole a job at his church and we started sensing another HR nightmare coming up…</p>
<p>Eric began experiencing nightmares due to terrible things he had witnessed while working as a photographer in Africa. Nicole helped him cope and their feelings for one another continually grew, though he wouldn’t break his vows. But Lord, they got close! </p>
<p>Kristen blamed Marlena for her break-up with Brady, so she took revenge by drugging Eric and raping him. As his memory gradually began to come back, he accused <em>Nicole</em> of raping him, but then Victor got hold of Kristen’s video and played it — just as she was about to marry Brady!</p>
<p>The church kicked Eric out after Kristen’s tape came out, and Nicole and Daniel worked to clear his name. Kind of. She found evidence that would allow him to re-enter the priesthood, but hid it from him when they became engaged. Que sera, sera! </p>
<p>Nicole was shocked, <em>shocked </em>when Eric accused her of lying to him. He was right of course, Jennifer told Eric the truth about her deception before she could convince him to elope… but she was still shocked! </p>
<p>Unable to forgive Nicole, Eric’s old love from Africa, Serena turned up and wanted to get back together. She also wanted some smuggled diamonds, but do we hear they’re a girl’s best friend. Alas, the whole scheme led to him declaring his love for Nicole and Serena falling victim to the Necktie Killer. </p>
<p>Eric was driven to drink after Serena died and Nicole chose to be with Daniel. He was driving under the influence and got into an accident that took Daniel’s life, hurt Jennifer, and nearly killed Brady. So… that wasn’t good. </p>
<p>A guilt-ridden Eric had a one-night-stand with Jennifer, who wound up addicted to painkillers following the accident. Shockingly, that didn’t fix everything, so he turned himself in and was sentenced to five years in prison.</p>
<p>Eric then went on a slew of good deeds that included stopping the Governor’s daughter from taking her own life, rescuing Hope when she escaped from prison and helping her to clear Hattie’s name. He got an official pardon and life was good! Ish. </p>
<p>Once back in Salem, Eric began dating Jennifer, but when she kept a secret about Nicole from him, he dropped her like a bad habit. Eric came to Nicole’s rescue a couple of times back in Xander’s bad days before she disappeared and was (wrongly) presumed dead.</p>
<p>Eric developed feelings for Sarah Horton, but then Nicole was discovered alive, and Sarah let Eric go. Next Sarah had his baby, which Nicole hid from him, but the tot turned out to be Brady and Kristen’s daughter. Xander had swapped the kid out for Eric and Sarah’s dead baby because love. Also, our heads hurt.</p>
<p>Once the whole baby debacle was over, Eric got down on one knee and proposed to Nicole. The two were <em>finally</em> married in a summer ceremony after nearly two decades of buildup… at which point he left for the Congo. For almost a <em>year</em>.</p>
<p>By the time Eric came back the following summer, Nicole had been left alone long enough to give into Xander’s considerable… charms. So this time we can’t blame him for fleeing town once more. Well, we can, since the fling probably wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t left the first time! </p>
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