As Eric waits for Jennifer in the parkette, she stops by Maggie’s table at the Horton Square and appears nervous. She tells Maggie she has a date – with Eric. Maggie’s jaw drops in surprise. “Oh.” While she has forgiven Eric, there seems to be a lot of baggage like both of their addictions. Jenn understands. She too isn’t sure if this is healthy but she has feelings for him.

In Canada, at Nicole’s cottage, Hillary arrives with her husband, Scotter, (played by Robb Derringer, a math professor. The man thinks Brady’s a chemical engineer and tries to engage Brady about work but Brady thinks quickly. He can’t discuss his job because he signed a confidentiality agreement. Scooter turns his attentions to Nicole, who looks familiar to him. The couple goes to get some food and when they’re gone, Nicole worries Scooter recognizes her as Misty Circle. Brady scoffs that he probably wasn’t looking at her face when he was watching her porn. She shrugs. Later, they share a tender moment when Nicole admits she felt something kissing Brady.

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At the Kiriakis mansion, Victor’s amused that Deimos was beat up and teases him. Deimos calls Chad responsible. Vic laughs. “You look like Marlon Brando at the end of ‘On the Waterfront’.” He thinks Deimos should be happy that Chad’s not an animal like Deimos is or it could have been worse. Vic talks about Brady going on the run with Nicole, and Deimos reacts in shock. Chloe lets herself in and asks what he’s going to do about it. Victor goes and Chloe tells Deimos that Eduardo let her know that Brady was seen at the border with Nicole. Deimos says it’s not over. “Nicole’s not going to throw her life away for some mealy-mouthed pretty boy.” Chloe snorts in disgust, calling Brady a great guy. “For once, Nicole made a good decision.” She stalks off.

Chad finds Abigail upset at the DiMera mansion. She heard he was responsible for beating up Deimos and asks if it’s true. Chad says he gave him a small taste of his own medicine. Abigail exclaims. Chad thinks he showed restraint. Abigail starts screaming about retaliation and how she can’t lose him.

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Andre visits Gabi at the hospital. She’s unwelcoming and asks why he’s there. He thinks she’s a problem for his family since she’s in love with Chad. Gabi bites that he doesn’t need to protect Chad. She’s aware he’s taken and is staying away from him. She kicks him out. Abigail and Chad arrive to check in on Gabs. Gabi thanks Chad for saving her life. Abigail has to go but asks Chad to stay, and tells Gabi to call when she’s up for lunch. She goes and Chad tells her he gave the antidote to Abigail first because he knew he could count on her to catch that vial. Gabi knows. She insists she’ll be fine, though her eyes fill with tears. She says goodbye and he walks out, sadly. Once he’s gone, she cries while flashing back to making out with him and to him professing his love.

Back at the parkette, Victor finds Eric alone with his rose and assumes he’s got a date. “Daniel used to go on dates. He doesn’t anymore. He’s dead,” Vic snipes. Eric looks hurt but says nothing. Victor reminds Eric of his DUI and how many lives it ruined and wishes he never had to look at Eric’s face again. Later, when Jennifer finally turns up, Eric’s gone.

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Episode # 13057Maggie finds an angered Chloe at the pub and fills her in on Brady running off with Nicole. Chloe says she’s angry yet relieved that Brady’s with her. Maggie suggests she share custody with Nicole. “No way,” Chloe says, and doesn’t think Nicole will go for it anyway. Maggie reminds her Deimos is no longer in Nicole’s life so it’s time to compromise.

Andre finds Abigail home working. She tells him Chad’s with Gabi and he’s immediately on alert, thinking Gabi will manipulate Chad. Abigail rolls her eyes. Gabi’s not like that. Episode # 13057Andre encourages her to find a way to remind Chad she’s his life. He goes and Chad returns looking glum. Abby suggests they do something nice for themselves like renew their vows. He likes that idea.

Jennifer approaches Eric at work. She apologizes for being late for their date. He tells her he was reminded of how much he hurt her and won’t let it happen again. Jenn says he can’t keep punishing himself. He’s not. He apologizes but he’s moving on – without her. He goes and Jenn refuses to give up.

Eric walks through the square and throws away his photo of Jennifer.

Episode # 13057Maggie returns home to Victor and asks why he didn’t convince Brady not to go on the run with Nicole. Victor says it was a lost cause. Brady thinks he’s in love.

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– Christine Fix