The Christmas dinner is still underway on Days of our Lives, with Chelsea (Rachel Melvin) picking up an ornament to hang, but hearing Zach's voices in her head and nearly dropping it.
Nick (Blake Berris) is bringing some Christmas cheer to children at the party. Max (Brandon Beemer) shows up and tells him that he and Stephanie (Shelley Hennig) aren't seeing eye-to-eye these days.
Marlena (Deidre Hall) goes over to a mysterious house, where a woman name Crystal (Ashlee Holland) has been expecting her. EJ (James Scott) tells Stefano (Joseph Mascolo) the bad news ... that Sami has left him ... and the good news that he can stand!
Abe Carver (James Reynolds) is wearing the ugliest Christmas sweater ever. Nobody has seen Marlena yet. Max arrives and tells Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) about how he's getting the brush-off from Stephanie lately.
Kate (Lauren Koslow) goes over to Lucas' (Bryan Dattilo). She catches him with a bottle of liquor, and he pours it down the sink.
Billie (Julie Pinson) and Philip come over, and Billie immediately sense that something is wrong. She demands that someone spill it.
Stefano is amazed that EJ can walk again. EJ gives him a gift of a framed photograph of himself holding his son. Stefano is touched.
Crystal tells Marlena it was fate that brought her to her door. Marlena at that point tries to make an excuse to leave. Crystal sees that Marlena is lost and lonely and searching for her lost loved one.
Belle (Martha Madison) and Shawn (Brandon Beemer) arrive at the pub. Sami greets them, but at the same time she's rather distracted that Lucas isn't there.
Lucas and Kate are still acting all dodgy, but refuse to let on to Billie or Philip that anything is going on. Lucas hands over little Ali to Billie to take her to the Christmas celebration. She and Philip leave.
Kayla tells Max that Stephanie needs her right now and not to back off.
Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Abe are afraid that Marlena might be walking into a trap set by the DiMeras, so they leave to look for her. Max steps in and dresses up as Santa in his place.
Crystal tells Marlena she sees a man in a forest who is reading a plaque with his name on it. Crystal says that John is not dead. He's very much alive. Marlena is in emotional turmoil.
Billie has arrived at the party with Ali, and Sami is disappointed to know that Lucas isn't with them. Billie tells her about Lucas' suitcase and suspects that he must have fled. Sami runs out to look for him.
Sami runs home to find Kate and Philip still there. She reads the letter he wrote for her. He wrote that he loves her and the kids and he just has to go away right now to protect them. She breaks down in tears.
Nick shows Chelsea a photo album he's made on the web. Chelsea is impressed and gives him a hug. But during the hug, she imagines Ford Decker in the room, asking her who her next victim is going to be.
We join Rolf and Stefano who are in their super-secret medical room with their unknown Patient X. Rolf fills up a syringe with some kind of liquid and gives it to Stefano who stabs it violently in the patient's chest...