The Sound of Music
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Arianna thinks EJ has overheard her talking about her undercover work with Roman, but he didn't. He thought she was talking about the search for Sydney. Meanwhile, Melanie has a heart to heart with Brady about his feelings for Arianna and Nicole. Brady says he can't help who he loves. Later, Arianna runs into Brady and there's continuing tension with Nicole still coming between them. Nicole is almost stopped by the motel manager who figures out who she is and tries to extort money out of her. Nicole threatens to name her as an accomplice and gets away with Sydney. At the bus station, Nicole is fleeced for the rest of her money for the fake passports. She steals enough money for a bus ticket, but thinks of Brady and calls him, worried he's gotten in trouble because of her. He tries to appeal to her to bring Sydney back, and Nicole learns he still loves her. Brady's love for Nicole gets to her and makes her rethink what she's doing. Sami becomes frustrated over false leads. When she and Rafe learn Roman has a break in the case, they rush to see him and learn EJ provided the break by turning over his phone to the police after Nicole called him. The efforts to locate Nicole don't net any results and Sami starts to buckle. EJ is there to catch her. When Sami nearly loses it, it's Rafe who talks her off the ledge. Later, Brady comes to them with news that he spoke to Nicole and hopefully convinced her to bring Sydney home. While Nathan examines Stephanie's ankle, he make a declaration that he and Melanie are a couple, and Stephanie confesses that she thinks Melanie is all wrong for him. Nathan gently lets her down, and Stephanie realizes she has to give up. Vivian does a number on Philip and sends him spiraling. He goes to the Cheatin' Heart for a drink and runs into Melanie. She is a kindred spirit, understanding what he's going through like no one else. Melanie and Philip end up almost kissing as Nathan walks in.