After months of vascillating between Nicole Walker and Jennifer Devereaux, Daniel finally chooses Jennifer. But is too late when Nicole is kidnapped by Xander Cook aka Alexandros Kiriakis, Daniel’s cousin, when he assumes that Nicole and Daniel has gotten back together. To save Nicole’s life from Xander, Daniel is forced to leave Jennifer once again. Will Daniel and Jennifer ever be happy or will Daniel be forced to flee with Nicole and Xander?
Dr. Daniel Jonas – Shawn Christian
Jennifer Horton – Melissa Reeves
Nicole Walker – Arianne Zuker
Xander Cook (Alexandros Kiriakis) – Paul Telfer
Serena Mason – Melissa Archer
Victor Kiriakis – John Aniston
Maggie Horton-Kiriakis – Suzanne Rogers
Nicole couldn’t believe that Daniel chose her over Jennifer Devereaux. And after she proved herself to him over and over again. Well, if Daniel wanted Jennifer that badly, then he could have her.
Just then, Nicole received an anonymous text, “How about meeting me at Victor’s Club?”
“Hmmmm…a blind date!” Nicole thought to herself. “What better way to move on than a drink at the club?”
“How will I know who you are?’ Nicole text back.
“Don’t worry babe. I’ll know you when I see you.” the anonymous texter said.
“Kk. C U n a few.” Nicole text back, grabbed her purse, and high-tailed it out of her apartment to meet her mystery date.
Meanwhile, Daniel and Jennifer are out on the town, celebrating their reunion. First with a romantic dinner by candlelight and then a walk through the Salem Park under a moonlit night. It is as if the night was meant for the two of them.
“Daniel, I love you so much.” Jennifer told him. “These past few months without you in it have been a blur.”
“I’m sorry for my behavior, Jen.” Daniel apologized.
Just as Jennifer was about to forgive Daniel, he goes down on one knee as Jennifer cries tears of happiness.
“Jennifer Rose Horton-Devereaux.” Daniel begins his proposal after he pops out a ring. “Would you do me the honor of becoming my wife?”
A tearful Jennifer can hardly speak as she chokes on her sobs.
“Yes. Yes, Daniel. I will marry you!” Jennifer says, as she kisses him on the lips.
Daniel takes the ring and places it on her third, left finger. As they walk through the park, Jennifer can’t take her eyes off the beautiful stone in her engagement ring. The moonlit night shines down on the two star-crossed lovers as Daniel takes Jennifer in his arms and kisses her passionately.
Later, Nicole arrives at Victor’s Club to meet her mystery date, who turns out to be none other than Xander Cook.
“Xander?” a shocked Nicole asks. “What are you doing here?”
“I’m your date.” Xander reveals.
“No.” Nicole says, backing away from him.
But Xander is too quick for her as he grabs her and holds a chloroformed rag over her nose, she goes limp in his arms.
After putting an unconscious Nicole in the trunk, Xander drives off to an undisclosed location.
Later, back at Daniel’s apartment, Daniel makes love to Jennifer when a text comes in on Daniel’s cell.
“Daniel, aren’t you going to get that?” Jennifer asks him, as Daniel continues kissing Jennifer.
“Just let it go, Jen.” Daniel says. “Whoever it is can wait.”
As Jennifer enjoys the attention from Daniel, several texts keep coming on Daniel’s cell. Unable to ignore it any longer, Daniel impatiently pulls himself off Jennifer to see who it is that keeps trying to interrupt their night.
All Daniel sees is a text from an unknown caller: “If you want to see Nicole again, text me back or I will kill her!”
“Who the hell are you?” Daniel texts back.
“Never mind who I am? If you want to see your girlfriend again, meet me in Salem Park in 30 minutes or Nicole is dead!” the unknown caller texts back.
“Jennifer, I’m sorry for ruining our perfect evening, but I have an emergency to tend to.” Daniel says to Jennifer.
“The hospital?” Jennifer asks. “It’s okay. I’ll wait for you to get back.”
As Daniel kisses Jennifer good-bye, he heads out to the park where the unknown caller said to meet, leaving Jennifer to herself in Daniel’s apartment.
When Daniel arrives at the pond in Salem Park, he is surprised to find Xander waiting for him.
“Xander, what are you doing here?”
“Glad you could tear yourself away from whatever it was you were doing, Cuz?” Xander says, taunting him.
“What do you want?” Daniel asks, looking around the park to see who he is supposed to meet.
“Who are you looking for, Cuz?”
“No one.” Daniel lies, unbeknownst to Daniel that Xander is the one he is supposed to meet.
“Are you looking for Nicole?”
“Why do you ask?”
“Because I am the one who text you to meet?”
“Where is Nicole?”
“That depends on you?”
“What do you want, Xander?”
“10 million dollars if you wish to see Nicole again!” Xander demanded.
“Where am I going to get that kind of money?”
“Duh! From our Uncle Victor!”
“And how do I convince him to give me 10 million dollars?”
“Figure it out!” Xander continued to demand. “And don’t tell him who I am or Nicole is dead!”
“And one more thing!” Xander added.
“When I hand over Nicole, I want you to marry her as soon as possible!”
“You heard me!”
“But. . . .” Daniel started to explain but Xander interrupted him.
“You love Nicole so much, marry her when I return her to you or I will kill her!”
“Alright, Xander, I agree!”
“Now get going and get my money!”
Daniel went on his way to retrieve the 10 million dollars from Victor. Along the way, he contemplated how he was going to break it off with Jennifer now that Xander demanded that he marry Nicole.
“Uncle Victor, I need $10 million dollars.” Daniel came out and asked his godfather, Victor.
“What do you need it for?” Victor asked.
“Research at the hospital I am working on?” Daniel lied, because he knew if he confessed the truth, Victor wouldn’t help.
“What kind of research?” Victor quizzed.
“That’s classified right now.” Daniel lied.
“Well, okay.” Victor said, writing out a check. “I trust you, Daniel. I know you won’t let me down.”
“Thanks, Uncle Vic, you won’t regret this.” Daniel said taking the check that Victor had just written him.
“Just let me know how the research is going.” Victor requested.
“I will, Uncle Vic.” Daniel said as Henderson saw Daniel out.
Daniel had got to the spot in the park where Xander agreed to meet Daniel with the funds and exchange for Nicole.
“Xander, I’m at the spot where we agreed to meet. I have the funds. Bring Nicole.” Daniel said on Xander’s voicemail.
A half an hour later, Xander showed up with Nicole.
“You have the funds?” Xander asked, holding Nicole at gunpoint in case Daniel was pulling a fast one on him.
“Here it is.” Daniel said, holding up the check. “Now release Nicole before I hand over the check.”
As Xander released Nicole, Roman and Rafe appeared from out of hiding.
“Xander Cook, you’re under arrest for the kidnapping of Nicole Walker. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to talk to an attorney; if you can’t afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you.” Roman said, reading Xander his Miranda rights, and led him to the squad car to be taken to SPD and booked.
“Damn, that was way to easy.” Daniel said, holding Nicole in his arms.
“Daniel, you saved me.” Nicole said, crying, as he held her.
“I had to save you, Nicole, but I’m still chose Jennifer.” Daniel stated.
As Xander watched from the Roman’s car, he vowed to get out and make Daniel pay for double-crossing him.
As luck would have it, Xander was out of the Salem Jail, released on bond by Victor Kiriakis.
“Thank you, Uncle Vic.” Xander said gratefully.
“Just don’t make me regret this.” Victor told his nephew.
“You won’t Uncle Vic.” Xander said as Victor had Henderson drive him back home where he wouldn’t be seen cavorting with Xander.
Xander was free again and able to get his much needed revenge on Daniel Jonas for siccing the Salem PD on him and having him arrested. He got lucky when he found Daniel having lunch with Jennifer in the courtyard at Horton Square.
Daniel was busy with Jennifer at the moment so Xander plotted his scheme to get back at Daniel. Lucky for him, Xander had pilfered Nicole’s cell and dialed Eric’s cell.
Eric answered his cell and heard what sounded like Nicole scream, “Help me!”
That was all it took to get Eric running to save Nicole, as he laughed thinking how smart he was to trap Eric by letting him think Nicole was in danger.
That is, until Nicole showed up in Horton Square to thank Daniel for saving her from Xander.
As Daniel, Jennifer and Nicole got chummy at the table, Eric happened along and got riled up when he saw Nicole chatting happily with Daniel and Jennifer.
“So, you think it’s funny to call me screaming to help you while you’re safe here with Daniel and Jennifer!” Eric angrily yelled at Nicole.
“What are you talking about, Eric?” Nicole said, confused by his accusation.
“You called me a few minutes ago begging me to help you?!”
“That’s funny, because I lost my cell when Xander had me kidnapped and Daniel here saved me. I haven’t had my cell since.” Nicole explained to him.
“Then who called me?” Eric said confused.
Xander watched the four of them as Nicole saw Xander from the corner of her eye, “I think I know who called you, Eric.”
Nicole ran over to Xander and began beating on him as Eric tried to pull her off him.
“Get a grip, Nicole, he’s just trying to get you riled up.” Eric tried to reason with her.
“I’m going to sue you, Nicole.” Xander told her when he recovered from his beating.
As Xander walked out of Horton Square, he called Justin Kiriakis to get representation to have Nicole brought up on charges of aggravated assault.