Max keeps counseling 'loverboy' Nick to act more like a man, to no avail. When Nick offers to check out the sorority's boiler problems in the basement, a lie about his Christmas present being hidden there allows Max to go instead, in case Ford's grave would be discovered. Marlena warns Sami she can't expect Lucas or E.J. to trust her 'other love' being no threat given her serially disloyal history. Steve accepts Kayla wants to make a baby or adopt if pregnancy were too dangerous.