EJ raped Sami. EJ ordered a man to rape Sami. No man who loves a woman would ever do that. James Scott(EJ) says that he will always play scenes with Arianne Zucker(Nicole) as EJ still being in love with her because he wants "the door open for EJ and Nicole to find their way back to each other." He has also stated that EJ "deeply loves Nicole" So no, Nicole was not a stand-in EJ also told Nicole that she's the only one he ever really loved. I don't know where they might be going with EJ/Abby, I just hope they go somewhere long enough to give some relief to the members of the audience who are repulsed by the rapemance.