Plus Nikolas' non-murder wasn't for lack of trying on Valentin's part. He also thought that he'd murdered Nikolas as well.
I have to say that I enjoyed a few things about today's episode. Looks like there was finally some movement on the stupid and pointless "Who Tried ti Kill Hayden," storyline. Alexis and Nikolas's conversation was pretty good. It was nice to see Ava back in HBIC mode. Also, I enjoyed Britt calmly telling Carly that she wouldn't cede control of her life over to her (because we know that's what would've happened had she given in and taken back up with Jason).