Stuart was playing with Bess and refused to leave her alone with JR. JR was indignant, but Stuart was firm and said he no longer sees Dixie in JR's eyes. JR blamed Babe and David for the changes in him. He was full of revenge and Stuart didn't like it one little bit. JR tried to explain how hurt he's been and Stuart told him the way to be a good father was to protect his child. JR got angry, especially when Stuart said he was ready to testify in court that Bess belongs with her mother. JR tried to tell Stuart about Adam being kidnapped, but Stuart wasn't overly concerned and guessed that Adam asked for whatever's happened to him.
Jamie talked to the minister at the chapel and was stunned to learn Babe was funding the rebuilding efforts and a stained glass window in memory of her son. He pretended to Maggie that he hadn't learned anything.
In Llanview, Babe excitedly showed Krystal and David the swab containing a sample of Ace's DNA, hopefully. David tried to keep Krystal and Babe from expecting Kevin Buchanan to give Ace up easily. Both women think Ace looks like Jamie. David asked Babe to get a sample of JR's DNA. They were all happily making plans for Babe getting her boy back when Jamie, Maggie, Reggie and Danielle came into the diner. They all acted like it was a big coincidence and Jamie wanted to talk to Babe alone. They talked around the issue and Jamie said he couldn't understand her choices but Babe insisted everything she's doing is for her child. Jamie asked if she'd seen Paul Cramer lately. Babe said she hates him because if it weren't for him, Miranda would be with Bianca right now and vowed she'd give Miranda back if she could. Jamie asked her to do what's right for her. Babe, Krystal and David left and Jamie told the others it was time to give up, there was nothing to find. They all wondered why, but Danielle and Maggie left so Reggie could talk to Jamie alone. Jamie was dizzy from all the drama and Reggie urged him to walk away from Babe since she seems to be addicted to trouble. He told Jamie it was time to do what's right for him and no one else and Jamie agreed.
The Fusion Office was abuzz with excitement over the successful launch of the new perfume. Bianca left to find Kendall. Simone was hoping the fragrance would help her get lucky in love, with Jonathan. Simone wondered why Greenlee was being nice, at least tolerant of Kendall, and guessed something else was going on to make her so happy. Simone was excited that she and Ryan were finally together, like a fairy tale. Greenlee expressed her fears that someone is still after Ryan.
Ethan was arrested in his motel room and Kendall tried to defend him. Derek found the rifle immediately and was reading Ethan his rights when Bianca showed up and stopped Kendall from following Ethan to the police station. Bianca grilled Kendall, but she insisted she hadn't slept with Ethan and he had only been cleaning the rifle when the police came. Bianca wanted to be sure of his innocence before helping Ethan. Bianca reminded her that she trusted Michael at one time too. Kendall swore she's over Ryan but Bianca was skeptical. Kendall also vowed to stay on Ethan's side, even if he was the one who shot Ryan. Bianca said she wasn't sure she wanted to help Ethan, by testing the shirt she was wearing the night Miranda was born for possible DNA. Kendall pressed, but Bianca said not until after he's proven innocent of shooting Ryan. They hugged and Bianca asked her sister to be careful.
Kendall went to visit Ethan in jail to ask if he shot Ryan. Ethan asked if she'd believe him if he said no...or what she'd think if he confessed he did it. He said the truth is that the town has made up its mind about him. Kendall said the real truth matters to her. He advised her to reconsider her good intentions to help him.
Babe, Krystal and David returned to the Chandler's, where Babe expressed her concern over Jamie. David asked to forget it and get JR's toothbrush. They discussed another trip to Llanview and keeping the secret while JR listened outside the door. David caught him but they didn't answer his questions about Llanview. David only smugly asked about Adam and JR threatened to hurt him if he'd done anything to Adam. Babe handed David the toothbrush. JR vowed to send David to hell for hurting his father. Adam walked in and vowed to send him himself.
Bianca went back to the Fusion office and made excuses for Kendall. Jamie came by to see her and she was curious about what he found out about Babe and Kevin Buchanan and a son.
Derek questions Ethan, who is behind bars, about Ryan's shooting. Ethan tells him that he has no evidence linking him to the shooting and that he questions the competence of Pine Valley's police department, pointing out all of the questionable things that have happened since his arrival including the missing DNA sample that would have proven he was indeed a Cambias.
At Michael's apartment, Zach is thinking about his brother when Maria arrives. He once again tries to convince her that Michael is not the monster everyone is painting him to be but Maria knows better and suggests that he's the one who didn't know the real Michael. Frustrated, he asks her why she's there and she tells him about Ethan's arrest. He immediately rushes out only to bump into Bianca. He is further frustrated when Bianca admits that she is not so certain of Ethan's innocence. He abruptly turns away from her and heads to the police station where he tells Ethan that he will help him get out of jail.
Meanwhile, Maria stays behind to talk to Bianca. She asks Bianca to help her convince Zach once and for all that Michael evil beyond redemption. Bianca questions why Zach is so intent on reinventing Michael. Maria reluctantly tells her that Zach and Michael knew each other in the past which doesn't surprise Bianca who had already suspected as much. Bianca suggests to Maria that maybe they both should stay away from Zach and Ethan, who may not be as decent as they seemed to be. Maria avoids agreeing with her.
At Tad's house, Liza arrives to receive all of the paperwork Tad acquired for her and Colby and their new lives. Liza is a bit leery about moving to a town named after a moose but Tad smiles and tells her that her new name is Ramona Beasley and that she is the owner of an 800-watt radio station. She takes the papers she will need for her new life, gives Tad a friendly kiss goodbye but stops short of leaving -- not quite convinced she's doing the right thing. Tad reminds her of how Adam badly he affected Hayley, Skye and JR's lives. A short time later, Stuart and Marian arrive to say goodbye. Marian doesn't want Liza to leave but Stuart admits it's probably for the best.
At Fusion, Jamie tells Bianca about the stained glass window in the chapel that Babe paid for. Bianca mistakenly believes that Babe had it commissioned in honor of Miranda. Jamie can't bring himself to tell her the truth, which is that it was not for Miranda, however he asks her leading questions in the hopes of raising her suspicions. Bianca, however, is steadfast and goes as far as to suggest that even if Babe was not being forthcoming it was for good reason. Jamie decides to let it drop and leaves to go seek advice from Tad without quite telling him what is going on.
A disheveled Adam, sporting a beard and shaggy hair, walks into the study of Chandler Mansion where Babe, Krystal, JR and David are all converged. He immediately accuses David of incapacitating him with a stun gun, putting him in a crate and shipping him off to Mongolia on a ship. David denies the accusation but doesn't get beyond that as Adam hauls off and punches him, knocking him backwards onto the sofa. We then learn of Adam's adventures. He tells everyone that after arriving in Mongolia without a penny to his name, he sold his wristwatch for a seat on a Yak train to Tibet. After being thrown from his Yak, he was promptly arrested by Chinese officials and charged as a spy. After contacting someone at the American Embassy, who didn't quite believe Adam's denial, he was finally released and sent home. Shortly afterwards, Derek arrives and Adam demands he arrest David. David suggests that Adam is making the whole story up because he was the one who actually shot Ryan. Derek doesn't buy it for a minute and throws the cuffs on David. Babe and Krystal are distraught because David has Ace's DNA sample on him and they can't risk anything happening to them much less JR finding out. Unfortunately, David is unable to slip the samples to Babe before he's carted off to jail.
After David is taken away, Adam then calls Liza on her cell phone and tells her that he's back in town, insinuating that she was in cahoots with David. He then informs her that she now owed him two weeks with Colby. Liza hangs up and has a few flashbacks of Adam bullying, lying and manipulating her in order to be a part of Colby's life. Her decision to leave town with Colby and start a new life is cemented. She turns to Marian and Stuart to tell them that Adam has made it clear that he has no other choice but to leave. They sadly accept her decision. Liza then goes out to tell Tad, who is talking to Jamie, that she's leaving. After a heartfelt goodbye with Tad promising her that he'll see her again, Liza leaves. Tad turns to find that during the goodbye, Jamie had slipped away.
At the jail, Ethan and Zach watch as David is brought in by Derek and thrown behind bars. Derek then turns to Zach and tells him that he's just the man he wanted to see: He has some questions about the night of Adam's disappearance. With a sardonic smile directed at David, Zach tells Derek that he'd be more than happy to answer any questions he may have. David is neither pleased nor surprised.
A freshly groomed Adam and JR share a drink and a toast promising that this is the eve of destruction for Babe, David and Krystal.
Ethan and David were resting in separate jail cells. Ethan dreamed that Derek walked in and told him that Ryan had just died. Ethan grabbed Derek's gun and fired it. The gunshot noise woke Ethan abruptly and David remarked "That must've been some dream!" Detective Frye did arrive and went to Ethan's cell. The two men exchanged nasty barbs and Derek took Ethan upstairs to the interrogation room. In the processing area of the jail Zach and Kendall showed up at the same time. Kendall heard Zach demand to see Ethan and she asked him what his interest in Ethan was. Zach said he knew Ethan didn't shoot Ryan. When Ethan and Derek walk in Zach and Kendall rushed to their sides. Zach handed Derek some of the surveillance DVDs and Derek asked if there were any more. Zach agreed to bring the rest in. Meanwhile David stood in his cell and remembered Babe getting the DNA swab from Ace. He yelled for the guard and told him there was something in his personal affects that he needed to get back immediately. He told the guard it was a matter of life and death for a patient but the guard refused to help him.
Tad opened his front door to find Krystal waiting for him. She rushed at him with kisses. Tad told her the coffee was almost ready, they could have some to wake up. She kissed him again and Tad quipped "Forget coffee! I'm up!" Krystal told him she needed a favor, she wanted Tad to help her get David out of jail. Tad sat her down and told her she was delusional. Krystal said Adam was back and he says that David crated him up and shipped him off. Krystal said if David did do this it was only to help Babe. Tad said she was afraid because David "knows what you did and so do I." Tad tried to bluff his way into getting Krystal to spill her secret but she caught on too quickly. Tad finally agreed to help get David out if Krystal would tell him what secret she and David shared. Krystal insisted there was nothing to tell. Tad ushered her out the door.
At the hospital Greenlee was after Ryan to get back into bed when she found him wandering around his room. He agreed to sit in a chair and she told him about Ethan being arrested. Ryan was sure Ethan wasn't working alone. Maria walked in and they told her about Ethan in jail. Ryan wanted to know if Zach was involved. Maria said she couldn't help, she was no good at murder mysteries. Greenlee excused herself and said she'd be back later. Ryan told Maria he was worried that the shooter would return to finish what he started and hurt Greenlee too. He said Zach was up to something but Maria said she was sure Zach had nothing to do with the shooting. She swore that Zach never intended anyone to get hurt and that he didn't shoot Ryan. Ryan asked "And you can swear to that because...?" Maria said because at the moment he got shot, she was with Zach. She explained that she and Zach were in the security room, watching the monitors. He asked who else was there and she quietly replied no one, and that she didn't want Edmund to know. She said Edmund does know about her past with Zach and says he's ok with it but she thinks he's lying. Maria insisted though that Zach was completely innocent in the shooting.
In the station Zach asked where Ethan's attorney was just as Tad and Krystal showed up. Krystal announced that they were there to bail David out of jail. Derek turned from Zach and told Krystal that David couldn't get out yet because he hadn't been arraigned. She started to get belligerent and Tad calmed her down. She asked to see David and was taken to his cell, while Tad went to call Jack. Derek took Ethan to an interrogation room. Zach and Kendall watched and Zach said he'd already called an attorney in New York to help Ethan. He went to call the lawyer again and Kendall saw Greenlee walk in. Kendall asked how Ryan was and Greenlee went off on her. She accused Kendall of being a part of Ethan's scheme to get rid of Ryan. Kendall denied this and Greenlee kept after her, saying she should be prosecuted. A cop came to tell them to keep it down just as Zach returned. He told Greenlee to leave Kendall alone. Greenlee verbally attacked Zach, saying he was as guilty as Ethan and Kendall. In the interrogation room Derek told Ethan he had the motives and means to take down Ryan. Ethan said they had no evidence to back that up and Derek said they would as soon as the ballistics report came in. David stood up when Krystal arrived at his cell. She said she'd call a lawyer but he said there was no time. He pulled her close and kissed her, all while the guard was watching. Tad showed up in time to see it too. David whispered to Krystal that the cotton swab was in his personal belongings and they wouldn't give it back. He told her she had to get it and take it to the lab. Tad watched as David caressed Krystal's cheek (for the guard's benefit). He joined them and Krystal jumped back guiltily. David and Tad snarled at one another, then Tad and Krystal started to leave. Krystal walked ahead and David growled "Krystal's never going to marry you!" Tad went back to the cell bars and David said he'd make sure Krystal said no to his marriage proposal. Tad told David to let go of whatever he was holding over Krystal's head. Meanwhile upstairs Krystal found the desk with the envelope of David's belongings. She pretended to be faint and a guard rushed to help her. She distracted him with her act and he went to get water. While he was gone she took the swab out of the envelope and stashed it. Then she went back to David's cell. Tad turned to leave and Krystal held back long enough to let David know she got the DNA swab. Upstairs Derek was handed the ballistic report while Ethan sat in the interrogation room remembering the night of the shooting and how excited Kendall was to get the gun. An officer brought Ethan out into the main room and Zach and Kendall quickly joined him. Derek walked over and told them all that the bullet taken from Ryan didn't match Ethan's gun. As Ethan picked up his belongings Kendall told him Derek hadn't dismissed him as a suspect and said he should let Zach help him. Ethan reluctantly agreed and the three of them left the police station.
Derek went to David's cell and told him how cooperative Zach had been by bringing in the surveillance discs from the casino. He said one of his people had already watched the entire thing.
Greenlee stepped outside the police station and called Ryan. Maria handed him the phone and Greenlee said that Zach and Kendall were helping Ethan. Ryan thanked her for the info and hung up. He told Maria that Zach is trying to protect Ethan and asked her how they fit together.
Krystal and Tad went back to his house. She asked why he was so quiet and Tad said he was tired of David. She started kissing him and they ended up on the sofa. They kissed and hugged and began to undress each other. Krystal asked if Tad had protection and he replied "Depends. Will this do?" and held up the little baggie with the cotton swab in it.
At the jail, Bianca and Jonathan face off because Jonathan is on the warpath. He wants to find out who shot Ryan, and is willing to blame anyone for it. He harassed an officer until Bianca stepped in to tell him that he was being unreasonable. Jonathan was certain Kendall was guilty until it was proven that the gun she had could not have produced the bullet extracted from Ryan. Now he's sure Ethan is guilty even though the bullet couldn't have come from the gun they found in his hotel room either.
Jonathan is unwilling to listen to reason, and when he sees Derek he launches into another attack. He berates him for letting "the shooter" go and calls the police department incompetent. He says that they believe "if it's not a murder, it's not important" and that all they care about is getting off the hook. Derek stares at him, slack jawed, and then says that he will chalk everything said up to the fact that Jonathan is overwrought. He encourages Jonathan to be happy that Ryan survived. Derek then shakes his head and walks away.
Jonathan looks angry at having been blown off but then Maggie arrives. He called her because he felt like he was going to explode and he needed a friend. They agree that they need to get out of the station. Before they can go, Bianca (who watched the whole exchange) calls out to Maggie. She asks if they can talk briefly and Maggie asks Jonathan to wait for her outside.
Once he leaves, Bianca asks Maggie how serious she and Jonathan are about each other. Maggie, confused, tells Bianca that if she has something to say - just say it. Bianca tells her that she is worried because Maggie is getting involved so quickly with someone they don't really know. Maggie admits that maybe Bianca doesn't know him very well, but her story is different. Bianca is afraid that maybe Maggie is ignoring any warning signs because she is lonely and Jonathan fills that void for her.
Offended, Maggie insists that she has plenty of friends and she thought Bianca was one of them. Bianca still is, but she thinks that in addition to everything else, the rage that Jonathan is exhibiting over the shooting may end up hurting her in the long run. Maggie assures Bianca that because of Frankie, she knows what Jonathan is going through, and she knows he's not dangerous.
Downstairs in holding, Derek tries to bait David into blurting out what really happened between him and Adam the night of the fund-raiser. He tells David that the discs Zach brought over have been viewed by someone on the force and that he himself saw the highlights. Babe interjects that anything David did was to protect her, and that she wouldn't let him go to jail for that. David is well aware that Derek hasn't dropped any specifics and figures out that he is just trying to trip him up. David calls his bluff and Derek admits they don't have any hard evidence. Derek is forced to let him go but tells him that processing his paperwork would take a while.
After Derek leaves and David assures Babe that it's okay to talk freely there, he updates her. He tells her that Krystal was able to get the DNA sample out of the police envelope with the rest of his belongings. He believes that Krystal is probably on her way to get it tested - they are very close to the truth.
Babe admits that she is worried that while she would do anything for Bess, she is afraid that Ace isn't getting the love he needs - especially since Kevin Buchanan is busy running for office. She suggests possibly going to Llanview to check on her son, but David doesn't think it's a good idea. Babe just wants to right things with Bianca but David feels a trip to Llanview would jeopardize the case without proof positive in their hands. Babe, understanding that what David says is the truth, worries that punishment for what she has done to Bianca is that she won't get her son back.
David tells her that as hard as it is for her to be patient, she needs to do so and stay focused. If she goes back to Llanview and "runs into" Kevin again, he may start to get suspicious. On top of that, if Paul Kramer sees her there again, he will realize that she is on to him. As if those things weren't enough, they also need to continue to fly below the radar. If anyone finds out that they knew Bess' real identity all along, JR could use that against them in court and it won't matter that their intentions were good: she won't get her son back.
Over at the Chandler mansion, Jamie has a chat with Stuart while visiting his goddaughter. Right off the bat, he thanks Stuart for guarding over Bess - because it's wrong to keep a child from its mother. Stuart vows to never let it happen again.
Jamie confesses that there is something different about Babe lately that he can't quite figure it out. Stuart doesn't think that Babe has changed at all - at least not inside, where it counts. He goes on to compare Babe to Dixie and says that they both love their children unconditionally and unendingly. They may do things that people don't think are right, but their motives are always good and their hearts are always in the right place. Jamie seems somewhat comforted by what Stuart has to say.
Across town in the Martin household, Krystal tries to convince Tad that the cotton swab he took off of her person is just trash. Despite being madly in love with her, and despite all of her sexy advances, Tad doesn't buy her story. He knows that the cotton swab holds important DNA - but the question is whose cheek had to be swabbed to get it.
Tad tells Krystal that keeping secrets is no way to start a marriage. Tad divulges his theories about the secret that she is keeping from him and her refusal to accept his marriage proposal. He believes that the cotton swab is the key to all of the answers he is looking for. Flustered, Krystal finally disarms him by telling him the sample is from David. She tells him that she has been suspicious of David for a while. She confesses that the only proof they have that David is Babe's father is a test run by David himself. She goes on to tell him that she thinks that David might be trying to replace Leora with Babe. She says that David is overly controlling and neither she nor Babe needs that. Her plan was to have an independent test run to make certain. Tad falls for the story and wants to help.
Back at the police station, as Maggie leaves, Babe comes upstairs from holding. She sees Bianca and thinks it's a sign. Baffled, Bianca waits for more information. Babe asks her to go with her and Bess on a trip to Llanview. She tells Bianca about meeting up with Kevin Buchanan and arranging a play date for Ace and Bess. Somehow, Babe lost Kevin's phone number and because it's not listed, she wants to see if she can find him again. Because of everything going on with JR, Babe tells Bianca that she would feel safer if she went on the trip with them. Bianca decides that it's a good idea and they head back to the Chandler estate to retrieve the baby.
A short while later, they arrive and find Jamie and Stuart talking. Bianca is immediately drawn to the baby and Stuart notes that Bess lights up every time she sees Bianca. Touched, Bianca tells the room how happy she was when she first realized that Bess recognized her. Looking on, Babe remarks to Jamie that it's true - the baby adores Bianca. Cryptically, Jamie says that he isn't surprised...given who Bianca is to Bess.
Trying to keep her cool, Babe asks what he means. Jamie lets it linger for a few moments, and then tells her that he was referring to Bianca being her godmother. He thinks that Bianca is just about the best person he knows, and so the baby's joy at seeing her is understandable. Babe is noticeably relieved at his answer.
Jamie starts to leave, but Bianca stops him and asks if he would like to go on their outing. Babe pipes up that Jamie is probably way too busy and he agrees. After he takes his leave, Babe pulls Stuart aside and tries to convince him to let Bess out of his sight so that they can go on their outing. She wins him over by saying that she just wants to provide a normal life for her baby - and that he would have no need to worry because Bianca would be with them and she is completely trustworthy. Stuart acquiesces, and they prepare to go.
At the Martin house, a knock on the door interrupts Tad and Krystal's conversation. On the other side, they find a newly sprung Hayward. He starts to make a beeline toward Krystal but Tad stops him in his tracks. Fully convinced of Krystal's story, he starts to berate David for trying to worm his way into Babe and Krystal's life, and for doing so ungratefully. David is utterly confused, but Tad is on a roll and doesn't want to stop ranting enough to explain it to him. Just when Tad is about to blurt out the reason for his ramblings (which would have only confused the issue further), Krystal blurts out that she told Tad the swab was to prove that David is really Babe's father.
Catching on to her story, David immediately turns indignant and is incensed that Krystal could even think something so heinous. He rages for a moment and then tells Tad that he has nothing to hide, and storms out. As he does so, Brooke comes in and asks if it is a bad time. Krystal, wanting to get while the getting is good, says that she wants to leave. Tad tries to convince her not to but she said that she wants to get the sample to the lab to get the process started. Initially, Tad refuses to give her the sample.
Frustrated, Krystal wants to know what the problem is. Tad simply offers to take the sample to the hospital and have his father oversee the tests personally. Although the gesture is very sweet, Krystal tells him that it's her own mess, she started the process and she wanted to finish it. After a moment's consideration, Tad finally agrees, gives her the sample and she leaves.
Once she is gone, Brooke demands that Tad tell her what is going on. She notes that both Tad and their son have a thing for Carrey women and that can't be good. In fact, anything that involves Jamie-JR-Babe and Tad-David-Krystal is bad idea.
Outside, Krystal meets up with David and hands over the swab. He then asks her if she knows where Babe is but Krystal hasn't seen her. He tells her that he and Babe split up to find her, and that Babe was supposed to get back to him if she came up empty. He lets on that he feels Babe doesn't want them knowing where she is.
Maggie and Jonathan go back to her apartment, but Jonathan isn't sure he should be there. He tells her that he won't be good company because of the mood he is in. Maggie is fine with that because she understands where he is coming from. She confesses her surprise at him not coming unraveled earlier. He looks at her in appreciation, realizing that she is one of the few people that get him. He is glad he met her and shows his appreciation with a kiss that quickly turns into much more.
David and Krystal show up at the Chandler house and ask Stuart where Babe is. Stuart tells them that she and Bianca took Bess and went on an outing. Not knowing anything else, and fearing he would be reprimanded, Stuart runs off. David and Krystal look at each other, fearing the worst.
Babe and Bianca arrive at Kevin's campaign center in Llanview. Kevin isn't there but Babe quickly spots Ace with the nanny. She guides Bianca (who is holding Bess) toward Ace and enthusiastically introduces them. She bends down and tells Ace that he and Bess will be best friends forever. Jamie, unnoticed by Babe and Bianca, overhears from a short distance away.
Ryan checks himself out of the hospital, which worries Greenlee, considering someone already tried to kill him once.
Zach offers them a free vacation at his casino, which they cautiously accept. Ryan is certain that Zach's gesture has its price as he continues to wonder what Zach's connection to Ethan is.
Babe smoothly convinces Kevin to let her take Ace for an afternoon out with Bess and Bianca. Babe and Ace share a very special bond, which Bianca witnesses. Jamie surprises them by asking Babe if Ace is the son he overheard her talking about.
Paul Cramer arrives at Zach's casino, which sets off Zach and Kendall. Meanwhile, after making love, Jonathan wonders if this is what love feels like. They admit that they have feeling for each other, but stop before they say much more.