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As Gus walks in Inferno, he notices Claire sitting at the bar. Gus tries to carry a conversation with Claire, but to no avail. Claire continues to accuse Gus of once again going after her son-in-law. Gus comes to the conclusion that Claire is drunk and offers to take her home. She refuses. Gus calls Michelle and suggests that she come to Inferno to take her mother home. While Michelle is talking to Claire, Gus pays Harley a visit. He wants to tell her about some shady exports. She tells him to leave and wants him to involve Frank. But he wants to give her a chance to make a big bust. Gus reminds Harley that there are women who can do motherhood and have a career at the same time. Now, that really struck a nerve for Harley. She commented that she wasn't going back until she was ready. Harley's curiosity got the best of her so she asked what the tip was. Gus said that some artifacts were smuggled into Springfield from Central and South America. Gus showed Harley a note that mentioned 'tunica.' Harley told Gus that Sam had mentioned 'tunica.'
Reva and Josh are in the garden at the palace in St. Cristobel. Reva is anxious to tell Cassie and Richard about Alan's plans regarding the destruction of the project. Olivia finds Alan in the palace garden and says she will be wealthy after this project. Alan reaches to take hold of Olivia's hand and says that he will raise his glass to her tonight when the fireworks fly. Josh and Reva run until Olivia. Olivia is surprised to see them in St. Cristobel. Josh said that he wasn't going to stand by and watch Olivia and Alan destroy the project. Olivia tells Josh that she put everything into the project. Josh said that "everything" included sleeping with Alan. But Olivia tries to tell Josh that she knows nothing about sabotaging the project. She mentions that when she spoke to Alan he seemed to be up to something. She told Reva and Josh that she could work with Alan to find out information. After getting a call from the hospital that Sam is doing better after the treatment that Rick and Mel gave him, Olivia starts to walk away. Reva tells her to wait and she suggests to Josh that they trust her to get information from Alan. Josh asks Reva if she thinks that Olivia is being honest. Reva reminded him that Olivia does go out of her way to protect him. She asks Josh to take this one last leap of faith.
Ben arrives at Marah's bearing gifts of ski equipment and clothes. Although she is reluctant to accept the expensive items, she agrees to keep one sweater. When Shayne walks in on the couple, he assumes that Marah is giving Ben a ski lesson. Unaware that his sister has led Ben to believe that she cannot ski, Shayne lets slip that Marah has numerous trophies won for skiing. Marah explains to Ben that she lied about her abilities because she was afraid to go away with him for a weekend. Ben and Marah are becoming closer, and the couple wish they could spend some time, just the two of them, when they go on the group ski trip. When Ben mentions the Bauer cabin is near their ski destination, Marah suggests that they spend an afternoon there. Just after leaving the Lewis home, Ben's cell phone rings. He informs the caller "tell the boys they're gonna owe me a lot of money come Monday - Marah and I are going away for the weekend."
Olivia turns on the tears for Alan's benefit telling him she needs him; that she has no one - she's alone and worn out and tells Alan that she can no longer fight Josh and Reva. Pleased with himself, Alan tells Olivia "maybe you can't fight them, but I can", and then goes on to promise that he will send their world crashing down around them tonight. The plan, Alan reveals, is to destroy the harbor project. Olivia realizes that he's been planning this all along, but Alan assures her that she doesn't need the harbor project as long as she has him. Alan brags to Olivia that "together we will destroy Josh and Reva." When Alan offers Olivia his phone, asking her if she'd like to make the call to destroy the couple, she tells him she has her own phone - one that has been on all along so that Josh and Reva could hear the plan. Josh and Reva emerge and tell Alan to call off the flooding of the harbor. When Alan balks, Reva produces papers that prove Alan's father, Brandon, profited from the war by being "in bed with the Nazi's." When Alan tries to claim the papers are forgeries, Reva goes on to give Alan a run down of all sorts of Spaulding ill gotten gains, and finishes by threatening the produce a documentary on the crimes. Josh tells Alan he will not give up the originals of the papers, but promises they will never see the light of day if Alan complies. Backed into a corner, Alan agrees to call off the flooding of the harbor, and sell Lewis Oil back to Josh, as well. Before leaving, Alan warns Josh "enjoy your temporary victory because this war is far from over."
Reva thanks Olivia for helping them bring Alan down, then leaves her rival alone with Josh. Olivia laments "this was supposed to be the most wonderful night of my life" to which Josh replies "It still is, you got exactly what you wanted." Not exactly, Olivia reminds Josh - she no longer has her husband.
Tony has a new assignment for Romeo - he wants the bartender to keep an eye on Ben and Marah when they go on their ski weekend, and report back. When Cat overhears the plan, she is upset. She tells Tony's grandmother that she knows Tony still loves Marah. The elder Mrs. Santos tries to assure the young woman "you're the woman for Tony - are you willing to fight for him?" Catalina vows "whatever it takes." When Tony suggests to Catalina that they go skiing at the same lodge where Marah and Ben will be, she agrees to go. After Tony leaves to make the travel plans, a visibly upset Catalina throws her purse, spilling the contents on the floor. As she's picking up the contents of her purse, she pauses. Holding her birth control pills she says "I'm the right woman for you Tony, and I'll do anything I can to make you see that."
Alonzo tells Richard that for Cassie's sake, he will take his "wife", Camille, and leave. Richard suggests that the couple take the presidential yacht and go on a one year, around the world tour, to promote tourism in San Cristobel. When Alonzo finds Camille at the bar and tells her of his plan to take her around the world, she hesitates. Since she can't convince Alonzo that he belongs on the island, Camille agrees to go with her husband. The would-be princess then makes a bee-line for Richard to give him a piece of her mind. When Richard tells her to calm down or go, Camille blurts out "you want me to go and take Alonzo with me because he is your brother, and the rightful heir to the throne. He is what you aren't - the real prince of San Cristobel!"