Jen hears the rumor that she and Al intend to marry. The news devastates Cristian, and he asks Jen to confirm or deny the rumor.
Shawna finds Keri and Antonio kissing and decides to report Keri for in inappropriate behavior with a student after Keri gives Shawna a failing grade on her paper.
Lindsay confronts Troy about "Ramali" as an electric wires start to spark, but Troy insists that she can find the tape at the zoo. Lindsay unravels the mystery clue, slaps Troy for lying and leaves unaware that a fire has started.
Sam believes Starr's story about the man in handcuffs at the funhouse. Sam rushes to the funhouse to find it in flames, while Nora searches for the tape. Lindsay arrives at the gallery to discover Nora.
Natalie stalls Max, and Al pockets money from Seth's deposit envelope. Allison bumps into Seth on his way to the bank, and the money and papers go flying. After Seth's deposit, the bank calls and alerts Max to a discrepancy in the deposit.
Nora and Lindsay both figure out Troy's clue to where the tape is that has Lindsay's confession (her giving Nora the drug that wiped out her memory). Nora went to Lindsay's gallery and found the tape, heard the confession and was about to leave when Lindsay came in. She asked Nora how she got in and Nora told her the door was open. Lindsay denies this. Lindsay asked Nora what she is doing there and Nora said she is looking for Troy; Lindsay asks Nora "where is it" and Nora replies, "where is what, Lindsay". Nora finally shows Lindsay the tape and they listen to the part where Lindsay confesses; Nora tells Lindsay that the tape will be played in court and that Lindsay will pay for what she did. Lindsay tries to lie her way out, saying what is on the tape is not the truth. The phone rings, it is R.J. and when Nora says "Troy, is that you?", R.J. hangs up. He was going to tell Lindsay he had not been able to find the tape. Lindsay had threatened him and Keri if he did not try to help her find it since he is the one who purchased the drug for Lindsay to give Nora (R.J. did not know at the time it was for Nora). Nora asks Lindsay again where Troy is. When Lindsay won't tell Nora the truth about where Troy is they begin to fight and then the tape is thrown across the room. They continue to struggle and Lindsay hits Nora on the head and knocks her out. Lindsay grabs the tape as Nora comes to and Nora chases after her. Nora stops Lindsay from leaving the gallery and when Lindsay continues to try to leave, Nora hits her and Lindsay falls to the floor unconscious. Nora gets the tape back.
Antonio has planned a special meal for Keri at Carlotta's diner (unbeknownst to Carlotta); when they arrive Keri remarks to Antonio that Carlotta will not like her coming there, just as Carlotta walks up with a displeased look on her face. Antonio tells Carlotta they have come for lunch; Carlotta reluctantly welcomes Keri. However when she takes their order she is rude to Keri and everything Keri tries to order Carlotta either says she won't like it or they don't have it; Antonio tells Carlotta to let Keri order what she wants. Carlotta is not pleased. While they are waiting for their food Antonio and Keri kiss; when Carlotta sees this she puts a huge portion of red hot pepper on Keri's food. When Keri tastes the food she begins to choke from the hot pepper. After Keri regains her composure, she confronts Carlotta – she tells her that no trick is going to keep her from Antonio and especially not putting a lot of hot pepper on her food. She gives her the plate to take back to the kitchen. Antonio agrees with her and Carlotta stomps off and is furious. Keri and Antonio talk about the things Keri said to Carlotta and Antonio tells Keri Carlotta will get over it or not. They leave the diner together.
Al has told Nat that he is tired of doing what she says – he stands up and they nearly kiss. Al is beginning to feel guilty about taking the money to make Seth look like a thief. Nat continues to badger Al about going through with the plan so she can get Seth back and he can keep Jen. Al tells Nat he knows Jen does not love him and he thinks he should let her know he can walk. Nat talks Al out of letting Jen know he can walk and tells Al that it is going around campus that he and Jen are getting married – that she thinks Jen really is crazy about Al (which is not true). Nat leaves thinking she has convinced Al to go along with her plan and Jen goes into the room where Al is. Al asks Jen if she has heard the rumor about their getting married and Jen laughs and says yes. Al then tells her they should make the rumor come true and get married. Jen is stunned.
Max tells Seth that the bank deposit was $1,000 short (Al rigged the deposit); Nat told him to do it; it is part of her plan to get Seth back. Max continues to question Seth about the shortage when Jess comes into Break Bar – she tells Seth and Max she knows he did not take the money. She told him to think about what was happening about that time and Seth remembers. Seth says he think Alison took the money that she was in there and nearly ran him over and that money scattered everywhere. In any case Max tells Seth he will be taking money out of his check until it is paid back. Seth and Jessica leave Break Bar and run into Nat. They tell her that Alison took a thousand dollars and they are going after her. Nat is distressed and says to herself "what am I going to do now"?
Sam goes to the fun house and discovers it is on fire, but does not see Troy; then he hears Troy calling out; he tells Sam that he is trapped and chained; the fire is getting worse and Sam is trying to find his way around the maze of rooms to get to Troy. When he finds Troy he has a flash back about Nora saying she has feelings about Troy and that she kissed him back at the grave yard. He comes to his senses and starts trying to free Troy, but the fire continues to get worse. Sam works to free Troy and asks him who did this to him and Troy tells him it was Lindsay – that it is long story. The fire rages on and Sam continues to try to free Troy; a beam falls and knocks Sam down. Troy is still confined and watches helpless at Sam on the floor.
Jen and Cris talk about her and Al. Cris says it is okay if she marries Al and Jen tells Cris it is just a rumor that she is not going to marry Al; that she still feels guilty about his accident and Cris tells her again that it was his fault and not hers. Cris leaves and Nat is very pleased – she thinks her plan is working.
At the college, Shawna talks to Rae about the consequences of a college professor seeing one of their students (she is talking about Antonio and Keri). She tells Rae that this professor that gave this student good grades and now is doing the same for his brother. Shawna is mad because she got a bad grade in Keri's class. Shawna plans to get back at her for doing this to her. R.J. is there and is overhearing the conversation. Rae tells Shawna she had better have proof if she is going to accuse Keri of being with Antonio while he was her student and that she could find herself in court in the midst of a slander suit. When Rae leaves R.J. (who has heard everything) asks Shawna if he can buy her a cup of coffee – Shawna is very puzzled but knowing R.J. he surely has a plan to protect Keri.
Fighting over the tape, Nora knocks Lindsay out with a right hook. As Nora attempts to reach Bo on the phone, Lindsay awakens and manages to snatch the tape from Nora's hand. She tosses it into the trash compactor, telling Nora that it's all over, the tape is gone. Nora takes off for the compactor room and jumps into the trash heap, getting hit by falling trash bags as she digs through the mounting garbage. Lindsay follows but as she too jumps in, the door slams shut behind her. The pair frantically search for the tape, find it and make a dive for it. Alas, it's not the one they're looking for. Nora tells Lindsay that she doesn't want to let Troy down but Lindsay advises her that it won't matter. Suddenly they hear a noise and realize that the compactor has gone on.
Bo sits down at the diner and spies Gabrielle, sitting alone nearby. He accuses her of following him and though she denies it at first, she admits to it soon after. She was used to eating dinner with him and chatting so she missed that and was looking for a friend, she tells him. Bo hastily reminds her that they are not friends. Cris wanders in looking distraught and Carlotta quickly determines that it's because of Jen. She thinks that Cris needs to fight for her. Bo stops by to say hi and tells Cris he ought to apply at the police department for a job. Cris doesn't think that's such a good idea since his involvement with the police cost him Jen. Gabrielle interrupts and suggests that he work harder at forgetting Jen. She then begins to lecture him about not interfering with Jen and Al but Cris refuses to listen, mentioning that he already heard it from Max. Bo then accuses Gabrielle of interfering because he and Cris were talking about the future; she should worry about her own life and stop trying to protect Al from everything. She apologizes and goes back to sit down with Bo, Cris stalks off to be alone. They talk about their sons which leads Gabby to ask Bo if he's becoming a friend. He thinks that's a maybe. He inquires about her work at the paper and wonders why Todd is pretty much letting her write what she wants because it's not like him. Gabby tries to change the subject.
Al and Jen have a chat in an empty classroom. Al asks Jen to marry him and make true the rumor that's going around. He wants to know what Jen means by sticking around for the long haul though he realizes he should probably just enjoy the moment with her. Jen sings his praises but he credits her. She says she loves him and when Al reveals his love for her, she clarifies that she loves him as a best friend. She promises not to leave and again he asks her to marry him.
As Viki and Ben share an intimate moment, the doorbell rings. It's Blair and Todd with the baby and they want some advice on how to handle Starr. They explain what's been going on with the poisonous spider and the man on the wheel. Ben wonders if Starr's story could possibly be true but the Mannings assure him it's not. Viki pulls Blair aside for a chat, telling her a tale about Joey and Kevin when they were small. She advises the younger woman that they need to reassure Starr of their love and give her lots of attention. She's doing the same with Natalie and Jess, she explains. Blair wonders aloud how a woman could not know her own child (referring to Natalie). Viki agrees and suddenly feels strange. She becomes consumed by that thought. Todd and Ben discuss therapy for Starr but Todd is against it. He tells Ben that Sam is being nosy but Ben figures that Sam must have good reason. After the Mannings leave, Ben finds Viki asleep on the sofa. He covers her up and closes the door. She's having bad dreams, hearing Blair's voice, " How could a mother not know her own baby?" She awakens abruptly, only to see Niki.
Sam lies unconscious on the floor having been struck by a falling beam and surrounded by flames. Troy urges him to get up and he stirs but is unable to, he's pinned by the beam. They both strain to reach the nearby crowbar and finally Troy is able to grab it and at last free himself from the wheel. He manages to lift the beam enough for Sam to crawl out. Eventually, they make it outside and gasp for breath. Troy tells Sam that they need to get to Lindsay's because Nora is in trouble. They get to the gallery where Troy realizes that someone has found the tape.
The Mannings stop at the diner on the way home and see Gabrielle and Bo sitting together. They are uneasy and wonder what they could be talking about. Blair urges her husband to check it out so he saunters over. He tells Gabrielle he has a story for her that she must pursue at the mall but Gabby announces that she's eating. He goes back to Blair but Bo is busy watching him. He refers back to the mystery of Gabby working for Todd.
As Al talks about his love for Jen she remembers Cris' proposal. She can't accept Al's proposal now but she promises to think about it. Cris arrives at the classroom door in time to overhear.
Troy fills Sam in on the tape as down below the women ponder their fate. There doesn't seem to be any way out as the compacting begins.
Bo went to Llanfair to ask Ben if he had seen Troy MacIver recently. Ben hadn't seen him, as far as he knew, Troy was in Paris eloping with Lindsay. They didn't get that far, at least Lindsay didn't, Bo informed him. They also discussed Asa's change in attitude recently and hoped that they could all become more of a family in the near future. Bo hoped that Ben would get to see Asa as he was before, the way Bo liked to remember him.
Meanwhile, in the library, Viki had a dream about Niki Smith. Niki was laughing at her and telling her that she didn't know anything about "something". But Niki didn't reveal what the "something" was. Disturbed by her dream, Viki tracked down Rae at the University and asked for her help in figuring out what Niki was trying to tell her. On her way through the student union, she spotted Allison and asked what she was doing there. Allison refused to answer, but when Viki left she turned the monitor of the computer she was at back on to reveal the website for Green Hills Sanatorium. As she was talking to Rae, Viki saw Niki standing on the other side of the classroom and waving at her.
Cristian overheard Al asking Jen to marry him. Jen didn't give Al an answer, but promised to consider it. After Jen left, Al warned Cristian to stay out of their way and Cris agreed. In the student center, Rae noticed that Jen was upset and asked what was wrong. Jen revealed that Al had asked her to marry him, but couldn't give Rae a straight answer when she asked if Jen was in love with Al. Rae advised Jen to follow her heart. Later, Jen tried not to notice as Cristian offered to buy a cup of coffee for an attractive female student.
Seth and Jessica found Allison sitting at a computer in the student union. They confronted her about the stolen money (which Al had really taken to frame Seth) and of course she denied knowing anything about it. She suggested that maybe Seth had taken it himself and reminded Jessica of all the terrible things he'd done to her in the past. Back at Break Bar, Max informed Seth that he wasn't fired, but that half of his weekly pay would be docked until the money was paid back. Seth wondered how he would pay all his bills, including the one for the leather coat he had purchased, but Max was unsympathetic. Jessica offered to pay back the money that was missing, but Seth turned down her offer. Jessica left with Seth to walk him to the library, where he had to work on a paper due the next day.
Also at Break Bar, Chad asked Natalie to help him show his sister, Katie, around campus. She was visiting on her way to California and might be interested in going to Llanview U. At first Natalie turned him down, but later told him that her plans had changed and she would be able to go. After asking Jen to marry him, Al went to Max and asked for the ring that his grandfather Wingate had given to his grandmother Patricia so he could give it to Jen. Natalie came over to Al and insisted he do one more thing to help her or she would tell Jen the truth about him being able to walk. This time, Natalie wanted Al to steal Seth's coat and scarf in order to impersonate him.
Nora and Lindsay used metal bars and anything they could find and finally got the compactor walls to stop closing in on them. Lindsay managed to get the door open and crawled out. Spotting the tape, Nora picked it up and put it in her jacket before climbing out of the compactor. But unfortunately it fell on the floor and Lindsay saw it before Nora picked it up again. Nora threatened to take it to the police, but Lindsay informed her that if she did, she'd never find Troy. Lindsay wanted to make a deal, the tape of her confession for Troy's location. But Troy and Sam rushed in just in time to keep Nora from handing over the tape. After they had been confronted by the security guard, who went to call the police, they had noticed the open door to the garbage chute and figured out where they were. Lindsay still tried to deny that she had been the one to drug Nora, even after Troy played the tape for Sam to hear, but Sam wasn't buying her story anymore. Realizing this, Lindsay tried to leave, but she was stopped by Bo, who told her she was under arrest.
Bo arrested Lindsay. Lindsay tells Bo she will tell him everything, just get her out of here. Lindsay also tells Bo to remember the last time he arrested her for murder she was innocent and Bo says, not this time. Nora tells Sam "thank god it's all over".
Nora ask Sam how he did he know where Troy was? Sam tells her Starr told him. Sam tells Nora that he and Troy saved each other, because when he was trying to save Troy he was knocked out by a beam. Nora asked if he was okay and that he should go to the doctor. Nora tells Sam that he and Troy, as well as she and Lindsay almost died because she wanted Lindsay's confession so badly. Nora and Sam talk about their lives. Sam says they can't put this behind them. Nora says this is over. Nora asks Sam for forgiveness. Sam said he couldn't seduce Lindsay to get a confession. Nora asks Sam if he thought she wanted Troy to do that to Lindsay. Sam told Nora that she knew what Troy was doing and did nothing to stop him because she would do anything to get Lindsay to confess. Sam also told Nora that she wants Troy. Sam says its okay. Troy was so determined to get a confession and she let it control her. Nora tells Sam that what she did with Troy didn't mean anything. Sam says yes it does, and she should stops fooling herself. Sam says he saw the look she had on her face when Troy came in and she realized he was all right; Nora tells Sam she's sorry. Sam says thanks to Lindsay getting in the way, they now know who they are and that they can't be together. Sam and Nora say, "I love you" and hug each other. Sam says their relationship was all a dream.
Lindsay tells Bo that Troy locked her in the funhouse. Troy asks Bo and Hank if the tape is enough to put Lindsay away for what she did to Nora. Bo and Hank exchange glances. Hank explains that a taped confession wasn't enough because she thought he was Colin. Troy said Starr heard the confession, but Hank tells Troy that Starr is a kid and isn't considered a reliable witness. Troy asks what can he do to help? Troy asks Bo and Hank to listen to what Lindsay said on the tape right before she confessed. Bo confronts Lindsay about the fact that she told her children that she gave Nora the drug that erased her memory. Bo said he would get a signed statement from her children. Lindsay says her children don't know anything about it. Lindsay tells Troy that Jen would not believe a word he says. Troy says he will tell Jen how Lindsay switched the pregnancy test so she would think she was pregnant fwith Al's baby. Troy says he will also tell Jen how she asked for a drug to make it look like Jen was pregnant. Troy said Jen would know that if it weren't for Lindsay, Al and Cristian would never have gotten into a fight. Bo calls Jen to come to the police station. Troy tells Lindsay he doesn't want to do it to her, but he would never forgive her for what she did to Nora. Troy tells her she would not get away with it and she better tell Bo and Hank everything she did to Nora or he will tell Jen everything she did to her.
Jen stops Cris from leaving, but Cris says why, "so you can lie to me again about that fact that you said you were not marrying Al". Cris tells Jen he heard her tell Al that she would think about marrying him. Jen said she told Al that she would think about it because she was shocked. Jen apologizes to Cris. Cris says this is all his fault. Jen tells Cris that this is all her fault; Cris said he would have forgiven her for sleeping with Al. Cris asks Jen if she is going to marry Al?
At the library, Al puts his wheel chair in the closet and steals Seth's jacket. Chad introduces Natalie to his younger sister, Katie. Natalie arranges for Al to run into Katie. Al pretends to be Seth when he runs into Katie. Katie asks if he has a girlfriend. Al tells her he sort of have a girlfriend. Natalie stops Chad from looking for his sister while Al, pretending to be Seth, tells Katie that he's a bartender and pulls out a pocket full of cash. Later Katie tells Chad and Natalie that she went outside for some fresh air and met a guy name "Seth Anderson".