At Sharon's house, Sharon put away the photos of Cassie she'd found strewn about just before Avery arrived holding Faith, who was asleep. Sharon snapped, "What are you doing with my daughter?" Avery explained that Dylan and Nick were working together to protect Nikki and Summer. Sharon apologized for her rude greeting. Avery noted that she was no longer engaged to Nick, so her relationship with Faith and Sharon shouldn't be as awkward as it had been in the past. Sharon acknowledged that their worlds would still overlap since Avery was in a romantic relationship with Dylan.
At Crimson Lights, Dylan told Nick that Paul had arrested Ian Ward for extortion and placed the man in jail. Nick assured Dylan that both Nikki and Summer were all right. Dylan explained that it had been a wise move on Summer's part to alert Paul about Ian's motives. Nick said he was somewhat relieved that Ian would be unable to victimize Summer or any other young girls. Dylan added that Nikki had placed herself in a difficult situation in order to draw out a confession from Ian. Nick noted that his mom was a warrior.
Recalling his mother's past acts of boldness, Nick told Dylan that Nikki had fought for her life after being shot four times. Nick added that Nikki, who was much tougher than she looked, had also battled addiction and had endured a difficult relationship with Victor. Dylan said he was thankful to have inherited half of his genes from Nikki. Dylan said that his biological father, though despicable, had mentioned knowing a secret. Dylan quoted Ian as having said, "If you kill me, you'll never know."
Nick insisted that Ian's statements and actions were part of the man's head games. Nick added that a man threateningly cornered by another would say or do anything to survive. Nick cited the night Billy had taken Adam out to the woods to back up his claim.
Back at Sharon's, Nick arrived and told Avery that Ian had been arrested for extortion and that everyone was safe. Nick and Sharon thanked Avery for taking care of Faith. Avery left. Nick apologized to Sharon for placing Faith in Avery's care. Sharon praised Nick for being an excellent father.
Nick discovered the Ouija board and asked Sharon if she had been trying to contact Cassie. Sharon assured Nick that she wasn't delusional and had begun taking an additional medication prescribed by her therapist. Nick encouraged Sharon to lean on him. Nick explained that Nikki felt responsible for Summer getting mixed up with Ian. Nick said he had felt like ripping down the walls in Ian's room when he'd found Summer's "sister" bracelet.
Sharon seemed pained when Nick mentioned that Summer wasn't truly his daughter. Nick cried, "I mean, the thought of anything happening to my girl, not that she's not my girl. She's really not even Faith's sister, but it doesn't matter what any bracelet says." Sharon replied, "The test didn't matter when Summer was little. Why does it have to matter now? If we could all just forget about that test!" Nick explained that the test did matter to Summer, Jack, and to a lot of others. Nick added that the paternity test also mattered to him.
Avery met up with Dylan at Crimson Lights and praised him and Nick for working together and handling the situation with Ian without breaking the law. Avery said, "Ian Ward's locked up. It's over!" Dylan shook his head and replied, "It's not over at all." Dylan told Avery about Ian stating that he had important information that would be of interest. Avery warned that Ian had been desperate to protect himself from retaliation.
Dylan said, "This wasn't an off-the-cuff statement made out of thin air. Ian knew exactly what he was doing, and he enjoyed it as usual." Dylan vowed to learn Ian's secret.
At the Genoa City Athletic Club, Lily told Devon that the traumatic events that had taken place during the fundraiser for the Delia Project seemed to have compelled Leslie and Neil to separate. Lily assured Devon that their father wouldn't turn to alcohol to cope with his hurtful loss. Esmeralda emerged from her workout and stopped to chat with Devon and Lily. Esmeralda noted that she was energized and hoped Devon would visit her at her place later. Lily grinned. After Esmeralda walked away, Lily noted that Devon had quickly developed a relationship with the model. Lily added that she preferred Esmeralda over Hilary. Devon quickly defended Hilary when Lily referred to Hilary as a tramp.
At Jabot, Hilary entered a dimly lit office and was surprised to find Neil gazing out the window. Hilary said she thought perhaps she'd become lost and had walked into the wrong office. Neil replied, "You're in the right place -- just not the one who's lost." Neil added that the office, which he greatly missed, had once belonged to him. Hilary walked toward the door and offered to leave Neil in peace. Neil told Hilary that she fit quite well into the new world she'd created for herself after losing her mother. Hilary thanked Neil for having recommended her to Jack.
Hilary walked back toward Neil and noted that he seemed troubled. Neil admitted that he and Leslie had broken off their relationship. Neil turned the conversation around and asked Hilary what was new in her life. Hilary noted that she wouldn't be working late if she had an active social life. Hilary seemed disappointed when she told Neil that Devon was already seeing someone else. Hilary expressed her concern about Neil's loss. Hilary admitted that she might be overstepping her boundaries, but she cautioned Neil not drown his sorrows with alcohol.
Neil later joined Devon and Lily at the Genoa City Athletic Club. Lily bristled when Neil mentioned that Hilary had just given him a pep talk. Lily asked, "Hilary Curtis?" Neil explained that Hilary had weathered tumultuous changes in her life and had fared very well. Devon said he was happy to hear that Neil was feeling better. Lily looked away when Neil said that it was best not to judge others too harshly.
Esmeralda ran into Hilary at Jabot. Esmeralda said she was picking up her modeling schedule. Esmeralda added, "Got to see how good I need to look for the camera for now, at least." Esmeralda explained that she'd learned that Devon was worth billions, so she intended to help him "lighten his load." Hilary winced when Esmeralda spelled her out plans to marry Devon and ask him to purchase a home for the couple in the Cayman Islands. Hilary seemed disgusted after Esmeralda walked away.
At Chancellor Park, Billy reluctantly met with Kelly after she summoned him. Kelly seemed encouraged when Billy said that he'd gone there because of her. Billy added that he regretted admitting before a crowd of friends and rescue personnel that he had slept with Kelly. Billy insisted that winning back Victoria was all that mattered. Kelly recalled that the two hours she'd spent being intimate with Billy had helped to numb her overwhelming grief and heartache. Kelly agreed that their affair had been a mistake, but she added that it had also been a miracle she could never regret.
Billy grew fretful and told Kelly that he couldn't risk losing Victoria and Johnny. Kelly said she was grateful to have found someone like Billy, who understood her. Both Kelly and Billy admitted that they had given each other comfort and a sense of stability after suffering a profound loss. Kelly tearfully noted that she and Billy couldn't continue their friendship because it would be too much for Victoria. Billy said that Kelly's husband was an idiot for walking away from her. Kelly embraced Billy and suggested that in time they might be able to become platonic friends. Billy quickly turned and left without responding.
At the Genoa City Athletic Club's gym, Victoria passionately kissed Stitch on the lips. Suddenly, Victoria pulled away and stepped back. Awkwardly, Victoria apologized to Stitch and noted that it had been stupid and foolish of her to arbitrarily kiss him. Victoria pressed her hand to her forehead and cried that she didn't know what was wrong with her. Stitch explained that Victoria wanted to hurt Billy the same way Billy had hurt her. Stitch consoled Victoria and reminded her that the kiss had just been one brief moment out of her very long day. He encouraged Victoria return to Billy and save her marriage. Victoria agreed to work things out with Billy.
When Victoria returned home, she found Billy eagerly waiting just inside the front door. Victoria suddenly announced that she'd just kissed another man. Billy angrily replied, "Who's the guy?" Victoria yelled that what she'd done was nothing compared to Billy's affair with Kelly. Victoria cried that visions of Billy touching and holding Kelly haunted her every time she saw Kelly. Billy admitted that he'd been selfish and stupid, but he swore to Victoria that he loved only her. Victoria gazed into Billy's eyes and told him that she loved him. The couple embraced and kissed. Upstairs, Billy disrobed Victoria. The couple fell onto their bed and made love.
Stitch found Kelly sitting alone and sobbing in Chancellor Park. Kelly admitted that she didn't know how to put Billy behind her. Kelly confessed that she wanted to see Billy again. Stitch calmly listened. Kelly recalled that she felt comforted whenever she spoke to Billy about Sam and Delia. Kelly began sobbing and said she'd begged Billy to remain friends with her because she felt terribly lonely. Stitch comforted Kelly, placed his hand on her shoulder, and insisted that others desired to be her friend. Kelly recoiled and cried, "You? Never! There will never be forgiveness for what you did!"
Noah stopped by Courtney's apartment to pick her up for a date. Referring to files on a desk and a camera set up on a tripod, Noah asked if the items were related to an investigation. Courtney explained that she couldn't answer Noah's question. Courtney drew Noah close and kissed him on the lips. Noah smiled when Courtney surprised him with a birthday muffin. Courtney said the lit candle was ready for Noah to make a birthday wish.
After Noah extinguished the candle, Courtney teased that she might need to frisk him. Noah wheeled around to face Courtney and said, "That goes both ways." The couple kissed passionately. Noah became uneasy when he discovered a concealed weapon tucked into the back of Courtney's jeans. Noah seemed apprehensive, but Courtney explained that she usually kept her service weapon nearby whenever she was on duty. Noah said, "Maybe we should just slow down a little."