At the police station, Chloe thanked Michael for arranging a meeting to discuss her plea with federal agents. Kevin objected, but Michael maintained that going to trial was a risk, and the deal he'd proposed would avoid prison time. Kevin ranted that Chloe would still be in a locked cell at Fairview, and he griped that no one had charged Billy with kidnapping because Billy had been a grieving parent. Kevin suggested that Michael get the judge to see it the same way for Chloe, but Michael stated that they had to deal with the situation the way it was. Michael empathized with Kevin, but he said that the ugly truth was that no one would walk away unscathed, including Billy.
Kevin pointed out that no charges had been filed against Billy, but Michael mentioned that damage had been done to Billy's marriage. Kevin grumbled that Billy would get to fight from his own living room, and he ordered Michael to do his job instead of rolling over. Michael reasoned that the judge could rule that Chloe receive outpatient treatment, and Chloe told Kevin to stop blaming Michael, since it had been her choice to plead guilty. She conceded that she was tired of fighting, and Kevin offered to do it for her, but she contended that the worst had already happened when she'd lost her daughter.
Michael stepped out to see if Christine had reached a resolution with the Feds and the judge, and Chloe suggested that Kevin go home if he couldn't handle it, but he refused to leave her. Kevin insisted that he wasn't going anywhere and that she could count on him, and she credited him with being the only person she'd ever been able to rely on. She noted that despite all the drama, he'd never left her, and he promised that he never would. She said that he couldn't be there for her at Fairview, and she'd have to learn to cope without him.
Chloe begged Kevin to go before the police put her in handcuffs and took her away, and he recalled that she'd always tried to push him away, but it wouldn't work. Michael returned and announced that Chloe's plea had been accepted, and the judge had ordered her to receive outpatient treatment instead of going to Fairview. Kevin was relieved, but Michael added that there was one stipulation -- Chloe had to be remanded into the custody of someone who had to take legal responsibility for her. Kevin volunteered to do so, but Michael declared that it wasn't an option.
Michael explained that only a spouse or legal relative could accept responsibility for Chloe. Chloe groaned that her mother would have to do it, and Esther would constantly be hovering. Chloe continued to complain that she'd be forced to live with newlyweds, and Kevin suddenly asked Chloe to marry him. He dropped to one knee and requested that she let him have, hold, and take legal responsibility for her to keep her out of Fairview.
Billy worked out with the punching bag at the gym, and Dylan approached and asked if there was anything he could do to help. Billy replied that he needed a time machine or a miracle to take away the last six months, but he recognized that no one could give him his little girl back or repair his marriage. Billy recalled that Victoria had given him many chances before, and Dylan wondered what Billy had done this time. Billy revealed that he'd seen someone who he'd promised he'd never see again, and he swore that it hadn't been illicit, but he hadn't told Victoria about it. Dylan surmised that Billy had met with a woman, and Billy confided that Victoria had kicked him out because of it. Stitch overheard and declared, "Good for her!"
Billy suspected that Stitch was happy to have a shot at Victoria without Billy around, but Stitch asserted that Victoria loved Billy and that she needed space to make smart decisions. Stitch suggested that Billy concentrate on his marriage instead of seeing things that weren't there, and Billy barked that Stitch had kissed Billy's wife. Stitch snarled that Billy had been the one who'd stepped out on Victoria, and he chided Billy for cheating and then acting like she'd crossed the line. Stitch insisted that he was Victoria's friend, but he understood that friendship was a tough concept for Billy, given his "friendship" with Kelly. Stitch bellowed that Billy had tanked his own marriage, and it was time for Billy to shut up and fix it.
Billy accused Stitch of pulling a white knight routine to save Victoria from her husband, and Stitch huffed that perhaps that was what she needed. Dylan told them both to cool off, and he argued that Victoria wouldn't want them at one another's throats. Stitch stalked off, and Billy yelled after him that Victoria would never want Stitch. Dylan implored Billy to think about Victoria for once, since Billy had screwed up and Victoria deserved better.
Billy said that no one was madder at him than himself, but he hadn't been able to cut Kelly off, since she'd deserved some decency and a proper goodbye. Billy explained that Kelly had dragged him out of a hole and had practically saved his life, and Dylan inquired whether Victoria had tried to do the same thing. Billy questioned whether Dylan had talked to his loved ones when he'd gone off the rails or if he'd turned to people who had understood, and Dylan countered that he hadn't gone to bed with the people he'd opened up to. Billy insisted that he only wanted Victoria and that he would never do anything to hurt her again, but he prayed that she wasn't done with him for good.
Dylan said that Billy had to earn another chance with Victoria, but Billy replied that Victoria knew that she was all that mattered to him. Billy vowed to make her understand that he had no feelings for Kelly, but Dylan noted that Billy would be lying to both himself and Victoria. Dylan repeated Billy's words that Kelly had saved Billy, and he said that emotional war bonds like that were unbreakable. Dylan was sure that Billy still felt something for Kelly and that Victoria would know that Billy was lying, and he urged Billy not to hurt Victoria any more than he already had.
Billy was adamant that his relationship with Kelly wasn't about love or infatuation and that he and Kelly were just friends. Dylan commented that Kelly was a friend who Billy had slept with, and he regretted not honoring Victoria's request to check on Billy more often. Billy pointed out that Dylan hadn't lost a kid the way Billy and Kelly had, and he hadn't anticipated sleeping with Kelly, but he wished he could take it back. Billy said that Kelly had only wanted a friend, and he'd screwed that up, too, but he wouldn't allow Stitch to move in on his wife.
Avery stopped by at Victoria's request, and Victoria said that she needed an attorney. Avery pointed out that Victor had several lawyers on staff, but Victoria asserted that Avery was the best person for the job, since Avery knew how to cut someone out of her life. Victoria noted that Avery had moved on from Nick, and Avery argued that it hadn't been easy or painless. Victoria clarified that she hadn't meant it in a bad way, but she surmised that Avery knew what it was like to always put someone else first, just like Billy had with someone else. Victoria declared that she needed a divorce.
Avery counseled Victoria not to make decisions she might regret, and Victoria ranted that she regretted loving and trusting Billy. Victoria contended that she had to do something to avoid giving him another chance to hurt her again, and she wanted the divorce papers drawn up right away. Victoria said that they'd figure out joint custody of Johnny, since she wouldn't take Billy's son away, and Avery thought that said something about how Victoria really felt. Victoria was adamant that she wanted Billy's clothes out of her closet and the images of Billy and Kelly out of her head, and Avery questioned whether filing the papers would make the thoughts go away. Victoria maintained that she had to do it before she forgave Billy, and she revealed that he'd met with Kelly without telling Victoria, so obviously Billy couldn't let Kelly go.
Victoria thought that she hadn't been enough to get Billy through his grief, and Avery said that nothing would have been enough, but Victoria noted that Kelly had understood how Billy had felt. Victoria explained that the worst part hadn't been the sex but that Billy had felt better being with Kelly than being with Victoria. Victoria wailed that Billy had broken her heart and had known it, but he'd still put Kelly first by going to see her.
Avery said that Victoria had compared Avery's relationship with Dylan to how Billy felt about Kelly, and Avery insisted that she had truly loved Nick, but Dylan was her soul. Avery called Dylan the person who she "could never not need or love," and despite all that had happened, Dylan had always had her heart. Avery thought that was how Billy loved Victoria, and she called it something primal and permanent. Avery believed that no amount of grief or loss could take away that kind of love, but Victoria whimpered that it wouldn't fix things. Avery contended that neither would divorce, and she urged Victoria to spend some time thinking and feeling before making any decisions.
Later, Stitch stopped by to see Victoria, and she said he shouldn't be there. He said that he'd seen Billy and thought that she could use a friend, and she concluded that Billy had mentioned that she'd thrown Billy out. Stitch assured her that she'd made the right decision, and normally he would have kept his mouth shut, but Billy had made it sound like she'd made a mistake. He recognized that he should have left it alone, and she wished that he hadn't said anything to antagonize Billy. Stitch said that the last thing he'd wanted to do was to make things harder, and he started to leave, but she called after him and invited him in.
Stitch said that he'd just wanted to check on Victoria and to apologize, and she replied that all he'd done had been to stand there while she'd kissed him. She revealed that her latest marital problems had occurred because Billy had lied to her again. Victoria recalled that Stitch and Kelly had barely been able to stand being in the same room with one another, but Billy couldn't seem to get enough of Kelly, since he'd turned to Kelly again. Victoria tearfully turned away, but Stitch put his arm around her and pulled her into a comforting hug.
Leslie and Neil ran into one another at Crimson Lights, and he awkwardly asked how she was doing. She said that she was okay, and she inquired whether he'd taken Moses to a Bucks game. Neil reported that the tot had loved every second of it, and he hoped that Moses would want to watch the Bucks instead of cartoon movies on television. Leslie teased Neil for keeping the cartoons on long after Moses had fallen asleep, and she received a text message about work. Neil commented that she still had her priorities, and he walked away.
Leslie suggested that she and Neil try again to act friendly, but Neil countered that they weren't friends. He labeled them as two people who had been planning a life together, but they no longer were. Leslie remarked that he made it sound like she'd wanted it that way, and Neil asked if she wanted him to be her husband. She reiterated that she was ready for a life with him, but her love and her word hadn't been enough. He accused her of not being willing to say the vows, and she questioned how many people had actually stuck to them.
Leslie asked if she and Neil would argue every time they ran into one another, and Neil said that it was best if they didn't try to be something they weren't, like friends. He stated that he hadn't given her a ring in order to be friends, and seeing her reminded him of every moment they'd shared. Leslie said that it had been hurtful of him to kick her out of his life, and he asked if it had hurt her enough to reconsider marriage. She maintained that her issue wasn't with him, and he kissed her and told her to take care of herself. As Neil walked away, Avery entered and rambled that family law broke her heart. Avery questioned how she could convince someone not to give up on love, and Leslie forlornly murmured that she wished she knew.
Avery reported that Victoria thought that a quickie divorce would ease the pain, but she thought that Victoria had to muddle through it. Avery noticed Leslie's downtrodden expression, and Leslie revealed that she'd backed out of her engagement because she couldn't be a wife. Leslie added that marriage was too important to Neil for them to go on as they had been, and Avery was shocked that they'd broken up. Leslie sadly revealed that the relationship hadn't been enough for Neil without a marriage certificate, and there was no middle ground. Leslie lamented that she and Neil were strangers, and she was back to being alone.
At the Athletic Club, Jack said that he was glad that Kelly had made it, and she remarked that a meal with another person was a treat. He raved about the kitchen and made recommendations, and she joked that she'd probably eat anything that they presented on a plate. She added that she didn't get many lunch invitations, so she was happy he'd asked her. She called him a kind man, but he replied that there was no such thing as a free lunch.
Kelly asked if she should be worried about Jack's agenda, and Jack recalled that Delia's birthday had been tough on Billy, so he'd wanted to find out how Sam's birthday had been for her. Jack claimed that only food and conversation were on his agenda, and she remarked that he was a good guy. She asked if he was the type of person who had a tough shell but also showed kindness and understanding, and he observed that she had cleverly steered the subject away from her. He again asked about day before, and she reported that she'd experienced some guilt about getting through the day successfully. Jack said that he knew something about it.
Jack explained that he'd gotten Phyllis doctors and treatment, but he hadn't been able to think about laughing or smiling without feeling like he'd been betraying her. He continued that he'd vowed to be by her side every moment, but weeks had turned into months, and the world had kept spinning. He said that life had gone on, and the people he cared about had needed him, so he'd had to find a way back without Phyllis. He advised that everyone had to do what they could to cope every day, even if it wasn't easy sometimes. Kelly regretted that one of the ways in which she'd coped had destroyed his brother's marriage.
Kelly said that she was worried about Billy, and she suspected that Jack was, too. Jack pointed out that Billy and Victoria had "been to hell and back," but they loved one another enough to do it again. Jack proclaimed that the day was about Kelly, and he knew what it was like to look at life and to realize that it wasn't what he'd expected or wanted. He encouraged Kelly to move forward and to give up her expectations, so she'd never be disappointed again. He showed her the daily positive affirmation that Summer had put on his phone, and Kelly affectionately called him a little nuts. He said that he'd never seen her smile and that she should do it more often, and she thanked him for everything.
Jack wanted to talk about Kelly's future, and he wondered if she'd return to her hometown. She replied that there were too many memories of Sam in St. Louis, and she intended to have only new adventures from then on. He asked if she had a city in mind, and he mentioned that there were many nonprofit opportunities in Washington, DC. Kelly said that she was considering going back into teaching, and Jack offered to use his connections at some schools out east. Kelly remarked that there were excellent schools there and that she loved Genoa City, which she considered the perfect place for her to call home.
After lunch, Kelly declared that she was stuffed, and she praised Jack's recommendations. She gushed that she hadn't felt that normal in a while, and Jack suggested that she'd feel more normal every day if she opened herself to other possibilities in the world. He handed her a check, and he said that she could consider using the funds for an airline ticket or as reimbursement for her time. She suspiciously questioned why he was giving it to her, and he encouraged her to get a fresh start, but she coldly accused him of wanting her to go somewhere. Jack admitted that he wanted her to go anywhere she liked, as long as it wasn't near Billy.
Kelly incredulously asked if that was how much Jack wanted her gone, and he recalled that she'd said that she had no friends in town other than Billy, but Billy wasn't an option. Jack asserted that she could have a wonderful life with a new job and home elsewhere, but she was disgusted that Jack had lured her there under the pretense of a meal and a conversation about her dead son. Jack declared that he was the head of a family, and he added that he loved his brother and that Victoria had been the best thing that had ever happened in Billy's life.
Jack advised Kelly to do what was best for Billy and to leave him alone. Kelly leaned in and hissed that she'd thought that Jack was a kind and decent man, and she pointedly ripped the check in two and handed it back to him. Kelly stalked off, and Billy called after her, but she rushed out. Billy asked what Jack had done, and Jack replied, "What you should have done a long time ago."