Victor talked in a vague manner with Nick about charges being brought against him, and how he had made a serious error in judgment in trusting someone. Noticing Nick was being quiet, he asked why he wasn't saying anything. Nick told him he didn't really know what was going on, and didn't know what to say. Victor explained Chris came to the plane on behalf of the DA's office and then wondered aloud who could have turned on him like this. He went on to say while he was preparing Nick to take over the company, there were things he purposefully kept from him to protect him-this was one of them. Nick asked if he thought the charges against him would stick, and Victor told him there was definitely reason for concern. Nick asked who Victor was suspicious of, and he told him Michael or Phyllis. He wasn't surprised by Michael, but asked Victor how Phyllis could have gotten involved in this situation, especially considering how difficult of a position it would put her in with her family. Victor told him to stop worrying about the Abbotts-it was getting on his nerves-that Nick should be worrying about the Newman family. With that, he told Nick he would be very busy and distracted, and would he be willing to take over the reins of Newman Enterprises until all of this was settled? He said since the trip, he felt closer to Nick and that he knew he could trust him and that he would do a good job. He gave Nick a hug, telling him he had always wanted the two of them to fight battles together. Nick just looked guilty.
Nikki, Victoria and Sharon continued to argue in the living room. Both Nikki and Sharon tried to insist things had changed between Nick and Victor, but Victoria was adamant that the situation was quite the opposite. Although never specific, she predicted something ugly was about to happen, and it involved a high level of betrayal on Nick's part. This infuriated Nikki, but Victoria kept on. She pointed out things she thought were unusual, like the two of them arriving back from the trip separately, and the phone call Nick just had to make. Neither Sharon or Nikki had explanations. Victoria said she loved them both and hoped she didn't have to choose between the two. Just then, Nick came into the room, asking what was going on. Victoria looked at him and told him she had something to ask him and he'd better not lie, and asked what he had done to Victor.
Phyllis continued to question Michael about what was going on with the DA's office. He explained they got the case to handle and Phyllis concluded with a bit of fear in her voice that now their fate was in Christine's hands. She went on to say the whole situation has gone too far, and that she was going to tell Jack. This statement panicked Michael, who begged her not to tell Jack, based on the fact that the case may go away for lack of evidence. He blocked the door for emphasis, but she told him he needed to move. At that moment, there was a knock on the door-it was Victor-glad to have the chance to talk to both "traitors" at the same time.
Brad went to go visit Damon and talk more about the breakthrough they were hoping for with this potential new product. Damon agreed the potential of it was huge, but that he didn't want to over promise. Brad thought it would be a beautiful way to get back at Victor, along with a civil suit; it would be a great one-two punch. Brad told him to be very careful while he was gone, to try to be incognito. Damon sheepishly told him he had talked with Dru about it, but felt she could keep quiet. Besides, he said, she's on her way to Trinidad. Brad asked about Vanessa, and Damon told him he didn't have anything to worry about with her, either.
Dru and Neil were excited about their trip and Neil gave her one last surprise: they were taking the Newman jet! He urged her not to tell anyone at Jabot, and in fact, they agreed to not talk business the whole trip. From there, Dru went to see Damon in the lab. He congratulated her again on the impending nuptials, and she told him there was something he needed to know-they were now getting married in Japan. Damon's face dropped. Meanwhile, Neil went to the coffee house and ran into Vanessa, who was understandably chilly. He mentioned he knew "her boyfriend" was going on a trip, and when he saw she was aggravated not to know about it, she was even more annoyed to find out Damon was going to Japan.
Katherine rang her own doorbell, and a manservant answered the door. Jill was rude to her, but told him to let her in anyway. Katherine commented on Jill drinking alone, and Jill countered back that she didn't have a problem with alcohol. She was more interested in discussing the way Katherine treated Bobby Marsino when he came by. Katherine told her she was simply trying to protect her, and that she only wanted the best for her. Jill told her she understood and that she probably should be appreciative, but at the same time, it was a little bit late for all of that. Sighing, Katherine got up to leave, but told Jill not to make friends with the bottle-that it would ruin her. After she was gone, Jill took another swig of her drink.
Victor storms in accusing Phyllis and Michael of turning him in to the Feds. They deny it outright but he accuses both of turning against him for loyalty to the Abbotts and imply because Michael is a snake. Michael points out how neither has a motive to do it since Jack would dump Phyllis if he found out she knew and Michael would lose his license no matter what kind of deal he could make. Phyllis lets it slip that they suspect someone else of telling on Victor. When he presses for name, she meekly answers: Nick. He is outrage they would dare accuse his son. They point out that Nick has been on a tear about the Safra sales but Vic can't believe his son would turn against him.
Victoria is convinced Nick has done something against Victor. She can sense it and thinks Nikki and Sharon are blind. She presses Nick for details but he refuses to answer. He takes Sharon and heads out for dinner.
Mary tries to warn Chris that Paul is moving on with Lauren. She mentions catching them making out on the couch at her place. Chris doesn't want to hear about it and asks Mary to leave.
Neil presses Vanessa for details on why she's in town visiting Damon. She keeps mum but is bothered by the news that Damon is going to Japan and that he didn't tell her.
Damon can't believe that Dru has moved her wedding to Japan. He demands that she change the location for fear it will expose what he's looking for in Japan. She tells him no one will figure it out. She also offers him a cover story: he can say he's in Japan as a guest at her wedding. He doesn't think it will work especially since he already told Phyllis he was going. He worries that she'll tell Neil. Vanessa stops by later and reveals to Damon that she's going to Japan.
Paul and Lauren meet for drinks. They talk about the fun they are having. Lauren wants to step things up a bit. Paul does too, but not so far as to move in together as she suggested earlier. She knows he's not in a position to promise anything. She hopes though that it's not just a rebound.
Nick and Sharon have dinner. He finally tells her what he found out about Victor. She can't believe it and tries to see it from Victor's perspective. She wonders how far it will go. Nick tells her the Feds have been tipped off and that Victor could go to jail. Sharon thinks jail would destroy him but Nick thinks he deserves it. He can never work at a company that is corrupt. Sharon thinks they should pull together to support Victor and is shocked when Nick tells her that he is the one who turned him in.
Sharon was horrified to hear that Nick was the one who turned in Victor to the authorities. When Nick explained that he was following his conscience, Sharon ran out of the private dining room at the health club. Later, she returned, and Nick again tried to convince her that his motives weren't personal. Regardless of his feelings for his father, Victor wasn't above the law, and what he'd done had inflicted serious harm to the Abbott family, especially Ashley. Sharon worried about what their children would think if they saw Victor being led away to jail. She also felt sorry for Nikki, who had such high hopes that the Canadian trip had helped father and son bond. But Victoria was right; something terrible was about to happen. Nick was tired of talking about it and reached for Sharon, but she pulled away from him.
Gina told Danny that he didn't have to stay in Genoa City on her account. She was still coping with the loss of her restaurant, but she had a new job and a good friend in John Abbott. She'd be fine. Danny reminded her that he had other friends in Genoa City, including Cricket. He'd decided to stay around for a while. Gina was relieved to hear his decision, because she hadn't really wanted him to leave.
Paul and Lauren continued to talk about Paul's feelings regarding Christine over dinner at the health club. Lauren didn't mind being a supportive shoulder for him, but Paul said it was time for him to move on, as Christine planned to do. He was tired of discussing his unhappy love life and led Lauren to the dance floor.
Christine was still exasperated by Mary's visit when Lynne showed up. Chris insisted that they not talk about Paul and Lauren. Paul had every right to turn to Lauren as a friend, whatever Lauren's motives were. In fact, she thought it would be good for her to go out for a drink after her long day, and she invited Lynne to join her. They went to the health club and sat at the bar, where Christine ordered a double margarita. When Lynne caught sight of Paul and Lauren on the dance floor, she suggested they leave and go see a movie. When Christine turned to leave with her, she, too, saw her ex-husband dancing with his ex-wife. She went to their table and exchanged harsh words with Lauren. Lauren wasn't about to take any of Christine's insults, and when Chris called her a floozy, Paul jumped in, asking Chris where she got off calling Lauren names. She was the one who'd ended their relationship, after all, and it took a lot of nerve for her to interfere in an innocent date between two friends.
When Christine snapped back at him, Danny came in, spotted them, and interceded. Lauren was thrilled to see her old friend, although Paul didn't seem as delighted by the reunion. Danny led Chris and Lynne back to the bar. Paul and Lauren left, as did Lynne, and Danny insisted that Christine not run home. In fact, he thought they should dance together. Christine smiled nostalgically when Danny called her "Cricket," and the two of them held each other close on the dance floor.
Dru was not happy to hear that Neil had invited Phyllis to their wedding. Neil insisted that it was no different from her inviting Damon Porter, but Dru didn't see it that way. Damon had already been planning to go to Japan. When Neil wondered for what purpose, Dru attributed it to his Zenlike interests. Besides, she and Phyllis didn't get along, and Dru didn't want Phyllis to ruin her wedding. Neil was sure Phyllis would be on her best behavior. Dru finally gave in. Later, when she went to their bedroom, Neil made a quick call to Phyllis, but got her voice mail. He warned her not to make any plans for the next few days and to call him as soon as possible.
Vanessa called Damon's bluff in the lab, saying that she already knew he was going to Japan. Did he intend to edge her out of the research and possible success of her discovery of the hair straightener? Damon insisted that she could trust him. There was no reason for her to go to Japan to keep an eye on him. In fact, he had another reason for going; to attend Dru and Neil's wedding. By no means did he want Neil to get suspicious about why he was in Japan, since Neil worked for the competition. Vanessa said there was no problem; she'd just go to the wedding, too, as Damon's date. She left the lab with an airy promise to see him the next day at the airport.
Victoria can't believe that Victor is letting Nick be in charge of the company with Victor dealing with legal issues, especially because she thinks that Nick is the one behind her father's problems. She demands that Nick tell her if he was the one who lit the fuse. "How stupid do you think I am?" she asks Nick. Nick tells her not to shoot the messenger; the one to assign the blame is the judge. Victoria tells him that nobody likes a rat.
Sharon goes to see Victor at the Newman Ranch. Victor informs her that Nick will be in charge of Newman Enterprises while he deals with some legal matters. Sharon is in shock. Victor asks her if she doesn't think putting Nick in charge is a good idea. Sharon shrugs and says that's not it, its just Nick hadn't told her anything about it. She asks Victor if he's okay. He tells her that he is going through a lot right now, but that she should think positively. As Sharon is about to leave so looks at Victor with deep concern and touches his shoulder.
Danny is sitting at the bar at the club thinking about Cricket when she walks in. She asks him where he was, saying he looked a million miles away. Danny shrugs this off and asks her how she is doing. She says she was looking for him to thank him for being there the day before. He says that everyone has their moments. Chris tells him that she is starving, and since Danny is always hungry, they decide to have lunch together. After lunch Chris tells him she has to go off to work, but that she hopes to see him again. Danny agrees.
Gina and Phyllis are at the Abbots having breakfast and Phyllis is in a bad mood. As Jack and John sit down, Jack says things are looking up for Jabot, and Phyllis sarcastically says, "Here, Here." Phyllis tells Jack she needs to talk to him, and John gets up with Gina, saying they will leave them with a little privacy. Phyllis tells John that she wants him to know that even though they haven't always seen eye to eye, he is a good person and she respects him. When her and Jack are alone, she mentions the fact that he slept in the guest room the night before. She decides to come clean and ask him what he knows about Victor. She admits to Jack that she has known the truth about Victor's illegal activity, but only for a short while. Jack tells her he wants to forgive her, but he doesn't know if he can. Phyllis says that even though she really wants this to work, she doesn't think they can be together anymore. Jack wants to know if she's talking divorce, but Phyllis says that she hopes that it does not come to that. She goes to him and kisses and hugs him, and then steps back. "I will have someone send for my things," she tells Jack. As she leaves, she turns back one last time, and although Jack's back is to her, he looks more miserable than ever.
Nikki comes down for breakfast and kisses Victor at the table. She tells him that she heard him talking to someone, and he says that Sharon had stopped by to see him. He says she was acting very strange like she knew something was going on. Nikki says that Cassie came by the other day and said the same thing about Sharon's behavior. She says that she doesn't want to talk about Sharon right now, that she wants to hear about Victor's trip in Toronto. Victor thanks her for making him go, at least it brought him and Nick together. He tells her that the trip made him realize that Nick could handle running the company, and he has decided to let him be in charge while he is dealing with some business issues. Nikki is so happy that Nick and Victor are getting back on the right foot. Victor leaves to go off to work. Just after Victor leaves, the phone rings. It's Jack, and he tells Nikki he is coming over and not to go anywhere. When he hangs up he tells himself that its time for Nikki to know the truth about Victor.
Sharon goes to Nick's office to talk to him. She wants to know how she should be handling this situation with Victor. Nick tells her to stay away from Victor. Sharon doesn't like that advice but Nick is busy, he tells Sharon that she has to leave. Just then, the man meeting with Nick walks in. It's the man that Sharon has kept having memories about. Sharon looks shocked, and leaves right away. Outside the door, Sharon spots Michael and drags him into an office. She says she needs some legal advice, right away. Michael says he can find someone else, but Sharon demands that he let her confide in him. She tells him that a few months ago when she left her family she was going through a really rough time. She had thought about killing herself, and one night at her hotel she went downstairs to the bar. She had been getting really drunk, and there was a man there that was nice to her. She took the man upstairs, and he continued to give her liquor. She said the man was still being nice to her though, and they started kissing and making love. But suddenly, things took a turn for the worse. The man started hitting her with his fists and choking her. Sharon said when the man finally fell asleep she took off, and found another hotel. She knew then that she had to go home. Michael asked why Sharon was bringing this up now, and she told him. "The man is here-in Nick's office-right now."
Raul and Brittany both picked on J.T. for getting excited about the winter ball, a yearly dance at GCU that J.T. was taking Colleen to. J.T. insisted that he was excited on Colleen's behalf, because she was really looking forward to going. In fact, he thought Brittany should go, too. Raul pretended not to listen to them as Brit said she didn't want to go stag. When Raul didn't follow up on her hints, Brittany said she had something else to do that night anyway. After she left the loft, J.T. scolded Raul for the way he was treating Brittany. She obviously still loved him, but if Raul was going to continue to be cold to her, he was going to lose his opportunity to work their relationship out.
Brittany went to Marsino's to berate Bobby for telling Raul that she'd only quit her job because she was worried about her ex-boyfriend's health. Bobby said he'd done her a favor. Her relationship with Raul had been okay for a high school romance, but she needed to move on. Although he sympathized with Raul over his diabetes, he needed to learn to live with it. When Brittany turned to leave, after reminding him that she was no longer his employee, Bobby said he couldn't let her go without doing something. He pulled her to him and began to kiss her passionately.
Colleen was dismayed to hear her father's news when they sat down to have a talk. He said she'd have to cancel her plans to go to the winter ball with J.T. He'd talked to Traci, and Traci wanted their daughter to come to New York for a visit. She'd been worried about Colleen since the fire and wanted to see for herself that she was okay. Colleen tried to change the timing of the visit, but Brad reminded her how good Traci had been about letting her stay in Genoa City and be with her friends and her boyfriend. Colleen admitted that was true. She agreed to go to New York as planned before Traci left on a book tour. She went to the loft and gave J.T. the bad news. He was glad to hear that Brad had been saying great things about him to Traci. Even though he was disappointed, there would be other dances, and at least they'd be spending Christmas together. He promised to make Colleen a special dinner that night so they could have a happy goodbye.
At the health club, a pensive Ashley was surprised to see Victor. They talked about how sad it was that Gina's restaurant had burned down and remembered all the mornings they'd met for coffee there. Victor was glad to see that Ashley was doing better, and he asked about Abby, telling Ashley that he was fond of her little girl and knew she was happy to have her mother at home. He was surprised by the kind way she was talking to him; it wasn't the behavior he was receiving from the other Abbotts. Ashley told him that she was aware of the allegations against him, and said "shame on you," but she said that she didn't blame him for the things that had happened to her. Victor assured her that he'd never wanted to hurt her, and Ashley pointed out that when he hurt her family, he did hurt her. If she could have one wish, it would be that all of the bad feelings and behavior could be put behind them all. When Victor got up to leave, she told him that she didn't blame him for the death of Robert. Victor said that was the one thing she could have told him to make him feel better. Ashley watched him leave with tears trickling down her face.
Nikki wasn't happy to see Jack at the ranch and hear more of his allegations. When Jack said that he wasn't simply accusing Victor of things, that there was proof that Victor had broken the law, Nikki refused to believe him. Jack said she should ask Nick, who was very upset about the things his father had done, at least partly on Nikki's behalf. Nikki then expressed her belief that Jack had turned Nick against his father because of his hatred for Victor. Jack told her that it had been Nick who came to him, not the other way around, and she should be proud of her son for his sense of right and wrong. He also told her that he and Phyllis were separated, as Phyllis had known what Victor did and failed to tell her husband. It was obvious that Nikki began to believe him, and Jack tried to embrace her, but she rebuffed him and asked him to leave. Once he was gone, she broke into sobs. By the time Victor came home, she was composed and cold. When Victor asked what was wrong, Nikki took a swing at him, demanding to know how he could do what he'd done.
At Newman Enterprises, Sharon and Michael talked privately about what had happened to her the winter before. She was alone and desperate, feeling like she'd lost her family, and she'd been suicidal. That was the reason she'd ended up with Cameron, who'd brutally beaten her after having sex with her. Following that incident, she'd hit rock bottom and known she had to come home. Now Cameron had shown up and was in Nick's office. Michael was sure that he was only there on business and might not even remember Sharon if his behavior with her had been part of a pattern. Sharon was sure that he remembered; she was afraid he'd say something to Nick. Michael said that in that case, she needed to tell Nick the entire story. Sharon panicked and said that she was just getting her life back to normal. She could never tell him the truth. Nor did she want to make personal or legal threats to Cameron. She just wanted the problem to go away. Michael told her to get control of herself and hope for the best. Nick's assistant came in and told Sharon that Nick wanted to see her immediately.