Sharon reveals to Victor that Nikki was getting the crowd excited for the strippers at Marilyn's when she went there. Victor is extremely unhappy about the situation. Sharon apologizes for upsetting Victor, and asks that he tell Nick she stopped by.
Nikki wonders if she should leave as she stands extremely close to Bobby. Bobby says it's okay; he won't pursue anything with her. He says he's not getting the right signals. Bobby realizes that Nikki needs someone to talk to. When they sit down to talk, Nikki says she feels very comfortable confiding in Victor. She really wants to know why her marriage is on the rocks. All she wants to do is have a little something for herself. Bobby says Nikki is a great girl and Victor should appreciate that. When he suggests they go to dinner, Nikki agrees. They get up to go and almost run into Brittany. Brittany tells Bobby she's sorry about earlier and wanted to come invite him for dinner. Nikki doesn't mention anything about their earlier dinner agreement and tells Bobby and Brittany to have a wonderful time.
When Brittany and Bobby are alone, Brittany fixes herself a drink at the bar. She tells Bobby that she's sorry, he needs to understand. Bobby still doesn't like the idea of J.T. pretending to be her fiancée, but he will let it slide for the time being. When Brittany suggests a great new Asian place she made reservations at, Bobby makes a face. He's a meat and pasta kind of guy. Brittany says that she was able to handle his baseball interest. Bobby finally agrees to the dinner, but when Brittany suggests going to a warehouse party after, Bobby flat out tells her no. When Brittany tells Bobby that she needs to be around people her age, he asks if she would rather hang out with people like J.T. They end up just going to dinner to avoid any further argument, but Brittany is upset that Bobby won't compromise.
Nikki goes to visit Victor and he's extremely angry that she hasn't been telling him about going to the club. Nikki says that Victor needs to stop trying to dictate her every move. She wonders why he can't understand that she needs this for herself. Victor doesn't agree or approve. When Nikki asks what is happening to their marriage, Victor is angry. He says that Nikki isn't working very hard to keep it.
At the coffeehouse, Lily thinks about telling Devon that she will stick by him like family. Kevin interrupts her thoughts and asks her what's on her mind. When he asks if he can sit down, Lily is skeptical at first, but then says okay. She tells him about Devon and how angry she is at her parents. Kevin seems to sympathize and cheer her up a little. When Lily goes to the bathroom, Michael finds Kevin and tells him that he has a lot of explaining to do. Kevin begs for Michael to be quiet. When Michael sees that Kevin is sitting with Lily Winters, he tells Kevin to be at his house in 10 minutes. Kevin tells Lily that brothers can be overprotective. Lily says that she and Devon were beginning to get that way. Kevin tries to reassure Lily and says that if anything happen he was sure that Devon would call her to let her know. Lily hopes so.
At Michael's, Michael puts Kevin through the ringer. Kevin tries to tell Michael that everything is okay with the Alex situation. Phyllis has taken care of it. Michael says that the plan was only intended to be temporary. He's not so certain that Alex won't be coming back. Michael can't understand why Kevin would jeopardize his future once again. Kevin can't take it and leaves.
Paul and Chris are discussing a case when Neil stops by. He tells them about the situation with Devon and says that he wants them to try to find the boy. Paul says it's going to be hard to find him. He has no cell phone or family. There really are not that many places to look. It would be easy for the boy to disappear. Neil is worried. He has a lot riding on this. His family blames him for the situation, and he really does care about what happens to Devon. Paul says he will try his best to find Devon.
Olivia wonders when Drucilla is going to tell her what's been going on. Drucilla says that Devon has run away, and if anything happens to him, it's all going to be Neil's fault. Olivia disagrees with her. She says that if Drucilla had been honest with Neil and Devon this wouldn't have happened. Drucilla starts crying and says that her sister just can't understand how much she cares about this boy. Olivia wonders if she cares more about Devon than she does her own family.
Damon visits Phyllis and asks if she has called the police yet. Phyllis says no, but she has taken care of the Alex situation. Damon doesn't think that's such a wise idea, but Phyllis says she had to do it for her son. Damon starts thinking about what would have happened if Daniel had gone to jail, and is reminded of his own ordeal. He explains to Phyllis that the boy who killed his son may go free. If the police can't take care of the situation, he may have to.
Jack and Brad discuss Abby's big day at the ranch. Neither is too pleased with the situation. They wonder how much better life would have been had Victor never found out. Brad believes that Vic is incapable of loving Abby the way he does.
Abby and Ashley stop by the Rec Center to see Victor. Abby is excited to ride again at the Ranch. They both notice that Abby is doing really well in the current situation. They hug and it is seen by Nick who later confronts his father about it. If Nikki had seen it she would be devastated. Nick warns him to make sure his mother is his priority and not Abby.
Michael and Phyllis talk about the Daniel/Kevin situation. Michael can't believe Kevin did it again and wonders how many more times can Michael save his brother. Phyllis forbids Michael from going to a judge. If Daniel's involvement comes to light she'll lose him, her job and her home. Michael warns her that Victor is determined to find out who's responsible for attacking Lily. Vic has also hired Paul Williams to look into it. Phyllis tells Michael to find everything he can out about it. She confides to Michael about Damon's son's death and the murderer's imminent parole. Phyllis returns home and tells Damon about her meeting with Michael and the parole hearing in Georgia. Damon isn't sure he can go through that again. Phyllis tries to talk him into it. That animal should never be released. After Phyllis leaves Damon pulls out a ceremonial samurai sword and stares at it.
Gloria meets J.T. and Mac at the coffee shop while on a date with John. J.T. and Mac disagree about the movie they just saw. J.T. wants to go out again which surprises Mackenzie. They spot Brittany with Bobby, who Mac wants to meet. She is surprised that Bobby is so much older than Britt. Britt and Bobby talk about the wedding, but Bobby doesn't want to be involved in the planning. Brittany spots Mac and J.T. together and is offended by Bobby's idea that they are on a date. Mac is the worst possible girl for J.T. Mac meets Bobby and they all talk about the fake J.T.-Britt engagement. Britt is stunned to see her parents there. John and Gloria discuss J.T. and Mac and his past with Colleen. Gloria speculates that Colleen and J.T. were intimate. John is sure Colleen was not improper with J.T.
Sharon stops by Marilyn's to see Nikki. She confesses that she spilled the news that Nikki works there to Victor. Nikki heard all about from Vic and is not pleased with Sharon at all, accusing her of trying to sabotage her marriage. Sharon is distracted by the stripper on stage. Nikki can't believe Sharon is thinking about doing that herself.
At Crimson Lights, Anita told Frederick that after they got their coffee, they could go to the loft and discuss wedding plans with Brittany and J.T. Across the coffee house, Brittany was in a panic when she saw her parents. She made Mac switch places with her, sitting next to J.T. while Mac sat next to Bobby. Anita and Frederick spotted them and sat at the table. Brit was uncomfortable while her mother rambled on about the wedding, suggesting they do it another time. Anita suggested that Bobby and Mac might like to find something else to do, and Frederick said he was surprised that Bobby wasn't trolling campus for young girls to strip at his club. When Anita tried to engage J.T. in a discussion about the wedding, Bobby had enough. He informed the Hodges that Brittany was marrying him, not J.T. Brit's parents exploded; Anita couldn't believe Brittany had lied, and Frederick talked about all the ways Bobby had ruined Brittany's life. After the Hodges left, Mac was uncomfortable at Brittany's anger with Bobby, so she and J.T. left. Brittany asked Bobby why he did it, and Bobby said it had to be done sooner or later. Brittany was upset because her parents wouldn't be at her wedding, and Bobby suggested she give it some time.
On the patio, John and Gloria had a discussion about sex. Gloria worried that her frankness had put John off, but John said maybe she was as nervous as he was. It had been a long time for him, and Gloria said it had been for her, too. She suggested that the best way to approach it was to take things very slowly. John grinned and said he was good at that. When he said he'd get the car, Gloria called him a gentleman and John made a suggestive remark about how gentle he could be.
At the athletic club bar, Elliott had asked to meet Jack so he could find out what Jack's beef was with him. Jack said that Elliott was getting a lot of perks from Chancellor Industries and he didn't entirely trust him with Jill. Elliott told Jack he was probably jealous. He liked the convenience of his relationship with Jill but didn't want to commit to her. Jack disagreed, saying he and Jill were old friends. If Jill was in love with a deserving man, Jack would be entirely supportive of her. But he didn't think Elliott was that man. Elliott suggested that Jack's jealousy was about more than Jill. Jack had run Jabot into the ground, whereas Elliott was at the top of his game professionally.
Jill and Katherine were dining at the athletic club restaurant. Katherine wanted to know what Jill was feeling in regard to Elliott. Jill said that they'd had a romantic getaway together, but it was almost too good. She had trust issues with Elliott. He came on too strong, too fast, and besides, she wasn't the kind of woman a man in his position usually pursued. Katherine scoffed at that, saying Elliott had probably been down the road with blond bimbos a dozen times. Jill spoke his language, and she had far more substance than those trophy girlfriends. Jill was touched by Katherine's words, but she could tell something else was bothering her mother. Katherine said it was nothing Jill could help with. When they spotted Jack and Elliott across the room as Jack was leaving, Katherine suggested that Jill should go and talk to Elliott, but Jill was reluctant.
Sharon went to see Nick because she said she needed to tell him something. She wasn't discontented with their marriage, but lately she'd been having strange feelings. She wanted some excitement. Nick attributed it to the fact that Cassie and Noah didn't need her in the same way they once had, but Sharon said it ran deeper than that. She told him about going to Marilyn's and seeing Brittany dance. She was amazed at how much power Brittany had over the room. Nick was startled and asked Sharon if she was saying she wanted to strip. That power wasn't real; didn't Sharon know that? Sharon reminded him that his parents had met there; it was romantic. When she saw that Nick wasn't exactly delighted by what she was saying, wondering what she felt like she was missing or what she was looking for, Sharon backed down, hugging him and saying she shouldn't be looking for anything because she had Nick.
Nikki was in her element acting as hostess and MC at Marilyn's. Angelo complimented her on how well she was doing; Bobby would never have left the club in her care otherwise. Nikki was unaware that as she introduced the strippers, Victor had slipped in and was watching her. As Nikki moved through the room and made introductions from the stage, Victor kept flashing back to when he'd met her at the Bayou. He left without attracting her attention. Later, when Nikki got home, she was surprised to find Victor waiting up for her. He told her that he'd gone to the club and how seeing her had evoked his memories of the past. Nikki agreed that it was a magical time. Victor told her that their lifelong passion had never been boring and never would be. Nikki begged him to hug her.
Ashley was annoyed to find out that Brad had to make a business trip to Cleveland. She implied that the timing was awfully convenient. Brad pointed out that Jabot was in trouble. He couldn't let Abby's planned outing with Victor take precedence over business. Ashley said that they were just beginning to build on the progress they'd made with Abby and Victor, and Brad said they could do that another time. Ashley didn't agree, and Brad said if she insisted on going through with it, she'd have to do it without him. Ashley said she was sorry to hear that, because no one could take Brad's place in Abby's life. Brad countered that he couldn't stomach watching Abby, Ashley, and Victor bond as a family. But since Ashley was determined to go ahead with the day at the ranch, apparently there was someone who could take his place: Victor.
Kevin sneaks through the woods to talk to Daniel at the tack house. Kevin wonders if things are okay between them. Daniel says everything is cool. Phyllis calls and wonders why Daniel isn't at school yet. She tells him that she won't be home until late because she is making a special dinner for Damon.
When Lauren opens the door at the Boutique, she is showered with flowers. Lauren has had it with Kevin's surprises for her. Michael witnesses Kevin's surprise and knows exactly who the culprit is. Lauren shows him the poem that Kevin wrote for her. She asks Michael to make Kevin stop torturing her.
Jill tries to confront Jack about his conversation with Elliot. Jack thinks Elliot is a jerk and can't believe Jill is falling so blindly for him. Jill says that things have cooled off, but when Elliot calls her, Jack gets upset and walks away. When Elliot comes to the Athletic Club to see Jill, he asks her to marry him.
Victor is thinking about precious moments with Nikki when she comes downstairs. They are happy to have worked things out between them. Victor asks that Nikki come home from work early so that they can spend time together with Abby. Nikki doesn't seem too enthusiastic about it.
Brad gets upset with Nikki for telling Ashley that she is still in love with Victor. He is afraid he is loosing his wife. Brad informs Nikki that he will be on a business trip and that Abby and Ashley will be at the Newman home with Victor. Nikki tries to calm down Brad with a massage and Ashley walks in on them. She wonders if she is interrupting something. Abby comes in and tells Brad how excited she is about going over to Victor's to ride horses. Brad tells Abby that he wishes he could be with her. As they leave, Ashley and Brad hug each other uncomfortably.
When Ashley and Abby go to Victor's, Ashley realizes that Nikki will soon be walking in the door because Nikki knows that Ashley will be alone with Victor and Abby. She is right, Nikki walks in just as Ashley is telling Victor about it. Nikki has a nice surprise for Abby and tells her that she can't wait to get to know her better. As Victor goes to get the horses ready, he wonders if he should be leaving Ashley and Nikki alone together. When they are alone, Ashley sarcastically tells Nikki that the surprise was a good one. Nikki agrees, she knows that she ruined Ashley's plan to have Victor all to herself for the day.
Neil tries to make a nice breakfast for Drucilla and Lily, but both girls are still upset with him about Devon. He tells them that he does care about Devon and that he has asked Paul Williams to try to find him. This calms Lily down a little and Drucilla wonders if Neil may actually be coming around.
Ashley told Nikki that she knew she wasn't at the ranch to get to know Abby, but because she was so insecure about the idea of Ashley and Victor spending time with their little girl. Nikki scoffed at Ash, wondering why sometimes Abby was Brad's little girl and sometimes Victor's. She said it was a big disappointment to Ashley to see Nikki show up and ruin her outing with Victor. When Abby came downstairs in the new riding outfit that Nikki had bought her, Abby suggested that Ashley go riding with her and Victor. When Ashley and Victor seemed to consider the idea, Nikki asked Miguel to take Abby to the stable. She then asked Ashley what was going on. The agreement had been for Victor and Abby to spend time together; Ashley hadn't been part of the equation. Victor said it wasn't worth arguing about and went to join Abby at the stable.
Ashley asked Nikki why she was making such an ordeal of all this. Abby had made a simple request. Nikki pointed out that Ashley could have included Nikki in the invitation, and Ashley countered that she hadn't been given a chance. She couldn't understand why Nikki was behaving this way. Nikki wondered how Ashley would feel if Nikki was chasing Brad the way Ashley was chasing Victor. Then she said it wouldn't matter to her, because they both knew it was Victor, not Brad, that Ashley loved. Ashley suggested that Nikki start acting like the confident woman that she pretended to be. While Ashley admitted making mistakes, she was only trying to bring peace to the situation. If Nikki continued to behave this way, she'd force Victor to choose, and Nikki might not like the outcome. Nikki said she felt sorry for Abby, because from the time Ashley had schemed to get pregnant, it had been as a means to get Victor. Their fight was interrupted when Victor rushed in holding an unconscious Abby in his arms, saying there had been an accident. Ashley rushed out the door behind him while Nikki called the hospital.
Shocked by Elliott's proposal, Jill said he kept upping the ante whenever she had doubts, but he could also be trying to divert her from her suspicions about his management of Chancellor Industries. Elliott said he would withdraw his offer if he'd made her uncomfortable, but he wanted her to consider all the advantages of marrying him. He wanted the two of them to travel around the world together and leave all their concerns about business behind. Jill finally said yes to his proposal and he grabbed her and kissed her.
Gloria and John woke up after a night of lovemaking. Gloria worried about what everyone would think, but John told her that he'd defend her if anyone made comments about it. When Jack came in and realized what was going on, he congratulated his father for taking things to the next level and said his father had endured a rough two years. He should enjoy himself. John said he didn't really need Jack's permission, although he did wish Jack would smooth things over with Ashley about Gloria. Gloria came in and invited Jack to join them for coffee, and Jack accepted. After a friendly interlude, Jack thanked Gloria for putting a smile on his father's face then he left them alone.
Dru and Diane came in for a meeting in the office she shared with Phyllis, but Phyllis refused to leave. An argument between Drucilla and Phyllis escalated into a physical scuffle. Neil came in and broke it up, asking Diane to leave. After trying to determine why they were fighting, he told both women they were fired. They tried to make nice in front of him, downplaying their conflict and promising that it wouldn't happen again, but Neil told them to get their personal effects and leave. Dru couldn't believe he was firing her, too, and Neil blithely said he'd see her at home then he left. Phyllis and Dru dropped their friendly act and blamed each other. Phyllis left and Dru followed soon after. The two of them met up again at the elevator, exchanging insults, but their argument turned to anxiety when the elevator stopped on its way down, trapping them together.
While Michael waited for Lauren at the athletic club restaurant, Lauren summoned Kevin to the boutique. She told him clearly that she was not interested in him romantically. Kevin resisted what she was telling him until she finally raised her voice in frustration. He told her that she was the person who'd given him hope and made him believe he could turn his life around. And since the incident with Lily at the rec center, he'd been surrounded by positive energy. Kevin vowed to never give up hope that one day, Lauren would see they were meant to be together.
When Lauren met Michael, she told him about the conversation with Kevin. She said that part of her wanted to comfort him, but she'd known not to give him any positive reinforcement. Michael understood the feeling of going from wanting to wring Kevin's neck to wanting to hug him. He said they had no choice; it was time to tell Kevin the truth about their relationship. After they discussed the effect the truth would have on Kevin, Lauren said there was another alternative. They could stop seeing each other. Michael took her hand and held it to his face, struggling with his feelings for her and his fear for his brother. Kevin walked in and saw them leaning toward each other in apparently intimate conversation.