Alexis opened the front door after hearing a persistent knock. She was surprised to see Sam, who spoke to her mother abruptly. "You seem put out," Alexis stated. Sam confessed that she had been worried about Alexis and was still concerned that Alexis had missed Mike's funeral. Alexis again acknowledged that she'd forgotten to set her alarm. "Well, getting hammered does funny things to your memory," Sam snapped.
Sam accused Alexis of thinking it had been more important to drink, and Alexis retorted that she didn't answer to Sam. Sam revealed that she had picked up and smelled Alexis' drink at Metro Court after Alexis had left, and she knew that Alexis had been drinking vodka. She told Alexis that the first step to getting better was honesty.
Suddenly, there was a knock at the door, and Alexis rushed to open it. A deliveryman handed her a bottle in a brown paper bag, and Alexis showed her vodka purchase to Sam. Alexis insisted that she wasn't hurting anyone, and she told Sam to leave. Sam maintained that Alexis was hurting herself and those who loved her, but Alexis accused Sam of showing a "holier-than-thou" condescension instead of love.
Alexis and Sam began to argue, and Alexis urged Sam to go home to Jason unless their reunion wasn't "all it's cracked up to be." Sam replied that she and Jason were doing fine, and it was Alexis who concerned her. She made it clear that Alexis couldn't drive her away, and she offered to call Finn in order for him to take Alexis to a meeting.
As Alexis continued to sip her vodka, she noted that Finn would only say that he couldn't convince Alexis to do something she didn't want to do. Alexis suggested that Sam drink with her instead. Sam argued that she wouldn't enable Alexis, which caused Alexis to grow angry. She pointed out all the years that Sam had needed enabling due to her unhealthy addiction to Jason.
Alexis declared that she preferred her bottle because it didn't judge, lie, or criticize. It made her feel better, and at the moment, she liked it more than Sam. She wanted Sam to get off her back or leave. Sam replied that she hadn't wanted to argue, and Alexis was certain that she wouldn't lose her family. She would only do as she wanted. Sam headed to the door but vowed to be back. Alexis sniffled and drank her vodka.
Brook Lynn sneaked back into the Quartermaine house to retrieve her tote and overheard Monica and Ned talking behind the closed door. She put her ear close and heard Ned state that he'd cheated on Olivia with Alexis. "Now you have really done it!" Monica exclaimed. Ned was aware that he'd made a mistake, but he'd thought that Olivia had been cheating on him with Robert.
Monica noted that infidelity ran in the family, but she'd thought that Ned would have learned a lesson from the past. Ned threatened to "blow my top" if Monica so much as mentioned bigamy. "Better than blowing your chances with your wife," Monica said. Monica suggested that Ned tell Olivia the truth, but Ned insisted that the information would go with him to his grave.
Just then, Olivia descended the stairs and saw Brook Lynn with her ear pressed up against the door. "And who are you spying on?" Olivia asked. Inside the room, Ned declared that the truth would destroy his marriage, and Monica insisted that it would be better if he tried to save his marriage before the truth emerged elsewhere. She asked who knew the truth.
Ned replied that only Monica, Alexis, and he knew the truth, although he mentioned that Alexis was no longer in recovery. Monica thought that Olivia would figure it out. They were interrupted when Olivia and Brook Lynn walked in. Olivia asked why Brook Lynn had been standing at the door and listening to the conversation. She assumed it had been serious and asked what Monica and Ned had been talking about.
Brook Lynn revealed that Monica had summoned her to the house to set a trap between her and Ned, but Ned had hurt her. She had left but returned because she'd thought of more to say. Olivia told her it was time to clear the air, but Olivia grew excited and announced that she had something to tell everyone. Ned wanted a private moment with Brook Lynn first. Olivia and Monica left the room, and Ned closed the door.
"So, how much did you hear?" Ned asked. Brook Lynn told him, and Ned insisted he'd made a mistake. Brook Lynn noted that mistakes happened, and she wondered if hers had been worse. Ned replied that he regretted cheating, and he blamed it on Brook Lynn for having deleted Olivia's phone message. Brook Lynn clarified that Ned was saying that it had been her fault that her father had cheated.
Ned called Brook Lynn impulsive and selfish, and he said his mistake was between him and Olivia. Brook Lynn asked if Ned would be covering it up, and he admitted that he would. Brook Lynn called him a hypocrite for not taking responsibility for his actions, although he expected her to do so. She urged him to blame someone else in the future or look into a mirror.
Michael flashed back to a conversation with Willow regarding Wiley's adoption as he punched the bag at Volonino's Gym. Chase arrived, and Michael confessed that he had been trying to clear his head, but it hadn't been working. Chase offered to spar with him, although Michael didn't think it was a good idea. Chase confirmed there would be no punching.
Pads and mitts were donned as Chase told Michael about the investigation into Nelle's death. Michael was uneasy and pointed out that Chase was acting as if nothing had happened between them. He noted that Chase had broken Willow's heart, and Michael blamed him more than Sasha.
Chase asked why, and Michael went off about how he'd thought he'd had everything he'd wanted; he'd thought that he and Sasha had had something real and that he and Chase had been friends. It had cost Willow a lot, too. Chase agreed that Michael wasn't wrong, but his life had been on a different track, as well. Michael had been easier to talk to than Finn, and Michael agreed that Chase had been his best friend after Morgan's death.
Chase and Michael continued to spar. Chase pointed out that he was glad that Wiley had gotten the parents he had needed. Just then, Michael slugged Chase in the face, although he claimed it was not on purpose. Michael wished things were different. "Me, too," Chase said as Michael left.
Carly met Diane at the police station, and Diane pointed out that it was good not to be late. She admitted that a detective wanted to question Carly about Nelle's death because he probably wanted to take down a Corinthos. She asked if there was anything that Carly had left out of her original statement.
Carly insisted she'd told Diane everything, but Diane recalled another time in the distant past when Carly had lied. "But Carly, things are seldom clear-cut with you," Diane noted. She didn't want Carly to withhold anything. Jordan greeted them, and Diane asked why a visiting police officer was allowed to question Carly. Jordan called it a professional courtesy.
Jordan informed Diane and Carly that the visiting cop was Detective De Leon, and she had declined his invitation to attend the questioning. She wanted him to enjoy Diane's full defense strategy. Diane prepped Carly and stressed there were to be no surprises. The questioning would be in the interrogation room.
Detective De Leon arrived and mentioned that he understood that Carly had been the last person to see Nelle alive. Diane introduced herself to the detective and held out her hand. The detective finally took it as Diane noted that Carly had already given her statement. De Leon replied that he'd read it, but he had further questions. He would get a subpoena if Carly refused to answer.
Diane noted that De Leon would have to show cause in order to get a subpoena, and he had none. Carly announced that she would answer questions, and Diane verified that there would be a recording that she would have access to, or she'd see the detective in court. The detective was impressed with Diane's tactics.
Sasha dropped her purse outside of Charlie's Pub, and as she stooped to pick up the spilled contents, she spotted her bag of cocaine. As she picked that up last, Willow walked up to her and asked if she needed help. Sasha sputtered that she was clumsy, and she thought that Willow should hate her. Willow suggested they share glasses of wine and talk.
Inside, Nina and Jax shared a table. They spoke about Sam having to decide what to do with Drew's share of Aurora, and Nina thought that Jax could handle it all. Her phone rang, and she answered quickly. She told the caller what she wanted for Nelle's gravestone and nixed a funeral. She suggested a prayer at the graveside.
Nina finished the call and acknowledged that Jax didn't agree with her decision to pay for Nelle's arrangements. She was also doing it for Wiley, who might want to visit his mother's grave someday. Jax assured Nina that she could do what she wanted, but he reminded her that Nelle had caused problems. Jax received a phone call from Jordan, who wanted to see him regarding further questions on Nelle's death.
After Jax had gone, Valentin joined Nina, and she told him about her project in trying to locate Phyllis Caulfield. She provided details and the fact that the nurse might be able to lead her to her child. Valentin volunteered to help. He thought the woman would be easy to track down. Nina declined the offer; she assumed that Valentin would only want to control things. She needed to find her child on her own. "Or with Jax," Valentin replied.
Nina believed that Jax would be helping her and not lying, and she trusted him. Valentin retorted that Nina should ask Carly what Jax was capable of because he had no doubt that Jax had lied in the past. He added that Carly would always come first with Jax; he said that he and Ava agreed on little, but they agreed on that. Nina received a message and had to leave. She announced that she wanted Valentin to remain in her life for Charlotte's sake only.
Sasha and Willow grabbed a table and recalled finishing a bottle of wine between them when they'd been with Chase and Michael. They women both admitted to missing when they'd all been friends. Willow asked Sasha about Deception, and Sasha disclosed that it was on the "brink of disaster" because of her.
Willow didn't think that Sasha should be so hard on herself, but Sasha insisted that she'd "crashed and burned" while Willow had been perfect when on the stand at the custody hearing. Sasha couldn't believe she was asking for sympathy after cheating with Willow's boyfriend. Willow insisted that one didn't have anything to do with the other.
Sasha admitted her confidence was "shot," and losing Michael had been harder than she'd thought. It was too late to go back. Willow recalled a conversation with Michael when she'd said they might want to open up their hearts to others. She asked what Sasha would do if she had another chance, and Sasha asked Willow the same question.
Sasha thought the answers would be the same for both Willow and herself, but there was no going back. Willow admitted her little family was happy. Sasha said she didn't think they should spend time together again, and it was time for her to leave. Willow insisted on picking up the tab.
Brook Lynn found Valentin sitting at the bar, and she sat down beside him. He confessed that he was drinking to get drunk, and Brook Lynn wanted to join him.
Jax arrived at the police station and told Jordan he'd already said everything he had to say about Nelle. Jordan informed him of the detective who was questioning Carly in a new investigation, but Diane was with her. Jordan asked Jax if he'd seen Nelle alive, and he emphasized that he hadn't seen Nelle or heard anything. Carly had been upset that Nelle had gotten away, and he had wanted to leave the search to the police.
"Anything to add?" Jordan asked. Jax flashed back to a previous conversation with Carly after Nelle had fallen. He told Jordan that he had nothing more to say.
In the interrogation room, Detective De Leon revealed that Nelle's cause of death had not been from drowning. She had suffered a traumatic fall. He asked Carly if she had pushed Nelle. Carly was emphatic that she had not pushed Nelle, and the detective stated that Carly had wanted Nelle to die. Carly admitted that Nelle had been "twisted and dangerous," and she was relieved that Nelle was dead.
De Leon asked Carly if she had pursued Nelle and pushed her, but Carly maintained that she would have never tried to kill Nelle because Nelle had wanted Carly to destroy herself. Carly would have never given Nelle the satisfaction. She added that she had already given her sworn statement.
After questioning, Diane was annoyed that Carly had confessed to being relieved at Nelle's death. Carly insisted it was the truth, and the detective would have known if she'd lied. She hadn't killed Nelle. Diane asked how many times over the years Jason had been interrogated, and she said he'd never volunteered any information. She urged Carly to take a lesson.
Diane explained that one should never explain, interpret, or comment on feelings. They could lead to motives and convictions. She was sure the detective didn't believe Carly, but he had no proof. Diane announced that she needed several drinks and would bill Carly double because she required more out of Diane than any other client.
Jax found Carly and asked if she was okay. "I honestly don't know," Carly replied. Jax asked why Carly hadn't phoned him, but she assured him that she'd had Diane to protect her. She informed him of the autopsy results and that the detective had believed she'd pushed Nelle. He had no proof, and she'd stuck to her story.
Carly thanked Jax for always helping her and talking sense to her. She hugged him and said that she could always count on him. Nina had just arrived and saw the couple sharing the hug. She was not pleased.
Michael returned home and announced that he'd made a decision. Willow related that she'd made a decision, too.
Olivia saw Ned and Monica, and Ned announced that Brook Lynn had left again. She wanted nothing to do with him. Olivia promised to "build the bridge" because she was on a "hot streak." She revealed that Dante was home after he'd heard her voice in Geneva. He would stay with them. Monica thought it was nice to have a detective in the house.
Sasha located Chase at the gym as he punched the bag violently. He told her she'd just missed Michael, and Sasha replied that she'd been having wine with Willow. She thought that Willow was moving on. "So is he," Chase said in reference to Michael, whether Michael was aware of it or not.
• "You're the reason I'm an alcoholic," Alexis informs Julian.
• Finn urges Anna to look at all of her options.
• Dante thinks that Maxie is making a big mistake.
• Sam wonders why Jason didn't confide in her.