A "do not disturb" sign hung outside Phyllis' hotel room door. Inside the room, a fully clothed Phyllis traced Nick's body with a red rose until he awakened. "Here we are," he remarked with a grin. "Again," she replied, and they agreed that the night before had been unforgettable.
Nick observed that Phyllis had a lot of clothes on, and she planned to go downstairs to see if the coast was clear and send him a text message to tell him when it was okay to leave. Phyllis added that they didn't want anyone getting the wrong impression -- especially their daughter. She wished Nick luck finding his clothes, since she'd thrown them everywhere when she'd undressed him during the "crazy good" evening they'd had. She placed the rose between her teeth and headed out.
Phyllis stepped off the elevator in the Grand Phoenix lobby. Summer entered the hotel, and Phyllis moved to hug her. Summer pulled back and huffed that she wanted to talk about what her mother was up to. Phyllis feigned ignorance, and Summer sourly asked if she had to paint a picture of what was clearly going on between her parents.
At Newman Enterprises, a distracted Nick checked his phone and hesitated before calling Phyllis. He got voicemail and opted not to leave a message. Meanwhile, Summer snatched Phyllis' phone away and refused to let the subject of their conversation interrupt them. Phyllis argued that she and Nick were doing business together, and Summer shuddered at the thought of what kind of business it was. Phyllis objected to Summer taking on a parental role with her, and she warned Summer not to think she could scream at Phyllis for doing something.
Summer flatly stated that it was about her parents getting back together, since she had eyes, and she knew something had been going on for a while. Phyllis contended that something might be obvious to Summer, but it wasn't obvious to Phyllis. Summer became frustrated at not getting any answers. She insisted that she loved her mom and her dad, but she didn't love the two of them together because they'd shown what a disaster it could be. Summer conceded that she'd be psyched by their reunion if she were a little kid, but she wasn't one anymore, and she'd seen the heartache they'd caused one another.
Summer appealed to Phyllis not to put them all through the cycle again. Phyllis encouraged her to look in the mirror and think about what stage of the cycle Summer and Kyle were on. Summer accused her of changing the subject, but Phyllis countered that she was talking truthfully to Summer as an adult. Phyllis reasoned that she couldn't give answers that she didn't have, but she promised to provide them the minute she did. Summer stalked off.
Later, Nick received an incoming call from Phyllis as Summer burst into his office. Summer informed him that it was her mom calling to warn him, since she'd just talked to Phyllis and wanted to talk to him. Nick played dumb, but Summer ordered him not to talk around the subject of him and Phyllis getting back together. Nick countered that he and Phyllis hadn't been pleased with Summer's reunion with Kyle, and if Summer didn't want them judging her relationship, she should extend them the same courtesy. Summer huffed that at least Nick had acknowledged that he and Phyllis had a relationship. He firmly stated that Summer could have an opinion, but she didn't get a vote. Nick excused himself to return a call, and a surly Summer sauntered out.
Phyllis entered Nick's office and asked if Summer had left the building. Phyllis assumed that he'd gotten "the talk," and Nick referred to the one about it being a disaster if they got back together. Phyllis argued that they weren't together, so Summer was overreacting. Nick pondered whether that was the case, and Phyllis countered that having sex didn't mean they were back together. Phyllis wondered what Nick had told Summer, and he responded that he'd neither confirmed nor denied anything. Phyllis imagined that finding new ways to keep Summer guessing would be fun. Nick figured that they could keep playing games -- or he and Phyllis could get serious with one another.
Phyllis asked what Nick meant by serious. He replied that it was one thing to keep talking in circles around Summer, but they shouldn't do it with one another. He noted that encounters like the one the night before had kept happening, and they'd been fun, but he and Phyllis had been avoiding the follow-up. She pointed out that it could just be great sex, but he countered that it could also mean something more. Nick thought they had to get real and figure it out, and he stepped in close and asked, "What is it you want, Phyllis?"
Jack thanked Theo for stopping by the Abbott mansion, and Theo inquired about Dina. Jack lamented that she wasn't doing well, since she was mostly unaware other than some brief moments of clarity. Theo expressed his condolences, and he wondered if Dina was up for company. Jack indicated that she was resting, but it would give them time to talk. Jack demanded that the tension between Theo and Kyle end, starting immediately.
Theo recalled his promise to try to get along with Kyle, and he swore that he'd tried, but it hadn't always worked. Theo admitted that the little green monster Jack had warned him about was a tough one, and he pledged to keep trying, though some days were tougher than others. Jack clarified that he wasn't absolving Kyle. Theo appreciated it, but he still felt like the odd man out in the family. Theo claimed that he didn't want to be the guy who'd shown up out of nowhere and caused trouble, and he accepted that he had to be the one to put in the effort if the perception was ever to change. Theo vowed to get there, and Jack replied that it was all he'd wanted to hear.
Later, Theo babbled to an unresponsive Dina about how the corporate world was new to him. He hoped that someday he'd accomplish what she had by running his own successful company and making her proud of him. He apologized for rambling on, and he confided that the truth was that he was nervous because of a girl who he really wanted things to work out with. Jack listened intently as Theo elaborated that he was afraid to push too hard because he might scare her away, and he didn't know whether to keep taking things slowly or if she was waiting for him to make a move. Dina suddenly turned toward Theo, smiled, and patted his hand. "Don't worry, you're a good catch," she advised before her expression turned blank again.
Jack thanked Theo for dropping by, and he noted that Theo had made a real connection with Dina that hadn't been happening often. Theo applauded the Abbotts for doing the right thing by having Dina return home, and he wished he'd had more time with his own folks. Jack welcomed him to drop by anytime he liked, and he showed Theo out. Outside, Theo received a text message from Kendra, who asked if he still wanted her help with his Kyle problem. Theo instructed her to hold off because he needed to think about it.
At Crimson Lights, Kyle awkwardly greeted Lola and told her he was glad she'd been able to make it. She admitted that she'd thought about not showing up because she knew exactly what it was about, and she had zero interest in him rehashing his tired complaints about Theo. Kyle explained that he hadn't meant to eavesdrop the day before, and he was sorry, since keeping tabs on them was the last thing he'd do. Lola scoffed at Kyle being reasonable and honorable, and she ordered him to get to the real reason he'd wanted to see her. She waited for him to talk her out of going to New York with Theo, and she warned that it wouldn't work.
Lola ignored Kyle's attempt to explain and demanded that he sit there and listen. She ranted that even though they were still married, he had no say in what she did and who she did it with. She groaned that she'd heard him go on and on about Theo, and she was sick of it. Lola was surprised when Kyle said he didn't blame her. He confirmed that he didn't like her hanging out with Theo, but it was none of his business, and it wasn't why he'd asked her to meet him. He acknowledged that he'd lost his right to influence how she lived her life long before then.
Lola asked if Kyle was playing with her head, since what he was saying was the opposite of what he'd been saying for months about Theo. Kyle conceded that while he hadn't changed his opinion of Theo, he'd realized that he shouldn't have tried to make her see things like he did, since she was more than capable of figuring out who was right for her and who wasn't. He added that he'd probably never trust the guy, but he trusted her, and that should be enough.
Lola recognized that Kyle deserved the same courtesy he was giving her, and it was his choice to be with Summer. He anticipated that things would get easier for both of them, and she imagined that they would with time and distance. She assured him that she wasn't in a rush to figure out if she wanted to be with Theo, and Kyle stressed that he just wanted her to feel like she had the freedom to do whatever she wanted. Lola pointed out that something was still tying them together -- they were still married.
Kyle hesitated to discuss the divorce if Lola wasn't ready to. She tearfully understood that they had to talk about it, not because of her trip with Theo or Kyle's relationship with Summer, but just because it was time. Kyle begged her not to cry, and she smiled and said she could say the same thing to him. "So, this is it," she softly said, and he whimpered that he was sorry he'd hurt her. She sensed that they'd taken time to get there so they could part ways without any anger, and they agreed that wasn't a bad thing. Lola confessed that she'd thought she'd been all cried out, but she might have one more in her. Kyle reached for her hands. They slowly drew apart, and he wiped away a tear.
At Adam's penthouse, Adam answered a call from Chelsea, who reported that she was at the ranch to drop off Connor for a playdate with Johnny and Katie. She hoped to make a clean getaway, and he mentioned that he had some ideas to speed things up with their plan against Victor. She declared that she was all in, and they exchanged words of love before hanging up. Victor overheard and remarked that the conversation had sounded mysterious, and he wondered what she was "all in" on. Chelsea nonchalantly replied that it was nothing that concerned him, and she headed for the door. Victor stopped her and asked to talk for a moment about his son.
Victor contended that he cared deeply about Adam, and it was why he'd flown out to Kansas to visit Hope's farm and make sure everything was cared for. Victor added that he'd returned because of Victoria's health scare. Chelsea guessed that he expected her to go behind Adam's back and tell Victor what was going on. Victor maintained that he just wanted to know how Adam was doing. Chelsea offered to tell him, but she doubted he'd like the answer.
Chelsea questioned how Victor would feel if someone snatched the rug out from under him the way he'd done to Adam. She scolded him for dangling a carrot in front of Adam when Victor hadn't had any intention of keeping his promise, despite knowing how much Adam had wanted to step up for the family in a crisis. Victor swore that it hadn't been his intention to snatch the opportunity away, and he pointed out that Adam had turned down his previous attempts to hand over the keys to the kingdom. Victor asserted that it was in the past, but Chelsea cautioned that it was a dangerous attitude to have. He asked what she meant.
Chelsea swore that there was nothing to read into, but it had been her experience that it could be dangerous to ignore the past. Victor thought they'd gotten off track, since he'd just wanted to ask about Adam. She stressed that Adam would be fine after being passed over, since he wouldn't let a setback get him down, and he'd rise above it all. Victor remarked that Adam was very lucky to have a passionate advocate in his corner, and he was happy to hear Adam wasn't dwelling on it. Chelsea assured him that Adam saw the big picture, and she headed out.
Alyssa arrived at the penthouse and excitedly informed Adam that she'd driven all night to get there. She revealed that she'd found everything they'd been looking for, and she had the goods on his father. Alyssa revealed that she'd gotten the coroner in Kansas to spill everything he knew, and he'd confirmed part of what Adam had suspected. She divulged that Cliff's death had truly been an accident, so her father hadn't turned out to be a killer, after all. She explained that A.J. hadn't been completely innocent, since he'd set things in motion, but he'd only hired a goon to scare Cliff and not to kill him. Alyssa announced that while her father hadn't been a killer, Adam's dad definitely was one.
Adam prompted Alyssa to walk through every detail. Alyssa referred to Cliff's known money problems and the fact that her father had been a loan shark. She relayed that A.J. had fronted Cliff money at an astronomical rate and threatened to take over the farm when Cliff hadn't been able to pay it back. She continued that doing so would have raised too many red flags, and A.J. had only cared about the money, so he'd pressured Cliff to sell the farm. Alyssa explained that A.J. had hired someone to run Cliff off the road to scare him and get him to pay up, but the guy he'd hired had been a drunk who'd ended up slamming into Cliff, killing them both.
Adam understood why the accident had been written off as a DUI. He noted that while A.J. hadn't been prosecuted for his involvement, he'd gone to prison, anyway, for tax evasion. Alyssa shared that upon his release, a broke and desperate A.J. had tried to collect on Cliff's debt from Hope, and that was when Victor had entered the picture. Alyssa had found a record of a phone call from Hope to Victor the day A.J. had died, and she divulged that the coroner had confessed that A.J.'s body had been moved post-mortem. Alyssa believed the evidence proved that her father's death clearly hadn't been an accident and that Victor had waved his checkbook to get the coroner to doctor the death certificate and have A.J.'s body cremated. Adam marveled that his father really had done it.
Alyssa empathized that it wasn't easy for Adam to find out the truth about his father, but at least they finally knew what had really happened. Adam argued that they couldn't just take the coroner's word for it. Alyssa disclosed that the coroner had kept records of the autopsy reports, the blood tests of the man who'd run Cliff down, and personal notes from the coroner's conversations with Victor. Alyssa added that she had a recording of the coroner admitting to falsifying the death certificates, as well as bank records proving that Victor had paid off the coroner through one of his shell companies.
Alyssa bemoaned that she'd cried for a long time when she'd gotten home, since it had all been senseless, and she was sorry. Adam focused on what to do next, and he asked if she'd written the story. She mentioned that it was almost done, and he requested the story and all the evidence she had to back it up. Alyssa balked at the idea of just handing it over to him, since she'd never given up her notes before. Adam reasoned that it wasn't a typical story, since it accused a powerful man of murder, and he needed the documents to protect them.
Adam expected the editor of the magazine he owned a stake in to request verification to back up the story. He claimed that he also needed to know that they weren't going too far by accusing a possibly innocent man of murder, especially when the man happened to be his father. Alyssa promised that Victor wasn't innocent, but Adam was adamant about holding the evidence in his hands. She grappled with her thoughts for a moment before heading out to retrieve the evidence from the trunk of her car.
Later, Chelsea returned home, yammering about her conversation with Victor. She noticed that Adam seemed preoccupied, and she followed his gaze to a file box. She asked what it was, and he replied, "Everything." He told her that Alyssa had been there. "We got him, Chelsea," Adam declared.