Marian showed Adam the latest newspaper headlines that implicated Adam as an accomplice in Erica's flight from justice. Marian said that she was worried about how Liza had reacted to finding out that Adam was hiding Erica in the attic. What if Liza wanted to testify against Adam and send him to jail for aiding and abetting a fugitive? Adam cracked a smile and reminded Marian that a wife cannot testify against her husband in a court of law (except maybe in a divorce proceedings). An envelope was messengered to the mansion with the overnight ratings. The ratings, which showed how many people had watched WRCW's coverage of the Erica Kane situation, were through the roof. Adam expressed his pleasure at the ratings coup, but stopped short of giving Liza full credit for the high ratings. It was a team effort, Adam said, Not a Liza effort.
Janet told Trevor that their little girl has been playing matchmaker for several months. Remember those flowers that mysteriously appeared for Janet at the office? While everyone had their own idea about who sent the flowers, Janet explained that it was Amanda who had arranged for the floral delivery. Trevor was set to scold Amanda for interfering, but Janet urged him to do otherwise. Trevor did get a straight answer from Amanda about the glue-in-the-hat fiasco. Amanda claimed that she poured the glue into Skye's hat because Skye doesn't like kids. The explanation wasn't enough to avoid a punishment. Trevor scolded Amanda and told her to run along and play on the computer. Trevor suggested that he and Janet limit the time that they spend together so as not to confuse Amanda. But before there could be any discussion one way or the other, he had to dash off to the courthouse for Erica's arraignment. Janet expressed her total confidence in Trevor's ability, saying that Erica's got the best legal mind on her side. Trevor returned to the house and thanked Janet for her support.
At the boarding house, Dimitri did his best to convince Gloria that they could remain friends. All they need to do is to keep their friendship on the "downlow." This way, they can still keep in contact and Tad won't have to know that Gloria is still seeing Dimitri. It might have worked had Tad not entered the room at that exact moment and ordered Dimitri to leave. Surprisingly, Dimitri offered no resistance. He nodded his head and walked away. Not only was Tad displeased that Gloria had had a secret meeting with Dimitri after she supposedly swore to nix the friendship, but he was even more upset that Gloria was "entertaining" Dimitri while wearing a silky negligee! Gloria stated that she was telling Dimitri that she could no longer see him. Rather than slam the door in Dimitri's face every time he shows up at her door, Gloria explained that she wanted to part the friendship on good terms. Tad laughed at the reply. He said that Gloria "melts like butter" every time Dimitri comes around. There is no way, he said firmly, that Gloria can stay away from Dimitri. Gloria defended Dimitri yet again. She pleaded Dimitri's case; He's a lonely man with no family, no love life, and no friends. Tad was unmoved as he explained that Dimitri has gotten what he's deserved. Now, Tad continued, Dimitri is out to break up their relationship because he wants Gloria for himself. Tad then offered Gloria a challenge. He asked her to look him in the eyes and swear that Dimitri has never made a pass at her. If she can, Tad will drop all of his resistance against the Gloria-Dimitri friendship. Gloria couldn't do it.
Jack showed up at the jail to give Erica some last minute advice. He claimed that pleading guilty was Erica's best defense. If she did so, the judge would more than likely be lenient on her. The plea would also show that Erica is truly remorseful for kidnapping Sonya/Madelyn. Erica refuted Jack's claim that she committed a crime. She asked him to recall all of the nights that she spent awake riddled with guilt over taking Sonya from Maria. Jack tried to make Erica see that he was helping her. But why? Jack stated that he cares about Erica and doesn't want to see her get hurt. Erica was moved by Jack's display of affection, but before she could respond, Trevor entered the cell block and broke up the meeting. Trevor blasted Erica for talking to the district attorney. Even if he is a personal friend, he's still the opposing counsel. Trevor informed Erica the true reason behind Jack's suggestion to plead guilty: A guilty plea would mean that no trial would take place and the taxpayers wouldn't have to foot the bill for a long, drawn out trial. Plus, Jack would come out smelling like roses for winning the case. Trevor had another alternative. A sound minded Erica Kane would never have kidnapped a baby. But a woman who had just lost a baby definitely would do things that were uncharacteristic. Erica was caught off guard by the "post-pardem" defense because she felt that it would label her as being mentally unstable. Trevor assured Erica that it was the right thing to do.
Dimitri's combination dose of bad luck and exile continued at the Pine Valley Hospital. Dimitri wanted to see Joe and apologize for "causing" Joe's heart attack. Ruth didn't think it was such a good idea and asked Dimitri to leave. Ruth wasn't the only one who wanted to see Dimitri hit the road. Palmer emerged from out of nowhere and informed Dimitri that he was no longer a member of the hospital board. A special meeting had been held and everyone agreed that Dimitri's recent actions warranted his removal from the board. Dimitri felt that he should have been present at the meeting. Palmer explained that he had tried to contact Dimitri, but was unable to locate him. And as far as wanting to "apologize" to Joe, Palmer said that Dimitri's real motive for the meeting was to appease his conscience.
The noise from outside his room woke up Joe. Ruth tried to convince Joe to go back to sleep, but Joe was not a happy patient. He expressed his dislike of being hooked up to the heart monitor and other equipment. Ruth managed to calm him down or so she thought. As soon as Ruth left the room, Joe was struggling to sit up and began ripping the monitors off of his body.
Outside the courtroom, Edmund chastised Belinda for acting as an aid to Erica's defense. He felt that there was a conflict of interest since Belinda's brother is married to Maria's sister. Belinda explained that Erica had retained the entire law firm---including her. She said that she can be just and fair.
Inside the courtroom, a handcuffed Erica was ushered to her seat. She stopped along the way to give Opal and Myrtle a kiss for showing up. In the back of the courtroom, Janet gave Erica a thumbs up to show her support. Jack walked with a stride of arrogance and, with a air of cockiness in his voice, told Belinda that she should expect a change in Erica's plea. A surprise delivery complicated matters even more. Before the bottom fell out of her life, Erica had asked her publisher to send Jack an inscribed copy of her new book. That package arrived earlier in the day---and Jack opened it up right before the judge entered the courtroom.
When court was gaveled to order, Jack gave his statement. He claimed that Erica committed one count of kidnapping, a first degree felony, as well as two other third degree felony charges. Trevor rose to his feet and said that Erica willingly gave back the baby to Edmund and Maria. Plus, the baby was in perfect health. Dimitri entered the courtroom and yelled at the top of his lungs that Erica cannot be allowed to get out on bail. The judge pointed out that Erica had not yet been arraigned and that bail hearing, if necessary, would follow. Edmund refused to speak when called on by the judge for his comments. The Pulitzer prize-winner author said that he and his wife were only observing and did not want to get involved. Dimitri wouldn't be silenced. he referred to himself at the uncle of the baby in question and said that he will not rest until Erica pays for her crimes.
Erica was asked to rise. She stated that she understood the charges against her and was then asked to issue her plea. Jack leaned over and waited for a guilty plea. Trevor made some facial expressions that he hoped would spur Erica to follow his instructions. Erica looked down at the ground as her lips began to form the words...