Mr. Midori told Greenlee that Ryan's dipping into the Incredible Dreams bank account was a serious offense -- one punishable by a lengthy jail term. Greenlee accused Midori of being too tight with the money and stated that Ryan probably needed a little money to buy a new suit. Midori's face remained serious. Ryan hadn't just borrowed a hundred dollars or so -- he'd taken three million dollars. Obviously caught off-guard by the large sum, Greenlee swallowed hard but continued to insist that Ryan must have had good reasons for needing the money. Midori agreed to back off if the money was replaced in its entirety. The businessman, however, gave her only 24 hours before he went to the authorities.
"Please don't treat me like I'm some lost soul who's looking for an explanation for the weather," Brooke snapped when Eliot repeated, yet again, that he had to leave town. Brooke urged Eliot to confront Reverend Taylor and ask that he be allowed to remain in Pine Valley. Something about the situation didn't add up, and Brooke wanted answers. "We kissed, and then all of a sudden you're being exiled from your parish," Brooke stated. Eliot swore that there was no one else in his life and that Brooke was the only woman he was interested in. Eliot continued to tiptoe around the issue, begging Brooke not to probe any deeper into his transfer.
Reverend Taylor unwittingly happened upon the discussion. He immediately apologized for intruding and turned to walk away. An angry Brooke questioned the senior clergyman about transferring Eliot. Reverend Taylor told Brooke that it was up to Eliot to tell her the truth about his transfer.
Wearing a baseball cap and dark sunglasses, Dimitri approached the ticketing counter at Pine Valley International Airport and purchased a ticket to Zurich, Switzerland. Greenlee greeted her grandfather, Woodruff, at the airport with a box of chocolate truffles. Woodruff knew that something was amiss and asked his granddaughter what she needed. Greenlee gritted her teeth, took a deep breath and asked for three million dollars. Woodruff didn't appear fazed by the request, but he did turn her down. Woodruff knew that Greenlee wanted the money to finance her "obsession" with Ryan and argued that he'd already given more than enough money to Ryan's cause.
In the sunroom at Pine Valley Hospital, Alex asked Edmund to meet up with her at WRCW. Edmund nodded blindly, unaware of why he had to go to the station. After Edmund left, Alex proudly broke the news of her engagement to Gillian and Joe. Both were quite happy for her, but the celebration didn't last long; Joe was paged back to work, and Gillian started to reflect on her estranged husband. Alex tried to cheer Gillian up by asking Gillian to join her for a little surprise at the television station.
Gillian nodded and said that she'd catch up just as soon as she finished one or two things. Alex rushed out of the room, bound for WRCW. Dixie strolled in with some papers for Alex to sign. Gillian told Dixie to tag along to the station to see Alex. Gillian smiled broadly and told Dixie about Alex and Edmund's engagement. Dixie was forced to hide a frown when Gillian mentioned how Dimitri would want his brother and wife to find happiness.
While Tina and a young woman at the shelter communicated via sign language, Adrian sneaked up behind Tina with a large bouquet of flowers. The young woman "warned" Tina that a tall, dark, and handsome man was behind her, but Tina joked that she knew no men matching that description. Upon seeing the large floral arrangement, Tina immediately knew that Adrian was headed out of the country. Adrian was surprised that Tina was able to read him so well.
Ryan wandered in and asked to speak to Adrian about a business project. The two men stepped aside, and Ryan told Adrian that he'd secured a large sum of money to finance their rescue mission. Adrian warned Ryan that he was toeing the line of legality by dipping into company funds. Ryan explained that the money he'd taken would help grant the Martin family's dream of getting Jake home. Adrian nodded his head slightly and offered no more objections.
Brooke arrived at the shelter and asked to see Ricky, the young boy who'd sought refuge after being beaten by his father. Ricky told Brooke that he felt like a traitor for "ratting" on his old man. Brooke, though, assured him that he'd done the right thing. Ricky claimed that the only reason he'd gone to the authorities was because he knew that Reverend Taylor would be there to back him up. Eliot walked into the room and greeted Ricky. Ricky wanted to play some one-on-one basketball, but the cleric urged the boy to rest. Brooke shyly bowed her head and bid them both farewell.
At WRCW, Alex surprised Edmund with a post-proposal song and dance routine. Hayley, Becca, and Tiffany donned nurses' outfits and serenaded Edmund. Dixie and Gillian arrived on the scene, but Dixie remained less than thrilled by what was going on before her. Dixie was forced to step away when Dimitri phoned and told her that he was leaving the country. Dixie panicked and demanded that Dimitri stay, but Dimitri said that he'd be fine. After the song and dance number finished, Alex asked Edmund if he'd like to join her for a getaway at a nearby retreat. Edmund sadly declined, saying that he had to go back to Washington to finish his interview. Alex nodded and said that she'd accompany Edmund to the airport.
Dixie arrived at the airport and began searching for Dimitri. When she found him, Dimitri couldn't help but flash a wry smile at the woman's tenacity. Dixie warned Dimitri that leaving the country would compromise his recovery. Dimitri explained that Dr. Silbert had given him a treatment and that it would last until he returned from Switzerland. Dimitri smiled and showed Dixie his round-trip ticket.
Dixie sighed and agreed to let Dimitri leave Pine Valley, musing that he would go to great lengths to get Swiss chocolate. Dimitri calmly replied that he wasn't going to Zurich for the chocolate --- he was going there to do some banking. Later, Edmund and Alex arrived at the airport and waited for Edmund's plane to board. Edmund was at the ticket counter when an announcement sounded over the loudspeaker, advising passengers that the flight to Zurich was going to board at a new gate. As Dimitri walked up to the gate to board his plane, Alex happened to look over in his direction. Her mouth gaped as she spotted Dimitri and started to chase after him.
Heartbroken and panicked from her discussion with Tina, Gillian returned to the turret at Wildwind. On her way, Gillian had called Ryan and asked that he meet her there, in their special meeting place. When Ryan arrived, Gillian threw a pillow in his face and accused him of having lied to her. Gillian told Ryan of her conversation with Tina. Ryan countered by saying that he'd never gone back on his word; he'd never told Gillian that he wasn't going to go to Chechnya. Gillian demanded to know when Ryan had been planning to tell her that he was headed for a war zone.
"Am I going to be your widow before I can be your wife again?" she asked, her voice cracking. Ryan softly told Gillian that he had to go to Chechnya. It was, he explained, the only way that they could ever be together. Ryan said that he did not want to have Gillian haunted by Jake's memory if something unfortunate happened to him.
Gillian turned her back to her lover and tearfully proclaimed her biggest fear. "If you go to Chechnya, I will never see you again," she sobbed. Ryan took the princess in his arms and hugged her tightly. Gillian asked Ryan to swear to her that he would return home safely. Ryan didn't appease her by telling her what she wanted to hear. Instead, Ryan said that he'd "be careful." The two kissed passionately before heading to the bed.
Wade greeted Greenlee with a smile. "Are you as unconventional as your name?" he asked wryly. Greenlee told Wade that she was looking for a man who wanted to "make a killing." She told Wade of the investment opportunity present in Incredible Dreams. Wade cocked his head to the side and curiously asked her why she was offering him, a total stranger, the investment opportunity of a lifetime.
"You can never have enough money," Greenlee replied with a nervous chuckle. Wade was unmoved. "You're looking for a handout," he said coldly. Greenlee's pleasant demeanor took a brief trip to the back burner. "A loan," she said seriously. Greenlee told Wade that she would pay back every penny of the money she was given with interest.
Leo suddenly appeared by the side of the table. Leo looked down at Greenlee and commented that he was unaware that she and Wade were acquaintances. Greenlee gritted her teeth and asked Leo to leave them alone. Leo, however, grabbed Greenlee's arm and pulled her out of her chair. Greenlee flashed a smile to Wade and told him that she'd be right back. Leo and Greenlee headed off to the ladies' room for a private discussion. Leo offered no explanation when he barged in on two women using the restroom.
Once the women had evacuated the restroom, Leo warned Greenlee to steer clear of Wade. "You're going to end up waking up next to a horse's head -- which, I guess, beats waking up next to a horse's ass like Ryan," Leo said wittily. Greenlee slapped Leo and demanded that he not speak poorly of Ryan. She continued to insist that it was just a matter of time before Ryan fell in love with her. Greenlee angrily told Leo to get lost --- for good. Leo threw his hands in the air and told Greenlee that he was through worrying himself over her. Greenlee composed herself and headed back to the dining area to rejoin Wade.
Greenlee sat down and politely asked the man where they'd left off. A look of concern crept over Wade's face. He pulled a piece of paper from his inside jacket pocket and placed it on the table. Before getting any money, Wade said that Greenlee would have to agree to some terms. The terms were laid out on the piece of paper he'd presented. The paper, he said, was a legally binding agreement. Greenlee read the terms, and her eyes nearly popped out of their sockets. Wade told Greenlee to consider how badly she wanted the money before inking her name on the deal. He also warned her that if she was unable to abide by the terms, he'd get the money from her grandfather. Greenlee took a deep breath and reached for Wade's pen.
At the airport, Alex approached the gate with a pained look on her face. She told the man taking tickets that she needed to get on board the plane. The man said that without a ticket, Alex could not be granted access. Alex threw a fit and said that she'd purchase a ticket. After checking the computer database, the man informed Alex that the flight was booked solid. Alex pounded her fist on the counter and threw her purse at the man.
"I am not a terrorist!" she exclaimed. Edmund happened upon the scene and asked his fiancée what was going on. Alex stepped aside with Edmund and told him that she'd thought she'd seen Dimitri getting on the plane. She admitted that it sounded crazy to say that Dimitri could possibly be on the plane. "Impossible, not crazy," Edmund replied. Alex and Edmund returned to the ticketing counter and asked the man if they could check out the passenger list to see if their "friend" was aboard the plane.
The man explained that federal guidelines prohibited him from showing the list to anyone. Alex came up with an alternate solution. She asked if he could check the list for Dimitri's name. The man nodded and checked the list twice --- once for Dimitri Marick and a second for Dimitri Andrassy. Neither name was on the list. Frustrated, Edmund contemplated ripping the passenger list from the man's hand. Cooler heads prevailed, and Edmund refrained from any sort of violence.
The plane had left the gate and there was no way that it could be ordered back to the terminal. Edmund explained that his brother was in need of medical attention. "I hope there's a doctor on board," the airline representative replied coldly. Beaten, Alex and Edmund sat down in nearby seats and thought about what had just happened. Edmund asked Alex what she would have done if the man she'd seen had been Dimitri. "I would have thrown my arms around him and hugged him," Alex cooed.
Alex looked off into the distance, fantasizing for a moment or two. When she realized that her words might have upset Edmund, she quickly distanced herself from any feelings of love for her husband. Edmund wasn't upset and admitted that a part of him really believed that Alex had seen Dimitri. Edmund told Alex that they would never forget Dimitri. When it was time for Edmund to leave for Washington, Alex bid him farewell with a kiss. Before leaving, though, she told Edmund that he didn't have to worry about her leaving him for Dimitri. "My life is with you now," she said softly.
Alex turned and walked away. Edmund walked over to the gate, but decided not to get on his flight. Instead, he reached for his phone and placed a call to Dixie. He asked her to have David stay in his office because Edmund needed to talk to him.
Leo stormed into Erica's home, angry and cursing Greenlee under his breath. He turned on some Alanis Morrisette and listened to the alternative music very loudly. Bianca walked in and asked what was going on. Leo started dancing around the room and was quite funny. Bianca laughed and told Leo that she was hungry and asked him to go out and pick up a pizza. Leo commented that she had only been home for two weeks, and the genetics were already kicking in -- a reference to the ease with which her mother ordered people around.
Leo agreed to go pick up the pizza, remarking that if he stayed home with Bianca and had pizza, he ran less of a risk of running into Greenlee. After he left, Becca walked in, and the girls giggled about their scheme for Becca to surprise Leo with a romantic night alone. Becca had candles and looked very beautiful as usual. Bianca pressed Becca for answers about how far she planned to go with Leo.
Tad, Liza, and Colby were at the Valley Inn, waiting for an important client. Tad made a joke about their client understanding why the important documents were covered in bananas. Liza said she was sure that the business contact would understand if he had children of his own. Tad warmly told Liza that she did a great job of juggling a career and motherhood. He also mentioned that Jake was always saying what a great mom Liza was and how well she had always taken care of Colby. Liza sadly told Tad that she had been saying her prayers for Jake's safe return. Tad excused himself from the table for a moment as he talked on his cell phone to try to find out any new news about his brother. Adam arrived for his lunch date with Hayley, and when they were seated, he stared at Liza and Colby.
Stuart was still at the bait shop, looking at the fishing vest with the words Pine Valley written on the back. He wondered aloud if Pine Valley was his home.
Dixie rushed into David's office, blurting out that she had something important to talk to him about. Edmund barged in at about the same time, interrupting Dixie and demanding answers from David. He told David that Alex thought that she had seen Dimitri at the airport, and he wanted to know if that was at all possible. David denied all possibility that the man Alex had seen could have been Dimitri.
Edmund turned to Dixie and asked her to swear that the man on the plane could not have been his brother. Dixie became nervous and frantically dodged Edmund's questions. She said she was very sorry, but she had something extremely important to discuss with David.
David ushered Edmund into the hallway for a few moments. Dixie told David that Dimitri had been at the airport to catch a flight to Zurich. She assured David that Dimitri would return in time to receive his treatments. She urged David to tell Edmund the truth, saying it was impossible for her to continue lying. David insisted that Dixie must choose between continuing to lie or letting Dimitri die.
Hayley convinced Adam to go see Colby. She argued that if he didn't make an effort to stay in her life, Colby would grow up like Hayley, not knowing her father. Liza fantasized about Adam coming to his senses, admitting his mistakes, and returning to her and Colby. After her brief daydream, she looked up and found Adam at her table. He asked if he could join them.
Back at the bait shop, Stuart asked the owner about Pine Valley. The owner, unaware that his earlier encounter had been with Adam, made a remark about how rude Stuart had been when he was wearing the fishing vest before. Stuart was very confused and told the owner that he had not been wearing the vest and that he had no memory of being rude. Stuart was upset and feared that he might be schizophrenic. He said he didn't know what it all meant, but he knew what he had to do next.
Becca lighted candles all around Erica's lovely living room and prepared for her night with Leo. She referred to Leo as her boyfriend and said that it was still hard for her to get used to calling him that. Bianca continued to press Becca for a straight answer about her expectations for the evening. Becca became nervous when Bianca straightforwardly asked her if she planned to sleep with Leo. Becca said that she didn't want to commit to the idea of having sex with Leo. She was just hoping for a romantic night with a lot of kissing.
Becca was very grateful to Bianca for her help in setting up the surprise. Bianca left. Leo walked through the door, pizza in hand, and called out for Bianca. He noticed all the candles and soft music, then Becca. "Wow Bianca, you sure have changed," he joked. Becca gave him a hug and a kiss. Leo was very pleased and said that God had answered his prayers. Becca and Leo started to swing dance.
Liza was stunned and caught off guard by Adam's request to join her. She stammered that Colby was messy and covered in bananas. Adam shared a sweet moment, admiring his baby girl. He noticed how she had grown, and told her that bananas were good for her. Tad returned to the table. Liza reminded Adam that he had said he wanted to keep his distance from Colby. Then she changed the subject and asked Tad if he had any news about Jake. Adam angrily returned to Hayley and cursed Tad and Liza. Tad asked Liza what that encounter had been about.
Dixie blasted David for being manipulative and lying with such ease. David argued that they needed to obey Dimitri's wishes to keep his secret, otherwise he would refuse treatment and leave to die alone. Dixie looked torn, but told David that she could not lie anymore. She stormed out of the office just as Edmund stormed back in from the hallway. Edmund angrily told David that he was not leaving the office without answers. David gave him a file and said he would find his answer within. Edmund opened it and found Dimitri's death certificate. David again told him that the man Alex had seen could not have been Dimitri. Edmund looked sad and remarked about how much he hated the fact that his brother had died alone.
Adam got on his cell phone and started barking orders at Barry to proceed with plans against ColMar -- Liza and Tad. Hayley overheard and asked what was going on. Adam told Hayley he never should have taken her advice to visit with Liza and Colby. Back at Tad and Liza's table, Tad questioned Liza about her encounter with Adam. Tad told Liza that Adam still got to her because she still had feelings for him. Liza denied it very defensively. She then apologized to Tad for biting his head off and asked how Jake was. Tad told Liza that his family would always be there for Colby. Tad and Liza held hands briefly across the table, and Adam witnessed the warmth between them. He looked upset and angry.
Leo and Becca continued dancing and laughing. Leo had to stop and catch his breath. He asked Becca what she was up to. Becca said that she wanted Leo to join a swing dancing contest with her. Leo insisted that he couldn't dance, but finally gave in to Becca, unable to resist her. They continued kissing, and he told her how she had lifted his spirits. Leo continued to insist about knowing why Becca had gone to the trouble of arranging the romantic evening.
Becca told a story of her grandmother who was married at 16, had 13 children, and spent so much of her life unhappy and exhausted because she only took care of her family and never took time for herself. She said her grandmother never fixed her hair, wore makeup, or smiled. Becca said she had gone to her grandmother's house one day and found that her grandmother's hair and makeup had been done for her by a neighbor who was working toward her cosmetologist license. The new look and confidence had transformed her grandmother. Becca said that was the first time she had seen her Grandma really happy. The experience had taught Becca the importance of doing things to make yourself happy rather than depending on someone else to do something for you. She and Leo embraced and kissed.
Stuart put the fishing vest on and got directions to the bus station from the owner. He prepared to leave for Pine Valley. He told the owner that he felt he had been led to the fishing spot and the vest -- and was being led to Pine Valley to find the answers he was searching for. The store owner chuckled and said that he didn't know what Stuart was talking about, but wished him luck.
Hayley continued to press Adam to open up to her, but he refused. Dixie rushed to Tad and Liza's table, and asked if she could please have her husband back, since the workday must surely be over. Tad stood and hugged Dixie, and she looked anxious to get him home. Liza apologetically told Dixie that she needed Tad a little longer. A hurt Dixie told Tad to take "all night" if he needed; Dixie left.
Dixie went back to the office and found David with his feet propped up on his desk, having a drink to relax. She asked him if he thought the hospital board would approve. He responded, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." He told her he was off-duty and that the liquor he was enjoying was a very nice gift from a grateful patient. He then offered her a drink. David had been worried that Dixie was going to quit and was relieved that she was staying. Dixie accepted the offer to share a drink with David, saying that she had nowhere she needed to be.
The episode wrapped up with a sad song playing, "Why do people fall in love," and left quick glimpses of Dixie holding her drink, sitting next to David and looking sad; Leo and Becca dancing and kissing; Liza looking sadly at the table where Adam had been sitting; Tad looking sadly at a scarf Dixie had left behind; and Stuart happily looking at his painting of "The Queen of Hearts" as he left for the bus station.