Vicki gives Shane the key to Donna's lodge, and told him he can go there to finish his research undisturbed. Jake arrives home and sees Shane and Vicki standing in the rain holding hands. Enraged to find his rival on the premises yet again, Jake flies towards Shane and decks him with one punch. As the two go at it, Vicki tries to explain why Shane was really there but Jake won't have it. He asks Shane are they not speaking the same language, because he thought he told him to stay away from Vicki. Vicki then told Jake that Shane didn't come over for personal reasons, he came over about his research. Shane tells her to tell Jake the truth, as Vicki turns to look at him astonished and ask what was he talking about. Shane adds, " I have been messing with your marriage Jake and it was a mistake for me to come over here. I should have locked myself up some where until you were gone, I know that you are leaving because of me." Jake told him to get over his ego. Vicki was not leaving because of him, she's leaving for us. Shane then told Jake to keep telling himself that if it makes him feel better. This remark sets Jake off again and the two men go at it again until Vicki some how manages to break it up.......
At the Cory's, Paulina feels betrayed when Cindy told Joe and Sofia that she can't say Paulina wasn't on something that night. Which leaves Paulina feeling even more humiliated, especially when Joe and Sofia take Cindy's word over hers. Joe ask Cindy to leave, but not before Paulina has a few words with her alone. Paulina then asks Cindy what was she doing in there? Cindy tells her she's sorry but she had to tell Joe the truth. Paulina then tells her Cindy wasn't telling the truth and questions if Grant has anything to do with it. Cindy stands by her word and told Paulina that Joe will forgive her because he loves her and they can work it out. Paulina then adds, "I want his trust not forgiveness, and I want you to get out." Once outside Cindy calls Grant crying on the phone and told him thanks to her Joe now believes Paulina was high the night of the fire. In the other room Sofia told Joe that not even Cindy could cover for Paulina and she needs to get some professional help. Joe told Sofia to calm down and stay out of this he'll handle Paulina. On her way out Sofia told Paulina to get some help. Paulina went into talk to Joe who told her he doesn't believe her and thinks she needs rehab........
Over at the Harbor Club, Michael and Nick are discussing Sofia's growing attachment to Joe and Paulina's marital problems. Nick told Michael that Sofia's becoming so involved with Joe and Paulina's problems she can't even concentrate on their own wedding plans. Michael told him maybe it's just pre-wedding jitters and he should cut Sofia some slack, but Nick doesn't think so. He further adds that maybe him and Sofia don't have what it takes to make their marriage work, judging by the examples he's always around (Michael & Donna, Joe and Paulina, Jake and Vicki). When Michael questions him about Jake and Vicki, Nick told him he saw Shane over Vicki's house earlier and they seemed real close. Upset, Michael blames himself for getting Shane involved with the committee. Nick adds. "If Vicki wants to be with Shane that's her problem not Michael's." Just then Donna walks up to find out what all the chitchat was about, as Nick excuses himself to call Sofia again. Michael explains that Nick was just having a few pre-wedding doubts, but he'll be okay. Meanwhile, Sofia shows up to explain how she's not in the mood to plan their wedding, but she's plenty in the mood to discuss Joe and Paulina. Nick tells her after she explains what has just happened that he feels she was judging Paulina too harshly. Sofia can't believe Nick was taking Paulina's side. Nick tells her he's not taking sides, he just knows what it's like to not have any one believe you when you're telling the truth. Nick then assures Sofia that their marriage will survive and they seal their faith with a kiss.
Back at home, Grant keeps asking Cindy to give him a play by play of what happened over at the Cory's. Cindy then told him she stabbed her best friend in the back but admits to Grant she never flat out said Paulina was taking drugs. As Grant decides to plant their stories about the drugs, Cindy warns him if he told any one Paulina was using drugs the night of the fire she'll make sure everyone knows the truth about what really happened.
Over at the Cory's, As Joe and Paulina continue to argue over Joe's mistrust of her. Paulina told Joe she's going upstairs to do something. Joe follows her upstairs to find her packing her things. He mistakes this as Paulina packing for rehab and told her she doesn't have to go until the morning. Paulina informs him she's not packing for rehab, she's leaving to try to gain some control of her life. She then told him from the time they've gotten married he has taking control over her life, her career, and even the time she spends with her son. He told her that was not true as she adds "you even believe Cindy over me, but you weren't willing to believe her any other time." Joe continues to deny it, but adds he was scared every time she was alone with Dante. To test Joe's faith Paulina admits to taking the drugs the night of the fire. Joe fails incredibly as he told her he has been waiting on her to admit to her drug problem for along time, and now that she has they can move on. Paulina informs Joe as she throws her clothes out of the suitcase and starts putting his things in there, that she wants him out of there. He would rather believe her lie about taking drugs, then to believe the truth that she wasn't; She can't live with a man who doesn't trust her and her integrity means more to her than her marriage.
Back at Jake and Vicki's, Vicki once again gives Shane the key to the lodge and ask him to leave. Shane told them they won't see him anymore which if just fine with Jake. After Shane was gone, Jake turns his attentions toward Vicki and flat out ask her what was really going on between her and Shane. Vicki tries to explain that Shane was frustrated over his research and just came to her because he needed a friend, but Shane was out of their lives and once they move to New York everything will be different. Jake then told Vicki they aren't going to New York for them are they, they are going to get away from Shane. Vicki tries to assure him that was not true or the reason. Then Jake told her she was being to generous and allowing herself to be drawn into Shane's manipulations. As Vicki tries to tell Jake that Shane won't come between them anymore, because she'll handle him. Jake cuts her off saying " Your right, Shane won't come between us again. I'll never let anyone come between me and the people I love ever again." Vicki was speechless as the two of them go into the house.
Worried about her missing ex-husband, Lila warns Jake that Shane and Vicky are undoubtedly together again. Sofia's constant obsession with the unraveling of her brother's marriage continues to grate on Nick, who urges his fiancee to focus on preparations for their own nuptials instead. Though Jake confidently assures her his wife was in Chicago for the day, Lila remains certain that Vicky was actually en route to a rendezvous with Dr. Roberts. Sofia told an exasperated Nick she wants to postpone the wedding until Joe and Paulina have worked out some of their problems. Meanwhile, at the Cory mansion, Paulina explains to her husband why she can't live with him knowing he doesn't believe she's been clean and sober. Donna convinces Sofia that allowing her brother and sister-in-law to share in the joy of her marriage will do the quarreling Carlinos more good than months of counseling. Later, Michael suggests to his son that he and his future bride consider honeymooning at Donna's secluded and highly romantic lodge. As their argument escalates, Joe threatens Paulina with a custody battle and reminds his outraged wife that no court in the land will award Dante to a mother who's hooked on pills and booze. When Donna comes by to pick up the key to her lodge, Jake realizes in dismay where he last saw the object in question. Terrified of losing her son, Paulina agrees to take a weekly drug test and swears to Joe she'll never be alone with Dante from now on.
Michael arrives at the lodge and was severely annoyed to find Shane already in residence. Vicky returns to Bay City and heads over to the hospital, where she spies Lila sneaking into Shane's office. Paulina comes to see Jake, hoping to lean on a sympathetic shoulder following her fight with Joe. Eavesdropping on Lila as she phones Matt, Vicky realizes that Shane's ex-wife has tampered with the doctor's research. Paulina tearfully explains to Jake why she kicked Joe out. Michael orders Shane to stay away from Vicky. Felicia refuses to believe that Wally was responsible for stealing her first edition of Embers In The Snow. Overruling Cass' groaning objections, Felicia elects to read the novel aloud to a small group of friends in hopes that they'll be able to uncover clues to the next part of the mystery. Vicky decides to rush the "misplaced" data to Shane to prove to him that his research was right on track all along. Meanwhile, Matt threatens to expose Lila's deception if she doesn't produce the missing file. Upset by Jake's angry words about wanting to kill Shane, Paulina attempts to talk her old friend out of going up to Donna's lodge to confront his rival.