At Forrester, Katie and Thorne were in the CEO's office, working with Ken, who wanted to see the picture beside one of the negative comments. Katie showed him a picture of Emma, Hope, and another woman. Ken said Hope was pretty, but he'd stalk Katie before he stalk Hope. "Uh, thank you?" Katie dubiously replied.
Thorne served Ken some tea, and Katie and Thorne wondered how long the job would take. Ken wanted a lemon, and Thorne murmured that they were working on it. Ken figured the job would take a couple of hours and told Thorne that he could get Ken's lunch from Il Giardino. Ken wanted extra capers and reminded Thorne about the lemon.
Later, Thorne returned to the office as Ken was finishing up his meal. Katie shoved some dishes in Thorne's hands and said he could mind the troubled genius. Claiming not to be troubled, Ken said he had gotten the answer twenty minutes earlier. He just hadn't wanted to rush his dessert. Katie asked if Ken knew who was threatening Hope.
Ken didn't know how threatening "she" was, but he'd found her IP address and had also tracked it on job hunting sites. Katie gleaned that he thought it was a woman. He said it could be an Italian man named Salvatore, or a woman named Sally Spectra.
Katie and Thorne asked if Ken was sure. He was sure, and he also knew the posts hadn't been made from Forrester because they would have been masked by a blanket IP address used by everyone in the building. Ken said the police would say the woman hadn't done anything illegal.
Thorne said they'd handle it internally, and he'd get Ken a check. Ken replied that it had been too easy, and he didn't need a check. He shook Katie's hand and locked eyes with her. He said they could just call it a lunch date. At the door, Ken winked at Katie then exited.
At the beach house, Sally and Wyatt languished together on the sofa, and Sally wondered if Zoe would soon be knocking. Wyatt asked why Zoe would knock when she had the key. Sally asked what would happen if Zoe stole something. Wyatt replied that he didn't have anything she'd want to steal, and Zoe would be crazy to steal from Sally.
Sally decided to get ready for work. She still wasn't thrilled about Hope, but Wyatt said to look at it as a little hazing. He was sure that if Sally handled the initiation with charm, they'd love her.
Later, Sally and Wyatt had gotten dressed and were searching for her ringing phone. Wyatt found it in time for her to take a call from Thorne. She apologized to Thorne for not knowing what time it was and claimed she'd been working at home for Hope. Thorne asked her to meet him in his office right away. After the call, Sally was excited about what Thorne could want.
When Sally arrived in the CEO's office, she was excited to see what Thorne wanted. Katie was there with him still and noted that Sally didn't spend much time at the office. Sally said Hope didn't really know what to do with her, so she was sitting tight at home. Sally figured there were things she could be doing if Hope would let her. Sally had her laptop and sketchpad and asked if Thorne wanted to see what she was working on.
Thorne and Katie exchanged glances. Katie asked what Sally thought of the HFTF site. Sally said she hadn't spent much time there. Thorne stated that someone had been making threats from the site, and he and Katie were sure Sally knew who was responsible. Sally didn't know why they'd think she'd know who was badmouthing Hope online.
Katie asked Sally to describe her relationship with Hope in one word. "Touchy," Sally replied. Katie took exception to the word, and Sally asked Katie how she'd described her relationship to Hope. Katie said Hope was her niece, and Katie didn't appreciate people threatening or intimidating Hope. Sally said Katie sounded as if she believed Sally had done it.
Thorne asked if Sally had hoped to design. Sally said she'd always wanted to design for anyone who'd let her. Thorne asked if it had come up with Hope. Sally said it had, but she knew it wasn't why she'd been hired. Sally realized Thorne and Katie were accusing Sally of making threats.
Katie said they knew it was Sally, and Thorne added that the site had logged her IP address. Sally said she'd looked at the website like everyone else. She offered to let them look at her laptop, but Katie said it wouldn't yield any information. Thorne decided that they had to let Sally go, and he warned that the statute of limitations hadn't run out for them to press charges for the year before. Sally insisted that she hadn't done it, and Katie asked who had done it, if not Sally.
At the Bikini Bar, Emma and Xander continued having lunch as Zoe watched from the bar. Xander received a call from Maya, who wanted to know where he was. After the call, he told Emma that his cousin wanted him back at Forrester. He thought he should have told Maya about being at lunch, but Emma said he was right to tell Maya he'd be there because they were only interns.
Xander left his credit card for Emma to use for the bill. He kissed her cheek, and as he walked off, she wondered if they'd know she wasn't Alexander. Emma tried to figure out if she should use his card. As she searched her purse, a cold drink cascaded over her shoulder.
Emma hopped up and exclaimed that the woman who'd bumped into her needed to watch where she was going. Zoe, who'd purposely spilled the drink on Emma, pretended that it had been an accident. She wanted to pay for Emma's dry cleaning or at least her meal. Emma said it wasn't necessary, but Zoe reached on the table, retrieved the bill folder, and handed it to the server. Zoe said she hated it when people didn't clean up their messes.
As Emma dried off, Zoe, who hadn't introduced herself yet, signed for the bill and swore that her oats weren't toasted. Emma said it was a funny expression and noted that Zoe spoke like Emma's boyfriend. Zoe asked if that was the nice-looking man who'd just been there.
Emma said he was English, too, but then she thought that Zoe could be from somewhere else. Emma also decided that she shouldn't call the guy her boyfriend. Zoe asked why. Emma said it was still a new situation, and they weren't anything yet.
Later, Zoe was alone at the table. She slipped something into her purse and flashed back to returning home with food for Xander. In her memory, she entered and apologized for the way she'd acted. She said she knew she was impossible when her paintings weren't going well. She promised that it wouldn't happen again. She knew she'd said it before. She just loved him so much.
In her memory, Zoe was still speaking when she found a note on a closet door. It was from Xander, who said he'd moved out because it wasn't good for either of them to go on that way. Zoe sobbed and opened the closet. It contained empty hangers.
Zoe snapped out of it when Emma returned from the bathroom, saying it had worked. She was totally dry. Zoe said she could still see the stain, but Emma was sure it would wash out. Zoe said clothes were like people, and some injuries never went away. Emma decided it would be a memento from the time a nice stranger had bought her lunch.
Zoe said everyone was a stranger to her because she'd just moved there. It was time for Emma to go. She hoped she'd see Zoe around. Zoe was sure of it. Emma left smiling.
Zoe flashed back to being in bed with Xander and then to him kissing Emma on the cheek.
In the Forrester design office, Maya was with her father. Maya was questioning when he'd last seen Xander. Julius asked if Xander had been five at a particular family reunion, and Maya said she wouldn't know. She just wanted to make sure Xander was who he said he was. Julius assumed she thought her cousin was hiding something, and Maya revealed that the intern had given Forrester a fake social security number.
Later, Xander had arrived and was staring at a piece of paper. Julius noted that there were no letters in social security numbers. Xander realized that he'd given Forrester his NINO by mistake. It was a national insurance number from his home country. Maya said they couldn't pay him without a social security number, and he needed to take the correct number to Ridge.
Xander guessed he'd have to tell Ridge about Xander's dual citizenship. He remarked that he'd told Emma, too, when they'd been out to lunch together. Maya warned him to be cautious about who he gave his information to because it could be used against him.
Xander said he trusted Emma. He also trusted Maya and his aunt and uncle, so he wanted to divulge the reason he'd been so secretive. He said it was regarding his ex-girlfriend in London, and he'd rather not be findable for a while.
Xander claimed the woman hadn't done anything harmful, like trying to kill him, and she was a good person at heart. Julius said everyone was that way until they weren't. Maya noted that he was halfway around the world from the woman. Xander said he and Maya had the same last name, and he wanted to lay low after how he'd left things.
Julius deduced that his nephew had been the one to break it off. Agreeing, Xander said the woman had been a little too attached. Julius remarked that women flocked to Avant men like bees to honey. Maya said bees made honey. "Always so literal...always so literal," he replied and changed his analogy to ants to a picnic.
Julius was tickled that the woman still couldn't stay away after Xander had put an ocean and continent between them. Xander stated that she had stayed away -- for all he knew. Maya stated that everyone had a bad breakup story. Julius asked if his nephew had used moving to Los Angeles as a reason to escape.
Xander said it wasn't the main reason, but it was one of them. Xander claimed the woman had been obsessive after the breakup. Maya asked how. He didn't know why they should get into the details. He was satisfied that he hadn't heard anything else from the woman, and he assumed that she'd moved on to better things.
• Sally recognizes Zoe when Xander shows her pictures of his ex.