At the hospital, Liesl heard Elizabeth leave Franco a voicemail message asking him to send a text message to let her know how Jake's art therapy session had been. After she ended the call, Liesl accused Elizabeth of being unprofessional, but Elizabeth revealed that she'd been on break and returned to the nurses' station with Liesl hot on her heels. Elizabeth was curious why Liesl was even on the floor, so Liesl explained that Finn's caseload had been split up between her and several other doctors. Liesl complained about Finn's abrupt leave of absence, but she quickly seized the opportunity to question Hayden about it when Hayden walked up.
Elizabeth covered for her sister by claiming that Finn had taken time off to focus on writing an article about the cure he'd discovered for Blackwood's syndrome, which would be published in a prestigious medical journal. Intrigued, Liesl asked for the name of the medical journal, but Elizabeth claimed she'd said too much. Liesl walked away grumbling that Finn would likely take more time off for a book tour. Hayden let Elizabeth know that it hadn't been necessary to save her from Liesl's questions, but Elizabeth explained that Liesl was a "pain," and Elizabeth had a good idea what Hayden had been going through. Elizabeth let her sister know that she was there for Hayden, but Hayden rejected the overture and walked away.
Later, Hayden paced her office as she looked at her phone and contemplated calling Finn. She put the phone down as someone knocked on the door. Hayden yelled for the person to go away, but Elizabeth entered. Hayden made it clear that she wasn't in the mood to talk, but Elizabeth wanted to explain her "over-the-top" reaction to catching Finn stealing drugs. Hayden insisted that it wasn't necessary because Elizabeth had been "annoyingly" gracious about everything. Elizabeth admitted that alarm bells had gone off when she'd seen Finn taking the medications because it had reminded her of what she'd gone through during Lucky's struggle with addiction.
Elizabeth hadn't wanted to see Hayden blindsided by Finn's addiction the way Elizabeth had been when she'd learned about Lucky's addiction. Elizabeth assured her sister that she knew what Hayden was going through, but Hayden refused to discuss it. Disappointed, Elizabeth promised to listen if Hayden changed her mind. Elizabeth turned to leave. Hayden called out to Elizabeth and asked her to stay. "Please," Hayden quietly added.
Hayden acknowledged that she knew enough about addiction to know that Finn had a long road ahead of him and that she'd been his enabler. She explained that she had wanted to help Finn get clean, but he'd turned her down because he wanted to handle it on his own. Hayden confided that she'd agreed because she had no real idea what to do to help. Elizabeth talked about Lucky's struggle to get clean and warned Hayden that it had to be Finn's choice. Elizabeth and Hayden talked until Elizabeth realized the time and had to leave. Hayden thanked her sister to listening, but Elizabeth was glad that she'd been able to help Hayden.
Meanwhile, Tracy frantically searched Finn's hotel suite when she saw the broken vial of "Zen-Zen" on the floor. After she determined that Finn wasn't there, she called security to enlist their help in the search. However, she ended the call when she saw Finn appear in the doorway. Tracy immediately confronted him about the broken vial. Finn pulled a bottle of booze out of the paper bag he'd been holding and poured himself a drink as he asked if he looked like someone who'd had a fix. Tracy conceded that he looked awful, and she asked for a drink.
After Finn handed Tracy a glass, she reminded him that he would not be able to drink once he went to rehab, but he announced that he'd decided to get clean on his own terms. "How asinine can you get?" Tracy asked. Finn pointed out that he was no longer sick and claimed that he could handle things, but Tracy laughed. She pointed out that he'd been cured of the disease for a month, but he hadn't stopped using the addictive drug -- and he'd been caught stealing pills at the hospital. Finn argued that he didn't want anyone in his business or a program boxing him in, because he'd lose his mind.
Finn became increasingly agitated as he admitted that he'd end up walking out of rehab, but Tracy wasn't satisfied because she wanted to know what his plan was. Finn admitted that he had no idea, but he was certain that he and Roxy would find a way to get through it. Tracy advised Finn to call Hayden because Hayden loved him and wanted to help. Finn became defensive and suggested that Tracy was the last person who should give anyone relationship advice. Tracy was taken aback, but he refused to back down as he dredged up her past failed marriages and how no one paid attention to how lonely she was, including her self-involved sons.
Finn wasn't surprised that she'd been marked by so many con artists because she'd been easy pickings as a rich and lonely woman with unresolved "daddy issues." Hurt, Tracy threw her drink in Finn's face. Finn immediately regretted the cruel things he'd said and apologized. He acknowledged that he'd gone too far in an effort to push her away and to keep her from calling Hayden. Tracy reluctantly conceded that Finn had been right about most of what he'd said. She explained that she'd always kept a small circle of friends because she preferred to "go it alone."
Tracy was keenly aware that most of her family was dead and confided that she often wondered how different things might have been if she'd let more people in. Tracy was curious if Finn was prepared to live with the same regrets. Tracy advised him not to go it alone because he had a woman who loved him and wanted to help. She added that the choice was his then left.
At Anna's house, Valentin told Anna that Nina and Charlotte were his life. He refused to let Anna disrupt what he had with his family and made it clear that if she persisted, then he would remove her for good. "Do it. Just give me an excuse," Anna replied. Valentin conceded it had been a poor choice of words and clarified that he would remove her presence from his life by offering a truce and putting the past behind them. Anna recognized his tactic to present something outrageous and make it sound perfectly rational and acceptable, but she rejected his offer.
Valentin wondered if Anna truly thought asking for peace was irrational. "No," Anna answered, but she added that ignorance was, and she wanted answers about their past. She warned him that she would not stop until she had the truth because there was no earthly reason that she could think of for ordering the hit of a fellow WSB agent. Valentin refused to enlighten her, but she implored him to settle things between them once and for all by telling her about their past. Valentin appeared to momentarily waver when he saw her tears, but he couldn't believe that her memory was a blank.
Anna insisted that it was true, but Valentin advised her to leave it alone and allow them both to move forward. Anna refused because she couldn't imagine resorting to such an extreme measure. "Unless you flipped," Anna said as she realized that she might have targeted Valentin because he'd gone to work for the "DVX." Furious, Valentin accused Anna of having a selective memory because there had been a time she'd worked as a double agent who had traded secrets to the highest bidder. Valentin accused Anna of being the traitor and suggested that she'd been projecting her tainted past onto him.
Anna refused to be sidetracked and asked if Valentin were truly trying to blame her rejection of advances for turning him into the man he was. Valentin appeared hurt as he angrily accused Anna of lying about the cruelest thing she'd ever done to him. He conceded that she might have blocked things out because they'd been so horrifying, but he suspected that she'd spent so many years lying that she'd begun to believe the lies. Anna denied being a liar, but Valentin suddenly noticed that her hand was bleeding. Anna looked down and saw the bloody bandage.
Concerned, Valentin asked what was wrong with Anna. Anna admitted that she was on blood thinners, but Valentin wanted to know why. He was stunned when she revealed that she had cancer. She quickly added that it was treatable, and she could live a long life if she took certain precautions. Valentin was certain that she was up to the challenge. Anna asked Valentin to help give her peace of mind by telling her about their past. Valentin refused and advised her to forget that they had ever known each other. After Valentin left, he stopped on her stoop as his expression clouded with concern.
Inside, Anna made a phone call to ask for help. A short time later, Liesl showed up and informed Anna that she didn't ordinarily make house calls. Anna explained that she needed some answers.
At Crimson, Nina was surprised when Nelle asked to apply for the position of Charlotte's nanny. Nelle explained that she'd gone to college to become a teacher until financial difficulties had sidelined her education. Nelle revealed that she'd worked as a teacher's aide, so she had experience, and she was really good with children. Nina smiled because she'd seen Nelle's interaction with Charlotte, but Nina was curious why Nelle no longer worked for Carly. Nelle claimed that she and Carly had had a difference of opinion about what Nelle's job entailed.
Nina was impressed with Nelle's background, but she admitted that she didn't want to get caught in the middle of Nelle and Carly's issues. Charlotte ran up to show Nina the numbers that Nelle had helped Charlotte add up. Nina was surprised by Charlotte's accurate work, prompting Nelle to seize the opportunity to point out that she could also be Charlotte's personal tutor. Nina decided to get to know Nelle on a personal level and invited Nelle to spend time with her and Charlotte as part of the job interview.
At Metro Court Restaurant, Bobbie approached Carly at the bar and asked if Carly ever returned text messages. Carly set her glass of wine down and apologized for forgetting about their plans. Carly explained that she'd stopped off at the hospital to visit Jason and the baby, but Jason had said something that had gotten Carly to thinking. Carly admitted that she'd gone to Sonny's. Bobbie wasn't upset because she realized that Carly and Sonny had a lot to talk about, but she was curious if Carly and Sonny might get back together. Carly conceded that Sonny was the only person in the world who knew how Carly felt.
However, Carly insisted that knowing the pain she'd felt didn't mean that she and Sonny should be together because they always ended up in the same place, with one angry and the other filled with regret. Bobbie thought Sonny should have had regrets before taking off Nelle's clothes, but Carly confessed that she felt more betrayed by Sonny's lies than the one-night stand because he'd put the whole family at risk. Carly hated that she'd invited Nelle into their lives, but she'd had time to think about it, and a part of her felt like a hypocrite. Carly realized that she had no place to judge Nelle because Carly had done the same thing to Bobbie.
Bobbie disagreed because there had been cracks in her marriage before Carly, but Carly argued that she'd seduced Tony while Bobbie and Tony had been grieving the loss of their daughter, B.J. Bobbie argued that Nelle was not family, so Carly didn't owe Nelle anything. Carly thanked her mother for always supporting her. Bobbie smiled and admitted that it was a good thing that Carly hadn't been there earlier because Nelle had shown up. Carly assured Bobbie that she was not worried about running into Nelle, but Nelle should be concerned about having an encounter with Carly. Bobbie chuckled because she'd told Nelle the same thing and had threatened to have security remove Nelle by force.
Carly's laughter died when she looked up and saw Nina, Charlotte, and Nelle exit the elevator. Bobbie was astounded at Nelle's gall and decided to give the young woman a piece of her mind. Bobbie marched up to Nelle as Carly followed close behind. Nelle assured both women that she didn't want trouble, but Carly suggested that Nelle should have avoided Carly's restaurant. Nina covered Charlotte's ears as she tactfully reminded the ladies that there was a child present. Nina realized that Carly and Nelle had had a difference of opinion about Nelle's job, but Nina didn't think the discussion was meant for "little ears."
Carly quickly clarified that Nina had been misinformed, but she agreed that it wasn't meant for a child to hear. Nina asked Nelle to take Charlotte to a nearby table. Resigned, Nelle walked away with Charlotte as Nina admitted that she'd been considering hiring Nelle as Charlotte's nanny. Carly warned Nina that it would be a mistake and revealed that Nelle had been fired for sleeping with Carly's husband and using Carly's family to get to Carly. Carly also added that Nelle's last name was Benson -- not Hayes -- and that Nelle was the daughter of Carly's adoptive father.
Carly advised Nina to proceed with caution because Nelle was a liar and manipulator. Nina pointed out that Charlotte already adored Nelle. Carly admitted that Avery and Josslyn had loved Nelle, too, but it hadn't stopped Nelle from hurting Carly's family. Bobbie added that Lulu would never want someone like Nelle near Charlotte, but Nina took offense and argued that Nina and Valentin's decision about Charlotte's nanny wasn't Lulu's concern. Bobbie disagreed because Charlotte was Lulu's daughter. Nina decided to collect Charlotte and Nelle before things became more awkward, but Bobbie wasn't through with Nina.
Bobbie reminded Nina that Charlotte was a Spencer, whether Nina and Valentin wanted to admit it or not, and Bobbie was concerned about her great-niece's well-being. Seconds later, Nelle walked up to announce that she was leaving because she assumed that Nina had changed her mind about the job interview. Nina surprised everyone by hiring Nelle on the spot then sending Nelle off with Charlotte to get some hot chocolate. After Nelle and Charlotte left, Bobbie warned Nina that Nina's rash decision would backfire because Nelle would end up in bed with Nina's husband.
After Bobbie stormed off, Carly suggested that Nina had acted out of anger and had hired Nelle out of spite. Nina explained that she'd hired Nelle because Nina believed in second chances and that people could change. Carly agreed that it was possible, but she urged Nina to watch her back because Nelle might turn against Nina too.
Later, Valentin joined Nina at the restaurant. She told him that their nanny had quit, but she'd found a great replacement. However, Nina warned him that she'd better not catch the nanny near his bed. Startled, Valentin asked what she was talking about, but she promised to fill him in later and asked where he'd been. Valentin confessed that he'd paid Anna a visit to ask for a truce because he'd meant it when he'd told Nina that Nina and Charlotte were all that mattered to him.
Nearby, Bobbie admitted that she was disappointed that Nina had hired Nelle. Carly agreed, but she was grateful that Nelle would be stuck on Spoon Island, far away from Carly's family.
At Kelly's, Dante greeted Michael and asked if Michael had spoken to Sonny. Michael confirmed that he'd heard about Olivia Jerome's arrest. Dante filled Michael in about how it had transpired. Michael was surprised that Sonny and Carly hadn't killed Olivia when they'd had the opportunity, but Dante suspected that Sonny and Carly had realized that it would only prolong the family's pain. Dante was confident that both Sonny and Carly were ready to move forward, but Michael worried that it would be tough for his parents because Nelle had made things worse.
Michael and Dante talked about their father's one-night stand with Nelle and the impact it had had on everyone. Dante worried about Michael, but Michael assured his brother that he'd been the least hurt by the betrayal. Dante seemed skeptical because he knew that Michael had had feeling for Nelle, but Michael argued that he'd merely been a pawn in Nelle's scheme against Carly. Michael felt like an idiot for not catching onto Nelle's game, but Dante reminded Michael that Michael was not a mind reader. Michael regretted that he'd been too trusting, but Dante argued that the alternative would be to put up walls and become a cynic, which was not Michael.
Michael was disappointed because he'd believed Nelle's desire to turn her life around. Dante suggested that it could have been true, but Michael insisted that it didn't matter because Nelle had hurt the people he cared about. Dante suggested that it might matter if Michael found a way to forgive her. Michael doubted that it was possible -- even if he wanted to -- because she had hurt Avery and Josslyn by breaking up their home. Dante suspected that Michael was playing devil's advocate and advised Michael not to be too hasty because it was important for Michael to do what was right for Michael.
Shortly after Dante left, Michael wrapped up a business call as he paid the bill and grabbed his jacket. He stopped short when he saw Nelle and Charlotte enter the diner.
• Jason warns Sam that Carly is very upset
• Tracy reminds Ned that “the fishwife from Bensonhurst” had turned him down
• Elizabeth admits that she has no idea what she would do without Franco
• Hayden helps Finn as he struggles to get clean and kick his addiction