At the Spaulding Mansion:
Beth hears that Bradley has died and she remembers how he raped her as a child. Phil thinks that is great that he is dead. Beth wishes she could feel the same but she just can't. Phil notices that Beth was crying. He tells her that Bradley doesn't deserve her tears. Beth tells him that she knows that but she can't help it. Everything is there fresh in front of her and she just doesn't know why she feels the way she does. She tells him she will be fine, she just needs some time. Lillian comes in with the telegram and obituary that states Bradley was a loved man who will be missed. Beth is upset and throws things across the room. There was no mention of any of the bad things Bradley did to anyone. Lillian apologized again to Beth and Beth tells her that she was just as much a victim. She closed herself off from love. They go over how Bradley hurt both of them so much and how they had to help each other. Lillian tells Beth that she prayed for the day Bradley would die so they could both be free. She is glad that he is dead but Beth thinks death is too good for him. She needed him to see that she is a survivor and not his victim. Phil tells her that he is gone and she doesn't need him to validate her, she needs to see herself. He tells her that everyone sees her as a wonderful woman but she can't see that in herself. Phil tells Beth if she wants to prove herself, she should go to Mexico, divorce Edmund and prove that no man controls her. Beth thinks Phil is being self-serving but he tells her that he just wants to help her. Beth tells Phil and Lillian that they are both very supportive but she needs sometime alone. Phil leaves for the office and Lillian leaves as well. Beth takes the obituary and rereads it. She rips it up and sits it on fire. She leaves the room. Phil comes back in and sees the burnt article. He is happy for Beth but notices an old basketball photo of he and Rick from high school.
At the Courthouse:
Blake tries to talk to Ross but he is busy looking for Michelle. Ray comes in and Danny asks him if he has seen Michelle. Ray tells him he passed her on Fifth Street. Gus is watching as they frantically look for Michelle, who is to be called as their next witness. Blake looks over the files she had found while in Chicago and at the photo of young Gus. She tries again to talk to Ross but he is adamant that he is too busy to hear anything right then. Gus tells DA Wolfe that he has an idea and pulls her out into the hall. Danny is upset that Michelle is not there. Ross tells him that they need Michelle there now. An aide comes in and tells Ross court is about to resume but Ross tells her they still have 20 minutes, the aide tells Ross that the DA sent the judge a note telling him to cut the recess short. Blake tells Ross that she has news about Gus. He tells her they will talk later. The Judge calls court into session. Ross tells the Judge that the shortened recess is causing him some delay. The Judge tells Ross that he should call his next witness. Gus seemed pleased at Ross' nervousness. He tries to stall but the Judge wants him to get on with calling his witness. Ross tells the judge that his witness isn't there yet but should be there soon. The judge tells him to call another witness now.
Gus is out for a smoke when Harley shows up. Gus is making snide remarks to Harley and she tells him that while she has a chance she wants to tell him that Phil is not the father of her baby. Gus tells her that he knows Rick is the father, he is professional and he picked up on it.
Michelle finally comes back in with the file of Carmen's records. Ross calls her to the stand and has her sworn in.
At the Dentist Office:
A very flirtatious, disguised Michelle is flirting with the dentist. She talks about the trial and how she wishes she had the inside scoop. The dentist tells her that Carmen was his patient. Michelle keeps talking about Carmen and the dentist tells her that his records are what the police used to identify the body. The dentist tells Michelle that Carmen had implants and one had punctured her sinuses. She asks to see the x-ray and the doctor goes to get it. He shows her and then notices that the x-rays were not those of Carmen's, not even close to her mouth. Michelle knew it. The dentist tells her that this isn't Carmen's file although it has her name on it. Michelle tells him that he has proof that the body was not Carmen's. He tells her that he has duplicate files in a warehouse downtown. He writes a note giving his assistant access to obtain the duplicate files on Carmen. Michelle sends the doctor out of the room for something and she grabs the note and runs out.
Harley is talking to Holly. Holly asks about her and Rick and how Phil is taking things. Harley tells her that she doesn't want anyone else knowing about it. Holly tells her that she understands but she knows Rick will be a great dad. Harley tells Holly that she has too many men in her life and they are all trying to take over and tells her how to do things. She is sick of it. Just then, Buzz comes over with baby catalogs and Harley tells him she has all that she needs. Harley gives Buzz the books back and tells him that he is driving her crazy. She tells him that she is the first person she turns to and he should get on with his own life. She tells them all goodbye and starts to leave for the courtroom. Rick walks in and sees Harley before she goes. Harley walks outside with Rick and he tells her that once the trial is over with he thinks they should take a vacation to the cabin so she can kick back and relax. He will do everything and she can just lie around. Harley tells him that she has a job to do and she has to get to the courthouse.
Holly offers to buy Rick a cup of coffee. Buzz offers him some pie. Rick is concerned that Buzz is being so nice to him. Holly tells him that Buzz likes him and congratulates him on becoming a dad. Holly thinks there is a real connection between him and Harley. He tells her they are only friends. Holly wants to know how long Rick has been in love with Harley. Rick tells her that he is concerned, not love he feels for Harley. She is his friend and he doesn't want Holly to start because of the gossipers in town. He refuses to force something that isn't there. He is having a child with a dear friend, someone he respects. Holly tells him that she was just worried about him. He thanks her and leaves.
Rick goes outside and sees a little boy, playing ball. He tells the him to have fun before he grows up and everything gets too complicated.