Max explained to Rae that he understood how it felt to have lost a child. He recalled when his children had been kidnapped. "However," Max stated, he had the DNA proof that he was Asa and Renee's son. Sykes and Rae pushed that there was something that Daniel was trying to blackmail Max with, something that would prove who he really was.
Thanks to some quick thinking, Max thought up a story about his compulsive gambling problem and how he hadn't wanted anyone to know about his past. Rae and Sykes left, finally convinced Max was telling the truth. Blair and Max breathed a sign of relief and began planning for their new baby. When Max left the room, Blair decided to throw away her birth control pills.
R.J. found Lindsay at her gallery. He was angry because she wasn't living up to her end of their bargain -- she still hadn't given R.J. any information regarding Mathew's DNA test. When Lindsay tried to play cool with R.J., he threatened her. He knew she had seen the effects of the drug she'd bought, and she might be able to experience it as well if she didn't deliver. Because she knew Sam wouldn't submit to a DNA test willingly, she offered Todd to R.J. instead. She told him Todd was in Llanview and was probably at Sam's.
At Sam's house, Todd continued to put on the act that he was looking for Nora. When Sam checked his mail, he got another court order from Asa, regarding Mathew's paternity, but failed to notice the airmail letter from Will. Against Sam's wishes, Todd read the legal documents and discovered Asa's plan to take Mathew away. When Sam wasn't looking, Todd read and destroyed Will's letter by eating it.
Roseanne went to the diner and ran into Antonio. He accused her of trying to find him. When she denied it, he asked for a little honesty. Roseanne couldn't believe he didn't know why she was angry with him. Just as she was about to open up to Antonio, Sophia excitedly burst in -- she and Antonio had made the squad. She hugged him and told him how happy she was to be his partner.
Cristian found the letter from Will and abruptly left Jessica, telling her he needed to meet with one of the real estate agents. He took the unopened letter to the diner to show Antonio. His brother advised Cristian to tell Jessica the truth, while Roseanne said he should burn it. Confused, Cristian returned to Jessica.
In Ireland, Will overheard Liam and Deborah discussing him. They had called the police, who were expected at any minute. Desperate, he placed a call to Jessica. When she answered, he said he'd never meant to betray her and that he loved her. He heard the police and quickly told her that the letter he'd sent would explain everything. He hung up.
When the police opened the door, they found Will had disappeared. Jessica called the operator and found out Will had been calling from Ireland. Just then, Cristian walked in. Jessica asked him if he had seen an overseas letter.
Kelly woke up in the hospital with Joey by her side. They talked about Kevin, and Joey let her go. Kelly admitted she would always love Joey. Joey left.
At Crossroads, Kevin walked in as Ben was straightening up the furniture. He asked Ben to help him find the people who had shot Kelly. Ben tried to talk him out of it but eventually agreed to help Kevin. Joey walked in and told Kevin to go see Kelly in the hospital. Ben offered Joey a drink then left.
In the diner, Antonio confronted Roseanne about her attitude. She turned the tables on Antonio, and he admitted that he was attracted to her but was unable to trust her. Sophia walked in on them arguing, and Roseanne left. Sophia told Antonio that she knew that he had kissed Roseanne on the docks and that Roseanne felt used. Sophia did not believe that Antonio could use anybody, so he had to have feelings for Roseanne.
In Llanfair, Jessica looked for Will's letter as Cristian looked on with the letter in his back pocket. Renee stopped over to offer her help planning their wedding and to pay for it as her gift to them. She offered the use of the Palace. Renee wanted to give them the happiest wedding possible to make up for Asa's bad behavior. After Renee left, Jessica resumed looking for Will's letter, and Cristian gave it to her.
At R.J.'s, R.J. first held a gun to Todd's head then tried to strangle him after Todd taunted him about Téa. R.J. next taped Todd to a chair and put a homemade bomb in his lap. Roseanne knocked on the door and told R.J. that he had been right about Antonio using her. R.J. wouldn't let her in, but she peered past him and saw Todd taped to the chair. She hurried away to inform Antonio about what she had just seen.
Todd realized that R.J. was serious about killing him when R.J. turned to leave, carrying a duffel bag and his bonsai tree. When R.J. opened his door, he was startled to see Antonio, Sophia, and Roseanne standing outside.
Kevin stopped by the hospital to visit Kelly. He admonished her for saving his life by putting her own on the line, but Kelly assured him she'd do it again "in a heartbeat." She explained that after she'd lost Ian and Drew, she'd felt cursed. Then Joey had been shot at the lodge, compounding those feelings, and this time she hadn't wanted someone to die "because I loved them -- and I don't want to lose you." After they kissed, Kevin regretted that he hadn't done that "a long time ago. I should have done that to keep you from leaving town."
Kelly asked Kevin if he thought Joey would be okay with them being together because he had told her he "understood," and Kevin assured her that although it would take time, he felt his brother would be fine. He told Kelly that he wouldn't be okay if he didn't have her, and he again declared his love. Kelly reciprocated, and they kissed again. Later, Kelly laughed about getting shot because it had kept her from leaving town for some unknown destination where she would have been "miserable." Kevin vowed that "this time," he wouldn't let her get away from him and that they would be together for a very long time.
In Jessica's bedroom, Cristian handed Will's letter to Jessica, admitting that he had taken it off her dresser and that he already knew what it said. Jessica thought he was trying to protect her but claimed there was "no way he can hurt me now." Cristian tried to explain his actions in keeping both the letter and Will's call secret from Jessica but finally encouraged her to read the letter because he knew "Will should get a say." Jessica was speechless as she read Will's explanation for leaving her and finally asked Cristian if the words were true. Reluctantly, he admitted that "the facts are pretty much right, but there's a lot more to it."
Cristian tried to explain his actions, but when he declared that he hadn't lied to Will because it was really Todd's lies, Jessica hit him with the fact that he had lied to her, and that was unacceptable. She was angry that Cristian felt he'd had to "trick her into doing what was right," stating, "I don't even know who you are." A desperate Cristian claimed that whatever he had done, he had done it for love. "We belong together. Please tell me that you still believe that -- and can find a way to forgive me."
Jessica likened Cristian's behavior to her grandfather's in trying to make decisions for her and keeping Will away from her, which, she reminded him, she resented. When Jessica threw in his face that he'd had time to sleep with her before they'd made it home to her mother, Cristian wondered what Will had to do with their making love, unless she'd only slept with him because Will had rejected her. That was pretty much the last straw because then Jessica told Cristian there wouldn't be a wedding -- "now or ever."
When Cristian told Jessica she "can't do that," Jessica claimed he was again trying to make her decisions for her. She took out a suitcase and started stuffing clothes into it because she was "going to find Will." Cristian begged for another chance "to make it up," but Jessica felt that she could never trust Cristian again. When he reminded her that she'd told him over and over again how much she loved him, that they belonged together, and that Will hadn't mattered anymore, Jessica didn't take long to reply, "I guess I lied, too."
Will dropped his things in the corner of an Irish stable and hid out from the constable. A young woman dressed for riding lied that she was the only one in the stable, but when the constable left, she called for Will to step out and show himself. When Will stood up and asked why she hadn't turned him in, she asked to hear a "real good reason not to."
In his apartment, R.J. demanded that Antonio and Sophia produce a warrant before they entered his place, but Sophia claimed there were "exigent circumstances" -- a term she had learned in the police academy, which causes R.J. to tease them about being "cadets." Sophia informed R.J. she and Antonio had been sworn in as officers and produced a temporary ID, which she "accidentally" dropped inside the door. As she went to pick it up, Antonio forced his way into the apartment with Sophia, Roseanne, and R.J. following. Todd was strapped to the chair with the bomb in his lap and wasn't taking it quietly.
Antonio ordered everyone out, but Sophia refused to leave her "partner," so Antonio reached for the phone to call the bomb squad. R.J. grabbed the box and pushed it at Antonio, admitting it was not real but "window putty" as payback for the fake bomb Todd had earlier sent R.J. at the country club. Todd claimed he had known it was a "fake," which he said "pretty much sums up your whole existence, doesn't it, R.J.?" Antonio "arrested" R.J. and then did the same for Todd. Sophia put the tape back on Todd's mouth and read him his rights.
In one cell of the Llanview jail, R.J. demanded to see Hank. In the other cell, Todd demanded out because he was the victim, and "I got someplace important I gotta be. Somebody's counting on me. It's a matter of life and death." When Antonio scoffed at Todd's request, Todd responded, "Then I want my lawyer. I want Sam here right now."
Melanie walked up behind a pensive Sam standing in an empty courtroom and asked if he was worried or determined. Neither, he was "furious, frustrated. I can't get out of this place to look for Nora. I have to stop Asa from stealing Matthew." He was glad that Judge Fitzwater would be conducting the hearing and thanked Ben for being there to "show Asa our family is united against him" but worried that "Asa had at least one dirty trick up his sleeve."
Outside the courtroom, Asa was gloating to Max that he would have Matthew tested and then "the lucky world will get rid of another Rappaport." An angry Lindsay entered, brandishing her subpoena and claiming she wouldn't testify "like this" even though Asa reminded her she'd earlier told him she wanted "to make sure the child's father is Bo." Max claimed the whole thing was Lindsay's fault, which caused Melanie to tell the men to "back off" her sister because she knew what Bo would think of the whole mess if he were there.
Asa acted insulted and countered that his advice for Bo was to "stay away from money-grubbing hussies." Lindsay thanked Melanie for "defending" her and wondered if it meant that she didn't believe what Sam had been saying about her. However, Melanie wouldn't go that far, even for a sister she loved. Ben interrupted to say it was time to head in for the beginning of the hearing.
Sam and Ben were shocked when Judge Simmons approached the bench instead of Judge Fitzwater. He was the judge that had signed the original order for a paternity test and also the one who had thrown out the plea bargain and sentenced Will to Statesville and, later, Sam to jail for contempt. None of those were reason enough for the judge to recuse himself or reassign the matter. He claimed if there were "a valid exception," he was "more than capable of recognizing it" and rescinding his original order, so he denied Sam's motion. That sent Sam on a tirade until Ben calmed him down, reminding him to just put on his case and not let Asa "get to you."
Sam began his legal argument that a grandfather had no standing to order a paternity test, so Asa claimed that his son Bo was the "likely father" and that Bo had "authorized" him to "handle" this. Melanie shouted, "That's a lie," which prompted Asa to observe, "Pretty women should be seen and not heard." Sam demanded written proof, but Asa would only offer his "word," so Sam asked to wait until Bo returned. Asa wanted to "settle it once and for all," and Judge Simmons told Sam to proceed. Sam produced a certified copy of the DNA test, which Asa didn't agree with, so he demanded that Lindsay be his "evidence," and his lawyer called her to the witness stand.
Lindsay stopped on her way to ask Sam to help her so she wouldn't have to go to jail. Although helping her was "about the last thing I want to do right now," he didn't want Asa to win, so he objected to having her testify because he hadn't been notified that she was being subpoenaed. The judge overruled the objection, and Asa took over, saying, "Okay, lady, you messed with the test." Sam objected to form and content, and when the judge instructed Asa to ask a question, he did.
"Did you mess with the test or not?" Asa asked. Lindsay took the fifth, refusing to answer, but the judge directed her to answer, and again Asa bellowed. "You tried to keep Nora's son away from Bo so you could have him all to yourself, didn't you?" Asa demanded, "Didn't you? Didn't you?"
From the back of the courtroom, a familiar voice was heard, "Don't answer him, Lindsay." Bo, with a vacation growth of beard and mustache, walked into the courtroom. Asa encouraged Bo to "get your son back," which prompted Bo to take charge. "I am taking over. This matter does not concern my father. It's between Mr. Rappaport and me. We've already decided to handle this., on our own and privately. If my father persists, I'll join Mr. Rappaport and get a court order to keep him away from all three of us -- Mr. Rappaport, Matthew, and me."
Asa was astonished, shouting at Bo, "What kind of a son are you?" Ben answered, "Exactly the kind you deserve, Asa." When Asa tried to remind the judge that it was his order he was ruling on, Sam reminded him that he'd said he was acting on Bo's behalf, and he couldn't have it both ways. Asa lost it and "warned" the judge to enforce the order, but Sam had his own warning for Judge Simmons. "If you enforce this order, I'll insist on a complete investigation and review of all your recent rulings. I'll take it to the Ethics Board and right to the D.A."
When Judge Simmons announced his decision rescinding the previous order for the paternity test, Asa threatened, "The hell it is. You are gonna regret this." Ben congratulated Sam, who was pleased that "sometimes the good guys win." While Lindsay approached Bo to tell him she'd missed him and to ask about his trip, Sam thanked Bo for "what you did here" and shared his big news. "There's something you should know. It's about Nora. Brace yourself. This isn't a feeling anymore. I have proof Nora's alive."
In Ireland, Will learned from the young American woman in the stable that he was at a boarding school. He told her that he was not a criminal and that he had done everything for love. She was disbelieving, so he told her about the past year of his life. She left and returned with some bedding and food for him. He told her his name was Bill and that Jessica was his love. She wished she were Jessica, she said, but she departed for the chapel before he could get her name.
At the airport, Jessica proceeded to buy a ticket for Ireland to search for Will. She refused to talk to Cristian except to tell him that she had loved him, and she thought Will deserved a chance to explain. Max showed up, on his way out of town to do some business for Asa. He stopped to ask Jessica if she was going to visit Will. She and Cristian invented a story, on the spot, about Cristian flying off to New York to speak with an art dealer as Max continued to pry. Furthermore, no one knew Will's whereabouts, Jessica haughtily told him.
Max finally left. The airport was filled with several hockey players, signing autographs as they waited for their flight. Cristian couldn't believe Jessica was flying off, but she couldn't believe he'd lied. She removed the engagement ring and handed it to him. He told her that he had loved her for years, all along through everything, and he wouldn't be around when she returned. Will was probably waiting for her anyway. Jessica boarded the plane.
In the courtroom, Sam tried to convince Bo that he had spoken with Will, who'd told him that Nora was alive and that he wouldn't lie. Lindsay kept interrupting the conversation, making comments insinuating that the whole thing was crazy and contrived. Sam told Bo that Colin had held Nora prisoner at his house because Lindsay had told him to. He wanted Bo to speed up an investigation.
A cop stepped in to inform the men of the arrest of both Todd and R.J. and that Todd was asking to see Sam. Bo questioned Melanie on whether she thought the whole Nora-Lindsay-Colin thing was possible. She stated that she didn't know what to believe, but Lindsay had been there. The whole thing would be too awful, even for her. Sam had been there to search the house with the cops also.
Lindsay sarcastically thanked her sister for backing her, and she offered to take first Bo then her sister to dinner, but they both declined. Melanie wanted to speak with Bo, anyway, so Lindsay departed. Melanie asked Bo about Nora, and he told her about what had happened on the train and after. He thought maybe someone could have rescued her if they'd "had their stuff together." He asked if Colin had been acting differently, but Melanie admitted that they were not totally back together yet, stumbling through her reasons.
Bo thought Melanie should stay away from him. He had to find Nora if she was still alive, he said, and he blamed himself if she was suffering. Sam had never given up because he really loved her, though Bo had always thought it was grief. He admitted that he'd missed Melanie and wanted to talk with her after the Nora situation was resolved. She agreed.
At Sacred Heart Convent, Sister Agatha was pleased that Nora finally woke up and wanted to go home. She told Nora that her husband was on the way; he was very concerned about her Hanen's disease. Nora appeared confused, and the sister thought she'd better call him right away. Nora got dressed and left.
At the police station, Todd tried to convince John that he was under false arrest. John asked him about Téa and figured Todd had driven her away. Todd denied all knowledge of any of the previous events leading up to his arrest. Sam showed up, informing Todd that he had more important things to do and could not help him. Todd stated that Sam needed him to help find Nora. Sam thought Todd knew something, but he denied it. He just believed she was alive.
Suddenly, Todd's cell phone, taken from him and in an envelope, began to ring. Sam answered, and it was Sister Agatha, calling about his wife. He told her she had to have the wrong number, but Todd grabbed the phone from him and spoke with her. He claimed it was his former landlady, calling about Téa's things. She was not really a nun sister, but someone's sister. Of course, Sam didn't believe him, but Todd demanded Sam get him released so that he could find Nora.
In Colin's house, the doctor was listening to the tape of Asa's confession when Lindsay decided to visit. She was upset because Bo was back and knew everything, and she wondered what would happen if Bo found Nora first. He was only concerned about Nora's condition and wondering who had helped her escape from the house and why she hadn't been returned home. He was thinking that the antidote probably hadn't worked, but Lindsay would go to jail, although maybe not him because he had something to trade.
Lindsay thought they should stick together, not only involving Nora but in trying to keep Bo and Melanie apart. Colin admitted that he no longer cared. He would give Melanie her divorce, and Bo could have her. Lindsay thought he was in love with Nora, and it was a mistake. He only felt responsible for her, he said.
At the police station, Sykes and Bo discussed Sam's credibility concerning his insistence that Nora was alive. R.J. and Sykes exchanged barbs about Téa. R.J. admitted that he had been seeking payback from Todd for taking Téa away from him. After R.J. was realeased, Sykes informed him that Todd had already posted bail and had been released.
Rae arrived and apologized to Sykes for her callous comments. They kissed, and all was forgiven.
Blair arrived at Kelly's hospital room, carrying a large box of Belgian chocolates. As they sat eating the chocolates, they both reflected on how the shooting had made them realize how much they loved Kevin and Max. Blair told Kelly she had quit taking her birth control pills and admitted that her plan for revenge on Max was off. She suddenly remembered the "geek" and his virus and ran out of the room.
Rae arrived, and she and Kelly discussed first Kevin and Joey then Kevin and John, and how friendships could turn into romances. Renee overheard Rae tell Kelly that Daniel had told her she had a son, and it was Max.
At the Palace bar, Max tried to convince Renee that Asa wanted her back and that she should return home. She stated that she was going to continue her divorce proceedings and wondered if Asa would be so cavalier about taking someone else's son away if he knew that his son was a fake. Max told her that Blair was trying to get pregnant and that she would become a grandmother soon. Renee responded that she wouldn't be a grandmother because she wasn't his mother. Max told her that he loved her, he needed her, and his children needed her. Renee told Max that she "just can't."
Sam arrived and found Lindsay. He told her that Colin wanted to talk to him about Nora. Lindsay tried to act uninterested. Sam goaded her into leaving with him.
Blair found the "geek" and told him to stop the virus. He told her it couldn't be done. Blair told him she didn't "want to buy any encyclopedias" when Max walked in. Max told the guy to get lost. After he left, Max suggested that maybe they could use a set a encyclopedias for the baby. Blair ran off to find the "salesman."
Bo walked in Colin's house and wondered out loud where Colin had kept Nora. Colin denied that Nora had ever been there and tried to convince Bo that Sam was delusional. Bo told Colin that Lindsay wanted to meet with Bo at Sam's house. He convinced Colin to go with him.
At Sam's house, Sam, Bo, and Melanie ambushed Colin and Lindsay about Nora. Tension built as accusations were made and denials declared. Lindsay started to admit that Colin was guilty then backed off. Colin left. Bo, Sam, and Melanie pleaded with Lindsay to tell them the truth about Nora. Lindsay denied everything and turned to leave. As she opened the door, Todd arrived with Nora.