Kevin, Clint, and Viki stand by watching helplessly as Spencer unsuccessfully tries to resuscitate Duke after he flat lines. Kevin is devastated when Spencer declares Duke dead. Viki and Clint try to console Kevin who blames himself for Duke's death. Kevin feels that he played God when he chose to save Kelly before Duke. Before Duke's body is taken to the morgue, Kevin asks for a few more minutes alone with his son. Kevin holds Duke in his arms and grieves for his son. After Duke's body is removed from the OR, Kevin calls Leeann to let her know that their son is dead.
Rex brings Adriana to the hospital when they hear about Kelly and Duke. They bump into Dorian who is grateful that Adriana isn't hurt but is dismissive to Rex who informs Dorian how Adriana was almost killed. Adriana leaves to go check on Duke and Dorian asks Rex to explain his statement. He covers by saying that he meant that Adriana was almost killed by the dangerous weather outside. Adriana finds Viki and Clint in the hallway and is told the devastating news. She goes back to where she left Dorian and Rex and passes on the news of Duke's demise to them. Rex comforts her with a hug while Dorian shares the news with Kelly and Blair.
Kelly pulls through her surgery with a relieved Dorian and Blair by her side. Alone with Blair, Kelly inquires about Duke and Blair tells her that Duke is still in surgery. Kelly is distraught as she tells Blair that she doesn't understand her concern. Blair fills Kelly in on how she and Duke were found in the rectory naked in each other's arms by Kevin. Kelly explains to Blair how Kevin said all these hurtful things to her before taking her engagement ring back. She goes on to tell Blair how Duke found her devastated in the rectory and was so nice to her. Blair tells her cousin that she is not there to judge her and that Kelly does not have to explain herself to Blair. She sits with Kelly for a while longer until Dorian shows up with the sad news that Duke has died. While Kelly is alone in her hospital room, Kevin shows up outside her room.
Layla can hardly hide her emotions when she visits a blind Evangeline in the hospital. She insists that they call their mother to tell her what happened but Evangeline feels that they should wait until they know more. She tries to keep a brave and hopeful face in front of Layla so that her sister will not worry about her. Outside in the hall, Cris asks for the straight scoop on Evangeline's prognosis from her doctor. He escorts the doctor back into Evangeline's room where the doctor tells her that the damage is so extensive that the chance is high that she will be permanently blind. An emotional Layla leaves Evangeline's room while Cris vows to do everything he can to help her get her sight back.
Layla runs into Blair in the corridor who thinks that Layla is upset because she has heard about Duke. When Blair realizes that Layla doesn't know about Duke, she breaks the news to her that her boss and friend has died. Layla is devastated and confides in Blair how Evangeline was hurt at the church and now she may be permanently blind. Blair wonders if anyone has had a chance to tell Todd about Evangeline's condition.
David is in Bangkok trying to get Margaret to remember her past by showing her a newspaper article when Denton comes in with a gun. Denton informs David that Spencer has put a contract out on them. David begins to wrestle with Denton for the gun. Denton is knocked out when a statue falls and hits him in the head. David answers Denton's phone when it starts to ring and tells a startled Spencer that he knows all about his plan to have him killed. He makes a deal with Spencer that he will keep his secret in exchange for Spencer keeping David's involvement with Thomas McBain a secret. Spencer asks David if he is willing to risk Todd's life to keep his secret. After hanging up with Spencer, David discovers that Denton has escaped.
John is furious when he discovers that Natalie is accompanying him to Bangkok. She tells John that she is there to make sure that John doesn't throw his life away by seeking revenge on David. John tells Natalie that he doesn't need to be saved but she is determined to make sure that he and David both make it back to Llanview alive. John tells her that if anything happens to her because of him but Natalie stops him by telling him that nothing will happen because he will be there to protect her. John tells her that she is on her own when they land because she will only slow him down in his pursuit of Vickers. John begins to remember all the encounters that he has had with David smirking at how David had asked him to spot him at the gym one day. He wishes that he knew then what he knows now because things would have turned out differently that day.
A distraught Kevin visits Kelly and tells her that his son is dead. Kelly begins to cry while telling him that it is her fault that Duke is dead. Kevin says that there are two people to blame and then relates for her how angry he was when he found the two of them together. He was so angry that in his son's final moments, he didn't get the chance to tell him that he loved him. Kevin also tells Kelly how Spencer made him play God and decide whether Kelly or Duke should be operated on first since there weren't enough doctors available to do two surgeries. After telling Kelly how he chose her feeling Duke was strong enough to hold on, he forces her to look at a picture of the boy he has lost...his only son.
Dorian thanks Spencer for saving Kelly's life but in Dorian fashion the apology was a loaded one. She goes on to tell Spencer how ironic it was that he got a chance to really stick it to the Buchanans by forcing Kevin to make the choice of who should be operated on first. Because of Kevin's decision, the ultimate pain was inflicted on the Buchanans which played out in Spencer's favor with Duke dying. Spencer is appalled that Dorian would think that he wanted Duke to die but Dorian goes on and on about how he has caused pain, destruction, and divisions in families since he arrived in town. Duke's death has to be the icing on the cake for Spencer. He accuses Dorian of being heartless and Dorian counters with although he may have a heart, he has no soul. A usually composed Spencer loses control after Dorian leaves.
The phone falls on the floor and Evangeline reaches over to pick while Cris tries to come to her rescue. Evangeline tells him that she has to learn how to do these things for herself now that her sight is gone. She informs him that although she may not be able to help herself, she is more determined than ever to help Todd. Cris can't believe that she would put Todd's well being over that of her own recovery but she argues that despite her injuries, she is still alive where as without her help Todd's life will end. Cris' frustration with Evangeline's stubbornness causes him to decide to leave since Evangeline doesn't seem to want to hear what he has to say but Evangeline asks him to stay.
Blair visits Todd in prison and advises him of the storm and the casualties and destruction it left behind. She tells him how Duke was killed and Todd asks how Viki is holding up. She hesitantly tells how Evangeline was hurt by glass and may be permanently blind but he doesn't believe her stating that it's another one of Spencer's tricks. Blair eventually convinces him that it is the truth leaving Todd feeling hopeless now that the one person who cared about him and believes in him can no longer help him. Blair insists that she too does not want him to die; not because she still loves him it is simply out of compassion. Todd accuses her of lying about her feelings even though she is now sleeping with the enemy and implores her to make things right between them since they only have a few weeks left. Blair leaves and goes running to Spencer who is also in need of comfort after Dorian's hateful words.
Nash and Tess have to quickly come up with a name for the baby when a hospital representative demands to know the name of the baby as well as the mother so that she can issue the birth certificate. Tess decides to call the baby Brennan and names Jessica as the mother since Tess is not legally a person within her own right. While Nash is escorting their "guest" out, Tess has another encounter with Jessica who wants the chance to hold her baby. Tess asks her if she's ready to face the truth about what happened when she was a child which causes Jessica to retreat again. Nash receives a call from Mr. Reston who issues a veiled threat against Brennan. Tess walks into the room as Nash is hanging up inquiring about who was on the phone. Nash lies and says that it was a telemarketer.
Claudia pays a recovering Antonio a visit in the hospital. She tells Antonio that all she is looking for is a chance to start over again. Antonio points out how coincidental it is that she has decided to start over in the same place that her ex is now living. Claudia tries to cover by telling Antonio that she wants a chance to give back and help others who may also be recovering from addiction, and that it also gives her an opportunity to help Antonio protect Tess from Nash. Claudia also asks him for a job in his club but not as a waitress, as a singer. Antonio is suspicious since Claudia doesn't need the money but Claudia tells him that her therapist recommended that she find a reason to get up in the morning, something that didn't involve Nash or pills.
John and Natalie arrive in Thailand. John immediately picks up the gun that he made arrangements for. He's ready to search for David, no matter what the time is. Natalie is upset when she spots the gun case. She pleads with John not to ruin his life, telling him that she wants him in her future. She's there to watch over him and keep control, she tells him further. She's also proud of him for not giving up. John admits that he just needs to bring David to justice, but he can't worry about her being there even if she's worried about him. She demands that he return to her. She also wants him to watch his back. He goes out but returns a little while later, after Natalie has fallen asleep. He's learned of David's whereabouts. He's found people who have seen him and with a white woman. He won't wait until morning. Suddenly, as he heads out again, he spots Denton on a closing elevator. Nearby, while David and Margaret enjoy a meal together, he confides in her, telling her about the night that he killed John's father. Margaret seems to show signs of remembering her past but states that she merely believes that both she and David must be better people now than they were before.
Blair admits to Spencer that she doesn't want Todd to die and she thought that Evangeline would come through for him. Revealing that she has some errands to run, she asks Spencer to babysit for Jack until she returns.
Evangeline only wants to work and delegates some chores to both Cristian and Layla. She has a few incidents like walking into a table and knocking over a drink but seems to cope well. Cris informs her that he'll be there for her. Blair pays her a visit and expresses her sympathy over Evangeline's sudden blindness and tells her that Todd is upset also. The lawyer enlightens her to the fact that she's working for Todd and the kids, not Blair.
Rex recalls Jen's death of about one year ago. He helps Starr out after some other kids pick on her. Starr makes a new friend who encourages her to steal some spray paint to express her feelings. Starr is berated by her friend Ricky at first, for being a follower, but he offers to help her. The police catch them rather quickly.
Viki pays Todd a visit and advises him of her new granddaughter. She's upset over his impending death and cries about the death of her grandson. Todd feels sorry for Kevin. She will keep working towards freeing Todd and cannot cope with the fact of possibly burying both her brother and grandson in the same week. She wants him to have faith. Todd expresses his plan of waiting for John to come through and is surprised to hear that he's out of town. Hugh visits and suggests that Todd hire a new lawyer. He's looking out for her and Todd needs to let Evangeline recuperate.
Kevin, Clint and Bo head up to Duke's room so that burial clothes can be chosen. Kevin is rather unfeeling as to what he picks out. Bo tries to empathize with him though the situation is different from when Drew was killed. Viki arrives and she and Clint both worry about Kevin who blames himself for Duke's death. He was murdered over time, he rants. Ever since Duke was a boy, he was never there for him. Adriana stops by to pay her respects and locates a box that Duke showed her previously. He was sentimental and kept lots of memories of the past and of his father in the box. It proves that he loved Kevin. This touches Kevin and he lovingly selects new clothes for Duke to be buried in; clothes that had meaning to Duke.
Blair returns to Spencer and expresses disbelief that even after being blinded, Evangeline is more determined than ever to help Todd. She upsets Blair because she's always believed in Todd while Blair hasn't. Todd's life will be ending in just a few days. Bo stops by to pick up the release forms for Duke's body. Spencer is curious when he hears that Natalie and John took off for Thailand. Bo wonders why Spencer seems so interested.
John speeds after Denton through the lobby of the Bangkok hotel. David cautions Margaret that his brother cannot be trusted. Meanwhile, Spencer becomes visibly rattled when Bo reveals that John has flown to Thailand. Although touched when Evangeline insists on putting aside her own troubles to fight for him, Todd tells his attorney he's releasing her from her obligation. Starr and Ricky get caught by the cops while trying to cover up the graffiti. As Paige tenders her resignation from the hospital, a seething Michael reads his former friend the riot act for her role in his father's death. John roughly orders Denton to talk but Natalie intervenes to prevent him from going over the edge. Spencer phones David to warn him that John is hot on his trail. Paige tries to offer her condolences to Bo on the death of his great-nephew. Blair heads to the precinct house to collect her daughter and is exasperated to learn that Starr has also been charged with shoplifting. Evangeline comes to the prison to convince Todd she can still work on his case. Spencer agrees to wire his brother some hush money. Natalie tells John she believes he'll do the right thing when the moment arrives. Bo advises Blair to cut Starr some slack since the girl is on the verge of losing her father. Later, Blair warns an agitated Starr she won't be allowed to see Ricky again.
At Asa's mansion, the family prepares for Duke's funeral. Members of the press circle the front entrance like vultures, and Viki provides them with a short but graceful statement. Back inside, Tess finally seems to feel for the Buchanans, and she shares her fears and concerns with Nash as they sit on the steps in the foyer. Nash wants to know what has come over her, and Tess says that seeing Duke die so young makes her scared that she will lose everything she loves. Nash assures her that this will not happen.
In the living room, Kevin falls apart in front of Viki. She senses that her son is blaming himself for Duke's death, which is what she was afraid of from the moment Spencer forced him to choose between his son and the love of his life. Viki pleads with Kevin not to torment himself in this way, and she reassures him that all parents fight with their children. Kevin can't see past the fact that he hated his son too much to forgive him for sleeping with Kelly. He tells Viki that Duke apologized to him before he died, and he also shares his shock over the box of mementos that Adriana showed him. Viki tells Kevin that those mementos are proof of how much Duke loved his father.
At the hospital, Bo and Clint lend each other comfort as they prepare to tell a sick and weakened Asa that his great-grandson is dead. The brothers agree that Asa has to learn the truth from them, but after a brief visit to his bedside, neither is able to tell him the devastating news. Clint and Bo return to the Buchanan mansion, where they join Viki at Kevin's side, trying to comfort him in his grief. Meanwhile, Nash tells Tess that there is a way she can help her brother, and they go to retrieve baby Brennan from her sleep. Tess enters the living room to offer Kevin a chance to hold his niece, warming everyone's heart in the process. Kevin smiles down at the baby, who doesn't cry or make any noise; he recalls that Duke behaved similarly as an infant. After handing Brennan back to Tess, Kevin announces that it's time to bury his son.
Blair visits Kelly in the hospital, doing her best to cheer up her cousin. Kelly's depression in the wake of the tragedy has deepened, and Blair becomes scared when Kelly says that she makes herself sick. Spencer joins the Cramer cousins and tells Kelly that Jack was asking about her this morning. Blair offers to bring the kids by, but Kelly says that she should keep them away from her if she wants them to be safe. Blair reminds Kelly that Kevin broke her heart, but Kelly realizes the extent of her actions, and she tells her cousin that she betrayed Kevin in the worst possible way. Outside Kelly's room, Blair expresses her concerns to Spencer. Spencer makes the mistake of telling Blair that everything will go back to normal once Todd is executed, and Blair snaps at him, telling her boyfriend that it won't be that easy.
Across town, Todd and Evangeline put their heads together in the hopes of finding one small clue that will get Todd a stay of execution. Evangeline brings up the night that Todd met Margaret at the lake, asking him if Spencer could have followed them there. Todd is adamant that Spencer didn't even know Margaret and couldn't have been at the lake. Evangeline reminds Todd that Margaret must have swum to shore once she jumped overboard, and suddenly she remembers that Spencer was the one who signed off on the autopsy as a second opinion. She and Todd wonder if Spencer might have lied about the cause of death, pretending to go along with the original doctor's diagnoses of strangling. Evangeline decides that she will approach the district attorney in the hopes of exhuming both Margaret's and the baby's bodies!
In Thailand, Natalie shows David's picture to the same cafe waiter who led David to Margaret. The waiter lies to Natalie, telling her that he has never seen Vickers. At the same time, John has busted into David's room and started beating him up. He lets Vickers know that he knows he killed his father, but David takes his usual tact and denies any wrongdoing. This only makes John angrier, and he points his gun at David. As this confrontation takes place, a frantic Margaret sneaks out the window of the adjoining room into the rainy night, while Denton pops out of the shadows to shoot David! John shoots Denton and then demands to know what he wanted with David. David tells John that he will explain, if John will just put down his weapon. John finally does so, and David stammers that he knows something that will change everybody's life forever: namely, that Margaret Cochran is still alive, and that that is why Spencer hired Denton to kill him. John is hesitant to believe this, but David forges on with the truth.
A soaking wet Margaret pops into the cafe, where a shocked Natalie lays eyes on her!