Dorian pleaded with David not to go through with taking the blame for Spencer's murder. He said he could stab his brother in the back, but not literally. At the gym, Layla helped Cristian get over Evangeline with some weight-lifting therapy. Todd marveled at how good his birthday gift of a diamond necklace looked on Evangeline. Meanwhile, Nash advised Jessica to choose between him and Antonio. "I already did," she claimed to a bemused Nash.
David posed a "riddle" to Dorian: What would make it worth his while to kill Spencer? Dorian said she'd understand if David did kill Spencer, but he continued to deny it. Where's that devious mind he grew to love, he asked as he stroked her face. Suddenly, it came to her: Someone is paying him to confess. He explained that Asa offered the bribe, so he left town and let "the old coot" think that he did the deed. Dorian offered her help, reminding David that she loves him and would do anything for her ex.
Over dinner at the Palace, Evangeline thanked Todd for the necklace and insisted that he'd done enough for her, you know, saving her eyesight and all. When he revealed the price tag ($1 million), she freaked out and demanded he remove it from her neck. She declared that she just wanted friendship for her birthday; he lied that he was cool with whatever. Meanwhile, Layla told Cristian that Evangeline planned to stay home on her birthday and watch TV. Evangeline suggested Todd feed the homeless in Philadelphia with the necklace, just as Layla and Cristian walked in. Todd managed to clear the vicinity by gloating to Cristian that he paid a fortune for the necklace.
Bo continued to question Rex about who he's protecting. Rex explained that it's not a simple situation and he can't tell Bo what it is that he's hiding. He then gave Bo tickets for the Phillies season opener to cheer up Matthew. Meanwhile, Tate and Adriana discussed his future after baseball. Adriana said she had an idea for him, but it'll only work if he takes his pants off (sweet!). It involves being the Marky Mark of Exposed and modeling underwear. He agreed, but only if Adriana handled all the fittings personally, saying he trusts her to make him look "hunky, ripped and straight." Rex then walked in on them shaking hands on the deal, although it looked a bit more like holding hands. Adriana gave Rex the "good news," which seemed to make Rex a bit nervous.
Meanwhile, Michael and John patched things up and John asked Michael not to tell Mom about locking his little brother up. John said he knew Michael wasn't guilty of murder, but that he is guilty of something else. Michael refused to tell him, but said if it gets out, Spencer Truman will get the last laugh. John went to see Bo, who asked him why he wasn't made aware of the fact that Natalie tampered with the evidence in Spencer's murder and why he shouldn't hire a new chief of detectives. John explained his attempt to solve Spencer's murder his own way, and said he could prove to Bo that he can be trusted if he just reopens the case. John questioned how the fibers from his scarf got on Spencer, claiming it's a definite possibility that David is not the murderer even though there is evidence against him.
Jessica lamented to Nash how she hates the way she feels and the way she's making Antonio feel. Nash offered to talk to Antonio for her. There's nothing to tell him, she insisted, because her life is with Antonio. Nash challenged her to convince him that she belongs with Antonio. He accused her of taking her "misguided" decision to marry him lightly. She screamed (a little too loud for the hospital) that she loves Antonio and she LOVES NASH, TOO, but that she has a history with Antonio. She kissed Nash anyway, proving his point, but bid adieu to any possibility of a life with him. If Antonio is her choice, then he's going to have to keep himself out of her life, he threatened, and just have Viki or Clint drop off Bree for visits. Before he left, he stated that they were not an accident and he has no regrets. Jess burst into tears in the hospital lounge, clutching the piece of paper on which she wrote who she should be with.
Vincent and Shaun ran into Nash at his favorite place, the steam room! A less teary-eyed Jessica met Antonio in the hospital lounge to bring him a card from Jamie. He asked if Nash told her that he came by, and she asked why he thinks she'd be talking to Nash. Antonio confessed that he and Nash discussed what was really going on with Jessica. In the hall at school, Starr and Cole whispered about their secret plans for the Winter Festival and their decision to "go all the way." Britney pretended to be chummy as she listened in, then one of her minions warned her that they'll figure out she's not really their friend. Meanwhile, Blair visited Dorian, who told her that she hired the best lawyer for David. They agreed that the paper's write-up of David's violent crime didn't sound like him.
Blair complained to Dorian about Evangeline's "honkin' " diamond necklace and how everyone makes Evangeline out to be Mother Theresa. Dorian called Blair out for discarding Todd but not wanting anyone else to have him either.
As Miles read about David's confession in the paper at Rodi's, Natalie snuck up on him and asked if he was happy that Spencer's killer was caught. Miles failed to see the justice in the situation and said he could never kill his own brother, as horrible as Mitch might have been. Miles theorized that David came to town the day of Spencer's murder on purpose and that the murder of the "brilliant and compassionate surgeon" was premeditated. Natalie argued that Truman was pure evil. They moved on to the topic of Miles's newfound riches, and Natalie claimed to know what it's like to be young and suddenly rich. The big difference between them, however, is that Natalie was always beautiful, he pointed out.
At the police station, John accused Marty of going soft on criminals, saying Spencer wouldn't have even been a free man or gotten killed if she hadn't testified that he was insane. Marty asked John what he'll do now that his father's killer has been caught. He reminded her that they're in his office, not hers, so they started throwing darts. When Marty brought up Natalie and how she got in her face at her own office, John reminded her again that this isn't a therapy session. "Just don't let another killer go free," he instructed. She said she hoped they could put the past behind them. Only if she stops using the word "snarky," he said and agreed to her peace offering of breakfast.
Antonio explained to Jessica that Nash told him all about how the two really can't stand each other. Nash also said he sees Tess when he looks at Jessica and that drives him crazy, recalled Antonio. Jessica claimed that she tried to discourage Antonio from befriending Nash and letting him into their lives, and apologized for keeping their strong "dislike" of each other a secret from her husband. She went on to say that the angry part of her, the Tess part, comes out when she's around Nash and that scares her. She admitted to being confused about her feelings for Nash, but insisted that she's not confused about her feelings for her husband and the fact that they belong together forever. Antonio recalled their wedding day, and how he found her with Nash right before it. She reiterated the same sentiments she did that day, and assured him that any lingering Tess are just memories and that Antonio is her soul mate.
Vincent and Nash had a heart-to-heart in the steam room about the women they can't have. When Shaun tried to give his two cents, Vincent reminded his bodyguard that he's working. Vincent advised Nash that Jessica might be lying about not wanting to be with him. Vincent admitted that there's one woman who can't stand the sight of him and another one who is too wrapped up in another man to even think about him. Shaun compared Nash and Vincent to two stubborn mules and told his boss there's no way said woman would ever show interest. Nash lamented not being able to get over a woman he can't be with and Vincent concurred.
Amber tattled to Marcie that she was late to class because she couldn't get to her locker — Starr and Cole were standing in front of it. Britney pretended to defend Starr in an effort to win Starr's trust. Langston warned Starr that Britney was up to something, and Marcie had to quiet down the class. "Nobody likes a rat," she told Amber. After class, Langston told Cole about her plan to allow Cole and Starr to talk to each other without directly looking at each other. Britney pulled Starr aside and asked if there was anything she could do for Starr and Cole. Just keep your mouth shut, Starr told her. Britney promised that she wasn't out to get them, then privately promised to make sure their trip to the Winter Festival would be one they'd never forget.
At Rodi's, Miles continued to share depressing stories of growing up in a hospital. He and Natalie discussed all the firsts he still has to experience, and he admitted to getting drunk and kissing Marty. Natalie strongly encouraged him to ask Marty to the Winter Festival, just as Marty and John walked in. An awkward breakfast ensued. Miles asked John if he could speak with David, and Jessica piped in and reminded Miles that he has something to ask Marty. A call from the DA's office pulled John away and Natalie followed, leaving Miles to make his proposal. Meanwhile, Blair told Dorian that she's interested in someone new: Miles Laurence. He's direct, he's honest, he's innocent, he's sweet, she claimed. "Great, you've found yourself the anti-Todd!" exclaimed Dorian, warning her that inviting Miles to the Winter Festival would be a huge mistake. "If Todd can move on, so can I," her niece declared.
Cristian is bussing tables at the diner when Evangeline stops by wanting to talk to him. She tells him that she was happy to get something in the mail from him, but he doesn't understand why that could be when she got a very expensive necklace from Todd. Vange tells Cris that she didn't accept the necklace, but Cris doesn't want to hear it. Evangeline wonders why Cris couldn't have given her back her key in person instead of sending it to her in an envelope with no note or anything. Cristian doesn't know what more there is to say, and he figured she'd want the key back sooner or later for someone else. Vange understands that he mailed the key because it hurts him so much to see her, and she tells him that it hurts her too. She just wants to be with him, and asks if they can get back to that. Cris tells her that he's giving up on the relationship because he doesn't want to compete with Todd, and he doesn't think he can compete because Todd has so much money and power. Evangeline is shocked that he thinks that's what she wants. She only loves him. Cris wants her to prove her love and that he can trust her again by cutting Todd out of her life. Evangeline balks at this idea and tries to convince Cris that Todd isn't a threat to him. She wants to know what more she can say, and he suggests she say goodbye. At that moment, he realizes she already has. He gives her back her key, and she reciprocates. After Evangeline leaves, Cris looks at the necklace he bought for her birthday gift, and throws it in the garbage.
Rex walks into Tate's underwear fitting at Adriana's apartment. Adriana explains to Rex that getting Tate to model for Exposed is the only way they could book an ad agency. Layla arrives at the apartment with a bunch of supplies for the photo shoot, which they're having at Llantano Mountain. Tate, sensing a little awkwardness in the room, offers to help Layla pack for their trip. Rex shows Adriana the balloon he brought her as an anniversary gift. It's not an anniversary gift of when they first started dating. Rather, he's celebrating the anniversary of the day he knew that he loved her. He also bought her a necklace. Adriana is touched and convinces Rex to go to Llantano Mountain with her, Layla, and Tate so they can celebrate more after the photo shoot. She goes to pack, and Tate comes out of Layla's bedroom. Rex tries to not so subtly get information about Tate's personal life. Tate sees through Rex's questioning and asks if Rex is worried that he's making a play for Adriana. Tate tells Rex that he's not the kind of guy that would get in between anyone's relationship. Rex then asks Tate if he'd sign a baseball for Matthew, and Tate goes one step further and offers to meet Matthew.
As the four are getting ready to leave, Cristian shows up because Layla called him to ask him to be a photographer for their photo shoot. She also is doing this to help him get his mind off of Evangeline. He knew about this, and doesn't think that he'll be able to stop thinking about Vange. Layla is very convincing, however, and he takes the job with Exposed.
Todd goes to Llanfair to ask Viki for something. He tells her that Evangeline is going away with him, which shocks her. Todd continues that Vange doesn't know about it yet. He plans on taking Evangeline to the Winter Festival so she can go a little crazy. He's already planned out the whole trip. Viki questions his motives, and he insists that his feelings for Vange are purely platonic and he wants to keep his friendship with Evangeline the same as it is now. Viki encourages him not to overwhelm Evangeline, and then asks how Blair fits into his scheme. Todd tells Viki that Blair has nothing to do with this. Viki's not convinced. She knows that Todd is using Evangeline as a distraction from Blair just like Evangeline is using Todd as a distraction from Cristian. Viki repeats that he's rushing his relationship with Vange, and he repeats that they are just friends. Viki gets that Todd is grateful to Evangeline because she stuck by him during his murder trial. She then asks Todd what would happen to his and Evangeline's relationship if Blair were to walk in wanting Todd back. Todd tells Viki that his friendship with Vange wouldn't change no matter what Blair might do. He tries to steer the conversation back to his original intent for going to Viki's, which is that he needs to borrow some ski equipment. He threw away the gear he had when he caught Spencer and Blair making love in the cabin. The only thing he had left was a glove, which he pulls out of his pocket. The necklace he gave to Evangeline falls out with it. Viki wonders if his feelings for Evangeline will change while they're at Llantano Mountain together. She's worried about Todd getting hurt, because when he gets hurt, he hurts other people. Todd abruptly ends her lecture by asking again for the ski equipment. Before he goes to get it, he wants Viki to assume he's doing something right for a change. When he goes to the attic, Viki wonders to herself when Todd is going to learn anything.
At Dorian's house, Blair calls Miles to ask him to go to the Winter Festival with her so she can forget about Todd. He's not in his room, so she goes to look for him.
At Rodi's Miles asks Marty to go out with him on his first date, and suggests that they go to the Winter Festival together. Marty regretfully tells him that she can't go out with him. Miles thinks that Marty won't go with him because he's not all that experienced with the dating scene. Marty explains to him that she just lost her husband and she's not really ready to date yet. Plus, Miles is her patient, and it would be unethical for her to have a relationship with someone seeing her for therapy. Miles wants Marty to be his friend more than being his therapist, and so he fires her. Marty then encourages Miles to go to the Winter Festival, and she accepts his offer to go with him, but only as a friend. He's delighted. She leaves to go pack some stuff and agrees to meet him back at Rodi's.
While Marty is at Rodi's, Cole brings Starr to his home to get some ski stuff. As they're getting ready, Cole wonders how they're going to get the permission forms signed. Starr plans to forge Marty's signature, and impresses Cole with her forging skills. Marty comes home. Cole and Starr rush to hide in the closet. Marty goes to the closet and is about to open the door when her phone rings. After she finishes that call, she calls Cole's cell. Luckily his cell is on vibrate, so it doesn't give away that he's hiding in the closet with Starr. They hear Marty leave her message that she isn't going to be home until late. Cole and Starr manage to sneak out of the apartment while Marty is grabbing some stuff in her bedroom. When she comes out, Marty notices that the closet down is open, but doesn't give it much thought.
Back at Rodi's, Blair arrives and finds Miles. She asks him to go to the Winter Festival with her. He tells her that he's already going, and is curious as to why she'd want to go with him. She tells him that it's because they're both single, she likes him, and she thinks he's nice. He then tries to tell Blair that he's going with Marty, but Blair won't let him get a word in. In a roundabout way, Blair gets Miles to agree to go out with her. She tells him that she's going to go pack some stuff, and she'll meet him back at Rodi's. He stops her and tells her that they should meet at the festival instead.
Miles then goes to the bar and vents to the bartender about his woman troubles. The bartender tells him that he shouldn't worry about it, and he definitely shouldn't tell them the truth.
Starr is going to Viki's when her cell phone rings. Blair calls Starr to tell her that she won't be home until late, and asks Starr what her plans are for the evening. Starr lies and tells her that she's going to hang out with Langston and do homework all night. After Starr hangs up, she and Cole are relieved that both of their parents will be out of the picture for the night. She then tells Cole to stay outside while she asks Viki about borrowing some ski equipment. Viki is more than willing, and goes upstairs to get a wrap so she can go with Starr to the attic. While Viki is gone, Starr goes back outside to tell Cole that she's getting some gear for him, and they kiss. Starr runs back inside as Viki is coming down the steps. Viki asks her if she's feeling alright because she looks a little flushed. Starr tells her she's fine.
Starr and Cole then leave to go to Dorian's. Blair is there packing, and goes upstairs to look for something. At that moment, Cole and Starr sneak in to grab her coat and other stuff. They manage to leave before Blair comes back downstairs. Blair then looks in the mirror and tells herself that she deserves to go out, have fun, and not think about Todd.
Marty returns to Rodi's to meet Miles, and tells him that she brought some of Patrick's old ski gear for him to use. Miles attempts to tell Marty about Blair's plan, but the bartender signals for him not to do it. Instead of telling Marty about Blair, Miles says that he's really looking forward to this. She agrees and they both head to the Winter Festival.
Todd meets Evangeline at Rodi's. She tells him about what happened between her and Cristian. He hesitates a little, but then asks her if she'll go to the Winter Festival with him. She refuses at first. Todd tells her that she doesn't have to worry about anything; he's made all the arrangements. She wants to know what he's planning. Todd insists that there is no ulterior motive. Evangeline decides to go with Todd so she can try to forget about Cristian.
As the snow gently falls, everyone begins to congregate at the ski lodge on Llantano Mountain for the winter festival. As some of the teens hang out, Cole spots his mother and he and Starr make a hasty retreat. Britney gushes how sorry she is that Cole couldn't make it and Langston, in shock, plays along. Britney swears she's not a rat but Starr is still suspicious of her motives. Cole falls for her trick though and she offers to scout the lodge for them when Starr wants to go inside. She learns that her parents are both at the festival as well.
Marty learns that Miles has a room; he knew nothing of locker rooms and rented it for them so they could change their clothes and stow their stuff. He's nervous and doesn't have an agenda he replies in answer to her questions. He also explains that he got stuck and invited someone else along, but no one she knows.
Blair is quick to locate the drinks in the lobby, as Adriana and her crew arrive to take pictures. She learns that Cris and Evangeline split up but announces that she's taken. Todd and Evangeline run in after some snowboarding and one of the first people they see is Blair. "Are you following me?" she asks Todd. He had no idea she was there but learns she's not alone. Evangeline spots Layla hanging onto Cris. She's quickly advised that it's all business and drama is unwanted. Both Cris and Evangeline admit they're there to keep from thinking of each other but she wants to leave immediately. Miles locates Blair while Marty goes off to buy lift tickets and admits he's there with Marty too. He explains his prior commitment to her while Todd listens and finds it quite amusing. Rex is none too happy with Tate being a model and keeps close tabs on Adriana. When Blair spots Langston who's supposed to be with Starr, studying, she quickly grabs for her phone. As she calls Starr, Marty calls Cole. Both kids are reached and tell their moms that no, they are not studying with the other. As they stand outside shivering, they pacify their moms, while technically, not lying. Marty learns that Blair is the other woman on her friend date.
Suddenly an announcement is made. All roads are closed due to a nor'easter. No one will be able to leave the lodge, no one else will be able to get up the mountain either. Rex and Cris are recruited when it's learned that the other models won't be showing up. Evangeline embarrasses Layla when she catches her with Cris, who is ready for the shoot in the designer's underwear. Miles offers his room to Marty and Blair who both decline. He attempts to get another room but all spare rooms are given over to the kids on the high school trip, separate rooms for girls and boys. Britney snaps a picture of Cole and Starr on the sly. Langston later advises her that she's not falling for her friend act. Rex and Adriana end up without a room at all but in a public area. Luckily they're able to close it off somewhat with the doors. Starr and Cole get to the girls' room before the others and are caught making out when Langston and Britney arrive. Brit thinks they should leave again and give the couple some alone time. The rooms are not large enough for everyone to be comfortable as Evangeline, Blair, Marty and Layla end up in one room while Todd, Miles, Tate and Cris take another. As Marty and Blair argue, Vange and Layla shoot darts. As Blair decides to hang a do not disturb sign on their door, Todd does the same on his. They are right across from each other and are there at the same time. "I really hate you," Blair says to Todd. "I hate you more," Todd replies.
The Nor'easter stranded Winter Fest revelers on Llantano Mountain. There was no room at the inn, which made for strange bedfellows. Fortunately, all the contract players secured rooms, while random extras had to sleep on sofas and floors in the overcrowded lobby.
Cristian and Todd, who were forced to bunk together, along with Miles and Tate, got into a scuffle over Evangeline and accidentally knocked down poor, sweet Miles. Across the hall, a boozed-up Blair shot insults at Evangeline, who retorted that maybe she just would go after Todd. While Blair sounded off about the humongous diamond necklace Todd gave Evangeline (which she refused to accept), the guys found said necklace, which riled Cristian. Back at Catfight Central, Layla's implication that maybe Blair would back off if her sis didn't spend so much time with Todd elicited a triumphant smirk from Blair, but infuriated Vangie, who fled the room. When Layla went to shower, Blair turned her attention to Marty and the foes squabbled over Miles and traded barbs over their mutual disdain for each other. After a while, Layla and Marty both escaped from Bitch Mountain, leaving Blair all by herself.
In the lobby, Evangelne turned on the charm to get a lodge employee to reveal Todd's room number. When she knocked on his door, Todd welcomed her in and kicked out Tate, who went down to the lobby, where he joined Cristian for a drink. When Cristian got up to return to the room, Tate stopped him, saying that Cristian didn't want to be up there right now. Vega quickly figured out that Evangeline was with Todd.
Rex and Adriana got to spend time alone in there room. She spent more time assuring him that Tate's not a threat. After a sufficient amount of her talk about how into himself the hunky athlete/model is, Rex relaxed a bit and the couple began to make out. Miles, who'd gone to get ice for his sore head, overheard Adriana and Rex in an intimate moment and smiled sweetly. When he ran into Marty, Miles reported that he'd gotten into his first brawl and seen his first glimpse of true love. They took a stroll outside (without jackets, but at least he had on a turtleneck). Marty told him that she'd been in love with a wonderful man who died, then they stargazed and did the old starlight-starbright-first-star-I see-tonight thing. His wish was to have what Marty had with her husband. "I hope your wish comes true," she said before going back inside.
Alone together in a room, Starr pulled away from Cole's kiss, so that she could pace and fret about their parents. He tried to get his girlfriend to relax and pulled her into another smooch. One thing led to another and it looked like there'd be more than kissing going on. While Starr was changing in the bathroom, Cole amusingly practiced seductive poses on the bed, then pulled a condom from his wallet. When Starr emerged, dressed in Cole's shirt, they hit the sheets, but he could tell Starr was tense and gently let her off the hook, promising that they had their whole future ahead of them. In the meantime, Langston worried about what her friends were doing and wanted to return to their room, but Britney insisted they leave the lovebirds alone and just camp out on chairs in the lobby.
Tate walked in on Adriana and a shirtless Rex, who were getting hot and heavy on the floor. Rex was displeased. They did the manly thing and arm-wrestled while a bored Adriana guzzled champagne and wondered aloud if they'd be "pulling out the ruler next."
In Todd's room, he gave up the bed to Evangeline and prepared to sleep on the couch. Seeing how uncomfortable and cold he was, Evangeline invited Todd to join her in bed. Across the hall, Cristian knocked on the door at Catfight Central, where he informed Blair that their respective exes were having sex. In actuality, Evangeline, wearing a big, fluffy hotel robe over her clothes and a fully-dressed Todd were snuggling for warmth. But after some lingering glances, he stroked her face and they engaged in a gentle kiss. Then the kiss got passionate and it looked like that robe was coming off. All of a sudden, they pulled back. Todd said that they just needed each other that night. Neither of them could say what would happen next. Todd remarked that he doesn't have many friends, then laughingly amended that to any friends. He said he felt great and wonderful. Still freezing, they spooned and nuzzled. At that very moment, Blair suggested that she and Cristian get even with their exes and pounced on him. Vigorous rolling about on the bed ensued.....