Blair, Starr, and Jack arrived at Todd's to show their support before the custody hearing began. Todd told Jack about how he was fighting to get Tommy back. Meanwhile, Rex gave Marcie, Michael, and Judy a load of damaging evidence to use against Todd. Marcie felt guilty when she encountered Starr at the courthouse but was determined to do whatever it took to keep Tommy. Todd demanded immediate custody of his son, but Judy shocked the courtroom with her claim that Todd was an unfit father who had once tried to kill Tommy.
Jessica couldn't summon the courage to tell Nash the truth about her past with Jared. Natalie woke up in bed next to a naked Jared and was mortified to think that she and Jared had had sex. After making her sweat, Jared assured Natalie that nothing had happened between them. Jessica was unsettled when Natalie explained what had happened and went to confront Jared.
An emotional Talia told Bo about her trip to New York City and the memories of 9/11 that she couldn't escape. Antonio reached out to Talia. Langston and Markko were clearly crazy about each other.
Todd flew into a murderous rage when Judy went after him with both barrels, claiming he had tried to kill Margaret and their unborn son. Things didn't look good for Todd, who refused to allow Starr to testify on his behalf. Although appalled by Todd's history of violence, the judge gave him the chance to tell his side of the story.
Dorian and Roxy had distinctly different reactions upon learning that Adriana and Rex were moving in together. Dorian took the group to Rodi's to try to prove that she was a changed woman. Blair attacked Rex when she realized he had given Michael and Marcie the ammunition to use against Todd. Blair gave Adriana an ultimatum -- either she would act like a Cramer and side with Blair or she was Rex's girlfriend, not both.
Jessica confronted Jared about his interest in Natalie and warned the shady Jared to stay away from her family. Jared called Jessica's bluff and blackmailed her into making sure Natalie gave him the job at Buchanan Enterprises. Natalie and Nash put their past differences behind them. Marty visited John while he was babysitting Tommy, and they ended up in another kiss.
John and Marty kissed. John wondered why Michael hadn't called yet. They talked about the custody case. Marty started to leave, but John asked her to stay. Marty agreed and suggested they watch TV, but John didn't have a TV. Tommy woke up crying. John asked Marty what to do, and she suggested changing Tommy's diaper. Marty and John talked about Tommy.
John kept checking his watch, and they talked about the hearing. Marty suggested John make her another paper airplane. He said there was no point because she didn't know how to throw them right. He tried to teach her, but it was hopeless. They were about to kiss again when there was a knock at the door. Michael and Marcie arrived, and Marty left, saying she hoped she and John could pick up where they'd left off. Michael told John that things looked pretty good.
Matthew arrived at Nora's office, wearing a "Free Lindsay" tee shirt. Nora told Matthew he couldn't wear the shirt. R.J. arrived and sided with Matthew about the shirt. Matthew went to show his dad. R.J. tried to pressure Nora about Lindsay's case. Bo liked Matthew's shirt. They talked about Lindsay's case. Nora agreed to listen to R.J. about Lindsay. R.J. asked her to take it easy on Lindsay because Lindsay had changed since Jen's death.
Nora felt for Lindsay, but she still had to prosecute her. Bo said he missed Asa. Matthew missed Asa too. Bo invited Matthew to visit Asa's ranch and go camping. R.J. said Nora hadn't prosecuted Rachel. Nora said Rachel was her daughter and Nora hadn't been a prosecutor at the time. R.J. said Nora's daughter was still alive. Bo and Matthew decided to go camping.
Bo took Will to visit Lindsay in jail. Lindsay was emotional; she'd told him not to go, but he wanted to be there. Lindsay wanted Will to go home. She said her life was over. Will was supportive and said she would beat the charges. Bo returned and said he would help, too. Will and Lindsay had a tearful goodbye. Bo told Lindsay he would be out of town for one day. They talked about her arraignment. Will then went to visit Nora. R.J. went to visit Lindsay and told her to take care.
The Cramer girls had a family meeting while Rex and Roxy watched. Blair said Adriana had to choose between the Cramers and Rex. Adriana said she didn't want to be a Cramer in that case. Rex kept Roxy from interfering. Adriana thought Tommy should be with the McBains. Starr and Blair argued with her, and they really got into it.
Dorian reminded Blair that Tommy was not her child, and Blair had no say about what happened. Blair said Todd was a lousy husband but a wonderful father. Starr wished they could all just get along. Adriana didn't want to fight. Rex thanked Roxy for hanging out with him. Roxy apologized for being an awful mother. Rex said he was glad Roxy was his mom.
Blair left in a huff but not before threatening Rex to Adriana's face. Roxy said having Rex was the best thing she'd ever done. Adriana and Dorian talked about Tommy and the case. Adriana slipped, and Dorian figured out that Adriana had known about Tommy all along. Dorian counseled Rex and Adriana to keep it from Blair and Todd that they'd known about Tommy.
Todd was sworn in and offered testimony to set the record straight about what had happened with Margaret. Todd admitted to attempting to strangle Margaret but claimed it had been in self-defense. Todd said Margaret was a "crazy bitch" who had deserved what she'd gotten. The judge said it sounded like a confession. Todd said Margaret had been deranged then told the court everything Margaret had done to him: kidnapping him, drugging him, torturing him, and keeping him away from his family for months before finally raping him, and that was how Tommy had been conceived.
Todd agreed that he'd wanted Margaret dead but not the unborn child. Judy said Todd had wanted to kill Margaret, and he agreed but said he had not because of the child. Judy badgered Todd into admitting that he'd wanted Tommy dead, too. Todd wanted his son. Judy referred to Todd's criminal history, including the fact that he was a rapist. Todd mouthed off to the judge, who was not pleased.
The judge took a recess to review the evidence. Todd mouthed off to his lawyer then to Judy. Then he threatened the McBains and knocked over a chair. Blair and Starr arrived at the court and asked Todd how it had gone. Todd was scared he might lose Tommy. Blair said he needed to have a plan.
At Capricorn, Layla overheard the news that Adriana was moving in with Rex. She was angry that she hadn't been consulted or told about it, though Adriana assured her that it was something that had just developed. She'd definitely pay her share until a new roommate could be found, she informed Layla. Rex suggested that Vincent move in, and Layla jumped on the idea, pointing out that they could then get their rings. A very worried Vincent was quickly assured that it was only a joke.
Meanwhile, Cristian had difficulty booking a band for the club and explained to Sarah that it was because he couldn't meet their demands. Sarah made suggestions, but they were brushed off. She could book a chart-topping, name band within a week, she confidently said, and was willing to take the job over. Cristian accused her of never finishing anything she started, but one thing led to another, and they made a bet on it. Sarah happened to hear that Layla needed a roommate and offered to move in. Cristian couldn't wait to get rid of her, she explained. Adriana was worried that Todd would find out about their knowing that Tommy was his son; Rex regretted nothing.
Will defended his mom to Nora, but the district attorney made it clear that Lindsay had to pay. He wanted someone else assigned to the case, given their past history. Nora was vindictive and taking out her boring life on his mother, he accused; she tried to assure him that it was not personal at all and she was merely doing her job. She related how she had been skeptical at first but realized Lindsay's motive and that it had been planned. She asked if Lindsay had denied committing the murder, and Will had no answer. It killed her that Will could be left alone, Nora continued as she gave him a hug. They both wished that Sam could be there.
A call was made that it was time for court. Marcie visited Lindsay and urged her to fight. She did not regret any of her actions, Lindsay told a speechless Marcie, who hesitatingly tried to get clarification but realized what Lindsay had done and why. The attorney stopped by to let Lindsay know that it was almost time and to plead not guilty. "I know what to do," Lindsay informed him. She pointedly told Marcie not to let Todd take the baby, that she had to do whatever it took to prevent that. Marcie solemnly and tearfully promised.
Michael told John that he was optimistic, though his brother told him not to get his hopes up. He was worried about Lindsay, and John felt that Nora was pretty sure about getting a conviction. He was also worried that Marcie would find out about his knowledge of Tommy for so long. John told a once again grateful Michael that he would do the same thing all over again. Marcie got home and told her husband what Lindsay had said.
Todd explained to Blair how bad it was looking for him at that moment. He needed to prove that he'd changed, she advised him, and they needed to call Jessica and Viki to be character witnesses. Todd thought he should just make a plan for an illegal way to get his son back. Maybe Marcie should get pregnant, Todd suggested. Blair filled him in on the impossibility of that. He then offered that they should adopt another child.
Trying to explain how that was not so easy, Blair made Todd realize that she really was on his side. He described how he was always being reminded of the evil things he'd done in the past and how awful it felt to be reminded of those things every day. He asked how he could stay in control with those reminders. They bade each other farewell, and suddenly, each had an idea.
Britney accosted Cole in the school gym, regarding the Mannings, but was quickly and literally doused when Starr arrived and poured a drink on her head. She left but returned when the couple plus Langston and Markko were talking about helping Todd out. She threw out some catty remarks, but Starr could no longer be bothered by her. Britney had already exposed everything to everyone, so it no longer mattered. "You have to be you," she told the awful girl. Markko told her to go get a life, and Cole ordered her to never mention his mother again.
Blair paid Lindsay a visit. She had an offer for her; she'd help Lindsay if Lindsay helped Todd.
Todd visited the McBains. He asked how much it would cost for him to buy his kid.
Todd offered Michael and Marcie money in exchange for his son. Todd pulled out his checkbook and told the McBains that he was willing to give them enough money to adopt several children. An angered Michael threatened to physically harm Todd, while Marcie was willing to negotiate. Michael was shocked by Marcie's reaction and questioned how she could even consider accepting Todd's bribe. As Todd looked on with checkbook in hand, Marcie explained to Michael that a large sum of money could really help the family.
Marcie told Michael they were in debt and should at least consider Todd's offer. Michael was obviously upset, but Marcie wanted to know how much Todd was willing to offer. Todd started the opening bid at $100,000. As Michael pushed him toward the door, Todd continued shouting out offers while Marcie encouraged him to raise the numbers. Todd offered ten million dollars. Marcie accepted and told Todd to write the check; Michael was stunned.
Michael realized that Marcie was conning Todd and went along with Marcie's game. A clueless Todd listened in while Marcie continued to plead her case to Michael. Marcie accepted the check, as Todd demanded to take possession of his son. Marcie ripped the check and told Todd there was no deal. Michael and Marcie ordered Todd to leave; they stated that their son was not for sale. Todd reminded them that they were turning down ten million dollars.
Marcie informed Todd that they knew just how much Tommy was worth to him. Michael threatened to tell the judge that Todd was willing to buy his son. Todd wanted his check back. Michael and Marcie refused and kicked Todd out of the apartment. Marcie apologized to Michael about allowing him to believe that she would sell Tommy to Todd; Michael understood her actions. Meanwhile, Todd stood outside the McBains' apartment door and wondered how his deed might have affected the custody case.
As Jessica prepared to enter Natalie's office at Buchanan Enterprises, she received a text message from Jared. Jared wanted to know when he would start working at BE. Natalie had received an email from Viki, who was in Paris. Natalie sensed that something was on her sister's mind and wanted to know what was bothering Jessica. Jessica attempted to convince Natalie to hire Jared. Natalie attacked Jared's character and questioned Jessica's motives for wanting him to work at BE.
Jessica evaded Natalie's questions concerning Jared and said she had only been offering advice. Natalie began to question Jessica's thoughts concerning her abilities as an executive at BE. Natalie wished Jessica would offer her encouragement. Jessica wanted her sister to realize that she believed in her. Natalie was still convinced that Jessica was hiding something concerning Jared Banks and demanded to know what it was. Jessica told Natalie she wanted to keep Jared from pestering Nash. Jessica claimed that if Jared worked at BE, Nash would be allowed to run his vineyard without Jared's influence.
Natalie did not want Jared employed at BE. Natalie felt if Jessica wanted Jared preoccupied, she should hire him at the Sun. Jessica continued to argue her case for why Jared should work for BE to an unconvinced Natalie. Natalie outright refused. Jessica pleaded with her sister to do her that one favor.
Natalie informed Jessica that if she wanted Natalie's help, Jessica would have to tell her the truth. Jessica told a shocked Natalie that Jared was blackmailing her; if Jessica did not comply, Jared would send her to prison. Natalie questioned her sister about the blackmail. Jessica revealed to Natalie that she'd sent Jared to prison, and he was threatening to do the same to her.
Jared and Nash discussed business at Capricorn; they were meeting to make their partnership official. Nash attempted to convince Jared that there was still time to back out of the deal. Jared had no intentions of doing so. As Jared signed the necessary documents, he mentioned to Nash that they were very much alike -- they were both self-made men. Jared discussed his fascination with Asa's success and commented that Jessica could also serve as an inspiration for them both.
Nash was taken aback by Jared's statement. Nash informed Jared that Jessica would not have anything to do with their partnership. Nash firmly stated that Jessica had many other responsibilities and would not be involved in the vineyard. Jared claimed to understand and walked away. The bartender picked Jared's phone off the bar and asked Nash if it belonged to him. Nash accepted the phone from the bartender. As Nash looked down at the phone, he observed Jessica's picture as the screensaver.
As Nora prepared for Lindsay's arraignment, Will and R.J. approached her inside the courtroom. Both men requested that Nora be lenient with Lindsay. Nora told Will and R.J. that she cared for them both but could not drop the charges against Lindsay. Will and R.J. argued for some type of consideration about setting bail; they wanted Nora to ensure that Lindsay would be allowed to await trial while out on bail. Nora reminded both men of Lindsay's history and was convinced that she was a flight risk. R.J. contended that Lindsay had changed and that if she were allowed bail, R.J. and Will would be responsible for her.
Before Nora could respond, Roxy appeared wearing her "Free Lindsay" tee shirt. Roxy flirted with Will and offered to sell him a tee shirt. Nora suggested that R.J. not encourage Will to believe that Lindsay had a chance of beating the case and reminded him of his role in Lindsay's escape from Statesville; she warned him to think twice about doing it again. R.J. was unable to convince Nora to help Lindsay and informed her that the courtroom would soon be filled with Lindsay supporters, thus making her job difficult. Nora was not moved.
Blair visited Lindsay in the jail. Blair offered to help Lindsay with her legal matters if Lindsay helped Todd get custody of "Tommy." If Lindsay would convince Michael and Marcie to allow Todd to take custody of the child, Blair offered to claim that she remembered what had happened the night of Spencer Truman's murder. If Lindsay cooperated, Blair would testify that Lindsay had acted in self-defense.
Lindsay demanded that Blair leave; she would not have any part of Michael and Marcie losing Tommy. Blair suggested that Lindsay cooperate, since Todd would ultimately win custody, and the McBains would be left heartbroken. Lindsay did not believe Todd was guaranteed to win custody, since Blair was seeking help from her. Blair did not back down; she told Lindsay that it would be in Michael and Marcie's best interest to face the inevitable right away rather than later. Blair offered to put the case in the paper continuously and stated that Nora would no longer have a case against Lindsay. Lindsay informed Blair that she did not care about what happened to her; she was only concerned that Tommy remained with the parents that really loved him.
Blair reminded Lindsay how she'd kept the truth about Matthew from Bo for so long and was doing the same thing to Todd. Lindsay became enraged. Blair was not done. Blair accused Lindsay of being the same selfish person she had always been and stated that losing Jen had not made her a better person. Lindsay broke down and insisted that she had changed for the better. Blair wanted her to prove it by helping Todd regain his son. Blair attempted to appeal to Lindsay's emotions.
Blair revealed to Lindsay that it was a possibility that the McBains would attempt to prove Todd was an unfit father. If they succeeded, Starr and Jack might lose Todd as a result. Blair begged Lindsay to reconsider. A distraught Lindsay told Blair that Todd was getting what he deserved, and she would play no part in removing Tommy from the McBains' home. The guard appeared and told Blair she would have to leave because Lindsay was due at her arraignment. Before leaving, Blair declared that Nora would prove Lindsay to be a homicidal maniac, and maybe that would convince her to change her mind. Lindsay headed off to the arraignment.
While Vincent, Adriana, Rex, and Cristian looked on at Capricorn, Sarah tried to convince Layla to allow her to move in. Layla was unsure whether or not she actually wanted another roommate and asked the others what they thought of her rooming with Sarah. Vincent, Adriana, and Rex told Layla to go for it, but Layla wanted Cristian's opinion, since he resided with Sarah. Cristian hesitated, but Sarah wanted his honest opinion of her. Cristian gave Sarah several compliments and rushed off. Layla was obviously impressed.
As Layla considered Cristian's feedback, Sarah ran after Cristian and questioned him about the statements he'd made to Layla. Cristian had embellished Sarah's capabilities, and she wanted to know why. Cristian said he wanted to help her out, and it would be her responsibility to prove him right. Sarah thanked him for his help. Cristian reminded her that she had one week to book a great act for Capricorn. Sarah was confident that she could deliver. Sarah continued to beg Layla to let her move in. Layla was not ready to make a decision and did not appreciate Sarah's persistence.
Sarah's pleas did not fall on deaf ears, and Layla finally offered her room and board. Nash handed a stunned Jared his phone and questioned why Jessica's picture was on the screen. Natalie demanded to know what had happened between Jessica and Jared.
Todd and Blair met at Capricorn. Blair confessed to Todd about her failed attempt at convincing Lindsay to help them. Todd sadly confided in Blair about his visit to the McBains. Todd was convinced that his actions had cost him Tommy. Blair tried to encourage Todd that the two of them would figure out a solution. Todd knew how Blair could help him get his son back. Blair questioned him how. Todd said that she could marry him. Blair was stunned.
Nora stared out into the faces of the many Lindsay supporters. As Lindsay was led into the courtroom, Will, R.J., Michael, Marcie, Roxy, Rex, and Cristian all smiled at her while wearing their "Free Lindsay" tee shirts. Lindsay's lawyer told her to give her plea when asked and to say nothing else. A despondent Lindsay did not answer. Nora silently observed Lindsay's demeanor. The judge entered the courtroom and said she would allow the "Free Lindsay" tee shirts to be worn at the arraignment but warned they had better not appear during the trial.
The judge asked Lindsay to enter her plea. Lindsay nervously stood up and remained silent. The judge informed Lindsay's attorney that the court would enter a plea of not guilty if Lindsay was unprepared to speak for herself. Lindsay interrupted the judge and shouted that she was guilty. The entire courtroom gasped.