At Surf Central, Virginia pumped an unsuspecting Casey for information on Michael and Vanessa. Virginia told Casey she'd like to plan a getaway trip for Michael and Vanessa, because Jimmy had ruined their plans to Catalina. Virginia got the information she wanted when Casey said that Vanessa and Michael were at his friend's cabin.
Casey caught Virginia snooping around his room. Virginia explained she was just putting Casey's clothes away. The explanation was enough for Casey. He offered to take Virginia and Jimmy to dinner as thanks for all she had been doing. Virginia declined, saying she would be sitting with a sick friend and Jimmy would be spending the night with a friend. Casey left, which gave Virginia enough time to find the address to the cabin among Casey's belongings.
Desperate to stop Vanessa and Michael, Virginia drugged a lady she was visiting in order to steal the woman's car. Virginia drove the stolen car through a rainstorm to get to the cabin where Michael and Vanessa were. She swore that Vanessa would make love to Michael over her dead body.
At the cabin, Vanessa promised Michael that the surprises had only begun. Michael felt bad for putting Jimmy's needs above his trip to Catalina with Vanessa. Vanessa said it was not his fault. Michael took offense, knowing that Vanessa still thought Virginia was trying to get between them. He said he was starting to think Vanessa had invited him up to the cabin to bash Virginia.
Vanessa assured Michael that she only wanted to spend uninterrupted time with him. Michael said Virginia was not a threat to them. Vanessa wanted to believe that, but they were a hundred miles away, and Virginia was still getting between them. Michael said she wouldn't if they didn't let her. He kissed Vanessa. Vanessa sent Michael out after firewood so she could slip into something more comfortable. Michael was pleasantly surprised when he returned. The two resumed kissing in front of the fireplace.
At the Richardses', Olivia interrupted Cole and Caitlin before Cole could tell Caitlin that Olivia was the other woman. When Olivia couldn't convince Caitlin to forget about the other woman's name, Olivia blurted out that the other woman was Bette. Caitlin was shocked and hurt. Olivia wouldn't let Cole get a word in edgewise to correct her. Olivia explained that Bette and Cole hadn't known they were both connected to Caitlin. Caitlin stormed out.
Cole was furious with Olivia. He claimed that Caitlin would find out the truth anyway. Olivia said they'd keep the secret forever. Cole asked Olivia if Bette would keep their secret. Olivia assured him that Bette wouldn't say anything. Cole demanded to know why Olivia wanted him to take Caitlin away. He suspected that Olivia's baby was his. Gregory walked in as Olivia told Cole that it would destroy Caitlin to know the truth about them.
At Bette and Annie's place, Bette answered the door and received a surprise when Caitlin punched her. Bette explained Cole had only been after the Deschanel jewels, which he had thought she had and that she had been lonely. Bette explained that she hadn't known who Cole was at the time of their affair. She assured Caitlin that they hadn't been meeting behind her back. She and Cole had only met at the hotel to discuss how to break the news of their affair to Caitlin. They both loved her very much and just didn't want her to be hurt. Bette comforted Caitlin, who wondered why it hurt so much.
In the barn in Kansas, Ben shocked Meg when he confessed that he hated Maria. Ben said Maria was not the woman he had thought she was. Meg said she had always assumed that Ben had been mourning for Maria because he had loved her so much. Ben told Meg not to assume anything where Maria was concerned. He said he had kept the portrait and the house the same so that he'd remember not to let any woman hurt him that way again. He'd always let Meg think that he had loved Maria because it was easier to keep her away.
Meg couldn't believe that she could have been so wrong. She wanted to know why Ben had acted the way he had on the anniversary of Maria's death. Ben said he had just wanted to remember that he hadn't been able to save Maria. He didn't feel that he had tried hard enough to save her. Ben had thought that Maria was perfect when they'd first met, but he had found out that he had only loved an ideal. He explained that the cave had probably just been a fantasy of the way he had wanted it to be with Maria.
Ben said that Meg was everything that Maria hadn't been. Ben couldn't imagine loving anyone the way he loved Meg. When Meg had left for Kansas, he had realized his life wasn't complete without her. Meg didn't know what to believe anymore. Ben tried to kiss her, but she backed away. Ben said that nothing could get between them. Meg claimed that Maria would, no matter how much they loved each other, which prompted Ben to ask if she loved him. Meg said yes, she did love him.
Meg told Ben that being home was right for her. It was what she needed. She asked him to go back to Sunset Beach alone. Ben said if that was what would make her happy, he'd do it. Ben wanted her to make sure that was what she wanted. He said he was going to pack, but he'd be back.
On the phone in his hotel room, Ben told Gregory he was returning to Sunset Beach, hopefully with Meg. Ben agreed to meet with the new partner in the Liberty Corporation.
Back in the Cummingses' house, Meg told Joan that Ben had claimed to love her and not Maria. Joan stressed to Meg not to let the fear of being hurt ruin her life. Meg didn't think she could stand to take that pain again.
Ben entered. He had everything packed, including a return ticket for Meg. Ben could go back to Sunset Beach and pick up his life, but not a day would go by that he wouldn't think of her. Ben said they had a true passionate love that most people didn't feel in a lifetime. Meg said she knew. Ben pleaded with Meg to return with him so that he could prove she was right by going to Sunset Beach.
Meg told Ben she wanted their love to work, but she was afraid. Ben admitted that he was afraid, too, but was willing to risk it. When Ben realized that Meg wasn't willing to risk her heart again, he told Meg he would always love her. They stared longingly at each other before he walked out the door. Feeling torn, Meg followed him outside. After hesitating, Ben finally left in a cloud of dust. Meg cried.
At Annie's house, Caitlin asked Bette why everyone had kept the affair secret and told Bette that she wanted to raise her baby in a family where people were truthful with each other. When Bette asked Caitlin if she wanted to raise the baby alone, Caitlin said that she couldn't raise her baby with a man that she couldn't trust.
After Caitlin left, Eddie arrived and told Bette that he'd dug up some new dirt on Cole for her column, but Bette refused, saying that Cole was in enough trouble already without her contributing to it.
In the Richardses' house, Gregory demanded to know what Olivia and Cole were discussing. Olivia told Gregory how hurt Caitlin had been when Olivia had told her that Bette was the "other woman." After Cole left, Gregory told Olivia that he was sending her and Caitlin to San Francisco the next day.
Olivia said that Gregory's plan was not proof that he loved Caitlin. Gregory insisted that he was demonstrating his love for Caitlin by getting Cole out of her life. As Olivia said that Caitlin's best interest could not be served by lying to her, Caitlin walked in. Caitlin confronted Olivia and Gregory about their "knowledge" that Bette was the "other woman."
At the cabin in Idlewild, Vanessa and Michael reminisced about the early days of their relationship, while Virginia fantasized about Michael. Michael and Vanessa declared their love for each other and resumed kissing just as Virginia looked in through the window. When Virginia cut the power, Vanessa became nervous and sent Michael outside to check the power.
Michael was checking the power when Vanessa screamed. Michael dashed into the cabin to see why Vanessa had screamed and she told him that she had seen a shadow and that she was just jumpy from the rainstorm. Virginia worked one of the windows of the cabin open just enough to knock an unattended candle over. Michael and Vanessa began to make love in front of the fire as the curtains in the other room started to burn.
Hank went to see Meg at the Cumminges' house. He suggested things that Meg could do to keep busy then he asked if Meg was ready to start dating again. Meg said that she wasn't ready to start dating again. Joan approached, and she and Meg had a heart-to-heart conversation about whether Meg should stay in Ludlow. Joan suggested that Meg shouldn't give up forever just because she'd been hurt once.
A young woman sitting next to Ben on the airplane told him that she was about to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in Malibu. When she said that it was silly to want to live out one's dreams, Ben said that without dreams, there was no point to life.
Back at Annie's house, Cole told Bette that he wanted to tell Caitlin the truth, and she told him that it would be best if Caitlin never found out that it was Olivia that Cole had been sleeping with. When Cole told her that Olivia had tried to pay him off to leave town and take Caitlin with him, Bette told him that Olivia had the right idea.
In the Richardses' house, Gregory told Olivia that the alternative to going to San Francisco would be to tell Caitlin that they had been plotting to get Caitlin to give up her baby. Olivia promised herself that she wouldn't go along with his plan.
While Caitlin talked to the baby, Cole entered through her bedroom window to ask her for another chance. She told him that she couldn't trust him because he had tried to cover up his fling with the "other woman." Caitlin said that sometimes love wasn't enough and that she didn't know if she could trust him, and she wouldn't raise her baby with a man that she couldn't trust. Cole begged her to give their love a chance, and they started kissing.
Eddie arrived to give information about Cole to Gregory.
Olivia went to Annie's house to talk to Bette about Caitlin and to ask for help in saving Caitlin from Gregory.
Ben arrived home and stepped out onto his terrace, where he reminisced about the first time he had kissed Meg. Meg turned up on Ben's doorstep, telling him that he had left something behind in Kansas -- her.