At the Newman ranch, Nikki reported that she'd just put the boys to bed, and she voiced surprise that Chelsea suddenly wanted to cancel their sleepover. Chelsea claimed that she had to take the kids home right away because she and Nick had plans to take them to Cascade Mountain the next day to go sledding. Nikki couldn't believe that Nick wanted to go when he was still at the hospital with Sharon, and Chelsea explained that they'd decided to go on the trip because the random attack had shown how unpredictable life could be. Chelsea pressed to get the kids going.
Chelsea bundled Connor and Christian up in their coats, and Nikki reminded her to take the boys' toys. Chelsea thanked her for rolling with the change of plans, but she noticed the look on Nikki's face and asked if there was a problem. "I don't know. Is there?" Nikki responded, and Chelsea played dumb. Nikki admitted that she wasn't sure if Chelsea was telling the truth about why she was taking the boys away that night.
Nikki found it very odd that Chelsea was taking the boys because of a trip that she'd never mentioned before, and Chelsea innocently questioned what other reason there would be. Nikki suggested that Chelsea didn't want the boys to have a good relationship with their grandfather, since Nikki knew Nick didn't want the boys to be close to Victor. Chelsea referred to the bad blood between the men, but she swore that it had simply been a last-minute change of plans.
Chelsea assured Nikki that she'd been working on Nick to get him to ease up on his father, and she thought she'd been making headway. Nikki hoped to get a rain check on the sleepover, and Chelsea told the boys to say goodbye. Nikki hugged the kids and said she'd see them soon. Chelsea led Connor and Christian to the door, but Nikki called after them about their toys. Chelsea said to save them for the next time, and she and the children headed out.
Phyllis arrived at the hospital and requested information about a patient. Meanwhile, Nick urged Sharon to stay hydrated to help her headache, and Mariah spotted Phyllis in the corridor. Mariah stepped outside and asked what Phyllis was doing there, and Phyllis replied that she'd heard about Sharon. Mariah pointed out that Phyllis could have called, but she reported that Sharon was awake and would be okay. Phyllis insisted on speaking to Sharon, but Mariah prevented her from going into the room.
Nick asked if Sharon felt up to talking, and he wondered if she could remember what had happened. She murmured that it was a blur, but she recalled that she'd decided to close Crimson Lights early because it had been slow, and the last few customers had left. She thought she'd been cleaning something, but the next thing she remembered was ending up in the hospital. She felt like more was on the tip of her tongue, but she couldn't get to it.
Nick mentioned that he and Sharon had been on the phone when the attack had occurred, and she'd said she had something important to tell him before the call had dropped. Sharon seemed confused at first about why she'd called him, but she recalled that she'd wanted to finish the conversation they'd started before Phyllis had interrupted them. Sharon took Nick's hand and mused that she was glad he was there. He helped to prop her up in bed and told her not to push herself. She insisted that it was important, but he stressed that the important thing was that she was okay.
Nick promised that Sharon would get back on her feet and that they would figure out who'd attacked her. She asked if the police knew anything, and Nick relayed that Paul thought it had been a robbery. Nick asked if anyone had threatened her or held her up, but she didn't remember anything like that. She thought that she'd heard footsteps, but that had been it. Nick swore that the cops would find out who had done it.
Sharon apologized for dozing off, and Nick joked that he'd try not to take it personally. He started to leave so she could rest, but she begged him not to go because she needed to talk to him. A nurse entered, and Nick said he'd be back before Sharon knew it. He stepped outside the room and answered a call from Chelsea, who was driving in the car with Connor and Christian. Nick asked where she was, and Chelsea lied that she was at the studio. She added that she'd wanted to check in and hear his voice, since she was running behind schedule and had to pull an all-nighter.
Nick informed Chelsea that he was at the hospital, since someone had robbed the coffeehouse and knocked Sharon over the head. Chelsea feigned concern, and Nick reported that Sharon had been unconscious and was having a hard time remembering anything. Nick hoped that Paul found the "bastard" who'd done it, and Chelsea said she was sorry it had happened. One of the boys cried out from the back seat, and Chelsea claimed that she had on the TV. Nick looked forward to making plans for their wedding once they were back home, and Chelsea paused to regain her composure. Her voice shook as she said he had no idea how much she would love that. They exchanged "I love you's" and hung up, and she continued driving.
In the corridor, Phyllis asked why Mariah was being obstinate, and Mariah complained that Phyllis was being pushy. Nick joined them and reported that Sharon didn't remember much, and Mariah stepped away to fetch some coffee. Phyllis recognized that Nick didn't want to hear what she had to say, but she insisted that he listen. She theorized that Chelsea had knocked Sharon out and was making a run for it with the boys. Nick told Phyllis to go home because she didn't belong there, and he didn't want to hear her crap.
Phyllis wondered why Nick was arguing with her when Chelsea might be running away with his son, and she barked that he had to wake up. Nick blasted Phyllis for talking trash about Chelsea, and he pointed out that Chelsea had no reason to hurt Sharon. Phyllis revealed that she and Sharon were on the same page about a lot of things, and she guessed that Chelsea had overheard Sharon and Nick talking and had decided to shut Sharon up. Nick grumbled that Phyllis sounded like a nut job with her conspiracy theories, and he would laugh if it wasn't pathetic.
Phyllis recounted that she'd gone to confront Chelsea about what she'd done to Sharon, and she'd gotten the super to let her into the penthouse, but the place had been empty. Nick was appalled that Phyllis had broken into his home, but she defended that she'd done it to protect him and his kids. He maintained that she was wrong, since the boys were with his parents, and Chelsea was working at the studio. Nick ordered Phyllis to be gone by the time he got back, and he walked off.
Phyllis called Victor and asked if Christian and Connor were with him. Phyllis informed Victor that Chelsea knew that she was about to be exposed, and Phyllis believed that Chelsea had panicked and left town. Victor put her on hold and asked Nikki to check on their grandsons. Nikki informed him that Chelsea had picked up the boys earlier. Victor looked perplexed, but he told Phyllis to stay out of his family's business.
Phyllis entered Sharon's room and declared that Sharon was the only person who could help her stop Chelsea before it was too late. Sharon was shocked when Phyllis shared her theory that Chelsea had been behind the attack. Sharon reasoned that Chelsea had conned people but had never resorted to violence, and she noted that the police thought it had been a robbery. Phyllis clarified that it was what Chelsea wanted everyone to believe, but she sensed that Chelsea had started to panic and had fled town with Connor and Christian. Phyllis figured that Chelsea would never leave Adam's son behind because she'd loved Adam more than she'd ever loved Nick.
Sharon groaned that her head was already hurting enough, since the doctors couldn't give her anything for the pain because of the risk of bleeding. Sharon inquired whether Phyllis had mentioned her concerns to Nick, and Phyllis confirmed that he'd shut her down, but it didn't mean she was wrong. Phyllis added that she'd called Victor to verify Nick's claim that the boys were at the ranch, and Sharon guessed that Victor had told Phyllis to mind her own business. Sharon pointed out that Phyllis had no proof, but Phyllis insinuated that although the police wouldn't believe her, they'd believe Sharon if she claimed that Chelsea had been her attacker.
Phyllis envisioned that the police would use their resources to find Chelsea and ensure the kids were safe with Nick. Sharon refused to lie to the police based on Phyllis' hunch when Sharon didn't even buy that Chelsea had tried to kill her to shut her up. Sharon complained that she was wiped out, and she insisted that Phyllis go. Phyllis obliged, and Nick was livid to see that Phyllis hadn't left. Mariah demanded to know why Phyllis was all over Sharon, and Nick told her about Phyllis' crazy theory that Chelsea had hit Sharon and had been stealing from her own company.
Mariah lectured that her mom needed rest, and she indicated that both Nick and Phyllis should leave. Mariah promised to let Nick know if anything changed, and Nick led Phyllis to the elevator. Phyllis asked if there was anything she could say to get him to listen, but Nick proclaimed that the witch hunt was over, and he ordered her to leave him, Chelsea, and Sharon alone. Phyllis hoped he knew that she was just looking out for him.
Mariah fussed over Sharon and told her mother to enjoy it while she could. Mariah felt bad for asking Nick to leave, but she worried that Phyllis had riled him up. Mariah praised Nick for being there the entire time and not leaving until he'd known Sharon was okay, and Sharon marveled that she didn't know what she would do without him. Mariah thought Nick still loved Sharon in his own way and that he'd do anything for Sharon and her kids.
Paul interrupted, and Mariah protested that Sharon was tired, but Sharon insisted that she was okay. Mariah stepped out to let them talk, and Sharon said she'd heard that she'd been a robbery victim. Paul informed her that cash had been taken from the register and that the cameras had been disabled, and his team didn't have a suspect yet. Paul questioned whether she had any idea who might have done it, since even a small piece of information could be incredibly valuable. Sharon told Paul that all she remembered was hearing footsteps.
Paul mentioned that there had been no sign of forced entry, and he urged Sharon to run the events of the evening through her head again. Sharon swore that she'd been trying to do that ever since she'd woken up, and Paul pointed out that the perpetrator had committed multiple felonies. He worried that everyone who lived and worked in the neighborhood was at risk, and he wanted to see justice done. Sharon assured him that she wanted to help him, but she couldn't even tell him if the person whose footsteps she'd heard was a man or a woman, since the culprit had taken her completely by surprise. She wished that she could give him more to go on, but she could only tell the truth.
In the car, Chelsea told the boys that sometimes life took them someplace unexpected, like the road trip they were on. She wished that they could stay home with Nick and act like nothing had changed, but the three of them had needed to leave, since she knew that their daddy wouldn't want the brothers to be apart.
Over the phone, Victor instructed someone to access the GPS tracker he'd had put on Chelsea's car. He obtained the location of the vehicle and prepared to leave. Nikki assumed that he was going back to the office, but he vaguely replied that there was something he had to deal with before more damage was done, and he departed.
Victor pulled his car over on the highway when he spotted Chelsea's vehicle. He opened the door of her car, and Jordan greeted him. Victor demanded to know where Chelsea was, and Jordan replied that she'd sold him the car. Victor asked again where she was, and Jordan claimed that all he knew was that she'd wanted to get out of town fast.
Chelsea told the boys that they'd had to change cars because their trip was top secret. She lamented that they'd all miss Nick and that he would miss them just as much. She expected that their departure was going to hurt him badly, and it was the last thing she'd ever meant to do. She flashed back to the many happy times that she and Nick had spent together and how the four of them had bonded as a family. Chelsea glanced back at the boys in the rearview mirror, and she reflected back on Nick being excited that Christian would call him "Dad." Tears streamed down Chelsea's cheeks as she reconsidered what she was doing.
Nikki answered the door to Phyllis, who asked if Christian and Connor were there. Nikki informed her that Chelsea had picked them up earlier, and she wondered what was wrong. A stone-faced Victor returned home.
At home, Victoria headed up to bed, but the doorbell rang. She opened the door and was stunned to see Christian there by himself. She pulled him inside out of the cold and worriedly asked if he was okay.
Nick returned home and unknowingly threw his coat over Chelsea's letter without seeing it. He nervously looked at a photo of them with their sons, and he sent her a text message to ask her to call when she could, since the place was too quiet without her and the boys.
Victoria called Nick and informed him that Christian had just shown up at her house, alone and in his pajamas. She noted that the tot seemed fine, and Nick didn't understand because his son was supposed to be at a sleepover at the ranch. Victoria reported that all Christian had told her was something about a secret trip. Nick said he was on his way, and he spotted Chelsea's letter as he picked up his coat. He numbly opened it and found her engagement ring inside.
Nick read the letter, which said that Chelsea would be long gone with Connor and Christian by the time Nick read it. Chelsea had explained that she'd had to go, but she could never leave her son behind, and she hadn't been able to bear separating the boys after they'd grown so close to one another. She had expected that Nick would hate her for taking Christian, but she had promised to look out for and love the boy as if he were her own son. Chelsea had imagined a furious Nick reading the letter and wondering how she could run off in the middle of the night, and she had admitted that she was a liar and a coward.
Chelsea had confessed that the money Nick had found hadn't been Adam's but that it had been generated by the fake website that she'd created out of fear, since her life had been ripped out from under her too many times. She had added that she'd learned that she had to protect herself because she couldn't shake her past, and she'd been taught to always have an escape plan. She had sworn that she'd been honest about the money being a safety net and that she'd thought no harm would result from it, but she couldn't have been more wrong.
Nick continued to read that Chelsea had felt everything crashing down around her, and she was more ashamed than she could possibly express. She had asserted that she'd rather live with her shame than go to prison, and she'd never expected things to spin so far out of control. She had refused to ask for Nick's forgiveness because she knew he couldn't give it, but she had insisted that what she felt for him was real -- she loved him and always would.
Chelsea made a call and told someone that she was on her way, but it would just be her and Connor.