Phyllis stepped off the Jabot elevator with a suitcase. She knocked on Billy's office door and called out to ask if he was decent, but she was surprised when she found his office empty.
At home, Billy stared at the mess from the previous night's poker party. Summer teased that it looked like someone was a naughty boy, and he asked what she meant. She noted that he'd overslept on a school day, and he planned to head to the office as soon as he cleaned up. She requested that he cover for her because she needed to get ready, and he agreed as long as she never mentioned the poker game again. She cooed that it could be their little secret.
Summer chirped that the mess wasn't bad, considering the game had lasted until four in the morning. Billy regretted that he'd stayed in to recoup his losses, but Summer squealed that he'd wiped everyone clean. She requested a tutorial before the next game, but he protested that getting a taste of his misspent youth had been enough. She recalled the look on his face when he'd won his biggest pot, and she hadn't seen him happier since she'd been back in town. She wondered why he was denying himself something that he really wanted, but he insisted that it wasn't what he wanted.
Billy assumed that someone had told Summer that he was a gambling addict, but she figured that he'd just stopped betting because he'd been sick of losing cash. He informed her that he was still an addict, but she argued that he'd set boundaries and been in total control. She cited the racehorse he'd purchased, but he countered that it had been a gift and not a source of income. He reflected back on the days when he hadn't been able to concentrate on anything but the bets he'd placed, and he'd only gotten a thrill if the payoff had been bigger than the last one.
Summer asked why Billy had stopped, and he replied that he'd realized that he'd been losing everything good in his life, since money couldn't replace family, friends, or love. He was glad that he'd gotten a brutal wakeup call to get clean, since he would have missed out on Phyllis, his kids, and becoming CEO of his dad's company if he hadn't. Billy lamented that he'd still sat down at the table and hadn't given "a damn" about it, but Summer said he was being way too hard on himself over a brief game of cards. He recognized that he'd already been gambling before he'd sat down, since he'd been willing to risk everything for the sweet taste of victory.
Billy acknowledged that people supported his efforts at Jabot and relied on him not to make stupid decisions. He feared that he would be reduced to a "pile of crap" if his past troubles resurfaced, so he needed to pretend the night before had never happened. Summer promised that she would never say a word about it, but she doubted that one game would take him down that road again. He wondered how she'd become well-versed in high-stakes poker, and she mentioned a beach casino in Belize where a dealer friend had taught her the basics. She added that she'd missed the challenge of it, so she'd found local players online who she met up with occasionally.
Billy lectured that there were better ways for Summer to spend her time and brainpower, and he thought she was already a few levels higher than most players. She took it as a compliment and ran off to get ready, and he spotted a poker chip on the floor. He bent over to pick it up as Phyllis walked in, and she joked that there was no need to bow. She mentioned that she'd caught an earlier flight to surprise him, and he confessed that he was getting a late start that day. She guessed that he'd had a rough night, and he replied that it had been rough without her.
Phyllis felt Billy's forehead and said he didn't feel hot, and he joked that he didn't care as long as he looked it. She asked what had happened the night before, and he claimed that he hadn't slept well. She stepped away to fetch him some coffee, but he opted to grab some at the office. He covertly kicked the poker chip under the couch, and Summer eavesdropped as Phyllis prepared to leave with Billy to track down Summer at the office. Billy kept mum about Summer's whereabouts as they headed out.
Later, Summer reported to Billy's office at Phyllis' request, and Phyllis suggested that they catch up at Nick's get-together later. Summer mentioned that Nick hadn't told her what it was about, and Phyllis guessed that they'd find out when they got there.
At Newman Enterprises, Victoria sorted through files as Victor and Abby entered. He inquired whether there had been any developments, and Victoria reported that security had been working all night. Victor huffed that there was only one suspect in his mind, and Abby announced that she'd told him about Ashley's theory. Victor growled that J.T. had made a dreadful mistake, but Victoria argued that the mistake was making that assumption. Victor wondered why she would say that.
Victoria swore that she wouldn't put anything past J.T., but she didn't want to jump to the wrong conclusions. Abby pointed out that the documents had originated during J.T.'s employment, but Victoria countered that he wasn't the only one with a grudge against their dad. Abby acknowledged that it would have been a huge risk for J.T. to take from where he was hiding. Victoria questioned whether it was worth prison, but Victor reasoned that J.T. was facing prison anyway. Abby suggested that they call the authorities, but Victor insisted on using his own security team because the authorities had tried to take him down for years. Victor hissed that J.T. would have "hell to pay" if he had been behind it, since he wouldn't escape Victor a second time.
After Victor left, Abby swore that she hadn't blabbed about Ashley's theory to cast dispersions on Victoria, and Victoria asserted that she had no sympathy for J.T. Abby recognized that Victoria had suffered even more at J.T.'s hands than Victor had, and she hoped her sister could take a break to go to Nick's party. Victoria wasn't sure how long she'd be able to stay, and she inquired whether Abby was taking Arturo. Abby clarified that Arturo wasn't her boyfriend and that they were barely dating, but Victoria had assumed it was more serious after Abby had shown up with him on Father's Day. Abby received a text message from Arturo, who asked why she'd fled the scene the night before.
Abby thanked Victoria for caring about her personal life, but she thought Nick was the one they should be worried about, since it was surprising that he would throw a party after Christian had been taken away. Victoria figured that Nick was trying to stay optimistic, and she was certain that he would get Christian back because there was nothing more important to Nick than being a father. Abby inquired about Reed, and she hoped J.T. was caught for Reed's sake. Mac appeared in the doorway and apologized for showing up unannounced, but she needed to talk to Victoria privately.
After Abby stepped out, Mac revealed that she'd found J.T.'s credit card bill in her mail and that he'd been using the account. Victoria speculated that someone had found the card and decided to help themselves, but Mac indicated that there had been no fraud alert, and the credit card company had verified that the purchases appeared to be legitimate. Victoria inquired about the type of activity on the account, and Mac listed car rentals, motels, convenience stores, and gas. Mac handed Victoria a copy of the statement, which showed recent charges in Montana and South Dakota before J.T. had seemingly ended up in Iowa.
Victoria was skeptical because renting a car was a huge red flag, and Mac divulged that she'd told Paul that J.T. had to be out of cash. Victoria was taken aback that Mac had already alerted the police, but Mac reported that the police had put a trace on J.T.'s cards weeks earlier, so they'd already known. Victoria figured that Paul hadn't told her because the police seemed to think she'd secretly been in contact with J.T., but Mac stressed that she knew Victoria wouldn't do that after what J.T. had done to her. Mac also remembered how controlling J.T. had been, and she wouldn't put it past him to contact Victoria to get him out of a jam. Victoria insisted that he hadn't, and Mac wished that J.T. would be found in order to get closure. Mac was sure Victoria felt the same way.
Mac thanked Victoria for being caring and supportive ever since J.T. had dropped off the planet, especially when Victoria's family had suffered more than Mac's. Mac hoped that Victoria got justice for what J.T. had done to her, Victor, and Reed, and she said she had a lot of respect for Victoria. Victoria stammered that she was just trying to cope the way Mac was, and she asked about Mac's kids. Mac indicated that baby Becca was adaptable, but D.J. couldn't go more than a couple weeks without asking whether he'd ever see his father again. Victoria empathized because she'd had the same conversation with Reed, and Mac blasted J.T. for making selfish choices and leaving them to deal with the fallout. "Anything to protect our families, right?" Victoria replied, and they hugged.
At the cottage, Sharon admired her engagement ring and anticipated that it would be the prettiest bombshell ever dropped on anyone. Nick asked if she was ready for the party later, but she wasn't sure if it was the best way to tell everyone. He anticipated making the announcement in grand style, followed by their wedding and a spectacular honeymoon. She resolved to get through the party first, and he assured her that it wouldn't be a torture session. Sharon confirmed that she always had fun with him, but she imagined that some guests might not feel as festive, so they had to be ready for anything.
Sharon anticipated that she could cross Phyllis and Summer off her bridesmaid list, but Nick asserted that anyone who wanted him to be happy would have to deal with it. He recalled that they'd swayed Mariah after she hadn't wanted him to move in, but Sharon thought Faith was scared that their reunion would end in disaster. Nick was confident that Faith's fears would go away once they were standing up as a family with Faith, Mariah, and Christian, and Sharon asked whether he was that certain that they would get Christian back. Nick declared that believing it was the only thing getting him through Christian not being there, and nothing and no one would stop them from getting what they deserved. They kissed.
Nick and Sharon changed for the party, and they were surprised to find Mariah waiting for them in the living room. Mariah presented them with a gift, and Nick asked what it was for. Mariah brightly stated that it was for their engagement, given that they were throwing a nonspecific party with no forthcoming announcement that anyone knew about. Mariah reminded Sharon that they'd had a hypothetical chat about whether Sharon should marry Nick again, and she pointed out that the couple was always joined at the hip and the lips. Mariah promised that she wouldn't spoil the surprise, but she'd wanted to be the first to say that them getting remarried was one of the most hopeful and inspiring things ever.
Mariah continued that Nick and Sharon had made their way back together after been hurt very badly and unfairly, and they'd transformed their lives in the span of a year. Mariah praised Nick for refusing to be scared of the custody battle, since no one would have blamed him if he'd sacrificed her mother to stack the deck, and that was exactly why Nick and Sharon deserved one another and Christian. Mariah swore that it would happen because of all the love in their hearts that they shared with so many people. Mariah forced herself to dial back the sweetness and tears before it became a goofy moment, and Sharon thanked her with a hug. Nick said they loved Mariah, and he joined them in a family embrace.
On the Athletic Club rooftop, Mariah marveled that Sharon and Nick had picked the perfect day. Sharon spotted Nikki and grumbled that there was a black cloud flying in, and Nikki requested a private moment with Nick. Nikki noted that they never had a chance to talk when Nick stopped by the main house to see Christian, and he contended that every minute he got with his son was precious. Nikki sensed that Nick was hiding his fury, and Nick figured that being positive was better than being enraged. Nick pledged to get his son back, and he declared that the day was about celebrating the future with everyone he loved.
Nick was sorry that Nikki was stuck in the middle, but he was thankful that she was there to help take care of his son. She vowed to do everything she could for the boy and to help Nick and Victor get past their conflict, but Nick urged her to focus her energy on Christian and nothing else. Nick added that when his dad had taken Christian, Victor had been willing to destroy everything he had, but he would eventually find out that it didn't matter how much money he had, since some damage was beyond repair.
Nick thanked Phyllis, Billy, and Summer for being there, and Billy inquired about the occasion. Nick toasted to some rest and relaxation to kick off the season, and he and Sharon kissed. Phyllis quietly observed to Billy that there was no engagement ring on Sharon's finger, but Sharon insisted that Phyllis speak her mind. Phyllis exclaimed that the Champagne looked delicious, and Summer went to the bar to grab some for all of them.
Summer sipped Champagne at the bar, and Mariah voiced surprise that Summer had actually made it. Summer pointed out that it was her dad's party, but Mariah countered that Summer had missed Father's Day, which made Summer more of a flake than a snowflake. Summer refused to let Mariah ruin her mood, and she invited Mariah to join her for a drink.
Abby received another message from Arturo asking if they could talk. Nikki approached and coldly inquired whether Abby had no plus-one, and Abby guessed that Nikki had been hoping to see Arturo. Nikki was glad that he wasn't with Abby, since she didn't want someone she cared about to end up heartbroken.
Victoria approached Billy and apologized for not getting back to him about making plans for the kids. She admitted that she was a little tired after a long night and day, and he suggested that they just enjoy the party.
Sharon handed Nikki a club soda, and Phyllis remarked that it was nice to see Nick embracing life and not shriveling up under Victor's dark shadow. Sharon declared that it was the best way to show Victor that he wasn't getting to them. Abby looked grim as she hung up from a call, and she pulled Victoria aside to talk about work. Abby relayed that Victor had traced the shipping origin of the hacker's boxes to Fort Dodge, Iowa, and she dared Victoria to guess whose credit card had been used to ship them. Victoria's eyes widened as she realized that it had been J.T.'s.
Phyllis, Sharon, Nikki, and Victoria conferred about the latest development with J.T.'s credit card. Phyllis insisted that J.T. hadn't had a pulse, and Sharon confirmed that he hadn't been breathing. Phyllis recalled that none of them had seen him move while they'd transported him from Victoria's bedroom to the park, and Nikki commented that it would be a miracle if J.T. was alive. Nikki bemoaned that it was impossible to erase what had happened that night.
Summer joined Billy and swore that she'd heard what he'd said that morning, but there would be another poker game soon if he thought he could handle it. She told him to let her know if he wanted to buy in.
Nick called for everyone's attention and asked Sharon to join him. He announced that his guests deserved to know what was going on, and it was a special party because he and Sharon were getting married again. Mariah cheered while Nikki, Summer, Phyllis, and Victoria struggled to hide their disapproval. Victor clapped slowly as he entered, and he proclaimed that he was glad he'd stopped by the party. Victor congratulated Nick for hitching himself to Sharon, since doing so all but ensured that Victor would retain permanent custody of Christian.
Nikki hissed that she'd told Victor not to show up, but Nick insisted that it was okay, since Nikki would be spared the unpleasant task of having to tell Victor later. Nick recognized that his father had made his grand entrance, complete with condescending mockery, but it was time to get back to celebrating their family, including Christian. Nick thought that Victor would never admit it, but he believed that in the place where normal people had hearts, Victor knew that what he was doing was wrong. Nick pledged to never quit until Christian was back where he belonged.
• Billy proposes that he and Phyllis give their neighbors a show.
• Jack asks Dina if the man in the photo is his father.
• Ashley informs Victoria that eyewitnesses spotted a man whose description matches J.T.'’s.