In Paris, Cane popped into a cab and told the driver that he needed to find his wife to save his marriage. Later, he turned his key in his hotel room lock and entered his suite. After he closed the door, Lily stepped out of the suite across the hall and headed out. Cane looked wistfully out the window.
During a photo shoot, Abby rambled that she'd forgotten how great the espresso was in Paris, and Lily mused that she truly loved the city. Abby gushed that Lily was nailing the shoot, and Lily spoke with the photographer in French. Abby admired Lily for perfecting her French while Abby had been trying to meet a prince in London, and Lily recalled her fond memories of Paris. Abby suspected that they included wedding ones, and Lily admitted that while she'd been trying to concentrate on work, all she could think about was Cane.
Lily wondered if she and Cane would reunite and how the kids would react. Abby assured Lily that she and Cane would have as much time as they needed when Lily got home, and Lily pledged to throw herself into an amazing shoot in an incredible city. Lily was dismayed to realize that she'd left her phone at the hotel, and she fretted that the twins might try to reach her. Abby pointed out that Cane had things under control -- unless Lily was hoping that he'd be standing by the phone when she called.
Cane attempted to call Lily, but the call went straight to voicemail. Meanwhile, Abby promised that Lily and her phone would soon be reunited, just like Lily and Cane. Lily vowed to be present for her dream job in her dream city, and Abby envisioned the fun they'd have with the food and shopping. Lily pledged not to worry about the future and just to enjoy every moment there.
As they wrapped up the photo shoot, Abby teased that it was annoying how gorgeous and amazing Lily was in front of the camera. Abby thought the light in the exterior photos had been magical, and she imagined seeing it every day. Abby intended to pitch the idea of her staying to oversee the Brash & Sassy expansion, but she was afraid that it might look like she was running away from everything she'd screwed up. Lily reasoned that anyone would want to run to Paris, and Abby suggested that Lily join her. Lily realized that everything she needed for her new beginning was back at home.
At the Chancellor mansion, Billy asked J.T. to fill him in about what was on the agenda that day, and J.T. huffed that Billy clearly hadn't read his email. Billy checked his messages as J.T. looked down at his own phone.
At Newman Enterprises, Victoria thanked Devon for stopping by. She received a text message from J.T., saying he needed to see her. She smiled as she wrote back that it could be arranged. Devon pitched an idea for Victoria to give a speech to make a human connection by sharing how she intended to make Newman integral in people's everyday lives. Devon considered her to be special, since she was a brilliant, beautiful woman who was the perfect combination of inspirational and accessible. He pointed out that the focus would be on her and not on other aspects of Newman or her family members, and she thought it was the perfect way to bury the company's recent scandals.
Devon observed that Victor and Nikki had been doing a good job playing the power couple role, and he questioned whether it was the real deal or just for show. Victoria carefully stated that her parents' teamwork was real, and Devon inquired about Reed. Victoria groaned that teenagers were brutal, and she was happy that Johnny and Katie were still young. Devon assured her that she was a fantastic mom, and he thought it was best to keep a lid on Reed's DUI. Victoria worried that Reed hadn't taken the charges seriously, and she revealed that he'd moved in with her parents.
Victoria confided that she'd hated giving up control of her son, but she hadn't been able to get through to him. Victoria was taken aback when Devon assumed that she and J.T. were together, but Devon clarified that he'd meant that she and J.T. were on the same page about Reed. Victoria conceded that it had been very reassuring to have J.T. there, and she promised to try to avoid the next crisis so that Devon would have more time to concentrate on his music label. He commented that the landscape was always changing, but the good things in life were never easy.
After Devon left, Victoria responded to J.T.'s message by summoning him to her place right away. J.T. wrote back and repeated the words that it could be arranged. Billy wanted to discuss a tech company that looked promising, but J.T. said he had to go. Billy guessed that J.T. was fired up for work, and J.T. crowed that he couldn't get enough.
Cane started a video chat with Billy, who wondered if Cane had nothing better to do. Cane groaned that he hadn't been able to connect with Lily, and Billy assured him that everything was fine at home. Cane warned Billy not to drop the ball on the tech firm, and Billy jokingly pitched the idea of opening a chain of amusement parks before signing off.
At the Athletic Club, Nikki used her phone to show Victor where Kathy had lived before Sharon had taken her in. Nikki bemoaned that it was a run-down building with broken windows, vermin, and no reliable heat. Nikki asserted that no human being should be allowed to live in such filth, but the landlord had kept raising the rent until the low-income residents had ended up out on the streets because they had no longer been able to afford it. She called the guy a despicable monster, but Victor pointed out that the landlord was a businessman and that many people only saw dollar signs.
Victor recalled when he and Nikki had had nothing. Nikki acknowledged that he'd worked hard to pull himself out of it, but she believed there was no point if one couldn't turn around and help the person behind them on the ladder. Victor remarked that she couldn't save the world single-handedly, but Nikki thought she could do something for Kathy and anyone else in their town who was struggling.
Victor loved seeing Nikki ready to fight for what she believed in, but she told him that he didn't have to humor or flatter her. He insisted that he was stating the obvious, and he offered to help if she needed him to. Nikki declined, and she intended to do some research to understand the issue more deeply first. He stressed that it was her baby, not theirs, but he wanted her to keep him informed. After Victor stepped away, Nikki made a call and requested some help.
Mariah greeted Nick at Crimson Lights, and he mentioned that he'd been thinking about Sharon and the family she'd invited to stay with her. Mariah admitted that she'd considered it to be a weird mother's instinct thing for Sharon to take an entire random family into her home, but she figured that it was Sharon's call to make. Mariah begged Nick not to be judgy, and she was stunned when he agreed with her. He explained that it wasn't a mother thing but a parent thing, since he'd been wishing there was something else he could do to help.
Nick was amazed that Sharon had done more than just give a family a place to stay -- she'd made sure that they knew someone cared. Mariah recalled that it had meant the world to her when Sharon had taken her in, despite everything Mariah had done. Nick commended Sharon for getting her life back together and making positive changes in the world, and Mariah pointed out that he was also a do-gooder. Nick protested that he'd never gone out of his way like Sharon had, but Mariah noted that he'd donated his trust fund to charity and helped save Chancellor Park. Nick recounted that Sharon had supported his efforts to save the park, so the least he could do was return the favor.
Later, Devon ordered some coffee and asked Mariah if he could join her. She surmised that Hamilton-Winters had been keeping him very busy, especially since Neil was in New York to care for Moses while Sofia was recovering. Mariah encouraged Devon to take a break once in a while, and he informed her that he'd just been out of town to see some acts that he might sign to his label. She mentioned that Tessa was working hard on writing new songs, but she sensed that something was off with Devon, and she jokingly threatened to drag it out of him. Devon admitted that the label might be in trouble.
Devon lamented that the label was bleeding money, but Mariah figured that it wasn't unusual because it was still in the early stages. He explained that it wasn't just about the money, since he wanted his employees to be proud of the work they were doing, and he was determined to make the company successful and strong as a whole. He added that he wanted to rival Jabot and Newman with more than a compassionate mission statement, but one of his departments was failing. Devon recognized that he'd set it up because he'd wanted to be in the music industry, but it couldn't just be an expensive hobby. Mariah asked if he intended to cut the division loose, but he vowed to figure something out and make a move.
Cane called J.T., who was at Victoria's home. Cane reminded J.T. to keep an eye on Billy, but J.T. lectured that Cane had better things to do than check up on them. Cane worried that even if he found Lily, she'd think that he didn't respect her career, and he reconsidered tracking her down. J.T. advised him to stop thinking, since Cane had gone all that way to make sure Lily knew he wanted her back. J.T. urged Cane to forget about work, find her, and tell her that he hadn't been able to wait one more minute to be with her again. Cane thanked him and hung up.
Victoria joined J.T. and purred that she hadn't been able to wait one more second, and he remarked that he might have spontaneously combusted. She pointed out that it could still happen, and they began to undress one another. She said it was crazy sneaking around like teenagers, and he asked if they should stop. She replied that they should, but he suspected that she wouldn't because she wanted it. She admitted that she did, and they started having sex up against the wall. The front door slammed, and they turned and faced Victor.
A flustered Victoria quickly got dressed and wondered why Victor hadn't knocked. Victor imagined that she hadn't heard him, and he'd let himself in because the door had been unlocked. He pointed out that she'd done the same thing at the ranch, and she struggled to explain. J.T. lamely acknowledged that they should have put safety first by locking the door, and Victor announced that he was there to pick up a textbook for Reed to complete his homework. Victoria mentioned that Reed needed to chill after school before starting his homework, but Victor asserted that the teen needed discipline and structure.
Victor went upstairs to Reed's room to retrieve the book, and Victoria grimaced at the bad timing. J.T. figured that they were adults, and she willed herself to act normal until Victor left. She asked why J.T. was grinning at her, and he informed her that her shirt was on inside-out. Victor returned with the book, and Victoria offered to drop anything else Reed needed off at the ranch. Victor requested that she escort him to the door, and he privately reminded her that her priorities were her family and business. He warned that getting involved with her ex was a waste of time, and he departed.
J.T. was amused that Victor had been rendered speechless, and he grabbed Victoria and proposed that they make it their thing. She argued that they didn't have a thing, but he amorously suggested that they start one. Victoria answered a call from Cane, who claimed that he needed to reach Lily, but she wasn't answering her phone. As Victoria looked up Lily's schedule, an irritated Billy called J.T. and groused that there had been no meeting with the tech firm because J.T. had canceled it. J.T. curtly stated that he'd had other stuff to deal with that pertained to the meeting, but Billy barked that he didn't like being played or lied to. Billy demanded to know where J.T. really was, and J.T. taunted that Billy sounded like a paranoid husband.
J.T. and Victoria hesitantly acknowledged that they should get back to work, but they couldn't resist sharing another passionate kiss. Victoria pulled away and protested that they shouldn't be irresponsible, since they were adults and parents who had jobs to do. J.T. figured that his meeting wasn't for a little while, but she insisted that they couldn't be together right then. He noted that she was implying that they could be another time, and he pushed to know when. She promised it would be soon, and they kissed again. J.T. huskily stated that it wouldn't be soon enough, and he reluctantly left as she gazed fondly after him.
Nick joined Nikki at the Athletic Club bar, and she informed him that she was very frustrated about Kathy. Nick assured her that Kathy wasn't a threat, and Nikki declared that she was on Kathy's side. Nick recalled that Nikki had been ready to give Sharon a hard time the day before, but Nikki admitted that Sharon had done the right thing for once. Nikki insisted that it wasn't enough to only help one family, and she wanted to hold a charity dinner to benefit the homeless and to kick off a continuing campaign to get low-income families into affordable housing and back on their feet.
Nikki revealed that she'd been calling the usual suspects to open their checkbooks, but everyone's charitable dollars seemed to be committed elsewhere. Nikki planned to get back on the phone, and Nick told her to make him first on her list. He explained that he hadn't stopped thinking about Kathy and her kids, and he thought he and Nikki could work together to do amazing things for Kathy and other families. Nikki questioned how they'd do it.
Nick revealed that he'd offered to give Noah the insurance money from the Underground fire to rebuild the club, but Noah hadn't wanted it, so the funds were ready to use. He added that he only had about half of what it would take, but that was where Nikki stepped in. Nikki proclaimed that they were partners, and they hugged as Victor approached. Nikki announced that she and Nick would be working together to make an offer to buy the building Kathy had been evicted from, and they intended to fix it up and give low-income renters a nice place to stay.
Victor cautioned that Nick and Nikki would be landlords, meaning they'd get late-night calls about things going wrong. Nick snapped that they could handle it, and Victor said he was happy for them. Nick left to start getting things in motion, and Nikki hoped that Victor wasn't irked that she'd decided to work with Nick. Victor reiterated that he supported her, but he thought there was something else she needed to know.
After Victor told Nikki about the compromising encounter he'd witnessed at Victoria's, Nikki wondered how long it had been going on. Victor theorized that it had been the reason J.T. had returned to town and why he'd decided not to pursue Nikki's case. Nikki was appalled that J.T. wasn't even divorced, and she thought what he was doing to Mac, Victoria, and Reed was wrong. Nikki worried about what the precarious situation would do to Reed, and Victor anticipated that it would turn out to be a colossal mistake.
Cane arrived at the photo studio with flowers and asked the photographer where Lily was. The photographer reported that she'd left, but he didn't know where she'd gone. An exasperated Cane tossed the flowers aside.