At the Abbott mansion, Traci and Abby served tea to a distraught Ashley. Jack told his sisters and niece that he'd escorted Dina to her suite at the Genoa City Athletic Club. Jack, recalling the family secrets revealed at Ashley's celebration dinner, said that at least Dina had been made aware that Graham was a parasite who only cared about inheriting her estate. Jack noted that he'd instructed Dina to contact her lawyer about changing her will. Ashley cried that everyone would soon know her painful secret after Dina had blurted it out for all to hear.
After discovering that Jack had known all along, Traci and Abby expressed disappointment that Ashley had never shared her secret with them. Ashley explained that she'd thought it would've been unfair to burden other family members by forcing them to keep the secret, too. Ashley cried that she'd also shielded John from ever knowing he wasn't her biological father. Traci noted that John had been dead for years, yet Ashley hadn't said a word. Abby said she'd once been kept in the dark by not being told that Victor was her father and was just learning that John Abbott wasn't her grandfather.
Ashley grabbed a framed photo of John Abbott, held it against her chest, and insisted that she'd always felt he was her father and Abby's grandfather. Jack assured Ashley that Hilary wouldn't air the videotaped confessions. Ashley cried, "This is the kind of thing that travels at warp speed, Jack. This is the kind of gossip that people feel entitled to have an opinion about." Jack defended Dina and said she'd blurted out the secret after learning the shocking news about Graham being Brent Davis' stepson. Traci said Dina was probably still reeling after learning that Graham had fostered a relationship with her to exact revenge. Ashley cried that she felt like she was being punished for helping her mother. Jack tried to comfort Ashley and said that Graham would soon leave town after Dina changed her will.
Ashley told her siblings and daughter that she'd struggled for years to feel like an Abbott and would have to start all over again after everyone learned her secret. Noting the sad faces of her family, Ashley said she dreaded the expressions of pity from others that would feel stifling and overwhelming. Ashley grabbed her coat and left. To offer clarity, Jack told Traci and Abby that though Dina had engaged in affairs with other men besides Brent Davis, John had only been aware of Dina's affair with Davis. Abby looked stunned as she attempted to process the revelations.
Abby assured her aunt and uncle that Ashley was stronger than she had been in the past. Jack told Abby that after Ashley had first learned the truth about her paternity, she'd suffered a breakdown and had disappeared for a while. Abby asked if her mom might suffer another breakdown. Jack and Traci insisted that Ashley would be all right. Traci added that the best course of action would be to give Ashley space and not hover over her. As Abby rose to leave, she said tearfully that though she'd always felt caught between the Abbotts and Newmans, she felt even more confused.
After Abby left, Jack told Traci that Dina had moved to Europe to keep her secret safe from John because he adored Ashley and wouldn't have been able to handle the truth. Jack and Traci both expressed concern that Ashley might possibly spin out of control as she had in the past. Jack recalled that after Ashley's breakdown, she'd returned home and learned that Davis, gravely ill, was staying at Katherine's. Jack said it was his understanding that Ashley and Davis had found some semblance of peace before he'd died. Traci expressed frustration that Dina had inflicted such deep wounds, which she'd reopened once again.
In Dina's suite at the Athletic Club, Graham observed Dina stretched out on the floor. Dina had collapsed after the two had argued when she'd attempted to phone her attorney in France. Graham lingered a few moments without offering assistance. He tossed the phone he'd wrested from Dina earlier onto the sofa before walking out the door. After Graham stepped out of the suite and locked the door, he hung the "do not disturb" sign on the doorknob. As Graham was walking down the stairs to the lobby, he phoned an airline and requested a ticket for the earliest flight to Boca Raton. Afterward, Graham phoned his mother and said he had news to share with her in person.
In the dining room at the club, Sharon told Scott that Mariah and Tessa would be disappointed to learn that Alice had somehow gotten away before police had been able to question her. Scott expressed hope that Alice would resurface. Sharon noted that police had had Alice in a place where they could've easily questioned her. Without Alice, Sharon explained, it might be impossible to find the person in charge of the trafficking operation. Zack arrived and lingered at the bar behind Scott and Sharon's table. As Scott and Sharon were leaving, they paused to speak to Zack. Sharon greeted Zack and explained that she was on her way to speak to her daughter and her friend. Zack noticed that Sharon seemed troubled.
After Sharon left, Scott asked Zack why he wasn't with Abby. Zack explained that Abby had attended an Abbott family function. Zack added that he was uncertain about the direction of his and Abby's romantic relationship. Scott warned that workplace romances weren't the smartest idea.
Zack changed the subject and praised Scott's hard-hitting, thought-provoking online publication. Zack said he'd long been anticipating reading the series about the sex-trafficking ring Scott had been investigating. Zack added, "Haven't seen anything, though. Does that mean your leads dried up?" Scott said he'd deliver his series as promised as soon as he confirmed all details. Scott admitted that every worthwhile article he'd ever worked on had hit a snag along the way, especially when the subject involved criminal activity.
Zack suggested that Scott put his sex-trafficking story on the backburner and instead write about the dating app Zack had developed. Scott explained that doing so would be unethical because DesignDate and Hashtag operated under the same corporate umbrella. Scott offered to enlist a colleague to write a piece about Zack's dating app. Zack expressed his appreciation and gave Scott a business card with contact information. Zack asked Scott why he'd go out of his way to help Abby because she and Scott didn't seem at all friendly. Zack said he had doubts about Scott and Abby's displays of animosity and might even be jealous if Scott wasn't dating Sharon. Scott took offense and tossed Zack's card on a cocktail table. Scott suggested that Zack find someone else to help him with publicity.
At GC Buzz, Tessa told Mariah that Sharon would arrive soon to meet with them. Tessa asked Mariah to revisit their earlier conversation, which Hilary had interrupted. Mariah declined and said there wasn't anything to talk about. Tessa said she wanted to talk about things they'd been afraid to say out loud. Mariah explained that she'd never been afraid to speak her mind, so Tessa had evidently misread her. Tessa said she'd felt like she and Mariah shared the same feelings. Mariah insisted Tessa had misunderstood, so they should just move on. Tessa and Mariah's conversation was cut short when Sharon stopped by.
Sharon told Mariah and Tessa that Alice Johnson had been targeted in a hit-and-run accident and taken to the hospital. Tessa and Mariah were disappointed to hear that Alice had somehow escaped before police could question her. Sharon noted that hospital officials had told her that Alice had remained unconscious, though it was possible, Sharon added, that Alice might have regained consciousness and left on her own. Mariah replied, "Or someone came back to finish the job." Tessa said she feared that someone could've forced Alice to reveal information about Crystal's whereabouts. Sharon reminded Tessa that Paul had placed Crystal in the safety of protective custody.
Mariah expressed concern about them all being in danger because the man at the graveyard had seen their faces and had even tried to shoot Sharon. Sharon tried to dispel their fears by reminding them that Christine's goal was to locate the higher-up people in charge of the trafficking ring. Tessa noted that Sharon was the one that had figured out Alice's role and how it had involved Crystal. Sharon said the traffickers would be taking too much of a risk to target them. Mariah ended the discussion by encouraging Tessa to return to Noah's because he probably wondered where she was.
After Tessa left, Sharon asked Mariah if there was something going on between her and Tessa. Mariah insisted that Sharon was imagining issues that didn't exist. Ashley arrived in search of Hilary. Ashley briefly recalled her mother's revelations about Brent Davis. Sharon asked Ashley if she was okay. Ashley insisted that nothing was wrong before she turned and left. Sharon seemed concerned about Ashley.
After Ashley left, Sharon continued questioning Mariah about her friendship with Tessa. Sharon asked if Mariah resented Tessa's deepening relationship with Noah. Mariah insisted she didn't. Sharon advised Mariah not to compare the pace of Noah and Tessa's relationship with hers and Devon's. Mariah said she wanted her relationship with Tessa to remain simple and uncomplicated. Sharon asked what Mariah feared might cause complications. Mariah replied, "Nothing. Nothing at all."
Ashley went to the Athletic Club and knocked on Dina's door. Ashley said, "Mother, I need to talk to you." No one responded. Ashley continued knocking and calling out to Dina, but still heard no response. Graham approached, and Ashley ordered him to use his key to open the door. After Graham opened the door, Ashley spotted Dina passed out on the floor. Ashley rushed inside, knelt beside Dina, and felt her neck for a pulse. Graham lingered in the doorway, watching. Dina remained unconscious.
On the patio at Crimson Lights, Tessa ran into Zack. In a hushed tone, Tessa said, "Just so you know, Crystal's okay." Tessa didn't share details, but she told Zack that Mariah, along with a woman on the inside, had helped rescue Crystal. Tessa explained that if the woman associated with the traffickers hadn't had a change of heart, they would've never recovered Crystal. Zack replied, "Hope I get to meet her. This woman, I mean." Tessa, puzzled, asked why. Zack said he wanted to meet the woman to thank her in person.
Tessa told Zack that the woman had vanished from the hospital after being involved in an accident. Tessa expressed concern for the woman's safety. Zack said, "I guess the old phrase rings true. No good deed goes unpunished." Tessa replied, "Well, that's a crappy thing to say." Zack apologized and said that the important thing was that Crystal was okay. Tessa replied, "And rid of those horrible people. Hopefully, when the cops find them, they'll all go to prison. Every last one of them." Tessa insisted that those involved would be captured and punished if she had anything to do with it.
Abby ran into Scott at the Top of the Tower. Scott asked Abby if she was looking for her boyfriend. Abby replied, "If you're referring to my business partner, no, I am not looking for him." Scott noted that Zack had also been at a loss for words about how to label his relationship with Abby. Abby said she wasn't in the mood to snipe with Scott.
Scott offered to listen while Abby shared whatever was bothering her. Abby, citing that Scott was a stickler for accuracy, said she should be a stickler, too, and stop claiming to be an Abbott. Scott asked Abby what she meant. Abby said there were things going on with her mom. Scott seemed concerned and suggested Abby forgo the tech conference in Madison, but she insisted on attending. Scott embraced Abby and comforted her.
• Paul tells Sharon and Scott that he has an update on Alice.
• Phyllis tells Jack that the plans have changed, so they need to move immediately.
• Lily discovers that Cane and Juliet are living together.