At Newman Enterprises, Victor was stunned when the Cassie look-alike barged unannounced into his office. Victor checked outside the door to ensure that no one had spotted the young woman who, Victor noted, bore an uncanny likeness to his late granddaughter, Cassie. He asked the bold young woman how she'd slipped past his security guards. "Cassie" explained that she'd had prior experience slipping past security officers. Victor nodded as if he weren't surprised.
"Cassie" informed Victor that he'd have to find someone else to extract from Sharon the secret she'd been keeping from Nick. Victor suggested that the young woman reconsider. "Cassie" said that she would be satisfied with the money Victor had already given her. She announced her plans to leave town immediately. Victor noted that whatever plans "Cassie" originally had for moving to Genoa City seemed to have not have panned out.
Ignoring Victor's observation, the young woman set the key to Sharon's house on his desk and turned to leave. Victor, his arms defiantly folded, said, "I know what you did in Portland. I could have you jailed before you leave Genoa City. You know that to be true, don't you?"
The young woman threatened to expose Victor's plan to Nick, but Victor threateningly advised her not to because it wouldn't end well for her. Victor dangled the keys to Sharon's house in "Cassie's" face and ordered her to rummage around inside Sharon's house to search for clues about Sharon's secret. The young woman snatched the keys and marched out. Victor chuckled after "Cassie" slammed his office door.
Later, Victor poured himself a drink and stood near a window in his office. In a flashback, Victor recalled the day he'd covertly overheard Dr. Watkins discussing Sharon's case with a colleague at Crimson Lights. Dr. Watkins noted that Sharon, after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, had begun taking an antipsychotic medication. Dr. Watkins added that Sharon's marriage had faltered after her teenage daughter had died tragically in an auto accident. The doctor recalled that Sharon had later become obsessed with getting her husband back. Victor had also overheard Dr. Watkins tell her colleague that Sharon had admitted to manipulating a situation that had cruelly hurt her ex-husband. The doctor added that her patient had kept the hurtful act a secret because she feared it would ruin her chances of ever reuniting with her ex-husband.
At Sharon's house, Sharon led Nick by the hand upstairs to her bedroom after the couple began kissing. As Sharon unbuttoned Nick's shirt, she asked, "Nick, are you sure?" Nick said that it felt right. Sharon said she, too, was sure that becoming intimate felt right. Nick lifted Sharon and placed her atop the bed. He climbed into bed with Sharon, and the couple made love. As the couple later cuddled, Nick said he was glad that Faith had stayed overnight with a friend because he didn't want their daughter to get the wrong idea.
While Nick tenderly kissed Sharon's hand, she expressed her appreciation for his support. Sharon added that her newly prescribed medication had improved her mental stability. Nick said he felt hopeful about being with Sharon because their relationship was open and honest. Sharon offered to fetch some snacks from the kitchen. Nick stayed in bed, but he suggested that Sharon return with whipped cream and honey. Sharon fastened the belt on her robe and went downstairs.
The Cassie look-alike was moving about Sharon's living room, quietly rummaging through storage containers and drawers in search of clues about Sharon's secret. Sharon gasped when she spotted the young woman she thought was Cassie's ghost. Sharon refused to believe that the apparition was present. Sharon pressed her palms against her face and said aloud to herself, "This isn't happening. The meds are working! The meds are working!" Sharon walked toward the Cassie look-alike. Sharon said, "Is it because I made love to Nick? Is that why you're back?" The young woman replied, "Did you tell Nick the secret?"
The young woman glared at Sharon when Sharon explained that she couldn't reveal the secret to Nick because it would ruin their renewed relationship. Sharon added, "Phyllis is the only one who knows, and she can't tell anyone." The Cassie look-alike urged Sharon to share the secret with her. Sharon, confused, replied, "What are you talking about? I already told you." Upstairs, Nick heard Sharon's muffled voice and threw off the covers.
Back downstairs, the Cassie look-alike claimed she knew that Sharon really wanted to disclose the secret to Nick, and she urged Sharon to practice by saying it aloud. Sharon became distressed and asked "Cassie" why she'd spelled the word "phantasm" on the coffee table, using the lettered tiles. The young woman seemed befuddled when Sharon quizzed her about having scattered the photos all over the house. Confused, the young woman quickly replied, "What?" Sharon demanded to know why "Cassie" had suddenly begun tormenting her.
Sharon was shocked when she reached out and actually felt "Cassie." Sharon cried, "I can feel you! I'm not imagining this." Sharon tightened her grip on the young woman and called out to Nick. When the young woman forcibly freed herself from Sharon's grasp, Sharon fell forward on her face. "Cassie" ran toward the front door and left before Nick entered the room and knelt down to check on Sharon.
Nick helped Sharon to her feet. Sharon rushed to peer out the front window and cried, "She was here!" Nick noted that Sharon had hit her head when she fell. He guided Sharon to the sofa and gave her a glass of water. Sharon, lucid, said, "I saw Cassie. I touched her." Nick nodded and told Sharon to take a sip of water. Sharon said, "I'm not crazy. I really saw her."
Nick blamed himself and claimed that their intimacy had been too much for Sharon to handle. Nick added that the last thing he'd meant to do was to hurt Sharon. Sobbing, Sharon insisted that seeing Cassie had nothing to do with him. Sharon added, "It had to do with what I've done."
In Jack's office at Jabot, Abby excitedly shared her idea about to cross-promote Jabot's new fall lipstick colors during the Jabot Fashion Show Lily was holding at the Genoa City Athletic Club. Along with free makeovers and gift bags, Abby suggested holding a grand-prize trip to Paris for one big winner. Jack offered to bump up the prize package and send two winners to Paris. Abby asked what had put Jack in such a generous mood. Jack said that his faith in true love had been restored because Billy and Victoria's relationship seemed to be back on track.
Abby was elated for Billy and Victoria, but she criticized Kelly for seducing Billy and jeopardizing his family. Jack noted that Kelly had seemed like a perfectly nice person when she had made an appearance in his office and assured him that she wouldn't pose a threat to Billy's marriage again. Abby replied, "And you believe that hoochie mama?" Abby added that no one should ever threaten any committed relationship. Jack asked if Abby was actually referring to her own relationship with Tyler. Abby admitted that she didn't want to suffer like her mother had and hoped to find a relationship that lasted.
Jack's mood changed, and Abby apologized for reminding him about Phyllis. Jack noted that Phyllis was always on his mind. Abby asked Jack if he truly expected Phyllis to recover. Jack replied, "Phyllis never gave up on a fight, and she's not going to start now." Abby seemed to feel sorry for Jack and promised not to interfere. Before Abby left, she told Jack that the right woman for him might be waiting around the corner. Jack was disappointed after he phoned the clinic in Georgia and learned that medical staff hadn't detected any improvement in Phyllis' condition.
At Billy and Victoria's, Billy was confused when he returned from taking a shower to discover that Victoria was livid. Billy said, "What happened? Victoria, I thought we were okay. I don't know what I did." Victoria played the message Kelly had left on his phone. In a cheery tone, Kelly had left a message thanking Billy for having met with her at the park. Kelly had added, "Thank you for leaving me with hope for the future."
Victoria angrily tossed the phone toward Billy and said, "That's what you did." Billy admitted that he'd met with Kelly after she contacted him. Victoria asked if the meeting had taken place before or after he'd assured her that Kelly was out of his life forever.
Billy told Victoria that he'd met Kelly at the park to talk after Victoria had returned to the gym, at which time, Billy added, Victoria had kissed Stitch. Billy said that he hadn't mentioned his meeting because he hadn't wanted Victoria upset. Victoria cried, "That's your fall-back position, huh? After you meet with Kelly, you come straight home to have sex with me." Billy said that during the meeting with Kelly, he'd made it clear that they could never be intimate again.
Victoria asked Billy why Kelly had mentioned that he'd given her hope for the future. Billy explained that he hadn't wanted to hurt Kelly's feelings when she had expressed interest in remaining platonic friends. Victoria became irate and asked why Kelly's feelings seemed to matter more. Billy left after Victoria asked him to give her some time alone. Victoria seemed despondent.
Abby showed up after Billy left. Abby delivered a gift-wrapped, hot-pink negligee, which she claimed would help any marital problem. Victoria dropped the silky nightie back into the gift bag and replied, "Not mine." Abby assured Victoria that the lingerie would encourage Billy to forget about whatever had prevented him for reconnecting. Angrily, Victoria cried, "Abby, my marriage is falling apart."
At the Genoa City Athletic Club, Lily approached Kelly about getting names of prominent donors to help with the Jabot Fashion Show. Kelly explained that she was no longer associated with "GC Cares" for a variety of reason. Lily asked if one reason included Billy. Kelly insisted that she'd never intended to hurt Victoria. Lily said she believed Kelly and knew that she was truly a good person.
Kelly explained that she had made plans to get her life back on track and needed Lily's help. Kelly added that she realized how much she'd missed teaching after spending time with Mattie and Charlie. Lily offered to contact a friend on the school board and give Kelly a recommendation. Lily also insisted on setting up a date for Kelly. Lily assured Kelly that she'd enjoy meeting Dr. Klein, Mattie and Charlie's pediatric dentist.
Kelly was reluctant and didn't immediately accept Lily's offer. Lily asked Kelly if she was still hung up on Billy. Kelly admitted that she and Billy would always have a connection. Kelly, however, insisted that it wasn't a romantic link. Kelly sighed and said she hoped to find someone special in the future. Lily smiled uneasily and nodded.
Billy showed up unexpectedly at Jack's office. Billy seemed stunned and asked if he could stay at Jack's house. Jack became miffed after Billy admitted that he'd met up with Kelly in the park. Jack warned Billy to keep his distance from Kelly. Billy asked how he could avoid Kelly completely because she lived in Genoa City, belonged to the same support group, and had friends in common with him. Billy added, "Kelly and I have a connection. Maybe because we both lost kids; I don't know, but I can't pretend it's not there."
Jack explained that Billy was bonding over grief, but it was a lot more for Kelly. Jack suggested that Billy allow a little time for Victoria to cool down. Billy shook his head and noted that Victoria would require more than a little time. Jack gave Billy the key to the Abbott mansion and assured his brother that a good night's rest would help him cope with his martial issues. After Billy left, Jack phoned Kelly and set a lunch date with her. Kelly agreed to meet with Jack at the Genoa City Athletic Club.