Devon gave instructions to Tessa at Hamilton-Winters. He was surprised to see that Hilary was still in the office at that hour, and she explained that she was working on ideas for publicity by turning artists into social media influencers. Tessa scoffed at the idea that artists were dying to get into sales after their big breaks, but Hilary defended that it was about more than selling products. Hilary figured that singer-songwriters had causes that were near and dear to their hearts, and their lyrics could coincide with causes that were close to Hamilton-Winters. Devon was impressed that Hilary had given it a lot of thought, and she pushed to go over her list of ideas.
Hilary became lightheaded when she stood up, and she chalked it up to skipping dinner. She insisted on giving Devon an overview, but he flatly declined. She complained that they'd barely talked since the other night, and he referred to when she'd spilled their pregnancy plans to Simone, knowing it would be a turnoff. Hilary told Devon that she wanted to get back on normal footing as friends, and she had really great ideas that she was excited about. He agreed to discuss them the next day, but she protested that she would be busy with her show.
Devon maintained that he had no time that evening, and he suggested that Hilary tell her ideas to Tessa, who would put them in a memo for him. Hilary was offended that he'd ask her to pitch her hard work to an assistant, but he told her that she'd otherwise have to wait, since he was meeting someone for drinks. Hilary pressed to know whether it was business or personal, and she demanded to know who was so important that he couldn't give her ten minutes. Devon said he'd been trying to spare her, but he was meeting Simone.
Hilary griped that after she'd put in a full day at the studio and given up her entire evening to do something good for the company, Devon was running off to have cocktails. Devon reiterated that he was done helping her try to conceive a child, and she spat that she could be carrying his son or daughter already, but he wouldn't give her the time of day. Devon taunted that she'd once been better at not showing her hand, but it was painfully obvious that she was jealous of Simone. Hilary found the insinuation ridiculous and insulting, but he urged her to be honest with herself. He told her again to tell her ideas to Tessa, and he invited them to order food, since Hilary shouldn't be skipping meals. Devon headed out, and Tessa smirked.
Over dinner at the Athletic Club, Tessa prompted Hilary to go over her list of ideas, but Hilary sourly refused to make her pitch to an underling. Tessa pointed out that she could be a sounding board if Hilary wanted to practice while the company was feeding them, and Hilary guessed that it wouldn't be the worst thing. Hilary grew agitated when Devon and Simone walked in, and Tessa reminded Hilary that she and Devon had a no-strings agreement, but Hilary ordered her to mind her own business. At the bar, Simone groaned that Hilary was there. Devon offered to go somewhere else, but Simone insisted that she was fine with staying as long as Hilary didn't drop another bombshell on her. Devon promised that Hilary was out of them.
Devon complimented Simone on her latest hit gig in Minneapolis. She told him that she'd been surprised to get his call, since she'd assumed he'd made his choice when she hadn't heard anything from him while she'd been on the road. He explained that he'd wanted to talk to her about Hilary in person, and he respected that Simone had stood up for herself and made her wishes clear. He recognized that they were in the early stages of a relationship, and he didn't know where things would go, but he wanted to find out. Simone agreed, depending on his response to her ultimatum.
Devon relayed that he'd spoken to Hilary, and they knew where they stood. Hilary overheard her name and became livid that Devon had been talking about her with Simone. Devon countered that Hilary had made it necessary, and Hilary insisted on joining them to defend herself against the tales he was telling about her behind her back. Hilary swore that she wasn't jealous, but she suddenly became faint, and Devon caught her as she crumpled to the floor. She thanked him, and she excitedly questioned whether it meant she could be pregnant. He jerked away and spat that it was low -- even for her.
Hilary was appalled that Devon thought she'd been pretending, but he pointed out that faking a fainting spell in front of an audience was right out of her playbook. She ranted that her first memory of finding out she was having a child might be the father angrily denying it to get back to boozing it up with his girlfriend. Simone accused her of being melodramatic, and Hilary went ballistic.
Devon steered Hilary to the foyer and ordered her to "butt the hell out" of his personal life, since they had nothing more than a legal agreement. Hilary growled that if she was pregnant, she'd be part of his life for the next 18 years, whether he and his flavor of the month liked it or not. Devon regretted getting into the mess with Hilary, but she bellowed that it hadn't been a mess when he'd slept with her twice while Simone had been out of town. They continued to clash, and Neil appeared and snapped that they were both out of line.
At the police station, Christine had an officer escort Jack to Paul's office. Jack wondered why he was suddenly getting the royal treatment, and Christine figured that it was a less cold and sterile environment than the visiting room. She offered him an ice pack for his handcuff-chafed wrists, and he dryly asked if she was worried he'd sue. She revealed that she had news that she'd thought he'd want to hear from her personally -- Victor was awake and had managed to identify his attacker. She continued that the blood found at the scene matched the name Victor had provided, so she knew Jack was innocent. Jack asked who the perpetrator had been, and she replied that it had been J.T.
Christine handed Jack an ice pack, but he declined in order to have better pictures for his lawsuit. She swore that she'd only been doing her job, and she lectured that he'd made himself a suspect when he'd stolen the hard drive from Victor's desk. Christine thought Jack should be grateful to Paul for not giving up, and Jack sarcastically replied that he'd be sure to write a thank-you note. She mentioned that Paul was searching the town to hunt down J.T.
Christine called Paul for an update, and Jack surmised that the police hadn't found J.T. yet. Jack noted that J.T. had been working for Victor and had been about to marry Victor's daughter, and he pondered why J.T. had risked everything to go after the guy. He asked for Christine's theories, but she said she couldn't get into it with him. He groused that he'd been arrested for nothing, and it stung that she'd considered him to be capable of murder. Christine explained that her job had taught her that even the most rational people were capable of anything if pushed too far.
Jack insisted on going home to sleep in his own bed, and he requested that someone retrieve his clothes. Christine informed him that regulations required that he couldn't leave the room unless he was in handcuffs, but he argued that he'd just been cleared. She understood that he was innocent, but she indicated that a judge had to grant the motion to drop the charges, and Jack had to remain in custody until then.
Over the phone, Jack testily wondered why he paid Michael when he was still being held, even though the charges were going to be dropped. After he hung up, Christine assumed that Michael had explained the situation, but Jack barked that it was unacceptable. Jack begged her to call someone after everything he'd been put through, but she regretted that her hands were tied, so he had to be the guest of the city for another night.
Christine called for a guard to take Jack back to his cell, but he pleaded with her to help him get out because Jabot was being threatened. She reiterated that she was bound to follow procedure, but he was sure that a judge owed her a favor. She stated that she'd done all she could do, and she figured that twelve hours wouldn't make a difference. Jack grumbled that an innocent man was spending another night in jail while an attempted murderer ran free.
At the hospital, Nick answered a call from a hungover Mariah, and he observed that she sounded terrible. She told him that she'd seen a report on television about the police looking for J.T., and Nick explained that although Victor hadn't been able to speak since his coma, he'd made great efforts to name J.T. as his attacker. Mariah wondered if she should be worried because Sharon was at Victoria's house but hadn't been answering her phone. Mariah added that Nikki and Phyllis were also there, and she was concerned about what might happen if J.T. got desperate. Nick headed over to Victoria's place.
Victoria crept into the bedroom, where J.T.'s body lay covered with a blanket. Nikki, Phyllis, and Sharon joined her, and Phyllis said they had to figure out something fast, since they couldn't afford another close call like the one they'd had with Paul. Victoria refused to discuss dumping the body, since J.T. had been Reed's father and deserved a decent burial. Sharon incredulously questioned whether Victoria expected them to go outside with shovels, and Phyllis warned that Victoria didn't have time to be sentimental. Nikki contended that they were intelligent women with a problem in front of them, so they had to solve it. Victoria asserted that they'd all been involved, so they would all fix it together.
Sharon advised that trying to bury J.T. would be incredibly difficult, since the ground was still frozen, and someone was bound to see them. Nikki suggested that they leave J.T. outside the emergency room, but Sharon pointed out that there would be cameras. Nikki thought they had to be realistic about their options, and Victoria fretted that they couldn't involve anyone else. Sharon proposed that they dispose of the body in Lake Michigan, but Phyllis questioned where they could steal a boat at that time of night. Nikki realized where they could bury J.T. that wouldn't take hours because a hole had already been dug -- in the garden at Chancellor Park.
Nikki explained that after the groundbreaking ceremony, the landscapers had prepared the dirt for the garden, and Phyllis suspected that the ground would still be soft. Nikki imagined that no one would notice because the area had already been disturbed, and the crew would soon be back to finish planting the flowers and shrubbery. Sharon softly noted that it sounded like a quiet resting place, and Phyllis added that no one would disturb J.T. there. Victoria questioned whether Nikki was okay with using the garden for that purpose, and Nikki stressed that they were all in it together, plus she thought they had no other choice. Victoria stared at J.T. for a moment before she agreed. Phyllis worried that getting him out of there wouldn't be easy.
Nikki and Phyllis retrieved a rug to hide the body while in transit. Nikki asked if anyone would notice that the rug had gone missing, but Victoria responded that it had been in the attic for years. Victoria steeled herself to do it, and she crouched over J.T.'s body. The women struggled to lug the body downstairs, and Victoria realized that they'd left the fireplace poker upstairs. Victoria reminded them not to forget J.T.'s phone, and they worked together to haul the body to the foot of the stairs. Nick knocked loudly at the door and yelled for Victoria to let him in.
Nick refused to leave until Victoria opened up. Victoria obliged, and Nikki cheerfully greeted him. He asked if J.T. was there, and Victoria questioned why he would be. She claimed that they'd been having a get-together, and Nick said he'd been trying to call, but no one had been answering their phones. Victoria called it a phone-free zone for gossip and cocktails, and she noted that he sounded upset. He divulged that Victor had been able to say a few words, and he hesitantly added that J.T. had been the one who'd attacked Victor and left him for dead.
Victoria feigned surprise, and Nikki asked if Nick was sure he'd heard Victor right. Nick reported that Victor had been clear and that Paul had agreed, so there was an APB out on J.T. Nick couldn't imagine why J.T. and Victor had fought, and he vowed that J.T. would pay for it. Nick inquired whether Victoria had heard from J.T., and Phyllis piped up that Victoria had broken off their engagement. Sharon added that she'd wanted to cheer Victoria up with a girls' night.
Nick expressed sympathy that his sister was going through a breakup again. He wondered why the couple had split, and Victoria vaguely responded that she and J.T. had realized that they hadn't resolved the issues that had led to their divorce. Nick figured that she'd dodged a bullet and that Victor was lucky to be alive. He imagined that J.T. might show up to get money to leave town, and he pledged not to leave until the police found "that bastard."
Nick walked the property and reported that everything was good. Sharon insisted that Nick didn't have to stay, and Victoria pointed out that there were four of them there together. Sharon requested that Nick check on Mariah, but Nick countered that Mariah's life wasn't in danger. Phyllis finished a call and remarked that Victoria would be relieved, and she mentioned that Paul was sending two officers over to stake out the house to catch J.T. if he got anywhere close. Nikki refused to monopolize Nick's evening.
Victoria said she appreciated Nick's concern, and he guessed that she was in shock. She figured that she had a lot of support, and he hugged her goodbye. After he left, Victoria thought they had to hurry before the officers got there, but Phyllis revealed that she'd faked the call to make Nick go away. Sharon reasoned that Paul probably would send a squad car, so they needed to stop dawdling and get to the park. Sharon opened the French doors, and the women dragged the body outside.
At the cottage, Mariah turned off the light and curled up on the couch. Nick volunteered to get her some water to help with the headache, but she complained that she would float away. She was glad that Paul had sent a squad car over to Victoria's, but she sensed that something was bugging Nick. He recalled that he'd gotten a strange vibe when he'd been at Victoria's place, like everyone there couldn't wait for him to be gone. Mariah admitted that she'd felt it, too, since Sharon had practically pushed her out of the house.
Mariah recounted that she'd fallen asleep for a bit during the party, and things had felt different when she'd woken up, like it hadn't been a party anymore. Mariah speculated that Victoria had found out about what J.T. had done to her father while Mariah had been passed out, but Nick mentioned that he'd been the one to break the news. Mariah inquired about the reason behind Victoria and J.T.'s breakup, and Nick relayed that Nikki had thought they'd gotten engaged too fast. Nick intended to press Victoria for answers about the split.
Nikki beamed a flashlight in the park to lead the way to the freshly unearthed spot in the garden. Victoria, Sharon, and Phyllis dragged J.T.'s body to it, and Sharon nervously remarked that it was a public park where anyone could walk by. Phyllis suggested that they get the body in the ground so they'd be in the clear. The women counted to three and heaved the body into the hole.
Victoria stared down at J.T., and Phyllis pointed out that the rug would be evidence if the worst happened, since it had fibers and whatever else from Victoria's house. Sharon said they couldn't take it home, either, and Victoria grappled with finding a different way to get rid of the rug. They heard police sirens, and Phyllis implored them to finish it so they could "get the hell out" of there. Victoria insisted that she be the one, and she began shoveling dirt over J.T.'s body.