Tyler worked out at the Athletic Club, and Abby flirtatiously suggested that they hit the sauna again, but he was clearly distracted. She hoped that he wasn't giving her the silent treatment because she'd said the "M" word, since they weren't ready to settle down like Leslie and Neil. Tyler walked away, and she realized that he was upset about his sister's breakup. Tyler explained that he'd thought that Leslie had figured out how to have it all, but she hadn't been able to make it work. He wondered if he was kidding himself about relationships, and he worried that he was destined to blow it.
Abby assured Tyler that he was his own person and that he wasn't defined by his sister's actions, and she questioned what had happened to his faith in love and commitment. He replied that leaps of faith were for dreamers, but he had to be practical. Abby said that practical people could get hurt, too, and she encouraged Tyler to go for it all. He recalled that he'd been known for doing so in his old neighborhood, and she urged him to dream big. They kissed.
In the dining room, Colin discussed the hostage situation with Cane and Lily, and Cane said that things would have been worse if Colin hadn't been there. Colin said that he'd only done what any father would have done, and he was sorry that someone had died, but Womack would have killed Colin if Colin hadn't shot him. Cane asked why Colin was really in Genoa City, and Colin swore that he was only in town for Jill. Colin declared that he intended to prove that he was the man she deserved, and he mentioned that Cane had done the same thing with Lily. Colin hoped that Cane and Lily could trust him one day, and Cane acknowledged that Colin had made headway during the events in the ballroom.
Lily commented that she wouldn't have been surprised if Colin had shot Womack on purpose to walk away a hero. Colin reiterated that he was determined to prove himself, just like Cane had been, and Lily excused herself when she spotted Abby and Tyler. Cane told Colin that he didn't need to prove his love to Lily, but Colin clarified that he was talking about proving one's worth to oneself. Colin recalled that Cane had been the head of a huge corporation, but Cane swore that he was having the time of his life, working with Lily.
Colin contended that ambition ran in Cane's blood, and he thought that one day, the menial job at the club wouldn't be enough for Cane. Cane admitted that he'd enjoyed being CEO of Chancellor Industries, but he had no interest in working for Newman-Chancellor. Colin queried whether Cane would return if the right opportunity presented itself, but Cane was certain that Victor wouldn't let go of the company, and he maintained that he was happy where he was.
Lily approached Tyler and Abby's table, and Abby asked if Lily had recovered from the benefit. Lily angrily asked Tyler what was wrong with Leslie, and she barked that Leslie should have told Neil from the start if she hadn't wanted to marry him. Tyler replied that Leslie had told Neil, but Neil hadn't listened, so Leslie had accepted Neil's proposal to appease him. Lily argued that Leslie had led Neil on, and Abby countered that Lily had done the same thing with Tyler.
Lily corrected that Tyler had pursued her, and Abby blasted Lily for blaming Tyler for his sister's choice. Abby reasoned that it was a good thing that Leslie had broken things off before Leslie and Neil had gotten married, but Lily huffed that marriage wasn't a mistake, and she dared Abby to try it sometime. Cane pulled Lily away and sent over some complimentary desserts to smooth over the situation. Abby despondently conceded that maybe happy endings only happened in fairy tales, but Tyler reminded her that she'd convinced him that it was possible to live happily ever after. They decided to get a hotel room.
Lily told Cane that she could have handled the situation on her own, but he argued that they couldn't afford to scare customers away with a scene. She said that she'd wanted to defend her dad, and she asked how things had gone with Colin. She noticed Cane's distant expression and surmised that Colin was starting to get to him, but Cane insisted that nothing was wrong. He added that he had everything a man could want, but he seemed uncertain as he quickly looked away.
At the Chancellor mansion, Jill stared at the photo of Rachel with a magnifying glass, and Esther furiously pounded on a chair cushion. Esther complained that Jill wouldn't let her clean up the mess, and Jill barked not to ruin her research system. Esther picked up a photo of Chloe and baby Delia and began to cry, and Jill swore that she'd do everything possible to get Chloe out of jail. A stunned Esther noted that Jill actually sounded human, and Jill pointed out that she was also a mother. Esther proposed that they focus on the journals and the photo, and she commented that they were the reason why Colin had a hold on Jill.
Jill denied that Colin was holding anything over her, and she snapped that Esther knew nothing about their relationship. Esther warned that guys like Colin were only out for money, but she could see that Colin wanted Jill, too. Jill admitted that there was something specific Colin wanted, and they were in a race to find out why Rachel had been important to Katherine. Jill added that there was a prize for the one who found out first, and Esther squealed with excitement. Jill said that Esther was the only one who could help her win it.
Jill asked if Katherine had ever talked about her father's war years, and Esther revealed that he'd had to keep his knowledge top secret, since he'd deciphered messages for the Army. Jill realized that the secret could be in the journals in code, and Esther wondered if Colin knew more than he had indicated. Jill decided that her first priority would be to find the missing part of Rachel's picture, and she remarked that Esther knew the house better than anyone. Esther asked what she would get out of it if she helped, and Jill replied that Esther could keep her mind off her pain. Jill proposed that they help one another, and the women shook hands.
Jill conceded that Esther could clean up some of the mess to avoid any safety hazards, and she focused on determining where the photo of Rachel had been taken. Colin returned to the mansion, and he asked how the search was going. Jill said that she was making progress, and Esther gestured wildly. Jill asked what Esther was doing, and Esther claimed that she was cleaning. Jill turned back to the photo, but Colin looked at Esther carefully, and he pointed to a spot that she'd missed. When she faced away, he grabbed the missing piece of the photo that she'd hidden in her uniform.
Colin asked why Esther had withheld the missing corner, and Jill covered by griping that Esther was always confused. Jill matched up the photo pieces, and she realized that the picture had been taken in London. Jill suggested that they focus on England, and Esther said that there were more boxes labeled "England" that she could retrieve. Colin proclaimed that it was cause to celebrate, and he leaned in to kiss Jill, but she pushed him away and ordered him to keep reading.
At Jabot, Nick informed Jack about how Ian had made a play for Summer, who overheard and lamented that she'd made it easy for Ian. She wished that she'd had Phyllis to turn to instead of confiding in a pervert, and Jack pointed out that she could have talked to him or Nick, but he realized that they were the problem. Nick insisted that none of what had happened had been Summer's fault, and he noted that Ian was an expert at fooling people. Summer whined that she kept going to people to have them tell her who she was, but only she could make decisions about her life. Jack opined that perhaps the mess could turn out to be a good thing.
Nick said that situations like the one Summer had just been through either made or broke a person, and she didn't look broken. Jack added that Summer would be a stronger person, knowing that she was the only one to find answers for herself. Nick encouraged Summer to talk to Nikki, who he thought would understand the feelings of humiliation and anger, and he offered to take her to the ranch. Jack declared that he was very proud that Summer was his daughter, and he and Summer hugged. Summer left with Nick, and Jack canceled his appointments for the rest of the day.
At the ranch, Nikki was happily surprised when Dylan stopped by, and they praised one another for standing up to Ian. Victor entered and remarked that Nikki and Dylan had had quite a day, and he groused that he'd found out about it second-hand. Nikki said that she'd thought Victor had left for the office, but he replied that he'd been on the phone, making sure the salacious details of Nikki's encounter didn't get into the press. Nikki handed Dylan an envelope and asked him to give it to Paul. Dylan left, and Nikki expected Victor to ask what had been in the envelope. Victor questioned why she'd want to spoil the secret, since all their marriage had been for months had been one secret after another.
Nikki said that she had been waiting for the right moment to tell Victor everything, but he countered that he never would have gone to Paris if he'd known that Ian had returned to town. He scolded her for tiptoeing around him as if he needed protection, and he proclaimed that he would have kept Ian away from Nikki and Summer if he'd known. Victor contended that keeping secrets from one another was no way for them to live, and he swore that he loved her. Nikki said that she loved him, too.
Nikki said that she knew why Victor hadn't told her the truth about Adam, and Victor replied that he understood why she'd kept her association with Ian a secret for years. Victor assured Nikki that she could tell him anything, since secrets led to mistrust. He asked if she trusted him, and she posed the same question to him. He said that he trusted her with his life, and they embraced. Nick and Summer entered, and Victor told Summer that nothing bad would happen to her as long as he was there.
Later, Nick noted that Victor had taken off in a hurry, and Nikki admitted that she'd never told Victor that Ian had been in town. Nick recognized that Victor had kept his own share of secrets, and Summer said that she was sorry if she'd caused trouble. Nikki blamed herself for keeping her past a secret, but Summer remained angry that she'd let Ian take advantage of her. Summer asserted that she wanted to look Ian in the eyes and tell him what she thought of him, but Nikki thought it was better if Summer never saw him again. Summer wondered what to do with her anger, and Nick told her to let it out.
Nikki suggested that Summer picture that Ian was there and rip into him, and Summer hesitantly pretended to confront him, but she complained that it wouldn't work. Nikki urged her to try again, and Summer recalled that she'd approached Ian for help, but he'd only wanted to use her to get revenge. Summer yelled that she mattered and that no one could decide what her future would be except her, so she wouldn't be Ian's student, blind follower, or victim. Nikki collapsed in tears, and Summer rushed to her side. Nikki wished she had been like Summer when she'd been Summer's age, and they hugged.
Nikki said that Summer didn't need a life coach, but she implored Summer to trust her amazing heart to take her where she was supposed to be. Summer stepped out to use the restroom, and Nick thanked Nikki for her help. Nikki wished that she could help herself.
At the police station, Paul announced that Ian was about to be transferred to county jail, where Paul hoped Ian would be wearing an orange jumpsuit for a long time. Ian countered that Paul had more of a chance of spending time in prison than Ian did, and he suggested that Paul thank him rather than admonish him. Paul testily asked why he should be thankful to Ian, who vaguely replied that he'd done Paul a favor. Paul snarled that he hated riddles, but he hated Ian even more, and he demanded to know what favor Ian had done for him. Leslie suddenly appeared and ordered Ian not to respond, and she revealed that she was Ian's attorney.
Paul advised Leslie to back away, but she replied that she knew Ian's history, including his background with Paul, and she cited it as a conflict of interest. She declared her intent to ask that the charges be dismissed, since there was no evidence to hold Ian. Paul referred to the million dollars in cash, but Leslie argued that there was nothing else. Dylan entered and asked for a word with Ian, who eagerly said that he had something to tell Dylan. Ian and Dylan stepped into Paul's office, and Ian admitted that he hadn't anticipated that Dylan and Nick would join forces. Dylan questioned why Ian had risked his new life and business to return to town.
Jack arrived and hoped that the police threw the book thrown at Ian, and Paul swore that Ian would go down for his crimes. Dylan and Ian emerged from Paul's office, and Jack snapped that he wanted to see Ian get exactly what he deserved. Leslie explained that extortion was difficult to prove, and she believed that there wasn't enough evidence to support a case against Ian. Dylan thought that Nikki would testify, but Leslie said that only one witness wouldn't make the charges stick. Jack groaned that Ian had weaseled his way out of similar situations before, and Ian crowed that justice would be served. "You're damn right it will," Victor declared as he strode in.
Leslie asked if Paul was going to allow Victor to harass her client, but Paul pointed out that it was the same kind of conversation that Leslie had held with Congressman Wheeler after his arrest. Leslie warned that there would be consequences if anything happened to Ian while he was in custody, and Ian seemed impressed to see Victor. Victor called Ian a worthless maggot who would soon be on the bottom of Victor's shoe, and Ian teased that he thought Victor had evolved past name-calling. Victor hissed that Ian emanated hypocrisy, and if Ian ever saw the light of day, he'd find out what Victor could do.
Jack said that there was some concern that the charges wouldn't stick, and Victor asked if Dylan had delivered Nikki's packet. Dylan reported that it was in Paul's office, and Victor revealed that it contained everything Paul needed. Victor told Ian to remember who had put Ian in jail, and Ian declared that it would be an honor to be sent away by Victor Newman. Victor announced that his beloved wife would be the one to send Ian to prison, and he ordered Ian not to ever forget it. Ian affectionately stated that he could never forget Nikki, and Paul had to stop Victor from lunging at Ian.
Leslie reported that the judge had ruled that there wasn't enough evidence, but Paul revealed that the judge hadn't heard it all. Paul played a recording of Nikki and Ian's conversation, during which Ian had promised that he'd leave Summer alone in exchange for five million dollars. Ian pledged to see them all again soon because they were destined to meet on the same path. Victor warned Ian to pray that he sat behind prison walls for a long time because if they ever crossed paths again, it wouldn't be pretty.
Dylan thanked Paul for his help, and Paul expressed relief that Ian was someone else's problem. Paul mentioned that Ian had kept ranting about a favor, and Dylan divulged that Ian had made a vague statement about how Dylan would never know something if he killed Ian. The men agreed that neither of them knew what Ian had been talking about.
Victor looked serious as he ended a phone call. Jack remarked that they didn't agree on many things, but they were in sync about wanting to see Ian punished. Jack inquired whether Victor had received bad news, and Victor revealed that someone had pulled some strings to have the FDA initiate an inquiry into Bonaventure Industries. Jack feigned surprise, but Victor suspected that Jack knew all about it. Victor sternly asked when Jack would give up because Victor never lost.