At Crimson Lights, Victoria, Billy, and Johnny stopped in for drinks after an interview at Johnny's preschool. Billy declared that their kid was perfect and that the school would be lucky to have Johnny, and Victoria thought that the Newman name alone would guarantee Johnny's acceptance. Billy countered that Johnny was an Abbott, and the Abbott name would open just as many doors. Billy added that Johnny had a legacy, since it was the same school that Delia had attended.
Victoria understood that it was hard for Billy to talk about Delia and the school, but he pointed out that he'd promised to be present for Victoria and Johnny. Billy fondly remarked that Delia had been a weird kid who had loved school, and he thought Johnny would be happy if he liked it half as much. Billy griped that the school would make them jump through hoops all over again to have their child admitted, and Victoria wondered if a school with fewer memories might be a better option.
Billy said that his heart had skipped a beat when the interviewer had asked about his and Victoria's hopes for their child's future, and he added that the school Johnny went to wasn't the issue, because Billy would never forget Delia. Billy apologized for putting a damper on Johnny's big day, and Victoria remarked that it was their first time out as a family since Delia had died. They agreed that they were doing pretty well, and Kelly approached and said hello to "Veronica." Victoria corrected her, and Kelly apologized and fawned over Johnny. Kelly asked if the tot was still teething, and Billy thanked Kelly for the good tip about a frozen washcloth.
Kelly commented that her own freezer was still dead, and Billy said that he had a restaurant contact who could help. Victoria surmised that group therapy had given Billy and Kelly a chance to chat, and Kelly mentioned that they'd run into one another outside of the sessions, too. Kelly said she had something for Billy, and she gave Billy a book of inspirational quotes. Kelly hoped that she hadn't overstepped the way she had with Chloe, and Victoria asked whether Chloe had joined the group session. Billy explained that they'd run into Chloe outside of therapy, and Kelly asked if they were back from the preschool interview.
Kelly inquired whether Billy had been okay going back to the school, and Billy replied that he and Victoria had managed by going together. Billy offered to give Kelly the freezer guy's information at the next group session, and Kelly commented that Johnny had "angel hair," just like Sam. Billy asked if Kelly was okay, and she replied that she'd see Billy soon. Kelly left, and Billy called Kelly a champ. He thought that the trick was getting back out in world and doing normal things, and Victoria commented that he and Kelly seemed to know a lot about one another.
Billy said that sometimes he and Kelly debriefed after therapy, because the sessions could get very intense. Billy explained that Kelly had been in the same hellhole and had climbed out, and Victoria realized that Kelly represented proof that Billy could survive. He said that it sounded silly, but Victoria was grateful to everyone in the group for getting Billy to the point where he had been able to go to the school and be there with her and Johnny. Victoria wanted to thank Kelly personally for helping Billy.
Across the coffeehouse, the barista who had previously rebuffed Mason's advances went out of her way to talk to Mason, who she called "Mr. Hamilton." She reminded him that she'd rung him up on her first day, and he said that he hoped that her boss knew how valuable she was to the team. Mason asked the barista what her plans were that evening, and she replied that she'd scored an invitation to the opening of a new club. He said that he might see her there.
The barista returned to work, and Mason called the club to request a spot on the guest list, but when he provided his name, the club hung up on him. Mason tapped Devon's credit card on the counter, and he called the club again. He pretended to be Devon's assistant, and he successfully snagged a spot on the guest list for the opening. The barista flirtatiously waved to him from across the room.
At Jabot, Jill found herself on the elevator with Hilary. Jill coldly suggested that Hilary step off between floors, and Hilary stated that she was on her way to see her boss. Jill inquired whether Hilary had sharpened her pencils to be ready for backstabbing, and Hilary retorted that she used pens, because they were permanent. Jill warned Hilary not to drag Jabot into the gutter, but Hilary contended that she'd meant it when she'd apologized, and she wouldn't make Jack regret that he'd given her a second chance. The elevator suddenly stopped.
Hilary and Jill argued and each accused the other of doing something to cause them to get stuck. Hilary barked at Jill not to use up all the oxygen, and Jill instructed Hilary to hold her breath for ten minutes. The music box went off in Jill's purse, and Jill pulled it out to silence it. Hilary called the trinket beautiful, but Jill huffed that it was a piece of junk. Hilary remembered that she'd had something like it when she'd been a kid, and she recalled that she'd pestered her parents until they'd promised to sign her up for dance lessons, but it had never happened. Jill begrudgingly asked why it hadn't.
Hilary questioned why Jill wanted to know about her childhood, and Jill warned her not to mistake Jill's boredom for interest. Hilary told Jill to find another way to entertain herself, but Jill ranted that Hilary had broadcast Lily and Cane's news to the world, so it was Hilary's turn. Jill asked why Hilary hadn't had ballet lessons, and Hilary revealed that her dad had been arrested, so there had been no money. Jill remarked that the story sounded familiar. Jill thought that Hilary had made up a deadbeat dad story for Jill's benefit, and Hilary searched for some earphones so they didn't have to talk.
Jill asserted that Hilary had dug into Neil's past, and she surmised that Hilary had also found out that Jill's dad had been useless. Hilary testily stated that she hadn't intended to bond in a "bad daddy club," and she just wanted to get out of there. Hilary admitted that she'd read about Jill's father, and she knew that Jill had been raised with nothing other than a loving mother and a lot of guts, just like Hilary had been. Jill snarled that she'd paid her dues, and Hilary contended that she had, too, but she hadn't had a string of rich ex-husbands. Hilary conceded that Jill had proved that Jill deserved what she had and that she admired Jill for it.
Hilary asked why Jill carried around the music box if Jill hated it, and Jill said that it reminded her of a crone who still tormented her from the grave. Jill added that she'd hated Katherine almost as much as Jill had loved her, and she groused that the harpy had sent Jill chasing all over the planet. Jill said that maybe the new owner would find value in the music box, and she disclosed that she'd sold it in an online auction. Jill crowed that she'd made a point to put it out there for a nickel, but she'd received an offer for $10.25. Jill considered the buyer demented, but Hilary examined the music box and noted that October 25 was the date on the box.
Jack summoned Devon to his office, and he informed Devon that he was fired. Devon assumed that it was because he'd refused to spy on Victor, but Jack asserted that he was doing Devon a favor, since Devon had been looking for a reason to walk away. Devon defended that he had always been on time and had met his deadlines, but Jack countered that he didn't want employees who just punched a timecard. Jack understood that inheriting Katherine's money hadn't been an easy thing, and Devon grumbled that Roxy had left him and that Jack was forcing him to walk away from all he had left.
Devon argued that people won the lottery and went back to work, and he didn't want to be fired. Jack mentioned that Devon had admitted that Jabot was a resting stop until Devon found something he loved, and he urged Devon to go out and find what that was. Jack recalled that he'd wasted years, trying to get out of John's shadow rather than finding himself. He encouraged Devon not to stay just because Devon wasn't ready to figure out who he was, and he implored Devon to get out there and start living his life.
Devon said that he'd told himself that the money wouldn't change him, because he knew what it was like to have a new life after growing up with nothing, and he wondered why having cash had messed with him. Jack pointed out that it was a lot of money, and Devon asked where he could begin to find himself. Jack commented that it was the hardest thing for a man to do, and it wouldn't happen overnight. Jack advised Devon to choose a path and take a first step, and Devon would find his way if he kept putting one foot in front of the other. Devon said that he'd once thought that music was his path, but he would still be doing it if he needed it. Jack urged him to keep looking, but Devon didn't know if he wanted to find out who he really was.
Jack suggested that Devon take a sabbatical to try different things for a month. Jack mentioned that Phyllis had wanted to go to Istanbul, and Jack had objected, but the trip had been magical. He recalled that it had been one of the greatest adventures of his life, and he couldn't believe that he'd tried to stop it from happening. Devon asked about Phyllis' recovery, and Jack replied that she was a fighter and would be back, but he wouldn't let Devon change the subject. Jack stated that it was a big world out there, and he told Devon to go out and grab it. Jill and Hilary entered, and Jill ordered Jack to fix the elevator.
Later, Devon entered the elevator with Hilary, and he grumbled that he would have taken the stairs, but he was in a hurry. She said that it would be better exercise than sparring with Mason, and she warned that Mason would take Devon eventually, just not in the way Devon thought. Devon contended that Mason had only done what he'd needed to do to stay on Hilary's good side, but Hilary cautioned that Mason had his own agenda. Devon pointed out that Hilary seemed stingy with second chances despite getting one herself, and she claimed that she wasn't the same girl who'd wanted to see everyone suffer, but there was only so much she could do to keep it from happening.
Jill informed Jack that she'd checked every Chancellor file and account that Victor had inherited to see if there was a dud, and Jack said that they needed a weak spot to drive the spike in. Jill realized that they had a great plan but bad execution, and she thought that they were looking in the wrong place.
In the park, Abby sarcastically told Tyler that their trip to Los Angeles had been huge fun, but she wanted to go back to the office. He thought that she was hiding something, and he asked if she was trying to avoid talking about the trip. Abby said that L.A. had been warm, but Genoa City was freezing, and Tyler mumbled that he wouldn't make a joke about her being an ice queen. She became incensed, and he explained that the trip had been to thank her for Thanksgiving, but she had barely talked to him.
Tyler mentioned that he'd thought that Abby had loved living in L.A., and Abby said that she had, in spite of all the things people hated about it. He referred to the restaurants and museums they'd gone to, but he'd noticed that she'd had the same expression on her face the entire time. She accused him of just wanting to take a trip down memory lane by doing the things he'd done with Mariah, and she pushed him to admit that he had wanted to relive the past and had dragged Abby with him.
Tyler questioned whether Abby had exes, and she countered that she'd never been engaged. Tyler revealed that Mariah had cheated on him, and he reiterated that he'd blocked Mariah's calls. He questioned whether he should assume that Abby had been with another guy at every place she'd been to in New York, and she incredulously asked if he was calling her a slut. Tyler refused to argue with Abby, but she accused him of implying that she'd slept her away around New York. He contended that if she was looking for reasons to be mad, she could blame him for the cold weather, because she wasn't making any sense.
Abby huffed that Tyler had fed her the same soufflé that he'd fed Mariah, and she ranted that she was just a stand-in for the love of his life. Tyler pointed out that Mariah hadn't even known his real name, and he blamed himself for thinking that Abby would have a good time in L.A. Abby explained that she'd been obsessing that Tyler didn't really like her, but she didn't want him to pledge his love again. He realized that she was scared, and he admitted that he was scared of losing someone like her. She worried that a lot of things could go wrong, and he wondered if that was why she wanted to bail. She said that she was glad he understood, and he asked if she was breaking up with him.
Abby said that she'd thought she and Tyler had been making progress, and she asked if he wanted to break up. Tyler wondered if she had been pushing him away because she was afraid to get close, like she had with Alex. Abby said that she and Alex had broken up because they'd had no reason to stay together, unlike her and Tyler. Tyler promised that they wouldn't blow it, and she asked if they were fighting. He clarified that they were just talking about important things, and he implored her to remember that they were good together. She said that it would be easier if they could go someplace warm, and they left together.
At the hospital, Lily wondered to Cane why the doctor had freaked her out by making her wait instead of telling her what was going on over the phone. Dr. Kershaw entered, and Lily begged him to tell her why she was there. The doctor reported that he'd seen something of concern on her tests, but he cautioned her not to let her mind race to a dark place. Dr. Kershaw explained that her CA-125 blood levels were mildly elevated, but he didn't know what it meant yet. He instructed her to schedule an MRI to get more answers, and Lily surmised that he thought that the cancer was back.
Dr. Kershaw said that he'd need the MRI results before he knew more, and it might not be cancer, but he was looking for new lesions. Lily said that the point of the surgery had been to remove her reproductive organs so that the cancer wouldn't return, but the doctor confirmed that it was possible that it would. He added that the test results might be unrelated to her medical history, and he asked her to schedule an MRI that week. The doctor assured Lily and Cane that he wasn't overly concerned, but he pointed out that she was already at the hospital. Cane suggested that she get it done right away, and she agreed to get it over with.
Later, at the Athletic Club, Lily insisted that she was fine, and she said that usually the news was great for a former cancer patient, but sometimes there had to be more tests. Cane imagined that it had been overwhelming to be in the MRI machine with nothing to do but think, but Lily asserted that she had nothing to think about until they knew the results. She added that they had plenty to do for Christmas, because the twins had outrageous lists, and Cane called her amazing for always putting the kids first, even before they had been born. Cane pledged his love and told her that it was all right if she was scared. Her voice broke as she admitted that she was, and he tenderly kissed her hand.
Cane suggested that he and Lily go home, but she refused to hide, and she pointed out that there had been a time that she hadn't thought that she'd live long enough to see the twins being born. She thought that she'd become greedy, because she wanted to be there for every single moment. Cane assured Lily that she'd done everything right, but she chided herself for taking a side trip to fear and self-pity. He said that it was part of the journey, but he'd hold her hand and help her through it. She said that he'd been doing it for years, and she doubted that they had the marriage he'd expected.
Cane swore that he'd appreciated every second he'd had with Lily, and he was adamant that he had everything he wanted. Lily sympathized that people had had their hearts ripped out when they'd lost Delia and Katherine, and she'd thought that their family was safe from tragedy. Cane assured her that they were, but Lily argued that her body might not agree. Cane asserted that they had that moment, and he promised that they'd get through it if they focused on their family. She said that they were supposed to be starting the adventure of a lifetime, and he replied that they were already on it together.