At the ranch, Victor was on the phone and instructed someone to follow J.T. and find out who his contact was.
At home, Victoria told J.T. that she wasn't looking forward to going to work. J.T. told her he wasn't going to Newman because he had an outside meeting. Victoria claimed that she really needed his support, but J.T. reminded her that she was Victoria Newman, and she needed to go in and show everyone who she was.
Cane and Billy met at the Athletic Club. Cane teased Billy about the male models and asked if Hilary had been in the office at the time. Billy said she hadn't been there. Cane claimed that Hilary wouldn't miss an opportunity to laugh and undermine Lily's agency. Charlie arrived, and Cane wanted to know why he wasn't in school. Charlie told him that Hilary had asked him to be her personal intern.
Charlie asked Cane to put in a good word with Lily before she exercised her personal issues and spoiled things for him. Cane reminded Charlie that he'd be an unpaid errand boy, but Charlie saw it as an opportunity to be on a syndicated television show that did live recordings. He said he felt the experience would be perfect for his résumé, and he left.
Hilary and Devon had been discussing their parental contract when Lily arrived at the Hamilton-Winters office. Lily eavesdropped on their conversation. Hilary and Devon were discussing the insemination when Hilary received a phone call from the doctor's office, offering to reschedule her appointment. Hilary claimed she hadn't canceled her appointment. She was advised that her assistant had called and canceled it.
After she'd ended her conversation with the doctor's office, Hilary told Devon she'd been able to get another appointment later that day, but she hadn't canceled the appointment nor did she have an assistant.
Cane arrived and wanted a word with Hilary. Cane told Lily that Hilary wanted Charlie to be her personal intern. Lily couldn't believe that Hilary would try to use her son against her. Hilary claimed that Charlie wanted real world experience. Cane asked if that meant keeping him out of school. Devon stepped in and stated that Charlie would be his personal intern, and all issues would be dealt by him. Hilary resented being accused of brainwashing Charlie. Hilary accused Lily of sabotaging her appointment.
Lily claimed she didn't know who Hilary's doctor was. Hilary said that she and Devon wanted a child and accused Lily of trying to prevent them from having that child. Lily felt it was a bad idea for Devon to have a baby with Hilary, and she had concerns about the rest of her brother's life.
Hilary maintained the Lily had canceled the appointment. Devon said that Lily knew it had been his decision and that his mind had been made up, so it would've been pointless for Lily to do anything. Hilary demanded that Lily admit she'd done it. Devon said the problem had been resolved because Hilary had another appointment.
After Lily and Cane left, Hilary told Devon that Lily's remark about her being an unfit mother had upset her. Devon understood. He reminded Hilary that she and Lily had history. Devon assured her that it had been his decision, it was his life, and Lily understood that. Hilary wanted to sign the contract, but Devon claimed there was a gap in the contract that didn't cover the time between inception and birth.
Devon wanted to attend the Lamaze classes with Hilary. He said that he'd be involved in the delivery, and he needed to know what to do. Hilary agreed but added that during and after the pregnancy, they would be co-parents and nothing more. They signed the contract and shook hands. Hilary said she knew there were no guarantees, but she was confident that the insemination would work on the first try.
At the Abbotts', Victor told Ashley that Victoria had accepted her demotion, and he hoped Ashley would return to Newman, since she'd gotten what she'd asked for. Ashley reminded him that she'd wanted Victoria fired because she'd deserved it, but Victor claimed that he couldn't do that because Victoria had contributed too much to the company. Ashley said that she wanted the COO title, but Victor said the job would remain vacant.
Ashley claimed that wasn't good enough. Ashley didn't want to have an altercation with Victoria every time she had to make a decision. Victor assured Ashley that when it was required, Victoria would answer to her. Victor wanted the whole situation kept under wraps other than an internal email, because there had been too much bad PR recently. He said he'd handle the PR from then on.
J.T. arrived at the ranch and asked the housekeeper if she'd seen Katie's bunny. The housekeeper claimed she hadn't, and she went upstairs. J.T. hid the bunny behind a cushion and proceeded to look for a lock that would fit the key he'd found in Victor's safe. He zeroed in on the case under the chess board. The key fit, but as he was about to unlock it, Nikki arrived. He told Nikki he'd been looking for Katie's bunny. He moved the cushion and said he'd found the bunny.
Nikki told J.T. that Victoria had been having a tough time at work, and Nikki hoped that he supported her. Nikki said that some of J.T.'s remarks appeared overly critical. He asked if Victoria had mentioned that, but Nikki said it had been something she'd noticed. J.T. appreciated Nikki's insight, and he left.
At the Newman office, Victor told Victoria that Ashley had the superior position. He wanted Victoria to make peace with Ashley and avoid future problems. Victoria knew Victor was afraid Ashley would leak the news to the press. Victor acknowledged that the situation had been hard for Victoria, but what she'd done to Ashley with Jack had been out of character. He said he'd looked at other questionable decisions she'd made -- like having J.T. move in with her. He knew they'd been close, but J.T. and Victoria had been apart for some time, and he wondered what she knew about J.T.
Victor told Victoria that he had a number of assignments he wanted to assign to J.T., but Victor didn't know if he could trust him. Victoria assured Victor that he could. Victor asked what J.T. had done in Poland. Victoria said it had been a very unhappy time for J.T. and Mac. Victor was surprised that Victoria didn't know what had happened between J.T. and Mac.
Later, Victoria met Ashley at the Athletic Club. Ashley wanted to help make Victoria's transition easy, but Victoria claimed that her duties and responsibilities wouldn't change much. Ashley reminded Victoria that she'd be answering to Ashley. Victoria claimed that that would rarely happen. Ashley admitted she'd admired Victoria's competitive edge until it had become resentment and turned into a weakness that had affected Victoria's ability to manage effectively. Ashley hoped Victoria would trust Ashley for the good of Newman. Victoria stated that everything she did was for the good of Newman.
Ashley hoped that Victoria could differentiate between a real threat to Newman and what Victoria perceived as a personal threat. Victoria's actions had reminded Ashley of a conniving little girl who'd desperately tried to break up Ashley and Victor's marriage. Victoria assured Ashley that she wasn't that insecure child. Ashley said she'd seen the facts in Victoria's actions.
Victoria told Ashley that women in business sometimes had their intelligence underestimated. She didn't want them to fall into that trap. She claimed that Ashley could understand how hard it was for Victoria to ignore certain other related facts, such as Ashley's bond with Jack, her mother's health crisis that Ashley and Jack had been involved with, and the lengths Jack had been willing to go to get Ashley back to Jabot and to him. Ashley failed to see the relevance. Victoria claimed she'd mentioned it for the good of the company and Ashley's career.
Victoria said that she wanted to get past Ashley's carefully composed exterior, and she wanted to know what was really going on. Victoria said she saw a bitter and angry woman who was intent on using Newman and even taking it over if she thought it was possible. Ashley reminded Victoria that Victor had made it clear that he had no plans of retiring anytime soon and again questioned the relevance of Victoria's query.
Victoria warned that she'd be watching Ashley. Ashley advised Victoria to watch and learn. She told Victoria to prepare a summary with projections on the Coldfest project. Ashley said she'd need it on her desk on her first day back.
At another table, Lily confessed to Cane that she'd canceled Hilary's appointment. She was certain that Devon had figured it out. She'd been trying to buy Devon some time so he could smell "the bitch's" poison coffee. Lily didn't believe Hilary would be capable of keeping up the pretense of being the changed woman act for a full thirty days. Cane agreed that Hilary would use the baby against Devon to get what she wanted. He suspected that that was what Hilary had done with Sam when Cane had lived at the Chancellor house.
Lily knew that Hilary had visited Cane at the Chancellor house. At that time, Cane had believed he'd seen a different side of Hilary. Cane realized that Hilary had been currying favor with him in case the truth about what Hilary had told Juliet would be revealed. He admitted that it would be the biggest mistake of Devon's life if he and Hilary had a child together. He said that if Lily wanted to stop it from happening, she should consider it a joint effort. They toasted to their plan.
J.T. returned home, and it appeared there was a camera in the house. J.T. opened the mail and saw a notice of hearing for custody of Dylan and Becca Hellstrom. Billy arrived to pick up his kids. J.T. was annoyed and informed Billy that Hannah had taken them out. Billy decided to wait, much to J.T.'s chagrin. Billy mentioned the Walnut Grove reunion. He asked if J.T. would be attending. J.T. said he didn't want to see the same guys doing the same stupid things they'd done fifteen years before. He claimed that he had a great life and a great woman. He still had goals.
J.T. reminded Billy that he and Victoria were a couple. Billy reminded J.T. that he and Victoria had kids together, and that wouldn't change. J.T. accused Billy of using the kids for whatever hold he had on Victoria and insisted that Billy was what was wrong with Victoria. Billy and Victor held her back, and J.T. was sick of it. He had become agitated and told Billy it was time for him to leave. When J.T. went to get Billy's coat, Billy saw the notice of hearing. J.T. grabbed the document and said that it was none of Billy's business. Billy claimed it was his business if the man living under the same roof as his kids had been accused of being an unfit father.
Billy accused J.T. of arriving in town, and five minutes later moving in with Victoria and securing a high-paying job from her. Billy thought perhaps someone impartial who saw the situation might not believe that things were as cool as J.T. claimed. Perhaps J.T. had been trying too hard to grab onto something, especially after Mac had cut him loose and filed for full custody of the kids. Billy said that Mac was the sweetest person he'd known, and if she thought J.T. was a deadbeat father, Billy wouldn't argue.
At that moment, Victoria arrived. Billy claimed that he and J.T. had been discussing the Walnut Grove reunion. Victoria said she'd tried to convince J.T. to attend and reconnect with old friends. She added that no one was keeping score. Billy said even if they were, it didn't matter. Billy said he'd text Hannah and ask her to drop the kids off at his place.
After Billy left, J.T. questioned Victoria's comment that no one was keeping score. Victoria said she hadn't meant anything by it, but J.T. claimed that what she'd meant was that he wouldn't look so hot. He accused her of putting him down. He admitted he'd been a little touchy because Billy had rambled on how about Victoria was his boss and had given him a job. Victoria asked why J.T. cared what Billy thought. J.T. said he didn't care because he expected Billy to talk trash, but he didn't expect it from Victoria. He said he'd run into Nikki earlier, and she'd given him a surprise lecture about being too critical.
Victoria denied that she'd said anything to Nikki, but J.T. didn't believe her because she'd lied to him about her plot with Jack. Annoyed, Victoria said she'd been punched long enough. J.T. said that the lies and deception didn't work for him, and he couldn't forget them. He pointed out that every time there had been an issue, instead of trying to resolve the problem, they'd rip off each other's clothes and end up in bed for three hours. At the end of the day, nothing had changed.
J.T. claimed that Victoria had a routine with Billy and that divorced parents didn't behave the way they did. There was an intimacy between them that reinforced the idea that everyone else in their lives was temporary. Victoria never drew boundaries with Billy -- she just let things go. He accused Victoria of letting her family dictate way too much, especially the way she felt about him. Victoria assured him that she hadn't said anything negative about him to her family. She'd told them how good he'd been to her and how much he'd cared about her. She said that she'd defended him and had accepted everything about him.
Victoria said that perhaps she'd been too accepting. She wanted to know what had happened to J.T.'s job in Warsaw and his marriage to Mac. She wanted to know why Mac had pursued full custody of the kids. J.T. asked if Victor shared her curiosity. He accused Victor of undermining him and his relationship. He asked if Victoria wanted to please daddy and to view J.T. as a loser. Victoria said he was acting like a pathetic, insecure loser. J.T. snidely said that the comment was from someone with an incredible lack of self-awareness -- a side effect of growing up in the Newman bubble.
J.T. said the world saw Victoria as a woman who couldn't hold on to a screw-up like Billy Abbott, who'd run her company into the ground after she'd made one bad decision after another, and who'd done a faceplant on live television because of some cheap face product she'd developed. Victoria tried to walk away, but J.T. stopped her to continue his tirade.
J.T. said that after daddy had bailed Victoria out, she'd been so threatened by competition that she'd tried to frame Ashley with a ridiculous plot. She couldn't even do that right. She'd lost her dignity, her title, and her father's respect, and she'd also thrown J.T. under the bus. She'd made him look like a complete moron to Victor and the company. Victoria tried again to leave, but J.T. said he hadn't told her what he thought about Reed. He claimed that when Reed had returned to town, he'd immediately hit the skids, complete with a DUI.
J.T. said that Victoria had failed as an executive -- she was a bad mother and a worse wife, not to mention all her daddy issues. Victoria said she'd had enough, but J.T. wouldn't let her leave. A struggle ensued. J.T. grabbed Victoria by the throat and called her a bitch. He pushed Victoria into a wall, and in a fit of anger, punched the door beside her head.