Lily and Cane had a romantic dinner at On the Boulevard, and he promised that he'd continue to make their marriage a priority. Leslie, Neil, and Tyler returned from Gus's funeral, and Cane offered his condolences. Lily asked how things had gone, and Cane left to take a call. Tyler admitted that he was glad he'd made the trip, and he thanked Lily. Someone snapped photos of Leslie, Tyler, and Neil.
Neil toasted to Gus, and he said that while Gus's death had been sudden, they should be grateful that Gus's name had been cleared and that Gus had been reunited with his kids. Neil continued that he had seen in Gus's eyes how much he'd loved Leslie and Tyler. Leslie said that it had been clear in Rose's letters that Rose had cared deeply for Gus. Neil excused himself, and Leslie asked Tyler if he thought she was making a mistake by looking for Rose. Tyler understood her curiosity, but he advised her to let it go, because they needed to move forward.
Devon interrupted Cane and Lily with some paperwork, and Lily protested that she was off the clock, but Cane got up to make a call. She reminded Cane that they'd agreed to avoid work on their date, but Cane told her to make some time for her brother, and he left. Lily scolded Devon, but she quickly realized that something was wrong. Devon couldn't believe that he'd become obsessed with deadlines and cost analyses, and Lily realized that he missed his music.
Devon grumbled that he'd been in a three-hour meeting about eyebrows earlier, and Lily understood that fashion wasn't for him. She suggested that Devon take Tucker's job offer, but Devon worried about disappointing Neil. Lily assured Devon that Neil would support his passion for music, but Devon thought that Neil would hate it if Devon quit Jabot. Lily encouraged Devon to do what would make him happy, and Devon said that he had a lot of things to consider.
Devon told Lily that he'd let Lily know when he made a decision, and he left as Cane returned. Cane declared that he had cleared his night to be with her, and she asked if he was ready for dessert. He suggested that they take it to go, and they kissed. Leslie noticed Tyler staring at Cane and Lily, and she asked how wrapped up Tyler and Lily were. Tyler defended that he and Lily only worked together, but Leslie reminded him that Lily was married.
Tyler accepted that Lily was happy with a good guy, so he wasn't going to think about Lily for another second. Leslie commented that Lily reminded her of Mariah, the love of Tyler's life who had stomped his heart into the ground. She suspected that Tyler saw the similarities, too, and she thought that was why Tyler had been fixated on Lily. Tyler conceded that Lily and Mariah were very much alike, and he genuinely cared about Lily, but he didn't expect anything more.
Neil ran into Devon, and he said that he hadn't wanted to intrude on Devon's conversation with Lily. Devon mentioned that he'd had some paperwork for Lily, and Neil reminded Devon that he always had Devon's back. Neil added that going to the funeral had made him more aware that he was lucky to have Devon and Lily in his life, and he felt doubly blessed to see his kids every day and tell them how much he loved them. The men embraced.
After Cane and Lily made love, Cane wondered why Lily was looking at him, and she marveled that he had chosen her over work. He replied that it hadn't been much of a choice, and he asked her to join him for a shower. She declined, and he told her to stay in bed. She received a text message from Tyler, asking if they could talk in the morning. Meanwhile, someone continued to take photos of Tyler.
At the Abbott home, Phyllis stumbled upon Traci looking through old photo albums, and Phyllis pondered how many photos the Abbotts had posed for over the years. Traci surmised that Phyllis was pretending to like Traci, but Phyllis contended that she was trying to get along, since neither of them wanted to upset Jack. Traci stated that she loved Jack, and Phyllis recognized that Traci didn't believe that Phyllis did, too. Traci referred to the many times Phyllis had convinced Jack that she'd cared for him, but then Phyllis had cheated, bolted, or "gone all Phyllis" on him. Phyllis insisted that she'd grown up, but Traci argued that she had no proof that Phyllis had changed.
Jack entered, and Phyllis hoped that Jack could convince Traci that Phyllis was serious about him. Phyllis made a show of plastering Jack with passionate kisses, and she walked off. Jack told Traci that addiction had been worst thing he'd ever been through, and he wouldn't be standing there if it hadn't been for Phyllis. Traci thought that he was giving Phyllis too much credit, but Jack asserted that Phyllis had single-handedly walked him through withdrawal. He added that Traci would never understand what he'd gone through, but Traci replied that she already did.
Traci recalled that in her youth, all she'd wanted was for Danny to notice her, and she had thought that she had needed to be thin to be loved, so she'd turned to diet pills. Jack remembered that Traci had crashed her car after Danny had announced his plans to marry Lauren, and Traci added that she'd also suffered severe heart damage from taking too many pills. Jack said that he had been proud when Traci had owned up to it, but she pointed out that she'd had to hit rock bottom. Jack said that he had reached his lowest point, too, but the difference was that he'd had Phyllis' help.
At Crimson Lights, Phyllis greeted Avery with mock sweetness. Avery asked how living with Jack was going, and Phyllis gushed that she found herself smiling all the time. Avery sincerely congratulated her, and Phyllis felt obligated to inquire about Avery's love life, but Avery understood if it made Phyllis uncomfortable to talk about Nick. Phyllis noted that Avery wasn't wearing her ring, and she questioned whether the engagement was off.
Avery chided Phyllis for zeroing in on her bare finger. Phyllis haughtily inquired whether the ring was being upgraded to a bigger diamond, but Avery simply stated that she and Nick had decided to take their time. Phyllis concluded that Nick had had second thoughts, and Avery argued that nothing was wrong with going slowly. Phyllis assumed that Avery was no longer interested in Nick, since he was divorced from Phyllis, and Phyllis declared that she was glad that her marriage to Nick had ended, because it had allowed her to reconnect with Jack.
Avery found Phyllis' statement hard to believe, and Phyllis scornfully inquired whether Avery intended to go after Jack next. Avery said that she was happy that Phyllis had found Jack, but Phyllis retorted that every time she let down her guard, Avery went after something of Phyllis'. Phyllis cautioned Avery to be careful not to slow things down too much, or Avery might find it hard to kick-start her relationship with Nick. Avery snapped that it wouldn't happen, and she left.
Abby warmly welcomed Traci home, and Jack said that he liked seeing family in the house again. John appeared and remarked that the Abbotts were stronger when they were together. Traci called Jack over to look at a photo album with her and Abby. Jack said that he sensed John's presence, and Traci added that it felt like John was looking over their shoulder, smiling. As Phyllis looked in on the tender family moment, Jack said that John would always be part of their lives, and Traci responded that they would always be part of each other's.
Later, Jack thought that it was nice that Traci and Abby had left him and Phyllis to have dinner alone, but Phyllis suspected that they just hadn't wanted to be around her. Jack promised Phyllis that she never had to prove herself ever again, because he loved her for all her faults and fears. Phyllis suggested that she move back to her penthouse, but Jack swore that if things got ugly, he'd ask Traci to move out. Phyllis wondered who Jack would pick if he were forced to choose between Phyllis and his family. He kissed her and proclaimed that Phyllis was his family, but she hoped that he never had to choose.
Adam wasn't surprised when Victor arrived at the penthouse. Adam reported that the head of finance had sent Adam a text message about Victor's call. Adam offered Victor a drink, but Victor wanted answers about where Adam had gotten the considerable sum of money to buy out the shareholders. Adam implored Victor to trust him.
Adam pointed out that he'd welcomed Victor back to Newman Enterprises, while Victoria had politicked with Victor's other kids. Victor insisted that he considered his children to be equals, but Adam said that maybe not everyone in the family should be working at the company. Adam added that it was simply business, and if Victor didn't agree with Adam's decisions, Victor could back out of their partnership. Victor stated that they had nothing further to talk about, and he questioned Adam's judgment about a lot of things. Adam shook his head, and Victor opened the front door to leave as Sharon arrived.
Adam relayed that Victor had just debriefed him on his lapses in judgment. Adam pointedly stepped toward Sharon and kissed her, and a disapproving Victor left. Sharon said that she didn't mind the kiss, but she wondered what Adam was trying to prove. Adam griped that Victor had been trying to manipulate him, and he'd wanted to demonstrate that he was his own man who made his own choices. Sharon didn't want to be a pawn in Adam's game to get under Victor's skin.
Sharon questioned what Adam wanted from Victor, and Adam thoughtfully replied that he'd like acknowledgement that he'd gotten the company back and had given Victor a place in it again. Adam realized that the harder he tried, the more Victor pulled away, and Sharon commented that Victor needed to control everything. Adam argued that Victor couldn't control Adam, but Sharon said that Victor controlled all of his kids. Sharon warned Adam that Victor was the master of power games, and Adam vowed to figure out how to out-master Victor.
Later, a robe-clad Sharon found Adam downstairs, looking out the window, and he wondered how many times Victor had gazed at the same view. Sharon pointed out that Victor had sold the penthouse to Adam for less than it was worth, and she thought that the gesture was a message. Adam contended that he'd paid a handsome sum, and Victor had never given him anything. Sharon mentioned that Victor had taken credit for financing Adam's education, but Adam called Victor's statement "revisionist history." Adam asserted that he'd done everything on his own, just like Victor had, but Victor didn't like to fancy anyone else being a self-made man, because Victor didn't like real competition.
Victoria waited at home for Billy, and she impatiently tossed some lingerie back into a shopping bag. She called Billy, and he swore that he hadn't forgotten about their special project. She told him to hurry up, because she was looking forward to having another baby in the house. He half-heartedly said that he would be home soon. Kenny told Billy to get back in the game to give the others a chance to win their money back, and Billy agreed to a few more hands.
Victoria lit candles all over the room, but Abby burst in and said that she needed to talk. Abby babbled that the "old Abby" never would have confessed to Victoria, but she hadn't been able to hide the truth from Victor. Victoria asked what Abby had admitted, and Abby said that she'd told Victor about Victoria's plan to pool their money together to take Newman Enterprises away from Adam. Abby asked how she could make it up to Victoria.
Victoria wasn't surprised that Abby had caved, and she assured Abby that it was okay. Abby asked if Victoria had spoken to Victor, and Victoria revealed that he had felt betrayed, but it would be nothing compared to the backstabbing he'd get from Adam. Abby asked how they could protect Victor, but Victoria believed that the best thing for them to do was to wait for Adam to screw up. Abby suddenly realized that Victoria had arranged a romantic evening with Billy.
Abby thought that it was good for Victoria to focus on something other than Newman Enterprises, and Victoria remarked that it wasn't easy. Abby reminded Victoria that both Abby and Nick had found happiness away from the company. Victoria insisted that she was concentrating on her family, and she wanted to fill the house with kids. Abby guessed that the evening was a "prelude to pregnancy," and she excitedly anticipated becoming an aunt again. Victoria noted that it was contingent on Billy being there, and Abby mentioned that she had just been at On the Boulevard, but Billy hadn't been there.
Billy folded, and Kenny victoriously claimed the pot. Billy didn't answer a call from Victoria, and he thanked the men for the game, but he wanted out. Kenny asked if Billy was sure, because he'd thought Billy had wanted to win some of his money back.
Later, Billy called Victoria from the Athletic Club lobby and fibbed that he'd had an emergency, but he was about to leave On the Boulevard. Victor overheard and questioned why Billy had lied to Victoria. Billy claimed that he was there to pick up a dessert as a surprise, and he told Victor that it was killing Victoria that Victor had chosen Adam over her. Victor barked that Billy was filling her head with nonsense, and he pointed out that Billy wouldn't have been upstairs if he had been there to fetch dessert. Victor warned Billy not to try to fool him, and he stalked off.
Billy returned home and said that they just needed mood music. Victoria asked about his emergency, and he claimed that it had been a plumbing problem. She asked for specifics, and he wondered why she was giving him the third degree. She said that she knew that he hadn't been at the restaurant, and he covered his panic. Victoria told him not to be mad at Abby, but she wanted to know where he really had been.
Victoria blew out the candles, and Billy said that he'd felt terrible that he'd been late, so he'd stopped by the Athletic Club to get her favorite dessert, and he suggested that they eat it in bed. She kissed him, and she asked if he'd really had an emergency. He said that they could talk about plumbing all night, but they'd miss out on the fun during their window of opportunity. She went to slip into her lingerie, and he was clearly relieved that he'd managed to cover his lies.