In the dining room, Neil asked Devon why Hilary and Jack were so happy. Devon said that one million dollars bought a lot of jewelry and advised that Hilary had found a new major donor. Mattie, Charlie, and Lily joined them, and the twins said they'd gotten two gold stars for their family tree project and thanked Neil for his help. Devon told Neil he'd get a gold star for filling in the details about his parents. Lily wanted Neil to reach out to the twins and tell them about his parents. Neil said he'd made peace with not having his parents in his life. Hilary joined them.
Victoria arrived in Phyllis' office. She said her phone alerts had blown up since she'd landed. She saw that Adam had pleaded guilty to another crime. Phyllis told Victoria that after she heard what had been happening in Genoa City, Victoria would wish she'd stayed in Mexico.
Billy and Cane walked into Brash & Sassy, and Cane thought it was crazy how they'd turned perfume into a whole new product line. Billy said he needed to get Jill to sign off on it. Cane assured him she would. Cane said he needed Victoria to sign off on it but didn't know where she was. Billy said Victoria was in Mexico on business. They heard a noise from the inner office and found Jill sitting on Colin's lap. Jill and Colin were laughing hysterically.
In the dining room, Hilary said she was surprised Neil was so open about his feelings because she thought his parent issue was complicated. Neil confirmed that was what he'd tried to convey to the twins. Mattie said not everyone stayed close to their parents when they became a grown-up. Devon took the twins to the pool. Jack joined Hilary, Lily, and Neil and asked if they'd heard the good news. Neil advised that Devon had told him. Neil told Lily that Hilary had secured a major donation for the foundation. Lily said Hilary was always good at getting money from people. Jack asked Neil to help him figure out how to allocate the funds.
Lily said Hilary knew something about Neil's parents. Hilary denied knowing any more than Lily knew. Lily felt Hilary owed her some honesty after everything Hilary had done to her family. Hilary told Lily that Neil and his parents hadn't just drifted apart; Neil had pushed them away. If Lily wanted the truth, then she needed to follow Hilary.
Jack was happy that he and Neil had voted to keep Hilary on the board. Neil said Lily had accused him of casting his vote out of guilt, and she might have been right. Neil hoped Hilary had learned from her mistakes, for Devon's sake. Neil also hoped that Jack's vote didn't cost him personally. Neil knew Phyllis didn't care for Hilary and told Jack that a million-dollar donation was a lot of money, but a good marriage was priceless.
Victoria told Phyllis that Adam's reaction had probably been triggered by something the guard had said or done. Phyllis said that Adam had thought the guard was Victor. Victoria couldn't imagine how that had made Victor feel. Phyllis said the guard was in a coma. Michael had tried everything to get Adam out of jail, but Adam had insisted on pleading guilty. Victoria said Adam had always been about self-preservation, no matter who it hurt. Phyllis told her that Adam had fired Michael, and it appeared Adam didn't want any representation at his sentencing.
Victoria apologized that she didn't have better news for Phyllis about Travis. Phyllis knew it wasn't Victoria's fault. Phyllis had to resign herself to the fact that Summer was going to marry a rat, and she was not going to fight it unless Victoria thought there was a chance. Victoria assured her that Travis was happy on his boat and wanted nothing to do with the cutthroat world he'd left behind. Phyllis asked if that meant leaving Victoria behind. Victoria assured her that Travis' life was out there, and hers was in Genoa City with her family and work.
Back at Brash & Sassy, Cane wished they hadn't seen what they'd walked in on and asked Jill and Colin not to do it on the conference table because they had to work there. Jill asked when they'd become such prudes. She wanted to show Colin how happy she was that he was back in town. Colin said he was trying to show Jill he'd missed her, and he asked if that was a crime. Billy asked if Colin had committed any recently. Jill said Colin was a committed family man, and that was a quality Billy should aspire to. Billy said he loved his children and had spent a lot of time with them since Victoria had left. Jill said Victoria wouldn't have been away had Billy given her a reason to stay.
Colin asked if that was what working at Brash & Sassy was like. Jill said she couldn't help it if she knew what was better for their sons. Billy said Jill knew best, and she didn't need him, just like he didn't need her. He quit. Cane said he wanted to win by hard work, but if Billy wanted to quit, he could. Cane said that everyone was going to see that Billy walked away when something became difficult. Billy agreed to stay, but he asked for Colin's help in getting Jill to stop micromanaging his love life. Colin said the micromanagement had really worked because Billy, Cane, and Victoria were a team and worked well together.
Colin was ready to go home. Billy told them to poke and prod wherever they liked but to stay out of his bedroom, and he'd be anywhere but at home. He left. Colin was pleased that Cane was a partner in the exciting adventure. Cane said he was no partner, because Jill had just made him, Victoria, and Billy compete. Cane said he'd invested all his time to make sure it was one of the best cosmetic companies in the world, and all Jill had done was make sure they fought and competed with each other. Jill said she was dedicating herself to three things: Cane's success, all of them making lots of money, and Billy's happiness -- by any means necessary.
Phyllis told Victoria to go home to her kids because they grew up way too fast. Victoria hoped things would work out for Summer. Victoria reminisced about when she had been a blushing bride and had believed in "'til death do us part" and that it would last forever. She left. Phyllis looked at the bride book and envisioned herself with Billy, who asked if she was ready for her first dance. While dancing, Billy asked how it felt being Mrs. Billy Abbott. Phyllis said some people just didn't understand, yet there they were, married and happy. Jack asked if he could cut in. The vision ended.
At the bar Jack told Neil that his marriage had seen some tough times, but he was hopeful that his marriage would move forward. Jack told Neil that Phyllis was beginning to accept the idea of Summer's marriage to Luca. Neil hoped that Phyllis would change her mindset about Hilary. Jack assured him that Phyllis would eventually see Hilary as an asset rather than a threat.
Neil was happy Jack and Phyllis were together, especially after the news about Adam. Jack said the news had hit him hard. Adam had tried to build a life. It broke Jack's heart. Neil said Jack had someone to love by his side. Jack said that Neil could have the same if he'd stop being such a loner. Neil said he wasn't alone; he had his family, and he'd almost lost them. They actually trusted each other again, and trust was the glue that bound them together.
In Hilary's suite Hilary gave Lily a letter Neil had received from his mother. Lily asked why Hilary had stolen the letter. Hilary said Neil had thrown it in the trash, but she had rescued it. Lily read the letter from Neil's mother begging him to forgive her. Hilary gave Lily the other envelopes. Some were addressed to Lily, Devon, Moses, and the twins. Hilary said that Lily's grandmother had kept tabs on all of them, but Neil had thrown everything out, unread. Lily asked why Hilary had kept them. Hilary said she had hoped Neil would have a change of heart one day.
Lily accused Hilary of wanting to use the letters to her advantage. Hilary reminded Lily that there had been a time when she'd cared deeply for Neil. She said the letters belonged to Lily's family, and Lily should keep them. Hilary didn't care what Lily did with them, but if Lily wanted to know more about Neil's parents, she'd discover more from those letters than from the perfect family tree.
Victoria arrived at home and asked why Billy was there. He said he'd put the kids down, and because Jill had taken over the house with Colin, he'd thought he'd stay there for the night. As he was about to leave, Victoria asked him to stay.
In Hilary's suite, Neil asked if Hilary wanted to see him because there was a problem with the donation. Hilary assured him the donation was on the level, even if Neil wasn't. Hilary said she'd given Lily the letter from his mother that he'd thrown in the trash when they'd been married. Neil told Hilary she'd had no right to do that. Hilary said that in Lily's eyes, Hilary was a lying, two-faced bitch, and Devon, as much as he loved her, questioned her motives, but Neil was the one keeping secrets and telling lies. Hilary asked him why. Everyone had forgiven Neil for the things he'd done to her and Devon; she wanted to know why he couldn't forgive his own mother.
Cane met the twins and Devon at the pool. Lily arrived. Devon took the twins for ice cream. Lily told Cane she'd thought she could trust Neil again, but he'd been lying to all of them.
At the mansion, Colin poured Champagne, and Jill asked how he liked the renovations. He saw it as the same old thing. Jill said it had been hard work putting it back together, but she felt Katherine would be pleased. Colin thought that "Kattykins" would give Jill the thumbs-up, but she might be less approving of Jill's scheming. Jill said she wanted to encourage Cane and find happiness for Billy. Colin said that malarkey might work with the boys, but it didn't cut it with him -- and there was much more to the story.
Victoria and Billy had a glass of wine. Billy thought she could use it because of Mexico. He admitted that Phyllis had told him where Victoria had gone. Victoria told him her trip had been a failure. Billy had thought she'd sail away with Travis and never return. She said Travis had wanted her to. She admitted she'd been tempted to sail off to parts unknown, but it was just a romantic daydream. Billy said he would've watched the kids until she sailed back home. Victoria used work as one of her excuses, but Billy said that he and Cane could have kept Brash & Sassy humming until her return.
Billy asked for the real reason that Victoria hadn't stayed with Travis. Billy felt it wasn't the fear of what she'd left behind but the fear of the new horizon, new relationship, new feelings, and new dangers. Victoria said that sounded like someone who knew. Victoria asked if Billy had someone special like Travis was to her. Billy said it didn't matter because it never lasted. He advised her to look at them. Victoria admitted she'd thought about that on the plane ride home and said he couldn't check his feelings like he checked his bags.
Jack was surprised to see Phyllis at the bar and noticed she was upset. He asked if she'd told Victor she wouldn't fight Summer's wedding anymore. Phyllis said Victor had other things to worry about, specifically Adam's situation. Phyllis told Jack that Victoria had returned without Travis, and Phyllis said she was going to jump aboard the wedding train and support Summer. She was going to dread the moment when they asked, "Who gives this woman in marriage?" and Nick would have to say, "Her mother and I do." Jack tried to cheer her up by showing her the million-dollar check that Hilary had secured for the foundation. Phyllis told him to play it safe and deposit it before it bounced.
At the pool, Devon and the twins joined Lily and Cane. Cane left with the twins. Devon asked Lily if there was something wrong and if it was about the family tree. Lily said more like something that had been left out on purpose. She gave the envelopes to Devon, who was surprised to see his name on some of them.
Neil told Hilary that she had no right to question him or his motives. She'd lost that privilege when they'd divorced. Hilary said he didn't owe her an explanation, but he needed to talk to someone. The truth about his mother was eating him up. She could tell because she'd been there -- and she asked if he had forgotten she'd had mommy issues of her own. Neil needed to talk to someone, and she advised that it would be better if it was her rather than Devon or Lily because he hated her and didn't care what she thought about him. She assured him she was not recording him to use as blackmail.
Neil only knew what his father had told him. His mother had been unhappy and unfaithful. She had been in the house, and then she'd been gone. He didn't know if his mother had walked out or if his father had thrown her out, but he remembered that the silence that had filled the house had been deafening. It had broken his father's heart. His mother had sent him letters every year, but he'd never read them.
After Neil's dad had pulled himself together, he'd fallen in love with a beautiful woman, Malcolm's mother, and she had given his father a chance at love. Neil had sent back his mother's letters before, but he'd taken to just throwing them in the trash, even the cards she'd sent to Lily and the kids. Hilary said Neil couldn't forgive his mother like he couldn't forgive Hilary for turning to Devon. Neil recognized that Hilary had been unhappy and unfaithful. Hilary said she had been hurt, and she was just like Neil's mother.
Colin said Jill had been acting suspicious. She had gone to Genoa City for a temporary visit and had undone everything Billy had done to the house. Jill told Colin that Billy had turned the place into a man cave. Colin said she'd bought Brash & Sassy. Jill smiled and said it had been a bargain. Colin said Jill had uprooted herself from the lifestyle they'd had in Chicago and returned to Genoa City with no explanation. Jill said Genoa City was her home. Colin corrected her and said Chicago was her home. He asked what had changed.
Victoria apologized to Billy for violating their agreement and asked him personal questions then she went on and on about her feelings for Travis. Billy asked Victoria if she'd slept with Travis. Victoria admitted she had, and it had been really good, but she wished she hadn't because she'd hoped to get Travis back to town. Billy said that was fair because Travis had hoped to do the same thing: keep her on the boat. Victoria admitted Billy was right. Victoria left to get a pillow and blanket so Billy could sleep on the couch.
Jack told Phyllis he wanted to show her how much she meant to him and asked her to dance. While dancing, she had a vision of dancing with Billy. Jack asked her if something was wrong.
Poolside, Lily kept looking at the envelopes when Cane joined her. She told him they were letters from Neil's mother, and Hilary had had them. Lily said if Hilary hadn't saved the letters, they would never have known that there was more to the story. Lily told Cane that Neil's mother had asked him to forgive her, but Lily didn't know why. Lily asked what his mother could have done that was so horrible that Neil had needed to lie about it. Cane saw a return address and suggested that Lily get in touch with Neil's mother and get the whole story.
Neil told Hilary to stick to foundation business and worry about her own life, focus on making Devon happy, and stop digging into the past. Hilary said he'd never be free of the past until he forgave Hilary. She asked him to forgive her for cheating on him the way his mother had cheated on his father. Neil told her to drop it. Devon arrived and said Hilary was just trying to help the family. Neil said Devon didn't know what was going on. Devon said Lily had shown him the cards and letters and asked if Neil would tell him what they meant. Neil said some things were better left in the past because they'd only cause more pain.
Jill told Colin that nothing had changed, and she wanted to be with him. She needed to be in Genoa City at that moment and asked him to trust her. Colin said it had nothing to do with trust. He knew she was holding something back. Colin said that something had changed from her initial visit. He believed Jill had found something big and was exploiting it for her own purposes. Jill said exploitation was Colin's department. Colin wanted in on what Jill had found, otherwise he'd find out in his own way.
Phyllis told Jack nothing was wrong, but she was self-conscious in front of all the customers and waiters watching. Jack told her there was no reason for her to be embarrassed because people were looking at Jack with a beautiful woman in his arms. Phyllis said despite her worries about Summer, she wished she could be a bride again so they could start over and undo all the wrong turns, missteps, and missed opportunities. Jack said she was still his bride and kissed her.
Victoria returned with a pillow and blanket for Billy and saw Billy walking away from her home.