DIANE goes to Michael's office and tells him that she is seriously considering Victor offer to settle. "I want it to be over," she says. "Let Victor win! I am not angry any longer, I feel empty and tired of fighting." When Michael tries to make her see reality, she tells him to save it for the jury, some other jury. She tells him to get over it and accept it because she is ending this once and for all.
NICK arrives home with his arms loaded down with gifts and roses. Cassie is there with a smile and a welcome but she informs him that Sharon is out running errands. Nick begins to make suggestions as to where she, Noah, and Lisa could go and Cassie gets the message that he is trying to get rid of her. You are too smart for your own good! Nick tells her. She runs to tell Lisa that they have to be "OUTTA HERE" by the time Sharon gets home.
COLE asks Vicki once again to tell him the truth; did she lose the baby or not? Vicki evades the question as long as she can, but finally has to admit that she is still pregnant. When he asks if it is his baby, she becomes insulted and tells him that no matter what he thinks of her, she is not promiscuous. Of course it is his baby; it happened the night they were celebrating her promotion. When she tells Cole that she needs to leave he can't believe that she is still going to LA. He talks her into staying while he works this all out in his head. She owes him that much! "I will stay for the time being, but not because I owe you anything!" Vicki says. She reminds him of how he attacked her when he first learned that she was pregnant. He tells her that he has already apologized for that; still, this is a lot to absorb. He leaves after she promises her once again that she will remain in town. After he leaves, she drops down in her chair and begins to cry.
MALCOLM is waiting in Neil's office when Victor comes in. Victor explains that he is there to talk to Neil about his daughter, just as Neil walks into the office. Victor explains to Neil that his daughter is going to LA for a few weeks; until she returns, he wants Neil to take up the slack with Brass and Sassy. Neil is shocked to learn that Vicki is thinking about leaving, but he id even more shocked when Victor tells him that she is probably on her way as they speak.
After Victor leaves, Neil tells Malcolm what the meeting was about. Malcolm feels that putting some space between herself and her problems is a good move for Vicki, but Neil is disappointed once again at Malcolm's attitude. This is a woman he loves; he is ready to take it to the next level, to make a commitment to Vicki. Malcolm reminds him that he is still a married man and Neil says that he has been thinking about remedying that so that he can go to Victoria with a clean slate. He speaks of a call he got from Dru a few weeks ago in which he spoke to Lily. Dru doesn't even add a P.S. to Lily's letters. No, this marriage is over.
SHARON returns home and is surprised to find her workaholic husband at home in the middle of the day. He promises her that they have the entire afternoon together as he hands her a single red rose. Nick even has Sharon's favorite wine and after pouring it, he makes a toast to his gorgeous, amazing wife. As they kiss, Sharon asks what are the delicious aromas wafting from the kitchen and Nick tells her that he is making dinner for them---with a little help from Miguel. He says that he just needs to steam the asparagus, so while he is doing that, he wants her to go upstairs where she will find a gift on the bed. A little later, he walks out of the kitchen and sees Sharon standing on the stairs wearing the sheer black negligee that he bought for her. For a moment, he is speechless. He goes to her and they begin to kiss passionately. Sharon asks him about the dinner but he is content to let it burn as they fall to the couch.
NIKKI is paying a friendly visit with Katherine and telling her all about her trip. She was able to relax and enjoy herself until she came back home and was jolted back to reality by the facts. She hints that there is more trouble in the family besides Victor's supposed marriage to Diane. After eliminating everyone except Victoria, Katherine guesses that something is going on there. Nikki tells her that she can't talk about it; she took a vow of silence. As she is talking and moving about the living room, she suddenly becomes quiet. She sees the old newspaper lying there with the big headlines asking who is the real Mrs. Victor Newman. Even though Katherine is embarrassed and fluttering around apologizing, Nikki reads the entire article. "Didn't Victor tell you about this?" questions Kay. Nikki assumes that Diane had the article planted in the paper and she isn't going to let her get away with this. She marches out without a proper good bye to Katherine who is very upset.
TONY arrives home to find that Grace is home early. Now they have two things to celebrate; her arrival home at a decent hour and his new promotion. He is now the Assistant Service Manager at the garage. They are both happy. She tells him that there is more; she ran into Sharon at Crimson Lights and they had a good talk. She is going to do all she can to get back the relationship that she and Sharon once had.
VICTOR is working when Connie lets him know that Diane is there to see him. He tells her that his door will always be open to her. He goes on to tell her that he enjoyed their luncheon and hopes that they can do it again soon. She says that they will see, but don't count on it. She begins to tell him in a quiet reasonable voice how she felt when he left her. When Victor tells her once again that he regrets having hurt her, Diane wonders if he even knows or understands what he did to her. She talks about his betrayal of her and ends up by telling him that this is one ex-wife who will not stay close to him. Victor loses his patience and demands to know if this is Diane's round about way of telling him that she won't accept his offer. She hints that she is accepting his offer but she wants it in writing and in her words---not a lawyer's word. She will not sign anything that she doesn't trust and she doesn't trust him any longer. She says that he has proved to her that he isn't to be trusted. Once she signs the agreement, she wants to cut him totally out of her life. Victor hopes that someday she will come to forgive him. Diane says that she hopes that happens also, but not now; it is too soon and the hurt is too fresh. As Diane leaves, Victor asks if he will be hearing from her. With her hand on the door, Diane tells him to count on it.
MICHAEL is pacing his office wondering what he can do to change Diane's mind. Everything is falling apart and she is making a total mistake. He can't let everything slip away; he has to do something and fast!
DIANE opens her door to find a furious Nikki. Nikki pushes into the apartment and asks about Diane's health; she wants to be sure that she is in sound health both physically and mentally after planting this dirt in the papers. She dramatically whips the paper out of her purse and holds it aloft. "Now just wait a minute!" Diane begins, but Nikki will not listen. She begins to let Diane know that if she thought she would get a bigger reward by humiliating