When they arrive at the ranch, Nikki thanks Brad for giving her a lift from Gina's. Brad tells Nikki he's surprised to find himself in Victor's home. Brad and Nikki talk about their past. Nikki admits to once loving Brad -- she'd never have said yes to his marriage proposal if she hadn't have loved him but considering how things turned out, she now feels that she didn't know Brad as well as she thought. Brad is visibly wounded and says there are a lot of things he regrets. Nikki's face is wet with tears and she tries to hide it when Rafael unwittingly interrupts them. Nikki tells Brad she thinks it's time to for him to go. Reluctantly, Brad leaves. When Nikki is alone once again, she wipes her tear-stained face and smiles, knowing she has played Brad like a fine violin.
Victoria grills Helena about the voice on the tape but she won't give Victoria any information. Victoria knows Helena recognizes the voice but Helena tells Victoria she must think about it. Victoria promises Helena that she will return. When Victoria calls home, she finds Nick is home from court. They talk about Helena and Victoria's suspicions and Nick encourages her not to let up on the woman. Nikki anxiously asks what's is going on in New Mexico.
The doctor tells Victor about the extensive search for him, and Victor explains that there is no need to worry -- the workers will all get paid. It's clear that Victor is not as anxious to return home now that he has his freedom. He comments that his family has waited this long and a couple more days won't matter. He has some scores to settle and he is going to settle them in his own way. The doctor asks Ramona about Chet and Victor informs him that Chet fell from the top of the mesa at his canyon and is dead. The doctor says that perhaps Chet is still alive but Victor is certain that it was a 200-foot or more drop. No one could have survived a fall like that. After the doctor leaves, Ramona asks Victor what he's thinking about and he says he's thinking of Jack. He tells her how her how he built his company from the ground and that the likes of Jack Abbott will not take it from him. Ramona is disturbed when she sees such hatred in Victor's eyes. He says that Ramona's world is relatively simple, but the world he lives in is quite different.
Helena calls the clinic to leave a message for Ramona and is surprised to find that she is a patient there. She asks if Chet is with her and the doctor says no but doesn't reveal that Chet is dead. Is anyone with Ramona, Helena wonders? The doctor's obvious silence tells Helena that Ramona is not alone. He promises to have Ramona call Helena in the morning when Ramona is better.
Judge Brainard thinks there is more going on between Christine and Michael than just the adversarial legal system. She senses some very personal animosity. Chris says she's just trying to protect the rights and future of a child. Michael starts to comment on what he's trying to establish with Grace's testimony but the judge stops him, saying she's quite aware of his plans. In continued cross-examination, Michael asks Grace how long she kept Cassie before telling Sharon who Cassie was and Grace admits it was almost a year before Cassie began living with Sharon. "Why so long?" Michael inquires. Grace explains that Noah required a lot of special care and Sharon had her hands full. Michael suggests that Grace's testimony doesn't say much for Sharon's ability to cope because other parents have multiple children and still parent. Michael then brings up Grace's previous testimony of Cassie's quiet and withdrawn nature when Grace first brought her to GC. He contends that everyone who met her found Cassie to be cheerful, bright, and a thorough pleasure to be around. Grace has to admit that this is true. It is Michael's contention that "someone" (meaning Alice) must have done something right in Cassie's first years. Chris and Michael break out in an argument about Michael's questions. Michael asks Grace if she saw any abuse or neglect first hand and she stumbles for words because, in truth, Grace saw neither. On redirect, Chris tries to salvage Grace's testimony by asking what Grace told Sharon at first about Cassie's identity. Grace tells the court that she told Sharon that Cassie was a distant relative of hers. Even after Noah was fine Grace continued to keep Cassie because she fell in love with Cassie herself. It causes Nick and Sharon obvious discomfort, but Grace says that even though she knew it was wrong, she could not give Cassie up. On re-cross, Michael asks if Grace received a promotion today before she appeared in court and Grace answers that she did, a bit confused. He comments that Grace is in a rather impressive position for someone who only has a high school diploma. Grace tells him that she has earned her position at NE but Michael implies that the only reason Grace is testifying is either in gratitude for the Newmans' generosity or because she wants to keep her job. Grace denies this and Michael informs the court he's finished with the witness as Grace throws daggers at him with her eyes. Chris tells the judge she may want to recall Grace at a later time and Judge Brainard says she'll allow that. Court is then recessed for a couple of days so that Mr. Morgenstern's report may be filed with the court.
Grace is on a payphone in the hallway when Michael and Alice leave court. Alice is complimenting Michael on his brilliant performance in court on her behalf. She tells him that now he and Grace can kiss and make up. After Alice leaves, Michael approaches Grace. She turns around and encounters him and wonders what he could possibly want with her. Michael acknowledges that he was rough on Grace but tells her that's the way the legal system works. He says that the judge would have known he wasn't doing his job if he hadn't tried to show some support for Alice. Grace plants a resounding slap on his cheek, telling him to shut up. She doesn't want to hear anymore and stalks away from a stunned Michael.
Sharon enters the courtroom and asks Chris how she thinks it went. Chris reminds Sharon that Grace could have undercut her in dozens of ways, but didn't. Sharon feels it is not going very well and is upset and scared about what the social worker's report will say.
Cassie and her friends enter the living room at the ranch with their portraits by Rafael just as Nick and Sharon return from the courthouse. Miguel takes the other girls home and Rafael leaves. Cassie, nearly hysterical, asks if she gets to stay with Sharon and Nick and Sharon bends down to hug her. Back at Sharon and Nick's, Cassie is still subdued. Cassie doesn't want to let go of her portrait. Nick jokingly tells her that he'll be sleeping on the couch and will keep all art thieves at bay. At the mention of Nick's sleeping on the couch, Cassie withdraws further but won't tell either of them what's wrong. After Cassie has gone to bed, Nick tells Sharon about Helena, the waitress at diner in New Mexico, and Sharon suggests he return to the search while the court is in recess because she knows Nick would rather be there. Nick testily tells her not to question his sincerity. He doesn't regret a single moment he's spent fighting for Cassie. To avoid an argument, Sharon apologizes and goes to bed leaving Nick alone with the sofa.
At the main house, Nikki looks longingly at a picture of Victor and wonders what role the attractive woman now plays in his life.
Paul is already at home when Chris arrives. She's tired and says she would rather fill him in on the case tomorrow. Paul asks her what's planned for dinner. Chris is flabbergasted at his question since he knows she's been in court all day. Just before she takes his head off and serves it up to him on a silver platter, the doorbell rings and two waiters are at the door delivering a fully catered meal. Chris comments that Paul's surprise meal was just what she needed and mentions that she noticed that he ordered sparkling cider instead of champagne. She tells him it was a wise choice and Paul wonders if she could be pregnant already. Chris says she hasn't taken a pregnancy test yet and Paul suggests that they retire to the bedroom just in case Chris isn't pregnant.