Michael comes to Legal Aid bearing a gift of flowers and factitious congratulations on Christine's win against him in court. He lords over her the fact that he knows that before Alice flaked out on him and Cassie charmed Judge Brainard with her last minute appearance in the courtroom, the judge was actually going to rule in his favor. Chris says that if he needs to feels that he "beat" her, then by all means continue that line of thinking. However, he knows that this case was not about the well being of a child but about Michael besting her in the courtroom. Michael reiterates that the Newmans only have Cassie because of luck and tells Chris that they will meet in litigation again and he will prevail. Chris reminds him that she can't prove that he and Alice imprisoned Millie against her will but if she could find one shred of evidence to uphold her suspicions, Michael's law license would be gone in a heartbeat. Michael taunts her, telling her that the problem is she can't prove anything. Chris warns that he still is under her supervision and future unethical behavior could mean the end of his career. Sure that he's sufficiently ruffled Christine's feather's, Michael hands her the flowers adding that she needs to be sure to put them in water. As he turns to leave the office, Chris thrusts his tainted offering in the trashcan. However, Michael has churned Chris's feelings of inadequacy. Later, Paul finds Chris in tears at their apartment and offers to help in any way he can. Before she can share the day's events with him, they receive a visit from Mary, an early return from her trip to Rome and the Vatican City. She immediately tells Chris that she looks tired and that pregnant women need lots of rest. Without taking a breath, she unfolds a beautiful christening gown that she found on her trip and states that she's not going to wait for the baby to arrive before she begins to spoil it. Seeing Paul and Chris's troubled faces, she asks what's wrong and the two tell her that Chris's suspected pregnancy was just a false alarm. Mary holds Chris in her arms as Chris weeps openly and Mary comforts her, assuring Chris that she and Paul will become pregnant and soon. Sensing that Chris and Paul want to be alone, Mary leaves them with the cliché, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again." Paul smiles and tells her that's advice they'll be sure to follow. When Mary is gone, Chris collapses into Paul's arms and sobs. Ashley meets Cole at Gina's and wonders where the bottle of Merlot he promised her earlier is because Cole is drinking soda. He seductively tells her that they are going to need all their strength for the night so they are foregoing the wine. Ashley is intrigued and tells him that it's a good thing they drove two cars or else they might not make it home. They kiss and promise to meet at home as soon as possible. Once Ashley is gone, Cole sees Victoria and Rafael together across the restaurant. Coolness drapes Cole as he walks over to speak. Victoria and Rafael are in a melancholy mood. He has seen Ashley with her husband and Victoria encourages him to go after her but Rafael admits to Victoria that he doesn't stand a chance with his muse. Besides, she is evidently a very happily married woman. Cole joins them and intentionally announces that he and Ashley are leaving to spend the evening together and reminds Rafael that Ashley did him and his family such a tremendous favor. Rafael acknowledges this and his gratefulness to Ashley. Even more boldly, Cole outright tells Rafael that it's time for him to move on; perhaps move back to Spain or any other of the thousands of places he could paint -- just leave Genoa City. If Rafael stays, Cole promises, the two of them will have serious problems. Later, Victoria visits the tackhouse and finds Rafael packing. He tells her that in his life, he's had two great loves: "La Senora de Consolada" and Ashley. Since he knows he can never possess either and he must find a way to work and live without them. He is leaving but he invites Victoria to come with him and not spend her days working and thinking about Cole. Victoria tells him that perhaps she has moved on in her life as well but Rafael doesn't buy it. The one thing that Victoria asks from him as a parting gift is the sketch that he painted of Ashley and although Rafael finds it an unusual request, he grants Victoria her wish. Victoria approaches Rafael and they share a long, passionate kiss. Rafael breathlessly contemplates that perhaps he's been painting the wrong face all along. Victoria asks him to stay but he refuses, stating that his home will always be open to her. He picks up his bag and leaves. Victoria stands in the tackhouse alone and bemused. A promiscuous Nicholas and Sharon fairly tumble down the stairs barely able to keep their hands off one another. They end up on the couch kissing and sharing soft, sweet conversation about their love and their newfound peace and happiness. Cassie, too excited to sleep, interrupts and begs them to allow her to stay up awhile longer. She wants to make sure that this is not a dream and they assure her that they are forever a family now. They discuss the party they're throwing in Cassie's honor tomorrow and she states that she can't wait. Sharon offers Nick some lemonade but Cassie declines Sharon's offer to bring her water. When Sharon is gone, Cassie climbs into Nick's lap and asks him if he's going to be with them forever and he promises that he'll always be there for her because he's not going anywhere. When Sharon returns, she's moved as she sees her daughter asleep in Nick's arms. They huddle together on the couch and that's how Millie finds the trio. She came downstairs because she awoke and found that Cassie was missing from her bed. Watching Cassie sleep, Millie tells Nick and Sharon that Cassie gave her a special gift -- she taught Millie that she was capable of loving someone. She only wishes that she could have been the kind of mother that Alice needed and worries about Alice being all alone. Nick tries to comfort Millie by telling her she must have done something right or else Alice would never have been so selfless where Cassie's future was concerned. Billy surprises Jill by arriving at the mansion unannounced. When Billy enters the living room, Katherine re-introduces Mac and she and Billy exchange passing hellos. Jill offers Billy something to eat but he declines, stating that he ate on the flight. Perhaps some cookies and ice cream then, Jill asks? Although Billy declines, Katherine and Mac exit to forage in the kitchen themselves, giving Jill and her son a chance to be alone. Billy immediately tells Jill that he isn't here by choice and explains about his friend Dylan's appendectomy and John's plans to go to Australia with Traci and Steve. He is furious with his father for not trusting him enough to allow him to stay on his own in New York. Jill strikes an unpleasant chord with Billy when she upholds John's concerns. Billy is rude and refuses to speak to his mother. She quietly states that she doesn't care how he got there, she's just glad that he'll be with her this summer and exits. Katherine enters and tells Billy that she couldn't help but overhear his conversation with Jill. With complete disrespect, Billy tells Katherine that he blames HER for his visit to GC as much as his father. He knows that John called Katherine and asked if he could stay at the mansion. It was probably Katherine's open invitation that put the last nail in Billy's carefree summer coffin. However, Katherine takes no guff from the young upstart. Mac has overheard Billy ranting at Katherine and listens as Katherine advises Billy not to grouse about his summer plans. After all, it's not like he's imprisoned. As soon as Katherine departs, Mac enters the living room and tells Billy that he can speak to his mother any way he wants but he'd "better back off Mrs. C." Billy disdainfully wants to know who Mac is to Katherine and Mac replies that she's Katherine's friend. Billy blows past Mac and she decides that Billy and his mother are just alike. "What a creep!" Mac mutters as Billy storms upstairs. Ashley and Cole are having a romp in bed when they take time out to talk. Cole shares with her the events that took place at Gina's after she left and tells her that he knows that Rafael is totally enamored with her. Ashley finds that assessment surprising and is amused that Cole has warned Rafael off. Suddenly impassioned by her husband's show of possessiveness, the two begin blistering the bedsheets once again. In Madison, the Johnson house sits gloomy and silent. Alice huddles in a chair and it's obvious she's been crying for hours, her face tearstained and nose red from the excessive use of tissues. She stares across at the oversized teddy bear that sits on the couch and is reminded that she could not buy Cassie's affections. She slowly walks to the couch and curls on top of the bear as if it could absorb the pain and emptiness that now pours from her heart and soul. She gently embraces it, her body racked with sobs, perhaps hoping that its arms will magically enfold her and bring her some shred of comfort in her lonely solitude. /p>
Mac tells Kay that she wants to go into town to look for a job. Katherine tries to talk her into just hanging out and enjoying the summer, but Mac in adamant that she wants to earn her keep. Kay also gets the feeling that Mac doesn't want to be around Billy. Mac lets her know that she is correct. Kay says that she is disappointed in the young man's attitude. She was hoping that his presence in the house would be calming for Jill. Kay tells Mac that she will drive her into town for the job hunt. Mac thinks that it is funny that she will drive to a "minimum wage" interview in a limousine. Before they can leave, however, Billy asks to speak to Kay alone. Mac gladly leaves the room rather than be with Billy. Billy apologizes for his behavior the night before and promises it won't happen again. Kay tells him that the apology is accepted. Mac returns and the two decide to leave for town.
Billy finds his mother and apologizes to her for his behavior of the night before. Jill admits that he said some pretty hurtful things to her but she accepts his apology. Jill promises to make the summer fun even though she isn't prepared because she didn't know he would be coming back. She offers to call the kids that were there before and invite them over but Billy gets angry that she is trying to plan his time. He tells her that he is sixteen and can take care of himself. Jill backs off. Billy tells her that what he wants from her is the keys to the car. She tells him where to find the keys then asks him to call her at the office later.
While talking to Sharon, Tony is invited to the ranch for a party. Tony tells her that he was only invited because he just happened to call Sharon. However, Grace is very angry that she wasn't invited. After all she has done for them and they are still snubbing her! She says that if they think she is going to take this treatment, they had better think again. She will not take it any longer. Tony tries his best to calm her down, but it doesn't work. Tony checks the mail and finds a letter. It is from the court notifying him that he will have to stand trial for conspiracy and grant theft auto. Grace tells him how sorry she is for him.
At first, Megan thinks Keith is talking about knowing about her and Tony but before she can say too much, she learns that he is talking about Tricia's pregnancy. When he begins to run down Ryan and his attitude, Megan tries to defend him. Keith says that he is just happy that he still has his good little girl; he says that at least she has better judgment in men than her sister. Megan is uncomfortable with his comparison. When she tells him that there is someone special in her life, Keith wants to meet him. She finds one excuse after the other to keep her father from meeting Tony. Finally Keith says that he is going to do something about Tricia's situation.
Ryan offers Tricia something to eat but she tells him that dry toast is all she wants. He tells her that she must keep up her strength. He wants to know how long the morning sickness will last but she tells him that she doesn't know since this is her first time to be pregnant. While Ryan is having breakfast, the doorbell rings and when Ryan opens the door, Keith is there. He comes in and tells his daughter that she is a little green around the gills. She says that from all she is told, it goes with the territory. She wonders why he is there so early. He says that he is there to take care of her problem.
The entire Newman family along with Paul and Chris and Lisa gather at the ranch for a pool party to celebrate the court win. Also present are Doris and Millie. Victor congratulates Christine on her win. She says that now that this case is over, she can work on his problem. He wonders if she doesn't want to take some time off but she assures him that she doesn't need it. Later, Paul tells Victor that he is afraid that Chris is burning out from so much work. Victor sympathizes and makes a phone call.
Doris and Millie talk. Millie says that Cassie is under the impression that she is going to stay. She says that she wishes that she could. Doris says that Nick and Sharon would like for her to stay but Millie doesn't want to get in the way of the little family. Doris tells her that she is welcome to come and share her apartment.
Toward the end of the party, Nick wants to say a few words. First of all, he says how happy he is that he has returned safe from New Mexico. He then says that he is so happy that he and Sharon are back on track and happy that they have won custody of Cassie. Sharon adds that she has always heard that it is always darkest before the dawn and now she knows that is true. She says that she and Nick went through their darkest hour but they came through it and they are the better for it. Then Cassie announces that she wants to say a few words. She is so happy to finally be a member of a family. She has new grandparents, a brother and parents. This is the happiest day of her life. She wants to thank her mommy and her daddy for fighting for her. Nick is visibly touched that she has called him daddy for the first time.