John wants to know what is up; he knows that it is more than just a family dinner. Jack tells him that it IS more and it will blow him away. Jack tells his father how much he respects him, as a businessman, a man and a father. He was honored when John brought him into his company; he wanted to be like his father. He always hoped that he could help bring the company farther than it had been. But because he needed capital, he talked his father into going public; a mistake that he has regretted ever since because it was the reason John lost his company. He says that he has never lost sight of his one objective: to regain his father's company. It consumed him day and night and ate his guts out. He says that when he took over the NE everyone assumed that it was only for himself but he wanted Victor to know how he and John felt when they lost their company. He did it and had it! He even had a golden parachute that would have insured that he kept the company. But he went to Victor with an offer: he would give up everything, even his severance package, if Victor would return the company to the Abbott family. John says that Victor would never agree to something like that. When Jack tells him that Victor did agree, John is in tears. Jack hands him the papers and says it is a done deal; the company is his again. John is very emotional as he says he never allowed himself to even dream of this happening. He can't find the words to express how overwhelmed he is. Jack says the only words he wants to hear is that John will return and take up the reins again. He says that working right by his side is all he wants and all that Ashley wants. John says that he is a happy and proud man and the three of them are partners.
Sis wants to know what Jack is up to but Ashley won't tell her; she says that it is Jack's news to tell. Traci remembers that Jack has been working toward something important for years and guesses that she knows what it is. She asks Steve to cancel their plane reservations. Even though he says that he has to be back in New York first thing tomorrow, she convinces him that, if she is right, tonight is going to be very special. Ashley warns her that Jill and Billy will be there but won't say why; she only says that she deserves to be there.
Paul tries to convince Mac to stay and reminds her of her promise to Kay. He says that he wanted and needed to stay with Kay but she was worried about Mac; she insisted he come back, and look after her. Mac tells him how miserable she is and he guesses that Jill is at the root of it. She tells him that now Jill is accusing her of stealing. She tells him about the lighter and swears she never touched it; she didn't even know that it existed. He tells her to give Jill a few days and this will all blow over. She is afraid that Jill will call the police; she knows that Jill wants to get rid of her and knows that Jill will go to great lengths to make that happen. Paul says that since Jill got her lighter back and they have no proof that Mac stole it, the police wouldn't want to become involved in something that petty. When she says that she is still afraid and it would be better to just leave, Paul thinks that she is being paranoid. She tells him that that isn't so; she says that Jill even thinks that she is corrupting her precious little brat. He says that if she leaves now, Jill wins. She should stay and stand up for herself---at least until her grandmother gets home.
Victoria walks in just as Brad and Nikki are dancing intimately. Holding hands, they walk back to the table to place their order. When he asks to be excused for a moment, she asks if he is calling the office. He assures her that she will be all that is on his mind tonight. He leaves and Vicki arrives at the table asking what is going on. She sits down and demands an explanation. She also berates her for turning her cell phone off. Nikki is pleased that Victor got his business back but refuses to leave with Vicki when she demands she do so. Saying she is making a terrible mistake, Vicki gets up and leaves alone. Brad watches as she leaves the restaurant. When Brad asks if Vicki has news about the deal, she tells him that she doesn't want to talk about NE to him. But she does complain about her family, especially her daughter, not allowing her to have a life of her own. Brad assures her that he is there for her; he will be whatever she needs him to be. She says that was exactly the right thing to say. She leans forward and kisses him on the mouth repeatedly.
Victor is dictating orders to his secretary when Ashley arrives. As the secretary leaves, she gives him a report from the pharmaceutical company. He is surprised to see Ashley since he thought the family would be celebrating. Ashley just wanted to thank him for allowing her father to get the company back. She knows that he did it for John but he tells her that it was because of HER as well as her father. She says that even though they were clashing a lot over the past few weeks, she found it exhilarating. She would rather clash with him than peacefully co-exist with anyone else. She wishes him luck and is leaving when Victor stops her. Coming intimately close, he whispers for her to stay in touch.
Nick arrives home to find Sharon being serenaded by a young man with a guitar. She introduces Roy, who is auditioning to play at the coffeehouse. After Roy leaves, he admits that he was a little jealous. After a long kiss, Nick asks where his mother is. She says that she was there earlier and she really liked the audition tape she was watching. He asks if she told her what the tape was for and Sharon says that she wouldn't do that; but she says she was uncomfortable keeping it from her. He insists that he doesn't want his folks to know that they own the coffeehouse. She asks about NE and Jabot and he tells her that his old man is now in charge of NE again. He says that they are going up to the house and celebrate later but right now, they are going to have their own private celebration. Sharon offers to call Roy back to help them celebrate but he says that if anyone is going to sing, it will be him.
Malcolm comes home to see Nate who jumps into his arms. When Nate leaves to get the gift his mother bought for him, Mal tells Olivia that he is worried about how Nate takes the news. Olivia says that she is worried also. Malcolm says that she should have prepared him a little. He doesn't like to drop a bomb on this little boy. Olivia gets defensive and says that she didn't want to hurt him. Nate comes back and shows his dad the pocket calculator that his mom bought for him. They say that they have something to talk to him about. Olivia begins by telling him how hard it is to break a promise to someone they really care about. But sometimes a promise was a mistake. Malcolm says that when you break a promise you try to do that as easily as possible. Olivia tells him that his dad and she haven't been able to resolve their differences. He asks if they tried and Malcolm assures him that they did. He says that they really love him but he won't be living there any longer. "You're getting a divorce!" Nate accuses.
Jill and Billy arrive at the Abbott home and Jill embarrasses him by saying how handsome he is. He asks if he is getting out of here tonight but Jill puts him off. Traci comes in at that time and asks how his summer went and he tells her it was so-so. She is surprised because she loved growing up in GC. She tries to convince Jill to open up and tell them what is going to happen. She says that all she will tell them is that it is good news, really good news! Mamie arrives and Steve makes cocktails. Jill tells him to make Billy a soda and Trace asks, "What else?" Jill tells Mamie that she can't believe that she is part of the family. Mamie says that she was invited and here she will be. Ashley says that they can be on their way now.
Victor calls Ramona and congratulates her on the report she sent to the pharmaceutical company. He tells of a seminar next week and the company wants her to be there. She hesitates but he says that he will pay for her transportation as it would be beneficial for both her and the company. She will let him know later. When he hangs up, Vicki is there and questions his calling Ramona. He tells her that this is her expertise and she is the best person for the project. At what cost, Vicki wants to know. She says that this is more than business and Victor becomes angry. She tells him that Nikki is talking about having another baby. She is surprised but says it isn't so ridiculous. He says that it is ridiculous and she wants to know if this is how he reacted. He says he tried to be gentle. When she tries to convince him to rethink it, he tells her NO and tells her not to encourage her mother in her midlife fantasy.
At the lab, the tech says that the samples are coming up on their expiration date. "Contact the owners and ask what they want to do with them," her supervisor tells her.