At Gina's, Billy tried to talk his dad into letting him go to Aspen with Brittany and her parents. John questioned that Billy's attitude had changed considerably, since he wanted something. John said that he expected respect from Billy and that they had some serious issues to work through. He said that Billy had been totally irresponsible. Billy immediately took the attitude that John was saying that Billy couldn't go to Aspen and that he was punishing Billy. He sarcastically thanked John for ruining his life.
Sharon and Nick lounged on the sofa in front of a roaring fire, basking in the silence of not having the children running around. They were saying that they didn't give themselves enough time together. Sharon said it was never too late to start. Nick said he wished his mom and dad could get through their differences. He didn't understand why they couldn't get past it and move on.
Brad was at the ranch, still trying to convince Nikki to go away with him. He kept putting down Victor for controlling Nikki's life.
Back at Gina's, Diane was on the phone with Victor. He was saying that he wanted to talk to her about his living arrangements. Diane said she was available right away, but Victor said he was too busy that day -- it would have to be the following day. Of course Diane said it was okay, and they hung up.
In Victoria's office, Victor hung up the phone from talking with Diane, totally unaware that Victoria had been standing at the doorway, listening to his conversation. Victoria asked her father what he thought he was doing. His eyes turned steely cold as he turned around and asked, "Were you listening to me?"
Somewhere in St. Louis, Jill was at a private detective's office. He was on the telephone with Amanda, Mac's mother. He was scamming her by telling her he was from the Census office and couldn't read the answer to the question about where her daughter had been born. Amanda's told him that Mac had been born in Kirkwood.
At the Chancellor estate, Mac and Raul were having muffins and juice and talking about the sweet sixteen party that Brock and Katherine were planning. She couldn't figure out what the big deal was. Raul said they had missed so many of her birthdays that they wanted to do something special for her. She was concerned about having the party at the house because of what had happened at the last party there. Raul suggested that the party be held at the coffeehouse. She wondered if Katherine would go for that, and Raul said it was her party, and Katherine would probably let her have it wherever she wanted.
Diane was in seventh heaven because Victor had called her. She was totally fooling herself into believing that he wanted her again. Marissa was skeptical, but Diane told her that Victor had "reached out" to her in his time of need. Marissa didn't want her to get her hopes up and reminded her how much Victor had hurt her in the past. Diane said she knew, but she couldn't help wondering if her dreams might actually happen. They would find out the following day when she saw Victor.
Ramona looked at the architectural plans for the new lab. Elena arrived and suggested that they go out to dinner, but Ramona didn't want to. Elena thought she was mooning over Victor. Ramona told her that Victor was back home with his wife. Elena asked if she had told him about Nikki, and she said no.
Victoria told Victor that she couldn't believe what she'd just heard. Victor told her that it was none of her business and that he didn't like her tone of voice. She asked him how he could consider moving back in with Diane after all she'd done to him. He told her to stay out of it. She said, "The hell I will." He told her he wouldn't discuss it with her, and furthermore, he wanted a complete report about Brash & Sassy on his desk first thing in the morning. He made a huffy exit.
John told Billy he was not punishing him. Billy said it looked like John was not going to let him go to Aspen. John replied that he hadn't said that. He said he needed specifics on the trip and that he was going to call Brittany's parents. Billy said no. He felt John was treating him like a ten-year-old. Billy said that when they had been in New York, John had let him do whatever he'd wanted, and since they'd arrived in Genoa City, John had always been on him. "Don't you trust me?" Billy asked.
John told Billy that they both knew the answer to that. Billy said they would be staying at the Hodges' condo in Aspen. John said he still had to talk to Jill about it, or it just wouldn't work. Billy said, "Apparently not -- you're checking up on me 24/7." John replied that, given Billy's attitude lately, he had no other choice.
Nick told Sharon that he and Victoria were meeting with Victor in the morning. She said that maybe they should consider letting the coffeehouse go, for the family's sake. Nick said, "But I thought you loved the place." Sharon reminded him that Victor was upset that they'd bought the coffeehouse. She said that it wouldn't solve his parents' problems, but it would take one issue off his father's plate.
Nick got a little upset and asked if they should just quit. Sharon told him that she loved the coffeehouse, but they should try to restore peace in the family. He told her that he didn't want her to sacrifice anything, and she said it was not about her -- it was about the family. It would be a gesture in his father's eyes, and maybe it would be worth it in the long run. She asked if he was angry with her, and he told her that he could never be angry. He said that he was going to go out and think about it to clear his head.
Nikki told Brad it was not as simple as he thought it was to just pick up and leave a life. He tried to tell her it would be for her own good, but she told him he was acting just like Victor and trying to control her. She said he was trying to push a "new Nikki" on her, and she didn't even know who she really was yet. He told her, "We can find her together." She said no because she would just be trading one man's version of herself for another. He told her that he wouldn't let her do that.
Nikki said that Brad was not listening to her. He said he was sorry and asked if they could talk about it. She said she was in no position to move forward with anyone right then, and she needed time to find herself. He asked if she was refusing to turn to him for help. He said he hoped that she was not telling him that the affair between them had been some midlife crisis. She said no, and he told her to convince him. She said she could kiss him, or they could go somewhere to make love, but that would just be the same as giving up her identity if she gave in to him.
Elena said she assumed that Ramona had told Victor about Nikki. Ramona told her the feelings between her and Victor had been building up for a long time. She said that she wanted Victor to want her for herself and not because Nikki had been unfaithful. Elena told her that she understood. Ramona said, "Do you?" She said that Victor and she were not entirely faultless -- they had slept together.
Elena asked Ramona if she regretted it, and Ramona said it had been the most wonderful night of her life. Elena said, "Knowing Victor like you do, do you think he will stay with Nikki when he discovers what she has done?" She walked out of Ramona's house.
Raul got ready to leave, and he kissed Mac. Brock entered and apologized for interrupting. Raul asked Mac if she was inviting Billy to the party, and she said no; he wouldn't even be in town during break. Raul left, and Brock apologized again to Mac for walking in. She said they had nothing to hide. She told him she was sorry for the things she'd said to him earlier about not knowing how to be a father. Brock said it was okay and asked her about Raul.
Brock told Mac he really liked Raul, and she said she liked him too. Then Brock said it was too bad she couldn't straighten things out between her and Billy. He asked if Billy had hurt her. She said, "He couldn't get close enough to hurt me."
Raul ordered a cappuccino at Crimson Lights and told Cody about the upcoming party for Mac. Billy was lurking in the background, listening. Cody said he'd check it out with Nick. Billy walked up and asked Cody if Brittany had left, and Cody said that she had. Raul said hello to Billy. Billy smart-mouthed, "Are you talking to me? I can't really tell because you say you don't know who I am anymore. You called me a jerk." Raul said that was because he was acting like one.
Billy told Raul that he had been cool before, and he was too serious. Raul said some things were serious. Raul said that Billy had been his friend and had trusted him -- but he wouldn't reveal what was going on with him. Billy said there was nothing going on. Raul looked sadly at Billy and said, "If I did something, I'm sorry," and he left.
Gary the ad man entered Gina's and sat down at a table where Victoria was. He asked her where Ross was. She told him it was just the two of them. He asked if she wanted to talk about the Brash & Sassy ads, and she said that was the last thing on her mind. He asked if she wanted to talk about the stalker, and she said, "Strike two." She said she had gotten off work early and had thought she'd call him because she enjoyed spending time with him.
Nick entered Crimson Lights and asked Cody what was happening. Cody told him to look around at the crowd. He said it was amazing how things had turned around since Nick and Sharon had taken over the place and that Nick should be proud.
Mac didn't want to talk about Billy. She asked if the sweet sixteen party could be held at the coffeehouse. Brock said that would be fine with him. She asked if he thought it would be okay with Katherine. He said sure. She told him that growing up, each year on her birthday, she would make a wish that things would be better the next year. He asked what she'd wished for that year, and she told him her wish was that everything would stay the same.
The St. Louis detective still couldn't find a record of Mac's birth in the computer. Jill said that Amanda was probably in on the scam with Mac.
In Amanda's house, she was on the phone, calling the Census office. She asked for Roger Tate -- the name the detective had used when he'd called her. They told her that no one by that name worked there. She hung up and said to herself that it had to have something to do with Mackenzie. She said in a sarcastic voice, "Maybe I should try to find you, my darling daughter."
Victoria asked Gary if he was uncomfortable. He said maybe a little, because Ross was interested in her. She told him that she'd picked up on that. Gary said that he'd told Ross to back off and not mix business with pleasure. She said, "Oh? Then whatever this is will be our little secret." He said okay, and they toasted their "secret."
Nikki told Brad she thought he was bitter. He said he was trying not to be. She told him they had both been searching for something the last while, and people used each other to do that, but it didn't mean they were not sincere. He asked her if she was sincere. She said, "If the only way to prove that to you is to move in with you, then my answer will have to be no." He thought she was still not ready for that.
Nikki told Brad she finally knew what was at the root of her "midlife crisis." He said, "A need to find yourself." She told him that Victor had molded her since she'd been a teenager, and she needed to break off on her own. He asked her if she was asking him to wait for her. She said she was not asking him anything, just telling him where she was at that moment.
Brad told Nikki to take the time to do it for herself. She asked him what he would do, and he told her he was thinking of leaving town, but he was not sure. He told her that he was sure that he loved her, and that would never change. He turned and walked out the door.
In his office, Victor looked at a picture of himself with Nikki with a sad look on his face. The phone rang, and it was Ramona. She asked him how he was, and he said that he was okay. She asked if things were back to normal, and he said kind of. He asked her about the plans for the lab, and she said they were remarkable.
Ramona said she missed Victor, and she had no regrets about their night together. She said since she hadn't heard from him, she assumed that he and Nikki had worked out their differences, and she was glad. She just wanted him to be happy. She said she'd just wanted to hear his voice, and she wouldn't bother him again. He told her she was not bothering him at all and that he was glad she'd called. They both had tears in their eyes, and she said goodbye. He said, "Goodbye, my sweet Ramona."