Ryan worried that Tricia's mystery man might not have her best interest at
heart. He shared his frustration with Victoria, who convinced him he'd done
all he could. He realized she was right, that he should probably stop
searching for Tricia when she obviously didn't want his help. Keith walked
in, and heard just enough to assume that Ryan was simply giving up on Tricia.
Ryan defended himself by telling Keith he had even had the bank monitoring
his finances for any transactions Tricia might have made, but there were
none. Keith's attitude changed, taking that as a positive sign that her new
man was taking good care of her. He apologized to Ryan, and left, telling
them he was headed for Indianapolis to look for her there. Ryan told
Victoria he had a really bad feeling about Tricia's new man.
Mackenzie and J.T. discussed Brittany's lie. J.T. told her that even if Billy and Brittany didn't really sleep together last summer, they were now. He added that her thoughts of Billy dumping Brittany and running back to her were unrealistic, and even if it happened, Billy would expect the same physical relationship with Mac. He worried that Mac would go to any extreme to keep Billy, even if it meant sleeping with him, and he didn't want to see her get hurt again.
Raul snapped at Rianna, who accused him of being unforgiving. He told her he resented the way Billy always got second chances. Angry at his concern for Mac, Rianna blurted out that Mac didn't even care about J.T., that they were only together to hurt Billy. Raul pointed out that if Mac didn't care about Billy, she wouldn't care about hurting him. Fed up with Raul's irritation over Mac, she angrily left the coffeehouse. Raul started to go after her but was apparently held back by some kind of pain.
Paul received a report on Isabelle's husband's conviction, and noticed something strange. Isabelle then arrived with Marissa, excited that there seemed to be no one following her, after all. But Paul brought her down, telling her "I'm beginning to think just the opposite." He had noticed that her husband's prison sentence was longer than would be normal for tax evasion, and believed that he was involved in something more sinister. He planned for an out-of-town trip to draw out anyone who might be following her, and told her he will be going with her. She was frightened that he was now taking her case more seriously.
Sharon told Nikki she was trying not to fall apart, instead trying to keep hope that Nicholas would soon be cleared. She was worried for the children, dealing with the absence of their father, then began worrying about their future should Nick be convicted.
Tricia couldn't understand why Carter wasn't pleased that Larry Warton was in jail. She then assumed that he was worried about Warton coming after him again if he were to get out of jail. Carter began to replay in his mind the night he drugged Sharon, still obsessed with another rape attempt. Tricia, noticing the faraway look, told Carter how she felt neglected; it had been some time since they had been intimate. The landlord interrupted their customary heated argument, asking for a hand with some things in the attic. Tricia took the opportunity to search through Carter's dresser. She found Carter's drugs in the dresser, and then found Carter, having returned, standing in the doorway, watching her.
Mac noticed Raul's physical discomfort, but assumed it was from sleeping on his aunt's couch as his parents are out of the country. She told him she would probably tell Billy of Brittany's deception, and that if Brittany lied about it she would have the tape to back her up.
At the pool house, Billy helped Brittany in her make-believe search for her gloves, but doubting her motives for the search, thought she wanted to "be alone" again. But she was too agitated for his advances, worrying about the video, and shut him down. He left the pool house for a few minutes, and she was able to find the video, and destroy it.
Tricia asks Carter/Matt about the pills she found in his drawer. He pretends it's just ordinary medication.. She doesn't buy it. It's the second time she's found pills in his apartment. She wants the truth, now. He tells her those are the same pills that he uses for asthma. She questions him on why they look different and why they aren't packaged the same way (in a baggie). He blows off her questions until she asks if he takes his medication everyday. He tells her that he does when he remembers. "So you won't mind taking one right now?" she asks him, holding an Ecstasy pill out for him. If they are what he says they are there shouldn't be a problem. He tells her he already did and can't take anymore until later. He then turns it on her blaming her for their problems. Her mistrust of him is souring the relationship and wonders if they should just go back to being friends. She apologizes to him. He then tells her he will take a pill if that's what it will take for her to trust him and, as he is about to, she stops him. She believes him. She doesn't want to lose him like she lost Ryan. After he leaves, she pulls out a stray pill and plays with it with a suspicious look on her face.
Sharon & Nick's:
Nikki and Sharon taste test the cookies Sharon made for Nick to cheer him up. They're putting together a care package for him but Sharon wonders if it will do more harm than good. Nikki suggests giving him some family photos too. As Sharon goes through some she reminisces how their lives have changed so quickly. Nikki tells her that a change for the better can be just as quick. Sharon then worries about Noah's upcoming birthday; if Nick isn't home for it, it would crush the boy.
Jack sees Phyllis and tries to make small talk but Phyllis blows him off. Michael Baldwin sees the exchange and approaches Jack. He thinks they will get past this. He's sure of it. Jack dismisses his opinion as speculation but Michael disagrees. With Phyllis there's always a bump in the road but that's no reason to give up. Maybe Jack's not strong enough to deal with a woman like Phyllis. He then gives Jack some inside information: Phyllis has fallen hard for Jack and if he wants her he can't give up. Jack thanks the councilor for the free advice. Later Gina sidles up to Michael noticing how peaceful it's been while he's been gone. He mentions that he was in Hong Kong. She asks about Christine. Michael reports that the trip has taken its toll on the Williams marriage. Gina is sure Paul and Christine are meant to be. Michael is amused by the fact that she must have said the same thing when Christine was having marital problems with Danny. Michael then makes a phone call, announcing that he's back and wanting an update.
Ashley is surprised to see Brad still at home. He wants to clear the air between them. They both admit to missing each other. They make-up and kiss, but are interrupted by the doorbell. It's Jill, interrupting as usual. She needs Brad's signature on some papers about Jabot's pension plans. Jill wonders why they're so grumpy especially since Jack broke up with Phyllis. Ashley and Brad are surprised to hear it. They wonder what happened to end it. She told Phyllis the truth, Jill tells them proudly. Both are shocked that she stooped that low. She shouldn't have interfered. Jill can't believe their negative attitude after she saved the day.
Phyllis finds Victoria and they talk about the GLOW website. Victoria's surprised that the site isn't what Phyllis said it would be. Phyllis wonders if she's fired but Victoria assures her that her job is fine. The GLOW campaign has made Victoria alter the campaign in one way: reveal their campaign now rather than after Spring Break as they had originally planned. Victoria assures her that Phyllis will have other opportunities to dig up dirt on Jabot from Jack but Phyllis corrects her. It's not part of the job description. It's part of war Victoria tells her. Phyllis flat out refuses to do it. Victoria is taken aback by her resolve. She senses that Phyllis was in some way hurt by Jack and wonders what he could have done. Phyllis won't go into it as it's none of her business. Victoria thinks it's better this way. If she had continued, Jack might have gotten info on Brash & Sassy from her. After Victoria leaves, several bouquets of flowers arrive for Phyllis from Jack.
Paul updates Isabella that there is no tail on her that Paul can see. No one has been following her at all on their trip out of town. She's not sure she can believe she's out of danger. She feels foolish though for wasting his time. She was just following her instincts he reassures her. He hopes she can now find some peace of mind. She thanks him for giving her life back to her. He asks her where she's off to now. She'll go to the hotel to settle up and then who knows. She might go back to Los Angeles, where she grew up. He suggests visiting family there. She gives him a kiss on the cheek and walks out.
Paul tells Lynn that Isabella seems to be satisfied that she isn't being followed. He doesn't want to talk about Chris though. But Lynn can't drop it. The Branya case is over; Michael is back in town. There's no reason not to call her but Paul is still smarting from Christine's not mentioning that Michael was in Hong Kong too. As he is about to call, Isabella walks in, beaten. She collapses on his couch.
Carter asks if there's any news on Nick. The bartender reports 'no' but Sharon is coming in later and he can asks her. Carter fantasizes about 'comforting' Sharon and slipping her the date rape drug again. He even tells her that he laced her tea with the same drug he laced her margarita with that one night. He then explains how it is all part of his plan. He tells her that no one will come to her rescue this time. Sharon tries to get away but the drug has taken its effect. She never did anything to him before but he corrects her: because of her he had to change his whole life including his face and his name. He's Matt Clark. Breaking from fantasy, Matt promises that it will all happen, soon.