Paul reveals to Isabella that he has a grown daughter who is now in college. He admits that he abandoned mother and daughter at first, and then later married her mother. It didn't work out, and it was never revealed to girl that Paul was her father. Isabella encourages Paul that it is never too late to form a relationship with his daughter. Paul admits that he has never gotten over the decisions he made where his daughter was concerned.
Computer Lab / Hall:
Escorted by security, Larry Warton makes his way to see Amanda who is in the computer lab. He stops by to check on details concerning dinner at Katherine's and to make sure that everything is okay since last they talked. Amanda tells him that it's cool of him to stop by like that. Amanda tells Larry that she is slowly getting over the whole Ralph thing, but she is reassured that Mac does not seem to be worried about him. Larry admonishes Amanda not to use Ralph's name, since it only gives him more power over her. As Amanda is about to leave, she spies Billy and Danielle sharing a kiss in the hall. Larry remarks that Billy isn't letting any grass grow under his feet. Amanda worries that Mac will be hurt if Billy's new relationship is thrown in her face. Moments later, with Billy at his locker, Larry approaches with something on his mind.
There is confusion about the set. Billy avoids talking to Mackenzie about it. Danielle tells Billy she doesn't blame him for avoiding her. Billy and Danielle are still planning to go out to the movies tonight and her place afterwards. Danielle admits to Billy that she has had a thing for him for a couple years, and that she noticed him "looking" at her despite his involvement with Brittany and Mac. Billy leaves to turn in a paper. Danielle approaches Mac and asks if she is going to have trouble with Billy's interest in her. Mackenzie tells Danielle once again that she will have no trouble from her, and then tells Danielle to get out of her face. Later, Amanda comes in to see Mac. Amanda inquires about whether Mac will be coming to Katherine's dinner. Mac says she will welcome the diversion. Amanda offers for her to bring a friend, perhaps a guy. Mac declines and confides that she feels like she is being watched when she is alone on stage. Amanda gives a look of concern.
Victor receives an unexpected call from Julia, thanking him again for all that he did. She also tells him that she sensed that there was something more to his visit, and that she is there if he ever wants to talk. As thanks her and hangs up, and in walks Nikki. Somewhat startled, Victor tells her that it was a business call. Nikki tells him that it didn't sound like a business call. She also tells him that ever since his business trip (to Julia's) he has been more reserved, but that it's okay since she is determined to enjoy the relationship as it goes without trying to rush anything. Victor tells her that she shouldn't worry about his seemingly reserved behavior, and then asks her to accompany him to The Chapel for Malcolm's memorial service.
Victoria and Neil attempt to piece together the events leading up to Malcolm's fateful trip. She points out that Isaac's observation of the bruised knuckles is puzzling since they weren't like that when she saw him last. She suspects that they have the order of events wrong. Neil wonders if they will ever know what happened. Olivia and Nate arrive. Victoria tells Nate how much his father loved him, and how sorry she is for his loss. After hugging Olivia, Victoria leaves. Olivia tells Neil that Nate wants to know why his father isn't coming back. Neil tells Olivia that he will talk to Nate alone and meet her at the service. Olivia leaves. Neil explains to Nate that since 9/11, we all look at the world differently. Malcolm had the heart of a hero, and he had to try to save those people, so Nate shouldn't be mad at his dad. When Nate realizes that his dad died a hero, he hugs Neil tightly.
Phyllis continues to accuse Alex of hiding the truth about Malcolm's death, and suggests that she should have told Malcolm about her suspicions concerning Alex and Neil -- if she had, perhaps he'd still be alive. Alex tells Phyllis as much as she knows of the events that led up to Malcolm's leaving the hotel, but Phyllis continues her antagonism. Victoria walks in and tells Phyllis that it has to stop. Alex storms out. Victoria questions Phyllis about what was going on and Phyllis responds that the whole story doesn't make any sense, and that she will get to the bottom of things. When Victoria asks her how, Phyllis runs out in tears.
Olivia and Aunt Mimi have gathered in the lobby. Alex comes in with and sets up her collage. Neil and Nate come in, and Nate tells his mom, Aunt Mimi, and Alex that his daddy was a hero. Olivia is relieved that Neil has been able to reach Nate. Phyllis walks in, and she and Alex exchange stares.
Brad and Ashley talk about the memorial service for Malcolm. Brad wishes Ashley didn't also have to worry about her biopsy too. After the service they will go to the doctor. She doesn't want to tell the family yet. Jack interrupts, not knowing what he's walking in on. Brad covers by saying they were thinking of Mal. They feel bad especially for Nate who has a father again. Brad gets Ash's coat prompting Ash to ask how things are with her brother. He will fill in the family at a later date.
Sharon talks with Doris. She thinks spending a week with Nick is too much too soon. She thinks a night alone would be a good start. Nick arrives and Sharon is about to pitch the idea to him when he tells her he has another late meeting that night. Sharon tells Doris that she isn't giving up though.
Later, Larry tells Amanda about his talk with Billy. She had the same suspicions. She's also worried that Ralph is on her mind. Larry shares some inspirational stuff that he learned from prison. Amanda thanks him for being so open about his life. He attributes it to her.
Mac tells Amanda that she feels like she's being watched. Amanda wonders if it's a student or someone who works there. She details the odd little occurrences recently. Mac thinks it might be stress from the break-up. They will meet up for dinner later.
Larry asks Billy about him and Mac. Billy tells him to stay out of it. Larry tells him not to rub anything in anyone's face. Danielle wants Billy to have his dad speak to Larry. Mac asks what's going on. Larry is a friend of her mom's. Danielle laughs at Mac's bizarre family life. Danielle has bad news, her parents will be home. Billy decides to use Ashley and Traci's old playhouse (his and Mac's special place) to spend time with Danielle later.
Paul & Isabella's:
Paul asks Isabella if she's going to the memorial with him. She doesn't think it's appropriate to reveal in public their relationship at the service.
Mamie compliments Alex on her collage of Malcolm. Neil appreciates it too. Victoria begs Phyllis not to tell anyone, especially in church, about her suspicions of what drove Mal to his death. The minister goes over last minute details with Alex and Neil. Phyllis finds it hypocritical of them. Mamie reads a condolence card from Drucilla. Nate asks if he can say something at the service. He needs to. Liv agrees and helps him jot a few ideas down. Other guests arrive as Victoria continues to try to rein Phyllis in. No one wants to hear her accusations. Phyllis is sure he found out what was going on between Neil and Alex. Victoria assures her that all she saw was Alex very much in love with Malcolm. If she makes a scene she will regret it. An emergency calls Victor away. The Abbotts and Carltons arrive. Ash hugs Olivia. Jack finds a lone Phyllis who wonders why he's there. He's there for her. Mal was very important to her. Jill reminisces about the first job she hired Malcolm for. The service begins. Victoria flashes back to Ryan's funeral. The minister gives a wonderful service. Nate goes up and speaks about the hero that his daddy was. Liv is so proud of him. Whatever happened that night, he was thinking about how much he loved Nate. Sometimes heroes don't come home and Nate should be very proud of his father. She tearfully says a goodbye to Malcolm, thanking him for showing them all what a hero truly is.