Sharon surprised Nick at his office, and they made a date for dinner and a movie later. But her affectionate mood vanished when Nick told her how successful he thought his plan regarding Diego and Victoria was. Miguel had seen them dancing together by the pool after the cookout. When Sharon seemed less than thrilled by the news, Nick questioned her. Sharon said it was fine for Victoria, but as Diego's friend, wondered how Nick could want him to be chewed up and tossed out by his sister. When Nick disputed Sharon's assessment of the situation, Sharon assured him that Victoria would never think that a stable hand/waiter was in her league.
Diego thanked Victoria for helping him deal with Raul, and told her that he and Raul had a long talk which meant a lot to him. He noticed that she seemed a little down and asked her what was wrong. He then listened sympathetically as Victoria explained her distress over the situation with her parents. When she complained that Nick and Sharon treated her like she was obsessed, Diego assured her that he was on her side. He respected that she cared so much about her parents and wanted them to be happy, comparing her situation with his. Even though his own parents were still together, he knew how upset he'd be if they split up. Victoria was surprised that he'd made her feel better. Diego then suggested that Nick did have a point that Victoria needed to get out more, and he suggested they go dancing at a new club he'd heard about. After confirming that Diego was asking her out on a date, Victoria agreed to go. Later, Sharon overheard Cody agreeing to rearrange Diego's schedule so he could go out with Victoria. Sharon confronted Diego and said he wasn't going anywhere with Victoria.
At Crimson Lights, J.T. overhead Caitlin tell Colleen she wouldn't be able to make her dance recital because of a family commitment. Though disappointed, Colleen continued to hope at least Brad would be there to see her, since her grandfather was also going to be a no-show. She also said that Brad would be taping it for the rest of the family. She then left for Walnut Grove to get ready.
Brad stopped by Crimson Lights before going home. He apparently had not heard Colleen's message, because he told Cody what a bad day he'd had and said he was going home to spend a quiet evening with his wife. After he left, J.T. asked Cody about their conversation, and realized Brad wasn't going to Colleen's recital.
Colleen was disturbed to hear from another dancer that no one was sitting in the seats she'd saved for her family. As she went onstage and danced, her disappointment was obvious. When she walked offstage, she sadly commented on how no one had come. After she changed clothes, she was about to leave the school when J.T. caught up with her. He admitted that he'd come to watch her dance and been impressed by how she became one with the music. After J.T.'s kind and sensitive remarks, Colleen's whole mood changed, and she was especially happy to learn that J.T. had caught her whole performance on his new camera, so her family could see it after all. J.T. told her that he'd drive her home, but would have to let her out about a block away, because he didn't want any trouble with her grandfather. Colleen agreed, and the two sort of bumped together like old friends as they left the school.
Olivia went to the Carlton house to apologize to Brad, but found Ashley there alone. Ashley was wearing a turban, but was obviously embarrassed about the way she looked and admitted to Olivia she'd been having some nausea. Olivia was as supportive as she could be, and Ashley said she felt much better now that Olivia was there. They then discussed the situation with Brad and Nate. Olivia admitted she'd been harsh with him, and Ashley said that she was glad Brad was spending time with Nate, because she wanted him to do more than worry about her health. She cautioned Olivia about being too unyielding where Nate and Neil were concerned, and Olivia asked if Ashley was trying to make her second-guess herself. Ashley assured Olivia she was a great mother. When Ash was struck by a bout of nausea and left the room, Olivia remembered how devastated Brad was by Ashley's cancer and the thought of possibly losing her. Later, Brad came in and found them together. Olivia gave him the apology and he walked her to the door, quietly asking how Ash was doing. Olivia suggested he ask his wife. Once they were alone, Abby began to cry and Brad went to check on her, casting a worried look at Ashley before he walked upstairs.
Larry was uneasy when Jill asked him what kind of friend he felt she needed. She said she'd noticed his glances and heard his suggestive remarks about her perfume. When she seemed to be coming on to him, Larry asked if she wanted him to respond so she could run to Mrs. Chancellor and tell her that Larry had made improper remarks or attacked her. Jill admitted she hadn't liked the idea of his living over the garage at first, but now she thought it might be interesting to have him around. When Larry said he felt like she was playing a game with him to try to find out information about him and Katherine, Jill said her interest no longer had anything to do with Katherine. Larry finally said that he realized Jill had been lonely since Sean left. When Jill angrily told him that he had no idea how she felt about Sean, Larry said that Sean, at least, had told him a couple of hundred times how much he loved Jill. Jill became vulnerable after Sean's name came up, and she said she hadn't wanted to get married, but there were other ways a couple could be together. Larry admitted he didn't know beans about love, but he could see that Jill was lonely. They began to kiss passionately.
Victor was curious about why Max had come to his office at Newman Enterprises. Max said he understood Nikki was out of town, and he wondered if Victor might give him a number where he could reach her. He said he was sure that Victor was glad to see him, so he could gloat some more about how he'd bested him in their business dealing. He said that Victor had interfered in a place he shouldn't have, his business. Victor said his actions had been to protect Julia because he cared about her, and Max was no more to him than an annoying gnat. Max said that, in any case, he had no regrets, because in attempting to get back at Victor, he'd been able to meet a woman as beautiful and vibrant as Nikki, who must surely be tired of being treated like one of Victor's possessions. He suggested that was why she'd left town. Victor argued that Nikki was simply taking a short vacation. Max said he knew Victor had proposed, so Nikki had either turned him down or told him she needed time to think about it. Annoyed, Victor told Max not to invest too much in his view of the situation; that way, he wouldn't have so far to fall when he fell. He then ordered Max to leave. When Max smiled and walked out, not in the least disturbed by Victor, Victor frowned and picked up the phone.