Victor was surprised by Nikki's unannounced return. He anxiously awaited her answer to his marriage proposal (for the entire episode!). Nikki found herself a little overwhelmed by the moment and her thoughts. While she was away she did a lot of soul searching in regards to her life, past, present and future, as well as to the subject matter of becoming Mrs. Victor Newman. She questioned why Victor was so secretive about his trip to visit his "women of the past," pointing out the fact that many of their arguments and misunderstandings could have been avoided if Victor had just been up front with her. Victor explained his secrecy, stating that he had been uncertain about the outcome of his trip and he didn't want to raise false hopes. Nikki admitted to gaining a great deal of insight and perspective while she was away, and both parties confessed that their story has been a wonderful love affair. Nikki's current concern is whether or not their relationship can ever be more than just a fantasy.
They reminisce about their history, recalling how Nikki was an exotic dancer when they met and at the time Victor had more than a few rough edges. Nikki doesn't want to repeat their mistakes, and questions whether or not they have what it takes to be together-- forever. Nikki makes it clear that she couldn't stand another break-up. It would destroy her if things didn't work out. Victor asks how he can convince her that things will be different this time? He notes that they are no longer the same people they were the first time they were wed... they have changed-- "he's mellowed over the years, and she's a polished gem." Nikki says that as far as charm is concerned Victor hasn't changed, and he counters by acknowledging her ability to still captivate him, Victor then declares Nikki the love of his life and demands an answer to his proposal "now." Nikki clings to her fears for just a moment, but then gave in to her love for him with a resounding "Yes, I'll marry you. Yes, I'll be Mrs. Victor Newman once again." The duo professed their love, and Victor made it official by putting the ring on his bride-to-be's finger.
Ashley shows up in Jack's office to sign some papers, but finding her brother out, she takes advantage of the opportunity to record some thoughts in the audio diary that she has just started. She is hoping to keep track of the feelings and challenges she's been facing in regards to having cancer and then to be able to sort those feelings out. She starts by admitting the last few weeks have been very hard for she and Brad, they seem to be having a "communications breakdown." Before she can vent further Jack entered, interrupting her thoughts. Although happy to see that Ashley took his advice about keeping an audio diary, Jack still proffered her the chance to garner some "real person" big brother advice should she want it. Ashley thanked him, but for now would like to deal with things herself. She was surprised to learn that Nikki is back in town, and doubly surprised to discover Victor has proposed to her. Jack and Ashley talked briefly about the history between Victor and Nikki, and Jack shared his suspicion that Nikki is going to turn Victor's proposal down. After Jack has left, Ashley confided to her audio diary that she was upset to learn that Victor has proposed to Nikki, she is surprised by her own reaction.
At the coffeehouse Billy did his best to warn Raul about putting the "full court press" on Brittany, he advises his friend to slow things down. Raul is dumber than a stump, um, er... I mean, Raul believes that Billy is just jealous of what he and Brittany have going, and goes as far as to say that because Billy isn't having sex with Mac there is no way the two of them are "really" in love. Billy tried to help his friend see that Brittany may not be comfortable with so much talk about love and Raul's public displays of affection. But little Romeo assures Billy that he and Brit are on the same page and she is "into him" as much as he is into her, and that when he looks into her eyes he can see forever (yeah, it was a little creepy/sad). Billy apologized, saying he must have read things wrong. He wishes Raul and Brittany a great life together.
Meanwhile, over at Jabot, J.T. is giving Brittany the business about being in love with Raul. At first little Princess neither confirms or denies how she feels about Raul, but after a little more pressing she says she's not in love with him, she just likes the way he treats her. He is very kind and sweet, and it just so happens that she likes that. J.T. warns her about allowing someone to have that much control over her. Brit does admit that the idea of being in love does scare her a little. J.T. tells her it should scare her a lot, Raul is all over her, she's not the same person she used to be. J.T. claims that love is for losers, and tells his former-girlfriend that when she realizes that and is done with Raul, he'll still be there. Later, Raul stops in to invite Brittany out for dinner, at first she begs off, claiming to be tired. But after a little nudging from Raul, she decides she'd like to have dinner after all. She and Raul make-out while a disgusted J.T. watches.
Over at the law offices of Baldwin and Williams, Michael has a surprise for the fair Christine. He bought the red dress he saw her ogle in the window of Fenmore's Department Store. He plays coy with her at first not revealing his gift, but after an unexpected "legal advice" visit from Lauren-who offers Michael her full support in hooking up with Christine (thus keeping her away from Paul) he presents his partner with the dress and an invitation to the Collinade Room.
Paul is upset to learn that Diane Jenkins is the mysterious friend that Isabella has been running out to visit. Despite his wife's belief that she and Diane have a lot in common, Paul supplies that he has a lot of problems with Diane and he doesn't want Isabella being her friend. Paul shares the fact that he holds Diane responsible for breaking up his sister Patti's relationship with Jack (see Patti found Diane in bed with Jack on the morning of their wedding). Paul is also anti-Diane because of the way she treated Andy Richards (Paul's ex-partner, Diane's ex-husband) like garbage. Paul declares her a horrible person and incapable of change. He tells Isabella to stay away from Diane. Isabella asks, half-serious and half "what-the-?," if that's an order? Paul supplies that the subject is not up for debate and she is to stay away from Diane.
Victor called Victoria and Nicholas to his penthouse, supposedly to congratulate them on doing a good job on business matters. Nikki rings the doorbell, and they reveal the real reason he called them there-to announce their engagement. The siblings, especially Victoria, are beside themselves with excitement. After some good-natured teasing, they tell Victoria and Nicholas they plan to marry soon, and Victoria offers to make the arrangements, so nothing can go wrong.
Max Hollister shows up at Gina's restaurant looking for Nikki. Gina introduces Max to Jack Abbott, and Max begins to discuss their mutual friend Nikki. Jack is immediately suspicious of Max and gives him the cold shoulder, telling him Nikki doesn't need any "vultures" like Max hanging around her. Max ignores Jack's protectiveness and orders takeout food for Nikki, who he assumes is going to be feeling down and out after returning from her trip.
Michael takes Chris to the Colonnade Room for what he hopes will be a romantic evening. In fact, he insists that they don't talk business, that this is an evening strictly for fun. The evening does prove to be fun, until Chris starts having a flashback about a date with Paul at the same restaurant. Noticing her sudden distance, he asks her what she's thinking about. She hesitates, but he persuades her to tell him about her memory of her date with Paul. He makes a sincere effort to be understanding, but concludes that she isn't in "the same place" as he is---as far as his romantic feelings are concerned. Chris looks uncomfortable and doesn't answer right away.
Paul and Isabella fight about Isabella's friendship with Diane Jenkins. Paul is adamantly against it, but Isabella explains that Diane has been a lifeline to her and she doesn't have any intention of ending the friendship. Paul tries a different approach by encouraging her to make new friends, suggesting she join a gym or playgroup, or even do some volunteer work. Although she doesn't seem receptive to any of his suggestions, she does promise to be cautious where Diane is concerned.
Lauren drops in on the newlyweds, bringing a gift for the baby. The present is a very ornate Italian silk christening gown for Baby Ricky's upcoming baptism, and Paul and Isabella express their appreciation for her thoughtfulness. Just then, Mary rings the bell and comes in carrying a bag. She excitedly opens the bag and pulls out a very simple-looking christening gown. She announced that it was the one Paul was baptized in and that she had saved it all of these years. Sensing the change in the air, she looked over and saw Lauren's gift. Lauren graciously offered to return hers and said that of course, Ricky should wear Paul's, as it would be more meaningful.
Paul and his mother leave and Isabella thanks Lauren for understanding about the christening gown. Lauren is excited to tell Isabella about Michael's gift to Christine and that they are going to the Collonnade Room. Isabella is so thrilled at the prospect of keeping Chris away from Paul that she gives Lauren a hug and tells her the news made her day. Lauren asks Isabella if things between she and Paul are as good as they seem, and Isabella begins voicing regrets. Lauren begins to probe more deeply, and asks what secrets she's keeping.
Ashley went to Gina's alone and begins thinking of past memories of Victor. She looks over and sees Lori Brooks, a former Genoa City resident. She approaches Lori, sits down and proceeds to ask her what she's doing in town. Not interested in answering Ashley's questions, Lori acts put off and becomes offended when Ashley asks if she is there on Victor's request. Lori tells Ashley that she is in Genoa City for personal reasons, not because of Victor. Pushing further, Ashley asks if Victor asked her to come back because of the Leanna Love situation. Lori loosens up and tells Ashley that although she and Victor were once engaged, they were never lovers, and she left him high and dry at the wedding altar. Satisfied with her findings, Ashley backs off and leaves.
Lori walks up to the bar, approaches a startled Max Hollister. When he asks her what she's doing in Genoa City, she strokes his face and tells him that she is there to see him.
Jack visits Phyllis at Newman Enterprises and tells her he has a surprise for her. He suggests a vacation and tells her he has planned a trip for them to go to Cannes-leaving that evening. Phylliis is thrilled about going to the exotic French Riviera, but asks Jack if he is sure he can leave Kyle. Jack tells her he really appreciates the effort she was making with Kyle, and she tells him their lives are even better since she decided to accept the situation.