In the privacy of the Abbott Living Room, Phyllis recounts the fight she had with Diane. She has a hard time shaking all of the malicious things her nemesis said. A happy Jack enters with pictures from the couple's little jaunt to France. Phyllis puts on a smile, and instantly shifts from violent fem to loving wife. She enjoys the trip down recent memory lane, sharing chuckles about the romance of the getaway. The stack of photos reveals an unexpected snapshot of Diane, and in a nano-instant Phyllis' rage begins to grow and again she flashes to her fight with Diane... highlighting the moment when Phyllis's right cross connected with Diane's left cheek. Jack asks what's wrong, he can see that Phyllis is rubbing her hand- he wonders if she hurt herself. Phyllis claims she's fine and is about to come clean with the details of what happened between she and Diane, when Diane limps in sporting an ice pack on a bruised and swollen cheek.
Diane is quick to tattle about the misdeeds of Jack's wife, making an effort to over simplify her own role in the mishap, by saying that she was placing a call to Christine Williams to "get an honest outside opinion of Phyllis," when Phyllis overheard and went berserk. Phyllis counters Diane's account of events with the truth, stating that Diane was trying to provoke Phyllis with ugly accusations regarding her relationship with estranged son Daniel, taunting her by calling her an unfit mother. Phyllis tells Jack that Diane was looking for a fight, "and she's lucky I didn't do more." Jack orders Diane to leave, telling her he will come down to the pool house after he finishes talking with Phyllis. Diane isn't happy about being dismissed, but leaves at Jack's insistence.
Once Diane is gone, Jack questions why Phyllis had to slug her. Phyllis can't believe Jack is buying Diane's innocent routine, "she was looking for a fight, and she got it-Heck that bump is her new best friend." Jack advises Phyllis to ignore Diane-"turn the other cheek, find a way to make things work." Phyllis is riled, their little peace agreement is a two way street, Jack can't expect her to do all of the work. If the situation with Diane and Kyle living there is going to work out, Diane HAS to honor her end of the agreement. Otherwise Jack needs to ask Diane to move out. Jack says he can't evict Diane-"she is the mother of my child." He again implores Phyllis to find a way to ignore Diane. An indignant Phyllis tells her husband to stop talking to her as if she were some little child-she knows what's going on, it's all part of Diane's plan to get Jack-and Jack encourages it by allowing Diane to attack Phyllis as if it were "open season." Jack says that he's not allowing that to happen. Phyllis challenges him to prove it. Jack does exactly that, by heading down to the pool house to talk with Ms. Jenkins.
When Jack discusses the situation with Diane he does acknowledge that Phyllis shouldn't have hit her, but he doesn't let the architect off the hook, stating that he knows that Diane is provoking Phyllis. Diane plays the tears, claiming to be "scared" of Phyllis-literally scared for her physical safety. She tells Jack that he is married to a "crazy person" and there is no telling what Phyllis will do next. Jack lays it on the line, telling Diane that she knows exactly what she is doing when she baits his wife and she cannot possibly have Kyle's best interest at heart if she would want to continue creating this negative atmosphere. Diane is "hurt" to think that Jack would doubt her devotion to Kyle. We can see that Diane's tears do have an effect on Jack, but he stays strong to his promise to his wife telling Diane to "get with the plan and stop antagonizing Phyllis." Once Jack is gone, Diane does really cry, but it is more out of frustration than sadness.
In the meantime, a smoldering Phyllis burns the picture of Diane, wishing her out of her life-"I'd like to push you off the highest cliff and drown you in the deep blue ocean!" Just as Phyllis is getting more in touch with her violent side "alter ego-Phyllis" makes an appearance. The calmer side of the webmaster points out the fact that Diane is setting her up and she is falling for it. "Real Phyllis" knows this, but Diane just pushes her buttons and "flips her out." "alter ego Phyllis" tells her pal to get it together, she can't let Diane get the best of her. In addition, Alter-Phyllis recommends a mending of fences with Jack-- "and you've got the home-court advantage." Phyllis utilizes this advice, sweet talking an irritated Jack into going up to bed with her.
Mac and Billy discuss plans to go to Louisiana. Mac finally shares her misgivings with Billy about not wanting to go. She has been looking forward to going to college for a long time, and she's not sure if deferring is the right thing to do. Bill presses her to be with him... "if she really loved him, she'd go off with him to build houses for the poor." Mac's not sure, it seems a little phony to her-"rich kids trying to make themselves feel better about being rich." Billy says he thinks the work would make him feel good about himself, but confessed that the main reason he wants to go is to spend more time with Mac. Mac gives in saying she wants to spend more time with Billy, too... and deferring until January won't be that big of a deal. They hug on it, with Billy noting this will be the "best adventure of their life" Mac agrees verbally, but the look on her face says she's not so sure.
At Crimson Lights, Raul and Brit discuss the whole Louisiana building houses thing-Brit's got Billy's number, guessing he's the one who's really for the trip, while Mac is hesitant. Brittany correctly suspects it's just Billy's way of trying to be alone with his girl. Raul can't blame his friend if that is his real motivation, the idea appealed to him for the same reasons. Raul can't believe they only have 2 more weeks left before college starts, he proposes that he and Brittany finally get their parents together. This is not the kind of social event Brittany was looking forward to, but agrees because it seems so important to Raul. Raul tells her that she's important to him and he thinks it would be nice if they knew each other's parents. Brittany agrees to ease into it-one set of parents at a time. She says she will set something up with her parents for the following night, but only if he promises to drop his attitude about the senior Hodges' not making it to see their little princess in the school play-"I've gotten over it, you should, too." Raul agrees not to make any waves, "he'll be so witty and charming that Brit will hardly recognize him." This makes her smile, you can tell she already thinks he's pretty witty and charming.
Out at the Newman Ranch, Victor and Nikki are in the beginning rounds of "wedding talk." Victor made the necessary phone calls toward purchasing the castle they are planning to be married at, and they had a discussion regarding the guest list. Victor agrees that Nikki can invite her Jabot colleagues... more specifically Jack... if that is something she wants, and Nikki agrees to an Ashley appearance if it's what Victor wants. Victor's only real concern about inviting Ashley is in regards to her health. He is uncertain as to whether or not she'll be healthy enough to make the trip. He realizes that inviting Ashley means extending and invitation to Brad Carlton as well, and while not warm to the idea, he wouldn't dream of inviting Ashley without her husband. Tired of wedding planning, Nikki slips into some sexy nightwear, and suggests that she and Mr. Newman have a rehearsal for their wedding night, "if they want everything to be perfect they better practice." Victor takes advantage of the opportunity to improve his game, and he and Nikki melt into a scorching kiss.
Meanwhile at Casa Carlton, the tension between Ashley and Brad is up a couple of notches. Brad is preparing for a quick business trip to London and cautions Ashley about letting Victor take advantage of his absence to pay her more visits. Ashley is not at all bothered by Victor's visits and doesn't perceive them as intrusive. Brad states that it "bugs him" the way that Victor just keeps dropping in and that he would like for it to stop. Ashley stresses that she has not encouraged Victor's visits-- Brad is concerned by the fact that she doesn't discourage Victor's attention, either. Brad finds this especially upsetting given that Ash knows how he feels about Newman. Ash supplies that she is not going to tell Victor to stop coming by, because he has done nothing other than offer his support and kindness. Brad tells Ashley that she has plenty of support without Victor, to which she redirects: "I can never get enough support." It hurts Ashley that her husband would suggest that she should shut Victor out. It upsets Brad that he has to ask.
The Carltons are saved from round two by a drop-in visit from Olivia. Olivia can feel the tension in the room-she asks if she's come at a bad time, but it seems that both Brad and Ashley are relieved to have the distraction. When Ashley heads off to grab a juice for Dr. Liv, Brad confides in his friend that things are edgy between he and Ashley. Olivia encourages Brad to "Hang in there." Brad states that he will, as he is determined not to let the situation get out of control. He also admits that he's looking forward to the little break that this business trip will provide. Brad's car arrives to drive him to the airport. He and Ash share an awkward goodbye.
Once Brad is gone, Ashley asks Olivia to help her select a wig. She knows it's superficial when she thinks about all of the things that could happen to her with having cancer-like leaving her daughter motherless, but she can't stand to look at herself in the mirror and see a "plucked chicken." She admits that she's even sleeping with her scarf on to make sure Brad doesn't see her. Olivia cautions her friend against protecting Brad's feelings at the expense of their communication. Ashley notes that she is trying to avoid that. Things have been stressed between them, and Ashley senses that Brad really wants a break- "this business trip is something he could have handled over the phone." She knows her husband needs some space. She then admits that she does, too.
The Abbott family had a special send-off breakfast for Billy. John is happy Billy is going, and they have a deal that if Billy isn't in college by spring semester, John will stop sending him money. Colleen observes out loud that Jill is not there to say goodbye, and John got up to call her to come over. Billy protested, saying that Jill has made it clear how she feels, so John didn't make the call. Before they said goodbye, Billy told Colleen he has no intention of apologizing for what happened between he and J.T. , and warned her to be careful. After they agreed to disagree, Billy told Colleen he loves her and they hugged each other goodbye. The entire family lines up to hug Billy, and they all wished him a tearful goodbye.
Meanwhile, Jill sulks at Jabot, and called the operator to summon Larry Warton to her office. Larry came in, expressing surprise that Jill isn't at Billy's going away breakfast. Surprised that he knows about the breakfast, she began questioning him on how he knew. Larry told her that Billy confided in him, and encourages her not to let Billy leave while they are on bad terms. Jill doesn't listen and tries to steer the conversation toward business. Larry protests, telling her that what is happening between she and Billy is what they should be discussing. Not wanting to talk about it, she tried to distract and began crying and asking Larry to hold her. Larry pushed her away, saying that what they need to be doing is to talking about Billy not concentrating on anything else.
At the Chancellor estate, Esther packed Mackenzie's bags for her in the new luggage Katherine bought her. Katherine, obviously sad to see Mackenzie leave, fussed over her. Mac talked to Katherine about Jill, and told her that she and Billy weren't on good terms. Katherine responds, telling Mac not to worry, that it is Jill's problem.
Raul and Brittany are at the coffee house, and he asked her if she's talked to her parents about meeting them. She tried to blow him off, but he wasn't about to be discouraged by her lack of enthusiasm. Ever determined, he told her he already made reservations at the Lodge that evening. He dialed her father's office number and made her ask him for dinner that evening. Much to Brittany's chagrin, he is available and accepted the invitation. It makes Raul happy, but he asked her why she didn't mention that he was joining them for dinner.
Billy came in to say goodbye to Raul and Brittany. Raul commented that it is cool that Billy gets to spend so much time with his girlfriend. Brittany coyly said that the last time she talked to Mac, she got a strange vibe from her about their trip. Raul cut her off as Billy made it clear that he wasn't interested in whatever it is she has to say about their trip. Billy hugged them both and leaves for Mac's house.
On the other side of the coffee house, Lynn and Chris bumped into each other and sat down for coffee. Chris confided in Lynn, and told her about her and Michael's recent date at the Colonnade Room and the confession about his feelings for her. Lynn looked concerned, knowing Paul and Isabella were there at the same time. Chris told Lynn she thought she may have made a fool of herself, because she found herself staring at Paul. Lynn told Chris directly that the reason she thought she was feeling that way was because she was not yet over Paul.
Lauren dropped in on Paul and started drilling him on what happened at the Colonnade Room. He is obviously annoyed that she knew Michael and Chris were going to be there and that he was the only one that didn't know. Although very defensive, he does admit to Lauren that the evening was difficult. He said he noticed Chris staring at him looking sad and wistful, and that it bothered him. Lauren questioned him more, asking why it was still bothering him several days after the fact, and went on to ask why he would care if she isn't over him yet.
At the Chancellor estate, Billy gushed to Mac about what a great time they are about to have. Looking a bit distracted, Mac asks if Jill made it over to the breakfast. After hearing what happened, she suggests they stop by Jabot to say goodbye, but Billy doesn't like the idea. Eventually, he notices her lack of enthusiasm and directly asks her what's going on. She makes up excuses, but he persists, asking her if she's having second thoughts. She didn't answer his question.