At the Abbott house, Brad was annoyed, Jack was confused, and Nikki was silent as Phyllis explained why she'd wanted to see them all. Victor's pockets were deep. He could afford to take a loss on Satine for ten years if necessary to run Jabot into the ground. Phyllis didn't want that to happen to Jack's father's company, nor could she understand why Brad and Nikki were willing to lose the $35 million each of them had invested in Jabot. Brad was certain Phyllis was there as Victor's mouthpiece, and he told Jack how unprofessional and unacceptable this entire thing was. Jack believed that Phyllis was acting out of an honest concern for the welfare of Jabot. But it was Nikki who finally demanded to be heard. She said that she believed Phyllis had not been coerced by Victor to approach them with her warnings of doom. However, Victor had skillfully manipulated her into trying to scare them all into arguing with each other and backing down. She understood how Victor worked. None of Jabot's major players intended to be bullied into giving up, and she had faith that they would weather this crisis as they had so many in the past. Phyllis needed to stay out of it. Phyllis stomped out, and after Brad and Nikki left, Jack stared furiously into space.
Victoria couldn't understand why Nick hadn't sent Sharon packing. Nick said his major concern was his children. Sharon wanted to see them, and sooner or later, they would have to know she was back in town. Victoria didn't believe that it would be in Cassie's best interest to see Sharon, but Nick said that the doctor said if Cassie wanted to see her, Nick should not stop it. Nick then told his sister about his conversation with his father, telling her Victor's plan to mentor Nick until he was ready to take over Newman Enterprises. Victoria was baffled and obviously annoyed, as it had always been understood that she and Nicholas would one day run the company as a team. How had her father expected her to react to this news? Nick told her that Victor said he'd deal with Victoria. When Victoria became even angrier, Nick told her to relax. He'd turned their father down. He then left her alone at Crimson Lights to go check on Cassie.
At Newman Enterprises, Victor was working when he was joined by Sharon. Although things were a bit awkward between them at first, as Sharon grew more and more apologetic, Victor assured her that he was glad she was home. He didn't intend to try to intercede for her with Nick again; he'd learned his lesson about getting in the middle. But he still didn't think she should give up hope. Sharon thanked him again for being the only one of the Newmans who'd ever shown her any compassion and support. Although there was no excuse for having abandoned her children, and it had been self-serving, she did love them very much and wanted to see them. Nick, however, was not willing to let her. Victor had to leave for a few minutes for a business appointment and invited Sharon to wait. Sharon said she would; she sat in his chair and picked up a picture of her, Nick, and the kids in happier times. As she fought back tears, Nikki burst into the office. The two exchanged a look of shock when they saw each other.
John told Frederick that he hadn't wanted to see him about business, but about Jill's birth mother. He knew Frederick had helped her locate Charlotte Ramsey, but John was nearly positive that the woman was a fraud. He'd had every kind of record checked, and there was no evidence of another Ramsey family in Genoa City at that time, especially with a daughter named Charlotte. Furthermore, information he'd gotten from a friend indicated that Charlotte would not have been able to have another child after a botched abortion. Frederick called his contact, Paula, and found out that the birth certificate did indeed list Charlotte as the mother. He worried about how Jill was going to react to all of this, because she'd already bonded with Charlotte. John said he intended to get to the bottom of it before talking to Jill, but first he was going to call Charlotte's bluff.
At the boutique, Lauren was surprised to find that the rack of dresses Jill had asked to see weren't for Liz Foster. After hearing the story of Jill's adoption, she was happy to help her find suitable clothes for Charlotte. But when Katherine came in and overheard what they were doing, she got upset. She thought it was deplorable that Jill could so quickly write off a giving, wonderful woman like Liz for a drunk like Charlotte. When Jill's argument with Katherine escalated, Lauren managed to get Katherine to leave the boutique.
Meanwhile, John caught up with Charlotte in Jill's office, where she was pretending to give orders to a secretary while waiting for her daughter's arrival. John didn't mince words. He was sure that Charlotte had lied to Jill. He didn't think Charlotte was her birth mother. He hoped she could prove him wrong, but she'd better do it quickly.
Brittany was cheered up when Raul called and suggested they go out that night and do something fun to take her mind off her parents' marital problems. She said she intended to see her mother that afternoon. After they hung up, J.T. arrived. He wanted to apologize for being the one to tell her about her father and Jill. Brittany was more concerned about her mother. She felt sure J.T. wasn't telling her everything. She couldn't believe that her mother hadn't made a scene at the Lodge when she saw Jill and Frederick together. J.T. said Anita was too blown away; he'd had to help her to her room. Brittany wanted to know what happened then. Had her mother lost it? J.T. said she was in shock. When he tried to leave, Brittany again pushed him for answers. J.T. reacted angrily, saying that he'd just wanted to help. It wasn't fair for Brittany to harangue him for answers he didn't have. In any case, he had to leave. He was picking up a gift for Colleen at the boutique and then meeting her.
At Crimson Lights, Raul was a little concerned about Colleen missing school and how she seemed to be feeling unwell. Colleen said she had permission not to be at school, but she wasn't really sick. Raul tried to get her help making plans for a party for Billy and Mac before their wedding. But when he mentioned having J.T. as one of the guests, Colleen said maybe a party wasn't such a good idea. They should think of something else. Raul finally realized there was something wrong between Colleen and J.T. After he questioned her, Colleen made him promise not to tell Billy. She then admitted that she'd seen J.T. kissing Anita Hodges. And it definitely had not been a friendly good-bye kiss, but something more passionate. At first Raul was concerned about Colleen, then he realized what this news might do to Brittany. He left quickly, hoping to catch her before she went to see her mother.