Life has become tense at the Abbott mansion, and Noah seemed to be bearing the brunt of the crumbling relationship between his mother and Jack. Sharon was torn about leaving after realizing just how close Noah has become to Jack, as Noah and Jack made plans to venture into the woods to choose and cut their own Christmas tree. Noah also remained guardedly excited about the family trip to France. Jack explained to Sharon that his past mistakes were carried out before he and Sharon married, but Sharon said that she could no longer bear being blindsided, and she feared that she would never again be able to trust Jack.
At the club bar, Jack drowned his sorrows. Phyllis listened as Jack related his fears that Sharon was about to leave him. Phyllis assured Jack that as long as Sharon remained under his roof, there was hope that she and Jack could mend the rift in their marriage. Jack was too consumed with his own problems to realize that Summer was about to celebrate her first birthday. Jack smiled when Phyllis tearfully thanked him for being with her when Summer was born. Phyllis then nervously told Jack that she felt responsible for the letter from John's former prison cellmate coming to light, since Jana had learned about the man who had the letter from Phyllis' conversations with the chaplain. Jack assured Phyllis that she wasn't to blame; however, Phyllis explained that after she realized that both she and John had the same prison chaplain, she began discussing John's last days at the prison, and the chaplain recalled having delivered John's hand-written will. Although Phyllis said she didn't want to know what really happened, Jack's reaction betrayed his assertions that he was in no way involved with John's will.
In the break room at Newman Enterprises, Sharon shared her misgivings about Jack with Brad. Sharon joked that every minute of every day, Jack gets into more and more trouble. Brad voiced concern about Noah, and Sharon confirmed that she had trusted Jack too much when she allowed her son to forge a bond to Jack and insisted that whatever she decides to do, she will take Noah into account. Brad told Sharon that his baby son was improving. Sharon offered congratulations to Brad when he referred to the baby as his son, but Brad explained that the paternity test results weren't in as yet, though he felt a connection to the baby that he couldn't explain. Brad went on to assert that the moment he learns that he is the baby's father, and therefore legal guardian, he would shut Victor out of the baby's life. While Brad mused about his "son," he advised Sharon to do what she feels is best for Noah and for her. Just as Sharon offered Brad a warm hug, Jack walked by. Jack stopped cold in his tracks when he saw his wife is Brad's arms. Jack accused Brad of pawing his wife and reminded him that he used to be adept at handling hedge clippers. Sharon snapped at Jack and defended Brad, leaving Jack speechless. Later, Jack told Sharon that he was not happy to find his wife in Brad's arms. Sharon explained that Jack was out of place to react as he did. Jack remained somewhat stoic when Sharon told him that she wished to cancel their trip to France and that after the holidays, she and Noah would be moving out.
At the prison, Kevin assured Jana that she'd soon be set free; however, Jana's confidence was not at all bolstered when she met her new attorney, a young ingénue fresh out of law school. Jana flew off the handle when her new attorney, who barely new Jana's name, looked briefly over her case file, then left abruptly, halfheartedly promising to meet with her again sometime in the future. Later, Kevin met with Michael and complained about Jana's incompetent public defender. Kevin begged Michael to represent Jana, but Michael refused, believing that the unpredictable Jana could still pose a threat. Michael was pushed to the wall, however, after Kevin threatened to break Jana out of prison, and he backed up his threat by stating that he had already researched the prison grounds and had devised a plan to do so. After Michael discussed Jana and her past problems with his confidant and friend, Phyllis, he had a change of heart. Michael later told Kevin that, although he was reluctant to do so, that he had decided to represent Jana. When Kevin phoned Jana with the news, she was moved to tears. Kevin celebrated the near future, when the two of them would be together.
While Michael and Phyllis enjoyed breakfast at the club, Michael told Phyllis about the letter from John's former prison cellmate. The letter, procured by Jana, picked the scab off the nasty wound inflicted when Gloria learned that John had supposedly left her out of his last will and testament. After Michael's encounter with Kevin, Michael asked Phyllis to share her perceptions of Jana. Phyllis explained that although she was at first wary of Jana, Phyllis explained that Jana's demeanor changed dramatically. After Jana's personality change, Phyllis assured Michael that Jana seemed earnestly remorseful and it seemed that Jana's tumor had indeed been the root of Jana's problems. Later, Phyllis visited Jana at the prison and told her that when Michael had asked about her, Phyllis had explained Jana's situation. However, Phyllis asked Jana point-blank if she were only acting remorseful now in order to carry out other plans later. Jana seemed puzzled and insisted that she would never hurt anyone again. Just to be on the safe side, Phyllis took Jana's hand and offered a thinly veiled threat saying that as much as she knows Jana enjoys being Phyllis' friend, then she'd surely hate being her enemy.
At the ranch, Victor assured J.T. that he was welcome to visit Victoria anytime without a formal invitation. J.T. was more than pleased when Victor shared his sincere hopes that tests results will prove that J.T. is his grandson's father. Victor added that he doesn't trust Brad and never will. Across town, however, Brad stared through the glass windows of the baby nursery and vocally assured Victoria's tiny newborn that he already knew that he is the baby's father. J.T. explained that should Brad prove to be the baby's father he will want to spend as much time as possible with his baby. Victor added that it would be disastrous if indeed Brad is the father. Victor then assured J.T. that Brad would not be a problem. Before J.T. and Victor left for the hospital, Victor phoned Nikki to let her know that the coast was clear for her visit with Victoria. Later at the hospital, Victor learned that the doctor needed to perform tests to determine whether or not the baby may have suffered retinal problems caused by premature birth. When the doctor later returned, Brad had joined Victor and J.T. at the hospital. The doctor carried with her the results of the paternity tests. Victor requested that the doctor announce the results for all to hear. Brad was left stunned, and J.T. looked somewhat surprised and relieved when the doctor congratulated him on the birth of his son.