At the Abbott mansion, Michael angrily confronted Jack and Sharon about the mystery man, John Abbott's clone, who frightened Lauren and caused her to tumble down a flight of stairs. Jack and Sharon feigned innocence, but Michael called them liars and held them responsible for Lauren's accident. After Michael leaned heavily on Sharon for a confession, Jack finally admitted that the man Gloria saw was an actor they'd hired to scare Gloria. Michael was furious, but Sharon explained that their aim was to get their house back after Gloria forced them out. After Sharon admitted that they'd discovered their John look-alike on the Internet, Michael was livid. He asked Jack how he could have known that the stranger hired to frighten Gloria wasn't a homicidal maniac. Jack wasn't surprised when Michael threatened to sue. After Jack called Michael an ambulance chaser, Michael lunged at Jack, but Sharon separated the men and warned Jack that they needed to find Alistair quickly and get him out of town.
At the Baldwin's condo, Gloria was livid after she learned that Jack and Sharon had hired an impersonator to appear as John's ghost. Gloria enlisted Kevin's help to track down the man. Jana stayed behind to look after a recovering Lauren. Gloria and Kevin ended up at the coffeehouse and encountered Jeff, who didn't mention his knowledge of Alistair and neither did Kevin or Gloria. Jeff claimed he had an errand to run and quickly excused himself. Kevin and Gloria left, too.
Jana was a bit overbearing in her efforts to comfort Lauren, so Lauren gladly excused her caregiver when Michael returned. Lauren assured Michael that she was fine. Although Lauren was angry after she learned of Jack's crazy scheme, she told Michael, who was ready to explode, that the fiasco was over and she was fine. Michael, however, vowed that he would not let Jack get away with what he had done. Michael ranted wildly about suing Jack for severe emotional distress just as Jana returned with a book for Lauren. After Michael stormed out, Lauren admitted to Jana that she truly feared what Michael might do to get back at Jack Abbott.
Jack phoned Jeff, who watched for Alistair to return to the club. Jeff wasn't thrilled to learn that Michael knew about Alistair because he realized that Gloria and Kevin would be told. Jeff insisted that either he or Jack find Alistair before Gloria and Kevin did. Jeff, Jack, and Sharon later met at the club, where Sharon learned from the housekeeping staff that Alistair had not returned to his room. Sharon thought that perhaps Alistair had skipped out, but Jack believed that Alistair was too smitten with Gloria to leave town without meeting her. Jeff suggested that Alistair had hidden out at the mansion, where he awaited Gloria's return.
Jack, Sharon, and Jeff returned to the Abbott mansion but found no trace of Alistair there. Jack worried that Michael would use the fiasco with Alistair to ensure that Gloria would keep his house forever. Jack was about to check the attic when Gloria and Kevin returned. The men left the sitting room to fetch boxes they each claimed were stored here and there. Gloria and Sharon seemed poised to exchange blows just as Michael arrived. When Jack, Jeff, and Kevin returned, Michael explained to Gloria that Jeff, Sharon, and Jack had hired the man who pretended to be John Abbott's ghost. Gloria claimed that she had known the truth for days and admonished Jack for having insulted the memory of his father. After Kevin left, Gloria still fumed as she considered what she might require of Sharon, Jack, and Jeff in order to make amends. Sharon phoned Lauren and humbly apologized for her actions. Lauren was not in the mood talk, so Sharon begged to meet with her.
At the coffeehouse, Jill told Kay she was concerned that Nikki did not have the capacity to lead Jabot. Kay pleaded with Jill to trust her judgment and insisted that Nikki would grow into her position. Jill, having learned of her mother's mini-stroke, worried that the stress would be too much after Kay mentioned her desire to return to work. Flustered, Jill told Kay she couldn't figure out what her mother truly wanted. As the two women talked, Alistair, wearing a dark coat, black hat, and sunglasses, entered the coffeehouse. After thumbing through the stack of money Jack had given him earlier, Alistair approached the coffee bar. Alistair attempted to order various alcoholic drinks before the barista explained that the establishment was a coffee bar. Alistair settled on a cup of cream laced with a little coffee. Kay and Jill walked by as Alistair sought directions to the nearest bar that served booze. Kay interrupted Alistair and asked him if they'd ever met. Alistair explained that he was just a stranger passing through. After Kay and Jill left, though, Alistair decided to follow.
After Kay and Jill returned to the Chancellor estate, Kay marveled at the close similarity between the stranger at the coffeehouse and John. Jill explained that Kay saw a resemblance to John in the stranger because she missed her old friend. After Jill changed the topic of conversation back to work, she promised to give Nikki a chance at Jabot as long as Kay agreed to let Jill run Chancellor without interference. Kay agreed and explained that she was more interested in writing her memoir. After Jill left, Kay caught a glimpse of someone through the window. She spotted the man from the coffeehouse hiding behind a tree on the estate. Kay opened the door and called out to the intruder and ordered him to come forward. Kay invited the man inside and demanded to know his name. Alistair introduced himself and explained that he had been invited to Genoa City but had not been treated well during his stay. Kay and Alistair were talking when Jill returned. Jill was shocked when she thought she was seeing John reincarnated. Kay introduced Alistair, and he explained that he and Kay were about to have tea or perhaps brandy. Jill rushed to get brandy and fresh fruit to appease the visitor in hopes that he would tell them more about himself. As Alistair savored his drink, he asked about Gloria and wanted to know if she was as lovely on the inside as she was on the outside. Kay and Jill broke out in laughter. Alistair was nonplussed as to why the two women found humor in his infatuation with Gloria. Jill explained that it wasn't the first time a man who looked like him had fallen for Gloria.
At Newman Enterprises, Victor chuckled after Victoria all but asked her father flat-out what he thought of Restless Style after his impromptu appearance at the launch party. Victoria seemed deflated when Victor said that he admired the way Nick had thrown himself into the project but didn't feel the magazine would succeed. Victoria admitted that she felt bad for having blamed the security breach on Adam. Victor asked Victoria to give Adam a chance to prove himself. Victor and Victoria both agreed that they had enjoyed Sabrina's visit. Nikki stopped by to pick up Victoria and Reed for dinner. After Nikki announced her dinner plans to Victor, he quickly responded that she need not discuss her schedule with him.
At the club, Nikki and Victoria dined while Reed slept in his carriage. Nikki asked about J.T.'s new job. Victoria, without thinking, mentioned that J.T. had already encountered an issue. When Nikki asked if the issue involved security, Victoria declined to elaborate, and both women decided to keep mum about details since they worked for rival corporations. Sabrina phoned Victoria from L.A. and told her friend that she had found some contemporary art that might interest Victor. Just before their call ended, Victoria encouraged Sabrina to call Victor. Victoria told Nikki that Sabrina had urged Victor to attend the Restless Style party. Victoria added that Victor had admitted that he was proud of Nick. Victoria said that she was thankful that Sabrina had brought Victor to the party to support Nick, but Nikki seemed unimpressed.
At Brad's, Cane, David, Adrian, and another friend joined in a high-stakes game of poker. Brad bet a hefty wager, and David jumped in. Nikki phoned David, but he avoided her call, so Nikki left a message on his voicemail. David heartily won a few rounds and gladly gathered surrendered chips from his opponents. As David kicked off the next round, Brad lent Cane money to bet. The other players called it quits after David cleaned them out. Before David left, Brad remarked that they'd soon get together again for another game. After David left Brad's, he joined Nikki at the club. Victoria and Reed had already gone home. David never mentioned his poker game, but Nikki was surprised to learn that David had been at Brad's. When Nikki noticed Adam and Victor seated at a nearby table, she was ready to leave. At home, David secretly phoned a gambling buddy, who confirmed that the regular game was on. Suddenly, David backed out and told his friend he wasn't coming. After David hung up the phone, he sighed as if he'd just fought and won a battle.
Adam stopped by Victor's office and acknowledged that he was impressed with Restless Style. Victor didn't comment when Adam told him that members of the press seemed encouraged to see Victor and Nick in the same room. After Adam and Victor made plans for a late dinner, Adam left. Sabrina phoned to tell Victor about the modern art exhibit she wanted him to see in person. Victor declined and instead requested a catalog. As Adam and Victor dined at the club, Victor told Adam that he'd planned a trip to L.A. to visit the Museum of Modern Art.