At Restless Style's headquarters, Sharon and Jack weren't pleased when they discovered that a tell-all exposé about Jack had been included in the latest issue. Jack blamed Nick. When Phyllis arrived, Jack held up an advance copy of the magazine and demanded an explanation for the article titled "Meet the Real Jack Abbott." Jack said that while it was fine for Phyllis to get back at him, she should have left Sharon alone. Phyllis reminded Jack that Sharon had stood by him when he attacked Nick's family because Jack "had saved the magazine." Sharon objected and recalled that Jack's article had been true. Phyllis said her article was also true. When Jack demanded a retraction, Phyllis explained that doing so would cost the magazine dearly. Phyllis browsed the early-release online issue and noted that feedback on the article was overwhelmingly positive because readers loved gossip, intrigue, and lies. After Phyllis left, Sharon urged Jack to stop the printing, but Jack acknowledged that the story was drawing massive attention to the Webzine, and that a re-print would cost a fortune. Sharon wasn't happy that Phyllis had referred to her as a "hair-chewing child bride." Jack suggested that Sharon write an expose about Phyllis for the next issue, but Sharon maintained that she didn't join the magazine to have her name smeared and would not play along with Phyllis' war game.
At the hospital, Paul rushed in to check on Heather. Adam was there, and he fielded phone calls from Heather's boss. Adam urged Heather to take a break from her heavy workload. Heather assured Paul that she was okay. After Adam learned that Paul had been in Mexico, he barraged Paul with questions about Victor. Paul offered brief answers and told Adam that he had been searching for Victor. Paul advised Adam not to go to Mexico because the situation was being handled. Adam left to get water for Heather. Paul looked worried when Heather explained that tests indicated that her red blood cell count was low. Heather was touched that Paul had flown back to be with her. Kay used her landline to phone Paul, while she used her cell phone to maintain an open connection to Nikki in Mexico. Paul told Kay that Nick was on his way to Mexico. Paul was stunned when Kay told him that Victor was presumed dead, and Heather overheard. Kay cried when she reported that Nikki was drinking again. Nikki was demanding attention, so Kay ended her call to Paul.
When Adam returned, Heather told him about Victor's accident. Adam was stunned to learn that Victor was dead. He cried that he had just begun his relationship with his father. Paul returned and offered condolences to Adam. Adam said he had to go and kissed Heather goodbye. After Adam left, Heather noted that although Adam had only known Victor for six months, he was hurting. Paul was prepared to take Heather home from the emergency room when the doctor returned and explained that Heather would be admitted for more tests. Heather asked what could be wrong, but the doctor advised her to take one step at a time and not jump to the worst-case scenario.
Nick was desperate to fly to Mexico to help his mother search for Victor, but the pilot flying the Newman Enterprises jet said that the plane was grounded until a dangerous storm passed. Nick went to the bus station, but the ticket agent was unsure when the next bus would depart to Bucerias. Nick promised to pay generously for anyone who could manage to get him to the seaside village, so a man loitering in the bus station offered to drive Nick. The guy puffed a cigarette as he and Nick traveled down roads rutted with washed-out gullies. Nick coughed and rolled down the window for air as he searched for a stronger cell signal.
Nick phoned Phyllis and told her the ominous news about Victor. Phyllis encouraged Nick not to give up hope. Nick also phoned Sharon and told her that he was worried about how Noah might hear about his grandfather. Sharon was visibly shaken, but she assured Nick that she would talk to Noah. Nick's driver stopped his truck when he noticed that part of the road had washed away. When the driver returned to his truck, he told Nick that the road was "no good," so they would have to drive around it. Nick rolled up the truck window and said, "Let's do it." After Nick's call, Sharon and Jack were stunned. Jack told Sharon that he wouldn't believe that Victor was dead unless he saw a corpse.
At Newman Enterprises, Phyllis told Neil and Karen that Victor was missing and the outcome did not look good after a boat he was on was apparently capsized by a storm. Neil was alone in Victor's office when Phyllis later phoned and announced that Victor was probably dead. Neil stood in Victor's office and admired the stately portrait of Victor. Neil held his head in his hands and fought to regain control of his emotions when Karen walked in. Karen was saddened to learn that Victor might be dead. Neil recalled that Victor had taken him under his wing just after Neil obtained his MBA. Neil said that Victor was like a father and had been his confidant time after time. Karen comforted a grief-stricken Neil.
Phyllis showed up, and Neil offered condolences. Neil noted that Michael was out of town, and Karen warned that news of Victor's supposed death would quickly make headlines. Neil worried about Victoria, who was in Dubai, but both Neil and Phyllis agreed that they would deal with Adam after they came up with a news release that comforted the family and protected the business. Karen suggested that Neil address the press and state that Victor was missing and presumed dead. Adam burst in on Neil, Karen, and Phyllis and angrily demanded to know when they had planned to tell him that Victor was dead. Neil noted that nothing had yet been confirmed. Adam asked if they were waiting for Victor's body to wash ashore. Phyllis glared at Adam and said that they were working on a plan. Adam boldly announced that Victor had left the bulk of his estate to him, so "the board of directors could go screw themselves because he was running things."
Nikki waited at the bar for more information about Victor. The bartender set a shot of vodka in front of Nikki. Nikki picked up the cup and drank the liquor down in one gulp. Afterward, Nikki winced and sighed. Outside, rain poured and lightning flashed menacingly as the bartender refilled Nikki's glass. Nikki phoned Kay, and Kay asked if there had been any word about Victor. Nikki, her tongue thickened and her senses dulled by numerous shots of booze slurred, "Word, word? Oh, there have been lots of words." After Kay demanded to know if Nikki had been drinking, Nikki answered, "Yes, I am drinking, Katherine. Victor is dead."
Nikki moved with her drink in hand to a booth as she continued to ramble on about Victor. Kay was shocked when Nikki explained that Victor's fishing boat had washed up in pieces without a trace of survivors. Kay tried to comfort Nikki as Nikki recalled a lifetime with Victor filled with fond memories. Nikki stifled tears as she recalled that Victor had initially played the part of a butler when she was a dancer at a strip club. Kay pleaded with Nikki not to take another drink. Nikki continued to remember the past and recalled that Victor had considered her to be a diamond in the rough that he turned into a lady. Kay was surprised to learn that Paul had left Nikki alone. Kay warned Nikki that alcohol would not bring Victor back and would hurt her in the long run, but Nikki said she did not care about the long run. Nikki said she only wanted to talk about the man that she loved more than life itself, and she threatened to hang up. Kay placated Nikki and urged her to continue. Nikki said that she and Victor were always right for each other, so she couldn't understand why she had not been with him when he died.
After Kay spoke briefly with Paul, Nikki became depressed when the song she and Victor had danced to at their first wedding played while couples in the bar danced. Nikki told Kay that the song would haunt her until she died. Kay managed to contact Nick via landline, and she prompted Nikki to continue on with her stories. While Nikki mumbled, Kay advised Nick to rush to Nikki's side because she'd been drinking and might harm herself. Nick insisted that Victor was just trying to show him up by surviving an accident in the Pacific Ocean after Nick survived a plane crash into Lake Michigan. Kay wished Nick well and ended her call. Nick offered to double his fee to the driver if the man drove faster. As the rain battered the man's truck, he responded, "What good is money, amigo, if I am dead?" After Kay resumed listening to Nikki, Nikki recalled how gentle and thoughtful Victor was when he applied make-up to her face just before their wedding at the hospital.
Kay prodded Nikki to continue talking and assured her that feelings about what might have happened to Victor were not facts. Nikki was in a stupor and pretended to introduce herself as she would before a meeting of fellow Alcoholics Anonymous members. Nikki, half singing, joked, "Let go; let vodka!" Nikki blamed herself for Sabrina's death and berated herself for turning against Victor and failing to show him the respect he deserved. Kay cried when Nikki said that she was responsible for everything that went wrong. Kay pleaded with Nikki to return to her hotel room and sleep, and Kay promised that Nicholas would be there when Nikki awoke. Nikki sounded completely overcome with sorrow as she told Kay that the only man she ever loved was gone forever, and that life was not worth living without him. Nikki set her phone down onto the bar, and then she got up and ambled away. Kay shouted Nikki's name repeatedly into the phone, but there was no response. Kay left a desperate message for Nikki to call, but Nikki had stumbled outside onto the patio. Lightning flashed and rain washed over Nikki's tear-stained face as she clutched her head and yelled, "Oh, Victor, what am I going to do without you? What am I going to do now?"