At the Baldwins' condo, Lauren and Michael rifled through file folders and searched for the insurance form with information that might clear River's name. Eden arrived, but after she learned about Michael and Lauren's search for the form, she excused herself and went to another room. Michael and Lauren noticed that Eden seemed worried. Michael told Lauren that River must have admitted that he had been conning them all along. Lauren found the insurance form just as Eden emerged and announced that she would crash at a friend's house. Michael stopped Eden in her tracks and asked her where she was going. Michael engaged in an emotional tug of war with Eden in an attempt to dissuade her from her clandestine mission.
Michael reminded Eden that she had claimed she felt she belonged with him and Lauren. Eden claimed she had promised her friend that she would be coming. Michael enveloped Eden in his arms, and Lauren advised Eden to listen to Michael. Eden remained evasive, but Michael reminded her that she no longer needed to run away or hide from her past. Eden worried that her dad would be angry, but Michael assured his sister that he would deal with River. After Michael left, Lauren unpacked Eden's clothes and told her that she, Michael, and Fen wanted Eden to stay. Eden worried that River would think she had let her father down if she didn't return with him to the ashram. Eden was emotionally torn, and she returned to her room to think. Eden's nearly emptied tote bag sat on the floor, and the plush bear River had stuffed with Kevin's money was still nestled inside.
In a darkened warehouse, River anxiously waited for Eden. River recalled ripping open a plush bear and stuffing it with the money Jana had given him. Michael confronted River at the warehouse. River explained that it was time for him and Eden to move on. Michael produced a document from his pocket and told River that a trail of missing funds tied him to the bank bombing. Michael told River that he was nothing more "than a thief hiding behind lofty ideals" because the insurance document confirmed that the bank had submitted an insurance claim for $4.5 million. The cash was a payroll that the bank believed the bomb blast had incinerated. Michael concluded that River stole the money and used most of the cash to purchase the ashram. Michael chided River for allowing Howie and Gloria to believe he was innocent. Michael labeled himself as a bastard for setting River free.
Michael berated River for purchasing real estate in Eden's name in order to conceal the stolen funds. Michael claimed that River had used Eden just as he had used a young Michael the night of the fateful peace rally. River maintained that his children were his greatest gifts. Michael begged River to tell the truth. Before River could respond, Michael labeled his father as a con, a liar, and a killer. Michael said he regretted stepping up to help his father during the police raid. River declared that he had come to Genoa City because he cared for his son and his family. River told Michael that if Michael reopened the case against him, it would destroy Eden. Michael challenged River to have some guts and be a man.
River begged Michael not to betray Eden. Michael explained that he had begged Eden to stay home because she would have come to support her father. Michael acknowledged that Eden would run if he turned River in to the authorities. Michael added that if he were to do the right thing, he would worry every day and night about his sister. River begged Michael to walk away, and he glibly added that the missing money was just paper. Michael clarified the issue and reminded his father the he had killed for that paper. River said persecuting him and Eden wouldn't bring the dead man back.
At the Chancellor mansion, Jill ordered Esther to phone a shelter and donate all of Katherine's clothing and belongings. To thwart Jill's plan, Esther claimed she wanted "Mrs. C's" rooms to remain undisturbed as part of her inheritance. Jill and Esther fought over who had been more devoted and loving to Katherine. Jill claimed that Esther was bitter because Jill was Katherine's blood relative. Esther said that Katherine knew that Esther would honor Katherine's memory. A courier arrived and delivered Christmas gifts to Jill and Esther. Both women discovered that Katherine had purchased the gifts weeks before Christmas. Esther suggested they wait until Christmas to open their gifts. Jill recalled that Katherine had relapsed into alcoholism when she purchased the gifts.
Both Jill and Esther expressed sorrow because they had failed to rehabilitate Katherine in time to prevent her tragic death. Jill and Esther settled their differences, and Jill agreed to leave Katherine's rooms intact for a while longer. After Esther left, Jill expressed anguish for the emptiness she felt. Jill held her mother's photo and wondered why she wasn't able to feel her mother's spirit.
At Murphy's mobile home, Katherine joked that Murphy had great business acumen after he raised a lot of money during the pancake supper. Murphy was surprised when Katherine, whom he believed was Marge, uttered the word "acumen," and he was even more surprised when Katherine called him "Phillip." When Murphy asked who Phillip was, Kay responded, "Who is he?" Katherine asked Murphy to help her remember who Phillip was. Murphy advised Katherine to wait patiently for her memories to return. Katherine recalled fighting with someone in order to keep her home. In her mind, Katherine heard Jill's voice claim, "I've had to fight for everything I ever had in this world-my house and my husband. You always try to take it all away, but now I have the law on my side, and you lose." Katherine concentrated on the sound of the voice and thought aloud, "Who is she?"
Katherine gazed out the window and recalled Esther and Jill's voices entreating her to rest, and rebuffing her for drinking. Katherine shook her head and exclaimed, "I was an awful drunk." Murphy agreed that "Marge" was as awful as any drunk was. Katherine thanked Murphy for sticking with her, and she rested her head on his shoulder. Katherine suddenly remembered that she had a daughter.
At Crimson Lights, Kevin searched frantically for his stash of cash. Kevin, relieved when Jana said she had moved the money, grew angry after Jana admitted she had given all of Kevin's money to River. Jana claimed that the money, which Katherine had accidentally left behind, was eating away at Kevin's soul. Kevin demanded that Jana recover the money, but Jana claimed that the money would help the people at River's Malibu ashram. Jana said the money had never belonged to Kevin. Kevin countered that the money was not hers to give away.
Kevin fumed, but Jana claimed the money caused problems because Kevin had become secretive and distant. Kevin was livid and said that perhaps their lives weren't meant to be a shared journey, especially after Jana took the money without telling him. Kevin told Jana the coffeehouse's plumbing bill amounted to $2,000, which would take every cent of profit for an entire month.
At the coffeehouse, Neil, Karen, Tyra, and Devon assured Ana that she would soon return home. Karen promised Ana she wouldn't marry Neil until Martin Luther King Day, so Ana could take part in the ceremony. Ana hugged Devon and the others before the social worker escorted her away. After Ana walked away, Tyra scolded Karen for promising Ana she would come home in a few weeks. Neil announced that he had renewed his foster-care status. Tyra apologized and hugged Neil. Karen sighed in disgust.
After Neil, Karen, Tyra, and Devon returned to Neil's condo, Neil and Karen explained that they had applied to become foster parents in hopes of bringing Ana home sooner. Rafael arrived and explained that the court would not release custody of Ana to Tyra. Tyra told Neil he would make a wonderful foster father for Ana. Rafael noted that Neil and Karen weren't married, and the court viewed cohabitating couples as an unstable household. Tyra suggested that Karen move out. Karen rolled her eyes.
Karen suggested that she and Neil marry sooner. Rafael said that he had thought to suggest the marriage until Tyra mentioned the option of Karen moving out, which might allow Ana to come home soon. Rafael promised to consider each option and let them know which would get Ana home soonest. Neil embraced Karen's plan to marry promptly, and he kissed her repeatedly on the lips. Tyra rolled her eyes.