Outside Pogue's pawnshop, the sounds of a ferocious dog barking and growling almost thwarted Amber, Daniel, Kevin, and Jana's efforts to break in and steal the receipt the broker issued for Katherine's emerald ring. Kevin panicked and wanted to abandon the plan. Amber discovered a package of beef jerky in her purse. Daniel also suggested that they abort the dangerous mission, but Amber reminded him that Katherine, who needed their help, had believed in her and Daniel, and had supported their art. Before Amber entered the shop, Jana reminded Amber to use her cell phone to call for help if needed. Amber clutched her bejeweled cell phone and agreed to summon Jana if she encountered danger.
Kevin reappeared from the rear of the pawnshop and told Jana and Daniel that he had turned off the security system and that Amber had gone inside. Daniel expressed concern, but Jana noted that Amber hadn't made a distress call. Suddenly, the dog stopped barking and Amber opened the front door. Jana, Daniel, and Kevin seemed relieved after Amber displayed an electronic device that had broadcast the sound of a barking dog. Kevin followed Amber inside. Daniel and Jana, bundled in black coats and fur-lined hats, kept watch outside. The sudden flash of headlights shattered Jana and Daniel's moment of relief. From inside, Amber noticed the headlights and pressured Kevin to work faster as he picked the lock on the interior security gate. After Amber and Kevin gained entry behind the security cage, Amber instructed Kevin to search for a receipt for an emerald ring pawned just after Christmas.
The pawnbroker approached his shop, but Jana and Daniel pretended they were a loud-mouthed Cockney couple and waylaid the shop owner. Jana wore a frozen smile as Daniel greeted the ponytailed broker and endeavored to distract him. Daniel said in a pronounced accent, "Hello mate, me and me bird here lost our way and wondered if you could give us directions back to Genoa City?" As the man mapped out a route for the seemingly misplaced foreigners, Daniel and Jana repeatedly interrupted. Jana and Daniel's antics bought Amber and Kevin time to search for proof that Katherine had pawned her valuable ring. Jana spun a ridiculous tale about her "great-grandmum" and Jack the Ripper having walked the same streets in London. Jana and Daniel watched nervously as the broker entered his shop. Moments before, Kevin and Amber had escaped through a back door. Kevin and Amber reunited with their clever partners.
At a bar, Kevin, Jana, Amber, and Daniel toasted their successful mission with mugs of beer, and celebrated their successful recovery of the receipt for Katherine's ring. Back at the pawnshop, the beleaguered owner reported over the phone that someone had breached the security cage and cut the line to the burglar alarm. Atop a counter beneath a sign bearing a dire warning to shoplifters sat Amber's sparkly cell phone.
Phyllis was surprised when Nick showed up at a bar, where she'd met to discuss Sharon with Brad. Brad wasn't surprised at all and revealed that he had allowed Nick to overhear Brad's conversation with Phyllis via his cell phone's speakerphone. Brad sipped brandy as he told Nick that a jealous Phyllis had encouraged Brad to console and seduce a lonely and vulnerable Sharon at the Abbott cabin. A flustered Phyllis pleaded with Nick to go home with her. After Nick demanded to know what was going on, Phyllis pulled out the faxed message Sharon had sent on which she had mentioned that she was fine but "just a little lonely." Phyllis speculated that Sharon added the message as an invitation for Nick to join her at the secluded hideaway.
In a matter-of-fact tone, Brad told Nick that Phyllis wanted to use him as a "blocker between Nick and Sharon." Brad added that Phyllis' feelings had merit because Nick was always running to Sharon's side. Brad claimed he wasn't interested, and he urged Nick to run to Sharon. Brad told Phyllis that she should go home and "wait for her head to explode." Nick demanded that Brad leave. Brad, referring to Phyllis, responded, "Why don't you just cut the conniving bitch loose?" Nick stepped forward and punched the side of Brad's face. Phyllis stifled a shriek. Before Brad slithered away, he calmly said that he would let Nick's assault slide.
Nick and Phyllis sat down at a table inside the bar to talk. Nick insisted that Sharon was not a threat. Phyllis again referred to Sharon's fax. Phyllis admitted that she took the fax and hid it because she was certain that Sharon was plotting to get Nick back. Phyllis explained that she was fighting fire with fire. Phyllis sadly noted that her angst and worry would never end. Phyllis pointed out that Nick had written "with love" before he signed the fax. Phyllis was distraught and explained that the word "love" meant something more.
Nick said that Sharon was the mother of his son. Phyllis countered that she and Danny also had a son, but they didn't exchange expressions of love in written messages. A frustrated Nick announced that he couldn't deal with the issue. Phyllis seemed stunned after Nick said he planned to go home, pack his bags, and leave. Nick retreated to his office at the magazine headquarters. Nick unfolded the fax and read Sharon's message. Nick balled the paper and threw it onto the floor. Phyllis sat alone in her car and listened to a sad song about heartbreak and loneliness.
At the Abbott cabin, Sharon fetched a flashlight after the lights flickered. Sharon seemed relieved when she heard a knock at the front door. When Sharon opened the door, Jack offered his services as a handyman. While Jack checked the electrical junction box, Sharon admitted that she was glad to see a familiar face. Jack told Sharon that he had received the divorce papers. Both Sharon and Jack seemed distressed and saddened.
Jack mentioned that the roads leading to the cabin were icy and treacherous. Jack ensured that the cabin had adequate power and water, and he set up the antique phonograph player he'd given to Sharon. Sharon welcomed a break from the overbearing silence. Jack noted that they were farther apart than ever. Sharon told Jack that she would always care for him. Sharon and Jack hugged tearfully before Jack rushed out the door. After Jack left, Sharon played records on the old phonograph and sobbed. Brad, who had sworn he wasn't interested in pursuing a relationship with Sharon, gazed at an overhead image of the Abbott cabin he found on a Web site. Brad sighed said, "All right, Sharon."
At the jail, Victor and Gloria discussed her shares of Jabot stock. Gloria admitted that Victor's offer had not been the first. Victor schmoozed Gloria and bragged about her innate sense of business acumen. Victor made Gloria an offer for her stock, but she flatly refused. Victor reminded Gloria that John had believed in her, and that her late husband had worked hard to build Jabot. Gloria claimed that Victor wanted her stock in order to keep the shares out of Jack's grubby hands. Victor sobered Gloria after he reminded her that she could lose the stock and end up with nothing. Gloria's interest was piqued after Victor explained that she could "walk out of jail with more money than she could have ever hoped for." Gloria seemed shocked by Victor's generous offer and demanded to know the catch. Victor explained that he would transfer Gloria's money to an offshore account if she signed his agreement. Victor told Gloria to think it over before giving her answer.
At the coffeehouse bar, Jill chided Jeffrey after he failed to deliver Gloria's shares of stock in lieu of a position for himself as CEO. Jeffrey claimed that he didn't trust Jill. Jill chased Jeffrey out the door after he revealed his plan to buy the stock for himself. Jill and Jeffrey arrived at the jail and each raced to beg Gloria for her stock. Jeffrey and Jill each sweetened their deals as they vied for Gloria's key shares of Jabot. Gloria declined all offers and announced that she wouldn't sell. Jeffrey and Jill, in their desperation, fought to win Gloria's favor. Jeffrey tried to have Jill ejected after he told a guard that Jill was taunting Gloria. Jill told Gloria that Jeff had "hit on" her romantically. After a raucous argument ensued, a guard escorted Jill away. Gloria acted as if she had fallen under Jeffrey's spell and took a pen he offered. Gloria shredded Jeffrey's contract and threw it in his face. Jeffrey told Gloria that she had "just trashed her best chance." Gloria responded, "Poor me!" After Jeffrey left, Gloria clutched her stock certificates against her breast and said, "What am I going to do?"
At Newman Enterprises, Victor invited Billy into his office and served him a drink. Billy seemed flattered by Victor's attention. Victor explained that Ashley was quite impressed with Billy as a businessman. Victor said that he wanted to know how Billy felt about the upheavals at Jabot. Billy explained that the Chancellors did a decent job with the company, but that his father had wanted the company to be a family-run business, so the Abbotts should be in charge. Billy added that since Victor and Jack were enemies, Victor shouldn't expect Billy to turn against Jack. Billy seemed skeptical when Victor insisted that he wanted Billy for an undertaking that had nothing to do with Jack. Victor offered Billy a position at Newman after he tired of Jabot. Billy asked, "Because of Ashley?" Victor smiled and answered, "Because of Ashley you're welcome at the ranch. Because of what you know, you're welcome at Newman." Billy said he would keep Victor's offer in mind.
After Billy left, Gloria phoned Victor and agreed to sell him her stock. Gloria asked for the name of the offshore bank and the number for the account into which Victor would deposit the money she was to receive in exchange for her five-percent of Jabot stock. Victor instructed Gloria not to mention his name during the transaction. Victor explained that he would hold the funds in escrow for six months, and if Gloria followed through and remained silent, the money would be hers. Gloria told Victor that if they never mentioned the transfer of stock then no one would know that Victor had won. Victor advised Gloria to keep her mouth shut, and that someone would come to collect the signed papers. Jeffrey returned and Gloria smugly announced that she had sold her stock, but she didn't reveal to whom. Gloria told Jeffrey that sometimes he won, and sometimes she won. Gloria taunted Jeffrey and added, "You love it when I end up on top." Jeffrey responded, "Congratulations on the worst decision of your life."
After Billy's meeting with Victor, Billy met Jack at Crimson Lights. Jack told Billy that Gloria wouldn't sell him her Jabot stock. Billy noticed that Jack seemed down. Jack mentioned his divorce from Sharon. Billy looked Jack in the eye and said that he had nothing interesting to share. Jack added, "We Abbotts have to stick together because we are all we have." In Victor's office, Jill met with Victor. Victor told Jill that he had acquired Gloria's stock. He said that she should resume control of Jabot and appoint Billy as CEO. Jill explained that Billy wasn't loyal. Victor ordered Jill to appoint Billy as CEO and retain Jack. Jill guessed that Victor planned to humiliate Jack. Jill explained that she feared that Billy and Cane might kill each other. Jill asked what Ashley might think about Victor's coup. Victor explained that Ashley would prefer to work in the lab. Jill didn't agree that Ashley would be pleased. Victor implored Jill to accept his terms. Jill accepted.