J.T. surprised Victoria with a romantic anniversary dinner at home. The couple toasted their first year of wedded bliss and Noah's miraculous rescue from an icy pond. J.T. made jokes about his role as Mr. Mom, who had served his family chicken nuggets with macaroni and cheese for dinner. Victoria told J.T. that she, along with numerous other women, found stay-at-home dads to be quite sexy. Victoria kissed J.T. to prove her point. J.T. gave Victoria a bouquet of red and pink paper flowers. Victoria gave J.T. a framed photo of them on their wedding day. Amid flickering candles, J.T. and Victoria made love on their sofa as a fire crackled in the fireplace.
After Brad missed a planned dinner date with Colleen and Abby, Colleen rushed to Brad's house and searched for clues to her dad's whereabouts. Billy and Lily showed up to offer moral support. Colleen panicked after she repeatedly failed to contact her dad, and she insisted to Billy and Lily that something was wrong. Colleen checked in with Ashley, who had stayed behind at the Genoa City Athletic Club in case Brad showed up. Billy asked about Noah, and Colleen gratefully noted that Noah was fine. Colleen's concern for her dad's mysterious disappearance sparked fear and panic for his welfare, and she phoned the police.
Colleen became livid after she learned that police refused to get involved, since Brad had only been missing for a few hours. Colleen decided to drive around town to search for her dad. Billy tried to dissuade Colleen because the roads were icy and treacherous. Before Colleen left, she asked Billy and Lily to stay behind in case Brad returned. Colleen stopped at J.T and Victoria's house first. Colleen explained that her dad was missing after he failed to show up at dinner. Victoria agreed that Brad would never ignore his phone calls or messages. Victoria added that after enduring her father's recent disappearance, she understood Colleen's concern for Brad. Victoria insisted that J.T. accompany Colleen and help her search for Brad.
Colleen and J.T. returned and found Victoria cuddled with Summer by the fire. Colleen explained that she and J.T. had looked everywhere without success. J.T. added that searching for Brad was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Summer whimpered and said she wanted her daddy. Victoria soothed the child and told Summer that her daddy would return soon. Colleen seemed depressed as she considered Victoria's words of comfort to Summer.
Billy and Lily snacked as they waited at Brad's house for word about Brad. Billy worried about the weather and wished that Colleen had allowed him to accompany her. Billy kissed Lily, and he convinced her to snuggle with him beside the fire. Billy invited Lily to accompany him to his family's cabin, since it had a generator and all the comforts of home. Lily expressed enthusiasm and said she adored cabins and the fresh, clean air in the woods. Billy suggested Valentine's Day weekend. Lily seemed saddened about celebrating with Billy on that particular date. Billy guessed that Lily had enjoyed an intimate Valentine's Day with Cane the previous year. Billy was elated after Lily said she might reconsider.
At the Baldwin family's condo, Michael raked Eden over the coals for her role in luring Noah to a remote pond after lying to Michael and Lauren. Michael said, "Noah could have died, and you could have died." Lauren and Jana seemed disturbed by Michael's incessant diatribe. Lauren interrupted Michael's tirade and said, "Let's just calm down." Eden was upset that she hadn't been allowed to speak to Noah after he regained consciousness, and Michael's harsh reprimand sent her deeper into despair. Michael threatened to lock Eden in her room.
After Eden and Jana stepped into another room, Lauren cautioned Michael not to punish Eden in anger. Lauren added that Eden's punishment should be reasonable and enforceable. Lauren served Michael herbal tea to calm his nerves. Michael sulked and stewed. Lauren entreated Michael to consider Eden's fragile emotional state, and warned him not to scold his sister too harshly. Michael worried that he wasn't prepared to raise Eden. Lauren assured Michael that he was a great father, and that she had faith in his abilities.
In Eden's bedroom, Jana listened as Eden poured out her feelings about Michael and his threats of extreme punishment. Jana explained that sometimes people used anger to cover fear. Eden worried that Michael might wish that she had fallen through the ice. Jana told Eden that Michael truly loved her more than she could ever know. Eden explained that things went terribly wrong each time she and Noah attempted to have fun together. Eden explained that she had talked Noah into going to the pond and had coached him about lying to Phyllis. Jana reminded Eden that Noah was all right, so everything would be fine. Eden confided that she really liked Noah, and that he was the first boy she had ever kissed. Eden was concerned that Michael might forbid her to see Noah.
Michael thanked Jana for comforting Eden. Jana asked Michael what he would have wanted his father to say to him in the same situation had his father been present. Michael said it wouldn't have mattered as long as what was said had come from his father's heart. Michael quickly added jokingly that his father didn't have a heart. Jana responded, "But you do." Jana said that Eden was a good kid and Michael was a good man, so she had hope for them both. Lauren comforted Eden. Lauren told Eden that she didn't blame Eden for what happened, but Lauren added that wouldn't tolerate Eden's lies. Eden explained that she lied to Michael and Lauren because they forced Eden and Noah to sneak around in order to see each other. Eden worried that Michael might wish that he had never met her. Lauren explained that Michael wanted to protect his sister, and he made rules meant to ensure Eden's safety.
Michael entered Eden's room. Eden announced that she was prepared for another lecture and grounding. Instead, Michael took Eden into his arms and hugged her close. Michael told Eden that he didn't like what she had done, but that he would always love her. Eden seemed struck by Michael's unexpected reaction. Eden rested her head on Michael's shoulder and sobbed uncontrollably as she sincerely apologized to her brother.
At the hospital, Nick, Phyllis, and Jack were relieved after the Noah's doctor announced that he would make a full recovery. Noah apologized to his dad after Nick mentioned that his son was making him gray before his time. The doctor explained that if Noah hadn't been pulled from the water when he was, the outcome might not have been the same. Phyllis and Nick thanked the doctor. After Phyllis and Nick stepped out, Noah fell asleep. Jack stood over Noah and said, "Thank you, God, for watching over him." Jack spent hours by Noah's bedside. After Noah awoke, he asked about Eden. Jack reported that Eden was fine. Noah told Jack that one minute he was in the freezing water, and then the next thing he remembered was awakening in the hospital. Noah worried about how his mother would react. Noah expressed concern for his mom, but Jack explained that he had checked on Sharon at the cabin and made sure she was all right.
Outside in the hospital hallway, Nick's resolve to drive to the cabin and tell Sharon what had happened to Noah bewildered Phyllis. Phyllis explained that Noah would sleep through the night anyway. Phyllis worried about the snowstorm and said that Sharon could visit Noah after she returned from the cabin. Nick put on his coat and explained that he had snow chains for his vehicle. Phyllis begged Nick not to go because travel conditions were dangerous. Nick insisted that he would be fine. Phyllis volunteered to drive to the cabin to tell Sharon, so Nick could stay with Noah. "Better, yet," Phyllis suggested, "let's let Jack do it." Nick shot down both of Phyllis' suggestions because, he explained, "Noah is Sharon's and my son, and she should hear this from me." Worriedly, Phyllis told Nick that she loved him before he walked away.
After Jack stepped out of Noah's room, Phyllis told him that Nick was on his way to the cabin to inform Sharon about Noah's accident and to bring her home. Jack agreed that Sharon should know, because she was Noah's mother. Jack asked Phyllis if she thought that Nick's insistence to see Sharon right away meant something more. Phyllis readily agreed that Nick's feelings for Sharon drove his desperation more than Noah's narrow escape. Phyllis added that the situation drove her crazy, so she intended to follow her husband. Jack agreed to stay with Noah, but he warned Phyllis that Nick and Sharon shared a deep connection through Noah. Jack added that Noah would always draw Sharon and Nick close, and was a factor Phyllis couldn't fight. Phyllis pulled on her gloves, looked Jack in the eyes, and said, "The hell I can't." On her way to the cabin, Phyllis encountered a roadblock. A sheriff's deputy informed Phyllis that poor weather conditions had necessitated road closures, so she would have to turn around.
At the cabin, snow mounded up on the windowsills and the cold wind howled through the trees. Sharon shivered in the chilly cabin. A handwritten note to Nick lay crumpled onto a pile of kindling. Sharon wrapped herself in a wool blanket, sipped hot tea, and situated herself near the fireplace. The lights flickered a few times, and then suddenly the cabin became dark. Sharon donned her coat and lit her way to the woodpile with a flashlight. After Sharon returned to the darkened cabin, she placed a log on the fire, her only source of warmth. Sharon lit a few candles to stave off the darkness. Nick knocked on the door. Sharon was surprised to see Nick and immediately surmised that something was wrong. Nick explained that Noah had fallen through the ice while skating, but would be okay. Nick added that evidently, Noah had somehow managed to crawl out of the icy pond.
Sharon, relieved, hugged Nick and begged to go see Noah. Sharon bundled up against the blustery wind, and she and Nick headed out the door. A deputy sheriff stopped by and warned Sharon and Nick to stay at the cabin because a dangerous snowstorm had closed the roads. Sharon explained her extreme situation, but the deputy advised Nick and Sharon to stay put until the storm passed. After the deputy left on his snowmobile, Sharon worried that something might happen to Noah. Nick took Sharon into his arms and promised her that they would get through the night together.