At the Genoa City Police Station, Chance was on the phone with the dry cleaning company that had allegedly lost Nick's tuxedo jacket. He asked them how often they lost things -- they obviously responded that they rarely or never did, because Chance said, "That's what I thought."
Chloe showed up at the station with a picnic basket that Esther had prepared for the two of them. Chloe, slightly disappointed, said that she thought that since she and Chance had become "closer," he would be spending more time at home and less time at work. She wondered if he was any closer to finding Adam's killer. Chance said that he had a ton of suspects and questions, but no answers.
As the couple ate, District Attorney Pomerantz stopped by the station to discuss the case with Chance. Chloe went to the ladies' room so that the men could speak privately. Chance reviewed his list of suspects with the D.A. Billy was the first person discussed. Chance said that Billy claimed to have been drunk and alone in a suite at the Athletic Club when Adam had been killed. Chance didn't believe Billy's story -- he believed that Billy had probably been with a woman, but he didn't understand why his uncle would lie about that. Chance showed Pomerantz the two masks that had been found in Billy's suite.
Chance said that Jack was a possibility -- he was cold-hearted enough, but was too smart to have shoved a monogrammed handkerchief down Adam's throat. Next on Chance's list was Patty, in her Emily disguise, who probably had access to Jack's handkerchief, and had claimed that Adam had drugged her before he escaped. Chance mentioned that both Heather and Rafe, both jilted ex-lovers of Adam's and present at his mock trial, were suspects.
Chance then turned to the Newman family -- he said that Victor had to have been hurt and "pissed" when he learned what Adam had done. He told Pomerantz that Nick and Victoria both hated Adam, and that they had been acting suspiciously since the ball. Chance said that Nikki was on the list -- he told Pomerantz that she was fiercely protective of her family, and was probably saying less than she knew.
Chance finished his list with Phyllis, Sharon, and Ashley. He said that he suspected that Phyllis had been lying about the whereabouts of Nick's tuxedo jacket. Chance told the D.A. that Adam had stolen Sharon's baby and then told her that the baby died, which gave Sharon motive. He said that Ashley also had motive -- that Adam had terrorized her and had caused her to miscarry. Chance picked up a pile of the suspects' photographs and told Pomerantz that he knew that Adam's murderer was in the pile -- he just needed to sift through the evidence to learn who the killer was.
Pomerantz left and Chloe returned. Chance showed her a wanted poster that he had printed -- the poster showed a picture of a tuxedo jacket identical to the one that Nick had been wearing the night of the ball. Chance said that he was going to distribute the poster to missions, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and discount clothing stores, in the hope that the jacket would turn up. Chloe wondered what the jacket would tell him. Chance replied, "Who killed Adam Wilson."
Later, Chance sat at his computer and remembered the night that he had gone to the Newman ranch, told Ashley, Victor, Nick, and Sharon that the body at the club had been positively identified as Adam, and served Victor with a search warrant for the Newman ranch. Chloe walked up behind Chance and turned his computer off. She said that she wanted to make sure that "Genoa's City's Finest" got some sleep -- and then added that she wasn't so much interested in him sleeping as she was in being in bed with him.
Chloe sat on Chance's lap and began kissing him. She said that she might have to seduce him at his desk. Chance acquiesced, and the couple began to leave. On their way out, Chance received a phone call. After he hung up, he told Chloe that something had just turned up in the murder investigation.
At the Abbott mansion, Patty, still disguised as Emily, was irritated when Jack told her that dinner would be late because Ashley was on her way over. Jack asked Patty not to say anything to Ashley about her pregnancy. Disappointed, Patty asked why. Jack explained that, having just lost Faith, the news might be difficult for Ashley to handle. The doorbell rang, and an agitated Ashley walked in, complaining that her house had been searched and that she was being treated like a cold-blooded murderer. "Emily" said that the situation was ridiculous -- and that whoever had killed Adam was trying to implicate Jack by planting his handkerchief on Adam's body.
Ashley asked who would have done that. Jack suspected Victor. "Emily" said that, using her skills as a psychiatrist, she could get the truth out of Victor. Jack said that he wanted to steer clear of Victor for the time being. Ashley received a phone call from the district attorney -- he wanted to see her immediately.
In the cargo hold of the Newman jet, Nikki and Victor stood next to a crate that was labeled, "Human Remains." Victor told the pilot that they would be met by a funeral director in Kansas and that Adam was going to be buried next to Hope. He told the pilot that there wasn't going to be any service. The pilot said that he would let Victor know when they could take off.
Nikki wondered why Victor was going through all of the trouble of purchasing a casket, flying to Kansas, and having Adam buried there. She said that Victor didn't owe Adam anything. Victor said that he was doing it for Hope. Victor received a phone call from D.A. Pomerantz, who wanted to see him that night.
Nick and Phyllis visited Sharon at the Newman main house. Nick said that he had gone to the dumpster behind Jimmy's where Sharon said that she had dumped his jacket, but he couldn't find it. Sharon suggested that perhaps the dumpster had been emptied, but Nick said that it was full -- and he suspected that someone had found his jacket.
Sharon said that no one could have seen her dump the jacket. Phyllis began pressing Sharon to try to remember if she had seen or heard anything when she was putting the jacket in the dumpster, and explained that if the wrong person found the jacket -- which had Adam's blood on it -- then Nick would be in serious trouble. She reminded Nick and Sharon that the Newmans had been "screwed over" by the legal system many times in the past.
Nick told Sharon that Victor had lied to the district attorney. Victor had told Pomerantz that he had fought with Adam in the basement of the Athletic Club, but his father didn't mention that Nick had been present during the fight. Phyllis said that if Pomerantz found that out, it would be over for Nick.
Nick went upstairs to calm down the crying Faith. Trying to make small talk, Phyllis asked Sharon how Noah was doing. Sharon said that he was worried -- and that she was glad that he was in Paris. Sharon said that everything would turn out fine. Phyllis said that depended on whether Nick's jacket was found. Sharon added that there was also the problem of Victor's lie to the D.A. Although they agreed that the jacket was merely a piece of circumstantial evidence, Phyllis said that people liked to jump to conclusions. Sharon said that Nick had really wanted to kill Adam, as did she. Nick returned to the living room and said that he had made a decision -- he was going to tell the police the truth about everything.
Sharon and Phyllis begged Nick not to go to the police. Nick was worried that his jacket would turn up or that someone might have seen him when Victor was fighting with Adam. He said that he was supposed to be a role model, and wondered what kind of example lying would set for his children. Phyllis said that it would be better for him to be with his children than to be in prison for 50 years. Sharon said that the girls and Noah needed him. After the women continued pleading, Nick agreed not to go to the police. He looked at Phyllis and Sharon and said, "You two think I'm guilty, don't you?" Neither Phyllis nor Sharon responded.
Later, Nick took Phyllis to Crimson Lights for a cup of coffee. He reminded her that she still hadn't answered his question about whether she thought that he had killed Adam. Phyllis said that no one would blame him if he had, but Nick said that wasn't the vote of confidence that he was looking for. Phyllis told her husband that she supported him completely. Nick said that he knew how much she and Sharon wanted to help him, but that it would look "terrible" if his jacket showed up. Phyllis said, "Let's hope no one finds it."
Outside Jimmy's Bar, the homeless man who had taken Nick's jacket from the dumpster was wheeling a shopping cart and wearing the jacket. Mac showed up at the bar and invited the man in. He headed towards the restroom. Mac saw that Billy was drinking at the counter. She gently chided him, but he said that he had been good recently -- if you didn't count his being a murder suspect.
Mac wondered if Billy had an alibi for the night of the murder. He lied to Mac and told her that he had gotten drunk and had taken a suite at the club because he didn't want to drive home. Mac said that she knew that Billy was lying and asked him to tell her the truth. When Billy didn't say anything, Mac correctly guessed that Billy had been with a woman. Mac thought that was great -- the woman could vouch for him. Billy said that the problem was that he couldn't tell anyone whom he had been with.
After Mac realized that the woman who Billy had been with was married, Billy tried to change the subject and asked what was going on with Mac. She mentioned that she had met a homeless man outside the bar and he refused to eat. She hoped that he would go to the homeless shelter for the night. Billy said that perhaps he could contribute by convincing the man to eat. Mac told Billy that, although it might seem like fun and games to him, breaking up a marriage was serious business. Billy said that the marriage of the woman he had been with on the night of the murder was in trouble before he became involved with her.
Later, Billy sat at a table with Al, the homeless man, who was eating a cup of soup. Billy handed Al a 20-dollar bill and told him to get something more to eat. Mac emerged from the back room with a clean, warm jacket for Al. Al said that he liked the tuxedo jacket that he was wearing. Mac said that she would have that jacket cleaned and promised that she would return it to him. Al handed Billy the tuxedo jacket. Billy looked at the jacket, which obviously stank, and noted that it was Italian and expensive. Mac wondered if Al had stolen the jacket and asked Billy if they should try to find the jacket's rightful owner. Billy sniffed the jacket and said that there was no need to do that -- no one was going to want the jacket anymore.
Later, as Mac was putting the tuxedo jacket into a brown paper bag, Billy returned to Jimmy's. Billy said that she was harboring a fugitive, and showed her the wanted poster for the jacket. He said, "The jacket is wanted by the cops."
At Crimson Lights, J.T. got off the phone with Gabby, the babysitter, and reported to Victoria that Gabby was putting Reed to bed. Victoria said that it was killing her that she wasn't doing that. She said that she hoped that Reed didn't think that she wanted to be away from him. J.T. quipped that Reed had gotten used to Victoria not being around when she had gone to Dubai.
Victoria said that J.T. couldn't keep her from Reed -- that the judge would decide that she was a good mother. J.T. reminded Victoria that her entire family was under investigation for murder, and the police were all over the ranch. He predicted that someone on the ranch was going to be hauled off in handcuffs. He wondered if Victoria thought that Reed would be better off with her at that time, with the murder investigation in progress.
Victoria agreed that the ranch wasn't the best place for Reed, and agreed to let the boy stay with J.T. until the investigation was finished. She begged J.T. not to keep Reed away from her. J.T. said that he would never do that. Victoria asked J.T. to cancel the custody hearing, which was scheduled for the next day. She said that she didn't want things to get ugly. J.T. said that he didn't want Reed influenced by the Newmans -- he was afraid that their child would turn out like her family. Victoria wondered if J.T. wanted her to cut her family out of her life. J.T. asked if she could do that.
J.T. said that he wanted Reed kept away from Victor. Victoria said that if Victor couldn't see Reed, that would effectively stop the entire Newman family from seeing the child. J.T. said that he would do anything to stop Reed from growing up thinking that he could step on "everybody and anybody" to get what he wanted. Victoria admitted that her family wasn't perfect. She said that she would supervise the contact between Reed and her family members, but begged J.T. not to cut her family out of Reed's life.
On the Crimson Lights patio, Victor, accompanied by Nikki, and Ashley, accompanied by Jack, met with Pomerantz. He showed them Adam's laptop, which had been confiscated when Adam had been arrested. Pomerantz said that Adam had tried to erase the hard drive, but that the police department's forensic experts had been able to reconstruct it. He showed the group the video, which Adam had recorded the previous summer, of Ashley sleeping in her bedroom at the Newman ranch. Pomerantz said that the hard drive also contained schematics for the house, which showed all the places where Adam had planted surveillance equipment, as well as copies of receipts for the bugs.
Ashley said that she was sickened by the thought of Adam watching her and Victor in their bedroom. Pomerantz also said that they had found sound bites of Sabrina's voice on the disk. Pomerantz commented that the group didn't seem all that surprised -- that they seemed to have known all about what was on the computer. Victor said that they had their suspicions. Ashley said that she hated Adam, and added, "If he wasn't already dead, I'd..." Pomerantz said, "You'd what?"
Jack accused Pomerantz of trying to trick Ashley into confessing to Adam's murder. When the D.A. said that Ashley had a strong motive to kill Adam, Jack said people all over Genoa City had motive to kill Adam. Victor told Pomerantz that Ashley didn't kill Adam -- that he was sure about that. An upset Ashley left. Jack said that, in the future, if the D.A. wanted to question his sister, he should first contact the Abbott family's attorney. Pomerantz left.
Nikki said that she was shocked by the actual proof of Adam's spying on Ashley. Victor said that he was sickened that Ashley had reached out to Adam, only to be repaid by Adam nearly destroying her. Jack blamed Victor for causing "all this pain." Victor and Jack began arguing. Jack said that Victor had given his "psycho son" free rein at the Newman ranch. Victor countered by saying that Adam would never have been at the Newman ranch if Jack's machinations hadn't sent Adam to prison. When Jack called Victor a "self-righteous bastard," Victor suggested that they end their arguing before they did something they regretted.
Jack said, "Like what? Plant more evidence against me?" Victor seemed confused. Jack accused Victor of planting Jack's handkerchief on Adam's body. Victor said that Jack was fishing. Jack said that he would find evidence to prove that Victor was behind the planted handkerchief. Jack left.
J.T. and Victoria saw the altercation between Victor and Jack from inside the coffeehouse. An obviously upset J.T. told Victoria that he would see her in court the next day. He took off. Nikki joined Victoria. Victoria told her mother that she had almost convinced J.T. to cancel the custody hearing, but then he had seen Jack and Victor fighting. She said that J.T. was determined to keep her away from Reed, but that she wasn't going to let that happen. Nikki asked Victoria how she was planning on stopping J.T. Victoria said that she was going to do something that she had sworn she would never do -- play dirty, with Victor's help.
Nikki rejoined Victor in the cargo hold of the Newman jet. She told him that they couldn't land in Wichita, as the airport was closed due to bad weather. Victor stared at the crate containing Adam's body and said that they weren't going to Kansas -- after what he had seen on Adam's computer, he decided that Adam didn't deserve to be buried next to Hope. Victor took some papers off of the crate and tore them up. Nikki reminded Victor that Adam was his son. Victor said that Adam no longer existed to him. He then pushed the crate through a door in the cargo hold, and it rolled off of the plane.
Ashley and Jack returned to the Abbott mansion. When Patty learned that Victor had been at the meeting with the district attorney, she asked if Jack had confronted him about the handkerchief. Ashley said that she knew that Victor had done some questionable things -- but that he wouldn't kill his own son. Jack said that he wouldn't put anything past "the Black Knight," but admitted that he didn't know how Victor would have gotten his handkerchief. Patty said that perhaps Jack had dropped it.
Ashley and Jack went to the kitchen to make some tea. When they were gone, Patty remembered meeting up with Jack at the ball on the night of the explosion and Adam's murder. Jack had told her to stay put while he searched for Adam. Just before Jack walked off, Patty had taken Jack's handkerchief out of his jacket pocket.
Chance went to the basement of the Athletic Club. An officer showed him the new piece of evidence, which was on the floor. It was a bloodied pen. Using a pair of tweezers, Chance picked up the pen and examined it.
From the station, Chance called Chloe and told her that he needed to stay at work for a while longer. Chloe said that she would wait up for him -- she would be the one without the clothes on. After they hung up, Chance looked at the pen in an evidence bag. To himself, he said, "The pen that killed Adam."
Friday, April 16, 2010
At the Baldwins' apartment, Michael called Victor to say that he wouldn't be able to be at Reed's custody hearing later that day. Victor protested, saying that he paid Michael quite a large retainer and Newman business should be his top priority. Michael explained that he had a family emergency -- that Lauren had returned, but "wasn't herself." Michael told Victor that he was sending Julia Randall, his well-qualified associate, in his place. Victor told Michael that he understood.
Sarah, disguised as Lauren, entered the living room and told Michael that she had been lonely the previous night -- Michael had slept in the guest room. "Lauren" asked what was on the agenda for the day. Michael said that she needed to see the doctor. She said that she was fine, and that she wasn't going to the doctor. Michael insisted that she have blood work done, and said that he would have a nurse practitioner go to the apartment and draw "Lauren's" blood. Sarah looked concerned.
Michael told "Lauren" that he really wanted to find the explanation for her recent behavior. "Lauren" said that she was the same Lauren that he had known and loved. Michael didn't seem to accept that. He wondered why she hadn't even asked about Fen. He reminded her that it was Friday -- and that she and Fen always made pancakes together on Fridays. He said that it was the first Friday when she had ever forgotten about the pancakes. "Lauren" said that she had lost track of what day it was -- that she had lost some time, and that her head still wasn't screwed on straight.
Michael said that was why she needed to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Emily Abbott, Jack's wife. He told "Lauren" that she didn't remember bailing out Daisy and Ryder, had disappeared for two days, and had slept with another man. Michael said that her solution, a good's night sleep, just didn't cut it. "Lauren" walked toward Michael, and seductively said that the only person who could cure her was her "sexy husband."
Michael rebuffed her advances. He said that they should put off being intimate for a while -- he still hadn't gotten over her sleeping with another man. "Lauren" said that she was hurting, too, and urged Michael not to push her away. When Michael insisted that she see Dr. Abbott, "Lauren" asked if that was his way of punishing her. Michael said that he had never imagined that she would cheat on him, and that he was devastated. "Lauren" suddenly gave him the cold shoulder and said, "Fine. You need space? Take it." The doorbell rang, and Michael let the nurse practitioner in.
At the Abbott mansion, Jack read the newspaper and said that he couldn't wait until Adam's murder was no longer on the front page. He told Patty, who was still disguised as Emily, that he would be relieved when all the Abbotts were eliminated as suspects. "Emily" was concerned about Jack's handkerchief that had been found shoved down the throat of Adam's lifeless body -- she said that she was sure that Victor had planted the handkerchief.
Jack said that he was more concerned about Ashley. He told "Emily" that reporters were hounding his sister. When "Emily" began pouring herself a cup of coffee, Jack reminded her that pregnant women weren't supposed to have caffeine. "Emily" said that Jack was correct, and that the "pregnancy thing" was still new to her. Jack said that he wanted to accompany her to see an obstetrician and have the pregnancy confirmed. "Emily" quickly snapped, "No."
Realizing that she had overreacted, "Emily" said that she would see a doctor, but that Jack didn't need to go with her. She told Jack that she would prescribe herself prenatal vitamins. When Jack went upstairs to shower, Patty stared at the portrait of Emily and said, "Dr. P., how am I going to pull this one off? If Jack goes with me to the doctor, he'll find out that I'm not really pregnant."
After his shower, Jack rejoined "Emily." She told him that she had made a doctor's appointment for the end of the following week. When Jack asked if she could get something sooner, "Emily" said that she really wanted to see Dr. Stavropolous -- the best obstetrician in town. Jack said that he had never heard of her. Jack asked her for the day and time of the appointment. She said that it was scheduled for the following Friday at 3:00 p.m. Jack was surprised that "Emily" had forgotten that he had a standing squash game on Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
Jack said that he would cancel his squash game, but "Emily" urged him not to -- she said that she was just going to be told what she already knew. Jack told her that nothing was more important to him than their child. When he asked her if she needed a lift into town, she told him that she was seeing a patient at the house. Jack was shocked to find out that the patient was Lauren. Jack wondered if "Emily" had heard that Lauren had gone missing for a couple of days. "Emily" wondered where Jack had heard that. She was obviously unhappy when Jack told her that he had learned about Lauren's situation from Phyllis.
Later, outside the front door of the Abbott mansion, Michael escorted "Lauren" to her appointment. She kept insisting that she didn't need to see a psychiatrist -- that the nurse had said that she was fine. Michael said that Emily was tops in her field. He rang the doorbell. "Emily" answered, and the two imposters greeted each other.
As "Lauren's" session began, she admired the portrait of Emily above the fireplace. "Emily" said that she found it a little self-indulgent, and wished that Jack would take it down. The ladies sat down. "Lauren" asked "Emily" how she felt about "Reichian Breathwork." Obviously having no idea what that was, "Emily" asked "Lauren" how much she knew about it. "Lauren" said not much -- just what she had read. "Emily" covered by saying that there was value in many different types of therapy.
"Lauren" asked "Emily" about Jack. "Emily" said that Jack was a wonderful husband. "Emily" said that she should be asking the questions. "Lauren" said that she needed to be honest -- she hadn't wanted to go to see a psychiatrist. "Emily" said that most people were initially reluctant to undergo therapy, and asked "Lauren" how she was feeling about it after being there. Sarah smiled devilishly and said that she was very happy that she had kept the appointment.
"Lauren" talked to "Emily" about having been drugged and about the toxic fumes in her office. She said that she had disappeared, and that she didn't know why she had cheated on Michael. "Emily" wondered if "Lauren" was happy in her marriage. "Lauren" said that she missed going out to the clubs, and that it sometimes was tiresome being with Michael and Fen. "Emily" thought that being with a husband and a child sounded wonderful, and wondered if "Lauren" wanted to be a "bad girl."
"Lauren" said that "Emily" was "so clever," and that she did want to be a bad girl. "Lauren" walked behind "Emily" and applied a chokehold to her so that she could examine the roots of "Emily's" hair. Patty yelled, "What the hell?" Releasing Patty, Sarah announced, "You are not Dr. Emily Abbott. You are Patty Williams!" Patty was stunned.
Michael and Jack ran into each other at Crimson Lights. Jack said that he was sure that Emily could help Lauren. He wondered how Michael was holding up. Michael said that he used to feel like he was married to his best friend -- but that he and Lauren were losing their connection. Michael left to make a phone call. Jack clearly related to what Michael had said. He made a call to try to get a phone number for Dr. Stavropolous at Genoa City Memorial Hospital.
Jack called Dr. Stavropolous' office and learned that Emily hadn't made an appointment. Jack was shocked to learn that Dr. Stavropolous was a cardiologist. Jack left the coffeehouse. Michael entered from the patio, on the phone with Dr. Walker, Lauren's physician. Dr. Walker told him that Lauren's blood test results were all normal. Michael told the doctor that he hoped that Dr. Abbott could get to the bottom of Lauren's problem.
J.T., wearing a suit, showed up at Jimmy's to join Mac for a cup of coffee. J.T. reminded Mac that the custody hearing was scheduled for later that day. He said that it was a big day for Reed -- that it was a day that could affect the rest of the child's life. Mac asked how he and Reed were adjusting to their new place. J.T. unenthusiastically said, "Okay." Mac said that she would stop by to provide a "woman's touch," and also told J.T. that she would get some baseball posters and linens for Reed's room.
J.T. was happy with Mac's ideas. He said that he wanted Reed to grow up like a normal kid -- away from the Newmans. J.T. told Mac that his lawyer thought that he had a good shot at gaining full custody of his son -- but that J.T. had learned not to count on anything when Victor was involved. Mac asked him if he thought that Victor would interfere with the hearing, and J.T. said that he was sure that Victor would.
Mac told J.T. that he was the "consistent" and fantastic parent who Reed idolized. J.T. said that he felt guilty about fighting to keep Reed away from Victoria. Mac said that she had something to cheer up J.T. -- she reminded him that it was his birthday, and presented him with a gift. J.T. unwrapped the gift -- it was a framed photograph of him and Reed. J.T. thought that the picture was great, and that it was just the thing to start giving his new house a "homey" touch. As J.T. left for the hearing, Mac said that she had a good feeling about the way things were going to turn out.
Victoria went to the Newman main house to see Victor. She was upset that Michael wasn't going to be at the custody hearing. Victor said that he had spoken with Nikki and he knew that Victoria wanted his help in her quest to get custody of Reed. Victor said that he would do everything he could. Victoria told him that she couldn't lose her son. Victor said that she would walk out of the courthouse with full custody of Reed.
Victoria wondered how Victor could be so sure. He told her to trust him. Victoria reminded Victor that J.T. was Reed's father, and she didn't want him "shredded" in court. She said that J.T. was misguided, but he had Reed's best interests at heart. Victor said, "Do you want to play fair? Or do you want to win?"
Later, Victor paid a visit to the sauna at the Athletic Club. There was another man in the sauna. Victor approached the man and said, "Judge Wiley. Just the man I wanted to see."
At the police station, Chance held up an evidence bag containing the pen that he had recovered from the basement of the Athletic Club. He explained to the gathered officers that it wasn't your run-of-the-mill pen -- it was a Gibraltar X100, the most expensive pen money could buy. He told the group that its shape was consistent with the puncture wounds on Adam's chest -- and that DNA had been removed from the end of the pen. Chance suspected that the DNA would match Adam's, thus proving that the pen was the murder weapon. He posed questions for the officers -- where was the pen purchased, who bought it, and how did it end up in Adam's chest?
As the officers scattered to try to find the answers to Chance's questions, Billy showed up at the police station and told Chance that he had the tuxedo jacket that Billy had been looking for -- and that he would exchange it for an exclusive interview on the murder investigation.
Chance said that he thought that it was pretty bold for a suspect in the murder to try to make a deal with him. Billy said that they both knew that Billy hadn't killed Adam. Billy was stunned when Chance pulled the tuxedo jacket, in an evidence bag, out of his desk drawer. Chance told Billy that Mac had called him about the jacket, and, suspecting that Billy might try to use it as a bargaining chip, Chance had obtained a search warrant for Billy's office. Chance said that officers had found it in his office earlier that day. Chance told Billy that he proposed another deal -- he wouldn't charge his nephew with obstruction of justice if Billy told him who was in the Athletic Club suite with him on the night that Adam had been murdered.
Chance reminded Billy that Billy had said that he had been alone in the suite, but that all the physical evidence pointed to another person being in the room with him. Billy finally admitted that he had been with a woman -- but he lied and said that he didn't know the woman's name. When Chance asked him to describe the woman, Billy said that they had both been wearing masks. Chance told Billy not to joke around -- that this woman could turn out to be his alibi. Billy didn't budge from his story. Chance said that he knew that Billy was covering for someone -- and that he would find out the truth.
Later, an officer had information about the pen, which she shared with Chance. She had learned that the pen had been purchased overseas, and she had obtained the credit card receipt of the purchase. Chance looked at the receipt and said, "I'll be damned."
Billy went to Jimmy's to chide Mac for costing him an exclusive story on the murder investigation. Billy noticed a piece of the gift wrapping that had been around the picture that Mac had given to J.T. Mac said that it was J.T.'s birthday. Billy and Mac debated about whether Reed should be with J.T. or Victoria. Mac said that she didn't feel that Victoria had her priorities straight. Surprised that a pregnant woman would take the father's side, Billy said that he didn't know Victoria that well -- but she seemed pretty "together" to him.
Billy called Victoria, who was about to leave the ranch for the custody hearing. He told her that Chance knew that he hadn't been alone in the Athletic Club suite -- and although Billy hadn't said that he had been with Victoria, Chance was "hot on her trail." He also told her that Adam had been murdered between the time that he and Victoria had first seen each other at the ball and the time that they had ended up in the suite -- so they couldn't be each other's alibis. Victoria said that she was in a hurry -- she needed to get to the custody hearing -- and that she would talk with him later.
She hung up the phone and opened the front door -- where a police officer greeted her and told her that Detective Chancellor wanted to see her immediately. Victoria said that she was in a rush and that she would stop by the police station to give the detective a statement the following day. The officer was insistent that Victoria accompany him -- he didn't seem to care when Victoria said that she had to go to a custody hearing.
A harried-looking Victoria arrived at the police station with the officer. She told Chance that she would send over a written statement about her whereabouts on the night of Adam's murder -- but she had to attend a custody hearing. Chance told Victoria that he had some new evidence. He showed her the pen and asked her if she recognized it. Victoria said that she didn't. Chance explained that it was a Gibraltar X100, and that particular pen had been purchased in Dubai. He said that he knew that Victoria had been in Dubai recently. He then showed her the copy of the credit card receipt. Chance said that the pen had been found at the scene of Adam's murder, and that someone had plunged it into Adam's chest. He wondered if Victoria wanted to explain how the pen ended up at the crime scene -- as the murder weapon.
Chance told Victoria that Adam had deserved to be locked up in jail. He said that Adam was an ungrateful son, a liar, a cheat, a fraud, and a rotten brother, and that he wasn't surprised that someone had wanted Adam dead. Chance told Victoria that it was a crime of passion. He said that Victoria needed to tell him the truth about what had happened.
Chance peppered Victoria with questions. He asked her how her pen had gotten to the crime scene, and if she could account for her whereabouts at the time of Adam's murder. Victoria said that she had purchased the pen in Dubai. When Chance said that no one recalled seeing her at the time of the murder, she replied that everyone at the ball, including her, wore masks. Chance told Victoria that if she didn't produce an alibi witness or tell him who the pen belonged to, he would have no choice but to charge her. Victoria remained silent. Chance arrested Victoria for the murder of Adam Wilson.
Outside the courtroom, Victor asked J.T. where Reed was. When J.T. said that he was at preschool, Victor smugly told J.T. that Victor and Victoria would pick him up after the hearing. J.T. said, "You think this is a lock for you?" Victor told J.T. that custody was almost always awarded to the mother. J.T. replied, "Unless she's a suspect in a murder." J.T. told Victor that he didn't think that Victoria had killed Adam, but he wasn't sure about the rest of the Newmans. Victor said that if J.T said anything like that in public, he would sue him for defamation of character.
J.T. said that Reed shouldn't be around the site of a murder investigation, and that the boy was better off with him. Victor said that Reed was a Newman, and that J.T. wouldn't convince him otherwise. J.T.'s lawyer emerged from the courtroom and said that Judge Wiley was ready to begin. Victoria's lawyer, Julia, was concerned that Victoria hadn't arrived. Victor assured her that his daughter would be there any minute.
Inside the courtroom a little while later, Judge Wiley said that he couldn't wait much longer for Victoria. Julia assured the judge that Victoria would be there. The judge granted a ten-minute recess so that Victor could try to reach Victoria. J.T.'s lawyer told J.T. that things were looking good. A concerned J.T. said that it wasn't like Victoria. In the hallway, Victor called Victoria, but reached her voicemail. He left her a message wondering why she wasn't at the hearing.
Back inside the courtroom, Victor told the judge that Victoria wasn't answering her phone -- that something must have happened. Judge Wiley said that he had another case and couldn't wait any longer. Julia requested a postponement, but J.T.'s lawyer said that Victoria should have called to inform the court why she wasn't at the hearing. Judge Wiley said that he had no choice except to award J.T. full custody of his son. Victor looked devastated.