At the abandoned zoo, where Daisy, Ryder, and Sarah had imprisoned Jana and Lauren, smoked billowed from a fire Jana and Lauren set using a staple and a battery. The desperate prisoners carefully stoked the fire in hopes that someone might alert the fire department. Jana, anticipating a hasty rescue, told Lauren that Michael and Kevin would soon know that their wives still loved them.
Ryder appeared and asked Jana and Lauren if they were crazy for setting a fire. Ryder entered the cage and stomped the fire out. Outraged, Jana pleaded with Ryder to go away and let the fire department respond. Ryder warned Jana and Lauren that Daisy and Mama Bear would come down on him hard if something happened on his watch. Lauren assured Ryder that they'd persuade Michael and Kevin to go easy on Ryder if he aided them.
Daisy arrived screeching that she'd seen smoke on her way in. Lauren expressed hope that Daisy hadn't been the only one to see it. Daisy ordered Ryder to take preemptive precautions and gag Jana and Lauren before help arrived. Before Daisy walked away, she said that Jana and Lauren might later need a rock bashed against their skulls. Terrified, Lauren and Jana begged Ryder not to follow through with Daisy's commands. Ryder tensed his jaw and explained, "This is all your fault. You brought it on yourselves."
Daisy and Ryder walked to the entrance of the zoo and intercepted a policeman who arrived to investigate the smoke. Daisy played it cool and lied that Ryder, a homeless man, had set the fire to heat a can of soup. Ryder apologized and promised to return to the shelter. Daisy assured the officer that she had extinguished the fire, but the officer arrested Ryder for vagrancy. Daisy suggested that the officer lead Ryder away quickly because he was prone to run away. Ryder glared at Daisy, and she seemed a bit uneasy about her callousness. After Ryder was taken away, Daisy breathed a sigh of relief.
Sarah and Daisy tied Jana and Lauren by their hands to the bars of their cage. After Jana learned about Ryder's arrest, she cried because she realized she'd no longer be given medication for her intense headaches. Lauren threatened Sarah and said that Michael would seek revenge. Sarah scoffed and insisted that she made Michael happy. Sarah suggested she could also make Kevin happy if needed.
Lauren, her hands tied behind her with a strip of cloth, sawed at the knot with a shard of glass. Sarah ordered Daisy to take care of Jana, and Daisy, carrying a thick branch, approached Jana threateningly. Sarah stood face-to-face with Lauren and claimed that she wasn't annoying to Michael like Lauren was. Lauren warned Sarah that her luck would run out. Lauren, managing to free her hand, attacked Sarah and cut her forearm with the glass shard.
As the police officer who arrested Ryder at the zoo entrance escorted him into the police station, Michael spotted them. Michael followed the officer and Ryder to a holding area. Desperate, Michael asked Ryder about Lauren. Ryder didn't respond, and the officer led his prisoner away. Michael was dejected.
At the Abbott mansion, Jack entertained Emily's brother while they awaited his "sister's" return. Emily's brother, Jamie, acted as if he carried a chip on his shoulder when Jack asked him how his sister had become a successful physician. Unshaven and slovenly dressed in a logoed T-shirt and tattered jacket, Jamie complained that his sister had always been a slave to the grindstone.
Jack watched Jamie swig imported beer from a bottle and noted that it must have been difficult for him to live up to his sister's high standards. Jamie agreed and added that his sister never told a lie in her life. Jack flashed back to the day he confronted Emily about her supposed miscarriage. Jack told Jamie that perhaps he and his sister shared more common ground than they did in the past. Jamie responded that the only common ground between them were their allergies to cats.
The police station phoned Jack and asked to question Emily about Adam's escape from the hospital. Jack told the caller that his wife wasn't home, but he agreed to take her to the police station as soon as he could. After Jack hung up, he suggested to Jamie that they surprise Emily at her office.
At Emily's office, where Patty maintained her ruse as psychiatrist, Dr. Emily Peterson Abbott, Sarah offered to kill Phyllis if Patty agreed to kill Michael. Sarah explained that Michael stood in the way of her living the sweet life as Lauren. Patty wasn't convinced she should because Michael had never done anything to her. Sarah claimed that the authorities wouldn't suspect her of murdering Phyllis, nor would they suspect that Patty murdered Michael. Sarah added that Phyllis was the only thing standing in the way of Patty's perfect relationship with Jack. Patty wrung her hands nervously and claimed that she wasn't the type to commit cold-blooded murder.
After Sarah mentioned that Phyllis would soon want more of Jack, in every way, Patty flashed back to the night she saw Phyllis and Jack making love on the sofa at the tack house. Patty considered killing Michael, so Sarah would kill Phyllis. However, Patty got cold feet and told Sarah she couldn't commit murder. Sarah reminded Patty that she'd changed her face in order to land her sweetie and should consider the murder an act of love for Jack. Sarah backed off, but she reminded Patty that their conversation was confidential. Jack and Jamie arrived. Sarah quickly excused herself and left.
Patty was upset about Jack's unannounced visit and complained that it made her seem unprofessional. After Jack mentioned that police wanted to question her about Adam's escape, Patty quickly insisted that the police would have to wait while she greeted her brother. Patty was overbearingly demonstrative and touched the man repeatedly as she spoke. Jamie was taken aback by his "sister's" forwardness. Patty said she was flattered that Jamie had taken a break from his work to visit, and she asked him if he'd noticed Jack's antiques. Jamie was puzzled, and he became angry because his sister seemed to be taunting him because he'd been unable to hold down a job.
After Jamie's provoked outburst, Patty stepped back from him, sighed heavily, and said, "She lied to me." Jamie and Jack asked Patty what she meant. Thinking quickly and regaining her composure, Patty explained that a mentor recommended that "Emily" and her brother put the past behind them. Jamie remained puzzled by his sister's mention of antiques, and he claimed she had never forgiven him for stealing her prescription pad. Patty apologized for not inviting her brother to her wedding and hoped that they could start over again, just as she had begun life anew in Genoa City. Jack reminded Patty that she had an appointment at the police station.
At the Genoa City police station, Victor, with Michael at his side, confessed to killing his son, Adam. Sharon and Nick attempted to dissuade Victor's confession. Phyllis, uneasy, remained silent. Chance and Owen waited for Victor to continue after Michael demanded that Sharon and Nick allow Victor to speak. Victor offered to describe how Adam was murdered if they released Nick, but Owen demanded Victor's story first. Michael counseled Victor and warned him that once uttered, his confession couldn't be undone.
After Michael and Nick accompanied Victor into an interrogation room, Nick said, "You can cut the act now because we all know you didn't do this." Michael joined Nick and warned Victor that a confession would complicate matters. Noting the surveillance camera, Michael reminded Victor that Owen Pomerantz was a pompous ass, who should have to work for a conviction. Nick added that there had been enough lies told already concerning the cabin, his jacket, and the pen. Michael also warned that Victor could face an obstruction charge. Victor seem determined, so Nick and Michael begged him to consider his family. Before Nick walked out, he kicked a chair and insisted he wouldn't allow his father to hang himself.
Nick rejoined Chance and Owen and announced that everything his father was about to tell them was a lie and would waste valuable time they should invest to find the real killer. Before Chance and Owen confronted Victor, Owen quipped that they would treat Victor's confession as if it were a form of entertainment. Phyllis wheeled herself near Nick and suggested that perhaps his dad was telling the truth. Nick maintained that his dad was not capable of killing Adam. Sharon reminded Nick that everyone wanted Adam gone, so maybe Victor made it happen. Nick shook his head and defiantly disagreed with Sharon's statement.
Nick listened as Sharon and Phyllis insisted that Victor would do anything necessary to protect his family. Phyllis added that at least Victor would be the one person who could get himself out of his current situation. Sharon and Phyllis also agreed that Victor should go to prison instead of Nick, whose children needed him. Patty arrived, escorted by Jack and Jamie. Jack saw Phyllis, Sharon, and Nick and asked them what was going on. Phyllis explained that police had arrested Nick. Jack claimed that Victor had set him up by stuffing Jack's handkerchief in Adam's mouth. Jack insisted he wouldn't allow Nick to go to prison for Adam's murder. Sharon explained that Victor was confessing to a detective and the district attorney behind closed doors. Jack affirmed that Victor murdered Adam.
Michael approached Nick, Phyllis, Sharon, and Jack and announced that police had arrested Victor for murder. Nick rolled his eyes and maintained that his dad was covering for him. Nick learned that police would also hold him. Chance and Phyllis argued, but Jack took her aside and told her that police knew that Nick didn't kill Adam. Jack comforted Phyllis by holding her hands and kissing them gently as he promised Phyllis that Nick would soon be free. Patty fixed her eyes on Jack and Phyllis.
Jamie approached Patty and asked about Phyllis. Patty gave Jamie her prescription pad as a "gift" and told him to go away and leave her alone. After Jamie stepped away, Sarah phoned Patty and asked if she was ready to carry out their plan. Patty said she was. Jack was surprised to see Jamie leaving. Without further explanation, Jamie said that his sister wasn't the same Emily he used to know, and he left.
In the interrogation room, Michael sat beside Victor as he stoically told Chance and Owen that he hit Adam, who tried to run away. Staring over the detectives' heads, Victor explained that he caught up with Adam in the boiler room, and Adam tried to hit him. Victor noticed that a pen fell from Adam's pocket while he was confronting his son about the irreparable damage inflicted on his family. Victor said he questioned Adam about what he'd done to Sharon and to Ashley, but Adam had said only that the baby his father and Ashley lost was better off dead. Victor said he knew that Adam would never stop torturing his family because his eyes were cold and devoid of his mother's goodness.
Victor claimed that the next sound he heard was a blood-curdling scream. Victor said he saw the pen stuck in Adam's chest, and realized his hand was clenched around it. Victor claimed he stuffed Jack's handkerchief in Adam's mouth after he was dead in order to pin the blame on his enemy. Victor added that he broke the gas pipe to cover his tracks because he knew guests would leave after smelling gas.
Victor offered to write down his confession or appear before a judge, so nobody else would suffer the consequences of his actions. Michael suggested that Victor's crime was one of passion. Chance said, "Your client just wasted our time with a complete load of crap. The pen belonged to Nick, and Adam's blood was on Nick's jacket, so your story doesn't check out. Chance threatened to lock up Victor and Nick.
Chance later told Owen that he wanted to investigate Adam's murder in order to learn the truth. Owen threatened Chance and said if police didn't find someone to convict, it would become Chance's problem. After Chance stepped out into the waiting area, he said that Nick would be returned to his cell. As Victor and Nick were being escorted to their cells, Victor told Nick that he was ready to pay for what he'd done. After Nick was led away, Sharon and Phyllis hatched a plan to gather everyone who'd been at the cabin together in order to find out who was letting Nick take the blame for Adam's murder.