At Crimson Lights, Lauren gasped in horror when she and Michael walked in and saw Kevin and Jana talking to Ryder. Kevin explained that Ryder had returned to turn himself in to police. Ryder, looking like a frightened rabbit caught in a snare, added that Daisy was scared of the police, so she wasn't returning. Lauren cried that both Daisy and Ryder would have killed her and Jana if Sarah had told them to do so. Jana, expressionless and speaking in monotone, reminded Lauren that Ryder was nothing like Sarah or Daisy because he had helped them and gotten medicine for her headaches. Michael comforted his distraught wife, who railed at Ryder and told him he should die in jail.
Kevin phoned the police and told them that they could find his brother, fugitive Ryder Callahan, at Crimson Lights, located at 815 Hyde Park. Lauren stood defiantly with crossed arms and monitored Ryder until Chance arrived. Ryder mumbled that he'd made lots of mistakes, and he apologized. Michael asked Ryder where his remorse had been months before. Kevin sadly observed that he wished things could have worked out differently. Later, Kevin told Jana that he felt like a hypocrite for telling his brother he might not be able to forgive him because others had given him second and even third chances. Jana told Kevin he could cancel their date, but he insisted they spend time together.
At the Genoa City Athletic Club, Kevin was nervous as his date with Jana began where their last date left off after she was kidnapped and held captive. Kevin suggested they go elsewhere, but Jana apathetically agreed that the club was fine. Kevin surprised Jana with a slice of flourless chocolate cake. Jana tasted it but was indifferent to what had always been her favorite dessert. Jana observed that Kevin was disappointed because she couldn't talk about her feelings. Kevin said he hoped that Jana would have shown an emotional response when she came face-to-face with one of her kidnappers. Jana ended the date and insisted on leaving alone. Kevin remained at the table and sighed heavily as he watched Jana walk away. After Kevin returned to the coffeehouse, an employee was surprised that Kevin's date had ended so early. As Kevin removed his tie, he insisted that there would be more dates.
At the Genoa City jail, Ryder told Chance that he didn't know where Daisy was because he had escaped alone. Lauren and Michael stopped by. Lauren, seething, asked Ryder who would help him now that he was the one in the cage. Ryder claimed he left Daisy after she fell asleep, so she wouldn't be there for him. Lauren asked Ryder why he hadn't turned himself in earlier. Ryder explained that Kevin had urged him to run. Ryder added that he couldn't live with himself unless he paid for his wrongdoings. Lauren demanded to know if Ryder intended to avenge Sarah's death. Ryder explained that Sarah was his caregiver, but she was never a mother figure. Ryder claimed he never had the courage to stand up to Sarah, so he was glad that she was dead. Ryder thanked Lauren for setting him free.
Jana showed up at the jail to visit Ryder. Ryder told Jana she was the last person he expected to see. Jana said that she appreciated Ryder for turning himself in. Jana added that she wasn't out for blood because she knew Ryder had gotten himself caught in a bad situation and didn't know how to get out of it. Ryder was surprised that Jana felt the need to tell him that. Jana told Ryder that she empathized with him when he earlier claimed he felt no connection to his aunt and sister. Jana hung her head forlornly and added that she also felt disconnected and lost.
At their condo, Michael tried to comfort a distressed Lauren, who wasn't comforted even after visiting Ryder in jail. Lauren asked Michael for a sedative to calm her nerves. Michael embraced his sobbing wife. Later, Lauren relaxed on the sofa. She told Michael that she would phone a colleague to run the boutique for a while. Lauren began to hyperventilate when she thought about Daisy being on the loose. Lauren worried that her nightmare could happen again. Michael embraced his shaken wife, who expressed fear of ever leaving her home again.
At home, Ashley phoned Abby and demanded that she come home immediately. Abby, lounging in a jewelry store, first told her mom she was busy. Abby agreed to meet her mom and Victor later. Jonathan, the jeweler, greeted Abby warmly. Abby set up a video camera. Abby announced that she wanted to capture her viewers' favorite heiress shopping for something sparkly. Jonathon displayed a couple of bejeweled necklaces, but Abby insisted on something with larger stones, which would befit a Newman. Abby addressed the lens of her video camera and said, "I am a Newman and an Abbott, so I always get what I want!" Abby swooned when Jonathon presented a diamond-encrusted choker. Abby placed the necklace in view of the camera and purred, "This is perfection. I'll take it."
After Victor arrived at Ashley's, she told him that they should treat Abby as an adult, remain calm, and not overreact. Victor criticized Abby's plan to underwrite a ridiculous reality show with money from her trust funds. Abby arrived acting smug and rebellious. Victor announced that he and Ashley had a couple of ideas that should appeal to Abby. Ashley decisively added that Abby's plan for a reality show was off the table.
Abby brazenly demanded access to both of her trust funds, the one from Victor and the one from Brad and Colleen. Victor suggested that Abby might enjoy producing features about fashion for local television broadcasts. Ashley suggested Abby become the spokesmodel for Glow by Jabot. Abby explained that she was much more ambitious and wished to maintain total control of her career. Abby maintained that business savvy and killer instincts were in her blood. Abby added that she was a grown woman and deserved an opportunity to try it her way. Victor warned his daughter not to become involved in something she'd later regret.
Victor was incensed when his accountant phoned and told him that Abby had charged a necklace that cost $85,000. Victor observed that Abby wasn't behaving responsibly, and he demanded Abby give up her credit cards. Ashley ordered Abby to return the necklace, but Abby claimed she didn't have it. Ashley warned that if Abby continued to act like a spoiled child, they would treat her like one. Victor added that Abby's reality would be learning to live on her own without any access to her trust funds. Abby fumed.
At the Genoa City Athletic Club dining room, a man signed for a package. The man opened the box and found the costly necklace Abby had purchased. The enclosed card, signed by Abby, read, "Kent -- told you I'd come through for you." Kent muttered, "I'll be damned." After Abby's tirade with Ashley and Victor, she met Kent at the club. Kent quipped, "Who's going to come after me and break both of my legs when I sell that little trinket you sent?" Abby maintained that she'd bought the jewelry to cover the amount he'd fronted so far and to prove that she was serious about going ahead with their project. Kent insisted he'd need more cash soon. Abby assured Kent that more funds were coming soon because her plan was already in motion. Back at Ashley's, Ashley and Victor were stunned when they learned that Abby was suing them for release of her trust funds.
In Minneapolis, Phyllis gazed at the face of a man pictured on a poster and listed as missing since April 1, 2010. Sharon observed that the man looked somewhat like Adam. Phyllis recalled seeing the man at the ball the night of Adam's murder. Phyllis noted that the man went missing the night of the ball. Phyllis remembered confronting the man, who was wearing the same mask and cape Sharon had seen Adam wearing when he went to her suite. Phyllis recalled being embarrassed when she pulled off the man's mask and discovered he wasn't Adam.
Sharon listened intently as Phyllis theorized that the man listed as missing was likely recruited to help Adam leave town after Patty helped him escape from the hospital. Phyllis added that the manager at the fast-food place had described the same man as the person who waited by the pay phone that fateful night. Sharon wondered aloud if the man was Hightower. Phyllis and Sharon added all the clues together and concluded that Adam had phoned Hightower and arranged a rendezvous at the Athletic Club. Both women agreed that the plan must have gone wrong and Adam was killed. Sharon and Phyllis rejoiced that the missing man might be Adam's killer.
At the tack house, Nick bounced Summer on one knee and baby Faith on the other. Summer met Victor at the front door, pointed at Nick, and chanted, "Daddy's home!" Victor greeted his son, who, in order to hide the horrible truth from Summer, claimed he'd been on a business trip. Summer scurried upstairs to bed. Nick calmed his fussy infant and explained to Victor that Phyllis and Sharon had gone to Minneapolis to check out Adam's visit to that city prior to his death. Victor reported that Adam had evidently lied about visiting his mother's gravesite because nobody saw him there.
Victor noticed a bandage on Nick's hand and asked about it. Nick explained that Frank Ellis had attacked him in prison with a hypodermic needle filled with harmless saline solution. Victor acted surprised, but Nick added that Frank told him to ask his father about the supposed attack. Victor claimed that Frank held grudges and recalled that Adam had been similarly attacked. Nick didn't buy his father's claim and suggested that Victor had bribed Ellis to attack Nick in order to expedite his release. Victor explained that any father would do whatever was necessary in order to keep his child safe. Nick maintained he would never employ Victor's tactics. Victor said they could agree to disagree, but he added that at least Nick was free and could concentrate on his defense.
Phyllis arrived and greeted her husband with a kiss. Sharon arrived soon after Phyllis and announced that their trip to Minneapolis had paid off. Phyllis and Sharon showed Nick the poster of the missing man and claimed he was Adam's accomplice, and the man who likely murdered Adam. Sharon urged Nick to contact police right away. Nick summoned Chance to the tack house.
Chance arrived and examined the poster with the photo of the missing man. Phyllis explained that she remembered seeing the man after Sharon mentioned that he looked like Adam. Nick said he hoped Chance would be open-minded and reasonable about Phyllis and Sharon's theories. Sharon cried that Owen Pomerantz had dismissed Adam's parking ticket. Phyllis added that investigators maintained that the only leads that mattered were those from the night of the murder.
Chance listened patiently as Phyllis insisted that she and Sharon had discovered substantial new information. Chance stepped out, so he could make some calls about Richard Hightower, the man pictured on the missing-person poster. After Chance returned, he said that Hightower, a widower with a son, had no criminal record. Chance added that the man, a mechanic, had been a valuable employee, who took a leave of absence due to illness. Phyllis, Sharon, and Nick listened intently as Chance reported that the mysterious missing man hadn't used a credit card or touched his bank account since his disappearance.
Chance said that Hightower also sent a letter, stating that he was never coming back, to his sister-in-law. Chance showed Phyllis, Nick, and Sharon a copy of the letter, mailed from Miami. Nick read the letter that claimed the writer was depressed and afraid of dying. Not sure that his treatment would work, the man also expressed his wishes to be alone.
Chance requested time to investigate Hightower as a person of interest in Adam's murder. After Chance left, Phyllis, Sharon, and Nick were relieved that police were at least considering Richard Hightower as a suspect. Sharon said that there were still unanswered questions. Nick thought it was strange that a hardworking, dedicated father from Minnesota would associate himself with Adam. Phyllis tensely agreed when Nick suggested they should track down Richard Hightower.