On the patio at Crimson Lights, two police officers dragged Emily away from her cup of chamomile while Jack frantically phoned Michael for assistance. At the police station, Michael joined Jack and Emily and explained that people in several states had obtained heavy-duty drugs that Emily had supposedly prescribed. Jack insisted that Patty was to blame because Emily had been locked in a mental facility for months. Michael reminded Jack that he couldn't depose Patty because she was insane. Michael said that he would have to obtain copies of the prescriptions and launch an investigation from that point.
Chance and another officer escorted Emily to the processing area and announced that she'd be arraigned the following morning. Michael told Jack that his hands were tied until the arraignment, and he advised Jack to wait at home. Michael visited Emily in her holding cell and explained that she'd be kept there until her arraignment.
Emily maintained that her predicament was a major role reversal between herself and her brother because he'd always been the wayward one. Emily noted that she was too hard on those around her who didn't meet the bar she set. Michael mentioned that Jack still wanted to marry her. When Michael asked if she held a grudge against Jack for not realizing that Patty wasn't her, Emily agreed that Jack had failed to meet her expectations. Michael suggested that perhaps it was time for Emily to lower her expectations. Michael assured an uneasy Emily that he'd return first thing the following morning to appear at her arraignment and post bail.
At Jimmy's Bar, Abby replayed video of Billy and Victoria's beach wedding on her cell phone and mockingly wished she could have been present to limbo with them. After the assembled gawkers dispersed, an angry J.T. admonished Victoria for marrying Billy. Victoria and Billy maintained that it just happened. Chloe addressed Billy and irately asked, "How the hell do you get married by accident?" Victoria mumbled that she and Billy had been merely walking along the beach in Jamaica. Chloe cut Victoria off and berated her and Billy for leaving the country unannounced because they couldn't have been reached had anything happened to either of their young children.
Victoria continued and explained that while walking along the beach, she and Billy happened upon a wedding. Billy added that they were just joking around and had mistakenly believed they were taking part in some sort of ritual. Chance asked how they couldn't have known that they were getting married. The couple blamed rum for clouding their judgment. Tyler turned to Rafe and quipped that he knew rum wasn't the only thing participants at a Jamaican wedding imbibed. Victoria indicated that with Rafe's help, she and Billy were in the process of rectifying their mistake. Heather was shocked to realize that Rafe already knew about Billy and Victoria's nuptials.
Chloe slapped Billy across his left cheek and complained that anything he did that affected her child was her business. J.T. leaned his face next to Victoria's and declared, "I couldn't have said it better myself." Victoria fumed when J.T. added that, like Victor, it wasn't safe for her to be around Reed. Abby situated her purse with the hidden camera inside on the bar and waited for Billy to venture near. Billy approached and railed at Abby. Billy told Abby that he was pissed about what she'd done. Abby insisted that Billy owed her a Restless Style cover. Billy claimed that Abby reminded him of one those girls who jumped up and down while waving her arms in order to get people's attention. Billy pointed out that Abby's actions had hurt her own sister.
After Victoria and Billy left, an uncomfortable pall fell on the shocked onlookers. J.T. and Chloe remarked that they were stunned by the startling news, which Chloe likened to an atomic bomb. Chloe soothed her nerves with another drink. Heather told Rafe and Tyler that it was tacky of Abby to rain on their parade. In the corner of the bar, Abby cooed to Kent that they'd videotaped every ounce of the drama, which would make their show a hit. Kent chugged beer while Abby strategically positioned the camera lens, embedded in the side of her purse, toward the bar area.
Heather retorted to Rafe that the show was over, so she should return to the office. After Heather left, a young man entered and asked Rafe about Abby. Abby loudly announced her presence, and the man promptly served her a summons. Abby asked Rafe to interpret the legal document. Rafe scanned through the papers and told Abby that it was an injunction that prevented Abby from airing any video footage of Victor and Ashley. Abby fumed. Kent told Abby that everyone would likely follow Victor's lead, which would ruin their plans because no one would watch if they were forced to obscure everyone's identities.
J.T. and Mac retreated to J.T.'s apartment. Mac escorted Reed's babysitter to the door. J.T. suddenly realized that Billy was Reed's stepfather. Mac insisted that Billy was a good father, and she claimed she'd gotten over him. J.T. and Mac kissed, and J.T. begged her to stay because it was what he'd wanted for a long time. Mac mumbled that she couldn't, and J.T. completed the sentence by acknowledging that her surrogacy contract likely didn't preclude him holding her in his arms all night. Mac promised to leave early before Reed awoke, and the couple continued kissing.
At the Chancellor mansion, Chloe cried to Chance that Victoria, who the court decided shouldn't retain custody of her own child, would be parenting Delia. Chance asked Chloe if she was upset about Billy moving on and being involved with another woman. Chloe shook her head disapprovingly and said, "Billy and Victoria-that's never going to happen."
Chance reminded Chloe that she'd first expressed jealousy over Heather and then became unglued when she learned about Billy moving on. Chloe explained that she'd seen Billy plastered plenty of times. Chloe added that not once during Billy's binges had he wound up accidentally married. Chloe maintained that Billy cringed at the very thought of being tied down. Chloe insisted that she didn't care about Billy's lovers. Regarding Chloe's resounding comment, Chance asked her if she was trying to convince herself or him.
Victoria and Billy took refuge at Billy's mobile home. Billy reached into his turquoise fridge and grabbed a chilled ginger ale to help combat Victoria's nausea. Billy thought that perhaps Abby had stolen the footage of the wedding from his unattended laptop. Victoria, distressed, placed her hand on her forehead and cried that J.T. would use the video against her in Reed's custody case. Billy tried to comfort Victoria and insisted that she hadn't broken any laws. Inattentive to Billy's overture, Victoria whipped out her cell phone to call her attorney, Julia. Victoria noticed several message notifications from her mother, which requested her presence at the ranch.
Mortified, Victoria assumed that her parents knew about the marriage. Billy listened to his messages from Ashley, who summoned him to the ranch, as well. Victoria, flustered, cried that both of their families must know. After Billy and Victoria returned from the ranch, they couldn't believe they'd received a temporary reprieve. Victoria insisted they would tell their families about their marriage the following day. Victoria worried that she wouldn't sleep a wink because she knew that Abby was about to tell the world about their wedding. Billy began kissing Victoria and said that sleeping was the last thing on his mind. Victoria succumbed to Billy's romantic advances.
At the Newman ranch, Victor summoned his family to a meeting. Phyllis, Nick, Sharon, and Ashley awaited the arrival of Victoria, Jack, and Billy. After Ashley learned that District Attorney Owen Pomerantz was on his way, Sharon explained that new evidence indicated that Adam was still alive. After Owen arrived, he snidely remarked that he doubted Michael's claim about a startling new development in Nick's case. Nikki, her arms folded, declared that what her family had uncovered was the key to the whole case against Nick.
Victor displayed the missing-person's poster with Richard Hightower's photo and asked Owen if he could identify the man. Owen disclosed that Chance had already told him about Richard Hightower, the man from Minneapolis. Owen fervently discounted the theory that the missing man was connected to Adam. Owen added that he'd already nabbed the killer and had a rock-solid case. Nick and Sharon asked Owen if he knew that Adam had given bone marrow to Hightower. They also told Owen that Adam summoned the mysterious man to come to Genoa City the night of the ball. Nikki rhetorically asked Owen if they had garnered his attention. Owen narrowed his eyes and glared at Victor.
Jack arrived. Owen quipped that Jack's friends thought they were better investigators than the police. Victor explained that they were about to present their evidence. Ashley nervously announced that Adam might still be alive. Owen and Jack learned that police records confirmed that Richard Hightower showed up at the Genoa City Athletic Club on April 1, which was the night of the ball. Victor explained that Hightower had the same type of tuxedo, cape, and mask that Adam wore. Nick added that Hightower showed up after Adam phoned him and that a witness saw Hightower there just before the explosion. Victor explained that Adam used a cell phone Patty gave him to contact Hightower at a pay phone near a fast-food restaurant outside Minneapolis.
Owen listened as Phyllis chimed in and said that she and Sharon spoke to the restaurant manager who reported that Hightower, wearing a tuxedo and cape, and holding a mask, had waited by the phone. Hightower left abruptly after receiving a call. Jack and Ashley, shocked, asked how Adam knew Hightower. Nikki explained that Hightower had leukemia, and that on February 25, Adam drove to Minneapolis and donated bone marrow to Hightower. Sharon added that Adam had lied about going to Kansas to visit Hope's grave. Phyllis chimed in again and declared, "Which explains why there was a parking stub in Adam's pocket that places him in Minneapolis on that date."
Nick maintained that after Adam donated bone marrow, Hightower owed him big time. Sharon said that a couple of weeks later, a waitress at the restaurant saw Adam and Hightower together and identified both of them from photos. Owen, his brow knit and his jaw set, listened intently. Victor explained that the waitress recalled seeing Hightower's son, Justin, hug Adam and thank him. Nick stated that he and Paul met with young Justin, who told them that Adam had saved his dad's life. Nikki proudly announced that Paul's good, old-fashioned detective work confirmed that Richard Hightower had undergone a medical procedure.
Sharon insisted that Richard Hightower, a terrific father and upstanding citizen, wasn't a killer. Jack asked where Hightower could be. Victor said that they all believed Hightower was dead, and that police had obviously removed his body from the burned-out basement at the club. Nikki displayed Richard Hightower and Adam's photos and pointed out the two men's physical similarities. Phyllis added that Adam hadn't chosen Richard at random because the missing man was obviously part of Adam's plan.
Owen reminded the assemblage of Newmans and Abbotts that the medical examiner's thorough autopsy had included DNA tests. Victor explained that Adam's DNA was in Hightower's body due to the bone marrow transplant. Owen scoffed and quipped that everyone gathered in the Newmans' sitting room had been reading too much science fiction. Victor responded, "Mr. Pomerantz, you will stay here and listen until we are finished; got that?" Owen said Victor couldn't bully him into believing the fantasy they'd concocted. Victor requested that Pomerantz's forensics lab conduct another DNA test.
Phyllis insisted that Hightower, not Adam, had died. Ashley, overwhelmed by the complexity of Adam's plot, expressed doubts that Adam could have secretly set his plan in motion months before it played out. Nick insisted that Adam's unraveling schemes had forced him to plan an exit strategy. Sharon produced Adam's bank records and explained that he'd drained his account the night he escaped from the hospital. Victor pointed out that Hightower, suffering from cancer, had no criminal record and was devoted to his son. Nick added that Adam never did anything kind for anyone without expecting something out of it. Owen charged that because Adam's family buried him in a potter's grave, they gave up all claims to his body.
Victoria and Billy arrived at the ranch together and steeled themselves before stepping inside. Billy assured Victoria that they'd tell their families that they'd made a mistake and had planned to have the marriage annulled. Billy asked for a good-luck kiss. Victoria obliged with a quick peck on the lips, but Billy clearly yearned for more. Nikki met Billy and Victoria at the door. Victoria almost revealed her secret, but she overhead Owen yelling about digging up bodies. As she led them into the sitting room to listen, Nikki told Billy and Victoria that Adam was still alive.
Owen flatly refused to exhume Adam's body just to placate Victor and his family. Sharon observed that there was no harm in conducting additional tests. Ashley offered to pay for everything. Owen said, "I heard the truth in Adam's voice. Nick stalked him in the basement and then stabbed him in the heart-case closed." Victor asked what Owen had against his family. Owen supported his decision by pointing out that everyone in the room believed that he or she was above the law and could run amuck. Owen added that their collective arrogance knew no bounds. Victor ordered Owen to get his pompous ass out of Victor's house.
Before Owen left, he informed Nick that he was moving his court date up a few weeks because they had wasted the district attorney's time. Phyllis was upset and worried that Nick wouldn't have time to mount his defense. Billy and Victoria, in the dark about what had transpired, concluded that whatever had occurred must have backfired. Victor vowed that his son would not take the rap for Adam's murder. Nick said that Adam was probably on the other side of the world laughing because he thought he'd gotten away with murder.
Nikki asked Billy and Victoria if they understood why they'd been urgently summoned. Billy and Victoria explained that they'd been at a party for Rafe and hadn't heard their phones. Jack suggested taking Owen Pomerantz to court. Victor phoned Michael and put him on speakerphone. Victor explained that Pomerantz didn't buy their theory. Michael agreed with Phyllis' remark that it was not good news for Nick if Pomerantz moved up the trial date. Michael explained that it could take months to petition the state for the body because it was buried in a municipal cemetery. Jack asked if Sharon could petition the court as Adam's wife. Nick noted that Sharon had annulled the marriage. Sharon sighed and cried, "It's something I never dreamed I'd live to regret."
Later, alone, Victor recalled past conversations with Adam. Victor remembered telling Adam that Ashley and Sharon had truly loved him, and that Rafe and Heather had defended him. Victor told Adam that he'd hurt Nick to get back at his father. Adam had replied, "I don't want to hear about your real son! You had me knocked unconscious and dragged before a vigilante kangaroo court. You and Nicholas will pay for that!"
Ashley worried about Faith's safety and made Sharon and Nick promise not to let the vulnerable infant out of their sight. Nick seethed and claimed that he'd kill Adam for real if he showed up in Genoa City. Nikki admonished Nick for saying such a thing. Jack invited Ashley to stay at his house, but Ashley explained that she couldn't trust Abby to be home alone. Jack offered to stay at Ashley's, and he told Victor that he'd do whatever he could to help find Adam. After Jack, Ashley, Billy, and Victoria left, Nikki told Victor that Owen Pomerantz had crossed a line.
Overcome with fear for her husband's predicament, Phyllis nearly collapsed in Nick's arms. Nick and Phyllis left to check on Summer. Sharon went upstairs to check on Faith. Victor embraced a tearful Nikki and assured her that they would defeat Pomerantz because Michael was the best lawyer around. Later, Abby arrived and angrily confronted Victor by waving the injunction papers in his face. Victor told Abby that she was out of line, and that he wouldn't deal with the matter because it was late. Nikki entered and heard Abby ask Victor why he didn't pick on Victoria for running off and marrying Billy Abbott.
Back at police headquarters, Owen complained to Heather that the Newmans and Abbotts thought he'd go along with their absurd theory. Owen added that the two families would soon learn just how solid their case was. Heather asked what she could do to help. Owen ordered Heather to find out if Ellis' attack on Nick was a setup. Owen insisted that Nick would kiss his bail goodbye if it were a setup. Heather seemed uneasy after Owen left. Michael walked into the office, and Heather asked if Adam could still be alive. Michael assured her that he could. Heather offered to help Michael find Adam during her off time, as long it didn't jeopardize her position in the district attorney's office.