At the Newman ranch, Diane and Nick made love on the floor in front of the fireplace and cozily snuggled afterward. Nick and Diane heard a car pull up and saw the flash of headlights through the window. Nick looked out the window and saw Victor. Nick and Diane dressed quickly, and Diane dashed out the back door without her shoes. Victor greeted his son by asking, "What are you doing here?" Victor sniffed the air and added, "There was a woman in here." After Victor stepped out, Nick quickly stuffed Diane's shoes into his coat pockets.
When Victor returned, Nick explained that his lady friend wasn't Sharon. Victor noted that he'd read Phyllis' article in Restless Style. Nick sadly noted that he'd known that Sharon wasn't over Adam even though she'd repeatedly insisted she was. Victor agreed that Nick should protect his family by supervising Sharon's visits with Faith. Nick told Victor that Adam hadn't yet been arrested because the evidence was circumstantial.
Nick told Victor that Adam was telling everyone that Victor had set him up by whisking Skye out of town. Victor maintained that Adam would go to any lengths to avoid being held accountable. Victor added that Adam's crimes would soon catch up with him. Nick said it couldn't happen fast enough for him, though it was too late for Sharon. Nick told Victor he could have used his father's support. Victor explained that he had reasons for being away that Nick knew nothing about.
Nick berated Victor for always walking out on his family. Victor attempted to appease Nick and told his son that he trusted him to run the company. Nick agreed that he was reliable but sometimes needed his father's support. Victor asked Nick to explain what he meant, but Nick, as he rushed out the door, said he would elaborate later at the office.
After learning from Michael that Victor had returned, Nikki showed up at the ranch with a decorated Christmas tree. Nikki invited Victor to spend Christmas with their family, but Victor declined the offer and insisted he would be fine. Nikki mentioned Diane's financial woes and reported the unfortunate scene at Crimson Lights with Diane's declined credit card. After Nikki left, Victor sat dejectedly and gazed at the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree.
Diane arrived after Victor summoned her to the ranch. Victor asked Diane if she had a job. Diane explained the fiasco that prompted Tucker to change his mind about hiring her. Victor explained that he had a personal renovation project in mind. Diane asked if Victor really wanted her for the job in order to drive Jack crazy. Victor didn't respond to the question, but he told Diane she had to give him an answer very soon.
After Nikki left the ranch, she ran into Nick at Gloworm. Nick noted that Deacon was present and asked his mom if she wished to leave. Nikki changed the subject and told Nick about her awkward encounter with Victor. Nikki explained that Victor had declined her invitation to spend Christmas with his family. Nikki added that she was worried about Victor spending the holidays alone. Nick mentioned that his visit with his father hadn't gone well.
Nikki visited with Deacon on the patio at Crimson Lights. Having just left an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Deacon told Nikki she looked well. Nikki showed Deacon the coin she'd earned for maintaining 60 days of sobriety. Nikki praised Deacon for having set her on the right path. Deacon announced that he'd soon earn his 60-day coin, and Nikki agreed to support him by accompanying him to the award presentation. Nikki explained that she and Deacon could meet for coffee after meetings but would have to avoid romantic entanglements.
Deacon assured Nikki that being with her wasn't just sex to him. Nikki explained that she felt responsible for her past actions and needed time. Deacon begged Nikki to consider time served and agree to resume their relationship sooner. Nikki made it clear that she planned to stick to the guidelines and avoid socializing with newly recovered alcoholics for at least six months. Deacon claimed he respected Nikki for taking a stand.
Diane saw Deacon kiss Nikki on the cheek before he left. Diane taunted Nikki and quipped that Nikki, with her young boyfriend, had become a sugar mama. Nikki fired back and claimed Diane likely depended on a sugar daddy because she had no job or husband. Nikki seemed justified when a coffeehouse employee approached and cut Diane's declined credit card in half. Nikki haughtily placed some money on the counter, so Diane could pay her tab.
After Nikki left, Diane paid her bill with Nikki's money and restored her dignity by giving her waiter a hefty tip. When Nick showed up, he found a brooding Diane drinking coffee on the patio. Diane asked if Victor knew she'd been at the ranch. Nick explained that his dad had other issues to discuss. Diane perked up when she showed Nick that she was wearing the hideous shoes his maid had left by the backdoor. Nick slipped Diane's shoes back onto her feet. Nick and Diane agreed to keep their relationship quiet. Victor called and summoned Diane to the ranch. Diane promised to let Nick know what Victor wanted.
Leslie Michaelson, Adam's attorney, came to Sharon and Adam's motel room and announced that police already had the photo of the mystery couple in the freight elevator. Leslie said that at least police were investigating the possibility that Skye was alive and scamming Adam. Leslie hoped Adam might have a photo of Skye wearing the shoes and carrying the purse seen in the photo, but Adam said he did not.
Sharon asked about Skye's perfume, and Leslie confirmed that the bottle was listed on the inventory of police evidence. Sharon excitedly suggested checking to see if Skye had ordered a replacement bottle of the rare perfume. Adam said he'd rather prove that Skye was alive. Leslie believed the DA would soon announce that Adam was no longer a person of interest because the evidence was weak. Leslie added that Skye had a vendetta against Adam and had previously faked her death.
After Leslie left, Sharon told Adam that they would prove to everyone else that he was innocent because she already believed him. Sharon decided to send Skye's clothing to a lab to determine the name and manufacturer of her perfume, which Adam said Skye kept in an antique atomizer. Adam said he'd ask Phyllis to publish the photo of Skye taken in the elevator. Adam hoped the photo would prompt readers to realize that Skye was up to her old tricks. Adam kissed Sharon and thanked her for supporting him.
In the alley near the train station, Jack peered into the dirt-smudged duffel bag he and Phyllis discovered near a dumpster. Jack found a coat, dress, and a handbag. Phyllis identified the handbag as the same one seen being held by the person in the surveillance photo. Jack agreed. Phyllis theorized that Adam killed Skye quickly, dumped her body nearby, and then boarded the train. Phyllis wanted to scoop the story, but Jack phoned police.
Police officers carried the bagged evidence Jack and Phyllis found into the police station. Phyllis and Jack accompanied Ronan and explained that they were timing the route Adam would have taken from the Genoa City Athletic Club to the train station. Jack added that they calculated the route based on the time stamp on the surveillance video. Phyllis added that the items in the duffel bag matched those worn by the woman seen in the freight elevator. Ronan didn't answer when Phyllis asked if Adam would be arrested.
Later, at Phyllis' condo, Jack and Phyllis discussed Ronan's cool reaction to the evidence. Jack assured Phyllis that Ronan would not pass up the chance to bring down the notorious Adam Newman. Adam phoned Phyllis and asked if she'd publish the elevator photo because he was certain his dad was involved. Adam claimed Victor had slipped away with Skye after planting the blood.
Phyllis asked Adam if she could quote him on his verification that the purse and shoes found in the alley belonged to Skye. Adam agreed that she could. Phyllis replied that the caption beneath the photo would state, "This is the last time that Skye Newman was seen alive, and all that's left is her bloodied, rumpled clothes found in an alley near a train station." Adam was befuddled by Phyllis' comment until Ronan showed up and demanded that he come downtown.
After Phyllis' call to Adam ended, Jack told Phyllis he still had unanswered questions about Adam and Skye. Jack couldn't fathom why Skye would leave with Adam if he'd injured her severely enough to draw blood. Phyllis supposed that Skye thought she could control the situation if she could get out of the room. Jack couldn't imagine where Adam could have disposed of Skye's body. Jack admitted that Skye had faults, but he maintained that she didn't deserve what had happened.
Sharon showed up looking for Jack and asked for his help. Sharon told Jack she needed someone at the Jabot lab to identify Skye's perfume from traces left on a blouse. Sharon handed Skye's blouse to Jack, and he sniffed it. Sharon theorized that Skye would reorder the perfume from her source. Phyllis taunted Sharon with snide remarks about Adam sending her on a wild goose chase. Sharon indignantly instructed Phyllis to take notes for her retraction.
Phyllis suggested that Sharon phone Adam. Sharon did and learned that Adam was at the police station because Phyllis and Jack had turned over the bloodied clothes Skye had been wearing the night she'd disappeared. Sharon blasted Phyllis for turning information over to police and cutting her and Adam out of the loop. Sharon claimed they'd proved Skye's death was a hoax by showing a photo of her walking out of the hotel. Phyllis claimed it only proved that Adam didn't kill Skye at the hotel. Sharon assured Phyllis she'd prove that Adam did not kill Skye.
As Sharon turned to leave, Jack handed her the blouse and said that Skye's fragrance was called Galibier. After Sharon left, Phyllis defiantly folded her arms at her waist and demanded to know why Jack had helped Sharon. Phyllis claimed that helping Sharon also helped Adam. Jack explained that Skye was dead, so telling Sharon the name of a dead woman's perfume wouldn't help Adam one bit. Jack added that if Skye was alive, he wanted to know. Jack said he was fine with the idea of Adam serving time for a crime he didn't commit in place of the ones he did.
At the police station, Ronan tossed Skye's clothes, sealed in evidence bags, onto a desk and prompted Adam to tell him what had happened to Skye. Ronan showed Adam the photo from the elevator and said the image could be a photo of him escorting Skye out of the hotel to her death. Adam quickly insisted that Skye wasn't dead. Adam explained that the Skye's clothes were planted at the station by Victor.
Ronan learned that Adam didn't have an alibi. Adam explained that he had not ridden with his driver the night Skye disappeared, so no one could vouch for his whereabouts. Sharon arrived. Before Ronan stepped out, he told her he hadn't yet arrested Adam. Sharon ran to Adam and assured him she would prove that someone had set him up.
Adam's mood lifted when Sharon said she'd learned that Skye's perfume, Galibier, was available only in Monaco because it had been Princess Grace's favorite. Sharon said she'd already left a message with the perfume's manufacturer. Adam breathed a sigh of relief and said it would all be over very soon. Ronan suddenly returned and arrested Adam. Sharon promised Adam that she would find Skye and prove his innocence.