At Crimson Lights, Abby rushed in and asked Chloe and Kevin if they'd heard whether Billy and Victoria had won custody of Lucy. Daniel arrived a minute after Abby and broke the startling news. After Chloe heard that the judge had appointed Phyllis as the baby's legal guardian, she cried that Lucy barely knew Phyllis. Daniel explained that the judge had admonished Billy for having bought Lucy from a baby broker. Kevin insisted that Phyllis had made a horrible mistake by dragging Daisy into the situation because she had parental rights and might complicate matters should she be released from jail.
Chloe blamed Billy for lying about Lucy's adoption. Abby blamed Phyllis for having pushed the matter too far. Daniel agreed with Abby. Chloe bragged that she would assuredly gain custody of Delia since a judge had cast doubt on Billy's character. Kevin defended Billy and scolded Chloe for kicking Billy when he was down. Angry, Chloe left abruptly. Kevin quickly rose from the table and tried to catch Chloe, but she was gone.
Abby told Daniel that she was sorry about Lucy. Daniel apologized for not having told her the truth. Daniel stepped away, and Abby phoned Victoria and tried to comfort her. Later, Victor dropped by, and Abby was happy to see that he was still alive. Abby asked why someone would spread such a terrible rumor. Nick arrived just after Victor did and told Abby that someone had perpetrated a hoax in an attempt to take down a rich and powerful man.
Victor was distraught when he learned that Phyllis, after arranging to pay Daisy's legal fees, had gained custody of Lucy while Daisy was in jail. Nick added that when he'd stopped by to visit, Phyllis had seemed somewhat overwhelmed by caring for Lucy. Victor angrily explained that he'd been prevented from hearing the outcome because three people who'd messed with his company had deterred him when his daughter had needed him the most.
Nick later caught up with Daniel at the coffeehouse's patio and told him that he wasn't happy with Phyllis, either. Nick expressed concern for the sad state of Daniel's relationship with his mother. Daniel insisted that he didn't need his mother and didn't feel sorry for her. He told Nick that they should feel sorry for Lucy, Victoria, and Billy.
Kevin seemed distracted when Chloe later returned with a bag of gourmet popcorn, which she presented to him as a peace offering. Kevin seemed charmed that Chloe had remembered his favorite snack and had gone out of her way to get it. Chloe thanked Kevin for accepting her apology, and she admitted that Billy wasn't the worst father in the world. The couple kissed.
Victoria rushed to her father's ranch to check on him after hearing the erroneous news reports of his illness and death. Nick greeted Victoria and assured her that their father was all right. Nick comforted his sister after she cried that she'd lost Lucy. Victoria said she realized that Billy had taken Lucy into their lives because he'd wanted to lessen the emotional pain she had felt after suffering a miscarriage.
Victoria told her brother that she regretted having unloaded her anger on Billy. Nick said he understood. Victoria feared that J.T. would take Reed away from her. Victoria said she hoped to work things out with Billy. Nick explained that he'd left the hearing early after discovering that their dad had supposedly suffered a stroke. Growing angry, Nick explained that someone had orchestrated the false report, which had driven down the price of the stock offering.
At Billy and Victoria's, Billy was frustrated and kicked a pile of baby toys off the coffee table. Rafe stopped by to check on his friend. Billy defended his decision to buy an abandoned baby from a broker in order to give the infant a good home. Billy pointed out that his actions shouldn't have compared unfavorably against Daisy's for kidnapping, torture, and attempted murder. Rafe explained that the courts would never support Billy for illegally acquiring a baby. Devastated, Billy said he'd already lost his daughter and had likely lost his wife.
After Rafe left, Victoria returned. Billy seemed surprised to see her. Victoria explained that Reed would be home soon, and Billy thought that was the only reason she'd returned home. Billy, dejected, replied, "Don't worry. I have already packed my bags." Victoria grew angry and didn't try to reason with Billy when he announced, "I'll get the hell out of your way."
Billy went upstairs to get his bags. When he returned, he said, "I'm going. Bye." Billy hesitated at the door, and Victoria started to say something. Victoria remained silent until after Billy left, and then she quietly whispered, "Goodbye." Billy, looking forlorn, sought solace at Jimmy's Bar. He ordered tequila. Billy gulped a shot and instructed the bartender to leave the bottle.
After Reed arrived at home, Victoria explained that Lucy had just been staying with them for a while. Victoria calmly added that Lucy had gone to live with her "first" family. Victoria promised Reed that Lucy would be happy and loved. Victoria stammered when Reed asked about Billy. Reed seemed confused.
Victoria played with Reed and tried to distract him. She told him that they could make popcorn and watch a movie. Victor arrived, and Reed eagerly jumped into his grandfather's arms. After Reed left the room, Victoria tearfully told her father that she couldn't bear to hear him say, "I told you so." Victor wrapped his arms around Victoria, comforted her, and said, "That is not why I am here."
Phyllis took Lucy to the penthouse. Phyllis told the baby, "I know you've been bounced around a lot, but you're here where you belong." Nick arrived. He asked Phyllis if she was happy. Lucy became fussy and started crying. Phyllis replied, "I'm happy that Lucy's with family. I'm not a monster, and I'm not taking any pleasure in someone else's pain or the fact that my son refuses to speak to me."
Phyllis admitted to Nick that Lucy had been crying for a while. Nick told Phyllis that the baby didn't know her or the strange surroundings and needed Victoria, the mother she knew. Phyllis cradled Lucy and in a singsong voice, she said, "Hi, baby girl! We're going to have so much fun!" The sitter dropped Summer off. Summer was puzzled when she saw her mother holding Lucy. Phyllis tried to explain that Lucy belonged to Daniel.
Phyllis maintained an animated air as she explained to Summer that Lucy was staying with them until Daniel was ready to take care of her. Summer cried, "But you're my mommy!" Phyllis promised Summer that the three of them would have a lot of fun. Doubtful about Phyllis' capabilities, Nick frowned. After Lucy fell asleep, Nick asked Phyllis what she was getting out of all the pain she'd caused. Phyllis cried, "I've lost everyone important in my life because I'm doing the right thing for my family."
Nick warned Phyllis that she'd teamed up with a psychotic woman who had tried to kill Lauren. Phyllis maintained that the baby deserved to be in a loving home with her family. Phyllis berated Nick for having taken Faith away from Sharon. Phyllis added that if Noah were in the same situation, Nick would fight to give Noah the chance to raise his own baby. Later, Lucy became fussy and cried. Phyllis rocked the baby in her arms and promised the squealing infant that they'd have fun.
At Tucker's bedside, Katherine told her comatose son that she'd been second-guessing herself on every business decision. Teasing, she added, "It's all your fault." Katherine massaged Tucker's hand as she asked him if he'd appointed her to take charge during an emergency because he'd had faith in her abilities.
Tucker seemed unaware of Katherine's presence as she said, "I am going to take charge, and when you wake up, don't you dare give me any grief! Just wake up, please." Katherine rose, stood beside the bed, and told Tucker that she'd made some decisions. She challenged him to awaken and stop her, but Tucker didn't flinch.
After Katherine left, Abby walked into Tucker's room and announced her presence. Distraught, she told him that horrible things had happened because someone had told lies. Abby stood near Tucker, learned forward, and said, "I need you to know something." With tears in her eyes, Abby told Tucker that she'd run him down but hadn't meant for it to happen. She repeatedly apologized and pleaded with him to get better.
At his office, Victor, on the phone with Michael, asked him how far he'd gotten with an inquiry to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Victor learned that the SEC was about to launch an investigation into possible stock manipulation and fraud, both of which Victor acknowledged were felonies.
Victor said he had a feeling that Adam and Diane would be celebrating because they'd mistakenly believed that that'd outsmarted the system. Victor later learned that there'd been two extraordinary purchases of stock when the price dropped to its lowest. Victor instructed Michael to phone him after he discovered the names of the purchasers.
At Gloworm, Diane and Adam drank champagne and celebrated as the price of Newman stock soared. Adam lifted his glass in honor of Diane's assistance, and he praised her for having been a trustworthy partner. Jack barged in and loudly ordered the bartender to bring another glass to Adam and Diane's table. Diane shrunk back in her seat as Jack announced that he'd made a killing on the stock market thanks to her tip. Adam glared at Diane.
Jack told Adam that Diane had sold him the inside information. Jack praised Adam for devising such an amazing scheme "to stick it to [his] old man." Just after Jack proposed a toast, Victor walked in. Diane seemed fearful as Victor approached. Adam remained aloof. Jack said, "Good thing Newman stock has a little bounce in it." Victor replied, "I should have known you were involved."
Jack boasted that he owned a good deal of Newman stock. Victor warned that the SEC would surely investigate him for fraud regarding his purchase of Newman stock. Victor sent a bottle of pricey champagne to Adam, Diane, and Jack's table and instructed the trio to drink up. Victor solemnly announced, "Tomorrow will be a day of reckoning."
Jack and Adam seemed unfazed by Victor's warning. Diane squirmed. She asked, rhetorically, why Adam and Jack weren't afraid of the SEC, given the way in which Victor dealt with such matters. Diane was in a hurry to leave, and Adam followed her to the door. Diane apologized for blabbing to Jack. Adam replied simply, "Well played." Diane smiled, and she and Adam left.
Katherine arrived at Gloworm and approached Jack's table, and he stood to greet her. Katherine placed her hand on Jack's shoulder and said she had decided to hire him as her new CEO. Jack was elated. Katherine promised to get the contracts to him soon. Before Katherine left, she said, "Enjoy, Jack, enjoy." After Katherine left, Jack continued sipping his champagne all alone.