Sam seemed shocked after Sharon, her hands cuffed behind her back, was arrested and escorted out of the barn. The crowd gawked as Sharon cried out, "I'm sorry, Sam. I'm so sorry." Sam seemed frozen in place and didn't respond.
At Restless Style's headquarters, Phyllis and Nick, succumbing to their desires, kissed passionately. Nick groped Phyllis' upper thigh as he raised the bottom of her dress. Two phone lines rang simultaneously. Nick and Phyllis snapped to attention and raced to catch the calls. Nick's caller was a detective. Phyllis' caller was someone with a tip about a hot story.
Nick, listening intently, looked shocked when a detective announced startling news. Phyllis dropped the phone receiver after her caller claimed that Sharon was still alive and had been arrested. Later, Nick slammed down the phone after yelling, "No comment," to media inquiries about his reaction to the news. Phyllis explained that Sharon had been in New Mexico, near the area where the fatal car crash had occurred.
Nick theorized that something horrendous must have happened to Sharon because she wouldn't have intentionally allowed her children to believe she was dead. Phyllis insisted that Sharon, selfish and weak, had been acting out of self-preservation. Nick told Phyllis not to judge Sharon until they learned the full story. Phyllis said that Sharon should have found a way to send a message to her worried family. Nick insisted that Sharon had most likely had a legitimate reason for putting her family through months of anguish.
At Crimson Lights, Noah stopped by to pick up Faith after Ashley had volunteered to entertain the tot for a while. Noah was charmed to see his baby sister enjoying one-on-one attention from a mother figure. Ashley smoothed back Faith's hair and told Noah that the child was ready for a nap. Noah explained that the stress of the day had taken its toll.
Ashley told Noah she knew he was referring to the scattering of Sharon's ashes. Ashley invited him to sit and talk about his feelings. Noah did not respond and seemed transfixed by a televised news story about Sharon's arrest. Ashley tried to comfort Noah. Noah cried that he knew he should be happy, but he admitted that he felt numb.
Ashley maintained that Faith was fortunate to have Noah as a brother and that both he and Faith were blessed to have Nick as their father. Noah, in shock, said he supposed that his mother would soon return home. After Nick phoned Noah, Noah stepped away to take his father's call in private. Ashley seemed uneasy as she gazed into Faith's angelic face.
In Jack's office at Jabot, Victor waltzed in and told Jack that he'd expected to find Ashley there after Tucker asked her to take the reins. Jack explained that he been given three months to prove himself worthy, and he insisted that the new line of products would secure his position.
Jack was taken aback when the news broadcast about Sharon popped up on his computer screen. After Jack and Victor discussed the Sharon reappearance, Jack announced that Victor could absolve his conscious over her death. Michael phoned Victor and announced that Sharon was returning to Genoa City immediately. After Victor left, Jack picked up a photo of Sharon and sighed.
Adam, in his suite at the Genoa City Athletic Club, listened to a snippet of audio that would prove Sharon had not murdered Skye Lockhart. When Adam saw the news story about Sharon's arrest, his face lit up, and he gasped, "Sharon. You're alive!" Adam sat the memory card on the table, phoned Leslie, and demanded she tell him where to find Sharon. After he ended the call, Adam fondly remembered telling Sharon how special she was to him. Adam said aloud to himself, "I'll finally have a chance to make things right."
Michael and Victor met in Victor's office and said they needed to discuss issues regarding Sharon's return. Michael explained that Sharon's scandalous actions could adversely affect the Newman family and the company. Victor admitted he was concerned about serious repercussions. Victor vowed that he and Nick would do whatever was necessary to protect Noah and Faith.
Michael warned that bad press could damage the company, so the board might force Victor to take a leave of absence. Victor ordered Michael to spin a story to the press and explain that Sharon had suffered trauma. Michael agreed to tell the press that Sharon had intended to return to her family and fight for an appeal. He strongly advised Victor to avoid Sharon and focus on maintaining the company's stability.
Nick tried his best to console Noah while they took a break together at Crimson Lights. Noah told his dad that he wasn't yet ready to face his mother. Noah cried that he'd finally let his mother go just before learning that she was still alive.
At the police station, Phyllis arrived with her "press agent" badge dangling from her jacket. Almost harassing Spencer, Phyllis grilled him for information about Sharon. Spencer revealed nothing. When Sharon was led in, she glared at Phyllis. Two uniformed officers led Sharon to the booking area. Leslie followed closely behind.
Spencer ordered Phyllis to leave. Just after she stepped out, Adam arrived. Phyllis asked Adam how his plan was supposed to have played out after he helped Sharon escape, squirreled away a nest egg, and acted like a grief-stricken lover. Adam challenged Phyllis to spin stories about him and Sharon.
Smiling, Adam insisted to Phyllis that he was thrilled to have Sharon back. Phyllis reminded Adam that Sharon's new home would be a jail cell unless he could recover evidence on one of the memory cards that would clear her. Grinning cunningly, Adam said, "There's always hope!" Nick showed up and asked Phyllis to leave.
Spencer questioned Sharon and asked if Adam Newman had helped her escape and evade arrest. Leslie told Sharon that she didn't have to respond. Sharon insisted that she'd escaped on her own. After Spencer asked Sharon why she'd let everyone believe she'd died in a car crash, Leslie stepped in and told Spencer that Sharon would not respond to his question.
Spencer announced to Sharon that her escape was considered a felony; therefore, she'd never be eligible for parole. When Adam and Nick walked into the booking area, Sharon seemed happy to see them. Adam rushed to Sharon, but Spencer barred him from touching her.
Spencer told Adam that Adam would be questioned about his role in aiding Sharon's escape. Sharon insisted that he hadn't been involved. Adam responded, "I answered your question months ago. I have nothing more to add." Leslie interrupted and said that she and Spencer needed to step aside to review the procedure and evidence of Sharon's arrest in New Mexico.
Nick, in a sincere, calm tone, told Sharon that he was happy to see her. Sharon asked about her children, and Nick explained that they'd had a tough time emotionally. Nick became increasingly annoyed when he began asking Sharon if she'd known that they thought she'd been killed. Nick asked Sharon if she'd stayed away because she'd been injured or had perhaps lost her memory.
Sharon didn't immediately respond to Nick's inquiries about her prolonged absence. Adam defended Sharon and told Nick to back off. Nick grew angrier and said he was trying to understand the reasons behind Sharon's actions. Sharon said she'd believed it would have been easier for her family to think she was dead rather than having them agonize over her languishing in prison. Nick harshly replied that perhaps it would have been better if she had died.
Sharon sobbed quietly as Nick told her that Faith had constantly begged for her mother and that Noah had suffered emotional pain over things he'd said to her. Sharon seemed crushed and sincerely apologized. Nick's face reddened, and he yelled, "Sorry doesn't cut it." Adam stood in front of Nick and warned him not to attack Sharon. A guard stepped up and told Nick and Adam to stop yelling. Before Nick turned and walked away, he said, "I got all my questions answered."
Sharon cried softly as Adam earnestly declared, "I understand why you did it." Adam professed his love, and told Sharon that he was thankful she was alive. Sharon tried to explain what had transpired while she was in New Mexico, but Adam told Sharon not to worry about the past. Adam proudly stated that he'd never stopped fighting to get the murder charges dropped. Sharon tried to speak, but Adam shushed her. Adam told Sharon he loved her very much, and he happily reminded her that she'd be reunited with her kids.
Sharon noticed Sam standing in the doorway. Sam said, "Sheri, I had to come. I couldn't just let things end that way." Shocked, Adam looked at Sam, and then he studied Sharon's face. Sharon seemed comforted by Sam's presence, and her lower jaw quivered.
Adam's demeanor changed, and he glared at Sharon. Adam heaved a deep sigh before storming out. Sharon called out to Adam, but he didn't stop as he rushed past Sam. Sam knelt in front of Sharon. She told Sam that she hadn't killed anyone. Sam said he knew Sharon too well to believe that she could have. Victor arrived and stood in the doorway.
After Phyllis left the police station, she ran into Noah at Crimson Lights. She told Noah that she'd seen Sharon. Noah seemed confused when he learned that his mother didn't seem injured or mentally incapacitated. Noah grew livid and cried that his mother couldn't just reappear and expect her loved ones to offer forgiveness.
Phyllis comforted Noah and urged him to withhold judgment until they learned why Sharon had stayed away. After Phyllis left, Noah booked a flight to New York. He ignored a missed a call from his dad. Eden showed up and said she'd heard about his mom. She begged Noah not to leave town.
Jack enjoyed breakfast with Ashley and Faith at Gloworm. Ashley explained that she'd offered to help with Faith because Nick's sitter was unavailable. Jack expressed concerned, but Ashley insisted that she wasn't becoming overly attached to Faith. Ashley blasted Sharon for running away and abandoning her children.
Ashley glared at Jack for taking Sharon's side when he pointed out that she'd been facing life in prison. Jack blamed Victor for causing Sharon's predicament, and he implicated Adam for manipulating her. Ashley insisted that Sharon had allowed Adam to control her. Jack maintained that Sharon had to have hit rock bottom. Ashley said that Sharon was a horrible mother to abandon her children.
From Victor's office, Nick phoned Ashley and asked her to watch Faith a while longer. Victor and Michael stood nearby as Nick explained that Sharon had attempted to justify her decision to have everyone believe she was dead. Michael left. Nick admitted that he was devastated after Sharon confessed that she'd intended to live her life on the run. Victor defended Sharon and reminded Nick that they all cared about her. Nick responded, "Not me. After this, I'm done caring about her."
Phyllis went back to the office and began writing about Sharon. Phyllis wrote, "Sharon Newman is back from the dead and already wreaking havoc on the people she supposedly loves." Nick arrived and said, "Gee. I wonder what you're doing." Phyllis offered to stop writing about Sharon, but Nick plopped down dejectedly in his chair and told her she could carry on with her story.
After Adam left the police station, he walked to the stone bridge. He seemed angry as he gazed into the flowing stream below. He sighed as he opened his fist to reveal the memory card. He closed his fist and tightened his grip. Adam's encounter with Sharon and Sam seemed to replay in his mind. Adam clenched his jaw, reopened his fist, and dropped the card into the stream.