Victor stopped by Victoria's with dinner and insisted he keep her company even after she'd told him she'd needed time alone to think. Victoria admitted that she missed being able to share her problems with her mother. Victor offered to listen. Victoria said she'd been reflecting on the numerous times her father and mother had split up, and then reunited. She asked her father if he and Nikki had felt compelled to stay together because they had children. Victor emphatically stated that having children could not save a marriage.
Victor slightly winced when Victoria said that she was still attracted to Billy. She admitted that she and Billy seemed mismatched, but her eyes sparkled when she insisted that they were strongly drawn to each other. Tears welled in Victoria's eyes when she cried that the attraction alone might not hold her and Billy's relationship together.
Victoria told her father that Billy had been arrested for solicitation. Victor scowled, but Victoria maintained that Billy had been falsely arrested. Victoria said worriedly that Billy had lately made a succession of mistakes, the worst of which was losing custody of Delia. Victoria's temper flared when she told her father that she'd trusted Billy's assurances that he would pull himself out of his tailspin. She admitted that Billy was gradually sinking lower, and she felt it might be time to walk away.
Victoria sounded empathetic as she talked about having once believed that she and Billy would be together forever. Victoria vowed not to sit back and watch Billy self-destruct because it was too painful not to intervene. Victor acknowledged that Billy's loved ones wouldn't emerge unscathed while he dealt with his demons. Victor advised his daughter not to try to solve Billy's problems because she would also be drawn into peril. After Victor left, Victoria was beside herself, so she rushed out to request help for Billy.
Billy planted himself at Jimmy's Bar and told the bartender standing in the shadows to set him up with tequila shots. After Cane stepped forward and announced that he was again tending bar, Billy scoffed and said, "This night can't get any worse." Billy mockingly promised not to jump over the bar and beat up Cane for hurting Jill and Lily, if Cane kept the booze flowing. Cane told Billy to consider how his behavior would affect the people that cared about him. Cane warned that downing booze to forget problems could become a vicious, never-ending cycle.
Cane told Billy that he'd learned from his own experiences that it was best to "man-up" and deal with one's problems. After Billy admitted that he had lost his wife and kids, Cane said that he and Billy had much in common. Dismayed, Billy insisted that he was nothing like Cane. Billy later relented and admitted that there were similarities. Cane encouraged Billy to share his story. Billy did and said that what had hurt the most was seeing Victoria's face after he'd let her down once again.
Cane admitted that he'd hurt Lily and couldn't expect her to fall back into his arms. He advised Billy to fight for what he wanted and let his family know that he'd made mistakes. Billy scoffed and said he didn't need anyone telling him what to do, especially not Cane. Cane challenged Billy to walk out the door, but Billy lingered. Playing devil's advocate, Cane set up a row of shot glasses and filled them with tequila. "Drink it! Drink it, if that's what you want," Cane taunted after slamming the half-emptied bottle down on the bar.
At Fenmore's Boutique, Tucker and Ashley showed up unexpectedly while Jack was touting Ashley's new line of skincare products. Jill whispered into Katherine's ear and asked if she'd known that Tucker had been released from the hospital. Katherine sarcastically responded, "The mother is always the last to know." Jack graciously introduced Tucker to the gawking audience and reminded everyone that Jabot was a family company housed under the McCall umbrella.
Sofia managed to give Tucker a quick embrace before he made his way to podium. From the back of the boutique, Abby studied the interaction between Tucker and Ashley. Tucker thanked Jill and Lauren for allowing the new skincare and fragrance line to be introduced at Fenmore's. Ashley and Jack stood behind Tucker as he addressed the press and the audience.
Tucker was confidently articulate as he proudly introduced the woman who had conceived and produced the new line of miraculous anti-aging products. Ashley approached the microphone, but she only uttered, "Thanks," before stepping back and anchoring herself beside Jack. Tucker seemed sure of himself while he spoke about Ashley's revolutionary beauty products derived from cactus pectin.
Tucker didn't miss a beat when a reporter challenged him about investing in new products during an economic downturn. When the reporter asked Tucker about sales forecasts for the new line compared to the debut of the Starblaze line, Tucker hesitated. The reporter asked Tucker if he planned to create brand awareness via social media. Tucker stood silent before stepping back and allowing Ashley to respond.
Smiling, Ashley announced that Jabot had put into place a comprehensive marketing strategy. She referred reporters to information contained in press kits and directed them to Jabot's web site. Sofia seemed taken aback because Tucker had deferred so quickly to Ashley. Ashley pulled Jack and Tucker close and announced that she was happy to share the spotlight with her two favorite men.
A reporter asked Ashley about a signed marriage license on file, indicating that Tucker and Ashley had married while he was still hospitalized. Sofia turned to look at Abby and gauge her reaction. Abby pursed her lips. Ashley explained that she and Tucker were just about to make an official announcement of the marriage. Asked why the couple had wed in secret, Tucker explained that their ceremony had been intimate.
A reporter asked Abby about her feelings, given that she'd not initially approved of her mother's wedding plans. Abby claimed that the newlyweds had thoughtfully broken the news to her because they'd feared backlash. Katherine, whispering to Jack, confirmed that Abby had no prior knowledge of the nuptials. Abby said that during therapy sessions at a rehabilitation clinic, she'd realized that she'd been too harsh about her mother's decision to marry Tucker. Abby smiled and announced that her mother deserved to be happy.
As Abby raced to the podium to embrace her mother and Tucker, Lauren whispered to Jill that it was nice to see Abby pulling herself together. Jack whispered to Katherine, "Are you buying this?" Katherine, grimacing, shook her head from side to side while she watched Abby pretend to be elated. News photographers eagerly snapped photos of what one reporter hailed as the "happy family."
Sofia, sneering, approached Katherine and Jill and said, "Isn't it wonderful that Tucker could make it tonight?" Abby quietly exited the boutique while her mother, Tucker, and Jack mugged for photographers. Sofia congratulated Tucker and Ashley on their marriage before Ashley excused herself to look for Abby.
Tucker told Sofia that her presence had cheered him. Sofia tried to avoid discussing what had transpired while he was in a coma, but she admitted that Katherine had placed her on a paid leave of absence. Tucker was livid and reinstated Sofia immediately. Sofia was ecstatic. Tucker glared at Katherine from across the room.
Victor arrived late, and Jack told him that he'd missed the excitement. Jack smiled and added, "We're going to bury Beauty of Nature with this new line because it's a game-changer." Victor laughed and quipped, "Well, you enjoy the moment, Jack." Ashley begged Victor not to cause a scene when he approached her, looking for Abby. Ashley promised Victor that she'd check on Abby. Across town at Gloworm, Abby sat drinking and purposely ignoring calls from her worried parents.
Sofia stopped to talk to Ashley before she left and said that Tucker had seemed befuddled. Ashley said she hoped that Tucker would ease himself back into work, but Sofia warned that Tucker never eased into anything. Tucker thanked Jack for getting Ashley's line on the market and praised him for being a good brother. After Tucker walked away, Jack seemed to suspect something wasn't quite right.
Victor told Katherine that he was surprised to see Tucker. Katherine said she was grateful that Tucker seemed healthy. Tucker greeted Victor warmly and asked to have a private word with his mother. Tucker blasted Katherine for making decisions that had directly countermanded his wishes. Tucker warned that he'd take legal action to regain control if she didn't step down voluntarily because he was fit and ready to take the helm.
Lauren asked Jill about Billy. Jill, fretful, said she hadn't heard from him. Jill left Billy another message and said she hated the way they'd ended things. Victoria arrived and rushed by her father. Anxious, Victoria told Jack, Ashley, and Jill that she needed their help with Billy.
Ashley was shocked to learn that Billy had lost custody of Delia. Jack insisted that Billy had gone back to his old ways of drinking, lying, and soliciting prostitutes. Victoria insisted that Billy hadn't been involved with the prostitute, but Jack claimed that if Billy's lips were moving, then he was lying.
Victoria cried that Billy's life was a wreck and that he wouldn't listen to reason. She pleaded with Billy's family to help him because she feared they'd lose him if someone didn't intervene. Jack promised to help his brother. Jill thanked Victoria for stepping forward on Billy's behalf. Victoria cried that Billy might have gotten himself into serious trouble.
Across town, Billy, his bloodied face resting against a deflated airbag, sat unconscious in his wrecked car.