At Crimson Lights, Michael and Lauren learned that Kevin and Chloe had broken up. Without elaborating, Kevin rushed out onto the patio to refill patrons' coffee cups. Michael picked up a copy of the morning newspaper and shuddered when he saw photos of Diane Jenkins' dead body on the front page. Lauren said she was concerned about Kyle seeing the gruesome photos and reading the headline that stated, "Murder Victim Bludgeoned."
Lauren followed Kevin to patio and learned that he'd been the one who'd broken up with Chloe. Kevin became irritated and said he'd grown tired of Chloe's constant rants about Billy, Ronan, and other troublesome people with whom she was involved. Kevin complained that he seemed to be a pit stop for women on their way to something better. Lauren assured Kevin that women loved sympathetic guys who were good listeners. She added that women would melt after taking one look at him.
Lauren encouraged Kevin to find the right person. She suggested that Kevin pretend to be aloof, so the woman would assume the role of the pursuer. Later, a pretty young woman flirted with Kevin while she placed an order for coffee. Kevin acted reserved. The woman became more bold and assured Kevin that she intended to return to the coffeehouse and hoped to bump into him. After the customer walked away, Kevin said aloud to himself, "Maybe Lauren was right."
At Tucker McCall's apartment, he repeatedly read the same lines of a legal document until the statement's meaning sunk into his addled mind. Growing angry, he reread aloud, "Liquidation of McCall assets to Chancellor Industries." Katherine arrived and angrily barked, "I don't know what you and Ashley are trying to pull, but it's not going to work!" Tucker seemed confused, and Katherine explained that Ashley had offered to accept the annulment. Tucker seemed taken aback when Katherine explained that Ashley had requested that McCall, Unlimited be signed over to Tucker.
Katherine suggested that Ashley expected Tucker to sign Jabot over to Ashley if he regained control of his company. Tucker insisted that Ashley had not demanded anything in return. Katherine explained that she had a lot at stake with the company and reminded Tucker that it could prove disastrous if he were implicated in Diane's death. Tucker asked, "What are you implying?" Katherine, aggravated, replied that they both knew Tucker wasn't well, so she intended to protect him from himself. After Katherine stormed out, Tucker threw the papers he'd been combing through against the wall in disgust.
Abby showed up at her mother's suite at the Genoa City Athletic Club. Abby told her mom that Tucker had confessed that he'd slept with Diane. Ashley apologized for not believing Abby and for everything that had happened as a result of Tucker's lie. Abby embraced her mother and said, "Thank you for dumping that dog." Ashley was silent, and Abby realized that her mother had not completely cut ties with Tucker. Abby warned that Tucker was a user who'd do anything, including murder, to get what he wanted. Ashley was taken aback, but Abby said bluntly, "I think Tucker killed Diane."
Ashley was stunned by Abby's allegation and asked why she was accusing Tucker of Diane's murder. Abby explained that she'd seen Tucker scratching his hand and had found a bottle of calamine lotion on his desk. Abby added that someone had wrapped poison sumac around Diane's neck. Ashley asked Abby how she knew about the poison sumac because it hadn't been mentioned in the news. Abby brushed off her mother's question and said simply that poison sumac grew everywhere in Town Park. Abby insisted that Tucker was covering his rash with a bandage and claiming he had carpal tunnel syndrome.
Ashley defended Tucker, but Abby claimed he'd still been sleeping with Diane, and she'd attempted to blackmail him. Abby suggested Tucker had used a rock like a jackhammer to attack Diane. Ashley raised her voice to drown out Abby and said, "Diane told me about the affair." Ashley facetiously claimed that Tucker had killed Diane to protect Abby because he knew Diane had the video of Abby's confession. Abby threatened to tell the police about Tucker's poison sumac rash, but Ashley stopped her and instructed her daughter to steer clear of the police for her own good.
Ashley showed up at Tucker's apartment and knocked on the door. Tucker let her in and reminded her that she could have used her key because they were still married. Tucker admitted that he'd told Abby about his affair with Diane. Tucker scratched his bandaged hand and said he'd wanted to take responsibility for Abby spinning out of control. Ashley asked about Tucker's carpel tunnel pain, and he said it was bothersome.
Tucker asked Ashley why she'd agreed to the annulment. Ashley said it made her crazy whenever she thought about Katherine trying to take away his company. Tucker told Ashley that she was more important to him than any company. Ashley replied that if she'd been so important to him, he wouldn't have continued to mislead her about Diane. Tucker said perhaps it was a matter of self-preservation for him to tell a lie or remain silent. Tucker insisted that he loved Ashley and no longer conducted his life as he had in the past.
Tucker begged Ashley to let him prove to her that he could be the man she deserved. Tucker asked Ashley if she planned to end their relationship. Before Ashley could respond, Tucker said he was not ready to let it end because she had changed his life for the better. He said he knew in his heart that she was the one for him. Ashley admitted that she was afraid. Just before the two were about to kiss, Ronan showed up and asked Ashley to step out, and she left.
Ronan mentioned Tucker's affair with Diane Jenkins. Tucker said that his wife already knew the truth. Ronan asked Tucker if it had been a coincidence that Ashley had learned about his one-night-stand with Diane the night Diane had died. Tucker said it was just a coincidence. When Ronan asked about the bandage on Tucker's hand and arm, Tucker said he was experiencing carpel tunnel pain. Ronan mentioned that he'd once suffered through an outbreak of poison sumac that itched like crazy. Ronan added that calamine lotion wouldn't work, and he suggested Tucker see a doctor.
After Ronan left, Tucker pulled off the bandage and scratched the spreading rash on his hand and arm. Ashley returned, and let herself in. Tucker's rash was visible on his un-bandaged arm. Without saying a word, Ashley sat on the sofa next to Tucker. Awkwardly, Tucker tried to re-bandage his arm. Ashley took over and carefully wrapped Tucker's wounds. Tucker begged Ashley to stay, but she refused.
Katherine met with Neil at Gloworm and told him that he'd have to address the board without her. Neil said, "You expect me to get Chancellor Industries to go for this deal?" Katherine explained that the board would claim it was a conflict of interest because she was the acting CEO of McCall, Unlimited, and was Tucker's mother. Katherine claimed that the board would trust Neil's integrity. Neil quickly explained that it would not be a good deal for Chancellor Industries to pay twice the market value for Jabot. Katherine claimed the deal would neutralize Tucker.
Neil told Katherine that the board would not approve the plan. Katherine replied, "It's imperative that we find a way to change their minds." Katherine said they'd have to push the plan through before Tucker realized that she was selling Jabot out from under him. She instructed Neil to impress the board with the latest sales figures and to let them know that the new fragrance would quickly become a top-seller. Neil sighed and said, "We can't try to sell them; we've got to convince them that they've already won!" Katherine, feeling triumphant, smiled at Neil.
Katherine seemed apprehensive when Neil returned and told her that the board had been skeptical about purchasing a cosmetics company for such a high price. Katherine cheered when Neil announced that the board had approved the purchase. He reminded Katherine that the deal would still have to be ratified, but he said they could file the paperwork. Katherine had tears in her eyes when she said, "Jabot will belong to Chancellor Industries once again." Katherine lifted her glass of lemon water and added, "Tucker be damned."
At Gloworm, Nina ran into Ronan. Nina remembered that it was her first-born son's birthday. Ronan, busily pressing buttons on his phone, claimed he was in the middle of something. Nina took a seat at Roman's table and asked, "Do you expect me to pretend that you don't exist?" Ronan replied flatly, "Yes." Nina told Ronan that he'd used her and Chance to get what he'd wanted before leaving town without an explanation. Ronan pleaded with Nina to drop the subject. Trying to maintain composure, Nina said, "I didn't think my heart could break any more after the day you were taken from me, but I was wrong. What you did ..." Nina, fighting back tears, rose abruptly and left before finishing her statement. Ronan seemed crushed, but he maintained his composure.
Nina returned to the Chancellor mansion and found Paul waiting to discuss a case with Katherine. Paul mentioned that Nina had been ignoring his messages. Nina admitted that she'd been angry about a lot of issues. Paul asked, "Should we just accept the fact that our relationship is not working?" Nina sighed and told him that it was Ronan's birthday. She asked rhetorically how she could despise her own child. Paul assured her that parents loved their children no matter what. Paul embraced Nina, and she told him that she'd missed being with her best friend.
Katherine returned, and Paul told her he had a lead on Tucker's child. Paul asked for additional funding, so he could follow up on some leads. Katherine told Paul to contact her accountant. Paul hesitated and said he thought Katherine would have chosen to turn the matter over to Tucker. Katherine instructed Paul to deal only with her regarding the matter.
At the Abbott mansion, Jack tried to hide the morning newspaper from Kyle, but the boy insisted he see what had been printed about his mother. Kyle held the newspaper and saw three black-and-white photos of his mom's bludgeoned corpse. A large photo showed crime-scene markers surrounding Diane's body, which was face-up on the ground. Two other photos showed close-up views, one from the front and another from behind.
Kyle asked if his mom had been beaten on the back of her head with a rock. Jack said she had been. After learning that the murder had taken place in Town Park, near Jack's estate, Kyle begged to see his mother's body. Jack explained that his son should remember his mother as she looked in life and not death. Jack agreed to take Kyle to the park.
Atop the footbridge in Town Park, Jack told Kyle that his mother's body had floated beneath the bride for a few hours before Murphy discovered her. Kyle clutched a bouquet of daisies and asked Jack if he thought Diane was in heaven. Jack said Diane was in heaven because she loved her son so much. Kyle, sobbing softly, asked why someone had killed his mother. After Kyle dropped a single flower into the stream, Jack kissed the top of his son's head and replied, "That's a good question, son."
Jack and Kyle stopped by Crimson Lights. Michael told Kyle that he was very sorry about what had happened to his mother. Jack sent Kyle to the coffee bar to order what he wanted. Jack told Michael that Kyle was asking lots of questions. Jack asked Michael how he was doing. Michael said it was bad enough to lose a friend and even worse to realize how it had happened.
Jack received a phone call. He asked the caller to hold. Jack asked Michael to keep Kyle occupied. Jack explained that he was trying to convince police to let Kyle into Diane's room, so the boy could retrieve his belongings. After Jack stepped out to continue his call, Michael invited Kyle to sit with him.
Michael listened patiently as Kyle asked why everyone had hated his mother. Michael asked why Kyle thought everyone hated his mother. Kyle explained that everyone had always been angry at his mother, including Jack. Michael said that Diane had been his friend, and he'd always considered her a friend even when they'd disagreed. Kyle cracked a faint smile. Jack returned and announced that police had agreed to let Kyle into Diane's room. Before Jack and Kyle left, Michael offered to help with the funeral arrangements. Jack graciously accepted the offer.
Michael later phoned Jack and told him that he'd finalized details of the service. Lauren took the phone and instructed Jack to take Kyle to Fenmore's Boutique because she'd instructed the manager to have a selection of clothing ready. Jack thanked Lauren. Michael told Lauren that he'd offered to help because he didn't want Kyle to think that everyone hated his mother.
At the Genoa City police station, Ronan asked Detective Mauro if her department had released the crime scene photos that had been printed in the newspaper. Before responding to the question, Detective Mauro wished Ronan a happy birthday. Detective Mauro glanced at the morning paper and insisted that her department had not released any photos from the crime scene. Ronan claimed that someone had leaked the photos, and he demanded the personnel files of every employee who'd had access to the photos. Detective Mauro, flustered, walked away.
Abby arrived and told Ronan she had a hot tip for him. Abby told Ronan that Tucker McCall had murdered Diane Jenkins. Ronan explained that Ashley had given Tucker an alibi. Abby claimed that her mother couldn't be absolutely certain that Tucker hadn't slipped out in the middle of the night. Abby said that Tucker had an itchy rash underneath the bandage he'd been wearing on his hand. Abby added that Tucker also had a bottle of calamine lotion, which he was likely using to treat poison sumac.
Abby told Ronan that Diane's killer had likely come in contact with poison sumac. Ronan asked how Abby knew about the killer's probable exposure to poison sumac. Abby said she must have read about it in the newspaper. Ronan told Abby that Tucker didn't have a motive to kill Diane. Abby said that Tucker had been sleeping with Diane. Abby added that the night of the murder, Diane had admitted to Ashley that she'd been with Tucker.
Ronan later phoned Paul and told him that someone within the police department was leaking information. An officer from the Wisconsin Game and Fish Commission rushed into the police station and told Detective Mauro that an infrared camera used to collect data about indigenous animals near Town Park had been stolen. Detective Mauro asked if the camera had been in place before the murder, and the man said it had been.
The infrared camera, stolen from Town Park, sat on an unseen person's desk. A cable connected to a laptop fed the camera's recorded footage to the laptop's computer screen. The video showed a blonde woman standing in Town Park near a fence.
At Gloworm, Abby sat at the bar, sipping a glass of water. Suddenly, she recalled feverishly washing dirt and grime off her hands the night Diane had died. The startling memory made Abby uneasy.
At Diane's suite, Ronan opened the door when Jack and Kyle arrived. Ronan explained that police had dusted the room for fingerprints and had taken all items considered evidence. Kyle folded his arms at his waist and entered slowly. Jack walked behind his son. Kyle noticed several decorative pillows embroidered with kitschy phrases such as, "Hunk of Burning Love" and "Crazy for You." Ronan told Kyle that he could take the pillows if they'd meant something special to him or his mom. Kyle, puzzled, replied, "I've never seen those pillows before in my life." Jack seemed perplexed.