At the courthouse, Neil and Devon supported Katherine as she defended Chancellor Industries' purchase of Jabot from McCall, Unlimited. Jack, Sofia, and Ashley were present to support Tucker, though Ashley was called away to help Abby. Neil asked Sofia why Jack had suddenly chosen to side with Tucker. Sofia declined to answer, but she said, "I guess we all have to decide who we'll be loyal to in this lifetime, don't we?" Devon said he couldn't understand how a son could sue his own mother over a business deal. Neil directed his statement at Sofia and replied, "I agree. It's very disappointing."
Katherine was devastated when she discovered that Jack had sided with Tucker. The judge arrived and announced that his decision would be final and binding. Tucker seemed confident that he would be victorious. Tucker told the judge that Katherine had manipulated him. He added that he just wanted his company back. Katherine claimed that Tucker was suing her for spite. She added that she'd paid a premium price for the company. The judge acknowledged receipt of Neil's report stating the amount paid for the company.
Katherine defended herself and told Tucker to learn from his mistake and move onward. The judge admonished Katherine and instructed her to direct her comments to him, not Tucker. Katherine insisted that Tucker could not have received a higher offer on the open market. Tucker said that Katherine was wrong. Jack piped up and claimed that he would have paid a higher price for Jabot. Jack introduced himself to the judge as the son of the man who'd founded the once family-owned company. Jack said that had Katherine placed Jabot on the open market, he could have raised sufficient capital to outbid her offer.
Katherine's attorney, Mitchell, told the judge that Katherine had discussed with Jack her plan to purchase Jabot, so he'd had full knowledge of the transaction before it was finalized. Jack claimed that the transaction was presented to him as a done deal. Katherine claimed that Jack couldn't have raised the money at the time nor presently. Jack submitted a sales agreement stating that, should the judge rule in Tucker's favor, he would offer much more for Jabot than the amount Katherine had paid. Tucker added that he'd lost millions due to Katherine's interference. Tucker told the judge he would honor Jack's contract.
While the judge retired to his chamber to consider the matter, Devon served Katherine a glass of water. Mitchell and Neil apologized for letting Katherine down. Katherine said she'd never dreamed that Jack, a lifelong friend and colleague, could have chosen to turn his back on her. Jack told Katherine that he'd made a business decision to protect his legacy and had not meant to hurt her. Katherine warned that Tucker would not follow through if he won. Jack said he'd take his chances.
Across the room, Sofia said she hoped Ashley would soon return. Tucker said she hope Ashley could be present when he won the case. Devon approached and told Tucker that Tucker was only seeking revenge. Tucker claimed that he sought justice. Tucker claimed Devon would agree if he knew the truth about what had transpired.
The judge returned with his ruling, and everyone took their places in the courtroom. Sofia glared at Neil and shook her head in disgust. The judge stated that the sale of Jabot had not been conducted to maximize revenue for McCall, Unlimited. The judge added that Jack Abbott's contract and his testimony proved Tucker's claim. Katherine winced when the judge claimed that her deal had been completed under a shroud of secrecy, which cast doubt on Mrs. Chancellor's true motives.
The judge overturned his previous ruling and declared the sale of Jabot to Chancellor Industries null and void. The judge reverted ownership of Jabot to Tucker and ordered Katherine's corporation to pay all legal fees and expenses. Katherine protested, but the judge warned that she should be thankful he hadn't chosen to award an amount for damages. Sofia glared at Neil, and he shook his head at her.
Jack congratulated Tucker and asked when they could sign the contract. Tucker said he'd never had a doubt that he'd win, and he told Jack that they'd discuss the contract soon. Jack asked, "How soon?" Tucker slapped Jack on the back and replied, "We'll talk." After Tucker rushed out, Katherine approached Jack and said that he'd mistreated his father's dear friend. Katherine claimed that Jack's actions were akin to spitting in John's face. Jack seemed somewhat remorseful.
When Ashley returned, Tucker happily announced that he'd won. Ashley embraced him. Ashley and Tucker returned to the courtroom when they heard Jack loudly telling Katherine that his father would have wanted him to reclaim ownership of Jabot. Ashley reminded Katherine that she'd taken advantage of her own son while he was struggling with health issues. Sofia said that Katherine was a bitter, hateful woman who should be ashamed of herself. Katherine yelled at Sofia and told her to shut up.
Katherine was livid. She told Tucker that he seemed to be constantly punishing her for something she had not done. Neil tried in vain to calm Katherine, but she continued yelling and waving her arms in the air. Katherine pointed at Tucker and said, "I have barely started to tell this jackass exactly what I think of him." Tucker challenged her to tell him what was on her mind.
Katherine said, "You're hardly a human being. You're not my son." Katherine suddenly collapsed into Neil's arms. Devon quickly placed a chair beneath Katherine. Jack and Tucker gently lifted Katherine legs and supported her head. Neil told Ashley to call for medical help.
At the police station, Ronan inserted into his computer the thumb drive he'd found stuffed inside a decorative pillow gathered as evidence from Diane's hotel suite. A fellow detective watched as the video played of Abby confessing she'd run over Tucker. Ronan told the detective that Abby's confession could be her motive for murdering Diane. Ronan claimed that the video offered evidence that Diane had blackmailed Abby.
At Ashley and Tucker's condo, Ashley and Abby arrived to find the tape of Abby's confession playing. Ashley called out and asked if anyone was there. Ronan stepped out of a back room and announced that the building manager had allowed him access. Ashley told Ronan that Abby was lying in the video in order to protect her mother. Ronan said he didn't care who'd hit Tucker. He said he wanted to know why Diane had been in possession of the video and what she'd planned to do with it.
Back at the police station, Ashley repeatedly told Abby not to speak, but Abby defended herself. Abby told Ronan that she had encountered Diane at the park, but she insisted that Diane had been alive when she left. Ronan claimed that the district attorney might offer a deal concerning the confession if Abby filled in the details about what had happened. Ashley warned Ronan that Abby's attorney would have to approve a deal, if offered. Victor arrived after Ronan stepped away. Abby told Victor that she didn't know how Ronan had obtained the video of her confession.
Michael arrived before Ronan returned. Ronan said that Abby would have to remain in custody because Spencer was unreachable. Victor told Ronan that Abby would not stay because she'd confessed only to protect her mother. Victor reminded Ronan that Spencer had already dismissed Abby's confession months before. After Ronan suggested that Abby had killed Diane, an angry Victor ordered Ronan to find the killer and stop harassing his family. Ronan claimed that the video established common motives because Ashley and Victor would have done whatever was necessary to prevent Diane from releasing the video.
Ronan said Spencer would decide whether or not to arrest Abby, so he let her leave with her family. Ronan later told Detective Mauro that he'd released the Newmans in order to determine what they'd do next. He ordered Detective Mauro to keep Ashley, Victor, and Abby, especially, under surveillance. When Spencer returned, Ronan gave him the thumb drive containing the video of Abby's confession. Spencer told Ronan to have Abby transferred to his office from the holding area. Ronan said that he'd let Abby leave. Spencer seemed annoyed.
In the hallway outside one of the county jail's interrogation rooms, Daniel ran into Avery, and she introduced herself. Daniel seemed confused when Avery claimed that Phyllis had likely said terrible things about her. Daniel replied that his mom had not even mentioned Avery. Unknowingly, Daniel betrayed his mom when he told Avery that Lucy was in excellent health. As Daniel walked away, Avery said, "It was nice to meet you!" After Daniel was beyond earshot, Avery added, "Nephew."
Phyllis paced inside the interrogation room at the jail. Daniel waited with his mom, and she thanked him for checking on Lucy. Phyllis told Daniel that Michael had ordered her to keep quiet. A guard entered and told Phyllis that she was free to leave. Daniel told his mom he'd meet her near the elevator after visiting the men's room. After Daniel left, Sharon stepped into the room as she was being escorted to a holding area.
Phyllis told Sharon that, thanks to her meddling, Avery had arranged for Daisy to receive visits from Lucy. Avery arrived and explained that the law wasn't on Phyllis' side. Avery explained that she'd chatted with Daniel, who'd told her that Lucy was not ill. Avery warned that Phyllis would lose custody unless she allowed Daisy a visit with her daughter. Phyllis insisted that Daisy was dangerous. Phyllis, angry at Sharon, said that Sharon only cared about herself.
Phyllis told Avery that instead of hurting her sister, she was threatening the safety and welfare of an innocent child. After Phyllis left, Sharon told Avery that she was concerned after having witnessed the altercation between Avery and Phyllis. Avery assured Sharon that Phyllis' animosity toward her made Avery even more determined to win. Phyllis smiled.
In another interrogation room at the jail, Michael sat opposite Victor at a table. Nick paced and told Michael that he needed to get out and see about his kids. Michael explained that police had sufficient evidence to hold him and Phyllis for twenty-four hours. Victor asked Michael if police procedure also included slandering his family on the front page of the newspaper. Michael explained that Nick and Phyllis had lied to police during an investigation, which was illegal.
Michael told Nick and Victor that Nick and Phyllis' lies made them look guilty. Michael advised Nick to confess everything to Ronan. Michael included the photograph, the phone message, and the envelope with Adam's DNA as items Nick should mention. Victor received a text message from Ashley telling him that Ronan had taken Abby to the police station. After Victor left to check on Abby, Michael advised Nick to tell Ronan the truth about everything.
At the Genoa City Athletic Club, Abby sipped a martini at the bar with Michael. Abby proposed a toast to Michael and said she was thrilled not to be wearing a jail-issued orange jumpsuit. Victor arrived and kissed Abby. Victor complained that Ronan Malloy had dragged every member of his family to the police station within the past day. Speaking of Ronan, Victor said, "I can't stand that ignorant son of a bitch. I am going to wipe that smug smile off his face."
Michael and Abby looked at each other nervously when Victor said that Ronan would no longer create havoc for any member of the Newman family. Michael assured Abby that Spencer would be too concerned about the murder case to pursue her for hitting Tucker with her car. Spencer and Ronan suddenly burst through the door. Ronan asked Abby to stand. Victor rose to defend Abby. Ronan said, "Abby Newman, you are under arrest for the attempted murder of Tucker McCall." Michael told Abby not to say a word. Another officer handcuffed Abby.
At Crimson Lights, Nick asked Phyllis what had happened between her and Diane at the park. Phyllis promised to tell Nick about it later. Nick changed the subject and said that Avery wouldn't have arranged for Daisy to have visits with Lucy if she had known how dangerous Daisy was. Phyllis explained that Avery would do anything to put her sister through hell. Daniel arrived with Lucy. Daniel mentioned that Avery, Sharon's attorney, seemed like a very odd woman. Phyllis explained that Avery had chosen to represent Daisy. Phyllis warned Daniel to avoid Avery.
Later, Daniel encountered Avery again in the dining area of the coffeehouse. Daniel told Avery that he hadn't appreciated her lies. Daniel warned that Avery was making a huge mistake by defending Daisy because she should be locked up forever. Daniel added that Daisy had lost her rights to Lucy the day she abandoned the child and left town to elude punishment.
After Daniel walked away, Nick approached Avery and cautioned her against helping Daisy. He warned that Avery would be placing innocent people in harm's way. Avery claimed that Daisy was a victim, too. Nick replied, "You're not doing this for some noble reason. You're doing this to piss off Phyllis." Avery said she had committed herself to helping people who'd been used and mistreated. Nick said, "You talk a big game, Avery, but everything in me tells me that this is personal for you."
Avery followed Nick out onto the patio and told him that Phyllis had a great friend in him. Phyllis arrived and overheard Avery's comment. Phyllis cried, "He is a good friend. He's my friend, not yours." Daniel stepped into the doorway and heard his mother yelling at Avery. Phyllis told Avery that she would do all of the things she had promised Daisy only to ensure Lucy's well-being. Phyllis, livid, cried, "I will not pay you one dime!" Phyllis formed a zero by meeting the end of her index finger to her thumb. Before rushing out, Phyllis looked disgustedly at Nick and said, "Oh, go to hell, Nick!"
In the prison visitation area, Daisy threatened to have Lucy removed from Phyllis' custody. Phyllis warned that such a move would be traumatic for Lucy. Daisy reminded Phyllis that Phyllis had already taken Lucy away from Billy and Victoria. Daisy showed Phyllis a contract she drawn up, listing her demands. Daisy warned that she'd petition to have Lucy removed from Phyllis' custody unless Phyllis agreed to allow weekly visits with the baby.
Additionally, Phyllis was told to pay Avery to represent Daisy in an effort to overturn her conviction. Daisy offered Phyllis a pen to sign the contract. Phyllis asked, "You're telling me that if I don't sign this, you'll take it out on Lucy?" Daisy extended the pen toward Phyllis and replied, "That's your spin." Phyllis put the pen to the paper, and then shoved it back toward Daisy. Phyllis took Lucy from Daisy, who handed Phyllis the bill for her legal fees. Daisy said, "You promised to cover my legal fees. I'll see you next week."
From the state prison, Daisy phoned Sharon in the holding cell at the jail. Daisy said she'd hoped to find Avery there with Sharon. Daisy learned that Avery was out, but she thanked Sharon for having introduced them. Daisy said that Avery had arranged a visit with Lucy. Sharon said she was pleased. Daisy wished Sharon good luck with her trial. Daisy added, "Maybe we'll see each other again outside of prison." After the call ended, Daisy smiled.