In a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, Deacon prompted a drunken Nikki to smile for a staged wedding photo. Deacon forced a reluctant Nikki to kiss him, but she pulled away. Deacon said, "We're just getting started, aren't we?" Nikki slapped Deacon and replied, "Like hell, we are!" The officiant and his assistant gasped.
Deacon slapped Nikki's rump playfully and claimed that his wife enjoyed being slapped. Deacon asked to be alone with his new bride. Deacon told Nikki that he had a limousine waiting to take them to a restaurant, so they could begin their honeymoon in style. Seething with anger, Nikki replied, "You're going to start it, and you're going to finish it all by your damn self!"
At the coffeehouse, Avery was miffed at Nick for rushing off to defend Sharon. Avery claimed that she wasn't at all interested in Nick, but he chased after her. Nick assured Avery that he didn't want Sharon or Phyllis. Before Avery could respond, Nick received a news alert on his phone about his mother's marriage to Deacon. Nick showed Avery the photo of Nikki, faking a smile, standing next to Deacon.
At Billy and Victoria's, Billy assured Victoria that Restless Style's readers had been informed that hackers were responsible for the online story claiming that Nikki had been questioned by police regarding the murder of Diane Jenkins. Victoria cried that the story had already "gone viral." Victoria was horrified when Billy showed her the news story about Nikki's marriage to Deacon.
Phyllis read Billy's retraction of the planted story and scoffed at the statement claiming that the person responsible for the malicious attack on the magazine would be tracked down. Ronan phoned and invited Phyllis to his room. Phyllis promised to meet Ronan later.
Phyllis stopped by Billy's and told him that his magazine would never have been hacked if she'd been in charge as editor. Phyllis hinted that Billy needed her and suggested that she could take the blame whenever Billy felt the urge to drag Victor through the mud. Billy scoffed at Phyllis' proposal.
In the visitation room at the jail, Sharon told Victor that Nikki had married Deacon Sharpe in Las Vegas. Victor seemed devastated. Victoria and Nick arrived, so Sharon stepped out. Victoria suggested that alcohol was to blame for Nikki's decision to marry Deacon. Victor mentioned the damming article in Restless Style, but Victoria explained that Billy hadn't written or published the article. Victor assured his children that the police had no evidence on Nikki. Nick said, "I guess the authorities are having as difficult a time as we are trying to believe that you killed Diane."
Victoria defended her mother and insisted that Nikki had acted out of desperation. Nick criticized his mother and claimed that she didn't seem to appreciate Victor's support and devotion. Victor sighed heavily and explained that Nikki had been to hell and back. He begged Nick to forgive his mother. Nick blamed Deacon, and he threatened to fly to Las Vegas to confront Deacon.
Victor begged his son not to seek revenge because it would make matters worse. Victoria added that an already fragile Nikki would be caught in the middle. Nick threatened to throw his mom back into rehab, but Victoria explained that all they could do was shower their mother love and kindness until she was ready to face her problems. Victor begged Nick to stand by his mother.
After Nick and Victoria left, Nikki showed up. She was drawn and pale. Before Nikki spoke, Victor said, "I heard." Nikki, her voice weak, replied, "I can explain." Nikki slumped into a chair directly across from Victor and said she knew what he probably thought about her. Victor replied, "No, you don't."
Crying and struggling to speak, Nikki said there was so much she was unable to explain. Victor told Nikki that she had clearly done what she'd thought she had to do. Nikki told Victor that she had never meant to hurt him. Victor asked Nikki to leave. Nikki agreed, rose from her chair, and summoned the guard to open the door. Victor seemed devastated. In the hallway, Nikki braced herself against the wall.
Sharon returned and told Victor that they hadn't finished their conversation. Victor told Sharon that he couldn't change what had happened. Sharon asked, "What Nikki's done, or what you've done?" Victor maintained that he'd done the right thing. Sharon noted that Victor seemed more disappointed and sad rather than angry that Nikki had married Deacon. Victor explained that Nikki was confused and out of control. Sharon asked how long Nikki had been out of control, and she suggested that Victor was covering for Nikki. Victor sighed deeply.
Sharon told Victor that she knew he hadn't killed Diane. Sharon added that she realized Victor had confessed because he thought Nikki had committed the murder. Victor asked Sharon to leave. Sharon told Victor that she wouldn't let him take the blame for something Nikki had done. Victor told Sharon that it was none of her business, and he summoned the guard to escort him back to his cell. Sharon vowed not to let Victor spend the rest of his life in prison. Victor told Sharon to leave him alone. After Victor was led away, Sharon said aloud to herself, "No way."
Nikki returned to the hotel suite she and Deacon shared at the Genoa City Athletic Club. She told Deacon that Victor thought she'd married Deacon because she was an out-of-control drunk. Deacon said, "You did it for love. It's the love for your daughter, but you'll come around." Nikki told Deacon to go to hell. Deacon pulled a gold wedding band out of his pocket and placed it on Nikki's finger. Nikki protested and said she should not be expected to wear it. Deacon kissed Nikki's hand and told her she should look and act like she was his wife in every way.
Nikki broke away from Deacon and warned him to stay away from her and her bed. Nikki told Deacon that she was his wife in name only because he'd blackmailed her into marrying him. Deacon claimed that he'd never stopped caring for Nikki. Livid, Nikki grabbed her wallet, withdrew a handful of credit cards, and offered them to Deacon. He insisted that he hadn't married Nikki for her money. Nikki told Deacon that money was all he would get. Before Nikki disappeared into the bathroom, she threw down her wallet and yelled, "Take it all!" Deacon collected the stack of credit cards and slipped them into his pocket.
At the Genoa City Athletic Club, Sharon called out to Avery when she arrived and invited her to have a drink. Avery explained that she was about to exercise in hopes of relieving stress. Sharon explained that nothing had been able to relieve her stress. Avery noted that Sharon hadn't been successful with her plan to trick Adam into admitting that he had not seen Victor kill Diane. Sharon insisted that she would have had Nick not shown up. Avery took partial blame and admitted that she'd told Nick where Sharon was. Sharon shrugged. Avery added that she'd had no idea that Nick would react so intensely.
Avery bristled somewhat when Sharon claimed that, as usual, Nick had blown everything out of proportion. Sharon told Avery that Nick was using Adam as a reason to keep Faith away from her. Sharon boldly maintained that she would not let Nick win, and she asked Avery to represent her in a custody battle against Nick. Avery made several groundless excuses before admitting that she'd been dating Nick. Sharon seemed surprised, and Avery explained that she and Nick had grown close during Sharon's trial. Sharon cried that she would never have mentioned the custody suit had she known about Avery's involvement with Nick. Sharon said that she still needed Avery's help with Victor's case.
At the Abbotts' house, Nick and Victoria discussed their parents' increasingly bizarre behavior. Nick said he couldn't believe Victor was not livid after learning that Nikki had married Deacon. Billy walked downstairs and added, "The Newman family definitely hasn't cornered the market on insanity." Billy claimed that getting hacked hadn't been the most bizarre experience he'd had in a single day. Nick had to leave, so Billy took a seat beside Victoria and comforted her while she tried to make sense of her mother's decision to marry Deacon. Billy urged Victoria to be supportive of her mother, and Victoria agreed it would be the best plan.
Billy mentioned to Victoria that Phyllis had stopped by and asked to be rehired. Victoria said that Phyllis had a lot of nerve, especially after she'd taken Lucy away. Billy added that Phyllis had left a wave of destruction. Victoria warned that Phyllis had better not ever show up at their house again. Victoria was distracted, but Billy persuaded her to forget their problems for a time and enjoy being together.
Victoria and Billy kissed, and he offered to give Victoria a back massage. Billy and Victoria mused about living the life of Jim and Margaret in Father Knows Best. Billy whispered an idea into Victoria's ear, and the couple acknowledged that their risqué version of the show would have to air on pay-per-view cable. Victoria began kissing Billy and quipped that their show might stretch out to an hour.
After Billy and Victoria made love on the sofa, Victoria said she just wanted to forget about her parents for a while. Victoria kissed Billy and suggestively told him that because he'd cooked dinner, she'd handle their dessert. Billy continued kissing Victoria, and they began making love again.
Ronan greeted Phyllis with a steamy kiss when she arrived at his motel room. Phyllis slipped out of her red dress, and Ronan gently pushed her backward until the couple fell onto the bed. After Ronan and Phyllis made love, Phyllis teased that they were fortunate Ronan was working from home because they would have been arrested if they'd made love at his office. Ronan told Phyllis that he'd make love with her anytime and anywhere. Ronan added that he no longer had an office because he'd been fired.
Phyllis said she wasn't surprised to learn that Walsh had persuaded the police department to fire Ronan after he set out to determine the truth. Ronan added that he'd also been suspended from the FBI. Ronan noted that Victor's confession was deemed a "win" for the district attorney. Phyllis added that the district attorney was an elected official who sought public support. Ronan acknowledged that he posed a threat because he'd sworn to catch the person who'd committed the crime. Phyllis listened intently when Ronan admitted that he had intended to arrest Nikki at the Newman ranch before Victor confessed. Phyllis suggested that Victor was trying to protect Nikki.
Phyllis explained that Nikki and Victor had a connection even though they sometimes divorced and became involved with other people. Ronan said he didn't doubt that Victor would lie to protect Nikki, but he needed to determine whether or not Victor was indeed lying. Phyllis said she knew Ronan wouldn't give up until he uncovered the truth. Ronan noted that Phyllis wanted to uncover the truth as much as he did. Phyllis admitted that the journalist in her wanted to know what had really happened. Ronan said that a detective and a journalist working as a team could find Diane's murderer, and he invited Phyllis to "go rogue with him." Phyllis agreed to help Ronan, and they began making love.
Nick later caught up with Avery at the Genoa City Athletic Club. Nick told Avery that his meeting with Victor hadn't gone as he thought it would. Nick, frustrated with his mom, said he planned to work out his frustrations in the gym. He invited Avery to join him, but she said she'd just left the gym, though she added that she still felt tense. Avery told Nick about her encounter with Sharon and admitted that she'd told Sharon about their relationship. Nick said he didn't care because he was through with Sharon.
Avery told Nick that they wouldn't be seeing each other anymore. Nick asked Avery if she truly wanted their relationship to end. Avery claimed that it should end for many reasons. Avery explained that she was working with Sharon to help Victor. Avery also noted that another of Nick's ex-wives was her own sister. Nick dismissed Avery's reasons as obstacles that shouldn't stand in the way of what she truly wanted. Nick kissed Avery, and she kissed him back.