A young woman turned up at Billy and Victoria's. The woman introduced herself as Chelsea and informed Victoria that she'd met Billy in Myanmar. Billy, standing next to Victoria at their front door, glared at the woman standing on his porch before she marched into the Abbott abode. Billy told Victoria that after Chelsea spiked his drink, he later awoke surrounded by police officers. He said he had been imprisoned because heroin had somehow been planted in his travel bag. Billy asked Chelsea accusingly if she'd spent her finder's fee. Chelsea warned, "This isn't over!"
Victoria looked dumbfounded. Billy pointed at Chelsea and said, "I met this one at a bar after surfing. I was very drunk." Billy turned to face Victoria and admitted that he'd kissed Chelsea while they'd danced together. Billy insisted that he had thought about Victoria the entire time he was with Chelsea. Victoria said, "I doubt that she came all the way to Genoa City because you kissed her." Chelsea accused Billy of forcing himself on her. Billy defended himself and said he'd never do such a thing. Chelsea claimed that Billy, a drunken pig, had taken what he wanted after she'd refused him.
Billy was taken aback by Chelsea's accusations. Chelsea explained that police had found drugs in Billy's room after she reported the attack. Billy leaned close to Victoria and said, "That never happened." Chelsea unzipped her coat, revealed her swollen abdomen, and explained that she'd arrived in town because of the baby Billy had created. Billy insisted that he and Chelsea hadn't had sex. Chelsea replied, "For someone who insists he can't remember anything about that night, you seem awfully confident."
Victoria stared at Chelsea's rotund belly. Billy proclaimed Chelsea to be a con artist looking for her next score. Chelsea, tears in her eyes, placed her hand over her belly and told Victoria that she didn't know what Billy was capable of doing. Chelsea informed Billy that a DNA test would prove that the baby was his, and she vowed to do whatever was necessary to benefit her child.
After Chelsea left, Billy assured Victoria that he'd never force himself on anyone. Victoria said she believed Billy, but she added that it didn't mean that nothing had happened between him and Chelsea. Billy admitted that he couldn't remember exactly what had happened, but he insisted that he had never once forgotten about Victoria. Victoria picked up the brochure from the adoption agency and said it seemed so long before that they'd received a call informing them that there might be a baby for them to love. Victoria cried that Billy might already have a baby. Billy said the only thing they knew for certain was that a con artist had somehow figured out where they lived. Victoria asked to be alone, so Billy went upstairs.
While celebrating New Year's Eve at Gloworm, Ronan became annoyed with Phyllis when he realized she was watching Nick and Avery, seated a few feet away. Phyllis took Ronan by the hand and led him toward the door. When Phyllis and Ronan arrived at Phyllis' condo, she began stripping off his clothes. Ronan stopped kissing Phyllis and asked about her kids. Phyllis explained that Summer was at a sleepover and that Lucy was fast asleep.
Ronan agreed to be relatively quiet as he resumed smooching Phyllis, who suggested they rekindle their passion in her bedroom. Ronan told Phyllis she should go to bed alone and rest. As Ronan pulled on his coat, he said he hoped Nick appreciated Phyllis' effort to attract his attention while ignoring him at the same time. Phyllis claimed that she hadn't begun a relationship with Ronan on the rebound. Ronan suggested that going public with their relationship had cooled their passion. He added that Phyllis obviously had unfinished business with Nick.
Earlier at Gloworm, Avery became annoyed with Nick's inability to ignore Phyllis cavorting with Ronan. Avery told Nick he was a decent man with honest intentions who'd offered only a whisper of hope that things might progress. Avery acknowledged that Nick wasn't over Phyllis. Nick explained that he'd had no idea Phyllis would be at Gloworm. Avery said perhaps it was for the best because it had become evident that Nick was still in love with Phyllis. Nick replied, "Maybe I am."
Avery told Nick that she and Phyllis were always competitive. Avery explained that she'd studied diligently to succeed and make a name for herself. Avery added that she couldn't handle being second best. Nick seemed saddened. Avery told Nick that their fling had been fun, but she ended their romance. Nick said he was sorry that their relationship had ended so abruptly. Avery warned that Phyllis would never change and would break his heart if he reconnected with her.
Nick later showed up at Phyllis' condo and asked what had happened to her date. Phyllis said, "Did you come here looking for Ronan? That's not very flattering to Avery, is it?" Phyllis and Nick initially glared at each other before Nick grabbed Phyllis and began kissing her on the lips.
At Gloworm, Jack suddenly became fatigued and slumped into a chair. Genevieve, worried, attended to Jack and gave him a glass of water. Patty, dressed in a long, black coat and wearing a cloche hat, listened nearby in a dark booth. As Gloria inquired about Jack's condition, Patty realized that the drug she'd intended for Genevieve had ended up in Jack's champagne glass. As Jack's condition deteriorated, Genevieve suggested he'd contracted food poisoning. Gloria quietly insisted that her food wasn't to blame for Jack's collapse.
Gloria summoned paramedics but requested that they not sound sirens when they arrived. Jack told Gloria to hang up because he simply needed air. Jack tried to stand and claimed that his illness had passed. Jack was unsteady on his feet, and Genevieve concluded that he was not at all well. Jack said he felt exhausted and needed to sleep. Genevieve said that Jack's house was closer, so she'd take him home and stay with him all night. Gloria assisted as Genevieve helped get Jack out to his car. Patty covered her face with her collar flaps and hurried out the door.
Genevieve took Jack home and put him to bed. She hovered over him as he slept. Myrna, who was really Patty, phoned Genevieve and cried that the alarm system at Genevieve's house was malfunctioning. Genevieve told her housekeeper that she'd have to handle the situation. Myrna panicked and cried that a short in the electrical system might cause a fire. Genevieve agreed to leave Jack and return home. Genevieve checked on Jack, kissed him, and said she hoped he would never realize she was gone.
After Genevieve left, Patty emerged from another room, carrying a duffel bag. Patty removed her coat and climbed into bed beside Jack. She whispered, "It was supposed to be Genevieve cutting z's." Patty rested her head next to Jack's, stroked his arm, and said, "The happiest moments of my life were spent just like this." Jack, woozy, opened his eyes and said, "Patty?" Patty told Jack that he was having a dream.
Thinking aloud, Patty admitted that Jack had ingested enough of the drug to dope a horse. She seemed surprised that he had awakened so soon. Patty gazed at Jack's face and said, "It was sweet while it lasted." Patty planted a kiss on Jack's forehead, grabbed her duffel bag, and unzipped it. Later, Jack awoke. Shaking his head and blinking his eyes, Jack mumbled to himself, "What a dream!" Jack heard his cat, Dave, purring. Jack was shocked to find his cat in bed next to him.
Genevieve later stopped by Gloworm and questioned Gloria about the possibility of food poisoning. Gloria defended her club's kitchen staff and insisted her club had had no part in causing Jack to "feel tired." Genevieve spotted Ronan, approached him, and addressed him as Detective Malloy. Ronan explained that he was no longer with the police force. Genevieve asked Ronan if he ever acted as a private detective, and they took a seat in a booth to discuss an arrangement.
Genevieve told Ronan about her housekeeper's reported problems with the alarm system. Genevieve explained that the unusual alarm activity had frightened her traumatized housekeeper, so she'd fled the premises. Police, Genevieve reported, later found no evidence of forced entry. Genevieve mentioned Colin's far-reaching ability to inflict harm and her assumption that Jack's sudden attack of exhaustion might be connected. Ronan reminded Genevieve that her ex-husband was in prison halfway around the world. Genevieve enlisted Ronan's help to investigate and determine what was going on.
At the visitation area inside Victor's protective prison cell, Nikki was shocked to discover that Sharon was wearing Victor's engagement ring. Nikki arrogantly announced that Victor's plan to marry Sharon was too absurd for words. Sharon, miffed, said, "Are you saying that Victor and I have nothing in common?" Nikki, agreeing that they did, said, "You're the mother of his grandchildren, and you've been married to both of Victor's sons. You've also tormented Nick and the rest of the family with your obsession over Adam!" Victor interrupted and reminded Nikki that they were no longer married and that she had a new husband.
Victor ordered Nikki to leave. Nikki walked closer to the clear wall separating Victor from his visitors and asked, "Why would you want to marry anyone, least of all Sharon?" Victor replied, "This from a woman who married a man who got her drunk?" Nikki maintained that her objections had nothing to do with her marriage to Deacon. Victor flatly explained that he enjoyed Sharon's company.
Nikki, growing irritated, reminded Victor that he was in a prison cell. Nikki said, "The very idea that Sharon accepted your proposal says it all." Sharon, fuming, asked Nikki just what she thought the proposal meant. Nikki suggested that Sharon had manipulated Victor by crying that she was lonely because that was how she got everything she wanted. Victor said, "She's young, she's vibrant, and she's beautiful. Why wouldn't I want her as my wife?" Nikki's jaw dropped. Nikki regained her composure and told Victor that she'd visited to tell him something important that seemed to no longer matter.
Victor asked Nikki to leave. Feigning happiness, Nikki congratulated Victor and Sharon. Nikki said, "You two destroy the people who love you because you're selfish, self-centered, and cruel. How long before you inflict that on each other?" Before Nikki summoned the guard to open the door, she told Victor and Sharon that she couldn't think of two people who deserved to be together more.
After Nikki left, Sharon told Victor that she'd never accepted his proposal, though he'd allowed Nikki to believe that they were engaged. Victor thanked Sharon for not setting the record straight. Sharon noted that Nikki was furious. Sharon acknowledged that Victor was trying to protect Nikki by pushing her away, but added that she didn't understand why. Victor told Sharon that questions would complicate the issue.
Victor said, "I asked you to marry me, and I hope you accept." Sharon asked Victor to tell her the real reason he had proposed. Victor explained that marrying him would give Sharon, power, security, and stability. Sharon replied, "A favor to me with nothing for you?"
Victor reminded Sharon that ever since they'd taken a ride together at his ranch years before, he'd felt a deep connection to her. Victor begged Sharon to wear his ring for a while, search her heart, and consider how their union would impact Sharon's connection to Faith. Victor noted that Nick would be unable to separate Sharon and Faith again. Sharon worried that Noah and her mother would raise objections to the marriage. Victor said that no one else's feelings mattered.
Amid New Year's revelers at Jimmy's Bar, Adam drank until he was inebriated. He tried to phone Sharon, but the call went directly to voicemail. Adam later found Sharon at home and stumbled in. Sharon was surprised to see Adam after he'd promised to stay away. Adam mumbled that his oafish brother had insisted that Sharon get the restraining order against him as a power play.
Adam insisted there had to be a way for them to be together without fear of Nick terminating visitation rights with Faith. Adam took Sharon's hand and spotted the engagement ring. He initially thought Nick had proposed, but Sharon explained, "It's from Victor." Without saying another word, Adam grabbed his coat and stumbled out the door.
Nikki went to Katherine's and told her friend that she'd never felt so lost in her life. Katherine was shocked when Nikki said that Victor had proposed to Sharon. Nikki winced when she recalled Victor describing Sharon as young, vibrant, and beautiful. Katherine suggested that Victor's proposal was a reaction to Nikki's marriage to Deacon Sharpe. Nikki shook her head and explained that she'd gone to see Victor because of something she'd learned from Deacon and had found Sharon with Victor.
Katherine asked Nikki what Deacon had told her, but Nikki only cried that she'd once again let Victor get close enough to hurt her. Nikki said she wanted to go home and forget everything that had happened. Katherine tried to convince Nikki to stay, but she insisted that she'd be fine. Katherine asked, "Are you sure?" Nikki replied, "Do I have a choice?" Katherine embraced Nikki and consoled her.
Alone in his prison cell, Victor relived a flashback of a long-before New Year's Eve celebrated with Nikki. After the couple drank a toast, Nikki had said she hoped she'd be as happy as she'd been the previous year. Victor had asked if Nikki had truly been happy. Nikki had responded, "Yes, after I met you." The couple had kissed and wished each other a happy new year. After reflecting on the memory, Victor, with tears in his eyes, said, "I'm still here for you. I always will be."