At Phyllis' penthouse, Nick arrived just as Phyllis was about to toss out a sensational story. Phyllis insisted that she'd learned her lesson about carelessly printing negative stories that adversely affected others. Nick suggested that he'd inspired Phyllis to change her outlook. Nick received a phone call and had to leave. Phyllis dropped the pages of the proposed story into a wastebasket.
At Newman Enterprises, Adam told Victor that fighting a fire at his late mother's farm had inspired him to turn his life around in order to honor his mother's memory. Adam humbly asked his father to rehire him, and Victor agreed to give his son a job. Adam handed Victor an envelope containing his resignation as CEO. Adam said he wished to save his father the trouble of dealing with board members. Victor thanked Adam and told his son he'd have to start at the bottom. Victor instructed Adam to assist Nick with a project.
Nick met with Victor in his office. Nick wasn't pleased when he learned Adam would become his assistant. Victor explained that for Hope's sake, he'd agreed to give Adam a chance to prove himself. Victor said he doubted Adam would be successful. Nick said he'd already agreed to work out an agreement with Sharon about visitation with Faith even though Adam would be living with Sharon at the ranch. Victor noted that Adam was being given his last chance to right all the wrongs he'd committed.
In Adam's hotel suite, Paul told Sharon that he'd learned from Patty that Adam was the one who'd set her free from the psychiatric facility. Seething with anger, Paul added that Adam had never given a thought about what might happen to Patty or anyone else. Paul said that he'd suspected Adam all along, and Patty had confirmed it. Sharon noted that Patty had a fragile grasp of reality. Paul explained that Patty clearly recalled Adam forcing her to crawl through a ventilation shaft. Sharon learned that Patty had also remembered Adam instructing her to wear to wear a nun's habit in order to redeem herself.
Growing increasingly frustrated, Paul recalled that therapy and medication had been improving Patty's mental health when she was a patient at Windcliff. Paul said he'd even begun to see glimpses of the sweet young girl his sister had once been. Sharon stood motionless as she listened. Paul cried that Adam had set Patty's progress back because he'd feared she would recant her testimony about the Hightower murder and implicate Adam.
Sharon learned from Paul that Adam's goal had been to cut Patty off from treatment, so her illness could take over. Paul noted that his sister was at that moment being held in a maximum-security prison without the medical treatment she desperately needed. Paul, overcome by emotional stress, yelled that his sister would have been just fine if Adam had left her alone. Sharon said, "I'm sorry." Paul warned Sharon to protect herself and the people she loved.
After Paul left, Sharon headed downstairs and saw Adam at the foot of the stairway. Sharon told Adam that Paul had told her how Adam had helped Patty escape from Windcliff a year and a half before. Adam hung his head. Sharon asked, "You did it, didn't you? You did it to save yourself." Nearby, Ricky covertly eavesdropped on Sharon and Adam.
Sharon admonished Adam for failing to mention that he'd been the one who'd set Patty free after he'd admitted he'd seen her in town. Adam removed his dark glasses and whispered that he shouldn't discuss the matter in the lobby. Sharon said, "Jack will never walk again because of you." Adam pleaded with Sharon to return with him to his room. Ricky rose from his chair and watched the couple walk upstairs.
Phyllis arrived, and Ricky told her that Paul knew the truth about Adam's involvement with Patty. Ricky told Phyllis that she should print his story before it became old news. Phyllis claimed that no one would believe Paul because his sister's account was unreliable. Ricky asked Phyllis if she was afraid of hurting someone's feelings. Ricky stressed that Adam deserved to reap what he'd sown. Phyllis explained that others involved didn't deserve to be ripped apart by the story. Ricky persisted, but Phyllis said, "The story is dead! Get over it."
Back in Adam's room, Sharon demanded an explanation. Adam admitted that he wished he could take back all the horrible things he'd done. He claimed he'd acted out of desperation because fear and cowardice had been the driving factors of his life for a long time. Sharon tearfully asked what his present motivating factor was. Adam responded that it was fear of again becoming the man Sharon had once despised. Adam cried that he had intended to stay in town and set right his many wrongs. Adam told Sharon he hoped he wouldn't have to carry out his plan alone. Adam acknowledged that he didn't deserve Sharon's help.
Sharon admonished Adam for the events that had led to Jack's injury and Patty's incarceration in a maximum-security prison with no access to treatment. Sharon became frustrated when she reminded Adam that he was responsible for the unfortunate interruption in what had been successful therapy for Patty. Adam vowed never to make the same mistakes again. Sharon said she couldn't get past imagining herself grieving the loss of Faith. Adam insisted that he would never harm Faith. Sharon said she couldn't take the risk.
Nick arrived and told Adam that Victor wanted them to work together. Sharon noted that Adam would not be living with her on the ranch property. Sharon explained that Adam had helped Patty escape from Windcliff because he had feared she might testify against him. Adam noted that he'd manipulated Patty before the trip to New Orleans and before he'd lost his mom. He asked Sharon if that made a difference to her. Sharon shook her head and said, "I wish it were enough."
Nick told Sharon he'd drive her home. Adam called out to Sharon, and she froze. Nick stepped outside the door and told Adam he could forget working together. Nick watched as Sharon walked deeper into Adam's room. She paused in front of a table, slid Adam's mother's ring off her finger, and set it down. Sharon approached Adam and told him goodbye. After Sharon left, Adam seemed brokenhearted.
Downstairs at the Genoa City Athletic Club, Nick tried to comfort Sharon and told her she shouldn't beat herself up. Sharon said that Adam always went on the attack whenever he felt threatened. Sharon cried that Adam used people, and she berated herself for having always made excuses for him. Nick reminded Sharon that Adam was depressed and blind, so it was easy to feel sorry for him. Nick added that even he and Victor had felt sorry for Adam.
Sharon admitted that she still felt sorry for Adam. Nick noted that Sharon was also still in love with Adam. Sharon quickly replied, "I love Faith more." Nick advised Sharon to remain strong because Adam would pressure her. Across the lobby, Phyllis watched Nick and Sharon embrace. Phyllis sighed heavily, shook her head in disgust, and walked away.
Sharon and Nick seated themselves at a table to talk. Sharon said she didn't expect anyone other than Nick to be as understanding after the press leaked the scandal to the public. Nick said that Adam's involvement might not make the news because he wouldn't likely be charged. Sharon asked Nick if he thought Patty could be a credible witness. Nick said that what had transpired wasn't included in public records, so it should not be newsworthy. Nick added that his family didn't need to endure more negative press.
At home, Phyllis phoned her printer and instructed him to stop the presses because she had a better cover story to replace the one she'd initially submitted. Phyllis later phoned Ricky and told him she was running his story. Ricky begged Phyllis not to change her mind again. Phyllis said she'd make sure everyone knew that it had been her decision to run the story.
At the rehabilitation clinic, Nikki sat behind Jack's wheelchair while he argued with his physical therapist, Sarge. Jack informed Sarge that he'd had his house retrofitted to accommodate his disability and had almost completed the checklist of requirements for discharge. Sarge quipped that "almost" only counted in an executive suite. Miffed, Nikki asked, "How is that helping?" Sarge told Nikki that Jack wouldn't be blaming her when he fell and couldn't get back up.
Sarge handed Jack a wooden plank and told him he'd have to prove he was ready. Jack struggled to slide the plank beneath his bottom. The other end of the sturdy plank rested on the seat of a chair. Jack's face reddened and he grunted as he attempted but failed to move his body from his wheelchair to the regular chair. Nikki seemed saddened as she watched. Sarge stepped in and hoisted Jack back into his wheelchair. Sarge praised Jack's progress and instructed him to try again.
After Sarge stepped away, Jack strained as he again attempted to transfer himself from one chair to another. Nikki advised Jack to rest. Paul stopped by, and Sarge returned. Paul informed Jack that Adam had helped Patty escape from the psychiatric facility. Paul added that Adam had also known that Patty had returned to town, but he hadn't told anyone or offered to help Patty. Jack, fuming, said that Adam had known that Patty would "blow Adam's cover."
Jack vowed to strangle Adam. Sarge said, "If he happens to stop by your hospital room." With fierce determination, Jack successfully slid his body from his wheelchair to another chair. Sarge agreed to sign Jack's discharge forms. Paul said he'd drive Jack home. Nikki offered to stop by Jack's later to check on him. She said she needed to share the news about Adam with Victor.
At the Abbott estate, Jack wheeled himself into his sitting room and expressed joy over his homecoming. Paul apologized for failing to stop Patty. Jack told Paul that he didn't hold Paul or Patty responsible for what had happened. Jack explained that Victor had gotten Patty back to Genoa City, and both Victor and Adam had exploited Patty beyond her limits.
Jack transferred himself to the sofa, and Paul served him a drink. Jack told Paul that his goal was to exact justice for Patty against Victor and Adam. Paul asked Jack if he had a specific plan. Jack said he had a basic framework, which included a role for Paul, if he was interested. Paul said he was.
Paul paid a visit to his sister at the maximum-security facility. Patty was elated to see Paul, and she told him she'd had a disturbing dream. Patty recalled that the beginning of her dream was wonderful because she'd walked down the aisle as a beautiful bride to meet Jack at the altar. Patty paused after recalling what had happened when Jack lifted her veil. Paul clutched Patty's hand tightly when she begged him to tell her that what had happened was only a dream.
Patty became upset and insisted that she would never shoot Jack. Paul placed his sister's head against his shoulder and said, "It was only a dream. Put it out of your mind." Patty smiled and said, "Maybe Jack could come over, and we could all go skating together. Wouldn't that be fun?" Paul fought back tears as he gently rocked his sister.
Nikki stopped by Victor's office and told him about Adam's role in Patty's escape. Victor noted that Adam's involvement with Patty had caused Adam to lose his eyesight. Nikki reminded Victor that his initial plan to attack Jack had taken a while to come to fruition. Victor replied, "What are you talking about?" Nikki reminded Victor that getting back at Jack was the reason Victor had gotten Patty to return to town, though he'd never admitted to it. Victor looked puzzled and said, "You're holding me responsible for this? I had no idea what Adam had done."
Nikki explained that what Adam had done wasn't all that different from what Victor had done. Victor leaned forward in his chair and said, "What the hell is the matter with you? Are you trying to pick a fight with me?" Nikki, exasperated, rose from her chair and replied, "Nope. I'm sure not, because you're always right." Just before Nikki walked out she added, "Never accountable."
Victor went to visit Adam. Victor announced his presence, entered Adam's room, and entreated his son to share his version of the story about Patty. Adam said, "It's not a story. It's true. I helped Patty escape from Windcliff and leave the country." Victor noted that Adam hadn't turned Patty in after he discovered that she'd returned to town. Adam explained that Sharon was disgusted with him, so he wouldn't be moving in with her. Adam assured his father that he was determined to prove himself. Victor chided Adam for asking for forgiveness with blood on his hands.
Victor told Adam to give him a good reason not to cut ties with his son. Victor cried that Adam's mother would be disgusted with her son. Victor, with tears in his eyes said, "You're my son. You're no longer part of my business. You're no longer part of my family, and you'll not set foot again on my property. You mean nothing to me." After Victor stormed out, Adam leaned against a table to steady himself and found his mother's ring that Sharon had left behind.
Nikki stopped by to see Jack. Jack thanked her for being supportive. He noted that everyone seemed to feel guilty for Victor's crimes except Victor. Nikki reminded Jack that she felt she should atone for Diane's death. Nikki cried, "If I had only stayed in rehab as I should have." Jack tried to console his friend.
Nikki recalled that she had been angry and had wanted to kill Diane. Nikki said she was the reason Kyle would have to grow up without his mother. Nikki added, "At least I can help Kyle's father. Please don't send me away." Jack reached out and took Nikki's hand.