Jack stopped by the Genoa City Athletic Club to pick up dinner. Before he left, he phoned Nikki and left a message. Jack told Nikki that he hoped she could have dinner with him later at his house, and he expressed hope that Nikki might accept his marriage proposal.
Nikki stopped by the Newman ranch and spied Victor and Sharon talking in the sitting room. Nikki overheard Sharon thanking Victor for giving her a gorgeous red gown, which Sharon was wearing. Nikki stepped away from the doorway and recalled, in a flashback, a recent occasion when Victor had given her a lovely dress. Nikki remembered telling Victor that his perfect selection had made her heart flutter.
Nikki peeked into the room again and watched as Victor kissed Sharon on the lips. Nikki quickly left the ranch without ever making her presence known. Victor noted that Sharon had seemed preoccupied when she'd first arrived. Sharon noticed that the front door was ajar. She closed it and claimed that she seemed to have left it open. Victor gazed off into the distance and said, "It does seem as if we're not alone."
Victor told Sharon that he had seen the dress and thought of her. Victor asked Sharon what had been on her mind when she'd first arrived. Sharon replied, "Just old news that I refuse to dwell on for another second." Sharon added that seeking refuge at the ranch with Victor was the only decision that made sense to her. Victor asked if it also made sense to pursue their relationship. Sharon replied, "It sounds as if you're giving me an out."
Victor told Sharon that he'd understand if she chose to walk away from a complicated situation. Sharon noted that she and Victor had only shared meals together and kissed a few times. Sharon said she couldn't understand why everyone seemed upset. Victor mentioned Nikki, and Sharon explained that nothing she did ever seemed right to Nikki. Sharon refused to discuss Adam and said she knew that numerous women would love to be with Victor.
Victor smiled and told Sharon that he was indeed giving her an out. Sharon seemed tired, so Victor offered to discuss their relationship after she had time to rest. Victor rose from the sofa to place their champagne glasses on the bar cart. Sharon fell asleep while Victor munched on strawberries. Victor said, "We can decide what we're going to do another day." Victor discovered that Sharon had fallen asleep, so he covered her up with an afghan. Victor turned off the light and approached the stairs alone.
Nikki arrived at the Abbott mansion and told Jack that she'd stopped by to visit Victor. Nikki explained that she had never spoken to Victor because he had been preoccupied with "dressing Sharon to assume the role of lady of the manor." Jack laughed and said, "That's fantastic!" Nikki said she felt guilty and foolish for approaching Victor after Jack had warned her that Victor could not possibly make her happy again. Jack added that he'd be horrified for Sharon had he not already tired of watching her make foolish choices for several months.
Jack reminded Nikki that the last time he and she had been married, a large part of her heart had stayed behind with Victor. Nikki said she wished she could cut Victor out of her heart. Jack said he loathed Victor, and he admitted that "one percent" of his brain hoped to stick it to Victor by marrying Nikki. Jack concluded that they shouldn't waste their time discussing Victor because he certainly wasn't wasting his time discussing them. Nikki agreed.
Jack told Nikki that he was in love with her and knew he could make her happy. Jack asked Nikki if she could just forget about Victor and marry him. Jack claimed that though Victor had once carved his name into Nikki's heart, all that was left had turned into scar tissue. Jack declared that there was room in Nikki's heart for him, even if she wasn't sure about her feelings for him. Nikki told Jack that his devotion to her made her feel certain about her feelings. Nikki pledged her love to Jack and accepted his proposal. The couple kissed.
At the Genoa City Athletic Club, Paul phoned the student newspaper office at NorthwEsthern University and discovered that the author of an article titled "Senior Suicide Tragedy" was no longer enrolled. Paul became frustrated after failing to find contact information about the writer associated with the story. Paul contacted an acquaintance at the Evanston Police Department.
At Crimson Lights, Ricky watched as Christine angrily confronted Phyllis. Christine noted that she'd heard Phyllis call her a bitch under her breath. Christine claimed that Phyllis seemed to be just as immature as she'd been decades ago. Phyllis replied, "You're right. I should have said it to your face."
After Phyllis walked away, Ricky approached Christine and asked her to answer questions about his mother. Ricky apologized for the things his mother had done. Christine said that Ricky wasn't responsible for his mother's actions. Ricky explained that people who knew his mom often thought of her whenever he was present. Ricky admitted that he'd made mistakes and insisted that he'd learned from them. He told Christine that he'd seen her run-in with Phyllis and wished to compare notes. Christine obliged.
Ricky told Christine that Phyllis maintained a tight hold on situations that gripped her attention. He added that it was too bad Phyllis didn't have the same grip on ethics and basic manners. Christine was intrigued to discover that Ricky had butted heads with Phyllis. Ricky glanced at his watch and explained that he had an interview scheduled and would have to leave. Christine offered to discuss the matter another time. Ricky said, "Yeah, maybe."
Paul saw Phyllis working on her laptop computer at the Genoa City Athletic Club. Paul approached Phyllis and asked about Ricky. Phyllis said that she'd fired Ricky from the magazine. Paul wanted to know why, and Phyllis asked Paul why he was questioning her about his own son. Paul explained that he and Ricky had never been close because Isabella's parents had raised Ricky. Phyllis offered to tell Paul what she really thought of his son, but she warned that it didn't "get any prettier after Ricky wrote the exposé about Patty."
Phyllis told Paul that "Ricky's gears were skewed, and he seemed to always race steps ahead." Phyllis told Paul that she believed Ricky had helped Daisy by making Daniel seems like an unfit parent. As a result, Phyllis cried, Daniel had married Daisy. Phyllis apologized for speaking so harshly about Ricky, but she told Paul she wished that his son had never moved to Genoa City. Paul apologized for the pain Ricky had caused.
Daisy approached Eden at the bookstore and asked if she knew the whereabouts of her husband and daughter. Eden walked away without responding. Daisy followed Eden and asked, "Hey, husband-kisser, do you know where Daniel is or not?" Eden turned to face Daisy and replied, "Poor Daisy can't hold onto her husband without spiking his drink or cracking him on the head."
Daisy glared at Eden when she noted that every marriage had hurdles. Eden claimed that Daisy's marriage to Daniel was threatened by snake pits and quicksand. Daisy warned Eden to stay away from her husband. Eden noted that Daniel was the one who'd approached her. Daisy replied, "Wake up, Eden. Daniel's with me, and there's nothing that's going to change that."
Later, at Crimson Lights, Eden served coffee to Paul and Christine. Paul asked Eden how she was doing. Eden said she'd calmed down and was fine and noted that "the Ricky thing was kind of fresh" the last time she and Paul had spoken. Paul reminded Eden to keep her distance from Ricky. Eden promised she would. After Eden walked away, Paul lamented to Christine about having to warn people to avoid interaction with his son. Paul said he hoped he might find evidence to prove his fears about his son wrong.
Christine told Paul that Ricky had "set off her alarms" when she'd spoken to him, so Paul was wise to warn Eden about Ricky. Christine explained that Ricky was fixated on Phyllis. Paul berated himself for not taking an active role in his son's life. He cried that he'd stayed away while Isabella's parents had raised Ricky.
Paul admitted that part of him had always known that Ricky might end up like his mother. Paul added that maybe he could have changed the situation had he not been such a coward. Christine said that though her instincts were buzzing, Paul might not uncover all bad news. Paul cried that he anticipated hearing more bad news from a man named Paul Hunt, who'd been mentioned in the article written about Ricky's former girlfriend's supposed suicide.
Daniel, holding Lucy, visited with Danny backstage at a concert hall. Daniel told Danny that he was desperate to learn how to maintain a civil relationship with the mother of his child. Danny seemed charmed when Daniel introduced Lucy to her grandfather. Daniel placed Lucy on the floor of Danny's dressing room to play.
Daniel explained that his daughter needed him, and he recalled how he'd lost his custody battle due to an incident when Lucy somehow went missing seconds after he'd taken his eyes off her. Daniel said that Phyllis blamed Daisy. Danny asked if Daniel believed that Daisy was a danger to Lucy. Daniel explained that Daisy, though delusional, self-centered, and unpredictable, posed no physical harm to Lucy.
Daniel cited the similarities between his marriage to Daisy and Danny's to Phyllis, but Daniel warned that Daisy had served time in prison for a reason. Daniel seemed torn and said he wasn't sure he'd made the right decision, but he added that protecting Lucy was crucial. Danny advised his son to decide what mattered most. Danny added that what had mattered most to him was being Daniel's dad and waking up every day to enjoy his son.
Daniel asked Danny about his failed relationship with Christine. Danny explained that he and Christine had had their chance to build a relationship, but it hadn't worked out. Danny added that Daniel was not to blame. Danny assured Daniel that every day he'd spent with his son was a bonus to him, and he didn't regret his choice to be with his son. Daniel noted that he never expected to fall in love with Daisy, but he knew that his marriage was doomed to fail.
Danny told Daniel that Daisy was brilliant at pushing things her way and perhaps wasn't being as unrealistic as Daniel thought she was. Danny advised his son to keep his focus on Lucy. Daniel cried that wanting to do something and surviving it were two completely different things. Daniel explained that Phyllis, certain that the union was doomed, had demanded that he abandon his marriage immediately. Danny placed his arm around his son's shoulder and said, "I believe you can do anything."
Ricky arrived to interview Danny, but he quickly ducked out of sight when Danny and Daniel, carrying Lucy, stepped out of the dressing room. Danny apologized and told Daniel about the interview his publicist had scheduled. Before Daniel left, Danny told his son that he was proud of him. Danny added that Lucy knew how lucky she was to have Daniel as her dad.
Ricky introduced himself to Danny. Ricky asked Danny about his songs and casually linked his line of questions to query Danny about his family life. Danny smiled when he spoke about Daniel. Ricky asked about Daniel's mother, Phyllis, and their past drama. Danny replied, "She brought Daniel into my life. It was the best thing that ever happened."
Ricky noted that court documents revealed a stormy past with Phyllis and a custody battle. Danny rose from his chair and claimed he had fans waiting to meet with him. Ricky persisted, but Danny called out to his security officer and instructed him to escort Ricky out. Ricky said he could find his own way out, and he thanked Danny for his time. Danny assertively replied, "Goodbye."
Before Ricky left the concert hall, his friend Bryce phoned and told him that someone with a Genoa City phone number had phoned to ask questions. Ricky recognized Paul's phone number and thanked his friend for letting him know.
After Ricky left, Danny phoned Phyllis and told her that he'd met Lucy when Daniel stopped by with her. Danny also warned Phyllis that Ricky Williams seemed to hold a grudge against her. Phyllis explained that Ricky, Paul and Isabella's son, made his father nervous, which said a lot about Ricky's mental state. Phyllis said she was uneasy and felt the need to look over her shoulder at all times.
Daisy bounded toward Daniel and Lucy when they returned home. Daniel explained that Lucy had met her grandfather. Daisy said she wished Daniel had included her because she was part of his family, and Danny was her father-in-law. Daisy warned Daniel not to walk away with Lucy ever again. Daisy said she was concerned that Phyllis might obtain fake passports for Daniel and Lucy, so she wouldn't be able to track down her husband and daughter. Daniel promised Daisy that he and Lucy were there for good.
Daisy snuggled close to Daniel and said, "You see it now. We're a family." Daniel was about to place his arm around Daisy's shoulder, but he hesitated before resting it on the back of the sofa. Daniel replied, "Yes. We are."