At the rehabilitation facility, Sarge was amazed when he witnessed Jack's breakthrough improvement. With his arms firmly braced against the support railings, Jack maneuvered his leg forward in a walking motion. Jack noted that his leg had regained some sensation. Sarge was impressed and urged Jack to phone his doctor. Overwhelmed by his improvement, Jack sobbed and told Sarge that he was grateful because Sarge had inspired him to work hard.
After Jack phoned his doctor, he reported that he'd been scheduled for a test, which Jack claimed would prove that swelling in his spinal column had decreased. Jack proudly announced that he would stand next to Nikki at their wedding. Sarge asked why Jack was so intent on being able to stand at his wedding. Jack explained that he'd once given up on himself, but Nikki had stuck with him and offered encouragement during his long road to recovery. Jack reiterated that he'd stand at his wedding even if it killed him. Sarge told Jack that there was nothing more satisfying than witnessing a friend's miraculous recovery.
At the Genoa City Athletic Club, Sharon sat alone gazing at the stone-encrusted necklace she'd just shoplifted from a jewelry store. In a flashback, Sharon recalled having overheard Nikki telling Victor that Sharon didn't know how to handle "the beast." Sharon later phoned a security guard at the Newman ranch and learned that Nikki hadn't yet left the premises.
At the Newman ranch, Victor convinced Nikki to stay. After Nikki seated herself on the sofa, Victor demanded to know if Nikki was in love with Jack Abbott. Exasperated by Victor's probing, Nikki readily admitted that she did love Jack. Victor yelled, "Get out!" Nikki cried that every time Victor asked her to be honest, he used her words against her. Vehemently, Victor ordered Nikki out of his house. Nikki yelled, "Oh, stop with this nonsense! You done with your games? Because I'm finished playing!" Just before Nikki slammed the door, she told Victor not to worry about her ever returning.
Nikki arrived at the Genoa City Athletic Club. Jack phoned and announced that he'd meet her for lunch. Sharon approached Nikki and pointed out that she should be doting on Jack instead of spending time away from her fiancé. Nikki, her conversation laced with double entendres, explained that she'd been to the ranch and was concerned that Sharon's horse was not being cared for properly. Sharon tersely replied, "Not your concern." Nikki told Sharon that for once they agreed. Nikki added that she intended to leave him entirely in Sharon's care. Nikki encouraged Sharon to return to the ranch to enjoy a good ride.
Jack later joined Nikki, and the couple seated themselves at a table for lunch. Nikki told Jack that she'd had an unfortunate run-in with Victor. Jack clasped Nikki's hand and told her not to worry about what had happened at the ranch. As they enjoyed their meal, Jack and Nikki reminisced about the first time they had been married to each other. Jack recalled that Nikki had stood her ground when a woman with an obtrusive hat blocked Nikki's view of the stage during a play.
Jack thanked Nikki for steadfastly encouraging him to fight his way back to recovery. Jack added, "I'm in a good place, 'Nik,' and I owe you for that. You're largely responsible." Jack promised to support Nikki just as she'd supported him. Nikki told Jack that she was ready to plan every detail of their wedding because there was no reason to wait. The couple kissed.
Sharon arrived at the ranch and took a seat beside Victor on the sofa. Victor noticed Sharon's sparkly necklace and asked if it was new. Sharon fingered the necklace nervously and replied, "Yeah. It's new." Sharon displayed a business contract on her electronic tablet, and Victor perused the document before indicating his choice of the best option. Victor invited Sharon to have dinner with him at the ranch. While Sharon waited for the chef to prepare dinner, Victor received a business call that tied him up for a while. Sharon impatiently fingered the necklace before ascending the stairs.
Kneeling near Ricky's grave at the cemetery, Paul quickly rose and called out after he sensed someone's presence. Paul didn't see anyone, so he turned and fixed his gaze on the mound of soil covering the burial site. Paul knelt near the mound, placed his hand on the soil, and cried, "Ricky, goodbye, son. I love you." Paul stood up and saw Ronan standing before him. Ronan arrested Paul.
At the police station, Christine and Nina told Heather that the district attorney had ordered Ronan to arrest Paul. Later, Ronan and Michael returned with Paul. Heather, angry, cried, "Why are you arresting Paul?" Nina greeted Paul, and he assured her that he was fine. Paul thanked Michael for stalling the arrest until after Ricky's funeral. Christine and Heather winced when Michael announced that Paul would be charged with first-degree murder at his arraignment.
Nina, Heather, and Christine defended Paul and complained to Michael that the charge was completely out of line. Nina cried that Paul had acted to protect Eden. Heather pleaded with Michael to reconsider. Nina, the tone and volume of her voice projecting her intense anger, pointed her finger at Michael and cried, "This is wrong, and you know it!" Paul comforted Nina. Ronan warned that he wouldn't allow anyone to cause a scene in the squad room, and he ordered Nina to leave. Michael suggested that Heather leave because she wasn't handling Paul's case.
After Nina and Heather left, Michael instructed Christine to meet him in court for the arraignment. After Ronan escorted Paul out, Christine told Michael that Eden would be dead had Paul not intervened. Michael replied, "There is nothing that corroborates Paul's story that Ricky had threatened Eden with a knife." Michael explained that he could no longer delay Paul's indictment because a man had been shot and killed.
Heather and Nina stopped by Crimson Lights for coffee. Nina apologized for her behavior at the police station. Heather explained that Paul was fortunate to be in Christine's hands because no one would fight harder for him. Nina said that surely Paul would soon be released on bail. Eden arrived at the coffeehouse and asked Nina and Heather about Paul. Nina explained that Paul had been arrested. Eden said that she believed Paul had shot Ricky in order to protect her. Eden added that Michael surely believed Paul and would release him, if he could.
Heather said that she hoped Eden would soon regain her memory. Eden cried that if she didn't, Paul might spend the rest of his life in prison for protecting her. Eden explained that she'd visited the area outside Ricky's suite at the Genoa City Athletic Club numerous times, hoping to jog her memory. Nina cried that Eden could save Paul if she could recover her memory. Heather shook her head at Nina, and Nina apologized for putting pressure on Eden. After Nina walked away, Heather advised Eden to relax because she'd been putting too much pressure on herself to remember what had happened.
After Paul's arraignment, Christine said she was sorry that her client wasn't released on bail. Paul noted that he wasn't surprised. After Ronan escorted Paul to an interrogation room, Christine told Michael that Paul wouldn't attempt to flee and could be in danger because he was a private investigator with ties to the Genoa City Police Department. Michael assured Christine that Paul would be placed in protective custody.
Christine visited Paul and told him that Michael had arranged for him to be placed in protective custody. Paul said he didn't blame the judge for not setting bail. Paul cried that he'd accepted his fate, and he encouraged Christine to accept it, too. Christine replied, "I can't." Paul sadly noted that he was beginning to believe he was where he belonged. Christine promised to do everything in her power to clear Paul's name. Paul noted that whatever she did wouldn't change the fact that he'd pulled the trigger.
Christine reminded Paul that he'd been forced to protect Eden because Ricky had been about to stab her. Christine maintained that Paul hadn't set out to murder Ricky, who'd fallen backward and crashed through a window after Paul fired a shot that had hit Ricky's shoulder. Paul recalled that the situation reminded him of one involving Isabella. He cried that there could have been another way to handle Ricky.
Christine gently reminded Paul that he was confused because he was grieving. Paul cried that he'd taken the life of his son. Christine tried to comfort Paul, but he noted that she didn't know how he felt because she didn't have children.
Christine insisted that Paul hadn't picked up a gun with the intention of killing the child he loved. Paul replied, "It doesn't matter. He's gone. I really don't care anymore, and I will accept whatever punishment I'm given." Christine reminded Paul that his life revolved around doing the right thing. She maintained that Paul wasn't a murderer, and she pleaded with him not to give up on himself.
Ronan and Michael met in another interrogation room to discuss Paul's case. Ronan explained that the police hadn't found a knife after a careful search of Ricky's room and the street below the bathroom window. Ronan asked if he should conduct a search of homeless persons and petty criminals to determine if one might have picked up the knife off the street. Michael agreed that it would be the usual approach.
Ronan noted that Michael's usual job would be to strengthen the case against Paul. Ronan asked Michael if he wished to disprove the case against Paul. Michael acknowledged that he hoped to prove that Paul hadn't committed premeditated murder. Ronan admitted that he felt the same way. Michael replied, "Then let's do it. I'll work the legal end." Ronan added, "I'll work the cop end. Together, we'll get the truth."
At Phyllis' penthouse, Michael cautioned Phyllis to carefully mind her conversation after he noted that Christine had managed to find a way to prosecute Phyllis. Michael urged Phyllis to get her affairs in order, and he warned her not to flee. In a sarcastic tone, Phyllis thanked Michael for giving her a heads-up.
After Michael left, Phyllis was in a state of panic. Nick arrived and said that both Michael and Avery believed that Phyllis was behind the hit-and-run attack against Paul and Christine. Nick asked Phyllis if the accusation was true. Phyllis didn't speak, but tears welled in her eyes, and she seemed wracked by emotional turmoil. Nick said, "It's true. You did it." Phyllis told Nick that she'd made a mistake. Nick replied, "A mistake is buying the wrong kind of toothpaste. Two people almost lost their lives because of you!"
Sobbing softly, Phyllis insisted that she regretted what she'd done. Nick angrily challenged Phyllis and demanded to know how she could have driven away and left Paul and Christine for dead. Phyllis cried that she hadn't been thinking straight at the time. Phyllis explained that Nick didn't know how difficult it had been to keep it a secret. Nick noted that Phyllis hadn't trusted him enough to admit what she'd done until her back was against the wall. Phyllis explained that she'd been terrified and had never known how to approach the matter.
Phyllis admitted to Nick that she'd been extremely jealous of Christine. Nick thought for a moment and replied, "I guess I should have been afraid for Sharon, given how much you hate her." Phyllis assured Nick that he didn't have to be afraid for Sharon. Phyllis explained that she'd been a different person when she first arrived in town so many years before. Phyllis cried, "You know me. You know the real me." Nick replied, "I don't know that I do. I don't know that I ever did."
Phyllis seemed crushed by Nick's extreme reaction. She cried, "I knew that if I told you, you wouldn't love me anymore." Nick glared at Phyllis and admitted that he didn't know quite how he felt about her. Phyllis replied, "You can't leave. We're married."
Tears welled in Phyllis' eyes. Nick announced that he would pack his bags and move back to his place. After Nick went upstairs to pack, Phyllis stood alone in her living room and struggled to maintain control of her emotions.