At Crimson Lights, baby Johnny snoozed in his stroller while Billy and Victoria discussed business. Billy took a deep breath and explained that his first task of the day would be to fire Phyllis. Ashley arrived and admired Johnny before offering a position at Jabot to Victoria. Victoria replied, "Are you and Jack tag-teaming me?"
Ashley was surprised to learn that Jack had already offered Victoria a job at Beauty of Nature, which Victoria assumed had become part of Jabot. Ashley explained that Jack had kept the two companies separate. Ashley added that she would run Jabot while Jack headed Beauty of Nature. Billy, stunned, asked Ashley if Jack knew that he'd been ousted from Jabot. Ashley seemed befuddled by Billy's comment.
At her penthouse, Phyllis assured Nick that Billy would remain supportive despite the charges made against her. Phyllis said she planned to utilize Restless Style to offset the damage from negative articles. Phyllis noted that Billy had had his share of bad press and knew that excellent magazine editors weren't readily replaceable.
Phyllis told Nick that she could write an article describing, from her perspective, what had and what hadn't happened to Paul and Christine. Nick seemed doubtful that Billy would be receptive, but Phyllis declared that Billy's main concern was making money. Phyllis explained that with or without Billy's support, it wouldn't prevent her from defending herself "in the court of public opinion."
After Phyllis left, Avery arrived and told Nick that she was thankful he'd decided to stand by Phyllis. Nick explained that through discussions with his children, he'd realized how much Phyllis had changed from the way she'd been years before. Nick told Avery about Phyllis' plan to plead her case in an article. Avery gasped and cried, "That's the worst thing she could do."
Victoria accompanied Billy to Restless Style's headquarters. Billy offered Victoria a job as manager of the magazine. Victoria explained that she preferred not to be placed in the center of conflict. Phyllis arrived and nervously apologized for embarrassing the family. Phyllis added that Nick had chosen to stand by her. Victoria noted that her brother usually did what he thought was best. Phyllis announced that she'd been released on bail and was prepared to return to her post. Billy replied, "I'm sorry. That's not going to happen. I'm going to have to let you go."
After Victoria left with Johnny, Billy cleared the office so he could have a private conversation with Phyllis. Billy explained that that backers of the television series had threatened to drop the show if Phyllis wasn't terminated. Billy added that the backers refused to move forward with a key player who'd been accused of attempted murder.
Phyllis requested that Billy not publish negative articles about her in the magazine. Billy admitted that he'd already promised his backers that he'd feature Phyllis on the next cover. Phyllis replied, "So not only are you firing me, you're going to crucify me?" Billy nodded and added, "In print and in the pilot episode." Billy told Phyllis that he didn't want her to be blindsided. Phyllis pressed her hand to her chest and responded sarcastically, "Thanks a lot."
Phyllis lugged home a box filled with belongings from her desk at Restless Style. Phyllis burst through the door and ranted to Avery and Nick about having been fired. Phyllis unveiled Billy's plan to emblazon the cover of the magazine with her photo. Phyllis added that her story would be hyped in the most salacious fashion. Nick, angered, headed toward the door and said, "Billy's not going to write an article that's going to convict you. It's not going to fly with me!"
After Nick left, Phyllis cried, "Avery, I'm screwed." Phyllis worried that Billy might discover awful things about her if he interviewed her enemies. Avery tried to comfort her sister and explained that they'd deal with the negativity. Phyllis opened her laptop and announced plans to write a blog. Avery closed the laptop and warned that Phyllis might cause irreparable damage. Phyllis cried that her words were the only tools she could utilize to fight her battle.
Nick stepped off the elevator at Restless Style and lashed out at Billy for firing his most valuable employee. Nick suggested that Billy was using another member of the Newman family to make a buck. Billy replied, "Phyllis left tire tracks on two innocent people. Now that's a story." Billy added that Phyllis was getting a taste of what it was like to be on the other side of the story.
Nick explained that Phyllis was outraged. Billy suggested that Phyllis might run him over when he left the office. Nick responded by punching Billy in the face. The force of the blow thrust Billy to the floor. Billy regained his composure and wiped a trickle of blood from his lower lip. Billy urged Nick to end their feud for Victoria's sake. Nick left.
Nick returned to the penthouse. Phyllis prepared an ice pack for Nick's hand. Avery advised Nick to control his impulses. Avery counseled Phyllis not to blog or approach members of the press. Avery explained that Phyllis' battle would have to play out in the courtroom. Phyllis, snuggled next to Nick, cried that she felt helpless.
Back at Restless Style, Billy began writing an article for the magazine. Billy wrote that two human lives had paid the price for Phyllis' intense jealousy. An employee named Mark approached Billy and explained that cameras had already been installed in the office. Mark added that staff members had signed releases, so the cameras had already been placed into operation. Billy replied, "So anything that happened here today would be on video? Works for me." Billy smiled contentedly.
At Gloworm, Jack and Nikki waited for Gloria to serve selections from a sampling menu, so the engaged couple could plan their wedding reception. Victor and Sharon arrived. Victor glared at Jack and Nikki. While Nikki and Jack sampled appetizers, Jack's attention was drawn to Victor and Sharon. Nikki rushed to the bar to fetch club soda after Jack accidentally dripped sauce on her scarf.
After Victor and Sharon seated themselves, Sharon noted that Victor couldn't take his eyes off Nikki. Frustrated, Victor escaped to the bar. Nikki greeted Victor, and she asked if he'd spoken to their son recently. Victor explained that after some soul-searching, Nick had decided to stand by Phyllis. Nikki noted that their son didn't have the best taste in women.
Victor warned Nikki not to utter backhanded insults against Sharon. Nikki insisted that she was too busy planning her wedding to a man who truly cared about her, so she didn't have time to worry about the person sharing Victor's bed. Nikki added that she was extremely happy. Victor replied, "Are you trying to convince me or yourself?"
Sharon chatted with Jack at his table and asked if he was concerned about the strong attraction between Nikki and Victor. Jack insisted that Nikki loved him. Sharon maintained that Nikki wouldn't get her hooks into Victor again. Jack noted that Sharon had become possessive and bitter. Sharon replied, "It's because my eyes have been opened."
After Sharon walked away, Ashley breezed in and immediately lashed out at Jack for having approached Victoria about a job at Beauty of Nature. Ashley noted that Jack's plan to head two different companies would be a blatant conflict of interest. Jack maintained that the two companies would be merged when the time was right. Ashley informed Jack that she planned to contact the board and instruct them to remove Jack as head of Jabot.
Nikki rejoined Jack after Ashley left. Nikki asked Jack what Ashley had said to dampen his mood. Jack admitted that he and Ashley didn't agree about a business issue. Victoria arrived and joined Jack and Nikki. Victoria noted that Johnny was at home with his nanny. Nikki excused herself, and Victoria took a seat.
Jack told Victoria that he knew Ashley had offered Victoria a position at Jabot. Jack noted that Victoria had yet to respond to his offer of a position at Beauty of Nature. Victoria explained that she needed more time before making her decision. Jack urged Victoria to decide soon because he had big plans for Beauty of Nature and wanted her involved from the get-go. Nikki returned and invited Victoria to help finalize design changes to her bridal gown.
After Nikki and Victoria left, Jack phoned Ben, a member of Jabot's board of directors, and asked him to meet at Gloworm. After the call ended, Jack said aloud to himself, "Sis, I love you to pieces, but you'd be making a big mistake trying to run me out." Jack later met with two board members. Jack laid out his business plan, and Ben agreed that it would be best to wait for the optimal time before merging Jabot and Beauty of Nature. Another board member, Rich, also agreed.
Ashley approached Jack and the two board members. Ashley asked to speak to Jack alone. After Rich and Ben left, Ashley said, "Just what the hell do you think you're doing?" Jack explained that the two board members would support him. Jack challenged Ashley to convene a board meeting. Jack assertively added, "With those two votes, I will be holding my current position."
Earlier, Victor had noted Jack's negotiations with Victoria. Victor told Sharon that Jack wouldn't likely allow Victoria the level of autonomy she'd had at Beauty of Nature when it was her father's company. Sharon proudly noted that the line of products she was developing would become a huge success for Newman Enterprises. Victor seemed indifferent and explained that he had business to attend to. Victor told Sharon that he would meet up with her later at the ranch.
Ashley joined Sharon and explained that she couldn't help but notice that Victor had abruptly left. Ashley reminded Sharon that they shared a bond because of Faith. Sharon nodded. Ashley said she'd be remiss if she didn't warn Sharon that the most important thing in Victor's life was Victor. A close second, Ashley explained, was Nikki, followed by Victor's children and Newman Enterprises. Ashley noted that any attempt to surpass Nikki's place in Victor's heart would be futile. Sharon maintained that Victor was with her because he wanted her. Ashley said she hoped Sharon was right for Faith's sake.
Anita approached Jeffrey at Gloworm's bar and asked why Gloria hadn't become incensed after discovering that he was still married to Anita. Jeffrey explained that he'd convinced Gloria that Anita had lied. Jeffrey grinned and added, "Never underestimate me, lady!" Jeffrey explained that he'd reminded Gloria that she'd previously misjudged him after Angelo kidnapped him. Anita became miffed and warned Jeffrey that she wouldn't stand for anyone to characterize her as a liar.
Anita later approached Gloria and suggested that Jeffrey was desperate to hold on to Gloria, because without her, he'd have no marital property rights. Anita noted that Jeffrey would be broke. Gloria told Anita and Jeffrey that she'd investigate the matter herself. Gloria later announced that her son, the district attorney, would check public records to determine if Jeffrey and Anita were still married.
Before newlyweds Chelsea and Adam boarded a plane back to Genoa City, Adam supplied a quick breakfast of donuts from his favorite hometown shop. Adam noted that Chelsea had embraced him just as he was and didn't seem to mind that he'd been raised in a small town. Chelsea explained that Adam's upbringing seemed magical when compared to her rough-and-tumble childhood.
While Chelsea and Adam enjoyed bites of sugar-coated donuts, Chelsea shrieked when she spotted a mouse. Adam chased the rodent and managed to trap it in a box. Adam decided to free the mouse outside, but he bumped into a young boy in the hallway. The boy was searching for his pet mouse, Elmer. Adam returned the pet to the boy and later teased Chelsea about being fearful of a gentle pet.
On the plane, Chelsea asked Adam how he thought people back in Genoa City would react to them as a married couple. Adam replied, "I imagine it'll be perfect. Everything you ever dreamed of and wanted, I'll make it happen for you." After the newlyweds returned, Chelsea was surprised to discover that Adam had purchased a ten-bedroom mansion nestled on several acres of land near a picturesque lake.
After Victoria returned home, Victor stopped by and told her that Adam had married Chelsea in Kansas. Victor added that Chelsea's lowlife mother, Anita, had returned to town. Victor promised to protect his daughter from Anita. Victoria replied, "How much is that going to cost me?" Victor, taken aback, asked Victoria to work for him at Newman Enterprises. Victoria said, "If you only knew how many offers I've had today."
Victor recalled having seen Victoria and Jack together at Gloworm. Victor warned, "Just remember that Jack Abbott wants what is and was mine -- Beauty of Nature, your mother, and you." Nikki arrived, and Victor abruptly left. Victoria told her mother that she was more confused than she'd ever been. Nikki suggested that Victoria remain a full-time mother. Victoria said she didn't know which of the many job offers she should accept. Nikki noted that Victoria would have to make her own choice.
Victor returned to the ranch and flipped through an album filled with family photos, letters, and cherished memorabilia. Sharon entered the sitting room, dressed in riding attire. She invited Victor to join her for rides on their horses. Victor, preoccupied, claimed that he was busy, and he left the room. Sharon glanced at the album and sulked.