At Crimson Lights, Chloe couldn't offer Adam and Chelsea an explanation for Kevin's absence after he failed to show up for a meeting to discuss the business partners' online start-up project. Chloe later offered to buy coffee for Chelsea, but Chelsea awkwardly explained that she'd cut down on caffeine.
After Chloe walked away, Chelsea worried that Chloe might determine that she was pregnant. Adam teased Chelsea. He directed her attention to the screen of his laptop and noted that a boy or girl, known as "Baby N" had tagged and grabbed numerous baby-related items. Chelsea was charmed when Adam claimed that the baby had tagged an outfit embellished with the message "My Mom Rocks!"
Later, Chelsea noticed the frown on Chloe's face after she checked her phone for a message from Kevin. Chelsea approached Chloe and asked about Kevin. Chloe, still pondering why Kevin had skipped their business meeting, insisted that TagNGrab was very important to Kevin. Chelsea replied, "It's also obvious that something else is way more important to him." Chloe asked, "Who?" Chelsea said, "You!"
After Chelsea rejoined Adam, he announced that a company known for its manufacture of quality products related to child-rearing had expressed interest in TagNGrab. Chloe overheard Adam's grand announcement and said she'd love to share the news with Kevin if he'd answer his phone.
At District Attorney Michael Baldwin's office, Ronan and Michael watched Beth's interview with Billy. Beth stated that a raging-mad Phyllis had once visited Tim's apartment. Michael tuned off the television and shook his head. Ronan said, "Just bypass the investigation and the trial phase, and jump right to putting Phyllis in the stocks. Well -- why didn't we think of that?" Michael, frustrated, replied, "This is out of control." Ronan noted that they should rein Beth in. Michael told Ronan that Phyllis should be taken in for questioning, but Ronan said he'd handle the matter himself.
Kevin was livid when he arrived at Phyllis' penthouse. Phyllis was frantically wiping every hard surface in her living room with a cleaning rag. Phyllis cried that Billy, having already accused her of murder, would crucify her on The Restless Style Show if investigators discovered even one of Tim's fingerprints. Kevin replied, "You have nothing to worry about because nobody saw you in Tim's building. My face is on a police sketch!" Phyllis assured Kevin that he had nothing to worry about.
Flailing her arms about hysterically, Phyllis cried, "On the other hand, it's completely logical that I would want Tim dead, isn't it? If they connect Tim to this place at the time he croaked, it's over for me." Kevin reminded Phyllis that authorities were aware that Tim had succumbed to a heart attack. Phyllis, livid, explained that investigators could still use her involvement with Tim to convict her for Paul and Christine's hit-and-run.
Phyllis lost control and jumped up and down fretfully. She screamed that the rug under her coffee table was the only piece of evidence that could tie her to Tim. Calming herself somewhat, Phyllis told Kevin that they had to dispose of the rug. Kevin laughed sarcastically and snapped, "We are not a 'we.'"
In an alley, Kevin dumped the rolled-up rug from Phyllis' penthouse into a dumpster. As he turned to leave, he encountered two uniformed police officers. One officer confirmed that Kevin had double-parked his car. When Kevin was asked why he was in the alley, he stammered that "nature had called." The officer noted that a gas station with restrooms was located nearby. The officers didn't detain Kevin.
Ronan, carrying a case fitted with implements to collect crime-scene evidence, arrived at Phyllis' apartment after Kevin left to dump the rug. Ronan noted that a CSI team could have accompanied him. Phyllis quipped, "Oh, I would have loved that." Ronan showed Phyllis a search warrant. Phyllis remained stoic and tried to appear nonchalant.
While Ronan dusted for fingerprints, Phyllis, holding a glass of red wine, meandered about casually. Ronan announced that he couldn't find a single print. Phyllis noted that her cleaning lady had just left and wouldn't have left prints herself because she always wore gloves. Ronan asked about Phyllis' missing rug. Phyllis explained that she'd gotten rid of the rug after spilled red wine had permanently ruined it.
Ronan noted that the security camera in the hallway outside Phyllis' apartment had been shut down the night Tim Reid had died. Phyllis shrugged and suggested that the problem had resulted from a glitch caused by a power shortage. Ronan replied, "No. More like someone broke into the system and deactivated it." Ronan threatened to have Phyllis' laptop examined by a specialized forensics team. Phyllis dared Ronan to do so. Frustrated, Ronan yelled, "You're in big trouble here. It's not going away!"
Phyllis refused to offer any explanations. Ronan warned that expert investigators would comb Phyllis' apartment and find whatever she'd hidden. Ronan pleaded with Phyllis to tell him the truth. Phyllis broke down told Ronan that Tim Reid had collapsed on her rug. Phyllis added that she'd feared others might believe that she'd lured Tim to her apartment to poison him.
Phyllis explained that Tim had been blackmailing her after threatening to testify about the hit-and-run. Phyllis noted that Tim had demanded money and sex from her, but she insisted she would not have slept with the man. Ronan replied, "He's lucky he's dead." Ronan said he believed Phyllis. She explained that she'd spiked Tim's wine with tranquilizers and had planned to lie about having had sex with him after he awoke.
Phyllis told Ronan that her plans for Tim had failed because he'd refused to drink the spiked wine. Phyllis recalled that Tim had collapsed and died after she descended the stairs and opened her robe. Ronan noted that Tim had been unable to handle what he'd asked for. Phyllis admitted that she'd rolled Tim's body up in her rug and driven him back to his apartment. Phyllis refused to implicate her accomplice, but Ronan said he knew that a so-called encyclopedia salesman had been seen outside Tim's apartment.
Kevin returned and was upset to discover that Phyllis had told Ronan the truth. Against Phyllis' protests, Kevin whipped out his cell phone and called Michael, but his brother didn't answer. Kevin was even more upset when he learned that Phyllis had confessed to Ronan without having made a plea arrangement. Phyllis reminded Kevin that they'd only moved a dead body.
Kevin admitted to Phyllis and Ronan that two police officers had intercepted him after he disposed of the rug. Kevin indicated the dumpster location on a map to Ronan. As Ronan headed out the door, he told Kevin and Phyllis that it was best if they didn't know what he was about to do. After Ronan left, Phyllis assured Kevin that Ronan was on their side. Kevin told Phyllis that he regretted helping her, and he stormed out.
Michael questioned Beth Hortense in his office. Michael explained that her interview with Billy might have tipped off the so-called encyclopedia salesman she'd encountered outside Tim's apartment. Michael added that Billy Abbott had used Beth for his own purposes because he only cared about garnering high ratings for his television show. Beth insisted that Phyllis could find the encyclopedia salesman because the man had likely served as Phyllis' lookout after she "did it."
Michael said that Beth's theory, though plausible, couldn't be tied to Phyllis. Beth added that someone had moved Tim's body after he died and had placed a bottle of male-enhancement pills near her dead friend. Beth maintained that Phyllis was the only person who wanted Tim dead. Beth threatened to participate in a repeat interview with Billy if it would assure Phyllis' conviction.
Beth was disappointed after she was unable to positively identify the encyclopedia salesman from a selection of mug shots. As Michael collected the photographs, his cell phone rang. Beth noticed a photo of Kevin that was displayed on the screen of Michael's phone and quickly noted that the person calling was the man she'd seen. Michael insisted that Beth was mistaken. He reminded Beth that she'd already claimed that six others had matched the description of the man she'd seen in the hallway.
An elated Chloe greeted Kevin when he entered Crimson Lights. Adam and Chelsea joined the couple, and Chloe told Kevin that a major company had expressed interest in becoming partners with TagNGrab. Kevin said he needed to speak to Chloe alone. Adam and Chelsea left. Kevin said he had something to tell Chloe, but before he could, Michael arrived and asked Kevin what he knew about encyclopedias. Kevin looked shocked.
Phyllis phoned Ronan and left a message. She said that she'd promised Kevin that they both could trust Ronan. Phyllis added, "I really, really hope that's true. My entire life depends on you right now." In the alleyway, Ronan arrived and found a uniformed officer removing the rug Kevin had thrown in the dumpster. The officer noted that a man he'd encountered earlier had acted strangely. The officer unrolled the rug and asked if the red stain might be blood. Ronan glanced from the rug to the curious police officer.
On the basketball court at the Genoa City Athletic Club, Neil and Harmony began shooting baskets. Neil, shirtless, stood close behind Harmony and gave her pointers about throwing the ball into the basket. Harmony followed Neil's instructions and cheered for herself when the ball hit its mark. Neil opened out his arms, and Harmony jumped up to accept Neil's waiting embrace. Neil held Harmony off the ground, and the couple kissed.
At Gloworm, Sofia and Tucker shared a business lunch. Sofia reported that the head of one particular company had become desperate and hoped to arrange a deal with Tucker immediately. Sofia directed Tucker's attention to Newman Enterprises and explained that she'd developed three different strategies to mitigate the harm Sharon had done. Tucker abruptly ordered Sofia to place her plans for Newman Enterprises on ice for the time being.
Sofia was taken aback and noted that Tucker didn't seem concerned that his major investment in Newman Enterprises was plummeting. Tucker replied, "I'm thinking about doubling down." Tucker added that he wasn't the only person waiting to buy shares at a lower cost. He explained that Jack Abbott had hoped to arrange a limited partnership, so he, too, could purchase shares. Sofia noted that Jack didn't have the ready cash needed because his funds were tied up in Beauty of Nature.
Sofia, surprised by Tucker's openness, said, "What's going on with you? If word gets out that Tucker McCall thinks Newman is a good investment, the price is going to skyrocket!" Tucker whispered, "That's the last thing I want, so you know what I need from you." Sofia quietly agreed to make available the funds Tucker needed from various sources, so that McCall, Unlimited could purchase stock through concealed entities. Tucker whispered that it shouldn't take long for the stock price to bottom out. Sofia pointed out that the plan certainly wasn't the usual way Tucker conducted business.
Neil and Harmony entered Gloworm. Sofia wasn't pleased when Tucker invited Neil and Harmony to their table. Harmony and Tucker left the table after both couples exchanged awkward greetings. Sofia teased Neil about being with Harmony. Neil offered to take Harmony elsewhere, but Sofia said she was fine with it. Sofia explained that she didn't regret any of the decisions she'd made for Moses' sake, but she warned Neil that he should be careful with Harmony and not close his eyes to her history.
In another area of Gloworm, Tucker offered Harmony a job with better pay than she earned at the magazine. Harmony said, "So, what are you up to?" Harmony said she needed time to consider the offer. After Harmony and Neil seated themselves at another table, Neil asked if Tucker had been giving her a hard time. Harmony said he hadn't been and that it was confusing to her whenever Tucker was nice.
Tucker rejoined Sofia. Sofia asked Tucker if he was still interested in Harmony after learning that he'd offered her a job. Sofia quipped that if he allowed Harmony to park cars, she'd probably drive one away. Tucker explained that Harmony had a talent for drawing people out. Tucker left abruptly. As Tucker headed toward the exit, he stopped and watched Neil and Harmony as they shared laughs and enjoyed each other's company.