At the Genoa City Athletic Club, Abby overheard Nikki as she called out repeatedly to Victor over the phone. Abby asked, "Were you talking to Dad?" Nikki explained that she'd been talking to Victor before they'd been cut off. Across the room, Jack and Cane noticed the worried expression on Nikki's face.
Cane explained to Jack that Nick and Victoria would soon announce at a press conference that they supported Sharon as CEO of Newman Enterprises. Cane suggested that Jack could reap a windfall if the price of Newman stock soared high above the dirt-cheap amount Jack had paid for his shares. Jack explained that he planned to cash in and earn his fortune after Victor returned to town. Jack predicted that his own wealth could even equal Victor's.
At Tucker's, Sharon rested her head on Tucker's bare chest after they made love in his bed. Sharon recalled, in a flashback, an earlier instance when Tucker had shown her a photo of Victor embracing a woman. Tucker had claimed that Victor was away living the good life. Sharon had added that Victor certainly didn't appear to be pining away over her.
Tucker realized that Sharon's thoughts had drifted away from the present, and he asked her what she'd been thinking about. Sharon, having also recalled promising Tucker that she'd be tough on Victoria and Nick, said she'd been thinking about the upcoming press conference. Sharon added, "You make me feel empowered." Tucker told Sharon that Victoria and Nick might attempt to humiliate her. Sharon explained that she'd forced each of them to sign a deal memo.
Sharon told Tucker that if Victoria and Nick reneged on their agreement to support her as CEO, they'd no longer have a say in how the company was run. Tucker noted that Sharon seemed to be enjoying pulling off her power plays. Sharon agreed that she was, but she insisted that her true objective was to get the company back on track, so the stock price would rise. Sharon explained that stabilizing the company and raising the price of stock would benefit everyone.
While Sharon dressed, Tucker phoned Sofia and told her about the deal memo. Tucker claimed that Newman Enterprises would continue to falter with Sharon at the helm, so investors would soon sell off stock. "When they do," Tucker added, "that's when we'll move on it." Tucker ended his call to Sofia abruptly.
Sharon emerged from the bathroom, and Tucker kissed her. Sharon thanked Tucker for his support and noted that she hadn't had a true friend in some time because even Nick, Adam, and Victor had abandoned her. Sharon sadly recalled that she'd lost Drucilla, who'd been as close to a sister, long before. Sharon insisted that no one would ever be able to take anything away from her again.
In her office at Newman Enterprises, Victoria read over Sharon's deal memo and complained to Nick that Sharon would be lost without their input. After Victoria signed the document, she said, "I hope Sharon's happy." Nick insisted that Sharon was anything but happy. Victoria said she wanted to do as much damage control as possible before their father returned.
At a loading dock in Los Angeles, flames engulfed a debris-strewn area as sirens wailed. Billy raced back to the bar. Genevieve met him at the door. Pounding music drowned out the dialog, but Billy seemed to be telling Genevieve about the explosion. He prevented her from running toward the dock. Injured workers, their clothes singed, hobbled into the bar for safety. As more injured workers ambled into the bar, Genevieve and Sister Celeste rendered basic first aid. Genevieve ventured near the doorway, but Sister Celeste grabbed Genevieve's hand and seemed to beg her to remain inside the bar.
Back in Genoa City, Abby was shocked when Nikki explained that Billy had given her Victor's phone number. Abby attempted to phone Billy, but he didn't answer. Jack approached. Nikki told Jack that she'd been in contact with Victor. Jack asked, "What did he say?" Nikki didn't respond and left abruptly to meet with Victoria and Nick.
After Nikki left, Abby told Jack that Billy had given Victor's phone number to Nikki. Abby claimed that Jack might have known where Victor had been all along, because it seemed as if Billy had. Jack insisted that he truly cared about Victor's well-being. Abby spotted Sharon entering the club with Tucker, so she went to speak with her stepmother.
After Abby walked away, Jack phoned his broker. Jack said, "Howard, buy all the Newman stock you can get your hands on. Leverage everything if you have to!" Jack later approached Tucker at the bar and explained that he'd told Abby that everything would work out just fine. Tucker said that he'd told Sharon the same thing.
Abby stopped by Sharon's table and asked if she'd heard from Victor. Sharon said that she hadn't, but she invited Abby to lend her support at the upcoming press conference. Abby noted that she'd be present to cover any surprises for The Restless Style Show. Sharon asked, "What surprises?" Abby replied, "You know -- the surprising kind."
Nikki went to Newman Enterprises and told Victoria and Nick that she'd heard Victor utter her name over the phone. Nikki begged Victoria and Nick to announce Victor's return. Nick explained that until Victor actually returned, both he and Victoria had to do what was best for the company and support Sharon. Victoria was shocked to discover that Billy had given Victor's phone number to Nikki. Nikki dialed the number again as she left.
As Victoria phoned Billy, Nick said, "What the hell?" Victoria repeatedly phoned Billy and left messages instructing him to call her back and tell her everything he knew about her father. Abby arrived and said she hoped that the press conference had been cancelled, since Nikki had told them the news about Victor. Victoria explained that the press conference would proceed as planned, and she urged Abby to lend her support. Abby refused and said she'd be representing the press.
Nikki approached Sharon as she primped to prepare for the press conference. Sharon said she knew it was killing Nikki because she was being forced to lend her support. Nikki replied, "Nothing will compare to the moment when Victor returns and wipes that smug smile off of your Botoxed face. I spoke to Victor today. He's alive, and he's coming home. Enjoy your press conference."
Sharon displayed the photo of Victor embracing Sister Celeste in front of Nikki's face. Citing that the photo had been taken weeks before, Sharon insisted to Nikki that Victor wasn't returning home to her. A furious Nikki asked Sharon why she'd never before mentioned knowing where Victor was. Nikki and Sharon were summoned to an office to begin the press conference.
Tucker stood beside a beaming Sharon. Victoria and Nikki flanked Nick as he addressed members of the press, including Abby. Nick pledged, along with his mother and sister, his family's full and unanimous support of Sharon as CEO of Newman Enterprises.
Jack and Cane viewed the press conference on a television situated behind the bar at the club. After Nikki told a reporter that she agreed with her children, Jack noted that it seemed as if Nikki's head might explode. Jack added, "It's a bad day for the Newmans, but it is one great day for Jackie boy."
As the press conference continued, Abby asked Nikki why she'd decided to support Sharon, because it was known that the two women didn't get along. Nikki said, "I spoke to Victor, and I'm doing exactly what he'd want me to be doing." Tucker looked worried. Another reporter asked Nikki when she'd spoken to her husband. Nikki replied, "Earlier today, and he sounded just fine." Nikki added that she was confident that Victor would be returning to Genoa City very soon.
Billy entered the room, and Victoria met him at the door. Billy took Victoria by the arm and walked toward members of the press. Billy said, "I'm sorry. Victor's dead." Sharon covered her face with her hands, and then turned to Tucker for support. Nikki cried, "That's not true!" Billy explained that Victor had been involved in an explosion at the harbor. Abby and Victoria insisted that Billy was wrong.
Stunned by the awful news, Nikki broke down in tears. Billy embraced Victoria. Tucker took Sharon's hand and led her to a private corner. Tucker whispered, "I know you're upset, but you're going to have to take control here. Everything that was Victor's is yours. You need to stake your claim right now." Sharon later wiped her face and assured the press that Newman Enterprises would continue to operate as it always had. Sharon explained that the family needed time to grieve in private. Nikki glared at Sharon.
Tucker stepped outside the room and instructed Sofia to buy all the Newman stock she could get her hands on. Tucker returned and took his place beside Sharon, who'd just ended a phone call. Sharon explained that the coroner had asked her to identify Victor's body after it arrived from Los Angeles. Nikki yelled, "You were nothing to him! You were a diversion, a mistake! You're probably the reason he left!"
Sharon claimed that Nikki was to blame for Victor's death. Nick grabbed his mother when she charged toward Sharon. Victoria ordered Sharon to at least pretend that she cared about Victor. Tucker defended Sharon. Abby told Tucker that he was a cold bastard. Nick led Abby and Nikki out of the room. Tucker took Sharon away. Victoria asked Billy how long he'd known where Victor had been living.
Back at the bar near the docks, police arrived to interview injured workers. Paramedics attended to the wounded. Genevieve appeared to describe Victor to a police officer. The officer indicated that he had no information to share. Genevieve looked distressed as she continued to question men who'd been present when the explosion damaged the dock and injured many.
Sister Celeste and a priest approached a distraught Genevieve. Sister Celeste somberly nodded her head, and Genevieve began crying hysterically. Sister Celeste embraced Genevieve and consoled her. The priest traced the sign of the cross and opened his Bible.
Adam, from his home, and Cane, at the Genoa City Athletic Club, conducted business over the phone. The two discussed Jabot's request to feature a link to Jabot from the TagNGrab website. Adam, using his speakerphone, claimed that he and Kevin had resolved their differences. Adam and Cane agreed to meet at Adam's house later to sign a contract.
Chelsea returned home and overheard Adam's statement about Kevin. She asked, "Is that true? You and Kevin came to an agreement about TagNGrab?" Kevin had quietly entered behind Chelsea and said, "No. We didn't!" Kevin asked Adam if he understood that they were supposed to be partners. Adam explained that Kevin was the one who knew how to write code and design icons. Adam added, "I do everything else." Chelsea excused herself.
Adam threatened to walk away unless Kevin allowed him to assume all business decisions related to TagNGrab. Later, after Cane arrived for his meeting, Kevin sounded defeated as he told Cane that Adam was in charge of the business side of TagNGrab. Kevin added that he was in control of the technical side of the company and had developed software that would lead users back to TagNGrab after completion of a purchase at Jabot's website. Cane approved the deal with a handshake. Adam said he'd send a contract to Jack's office for him to sign.
After Cane left, Kevin noted that Adam had acted just like his father by forcing another person to act as he'd wanted them to. Kevin slipped and added, "Why don't you just go out to L.A. and look for Victor?" Adam asked Kevin how he knew that Victor was in L.A. Kevin claimed he'd told Adam everything he knew. Chelsea returned and turned on the television so Adam and Kevin could watch the press conference.
Adam sighed as he watched Sharon claim that her husband would be proud because she'd carry forth her husband's dream for his children and grandchildren. Sharon added that Victor was present in every member of the Newman family. Adam turned off the television and said, "Pathetic. A bunch of Victor Newman sycophants running around the place. Glad I'm done with that." Kevin replied, "Yeah. Good thing you got all that out of your system, and you don't give a damn about Victor."
After Kevin left, Adam told Chelsea that he'd had enough of Kevin and wanted him to disappear. Kevin returned and turned on the television. A reporter announced, "It has been confirmed by the family that Victor Neman is dead." Kevin apologized to Adam for his earlier comments. After Kevin left, Chelsea tried to console Adam.
At the club, Cane urged Jack to sell his stock holdings in Newman Enterprises. Jack explained that even if he sold every share of Newman stock he owned, it still wouldn't cover what he owed. Cane warned that the stock price was about to fall markedly. Jack complained that vultures wouldn't waste any time going after the shares he would have to sell at a shortfall. Jack cried, "Damn you, Victor. Even dead, you somehow manage to stick it to me."
Back at the bar in Los Angeles, Sister Celeste led Genevieve by the hand to a hallway. As Genevieve waited, she thought about her and Billy's attempts to keep Victor safe. Genevieve said aloud to herself, "Damn it, Victor. Why didn't you listen?"
Sister Celeste escorted Genevieve into a bedroom. An injured Victor was sitting upright on a bed. Sister Celeste explained that the explosion had been meant to kill Christian, who was Victor. The nun noted that she couldn't phone the police because she could no longer determine which of the dockworkers could be trusted. Sister Celeste told Genevieve that she, as Christian's friend and a nurse, should take care of him. Victor looked into Genevieve's face and said, "You're not a nurse, are you? You're Genevieve."