At the Genoa City Athletic Club's bar, Tucker discussed with Jill his concerns about Katherine's decision to step back in as CEO of Chancellor Industries. Jill reminded Tucker that he'd caused most of the stress Katherine had recently endured. Tucker claimed that Jill had also given Katherine grief, but Jill maintained that her relationship with Katherine had mellowed.
Tucker pleaded with Jill to convince Katherine to change her mind. Jill replied, "You're so anxious to keep your mother in her rocker; there's got to be something in it for you. I'm with Katherine that your dutiful-son routine doesn't smell right." Tucker insisted that he was genuinely concerned about his mother keeling over during a meeting. Tucker begged Jill to at least try to convince his mother to change her mind. Jill told Tucker that she'd never be able to convince Katherine to change her mind and that even mention of it would reopen painful wounds.
On Adam and Chelsea's estate, Chelsea was shocked to find Sharon living at the cottage. Face-to-face with Chelsea, Sharon exclaimed, "This is not what you think." Adam arrived. Chelsea told Adam that his sweet mistress had just defended his honor, which Chelsea claimed her husband had none of. Adam told Chelsea that he'd offered Sharon a place to stay while she worked out some issues. Sharon added that Chelsea had nothing to worry about. Chelsea angrily retorted, "My husband lied about stashing his ex-wife in our guesthouse. Why would he keep it so hush-hush if he had nothing to hide?"
Sharon hesitated before admitting to Chelsea that she'd suffered a recent emotional breakdown and had done things to hurt people she cared about. Sharon added that in her emotional state, she couldn't face the people she'd hurt. Chelsea glared at Sharon. Adam bit his lower lip as Sharon insisted to Chelsea that she shouldn't worry because Adam was committed to Chelsea. Sharon offered to move away at once. Adam protested and said, "No, you're not going anywhere."
Chelsea offered to fetch Sharon's bag from the main house, so Sharon could leave. Adam staunchly declared that they would not throw Sharon out, because she was in serious trouble. Chelsea abruptly left. Adam warned Sharon that Victor would have her jailed. Adam insisted that there wasn't a safer place for her to stay other than the cottage.
Later, alone in the cottage, Sharon appeared frazzled. She sat in a chair, but she restlessly fidgeted and tapped her fingers nervously on the armrest. Sharon quickly rose from the chair and heaved a sigh as she raced across the room and supported herself against the fireplace mantel. Sharon appeared to be trapped with no way to escape her emotional turmoil.
Adam returned to the main house and faced a livid Chelsea. Adam admitted that he'd been with Sharon each time he'd lied about being detained by car trouble or late business meetings. Adam explained that he'd felt the need to protect Sharon's privacy because there were legal ramifications involved. Chelsea sobbed softly. Adam declared, "I am not having an affair with Sharon! I am paying a psychiatrist to treat her because it's something I need to do." Chelsea said she believed that Adam was not sleeping with Sharon.
Tears welled in Chelsea's eyes when she asked Adam if he was still in love with Sharon. Adam told Chelsea that he wasn't in love with Sharon because he was very much in love with his wife. Chelsea suggested that Sharon might be faking her breakdown. Adam noted that Sharon was acting differently. Shaking from fury and anguish, Chelsea told Adam that he'd begun acting differently after they lost their baby. Chelsea calmed herself and told Adam that she wanted to trust him. Chelsea swore that she'd never trust Sharon because Sharon had flown to Kansas and attempted to stop Adam and Chelsea's wedding.
Adam later returned to the cottage and found Sharon obsessively cleaning every surface with a dust rag. Sharon told Adam that the place was as clean as she'd found it. Sharon began sobbing and worried that she'd ruined Adam and Chelsea's relationship. Sharon insisted on leaving at once, against Adam's persistent pleas to stay put until he could finish setting up her alibi. Chelsea returned and assured Sharon that it was all right for her to stay. Chelsea noted that Adam wanted to help. Sharon thanked Chelsea. Adam embraced his wife, but Chelsea fixed a stinging gaze on Sharon.
At the hospital, Phyllis kept vigil with Billy during Jack's surgery. Billy cautioned Phyllis against badgering Jack for putting Adam in charge at Newman Enterprises. Phyllis defended herself and insisted she was only concerned about Jack's well-being. Billy apologized. Phyllis sighed and said, "Jack has faith in me. He might be the only one who does."
A tense Billy cried that he wished he'd set matters straight with Jack before the surgery. Phyllis confidently replied, "He's going to make it!" Billy told Phyllis that Jack should have let his family, especially Kyle, know about the surgery. Billy added that his family was weird. Phyllis noted the Newmans were also an odd bunch. Phyllis admitted that she was thankful she wouldn't have to endure Victor's presence during the holidays.
Phyllis noticed that Billy seemed uneasy. Billy explained that he'd not heard from Victoria and had no idea which flight she was supposed to catch. Phyllis said that it was often impossible to book a last-minute seat. An exhausted Billy rubbed his forehead and explained that Victoria might still be upset about his rift with Jack. Billy said, "I hope it's that and not some kind of trouble."
Phyllis paced nervously and told Billy, slumped in a chair, that she'd find someone who could update them about Jack's surgery. Phyllis later returned and joyfully announced that Jack was out of surgery and faring well. Phyllis hugged Billy, and he thanked her for waiting with him. Billy heard a tone on his cell phone and discovered a text message. The sender, claiming to be Eddie G., stated: "Greetings, Bill. Been awhile. I'll be in touch soon. Much to talk about."
Somewhere unknown, Victoria was thrown into a dark, concrete-block-walled chamber. After landing on the floor, Victoria, barefooted, raced to the locked door and attempted to open it.
At Avery's condo, Nick arrived for dinner. He presented Avery with a lovely bouquet of flowers and some fine wines. Avery examined the bottles' labels and complimented Nick for choosing excellent vintages. While Nick poured wine, Avery noted that she'd prepared her famous chicken cacciatore. She added that she was completely comfortable both in the kitchen and in the courtroom.
Nick placed an album on the turntable and filled the room with jazzy music. As Avery whisked vinaigrette for the salad, Nick admired her from the other side of the room. Nick complimented Avery's cooking, and she noted that Phyllis lacked the skill to even heat water. Nick said perhaps they should just forget Phyllis for an evening.
Avery seemed uneasy, but Nick thanked her for having a heart-to-heart talk with Summer. Nick added that before the talk, Summer had been headed down a dark road. Avery explained that her own mother had betrayed her by lying about Avery's father's crimes. Avery equated her situation to Summer's and said she empathized with her niece.
Nick told Avery that he didn't want to mold his life based on his father's demands, which, Nick added, was why he'd stepped away from his father's company. Avery agreed and said, "It's hard to step out of your family's shadow to find your own way." Avery and Nick relaxed together on the balcony and sipped wine. Nick told Avery that he planned to take his time in deciding what he'd do next. Nick moved in closer, but Avery warned that they shouldn't let their feelings for each other escalate. Nick agreed and said he had to get home because Summer was watching Faith.
At the tack house, Summer showed Fen on her laptop how she'd set a trap for Jamie, the teenage boy Ronan was mentoring. Summer explained that she'd set up an account on FacePlace using the name Brittni. Summer gleefully announced that she was waiting for Jamie to accept "Brittni's" friend request, so she could put her plan into action.
Fen was apprehensive about helping Summer, but she goaded him into aiding her. Summer refused to discuss the details because she knew that Fen would attempt to thwart her plan, which Summer insisted she would carry out. Summer added, "That cop took a chainsaw to my family. He doesn't get to walk away without a scratch." Fen looked worried when Summer announced that Jamie had accepted the friend request. Summer gazed at the screen of her laptop and said, "All right, Brittni, do your thing!"
Summer, posing as Brittni, engaged in a back-and-forth chat with Jamie. "Brittni" shared tidbits of personal information about having committed a crime. Jamie admitted that he'd broken into and trashed his father's girlfriend's house because the woman had torn his family apart. Summer paused for a moment before announcing to Fen that she planned to post Jamie's confession at several sites online in order to make him "look like a loser."
A worried Fen noted that Summer's plan to persecute Jamie was cruel. Summer replied, "So was what Ronan did to my family." Fen told Summer that she was being a bully. He asked her how smearing Jamie's name online equated to revenge against Ronan. Fen warned that Summer's plan would backfire. Summer wrapped her arms around Fen and began kissing him. Fen claimed that Summer's romantic advances would not silence his protests, but the couple cozied up together on the sofa and continued to nuzzle, kiss, and grope each other.
Nick returned and slammed the door to alert the teens to his presence. The young couple stood at attention. Nick reminded Summer that she was supposed to be watching Faith. Summer rudely replied, "Do I have to watch her sleep?" Fen seemed nervous after Nick advised him to always be a gentleman when he was alone with Summer. Fen left.
Later, Nick phoned Avery and thanked her for the wonderful dinner and conversation. Summer overheard the end of the conversation and realized that her dad had been speaking to Avery. Nick was unaware of Summer's presence.
At Michael and Lauren's condo, Lauren gave Michael a relaxing massage. Michael explained that he'd endured a stressful day after learning that someone had purposely set fire to Victor and Nikki's house at the ranch. Michael sipped wine and noted that though it was disappointing to lose Heather, he was glad that she and Christine had joined forces to search for evidence to clear Paul. Lauren announced that Paul was falling back in love the Christine.
Lauren tenderly kissed Michael and said she was grateful for her wonderful marriage and family. Michael and Lauren sat close together on their sofa, nuzzling and kissing each other. Fen returned home. Lauren asked Fen where he'd been. In a defensive tone, Fen replied, "I'm home now, so you don't have to grill me like I'm some 'perp' up on Dad's witness stand!" Michael warned Fen to watch his tone. Lauren and Michael seemed concerned about Fen's hostile response.