At Crimson Lights, Nina, hoping to surprise Paul, was instead devastated to find him kissing Christine. Paul asked Christine to leave so he could talk to Nina. Paul explained to Nina that Christine had found the video proving that Ricky killed Rachel. Paul struggled to maintain control of his emotions. He cried, "I watched my son push a woman under the water and hold her there. I watched her thrash and kick like an animal."
Paul told Nina that he felt responsible for his son's actions. At the lowest point in his life, Paul explained, Christine had offered a comforting embrace and a kiss. Paul maintained that it was just one friend helping another. Nina replied, "You go ahead and keep lying to yourself, and maybe you'll believe it."
Paul insisted that his feelings for Nina hadn't changed. Paul added that Christine had stayed by his side and offered steadfast support each time he'd faced setbacks. Nina asked if it would have mattered had she stayed in town. Paul didn't respond. Nina shook her head and cried, "Right." Michael arrived and greeted the couple with jubilance. Nina claimed that her tears were the result of jetlag and her reaction to the startling revelation about Ricky.
After Nina left, Michael handed Paul an envelope and announced that it contained his "get-out-of-jail-free card." Michael added, "You won't have to stand trial. I'm dropping the charges." Paul studied the document proclaiming that Paul had been acquitted of all charges. Michael noted that Lauren had reminded him that "the law without justice isn't worth the books it's written in." Michael added that he knew Paul had shot his son in order to save Eden.
Michael extended his arm across the table and shook hands with Paul. Paul told Michael that he was fortunate to have an amazing wife and a really great kid for a son. Michael explained that lately, Fen had begun to talk back and hang around the wrong crowd. Paul suggested that Michael engage Fen in conversations and not give up if Fen didn't initially cooperate. Paul thanked Michael and told him he'd never forget what Michael had done for him.
At the Chancellor estate, Katherine greeted a downtrodden Nina and asked if perhaps she was upset because her script had been rejected. Nina replied, "No." As if she were fashioning a brief synopsis of a play, Nina added, "A woman returns home to find her boyfriend kissing his ex." Nina blamed herself for having chosen her work over Paul. Katherine blamed Paul's waywardness on the emotional turmoil in his life. Nina told Katherine she was convinced that Paul wanted Christine after Nina had seen them together. Katherine embraced Nina after she mentioned returning to Los Angeles.
Katherine later finalized her guest list for Thanksgiving. Nina said that Katherine should cross off Paul's name because he would probably spend the day in bed with Christine. Showing up unannounced, Christine said, "Sorry for interrupting. Can we talk?" Before Katherine left, she pleaded with Christine and Nina to work out their differences.
Nina, upset, asked Christine if she'd returned to Genoa City to reconnect with Paul. Christine insisted that she'd never do such a thing to her friend. Nina proclaimed that she was finished with Paul. Christine noted that Nina had based her decision on one kiss. Nina explained that she'd always been the second choice and refused to put herself in that position ever again.
Alone at the coffeehouse's patio, Paul recalled that Michael had said, "Happy first day of the rest of your life." Paul mouthed to himself, "First day." He opened his briefcase and reread the birthday and Father's Day cards from Ricky. Paul rose from his seat, walked to the trash can, and began slipping each card into the receptacle. Christine arrived and said, "What are you doing? Aren't those the last the last things you have left of Ricky?"
Paul told Christine that he was removing every trace of Ricky from his life because it was time to move on. Paul told Christine that Michael had dropped the charges. Christine embraced Paul. Paul phoned Heather and shared his good news. After the call ended, he told Christine that Heather would spend Thanksgiving with Daniel and Lucy in Chicago. Christine apologized for spoiling Paul's holiday plans. She suggested that they just forget that the kiss ever happened. Paul replied, "I don't know that I can or want to forget."
Michael took a seat at the coffeehouse's bar and phoned Fen. Michael left a message for his son and said, "I was just talking to a friend about his son and felt like calling you. I love you, Fenmore." Kevin suddenly sprang from the back room, carrying festive fall decorations. Kevin noted that he'd forgotten about the decorations because he'd been so busy with TagNGrab.
Michael asked Kevin about the status of TagNGrab. Kevin dejectedly explained that he and Chloe would lose their company because they couldn't buy out Adam's share. Michael told his brother that walking away from the venture was for the best. Michael added that he was proud of Kevin for having developed the innovative company. Kevin noted that he sometimes wished Michael could be more like a friend rather than a big brother.
Michael insisted he could be both a brother and a friend. Michael asked rhetorically if Kevin had been happy while spending every waking moment seeking investors. Michael challenged his brother to seek happiness and not spend his days as if he were at war with the world. Kevin cried that he was sick of failing each time he attempted to better his circumstances. A frustrated Kevin cried, "Maybe it's time to take the easy way out." After Kevin stormed out, Michael phoned Chloe about Kevin.
At the cottage on Adam and Chelsea's estate, Sharon was asleep on the sofa when Chelsea tiptoed in and began snooping through Sharon's belongings. Chelsea picked up photos of Noah and Faith, and then she spied the bottle of medication Sharon had been prescribed to control her bipolar disorder. Sharon awoke with a start and yelled, "Adam!"
Sharon saw Chelsea standing in the shadows of the dark room and asked what she was doing. Chelsea turned on the light and declared, "This is my property. I don't have to explain what I'm doing." Sharon said that she was grateful because Adam had helped her. Chelsea replied, "Is that what you call this -- gratitude?" Sharon snapped, "What else would it be?" Chelsea said, "Never mind," before she abruptly left.
Sharon curled into a fetal position on the couch after Chelsea left. Later stretching out on the sofa, Sharon tossed and turned fretfully before getting up. Sharon placed her hands over her ears and cried, "Stop, please stop." She picked up her bottle of medication and slammed it against the fireplace wall. Emotionally distraught, Sharon cried, "It's not working. Nothing is working."
Adam intercepted Chelsea when she returned to the main house. Chelsea admitted that she'd let herself into the cottage because she thought Sharon might not answer the door. Chelsea admitted that she'd asked Sharon to leave because she was jealous. Adam was not pleased. Chelsea blamed her behavior on her mother. Chelsea explained that her mother had given love in exchange for favors. Chelsea added, "Everything had a price, and this is too high a price, Adam." Adam winced when Chelsea insisted she couldn't shake the feeling that Sharon was after him.
Adam asked Chelsea how he could convince her that she had nothing to worry about. Chelsea replied, "For Sharon to go back to her life. She needs to hear it from you." Adam told Chelsea that she was being unfair to Sharon. Chelsea insisted that Sharon was in love with Adam. Adam maintained that Sharon was grateful for his help. Chelsea retorted, "You two rehearse that?"
Adam told Chelsea that she was paranoid. Chelsea showed Adam the letter she'd stolen from Sharon and challenged him to read between the lines. Adam reminded Chelsea that he'd told her he wasn't in love with Sharon. Chelsea replied, "You can't con a con man." Adam asked Chelsea to look into his eyes as he assured her that he wasn't conning her. Chelsea replied, "Then you are conning yourself because you're still in love with her whether you want to face it or not."
Adam shook his head in frustration and pledged his love for Chelsea. Chelsea warned that Sharon believed Adam was in love with her. Chelsea ordered Adam to force Sharon out in order to save their marriage. Adam reminded Chelsea that the next day was Thanksgiving. Chelsea icily replied, "Then Sharon can spend it with her family." Adam asked for help to get Sharon settled elsewhere. Chelsea cried that she just wanted their life back. Adam kissed Chelsea.
Adam made his way through pitch-black darkness and knocked on the cottage door, but Sharon didn't respond. Adam went inside, turned on the light, and called out to Sharon. Adam noticed Sharon's bottle of pills on the hearth. Sharon was gone.
Adam returned to the main house. A chipper Chelsea prepared to pour glasses of Adam's favorite Cabernet. Adam remained stoic. He said, "You didn't just go check in on Sharon, did you? You talked to her. She got upset." Adam explained that Sharon had moved out and taken everything except her bottle of pills. Adam held the bottle in front of Chelsea and noted that the Sharon desperately needed her medication. Adam said, "If anything happens to her, Chelsea, you're responsible."
At the Genoa City Athletic Club, Leslie Michaelson approached Neil while he was waiting for Devon. She accepted the position at Jabot that Neil had earlier offered to her. Leslie asked Neil why he'd left a more lucrative and powerful position at Chancellor Industries. Neil claimed that he was more of a hands-on kind of executive and would be a strict boss. Leslie seemed surprised by Neil's statement and said she'd once believed he preferred to let loose.
Neil explained to Leslie that though he was a tough boss, he was always fair. Leslie said, "I work for a firm of hard-asses. I'd hate to trade one circle of hell for another." Neil promised to do whatever was necessary to appease Leslie. She extended her hand to shake Neil's and said she'd settle for his nice smile. Neil smiled at Leslie as they sealed their deal.
After Leslie left, Devon took a seat at Neil's table. Devon warned that Katherine could wind up hospitalized if Neil left Chancellor Industries. Neil maintained that Katherine was the best decision-maker he'd ever known, and he insisted that Katherine wouldn't take unnecessary risks. Devon replied, "You're probably right. That's why you're such a good dad. You always say the right thing." Neil asked if Devon was having difficulties with Tucker. Devon said he had.
Devon noted that he and Neil had grown closer even through they'd battled a few emotional wars. Devon maintained that he'd never have the same relationship with Tucker. Neil said he sensed that something more was troubling Devon. Devon explained that the music business wasn't flourishing as he'd hoped it would. Devon admitted that he hadn't discussed the matter with Tucker.
Neil assured Devon that a position would be available for him at Jabot if he decided to leave the music business for a while. Neil quipped that as a corporate boss, he was known as a "hard-ass." Neil confessed that the first person who'd declared him to be a hard-ass was Harmony. Devon laughed and said that he missed having his mom around.
Devon told Neil that he'd been invited to dine at Katherine's on Thanksgiving, but he promised to stop by Cane and Lily's for pie. Neil told Devon that both Cane and Lily were working at Jabot. Devon grinned and replied, "I can't believe that Lily is working for such a hard-ass."