At Billy and Victoria's house, Victor arrived and told his daughter that he needed her help with arrangements and details related to her parents' Valentine's Day wedding. Victor added that he hoped to gather his family together for Christmas. Billy entered the room and announced that he and Victoria had planned a trip to Jamaica, the place where he and Victoria had fallen in love -- real love, Billy reiterated. Almost as an afterthought, Victor also extended his invitation to Billy.
Victor told Victoria that without his family, he felt just as alone as he had after his mother abandoned him at an orphanage. Victor added that Nikki would be disappointed if Victoria weren't present to celebrate Christmas with the family. Victor glared at Billy when Billy voiced reasons for Victoria not to accept her father's guilt-inducing incentives. Victor insisted to Victoria that they should put an end to their differences and enjoy a "season to remember."
After Victor left, Victoria admired her family's Christmas stockings hanging from the mantel. Billy sighed and said that Victoria was likely thinking that "maybe it will all be different this time." Billy added that Nick and Abby wouldn't be far behind, returning to their daddy like "geese following in tow and lockstep." Victoria softly said that her father seemed to be sincere. Billy sighed heavily and shook his head.
Victoria told Billy that she wanted to have Christmas with her family. Billy warned that Victor had a plan in play. Victoria insisted that Billy should embrace her family after Victor admitted that he'd been wrong. Billy told Victoria that he'd rather not witness Victor hurt her more than he already had. Victoria said she was willing to take a chance with her father.
Later, Billy lugged a box of Christmas decorations into the living room and told Victoria that he didn't have to spend Christmas in Jamaica. He donned a pair of felt reindeer antlers, held a spring of mistletoe above Victoria's head, and said, "I just need to spend Christmas with you." Victoria smiled, jumped to her feet, and kissed Billy.
At Sharon's house, Adam stopped by. Sharon attempted to turn Adam away, but he insisted that they needed to talk. Adam explained that Victor had agreed not to pursue charges against Sharon for burning down the ranch house, nor would he turn Adam over to the police for having paid an arsonist to set the other fires to cover Sharon's tracks. Adam added that in exchange, he'd promised to oust Jack from Newman Enterprises.
Adam told Sharon that he felt he owed Jack for allowing him to run the company. Noting that Jack was planning to fold Jabot into Newman Enterprises, Adam added that he'd have to boot Jack before he joined the two companies in order for Jack to keep his legacy.
Sharon recalled that she, Adam, Jack, and Tucker had all attempted to steal Newman Enterprises from Victor, which had left him on the outside, yearning for the empire he'd built. She added, "Could you imagine what it's like to love something so desperately, and yet, you can't have it?" An awkward silence followed.
Sharon asked Adam how he could carry out his plan without Jack's knowledge. Adam explained that Jack had a weakness, but he refused to elaborate. Sharon announced that she'd made progress from her sessions with Dr. Watkins. Sharon added that Dr. Watkins had advised her to stay away from Adam. Hiding his disappointment, Adam encouraged Sharon to obey her doctor's orders.
Sharon encouraged Adam to save his marriage. Adam explained that he was unable to commit to his marriage and that Chelsea had refused to accept his settlement offer, claiming that she wanted nothing from him. Before Adam left, Sharon thanked him and kissed his cheek.
Later alone, Sharon began decorating her Christmas tree. She selected a beaded ornament featuring a photo of Faith and lovingly admired her daughter's beautiful face. Sharon hung the ornament and flashed a confident smile.
At the Abbott mansion, Jack chastised Kyle for exposing his father's drug addiction to the press. In the same breath, Jack admitted that he'd lied about having recovered from his addiction. Jack claimed that he'd taken only one additional pill after Kyle and Phyllis delivered clear wake-up calls. Jack added that he would beat his addiction because he refused to spend his life tethered to a narcotic.
Kyle asked if his dad planned to recover without assistance. Jack embraced Kyle and insisted that his son was reason enough to make him quit. Jack summoned a reporter to his home to set the record straight, and he later invited Kyle to be present.
Neil stopped by Jack's home. Neil admitted that he regretted their unpleasant argument and hoped to rescind his resignation. Neil assured Jack that he could take Jabot to the next level. Jack explained that he had a lot on his plate. Jack noted that he was about to address the press and quash a rumor claiming that he was addicted to painkillers.
Neil looked Jack in the eye and asked him if he was hooked on his pain medication. Jack claimed that he'd been taking a narcotic medication for back pain, but he insisted that he wasn't addicted. Neil replied, "I'm an addict, and I recognize when another addict's in denial."
Jack assured Neil that Neil was mistaken about Jack being an addict. Neil asked if Jack took more than the prescribed number of pills and often lied to himself and others about medicating himself. Jack became agitated and said, "I have an interview to prepare for, and you have a job to get back to. Don't let me down!"
At Jabot, Tyler showed up and told Lily that because she'd endorsed his concepts, he'd been summoned to a follow-up interview with Neil. Cane watched from a nearby doorway and seemed wary. Cane stepped out of the shadows after he overheard Tyler entertain the idea of collaborating with Lily, so they could freely share their passions and ideas.
After Lily walked away, Tyler asked Cane to direct him to the boss' office. Cane noted that the boss was away. Cane added that he and Jack had decided that Tyler's ideas weren't a good fit for the company. Tyler replied, "That's not what your wife said." Cane instructed Tyler to come up with additional ideas and return when he was ready to impress. Tyler scoffed and insisted that he was always up for a challenge.
Lily later returned and asked about Tyler. Cane said that he'd met with the prospective employee and had decided that Tyler's "graffiti aesthetic" wasn't worth an investment of the company's resources. Lily seemed perplexed and replied, "That graffiti aesthetic is ahead of the curve. There's nothing else like it." Cane claimed that he had a responsibility to be cautious. Lily said she was worried that another company might grab a rising star.
At On the Boulevard, Tyler admitted to Leslie that he'd flirted with Lily. Leslie cried, "Not again, Tyler." Leslie offered to let Tyler stay at her place. Tyler noted that Leslie wouldn't want her little brother around when she and Neil began "conducting business." Leslie assured her brother that she and Neil weren't involved. Tyler insisted to Leslie that he'd be hired at Jabot despite Cane's objections.
Later, Tyler and Cane renewed their discussion inside a sauna. Tyler claimed that Cane felt threatened because Tyler had flirted with Lily. Cane claimed that he disapproved of Tyler's cocky attitude. Cane added that Tyler acted as if he'd secured the job offer just because his sister was a friend of Neil's. Tyler reminded Cane that he was the one married to the boss's daughter.
Cane said that he hadn't yet made his final decision about offering Tyler the job. Cane advised Tyler to subdue his ego. Tyler said he thought that Neil had the last word. Cane glared at Tyler. Ever-confident, Tyler assured Cane that he wouldn't find a better candidate.
At Jabot, Neil watched Jack's news conference. Jack said, "I am not abusing prescription drugs. That claim is nothing more than malicious gossip. I intend to set the record straight." Jack explained that he'd begun taking a narcotic pain medication after undergoing back surgery. Jack admitted that he'd had to step aside, but he maintained that Newman Enterprises was operating at one hundred percent.
Neil later asked Cane about the interview with Tyler. Cane said that he hadn't hired Tyler because he wanted to ensure that the young man could benefit the company. Neil replied, "The kid's got an excellent track record. He's the wave of the future. Hire him!"
Back at the Abbott mansion, Kyle stood in the corner while Jack carried out his appeal to the media. Jack claimed that a subversive element had "painted him in less-than-flattering colors" in order to convince the public that he'd become a detriment to his company. Kyle, concerned for his father's well-being, frowned and shook his head in frustration.
After Adam returned to Jack's office, he watched a rebroadcast of Jack's interview. In it, Jack had claimed that he'd been monitored by doctors during his course of treatment and had since stopped taking pain medication altogether. Jack had ended the interview by insisting that he was healthy and strong, as was Newman Enterprises.
Adam sighed, withdrew the bottle of Jack's pills from his pocket, and placed them in Jack's desk drawer. Jack appeared at the door and said, "Perfect timing. I'd like for you to take a look at an interview I just did." Adam said that he'd already watched Jack's attempt at damage control. Jack reminded Adam that he hadn't asked Adam for more pills.
Jack insisted to Adam that he was clear-headed and no longer needed his pills. Adam rose from Jack's chair, motioned for Jack to sit, and said, "Well, in that case." Jack took his seat and said, "It's good to be back!" Adam presented a file folder stuffed with documents and explained that the contracts were awaiting Jack's signature. Adam added that he'd be just down the hall if Jack needed him.
Jack took the folder, opened his desk drawer to get an ink pen, and noticed the bottle of pills. Adam watched from the doorway and sighed heavily when he noticed that Jack paused when he spied the pills. Jack signed a few documents. The pills in the drawer seemed to beckon to Jack, and he became distracted.
Jack opened the drawer and picked up the pill bottle. Out in the hallway, Adam stepped away to take Victor's phone call. Victor asked if there'd been progress with the plan. Victor added that he wasn't pleased with what he'd heard during Jack's interview. Adam told Victor to relax because the plan was in motion. Back in Jack's office, Jack placed the bottle of pills back in the drawer.
Tyler later returned to Jabot, approached Lily, and announced that he had additional ideas to show Cane. Lily batted her eyelashes and proclaimed that the projects were likely all genius. Lily said she hoped Cane would agree because he was usually more open-minded.
Tyler noted that Cane was staking his territory. Cane, Tyler explained to Lily, believed that Tyler had been flirting with her. Lily chuckled nervously and replied, "Were you flirting?" Tyler claimed that his behavior was part of his natural charm. Tyler insisted that Cane wouldn't be able to resist the new ideas. Cane approached. Lily changed positions and stood alongside Tyler. Cane faced them both and announced that Tyler had the job.