Thorne questions Shane about being there the night Darla died. As Stephanie begs Thorne to listen to Shane, Taylor screams that she already confessed. Shane admits that he was there, that he saw the whole thing, Phoebe's car broke down on PCH, Darla showing up to help Phoebe Shane says that Darla fell back into the road just as Taylor came around the curve, that there was no way that Taylor could have missed Darla.
The judge orders Thorne and both counsels to meet with him in his chambers. Phoebe jumps up and throws herself into Shane's arms, thanking him profusely. Reporters question Shane, and Stephanie tells them to back-off. Hector and Harry arrive. Stephanie fills Hector in on what's happened, says that if Taylor goes to trial Shane's testimony is essential. Taylor screams that she won't put Thorne through a trial, that she's already confessed.
While Phoebe is talking to Harry, Shane asks Stephanie what she thought of his speech, says that they have a deal, that he better get what he wants.
In the judge's chambers, the judge asks Thorne if he believes Shane. Thorne says he doesn't know what to think, but if Darla's death was really an accident he wonders if Taylor really deserves to go to prison for 15 years of her life. Both counsels go over Taylor's case, her confession, until the judge stops them. The judge asks Thorne for his opinion, asks him what he'd like to see come about as a result of Shane's statement.
The judge comes back into the room. Taylor thanks Stephanie for bringing Shane here, but she can't put Thorne through anymore hurt. Stephanie tells her not to give up. When Thorne and the lawyers take their seats, the judge says that the hearing will continue. The prosecutor asks if Taylor wishes to change her plea. Taylor stands up, looks to Thorne Stephanie tells her that Thorne wants her to fight this, and Thorne nods yes to Taylor! She tells the judge she wants to change her plea to not guilty.
Ridge thanks Shane for helping his family, but Ridge worries about whether or not Phoebe and Hector will be charged. Eric comes over and thanks Shane, too. Stephanie comments that because of this, Thorne may be able to have some peace.
In her jail cell, Thorne comes to Taylor. She thanks him for helping her today. Thorne says he doesn't want Taylor's family to suffer like his daughter is. When Thorne goes to leave, Taylor reaches out to him, thanks him again for talking to the judge. Taylor breaks down and cries, hugs Thorne before he's led out of her cell.