Ben resigns, Nikki gets a verdict, and Gloria helps Kevin.
Ian drops into Crimson Lights to needle Dylan about Nikki's journal entries. He gets a message that the judge's decision is in. Confident, Ian offers to share his monetary reward with Dylan, who assures him he'll go down in flames.
At the Club, Nikki worries to Michael by phone about the case. He assures her if they lose they'll fight it. She ogles the tequila. Victor appears. They are leaving when they hear Billy's raised voice. They join him, Ben, and Barton. Billy, brandishing the file, thinks Victor should know the truth about the man he's been pushing on his daughter. Ben tells Barton this was what he was about to tell him. He says he took someone else's identity. Billy blurts that Ben killed his own father. Ben admits he served time for that. Nikki feels there must have been extenuating circumstances. She and Victor leave. Stitch tells Barton he'll resign, but says his past never interfered with his medical career - after much loss it was all he had. Barton says it will have to go before the board. After, Ben tells Billy this all happened when he was a kid and questions Billy tanking his life and his career. Billy doesn't care. Stitch reminds him he was there when Delia was brought in. Billy cringes and tears up as Ben says he cried when she didn't make it. "That's the kind of doctor I was."
At the station, Kevin pleads with Michael not to leave him for Nikki's case. Michael says he'll send reinforcements in. Later, Harding orders Kevin to be locked back up as Gloria appears. Kevin sighs. "You're the reinforcements?" She powders herself in preparation to deal with Harding. Kevin cringes. Glo tells Harding she's in desperate need of undercover work. She gushes over his name and alludes to her past with Chavez. Finally, she suggests that the ID badge was in Kevin's desk because he solved the crime. Harding holds his head.
At Nick's house, Victoria tells him she's off to worry about baby daddies and Nikki's lawsuit. Mariah arrives. Nick introduces them. Mariah quips, "Do you want to see my Cassie impression?" Victoria lashes out at her and they bicker until Nick intervenes. Nick and Victoria get texts about Nikki's case. Mariah offers to babysit Faith. Once alone, Mariah grills Faith about what Nick likes. Faith says he loves peach pie and volunteers that he's scared to get married to mommy.
At court, Victor, Nikki, Dylan, and Michael whisper about Ian and wonder how any judge could side with him. Nick and Victoria arrive. Nikki asks Victoria about Stitch. She says she's dealing with it. Ian arrives. After some snarking the judge enters and says the most disturbing thing about this case is that a mother robbed a son of his father. He then tells Ian he finds him and his actions repulsive. The judge dismisses the case with prejudice - it cannot be brought back to court. Sherman tells a disgruntled Ian there is nothing left to do. Nikki accepts her family's congratulations and tells Ian, "You lost." Dylan, Nick, and Victor speculate on whether Ian will finally move on. Victor warns Ian not to come after his family again. Ian smirks. Ian tells Sherman he's got one more weapon left in his arsenal - one they'll never see coming.
At the station, Gloria has run Harding off by fondling his 'guns' as Michael returns. Harding reappears and tells Kevin he's free to go - the ADA won't pursue a case against him.
At the hospital, Nikki doesn't approve of Victoria not taking the DNA test. She urges her to learn from her mistakes. Vikki wants to wait. Nikki pretends to leave but then sneaks back to an AA meeting to talk about her stress-related temptation. Vikki runs into Ben, who's carrying his belongings in a box. He says he's been asked to take a leave of absence and may never practice again. Vikki thinks he's holding something back. "What else is there?" Ben grimly says he made his choices and he'll live with them.
Nick arrives home to find Mariah cooking dinner. He tells her Ian's case was thrown out. Mariah congratulates him with an embrace. Nick is puzzled but notices the smell of peach pie. She says it's her favorite.
At the Club, Billy corners Dylan to discuss Stitch. Dylan doesn't want to hear it and says he's only on Victoria's side.
Genoa City Spoilers for Tomorrow on The Young and the Restless:
Lily says something about getting her dad to move on with a new woman and Hilary throws a drink on her. "Shut up!"
Austin tells Summer a date's been set for his trial.
Nick overhears Mariah saying into the phone, "Why did you have me if you never even wanted me, Mom?" Nick blurts, "You told Sharon your mother was dead."
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