After Lani confesses at the wedding, Eli and Paulina urge her to keep quiet. She stares at TR’s ghost and says she can’t. Julie states that TR got what he deserved and Abe suggests it was just self-defense. Lani explains why it wasn’t and bursts into tears at the guilt that weighs on her. She notes that Paulina took the rap out of love for her and now she has to repay the favor. “I shot my father,” she says, sobbing. “I am guilty.” TR’s ghost disappears.
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Lani apologizes to Eli for not keeping it a secret. He says they’ll work it out. She then apologizes to her parents for doing this at their wedding, but she couldn’t hold it in any longer. Lani plans to go to the station and turn herself in, but Julie exclaims that she won’t do anything like that. She orders Lani to think of her children growing up without her. Paulina begs Lani to let her continue taking the rap.
Julie suggests that they all take a vow to keep the secret. Julie asks who is with her. Everyone raises their hand. Eli holds Lani as she cries. After calming herself, Lani declares that she is an officer of the law and shoots an unarmed man. She has to answer for that. She hugs her family and thanks them all, but speaking her truth today is the first time she feels good since the shooting. She asks Eli to drive her to the station and they leave.
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Later, Allie suggests that she and Chanel wrap the cake and Johnny offers to help. Meanwhile, Theo and Julie leave to relieve the nanny, and Olivia tells Paulina she’s never been so proud of her. Paulina complains that she’s keeping Abe in the dark, but says he initially suspected Lani was guilty.
In the interrogation room, Lani writes her confession. Eli bursts into tears. He doesn’t know how to live without her. She asks him not to make it harder than it already is. He points out that there is no turning back once she signs her statement. If she won’t do it for Paulina, will she do it for him? Will she do it for their children? He offers to tear up her statement and pretend this never happened. Lani can’t make everyone lie for her. She doesn’t want to be separated from him or the kids, but she wants Jules and Carver to be able to say that their mother did the right thing. She loves him so much. He stands up and hugs her in an embrace. Lani sobs in his arms. Eli assures her that he loves her and that he will be by her side all the time. They’ll get through it together.
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After dropping the food off at the shelter, Nicole, Eric, Kate and Roman return supplies to the pub. While they are all eating, Kate brings up Nicole’s wedding. She explains that they have postponed it because Rafe is leading the investigation into Abigail’s murder. Kate thinks it’s a sign for Eric and Nicole. Roman tells Kate to cool it down and Nicole insists she and Rafe are happy. Besides, Eric doesn’t want to be with her. Kate wonders if she asked him that. Of course not, says Nicole. Kate asks about her. Eric avoids answering, which Kate dutifully points out.
After Eric leads Nicole away, Roman demands to know what the hell that was all about. Kate was just trying to bring joy by playing matchmaker. Besides, it’s clear Eric still loves Nicole. Outside, Eric assures Nicole that he has nothing to do with it. She knows and says she will see him later. He looks for the wedding invitation he says, then rolls his eyes as she walks away.
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Johnny and Allie carry the cake to Paulina’s apartment. Johnny apologizes to Chanel for bringing TR into their lives in the first place. He is sure it is not his fault. Allie cuts a slice of cake to freeze for the couple on their first anniversary. Johnny wonders if that happened to him and Chanel in Italy. Allie rolls her eyes. Chanel gets a text and leaves the twins bickering about who she wants to be with.
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At Eli and Lani, Theo wonders how Eli will make it with the twins alone if Lani goes to jail. Julie assures him that his family will rally around him. After Theo offers his condolences to Abigail, Theo receives a text message. There is a place where he must be.
Back in the interrogation room, Lani signs her statement. Eli stares at it and says Rafe has given him permission to escort her to the booking. He takes her hand and leads her to the squad room, where the family waits to show their love and support. Lani hugs them all as she expresses how much she loves them. Eli leads her away.
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