Eddie tells Leslie about Adrienne's past as a party girl and announces he wants to be his business partner. Leslie thinks Adrienne will inherit all of Peyton's money. Betty admits to Rodney she fears losing Steven to Adrienne.
Rod confronts Steven with having kissed Adrienne, but he denies the whole thing. Rod later advises Betty to leave Steven. Meanwhile, Rita decides she wants to meet her father again, but Eddie ends up trying to set her against her mother. Steven still acts cold against Adrienne, and orders her to stay away from him, aware that he can't stop kissing her.
Norman demands that Eddie leave Rita alone. Michael reveals that shortly before Philip allegedly committed suicide, he told a doctor he was looking forward to life. Peyton attempts to encourage Betty to be suspicious of her husband's loyalty. Eddie offers to leave town, but manipulates Rita into making him stay.
Steven secretly meets Adrienne in Boston. Rodney refuses to interfere with Betty's life. Peyton accuses Lee of having told Rodney about Steven's affair. Ada tries to convince Elliot to drive Eddie out of town. Betty has followed Steven to Boston and spots him with Adrienne.
To reconcile with her daughter, Ada reluctantly hires Eddie as a bartender. Adrienne tells Peyton she was aware that she was being watched in Boston by Betty. Eddie confirms that Leslie and Chandler have met in the past, but refuses to answer any of Elliot's further questions.
Rodney tries to discourage Betty from suspecting her husband of cheating. Adrienne is disgusted that Peyton wants to stick to their original plan, despite risking a scandal. Betty confronts her husband with his adultery. He initially denies the accusation, but eventually admits to everything.
Betty walks out on her marriage and leaves the Peyton mansion. Eddie wonders why Elliot is suddenly suspicious of him. Forced by Steven, Adrienne comes to tell Betty nothing has happened between Steven and her, but soon admits to the truth.
Betty refuses to speak Steven and announces to Peyton that there will be no reconciliation. She later announces to Rod she is going to see a lawyer regarding her marriage. Meanwhile, Elliot notices a mysterious meeting between Eddie and Leslie.
Elliot thinks there is a connection between Eddie and Chandler. Michael tells Connie he's visited Rachel and that she's improving. Steven blames Peyton for Adrienne's presence being part of a scheme and claims his affair with Adrienne was a part of ruining his marriage. Rita confronts Ada with her jealous behavior.
Betty returns from Boston. Peyton tells Rita she's always welcome at the Peyton house. Michael thinks Eddie isn't putting his daughter in the first place. Rita thinks Norman thinks badly of Eddie because he still hasn't accepted her past. After failing to seduce him, Adrienne tells Steven she told Betty that they were lovers.
Eddie blames Ada of bad parenting, which she blames on his absence. She tells him about Rita and Joe Chernak. Leslie wants Eddie to reveal information on Adrienne's wild past, so Peyton will break off the engagement. Adrienne schemes Peyton into promising to marry her as a formality of financial support.
When Steven accuses him of knowing of Peyton's use of Adrienne to break up him and Betty, Rodney hits him. The next day, Eddie tells Steven about Adrienne's past. Rodney takes Betty to the woods and kisses her.
Betty is startled by Rod's kiss, unwilling to be involved with him again. She is next visited by Steven, and tells him she doesn't believe him any longer. Rod tells Rita she shouldn't push Norman into returning to college. Peyton thinks Eddie returned to Peyton Place to swindle him. He next advises Betty to change the grounds for divorce from adultery to mental cruelty, explaining it will hurry the process.
Norman blames Eddie for having returned to Peyton Place to profit from his daughter's marriage into a wealthy family and Eddie eventually hits him. Peyton thinks Eddie will turn Norman and Rita against him and offers Norman to pay for Rita's medical bills in order to prevent this from happening. Steven oversees Rodney and Betty driving off.
Steven sues Peyton for incompetency. He forces Betty to attend the hearing. Peyton tells his lawyer Kennerly that Adrienne will never become his wife. At the stand, Adrienne denies having been hired to break up Steven and Betty's marriage. Judge Chester dismisses the case.
Leslie offers Eddie money to leave him alone. Adrienne feels ashamed that her past is now public information and blames Peyton for it. Connie and Elliot return from visiting Rachel. Eddie swindles Leslie into giving him $50,000 and making him his business partner. Leslie orders him to kill Peyton.
Steven is again successfully seduced by Adrienne. Eddie prepares himself for killing Peyton. Leslie tells Eddie to try to get information from Lee, as Peyton tells Lee to do the same with Eddie. Norman visits Dr. Rossi about his cracked ribs caused by Eddie. Betty starts to doubt Adrienne's claims on Steven.
Eli tells Rita she has to choose between Norman and Eddie. Adrienne tells Steven she loves him and they kiss. Betty gives in to Rodney and they kiss. Lee reports to Peyton that he sees through Eddie's attempts to turn him against Peyton. Later, Peyton almost falls down the stairs and Steven does nothing to help him.
Steven admits to Adrienne he considered pushing Peyton off the stairs. Lee continues pretending not to know what Eddie is up to. Dr. Rossi tells Peyton his body is deteriorating. Leslie puts pressure on Eddie to kill Peyton.
Steven tells Adrienne it will never work out between them. Peyton threatens to break off the engagement if Adrienne keeps seeing Steven. Norman realizes he wants to have a baby. Eddie tells Leslie he can convince Lee to kill Peyton. Adrienne breaks into Peyton's personal files, but she is caught by Peyton.
Peyton reveals to Adrienne that Dr. Van Leyden killed himself because she made him lose his dignity. The next day, Peyton is almost hit by a motorcycle driver. Lee saves him, but he is fired moments later on insistence of Adrienne. Adrienne wonders why she drove her husband to suicide.
Eddie realizes he must kill Peyton before he marries Adrienne the next day. Adrienne notices everyone disapproves of her marriage to Peyton and she begs Connie to attend the wedding. Betty visits the Peyton mansion to sign a property settlement arranged by Kennerly. Leslie notices Kennerly and fears he has come back to change Peyton's will.
Eddie pretends to be sick to provide himself an alibi on the night he is supposed to kill Peyton. Peyton tells Adrienne he plans on moving to the apartment where Philip killed himself. Adrienne is fed up with Lee's presence. Betty wants Rod to leave her alone.
Rita notices that Eddie has left the apartment at night. Peyton tells Lee he intends on ruining Adrienne. Adrienne tells Betty nothing happened between she and Steven. Following a confrontation, Adrienne attempts to hit Betty but accidentally plunges to death. Outside, Eddie sees Betty running away from the mansion.
Martin and Lee catch Eddie standing over Adrienne's body and suspect him of having killed her. Rita is worried about Eddie and breaks down. While in jail as a suspect for murder, Eddie tells Steven that he saw his wife leaving the mansion. Dr. Rossi fears the condition of Rita's baby.
Rita is hospitalized. Dr. Rossi tells Norman she can't find out about Eddie's situation. Peyton tells Lee he thinks Eddie came to the mansion to kill Peyton by contract, not Adrienne. Betty tells Steven she was just wandering around at the time Adrienne died and doesn't tell him she was at Peyton's house.
In jail, Eddie admits to Peyton he was ordered by Lelsie to kill him. Betty insists to Elliot that Eddie is innocent. Rita finds out her father is in jail for murder suspicion. Norman threatens Eddie he will get hurt if something happens to Rita or the baby.
Norman asks his father to bail out Eddie. Eddie is arraigned. He lies to Rita that he went to the Peyton mansion to talk to Peyton about Rita's condition. Peyton tells Betty he is aware she was in the home when Adrienne died, but recognizes her death as an accident and advises Betty to deny everything when blamed.
Peyton is in possession of the note which proves that Leslie ordered Eddie to kill him. He announces to Leslie he is leaving Peyton Place and lures him to his office by offering him the mill. Rod finds out a dark-haired girl visited Adrienne shortly before her death. Peyton orders Lee to kill Leslie.
Eddie is thrown out of his apartment due to the murder accusation and moves in with Ada. Peyton calls Leslie and warns him Lee is coming over to kill him and attempts to blackmail him into killing Lee. Betty tells Steven about the night of Adrienne's death. Lee attempts to kill Leslie, and Leslie shoots him in defense.
A severely injured Lee leaves the mill. Steven announces he has found out Eddie isn't responsible for Adrienne's death. Lee arrives at the Peyton mansion and threatens to shoot Peyton, but Steven defends Peyton and Lee is eventually accidentally shot to death.
A lost baby has been found on a bus in Peyton Place. Steven tells Betty she will be investigated, unless she poses as his loving wife. Leslie denies having hired Eddie to kill Peyton. Peyton leaves town due to health reasons and assigns Leslie to run the mill and leaves the mansion to Steven. Jill arrives at the hospital and identifies herself as the lost baby's mother.
Dr. Rossi at first doesn't believe the baby's mother is the young, unwed Jill. She admits she stole the baby from an adoption agency. Steven questions Michael about Peyton's condition. Betty admits she needs Rod. Connie mistakes Jill for Allison.
Mrs. Hewitt refuses to sublet Jill a room because she is an unwed mother, but Eli persuades her to change her mind. Sandy, visiting Peyton Place to attend Lee's funeral, stops to talk to Steven. Norman assures Rita she can't trust Eddie, but agrees on accepting him. Rod and Betty share a romantic night at a ski lodge.
Dr. Rossi is still reluctant to release the baby to Jill. Jill later asks Rodney and after-wards Eli for a job. Steven tells Betty that Adrienne's official cause of death is an accident. Jill tells Connie she ran away from home when she found out she was pregnant. Connie is surprised to hear Jill knows something about Allison.
Connie thinks Allison has an illegitimate baby. Jill fears her baby will be taken away from her. Norman tells Eddie he wishes he would go away forever. Steven is upset that Betty is now dating Rodney and he forces himself up to her. When she shows no reaction, he hits her. Eddie tells Rita he is leaving town, causing her to go into distress.
Following the news of her father, Rita collapses. Dr. Rossi thinks she needs heart surgery. Following Steven's assault, Betty's face is covered with wounds. When Rod finds out, he goes to the mansion to beat up Steven. Jill makes more mysterious mentions about the Carson family.
Rita is diagnosed with pulmonary edema and undergoes open heart surgery. Norman fears losing her and the baby. Ada reconciles with Eddie for Rita's best interest. Connie scolds Jill for her frequent self-comparison with Allison.
Jill tells Steven that Kelly is Allison's baby. She tells him that she met Allison four months ago in Kansas. Meanwhile, Dr. Rossi announces that Rita is fine. Rita's condition suddenly worsens and she is again taken into surgery.
Following the surgery, Rita suffers a miscarriage. Connie doesn't believe Kelly is Allison's baby. Ada catches Eddie running out on the family again. Eddie admits he returned to Peyton Place to con Rita out of her husband's money, but started loving her in the process. Rita tells Norman she doesn't want to get pregnant again.
Rod tries to cheer up Norman. Connie and Elliot interrogate Jill and Dr. Rossi later tells them he is sure Jill is Kelly's mother. Outside Peyton Place, Steven meets a man and offers him a ride to town. It turns out he is Michael's younger brother Joe.
Joe tells Michael he could no longer stand living with his sister and therefore traveled to Peyton Place. Connie thinks Allison could have been capable of giving up her child to a stranger, but Elliot refuses to believe Jill. Betty criticizes Norman for feeling sorry for himself.
Jill recognizes Joe and nervously visits Steven, urging him to arrange a birth certificate for Kelly. Elliot is mad at Rodney, thinking he might have impregnated Allison once. Ada is mad at Eddie for using his con acts to cheer up Rita. Joe startles Jill and thinks Kelly is their baby.
Rodney denies having known that Allison has a baby. Having received a telegram conforming Kelly is Allison's baby, Connie apologizes to Jill. Rodney, thinking he is the father, demands to have the baby, but Jill has already promised it to the Carsons.
Rodney wants to claim the baby, but Betty doesn't want to have anything to do with it. Eli wonders why Allison trusted Jill. Rod demands a blood test. Joe tells Michael that Kelly is his and Jill's baby.
Rodney wants to be a part of Kelly's life. Michael tells Joe that Dom is looking for him due to a debt. Jill fears Rodney will sue for custody. Betty tells Rodney she will accept Kelly, but not love her. Joe reminds Rita of Joe Chernak.
Norman suggests Joe not to try to be like his brother. Connie tells Betty she won't allow her and Rod to adopt Kelly if Betty feels so negatively about the baby. Eddie questions Rod about Joe Chernak, but Rita tells him why Rod's not the one to ask about it. Norman and Joe are involved in a car accident.
Norman is helped out of the car wreck by Rev. Tom Winter. A severely injured Joe is rushed to the hospital. Rita suffers from traumas of Joe. Steven hints to Rodney he will have to choose between Betty and Kelly. Joe has personal difficulty being treated by his big brother.
Rodney feels Kelly would be better off with him than with the Carsons. Michael recommends that Norman allow Rev. Winter to help Rita recover. Joe is surprised Jill actually gave up the baby. Tom is informed that his wife is in bad shape.
Eddie insists on forcing Joe to leave town so Rita can recover. Betty tells Rodney she wants to move to a barn nearby. Rita tells Norman she did not want to talk to Rev. Winter. Joe confronts Michael with Susan's late night visit to him.
Jill fears Kelly will forget her. Tom refuses to admit that Susan is an alcoholic. Susan shows her discontent of her husband's profession, but Tom refuses to be a part of her father's business. Joe forces himself up to Jill.
Joe confesses to Michael he came to town because he fled from a robbery gone wrong. Ada feels Eddie should leave town. Rodney and Jill grow closer as Jill admits Joe beat her up. Tom thinks Rita still feels she isn't good enough for Norman.
As advised by Tom, Rita decides she can face Joe again. Betty announces her divorce is in its final stage. Jill threatens to go to the police if Joe contacts her one more time. Betty asks Rev. Winter if she can marry Rodney in his church.
Norman can't find Rita. Tom tries to prevent Susan from getting drunk. Jill tells the Carsons to keep Joe away from Kelly. Eddie picks a fight with Joe. The town residents start a search for Rita. Joe spots her going into the place where Joe Chernak molested her and follows her.
Following a confrontation between Joe and Rita, Eddie starts a severe fight with Joe. Rita tells her mother she is no longer afraid of the past. Michael regrets having taken in Joe. Joe tells the Carsons he is Kelly's father.
Michael admits to Elliot he knew about the true parentage of Kelly, after which Elliot breaks off their friendship. Jill admits to Connie she lied about Allison and Kelly. Susan admits to Steven she is lonely. Rev. Winter agrees on marrying Rod and Betty. Susan threatens to use Steven to make her husband jealous.
The Festival reminds Betty of the past. Carolyn discusses her parents' divorce with Joe. Joe tries to kiss her, but Carolyn pushes him away. Susan continues to use Steven to make her husband jealous. Tom announces he will never leave Susan.
Tom and Susan plan a romantic afternoon. Jill applies as Rev. Winter's assistant. Elliot feels the town has become a prison for Connie and offers her to leave. Betty admits she would've hated Kelly had Rodney taken her in.
Carolyn is mad at her mother for having filed for divorce. Connie and Elliot pack their stuff to leave town. Marsha is given a hard time by her daughter. Steven tells Betty he has processed their divorce.
Betty unsuccessfully begs the Carsons to stay until the wedding. Susan questions the existence of God. Carolyn and Joe continue their constant bickering. The Carsons accept Michael's apology, before leaving town.
Much to the upset of their friends, the Carsons have left town. Leslie finds out the Peyton Mill has been sold and that he thus loses his job. Julie visits Peyton Place to attend Betty's wedding. Joe thinks Rev. Winter has hired Jill because of a physical attraction. Steven finds out Hannah has returned to town.
Hannah, on Peyton's orders, advises Steven not to interfere with Betty's love life. Rodney and Betty are married in church. Marsha tells Rev. Winter she will not leave for New York after all. Steven tells Susan he will break up Betty's marriage.
To prove her husband's manhood, Susan offers to take Jill into their home. Now that the Mill has been sold, Norman asks Ada for a job at her tavern. Ada gives Norman and Rita a gift of $50,000 from Peyton which Eddie told her to give them, but Norman won't take it. When Joe stops by for a date, Marsha questions Carolyn about her connection to him.
Carolyn spends a date with Joe to anger her mother, but she refuses to respond to his romantic encounters. Marsha asks Michael to tell Joe to leave Carolyn alone. Jill moves in with the Winters, as do Rodney and Betty in their new barn.
Norman wants to partner with Rodney to open a large motorcycle shop, but Rod is not enthusiastic. Despite some reluctance of Michael, the Russells move into the Carsons' house. Tom suspects Susan is up to a scheme. Joe assures Marsha he will leave Carolyn alone.
Carolyn feels humiliated by Joe, since he dumped her for being too young. Rod and Norman make plans for their motorcycle shop. Susan notices Jill idolizing Tom and calls her a replacement wife. In their last appearance on the show, Connie and Elliott talk to Eli over the phone.
Feeling rejected by Carolyn, Joe forces his way back into Jill's life. Michael asks out Marsha, which angers Carolyn. Susan discusses Tom's attraction to Jill. She later catches Joe forcing himself up to Jill and calls her cheap, before telling her she has to move out.
The tension between Joe and Carolyn grows at a rock concert, as Joe hits Dennis, a friend dancing with Carolyn. Susan overhears a warm conversation between Tom and Jill, in which Tom convinces Jill not to leave town. Mike and Marsha start feeling more attracted to each other.
Carolyn feels that her mother has changed since the divorce. Tom comforts Jill, after she talks to a girl in the hospital who also had an illegitimate child but handled the situation differently. It becomes noticeable that Tom is attracted to Jill. Steven tells Rodney he thinks his business will fail. A drunk Susan falls out of bed.
Jill attempts to help Susan as she has a drunken rage. Carolyn takes an interest in Jeff. Norman tells Rodney that Steven has offered to help their motorcycle shop survive. Marsha shares her view on her ex-husband with Mike. Tom feels guilty about his feelings for Jill.
Joe asks out Carolyn, but she rejects him. Michael takes out Marsha for dinner and they kiss after-wards. Eli tells Jill he misses her and thinks she is still not alright. Carolyn thinks her mother is only pretending not to love Fred anymore.
Jill alarms Michael about Tom's interest in her. Betty makes clear to Steven she wants him out of her life. A welfare worker visits the Winters and decides that Jill's living with them is working fine. During a bike ride, Rodney almost falls off his motorcycle.
Susan tells Tom she does not blame him for his feelings for Jill. Fred thinks it is better for Marsha and Carolyn if he leaves town, but this upsets Carolyn. It becomes clear Marsha is hiding the real reason for divorcing Fred. Tom acts out his anger on Jill.
Jill feels her presence is breaking up Tom and Susan's marriage, but Tom tells her she will lose custody of Kelly if she leaves. Steven finds out Leslie has paid Eddie $50,000 and steals the proof of it, to later confront Ada. Jeff feels Carolyn is using him to get back at Joe. Michael quarrels with Fred over Marsha. Tom slaps Susan.
Tom has found out Susan lied on her reason of absence and feels it is a part of her scheme to break up their marriage. Carolyn tells her mother she understands her divorce and uses Marsha's happiness to allow herself to date anyone she pleases to. Rodney and Norman are involved in a serious motorcycle accident.
Following the motorcycle accident, Rodney is brought to the hospital in critical condition. Dr. Rossi concludes that he has a spinal cord injury. Steven tries to comfort Betty, but she wants him to leave her alone. Norman feels guilty that he is not injured.
Rodney tells Dr. Rossi he can't feel anything. Leslie visits Rod and blames Steven for the accident. Susan again gives Jill a hard time. Tom defends Jill and later kisses her before leaving. Dr. Miles feels Dr. Rossi is taking too much time in such a critical period.
Betty is informed that Rodney is paralyzed. Leslie thinks Steven hit Rodney on purpose and tells him he won't get away with it. Tom admits to Michael that Susan is addicted to alcohol and is advised to send her to a sanitarium. Steven returns Leslie's promissory note for $50,000 for Eddie.
Betty tells Rita they can't show emotions around Rodney. Tom blames Susan for Jill having left the home and then starts a search. Like Betty, Norman blames Steven for the accident. Susan fears losing Tom and admits she needs him.
Tom admits to Michael that he desires Jill. Before leaving town for good, Leslie tells Betty he doesn't approve of her. Marsha tells Michael she doesn't want to slow down their relationship. Jill is secretly staying at Ada's. During his search for Jill, Tom confronts Joe.
Tom tells Jill they are meant for each other, but she wants him to leave her alone. Due to his loss of control he fails to show up to church. Meanwhile, Rodney, who has given up on life, starts feeling again. When Michael is asked to find Jill a home, he suggests her to marry Joe.
Betty tries to be optimistic, but Rodney realizes that his chances on recovering is not a guarantee. Marsha and Carolyn argue over sex. When Mrs. Thomas tells Jill she is taking away the baby from her, Jill flees with Kelly. Steven drops by Rodney for forgiveness, but Rodney orders him to leave.
Betty blames Steven for trying to break up their marriage. Following a drunken rage, Susan is taken into the hospital. Joe is interrogated on Jill's whereabouts. Michael tells Marsha they can't be together unless she feels free, with Carolyn's consent. Jeff suspects that Carolyn is having an affair with Joe.
Tom goes to Boston to resign the ministry, but Reverend Gates won't grand him that. In the hospital, Susan regrets having driven away Tom. Michael tells Steven that Rodney is suffering from mental depression, and therefore forbids him from visiting him. Jill reluctantly hands over Kelly to Mrs. Thomas. Carolyn oversees Michael and Marsha kissing.
Rita wants to help Jill get back Kelly, and wants custody of the baby until she succeeds. Steven advises Jill to reveal her sexual tension with Tom in court to explain why she suddenly ran away. Joe confronts Jill with the outcome of her manipulations on their baby.
Without Susan's co-operation, Steven wants to prove to Judge Chester that Jill was forced to run away due to a sleazy set up by Susan. Chester, however, wants no part of it and gives the custody of Kelly to Norman and Rita. Carolyn tells her mother that she was surprised when she saw her kissing Michael.