As Nikki discovers that Deanna was not Geraldine's daughter but an opportunist out to fleece Briggs, Schwartzman decides against buying the confectionery firm. Interviewd by DS Gold in Nikki's presence Geraldine explains that she was raped by Phillip Briggs as a teenager and her baby given away. John Briggs' legal adviser Annette, who found Deanna, expresses unease to Tranter about the deception and is later found murdered. Geraldine is arrested but the pathologists, aided by Jack's wheelchair-bound mentor Clarissa, uncover the truth though the killer never makes it to court. Geraldine is, however, reunited with her real daughter.