Stephanie tells Brooke that Rick is mature enough to make his own decisions, and he and Amber are probably back together and planning their wedding. Rick tells Ted that Amber isn’t thinking straight and he has to find her as soon as possible. Rick calls Stephanie to tell her that Amber left with Deacon, but Rick has a private investigator looking for him. Brooke overhears, and heads out to see Rick. Amber asks Deacon why he never stood up to his step-father Daryl. Later, Daryl comes into the casino bar looking for Deacon — and the money he heard he won. Deacon insists that the money is Amber's. When Daryl tries to pick a fight with Deacon, Amber beckons him away. She buys Daryl a drink and tells him that she wants him to leave Deacon and her alone. When Daryl refuses to make a deal with her, she grabs a paring knife and lops off his ponytail. Enraged, he goes after Amber until Deacon grabs Daryl and warns him not to touch Amber. When she points out to Deacon that he finally fought back, he realizes that he finally has something worth fighting for. Amber puts her arms around Deacon and a tear trickles down his cheek. Brooke tells Rick that she hopes Amber’s disappearance will give Rick a chance to reevaluate the situation. Stephanie intervenes as Rick lashes out at Brooke, telling him that what they need to focus on is finding Amber and getting them married. Knowing he’ll have to explain the photos, Rick says that he now knows it would be a waste for him to chase other women when he already has everything he wants.