At Metro Court, Patrick, Sabrina, and Emma arrived for the dance recital. Mac was waiting in the lobby with a camcorder to film Emma while Felicia saved a seat in the crowded ballroom. As Mac filmed Emma getting ready, Sabrina admitted to Patrick that she couldn't believe that Carlos had been involved in A.J.'s shooting. She was certain that there was more to the story, but Patrick gently reminded her that Carlos wasn't a law abiding citizen. Sabrina realized that Carlos worked for the Jeromes, but she was adamant that he had not shot A.J.
Moments later, Nikolas arrived with Cam. Cam dashed off to find Emma and present her with a bouquet of flowers. Sabrina seized the opportunity to ask Nikolas how Elizabeth was, so he assured Sabrina that Elizabeth was recuperating nicely at Wyndemere, but she hadn't been able to drop off Cameron because Elizabeth had attended A.J.'s memorial. Sabrina felt bad for her friend because she knew that there had been a time when Elizabeth and A.J. had been close. Nikolas pointed out that at least they had arrested the man suspected of murdering A.J., but Sabrina staunchly defended Carlos and then excused herself to check on Emma.
Patrick explained that Nikolas had hit a nerve because Sabrina had history with Carlos. However, Patrick wouldn't mind if Carlos was charged with the crime because Patrick didn't want Carlos near the baby. Nikolas suddenly recalled that Sabrina was pregnant with Patrick's baby, so he wondered if that was part of the reason that Robin had left. Patrick ignored the question as Emma returned to show Patrick that flowers that Cam had given to her.
Meanwhile, Spencer lurked in a corner and waited until everyone had entered the ballroom to take their seats before calling out to Emma. Emma was surprised when she saw Spencer, but Spencer cut to the chase by explaining that he needed to protect Emma from danger. Emma became annoyed because she thought that it was a ploy to lure her away from Cam. She informed Spencer that he had to respect the choice that she had made and then stomped off. Spencer remained concerned because he feared that Luke would make good on the threat against Emma.
After the recital, Emma's loved ones met in the lobby to congratulate Emma on her performance. Anna and Duke waited outside with Felicia for Emma, so Mac decided to wrap up the filming. Emma wanted the final shot to be with her bouquet of flowers, so she ran off to fetch them. She became alarmed when she noticed that the flowers were missing, but Spencer stepped out of the shadows to hand the flowers to Emma with an explanation that he had kept them safe for her, even though Cam had bought the flowers, because Spencer knew they were important to Emma.
Spencer promised that he would be the one to save Emma and then ducked out of sight before his father spotted him. Meanwhile, Patrick invited Nikolas and Cam to join them at Kelly's, but Nikolas declined because he had to pick Elizabeth up at the Quartermaine mansion. After Patrick, Sabrina, and Emma left, Nikolas spotted Spencer trying to sneak out of the lobby, so he nabbed his son before Spencer could escape and then vowed to have a long talk with Spencer when they got home.
In the Port Charles jail, Franco continued to work to gain Carlos' trust by reminding Carlos that Franco knew Ava intimately, including how she operated and lied. Franco pointed out that he could be out of jail by the following day, so Franco agreed to help Carlos. However, Franco demanded to know what Carlos was hiding. Carlos explained that he couldn't discuss it because someone's life was at stake. Franco assumed that it was Carlos' life, but Carlos admitted that he wouldn't care if it was his life.
Franco realized that Ava had threatened someone close to Carlos, so Carlos reluctantly confirmed that Ava had vowed to target Sabrina. Franco recalled meeting Sabrina during his stay at the hospital and asked if Carlos was the father of Sabrina's baby. Carlos shook his head, but he begged Franco the help get Sabrina out of town before Ava could strike. Franco agreed, but he wanted to know what Ava was hiding. Carlos confided that he had a lot of information on Ava and then confirmed that Ava had sent Carlos to the Quartermaine mansion to kill A.J.
At the Quartermaine mausoleum, Monica's eyes filled with tears as she looked to the heavens and spoke to her husband, Alan. She explained that she had to bury their son later that day and admitted that she didn't know if she could do it because she felt alone. Tracy quietly walked up to put a comforting arm around Monica and then assure Monica that Monica was not alone because Tracy and Ned would be at Monica's side. Tracy then reminded Monica that A.J. would be joining Tracy's parents, Edward and Lila. "And his father," Monica added as her voice filled with sadness.
Moments later, Michael walked up to let Monica know that the minister had arrived. Tracy left to gather everyone for the service, so Monica hugged her grandson. Michael revealed that Dante and Lulu's son had an ear infection, so his brother would not be able to attend the funeral. Michael then confessed that he had invited Sonny, but Sonny had declined out of respect to Monica.
Monica was relieved that Sonny had had the decency to stay away because Sonny had made A.J.'s life "hell" and had only ever shown her son contempt. Michael appreciated Monica's objections to Sonny and admitted that he had struggled with the stories that he had heard about Sonny and Carly's custody battles with A.J. However, he had been forced to put all of that in the past, so he could have a chance to get to know his father. Monica tearfully explained that it was all that A.J. had ever wanted. Michael became choked up as he admitted that A.J.'s death had been difficult, so he had wanted his parents at his side.
In the mansion's library, Ned, Morgan, and Kiki were assembled as Ned explained that he wanted to set a trap for Luke to prove to Tracy that Luke was only interested in marrying Tracy for her money. Morgan was curious what Ned planned to do, so Ned pointed out that Luke had already accused Kiki of being the aggressor, which meant that they needed to make certain that Tracy witnessed Luke being a letch, leech, and a liar. Kiki agreed, but she wondered how Ned intended to accomplish his goal, so Ned revealed that he wanted Kiki to pay Luke a visit in the den.
Morgan immediately objected to dangling Kiki in front of Luke after Luke had nearly raped Kiki earlier that morning, but Ned promised that Kiki would never be in any danger. Kiki was desperate to get Luke out of her hair, so she agreed to do whatever was necessary to put a stop to Luke's "skeevy fondling." Ned, Morgan, and Kiki were plotting when Tracy entered from the patio and promptly figured out what they were up to. Ned changed the subject by asking if the minister had arrived and then offered to go with Tracy to round up everyone for the funeral.
In the foyer, Elizabeth insisted that A.J. had died too soon, but she was relieved that the murderer was in custody. Sonny and Ava nodded as Elizabeth admitted that with any luck Carlos would make a full confession, so Michael and Monica could begin to pick up the pieces. Carly entered and agreed with Elizabeth and then added that they would all like to know what had happened to A.J.
Ava quickly stepped away to find Kiki, while Carly glared at Sonny and demanded to know what he was doing there. Elizabeth tactfully excused herself to look for Monica. Carly waited until Elizabeth had left to quietly ask Sonny why he was at A.J.'s funeral. Sonny insisted that he was there for Michael and then demanded to know why she had been asking questions as if she hadn't known the truth about A.J.'s death. Carly explained that she wanted to know what Ava's role had been in the whole thing.
Sonny reminded Carly that he had walked in on A.J. strangling Ava and then added that Ava had agreed to keep quiet about what Sonny had done. Carly argued that Ava had only agreed to keep Sonny's secret because it somehow benefited Ava. Sonny growled for Carly to drop it as Tracy walked up and asked what Sonny was doing there. "Just making sure that A.J.'s really in the coffin this time?" Tracy asked. Tracy didn't wait for a response as she informed Carly and Sonny that Michael was at the crypt and that the service was about to begin.
On the patio, outside of the den, Luke spoke to a mystery person on the phone to explain that Luke had a problem that needed solving. Luke confided that Nikolas Cassadine's "brat" had stumbled onto information, but Spencer had an Achilles heel named Emma Drake, so Luke ordered the person to keep an eye on young girl until further instruction. Luke ended the call and then tensed when he noticed Ava standing in the den. Luke calmly explained that he had been talking to someone about buying a new filly for Tracy and then changed the subject by asking why Ava was there, since he didn't think that Ava and A.J. had been friends.
Ava claimed that she was there for her daughter and then revealed that she had been concerned because something had happened to upset Kiki earlier that morning. Luke played it cool as he asked Ava about the incident and determined that she didn't know his visit with Kiki. Ava started to leave, but Luke called her back when he noticed the sway of her hips. He turned on the charm and approached Ava to thank her for having excellent taste in art. Luke rested his hand on Ava's shoulder as he admitted that Tracy had loved the painting, but Ava was unimpressed with his attempt at flirtation, so she removed his hand from her shoulder and walked out.
A short time later, Kiki entered the den and admitted that she was glad that she had caught Luke alone because she had wanted to make certain that he had learned his lesson. Luke seemed baffled by what she was talking about, so Kiki suggested that they speak frankly since it was just the two of them.
Meanwhile, Ned managed to lure his mother to the den's patio doors with a promise that Tracy would get to see the real Luke. Tracy listened as Luke seemed to catch onto Kiki's plan and seized the opportunity to accuse Kiki of having daddy issues and trying to get Luke alone while Michael was burying his father. Luke claimed that he had tried to let Kiki down easy, but it was clear that Kiki couldn't take no for an answer. Luke insisted that he loved Tracy and his place was by Tracy's side.
After Luke left, Tracy turned to Ned with a smile of satisfaction because Luke's words had been vindication. Tracy insisted that Kiki was a gold-digger and tramp, just like Ava, but Ned insisted that Luke had somehow figured out what had been going on. Disgusted, Tracy left. Kiki ran to the patio to demand to know what had happened, but Ned didn't have an answer.
At the mausoleum, Monica tensed when Sonny and Carly walked up. Sonny assured Monica that he didn't mean any disrespect by showing up, but he was there for Michael. Carly suggested that they put aside their differences for the sake of Michael, but Monica didn't respond. Sonny offered to leave, so Monica admitted that Sonny had nerve showing up after everything that Sonny had done to A.J., but Carly repeated that she and Sonny just wanted to be there for their son.
"What about mine?" Monica tearfully asked. Moments later, Morgan walked up and immediately picked up on the tension. Carly explained that Monica was about to throw Sonny and Carly out. Sonny started to walk away, so Michael followed him to apologize to Sonny for putting Sonny through that. Monica decided that if it meant that much to Michael for Sonny to be there then Sonny could stay. Michael thanked his grandmother, but she walked away as Morgan, Sonny, and Carly closed ranks and assured Michael that he could lean on them.
A short time later, the funeral service began. Sonny lingered in the back as A.J.'s loved ones wept and placed flowers on A.J. coffin. After the service, Monica thanked Ned for being there. Meanwhile, Tracy made it clear to Ned that she didn't want him to say another word about Luke unless it was to apologize.
Nearby, Michael wondered if Kiki intended to stay for the reception. She assured him that she was there for as long as he needed her, but Michael excused himself when he spotted Sonny. Sonny asked how Michael was holding up, so Michael thanked his father for being there during the service. Sonny revealed that he would skip the reception because it would be too difficult for Monica and then hugged his son.
In the mansion, Ava flipped on the television and then poured herself a drink. She was stunned when she heard a news report that Franco had been arrested and had refused legal representation. Moments later, Carly entered the room, so Ava turned off the television and then confronted Carly about Franco's arrest. Carly claimed that she hadn't mentioned it to Ava earlier because it hadn't been any of Ava's concern. However, Carly couldn't resist taunting Ava that Franco was in jail with Ava's henchman, Carlos.
Carly teasingly wondered what the two jailbirds could possibly be talking about. After Carly left, Ava made a phone call.
In the hallway, Morgan asked Kiki about Luke. She told him about what had transpired with Luke and admitted that she was afraid of Luke. Morgan assured Kiki that she wouldn't have to worry about Luke because Morgan would protect her. Morgan hugged Kiki to comfort her just as Ava exited the library. Kiki was surprised when she saw her mother, prompting Ava to explain that she had stopped by to check on Kiki. Ava appeared hurt as she noted that Kiki had seemed in good hands and then left.
Morgan started to follow Ava to explain things, but Ava ignored him. Morgan returned to Kiki's side to confide that Ava had seemed unusually upset, so he suspected that something else had been troubling Ava.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth entered the den looking for Michael, but she ran into Luke instead. Luke invited her to have a drink with him and toast to A.J., but she declined the insensitive request. Moments later, Nikolas arrived to take Elizabeth to Wyndemere. As they left, Luke overheard Nikolas tell Elizabeth about Spencer's trip to Emma's dance recital.
After Luke wrapped up a phone call, Tracy entered the room and asked if he had sufficiently recovered from Kiki's latest advances. Luke pretended to be surprised that Tracy had known about it. Tracy confessed that Ned had set out to prove Luke was a scoundrel, so Tracy had been standing on the patio eavesdropping as Luke had set Kiki straight. Tracy was pleased that Ned's plan had backfired and had proven that Luke had told the truth.
In the library, Michael thanked Carly for attending the funeral. He confessed that he had told Sonny that Sonny and Carly had been the best parents that Michael could have wanted and that he had meant it, but Michael regretted that he hadn't had more time with A.J. Carly hugged her son.
In the mausoleum, Sonny slowly approached the plaque bearing A.J.'s name. He was startled when A.J. suddenly made an appearance to congratulate Sonny for getting what Sonny had always wanted. A.J. wished Sonny luck living with what Sonny had done to A.J. Rattled, Sonny turned to leave, but stopped short when he saw Ava standing in the doorway.
Meanwhile, Patrick, Sabrina, and Emma were in the car chatting about the dance recital when Sabrina felt the baby kick. Patrick reached out to feel his son's kick and smiled with pride. Moments later, Patrick's joy turned to confusion and then horror as a car appeared to swerve into their path.
The episode featured the song, "Pale Bird," by Chic Gamine