At the Quartermaine mansion, Monica entered the parlor as Tracy watched television and nibbled on crackers and pickle-relish. Monica scowled at the television then ordered Tracy to turn off the "drek" because Monica didn't want her migraine to return. Tracy muted the show, but then changed her mind when she noticed that there had been late-breaking news regarding A.J.'s trial. Tracy turned the volume back on in time to hear the newscaster announce that the jury had reached a verdict.
Meanwhile, Scott returned to the courtroom to inform A.J. that the jury had made a decision. Michael was surprised because the jury had adjourned minutes earlier to deliberate the case. Scott bragged that it didn't take long to make a decision with a "slam-dunk" case. A.J. swallowed nervously and then sat down.
Moments later, the judge returned to the courtroom. Monica slipped in just as the judge asked the jury if they had reached a verdict. The foreperson formally confirmed that they had, so Michael leaned forward to assure A.J. that he loved A.J.
A.J. braced himself as the judge asked the foreperson to read the verdict. "Not guilty," the woman replied.
Outraged, Scott accused the jury of making a mistake. The judge invited Scott to poll the jury, so Scott approached the jury box. The foreperson stood to reveal that she had voted not guilty. Furious, Scott began to berate the foreperson until the judge ordered Scott to sit down.
Monica, Michael, and Kiki congratulated a stunned A.J. A.J. admitted that he hadn't expected the verdict to be in his favor, so Michael reminded A.J. that Diane had insisted that there hadn't been any evidence against A.J. and that what little evidence the prosecution had, had been circumstantial. After the judge told A.J. that he was free to go, Scott reminded A.J. that not guilty was not the same as innocent, which meant that A.J. would have to spend the rest of his life with the knowledge that A.J. had killed Connie.
At the mansion, Tracy smiled when Luke entered the parlor and greeted her with a quick kiss. He admitted that he had passed Monica in the hallway, so he was curious why Monica had been riled up. Tracy made a snide remark about Monica's mercurial moods and then revealed that the jury had decided A.J.'s fate. "It's curtains for A.J.," Tracy said with glee.
Tracy insisted that her "deadbeat" nephew would be getting exactly what he deserved for killing her friend. Luke warned Tracy that A.J.'s conviction might have a negative impact on ELQ's stock, but Tracy didn't care because some things were more important than a stock portfolio. Luke coughed as he nearly choked on a cracker and then suggested that she not be too hasty.
Tracy was confident that Luke didn't care about her money as much as he pretended to because he was loyal to those he cared about, including her. To illustrate her point, she asked how Sean Donely fared. Luke revealed that Tiffany had assured him that Sean had shown an immediate improvement when Tiffany had injected Sean with the life-saving serum. Tracy wondered if there had been any sign of Jerry Jacks, so Luke shook his head. Tracy couldn't understand how Jerry could have walked away after falling from the Metro Court Restaurant's balcony.
Luke admitted that he suspected that Ava had helped Jerry because Luke had spotted Ava skulking in the alley where Jerry had landed. Tracy doubted that Ava would get involved with Jerry, but Luke pointed out that Jerry had had ties to organized crime and that Ava's brother was Julian Jerome. Luke conceded that he had never met Julian Jerome, but he had heard that Julian was bad news. Tracy could tell by the spark in Luke's eyes that Luke was intrigued, so she warned him to stay out of "it." Luke innocently asked what "it" was, so she clarified that she did not want Luke to get involved in whatever Jerry's connection was to Ava and Julian.
Luke tactfully changed the subject by suggesting that they focus on celebrating. Tracy pointed out that both of their families were going through difficult times. Luke agreed, but he assured Tracy that Lulu was a Spencer and would get through the pain of losing Connie. Luke poured them each a glass of champagne as he explained that his brush with death had given him a new appreciation for life, so he wanted to savor the good times.
Tracy agreed that she and Luke had reason to celebrate because both Luke and Sean had survived the polonium poisoning. She also anticipated A.J. going to jail where A.J. belonged. Tracy explained that all she had to do was to get Monica out of the house, so Tracy could have everything to herself.
Monica strolled into the parlor and smugly informed Tracy that the house belonged to Monica. Tracy decided not to argue with Monica because she knew that Monica was upset about A.J.'s conviction. Tracy's smile vanished when A.J., Michael, and Kiki walked in. "What the hell?" Tracy snarled as she glared at A.J. "You were saying?" Monica asked.
Michael explained that the jury had acquitted A.J. because there hadn't been any evidence that A.J. had shot Connie. Tracy argued that they all knew that A.J. had murdered her friend in a drunken rage because A.J. had wanted to blame someone for his failures. According to Tracy, A.J. didn't have the character or integrity to admit what he had done and face the consequences. Michael pointed out that there had been reasonable doubt of A.J.'s guilt.
Luke admitted that he would be furious if he had gone to jail for saving a child from a psychopath while a man had gone free for shooting a defenseless woman. Tracy insisted that Connie had deserved better and that the justice system had failed her friend.
After Tracy and Luke left, Monica advised A.J. not to listen to Tracy because Tracy was a "poisonous shrew." Monica wanted to celebrate A.J.'s freedom, so she suggested that they have Cook II prepare all of A.J.'s favorite foods. Michael and Kiki decided to go to the kitchen to get things started.
In the hallway, Kiki stopped to ask if Michael was okay. Michael recognized that not everyone would be happy for A.J., especially Sonny.
Meanwhile, A.J. sat alone in the parlor, so he turned on the television to watch a reporter interview the jury's foreperson about the verdict. The woman admitted that most of the jurors had been certain that A.J. had killed Connie, but there hadn't been sufficient evidence to convict A.J. A.J. turned off the television, looked to make certain that the coast was clear, and then drank a glass of champagne that Luke had left on the coffee table.
At the cemetery, Carlos panicked when he realized that Sonny intended to shoot him. Sonny assured Carlos that Carlos wouldn't die "yet" and then handed Carlos a shovel with instructions to start digging. Sonny explained that he intended to send Julian a message because Sonny planned to end what Julian had started. Carlos balked at digging his own grave, but Shawn made it clear that Carlos didn't have a choice.
Later, Sonny ordered Carlos to stop digging. Carlos pleaded for his life, but Sonny was unmoved and admitted that he had delayed Carlos' execution long enough because of Carlos' last name. Carlos was puzzled by the remark, so Sonny explained that he had to make certain that Carlos hadn't been related to Sonny's late wife. Sonny ordered Shawn to finish things, so Shawn raised the gun and prepared to shoot Carlos.
Carlos begged Sonny to spare his life. Disgusted, Sonny suggested that Carlos "man-up" and accept his fate, but Carlos explained that Sonny had been wrong; Carlos was Lily's brother. Sonny didn't believe Carlos because Sonny knew that Lily had been an only child. Carlos admitted that his mother had been Hernando Rivera's mistress and that Hernando had given his last name to Carlos because Hernando hadn't had any legitimate sons.
According to Carlos, Carlos' mother hadn't wanted Carlos to follow in Hernando's footsteps, so she had gone into hiding with Carlos. Shawn accused Carlos of lying, but Carlos assured Sonny that it was true. Carlos revealed that his sister had known about Carlos and had respected Carlos' mother's wishes, so Lily had kept quiet about her brother.
Carlos accused Sonny of being the reason that Lily and her unborn child had been killed. "You're really going to kill her only brother now?" Carlos asked. Shawn insisted that Carlos was lying, so Sonny demanded to know why Lily hadn't confided to Sonny about Carlos. Carlos pointed out that it would have been too dangerous because Sonny had been poised to take over Hernando's criminal organization.
Sonny suddenly jumped into the grave with Carlos and shoved Carlos to the edge. Sonny agreed to stash Carlos in a safe place until Sonny ferreted out the truth. However, Sonny made it clear that he would kill Carlos himself if he found out that Carlos had lied.
After Shawn took Carlos away, Sonny's phone rang. It was Michael. Michael revealed that A.J. had been acquitted of Connie's murder. Sonny was stunned, so Michael explained that there hadn't been sufficient evidence to convict A.J. Michael then quietly admitted that he hoped that Sonny wouldn't take the law into his own hands. Sonny didn't make Michael any promises, but he told Michael that he loved him.
After Sonny ended the call, he looked down at Lily's headstone. Sonny promised Lily that he would not kill Carlos if Carlos were revealed to be Lily's brother.
In Metro Court's parking garage, Franco pushed the laundry cart that contained Heather's body towards his car. He thought about the moments before he had plunged the knife into his mother, but returned to the present when Lucy called out to him. Lucy explained that she wanted to talk to Franco about Heather, but Franco insisted that he didn't have time.
Lucy assured Franco that she wasn't one to meddle in other people's business, but she thought that he needed to know that Heather was "certifiably dangerous." Lucy advised Franco to cut Heather out of his life for good. Franco appreciated Lucy's concern, but he assured her that she need not worry about him. Franco started to leave, but Lucy insisted that they discuss Scott.
Lucy asked Franco to give Scott a chance, but Franco explained that Scott wasn't interested in having a relationship with Franco because Scott was concerned that it would tarnish Scott's political career. Lucy was surprised and decided to have a talk with Scott. Franco assured her that it wasn't necessary, but Lucy was undeterred.
After Lucy left, Franco pushed the laundry bin to his car and then transferred Heather's body into the trunk. Franco explained that Heather had forced him to kill her because she had refused to stay away from Carly. Franco admitted that there wasn't anything that he wouldn't do to keep Carly safe.
A short time later, Franco entered the cemetery and was surprised when he spotted an open grave. He whispered his thanks as he dragged Heather's body, which had been wrapped in a sheet, to the edge of the grave and then rolled her into it. Next, he dropped the knife into the grave with his mother and then picked up the discarded shovel to cover her body with dirt.
In Scott's suite, Scott poured himself a drink and then toasted to the "twelve blind idiots" who had failed to convict A.J. He quickly set the drink down when he heard a knock at the door. After adjusting his tie, he opened the door and saw Lucy standing on his doorstep. Lucy marched into Scott's suite and immediately began to lecture him about throwing Franco to the "curb." Lucy was furious that Scott would choose his political career over his own son.
Lucy insisted that Franco's tumor had driven Franco to do horrible things, but Scott argued that Franco's attitude hadn't changed. Lucy was curious if Scott had ever considered that things might have been different for Franco if Franco had had a father around to spot the warning signs of the psychosis caused by the brain tumor. Scott scoffed at the suggestion, prompting Lucy to remind Scott that Franco was the only son that Scott had and that Franco had been reduced to working a menial job because Franco had lost everything.
Scott explained that he had bigger problems than Franco because Scott had lost the case against A.J. Scott added that his political career had been neutered and his wife was gone, so he had nothing left except Lucy. Lucy smiled, but Scott tensed and suggested that she go home. Lucy admitted that she had moved out because she had been sleeping on the sofa for weeks. Surprised, Scott smiled and then kissed Lucy. Passion quickly flared between Scott and Lucy as they fell to the bed and made love.
In Julian's suite, Julian was startled when he saw his sister sitting in a dark corner, waiting for him. He demanded to know how she had gotten in, so she reminded him that she had her ways. Ava explained that she was there because she was concerned about Carlos, who had dropped out of sight. Julian reminded Ava that Carlos' ex-girlfriend had gotten married the previous day, so perhaps Carlos had gone somewhere to lick his wounds or to have someone "lick his wounds for him." Ava hoped that Julian was right.
Julian pointed out that Carlos was a big boy who was perfectly capable to taking care of himself. "Then why can't I shake this bad feeling?" Ava asked. Julian ignored the remark and shifted gears by broaching the subject of Sam. Julian told Ava about his encounter with Sam the previous evening and Sam's remark about someone named Lucas. Ava wondered who Lucas was, so Julian admitted that he wanted to know the same thing.
Julian was curious if Ava had another sibling that he didn't know about, but Ava assured Julian that her mother, Delia, had lost interest in their father after Ava's birth. Julian explained that he had checked, but Sam wasn't related to anyone named Lucas. Ava suggested that Julian had read too much into what Sam had said, but Julian insisted that he had a strong feeling that Lucas was important to him in some way.
Ava admitted that the only Lucas she knew was Lucas Lorenzo Spencer. Julian doubted that Sam had been referring to Luke, so Ava advised Julian to ask Sam. Julian doubted that his daughter wouldn't cooperate, so he needed to find the answer himself.
In Franco's suite, Carly made sure that everything was in place for an elegant celebratory dinner that she had arranged for Franco. After she dismissed the bellman, Carly checked her phone, but there hadn't been any word from Franco.
Moments later, someone knocked on the door. Carly tensed, but then reminded herself that it didn't matter if anyone learned about her relationship with Franco. She immediately relaxed when she spotted Franco's keycard on the table, so she ran to the door, expecting to see Franco. Her smile disappeared when Sam greeted her and then entered the suite to explain that she needed to talk to Carly about Julian.
Carly explained that she was busy, but Sam insisted that it was important. Sam admitted that she had had an encounter with her father and had inadvertently mentioned their brother's name in the heat of the moment. Carly was livid and demanded to know what exactly Sam had said. Sam told Carly about the exchange, but reiterated that she hadn't meant to say anything about Lucas.
Annoyed, Carly told Sam about Bobbie's reaction to the news that Julian was alive. Carly revealed that her mother had been terrified that Julian would find out about Lucas. Sam apologized and assured Carly that Julian didn't know much. However, Sam conceded that Julian had learned enough to make him curious.
Sam promised that she would do whatever Bobbie, Lucas, and Carly wanted her to do, but Carly assured Sam that Sam had done enough. Sam was curious how Lucas had taken the news about Julian, so Carly admitted that she doubted that Bobbie had called to tell Lucas. Sam wondered what Lucas' reaction had been to learning that Sam was his sister.
"I'm his sister," Carly barked with irritation and then suggested that Sam leave. Sam resented Carly's attitude, but then suddenly noticed Carly's cocktail dress and the romantic dinner for two. Suspicious, Sam asked whose suite they were in. Carly insisted that it was none of Sam's business, but Sam guessed that it was Franco's suite.
Sam was stunned when Carly admitted that she was dating Franco. Sam immediately expressed her concerns, but Carly didn't want to argue with Sam. Sam insisted that Jason wouldn't approve of Carly becoming involved with Franco, but Carly argued that Franco was a changed man. Carly appreciated that Sam didn't approve of Carly's decision, but Carly's mind was made up. Sam feared that Carly had made a poor choice.
After Sam left, Carly called Franco. She was relieved when he answered the phone, so she asked him why he was so late. Franco claimed that the job interview had gone longer than he had expected. Carly believed him, so she told him that she had a surprise waiting for him in his suite. Franco turned to leave as he promised Carly that he would be right there.
After Franco left the cemetery, the dirt above Heather's grave began to shift as Heather's hand slowly pushed to the surface.