In the parking garage, Sam was on the phone with Jason as they discussed Dr. Lee's last-minute request to see Sam. Jason wanted to be there with Sam, but she assured him that it wasn't necessary. Jason insisted, so she told him not to rush, since she was early for the appointment.
Nearby, Olivia Jerome lurked behind a Dumpster, gripping a wrench as she eavesdropped on Sam's conversation. Olivia was pleased that Sam had fallen into her trap. Olivia was about to make her move when Sam ended the call, but Robin suddenly appeared. Olivia ducked out of sight as she realized that Robin was Anna's daughter. Olivia recalled meeting Robin as a child and smiled with satisfaction because she'd been handed an opportunity to get "two birds with one stone."
Meanwhile, Sam asked about Robin's visit to Port Charles. Robin was vague about Anna's illness and asked about Sam's pregnancy. Moments later, Sam and Robin parted ways as Sam dashed off to make her appointment. Olivia slid further into the shadows, but she made noise. Robin stopped short and looked around. "Is someone there?" Robin called out. Olivia managed to retreat to her hiding place without Robin noticing.
After Robin left, Olivia smiled. "Another time, little Robin," Olivia whispered. Olivia waited until the coast was clear then approached Sam's car.
At the nurses' station, Sam and Lucas exchanged greetings and talked about her investigation. She admitted that the plastic bag with the Chinese letters he'd translated for her had been a dead end. Lucas was disappointed, but Sam assured him it was fine and went to her appointment with Dr. Lee.
A short time later, Sam returned to tell her brother that Kelly's assistant had been locking up, and there hadn't been any record of anyone calling to make an appointment with Sam. Sam and Lucas agreed that it was odd, but they both dismissed it as unimportant. Sam asked Lucas to let Jason know that she was headed home then changed the subject to ask if Lucas had heard about Ava's arrest. Lucas conceded that he'd heard about Ava's legal troubles because it had been all over the news, but he refused to discuss Julian because Lucas wanted nothing to do with their father.
At Metro Court Restaurant, Dante apologized to Ned for being late. Ned assured Dante that it was fine and quickly filled Dante in about Ned's proposal of marriage to Dante's mother. Dante welcomed Ned to the family, but Ned clarified that Olivia had turned Ned down. Dante was surprised because he knew that his mother was crazy about Ned and had hated when Ned hadn't been around. Ned had had the same impression and added that Olivia had said some things during a recent talk that had led him to believe that she had wanted a "deeper commitment."
Ned hoped that Dante might offer insight into Olivia's unexpected rejection of Ned's marriage proposal. Dante reminded Ned that Olivia had been alone most of her life and hadn't needed anyone except Dante. Dante conceded that his mother had had a few relationships along the way -- including an engagement to Steve Webber -- but Olivia remained gun-shy about long-term relationships because she feared that she couldn't make things work.
Nearby, Sonny was on the phone with his wife. He told Carly to do what she had to and added that he'd meet her back at his place because he intended to tell her everything. After the call, Jason walked up and asked if everything was okay. Sonny's tone was solemn as he revealed that he intended to tell Carly about sleeping with Nelle. Sonny and Jason retreated to a private corner to talk about Sonny's one-night stand with Nelle. Jason knew it would be painful for Sonny, and he advised Sonny to give Carly some time and space because Jason was certain Carly would eventually realize that Sonny had made a mistake borne of profound grief after losing a child and heavy drinking.
Sonny doubted that Carly would accept that as an excuse, but Jason reminded Sonny that Carly knew what it was like to make a mistake. Jason insisted that Sonny's drunken night with Nelle would not be the end of Sonny and Carly's marriage. Jason promised to be there for Sonny and hugged his friend as Robin walked up. Sonny and Jason were happy to see Robin, but Jason explained that he couldn't stay because he'd promised to meet Sam. Robin nodded in understanding because she'd bumped into Sam at the hospital. After Jason left, Sonny and Robin sat down at a table.
Sonny sensed that Robin was troubled, so she opened up about Anna's cancer diagnosis. Robin assured him that the cancer was treatable and not a death sentence, but polycythemia vera was a rare blood cancer. Robin admitted that "PV" could be treated with blood thinning medications and regular phlebotomy to lower Anna's hermetic levels. According to Robin, the medications and blood draws would lower Anna's red blood cell count and keep her disease stable.
Sonny thought Anna was lucky to have Robin. Robin chuckled, but her eyes were sad as she admitted that Anna might not be pleased that Robin had confided to Sonny. Sonny assured Robin that he and her mother had an understanding, but he promised that whatever Robin told him would remain between them. Satisfied, the conversation shifted to Ava's arrest. Sonny perked up when Robin admitted that she hadn't been surprised because she'd known Ava and Julian's sister, Olivia Jerome.
Sonny questioned Robin about Olivia Jerome. Robin explained that she'd been a child when she'd known the infamous Jerome sibling. Robin recalled showing off her two pet lovebirds to Olivia and how Olivia had told Robin that the mother lovebird would die if anything happened to the father lovebird. Robin pushed the unsettling memory away as she told Sonny that Julian, Olivia, and Ava were poisonous, and each was "crazier" than the next.
At the cabin, Nelle desperately tried to get a signal on her phone as she complained about being stranded on a mountain in the middle of a blizzard. She waved her phone in the air, hoping to find a signal, as Michael entered the cabin. He quickly closed the door and reported that the roads were impassable because of snow and ice. Frustrated, Nelle suggested that they put chains on his car's tires, but Michael shook his head and explained that it wouldn't work because he had a sports car. Disappointed, Nelle asked how long it would take to clear the road. Michael admitted that they might be stranded until the following afternoon.
Nelle recalled the envelope that she'd prepared for Carly to receive by sticking it in the mail bin, but she pushed the memory aside as Michael jokingly asked if she had a problem with his company. Nelle assured him that he was not the problem, but she insisted that she had some things that she needed to take care of. Michael assured Nelle that everything would be okay, and he suggested that they make the best of their situation. He reminded her that they had food, wine, and heat, but seconds later, the lights went out. Michael and Nelle made their way to the breaker box and quickly determined that the storm had knocked out the power.
Michael promised to provide heat because the cabin had a fireplace, but Nelle was skeptical that Michael could build a fire. He chuckled and led her to the door. After they braced themselves, they ran outside to collect the wood they needed for the night. After they returned with the wood, Nelle grumbled about the cold. Michael began to build a fire and instructed Nelle to fetch buckets of water from the kitchen for an old-fashioned copper tub that they could fill with boiling water and warm up. Michael teasingly warned Nelle not to try to sneak a peek at him when he was naked.
Later, Michael had a towel wrapped around his waist as he turned his back to give Nelle privacy to slide into the steaming tub of water. She quickly dropped a towel over the top of the tub to hide her naked body from view then let Michael know that it was safe to turn around. Michel asked how the water felt. Nelle smiled as she admitted that it was "heavenly." However, she felt guilty because she was the reason that he was stranded in the cabin with her. Michael reminded Nelle that he had insisted on accompanying her. Nelle smiled and admitted that she would have gone crazy if she'd been snowed in alone.
Michael kneeled next to the tub and opened up about how much he admired Nelle. Nelle wondered if it was because she'd donated a kidney to Josslyn or because of her work with Carly. Michael confessed that despite appearing strong on the outside, he'd fallen apart on the inside when Morgan had died. Nelle assured Michael that he'd been incredibly supportive of his family during their time of grief, but he credited her friendship with giving him the strength he needed to help his family. Nelle was surprised when Michael revealed that he hoped to return the favor -- if she would allow herself to accept some kindness.
Nelle appeared uncomfortable with the direction of the conversation and suggested that Michael take advantage of the warm water. Michael handed Nelle a towel then gallantly turned his back to give her privacy. He heard the water slosh as she stepped out of the tub and slid the towel around her. She told him that it was safe to turn around, so he grabbed another towel and draped it over her shoulders. Sexual tension flared to life as Nelle looked up at Michael and the two gazed into each other's eyes.
At the Floating Rib, Olivia marched up to Julian's table. Julian was curious where their son was, but Olivia pointed out that it would be inappropriate for Leo to be in a bar. Julian admitted that he was disappointed because he'd hoped to see his son. Olivia took pity on Julian and pulled out her phone because she had an app that monitored Leo's nursery around the clock. Julian looked at Leo in the nursery and admitted that their son was "beautiful." Olivia agreed, but she cut to the chase and asked why Julian had asked to see her. Julian slid a large envelope toward her, but she tensed because she assumed he intended to sue for custody. Julian assured Olivia that she was wrong -- the envelope had a copy of his last will and testament.
Julian explained that he intended to leave the bulk of his estate to Leo and that both Olivia and an attorney would be put in charge of the trust until Leo turned thirty. Olivia's surprise immediately turned to suspicion because she realized that Julian was up to his "ass in crocodiles." Olivia had heard about Ava's arrest and asked who was after Julian, but he cut her off and told her that he'd simply been trying to provide for his son -- both emotionally and financially. Olivia coldly assured Julian that he had nothing to worry about, but he surprised her again when he admitted that he knew that both Olivia and Ned could give Leo a good life. Olivia was instantly suspicious because Julian had referred to Ned by Ned's real name.
Julian explained that it was comforting to know that a fine father figure was waiting in the wings if anything should happen to Julian. Olivia was more certain than ever that Julian was hiding something, but Julian claimed that he'd finally accepted Ned in Leo's life and acknowledged that Ned was a stable man. Moments later, Ned arrived. "Ned," Julian respectfully said by way of greeting. After Julian paid the tab and left, Ned questioned Olivia about Julian's strange behavior and asked if her meeting with Julian had had anything to do with her decision to turn down Ned's marriage proposal.
Olivia assured Ned that her one-night stand with Julian hadn't miraculously blossomed into love. Ned relaxed, but he confessed that he wouldn't have proposed to Olivia if he'd thought about it because he was terrified at the idea of marrying her. "Why?" Olivia asked in a hurt tone. Ned acknowledged that he'd been married four times, but he feared that he would never be the man that Olivia deserved. He listed all the reasons why he respected and cared for Olivia then added that she was everything he could hope for in a partner, which scared him. Olivia asked if Ned had decided to rescind his marriage proposal. He assured her that nothing had changed except that he intended to become the man she deserved while she took the time to realize that she wanted to marry him.
At Metro Court Restaurant, Jordan overheard Curtis order two "wagyu" burgers without onions. Curtis pulled out his credit card and handed it to the waiter with instructions to send the food to a guest named Grace McMorris in room 687. After the waiter left, Jordan curtly greeted Curtis and made her way to the bar to order a double scotch. Curtis decided to follow and asked if she'd had a long day. She reminded him that all of her days were long and asked about Curtis' Valentine's Day date. Curtis admitted that he had plans to meet the same woman and added that they were old friends.
Curtis told Jordan that Grace had once worked for the mayor's office in Baltimore. Jordan realized why the woman had seemed familiar. Curtis added that Grace had recently been working on getting her MBA from John Hopkins, but Jordan snidely asked if Grace enjoyed skiing in "fine white powder." Curtis knew Jordan had made a reference to cocaine, but he ignored the question and asked about Andre. Jordan admitted that she and Andre had broken up. Curtis felt bad for Jordan, but she didn't believe him. She imagined that he'd be delighted to learn that Andre had called it quits because of her association with Curtis.
Curtis was taken aback, but Jordan revealed that Andre hadn't been able to accept that Jordan and Curtis had kissed during their recent trip to Baltimore. Curtis assured Jordan that he hadn't said a thing to Andre about the kiss, but Jordan clarified that she'd told Andre because she'd wanted to be honest. Jordan had known that Curtis would be bad news when he'd first blown into town, but Curtis resented that she always painted him as the bad guy and herself as the martyr. Jordan insisted that he'd pushed her into something that she hadn't been able to give, and she was furious that it had cost her Andre -- and possibly her job.
Shocked, Curtis asked what Jordan was talking about, so she filled him in about Scott's accusation that Curtis had planted evidence for Jordan to facilitate Ava's arrest. Curtis denied that he had planted any evidence, but Jordan asked if he'd been at Ava's gallery prior to the arrest. Curtis explained that he'd been trying to pin down Ava's timeline, but Jordan revealed that Scott had suggested that Curtis had been there to collect Ava's DNA. Curtis dismissed Scott's arguments as desperate attempts to exonerate a guilty client.
Jordan hoped Curtis was right because the district attorney intended to hold Jordan accountable if the case against Ava fell apart. Jordan warned Curtis that she would take him down with her, but he reminded her that she wasn't infallible because her investigation had pointed to Sonny as Morgan's killer. Curtis also informed Jordan that her problems with Andre had started long before her trip to Baltimore because the truth was that Jordan wanted Curtis and refused to admit it. Curtis added that she'd had what she'd really wanted with him, but she'd refused to take it.
Moments later, the waiter returned to let Curtis know that Curtis' dinner order was ready. Curtis excused himself and walked away.
At the hospital, Julian approached Lucas, but Lucas wanted nothing to do with his father. Julian pleaded with Lucas for a moment of his time and explained that he had a note for Lucas. Julian recalled when Lucas had given Julian the letter about Lucas' sexuality, so Julian had never imagined that he'd pen his own letter to Lucas, telling Lucas everything that he'd wanted his son know. Lucas questioned the timing of the letter, but Jason walked up looking for Sam. Lucas let Jason know that Sam had gone home then walked away without giving Julian a second glance.
Julian approached Jason at the elevator to ask if Jason and Curtis were proud of their little stakeout despite Julian's warnings. Jason became defensive and asked if Julian was threatening him, but Julian sadly admitted that it was too late for that. However, Julian had wanted Jason to know that if anyone ended up in danger -- like Sam or Danny -- then Jason would be as much to blame as Julian. Jason demanded to know what that meant, but Julian walked away.
In the parking garage, Sam was annoyed when her car didn't start. Seconds later, Olivia Jerome knocked on the window. Sam was startled but quickly recovered when she recognized Alexis' A.A. sponsor, "Liv." Sam rolled down the car's window and revealed that she had car trouble. Liv offered to give Sam a lift, but Sam assured Liv that it wasn't necessary because Jason was on his way. Liv insisted on taking Sam home and pushed until Sam agreed.
A short time later, Liv drove as she and Sam talked about the snowstorm. Eventually, Liv broached the subject of family by gushing about how lucky Sam was to have a wonderful husband and children. Liv admitted that she'd had a big family, but their closeness had been strictly for show because none of them had trusted each other. Liv admitted that she'd been estranged from her family for a long time and had taken time to reinvent herself. Sam glanced up and noticed a tassel hanging from the rearview mirror that had the same Chinese characters that had been on the plastic bag from the Chinese restaurant. "Reincarnation," Sam quietly translated.
• Bobbie warns Carly that there won’t be a romantic weekend getaway
• Hayden crunches numbers as Tracy waits to find out if the Quartermaines could keep the hospital open
• Ava languishes in jail
• Sam asks “Liv” to pull the car over