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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In the courtroom, Kyle conceded that Jordan's plan for Shawn to cooperate with the district attorney's office was a good one and well worth the price of Shawn's freedom if it meant that Sonny would go to prison. Scott's tone was filled with sarcasm as the thanked Kyle for Kyle's approval, but Scott was curious why Kyle was there. Kyle revealed that he needed an arrest warrant issued for a Jerome associate.

Outside the courtroom, T.J. read the Port Charles Press, which featured a story about Shawn's arrest. Moments later, Molly walked up. After she gave T.J. an affectionate hug, she chastised him for reading Julian's newspaper. T.J. explained that it was his only source for information because Jordan continued to lie and keep secrets. T.J. was certain his mother was still hiding things from him.

Moments later, Kyle walked out of the courtroom and immediately approached T.J. Kyle confessed that it had been an honor to work with Jordan because undercover work was difficult under the best of conditions. According to Kyle, Jordan had been a huge credit to law enforcement, since she had dealt a major blow to organized crime in Port Charles under dangerous circumstances. Molly tactfully explained that T.J. was still trying to take everything in, so Kyle continued to sing Jordan's praises for a few minutes and then left.

At the Webber residence, Carly was relieved when Jake answered the door. She hugged him as she confessed that she had feared the worst when she had heard about Hayden's shooting. Carly explained that at some point Jake had become her best friend, so she had no idea what she would have done if anything had happened to him. Jake smiled as he admitted that he felt the same about Carly.

Carly questioned Jake about his arrest for Duke's murder, so Jake quickly filled her in about the events in the parking garage and Kyle's decision to use the arrest to Jake's advantage by gaining Julian's trust. Carly admitted that she wouldn't wish Hayden's fate on anyone, but Jake was curious if Carly had known about Sonny's plans to kill Jake. Carly assured Jake that she hadn't known about the hit until it had been too late to stop it. However, she was confident that Sonny wouldn't make another move against Jake because the initial anger and guilt over Duke's death had ebbed and Sonny was aware that he would be the prime suspect if anything were to happen to Jake.

Carly was certain that Sonny would eventually realize that Julian had ordered Duke's murder and that Carlos had carried it out, so Jake had merely been a patsy. Jake was pleased that Sonny had backed down, but Jake regretted that he wouldn't be around to enjoy the peace. Confused, Carly wondered why, so Jake told her about his decision to quit working for the Jeromes because he refused to have another innocent person, especially someone he cared about, struck by a bullet meant for him. Jake explained that Kyle had threatened to reinstate the 53 counts of attempted murder charges against Jake stemming from the incident on the Haunted Star, but Carly hoped it had been a bluff.

A short time later, Kyle arrived. Jake invited Kyle inside, since Jake didn't have anything to hide from Carly. Kyle wasn't pleased that Carly knew about Jake's undercover assignment, but cut to the chase by revealing that Scott had issued an arrest warrant for Carlos Rivera. Jake was surprised, but Kyle pointed out that too many people, including Sabrina, had known the truth about Carlos' role in Duke's death. Jake made it clear that he still wanted out of the Jerome organization, so Kyle agreed to talk to Julian.

Jake was skeptical that Julian would agree to let Jake walk away, but Kyle hoped Julian's decision to warn Kyle about the hit on Jake might work to their advantage. Kyle promised to be in touch and then left.

In the police station's lock-up, Shawn was stunned when Jordan insisted that T.J. needed Shawn because Shawn was T.J.'s biological father. Shawn's temper flared as he accused Jordan of lying, but she assured him that it was true. Shawn reminded Jordan that she had told him that a paternity test had confirmed that Thomas had been T.J.'s father, but Jordan confessed she had lied in a desperate attempt to save her marriage. Furious, Shawn argued that he'd had a right to know about his son, but Jordan explained that she had done what she had thought would be best for everyone.

Shawn questioned why he should believe Jordan, so Jordan argued that she didn't have any reason to lie. Shawn disagreed because she had played him from the beginning, but Jordan countered that she hadn't forced Shawn to work for Sonny. She admitted that she was relieved he was in jail because the alternative for a man in Shawn's line of work was death. Shawn refused to believe Jordan's claims about T.J. or to turn against Sonny, so Jordan offered to give Shawn the paternity test.

Jordan hoped the paternity test would persuade Shawn to testify against Sonny, so Shawn could have a chance to build a real father/son relationship with T.J. Shawn tensed when Jordan implored him to think about T.J. because T.J. needed Shawn more than ever, since T.J. refused to even speak to Jordan. Moments later, a police guard approached the jail cell to announce that it was time for Shawn's arraignment. Jordan begged Shawn to take the deal, but Shawn silently left with the police guard.

At the courthouse, T.J. fondly recalled how Shawn had treated him when T.J. had first arrived in town. T.J. insisted that Shawn had been like a father to him, so it hurt T.J. that Jordan had arrested Shawn because it felt like his mother had taken his father away. T.J. was frustrated that Jordan's work had only resulted in Shawn's arrest, while Sonny and Julian walked free, and Luke Spencer had been deemed insane. Molly reminded T.J. that her father was a brilliant attorney, so nothing had been set in stone, but T.J. doubted that Shawn would be able to walk away from the charges since Shawn was a black man accused of shooting a white woman.

At the hospital, Liesl listened to her iPod as she danced her way to her office. Her good mood instantly vanished when she noticed the "Egg Salad" painting missing from her wall, so she immediately called the hospital's security to report the theft. However, she ended the call when Franco appeared in the doorway to confess that he had taken the painting. Confused, Liesl wondered why, since he had given her the painting as a gift.

Franco reluctantly explained that he had hoped the painting would be a sufficient peace offering to Nina, but it had failed because Nina had decided to marry another man. Liesl was surprised when Franco told her about Nina's wedding to Ric. Liesl had a vague recollection of Ric locking a pregnant woman in a panic room, so Franco confirmed the story was true. He was startled when Liesl suggested that perhaps Nina had made a good match with Ric, but Franco argued that Ric was "psycho." Liesl smiled as she explained that Ric's mental state proved Liesl's point.

Franco was not amused because he believed that Nina deserved better than Ric for a husband. He was certain that Nina had only married Ric to get back at Franco, but he couldn't figure out why Ric would marry Nina. Liesl was certain that Ric had plans to get his hands on Nina's fortune because Ric was an attorney who didn't have any qualms skirting the laws. Franco realized that Liesl might be right, so he decided to warn Nina of Ric's intentions. Liesl doubted that Nina would believe Franco, but Franco was determined to save Nina from Ric's greedy clutches.

Liesl knew that she wouldn't be able to stop Franco from going to Nina, but she asked that he retrieve the "Egg Salad" painting because she wanted it back.

At Metro Court Hotel, Nina stared at the painting that Franco had given her, while she recalled his confession that she meant everything to him. She snapped back to the present when Ric entered the living room. Ric stopped short when he saw the painting, so he asked why she hadn't gotten rid of it. Rather than answer the question, Nina questioned why Ric had married her. Ric was surprised, but Nina thought it had been a fair question, since they'd had a whirlwind romance and chaste wedding night.

Ric assured Nina that he had married her for several reasons, including not having to pretend to be someone he wasn't unlike his past relationships. Ric reminded Nina that he and Nina were kindred spirits because they thought a lot alike, which he had explained when he had proposed to her, but Nina wondered if Ric had been honest with her. Ric assured her that he had been, but a knock at the door forced the couple to table their discussion.

Ric opened the door and greeted his brother when he saw Sonny on the doorstep. Sonny insisted that he and Ric needed to talk, so Ric agreed as he invited Sonny into the suite. Sonny tensed when he saw Nina standing in the living room, but Ric approached Nina and then introduced his wife to Sonny. Sonny was shocked that Ric and Nina were married, so he wondered what Nina had held over Ric's head to force Ric into marriage. Ric assured his brother that he had willingly married Nina, but Sonny didn't believe Ric because Ric had proposed to Elizabeth days earlier at the Nurses Ball.

Sonny explained that a man didn't go from loving one woman to falling in love with another within a matter of days, but Ric was adamant that he was not being blackmailed. Ric insisted that he and Nina had decided to get married in good faith, so Ric wanted Sonny to respect Ric's decision. Sonny let the matter drop because he and Ric needed to get to the courthouse, but Ric didn't think it would be a good idea for Sonny to be seen with Shawn. Sonny refused to stay away from the arraignment, so Ric promised to return to home to his new bride as quickly as possible and then left with Sonny.

At the courthouse, T.J. and Molly entered the courtroom when Ric and Sonny arrived. Scott was surprised that Sonny had decided to attend Shawn's arraignment, since Sonny liked to send Sonny's "goons" in to do Sonny's dirty work. Sonny was confident that Scott would eventually end up alone and washed up, but Scott cautioned Sonny not to be too confident about Shawn's testimony. Moments later, Shawn, followed by a police officer and Jordan, arrived. Nearby, T.J. exchanged a long look with Jordan and Shawn.

At the Jerome apartment, Julian announced to his family that he intended to leave the mob. He realized that Sam, Lucas, and Kiki had heard it before, but he promised that he meant it because recent circumstances had made him appreciate the important things in life. Lucas jumped up to answer the door when someone knocked because Lucas was expecting Brad. Lucas, Julian, Sam, Alexis, Kiki, and Morgan were stunned when a woman with dark hair, a heavy New York accent, and an uncanny resemblance to Ava entered the apartment and then asked for a drink.

"Mom?" Kiki asked as she approached the woman intending to give the woman a hug. The woman immediately held up her hands to stop Kiki and then clarified that she was not Ava. Everyone seemed at a loss for words as the woman wandered around the apartment offering decorating tips, but Julian quickly recovered and accused the woman of being Ava in disguise. The woman argued that she was "Denise DeMuccio" from Queens.

Denise claimed that she had worked in a hair salon until one of her friends had mentioned seeing a picture of a woman with a striking resemblance to Denise in a newspaper. Denise had read the article about Ava and had realized that Ava had indeed looked exactly like Denise. Denise had no idea why she and Ava were the spitting image of each other, so Denise had decided to pay Port Charles a visit to get some answers. Sam didn't believe a word of Denise's story and accused Denise of being Ava in a black wig.

Denise assumed that Sam was Julian's "chippie," but Sam quickly corrected her. Denise was curious why she would don a disguise to visit her family if she were indeed Ava, so Sam informed Denise that Ava was wanted for murder. Sam was disgusted that Ava would put her loved ones through the heartache of believing that she had died, but Denise continued to deny being Ava. Moments later, Lucas answered another knock at the door.

Kyle entered the apartment to talk to Julian, but became distracted when he noticed Denise. Kyle's eyes narrowed and then quickly rounded with recognition as he looked at Denise. Denise was stunned when Kyle informed her that she was under arrest.

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