At the hospital, Sam insisted that Carly needed to be told the truth, but Jason begged Sam to postpone the talk until later. Sam reluctantly agreed, so Jason quickly shifted gears to remind her to finish filling out the hospital release forms while he called Monica to check on the children. Shortly after Jason left, Andre entered Sam's room and told her that he'd talked to Jason about Sam being sent home and to ask if she would like to talk about what she'd done during her illness. Sam became uncomfortable when he broached the subject of her hallucinations. Andre conceded that hallucinations and dreams could be innocent, but they could also be the manifestation of a person's subconscious mind. Alarmed, Sam asked if he were suggesting that she had hallucinated what she'd wanted to happen.
Andre sat down as Sam carefully told him that she'd had visions of Jason being in trouble. Andre was curious if she'd always been worried about her husband's safety, but Sam shook her head and explained that Jason had been different since he'd returned to her. She admitted that she'd once thought that Jason could survive anything, but she no longer believed that. Sam revealed that the more Jason invested in their lives together, the more she felt that she had to protect what they had. Andre suggested that she'd been repressing the feelings, which had led to the hallucinations. He advised Sam to talk to someone, even if it was just a trusted friend.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth left Franco a voicemail message letting him know that her shift would end soon, so she intended to stop by his art studio because she was eager to see the paintings that had been returned to him. After she ended the call, Elizabeth ran into Jason. She admitted that she wanted to speak to him because she had asked Franco to move in with her, and Franco had agreed. Jason was not happy because he didn't want Franco near Jake, but Elizabeth reminded Jason that it was her life -- and her decision. Before Jason could reply, Jordan walked up and asked to have a word with him. Elizabeth excused herself and walked away.
Jordan told Jason that she'd heard that he'd stopped by the police station the previous day to see her. Jason confirmed that he had, so she questioned him about the gun that had vanished from the evidence room. Jason denied any involvement, and he pointed out that there were cameras all over the police station that would have caught him on tape if he had committed the theft. Jordan suspected that Jason and Sonny were working hard to hide the identity of the shooter because Jason and Sonny intended to deal with the person on their own. Nearby, Sam eavesdropped on Jason and Jordan's conversation as Jordan warned Jason that she would keep a close eye on Jason until she got to the bottom of things.
A short time later, Jason entered Sam's hospital room, but she was gone. Jason tracked down Andre to ask if the doctor knew where Sam had gone. Andre had no idea, but he revealed that Sam had mentioned there was someone she needed to talk to, and it had seemed important.
Outside Perks, Kristina and Valerie greeted each other and agreed that it had been awhile, since they'd last seen each other. Kristina had to run an errand, but she offered to fetch Valerie a coffee. Valerie declined because she was meeting a blind date. Kristina wished Valerie luck then left.
Nearby, Curtis questioned why his aunt had insisted on him wearing a nice dress jacket. He suspected that Stella was up to something, so she admitted that she wanted him to meet a friend. Curtis groaned because he realized that his aunt had tried to play matchmaker, but Stella was unapologetic because she was confident that Curtis and the young lady would hit it off. Moments later, Stella rounded the corner. Valerie brightened when she saw Stella, and she greeted her warmly, but Valerie's smile faded when she saw Curtis standing behind Stella. Curtis' smile faded, too, because it was clear that Stella had hoped to fix him up with Valerie.
Stella was delighted when she realized that Curtis and Valerie knew each other, but Curtis explained that he and Valerie had history. Stella gathered that things hadn't ended well, but she suggested that Curtis and Valerie take the opportunity to try to hash things out. Valerie revealed that it wouldn't be possible because Curtis had jeopardized Valerie's career by using her position in the police department to gain access to a file on an open case. Valerie added that soon after their breakup, Curtis had dated her boss. Stella wasn't surprised that Jordan was to blame for everything, but Curtis clarified that he alone was responsible for the breakup.
Curtis confessed that he'd taken advantage of Valerie because he'd been working a case that had involved a kid who had been killed. Stella was disappointed in Curtis, but Valerie assured Stella that everything had worked out in the end, so there hadn't been lasting damage. After Valerie walked away, Curtis offered to take Stella home.
A short time later, Curtis bumped into Jordan at the hospital. He explained that he was there to talk to Finn, but Jordan noticed that he was dressed up and asked if it was for a case. Curtis told her about his aunt's attempt to set him up on a blind date. Jordan claimed she was happy for him because she thought it was a good idea for him to find someone. Curtis admitted that the date hadn't gone well because the woman hadn't been Jordan. He immediately regretted the admission and apologized, but Jordan reminded him that they needed to do the right thing.
Jordan encouraged Curtis to keep dating because he should find someone who made him happy. After Jordan entered the elevator, Curtis sighed. "Yeah, so should you," he said.
At the Jerome penthouse, Ava was not happy to see Franco, but he told her that he had a proposal for her. Ava's answer was to slam the door in his face. Undaunted, Franco knocked on the door and refused to leave until Ava heard him out. Ava told him to go away because she'd had her fill of deranged men's harebrained schemes, but Franco revealed that it had been Kiki's idea. Resigned, Ava opened the door and agreed to give Franco thirty seconds to state his business.
Franco entered the penthouse and explained that he'd settled his civil lawsuit out of court, and his paintings had been returned to him. He admitted that he'd been tempted to destroy them, but Kiki had persuaded him to use them for good. Franco revealed that he wanted Ava to host the art show, but Ava flatly turned him down because she refused to set foot inside the gallery again. She also pointed out that the warehouse was a burned-out shell, so she had no desire to be reminded of all she had lost. Franco knew what Ava felt like because all he saw when he looked at his paintings was the pain he had caused. Franco had been tempted to destroy each of his paintings, but Kiki had urged him to reconsider because the paintings were valuable, and the money he could make from selling them could be used for good.
Franco wanted to help Elizabeth and her sons. He implored Ava to assist him in selling the paintings and offered to pay her well because he was certain there had to be something that her heart desired. Ava glanced at Valentin's business card then told Franco that she couldn't help even if she wanted to because the gallery had been closed. Franco argued that she could do a pop-up gallery to showcase and sell his art, but Ava was curious why he seemed determined to enlist her help. Franco admitted that he couldn't say no to Kiki, and she had encouraged Franco to work with Ava.
Ava sighed then agreed to think about it. After Franco left, Ava called the bank and instructed the person on the other end to transfer money into the gallery's account.
At Franco's studio, Elizabeth was waiting when Franco arrived. She'd been looking at the paintings, but he admitted they were a painful reminder of his dark impulses. Elizabeth reminded him that he'd been sick, but Franco explained that he couldn't move past what he'd done if he didn't acknowledge who he'd been. He told her that he wanted to grow and evolve, not just for himself but also for her, the boys, and their future. "Then do it," she encouraged him, but Franco confessed that he was afraid because a part of him worried that he might lose her if he stopped pretending that the man he used to be didn't exist. Elizabeth assured him that she had heard everything he'd said, but the past was in the past, and the future was theirs.
After Franco and Elizabeth made love then got dressed, Franco reminded Elizabeth that most people ran screaming from him, but she argued that they didn't know him the way she did. Franco was touched by the faith she had in him, and he assured her that he didn't want to go back to the man he'd been. Frowning, Elizabeth wondered why he'd said that. She was curious what had happened to him in Manhattan; his phone rang, and he excused himself to take the call from Ava. After Franco stepped into the next room, Elizabeth picked up her purse, but a painting caught her eye.
At Greystone Manor, Alexis stopped by to visit Sonny. They talked about his slow recovery and his physical therapy before the conversation turned Julian's trial. Sonny imagined it had been difficult for Alexis to testify, so she admitted that she hadn't been able to stop thinking that Sam had been in the hospital because of what Julian had done. Sonny reminded Alexis that Sam was recovering, but Alexis remained concerned about her daughter. Kristina entered the room in time to overhear what her mother had said, and she immediately jumped to the conclusion that Alexis had been telling Sonny about Parker. Kristina started to blast her mother, but Sonny set his daughter straight by informing her that he and Alexis had been talking about Sam.
Chastised, Kristina apologized, but Sonny was curious what was going on with Parker. Kristina revealed that Parker had taken a job at Port Charles University. Sonny was curious why Alexis hadn't mentioned anything sooner. Kristina interjected that she was an adult, and it wasn't necessary to get her parents' permission. Alexis confessed that she'd traded words with Parker, but Sonny didn't blame Alexis because he questioned Parker's motives. Kristina defended Parker by revealing that Parker had been going through some "personal upheaval" and had hoped to get a fresh start -- but not with Kristina. Alexis' eyes narrowed because she didn't recall Parker mentioning any of that during their encounter in the park.
Kristina defiantly admitted that she had met up with Parker later, and they had talked. Frustrated, Alexis asked why Kristina would think about getting involved with Parker again after the way Parker had hurt Kristina, but Kristina denied that she and Parker were romantically involved. However, Kristina made it clear that if she chose to be with Parker, then it wouldn't be any of Alexis' business, especially since they were still dealing with the aftermath of Alexis' choices. Kristina regretted her harsh words and apologized, but Alexis assured her daughter that it was all good. Alexis wished Kristina luck recovering from the broken heart that Parker would inevitably leave Kristina with. "It's your life," Alexis acknowledged.
After Alexis stormed out, Kristina complained to her father about Alexis. Kristina believed that her mother only wanted what was best for Kristina if it was on Alexis' terms. Sonny reminded Kristina that Parker had taken advantage of her, which was why he and Alexis were not happy. Kristina argued that the difference was that Sonny expressed how he felt, while Alexis tried to dictate how Kristina should feel. Sonny empathized, but Alexis had her reasons. Kristina conceded that things hadn't ended well with Parker, but Parker had helped Kristina discover a part of herself that she'd been hiding her whole life.
Sonny was curious if Kristina was still happy with that part of her life, but Kristina thought "happy" was a tall order. However, she assured her father that she was at peace, and she refused to cut Parker out of her life when Parker had helped Kristina discover herself. Sonny explained that parents didn't want to see their children hurt, but Kristina argued that it taught her to learn from her mistakes.
At Metro Court Restaurant, the man Anna met with asked where she'd gotten the diamond. Anna told him that it was part of an unofficial investigation, but she couldn't divulge more. Anna was eager to know about the diamond that Spencer had embedded into the ceramic keepsake that he'd given Emma. She was surprised when the man put his jeweler's eyeglass away then informed her that he could be arrested just for handling the stolen diamond. Anna was confused because Raymond Berlin had legally bought the famous diamonds from Raffaele.
According to the man, diamonds of a certain value were embedded with a laser "GIA" code, and the diamond Anna had shown him had been part of a high-profile jewelry heist in Montenegro a few years earlier. The man revealed that it had been part of a well-organized smash-and-grab set of robberies around central Europe. Anna was curious about the suspects, but the man didn't have any additional information to provide. After he left, Anna took a close look at the diamond, but she quickly put it away when she heard Andre greet her. Andre and Anna chatted, but he noticed that she seemed distracted. Anna admitted that her mind was on a case.
Elsewhere in the restaurant, Josslyn was in a sour mood because she felt she'd been "roped" into having lunch with Carly. Carly had hoped to talk things out, but Josslyn remained sullen because she was grounded until school started. Carly refused to back down because Josslyn needed to understand how dangerous it had been for Josslyn and Oscar to sneak off to the distillery. Carly pointed out that Josslyn and Oscar could have been caught in the crossfire or they could have been kidnapped, but no one would have known where to begin the search for them. Josslyn acknowledged that it had been dangerous, but she was curious why Carly refused to trust that Josslyn and Oscar wouldn't do anything like that again. Carly was certain of it because Josslyn was not allowed to hang out with Oscar.
Josslyn was upset because she thought her mother had been okay with Josslyn and Oscar spending time together, but Carly argued that had been back when she had trusted Josslyn. Josslyn refused to apologize because Carly had been the same way at Josslyn's age, but Carly wanted better for her daughter. Annoyed, Josslyn decided to go to the bathroom -- unless Carly thought she needed a chaperon for that too.
Shortly after Josslyn marched away, Alexis walked up. She noticed that Carly looked like she'd been having a bad day, too, so Carly grumbled that she'd been having trouble with Josslyn. Alexis sat down as she confessed that she'd walked out on an argument with Kristina. Carly despaired that she would never get back the close relationship she'd once shared with Josslyn, but Alexis suggested that they needed to find a balance. Alexis acknowledged that they had to let their daughters make mistakes -- but within reason. She warned Carly that the worst mistake was to warn a child not to do something because it would make them want it more.
Moments later, Josslyn returned to the table. She invited Alexis to stay, but Alexis declined then offered Carly an encouraging smile. After Alexis left, Carly asked if Josslyn thought she'd been a little harsh on her mother earlier. Josslyn apologized for the way she'd spoken to Carly. Carly thanked Josslyn then revealed that she wouldn't stop Josslyn from seeing Oscar. Josslyn was thrilled, but Carly warned her daughter that she would remain grounded until school started, and there would be rules
Josslyn thanked her mother, but Josslyn insisted that she and Oscar were just friends. Carly smiled knowingly then announced that she had to take care of something. Carly promised to see Josslyn at home within an hour then left.
At Perks, Kristina was surprised when she saw Valerie seated at an outside table. Valerie admitted that her blind date had been a disaster because she'd been fixed up with Curtis. Kristina knew she wasn't in a position to offer advice, especially since she'd just had a terrible argument with Alexis. Kristina filled Valerie in about what had happened, but Valerie suggested that Alexis had simply been a caring parent. Kristina scoffed because Alexis was an "insane control freak." Valerie confessed that her mother had been the opposite. "You're lucky," Kristina replied before she realized how insensitive it had been to say because Valerie's mother had passed.
Valerie assured Kristina that it was fine then clarified that she and her mother had had their troubles too. However, Valerie would give anything to have one more argument with Patricia Spencer. Valerie reminded Kristina that time was precious, and she urged Kristina not to waste it. Kristina smiled then announced that she had to get back to work. Valerie was intrigued when Kristina mentioned that the boss was Kristina's ex-boyfriend. Valerie was eager to hear more about Kristina and Aaron, but Kristina warned Valerie that they would need something stronger than coffee.
Moments later, Alexis walked up. Valerie decided to check in with the police station to give Alexis and Kristina some privacy. Alexis apologized and promised to try to respect Kristina's choices because she loved her daughter. Kristina told her mother that she loved her then hugged her. Nearby, Valerie smiled.
Across town, Sam stopped by to talk to Sonny. Sonny sensed Sam was agitated and carefully asked where Jason was. Sam cut to the chase and explained that she needed to tell the truth about the night Sonny had been shot. Sonny asked Sam to wait, but Sam insisted that it was time for Carly to know the truth. "I couldn't agree more," Carly replied as she stood in the doorway. Carly demanded to know what was going on, but Sonny wanted a chance to talk to his wife first. Carly admitted that it had been foolish for her and Sonny to promise each other that they wouldn't keep any more secrets from each other because they inevitably broke the promise.
Sam apologized to Carly then admitted that what she had to tell Carly was difficult. Just then, Jason arrived. He rushed into the living room, hoping to stop Sam from confessing, but Carly wanted answers. Sam apologized again then revealed that she had shot Sonny.
• Elizabeth tries to offer Franco encouragement
• An unexpected witness takes the stand in Julian’s trial
• Kristina insists that Carly deserves to know what really happened
• Ned wants to hire Alexis