At Ryan's bar, Silas thought about his trip to the Crichton-Clark facility and the discovery that Nina wasn't there. Sam returned to the table and handed Silas a drink as she asked how he was holding up. Silas confessed that he didn't know, but he feared that Nina might have died. He had no idea why the facility had had Nina listed as a patient when it had been clear that the room that had been assigned to Nina had been unoccupied for a while. Sam pointed out that they didn't know for certain that Nina was dead.
Silas explained that Nina had been in a coma for over twenty years, so sometimes patients in Nina's situation simply slipped away. However, despite that, he hadn't entertained the possibility that Nina had died. Sam reminded Silas that there hadn't been a public record of Nina's passing. She also admitted that it didn't make sense that Nina's family wouldn't share the news of Nina's passing with Silas or that the facility would work so hard to keep Silas away from an empty room. Silas reminded Sam that rich people could be crazy and paranoid, so it was possible that Nina's family had been concerned that Silas would try to claim Nina's fortune.
Sam suggested that perhaps Nina had been moved to another facility, but Silas argued that it would have been noted on Nina's file. Sam countered that Ava might have become concerned because Nathan had reopened the investigation and Sam and Silas had made progress in proving that Ava had tried to frame Silas. Silas couldn't imagine what Ava would hope to gain by moving Nina, so Sam theorized that Nina's body might hold a clue that would in some way incriminate Ava. Silas conceded that it was possible, but he was curious how Ava could have circumvented Nina's family. Sam didn't have an answer, but she promised Silas that they would get to the bottom of things.
Meanwhile, a mystery person spied on Silas and Sam.
On the piers, Julian met with a mystery person. He admitted that he was surprised that the mystery person was in town, but he realized that it was because the mystery person wanted to personally take down Sonny.
A short time later, Julian suggested that he and the mystery person wrap things up because Julian didn't want to risk Ava questioning where had had been. Julian confessed that he was relieved that he hadn't told his sister about the mystery person's existence because Ava was no longer trustworthy. Julian knew that the mystery person intended to check in with an ex, so Julian bid the mystery person goodbye and then walked away.
In Anna's office, Anna was on the phone with Robert. She was surprised to learn that Robert was in Wisconsin, but then she quickly shifted gears to warn Robert that Liesl had been asking questions about Faison. Anna assured Robert that Liesl didn't know what Anna and Robert had done, but Anna wanted Robert to be aware of the visit. Moments later, someone knocked on Anna's office door, so she quickly ended the call with a promise to call Robert back and then opened the door.
Nathan announced that Silas had killed again. Anna realized that it was speculation on Nathan's part because she hadn't heard about an arrest. "For now," Nathan admitted, but he informed her that the New York City Police Department had serious questions for Silas. Anna wanted to know what had happened, so Nathan explained that he had followed Silas to Manhattan to find out the purpose of Silas' trip.
Nathan revealed that he had arrived at Silas' hotel to find that the NYPD were there because the key witness against Silas had overdosed and had been rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead. Anna was curious if the NYPD suspected foul play. "Not officially," Nathan replied but then quickly added that the investigation was ongoing. Anna conceded that the circumstances of Mr. Nakamura's death had mirrored Nina Clay's overdose and that it had been quite a coincidence that Silas had been staying in the same hotel as Mr. Nakamura.
Nathan quickly filled Anna in about his encounter with Silas at Ryan's bar and Delia's attempt to lure Mr. Nakamura to the bar. Anna was curious what Silas had said about Mr. Nakamura's death. Nathan explained that naturally Silas had denied any involvement and that Sam had tried to provide Silas with an alibi. However, Delia had revealed that Silas had been alone at the hotel for a short time, supposedly to talk to a patient.
Nathan explained that Silas had refused to provide the patient's name because of doctor/patient confidentiality. Anna assured Nathan that it was a valid excuse, but Nathan argued that he had simply asked Silas for the patient's name, not the patient's medical records. Nathan didn't believe Silas' claim, so Nathan wanted a warrant for Silas' phone records. Anna argued that even if Silas had lied about the patient, it wasn't proof that Silas had killed Mr. Nakamura. Nathan agreed, but he insisted that Silas had been working overtime to deflect suspicion and had even tried to blame Ava.
Anna was intrigued when Nathan reluctantly admitted that Ava had been in New York City to visit Delia around the time of Mr. Nakamura's overdose. Anna pointed out that it was a huge coincidence, but Nathan argued that it wasn't any more of a coincidence than Silas and Mr. Nakamura staying in the same hotel. Anna confessed that she was concerned that Nathan was blind to other possible suspects because he was determined to pin Nina's overdose on Silas. Nathan countered that Anna might want Ava to be guilty because of Anna's history with the Jeromes. Anna admitted that she had issues with the Jeromes, but she pointed out that she had only recently met Ava.
Moments later, Anna received a call about a shooting at Ava's penthouse.
At the Quartermaine mansion, Michael left A.J. a fifth voicemail message explaining that he was worried about A.J. and begging his father to return the call. Moments later, Tracy entered the parlor. Tracy was relieved when she saw Michael and promptly asked him to reach out to his mother because Tracy had been looking for Luke. Michael was more concerned about A.J. because he hadn't seen his father since the attempt on A.J.'s life earlier. Tracy wasn't surprised when Michael admitted that his grandmother had gone to the local bars to look for A.J.
Michael confided that his father had relapsed because A.J. had been haunted by the night of Connie's murder. Tracy softly admitted that Michael and Monica were the only two people who believed that A.J. was innocent. Michael decided to shift gears by questioning Tracy about the incident with the intruder. His concern mounted when Tracy walked him through the events and he realized that A.J. had been right about the masked man's intentions. Tracy revealed that A.J. had suspected Sonny of sending the gunman, so Michael told her about his visit with Sonny and Sonny's promise not to hurt A.J.
Tracy laughed at the suggestion that Sonny could be trusted, but Michael assured her that he had believed Sonny. Tracy quickly sobered when she realized the significance of Michael's visit with Sonny and explained that Luke had left hours earlier to attempt to broker a truce between Sonny and A.J. Tracy had an uneasy feeling and decided to call Luke. Her relief was instantaneous when Luke answered the phone.
Moments later, Luke strolled into the parlor. Tracy immediately scolded Luke for disappearing, so he reminded her that he had gone to see Sonny. Tracy accused Luke of lying because Michael hadn't seen Luke at Sonny's office, but Luke explained that he had gone to Sonny's home. Michael stepped in to thank Luke for trying to help, but Luke admitted that he had done it for Bobbie because Luke was certain that his sister would be upset if her grandson lost a parent, even though Michael had a spare one.
Tracy explained that it was Luke's way of acknowledging that Michael was family. Michael smiled and then decided to check the boathouse for A.J. After Michael left, Tracy admitted that Luke's story hadn't added up, so Luke confessed that he had lied.
At Ava's penthouse, Sonny shot A.J. and watched with a blank expression as A.J. collapsed to the ground. Sonny then walked over to check A.J. for a pulse, prompting Ava to ask if A.J. was dead. "The son of a bitch is still breathing," Sonny growled with frustration as he stood up. Sonny explained that he had flashed back to when he had walked in on A.J. strangling Connie and had snapped when A.J. had denied killing Connie.
Sonny tried to think of what to do next, but he made it clear that he wasn't sorry for shooting A.J. because it had been long overdue. However, Sonny did regret breaking his promise to Michael. Ava appreciated that no parent wanted to disappoint their child, but she warned Sonny that they couldn't afford for A.J. to survive because A.J. would immediately identify them to the police. Ava urged Sonny to finish A.J. off, but Sonny refused.
Ava insisted that it was the only option and assured Sonny that Michael would never know. Sonny was curious why Ava seemed desperate for him to kill A.J. "It's either him or us," Ava nervously explained. Sonny countered that it wasn't necessary to shoot A.J. again because A.J. would soon bleed out, but they had better figure out a plan because someone in the building had likely reported the gunshot to the police. Ava realized that Sonny was right, so she took the gun from Sonny, wiped it down to remove their fingerprints, and then set it on the floor next to A.J.
A short time later, Julian arrived home. He called out to his sister, but tensed when he spotted A.J.'s body on the floor. Julian quickly checked A.J. for a pulse, but became alarmed when he heard a noise. Julian grabbed the gun and then ducked around a corner as he alerted the possible intruder that he was armed.
Seconds later, Ava and Nathan burst through the front door with their guns raised. Anna spotted Julian and ordered him to drop the gun, so Julian quickly complied. Meanwhile, Nathan checked on A.J. and then called for an ambulance. Julian quickly explained what he had walked in on, but Anna didn't believe Julian, especially when Julian was forced to acknowledge that the gun used to shoot A.J. was registered to Julian. Anna handcuffed Julian, but Julian continued to deny shooting A.J.
Anna was curious how A.J. had ended up shot in Julian's apartment if Julian hadn't pulled the trigger. Julian admitted that it was his sister's apartment, but he refused to accuse Ava of the shooting. Julian continued to proclaim his innocence, so Anna asked if he had an alibi for the time of the shooting.
At the hospital, Felix confessed that he couldn't believe that Robin had left so soon after finding her way back home. Elizabeth assured Felix that Robin loved Patrick and Emma, so Elizabeth trusted that her friend had made the right decision. Felix wondered if Robin's departure had had anything to do with Patrick and Emma moving on with their lives during the years that Robin had been away. Elizabeth admitted that she didn't know, so Felix confessed that he felt bad for everyone. "Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can't escape your past," Felix concluded.
Elizabeth was startled when Ric suddenly walked up and called out to her. Stunned, Elizabeth asked what he was doing there, so Ric confessed that he had hoped to talk to her. Felix was surprised when Elizabeth revealed that Ric was her ex-husband.
After Felix walked away, Ric confessed that Elizabeth was as beautiful as ever. She smiled politely and asked why he was back in town. Ric explained that he had decided to visit Molly and then confessed that he thought about Elizabeth all of the time. "And Cameron too," Ric added before asking about Elizabeth's sons. Elizabeth talked about the boys and confided that they ran her ragged. Ric chuckled and then invited Elizabeth to dinner.
Elizabeth wondered if Ric was asking her on a date, so he quietly confessed that it depended if she was seeing anyone. Elizabeth admitted that she was single, so Ric grinned and asked her out. He appreciated that Elizabeth was reluctant to agree because of everything that had happened between them, but he assured her that he had grown as a person and wanted to rekindle what had once been good between them. Elizabeth didn't have an opportunity to reply because Felix returned to announce that a gunshot victim had arrived.
Moments later, Elizabeth was shocked when she saw A.J. wheeled in on a gurney. She quickly grabbed a set of gloves and started to go with the medical team to an examination room, but Felix stopped her with a reminder that she was too close to A.J. Elizabeth was desperate to help, so Felix suggested that she notify A.J.'s family and prepare them for A.J.'s dire condition. Elizabeth stepped aside and called Michael. Meanwhile, Felix began CPR when A.J.'s vitals crashed.
On the piers, Sonny remained troubled because he had broken his word to Michael. Ava assured Sonny that Michael would never know because A.J. had likely died from blood loss. Sonny wished that he hadn't pulled the trigger, but Ava reminded Sonny that he had saved her life because A.J. had been strangling her. Sonny argued that A.J. hadn't been touching Ava when Sonny had fired the gun, but Ava insisted that A.J. would have killed her just as A.J. had killed Connie.
Sonny demanded to know why A.J. had been in Ava's apartment, so Ava claimed that A.J. had shown up drunk and demanding a job because A.J. had been obsessed with helping Julian destroy Sonny. Sonny readily believed Ava's lies as she painted a picture of A.J. losing control when Ava had refused to help and then vowing to hurt Ava as he had Connie. Sonny was glad that he had stopped A.J., but he warned Ava that she was not in the clear because A.J.'s body would be found in her apartment.
Ava smiled with satisfaction as she explained that Julian would be the prime suspect because she had grabbed Julian's gun to defend herself when A.J. had attacked. She reminded Sonny that she had wiped their fingerprints off of the gun and then suggested that Anna would be eager to pin the murder on Julian.
Ava started to leave, but Sonny demanded to know where she was headed. Ava explained that she had been in New York City earlier that day, so she intended to return before anyone realized that she had left Manhattan. Ava assured Sonny that they would both be in the clear once their alibis had been corroborated, but Sonny worried that Ava would flip on him. Ava argued that she couldn't betray Sonny without implicating herself. However, she was confident that Julian would take the fall for the shooting. Sonny pointed out that Julian could have an alibi, so Ava suggested that they cross their fingers and hope that her brother didn't.