Dante and Lulu woke up in their loft with baby Rocco between them. They were overjoyed to be a family, and Lulu exulted that her dream had become true. Dante told Lulu, who had been sleeping peacefully when Dante returned home the previous evening after seeing Dr. Obrecht, that Dr. Obrecht had told Dante that Lulu and Dante had another child. Dante and Lulu concluded that their missing embryo might be in Dr. Obrecht's possession and that they had no option but to hear her out.
Nathan arose and found Britt drinking herbal tea in his living room and listening to advice on forgiveness from Levi. Nathan did not respond well to Levi's positive, upbeat attitude. When Levi tried to give advice to Nathan, Nathan grabbed Levi, and as Nathan was about to punch Levi, Maxie interfered. She told Nathan that Levi was a pacifist and was just trying to help. Maxie took Levi to her room to apply salve to his bruises.
Britt said that she was going to take Levi's advice and see if Nikolas loved Britt enough to forgive her. Nathan wished her good luck. They both acknowledged how great it had been to have found each other and to have spent the previous evening commiserating about their mothers. Britt left for the hospital; Nathan went to see Madeline.
Maxie tended Levi's injuries. He told her that Nathan was filled with negative energy, which he hoped did not spill onto Britt and was certainly not good for Maxie. Levi said that Maxie should ask Nathan to move out because Nathan's negative energy would pollute Maxie's space.
Dr. Obrecht and Madeline sniped at each from their jail cells in the Port Charles police station. Dr. Obrecht insisted that she would be released soon, and Madeline scoffed that she had her own "get out of jail" card to play. Dr. Obrecht returned to the topic of Nathan being told that Dr. Obrecht, not Madeline was his mother. Dr. Obrecht feared that Nathan and Britt might meet and be attracted to each other without knowing that they were brother and sister.
Madeline thought that the possibility of that was remote and said so. Dr. Obrecht retorted that she would be out before Madeline and would tell Nathan at the first opportunity. A guard entered and told Dr. Obrecht that Dante was waiting for her in the interrogation room. She gave Madeline a smug smile. As the guard handcuffed her and they left the cell, Nathan entered and bumped into Dr. Obrecht, who was overcome with emotion. Dr. Obrecht tried to talk to Nathan, but he wanted nothing to do with her.
Nathan went to Madeline, who begged his forgiveness. Nathan said that he had met and spent the night with a woman who had a mother as bad as he did. Madeline was aghast to find out that the mother in question was her sister, Dr. Obrecht. Madeline blurted out that Britt was Nathan's sister. Nathan was stunned further when Madeline revealed that Madeline was actually Nathan's aunt, and Madeline's sister, Dr. Obrecht, was his mother.
Michael burst into the police station and started shouting at Anna because no one had been arrested for A.J.'s murder. Anna tried to calm him, but Michael wouldn't listen. Anna finally got Michael's attention, and he calmed down when Anna told Michael that they had been working on the case and had a very good lead. They had found the gun dealer who had sold the gun to the masked man who had first assaulted A.J. Anna felt that once the police had that person in custody, which Anna expected at any moment, they would find the person who had actually pulled the trigger.
Michael was very satisfied and apologized for his outburst, which he said had been caused by saying goodbye to A.J. earlier that day. Anna understood. Dr. Obrecht was escorted to the interrogation room. Anna was surprised to see Dr. Obrecht, who had an insult about Faison ready for Anna, who also had a retort. Dante and Lulu entered the station. Dante told Anna that he would keep her informed about what Dr. Obrecht said, if there was anything to report.
In the interrogation room, Dr. Obrecht demanded immunity for Britt as well as for herself. Dante was surprised, but Dr. Obrecht said that there was nothing that parents would not do for their child, and she was no exception, even if that child had betrayed her. She told Dante and Lulu that they needed to know how she felt since they were also parents.
Patrick met Sabrina at General Hospital to attend a doctor's appointment with her. Patrick admitted to Sabrina that he felt guilty about A.J.'s death, and he questioned whether or not Elizabeth had been right to caution Patrick that Patrick was too emotional about Robin's departure to perform such a delicate procedure. Sabrina assured Patrick that she knew that Patrick had done the best job possible to save A.J., and the person responsible for A.J.'s death was the person who had shot him, not Patrick.
Carlos was very flip when he arrived to attend the doctor visit with Sabrina, just in case Patrick did not make it. Carlos tried to get a rise out of Patrick, but Sabrina stepped in and told Carlos in no uncertain terms that Patrick, not Carlos, was the baby's father and would be attending the doctor's visit with her. Carlos slunk off. He got on an elevator with Michael, who had just retrieved A.J.'s death certificate. At the police station, an officer told Anna that the gun dealer was in custody. She replied that it was only a matter of time until they learned the identity of the man who had broken into the Quartermaines' home and tried to kill A.J.
Patrick apologized to Sabrina for breaking her heart and promised to be there all the way for her and for their baby. Patrick said that he was not acting out of obligation, but joy, because his children were the bright spots in his life, which had turned so dark. Patrick thanked Sabrina for creating that light in his life. Sabrina was overwhelmed.
Nikolas found that Elizabeth was recovered enough to be released from GH. Nikolas was relieved to learn that Elizabeth had sent Ric home the previous night instead of letting Ric sit by her bedside. When Nikolas inquired about Elizabeth's plans for recovery and learned that she was going home with only her grandmother to care for Elizabeth and her two sons, Nikolas began insisting that Elizabeth stay with him where she would have all the help that she needed.
Elizabeth thought that Nikolas was having a knee-jerk reaction to his breakup with Britt. Elizabeth urged Nikolas to give Britt another chance because Britt had led the police to Ben and had provided quick medical care for Elizabeth. Nikolas refused to forgive Britt's betrayal. When he asked Elizabeth to move in with him a second time, Britt's hopes for reconciliation with Nikolas were dashed when Britt overheard Elizabeth say yes to Nikolas.
Nikolas was very cold with Britt as he raked her over the coals for her behavior and her treatment of Spencer and her abandonment of him. Britt pleaded her case, that she had done the correct thing in the end, but Nikolas did not relent. Elizabeth got her release papers, and while Nikolas got the car, Britt snarked that Elizabeth had wasted no time moving in on Nikolas because Britt's side of the bed was still warm.
At Kelly's, Shawn was disappointed when Jordan approached the counter dressed for her first day of work at the Jerome Gallery. He had hoped that she had changed her mind about working for the Jeromes because he hadn't forgotten her past. Jordan suggested that Shawn lighten up and argued that Shawn was far from innocent, since he had once worked for the Balkan and still worked for Sonny. Jordan insisted that she had changed her ways, but Shawn remained skeptical because she had taken a job with the Jeromes. Jordan argued that it was a legitimate job and that she needed work to make a new start.
The conversation between Shawn and Jordan was cut short by the arrival of T.J., who immediately picked up on the tension between Shawn and Jordan. Jordan smiled as she explained that she and Shawn had been reminiscing about the old times, but T.J. didn't appear to believe her, so Jordan reminded T.J. that not all old memories were good ones. However, she pointedly looked at Shawn as she promised that everything was in the past. She grabbed her briefcase and asked what T.J. thought about her outfit because she wanted to make a good first impression. T.J. complimented his mother, so she smiled and then breezed out of the diner as Shawn called after her to stay out of trouble.
After Jordan left, T.J. sat down to eat. Shawn worried that T.J. would be late for school, but T.J. assured Shawn that it was fine because T.J. had shuffled some classes around to start school later. T.J. then turned the focus back to Shawn by asking what was really going on between Shawn and Jordan.
At the hospital, Carlos unwittingly followed Michael into an elevator. Carlos stiffened as the door closed and he realized who Michael was. However, Carlos' trepidation turned to curiosity when he noticed a piece of paper in Michael's hand, so Carlos looked over Michael's shoulder to read it. The document was A.J.'s death certificate. Michael noticed the stranger staring at the death certificate, so he asked if he could help Carlos.
Carlos immediately apologized and then claimed that he had simply recognized the name on the death certificate because he had seen A.J.'s name in the newspapers since the shocking shooting. Michael seemed to relax, so Carlos offered his condolences to Michael and then casually struck up a conversation about the investigation. Carlos was stunned when Michael revealed that the police were closing in on the person who had broken into the Quartermaine mansion hours before A.J.'s murder. Carlos intended to question Michael further, but the elevator door opened, so Michael left.
In the squad room, Anna demanded to know why Dante and Lulu had questioned Liesl Obrecht. Dante admitted that it was a long story but added that he wasn't ready to talk about it. Anna decided that it could wait because they might be close to finding out who had killed A.J. Dante was intrigued as a police officer led a handcuffed suspect into the interrogation room.
Anna explained that they had found the guy who had sold the gun that had been recovered from the Quartermaine mansion when the masked gunman had confronted A.J. She added that she intended to charge the gun dealer as an accessory to the crime to pressure the man into revealing whom he had sold the gun to. Anna was confident that the name would put them one step closer to A.J.'s killer and to giving Dante's brother, Michael, justice.
A short time later, Anna and Dante entered the interrogation room to question the gun dealer. The gun dealer denied any knowledge of the gun, so Anna revealed that her lab technicians had managed to uncover the gun's serial numbers despite the attempt to file them off. According to Anna, the gun had traced back to the gun dealer, so she threatened to charge him as an accessory if the gun dealer refused to reveal the name of the person that had bought the gun. The gun dealer played it cool by pointing out that he sold a lot of guns and then promised to give the question due consideration while he was out on bail.
Anna agreed to process the gun dealer as an accessory, but she warned the man that he was unlikely to make bail because the arraignment judge was a big advocate of the state's new gun laws. The gun dealer's confident smile vanished as he quickly capitulated and agreed to cooperate. Anna questioned the gun dealer about the person who had bought the gun, but the gun dealer explained that it had been a cash transaction for a substantial shipment, so the gun dealer hadn't asked names. Anna decided to fetch several books containing photographs of all of Sonny and Julian's known associates.
A short time later, Anna and Dante returned to the interrogation room. The gun dealer had good news; he had found a picture of the man that he had sold the guns to and then pointed to a picture of Carlos.
At Greystone Manor, Sonny read the newspaper about A.J.'s shooting and smiled with satisfaction when it was suggested that the crime would never be solved. "You'd like that, wouldn't you, Sonny?" A.J. asked.
Sonny slowly looked up and stared in disbelief as A.J. looked accusingly down at Sonny. A.J. wore a blood-splattered shirt from a gunshot wound to the chest, so Sonny knew that the vision couldn't be real. A.J. agreed that he wasn't real because Sonny had shot him and had then left him for dead. Sonny tried to focus on the newspaper article to block out A.J., but A.J. would not be ignored as he conceded that there was a strong likelihood that Sonny would get away with the murder, but Sonny would never be able to escape it because Sonny would be reminded of what Sonny had done each time that Sonny looked at Michael.
Infuriated, Sonny shouted for A.J. to "shut up" as Duke suddenly appeared in the doorway. "I beg your pardon?" Duke asked. A rattled Sonny tried to regain his composure. Duke took in Sonny's rattled state and surmised that A.J.'s death had prompted Sonny's outburst. Sonny appeared startled by the insight, so Duke apologized but reminded Sonny that Duke had been asked to provide Sonny with an alibi for the night that A.J. had been shot.
Duke pointed out that Sonny could trust him, but Sonny seemed uncertain because he knew that Duke had once worked for A.J. Duke freely admitted that he had liked A.J. because A.J. had given Duke a chance when no one else had. Duke regretted that a man's life had been cut short, especially since A.J. hadn't been Duke's enemy, but Duke could tell that there was remorse on Sonny's part, and Duke recognized that he wasn't in any position to judge anyone else's moral failings. Duke didn't regret working for Sonny or providing Sonny with an alibi because Duke was determined to take Julian Jerome down at any cost and had pledged loyalty to Sonny.
Michael entered the room as Duke shook Sonny's hand and promised that Sonny's secret was safe with Duke. Michael hadn't overheard what Duke and Sonny had said, so Duke offered his condolences to Michael and then left. Sonny was curious how Michael had been holding up and then assured Michael that Michael could talk to Sonny. Michael confessed that A.J.'s death had been difficult.
Sonny imagined that Michael's frustration had been compounded by the lack of progress with the investigation. Sonny was shocked when Michael revealed that there had been a promising lead and then told Sonny about the masked gunman who had attacked A.J. earlier in the day at the Quartermaine mansion. Michael explained that the police were optimistic that the masked gunman might be the key to solving the crime. Michael realized that it wouldn't help A.J., but it would give Michael justice.
Sonny appreciated that Michael wanted the killer to be found, but he warned Michael that the police might never find the shooter. Michael understood that Sonny didn't have much faith in the police, but Michael insisted that he wouldn't find peace until the killer was behind bars. After Michael left, A.J. appeared at the top of the stairs to suggest that if there were a God then Sonny wouldn't find peace either.
At ELQ, Luke sat in an executive office with his feet propped up on the desk as he spoke to Julian on the phone. Luke wanted to make certain that there hadn't been any trouble with the shipment and that the product would move fast. Julian assured Luke that everything had been taken care of, but Luke stiffened when he noticed that Tracy had passed the office and then suddenly stopped short. Luke abruptly ended the call and then smiled a warmly as Tracy entered the office.
Luke quickly explained that he had been on the phone, making arrangements to pick up Tracy's birthday present. Tracy was curious why Luke had felt the need to make the arrangements from the office, so Luke reminded her of their agreement for him to work at ELQ. Tracy resented Luke appropriating the office and made it clear that she had not agreed to let him work at ELQ. She insisted that ELQ was her sanctuary and the one place where she felt truly in control, so she didn't want to become joined at the hip after their marriage.
Luke managed to say the right words and cajoled Tracy into agreeing to give it a try. Luke smiled with satisfaction and then announced that he had to leave to pick up the painting. Tracy was taken aback when Luke made a passing comment about replacing the "hideous" portrait of Edward that had graced the entrance to ELQ with the painting that Luke had bought for Tracy. Tracy reminded Luke that Edward's portrait belonged at ELQ, so Luke softened his tone and suggested that perhaps the portrait belonged in the care of the family.
After Luke left, Tracy glanced at the portrait of her father and then conceded that Luke had many faults, but she promised her father that Luke had changed and insisted that there had been a shift in her relationship with Luke after she had rescued him from Cassadine Island. She was confident that Luke saw her as more than a source of cash; she was Luke's equal, and he loved her. Tracy realized that Luke's behavior had been a bit odd, but she pointed out that no one was perfect, not even Tracy.
Ned suddenly exited the elevator and asked if he could quote his mother. Tracy smiled happily as she greeted her eldest son with a warm hug and then asked why he was in town earlier than expected for A.J.'s funeral. Ned explained that he had moved his appointments around to spend some extra time with the family. He was curious how Monica had been holding up, so Tracy admitted that Monica was not well. .
"A mother should never outlive her children," Tracy quietly said. Ned was curious if Tracy had heard from Dillon, so she revealed that Dillon had been working in Japan. She had told her youngest son not to attend the funeral because it wouldn't have been worth it for Dillon to fly in for the funeral and then have to turn around and leave the following day. However, Tracy confessed that she did have some good news and then told Ned about her engagement to Luke and Luke's new job at ELQ, but Ned was not pleased.
"Are you out of your mind?" Ned asked. Tracy was disappointed by Ned's attitude because she had hoped that he could be happy for her. Ned agreed to adjust his attitude once he told her the name of the doctor who had given her a lobotomy. Ned turned serious as he admitted that he feared that Luke was after his mother's money, but Tracy was hurt that Ned couldn't believe that Luke would want to marry her for love. Ned reminded his mother of Tracy and Luke's other failed marriages when Luke had walked away with a sizeable fortune each time.
Tracy defended Luke and insisted that his brush with death had changed him, but Ned argued that Luke wanting to work for ELQ proved that Luke was only interested in the money. Tracy disagreed because the old Luke would have been content to remain at home to siphon her money. Tracy appreciated that Ned was worried, but she confessed that she wanted a part of Ned to believe that she was right about Luke because Luke had changed after he had nearly died.
Ned argued that Luke had made a career of near-death experiences and that almost dying was as irresistible to Luke as the open road and taking other people's money. Ned insisted that, in the past, his mother had been smarter about Luke and seen through Luke's games. He warned Tracy that no matter how much she wanted to believe that Luke had changed, she knew, deep down inside, that Luke was still the same person, which was why he had walked in on his mother talking to Edward's portrait. He begged his mother not to make the same mistake by marrying Luke again and suggested that if she listened closely, she could hear her father rolling over in his grave at the thought of Tracy going through with the wedding.
At the Jerome Gallery, Ava marched in as Julian ended a phone call with Luke. She immediately blasted her brother for running the false article about Nakamura with the hope that Ava would be ensnared in the trap. Ava angrily pointed out that she hadn't injected Nina or killed Nakamura, but she resented that Julian had thought that she had. Ava dared Julian to admit that Julian had helped the police and Sam because he had wanted Ava out of the picture. Julian agreed to do so if she would confess to feeding Sonny information about the Jerome organization.
Ava's anger evaporated as Julian informed her that Sonny's henchmen had raided a couple of their safe houses over the past few weeks. Ava acknowledged that it did appear that they had a leak in their organization, but she assured Julian that it was not her. Julian disagreed because he was certain that he was looking at the traitor, but Ava insisted that Julian didn't have any reason to suspect her. Julian pointed out that Ava's "boy-toy" was Sonny's son, but Ava resented Morgan being referred to as a "boy-toy" because she and Morgan were in love.
Julian scoffed at the suggestion that Ava's relationship with Morgan was real, but Julian was curious why Ava showed more loyalty to Morgan than she did to her own brother, Julian. Ava accused Julian of betraying her with a false article in an attempt to send Ava to jail. Julian and Ava continued to yell back and forth until Jordan appeared in the doorway and asked if it was a bad time.
Ava immediately seized the opportunity end the argument by focusing on Jordan. Ava offered to get Jordan started on cataloging the artwork, but Carlos walked in an asked for a moment of Ava's time. Ava smiled nervously as Julian watched Ava and Carlos with interest, so she tried to send Carlos away by explaining that she didn't have time to discuss their project. Ava claimed that she had asked Carlos to look into the shipping options of importing sculptures, but Carlos insisted that it was urgent. Julian was suspicious, but he agreed to get Jordan acclimated.
Jordan halted Julian after a few steps because she had decided to clear the air about T.J. Julian assured Jordan that both Jordan and T.J. had nothing to worry about and promised her that nothing nefarious was going. Moments later, Luke strolled in.
Luke took an instant liking to Jordan when Julian introduced Luke to the new gallery employee. Luke flirted with Jordan until Julian sent her to wrap up an expensive painting for Luke. Luke questioned Julian about Jordan, but Julian advised Luke to be careful because Tracy might not be pleased with Luke's interest in Jordan. Luke realized that Julian had a point, so he took his wrapped painting and then left.
Afterwards, Julian apologized to Jordan for Luke's behavior. Jordan assured Julian that she could handle Luke, so Julian asked how Jordan had liked her first day on the job. Jordan confessed that she'd had something else in mind. Julian tensed as he asked her to clarify what she had meant, so Jordan explained that she knew about the drug operation.
Meanwhile, Carlos filled Ava in about his encounter with Michael at the hospital and Michael's claim that the police might have a new lead on the masked intruder who had threatened A.J.'s life hours before A.J. had been shot. Carlos reminded Ava that they both knew that he hadn't killed A.J., but Ava urged Carlos to calm down because she was certain that the police had merely told Michael what they had thought would satisfy Michael enough to leave. Ava pointed out that Carlos had assured her that the incident couldn't be traced back to either of them.
Carlos assured Ava that it was impossible, but she reminded him that he had dropped his gun. Carlos explained that the gun hadn't been traceable and that he had worn gloves and a mask, so it would be impossible to identify him.
Later, Luke entered the ELQ office with the painting in his hand and saw Ned. Luke seemed leery as he asked why Ned was in town, so Ned reminded Luke of A.J.'s funeral. Luke seemed puzzled as he turned to ask Tracy if the funeral was later that day. Tracy's brows furrowed as she explained that Ned had decided to arrive a few days earlier to spend time with the family. Ned smiled amicably as he revealed that he had heard about Luke and Tracy's engagement as well as Luke's new job.
Luke wondered if he had Ned's blessing, so Ned pleasantly assured Luke that Luke and Tracy would have it when Luke signed a prenuptial agreement. Luke's friendly demeanor instantly vanished.
Outside of Kelly's, T.J. continued to question Shawn about the tension between Shawn and Jordan. Shawn tried to dismiss it, but T.J. insisted that he could tell that there had been something going on between Shawn and Jordan. Duke arrived and greeted Shawn but immediately realized that Shawn needed time alone with T.J., so Duke agreed to wait inside.
After Duke left, Shawn explained that he had been concerned about Jordan working for the Jeromes, but Jordan had assured Shawn that she only worked for the gallery. T.J. sensed that Shawn was not telling him something, but Shawn assured T.J. that there was nothing else to be concerned about and then reminded T.J. that T.J. had to get to school.
Inside Kelly's, Duke and Shawn exchanged greetings. Duke explained that he had needed to see Shawn because Duke had new information about their enemy. Shawn wondered if the Jeromes had gotten involved in the drug trade. Stunned, Duke wondered how Shawn had known.
At the hospital, Patrick entered the examination room as Sabrina waited for Dr. Chu to arrive. He apologized for missing the previous appointments, but promised that he would be there for both Sabrina and the baby, despite what some people might suggest. Sabrina advised Patrick not to pay attention to what Carlos had said because Carlos simply wanted to be protective. Patrick admitted that he didn't mind as long as Carlos stayed away from Patrick's child.
Moments later, Dr. Chu entered the room and apologized because she had been assisting in surgery with Dr. Pacabra and then confided that she and Dr. Pacabra had been considering opening a practice together. Patrick and Sabrina smiled as Dr. Chu reviewed Sabrina's medical records and confirmed that Sabrina was 24 weeks pregnant, so the ultrasound would be able to give them a good look at the baby to determine if there were any health issues that they needed to be concerned about.
Dr. Chu asked if the parents wanted to know the sex of the baby. Patrick left it up to Sabrina, so she admitted that she wanted to know. Dr. Chu started the ultrasound and then revealed that the baby appeared healthy. Afterwards, she congratulated Patrick and Sabrina because the baby was a boy.
At ELQ, Luke bristled when Ned suggested that Luke sign a prenuptial agreement. Luke claimed that he might consider it if Luke had been engaged to Ned, but Luke intended to marry Tracy. Ned pointed out that Luke had married Tracy twice for her money, even though the first wedding hadn't been legitimate, so Ned wanted Luke to prove to everyone that Luke wanted to marry Tracy for love by signing a prenuptial agreement. Luke recalled his conversation with Julian about why it was important for Luke to infiltrate ELQ.
Meanwhile, Ned accused Luke of being greedier than ever by trying to get Luke's foot into ELQ's door. Ned insisted that ELQ was the Quartermaine family legacy, so Ned was determined to do whatever was necessary to protect his grandfather's empire. Luke pointed out that Luke was about to become a part of the Quartermaine family, which meant that Luke had a stake in the family's company, but Ned remained skeptical because Ned was curious when Luke had taken an interest in business and working in an office.
Luke explained that he wanted his marriage to Tracy to be an equal partnership, which meant that Luke and Tracy should work together. Ned pointed out that if money wasn't an issue to Luke, then Luke wouldn't mind signing the prenuptial agreement, but Luke continued to balk. "What's the problem? Why the pushback?" Ned asked as Tracy studied Luke carefully.
Luke began to berate Ned for not being around when Tracy had needed her son, but Ned refused to allow Luke to deflect. Ned explained that he'd always had complete confidence in his mother's ability to take care of business and had helped the few times that it had been necessary. Luke continued to fling insults at Ned, but Ned refused to back down and accused Luke of being more dangerous than ever because Tracy was blind to Luke's true nature. Annoyed, Luke suggested that the only reason that Ned had arrived in town early was to find out if Ned had been cut out of the will. Ned smiled knowingly as Luke insisted that even Tracy knew that Ned was a "moneygrubber."
"Don't you, sweetheart?" Luke asked. Tracy surprised Ned by asking to speak to Luke alone. Luke smiled with satisfaction and offered a parting insult as Ned left. Afterwards, Luke suggested that they hang the painting that Luke had picked up for Tracy's birthday, but she revealed that she preferred to revisit the issue of the prenuptial agreement. Luke insisted that Ned had just been paranoid, but Tracy made it clear that she would have a prenuptial agreement drawn up and that she expected Luke to sign it.
Luke objected, but Tracy explained that she would sign one if their roles had been reversed because she would understand Luke's desire to protect his family's assets. Luke assured Tracy that nothing would go wrong, but she countered that history begged to differ. Luke changed tactics by suggesting that Tracy wasn't as committed to their relationship was he was, but Tracy saw through Luke's attempt to manipulate her. Luke suggested that perhaps he and Tracy shouldn't get married because it was clear that Tracy didn't trust Luke.
At Greystone Manor, A.J., sporting a blood-spattered shirt from a gunshot wound, was surprised that Sonny hadn't had a drink waiting for A.J. Sonny seemed startled when he saw A.J., so A.J. asked if Sonny had truly believed that A.J. wouldn't return. Sonny tried to ignore A.J., prompting A.J. to propose a toast to Sonny for being "two-faced" for breaking Sonny's cardinal rule of betrayal by lying to Michael. "Get out of my head, A.J.," Sonny growled as the remark struck home.
A.J. was curious how Sonny felt knowing that Michael had been drowning in grief, trying to find the "bastard" who had killed A.J., not realizing that the true killer was right in front of Michael's eyes. A.J. accused Sonny of being a cowardly snake and then asked how long Sonny believed that Sonny could hold the secret in. Sonny paced the room as he tried to ignore A.J., but A.J. was relentless until Sonny snapped and threw a glass against the wall.
Olivia was shocked as she appeared in the doorway as the shattered glass exploded around her. She immediately demanded to know if Sonny was okay. Sonny tried to pass it off as an accident, but Olivia saw through the lie. A.J. continued to taunt Sonny as Olivia desperately tried to find out what was tormenting Sonny. Sonny refused to discuss it, but she remained concerned because she recalled that Sonny had spiraled out of control in a similar fashion when Connie had died. Olivia suggested that it might help if Sonny talked things out, so A.J. "double-dog dared" Sonny to tell Olivia the truth.
A.J. pointed out that it was Sonny's chance to get rid of A.J. but conceded that Sonny would also lose Michael. Sonny blocked A.J. out and revealed that Michael had stopped by to update Sonny about the investigation. Olivia admitted that A.J. could rot in hell, but she hoped that Michael found some peace. A.J. reminded Sonny that Sonny could give Michael peace, but Sonny ignored A.J.
Olivia continued to worry about Sonny, but Sonny assured her that he was still on his medications. Olivia sensed that something much deeper was troubling Sonny, so she urged him to find someone to talk to. Sonny snapped at Olivia but then quickly apologized, but Olivia was hurt that he refused to open up to her. Sonny promised Olivia that he loved her, but Olivia insisted that love didn't mean looking away when the person you loved fell apart. She begged Sonny to find help, kissed him, and then left. A.J. admitted that he was glad that Olivia had finally left.
At Kelly's, Duke was surprised that Shawn had guessed that the Jeromes had gotten into the drug trade. Duke was curious how Shawn had known, so Shawn thought about Shawn's recent conversation with Jordan about Jordan's past and then cryptically claimed that it had been a hunch.
Duke and Shawn entered the kitchen to continue their discussion in private. Duke revealed that the Jeromes had received a large shipment of cocaine and that the cargo had been transported to a warehouse where it had been cut and readied for distribution. "Damn it, Jordan," Shawn muttered as Duke talked about the arrival of drugs in Port Charles. Duke was curious who Jordan was, so Shawn explained that Jordan Ashford was T.J.'s mother.
Shawn confided that Jordan had been a drug dealer and that she had landed in jail for two years. Shawn admitted that he and Jordan had never told T.J. the truth about why T.J. had been sent to stay with Shawn, but Jordan had recently moved to Port Charles and had promptly taken a job at the Jerome Gallery. Duke wondered if Shawn believed Jordan's claims that she intended to stay out of trouble. Shawn admitted that he couldn't afford to, given Jordan's history.
Shawn switched gears to find out if Duke had discussed the situation with Sonny. Duke confessed that he had intended to, but Sonny had been haunted by what had happened to A.J. Shawn tensed as he asked what Duke was talking about. Duke carefully reminded Shawn that Sonny had been with Duke at the time of A.J.'s shooting, so Shawn relaxed and suggested that they wait to make a move until Shawn discussed the drug situation with Sonny.
Duke nodded and agreed to keep digging for information and report back to Shawn. After Duke left, Shawn called Jordan, but the call went to voicemail.
At the police station, Michael approached Anna and Dante in the hallway to demand to know if progress had been made on A.J.'s murder investigation. Dante revealed that they had talked to a gun dealer who had sold the gun that had been used during the break-in at the Quartermaine mansion when an intruder had attempted to kill A.J. Michael wanted to know who the gun dealer had named, so Anna showed Michael a picture of Carlos and added that Carlos was a Jerome associate.
Michael was outraged when he recognized the picture of the man that he had met in the elevator at the hospital. Intrigued, Anna was curious when the incident had occurred, so Michael told her that it had happened thirty minutes earlier. Anna left to issue an APB on Carlos, while Dante stayed behind to question Michael about Michael's encounter with Carlos. Michael explained that Carlos had asked Michael about the investigation but hadn't given a clue about where Carlos had been headed. Dante cautioned Michael not to jump to conclusions because there wasn't any proof that Carlos had killed A.J.
Michael suggested that Carlos had acted on Ava and Julian's orders, but Dante reminded Michael that A.J. had cleared Julian of the shooting. Michael argued that A.J. hadn't cleared Ava, but Dante countered that Ava had been in New York City at the time of the shooting. Moments later, Anna returned to inform Dante that Carlos' car had been spotted in front of the Jerome Gallery. Michael started to follow Anna and Dante out the door, but Dante ordered Michael to stay put.
At the Jerome Gallery, Carlos assured Ava that the gun that he had left behind at the Quartermaine mansion couldn't be traced back to him because he hadn't registered the gun, and he had worn gloves. He also pointed out that he'd had on a mask, so he couldn't be identified. Ava hoped that Carlos was right because the last thing that she needed was for the police to find out that Carlos had tried to kill A.J. However, Ava was curious what Carlos would do if the police should arrest him.
Ava gently stroked Carlos' hair as Carlos reminded her that he hadn't killed A.J., but she tensed when he questioned if she had. Ava recalled Sonny firing the deadly shot as she assured Carlos that she hadn't killed A.J. Carlos appeared skeptical and pointed out that she couldn't blame him for wondering because A.J. had started to remember that Ava had killed Connie. Ava was curious if she had been wrong to trust Carlos with her secret about Connie. She wondered if he would give her up if the cops tracked him down.
Meanwhile, Jordan quietly confessed that she knew about Julian's drug operation. Julian pretended that he had no idea what Jordan was talking about, so Jordan suggested that she broach the subject with his sister, Ava. Julian didn't react, prompting Jordan to reveal that she knew that Julian had received a shipment on the Atlantic Light. Julian suggested that she stay away from drugs, but Jordan assured him that she had never touched drugs, but she knew how to traffic them, so she wanted in on Julian's lucrative business.
Jordan bragged that her expertise was in the area of distribution and that Julian could use her because she had easily gotten the information about the shipment. Jordan warned him that his people were sloppy, but she assured Julian that she would make certain that the venture ran smoothly and didn't become vulnerable. Julian continued to play it cool by acting surprised that his sister had hired a drug dealer, but Jordan wasn't fooled and confided that she had once run a profitable business in the "D.C. corridor."
Jordan warned Julian not to wait too long to take her up on her offer because she knew that Sonny had a stronghold in Port Charles and had successfully kept drugs out of the territory for many years. Jordan promised that she could keep the cops and Sonny out of Julian's hair because she had experience. "The best you'll ever have," Jordan added with confidence. Julian thought that Jordan had a high opinion of herself, but he didn't trust her because he suspected that she was in cahoots with Anna and wore a wire. As if to confirm his fears, Anna and Dante entered the gallery but called out for Carlos.
Julian and Ava were startled when Anna explained that they had some questions for Carlos about A.J.'s murder. Carlos became defensive and made a move for Dante, so Anna promptly arrested Carlos for assaulting a police officer. Julian and Ava objected, but Anna and Dante ignored them as they marched Carlos out the door. Ava tried to follow Carlos to the police station, but Julian blocked her exit. Ava warned her brother to get out of her way, but he wanted to know what was really going on between Ava and Carlos.
Julian pointed out that Ava and Carlos had been conspiring in a corner out of Julian's hearing, so Julian was certain that Ava and Carlos were hiding something. Ava denied it, but Julian vowed to get to the truth with or without Ava's participation. Ava suggested that Julian get his priorities straight because one of their own needed their help.
However, Ava suddenly noticed Jordan standing in the corner, so she apologized to her new employee and assured Jordan that it wasn't normal for the police to show up at the gallery. Julian doubted that it would faze Jordan if the police showed up on a regular basis because he had noticed that Jordan had conducted herself with poise as if she had been around police raids her entire life. Ava gave Julian an odd look and then left.
Afterwards, Julian admitted that there had been a moment when he had thought that Anna had arrived to rescue Jordan. However, he still demanded proof that Jordan wasn't wearing a wire. Jordan's cell phone rang, but Julian snatched it out of her hand because their business was more important than her phone call. He once again asked her to prove that she wasn't wearing a wire, so Jordan slowly unbuttoned her shirt and opened it. She asked if he was satisfied or if he would like a more thorough look. Julian declined, so Jordan invited him to call her when he was serious about making his business a success and then left.
In the squad room, Michael jumped up when he saw Anna and Dante arrive with Carlos. Michael immediately began to accuse Carlos of murdering A.J., so Anna instructed Dante to take Carlos to the interrogation room while she talked to Michael. Anna advised Michael to gain control of his temper because it was not helping. She appreciated that Michael was grieving, but if Michael wanted justice for his father then Michael had to keep a cool head and allow the police to do their job.
In the interrogation room, Carlos denied any knowledge of A.J.'s murder. Dante showed Carlos the gun that had been recovered from the Quartermaine mansion during the first attempt on A.J.'s life, but Carlos claimed that he had never seen it. Dante revealed that a gun dealer had identified the gun and Carlos as the man that the gun dealer had sold the gun to. Stunned, Carlos decided to ask for a lawyer.
Dante agreed to show Carlos leniency for the attempted murder at the Quartermaine mansion, provided that Carlos cooperated. Dante was certain that there was more to the story, so Dante was confident that he could save Carlos a world of grief -- but only if Carlos cooperated before Dante left the room.
Outside, Ava arrived at the police station as she left a voicemail message for Diane to meet her. Ava ended the call and was about to enter the police station when her phone rang. Ava answered the call and was stunned when she realized that it was Sonny. She could tell that Sonny was shaken from the tone in his voice, so he admitted that he was losing it and needed her help because she was the only person that he could talk to.
At Greystone Manor, A.J. grinned with satisfaction as Sonny ended the call with Ava.
At Wyndemere, Nikolas entered the parlor as Spencer berated Gordon, the head of Spoon Island's security detail, for failing to put a security camera in the stables. Nikolas was furious with the way that Spencer had spoken to a member of the staff and scolded Spencer by explaining that Spencer's behavior was completely unacceptable. Nikolas apologized to Gordon and then sent the man on his way.
Afterwards, Nikolas wanted to know why Spencer would talk to Gordon like that. Spencer insisted that Gordon had dropped the ball and then demanded to know what they were paying the man for. Nikolas quickly clarified that Nikolas, not Spencer, paid the bills, so Nikolas made it clear that Spencer was to apologize to Gordon after dinner. Spencer reluctantly agreed but argued that it wouldn't solve the problem because Uncle Luke was still out to get Uncle Sonny. Nikolas was certain that Spencer had misunderstood the conversation in the stables because Luke and Sonny had been friends for years.
Nikolas then shifted gears to announce that they were expecting guests. Spencer's face lit up as he asked if Uncle Victor had returned. Nikolas shook his head. Spencer dashed to the foyer when the front door opened, but Spencer stopped short and scowled when he saw Cameron. Nikolas explained that Elizabeth and the boys would be staying until she had recuperated from a gunshot wound.
Nikolas was not pleased by Spencer's frosty greeting, so Cam extended the olive branch by conceding that Cam had hoped that he and Spencer could have fun during Cam's stay. "Over my dead body," Spencer quietly grumbled and then stormed off. Frustrated, Nikolas ordered Spencer to apologize to Cam, but Spencer argued that Cam had stolen Emma. Nikolas and Elizabeth agreed that their sons and Emma were too young for a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, so they expected the children to put a stop to it.
Nikolas pulled Spencer aside to find out what was really troubling his son because Elizabeth and the boys were like family. He didn't approve of Spencer's behavior and suspected that it stemmed from Spencer's sense of entitlement. Nikolas insisted that it was wrong to be rude and order people around, so Nikolas warned Spencer that there would be consequences if Spencer didn't treat everyone with kindness and courtesy. According to Nikolas, it was both Spencer's obligation and duty.
Nikolas pointed out that Spencer had a lot, but Nikolas wouldn't hesitate to take those things away if Spencer's attitude didn't change. Spencer's shoulders slumped as he agreed to behave, so Nikolas suggested that Spencer share Spencer's Easter candy, including Spencer's favorite cream-filled eggs, with Cam. Spencer reluctantly agreed and left with Cam, muttering that it had been more fun when Britt had been around. Elizabeth felt bad because she suspected that Spencer missed Britt as much as Nikolas did.
Nikolas assured Elizabeth that he didn't want anything to do with Britt and that it made him crazy just thinking about how Britt had lied. Elizabeth pointed out that Nikolas wouldn't feel as hurt if he hadn't loved Britt and that it had been clear to her that Britt still loved Nikolas. Nikolas was curious when Elizabeth had started to care about Britt's feelings, so Elizabeth assured him that she didn't, but Elizabeth seemed to always get caught in Britt's crosshairs. She told him about her encounter with Britt at the hospital when Britt had accused Elizabeth of swooping in on Nikolas and then quickly added that Elizabeth wasn't there for romantic reasons.
Nikolas promised that he believed Elizabeth and that he hadn't invited her to stay with him for any other reason than to provide her with a comfortable place to recuperate. She quietly confessed that she was embarrassed that she had opened up to him about her feelings for him, but he insisted that she didn't have any reason to feel that way. Elizabeth conceded that perhaps Nikolas had been right to insist that they remain just friends, but Nikolas suggested that they not discuss it because they both appeared to be "over-thinking" things.
Meanwhile, Spencer handed Cam some Easter candy but would only give Cam one cream-filled egg because they were Spencer's favorite. Cam thanked Spencer, but Spencer warned Cam that Spencer hadn't given up on Emma. "You could have fooled me," Cam replied, so Spencer explained that Spencer had had other things on his mind.
Later, Spencer spied on Nikolas and Elizabeth as Nikolas led Elizabeth to the "Italian suite." After the adults disappeared, Spencer called his uncle, Sonny.
Outside of the police station, Ava left Diane a voicemail message demanding to know why Diane hadn't returned any of Ava's other phone calls. Ava reminded Diane that Diane was on retainer and then ordered Diane to get to the police station to remind Carlos not to talk to the police. Ava ended the call and prepared to enter the police station when her phone rang. She quickly answered it but was stunned when she realized that it was Sonny. Ava admitted that Sonny didn't sound well, so Sonny confessed that he needed to talk to Ava.
Inside the interrogation room, Anna and Dante decided to review Carlos' options with Carlos. Anna suggested that they skip the theatrics and then asked what Carlos knew about A.J.'s murder. Carlos' lips remained sealed, so Anna pointed out that the gun dealer had tied Carlos to the gun that had been recovered at the Quartermaine mansion. Anna was certain that it hadn't been a personal vendetta against A.J., so she suspected that the Jeromes were behind the incident. Carlos merely smiled and insisted on waiting for his attorney to arrive.
Dante and Anna pointed out that Diane was unlikely to show because the Jeromes had abandoned Carlos. Anna advised Carlos to help himself by cooperating with the police, but Carlos denied making an attempt on A.J.'s life and then added that the gun had been stolen out of his car months earlier. Carlos made it clear that he wouldn't say anything else without an attorney.
Frustrated, Anna collected everything off of the table and then walked out of the interrogation room with Dante trailing behind her. Dante suggested that they try voice identification, since Luke and Tracy had heard he intruder speak, but Anna had a better idea. She held up the water bottle that Carlos had been drinking from and revealed that they had recovered a drop of blood from the vase that Tracy had used to bash the intruder over the head with. Anna hoped to link Carlos to the attack at the Quartermaine mansion through a DNA match.
Anna then changed the subject to ask Dante about his meeting with Liesl. Dante filled Anna in about Liesl's request for the charges to be dropped in exchange for Dante and Lulu's last frozen embryo. Anna promised to back up whatever Dante decided.
At Greystone Manor, Sonny stared at a picture of him and Olivia as he recalled his argument with Olivia when he had lashed out and accused her of acting like his mother.
A short time later, Ava arrived. She was concerned that Carly might have caused problems, but Sonny assured Ava that Carly wouldn't say anything and then added that he had called Ava for another reason. Sonny opened up to Ava about his argument with Olivia and how A.J. had been haunting him. Sonny trusted Olivia not to say anything if he confided to her, but he didn't want to burden Olivia with the truth, so he felt that he didn't have anyone except Ava to talk to.
Ava suggested that Sonny could talk to Carly, but he disagreed because Carly had been upset that he had killed A.J. Ava thought that it was the height of hypocrisy for Carly to be mad about Sonny shooting A.J. when Carly had likely gone home to pop open a bottle of champagne and then dance with joy when she had heard the news that A.J. had died. Sonny didn't disagree, but he feared that Carly might change her mind about keeping Sonny's secret if Carly thought that he was losing his mind.
Ava realized that she was the only person that Sonny could turn to, so Sonny opened up about how he saw A.J. everywhere and that A.J. constantly taunted Sonny until Sonny contemplated doing things that Sonny wouldn't normally do. Ava was curious what Sonny was referring to, so he revealed that he was tempted to confess to his crime. Ava urged Sonny to remain strong and silent because the police weren't even looking in his direction. She revealed that Carlos had been arrested, but Sonny was curious why Carlos would break into the Quartermaine mansion.
Ava claimed that she had no idea because Carlos answered to Julian, not to Ava. Sonny pointed out that it didn't matter who they arrested because both Sonny and Ava knew that Sonny had been the one who had pulled the trigger.
Later, Ava confessed that she wished that she could say something that would ease Sonny's pain because he had killed A.J. to protect her. She assured Sonny that if she could find a way to make A.J.'s specter vanish from Sonny's mind then she would. Sonny admitted that A.J. wasn't there at the moment, so Ava wondered if perhaps it was because she was there. Sonny conceded that she was the only person who knew exactly what had happened on that fateful night.
Meanwhile, Sonny was unaware that Spencer had called Sonny's phone. Spencer left Sonny a voicemail message imploring Sonny to return the call on an urgent matter of life or death.
At ELQ, Luke accused Tracy of not trusting him and insisted that he couldn't marry her without trust. Tracy insisted that there was a simple solution, so Luke agreed and then explained that the answer was not to get married. Tracy laughed until she realized that Luke hadn't been joking. She immediately chased after him to confront him in the office about walking away from her.
Luke manipulated Tracy by conceding that she had a right not to trust him because of their history and then stunned her by asking for the engagement ring. He explained that he intended to cash it in, since apparently that was all he was interested in. Tracy clarified that she hadn't called him a gold-digger, but Luke continued to work Tracy by warning her that they couldn't have a future together if she intended to hold his past against him.
Tracy was hurt that Luke would rather walk away from her, but Luke assured her that he would prefer to marry her. However, he felt as if she had forced his hand because she had refused to tell Ned that she wouldn't force Luke to sign a prenuptial agreement. Tracy's eyes narrowed with suspicion as she asked if Luke intended to end their relationship over the issue. Luke assured her that they would always be friends, but Tracy refused to accept that. She insisted that she loved Luke and that she trusted him, so the prenuptial agreement wasn't needed.
Luke was delighted and happily hugged Tracy. He vowed that he would spend the rest of his life, proving that she had made the right choice. Tracy smiled and then announced that she had decided to track Ned down to make certain that Ned put a stop to all of the "nonsense." Luke smiled as he watched Tracy leave.
In the hallway, Tracy stopped to talk to Edward's portrait. She assured her father that Luke had changed and that she trusted Luke with both her life and the family's money.
Meanwhile, Luke kicked back in a chair, propped his feet on the desk, and then sniffed a cigar. "Sucker," Luke muttered with a grin as he lit the cigar.
Across town, Nathan stood in the hallway outside of his apartment to leave a voicemail message for Britt, requesting that she return his call as soon as possible because it was important. Moments later, Nathan entered the apartment and saw Maxie waiting. Maxie explained that they needed to talk and then announced that she wanted Nathan to move out. Shocked, Nathan reminded Maxie that he had paid up until the first of the month, so he had two weeks left on his lease. Maxie argued that Nathan's toxic vibes jeopardized her newly healed energy.
Maxie began to ramble about living a better life and using environmentally friendly products, even though the shampoos had left her with flat hair. Nathan smiled and assured her that her hair looked nice, so Maxie thanked him but made it clear that she refused to be distracted from her mission. Nathan suspected that Levi had been behind Maxie's decision to throw Nathan out, so Levi stepped forward. Nathan accused Levi of eavesdropping and cajoling Maxie into asking Nathan to leave.
Levi conceded that he had suggested that Maxie evict Nathan because she couldn't continue on her path of healing with Nathan's negativity and anger influencing her. Nathan pointed out that Maxie could speak for herself, so Levi suggested that Nathan ask to stay with Britt with whom Nathan might get lucky. Disgusted, Nathan revealed that he had just found out that Britt was his sister and that Liesl was his mother.
Stunned, Maxie felt bad for Nathan and conceded that it was a lot for anyone to take in. Levi was not pleased when Maxie told Nathan that Nathan could stay. Levi pointed out that it would create an unhealthy environment, but Maxie insisted that she couldn't afford to lose a paying tenant, since neither Levi nor she had a job. She happily suggested that they use the opportunity to guide Nathan in a more positive direction, so Nathan smiled and then announced that he was headed to the bathroom for a nice long, hot shower to wash away to toxic vibes.
At the loft, Lulu was on the phone with her mother as they talked about Rocco. Laura sensed that something was troubling her daughter, but Lulu explained that it was a long story and would have to wait because someone was at the door. Someone knocked as Lulu wrapped up the call with a promise that Dante, Rocco, and Lulu would visit Laura soon.
At the door, Lulu's smile disappeared when she saw Britt standing on the doorstep. Britt explained that the pharmacy had notified Britt that Ben's allergy cream was ready, so Britt had picked it up for Lulu. Lulu took the cream and then suggested that Britt simply refer people to Dante or Lulu next time. Lulu started to close the door, but Britt stopped her to ask about Ben. Lulu clarified that the baby's name was Rocco and that Lulu had just put Rocco to sleep.
However, Lulu decided to seize the opportunity to talk to Britt about Liesl's claim to have Dante and Lulu's last frozen embryo. Britt was shocked and denied any knowledge of Liesl having the embryo, but Lulu was skeptical because of Britt's history of lying. Lulu questioned Britt about the procedure when Liesl had told Britt that the frozen embryo hadn't been viable. Britt conceded that she hadn't recalled her mother disposing of the embryo, which indicated that Liesl had told the truth about having the third frozen embryo.
Lulu explained that Liesl had requested that all of the charges against Liesl and Britt be dropped in exchange for the frozen embryo. Britt was shocked and promised that she hadn't had any idea that her mother had done that. Lulu admitted that it was an impossible request because even if Dante and Lulu could persuade Scott not to press charges, Lulu couldn't imagine Elizabeth agreeing to drop the charges for being kidnapped and shot. Britt suggested that Lulu might find Elizabeth in a "rare" good mood because Elizabeth had moved in with Nikolas.
Lulu refused to feel sorry for Britt and pointed out that Britt only had herself to blame if Nikolas and Elizabeth were together. Britt realized that it had been a mistake to talk to Lulu about Elizabeth because Lulu was on Elizabeth's side. Lulu reminded Britt that Elizabeth had been the one who had told Lulu the truth about Rocco. Britt apologized and assured Lulu that if it had been up to Britt, Britt would not have put Lulu through that kind of pain again. Lulu scoffed, so Britt changed the subject by admitting that Liesl didn't make idle threats, so if Liesl claimed to have the frozen embryo then it was true.
At Wyndemere, Spencer left another urgent message for Sonny. He couldn't understand why his uncle hadn't answered the phone or responded to any of Spencer's previous messages. After Spencer ended the call, the chauffer appeared in the doorway to remind Spencer that it was time for school. Spencer insisted that they make a stop on the way because it was imperative that Spencer warn Sonny that Luke was out to get Sonny.
At Greystone Manor, Sonny opened his door to fetch the morning paper. A.J. held the newspaper up to show Sonny the front-page story about Carlos' arrest and smiled because A.J. and Sonny both knew that Sonny, not Carlos, had killed A.J. A.J. then reminded Sonny that it was the day of A.J.'s funeral, prompting A.J. to wonder if Sonny intended to dance on A.J.'s grave. "Leave me the hell alone," Sonny barked at A.J., but he cringed when he realized that Olivia stood in the doorway.
Hurt, Olivia held up her hands to assure Sonny that she had gotten the message loud and clear the previous evening. Sonny immediately apologized and then asked if they could talk about what had happened, but Olivia made it clear that she was only there to pick up a few things. She assured Sonny that she loved him, but she felt that he hadn't given her any choice in the matter, so she intended to stay at her apartment for a few days. Sonny tried to get Olivia to talk thing out, but she tearfully insisted that she needed a break.
After Olivia went to the bedroom to pack, A.J. snickered that it served Sonny right. "This is on you," Sonny growled. Sonny explained that A.J. had killed Connie and then had attacked Ava, so Sonny had been forced to take action. A.J. suggested that Sonny had punished the wrong person because A.J. had been cleared of Connie's murder.
Moments later, Olivia returned. Sonny made another attempt to work things out, but Olivia didn't want to stay when Sonny refused to open up to her about what was really eating at him. Sonny's voice cracked with emotion as he explained that he couldn't talk to her about it, so Olivia told him to call her when he was ready to be honest and then left.
A short time later, Spencer rang the doorbell and then banged on the door, demanding to talk to Uncle Sonny.
Inside, A.J. asked if Sonny intended to answer the door. Sonny heard the knocking, but he refused to go to the door because A.J. had put the thought that it might be Michael into Sonny's head. A.J. goaded Sonny about Michael until Sonny shouted for A.J. to go away.
Outside, Spencer took a step back when he heard Sonny shout, "Go away." The chauffer advised Spencer that perhaps they should return at a more convenient time, but Spencer remained determined to help his uncle, so he decided to make another stop.
Meanwhile, A.J. wondered who would save Sonny from himself. A.J. conceded that Ava had been "quite the little ghost buster" the previous evening, but Sonny couldn't rely on Ava to help Sonny. A.J. then switched gears to ask if Sonny intended to attend A.J.'s funeral. A.J. looked forward to it because it would be the only time when everyone would be forced to say something nice about A.J. A.J. then began to talk about the eulogy and how Michael would no doubt vow justice for A.J.
However, A.J. warned Sonny that Michael would be blaming an innocent man, so Sonny would have to live with the guilt of knowing that Sonny had allowed Michael to believe a lie. A.J. took satisfaction in knowing that the guilt would ultimately eat away at Sonny and that Sonny would drive away everyone that Sonny loved.
At Silas' apartment, Kiki wrapped up a phone call with Michael with a promise that she would see him at the funeral and then answered a knock at the door. She was stunned when Luke pushed off from the doorframe, offering her a bag of doughnuts as he entered the apartment. Kiki became alarmed when Luke leered at her as she stood in the living room, wearing a tank top and underwear, so she took a step back and warned Luke that her father and cousin were home. Luke knew that it was a lie because he had waited for Silas and Rafe to leave, so he slammed the door shut and advanced on Kiki.
Kiki grabbed her phone to call the police, but Luke snatched the phone out of her hand and then tossed it away. Terrified, Kiki ordered Luke to stay away from her, so he assured her that he wouldn't touch her; he simply wanted to know why she had told Tracy about the pass that he had made at Kiki. Kiki pointed out that he had done it twice, but Luke pointed out that it was supposed to have been their little secret. Kiki informed Luke that Tracy had approached her about the incident because Tracy had been under the impression that Kiki had made an advance at Luke, so Kiki had decided to set the record straight.
Luke wondered if Kiki had done it because she had wanted Tracy to know the truth or if it had been an attempt for Kiki to get between Tracy and Luke because Kiki wanted Luke for herself. Disgusted, Kiki backed away, but Luke grabbed her wrists. Kiki panicked and swiftly kicked Luke in the groin several times until he doubled over and fell to the ground. She threw open the door and ordered him to get out and then slammed the door shut and locked it when he stumbled into the hallway.
At the Quartermaine mansion, Tracy looked at the framed photographs of her beloved family members who had passed away. Ned entered the parlor and asked if she was okay. "Why wouldn't I be?" Tracy asked, but Ned saw through the bravado and reminded her that they were preparing to bury yet another Quartermaine. Ned was sad because he realized that there would never be an opportunity to make things right with A.J.
Tracy admitted that she had been thinking of her brother, Alan, because Alan had wanted so much for A.J., but none of the dreams had ever been realized because A.J. had blown every opportunity. Ned suggested that his mother could take comfort in knowing that the police might have arrested A.J.'s killer. He showed her the newspaper with Carlos' photograph as he explained that Carlos had been the intruder that Tracy had bashed over the head.
Tracy looked at the picture but confessed that she wouldn't have recognized the man because the intruder had worn a mask. She recounted the attempt on A.J.'s life and how she and Luke had foiled the intruder's plans. Tracy was quick to add that Luke had chased after the masked man without any thought to Luke's own safety and that it had been a valiant effort on Luke's behalf. "Valiant Luke," Ned muttered as he joined his mother on the sofa. Tracy warned Ned not to start in on Luke, but Ned admitted that it was too late.
Ned showed his mother the prenuptial agreement that he'd had an attorney draw up, but Tracy informed Ned that she had decided that she didn't want Luke to sign one. Stunned, Ned questioned why his mother would risk the family's fortune, so Tracy explained that Luke had been deeply hurt by Tracy's lack of trust and had threatened to call off the wedding. Ned insisted that it had been a bluff, but Tracy disagreed and explained that she and Luke had bonded over the past year since she had rescued Luke from Cassadine Island.
Ned berated his mother for risking her life to save Luke with a madmen like Jerry Jacks running around, but Tracy bragged that she, not Anna or Holly or even Laura, had saved Luke. Ned asked if Luke intended to show his gratitude by robbing Tracy blind, but Tracy remained steadfast in her belief that Luke loved her and would marry her even if she were penniless. Ned argued that it would be a mistake for anyone with Tracy's wealth to marry without a prenuptial agreement, but Tracy insisted that she and Luke were marrying for love and trust.
Ned realized that the problem might be Tracy's habit of getting married. "You've been through how many -- seven, eight marriages?" Ned asked. He pointed out that none of her marriages had lasted, so perhaps she shouldn't do it again. Tracy defended her decision to marry Luke, so Ned accused Luke of being a liar and a thief. Luke entered the parlor during Ned's tirade, but Ned refused to apologize for the unkind remarks.
Luke's eyes landed on the prenuptial agreement, so he warned Ned that Ned had wasted money having the document drawn up because Luke and Tracy had agreed that it was not needed. Tracy quietly reminded her son that he should respect her decisions and then left to get ready for the funeral. Ned and Luke decided to put their cards on the table. Ned made it clear that he would not allow Luke to plunder the family's fortune, so Luke warned Ned not to stand in the way of Luke and Tracy's wedding, or Luke would kill Ned.
Ned was taken aback by the threat and suggested that there hadn't been any need for that kind of hyperbole. Luke merely smiled and invited Ned to cross the line to find out how serious Luke had been. Ned conceded that his mother had been right; Luke had changed and then added that Luke had never been a "thug."
Shortly after Ned left, Luke sipped on a cup of coffee as he gazed out over the grounds from the patio doors. "Turn around and face your accuser," Spencer said as Spencer entered the room. Surprised, Luke looked down at the young boy and asked who Spencer was. Spencer reminded Luke that he was Luke's nephew and then revealed that he knew all about what Luke intended to do to Uncle Sonny.
At Metro Court, Ava left Diane another voicemail message and then joined Morgan in the living room of the suite that they had rented. Ava wore a slinky nightgown and robe while Morgan had a towel wrapped around his waist as he sat on the sofa, reading the newspaper. Ava feigned surprise that Carlos had been arrested for breaking into the Quartermaine mansion, but she insisted that Carlos answered to Julian, not her. Morgan wondered if the Jeromes had ordered the attack on A.J. Ava denied any personal knowledge of a hit, but added that she couldn't be certain what her brother had been up to.
Morgan anticipated that Julian's days of wielding power would end sooner rather than later because of the information that Ava had provided to Sonny. Ava hoped that Morgan was right because she confessed that Julian had begun to distrust her. Morgan was surprised because he and Ava had been careful to keep their relationship under wraps, so she assured Morgan that they were not the problem because Julian believed that Ava and Morgan were over.
Morgan confessed that he was uncertain where he and Ava stood with each other because of Ava's confession about Silas. Ava assured Morgan that even though a part of her would always love Silas, it didn't change the love that she felt for Morgan. However, Ava questioned if Morgan was truly over Kiki. Morgan admitted that he would always care for Kiki, but his future was with Ava. Ava smiled as he kissed her, but the kiss was cut short when Kiki called to ask to see Morgan.
Morgan agreed and then ended the call. He admitted that Kiki had sounded upset, so Ava offered to go with him, but Morgan didn't think that it would be a good idea. He promised to call if it was anything serious and then left.
Later, Morgan arrived at Silas' apartment. Kiki had changed for the funeral, but she was upset and told Morgan about Luke's visit and the unsettling encounter. Morgan was furious and wondered if Kiki had told Michael. Kiki insisted that Michael had enough to deal with because of A.J.'s funeral, which was why Kiki had decided not to involve the police. However, she feared seeing Luke at the funeral, so Morgan assured her that he would have a talk with Luke to make certain that Luke stayed away from Kiki.
In Franco's suite, Franco picked up the newspaper and saw the story about Carlos' arrest. He showed Carly the newspaper when she ended her phone call and noted that it appeared that Sonny would get away with murder. Carly smiled because Carlos' involvement confirmed Carly's suspicion that Ava had been far more involved in A.J.'s shooting than Sonny had realized. Carly confessed that she had never believed the claim that A.J. had attacked Ava because Julian had refused to hire A.J.
Carly explained that A.J.'s lack of involvement in the mob had been the only area in which A.J. had been better than Sonny, so she couldn't imagine A.J. giving up the moral high ground to take Sonny down. Franco argued that A.J. had been an alcoholic and that drunks were known to make poor decisions. Carly remained convinced that she was onto something because Carlos had been Ava's "BFF" lately, even though he worked for Julian. Carly pointed out that Carlos had broken into the Quartermaine mansion just hours before Sonny had stumbled onto A.J. attacking Ava.
"There's a connection," Carly insisted, but Franco remained skeptical and suggested that Carly should just be satisfied that she had gotten what she had wanted by getting A.J. out of the way without lifting a finger. Frustrated, Carly explained that she needed to figure out what had really happened because Sonny had shot A.J. Franco couldn't understand why Carly couldn't let it go, so she pointed out that her son, Michael, could be hurt if Michael learned what Sonny had done.
Franco argued that Ava didn't have any reason to want A.J. dead, but Carly countered that they didn't know that for certain. Carly became increasingly annoyed as she and Franco continued to debate whether or not Ava was responsible for A.J.'s death, so she decided to fetch her dress for the funeral and then get ready. Surprised, Franco asked if she was mad at him. Carly confessed that she was frustrated because he had done nothing but argue with her, so he reminded her that she had always enjoyed arguing with him.
Carly explained that she needed someone in her life who respected her instincts. She realized that she could be wrong at times, but she was good at recognizing when someone had an agenda that threatened her family. Franco was curious how Ava's agenda threatened Carly's family, so Carly pointed out that Ava knew a secret that could destroy Carly's family.
Carly reminded Franco that she had shared Sonny's secret with Franco because she had trusted him, but she admitted that it didn't feel as if Franco was on her side because he had treated her as if she was on a crusade against Ava. Carly clarified that Ava was not her target; Carly was desperate to know the truth for the sake of Michael and Sonny. She confirmed that she was mad at Franco and then stormed out.
Later, Carly bumped into Olivia in the hallway outside of Franco's suite. Olivia admitted that she had stopped by to talk to Carly because Olivia was concerned about Sonny. Olivia tearfully explained that she had walked out on Sonny because he was not himself. Olivia revealed that he hadn't been sleeping and was constantly nervous, and she feared that he had stopped taking his medication because of the way that he had blown up at Olivia.
Carly invited Olivia into Franco's suite so they could continue their conversation, but both women were shocked when they saw that Franco had spray-painted his infamous tag, CO77X, all over the suite's walls. Stunned, Carly asked what Franco had done, so he revealed that his "mojo" had returned. Olivia was livid because it would cost thousands to repair the damage to the walls, so she decided to call the police.
Carly objected, but Franco pulled Carly aside to explain that going to jail was part of his plan to get close to Carlos. Carly was deeply touched when she realized that Franco intended to get close to Carlos behind bars to get answers about Ava.
At the police station, Anna was surprised when she saw Dante enter the squad room. Dante explained that there was time before the funeral, so he had stopped by to find out the results of the DNA test on the blood that had been recovered from the vase that Tracy had bashed the intruder with. As if on cue, a lab technician handed the report to Anna.
A short time later, Anna and Dante entered the interrogation room to talk to Carlos. Carlos continued to deny breaking into the Quartermaine mansion and any involvement in A.J.'s murder. Carlos also insisted that the gun recovered from the mansion had been stolen out of his car. Anna accused Carlos of lying because she had a DNA match that proved that Carlos had been the intruder. Carlos didn't believe her, so Dante handed the report to Carlos to read.
Anna and Dante seized the opportunity to advise Carlos to work with the police because they were interested in the Jeromes, not Carlos, and it was clear that the Jeromes had abandoned him. "Not one word, Mr. Rivera," Diane said as she entered the room. Diane explained that she had been out of town, so she had gotten to the police station as soon as she had been able. Diane quickly dismissed Dante and Anna and then waited for them to leave the room.
Afterwards, Diane reminded Carlos that they were protected by attorney/client privilege, so he was free to tell her everything. She promised not to judge him, but she needed the truth. Carlos confessed that he had broken into the Quartermaine mansion and that he had been armed with a gun. Diane was curious why Carlos had wanted to kill A.J., but her phone rang before Carlos could answer Diane's question. It was Ava.
Ava ordered Diane to give Carlos the phone and then leave the room. Diane reluctantly agreed. Once Carlos assured Ava that Diane had left, Ava warned Carlos not to say a word about breaking into the Quartermaine mansion. Carlos explained that it was too late because the police had a DNA link. Carlos apologized, but he admitted that he had to cooperate with the police. Ava warned Carlos that he would be sorry if he told the police anything about her role in Connie's murder and A.J.'s shooting because Sabrina would pay the price.
Meanwhile, Dante arrived at Franco's hotel suite to arrest Franco. Carly thanked Franco for his sacrifice as Franco was led away.