At the jail, Ric and Julian shook hands. Ric confessed that it had been a productive meeting and expressed satisfaction that everything had fallen neatly into place. Moments later, Anna walked up and commented that Ric and Julian seemed as thick as thieves, which she thought was an especially fitting description for the two men. Ric realized that she assumed that he and Julian were associates, so Ric quickly introduced himself and clarified that he was Julian's attorney.
Anna admitted that she knew who Ric was and then confessed that she was impressed that he had managed to avoid going prison despite numerous crimes and a stint as corrupt district attorney. Ric smiled indulgently as he reminded Anna that he was there to discuss Julian's situation. Anna insisted she could keep Julian in custody for up to 48 hours without charging Julian with a crime. Julian immediately argued that he had picked up the gun next to A.J. to defend himself against a possible intruder.
Ric pointed out that it was a plausible excuse, but Anna countered that she knew firsthand about Julian's criminal history, prompting Ric to threaten to sue for harassment. Ric explained that he knew that Mayor Lomax was looking for a reason to fire Anna, so Ric would be happy to provide the mayor with what she needed to get rid of the police commissioner. Anna explained that Julian could easily clear things up by providing her with the name of the associate that Julian had met at the time of the shooting. Ric denied that it was necessary for Anna to know the man's name, but Anna disagreed since the law and the facts were on her side rather than on Julian's.
At the lake house, Alexis left Molly a voicemail message warning Molly that avoiding Alexis' phone calls would only make things worse. As if on cue, Molly walked in, so Alexis confronted Molly about moving in with Ric. Molly accused Alexis of overreacting to Molly's decision to live with Ric, but Alexis informed her daughter that it hadn't been part of Alexis and Ric's custody agreement. Molly argued that things were different because Molly wasn't a little girl anymore. Alexis conceded that Molly wasn't a child, but she quickly pointed out that Molly wasn't an adult either and certainly not old enough to do what Molly had planned to do with T.J.
Molly hoped that her father would see things differently when Molly moved in with him. "Over my dead body," Alexis warned Molly. Molly argued that it wasn't Alexis' decision to make because Alexis and Ric had shared custody of Molly and Ric had returned to town and was looking for a place to live. Alexis explained that she couldn't allow Molly to live with Ric because of the types of people that Ric associated with, including the likes of Faith Roscoe and the Zaccharas. Molly reminded Alexis that Alexis represented Sonny, who was also a mobster.
Alexis refused to bend, so Molly stormed off to the bedroom. Alexis started to follow her daughter, but the doorbell rang. Alexis' frustration mounted when she opened the door and saw Ric standing on her doorstep. Ric sensed that it was a bad time, but Alexis decided to seize the opportunity to discuss Molly's desire to live with Ric. Ric explained that he had agreed to let their daughter move in because it was clear that Molly and Alexis weren't getting along. Alexis accused Ric of taking advantage of the situation, but Ric insisted that Alexis was the one who had refused to allow their daughter to grow up.
Ric suggested that some distance might help Alexis and Molly, but Alexis made it clear that she wasn't a fan of long distance parenting. Alexis insisted that Ric should have discussed things with her before agreeing to let their daughter move in. Ric apologized and then shifted gears to explain that he had stopped by to let her know that he had decided to take Julian's case. Alexis was curious if Julian had been released from jail, so Ric admitted that he was still working on it. However, he warned Alexis that Anna was determined to make the charges stick.
After Ric left, Alexis called out to Molly. Molly didn't respond, so Alexis checked her daughter's bedroom. She was furious when she realized that Molly had slipped out of the house.
At Kelly's, Shawn took a drink of a freshly poured cup of coffee and scowled with displeasure because it was cold. T.J. apologized and admitted that he was distracted, but T.J. was confident that everything would be worked out by the following week because Molly intended to move out. Surprised, Shawn immediately made it clear that T.J. and Molly could not get a place together. T.J. assured Shawn that he knew that, but the conversation was cut short when Sonny called to let Shawn know that Duke had provided Sonny with an alibi.
After Shawn wrapped up the phone call with Sonny, he continued his conversation with T.J. Shawn made it clear that Molly couldn't move in with them because Molly was too young and Shawn doubted that Alexis would approve. T.J. explained that Molly planned to move in with her father, Ric Lansing. Shawn tensed and warned T.J. that it wouldn't be a good idea. T.J. was curious why, but Shawn refused to tell T.J. that Sonny was certain that Ric had been funding Julian's criminal organization. T.J. sensed that Shawn was holding back, but Shawn remained tightlipped.
After Shawn left, Molly stopped by the diner to surprise T.J. T.J. was happy to see her, but he suggested that they not see each other until Molly had moved in with Ric. Molly admitted that it might not happen because Alexis had objected to Molly living with Ric, so Ric would likely cave to Alexis' demands. Frustrated, T.J. couldn't understand why Alexis had been putting up such a fight. Molly was certain that Alexis simply wanted to make Molly miserable.
T.J. was curious if Alexis honestly believed that Ric would give his blessing for T.J. and Molly to have sex. Molly was certain that was exactly what Alexis feared, but Alexis had latched onto the excuse that Ric had "unsavory connections."
At Corinthos Coffee, Sonny called Shawn to assure Shawn that Duke had provided Sonny with an alibi for when A.J. had been shot. However, Sonny tensed when he turned and saw Olivia standing in the doorway. Sonny quickly wrapped up the call with Shawn and then explained that he had been making certain that everyone in his organization had an alibi for A.J.'s shooting because Sonny was certain that the Quartermaines and Anna would ask questions. Olivia thought that it was unnecessary because the case against Julian was open and shut, since Julian had been found standing over A.J.'s body holding the gun that had been used to shoot A.J. Olivia confided that she didn't care who had shot A.J. because A.J. had gotten what A.J. had deserved.
According to Olivia, she would never "actively" wish harm on A.J., but she didn't have it in her to feel sorry for what had happened to him. Olivia insisted that her cousin had been unarmed and defenseless when A.J. had shot Connie and then had left her to bleed to death in the very office where Olivia and Sonny stood. Olivia resented that A.J. had managed to slip through the cracks of the legal system, so she was glad that Julian had shot A.J. and had been caught because two birds had been killed with one stone. However, Olivia was puzzled why Julian would shoot A.J.
Sonny revealed that A.J. had wanted to work for Julian, but Olivia doubted that it would have driven Julian to shoot A.J. Sonny pointed out that A.J. had a problem with rejection, so he suggested that perhaps A.J. had turned violent when Julian had turned A.J. down. Olivia shifted gears to talk about Michael. She imagined that the shooting had hit Michael hard because Michael had thought that A.J. was safe when Sonny had promised not to hurt A.J.
Sonny deflected by grumbling about A.J. and insisting that A.J. had never been Michael's father because Sonny had raised Michael. Sonny hated the idea of Michael sitting vigil by that "son of a bitch."
Moments later, Shawn entered the office and explained that a friend in the know had sent a text message to alert Shawn that Julian had retained an attorney. Sonny's temper flared when Shawn revealed that Ric had agreed to represent Julian. Sonny insisted that Ric had always tried to make Sonny's life miserable and had even tried to kill Sonny on several occasions. Shocked, Olivia wondered why Sonny had never mentioned that Ric had tried to kill him, so Sonny explained that it had put it behind him when Ric had moved to Los Angeles.
Shawn doubted that it was a coincidence that Ric was helping Julian. Sonny agreed and admitted that it confirmed his certainty that Ric was Julian's moneyman. Olivia decided to get back to work, so advised Sonny to avoid the hospital where tensions were high. After Olivia left, Shawn admitted that it was clear that Olivia had no idea that Sonny had shot A.J. Sonny insisted that he didn't want Olivia to know.
At Kelly's, Brad was surprised when he saw Lucas enter the diner. Lucas started to make his way to the counter, but Brad invited Lucas to join him. Lucas smiled as he sat down at Brad's table and then confessed that he had missed Kelly's coffee, even though Seattle was known for its coffee. Lucas then confided that one of the reasons that he had liked Seattle was because no one knew about his family. Brad wondered if getting to know Julian had put a strain on Lucas' relationship with Carly, so Lucas revealed that Julian was currently in jail because Julian was suspected of shooting A.J.
Lucas quickly filled Brad in about the shooting and Julian's claim about picking up the gun to defend himself against the intruder who had shot A.J. Lucas confessed that he didn't know how he could face Michael after Julian had shot A.J. Lucas was furious that he had allowed himself to look past Julian being a "homophobic bigot" who had history of criminal activity and had returned to Port Charles to start a war with Sonny. Brad reached for Lucas' hand and gently squeezed it.
Brad pulled his hand back when he realized that his gesture of comfort might be misconstrued, so Lucas apologized for having a meltdown. Lucas claimed that he was not emotionally invested in his relationship with Julian, but Brad seemed to suspect otherwise and asked if Lucas would feel the same if Julian hadn't shot A.J. Lucas scoffed at the suggestion that Julian was innocent, but Brad pointed out that Julian's story had been preposterous enough to have a ring of truth to it. Brad was certain that someone like Julian would have underlings do his dirty work or, at the very least, be smart enough to wipe his prints off of the gun.
Lucas suggested that Julian simply hadn't had time to wipe off his fingerprints, but Brad was certain that Julian hadn't pulled the trigger. Brad wanted to know if Lucas would give Julian a second chance if Julian was cleared of the shooting. Lucas seemed confident that Julian was guilty, so he changed the subject by asking Brad about Felix. Brad revealed that he and Felix were over because of Lucas' text messages.
Lucas felt bad when Brad shared the details of the breakup. Brad insisted that it had been inappropriate for Lucas to send the text message after Brad had made it clear to Lucas that Brad wanted Felix. However, Brad conceded that Lucas wasn't solely to blame for things not working out with Felix. Lucas was curious if Brad would be interested in exploring a relationship with Lucas since Felix was no longer in the picture. Lucas promised that he could accept no for an answer, but Lucas suspected that Brad enjoyed Lucas' company as much as Lucas enjoyed Brad's.
At the hospital, Felix bumped into Carly at the elevator. He was surprised to see her, so she explained that she was there because A.J. had been shot. Felix felt bad for Michael because Felix had seen firsthand how upset Michael had been. Carly admitted that she was in an awkward position because she loathed A.J., but she loved Michael. Carly shifted gears when she noticed that something appeared to be troubling Felix.
Felix confessed that he couldn't get over Brad and then filled her in about disastrous Valentine's Day date with Brad when Felix had found revealing text messages on Brad's phone from another man. Felix admitted that he felt foolish because he was one of the few in his generation who viewed sex as something special. Carly insisted that Felix shouldn't feel ashamed and that it was Brad's loss, not Felix's. Carly was curious who the "himbo" was that Brad had slept with.
Felix revealed that the man's name was Lucas Jones and then admitted that the name sounded like a low-rent porn star. Startled, Carly confessed that Lucas was her brother. Felix was stunned that he and Carly had been friends for over a year, but she had never mentioned her brother before. Carly was certain that she had talked about Lucas, but Felix assured her that she had never said anything about Lucas being gay even when Felix had lamented about Felix's miserable love life. Carly pointed out that Lucas lived in Seattle and that she didn't have any reason to think that Felix and Lucas were a match made in heaven simply because both men were gay.
Felix conceded that she had a point and apologized. Felix then admitted that Lucas hadn't known that Felix and Brad had been dating when Lucas had first slept with Brad. Carly pointed out that Brad hadn't realized that Felix had wanted an exclusive relationship with Brad, so she suggested that Felix talk to Brad and try to work things out. Felix agreed that it was worth a try and decided to track down Brad.
At Kelly's, Brad confessed that he didn't want Lucas to feel as if Lucas had been Brad's second choice. Lucas assured Brad that he didn't feel that way and then kissed Brad. Brad pulled away from the kiss and saw Felix standing in the diner's doorway. Hurt clouded Felix's eyes as he turned to leave, but Brad quickly ran up and asked Felix to stay. Felix agreed and then decided to introduce himself to Lucas.
Felix remarked that he had barely recognized Lucas because Lucas was dressed and then asked if Brad and Lucas were seeing each other. Lucas confessed that he and Brad had been discussing that very thing when Felix had walked in. Felix decided to excuse himself, so Brad and Lucas could continue their conversation, but Brad followed Felix outside. Felix insisted that there wasn't anything to talk about because it was clear that Brad and Lucas had more in common than Brad and Felix did. Felix wished Brad well and then walked away.
In A.J.'s hospital room, Monica sat at her son's bedside and begged God to return A.J. to her and allow A.J. to finish his journey to be a better man. Monica's face lit with joy when A.J. moved his hand and then slowly opened his eyes.
In the hallway, Kiki explained that she had stopped by to assure Michael that she was there if he needed her. Michael appreciated Kiki's support. He was about to return to A.J.'s room when Monica suddenly ran out to announce that A.J. was awake and to assure Michael that she had called for the doctor.
A short time later, the doctor pulled Monica aside to explain that A.J. wasn't out of the woods even though he was awake. The doctor warned Monica that A.J. needed to remain calm because A.J.'s body had been through a lot and would need time to heal.
Meanwhile, Michael offered A.J. something to drink and then asked if A.J. recalled what had happened. A.J. remembered Sonny shooting him, but A.J. was too weak to share the details of the shooting. Michael wondered if Julian had shot A.J. "No," A.J. weakly replied. Shocked, Michael asked if A.J. was certain that Julian hadn't shot him. A.J. nodded, so Michael asked who had shot A.J. A.J. tried to answer the question, but A.J.'s eyes suddenly rolled back as he appeared to suffer a seizure and then flat-lined.
Monica sent Michael and Kiki out of the room as the doctor began to work on A.J. Moments later, Anna and Carly walked up. Carly tried to comfort Michael as Anna asked Kiki if A.J. had said anything. Anna was stunned when Kiki revealed that A.J. had cleared Julian of the shooting. Moments later, Monica approached Michael to explain that A.J. had suffered a brain bleed.
Later, Anna met Ric at the jail. Anna explained that A.J. had woken up and had revealed that Julian had not been the shooter, so Julian was free to leave.
At Corinthos Coffee, Sonny fears were realized when Carly called to reveal that A.J. had woken up. Sonny was curious if A.J. had talked, so Carly told him that A.J. had cleared Julian.