At the Quartermaine mansion, Tracy nervously wondered what Luke had lied about. Luke advised Tracy to have a seat, but she refused because was certain that it was bad news, since Luke hadn't referred to her as "Spanky" once. Luke frowned with confusion but then assured Tracy that he didn't have bad news. He confessed that he hadn't gone to Sonny's house because he had been tracking something else down. Luke held up a small black jewelry box and then went down on bended knee to propose marriage to Tracy.
Tracy surprised Luke by turning him down because their last attempt at "connubial bliss" had been a farce. Luke conceded that he had entered into their marriage for the wrong reasons, but he assured Tracy that he had fallen hopelessly in love with her and that the feeling had never left him. Luke promised that his love for her had nothing to do with her wealth, the mansion, or the "booze," but Tracy wanted to know what had prompted the proposal. She feared that it had something to do with the drugs that had been given to Luke at Miscavige.
Luke explained that he had realized how much he had loved Tracy when she had rescued him from Cassadine Island. Luke didn't want to lose that feeling again, so he vowed to spend the rest of his life proving that loved her. Luke begged Tracy to be his wife until she eventually blurted out "All right, I will." Startled, Luke asked her to repeat what she had said. Instead, Tracy took the engagement ring from Luke, slid it onto her finger, and then held up her hand to admire the sapphire and diamond ring.
"It's a yes," Tracy grudgingly told Luke. Luke smiled and then scolded Tracy for making him work for her answer. Tracy's scowl transformed into a joyful smile as she hugged Luke. Luke promised that Tracy wouldn't regret it and then kissed her.
At Kelly's, T.J. complained to Shawn that Alexis wouldn't let Molly out of her sight, so T.J. and Molly had been reduced to stealing time together at school. Shawn felt bad for T.J. and regretted that he had failed to get through to Alexis after Shawn's altercation with Julian. T.J. was curious if Alexis was seeing Julian, but Shawn didn't know. However, Shawn admitted that it would be the height of hypocrisy if she were because Alexis had ended things with Shawn because of Shawn's work for Sonny.
Shawn was disgusted that Alexis had actually defended Julian, even though Julian continued to hide behind Danny and had threatened T.J. According to Shawn, Julian was far more ruthless and violent than Sonny.
At the lake house, a frantic Alexis left Molly a sixth voicemail message and sternly ordered Molly to return the call because it had been hours since school had let out. Moments later, Molly arrived home, so Alexis demanded to know where Molly had been. Molly snidely replied that she had been having sex with T.J. and then assured her mother that Alexis could relax because Molly had been at school with a tutor. Molly was offended when it was clear that Alexis didn't trust her, but Alexis countered that her trust in Molly had flown out the window when Molly had lied. Molly argued that she had only lied once because it had been necessary.
Alexis disagreed because Molly should have given Alexis the opportunity to talk about Molly having sex. Molly laughed at the idea that Alexis would have accepted Molly's decision as Ric had. Alexis' temper flared because she resented Ric having a say in the matter after being absent for five years. Molly accused Alexis of thinking that Molly would follow in Alexis' footsteps and get pregnant, but Alexis denied that she had tried to punish Molly for the mistakes that Alexis had made. However, Alexis conceded that the fear was in the back of her mind, but Alexis appreciated that Molly was more responsible than Alexis had been at the same age.
Molly was curious why, if that were true, Alexis had been upset at the idea of Molly having sex. Alexis pointed out that sex was a big deal, so Alexis wanted to be certain that Molly was old enough to handle it. Molly promised that she was because she and T.J. loved each other and had been together for years. Molly then added that they'd had the foresight to pick up condoms.
"Seriously, how much more mature could we be?" Molly asked with frustration. Alexis became irritated at the reminder of Olivia's role in Molly and T.J.'s rendezvous and threatened to have a word with Olivia. "Who rents a hotel room to children?" Alexis asked with annoyance.
Molly wanted to know why Alexis trusted Molly's judgment in every aspect of Molly's life except sex. Alexis recalled Julian's suggestion that perhaps Alexis' reaction to Molly and T.J.'s tryst had had more to do with Julian and Alexis than Molly and T.J. Molly sensed that her mother was not telling her something, so she demanded to know why Alexis was against Molly and T.J. having sex. "Because I'm your mother and I love you," Alexis gently explained. Alexis hoped that Molly would one day understand that that should be enough, but Molly wasn't satisfied and left the room.
Later, T.J. stopped by to talk to Molly. Molly greeted him with a warm hug and admitted that she had missed him. T.J. nervously wondered if Alexis was there, so Molly shook her head and explained that Alexis had been called away on an important matter. T.J. relaxed, but he regretted that their special night had turned into a nightmare. Molly assured him that she didn't blame him because her mother had ruined their night and had kept them apart.
T.J. was hurt by Alexis' reaction because he had thought that she had been a more accepting person. Molly vowed to find a way to be with T.J., but he doubted that it was possible to circumvent Alexis. Molly suddenly realized that she could turn to her father for help because Ric had supported her decision. Molly was certain that her father would agree to let her move in with him. T.J. warned Molly that Alexis would "implode." "So?" Molly asked.
In Anna's office, Julian denied shooting A.J. and informed Anna that he didn't know A.J. much less have a grudge against the man. Anna didn't believe Julian because she had walked in on Julian holding the gun that had been used to shoot A.J. Julian advised Anna to look at Ava as a suspect, but Anna suggested that Julian clear things up by providing the name of the business associate that Julian had claimed to meet during the time of the shooting. Julian refused and decided to call his attorney. Anna handed him the phone and then left to check on A.J. in the hopes that A.J. could name the shooter.
Julian hoped that Anna was right and then waited for her to leave before he made his call. A short time later, Alexis entered the office. Julian was relieved to see her and quickly explained that he had been implicated in A.J.'s shooting, but he couldn't divulge the name of his alibi. Alexis insisted that she would need to know the associate's name to help Julian, but Julian admitted that he couldn't reveal the person's name.
Alexis and Julian looked up when Anna returned to the office. Anna wasn't surprised when she saw Alexis, but Alexis quickly denied being Julian's attorney. After Anna was called to a crime scene briefing, Julian expressed disappointment that Alexis refused to defend him. Alexis explained that it was a conflict of interest because she was Sonny's attorney. However, she recommended that Julian contact Diane.
Julian wasn't interested in retaining his sister's attorney, so Alexis suggested that Julian call her ex-husband, Ric Lansing. Alexis conceded that Ric was Sonny's half-brother, but she assured Julian that the brothers despised each other. Alexis added that she wasn't fond of her ex-husband, either, but she promised that he was an excellent attorney. However, she warned Julian that Julian would have to share the alibi's name with Ric.
At Corinthos Coffee, Sonny spoke to Ava on the phone. He reminded her the importance of them both securing alibis and then let her know that he would be in touch with her once everything had died down. Sonny admitted that he hadn't heard any news about A.J., but he insisted that he and Ava would both be "screwed" if A.J. survived.
Shortly after Sonny ended the call with Ava, Morgan entered the office in an agitated state. Morgan explained that he had been concerned about Ava because he hadn't heard from her since she had left for New York City, so Morgan had decided to stop by her apartment. Morgan revealed that the police had been swarming the building because A.J. had been shot in Ava's apartment. Sonny was curious if A.J. was dead, but Morgan only knew that A.J. had been transported to the hospital. Sonny realized that Morgan wanted to ask him something, so he invited Morgan to speak his mind.
"You didn't have anything to do with this, did you? Morgan quietly asked. Rather than answer the question, Sonny reminded Morgan of the promise that Sonny had made not to hurt A.J. Morgan backed down and apologized because he was certain that Sonny would never let Michael down. Moments later, Morgan received a text message from Ava claiming that she had been delayed in the city.
Relieved, Morgan's thoughts turned to Michael. Sonny was certain that Michael had been notified of the shooting, so he suggested that Morgan go to the hospital and check on Michael. After Morgan left with a promise to call Sonny with an update, Sonny reached out to Shawn for help.
A short time later, Shawn entered Sonny's office. Sonny quickly filled Shawn in about the shooting and asked Shawn for an alibi. Shawn explained that he couldn't provide one for Sonny because Shawn had spent the day at Kelly's and had been seen by numerous witnesses. Shawn promised Sonny that they would find someone to cover for Sonny, but Sonny warned Shawn that it wouldn't matter if A.J. somehow survived.
Sonny was tormented that he had broken his promise to Michael because he knew that it would destroy his relationship with his son if Michael ever learned the truth. Shawn pointed out that Sonny couldn't know that for certain, but Sonny disagreed and admitted that losing Michael would be worse than rotting in any prison. Sonny made it clear that Michael could never know the truth about the shooting. However, Sonny confided that it had felt good to pull the trigger because it had been a sense of justice for Connie.
Shawn hoped that Connie could finally rest in peace. "God willing," Sonny replied, but then his anger quickly mounted as he recalled that A.J. had been a "coward" until the very end by proclaiming his innocence as Sonny fired the gun.
At the hospital, Elizabeth anxiously watched as the trauma team worked feverishly to save A.J.'s life. However, she stepped away when Michael arrived. Michael feared that his father was dead, but Ric assured Michael that A.J. was still alive. Michael ran to the examination room where the doctor continued to try to start A.J.'s heart with a defibrillator. Felix quietly suggested that the doctor call a time of death, but Michael implored the doctor not to give up on Michael's father.
The doctor agreed and applied the defibrillator to A.J.'s chest one more time. Michael was relieved when A.J.'s heart started. Felix urged Michael to go to the waiting area, so the medical team could focus on stabilizing A.J. Michael walked away and encountered Morgan as Morgan arrived at the hospital.
Michael was surprised that his brother was there, so Morgan revealed how he had heard about the shooting. Michael was confused why A.J. had been at Ava's apartment, but Morgan didn't have an answer. However, Morgan assured his brother that Ava had been in New York City, and Sonny hadn't been involved in the shooting. Michael wondered why Morgan would even mention Sonny, so Morgan admitted that he had stopped by Sonny's office and had asked their father about the shooting.
Morgan thought that Michael would appreciate having the assurance that Sonny hadn't been involved in what had happened to A.J. Michael thanked Morgan, but explained that it hadn't been necessary because Michael had trusted their father to keep his word.
Nearby, Ric was curious about Elizabeth and A.J.'s relationship because Elizabeth appeared to care deeply about A.J. Elizabeth revealed that she and A.J. had become close when A.J. had returned to town and she had seen that he had been trying to be a better person. Elizabeth confided that she hadn't been in a good place at the time because she had recently gotten out of a toxic relationship and had been grieving for Jason, whom she hadn't truly made amends to.
Elizabeth admitted that she and A.J. had connected because they had both been looking for redemption. Ric gently pointed out that Elizabeth had always been drawn to men who needed saving. He was curious if Elizabeth and A.J. were still close, but Elizabeth shook her head and told him that she had ended things when A.J. had relapsed. She then shared the details about Connie's murder and A.J.'s acquittal.
Ric wondered if Elizabeth thought that A.J. had killed Connie, so she admitted that she had. However, she had recently had an encounter with A.J. when A.J. had claimed that someone else had been in the office at the time of Connie's shooting. Elizabeth felt bad because A.J. had needed a friend, but she hadn't been there for him. After Elizabeth left to check on A.J., Ric received a call from Molly asking if she could move in with her father.
Later, Felix informed Michael and Elizabeth that A.J. needed immediate surgery. Moments later, A.J. was wheeled out of the examination room, but Michael insisted on having an opportunity to speak to his father. A.J. weakly called out Michael's name. Michael assured his father that he was there and then asked why A.J. had been in Ava's apartment and who had shot him. A.J. was too weak to answer, so Michael assured his father that he loved A.J. and begged A.J. to fight to live because Michael would be waiting.