At the Quartermaine mansion, Michael reviewed the petition to have his name legally changed to Michael Alan Quartermaine. Michael appeared deep in thought as he picked up a pen then stared at a picture of him and A.J. Moments later, Carly walked in. Surprised, Michael jumped up as he angrily demanded to know why she was there, so she explained that she had wanted to wish him a happy Thanksgiving.
Michael muttered that he intended to have a word with Alice, but Carly begged him to wait. She desperately wanted to fix things with her son, so she implored him to hear her out. Michael informed his mother that their relationship was broken beyond repair because she had lied to him by helping Sonny cover up the truth about A.J.'s murder. Carly insisted that it hadn't been as cut and dried as that, but Michael was unmoved as he coldly ordered her to leave before he called the police. Carly doubted that Michael would actually follow through with the threat, so Michael conceded that she was right because it would be futile, since Carly would likely worm her way out of trouble like she always had.
Michael suddenly wondered why Carly wasn't in jail, so she confessed that the charges against her had been dropped because Sonny had worked out a plea. Michael was disgusted that she had been rewarded for "screwing over" her own son by being set free, but Carly insisted that she'd had no idea that Sonny would sacrifice himself for her. She claimed that she had been prepared to go to jail, but Michael didn't believe her because he knew that Carly had entered a plea of "Not Guilty."
Carly admitted that she felt terrible that A.J. had died but she had been desperate to protect Michael, so she wouldn't change anything if she had to do it over again. Carly claimed that she had been desperate to protect Michael from losing the man who had loved Michael more than life itself, but Michael informed her that Sonny had lost him the moment Sonny had pulled the trigger on A.J. Michael refused to have a relationship with the man who had killed his father, but Carly argued that Sonny was Michael's father as much as she was Michael's mother.
Michael made it clear that he didn't want anything to do with Carly or Sonny because all he saw when he looked at Sonny was A.J. hanging from a meat hook as Sonny forced A.J. to sign over A.J.'s parental rights to Michael. Carly argued that A.J. had not been an innocent victim, so Michael conceded that his father had made mistakes. Carly reminded Michael that A.J. had once kidnapped Michael then had put Sonny and Carly through the horror of believing that Michael had been killed, but Michael insisted that A.J. had been driven to the elaborate deception out of desperation because A.J. had been kept from his own son.
Carly was stunned when Michael accused her of forcing the name Michael Corinthos on him then quickly added that he intended to reclaim his true name, Michael Quartermaine. Carly reminded Michael that Jason had named Michael after Sonny, but Michael resented Carly trying to manipulate him by mentioning Jason. Carly insisted that Michael's true name was Michael Corinthos, but Michael disagreed because Sonny was not his father. Carly pointed out that Sonny had raised Michael, but Michael scoffed at the idea that he'd had a wonderful childhood because he'd grown up around "bullets and bodyguards" and had spent significant time in a coma.
"Please, don't do this," Carly tearfully pleaded, but Michael ignored her as he reminded her that she had sent Morgan to military school to keep Morgan safe from Sonny. Carly shifted gears by warning Michael that changing his name to Quartermaine wouldn't change who Michael was as a person, so she feared that he would eventually regret the decision. She was confident that when "push comes to shove," Michael wouldn't be able to give up his name easily, but Michael appeared more determined than ever.
Michael snatched up the legal papers and a pen then quickly signed the documents to prove Carly wrong. "It's done," he announced with satisfaction as he clarified that he was officially a Quartermaine. Carly argued that it was in name only, but Michael assured her that it was in every way that counted. Michael coldly asked Carly to leave because he wanted to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with his family and didn't want to risk his grandmother, Monica, becoming upset if she saw Carly.
Michael accused Carly of callously using Monica's grief in an attempt to manipulate Michael from digging for the truth about A.J.'s murder. He confessed that he never wanted to be the kind of person that Carly was then coldly told her to leave. Carly quietly left as Michael walked to the desk to set the legal papers down. He looked at the photograph of him and A.J.
At Pentonville, Duke sat in a visitor's room, waiting for someone to arrive. A guard appeared to announce that his visitor was a fellow inmate just as Sonny, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and shackled, shuffled into the room. After the guards left, Duke assured Sonny that he would not testify against Sonny. Sonny appreciated Duke's loyalty but explained that it would not be necessary because Sonny had worked out a plea bargain that would keep both Carly and Duke out of jail.
Stunned, Duke thanked Sonny, but Sonny confessed that he needed a favor. Duke assured Sonny that all Sonny had to do was name it, so Sonny revealed that he wanted Duke to take over the Corinthos organization. Shocked, Duke reminded Sonny that Shawn was Sonny's second in command, but Sonny insisted that Shawn's specialty was security. Sonny explained that he wanted Duke to take Sonny's place because Duke had experience running a criminal organization and would know how to keep the Jeromes at bay.
Duke agreed to take over the Corinthos organization, but he insisted that it would be temporary until Sonny could return to its helm. Sonny smiled sadly because Sonny doubted that he would ever get out of jail. A short time later, a guard returned to fetch Duke because Duke was free to leave.
Moments later, a guard announced that Sonny had a visitor. Sonny smiled when he looked up as Carly entered the room.
Outside Anna's office, Alexis spoke to Sam on the phone to let Sam know that Alexis would be tied up with a client for the rest of the day. Sam was disappointed that she and Danny wouldn't be spending Thanksgiving with Alexis, but Sam appreciated that Alexis had a job to do. After Alexis ended the call, she entered Anna's office.
Meanwhile, Anna glanced at a picture of Cesar Faison then read the accompanying report about how she and Robert had kept him "unlawfully" imprisoned underneath the stables on Spoon Island. Anna looked up when Alexis entered the office to ask for Anna to release Julian. Anna was surprised that Alexis had agreed to help Julian, but Alexis explained that everyone was entitled to a defense. Alexis reminded Anna that Julian had been held for nearly forty-eight hours without being charged with a crime, so Anna argued that there was still time to press charges against him.
Alexis was confident that Anna would have already arrested Julian if Anna had had sufficient evidence to support the theory that Julian had aided and abetted Ava's escape. Alexis was pleased when Anna agreed to cut Julian loose, but Anna hoped that, for whatever reason Alexis had decided to help Julian, it was worth it. Alexis smiled politely without replying then walked to the door just as Agent Kyle Sloane prepared to enter Anna's office.
Sloane recognized Alexis, whose impressive reputation as a litigator had preceded her. Alexis smiled awkwardly, thanked Sloane when he complimented her, and then left. Sloane was impressed that Anna had been wise enough to retain Alexis because Anna would need all the help she could get, since Anna was still in deep legal trouble. Anna explained that she hadn't been able to return Faison to Steinmauer because Faison had escaped every super-max prison he had been placed in. Sloane pointed out that her solution hadn't worked out any better, since Faison had escaped her prison as well.
Anna resented that Sloane was more focused on placing blame rather than finding Faison, so Sloane assured her that the stable hand that Robert had hired would be interrogated extensively. He was confident that they would soon have a complete picture of what exactly had transpired in the stables on Spoon Island. Sloane's tone suddenly softened as he assured Anna that he hadn't taken any pleasure in investigating her, but Anna appeared skeptical. Sloane insisted that it had been difficult, but he firmly believed that there had to be consequences for what had happened.
"Duly noted," Anna snidely replied. Sloane warned her that she would be sent away for a very long time when the dust settled, so he advised her to get her affairs in order.
A short time later, Duke knocked on Anna's door then entered her office.
Nearby, Julian thanked Alexis for getting him released from jail. Alexis explained that she had done it for Luke because if what Julian had told her was true then Luke needed help. Julian worried that Alexis might have said something to Anna, but Alexis assured him that she hadn't. However, Alexis demanded to know where Luke was. Julian insisted that he show her because she would never be able to get to Luke without his help.
At Miscavige, Luke groggily woke up wearing a straitjacket as Helena casually leaned against the wall and greeted him. Helena feigned concern for Luke's drugged state as he slowly sat up then told her to return to the crypt she had escaped from. Helena was disappointed that Luke's mind remained riddled with cobwebs, but Luke feared that he was on the brink of death because he'd had visions of Helena the last time he had been on the verge of dying. Luke realized that he might be in far worse condition than he had realized, but Helena assured Luke that she was real.
Luke remained in denial because he had watched her die when she had been shot in the heart. Helena quipped that it hadn't been a silver bullet, prompting Luke to ask if she had turned into a werewolf. Helena smiled as she conceded that Luke had made a valiant effort to kill her, but she was very resilient. "Long live the Queen," Helena gloated.
Luke insisted that Helena couldn't be there because she was dead, so she softly stroked the side of his face to prove she was indeed real. Helena decided to kiss him when he remained in denial, but he jerked away and accused her of being Cesar Faison wearing a mask in a "gender-bending mode." Helena assured Luke that she was not the "maniacal Dane" then added that she'd had far too many plans to remain on the sidelines for long. Luke demanded to know if she had been working with "that satanic doppelgänger," but Helena refused to say.
Luke's temper flared as he asked who had been living his life, so Helena admitted that she was surprised that Luke hadn't put the pieces together yet. Helena was disappointed, so Luke asked what she wanted with him. Helena cryptically revealed that what she wanted and what needed to be done were two very different things. She pulled out a deadly knife then held it menacingly under his chin as she explained that his attempt to escape had changed everything. Helena confided that she couldn't afford to have two Luke Spencers running around.
Meanwhile, an orderly greeted Julian and Alexis when they arrived at Miscavige. Julian explained that they were there to visit the special guest but asked the orderly for privacy. The orderly pointed out Luke's cell then walked away. Alexis demanded to know how long Luke had been at Miscavige, so Julian explained the double had taken Luke's place when "Luke" had been rescued from the institute nearly a year before. Shocked, Alexis marched to the door, determined to free Luke immediately.
Alexis was startled when she opened the door just as Helena exited. "Well, hello, Natasha," Helena greeted Alexis. Julian's brow furrowed with confusion because he had no idea who Helena was. Alexis remained focused on Helena as she confessed that she had known the reports of Helena's demise had been too good to be true because Helena never died. Helena admitted that Alexis had always been too smart for Alexis' own good and a perpetual thorn in Helena's side.
Helena admitted that nothing would please her more than to slit Alexis' throat just like Helena had done to Alexis' "insipid" mother. Julian growled a warning for Helena to back off, so Helena turned her attention to him. Helena chuckled because she thought that Alexis' new "suitor" was in way over his head. However, Helena announced that she had to go, so she asked "Natasha" to pass along her regards to Alexis' beautiful daughters. Alexis ignored the veiled threat as Julian questioned who the woman had been.
Alexis revealed that they had just encountered Helena Cassadine then quickly entered Luke's cell but stopped short in the doorway. "Oh, my God," Alexis said at the sight that greeted her eyes.
At Sam's penthouse, Sam was pleasantly surprised when Patrick stopped by. He apologized for interrupting her Thanksgiving, but Sam assured him that it was fine because she had just been going over the case. Patrick was curious if she really thought that the mask Larry Ashton and Jerry Jacks were making could be of Luke, but Sam didn't have an answer. She explained that she had spent the night going over everything but hadn't figured anything out. Patrick suggested that perhaps they should talk to Julian, but Sam revealed that it would be impossible because her father had been taken into custody on suspicion of aiding and abetting Ava.
Disappointed, Patrick decided to let Sam get back to her Thanksgiving, but she admitted that it would just be her and Danny because Alexis was busy with work and Molly had decided to spend the day with T.J. Patrick invited Sam and Danny to spend Thanksgiving with him, but Sam was reluctant to agree because she feared that it might inconvenience him. Patrick brushed away her concerns as he called Elizabeth to explain the situation.
Moments later, Patrick ended the call as he announced that Elizabeth was fine with Sam and Danny joining them for Thanksgiving dinner. Sam felt bad for imposing on Elizabeth, but Patrick insisted that it would be rude of Sam not to go after Elizabeth had invited Sam and Danny to dinner. Patrick added that Elizabeth had a guest staying at the house who could use Sam's "P.I. mojo" to help figure out the man's true identity.
At the Webber residence, Jake slept fitfully on the sofa as he dreamed about an incident during his life as Jason Morgan. Elizabeth gently touched Jake's shoulder to wake him up, but Jake was startled. On instinct, he grabbed her wrist then squeezed it painfully tight until he shook off the remnants of the dream. Jake immediately released her wrist as he apologized for hurting her. Elizabeth assured Jake that she was fine, but he didn't believe her because he noticed her cradling her wrist.
Elizabeth changed the subject by asking how Jake was at carving a turkey because she wanted him to join her family and friends for Thanksgiving. Jake agreed, so he disappeared into the bathroom to shower.
A short time later, Jake returned as Elizabeth began to set the table. She became distracted when she noticed Jake standing in her living room without a shirt. Jake was curious if she had seen his shirt, so she quickly fetched it from the basket of clean laundry. Jake pulled on the dark t-shirt, but Elizabeth decided that he needed to wear something dressier for the holiday so she handed him a box. Jake opened the box, which contained a dress shirt and pants but he insisted that he couldn't accept the gift.
Elizabeth refused to take no for an answer, so Jake reluctantly accepted the gift. Later, Elizabeth complimented Jake when he joined her in the dinning room, wearing his new outfit. After a quick phone call from Patrick, Elizabeth announced that they would have two more joining them for dinner. She worried that she might not have enough room for everyone at the table, so Jake offered to take care of the table settings while she checked on the food.
After Elizabeth went to the kitchen, someone knocked on the door. Jake decided to answer it when Elizabeth didn't appear to hear the knocking. Jake opened the door with a friendly smile, unaware that the woman standing on the doorstep was Helena Cassadine.