Carly stood at Sonny's bedroom door and finally walked in. She saw Sonny and Martina in bed and ran back down the stairs. Sonny ran after her and said that, since she had already moved on with Jax, he was allowed to move on too. She called him on being blackmailed by Ava. He'd known that she would put the pieces together, and she added that she'd had to see for herself that he was sleeping with her lawyer. Martina descended the stairs and reminded Carly that she was no longer Carly's lawyer, so nothing that happened between Sonny and Martina was Carly's business.
Sonny explained that, after a "rough night," he'd gone to the Haunted Star for a drink. He and Martina had hit it off without knowing who the other was. Carly realized that it was the reason why Martina had tried to get Carly to give Sonny his assets back. Martina shot back that Carly was only angry because Martina was the woman in the bed that used to be Carly's. Carly thought that the bar association would be interested in Martina's "breach of ethics." Martina responded that, if she'd really wanted to ruin Carly, she would never have stepped down as Carly's lawyer. Martina left the room, and Sonny thought that Martina had a point.
Sonny clarified that both he and Carly were free to sleep with whomever they wanted to. Carly reminded him that he'd deported Jax and hurt Josslyn, even though they hadn't wanted to involve their children. "He agrees, and you know it," Martina butted in. Turning on Martina, Carly threatened to report Martina to the bar association. Carly informed Sonny that she would be keeping everything that Sonny had signed over to her, and she stormed out of the house.
Martina suggested that Sonny go after Carly, but he refused. She told him that she'd had a "lovely time" before the interruption, but she didn't want to overstay her welcome. Sonny reassured Martina that Carly was angry at Sonny, so she would probably change her mind about reporting Martina. Martina could tell that Sonny and Carly were still in love with each other. She kissed him and left. Sonny thought back on some good memories he'd made with Carly.
At the Metro Court, Carly was on the phone with Diane. She informed the attorney that Carly's attorney would be in touch with Diane as soon as Carly hired a new one. She refused a referral because she wanted to find someone that Sonny couldn't seduce. When she was off the phone, she thought back on some good memories she'd made with Sonny.
Dillon and Kiki finished performing their routine for the Nurses Ball for Lucy and Felix, who were less than impressed. Ava entered, smiling and clapping. She approached Dillon and Kiki, and Kiki informed her mother that she'd earned her certification as a nurse's aide. Ava expressed her pride in her daughter and said that she also had good news. She shared that she would be able to spend more time with Avery, who was at Ava's with a sitter. Dillon had to talk to Felix, so he excused himself.
Dillon found Lucy and Felix trying to plan the final program for the show. He asked to borrow Felix, so Lucy walked away. Dillon shared Kiki's good news with Felix. He wondered if Felix had any gift ideas that a nurse would appreciate. "You came to the right guy," Felix said as he smiled.
Ava was happy to see Kiki with someone who appreciated her, and she thought that Kiki had a bright future. "What a difference a year makes!" Ava observed. Kiki wondered why Ava tried to pretend that Morgan had never existed. Ava admitted that Morgan's death haunted her more than anyone knew. She explained that she didn't want Kiki's past to prevent the future she deserved. She added that everything she'd done had been for Kiki's well-being. "What did you do?" Kiki asked.
Ava responded that she would do anything to keep Kiki safe and happy, and she refused to apologize for that. Dillon returned, and Ava told him that she was happy to see that he treated Kiki the way she deserved to be treated. Ava left to relieve the babysitter. Dillon thought it was nice to get Ava's approval, but he only cared about Kiki. He handed her a small box with a bow. She opened it and found a gift card for a day at the spa. She thanked him and kissed him. Just then, Felix approached Kiki with bad news. He revealed that, since Kiki was one of the newest hospital employees, she would have to work instead of going to the ball.
As Ava left, she bumped into Lucy, who wondered if Ava had time for "an old friend." Ava replied that she'd "paid the price," because the deal had been for the Nurses Ball donation in exchange for the pills and Lucy's silence. In exchange, Ava wanted to present "an oversized check on stage" in memory of Morgan. Lucy was surprised that Ava wanted to "tempt fate" by being center stage. Ava shot back that "fate is on my side."
Jason arrived home with food and beer, and Sam shushed him as she descended the stairs, alerting him that the kids were asleep. Jason revealed that the night would be about her, because he felt that he'd been neglecting her. She reminded him that she couldn't drink while she was nursing, and he revealed that it was non-alcoholic beer. She was touched by the gesture, and he confided that he still had another surprise for her.
A short while later, Sam and Jason had dug into the food and were relaxing. Jason handed Sam a bag, and she curiously looked in. She was ecstatic to pull out a vintage leather jacket. She happily put it on and kissed Jason passionately. Just then, the two heard Scout start to cry over the monitor. Jason made his way toward the stairs and instructed Sam to keep the jacket on.
A few minutes later, Jason was walking down the stairs, bragging about his "magic touch," when he noticed a pile of Sam's clothing at the foot of the stairs. She stepped out, still wearing the jacket. Jason unzipped the jacket, and the two shared a passionate kiss.
A short while later, Jason descended the stairs, and Sam's clothes were gone from the floor. He spotted Helena sitting in the living room, and she told him that Sam and the kids were gone. He demanded to know what she'd done with his family. "I warned you," she told him smugly. Just then, Jason woke up with Sam on top of him. A few minutes later, he made his way to the balcony door to get some air, and he talked about how real the dream had felt. Sam assured him that everyone was safe and that Helena could no longer hurt them.
Alex gave Anna her chimera necklace. She instructed Anna to take the necklace to Valentin and tell him everything. Anna informed Alex that Valentin would never trust her again. "You're a spy. Figure it out," Alex demanded. She continued that Anna needed to find out who Valentin's buyer was, because lots of people could die. Anna thought that Alex only cared about saving herself, but Alex talked about how she regretted the choices she'd made when she'd been young and arrogant.
Anna demanded to know why Alex cared about the Chimera after decades. She revealed that an old associate of hers was with the DVX and wanted the Chimera for his employer. She directed Anna to get rid of the Chimera herself instead of giving it to the WSB. Just then, Nathan arrived with two WSB agents. They were charging Alex with espionage, treason, and "related crimes and misdemeanors." "Like it or not, you have to stop what I set in motion," Alex told Anna, and the agents led her away. Anna and Nathan both had questions, but Anna first had "a job to finish."
Valentin left a message for Nina, asking her to hear him out. Just then, Nina entered the room. She revealed that she was only there to pick up some paperwork she'd left at the house. He implored her to stay and talk, but she didn't want to. She held out her house key so she could "save you the trouble of making a new one for Anna."
Valentin replied that the key, much like the house, his heart, and Charlotte's heart, was Nina's. He wanted to make up for his mistakes, but she told him it was too late because he'd destroyed their family. He begged for a chance to show that she could trust him. He had to check on Charlotte and asked Nina to still be there when he returned.
When Valentin was gone, Nina looked longingly at a picture of her, Valentin, and Charlotte. Just then, Anna appeared in the doorway. Nina demanded to know how Anna had gotten in, and she admitted that she'd picked the lock. She asked to speak to Valentin, and Nina told the "lying bitch" that she'd preyed on Valentin's weaknesses and spied on him. Anna was confused. Valentin returned and angrily demanded to know why Anna was there. She revealed that she had something urgent to tell Valentin. Nina took the opportunity to leave. "Do I have to kill you to get rid of you?" Valentin growled.
Valentin finally gave Anna the opportunity to try to explain about her twin sister, Alex. She continued that it was why she didn't remember a past with Valentin. She confessed that she'd been in a drug-induced coma for two months while Alex had been masquerading as Anna. Valentin didn't believe her. Anna still needed to know who had bought the Chimera, but Valentin dismissed it as "not my problem." Anna told him that the Valentin she'd known would have taken responsibility for his actions and would do everything he could to stop the Chimera. "That's you," she said, and she left.
Backstage at the venue for the Nurses Ball, Nina was glad to see Nathan. She wanted his advice on pulling out of doing the red carpet for the event. She didn't think she could stand there smiling with a microphone in her hand as Valentin entered with Charlotte and Anna. Nathan didn't think that Anna would be going with Valentin. Nathan briefly explained about Alex to a shocked Nina. Nathan knew that Nina had left Valentin over Alex's actions as Anna. "I'm not lobbying for Valentin, but does this change anything?" Nathan wondered.
The 2017 Nurses Ball kicks off
At Greystone Manor, Michael arrived to drop off Morgan's journal. He was curious if Sonny had decided to skip the Nurses Ball because Sonny and Carly couldn't stand to be in the same room together. Sonny tried to evade the question, but Michael reminded Sonny that the ball was an important night. Sonny refused to change his mind, so Michael switched gears and asked why Sonny had wanted to read Morgan's journal. Michael admitted that he couldn't help but think about the previous Nurses Ball when Morgan had been well enough to attend the special event with Sonny.
Michael wondered where everything had gone wrong for his brother. Sonny promised that he was working hard to find the answer, but there were times when he feared they might never learn the truth. Sonny explained that he had hoped the journal might yield a clue. Michael wished his father luck then left. Sonny opened the journal and read an entry that noted Morgan's lithium dose had been increased to 600mg. Frowning, Sonny picked up the phone and called Andre.
A short time later, Andre arrived. Sonny explained that he had discovered a discrepancy with Morgan's medication. Andre admitted that he'd caught the discrepancy, but he'd refrained from telling Sonny until he had some answers. Andre explained that it had taken a few days, but he'd finally talked to the head of the pharmacy that had dispensed the medication, and the records had confirmed that Morgan had been given the correct dosage. Sonny wondered if a lower dose of lithium had accounted for Morgan spiraling, but Andre shook his head. According to Andre, the only thing to explain Morgan's behavior was that Morgan hadn't received any lithium.
Sonny was certain that Morgan had been taking the pills as prescribed because Morgan had kept meticulous notes. Sonny picked up the prescription bottle and dumped the pills on his desk, but he squinted inside the bottle when he noticed a powdery substance. Sonny thought it looked like a tablet had crumbled, so he stuck his finger inside the bottle to swipe the powder and taste it. Sonny determined that the substance hadn't been lithium, so Andre took the bottle to have the powder tested.
After Andre left, Sonny sat down to watch the Nurses Ball on television. He tensed when the host of the red carpet interviewed Ava about her generous donation.
At Metro Court, Ava leaned a very large donation check against a banister as she asked what Scott thought of it. Ava was dressed in an elegant black gown with white trim and a sexy slit up one side, while Scott wore a dapper black tuxedo. He sarcastically expressed his surprise at her generosity, but she took offense because she had worked with several people over the years who had battled AIDS. Scott wasn't fooled because he knew her donation had just been a way for her to stop feeling guilty for her role in Morgan's downfall. Ava denied it, but she reminded him that Lucy had put the squeeze on her for the money.
Seconds later, Lucy stepped out of her dressing room, wearing a satin robe and sporting curlers in her hair. Lucy smiled when she saw Scott, who gave her a large bouquet of red roses. Lucy was touched when she read the card and saw that it was from both Scott and their daughter Serena. However, Lucy's pleasant mood vanished when she glanced at Ava. Ava asked if everything was set, so Lucy assured her that everyone had been notified that Ava's donation was in honor of Morgan.
After Lucy returned to her dressing room to get ready, Scott urged Ava to reconsider making the donation in honor of Morgan because both Sonny and Carly would be furious. Ava admitted that Lucy had given her a similar warning. When Lucy emerged from the dressing room, Ava announced that she had changed her mind about honoring Morgan with her donation. Lucy was relieved, but she suspected Scott had persuaded Ava to make the right decision. Scott waited for Lucy to thank him, but she admitted that she was disappointed in him because Ava was a selfish person who would eventually hurt him.
Scott reminded Lucy that she had extorted money from Ava, but Lucy argued that everything she'd done had been for a worthy charity. Lucy pointed out that the same could not be said for Scott and Ava. Lucy hoped Sonny skewered Ava when he learned what Ava had done. After Lucy flounced away, Ava nervously looked at Scott.
In a dressing room, Carly wore a beautiful form-fitting sheath in a shade of vibrant fuchsia, while her mother sparkled in a long-sleeved silver gown with a delicate floral pattern. Bobbie checked her makeup as Carly filled her in about walking in on Sonny and Martina. Furious, Bobbie encouraged Carly to string Sonny up by his cummerbund when she ran into him at the ball, but Carly revealed that Sonny had decided to stay home to read Morgan's journal. Bobbie regretted her harsh words.
Carly's eyes filled with tears as she recalled how happy she'd been during the last Nurses Ball when she and Sonny and been filled with hope and Morgan had been on the road to recovery. "Now look at us," Carly said. She realized it might sound odd, but she felt sorry for Sonny, who was home alone and reading their son's thoughts. Reading Morgan's journal had broken Carly. Bobbie felt bad for both Carly and Sonny, but she reminded her daughter that life was to be lived because there were adventures to be had and people to be loved.
Bobbie added that it was what the Nurses Ball was all about. Carly smiled and hugged her mother as Josslyn entered. Josslyn wanted in on the hug, so they opened their arms and pulled Josslyn close. Afterwards, Bobbie complimented Josslyn's soft-blush gown with a silver overlay and pink sash.
A short time later, Carly, Josslyn, and Bobbie encountered Michael outside as he arrived for the ball. Michael was curious if Bobbie had worked earlier because he was eager for an update on Nelle. Josslyn was filled with dread when she realized Nelle was in the hospital, Bobbie assured both Michael and Josslyn that Nelle was fine.
Elsewhere, Sam glowed in a silky yellow gown as she stopped Jason to ask why he'd been so quiet on the ride over. Before he could reply, Jake ran up to greet Jason and Sam. Jake sported a tuxedo for his magic show. Franco and Elizabeth caught up with Jake. Elizabeth's sleeveless white gown had an artistic flare with an exquisite black floral pattern. Jake entertained the adults with a scarf trick then asked his mother if he could head inside because he wanted to practice a bit more.
After Franco, Elizabeth, and Jake made their way to the red carpet, Sam admitted that Jake's enthusiasm had been infectious. Jason agreed, but Sam didn't believe him because he seemed "immune." She wondered if Jason's somber mood had anything to do with the dream he'd had earlier, but Jason admitted that it had been a nightmare because Helena had taken everyone he loved away from him. Jason added that he couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong.
Meanwhile, Mario Lopez hosted the red carpet for the 2017 Nurses Ball. He introduced his co-host, Nina, to his audience then told her that she looked incredible in a shimmering purple gown. The gown hugged Nina's curves and left her back bare. Nina beamed as she assured Mario that she was happy to work with him. Nina enticed the viewers to stay tuned for all the exciting arrivals as Charlotte ran up to greet her. Nina's smile faltered when Valentin joined his daughter.
Charlotte wanted to know when Nina would return to Wyndemere because Charlotte missed her, but Nina tactfully explained that she'd been working late and sleeping at the office. Nina quickly changed the subject by gushing about Charlotte's salmon-colored taffeta dress. Charlotte smiled and said that Lulu had picked it out. Nina looked up just as Dante and Lulu arrived on the red carpet. Lulu wore a flowing gown that matched Charlotte's dress. Charlotte ran over to greet Lulu, so Valentin seized an opportunity to appeal to Nina to change her mind and give their marriage a second chance.
Valentin promised that he loved Nina and vowed that he would never let Anna get between them again. As if on cue, Anna, Felicia, Griffin, and Emma arrived. Anna was stunning in a sparkling white gown with a high neckline and flattering fit. Next to her, Felicia looked radiant in red, while Emma shinned in a seafoam taffeta dress. Mario was curious where Robin was, so Anna explained that her daughter was in her third trimester and was at home resting. Felicia added that Mac was with Robin to make certain that Robin kept her feet up.
Emma sent Robin her love, while Felicia looked at the camera to remind Mac not to let Robin "bamboozle" him into letting her overdo it. Mario smiled and told Griffin that Griffin had his hands full. Griffin chuckled and agreed. Moments later, Charlotte ran over to say hello to Emma. Emma revealed that she would be performing later that evening as Jake's assistant during his magic show. Emma was curious if Charlotte wanted to join them because she was confident that Jake wouldn't mind.
After everyone snapped pictures on the red carpet, Nina made it clear that she would not be joining Valentin at his table later that evening. Disappointed, Valentin followed Charlotte and Emma into the ballroom. Moments later, Franco, Elizabeth, and Jake walked the red carpet. Nina and Elizabeth exchanged compliments while Mario asked about Jake's magic box. Franco promised a memorable performance then posed for pictures with Elizabeth and Jake.
Next, Epiphany and Felix arrived together. Epiphany was gorgeous in a sophisticated purple gown with silver and diamond accessories, while Felix went with a casual look by pairing his tuxedo with comfortable shoes. Mario confessed that he was eager to see the opening number. After Epiphany and Felix disappeared into the ballroom, Amy tried to sneak down the red carpet without being noticed. However, Nina stopped Amy and praised Amy's flared gown with splashes of color ranging from bright pink to vibrant blue. Amy was caught off guard when Nina asked about Amy's date, but Nathan jumped to the rescue by claiming that he'd accompanied Amy.
Overjoyed, Amy linked her arm with Nathan's and posed for pictures. Nathan was surprised that Amy hadn't had a date, but she explained that she didn't have a lot of time to socialize between her job at the hospital and her "other" job. Amy realized she'd said too much when Nathan expressed his surprise that she had a second job. However, Nina walked up to steal Nathan before he could ask Amy about the other job. After Amy promised to catch up with him in the ballroom and walked away, Nina admitted that she felt conflicted because she wanted to believe Valentin, but then Anna would pop into her head. Nina wondered how she was supposed to trust Valentin again.
Nina was pulled away when Lucy made an appearance on the red carpet, looking glamorous in a flared dress with a red skirt and shimmering, silver-beaded top. Nina and Mario acknowledged that Lucy was the "Queen of the Nurses Ball." Lucy was followed by Jason and Sam, who talked to Mario and Nina about their newborn daughter.
Nearby, George Pennechio stopped Jordan and Curtis to interview them before they walked the red carpet. Curtis recognized George from previous Nurses Balls. They chatted about the night's entertainment and surprises, prompting George to ask if Curtis knew something that George didn't. Curtis flashed a secret smile and told both George and the viewers to stay tuned.
Finally, Scott and Ava arrived on the red carpet. Mario mentioned Ava's generous donation to honor Morgan.
In the ballroom, Griffin asked Anna what was going on between her and Valentin. Griffin couldn't understand why she'd have anything to do with Valentin, so she showed him Alex's necklace with the chimera pendent. She told him about the Chimera Project, which had included an extremely dangerous product that Valentin had sold to a mystery person. Anna needed to track down the Chimera because it was out there somewhere, waiting to be unleashed. Griffin feared it was too dangerous and begged her to call Robert, but Anna doubted Robert would have any success with Valentin.
Griffin realized Anna's mind was made up, so he asked her to put the mission on hold for the night and enjoy the ball. Anna agreed. Moments later, Emma fetched Griffin and Anna. Anna inadvertently dropped the necklace on the floor as she picked up her clutch and followed her granddaughter.
Nearby, Jason and Sam approached Elizabeth to ask how Jake had been doing since Jason had returned from Cassadine Island. Elizabeth assured Jason that their son was fine and back to his old self. After Elizabeth walked away, Jason remained troubled. Sam asked Jason to try to forget about the dream and focus on the evening, so Jason decided to fetch their drinks. At the bar, he found the chimera necklace that Anna had dropped.
Backstage, Jake instructed Emma and Charlotte not to say anything to anyone about what he intended to show them. He insisted that it had to remain a secret, or it would ruin everyone's surprise. The girls agreed. Jake opened the box and showed them the canister, which he explained would be the evening's big finale.
Meanwhile, Lucy kicked off the Nurses Ball by welcoming everyone. She reminded the audience that the first Nurses Ball had been 23 years earlier, in 1994. Lucy credited the nurses with being the heart and soul of the ball because the evening wouldn't have been possible without them. Lucy stepped aside as the opening number began with Epiphany walking through the hospital, singing, "You're Not Alone." The nurses joined her as they danced around the nurses' station and staircase.
After the performance, Valentin saw Nina standing in the ballroom's doorway. They locked eyes as he stood up and approached her, but Anna stepped into his path to ask him about the Chimera. Valentin told her to talk to her sister, but Anna reminded him that her twin couldn't tell her who he'd sold the Chimera to. Valentin refused to tell Anna, but she implored him to put aside his "justifiable anger" and do the right thing.
Elsewhere in the ballroom, Carly admitted that Morgan was on her mind. Michael told his mother that she and Sonny were not as far apart as they believed, but Carly reminded her son that a lot had happened between her and Sonny. Michael suspected his mother missed Sonny anyway.
At Scott and Ava's table, Ava was upset that Lucy hadn't updated Mario about the donation. Ava feared that Sonny might have seen the interview on television, but Scott doubted that even Sonny could follow the breadcrumbs from Ava donating money to her part in what had happened to Morgan. Ava's eyes rounded with fright when she saw Sonny standing in the doorway.
Charotte is unwittingly thrown into danger> Charotte is unwittingly thrown into danger
Kiki entered Nelle's hospital room to drop off a pitcher of water. Nelle groaned in her sleep, prompting Kiki to ask if Nelle needed anything. "Michael," Nelle whispered.
At Metro Court, Sam entered a dressing room to give Kristina a bouquet of flowers and wish her sister luck. Nearby, Valerie and Amy flipped through a rack, looking for their costumes. Lucy entered with Emma in tow to let the ladies know they were up next. Emma was excited when she saw Sam and ran to give her a hug, but Lucy decided Sam was a distraction and shooed her out of the dressing room.
Elsewhere backstage, Charlotte asked Jake about the canister in his magic case. Jake held the canister in a tight grip as he told her that it contained powerful magic. "It comes at the very end," Jake cryptically added. Charlotte looked at the canister with awe as she asked how it worked, but Jake told her it was a surprise. Disappointed, Charlotte wondered how she and Emma were supposed to assist him if they didn't know how the tricks worked. Charlotte reached for the canister, but Jake warned her not to touch it.
In the ballroom, Lulu greeted her mother. Laura looked elegant in a flared deep-blue satin gown with a jeweled neckline and three-quarter length sleeves. Lulu was elated because Charlotte had worn the dress Lulu had bought for her. Delighted, Laura promised to get a picture, but Lulu warned her mother that it would have to wait because Charlotte was backstage, practicing with Jake and Emma for the magic show. "Oh, that's adorable," Laura replied.
At Scott and Ava's table, Ava's eyes rounded when she saw Sonny standing in the doorway. She decided it was her cue to leave, but Scott objected because he wanted to enjoy the evening -- and Lucy's wardrobe changes. Annoyed, Ava stood up and walked away, but Sonny cut her off. He asked her where she was going because the party had just started. Sonny grabbed Ava's hand then dragged her into the hallway.
Nearby, Carly sat at her own table as she watched Sonny and Ava leave the ballroom. Dante, Michael, and Josslyn noticed the unusual exit as well. Josslyn wondered why Sonny was there, but Carly pointed out that he had obviously changed his mind about attending the ball.
At the bar, Jason was stunned when he found a necklace on the ground with a chimera pendant. He looked around as he wondered who had dropped it. Sam walked up to let him know that they should take their seats because Kristina was about to perform. She noticed his scowl and asked him what was wrong. Jason showed her the necklace. Alarmed, Sam asked if he thought Jake had dropped it. "Who else?" Jason asked.
Nearby, Valentin saw Nina standing in the doorway. He started to approach her, but Anna stepped into his path to talk to him about the Chimera. Valentin was frustrated when he saw Nina make her way to Curtis and Jordan's table. Anna was oblivious to Valentin's mood as she revealed that her sister had warned her the Chimera was lethal. Valentin informed Anna that the buyer was dead. He assured her that the Chimera had been locked up in a basement and couldn't hurt anyone -- unlike Anna. He accused Anna of wreaking havoc on his life and his marriage.
Meanwhile, Lucy appeared on stage in a sheer mermaid gown strewn with glittering black beads. Lucy reminded everyone that they were there to raise money to help find a cure for HIV/AIDS then introduced Kristina, Emma, Valerie, and Amy, who entertained the audience with their rendition of Sara Bareilles' "Brave."
During the first intermission, Bobbie arrived and joined her family. Carly warned Bobbie that Sonny had decided to attend the ball then made a point of reminding her family that Sonny had a right to be there because the charity was close to Sonny's heart. Michael excused himself to make a phone call. In the hallway, Michael spoke to Kiki, who explained that she had sent him a text message because she'd been looking for Bobbie to give Bobbie an update on Nelle. Kiki assured Michael that Nelle was fine, but Kiki thought Nelle could use a friend.
Later, Carly noticed that Michael hadn't returned to the table. Josslyn realized that she'd neglected to tell her mother that Michael had left. Carly was skeptical because she doubted Michael would leave before Josslyn's performance. Josslyn shrugged because she didn't think her performance was a big deal.
Nearby, Anna called Robert. She let him know that Emma's performance had been wonderful, but she admitted that she'd called for another reason. Anna wanted to know why the Chimera was dangerous. Anna was shocked by what he told her. After she ended the call, Andre passed by. Anna stopped him to say hello, but Andre had been having a good night and didn't want any trouble from her. Anna realized her sister had offended Andre, so she explained that her twin had been posing as her.
At Curtis and Jordan's table, Valentin took a seat next to Nina and asked if she intended to ignore him all night. Nina pointedly turned her back on him, prompting Curtis to suggest that Valentin might be more comfortable at his own table. "Not without my wife," Valentin told him. Valentin turned his attention back to Nina and implored her not to shut him out, but Nina reminded him that she'd given him numerous chances. Nina made it clear that she had nothing to say to Valentin, so he walked away.
In the dressing room, Valerie changed into an exquisite dark plum jeweled choker gown with daring lace seams running down her sides. Valerie admitted that she wanted to look her best because her ex-boyfriend was there with her boss. Kristina helped Valerie finish getting ready then wished her luck. Moments later, Valerie braced herself as she rounded the corner and stopped at Curtis and Jordan's table. Valerie complimented Jordan's stunning beaded onyx gown and exchanged pleasantries with Curtis before walking away with her head held high.
Curtis was impressed and suggested Nina take notes from Valerie on how to show someone that she had moved forward. Nina muttered under her breath that she might not want to.
In the hallway, Ava jerked her arm out of Sonny's grip. Sonny revealed that he knew about the donation she'd made in honor of Morgan. Ava wondered if he had a problem with that, but Sonny was not amused. He warned her that he had a problem with the donation -- and with what she had done to Morgan. Ava tensed, but Dante walked up to find out what was going on. Seconds later, Scott approached to fetch Ava because they had martinis waiting for them at the bar.
After Scott and Ava left, Sonny told Dante about Ava's donation. Sonny admitted that it had hit him that Morgan had been alive with a bright future ahead of him at the previous Nurses Ball, but it had been ripped away. Sonny resented Ava trying to use Morgan's name to make herself look good. Sonny intended to stop Ava and to find out why Morgan had died. Dante reminded his father that they knew why -- Olivia Jerome had planted a bomb in Julian's car, which Morgan had stolen. Sonny filled Dante in about the dosage discrepancy between the tablets Andre had prescribed Morgan and the ones found in Morgan's prescription bottle.
Sonny assured Dante that Andre had contacted the pharmacy, and everything had checked out. Dante admitted that he had questions, too, because he wanted to know how the pills had ended up in the Floating Rib on the night of the robbery. Sonny perked up when Dante mentioned that Ava and Lucy had been in the bar on the night of the robbery. Dante confessed that he hadn't said anything because it might have been a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and he knew how reckless Sonny got whenever Ava's name was mentioned. Dante thought it was best for both Sonny and Ava to avoid each other entirely. Sonny nodded then suggested Dante get back to Lulu.
Dante wanted Sonny to join him, but Sonny assured Dante that he was fine. After Dante left, Andre emerged from the ballroom. Andre announced that the lab results were in on the powder residue Sonny had noticed in Morgan's prescription bottle. Andre revealed that the substance had been a placebo, which would explain Morgan's erratic behavior in the days leading up to his death. Sonny was outraged when he realized that someone had set his son up by tampering with Morgan's medication.
Sonny returned to the ballroom. His gaze went straight to Ava. At the table, Ava noticed Sonny's presence. Scott assured Ava that everything would be fine because he had covered her tracks.
In Lucy's dressing room, Lucy spoke to an assistant on her headset. She instructed Harry to get everything ready because Liesl Obrecht's musical number was next. Moments later, Valentin entered the dressing room to talk to Lucy about increasing his donation to seven figures. Lucy made it clear that she didn't like Valentin because he had shot Kevin, but she agreed to hear Valentin out for the sake of charity.
A short time later, Lucy's voice was heard over the speaker system as she announced that Liesl's number had been pulled for a special last-minute entry. Moments later, Valentin approached the piano. He dedicated the song to his wife -- because he loved her. Moments later, Valentin sang Billy Joel's "And So It Goes." Nina's eyes filled with tears as she listened to the haunting lyrics. After the performance, Nina watched as Anna followed Valentin backstage. Nina started to follow them, but Curtis stopped her and reminded Nina that it had just been a song.
Backstage, Anna caught up with Valentin. She praised his performance, but he coldly informed her that he hadn't tried to impress her. Anna suggested he could impress Nina by being the man that both Nina and Charlotte deserved. Anna implored Valentin to tell her who he'd sold the Chimera to, but Valentin remained tight-lipped. Anna dragged him into a dressing room for privacy, but Valentin was furious that she and her twin had jeopardized everything that mattered to him. Anna appreciated Valentin's desire to break with the past and leave it buried, but she reminded him that the people they cared about were in danger.
Valentin insisted that the person he'd sold the Chimera to was dead and buried, but Anna demanded a name. Reluctantly, he admitted that he'd sold the chimera to Helena Cassadine.
Elsewhere backstage, Emma joined Charlotte and Jake. Charlotte complained that Jake wouldn't let her touch the canister, but Jake explained that he was the only one who understood how the magic worked.
A short time later, Lulu and Laura stopped Charlotte as she made her way to Valentin's table. Laura complimented Charlotte's dress, and Lulu asked about the magic show. Charlotte admitted that there might not be one.
At Franco and Elizabeth's table, Jason asked where Jake was. Elizabeth explained that their son was rehearsing backstage. Jason showed Elizabeth the necklace he'd found at the bar and asked if it belonged to Jake. Elizabeth realized the pendant was a chimera. She assured Jason that it didn't belong to Jake, but Sam was curious if Jake might have bought it. Elizabeth shook her head because Jake didn't have money.
"What's going on?" Jake asked as he walked up. Jason showed Jake the necklace and asked if Jake recognized it. Jake stared at it nervously, but he remained silent. Jason assured Jake that Jake wasn't in trouble, but Jake refused to answer his father's questions. Elizabeth stepped in to gently ask what was troubling her son. Jake claimed that he was not feeling well. Elizabeth was curious if he was nervous about performing.
Elizabeth reminded Jake that he'd been nervous the previous year, but everything had worked out when Franco had performed with Jake. Elizabeth was certain Franco would assist Jake again if Jake needed the support. Franco liked the idea of doing magic with Jake, but Jake remained uneasy. Elizabeth assured Jake that he didn't have to perform if he didn't want to. Jason admitted that he wouldn't mind going home. Relieved, Jake admitted that he'd rather skip the performance and leave.
Nearby, Charlotte overheard the exchange. She fetched Emma then led her backstage to where Jake's magic kit had been left. Charlotte explained that Jake didn't want to do the magic act, so she suggested that she and Emma do it instead. Charlotte and Emma opened the case. Charlotte picked up the canister and studied it as she tried to figure out how to unlock it. Emma suggested Charlotte look for a button to press. Charlotte's eyes lit up when she found a button. Moments later, the canister beeped and illuminated blue.
At the hospital, Michael thanked Kiki for calling him. Kiki smiled and told him that she thought Bobbie would want to know that Nelle had been asking for him. After Kiki walked way, Michael entered Nelle's hospital room. Nelle was asleep, so he sat down in a chair and watched her. A short time later, Josslyn called. She was curious why she'd agreed to go along with his plan, but Michael insisted that he wanted everyone to know that his sister was a rock star.
Michael promised that he -- and Nelle -- were with her. Michael wished Josslyn luck then put the phone on speaker to listen to her performance.
Onstage, Lucy walked out in a turquoise gown with silver accents and introduced Josslyn. Josslyn sang, "It's Not Over Yet." The audience was moved by the touching melody. After Josslyn left the stage, Bobbie noticed Carly looking around for Sonny.
Nearby, Scott handed Ava a glass of Champagne, but Ava remained uneasy. She assured Scott that she'd never meant for anything to happen to Morgan, but he'd been volatile and erratic, so she'd taken steps to protect Kiki. Scott admitted that it didn't matter because Morgan was dead, and the case had been closed.
At the bar, Carly approached Sonny. She was curious why he was at the ball. Sonny revealed that he finally had answers about Morgan.
At the hospital, Nelle woke up during Josslyn's performance. Nelle smiled when she saw Michael. "You're here," Nelle whispered. "Surprise," Michael replied as he returned her smile. Nelle realized that he had missed his sister's performance, but Michael reminded her that he'd listened to it on his phone. Michael assured Nelle that Josslyn had given her blessing for him to skip the performance to visit Nelle.
Meanwhile, Jason walked Sam out of the ballroom. She assured him that he could stay with Jake. Jason admitted that he'd been concerned about Jake's reaction when he'd asked Jake about the necklace. Sam thought it was more reason for Jason to stay. After Sam left, Griffin called out to Jason to ask if Jason had seen Anna. Griffin frowned when he saw Jason holding Anna's necklace.
In the ballroom, Jake was eager to go home. Franco looked forward to Jake doing a magic trick at home, but Elizabeth noticed that Jake's magic kit was missing. Jake panicked when he realized that he'd left it backstage.
Ava tries to make an escape, but her luck runs out
In Metro Court's ballroom, a television host urged viewers to stay tuned because there were more acts and surprises in store for them. Bobbie, Felix, Epiphany, Amy, and Deanna were gathered behind the host and smiled at the camera.
Later, Dillon met Deanna on the red carpet to explain that he needed someone to cover for Kiki at work because they had intended to perform at the ball. Deanna recalled how much she had enjoyed Dillon and Kiki's performance the previous year and assured him that he could count on her.
A short time later, Ned and Olivia arrived. Olivia was stunning in a dark blue spaghetti strap gown with colorful flowers embroidered down one side of the gown. Olivia was frustrated that she and Ned were late because he'd taken off her gown every time she had put it on. Ned smiled and kissed her, but Olivia wanted to leave. Ned suspected she had stage fright, so she confessed that she was worried that she wouldn't be as good as Ned onstage, but Ned assured her that she would do great.
In the ballroom, Lucy had changed into a glittering white and silver gown. She made her way to Ava to let Ava know that she intended to present the large donation check to Ava onstage. Ava balked because she had changed her mind about making the donation in Morgan's honor, but Lucy didn't care because Jake had canceled his magic act, and Lucy needed to fill up the timeslot.
In the dressing room, Anna was stunned when Valentin revealed that he'd sold the Chimera to Helena Cassadine. She couldn't understand why he'd put a lethal weapon like the Chimera in Helena's hands. Valentin explained that he hadn't had the luxury of moral judgment because he'd been on the run for his life. He added that he'd needed the money Helena had given him to start over and to pay for his surgeries. Valentin conceded that it had given him a perverse pleasure to know that Helena had financed his transformation.
Anna argued that the Chimera was dangerous, but Valentin pointed out that Helena had never used it. He didn't think it was an issue because Helena was dead, but Anna disagreed. She warned Valentin that the Chimera would remain a danger to everyone until it was found. Valentin told Anna that she was welcome to search Cassadine Island for it then left to catch up with his wife. Anna called Robert and left him a voicemail message advising him that she might have located the Chimera.
In the ballroom, Lucy introduced the next act. Ned and Olivia appeared onstage with a jukebox between them as the opening strains to George Michael's "Faith" began. Backup dancers accompanied Ned and Olivia as they entertained the crowed with their musical number. After the performance, Dillon approached his brother and Olivia to congratulate them on an awesome job. Dillon admitted that he was also happy to have Ned and Olivia there because he'd been flying solo all night.
Nearby, Curtis and Jordan sipped Champagne as they enjoyed their evening. Curtis confessed that he'd planned ahead by reserving a hotel room for them, but Jordan tensed. Curtis realized something was wrong and followed her to the bar to find out what was troubling her. Jordan admitted that she felt it was too soon for them to spend the night together, so Curtis offered to cancel the room. "That's not the point," Jordan told him. Curtis asked her to elaborate, but she appeared at a loss for words.
Curtis suspected that Jordan didn't think he was good enough. He was disappointed because he'd thought things had changed, but Jordan told him that he had it wrong. She explained that it was about her past because she saw Thomas when she looked in Curtis' eyes. She reminded Curtis that she'd already cheated on her husband with Shawn, and a part of her worried that if she and Curtis became serious, then she'd be betraying his brother all over again. Curtis followed Jordan back to the table to assure her that she was a good person. He acknowledged that she'd worked incredibly hard to get past what had happened with Thomas, so he understood if she couldn't see him as someone she could be with.
Curtis gave Jordan the keycard to his room and told her that he'd be waiting for her. He promised that he didn't want to pressure her, but if she didn't show up by 10:00 p.m., then he would know that she was not ready to accept their relationship. Curtis gently kissed her hand then walked away.
Backstage, Charlotte and Emma wondered why the canister they'd taken from Jake's magic kit had lit up blue. Charlotte suspected that it meant it was unlocked and decided to open it. She started to twist the top of the canister, but Jake appeared and yelled for Charlotte to stop. Jake was upset and reminded Charlotte that he'd told her not to touch the canister, but Charlotte informed him that she and Emma had decided to do his magic act. Jake objected and yanked the Chimera canister out of Charlotte's hands.
Charlotte cried out as Nina rounded the corner. Concerned, Nina asked what was going on, so Emma accused Jake of pushing Charlotte. Jake argued that Charlotte shouldn't have touched his things. He put the Chimera canister in the magic case, closed it, then tucked it out of reach from the girls. Charlotte ran to Nina for comfort as Lulu joined the group.
Nina explained that the children had had a disagreement. Lulu called for her daughter, but Nina held tight and told Lulu that it wasn't a good idea. Lulu carefully reminded Nina that it was no longer Nina's call to make just as Valentin walked up. Charlotte ran to her father and cried that Jake had been mean to her. Jake denied it, but Emma told Valentin that Jake no longer wanted to do a magic act. Valentin tactfully sent the girls to get a piece of the delicious chocolate cake in the ballroom.
Lulu checked on Jake to see if he was okay and to take him back to his mother. Valentin stopped Lulu to ask if there had been a problem, but she assured him nothing was wrong. After Lulu left, Valentin asked if Lulu had been horrible to Nina. "No, just territorial," Nina replied. Nina changed the subject by admitting that she'd been looking for him. Valentin smiled when she confessed that the song he'd sung had meant the world to her.
Nina was surprised that Valentin could sing, but he told her that he'd only done it for her because he loved her and would do whatever it took for her to trust him again. Nina suggested they see how the night went first then take it from there. Valentin readily agreed to her terms. He took her hand and led her back to the ballroom.
Meanwhile, Dillon was in costume as he paced backstage. Felix let Dillon know that Dillon's number was next, but Dillon explained that he couldn't go on without Kiki. Felix advised Dillon to improvise. Moments later, Kiki arrived.
Onstage, Lucy introduced the next performance. Dillon and Kiki sang an upbeat song about modern love. Everyone clapped along as they enjoyed the musical number. After the performance ended, Kiki and Dillon were elated. Dillon was delighted that Kiki had made it. She revealed that Deanna had agreed to cover for her, but Kiki had to get back to work. Dillon decided to accompany Kiki.
In the hallway, Jason was startled when Griffin told him that the necklace Jason had found belonged to Anna. Jason doubted that it was a coincidence that Anna had a chimera necklace.
In the ballroom, Elizabeth talked to Andre about Jake. Andre assured Elizabeth that she'd done the right thing. Moments later, Anna walked up to ask Andre for a private word. Andre excused himself and pulled Anna aside to find out what was on her mind. She was curious what he knew about the Chimera Project. Elizabeth overhead the exchange. "I'm sorry, did you just say chimera?" Elizabeth asked.
Seconds later, Jason and Griffin approached the table to talk to Anna. Jason showed Anna the necklace and asked if it belonged to her. Anna confirmed that it was the necklace her twin had given her. Alarmed, Jason asked her the significance of the chimera, but Anna was reluctant to discuss it. Jason explained that Jake had drawn an image of a chimera, and Jason had seen one during a recent trip to Cassadine Island. Jason and Elizabeth begged Anna for answers, but Anna admitted that no one -- except Andre -- had the proper clearance.
Andre urged Anna to tell the worried parents because it involved Jason and Elizabeth's son. Anna relented and revealed that the Chimera Project was a biotoxin that had been developed by the WSB years earlier then illegally sold to Helena. However, Anna assured Jason and Elizabeth that Helena hadn't used the Chimera. Jason was curious where the biotoxin was, but Anna admitted that she had no idea. She added that it was imperative to find it because the deadly toxin needed to be secured. Elizabeth worried that Jake would always carry the scars of his time with Helena, but Jason and Franco assured her that they would never let that happen.
At the bar, Sonny told Carly that he knew why Morgan had spiraled out of control. Carly was shocked when he revealed that someone had tampered with Morgan's medication. She reminded Sonny that the lab had confirmed the pills in Morgan's prescription bottle had been lithium, but Sonny told her about the dosage discrepancy, the residue of a placebo in the prescription bottle, and the discovery that Ava and Lucy had been at the Floating Rib on the night of the robbery when Dante had found Morgan's pills. Carly was furious when she realized that Ava had tampered with Morgan's pills. She stood up, ready to confront Ava, but Sonny stopped her because he wanted to make certain of Ava's guilt before they confronted her.
A short time later, Sonny and Carly dragged Lucy to a quiet corner to demand answers. Sonny wanted to know why Lucy and Ava had been at the Floating Rib when Morgan's pills had been found. Lucy became emotional as she confessed that she had hoped Sonny and Carly would never find out. Lucy's eyes filled with tears of remorse as she told Sonny and Carly everything. Lucy explained that Morgan and Ava had rekindled their romance right before his death, which was how Ava had ended up with Morgan's pills. Lucy revealed that she'd found out about the affair when she'd caught Ava tossing Morgan's pills into an alley dumpster ten days after Morgan had been killed.
Lucy tearfully apologized, but Sonny assured her that she was not to blame for anything. After Lucy left, Carly made it clear that she didn't believe that Morgan and Ava had gotten back together because Morgan had despised Ava. Sonny was certain Ava had lied to cover her tracks. Carly admitted that she could see Ava messing with Sonny's pills, but she couldn't understand why Ava would tamper with Morgan's medications. Seconds later, Dillon and Kiki passed by. "That little bitch," Carly growled when she realized that Ava had replaced Morgan's pills with placebos because she had hoped to get him out of Kiki's life.
Neither Sonny nor Carly was aware that Scott had overheard their conversation. Scott ran to Ava's dressing room to give her a heads-up and to encourage her to get out of town before Sonny and Carly caught up with her.
Later, Sonny and Carly stormed into the dressing room, ready to confront Ava, but she was gone. Sonny grabbed Scott and shoved him against the wall as he demanded to know where Ava was. Scott told Sonny to take it easy then asked what he wanted with Ava. Sonny accused Ava of killing Morgan, but Scott reminded Sonny and Carly that Olivia Jerome had planted the bomb that had killed Morgan. Carly clarified that Ava had messed with Morgan's medication, which had caused the episode that had led to Morgan's death.
"That's crazy talk," Scott argued. Scott was curious why Ava would tamper with Morgan's medication, but Carly suggested they call Bobbie in, so Scott could defend Ava to Morgan's grandmother. Scott assured both Sonny and Carly that Ava didn't want trouble. Scott promised that Sonny and Carly would never see Ava again because Ava had fled town and intended to disappear for good.
A short time later, Scott approached Dante to file a complaint against Sonny for assault. Laura was curious why Sonny would attack Scott, but Scott would only say that it had been for "personal reasons." Dante sighed because he realized he had to deal with Scott. Dante excused himself then followed Scott out of the ballroom.
On the red carpet, Dillon and Kiki ran into Ava. Kiki glowed in a light-blue metallic cocktail dress. She wondered if Ava had seen the performance, but Ava apologized and admitted that she hadn't. Kiki was disappointed, but Ava assured her daughter that she was proud of the woman Kiki had become. Ava told Kiki that she wanted Kiki to be happy, but Kiki was curious why Ava sounded as if she would never see Kiki again. Ava smiled, hugged her daughter, and told Kiki that she loved her.
In Curtis' hotel room, Curtis watched the Nurses Ball on television. He glanced at the clock and noticed that it was 10:10 p.m. He decided not to spend the rest of the night in the hotel room, so he picked up his jacket and went to the door. Curtis was startled when he opened the door and saw Jordan standing on the doorstep, ready to knock. Curtis kissed Jordan passionately, picked her up, and carried her to the bed.
Backstage, Jake looked at the Chimera canister. He put it away, but Helena suddenly appeared. She expressed her disappointment that he hadn't held up his end of the bargain, but Jake told her that his mother had assured him that he didn't have to do the magic act. Helena didn't care because Jake would have been dead if it hadn't been for Helena. "You know what you have to do, little man," Helena said in a gentle tone. Helena encouraged Jake to do his magic trick and make Port Charles disappear.
In the ballroom, Lucy made a final appearance for the evening, wearing a gorgeous sparkling black-beaded gown. She thanked everyone for their contributions then introduced the nurses for the grand finale. Epiphany and the nurses sang a beautiful rendition of "Halleluiah." In the middle of the performance, a video message from Robin was played. Robin explained that she hadn't been able to attend because she was in the final trimester of her second pregnancy. Robin admitted that there had been a time when she'd thought she would never have children, but thanks to generous donations and tireless work by researchers, she'd been able to live a full life despite having been diagnosed with HIV as a teenager.
The audience picked up candles and joined the nurses onstage as the song ended. Moments later, Jake approached his mother to let Elizabeth know that he was ready to do his magic act.
Meanwhile, Ava entered a warehouse and quickly retrieved a bag filled with passports, money, and a gun. However, her luck ran out when Sonny and Carly arrived before she could make good on her escape.
Carly and Sonny confront Ava
Amy ran into Nathan at Kelly's, and he agreed to have coffee with her. She thanked him for all he'd done, though Nathan felt that she was being a bit dramatic. "You've done more than you know," Amy said. The talk turned to Maxie, and Nathan noted that not only had his wife been out of town, but she had been with her daughter and her daughter's father. Amy called Maxie "easily distracted," and she thought that Nathan had been the only one who had tried to make the marriage work. Amy added that Nathan's best move would be to fight for his marriage.
Nathan asked Amy about her own life, and she admitted to having a crush on a guy since high school. She told him about her hobbies, including writing, and about the plans for her high school reunion. She admitted that she didn't like Maxie. She found Nathan's wife to be selfish, though not in a malicious way. She compared her to Daisy from The Great Gatsby. Amy excused herself and headed to the ladies' room. While she was gone, two people stopped at Nathan's table to thank him for his expert dating advice. They called him Ask Man Landers.
Nathan found a photo of himself online, adjacent to a dating advice column. When Amy returned, Nathan accused her of stealing his photo and using it on the column that she wrote. Amy admitted he was right; she was the columnist, and she'd pretended that he had been the one doling out advice to readers.
The ball was over, and the last stragglers remained behind. Lulu complained to Laura that the Cassadine family appeared to be back together. She resented that it could pose a problem in her quest to obtain custody of Charlotte. Nina agreed that she'd liked Valentin's song the best, though she teased Charlotte that her favorite had been Kiki and Dillon. Emma grabbed Charlotte and told her there might be a chance that Jake would still do his magic act after all.
Anna headed over to Valentin but Andre stopped her and advised her not to do anything "rash." He accused Anna of defending Valentin as she explained that he'd been right to sell the Chimera to Helena because she'd never used it. Jake begged Elizabeth to allow him to do his magic act, and Lucy shared that they still had some time left on the ballroom.
Nina's smile disappeared, and she called it a night once she saw Anna headed their way. Valentin insisted that Anna's hold on him had been broken. Elizabeth discussed Jake's magic act with Jason and Franco, and both of the men agreed that the boy should perform. Elizabeth admitted that she had a "weird feeling" that something bad would happen, but she reluctantly went along with the guys.
Andre and Anna continued to discuss the Chimera. Anna declared that it would be catastrophic if released. Lulu told Laura about the magic set that Spencer had sent to Jake, but Laura was certain that Spencer hadn't been the one to send it. Laura had recently spoken to Spencer, and he had been anxious for Jake to see his present when he returned to Port Charles.
Everyone sat down to watch the magic show. Jake "saw" Helena, who urged him to perform. Andre received an emergency call and departed for the hospital. Laura continued to feel uneasy as everyone watched the performance. Finally, she pulled Jason aside to tell him that she didn't know of anyone who might have sent the magic set. It definitely hadn't been Spencer.
Jason flashed back to a scene on Cassadine Island with Helena. As Jake did his magic, he kept "seeing" Helena off to the side. "It's time, Jake," she cooed. As Jake announced his "greatest trick of all," Jason recalled Helena stating that Jake would be the "greatest killer of them all." Jason jumped up and stopped Jake. He told him it was time to go. Jake pulled the Chimera from his case. "Jake, don't!" Jason called. "Bravo," Helena said. The light on the Chimera flashed blue as the horrified audience looked on.
Carly and Sonny confronted Ava in the warehouse. "We know what you did to our son," Carly accused. Ava denied knowing what Carly meant. Carly and Sonny indicated that they'd spoken to everyone, including Scott. Ava lost her temper and reminded them that she'd had nothing to do with the bomb but had been sleeping with Morgan and had wanted to hide that fact. Carly lost her temper too. Sonny accused Ava of tampering with Morgan's medication because of Kiki while Carly shouted that Ava had pushed Morgan into a "downward spiral." It had all been to keep him away from Kiki.
Ava insisted that she had only wanted Kiki to be happy. Kiki had been shot while with Morgan and held hostage because Morgan had been crazy. Carly pointed out that it had all been Kiki's choice, but Ava insisted that she had protected her daughter. Carly ordered Ava to stop blaming everyone for her own crimes. She reminded Ava of how Ava had killed Connie, slept with Morgan, and messed with his pills. "Own it," Carly yelled. "Say it," Sonny demanded. "I did it," Ava screamed.
"What now?" Ava asked as tears rolled down her face. She added that she'd been tortured since Morgan's death. Carly asked how Ava thought Morgan might have felt. He'd been trying to get control of his life, and Ava had stolen his victory. Sonny and Carly began to quote from Morgan's diary. Crying, Carly noted that she'd never thought that she would hate anyone as much as she hated Olivia, but she'd been wrong. Ava said that she'd thought it would have been harmless, and she'd hoped that Morgan would have just gone back to the clinic. Carly spat that there would have been no safe ending to her crime.
Ava added that she had loved Morgan. "You did this to my son," Carly said. Ava stated that she couldn't feel any worse, and she was sorry. Sonny told her she couldn't say that, and he wondered how Avery would feel when she eventually learned the truth. Avery had loved Morgan, and Ava had stolen him. He knew that Kiki was already aware that her mother was a monster. Ava thought that it was wrong to hurt her daughters, but Sonny declared that he would tell the entire world about Ava. "You will pay," Carly said. Sonny added that he would put Ava out of her misery after everyone learned the truth.
Carly wondered if Ava had had fun ruining Morgan's life. She would never forgive Ava, who was an evil woman. She thought that Ava should have picked on someone her own size. "Come and get me, bitch," Carly shouted. Ava smashed a lantern on the ground in Carly's direction. It caught fire, and Carly fell to the ground.