Picking up where last week ended, we are now in October. There are several pieces of the story happening at once.
To recap, Joss, Cam, and Oscar started the ball rolling by investigating the possibility that Andrew Cain and Jason Morgan are related. They’ve brought in Spinelli to assist them. Once Spinelli confirms they went missing at the same time and that they are identical twins (a simple DNA test would prove that Jake and Oscar are brothers — they’re actually cousins, but Jason and Drew share identical DNA), they go up the food chain.
Carly and Sonny are eager to jump on this, while PC!Jason (who from now on will be referred to as Drew) is more mixed up about it. He believes that Andrew Cain exists, he just can’t understand how any of this is happening. Sam is in denial. Drew is not Jason. She’s married to Jason, end of story. Oscar’s mom, Kim, Drew’s wife, has gone to Jordan to start an investigation. Jordan and Carly both independently have turned to Anna at the WSB for more information.
Franco is involved because he’s been having strange memories all summer–memories of a little boy, memories of a lab, memories of pain, etc. He and Elizabeth have been drifting apart after the death of Audrey in June. He’s angry when Elizabeth talks to him about Andrew and Jason. He hates when Jason comes into their life. He’s already given into the urge once and killed someone. He learns from Betsy that up until about 2011, he always knew who Drew was. That his obsession with Jason began because Franco knew Drew was Jason’s twin brother.
Ava has escaped from a Russian clinic with Griffin’s help, and they’ve spirited a mysterious patient with connections to Port Charles along with them. Ava was sent to the clinic on Valentin’s recommendation and her agreement to remain quiet in Spencer’s civil suit about Nikolas’s death. Ava and Griffin are both shocked when the patient is able to remove the mask that has hidden his features and prevented him from speaking. He claims he is Jason Morgan and has been held at the clinic for a long time–Jason is stunned to learn it’s 2017, and that he’s lost five years.
This brings up to October. Anna has revealed to Jordan that the WSB was playing around with memory manipulation during Victor’s tenure and that Faison was working with the WSB when he kidnapped Jason. A lot of the files have gone missing or are corrupted. They put Spinelli on the re-organization of the project trying to figure out who is in charge or who had access to the materials. Anna wants to get rid of Faison once and for all. He’s haunted her for nearly thirty years.
Back at the Russian clinic, Dr. Klein makes a call to a mysterious backer to inform him that Patient 6 has left. He’s told not to pursue the patient, that it’s time to see how this all unfolds. Dr. Klein promises not to tell Valentin Cassadine.
Elizabeth is working at the hospital and receives a mysterious medical file that she doesn’t understand. She knows enough that it’s records about brain surgery and there are scans.
Griffin has returned with Ava and they’ve holed up at her penthouse, trying to figure out the next step. Jason is hiding out there. He doesn’t know who to trust or how to understand what’s happened or why everyone has accepted this other guy. Griffin gets a call from Liz about the records and goes to look at them while Ava and Jason talk about what’s going on in Port Charles.
She admits that there’s a lot that’s going to upset him and she’s not sure where to start. She tells him that Morgan died and admits that everyone blames her. She gets a chance to tell her side of the story, and Jason reserves judgement. He needs Ava right now and there’s time to sort it all out later. He puts on a disguise and wants to go to the cemetery.
Griffin meets with Liz and gets a copy of the files. He tells her that they’re brain scans from a hospital he can’t identify. They’re once a month over a period of three years. Activity is all over the place. The last two scans show a brain tumor in the frontal lobe–a tumor that showed up in April 2014. The date does not go unnoticed by Elizabeth. Griffin thinks that someone sent these to her to tell her something about Franco. Elizabeth realizes if these scans belong to him, then Franco’s tumor was not long-standing. That it did not cause him to commit those crimes.
Anna is tracing Faison’s whereabouts by tracking Britt, his daughter with whom she knows Faison is on the run. Liesl is upset that Nathan is participating in the investigation, which he doesn’t really understand. Maxie is upset that Faison is back in the picture–she knows from experience how evil he is. Robin’s kidnapping is still fresh in her mind.
Jason goes to the cemetary–he’s upset at finding Morgan’s stone and then really upset that Jake’s grave is missing. His tombstone is gone. There’s someone else there instead.
Griffin turns to Anna with the files, and she immediately recognizes them as WSB issue. Someone sent Elizabeth WSB medical records–why did the WSB have Franco? What were they doing with thim? And Jordan’s really worried about the idea that serial killer Franco is still part of his brain. She starts to look into open cases and finds a few that might be his.
Ava is worried because Jason is out there alone, Griffin is mixed up in some weird mystery, and she really hates being out of the loop. She gets a phone call asking her if she wants to know more about why Patient 6 was in the Russian clinic in the first place.
Drew and Sam have heard back from Curtis whom they asked to look into Andrew Cain’s past, and Curtis has unearthed Drew’s fingerprints from the Navy. They’re a match. He’s not Jason Morgan, he’s Andrew Cain, a man who has been missing from his wife and son for five years. Sam and Drew are devastated by this news.
Elizabeth is walking through the park with Jake on the way home from a field trip. They’re talking about Halloween in a few days. She calls Jake by his name, and Jason, on the other side of the wall, hears them. He can’t help himself. He steps out.
Ava shows up at the meeting point and there’s a man she’s never seen before. He introduces himself as someone who wants to make sure that Valentin Cassadine pays for the death of Nikolas. Ava is glad for that, but the man has no time or energy for her. She’s already showed she can’t be trusted. She betrayed Nikolas, too. Ava realizes she’s been pulled into a trap, tries to back pedal but there’s no escape.
The man tells her she should understand about the greater good, about killing in the name of protection and family. After all, that’s why Connie Falconieri is dead, isn’t it? To protect Julian Jerome? Ava blanches at the memory. She tries to stall. She wants to know the identity of the man who’s threatening her.
He shrugs. What harm could it do? He tells her to give his regards to his mother and brother who are surely burning in hell. Where else would Helena and Stavros Cassadine be? Ava’s confused for a minute–how many Cassadines brothers are there–
He’s the last one, Stefan says with a smile and then kills her.
And then we’re in November sweeps, and the shit has hit the fan.