Well, we know the now-former head writer has already had his last day (about which everyone has the requisite polarized responses), and today is Tony Geary's last day, so it felt like I was way overdue for a recap. So let's do this. I'm going to be honest upfront: I might fly through some of the non-Luke-related stuff, particularly because my channel guide already tells me Franco and Madeline will be on today's episode.
Here we go!
Floating Rib. Dillon is there and offers to buy Morgan a beer. I don't know what that's about. Morgan's hair is... more shaved?
Ric and Nina and Nathan are talking about a blanket that belongs to Avery. Madeline and Maxie are chatting about Nathan. Dante gives Lulu a ring, which she says she doesn't want. Sonny's thugs have captured Luke, insisting he's the one behind the hijacking of... something. I have no idea.
Do Max and Milo not do enforcing for Sonny anymore? Are they alive? Are they still on the show? Oh wait, Milo's dating Epiphany, right? I recall that from my visit back at the Nurses Ball. That's a real thing, isn't it? And he does something else for a living?
Franco and Ava are talking about getting Nina back for Franco. Kiki shows up at the door.
Nina thinks that Ric has betrayed her, and Nathan would very much like to know what the heck she's doing with a formerly-kidnapped baby's blanket.
Madeline does not approve of Maxie having gone to the Ball with Spinelli, who she refers to as "that goat," so I don't completely hate Madeline. (Well, okay, I do like Spinelli when he's opposite Ellie, so he can work.) Madeline says that Maxie is one neighborhood down the dirt path from trailer trash, but Maxie insists she's genteel and sophisticated. Just as Valerie walks in and Maxie refers to her as "that home-wrecking bitch." So, case in point.
Dillon wants Morgan to read a script he's editing, because who wouldn't ask that of a random dude in a bar? They introduce themselves to each other, and Dillon doesn't look a bit surprised that someone who was a toddler the last time he was in town is now his contemporary.
Lulu doesn't want gifts from Dante, she just wants time. I want to be invested in this because I used to be on serious lock for Dante and Lulu, but Emme Rylan (while entirely competent) has never interested me in the role. So while I'm heartbroken that Dante, formerly the Best Boyfriend and then Best Husband Ever has fallen so far, my heart's not in it.
Luke and Sonny on the docks. Oh, is Luke on this episode? I'd forgotten entirely! Anyway, Luke says something about all the damage he did when he was running Jerome's operation, which I guess is one of the things that happened back when Luke went full-DARKNESS or whatever that was when he had not-D.I.D. but was disassociating anyway. Or something. He tells Sonny he's leaving Port Charles for good.
The two bond about the demons in their heads, but Sonny says he realized he needs his loved ones to help him get rid of his demons. Loved ones who forgive him for getting them shot and raped and for doing all of the murdering. I don't know, you guys, I feel like some tough love might be a better way to get rid of Sonny's demons, but he prefers the apologists. In fact he demands them, so here we are. Luke, on the other hand, thinks he's done too much damage with his loved ones to stick around, which really makes zero sense. Somehow Luke burned all bridges with his family but Sonny didn't cross any unforgivable lines? Okay, kids.
Meanwhile, Franco and Kiki and Ava/Denise are... nope, can't do it.
I do not like this Morgan, but the haircut was a good move, I think. I don't know. Maybe I need more time.
Anyway, when Dillon finds out Morgan is dating a Jerome, he asks if it's like Romeo and Juliet but then specifies "the Baz Luhrmann version" where the two star-crossed lovers come from rival crime families, because apparently Luhrmann invented that all by himself and Shakespeare totally didn't write a play about FAMILIES WHO LITERALLY LOVED MURDERING EACH OTHER IN THE FACE. (Spoiler alert: yes he did. Luhrmann did a great contemporary cinematic adaptation of it, but he was actually quite faithful to the damn plot, Dillon.) Anyway, I haven't watched much of this relationship but I'm pretty sure nobody really gives a crap that a Corinthos is dating a Jerome, and that the main thing going on here is that a Corinthos is cheating on a Jerome with another Jerome, who is in fact pretending to be ANOTHER JEROME ENTIRELY! Got it? Morgan explains that Sonny "discourages his kids from joining the mob," which... not really. Dillon got cheated on in L.A. by his girlfriend. Being cheated on sucks, he says.