Monday's show was centered around Luke trying to make enough profit at the Haunted Star's re-opening to pay back the 50 grand he borrowed from Tracy and ward off her threats of taking The Star in lieu of cash. It wasn't looking good, especially with Lucky on a winning streak. At the last minute, Nikolas put a $30,000 bet on the roulette table, betting on black. The result was red, Nicholas lost, and Luke had the money to pay Tracy.
It was unclear if Nikolas' motives were to help Luke out or to help further dig his grave, but I suspect it was the latter. Any doubts were erased in the coming days. Tracy discovered there were back taxes owed on the floating casino and threatened to take possession of The Star by paying them. Lulu begged her wealthy half-brother to bail her father out again, fearing if Luke lost The Star he would leave town and her. Nikolas was unwilling to give or loan Luke the money, but did offer to make a financial investment in the casino. Luke, of course, refused the offer at first, not wanting to be indebted to the young Cassadine, but in the end had no other choice. The two agreed to become 50/50 partners, with Luke retaining the right to make all managerial decisions.
I think this is a really interesting partnership. The tensions between the two characters should make for some great storylines in the future, especially if rumors of Genie Francis' return this summer pan out. It will be interesting to see if Luke can ever overcome his contempt for the Cassadine family to develop some sort of loyalty to the son of the only woman he has ever really loved.
Ric left the Star opening to go to try to talk some sense into Sam, asking her to stop following Alexis and allow space and distance so she could heal and put her animosity aside. Still furious and devastated, she pushed Ric. Jason, still reeling from seeing his sister with Sonny, came in just in time to witness Ric grab Sam to keep her from lashing out. He, in turn, assaulted Ric.
Furious, Ric went to his brother, Sonny, and warned him if he didn't rein in Jason and his temper, he would press charges against the hitman. Overhearing the conversation, Emily began to realize Jason would never forgive her and Sonny for lying to him.