Rumorville:  As with everything in Rumorville...believe it...or not.

AJ disappears! This occurs not long after AJ's trial ends in a hung jury, after which AJ has a flashback involving the evening that Connie was shot. 

Liz and Duke search for AJ after Olivia shares her vision of AJ soaked in blood.

Carly is charged with the murder of AJ after evidence is discovered that implicates her.

Both Monica and Liz will secretly believe that AJ has faked his death (in an effort to avoid repercussions from what he recalled during his flashback).

Michael is seriously injured in an explosion that Morgan set up in cahoots with Julian, to get rid of Sonny once and for all. Ava learns of the plans and successfully saves Kiki in time.  Michael may suffer from amnesia for a time but Kiki will help him heal and recover his lost memories. Meanwhile, Sonny cuts Morgan out of his life and vows to get his revenge on Carlos, Julian and Ava.  This will be easier said than done as Julian has Morgan go to the PCPD with information that could send Sonny to prison. While Morgan may consider himself sitting pretty with Julian, Julian may not have such long term plans for Morgan.

Brenda returns to Port Charles around Christmas time and reunites with Robin. Robin is shocked to learn her of close friend's serious health issues.

Carly asks Brenda to bring Josslyn to Jax while she is incarcerated.

A murder in Ava's long-ago past may come back to haunt her.

Nikolas plans to celebrate New Years in a big way.  As past experience with celebrations at Wyndemere have proven, look
for a big reveal to come out at an inopportune time, namely the true paternity of Ben.  How will Liz react?

Duke and Robert have serious issues with each other.

Nik's son, Spencer, may help uncover a secret in the New Year.