Luke and Laura Spencer got good news — their son Lucky would recover from the shooting that nearly killed him. Realizing that Frank Smith was plotting his own prison break-out, Luke told Laura he’d spring Frank — then have a final show-down with him. Laura didn’t like what Luke was proposing, but she trusted him to make things right. She found a “safe house” for Luke to bring Frank to after his escape.
In the botched Frank Smith prison break, Sonny Corinthos took two bullets and was rescued by Brenda Barrett. A mob doctor patched Sonny up. In the midst of this life-threatening crisis, Brenda realized that she had truly fallen for this sexy and dangerous man.
At the safe house, Luke intended to shoot Frank, but Laura arrived. Frank grabbed Laura as a shield and got away, later letting her go. Later, Luke finally managed to get Frank Smith to leave him alone, using incriminating information that he had discovered about Smith’s daughter, Jennifer. Luke and Laura were finally safe! And Laura was pregnant! Later in the year, Laura gave birth to a daughter, Lesley Lu.
Lucky and Sly found a gun and a blood-stained dressing gown while playing in the attic. Luke and Laura found a body in their yard! It was Bradley Ward, Mary-Mae’s long-missing son! He’d been murdered!
Damian learned that Lucy helped Luke Spencer discover he’d used mob money to buy his major share of ELQ. Ned forced Damian to sell it back…at a loss!
In a Puerto Rican cemetery, Luke had one final showdown with Frank Smith — and shot him dead. The long vendetta was over. Sonny feared trouble from Lily’s gangster father, Rivera, and met with him. Brenda followed him and was caught. With Luke’s help, Sonny and Brenda escaped from Rivera’s men. They leaped into a speedboat, but a bullet hit Luke. He fell overboard, shouting at Sonny and Brenda to keep going.
They flew back to Port Charles…with sad news of Luke’s death. It wasn’t true. He came home to Laura. Their years of running from Frank Smith were truly over.