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Monday, March 3, 1997
by Dustin Cushman

At the Snake Pit J.L. King and his henchman watch Brady and his two ex-wives from a television monitor, and he vows Brady will be sorry if this is all a deception.

At the Snake Pit Hope is determined to nail the drug king. Hope tells Franco to pretend he's looking to score some drugs and mingle the crowd. When Franco is skeptical she tells him she knows what she's doing, and recalls past undercover assignments with Bo. Hope tells Franco she thinks she and Bo can work it out, but then she sees Bo at the bar with Billie. Hope feels like a fool because she thought Bo was over Billie, but she refuses to leave because she came her for a purpose.

Billie has shown up and Bo tries to convince her to leave, but she won't. Bo orders Billie to leave, and she agrees, but only if he goes with her. Bo tells her that he knows she thinks there may be a chance for them to be together, but that she's wrong. Bo then tells Billie to leave, and she does so but is stopped by Franco who overheard the conversation and urges her to continue to go after Bo no matter what he said to her. Franco tells Billie Bo is confused but Billie is tired and she doesn't want to be hurt again because Bo doesn't want her. Franco tells Billie she must fight and make him love her just like he is doing with Hope. Eventually Billie decides to stay in Salem, and fight for the love of her life.

Hope then approaches Bo, and when she asks why he was with Billie and Bo says she just showed up. Bo tells Hope to take herself and Franco and leave, but Hope says that since they are no longer together he can't tell her to do anything anyone. Hope and Bo begin to argue and when Bo sees one of J.L.'s thugs he tells Hope to get lost. Bo then goes to see the guy, who takes him to J.L. King. Hope is hurt and confused about her conversation with Bo, but she won't let it distract her from her plan.

Bo meets with J.L. King and gives him the file, and when Bo tries to leave J.L. says he has much more planned for him.

At the hospital Kristen and Vivian look at the baby and Vivian tells Kristen she must keep Marlena from telling John the truth. Kristen tells Vivian she will stick close to John's side, but Marlena knows how worried John is about the baby so she won't say anything for the time being. Vivian tries to talk some sense into Kristen but she won't listen to reason and just walks off.

In the hospital room a sleepy John reaches out, pulls Marlena into bed, and begins kissing her. John wakes up and sees Marlena and wonders if this is a dream, and when Marlena says it's real they continue kissing but then reality kicks in and he stops. John apologizes and says he was dreaming and didn't realize what he was doing, and she says she understands. Marlena also thinks it's time John knew the truth, and as she goes to tell John everything Kristen comes in and asks why Marlena. is in bed with her husband. John fesses up to Kristen about what happened, and she understands. Then John leaves to check on "their" son, and Kristen accuses Marlena of trying to seduce her husband. Marlena warns Kristen not to argue with her over John and she refuses to let her manipulate John any longer. Marlena tells Kristen she has given her no choice but to go to John now and tell him the truth. Kristen pleads with Marlena not to tell John until after the operation, and Marlena agrees for John's sake. Marlena then tells Kristen she will not make love to John, she will not let him touch her, and she will not try anything behind closed doors. Kristen tells Marlena "She's such a bitch" and Marlena comments "I was think the same thing about you!"

While John is checking on the baby he runs into Dr. Robins and asks him whether it's too early to make love? Doctor Robins says that he usually recommends they wait three or four weeks. John thinks it's odd she wanted to make love so soon, and he also comments how she's lost all her pregnancy weight so quickly, almost like she never even had a baby.

Outside the room Vivian and Ivan listen in an Vivian comments she doesn't know what to do. Suddenly John shows up and asks what mischief they are up to now. Vivan just says she's there to support her family, and she wants to do whatever she can to help the baby, but John already has the best doctors working for him.

Later Marlena is approached by Dr. Robins and is concerned about Kristen. Marlena asks what he means, and he says at times he felt like he was examining and talking to two different people.

In another hospital Susan is told she can go home today and be with her baby, but Susan knows her baby is with Kristen now. Susan decides as long as she knows her baby is doing okay she can leave him behind, and decides to check up on him. Susan decides to call the hospital to check up on the baby, and when she learns her baby is in critical condition she heads for the hospital. As she walks into the hospital Susan says "My baby needs me."

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Tuesday, March 4, 1997
by Dustin Cushman

n the hospital Sami is with Lucas and is waiting for her test results because she is anxious to get home and continue her life with Austin and Will. Sami tries to find out some of Austin's likes, but when Lucas says he doesn't know much Sami thinks about asking Carrie. To save Carrie the pain Lucas tells her he's sure he could think of some things that Austin likes.

Outside Sami's room Mike has Sami's test results, she may never recover her memory or be able to walk again. Kate shows up and suggest they tell her the truth, but Mike says that could cause her to regress. What everyone can agree on is that they need to tell her about her condition, no matter how much it will hurt her.

Austin goes into the room where Lucas and Sami are still discussing Austin's likes and dislikes, and Austin asks Lucas to leave. When Sami asks for some ice water Austin spills it on her legs and she becomes upset when she can't feel it. Sami asks Austin to get Mike because something is wrong, and when Austin looks at her she can tell that he knows her paralysis isn't temporary. Sami begins to scream and cry and Austin tries to comfort her. Mike and Carrie come in and when she asks Mike to be honest he tells her the odds are against her, but with time and therapy she may walk again, but Sami doesn't believe him and wishes she was dead. Austin tells her that everyone will be there for her but she says she can't live like this.

In another part of the hospital Dr. Robbins tells Marlena when he examined Kristen in the past she's seemed like two different people. Marlena ask how she seemed different, and he tells her when she's been in the office to see him she was always kind and interested, but outside of the office she couldn't care less what he thinks.

Kristen has a dream about Marlena revealing Kristen to be a liar to John after they baby is safe, but then John tells Marlena Kristen is his wife and the mother of his child so he's staying with her. Kristen wakes up and John is with her, and comforts her and believes God will protect their child. John tells Kristen he's proud she didn't turn out like Stefano, and then leaves her to get some rest.

Outside Kristen's room Vivian tells Ivan if Kristen doesn't pull this scheme off it could meant the end of her "life" at Titan and with Victor. Vivian then go in to see a napping Kristen and tells her they have work to do. Kristen is sick of Vivian pestering her, and when Vivian says her future depends on Kristen's Kristen accuses Vivian of being selfish.

Susan has come to the hospital to see her baby and when she asks Dr. Robbins how her baby is he tells her doesn't know what she means. Susan says he delivered her baby and wants to know how it is, but Dr. Robbins says she's mistaken and he will get her some help. Before Dr. Robins can say or do anything else Susan takes off.

Marlena and John bump into each other in the hall, and they decide to go see the baby together. Meanwhile Susan has come to the ICU to see her baby but is confronted by a nurse when she wants to hold him, and another nurse calls Kristen and security. Back in Kristen's room Vivian sends Ivan to see what is happening, and up in the ICU the police have arrived and are dragging Susan off! Ivan returns to the room and tells Vivian that the woman is Susan and they rush up to keep Susan from being arrested. Up in the ICU Susan demands John Black be called so she can tell her story but before John is called Vivian and Kristen show up and clear her.

Kristen and Vivian take Susan aside, and Susan tell Kristen their deal is off and she wants her baby back! However Kristen convinces Susan that the baby needs medical attention only a wealthy family could afford, and if she truly loved the baby she would leave.

Before John and Marlena make it to the baby Carrie shows up and tells them Sami needs her mother because she just learned she may never walk again. Marlena shows up and comforts Sami, who continues to ask for Roman. John leaves the room out of guilt and Carrie follows to comfort him. Later both Austin and Carrie comfort Sami and tell her she can walk if she believes she can.

Outside Sami's room Marlena asks John to try to find Roman, but John says he's so deep undercover it could be difficult. John then takes off to check up on some things and when he returns to see Kristen he finds Vivian and Ivan outside her room, unaware that Susan and Kristen are inside talking. Vivian says she is there just checking up on the baby, and knocks on the door to alert Kristen John is here. Kristen manages to slip out of the room and convinces John to go on a walk with her, and Ivan and Vivian manage to get rid of Susan, or so they think. Susan hasn't left the hospital, she's in the lounge crying when Marlena approaches her and tries to help her! Susan tells Marlena she knows what she has to do, and after Marlena leaves Susan says she has to take her baby home!

Austin prays to God to let Sami walk again, and let him be with Carrie. Carrie who overheard the conversation says Kate might have found a way for both his prayers to be answered.

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Wednesday, March 5, 1997
by Dustin Cushman

In his cell Jack fantasizes about being with Jen as Toni Braxton plays over Jen's radio, who is also fantasizing about Jack. Jack and Travis talk about Jack's family in Prison, and Travis comments he'd like to meet her when she comes to visit, but Jack won't let Abby see her father in jail.

Back at Jen's place Abby is missing Jack, and Maggie decides to take Abby to the zoo. Jen tells Alice that this is so hard on Abby, and she doesn't know how to tell her the truth. Alice asks if she's seen Jack yet, but Jen says she can't leave Abby alone right now.

Jen decides to see Jack in prison, and he's glad she did. Jack tries to hide from Jen that he has a black eye, but she finds out and is shocked. Jack tells Jen that he got hit with a basketball and then quickly changes the subject to Abby. Jen gives Jack a drawing Abby made, and Jack gives her a letter for Abby. Jen wants to bring Abby to see Jack, but he refuses to let her see him like this, and then Jack's time is up and he has to go. Jen promises to come visit him real soon, and he thanks her.

Later the crooked guard calls Travis out of the cell and tells him that Jen still seems to love Jack, and Travis comments that Stefano won't like this. Travis calls Stefano and fills him in, and Stefano is furious. Travis says that Jack is going to be put through such torture he's going to wish he were dead.

Franco comes to see Hope because he was worried about how upset she was last night after leaving the club. Hope says she's upset she didn't find the drug dealer, but Franco tells her he think she was upset at seeing Bo with Billie. Hope says Bo explained the situation to her, and Franco says that maybe Bo asked Billie to meet him, thinking Hope would never see them at a place like the Snake Pit. Hope doesn't want to accept that Bo and Billie are dating, and she asks Franco for some time alone so she can think.

Billie has a dream that Bo comes to her room and tells her he loves her and wants her back. Later Franco comes by to pay her a visit and encourages Billie to go after Bo, but she has given up on Bo and is thinking about returning to Paris. Franco can't let them happen and he convinces Billie to stay in Salem and continue chasing Bo.

Bo and Abe meet, and Bo tells Abe he will get the evidence they need to nail King. Abe tells Bo to be careful, but Bo says if something goes wrong King will go after Hope and Billie, not him. Bo explains what happened at the club with Billie and Hope, and he tells Abe he hate's having to hurt the people he cares about. Bo says that before he can go after King he has to make sure Billie and Hope are out of harms way, otherwise he'll have to drop this case because he can't put them in danger.

Bo goes to drop off Shawn D.'s baseball mitt, and also to tell Hope to stay away from the Snake pit. Hope says she can't do that because she is going after the drug king and is going to take him down, and nothing is going to stop her. Bo however says he is going to stop her, and tells her she will not go through with this investigation. Bo and Hope argue over the situation, and Bo tells her to leave it to the police and stay the hell out of it. Bo argues that innocent people and police officers lives could be at stake here, and she agrees to stay out of it. Hope then tries to make up with Bo and kiss him, but all Bo can think about is J.L.'s warnings, so he pushes her away and leaves. Hope however knows Bo wanted to kiss her back, and she's not going to give up on him.

Abe returns to the office where the DA shows up to see the evidence he has on King so she can nail him. J.L. King and his lawyer then show up to see the evidence that Abe has against him. However when Abe open's up his safe to get the file, it's gone of course. J.L. King leaves because they have no case against him, and the DA is furious with Abe and plans to go to the commissioner.

Meanwhile J.L. thinks Bo is on his side, and he's not letting him out of his employment now. Later when J.L. meets with one of his goons he plans to use Billie and Hope as backup insurance to keep Bo in line. J.L. plans to arrange a charity party, and get Billie and Hope there and he will find out which one he cares more for, and then that one will be the one he'll use against Bo.

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Thursday, March 6, 1997
by Diane Dix

As the time for the baby's surgery approaches, John, Kristen, Marlena, and Shawn Brady gather at the nursery for a brief baptism ceremony. Kristen is chagrined that Marlena is the godmother, and Marlena is disturbed when Kristen tells John she wants to name the baby John, Jr. - an obvious ploy to cement John's affections. Susan, who sneaked back into the hospital, tries to interrupt the baptism, but is hurried away by a nurse. After the baptism, John and Kristen learn that Dr. Bailey has been delayed in Boston and the surgery is being postponed. Marlena takes John to the nurses' station for "a surprise"; Kristen and Vivian fret that she is going to tell John the truth. The surprise turns out to be Belle and Brady, whom Caroline brought to visit. As they play with the children, John and Kristen learn that the baby needs a blood donation for surgery. Kristen is terrified that if she has to give blood, it will be discovered she is not the baby's parent. But when John learns that Kristen's pregnancy records show anemia, he forbids her to give blood, since his blood type happens to be compatible with the baby's. Kristen is furious that Susan never told her she was anemic. As John is giving blood, Susan runs into Caroline, Belle, and Brady in the waiting room. Talking to Brady, she learns that he is John's son. When she overhears Caroline saying John Jr. needs blood, Susan rushes to donate. John, in the next compartment, hears that a strange woman has decided to donate blood to his baby, and strikes up an unseen conversation with Susan. Kristen and Vivian arrive at the blood bank in time to realize that Susan is about to give away the whole scenario. Vivian hustles Susan out just before Marlena draws back the curtain to her compartment. John is puzzled that the woman ran off. Kristen and Marlena exchange harsh words while John is checking on the baby. Vivian pushes Susan out of the area, and learns that Susan has named the baby, of all things, Elvis. As Susan rides the elevator down, she promises she will come back for "Elvis."

Under the pier, Abe and Bo discuss the King case. Abe reminds Bo that Hope would be endangered if they got back together. Bo frets that the case is taking longer than he thought to crack. Later, as Bo is walking his beat, Max approaches him and asks him to come see King at The Snake PIt, promising he will get the video tape. Bo goes to the Snake Pit, where King plies him with drinks but does not hand over the tape. Back at Alice Horton's, Hope is cheerful, thinking of the way Bo nearly kissed her the night before. She is determined to get him back and thinks all he needs is time. While Alice, Hope, and Maggie talk in the kitchen, Shawn-Douglas and friends play catch in the yard. The juvenile drug dealer, Bucky, comes into the yard and threatens Shawn-Douglas, thinking Shawn-D ratted on him. As Hope and Maggie bring sandwiches out to the yard, they see the boys fighting on the ground. They break it up and Bucky runs away, leaving drugs and paraphernalia behind, hoping to plant them on Shawn-D. Hope is furious, and calls Bo, but he tells her he can't do anything about it. Just then, Hope gets an invitation to a charity fundraiser at The Snake Pit. Unaware that this is King's ploy to figure out who Bo is attached to, Hope dresses up and goes, hoping to learn something about the anonymous drug kingpin. When Bo sees her there, he knows he has to make it look like he's not interested in her. He approaches her angrily and demands to know why she is following him around. Hope is hurt and angry by his attitude.

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Friday, March 7, 1997
by Diane Dix

Austin sits with Sami in her hospital room, trying to comfort her after the depressing news about her paralysis. Carrie and Lucas enter with good news - Kate has found a top rehab facility in Hawaii and has offered to pay all of Sami's expenses. Sami is filled with hope, and everyone is happy for her, but Austin and Carrie are especially happy that Sami will be going away and they can start living their lives together. They pray the rehab will enable her to walk and recover her memory, so she can get on with her life and they can get married. But Sami, reading the brochures, has a surprise of her own - she discovers that the facility has apartments available for the families of the patients, and expects Austin and Will to come live with her in Hawaii. Austin pretends to be happy, but is privately in turmoil about the news.

At the Snake Pit, Bo is alarmed to see Hope talking to King. Determined to protect her from association with himself, Bo approaches her and demands to know why she is following him around. Hope says she was invited, but asks why Bo is treating her so cruelly. Bo calls her a loser and tells her to quit hassling him. Hope tells him to look her in the eye and tell her he doesn't love her any more. Bo avoids the question, but is so vicious to Hope that King and Hope are both convinced that she doesn't mean anything to him. Franco and Billie, who showed up in hopes of running into Bo and Hope there, hear the last part of the exchange. Franco runs out after Hope and comforts her on the pier. After crying on his shoulder, Hope tells Franco she is sure Bo is hiding something, and she decides to go talk to him in the club and find out what it is. Meanwhile, Billie is sorry that Hope was hurt, but encouraged that maybe Bo is rejecting Hope because he has feelings for her, Billie. Just as she is about to approach Bo, Billie overhears Max and King telling Bo to meet them up in his office. Then Billie overhears King and Max discussing Bo, and concludes that Bo might be in danger. Billie rushes up to King's office, trying to discover what they might be planning to do to Bo. Hearing voices approaching, Billie is forced to hide in the closet. She overhears King offering Bo a job on his payroll as a full-time spy. Bo refuses, and King threatens him. Bo starts to waver, and Billie desperately wishes that she could tell him not to do it. Just then, her hand slips on the coat rod, making a loud noise. King, Max, and Bo hear the noise and go to the closet. When they open the door, Bo is stunned and horrified to see Billie standing there.

At the hospital, John Jr. undergoes surgery. Caroline and Shawn, Abe, Lexie, Celeste, Vivian, Ivan, Laura Horton, and Marlena all gather to lend support to John and Kristen. Laura asks Marlena why she hasn't told John about Kristen yet. Marlena promises she will tell him as soon as they know the baby is okay. Celeste watches Kristen suspiciously, and tells Lexie that Kristen does not have the aura of a woman who has just given birth. Lexie dismisses it as psychic mumbo jumbo, but Vivian realizes Celeste is sharp, and begins to make plans to neutralize her. Caroline mentions that there is another woman whose baby is having surgery, but Lexie checks the schedule and tells her that John Jr. is the only one. Caroline, remembering her conversation with Susan, finds that very odd. Vivian figures out what happened and tells Kristen that they had better eliminate the threat of Susan quickly. Just then, Kristen sees Susan exiting the elevator and heading toward the nursery. Making an excuse, Kristen runs after her. She finds Susan crying in a stairwell. Susan tells Kristen that she overheard someone saying the baby was going to be all right. Although Kristen is relieved, she is furious with Susan for showing up at the hospital, and demands that she leave Salem immediately. Susan tells her she is never going to leave without her baby. Meanwhile, Dr. Bailey comes out of surgery and tells the family that John Jr. is fine and will recover fully. Everyone is filled with joy, especially Marlena, who no longer has a reason to delay telling John she loves him and that Kristen is evil. Marlena takes John aside into a private room. Vivian and Ivan, passing by, see them together and are filled with alarm. Marlena tells John that she has something very important to tell him that will change their lives forever.

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