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Monday, July 7, 1997
by Marcia Elgart

On the plane to Rome Hope says she can't wait to see Bo and wrap her arms around him, but Franco tells her Bo is still married to Billie, but Hope disagrees. Hope says she's sorry things turned out like this, and she just wishes he could be happy too. Hope begins to fantasize about arriving in Rome and being reunited with Bo. Meanwhile Franco tries to call his boss, and eventually gets through. Franco thinks out loud that he's been ordered to kidnap her. Franco then tells Hope that perhaps Bo could return Billie's feelings after all they've been through, but Hope says no way! Franco thinks out loud that he has to think up a plan to stop this happy reunion.

The flight attendant announces the descent into Rome. Hope wants to call Bo from the airport, but decides it will be more romantic to surprise him. Franco thinks out loud to himself again that he loves Hope to much to kidnap her, and just hopes Bo does something to sabotage the reunion.

Bo is stunned when Billie asks him to make love to her. Billie says before she loses him forever could they share one last night together, and she'll never ask for anything else. Billie says that she was just voicing a hope and that she feels so stupid now. Bo says he can't make love to her, it wouldn't be fair. Billie says somehow she knew he'd say that, and Bo says he just doesn't want to hurt her more than he already has.

Bo tells Billie she'll meet someone else, but Billie says she can't get over him and she has this horrible feeling she'll never see him again like this, alone, just him and her. Billie puts her arms around Bo, but he tells her they can't do this. Bo tries to convince her to go home with him, but Billie refuses. Bo says he has to go to the airport, and Billie tells him goodbye. Bo says he'll never forget what she did for him, and she says she'd do anything for him.

Bo arrives at the airport and makes an attempt to call Hope, but only gets the answering machine. Suddenly the airport announces that due to mechanical problems the flight to Salem has been delayed till the following morning. Bo returns to the room, where the bell boy says Billie's been crying all night. Bo knocks on the door, and when Billie opens it she jumps into his arms and says "You came back!" Bo tells her that the flight was cancelled, and Billie just says she didn't know what she was thinking. Bo tries to talk to her, but Billie just asks him to hold her, so he does. Billie then sneaks a kiss in, and Bo kisses back.

In the hospital records room Sami learns that Will is Lucas's child, and says she has to change his blood type before anyone can learn the truth. Unfortunately for Sami she can't gain access to the file, and then she hears someone coming. Sami ducks under the desk when two nurses come in.

Sami hears the nurses talking and one of them says because of Sami Brady they had to change the entire security system (years ago Sami changed Belle's blood type to make everyone think Roman was her father, when it was really John). The nurse logs into the system, and when they are beeped to the emergency room they leave the computer on. Sami goes to changes Will's blood type, and says that Austin is the only father her baby will ever had. Suddenly the nurse then returns, Sami leaps under the desk again, and the nurse takes the security key disk. Sami panics,realizing she can't change Will's blood type without that disk. Sami says she hopes that nobody will ever have to check Will's blood type until he's an adult since then nobody will give a damn who is father is!

At the hospital Lucas, Austin, Carrie, and Mike are still searching for Sami. Carrie tells Austin this could be what they've been praying for, Sami may have her memory back. Austin doesn't think she could do that, but Carrie says the old Sami would if it was the only way to hold onto him. Austin said if she had her memory back and could walk he'd know. Lucas tells them that they are wasting time, and Austin says he may have an idea where she is. Carrie and Austin get into a fight over Sami when Kate shows up, and gets involved. Carrie and Austin talk about what it could mean if Sami has her memory back, and when they hug Mike sees them, who doesn't look happy. Meanwhile Kate tells Lucas that this is what she's been waiting for, Sami is about to hang herself. Kate tells Carrie and Austin she's so happy to see them together, and she hopes that they will be together forever after tonight. Mike shows up, and gives Kate bad news about Victor's test results. Mike tells Kate that Victor's left side has become paralyzed, but with therapy he could improve. Mike suggests she send Victor to a rehab facility, but Kate doesn't want to send him away from his family. Mike tells her this facility is right outside of Salem, and Kate eventually agrees. Austin comforts Kate, and she makes him promise not to sacrifice his relationship with Carrie no matter what Sami may say. Austin doesn't understand, and Carrie says she thinks Sami's memory is already back. When Carrie asks Kate what she thinks Kate just says they need to keep an eye on Sami, but Austin thinks if Sami's memory does return he thinks she'll never go back to the old ways. Mike finds Lucas and asks him if he and Sami are trying to keep Austin and Carrie apart. Lucas asks Mike if he really wants Carrie back with Austin, and he says off course he does. Everyone regroups, and when they are all going to go back home Sami walks right into them!

John carries Marlena up to her room, they kiss, and then make love. John again says that he feels like a fool, and Marlena tells him not to, it was all Kristen's doing. John tells her he's always loved her, and for all those years he's been denying his feelings because he felt she didn't love him. John says there is nothing standing in there way now, and later he brings her some champagne and fresh strawberries with whipped cream. Later they relax in a bubble bath and kiss more. After the bubble bath John has a candlelit dinner prepared for Marlena. After dinner John asks Marlena to marry him.

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Tuesday, July 8, 1997
by Marcia Elgart

At the hospital Carrie yells at Sami "I knew it, you can walk!" Everyone asks her what is going on, and Sami says that she's just been pushing herself to walk and didn't want anyone to know because she wanted to have a party and surprise everyone by walking through the door. Austin says it still doesn't explain why she snuck out in the middle of the night to go to the hospital, and asks why she is here. Sami says she was worried about her mom, and that Stefano tried to kidnap her, and then she was in a hospital bed. Sami says she just had to come to make sure, and Carrie says Marlena is fine. Carrie doesn't believe her. Sami swears she only came to the hospital to check on her mom, and then she collapses into Austin's arms. Mike takes Sami into another room to be examined, and when Carrie asks if Lucas knows what's going on he swears he is clueless. Carrie doesn't believe anything Sami said, and Austin says he doesn't understand why she came here as well. Mike returns, and tells them all that unless something happens to contradict her story they can only trust Sami, but Carrie is positive Sami has her memory back.

At Marlena's penthouse John asks Marlena to marry him, but she turns away. John asks if he said something wrong, and then apologizes for moving to fast and going too far. Marlena tells him he didn't go to far, and that this is the moment she's always dreamed of and she can't believe it's here. John tells her she is his soul mate, and the women he was meant to spend an eternity with. They both talk about the past, and how they both tried to deny their love. John says he thinks God has always had a plan for them, and there love has endured through all circumstances. Marlena says she'll never deny their love again. John gets down on his knee and asks her to marry him once again, and she says yes. John and Marlena both agree that they need to get married immediately, and then Marlena says she hopes Sami will take their relationship well because she's been so sweet and loving lately. John says he wants to call everyone and tell them the good news, but then Marlena says she's not sure if they can get married. Marlena says he may have to get an annulment from Susan and she doesn't think Susan will give John up. John says he'll go talk to here right now.

Meanwhile Susan is looking at her old wedding dress and dreaming, and suddenly a man in an Elvis suit shows up in her room singing, and Susan runs into his arms and starts screaming about her prince John and how he's really here. Suddenly she pulls away one she realizes it's not John, but the king of rockin'roll. He asks her who John is, and she tells the real Elvis that she didn't think he was coming back so she fell in love with John, but now that he's back she'll never look at another man but him. Elvis tells Susan he has to go, but he will be back for her, and says he can't help falling in love with you, and then he vanishes. Later Susan tells little Elvis she doesn't know how to tell John about big Elvis and she doesn't know what to do. Suddenly Lisa Marie (Susan's baby doll) tells Susan something, and Susan says she's a genius and that's exactly what she's going to do (Do do Do do Do do Do do).

John and Marlena show up to talk to Susan, but she needs to tell John something first. Susan says she doesn't want to hurt him, but she can't be together with him anymore. Marlena asks why she has changed her mind, and she says that Elvis came by and wants to get back together with her. Susan says she hopes John can understand, and he says she has to follow her heart. Susan then asks what he came to tell her, and he says that he just wants to tell her he'll always be there fore her and Elvis Jr.. John holds little Elvis, and when Marlena asks who his daddy really is Susan says she can't tell them that, it would just be way to exciting for Salem to handle. After John and Marlena leave Susan tells Elvis if they only knew what she knew, ohhhhh boy. Susan says she is going to burst if she tells someone, so she tells Lisa Marie. Suddenly she starts shaking the doll and screaming "Stop the insanity!" Susan says if Lisa Marie reacted like this then she can't tell anyone her secret.

In Rome Hope is still dreaming about being reunited with Bo, and she and Franco take a taxi to the hotel. At the hotel Billie kisses Bo, and he pulls away. Billie rubs his chest and asks him to make love to her, and he begins kissing her back. Bo pushes her away once again and says they can't do this, there are other people to consider. Billie asks Bo to remember when they made love, and she says it was like nothing she's never experienced. Billie says it's a feeling she'll never forget, and wants to experience it again, she also says she thinks Bo would to if he'd let go. Bo says that he loves Hope and he can't. Billie says after everything they've been through she needs him to touch her, hold her, and make love to her this one night, and Hope will never know. Bo kisses Billie again, and downstairs Franco and Hope have arrived. Franco asks a bell boy about Bo and Billie, and he tells Franco that those two are very much in love. Franco bribes the man to do something, and he agrees. Upstairs Bo stops Billie once again and starts thinking about how Billie saved everyone's lives he's cared about, and he owes her his life. Billie says everything she did was because she loved him, and asks him once again to make love to her. Back downstairs Franco tells Hope that he's arranged for Hope to surprise Bo by slipping into bed with him, and he bribed the bell boy to give him the key to Bo's room. Hope is excited, and they go up to Bo's room. In the room Bo tells Billie that any man would be lucky to be with her, but she only wants him. Billie says she doesn't want anyone but Bo, and asks him for one last memory to hang onto, and asks him to show her how special she is. Billie lays on the sap about how she can't go on without him and she just needs to feel special for one more night, then she could at least hold onto that feeling for the rest of her life, and dumb dumb Bo starts kissing her again. Bo tells her that when she left Salem and him he felt like his heart was ripped out, and he didn't think he could go on. Billie and Bo start kissing, and as they fall onto the bed Hope approaches there door. Franco hands Hope hey key, and as she opens the door Bo and Billie are in bed, Bo has his shirt off, but his pants on.

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Wednesday, July 9, 1997
by Marcia Elgart

Shocked seeing Bo and Billie in bed together, Hope slips out of the hotel room without letting them know. While she suffers Franco makes a mystery call and informs his employer that everything has worked out to end Bo and Hope's relationship.

Later, Bo makes plans to return to Salem, unaware that Hope caught him in bed with Billie. In jail, King learns that Billie is going to be alone in Rome and puts into motion a plan to pay her back for what she did to him.

Kate prepares for Victor to be transferred to a private hospital outside of Salem. Hearing about the transfer, a scheming Sami decides to use the occasion to get into the hospital records room in order to try and change Will's blood type records. But when Kate, Sami, Austin and the others arrive, Sami finds it impossible to gain access to the computer. Realizing that she must make the change to keep her scheme secret, Sami asks Maggie if she might be able to get a job at the hospital. Carrie's surprised about Sami working again in the hospital.

Mickey takes Austin aside and explains that there may be a way for him to be free of Sami once and for all so that he can be back with Carrie.

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Thursday, July 10, 1997
by Diane Dix

Jack gets a copy of the The Spectator which reveals the news about Kristen, Vivian, Ivan, and Stefano. Jack realizes this may mean that Peter is alive and he could be freed. Mickey, meanwhile, arranges for Jennifer and Abby to visit Jack in prison. Before she leaves, Trent comes over to install the alarm system, and Jennifer leaves Mike in charge. When they arrive, Jennifer tells Jack everything, and he worries that Peter might come after her again. Jenn tells him not to worry because her new neighbor is installing an alarm system. Jack tells her to be careful, remembering that his cellmate Travis used to install alarms and then break into the same properties. Jack is completely unaware that Jenn's neighbor Trent is, in fact, Travis, working for Stefano.

John plans a surprise for Marlena, Lexie, Carrie, Laura, and Jennifer - a full day of pampering at the spa. Lexie and Marlena rush off, to be joined later by the others. While they are relaxing, Lexie confesses to Marlena that she is fascinated by Stefano and afraid that she will be unable to resist his power. Marlena tells her she is strong and courageous and that she will do the right thing when the time comes. Carrie and Laura arrive, and Carrie tells Marlena about Sami's ability to walk, and her fears that Sami has her memory back and isn't telling anyone. Laura tells Carrie not to wait around forever for a man who may never be free, hoping that Carrie will give up on Austin and take an interest in Mike. Marlena goes to a private room and falls asleep. While she is napping, a disguised Stefano creeps in and pours ether on a cloth, intending to take Marlena away. He figures that John will never expect him to strike so soon, and he is right. But by coincidence, John and Abe stop by the spa while Stefano is there. Just as Stefano is about to knock Marlena out, Lexie comes into the room. Stefano confronts her and pleads with her to be silent about Marlena, and to come with them to the island so he can get to know his daughter better. Lexie feels the force of Stefano's personality, but resists him, screaming for help and pulling the alarm. Marlena wakes up in time to see a furious Stefano dashing out of the room. John and Abe rush in and send people out after Stefano, but he eludes them again. John is furious that he let his guard down, but Marlena is just grateful that he is all right, and refuses to let Stefano ruin their day. Little does she know that John has already bought a ring for her, which he showed to Abe. Back at the penthouse, he tells her he is planning a special dinner for her, and has a surprise, but won't tell her what it is.

Kristen and Vivian are bickering endlessly as they share a cell at the Salem police station, with Ivan across the hall. Vivian blames Kristen for her incarceration, but Kristen tells her to quit whining because she knew what she was getting into. Their lawyer show up and tell them that if they cooperate with the DA by telling everything about Peter, they might get off easier. Vivian is ready to spill her guts, but Kristen stops her, reminding her that Stefano will get them off if they keep his secret, and John will get them out on bail. Vivian thinks she's crazy, but keeps silent for the time being. Kristen demands to see John, who happens to be upstairs showing off his ring for Marlena to Abe. John comes down and Kristen tries to play cute with him, assuming he has realized she did it all for love and has forgiven her. But John makes it very clear that he wants nothing to do with her ever again. Kristen doesn't lose hope, thinking John is being influenced by Marlena and will come around. Just then, a guard enters. Kristen realizes it's Stefano and rejoices, thinking he's come to save her. But Stefano is furious with her for spoiling his plan to kidnap Marlena. He tells her she has betrayed him and is on her own from now on. Kristen is shocked, and Vivian realizes that since no one is going to help her, she has to help herself.

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Friday, July 11, 1997
by Diane Dix

In Rome, Billie tries to pull herself together after Bo's departure. She calls Kate and tells her what happened with Bo, and that the marriage was a farce. Kate is furious at Bo, but Billie tells her it's not Bo's fault and that what they accomplished was worth the price. Bo calls Billie from the airplane and she pretends that she is fine. She is totally unaware that Max is listening to her. After saying goodbye to her hotel room, Billie runs into the fortune teller, who warns her that she is in great danger. Billie is skeptical, but says she'll be careful. As she walks, Billie gets the sense that someone is following her. Panicked, she begins to run.

Bo thinks about Hope on the plane to Salem and calls Mrs. H., who does not pass on Hope's message. By the time Bo arrives in Salem, he is dying to get back together with Hope and dashes over to Mrs. Horton's. She tells him face to face that Hope does not want to see him. Bo is thoughtful, but not alarmed, since he assumes she doesn't know about the undercover operation yet. He reassures Mrs. Horton that he loves Hope with all his heart and that he will probably see her tonight at John and Marlena's party at the Penthouse Grill.

Austin plays with Will while Sami watches, concealing her worry over her secret. When Lucas arrives, Sami actually slams the door in his face. Austin, surprised and amused, lets Lucas in and Sami claims she stumbled and accidentally slammed the door on Lucas. Lucas has a new toy dinosaur for Will, and Austin is pleased, but Sami tells him to stop spoiling his nephew. For once, Austin takes Lucas' side and says he appreciates Lucas being nice to Will. Austin leaves to take Will to Wendy's while Sami changes for the party. Lucas grills Sami about her new attitude. Sami says she and Austin are moving to the country and Lucas needs to wean himself from Will. Lucas reacts with surprising vehemence, saying he will never become distant from his beloved nephew. Again, he asks Sami what she's up to, but she chalks it up to nerves about seeing her mother again.

Carrie and Mike go walking and Carrie cries on Mike's shoulder about Austin again, saying he will never be able to commit to her as long as he feels obligated to Sami. But when she gets home, she sees Austin and he tells her he may have a surprise for her, a way that they can be together soon. Carrie is skeptical at first, but she and Austin exchange a passionate kiss and she promises to wait a little longer. When Mike sees her later, she is walking on air, and Mike has to conceal his disappointment. Laura tells Mike that he should go after Carrie, but he insists they're just friends.

Kristen, Vivian, and Ivan are let out on bail. Kristen is still deluded enough to think that John loves her and is waiting at the mansion - it's her birthday, she says, and John would never forget that. Vivian and Ivan go to the Kiriakis mansion, where Kate very gleefully sends them packing. They decide to go to the DiMera mansion until they can find a place to stay. There they find Kristen puzzled that John is not waiting for her, but still believing John has some great surprise party planned for her at the Penthouse Grill. Vivian tells her she's crazy, but they go to the Grill with her anyway.

John tells Marlena to get dressed up to go out, although he won't tell her what the surprise is. She wows him in a gorgeous red gown. By the time they get to the Penthouse Grill, all their friends and family are waiting, and give them a round of applause. Bo sees Abe there and Abe tells him that he told Hope the truth. Bo is puzzled as to why she is still avoiding him, but says he can't really blame her. Lucas tells Kate about Sami's new coldness toward his relationship with Will, and Kate tells him to keep his eyes open, certain that Sami is up to something. Marlena sees Sami and, to her delight, Sami stands up and walks to her to give her a hug. Carrie watches closely, thinking that if Sami slips up, it will be now. Marlena asks Sami about the hospital episode, but Sami covers, saying she was afraid Austin was keeping something from her and just had to find out for herself. Marlena accepts it for the time being, but tells Carrie she's still on the alert for deception. Austin finds Mickey, who says he can't give him any details yet, but that Austin and Carrie might be able to get married soon.

Finally, the time comes for John to make his announcement. Unnoticed, Vivian, Ivan, and Kristen arrive just in time to hear it. John says how happy he is to be back with Marlena, and to everyone's astonishment, pulls out the ring and publicly asks her to marry him. Marlena tearfully accepts, and John puts it on her finger, announcing they will be married in two days. Suddenly, shockingly, Kristen wails at the top of her lungs, "Nooooooooooooooooo!"

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