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Monday October 20, 1997

In Rome, Bo proposes a toast to new beginnings, Austin proposes to love everlasting. Sami watches them all from the bushes and says poor Mike is heart sick. Franco tells Sami he is growing impatient and he tells her she better not double cross him. Sami tells Franco she needs him and says that they need to get Debra out of the picture. Franco says that Mike is a Horton, and he will never act on his feelings for Carrie as long as she is a married woman, but Sami says wanna bet? Mike and Debra dance, as do Bo and Carrie. Billie wants to talk to Austin alone. Billie tells Austin about the fortune teller's prophecy, the woman Bo loved is in danger and he will go to her if he finds out. Austin asks if Billie told him this but she says no, she's thinking about it though. Austin tells her to forget about it, Hope isn't in danger she's with Franco. Austin says this fortune teller is probably just a crook. Austin then gives his sister a pep talk and tells her Bo does loves her, so she has to forget about the fortune teller. Billie still feels Hope could be in danger and wonders if she should tell Bo.

Debra and Mike dance and talk. Debra tells Mike that the reason she stayed around to get closer to him, not because she likes the city. Bo and Carrie talk as well, Carrie tells Bo she's glad he has Billie now. Later Billie becomes a little light on her feet so Bo tells her he thinks she's had a full day and needs some rest. Billie and Bo return to their room and Bo asks her if something wrong, he feels like she has something on her mind. Billie tells him that there is something she's been debating telling him and Bo says they can swap secrets, he has something to tell her as well. Bo lets Billie go first, but he stops her and says what he has to say is more important. Bo tells Billie he wants to make love to her, he wants to consummate their marriage. Bo tells her that he wants to forget about everything and concentrate on her, and she says she wants that more than anything. Bo then asks her what her secret was and she says it's not important and leads Bo to the bed.

Sami continues to tell Franco about her plan, she wants him to break up Mike and Debra. Debra excuses herself to powder her nose and Sami tells Franco he knows what to do. Franco says he'll do it, but it better work. Franco runs into Debra as she is returning and he apologizes, but says he did it on purpose. Debra asks why and he tells her she is a beautiful woman and he wanted to meet her. Debra tells him that she really needs to get back to her boyfriend and Franco tells her that he thought that man was in love with one of the other woman in their party, and he points to Carrie! Debra says that he doesn't know what he's saying, that woman is married. Franco assures her it seems he is love with that woman, but Debra says Mike would never fall in love with a married woman, but then she remembers her talk with Mike about him being in love with someone who got married. Franco apologizes ad then leaves, and Debra returns to Mike. Mike asks her if something is wrong and she says no. Mike says he was hoping they could go up to her room for a nightcap and she says that sounds great. Mike and Debra excuse themselves and leave Austin and Carrie at the plaza.

At the hospital Roman is coughing and he weakly tells Marlena and Eric that it means a lot to him that they are here. Marlena decides she has to increase Roman's medication, she has to take the risk. Marlena leaves the room and Roman tells Eric there is something he wants to do before he dies. Roman tells Eric that it would be easier for him to let go if he could have one thing. Eric tells his father he will do anything for him, just name it. Roman tells Eric that before he dies he wishes that he and Marlena could remarry. Suddenly Marlena comes in and she asks them what they are talking about. Eric says they were just having a father son talk. Roman begins to cough violently and Marlena tells him to hang on and she gives him medication. Eric tells Marlena John will come back with the cure, but Marlena isn't sure. She says that she feels he's still alive, but she thinks something has happened and John may not come back at all. In his sleep Roman dreams of proposing to Marlena in the hospital bed, he tells her he can give her enough love to last two lifetimes. Marlena accepts and says it is what she wants more than anything. Roman goes on to marry Marlena, and he is cured by her love. Back in reality Roman is sleeping with a smile on his face, Marlena and Eric are by his side. Carrie tells Eric to call Sami and Carrie, it looks as if...... she doesn't say the words. The medicine she gave Roman had no effect and she tells Eric that there is nothing more she can do, all anyone can do is wait for the cure. Marlena admits that even if it does arrive it could be too late, and she hugs Eric. Marlena says she has loved two men so profoundly, and she may lose them both. She says she knows she can't do anything for John, and now she can't do anything for Roman. Eric recalls his father's last wish and tells Marlena there is something she can do. Eric tells Marlena that Roman had a wish, but before he can tell her Roman wakes up. Marlena tells Roman that this may be a good time to call Sami and Carrie but Roman says no. He becomes angry and then starts to cough again.

In the Jungle Stefano, Kristen, and Hope are heading towards the helicopter and John is trying to get to the compound. A native shoots a dart at Hope, but it misses and hits a tree. Stefano then fires into the jungle and tells Hope if they don't get out of here they will be killed. Hope is positive John is out in the jungle and refuses to leave without him. Stefano tells her no, they have got to go now! Suddenly the helicopter starts to shut down! John hears this and thinks they are in trouble so he crawls back to the compound. The helicopter pilot says it will take a few minutes to repair the copter, and when Hope wants to go look for John, Stefano tells her no! Hope whines and moans and Stefano tells her if she wants to she can go. Hope asks if he will wait for her but he says she can't have it both ways, Hope knows Stefano is afraid of something she may know. The copter pilot says that he's just about ready and they begin to make preparations to leave once again. John is no in range of the copter and can see Hope and Kristen, when he's hit with a poison dart! Back at the chopper another dart is fired and Stefano order's his men to shoot at anything that moves! John stumbles out of the forest and the guards call Stefano and the gang. John passes out and Kristen and Hope try to revive him. Dr. Rolf notices the dart in John's leg and tells them he will be dead soon anyways. Dr. Rolf says takes the dart and says it is lined with deadly poison!

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Tuesday, October 21, 1997

In Rome, Mike and Debra are walking back to Mike's room, and Debra can't get Franco's words out of her mind. Mike asks Debra what is wrong. Sami and Franco are watching and Sami is sure her plan is working, but Franco has reservations. Sami thinks Debra is going to break up with Mike, but Debra tells him she doesn't want to go up to his room yet. Mike tells her to wait here, he has a surprise for her. Mike leaves and Debra goes back to the table were Carrie is. Sami says this is bad, if Debra tells Carrie about what Franco told her it could ruin everything. Franco and Sami argue about Carrie and who she really loves, Sami is sure her sister loves Mike and only choose Austin to spite her (Sami).

Debra asks Carrie what Mike is like, how she feels about him, etc... Carrie says that he is the most wonderful man, she's known him her whole life. Carrie says she had a crush on him at one time, but they never dated and Mike never returned her feelings. Carrie tells Debra about going to L.A. with Mike and all the adventures they had. Debra says after all they've been through, she's surprised she and Mike never got together. Carrie says that she and Mike are just friends and that Mike will always see her as the little girl next door. Debra mumbles that she guesses that guy was wrong. Mike returns and he tells Debra that her surprise is ready.

Mike has planned a romantic dinner for Debra, and Mike is surprised that the hotel staff has prepared it on the roof! Mike and Debra begin to dance to some song. Meanwhile Sami tells Franco they have to find Mike and Debra so Franco goes to see what he can find from the concierge. Franco learns that Mike and Debra are on the roof, so Sami and Franco head up there to stop anything that might be happening. On the roof Mike and Debra kiss as their dance ends. Mike asks her if she'd like to have some champagne up here, or in his room. Debra says in his room, of course. As they leave Sami and Franco show up and Franco says that they must have gone to Mike's room. Sami says this can't happen when Franco tells Sami that Mike will never break up Carrie's marriage, Sami says the only thing they can do is make Carrie realize she loves Mike. Down at the plaza Carrie wonders why seeing Mike with Debra bothered her.

At the Brady Pub, Shawn is setting up Belle's birthday party when Susan, Little Elvis, Chelsea, Brady, and Belle all show up. Belle is going to be three today. Chelsea asks about Marlena and Shawn tells them that she is with Roman.

At the hospital Marlena is clinging to Roman, saying she won't let him die. Eric tells her she's done everything she could, but Marlena says there must be something she can do. Lexie comes to check on Roman and asks Marlena and Eric to please wait outside. Abe shows up and learns about Roman, he thought John would be back by now. Abe tells them Stefano supposedly has the cure but is waiting for his pardon, which Abe is working on.

Marlena and Eric go to the pub for Belle's party, and Brady and Belle want to know when their daddy will come home. Susan sees how bad Marlena is feeling and says she's sorry for the terrible time she's going through. Susan tells Marlena she knows how she feels, Roman was her first love and she still loves him, but she's in love with John too. Susan tells her it's possible to love two men at one time, she loves Elvis but she'll always love John just a little. Susan says she knows she belongs with Elvis and Marlena just has to figure out which man she belongs with.

Caroline is sitting with Roman at the hospital. Roman asks where Marlena went and Caroline tells him she is with Belle at her birthday party. Roman tells his mom about his hopes and dreams, and how they aren't going to happen now. Caroline tells him that she is not going to lose him again and she will pray to god for a cure.

Marlena and Eric return to the hospital and Abe tells Marlena that he talked to Stefano. Abe says Stefano swears he has the cure, but Marlena thinks something is wrong if he won't let them talk to John. Caroline comes out of Roman's room and hugs Marlena. Marlena than asks Abe to call Stefano again to find out what is going on. In Roman's room, Roman tells Eric that he doesn't want him to tell his mom about his dying wish. Roman wants her to marry him for love, not pity.

In the Jungle Stefano's men bring John into the compound. As Hope is nursing John, Stefano orders his men to search the jungle for John's backpack. Stefano then tells Dr. Rolf if he can't return to Salem all his plans are ruined! Dr. Rolf leaves and returns with a serum that may keep John alive until they can get the bark from the tree which the poison berries that the natives used to make the poison on the darts came from, Phew! Stefano says that bark, when made into a tea will counteract the berries poison.

Abe calls Stefano and demands to talk to John now! Stefano says he's unavailable and will only get answers. Lexie asks to talk to her father and she begs Stefano to bring John and the cure back. Stefano tells her he is trying to do the right thing, but they are having problems with the local villagers. Lexie tells Stefano that Roman isn't go to survive much longer. Stefano asks her if he saves Roman will he acknowledge that he is her father? Lexie asks why he has to bargain for everything, true good is doing something without getting something in return. Stefano says he will do the best he can and hangs up.

Dr. Rolf asks Hope and Kristen to give him a moment with John so he can examine him. Kristen tells Hope that they can't let John die, and Kristen notices Stefano is missing so she decides to go find him. Hope finds Stefano working on some funky device which he claims will buy them some time. Stefano tells Hope it is a holograph projector. Hope says she remembers this from Maison Blanche and he tells her it's never been at Maison Blanche! Stefano has his men take the projector to the compound wall and get ready to use it. Stefano is dressed up in this cellophane costume and some type of mask. The camera is aimed at Stefano, whose projection is projected into the jungle. Stefano then starts chanting and screaming, which scares the natives back into the jungle.

Back in John's room Kristen is with him, but all he is calling for is Doc. Stefano's phone begins to ring so Kristen answers it. Abe asks to speak to John now and she tells him that John has been poisoned and is dying. Marlena grabs the phone and demands to speak to John! Kristen says nothing and Marlena begs to speak to John, and Kristen says okay. Kristen places the phone to John's head and tells him it's Marlena. Marlena tells John she loves him and he says he loves her to and begins mumbling about the cure for Roman. When John collapses Kristen turns the phone off.

Hope tells Stefano that what he did was incredible, and thanks him. Suddenly Dr. Rolf shows up with John's backpack, but there is no flower in it!

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Wednesday, October 22, 1997

Setting the stage for his night with Billie, Bo is laying rose pedals on the bed While doing this he's thinking about Hope, figuring she's probably been to bed with Franco by now and Billie walks into the room in what looks like a mini white slip. She asks Bo if he's sure about this and he tells her they've waited for a long time and yes, he's ready. They're both nervous and she starts unbuttoning his shirt. She finds a picture of Hope in his shirt pocket. He apologizes and tells her he forgot about the picture. She understands that he still loves Hope, but he's the only man in her heart. She accepts that his feelings for Hope are different than they are for her. He tells her that making her his second choice is NOT good enough for her and pulls away from her. He tells her she's moved on to not have low self-esteem and she needs to be number one. She's worth a man's total devotion and love and she says "and you can't give me that." He tells her she use to have his total love and soul, maybe they can find it again. When she asks about Hope, he confesses if there was a chance to be with her, he wouldn't be there right now. But, Hope's with Franco and starting a new life together. All he knows is they're they tonight together and she has always been there for him. He plans on forgetting about Hope and kisses her. The wind picks up and blows Hope's picture out the window. He looks out the window and tells Hope goodbye and to be happy with Franco. He asks Billie if that's a sign, or what? Even more ironic, Franco and Sister Sami walk in the alley under the window and the picture of Hope blows into Franco's hands... WOW! They figure Bo threw it out his window. Sami looks up and sees Austin in the window and saying it should be their honeymoon and Carrie calls Austin. She says "Damn her" as Austin closes the window shutters. They then see Mike and Debra in the window kissing. Carrie is in a new negligee.

Down in the courtyard, Sister Sami and Franco are talking. He suggests she has a DRINK to calm down and she reminds him it wouldn't look good for a nun to be caught drinking She tells him she'll have a double espresso then, and he comments that should help calm her down. She knows that Debra is probably in Mike's room right now and she has to stop them before they make love.

Up in their room, Austin fills Carrie in on his call to Kate and Lucas. He tells her Sami left town to be by herself and Lucas was looking after Will. Austin asks Carrie why she's upset and she says "Debra" (hmmm, green eyed monster??). Carrie tells Austin she had a very strange talk with Debra about Mike.

Outside Mike's room, Mike asks Debra if she's sure she wants to come in and she said tells him she is. As she walks in, he has this far away "Carrie" look. Some kissing starts up in the room. Debra steps away and tells Mike she'll be right back. He looks out the window and says "Carrie, it just wasn't meant to be", but it's going to be alright. He hears a song and says he knows it. Carrie hears it too. The song You Are so Beautiful is playing and he sees Carrie listening to it too from her window. Carrie can't figure out why that song affects her so strongly and Mike just watches her. Mike dreams that Carrie turns and talks with him and tells him the song made her realize how much she loves him. He tells her he loves her too and what should they do. Carrie tells Mike they need to go to Austin together and tell him. After he dreams that, we see Debra walking up behind him in a black slip.

Bo and Billie are kissing on the bed.

Susan returns back to Marlena's penthouse and punches in what seems like a 10 digit code in the security system (everyone else seems to have a 3 or 4 digit code). She can't wait to get in her jammies and get a warm glass of milk and start her book about zombies called Night of the Living Zombies and goes off to her room mocking a zombie with her hands straight out in front of her. Later in her jammies and bunny slippers, she tells Mr. and Mrs. Thunder and Lighting they may seem close, but being it's a security building, they can't get her...crouches on the couch and reads her book out loud. We see the elevator door open and a someone in a black coat walking out of it. While reading her book she hears noises and there's thunder and lightening in the story as well When she reads there's a knock at the door, and the lights goes out, she panics and runs for the door . She opens the door and the person in the black coat walks in and falls on her: It's Celeste and she's out like a light. Susan tells her to open her eyes and to tell her what in the blue blazes is going on here. Before waking up, Celeste sees a picture of Elvis and the baby. Celeste gets up and reminds Celeste who she is, Susan Banks. Celeste doesn't know why she's there, she was sleepwalking. She tells Susan she only does that when she has a message to give. Her dream was about the father of Susan's child and it was a psychic vibration from her subconscious as to where the biological father of Baby Elvis could be. Susan brings some sugar to Celeste and she pours it onto the tray and Celeste starts running her fingers in it. She draws an image in the sugar and Susan asks if this is a magic trick. Celeste sees a vision of Elvis' picture again. Susan said it looks like a map.. Celeste pulls Susan out in the rain to find THE house. They find it and Celeste tells her that house has something to do with Elvis' father.

Marlena goes to the chapel to pray. It's the darkest hour of her life. The men she loves most in her life are dying and she can't do anything to help them. She begs for their children and herself to save their daddy's. If God feels her loving both of them was wrong in his eyes, not to punish them or their children, but to punish her instead.

Stefano is frustrated that the flower in not in John's backpack and John's being hit by a poison dart and will die (how many times has he tried to kill him over the years). In his room, John tells Marlena he's dying and he gasp, loves her. Kristen is going to need a chiropractor if she keeps cranking her neck any lower to overhear their conversation on the phone. Yelling into her cellphone, Marlena asks John how can he be dying and she loves him. John says don't leave me and the connection gets dropped as he falls asleep. Kristen, hearing they lost the connection, hangs up the phone just before Stefano walked in. Marlena, Abe and Lexie talk after they got off the phone and they tell Marlena John's going to bring back the cure. Stefano pulls Kristen out of John's room and tells her to let Hope comfort John (so she can't snoop around the compound). Hope asks the doctor if there's anything she can do, but he said not without the bark. John's pulse is stronger since he talked with that Doc person though (guess Kristen 'fessed up about the call?). Lexie and Abe join Marlena in the chapel to say their own prayers.

While Marlena is in the chapel, John starts calling out for her telling her he needs her. Kristen said no more calls, but Stefano said it's the only thing keeping him alive. Kristen turns the phone off and walks out. Stefano follows and tells her to put her damn jealousy on hold and think about John's survival. John calls again for Marlena and Dr. Rolf gets up and Hope sits by John on the bed. He opens his eyes and sees Marlena and pulls Hope onto his chest and hugs her. Hope gets up and asks Dr. Rolf what's happening. He said John's probably hallucinating and she should go along with whatever it is, as that's what's keeping him alive. John wakes up and again sees Marlena's face while looking at Hope. He touches her face and tells her he wants and needs her SO MUCH and to please make love with him, now.

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Thursday, October 23, 1997

Sami is up to her old tricks in Rome. Dressed in her nun's habit and with Franco as her accomplice, Sami watches in triumph as her scheme starts to pay off. She sees Mike and Carrie each come to their hotel room windows, listening to the song they danced to in LA. Mike stares longingly at Carrie, but Carrie doesn't notice. Debra comes to the window behind Mike, but he doesn't even see her, despite the very revealing negligee she is wearing. Debra sees Mike gazing at Carrie, and suddenly she knows that what Franco said was true - the married woman Mike is in love with is Carrie. Mike finally notices Debra and walks away from the window and pours them some champagne. As they start kissing, the song starts playing again and Mike becomes distracted. Debra finally asks him, "Is this the song you and Carrie danced to?" Mike is stunned to find out that Debra has figured him out, but he admits that Carrie is the one he is in love with and apologizes to Debra. Debra says that she can make him forget Carrie and they start to kiss again. But finally, Debra realizes that Mike isn't really with her any more, and tells him that it's okay, but she thinks Carrie was stupid not to fall in love with him when she had the chance. Debra puts on her coat and leaves Mike alone with his thoughts.

Meanwhile, Austin notices Carrie's great interest in the song being played and teases her about it being an old boyfriend's special song. Carrie still can't quite figure out why it is special to her, but she and Austin end up making love anyway. Later, when Carrie hears the song again, she suddenly remembers when and where she heard it before - dancing with Mike in LA. Carrie is disturbed by the memory and wonders why she blocked it in the first place. She goes to the window and is surprised to see Mike sitting at his window looking out into the night.

Sami despairs when Mike closes the shutters to his room, and assumes her plan has not worked. Franco just about has her convinced that it is time to give up and find happiness with someone else when they see Debra walk by swiftly. Sami knows then that it is just a matter of time until Carrie realizes she has feelings for Mike.

Back in Salem, Marlena tells Eric about John's phone call and the fact that he has been poisoned. Eric refuses to believe it and tells her to call him back, but she can't get through (because Kristen turned off the phone). They visit Roman's bedside and his only thought is sorrow for their suffering. Caroline comes by later and Marlena has to tell her about the call from John. Together, they wait anxiously for any word from John.

At Stefano's compound in the jungle, John is hallucinating in his delirium that Hope is Marlena, and begging her to make love to him. The sight of John caressing Hope almost sends Kristen over the edge, but Dr. Rolf and Stefano restrain her and tell her that the only thing that is keeping John alive right now is his illusion that Marlena is there. But when John tries to kiss Hope, it is too much for Kristen and she grabs Hope and throws her out of the way. John immediately cries out in pain and his vital signs grow much weaker. Hope condemns Kristen for being so selfish that she is willing to let her irrational jealousy interfere with helping to save John's life. Hope goes back to John and tries to revive him, but it looks hopeless. Just then, Dr. Rolf rushes in with a cup of tea from the bark of the tree and says that it will save John. Kristen begs to be allowed to give it to him, but she is unable to make him respond, and furiously she has to give the cup to Hope (who looks pretty smug about the whole thing). Hope, pretending to be Marlena, manages to make John gather up the strength to drink the antidote tea. Kristen and Stefano go out into the hall to wait, and Kristen is surprised to see Stefano close to breaking down as he sees all his plans go up in smoke. Kristen asks why he doesn't just go live somewhere away from the U.S. in a life of luxury. Stefano says that his freedom wasn't the only thing he hoped to win, nor was Marlena - that there are things more important to him even than Marlena is. Before Kristen can find out what that is, Dr. Rolf rushes out and tells them that something is happening with John. They burst into John's room and find him regaining consciousness. He asks what happened and seems to trust only Hope to tell him. She tells him about the poison dart and the antidote and about Marlena calling. John says that he got the flower, and Hope has to tell him that it fell out of his backpack and there is no way for them to make the cure. John is horribly disappointed and feels he let Roman down. But he asks to call Marlena right away and to let her know he is all right. Hope grabs his cell phone, notices it was turned off, and gives Kristen a dirty look before dialing Marlena. When Marlena picks up on the other end and hears John's voice, she is overwhelmed with relief and gratitude. Once she finds out that John will survive, she asks if he got the cure. John has to tell her that there is no way for them to get it now. Marlena is crushed, but tells John she is sure he did his best. Meanwhile, Hope, Stefano, and Kristen go out in to the hall to give John some privacy, and in frustration, Stefano hurls John's backpack against the wall. Suddenly, Hope notices something falling out and demands a piece of paper. She collects some seeds in the paper and asks Dr. Rolf if they're from the flower, and he says they are. Hope and Stefano ask if Dr. Rolf can make a cure for Roman from the seeds alone, and he says he just doesn't know if there are enough...

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Friday, October 24, 1997

Jack paces his cell worrying about Jennifer's promise to get the warden's password and the risk involved in her disguise. He sits down and prays that she will be careful, because he would rather spend the rest of his life in prison than let anything happen to her. Meanwhile, at home, Travis drops by as Jennifer is heading out the door with Abby. He makes up an excuse about needing to stay to replace a defective part in her security system. Abby tells Travis that her mommy has a secret about work, and Jennifer pretends it has to do with the TV station. Travis doesn't believe her. Abby, who was playing with Jennifer's prison guard nametag reading "Hope Williams," drops it on the floor and Jennifer and Abby leave Travis alone in the house. Travis immediately starts searching for some evidence of what Jennifer is up to. But for a while, he can't find anything. At the prison, Jennifer steals a moment with Jack, and he tries to talk her out of her dangerous mission, but Jennifer insists she won't get caught. Elsewhere in the prison, TC gets another guard to sneak into the warden's office and get the phone number of "Williams," not knowing it is really Jennifer. He can't quit thinking about the way Abby called "Williams" Mommy. Unfortunately for Jennifer, the number she listed is her own home number, and Travis is in her house alone. When TC calls and gets the answering machine, Travis is stunned to hear TC's voice on the machine looking for "Williams." Travis picks up and the two of them try to figure out how TC got Jennifer's house when he was trying to call Williams. Travis says there is no way Jennifer could be involved in a prison guard - until he spies the nametag reading "Hope Williams" that Abby dropped on the floor.

Marlena visits Roman in the hospital and finds Mickey Horton there finalizing Roman's will. Roman tells her they also need to discuss funeral arrangements, and hints that me wants to be buried next to her. Eric, listening outside the door, wonders whether he should tell Marlena about Roman's last wish - to be married to Marlena before he dies. He asks Caroline about it and she tells him to do what he thinks is right. Eric goes in and asks Roman to release him from his promise not to tell Marlena about Roman's last wish. Roman refuses, telling Eric he doesn't want Marlena to marry him out of pity. Marlena talks to Caroline and tells her that although she would do anything for Roman, she has planned her whole future around John and doesn't know if it would be right to be buried next to Roman. Caroline gives her a hug and tells her she has to do what is best for herself. Caroline goes in to visit Roman and cradles his head, singing him a lullaby as she did when he was a baby. Eric finally breaks down and tells Marlena what Roman's last wish was.

At the DiMera compound in the jungle, John wakes up feeling much stronger, and sees Hope beside his bed. He asks her where Marlena is, because he is sure she was there, that he held her in his arms and spoke to her. Hope tells him it was a hallucination, but John doesn't believe her and gets out of bed because he is convinced that Stefano has Marlena trapped somewhere in the compound. Finally, Hope confesses that she pretended to be Marlena so that John could gather the strength to keep on living when the natives were searching for the antidote to John's poison. John is stunned, but moved by Hope's gesture of generosity, which probably saved his life. He thanks her and she says that his health is the only thanks she needs. Just then, they feel explosions rock the compound. John holds Hope close as they try to figure out what is going on. John asks Hope if they got the flower for the cure, and Hope says that all that was left in the bag were some seeds, and Dr. Rolf is trying to make the cure from their extract. John tells her that now is the perfect time for them to snoop for the secret that Stefano is hiding from Maison Blanche. Hope agrees and they pick one lock on a door across the hall to find baby toys and clothes. Although it gives Hope the creeps, she can't figure out what they're for, so she tries the next door. It is double bolted and John has to pick the lock (naturally, it's too challenging for Hope). John keeps working on the door as the explosions stop for a while.

In the lab, Kristen is coming undone as Dr. Rolf works on the cure. She is positive she has no chance at John unless Roman survives. Both Stefano and Dr. Rolf tell her to calm down so Dr. Rolf can work. Carefully, he extracts the juice from the seeds, but just as he is getting to the most delicate part of the process, they feel explosions rock the compound. A guard rushes in to tell them that the natives have gunpowder and are trying to breach the wall with a series of small explosions. Stefano goes out to do his medicine man holographic dance to scare them away again. When he gets back, he asks Dr. Rolf if there is enough extract to make the cure. Rolf says, "No!" Stefano is furious and sees all his plans going up in smoke, and Kristen starts to lose it again. But then Dr. Rolf says, "Wait!" as he discovers one last beaker with a few drops of fluid, which JUST might be enough to finish the cure.

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