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Tuesday, April 27, 1999

John comes out of the session with a severe migraine, so "Hope" massages his temples. Marlena asks her what she thinks she's doing? "Hope" says she was trying to help John. John says it is helping. Marlena asks John if he's all right? John says he is. Bo asks "Hope" why she said "No, not again?" "Hope" says she ran into John earlier when he had a migraine, and massaging his temples helped. Marlena becomes concerned and wants to have John checked out, and she says there will be no more hypnosis until then. "Hope" begs John not to stop now, not when he's on the verge of a breakthrough. "Hope" asks John if he saw Gina's gift, but John says he didn't. "Hope" asks Marlena to hypnotize John again, but Marlena refuses until John gets checked out. Bo and "Hope" decide to leave for the night, and hope John feels better. John tells Marlena not to worry he is fine. However, Marlena says that he should have told her about the headaches. John says he didn't want her to worry like she is now. Marlena says "what did you expect, I'm your wife." She then says she really wants to be his wife. John promises her that it will happen.

Bo and "Hope" take a walk and Bo asks "Hope" if she knows what the gift is? "Hope" tells him that she doesn't. Bo asks "Hope" if she thinks John and Gina were lovers? "Hope" says that's impossible, he was a priest. "Hope" then remembers spending time with John and talking about how "Father John" is a fraud. Gina tells John that she longs for the day when they have to stop pretending and can be together all the time. Bo snaps "Hope" to and asks her what is wrong. "Hope" says that it has just been an emotional night. "Hope" tells Bo that she feels like they are on the verge of a breakthrough, they have to convince Marlena to hypnotize John again. Bo doesn't think that will happen. Gina tells herself that she doesn't need Marlena, she needs the compact. She thinks that when he sees it, John will remember everything.

Kate pays a visit to Victor and tells him about Nicole's engagement to Eric, and her fears that Lucas will do something terrible when he finds out. Kate also says that if Lucas doesn't get married, he could lose Will. Kate doesn't like to think about Lucas marrying Nicole, but Victor tells her that there may be no other choice. Victor suggests that Eric see the private investigator's report on Nicole, but Kate says it could backfire and Eric could still marry Nicole. Victor tells Kate that he has a way to help Lucas, but his plan depends on her. When Kate hears Victor's plan, she flat out refuses to do it. Victor tells her that she has no other choice.

Lucas is walking through Salem Place thinking about Nicole. He tells himself that he won't use the dirt on Nicole to get her to marry him. Suddenly, Taylor runs right into Lucas. He asks her what is wrong? Is it Eric and Nicole? Taylor tells Lucas that it's just been a bad day. Lucas offers to buy her a cup of coffee and cheer her up. Lucas tells Taylor that Will's custody hearing is tomorrow and he has 48 hours to convince Nicole to marry him. Taylor tells him that it is too late. Lucas asks why? Taylor tells him that Nicole and Eric are getting serious. She asks him why he's so desperate to get Nicole away from Eric? Lucas says because he loves her, Eric can't make her happy, and she will help him get custody of Will. Later, Taylor has a fantasy in which Eric tells her that he has realizes she is the woman he really loves, and the one he wants to marry.

Nicole cries on Eric's shoulder and says she doesn't deserve a guy like him. Eric tells Nicole that he wants to spend his life with her. When Nicole mentions her past, Eric says that is no longer an issue, they have been through this. Eric tells Nicole that she changed his mind about love and made him believe he could have a real relationship. Nicole tells Eric that she is lucky she found him. Later, Eric tells Nicole that he told Taylor about their engagement. Nicole says that is okay, and asks how she reacted? Eric says that she's too hard to read. Eric says he wanted to find Lucas and rub it in his face, but Nicole tells him that he can't do that! Eric asks why, and Nicole says that she wants to be the one to tell him. Nicole also tells Eric that she has to go to Chicago for an appearance tomorrow, and she's going alone. After Eric leaves, Nicole gets a call from Kate, who tells her that she will meet her at her apartment in twenty minutes. Back at the home, Victor tells Kate that she is doing the right thing. Kate just hopes he is right.

Nancy and Craig have just finished renewing their vows, they've been married for one year. Nancy suggests they make this a tradition from now on. They then wonder how Mike and Carrie's night is going. Craig calls Carrie's room, but no one answers, which can mean only one thing. Nancy decides to check on Ali, only to learn that she has checked out. Nancy tells Craig what has happened, and then checks for some messages for them at the counter. They have a message from Claire. Claire tells them she has taken Ali back to Salem. Craig decides to go upstairs and check on Mike and Carrie. Meanwhile, Nancy calls Ali and talks with Claire. Claire tells Nancy that she will not let anyone hurt Ali, she is taking control of the situation. Nancy asks what she means? Claire tells Nancy that she intends to make Mike Horton and the hospital pay millions! Claire promises Nancy that Mike will never exploit another woman like he did her daughter again.

Mike and Carrie are holding each other in bed and looking up at the stars (the walls of Mike's room are some odd movie projecting device). Later they watch fireworks and remember their first kiss. Carrie tells Mike that she has a confession to make, she's never going to let him go. She then starts tickling him. Craig shows up at this point and listens to them through the door. Carrie and Mike then have fantasies about winning the Carrie and Mike casino loto. As they kiss, money rains down upon them.

Craig goes downstairs and tells Nancy about Mike and Carrie's pajama party upstairs. Nancy then tells Craig about the news about Ali. She also tells him that she's worried about Ali, Claire spoke in an odd tone.

Austin is on a plane heading to Las Vegas and looking at the pictures of Mike and Carrie kissing. He vows not to lose her to Mike Horton. Austin then reflects back on the pledges Carrie made to him, his arguments with her, and Marlena and Roman's speeches to him. Austin's plane lands in Vegas and he hopes its not to late to save his marriage. Austin heads to the hotel and runs into Nancy and Craig in the Casino!

Wednesday, April 28, 1999

Greta is sitting at the table at the Horton House when Billie shows up. Greta invites her in because Hope wants to talk with her. Billie tells Greta that she knows she was wrong to lie to Bo about the baby and she shouldn't have involved her, and now she's asking for her forgiveness. Greta tells Billie that she does not judge people, she knows what she did was out of love for Bo. Billie thanks her for being so understanding. Billie reminisces about Georgia and how she found the compact.

They start talking about "Hope's" heart and who it belongs to, and Billie says she doesn't think it belongs to Bo anymore. Billie asks Greta if she thinks "Hope" is acting a little strange? Greta says that lately she's thought that her mother has been reborn in Hope, as strange as it sounds. Greta then wonders if "Hope" could be back under Stefano's control. Billie asks how that could be? Later, Billie asks Greta if she ever told "Hope" about the compact? Greta says she almost did once. Billie asks her to please keep it a secret. Greta says it could trigger "Hope's" memory, but agrees to stay quiet when Billie begs her not to tell "Hope."

Bo and "Hope" are in Salem Place. "Hope" is very worried about John, but Bo tells her that Marlena can take care of John, she's a doctor after all. "Hope" decides to go home, but Bo says they should get a cup of coffee. They sit down and Bo starts talking about how nobody recognized John in Capri. Meanwhile, Lucille and Lilly are fighting about Gina staying with them. They run into Bo and "Hope," and Bo asks them to sit and join them.

Bo mentions Capri to Lilly, and she says that she never remembers Gina spending time in Capri. Bo starts asking Lilly about when her art was stolen. Lilly tells him that January 15, 1992 was the day, and she says she is thankful that Gina was there for her. "Hope" turns pale and Bo asks her if she is okay? "Hope" says that she doesn't like seeing Lilly get worked Up over this. Bo gets a call from his Italian Inspector pal and learns that the theft Dates don't coincide with the art thefts. Lilly doesn't understand. Bo tells her that there is a possibility that Gina could have been involved with the art thefts.

"Hope" tells Bo that she has had it with this investigation, she wishes he would drop it. She then stands up and stomps off. Lilly tells Bo that Gina was like a daughter to her and she knows that Gina was not involved in a life of crime. Bo hopes she is right, but is going to continue on with this investigation. Meanwhile, Gina realizes how close Bo is getting to the truth and that she has to find a way to stop him.

Eric runs into Lucas in Salem Place, and the two exchange insults. Lucas asks Eric what he's so damn happy about? Eric says that he's happy that there is justice in this world after all. Lucas asks if Sami has gotten out? Eric says no, but she will soon. Eric then accuses Lucas of wanting to see Sami fry. Lucas says that he never wanted Sami to die, just spend her life in jail for the lies she's told. They soon end up arguing about Nicole, and Eric tells Lucas that neither he nor Nicole need anything from him.

Nicole arrives home and waits for Kate to show up. Kate shows up moments after Nicole gets home and struts into Nicole's living room. Kate congratulates Nicole, she ran into Taylor and learned the news. Kate tells Nicole that she will not tell Lucas about the engagement, not now and not ever. Nicole doesn't understand what this is all about, and eventually tells Kate to get out. Kate refuses to leave until they reach an understanding. Kate accuses Nicole of manipulating Lucas to further her career and keep her secrets safe. Nicole asks Kate if she's threatening to expose her past? Kate says she has an offer for her, and hands her a check, a 5 million dollar one. Nicole thinks that Kate wants her to leave town. She tells her that she is going to marry Eric and live right here in Salem. Kate tells Nicole that she is missing the point, she wants Nicole to marry Lucas and be a mother to Will!

Roman pays Sami a visit. Roman tells Sami that he's here to tell her that Austin has gone to Las Vegas to see Carrie to straighten things out. Sami doesn't know why he even bothered, Carrie has given up on their marriage. The two argue and bicker, Sami thinks that Carrie will go so far as to blame her affair with Mike on her! Roman asks Sami if this is about her not wanting Austin and Carrie together. Sami says she doesn't want to see Austin hurt again, and then tells her dad about her dreams of marrying Austin and raising Will. Roman tells Sami that Carrie will always be Austin's first and only love. Sami says that right now the only thing that matters right now is that Lucas doesn't get a hold of Will, and like it or not Carrie and Austin being together is what is best for Will. Roman promises Sami that things will work out for the best.

In the casino, Austin runs into Craig and Nancy. He tells them he's looking for Carrie, and Nancy and Craig pretend that they didn't know she was here, the came here to renew their wedding vows. Austin starts quizzing them about taking pictures, and if they sent him something? Nancy tells him no. Unfortunately, a casino worker approaches them to make sure they are having a good time and he's sorry that their friend had to leave. Austin asks them what friend would that be? Nancy says that it was her maid of honor, she came with them for their anniversary. Austin asks about his wife and Nancy and Craig act shocked when he's told that she checked in with Mike Horton. Austin tells the man that he came to surprise his wife, so the man offers him and his wife a free romantic dinner later this evening. Later, when Craig and Nancy start talking about what is about to happen, Nancy starts feeling bad for Mike again. Craig tells her that Mike has brought this all on himself. Nancy and Craig play the slot machines and win the jackpot.

Meanwhile, Austin and the manager can't find Carrie anywhere, so the manager gives Austin the key to Carrie's room! Upstairs, Carrie leads a blindfolded Austin into her room, which is filled with candles. The clothes fall to the floor and they jump into a tub fool of bubbles. Outside, Austin knocks on Mike's door to see if he knows where Carrie is. When Mike doesn't answer, he assumes that Carrie is out with Mike. Austin unlocks the door to Carrie's room and heads in. He finds a picture of him and Carrie in her suitcase and realizes that Carrie never stopped loving him. Austin takes his wedding ring out of his pocket and puts it back on his finger. Room service shows up at Carrie's apartment, but Austin tells him that he has the wrong room. The man goes to Mike's place, and Carrie offers to run into the bathroom. Mike tells her that it is okay, nobody will see her. Mike answers the door and signs the room service ticket. Unfortunately, Mike doesn't close the door all the way behind him, and Austin peeks in and sees Carrie in Mike's bed!

Thursday, April 29, 1999

Outside room 503, an unsuspecting Mike heads to the door to tip the bellboy. He's greeted by Austin's fist as he punches Mike and barges into the room. Carrie can only look on in horror and pull the covers up around her. She runs after him but Austin angrily reveals that he saw her kissing Mike up at Green Mountain Lodge and now has caught her in bed with the guy. He hands back his wedding ring and boasts that he is through with her and their marriage. Carrie is devastated and rushes back into Mike's room to get her clothes. There, Mike explains to Carrie that Austin is the person who walked out of the marriage. Carrie does not want to hear about it, she just wants to find Austin. She tells a broken-hearted Mike that everything was a mistake and that if they had only waited one more night, none of this would have happened. As he rides down the elevator, Austin wonders if Las Vegas is the place for quickie divorces. He leaves the hotel, and Carrie arrives moments later. The desk clerk informs her that Austin has already left. A devastated Carrie packs her bag to return to Salem as Mike is drowning his sorrows at the hotel bar and Austin is on the plane back home.

Kate tells Nicole that her $5 million deal is an honest one. All Nicole has to do is cash the check and marry Lucas. She will live in the lap of luxury with a man who loves her. Nicole counters, saying that she does not love Lucas and cannot be bought. Kate just rolls her eyes. Nicole stands firm that she would rather live with Eric as his wife in a one-bedroom apartment then marry Lucas. Kate reminds Nikki that if Eric finds out about her past, he'll dump her and then she could not even afford to live in that one-bedroom apartment. Nicole orders Kate out of her place, and Kate leaves. Nicole still has the check and wonders. Just then, Eric calls, and she tells him that she's crying because she is happy. He just called to tell her that he loves her. She hangs up, even more confused.

As she works on another stolen painting, Hope explains to Stefano that if the paintings are found, he could go to prison for life. Since she has finished the last of the copies, Steffi determines that they can move to the next phase of his plan...to steal the last Renet. Gina uses the opportunity to tell Stef that they could use John's help. No, Stefano says. John cannot come back because the chip in his brain is not as sophisticated and all the memories have been wiped out. Gina thinks to herself that John will remember. Running into Bo at the Brady Pub, Roman explains to him and Billie that he thinks the person involved with the art heist was someone on the inside who had access to the wealthy people on a social level. Bo admits that he thinks that Gina was involved with the stolen paintings because of Stefano and Billie agrees. Roman also tells Bo that Lili Faversham told him a different story of who was with her the night that her masterpieces were stolen, and she did not mention that Gina was there. Bo chalks it up to Lili's failing memory.

At the prison, Sami congratulates Eric on his engagement to Nicole. Sami has to tell her twin that Austin and Carrie's marriage is on the rocks and that Carrie has been having an affair with Mike. Eric decides to call Nicole on his cell phone and she gets a chance to offer Nicole her best over the phone. Gregory warns Lucas that the custody hearing is around the corner. Lucas whips out the huge rock of an engagement ring and frets that he won't be able to get Nicole to marry him in a day. Kate returns from her meeting with Nicole and tells her son that she has given him her blessing to marry Nicole. This shocks Lucas, who is still bumming that it'll be a million-to-one shot if it works. As he leaves the room, Kate sighs and says how about five million.

Friday, April 30, 1999

Kate is disgusted with herself that she had to beg Nicole to marry Lucas. She knows that Nicole marrying Lucas will give them the advantage for gaining custody of Will, but that means she'd have her as a daughter-in-law. Kate is frantic that Nicole turned down the offer, and is climbing the walls wondering if she's changed her mind. Victor offers that maybe she does not know Nicole as well as she thought. Kate calls Nicole, who curtly tells her NO and to stop calling. Kate is at wit's end, but Victor advises Kate that as long as Nicole did not tear up the $5 million check, then there is still a chance she may accept it. In the meantime, Victor has another way to ensure Nicole says yes to Lucas.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Lucas convinces Alice to support his efforts to win custody of his son tomorrow at the hearing. He tells his grandmother that all of Sami's family will have statements that Austin can do no wrong, and it will only be Kate standing up for him. Alice agrees to stand by Lucas, but she makes him promise that he will fight hard for Will. Lucas has Henderson bring the limo around (fully stocked with champagne, caviar and the works!) to go pick up Nicole.

At Nicole's apartment, she gazes at her engagement ring and recalls Eric's proposal. She takes off her ring, when the doorbell rings....it's Taylor. Taylor asks her sister how she can marry Eric if she can't be true to herself. Nicole starts getting nasty with her sister, saying Taylor has no idea who the real Nicole is, and Taylor agrees. Taylor tells her that neither does Eric, he's in love with a persona that Nicole has created, but Nicole can't keep up the charade forever. The doorbell rings again and it's Eric, who surprises Nicole with a photo of their new house which features them in it. The doorbell rings again. Thankfully, it is the limo driver. Nicole packs the last of her things, including the photo from Eric, but also takes Kate's check with her. Nicole gets into the limo and is shocked to see Lucas there.

At Lili's, Gina is trying to get Lili to stop hoping that the authorities will capture whoever stole her paintings. Lili is shocked to hear Gina say this, and Gina covers saying the whole thing was so traumatic for Lili, she just does not want the poor woman to be disappointed all over again. Gina says that Bo will not be able to catch the thief, after all these years and the fact that no one from the European police or the ISA was able to either.

At the Horton kitchen, Bo tells Greta that Gina could be a victim of Stefano's. Greta wonders if Stefano might have gotten rid of her mother. Greta, after hearing what Bo has to say about the art thefts, wonders if her mother might have been involved. Bo does not think so, because Gina was a Princess and had lots of money. The conversation turns again to Hope, and Bo is frustrated about her moodiness.

Vivian and Celeste arrive back at the DiMera mansion after spending time in Switzerland. Vivian plays the sickly woman to the staff and learns that Stefano is not home. Alone with Celeste, Vivian jumps up and says that she can't wait to take down Stefano and Kate by running Titan. She wistfully remembers her love for Victor and wishes she could tell him how poorly Kate has run the company. If Vivian can get just 2% more of the company's stock, she'll have controlling interest. Then she could show Victor how well she can run the company. Celeste realizes that she is still in love with Victor. The doorbell rings and Celeste answers it. It is Bo, who surprises Vivian with flowers and asks for a moment to talk with her.

Alone, Gina lights up a cigarette and wonders how to get the compact back when the doorbell rings. Thinking it's Lili, she answers, but is surprised to see Greta. Greta enters and asks Hope why she keeps pushing Bo away. But Gina is too preoccupied, staring at the lit cigarette she did not put out.

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