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Monday, March 6, 2000

Benny and Brandon arrive at the courthouse to see Lexie comforting Abe. Benny tells Brandon to stick to the plan, if he lets his emotions take over they'll never win the case. Roman shows up, and he and Abe go into the hearing room. The arbitrator announces that this arbitration is non-binding, so if one party is not happy with the outcome they can still take this matter to court. Benny, Abe, and Brandon talk calmly for awhile. Brandon admits to shoving Abe after the boxing match, but says it was no big deal. The arbitrator tells Brandon that he agreed to counseling, and Brandon says he did only to stay out of jail. Brandon says he does not have a problem with his anger, it is Abe who's anger is out of control.

Benny calls a recess when he realizes things aren't going well, so he tells Brandon to go work his magic. Abe goes into the bathroom, and Brandon goes in after him and starts antagonizing him. Brandon tells Abe that he's finally going to pay today. Abe tells Brandon that he should have thrown him in jail a week after the fight, but he gave him time and the benefit of the doubt. Brandon tells Abe that he must have a selective conscious and that is how he sleeps at night. Abe goes to leave, but Brandon gets in his way. When Abe tells him to get out of his face and pushes him, the arbitrator walks in and sees this. Brandon comments that he should add assault to his charged against the commander, and then leaves. Abe tries to explain to the arbitrator what happened, but the arbitrator doesn't buy it. Abe returns to the hearing and blows up when he hears the city attorney tell Roman they should cut their losses.

Abe says that if he won't defend him, he'll do it himself! The arbitration continues, and Brandon says that Abe Carver came to the hospital to purposely embarrass him. Abe says that is a lie, but the arbitrator tells Abe that he'll have his turn when Brandon is done. Brandon says he filed this lawsuit to get his respect back, but Abe says he filed it to get big bucks! The arbitrator once again tells Abe that he will get his turn to talk after Brandon. Brandon continues his sob story about how Abe humiliated him at his place of work by arresting him, and how he abused his powers.

When it is Abe's turn, he says that this lawsuit has nothing to do with justice or dignity, it has to do with Brandon's rebel cop of a lawyer trying to milk this department for a huge settlement. They get into a huge fight, and the arbitrator calls a recess. Lexie shows up and learns that Abe has pretty much blown his case. Brandon tells Lexie that Abe lost control, and Lexie asks Brandon if he set Abe off? Brandon says Abe is abusing his power, abusing him, and he asks Lexie if Abe abuses her too? Lexie is appalled by that suggestion, and Brandon apologizes and says he is just upset. Lexie goes to see Abe and asks him not to lose it in there. Abe saw Lexie talking to Brandon, and he tells her to tell Brandon to just stay out of both of their lives.

Austin surprises Sami with some hot chocolate to cheer her up. Austin asks her if she is okay? Sami says yes, but she can't stop thinking about what her family went through. Austin says that according to Bo they will be rescued today, but Sami won't believe they are okay until she talks to her mom and Eric. Sami hates the waiting, so Austin tells her that he has an idea which may help her theory it. Austin takes Sami to Green Mountain Lodge, and Sami tells Austin that he didn't have to bring her here because he knows it reminds him of Carrie. Austin says he and Carrie had some good times here, but right now he is concentrating on making her happy. Sami tells Austin that he does so much for her, but she tells him that he does a lot for him as well.

Sami tells Austin that the past few days she's wondered if he's been coming on strong lately because he's pushing away his feelings of pain which Carrie caused. Austin tells her that he's over that pain. Austin tells Sami that he's concerned that now that he's free, she's no longer interested in him. Sami tells Austin that she's been throwing herself at him for years, but Austin says for the past few weeks she's been distant. He asks Sami point blank how she feels about him. Sami is shocked, so Austin just kisses her, and she kisses him back. Later, Austin orders some onion rings because he needs some fried food, and one of Austin's gym friends show up. His friend asks Austin what he's doing here? Austin says he's just having some food with his girlfriend, which touches Sami. After Austin's friend leaves, Sami tells Austin that he just made her day. Later, Sami and Austin engage in a snowball fight. Sami suggests they make snow angels, but Austin tells her that he has a real angel right next to him. After some kissing, Austin suggests they finish this in a dryer setting.

Gina's body surfaces in the lagoon, and Greta screams. Her screams bring Shawn and Belle running, and Belle cringes when she sees Gina. Shawn asks Belle to get some blankets for the body, so she runs off. Shawn wonders when this woman is going to stop bringing misery into their lives. Eric tells Shawn not to do this, but Shawn says that his mother is in danger because of this woman, and then he looks at Greta and tells her that she is as much to blame as her "saintly" mother. Eric and Greta get out of the lagoon, and Eric demands Shawn apologizes. Shawn refuses because Greta lied about her mother taking his mother's place. Greta says she is sorry, but she believed her mother when she said Hope was dead, and she wanted her mother in her life so badly that she would have done anything. Shawn tells Greta that her mother was crazy, and if she believes her mother was well adjusted, she is just as crazy as her mother was!

Eric tells Shawn to back off, but Shawn wonders if Greta isn't keeping secrets from them still. Greta says she isn't keeping anything from them, but Shawn is positive that Gina must have told her something on her death bed. Greta says that her mother did tell her something, but it had nothing to do with Hope. Shawn asks her what it was because it couldn't have been small talk. Greta says it was personal and is nobody's business but hers. Shawn says that it is his business because it could help find his mother. Eric and Shawn start shoving one another, and Belle breaks it up. Belle tells them that they have enough trouble as is trying to figure out what to do with the body. Eric says he'll use the crates to build a casket, and Belle says Shawn will help. Shawn refuses to help Greta, and he leaves. Greta tells Eric that Shawn didn't have to be so violent, but Eric says that Shawn is just reacting to his loss, and he is desperate to find his mother. Later, Eric tells Greta that she should bury her mom in Salem, but Greta says her mother wants her to take her home. She also feels that her mother's spirit is still alive! Elsewhere, Belle finds Shawn by himself, and Shawn tells Belle that John and Eric finished the casket for Gina. Belle thinks Shawn owes Greta an apology, but Shawn thinks Greta knows something she isn't telling them that could help find his mother.

Bo shows up at the Duke and Duchess' house and demands to speak to them. The Duke asks Bo what he's doing back here? Bo tells him that he needs to know everything he knows about Princess Gina. The Duchess shows up, and Bo pleads with them to help him find his wife by telling him all they know about Gina. The Duke refuses and thinks that Bo helped Gina steal their painting. Bo says he didn't, and when the Duke tells him to leave, Bo grabs him and demands to know about Gina. The Duke tells him that she has the castle and summer house in Paris, that is all he knows.

In the Turret, Kurt brings Hope some tea for her and the baby. Hope wishes she was back in Salem so she could deliver this baby in the hospital with Bo. Kurt tells her that if Bo learns the truth, he won't want to be there. Hope asks him what he's saying? Kurt tells her that her baby's father is not who she thinks it is, it is not Bo. Hope tells Kurt of course Bo is the baby's father! Kurt tells her that while she was in Europe as Gina, she had many suitors. Hope tells Kurt that no matter who she thought she was, the only man she could make love to is Bo. Hope then wonders if Kurt raped her when she had amnesia. She asks him if he did, and he says of course not. Hope doesn't know if she can believe him because he is holding her prisoner. Kurt hints that they won't be here for long, and he says that soon he will disappear and start a new life for himself, and she's going to help him! Hope asks what she can do?

Kurt says that he needs money, and he understands that her parents are very wealthy. Hope promises him anything he wants as long as she can go home. Kurt tells her that she can't leave yet because she might jeopardize the baby, but when the time comes they'll discuss her future and his. Kurt leaves, and Hope wonders if Kurt will really let her go back to Salem. However, she tells herself not to get her hopes up, and then she is hit with a cramp. Outside Hope's room, Kurt vows not to let the Princess down and says that Hope's family can never know she is still alive. Kurt makes a call, and asks the person on the other end if they are still interested in making the deal? The person on the phone is interested, and Kurt tells them that he won't part with her without proper compensation. He tells the person that she needs time to regain her strength, and he also needs to know that the baby won't be separated from it's mother. After the phone call ends, there is a knock at the door. When Kurt answers it, he comes face to face with Bo!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2000

Austin and Sami are driving home from the lodge. Sami tells Austin that she really likes this dating thing because she's never done it before. Austin enjoys dating her too, and they share a kiss. As they are about to arrive home, Sami says the house is probably empty and they could go into the main house and snuggle by the fire.

Henderson brings Nicole her second martini of the day. Nicole tells Henderson that his martini's are great, he is like the Martini God and should give Lucas some pointer on how to make them. Nicole grows bored talking to Henderson, so she answers the door when someone rings the doorbell. However, she is shocked to find out it is her mom. Nicole invites her in, and Fayestarts questioning Nicole about her husband. She asks Nicole if Lucas is good to her? Nicole says of course he is, he gives her whatever she wants. Fayesays she doesn't look very happy. Nicole tells her mom that the only role models she had where her and her father, so what made her think she'd have a better marriage then they did? Fayetells Nicole that she wants her to be happy and in love, even if it means being poor. Fayesays she wants her to have a better life than she did.

Nicole says she is happy, and she does have a better life than she did. Nicole tells Fayethat if she insists coming here in the future she could at least where some better clothes. Fayesays she will go, but the reason she came was to give her some books on child-rearing which she saved. Nicole wonders why, but then she remembers her ulterior motives for going to see her mom last night. Suddenly, Austin and Sami arrive home. Nicole tells her mom to stay put, and she goes to spy on them. Austin and Sami are busy kissing one another and having a good time. Austin sees Nicole watching them, so he says hello. Nicole tells them that they seem like the perfect couple, all they need is little Will to bounce on their knees. Nicole begins to insult Sami, and Nicole walks off after she says she's sick of looking at her face. Austin and Sami follow Nicole into the living room and meet Nicole's guest, who she claims is no one. Austin and Sami introduce one another to Fay, and Nicole claims that this woman is interviewing for a cleaning job.

Henderson comes in and asks Mrs. Walker if she'd like something to drink? Austin and Sami figure out that this is Nicole and Brandon's mother, and Austin is not pleased. Austin tells Nicole that he wants to speak to her alone in the living room! Nicole tells Sami that she told her that Austin couldn't wait to get her alone. After the leave, Sami says Nicole is such a . . . Sami apologizes, but Fayetells Sami she knows exactly what her daughter is. Fayetells Sami that she knows it is not an excuse, but Nicole has had a hard life. Sami says there is no excuse for what Nicole did, and she tells Fayehow Nicole broke her brother's heart and married Lucas to get custody of her son, and she doesn't even like kids.

Fayesays that is not true, and Sami sees the pregnancy books in Fay's arms. Sami asks Fayeif Nicole is having a baby? Fayesays no, these books are for someone else, a friend who she is going to see again. Fayesays she should go now. Sami asks if they will see her again? Fayedoesn't know because Nicole doesn't like having her around, but Sami says Brandon must enjoy seeing her. Fayesmiles and says Brandon has always been good to her. Sami says she has a hard time believing that Nicole and Brandon are from the same set of parents. Meanwhile, Austin asks Nicole why she's being so rude to her mother? Nicole tells Austin that her mom is a professional victim and feeds off of people's pity for her. Nicole says that to make it in this world you have to be hard and tough, otherwise you'll be left with a scrapbook of memories you'd rather forget.

Austin asks her if she is talking about her mom, or herself? Austin and Nicole rejoin Sami and Fayejust as they were talking about Brandon and Nicole's parents. Nicole tells her mom that her time is up, so Fayeleaves.

John and Marlena are cuddling, and John gives Marlena a kiss. They soon make love, and afterwards Marlena tells John that they should let the others go Home and they can stay behind. John asks how they'd get home? Marlena says the navy could send a hot air balloon for them, or a submarine. Marlena's words hit home, and he asks her why she'd say that? John remembers sub-sex, and Marlena worries about him. However, he cools down and tells Marlena not to worry.

Doug and Julie bring the kids breakfast, a variety of fruits they have found on the island. Suddenly, Lily shows up in a sarong she found in one of her suitcase. Lily has taken another one of Marlena's tranquilizers, and is high on life. Greta and Eric talk about her mother, and as they do, Belle tries to get Shawn to ease up on Greta. Shawn doesn't give a damn about Greta's feelings and he vows to get whatever she is keeping out of her. Later, Mimi talks with Belle and Shawn and tell them how romantic this island is. Shawn and Belle don't think it is romantic at all.

Marlena and John show up for breakfast, and Lily tells everyone that they need some entertainment. Mimi says they should have a talent show, and Lily loves the idea. Lily tells Shawn to crack out his keyboard, and she tells everyone that she used to entertain the troops during the war with her voice. Lily takes Alice's hands and says that they are kindred spirits, two of a kind, they have faced their hardships and are still alive and kicking! Shawn breaks out his keyboard and begins to play a tune which Lily sings to. After her performance, everyone applauds.

Alice then requests a solo from her grandson, and he agrees after everyone shouts his name. Shawn plays a song, Celine Dion's "That's the way it is" which he dedicates to his mom. After Shawn's number, Mimi and Belle perform a number. Mimi says that they decided to elect Alice as president, and they dedicate this number to her. Mimi and Belle and then perform "Alice's Isle" to the tune of Gilligan's Island. Alice thanks them all, and Shawn begins to play Alice and Tom's song because it is their anniversary. Doug and Julie then sing "I'll be loving you always" for Alice. Soon, everyone joins in. After the song ends, the boat to rescue the stranded islanders arrives. Shawn gives Belle a hug and tells her that they are finally going to find his mom.

Kurt is shocked to see Bo at the front door. He tries to prevent him from coming in, but Bo shoves him and manages to hit him in the shoulder where he was shot. Bo barges his way in and announces that he is here to find Hope, and he's not leaving until her does. Bo starts looking all over the place, in drawers and closets. Kurt pretends he is sick, but Bo won't leave. Kurt tells him that this is a private residence and there is nobody in this castle but him. Bo doesn't believe him because he has a special connection with Hope, and he can feel her here. Upstairs, Hope senses that Bo is near, and she asks him to come find her.

Bo tells Kurt that he's going to search this castle with or without his permission, so Kurt offers to give him a tour so he doesn't get lost. He excuses himself to get a sweater, and while he's gone, he goes to check on Hope. Hope is out of bed and clinging to the bed post. He asks Hope what she is doing? She begs Kurt to help her save her baby. Kurt picks up Hope and carries her off, and a snooping Bo hears her moaning. Bo barges the way into the room, but Kurt has put Hope in the closet and has gagged her. Bo calls out to Hope, but she is too weak to answer him. Kurt tells Bo that he told him there was no one here, but he will show him the rest of the rooms if he wants. After Bo and Kurt leave, Hope musters the strength to kick the door of the closet, but she is too late. After the tour, Bo apologizes for being rude to Kurt. Bo says perhaps he'll go to Germany because Stefano has hideouts there. He also gives Bo his card in case he thinks of anything which might help him, and Bo asks Kurt for his number in case he needs to get in touch with him. Kurt gives him a number, and Bo leaves. After Bo leaves, Kurt goes back and gets Hope. Kurt tells Hope that Bo is gone now, and he's not coming back. Hope tells herself that she needs to give Bo a false sense of Hope, but secretly hopes that Bo will come back. Outside the chateau, Bo wonders where he should go now. Bo asks God to help him find Hope.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Abe is waiting for the verdict in his case. Lexie shows up to support Abe, but they only end up in a fight about Brandon. Abe tells Lexie that if she is going to defend Brandon, then he doesn't want her here. Lexie says she is here for him, she was only trying to explain why he is doing what he is doing. Benny tells Brandon that today is the big day, and when the city attorney offers them a settlement, he'll turn it down and work his magic. Later, the hearing begins, and the Commissioner and the city attorney warn Abe not to lash out at Brandon again. Benny wants Lexie to leave, but Brandon says he doesn't mind if she stays. The city attorney says that she is Abe's wife and has every right to be here. The arbitrator starts the hearing to work out a fair and final settlement. The arbitrator thinks that it is in everyone's favor that they come to a settlement.

The city attorney makes an offer, which Abe thinks is outrageous! Before Benny can reject the offer, Brandon stands up and says he has something important to say. Brandon starts making a speech about how he didn't want it to come to this, and he never wanted anyone to get hurt. Benny drags Brandon outside, and the two argue. Benny thought they had this worked out, but Brandon makes a change in their plans. Brandon wants Abe reinstated on the force before they have Larry sue him, because it will be all the more damaging! Benny likes the plan and tells Brandon that he is smart. Brandon says Abe will think he's dodged the bullet, but a bigger one is coming his way.

Lexie thinks Brandon wants to make peace with Abe, but Abe doubts that. Brandon and Benny return, and Brandon says that he has the deepest respect for the force, and he regrets that this had to happen. However, he feels that the police department should not have to suffer financial difficulties for Abe's mistake. Brandon says that he will use his settlement money to pay his lawyer and then he will donate his money to a center for kids on south street. Brandon announces that he will accept the settlement, on the condition that Abe Carver does not lose his job. Brandon is asked why he has had a change of heart? Brandon says his needs are simple, he doesn't want to be responsible for the end of a man's career, and he doesn't want to jeopardize his working relationship with Lexie Carver. He says he is hoping to make peace with both her and her husband with this gesture. The city attorney asks for ten minutes to review the offer. Lexie tells Abe that she told him that Brandon was a decent man. Benny and Brandon make a deal with city attorney, and Roman and Lexie congratulate Abe. Brandon smiles and tells himself that it is far from over, the real fun is about to begin.

Nicole and Lucas are in bed, and when Lucas goes to make love to Nicole, she suddenly pushes him off her! Lucas asks what that was about, and Nicole quickly covers by saying she has a cramp. As Lucas massages her leg, Nicole takes a drink, and then suggests they go down for breakfast. Lucas stops her and says the only problem is he can't keep his hands off her. Nicole stops Lucas once again and suggests he go take a shower. Lucas makes a comment about them having a child soon if they keep this amount of love making up, and then he jumps in the shower, Nicole finds her hidden birth control pills and takes one. She tells herself there is no way she is having his kid.

Kate wakes up and gives Victor, who is still sleeping, a kiss. He wakes up and begins kissing her back. The two begin to go at it, but Victor stops and says this isn't right. He feels bad that he can't satisfy her needs, and he tells her that they can't get married. Kate tells Victor that his love is enough for her, but Victor tells Kate that she is a young woman, what if she wants another child? Kate says that four is enough, and she doesn't want him to give up on them. Victor asks Kate to look him in the eye and tell him that she doesn't miss having a physical relationship and doesn't dream of making love to a man. Kate remembers passionately kissing Nicholas, and Victor knows Kate wants it. Kate ends up storming out of their bedroom.

Austin shows up to see Sami, and brings her a rose. Sami invites him in, and Austin tells her that he's here to escort her to breakfast. Austin tells Sami, who is in her bathrobe, to get some clothes on. However, he changes his mind, and carries her to the couch to make out. However, Austin stops before they go to far because he wants to take it slow, and because making love is a big step. He tells her that he doesn't want to do this and have reservations later on. Sami thinks this is about her past, and she tells Austin that she will prove to him that she is no longer that Sami.

Everyone begins to assemble in the living room for breakfast. Kate gives Victor a kiss and tells him never to doubt her love for him. Lucas is glad to see his mom and Victor are getting along better, and he tells them that they may be grandparents before they know it. Out in the living room, Austin and Sami show up, and Sami shares the news that everyone has been rescued. Nicole is relieved that Eric is safe, which upsets Sami. Sami and Nicole start arguing, first about Eric, and then about Nicole's mom. Nicole soon stars telling Sami that she's just sexually frustrated because she isn't sleeping with Austin, and she knows Austin sexually starved by the way he looks at her.

Sami tries to walk away, so Nicole goats her some more by accusing Sami of having the hots for Brandon. Nicole starts telling Sami that her brother's ex- girlfriends claim Brandon is the best in bed, and Sami thinks Nicole is a prude for talking about her brother's sex life. Sami accuses Nicole of trying to break her and Austin up because she wants him for himself, but Nicole says that Sami doesn't really want Austin, he is just a trophy she stole from her sister. Nicole tells Sami that Brandon is who she really wants, and when she gives in to her brother, there will be no turning back. Nicole goes into the dining room and joins the rest of the family for breakfast. Sami hasn't joined them yet, and Nicole says that Sami seemed distracted this morning. Lucas wonders why, and he asks Austin if he has any plans for the future with Sami. Austin says they have plans, and Kate begs Austin not to tell her that he's going to marry that girl. Sami walks into the room as Kate says this, and she lays into Kate. Sami says that no one in her family know what the meaning of love is, and soon Lucas and Sami start arguing about Lucas' marriage. Lucas thinks Sami is just jealous of his marriage because she can't find anyone stupid enough to marry her. Austin asks Lucas if he is calling him stupid? Victor tells them to stop it now because he's not running a halfway house for dysfunctional families. Victor says he's had it with all of them, and tells them they have one month to figure out what they are going to do and where they are going to live, but it won't be under his roof! Victor tells Lucas and Sami that they have 30 days to decide who will get custody of Will, and then they all have to get their lazy butts out of his house! Victor leaves, and Kate goes after him, leaving everyone very shocked.

Kurt tells Hope that Bo is gone and won't be back. Hope knows Kurt knows where Bo is, and she asks him where he went. Kurt doesn't know, and he tells Hope that he has plans for her. Hope looks at him and asks what he's planning to do with her? Kurt refuses to tell her, and tells her to consider herself lucky that she won't end up like Stefano. Hope asks Kurt where Stefano is, what has he done with him? She asks Kurt if he shot Stefano in cold blood, is he dead? Kurt only says that Stefano DiMera is no longer worth worrying about, and the only reason she is not in the Turret with him is because she is pregnant. Hope offers Kurt a lot of money if she lets her go home to Salem and have her baby, but Kurt claims he has other plans for her and her baby! Hope begs Kurt not to hurt her baby. Kurt asks why he should do what she wants, he hasn't made this easy on him or the poor princess .

Kurt says he'll be relieved once Stefano is gone and he can ship her off to have her baby elsewhere. Hope asks Kurt for one favor, to check on Stefano. Kurt agrees to check on him, but warns Hope that she won't escape. Once Kurt is gone, Hope tries to get out of bed, but is too ill. Hope begins to hear a baby crying, and she tells herself that she has to do this for her baby. Kurt checks on Stefano, who Kurt says is knocking at death's door.

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Thursday, March 9, 2000

At the Kiriakis, mansion Victor and Kate were arguing about him kicking her kids out of the house. She said "If they go I go!" He went to the closet and got a suitcase. Throwing it on the bed he said "Start packing." Kate was stunned. Downstairs Philip met up with he others eating breakfast. Lucas told him Victor kicked them out. At first Philip was unbelieving but Austin convinced him it was the truth. Philip was inwardly pleased as he looked at this as an opportunity to get more money from his parents. He went upstairs and told his parents he needed an advance of approximately $25,000 from his trust fund and he told them he was planning on taking a trip abroad for Spring Break. Victor told him no on both counts saying it won't happen until Philip repays his debt to him. Discouraged Philip left. Outside their room he called his friend Jason to find out if he knew when their friends were coming home from Paris. After he hung up to himself he said "You better not move in on Belle, Shawn. She's mine." Inside their bedroom Victor convinced Kate it is best or everyone that he kicked them out. Although she will miss them she can't help but agree. He said the plus side of Austin and Lucas being gone is the fact that Sami and Nicole will also be gone. Kate agreed that is a plus but at the same time she was worried it would bring Austin and Sami closer to marriage. "Don't be so sure about that" Victor said. He explained Sami will go to any length to hold on to her son which means she will probably do something that will jeopardize Austin's love for her. This pleased Kate. Back in the dining room Nicole told the others she was happy this happened because now she and Lucas can build their own mansion far away from Salem and the people who live there. Sami told Nicole and Lucas they weren't taking Will away from her. After she and Lucas exchanged nasty words he told her "Consider it done." Sami stood and started yelling while Austin stood and led he away. They went outside. Lucas told Nicole he did feel guilty about taking Will away from his mother. Nicole got angry and told Lucas "I want my mansion. You owe me." "What do you mean I owe you?" he asked. She said because she helped him earn custody of will he owed her a mansion. She went on to say she didn't really mean he OWED her she just wants the two of them to be happy and away from everyone. "The two of us. What does that mean?" he asked. "Are you forgetting about Will already?" he asked. "Of course not!" she said. She told him she meant to say the three of them. Then changig her tune she told him she wasn't sure it was right for them to take Will from his mother. She said she was worried Will would end up hating Lucas. Outside Sami was upset and afraid. She told Austin she felt like the worst thing that could happen to her just did. She said she has no home, no job and now Lucas intended to take her son away. Austin comforted her with a hug and told her as long as they stuck together everything would work out. He told her she just had to have faith in them. Austin said the move is best for everyone involved including Will. Sami was unsure. She said she wouldn't be able to stand only seeing Will every other weekend. Austin said he would talk to Lucas and get him to agree to reasonable visitation for Sami. Sami said talking to Lucas wouldn't do any good and she asked Austin if he was willing to fight dirty to get Will back.

In Paris, Belle and Mimi were having lunch. Belle ordered in fluent French and Mimi was impressed as were two young boys sitting nearby. The two young suitors joined the girls and introduced themselves as Jules and Jim. They also spoke French and Mimi was giddy for the Parisian boys. Belle seemed uncomfortable although she had already told Mimi she had batted her eyelashes at them. After talking for awhile Belle realized the boys weren't from Paris at all. They were Americans just like her and Mimi. Although Mimi had been fooled she was disappointed when Belle sent them on their way. The two women discuss fing the right guy and Mimi asked Belle if she had met that person yet. "I don't know. Maybe I have...Maybe I haven't."

Shawn, Doug, Eric and John arrived at Bo's hotel room. Shawn knocked on the door and when there was no answer he let them in with the key he picked up while in the lobby. Inside the room Bo was standing behind a curtain with his gun aimed at Shawn. When he realized who it was he apologized profusely for scaring his son. He told Shawn and the others he thought they were the police and that he only intended to use his gun to hold them off while he escaped. He filled everyone in on what had happened since he had arrived in Paris. He told them he has been to 2 of Stefano's properties but came empty handed. John told him they need to go back and check again. He thinks Bo may have overlooked something. Bo said it would be a waste of time. Bo asked the others to leave the room for a minute. He told John he didn't like the idea of him taking control of the situation like he did on the plane. He said he felt John had become Stefano's soldier again and was trying to prevent him from finding Hope in order to protect Stefano. John explained to Bo he is really trying to help and asks Bo to trust him on this. Bo apologized and said he would believe John. The others returned and Bo told them they would return to the castle. John told them they can't let Kurt know they are coming. He said it would be best if they surprised him.

At the castle Kurt told Hope Stefano was on death's door. He tol her she would not be returning to Salem but that she and her baby would be well taken care of. He would not tell her where she was going or who would be taking care of her and her baby. He told her he needed a nap. He fell asleep in a chair next to her bed. Hope pretended to also go to sleep but sh ws really keeping an eye on his gun. She made her way from the bed to where he slept and pulled the gun from his pants. He opened his eyes which startled Hope. She backed up and took aim at Kurt. He told her the only way she could get away would be by killing him. When he reached for the gun she fired but there were no bullets. He took the gun from her and shoved her back onto the bed. He said he took the bullets out of the gun after his altercation with Stefano. He told her she could never escape and then he left her alone. Once he was gone Hope found an open window and although she was a few stories up and the window opening was small she decided to attempt an escape. Meanwhile in the turret Stefano was awoken by a bird surrounded by flames that landed on the end of his bed. The bird then formed into an image of Stefano himself. The real Stefano thought for sure it must be his time to die. Stefano asked who he was. The image replied "You know exactly who I am." The image told Stefano he must get up and fight this illness. The image said Hope and the baby had made him soft. The image reminded Stefano how far he had come to get where he was at. He said Stefano had always been a fighter and this was no time to quit fighting. He told Stefano to get up and get himself out of there. Stefano told the image he couldn't do it because he was too weak. The image said "Well I can put you out of your misery then." He blew a gust of breath at Stefano which caused him to have difficulty breathing. The image told Stefano "Before I choke the life out of you I want you to let your life pass before your eyes." Stefano had flashbacks of his past and what he has overcome. Such as being burned alive by Princess Gina and struck by lightning in Aremid among other memories. He remembered telling Celeste he was the Phoenix and that he always rose from the ashes. The image told Stefano to remember how he fought to get out of those situations. He reminded Stefano again to fight to get himself out of this situation. Stefano said he is too sick. The image said it was time to get started on putting Stefano out of his misery. He blew on Stefano again. Kurt arrived to check on Stefano again. He checked Stefano's pulse and thought he was dead. When he was just about to cover Stefano's face with the blanket Stefan opened his eyes. Kurt was startled and immediately left. "Ha! Ha! That boy doesn't know you very well does he Stefano?" said the image. Then it disappeared!

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Friday, March 10, 2000

While at Salem Place, Sami and Austin were discussing the fact that Lucas was planning on taking Will and moving far away from Salem and Sami. Sami is certain the court will never award her custody of Will because she has no job and no place to call home. Austin reminded her a lot could change in 30 days. He said there was much she could do in order to make herself look better to the eyes of the court. He told her because of her experience at Titan she could find another job without much problem. He said he would help her look. He mentioned that her mother must know someone that could set her up with a realtor. She agreed with him about the job and the home but said there was one thing she couldn't change...the fact that she's single. Austin told Sami because she is single is no reason for them to run out and get married. He reminded her that because she is upset and panicky she thinks she has to make rash decisions. He told her those kinds of decisions need to be seriously thought out. He said they shouldn't get married until they are able to say they love each other unconditionally. He suggested she talk to Lucas about joint custody of Will. He told her he had watched Lucas when he was with Will and he saw that Lucas is a good father. Sami told Austin that would never happen. Austin said he had something to say and told her she must listen to him. Austin explained that Will was the priority in this situation...not them. He reminded her she was the one who decided to have a baby with a man she couldn't stand and now she must own up to that responsibility and admit she made a mistake. Sami said she didn't think Will was a mistake. Austin told her that wasn't what he said. Although Austin's harsh words upset her she admitted she made a mistake when she slept with Lucas. He told her Will's future was in her hands and that she must lead by example and do what is best for her son. Austin told Sami he had to leave for a meeting. When he was gone to herself she said "Oh Austin, we're going to be married sooner than you think."

At the Kiriakis mansion Nicole was explaining to Lucas why she thinks Will should be raised by his mother. She said she is afraid Will will end up hating his father because he took his mother away from him. She reminded him that any child psychologist would tell him the same thing. Nicole told Lucas that if he decided to allow Will to live with his mother than he would be the "good guy" "Good guy,Yeah" said Lucas. He then went on to say that when they build their new estate they can build guesthouse for Sami to live in and then Will could see his mother whenever he wanted. Nicole said "Are you crazy?! Lucas, I want them away from us and out of our lives!" Lucas was stunned. Nicole moaned to Lucas how Kate, Victor and Sami all hate her and how Austin is nothing but a do-gooder. She said she just wants for the two of them to get away from everyone. Lucas reminded her that Will was part of the deal. "Always was. Always will be" he said. She acted like she was upset because he called their relationship a deal. He apologized for hurting her feelings and then told her he would not allow Sami to raise Will. He said Will was staying with them. Lucas left and Nicole was disappointed. Alone Nicole wondered aloud how she could keep the 5 million dollars and get Eric to forgive her. She decided that if she pretended to make peace with Sami and reunite her with her son than Eric would have to forgive her. She said he would have to appreciate the fact that she helped his sister. Nicole practiced the speech she would give Sami on a mirror. Whe she finished to herself she said "Oh Nicole...your good!" At Titan Nicholas and Kate were talking business. Kate was distracted. Nicholas assumed she was distracted by thoughts of the two of them together and admitted he was having the same problem. She told him she wasn't thinking about him she was thinking about Victor. She told him how Victor had taken charge of everyone at the breakfast table this morning. She talked about how powerful Victor was. Nicholas said "Enough about Victor. What about us?" She said "There is no us." Nicholas told her he knows she has feelings for him. She said what happened between them at Green Mountain Lodge was a mistake and that she has no feelings for him. He disagreed. Victor arrived unnoticed and demanded to know what was going on. Because Victor didn't actually hear the whole conversation Kate and Nicholas covered by lying to Victor. They told him they were talking about Vivian. Nicholas left them alone and went to the gym to release his pent up frustration over Kate. While sparring with a punching bag he remembered their time at Green Mountain Lodge and the fact that Kate told him they would never be together. He is upset. To himself he said " Your wrong about me Kate." Meanwhile back in her office Victor and Kate were discussing what had happened over breakfast. Kate told Victor he solved all her problems. He said he was glad she was happy but that he still had a problem and he needed her help to fix it. She told him she would do whatever she could to help. He told her he was working on a plan to get his 5 million dollars back from Nicole. Kate told him "You'll never get it back!" He said "Ah! You telling me I'll never get it back is incentive enough for me to do just that! Kate was pleased and willing to help.

In Paris, Greta and Eric were at the cemetery. They were discussing Gina's burial. Marlena was off making the funeral arrangements and the service was scheduled for tomorrow. Greta told Eric she was really glad he is with her. He said he was glad too. Although Greta feels guilty about her mother's wrongdoings at the same time she feels she must honor her. Eric said her feelings were understandable. He explained he understands Shawn said some hurtful things but it was only because he's upset over his frustration to find his mother but at the same time he feels Shawn shouldn't blame Greta for what Gina did. Eric reminded Greta to hold on to her mother's love as that is what will get her through this. She thanked him for being there to support her. She told him he is the only one who understands what she is feeling. Greta told Eric she feels she has done the right thing by bringing her mother's body back to Paris to be buried. She said she was looking forward to returning to Salem to start her new life. Eric corrected her by saying "our new life." "Our new life" she happily replied.

In the castle Kurt caught Hope trying to get out the window. She told him she needed some fresh air. He told her to get away from the window and back into bed. Before he closed the window, she spotted Bo and John walking on the castle grounds. To herself she vowed that this time she would make sure Bo found her. Kurt used a dresser to block the window Hope was trying to escape from and left her alone. When he went back into the living room he was startled by the sight of Bo ad John. Kurt told Bo once again that Hope wasn't there. John informed Kurt they would be searching the castle again. John said as long as Kurt had nothing to hide there shouldn't be a problem. Kurt told them that because he is just the caretaker he can't give them permission to search the castle. They told Kurt that was o.k. because they had already been told by Greta von Amburg that they could look around. They reminded Kurt that Greta is Princess Gina's daughter. Kurt told them to go ahead and search and then made a hasty retreat. Bo commented that Kurt didn't seem very happy to see them. John said he would think Kurt would be lonely out here in the country without anyone to talk to. Unless... Bo said "This is a big castle. Where do we start?" John said "Let's let Kurt lead the way." Kurt entered Hope's room and quickly covered her mouth with his hand to prevent her from making any noise. He managed to move her from the bedroom through a secret passageway undetected. John and Bo were hot on his tail. John had a memory of the secret passageway and stood right in front of it running his fingers down the wall. Bo silently watched John.

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