Sami comes into Austin's apartment and is surprised to find him at home, since Nicole told her he was at lunch. Sami makes an attempt to seduce him, and Austin resists but finally responds, then stops, as he has to get back to work. Sami is upset when Austin tells her he has to work that night, as she was planning a special dinner for him and Will. Sami then questions Austin about why he is working such long hours and brings up Nicole, who Austin defends. Sami then suggests that they move out of Salem after they're married. Austin quickly dismisses the idea, making Sami mad because he didn't even consider the idea. Sami tells Austin that Will needs a permanent father, that the money he makes from working long hours doesn't really matter. Austin agrees with her and suggests that they wait for about a year before making a decision about leaving Salem. Sami agrees as Austin goes back to work.
Roman shows up at Kate's and she demands to know what he wants - he is there to talk about Sami and Austin's wedding plans. After announcing that she's been hired as the Chief Operating Officer of Basic Black, Kate lets Roman in and goes off on him about Sami, who she wants out of her and her son's lives. Kate tells Roman he's got to stop the wedding, but Roman insists that they will get married and that Will needs a family while Lucas is away. Kate is sure that Austin doesn't love Sami, but rather that he's infatuated with the idea of an instant family, and he loves Will, especially since Austin believed that Will was his son for a while. Kate then launches into a tirade about some of the things Sami has done in the past - like drugging Austin so that he would make love with her - and Kate is sure that Austin will eventually see through Sami.
Fayeopens her door to find Abe, who says he was just in the neighborhood. Fayeinvites Abe in, and he says that the DiMera mansion doesn't feel like home, and that things there get worse every day. Abe then admits that his stopping by was no accident - that he has been thinking a lot about Fayelately, and he asks her how she is dealing with Paul's actions and death. Fayesays she is OK, but she misses Paul a little. Fayesays that she thought that if she showed Paul love that he might turn his life around, but that wasn't the case. Abe then confides in Fayethat he and Lexie are having problems - that Lexie is different since they moved into the mansion and he can no longer ignore her behavior. Fayetells him that things will get better, but Abe doesn't agree - he thinks that things will only continue to get worse. As he goes to leave, Abe thanks Fayeand she suggests that they talk more often, an idea that Abe says he would like.
Glen and Barb are in their car and Glen is trying not to go over to Lexis's, but Barb convinces him to go anyways - she thinks that if she has one more chance that Lexie will do what is right and give them the money. Glen wants to go in with her, but Barb convinces him to stay in the car.
Brandon shows up at Lexie's, and Lexie demands an apology for his behavior at her party, and for leaving so abruptly. Brandon says he's sorry, but not for leaving the party - he's sorry he ever got involved in Lexie's scheme. Lexie tells him her father is sending her the $2 million for Barb, and Brandon is surprised at the amount - the last he knew it was $1 million. Brandon tells Lexie that this is what he told her would happen if she gave in to Barb's demands, that the amount would keep going up, but Lexie is convinced that once Barb has the $2 million that she will go away and keep the secret of JT's paternity. Barb then arrives at the house, and Lexie convinces Brandon to hide while she's there. Lexie tells Barb that she doesn't have the money yet, but she will have it by the end of the day. Barb isn't buying Lexie's excuses anymore, and she tells Lexie that she told Glen that JT is really his son. Barb again demands the money to make sure that Glen will leave JT where he is - with Bo and Hope, but Lexie can't get the money right then. Barb makes more threats about telling people about JT, then leaves the house and Lexie passes out. Brandon finds Lexie and carries her to the couch. When she wakes up, Lexie tells Brandon that Barb told Glen that JT is his son, and that Hope is going to find out. Lexie then throws Brandon out and tries to figure out what to do.
Back at their car, Barb tells Glen that it is time to let the world know about the baby switch, and that JT is really Glen's son.
Bo holds Hope as she cries on the couch, then they start to talk civilly about everything that has happened to them in the last few days. Bo apologizes for the way he's been acting, but he wishes that Hope had been honest with him. Bo & Hope then talk about letting Shawn know that John is JT's father. Hope doesn't want to tell Shawn, but Bo doesn't want any more lies, and he thinks Shawn is strong enough to handle the truth. Besides, Bo says, Shawn loves JT and will continue to love him the same way no matter who JT's biological father is. Hope then suggests they talk to Marlena about it, and Bo admits that John called earlier and Bo hung up on him. Bo then calls John back and invites him & Marlena over to talk.
January 4, 2001
Due to the New Year's holiday, today's regularly scheduled original episode was not shown. Programming will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd with no lost episodes - the action will pick up exactly where it left off.
Wednesday, January 2, 2001
Lexie's world is falling apart and when Abe comes home, she tells him that they are losing Isaac. When Abe demands to know what's going on, Lexie breaks down and (although she pretends she just found out) tells Abe that JT is Glen's son and Isaac is Hope's. Abe vows to protect his family, but believes they have to sit down and talk to Bo and Hope. Lexie freaks out and accuses Abe of not caring about his family. Abe brings Isaac downstairs and tells Lexie that the reason he abides by the rules is so he'll be worthy of being Lexie's husband and Isaac's father. Lexie is touched, but still tries to grab Isaac and sneak out. Abe catches her and they argue. Court officers, who have come to deliver a DNA order and confiscate the Carver's passports, interrupt their argument. Lexie makes a wild grab for the passports, but is restrained. Abe promises Lexie that he'll do whatever it takes to keep Isaac. Lexie becomes desolate, believing it's the end of everything.
Thursday, January 3, 2001
Lexie yells at Rolf as she orders him to get her and Isaac out of the country immediately. Rolf admits he can't do that as Abe tries to comfort Lexie. Rolf suggests that they battle Barb in court with Stefano footing the bill. Abe sheepishly argues that they can't live with Hope's baby but Rolf blames the hospital for making a mistake. Roman argues with Cameron about Barb's legal rights as they head to serve Bo and Hope with the court order. Bo and Hope explain to John and Marlena that it's time to tell Brady about J.T. Roman arrives with Cameron who reveals the court order for DNA testing to prove Glen is J.T.'s father. At the diner Austin fills in Sami about his work on the Permalash company. Nicole rushes in and insists that Austin return to the office immediately to help deal with Carl. Sami demands that he stay with her and Will as promised but he reminds her how important his job is. Nicole then changes her mind and assures Austin that she can handle the trouble at Titan without his help. When Nicole ignores her mother who is busy working there, Austin reminds Nicole to spend some time with Fayesince she's probably still upset about Paul's death. Trying to win points with Austin, Nicole agrees and chats with her mother who boasts about her recent visit with Abe. Nicole accuses her of being a home wrecker and badmouths her father at the same time. Meanwhile, Sami and Austin argue about Nicole. Sami gives him an ultimatum but then backs off when she realizes he thinks she's bluffing.