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Monday, July 5, 2004

At the Spears home, after seeing Belle on the TV, Shawn finally seems to be getting through to Jan that he will never stop loving Belle. Jan reminds Shawn of all her hardships and his part in the miscarriage but Shawn protests that he "thought he was doing the right thing." A teary-eyed Jan says Shawn abandoned her and that her lies about Belle were only to hold on to him. When Shawn tries to apologize, Jan tells him he isn't sorry he went back to his perfect life and left her with nothing and that she lost "My family, my dignity, my child." She asks him if he is so horrible a person to leave her like that? When he reaches out to her, she tells him that he is all she has left in the world but that she isn't ready to let him go. Approaching the closest thing to sanity for the first time in weeks, Jan lets Shawn know that she understands the he can never love her. Sensing an opening, Shawn asks to call his parents and Belle to let them know he is all right.

At the Salem Racetrack, Belle makes her plea to the camera for Shawn to either call or return home. Nearby, Kate can't understand Philip's compulsion to help Belle find Shawn. Philip explains that he is only trying to be the best friend he can for someone who is in pain. Hoping to change his tune, Kate tells her son that Belle will never fully be able to trust Shawn if he came home now and that he is too much of a wanderer like his father Bo. Belle interrupts to prompt Philip to leave her and focus on his life and the woman he is in love with. Philip responds, "What if I told you I was looking at her right now?" He quickly covers by telling a stunned Belle that he only meant he needed to be with her because she is his friend and she is hurting. Reluctant to bother him any longer, she hugs him in appreciation. In deep denial even after Philip's anvil shaped clues, Belle skips off to check on her phone messages. Philip swears not to make a move on Belle until he is sure Shawn is out of the picture. However, Kate almost gets to him when she informs Philip of John's disapproval of Shawn. A prophetic Kate then says, "Unless he is dead or being held prisoner against his will, there really is no excuse." Belle, depressed, ambles over to complain about her lack of phone messages just as a member of the pit crew informs them that Shawn is on line one.

Tek examines Jennifer's emails from "Jack" at the police station as a worried Lexie hovers nearby. When Lexie says it will be her fault if Jennifer dies, Tek comforts her, telling her Jennifer is a fighter. A guilty Lexie says that by not trusting her first instinct about Patrick, she is to blame. Unfortunately, Tek learns some new information on Patrick's background that says he may be dangerous. Lexie weeps in Tek's arms.

In his office at the station, Bo interrogates a jumpy Bonnie about Patrick's whereabouts. She claims she has no idea where to find her son as Bo produces a thick ISA file on Patrick's past. He then tells her the police followed her to the pawnshop. Before Bonnie can answer, Bo learns that the search for Jennifer has been called off. At first Bonnie protests her son's innocence but then she softens a bit and tells Bo the sad, sad tale of her oldest son, their estrangement, and his recent return. She mopes that she didn't do that great a job of raising her kids but was happy to start fresh when he came home recently. An invigorated Bo warns Bonnie to tell him all she knows or else Jennifer's blood will be on her hands. On this, Bonnie thinks about her conversation with Patrick about the thugs that asked him to come to Salem and help "get Jennifer" and set her up. But instead of coming clean, she says, "Patrick isn't who he says he is." But that he is Jennifer's knight in shining armor.

In the alley behind the pawnshop, Hope holds Patrick at gunpoint. Desperate to get away, Patrick shows her his magic coin and claims it could still save Jennifer's life. Hope tosses him some handcuffs and orders him to put them on. He does so but continues to beg to be set free and save Jennifer. Hope receives a message that the search for Jennifer has been called off. This gets Patrick even more twitchy and when Hope is preoccupied with calling the police station, Patrick uses a pocket knife to uncuff a wrist. Just as Hope gets Bo on the line, Patrick hangs up her phone. Pinning her hopes on her weapon and stellar training, Hope continues to point the gun at Patrick. One well placed kick later, he gets it from her. When Hope goes for her phone again, he shoots it as she is holding it. As he is claiming to be an excellent marksman, he handcuffs Hope, and checks her PDA. Hopeful, he says, "I know how to find Jen" and he wishes Hope could have trusted him.

Before Bo can roll his eyes or find out the connection between the kidnapper and Patrick, Hope calls but gets disconnected. A worked up Bo storms out leaving behind Bonnie who screams that Bo is going to kill her boy. Lexie tries to comfort her but an emergency page from Salem Hospital calls her away. Since Bonnie is still hysterical, Lexie promises to send Celeste over to wait at the police station with her.

With the police near the pawnshop, Patrick drags Hope into a dumpster. He holds her at gunpoint as a clueless Bo walks right past the trash bin they are hiding in.

On Salem Captive Island, Jennifer has fallen off of a cliff after her plane crashed. She hangs by some sturdy roots. Jack hears her screams and runs to find her. Along the way he finds the tag to her luggage and now hopeful, screams her name. Just as Jennifer gets panicky, she hears Jack call for her. With the roots starting to slip, Jennifer flashes back to the night when her car was hanging off the bridge. That night Jack advised her hang on since Abigail needed her mother. Thinking of this, Jennifer resolves to hang on as long as she can just as Indiana Jack peers over the edge. He reaches his hand out to her saying, "I'm here Jennifer. I'll save you."

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Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Bo almost finds Patrick and Hope in the dumpster. Hope manages to call out for Bo but a cat jumps out, distracting the situation. Bo tells Tek he could have sworn he heard Hope but guesses he is just hearing things. Hope manages to get away; Patrick subdues her and handcuffs her to the steering wheel of her car. Patrick bolts to try to find Jennifer. Hope comes to and finds the spare key to her cuffs. Unable to reach Bo, Patrick has destroyed the car's radio & taken her PDA, she tries using the GPS in her car and is able to track Patrick.

At the station Bonnie worries about Patrick. Bonnie asks Celeste to see if Patrick is going to die. Celeste takes Bonnie on a spiritual journey and they see a coffin. As they approach they fear it is Patrick inside but instead they see Hope! Bo and Tek return to hear Celeste predict that Hope is going to die.

Patrick goes to a cargo plane marked with the same logo that Jennifer saw on her plane. Patrick overpowers a guard and decides to steal the plane... Hope arrives on board.

John sends Earl in to bug the Kiriakis mansion knowing that he will run into Crystal. John hopes to get their "collision" on tape. Brady arrives and is not happy to hear the plan and reiterates that Nicole and Crystal should be given the benefit of the doubt. Why would they want Marlena dead? Inside, Crystal and Nicole run into Earl and are freaked when they recognize each other. Earl blames Crystal for everything! Nicole steps in and the ladies manage to get Earl to tell them what John Black is up to. Nicole, goes outside to John and calls him on his plan, she also accuses Brady of helping. Knowing Nicole has something to hide, John is unrepentant. Nicole offers to return John's bug to him but steps on it/squashes it instead. Alone, Brady tells Nicole that he is sorry but he thought that if John did bug her house it would be a way to prove her innocence. Brady hopes Nicole is not involved with any of the murders. Nicole talks to her own best friend, herself, and vows never to lose Brady, even if it means disposing of Crystal. John eavesdrops and plans on interrogating Crystal on his own.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Hope is holding Patrick at gunpoint on board the plane even though Patrick insists that if she doesn't let him go she is signing Jennifer's death certificate. Hope refuses... and believes Patrick had something to do with Jennifer's kidnapping. Patrick tells Hope the only way to stop him is to kill him. As Patrick prepares to take off, Hope pulls the trigger and a shot rings out.

Bo responds to hearing about Celeste's premonition of Hope's death and takes it as meaning that Patrick will kill Hope. Bonnie is upset knowing that her son is not a killer. If anything happens to him however, she only has herself to blame. She remembers taking Patrick's coin that set off this whole chain of events. Tek manages to open Jennifer's computer files and they find the "messages" from Jack. This increases Bo's suspicion of Patrick's involvement in Jennifer's kidnapping. Bo and Tek learn there is an open channel on the police band radio and think they hear a signal from Hope - they leave to track her down.

Nicole is worried about John learning from Crystal that they set Marlena's death; she calls Jan to come help. Jan arrives and Nicole fills her in on what happened with Crystal and Marlena. Jan thinks Nicole wants her to kill John and Crystal!

John corners Crystal in the barn and demands she tell him what she had to do with Marlena's death. Crystal fights and tries to get away but John subdues her and ties her to a beam, determined to learn the truth about Marlena's death.

Belle is devastated when she discovers the call from "Shawn," in response to her NASCAR plea, is just a prank. Philip tries to convince her that Shawn doesn't care about her and Belle takes her anger out on Philip, accusing him of wanting Shawn out of the picture. Philip denies but tells Belle that since she feels that way, he'll move out of the loft.

Jan has not let Shawn call Belle and was quite amused by the prank. Jan gets the call from Nicole and leaves. Alone, Shawn is determined to somehow get out of Jan's prison and back to the woman he loves!

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Thursday, July 8, 2004

On the plane, we see that Hope shot next to Patrick to warn him she means business. Patrick continues to insist that Hope let him go... he's the only one who can save Jennifer. He shows Hope her own PDA with an email from Jennifer - it has the registration number of the plane that took Jennifer... and previous flights it has made to uninhabited islands in the Caribbean. Hope tells Patrick she is going to arrest him and turn the info over to the authorities. Patrick says it will take too long for the authorities to get to Jennifer and by the time they do, she'll be dead. Meanwhile, Bo and Tek track the radio signal to the airfield. They see Hope in the cockpit of the plane, holding her gun on Patrick. As they move in, Hope agrees to let Patrick go but insists she's going with him. As they taxi, Tek shoots out one of the plane's tires and Bo cuts in front of the plane. It looks like the plane is going to hit Bo's car and kill them all...

On the island, the ledge Jennifer is standing on gives way and it looks like Jennifer has fallen to her death.

John questions Crystal, who continues to deny that she knows anything about Marlena's death. John keeps hammering away at her and finally convinces her the only way to save herself is to give up whoever had her set up Marlena. Crystal breaks and says she'll tell John everything she knows!

Nicole tells Jan she doesn't want her to kill anyone... she wants her to tie Nicole up so she'll look like a victim of Crystal's therefore, John and Brady can't accuse her of working with Crystal. Jan agrees and duct tapes Nicole to a chair. Nicole tells Jan that if she goes down for arranging to kill Victor and Marlena, Crystal and Jan will go down with her - Jan will lose Shawn forever. Crazy Jan realizes the best way to prevent losing Shawn is to kill Nicole and make it look like Crystal's doing. Jan approaches the bound and gagged Nicole with a lethal looking letter opener.

Philip is packing to move out when Belle arrives and surprises him with an apology. She is still crestfallen that there is no message from Shawn on her answering machine. Philip continues help Belle accept that Shawn isn't coming back. Belle remains in denial and finally asks Philip to leave. Alone, she smashes her answering machine and breaks down in tears.

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Friday, July 9, 2004
by Joan

In her apartment, Sami cried over a movie, while fantasizing about Lucas returning with a passionate apology. Thinking he was at the door, Sami found Belle instead. The two sisters confided and comforted one another. Believing Philip was in love with her sister, Sami suggested that Belle move on with him, after not hearing from Shawn. But Sami now felt inadequate next to Amanda. Belle was surprised that a normally determined Sami was giving up on Lucas and encouraged her to talk to him. When Belle left, Sami fantasized again about planning a formal dinner to make up with Lucas. But her fantasy turned into a nightmare as she imagined Lucas there with Amanda, dressed for their wedding.

At the Blue Note, Philip danced with Amanda, but was seeing Sami instead and talking to her as well, surprising a curious Amanda. Watching them, Philip offered Lucas the advice, "don't waste your time with the wrong woman." Suggesting Lucas devote his time to Sami and Will, Philip criticized Lucas for having an intimate relationship with Amanda, just down the hall from Sami's. Despite Philip's words, Lucas brought Amanda back to his apartment, while looking towards Sami's door. Noticing his preoccupation, Amanda asked if he was thinking of Sami. Inside her apartment, Sami wept as she watched them through the peephole, kissing passionately in the hall.

At the Kiriakis Mansion, Jan was about to kill a bound and gagged Nicole, thinking that would solve her problems. But frightened away by Brady's entrance, Jan ran out. As Brady freed her, Nicole recalled her instructions to Jan to arrange the set-up. But she changed the story, claiming that it was Crystal who tied her up.

Arriving in the Kiriakis Stables, Jan knocked John cold with a shovel as he tried to get answers from Crystal. Answering Crystal's questions, Jan identified herself but insisted Crystal leave immediately. Wanting one more minute with John, Crystal kissed an apparently unconscious John, but she was surprised when he grappled her to the ground. Taking Crystal by the throat, John demanded, "You're going to tell me who set my wife up to die, who killed Kiriakis, and then you're both going to pay!" Coming from behind Jan struck John again, telling Crystal he would have to go to an early grave in order to save themselves. As John came to, the two ran, but Crystal warned Jan that Nicole was the biggest danger even to Brady himself.

Inside the Mansion, Brady defended Nicole when John blamed her for hitting him. Nicole's alibi left John and Nicole questioning who could have attacked him. As Nicole celebrated "another bullet dodged", John told Brady he believed his attacker was Nicole's accomplice, warning his son to watch his back.

Jan walked on Salem Pier, nearly running into Belle. In hiding, she overheard as Philip running into Belle, and apologizing to her for the things he said about Shawn. Jan was delighted as Belle asked Philip not to move out of the Loft. But when Belle spoke about Shawn saying, "It's over. He just doesn't love me anymore", Jan's elation could not be suppressed. Jumping up and screaming, she was given away as Belle and Philip were shocked that Jan Spears was back in Salem.

And on Salem Island, Jack desperately tried to save Jen as she felt the ledge slipping beneath her. Giving up, Jennifer asked Jack to save himself for their daughter. "You did your best, Jack. I love you, and tell Abby I love her. I'm sorry." Refusing to let her go, Jack cried, "I won't lose you!" Jack struggled to pull himself onto the cliff-top. With all his strength Jack pulled at a jungle vine just long enough to reach Jen. Climbing down once more, Jack caught her as the ledge broke, bringing her cautiously to safety. Reaching the top, the couple was stunned at being safe and finding one another again. Jack laughed and cried. "You're safe. The baby's safe." As Jen cried in amazement, "Thank God you're alive. You came back to me. I can't believe it." Jack assured her, "I'm alive. I'm here. And nothing and nobody is ever going to take me away from you again." And as a jungle rain poured down on them, Jack and Jennifer clung tight to one another as they kissed.

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