All My Children Daily Recaps: Everything that happened on AMC in 1997

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January 6 to 10, 1997
Laura and Phoebe plotted to get Brooke and Pierce back together. Skye changed the results of Dimitri and Maria's paternity test. Erica learned that she was pregnant, but she wanted to keep it a surprise until after she told Bianca. Janet and Pierce had a heart-to-heart and face-to-face talk. Amanda gave Janet a photo of herself to talk to when she felt lonely. Andy found out about the paternity test mix-up. Maria told Edmund that she and Dimitri had slept together.
January 13 to 17, 1997
Tad feared that Dixie might influence Gloria's opinion of him. Liza tried to seduce Adam. At a surprise baby shower for Maria, Erica broke the news about her own pregnancy. Skye and Edmund shared a kiss. Dimitri's car swerved off the road.
January 20 to 24, 1997
Adam sent Liza on a business trip with Tad after her plan to seduce Adam failed. Brooke and Pierce made plans for a date. Edmund agreed to stay at Wildwind. Dimitri talked to Edmund and learned that Edmund and Maria planned to raise her baby as their own. Tanner found out about Skye's involvement in the paternity test fraud and blackmailed her into helping him repay the money that he had stolen from Holidays.
January 27 to 31, 1997
Tanner made Hayley uncomfortable during a flying lesson, and she later admitted that she had felt "sparks." Dimitri agreed to keep silent about his affair with Maria and to never reveal that she was carrying his baby. Erica asked Dimitri to re-remarry her. Adam hired Jake to work at WRCW in an effort to get Liza to succumb to her desires. Skye vowed to get revenge on Erica after Erica ended their friendship. Amanda traveled to the Marick mineshaft after viewing a tape of Janet confessing to some past crimes on The Cutting Edge.
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February 3 to 7, 1997
After being banned from Erica's wedding and written out of Janet's life, Skye got drunk, wrote Erica a note that revealed that Dimitri had fathered Maria's child, and showed up at the wedding to watch the fallout. Janet found Amanda at the Marick mine, but they both ended up as prisoners of the well.
February 10 to 14, 1997
Skye never got a chance to tell Erica why marrying Dimitri would be a bad idea. Erica craved a pill to numb the pain after suffering a miscarriage. Edmund wanted to start over with Maria. Brooke and Pierce made love. Amanda and Janet were rescued from the well.
February 17 to 21, 1997
Isabella hinted to Mateo that Hayley might not be the right woman for him. Dimitri left for Hungary to find a child to adopt. Trevor told Amanda that Janet was her real mother. Erica figured out that Maria was carrying Dimitri's baby.
February 24 to 28, 1997
Scott told Laura that he loved her. A Chandler dinner party turned out to be a disaster. Tanner and Hayley made a crash landing en route to Texas to see Mateo. Trevor offered to help Janet get back into Amanda's life. Erica got Edmund out of town so that she could confront Maria about Maria's affair with Dimitri.
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MARCH 1997
March 3 to 7, 1997
Despite sharing a kiss with Liza, Jake started dating Belinda. Brooke learned that Pierce was suffering from flashbacks. Erica confronted Maria about Maria's affair with Dimitri. The ensuing stress caused Maria to go into premature labor, and Erica helped her deliver the baby. Before Erica could get the newborn to the hospital, her car spun out of control.
March 10 to 14, 1997
Hayley realized that something had happened between her and Tanner during their time in the cave. In his visions of his war days, Pierce determined that he was responsible for Christina's death. Everyone believed that Maria's baby was dead, but Erica found the newborn and prepared to return her to Wildwind.
March 17 to 21, 1997
Tad and Gloria's relationship hit a snag. Adam gave Liza "bedroom privileges." During an A.A. meeting, Hayley admitted that she might have slept with Tanner, and Skye overheard the news. Tanner later confirmed Hayley's fear. Erica crashed Maria's child's memorial service and revealed stunning information. Erica later faked a trip to Russia to adopt a baby who turned out to be Maria's child.
March 24 to 28, 1997
Edmund and Maria enlisted help to find their baby. Erica made plans to leave town, but Opal insisted on tagging along. Hayley told Brooke that she remembered sleeping with Tanner in the cave. Erica shocked everyone when she arrived at Hayley and Mateo's wedding ceremony with baby Sonya in her arms.
March 31 to April 4, 1997
Hayley got cold feet and called off the wedding. Marian had dreams about being bludgeoned with a crowbar. A visit from Esther terrified Erica.
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APRIL 1997
April 7 to 11, 1997
Esther learned the truth about Erica's baby but agreed to stay quiet. Adam squashed a deal that would have sent Liza to San Francisco. Marian asked Ruth to help her keep Jake and Liza apart. Erica held a book signing. Pierce proposed to Brooke in their new house as a mystery woman looked on. Jack discovered that Erica had not adopted the baby from Russia.
April 14 to 18, 1997
Erica admitted to Jack that she had not adopted the baby from Russia, and he agreed to keep her secret. Adam was livid when he learned that Liza and Jake were planning to start dating each other. For a price, Earl started feeding information to Mateo about Tanner's shenanigans, but Earl was the one who ended up paying dearly.
April 21 to 25, 1997
Tanner asked Skye for a large sum of money in exchange for keeping her dirty deeds a secret. Pierce and Brooke announced their engagement. Diana had second thoughts about getting her manuscript published. Hayley underwent hypnosis to find out if Tanner had sexually assaulted her. Mateo started to figure out who Tanner really was. Erica and Sonya were almost killed when Dimitri nearly mowed them down with his car.
April 28 to May 2, 1997
Mateo determined that Tanner had murdered Earl. Hayley accused Tanner of rape. Skye convinced Stuart to put up WRCW as collateral so that she could pay off Tanner. Erica took Dimitri to court. Diana's true identity was revealed.
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MAY 1997
May 5 to 9, 1997
Marian blasted Jake for trying to break up Adam and Liza. Erica planned to create a talk show to rival Tad's. Brooke refused to believe that Diana and Christina were the same person. Hayley accused Tanner of sexually assaulting her.
May 12 to 16, 1997
Joe tried to talk Jake into returning to Pine Valley. Mateo zeroed in on Tanner and Hayley's location. After a struggle, Tanner was shot and later died.
May 19 to 23, 1997
Dimitri celebrated his acquisition of WRCW. Amanda got the wrong idea about a hug between Janet and Trevor. Erica started to have nightmares about kidnapping Sonya. Janet and Jack went out on a date.
May 26 to 30, 1997
Erica accidentally referred to Edmund and Maria's child as a girl. Hayley and Mateo got married. Adam lashed out at Dimitri for duping Stuart. Esther started to have second thoughts about making Maria believe that Maria's baby was dead.
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JUNE 1997
June 2 to 6, 1997
Gloria agreed to help Dimitri when a model canceled a scheduled appearance on The Cutting Edge, and he later helped himself to a kiss from her. Bianca returned to Pine Valley and quickly ended up in the hospital. Marian plotted to get Adam and Liza closer to each other. Brooke allowed Pierce and Christina to bond. Liza had her sights set on owning WRCW.
June 9 to 13, 1997
Hayley and Mateo left for their honeymoon. Trevor grew jealous of Jack and Janet's relationship. Skye tried to arrange a date with Jake. Belinda and Liza plotted against Dimitri. Adam planned to get even with Liza and Dimitri. Erica decided that she had to give Sonya back to the child's real parents.
June 16 to 20, 1997
Jamie disappeared while on a camping trip. Kevin received a full four-year scholarship to PVU, but there was the potential for problems with his roommate. Laura decided that she could not have sex with Scott. Erica made her move to return Sonya to Maria. WRCW got a brand-new owner.
June 23 to 27, 1997
Brooke bordered on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Adam and Liza shared a spontaneous and passionate kiss at the Couple of the Year banquet. Erica finally returned Sonya to Maria.
June 30 to July 4, 1997
Amanda tried to ruin Trevor and Skye's date because she wanted him to be with Janet instead. Dimitri went on The Cutting Edge to tell the public that Erica had kidnapped Sonya. Jack decided that charging Erica with kidnapping was his only option.
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JULY 1997
July 7 to 11, 1997
Amanda used a hat that was filled with glue to ruin Trevor and Skye's date. Laura found her mother's shawl, but she was frightened when she encountered a man who had some of her mother's other belongings. Adam helped Erica hide in the Chandler mansion's attic, but Liza eventually revealed Erica's whereabouts to Jack. A regretful Jack watched as Erica was arrested.
July 14 to 18, 1997
Tad called off the wedding because Gloria couldn't end her friendship with Dimitri. A new intern named Ally had a humorous run-in with Joe. Erica was granted bail but had to live at the Chandler Mansion under Adam's custody. Liza learned that she was pregnant. Janet and Trevor kissed.
July 21 to 25, 1997
A psychiatrist with questionable techniques blamed Kevin for Laurel Dillon's death. Dimitri offered to help Gloria get back together with Tad. Liza prepared to tell Adam that she was pregnant with his child.
July 28 to August 1, 1997
Erica's case went to trial, but she was more concerned about dressing to impress Jack. After arguing with Trevor about their kiss, Janet left town to clear her mind. Liza spent the night at Tad's to avoid Adam. The following morning, Gloria found Liza in Tad's bed and assumed the worst.
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August 4 to 8, 1997
A strange man with unknown ties to Laura started to follow her around. As the jury was about to render its verdict, Erica suddenly decided to change her plea. A commuter plane carrying Edmund, Maria, Brooke, and Madeline crashed.
August 11 to 15, 1997
Brooke desperately tried to pull Maria from the wreckage, but the plane fell over a cliff and into the ocean with Maria still inside. Joe underwent heart surgery. Kelsey found out about Kevin's "therapy." The town was shocked to hear about the tragic plane crash.
August 18 to 22, 1997
As Laura inched closer to telling her loved ones about her past, Jim felt the need to silence her. Skye told Edmund that she had altered the paternity test results, but he didn't hear her. Gillian, a snooty European beauty, made her debut. Adam dared Liza to prove that she was carrying his child. Skye found her note of confession on the beach a few yards away from the crash site.
August 25 to 29, 1997
Allie saved Joe's life when she discovered that he was having an allergic reaction to one of his medications. Maria's memorial service was held. Edmund blamed Brooke for Maria's death. Jim and Laura had another face-to-face meeting. Julia briefly returned. Kevin and Kelsey kissed.
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September 1 to 5, 1997
Laura learned that Gillian had kissed Scott. Brooke headed to Washington in search of answers to her questions about the plane crash. Skye talked Edmund into making a quick getaway to the shore, unaware that a hurricane was approaching. Dimitri tapped into the hospital's computer system and learned that Edmund was not completely healthy, which prompted Dimitri to pursue custody of Maddie. Kevin had a long overdue dinner with his parents.
September 8 to 12, 1997
Gloria decided to go away for a while so that she could think about her relationships with Dimitri and Tad. Jack visited Erica in jail. Trevor and Janet got into another goofy argument. Mateo continued to look for information about the plane crash. Scott and Laura broke up. Kelsey thought that Kevin was in love with her.
September 15 to 19, 1997
Kevin told Kelsey that they could no longer pretend to be in a relationship with each other. Erica learned that Bianca's age prevented her from being allowed to visit Erica. Miles Christopher made waves as the president of TransGlobal's parent company and a potential boyfriend for Belinda. Brooke flipped out mid-flight and was subsequently arrested. Adam tried to win Liza back.
September 22 to 26, 1997
Dimitri and Edmund's battle for custody of Maddie went to court. Jim revealed that Laura was responsible for the fire that had killed her mother. Miles and Belinda got cozy -- but not too cozy. Liza recorded Brooke's meltdown at WRCW and planned to broadcast it. Stuart and Esther grew closer. Stuart helped Adam and Liza resolve their differences. Laura's nude photographs showed up on the Internet -- and in Gillian's hands.
September 29 to October 3, 1997
From her jail cell, Erica plotted to get Gloria to give Maddie back to Edmund. Laura and Scott patched things up, but Gillian had other plans for them. Judith left town for six months without telling Kevin. Jason wanted Kevin to visit him in jail. Tim fervently opposed Trevor's decision to date Janet. Brooke finally managed to resolve her feelings of guilt about the plane crash. Miles grounded all TransGlobal flights. After an employee blamed Adam for TransGlobal's problems, Adam started to believe that he really was responsible for the deaths of the passengers on Flight 149. As Adam wrestled with his conscience, he learned that Liza was aboard a TransGlobal flight that had been forced to make an emergency landing.
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October 6 to 10, 1997
Bianca was diagnosed with anorexia. Liza suffered a miscarriage. Erica planned to sue for joint custody of Bianca. Matt and Hayley schemed to allow Edmund to see Maddie. Tim and Janet argued about her relationship with Trevor. Laura learned that her nude photographs were on the Internet. Gillian planned to help Erica escape from jail.
October 13 to 17, 1997
Laura freaked out when she learned that her nude photographs were on the Internet, and a surprise party that Brooke had planned to celebrate Laura's Person of the Week status didn't help matters. Bianca's diagnosis terrified Erica, who managed to cast her fears aside so that she could soothe Bianca's nerves on live television. Dimitri caught Edmund visiting with Maddie and filed a restraining order against him. Maddie's blood work revealed some startling news to Dimitri. Brooke received a ransom letter that explained that Laura had been kidnapped.
October 20 to 24, 1997
Jim "saved" Laura from her kidnapper, but it was later revealed that Jim had been in on the kidnapping all along. Adam tried to settle the TransGlobal situation. When a buyer took over the airline's parent company, Adam assumed that he was in the clear, but he was wrong. Fowler admitted to Dimitri that Skye had altered the paternity test results.
October 27 to 31, 1997
Brooke vowed to use all of her resources to find the man who had taken Laura's nude photographs. Bianca remained wary of food after being released from the hospital. Dimitri threatened to kill Skye if she even thought about telling Edmund the truth about Maddie's paternity. Janet received a spooky Halloween surprise. From behind bars, Erica figured out that Maddie was really Edmund's baby.
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November 3 to 7, 1997
Ricky returned to town and asked Jim for more money. As Brooke and Jim grew closer, she started to get dangerously dependent on him. Erica unraveled the truth and told Edmund that he was really Maddie's father. Skye confessed to Edmund that she had switched the paternity results. Mateo went on The Cutting Edge and revealed that Adam was behind the problems at TransGlobal.
November 10 to 14, 1997
Jake and Allie battled each other in the triathlon and ended up sharing a kiss. Adam tried to explain himself to Liza, but he was unable to convince her that he wasn't responsible for TransGlobal's accidents. Edmund and Jack prepared to act on the news that Maddie was not Dimitri's daughter, but Dimitri fled the country before he could be served with legal documents. Tad and Edmund traveled to Budapest to find Dimitri, but they encountered unexpected roadblocks on the way.
November 17 to 21, 1997
As Brooke distanced herself from Jim, he revealed to Ricky that he was only interested in her money. Liza refused to go back to Adam. The triathlon ended in a tie. Trevor had Tim arrested for stealing Janet's car, leaving Tim determined to get revenge on Janet. Edmund and Tad got locked in the wine cellar at Vazdel, but Edmund escaped and convinced Gloria to go to a local hospital and check out Maddie and Dimitri's blood types.
November 24 to 28, 1997
After months of pain, Edmund was finally reunited with his daughter. Erica spent Thanksgiving in prison after her petition for parole was denied, but she was allowed to have a holiday dinner with her friends and family, and she managed to coax Bianca into eating real food. A man from Allie's past crashed her holiday meal at the Martins'. Tim locked himself in a meat locker and decided to put the blame on Janet so that she'd be thrown in jail.
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December 1 to 5, 1997
Jim threatened to end his fling with Brooke. Gillian learned that her father's gambling debts had left them with nothing. Erica planned to pay the prison guards to help her escape, but Jack talked her out of it. Tim accused Janet of locking him in the meat locker, and she took a polygraph test to prove her innocence.
December 8 to 12, 1997
Ricky overdosed on heroin and died. Brooke opened up and told Jim that he was the only man whom she wanted in her life. Erica got a harebrained idea to have a hooker take her place in jail. Janet told Amanda that Amanda's dream of a happy family would never come true. Adam suffered a mini-stroke...or did he?
December 15 to 19, 1997
Jim plotted to get Laura to leave Pine Valley so that she couldn't interfere with his relationship with Brooke. Erica realized that she could not escape from jail. Mateo figured out that Adam was faking his illness and arranged a situation to prove it. Mateo's plan worked, and Liza and Hayley turned their backs on Adam. Later, Adam had another attack that might or might not have been real. Tim ran away in shame after confessing that Janet had not locked him in the meat locker. Trevor told Janet that he loved her.
December 22 to 26, 1997
Tad, Edmund, and Gillian devised a plan to expose Dimitri as a kidnapper. Gloria learned that she was not pregnant. After crying wolf too many times, no one believed Adam when he suffered a real mini-stroke. Trevor proposed to Janet, but she turned him down as part of a promise to Natalie. A woman saved Tim after two thugs mugged him, and he convinced himself that the woman was his mother. Erica was granted parole and returned home just in time for Christmas.
December 29, 1997 to January 2, 1998
Adam rejoiced when the investigation into Flight 149's crash uncovered new evidence. Janet turned down another proposal from Trevor. Dimitri figured out that Gillian was his mysterious blackmailer. Brooke found a suitcase in Jim's closet that matched the description of the one that had reportedly housed the plastic explosives on Flight 149. The Crystal Ball started with a night of magic -- literally.
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