August 99 Week 3

Monday

August 16
At the penthouse, Marlena tells John that he'll never guess what she found when she woke up, a yellow rose on the pillow next to her. John says it must have been the flower fairy, but Marlena says it was left by the most romantic man in the world. As they kiss, Belle walks in and asks if there isn't a time limit on honeymoons? John says this honeymoon will never end. Belle tells them that they are the most married parents she knows. Marlena gets a call and has to go to the hospital for a staff meeting, and Belle says it must be about Mike. After Marlena leaves, John gets a call from "Hope." (See below for call details). After the call, John decides to go running, but Belle wants to know why he was so angry on the phone? I was unable to see John's answer because of a news interruption on a local plane crash (small private plane).

At the Horton house, Mike tells Alice all about the plane and his being asked to resign. Alice tells him it is awful, but she told him he would have to pay the price. Mike says he loves Carrie and if this is the price he has to pay, so be it. What angers him is that this is all Ali's fault. Mike feels like he has let everyone down. He feels like he has dishonored the Horton name.

At the hospital, Lexie wonders why Winston and Lewis are here. Brandon shows up to talk to Lexie about the job he applied for. Lexie tells apologizes for not getting back to him sooner, a lot has been going on. Craig and Nancy show up and are beaming. Lexie asks why they look like they hit the jackpot? Craig says they just had a wonderful evening, and Nancy says today will be even better. Lexie tells Brandon that she will follow up on his application today, unless . . . . Lexie asks one of the nurses if she knows what is going on? The nurse says all she knows is that a staff meeting is scheduled for noon. Craig and Nancy talk with the board, and later Craig tells Nancy to go wild with the credit cards.

In her office, Carrie is packing up her stuff. A reporter wants a statement from Carrie about how it felt to see her illicit affair on display. Carrie asks him to leave, but he refuses. Sami walks in and tells the reporter to leave her alone! The reporter leaves, and Carrie thanks Sami. Sami says "your leaving your job?" and Carrie says "how I can stay?" Carrie thanks Sami for her help, but Sami says she is not on her side. Sami tells her that she made Austin's life miserable, and now she has to pay the price. Carrie asks if she came here to lecture her? Sami says that she is just here to tell her how she felt, and how Austin felt last night when he saw that banner. Carrie says "what about what I felt?" Sami says she and Mike don't count, they deserve this! Sami yells at Carrie to sign the divorce papers now! Carrie says she is leaving, and on the way out she runs into Mike. Mike helps her pick up the papers she dropped, and then leaves when he sees Marlena has shown up. Marlena, Carrie, and Sami go back into Carrie's old office. Marlena wants her to sit down, but Carrie tells Marlena that she is quitting, this isn't her office anymore. Marlena asks what is going on between her and Mike? Carrie asks why she is here, and MArlena says she got a memo about a staff meeting. Marlena asks her if she knows what it is about? Carrie says she does, but can't discuss it. Carrie takes off, and Marlena looks at Sami. Out in the hall, Mike asks Lexie to gather up the staff, he has something he has to say.

In Salem place, Claire is eager to start spending the money on clothes. Ali jokes that they can pretend to be royalty. Claire says she wants to return to New York, but Ali refuses to leave until she has destroyed Carrie and Mike. Claire says she doesn't understand why they have to stay in this God awful city, and Ali tells her for the last time that she isn't leaving until her job is done.

Nancy goes to Salem place, shops her head off, and then runs into Claire and Ali. Claire decides to go to the Java Cafe for a cappuccino and tells Ali to come get her when she is ready to leave. Ali then tells Mrs. Chief of Staff to be she is looking pretty sharp. She says the money must be good considering how many shopping bags she has! Ali thinks that now that her and Craig's dream came true they are trying to brush her under the rug! Ali is furious that she and Craig got what she wanted, but she got nothing! Nancy tells Ali that she got a lot of money, but Ali says she wanted Mike, but she doesn't have him and it is all her and Craig's fault! Ali tells Nancy that Mike couldn't get away with abusing her, and neither can she or Craig! ALi stomps off and Nancy is visibly shaken. Nancy runs after Ali and tells her that she and Craig did not use her, they were there to help her to go up against Mike. Nancy tells her that she beat Mike, but Ali says she never wanted the money! Ali then threatens to tell the hospital board how she and Craig stalked Mike and Carrie to Las Vegas! Nancy says that is no way to treat friends! Ali tells her friend that she can blow the whistle on them anytime she wants, and don't think she won't do it! Ali leaves, and Nancy looks petrified.

Nancy returns to the hospital and tells Craig that she has to talk to him. Craig says Mike is about to make his speech, so Nancy whispers what she has to say in his ear. Craig is shocked and says "damn Ali!" Mike then asks for everyone attention, he has something to say. Mike tells everyone that he has to resign as chief of staff. Everyone, but Nancy and Craig, is shocked. Mike apologizes for his actions and says he did not mean to hurt the hospital. Mike says he has no regrets about his work as COS, but he made a personal mistake by falling in love with a married woman. He also apologizes for the pain he has caused Carrie. Mike tells them all that he hopes they can find it in their hearts to forgive him one day.

Back in Salem Place, Carrie runs into Ali, and Ali can't believe she isn't home popping tranquilizers. Carrie tells Ali that she knows she is responsible, and there is no "me and Mike" anymore. Carrie tells Ali that she realized she was right about him all along.

At the Paris house, Gina/Hope is looking at John's wedding ring and remembering her roll in the hay with him. Gina looks at the potion and remembers that she has to give Bo another dose of the potion tonight. Outside, Bo talks to Eric on his cellphone. Eric says they haven't found anything yet, but thinks they are on the right track. Eric also asks Bo to check out Kurt Shwengle, Eric thinks he knows more than he's letting on about Gina. As Bo is talking to Eric, he is hit with a dizzy spell. Eric asks if he is okay, and Bo says he just has a little hangover. Bo tells Eric that he has a special day planned for Gina tonight, hopefully he will convince her that DiMera is up to no good. Bo goes inside and tells Gina that he has a special day planned for them, and then takes off to make some plans. Gina continues to yearn for John, and says it is definitely time. Gina calls John and tells him that she needs to talk to him, it is urgent. John asks what is so urgent? Gina says she heard about what happened on his honeymoon and was worried. When Gina asks him questions about what happened, John tells her he doesn't remember. John tells him that the past is dead and he doesn't want anything to do with Princess GIna or whoever the hell she thinks she is. John tells Gina to tell Stefano that he's lost, and then hangs up on her! Gina talks to herself and says she has to get the demagnetizer back from Stefano. With it, Gina says she could turn John back into the man who ravaged her on the sub. Outside, some men arrive and set up Bo's surprise for Gina. Bo is then hit with another headache. Bo goes back inside and asks Gina what her brain is cooking up now? Again, the news prevented me from hearing Gina's response, it was something about finding out about her past.

AT the castle, Greta reads a letter from her mother. Eric returns and Greta tells Eric that she is determined to find out why her mother died. Eric suggests they check out the cemetery, so Greta leaves to put some shoes on. Eric sees Kurt walk by in the hallway and go around the corner, but when Eric follows, Kurt is gone and he comes to a dead end! Kurt went through a secret passage, and Eric wonders where he went. Eric finds Greta and tells her how Kurt disappeared on him. Greta doesn't understand how that is possible. Eric doesn't know either and says there are some strange things going on in this castle. Greta tells Eric that she is afraid to go to the cemetery because it will mean her mother is really gone, part of her is holding onto the hope that she is alive. Eric says they'll find out soon, and leave for the cemetery.

Up in her room, the real Princess Gina has a nightmare that she is being chased and people keep calling her a lunatic. When she tries to get away, Kurt shows up and refuses to let her go. GIna wakes up and says she is a prisoner and Kurt is her keeper. When she hears Kurt at the door, Gina covers the hole in the wall and pretends to be asleep. Kurt runs to her and asks why she is on the floor? Gina says she had some spasms and must have fallen asleep. However, she says since she is a prisoner, she might as well live like one. Kurt leaves to make her some breakfast, and Gina goes back to prying out the bricks in the castle wall. Later, Kurt returns with breakfast and tea, but Gina says she is too distraught to eat. Gina tells him that now that John won't be coming, she has no hope left. Gina asks what will become of her? Kurt tells her many good things will come of her, she'll see. He tells her to eat, and then leaves. Gina quickly returns to her wall and continues digging. Kurt returns later with more food for her. GIna says she will eat it, if he brings Stefano here! Kurt says he can't do that, and quickly leaves. Gina looks out the window and wonders who those people who came were, and why is Kurt lying to her?

Tuesday

August 17
At the penthouse, Belle tells her dad not to feel bad about what he sad to hope, she totally understands that he was trying to help. John asks her what she totally understands? Belle says that she knows that Hope thinks she is this Princess Gina person and he is worried about her. John tells her that he is a smart girl. Belle informs her dad that Mimi is coming over and they are going to the mall. John gives her his credit card, and Belle thanks him. As Belle is leaving, Abe shows up to see John. Abe tells John that he and Lexie are planning to have the millennium baby, and perhaps Belle can be there sitter. Abe tells John that he came here to tell him about the Hawaiian disaster, no body has washed up yet. Abe has also learned that Stefano is in Paris, and John knows he is with Hope. John fills Abe in on his and Gina's plans to run away from Stefano, and that Hope is under Stefano's control now.

Belle and Mimi go to Salem Place, and two friends of Mimi's, Dylan and Todd show up. They invite Belle and Mimi to a party tonight, its down by the lake and they will have a couple of kegs. Belle yanks Mimi aside and says going out and getting trashed is not her idea of a good time, and she is not going with those guys and doesn't think she should go either. The guys tell Belle to grow up, but she says she'd rather spend the afternoon with school supplies than them. Belle and Mimi walk off, but Todd chases after them and says that he does not into drinking and partying, and asks Belle out. Belle says maybe next year. Mimi wants to know why she is doing this? Belle says those guys are losers and they can find guys to date anywhere.

At the hospital, almost everyone is shook up by Mike's resignation. Lexie tells Brandon that Mike was a mentor to everyone at this hospital. Mike sees Alice and says she didn't have to be here, but Alice says she did. She tells him that Tom is here too, and is happy because he (Mike) is a good doctor. The board members then decide to introduce the new chief of staff, Dr. Craig Wesely. Lexie is appalled, and Mike tells her that he is sorry. Lexie asks Mike what he is going to do? Mike says he is going to take a leave of absence. Marlena tells Mike that he doesn't leave right away, but Mike says he wants to. Marlena asks if Carrie knows, and he says yes. Mike decides to go clean out his office because someone will want to move in stat. Marlena tells Alice that Mike leaving is breaking her heart.

Mike goes into his office and begins packing. Marlena comes in to see Mike to make sure he is all right. Mike says he would like to say he is, but he would be lying. Marlena asks if he wants to talk? Mike says he doesn't know why she'd want to talk to him because she thinks he deserves this. MArlena tells him that she does not think that. She tells him that she came in here to talk to his grandfather many times when she needed someone to talk to. Marlena tells Mike the advice Tom gave her when she and Roman broke up, he told her not to make any long term plans and take things one day at a time. MArlena knows Mike loves Carrie, but she doesn't thing he is what is best for Carrie. MArlena tells him that he thinks he can protect Carrie, and Mike agrees. Marlena says that Carrie needs the same time and space to heal just like he does. She knows he wants to protect Carrie, but it is too late.

Nancy talks with Craig and fears that Nancy might blow the whistle on them. Craig says that this is all Mike's doing, Ali can't do anything to them. Mike finishes packing and turns his keys into Judy. Lexie gives Mike a hug and tells him to take care. Craig shakes Mike's hand, and Mike wishes him luck.

In Salem Place, Carrie tells Ali that she was right about Mike, he hurt her (Carrie) the way he hurt her (Ali). Ali tells her that twenty watt bulb in her head is finally turning on, even though it is a little slow. Carrie tells Ali that she now knows she was wrong and is sorry she ever got involved with Mike. Carrie says that Mike told her so many lies about their future, and Ali says that is what Mike did to her! Carrie apologizes to Ali and says that it is over between Mike and her. Ali tells her "who are you kidding Carrie, she and Mike can't keep their hands off of one another." Carrie assures Ali that it is over and she won't be trying to get Mike back. Carrie says she still loves her husband and has things to work out with him, but he'll probably never forgive her. Carrie intends to start over and hopes Ali can too. ALi thanks Carrie, and then Carrie leaves. Ali whips out her Carrie doll and says "You lose Blondie, and I win!"

Mike goes to the Cheatin Heart and watches Craig on the TV gloating. Carrie shows up and is questioned by the reporters, but Craig says that Carrie no longer works here. After the reporters leave, Nancy tells Carrie that they need her help before she leaves. Nancy asks for PR tips to help Craig? Carrie says she will leave her files. Later, Nancy tells Craig that a reporter wants to talk to interview him. Back at the Cheatin Heart, ALi finds Mike and sits down beside him.

At the Paris house, Gina/Hope tells Bo that she has already seen Paris. She tells him that if he would like to see Paris, he can go right ahead. Bo tells Gina that he recognizes the look on her face, it is hurt. Bo asks if she called John, but already knows the answer. Bo tells her that John is married and doesn't want to remember a woman he doesn't love. Bo says John didn't love Princess GIna and he never will. He says that John was a machine made by DiMera, does she think that he really wants to remember killing hundreds of men? Gina remembers John killing people on their missions. Bo says that even if John and Gina escaped from DiMera, John could have turned on her. Gina says that John would never have hurt Gina, but Bo says DiMera can brainwash anyone into doing anything. Gina remembers Bo-Mime crossing the street, and tells Bo "even you!" Bo says he is not under Stefano's control, but Gina says he was still manipulated by Stefano when he took her away from him. Bo says if she has Gina's memories than she knows the pain of Stefano taking a loved one away. Bo tells Gina that she is still the woman he loves and he won't lose her again, and that is how John feels about Marlena. Gina says she is happy for John and Marlena, but she feels nothing but contempt for him! Bo tells Gina that somewhere deep inside her is Hope Williams Brady, the woman he loves and the woman who loves him and Shawn D. Bo says a love like that doesn't go away, all she has to do is look deep enough. Gina says he is not the man she loves. Bo tells her to forget about John, he has forgotten about her. He urges her not to slip too far into this Princess Gina thing, otherwise she will share the fate of the real Gina.

At the castle, the real Gina wonders what Stefano has done to John. Gina realizes that all she has is Greta and she has to find her. She looks out the window and begins shouting for help. Kurt returns and Gina asks why is he holding her captive, why won't he take her to Paris, why won't he let her see her guests, what is he doing to her? Kurt says "Your highness. . " and Gina interrupts and says he is to remember that she is a princess. Gina demands Kurt tell her the truth, who are those people and what do they want from her? Kurt says that the people in the garden want to buy the castle, but he told them it was not for sale. Gina wants to be taken to Paris to see John and Greta, and then she throws a fit and starts trashing the place. John comes out of his painting and Gina thanks god he is here. Kurt watches her as she talks to an imaginary John. As he fades away, Gina cries and Kurt holds her to keep her from collapsing. Kurt tells her to rest, and then leaves. Gina screams "Damn you Stefano!" She says once she is free, Stefano will regret taking John and her daughter from her! As she screams she is going to kill Stefano, Gina collapses.

Greta and Eric go out to the graveyard to find her mother's grave. She wonders if she had a funeral, and if anyone takes care of her mom's grave. Greta looks among the tombstones and finally finds her mother's. The stone indicates that Gina died in 1990, but part of her born date is rubbed off, only 19 remains. Greta realizes she has lost her mother, but Eric says they don't know that for sure. Greta asks what he means? Eric says that Stefano convinced him that his parents were dead when they were not. Eric says Gina may not be buried here. Greta asks how they will know for sure? Eric says they have to open up the grave!

Wednesday

Auguat 18
Sorry this is so late, had a nasty migraine today

In Salem Place, Mimi is still bugging Belle about blowing those guys off. Mimi thinks the guys are okay and there is nothing wrong with having a few beers. Dylan and Todd show up again, and Belle tells them to get lost. Dylan tells Belle that he knew she was that kind of chick, her way or no way. Dylan tells Mimi that if she doesn't stop listening to her friend, she will be very lonely. Dylan and Todd take off, and Mimi tells Belle that she doesn't know what it is like to be her. Belle tells her that they have to work on her self esteem, and if she sticks with her she will be a whole new person by time school starts.

Marlena and Sami are talking at the Java Cafe. Sami tells her mom that she has come so far because of Austin, he makes her believe in herself. Marlena asks Sami what her life would be like without Austin? Sami says "But Austin is in my life." Marlena tells her that she deserves a man who will love her with all her heart. Sami tells her mom that she once told her that she would find a man who would love her for who she was, but she didn't believe it because of Carrie. Marlena tells her that every person comes into their own at different times, and it was never a competition between her and Carrie. Marlena says she and Carrie have always competed for Austin's attention. Sami says things are different now because Carrie is not perfect anymore, at least not to Austin. When Sami mentions the picture and the plane, Marlena asks her not to talk about it because it breaks her heart. Marlena realizes that Sami is still in love with Austin. Sami admits that she still loves Austin, and she probably always will. Marlena says that Austin and Carrie still have a strong bond, and she may be hoping for a future that will never come. Sami says it is not like she has china patterns picked out yet. Belle and Mimi show up, and they talk about spending John's money. Marlena admits she loves spending money on John. Belle tells Mimi that it is just like she told him, the perfect guy is worth waiting for. Belle then uses Sami as an example, she has been waiting eons for her perfect guy, and now she's got him! Marlena and Sami exchange looks.

At the Kiriakis Mansion, Austin is teaching Will how to swim and Brandon complains to Austin how he couldn't get a job at the hospital yet. Austin asks what is wrong at the hospital, and Brandon tells him that the Chief of Staff resigned. Austin asks if Carrie was standing next to Mike? Brandon says no, she was in the hall carrying boxes, she looked bummed. Brandon says that Mike said that because his affair was made public, he was stepping down. Austin becomes upset that Mike did this to Carrie. Brandon asks why he cares, he's moved on with Carrie's sister Sami. Austin says that he and Sami are only friends, and he is not Carrie's ex yet. Brandon tells Austin that Carrie has seen this Horton guy in a whole new light, so he shouldn't give up on his wife yet.

At the hospital, Craig is in ecstasy as he tells all the reporters that today marks a new era for University Hospital. Nancy consoles Carrie, who turns around and says if she didn't know any better she'd say Craig was expecting to become Chief of Staff. Craig shows up and reminds Carrie that for the past few weeks this hospital has been through the ringer, and the board hired him because they can trust him, unlike Mike. Nancy tells Carrie that Craig is the man for the job. Craig says that he did not ruin Mike's career, she did when she slept with Mike in Vegas. Nancy says that this is none of their faults, it is Ali's doing. Carrie apologizes to Craig and says she is just upset about losing everything. Carrie admits that she and Mike are done, and Nancy feels bad. Carrie wishes them luck and then leaves. After she is gone, Craig and Nancy laugh and kiss, and Carrie realizes that they seem a little too happy. Carrie goes back to her office to continue packing, and she looks at her wedding photo. As she puts it away, Austin shows up.

At the Cheatin Heart, Ali sits down next to Mike and orders a drink. Ali says it is just awful that he had to resign. Mike tells her that she got everything she wanted. Ali tells Mike that she isn't the one who did this to him. Ali says she did not force Mike to have an affair with a staff member, but Mike says someone made his private life very public last night. Ali tells Mike that she was behind the plane tunt, she was in Vegas while he and Carrie were there. Mike asks her what she was doing in Vegas? Ali says she went there to play the slots and get away from her mom, and that is when she saw him with Carrie. Ali admits that she took the pictures and sent them to Austin, he deserved to know what his wife was doing. Mike accuses her of doing it only to hurt her. Ali says he hurt him, all she wanted was for him to love her. Mike tells Ali not to cry too hard, she has a pile of money and he lost his job and . . . Ali finishes the sentence and says "you lost Carrie!" Mike asks how she knew that? Ali says she ran into the bitch earlier. Ali asks Mike what his plans are now? Mike says he just wants to try and make it through the morning. Ali tells him that he is one of the finest doctors she knows and there are people out there who need him. Mike just keeps drinking and talking about his broken dreams, but Ali thinks there may be hope. Ali says she can use the money to build a clinic for him, and "we" can hire a top notch staff. Mike says "we?" ALi says she got carried away, it will never work because he hates her. As Ali is about to walk away, Mike tells her to stop, maybe her idea can work.

At the Paris house, Bo tells Gina/Hope that the real Gina went into a deep depression after losing John and probably killed herself! Gina asks why he is telling her this? Bo says that he doesn't want the same thing to happen to her. Gina says she will not end like Princess Gina, but Bo says DiMera is sending her down the same path he sent the real Gina down. He says that the only thing that will save her is if he gets away from DiMera. Bo asks her to put herself in touch with someone who loves the real you, Hope. Gina tells him that he has this insane idea the she is a robot. Bo tells her that she is so programmed that she can't even hear the truth, she only know what Stefano has told her. Bo says he'd be angry with her if it wasn't so sad. He goes on and says even if her beloved John was here it wouldn't be anymore real than when she played dress-up as a little girl. Bo says that Gina wasn't real during those four years, and neither was John! Gina squirms as Bo tells her that John has his life back, and DiMera is the one she must get away from before she goes insane or dies! Gina tells him to leave her alone, but Bo says he will do that when Hope asks him to. However, Bo doesn't think Hope will say that because she loves him. Bo begs her to help him bring Hope back. Bo informs her that DiMera is losing his grip on her. Gina says she is not his prisoner! Bo says that she thinks she wants to be Gina, but deep down inside her soul she is a loving person who has a life back in Salem with people who love her and want her to come home. Bo asks her to trust him to bring her back. Gina gets a call on her cellphone and asks "Steffie" what he wants under her breath.

At the Castle, Kurt finds the real Gina unconscious on the floor. He shakes her and asks her to speak to him. Gina comes to and tells Kurt to get away from her, she does not want his help. Kurt tells her that he can't let her out. Gina wants to know how long she has been kept here, and he says for awhile. Gina asks if Stefano is doing this to her? Kurt tries to answer, but Gina tells him not to even bother denying it. Gina thinks he hates her, but Kurt says he cares deeply for her. Gina says if that is true than he will let her go. Kurt apologizes but says he can't. Gina says she knows Stefano has John prisoner, and he might also have her daughter because she hasn't heard from her in so long. She says each day her heart will break a little more unit she no longer has the will to live. She begs Kurt to let her out. Kurt tells her that she has to stay here because it is the only place she will be safe. Kurt tells her that she belongs here with him, her friend, forever. Gina says that he is her only friend. Kurt leaves and Gina continues to dig at the wall.

In the grave yard, Greta is shocked that Eric wants to dig up her mother. Suddenly, Greta sees a light in the fog. Eric shouts "Who's there?" A man approaches them carrying a lantern, he says he is the grounds keeper. Greta introduces herself and says she came to visit her mother's grave site. The grounds keeper tells her that the princess is not in the ground there! Greta asks if her mother is still alive? The man says no, the body is there, but her spirit is free and she looks for someone. The groundskeeper says he hears her voice crying out for John. Eric asks if he knows how Gina died, but he says he doesn't. He says that his father said that Gina was crazy. Eric tells the man that they have come here searching for answers, but the man says it is better that they not know. Greta begins to think about the night her mother died, she was probably alone. Eric doesn't believe the story and says Gina might not even be in that grave. He tells her that they came a long way, so they might as well find the truth. Greta says it is upsetting, but she agrees. Greta thinks they can just dig her old bones up, but Eric says there are rules. Greta suggests they call Bo because he is good at getting around rules.

Greta and Eric return to the castle and Kurt tries to get rid of them by making hotel arrangements. Eric says they aren't ready to leave yet. Eric asks Kurt if he knows if Gina is buried in her grave? Kurt says he didn't know Gina. Eric informs him of his plans to exhume Gina's grave, and Kurt says that is impossible.

Thursday

August 19
At the Castle, Eric is arguing with Kurt about Princess Gina's grave. He tells him that he and Greta are not going to accept the fact that Princess Gina is buried in that grave until she is exhumed and identified. Kurt says there are strict regulations in France, but Eric says they will not give up until they find out what happened to Gina. Eric asks how Gina died? Kurt says he never knew Gina while she was alive. Eric tells Kurt that they think Stefano had something to do with Gina's death, if she is dead. Greta asks Kurt if he has heard the legend that her mother's spirit roams the castle grounds? Kurt says he has heard many legends, one which is if you disturb the dead you will be cursed and haunted for the rest of your life. Eric tells Kurt that his ghost stories aren't going to scare them away. Kurt warns Eric that he will be sorry if he disrupts Gina's final resting place. Kurt leaves, and Greta tells Eric that Kurt might be right, it might be hard getting permission to exhume Gina's body. Eric refuses to give up, and he calls Bo (see below for phone call details). After he is hung up on, Eric calls John (see below). As Eric talks with John, Kurt spies on them from behind the wall and says they must never exhume that casket! After the call, the power suddenly goes out and Greta screams, and jumps into Eric's arms.

In her room, the real Gina continues to work to free herself and plots to get revenge on Stefano. When Gina hears John calling to her for help, she begins to dig faster. She sees John's image behind the wall she is tearing down, but when she reaches for him, he disappears. Gina goes back to work and says she will prove to Stefano that she is not crazy. She says once she gets out of here, all the skills Stefano gave her will be put to good use.

At the Paris house, Stefano tells Hope/Gina via her cellphone to give Bo the next batch of his potion or else! Bo asks Gina who she is talking to? Gina tells Bo that it is La Roulette and says she has to cancel a reservation she made earlier. Stefano tells her to give Bo the potion, he will be there soon. Bo asks if it was Stefano checking up on her? Gina says no and wonders why he doesn't believe her. He says he doesn't believe much she says these days. Gina says she doesn't want to fight and asks him to spend some time with her here. She offers him a drink, but he says he is not thirsty. Gina says she had his favorite beer flown in, so he agrees to have a drink. She asks Bo to get some snacks out of the pantry, and when his back is towards her, she spikes his beer. However, Bo calls out "Hope" and tells that he knows exactly what she is doing. Gina becomes nervous, and Bo says she's trying to soften him up so he doesn't question her about Gina. Gina tells him to just enjoy himself. As they drink, Gina tells Bo that she is glad he is here now. Bo sits down in a chair and she sits on the arm. She then toasts to discovering new sides to themselves. Bo guzzles down his beer and then everything becomes blurry. He passes out, and Gina doesn't look pleased with herself. Stefano and Rolfe show up right on cue to begin brainwashing Bo again. Gina asks what he plans to do with Bo? Stefano tells her to watch. Bo is brainwashed with the computer, and Stefano tells Gina that she should come with them and see Bo perform tonight. He tells her that he has something both challenging and dangerous for him to do tonight. Gina turns away from Stefano, who asks her what is wrong? Gina says she wants this over. Stefano says they can't rush this, and tonight she will be introduced to her new partner and will see what he is capable of. Suddenly, Bo's phone rings and he answers it. It's Eric, who asks Bo for some help, but Bo says "this is not part of my mission." Eric is confused and tells Bo that he sounds kind of funny, is he all right? Bo says nothing is wrong, he is busy right now. He hangs up and Stefano tells him he did good, though he could use a little more emotion. Gina begins to remember Bo telling her that Stefano could easily create someone else to take her place. She also remembers Bo telling her that she does not have free will, and if she is isn't careful she'll end up like the real Gina. Gina asks Steffie if he is truly enjoying this? Stefano says he loves being in control of his enemies. She asks if he created her so he could have more power over Hope? Stefano says no, he needed her to finish Gina's work. Gina asks if the real one was incapacitated? Gina asks Stefano once again what happened to the real Gina? Stefano becomes strict and tells her that he told her never to ask him about Princess Gina. He says it does not matter what happened to her, but GIna says it matters to her. She demands to know what happened to her. Stefano tells her "No, you don't!" Rolfe tells Stefano that Bo is ready, and when Stefano says "Attention Soldier!" Bo stands up and yells "Sir!" Stefano says it is time to prove his strength and loyalty, and if he survives he will become his ultimate weapon.

At the penthouse, John reflects on Hope/Gina's call and wonders why he can't remember what happened to him in the ocean. He doesn't think she could have had anything to do with his disappears because she was in Europe. However, he knows Gina had to have had some plan for him. He says the clue he needs must have happened on the day he married Doc. He remembers back to Gina asking to meet him in the woods the day of his wedding. *FLASHBACK to the woods on his wedding day* John gets up from the ground and wonders where she went? Gina says she had to put something in her car. John thanks her for the gift and says he has to get to the church. He remembers Gina questioning him about his honeymoon once again, and her telling him that she will see him again very soon. John remembers that he didn't see her after the reception, and whatever her plans were, they must have gone wrong.

In Salem Place, Belle says tells Mimi that Sami has waited a long time to marry Austin, and now she might have a chance. Sami tells her baby sister that she is getting ahead of herself. Belle tells Sami not to call her baby sister, she hates that. Marlena then tells Belle in a strict voice that they do not believe in gossiping in this family. Belle says she wasn't gossiping, she was just telling Mimi how Sami turned her life around. Belle says it is funny how Carrie used to be the perfect one in the family, but not anymore. Belle wonders if Carrie will finally give Austin a divorce. Marlena tells Belle that they are not going to speculate, and they are not going to talk about this anymore. Mimi tells Marlena how they ran into some guys she knew from camp, and Belle blew them off because they wanted them to go drinking with them. Marlena is impressed, but Belle says her dad has been drilling into her head for years what would happen if she did go drinking. Belle says she told Mimi that you don't need a guy to make you feel good. Mimi says that is easy for her to say, she's beautiful. Marlena tells Mimi that she is very beautiful too, and Sami tells Mimi that she understands how she feels, and that those feelings never really go away. Belle can't believe what she is hearing, she can't believe Sami is still feeling insecure when she's living with the man of her dreams. MArlena once again tells her to stop it! Mimi gets a call from her mom and tells Belle that she has to go home. Belle thanks her for hooking up with her and to forget about Dylan and Todd, they will meet much better guys once school starts. When Belle starts telling Sami how happy she is for her now that she has a shot at Austin. Marlena tells Belle that this is not up for discussion! Marlena tells her that Austin and Carrie are still married and she hopes they will work things out. She says marriage vows are meant to be forever. John shows up and tells her "that's a fact." Belle and Sami decide to go shopping with John's unlimited credit card so Marlena and John can be together. Belle says that their love is forever, no one can come between them. Sami tells Belle that she used to not want John and mom to be together, but now she knows their kind of love is precious. Belle tells Sami that she knows she loves Austin, and this time she won't let him get away. Belle and Sami then go into a store because Sami wants to buy Austin a special gift. Later, Sami admits to Belle that she does still love Austin. Belle says once Carrie signs the divorce papers, who knows what will happen.

Meanwhile, Marlena goes into a store and tells John to wait outside. Once she is gone, John gets a call from Eric. Eric tells him where they are and says he needs some help. John asks what they need, and Eric tells him they want to exhume Gina. Eric asks if he can pull some strings for them? John agrees to try and help them. Marlena returns, she overheard the phone call, and tells John she doesn't like what he's doing.

At the Cheatin Heart, Mike tells Ali that they may be able to do some good with her money. Ali asks if he could forget about what happened between them and consider working with her? Mike tells her that somebody has to find something positive to come out of all this. Ali swears it was never about the money, and she knows he must blame her for him loosing his job. Mike says he blames himself for that. Mike says he wants to put all this behind him and move forward. Ali asks what about Carrie? Mike says she doesn't want to be with him anymore and he doesn't blame her. Mike tells Ali if she is serious he would like to set up a clinic in the southwest perhaps on a reservation. Ali lets it slip that she saw Mike in action there, and remembers working with him on the bus accident victims. Mike asks her what she means? Ali just says she knows what a difference he made in people's lives in Salem, and she was impressed when she saw his itinerary for his trip out west. Mike thanks her and says he wants to get started on this right away, and asks if she wants to help him? Ali asks if he means it, and Mike says they can get back together as colleges and friends. Ali says of course, and Mike makes a date to meet her at her place at nine to talk. Ali agrees and is thrilled. Ali tells him not to be late, and then leaves. Once she is gone, Mike says "don't worry sparky, I won't be late!"

Ali goes home and tells her Carrie doll that she told her she would be the big loser! She tells the doll that her future is with Dr. Horton, and she ends up with nothing. Ali wrips Carrie's clothes off as she says nothing. She throws the doll aside and says "How does it feel now Blondie?"

At the hospital, Austin shows up and finds Carrie packing up her office. Carrie apologizes to Austin for being subjected to Ali's stunt. Austin tells her that it was probably hard on her too, and he came here hoping they could put it behind them. They talk about what Ali has done, and Austin tells her that he no longer feels for Ali. When they talk about her having to leave her job, Carrie tells him not to worry about her. Austin says he will always worry about her. Austin tells her that she can get her job at Titan back, but Carrie says there is no place for her there anymore. Carrie wishes she could go back and do things over again. Austin asks Carrie to be honest with him, does she feel different about Mike now that their affair has been made public. Carrie says that Mike never meant for any of this to happen, but Austin says what Mike did to her makes him sick. He says he came here because he was hoping they could still . . . Suddenly, Carrie gets a call from Mike and they decide to meet at her apartment. Austin becomes upset, and Carrie tells him that she needs some time and he will understand eventually. Austin tells her to just go, don't keep Mike waiting. Austin leaves and slams the door behind him on the way out.

Austin goes home and looks at his wedding photo. He remembers his wedding and the vows he and Carrie made.

Carrie and Mike meet up and Carrie, and Mike says it worked. Carrie says if the next step goes well, Ali will be exposed and his reputation will be redeemed, and they can finally be together. Carrie jumps into Mike's arms and he hugs her.

Friday

August 20
Billie shows up at Titan and congratulates her mom on the acquisition of the internet company. Kate says it was possible thanks to Nicholas. Billie is shocked and wonders why he would want to help her? Kate says he is protecting his aunt's interests, and then she tells Billie that Vivian is not dying. Billie asks how they will get Vivian out of here? Kate says that they're not. Kate says Victor thinks it is better to have her here where they can keep an eye on her. Billie is upset when she learns about Nicholas going to see Victor behind her mom's back and tells her not to trust Nicholas Alamain.

Nicholas and Vivian are in their office, Vivian had a wonderful night with Victor. She then asks Nicholas what the deal is with him and Kate, is she becoming more than a boss to him? Nicholas says he is only trying to keep her occupied so she can make inroads with Victor. Vivian wants to know what he is going to do about breaking up Kate and Victor? Nicholas says Kate needs a loving companion, and Vivian realizes he is talking about himself. Vivian tells Nicholas just to keep Kate occupied so she can keep seeing Victor. Nicholas reminds Viv that they have a meeting with Kate, and she has to say what they discussed if she wants to get Victor back.

Vivian and Nicholas go to see Kate, who is still with Billie. Nicholas tells Kate that his aunt has something to say to her. Vivian tells Kate that she is sorry about everything and wants to work with her to make Titan a better place. Kate says she'll give peace a chance, and Nicholas makes them shake on it.

At the hospital, Lexie asks Austin if he's looking for Carrie. Austin says he just saw her, and she couldn't run to the arms of Mike fast enough. Lexie tries to console Austin, who is positive that Mike will hurt Carrie just like he did Ali. Lexie realizes he still loves Carrie, and Austin says he will always love her. He asks Lexie what she'd do if she found Abe in bed with another woman? Lexie says she would break all their wedding china. Austin becomes upset and decides to go out for some air.

In Salem Place, Brandon runs into Sami, who introduces him to Belle. Belle says they might have been related if his sister hadn't dumped her brother. BRandon hopes she won't hold that against him. Belle says she won't, she wouldn't want to be judged for her sister's actions. Sami looks at Belle, who says she meant Carrie. When Belle starts talking about what Carrie did to Austin, Brandon says that he just saw Austin, and he thinks Austin still has it bad for Carrie. Brandon says he told him about Carrie resigning and he rushed over to the hospital. Sami is not pleased by this news. BRandon asks Belle to come over to the mansion sometime, but Sami doesn't want her around the people who live there. Brandon asks Sami if there is anyone in Salem she likes besides Austin? Sami says there are plenty of people she likes, and asks why he cares, he hardly knows her? Brandon says he hopes to get to know her a little better, and is working at getting a job at the hospital. He says Lexie is always so busy when he goes to see her, so Brandon tells him to take her out for coffee. Brandon tells her that she is pretty smart. Brandon asks Sami if she is going to go back to working for Kate? Sami says she hasn't given it much thought. Brandon leaves to call Lexie, and Austin shows up. Belle invites him to join them, and then decides to run and leave them alone. Austin asks Sami what all she bought? Sami tells him that she got him a gift, but if he doesn't like it he can return it. Austin is sure he'll love it because it is from her. Sami gives him a charm on a necklace and helps him put it on. Sami looks over Austin's sholder and sees Belle giving her a thumbs up.

BRandon shows up at the hospital to see Lexie, but she is on her way out to have dinner with her husband. He happens to learn that she is going to dinner with her husband at Tuscany.

At Carrie's place, Mike tells Carrie that Ali admitted to following them to Vegas and being behind the banner stunt. Carrie thinks that is great, but says they have to get her to admit to setting him up for sexual harassment. She says once they get Ali to confess, they will go after Craig and Nancy, Ali's co-conspirators. Mike doesn't hink Nancy and Craig are in on this because they have become pretty close over the past few months. Carrie says she may be wrong, but doesn't think they should confide in them for now. Still, Mike says if Ali does implicate Nancy and Craig, it doesn't mean he'll get his job back. Carrie says it will, and she won't stop until he has his job back. Mike tells her to slow down, he doesn't care about the job, he cares about her. Mike says he doesn't like what this is doing to her. Carrie is determined to bring Ali, Nancy, and Craig down tonight! Mike tells Carrie that he doesn't know if he can go through with this. Carrie tells Mike not to back out, but Mike is worried about her obsession with Ali. Carrie tells Mike that they tried playing by the rules, but it didn't work, so now they have to play on ALi's level. Carrie urges Mike to fight to redeem himself in his families eyes. Mike says his grandmother wouldn't be proud of him if he won this way. Carrie says it is the only way to win. Mike tells her that maybe they shouldn't be together if she thinks that way.

At the Wesley's place, Nancy is feeding her poodles when a cranky Craig shows up, he has received a letter from her father. Craig hasn't opened the letter, he is afraid of what is inside. Craig says last time her father offered him everything under the moon not to marry her. Nancy tells Craig to open the letter, so he does. Craig says her dad knows about what happened to Mike. There is a beep from outside, and Nancy goes to the window and sees a titanium jag. She thinks it is Ali coming to demand an invitation to their party, but Craig says it is his jag, her dad bought it for him! Nancy tells him that her dad has finally approved of him. Craig says they only need one more thing to achieve perfection, which is for Mike, Carrie, Claire, and Ali leave town. Craig wants a little roll in the hay with Nancy, but she says we can't be late for the party. Nancy begins to worry about Ali's threat, and thinks Carrie is onto them. Craig tells her not to worry about it and just enjoy their party. However, Craig eventually convinces Nancy to Live La Veda Loca before heading off to the party.

At Ali's place, Tony calls Ali to make sure she was pleased with the job he did last night. Ali tells him that she was ecstatic, it worked like a charm. She says that Carrie dumped Mike last night, leaving her to pick up the pieces of his broken heart. Claire shows up and gives Ali a dress she bought for her. Claire also bought a dress for Craig's dinner party tonight. Ali is furious that she wasn't invited. She fumes over her disloyal friends and says she should have known they would turn on her! After Claire leaves, Ali plots her revenge on Craig and Nancy, especially Nancy. Ali says last night's show will not even compare to what she has in store for Nancy. Ali calls Tony and asks him to do another job for her, she needs to get her something from the hospital. Tony asks if this is payback for the doctor and girlfriend? ALi says no, this is a surprise for another woman. Ali changes into a black gown and a short black wig. Tony shows up later with the stuff Ali wanted. Tony shows Ali the pills, and Ali tells him to slip one in Nancy Wesley's drink. Ali laughs and says Ali will give a whole new meaning to letting it all hang out.

At Tuscany, everyone gathers for Craig and Nancy's party. Ali points Nancy out to Tony, who spikes her champagne.

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