Nicole returns to Titan and finds that Eric has turned the photo-shoot room into a virtual outdoor picnic for Greta. Nicole asks a guy there what is going on here? The man tells her that Eric called the shoot off and asked him to decorate the room this way. A gourmet take-out delivery man shows up with a picnic basket, hands it to Nicole, and asks her to sign for it. Suddenly, Eric and Greta show up, and Nicole is a tad surprised. Eric tells her that he's decided to shut down for the day, and she's upset that he did not consult her first. Eric thanks Ralph, the guy, for decorating the place. When no one is looking, Nicole slips a condom into the picnic basket, and then hands it to Greta. Nicole leaves, and Eric and Greta sit down to enjoy their picnic. Eric tells Greta that if she closes her eyes and listens really hard she can hear the birds chirping. Greta laughs and says she can't hear anything. Greta thanks Eric for doing this for her because she really needed it. Eric tells her to crack open the basket and tell him what she finds, he's not to sure what he ordered. Greta opens up the basket and flips out when she finds a condom. Greta flies out of the room, dropping the condom behind her. A clever Nicole shows up and picks it up before Eric sees it. Nicole leaves, and says that Greta isn't like her at all, which is why she doesn't stand a chance in hell.
At Salem High, Shawn continues to worry about his mom. Belle finds Shawn in la-la land and asks him if he is okay? Mimi, who has this funky multi-ponytail hairdo thing going, shows up with Phillip, and she sees Shawn and Belle together. She asks Phillip what is up with those two, they claim they can't stand one another, but she doesn't buy it. Phillip tells Mimi that she's wrong, Shawn always does something to make Belle mad and he gives him five minutes. Mimi tells Phillip that he's on, and begins the countdown. Back at their lockers, Shawn tells Belle that he is fine. He tells her that he told his mom about her doubts about him, but then she slipped into Perfect-Mom mode. Belle becomes upset and tells him that he loves using that word to insult people. Shawn asks her what she is talking about, but then remembers calling her Perfect-Girl. Belle tells Shawn that she hated that name, and then she waves to Mimi and Phillip over his shoulder. Shawn looks behind him and sees Phillip and calls him a Perfect- Guy and jokes how the two of them are so Perfect-Together. Belle becomes fed up and slams her locker door, and Phillip gloats to Mimi that they have a new record. Phillip approaches Belle and gives her a gift, pom-poms for her skates. Belle thanks him and gives him a little kiss on his cheek. Shawn walks over to Mimi and tells her that her new look is wild, but she looks great without all this extra stuff. Mimi thinks she is invisible without it, but Shawn tells her that she looked great without it. Shawn remembers the first day they had class together and how he couldn't take her eyes off her, and describes what she was wearing. He tells her that she was totally into being herself, and that is all that is important. Shawn and Mimi then begin to take off all over he bangely bracelets as Belle watches. Belle suggests to Phillip that the two of them double with Mimi and Shawn, but Phillip says no because Mimi is too loud and Shawn is too introspective. Suddenly, Phillip's bookie beeps him, so he has to leave. Belle approaches Mimi and Shawn and asks her why she's de-accessorizing? Mimi says it is because she doesn't need all that junk, and she decides to go to class when the first bell rings. Belle asks Shawn what he said to Mimi, she's never seen her so happy? Shawn tells her that he just told her to be herself. Belle says she's been trying to tell Mimi that for months, but she won't listen to her. Shawn doesn't know why she'd listen to him, so Belle tells him that Mimi is totally hooked on him, she'd do anything he tells her to. Shawn is shocked and says Mimi has so much to offer, but he has nothing. Belle tells Shawn that is not true. Shawn asks like what, his retro dance moves? Belle asks Shawn why he shuts down on her and becomes so defensive? Shawn says he does it for protection. When she asks what he is protecting himself again, he tells her that she's the daughter of a shrink and should figure it out.
Phillip meets up with his bookie in Salem Place and gives him another payment. Al tells Phillip that he'll see him the same time tomorrow, but Phillip doesn't understand why he can't just give him one lump sum by New Years? Al tells him no way, he likes it this way and plans on seeing him the same time everyday to collect money. Phillip realizes there is no way he can scrape together another payment by tomorrow, and that he's dead.
At the Horton Cabin, Gina and Bo are busy kissing. Bo pulls away and tells her that he wants to make love to her. She grabs him and begins kissing him more fiercely than ever. She eventually backs away and tells Bo that she's a little nervous because this feels like it is there first date. Bo tells her the dance was their first date, and tonight will be wonderful. Gina tells him that she just wants to be honest with him from now on, and it makes Bo feel a little guilty. He tells her that he wants to be honest with her too. He tells her that lately he's been feeling she's not 100% back with him, and he hates feeling this way. Gina tells him that it is all right, she'd much rather he says it than keep it inside. She also tells him that he has a right to have doubts about her because she's not Hope, exactly. She tells him that she's not complete yet, she's not whole yet because there is still so much of herself that she hasn't found. Bo asks her what she is getting at? Gina tells him that when Stefano altered her mind she thought she'd never get her life back together, but his love gave her the hope and strength to do so. Gina tells Bo that if he makes love to her, than she will be whole again. Bo tells "Hope" how beautiful she is, both inside and out. He promises her that she will be complete again, she will be his FancyFace. Bo picks "Hope" up and carries her to bed. As they roll around in bed, Bo flashes back to how it was with the old Hope. After the deed is done, a tear rolls down Bo's cheek and he tells himself that it wasn't the same, where is his Hope?
In France, Kurt and Hope arrive at the Chateau, but Hope says this place has never been home to her. Kurt says that this has been her home for years, but Hope says it does not match her memories. Hope tells him that this place brings up feelings of fear for her. Hope want to leave, but Kurt grabs her and tells her to stop this! Hope tells Kurt to let go of her because he's hurting her. Kurt says he can't do that because she will run. Hope says she won't, and she asks him to take her to Paris to the American embassy so she can speak to someone. When he refuses, she says she'll go herself and tries to leave. Kurt grabs her and sternly tells her that she's not going anywhere! Hope asks him if she is his prisoner? Kurt tells her yes she is. Hope struggles to break free, but she can't escape from him. Hope tells Kurt that she knows they aren't married and she wants answers, is she his prisoner, or his boss' prisoner? Kurt tells her that he's not telling her anything and orders her inside. Hope knees Kurt in his groin and makes a break for it. She hops on the motorcycle, and suddenly hears Bo telling her that he loves her. Kurt picks Hope up and carries her inside. Hope begs him not to do this, but he throws her into the turret despite her begging him not to. Hope says this place feels like a dungeon and asks Kurt what he wants from her? He tells her that it doesn't matter, she'll have everything she needs and he'll bring her food just like before. Hope asks him what he means, was she here before? Kurt ignores her and leaves, locking her behind in the turret. Hope bangs on the door and demands to be let out, but Kurt is long gone. Hope falls to the floor and asks whoever the voice in her head is to please save her. Suddenly, Hope hear's Bo's voice asking her where she is? Hope tells Bo that she's here, she's here.
At the townhouse, Nicholas finds Vivian in the living room and asks her where they are going for dinner? Vivian says nowhere, she's made plans for them for the evening. Vivian brings Nicholas a margarita to tide him over while he waits for her surprise. Suddenly, Vivian announces it is time for her surprise!
At the Kiriakis Mansion, Kate and Lucas are decorating the tree, and Kate asks Lucas why his wife isn't here because she's missing all the fun. Lucas says she's at a photo shoot and will be late. Kate comments "The later the better!" Phillip, Victor, and Will are also helping finish up the tree. Kate tells Victor that this is the first year since his stroke that she hasn't dreaded Christmas because he is here. Victor says he's always happiest when he's with his family. When Kate says "me too," Victor asks her if she's sure about that? Victor tells her that he doesn't mean to pressure her, but this is a decision (staying with him even though he's impotent) which will affect the rest of her life. Kate says that having him home is a miracle, perhaps they will get another one. Victor tells her not to count on that. Lucas approaches his parents and hints to them that he'd like a car for Christmas. Later, Victor takes Will for a ride in his wheelchair. Lucas tells his mom that Victor is really good with kids, and perhaps Will will have a baby brother or sister next year, and maybe she and Victor can make an addition to their family. Later Victor tells Will about Christmas in Greece and how they had to protect their house from Christmas goblins by making sure they always had a fire burning so they couldn't get in through the chimney. Suddenly, Vivian and Nicholas stop by to deliver some gifts, but Vivian gives one to Victor and tells him that it must be opened now. Victor opens the gift, which is Greek Christmas cookies, ones Victor was just telling Will about. Everyone enjoys the cookies, and Kate does not look pleased. Nicholas talks with Kate and tells her that he hasn't been able to sleep because he can't stop thinking about her, and he knows she's been thinking about him too. Kate tells Nicholas that she hates to deflate his ego, but she has more important things to think about. After the tree is finished, Victor makes a little speech. He tells them all that he has far more riches that he ever dreamed of having, and this will be a joyous millennium indeed. As Kate and Victor kiss, Vivian watches with hate.
Austin and Sami are dining at Tuscany. Sami thanks Austin for bringing her here, but asks if he'd rather be home trimming the tree? Austin says that he is right where he wants to be, though he's sorry he brought her here because all the guys are staring at her. She asks if her dress is too much? She is wearing a black sholder-less dress and her hair is pulled up. Austin tells her that she looks beautiful and he's glad she dressed up because he wants this night to be special. Austin orders caviar, but they both agree that it looks weird and are reluctant to try it.
Elsewhere, Greta and Lily are dining together. Lily is spoiling Greta rotten because Greta's mother is a princess, and she was raised to enjoy only the finest things. Greta worries about her mother because Bo is a bright and sensitive man and he will realize that her mother is not Hope. Lily tells her that she underestimates her mother, there is nothing she can't do once she sets her mind to it. The waiter serves their food and Lily tells Greta that she must try some of the caviar. Greta says she's not hungry, and Lily tells her that she forgot about her lunch with Eric. She asks Greta to tell her all about it. Greta remembers the condom incident, and tells Lily that she's not sure Eric is right for her. Lily asks her if Eric has disappointed her in bed? Greta is shocked and says she does not want to discuss sex right now. Lily changes the subject and says when Bo and "Hope" return she plans to throw a party to celebrate their reunion. Greta tells her not to send out the invitations just yet, her mom may be in jail soon. A look of shock comes over Lily's face, but Greta tells her that they both know her mother was an art thief and if she isn't arrested for that, then she will be arrested for assuming someone's identity. Later a man name Oliver Preston introduces himself to Greta and suggests she give him a call sometime. Greta tells him that she's seeing someone right now, but Oliver gives her his card anyways in case it doesn't work out. Lily tells Greta that Oliver is the type of young man her mother would want her to be seeing.
In the ladies room, Greta and Sami run into one another, and Sami is very cold to her. She tells Greta that she saw her flirting with Oliver Preston, and she is not pleased. Greta says that Oliver may have been hitting on her, but she was hitting on him. She says that she can be trusted, but she's not so sure about Eric. Sami doesn't understand because her brother is the most honest person she knows. When Greta suggests she might not know him all that well, Sami demands Greta tell her what she knows. Greta says that that is a personal issue, and she hasn't even discussed it with Eric yet. Sami tells Greta that she better discuss this misunderstanding with Eric, because she knows they can work things out if they do because Eric is a great guy.
Sami returns to her table and tells Austin that she's learned there might be a problem between Greta and Eric. AUstin suggests she let them work it out on their own, and Sami assures him that she won't interfere. Austin then produces a surprise for Sami, a gift. She says she hasn't even gotten him his Christmas gift yet, but he says it isn't a Christmas gift, just something he saw and wanted her to have. Sami opens the gift, which is a crystal Christmas tree charm on a necklace. She thanks him for the gift, which he puts around her neck. Afterwards he gives her a kiss.
Greta returns to her table and Lily tells her to stop dwelling on all the negative things and think about the positive stuff. Lily tells Greta that after years of loneliness her mother has found love with Bo, and she wants to be with him. She tells Greta that if Bo accepts her as Hope, then she must accept it as well.
At the Horton Cabin, Gina and Bo are resting in bed after making love. Bo realizes something is very wrong, and wonders where Hope is. Gina tells Bo that being with him was better than she ever could have dreamed. When Bo says nothing, she looks at him and asks him what is wrong? Gina tells Bo that she knows something was very off just now, and she doesn't want him to lie to spare her feelings. Bo tells Gina that he thought in time they would get back the magic they once had, but they don't have it back yet, and he knows why. Bo tells her that when they were in Paris he thought he had reached her, but he guess he didn't after all. Bo suggests that perhaps she is just trying to hard to connect to him, to please him. He tells her that perhaps they are moving too fast, perhaps they both need breathing room. Gina tells Bo that he's never run away from anything in his entire life and she's not about to let him run away from her now! Bo says he's not running from anything, they both just need some time to get their lives back together. Gina tells Bo that they will do it together, and they will get back the magic they once shared. She then tells Bo that there might be a way to get the magic back sooner than they might think. Gina tells Bo that John is the one person who knows exactly what they are going through and he told her that his problems with MArlena were solved after they got married. Gina tells Bo that perhaps they should get married again!
In France at the Chateau, Hope is on the floor crying and calling out Bo's name. She begins to remember her wedding, Shawn D's birth, and Santa Rosa. Hope smiles and picks herself off the floor. She remembers that she is Hope Williams and that she loves Bo Brady. She screams out "I love you Brady!" Hope remembers her wedding night, and how her dad told her how much he loved her before her wedding. Hope then senses that Bo is in danger. Hope realizes she has to get out of here, and she wonders why Kurt has brought her here. She forces herself to think back, and she remembers her accident a year ago which caused her to lose her memory. She then finds her old escape route behind the curtains, a nd Gina's warning that her enemies would die. She wonders why she can remember her life with Bo in Salem, but why can't she remember anything about this place? Kurt returns, and Hope demands that he tell her the truth about everything. Kurt tries to feed her lies about how she is sick and doesn't remember him, but this is her home. However, Hope informs Kurt that she does remember, she is Hope Williams and she belongs in Salem with Bo. She begs Kurt to help her get home to Bo and her son.
At Brandon's mother's house, Brandon knocks on the door, but his mom doesn't answer. As he is walking away, his mom finally unlocks the door and gives him a big hug. She invites him in, and it brings back memories of his father. Brandon's mom asks him if he's okay? He tells her that being back here just stirs up some memories. His mom notices that he's lost a couple of pounds, but she's prepared all his favorite foods for him. Brandon tells his mom that before they eat he has a surprise for her. He opens the door and produces a Christmas tree, which has already been decorated. Brandon's mom tells him this is perfect because she couldn't put any money aside for a tree this year. They plug the tree in, and Brandon tells her now it looks like Christmas. She hugs him, and then tells him to sit and eat! Brandon says its quiet around here without Taylor and Nikki. Brandon's mom says Taylor is happy at school, and when your as rich as Nicole you don't need to see your mom unless you have to. Brandon says that Nikki wanted to come, but Brandon's mom tells Brandon that she knows Nicole is ashamed of her. Brandon says that she's not ashamed of her, she's just caught up in her new life and finally has everything she ever wanted. His mom says no, Nicole has never had everything she wanted, and never will because she always wants more. BRandon's mom talks about how much his dad loved Nicole, which upsets Brandon. Brandon doesn't want to hear her talk about his father like he was a good person because that bastard destroyed their family. Brandon's mom says that part of her believes that his father couldn't help it because he was tormented by his own inner demons. She tells him that they shouldn't talk about the bad times anymore, and serves him some apple crumb pie, his favorite desert. Brandon's mother tells him that she's so glad he has a good job, and this Dr. Lexie sounds like a good person. Brandon says that she is married to a cop, and comments about how they used to have a lot of cops around here thanks to the nosey neighbors who were always calling the police. When Brandon's mom says the cop Lexie married must be a fine young man, Brandon tells her that the guy is old enough to be her father. He tells her that she's married to Commander Abe Carver, which seems to have an affect on Brandon's mom. She tells herself "Abe Carver, no it can't be!" Brandon's mom packs up the leftovers and gives them to Brandon. Brandon thanks her and tells her that he'll try to come by for Christmas and bring Nikki, but she says she won't hold her breath. Brandon sees his mom is upset and asks her if she knows Abe Carver, was he one of those cops who use to come around their place back then? She tells him that was almost twenty years ago, she can hardly remember. They both say their "I love yous," and Brandon takes off. After Brandon is gone, Brandon's mom says she remembers Abe Carver and things would have been a whole lot better if that man had never come here. Outside, Brandon knows his mom remembers Abe, and he promises that he will pay for what he did to them.
At the orphanage, Craig tells Nancy that there is no way in hell they are taking that kid home with them. He says they both agreed they would not have kids, so why in the hell should they take one home that isn't even theirs? Nancy says she didn't set out to change their plans, but sometimes life throws you a curve. Craig tells Nancy that child is not coming to live with them, it just isn't going to happen. Nancy asks him how he can be so cold? Craig says that if they take that child home it will change their lives completely, and it could possible end their marriage. Nancy asks Craig if he will leave her if she insists they bring the girl home? Craig apologizes for saying that, but he says that they both agreed never to have children. Craig says that having a baby right now would change their lives as they know it. He says that they's have to hire a nanny or a babysitter or something. Nancy tells him that they aren't talking about a baby, this girl is fifteen! Craig is shocked, and then calls the girl a full grown juvenile delinquent who probably has head lice, crooked teeth, and boyfriend in prison whose name is tattooed across her butt! Nancy tells him that she is nothing like that. Craig realizes that Nancy has met her already. Nancy says she has, and that she is a wonderful girl. Craig asks if she's already asked her to move in with them? Nancy gives him a look that says yes, and he asks her if he's lost her mind? She tells him that they can make a difference in this girl's life, and she has to listen to what her heart is telling her to do. Nancy tells her husband that if he looked into his own heart then he'd agree to let this girl come live with them.
Mrs. Rush takes Chloe back to her room. Chloe asks her if she thinks Mrs. Wesley will be able to talk her husband into letting her come live with them? Mrs. Rush says she doesn't know, but it bothers her that she wouldn't tell her husband that she was her daughter. She wonders what kind of home they could offer her if they can't be honest with one another. Chloe says that Nancy lied to her husband because she's afraid he'll hate her if she knows the truth. Mrs. Rush asks her if she's prepared to live this lie? Chloe says she is because anything is better than living here and being sent to another foster home. After awhile, Chloe begins to wonder why they haven't heard from them yet. Mrs. Rush says maybe Nancy changed her mind. Chloe says if she did, she hopes she'll at least send her the money for singing lessons.
Bo and Gina return to Salem on the FancyFace II, and both Bo and Gina are being very quiet. Gina tells Bo that it is probably a good thing they came back now instead of spending the night at the cabin. Bo tells her that Christmas is right around the corner and they both have huge to-do lists. Gina tells Bo that spending Christmas with him and their son is going to be so wonderful and that they both will have the happiness they deserve. Bo couldn't agree more and kisses Gina. Gina tells him that she knows she has a way to go before she is whole again, but Bo tells her that they will get their soon. Gina tells Brady that she loves him so much, and the two hug. She says that she wants to be herself again, the woman who will love him for an eternity. Bo tells her that she will be, which makes her smile. He tells her that this will be the best Christmas ever. Gina tells Bo that she has to get going back to the hotel, but insists on driving herself because she has to prepare special surprise for him and Shawn. Bo kisses her and tells her that he loves her, and then she takes off. After Gina leaves, Bo thinks that Hope will come back to him soon, and perhaps if they were to get married it would speed up her return to him. He thinks that she is right and says the sooner she becomes Mrs. Bo Brady the better.
In France at the Chateau, Hope begs Kurt to let her go home to Salem. Kurt tells her that this is her home now. Hope calls him a monster, but he says he is no monster. She tells him to prove it by letting her out. Kurt tells her that she has no right to make demands after what she did to Princess Gina. Hope says that the woman is dead, and when Kurt doesn't respond, she asks him if Gina is dead? Kurt tells her that all she needs to know is she is staying in this room and she won't be hurt as long as she behaves. Hope tells him that he can't do this to her, but he asks her how he will stop him? Hope tells Kurt that she is beginning to remember everything, including the storm when she had her accident and her car went off the road. She wonders how long ago that happened and asks Kurt what month and year it is? When he tells her it is December 99, Hope realizes that she's lost a year of her life. Hope asks Kurt if he knows what has happened to her this past year, and who brought her here and why would they want to punish her? Kurt refuses to answer any of her questions because this is the way it has to be, be says it doesn't have to be that way. When she says he can't keep her locked up here forever her that she's not calling the shots. Hope says that Bo will come looking for her he will pay for what he's done. Kurt laughs and tells her that Bo isn't even looking for her! Hope says the only reason Bo would stop looking for her is if he thought she was dead. Kurt tells her that there is nothing she can do, and she might as well accept her fate. Hope tells him "Never!" Hope says that she needs answers. She asks him what his relationship was with Gina, and did she know him when she thought he was Gina? Kurt says that he took care of Gina during the last years of her life, but refuses to share any more information with her. Hope knows that Kurt can't be behind this, and she wants to know who is. Kurt says he doesn't have the answers, and he will come back later when she has calmed down. Hope thinks that Stefano is doing this to her and she begs him to tell her why. He refuses to answer her, and instead walks out. Hope damns Stefano and hopes he will die for what he's done to her and her family.
Back in Salem, Gina returns to the Salem Inn and thinks her plan is working perfectly. She tells herself that soon she will have Bo, Greta, and the son she never thought she'd have, Shawn. However, she realizes that Stefano could interfere with her plans, so she must find a way to stop him. She opens up a drawer and pulls out a gun and tells herself that if she has to kill him, then so be it.
Vivian finds Victor hard at work in the conference room. He is looking through the books and she thinks he is upset because he found out that Kate transferred five million dollars a few months ago, but she hasn't a clue where the money has gone to. Victor tells her not to worry about it, he knows all about that transaction and that Kate has put the money into a special account. Vivian says really, and hands Victor a piece of paper. Victor calls Kate on the speakerphone and demands she come into the conference room immediately! Kate arrives, and Victor asks Vivian to leave so he can speak to Kate alone. Vivian leaves, and Victor wrips Kate a new one for giving Nicole the full five million dollars instead of giving her 100,000 and putting the rest into a trust account which she could only gain access to after being married to Lucas for five years. He demands to know how she could turn over five million dollars to that bimbo! Kate says that Lucas needed a wife fast, she had to make a quick decision. Victor says that Nicole has the money and could leave at any moment. He says that they have no leverage over her. Victor tells Kate "Good work!" Kate apologizes for making a mistake. Victor tells her that is not the only mistake she's made, she's turned their home into a hotel for losers! He tells her that he is taking over, from now on he is calling the shots! Kate storms out of the office, and Victor thinks perhaps it would be better if she didn't accept his proposal.
Nicholas and Kate go back to their office, and Vivian tells Nicholas how much she loves Victor and hates Kate. Nicholas tells her to just concentrate on Victor and forget about Kate. Vivian can't believe he is falling for Kate. Later, Nicholas finds Kate shaking and upset in the hall. Kate tells Nicholas that she has to get out of here, so when he says he's coming with her, she tells him "Sure, why not!" Vivian goes to apologize to Victor, but he says it wasn't her fault and that he'd like to be left alone.
Brandon is walking home and thinking about his visit with his mom. He goes into the Kiriakis garage and begins beating on the punching bag. When Sami walks into the garage and knocks over a garbage can, Brandon nearly knocks her head off! Brandon apologizes and says he was just blowing off steam. Sami says "Yeah, just like the night you almost killed Austin!" Sami ask Brandon who he really is, a caring and compassionate counselor, or a blood thirsty boxer? Which is it, Jekyll or Hyde? Brandon says he's the same guy she hung out with all summer, but Sami tells him that she doesn't know who he is at all. Brandon tells Sami that he's just a flawed human being like everyone else, and he says that he sees who she really is. Sami says the only person who really knows her is Austin. Brandon tells her that Austin is clueless about her true nature, and her tall tales about Lucas could ruin her chances of ever getting Austin. Brandon tells Sami that if she would stop pushing him away, he could be the best friend she's ever had. Sami doesn't know about that and says they should just take it one day at a time. Sami notice his leftovers, and Brandon tells her that he had dinner with his mom. Sami is surprised to learn that his mom lives around here because he never talks about his family. Sami asks if his mom is like Nicole, or is she nice? Brandon says that his mom is a good person, and then he walks off.
John is shopping in Salem Place and meets up with Marlena, Belle, Abe, and Lexie at the Java Cafe. Elsewhere, Nicole, Lucas, and Will are out in Salem Place shopping, and Nicole is being a Scrooge. Lucas tells Nicole that she has to buy presents for people other than herself. Nicole tells Lucas that she did, she bought Will that Star Wars game. Will tugs on Nicole's jacket, and she yells at him to stop pulling her. Lucas tells Nicole not to talk to him like that! Will runs off to see Marlena, and Belle decides to take Will to see the trains in Barren's window. Belle carries Will in her arms and tells him that he should ask his mom to take him to see Santa. Belle runs into Mimi, who is watching some carolers singing. Unfortunately, Phillip and his friends are standing behind the carolers and making fun of them. Mimi and Belle are both appalled at them for making fun of Christmas. They spot Shawn, who is alone, so they go over to see him. Shawn is looking at the tree, which has not yet been lit. Shawn is a little down in the dumps, so Belle asks him where his Christmas spirit is? Shawn tells her that he can't stop thinking about his mom. Mimi offers to take Will to see the trains so that Belle and Shawn can talk. Shawn tells Belle that everyone in this town will be here for the tree lighting tonight, everyone but his mom that is. Belle tells him to call her. Shawn says he thought about that, but even if he was here it wouldn't make a difference because she's not his mom. Suddenly, Phillip nails Belle with a snowball, and the two engage in a fight.
Mimi brings Will back to Lucas and Nicole. Lucas was busy yelling at Nicole for spending enough money to feed a third world country. Lucas and Will go to see the trains, and Nicole thanks Mimi for talking care of Will, who she thinks is a little handful. Mimi goes to see Shawn, and attacks him with a snowball. Mimi and Shawn soon end up fighting, and Mimi accidentally nails a caroler! Shawn sees Phillip massaging Belle's foot, and he looks a little down. Phillip tells Belle that he feels bad for Shawn because he can't even be happy at Christmas. Later, Phillip's friends start goofing with the town nativity scenes, and Mimi and Belle scold them.
Shawn looks at the tree and remembers his mom telling him that the star on top of the Christmas tree would be their special star.
John and Abe talk in private. John knows something is bugging Abe. Abe tells John that he is having problems with that damn Brandon Walker, he feels that this guy is trouble.
John takes the microphone and announces that Maggie Horton has been selected to light the town Christmas tree. Maggie thanks him and everyone, and then lights the tree. After the tree has been lit, everyone sings "Joy to the World." Everyone that is but Shawn. Alice tells Shawn that she wishes she was here too.
At the DiMera mansion, Bart is busy giving Stefano a full report on everything "Hope" has been doing, including the exact time she got her nails done. Bart tells Stefano that "Hope" is back to normal, and she is boring as ever. He asks if he has to keep tailing her? Stefano, who is now sporting a beard, tells Bart that something is not normal. Stefano says that something is still off, neither of the Brady brothers have sought revenge on him yet, and he doesn't feel that he can let his guard down for one minute.
Gina is in her car driving to see Stefano and take care of him once and for all. She plans to convince Stefano that she truly is Hope, and then she will get him out of the picture for good! Gina rings the doorbell to the DiMera mansion, and when Bart tells Stefano who is at the door, Stefano tells him to get rid of her! Bart tries to tell her that Stefano isn't taking any visitors, but Gina barges in and demands to see Stefano. She is shocked to see him with a beard, but he is shocked that she barged into his home like this. Gina tells Stefano that she didn't know who else to go to because he is the only person who can help her. Stefano dismisses Bart and asks "Hope" what she is so afraid of? Gina tells him that the ISA has been hounding her about a painting they think she stole, and she wants him to tell them that the painting was burned. Stefano asks her what she knows about the painting being burned? Gina tells him that she was the one who lit the match, Steffie! Stefano looks at her and says "No!" Gina tells him yes, and asks if he has forgotten the moment he screamed in agony? Gina tells Stefano to say hello to Princess Gina, and then she takes her bow. Gina lights up a cigarette, and Stefano says he saw her fall off the bridge! Gina tells Stefano that he's forgotten how good she is at fooling people. Stefano says she can't want to go on impersonating Hope forever, but Gina says that she wants to spend the rest of her days impersonating Hope Williams. Stefano throws his head back and rolls his eyes. Gina tells him that his plastic surgery is looking good and took years off his life, just like hers did the same for her. Stefano tells her "Like you care, you set me on fire you maniac!" Gina tells him that she set the painting on fire and it is not her fault that it meant more to him than his own life. Gina turns her back to fix herself a martini, and as Stefano was about to make Gina pay, she turns around and pulls a gun on him! Gina fires the gun, and shoots the vase behind him. She tells him that the next one will go right through his head. Stefano asks her what she wants? She says that if he leaves the country she will take pity on him, and give him the Rennet. He asks her how she will do that, she burned it? Gina tells him that it was a copy and asks if he thinks she was that stupid? Stefano knows he can't trust her, so she says she will prove to him that he can trust her. She offers him her gun as proof. Stefano takes the gun, and tells her that if good, but not good enough. He grabs Gina's neck and tells her that she has gone too far this time!
Nancy and Craig are driving back from the orphanage and Nancy is struggling with her broken seatbelt, which Craig was supposed to have fixed. Craig tells Nancy that he was too busy worrying about where his lying wife has been. Its storming really bad out, and the roads are in bad shape. Nancy apologizes for telling Craig to take the backroads because she thought it would be quicker. Nancy suggests they pull into the next town for a bite to eat, and then he can get back on the interstate. Craig says that he's not very hungry, and he's very cold to her. Nancy asks him if this bad mood will last them the rest of their lives? Craig says it is possible. Nancy tells her husband that she told Chloe what a fun, loving, and wonderful guy he is, yet here it is one week before Christmas and he's acting like Scrooge! She wonders what kind of impression he's going to make on her. Craig says he could care less about what kind of impression he makes on her, besides she's not the sharpest tool in the shed. Nancy tells him that Chloe is very smart, and she doesn't want him talking like that because he might wake her up. The shot pans to the backseat where Chloe is supposed to be sleeping, but she's actually wide awake and is listening to them fight about her. Chloe "wakes up" and Nancy asks her if she's warm enough, she could turn up the heat? Craig asks Nancy if she is crazy, it is 110 degrees in here! Nancy tells Chloe that she can't wait for her to see the pond in Salem where all the kids ice skate, but Chloe says she doesn't ice skate, or ski or do any other winter sports. When Chloe says she's into music and reading, Craig says that is something. Nancy gives her husband a cross look. The two continue to fight about Chloe under their breaths. Craig tells Nancy that he was planning to take three weeks off in the spring and take her on a cruise. When Craig stops the car, Chloe tells Nancy that she knows she made her a promise, but this just isn't going to work, so she's outa here! Chloe gets out of the car, and Nancy tells Craig to help her out of this seat belt. Craig tells her to let her go, but Nancy refuses to let her child run loose in the middle of nowhere. Craig says she's not her child, but Nancy says they took responsibility for her! Nancy gets out of the car and runs after Chloe. Craig soon follows. Suddenly, Nancy is caught in front of a car's headlights. The next thing we see is a terrified Craig rushing to Nancy, who is unconscious on the ground.
At Titan, Victor is feeling bad about telling Kate that her guilt about her past is causing her to make bad decisions, and that he was calling all the shots from now on. He wonders if it will affect Kate's decision to marry him. Elsewhere, Kate tells her secretary that she and Mr. Alamain are going to Tuscany. A very happy Vivian overheard this comment. Vivian goes to see Victor and offers to take him down to his limo, but he says that he has so much work to do. Vivian suggests he take a break and suggests they go out to dinner. Vivian manages to convince Victor to accept her invitation. Phillip shows up and tells his dad about the Christmas Tree and offers to take him to see the tree, but Vivian says they were about to go out to dinner. Vivian excuses herself to touch up her makeup, and Phillip follows her to hit her up for 4500 dollars. Vivian asks her what he needs that kind of money for? Phillip says it isn't that much money to her, but Vivian says it is a lot of money to anyone and asks why he needs it. Phillip says he needs it to buy a present for a girl at school, but Vivian doesn't believe him and thinks he is in trouble. She asks why he is coming to her and not his parents if this is only for a girl? Phillip says his dad has cut him off, and his mom hates this girl. He begs her to help him make this girl's Christmas a merry one. Vivian eventually agrees to give him a check, and he thanks her, but makes her promise not to tell his parents. Victor wheels out into the hall and tells Phillip that he is outraged by his behavior and is very disappointed with him. However, all he heard was Phillip making Vivian promise not to tell his mom and dad something, but he wants to know what the secret is. Phillip says he was just sharing his Christmas gift for his parents with Vivian, and Victor apologizes for jumping to conclusions. Vivian suggests they go eat because she is hungry, and she suggests they go to Tuscany.
Kate and Titan take a seat at the bar at Tuscany and order some drinks. Nicholas asks what Victor said to her that made her upset? Kate says that subject is off limits. Nicholas says they can't talk about Victor, Vivian, Titan, you, or himself, so what are they supposed to talk about? Kate says they can talk about the Christmas decorations. Nicholas tells her that she looks so beautiful in the Christmas lights, and the two start flirting. Nicholas asks her to tear down that wall she's built up around her and open up to him about her feelings. Kate opens up and tells Nicholas how sick to death she is with Vivian's scheming to make her look bad in front of Victor. Nicholas tells her to confront Vivian and tell her how she feels, but Kate says that is going to be his job. Kate asks Nicholas to prove how much she cares for him by making his aunt back off! Nicholas says he doesn't need to do that, Victor is the one who loves her and he'll do anything for her. Nicholas then starts talking about Kate's beautiful lips and how they are driving him crazy, and how much he wants to kiss her again. As the two move in for a Christmas kiss, Vivian walks into the restaurant and just about dies!
In Salem Place, Phillip is approached by his bookie, who wants is expecting his next payment tomorrow. Phillip asks him to cut him some slack because he has gifts to buy. Al tells him to play it smart and pay him the whole amount, then he'll have no more worries.
At the Java Cafe, Abe tells Lexie, Marlena, and John that Brandon hasn't made an appointment to see a counselor, so he's going to nail him! Marlena tells Abe that Brandon has called her to make an appointment to see her. Lexie suggests to Abe that he turn Brandon's file over to someone else, but Abe wants to deal with the punk himself. Abe and Lexie begin to argue over Brandon's goodness, or lack there off. Later, John and Marlena talk about their honeymoon in Hawaii and how John was missing in the water. Marlena remembers Gina telling her that John got away from her in Hawaii to be with her. Marlena asks John if it ever occurred to him that perhaps someone picked him up out of the water? John asks if she is suggesting he was abducted by aliens? They all laugh, but Abe says the odds of John spending all that time in the water alive are very slim. John is suddenly hit with a memory. However, it was all a joke as he tells her that he remembers making love to the most beautiful woman in the world. Marlena is not amused by his little joke.
Abe and Lexie take a walk and talk more about Brandon. Lexie wants him to be more tolerant towards Brandon. Elsewhere, Marlena tells John that she watched Alice at the tree lighting and she seemed less cheerful and optimistic this year, and she thinks she is missing Tom. John tells Marlena that Tom will always be with Alice, just like he'll always be with him.
At the DiMera mansion, Stefano has a firm grip around Gina's neck and tells her that nobody crosses Stefano DiMera! Gina tells Stefano that Bo will come after him if he kills her, but Stefano says Bo may think she is "Hope" now, but time will prove that she is GIna Von Amburg and he will make sure the evidence suggests he killed her in self-defense. Gina tells him that if he kills her, than he'll lose his precious Renet forever! Stefano lets her go, but wonders if she is lying. Gina says she could lie to him, but she is not. Gina tells Stefano that if he wants the Renet than it is his, but only if he leaves the country. Stefano asks why it is so important to have him out of the country? Gina tells him that she wants a life with Greta and Bo here in Salem, as Hope. Gina admits that she wanted revenge on him for stealing all those years and John away from her, but now she realizes her future with Bo and Greta are far more important to her than her revenge. Stefano asks Gina what happened to the real Hope, did she kill her? Gina says Hope won't bother them any longer. Stefano asks her again if she killed her? Gina tells him that he taught her that when someone disappears, you do not admit to anything! Stefano switches the subject and says he's surprised that she's given up on John so easily. Gina tells him that John is committed to her now, and she realizes now that John won't leave his precious, boring doc for her. Stefano tells her that she could be wrong, but Gina knows she's not. Gina knows about the sub sex, and Stefano tells Gina that he could transform John back for her. Gina says no, she and John would be forced into hiding and she'd never see her daughter again, and her future is with Bo. Gina tells Stefano that if he wants the Rennet than he must follow her. She tells him that she has chartered a jet for them to take them to Europe. Stefano asks her what makes her so sure that he will stay in Europe once he has his Rennet? Gina warns him that if he double-crosses her, Hope's missing memories will suddenly return, and she will report every crime he ever committed!
In the lab, Bart sneaks up on Rolfe and scares the heck out of Rolfe. Rolfe tells Bart that he is busy and wants to be left alone. Bart tells Rolfe that he should take a night off and go out to dinner with a nice lady. Rolfe says he doesn't have time for that, big trouble is coming there way and its name is John Black! Bart asks him what is wrong? Rolfe says that the Y2K virus may affect the chip in John's brain. Rolfe says that John won't remember anything about his time with John, but he might remember being on the sub with Gina when she transformed him back! Bart tells Rolfe to just lie to Stefano and tell him everything checks out. Rolfe says Stefano will find out the truth if John's chip fails. Bart realizes the severity of the problem, and suggests he hurry up and fix John's chip. Rolfe tells Bart to just go find Stefano and tell him that there is a slight problem, but they are working through it. Bart gets fed up and tells Rolfe that he's tired of being the bearer of bad news and tells Rolfe before they let Stefano know about this problem they should make sure there is a problem. Bart orders Rolfe to get working, and the he storms out of the lab.
Stefano and Gina board Gina's jet, and Stefano calls Rolfe and leaves a message for him telling him that he's had a change of plans and has to go out of town, and hopes everything is okay for the Y2K problem. Stefano then asks Gina how she escaped the river? Gina says that she simply studied the depth of the river, the currents, and knew exactly where to jump. Gina and Stefano reminisce about the past, and Stefano tells Gina that she was a foolish woman because he could have given her the world. Gina says her future is with Bo and Greta, and his is in Europe where she's sure he will find a pretty woman to make him happy. Stefano tells himself that once he has that Rennet he will make sure she never returns to Salem! The nine lives of Princess Gina are about to come to an end.
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