September 99 Week 5


September 27
At the Kiriakis mansion guest house, Austin comes home and continues to give Sami the cold shoulder. Austin goes to check on Will, and Sami fears that Austin hates her. Later, Sami offers Austin some of the lemon chicken she is cooking, but he says he is not hungry. She asks Austin if he thinks Lucas will try to get full custody of Will, but Austin doesn't know what is going on in his brother's head. Sami hopes Lucas won't punish her for one mistake because that wouldn't be fair. Austin tells Sami that she made Lucas miss his son's first day at school. Sami says she did it for Will and thought he would understand that. Austin says that he understands Lucas must hate her. Sami says this is all Carrie's fault. Austin asks what that is supposed to mean? Sami says it's not hard to figure out, he spent all afternoon with Carrie and now he's hardly speaking to her. Austin says they were working on a boxing match. Sami says she doesn't want to fight and is sorry. She changes the subject to the boxing match and his new opponent. Austin says he thinks Carrie will come up with some great ideas. He tells Sami how great it is to be working with Carrie again. Austin decides that he doesn't want to talk about Carrie and he has nothing to say to her. He says he is tired and leaves to go to bed. Sami fears that Austin will never forgive her.

In the mansion, Nicole is busy mixing herself some alcoholic beverages. She picks up a phone and calls Eric, but she gets his answering machine which says he is out of town. Nicole wonders if Eric misses her? Brandon walks in and tells Nicole that she has to forget about Eric now that she is married. Brandon snatches the bottle of booze away from her and Nicole tells him that she doesn't need a lecture! She pours herself another drink and asks him how his job is? Brandon says it is going good and he is helping a lot of people, he just wishes he could help her. Brandon asks what is wrong with Lucas, is he mistreating her behind closed doors? Nicole says no, Lucas is too good to her. Brandon suggests she get out more often and asks her to go out with him one night. Nicole says her calender is pretty full. Brandon hopes she can make room for him, he's going to be boxing Austin in a match. Nicole is shocked and asks Brandon if he remembers what happened the last time he got in the ring? Brandon says he will be fine, but Nicole thinks this fight will be nothing but trouble. Brandon says she sounds like Sami, who hates the idea of Austin and Carrie spending time together. Nicole says that is tough and that Austin and Carrie were in love, and those feelings just don't go away when you sign divorce papers, it's just a piece of paper? Brandon asks "Like a marriage certificate?" He then asks if she will ever stop loving Eric? Nicole says Eric is in France with Greta and she is married to Lucas, she can't change that. Nicole says she can't forget about Eric, and asks Brandon what is wrong with her? Brandon holds his sister.

In Paris at the ball, Greta tells Eric that she doesn't know how she will pretend that Hope is her mother. Eric tells her that she will know exactly what to do when Hope arrives. Elsewhere, Bo, Doug, and Julie all await Hope's entrance. Kurt is busy looking for the real Gina, but can't find her anywhere. Suddenly, the Duke introduces Princess Gina Von Amburg, and in walks Hope/Gina. She is wearing a white gown underneath a black silk cloak, and a tiara on her head. Kurt sees Gina and exclaims "It can't be!" Gina tells everyone that Princess Gina is back and here to stay. Everyone applauds, and Greta tells Eric that she looks so much like her mother. She tells Eric that she knows her mother is dead, but seeing Hope walk in as her mother brought so many memories. She just hopes Bo's plan works. Doug and Julie can't believe what they are seeing, this is not their little Hope. Bo approaches Gina and tells her all these people love her because she is beautiful and glamorous, but he knows all one million reasons to love her. He promises her that they will bring DiMera down tonight and be together for the rest of their lives. Suddenly Nathan approaches Gina and says she is not Princess GIna! Everyone gasps and begins to gossip amongst themselves. He tells her that she hasn't changed since the last time he saw her, which was when he was eleven! She says he was eleven, and madly in love with her Greta. Gina says she could never forget the boy who picked all her roses to give to Greta. Greta approaches her "mother" and the two hug. Gina says she has missed her terribly. Nathan excuses himself to get them all some champagne. Greta is upset and tells Gina that she never expected to see her mother again. Gina puts her hand up to Greta's cheek and assures her that she is not going anywhere. The Duchess steals Gina away to say hello to her old friends, and Greta is almost at the point of tears. She doesn't understand how Bo can say so strong watching Hope pretend to be here mother. Bo says it has to play out this way, otherwise their plan won't work. Greta fears Hope may get carried away playing Gina, but Bo is positive that Hope is back and on their side. Doug and Julie great the Highness, and Doug tells Gina that her parents must be very proud of her. Gina just thanks them. Bo talks with Doug and Julie, who are deeply troubled. Julie fears that Hope may never come back to them after this party. Bo tells them that Hope is strong and will not fail, he will not give up on her.

The Duke and Duchess talk with Gina and tell her that she must look at the Rennet in their gallery. Gina says she would love to see it, so they escort her to the gallery. As they leave, Gina nods her head to Bo as she passes him.

Kurt continues to look for his mother, and both Eric and Greta agree that Kurt and his mother are very weird. Nathan returns, hands Greta a glass of champagne, and toasts to her, his first love. Greta decides not to drink because she hasn't eaten yet and her stomach is empty. Nathan knows just what she needs, caviar and cream cheese! Greta is impressed that he remembers what she liked to eat when she was younger. Nathan leaves and Greta tells Eric how she used to beg her mom to bring her to these type of balls. However, Gina never took her because she was so young, but Greta always dreamed of going to them with her mother when she grew up, but that was when she was alive. The Duke overhears this and asks her what she just said about her mother? Eric butts in and says that Greta meant this party has lifted her mother's spirits again. The Duke and Duchess say they love Gina and her, and they hope she and her mother will be frequent guests in their home. Nathan returns without the cream cheese because the chef had none. Greta says it is okay because she is not very hungry. Nathan asks her to dance, but Eric says this is his and Greta's song and insists they dance.

In the art gallery, the real Gina remembers Stefano's anger when she failed stealing the Rennet for him years ago. She approaches Stefano from behind and asks "Once you fall in love with a painting, you never forget it, do you?" Stefano turns around to see a mysterious woman draped in black. He looks at her, shakes his head, and says it can't be. He tells her that there is something familiar about her. Gina introduces herself as Countess Elsa of Hapsburg. Stefano doesn't recall meeting her and asks to be excused, but Gina won't let him leave. She says that she knows him, Stefano DiMera AKA Rudolpho Meradi. She knows he is an avid art collector and says he seems to have an eye for Spring Morning. Gina tells him that all the other Rennets have been stolen, but this is the most beautiful Rennet. Stefano tells her that she knows a lot about art, and Gina says she is an artist but her works were never appreciated the way they should have been. Stefano says he is sorry, and Gina tells him that his apology is not accepted! She tells him that life is cruel sometimes, but we live to right the wrongs of their pasts. She looks at Spring Morning and wonders who would have the gall to steal such a masterpiece. Stefano claims he couldn't imagine, but Gina tells him that he is too modest because he knows a great deal about the art of stealing art! Stefano says what he knows about stolen art he has read in the newspaper. Stefano asks if there is a point to all of this? Gina says very well, and says that this party is in honor of Princess Gina, and he and her were very close. She says that she remembers the last party the two of them attended here and says she heard shortly afterwards that Gina fell into a deep depression. Stefano claims he lost touch with Gina after the party and tries to walk away from her. However, Gina stops him by telling him that Gina is now dead. Stefano says this party is for Gina, how can she be dead? Kurt shows up and finds his mother before she can expose her true identity to Stefano. Stefano leaves and Gina tells Kurt that he has horrible timing! Gina tells Kurt, who didn't know, that the man she was talking to was Stefano. Kurt tries to tell Gina about the imposter, but Gina won't let him get a word in. She tells him that she plans to crush Stefano into the ground tonight! Kurt tells Gina that he has something to tell her, and perhaps they should leave. Suddenly, Gina hears everyone calling her name.

Stefano intercepts Gina/Hope, and the Duke and Duchess on the way to the gallery and steals Gina away from them for a second. He is not happy that she was late, but Gina says she had to make a grand entrance. She tells him not to worry, she knows exactly what she has to do here. Stefano sees Bo watching them, but Gina says nothing will go wrong. Stefano tells her not to make the mistakes of the past, the real Gina was not able to redeem herself after failing him. He then tells her about the unusual conversation he had with a woman in the gallery who is under the impression that the Gina is dead. Gina simply says that the reports of her death are greatly exaggerated and she hopes he set her straight! Stefano wonders how she got that idea when he only told Greta that Gina had died. Gina says Greta and her friends are being discreet about the whole matter, and says that Greta looks absolutely magnificent tonight. Stefano tells her to pay attention, she has one mission and one mission alone, to steal the Rennet. Bo approaches them and asks DiMera if he is enjoying Gina's company. Stefano tells Bo that he was telling Hope how lovely she looks, but doesn't know why everyone thinks she is still Gina. "Hope" says he was the one that turned her into Gina, and she will find out what she did for him! Stefano tells her to do as she wishes, and tells her to have a productive night. Stefano leaves and Bo tells Gina that it is hard to believe he shares an agenda with Stefano, both their plans hinge on nobody finding out that the real Gina is dead. Gina tells him that nobody here doubts that she is Gina, but Bo says that he does. Gina says she is Gina. The Duke and Duchess approach Bo and Gina to borrow Gina for a moment. Doug and Julie see the upset look on Bo's face. They ask what is wrong? Bo says that "Hope" is just very convincing tonight. Stefano returns to the gallery to admire the Rennet, and Bart serves him some champagne. Stefano tells Bart that he is sure Gina will do his bidding tonight. Bo shows up in the gallery door right as Stefano says now that everything is ready for Gina to make the painting switch, it is time to take care of Bo.

Out on the dance floor, everyone begins to clap and chant "Princess Gina! Princess Gina!" GIna/Hope is blindfolded, and everyone has formed a circle around her. The real Gina shows up to see why everyone is calling her name. Through Gina's black veil she vaguely sees the outline of Hope/Gina. Gina/Hope plays some form of blind mans bluff, but the real Gina looses track of Hope/Gina. Kurt tells Gina that this party is not a memorial to her, it is a celebration of her eternity. He says the woman over there claims she is Princess Gina! Gina finally gets a good look at her imposter dancing with another man.


September 28
In the Kiriakis guest house, Sami is looking at the picture Will drew and says that she and Austin should be Will's true family. She says she only wanted to make Will happy, but now everyone is mad at her. Austin walks into the room and Sami asks if they can talk. Austin says he wants to take a shower and just needs a towel. Austin gets and towel and quickly leaves the room. Sami leaves the guest house.

In the mansion, Brandon hugs Nicole, who says she will stop crying now. Brandon tells her to cry all she wants, but lay off the booze. Nicole says she does not have a drinking problem and doesn't need a lecture! Brandon doesn't understand why she is upset, all her dreams have come true. Nicole says she has one dream that will never come true, no matter how much money she has. Lucas walks into the room and asks what dream is that? Brandon decides to excuse himself, but Nicole asks him to stay. Lucas asks to be filled in on what is going on? Nicole says Brandon has good news and she wants him to tell Lucas. Brandon says it is nothing big, so Nicole tells Lucas that Brandon is fighting Austin in the charity boxing match. Lucas laughs and says "Perfect, you can bash my brother's face in while helping kids!" Lucas tells Nicole to write out a check for Brandon from their joint bank account. Lucas tells Brandon that they should sit down and talk, he'd love to hears his life story. Brandon doubts he would be very interested, but Lucas says it's bound to be more interesting than his. Lucas tells Brandon that his life didn't become interesting till he married Nicole, a woman whose dreams he loves to make come true. Lucas asks Nicole to fill him in on the dream she was talking about. Nicole says it is something he can't give her, it is something she wants to give him. Nicole tells Lucas that she wants to have a baby with him. Lucas says this would make him very happy, but only if she is ready. Nicole says she is ready. Sami walks in and tells Lucas to be careful, having a baby with someone who is using you to get over someone else is, well, we've been there before! Nicole asks Sami why can't she stay out of their lives? Sami says she is just telling the truth! Brandon keeps them from fighting, and Lucas asks Sami if Austin has kicked her out of the guest house yet? Sami and Nicole end up arguing about Lucas framing her for murder, and that Lucas payed Nicole to marry him. Lucas tells her to get her own life instead of bashing his, but he forgot she tried and blew her life with Austin. Lucas tells Nicole that he has a present for her, which Sami calls a bribe. Lucas thinks Sami is just jealous of his and Nicole's happiness, so they leave to go upstairs and open Nicole's gift. Sami tells Brandon that he owes her five bucks, he lost the bet. Brandon gives her five bucks and says he is sorry. Sami tells Brandon that she doesn't want his money, she wants her best friend back. Austin walks into the room, he overheard them settling the bet. Austin tells Sami that he was hard on her and he is sorry. Sami says she made a mistake, but Austin says she is only getting stuck in the middle of his and Lucas' fighting about Will. Brandon leaves to workout, and Sami says this means they've survived their first fight. Austin still wants to talk to Sami about what she did at Lucas. Austin tells her that she can't cut Lucas out of Will's life, it's not fair to either of them. Austin has bad feelings about Lucas as well, but Lucas has what he thinks is best for Will in his mind. Sami and Austin joke around with one another, and Austin tells Sami that she is his best friend. They both promise not to let the other one down again.

Upstairs, Nicole opens her present, which is lingerie. Nicole says this is a present for him, and Lucas smiles and says that marriage is all about sharing. Lucas notices that Nicole is distant and asks if he did something? Nicole says no, she just keeps trying to forget about her past. Lucas tells her that doesn't matter to him, nobody is perfect, including him. Nicole asks what he has to feel guilty about? Lucas says kidnapping his son for one. Lucas tells her that the best thing he ever did was marrying her, and he hopes she feels the same way. Nicole kisses Lucas and leaves to put on her present. As they go to make love, Nicole just isn't "into it." Lucas tells her that it is okay. Nicole says she is just upset about Sami. Lucas tells her not to worry about it, and Nicole says she'll make it up to him. Lucas leaves to take a cold shower, and Nicole goes out into the hall. She runs into Brandon and tells him that she has something important to tell him, the real reason she married Lucas.

In Paris at the ball, Hope/Gina dances with an admirer as everyone watches. Over on the other side of the room, Greta dances with Eric. Eric tells her that Nathan hasn't stopped staring at her all night. Greta says that she and Nathan played Romeo and Juliet at the academy in Paris. Eric says he thought she played Juliet at the school in New Orleans? Greta tells him that she played it twice. They talk about Romeo and Juliet, Eric says he prefers happily ever after endings. Greta says that some stories don't end happily, like her mother's for instance. Eric tells Greta that after Bo is done with Stefano, he will never hurt her again.

Another admirer dances with Hope/Gina as everyone watches and appluads. The real Gina can't believe what she is seeing, this woman is a fraud! Gina shoves her way through the crowd and taps Hope/Gina on the shoulder. Hope/Gina ask the real Gina just what she thinks she is doing? Gina says that is the exact question she was about to ask her! Gina asks her what she thinks she's doing? Hope/Gina says she is dancing, and enjoying herself. Gina laughs and says she did not answer her question! Hope/Gina says she is the guest of honor, Princess Gina Von Amburg, and does a little curtsey. Gina says "In your dreams!" Hope/Gina asks who else she would be? Gina makes a fist and says she does not know yet, but she intends to find out! Gina demands Hope/Gina identify herself at once. Julie and Doug begin to worry, and Doug leaves to find Bo. Hope/Gina tells her that she is obviously not well, and Gina says of course she isn't well under these circumstances. Hope/Gina asks what circumstances, so Gina replies that she would be delighted to inform her. Gina claps her hands twice and tells everyone that she has some very astonishing news for everyone.

In the gallery, Bo shows up as Stefano tells Bart, who is disguised as a waiter, it is time for him to take care of Bo. When Stefano and Bart turn around, they find Bo standing in the doorway. Bart offers Bo some champagne, but Bo refuses, so Bart leaves. Stefano asks Bo if he has been spying on him? Bo just says that he's noticed he seems to like this painting. Bo asks why the Harrimans' have it guarded so well? Stefano says Rennet was a visionary, and this is that last Rennet that hasn't been stolen. Bo doesn't know much about art, but he says Gina is a real art form and takes his breath away. Stefano claims to be worried about Hope because she is taking this masquerade to the extremes and should stop this search for her past. Bo asks why he cares, he doesn't know what she is going to find. Stefano says he knows exactly what she will find! Bo asks him if he has a crystal ball allowing him to predict the future? Stefano says it is obvious what will happen, Hope will be exposed as a fraud! Bo asks how that would happen, unless he did a lousy job implanting Gina's memories into Hope at Maison Blanche! Stefano asks Bo if he believes that nonsense? Bo tells him that Hope is a dead ringer for Gina both inside and out, everyone here believes she is Gina. Bo says if the real Princess Gina was alive and here tonight, they probably couldn't tell which is which. Doug shows up at tells Bo that the woman with the big veil is demanding to know who Princess Gina really is. Bo and Doug rush off, and Stefano laughs and tells Bo to enjoy his evening with Gina because tomorrow they will both be out of his life for good.

Back in the ball room, everyone wonders what Kurt's "mother" is doing. Kurt tells her mother to come with him, but Gina says it is time for the truth to come out for the sake of friends and family. Gina looks at Greta, who thinks Gina wants her to come with her. Bo, who has arrived, tells her to stay still. Still, Greta thinks the woman looks familiar. The Duke and Duchess ask GIna how they can assist her. She can't believe her dear friends have forgotten her completely. MEanwhile, Stefano tells Bart to find out what he can about this woman. Kurt apologizes the Duke, Duchess, and Princess Gina for his mother's actions. Gina cries "How dare you!" and smacks him with her purse. Kurt tells her to come away now, but Gina refuses to leave until she finds out who that woman is. Hope/Gina says she is Princess GIna Von Amburg, but Gina demands she tell them all the truth. Bo goes to Hope/Gina's side to make sure she is all right. Hope/Gina says this woman needs a doctor, but Gina says she is quite sane, she faced the devil himself and lived to tell about it. Gina says the devil tried to take her soul, but she was fare to strong. Gina tells them all that this woman is not worth of the honor they have bestowed upon her because she is not who they think she is. Gina suddenly faints, and everyone looks at her. Bo thinks she can't breath with the veil on and goes to take it off, but Kurt insists it is left in place. Kurt claims her mother just had a bad reaction to her medication. Bo says she has a pulse, and Stefano suggest they take her to the foyer where she can rest. Bo says that she could need a doctor. Stefano wonders where he could have meet this woman, and flashback to yelling at Gina after she failed to steal Spring Morning. Bo picks her up and carries her to the foyer and puts her down on a sofa. Gina comes to, and Kurt says his step mother needs privacy. A woman named Ava introduces herself to Stefano, and the two go back to the ball and dance. Bo leaves to call a doctor, and Kurt scolds GIna. Gina says Stefano wouldn't know who she was, her beauty has dissipated, unlike the woman claiming to be her. Bart spies on them, but Kurt quickly tells him to leave. Gina asks if he intends to keep her a prisoner in the foyer? Kurt says he is afraid what Stefano will do if he finds out who she is, but Gina says to hell with Stefano, he has taken 14 years away from her and the people she loved! Kurt says Stefano is dangerous, and leaves to get the car before Stefano sees her again. Gina asks herself if it is so wrong to want the truth known? Greta shows up and asks if she may speak with her? Gina says yes, and asks Greta to sit next to her. Greta asks her why she is so certain this woman who claims she is Gina isn't her mother?

Stefano excuses himself out of Ava's company and talks with Bart, who fills him in on what he has found out "Elsa." Burt tells him that she is the stepmother of Kurt Schwengle, the caretaker of Chateau De Revees. Stefano decides he will have to introduce himself to this Kurt.

Back in the ballroom, the Duchess apologizes to Hope/Gina for the way that woman has ruined her party. Hope/Gina says as long as she has a man at her side she is happy. The Duke and Duchess leave to talk with their other guests, and Bo dances with Hope/Gina. She asks Bo who that woman was? Bo says it is the mother of the keeper of the Chateau de Revees. Hope/Gina says "A yes, my country estate," and Bo quickly corrects her and says it is Gina's estate. Hope/Gina tells him to try being two people at once. Bo tells her she is doing fine and she only has to keep it up for a few more hours. Bo assures her that she will be home free after tonight. Bo knows she is afraid she will end up like the real Gina, but he won't let that happen. Hope/Gina asks how he is so sure he will get Stefano tonight? Bo knows he will because Stefano is too focused on getting that painting, and not paying attention to anything else. Bo chuckles and says he can't wait to see the look on Stefano's face when he realizes he has lost not only the painting, but his princess. Hope/Gina sees the portrait of herself and begins to have doubts.


September 29
Carrie is working in her office when Lexie drops by to see her. Lexie and Carrie talk about how Craig has let the power go to his head. Lexie tells Carrie that Craig is treating her like an incompetent fool, but she won't let it get to her. Carrie tells her that Mike would advise her to just remain cool. Lexie asks Carrie if she's heard from Mike, but she hasn't. Carrie says that he needs time to get his life together. Lexie asks Carrie if she's having any regrets? Carrie asks Lexie if she's asking if she means about her marriage? Carrie says that Austin wanted a divorce, so she signed the papers. Lexie says Mike wanted to go and she let him! Lexie asks her if she wants a future with Mike? Carrie says that is up to Mike, right now her focus is on her job. Lexie asks how the boxing match is going? Carrie tells Lexie that Austin will be fighting Brandon Walker. Lexie is shocked. They talk about Brandon's friendship with Sami, something Carrie hopes will blossom into more than friendship. Lexie doubts that because Sami is so focused on Austin. That comment makes Carrie uneasy, and Lexie notices. She asks Carrie if she wants Austin back? Carrie says part of her will always love Austin, she doesn't have any intentions on getting back with him, but she doesn't want Sami to hurt Austin. Lexie says maybe she won't hurt him, but Carrie can't imagine Austin being with Sami. Lexie tells Carrie that it is up to Austin now, she can't do anything about it. Carrie says "maybe there is."

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sami is in tears because she is happy Austin forgave her. Austin tells Sami that she has to get along with Lucas for sake. Sami promises to try, when suddenly Lucas walks into the room and tells her that her promises aren't worth anything. Lucas tells Austin to wake up and realize that Sami hasn't changed at all! Sami says Austin has shown her the error of her ways, but Lucas doesn't believe her. Sami and Lucas end up arguing about Nicole, Sami says everyone knows how upset Nicole is. Austin says Nicole seems a little tense, but it is none of his business. Lucas thanks him for saying that, but Sami keeps on insulting him by telling Lucas he bought a wife and thought it wouldn't backfire on him. Lucas says he never bought Nicole. Sami says he's just denying it like he denies setting her up for Franco's murder. Sami tells Lucas that perhaps Nicole is upset because she sold herself to a murderer! Austin's eyes are on Lucas, who is fuming. Lucas says "So long for your promise to get along with me!" He tells Austin that if he wants to be a fool and trust Sami he can go right ahead, but he will never, EVER, trust her. In fact, even when he has left the room, Lucas keeps shouting NEVER! Sami says Lucas keeps baiting her and she falls for it, but Austin says she went after Lucas and he can understand how he thinks she hasn't changed. Sami asks if he is on Lucas and Nicole's side now? Austin says this is not about taking sides, her worst enemy is her own destructive attitude. He asks her to end this war with Lucas, stop throwing everything in Lucas' face. Sami says he is right, and Austin promises to help his "best friend" through this. He then gives her a hug.

Out by the pool, Nicole tells Brandon that Lucas needed a wife to get custody of Will, but Brandon says he already knew that. However, Lucas could have picked any girl, and he asks why her? Nicole says because he loves me, but Brandon points out that she loves somebody else. Nicole tells Brandon that Kate offered her five million dollars to marry Lucas. Brandon is shocked and starts shouting "Five Million Sollars!" To get him to shut up, Nicole pushes him into the pool. Brandon gets out of the pool and says he can't believe this. Brandon asks if Lucas wasn't insulted by this deal? Nicole says Lucas doesn't know, she married Lucas so Eric wouldn't find out the truth about her. She tells him about the PI Kate hired, but Lucas managed to remove the worst part of the report before his mother could see it. Brandon says that was very decent of Lucas, who obviously overlooked what he learned. Nicole says Lucas loves her and doesn't care about her past. Brandon says maybe Eric would have too, she wouldn't have 5 million bucks, but at least she'd be happy. Nicole says Eric would not have been able to handle it, and he can never learn the truth. Brandon tells her instead of protecting Eric, she ripped his heart out, and now she will never have him. Brandon tells her that he doesn't want to hear her complaining anymore, she made her own bed and now she has to lie in it. Nicole turns her back on Brandon and holds back the tears when he tells her not to look for sympathy from him! Nicole says she thought he'd understand she had no choice, but Brandon tells her she made the safest choice, and he hopes she can be the kind of wife to Lucas that she was paid to be. Lucas walks out onto the patio at this point and asks Brandon what in the hell he is talking about? Lucas looks at Nicole and asks her if she was paid to be his wife?

In Paris at the ball, Nathan asks Eric for a moment of his time. Nathan asks Eric how close he and Greta are? Eric asks Nate why he should discuss his relationship with a complete stranger? Nathan says he's not a stranger to Greta, in fact he's been thinking about her for years because she was his first love. Nathan asks Eric if he has forgotten his first love? Eric thinks about Nicole, and tells him no, but it is getting easier. Nathan asks if it is because of Greta? Eric tells Nathan that Greta is beautiful, and intelligent, and he enjoys her company. Nathan thought she would be married by now. Eric tells Nathan that Greta was recently burned in an accident and her life is just beginning again. Nathan thinks that must be why nobody saw Greta or Gina for awhile, Gina was caring for her daughter.

Stefano takes a glass of champagne from Bart's tray and wonders where he can find Kurt. Bart says the last time he saw him, Kurt was in the foyer. Bart asks why he wants to meet with him? Stefano tells Bart that he hired him to do a job, and for his own sake he better have followed his orders.

Bo and Hope/Gina are still dancing, but Hope/Gina sees the portrait of herself and stops. Gina/Hope downs a glass of champagne, and Bo tells her that Gina's life is not hers, and if she does give it up she might end up like the real Gina. Bo thinks Stefano had, but Gina/Hope cuts him off and tells him that Gina died of natural causes, the autopsy proved that. Bo tells her that Stefano is a master at covering his tracks, and when he's finished with her she will just disappear. Hope/Gina asks why he is doing this to her now? Bo says she has an important decision ahead of her, and if she sides with DiMera she will end up like the real Gina. However, if she sides with him then he will arrest DiMera and make sure she never has to fear him again. Bo looks into her eyes and says he sees his Fancyface looking into his eyes, and if she trusts him, he will get her out of this mess. He promises her that he will not let DiMera get between them again. Gina/Hope says even from prison Stefano can get revenge on them, but Bo promises to protect her. Gina excuses herself, and Doug and Julie approach Bo. They fear she is going to bail on them, but Bo says he just needs to reassure her some more. Julie asks Bo to let her try, and she runs after Hope/Gina. Doug tells Bo that he wants Hope out of here and to hell with his plan. Bo tells Doug to calm down, he will protect Hope. Doug still thinks something might go wrong, and what a dangerous position he is putting Hope in. Bo knows how dangerous this is, but he has to stay calm and focused in order to protect Hope in case something goes wrong. Gina/Hope goes into a powder room and is hearing Bo and Stefano's voices inside her head. Julie puts her hand on her shoulder, which startles Hope/Gina. Julie asks if there is anything she can do to help? She says she just needs some time, but Julie says that is hardly likely with Bo. Julie tells her that Bo loves her with all her heart, the way she loves him. When Julie tries to tell her a story, Gina/Hope says now is not the time for a trip down memory lane. Julie tells her to let the Gina memories go, her only future is as Hope. Hope/Gina says she really must go, and as she goes to leave, Julie yells out "Oh God!" She tells Hope/Gina that she wishes she could just exorcise the Gina persona out of her. She tells Hope that she will not let her go without a fight. Gina/Hope looks at Julie, who tells her that they love her and respect her, and that Stefano is not all powerful. She tells her that Bo will protect her. Julie tells Hope/Gina that their mother showed so much courage when she gave birth to her, and the love of their family sustained her. Julie says she, Doug, and Bo are here for her now. Julie hugs Gina/Hope, who is obviously touched. A woman comes in and sees them hugging, so Gina/Hope tells her how lovely it is to see her again. They rejoin the party, but before entering the ballroom Julie whispers to "Hope" to come back to them, she knows she has the power. Julie runs off, and Hope/Gina is left in tears. Julie returns to Doug, and Bo goes to check on Gina/Hope. Gina/Hope is talking with Bart, who is telling her it is almost time for her to do her thing. Bart leaves, and Bo asks Gina/Hope if the waiter was hassling her? Gina/Hope says that was no waiter, so Bo asks who he is? Gina/Hope covers and says he was once a wealthy man who has fallen on bad times. Bo asks her if it is time yet? Gina/Hope says not yet, so Bo asks her to dance. Gina/Hope says she would like that, so the two take to the dance floor. As they dance, Bo tells his Fancyface that he loves her. Bart sees the expression on Gina/Hope's face and doesn't look very pleased.

In the foyer, Greta asks Gina, who she thinks is Kurt's mother, why she doesn't believe the woman in the other room is Princess Gina? Gina doesn't understand why Greta is even asking her such questions. Gina tells her that she is Gina's daughter and knows her better than anyone. She apologizes if she is wrong by questioning her. Greta remembers Eric telling her that they have to make Bo's plan work, so Greta says of course that woman is her mother. Gina asks her when the last time she saw her mother was? Greta admits that it has been years. Gina asks why so long? Greta tells Gina that she was in a terrible accident and was badly burned, it took her years to recover. Gina tells her "darling" how sorry she is and begins to weep. Greta asks why she called her "my darling," and why she is responding like this? Gina apologizes and says the accident saddens her. Gina asks how it happened? Greta tells her about the explosion, but says she is fine now. Gina tells her that she truly is her mother's daughter. Greta says people keep telling her that, but she thinks they are flattering her. She tells Gina that her mother was so full of like and it is hard to think that she's . . . . Gina asks her what she was going to say? Greta says that she was going to say here tonight, she thought she'd never see her again. Gina asks why she would think that? Greta says because of her accident, she was ashamed how she looked so she hid in the Bayou in Louisianan, and her mother went back to Europe. Greta questions "Elsa" about her mother, and if she remembers her when she was little? Gina says she remembers her very well, and asks Greta if she remembers her? Greta says there is something familiar about her, and if she could see her eyes she would remember her. Gina damns Stefano for doing this to her daughter, and then tells Greta that she may look into her eyes. Greta begins to lift Gina's veil, but Stefano shows up and asks what she is doing? Greta stops and says she was just trying to help the countess. Stefano asks the countess where her son is? Gina says she does not know, she has just been getting to know Greta. Stefano asks the countess to please excuse them, he wants to show Greta the gardens. Gina reluctantly says yes of course, but hugs Greta before she leaves. Out in the gardens, Stefano asks Greta how she could be so careless, she almost gave Hope away! Greta tells him that he wouldn't want to everyone to find out that he turned Hope into Gina, but Stefano says he had nothing to do with that. Greta says that is not what Bo believes, Bo believes he turned her into Gina on purpose! As they argue, Gina spies on them. Gina lifts her veil to get a better look, and Greta and Stefano hear her rustling in the bushes. Stefano checks things out, but finds nothing. He then tells Greta that he can't believe she believes Bo instead of him, the one who took care of her and never lied to her. Greta says he has done nothing but lie to him. Gina listens closely as Greta accuses Stefano of making Hope Williams into his latest pawn, his Gina pawn. Stefano becomes fed up and says he did nothing to Hope. Greta tells Stefano that he possessed her with Gina's spirit, but Stefano says she was the one who put the idea into Hope's head at Maison Blanche. Gina hears Stefano tells Greta that her comment that Hope looked like her mother is what possessed her to come to Europe and live as Princess Gina. Gina remembers back to Maison Blanche when Stefano told her that Rolfe was going to cure her depression, and later she heard Stefano telling Rolfe to get Hope ready for the procedure. Greta asks Stefano if Hope wasn't his creation, why didn't he tell people Princess Gina died? Stefano says what Hope does is none of his concern, who is he to ruin her fun? Greta refuses to be his lies and says she knows he turned Hope into her mother to carry out her mother's work, whatever it was, and promises Stefano that she will not stop until she find out what he really did to her mother. Greta walks away from Stefano and right into Eric, who asks what is going on? In the bushes, Kurt finds Gina. She tells Kurt that she knows who the woman who stole her life is.


September 30
Out by the Kiriakis pool, Lucas asks Nicole to please explain Brandon's comment to him, was she paid to be his wife? Brandon claims he was teasing Nikki that she lives such a lavish lifestyle and doesn't have to work like the rest of them, she gets paid to be his wife. Lucas doesn't buy Brandon's lie, and Nicole tells him "then don't!" Brandon decides to leave, but tells Lucas that his sister could have had her pick of any guy as a husband, but she chose him of her own free will. Nicole and Lucas argue, Nicole tells Lucas that he should try and figure out why he is so insecure about their marriage. Lucas says he has every reason to be, one day she was going to marry Eric, but then she decided to marry him. Nicole reminds Lucas that he wanted her to marry him so he could get custody of Will, it's not as if she lied to him about why she married him. Lucas says that he never loved anyone before her, but she can't say the same thing about him. Nicole reminds him that he promised her that he wouldn't pressure her. Lucas realizes that she can't give her heart to him because it still belongs to Eric. Nicole says she chose him. Lucas thought one day she would fall in love with him, but it won't happen because she married him for his money. Nicole asks why they should discuss their motives for getting married, they both know he married her to get custody of Will. Nicole says that it doesn't matter why they married, what matters is where their relationship is going. Lucas asks where is it going? They haven't been acting like newlyweds. Nicole suggests they fix that, and lets her robe and nightgown fall to the ground. Nicole invites Lucas to join her for a swim. She jumps into the pool, and Lucas soon follows. Nicole tells Lucas that she can put all his doubts to rest, and the two go at it in the pool.

Inside, Sami tells Austin how Will insisted he put his jammies on himself. Austin tells her that she has one independent little boy, but Sami says he still wants a good night kiss from his Uncle Austin. Austin says he'll go right up after he finishes fixing a telescope. Austin tells Sami that he always loved astronomy and wants to teach Will all about it. Sami remembers spending nights in prison wishing she was outside looking at the stars. She tells Austin that she promised herself if she got out she would never take it for granted again. Austin says that was a long time ago, but Sami says the one good thing that came out of it was knowing she had him as a loyal friend. Will comes downstairs and Sami tells him that he's supposed to be in bed. Austin and Sami kiss and hug Will, and Sami asks Will if he said good night to his daddy? Will shakes his head, and Sami asks Roz if she knows where Lucas is? Roz says he is outside with his wife and Brandon, they seem to in the middle of a heated discussion and thought it wouldn't be wise to interrupt. Roz takes Will up to bed, and Sami wishes she knew what was going on outside. Austin tells Sami that he has a late night session with Carrie working on the boxing match. Sami doesn't want to see Austin get hurt again, but Austin says it is strictly business. Still, Sami says it must be hard to work with someone after you've had a relationship with them, for example Nicole trying to work with Eric. She wonders why Nicole would turn her back on the man she loves for Lucas.

Brandon goes inside and runs into Austin and Sami in the living room. Sami asks what is going on outside, she's heard there were some fireworks. Brandon claims to be tired and just wants to go to bed. Sami asks if he is really tired, or is he trying to get away because he's hiding something? Austin leaves, and Sami tells him she will wait up for him as he leaves. Brandon tells Sami that she's just setting herself up for rejection. Sami tells Brandon that he doesn't know what he's talking about, she has a great life and a good friend. Brandon knows she wants more, and Sami admits that she does. She says once she nails Lucas to the wall, her life will be perfect. She then grabs the appalled Brandon was eating and takes a big byte out of it, and then she walks away with it.

In Paris at the ball, Doug and Julie watch poor Hope/Gina as she dances with Bo. Julie says Hope/Gina is terrified of Stefano, and Doug asks "Can you blame her?" Julie assures Doug that Bo will save Hope. As they dance, Gina/Hope sees Bart looking at her, and Bart doesn't look happy. Gina/Hope stops dancing, and Bo asks if she is all right? She says she is, she was just thinking about what she has to do tonight. Bart eventually stops watching them, and Nathan interrupts them to ask if she has seen Greta? Gina/Hope tells him not to worry, Greta will be back soon. Gina/Hope comments that the boy is still in the throws of first love. Bo knows how he feels because he is too, and kisses Hope/Gina, and she kisses him back. Later, Gina/Hope dances with Doug, and Bo dances with Julie. Julie asks if it wasn't a little dangerous to kiss Hope/Gina? Bo says "Gina" has always been dangerous, and he needed to reassure her of his love. Bo thinks Hope/Gina will do what it takes to end this nightmare tonight. Doug notices Hope/Gina's hand is shaking. GIna/Hope tells her "dad" that she is just nervous, but everything will be fine. Doug tells her that he is so proud of her, always. As they hug, Bart once again spies on her. After the music ends, Bo tells Gina/Hope it is time to get the show on the road. Bo leaves to set everything into motion, and Doug tells Gina/Hope that there is no turning back now.

Out on the patio, Eric asks Greta if Stefano is bothering her? Stefano claims they were just engaging in some party chatter, but Greta says she was accusing Stefano of destroying her mother's life. Greta tells Stefano that she will hate him for the rest of her life for what he did to her. Stefano asks where all this anger is coming from? Greta says she has a right to be angry, he played God with her mother's life and took the only man she ever loved away from her, which caused her to go insane and die. Stefano says that is a big list of things she's attributed to him. Eric says Greta hasn't even scratched the top of the list and says everything is coming to an end tonight! Stefano asks what exactly he is going to do to him tonight? Eric says he does not owe him an explanation, and he warns Stefano to stay away from Greta. Stefano asks Eric if he has become Greta's guardian and protector? Eric says Greta doesn't need a guardian, but he will protect her. Stefano looks over and sees Nathan step out of the bushes. Stefano decides to leave, and Nathan tells Greta that someone is going to propose a toast to her mother. Greta thanks him and says she will be in shortly. Nathan leaves, and Eric asks Greta about Nathan. Greta says Nathan had a crush on her and probably just wants to ask her out. Eric says the guy would marry her if he could! Greta doubts that and tells Eric to stop worrying about Nathan and his crush. Eric thinks the guy is obsessed with her, which Greta thinks is funny. Eric says he doesn't like when people try to force themselves into someone's life. Greta realizes that Eric doesn't like the idea of her going out with Nathan. Eric says this isn't about him being jealous, it is about Nathan being presumptuous that the two of them can pick up where they left off. Eric says the guy was asking a lot of annoying and personal questions. When Greta asks "like what?" Eric says "Like if we were an item." Greta smiles and asks Eric what he told him, did he say they were? Eric is at a loss for words and asks Greta if they are an item? Greta asks what he thinks? Eric doesn't now, but says if they were an item, would he . . . . . Greta asks "would you do what?" Eric says "Would I do this" and then leans in to kiss her.

In the bushes, the real Gina explains to Kurt that Stefano stole her life and gave it to the woman inside actually thinks she is her. Kurt asks how that is possible? Gina says it happened at Maison Blanche during the procedure, she remembered seeing Hope there. Gina tells Kurt that the woman inside has all her thoughts, memories, and feelings! They were all transferred to her by Stefano. Kurt finds it hard to believe, but Gina knows Stefano changed Hope into her. Kurt asks why Stefano would go to such lengths? Gina says for his precious art collection of course! Gina doesn't think this false Gina understands the circumstances, she probably thinks she is dead. However, very soon it will all be made clear to her. Gina asks Kurt if she can count on his support? Kurt says of course. Gina then realizes that the imposter must have an all consuming passion for John. Gina cries that she's lost everything, her entire life has been stolen. Gina stops crying because there is no use morning what has been lost, she wants to plan for the future.

Back inside, Stefano returns and Julie notices Hope/Gina looks awfully pale. Bo tells the Duke that he wants to propose a toast to the wonderful Princess Gina, and the Duke thinks it is a smashing idea. Bo wanted the Duke to make the toast, but the Duke tells Bo he thinks he should be the one to do it. Bo asks for some time to think about it. Stefano nods his head toward the door and walks out, so Gina/Hope excuses herself to follow him. When Bo turns around, he finds that Hope/Gina is gone. The Duke asks Bo if he will give the toast, and Bo says he will, once the guest of honor returns. Bo asks Doug and Julie where Hope/Gina is? Doug says she just stepped out for a little air.

Gina finds Stefano and Bart in the gallery and calls them Pete and RePete, always plotting away. Bart tells Hope/Gina that the forgery is in place, all they have to do is wait for the party to end so she can steal it. Gina/Hope says no problem, but Stefano says Bo is going to be a problem, he is constantly hovering over her like a body guard. As she lights up a cigarette she tells Steffie not to worry, she's taken care of the problem already. Stefano asks how she has taken care of the situation? Gina/Hope tells him not to worry, nothing and nobody will interfere. Stefano tells her to smile, but Gina/Hope says this is not going down in her memoirs as her favorite heist, all he has been doing is snapping and snarling. Stefano says they will all be in a better mood once the evening is over. Gina/Hope tells him to just stay out of her way and let him do her job. After she leaves, Bart asks Stefano if he really trusts her to take care of everything? Stefano says of course not, they will take care of Bo. Stefano tells Bart that Bo must be neutralized.

Kurt and the real Gina return to the ball, Gina refuses to go back to that castle and play dead while this Hope runs around pretending to be her! She vows to punish Stefano, it is time for him to feel the pain she has endured for so many years. Later, Gina sees Hope/Gina leaving the gallery, so she tails her. Gina grabs her imposter and tells her that if she values her life she will listen to every word she has to say to her.


October 1
Carrie is still in her office and just finishes a call when Lexie comes in to complain about Craig. Craig is making her redo all her charts tonight. Carrie tells her that she can use her office, she has arranged for some publicity photos for the boxing match and has to meet Austin at the gym. Lexie gives Carrie a look, and Carrie tells Lexie not to look at her like she wants Austin back. Lexie tells Carrie that she told her earlier that wasn't the case, and she is taking her word for it. Lexie knows she is protective of Austin. Carrie says she can't protect him, but if he is involved with Sami in any way, he is bound to get hurt. Lexie asks why she would assume Sami wants to hurt Austin? Carrie says she wouldn't deliberately, but Sami is a lying . . . Lexie interrupts and asks "So you think Sami has been lying recently?" Carrie knows she has and tells her about the preschool incident. Lexie asks Carrie what she was going to do to keep Austin from getting involved with Sami, but Lexie is paged away before Carrie can answer. Carrie tells herself that she doesn't know what Sami is up to yet, but she will fight her on her own ground if need be. Later, a nurse brings Lexie some test results which are not good.

At the mansion, Sami knows Brandon knows something about Lucas and Nicole and tells him to fess up. Brandon suggests to Sami that she not go looking for problems where none exist, because next time Austin may not be so forgiving. Sami says that Austin has the same suspicions she does, Nicole and Lucas' marriage is a scam and Lucas framed her for murder. Brandon tells her to just let go of it, she is fine now. Sami can't let it go, and when Brandon tells her to move out, she says she can't because she has to protect Will. Brandon says he's not a fool, she's only living here to stay close to Austin. Sami says she is concerned about Austin, who is just a friend. Still, Brandon accuses her of planning to be there when Austin gets over Carrie. Sami says she would like to be with Austin, but is not counting on it. Brandon is glad because he thinks she is worth more than the time she wastes on him. Sami says there is no such thing as wasting her time where Austin is concerned! Brandon tells her to chill, he only meant she shouldn't wait around for something that might never happen. The phone rings, and Brandon answers it. Lexie is on the other end, she asks him to please come see her at the hospital, it is important. Brandon says he is on his way. On his way out, Brandon tells Sami that he knows she is protective of Austin, but he doesn't want to see her get hurt. Later, Sami daydreams about telling Austin she loves him, and he says he feels the same way about her.

At the hospital, Lexie tells Brandon that Rachel has been asking for him. Lexie gives him the report, and Brandon asks Lexie if this is as bad as he thinks it is? Lexie says she doesn't have much time left.

At the gym, Austin is busy working out in the ring. Austin's trainer asks him what is going on? Austin says he is training for a charity event. The trainer asks if he is getting back together with his wife? Austin says no, and that he's living with his wife's sister, but assures the guy that they are only friends. Later, as Austin jumps rope, he gets message that Carrie and a photographer are coming down to the gym. When his trainer asks if working with his ex will be a problem, Austin ignores him and just begins jumping rope faster. Carrie and the photographer show up and are greeted by Austin's trainer, who wants to start Austin on the circuit after he wins this match. Carrie thanks him for the use of the gym. Carrie re-introduces Austin to Jerry the photographer, who photographs Austin as he practices. Austin starts joking around, which makes Carrie smile. Austin says it is good to see her smile, and she says it is good to see him happy. Austin tells Carrie that he normally doesn't like being in front of the camera. Carrie says she is going to schedule a similar photo shoot for Brandon, and one with him and Brandon together. Austin says that sounds great, and says he better get back to work. Before he does, the photographer says he'd like to take a photo of him and Carrie together for the society pages. Austin agrees, and the photographer gets Austin and Carrie to move in close. As they photographer takes the pictures, Austin and Carrie remember some of the good times they had with one another. Unfortunately, the soap was interrupted at this point because some local school closed early.

In Paris out on the Harriman's patio, Greta asks Eric if he told Nathan they were an item? Eric asks if they are? Greta asks him what he thinks? Eric says if they are an item, would he do this? Eric and Greta lean in to kiss one another, but just as their lips are about to touch, Greta knocks her glass of the table and jumps. Greta apologizes for being a clutz, but Eric says there is no harm done. Eric asks her if she is still upset about Stefano? Greta says a little. Eric tells her how he'd love to get that guy for what he's done to his family. However, he says he is grateful to Stefano for one thing, without him they would never have met. Nathan shows up and is glad that Greta is still here. Eric tells him that they were looking for some time alone, but Nathan says he was only looking for a few minutes. Greta tells Nathan that she has promised to spend the evening with Eric. Nathan asks how she could break his heart like this? Greta says that was a lifetime ago, and she wants the new life she's found in Salem. Nathan says he's been through there on the way to Chicago, its so provencal. Greta says Salem is a warm and caring place and filled with her friends. Still, Nathan can't believe she'd chose it over a life like this, it is her home. Greta says that Salem is her home, it is where her heart is. Eric suggests they go back inside and find her mother.

In the gallery, Stefano tells Bart that he has his own plans for Bo, and Gina/Hope will be surprised to find out what they are. Stefano gives Bart his orders, and Rolfe has pitched in by providing a drug to render Bo defenseless. Bart leaves, and Stefano says once the painting is his he will no longer need Gina.

In the ballroom, the Duke asks Bo if he has found Princess Gina? Bo says no, but he knows the Duke wants him to give the toast. The Duke says it is obvious that Gina only has eyes for him. Bo says she is the love of his life, and Julie adds that they were meant to be together. Bo tells the Duke that once he and Gina/Hope are together, he will never let her go again. The Duke asks Bo if Gina/Hope was with him when she was out of circulation? Bo says they were together on and off, and makes a comment hinting that after tonight they will be leaving Europe. The Duke says everyone will be so heartbroken if Gina leaves again, but he does want her to be happy.

The real Gina grabs Hope/Gina and drags her off into a corner so they can talk. Gina/Hope tells her that she already talked to her in the ballroom. Gina tells her that she must listen to what she has to say, she may not know it, but her life is in grave danger! Gina/Hope tells her that her life is not in danger, but Gina tells her that she is so wrong, she saw her talking with Stefano. Gina/Hope says Steffie is just a friend, but Gina says that man has no friends, he just uses people. Gina/Hope turns to leave, but Gina grabs her by the arm and tells her that she is not taking her seriously! Gina/Hope asks how can she, what she is saying makes no sense. Gina tells her that Stefano has destroyed many lives, and he will destroy her too if she doesn't listen to her. Gina says it is far to dangerous to speak here, so they must speak later in private, her life depends upon this! Stefano shows up and asks to speak to the Princess for a moment. In unison, both Hope/Gina and the real Gina say "What is it?" Stefano asks "Princess, is there a problem?" Gina says not at all, and tells Hope/Gina to remember what she said before she leaves the room. Stefano tells Hope/Gina that woman is very odd, but there is something familiar about her. Gina/Hope asks Stefano what he wants? Stefano tells her that everything is in place and asks if she is ready to take the Rennet? Gina/Hope asks "Why would I not be?" Stefano tells her to bring the painting to the plane, when they are far enough away she will be free to live her life as Gina. Suddenly, Gina/Hope remembers that her passport is still at the Paris house. Stefano tells her that he will get it, she can't risk going back there. He tells her to meet him at the plane, and then notices she is nervous. He asks if she is having a change of heart? Gina says no, this just won't be easy. Stefano leaves, and Gina/Hope returns to the ball. Stefano tells himself that once he has the Rennet, Gina/Hope's fate is in his hands! The real Gina, who was spying on them, realizes that Hope/Gina is here to steal the Rennet, but neither her nor Stefano will get away with it! Kurt shows up and asks Gina where she has been? Gina says she was speaking with Hope, and didn't give herself away. Kurt pities her because she is a victim as well, but Gina refuses to believe Hope is a victim. GIna says Hope's masquerade as Princess Gina will end with a vengeance.

Back in the ballroom, Hope/Gina returns to find Bo with Greta and Eric. Bo then asks everyone for their attention. Once the music stops and everyone is listening, Bo proposes a toast to the beautiful, elegant, regal, well loved, toast of Europe, Princess Gina. Bo tells them all that underneath, Gina/Hope is fun, silly, tender, and rather childlike. Not always up for lavish parties, she sometimes like to stay at home cuddling. Gina/Hope has a warm heart and spirited nature which she hides under this well polished veneer of sophistication. This is the woman he fell in love with, who he still loves, and will always love. Everyone applauds, and Bo tells her that he loves her. Gina/Hope thanks the Duke and Duchess for the wonderful party, and the Baron asks Gina/Hope if she is thinking of leaving? She says it is late, but dances with the Baron because he requests it. Bo tells Julie and Doug that they should go, he will meet them back at the hotel. Bo tells them that he has to get in line for the last dance. Julie and Doug offer Bo and Greta a ride, but Eric says they have a car and are going back to the Chateau. Doug watches Hope/Gina, and Eric assures him that Bo won't let anything happen to her. Doug and Julie leave, as do Eric and Greta. The real Gina is upset because the toast should have been hers, the moment should have been hers. Stefano thanks the Duke and Duchess for a wonderful evening and says he could have spent the night looking at their Rennet. They talk about the security system they have and Stefano assures the Duchess that nobody could steal it. Stefano excuses himself to talk to Bart. Bart tells him that as soon and Bo finishes dancing, he'll take care of him. Bo and Gina/Hope take to the floor. He tells her to stick to the plan, he will be there for her. She asks "If I should fall?" Bo says he will catch her. Bo tells her that he loves her. Gina/Hope says she knows, and kisses him. Everyone applauds, and Bo allows the next person to dance with Hope/Gina. Bart tells Bo that he has a phone call from the United States. Bo thinks it is John, so he follows Bart. The real Gina realizes something big is about to happen. Suddenly, Gina/Hope feels dizzy as she dances and faints. Several men help Gina/Hope to her feet, and the Duke yells for a doctor. Stefano smiles as he watches, and Gina tells Kurt that this is the same plan she was supposed to follow years ago. Gina knows exactly what will happen next, but she will see plans to rewrite history, Stefano and Hope will not know what hit them!

On their way out, Greta thanks Eric for coming to France with her and giving her closer. Eric thanks her for getting him out of Salem. Eric tells her that he thinks tonight marks a new beginning for both of them. Elsewhere, Bo is lead to a room where he can speak privately on the phone, but it is a trap. Gas emits from the receiver and knocks him out cold.

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