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Monday, December 23, 1996

When Kristen sees the cradle she thinks that it will symbolize that they will finally be a family. Stefano calls Kristen and tells her the laser is finished. He wants Kristen to see if John will get the police out of the airport so that he and Peter can escape. Kristen then gets upset. John sees her and grabs it and asks who is there. Stefano hung up and him. Kristen told John that it was a store clerk who was giving her a hard time. John wants to call the clerk back but Kristen convinces him not too. Kristen begins to worry about Laura. She then decides to invite Jennifer and Abby to come over for Christmas Eve. Abe and Lexie arrive and John begins to wonder where Kristen went. Lexie finds a not from Kristen saying that she went out and that she will be back. Jennifer and Abby arrive. John tells Jennifer that he is doing everything that he can to find Laura. He said that he moved the police from the airport to the bus and train depot. Jennifer asks why and he tells her that it is the best thing to do since Laura is afraid to fly. Jennifer tells John that Laura is not afraid to fly and asks John where he got that from. He said that Kristen told him. Kristen walks in the house and they ask her why she said that Laura was afraid to fly. She starts a big lie about Peter told her that a long time ago. Abe decides to put the police back in the airport but Kristen lies again. She says that without her credit cards and checkbook in her purse Laura won't have the money to buy a ticket. Kristen reassures Jennifer that Laura will be found. Jennifer says that she can't be sure unless Kristen knows something that everyone else doesn't. Before leaving Stefano takes Peter to the DiMera mansions to see Jennifer. Kristen sees them and gasps. John thinks that something is wrong with the baby. Kristen fakes everything once again. Peter vows to come back for Jennifer and that they will be together again.

Jack, Mike, and Jennifer wait for news on Laura. Jennifer begins to fear the worst and Jack comforts her. Jack then decides to go and search some more. Jennifer said that Jack is just doing it because he feels guilty. Mike said that he thinks Jack really cares. Jennifer gets a call from Kristen asking them to come over for Christmas Eve. Jennifer accepts.

At the Blake house Peter and Stefano argue about everything that has happened. The police have now left the airport so the get ready to leave. Kristen then shows up asking how the laser went. Stefano again tells her that they will not know until Laura wakes up. They begin to argue over Laura and what will happen if it does not work. Stefano says that he can just take Laura with him. Kristen refuses. Peter promises to return one day and reclaim Jennifer. As everyone prepares to leave Kristen asks Stefano where he will leave Laura. He laughs and says that it will be some place so obvious that even Celeste's powers will do no good.

Jack sees Celeste as he was searching for Laura. Celeste offers to help Jack search for her. She feels Laura is caught between the forces of good and evil. She also has visions of clouds and wings and that Laura is alone and the others were flying away. Jack asks if he should check out the airport and she says yes. And that he should hurry. Jack arrives at the airport and he sees the man from the corporate terminal (flashback to when Jack, Abe, and John went to search the log books) he wonders what he is doing there. He follows the man in a disguise of a janitor.

At the Brady pub Shawn D prays that Jill will wake up so that his parents can be together for Christmas. Bo and Hope arrive and tell Shawn D that Jill has waken up. He is sure that he prayer has been answered. Bo tells him that they will be a family for Christmas. Shawn D runs off happy. Hope gets mad a Bo for getting Shawn D's hopes up. They get into the Billie/Franco/island argument. A nurse from the hospital interrupts and tells them the Jill had a nightmare and was screaming for Bo. When the arrive Jill says that she doesn't want to have anything more to do with it. Hope begs Jill to do it but Jill won't change her mind. Hope reassures Jill that she knows the fear of being stalked and attacked. She tells Jill that the only way to overcome it is to face it. Jill agrees with Hope and changes her mind. Bo thanks Hope and tells her that Franco will go to jail. They go to Salem Place and do some Christmas shopping for Shawn D.

Franco makes an appointment to see his boss tonight or the deal is off. He tells his boss that he wants his money and to meet him at Salem Place. Franco tells his boss that if he is going down the so is he/she. Bo sees Franco talking to someone behind a tree. He thinks it could be his boss.

Laura is shown cuddled in a blanket on a bench. Stefano and Peter go to the airport in a limo.



Tuesday, December 24, 1996

At the Brady pub the Brady's gathered to light the tree and celebrate. Austin decides to give Carrie and early present because he can't wait. The present was that Kate gave them the use of the Kiriakis jet for Austin to fly back and forth. Sami and Lucas see Carrie jump into Austin's arms and wonder what she is so happy about. John, Marlena, and Kristen arrive. Carrie tells Marlena about her present from Kate. Austin tells Sami she tells him that he will miss Will's important things like his first step. As she says this Will walks towards Austin. Kristen is looking at the snow and John thinks that she is missing Peter. Marlena and Lexie both notice that Kristen looks a little tense. Bo arrives. All of the Brady's decide to go to church. Carrie, Austin, and Sami make peace for the night and sit together. Hope shows up to sit with Bo and Shawn D. Billie also shows up and Franco comes but leaves because he says to himself that he doesn't belong there. Marlena arrives after seeing Laura. John asks how Laura is and Marlena tells them she is still unconscious but was mumbling the word home. Marlena notices that Kristen is very tense and Marlena asks if she is all right. Kristen says that everything is just overwhelming. The church service begins, and the Brady's all sing "Joy to the World."

At the DiMera's Jennifer thanks Kristen for everything that she has done to help search for Laura. Abe and Lexie leave to go to the Brady's. Marlena comforts Jennifer because she thinks that Laura won't come back. Everyone leaves and John, Marlena, and Kristen are left alone. John says how happy he is and next year will be even better with the baby. John leaves Marlena and Kristen alone and Marlena says that John is wrong because next year he will be with her and Belle. Marlena walks away and Kristen says "Don't hold your breath Doc."

On the way to the Horton house Mike and Jennifer find Laura laying on a bench. She is unconscious and Mike wants to take her to the hospital but Jennifer says that she doesn't want Laura waking up in a hospital. So they take her to the house. Everyone is so excited to see her. Jennifer says that someone must have taken care of her because she is nice and clean and in a nice blanket. She wakes up briefly and sees everyone looking at her but she doesn't speak. Mike and Jennifer take her upstairs so she can rest. Hope arrives and Alice tells her that she should be with Bo. Hope leaves. Jack arrives and tells Jennifer that he is so happy Laura has been found. Jennifer thanks him for everything that he did. Jack leaves the room. As Mike and Jennifer are about to leave Mike notices a scar on her forehead. Mike figures she will explain when she wakes up. Lucas arrives with a gift for Alice. Mike and Alice convince him to stay. Jennifer tells Lucas she hopes that the new year will bring them closer and they hug. They all take turns placing the ornaments on the tree. Jack still has an ornament which he places by Jennifer's and Abby's. Jennifer hangs Laura's by theirs as well and thanks God for bringing her home. Lucas hangs his ornament and Jennifer gives him Bill's to hang. Alice hangs Tom's ornament. When all are hung they sing "Silent Night" and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful."

Bo sees Franco talking to someone at Salem Place and goes to see who it is. Franco's boss leaves and Bo arrives. Franco tells Bo that he wasn't talking to anyone. Bo runs after someone walking away and it is Billie. He asks her if she was talking to Franco and she says no that she was shopping. Franco then says that he was all alone. But Hope arrives and says that she saw Franco talking to someone. He decides to tell the truth. Franco says that he was talking to God and asking him to watch over the woman he loved so deeply and his son. Bo says that he is a piece of garbage to use a prayer to cover his lies and schemes. Hope calms Bo down because it is Christmas Eve.

Peter and Stefano arrive at the airport and think that there is going to be no problems. Inside Jack is dressed as a janitor spying on Stefano's henchman. The henchman makes plans to meet with Stefano and Peter to take them to the plane. Jack follows them. He stops the man and asks him what he knows about Laura. The man tells Jack that he doesn't know anything. Jack asks if he wouldn't mind if he tagged along to see who he was in a hurry to meet. Around the corner Stefano and Peter hear Jack's voice and Peter gets upset. The man says that he is going to meet a lady friend. Jack gets a call that Laura has been found. Jack leaves to check on Laura. Peter again vows to return for Jennifer and to get revenge on Jack. Peter and Stefano fly off in the DiMera jet. Peter feels bad that Kristen will have to take all of the heat if the laser didn't work.

It ends with a picture of MacDonald Carey and says "Merry Christmas Mac, We still miss you."



Christmas Wednesday, December 25, 1996

Carrie and Austin wake up and he gives her a present. Austin says that Micky had the annulment date moved up. So now they can get married before they leave on their business trip. Meanwhile Sami wakes up to a noise in Austin's apartment. She finds out that it is Santa. Santa tells her that he has been looking at her file and she has been very naughty. She starts telling him that she has been good and Carrie was the one who was the naughty one. She tells Santa that she wants Austin for Christmas as her present. Santa asks her what he should give Carrie. He says she should get a lump of coal because she stole her husband away. Sami proceeds to show Santa the video of the wedding and tells him that they are very happy. Santa says that Austin seems to be staring at someone else. Sami replies that Carrie was trying to get his attention and take him away at the wedding. Santa agrees with Sami's idea of the present. Sami wakes up and wonders if Santa was really there. Austin and Carrie come into the apartment and Sami says the Santa came to the apartment. Sami sees snow on the floor and says see he really was here. Carrie says no the window is open and some snow probably blew in.

Celeste, Lexie, and Abe are at the Brady pub watching Wendy, Benjamin, and Jonah open their gifts. Caroline gives Celeste a photograph of the two of them together her last Christmas in Salem. Marlena, John, Sami, Carrie, and Austin arrive. Marlena and Sami wish each other a Merry Christmas. Marlena tells Sami that they will be calling Eric soon. Carrie then informs Marlena that the date of the annulment has been moved up. Marlena seems thrilled and gives Carrie a hug. Carrie and Austin the begin to kiss under the mistletoe as Sami gives them a dirty look. John also gives Marlena a kiss when she is standing under the mistletoe. Caroline tells Shawn that this must be a very special Christmas for John and Marlena. Shawn asks Caroline what about Kristen. Caroline just makes the comment that she feels someone will lose very soon. Lexie asks Celeste if she wants to go to the hospital whit her and Abe to give gifts to the children and she accepts. Celeste wishes Kristen happiness and hopes that she has a Merry Christmas. As they shake hands she feels a vibration. But she ignores them because she was wrong about Laura being with Stefano. Lexie asks Celeste what is wrong. She says that she feels that Laura and Kristen share something. Marlena tells Caroline that Kristen seems tense. Caroline says that is must be because she is so close to birth. She also adds that it is odd that an eight month pregnant woman has not gained weight in her face. Kristen remembers that she forgot a present for Jennifer. She tells John that she is going home to get it.

Jennifer, Jack, and Abby open presents. Jennifer said that her greatest present was having Laura home. Jennifer calls over to Alice's and asks Mike how she is doing. Laura is still sleeping. Jennifer asks Mike to tell Alice that her and Abby will be over for Christmas dinner shortly. Alice asks Jennifer to bring Jack along with them.

Kristen has a nightmare that Laura comes over and tells everything to John and Marlena. When she wakes up she walks downstairs and sees them opening presents with Belle and Brady. As Kristen walks in the room John gives Marlena a kiss on the cheek. John proceeds to go in to the kitchen and check on breakfast. Kristen then accuses Marlena of trying to take what belongs to her. They begin to get in an argument but Jennifer's call interrupts them. She wishes Kristen a Merry Christmas. Kristen asks about Laura and finds out that she is still sleeping. Laura could wake up any time and tell everyone what might of happened to her.

Jennifer, Jack, and Abby arrive at the Horton's. Jennifer and Jack check on Laura. Laura is tossing and turning. She wakes up shortly and calls Jennifer's name. She also mumbles something about Christmas and goes back to sleep. Jack tells Jennifer that they should leave so she can rest. Meanwhile Maggie tells Alice that she knows that Alice wants Santa to get Jennifer and Jack back together. Alice admits that is what she wants. Kristen stops by the Horton's to see Laura. Jennifer had already gone home. Kristen asked Maggie how Laura was doing. Maggie tells her that Laura hasn't said anything. Maggie leaves the room to check on the turkey and leaves them alone.

Jennifer, Abby, and Jack arrived at the hospital to give out the gifts. Alice gives Mike Tom's Bible to read the Christmas story to the children.



Thursday, December 26, 1996

Bo and Hope get the line up ready for Jill. Hope still is doubting Bo's accusations. Billie shows up with Jill. All the men line up for Jill to look at. Bo asks Jill if she sees the man. Before she answers Hope wakes up. She goes to the Brady's to find Shawn D fixing breakfast for Bo and Hope. Bo arrives and tells them that Jill will leave the hospital today if everything is okay. Bo is positive that Jill will say that Franco is the one who attacked her and Hope will be back with him. Hope does not agree. The finish breakfast and go their separate ways to get ready. Meanwhile Billie is remembering the past on the docks when Franco appears. She proceeds to tell him that she believes that he is the attacker. He tells her that she in nervous because if Jill does not identify him then Bo could love her. Billie disagrees. He tells her that he is innocent and Jill will prove it. He tells her to tell Bo how she feels before the line up. She disagrees. She wants Bo to admit his feelings first. Bo then arrives to give a summons to Franco. Franco tells him that something needs to be said. He proceeds to say that Billie will be able to explain it to him. Billie tries to ignore what was said. She then drops the rose Bo first gave to her. Bo returns it as he remember giving it to her. Hope hears Bo and Billie talking and her heart begins to ache. After Hope leaves Bo says that it was the past and the future is with Hope. Bo tells Billie how important the line up is. Billie asks what will happen if it doesn't go the way that he wants it to. Bo says that it has to or Hope will be upset. Billie realizes that he cares about Hope and doesn't tell him how she feels. Bo then gets a call that Jill is released and is ready to do the line up. Bo and Hope meet at the police station. Hope is very unsure about Bo's feelings and what will happen. Franco runs into Billie and she wishes him good luck. Franco calls his boss and says that he feels everything will go as planned. Franco goes into Bo's office and puts a rose, like Billie's, on Bo's desk for Hope to find. Jill arrives and is nervous because she knows that it could effect everyone's future.

Jack arrives at home with a carpet cleaner to get Peter's blood out of the carpet. Jennifer becomes upset and goes upstairs. Alice comforts Jack, but it does not help him. Jennifer comes back downstairs and Jack apologizes. The cleaner gives an estimate and says that the stain will be permanent if the wait much longer. Jennifer says that Peter's death will be a stain on their lives forever. She then leaves to go see Laura. Jack becomes upset. Alice says that Jennifer needs some time to heal. Jack is running out of time and if he doesn't find proof that the shooting was an accident then he will go to jail. Jack leaves to meet with Mickey at the Brady's. Jack says that he will find the proof that it was an accident. Mickey wants to put Peter on trial. Jack does not agree, but Mickey says that there is no other choice. Jack decides he needs to think about it. Mickey tells him that he needs to think fast or he will go to jail. Jack decides that he will plead guilty to save Jennifer a lot of pain.

Kristen can not get Laura out of her mind. Kristen asks Marlena if Laura has said anything. She says no and asks why she is so nervous about Laura. Kristen says that she is concerned for Laura. After Marlena leaves the room Kristen tells John that she wants to get married. John says that she is such a hurry to get married because of Peter, Stefano, and Laura. Kristen does not understand and asks what he means. He says that she in such a hurry because she has lost so much. She convinces him that she wants to do it for the baby. John agrees and begins to prepare the plane.

Mike is examining Laura when Jennifer and Marlena arrive to check on her. Marlena see's the mark on her forehead. Jennifer says that they can't figure where it came from but hopefully she will tell them. Marlena asks Jennifer what is troubling her. Jennifer tells Marlena about the stain on the carpet and then moves on to loving both Jack and Peter. Jennifer also says that she feels guilty about having fun with Jack on Christmas. Marlena thinks that Jennifer is falling back in love with Jack. Later Jennifer talks about Jack with Alice. Alice also agrees with Marlena. Jennifer does not know how she feels. She does know that she can't take anymore pain with the trial coming up. Kristen and John arrive to check on Laura. Mike says that she has not woken up yet. They really do not know when she will wake up. As John and Kristen walk down the stairs Jennifer says the Laura woke up.



Friday, December 27, 1996

Sami is thinking about Austin. Austin and Carrie arrives and gives her the annulment papers. They tell her that they will be married as soon as the annulment goes through. Sami vows not to let any of it happen. Sami calls her lawyer to stop the annulment. Her lawyer tells her that nothing can be done. She tells Sami to just accept it and move on because Austin is. Sami still refuses.

Carrie and Austin arrive at the Brady's and tells them about the annulment. Everyone is happy and Shawn gets out the champagne to celebrate. Carrie is afraid to get her hopes up because Sami could be planning something. Austin reassures her that Sami can not do anything. Caroline calls Kate and they decide that they can get married at the mansion as soon as she comes home from the business trip. As they discuss plans Sami arrives. She hears Austin and Carrie talking about going to the Green Mountain Lodge for New Year's Eve. Sami then attempts to steal Austin's car. When Austin and Carrie see that the car is missing they call the police. As Sami is driving the car gets out of control and she gets into an accident.

Marlena, John, Kristen, Mike, and Jennifer check on Laura. Kristen remembers what happened to Laura the last couple of days. Laura begins to mumble Kristen's name. Marlena wonders why she is saying Kristen's name. Mike ask everyone to leave the room so they can examine Laura. He says that Laura is okay. Marlena and Mike are still confused about the mark on her forehead. They ask Laura about the mark but she doesn't say anything. Marlena asks her why she was gone so long, why she wants Kristen, and why she wants to see her. Kristen tries to convince John to leave but John wants to wait and see how Laura is. Kristen leaves to get some air. John follows. Kristen asks John if she wasn't pregnant if he would still love her. He asks how she could even ask that. Kristen asked if he would marry her if she was not going to have his child. He thinks and says that he doesn't understand why she is worrying about it. Marlena comes and tells Kristen that Laura wants to see her. They all go upstairs and Kristen tries to stall but Marlena insists that they go now.

Bo and Abe are at the station getting ready for the line up. They need to keep Jill from seeing Franco before the line up. If she sees him then it could effect the legalities of her testimony in court. Bo is still sure that Jill will identify Franco and he and Hope will get married. Hope and Billie disagree with Bo. Hope leaves to get Jill some water. When she are gone Bo thanks Billie for all of her help. Bo leaves and Billie remembers what Franco said. She notices the rose on Bo's desk. Outside Franco assures Hope that he will be cleared and the truth will come out. Franco is taken away and Jill is brought in. Bo and Hope tell her that all she has to do is be honest and everything will be over. Bo reassures her that she will be safe from him if she sees him. When they come to Franco he hesitates to go forward but does. Bo asks her if she sees him before she can answer Abe asks her some questions that the defense might ask. She says that she does not see the man in the line up. Bo gets upset that she did not identify Franco and does not want her to go and tells her to look again. She looks at Franco.


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