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Monday, September 8, 1997
by Marcia Elgart

In the church Sami is screaming and banging on the church window trying to stop the wedding. Shawn and Caroline are worried and decide to go handle her.

Hope is in the garden at the church and is so happy Carrie and Austin together, and she wonders maybe if things could work out for her and Bo. Franco tells her that Bo and Billie are on their honeymoon and she has to let him go. Suddenly Sami tries to run into the church and Hope grabs her. Caroline and Shawn run out and tell her they aren't going to let her ruin Carrie and Austin's wedding again!

Kristen approaches John in the church and sits by him to act like his wife, for Roman's sake. As Maggie, Mickey, and Alice discuss Sami's situation Eric listens in and feels bad that his grandparents have to babysit Sami. Eric gets up and goes outside to tell his grandparents he'll babysit Sami instead. Sami asks Eric how he could do this to her, and he says she did it to herself. Sami thinks he was out to get her from the very start. Eric then tells Sami that he told Roman his notions about her, and he faked his collapse in order to buy Eric the time to find out the truth. Sami can't believe her dad has turned against her as well. Sami asks how her dad could betray her, but Eric asks how she could have betrayed Roman by lying to him? Sami says that Carrie could have fallen for Mike in time, and she could have been happy with Austin.

Lucas, Kate, and Will are sitting in a pew. Lucas is angry with Sami, but he realizes he has lost Carrie and she deserves to be with Austin. Kate is proud of his change of heart and Lucas says he wants to set a good example for his son.

Laura is so angry that this wedding is going off, she feels Mike is much better for Carrie. At the altar Austin apologizes to Mike for the way he's treated him and can't believe he thought Mike was trying to take Carrie away from him. Austin wonders what the holdup could be and he asks Mike if perhaps Carrie has changed her mind. Mike tells Austin he's sure she hasn't, but he silently hopes she has.

Susan is talking to Celeste and bets her this wedding won't happen. Celeste says she knows it will, she's rarely wrong about these thing. Celeste says that she feels that she knows Little Elvis's father. Susan just responds "You know Mr. Elvis Presley?"

In jail Stefano laughs when he thinks about Susan. We see Stefano dressed as Elvis in an OR where Susan will be implanted with a his child. The doctor says that it's very rare that he found a genetic match. Stefano says indeed, but they both know that this child will be much more than his son. Stefano asks Susan if she's ready baby, and Susan only sees a blurry image of Stefano dressed as Elvis and thinks he's really Elvis, and that he's going to make love to her.

Back in the bride's room Roman asks Carrie if she wants to go through with this marriage today. Carrie wonders if she should listen to Mike and Marlena about postponing the wedding, and Roman says it may not be such a bad idea. Carrie says she's dreamed for this for so long and Roman makes her realize that Marlena and Mike only wanted her to be happy. Carrie says she should apologize to Mike, and Roman tells her whatever she wants to do is okay with him. Carries says she wants to be married now, she doesn't want to wait.

Roman and Carrie leave the brides room and meet up with Marlena and Abby at the chapel entrance. Marlena and Abby walk down the isle and are followed by Roman and Carrie.

Outside Sami hears the wedding march and tells Eric he should go watch his sister walk down the isle. Eric says she's his sister too, and he thought he did what was right for everyone. Eric tells Sami he does love her and she cries on his shoulder. Sami walks off crying, and Eric follows her. Sami goes to the window of the church and watches and cries "No, no, no, no, no!"

Back in the church Roman gives Carrie away. As the minister begins to speak, outside Sami says she has to stop this and runs off. Sami runs into the church, but Eric grabs her and covers her mouth. Austin and Carrie say the traditional wedding vows (minus the obey line) and exchange rings. The priest pronounces them man and wife, and Austin kisses his bride. Everyone is happy and claps, well Mike isn't so happy but he claps. Sami is definitely not happy and runs outside and almost keels over from crying and just says Austin over and over.

Everyone congratulates Austin and Carrie and Kate invites everyone to her house for the reception. Lucas congratulates Carrie and Austin, and Will calls Austin daddy. Austin says no Will, and Lucas says it is okay, they will make everything workout for Will. All the Hortons come over and congratulates them and Alice hopes they will be as happy as she was with Tom. Carrie asks where Eric is, and Roman says he's watching Sami. Marlena hopes Sami will accept their help in time. Carrie apologizes to Mike for snapping at him, and she promises to help him find his dream girl after her honeymoon. Carrie wants him to be as happy as she and Austin are, but Mike doesn't think that's possible.

Laura approaches Mike, who doesn't want to hear it. Laura tells Mike it's only a matter of time before Carrie realizes she was wrong about marrying Austin.

Back in the church Kristen asks John to take her with him when he breaks Stefano out, but John pretends he has no clue what she's talking about. John tells her to stop interfering, and then he walks off. As Kristen tries to sneak away Roman asks where she is going, and she says to take care of a few things.

Susan talks with Maggie, Mickey, Alice, and Celeste and tells them her man will be coming for her very soon, and they'll marry in Las Vegas. Susan remembers talking to Elvis (Stefano), who says one day he'll return for her and their very special child. Suddenly we see Stefano, who is still remembering the events as well. Stefano says he will come for his child, who will carry on the DiMera dynasty and will remain a huge part of Salem for many years to come.

Hope continues to wonder if she and Bo could reunite, but Franco says she needs to move on.

Everyone gets ready to throw the birdseed and Susan has tied the tin cans to the back of their car. Carrie and Austin come out of the church and are showered with bird seed.

John, Abe, and Lexie talk about breaking Stefano out. Abe tells John that the DA has ordered his officers to shoot and kill Stefano, or any accomplices, if he tries to escape. John says that's just a chance he'll have to take.

Kristen goes to see Stefano, who could care less about Austin and Carrie's marriage. Kristen tells Stefano John is going to break him out and when she wants to go with them Stefano says no way, it will ruin his plans.

Sami is still pouting and Eric asks if she's okay. Sami says no she's not okay because Carrie married her husband. Eric tells her to accept this and move on, but Sami says this isn't over. Sami says Carrie belongs with Mike and that Austin is HERS! Lucas approaches Sami and tells her he's taking Will to the reception and Sami wants to go with him. Lucas says no way, and Eric says that's not a good idea. Sami wonders to herself how to get Austin back and thinks she should try at the reception tonight.

In Rome Billie is going through withdrawal and Bo is helping her through it. Billie keeps insisting she's no good and Bo tries to tell her she's a beautiful wonderful person. Bo promises to help her beat the drugs and then begins to make a list of supplies they'll need. As Bo writes Billie says she needs a fix, but she has to handle these cravings on her own, she can't let her family know about this. Bo says that Billie should call Kate, hearing Kate's voice would cheer her up. Billie says NO! she doesn't want to talk to her mom. Billie doesn't want her mom or Austin to know she's hooked on drugs, and she fears Kate may pick up on her condition. Billie says Kate will know if she speaks with her and Billie asks Bo to call her. Bo says Kate will know something is up if she doesn't talk to her. Billie asks Bo to call Kate but then she suffers a cramp attack. Bo tells her she has to eat something and gets her to get a cracker. Bo tells her he's going to call Kate now, and Billie hopes she can handle this.

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Tuesday, September 9, 1997
by Marcia Elgart

Bo is calling Kate in hopes that Billie will tell her mother the truth, but Billie says no and makes him promise not to tell her mom what is going on.

At the church Eric is still with Sami. Sami asks Eric to take her to Kate's, but Eric tells her he'll take her to the pub. Sami asks if he's trying to keep her from her reception and Eric says "Hello?, you need to face reality." Sami thinks everyone hates her but Eric assures her they don't. Eric says life isn't fare but she needs to grow up. Eric tells her to think about Will and Sami says he's right. Sami says she'll go to the pub and naive Eric gives her the keys to his car, he'll walk over to the reception at Kate's. After Eric leaves Sami says she's going to find a way to get Austin back, she has too.

At the reception Laura is still nagging Mike about telling Carrie the truth but he refuses to do so. Kate is so happy for Carrie and Austin and a photographer says a messenger will bring proofs over from Titan later today. Kate has to leave to take a phone call and says she'll be back. Hope and Franco are together and Hope leaves to check on Shawn D. Franco wonders if Hope will ever give up on Bo.

Kate talks to Bo on the phone. Kate is relieved that he found Billie, and Bo tells her she's fine. Kate wants to know why he never called her back and Bo says they were touring Italy. Kate says it sounds like they're having a really great time, which Hope overhears. Kate asks to speak with Billie and Bo hands her the phone. Billie talks to Kate, and when Kate looks over her shoulder and sees Hope, Hope walks off. Kate tells Billie she seems tired and Billie says she just woke up. Kate thinks Billie and Bo are back together but Billie says they are just friends. Kate asks why he is there and Billie says he's here because you asked him to come. Billie tells Kate they are just friends but Kate tells Billie that Hope has moved on, this is her chance to get Bo back in her life! Kate tells Billie to use this time to remind Bo of the wonderful, decent, caring girl he once loved. Billie says that's not possible but Kate tells her he can fall in love with her again. Billie tells Kate she has to go and almost breaks down. She hands the phone to Bo who asks Kate if he's heard from Hope. Kate tells him about the wedding and that Lucas is Will's father. Bo asks Kate to give everyone his love, and when he asks how Hope is again, Kate tells him she's with Franco, and she seems happier than she's seen her in a long time. Bo tells Kate he'll take care of Billie and they both say goodbye.

Bo tells Billie he will take care of her, and Billie continues to hear her mothers words and wonders if Bo loves her. Suddenly Billie falls unconscious!

Hope goes back to the reception and Franco consoles her, Hope thinks Bo and Billie are having an incredible time in Rome. Franco proposes a friendly trip for the two of them and asks if she will go. Jen talks to Hope later and Hope tells Jen she has to let go of Bo, and she's considering Franco's proposition.

Kate returns to the reception and apologizes to Hope, she knows it must have hurt to hear that. Kate talks to Franco, and they both feel that Hope is giving up on Bo.

Jennifer asks Mickey if any new evidence has been found, but Mickey says no. Jen isn't going to give up hope, but it's hard at times, especially for Abby.

Shawn and Caroline are happy for Austin and Carrie and they both wish Bo and Hope would get back together.

John and Abe are talking at the reception, John is planning to break Stefano out tonight. John and Roman have arranged a romantic trip for Austin and Carrie, and they give him a key to a hotel room. Later Marlena gives Roman some medicine and he leaves to rest. Marlena says the medication is making him stronger, but they need to find a cure soon. John tells her to hold on, and before they can get to close Roman returns. John tells Roman he should be resting but Roman says the drugs only take a few minutes to kick in and then he'll be fine. Roman talks to Abe and Lexie about Peter, and he learns what happened with Jack.

Abe and Lexie talk to Mike, Lexie says when Carrie returns she's planning to find a woman for Mike. Shawn says it's time to toast the bride and groom and lets Mike make the toast. Mike toasts to the special love and bond Carrie and Austin share, and hopes their love will grow and endure.

Eric shows up at the reception and he tells Marlena that Sami has gone back to the pub. Marlena is relieved because she was worried Sami might show up at the reception.

Sami has shown up, she's wandering the Kirkiakis stables when she finds something dangerous, a lantern I think. Sami then fantasizes that she saved the horses from a fire and Austin tells her that he loves her and shouldn't have married Carrie. Sami wakes up and says that's how she'll make Austin realize he loves her. Sami then realizes she couldn't do that, the fire could get out of control and hurt everyone. She puts whatever the fire hazard was in a safe place and then decides to figure out what to do.

Back at the reception Carrie wishes Bo and Billie could have been here. Carrie and Austin eat their wedding cake while Sami watches from the window. Austin and Carrie then dance to their song (No idea what it is). John steals Marlena away from the party and they go outside for a few minutes. When Lexie can't find John, Abe says he won't be getting Stefano out till the reception is over. They are both worried for John, but Lexie has to believe there is some good in her father. Outside Marlena says someone has to find a cure for Roman and John wonders if Stefano has a cure. Marlena is sure he doesn't, if he did he would have given it to Kristen because she knows if Roman lives she has a chance with him (John). John and Marlena hold each other and Marlena believes things will work out for them. When they kiss Sami shows up! Sami cries that her father is dying and all her mother can think about is making love to John. Sami says that's quite an example she's setting. Marlena tells her she won't allow her to speak to them that way, but Sami says she is sick of her mother's double standards. Sami says they can blame their affair on Stefano, but when she tries to hold onto the man she loves they call her evil. They argue with her and Marlena tells Sami to get out of that dress and go back to the pub. John tries to take Sami back to the pub, but she says he isn't her father even if he is sleeping with her mom. Marlena slaps Sami and Sami tells her mother she hates her. Marlena asks John to leave them and they argue. Marlena tells Sami she loves her but she will not let her ruin Carrie's happiness. Laura overhears the argument and before Sami leaves she says she knows Carrie has fallen in love with Mike. Laura takes Marlena back inside and Sami returns, she's not going to leave.

Sami goes inside and up to her room. Kate finds her and asks what she's doing here and Sami says she lives here. Kate tells her to move out but Sami won't leave, she wants to keep an eye on her. Kate says she kept up her end of the bargain but Sami calls their deal off. Sami says she just has to decide when to tell everyone about her past, and she'll start with the fact that she hired Franco to break up Bo and Hope.

Downstairs Marlena tells Carrie and Austin they should slip away and Carrie goes to get her bouquet. Roman talks to Jen and tells her he was sorry about Peter, he thought maybe he'd be like Kristen, untouched by Stefano's evil. Roman promises Jen that Jack will be freed and she says she wants to believe that. Mike asks Laura why Marlena looks upset and she tells him about Sami and Marlena's argument. John tells Abe he's going to be leaving soon, and he'll come back with a cure for Roman. Meanwhile Roman asks Eric to drive him somewhere, there is something he has to do.

Lucas finds Kate who is distraught over Sami. Lucas wants to throw her out but Kate tells him to leave her alone, she's a ticking time bomb. In the other room Austin throws the garter, which Mike catches. Of course Laura gives her son a happy look and Laura tells Jen that Mike and Carrie will be together one day. Carrie gets ready to throw the bouquet and she hopes Jen will catch it. Carrie tosses the bouquet and Sami runs in front of Jen and catches it!

At the jail Stefano is arguing with Kristen. Kristen wants to go with Stefano but he refuses. Kristen wonders if he even has a cure and she asks if this whole plot is just to permanently get rid of John. Kristen screams at him that he promised not to hurt John and that he had a cure. Stefano says he's not lying but his plan doesn't involve her! Kristen then asks "father" if he ever loved her to let her come along. Stefano tells her that she doesn't fit in the plan and if she wants to be useful she should find John and see why he's not here yet. Kristen begs Stefano to let her go along but he ignores her and turns on his classical music. Kristen bangs and yells she's not giving up, but eventually leaves.

Roman shows up to see Stefano. Stefano asks why he is here and Roman says he just wanted to see Stefano locked up for good. Roman tells him he's going to rot in here "for the rest of his miserable life."

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Wednesday, September 10, 1997
by Marcia Elgart

Carrie throws her bouquet and Sami charges in front of Jen to catch it. Everyone can't believe she did this and Susan says she's "Mean, mean, mean! Meaner than Kris-tan." Austin tells Sami to leave and give Carrie the bouquet back but Carrie says no. Carrie tells her she just ruined a beautiful moment and she can choke on the bouquet. Carrie then tells Sami she has no right to wear that dress and rips Sami's tiara/veil off her head! Sami wants Austin to let her explain and Carrie says let me guess, your amnesia has come back right? Austin says there is no reason for her to explain. Austin tells everyone to keep on partying and Austin and Carrie prepare to leave. Carrie apologizes to Jen for Sami ruining her chance to catch the bouquet but Jen says her friendship means more and she's happy to see the good guys win for once.

Lucas approaches Sami with Will. Sami wants to take Will but Lucas says no way, he's his father, he'll take care of him, and he's making up for lost time. Lucas walks off and Sami says everyone is going to be very sorry. Before walking out of the room Sami finds some envelopes with Carrie and Austin's wedding photos in one, and her and Austin's photos in the other!

Carrie and Austin go to their hotel room which has been decorated with candles and flowers. Carrie says Alice always says true love wins in the end and Austin says Alice is always right. Austin picks Carrie up and takes her to the bed where they engage in ritualistic wedding night practices.

Back at the party Susan is just shocked over what Sami has done. Keith from Titan tells Kate he has to go but he tells her he's left two envelopes of photos in the dining room for her, one of Austin and Sami and one of Austin and Carrie. Lexie and Marlena are talking outside while inside John tells Abe he may have to say goodbye to Marlena for the last time. Abe suggests he say good night and plan on coming back. John goes out to patio and asks God not to let this be their last night together. John asks what Marlena is thinking about and Marlena wants to ask Sami to move into the penthouse. John tells her that Sami just needs time alone to come to her senses, but Marlena says she's praying for that but doesn't expect it. Marlena says she's going to the check on Eric and then to the pub and asks him to join her. John tells her he will.

Upstairs Sami is busy crying and tearing up Carrie and Austin's wedding photos. Sami has this fantasy about Austin being in love with her and forgiving her for not telling him the truth about Will. Sami says she is Austin's bride!

Sami calls Austin and Carrie's hotel room and claims it's about Will. Austin refuses to fall for any of her games and hangs up. Sami calls once again about Will, she says it's not a trick. Kate comes in the room and takes the phone, Kate says she'll calm Will down. Austin is still upset, and Carrie says that she could hear Will crying over the phone. Carrie tells Austin he should go help Will, she'll wait for him here. Austin arrives at the Kiriakis mansion and calms Will down. As he is about to leave Sami shows up in a night gown and says "Hello Austin."

Mike and Jen return home. Mike hopes Carrie will be happy and Jen says she truly believes Carrie will be happy with Austin. When Jen goes upstairs Mike says he could have made her happy too. The hospital calls for Mike, a man at a hotel is having chest pains, but he doesn't want to go to the hospital so he has to take this call. Mike leaves and Jen begins to write a letter to Jack when she finds his notes on the prison exposé article he wanted to write. Of course Trent comes over to see Jen, who tells him about Jack's expose and how Jack's former cell mate Travis has just disappeared. Jen tells Travis she is going to free Jack, and right now she's going to help Jack with his expose and find Travis!

Mike ends up meeting Carrie at the Hotel when she heard him drop his bag in the hall. Mike tells her to go back to Austin but Carrie says Austin isn't here!

At the jail Stefano gives Roman his best wishes on his daughter's wedding. Roman tells him to cut the bull, he's here because he knows about John and Abe's plan. Stefano pretends he has no idea what Roman is talking about but Roman knows better. Stefano says Roman must be hallucinating but Roman says no. Roman says he knows Abe and John want to cut him a deal to come clean about Peter, and Roman asks Stefano to take the deal! Stefano says he couldn't do that, Peter is dead. Eric shows up and Stefano says Jack is where he belongs, in jail for murder. Stefano tells Roman he's lucky to have such a fine son as Eric. Roman says he knows Stefano is up to something and asks what it is that has him so sure he'll be getting out. Roman tells Stefano what ever he's planning it won't work, he's never going to break out. Roman wishes he had the code so he could get in there and rip the smile off his face, but he'll settle with the fact that he'll be confined to this cage for the rest of his life. Stefano laughs and tells Eric both Roman and John were once worthy adversaries. Roman tells Stefano he loses this time, but Stefano tells him the game isn't over, and one day the two of them may become friends. Roman laughs and says it will never happen, and then he and Eric "get the hell outta there." Meanwhile Kristen has shown back up and is shocked to see Roman there, so she shuts herself in a closet. Eric finds Kristen, and he's not pleased with her and he tells her she makes him sick. Eric tells Kristen if she hurts his father, so help her. Roman returns with someone for Eric to meet and Kristen returns to her closet, where she is locked in! Kristen has a lame fantasy of John letting her out and then kissing her. When Kristen snaps back to reality she begins banging on the door to be let out.

Marlena and John go to the pub to meet Eric and Roman, but they aren't there. Roman and Eric eventually show up, which is John's cue to move on with his plan. Abe approaches John and tells him he's going with him, but John tells him no way, Abe has to remain in Salem and protect his family if he doesn't return. John tells Marlena he loves her, and has to take off to do some things. Marlena tells him during the ceremony she kept thinking it should have been them getting married. John says he had the same thought, tells Marlena he will always love her, and then leaves.

Hope and Alice are at the pub as well. Hope asks Alice what she thinks about going on a trip with Franco. Alice says she always thought she'd get back together with Bo, but Hope says that won't happen. Hope makes her decision and tells Franco she can't go away with him, it's too much of a commitment. Franco tells Hope he has been offered a modeling job in France and will be staying there for awhile, but he will be back!

Hope just happens to overhear John and Abe talking about breaking Stefano out. Abe and Hope argue about stopping John, but Abe tells her it's to late. Unfortunately this time Marlena overheard them talking!

At the jail Kristen has managed to get out of the closet and Stefano has allowed her to join them. John shows up in a police uniform and unlocks the door to Stefano's cell.

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Thursday, September 11, 1997
by Diane Dix

Susan, at Marlena's penthouse, is startled when a visitor arrives - her sister, Mary, the nun. Mary demands to know the truth about little Elvis' paternity. Susan insists that the baby's father is Elvis Presley. No-nonsense Mary doesn't believe her. Then Celeste, still unsettled after sighting Stefano free on the streets, rings the doorbell, and tells Susan that for some reason she felt drawn there that night. Susan introduces Celeste to Mary as a "gypsy fortune-teller." Mary is very suspicious at first, but when Susan leaves to get tea, Celeste and Mary agree that Susan was somehow duped into believing that Elvis Presley was the father of her baby. Mary vows to get to the bottom of the mystery. When Susan returns, Celeste stares at the tea leaves in the cup and gasps, dropping the cup and spilling her tea. She tells Susan it was nothing, but secretly she knows that she saw something evil in the tea leaves.

John, dressed in a policeman's uniform, lets Stefano out of his prison cell. While they're trading insults, with Kristen looking on, John hears the sound of someone coming and shoves Stefano back into his cell. By the time he checks it out and comes back, Stefano has disappeared. John is furious, and tells Kristen that he will never forgive her for helping Stefano betray him. Kristen tells him she really thinks Stefano has a cure and will meet them at the airport. John tells her she'd better be right, and they leave together.

Stefano goes to Marlena's penthouse, where he runs into Celeste in the street. He tells her to take care of Alexandra while he's gone, and then disappears on a mission of his own - sneaking upstairs to Susan's bedroom to see baby Elvis, Stefano's secret son. Stefano promises Elvis that he'll teach him to be more powerful even than Stefano himself.

Marlena is horrified to overhear Hope and Abe talking about John's plan to release Stefano from prison. Abe rushes off to help cover John's tracks, and Marlena demands to know from Hope what's going on. Hope tells her and they run off to the jail together. By the time they get there, John and Stefano are already gone. They go to the airport in hopes of catching John and Stefano before they leave. There they find John and Kristen, but no Stefano. Marlena is disturbed to hear that Stefano escaped, but glad that John is not with him. He tells her that if Stefano shows up at the airport, he will still go with him to get the cure for Roman. Hope, watching everything, tells Kristen she's reached a new low, allowing Marlena to believe there is a cure. Kristen tells her there is a cure, and she will go with John to retrieve it. Hope tells her she'll never let Kristen break up John and Marlena again. Just then, Stefano shows up. Marlena is horrified and begs John not to go with him. John tells her his mind is already made up. Marlena says that if he's going, so is she. Stefano and Kristen and Hope look shocked.

Austin, pulled away from his honeymoon with Carrie to comfort Will, is disgusted to see Sami in her negligee trying to seduce him. He tells her that he'll put Will to bed with Lucas, and she's not welcome. Sami tries to convince him that if they just had a minute to talk, they could work things out, but Austin ignores her and goes upstairs. He tells Will that now he has two daddies, Lucas and himself, and that he's a lucky boy. Lucas tells Austin that he wants what's best for Will and is willing to let Will think he has two daddies who love him. Kate, downstairs with Sami, tells her that she's delusional if she thinks that Austin will ever love her again, especially now that he knows he's not Will's father. Sami tells Kate that she'll have to wait and see. Sami runs out to try to stop Austin from leaving, but he tells her he hates her for what she did to him and Will and now he's going back to his bride, Carrie. Sami tells him that would be a big mistake, because Carrie is in love with Mike, even if she doesn't know it yet. Austin tells her they're just friends.

Back at the hotel, Carrie asks Mike what he's doing there, and he tells her he was responding to an emergency. He's surprised to see that Austin is not with her on their wedding night, and Carrie explains that he went to comfort Will. She invites Mike into her room to chat. She promises him that even though she's concentrating on her own happiness, she won't rest until Mike finds a perfect woman to be with. She goes to get champagne to toast the perfect woman, and Mike, in turmoil, remembers their passionate kisses when Carrie was delirious after the accident. He tells himself he can't think about her, she's a married woman. When she comes back, she accidentally spills champagne on her sexy negligee. Carrie rinses it out and asks Mike to dry it with a hairdryer while she showers. When Austin returns to the room, shaking his head that Sami was still trying to convince him that Carrie loved Mike, he is shocked to see, through the door of the suite, Mike in the bedroom with Carrie's negligee in his hands, to be joined a second later by Carrie wearing a towel and obviously fresh from the shower.

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Friday, September 12, 1997
by Diane Dix

In Rome, Billie is nearly out of her mind with withdrawal symptoms. Bo tries to help her through them, but all she wants is a fix. Bo leaves her to get some food and Billie starts to hallucinate badly. She sees Curtis, who tells her she's worthless, doesn't deserve Bo, and should join him in a life where there is no pain, only drugs. Billie, already on the edge, breaks down and says yes to the hallucination, who tells her all she needs to do is go out the door.

At Kate's house, Lucas begs Kate to tell him what the big secret is, so that he can help her fight Sami. Just as she is about to confess, Sami comes in and tells her it's not a good idea. Kate scoffs at her and says that she's ready to face the consequences and would rather her children heard the truth from her. Sami tells Lucas to get lost so she can talk to Kate. She tells Kate that she has a plan to get Austin back and won't reveal Kate's secret until it is to her advantage. Kate tells her she's in need of psychological help. Sami laughs and goes out for a walk.

Austin is shocked to see Mike and Carrie together in the bedroom. When they see him, Mike gets uncomfortable and starts to explain, but Austin interrupts that Carrie's wearing his ring and he trusts her completely. Mike explains what happened and then makes a quick exit, so that he won't have to watch Carrie and Austin climbing all over each other. Austin tells Carrie about Sami's belief that he can still love her, and they agree that she is totally nuts and she can never hurt them again. Then they start doing what newlyweds do.

Mike wanders down to the pier, depressed about Carrie, and runs into Sami. They immediately start arguing about Austin and Carrie. Mike tells her to get a grip and leave them alone, because being in love means you want the one you love to be happy, not that you'll do anything to get them. Sami realizes that Mike is in love with Carrie and thinks to herself that it fits in perfectly with her plan to win Austin back.

Marlena tries frantically to stop John from getting on the plane with Stefano or to go on the trip herself, but John tells her she needs to stay and take care of Roman. Abe and Lexie show up to physically stop her from getting on the plane and she sobs as it takes off. Lexie tells her that she was the one who convinced John to let Stefano go because she needs to know if he's capable of a good deed. Marlena says she doesn't think he is, but she understands Lexie's need to know. Meanwhile, the news of Stefano's escape hits the airwaves and soon a story leaks that John Black is the one who helped him get away. Marlena is horrified, and Abe tells her that Stefano deliberately leaked the story so that John's reputation in Salem would be smeared, so that even if he did return, he would be a fugitive.

On the plane, John asks Stefano to mark the place where they'll land for the pilot. Stefano does and John remarks that it's an uncharted jungle, and there's nothing out there. Stefano says that the cure is there. Stefano also tells John to relax, because this could be the start of a beautiful friendship. John tells him to go to hell. Kristen heads to the airplane bathroom to freshen up - and is shocked to see Hope hiding behind the curtain! John and Stefano agree, for once, that she should go back to Salem as soon as they land. Hope says there's no way, that she is going to protect John's back as a "trained cop." Stefano appears uncomfortable and Hope taunts him that she will one day remember what terrible secret she learned about him at Maison Blanche.

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