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Monday, September 27, 1999

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 calendar 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 Amberg, 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 her 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 a.k.a 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 impostor dancing with another man.