Eric and Greta go to the Titan photo lab. Eric is puzzled as to why he hasn't heard anything about the job in New York. Nicole walks in and tells him that he did. Eric asks how she has news about his job? Nicole says that the agency called Kate for a reference, and she happened to pick up the phone. Nicole tells Eric that they liked his work, but need to see more sexy lingerie shots. Eric says that he has nothing like that in his portfolio. Nicole tells Eric that she will let him use the facilities and get him a model. Eric says that he doesn't know if he can work with a new model, lingerie shots are tough. Nicole tells Eric that she'll do it. Eric tells her that she is a real piece of work. Nicole tells Eric that he should call the man back about the job if he doesn't believe her. Eric leaves to do just that. He returns later and learns that what Nicole said was true.
Nicole asks Eric if he will accept her offer? Eric asks to talk with Greta alone, so she leaves them. He tells Greta that he knows she doesn't like this, and he doesn't either, but this job is his ticket to bigger and better things. He promises her that this is the last time he will work with Nicole. Greta thanks him for thinking of her, and she says she trusts his judgment. Nicole returns and Eric tells her that they will do it. Eric sets the room up, and explains to Greta everything he is doing. As Eric is promising Greta that he won't do anything to jeopardize their relationship, Nicole shows up in some very skimpy white lingerie. Eric begins to take photos of Nicole, and can't stop thinking about making love to her. Greta really doesn't want to be there, so she tells Eric that she has to go to a movie with Alice. Eric wishes she would stay, but she says she trusts him and has to leave. Nicole tells Eric that she could use a break, so they stop shooting. She starts dribbling water all over her chest, and then puts on some romantic music, Tina Turner, to get her in the mood. They start taking photos again, and Nicole takes off the teddy she was wearing. She tells Eric "Let's do it!"
John is walking home via the docks when he runs into "Hope." Gina asks him what he's doing here? John tells her that he, Eric, Bo and Shawn were playing a little basketball. He asks "Hope" how her session went? Gina tells him that she thinks it went well. John tells her that Doc can help her rebuild the life she once had. Gina tells John that she wants him to help her. John asks how? She tells him by example of course. She tells John that she admires that he was able to put his life back together after Stefano tore it apart. John tells her that she can do that by remaining in therapy, she can find happiness again. Gina asks him if he is really happy? John says of course he is, and asks her why? Gina tells him that she doesn't have many memories of him from the old days, but he was a real jet setter, a real James Bond. John says he doesn't remember that man, and he doesn't want to. He tells her that he has settled down and is a family man now. Gina finally gets the gist, yesterday is gone and it is gone forever. John says he has to go, and tells her to take care. Gina walks along the pier sulking because she has no one. She spots Greta and says she should tell her who she really is.
Vivian is disguised as Dr. Sue Lee and goes to see Dr. Bryce in his office. She tells him that she'd like to talk to him, but Dr. Bryce says he was about to leave. He invites her to dinner to talk, so she accepts. Dr. Bryce takes Dr. Sue Lee out for Chinese food. She says she doesn't really care for Chinese food, which shocks him. She claims she likes more European dishes. Dr. Lee tells him "When in Rome, eat Pizza!" Dr. Bryce tells her that Pizza was invented in Philadelphia, but Dr. Lee says it was invented in Naples! A waiter shows up and Dr. Bryce tells him that the lady will order tonight. Dr. Bryce tells her that he doesn't read a word of Chinese. Neither does Dr. Lee, so she just points to something on the menu and tells Dr. Bryce she's ordered them a surprise. She tells him that she would have thought a wealthy doctor would eat somewhere much more sophisticated. When he asks why she thinks he's wealthy, Dr. Lee tells him that he must make some extra money off of his wealthy patients. Dr. Sue Lee manages to get Dr. Bryce plastered, and the waiter brings them a dish.
They both eat up, but Vivian can't seem to get a grasp on using chopsticks. Half of everything she picks up goes flying across the room. She decides to get creative and spears her meat! She tells him that it is an old Chinese custom. Dr. Lee starts questioning Dr. Bryce about running a nursing home because she hopes to open her own holistic healing nursing home. He agrees to share some of his secrets with her. Unfortunately, as they are leaving they run into John, who asks Vivian if that is her? Dr. Bryce asks what he just called Dr. Lee? Vivian tells him that she is Dr. Sue Lee, he must have thought she was someone else. John plays along and apologizes, but wonders what his aunt is up to this time.
Austin holds Carrie and tells her that he knows she loves him, and he'll always love her. A stunned Mike pockets the engagement ring he bought and walks off. He doesn't know that Austin and Carrie have just ended it for good. Carrie tells Austin that she can't believe he can forgive her. Austin tells her that God has forgiven her, so she needs to forgive herself. He also tells her that she needs to find happiness, perhaps with Mike. Carrie says that she hasn't heard from Mike. She can't believe that Austin is discussing Mike with him. Austin says he has found peace, which is what Carrie also needs to do. Austin tells Carrie that she is afraid to be alone, so she needs to stand on her own two feet without a man in her life for awhile.
Carrie tells Austin that she guesses this is the end. Austin tells her that there is a time for weeping, a time to laugh, and a time to rejoice, and he thinks her time to rejoice will come again soon. Carrie says she hopes that is true. He tells her that he'll be around and they'll still see each other, but Carrie says it won't be the same. Carrie tells Austin that she wants him to be happy, even if Sami makes him happy. Austin tells Carrie that he wants her to be happy to, with or without Mike. Carrie says that would be without Mike, because she doubts she'll ever see him again.
Mike goes to see Mickey and tells him that he's learned that Carrie and Austin are back together. Mickey tells him that he's sorry. Mike says he plans on leaving town quietly, but Mickey tells him to have a little talk with Craig and Nancy first. Mike asks why he would want to do that? Mickey tells Mike that he had lunch with a friend who represented Claire and Ali, and Ali has said some very interesting things about Craig, Nancy, and him!
Nancy is still walking around the hospital taking voice notes on everyone who does something wrong. She scolds a nurse for wearing her name tag on the left side of her uniform instead of her right! Craig pulls Nancy aside and tells her that she has to stop being so tough, especially with Mike back in Salem. Nancy is furious with Mike for returning and trying to take this hospital away from them! Mike shows up to have a chat with Craig and Nancy. He orders them out to the terrace so they can have a chat. Mike tells them that Ali has been saying some very interesting things, such as they used her to get rid of him. Nancy tells Mike that Ali is crazy, he can't believe her. Mike says nothing she's said can be used against them, but his family practically owns this hospital and he is putting them on probation. He also tells him that his grandmother knows everything going on here, and if she or any other Horton sees them doing something that they don't approve of, they are both out on their ears! He then walks away, leaving them stunned.
Carrie goes up to the mountain above Salem and thinks about Mike. Mike, who was thinking about Carrie, shows up on the mountain as well. Mike and Carrie's song, How Do I Live by Leanne Rhimes, begins to play. Carrie remembers the good times she and Mike shared together. Mike and Carrie end up running into one another.
Marlena is waiting for John at the Chinese restaurant, but she can't stop thinking about what Gina told her during their session. John shows up laughing about Vivian, but he soon realizes something is bothering Marlena. They sit down and John asks Doc to talk to him. He asks if it is work? Marlena tells him that she can't talk about her sessions. Marlena brings up their wedding day and his meeting with Hope. She asks how that went? John says that she just gave him their wedding gift. Marlena wonders if there was something he might have forgotten, but John says he hasn't.
He wonders if Hope said something, but realizes she can't talk about it. John wants to forget about Hope for the night and focus on each other. They end up talking about the kids. John thinks that Eric will have a good future with Greta, who is sweet, unlike Nicole. Marlena says that some relationships are so destructive, and you just have to hope to make a clean break. John realizes they aren't talking about Eric and Nicole anymore. The waiter brings them some fortune cookies and thanks them for coming. John opens his and it reads 'Love from your heart is eternal.' Marlena opens hers, and it reads 'He who denies the past is destined to relive it!'
Gina asks Greta if something is wrong, has someone hurt her? Greta tells "Hope" about Eric and his latest photo shoot with Nicole. Gina tells her that is work, not personal. However, Greta says Nicole was wearing a see through negligee and she is so comfortable with her body. Gina tells her that Nicole is pathetic, she's throwing herself at a man who no longer wants her. Greta isn't so sure about that, and she tells her that Eric wouldn't want Nicole when he has her. When Greta says she left them alone, Gina thinks that was a bad mistake. Gina tells Greta that the idea of one man and one woman isn't always true, and she thinks that is so with Eric. However, she tells her not to worry, she is young and has time. Still, Greta says she's never had these feelings for anyone, and she thought that's how she (Hope) knew she and Bo belonged together. Gina tells her that she and Bo are soul mates.
Greta thinks it is the same way with John and Marlena. She says that she knows her mother loved John, but the love John has for Marlena is so powerful and she can't imagine them not being together forever. Marlena and John walk by. They say good night to both "Hope" and Greta and go home to get into bed. Greta tells Gina that she wants that kind of love. Gina responds "yeah." Greta tells her that she wishes she could be more like her mother. She tells "Hope" that she remembers watching her mother get ready to go out for the evening. Gina smiles as Greta describes her. When Greta says that she always knew she was nothing like her mother, Gina tells her that she wishes she could see her as she does, beautiful, radiant. Greta thanks "Hope" and tells her that whenever she is with her she feels near her mother. Gina smiles at Greta and tells her that her mother is alive.
Marlena and John go home. Marlena lights some candles for mood. John asks her if they are alone? Marlena says they are, Belle is working an extra shift at the hospital, which she needs to talk to him about later.
Eric is still taking pictures of Nicole. Nicole drops her negligee (she still has a bra and panties on) and tells him "Let's do it!" Eric asks what? Nicole tells Eric that this is what the New York people want. Eric reluctantly gives in and continues taking photographs. Nicole tells Eric to tell him what she wants. She starts caressing him, and he angrily tells her to stop. Nicole tells Eric to go with the anger and show her how he feels. They eventually get back to work, but Nicole won't shut up about the past and how during their last shoot they made love because he got so hot. Nicole tells Eric that she misses him, and asks if he misses her? Eric asks her why she gave up on them? Nicole says she had to, she had secrets that she couldn't tell him. Eric tells her to tell him everything. Nicole says she can't and they should just get back to the session.
Eric won't let her dodge the question. He tells her that he never felt what he felt for her for anyone else. Nicole says she felt the same about him. She starts taunting Eric, asking him what he wants? She takes her bra off and asks him if this is what he needs? Nicole asks Eric what she wants her to do? Eric just stands there with his mouth open, but he eventually starts taking more pictures. Nicole blows Eric a kiss and tells him that she is here for him, this is all for him, she wants him to let her be his toy! She takes off her panties and tells Eric to take her. Eric manages to resist her, so she tells him how much she wants him. Eric eventually kisses Nicole, and crafty Nicole manages to take pictures of them. Eric eventually pushes himself away from Nicole and runs out of the room, hating himself. Nicole tells herself that she knows Eric still wants her, she just proved it!
At the hospital, Belle and Mimi are working as candy stripers. Belle tells Mimi that she plans to ask Brandon to take her to the dance today. Mimi can't believe that she has a date, but Belle doesn't. Belle tells Mimi not to get mixed up with Shawn, he is not the kinda guy she needs. Nancy eventually breaks up their powwow and tells them that they are here to spread sunshine, so they better start spreading!
Craig runs into Lexie and Brandon, and gives Brandon the cold shoulder. After Craig leaves, Lexie tells Brandon that she's proud of him for sticking it out. They start talking about Brandon's anger. Brandon doesn't think he needs therapy, but Lexie says he needs to learn what makes him so angry. Brandon already knows the answer to that. Lexie asks where his anger comes from? Brandon tells her that he didn't grow up in a picture perfect home, and they should leave it at that. Lexie realizes she was lucky to be raised with people who loved her, even if they weren't her biological parents.
Brandon tells Lexie that he and Nicole didn't come from a loving home, that's for sure. Abe shows up and tells Brandon that he can't keep blaming his problems on an unhappy childhood. Brandon looks at Abe and says he knows exactly who to blame. Brandon walks off, and Abe tells her that since she knows what makes this guy tick, so he'd like her to enlighten him. Lexie tells Abe that she just want to help Brandon, and Abe tells her that she's a mother hen. Abe asks her if they are pregnant yet? Lexie says they aren't, her test came back negative. Abe wishes she had told him so she didn't have to go through that alone. Lexie was with Brandon when she learned the truth. When Lexie suggests they see a fertility expert, Abe says all they need is time alone.
When Belle sees that Brandon is alone, she decides to go for it. She tells him that this could be someone's lucky night, but it depends on how he answers her question. She asks him if it's okay to ask a guy out? He says sure, if it was her a guy would be crazy not to say yes. Belle smiles and says she'll see him tomorrow. Mimi asks Belle if she asked Brandon? Belle tells her not yet, but it's in the bag.
Austin returns home to the guest house and finds Sami brushing her hair. He asks Sami if she missed him? Sami claims she didn't even know he was gone. Austin calls her a liar with a smile. She asks him how things went with Carrie, did she come onto him? Austin tells her that he and Carrie agreed to be just friends. Sami asks Austin how he feels about that? Austin tells her that seeing Carrie walk away was hard, but as he was driving home he smiled because he was coming home to her and Will, his family. Austin asks Sami if she still wants to be with him? Sami says of course she does, and the two hug. They start talking about Will's future and their dream home. Sami just wants to be far away from Lucas. Austin tells Sami that he's glad she came forward with the whole Lucas hitting Will incident, and he is glad that she trusts him enough to be honest with him.
Mike and Carrie finally run into one another. Mike asks her how things with Austin are? Carrie says they have gotten past everything and are a lot closer. Carrie asks Mike what brought him to Salem? Mike tells her that he came to say goodbye. She said that he came a long way to say goodbye. Mike says he had too much to say to put in a letter or a phone call. Carrie asks him how Israel was? When he says it was a good place to start over, Carrie says she'll be doing that too. Mike tells her at least she has Austin. Carrie asks what he's talking about?
Mike tells her not to worry about hurting his feelings, he knows they are back together. Carrie tells him that he's got it wrong, they are over. Mike tells her that she doesn't know how happy that makes him. Carrie realizes that he thought she and Austin were getting back together. Mike tells Carrie says that he's learned two things since he left: he will never lie, cheat, or betray someone again; and he wants to be with her. He tells Carrie that he came to Salem to give her an engagement ring and says he loves her, and he hopes she still loves him.
Carrie tells Mike that she doesn't want to hear about love, love messed up both of their lives. She tells Mike that she can't share her life with him when she doesn't know what her life is about. She tells Mike that she needs time to clear her mind and find out what she needs to do. She tells Mike that she needs time alone because she married Austin, and fell in love with him, in order to make herself feel complete. Mike tells Carrie that he's asking her to marry him. Carrie tells Mike that she can't be with him right now. Mike says he will wait for her. He tells her that he knows how she feels, he was feeling the same way when he left Salem. He says that is why he will wait, he'll wait as long as it takes.
Hope is better and walks downstairs shouting out "hello, is anybody here?" In walks Kurt, who has been out chopping wood. He asks her what she is doing out of bed? Hope tells him that she's feeling better, but she still doesn't remember who she is. Kurt tells her to sit down on the couch, and he sits next to her. Kurt tells her that he stayed up all night praying for her recovery, and luckily the fever broke. He says that Claude and Theresa have left for the day and will be gone until this evening. A kettle in the kitchen begins to whistle, so Kurt excuses himself to make tea. He returns and Hope tells him that he's treating her like a princess. Kurt tells her that she is a princess to him.
Kurt sees she is upset, so he tells her that the past isn't important, what is important is that they still have a future. Hope says they can't have a future if she can't remember who he is. He tells her that they had a wonderful life together and tells her that they used to take long walks to a special hilltop each night. Hope remembers being with Bo on a hilltop, but she's unable to see Bo's face. Kurt is shocked when Hope says that she remembers the hilltop. Kurt tells her that she must be remembering the night he proposed to her. She asks if the moon was out that night? He says it was and every star was shining down upon them. He tells her that he still wants to take care of her and that she has to trust in their love. Hope tells him that she can't give herself to a man she doesn't remember, and she can't trust in a love she doesn't remember. Kurt says he understands and when he sees she is cold, he decides to throw some more wood on the fire. Hope puts her robe on , and then she and notices the picture of GIna in the newspaper sitting on top of the chest.
Gina is sleeping on a couch saying "don't cry baby" in her sleep. We see a hand caressing her cheek. She wakes up and finds Bo standing over her. She sits up and displays her new chin-length very red hair-do. When she asks how he got in, Bo says the door was unlocked and she wasn't answering. He tells her that she sounded like she was having a nightmare, she kept saying something about a baby. Gina tells him that she had a nightmare about Shawn crying out to her as a baby, but she couldn't be there for him, just like she can't now. Bo thinks they can solve that problem by walking down the aisle together. He sees her new hair-do and tells her that he likes it. Bo admits that he almost did something very stupid out of anger, he was going to have her sign a document of crimes DiMera committed and testify to it in court. He says that DiMera just drove him crazy, but Abe, Mrs. H, and Shawn all reminded him that this is about love, not revenge. Bo tells her that he will give her the life he always promised her. He assures her that he will be very patient with her while she explores her past. Gina seems to become weak, and Bo catches her before she falls. He tells her that he loves her, he always has and always will. As they move in to kiss, Gina quickly turns it into a hug. Gina tells Bo that it has been so long since she's felt such passion.
Abe takes Lexie to work at the hospital, they are both still riding off the high from last night. Abe thinks that they've made a baby finally, but Lexie tells him not to get his hopes up. Lexie asks Abe to go see a fertility specialist with her right now, just for a visit though. Abe asks if they are just going for a visit, or do they have an appointment? Lexie admits they have an appointment, but she didn't think it was a big deal. Abe feels like he's been set up and doesn't think they have a problem. Lexie says they may not have a problem, but if there is one they should find out now so it can be fixed. Abe reluctantly agrees to go see the doctor. Lexie and Abe go to see Dr. Bader, who has reviewed their medical histories. She wants them to undergo four tests: Abe has heard enough and declares that they don't need this, and then he walks out.
Austin talks with Philip. Philip tells Austin that he's contemplated some big changes and plans to score some major cash by the year 2000. Austin asks why he needs money? Philip whines that his father won't be giving him anymore free money. Austin thinks it would be good for him to have a job, but Philip says having no money at this point in his life could cripple him. Philip tells Austin that he's going to be in money very soon because he made a bet that Belle Black would show up dateless for the dance. Austin tells Philip that gambling can cause you to lose control of your life. Philip thinks he can handle it, but Austin assures him that gambling can take over your life. Philip says he only needs a little cash, but Austin tells him that is how it always starts out. He tells Philip to cancel the bet. Philip says he will and decides to head off to school. Austin asks if he will be home tonight, he thought that he might like to watch a movie with him and Sami tonight. Philip still can't believe he is living with Sami after everything she's done to him and practically everyone else in the house. Later, Philip makes a call to a bookie to place a real bet.
Brandon shows up at the guest house to see Sami. When she asks what he wants, he replies "your body!." Sami is shocked that he wants her body Brandon tells her that he said "Bobby," Will's old hand puppet. Brandon says he needs it to use on a new patient. Sami brings him the puppet, which looks like a bell boy. Before he leaves, Sami asks his opinion on a dress. When Brandon asks what the occasion is, Sami says she is taking Austin for his first post-op check-up, and it will be her first time out in public with Austin as a couple. Brandon supposedly turns his back so Sami can slip the dress on in private, she was wearing a nightgown, but he manages to get a look at her. After she's dressed she asks Brandon what is wrong because he was looking at her funny. He says nothing is wrong, he's just not used to seeing her in makeup with her hair fixed as it is. She gives Brandon a bag of old clothes and asks him to throw it out on his way out. Brandon tells her that she looks great in T-shirts and jeans, which are in the bag, but Sami wants to look her best for Austin all the time. As he is leaving, she asks Brandon to wait and help her with her zipper, which is stuck. Brandon zips her up, and she thanks him.
Brandon goes to the hospital to work, and Austin shows up for his appointment. Brandon sees that Abe is looking very tense. He tells Abe that he doesn't blame him for being tense, Lexie told him that they were having trouble conceiving. Abe if furious, but Brandon only rubs the salt deeper into his wounds by saying it could be his fault that they haven't conceived. Abe grabs Brandon by the color, lifts him off the ground, and screams at him to shut up! Lexie comes running and breaks them up. Abe is angry with Lexie for telling Brandon all about their business. Abe storms off, and Lexie goes after her. Sami saw the little altercation which took place and knows Brandon is up to something.
Carrie and Mike meet outside in Salem at Carrie's request. Mike asks if she's come to a decision, but then apologizes for pressuring her. He tells her that he knows she's confused, and he can be patient and wait. Carrie tells Mike that she doesn't know what she wants right now. Mike asks her to give it a chance, she could know what she wants if she tried. However, Carrie refuses Mike's request. Mike asks her why? Carrie tells Mike that she realizes she has to find herself on her own. She tells him that when she is with him, her instincts are to take care of him first, and if she puts his needs above hers, she will end up in the same place she is now with Austin.
Carrie knows she doesn't want to stay in Salem right now, that is for sure. When she says she needs time to grow, Mike tells her that he won't stand in her way. Carrie thanks him for understanding. He tells her that he understands her because he needs to find out who he is aside from his grandfather and father's legacy. Mike tells her that he plans to go back to Israel, and he hopes it won't be alone. He tells Carrie that he wants her to come with him to help with the women over there. Carrie doesn't want Mike to put his own life on hold for her, but he says he will wait because he knows that their love is what makes them complete. Carrie decides that maybe her future is in Israel, perhaps they could find their way back together if she could find herself there. Mike tells Carrie that he really wants to kiss her, and Carrie says they are starting to want the same things already. Mike and Carrie lean in and kiss.
Nicole was pleased with herself after switching Eric's photos for New York with the sexy ones she secretly snapped in hopes that he won't be hired. Eric advises Nicole that the kiss earlier was a mistake but she responds by confessing that if she married for love, she would have married him. Helping in the kitchen with some dough, Hope remembers making doughnuts. Carrie explains to Marlena and Roman that she is leaving town with Mike. Sami hears the news and admits that she is glad she is leaving. While Marlena goes to work, Roman forces the sisters to tell each other they are sorry. Putting her under again, Marlena listens as Gina fakes being hypnotized and talks about John. However, Gina slips up when she speaks in her real voice in answer to a question about her daughter. Saying goodbye, Alice urges Mike to take Carrie to the nearest church and marry her. Stefano worries to Rolf about loose ends. Kurt is confronted about his wife and denies that she is the princess wanted for questioning about an art forgery.
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Stefano panics when Bart calls with the news that he's found Hope back in Salem living in a hotel. He and Rolf decide to go back to Salem to make sure the transformation happened as planned. Hope confronts Kurt about the story in the newspaper about Princess Gina but he denies that she is the mystery woman. He assures her that she will get her memory back once they are at home. He later advises his hosts that he and Hope will be leaving tomorrow. Bo confides to Marlena that he has the feeling that Hope isn't the real Hope. Craig and Nancy are thrilled to hear Mike isn't returning because of other commitments. Nancy then receives a phone call that upsets her. John assures "Hope" he didn't forget the past but adds that Stefano doesn't control his soul. He insists that he never wants to revisit the past again. In the park Mike proposes marriage and Carrie accepts. He puts on a ring and they both get on a white horse and ride off together.